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  1. Measuring the sensitivity of a boron-lined ion chamber

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    Boron-lined ion chambers are used to monitor external neutron flux from fissionable materials assembled at the Los Alamos Critical Assembly Experiment Facility. The sensitivity of these chambers must be measured periodically in order to detect changes in filling gas and to evaluate other factors that may affect chamber performance. We delineate a procedure to measure ion chamber response using a particular neutron source (239PuBe) in a particular moderating geometry of polyethylene. We also discuss use of the amplifier, high-voltage power supply, recorders, and scram circuits that comprise the complete ion chamber monitoring system

  2. Feasibility study of Boron Nitride coating on Lithium-ion battery casing

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    Increasing in public awareness about global warming and exhaustion of energy resources has led to a flourishing electric vehicle industry that would help realize a zero-emission society. The thermal management of battery packs, which is an essential issue closely linked to a number of challenges for electric vehicles including cost, safety, reliability and lifetime, has been extensively studied. However, relatively little is known about the thermal effect of polymer insulation on the Lithium-ion battery casing. This study investigates the feasibility of replacing the polymer insulation with a Boron Nitride coating on the battery casing using the Taguchi experimental method. The effect of casing surface roughness, coating thickness and their interaction were examined using orthogonal array L9 (34). Nominal the best is chosen for the optimization process to achieve optimum adhesion strength. In addition, the thermal improvements of the coating as compared to conventional polymer insulator on the battery are further investigated. - Highlights: • We studied the Boron Nitride coating on battery casing using Taguchi method. • We investigated the effect of surface roughness and coating thickness on adhesion strength. • We compared the effect of coating and polymer insulator in heat transfer. • The Boron Nitride coating could enhance the thermal management of the battery

  3. Investigation of the neutron contamination in IMRT deliveries with a paired magnesium and boron coated magnesium ionization chamber system

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    Background and Purpose: Photon beams used in IMRT treatments with high energies (>10 MV) are contaminated with neutrons. Measurement of this neutron dose is of significance to the overall risk estimate of high energy radiotherapy. Materials and methods: For measuring neutron doses a paired magnesium and boron coated magnesium chamber system was used. All measurements were performed inside the solid water phantom EasyCube using abdominal extensions. 4 different clinical treatment plans were studied. Results: The measured neutron dose showed to be homogeneous inside the phantom and increased with increased number of applied monitor units. The sum over all fractions showed neutron doses of 1 - 2 mGy, depending on the kind of treatment. Conclusions: Using large conversion factors of 25 Sv/Gy, none of the studied treatment plans exceeded dose equivalents of 50 mSv for the whole treatment. This dose equivalent has to be considered whole body dose due to the homogeneous distribution of neutrons

  4. Mechanical properties of boron coatings

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    Internal stress of coatings will cause reliability problems, such as adhesion failure and peeling. We measured the internal stress in boron coatings, which was prepared by the ion plating method, with an apparatus based on the optically levered laser technique. The boron coatings exhibited large compressive stress in the range from -0.5 GPa to -2.6 GPa. It was found that these compressive stresses were decreasing functions of the deposition rate and were increasing functions of the ion bombardment energy. ((orig.))

  5. Influence of deposition parameters on surface roughness and mechanical properties of boron carbon nitride coatings synthesized by ion beam assisted deposition

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    Boron carbon nitride (BCN) coatings were deposited on Si(100) wafers and Si3N4 disks by using ion beam assisted deposition from a boron carbide target. The BCN coatings were synthesized by the reaction between boron and carbon vapor as well as nitrogen ion simultaneously. The influence of deposition parameters such as ion acceleration voltage, ion acceleration current density and deposition ratio on the surface roughness and mechanical properties of the BCN coatings was investigated. The surface roughness was determined by using atomic force microscopy and the mechanical properties of the BCN coatings were evaluated by nano-indentation tests and friction tests in N2 gas. The composition and chemical bonding of the BCN coatings were analyzed by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results showed that the lower deposition rate, the smaller surface roughness and higher nano-hardness the BCN coatings were. The BCN coating with the smoothest surface (R a = 0.25 nm and R P-V = 2.8 nm) and the highest nanohardness of 33 GPa as well as excellent friction property were obtained at 0.5 nm/s and the nitrogen ions were generated at 2.0 kV and 60 μA/cm2, and the chemical composition of this BCN coating was 49 at.% B, 42 at.% C and 9 at.% N. Moreover, there were several bonding states such as B-N, B-C and C-N with B-C-N hybridization in this BCN coating

  6. Dielectric coated ion thruster

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    This paper describes an ion accelerator apparatus. It comprises: a source of free electrons; a chamber connected to the source of free electrons; means for accelerating the free electrons within the chamber; means for introducing a flow of a gas comprising atoms having a neutral charge into the chamber, the accelerated free electrons colliding with the atoms of the gas causing valence shell electrons to be lost by the atoms, producing therefrom a plasma of positively charged ions; and a metallic grid plate comprising one wall of the chamber and provided with spaced apart perforations extending therethrough, the grid plate being coated on both its inner and outer sides with a layer of an insulating material having a much higher dielectric constant that the metallic grid plate, the grid plate being connected to an electric potential substantially more negative than the positively charged ions so that ions drifting into the vicinity of the metallic grid plate are accelerated toward it, passing out of the chamber through the perforations. The surface of the layer of insulating material on the inner side of the metallic grid plate has an electric potential approximately equal to that of the plasma and thus acting as a screen grid, both layers of insulating material protecting the metallic grid plate from erosion by charged ions and insulating the chamber against thermal and electrical losses

  7. Design and construction of a 10B coated ion chamber for the measurement of a thermal neutron flux

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    A model of an ionization chamber cover with 10B, for the measurement of thermal neutron flux is presented, the developed chamber is made of a cylindrical vessel in which interior exist 7 aluminium electrodes which by electrodeposition were covered with a coat of 10B with a thickness of 0.68 mg/cm2. Once the chamber is filled with N2 to a pressure of 1.33 atm., it was exposed to a flux of thermal neutrons at the order 104 n/cm2-seg obtaining an ionization current of 10-11 amp. which can be easily distinguished from the leak current which order is of 10-12 amp. The conventional electronics associated to the chamber allows to process the ionization current in pulse form. The relation of noise to signal is approximately of 8, for which the pulses can be differentiated from the electronic noise without any problem. (author)

  8. Boron coating on boron nitride coated nuclear fuels by chemical vapor deposition

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    Durmazucar, Hasan H.; Guenduez, Guengoer E-mail: ggunduz@metu.edu.tr

    2000-12-01

    Uranium dioxide-only and uranium dioxide-gadolinium oxide (5% and 10%) ceramic nuclear fuel pellets which were already coated with boron nitride were coated with thin boron layer by chemical vapor deposition to increase the burn-up efficiency of the fuel during reactor operation. Coating was accomplished from the reaction of boron trichloride with hydrogen at 1250 K in a tube furnace, and then sintering at 1400 and 1525 K. The deposited boron was identified by infrared spectrum. The morphology of the coating was studied by using scanning electron microscope. The plate, grainy and string (fiber)-like boron structures were observed.

  9. Boron coating on boron nitride coated nuclear fuels by chemical vapor deposition

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    Uranium dioxide-only and uranium dioxide-gadolinium oxide (5% and 10%) ceramic nuclear fuel pellets which were already coated with boron nitride were coated with thin boron layer by chemical vapor deposition to increase the burn-up efficiency of the fuel during reactor operation. Coating was accomplished from the reaction of boron trichloride with hydrogen at 1250 K in a tube furnace, and then sintering at 1400 and 1525 K. The deposited boron was identified by infrared spectrum. The morphology of the coating was studied by using scanning electron microscope. The plate, grainy and string (fiber)-like boron structures were observed

  10. Three chamber negative ion source

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    A negative ion vessel is divided into an excitation chamber, a negative ionization chamber and an extraction chamber by two magnetic filters. Input means introduces neutral molecules into a first chamber where a first electron discharge means vibrationally excites the molecules which migrate to a second chamber. In the second chamber a second electron discharge means ionizes the molecules, producing negative ions which are extracted into or by a third chamber. A first magnetic filter prevents high energy electrons from entering the negative ionization chamber from the excitation chamber. A second magnetic filter prevents high energy electrons from entering the extraction chamber from the negative ionizing chamber. An extraction grid at the end of the negative ion vessel attracts negative ions into the third chamber and accelerates them. Another grid, located adjacent to the extraction grid, carries a small positive voltage in order to inhibit positive ions from migrating into the extraction chamber and contour the plasma potential. Additional electrons can be suppressed from the output flux using ExB forces provided by magnetic field means and the extractor grid electric potential

  11. Neutron beam monitor based on a boron-coated GEM

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    ZHOU Jian-Rong; LI Yi; SUN Zhi-Jia; LIU Ben; WANG Yan-Feng; YANG Gui-An; ZHOU Liang; XU Hong; DONG Jing; YANG Lei

    2011-01-01

    A new thermal neutron beam monitor with a Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) is developed to meet the needs of the next generation of neutron facilities. A prototype chamber has been constructed with two 100 mm×100 mm GEM foils. Enriched boron-10 is coated on one surface of the aluminum cathode plate as the neutron convertor. 96 channel pads with an area of 8 mm×8 mm each are used for fast signal readout.In order to study the basic characteristics of a boron-coated GEM, several irradiation tests were carried out with α source 239pu and neutron source 241Am(Be). The signal induced by the neutron source has a high signal-to-noise ratio. A clear image obtained from α source 239pu is presented, which shows that the neutron beam monitor based on a boron-coated GEM has a good two-dimensional imaging ability.

  12. Nuclear fuel management and boron carbide coating

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    In recent years one way of introducing burnable absorber is to coat the fuel pellets by a thin layer of burnable absorber so called integral fuel burnable absorber (IFBA). In this method the fuel is coated with boron nitride or boron carbide. Boron has low absorption cross-section and when it exists on the surface of the fuel, it interacts with thermalized neutron. B4C is a boron compound, which can be used for coating the nuclear fuel. It has high thermal stability and withstands high pressure and temperatures. High technology product of boron carbide has different ratio of B: C. But in nuclear reactor when boron carbide is used, it must be rich with boron. In this research chemical vapor decomposition (CVD) has been using boron trichloride and carbon tetra chloride for reactant materials. The experiments were carried out at high temperatures (1050 degree Celsius, 1225 degree Celsius and 1325 degree Celsius). The coated samples were analyzed using X-Ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and will be presented in this paper. It was seen that decreasing the reaction temperature caused an increase on the quality and thickness of the coating

  13. Boron carbide coatings for neutron detection probed by x-rays, ions, and neutrons to determine thin film quality

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    Nowak, G., E-mail: Gregor.Nowak@hzg.de; Störmer, M.; Horstmann, C.; Kampmann, R.; Höche, D.; Lorenz, U.; Müller, M.; Schreyer, A. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Max-Planck-Straße 1, 21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Becker, H.-W. [RUBION-Zentrale Einrichtung für Ionenstrahlen und Radionuklide, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 44780 Bochum (Germany); Haese-Seiller, M.; Moulin, J.-F.; Pomm, M. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Außenstelle an der Forschungsneutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II), Technische Universität München, 85747 Garching (Germany); Randau, C. [Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Geowissenschaftliches Zentrum, 37077 Göttingen, Germany and Außenstelle an der Forschungsneutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II), Technische Universität München, 85747 Garching (Germany); Hall-Wilton, R. [European Spallation Source ESS AB, P.O. Box 176, 221 00 Lund (Sweden)

    2015-01-21

    Due to the present shortage of {sup 3}He and the associated tremendous increase of its price, the supply of large neutron detection systems with {sup 3}He becomes unaffordable. Alternative neutron detection concepts, therefore, have been invented based on solid {sup 10}B converters. These concepts require development in thin film deposition technique regarding high adhesion, thickness uniformity and chemical purity of the converter coating on large area substrates. We report on the sputter deposition of highly uniform large-area {sup 10}B{sub 4}C coatings of up to 2 μm thickness with a thickness deviation below 4% using the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht large area sputtering system. The {sup 10}B{sub 4}C coatings are x-ray amorphous and highly adhesive to the substrate. Material analysis by means of X-ray-Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometry, and Rutherford-Back-Scattering (RBS) revealed low impurities concentration in the coatings. The isotope composition determined by Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometry, RBS, and inelastic nuclear reaction analysis of the converter coatings evidences almost identical {sup 10}B isotope contents in the sputter target and in the deposited coating. Neutron conversion and detection test measurements with variable irradiation geometry of the converter coating demonstrate an average relative quantum efficiency ranging from 65% to 90% for cold neutrons as compared to a black {sup 3}He-monitor. Thus, these converter coatings contribute to the development of {sup 3}He-free prototype detectors based on neutron grazing incidence. Transferring the developed coating process to an industrial scale sputtering system can make alternative {sup 3}He-free converter elements available for large area neutron detection systems.

  14. Ion chamber based neutron detectors

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    Derzon, Mark S; Galambos, Paul C; Renzi, Ronald F

    2014-12-16

    A neutron detector with monolithically integrated readout circuitry, including: a bonded semiconductor die; an ion chamber formed in the bonded semiconductor die; a first electrode and a second electrode formed in the ion chamber; a neutron absorbing material filling the ion chamber; and the readout circuitry which is electrically coupled to the first and second electrodes. The bonded semiconductor die includes an etched semiconductor substrate bonded to an active semiconductor substrate. The readout circuitry is formed in a portion of the active semiconductor substrate. The ion chamber has a substantially planar first surface on which the first electrode is formed and a substantially planar second surface, parallel to the first surface, on which the second electrode is formed. The distance between the first electrode and the second electrode may be equal to or less than the 50% attenuation length for neutrons in the neutron absorbing material filling the ion chamber.

  15. Boron carbide (B4C) coating. Deposition and testing

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    Boron carbide was proposed as a material of in-situ protecting coating for tungsten tiles of ITER divertor. To prove this concept the project including investigation of regimes of plasma deposition of B4C coating on tungsten and tests of boron carbide layer in ITER-like is started recently. The paper contends the first results of the project. The results of B4C coating irradiation by the plasma pulses of QSPU-T plasma accelerator are presented. The new device capable of B4C film deposition on tungsten and testing of the films and materials with ITER-like heat loads and ion- and electron irradiation is described. The results of B4C coating deposition and testing of both tungsten substrate and coating are shown and discussed

  16. Boron carbide (B4C) coating. Deposition and testing

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    Azizov, E.; Barsuk, V.; Begrambekov, L.; Buzhinsky, O.; Evsin, A.; Gordeev, A.; Grunin, A.; Klimov, N.; Kurnaev, V.; Mazul, I.; Otroshchenko, V.; Putric, A.; Sadovskiy, Ya.; Shigin, P.; Vergazov, S.; Zakharov, A.

    2015-08-01

    Boron carbide was proposed as a material of in-situ protecting coating for tungsten tiles of ITER divertor. To prove this concept the project including investigation of regimes of plasma deposition of B4C coating on tungsten and tests of boron carbide layer in ITER-like is started recently. The paper contends the first results of the project. The results of B4C coating irradiation by the plasma pulses of QSPU-T plasma accelerator are presented. The new device capable of B4C film deposition on tungsten and testing of the films and materials with ITER-like heat loads and ion- and electron irradiation is described. The results of B4C coating deposition and testing of both tungsten substrate and coating are shown and discussed.

  17. Boron Particle Ignition in Secondary Chamber of Ducted Rocket

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    J. X. Hu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In the secondary chamber of ducted rocket, there exists a relative speed between boron particles and air stream. Hence, the ignition laws under static conditions cannot be simply applied to represent the actual ignition process of boron particles, and it is required to study the effect of forced convective on the ignition of boron particles. Preheating of boron particles in gas generator makes it possible to utilize the velocity difference between gas and particles in secondary chamber for removal of the liquid oxide layer with the aid of Stoke's forces. An ignition model of boron particles is formulated for the oxide layer removal by considering that it results from a boundary layer stripping mechanism. The shearing action exerted by the high-speed flow causes a boundary layer to be formed in the surface of the liquid oxide layer, and the stripping away of this layer accounts for the accelerated ignition of boron particles. Compared with the King model, as the ignition model of boron particles is formulated for the oxide layer removal by considering that it results from a boundary layer stripping mechanism, the oxide layer thickness thins at all times during the particle ignition and lower the ignition time.

  18. Boron-nitride coated nuclear fuels

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    Guenduez, G. [Orta Dogu Teknik Univ., Ankara (Turkey); Uslu, I. [Tuerkiye Atom Enerjisi Kurumu, Ankara (Turkey); Durmazucar, H.H. [Cumhuriyet Univ., Sivas (Turkey)

    1996-10-01

    Pure urania- and urania-gadolinia-containing fuel pellets were coated with boron nitride (BN) to improve the physical and neutronic properties of the fuel. The BN coating seems to have a technological advantage over zirconium-diboride coating. The BN is chemically inert, corrosion resistant, withstands rapid temperature changes, and has a high thermal conductivity. Since gadolinia fuel has low thermal conductivity. Since gadolinia fuel has low thermal conductivity, the gadolinia content can be lowered in the fuel by coating it with BN. In fact, the existence of two burnable absorbers in a fuel introduces desired nuclear properties since gadolinia is a fast-burning and boron a slow-burning element. The BN was deposited on fuel from two different sources, (a) from the reaction of boron trichloride (BCl{sub 3}) and ammonia (NH{sub 3}) at 875 K and (b) from the decomposition of trimethylamine borate complex at 1200 K. The infrared and X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra of BN from both precursors agreed with the available data in the literature. However BN powder from borane complex had a shifted XRD peak due to the presence of carbonaceous material in the structure. The BN powder-coated fuels were heated to 1400, 1525, and 1600 K to sinter the BN. The examination under scanning electron microscope showed that grainy, rod-shaped and layered BN coatings were achieved. Rod-shaped structures were usually seen on gadolinia fuels. The increased thickness of coating favors the formation of a glassy looking layer. The BN from a borane complex seems to form a layered structure more easily than the BN from BCl{sub 3}. The BN coated the surface of the fuels, and it did not penetrate into the fuels.

  19. Boron-nitride coated nuclear fuels

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    Pure urania- and urania-gadolinia-containing fuel pellets were coated with boron nitride (BN) to improve the physical and neutronic properties of the fuel. The BN coating seems to have a technological advantage over zirconium-diboride coating. The BN is chemically inert, corrosion resistant, withstands rapid temperature changes, and has a high thermal conductivity. Since gadolinia fuel has low thermal conductivity. Since gadolinia fuel has low thermal conductivity, the gadolinia content can be lowered in the fuel by coating it with BN. In fact, the existence of two burnable absorbers in a fuel introduces desired nuclear properties since gadolinia is a fast-burning and boron a slow-burning element. The BN was deposited on fuel from two different sources, (a) from the reaction of boron trichloride (BCl3) and ammonia (NH3) at 875 K and (b) from the decomposition of trimethylamine borate complex at 1200 K. The infrared and X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra of BN from both precursors agreed with the available data in the literature. However BN powder from borane complex had a shifted XRD peak due to the presence of carbonaceous material in the structure. The BN powder-coated fuels were heated to 1400, 1525, and 1600 K to sinter the BN. The examination under scanning electron microscope showed that grainy, rod-shaped and layered BN coatings were achieved. Rod-shaped structures were usually seen on gadolinia fuels. The increased thickness of coating favors the formation of a glassy looking layer. The BN from a borane complex seems to form a layered structure more easily than the BN from BCl3. The BN coated the surface of the fuels, and it did not penetrate into the fuels

  20. Burnup performances of boron nitride and boron coated nuclear fuels

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    The nuclear fuels of urania (UOV) and 5% and 10% gadolinia (Gd2O3) containing UO2 previously produced by sol-gel technique were coated with first boron nitride (BN) then boron (B) thin layer by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and also by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) techniques to increase the fuel cycle length and to improve the physical properties. From the cross-sectional view of BN and B layers taken from scanning electron microscope (SEM), the excellent adherence of BN onto fuel and B onto BN layer was observed in both cases. The behavior of fuel burnup, depletion of BN and B, the effect of coating thickness and also Gd2O3 content on the burnup performances of the fuels were identified by using the code WIMS-D/4 for Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) and Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) cores. The optimum thickness ratio of B to BN was found as 4 and their thicknesses were chosen as 40 mm and 10 mm respectively in both reactor types to get extended cycle length. The assemblies consisting of fuels with 5% Gd2O3 and also coated with 10 mm BN and 40 mm B layers were determined as candidates for getting higher burnup in both types of reactors

  1. Ion-stimulated Gas Desorption Yields of Electropolished, Chemically Etched, and Coated (Au, Ag, Pd, TiZrV) Stainless Steel Vacuum Chambers and St707 Getter Strips Irradiated with 4.2 MeV/u lead ions

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    Mahner, E; Küchler, D; Malabaila, M; Taborelli, M

    2005-01-01

    The ion-induced desorption experiment, installed in the CERN Heavy Ion Accelerator LINAC 3, has been used to measure molecular desorption yields for 4.2 MeV/u lead ions impacting under grazing incidence on different accelerator-type vacuum chambers. Desorption yields for H2, CH4, CO, and CO2, which are of fundamental interest for future accelerator applications, are reported for different stainless steel surface treatments. In order to study the effect of the surface oxide layer on the gas desorption, gold-, silver-, palladium-, and getter-coated 316 LN stainless steel chambers and similarly prepared samples were tested for desorption at LINAC 3 and analysed for chemical composition by X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS). The large effective desorption yield of 2 x 104 molecules/Pb53+ ion, previously measured for uncoated, vacuum fired stainless steel, was reduced after noble-metal coating by up to 2 orders of magnitude. In addition, pressure rise measurements, the effectiveness of beam scrubbing with le...

  2. Boronized steels with corundum-baddeleyite coatings

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    P. Pokorny

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper describes preparation and properties of anti-corrosion and anti-abrasive coatings from corundum-baddeleyite ceramics deposited on surface of low-carbon boronized steel S235JRH-1.0038 (EN 10025-1 by plasma spraying method. Adhesive interlayers Fe2B reaches bond strength of up to 20 MPa in the pull-off tests, the ZrO2 - Al2O3 - SiO2 coatings have a value of fracture adhesion of 4 - 6 MPa. Hardness of these ceramic coatings on steel is as high as 1 800 HV100 and its polarization resistance is 1 600 Ω/cm2 to 4 000 Ω/cm2.

  3. Production process for boron carbide coated carbon material and boron carbide coated carbon material obtained by the production process

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    A boron carbide coated carbon material is used for a plasma facing material of a thermonuclear reactor. The surface of a carbon material is chemically reacted with boron oxide to convert it into boron carbide. Then, it is subjected to heat treatment at a temperature of not lower than 1600degC in highly evacuated or inactive atmosphere to attain a boron carbide coated carbon material. The carbon material used is an artificial graphite or a carbon fiber reinforced carbon composite material. In the heat treatment, when the atmosphere is in vacuum, it is highly evacuated to less than 10Pa. Alternatively, in a case of inactive atmosphere, argon or helium gas each having oxygen and nitrogen content of not more than 20ppm is used. With such procedures, there can be obtained a boron carbide-coated carbon material with low content of oxygen and nitrogen impurities contained in the boron carbide coating membrane thereby hardly releasing gases. (I.N.)

  4. Compact ion chamber based neutron detector

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    Derzon, Mark S.; Galambos, Paul C.; Renzi, Ronald F.

    2015-10-27

    A directional neutron detector has an ion chamber formed in a dielectric material; a signal electrode and a ground electrode formed in the ion chamber; a neutron absorbing material filling the ion chamber; readout circuitry which is electrically coupled to the signal and ground electrodes; and a signal processor electrically coupled to the readout circuitry. The ion chamber has a pair of substantially planar electrode surfaces. The chamber pressure of the neutron absorbing material is selected such that the reaction particle ion trail length for neutrons absorbed by the neutron absorbing material is equal to or less than the distance between the electrode surfaces. The signal processor is adapted to determine a path angle for each absorbed neutron based on the rise time of the corresponding pulse in a time-varying detector signal.

  5. Channeling of boron ions into silicon

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    Channeled and random distributions of boron ions implanted over the energy range 50 keV--1.8 MeV into silicon have been measured using the differential capacitance technique. When implantations are performed along the or axis, profiles exhibit a strong orientation dependance. The best channeled profiles shows that more than 70% of the implanted dose is in the channeled peak

  6. Generation of a boron ion beam in a modified ion source for semiconductor applications

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    Presented here are results of experimental studies on the production of intense beams of boron ions using a modified Bernas-Calutron ion source. Instead of using the conventional boron-trifluoride gas, a solid lithium-boron-tetrafluoride compound was heated to release boron-trifluoride. For optimum ion source parameters the measured 25-41 mA of total ion beam current was composed of 70% singly charged and about 1% doubly charged boron ions

  7. Boron carbide (B{sub 4}C) coating. Deposition and testing

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    Azizov, E.; Barsuk, V. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Begrambekov, L., E-mail: lbb@plasma.mephi.ru [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation); Buzhinsky, O. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Evsin, A.; Gordeev, A.; Grunin, A. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation); Klimov, N. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Kurnaev, V. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation); Mazul, I. [Federal State Unitary Interprise Efremov Scientific Research Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus (NIIEFA Efremov), St-Peterburg (Russian Federation); Otroshchenko, V.; Putric, A. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Sadovskiy, Ya.; Shigin, P.; Vergazov, S.; Zakharov, A. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2015-08-15

    Boron carbide was proposed as a material of in-situ protecting coating for tungsten tiles of ITER divertor. To prove this concept the project including investigation of regimes of plasma deposition of B{sub 4}C coating on tungsten and tests of boron carbide layer in ITER-like is started recently. The paper contends the first results of the project. The results of B{sub 4}C coating irradiation by the plasma pulses of QSPU-T plasma accelerator are presented. The new device capable of B{sub 4}C film deposition on tungsten and testing of the films and materials with ITER-like heat loads and ion- and electron irradiation is described. The results of B{sub 4}C coating deposition and testing of both tungsten substrate and coating are shown and discussed.

  8. Channeling of boron ions into silicon

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    Lecrosnier, D.; Paugam, J.; Gallou, J.

    1977-04-01

    Channeled and random distributions of boron ions implanted over the energy range 50 keV--1.8 MeV into silicon have been measured using the differential capacitance technique. When implantations are performed along the <110> or <111> axis, profiles exhibit a strong orientation dependance. The best channeled profiles shows that more than 70% of the implanted dose is in the channeled peak.

  9. Summary on Titanium Nitride Coating of SNS Ring Vacuum Chambers

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    Todd, Robert J; Hseuh Hsiao Chaun; Weiss, Daniel

    2005-01-01

    The inner surfaces of the 248 m Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) accumulator ring vacuum chambers are coated with ~100 nm of titanium nitride (TiN) to reduce the secondary electron yield (SEY) of the chamber walls. There are approximately 100 chambers and kicker modules, some up to 5 m in length and 36 cm in diameter, coated with TiN. The coating is deposited by means of reactive DC magnetron sputtering using a cylindrical magnetron with internal permanent magnets. This cathode configuration generates a deposition rate sufficient to meet the required production schedule and produces stoichiometric films with good adhesion, low SEY and acceptable outgassing. Moreover, the cathode magnet configuration allows for simple changes in length and has been adapted to coat the wide variety of chambers and components contained within the arc, injection, extraction, collimation and RF regions. Chamber types, quantities and the cathode configurations used to coat them are presented herein. A brief summary of the salient co...

  10. boron and boron nitride coated nuclear fuel production in plasma atmosphere

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    In these study uranium dioxide (UO2) and 5, 10 % gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) containing UO2 nuclear fuel pellets were coated with first boron nitride (BN) then boron (B) layers as the results of the reactions between boron trichloride (BCl3) with ammonia (NH3) and BCl3 with hydrogen (H2) in the medium of argon (Ar) plasma created at 650 W and 500 W and 27.12 MHz to increase the fuel burnup efficiency and reactor core life by the method of plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). Grainy BN and B structures were observed on the photographs taken from scanning electron microscope (SEM)

  11. Metallurgical investigation in weldability of Aluminium Silicon coated boron steel with different coating thickness.

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    Aldén, Rickard

    2015-01-01

    Hot-pressed aluminium and silicon coated boron steel is used in the car industry where high tensile strength is of great importance, such as in the safety cage of a car where deformation has to be kept to a minimum in case of a collision. After hot-pressing the AlSi-boron steel shows excellent properties with high tensile strength, minimal spring back and also shows good protection against corrosion. A thickness of the AlSi coating of 150 [g/m2] for AlSi coated boron steel is typically used b...

  12. Processability of Nickel-Boron Nanolayer Coated Boron Carbide

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    Zhu, Xiaojing

    2008-01-01

    This dissertation work focuses on the processability improvement of B4C, especially the compaction and sintering improvement of B4C by applying a Ni-B nanolayer coating on individual B4C particles. A modified electroless coating procedure was proposed and employed to coat nanometer Ni-B layer onto micron-sized B4C particles. The thickness was able to be tuned and controlled below 100 nm. Key parameters, including the amount of nickel source, the amount of the surface activation agent (PdCl...

  13. Ion feedback suppression in Time Projection Chambers

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    Sauli, Fabio; Everaerts, P

    2006-01-01

    A controlled-voltage Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) can be used to block the re-injection of positive ions in large volume Time Projection Chambers. With proper choice of geometry, gas filling and external fields, good electron transmission can be obtained at very low GEM voltages; pulsed ion gating is then much easier than with conventional wire grids, requiring hundreds of volts. Gating schemes suited for the TPC detector planned for the International Linear Collider detector are described. The possibility of GEM-based DC-operated ion filters, exploiting the difference in diffusion properties of ions and electrons, is also discussed.

  14. Modification of optical surfaces employing CVD boron carbide coatings

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    Non-reflective or high emissivity optical surfaces require materials with given roughness or surface characteristics wherein interaction with incident radiation results in the absorption and dissipation of a specific spectrum of radiation. Coatings have been used to alter optical properties, however, extreme service environments, such as experienced by satellite systems and other spacecraft, necessitate the use of materials with unique combinations of physical, chemical, and mechanical properties. Thus, ceramics such as boron carbide are leading candidates for these applications. Boron carbide was examined as a coating for optical baffle surfaces. Boron carbide coatings were deposited on graphite substrates from BCl3, CH4, and H2 gases employing chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques. Parameters including temperature, reactant gas compositions and flows, and pressure were explored. The structures of the coatings were characterized using electron microscopy and compositions were determined using x-ray diffraction. The optical properties of the boron carbide coatings were measured, and relationships between processing conditions, deposit morphology, and optical properties were determined

  15. Ion implantation of boron in germanium

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    Jones, K.S.

    1985-05-01

    Ion implantation of /sup 11/B/sup +/ into room temperature Ge samples leads to a p-type layer prior to any post implant annealing steps. Variable temperature Hall measurements and deep level transient spectroscopy experiments indicate that room temperature implantation of /sup 11/B/sup +/ into Ge results in 100% of the boron ions being electrically active as shallow acceptor, over the entire dose range (5 x 10/sup 11//cm/sup 2/ to 1 x 10/sup 14//cm/sup 2/) and energy range (25 keV to 100 keV) investigated, without any post implant annealing. The concentration of damage related acceptor centers is only 10% of the boron related, shallow acceptor center concentration for low energy implants (25 keV), but becomes dominant at high energies (100 keV) and low doses (<1 x 10/sup 12//cm/sup 2/). Three damage related hole traps are produced by ion implantation of /sup 11/B/sup +/. Two of these hole traps have also been observed in ..gamma..-irradiated Ge and may be oxygen-vacancy related defects, while the third trap may be divacancy related. All three traps anneal out at low temperatures (<300/sup 0/C). Boron, from room temperature implantation of BF/sub 2//sup +/ into Ge, is not substitutionally active prior to a post implant annealing step of 250/sup 0/C for 30 minutes. After annealing additional shallow acceptors are observed in BF/sub 2//sup +/ implanted samples which may be due to fluorine or flourine related complexes which are electrically active.

  16. Boron nitride nanosheets as oxygen-atom corrosion protective coatings

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    The research of two-dimensional nanomaterials for anticorrosion applications is just recently burgeoning. Herein, we demonstrate the boron nitride nanosheets (BNNSs) coatings for protecting polymer from oxygen-atom corrosion. High-quality BNNSs, which are produced by an effective fluid dynamics method with multiple exfoliation mechanisms, can be assembled into coatings with controlled thickness by vacuum filtration. After exposed in atom oxygen, the naked polymer is severely corroded with remarkable mass loss, while the BNNSs-coated polymer remains intact. Barrier and bonding effects of the BNNSs are responsible for the coating's protective performance. These preliminary yet reproducible results pave a way for resisting oxygen-atom corrosion

  17. Molybdenum-boron-silicon coating on VN-3 niobium alloy

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    Heat resistance of the complex molybdenum-boron-silicon coating on VN-3 niobium alloy is studied. The coating phase composition in the initial state and after heating in air at 1200 deg C during 100-1300 h is determined using X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and X-ray spectrum analyses. It is shown that high heat resistance of the coating is ensured due to formation of an external film of silicon oxide and a boride sublayer between the metal and coating

  18. Deposition and adhesion of PECVD boron coatings on Ti-6Al-4V substrates

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    Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) has been used to produce elemental boron coatings on Ti-6Al-4V substrates. Deposition has been accomplished using a novel PECVD reactor in which a serpentine, rather than a helical, RF coil has been employed. Transmission electron microscopy has confirmed the amorphous nature of these boron coatings. Scratch adhesion properties of this coating/substrate system, including an investigation of the effects of nitrogen ion implantation energy and fluence prior to deposition, have been determined. Both acoustic emission and frictional force measurements have been recorded during scratch removal traverses to detect incipient coating and/or substrate failure. Differences in failure mechanism have been found to result as a consequence of the substrate surface pretreatment, with untreated substrates giving rise to adhesive failures and ion implanted substrates leading to cohesive coating failures. The acoustic emission technique has demonstrated great sensitivity in the detection of both adhesive and cohesive coating failures, and scanning electron microscopy has been effective in differentiating adhesive failures, such as spallation, from coating microcracking in a cohesive failure mode

  19. Effect of boron nitride coating on fiber-matrix interactions

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    Coatings can modify fiber-matrix reactions and consequently interfacial bond strengths. Commercially available mullite, silicon carbide, and carbon fibers were coated with boron nitride via low pressure chemical vapor deposition and incorporated into a mullite matrix by hot-pressing. The influence of fiber-matrix interactions for uncoated fibers on fracture morphologies was studied. These observations are related to the measured values of interfacial shear strengths

  20. Selection of boron based tribological hard coatings using multi-criteria decision making methods

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    Highlights: • Boron based coating selection problem for cutting tools was solved. • EXPROM2, TOPSIS and VIKOR methods were used for ranking the alternative materials. • The best coatings for cutting tool were selected as TiBN and TiSiBN. • The ranking results are in good agreement with cutting test results in literature. - Abstract: Mechanical and tribological properties of hard coatings can be enhanced using boron as alloying element. Therefore, multicomponent nanostructured boron based hard coatings are deposited on cutting tools by different methods at different parameters. Different mechanical and tribological properties are obtained after deposition, and it is a difficult task to select the best coating material. In this paper, therefore, a systematic evaluation model was proposed to tackle the difficulty of the material selection with specific properties among a set of available alternatives. The alternatives consist of multicomponent nanostructured TiBN, TiCrBN, TiSiBN and TiAlSiBN coatings deposited by magnetron sputtering and ion implantation assisted magnetron sputtering at different parameters. The alternative coating materials were ranked by using three multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) methods, i.e. EXPROM2 (preference ranking organization method for enrichment evaluation), TOPSIS (technique for order performance by similarity to ideal solution) and VIKOR (VIšekriterijumsko KOmpromisno Rangiranje), in order to determine the best coating material for cutting tools. Hardness (H), Young’s modulus (E), elastic recovery, friction coefficient, critical load, H/E and H3/E2 ratios were considered as material selection criteria. In order to determine the importance weights of the evaluation criteria, a compromised weighting method, which composes of the analytic hierarchy process and Entropy methods, were used. The ranking results showed that TiBN and TiSiBN coatings deposited at given parameters are the best coatings for cutting tools

  1. Innovations in gas filled ionisation chambers

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    The gas filled parallel plate ion chamber and coaxial cylindrical ion chambers are widely used for detection of nuclear radiations for more than hundred years. Thin Metal electrodes or metal coated planes are used as cathode and anodes in both parallel plate and cylindrical ionization chambers since its invention. For neutral particle detection, either the ionising medium or a coated electrode surface is used as a converter material for producing secondary charged particles which are detected in these ionisation chambers. Boron, and 235U are coated as thin layer on the cathode surface with optimum thickness to give maximum neutron detection sensitivity. The neutron sensitivity mostly depends upon the coated surface area and to enhance the neutron sensitivity diameter and the length/ diameter of the coated electrodes have to be increased which also results in an increase in the volume of the counter. For many applications, it is necessary to reduce the size of the counter by a factor of 2 to 5 but having the same efficiency. Recently this has been achieved by designing a non planar electrode surface/ s which has surface area larger by a factor or up to five keeping the external dimensions the same. By using this new technique, it is possible to increase the coated area up to 5 times, without changing the overall dimensions of the counter both for proportional counters and ion chambers. The three methods have been developed to enhance the neutron sensitivity the use of: additional coated wires, coated baffles, coated fins: in sensitive volume of gas detectors. The introduction of these three-dimensional boron coated structures into the sensitive volume without enlarging the outer detector dimensions increases the Boron/Uranium content in the sensitive region without any significant change in the nature of the pulses from these counters. In the newly developed Wire Plane Chambers both in the DC mode and pulse mode, wire planes have been used as anode and cathodes with

  2. Surface analysis of VPS-W coatings boronized by an ICRF discharge in HT-7

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    Yang Zhongshi, E-mail: zsyang@ipp.ac.cn [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO. Box 1126, Hefei 230031 (China); Wang Wanjing [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO. Box 1126, Hefei 230031 (China); Radiosicence Research Laboratory, Shizuoka University, 836 Oya, Shizuoka 422-8529 (Japan); Li Qiang; Wu Jing [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO. Box 1126, Hefei 230031 (China); Okuno, Kenji; Oya, Yasuhisa [Radiosicence Research Laboratory, Shizuoka University, 836 Oya, Shizuoka 422-8529 (Japan); Luo Guangnan, E-mail: gnluo@ipp.ac.cn [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO. Box 1126, Hefei 230031 (China)

    2011-10-01

    To understand the surface compositions and the hydrogen isotope behavior in boronized Vacuum plasma spraying (VPS)-W, the boron coating has been achieved by means of Ion Cyclotron Radio Frequency (ICRF) boronization using carborane (C{sub 2}B{sub 10}H{sub 12}) powder as the precursor material in HT-7. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) were used to observe the morphology of the VPS-W and boronized W surfaces. The X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) of W-4f, O-1s, C-1s and B-1s on the VPS-W sample before and after boronization and after plasma exposure have been measured. The B-B and B-C bonds were observed after boronization treatment for VPS-W. Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy (TDS) experiments were also carried out to investigate the thermal desorption behavior of D implanted into the samples. After HT-7 plasma exposure, the desorption spectrum had a low temperature peak associated with trapping in intrinsic defects in polycrystalline W and a high temperature peak associated with B-O-D and B-C-D bonds.

  3. Chamber transport for heavy ion fusion

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    A brief review is given of research on chamber transport for HIF (heavy ion fusion) dating from the first HIF Workshop in 1976 to the present. Chamber transport modes are categorized into ballistic transport modes and channel-like modes. Four major HIF reactor studies are summarized (HIBALL-II, HYLIFE-II, Prometheus-H, OSIRIS), with emphasis on the chamber transport environment. In general, many beams are used to provide the required symmetry and to permit focusing to the required small spots. Target parameters are then discussed, with a summary of the individual heavy ion beam parameters required for HIF. The beam parameters are then classified as to their line charge density and perveance, with special emphasis on the perveance limits for radial space charge spreading, for the space charge limiting current, and for the magnetic (Alfven) limiting current. The major experiments on ballistic transport (SFFE, Sabre beamlets, GAMBLE II, NTX, NDCX) are summarized, with specific reference to the axial electron trapping limit for charge neutralization. The major experiments on channel-like transport (GAMBLE II channel, GAMBLE II self-pinch, LBNL channels, GSI channels) are discussed. The status of current research on HIF chamber transport is summarized, and the value of future NDCX-II transport experiments for the future of HIF is noted

  4. Nitrogen implantation effects on the chemical bonding and hardness of boron and boron nitride coatings

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    Anders, S; Felter, T; Hayes, J; Jankowski, A F; Patterson, R; Poker, D; Stamler, T

    1999-02-08

    Boron nitride (BN) coatings are deposited by the reactive sputtering of fully dense, boron (B) targets utilizing an argon-nitrogen (Ar-N{sub 2}) reactive gas mixture. Near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure analysis reveals features of chemical bonding in the B 1s photoabsorption spectrum. Hardness is measured at the film surface using nanoindentation. The BN coatings prepared at low, sputter gas pressure with substrate heating are found to have bonding characteristic of a defected hexagonal phase. The coatings are subjected to post-deposition nitrogen (N{sup +} and N{sub 2}{sup +}) implantation at different energies and current densities. The changes in film hardness attributed to the implantation can be correlated to changes observed in the B 1s NEXAFS spectra.

  5. Axial channeling of boron ions into silicon

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    La Ferla, A.; Galvagno, G.; Raineri, V.; Setola, R.; Rimini, E.; Carbera, A.; Gasparotto, A.

    1992-04-01

    Channeling boron implants were performed into (100) and (110) silicon substrates in the energy range 80-700 keV. The dose ranged between 3.5 × 10 11 and 1 × 10 15 atoms/cm 2. The axial channeling concentration profiles of implanted B + were compared with that obtained for incidence along the random direction of the crystal and with that obtained by implantation in amorphous silicon. The electrical and chemical boron distributions were obtained by spreading resistance and secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements, respectively. The inelastic stopping power, Sc, was extracted from the experimental maximum ranges for the [100] and [110] axis. The energ dependence of the electronic stopping power is given by Sc = KEp with p[100] = 0.469±0.010 and p[110] = 0.554±0.004. Simulations obtained by the MARLOWE code, using the Oen-Robinson impact parameter dependent formula, for the electronic energy loss reproduce quite well the experimental depth profiles.

  6. Axial channeling of boron ions into silicon

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    Channeling boron implants were performed into (100) and (110) silicon substrates in the energy range 80-700 keV. The dose ranged between 3.5x1011 and 1x1015 atoms/cm2. The axial channeling concentration profiles of implanted B+ were compared with that obtained for incidence along the random direction of the crystal and with that obtained by implantation in amorphous silicon. The electrical and chemical boron distributions were obtained by spreading resistance and secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements, respectively. The inelastic stopping power, Sc, was extracted from the experimental maximum ranges for the [100] and [110] axis. The energy dependence of the electronic stopping power is given by Se = KEp with p[100] = 0.469±0.010 and p[110] = 0.554±0.004. Simulations obtained by the MARLOWE code, using the Oen-Robinson impact parameter dependent formula, for the electronic energy loss reproduce quite well the experimental depth profiles. (orig.)

  7. Axial channeling of boron ions into silicon

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    La Ferla, A.; Galvagno, G. (Ist. di Tecnologie e Metodologie per la Microelettronica, CNR, Dipt. di Fisica, Catania (Italy)); Raineri, V.; Setola, R.; Rimini, E. (Dipt. di Fisica, Univ. di Catania (Italy)); Carnera, A.; Gasparotto, A. (Dipt. di Fisica, Univ. di Padova (Italy))

    1992-04-01

    Channeling boron implants were performed into (100) and (110) silicon substrates in the energy range 80-700 keV. The dose ranged between 3.5x10{sup 11} and 1x10{sup 15} atoms/cm{sup 2}. The axial channeling concentration profiles of implanted B{sup +} were compared with that obtained for incidence along the random direction of the crystal and with that obtained by implantation in amorphous silicon. The electrical and chemical boron distributions were obtained by spreading resistance and secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements, respectively. The inelastic stopping power, S{sub c}, was extracted from the experimental maximum ranges for the (100) and (110) axis. The energy dependence of the electronic stopping power is given by S{sub e} = KE{sup p} with p{sub (100)} = 0.469{+-}0.010 and p{sub (110)} = 0.554{+-}0.004. Simulations obtained by the MARLOWE code, using the Oen-Robinson impact parameter dependent formula, for the electronic energy loss reproduce quite well the experimental depth profiles. (orig.).

  8. Boronized stainless steel with zirconia coatings

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    Brožek, Vlastimil; Kolísko, J.; Kubatík, Tomáš František; Mastný, L.; Pokorný, P.; Tej, P.

    Ostrava: TANGER Ltd, 2015, s. 1069-1074. ISBN 978-80-87294-62-8. [METAL 2015. International Conference on Metallurgy and Materials /24./. Brno (CZ), 03.06.2015-05.06.2015] Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : Boronised steel * plasma spraying * ceramic coatings * bond strength * zirkonia coatings Subject RIV: JH - Ceramics, Fire-Resistant Materials and Glass

  9. Determination of boron in silicates after ion exchange separation

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    Kramer, H.

    1955-01-01

    Existing methods for the determination of boron in silicates are not entirely satisfactory. Separation as the methyl ester is lengthy and frequently erratic. An accurate and rapid method applicable to glass, mineral, ore, and water samples uses ion exchange to remove interfering cations, and boron is determined titrimetrically in the presence of mannitol, using a pH meter to indicate the end point.

  10. Microstructure of boron nitride coated on nuclear fuels by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Three nuclear fuels, pure urania, 5% and 10% gadolinia containing fuels were coated with boron nitride to improve nuclear and physical properties. Coating was done by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique by using boron trichloride and ammonia. The specimens were examined under a scanning electron microscope. Boron nitride formed a grainy structure on all fuels. Gadolinia decreased the grain size of boron nitride. The fractal dimensions of fragmentation and of area-perimeter relation were determined. (orig.)

  11. Microstructure of boron nitride coated on nuclear fuels by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Durmazucar, H.H. [Cumhuriyet Univ., Sivas (Turkey). Kimya Muehendisligi Boeluemue; Guenduez, G. [Kimya Muehendisligi Boeluemue, Orta Dogu Teknik Ueniversitesi, Ankara 06531 (Turkey); Toker, C. [Elektrik-Elektronik Muehendisligi Boeluemue, Orta Dogu Teknik Ueniversitesi, Ankara 06531 (Turkey)

    1998-08-03

    Three nuclear fuels, pure urania, 5% and 10% gadolinia containing fuels were coated with boron nitride to improve nuclear and physical properties. Coating was done by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique by using boron trichloride and ammonia. The specimens were examined under a scanning electron microscope. Boron nitride formed a grainy structure on all fuels. Gadolinia decreased the grain size of boron nitride. The fractal dimensions of fragmentation and of area-perimeter relation were determined. (orig.) 19 refs.

  12. Carbon coating of the SPS dipole chambers

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    Costa Pinto, P; Chiggiato, P; Edwards, P; Mensi, M; Neupert, H; Taborelli, M; Yin-Vallgren, C

    2013-01-01

    The Electron Multipacting (EM) phenomenon is a limiting factor for the achievement of high luminosity in accelerators for positively charged particles and for the performance of RF devices. At CERN, the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) must be upgraded in order to feed the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) with 25 ns bunch spaced beams. At such small bunch spacing, EM may limit the performance of the SPS and consequently that of the LHC. To mitigate this phenomenon CERN is developing a carbon thin film coating with low Secondary Electron Yield (SEY) to coat the internal walls of the SPS dipoles beam pipes. This paper presents the progresses in the coating technology, the performance of the carbon coatings and the strategy for a large scale production.

  13. Research on the boron contamination at the p/i interface of microcrystalline silicon solar cells deposited in a single PECVD chamber

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    Zhang Xiao-Dan; Sun Fu-He; Wei Chang-Chun; Sun Jian; Zhang De-Kun; Geng Xin-Hua; Xiong Shao-Zhen; Zhao Ying

    2009-01-01

    This paper studies boron contamination at the interface between the p and i layers of μc-Si:H solar cells deposited in a single-chamber PECVD system. The boron depth profile in the i layer was measured by Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy. It is found that the mixed-phase μc-Si:H materials with 40% crystalline volume fraction is easy to be affected by the residual boron in the reactor. The experimental results showed that a 500-nm thick μc-Si:H covering layer or a 30-seconds of hydrogen plasma treatment can effectively reduce the boron contamination at the p/i interface. However, from viewpoint of cost reduction, the hydrogen plasma treatment is desirable for solar cell manufacture because the substrate is not moved during the hydrogen plasma treatment.

  14. WSP-Sprayed Boron Carbide Coatings for Fusion Applications

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    Matějíček, Jiří; Neufuss, Karel; Ctibor, Pavel; Rohan, Pavel; Dubský, Jiří; Chráska, Pavel; Brožek, Vlastimil

    Düsseldorf: DVS, 2002 - (Lugscheider, E.; Berndt, C.), s. 1-5 ISBN 3-87155-783-8. [International Thermal Spray Conference.. Essen (DE), 04.03.2002-06.03.2002] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA104/01/0149 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : thermal spray coatings, boron carbide, fusion reactor materials Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials

  15. Application of nitriding to electroless nickel–boron coatings: Chemical and structural effects; mechanical characterization; corrosion resistance

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    Highlights: ► Nitriding of electroless nickel–boron coatings is possible and improves properties. ► Nitrided electroless nickel–boron coatings are harder than heat treated coatings. ► Nitrided electroless nickel–boron coatings have a good scratch test resistance. ► Nitrided Ni–B coatings have a better corrosion resistance than untreated coatings. -- Abstract: Electroless nickel–boron coatings, synthesized on mild steel, were submitted to nitridation treatments in varying conditions of pressure, temperature and atmosphere composition. One treatment was carried out under a reduced pressure of a nitrogen-based gas, the other under ambient pressure in a ammonia-based atmosphere. The modifications of the samples’ chemistry after those treatments were investigated by ICP-AES (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy), GD-OES (Glow Discharge-Optical Emission Spectroscopy) and ToF-SIMS (Time of flight-Secondary Ions Mass Spectroscopy) analysis. Their structures and morphology were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical microscopy. The mechanical properties of the samples were investigated by micro- and nanohardness measurements successively on the free surface of the sample and on polished cross-sections; their roughness and resistance to scratch test were measured. Electrochemical corrosion tests were also carried out. The effects of both treatments were then compared: after the treatment carried out under lowered pressure, the coatings are dense, present signs of solution hardening and are characterized by a high hardness (close to 1600 hv100). A combination layer is observable on the samples treated under an ammonia-based atmosphere. This outer layer possesses poorer mechanical properties but the inner layer of the coating presents properties similar to those of vacuum nitrided coatings. The corrosion resistance of the coatings is as good as that of heat treated coatings.

  16. Autocatalytic reduction and characteristics of boron-containing coatings

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    The research results of the plating conditions, chemical composition and properties of Ni-B coatings and Ni-Re-B, Ni-Mo-B and Ni-W-B alloys are given. It was shown that introduction of alloying elements (Re, Mo and W) in the composition of Ni-containing coatings modifies the catalytic activity of the alloys' surface, with regard to the parallel reactions of dimethylamino-borane(DMAB) heterogeneous hydrolysis, Ni reduction and evolving of the molecular hydrogen. It was found that with the increase in concentration of alloying element, boron contents in the coatings is decreased to the trace amounts. The effect of alloys composition on hydrogen evolving overvoltage was studied. Due to the low overvoltage of hydrogen evolving (HE) on the alloy Ni-Re-B surface (11 at.% Re), it can be used as electrode for hydrogen generation from water in the electrolytic cell with novel design and improved technical-economical indicators. (authors)

  17. The coated cathode conductive layer chamber

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    We describe a gaseous detector consisting of thin anode strips vacuum-evaporated on one side of a 100 μ thick plastic layer, alternating on the back side of the same foil with wider parallel cathode strips. Ionizatin released in a drift space on the anode side is amplified and detected much in the same way as in the microstrip gas chamber; in our detector however spontaenous breakdown due to surface currents is completely avoided by the presence of the insulating layer between anodes and cathodes. To reduce surface and volume charging up, we have used polymer foils with a moderate volume resistivity. The first results show good efficiency, good plateaux and time resolution in detecting low-rate minimum ionizing electrons. Although not suited for high rate or good energy resolution applications, this kind of detector seems rather promising for realizing cheaply large active surfaces. (orig.)

  18. Development of gamma compensated boron lined ionization chamber with intermediate range monitor for reactor applications

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    Gamma compensated boron lined ionization chamber with indigenously developed 40.5% enriched boron-10 and polyetheretherketone insulating spacers has been developed. The detector has an overall diameter of 85 mm and overall length of 315 mm. Tests on the chamber with intermediate range monitor have been conducted in both gamma and neutron fields. The detector has good saturation characteristics, adequate neutron sensitivity and required gamma compensation. The linearity of response of the detector at various reactor power levels was also found to be within the required limits. The Log P signal output variation due to change in amplifier temperature of IRM, was found to be within limits for temperature variations from 25℃ to 30.13℃ thus indicating stable output against changes in temperature of IRM amplifier at steady reactor power operation. (author)

  19. Ultrathin high-temperature oxidation-resistant coatings of hexagonal boron nitride

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    Liu, Zheng; Gong, Yongji; Zhou, Wu; Ma, Lulu; Yu, Jingjiang; Idrobo, Juan Carlos; Jung, Jeil; MacDonald, Allan H.; Vajtai, Robert; Lou, Jun; Ajayan, Pulickel M.

    2013-10-01

    Hexagonal boron nitride is a two-dimensional layered material that can be stable at 1,500 °C in air and will not react with most chemicals. Here we demonstrate large-scale, ultrathin, oxidation-resistant coatings of high-quality hexagonal boron nitride layers with controlled thicknesses from double layers to bulk. We show that such ultrathin hexagonal boron nitride films are impervious to oxygen diffusion even at high temperatures and can serve as high-performance oxidation-resistant coatings for nickel up to 1,100 °C in oxidizing atmospheres. Furthermore, graphene layers coated with a few hexagonal boron nitride layers are also protected at similarly high temperatures. These hexagonal boron nitride atomic layer coatings, which can be synthesized via scalable chemical vapour deposition method down to only two layers, could be the thinnest coating ever shown to withstand such extreme environments and find applications as chemically stable high-temperature coatings.

  20. Velocities of Reacting Boron Particles within a Solid Fuel Ramjet Combustion Chamber

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    Sender, J.; H.K. Ciezki

    1998-01-01

    A 2D-laser doppler velocimeter was used to measure velocities of reacting boron (B) particles during the combustion of a metallised solid fuel slab inside a 20-combustion chamber. The solid fuel hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) was enriched with B particles to increase its specific heat. To obtain information on the combustion process and on the movement of B particles, their velocities were measured. The experiments were performed at ambient pressure. The behaviour of the B pa...

  1. Flow characteristics of aluminum coated boron steel in hot press forming

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    Jeong-Hwan JANG; Jae-Ho LEE; Byeong-Don JOO; Young-Hoon MOON

    2009-01-01

    The flow characteristics of aluminum coated boron steel in hot press forming were investigated. Furthermore, the effects of aluminum coated layer on press forming were analyzed during deep drawing. The results show that aluminum coated boron steel exhibits a high sensitivity on temperature and strain rate. Aluminum coating layer appears in surface flaking in a temperature range of 700-800 ℃, but smooth surface is formed above 900 ℃.

  2. Preliminary results of a new boron coated neutron detector

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    Gervino, G., E-mail: gervino@to.infn.it [Dipartimento di Fisica Università di Torino (Italy); INFN Torino (Italy); Balma, M.; Devona, D. [SELEX Galileo, San Maurizio Canavese, TO (Italy); Lavagno, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica Politecnico di Torino (Italy); INFN Torino (Italy); Palmisano, C. [Dipartimento di Fisica Università di Torino (Italy); Zamprotta, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica Università di Torino (Italy); INFN Torino (Italy); Scarfone, A. [ISC-CNR Torino (Italy); INFN Torino (Italy); Tintori, C. [C.A.E.N. S.p.A., Viareggio, LU (Italy)

    2013-08-01

    The proliferation of neutron detection applications based upon {sup 3}He counter has triggered a critical shortage of {sup 3}He gas. Nowadays there is an increasing demand for alternative neutron detectors that can cover large solid angles, have low sensitivity to gamma background and low cost. We present a low cost neutron detector based upon 3 cm diameter, 150 cm long cylindrical metal tube coated on the inside with a thin layer of {sup 10}B-enriched boron carbide ({sup 10}B{sub 4}C) fulfilled by 1 atm nitrogen.

  3. Influence of working gas on the properties of boron-coated MRPC thermal neutron detector by Garfield simulation

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    Background: Multi-gap Resistive Plate Chamber (MRPC) is a kind of gas detector developed in 1995. Purpose: For its excellent time resolution and high efficiency, MRPC is used to detect thermal neutron by coating boron on the inner glass. Methods: The performances of the boron-coated MRPC thermal neutron detector are largely affected by the component or proportion of the working gas, so it is important to optimize the proportion of working gas. Then Garfield was used to simulate the gas parameter, such as Townsend coefficient η, electron attachment coefficient α, drift velocity ν and diffusion coefficient D. Results: The time resolution σt and detection efficiency E of MRPC were calculated. Conclusion: Through the simulation, the proportion of working gas is optimized to provide necessary guidance for the fabrication of the detector. (authors)

  4. Ballistic-neutralized chamber transport of intense heavy ion beams

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    Two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of intense heavy ion beams propagating in an inertial confinement fusion (ICF) reactor chamber are presented. The ballistic-neutralized transport scheme studied uses 4 GeV Pb+1 ion beams injected into a low-density, gas-filled reactor chamber and the beam is ballistically focused onto an ICF target before entering the chamber. Charge and current neutralization of the beam is provided by the low-density background gas. The ballistic-neutralized simulations include stripping of the beam ions as the beam traverses the chamber as well as ionization of the background plasma. In addition, a series of simulations are presented that explore the charge and current neutralization of the ion beam in an evacuated chamber. For this vacuum transport mode, neutralizing electrons are only drawn from sources near the chamber entrance

  5. Description and calibration beamline SEM/Ion Chamber Current Digitizer

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    This report discusses the following on beamline SEM/ion chamber current digitizers: Module description; testing and calibration; common setup procedures; summary of fault indications and associated causes; summary of input and output connections; SEM conversion constant table; ion chamber conversion constant table; hexadecimal to decimal conversion table; and schematic diagram

  6. Investigations on the characterization of ion implanted hexagonal boron nitride

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    Aradi, E.; Naidoo, S. R.; Erasmus, R. M.; Julies, B.; Derry, T. E.

    2013-07-01

    The effect of ion implantation on hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is studied herein. We use boron as an ion of choice to introduce radiation damage into h-BN, at fluences ranging from 1 × 1014-1 × 1016 ions/cm2 and implantation energy ranges from 40 to 160 keV. The thermal dependence is also investigated by varying the annealing temperature from room temperature to 400 °C after implantation. Raman spectroscopy showed Raman active defects one of which is possibly related to the formation of cubic boron nitride nanocrystals (nc-BN) within the implanted range. The relationship of these defect induced Raman active peaks was investigated by varying the implantation parameters. The preliminary Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) results also are reported briefly.

  7. Boron nitride - boron hybrid coating on uranium dioxide-gadolinium oxide fuel. Final report for the period 1 November 1996 - 1 November 1997

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    The report describes work to develop laboratory-scale technology of the deposition of hybrid boron nitrate-metallic boron coating onto the surface of uranium dioxide ore uranium dioxide - gadolinia dioxide fuel pellets. Methods of chemical vapour deposition and plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition were used in the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. An excellent adherence of boron onto the boron nitrate layer and boron nitrate layer onto the fuel pellet surface was demonstrated. Fine grain-type structure of boron coating and its excellent adherence are good indices for integrated fuel burnable absorber fuels

  8. Mechanisms of the boron carbide and boron nitride preferred sputtering by low energy ions bombardment

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    The ion irradiation of BN and B4C leads to enriching of the materials with the lighter component - borons as the experiment shows . With a view to explain this effect sputtering of BN and B4C under the irradiation by the He+ and Ar+ ions with the energy E0=0,5-5 keV has been calculated with computer modelling and the real structure of BN has been considered. In the case of B4C the calculations have been carried with Monte-Carlo code. It was shown that enriching of BN by boron may be accounted for building up the molecules N2 on the irradiated surface and their desorbing. The enriching of B4C with boron results from the difference of the binding energy of the B and C atoms. (author). 10 refs., 5 tabs

  9. Analysis of TPC inner drift chamber wire coatings

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    In the context of analyzing the chemical composition of deposits on wires in a drift chamber at SLAC that failed with an argon/methane gas, the techniques of mass spectroscopy (MS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) are demonstrated. Chemical mechanisms are proposed for conversion of methane gas of polyethylene-like insulating coatings on the wires. Discussion of mass spectra for model compounds is turned toward evaluation of spectra from both field wires and sense wires. Contamination from phthalate plasticizers is found on both sets of wires, while silicone polymer is detected only on sense wires. AES data on field wires show mostly (90%+) carbon; profiles of carbon/gold/copper implicate nonuniformities in the gold coating and/or the underlying copper-beryllium alloy. Successful chamber operation was subsequently achieved by reducing the wire potentials, though polymeric deposition continued at a slower rate

  10. Monte Carlo simulation on the application of boron-coated MRPC thermal neutron detector to the compensated neutron logging

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    Background: The compensated neutron logging technology is widely used in oil exploration and development. The neutron detector commonly used in this technology is the helium-3 proportional counter. Due to the decreasing in supply of the helium-3 gas, the price of the helium-3 proportional counter rises quickly. Purpose: The aim is to develop a new type of neutron detector to replace the helium-3 tubes in the compensated neutron logging technology. Methods: A new thermal neutron detector coated with a layer of thermal neutron converter in the inner glass of the Multi-gap Resistive Plate Chamber (MRPC) was developed. Under the conventional and underbalanced conditions, Monte Carlo method was used to simulate the response of the boron-coated MRPC thermal neutron detector and helium-3 proportional counter employed in compensated neutron logging technology. Results: It is shown that the SS/LS increases with the rise of porosity using either the boron-coated MRPC thermal neutron detector or the helium-3 proportional counter, and the results of these two detectors are basically identical. Conclusion: It indicates that the boron-coated MRPC thermal neutron detector can be used for compensated neutron logging. (authors)

  11. ICRF Impurity Behavior with Boron Coated Molybdenum Tiles in Alcator C-Mod

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    Full text: Although ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF) heating is considered an excellent candidate for bulk heating, minimizing impurity production associated with ICRF operation, particularly with metallic plasma facing components (PFC), remains one of the primary challenges for ICRF utilization. In C-Mod and present experiments, boronization, an in-situ applied boron film, is utilized to control impurities and its effectiveness has a limited lifetime. In C-Mod, the lifetime has been observed to be proportional to integrated injected RF Joules and the degradation is faster than in equivalent ohmic heated discharges the ICRF is enhancing the erosion rate of the boron film. In an effort to identify important erosion and impurity source locations, we have vacuum plasma sprayed ∼ 100 microns of boron on molybdenum tiles from the outer divertor shelf, main plasma limiters, and the RF antennas. We have also modified the shape of the main plasma limiter and increased our spectroscopic monitoring diagnostics of the main plasma limiter. Finally, we have installed a set of probes to monitor the plasma potential and RF fields on field lines connected an antenna. For ICRF heated H-modes, the core molybdenum levels was significantly reduced and remained at low levels for increased integrated injected RF Joules. The core molybdenum levels also no longer scales with RF power in L-mode in contrast with previous results with boronization and molybdenum plasma facing components. Initial Post campaign analysis of the boron coating will also be presented. Boronization and impurity, typically nitrogen or neon, seeded discharges enabled high plasma and ICRF antenna performance. The boronization suggests that other impurity sources are important but are yet to be identified. Impurity seeding had two important effects: reduced core molybdenum levels and suppressed antenna faults due to arcs and injections from antenna structure. The lower core molybdenum level is surprising since

  12. Friction and wear performance of diamond-like carbon, boron carbide, and titanium carbide coatings against glass

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    Protection of glass substrates by direct ion beam deposited diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings was observed using a commercial pin-on-disk instrument at ambient conditions without lubrication. Ion beam sputter-deposited titanium carbide and boron carbide coatings reduced sliding friction, and provided tribological protection of silicon substrates, but the improvement factor was less than that found for DLC. Observations of unlubricated sliding of hemispherical glass pins at ambient conditions on uncoated glass and silicon substrates, and ion beam deposited coatings showed decreased wear in the order: uncoated glass>uncoated silicon>boron carbide>titanium carbide>DLC>uncoated sapphire. Failure mechanisms varied widely and are discussed. Generally, the amount of wear decreased as the sliding friction decreased, with the exception of uncoated sapphire substrates, for which the wear was low despite very high friction. There is clear evidence that DLC coatings continue to protect the underlying substrate long after the damage first penetrates through the coating. The test results correlate with field use data on commercial products which have shown that the DLC coatings provide substantial extension of the useful lifetime of glass and other substrates. copyright 1997 Materials Research Society

  13. Velocities of Reacting Boron Particles within a Solid Fuel Ramjet Combustion Chamber

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    J. Sender

    1998-10-01

    Full Text Available A 2D-laser doppler velocimeter was used to measure velocities of reacting boron (B particles during the combustion of a metallised solid fuel slab inside a 20-combustion chamber. The solid fuel hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB was enriched with B particles to increase its specific heat. To obtain information on the combustion process and on the movement of B particles, their velocities were measured. The experiments were performed at ambient pressure. The behaviour of the B particles concerning the exit velocities from the fuel slab has been discussed on the basis of the experimental results.

  14. Amorphous boron coatings produced with vacuum arc deposition technology

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    Klepper, C. C.; Hazelton, R. C.; Yadlowsky, E. J.; Carlson, E. P.; Keitz, M. D.; Williams, J. M.; Zuhr, R. A.; Poker, D. B.

    2002-05-01

    In principle, boron (B) as a material has many excellent surface properties, including corrosion resistance, very high hardness, refractory properties, and a strong tendency to bond with most substrates. The potential technological benefits of the material have not been realized, because it is difficult to deposit it as coatings. B is difficult to evaporate, does not sputter well, and cannot be thermally sprayed. In this article, first successful deposition results from a robust system, based on the vacuum (cathodic) arc technology, are reported. Adherent coatings have been produced on 1100 Al, CP-Ti, Ti-6Al-4V, 316 SS, hard chrome plate, and 52 100 steel. Composition and thickness analyses have been performed by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Hardness (H) and modules (E) have been evaluated by nanoindentation. The coatings are very pure and have properties characteristic of B suboxides. A microhardness of up to 27 GPa has been measured on a 400-nm-thick film deposited on 52 100 steel, with a corresponding modulus of 180 GPa. This gives a very high value for the H/E ratio, a figure-of-merit for impact resistance of the film. A number of applications are contemplated, including corrosion/abrasion protection for die-casting dies and improved wear resistance for biomedical implants.

  15. Amorphous boron coatings produced with vacuum arc deposition technology

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    Klepper, C C; Yadlowsky, E J; Carlson, E P; Keitz, M D; Williams, J M; Zuhr, R A; Poker, D B

    2002-01-01

    In principle, boron (B) as a material has many excellent surface properties, including corrosion resistance, very high hardness, refractory properties, and a strong tendency to bond with most substrates. The potential technological benefits of the material have not been realized, because it is difficult to deposit it as coatings. B is difficult to evaporate, does not sputter well, and cannot be thermally sprayed. In this article, first successful deposition results from a robust system, based on the vacuum (cathodic) arc technology, are reported. Adherent coatings have been produced on 1100 Al, CP-Ti, Ti-6Al-4V, 316 SS, hard chrome plate, and 52 100 steel. Composition and thickness analyses have been performed by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Hardness (H) and modules (E) have been evaluated by nanoindentation. The coatings are very pure and have properties characteristic of B suboxides. A microhardness of up to 27 GPa has been measured on a 400-nm-thick film deposited on 52 100 steel, with a corresp...

  16. AUTOCATALYTIC REDUCTION AND CHARACTERISTICS OF BORON-CONTAINING COATINGS

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    V. Covaliov

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The research results of the plating conditions, chemical composition and properties of Ni-B coatings and Ni-Re-B, Ni-Mo-B and Ni-W-B alloys are given. It was shown that introduction of alloying elements (Re, Мо and W in the composition of Ni-containing coatings modifies the catalytic activity of the alloys’ surface, with regard to the parallel reactions of dimethylamino-borane (DMAB heterogeneous hydrolysis, Ni reduction and evolving of the molecular hydrogen. It was found that with the increase in concentration of alloying element, boron content in the coatings is decreased to the trace amounts. The effect of alloys composition on hydrogen evolving overvoltage was studied. Due to the low overvoltage of hydrogen evolving (HE on the alloy Ni-Re-B surface (11 at.% Re, it can be used as electrode for hydrogen generation from water in the electrolytic cell with novel design and improved technical-economic indicators.

  17. Enhancement of oxidation resistance via a self-healing boron carbide coating on diamond particles

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    Sun, Youhong; Meng, Qingnan; Qian, Ming; Liu, Baochang; Gao, Ke; Ma, Yinlong; Wen, Mao; Zheng, Weitao

    2016-02-01

    A boron carbide coating was applied to diamond particles by heating the particles in a powder mixture consisting of H3BO3, B and Mg. The composition, bond state and coverage fraction of the boron carbide coating on the diamond particles were investigated. The boron carbide coating prefers to grow on the diamond (100) surface than on the diamond (111) surface. A stoichiometric B4C coating completely covered the diamond particle after maintaining the raw mixture at 1200 °C for 2 h. The contribution of the boron carbide coating to the oxidation resistance enhancement of the diamond particles was investigated. During annealing of the coated diamond in air, the priory formed B2O3, which exhibits a self-healing property, as an oxygen barrier layer, which protected the diamond from oxidation. The formation temperature of B2O3 is dependent on the amorphous boron carbide content. The coating on the diamond provided effective protection of the diamond against oxidation by heating in air at 1000 °C for 1 h. Furthermore, the presence of the boron carbide coating also contributed to the maintenance of the static compressive strength during the annealing of diamond in air.

  18. Boron carbide coating deposition on tungsten and testing of tungsten layers and coating under intense plasma load

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    Airapetov, A. A.; Begrambekov, L. B., E-mail: lbb@plasma.mephi.ru [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (Russian Federation); Buzhinskiy, O. I. [State Research Center Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI) (Russian Federation); Grunin, A. V.; Gordeev, A. A.; Zakharov, A. M.; Kalachev, A. M.; Sadovskiy, Ya. A.; Shigin, P. A. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-15

    A device intended for boron carbide coating deposition and material testing under high heat loads is presented. A boron carbide coating 5 μm thick was deposited on the tungsten substrate. These samples were subjected to thermocycling loads in the temperature range of 400–1500°C. Tungsten layers deposited on tungsten substrates were tested in similar conditions. Results of the surface analysis are presented.

  19. Boron carbide coating deposition on tungsten and testing of tungsten layers and coating under intense plasma load

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    Airapetov, A. A.; Begrambekov, L. B.; Buzhinskiy, O. I.; Grunin, A. V.; Gordeev, A. A.; Zakharov, A. M.; Kalachev, A. M.; Sadovskiy, Ya. A.; Shigin, P. A.

    2015-12-01

    A device intended for boron carbide coating deposition and material testing under high heat loads is presented. A boron carbide coating 5 μm thick was deposited on the tungsten substrate. These samples were subjected to thermocycling loads in the temperature range of 400-1500°C. Tungsten layers deposited on tungsten substrates were tested in similar conditions. Results of the surface analysis are presented.

  20. Studies on separation of boron isotopes by ion exchange

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    Studies have been carried out for the enrichment of boron isotopes by the ion exchange method using various anion exchange resins available. The elementary separation factors and heights equivalent of theoretical plate were measured at different concentrations and flow rates. A number of experiments were performed to study the displacement of borate band on ion exchange columns. The problem of CO2 evolution during displacement was also studied and a solution was found. (author). 9 refs

  1. Preparation of boron nitride (BN) coatings onto different substrates using the polymer derived ceramics (PDCs) approach.

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    Termoss, Hussein

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this work was to prepare boron nitride coatings onto different substrates using the Polymers Derived Ceramics (PDCs) approach. In that way, BN coatings were obtained onto graphite, pure silica and metal especially titanium. The first part of this thesis was to study parameters (of the solution used and of the dip-coating process), to obtain the best coatings in terms of morphology, cristallinity and chemical composition. The second part was dedicated to BN coatings obtained onto me...

  2. An examination of medical linear accelerator ion-chamber performance

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    Full text: The company ( Radiation Oncology Physics and Engineering Services Pty Ltd) provides medical physics services to four radiotherapy centres in NSW with a total of 6 high energy medical linear accelerators manufactured by three different companies. As part of the services, the stability of the accelerator ion chamber system is regularly examined for constancy and periodically for absolute calibration. Each accelerator ion chamber has exhibited undesirable behaviour from time to time, sometimes leading to its replacement. This presentation describes the performance of the ion chambers for some of the linacs over a period of 12-18 months and the steps taken by the manufacturer to address the problems encountered. As part of our commissioning procedure of new linacs, an absolute calibration of the accelerator output (photon and electron beams) is repeated several times over the period following examination of the physical properties of the radiation beams. These calibrations were undertaken in water using the groups calibrated ion chamber/electrometer system and were accompanied by constancy checks using an acrylic phantom and field instruments. Constancy checks were performed daily for a period of 8 weeks during the initial life of the accelerator and thereafter weekly. For one accelerator, the ion chamber was replaced 6 times in the first eighteen months of its life due to severe drifts in output, found to be due to pressure changes in one half of the chamber In another accelerator, erratic swings of 2% were observed for a period of nine months, particularly with the electron beams, before the manufacturer offered to change the chamber with another constructed from different materials. In yet another accelerator the ion chamber has shown consistent erratic behaviour, but this has not been addressed by the manufacturer. In another popular accelerator, the dosimetry was found to be very stable until some changes in the tuning were introduced resulting in small

  3. Turbostratic boron nitride coated on high-surface area metal oxide templates

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    Klitgaard, Søren Kegnæs; Egeblad, Kresten; Brorson, M.;

    2007-01-01

    Boron nitride coatings on high-surface area MgAl2O4 and Al2O3 have been synthesized and characterized by transmission electron microscopy and by X-ray powder diffraction. The metal oxide templates were coated with boron nitride using a simple nitridation in a flow of ammonia starting from ammonium...... borate adsorbed on MgAl2O4 or gamma-Al2O3. This procedure resulted in the formation of a turbostratic boron nitride film with a thickness of a few individual BN layers....

  4. Ion collection efficiency of ionization chambers in electron beams

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    When ionization chambers are used in pulsed radiation beams the high-density of ions produced per pulse permits ion recombination, demanding the use of a correction factor. An experimental technique using the charge collected at two different voltages permits the calculation of the ion collection efficiency. The ion collection efficiency of some common ionization chambers in pulsed electron beams were studied as a function of electron energy, dose rate and depth. Accelerators with magnetic scanning system, in which the instantaneous dose rate is much greater than the average dose rate, present a smaller collection efficiency than accelerators with scattering foil. The results lead to the introduction of a correction factor for ion recombination that is the reciprocal of the ion collection efficiency. It is also suggested a simple technique to connect an external variable DC power supply in a Baldwin Farmer dosemeter. (Author)

  5. Dual chamber laser ion source at LISOL

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    Kudryavtsev, Yuri; Cocolios, Thomas Elias; Gentens, Johnny; Huyse, Marc; Ivanov, Oleg; Pauwels, Dieter; Sonoda, Tetsu; Van den Bergh, Paul; Van Duppen, Piet

    2009-01-01

    A new type of gas cell for the resonance ionization laser ion source at the Leuven Isotope Separator On Line (LISOL) has been developed and tested under off-line and on-line conditions. Two-step selective laser ionization is applied to produce purified beams of radioactive isotopes. The selectivity of the ion source has been increased by more than one order of magnitude by separation of the stopping and laser ionization regions. This allows the use of electrical fields for further ion purific...

  6. Deposition and characterization of alumina–titania coating by multi-chamber gas-dynamic sprayer

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, alumina–titania coatings have been formed on aluminium substrate by multi-chamber detonation sprayer. The coatings were investigated using SEM, EDS, XRD and Vickers microhardness tester. The results show that the alumina–titania coatings consist of both fully melted regions and partially melted regions, and the fully melted region has a lamellar-like structure. The multi-chamber detonation sprayer produced the dense layers of coating with a high hardness.

  7. Deposition and characterization of alumina–titania coating by multi-chamber gas-dynamic sprayer

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    Kovaleva, M.; M. Prozorova; M. Arseenko; Yu. Tyurin; Kolisnichenko, O.; N. Vasilik; Sirota, V.; I. Pavlenko

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, alumina–titania coatings have been formed on aluminium substrate by multi-chamber detonation sprayer. The coatings were investigated using SEM, EDS, XRD and Vickers microhardness tester. The results show that the alumina–titania coatings consist of both fully melted regions and partially melted regions, and the fully melted region has a lamellar-like structure. The multi-chamber detonation sprayer produced the dense layers of coating with a high hardness.

  8. Coating on steel ST-37 type with nano powder pack of boron carbide

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    Steel ST-37 is a material widely used in industry. The quality of steel ST-37 can be improved by means of surface coating. At present the development of the technology shows the tendency toward nanoscience and nanotechnology that can be applied to various fields, among others energy, industry, medicine, information technology and communication as well as food necessitated by people at competitive selling prices. The steps in powder pack boronizing include: Pre-treatment, powder preparation, boronizing agent preparation, container preparation, boronizing process, metallography, hardness testing and corrosion testing. From the study, it is concluded as follows. The mechanism of boronizing process is divided into three stages, which are the boride compound formation stage, the diffusion stage, and the grain growth and orientation stage. Carbon in B4C on boronizing process does not diffuse into the substrate. The formation of boride compound begins to occur at a temperature of 600 °C, the diffusion process at 700 °C, and the grain growth and orientation at 800 °C. The hardness of boron coating reaches a value of 1115 VHN. Coating by boronizing process shows corrosion resistance in 10% HCl. (author)

  9. Improving tribological properties of sputtered boron carbide coatings by process modifications

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    Eckardt, T.; Bewilogua, K. [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Schicht- und Oberflaechentechnik, Braunschweig (Germany); van der Kolk, G.; Hurkmans, T.; Trinh, T.; Fleischer, W. [Hauzer Techno Coating Europe BV, Van Heemskerckweg 22, NL-5920, Venlo (Netherlands)

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    Boron carbide coatings are well-known for extreme hardness and excellent wear resistance. In this paper a d.c. magnetron sputter process for the deposition of boron carbide coatings is described. It is shown that by adding small amounts of a hydrocarbon reactive gas (in this case acetylene) the coefficient of friction can be reduced from 0.8 down to 0.2. Results from a laboratory scale deposition device are successfully transferred to an industrial batch coater. The coating adhesion is well enhanced by a titanium interlayer. From the analysis of the chemical composition and from hardness values it is concluded that a structural modification is responsible for the improvement of sliding behaviour. It is suggested that the introduction of additional bondings reduces the brittleness of boron carbide. Furthermore, a comparison with metal-containing amorphous carbon coatings (Me-DLC) reveals several similarities. (orig.)

  10. Plasma immersion ion implantation of boron for ribbon silicon solar cells

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    Derbouz K.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we report for the first time on the solar cell fabrication on n-type silicon RST (for Ribbon on Sacrificial Template using plasma immersion ion implantation. The experiments were also carried out on FZ silicon as a reference. Boron was implanted at energies from 10 to 15 kV and doses from 1015 to 1016 cm-2, then activated by a thermal annealing in a conventional furnace at 900 and 950 °C for 30 min. The n+ region acting as a back surface field was achieved by phosphorus spin-coating. The frontside boron emitter was passivated either by applying a 10 nm deposited SiOX plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD or with a 10 nm grown thermal oxide. The anti-reflection coating layer formed a 60 nm thick SiNX layer. We show that energies less than 15 kV and doses around 5 × 1015 cm-2 are appropriate to achieve open circuit voltage higher than 590 mV and efficiency around 16.7% on FZ-Si. The photovoltaic performances on ribbon silicon are so far limited by the bulk quality of the material and by the quality of the junction through the presence of silicon carbide precipitates at the surface. Nevertheless, we demonstrate that plasma immersion ion implantation is very promising for solar cell fabrication on ultrathin silicon wafers such as ribbons.

  11. Determination of Boron Trifluoride in Boron Trifluoride Complex by Fluoride Ion Selective Electrode

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    郎五可; 张卫江; 唐银; 徐姣; 张雷

    2016-01-01

    A method was proposed to determine boron trifluoride in boron trifluoride complex using fluoride ion selective electrode(ISE). Hydroxide was chosen to mask aluminum for the determination of 0.01—0.1 mol/L of fluoride. The simulation indicated that the permissible aluminum masked at a certain pH value was limited and hardly related to F-concentration and boric acid. It is better to control pH value below 11.5 and the aluminum con-centration within 0.025 mol/L to minimize the interference of hydroxide to the fluoride ISE. The decomposition conditions of boron trifluoride by aluminum chloride were investigated. It is found that the F-detection ratio will approach 1.0 if the Al/F molar ratio is 0.3—0.7 and aluminum concentration is no more than 0.02 mol/L when heated at 80℃ for 10 min. In one word, hydroxide is quite fit to mask aluminum for samples which contain high content of fluoride and aluminum and the BF3 content can be successfully determined by this method.

  12. LARGE AREA FILTERED ARC DEPOSITION OF CARBON AND BORON BASED HARD COATINGS

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    Bhattacharya, Rabi S.

    2003-12-05

    This document is a final report covering work performed under Contract No. DE-FG02-99ER82911 from the Department of Energy under a SBIR Phase II Program. Wear resistant, hard coatings can play a vital role in many engineering applications. The primary goal of this project was to develop coatings containing boron and carbon with hardness greater than 30 GPa and evaluate these coatings for machining applications. UES has developed a number of carbon and boron containing coatings with hardness in the range of 34 to 65 GPa using a combination of filtered cathodic arc and magnetron sputtering. The boron containing coatings were based on TiB2, TiBN, and TiBCN, while the carbon containing coatings ere TiC+C and hydrogen free diamond-like-carbon. Machining tests were performed with single and multilayer coated tools. The turning and milling tests were run at TechSolve Inc., under a subcontract at Ohio State University. Significant increases in tool lives were realized in end milling of H-13 die steel (8X) and titanium alloy (80%) using the TiBN coating. A multilayer TiBN/TiN performed the best in end-milling of highly abrasive Al-Si alloys. A 40% increase in life over the TiAlN benchmark coating was found. Further evaluations of these coatings with commercialization partners are currently in progress.

  13. Dip coating of boron nitride thin films on nicalon fibers

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    This paper discusses a process involving dip coating of ceramic fibers in H3BO3 solution followed by reaction with NH3 has resulted in the formation of a BN coating on Nicalon and a carbon coated Nicalon fiber. BN coated C-Nicalon fiber maintained its strength during the coating process, while the BN coated Nicalon did not

  14. Low Pressure Negative Ion Drift Chamber for Dark Matter Search

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    2000-01-01

    Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) are an attractive candidate for the dark matter thought to make up the bulk of the mass of our universe. We explore here the possibility of using a low pressure negative ion drift chamber to search for WIMPs. The innovation of drifting ions, instead of electrons, allows the design of a detector with exceptional sensitivity to, background rejection from, and signature of WIMPs.

  15. Structure and composition of plasma deposited boron-containing carbon films

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    Deposition of boron-carbon films on silicon, nickel, graphite, Kh18N10T steel from gas discharge plasma, the film chemical composition and erosion resistance to ion-plasma effects are studied. Conclusion is made on possibility of such film application as well coating for discharge chambers of thermonuclear facilities. Method of deposition from plasma makes it possible to avoid application of the previously used high-toxic and dangerously explosive B2H6

  16. Modeling Chamber Transport for Heavy-Ion Fusion

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    Sharp, W M; Niller, D A C; Tabak, M; Yu, S S; Peterson, P F; Welch, D R; Rose, D V; Olson, C L

    2002-08-02

    In a typical thick-liquid-wall scenario for heavy-ion fusion (HIF), between seventy and two hundred high-current beams enter the target chamber through ports and propagate about three meters to the target. Since molten-salt jets are planned to protect the chamber wall, the beams move through vapor from the jets, and collisions between beam ions and this background gas both strip the ions and ionize the gas molecules. Radiation from the preheated target causes further beam stripping and gas ionization. Due to this stripping, beams for heavy-ion fusion are expected to require substantial neutralization in a target chamber. Much recent research has, therefore, focused on beam neutralization by electron sources that were neglected in earlier simulations, including emission from walls and the target, photoionization by the target radiation, and pre-neutralization by a plasma generated along the beam path. When these effects are included in simulations with practicable beam and chamber parameters, the resulting focal spot is approximately the size required by a distributed radiator target.

  17. Modeling chamber transport for heavy-ion fusion

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    Sharp, W.M.; Callahan, D.A.; Tabak, M.; Yu, S.S.; Peterson, P.F.; Welch, D.R.; Rose, D.V.; Olson, C.L.

    2002-10-01

    In a typical thick-liquid-wall scenario for heavy-ion fusion (HIF), between seventy and two hundred high-current beams enter the target chamber through ports and propagate about three meters to the target. Since molten-salt jets are planned to protect the chamber wall, the beams move through vapor from the jets, and collisions between beam ions and this background gas both strip the ions and ionize the gas molecules. Radiation from the preheated target causes further beam stripping and gas ionization. Due to this stripping, beams for heavy-ion fusion are expected to require substantial neutralization in a target chamber. Much recent research has, therefore, focused on beam neutralization by electron sources that were neglected in earlier simulations, including emission from walls and the target, photoionization by the target radiation, and pre-neutralization by a plasma generated along the beam path. When these effects are included in simulations with practicable beam and chamber parameters, the resulting focal spot is approximately the size required by a distributed radiator target.

  18. The production, characterization, and neutronic performance of boron nitride coated uranium dioxide fuel

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    The fuel pellets produced by sol-gel technique were coated with boron nitride (BN). This was achieved through chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using boron trichloride and ammonia. Mixing and chemical reaction take place at a temperature around 875 K. The coated samples were then sintered at 1600 K. Thermal reactor physics lattice-cell code WIMS-D/4 was used in the neutronic analysis of CANDU fuel bundle to observe the neutronic performance of the coated fuel. Three types of fuel were considered; fuel made of natural uranium, slightly enriched uranium (SEU, enrichment: 0.82 % U-235), and SEU with various BN coatings. The burnup calculations showed that feasible coating thickness is between 1 to 2 μm. (author)

  19. Improvements in Boron Plate Coating Technology for Higher Efficiency Neutron Detection and Coincidence Counting Error Reduction

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    Menlove, Howard Olsen [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Henzlova, Daniela [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-08-25

    This informal report presents the measurement data and information to document the performance of the advanced Precision Data Technology, Inc. (PDT) sealed cell boron-10 plate neutron detector that makes use of the advanced coating materials and procedures. In 2015, PDT changed the boron coating materials and application procedures to significantly increase the efficiency of their basic corrugated plate detector performance. A prototype sealed cell unit was supplied to LANL for testing and comparison with prior detector cells. Also, LANL had reference detector slabs from the original neutron collar (UNCL) and the new Antech UNCL with the removable 3He tubes. The comparison data is presented in this report.

  20. Determination of boron in uranium alloy samples by ion chromatography (IC)

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    This paper describes a method for the determination of boron in uranium alloy samples containing less than 1ppm of boron by ion chromatography (IC) coupled with conductivity detector. Boron is separated from the alloy matrix by pyrohydrolysis and obtained as boric acid. The pyrohydrolysis conditions were optimised for the complete recovery of boron. The reproducibility and linearity were examined over a concentration range of 5ppb to 100ppb. The minimum detectable and measurable quantities for boron as obtained from this method are 0.005 mg/L and 0.008 mg/L respectively. (author)

  1. Preparation and characterization of sputtered boron nitride and boron carbide films and their modification by ion implantation

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    Nanocrystalline cubic boron nitride and boron carbide films have been synthesized using sputtering. The relationship between the structures and properties as well as the influence of the deposition parameters, such as rf power, bias voltage, substrate temperature, composition and flow rate of the sputtering gas, on the structures and properties have been studied. The influence of the ion bombardment could be described by the specific ion momentum P*=[ion momentum.(ion flux/atom flux)]. The specific ion momentum was found to be proportional to the rf power and to the 1.5th power of the bias voltage. Two phases have been identified in our boron nitride films: hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and cubic boron nitride (c-BN); the films were either single phase or contained a mixture of these two phases. Nanocrystalline boron films have been grown with a deposition rate of 2 nm/s not only on Si but also on hard metal (WC-6%Co) substrates. Stoichiometric and crystalline films have already been grown at room temperature (about 0.1 Tm, Tm=melting point-3900 K). All the films contained about 8 at% carbon and 6 at% oxygen as impurities, which come mainly from the targt. The concentration of the impurities is independent of the deposition paramters. The growth of c-BN appears after the specific ion momentum larger than a threshold value, which is dependent on the substrate temperature, composition and on the flow rate of the sputtering gas. The volume content of c-BN runs through a maximum value with increasing specific ion momentum. (orig.)

  2. Li + ion diffusion in nanoscale alumina coatings

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    Johannes, Michelle; Bernstein, Noam

    Nanoscale coatings of alumina are used to stabilize surfaces for a variety of technologies. Diffusion of ions through these coatings is of primary importance: in some cases, diffusion is unwanted (e.g. corrosion) and in others (e.g. electrode materials), it is necessary. In this work DFT and AIMD calculations are used to investigate Li+ ion diffusion through a nano-layer of alumina, examining the phase (alpha, gamma, and amorphous), ion concentration, and electron count dependence. We look at the role of the surface itself in promoting diffusion. One of our main findings is that as the number of ions or charge increases, the diffusivity rises. We show how our data can explain electrochemical data from coated LiCoO2 cathodes and may point toward better and more efficient coatings for stabilizing electrodes.

  3. Simulation of chamber transport for heavy-ion fusion

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    Beams for heavy-ion fusion (HIF) are expected to require substantial neutralization in a target chamber. Present targets call for higher beam currents and smaller focal spots than most earlier designs, leading to high space-charge fields. Collisional stripping by the background gas expected in the chamber further increases the beam charge. Simulations with no electron sources other than beam stripping and background-gas ionization show an acceptable focal spot only for high ion energies or for currents far below the values assumed in recent HIF power-plant scenarios. Much recent research has, therefore, focused on beam neutralization by electron sources that were neglected in earlier simulations, including emission from walls and the target, photoionization by radiation from the target, and pre-neutralization by a plasma generated along the beam path. The simulations summarized here indicate that these effects can significantly reduce the beam focal-spot size. (author)

  4. Simulation of chamber transport for heavy-ion fusion

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    Beams for heavy-ion fusion (HIF) are expected to require substantial neutralization in a target chamber. Present targets call for higher beam currents and smaller focal spots than most earlier designs, leading to high space-charge fields. Collisional stripping by the background gas expected in the chamber further increases the beam charge. Simulations with no electron sources other than beam stripping and background-gas ionization show an acceptable focal spot only for high ion energies or for currents far below the values assumed in recent HIF power-plant scenarios. Much recent research has, therefore, focused on beam neutralization by electron sources that were neglected in earlier simulations, including emission from walls and the target, photoionization by radiation from the target, and pre-neutralization by a plasma generated along the beam path. The simulations summarized here indicate that these effects can significantly reduce the beam focal-spot size

  5. Fabrication and characterization of boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond-coated MEMS probes

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    Bogdanowicz, Robert; Sobaszek, Michał; Ficek, Mateusz; Kopiec, Daniel; Moczała, Magdalena; Orłowska, Karolina; Sawczak, Mirosław; Gotszalk, Teodor

    2016-04-01

    Fabrication processes of thin boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (B-NCD) films on silicon-based micro- and nano-electromechanical structures have been investigated. B-NCD films were deposited using microwave plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition method. The variation in B-NCD morphology, structure and optical parameters was particularly investigated. The use of truncated cone-shaped substrate holder enabled to grow thin fully encapsulated nanocrystalline diamond film with a thickness of approx. 60 nm and RMS roughness of 17 nm. Raman spectra present the typical boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond line recorded at 1148 cm-1. Moreover, the change in mechanical parameters of silicon cantilevers over-coated with boron-doped diamond films was investigated with laser vibrometer. The increase of resonance to frequency of over-coated cantilever is attributed to the change in spring constant caused by B-NCD coating. Topography and electrical parameters of boron-doped diamond films were investigated by tapping mode AFM and electrical mode of AFM-Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM). The crystallite-grain size was recorded at 153 and 238 nm for boron-doped film and undoped, respectively. Based on the contact potential difference data from the KPFM measurements, the work function of diamond layers was estimated. For the undoped diamond films, average CPD of 650 mV and for boron-doped layer 155 mV were achieved. Based on CPD values, the values of work functions were calculated as 4.65 and 5.15 eV for doped and undoped diamond film, respectively. Boron doping increases the carrier density and the conductivity of the material and, consequently, the Fermi level.

  6. Boron ion beam generation utilizing lanthanum hexaboride cathodes: Comparison of vacuum arc and planar magnetron glow

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    Nikolaev, A. G.; Vizir, A. V.; Yushkov, G. Yu., E-mail: gyushkov@mail.ru; Frolova, V. P. [High Current Electronics Institute, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Tomsk 634055 (Russian Federation); Oks, E. M. [High Current Electronics Institute, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Tomsk 634055 (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics, Tomsk 634050 (Russian Federation)

    2016-02-15

    Boron ion beams are widely used for semiconductor ion implantation and for surface modification for improving the operating parameters and increasing the lifetime of machine parts and tools. For the latter application, the purity requirements of boron ion beams are not as stringent as for semiconductor technology, and a composite cathode of lanthanum hexaboride may be suitable for the production of boron ions. We have explored the use of two different approaches to boron plasma production: vacuum arc and planar high power impulse magnetron in self-sputtering mode. For the arc discharge, the boron plasma is generated at cathode spots, whereas for the magnetron discharge, the main process is sputtering of cathode material. We present here the results of comparative test experiments for both kinds of discharge, aimed at determining the optimal discharge parameters for maximum yield of boron ions. For both discharges, the extracted ion beam current reaches hundreds of milliamps and the fraction of boron ions in the total extracted ion beam is as high as 80%.

  7. Boron ion beam generation utilizing lanthanum hexaboride cathodes: Comparison of vacuum arc and planar magnetron glow

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    Boron ion beams are widely used for semiconductor ion implantation and for surface modification for improving the operating parameters and increasing the lifetime of machine parts and tools. For the latter application, the purity requirements of boron ion beams are not as stringent as for semiconductor technology, and a composite cathode of lanthanum hexaboride may be suitable for the production of boron ions. We have explored the use of two different approaches to boron plasma production: vacuum arc and planar high power impulse magnetron in self-sputtering mode. For the arc discharge, the boron plasma is generated at cathode spots, whereas for the magnetron discharge, the main process is sputtering of cathode material. We present here the results of comparative test experiments for both kinds of discharge, aimed at determining the optimal discharge parameters for maximum yield of boron ions. For both discharges, the extracted ion beam current reaches hundreds of milliamps and the fraction of boron ions in the total extracted ion beam is as high as 80%

  8. Commissioning of a large segmented ion chamber for the FMA

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    Lister, C.J.; Davids, C.N.; Blumenthal, D.J. [and others

    1995-08-01

    A large-area sectored ion chamber was built by a Yale-Daresbury (U.K.) - ANL collaboration to allow extensions of studies of N = Z (T = 0) nuclei. The ion chamber is a conventional DE-DE-E detector which is 20-cm deep, but each anode is segmented into eight pads to allow high count-rate capability and ray-trace reconstruction. With suitable electronics, the detector can become eight close-packed ion chambers, considerably reducing the count rate in each. A position-wire plane allows further raytracing which should permit the rejection of anomalous trajectories and improve Z-separation. A brief test run was scheduled shortly after delivery. Performance appeared promising, but issues of gain matching and cross talk need further exploration. We will study these features {open_quotes}off line{close_quotes} and hope to perform a full experiment on selenium isotopes in the summer. This detector appears to have many uses and is potentially more useful than previous detectors of its type. Similar detectors are being built for the HHRF at Oak Ridge and for Texas A&M University.

  9. Tribological behaviour of mechanically synthesized titanium-boron carbide nanostructured coating.

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    Aliofkhazraei, M; Rouhaghdam, A Sabour

    2012-08-01

    In this paper, titanium-boron carbide (Ti/B4C) nanocomposite coatings with different B4C nanoparticles contents were fabricated by surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT) method by using B4C nanoparticles with average nanoparticle size of 40 nm. The characteristics of the nanopowder and coatings were evaluated by microhardness test, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Friction and wear performances of nanocomposite coatings and pure titanium substrate were comparatively investigated, with the effect of the boron carbide content on the friction and wear behaviours to be emphasized. The results show the microhardness, friction and wear behaviours of nanocomposite coatings are closely related with boron carbide nanoparticle content. Nanocomposite coating with low B4C content shows somewhat (slight) increased microhardness and wear resistance than pure titanium substrate, while nanocomposite coating with high B4C content has much better (sharp increase) wear resistance than pure titanium substrate. The effect of B4C nanoparticles on microhardness and wear resistance was discussed. PMID:22962832

  10. Design, Construction and Commissioning of a NEG Coated Wiggler Vacuum Chamber for the LNLS Storage Ring

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    Ferreira, Marcelo J; Silva, Milton B; de Oliveira Ferraz, Reginaldo

    2005-01-01

    We present the design of the vacuum chamber for the LNLS 2 T Hybrid Wiggler. The chamber is a 3 m long, 1.2 mm thick 316 SS tube, which was mechanically pressed into an elliptical shape from an originally round tube. In order to provide the necessary mechanical tolerances, the rather flexible tube is welded to lateral supports that run the complete length of the chamber. Special care has been given to the mechanical and magnetic characterization of the chamber and the inner surface of the chamber was NEG-coated at the ESRF. We present the installation procedure as well the vacuum conditioning charge evolution.

  11. The Effect of Heat Treatments and Coatings on the Outgassing Rate of Stainless Steel Chambers

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    Mamum, Md Abdullah A. [Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA (United States); Elmustafa, Abdelmageed A, [Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA (United States); Stutzman, Marcy L. [JLAB, Newport News, VA (United States); Adderley, Philip A. [JLAB, Newport News, VA (United States); Poelker, Matthew [JLAB, Newport News, VA (United States)

    2014-03-01

    The outgassing rates of four nominally identical 304L stainless steel vacuum chambers were measured to determine the effect of chamber coatings and heat treatments. One chamber was coated with titanium nitride (TiN) and one with amorphous silicon (a-Si) immediately following fabrication. One chamber remained uncoated throughout, and the last chamber was first tested without any coating, and then coated with a-Si following a series of heat treatments. The outgassing rate of each chamber was measured at room temperatures between 15 and 30 deg C following bakes at temperatures between 90 and 400 deg C. Measurements for bare steel showed a significant reduction in the outgassing rate by more than a factor of 20 after a 400 deg C heat treatment (3.5 x 10{sup 12} TorrL s{sup -1}cm{sup -2} prior to heat treatment, reduced to 1.7 x 10{ sup -13} TorrL s{sup -1}cm{sup -2} following heat treatment). The chambers that were coated with a-Si showed minimal change in outgassing rates with heat treatment, though an outgassing rate reduced by heat treatments prior to a-Si coating was successfully preserved throughout a series of bakes. The TiN coated chamber exhibited remarkably low outgassing rates, up to four orders of magnitude lower than the uncoated stainless steel. An evaluation of coating composition suggests the presence of elemental titanium which could provide pumping and lead to an artificially low outgassing rate. The outgassing results are discussed in terms of diffusion-limited versus recombination-limited processes.

  12. The effect of heat treatments and coatings on the outgassing rate of stainless steel chambers

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    Mamun, M A; Stutzman, M L; Adderley, P A; Poelker, M

    2014-01-01

    The outgassing rates of four nominally identical 304L stainless steel vacuum chambers were measured to determine the effect of chamber coatings and heat treatments. One chamber was coated with titanium nitride (TiN) and one with amorphous silicon (a-Si) immediately following fabrication. One chamber remained uncoated throughout, and the last chamber was first tested without any coating, and then coated with a-Si following a series of heat treatments. The outgassing rate of each chamber was measured at room temperatures between 15 and 30 {\\deg}C following bakes at temperatures between 90 and 400 {\\deg}C. Measurements for bare steel showed a significant reduction in the outgassing rate by more than a factor of 20 after a 400 {\\deg}C heat treatment (4x10-12 TorrLs-1cm-2 prior to heat treatment, reduced to 1.7x10-13 following heat treatment). The chambers that were coated with a-Si showed minimal change in outgassing rates with heat treatment, though an outgassing rate reduced by heat treatments prior to a-Si coa...

  13. boron nitride coating of uranium dioxide and uranium dioxide-gadolinium oxide fuels by chemical precipitation method

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    In this research pure urania and urania-gadolinia (5 and 10 %) fuels were coated with boron nitride (BN). This is achieved through chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using boron tricloride BCl3) and ammonia (NH3) at 600 C.Boron tricloride and ammonia are carried to tubular furnace using hydrogen as carrier gas. The coated samples were sintered at 1600 K. The properties of the coated samples were observed using BET surface area analysis, infrared spectra (IR), X-Ray Diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) techniques

  14. Ion-recombination correction factor κsat for spherical ion chambers irradiated by continuous photom beams

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    The large range of reference air kerma rates of brachytherapy sources involves the use of large-volume ionization chambers. When such ionization chambers are used the ion-recombination correction factor ksat has to be determined. In this paper three spherical ion chambers with volume ranging from 30 to 104 cm3 have been irradiated by photons of a 192Ir source to determine the ksat factors. The ionization currents of the ion chambers as a function of the applied voltage and the air kerma rate have been analysed to determine the contribution of the initial and general ion recombination. The ksat values for large-volume ionization chambers obtained by considering the general ion recombination as predominant (Almond's approach) are in disagreement with the results obtained using methods that consider both initial and general ion-recombination contributions (Niatel's approach). Such disagreement can reach 0.7% when high currents are measured for a high-activity source calibration in terms of reference air kerma rate. In this study a new 'two-voltage' method, independent of the voltage ratio given by a dosimetry system, is proposed for practical dosimetry of continuous x-and gamma-radiation beams. In the case where the Almond approach is utilized, the voltage ratio V1/V2 should be less than 2 instead of Almond's limit of V1/V2 <5. (Author)

  15. Graphitized boron-doped carbon foams: Performance as anodes in lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: → Because of the catalytic effect of boron, graphite-like foams were prepared. → The presence of substitutional boron in carbon foams improves their anodic performance. → The graphitized boron-doped foams provide reversible capacities of 310 mA h g-1. - Abstract: The electrochemical performance as potential anodes in lithium-ion batteries of several boron-doped and non-doped graphitic foams with different degree of structural order was investigated by galvanostatic cycling. The boron-doped foams were prepared by the co-pyrolysis of a coal and two boron sources (boron oxide and a borane-pyridine complex), followed by heat treatment in the 2400-2800 deg. C temperature interval. The extent of the graphitization process of the carbon foams depends on boron concentration and source. Because of the catalytic effect of boron, lightweight graphite-like foams were prepared. Boron in the foams was found to be present as carbide (B4C), in substitutional positions in the carbon lattice (B-C), bonded to nitrogen (B-N) and forming clusters. Larger reversible lithium storage capacities with values up to ∼310 mA h g-1 were achieved by using the boron oxide-based carbon foams. Moreover, since the electrochemical anodic performance of these boron-doped foams with different degree of structural order is similar, the beneficial effect of the presence of the B-C boron phase was inferred. However, the bonding of boron with nitrogen in the pyridine borane-based has a negative effect on lithium intercalation.

  16. Formation of borohydride-reduced nickel-boron coatings on various steel substrates

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    Vitry, V.; Delaunois, F.

    2015-12-01

    Electroless nickel-boron coatings are widely used in industrial on various substrates: ferrous and non-ferrous alloys mainly but also in some cases non-metallic materials. However, their growth process is still not fully understood and the influence of the nature of the substrate on this process is completely unknown. The formation of electroless nickel-boron was observed on five ferrous alloys: a mild steel, a high carbon unalloyed steel, a cryogenic steel (that contains 9 wt.% nickel), an austenitic stainless steel and an austeno-ferritic (duplex) stainless steel. Nickel-boron films were prepared by electroless deposition, using sodium borohydride as a reducing agent. Samples were immersed in a plating bath for times ranging from 5 s to 60 min. The influence of the nature of the substrate on the initial deposition of the coatings was investigated in detail: the initiation mechanism was identified for all substrates and it was found to be related to catalytic oxidation of the reducing agent rather than to a displacement process. The delay before initiation was influenced by the nickel content of the coating and by a high number of grain boundaries. In all cases, the plating rate varied with plating time, with a slower period during the first 10 min that corresponds to morphological modification of the coating.

  17. Study of the defects introduced by boron ion implantation in silicon

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    Thermally stimulated current measurements have been performed on P-N junctions formed by implantation of boron ions in silicon, for the characterization of the created defects and particularly for the introduced traps

  18. Amorphisation of boron carbide under slow heavy ion irradiation

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    Gosset, D.; Miro, S.; Doriot, S.; Moncoffre, N.

    2016-08-01

    Boron carbide B4C is widely used as a neutron absorber in nuclear plants. Most of the post-irradiation examinations have shown that the structure of the material remains crystalline, in spite of very high atomic displacement rates. Here, we have irradiated B4C samples with 4 MeV Au ions with different fluences at room temperature. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy have been performed. The Raman analyses show a high structural disorder at low fluence, around 10-2 displacements per atoms (dpa). However, the TEM observations show that the material remains crystalline up to a few dpa. At high fluence, small amorphous areas a few nanometers large appear in the damaged zone but the long range order is preserved. Moreover, the size and density of the amorphous zones do not significantly grow when the damage increases. On the other hand, full amorphisation is observed in the implanted zone at a Au concentration of about 0.0005. It can be inferred from those results that short range and long range damages arise at highly different fluences, that heavy ions implantation has drastic effects on the structure stability and that in this material self-healing mechanisms are active in the damaged zone.

  19. Subcellular boron and fluorine distributions with SIMS ion microscopy in BNCT and cancer research

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    The development of a secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) based technique of Ion Microscopy in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) was the main goal of this project, so that one can study the subcellular location of boron-10 atoms and their partitioning between the normal and cancerous tissue. This information is fundamental for the screening of boronated drugs appropriate for neutron capture therapy of cancer. Our studies at Cornell concentrated mainly on studies of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The early years of the grant were dedicated to the development of cryogenic methods and correlative microscopic approaches so that a reliable subcellular analysis of boron-10 atoms can be made with SIMS. In later years SIMS was applied to animal models and human tissues of GBM for studying the efficacy of potential boronated agents in BNCT. Under this grant the SIMS program at Cornell attained a new level of excellence and collaborative SIMS studies were published with leading BNCT researchers in the U.S.

  20. Subcellular boron and fluorine distributions with SIMS ion microscopy in BNCT and cancer research

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    Subhash Chandra

    2008-05-30

    The development of a secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) based technique of Ion Microscopy in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) was the main goal of this project, so that one can study the subcellular location of boron-10 atoms and their partitioning between the normal and cancerous tissue. This information is fundamental for the screening of boronated drugs appropriate for neutron capture therapy of cancer. Our studies at Cornell concentrated mainly on studies of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The early years of the grant were dedicated to the development of cryogenic methods and correlative microscopic approaches so that a reliable subcellular analysis of boron-10 atoms can be made with SIMS. In later years SIMS was applied to animal models and human tissues of GBM for studying the efficacy of potential boronated agents in BNCT. Under this grant the SIMS program at Cornell attained a new level of excellence and collaborative SIMS studies were published with leading BNCT researchers in the U.S.

  1. Ion beam-assisted deposition of boron nitride from a condensed layer of diborane and ammonia at 78 K

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    This paper examines the ion beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) of thin boron nitride films using cryogenically condensed precursors. Low energy (1100 eV) argon ad (2000 eV) deuterated ammonia beams with currents of 600--850 nA were used to mix and initiate reactions in frozen (90 K) layers of diborane (B2H6 and ammonia (NH3) or only B2H6, respectively. The resulting film is shown to be an amorphous BN coating approximately 30 Angstrom thick

  2. Development of high intensity ion sources for a Tandem-Electrostatic-Quadrupole facility for Accelerator-Based Boron Neutron Capture Therapy

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    Several ion sources have been developed and an ion source test stand has been mounted for the first stage of a Tandem-Electrostatic-Quadrupole facility For Accelerator-Based Boron Neutron Capture Therapy. A first source, designed, fabricated and tested is a dual chamber, filament driven and magnetically compressed volume plasma proton ion source. A 4 mA beam has been accelerated and transported into the suppressed Faraday cup. Extensive simulations of the sources have been performed using both 2D and 3D self-consistent codes.

  3. Experiments in connection with control of boron acid concentration by ion exchange in Hungary

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    The results obtained with an experimental nuclear power plant output control with boron acid ion exchange technology are presented. The dependence of the ability of the ion exchanger to bind boron acid on the concentration of the boron acid solution, the temperature and the degree of the alkalinity of the resin has been studied. The results obtained for Hungarian resins are compared with those for some Duolite-type ones. Some results for a control system realized in big laboratory size are outlined. (K.A.)

  4. Thermal neutron response of a boron-coated GEM detector via GEANT4 Monte Carlo code.

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    Jamil, M; Rhee, J T; Kim, H G; Ahmad, Farzana; Jeon, Y J

    2014-10-22

    In this work, we report the design configuration and the performance of the hybrid Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) detector. In order to make the detector sensitive to thermal neutrons, the forward electrode of the GEM has been coated with the enriched boron-10 material, which works as a neutron converter. A total of 5×5cm(2) configuration of GEM has been used for thermal neutron studies. The response of the detector has been estimated via using GEANT4 MC code with two different physics lists. Using the QGSP_BIC_HP physics list, the neutron detection efficiency was determined to be about 3%, while with QGSP_BERT_HP physics list the efficiency was around 2.5%, at the incident thermal neutron energies of 25meV. The higher response of the detector proves that GEM-coated with boron converter improves the efficiency for thermal neutrons detection. PMID:25464183

  5. Thermal neutron response of a boron-coated GEM detector via GEANT4 Monte Carlo code

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    In this work, we report the design configuration and the performance of the hybrid Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) detector. In order to make the detector sensitive to thermal neutrons, the forward electrode of the GEM has been coated with the enriched boron-10 material, which works as a neutron converter. A total of 5×5 cm2 configuration of GEM has been used for thermal neutron studies. The response of the detector has been estimated via using GEANT4 MC code with two different physics lists. Using the QGSPBICHP physics list, the neutron detection efficiency was determined to be about 3%, while with QGSPBERTHP physics list the efficiency was around 2.5%, at the incident thermal neutron energies of 25 meV. The higher response of the detector proves that GEM-coated with boron converter improves the efficiency for thermal neutrons detection. - Highlights: • The results of boron-coated GEM for thermal neutrons are described. • The simulations were performed by GEANT4 MC code. • The evaluation was determined by GEANT4 using two physics lists. • The response of the detector was taken for En=25–100 meV

  6. Investigation of hexagonal boron nitride as an atomically thin corrosion passivation coating in aqueous solution

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    Zhang, Jing; Yang, Yingchao; Lou, Jun

    2016-09-01

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) atomic layers were utilized as a passivation coating in this study. A large-area continuous h-BN thin film was grown on nickel foil using a chemical vapor deposition method and then transferred onto sputtered copper as a corrosion passivation coating. The corrosion passivation performance in a Na2SO4 solution of bare and coated copper was investigated by electrochemical methods including cyclic voltammetry (CV), Tafel polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). CV and Tafel analysis indicate that the h-BN coating could effectively suppress the anodic dissolution of copper. The EIS fitting result suggests that defects are the dominant leakage source on h-BN films, and improved anti-corrosion performances could be achieved by further passivating these defects.

  7. Physical and Electromagnetic Properties of Customized Coatings for SNS Injection Ceramic Chambers and Extraction Ferrite Kickers

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    Hseuh Hsiao Chaun; He, Ping; Henderson, Stuart; Pai, Chien; Raparia, Deepak; Todd, Robert J; Wang, Lanfa; Wei, Jie; Weiss, Daniel; Yung Lee, Yong

    2005-01-01

    The inner surfaces of the 248 m SNS accumulator ring vacuum chambers are coated with ~100 nm of titanium nitride (TiN) to reduce the secondary electron yield (SEY) of the chamber walls. All the ring inner surfaces are made of stainless or inconel, except those of the injection and extraction kickers. Ceramic vacuum chambers are used for the 8 injection kickers to avoid shielding of a fast-changing kicker field and to reduce eddy current heating. The internal diameter was coated with Cu to reduce the beam coupling impedance and provide passage for beam image current, and a TiN overlayer to reduce SEY. The ferrite surfaces of the 14 extraction kicker modules were coated with TiN to reduce SEY. Customized masks were used to produce coating strips of 1 cm x 5 cm with 1 to 1.5 mm separation among the strips. The masks maximized the coated area to more than 80%, while minimizing the eddy current effect to the kicker rise time. The coating method, as well as the physical and electromagnetic properties of the coating...

  8. Boron thermal regeneration system

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    An ion exchanger which allows flow in both directions along a selected flow path is described. A separator plate divides the exchanger tank into two chambers each of which has a flow conduit so that flow may enter or leave from either chamber while prohibiting the resin particles from migrating from one side of the tank to the other. This ion exchanger permits a dual-directional flow process to be practised which results in immediate changes in the boron concentration within a nuclear reactor coolant system even if the ion exchanger resins have not been completely equilibrated during a previous operation. (author)

  9. Synchrotron Radiation-Induced Desorption from a NEG-Coated Vacuum Chamber

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    Chiggiato, P

    1999-01-01

    When the whole inner surface of a vacuum chamber is coated with a non-evaporable getter film, very low static and dynamic pressures are expected after activation. In an accelerator environment this could result in a longer beam lifetime, in a lower risk of pressure bumps, and in a lower level of bremsstrahlung radiation due to the beam-gas interactions. To substantiate these favourable characteristics a Ti-Zr-V coated stainless steel chamber has been tested on a dedicated beamline at the ESRF. It is shown that a large reduction of the synchrotron radiation-induced desorption occurs after activation.

  10. Synchrotron radiation-induced desorption from a NEG-coated vacuum chamber [of ESRF beamline

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    Chiggiato, P

    2001-01-01

    When the whole inner surface of a vacuum chamber is coated with a non-evaporable getter film, very low static and dynamic pressures are expected after activation. In an accelerator environment this could result in a longer beam lifetime, in a lower risk of pressure bumps, and in a lower level of bremsstrahlung radiation due to the beam-gas interactions. To substantiate these favourable characteristics a Ti- Zr-V coated stainless-steel chamber has been tested on a dedicated beamline at the ESRF. It is shown that a large reduction of the synchrotron radiation-induced desorption occurs after activation. (10 refs).

  11. A twin grid ion chamber suitable for fission correlation experiment

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    A twin grid ion chamber suitable for fission multi-parameter correlation experiment is designed and developed. Its behaviour is studied using a 252Cf transfer fissile source on a stainless steel backing in the case when Ar(90%)+CH4(10%) mixture gas and pure CH4 gas are selected as working gases. The ratio of the number of counts per channel at the peak of light fragment group to that at the minimum in the valley is about 2.8, this means that the energy resolution of detecting fission fragments is not worse than that of the barrier type detector. The cosθ of the fragment emission angle can be determined with a resolution in cosθ of 0.03. Because of the constant fast rising leading edge, the cathode signals can be used as timing mark in the multi-parameter correlation experiments

  12. Boron enrichment by ion exchange with Dowex 1X8 anion resin

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    An isotopic separation pilot plant with five ion exchange columns interconnected in series were designed and built in the IEN. The boric acid solution is introduced in the separation columns until it reaches a absorbing zone lenght which is sufficient to obtain the desired boron-10 isotopic concentration. The boric acid absorbing zone movement is provided by the injection of a diluted hydrochloric acid solution, which replces the boric acid troughout the columns to its total lenght. The enriched boron-10 and the depleted boron are located in the final boundary and in the initial position of the absorbing zones, respectively. (author). 6 refs

  13. Characterization of green electroluminescent diodes obtained by boron ion implantation into ZnTe

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    Reproducible electroluminescent ZnTe diodes were made by boron ion implantation. ZnTe crystals were obtained by the Bridgman method in solution at 920 deg C, or by the travelling solvent method at lower temperatures. Their physical properties are shortly described as well as the ion implantation technics used

  14. Extraction characteristics of a low-energy ion beam system with a remote plasma chamber

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    Low-energy argon beams were extracted from a dual-chamber ion source system. The first chamber is a quartz cylinder where dense inductively coupled plasmas were produced using 13.56 MHz radio frequency (rf) power. The discharge was driven into an adjacent chamber which acts as a reservoir for ion beam extraction using a dual-electrode extractor configuration. Extraction of ions from the second chamber with energies in the 100 eV range was achieved while minimizing fluctuations induced by the rf signal. A custom-built retarding potential analyzer was used to analyze the effectiveness of ion beam transport using the remote plasma chamber. Well-defined beams were extracted between 60 and 100 V extraction potentials at 50–100 W rf powers. An increase in rf power resulted in an increase in average ion energy, increase in ion current density while the energy spread remains constant

  15. Extraction characteristics of a low-energy ion beam system with a remote plasma chamber

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    Vasquez, M. R., E-mail: mrvasquez@coe.upd.edu.ph [Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 1101 (Philippines); Wada, M. [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Doshisha University, Kyotanabe, Kyoto 610-0321 (Japan)

    2016-02-15

    Low-energy argon beams were extracted from a dual-chamber ion source system. The first chamber is a quartz cylinder where dense inductively coupled plasmas were produced using 13.56 MHz radio frequency (rf) power. The discharge was driven into an adjacent chamber which acts as a reservoir for ion beam extraction using a dual-electrode extractor configuration. Extraction of ions from the second chamber with energies in the 100 eV range was achieved while minimizing fluctuations induced by the rf signal. A custom-built retarding potential analyzer was used to analyze the effectiveness of ion beam transport using the remote plasma chamber. Well-defined beams were extracted between 60 and 100 V extraction potentials at 50–100 W rf powers. An increase in rf power resulted in an increase in average ion energy, increase in ion current density while the energy spread remains constant.

  16. Application of flame spraying coatings of neutron-absorbing boron-polymer composite powder for spent nuclear fuel container

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    The traditional shielding method was mostly to use a thicker shielding of lead plates, and cast reinforced concrete, etc., mainly by reducing the neutron speed and preventing the passage of neutrons. However, the problem of making or machining the thick protective layers cannot meet the development needs of the security of the nuclear power industry. Currently, most widely used nuclear protective materials are polyethylene plastic plates adding boron carbide, because of polyethylene containing a relatively high content of hydrogen atoms that is an effective neutron moderator by virtue of its scattering power, and boron carbide that is also a good thermal neutron absorber by means of huge thermal neutron absorbing cross section. In this regard, in the present work, polymer flame spraying coatings of neutron-absorbing boron containing polymer composite powder is developed for application in the field of spent nuclear fuel. Changes in the microstructure of the coating layer are discussed with respect to the content of boron carbide and the thickness of the coating layer in view of the neutron absorbing efficiency. In this work, polymer flame spraying coatings of neutron-absorbing boron containing polymer composite powder was developed for application in the field of spent nuclear fuel. From the observation of coating layer, B4C particles were distributed uniformly in the polymer matrix and the LDPE-B4C composite coating layer was joined well with Al substrate without any detachment. The thermal neutron absorbing property is enhanced with an increase in the coating thickness. A flame spraying coating method of boron-containing polymer composite powder is very effective way for the application in a spent nuclear fuel facility

  17. Boron Nitride Coated Carbon Nanotube Arrays with Enhanced Compressive Mechanical Property

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    Jing, Lin; Tay, Roland Yingjie; Li, Hongling; Tsang, Siu Hon; Tan, Dunlin; Zhang, Bowei; Tok, Alfred Iing Yoong; Teo, Edwin Hang Tong

    Vertically aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) array is one of the most promising energy dissipating materials due to its excellent temperature invariant mechanical property. However, the CNT arrays with desirable recoverability after compression is still a challenge. Here, we report on the mechanical enhancement of the CNT arrays reinforced by coating with boron nitride (BN) layers. These BN coated CNT (BN/CNT) arrays exhibit excellent compressive strength and recoverability as compared to those of the as-prepared CNT arrays which totally collapsed after compression. In addition, the BN coating also provides better resistance to oxidation due to its intrinsic thermal stability. This work presented here opens a new pathway towards tuning mechanical behavior of any arbitrary CNT arrays for promising potential such as damper, vibration isolator and shock absorber applications.

  18. Cracking and interfacial debonding of the Al–Si coating in hot stamping of pre-coated boron steel

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    Highlights: • Cracking failure of the Al–Si coating in hot stamping process was investigated. • Microcracks initiated inside the coating during the austenitization. • Microcrack initiation in the hot deformation correlated to the Fe–Al intermetallics. • Macrocracks extended along the Mode I path led to the coating break into segments. • Macrocracks growth followed Mode II path resulted in the interfacial debonding. - Abstract: This study is focused on the mechanisms of cracks initiation, propagation and interfacial debonding of the Al–Si coating in hot stamping of the pre-coated boron steel. The investigation was performed isothermally at three deformation temperatures (700, 750, 800 °C) at a strain rate of 0.1/s. Cracking and interfacial debonding of the coating were observed with optical and scanning electron microscope, to reveal the damage evolution under applied tensile strains. Microstructures and phase inside the coating before and after austenitization were determined by energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results indicate that austenitization led to micro-cracks and Kirkendall voids initiation inside the Al–Si coating because of thermal loading, and the cracks were arrested by α-Fe diffusion layer. When the coating on substrate system was submitted to the uniaxial tensile test, the surface coating exhibited multiple cracking normal to the tensile direction. The Kirkendall voids seemed to promote the macro-crack growth through the diffusion layer. The macro-cracks followed a Mode I path, leading to the coating deteriorates to cracked segments. The macro-cracks then continued to propagate following a Mode II path that along the diffusion layer/substrate interface because of shear stress transferred from the deformed substrate, resulting in the interfacial debonding of the coating segments. The crack density firstly increased with the increasing tensile strain and then reached saturation. Decreasing deformation

  19. Cracking and interfacial debonding of the Al–Si coating in hot stamping of pre-coated boron steel

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    Gui, Zhong-Xiang; Wang, Kai; Zhang, Yi-Sheng [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die and Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Zhu, Bin, E-mail: zhubin26@gmail.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die and Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Cracking failure of the Al–Si coating in hot stamping process was investigated. • Microcracks initiated inside the coating during the austenitization. • Microcrack initiation in the hot deformation correlated to the Fe–Al intermetallics. • Macrocracks extended along the Mode I path led to the coating break into segments. • Macrocracks growth followed Mode II path resulted in the interfacial debonding. - Abstract: This study is focused on the mechanisms of cracks initiation, propagation and interfacial debonding of the Al–Si coating in hot stamping of the pre-coated boron steel. The investigation was performed isothermally at three deformation temperatures (700, 750, 800 °C) at a strain rate of 0.1/s. Cracking and interfacial debonding of the coating were observed with optical and scanning electron microscope, to reveal the damage evolution under applied tensile strains. Microstructures and phase inside the coating before and after austenitization were determined by energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results indicate that austenitization led to micro-cracks and Kirkendall voids initiation inside the Al–Si coating because of thermal loading, and the cracks were arrested by α-Fe diffusion layer. When the coating on substrate system was submitted to the uniaxial tensile test, the surface coating exhibited multiple cracking normal to the tensile direction. The Kirkendall voids seemed to promote the macro-crack growth through the diffusion layer. The macro-cracks followed a Mode I path, leading to the coating deteriorates to cracked segments. The macro-cracks then continued to propagate following a Mode II path that along the diffusion layer/substrate interface because of shear stress transferred from the deformed substrate, resulting in the interfacial debonding of the coating segments. The crack density firstly increased with the increasing tensile strain and then reached saturation. Decreasing deformation

  20. Studies on the influence of surface pre-treatments on electroless copper coating of boron carbide particles

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    Boron carbide is one of the hard ceramic particles which find application as structural materials and neutron shielding material due to its high neutron capture cross section. Copper coating on boron carbide particle is essential for the synthesis of metal-ceramic composites with enhanced sinterability and dispersibility. Surface characteristics of the substrate and the coating parameters play a foremost role in the formation of effective electroless coating. The effect of surface pre-treatment conditions and pH on electroless copper coating of boron carbide particles has been studied. Surface pre-treatement of B4C when compared to acid treated and alkali treated particles were carried out. Uniform copper coating was observed at pH 12 in alkali treated particles when compared to others due to the effective removal of inevitable impurities during the production and processing of commercially available B4C. A threshold pH 11 was required for initiation of copper coating on boron carbide particles. The growth pattern of the copper coating also varies depending on the surface conditions from acicular to spherical morphology.

  1. Copper diffusivity in boron-doped silicon wafer measured by dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry

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    Highlights: ► Effective copper diffusivity in boron-doped silicon wafer was measured. ► Dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry was used. ► Interstitial copper ions were first drifted to surface region and allowed to back-diffuse. ► Boron concentration largely influenced the effect copper diffusivity. -- Abstract: The effective copper diffusivity (Deff) in boron-doped silicon wafer was measured using a Dynamic Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (D-SIMS) that was incorporated with an out-drift technique. By this technique, positive interstitial copper ions (CuI+) migrated to the surface region when a continuous charge of electrons showered on the oxidized silicon wafer, which was also bombarded by primary O2+ ions. The CuI+ ions at the surface region diffused back to the bulk when the electron showering stopped. The D-SIMS recorded the real-time distribution of CuI+ ions, generating depth profiles for in-diffusion of copper for silicon-wafer samples with different boron concentrations. These were curve-fitted using the standard diffusion expressions to obtain different Deff values, and compared with other measurement techniques

  2. Copper diffusivity in boron-doped silicon wafer measured by dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry

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    Koh, Songfoo [S.E.H (M) Sdn. Bhd., Lot 2, Lorong Enggang 35, Ulu Klang FTZ, 54200 Selangor (Malaysia); You, Ahheng [Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama, Bukit Beruang, 75450 Melaka (Malaysia); Tou, Teckyong, E-mail: tytou@mmu.edu.my [Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia Univesity, Jalan Multimedia, 63100 Cyberjaya (Malaysia)

    2013-03-20

    Highlights: ► Effective copper diffusivity in boron-doped silicon wafer was measured. ► Dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry was used. ► Interstitial copper ions were first drifted to surface region and allowed to back-diffuse. ► Boron concentration largely influenced the effect copper diffusivity. -- Abstract: The effective copper diffusivity (D{sub eff}) in boron-doped silicon wafer was measured using a Dynamic Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (D-SIMS) that was incorporated with an out-drift technique. By this technique, positive interstitial copper ions (Cu{sub I}{sup +}) migrated to the surface region when a continuous charge of electrons showered on the oxidized silicon wafer, which was also bombarded by primary O{sub 2}{sup +} ions. The Cu{sub I}{sup +} ions at the surface region diffused back to the bulk when the electron showering stopped. The D-SIMS recorded the real-time distribution of Cu{sub I}{sup +} ions, generating depth profiles for in-diffusion of copper for silicon-wafer samples with different boron concentrations. These were curve-fitted using the standard diffusion expressions to obtain different D{sub eff} values, and compared with other measurement techniques.

  3. 2$\\pi$ proportional counting chamber for large-area-coated $\\beta$ sources

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    DESAI SHRADDHA S

    2016-06-01

    Detection system for measuring absolute emission rate from large-area-coated $\\beta$ sources has been indigenously developed. The system consists of a multiwire-based proportional counter with gas flow and a source mounted within the sensitive volume of the detector. Design of the counter enables efficient counting of emissions in $2\\pi$ solid angle.A provision is made for change ofthe source and immediate measurement of source activity. These sources are used to calibrate the efficiency of contamination monitors at radiological facilities. Sensitive area of the detector covers 165◦ solid angle nearing $2\\pi$ of emission from the source of size $100 \\times 150$ mm. Performance of the chamber is tested using collimated $^{55}$Fe X-ray source and $^{90}$Sr / $^{90}$Y coated $\\beta$ sources of various activities. The activity measurement system is established as a national primary standard for calibration of coated $\\beta$ sources at Radiological Laboratory at BARC. Design and performanceof the chamber are presented.

  4. Enhancement of thermal conductive pathway of boron nitride coated polymethylsilsesquioxane composite.

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    Kim, Gyungbok; Ryu, Seung Han; Lee, Jun-Tae; Seong, Ki-Hun; Lee, Jae Eun; Yoon, Phil-Joong; Kim, Bum-Sung; Hussain, Manwar; Choa, Yong-Ho

    2013-11-01

    We report here in the fabrication of enhanced thermal conductive pathway nanocomposites of boron nitride (BN)-coated polymethylsilsesquioxane (PMSQ) composite beads using isopropyl alcohol (IPA) as a mixing medium. Exfoliated and size-reduced boron nitride particles were successfully coated on the PMSQ beads and explained by surface charge differences. A homogeneous dispersion and coating of BN on the PMSQ beads using IPA medium was confirmed by SEM. Each condition of the composite powder was carried into the stainless still mould and then hot pressed in an electrically heated hot press machine. Three-dimensional percolation networks and conductive pathways created by exfoliated BN were precisely formed in the nanocomposites. The thermal conductivity of nanocomposites was measured by multiplying specific gravity, specific heat, and thermal diffusivity, based upon the laser flash method. Densification of the composite resulted in better thermal properties. For an epoxy reinforced composite with 30 vol% BN and PMSQ, a thermal conductivity of nine times higher than that of pristine PMSQ was observed. PMID:24245317

  5. Boron-coated straws as a replacement for 3He-based neutron detectors

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    Lacy, Jeffrey L.; Athanasiades, Athanasios; Sun, Liang; Martin, Christopher S.; Lyons, Tom D.; Foss, Michael A.; Haygood, Hal B.

    2011-10-01

    US and international government efforts to equip major seaports with large area neutron detectors, aimed to intercept the smuggling of nuclear materials, have precipitated a critical shortage of 3He gas. It is estimated that the annual demand of 3He for US security applications alone is more than the worldwide supply. This is strongly limiting the prospects of neutron science, safeguards, and other applications that rely heavily on 3He-based detectors. Clearly, alternate neutron detection technologies that can support large sensitive areas, and have low gamma sensitivity and low cost must be developed. We propose a low-cost technology based on long copper tubes (straws), coated on the inside with a thin layer of 10B-enriched boron carbide ( 10B 4C). In addition to the high abundance of boron on Earth and low cost of 10B enrichment, the boron-coated straw (BCS) detector offers distinct advantages over conventional 3He-based detectors, and alternate technologies such as 10BF 3 tubes and 10B-coated rigid tubes. These include better distribution inside moderator assemblies, many-times faster electronic signals, no pressurization, improved gamma-ray rejection, no toxic or flammable gases, and ease of serviceability. We present the performance of BCS detectors dispersed in a solid plastic moderator to address the need for portal monitoring. The design adopts the outer dimensions of currently deployed 3He-based monitors, but takes advantage of the small BCS diameter to achieve a more uniform distribution of neutron converter throughout the moderating material. We show that approximately 63 BCS detectors, each 205 cm long, distributed inside the moderator, can match or exceed the detection efficiency of typical monitors fitted with a 5 cm diameter 3He tube, 187 cm long, pressurized to 3 atm.

  6. Boron-coated straws as a replacement for {sup 3}He-based neutron detectors

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    Lacy, Jeffrey L., E-mail: jlacy@proportionaltech.com [Proportional Technologies, Inc., 8022 El Rio Street, Houston, TX 77054 (United States); Athanasiades, Athanasios; Sun, Liang; Martin, Christopher S.; Lyons, Tom D.; Foss, Michael A.; Haygood, Hal B. [Proportional Technologies, Inc., 8022 El Rio Street, Houston, TX 77054 (United States)

    2011-10-01

    US and international government efforts to equip major seaports with large area neutron detectors, aimed to intercept the smuggling of nuclear materials, have precipitated a critical shortage of {sup 3}He gas. It is estimated that the annual demand of {sup 3}He for US security applications alone is more than the worldwide supply. This is strongly limiting the prospects of neutron science, safeguards, and other applications that rely heavily on {sup 3}He-based detectors. Clearly, alternate neutron detection technologies that can support large sensitive areas, and have low gamma sensitivity and low cost must be developed. We propose a low-cost technology based on long copper tubes (straws), coated on the inside with a thin layer of {sup 10}B-enriched boron carbide ({sup 10}B{sub 4}C). In addition to the high abundance of boron on Earth and low cost of {sup 10}B enrichment, the boron-coated straw (BCS) detector offers distinct advantages over conventional {sup 3}He-based detectors, and alternate technologies such as {sup 10}BF{sub 3} tubes and {sup 10}B-coated rigid tubes. These include better distribution inside moderator assemblies, many-times faster electronic signals, no pressurization, improved gamma-ray rejection, no toxic or flammable gases, and ease of serviceability. We present the performance of BCS detectors dispersed in a solid plastic moderator to address the need for portal monitoring. The design adopts the outer dimensions of currently deployed {sup 3}He-based monitors, but takes advantage of the small BCS diameter to achieve a more uniform distribution of neutron converter throughout the moderating material. We show that approximately 63 BCS detectors, each 205 cm long, distributed inside the moderator, can match or exceed the detection efficiency of typical monitors fitted with a 5 cm diameter {sup 3}He tube, 187 cm long, pressurized to 3 atm.

  7. Static tensile and tensile creep testing of four boron nitride coated ceramic fibers at elevated temperatures

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    Coguill, Scott L.; Adams, Donald F.; Zimmerman, Richard S.

    1989-01-01

    Six types of uncoated ceramic fibers were static tensile and tensile creep tested at various elevated temperatures. Three types of boron nitride coated fibers were also tested. Room temperature static tensile tests were initially performed on all fibers, at gage lengths of 1, 2, and 4 inches, to determine the magnitude of end effects from the gripping system used. Tests at one elevated temperature, at gage lengths of 8 and 10 inches, were also conducted, to determine end effects at elevated temperatures. Fiber cross sectional shapes and areas were determined using scanning electron microscopy. Creep testing was typically performed for 4 hours, in an air atmosphere.

  8. Dose response of selected ion chambers in applied homogeneous transverse and longitudinal magnetic fields

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    Purpose: The magnetic fields of an integrated MR-Linac system will alter the paths of electrons that produce ions in the ionization chambers. The dose response of selected ion chambers is evaluated in the presence of varying transverse and longitudinal magnetic fields. The investigation is useful in calibration of therapeutic x-ray beams associated with MR-Linac systems. Methods: The Monte Carlo code PENELOPE was used to model the irradiation of NE2571, and PR06C ionization chambers in the presence of a transverse and longitudinal (with respect to the photon beam) magnetic fields of varying magnitude. The long axis of each chamber was simulated both parallel and perpendicular to the incident photon beam for each magnetic field case. The dose deposited in each chamber for each case was compared to the case with zero magnetic field by means of a ratio. The PR06C chamber's response was measured in the presence of a transverse magnetic field with field strengths ranging from 0.0 to 0.2 T to compare to simulated results. Results: The simulations and measured data show that in the presence of a transverse magnetic field there is a considerable dose response (maximum of 11% near 1.0 T in the ion chambers investigated, which depends on the magnitude of magnetic field, and relative orientation of the magnetic field, radiation beam, and ion chamber. Measurements made with the PR06C chamber verify these results in the region of measurement. In contrast, a longitudinal magnetic field produces only a slight increase in dose response (2% at 1.5 T) that rises slowly with increasing magnetic field and is seemingly independent of chamber orientation. Response trends were similar for the two ion chambers and relative orientations considered, but slight variations are present from chamber to chamber. Conclusions: Care must be taken when making ion chamber measurements in a transverse magnetic field. Ion chamber responses vary not only with transverse field strength, but with chamber

  9. Distinct surface hydration behaviors of boron-rich boride thin film coatings

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    In this work, the surface boron chemical states and surface hydration behaviors of the as-deposited and annealed boron-rich boride thin film coatings, including AlMgB14, TiB2 and AlMgB14–TiB2, were systematically studied by use of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. The XPS results indicate that boron at annealed AlMgB14 film surface can be oxidized; surprisingly, such oxidation does not lead to the formation of boric acid in ambient air. Instead, boric acid can be produced at the surface of annealed TiB2 film and AlMgB14–TiB2 film. It is shown, via the water contact angle measurements, that these boride films exhibit distinct surface wettability characteristics, which are believed to result in the observed surface hydration processes. Furthermore, we found anatase TiO2 formation plays a major role in the surface wetting behaviors for these boride films

  10. Distinct surface hydration behaviors of boron-rich boride thin film coatings

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    Lu, Xinhong [Key Laboratory for Liquid–Solid Structural Evolution and Processing of Materials, Ministry of Education and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Liu, Wei [Institute of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Ouyang, Jun [Key Laboratory for Liquid–Solid Structural Evolution and Processing of Materials, Ministry of Education and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Tian, Yun, E-mail: ytian@sdu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Liquid–Solid Structural Evolution and Processing of Materials, Ministry of Education and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China)

    2014-08-30

    In this work, the surface boron chemical states and surface hydration behaviors of the as-deposited and annealed boron-rich boride thin film coatings, including AlMgB{sub 14}, TiB{sub 2} and AlMgB{sub 14}–TiB{sub 2}, were systematically studied by use of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. The XPS results indicate that boron at annealed AlMgB{sub 14} film surface can be oxidized; surprisingly, such oxidation does not lead to the formation of boric acid in ambient air. Instead, boric acid can be produced at the surface of annealed TiB{sub 2} film and AlMgB{sub 14}–TiB{sub 2} film. It is shown, via the water contact angle measurements, that these boride films exhibit distinct surface wettability characteristics, which are believed to result in the observed surface hydration processes. Furthermore, we found anatase TiO{sub 2} formation plays a major role in the surface wetting behaviors for these boride films.

  11. Boron

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    The trace element boron (B) is of interest in reclamation situations for several reasons. It plays an essential through largely unidentified role in the growth of higher plants. In argronomic situations B deficiencies are common, and deficiencies in reclamation situations have been suggested but not documented. Among micronutrients, B is unique because the range from deficient concentrations to toxic concentrations either in the soil solution or in plant tissue is narrower than for any other micronutrient. In reclamation situations excessive amounts of B can occur in the soil or in near-surface mining wastes and thus interfere with reclamation objectives, especially in arid and semiarid regions. Also, B is mobile and appears subject to both upward transport (and possible contamination of overlying material) and downward transport (and possible contamination of surface water and groundwater)

  12. Characterization of a multi-axis ion chamber array

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    Purpose: The aim of this work was to characterize a multi-axis ion chamber array (IC PROFILER; Sun Nuclear Corporation, Melbourne, FL USA) that has the potential to simplify the acquisition of LINAC beam data. Methods: The IC PROFILER (or panel) measurement response was characterized with respect to radiation beam properties, including dose, dose per pulse, pulse rate frequency (PRF), and energy. Panel properties were also studied, including detector-calibration stability, power-on time, backscatter dependence, and the panel's agreement with water tank measurements [profiles, fractional depth dose (FDD), and output factors]. Results: The panel's relative deviation was typically within (±) 1% of an independent (or nominal) response for all properties that were tested. Notable results were (a) a detectable relative field shape change of ∼1% with linear accelerator PRF changes; (b) a large range in backscatter thickness had a minimal effect on the measured dose distribution (typically less than 1%); (c) the error spread in profile comparison between the panel and scanning water tank (Blue Phantom, CC13; IBA Schwarzenbruck, DE) was approximately (±) 0.75%. Conclusions: The ability of the panel to accurately reproduce water tank profiles, FDDs, and output factors is an indication of its abilities as a dosimetry system. The benefits of using the panel versus a scanning water tank are less setup time and less error susceptibility. The same measurements (including device setup and breakdown) for both systems took 180 min with the water tank versus 30 min with the panel. The time-savings increase as the measurement load is increased.

  13. Methods for separating boron from borated paraffin wax and its determination by ion chromatography

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    Boron compounds are found to be useful in shielding against high-energy neutrons. In radiotherapy treatments, in order to protect occupational workers and patients from the undesirable neutron and gamma doses, paraffin wax containing B4C/boric acid is used. Low-level borate wastes generated from the nuclear power plants have been immobilized with paraffin wax using a concentrate waste drying system (CWDS). Borated paraffin waxes are prepared by mixing calculated amounts of either boric acid or boron carbide with the molten wax. This necessitates the determination of boron at different locations in order to check the homogeneous distribution of B over the borated wax. The determination of boron in nuclear materials is inevitable due to its high neutron absorption cross section. For the determination of boron in borated waxes, not many methods have been reported. A method based on the pyrohydrolysis extraction of boron and its quantification with ion chromatography was proposed for paraffin waxes borated with H3BO3 and B4C. The B4C optimum pyrohydrolysis conditions were identified. Wax samples were mixed with U3O8, which prevents the sample from flare up, and also accelerates the extraction of boron. Pyrohydrolysis was carried out with moist O2 at 950℃ for 60 and 90 min for wax with H3BO3 and wax with B4C, respectively. Two simple methods of separation based on alkali extraction and melting wax in alkali were also developed exclusively for wax with H3BO3. In all the separations, the recovery of B was above 98%. During IC separation, B was separated as boron-mannitol anion complex. Linear calibration was obtained between 0.1 and 50 ppm of B, and LOD was calculated as 5 ppb (S/N=3). The reproducibility was better than 5% (RSD)

  14. Investigation of the structure and properties of boron-containing coatings obtained by electron-beam treatment

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    An investigation of surface-hardened materials obtained by cladding with an electron beam injected into the air atmosphere was carried out. Structural investigations of coatings revealed that an increase in boron carbide concentration in a saturating mixture contributed to a rise of a volume fraction of iron borides in coatings. The maximum hardened depth reached 2 mm. Hardened layers were characterized by the formation of heterogeneous structure which consisted of iron borides and titanium carbides distributed uniformly in the eutectic matrix. Areas of titanium boride conglomerations were detected. It was found that an increase in the boron carbide content led to an enhancement in hardness of the investigated materials. Friction testing against loosely fixed abrasive particles showed that electron-beam cladding of powder mixtures containing boron carbides, titanium, and iron in air atmosphere allowed enhancing a resistance of materials hardened in two times

  15. Investigation of the structure and properties of boron-containing coatings obtained by electron-beam treatment

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    Krivezhenko, Dina S.; Drobyaz, Ekaterina A.; Bataev, Ivan A.; Chuchkova, Lyubov V.

    2015-10-01

    An investigation of surface-hardened materials obtained by cladding with an electron beam injected into the air atmosphere was carried out. Structural investigations of coatings revealed that an increase in boron carbide concentration in a saturating mixture contributed to a rise of a volume fraction of iron borides in coatings. The maximum hardened depth reached 2 mm. Hardened layers were characterized by the formation of heterogeneous structure which consisted of iron borides and titanium carbides distributed uniformly in the eutectic matrix. Areas of titanium boride conglomerations were detected. It was found that an increase in the boron carbide content led to an enhancement in hardness of the investigated materials. Friction testing against loosely fixed abrasive particles showed that electron-beam cladding of powder mixtures containing boron carbides, titanium, and iron in air atmosphere allowed enhancing a resistance of materials hardened in two times.

  16. Evaluation of ion chamber dependent correction factors for ionisation chamber dosimetry in proton beams using a Monte Carlo method

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    Palmans, H. [Ghent Univ. (Belgium). Dept. of Biomedical Physics; Verhaegen, F.

    1995-12-01

    In the last decade, several clinical proton beam therapy facilities have been developed. To satisfy the demand for uniformity in clinical (routine) proton beam dosimetry two dosimetry protocols (ECHED and AAPM) have been published. Both protocols neglect the influence of ion chamber dependent parameters on dose determination in proton beams because of the scatter properties of these beams, although the problem has not been studied thoroughly yet. A comparison between water calorimetry and ionisation chamber dosimetry showed a discrepancy of 2.6% between the former method and ionometry following the ECHED protocol. Possibly, a small part of this difference can be attributed to chamber dependent correction factors. Indications for this possibility are found in ionometry measurements. To allow the simulation of complex geometries with different media necessary for the study of those corrections, an existing proton Monte Carlo code (PTRAN, Berger) has been modified. The original code, that applies Mollire`s multiple scattering theory and Vavilov`s energy straggling theory, calculates depth dose profiles, energy distributions and radial distributions for pencil beams in water. Comparisons with measurements and calculations reported in the literature are done to test the program`s accuracy. Preliminary results of the influence of chamber design and chamber materials on dose to water determination are presented.

  17. Evaluation of ion chamber dependent correction factors for ionisation chamber dosimetry in proton beams using a Monte Carlo method

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    In the last decade, several clinical proton beam therapy facilities have been developed. To satisfy the demand for uniformity in clinical (routine) proton beam dosimetry two dosimetry protocols (ECHED and AAPM) have been published. Both protocols neglect the influence of ion chamber dependent parameters on dose determination in proton beams because of the scatter properties of these beams, although the problem has not been studied thoroughly yet. A comparison between water calorimetry and ionisation chamber dosimetry showed a discrepancy of 2.6% between the former method and ionometry following the ECHED protocol. Possibly, a small part of this difference can be attributed to chamber dependent correction factors. Indications for this possibility are found in ionometry measurements. To allow the simulation of complex geometries with different media necessary for the study of those corrections, an existing proton Monte Carlo code (PTRAN, Berger) has been modified. The original code, that applies Mollire's multiple scattering theory and Vavilov's energy straggling theory, calculates depth dose profiles, energy distributions and radial distributions for pencil beams in water. Comparisons with measurements and calculations reported in the literature are done to test the program's accuracy. Preliminary results of the influence of chamber design and chamber materials on dose to water determination are presented

  18. Atom probe field ion microscopy investigation of boron containing martensitic 9 Pct chromium steel

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    Hofer, P.; Miller, M. K.; Babu, S. S.; David, S. A.; Cerjak, H.

    2000-03-01

    The chemical compositions of the ferrite matrix and various other phases in an Fe-0.17 C-9 Cr-1.55 Mo-0.27 V-0.015 N-0.01B (mass pct) steel in as-received and crept conditions were measured with atom probe field ion microscopy (APFIM). The results showed the presence of some residual boron within the ferrite matrix. Analyses showed that boron was distributed within M23C6, M6C, MX, and Laves phases. Phosphor atoms were detected at the M23C6-ferrite interface in the crept condition. The results are compared to predictions from thermodynamic calculations.

  19. Chamber-transport simulation results for heavy-ion fusion drivers

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    The heavy-ion fusion community recently developed a power-plant design that meets the various requirements of accelerators, final focus, chamber transport and targets. The point design is intended to minimize physics risk and is certainly not optimal for the cost of electricity. Recent chamber-transport simulations, however, indicate that changes in the beam ion species, the convergence angle and the emittance might allow more-economical designs. (author)

  20. On Generation and Propagation of the Plasma Ion Beam for Plasma Ion Assisted Deposition (PIAD) of Optical Coatings

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    Harhausen, J.; Brinkmann, R. P.; Foest, R.; Ohl, A.; Schröder, B.

    2011-10-01

    PIAD is a technique employed for the production of high performance optical coatings. Here, the plasma source is a hot cathode direct current discharge with an auxiliary magnetic field (APS). Its specific design together with a low chamber pressure of p ~ 2 .10-4mbar results in the generation of energetic ions (typ. Ei = 50 . . 150eV) impinging onto the substrates. Until today, data on the plasma parameters in the coating chamber is sparse. This contribution presents details on the energy distribution functions (EDF) of electrons and ions in the strongly inhomogeneous APS plume using Langmuir probe and retarding field energy analyzer diagnostics. The IEDF is characterized by two separate populations of low and high energy. An analytical model for the evolution of the ion beam reveals that the slow ion component is due to charge exchange of fast ions with the background neutral gas. This model is indispensable for the estimation of the NEDF. Funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF, Fkz. 13N10462).

  1. Some features of the transport processes of ion-implanted boron under conditions of transient enhanced diffusion suppression

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    Velichko, O. I.; Hundorina, A. A.; Axenov, V. V.

    2011-01-01

    It has been shown that during thermal treatments of silicon layers preamorphized by germanium implantation and then implanted with boron ions the transport of impurity atoms occurs right up to a temperature of 850^{\\circ}C due to migration of the nonequilibrium boron interstitials.

  2. Improved electrochemical performance of boron-doped SiO negative electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries

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    Woo, Jihoon; Baek, Seong-Ho; Park, Jung-Soo; Jeong, Young-Min; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2015-12-01

    We introduce a one-step process that consists of thermal disproportionation and impurity doping to enhance the reversible capacity and electrical conductivity of silicon monoxide (SiO)-based negative electrode materials in Li-ion batteries. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) results reveal that thermally treated SiO at 900 °C (H-SiO) consists of uniformly dispersed nano-crystalline Si (nc-Si) in an amorphous silicon oxide (SiOx) matrix. Compared to that of prinstine SiO, the electrochemical performance of H-SiO shows improved specific capacity, due mainly to the increased reversible capacity by nc-Si and to the reduced volume expansion by thermally disproportionated SiOx matrix. Further electrochemical improvements can be obtained by boron-doping on SiO (HB-SiO) using solution dopant during thermal disproportionation. HB-SiO electrode without carbon coating exhibits significantly enhanced specific capacity superior to that of undoped H-SiO electrode, having 947 mAh g-1 at 0.5C rate and excellent capacity retention of 93.3% over 100 cycles. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurement reveals that the internal resistance of the HB-SiO electrode is significantly reduced by boron doping.

  3. RESEARCH OF PROCESS OF AN ALLOYING OF THE FUSED COATINGS RECEIVED FROM THE SUPERFICIAL ALLOYED WIRE BY BORON WITH IN ADDITIONALLY APPLIED ELECTROPLATED COATING OF CHROME AND COPPER

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    V. A. Stefanovich; Borisov, S. V.; A. V. Stefanovich

    2015-01-01

    Researches on distribution of chrome and copper in the fused coating received from the superficial alloyed wire by boron with in additionally applied electroplated coating of chrome and copper were executed. The structure of the fused coating consists of dendrites on which borders the boride eutectic is located. It is established that the content of chrome in dendrites is 1,5– 1,6 times less than in the borid; distribution of copper on structure is uniformed. Coefficients of digestion of chro...

  4. Deposition and Characterization of the Titanium-Based Coating by a Multi-Chamber Detonation Sprayer

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    Arseenko M.Yu.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This work introduces some of the aspects of the deposition of titanium-based coating (80-120 μm thick on aluminium samples using a multi-chamber detonation sprayer (MCDS. The characteristic feature of MCDS is that the powder is accelerated by using combustion products that are formed in MCDS chambers and are converged before entering the nozzle, where they interact with the two-phase gas-powder cloud. The microstructures and properties of the coating were characterized with the use of scanning electronic microscopes (SEM, optical microscope (OM, X-ray Diffraction (XRD techniques, and Vickers hardness tester with a 50 g test load. Wear tests were carried out using a computer controlled pin-on-disc type tribometer. It was established that MCDS has provided the conditions for formation of a dense titanium-based coating with a porosity of less than 1.0%, microhardness 810±250 HV0.05 and a specific wear rate of 2.077∙10-4 mm3(m∙N-1.

  5. Energy fluxes in a radio-frequency magnetron discharge for the deposition of superhard cubic boron nitride coatings

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    Energy flux measurements by a calorimetric probe in a rf-magnetron plasma used for the deposition of super-hard c-BN coatings are presented and discussed. Argon as working gas is used for sputtering a h-BN target. Adding a certain amount of N2 is essential for the formation of stoichiometric BN films, since a lack of nitrogen will lead to boron rich films. Subsequently, the contributions of different plasma species, surface reactions, and film growth to the resulting variation of the substrate temperature in dependence on nitrogen admixture are estimated and discussed. In addition, SRIM simulations are performed to estimate the energy influx by sputtered neutral atoms. The influence of magnetron target power and oxygen admixture (for comparison with nitrogen) to the process gas on the total energy flux is determined and discussed qualitatively, too. The results indicate that variation of the energy influx due to additional nitrogen flow, which causes a decrease of electron and ion densities, electron temperature and plasma potential, is negligible, while the admixture of oxygen leads to a drastic increase of the energy influx. The typical hysteresis effect which can be observed during magnetron sputtering in oxygen containing gas mixtures has also been confirmed in the energy influx measurements for the investigated system. However, the underlying mechanism is not understood yet, and will be addressed in further investigations.

  6. Process for microwave sintering boron carbide

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    A method of microwave sintering boron carbide comprises leaching boron carbide powder with an aqueous solution of nitric acid to form a leached boron carbide powder. The leached boron carbide powder is coated with a glassy carbon precursor to form a coated boron carbide powder. The coated boron carbide powder is consolidated in an enclosure of boron nitride particles coated with a layer of glassy carbon within a container for microwave heating to form an enclosed coated boron carbide powder. The enclosed coated boron carbide powder is sintered within the container for microwave heating with microwave energy

  7. Effect of Boron-Doped Diamond Interlayer on Cutting Performance of Diamond Coated Micro Drills for Graphite Machining

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    Zhiming Zhang

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Thin boron doped diamond (BDD film is deposited from trimethyl borate/acetone/hydrogen mixture on Co-cemented tungsten carbide (WC-Co micro drills by using the hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD technique. The boron peak on Raman spectrum confirms the boron incorporation in diamond film. This film is used as an interlayer for subsequent CVD of micro-crystalline diamond (MCD film. The Rockwell indentation test shows that boron doping could effectively improve the adhesive strength on substrate of as deposited thin diamond films. Dry drilling of graphite is chosen to check the multilayer (BDD + MCD film performance. For the sake of comparison, machining tests are also carried out under identical conditions using BDD and MCD coated micro drills with no interlayer. The wear mechanism of the tools has been identified and correlated with the criterion used to evaluate the tool life. The results show that the multilayer (BDD + MCD coated micro drill exhibits the longest tool life. Therefore, thin BDD interlayer is proved to be a new viable alternative and a suitable option for adherent diamond coatings on micro cutting tools.

  8. Resonant transfer excitation followed by X-ray for boron-like ions

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    RAMADAN, Hassan

    2011-01-01

    Theoretical cross sections for resonant transfer excitation followed by x-ray emission (RTEX) are calculated for the collisions of some ions in the series of the Boron-like ions with H2 as a target. The calculations have been done for C II, N III, O IV, F V, Ar XIV and Fe XXII ions by folding their dielectronic recombination (DR) cross sections over the momentum distribution (Compton profile) of H2 target gas. Calculations have been performed from both ground and metastable initial st...

  9. Behavior of hydrogen ions, atoms, and molecules in alpha-boron studied using density functional calculations

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    Wagner, Philipp; Ewels, Christopher P.; Suarez-Martinez, Irene; Guiot, Vincent; Cox, Stephen F. J.; Lord, James S.; Briddon, Patrick R.

    2011-01-01

    We examine the behaviour of hydrogen ions, atoms and molecules in alpha-boron using density functional calculations. Hydrogen behaves as a negative-U centre, with positive H ions preferring to sit off-center on inter-layer bonds and negative H ions sitting preferably at in-plane sites between three B12 icosahedra. Hydrogen atoms inside B12 icosahedral cages are unstable, drifting off-center and leaving the cage with only a 0.09 eV barrier. While H0 is extremely mobile (diffusion barrier 0.25 ...

  10. Localization of dislocation-related luminescence centers in self-ion implanted silicon and effect of additional boron ion doping

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    Tetelbaum, D.I.; Mikhaylov, A.N.; Belov, A.I.; Korolev, D.S.; Shushunov, A.N.; Bobrov, A.I.; Pavlov, D.A. [Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (Russian Federation); Shek, E.I.; Sobolev, N.A. [Ioffe Physical Technical Institute, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    2015-01-01

    The depth distribution of light-emitting centers of the D1 dislocation-related photoluminescence line (∝ 1.5 μm) in silicon implanted with Si{sup +} ions and annealed at 1100 C in the oxidizing chlorine-containing atmosphere has been investigated by means of the layer-by-layer chemical etching. It is established with the application of cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy that the main contribution to the D1 line is made by the centers located at the depths of up to ∝ 150 nm, i.e. in the region of Si{sup +} ion ranges, whereas the dislocations produced by Si{sup +} implantation and annealing at 1100 C penetrate to the depth of ∝ 1000 nm. Additional boron ion doping with subsequent annealing at 800 C in N{sub 2} atmosphere improves the emission in comparison with the undoped but annealed reference sample, however the additional annealing at 800 C per se results in the photoluminescence weakening. The dependence of the D1 line intensity on boron ion dose is found to be nonmonotonous. The interpretation of the obtained results is given in relation to the key role of selfinterstitials and boron impurity in the formation of radiative and nonradiative centers. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  11. Evidence of amorphisation of B4C boron carbide under slow, heavy ion irradiation

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    Gosset, D.; Miro, S.; Doriot, S.; Victor, G.; Motte, V.

    2015-12-01

    Boron carbide is widely used either as armor-plate or neutron absorber. In both cases, a good structural stability is required. However, a few studies have shown amorphisation may occur in severe conditions. Hard impacts lead to the formation of amorphous bands. Some irradiations in electronic regime with H or He ions have also shown amorphisation of the material. Most authors however consider the structure is not drastically affected by irradiations in the ballistic regime. Here, we have irradiated at room temperature dense boron carbide pellets with Au 4 MeV ions, for which most of the damage is in the ballistic regime. This study is part of a program devoted to the behavior of boron carbide under irradiation. Raman observations have been performed after the irradiations together with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Raman observations show a strong structural damage at moderate fluences (1014/cm2, about 0.1 dpa), in agreement with previous studies. On the other hand, TEM shows the structure remains crystalline up to 1015/cm2 then partially amorphises. The amorphisation is heterogeneous, with the formation of nanometric amorphous zones with increasing density. It then appears short range and long range disorder occurs at quite different damage levels. Further experiments are in progress aiming at studying the structural stability of boron carbide and isostructural materials (α-B, B6Si,…).

  12. Intracellular boron localization and uptake in cell cultures using imaging secondary ion mass spectrometry (ion microscopy) for neutron capture therapy for cancer.

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    Bennett, B D; Zha, X; Gay, I; Morrison, G H

    1992-01-01

    Quantitative ion microscopy of freeze-fractured, freeze-dried cultured cells is a technique for single cell and subcellular elemental analysis. This review describes the technique and its usefulness in determining the uptake and subcellular distribution of the boron from boron neutron capture therapy drugs. PMID:1511239

  13. High rate operation of micro-strip gas chambers on diamond-coated glass

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    Bouclier, Roger; Million, Gilbert; Ropelewski, Leszek; Sauli, Fabio; Temmel, T; Cooke, R A; Donnel, S; Sastri, S A; Sonderer, N

    1996-01-01

    Very high rate operation of micro­strip gas chambers can be achieved using slightly conducting substrates. We describe preliminary measurements realized with detectors manufactured on boro-silicate glass coated, before the photo-lithographic processing, with a diamond layer having a surface resistivity of around 1014 ‡/o. Stable medium-term operation, and a rate capability largely exceeding the one obtained with identical plates manufactured on uncoated glass are demonstrated. If these results are confirmed by long-term measurements the diamond coating technology appears very attractive since it allows, with a moderate cost overhead, to use thin, commercially available glass with the required surface quality for the large-scale production of gas micro-strip detectors.

  14. Fundamental studies on the ion-exchange separation of boron isotopes

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    The single-stage separation factors for boron isotopes between an ion-exchange resin and an external solution were determined, using an ion-exchange breakthrough operation. The lighter isotope boron-10 was considerably enriched in the anion-exchange resin phase. The separation factor was very much influenced by the boric acid concentration in the external solution, but not as much influenced by the kind of the anion exchange resin used and operation temperature. The separation factor increased with a decrease in the boric acid concentration of external solution from 1.008 (0.501 mol/l) to 1.016 (0.010 mol/l). The value of the separation factors obtained experimentally were compared with those estimated on the basis of the theory of the two-phase distribution of isotopes. (auth.)

  15. Monte Carlo Study of High Pressure Ion Chamber Energy Response

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    GAO; Fei; XIAO; Xue-fu; ZHANG; Li; NI; Ning; HOU; Jin-bing

    2012-01-01

    <正>High pressure gas ionization chamber (HPIC) is the most popular instrument for environmental radiation measurement because of low inherent background, good stability, better directional response and high precision. The energy response of HIPC is not good because its wall is not made of air effective material, and the response of 100 keV photons is about 60% higher than normal. The energy response of

  16. Review of Electret ion chamber technology for measuring technologically enhanced natural radioactivity

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    Electret ion chamber (EIC) is a passive integrating ionization chamber used extensively for measuring technologically enhanced radioactivity. Commercially available electret ion chambers called 1E-PERM (Electret-Passive Environmental Radiation Monitors) electret ion chambers are relatively new and are in use only from the past 10 years. The EIC consists of a stable electret (electrically charged Teflon disc) mounted inside an electrically conducting chamber. The electret serves both as a source of the electric field and as a sensor. The ions produced inside the chamber are collected by the electret. The reduction in charge of the electret is related to total ionization during the period of exposure. This charge reduction is measured using a battery operated electret reader. Using appropriate calibration factors and the exposure time, the desired parameters such as radon concentration in air is calculated. These low cost monitors require neither power nor battery and several hundreds of these can be used simultaneously and serviced by one reader. These monitors do not provide on line readings, but provide an average value over a period of time. The EICs have been used for measuring: (a) indoor and outdoor radon, (b) thoron, (c) dissolved radon and radium in water, (d) environmental gamma, (e) radon emanating radon concentration in soil samples and in pipes, (f) radon flux from surfaces and building materials. The purpose of this paper is to describe these methods and give selected reference to the related publications for more detailed reading. (author)

  17. Shielding analysis for a heavy ion beam chamber with plasma channels for ion transport

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    Sawan, M.E.; Peterson, R.R.; Yu, S.

    2000-06-28

    Neutronics analysis has been performed to assess the shielding requirements for the insulators and final focusing magnets in a modified HYLIFE-II target chamber that utilizes pre-formed plasma channels for heavy ion beam transport. Using 65 cm thick Flibe jet assemblies provides adequate shielding for the electrical insulator units. Additional shielding is needed in front of the final focusing superconducting quadrupole magnets. A shield with a thickness varying between 45 and 90 cm needs to be provided in front of the quadrupole unit. The final laser mirrors located along the channel axis are in the direct line-of-sight of source neutrons. Neutronics calculations were performed to determine the constraints on the placement of these mirrors to be lifetime components.

  18. Ion-induced stress relaxation during the growth of cubic boron nitride thin films

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    Abendroth, B.E.

    2004-08-01

    in this thesis the deposition of cubic boron nitride films by magnetron sputtering is described. The deposition process is analyzed by Langmuir-probe measurement and energy resolved mass spectroscopy. the films are studied by stress measurement, spectroscopic ellipsometry, infrared spectroscopy, elastic recoil detection analysis, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Discussed are the stress relaxation and the microstructure and bonding characteristics together with the effects of ion bombardement. (HSI)

  19. Ion-induced stress relaxation during the growth of cubic boron nitride thin films

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    in this thesis the deposition of cubic boron nitride films by magnetron sputtering is described. The deposition process is analyzed by Langmuir-probe measurement and energy resolved mass spectroscopy. the films are studied by stress measurement, spectroscopic ellipsometry, infrared spectroscopy, elastic recoil detection analysis, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Discussed are the stress relaxation and the microstructure and bonding characteristics together with the effects of ion bombardement. (HSI)

  20. Ion chamber absorbed dose calibration coefficients, ND,w, measured at ADCLs: Distribution analysis and stability

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    Purpose: To analyze absorbed dose calibration coefficients, ND,w, measured at accredited dosimetry calibration laboratories (ADCLs) for client ionization chambers to study (i) variability among ND,w coefficients for chambers of the same type calibrated at each ADCL to investigate ion chamber volume fluctuations and chamber manufacturing tolerances; (ii) equivalency of ion chamber calibration coefficients measured at different ADCLs by intercomparing ND,w coefficients for chambers of the same type; and (iii) the long-term stability of ND,w coefficients for different chamber types by investigating repeated chamber calibrations. Methods: Large samples of ND,w coefficients for several chamber types measured over the time period between 1998 and 2014 were obtained from the three ADCLs operating in the United States. These are analyzed using various graphical and numerical statistical tests for the four chamber types with the largest samples of calibration coefficients to investigate (i) and (ii) above. Ratios of calibration coefficients for the same chamber, typically obtained two years apart, are calculated to investigate (iii) above and chambers with standard deviations of old/new ratios less than 0.3% meet stability requirements for accurate reference dosimetry recommended in dosimetry protocols. Results: It is found that ND,w coefficients for a given chamber type compared among different ADCLs may arise from differing probability distributions potentially due to slight differences in calibration procedures and/or the transfer of the primary standard. However, average ND,w coefficients from different ADCLs for given chamber types are very close with percent differences generally less than 0.2% for Farmer-type chambers and are well within reported uncertainties. Conclusions: The close agreement among calibrations performed at different ADCLs reaffirms the Calibration Laboratory Accreditation Subcommittee process of ensuring ADCL conformance with National Institute of

  1. Impact of beam transport method on chamber and driver design for heavy ion inertial fusion energy

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    Rose, D.V.; Welch, D.R.; Olson, C.L.; Yu, S.S.; Neff, S.; Sharp, W.M.

    2002-12-01

    In heavy ion inertial fusion energy systems, intense beams of ions must be transported from the exit of the final focus magnet system through the target chamber to hit millimeter spot sizes on the target. In this paper, we examine three different modes of beam propagation: neutralized ballistic transport, assisted pinched transport, and self-pinched transport. The status of our understanding of these three modes is summarized, and the constraints imposed by beam propagation upon the chamber environment, as well as their compatibility with various chamber and target concepts, are considered. We conclude that, on the basis of our present understanding, there is a reasonable range of parameter space where beams can propagate in thick-liquid wall, wetted-wall, and dry-wall chambers.

  2. Ion-Bombardment of X-Ray Multilayer Coatings - Comparison of Ion Etching and Ion Assisted Deposition

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    Puik, E. J.; van der Wiel, M. J.; Zeijlemaker, H.; Verhoeven, J.

    1991-01-01

    The effects of two forms of ion bombardment treatment on the reflectivity of multilayer X-ray coatings were compared: ion etching of the metal layers, taking place after deposition, and ion bombardment during deposition, the so-called ion assisted deposition. The ion beam was an Ar+ beam of 200 eV,

  3. Estimation of the response of ion chamber detectors to beta radiation

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    A technique was developed to calculate the response of cylindrical ion chambers to large area beta sources. Beta particles were simulated as vectors originating from a point on a source plane. Response calculations were performed for various source-plane-to-detector distances. The data testified to the dependency of response on source position and size. The results were compared with measured data. The technique was then used to evaluate the response characteristics of two chamber designs. Results showed that a design with concentric dual chambers could provide a means to estimate source geometry and distance. In addition, a detector employing stacked thin chambers could directly measure the extent of non-uniform ionisation in the chamber. (author)

  4. Green synthesis of boron doped graphene and its application as high performance anode material in Li ion battery

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    Sahoo, Madhumita; Sreena, K.P.; Vinayan, B.P.; Ramaprabhu, S., E-mail: ramp@iitm.ac.in

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Boron doped graphene (B-G), synthesized by simple hydrogen induced reduction technique using boric acid as boron precursor, have more uneven surface as a result of smaller bonding distance of boron compared to carbon, showed high capacity and high rate capability compared to pristine graphene as an anode material for Li ion battery application. - Abstract: The present work demonstrates a facile route for the large-scale, catalyst free, and green synthesis approach of boron doped graphene (B-G) and its use as high performance anode material for Li ion battery (LIB) application. Boron atoms were doped into graphene framework with an atomic percentage of 5.93% via hydrogen induced thermal reduction technique using graphite oxide and boric acid as precursors. Various characterization techniques were used to confirm the boron doping in graphene sheets. B-G as anode material shows a discharge capacity of 548 mAh g{sup −1} at 100 mA g{sup −1} after 30th cycles. At high current density value of 1 A g{sup −1}, B-G as anode material enhances the specific capacity by about 1.7 times compared to pristine graphene. The present study shows a simplistic way of boron doping in graphene leading to an enhanced Li ion adsorption due to the change in electronic states.

  5. Cubic boron nitride- a new material for ultracold neutron application

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    For the first time, the Fermi potential of cubic boron nitride (cBN) was measured at the ultra cold neutron source at the TRIGA reactor, Mainz using the time of flight method (TOF). The investigated samples have a Fermi potential of about 300 neV. Because of its good dielectric characteristics, cubic boron nitride could be used as suitable coating for insulator in storage chambers of future EDM projects. This talk presents recent results and an outlook on further investigations.

  6. Monte Carlo calculations of electron beam quality conversion factors for several ion chamber types

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    Muir, B. R., E-mail: Bryan.Muir@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca [Measurement Science and Standards, National Research Council Canada, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 (Canada); Rogers, D. W. O., E-mail: drogers@physics.carleton.ca [Carleton Laboratory for Radiotherapy Physics, Physics Department, Carleton University, 1125 ColonelBy Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6 (Canada)

    2014-11-01

    Purpose: To provide a comprehensive investigation of electron beam reference dosimetry using Monte Carlo simulations of the response of 10 plane-parallel and 18 cylindrical ion chamber types. Specific emphasis is placed on the determination of the optimal shift of the chambers’ effective point of measurement (EPOM) and beam quality conversion factors. Methods: The EGSnrc system is used for calculations of the absorbed dose to gas in ion chamber models and the absorbed dose to water as a function of depth in a water phantom on which cobalt-60 and several electron beam source models are incident. The optimal EPOM shifts of the ion chambers are determined by comparing calculations of R{sub 50} converted from I{sub 50} (calculated using ion chamber simulations in phantom) to R{sub 50} calculated using simulations of the absorbed dose to water vs depth in water. Beam quality conversion factors are determined as the calculated ratio of the absorbed dose to water to the absorbed dose to air in the ion chamber at the reference depth in a cobalt-60 beam to that in electron beams. Results: For most plane-parallel chambers, the optimal EPOM shift is inside of the active cavity but different from the shift determined with water-equivalent scaling of the front window of the chamber. These optimal shifts for plane-parallel chambers also reduce the scatter of beam quality conversion factors, k{sub Q}, as a function of R{sub 50}. The optimal shift of cylindrical chambers is found to be less than the 0.5 r{sub cav} recommended by current dosimetry protocols. In most cases, the values of the optimal shift are close to 0.3 r{sub cav}. Values of k{sub ecal} are calculated and compared to those from the TG-51 protocol and differences are explained using accurate individual correction factors for a subset of ion chambers investigated. High-precision fits to beam quality conversion factors normalized to unity in a beam with R{sub 50} = 7.5 cm (k{sub Q}{sup ′}) are provided. These

  7. SaOS-2 cell response to macro-porous boron-incorporated TiO2 coating prepared by micro-arc oxidation on titanium.

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    Huang, Qianli; Elkhooly, Tarek A; Liu, Xujie; Zhang, Ranran; Yang, Xing; Shen, Zhijian; Feng, Qingling

    2016-10-01

    The aims of the present study were to develop boron-incorporated TiO2 coating (B-TiO2 coating) through micro-arc oxidation (MAO) and subsequently evaluate the effect of boron incorporation on the in vitro biological performance of the coatings. The physicochemical properties of B-TiO2 coating and its response to osteoblast like cells (SaOS-2) were investigated compared to the control group without boron (TiO2 coating). The morphological and X-ray diffraction results showed that both coatings exhibited similar surface topography and phase composition, respectively. However, the incorporation of B led to an enhancement in the surface hydrophilicity of B-TiO2 coating. The spreading of SaOS-2 cells on B-TiO2 coating was faster than that on TiO2 coating. The proliferation rate of SaOS-2 cells cultured on B-TiO2 decreased after 5days of culture compared to that on TiO2 coating. SaOS-2 cells cultured on B-TiO2 coating exhibited an enhanced alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, Collagen I synthesis and in vitro mineralization compared to those on TiO2 coating. The present findings suggest that B-TiO2 coating is a promising candidate surface for orthopedic implants. PMID:27287114

  8. First experience of activation of NEG coated racetrack Aluminium alloy vacuum chambers of undulators in Indus-2

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    NEG (Non evaporable Getter) coated long racetrack Aluminium alloy undulator vacuum chambers were installed in two vacuum segments areas LS2 (Long Straight section 2) and LS3 (Long Straight section 3) of Indus-2. The baking and activation methodology adopted was different as compared to being used for uncoated chambers. The bakeout cycle adopted was to decrease the outgassing rate of the uncoated vacuum chambers of Aluminium and stainless steel components and to activate the NEG thin film. Bake-out control was done using in house developed distributed temperature controller and graphical interface on PC. The control system supports up to 40 channel temperature control and 8 channel vacuum monitoring over RS-485 network. Graphical interface provides user friendly features for auto set point control, data logging and troubleshooting. The main challenges involved in the bake- out and the activation of the NEG coated chambers is presented and discussed. (author)

  9. Friction and wear of stainless steel, titanium and aluminium with various surface treatments, ion implantation and overlay hard coatings

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    This paper deals with the evaluation of the wear properties of 304 stainless steel, commercial grade titanium and commercial grade aluminium without and with different surface treatments, i.e., ion implantation of boron and nitrogen, and overlay coating of superhard materials, titanium carbide and nitride by the Biased Activated Reactive Evaporation (BARE) process. Wear properties were evaluated in adhesive, erosive and abrasive modes of wear. In the case of adhesive wear, ion implantation resulted in an improved wear behaviour in lubricated conditions but had no beneficial effect in dry wear conditions. Overlay coatings on the other hand resulted in improved wear behaviour for both the dry and lubricating conditions. In the case of erosive wear with SiC particles at high velocities, overlay coatings showed higher erosion rates (typical of brittle materials in normal impingement) whereas ion implanted materials behaved similarly as untreated materials; i.e., a lower wear rate than the specimens with overlay coatings. In the case of abrasive wear, it was again observed that the wear rates of overlay coatings is far lower than the wear rates of untreated or ion implanted materials. (author)

  10. RESEARCH OF PROCESS OF AN ALLOYING OF THE FUSED COATINGS RECEIVED FROM THE SUPERFICIAL ALLOYED WIRE BY BORON WITH IN ADDITIONALLY APPLIED ELECTROPLATED COATING OF CHROME AND COPPER

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    Full Text Available Researches on distribution of chrome and copper in the fused coating received from the superficial alloyed wire by boron with in additionally applied electroplated coating of chrome and copper were executed. The structure of the fused coating consists of dendrites on which borders the boride eutectic is located. It is established that the content of chrome in dendrites is 1,5– 1,6 times less than in the borid; distribution of copper on structure is uniformed. Coefficients of digestion of chrome and copper at an argon-arc welding from a wire electrode with electroplated coating are established. The assimilation coefficient for chrome is equal to 0,9–1,0; for copper – 0,6–0,75.

  11. Efficiency improvements for ion chamber calculations in high energy photon beams.

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    Wulff, J; Zink, K; Kawrakow, I

    2008-04-01

    This article presents the implementation of several variance reduction techniques that dramatically improve the simulation efficiency of ion chamber dose and perturbation factor calculations. The cavity user code for the EGSnrc Monte Carlo code system is extended by photon cross-section enhancement (XCSE), an intermediate phase-space storage (IPSS) technique, and a correlated sampling (CS) scheme. XCSE increases the density of photon interaction sites inside and in the vicinity of the chamber and results-in combination with a Russian Roulette game for electrons that cannot reach the cavity volume-in an increased efficiency of up to a factor of 350 for calculating dose in a Farmer type chamber placed at 10 cm depth in a water phantom. In combination with the IPSS and CS techniques, the efficiency for the calculation of the central electrode perturbation factor Pcel can be increased by up to three orders of magnitude for a single chamber location and by nearly four orders of magnitude when considering the Pcel variation with depth or with distance from the central axis in a large field photon beam. The intermediate storage of the phase-space properties of particles entering a volume that contains many possible chamber locations leads to efficiency improvements by a factor larger than 500 when computing a profile of chamber doses in the field of a linear accelerator photon beam. All techniques are combined in a new EGSnrc user code egs_chamber. Optimum settings for the variance reduction parameters are investigated and are reported for a Farmer type ion chamber. A few example calculations illustrating the capabilities of the egs_chamber code are presented. PMID:18491527

  12. The Influence of Ion Dose and Energy on the Formation of ZnO/Boron P-N Junction

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    Research on the influence of dose and energy of the boron ion to the formation of ZnO/boron P-N junction by using ion implantation technique has been carried out. The objective of this research is to study the formation of P-N junction between ZnO semiconductor and boron ion. To obtain a good P-N junction, variation of ion energy 70 keV and 100 keV as well as ion doses from 1.1 x 1017 ion/cm2 up to 4.8 x 1018 ion/cm2 had been done. While to investigate the formation of P-N junction, a measurement at backward and forward bias resistivity had been done using digital multi meter. Characteristics of voltage versus current was measured using curve tracer, while the sheet resistivity of the sample was measured using four point probe method. It was found the following best result : the smallest forward resistivity of 0.3 mega ohm, the highest backward bias resistivity was 20 mega ohm, the best forward bias voltage was 5 volt, and the 200 volt of the highest backward voltage as well as the best sheet resistivity of 110 ohm/cm2. These results were achieved by the implantation of ion boron at energy 100 keV and dose 3.6 x 1018 ion/cm2. (author)

  13. Salinity’s influence on boron toxicity in broccoli: II. Impacts on boron uptake, uptake mechanisms and tissue ion relations.

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    Limited research has been conducted on the interactive effects of salinity and boron stresses on plants despite their common occurrence in natural systems. The purpose of this research was to determine and quantify the interactive effects of salinity, salt composition and boron on broccoli (Brassica...

  14. Ion-recombination correction factor {kappa}{sub sat} for spherical ion chambers irradiated by continuous photom beams

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    Piermattei, A.; Azario, L.; Arcovito, G. [Universita Cattolica S Cuore. Rome (Italy). Ist. di Fisica; Toni, M.P. [Ente Nazionale per l`Energia Elettrica, Rome (Italy)

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    The large range of reference air kerma rates of brachytherapy sources involves the use of large-volume ionization chambers. When such ionization chambers are used the ion-recombination correction factor k{sub sat} has to be determined. In this paper three spherical ion chambers with volume ranging from 30 to 10{sup 4} cm{sup 3} have been irradiated by photons of a {sup 192}Ir source to determine the k{sub sat} factors. The ionization currents of the ion chambers as a function of the applied voltage and the air kerma rate have been analysed to determine the contribution of the initial and general ion recombination. The k{sub sat} values for large-volume ionization chambers obtained by considering the general ion recombination as predominant (Almond`s approach) are in disagreement with the results obtained using methods that consider both initial and general ion-recombination contributions (Niatel`s approach). Such disagreement can reach 0.7% when high currents are measured for a high-activity source calibration in terms of reference air kerma rate. In this study a new `two-voltage` method, independent of the voltage ratio given by a dosimetry system, is proposed for practical dosimetry of continuous x-and gamma-radiation beams. In the case where the Almond approach is utilized, the voltage ratio V{sub 1}/V{sub 2} should be less than 2 instead of Almond`s limit of V{sub 1}/V{sub 2} <5. (Author).

  15. In Vivo Biodistribution and Toxicity of Highly Soluble PEG-Coated Boron Nitride in Mice

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    Liu, Bo; Qi, Wei; Tian, Longlong; Li, Zhan; Miao, Guoying; An, Wenzhen; Liu, Dan; Lin, Jing; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Wu, Wangsuo

    2015-12-01

    The boron nitride (BN) nanoparticles, as the structural analogues of graphene, are the potential biomedicine materials because of the excellent biocompatibility, but their solubility and biosafety are the biggest obstacle for the clinic application. Here, we first synthesized the highly soluble BN nanoparticles coated by PEG (BN-PEG) with smaller size (~10 nm), then studied their biodistribution in vivo through radioisotope (Tc99mO4 -) labeling, and the results showed that BN-PEG nanoparticles mainly accumulated in the liver, lung, and spleen with the less uptake by the brain. Moreover, the pathological changes induced by BN-PEG could be significantly observed in the sections of the liver, lung, spleen, and heart, which can be also supported by the test of biochemical indexes in serum. More importantly, we first observed the biodistribution of BN-PEG in the heart tissues with high toxicity, which would give a warning about the cardiovascular disease, and provide some opportunities for the drug delivery and treatment.

  16. Some features of ion mixing during simultaneous ion implantation and deposition of metallic coatings

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    Pogrebnyak, A D; Mikhalev, A D; Shablya, V T; Yanovskij, V P

    2001-01-01

    The results on the Ta, Cu ions implantation into the aluminium substrate by simultaneous deposition of these ions in the form of coatings are presented. The complex structure of these coatings from the given elements in the substrate, as well as the increase in the microhardness, adhesion and corrosion resistance growth are determined. It is shown on the basis of the results of the secondary ions energy distribution, that intermetallic phases are formed in the substrate surface layer

  17. Photostructured coating on a voltage degrader for a Time Projection Chamber (TPC)

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    Manaranche, C; Loquet, J L; Serdiouk, V; Scandurra, M; Zucchelli, P

    2002-01-01

    Fibreglass-reinforced epoxy (Stesalit) tubes and rods were coated with a photostructured metal layer system of copper, nickel and gold for a voltage degrader built in a particle detector at CERN, Geneva. The metal layers were applied with galvanotechnical processes involving an original photolithographic exposure in three dimensions to produce a complex electrical circuit design able to provide the correct potential to 420 different conductors. The Stesalit substrate material, even after a first layer of electroless copper, is electrically quite resistive, creating problems for the electrodeposition of the subsequent nickel layer. A mathematical simulation of the plating thickness distribution showed that the electrolytic nickel deposition was suitable for short rods but electroless nickel was needed for the long rods. The functional properties of the metallized Stesalit components are satisfactory: no degradation of the gas quality within the Time Projection Chamber is observed; the potential distribution al...

  18. High-resolution ion pulse ionization chamber with air filling for the Rn-222 decays detection

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    Gavrilyuk, Yu M; Gezhaev, A M; Etezov, R A; Kazalov, V V; Kuzminov, V V; Panasenko, S I; Ratkevich, S S; Tekueva, D A; Yakimenko, S P

    2015-01-01

    The construction and characteristics of the cylindrical ion pulse ionization chamber (CIPIC) with a working volume of 3.2 L are described. The chamber is intended to register alpha-particles from the $^{222}$Rn and its daughter's decays in the filled air sample. The detector is less sensitive to electromagnetic pick-ups and mechanical noises. The digital pulse processing method is proposed to improve the energy resolution of the ion pulse ionization chamber. An energy resolution of 1.6% has been achieved for the 5.49 MeV alpha-line. The dependence of the energy resolution on high voltage and working media pressure has been investigated and the results are presented.

  19. High-resolution ion pulse ionization chamber with air filling for the 222Rn decays detection

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    Gavrilyuk, Yu. M.; Gangapshev, A. M.; Gezhaev, A. M.; Etezov, R. A.; Kazalov, V. V.; Kuzminov, V. V.; Panasenko, S. I.; Ratkevich, S. S.; Tekueva, D. A.; Yakimenko, S. P.

    2015-11-01

    The construction and characteristics of the cylindrical ion pulse ionization chamber (CIPIC) with a working volume of 3.2 L are described. The chamber is intended to register α-particles from the 222Rn and its daughter's decays in the filled air sample. The detector is less sensitive to electromagnetic pick-ups and mechanical noises. The digital pulse processing method is proposed to improve the energy resolution of the ion pulse ionization chamber. An energy resolution of 1.6% has been achieved for the 5.49 MeV α-line. The dependence of the energy resolution on high voltage and working media pressure has been investigated and the results are presented.

  20. Measurement of ion and electron drift velocity and electronic attachment in air for ionization chambers

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    Boissonnat, Guillaume; Colin, Jean; Remadi, Aurelien; Salvador, Samuel

    2016-01-01

    Air-ionization chambers have been used in radiotherapy and particle therapy for decades. However, fundamental parameters in action in the detector responses are sparsely studied. In this work we aimed to measure the electronic attachment, electrons and ions mobilities of an ionization chamber (IC) in air. The main idea is to extract these from the actual response of the IC to a single ionizing particle in order to insure that they were measured in the same condition they are to be used while neglecting undesired phenomena: recombination and space charge effect. The non-standard signal shape analysis performed here were also confronted to a more standard drift chamber measurements using time-of-flight. It was found that both detectors displayed compatible results concerning positive and negative ions drift velocities where literature data is well spread out. In the same time, electron attachment measurements sit in the middle of known measurements while electron drift velocities seemed to show an offset compar...

  1. Determination of ion recombination correction factors for a liquid ionization chamber in megavoltage photon beams

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    Choi, Sang Hyoun; Kim, Kum-Bae; Ji, Young Hoon; Kim, Chan Hyeong; Kim, Seonghoon; Huh, Hyun Do

    2015-05-01

    The aim of this study is to determine the ion recombination correction factor for a liquid ionization chamber in a high energy photon beam by using our experimental method. The ion recombination correction factors were determined by using our experimental method and were compared with theoretical and experimental methods proposed by using the theoretical method (Greening, Johansson) and the two-dose rate method in a cobalt beam and a high energy photon beam. In order to apply the liquid ionization chamber in a reference and small field dosimetry, we acquired the absorbed dose to water correction coefficient, the beam quality correction factor, and the influence quantities for the microLion chamber according to the TRS-398 protocol and applied the results to a high energy photon beam used in clinical fields. As a result, our experimental method for ion recombination in a cobalt beam agreed with the results from the heoretical method (Greening theory) better than it did with the results from the two-dose rate method. For high energy photon beams, the two-dose rate and our experimental methods were in good agreement, less than 2% deviation, while the theoretical general collection efficiency (Johansson et al.) deviated greatly from the experimental values. When we applied the factors for the absorbed dose to water measurement, the absorbed dose to water for the microLion chamber was in good agreement, within 1%, compared with the values for the PTW 30013 chamber in 6 and 10 MV Clinac iX and 6 and 15 MV Oncor impression. With these results, not only can the microLion ionization chamber be used to measure the absorbed dose to water in a reference condition, it can also be used to a the chamber for small, non-standard field dosimetry.

  2. Effect of pretreatment methods and chamber pressure on morphology, quality and adhesion of HFCVD diamond coating on cemented carbide inserts

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    Sarangi, S. K.; Chattopadhyay, A.; Chattopadhyay, A. K.

    2008-04-01

    In the present investigation, diamond coating was deposited on cemented carbide substrate by hot filament chemical vapour deposition. The effect of substrate pretreatment methods and chamber pressure on morphology, quality, and adhesion of the diamond film were studied. The carbide inserts were pretreated with acid, Murakami's solution, and Murakami's solution followed by acid, respectively. The chamber pressure was set at 6.6, 13.2, 26.4, 39.6 and 66 mbar. Deposition carried out at pressure of 26.4 and 39.6 mbar on inserts pretreated with acid exhibited uniform crystal habit and provided coating-substrate adhesion adequate for machining application. Good coating morphology was obtained when deposition was done at 6.6 mbar on carbide inserts treated with Murakami's solution. Pretreatment with Murakami's solution followed by acid and deposition at 6.6 mbar also resulted in good morphology of diamond film. Indentation (Rockwell C scale) was done on diamond-coated inserts to assess coating-substrate adhesion under three loads of 294, 588 and 980 N. The diameter of the indentation crack at the coating-substrate interface was observed under SEM. The results suggested that diamond coating deposited at medium pressure of 26.4 mbar on carbide substrate treated with acid not only exhibited best morphology but also highest coating-substrate adhesion and improved machining performance.

  3. Novel nanometer-level uniform amorphous carbon coating for boron powders by direct pyrolysis of coronene without solvent

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    A 3 nm coronene coating and a 4 nm amorphous carbon coating with a uniform shell–core encapsulation structure for nanosized boron (B) powders are formed by a simple process in which coronene is directly mixed with boron particles without a solvent and heated at 520 °C for 1 h or at 630 °C for 3 h in a vacuum-sealed silica tube. Coronene has a melting point lower than its decomposition temperature, which enables liquid coronene to cover B particles by liquid diffusion and penetration without the need for a solvent. The diffusion and penetration of coronene can extend to the boundaries of particles and to inside the agglomerated nanoparticles to form a complete shell–core encapsulated structure. As the temperature is increased, thermal decomposition of coronene on the B particles results in the formation of a uniform amorphous carbon coating layer. This novel and simple nanometer-level uniform amorphous carbon coating method can possibly be applied to many other powders; thus, it has potential applications in many fields at low cost. (paper)

  4. Improving low-energy boron/nitrogen ion implantation in graphene by ion bombardment at oblique angles

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    Bai, Zhitong; Zhang, Lin; Liu, Ling

    2016-04-01

    Ion implantation is a widely adopted approach to structurally modify graphene and tune its electrical properties for a variety of applications. Further development of the approach requires a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms that govern the ion bombardment process as well as establishment of key relationships between the controlling parameters and the dominant physics. Here, using molecular dynamics simulations with adaptive bond order calculations, we demonstrate that boron and nitrogen ion bombardment at oblique angles (particularly at 70°) can improve both the productivity and quality of perfect substitution by over 25%. We accomplished this by systematically analyzing the effects of the incident angle and ion energy in determining the probabilities of six distinct types of physics that may occur in an ion bombardment event, including reflection, absorption, substitution, single vacancy, double vacancy, and transmission. By analyzing the atomic trajectories from 576 000 simulations, we identified three single vacancy creation mechanisms and four double vacancy creation mechanisms, and quantified their probability distributions in the angle-energy space. These findings further open the door for improved control of ion implantation towards a wide range of applications of graphene.Ion implantation is a widely adopted approach to structurally modify graphene and tune its electrical properties for a variety of applications. Further development of the approach requires a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms that govern the ion bombardment process as well as establishment of key relationships between the controlling parameters and the dominant physics. Here, using molecular dynamics simulations with adaptive bond order calculations, we demonstrate that boron and nitrogen ion bombardment at oblique angles (particularly at 70°) can improve both the productivity and quality of perfect substitution by over 25%. We accomplished this by systematically

  5. Structural modifications induced by ion irradiation and temperature in boron carbide B4C

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    Victor, G.; Pipon, Y.; Bérerd, N.; Toulhoat, N.; Moncoffre, N.; Djourelov, N.; Miro, S.; Baillet, J.; Pradeilles, N.; Rapaud, O.; Maître, A.; Gosset, D.

    2015-12-01

    Already used as neutron absorber in the current French nuclear reactors, boron carbide (B4C) is also considered in the future Sodium Fast Reactors of the next generation (Gen IV). Due to severe irradiation conditions occurring in these reactors, it is of primary importance that this material presents a high structural resistance under irradiation, both in the ballistic and electronic damage regimes. Previous works have shown an important structural resistance of boron carbide even at high neutron fluences. Nevertheless, the structural modification mechanisms due to irradiation are not well understood. Therefore the aim of this paper is to study structural modifications induced in B4C samples in different damage regimes. The boron carbide pellets were shaped and sintered by using spark plasma sintering method. They were then irradiated in several conditions at room temperature or 800 °C, either by favoring the creation of ballistic damage (between 1 and 3 dpa), or by favoring the electronic excitations using 100 MeV swift iodine ions (Se ≈ 15 keV/nm). Ex situ micro-Raman spectroscopy and Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation technique with variable energy slow positrons were coupled to follow the evolution of the B4C structure under irradiation.

  6. An EGSnrc investigation of cavity theory for ion chambers measuring air kerma

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    The EGSnrc system is used to compare the response of an aluminum-walled thimble chamber to that of a graphite-walled thimble chamber for a 60Co beam. When compared to previous experimental results, the EGSnrc values of the ratios of chamber response differ by as much as 0.7% from the experiment. However, it is shown that this difference can be more than accounted for by switching from using the graphite mean excitation energy of 78 eV used in dosimetry protocols to the value of 86.8 eV suggested by more recent stopping-power experiments. This suggests that the uncertainty analysis of Monte Carlo results must be done more carefully, by taking into account uncertainties in the underlying basic data such as the electron and photon cross sections. In comparison to Spencer-Attix cavity theory for a thick-walled ion chamber, the Monte Carlo calculated values of the chamber response differ from the expected ones by 0.15% and 0.01% for the graphite and aluminum chambers, respectively, which are comparable to previously reported values for the Spencer-Attix correction factors. EGSnrc is also used to investigate the effect on the chamber response of thin dag layers on the inside of the aluminum wall. There is good agreement between the calculated and measured changes in chamber response versus the thickness of the dag. The results are compared to the predictions of the Almond-Svensson extension of cavity theory and show that the theory does not correctly predict the chamber response in the presence of thin dag layers. This finding is in agreement with previously reported experimental results. It is demonstrated that the values of α, the fraction of ionizations in the gas arising from electrons generated in the dag layer, used in the theory, are not the source of the disagreement

  7. The research of the diesel engine with a catalytic coating on the surface of the combustion chamber

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    Парсаданов, Ігор Володимирович; Сахненко, Микола Дмитрович; Ведь, Марина Віталіївна; Карягін, Ігор Миколайович; Хижняк, Володимир Олександрович; Андрощук, Дмитро Степанович

    2015-01-01

    The article deals with the results of bench testing of the efficiency of toxic substances neutralization with exhaust gases of the experienced single-cylinder diesel engine with a catalytic coating on the surface of the combustion chamber in the piston on the basis of manganese and cobalt oxides.

  8. Hemocompatibility of DLC coatings synthesized by ion beam assisted deposition

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    Ion beam-assisted diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings have beenused for growing the human platelet, fibrinogen, and albumin in the control environment in order to assess their hemocompatibility. The hard carbon films were prepared on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) at room temperature using ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD). Raman spectroscopic analysis proved that the carbon films on PMMA are diamond-like with a higher fraction of sp\\+3 bonds in the structure of mixed sp\\+2+sp\\+3 bonding. The blood protein adsorption tests showed that DLC coatings can adsorb more albumin and are slightly more fibrinogen than the PMMA chosen as a control sample. The platelets adhered on DLC coatings were reduced significantly in number. These results indicate good hemocompatibility of DLC coatings.

  9. Urinary catheter with polyurethane coating modified by ion implantation

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    A low friction urinary catheter that could be used without a lubricant is proposed in this work. A polyurethane coating was synthesised on the surface of a metal guide wire catheter. Ion implantation was applied to surface modify the polyurethane coating. FTIR ATR, wetting angle, AFM and friction tests were used for analysis. Low friction was found to be provided by the formation of a hard carbonised layer on the polyurethane surface

  10. R and D studies at IGCAR on boron enrichment using ion exchange chromatography process. Contributed Paper IT-10

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    Boron Carbide enriched in 10B isotope is used as control rod material for fast reactors. The natural abundance of 10B isotope of boron is about 20%. In addition to the use in control rods for fast reactors, enriched boron compounds find many other applications in nuclear industry such as in neutron detection, shielding and burnable poison in moderators of thermal reactors and also in neutron capture therapy. To meet the growing demand for 10B enriched materials, it has become necessary to develop efficient processes to enrich this isotope of boron. Among the known processes, ion exchange chromatography is a viable option for the industrial enrichment of this isotope of boron. Pilot scale experiments were carried out to study the band velocity, influence of complexing agent, variation of HETP with time, influence of initial eed enrichment and particle size of the resin. A Model for ion exchange chromatography was developed and validated to predict HETP for different operating conditions. This model is effective in analysing plant operation and also design of new boron enrichment plants

  11. CHARACTERISTICS OF LOW TEMPERATURE ION PLATING TiN COATINGS

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    1998-01-01

    The TiN coatings were deposited onto the low carbon steel substrates with different temperatures (150,250,350 and 450 ℃), using hollow cathode discharge (HCD) ion plating method. The measurements of the microhardness and wear resistance of the coatings show that the hardness value slowly increases and the wear resistance remains almost unchanged with increasing the substrate temperature from 150 ℃ to 450 ℃. The reason for effect of the substrate temperature on the properties and morphologies of the coatings was investigated by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope (SEM).

  12. Feasibility of Two Dimensional Ion Chamber Array for a Linac Periodic Quality Assurance

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    Aim of this study is to investigate the feasibility of 2D ion chamber array as a substitute of the water phantom system in a periodic Linac QA. For the feasibility study, a commercial ion chamber matrix was used as a substitute of the water phantom in the measurement for a routine QA beam properties. The device used in this study was the I'm RT MatriXX (Wellhofer Dosimetrie, Germany). The MatriXX consists of a 1,020 vented ion chamber array, arranged in 24 x 24 cm2 matrix. Each ion chamber has a volume of 0.08 cm3, spacing of 0.762 cm. We investigated dosimetric parameters such as dose symmetry, energy (TRP20,10), and absolute dose for comparing with the water phantom data with a Farmer-type ionization chamber (FC65G, Wellhofer Dosimetrie, Germany). For the MatriXX measurements, we used the white polystyrene phantom (ρ: 1.08 g/cm3) and also considered the intrinsic layer ((ρ: 1.06 g/cm3, t: 0.36 cm) of MatriXX to be equivalent to water depth. In the preliminary study of geometrical QA using MatriXX, the rotation axis of collimator and half beam junction test were included and compared with film measurements. Regarding the dosimetrical QA, the MatriXX has shown good agreements within ±1 compared to the water phantom measurements. In the geometrical test, the data from MatriXX were comparable with those from the films. In conclusion, the MatriXX is a good substitute for water phantom system and film measurements. In addition, the results indicate that the MatriXX as a cost-effective novel QA tool to reduce time and personnel power.

  13. Titanium Nitride and Nitrogen Ion Implanted Coated Dental Materials

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Titanium nitride and/or nitrogen ion implanted coated dental materials have been investigated since the mid-1980s and considered in various applications in dentistry such as implants, abutments, orthodontic wires, endodontic files, periodontal/oral hygiene instruments, and casting alloys for fixed restorations. Multiple methodologies have been employed to create the coatings, but detailed structural analysis of the coatings is generally lacking in the dental literature. Depending on application, the purpose of the coating is to provide increased surface hardness, abrasion/wear resistance, esthetics, and corrosion resistance, lower friction, as well as greater beneficial interaction with adjacent biological and material substrates. While many studies have reported on the achievement of these properties, a consensus is not always clear. Additionally, few studies have been conducted to assess the efficacy of the coatings in a clinical setting. Overall, titanium nitride and/or nitrogen ion implanted coated dental materials potentially offer advantages over uncoated counterparts, but more investigation is needed to document the structure of the coatings and their clinical effectiveness.

  14. Design of a prototype tri-electrode ion-chamber for megavoltage X-ray imaging

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    High-energy (megavoltage) X-ray imaging is widely used in industry (e.g., aerospace, construction, material sciences) as well as in health care (radiation therapy). One of the fundamental problems with megavoltage imaging is poor contrast and spatial resolution in the detected images due to the dominance of Compton scattering at megavoltage X-ray energies. Therefore, although megavoltage X-rays can be used to image highly attenuating objects that cannot be imaged at kilovoltage energies, the former does not provide the high image quality that is associated with the latter. A high contrast and spatial resolution detector for high-energy X-ray fields called the kinestatic charge detector (KCD) is presented here. The KCD is a tri-electrode ion-chamber based on highly pressurized noble gas. The KCD operates in conjunction with a strip-collimated X-ray beam (for high scatter rejection) to scan across the imaging field. Its thick detector design and unique operating principle provides enhanced charge signal integration for high quality imaging (quantum efficiency ∼50%) despite the unfavorable implications of high-energy X-ray interactions on image quality. The proposed design for a large-field prototype KCD includes a cylindrical pressure chamber along with 576 signal-collecting electrodes capable of resolving at 2 mm-1. The collecting electrodes are routed out of the chamber through the flat end-cap, thereby optimizing the mechanical strength of the chamber. This article highlights the simplified design of the chamber using minimal components for simple assembly. In addition, fundamental imaging measurements and estimates of ion recombination that were performed on a proof-of-principle test chamber are presented. The imaging performance of the prototype KCD was found to be an order-of-magnitude greater than commercial phosphor screen based flat-panel systems, demonstrating the potential for high-quality megavoltage imaging for a variety of industrial applications

  15. Mass spectrometric determination of boron isotope in boron carbide

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    Boron isotopes in boron carbide are measured by thermionic ionization mass spectrometry with no prior chemical separation. Boron is converted to sodium borate by fusion of the boron carbide with sodium hydroxide (or sodium carbonate) directly on the rhenium filament. The boron isotopic ratios are measured by using the Na2BO2+ ion

  16. Ion beam modification of the structure and properties of hexagonal boron nitride: An infrared and X-ray diffraction study

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    Aradi, E.; Naidoo, S. R.; Billing, D. G.; Wamwangi, D.; Motochi, I.; Derry, T. E.

    2014-07-01

    The vibrational mode for the cubic symmetry of boron nitride (BN) has been produced by boron ion implantation of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). The optimum fluence at 150 keV was found to be 5 × 1014 ions/cm2. The presence of the c-BN phase was inferred using glancing incidence XRD (GIXRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). After implantation, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy indicated a peak at 1092 cm-1 which corresponds to the vibrational mode for nanocrystalline BN (nc-BN). The glancing angle XRD pattern after implantation exhibited c-BN diffraction peaks relative to the implantation depth of 0.4 μm.

  17. Ion beam modification of the structure and properties of hexagonal boron nitride: An infrared and X-ray diffraction study

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    The vibrational mode for the cubic symmetry of boron nitride (BN) has been produced by boron ion implantation of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). The optimum fluence at 150 keV was found to be 5 × 1014 ions/cm2. The presence of the c-BN phase was inferred using glancing incidence XRD (GIXRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). After implantation, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy indicated a peak at 1092 cm−1 which corresponds to the vibrational mode for nanocrystalline BN (nc-BN). The glancing angle XRD pattern after implantation exhibited c-BN diffraction peaks relative to the implantation depth of 0.4 μm

  18. Heat Flux Calculation and Problem of Flaking of Boron Carbide Coatings on the Faraday Screen of the ICRH Antennas During Tore Supra High Power, Long Pulse Operation

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    Corre, Y. [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Cadarache, St. Paul lez Durance; Lipa, M. [CEA IRFM, St. Paul-lez-Durance, France; Agarici, G. [Fusion for Energy (F4E), Barcelona, Spain; Basiuk, V. [CEA IRFM, St. Paul-lez-Durance, France; Colas, L. [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA); Courtois, X. [CEA, St. Paul Les Durance, France; Dumont, R. J. [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Cadarache, St. Paul lez Durance; Ekedahl, A. [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Institute for Magnetic Fusion Research (IRFM); Gardarein, J. L. [University of Aix, Marseille, France; Klepper, C Christopher [ORNL; Martin, V. [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Institute for Magnetic Fusion Research (IRFM); Moncada, V. [CEA, St. Paul Les Durance, France; Portafaix, C. [CEA, St. Paul Les Durance, France; Rigollet, F. [University of Aix, Marseille, France; Tawizgant, R. [CEA, St. Paul Les Durance, France; Travere, J. M. [CEA, St. Paul Les Durance, France; Valliez, K. [CEA, St. Paul Les Durance, France

    2011-01-01

    Reliable and repetitive high power and long pulse tokamak operation is strongly dependant of the ability to secure the Plasma Facing Components (PFCs). In Tore Supra, a network of 7 infrared (IR) video cameras is routinely used to prevent PFCs overheating and damage in selected regions. Real time feedback control and offline analysis are essential for basic protection and understanding of abnormal thermal events. One important limitation detected by the IR real time feed-back loop during high power RF operation (injected power of 9.5 MW over 26 s and 12 MW over 10 s have been achieved respectively in 2006 and 2008) is due to the interaction between fast ions which increase the power flux density and flaking of the boron carbide coatings on the Faraday screen box of the ICRH antennas. An IR-based experimental procedure is proposed in order to detect new flakes during plasma operation. The thermal response of the B4C coating is studied with and without flaking during plasma operation. The experimental heat flux deposited by fast ion losses on the Faraday screen is calculated for high (3.8 T) and low magnetic field (2 T) during high RF power operation (with fundamental hydrogen minority and second harmonic ICRH heating schemes respectively). The paper addresses both thermal science issues applied to machine protection and limitation due to fast ions issues during high RF power, long pulse operation. Safety margin to critical heat flux and number of fatigue cycles under heat load are presented in the paper.

  19. Effect of chitosan coating and bamboo FSC (fruit storage chamber) to expand banana shelf life

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    Pratiwi, Aksarani'Sa; Dwivany, Fenny M.; Larasati, Dwinita; Islamia, Hana Cahya; Martien, Ronny

    2015-09-01

    Chitosan has been widely used as fruit preserver and proven to extend the shelf life of many fruits, such as banana. However, banana producers and many industries in Indonesia still facing storage problems which may lead to mechanical damage of the fruits and ripening acceleration. Therefore, we have designed food storage chamber (FSC) based on bamboo material. Bamboo was selected because of material abundance in Indonesia, economically effective, and not causing an autocatalytic reaction to the ethylene gas produced by the banana. In this research, Cavendish banana that has reached the maturity level of mature green were coated with 1% chitosan and placed inside the FSC. As control treatments, uncoated banana was also placed inside the FSC as well as uncoated banana that were placed at open space. All of the treatments were placed at 25°C temperature and observed for 9 days. Water produced by respiration was reduced by the addition of charcoal inside a fabric pouch. The result showed that treatment using FSC and chitosan can delay ripening process.

  20. Research of functional properties of nitride ion-plasma coatings

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    Vaulina, O. Yu; Ovechkin, B. B.; Papchenko, A. V.; Shvagrukova, E. V.

    2016-02-01

    This paper considers the influence of ion-plasma coatings with the use of nitrogen (N), zirconium nitride (ZrN), titanium-aluminum nitride (Ti,Al)N and titanium nitride and zirconium nitride by-layer (TiN+ZrN - eight layers) on the properties of steel 65X13. The main functional properties of the coatings are determined: microhardness, nanohardness, Young's modulus and corrosion resistance. It is shown that all the types of coatings allow increasing the physical and mechanical characteristics of instrument steel 65X13. Hardness and wear-resistance, depending on the type of the deposited coating, increase from 1, 5 to 4 times, corrosion resistance increases by tens times.

  1. Fail-safe ion chamber errant beam detector tailored for personnel protection

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    This fail-safe ion chamber system is designed to be part of the personnel safety system (PSS) for the Los Alamos neutron Scattering Center (LANSCE) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Its job is to protect the occupants of the experimental areas from large radiation doses caused by errant beam conditions during beam transport from the Proton Storage Ring (PSR) to the LANSCE neutron spallation target. Due to limited shielding between the beam transport line and the experimental area only if the beam losses in the transport line are very low. The worst case beam spill scenario is calculated to result in a personnel exposure of about 0.01 Gys/s (1 rad/s). Although the preferred solution is to increase the bulk shielding between the beam line and the experimental area, the physical dimensions of the site do not permit an adequate amount of shielding to be added. The solution adopted is a layered system of three types of highly reliable detector systems: a current limiter system located in the beam line, a neutron detector system located in the experimental areas, and an ion chamber system located on the walls of the beam line tunnels. The ion chamber system is capable of shutting off the beam in less than 0.5 s, resulting in a worst case personnel exposure of 0.005 Gys (0.5 rad). 4 figs

  2. Fail-safe ion chamber errant beam detector tailored for personnel protection

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    This fail-safe ion chamber system is designed to be part of the personnel safety system (PSS) for the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center (LANSCE) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Its job is to protect the occupants of the experimental areas from large radiation doses caused by errant beam conditions during beam transport from the Proton Storage Ring (PSR) to the LANSCE neutron spallation target. The worst case beam spill scenario is calculated to result in a personnel exposure of about 0.01 Gys/s (1 rad/s). Although the preferred solution is to increase the bulk shielding between the beam line and the experimental area, the physical dimensions of the site do not permit an adequate amount of shielding to be added. The solution adopted is a layered system of three types of highly reliable detector systems: a current limiter system located in the beam line, a neutron detector system located in the experimental areas, and an ion chamber system located on the walls of the beam line tunnels. The ion chamber system is capable of shutting off the beam in less than 0.5 s, resulting in a worst case personnel exposure of 0.005 Gys (0.5 rad). 4 figs

  3. Heat flux calculation and problem of flaking of boron carbide coatings on the Faraday screen of the ICRH antennas during Tore Supra high power, long pulse operation

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    Corre, Y., E-mail: yann.corre@cea.fr [CEA, IRFM, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Lipa, M. [CEA, IRFM, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Agarici, G. [Fusion for Energy, C/Josep Pla 2, 08019 Barcelona (Spain); Basiuk, V.; Colas, L.; Courtois, X.; Dunand, G.; Dumont, R.; Ekedahl, A. [CEA, IRFM, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Gardarein, J.-L. [IUSTI UMR-CNRS 65-95. Universite de Provence, Marseille (France); Klepper, C.C. [USA ORNL, Fusion Energy Division, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6169 (United States); Martin, V.; Moncada, V.; Portafaix, C. [CEA, IRFM, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Rigollet, F. [IUSTI UMR-CNRS 65-95. Universite de Provence, Marseille (France); Tawizgant, R.; Travere, J.-M.; Vulliez, K. [CEA, IRFM, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France)

    2011-06-15

    Highlights: > We summarize the problem of flaking of the B{sub 4}C coatings in the scope of PFC protection with infrared Real Time Control safety system, during high ICRH power, long discharge operation in the Tore Supra tokamak > We compute the heat flux deposited by fast ions on the Faraday screen of the ICRH antennas > The heat loads attributed to fast ions are evaluated during fundamental hydrogen minority (B = 3.7 T) and second harmonic (B = 2 T) ICRH heating scenarios > We investigate the safety margin to critical heat flux and number of fatigue cycles under heat load for the two heating scenarios. - Abstract: Reliable and repetitive high power and long pulse tokamak operation is strongly dependant of the ability to secure the Plasma Facing Components (PFCs). In Tore Supra, a network of 7 infrared (IR) video cameras is routinely used to prevent PFCs overheating and damage in selected regions. Real time feedback control and offline analysis are essential for basic protection and understanding of abnormal thermal events. One important limitation detected by the IR real time feed-back loop during high power RF operation (injected power of 9.5 MW over 26 s and 12 MW over 10 s have been achieved respectively in 2006 and 2008) is due to the interaction between fast ions which increase the power flux density and flaking of the boron carbide coatings on the Faraday screen box of the ICRH antennas. An IR-based experimental procedure is proposed in order to detect new flakes during plasma operation. The thermal response of the B{sub 4}C coating is studied with and without flaking during plasma operation. The experimental heat flux deposited by fast ion losses on the Faraday screen is calculated for high (3.8 T) and low magnetic field (2 T) during high RF power operation (with fundamental hydrogen minority and second harmonic ICRH heating schemes respectively). The paper addresses both thermal science issues applied to machine protection and limitation due to fast ions

  4. Heat flux calculation and problem of flaking of boron carbide coatings on the Faraday screen of the ICRH antennas during Tore Supra high power, long pulse operation

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    Highlights: → We summarize the problem of flaking of the B4C coatings in the scope of PFC protection with infrared Real Time Control safety system, during high ICRH power, long discharge operation in the Tore Supra tokamak → We compute the heat flux deposited by fast ions on the Faraday screen of the ICRH antennas → The heat loads attributed to fast ions are evaluated during fundamental hydrogen minority (B = 3.7 T) and second harmonic (B = 2 T) ICRH heating scenarios → We investigate the safety margin to critical heat flux and number of fatigue cycles under heat load for the two heating scenarios. - Abstract: Reliable and repetitive high power and long pulse tokamak operation is strongly dependant of the ability to secure the Plasma Facing Components (PFCs). In Tore Supra, a network of 7 infrared (IR) video cameras is routinely used to prevent PFCs overheating and damage in selected regions. Real time feedback control and offline analysis are essential for basic protection and understanding of abnormal thermal events. One important limitation detected by the IR real time feed-back loop during high power RF operation (injected power of 9.5 MW over 26 s and 12 MW over 10 s have been achieved respectively in 2006 and 2008) is due to the interaction between fast ions which increase the power flux density and flaking of the boron carbide coatings on the Faraday screen box of the ICRH antennas. An IR-based experimental procedure is proposed in order to detect new flakes during plasma operation. The thermal response of the B4C coating is studied with and without flaking during plasma operation. The experimental heat flux deposited by fast ion losses on the Faraday screen is calculated for high (3.8 T) and low magnetic field (2 T) during high RF power operation (with fundamental hydrogen minority and second harmonic ICRH heating schemes respectively). The paper addresses both thermal science issues applied to machine protection and limitation due to fast ions

  5. Plasma and Ion Sources in Large Area Coatings: A Review

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    Anders, Andre

    2005-02-28

    Efficient deposition of high-quality coatings often requires controlled application of excited or ionized particles. These particles are either condensing (film-forming) or assisting by providing energy and momentum to the film growth process, resulting in densification, sputtering/etching, modification of stress, roughness, texture, etc. In this review, the technical means are surveyed enabling large area application of ions and plasmas, with ion energies ranging from a few eV to a few keV. Both semiconductortype large area (single wafer or batch processing with {approx} 1000 cm{sup 2}) and in-line web and glass-coating-type large area (> 10{sup 7} m{sup 2} annually) are considered. Characteristics and differences between plasma and ion sources are explained. The latter include gridded and gridless sources. Many examples are given, including sources based on DC, RF, and microwave discharges, some with special geometries like hollow cathodes and E x B configurations.

  6. Methods and apparatus for cleaning objects in a chamber of an optical instrument by generating reactive ions using photon radiation

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    Klebanoff, Leonard E.; Delgado, Gildardo R.; Hollenshead, Jeromy T.; Umstadter, Karl R.; Starodub, Elena; Zhuang, Guorong V.

    2015-10-13

    An optical instrument, including a chamber, an object exposed to an interior of the chamber, a source of low-pressure gas, the gas comprising at least one of low-pressure molecular hydrogen gas, low-pressure molecular oxygen and a low-pressure noble gas, the source of low pressure gas being fluidly coupled to the chamber, a low voltage source electrically coupled between the object and a remaining portion of the instrument that is exposed to the interior of the chamber so as to maintain the object at a low voltage relative to the remaining portion, and an EUV/VUV light source adapted to direct EUV/VUV light through the low pressure gas in the chamber onto the object. In such a system, when the EUV/VUV light source is activated ions of the low-pressure gas are formed and directed to the object. The ions may be ions of Hydrogen, Oxygen or a noble gas.

  7. New boron based salts for lithium-ion batteries using conjugated ligands.

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    Jankowski, P; Wieczorek, W; Johansson, P

    2016-06-28

    A new anion design concept, based on combining a boron atom as the central atom and conjugated systems as ligands, is presented as a route for finding alternative Li-salts for lithium-ion batteries. The properties of a wide range of novel anions designed in this way have been evaluated by DFT calculations focusing on three different fundamental success factors/measures: the strength of the cation-anion interaction, ultimately determining both the solubility and the ionic conductivity, the oxidation limit, determining their possible use vs. high voltage cathodes, and the reduction stability, revealing a possible role of the anion in the SEI-formation at the anode. For a few anions superior properties vs. today's existing or suggested anions are predicted, especially the very low cation-anion interaction strengths are promising features. The design route itself is shown to be versatile in determining the correlation between different choices of ligands and the resulting overall properties - where the most striking feature is the decreased lithium cation interaction energy upon using the (1Z,3Z)-buta-1,3-diene-1,2,3,4-tetracarbonitrile ligands. This also opens avenues for the further design of novel anions beyond those with a boron central atom. PMID:27253752

  8. Separation of boron isotopes by ion exchange chromatography: studies with Duolite-162, a type-II resin

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    The selection of resin plays an important role in the process of separation of boron isotopes by ion exchange chromatography. The determination of (i) ion exchange capacity of Duolite-162 resin for hydroxyl - chloride exchange, (ii) hydroxyl - borate exchange, (iii) isotopic exchange separation factor by batch method and (iv) effect of concentration of boric acid on isotopic exchange separation factor to test the suitability of the above resin for this process are discussed in this report. (author)

  9. Ion beam sputter deposition of optical interference coatings

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    Full text: Optical coatings produced by ion beam sputter deposition (IBSD) of oxide layers exhibit low scatter, low absorption, and environmental durability comparable to bulk materials. IBSD utilizes a broad beam ion source to sputter target materials in the presence of oxygen, producing oxide films. The process allows for the independent control of ion beam current, energy, and background gas pressure. The resulting films exhibit low defect densities, high purity, correct stoichiometry, amorphous structure, and high packing density. These properties allow the production of optical coatings with attributes highly desirable in a variety of scientific and industrial applications. Optical cavities utilizing low loss mirrors are used in gravitational wave research, quantum optics, spectroscopy, and numerous other areas of research. Industrial applications of IBSD coatings include the production of mirrors for lasers, including ring laser gyroscopes, corrosion resistant components for semiconductor process tools, and components for optical telecommunications. The IBSD process is easy to automate in contrast to other common processes of deposition which almost always require the presence of skilled operators. The ease of automation is a key factor in the economic viability of IBSD and its recent proliferation. The properties of IBSD coatings and the manufacturability and reproducibility made possible by full automation allow this process to play key enabling roles in research and industry. A review of the IBSD process, its history, and applications will be presented

  10. Antibacterial PVD coatings doped with silver by ion implantation

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    Osés, J.; Palacio, J. F.; Kulkarni, S.; Medrano, A.; García, J. A.; Rodríguez, R.

    2014-08-01

    The antibacterial effect of certain metal ions, like silver, has been exploited since antiquity. Obviously, the ways to employ the biocide activity of this element have evolved throughout time and it is currently used in a wide range of clinical applications. The work presented here reports the results of an investigation focused on combining the protective properties of PVD coatings with the biocide property of silver, applied by ion implantation. For this purpose, chromium nitride layers were doped with silver implanted at two different doses (5 × 1016 and 1 × 1017 ion/cm2) at 100 keV of energy and perpendicular incidence. Full characterization of the coatings was performed to determine its topographical and mechanical properties. The concentration profile of Ag was analyzed by GD-OES. The thickness of the layers, nano-hardness, roughness, wear resistance and coefficient of friction were measured. Finally, the anti-bacterial efficacy of the coatings was determined following the JIS Z-2801:2010 Standard. The results provide clear insights into the efficacy of silver for antibacterial purposes, as well as on its influence in the mechanical and tribological behaviour of the coatings matrix.

  11. Effect of ion irradiation on the properties multi-element plasma coatings

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    Eremin, E. N.; Syzdykova, A. S.; Guchenko, S. A.; Yurov, V. M.; Gyngazova, M. S.

    2016-02-01

    The paper presents the results of the study of ion irradiation on the properties of multi-element plasma coatings. The coatings were bombarded by argon ions using heavy current ion source with a hollow cathode. After ion irradiation, the structure and physical properties of the coatings change, however, the nature of the changes is different for different coatings. To predict the behavior of the coating exposed to irradiation is virtually impossible. Therefore, structural studies and investigation of physical properties of the coatings to determine their functional characteristics are to be conducted.

  12. Ion exchange chromatographic separation and MS analysis of isotopes of boron

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    Using electrochemical techniques of pH-metry and conductimetry, the choice of a suitable complexing reagent was made amongst ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, dextrose and mannitol for cost-effective separation of isotopes of boron by ion exchange chromatography. Quantitative relationships between pH and concentration; pKa and concentration of each of these complexing reagents were determined by least square polynomial curve fitting and an attempt was made to determine the formation constants of mannitol-borate complex. The results of experiments carried out for selection; regeneration of a resin; separation factor determinations using batch as well as column techniques and monitoring of band movements using these electrochemical techniques are discussed. (author)

  13. Determination of degradation constants of energetic 7*Li ion in liquid media using a thin boron film on silicon wafer

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    A novel method to determine degradation constants has been developed for energetic 7*Li ions produced from the 10B (n, α) 7*Li reaction, moving in liquid media. The energetic 7*Li generated in a thin boron film on silicon wafer plunged into a liquid sample in which the wafer was immersed. The degradation constants were determined by analyzing the Doppler-broadened lineshapes of prompt γ-ray at 478 keV emitted from 7*Li. For comparison, degradation constants were also measured for solutions of boron compounds. Values obtained by the two methods gave fair agreement. (author)

  14. Proton dosimetry intercomparison using parallel plate ion chambers in a proton eye therapy beam

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    A four-centre proton dosimetry intercomparison was performed at the Paul Scherrer Institute on the OPTIS 62 MeV clinical proton beam line. The participating centres were: a) Paul Scherrer Institute (CH) b) Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology (UK) c) INFN - Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania (I) d) TERA - Fondazione per adroterapia oncologica (Milano) (I) There were several aims to this study. The first, to intercompare small, parallel-plate ion chambers (IC) in the entrance region of an unmodulated proton beam and the centre-depth of a modulated beam using flat chambers from each centre (MARKUS, graphite windows, 0.055 cm-3) in terms of dose-to-water. The physical parameters are drawn from ECHED protocols ('91,'94) and ICRU Report Nos.49 and 59. The method of obtaining dose-to-air varied at each centre, using either electrons or 60Co photon beams and comparing with chambers traceable to international or national standards laboratories. Each centre also used conventional thimble ICs for further comparison (T1, Farmer-PTW and FWT IC-18). Provisional results show that the mean of the Markus IC dose measurements was slightly higher than that obtained from thimble chambers, but not significantly so. The deviation of the Markus IC measurements is small, taking into account the different calibration and traceability procedures

  15. Energy resolution of gas ionization chamber for high-energy heavy ions

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    Sato, Yuki; Taketani, Atsushi; Fukuda, Naoki; Takeda, Hiroyuki; Kameda, Daisuke; Suzuki, Hiroshi; Shimizu, Yohei; Nishimura, Daiki; Fukuda, Mitsunori; Inabe, Naohito; Murakami, Hiroyuki; Yoshida, Koichi; Kubo, Toshiyuki

    2014-01-01

    The energy resolution is reported for high-energy heavy ions with energies of nearly 340 MeV/nucleon and was measured using a gas ionization chamber filled with a 90%Ar/10%CH4 gas mixture. We observed that the energy resolution is proportional to the inverse of the atomic number of incident ions and to the inverse-square-root of the gas thickness. These results are consistent with the Bethe-Bloch formula for the energy loss of charged particles and the Bohr expression for heavy ion energy straggling. In addition, the influence of high-energy δ-rays generated in the detector on the energy deposition is discussed.

  16. New reaction chamber for transient field g-factor measurements with radioactive ion beams

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    Illana, A., E-mail: a.illana@csic.es; Perea, A.; Nácher, E.; Orlandi, R.; Jungclaus, A.

    2015-06-11

    A new reaction chamber has been designed and constructed to measure g-factors of short-lived excited states using the Transient Field technique in combination with Coulomb excitation in inverse kinematics. In this paper we will discuss several important aspects which have to be considered in order to successfully carry out this type of measurement with radioactive ion beams, instead of the stable beams used in a wide range of experiments in the past. The technical solutions to the problems arising from the use of such radioactive beams will be exposed in detail and the first successful experiment using the new chamber in combination with MINIBALL cluster detectors at REX-ISOLDE (CERN) will be reported on.

  17. Formation of structure defects and behaviour of ion-implanted boron in silicon under annealing in various ambients

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    Structure defects and the electrically active impurity distribution within (001)-oriented silicon layers after implantation of 100 keV 11B+ ions to a dose of 6.25 x 1014 ions/cm2 and subsequent annealing in inert (dry N2) and oxidizing (dry O2, steam) ambients are studied. It is found that annealing in oxidizing ambients as compared to that in N2 leads to the following results: i) a substantial increase in the density and size of the imperfect Frank dislocation loops; ii) a formation of dislocation configurations close to the misfit dislocations; iii) an enhancement of the boron diffusion; iv) a decrease in the electrically active boron near the silicon-oxide interface. The results obtained are interpreted in terms of the lattice oversaturation with silicon self-interstitials generated during the process of ion implantation and thermal oxidation as well as of the misfit stress influence. (author)

  18. Performance of microstrip gas chambers with conductive surface coating of doped amorphous silicon carbide (a-Si:C:H)

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    A new technique involves the use of doped amorphous silicon carbide (a-Si:C:H) as a conductive surface coating in the fabrication of microstrip gas chambers, to eliminate the effect of charge accumulation on the substrate surface. The performance of these detectors made in this way has been tested, measuring gas gains with respect to several operating parameters such as time, anode voltage (Va), backplane voltage (Vb), and drift voltage (Vd). Doped a-Si:C:H film is a conductive surface coating that works well, and is an attractive alternative to other surface treatments of the substrate, because its resistivity can be easily controlled over a wide range by doping, it has a naturally good radiation hardness, and large areas can be coated at relatively low cost. (orig.)

  19. Measurements of Formaldehyde and TVOC Emission from Paints and Coating Materials using Small Chamber Method for Building Composites

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    Jin-A KIM; Sumin KIM; Hyun-Joong KIM; Janghoo SEO

    2012-01-01

    An optimal test method for paint is proposed; additionally,the Field and Laboratory Emission Cell (FLEC) method used in Europe is applied as a substitute for the 20 L small chamber method.The emission factors of total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) and formaldehyde from oil-based paint,emulsion paint,and water-dispersion paint with a coating weight of 300 g/m2,cured for 24/48 hours,were measured using the 20 L small chamber method.The emission rate of TVOC and formaldehyde from all paints began to stabilize after approximately 7 days after 24/48 hours of curing even though Korean standards stipulate that paint should be measured and analyzed after the third day of application.The emission factor of TVOC and formaldehyde from oil-based,emulsion,and water-dispersion paints were also measured using the FLEC method.There was good correlation between the 20 L small chamber method and the FLEC method for oil-based,emulsion,and water-dispersion paint emissions.With the FLEC method,using paints prepared under identical conditions,the emission rate was stable 24 hours after installation of samples because the air flow rate of FLEC is much higher than that of a 20 L small chamber,and the relative cell volume of FLEC is much smaller than that of a 20 L small chamber.

  20. Electrophoretic deposits of boron on duralumin plates used for measuring neutron flux

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    Preparation of boron thin film deposits of around 1 mg per cm2 on duralumin plates with a diameter of 8 cm. The boron coated plates for ionization chambers were originally prepared at the CEA by pulverization of boron carbides on sodium silicates. This method is not controlling precisely enough the quantity of boron deposit. Thus, an electrophoretic method is considered for a better control of the quantity of boron deposit in the scope of using in the future boron 10 which is costly and rare. The method described by O. Flint is not satisfying enough and a similar electrophoretic process has been developed. Full description of the method is given as well as explanation of the use of dried methanol as solvent, tannin as electrolyte and magnesium chloride to avoid alumina formation. (M.P.)

  1. Filter for high temperature water coated with ion adsorbent

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    The surface of filters is covered with ion adsorbents comprising compound oxides consisting of 50 to 70 wt% of iron or nickel and 30 to 50 wt% of titanium. Cooling water at high temperature and high pressure flows from an entrance nozzle and reaches the filters coated with the ion adsorbents, where ionic corrosion products are adsorbed and removed. Then, in the course of passing through porous fine sintered metal tubes, granular corrosion products contained in the cooling water are filtered and removed. This enables to directly clean-up reactor coolants at high temperature and high pressure. (Y.Y.)

  2. Optimization of phase analysis of refractory alloys in the gas-ion-reaction chamber

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    Reactor components outside the core which are under high thermal and mechanical stresses are made from refractory alloys. For basic research and for quality control, these materials are investigated by metallography, which is an independent group of characterization procedures as well as basis for many other methods. An important way of increasing the information about a material yielded by metallography is the expansions of phase contrast, in particular the phase contrasting in the gas-ion-reaction chamber. In this paper, the experimental procedure is described and the process of optimizing the procedure with respect to the Ni- and Fe-based refractory alloys examined in the IRW is discussed. (orig.)

  3. Damage effects from medium-energy ion bombardment during the growth of cubic-boron nitride films

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    Cubic-boron nitride (c-BN) films with low stress have been produced by simultaneous 35 keV N+ ion implantation during growth by ion assisted sputtering. The stress release is achieved at the lost of a decrease in the c-BN content. Despite this fact, films with a high c-BN content and relatively large thickness (∼0.4 μm) have been produced. The decrease on the c-BN content is discussed in terms of the damage induced by the medium-energy ion implantation

  4. The influence of boron ion implantation on hydrogen blister formation in n-type silicon

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    We have studied the formation of surface blisters in left-angle 100 right-angle n-type silicon following co-implantation with boron and hydrogen. The silicon substrates had four different n-type dopant levels, ranging from 1014 to 1019 and h;cm-3. These substrates were implanted with 240 keV B+ ions to a dose of 1015 and h;cm-2, followed by a rapid thermal anneal at 900 and h;degree C for 30 - 60 s to force the boron atoms into substitutional lattice positions (activation). The samples were then implanted with 40 keV H+ to a dose of 5x1016 and h;cm-2. The implanted H+ distribution peaks at a depth of about 475 nm, whereas the distribution in the implanted B+ is broader and peaks at about 705 nm. To evaluate the role of the B+ implantation, control samples were prepared by implanting with H+ only. Following the H+ implantation, all the samples were vacuum annealed at 390 and h;degree C for 10 min. Blisters resulting from subsurface cracking at depths of about 400 nm, were observed in most of the B+ implanted samples, but not in the samples implanted with H+ only. This study indicates that the blistering results from the coalescence of implanted H into bubbles. The doping with B facilitates the short-range migration of the H interstitials and the formation of bubbles. A comparison of the observed crack depth with the depth of the damage peak resulting from the H+ implantation (evaluated by the computer code TRIM) suggests that the nucleation of H bubbles occurs at the regions of maximum radiation damage, and not at the regions of maximum H concentration. For given values of B+ and H+ doping, the blister density was found to decrease with increasing n-type doping, when the boron is activated. Blister formation was also observed in B+ implanted samples which had not been activated. In this case, the blister density was found to increase with increasing value of n-type doping. copyright 1999 American Institute of Physics

  5. Methods of producing continuous boron carbide fibers

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    Garnier, John E.; Griffith, George W.

    2015-12-01

    Methods of producing continuous boron carbide fibers. The method comprises reacting a continuous carbon fiber material and a boron oxide gas within a temperature range of from approximately 1400.degree. C. to approximately 2200.degree. C. Continuous boron carbide fibers, continuous fibers comprising boron carbide, and articles including at least a boron carbide coating are also disclosed.

  6. An atom probe field ion microscope investigation of the role of boron in precipitates and at grain boundaries in NiAl

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    This paper reports that the high resolution analytical technique of Atom Probe Field Ion Microscopy (APFIM) has been used to characterize grain boundaries and the matrix of a stoichiometric NiAl alloy doped with 0.04 (100 wppm) and 0.12 at. % (300 wppm) boron. Field ion images revealed boron segregation to the grain boundaries. Atom probe elemental analysis of the grain boundaries measured a boron coverage of up to 30% of a monolayer. Extensive atom probe analyses also revealed a fine dispersion of nanoscale boride precipitates in the matrix. The boron segregation to the grain boundaries was found to correlate with the observed suppression of intergranular fracture. However, the decrease in ductility of boron-doped NiAl is attributed in part to the precipitation hardening effect of the boride phases

  7. Ion beam mixed oxidation protective coating on Zry-4 cladding

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    Park, Jae-Won; Kim, Jae-Un; Park, Jeong-Yong

    2016-06-01

    In this study, SiC was coated on the surface of Zry-4 cladding to improve the oxidation protectiveness. In the coating of SiC onto Zry-4, the prime concern was adhesion at an elevated temperature. Here, a 70 keV N ion beam was irradiated onto a SiC coating layer of ∼100 nm in thickness; this was deposited via the e-beam evaporation method. Additional coating to a target thickness was then carried out. The films deposited without ion-beam mixing (IBM) often peeled-off at an elevated temperature, while the IBM SiC film always adhered to Zry-4, even after heating to ∼1000 °C; at such a temperature, however, cracks formed in the film. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis showed that the deposited SiC film contained about 20 at.% of O, while after annealing in air, 76 at.% of O was found on the surface layer. This implied that both the surface of SiC film and Zry-4 in the crack lines were oxidized. Comparing the Zr3d peak positions across the interface, a shift of binding energy by ∼1 eV was detected, representing that, in view of favorable thermodynamics, SiC/Zry-4 seems to be an acceptable system to apply IBM. To heal the crack, the process of IBM for a 1 μm thick coating and annealing was repeated. High-resolution field emission secondary electron microscopy (FE-SEM) showed that the crack lines, the main places at which oxidation occurred, were gradually covered as the process was repeated, ensuring enhanced oxidation protectiveness.

  8. Two-chamber configuration of Bio-Nano electron cyclotron resonance ion source for fullerene modification

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    Uchida, T., E-mail: uchida-t@toyo.jp [Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, Toyo University, Kawagoe 350-8585 (Japan); Graduate School of Interdisciplinary New Science, Toyo University, Kawagoe 350-8585 (Japan); Rácz, R.; Biri, S. [Institute for Nuclear Research (Atomki), Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Bem tér 18/C, H-4026 Debrecen (Hungary); Muramatsu, M.; Kitagawa, A. [National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), Chiba 263-8555 (Japan); Kato, Y. [Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita 565-0871 (Japan); Yoshida, Y. [Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, Toyo University, Kawagoe 350-8585 (Japan); Faculty of Science and Engineering, Toyo University, Kawagoe 350-8585 (Japan)

    2016-02-15

    We report on the modification of fullerenes with iron and chlorine using two individually controllable plasmas in the Bio-Nano electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS). One of the plasmas is composed of fullerene and the other one is composed of iron and chlorine. The online ion beam analysis allows one to investigate the rate of the vapor-phase collisional modification process in the ECRIS, while the offline analyses (e.g., liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry) of the materials deposited on the plasma chamber can give information on the surface-type process. Both analytical methods show the presence of modified fullerenes such as fullerene-chlorine, fullerene-iron, and fullerene-chlorine-iron.

  9. Two-chamber configuration of Bio-Nano electron cyclotron resonance ion source for fullerene modification

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    We report on the modification of fullerenes with iron and chlorine using two individually controllable plasmas in the Bio-Nano electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS). One of the plasmas is composed of fullerene and the other one is composed of iron and chlorine. The online ion beam analysis allows one to investigate the rate of the vapor-phase collisional modification process in the ECRIS, while the offline analyses (e.g., liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry) of the materials deposited on the plasma chamber can give information on the surface-type process. Both analytical methods show the presence of modified fullerenes such as fullerene-chlorine, fullerene-iron, and fullerene-chlorine-iron

  10. First GEANT4-based simulation investigation of a Li-coated resistive plate chamber for low-energy neutrons

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    A simulation study of the performance of a single-gap resistive plate chamber coated with Li-layer for the detection of low energy neutrons was performed by means of GEANT4 Monte Carlo code. Low energy neutrons were detected via 7Li(n, α) 3He nuclear reaction. To make the detector sensitive to low energy neutrons, Li- coating was employed both on the forward and backward electrodes of the converter. Low energy neutrons were transported onto the Li-coating RPC by GEANT4 MC code. A detector with converter area of 5×5 cm2 was utilized for this work. The detection response was evaluated as a function of incident low energy neutrons in the range of 25 MeV–100 MeV. The evaluated results predicted higher detection response for the backward-coated converter detector than that of forward coated converter RPC setup. This type of detector can be useful for the detection of low energy neutrons

  11. First GEANT4-based simulation investigation of a Li-coated resistive plate chamber for low-energy neutrons

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    Rhee, J. T.; Jamil, M.; Jeon, Y. J.

    2013-08-01

    A simulation study of the performance of a single-gap resistive plate chamber coated with Li-layer for the detection of low energy neutrons was performed by means of GEANT4 Monte Carlo code. Low energy neutrons were detected via 7Li(n, α) 3He nuclear reaction. To make the detector sensitive to low energy neutrons, Li- coating was employed both on the forward and backward electrodes of the converter. Low energy neutrons were transported onto the Li-coating RPC by GEANT4 MC code. A detector with converter area of 5×5 cm2 was utilized for this work. The detection response was evaluated as a function of incident low energy neutrons in the range of 25 MeV-100 MeV. The evaluated results predicted higher detection response for the backward-coated converter detector than that of forward coated converter RPC setup. This type of detector can be useful for the detection of low energy neutrons.

  12. Electron microscopy study of radiation effects in boron carbide

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    Boron carbide is a disordered non-stoechiometric material with a strongly microtwinned polycristallyne microstructure. This ceramic is among the candidate materials for the first wall coating in fusion reactor and is used as a neutron absorber in the control rods of fast breeder reactors. The present work deals with the nature of radiation damage in this solid. Because of helium internal production, neutron irradiated boron carbide is affected by swelling and by a strong microcracking which can break up a pellet in fine powder. These processes are rather intensitive to the irradiation parameters (temperature, flux and even neutron spectrum). Transmission electron microscopy of samples irradiated by the fast neutrons of a reactor, the electrons of a high voltage electron microscope and of samples implanted with helium ions was used to understand the respective roles of helium and point defects in the processes of swelling and microcracking. The design of an irradiation chamber for helium implantation at controlled temperature from 600 to 17000C was an important technical part of this work

  13. Secondary electron perturbations in Farmer type ion chambers for clinical proton beams

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    Dosimetry of proton therapy has reached a reasonable level of consistency with the introduction of absorbed dose based protocols by the IAEA and the ICRU. Both recommendations adopted the assumption from earlier recommendations that ion chamber perturbation factors in proton beams are unity for all ionisation chamber types. However, early experiments indicated a difference in response of up to 2% between ion chambers with a graphite wall and those with an A150 tissue equivalent wall. A later experiment demonstrated that Farmer type chambers with graphite and A150 walls exhibit on average a difference in response of 0.5%. Monte Carlo simulations showed that secondary electrons are responsible for this effect but the uncertainty of those simulations was rather large due to limitations in available computation time and they were performed with EGS4. Another potential issue is the central electrode effect of chambers with an aluminium central electrode. Two experimental papers indicate that the perturbation factor due to the aluminium electrode is unity within the experimental uncertainties. No Monte Carlo simulations have been reported on this. It is worth to note that in high-energy electron beams, the presently accepted value of the aluminium central electrode perturbation factor is 0.998. Method: Monte Carlo simulations: Simulations of electron transport were performed assuming that the proton spectrum over the geometry of the cavity geometry does not change. This can be retrospectively justified if the resulting perturbation factors are only slowly varying as a function of energy. The modelled geometry is a cylinder with length 24 mm, diameter 6.4 mm and wall thickness of 0.38 mm, i.e. dimensions close to that of Farmer type chambers. Both graphite and A150 as wall material is modelled. The central electrode was modelled as a 1 mm diameter and 20 mm long cylinder at the centre of the cavity protruding from its base. Electron recoil spectra in the cavity, central

  14. Control of the heavy-ion beam line gas pressure and density in the HYLIFE thick-liquid chamber

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    Controlling the density and pressure of the background gas in the beam lines of thick-liquid heavy-ion fusion chambers is of paramount importance for the beams to focus and propagate properly. Additionally, transport and deposition of debris material onto metal beam-tube surfaces may reduce the breakdown voltage and permit arcing with the beam. The strategy to control the gas pressure and the rate of debris deposition is twofold. First, the cool thick-liquid jet structures will mitigate the venting to the beam tubes. The ablation and venting of debris through thick-liquid structures must be modelled to predict the quantities of debris reaching the beam ports. TSUNAMI calculations have been performed to estimate the mass and energy flux histories at the entrance of the beam ports in a 9x9 HYLIFE pocket geometry. Secondly, additional renewable shielding will be interposed in the beam tubes themselves. Thick-liquid vortexes are planned to coat the inside of the beam tubes and provide a quasi-continuous protection of the beam-tube walls up to the final focus magnets. A three-component molten salt, flinabe, with a low melting temperature and vapor pressure, has been identified as a candidate liquid for the vortexes. The use of flinabe may actually eliminate the necessity of mechanical shutters to rapidly close the beam tubes after target ignition

  15. Multiple sampling ionization chamber (MUSIC) for measuring the charge of relativistic heavy ions

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    Christie, W.B.; Romero, J.L.; Brady, F.P.; Tull, C.E.; Castaneda, C.M.; Barasch, E.F.; Webb, M.L.; Drummond, J.R.; Crawford, H.J.; Flores, I.

    1987-04-01

    A large area (1 m x 2 m) multiple sampling ionization chamber (MUSIC) has been constructed and tested. The MUSIC detector makes multiple measurements of energy 'loss', dE/dx, for a relativistic heavy ion. Given the velocity, the charge of the ion can be extracted from the energy loss distributions. The widths of the distributions we observe are much narrower than predicted by Vavilov's theory for energy loss while agreeing well with the theory of Badhwar which deals with the energy deposited. The versatile design of MUSIC allows a variety of anode configurations which results in a large dynamic range of charge. In our tests to date we have observed charge resolutions of 0.25e fwhm for 727 MeV/nucleon /sup 40/Ar and 0.30e fwhm for 1.08 GeV/nucleon /sup 139/La and /sup 139/La fragments. Vertical position and multiple track determination are obtained by using time projection chamber electronics. Preliminary tests indicate that the position resolution is also very good with sigmaapprox. =100 ..mu..m.

  16. Dosimetric verification of gated delivery of electron beams using a 2D ion chamber array

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to compare the dosimetric characteristics; such as beam output, symmetry and flatness between gated and non-gated electron beams. Dosimetric verification of gated delivery was carried for all electron beams available on Varian CL 2100CD medical linear accelerator. Measurements were conducted for three dose rates (100 MU/min, 300 MU/min and 600 MU/min and two respiratory motions (breathing period of 4s and 8s. Real-time position management (RPM system was used for the gated deliveries. Flatness and symmetry values were measured using Imatrixx 2D ion chamber array device and the beam output was measured using plane parallel ion chamber. These detector systems were placed over QUASAR motion platform which was programmed to simulate the respiratory motion of target. The dosimetric characteristics of gated deliveries were compared with non-gated deliveries. The flatness and symmetry of all the evaluated electron energies did not differ by more than 0.7 % with respect to corresponding non-gated deliveries. The beam output variation of gated electron beam was less than 0.6 % for all electron energies except for 16 MeV (1.4 %. Based on the results of this study, it can be concluded that Varian CL2100 CD is well suitable for gated delivery of non-dynamic electron beams.

  17. A multiple sampling ionization chamber (MUSIC) for measuring the charge of relativistic heavy ions

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    A large area (1 m x 2 m) multiple sampling ionization chamber (MUSIC) has been constructed and tested. The MUSIC detector makes multiple measurements of energy 'loss', dE/dx, for a relativistic heavy ion. Given the velocity, the charge of the ion can be extracted from the energy loss distributions. The widths of the distributions we observe are much narrower than predicted by Vavilov's theory for energy loss while agreeing well with the theory of Badhwar which deals with the energy deposited. The versatile design of MUSIC allows a variety of anode configurations which results in a large dynamic range of charge. In our tests to date we have observed charge resolutions of 0.25e fwhm for 727 MeV/nucleon 40Ar and 0.30e fwhm for 1.08 GeV/nucleon 139La and 139La fragments. Vertical position and multiple track determination are obtained by using time projection chamber electronics. Preliminary tests indicate that the position resolution is also very good with σ≅100 μm. (orig.)

  18. Properties of Boron Carbide Coatings and Free-Standing Parts Prepared by WSP(r)

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    Matějíček, Jiří; Nanobashvili, S.; Ctibor, Pavel; Brožek, Vlastimil; Neufuss, Karel; Chráska, Pavel

    Franfurkt : WerkstoffInformationsgesselschaft, 2002, s. článek č.914. ISBN 3-88355-302-6. [Materials Week 2001.. Mnichov (DE), 01.10.2001-04.10.2001] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA104/01/0149 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : water-stabilized plasma spraying, boron carbide, material properties Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials

  19. A basic study for the operation of boron thermal regeneration system : Adsorption equilibrium of boric acid on ion exchange resin

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    The adsorption characteristics of boric acid on a strong-base anion exchange resin, an Amberlite IRN-78LC resin in OH- form, were investigated at temperature from 10 deg C to 60 deg C in the concentrations of boron up to 1500 ppm covering the BTRS operational conditions. A computer code was developed to calculate the composition of borate ions in solution as a function of boron concentration, temperature and pH. From the calculated composition of borate ions and experimental data of adsorption equilibrium, the model was proposed for the adsorption isotherm of boric acid on the resin. The results in this study can be applied for the optimum operation of BTRS. (Author)

  20. Determination of boron range distribution in ion-implanted silicon by the 10B(n, α) 7Li reaction

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    A measuring technique based on the alpha particles being released by the 10B(n, α) nuclear reaction and using the time-of-flight technique at a periodically pulsing reactor was developed. Nondestructive determinations for the range distribution of boron impurities in ion-implanted silicon have been performed. In a silicon sample of 1016 atoms/cm2 concentration, irradiated with a neutron beam of 106ncm-2sec-1 flux, the range of the B+ ions could be determined up to an accuracy of +-200 A, which is higher than the accuracy of the electric measurements. Projected ranges obtained in the energy region 20-80 keV are compared with calculated results and other experiments. Examples are shown for some typical boron distributions before and after annealing the sample. The depth resolution permits the study of the mechanism of diffusion in silicon. (T.G.)

  1. Focused ion beam (FIB)-induced changes in the electrochemical behavior of boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes

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    Micro- and nanostructured electrodes play a significant role in modern electroanalytical chemistry. Here, we report on the effect of focused ion beam-induced changes in the surface layers of nanocrystalline highly boron-doped diamond (BDD). The impact of gallium ions induces an amorphization of the surface layers of the BDD lattice, and hence, changes the electron transfer behavior of redox species, which electron transfer is sensitive to surface properties. These changes in heterogeneous electron transfer behavior are investigated in dependence of FIB patterning parameters. The effects of electrochemical post-milling treatments were studied for restoring the electrochemical properties. In addition, Raman spectroscopic and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) measurements revealed that amorphous carbon is largely removed during the post-milling electrochemical treatment at very negative potentials. Hence, FIB-based nanostructuring of BDD-electrodes with an optimized post fabrication treatment enables the fabrication of miniaturized devices based on boron-doped diamond for a wide variety of electroanalytical applications

  2. Quantitative evaluation of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) drugs for boron delivery and retention at subcellular scale resolution in human glioblastoma cells with imaging secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS)

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    Chandra, S.; Ahmad, T.; Barth, R. F.; Kabalka, G. W.

    2014-01-01

    Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) of cancer depends on the selective delivery of a sufficient number of boron-10 (10B) atoms to individual tumor cells. Cell killing results from the 10B (n, α)7Li neutron capture and fission reactions that occur if a sufficient number of 10B atoms are localized in the tumor cells. Intranuclear 10B localization enhances the efficiency of cell killing via damage to the DNA. The net cellular content of 10B atoms reflects both bound and free pools of boron in individual tumor cells. The assessment of these pools, delivered by a boron delivery agent, currently cannot be made at subcellular scale resolution by clinically applicable techniques such as PET and MRI. In this study, secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) based imaging instrument, a CAMECA IMS 3f ion microscope, capable of 500 nm spatial resolution was employed. Cryogenically prepared cultured human T98G glioblastoma cells were evaluated for boron uptake and retention of two delivery agents. The first, L-p-boronophenylalanine (BPA), has been used clinically for BNCT of high grade gliomas, recurrent tumors of the head and neck region and melanomas. The second, a boron analogue of an unnatural amino acid, 1-amino-3-borono-cyclopentanecarboxylic acid (cis-ABCPC), has been studied in rodent glioma and melanoma models by quantification of boron in the nucleus and cytoplasm of individual tumor cells. The bound and free pools of boron were assessed by exposure of cells to boron-free nutrient medium. Both BPA and cis-ABCPC delivered almost 70% of the pool of boron in the free or loosely bound form to the nucleus and cytoplasm of human glioblastoma cells. This free pool of boron could be easily mobilized out of the cell and was in some sort of equilibrium with extracellular boron. In the case of BPA, the intracellular free pool of boron also was affected by the presence of phenylalanine in the nutrient medium. This suggests that it might be advantageous if patients were placed on a

  3. Sputtering behavior of boron and boron carbide

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    Sputtering yields of boron were measured with D+ and B+ ions for normal and oblique angles of incidence. Self-sputtering data of boron carbide were simulated in the experiment by using Ne+ ions. The energies of the impinging ions were between 20 eV and 10 keV. The measured data are compared with computer simulated values calculated with the TRIMSP program. The boron data for normal ion impact are higher than the calculated values, whereas those for oblique ion incidence are smaller than the calculation predicts. This discrepancy is explained by the surface roughness and supported by SEM micrographs. The comparison of the boron carbide data with TRIMSP calculations shows much better agreement than the boron data. In this case the target surface was much smoother. (orig.)

  4. Tuning the Colors of the Dark Isomers of Photochromic Boron Compounds with Fluoride Ions: Four-State Color Switching.

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    Mellerup, Soren K; Rao, Ying-Li; Amarne, Hazem; Wang, Suning

    2016-09-01

    Combining a three-coordinated boron (BMes2) moiety with a four-coordinated photochromic organoboron unit leads to a series of new diboron compounds that undergo four-state reversible color switching in response to stimuli of light, heat, and fluoride ions. Thus, these hybrid diboron systems allow both convenient color tuning/switching of such photochromic systems, as well as visual fluoride sensing by color or fluorescent emission color change. PMID:27534683

  5. Role of swift heavy ions irradiation on the emission of boron doped ZnO thin films for near white light application

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    Highlights: • ZnO:B thin film irradiated by 80 MeV Br6+ ions. • Compressive to tensile stress was observed with increase in fluences. • Oxygen related defect is decreased after irradiation. • Near white light emission was achieved in the ZnO:B. • The colour of the emitted light can be tuned by SHI. - Abstract: Boron doped ZnO (ZnO:B) thin films on silicon substrates were synthesized with the sol–gel method using the spin coating technique. The films were irradiated by 80 MeV Br+6 ions at various ion fluences. The X-ray diffraction results indicate that ZnO:B crystallized in the normal hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data indicated that the O1s peak consist of three components designated as O1 (coming from ZnO), O2 (coming from defects) and O3 (coming from adsorbed species). Defect level emission (DLE) was obtained in the luminescence spectra of the pristine ZnO:B sample while the strong UV emission was observed for the ion irradiated films. The intensity of the DLE emission decreased after irradiation while the band to band emission increased after ion irradiation. A direct correlation between the amount of defects (O2 peak of XPS) and the DLE was observed. The emission of the ZnO:B is exponentially correlated with the swift heavy ion induced stress and the amount of defects. These ZnO:B thin films may be used for near white light emission applications

  6. An antibacterial coating obtained through implantation of titanium ions

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    Delle Side, D.; Nassisi, V.; Giuffreda, E.; Velardi, L.; Alifano, P.; Talà, A.; Tredici, S. M.

    2014-04-01

    Everyday life is exposed to the risks of contracting severe diseases due to the diffusion of severe pathogens. For this reason, efficient antimicrobial surfaces becomes a need of primary importance. In this work we report the first evidences of a new technique to synthesize an antibacterial coating on Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE)samples, based on a non-stoichiometric, visible light responsive, titanium oxide. The coating was obtained through laser ablation of a titanium target, then the resulting ions were accelerated and implanted on the samples. The samples where tested against a Staphylococcus aureus strain, in order to assay their antimicrobial efficacy. Results show that this treatment strongly discourages bacterial adhesion to the treated surfaces.

  7. An antibacterial coating obtained through implantation of titanium ions

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    Everyday life is exposed to the risks of contracting severe diseases due to the diffusion of severe pathogens. For this reason, efficient antimicrobial surfaces becomes a need of primary importance. In this work we report the first evidences of a new technique to synthesize an antibacterial coating on Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE)samples, based on a non-stoichiometric, visible light responsive, titanium oxide. The coating was obtained through laser ablation of a titanium target, then the resulting ions were accelerated and implanted on the samples. The samples where tested against a Staphylococcus aureus strain, in order to assay their antimicrobial efficacy. Results show that this treatment strongly discourages bacterial adhesion to the treated surfaces.

  8. Low-energy outer-shell photodetachment of the negative ion of boron.

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    Wang, Kedong; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus

    2016-05-01

    The photodetachment of the negative ion of boron, B-(2s2 2p2) 3 P , was investigated by employing the B-spline R-matrix method for photon energies ranging from threshold to 12 eV. A multi-configuration Hartree-Fock method with nonorthogonal, term-dependent orbitals was used to generate accurate initial bound-state and final continuum-state wavefunctions. The close-coupling expansion included all principal scattering channels for photodetachment from both the 2p and 2s orbitals. The resulting equation were solved using a parallelized version of the BSR computer code. The calculated photodetachment cross sections are in good agreement with the available experimental data. Several prominent resonance features are predicted, thereby providing new challenges in the study of this highly correlated process. To classify the resonance structure, both the partial cross sections and the main contributions of the individual scattering channels are discussed. Work supported by the China Scholarship Council and the United States National Science Foundation under Grants PHY-1403245 and PHY-1520970, and by the XSEDE allocation PHY-090031.

  9. Ion chamber-electrometer measurement system for radiation protection tests in X-ray equipment for interventional procedures

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    A new parallel plate ionization chamber with volume of 500 cc and an electrometer with digital interface for data acquisition, configuring an ion chamber electrometer measurement system, were developed to comply with specific requirements for compulsory radiation protection tests in interventional X-ray equipment. The ion chamber has as main characteristics: low cost, mechanical strength and response variation with beam energy of less than 5% in the 40 kV to 150 kV range. The electrometer has a high gain (5x108 V/A) transimpedance amplifier circuit and a data acquisition and control system developed in LabVIEW ® platform, including an integrated power supply for the ion chamber bias with adjustable DC voltage output from O to 1000 V and an air density correction system. Electric field calculations, laboratory measurements in standard beams and computational simulations of radiation interactions in chamber volume with Monte Carlo Method were employed in the elaborated methodology of the ion chamber development, which was tested and validated. It was also developed a simplified methodology for electrometer calibration that assures metrological trustworthiness of the measurement system. Tests for the system performance evaluation as environmental influence response, energy response, angular dependency, linearity and air kerma and air kerma rate dependency were performed according to international standards and requirements. Additionally, for a detailed evaluation of the developed ion chamber, simulations with various scattered radiation spectra were performed. The system was applied in leakage radiation, residual radiation and scattered radiation tests, being compared with other reference systems and validated for laboratorial test routine. (author)

  10. Nucleation and growth of cubic boron nitride films produced by ion-assisted pulsed laser deposition

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    Friedmann, T.A.; Medlin, D.L.; Mirkarimi, P.B.; McCarty, K.F.; Klaus, E.J.; Boehme, D.R.; Johnsen, H.A.; Mills, M.J.; Ottesen, D.K. [Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (United States)

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    We are studying the boron nitride system using a pulsed excimer laser to ablate from hexagonal BN (cBN) targets to form cubic BN (cBN) films. We are depositing BN films on heated (25--800C) Si (100) surfaces and are using a broad-beam ion source operated with Ar and N{sub 2} source gases to produce BN films with a high percentage of sp{sup 3}-bonded cBN. In order to optimize growth and nucleation of cBN films, parametric studies of the growth parameters have been performed. The best films to date show >85% sp{sup 3}-bonded BN as determined from Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) reflection spectroscopy. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction confirm the presence of cBN in these samples. The films are polycrystalline and show grain sizes up to 30--40 mn. We find from both the FTIR and TEM analyses that the cBN content in these films evolves with growth time. Initially, the films are deposited as hBN and the cBN nucleates on this hBN underlayer. Importantly, the position of the cBN IR phonon also changes with growth time. Initially this mode appears near 1130 cm{sup {minus}1} and the position decreases with growth time to a constant value of 1085 cm{sup {minus}1}. Since in bulk cBN this IR mode appears at 1065 cm{sup {minus}1}, a large compressive stress induced by the ion bombardment is suggested. In addition, we report on the variation in cBN percentage with temperature.

  11. Silicon Carbide/Boron Nitride Dual In-Line Coating of Silicon Carbide Fiber Tows Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase I project will demonstrate monolayer and dual layer coating of SiC fiber by leveraging Laser Chemical Vapor Deposition techniques developed by Free...

  12. Experimental study on the formation and growth of electroless nickel-boron coatings from borohydride-reduced bath on mild steel

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    Vitry, Veronique, E-mail: veronique.vitry@umons.ac.be [Service de Metallurgie, Universite de Mons, Rue de l' Epargne 56, 7000 Mons (Belgium); Sens, Adeline [Service de Metallurgie, Universite de Mons, Rue de l' Epargne 56, 7000 Mons (Belgium); Kanta, Abdoul-Fatah [Service de Sciences des Materiaux, Universite de Mons, Rue de l' Epargne 56, 7000 Mons (Belgium); Delaunois, Fabienne [Service de Metallurgie, Universite de Mons, Rue de l' Epargne 56, 7000 Mons (Belgium)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Initiation mechanism of electroless Ni-B on St-37 steel has been identified. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Different phases of the plating process were observed and identified. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Influence of chemical heterogeneity on coating morphology was revealed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Batch replenishment of the plating bath induces new germination phase. - Abstract: Quality and homogeneity of electroless nickel-boron coatings are very important for applications in corrosion and electronics and are completely dependent on the formation of the deposit. The growth and formation process of electroless nickel-boron was investigated by immersing mild steel (St-37) samples in an un-replenished bath for various periods of time (from 5 s to 1 h). The coatings obtained at the different stages of the process were then characterized: thickness was measured by SEM, morphology was observed, weight gain was recorded and top composition of the coatings was obtained from XPS. Three main phases were identified during the coating formation and links between plating time, instantaneous deposition rate, chemistry of last formed deposit and morphology were established. The mechanism for initial deposition on steel substrate for borohydride-reduced electroless nickel bath was also observed. Those results were confronted with chemistry evolution in the unreplenished plating bath during the process. This allowed getting insight about phenomena occurring in the plating bath and their influence on coating formation.

  13. Energy and particle balance studies under full boron and lithium-coated walls in TJ-II

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    The Spanish stellarator TJ-II has been operated under lithium wall conditions for two years so far. Important changes in plasma parameters and, in particular, on particle recycling have been recorded with respect to the normal, boronized wall conditions previously prevailing. The specific effects that the new recycling scenario could have on the improved plasma parameters, and in particular to the global energy balance of electrons and protons are addressed in the present work. In addition, the possible increase in ion energies impinging on the walls should be mirrored by the incoming flux of sputtered lithium atoms. However, a strong decrease of the corresponding sputtering yield is recorded. This effect is analyzed in terms of possible material mixing effects among others. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  14. Effect of deposition temperature on boron-doped carbon coatings deposited from a BCl3-C3H6-H2 mixture using low pressure chemical vapor deposition

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    A mixture of propylene, hydrogen and boron trichloride was used to fabricate boron-doped carbon coatings by using low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) technique. Effect of deposition temperature on deposition rate, morphologies, compositions and bonding states of boron-doped carbon coatings was investigated. Below 1273 K, the deposition rate is controlled by reaction dynamics. The deposition rate increases with increasing deposition temperature. The activation energy is 208.74 kJ/mol. Above 1273 K, the deposition rate decreases due to smaller critical radius rc and higher nuclei formation rate J with increasing temperature. Scanning electron microscopy shows that the structure changes from glass-like to nano-laminates with increasing deposition temperature. The boron concentration decreases with increasing deposition temperature, corresponding with increasing carbon concentration. The five types of bonding states are B-C, B-sub-C, BC2O, BCO2 and B-O. B-sub-C and BC2O are the main bonding states. The reactions are dominant at all temperatures, in which the B-sub-C and PyC are formed.

  15. Neutron/gamma dose separation by the multiple-ion-chamber technique

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    Many mixed n/γ dosimetry systems rely on two dosimeters, one composed of a tissue-equivalent material and the other made from a non-hydrogenous material. The paired chamber technique works well in fields of neutron radiation nearly identical in spectral composition to that in which the dosimeters were calibrated. However, this technique is drastically compromised in phantom due to the degradation of the neutron spectrum. The three-dosimeter technique allows for the fall-off in neutron sensitivity of the two non-hydrogenous dosimeters. Precise and physically meaningful results were obtained with this technique with a D-T source in air and in phantom and with simultaneous D-T neutron and 60Co gamma ray irradiation in air. The MORSE-CG coupled n/γ three-dimensional Monte Carlo code was employed to calculate neutron and gamma doses in a water phantom. Gamma doses calculated in phantom with this code were generally lower than corresponding ion chamber measurements. This can be explained by the departure of irradiation conditions from ideal narrow-beam geometry. 97 references

  16. Statistical model of quality of radon measurements using electret ion chamber detectors

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    This paper presents a statistical model for estimating probability, which states that a quality of radon measurements using the electret ion chamber system RM-1 will be accurate. The quality of the electret measurement was modelled as a ratio between the reference radon concentration and values measured under real conditions with varied levels of indoor radon concentration and microclimate indoor conditions. It was stated that the accuracy tolerance of measured values is 20 % of the given reference value. To estimate the uncertainty of the statistical model, the exact confidence limits for the estimated probabilities are computed. The statistical model was confirmed by an independent set of measurements. Moreover, the effect of absolute humidity on the quality estimation of electret detectors are also statistically analysed and discussed. The results of the statistical model confirm that the electret system is robust and suitable for estimation of radon concentration. (authors)

  17. New recoil transfer chamber for thermalization of heavy ions produced in fusion–evaporation reactions

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    A new Recoil Transfer Chamber (RTC) has been designed, fabricated, and characterized at the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University. The design is based on a gas stopper that was previously in routine use at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. This new RTC uses He gas to stop ions, and a combination of a static electric field and gas flow to maximize the extraction efficiency. In offline experiments, a 228Th source was used to produce 216Po which was successfully extracted even though it has a short half-life. In online experiments using the products of the 118Sn(40Ar, 6n)152Er reaction, an efficiency of several tens of percent was measured

  18. Electret ion chambers for radon measurements in schools during occupied and unoccupied periods

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    Continuous radon measurements made in some school buildings have shown large diurnal variations due to factors such as occupancy patterns, HVAC system design and operation, and weather. Since many radon screening measurements are made with relatively inexpensive detectors that integrate the daytime and nighttime exposures, the test results may not reflect the actual exposure of students and teachers during occupancy hours. This paper discusses the results of radon measurements made in schools with electret ion chambers (EICs) and continuous radon monitors (CRMs) during both occupied and unoccupied periods. Ten school buildings in Iowa, Maryland, and North Carolina were tested in this study. The results show that radon levels in these schools during occupied and unoccupied periods may vary significantly depending on the specific building (i.e., whether the building is pressurized or depressurized during the given testing period) giving both false positives and false negatives

  19. Chitosan-coated boron nitride nanospheres enhance delivery of CpG oligodeoxynucleotides and induction of cytokines

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Huijie Zhang,1,2 Song Chen,3 Chunyi Zhi,4 Tomohiko Yamazaki,1,2 Nobutaka Hanagata1,2,5 1Graduate School of Life Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan; 2Biomaterials Unit, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki, Japan; 3Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan; 4Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China; 5Nanotechnology Innovation Station, Ibaraki, Japan Background: Cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG oligodeoxynucleotides activate Toll-like receptor 9, leading to induction of proinflammatory cytokines, which play an important role in induction and maintenance of innate and adaptive immune responses. Previously, we have used boron nitride nanospheres (BNNS as a carrier for delivery of unmodified CpG oligodeoxynucleotides to activate Toll-like receptor 9. However, because CpG oligodeoxynucleotides and BNNS are both negatively charged, electrostatic repulsion between them is likely to reduce the loading of CpG oligodeoxynucleotides onto BNNS. Therefore, the efficiency of uptake of CpG oligodeoxynucleotides is also limited and does not result in induction of a robust cytokine response. To ameliorate these problems, we developed a CpG oligodeoxynucleotide delivery system using chitosan-coated BNNS as a carrier. Methods: To facilitate attachment of CpG oligodeoxynucleotides onto the BNNS and improve their loading capacity, we prepared positively charged BNNS by coating them with chitosan preparations of three different molecular weights and used them as carriers for delivery of CpG oligodeoxynucleotides. Results: The zeta potentials of the BNNS-CS complexes were positive, and chitosan coating improved their dispersity and stability in aqueous solution compared with BNNS. The positive charge of the BNNS-CS complexes greatly improved the loading capacity and cellular uptake efficiency of Cp

  20. Possibilities of Increase of Adhesion of the Cubic Boron Nitride Coatings by Applying an Interfacial Layers

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    Maciej Kupczyk

    2004-01-01

    In the work the chosen investigations of the adhesion force of thin, superhard coatings to the cutting edges made of cemented carbides are presented. For identification of the adhesion force of coatings to substrate an automatic scratch tester constructed at Poznan University of Technology was applied. The estimation of the adhesion force (value of critical load measured during scratch test) was carried out on the base of the vibration signal. Results of investigations are pointed at the influence of a surface preparation (degreasing, etching, low and high-temperature sputtering) on a critical load values.It was found that the most effective method for surface preparation is low temperature sputtering. The influence of the TiC+Al2O3+TiN interfacial layer on increase of the adhesion force of BN coating to cemented carbides substrate was observed.

  1. Possibilities of Increase of Adhesion of the Cubic Boron Nitride Coatings by Applying an Interfacial Layers

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    MaciejKupczyk

    2004-01-01

    In the work the chosen investigations of the adhesion force of thin, superhard coatings to the cutting edges made of cemented carbides are presented. For identification of the adhesion force of coatings to substrate an automatic scratch tester constructed at Poznan University of Technology was applied. The estimation of the adhesion force (value of critical load measured during scratch test) was carried out on the base of the vibration signal. Results of investigations are pointed at the influence of a surface preparation (degreasing, etching, low and high-temperature sputtering) on a critical load values. It was round that the most effective method for surface preparation is low temperature sputtering. The influence of the TiC+Al2O3+TiN interracial layer on increase of the adhesion force of BN coating to cemented carbides substrate was observed.

  2. A comparative study of 30MeV boron4+ and 60MeV oxygen8+ ion irradiated Si NPN BJTs

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    The impact of 30MeV boron4+ and 60MeV oxygen8+ ion irradiation on electrical characteristics of 2N3773 Si NPN Bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) is reported in the present study. The transistors were decapped and irradiated at room temperature. Gummel characteristics, DC current gain and Capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics were studied before and after irradiation at different fluences. DC current gain has decreased significantly in both boron and oxygen ion irradiation. Also the value of capacitance decreased 3-4 times with increase in fluence. Both 30MeV boron ion and 60MeV oxygen ion induced similar extent of degradation in electrical characteristics of the transistor

  3. A comparative study of 30MeV boron{sup 4+} and 60MeV oxygen{sup 8+} ion irradiated Si NPN BJTs

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    Kumar, M. Vinay, E-mail: Vkm288@gmail.com; Krishnaveni, S. [Department of studies in Physics, University of Mysore, Manasagangotri, Mysore 570006 (India); Yashoda, T. [Deparment of Physics, AVK College for women, Hassan-573201 (India); Dinesh, C. M. [Department of Physics, Govt. First grade college for women, Chintamani-563125 (India); Krishnakumar, K. S. [Department of Physics, APS College of Engineering (India); Jayashree, B. [Department of Physics, Maharanis Science College for Women, Bangalore-560001 (India); Ramani [Department of Physics, Bangalore University, Jnanabharathi, Bangalore-560056 (India)

    2015-06-24

    The impact of 30MeV boron{sup 4+} and 60MeV oxygen{sup 8+} ion irradiation on electrical characteristics of 2N3773 Si NPN Bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) is reported in the present study. The transistors were decapped and irradiated at room temperature. Gummel characteristics, DC current gain and Capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics were studied before and after irradiation at different fluences. DC current gain has decreased significantly in both boron and oxygen ion irradiation. Also the value of capacitance decreased 3-4 times with increase in fluence. Both 30MeV boron ion and 60MeV oxygen ion induced similar extent of degradation in electrical characteristics of the transistor.

  4. Ussing Chamber

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    Westerhout, J.; Wortelboer, H.; Verhoeckx, K.

    2015-01-01

    The Ussing chamber system is named after the Danish zoologist Hans Ussing, who invented the device in the 1950s to measure the short-circuit current as an indicator of net ion transport taking place across frog skin (Ussing and Zerahn, Acta Physiol Scand 23:110-127, 1951). Ussing chambers are increa

  5. Heavy ion beam propagation through a gas-filled chamber for inertial confinement fusion

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    The work presented here evaluates the dynamics of a beam of heavy ions propagating through a chamber filled with gas. The motivation for this research stems from the possibility of using heavy ion beams as a driver in inertial confinement fusion reactors for the purpose of generating electricity. Such a study is important in determining the constraints on the beam which limit its focus to the small radius necessary for the ignition of thermonuclear microexplosions which are the source of fusion energy. Nuclear fusion is the process of combining light nuclei to form heavier ones. One possible fusion reaction combines two isotopes of hydrogen, deuterium and tritium, to form an alpha particle and a neutron, with an accompanying release of ∼17.6 MeV of energy. Generating electricity from fusion requires that we create such reactions in an efficient and controlled fashion, and harness the resulting energy. In the inertial confinement fusion (ICF) approach to energy production, a small spherical target, a few millimeters in radius, of deuterium and tritium fuel is compressed so that the density and temperature of the fuel are high enough, ∼200 g/cm3 and ∼20 keV, that a substantial number of fusion reactions occur; the pellet microexplosion typically releases ∼350 MJ of energy in optimized power plant scenarios

  6. Heavy ion beam propagation through a gas-filled chamber for inertial confinement fusion

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    Barboza, N.O.

    1996-10-01

    The work presented here evaluates the dynamics of a beam of heavy ions propagating through a chamber filled with gas. The motivation for this research stems from the possibility of using heavy ion beams as a driver in inertial confinement fusion reactors for the purpose of generating electricity. Such a study is important in determining the constraints on the beam which limit its focus to the small radius necessary for the ignition of thermonuclear microexplosions which are the source of fusion energy. Nuclear fusion is the process of combining light nuclei to form heavier ones. One possible fusion reaction combines two isotopes of hydrogen, deuterium and tritium, to form an alpha particle and a neutron, with an accompanying release of {approximately}17.6 MeV of energy. Generating electricity from fusion requires that we create such reactions in an efficient and controlled fashion, and harness the resulting energy. In the inertial confinement fusion (ICF) approach to energy production, a small spherical target, a few millimeters in radius, of deuterium and tritium fuel is compressed so that the density and temperature of the fuel are high enough, {approximately}200 g/cm{sup 3} and {approximately}20 keV, that a substantial number of fusion reactions occur; the pellet microexplosion typically releases {approximately}350 MJ of energy in optimized power plant scenarios.

  7. Vacuum chamber

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    A detailed description is given of the vacuum chamber of the so-called experimental equipment DEMAS (double-arm-time-of-flight spectrometer) at the heavy ion accelerator U-400 at the JINR-Dubna. (author)

  8. Boron isotope separation by ion exchange chromatography using weakly basic anion exchange resin

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    Isotopic plateau displacement chromatography, a useful method for isotope separation is presented. The boric acid band formed in a column of weakly basic anion exchange resin Diaion WA21 can be eluted with pure water. In order to obtain good accumulation of the isotope effect, a series of experiments with different migration length were carried out. The boron-10 enriched part of the boric acid absorbed band was always preceded by the isotopic plateau part, in which the atomic fraction of boron-10 was maintained at its original value. The atomic fraction of boron-10 at the end of the chromatogram increased with migration length, and in the case of 256-m migration, boron-10 was enriched from its original atomic fraction of 19.84 to 91.00%, the separation factor S being constant irrespective of migration length: S = 1.0100 +- 0.0005. (author)

  9. Design and performance of a heavy ion detector using a gridded ionization chamber with helical position-sensitive proportional counter

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    A counter specifically designed for heavy ions and low-energy helium ions has been constructed for use in the focal plane of a Q3D spectrometer. The counter utilizes a gridded ionization chamber to measure energy loss and total energy of the particles incident on the detector and a helical proportional chamber to establish the position and hence the momentum along the focal plane. The ionization chamber information is used to establish the mass and charge of the incident particle with high precision and under low background conditions. The helix provides excellent spatial resolution along with high counting rate performance and a resolution independent of the angle at which the particles enter the detector

  10. Calibration and operation of the AAEC working standard of measurement for the activity of radionuclides. Pt. 2. Ion chamber analysis

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    As a secondary method for the determination of radioactivity, the ion chamber is both convenient and precise. The equations used in the calibration of the equipment and in the calculation of unknown activities are fully derived, and it is shown that the experimental procedure outlined is the optimum for both precision and convenience

  11. Microstructural and Tribological Characterization of Duplex Coatings with Additional Ion Bombardment

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    B.Skorie; D.Kakas; M.akita

    2004-01-01

    A duplex surface treatment involves the sequential application of two surface technologies to produce a surface composition with combined properties. A typical duplex process involves plasma nitriding and the PVD coating treatment of steels. In the paper are presented characteristics of hard coatings, type TiN, produced by classic technology PVD (physical vapour deposition) and IBAD (ion beam assisted deposition). Subsequent ion implantation was provided with N5+ ions. The dependence of friction coefficient was investigated by means of tribometer (pin-on-ring). The sliding pair was TiN thin coating on steel pin combined with steel ring without coating. The ring was produced from hardenable steel.

  12. Microstructural and Tribological Characterization of Duplex Coatings with Additional Ion Bombardment

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    B.(S)kori(c); D.Kaka(s); M.Rakita

    2004-01-01

    A duplex surface treatment involves the sequential application of two surface technologies to produce a surface composition with combined properties. A typical duplex process involves plasma nitriding and the PVD coating treatment of steels. In the paper are presented characteristics of hard coatings, type TiN, produced by classic technology PVD (physical vapour deposition) and IBAD (ion beam assisted deposition). Subsequent ion implantation was provided with N5+ions. The dependence of friction coefficient was investigated by means of tribometer (pin-on-ring). The sliding pair was TiN thin coating on steel pin combined with steel ring without coating. The ring was produced from hardenable steel.

  13. Ion-beam-assisted deposition and ion beam synthesis of wear resistant coatings on technical surfaces

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    An ion implanter with a non-mass-separated ion beam, already used for experiments as well as industrial applications, was equipped with an electron-gun evaporator to allow for simultaneous or sequential implantation and coating. Using this equipment, ion-beam-assited deposition (IBAD) of different layers, and in particular the formation of layers of TiN on steel with very good adhesion, was possible. To produce TiN, titanium was evaporated and nitrogen was implanted. The maximum growth rate of the TiN films was 1 nm s-1. Examinations showed superior wear properties in comparison with ion-plated layers and an unusual high Knoop microhardness. Under certain experimental conditions, the stoichiometric ratio was found to be 1:1 even if the ion density was varied slightly, making the IBAD process easily controllable. The layers did not have the yellow color typical of ion-plated TiN layers but were neutral gray. Nevertheless, electron diffraction investigations confirmed the typical crystalline structure of TiN. Analytical investigations were performed and compared with those of ion-plated TiN. Details of the equipment, including operation conditions, as well as experimental results of film properties will be reported. (orig.)

  14. Streamer chamber and calorimeter measurements in relativistic heavy ion research: Progress in research

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    The first major section of this paper deals with streamer chamber research which is in its final year. The computerized tracking features work well for relatively simple heavy ion events, with multiplicities of 20 and lower, but for future research with very heavy ions and higher bombarding energies the projective geometry is prohibitive. The new area of research using calorimetry takes the opposite approach, in measurements of energy without the need of individual particle resolution. A preliminary experiment was conducted with the E814 collaboration during the spring of 1987 using 10 GeV/nucleon protons and heavy ions on targets of Al, Cu and Pb. The transverse energy distributions are essentially identical for Pb and Cu targets at the high energy end (central collisions), while a significant difference can be seen compared to the Al target. The interpretation is believed to be simply that Cu stops a Si nucleus equally well as a heavier Pb nucleus, i.e., complete stopping of the matter occurs already for the Cu target. A comparison at the .01 barn level for the three targets, compared to a HIJET simulation including the geometry of the calorimeter is given, which clearly demonstrates that finite acceptance is not a complicating factor. The layout of the E814 experiment is shown in the second section of this report. The participant calorimeter will be a 20 ton lead-scintillator sampling device and is in the construction phase at LANL in collaboration with TAMU. A GEANT geometry file output shows the scale of this detector

  15. Development of a microwave ion source for ion implantations

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    Takahashi, N., E-mail: Nbk-Takahashi@shi.co.jp; Murata, H.; Kitami, H.; Mitsubori, H.; Sakuraba, J.; Soga, T.; Aoki, Y.; Katoh, T. [Technology Research Center, Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd., Yokosuka, Kanagawa 237-8555 (Japan)

    2016-02-15

    A microwave ion source is expected to have a long lifetime, as it has fewer consumables. Thus, we are in the process of developing a microwave ion source for ion implantation applications. In this paper, we report on a newly developed plasma chamber and the extracted P{sup +} beam currents. The volume of the plasma chamber is optimized by varying the length of a boron nitride block installed within the chamber. The extracted P{sup +} beam current is more than 30 mA, at a 25 kV acceleration voltage, using PH{sub 3} gas.

  16. First gaseous boronization during pulsed discharge cleaning

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    Ko, J., E-mail: jinseok@nfri.re.kr [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Den Hartog, D.J.; Goetz, J.A.; Weix, P.J.; Limbach, S.T. [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)

    2013-01-15

    The first successful gaseous boronization during a pulsed discharge is reported. Sublimation of o-carborane (C{sub 2}B{sub 10}H{sub 12}) combined with pulsed discharge plasmas with a repetition rate of 1 Hz is used to produce a hard boron-containing coating for reversed field pinch (RFP) plasmas in the Madison Symmetric Torus. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with Ar ion beam etching for silicon coupons installed at the plasma boundary shows about 60% boron concentration in the deposited layer. Both profilometer and scanning electron microscope analyses of the silicon coupons imply a strong toroidally non-uniform deposition depending on the location of the o-carborane injection. The layer thickness ranges from 50 to 300 nm. Ellipsometry calibrated with the profilometer results yields a refractive index of 2.2-2.3 for the films. The high refractive index implies that the coating is hard and has a well-ordered morphology. A reduction in wall recycling has consistently been observed after all boronization sessions. Comparison of the X-ray spectra in standard RFP plasmas before and after boronization indicates a slight decrease in the effective ionic charge.

  17. A deep level transient spectroscopic study of boron-ion-implanted Si1-xGex/Si single quantum wells

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    The defects induced by boron-ion implantation with a relatively low dosage of 1x1012 cm-2 in Si1-xGex/Si single quantum wells are studied by deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). For low Ge content x, a defect level H2 at an energy of 0.52 eV above the silicon valence band edge was found in the well region and its boundaries. For samples with higher Ge content, such that the strain is released, an electron trap E2 rather than H2 is formed by the ion implantation. Rapid thermal annealing at 600 deg. C removes most of the H2 defects induced by the ion implantation without changing the properties of the quantum well. (author)

  18. Intermediate-temperature environmental effects on boron nitride-coated silicon carbide-fiber-reinforced glass-ceramic composites

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    The environmental effects on the mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced composites at intermediate temperatures were investigated by conducting flexural static-fatigue experiments in air at 600 and 950 C. The material that was studied was a silicon carbide/boron nitride (SiC/BN) dual-coated Nicalon-fiber-reinforced barium magnesium aluminosilicate glass-ceramic. Comparable time-dependent failure responses were found at 600 and 950 C when the maximum tensile stress applied in the bend bar was >60% of the room-temperature ultimate flexural strength of as-received materials. At both temperatures, the materials survived 500 h fatigue tests at lower stress levels. Among the samples that survived the 500 h fatigue tests, a 20% degradation in the room temperature flexural strength was measured in samples that were fatigued at 600 C. The growth rate of the Si-C-O fiber oxidation product at 600 C was not sufficient to seal the stress-induced cracks, so that the interior of the material was oxidized and resulted in a strength degradation and less fibrous fracture. In contrast, the interior of the material remained intact at 950 C because of crack sealing by rapid silicate formation, and strength/toughness of the composite was maintained. Also, at 600 C, BN oxidized via volatilization, because no borosilicate was formed

  19. Peculiarities in formation of dislocation loops in silicon following ion implantation of boron and phosphorus and subsequent annealing

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    Peculiar features of defective structure formation have been studied in samples of monocrystalline low-dislocation silicon cut out along plane 111 after implantation of boron and phosphorus (under conditions excluding channelling) and subsequent annealing. Ion energy is 40 Kev, radiation dose varies from 1.8x1013 to 1.8x10-16 cm-2. The annealing has been carried out for 60 min in an atmosphere of dry oxygen; the samples alloyed with phosphorus have been annealed at a temperature of 1.150 deg C and those alloyed with boron, at 1.050 deg C. The layers 0-1.5 μ deep from the irradiated surface have been studied with an electron microscope. In the boron-alloyed samples dislocation loops exceeding or equal to 1.000 A are mainly perfect, which confirms the theoretical suppositions. The phosphorus alloying results in anomalously large Frank loops. With the implantation of phosphorus into silicon the stacking fault energy remains unaffected. Thus, it is assumed that the Frank loops are stabilized by the impurity atmosphere. The difference between a total concentration of phosphorus and a concentration of electrically active phosphorus is stipulated by a formation of the impurity atmospheres on prismatic dislocation loops

  20. Separation of boron from borated paraffin wax by pyrohydrolysis and alkali extraction methods and its determination using ion chromatography.

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    Raut, Vaibhavi Vishwajeet; Jeyakumar, Subbiah; Shah, Dipti Jayesh; Thakur, Uday Kumar; Tomar, Bhupendra Singh; Ramakumar, Karanam Lakshminarayana

    2015-01-01

    A method based on the pyrohydrolysis extraction of boron and its quantification with ion chromatography was proposed for paraffin waxes borated with H3BO3 and B4C. The optimum pyrohydrolysis conditions were identified. Wax samples were mixed with U3O8, which prevents the sample from flare up, and also accelerates the extraction of boron. Pyrohydrolysis was carried out with moist O2 at 950°C for 60 and 90 min for wax with H3BO3 and wax with B4C, respectively. Two simple methods of separation based on alkali extraction and melting wax in alkali were also developed exclusively for wax with H3BO3. In all the separations, the recovery of B was above 98%. During IC separation, B was separated as boron-mannitol anion complex. Linear calibration was obtained it between 0.1 and 50 ppm of B, and LOD was calculated as 5 ppb (S/N = 3). The reproducibility was better than 5% (RSD). PMID:25765277

  1. Boron nitride nanotubes coated with organic hydrophilic agents: Stability and cytocompatibility studies

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    Ferreira, Tiago Hilário; Soares, Daniel Crístian Ferreira; Moreira, Luciana Mara Costa; Ornelas da Silva, Paulo Roberto [Serviço de Nanotecnologia, Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear CDTN/CNEN, Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos, 6.627, Campus da UFMG, Pampulha, CEP 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Gouvêa dos Santos, Raquel [Laboratório de Radiobiologia, Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear CNEN/CDTN, Av. Presidente Antônio Carlos 6.627, Campus da UFMG, Pampulha, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Barros de Sousa, Edésia Martins, E-mail: sousaem@cdtn.br [Serviço de Nanotecnologia, Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear CDTN/CNEN, Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos, 6.627, Campus da UFMG, Pampulha, CEP 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

    2013-12-01

    In the present study, Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNTs) were synthesized and functionalized with organic hydrophilic agents constituted by glucosamine (GA), polyethylene glycol (PEG){sub 1000}, and chitosan (CH) forming new singular systems. Their size, distribution, and homogeneity were determined by photon correlation spectroscopy, while their surface charge was determined by laser Doppler anemometry. The morphology and structural organization were evaluated by Transmission Electron Microscopy. The functionalization was evaluated by Thermogravimetry analysis and Fourier Transformer Infrared Spectroscopy. The results showed that BNNTs were successfully obtained and functionalized, reaching a mean size and dispersity deemed adequate for in vitro studies. The in vitro stability tests also revealed a good adhesion of functionalized agents on BNNT surfaces. Finally, the in vitro cytocompatibility of functionalized BNNTs against MCR-5 cells was evaluated, and the results revealed that none of the different functionalization agents disturbed the propagation of normal cells up to the concentration of 50 μg/mL. Furthermore, in this concentration, no significantly chromosomal or morphologic alterations or increase in ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) could be observed. Thus, findings from the present study reveal an important stability and cytocompatibility of functionalized BNNTs as new potential drugs or radioisotope nanocarriers to be applied in therapeutic procedures. - Highlights: • BNNTs were synthesized and functionalized with organic hydrophilic agents. • Hydrophilic molecules do not alter the biocompatibility profile of BNNTs. • No significantly chromosomal or morphologic alterations in ROS could be observed.

  2. Separation of boron isotopes by ion exchange chromatography: studies on regeneration of strong base anion exchange resins

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    The optimum conditions for the regeneration of strong base anion exchange resins of type-I and type-II were determined for cost-effective separation of isotopes of boron by ion exchange chromatography where the hydroxyl form of an anion exchange resin is equilibrated with boric acid solution containing mannitol as a complexing reagent. The possibility of using unspent alkali content of the effluent was also exploited. Removal of carbonate impurity from Rayon grade caustic lye (used as regenerant after dilution) and recycling of Ba(OH)2 was studied to avoid waste disposal problems. (author)

  3. K-shell photoionization of boron-like carbon ions: analysis of 1s-2p resonances

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    Wang Guo-Li; Zhou Xiao-Xin

    2007-01-01

    Close-coupling calculations based on an R-matrix formalism are performed for the 1s-2p resonance photoionizations from the low-lying states of boron-like carbon ions. The resonance energies, widths and oscillator strengths of 1s-2p core excitations are determined by analysing the calculated photoionization cross sections. Our calculations are in reasonable agreement with the experimental and theoretical results presented by other authors. The present numerical values may help to analyse the astrophysical and laboratory plasmas.

  4. Determination of boron concentration in oilfield water with a microfluidic ion exchange resin instrument.

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    Floquet, Cedric F A; Sieben, Vincent J; MacKay, Bruce A; Mostowfi, Farshid

    2016-07-01

    We developed and validated a microfluidic instrument for interference-free determination of boron in produced water. The instrument uses a boron-specific chelating resin to separate the analyte from its complex matrix. Ten produced water samples were analyzed with the instrument and the results were successfully validated against ICP-MS measurements. Removing interference effects enables precise boron measurement for wastewater even with high total dissolved solid (TDS) levels. 1,4-Piperazinediethanesulfonic acid conditions the resin and maintains the optimum pH for boron adsorption from the sample. Boron is then eluted from the resin using a 10% sulfuric acid solution and its concentration measured with the colorimetric carminic acid assay in 95% sulfuric acid. The use of a microfluidic mixer greatly enhances the sensitivity and kinetics of the carminic acid assay, by factors of 2 and 7.5, respectively, when compared against the same assay performed manually. A maximum sensitivity of 2.5mg(-1)L, a precision of 4.2% over the 0-40.0mgL(-1) measuring range, a 0.3mgL(-1) limit of detection, and a sampling rate of up to four samples per hour were achieved. Automation and microfluidics reduce the operator workload and fluid manipulation errors, translating into safer and higher-quality measurements in the field. PMID:27154679

  5. Estimation of absorbed dose in clinical radiotherapy linear accelerator beams: effect of ion chamber calibration and long-term stability

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    The measured dose in water at reference point in phantom is a primary parameter for planning the treatment monitor units (MU); both in conventional and intensity modulated/image guided treatments. Traceability of dose accuracy therefore still depends mainly on the calibration factor of the ion chamber/dosimeter provided by the accredited Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratories (SSDLs), under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) network of laboratories. The data related to Nd,water calibrations, thermoluminescent dosimetry (TLD) postal dose validation, inter-comparison of different dosimeter/electrometers, and validity of Nd,water calibrations obtained from different calibration laboratories were analyzed to find out the extent of accuracy achievable. Nd,w factors in Gray/Coulomb calibrated at IBA, GmBH, Germany showed a mean variation of about 0.2% increase per year in three Farmer chambers, in three subsequent calibrations. Another ion chamber calibrated in different accredited laboratory (PTW, Germany) showed consistent Nd,w for 9 years period. The Strontium-90 beta check source response indicated long-term stability of the ion chambers within 1% for three chambers. Results of IAEA postal TL 'dose intercomparison' for three photon beams, 6 MV (two) and 15 MV (one), agreed well within our reported doses, with mean deviation of 0.03% (SD 0.87%) (n = 9). All the chamber/electrometer calibrated by a single SSDL realized absorbed doses in water within 0.13% standard deviations. However, about 1-2% differences in absorbed dose estimates observed when dosimeters calibrated from different calibration laboratories are compared in solid phantoms. Our data therefore imply that the dosimetry level maintained for clinical use of linear accelerator photon beams are within recommended levels of accuracy and uncertainities are within reported values. (author)

  6. RBS investigations of ion beam mixed hard coatings on tool steel

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    Silicon nitride hard coatings on tool steel produced by ion beam mixing following sputter or vapour deposition were investigated by RBS and Vickers microhardness measurements. Atomic mixing in the coating/steel interface region resulting in an improved adhesion and in a significant increase of the microhardness of the surface layers was found. Ion beam mixing with gas ions and high fluences leads to blistering of the implanted atoms in the silicon nitride layer. (author) 5 refs.; 8 figs

  7. Dose verification of helical tomotherapy intensity modulated radiation therapy planning using 2D-array ion chambers

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    2010-01-01

    Purpose: To investigate the clinical usage of dose verification of Helical Tomotherapy plans by using 2D-array ion chambers, and to develop an efficient way to validate the dose delivered for the patients during treatments. Materials and Methods: A pixel-segmented ionisation chamber device, IMRT MatriXX™ and Multicube™ phantom from IBA were used on ten selected Tomotherapy IMRT/IGRT head and neck plans in this study. The combined phantom was set up to measure the dose distribution from corona...

  8. Testing the accuracy of electron transport in the Monte Carlo code FLUKA for calculation of ion chamber wall perturbation factors

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    A reliable Monte Carlo based investigation of ion chambers in medical physics problems depends on the accuracy of the charged particle transport and implementations of the condensed history technique. Improper handling of media interfaces can lead to anomalous results or 'interface artefacts'. This work presents a rigorous investigation of the electron transport algorithm in the general purpose Monte Carlo (MC) code FLUKA (2008.3b.1). A 'Fano test' was implemented in order to benchmark the accuracy of the algorithm. Furthermore, the calculation of wall perturbation factors pwall of a Roos type chamber irradiated by electrons were performed and compared with values based on the EGSnrc MC code

  9. Dosimetry evaluation of seven29TM two-dimensional ion chamber array

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    Objective: To evaluate the dosimetric performances of Seven29TM two-dimensional ion chamber array(2D-array). Methods: Seven29TM 2D-array was calibrated by using solid water, IBA Dose 1 dosimeter and RIT 113 film dosimetry system. Tests and verifications were performed to evaluate the precision of absolute and relative doses of the 2D-array in solid water. Meanwhile, the dose linear and energy response of the 2D-array were studied. Results: Solid water was a good equivalent phantom of water. For 2D-array, the calibration factor in solid water was 1.007, the absolute dose error was less than 2.1%, the relative dose error was less than 3.8% and the errors of dose linear and energy response were less than 0.2% and 1.2%, respectively. Conclusions: The Seven29TM 2D-array, possessing excellent dosimetry performances, is a powerful tool for intensity modulated radiotherapy. (authors)

  10. Testing of multigap Resistive Plate Chambers for Electron Ion Collider Detector Development

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    Hamilton, Hannah; Phenix Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    Despite decades of research on the subject, some details of the spin structure of the nucleon continues to be unknown. To improve our knowledge of the nucleon spin structure, the construction of a new collider is needed. This is one of the primary goals of the proposed Electron Ion Collider (EIC). Planned EIC spectrometers will require good particle identification. This can be provided by time of flight (TOF) detectors with excellent timing resolutions of 10 ps. A potential TOF detector that could meet this requirement is a glass multigap resistive plate chamber (mRPC). These mRPCs can provide excellent timing resolution at a low cost. The current glass mRPC prototypes have a total of twenty 0.1 mm thick gas gaps. In order to test the feasibility of this design, a cosmic test stand was assembled. This stand used the coincidence of scintillators as a trigger, and contains fast electronics. The construction, the method of testing, and the test results of the mRPCs will be presented.

  11. The Use of the Molecular Adsorber Coating Technology to Mitigate Vacuum Chamber Contamination During Pathfinder Testing for the James Webb Space Telescope

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    Abraham, Nithin S.; Hasegawa, Mark M.; Wooldridge, Eve M.; Henderson-Nelson, Kelly A.

    2016-01-01

    As a coating made of highly porous zeolite materials, the Molecular Adsorber Coating (MAC) was developed to capture outgassed molecular contaminants, such as hydrocarbons and silicones. For spaceflight applications, the adsorptive capabilities of the coating can alleviate on-orbit outgassing concerns on or near sensitive surfaces and instruments within the spacecraft. Similarly, this sprayable paint technology has proven to be significantly beneficial for ground based space applications, in particular, for vacuum chamber environments. This paper describes the recent use of the MAC technology during Pathfinder testing of the Optical Ground Support Equipment (OGSE) for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). The coating was used as a mitigation tool to entrap persistent outgassed contaminants, specifically silicone based diffusion pump oil, from within JSC's cryogenic optical vacuum chamber test facility called Chamber A. This paper summarizes the sample fabrication, installation, laboratory testing, post-test chemical analysis results, and future plans for the MAC technology, which was effectively used to protect the JWST test equipment from vacuum chamber contamination.

  12. Bacterial deposition to fluoridated and non-fluoridated polyurethane coatings with different elastic modulus and surface tension in a parallel plate and a stagnation point flow chamber

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    Bakker, D.P.; Huijs, F.M.; Vries, J. de; Klijnstra, J.W.; Busscher, H.J.; Mei, H.C. van der

    2003-01-01

    Deposition of three marine bacterial strains with different cell surface hydrophobicities from artificial seawater to polyurethane coatings on glass with different surface tensions and elastic modulus was studied in situ in a parallel plate (PP) and stagnation point (SP) flow chamber. Different surf

  13. Comparison of two dose-area-product ionization chambers with different conductive surface coating for over-table and under-table tube configurations

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    A custom-built graphite-coated transmission ionization chamber is compared to the VacuDAP 2001 (VacuTec, Dresden, Germany), which has transparent conductive electrodes. A study was made of the dependence of response on x-ray tube potential for both types of chamber under identical conditions of exposure using over-table and under-table x-ray tubes. Since the calibration factor is the dose-area product of the radiation incident on the patient per chamber reading, it depends on the intrinsic response of the chamber as well as the effect of material in the beam between the x-ray tube and patient. Differences of about 20% were measured between the intrinsic and the over-table calibration factors and between the over-table and the under-table calibration factors for both chambers. The VacuDAP display is specifically calibrated for the over-table condition and would overstate the actual DAP in the under-table case. The intrinsic response of the graphite chamber is nearly independent of tube potential. Although the variation of response with tube potential of the graphite chamber is increased when it is used as an over-table and an under-table patient monitor, it shows less overall variation of response than the VacuDAP. The average deviation of each range of 40 to 140 kVp for both chambers

  14. Performance and preparation of tungsten coatings deposited onto graphite substrate by multi-arc ion plating

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    Due to its high melting point, low sputtering rate and low tritium retention properties, tungsten is considered as a promising candidate material for plasma facing materials in fusion devices. Tungsten coating was deposited onto high-purity graphite substrate by multi-arc ion plating. The tungsten coating was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and 3D laser scanning microscope. The results indicate that: The thickness of tungsten coating is in the range of 3μm-10μm. The results of XRD show that the oriented crystal growth of the coatings occurred along (110) crystal plane. The multi-arc ion plating method yield excellent coverage of the graphite surface, even in the open pores of the substrate. The coating is dense and homogeneous. The bond between graphite and the coating was relatively dense. The average surface roughness of the coatings is about 1.2μm. (authors)

  15. Multi-segment IMRT verification with a 2D ion chamber array: Dosimetric results

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    Full text: The two dimensional verification of intensity modulated radiation plans is one of the major requirements for the safe application of this technique. The present study examines the performance of a 2D array seven29 from PTW in combination with the VeriSoft analysis software as a dosimetric verification tool of clinical IMRT fields. IMRT treatment planning is done with the OTP Oncentra Master Plan treatment planning system, and the modulated photon fields are delivered by Precise Elekta linear accelerator which is equipped with an 80-MLC. The Precise linac uses a fast tuning magnetron and the fluence modulation is created by the multileaf collimator with the so-called multi segment method (also referred to as step-and-shoot delivery) which approximates the continuously modulated optimized fluence of each fixed field direction by a stepwise fluence distribution. This is done by combining a set of small homogeneous field segments of different weights, which are shaped by the MLC. The dosimetric verification of IMRT treatment plans is performed by applying the phantom substitution method following the field related approach. For this approach, each single treatment field is transferred separately to a slab verification phantom with the couch, gantry and collimator angles set to 0 deg.. Dose measurements are performed in a plane perpendicular to the central axis using a 2D array seven 29 which is a 729 vented plane parallel ion chamber matrix in a plane, providing a maximum field size of 27 cm x 27 cm. The chambers are 5 mm x 5 mm x 4 mm in size, and the center to center spacing is 10 mm. We use a sandwich setup of water equivalent plates with a stack of 3 cm below and 5 cm above the array. The phantom arrangement is CT scanned with a slice thickness of 2 mm and then imported via DICOM to OTP. A user origin is defined in OTP at the effective measuring point of the central ion chamber of the array, which is located in the middle of the chamber area and 5 mm

  16. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Cr-N coatings by ion-beam-assisted magnetron sputtering

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    Tian Linhai [Research Institute of Surface Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Zhu Xiaodong [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behaviour of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Tang, Bin [Research Institute of Surface Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China)], E-mail: tangbin@tyut.edu.cn; Pan Junde [Research Institute of Surface Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); He Jiawen [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behaviour of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China)

    2008-06-15

    Cr-N coatings were deposited using the ion-beam-assisted magnetron sputtering technique. The microstructure and mechanical properties of Cr-N coatings were found to be dependent on the ion bombardment energy. The microstructure of the coatings changes from columnar structure to fine and dense grains when the ion bombardment energy increases from 0 to 800 eV and to equiaxial grains for an ion energy of 1200 eV. The coatings average grain size, which is determined by the Voigt profile function, decreases from 20.3 nm at an ion energy of 0 eV to 8.8 nm at 800 eV and further increases to 21.5 nm at 1200 eV. Both the hardness and fracture toughness of the coatings are improved when the ion energy increases from 0 to 800 eV, which is related to the decrease of grain size. The grain size of the coating grown at an energy of 1200 eV is close to that of 0 eV, but the hardness and fracture toughness at 1200 eV are higher. This suggests that the improvement of hardness and fracture toughness is also related to the increased densification of the coatings caused by ion bombardment.

  17. wire chamber

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    Was used in ISR (Intersecting Storage Ring) split field magnet experiment. Multi-wire detectors contain layers of positively and negatively charged wires enclosed in a chamber full of gas. A charged particle passing through the chamber knocks negatively charged electrons out of atoms in the gas, leaving behind positive ions. The electrons are pulled towards the positively charged wires. They collide with other atoms on the way, producing an avalanche of electrons and ions. The movement of these electrons and ions induces an electric pulse in the wires which is collected by fast electronics. The size of the pulse is proportional to the energy loss of the original particle.

  18. Electret ionization chamber: a new method for detection and dosimetry of thermal neutrons

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    An electret ionization chamber with boron coated walls is presented as a new method for detecting thermal neutrons. The efficiency of electret ionization chambers with different wall materials for the external electrode was inferred from the results. Detection of slow neutrons with discrimination against the detection of γ-rays and energetic neutrons was shown to depend on the selection of these materials. The charge stability over a long period of time and the charge decay owing to natural radiation were also studied. Numerical analysis was developed by the use of a micro-computer PC-XT. Both the experimental and numerical results show that the sensitivity of the electret ionization chamber for detection of thermal neutrons is comparable with that of the BF3 ionization chamber and that new technologies for deposition of the boron layer will produce higher efficiency detectors. (author). 102 refs, 32 fig, 10 tabs

  19. Use of type-II strong base anion exchange resins for ion exchange chromatographic separation of isotopes of boron

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    The optimum conditions for the regeneration of strong base anion exchange resins of type-I and type-II were determined for cost - effective separation of isotopes of boron by ion exchange chromatography. The possibility of using unspent alkali content of the effluent was also exploited. Removal of carbonate impurity from rayon grade caustic lye (used as regenerant after dilution) and recycling of Ba(OH)2 was studied to avoid waste disposal problems. The determination of (i) ion exchange capacity of Duolite-162 resin for hydroxyl - chloride and hydroxyl - borate exchanges, (ii) isotopic exchange separation factor by batch method and (iii) effect of concentration of boric acid (in presence and absence of mannitol) on isotopic exchange separation factor to test the suitability of the type-II resin for this process are discussed. (author)

  20. Configuration of the electron transport algorithm of PENELOPE to simulate ion chambers

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    Sempau, J.; Andreo, P.

    2006-07-01

    The stability of the electron transport algorithm implemented in the Monte Carlo code PENELOPE with respect to variations of its step length is analysed in the context of the simulation of ion chambers used in photon and electron dosimetry. More precisely, the degree of violation of the Fano theorem is quantified (to the 0.1% level) as a function of the simulation parameters that determine the step size. To meet the premises of the theorem, we define an infinite graphite phantom with a cavity delimited by two parallel planes (i.e., a slab) and filled with a 'gas' that has the same composition as graphite but a mass density a thousand-fold smaller. The cavity walls and the gas have identical cross sections, including the density effect associated with inelastic collisions. Electrons with initial kinetic energies equal to 0.01, 0.1, 1, 10 or 20 MeV are generated in the wall and in the gas with a uniform intensity per unit mass. Two configurations, motivated by the design of pancake- and thimble-type chambers, are considered, namely, with the initial direction of emission perpendicular or parallel to the gas-wall interface. This version of the Fano test avoids the need of photon regeneration and the calculation of photon energy absorption coefficients, two ingredients that are common to some alternative definitions of equivalent tests. In order to reduce the number of variables in the analysis, a global new simulation parameter, called the speedup parameter (a), is introduced. It is shown that setting a = 0.2, corresponding to values of the usual PENELOPE parameters of C1 = C2 = 0.02 and values of WCC and WCR that depend on the initial and absorption energies, is appropriate for maximum tolerances of the order of 0.2% with respect to an analogue, i.e., interaction-by-interaction, simulation of the same problem. The precise values of WCC and WCR do not seem to be critical to achieve this level of accuracy. The step-size dependence of the absorbed dose is explained in

  1. About effect of magnesium chloride and some ions in brines on boron coprecipitation by iron hydroxide

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    Studies were made of conditions of precipitation of boron with iron hydroxide from the brines of the mixing zone of the Kara-Bogaz Gol, the mother liquor after the precipitation of potassium salts and artificial manganese chloride solutions at a temperature of 7-45 dee C. The maximum extraction of boron from the brines investigated is observed both in a weakly acid and a weakly alkaline medium. The extraction intensity increases drastically in the range of the maximum with an increase in brine concentration. The anions Cl-, SO42-, and HCO3- present in the brines produce the maximum effect on boron precipitation at a definite pH. This effect depends on the nature of the anions and their ratio in the brine. With a rise in temperature the degree of boron precipitations from the magnesium chloride brine and the precipitate capacity increase as a result of the release of active magnesium hydroxide. When the ratio of Fe2O3 to 100 ml initial solution changes towards increase in precipitating agent at a constant temperature, the precipitate capacity for B2O3 decreases

  2. The Combined Effects of Salinity and Excess Boron on Mineral Ion Relations in Broccoli

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    Two plant stress factors, salinity and high levels of boron, often co-occur in natural and agricultural environments. Many investigations have been conducted to document the influence of the combined stresses on crop growth and yield. Only limited information, however, is available concerning the c...

  3. Microhardness and adhesion of TiB sub 2 coatings produced by dynamic ion mixing

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    Riviere, J.P.; Guesdon, P. (Lab. de Matallurgie Physique, Faculte des Sciences, 86 - Poitiers (France)); Farges, G.; Degout, D. (Etablissement Technique Central de l' Armement, 94 - Arcueil (France))

    1990-10-01

    The production at room temperature of adherent ceramic coatings on metallic substrates necessitates the improvement of conventional deposition techniques. Ion beam deposition processes using low energy ion beams have proved to be powerful methods for producing a wide variety of surface alloys. More recently, the use of high energy heavy ion beams in coating technology was investigated in order to improve the interface mixing effect and to control the structural state of the coating. We have deposited TiB{sub 2} alloy films on a tool steel via dynamic ion mixing (DIM) using either 320 keV Ar{sup 2+} ions or 320 keV Xe{sup 2+} ions. The depositing atom flux was obtained by sputtering a TiB{sub 2} target with an intense Ar{sup +} ion beam of 1.2 keV delivered by a Kaufman-type ion source. The microstructure of the films was characterized by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. It is recognized that crystallization is induced by DIM and that the interface mixing has a beneficial influence on the adhesion performance of the coating. The relative increase in the Vickers microhardness of the coated tool steel substrate is of the order of 23%. The intrinsic hardness of the 1 {mu}m TiB{sub 2} coatings on these substrates is estimated to about 2200 kgf mm{sup -2} by application of the composite hardness model. (orig.).

  4. Determination of Nd3+ Ions in Solution Samples by a Coated Wire Ion-Selective Sensor

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    Hassan Ali Zamani

    2012-01-01

    A new coated wire electrode (CWE) using 5-(methylsulfanyl)-3-phenyl-1H-1,2,4-triazole (MPT) as an ionophore has been developed as a neodymium ion-selective sensor. The sensor exhibits Nernstian response for the Nd3+ ions in the concentration range of 1.0×10−6-1.0×10−2 M with detection limit of 3.7×10−7 M. It displays a Nernstian slope of 20.2±0.2 mV/decade in the pH range of 2.7–8.1. The proposed sensor also exhibits a fast response time of ∼5 s. The sensor revealed high selectivity with resp...

  5. Effects of vanadium ion implantation on microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of TiN coatings

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    Highlights: ► TiN coatings deposited by MFAIP are implanted with V ion by metal vapor vacuum arc. ► The V-implanted coatings have an improvement in hardness and plastic deformation resistance. ► The coatings with implantation have an improvement in wear behavior in terms of friction coefficient and wear rate. ► The wear mechanism for both un-implanted and V-implanted TiN coatings against GCr15 steel ball is adhesive wear. ► The improvement of the wear behavior is due to the existence of the VN new phase and vanadium oxide. - Abstract: TiN coatings were deposited on the substrates of cemented carbide (WC–TiC–Co) by Magnetic Filter Arc Ion Plating (MFAIP) and then implanted with vanadium through Metal Vacuum Vapor Arc (MEVVA) ion source with the doses of 1 × 1017 and 5 × 1017 ions/cm2 at 40 kV. The microstructures and chemical compositions of the V-implanted TiN coatings were investigated using Glancing Incidence X-ray Diffraction (GIXRD) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), together with the mechanical and tribological properties of coatings were characterized using nano-indentation and ball-on-disk tribometer. It was found that the diffraction peaks of the V-implanted TiN coatings at the doses of 5 × 1017 ions/cm2 shifted to higher angles and became broader. The hardness and elastic modulus of TiN coatings increased after V ion implantation. The wear mechanism for both un-implanted and V-implanted TiN coatings against GCr15 steel ball was adhesive wear, and the V-implanted TiN coatings had a lower friction coefficient as well as a better wear resistance

  6. Effective point of measurement for parallel plate and cylindrical ion chambers in megavoltage electron beams

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    The presence of an air filled ionization chamber in a surrounding medium introduces several fluence perturbations in high energy photon and electron beams which have to be accounted for. One of these perturbations, the displacement effect, may be corrected in two different ways: by a correction factor pdis or by the application of the concept of the effective point of measurement (EPOM). The latter means, that the volume averaged ionization within the chamber is not reported to the chambers reference point but to a point within the air filled cavity. Within this study the EPOM was determined for four different parallel plate and two cylindrical chambers in megavoltage electron beams using Monte Carlo simulations. The positioning of the chambers with this EPOM at the depth of measurement results in a largely depth independent residual perturbation correction, which is determined within this study for the first time. For the parallel plate chambers the EPOM is independent of the energy of the primary electrons. Whereas for the Advanced Markus chamber the position of the EPOM coincides with the chambers reference point, it is shifted for the other parallel plate chambers several tenths of millimeters downstream the beam direction into the air filled cavity. For the cylindrical chambers there is an increasing shift of the EPOM with increasing electron energy. This shift is in upstream direction, i.e. away from the chambers reference point toward the focus. For the highest electron energy the position of the calculated EPOM is in fairly good agreement with the recommendation given in common dosimetry protocols, for the smallest energy, the calculated EPOM positions deviate about 30% from this recommendation. (orig.)

  7. Operation of an ion chamber consisting of lead plates immersed in 2,2,4,4 tetramethylpentane

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    A small test ion chamber has been constructed using 2,2,4,4 tetramethylpentane as the ionizing liquid and an array of lead plates as the high voltage and ground planes. Signals resulting from ionization deposited in the ion chamber by cosmic-ray muons were monitored for possible degradation from contamination that may have come from the lead plates. At the 95% confidence level, the loss of pulse height was measured over the first 17 weeks of the experiment to be less than 11% per year. A more sensitive measurement over the following 37 weeks was consistent with zero loss, or a limit of less than 2.9% per year at 95% confidence

  8. Operation of an ion chamber consisting of lead plates immersed in 2,2,4,4 tetramethylpentane

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    Poffenberger, P R; Birney, P S; Bishop, S

    1999-01-01

    A small test ion chamber has been constructed using 2,2,4,4 tetramethylpentane as the ionizing liquid and an array of lead plates as the high voltage and ground planes. Signals resulting from ionization deposited in the ion chamber by cosmic-ray muons were monitored for possible degradation from contamination that may have come from the lead plates. At the 95% confidence level, the loss of pulse height was measured over the first 17 weeks of the experiment to be less than 11% per year. A more sensitive measurement over the following 37 weeks was consistent with zero loss, or a limit of less than 2.9% per year at 95% confidence.

  9. Cavitation-erosion resistance of arc ion-plated (Ti, Cr) N coatings

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    2001-01-01

    The cavitation-erosion behavior of (Ti,Cr)N multi-component coatings produced by arcion-plating on grey cast iron was studied by using an ultrasonic cavitation -erosion testing appara-tus and scanning electron microscopy. The test results indicated that surface roughness of thesubstrate, surface morphology of the coating, substrate bias voltage and the thickness of the coat-ing had certain influence on the erosion rate. Arc ion-plated (Ti,Cr)N multi-component coatingsshowed better cavitation -erosion resistance than single component coatings because of highermicrohardness and good adhesion.

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

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

  11. Characterization of Downstream Ion Energy Distributions From a High Current Hollow Cathode in a Ring Cusp Discharge Chamber

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    Foster, John E.; Patterson, Michael J.

    2003-01-01

    The presence of energetic ions produced by a hollow cathodes operating at high emission currents (greater than 10 Angstroms) has been documented in the literature. As part of an ongoing effort to uncover the underlying physics of the formation of these ions, ion efflux from a high current hollow cathode operating in an ion thruster discharge chamber was investigated. Using a spherical sector electrostatic energy analyzer located downstream of the discharge cathode, the ion energy distribution over a 0 to 60 eV energy range was measured. The sensitivity of the ion energy distribution function to zenith angle was also assessed at 3 different positions: 0, 15, and 25 degrees. The measurements suggest that the majority of the ion current at the measuring point falls into the analyzer with an energy approximately equal to the discharge voltage. The ion distribution, however, was found to be quite broad. The high energy tail of the distribution function tended to grow with increasing discharge current. Sensitivity of the profiles to flow rate at fixed discharge current was also investigated. A simple model is presented that provides a potential mechanism for the production of ions with energies above the discharge voltage.

  12. SPS Ion Induced Desorption Experiment

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    Maximilien Brice

    2003-01-01

    This experiment will give a study about the induced desorption from heavy ion (Indium ion run from week 45 in SPS T4-H8 area) impacting LHC type graphite collimator. 4 different samples are located in the 4 chambers 90° one to each other: pure graphite, graphite with copper coating, graphite with NEG coating, 316LN stainless steal (reference).

  13. A novel radial anode layer ion source for inner wall pipe coating and materials modification--hydrogenated diamond-like carbon coatings from butane gas.

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    Murmu, Peter P; Markwitz, Andreas; Suschke, Konrad; Futter, John

    2014-08-01

    We report a new ion source development for inner wall pipe coating and materials modification. The ion source deposits coatings simultaneously in a 360° radial geometry and can be used to coat inner walls of pipelines by simply moving the ion source in the pipe. Rotating parts are not required, making the source ideal for rough environments and minimizing maintenance and replacements of parts. First results are reported for diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings on Si and stainless steel substrates deposited using a novel 360° ion source design. The ion source operates with permanent magnets and uses a single power supply for the anode voltage and ion acceleration up to 10 kV. Butane (C4H10) gas is used to coat the inner wall of pipes with smooth and homogeneous DLC coatings with thicknesses up to 5 μm in a short time using a deposition rate of 70 ± 10 nm min(-1). Rutherford backscattering spectrometry results showed that DLC coatings contain hydrogen up to 30 ± 3% indicating deposition of hydrogenated DLC (a-C:H) coatings. Coatings with good adhesion are achieved when using a multiple energy implantation regime. Raman spectroscopy results suggest slightly larger disordered DLC layers when using low ion energy, indicating higher sp(3) bonds in DLC coatings. The results show that commercially interesting coatings can be achieved in short time. PMID:25173323

  14. Physical and chemical analysis of lithium-ion battery cell-to-cell failure events inside custom fire chamber

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    Spinner, Neil S.; Field, Christopher R.; Hammond, Mark H.; Williams, Bradley A.; Myers, Kristina M.; Lubrano, Adam L.; Rose-Pehrsson, Susan L.; Tuttle, Steven G.

    2015-04-01

    A 5-cubic meter decompression chamber was re-purposed as a fire test chamber to conduct failure and abuse experiments on lithium-ion batteries. Various modifications were performed to enable remote control and monitoring of chamber functions, along with collection of data from instrumentation during tests including high speed and infrared cameras, a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, real-time gas analyzers, and compact reconfigurable input and output devices. Single- and multi-cell packages of LiCoO2 chemistry 18650 lithium-ion batteries were constructed and data was obtained and analyzed for abuse and failure tests. Surrogate 18650 cells were designed and fabricated for multi-cell packages that mimicked the thermal behavior of real cells without using any active components, enabling internal temperature monitoring of cells adjacent to the active cell undergoing failure. Heat propagation and video recordings before, during, and after energetic failure events revealed a high degree of heterogeneity; some batteries exhibited short burst of sparks while others experienced a longer, sustained flame during failure. Carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, dimethyl carbonate, and ethylene carbonate were detected via gas analysis, and the presence of these species was consistent throughout all failure events. These results highlight the inherent danger in large format lithium-ion battery packs with regards to cell-to-cell failure, and illustrate the need for effective safety features.

  15. A Comparison Between Ion Chamber and Liquid Scintillation Methods for the Dynamic Study of 14CO2 Expiration

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    A growing number of investigations involve the administration of 14C-labelled compounds which are rapidly metabolized, measurements being made, over a period of a few hours, of the 14CO2 in expired breath. The methods of measurement have usually employed either ionization chambers or trapping of the CO2 and subsequent analysis by liquid scintillation counting. The present report deals with a comparison between the two methods. A 23-litre ion chamber with filters and an ion trap was connected to a hood placed over the patient’s head and air drawn through at a controlled rate by a pump. Carbon dioxide concentrations were measured with a diaferometer and the ionization current by a vibrating reed electrometer. For liquid scintillation counting the breath was allowed to pass over hyamine hydroxide. Saturation was demonstrated by an indicator, and specific activity determinations made by counting and titration. The two methods were compared for sensitivity, accuracy and simplicity, following the intravenous or oral administration to a number of patients of glucose 14C. Liquid scintillation samples were taken at intervals, but both continuous and intermittent recording were used with the ion chamber. The liquid scintillation method was found to be much more sensitive, but did not yield so much information. Consideration was given to methods of improving the sensitivity of each method to enable studies to be prolonged, or smaller doses to be given. (author)

  16. Electrolytic deposition of Sn-coated mesocarbon microbeads as anode material for lithium ion battery

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    Deng, Min-Jen [Department of Materials Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan (China); Jen-Teh Junior College of Medicine, Nursing and Management, Taiwan (China); Tsai, Du-Cheng [Department of Materials Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan (China); Ho, Wen-Hsien [Taiwan Textile Research Institute, Taipei 23674, Taiwan (China); Li, Ching-Fei, E-mail: chingfei.li@gmail.com [Phoenix Silicon International Corporation, Hsinchu 30094, Taiwan (China); Shieu, Fuh-Sheng, E-mail: fsshieu@dragon.nchu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan (China); Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan (China)

    2013-11-15

    Deposited of crystalline tin (Sn) coatings on mesocarbon microbead (MCMB) powder as anodes of lithium ion (Li-ion) battery was conducted in the SnSO{sub 4} solution by a cathodic electrochemical synthesis. The Sn-coated MCMB specimens were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and charge/discharge tests. The synthesis condition of Sn-coated MCMB was optimized by considering the agglomeration, size, and adhesion of the samples to the current collectors in the battery. The Sn-coated MCMB electrodes exhibit increased reversible capacity without sacrificing its cycling behavior, compared with bare MCMB electrodes. It is concluded that electrolysis-deposited Sn-coated MCMB electrodes may emerge as a practical and promising anode material for secondary Li-ion batteries.

  17. Electrolytic deposition of Sn-coated mesocarbon microbeads as anode material for lithium ion battery

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    Deposited of crystalline tin (Sn) coatings on mesocarbon microbead (MCMB) powder as anodes of lithium ion (Li-ion) battery was conducted in the SnSO4 solution by a cathodic electrochemical synthesis. The Sn-coated MCMB specimens were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and charge/discharge tests. The synthesis condition of Sn-coated MCMB was optimized by considering the agglomeration, size, and adhesion of the samples to the current collectors in the battery. The Sn-coated MCMB electrodes exhibit increased reversible capacity without sacrificing its cycling behavior, compared with bare MCMB electrodes. It is concluded that electrolysis-deposited Sn-coated MCMB electrodes may emerge as a practical and promising anode material for secondary Li-ion batteries.

  18. Tannic-Acid-Coated Polypropylene Membrane as a Separator for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Pan, Lei; Wang, Haibin; Wu, Chaolumen; Liao, Chenbo; Li, Lei

    2015-07-29

    To solve the wetting capability issue of commercial polypropylene (PP) separators in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), we developed a simple dipping surface-coating process based on tannic acid (TA), a natural plant polyphenol. Fourier transform infrared and X-ray photoelectron measurements indicate that the TA is coated successfully on the PP separators. Scanning electron microscopy images show that the TA coating does not destroy the microporous structure of the separators. After being coated with TA, the PP separators become more hydrophilic, which not only enhances the liquid electrolyte retention ability but also increases the ionic conductivity. The battery performance, especially for power capability, is improved after being coated with TA. It indicates that this TA-coating method provides a promising process by which to develop an advanced polymer membrane separator for lithium-ion batteries. PMID:26177514

  19. Highly Luminescent Microporous Organic Polymer with Lewis Acidic Boron Sites on the Pore Surface: Ratiometric Sensing and Capture of F(-) Ions.

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    Suresh, Venkata M; Bandyopadhyay, Arkamita; Roy, Syamantak; Pati, Swapan K; Maji, Tapas Kumar

    2015-07-20

    Reversible and selective capture/detection of F(-) ions in water is of the utmost importance, as excess intake leads to adverse effects on human health. Highly robust Lewis acidic luminescent porous organic materials have potential for efficient sequestration and detection of F(-) ions. Herein, the rational design and synthesis of a boron-based, Lewis acidic microporous organic polymer (BMOP) derived from tris(4-bromo-2,3,5,6-tetramethylphenyl)boron nodes and diethynylbiphenyl linkers with a pore size of 1.08 nm for selective turn-on sensing and capture of F(-) ion are reported. The presence of a vacant pπ orbital on the boron center of BMOP results in intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) from the linker to boron. BMOP shows selective turn-on blue emission for F(-) ions in aqueous mixtures with a detection limit of 2.6 μM. Strong B-F interactions facilitate rapid sequestration of F(-) by BMOP. The ICT emission of BMOP can be reversibly regenerated by addition of an excess of water, and the polymer can be reused several times. PMID:26074403

  20. Durable Silver Mirror Coating Via Ion Assisted, Electron Beam Evaporation For Large Aperture Optics Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In the Phase I research, Surface Optics Corporation (SOC) demonstrated a durable silver mirror coating based an ion assisted, thermal evaporation process. The...

  1. Magnetron sputter deposition of boron and boron carbide

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    The fabrication of X-ray optical coatings with greater reflectivity required the development of sputter deposition processes for boron and boron carbide. The use of high density boron and boron carbide (B4C) and a vacuum-brazed target design was required to achieve the required sputter process stability and resistance to the thermal stress created by high rate sputtering. Our results include a description of the target fabrication procedures and sputter process parameters necessary to fabricate B4C and boron modulated thin film structures. (orig.)

  2. Coating of pellet pressing tool with 12C by ion beam deposition

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    The pressing tools, used in the preparation of the samples needed for example for such nuclear elemental analysis methods as PIXE, PIGE and RBS, have been coated with a diamond-type 12C-layer by ion beam deposition. Using carbon-coated pressing tools prepared in this way contamination of the sample surfaces during the pill pressing operation is avoided. (orig.)

  3. Ion-plasma way of receiving strengthening heat reflecting anti-reflection coating

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    The ion-plasma deposition strengthening heat reflecting clarifying coatings is developed for plastic screens of means of individual protection. The method of magnetron sputtering are received strengthening coatings with integrated coefficient of a transmission in visible area of a range more than 96%

  4. Radiosensitivity of pimonidazole-unlabelled intratumour quiescent cell population to γ-rays, accelerated carbon ion beams and boron neutron capture reaction.

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    Masunaga, S; Sakurai, Y.; Tanaka, H.; Hirayama, R; Matsumoto, Y; Uzawa, A; Suzuki, M.; Kondo, N; Narabayashi, M.; Maruhashi, A; Ono, K.

    2013-01-01

    [Objectives] To detect the radiosensitivity of intratumour quiescent (Q) cells unlabelled with pimonidazole to accelerated carbon ion beams and the boron neutron capture reaction (BNCR). [Methods] EL4 tumour-bearing C57BL/J mice received 5-bromo-2′-deoxyuridine (BrdU) continuously to label all intratumour proliferating (P) cells. After the administration of pimonidazole, tumours were irradiated with γ-rays, accelerated carbon ion beams or reactor neutron beams with the prior administration of...

  5. Diamond detector versus silicon diode and ion chamber in photon beams of different energy and field size

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    The aim of this work was to test the suitability of a PTW diamond detector for nonreference condition dosimetry in photon beams of different energy (6 and 25 MV) and field size (from 2.6 cmx2.6 cm to 10 cmx10 cm). Diamond behavior was compared to that of a Scanditronix p-type silicon diode and a Scanditronix RK ionization chamber. Measurements included output factors (OF), percentage depth doses (PDD) and dose profiles. OFs measured with diamond detector agreed within 1% with those measured with diode and RK chamber. Only at 25 MV, for the smallest field size, RK chamber underestimated OFs due to averaging effects in a pointed shaped beam profile. Agreement was found between PDDs measured with diamond detector and RK chamber for both 6 MV and 25 MV photons and down to 5 cmx5 cm field size. For the 2.6 cmx2.6 cm field size, at 25 MV, RK chamber underestimated doses at shallow depth and the difference progressively went to zero in the distal region. PDD curves measured with silicon diode and diamond detector agreed well for the 25 MV beam at all the field sizes. Conversely, the nontissue equivalence of silicon led, for the 6 MV beam, to a slight overestimation of the diode doses in the distal region, at all the field sizes. Penumbra and field width measurements gave values in agreement for all the detectors but with a systematic overestimate by RK measurements. The results obtained confirm that ion chamber is not a suitable detector when high spatial resolution is required. On the other hand, the small differences in the studied parameters, between diamond and silicon systems, do not lead to a significant advantage in the use of diamond detector for routine clinical dosimetry

  6. Surface modification of the hard metal tungsten carbide-cobalt by boron ion implantation; Oberflaechenmodifikation des Hartmetalls Wolframkarbid-Kobalt durch Bor-Ionenimplantation

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    Mrotchek, I.

    2007-09-07

    In the present thesis ion beam implantation of boron is studied as method for the increasement of the hardness and for the improvement of the operational characteristics of cutting tools on the tungsten carbide-cobalt base. For the boron implantation with 40 keV energy and {approx}5.10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2} fluence following topics were shown: The incoerporation of boron leads to a deformation and remaining strain of the WC lattice, which possesses different stregth in the different directions of the elementary cell. The maximum of the deformation is reached at an implantation temperature of 450 C. The segregation of the new phases CoWB and Co{sub 3}W was detected at 900 C implantation temperature. At lower temperatures now new phases were found. The tribological characteristics of WC-Co are improved. Hereby the maxiaml effect was measured for implantation temperatures from 450 C to 700 C: Improvement of the microhardness by the factor 2..2.5, improvement of the wear resistance by the factor 4. The tribological effects extend to larger depths than the penetration depth of the boron implantation profile. The detected property improvements of the hard metal H3 show the possibility of a practical application of boron ion implantation in industry. The effects essential for a wer decreasement are a hardening of the carbide phase by deformation of the lattice, a hardening of the cobalt binding material and the phase boundaries because of the formation of a solid solution of the implanted boron atoms in Co and by this a blocking of the dislocation movement and the rupture spreading under load.

  7. Composite films prepared by plasma ion-assisted deposition (IAD) for design and fabrication of antireflection coatings in visible and near-infrared spectral regions

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    Tsai, Rung-Ywan; Ho, Fang C.

    1994-11-01

    Ion-assisted deposition (IAD) processes configured with a well-controlled plasma source at the center base of a vacuum chamber, which accommodates two independent e-gun sources, is used to deposition TiO2MgF2 and TiO2-SiO2 composite films of selected component ratios. Films prepared by this technology are found durable, uniform, and nonabsorbing in visible and near-IR regions. Single- and multilayer antireflection coatings with refractive index from 1.38 to 2.36 at (lambda) equals 550 nm are presented. Methods of enhancement in optical performance of these coatings are studied. The advantages of AR coatings formed by TiO2-MgF2 composite films over those similar systems consisting of TiO2-SiO2 composite films in both visible and near-IR regions are also presented.

  8. Characterization and use of a 2D-array of ion chambers for brachytherapy dosimetric quality assurance

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    The two-dimensional (2D) ionization chamber array MatriXX Evolution is one of the 2D ionization chamber arrays developed by IBA Dosimetry (IBA Dosimetry, Germany) for megavoltage real-time absolute 2D dosimetry and verification of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). The purpose of this study was to (1) evaluate the performance of ion chamber array for submegavoltage range brachytherapy beam dose verification and quality assurance (QA) and (2) use the end-to-end dosimetric evaluation that mimics a patient treatment procedure and confirm the primary source strength calibration agrees in both the treatment planning system (TPS) and treatment delivery console computers. The dose linearity and energy dependence of the 2D ion chamber array was studied using kilovoltage X-ray beams (100, 180 and 300 kVp). The detector calibration factor was determined using 300 kVp X-ray beams so that we can use the same calibration factor for dosimetric verification of high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy. The phantom used for this measurement consists of multiple catheters, the IBA MatriXX detector, and water-equivalent slab of RW3 to provide full scattering conditions. The treatment planning system (TPS) (Oncentra brachy version 3.3, Nucletron BV, Veenendaal, the Netherlands) dose distribution was calculated on the computed tomography (CT) scan of this phantom. The measured and TPS calculated distributions were compared in IBA Dosimetry OmniPro-I‘mRT software. The quality of agreement was quantified by the gamma (γ) index (with 3% delta dose and distance criterion of 2 mm) for 9 sets of plans. Using a dedicated phantom capable of receiving 5 brachytherapy intralumenal catheters a QA procedure was developed for end-to-end dosimetric evaluation for routine QA checks. The 2D ion chamber array dose dependence was found to be linear for 100–300 kVp and the detector response (kuser) showed strong energy dependence for 100–300 kVp energy range. For the Ir-192 brachytherapy HDR

  9. Raman studies on the effect of multiple-energy ion implantation on single-crystal hexagonal boron nitride

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    Aradi, E.; Naidoo, S. R.; Erasmus, R. M.; Julies, B.; Derry, T. E.

    2015-03-01

    Single energy ion implantation of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) at various fluences and keV energies has shown that there is a change in the local symmetry of the crystal from hexagonal to the cubic (c-BN) symmetry. These conclusions have been primarily based on Raman scattering (RS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses have been a challenge because the sample preparation for cross-sectional study of both the polycrystalline substrates and single-crystal material used in the study presented problems that were difficult to circumvent. A multiple-energy implant with different fluence fractions has been used to create a uniform implanted layer in the material from the surface to the end of range of the implant in this study. We report on the initial RS studies on these samples.

  10. Preparation of diamond-like carbon and boron nitirde films by high-intensity pulsed ion beam deposition

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    Rej, D.J.; Davis, H.A. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Remnev, G.E. [Tomsk Polytechnic Univ., Tomsk (Russian Federation). Nuclear Physics Institute.] [and others

    1995-05-01

    Intense ion beams (300-keV C{sup +}, O{sup +}, and H{sup +}, 20--30 kA, 50 to 400-ns pulsewidth, up to 0.3-Hz repetition rate) were used to prepare diamond-like carbon (DLC) and boron nitride (BN) films. Deposition rates of up to 25{plus_minus}5 nm/pulse were obtained with instantaneous rates exceeding 1 mm/s. Most films were uniform, light brown, translucent, and nonporous with some micron-size particulates. Raman and parallel electron energy loss spectroscopy indicated the presence of DLC. The films possessed favorable electron field-emission characteristics desirable for cold-cathode displays. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and transmission electron diffraction (TED) revealed that the C films contained diamond crystals with 25 to 125-nm grain size. BN films were composed of hexagonal, cubic and wurtzite phases.

  11. Study of 2D ion chamber array for angular response and QA of dynamic MLC and pretreatment IMRT plans

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    Aim: To study of 2 Dimensional ion chamber array for angular response and its utility for quality assurance of dynamic multileaf collimator and pretreatment intensity modulated radiotherapy plans. Materials and methods: The MLC QA test patterns and IMRT plans were executed on 2D ion chamber array having 1020 vented pixel ionization chambers. The dynamic MLC QA test patterns were chair test, x - wedge, pyramid, open swipe field, garden fence and picket fence. Performance of Dynamic wedges was compared with physical wedges. For IMRT verification, five patients with localized prostate carcinoma were planned using dynamic IMRT technique. Angular response of MatriXX was measured by exposing the system from different gantry angles. Results: Dynamic MLC QA tests such as chair, x-wedge, pyramid, and open swipe field were successfully verified. MatriXX was not able to recognize the bar pattern of picket test and garden fence test. The response of MatriXX gradually decreases from 0o to 180o angles and it was 7.7% less at 180o angle. The dynamic wedge profiles were matching with corresponding physical wedge profiles. For pretreatment IMRT QA, the average dose difference between planned and measured dose was 1.26% with standard deviation of 1.06. Conclusion: I'mRT MatriXX can be used for routine dynamic MLC and IMRT pretreatment QA but care should be taken while taking measurements in penumbra region because of its limited spatial resolution. (authors)

  12. SU-E-T-118: Dose Verification for Accuboost Applicators Using TLD, Ion Chamber and Gafchromic Film Measurements

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    Chisela, W; Yao, R; Dorbu, G [Columbus Regional Healthcare, Columbus, GA (United States)

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: To verify dose delivered with HDR Accuboost applicators using TLD, ion chamber and Gafchromic film measurements and to examine applicator leakage. Methods: A microSelectron HDR unit was used to deliver a dose of 50cGy to the mid-plane of a 62mm thick solid water phantom using dwell times from Monte Carlo pre-calculated nomograms for a 60mm, 70mm Round and 60mm Skin-Dose Optimized (SDO) applicators respectively. GafChromic EBT3+ film was embedded in the phantom midplane horizontally to measure dose distribution. Absolute dose was also measured with TLDs and an ADCL calibrated parallel-plate ion chamber placed in the film plane at field center for each applicator. The film was calibrated using 6MV x-ray beam. TLDs were calibrated in a Cs-137 source at UW-Madison calibration laboratory. Radiation leakage through the tungsten alloy shell was measured with a film wrapped around outside surface of a 60mm Round applicator. Results: Measured maximum doses at field center are consistently lower than predicated by 5.8% for TLD, 8.8% for ion chamber, and 2.6% for EBT3+ film on average, with measurement uncertainties of 2.2%, 0.3%, and 2.9% for TLD, chamber, film respectively. The total standard uncertainties for ion chamber and Gafchromic film measurement are 4.9% and 4.6% respectively[1]. The area defined by the applicator aperture was covered by 80% of maximum dose for 62mm compression thickness. When 100cGy is delivered to mid-plane with a 60mm Round applicator, surface dose ranges from 60cGy to a maximum of 145cGy, which occurs at source entrance to the applicator. Conclusion: Measured doses by all three techniques are consistently lower than predicted in our measurements. For a compression thickness of 62 mm, the field size defined by the applicator is only covered by 80% of prescribed dose. Radiation leakage of up to 145cGy was found at the source entrance of applicators.

  13. Deep reactive ion etching of fused silica using a single-coated soft mask layer for bio-analytical applications

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    In this note, we present our results from process development and characterization of reactive ion etching (RIE) of fused silica using a single-coated soft masking layer (KMPR® 1025, Microchem Corporation, Newton, MA). The effects of a number of fluorine-radical-based gaseous chemistries, the gas flow rate, RF power and chamber pressure on the etch rate and etching selectivity of fused silica were studied using factorial experimental designs. RF power and pressure were found to be the most important factors in determining the etch rate. The highest fused silica etch rate obtained was about 933 Å min−1 by using SF6-based gas chemistry, and the highest etching selectivity between the fused silica and KMPR® 1025 was up to 1.2 using a combination of CF4, CHF3 and Ar. Up to 30 µm deep microstructures have been successfully fabricated using the developed processes. The average area roughness (Ra) of the etched surface was measured and results showed it is comparable to the roughness obtained using a wet etching technique. Additionally, near-vertical sidewalls (with a taper angle up to 85°) have been obtained for the etched microstructures. The processes developed here can be applied to any application requiring fabrication of deep microstructures in fused silica with near-vertical sidewalls. To our knowledge, this is the first note on deep RIE of fused silica using a single-coated KMPR® 1025 masking layer and a non-ICP-based reactive ion etcher. (technical note)

  14. Surface modification of TiO2 coatings by Zn ion implantation for improving antibacterial activities

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    Xiaobing Zhao; Jiashen Yang; Jing You

    2016-02-01

    TiO$_2$ coating has been widely applied in orthopaedic and dental implants owing to its excellent mechanical and biological properties. However, one of the biggest complications of TiO$_2$ coating is implant-associated infections. The aim of this work is to improve the antibacterial activity of plasma-sprayed TiO$_2$ coatings by plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) using zinc (Zn) ions. Results indicate that the as-sprayed TiO$_2$ coating is mainly composed of rutile phase. Zn-PIII modification does not change the phase compositions and the surface morphologies of TiO$_2$ coatings, while change their hydrophilicity. Zn-implanted TiO$_2$ coatings can inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Escherichia coli (E. coli), and the ability to inhibit S. aureus is greater than that to E. coli. Zn ion release and reactive oxygen species may be attributed to improving the antibacterial activity of TiO$_2$ coating. Therefore, Zn-PIII TiO$_2$ coatings on titanium suggest promising candidates for orthopaedic and dental implants.

  15. Isotope shifts in beryllium-, boron-, carbon-, and nitrogen-like ions from relativistic configuration interaction calculations

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    Nazé, C.; Verdebout, S. [Service de Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, CP160/09, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, B 1050 Brussels (Belgium); Rynkun, P.; Gaigalas, G. [Vilnius University, Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania); Godefroid, M., E-mail: mrgodef@ulb.ac.be [Service de Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, CP160/09, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, B 1050 Brussels (Belgium); Jönsson, P. [Group for Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, Malmö University, 205-06 Malmö (Sweden)

    2014-09-15

    Energy levels, normal and specific mass shift parameters as well as electronic densities at the nucleus are reported for numerous states along the beryllium, boron, carbon, and nitrogen isoelectronic sequences. Combined with nuclear data, these electronic parameters can be used to determine values of level and transition isotope shifts. The calculation of the electronic parameters is done using first-order perturbation theory with relativistic configuration interaction wavefunctions that account for valence, core–valence, and core–core correlation effects as zero-order functions. Results are compared with experimental and other theoretical values, when available.

  16. Isotope shifts in beryllium-, boron-, carbon-, and nitrogen-like ions from relativistic configuration interaction calculations

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    Energy levels, normal and specific mass shift parameters as well as electronic densities at the nucleus are reported for numerous states along the beryllium, boron, carbon, and nitrogen isoelectronic sequences. Combined with nuclear data, these electronic parameters can be used to determine values of level and transition isotope shifts. The calculation of the electronic parameters is done using first-order perturbation theory with relativistic configuration interaction wavefunctions that account for valence, core–valence, and core–core correlation effects as zero-order functions. Results are compared with experimental and other theoretical values, when available

  17. Formation and annealing of radiation damage in boron ion implanted MOS structures

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    Processes of accumulation of defects induced by radiation and annealing characteristics of 1.25 x 1012 cm-2 boron implanted MOS structures are investigated at implantation energy varied from 30 to 125 keV. Parameters of centres formed under these conditions at the SiO2-Si interface and in a thin surface region of silicon are determined by the method of thermally stimulated charge release. The anneal temperatures required to remove some types of defects are established. The dielectric-semiconductor interface is shown to affect significantly the anneal processes of traps induced by implantation. (author)

  18. Electrosynthesis and analytical characterization of PMMA coatings on titanium substrates as barriers against ion release.

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    De Giglio, E; Cometa, S; Sabbatini, L; Zambonin, P G; Spoto, G

    2005-02-01

    The performance of polyacrylic coatings as barrier films against corrosion of titanium-based orthopaedic implants was investigated. In particular, poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) was electrosynthesized on titanium substrates by electro-reductive processes from aqueous monomer solutions. The obtained PMMA coatings were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The effect of an annealing treatment on the morphology of coatings with respect to uniformity and porosity of films was assessed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). An inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) technique was used for ion concentration measurements in ion release tests performed on TiAlV sheets modified with PMMA coatings (annealed and unannealed). Results indicated that the annealing process produces coatings with considerable anticorrosion performances. PMID:15657712

  19. Electrochemical Corrosion Characteristics of Arc-Ion-Plated AlTiN Coating for Marine Application.

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    Lee, Jung-Hyung; Kim, MyoungJun; Kim, Seong-Jong

    2016-02-01

    In this study, aluminum titanium nitride (AlTiN) coating was deposited by arc ion plating onto mirror finish STS 304 plate. The surface and cross-section of the coating was characterized by SEM and EDX analysis. Several electrochemical corrosion experiments were performed including rest potential measurement, potentiodynamic polarization experiment and Tafel analysis. The result of the experiments indicated that the AlTiN coating presented lower corrosion current density than the substrate material (STS 304) under uniform corrosion environment. It was also observed that AlTiN coating may have a risk of being attacked by localized corrosion attack such as pitting when pores or micro/nano particles in the coating are exposed to chloride ion containing corrosion environment, especially marine environment. PMID:27433658

  20. Influence of salinity and boron on germination, seedling growth and transplanting mortality of guayule: a combined growth chamber and greenhouse study

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    Guayule (Parthenium argentatum A.Gray), a drought tolerant plant, originating from southwestern United States and northern Mexico, is considered to be a promising rubber-producing plant for arid and semiarid areas. To evaluate the potential of guayule as an alternative crop for saline boron-laden so...

  1. Toward ambient temperature operation with all-solid-state lithium metal batteries with a sp3 boron-based solid single ion conducting polymer electrolyte

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    Zhang, Yunfeng; Cai, Weiwei; Rohan, Rupesh; Pan, Meize; Liu, Yuan; Liu, Xupo; Li, Cuicui; Sun, Yubao; Cheng, Hansong

    2016-02-01

    The ionic conductivity decay problem of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) when increase the lithium salt of the SPEs up to high concentration is here functionally overcome by the incorporation of a charge delocalized sp3 boron based single ion conducting polymer electrolyte (SIPE) with poly(ethylene oxide) to fabricate solid-state sp3 boron based SIPE membranes (S-BSMs). By characterizations, particularly differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and ionic conductivity studies, the fabricated S-BSMs showed decreased melting points and increased ionic conductivity as steadily increase the content of sp3 boron based SIPE, which significantly improved the low temperature performance of the all-solid-state lithium batteries. The fabricated Li | S-BSMs | LiFePO4 cells exhibit highly electrochemical stability and excellent cycling at temperature below melting point of PEO, which has never been reported so far for SIPEs based all-solid-state lithium batteries.

  2. Surface Coating Constraint Induced Self-Discharging of Silicon Nanoparticles as Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Luo, Langli; Zhao, Peng; Yang, Hui; Liu, Borui; Zhang, Ji-Guang; Cui, Yi; Yu, Guihua; Zhang, Sulin; Wang, Chong-Min

    2015-10-14

    One of the key challenges of Si-based anodes for lithium ion batteries is the large volume change upon lithiation and delithiation, which commonly leads to electrochemi-mechanical degradation and subsequent fast capacity fading. Recent studies have shown that applying nanometer-thick coating layers on Si nanoparticle (SiNPs) enhances cyclability and capacity retention. However, it is far from clear how the coating layer function from the point of view of both surface chemistry and electrochemi-mechanical effect. Herein, we use in situ transmission electron microscopy to investigate the lithiation/delithiation kinetics of SiNPs coated with a conductive polymer, polypyrrole (PPy). We discovered that this coating layer can lead to "self-delithiation" or "self-discharging" at different stages of lithiation. We rationalized that the self-discharging is driven by the internal compressive stress generated inside the lithiated SiNPs due to the constraint effect of the coating layer. We also noticed that the critical size of lithiation-induced fracture of SiNPs is increased from ∼150 nm for bare SiNPs to ∼380 nm for the PPy-coated SiNPs, showing a mechanically protective role of the coating layer. These observations demonstrate both beneficial and detrimental roles of the surface coatings, shedding light on rational design of surface coatings for silicon to retain high-power and high capacity as anode for lithium ion batteries. PMID:26414120

  3. Surface Coating Constraint Induced Self-Discharging of Silicon Nanoparticles as Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Luo, Langli; Zhao, Peng; Yang, Hui; Liu, Borui; Zhang, Jiguang; Cui, Yi; Yu, Guihua; Zhang, Sulin; Wang, Chong M.

    2015-10-01

    One of the key challenges of Si-based anodes for lithium ion batteries is the large volume change upon lithiation and delithiation, which commonly leads to electrochemo-mechanical degradation and subsequent fast capacity fading. Recent studies have shown that applying nanometer-thick coating layers on Si nanoparticle (SiNPs) enhances cyclability and capacity retention. However, it is far from clear how the coating layer function from the point of view of both surface chemistry and electrochemo-mechanical effect. Herein, we use in situ transmission electron microscopy to investigate the lithiation/delithiation kinetics of SiNPs coated with a conductive polymer, polypyrrole (PPy). We discovered that this coating layer can lead to “self-delithiation” or “self-discharging” at different stages of lithiation. We rationalized that the self-discharging is driven by the internal compressive stress generated inside the lithiated SiNPs due to the constraint effect of the coating layer. We also noticed that the critical size of lithiation-induced fracture of SiNPs is increased from ~ 150 nm for bare SiNPs to ~ 380 nm for the PPy-coated SiNPs, showing a mechanically protective role of the coating layer. These observations demonstrate both beneficial and detrimental roles of the surface coatings, shedding light on rational design of surface coatings for silicon to retain high-power and high capacity as anode for lithium ion batteries.

  4. A TPC [Time Projection Chamber] detector for the study of high multiplicity heavy ion collisions

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    The design of a Time Projection Chamber (TPC) detector with complete pad coverage is presented. The TPC will allow the measurements of high multiplicity (∼ 200 tracks) relativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions initiated with the heaviest, most energetic projectiles available at the LBL BEVALAC accelerator facility. The front end electronics, composed of over 15,000 time sampling channels, will be located on the chamber. The highly integrated, custom designed, electronics and the VME based data acquisition system are described. 10 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab

  5. Magnetic nanoparticles with an imprinted polymer coating for the selective extraction of uranyl ions

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    We have synthesized ferromagnetic nanoparticles with an imprinted polymer coating that is capable of adsorbing and extracting uranyl ions. The adsorbent was characterized using infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis, X-ray powder diffraction analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The effects of sample pH, sample volume, weight of the adsorbent, contact time and of other ions have been investigated in the batch extraction mode. The performance of the material was compared to that of particles coated with a non-imprinted polymer. The adsorbent containing the imprinted coating displays higher sorption capacity and better selectivity to uranyl ions. The method was successfully applied to the determination of uranyl ions in water samples. (author)

  6. Contributions of the different ion chamber walls to the fluence perturbation in clinical electron beams: A Monte Carlo study of the NACP-02 parallel-plate chamber

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    Parallel-plate ionization chambers are widely used and highly recommended in clinical electron dosimetry. They are constructed to minimize possible electron fluence perturbations due to the presence of the chamber walls and the air-filled cavity itself, therefore the wall correction factor pwall is assumed to be unity in all current dosimetry protocols independent of electron energy and depth. Already early experimental investigations have given considerable evidence that the perturbations are not always negligible. Especially the back wall was identified as a source of fluence perturbation as the electrons that are backscattered from the rear wall make a significant contribution to the dose within the active volume of the chamber. The influence of different backscattering materials behind the cavity of parallel-plate chambers was experimentally investigated by Hunt et. al. and Klevenhagen. According to their results, the electron backscatter is proportional to the atomic number of the scatterer and inversely proportional to the electron energy. Especially the rear wall of the NACP chamber is quite massive (thickness: 5.6 mm) and consists of graphite, which has an atomic number Z = 6 which is about 10% smaller than the effective atomic number of water. So the wall perturbation concerning the back wall directly reflects the backscatter deficiency due to the back wall of the NACP chamber. Several years ago McEwen reinvestigated the backscattering of different parallel-plate chambers in clinical electron beams and determined the wall perturbation correction due to the rear wall of the NACP chamber experimentally. Monte Carlo simulations are a good tool for investigating perturbation corrections of ionization chambers. For the NACP chamber several studies have been performed during the last years. In all studies the wall perturbation for the whole chamber was calculated, resulting in significant larger values than those measured by McEwen. In the light of these

  7. Peripheral nerve regeneration through a silicone chamber implanted with negative carbon ions: Possibility to clinical application

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    Ikeguchi, Ryosuke; Kakinoki, Ryosuke; Tsuji, Hiroshi; Yasuda, Tadashi; Matsuda, Shuichi

    2014-08-01

    We investigated whether a tube with its inner surface implanted with negative-charged carbon ions (C- ions) would enable axons to extend over a distance greater than 10 mm. The tube was found to support nerves regenerating across a 15-mm-long inter-stump gap. We also investigated whether a C- ion-implanted tube pretreated with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) promotes peripheral nerve regeneration. The C- ion implanted tube accelerated nerve regeneration, and this effect was enhanced by bFGF. Silicone treated with C- ions showed increased hydrophilic properties and cellular affinity, and axon regeneration was promoted with this increased biocompatibility.

  8. 等离子喷涂B4C涂层的抗辐射性能研究%Anti-radiation behavior of plasma sprayed boron carbide coatings

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    李龙根; 徐志勇; 钱浩

    2009-01-01

    目的 研究用等离子技术喷涂的碳化硼(B4C)涂层的抗辐射能力.方法 将0.1 mm厚度B4C涂在16号锰钢上,研究它对加速器产生的6、10、15 MV高能射线,6、9、12、15 MeV高能电子线,60Co γ线和快中子辐射的防护作用.同时将0.1 mm B4C涂在纸板上,研究它对深部X线机的X线辐射的防护作用.结果 等离子喷涂制备B4C涂层对高能X线和60Co γ线没有防护作用.对电子线有一定防护作用,且随深度的增加有增大趋势,但作用不大.对快中子有较大防护作用.对深部X线机X线有防护作用,防护能力较强.0.1 mm厚的涂层就可带来15%的衰减.结论 用等离子技术喷涂的B4C涂层可在医学领域用来防护千伏级射线.%Objective To study anti-radiation behavior of plasma sprayed boron carbide coatings. Methods The anti-radiation capacity of 16Mn steel which was coated with 0.1 mm plasma sprayed boron carbide were studied. The irradiation beams were 6,10,15 MY X-ray and 6,9,12,15 MeV electron emitted by accelerator, X-ray emitted by 60Co machine,fast neutron, and X-ray emitted by kilovoltage X-ray ma-chine. Results Anti-radiation capacity of plasma sprayed boron carbide coatings was not found for X-ray beams emitted by accelerator and 60Co machine. For electron beams,the anti-radiation capacity were found. The deeper of location, the stronger was anti-radiation. However, the anti-radiation capacity was not good. For fast neutron,the anti-radiation capacity was good. For X-ray emitted by kilovoltage X-ray machine,the anti-radiation was good,and only 0.1 nun plasma sprayed boron carbide had 15% attenuation. Conclusions The plasma sprayed boron carbide coatings have the anti-radiation capacity for X-ray emitted by kilovoltage X-ray machine in medical field.

  9. Effect of boron paste thickness on the growth kinetics of polyphase boride coatings during the boriding process

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    The growth kinetics of FeB and Fe2B phases forming on AISI M2 steel by paste boriding was studied using different values of paste thickness, treating temperature and exposure time. The growth of iron boride layers is described by the mass balance equation between phases in thermodynamic equilibrium, assuming that the boron concentration at the interfaces remain constant during the treatment. The experimental results show that boron mobility and growth kinetics of iron borides are considerably increased when the paste thickness is increased at constant values of temperature and exposure time

  10. Target chamber and rotating target wheel for synthesis of superheavy elements at radioactive ion beam line of Lanzhou

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    The target chamber and the rotating target wheel for synthesis of superheavy elements at Radioactive Ion Beam Line of Lanzhou (RIBLL) are described in the paper. The modified vacuum isolating magnetic coupling rotation device driven by step-motor is also shown. The rotating target wheel is composed of a programmable brushless motor, a vacuum sealing magnetic liquid feed-through and high torque-drive (HTD) strap. The rotation speed of the wheel can be turned from 0 to 600 r·min-1. The vibration of the target wheel is <0.2 mm. (authors)

  11. Corrosion behavior of Zr modified CrN coatings using metal vapor vacuum arc ion implantation

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    In recent years, attention has focused on the use of alternative metal nitride coatings as replacements for TiN for not only improved wear resistance and surface hardness but also for increased corrosion resistance in selected environments. While these coatings display excellent wear resistance and surface hardness, like many nitride coatings, their corrosion behavior is determined to a large extent by the presence of defects such as pinholes within the coating. Improved corrosion resistance is expected through minimizing the porosity/number of pinholes within the coating, through postdeposition surface modification. The aim of this study was to modify the surface of CrN coatings using metal vapor vacuum arc ion implantation. CrN coatings were deposited on AISI 316 stainless steel and AISI 1020 mild steel substrates using physical vapor deposition technology, followed by implantation of Zr ions into the coating at doses varying from 6x1016 to 2x1017 ions/cm2. The corrosion behavior was assessed in saline environments using linear polarization techniques and the corroded surface of the coatings was characterized using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results of the study showed that implantation of Zr ions into CrN resulted in a lowering of the corrosion current density, suggesting improved corrosion resistance. This was though to be associated with two factors. Firstly, partial closure of the pinholes as a result of the implantation process and secondly, the formation of ZrN, CrZrN, and various oxynitrides/oxides at the surface

  12. Surface-Coating Regulated Lithiation Kinetics and Degradation in Silicon Nanowires for Lithium Ion Battery

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    Luo, Langli; Yang, Hui; Yan, Pengfei; Travis, Jonathan J.; Lee, Younghee; Liu, Nian; Piper, Daniela M.; Lee, Se-Hee; Zhao, Peng; George, Steven M.; Zhang, Jiguang; Cui, Yi; Zhang, Sulin; Ban, Chunmei; Wang, Chong M.

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    Silicon (Si)-based materials hold promise as the next-generation anodes for high-energy lithium (Li)-ion batteries. Enormous research efforts have been undertaken to mitigate the chemo-mechanical failure due to the large volume changes of Si during lithiation and delithiation cycles. It has been found nanostructured Si coated with carbon or other functional materials can lead to significantly improved cyclability. However, the underlying mechanism and comparative performance of different coatings remain poorly understood. Herein, using in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) through a nanoscale half-cell battery, in combination with chemo-mechanical simulation, we explored the effect of thin (~5 nm) alucone and Al2O3 coatings on the lithiation kinetics of Si nanowires (SiNWs). We observed that the alucone coating leads to a “V-shaped” lithiation front of the SiNWs , while the Al2O3 coating yields an “H-shaped” lithiation front. These observations indicate that the difference between the Li surface diffusivity and bulk diffusivity of the coatings dictates lithiation induced morphological evolution in the nanowires. Our experiments also indicate that the reaction rate in the coating layer can be the limiting step for lithiation and therefore critically influences the rate performance of the battery. Further, the failure mechanism of the Al2O3 coated SiNWs was also explored. Our studies shed light on the design of high capacity, high rate and long cycle life Li-ion batteries.

  13. Annealing of chromium oxycarbide coatings deposited by plasma immersion ion processing (PIIP) for aluminum die casting

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    Chromium oxycarbide coatings have been investigated for use as non-wetting coatings for aluminum die casting. This paper examines Cr-C-O coating stability and non-wetability at elevated temperatures for extended periods. Coatings were deposited onto 304 stainless steel from chromium carbonyl [Cr(CO)6] by plasma immersion ion processing. The coatings were annealed in air at an aluminum die casting temperature of 700 deg. C up to 8 h. Coatings were analyzed using resonant ion backscattering spectroscopy, nanoindentation and pin-on-disk tribometry. Molten aluminum was used to determine coating wetting and contact angle. Results indicate that the surface oxide layer reaches a maximum thickness of 900 nm. Oxygen concentrations in the coatings increased from 24% to 34%, while the surface concentration rose to almost 45%. Hardness values ranged from 22.1 to 6.7 GPa, wear coefficients ranged from 21 to 8x10-6 mm3/Nm and contact angles ranged from 156 deg. to 127 deg

  14. Annealing of chromium oxycarbide coatings deposited by plasma immersion ion processing (PIIP) for aluminum die casting

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    Peters, A. M.; He, X. M.; Trkula, M.; Nastasi, M.

    2001-04-01

    Chromium oxycarbide coatings have been investigated for use as non-wetting coatings for aluminum die casting. This paper examines Cr-C-O coating stability and non-wetability at elevated temperatures for extended periods. Coatings were deposited onto 304 stainless steel from chromium carbonyl [Cr(CO) 6] by plasma immersion ion processing. The coatings were annealed in air at an aluminum die casting temperature of 700°C up to 8 h. Coatings were analyzed using resonant ion backscattering spectroscopy, nanoindentation and pin-on-disk tribometry. Molten aluminum was used to determine coating wetting and contact angle. Results indicate that the surface oxide layer reaches a maximum thickness of 900 nm. Oxygen concentrations in the coatings increased from 24% to 34%, while the surface concentration rose to almost 45%. Hardness values ranged from 22.1 to 6.7 GPa, wear coefficients ranged from 21 to 8×10 -6 mm3/ Nm and contact angles ranged from 156° to 127°.

  15. Chemical state of boron in coal fly ash investigated by focused-ion-beam time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (FIB-TOF-SIMS) and satellite-transition magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (STMAS NMR).

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    Hayashi, Shun-ichi; Takahashi, Takafumi; Kanehashi, Koji; Kubota, Naoyoshi; Mizuno, Kaoru; Kashiwakura, Shunsuke; Sakamoto, Tetsuo; Nagasaka, Tetsuya

    2010-08-01

    The chemical states of boron in coal fly ash, which may control its leaching into the environment, were investigated by focused-ion-beam time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (FIB-TOF-SIMS) and satellite-transition magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (STMAS NMR) spectroscopy. The distribution of boron on the surface and in the interior of micron-sized fly ash particles was directly observed by FIB-TOF-SIMS. Coordination numbers of boron and its bonding with different atoms from particles of bulk samples were investigated by STMAS NMR. Boron in coal fly ash with relatively poor leaching characteristics appears as trigonal BO(3) and coexists with Ca and Fe at the outer layer of every particle and inside CaO-MgO particles. In contrast, boron in coal fly ash with better leaching characteristics appears as CaO- or MgO-trigonal BO(3) and tetragonal BO(4), and it is distributed only on the outer surface of each ash particle without showing any correlation with a particular element. PMID:20570315

  16. Synthesis of advanced aluminide intermetallic coatings by low-energy Al-ion radiation

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    Shen, Mingli; Gu, Yan; Zhao, Panpan; Zhu, Shenglong; Wang, Fuhui

    2016-05-01

    Metals that work at high temperatures (for instance, superalloys in gas-turbines) depend on thermally grown oxide (TGO, commonly alumina) to withstand corrosion attack. Nickel Aluminide (NiAl) as one superior alumina TGO former plays an important role in protective coatings for turbine blades in gas-turbine engines used for aircraft propulsion and power generation. Lowering TGO growth rate is essentially favored for offering sustainable protection, especially in thermal barrier coatings (TBC). However, it can only be achieved currently by a strategy of adding the third element (Pt or reactive elements) into NiAl during traditional diffusion- or deposition-based synthesis of the coating. Here we present a highly flexible Al-ion radiation-based synthesis of advanced NiAl coatings, achieving low TGO growth rate without relying on the third element addition. Our results expand the strategy for lowering TGO growth rate and demonstrate potentials for ion radiation in advancing materials synthesis.

  17. Effect of Calcium Ions on the Disintegration of Enteric-Coated Solid Dosage Forms.

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    Al-Gousous, Jozef; Langguth, Peter

    2016-02-01

    To investigate the effect of calcium ions on the disintegration of enteric-coated dosage forms, disintegration testing was performed on enteric-coated aspirin tablets in the presence and absence of calcium in the test media. The results show that the presence of calcium ions retards the disintegration of enteric-coated dosage forms. This finding, which has not been reported in scientific literature, sheds light on the importance of conducting well-designed detailed investigations into the potential of calcium from dietary sources, calcium supplements, antacids, and/or phosphate binders affecting the absorption of drugs formulated into enteric-coated dosage forms. Moreover, it shows the necessity to investigate the potential of the occurrence of additional nutrient-excipient interactions. PMID:26523769

  18. SU-E-T-172: Evaluation of the Exradin A26 Ion Chamber in Megavoltage Photon Beams as a Reference Class Instrument

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    McEwen, M [National Research Council, Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: The Exradin A26 is a new design of micro-ionization ion chamber that externally resembles the Exradin A16 model but has significant internal changes to address measurement issues reported in the literature for the A16. This project involved the characterization of two versions of the A26 chamber in high energy x-rays with particular reference to the performance specification laid out in the imminent Addendum to TG-51. Methods: The Exradin A26 was investigated in a range of megavoltage photon beams (6–25 MV). Investigations looked at chamber settling, ion recombination and polarity. Since it has been previously shown that non-ideal performance is most easily identified through ion recombination measurements, the focus was on the determination of Pion. Results: i) Chamber settling - the chamber response stabilizes very quickly (within 3 minutes), even after a large change in the polarizing voltage.ii) The polarity correction was found to be small (within 0.2% of unity)iii) The chamber showed linear behavior for a Jaffe plot (1/reading vs 1/polarizing voltage) for applied voltages ≤ 200 V.iv) The recombination correction showed a linear variation with the doseper- pulse, was not significantly dependent on the polarity of the collecting voltage and was consistent with the chamber dimensions (i.e. agreed with Boag theory). Conclusion: An initial investigation of the Exradin A26 micro chamber suggests that although its performance exceeds the AAPM specification for a reference-class ion chamber for use in megavoltage photon beams it is a significant improvement over the previous A16 design. Further work is required to evaluate long-term stability and determine kQ factors.

  19. Secondary Electron Perturbations in Farmer Type Ion Chambers for Clinical Proton Beams

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    Monte Carlo calculations of wall and central electrode perturbation correction factors for Farmer type chambers with graphite and A150 walls and graphite and aluminium central electrodes in proton beams due to secondary electrons are performed using EGSnrc Monte Carlo simulations. The wall correction factors exponentially saturate at high energies at about 1.004 for an A150 wall and about 0.985 for a graphite wall. The central electrode correction is unity for a graphite central electrode and saturates exponentially at 0.998 for a 1 mm diameter aluminium central electrode. Experimental data from the literature are in agreement within the standard uncertainties. The calculated data result in an overall perturbation correction factor for a Farmer type chamber with a graphite wall and a central electrode of 0.9965 in high energy clinical proton beams. (author)

  20. Ion assisted deposition of refractory oxide thin film coatings for improved optical and structural properties

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    Ion assisted deposition technique (IAD) has emerged as a powerful tool to control the optical and structural properties of thin film coatings. Keeping in view the complexity of the interaction of ions with the films being deposited, sophisticated ion sources have been developed that cater to the need of modern optical coatings with stringent spectral and environmental specifications. In the present work, the results of ion assisted deposition (IAD) of two commonly used refractory oxides, namely TiO2 and ZrO2, using cold cathode ion source (CC-102R) are presented. Through successive feedback and calibration techniques, various ion beams as well as deposition parameters have been optimized to achieve the best optical and structural film properties in the prevalent deposition geometry of the coating system. It has been possible to eliminate the unwanted optical and structural inhomogeneities from these films using and optimized set of process parameters. Interference modulated spectrophotometric and phase modulated ellipsometric techniques have been very successfully utilized to analyze the optical and structural parameters of the films. Several precision multilayer coatings have been developed and are being used for laser and spectroscopic applications. (author)

  1. A pressurized ion chamber monitoring system for environmental radiation measurements utilizing a wide-range temperature-compensated electrometer

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    The performance of a complete pressurized ion chamber (PIC) radiation monitoring system is described. The design incorporates an improved temperature-compensated electrometer which is stable to ±3 · 10-16 A over the environmental range of temperature (-40 to +40 C). Using a single 1011 Ω feed-back resistor, the electrometer accurately measures currents over a range from 3 · 10-15 A to 3 · 10-11 A. While retaining the sensitivity of the original PIC system (the instrument responds readily to small background fluctuations on the order of 0.1 μR h-1), the new system measures radiation levels up to the point where the collection efficiency of the ion chamber begins to drop off, typically ∼27 pA at 1 mR h-1. A data recorder and system controller was designed using the Tattletale trademark Model 4A computer. Digital data is stored on removable solid-state, credit-card style memory cards

  2. Clinically evaluating directional dependence of 2D seven29 ion-chamber array with different IMRT plans

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This study aims to clinically evaluate the directional dependence of a 2D seven29 ion-chamber array with different intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT plans. Methods: Twenty-five patients who had already been treated with IMRT plans were selected for the study. Verification plans were created in an Eclipse treatment planning system (TPS for each treatment plan. The verification plans were executed twice for each patient. The first IMRT plan used a true gantry angle (plan-related approach, and the second plan used a 0° gantry angle (field-related approach. Measurements were performed using a Varian Clinac 2100 iX linear accelerator. The fluence was measured for all the delivered plans and analyzed using Verisoft software. A comparison of the fluence was performed between IMRT with a static gantry (0° gantry angle and real gantry angles. Results: The results indicate that the Gamma average was 98.8 % for IMRT with a 0° gantry angle and 96.616% for IMRT with a true gantry angle. Average percent difference of normalized doses for IMRT delivered with zero degree gantry angle and IMRT with actual gantry angles is 0.15 and 0.88 respectively. Conclusion: The ion chamber of the 2D array used in IMRT verification has angular dependence, reducing the verification accuracy when the 2D array is used for measuring the actual beams of the treatment plan.

  3. The response of a Fermilab-designed ion chamber in pulsed photon fields

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    This note reports measurements of the response of a Fermilab-designed area monitor ionization chamber used in Chipmunk and Scarecrow detectors to pulsed photon fields of various intensities and durations. The measurements were made to better define the operating limits of the instruments and to understand the possible effects of recombination and space charge on the dose measured by the instruments in pulsed fields. 2 refs., 13 figs., 1 tab

  4. Ion-plasma deposition of aluminium and beryllium coatings on inner surfaces of hollow cylindrical cathodes

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    Application of metal coatings to inner surfaces of hollow cylindrical products of small diameter is simulated and practically realized by ion-plasma deposition method. In the modes proposed and with the cylinder diameter being 10-20 mm, a uniform coating of aluminium and beryllium is provided for at the length equal to (3-4) d, which has not been possible to be realized previously. 11 refs.; 2 tabs

  5. Computational Evaluation of Amorphous Carbon Coating for Durable Silicon Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Jeongwoon Hwang; Jisoon Ihm; Kwang-Ryeol Lee; Seungchul Kim

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the structural, mechanical, and electronic properties of graphite-like amorphous carbon coating on bulky silicon to examine whether it can improve the durability of the silicon anodes of lithium-ion batteries using molecular dynamics simulations and ab-initio electronic structure calculations. Structural models of carbon coating are constructed using molecular dynamics simulations of atomic carbon deposition with low incident energies (1–16 eV). As the incident energy decrease...

  6. Modification of properties of TiB2 coatings by ion beam mixing during deposition

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    We have deposited TiB2 ceramic coatings at room temperature using the dynamic ion-mixing (DIM) technique. The influence of a high energy, heavy ion bombardment of the growing film was investigated and the structural characterization performed by means of transmission electron microscopy either on thin films or on cross-sectional preparations. The TiB2 coatings prepared by DIM are crystallized with a hexagonal structure whereas those prepared without ion mixing are principlally amorphous. Scratch adhesion tests indicate that the adhesion can be greatly improved by intermixing of the film and substrate during the earliest stages of the deposition. The relative hardness increase of the coated tool steel substrate was of the order of 15%-22% and the true film hardness was deduced either by calculation from a composite model or by ultralow load indentations. (orig.)

  7. Hyperfine structures and Landé gJ-factors for n=2 states in beryllium-, boron-, carbon-, and nitrogen-like ions from relativistic configuration interaction calculations

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    Energy levels, hyperfine interaction constants, and Landé gJ-factors are reported for n=2 states in beryllium-, boron-, carbon-, and nitrogen-like ions from relativistic configuration interaction calculations. Valence, core–valence, and core–core correlation effects are taken into account through single and double-excitations from multireference expansions to increasing sets of active orbitals. A systematic comparison of the calculated hyperfine interaction constants is made with values from the available literature

  8. TH-C-19A-08: PDD Discrepancies at Opposite Biases From Very Small Volume Ion Chambers When Using Water Scanners

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    Purpose: As more so-called micro ion chambers become commercially available, medical physicists may be inclined to use them during the linear accelerator commissioning process, in an attempt to better characterize the beam in steep dose gradient areas. The purpose of this work is to inform the medical physics community of a non-trivial, anomalous behavior observed when very small chambers are used in certain beam scanning configurations. Methods: A total of six ion chambers (0.007cc to 0.6cc) were used to scan PDDs from a 10×10cm2 field at both +300V and −300V biases. PDDs were scanned using three different water tank scanning systems to determine whether different scanners exhibit the same abnormality. Finally, PDDs were sampled using an external electrometer to bypass the internal electrometer of the scanner to determine the potential contributions of the scanner electronics to the abnormality observed. Results: We observed a reproducible, significant difference (over-response with depth) in PDDs acquired when using very small ion chambers with certain bias and watertank combinations, on the order of 3–5% at a depth of 25 cm in water. This difference was not observed when the PDDs were sampled using the ion chambers in conjunction with an external electrometer. This suggests a contribution of interference produced by the controller box and scanning system, which becomes significant for the very small signals collected by very small ion chambers, especially at depth, as the signal level is reduced even further. Conclusion: Based on the results observed here, if currently available very small ion chambers are used with specific bias and scanning water-tank combinations, erroneous PDD data may be collected. If this data is used as input to the Treatment Planning System, systematic errors on the order of 3%–5% may be introduced into the treatment planning process

  9. Atomistic simulations of the implantation of low energy boron and nitrogen ions into graphene

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    Åhlgren, E. H.; Kotakoski, J.; Krasheninnikov, A. V.

    2011-01-01

    By combining classical molecular dynamics simulations and density functional theory total energy calculations, we study the possibility of doping graphene with B/N atoms using low-energy ion irradiation. Our simulations show that the optimum irradiation energy is 50 eV with substitution probabilities of 55% for N and 40% for B. We further estimate probabilities for different defect configurations to appear under B/N ion irradiation. We analyze the processes responsible for defect production a...

  10. Investigation of interactions between poly-l-lysine-coated boron nitride nanotubes and C2C12 cells: up-take, cytocompatibility, and differentiation

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    Ciofani, G; Ricotti, L; Danti, S; Moscato, S; Nesti, C; D’Alessandro, D; Dinucci, D; Chiellini, F; Pietrabissa, A; Petrini, M; Menciassi, A

    2010-01-01

    Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) have generated considerable interest within the scientific community by virtue of their unique physical properties, which can be exploited in the biomedical field. In the present in vitro study, we investigated the interactions of poly-l-lysine-coated BNNTs with C2C12 cells, as a model of muscle cells, in terms of cytocompatibility and BNNT internalization. The latter was performed using both confocal and transmission electron microscopy. Finally, we investigated myoblast differentiation in the presence of BNNTs, evaluating the protein synthesis of differentiating cells, myotube formation, and expression of some constitutive myoblastic markers, such as MyoD and Cx43, by reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction and Western blot analysis. We demonstrated that BNNTs are highly internalized by C2C12 cells, with neither adversely affecting C2C12 myoblast viability nor significantly interfering with myotube formation. PMID:20463944

  11. Enhanced electrochemical performance of nanoparticle coated polyethylene separator surface for lithium-ion batteries

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    The separator (membrane) in a lithium ion rechargeable battery plays an indispensable role by preventing material and electrical contact of positive and negative electrodes, allowing swift ionic flow within the cell. Herein, we report an interesting approach to improve performance of readily available polyolefin separator by coating it with synthesized silica nanoparticles/polyvinylidene fluoride optimal blend. This coated composite separator was investigated for surface morphology, wettability, electrolyte uptake, thermal stability and performance studies. Coin cells fabricated using surface coated separator show good C-rate capability and stable cycle performance with capacity retention of 99% even after 50 cycles. (paper)

  12. Investigation on Nano-Self-Lubricant Coating Synthesized by Laser Cladding and Ion Sulfurization

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    Meiyan Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The composite processing between laser cladding and low temperature (300°C ion sulfurization was applied to prepare wear resistant and self-lubricating coating. The microstructure, morphology, phase composition, valence states, and wear resistance of the composite coating were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, atomic force microscope (AFM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS, and friction and wear apparatus. The results indicate that the laser cladding Ni-based coatings and the maximum hardness of 46.5 HRC were obtained when the percent of pure W powder was 10%, composed of columnar dendrites crystals and ultrafine dendritic structure. After ion sulfurization at 300°C for 4 h, the loose and porous composite coating is formed with nanograins and the granularity of all grains is less than 100 nm, which consists of γ-(Fe, Ni, M23C6 carbides, FeS, FeS2, and WS2. Furthermore, the wear resistance of the composite coating is better than the laser cladding Ni55 + 10%W coating, and the friction coefficient and mass losses under the conditions of dry and oil lubrication are lower than those of laser cladding Ni55 + 10%W coating.

  13. Structure and Properties of the Hardmetal Coatings Cr3C2-25NiCr Formed by a Multi-chamber Detonation Sprayer

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    Kovaleva M.G.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The hardmetal Cr3C2-25NiCr (180-220 μm thick coatings have been produced on a steel substrate by a multi-chamber detonation sprayer (MCDS. The characteristic feature of MCDS is that the powder is accelerated by using combustion products that are formed in MCDS chambers and are converged before entering the nozzle, where they interact with the two-phase gas-powder cloud. The microstructures and properties of the hardmetal coatings were examined with the use of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray phase analysis, and a Vickers hardness tester with a 300 g test load. Wear tests were carried out using a computer controlled pin-on-disc type tribometer. It was established that MCDS has provided the conditions for formation of a dense hardmetal Cr3C2-25NiCr (180-220 μm thick coatings with a porosity of less than 0.02%, microhardness 540±210 HV0.3 and a specific wear rate of 9.08∙10-5 mm3(m∙N-1.

  14. Li4Ti5O12-coated graphite anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: • Nano-sized Li4Ti5O12 (LTO)-coated graphite core–shell prepared by sol–gel process. • LTO-coated graphite is used in Li-ion battery to improve the cycle life under 55 °C. • Graphite coated with LTO shows smaller resistance than graphite after cell cycling. • The LTO coating suppress the disorder of SP2 structure in graphite during cycling. • Resistance and structure stabilization results in good cycle life of the Li-ion cell. - Abstract: In this study, we synthesized and characterized Li4Ti5O12 (LTO)-coated graphite as an anode material for Li-batteries. The surface of graphite powders was uniformly coated by the LTO nanoparticles to form a core–shelled structure via a sol–gel process, followed by calcination. The average size of graphite core was 20 μm while the thickness of LTO shell was 60 nm to 100 nm. We found that LTO-coated graphite has better rate-capability and cycle life at RT and 55 °C, compared with the pristine graphite. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) results of the cell with LTO-coated graphite anode showed a significant suppression of the impedance rise after 60 cycles. In addition, the Raman spectrum showed that after 60 charge–discharge cycles at 55 °C, the ID/IG ratio of the LTO-coated graphite electrode increased slightly, while that of the pristine graphite electrode increased significantly. The batteries with LTO-coated graphite anode exhibited excellent cyclic ability and high temperature performance

  15. Coating Strategies to Improve Lithium-ion Battery Safety

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    Travis, Jonathan [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Orendorff, Christopher J. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-09-01

    This work investigated the effects of Al2O3 ALD coatings on the performance and thermal abuse tolerance of graphite based anodes and Li(NixMnyCoz)O2 (NMC) based cathodes. It was found that 5 cycles of Al2O3 ALD on the graphite anode increased the onset temperature of thermal runaway by approximately 20 °C and drastically reduced the anode’s contribution to the overall amount of heat released during thermal runaway. Although Al2O3 ALD improves the cycling stability of NMC based cathodes, the thermal abuse tolerance was not greatly improved. A series of conductive aluminum oxide/carbon composites were created and characterized as potential thicker protective coatings for use on NMC based cathode materials. A series of electrodes were coated with manganese monoxide ALD to test the efficacy of an oxygen scavenging coating on NMC based cathodes.

  16. Boron ion beam production with the supernanogan ECR ion source for the CERN BIO-LEIR facility

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    Stafford-Haworth, J; Scrivens, R; Toivanen, V; Röhrich, J

    2014-01-01

    To deliver B3+ ions for medical research the compounds decaborane and m-carborane were tested using the metal ions from volatile compounds (MIVOC) method with the Supernanogan 14.5 GHz ECR ion source. Using decaborane the source delivered less than 10 A intensity of B3+ and after operation large deposits of material were found inside the source. Using m-carborane 50 A of B3+ were delivered without support gas. For m-carborane, helium and oxygen support gasses were also tested, and the effects of different source tuning parameters are discussed. The average consumption of m-carborane was 0:1 mg/Ah over all operation.

  17. Development of a novel neutron detection technique by using a boron layer coating a Charge Coupled Device

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    Blostein, Juan Jerónimo; Estrada, Juan; Tartaglione, Aureliano; Haro, Miguel Sofo; Moroni, Guillermo Fernández; Cancelo, Gustavo

    2014-01-01

    This article describes the design features and the first test measurements obtained during the installation of a novel high resolution 2D neutron detection technique. The technique proposed in this work consists of a boron layer (enriched in ${^{10}}$B) placed on a scientific Charge Coupled Device (CCD). After the nuclear reaction ${^{10}}$B(n,$\\alpha$)${^{7}}$Li, the CCD detects the emitted charge particles thus obtaining information on the neutron absorption position. The above mentioned io...

  18. Effect of thin contaminating coating on reflectance of metallic mirror placed inside the vacuum chamber of fusion device

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    The practice of use diagnostic mirrors inside the fusion devices revealed the appearance of a deposit on the mirror surface. Such deposit is a result of condensation of the erosion materials of those inner components that are subjected to the strongest plasma impact. Another reason for deposit growth is the wall conditioning procedures like carbonization and boronization. Appeared on the diagnostic mirrors and windows the contaminating films deteriorate the optical properties of these diagnostic elements,i.e., the mirror reflectance and window transmissivity. The object of this paper is to investigate an influence on reflectance of metal mirrors of thin films of the materials that are most probable in fusion devices under operation (boron and carbon) or can be promising in a fusion reactor (beryllium)

  19. Mechanical strength and tribological behavior of ion-beam deposited boron nitride films on non-metallic substrates

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    An investigation was conducted to examine the mechanical strength and tribological properties of boron nitride (BN) films ion-beam deposited on silicon (Si), fused silica (SiO2), gallium arsenide (GaAs), and indium phosphide (InP) substrates in sliding contact with a diamond pin under a load. The results of the investigation indicate that BN films on nonmetallic substrates, like metal films on metallic substrates, deform elastically and plastically in the interfacial region when in contact with a diamond pin. However, unlike metal films and substrates, BN films on nonmetallic substrates can fracture when they are critically loaded. Not only does the yield pressure (hardness) of Si and SiO2 substrates increase by a factor of 2 in the presence of a BN film, but the critical load needed to fracture increases as well. The presence of films on the brittle substrates can arrest crack formation. The BN film reduces adhesion and friction in the sliding contact. BN adheres to Si and SiO2 and forms a good quality film, while it adheres poorly to GaAs and InP. The interfacial adhesive strengths were 1 GPa for a BN film on Si and appreciably higher than 1 GPa for a BN film on SiO2

  20. Fluorine and boron co-doped diamond-like carbon films deposited by pulsed glow discharge plasma immersion ion processing

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    He, X M; Peters, A M; Taylor, B; Nastasi, M

    2002-01-01

    Fluorine (F) and boron (B) co-doped diamond-like carbon (FB-DLC) films were prepared on different substrates by the plasma immersion ion processing (PIIP) technique. A pulse glow discharge plasma was used for the PIIP deposition and was produced at a pressure of 1.33 Pa from acetylene (C sub 2 H sub 2), diborane (B sub 2 H sub 6), and hexafluoroethane (C sub 2 F sub 6) gas. Films of FB-DLC were deposited with different chemical compositions by varying the flow ratios of the C sub 2 H sub 2 , B sub 2 H sub 6 , and C sub 2 F sub 6 source gases. The incorporation of B sub 2 H sub 6 and C sub 2 F sub 6 into PIIP deposited DLC resulted in the formation of F-C and B-C hybridized bonding structures. The levels of the F and B concentrations effected the chemical bonding and the physical properties as was evident from the changes observed in density, hardness, stress, friction coefficient, and contact angle of water on films. Compared to B-doped or F-doped DLC films, the F and B co-doping of DLC during PIIP deposition...

  1. Characterization of duplex hard coatings with additional ion implantation

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    B. Škorić

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present the results of a study of TiN thin fi lms which are deposited by a Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD and Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD. In the present investigation the subsequent ion implantation was provided with N+2 ions. The ion implantation was applied to enhance the mechanical properties of surface. The thin film deposition process exerts a number of eff ects such as crystallographic orientation, morphology, topography, densifi cation of the fi lms. The evolution of the microstructure from porous and columnar grains to densel packed grains is accompanied by changes in mechanical and physical properties. A variety of analytic techniques were used for characterization, such as scratch test, calo test, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Atomic Force Microscope (AFM, X-ray diff raction (XRD and Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX.

  2. Silica coated magnetite nanoparticles for removal of heavy metal ions from polluted waters

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    Dash, Monika

    2013-01-01

    Magnetic removal of Hg2+ and other heavy metal ions like Cd2+, Pb2+ etc. using silica coated magnetite particles from polluted waters is a current topic of active research to provide efficient water recycling and long term high quality water. The technique used to study the bonding characteristics of such kind of nanoparticles with the heavy metal ions is a very sensitive hyperfine specroscopy technique called the perturbed angular correlation technique (PAC).

  3. Ion Beam Analysis of Metallic Materials, Coatings and Composites,

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    Macková, Anna; Munnik, F.; Malinský, Petr; Bočan, Jiří

    Praha : Matematicko-fyzikální fakulta, Karlova Univerzita, 2008. s. 82-82. [11th International Symposium on Physics of Materials . 24.08.2008-28.08.2008, Praha] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) KJB100480601; GA MŠk(CZ) LC06041 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : Ion Bem Analysis * Ni ion implantation * Zr alloy study Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders

  4. Study of high energy ion implantation of boron and oxygen in silicon

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    Three aspects of high energy (0.5-3 MeV) light ions (11B+ and 16O+) implantation in silicon are examined: (1)Spatial repartition; (2) Target damage and (3) Synthesis by oxygen implantation of a buried silicon oxide layer

  5. Characterization of the arc ion-plated CrN coatings oxidized at elevated temperatures

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    Microstructure and chemistry of the arc ion-plated CrN coatings oxidized in air at temperatures ranging from 300 to 800 deg. C for 60 min were analyzed by x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). The CrN coatings were prepared by cathodic arc ion plating deposition on a type 304 stainless steel with a Cr interlayer. The XRD result shows that oxidation of the CrN-coated steel above 500 deg. C produces two new phases, Cr2O3 and β-Cr2N, and the amount of both phases increases with the oxidation temperature. Cross-section TEM shows three distinct regions including the steel substrate, the Cr interlayer, and the CrN coating in the as-deposited specimen, in which the CrN layer exhibits a columnar structure and preferred orientation. Oxidation of the CrN-coated steel at high temperatures produces an oxide layer, Cr2O3, on the coating surface, and the underlayer is a mixture of CrN and β-Cr2N phases. Unlike the as-deposited specimen, the dual phase layer in the oxidized specimens has an equiaxed grain structure and the average grain size of the layer increases with the oxidation temperature. In addition, pronounced grain growth in the dual phase layer near the coating surface is observed in the specimen heat-treated at 800 deg. C. Elemental analyses of the CrN coating near the free surface by EELS and AES reveal that the O/N ratio of the coating and the thickness of the oxide layer increase with the oxidation temperature

  6. Improved electrochemical performance of zinc oxide coated lithium manganese silicate electrode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhu, Jiangtao, E-mail: zhujiangtao1988@163.com [Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Chemical and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering, Tianjin (China); Tang, Haoqing [Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Chemical and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Tang, Zhiyuan, E-mail: zytang46@163.com [Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Chemical and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering, Tianjin (China); Ma, Chenxiang [Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Chemical and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2015-06-05

    Highlights: • ZnO-coated Li{sub 2}MnSiO{sub 4}/C cathode materials have been successfully prepared via sol–gel method for the first time. • The electrochemical performance of the pure Li{sub 2}MnSiO{sub 4}/C has been significantly improved after coating 1 wt% ZnO. • The better electrochemical performance can be attributed to the improvement of electrochemical kinetics by coating ZnO. - Abstract: ZnO-coated Li{sub 2}MnSiO{sub 4}/C composites have been successfully prepared by a preliminary formation of Li{sub 2}MnSiO{sub 4}/C by facile sol–gel method and a following coating process with ZnO via a wet chemical process. Phase compositions and morphology of the products have been investigated by XRD, SEM, TEM and EDX. The physical characterizations manifest that nano-layer ZnO has been successfully coated on the Li{sub 2}MnSiO{sub 4} particle surface. Among the samples, 1 wt% ZnO coated Li{sub 2}MnSiO{sub 4}/C shows the best performance with an initial discharge capacity of 183 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.1C rate and the specific capacities of 142 and 134 mAh g{sup −1} at the high rate of 0.5C and 1C, respectively, which is much better than Li{sub 2}MnSiO{sub 4}/C without coating ZnO. The better electrochemical performance can be attributed to the significantly decrease of the charge transfer resistance and improvement of lithium ion diffusion coefficient after coating ZnO, which is beneficial for the rapid insertion/extraction of lithium ions.

  7. Improved electrochemical performance of zinc oxide coated lithium manganese silicate electrode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: • ZnO-coated Li2MnSiO4/C cathode materials have been successfully prepared via sol–gel method for the first time. • The electrochemical performance of the pure Li2MnSiO4/C has been significantly improved after coating 1 wt% ZnO. • The better electrochemical performance can be attributed to the improvement of electrochemical kinetics by coating ZnO. - Abstract: ZnO-coated Li2MnSiO4/C composites have been successfully prepared by a preliminary formation of Li2MnSiO4/C by facile sol–gel method and a following coating process with ZnO via a wet chemical process. Phase compositions and morphology of the products have been investigated by XRD, SEM, TEM and EDX. The physical characterizations manifest that nano-layer ZnO has been successfully coated on the Li2MnSiO4 particle surface. Among the samples, 1 wt% ZnO coated Li2MnSiO4/C shows the best performance with an initial discharge capacity of 183 mAh g−1 at 0.1C rate and the specific capacities of 142 and 134 mAh g−1 at the high rate of 0.5C and 1C, respectively, which is much better than Li2MnSiO4/C without coating ZnO. The better electrochemical performance can be attributed to the significantly decrease of the charge transfer resistance and improvement of lithium ion diffusion coefficient after coating ZnO, which is beneficial for the rapid insertion/extraction of lithium ions

  8. Effect of alkali and chloride ions on pitting corrosion behaviour of boron added modified 9Cr-1Mo steel

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    Modified 9Cr-1Mo ferritic steel is used as a structural material for the steam generator of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) due to its high temperature corrosion and oxidation resistance. Since all the components (tube, tube sheet and shell) of steam generator are made of modified 9Cr-1Mo, it is also required to be resistant against general and localized corrosion. Modified 9Cr-1Mo steel with 100 ppm boron addition is being considered as the structural material for the steam generators of future fast reactors, owing to its improved creep properties. In the present work, an attempt has been made to study the pitting corrosion behaviour of this material in alkaline environment containing chloride ions. Alkaline environment was chosen to simulate the caustic condition generated in the steam generator due to the accidental leak of feed water containing chloride ions (as impurity) with hot sodium. Potentiodynamic anodic polarization studies were carried out in deaerated 0.1, 0.2 and 0.5M sodium hydroxide solutions containing 0.1, 0.2 and 0.5M sodium chloride. During the experiments current value was allowed to increase up to 1 mA to ensure that stable pits were developed. Pitting potentials (Epp) were determined from the anodic polarization diagrams. The pitted specimens etched in Villela's reagent were observed under an optical microscope as well as a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Most of the pits observed under optical microscope were found to be hemispherical in nature. The diameters of 30 random pits were measured (two diameters at right angles for each pit) and an average diameter for each pit was calculated

  9. Structural modification of TiAlN coatings by preliminary Ti Ion bombardment of a steel substrate

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    Shugurov, A. R.; Akulinkin, A. A.; Panin, A. V.; Perevalova, O. B.; Sergeev, V. P.

    2016-03-01

    The TiAlN coatings deposited onto steel 12Cr18Ni9Ti substrates before and after preliminary treatment by Ti ion beams are studied by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and nanoindentation. The modification of the surface layer of a substrate is shown to change the structure and the preferred orientation of the coatings. The mechanical properties of the TiAlN coatings are found to depend substantially on the ion bombardment time.

  10. Electrodeposited tungsten-nickel-boron: A replacement for hexavalent chromium

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    Chromium, deposited from acidic solutions of its hexavalent ion, has been the rule for wear resistant, corrosion resistant coatings for many years. Although chromium coatings are durable, the plating process generates air emissions, effluent rinse waters, and process solutions that are toxic, suspected carcinogens, and a risk to human health and the environment. Tungsten-nickel-boron (W-Ni-B) alloy deposition is a potential substitute for hexavalent chrome. It has excellent wear, corrosion, and mechanical properties and also may be less of an environmental risk. This study examines the electroplating process and deposit properties of W-Ni-B and compares them with those of hexavalent chrome

  11. Superhard, conductive coatings for atomic force microscopy cantilevers

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    Ronning, Carsten; Wondratschek, Oliver; Büttner, Michael; Hofsäss, Hans Christian; Zimmermann, Jörg; Leiderer, Paul; Boneberg, Johannes

    2001-01-01

    Boron carbide thin films were grown by mass selected ion beam deposition using low energy 11B+ and 12C+ ions at room temperature. The amorphous films exhibit any desired stoichiometry controlled by the ion charge ratio B+/C+. Films with a stoichiometry of B4C showed the optimal combination of a high mechanical strength and a low electrical resistivity for the coating of atomic force microscopy (AFM) silicon cantilevers. The properties of such AFM tips were evaluated and simultaneous topograph...

  12. Characterisation of polystyrene coatings after plasma immersion ion implantation and adsorption of protein

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    Dekker, S; Steel, B; Bilek, M M M; McKenzie, D R; James, M

    2012-01-01

    A polystyrene film spun onto polished silicon substrates was implanted with either nitrogen or argon ions using plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) and subsequently investigated by X-ray and neutron reflectometry, UV-VIS and FTIR ellipsometry, as well as by FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. The depth profile of the densified carbon structures resulting from the ion collision cascades in the polystyrene coating are clearly observed by both X-ray and neutron reflectometry. Argon ions produce a higher density modified layer at a shallower depth than nitrogen ions. The thickness measured for these graded layers agrees with the expected depths of ion implantation as calculated by SRIM. The sensitivity of X-ray and neutron reflectometry allows resolution of density and hydrogen content gradients within the graphitized layers. The treated layers were found to covalently immobilized protein directly from solution. The tropoelastin protein monolayers immobilized on the surface were characterized. Tropoelastin remained...

  13. Etching and structure changes in PMMA coating under argon plasma immersion ion implantation

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    Kondyurin, Alexey, E-mail: kond@mailcity.com [Applied and Plasma Physics, School of Physics A28, University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006 (Australia); Bilek, Marcela [Applied and Plasma Physics, School of Physics A28, University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006 (Australia)

    2011-06-15

    A thin (120 nm) polymethylmethacrylate coating was treated by plasma immersion ion implantation with Ar using pulsed bias at 20 kV. Ellipsometry and FTIR spectroscopy and gel-fraction formation were used to detect the structure transformations as a function of ion fluence. The kinetics of etching, variations in refractive index and extinction coefficient in 400-1000 nm of wavelength, concentration changes in carbonyl, ether, methyl and methylene groups all as a function of ion fluence were analyzed. A critical ion fluence of 10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2} was observed to be a border between competing depolymerization and carbonization processes. Chemical reactions responsible for reorganization of the PMMA chemical structure under ion beam treatment are proposed.

  14. The Octavius1500 2D ion chamber array and its associated phantoms: Dosimetric characterization of a new prototype

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    Purpose: The purpose of the study is to characterize the prototype of the new Octavius1500 (PTW, Freiburg, Germany) 2D ion chamber array, covering its use in different phantom setups, from the most basic solid water sandwich setup to the more complex cylindrical Octavius® 4D (Oct4D) (PTW) phantom/detector combination. The new detector houses nearly twice the amount of ion chambers as its predecessors (Seven29 and Octavius729), thereby tackling one of the most important limitations of ion chamber (or diode) arrays, namely the limited detector density. The 0.06 cm3 cubic ion chambers are now arranged in a checkerboard pattern, leaving no lines (neither longitudinally nor laterally) without detectors. Methods: All measurements were performed on a dual energy (6 MV and 18 MV) iX Clinac (Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, CA) and all calculations were done in the Eclipse treatment planning system (Varian) with the Anisotropic Analytical Algorithm. First, the basic characteristics of the 2D array, such as measurement stability, dose rate dependence and dose linearity were investigated in the solid water sandwich setup. Second, the directional dependence was assessed to allow the evaluation of the new Octavius2D phantom (Oct2D1500) for planar verification measurements of composite plans. Third, measurements were performed in the Oct4D phantom to evaluate the impact of the increased detector density on the accuracy of the volumetric dose reconstruction. Results: While showing equally good dose linearity and dose rate independence, the Octavius1500 outperforms the previous models because of its instantaneous measurement stability and its twofold active area coverage. Orthogonal field-by-field measurements immediately benefit from the increased detector density. The 3.9 cm wide compensation cavity in the new Oct2D1500 phantom prototype adequately corrects for directional dependence from the rear, resulting in good agreement within the target dose. Discrepancies may arise

  15. The Octavius1500 2D ion chamber array and its associated phantoms: Dosimetric characterization of a new prototype

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    Van Esch, Ann, E-mail: ann.vanesch@7sigma.be; Huyskens, Dominique P. [7Sigma, QA-team in radiotherapy physics, Kasteeldreef 2, 3150 Tildonk (Belgium); Radiotherapy Association, Centre Hospitalier Mouscron – Ste Elisabeth Namur, 7700 Mouscron – 5000 Namur (Belgium); Basta, Katarzyna; Evrard, Marie; Ghislain, Michel; Sergent, Francois [Radiotherapy Association, Centre Hospitalier Mouscron – Ste Elisabeth Namur, 7700 Mouscron – 5000 Namur (Belgium)

    2014-09-15

    Purpose: The purpose of the study is to characterize the prototype of the new Octavius1500 (PTW, Freiburg, Germany) 2D ion chamber array, covering its use in different phantom setups, from the most basic solid water sandwich setup to the more complex cylindrical Octavius{sup ®} 4D (Oct4D) (PTW) phantom/detector combination. The new detector houses nearly twice the amount of ion chambers as its predecessors (Seven29 and Octavius729), thereby tackling one of the most important limitations of ion chamber (or diode) arrays, namely the limited detector density. The 0.06 cm{sup 3} cubic ion chambers are now arranged in a checkerboard pattern, leaving no lines (neither longitudinally nor laterally) without detectors. Methods: All measurements were performed on a dual energy (6 MV and 18 MV) iX Clinac (Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, CA) and all calculations were done in the Eclipse treatment planning system (Varian) with the Anisotropic Analytical Algorithm. First, the basic characteristics of the 2D array, such as measurement stability, dose rate dependence and dose linearity were investigated in the solid water sandwich setup. Second, the directional dependence was assessed to allow the evaluation of the new Octavius2D phantom (Oct2D{sup 1500}) for planar verification measurements of composite plans. Third, measurements were performed in the Oct4D phantom to evaluate the impact of the increased detector density on the accuracy of the volumetric dose reconstruction. Results: While showing equally good dose linearity and dose rate independence, the Octavius1500 outperforms the previous models because of its instantaneous measurement stability and its twofold active area coverage. Orthogonal field-by-field measurements immediately benefit from the increased detector density. The 3.9 cm wide compensation cavity in the new Oct2D{sup 1500} phantom prototype adequately corrects for directional dependence from the rear, resulting in good agreement within the target dose

  16. Wear properties of TiN coated cutting tools implanted with nitrogen ions

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    The paper presents the preliminary results on improving the wear properties of TiN coated WC-Co cutting inserts by nitrogen implantation, both conventional and using PIII process. A moderate increase of the tool life has been observed in some cases. It is concluded that ion implantation of uncoated tools might be a better solution from an economical point of view. (author)

  17. Investigation of defect formation in boron ion-implanted silicon during annealing

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    Kinetics of secondary structure defect formation in B+ ion-implanted Si crystals are investigated in isochronal and isothermal annealing experiments. The implantation dose is below the critical dose which forms a continuous amorphized layer. On the basis of quantitative results obtained an analysis of the behaviour of various defects is performed and the main factors and mechanisms which determine the evolution of such structures are established. (author)

  18. The microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of TiN coatings after Nb and C ion implantation

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    Deng, Bin; Tao, Ye, E-mail: ttaoye@163.com; Hu, Zhijie

    2013-11-01

    In this study, Nb and C ions are co-implanted into the TiN coatings, deposited by magnetic filter arc ion plating (MFAIP), using a metal vacuum vapor arc (MEVVA) ion source implantor with doses of 1 × 10{sup 17} and 5 × 10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2}. The microstructure and chemical compositions of the TiN coatings implanted with Nb and C ions have been investigated by means of glancing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Meanwhile, the mechanical and tribological properties of the TiN coatings have been studied by nano-indentation test and SRV friction and wear tester. The results show that the hardness and plastic deformation resistance of TiN coatings increased remarkably after ion implantation due to the energetic Nb and C ions bombardment and the formation of NbN and TiC phase. Nb ion implantation can effectively improve the wear resistance of the TiN coatings and the Nb + C dual ion implantation shows a better wear behavior due to a carbonaceous layer formed in the implanted zone of the TiN coatings after C ion implantation.

  19. The microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of TiN coatings after Nb and C ion implantation

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    In this study, Nb and C ions are co-implanted into the TiN coatings, deposited by magnetic filter arc ion plating (MFAIP), using a metal vacuum vapor arc (MEVVA) ion source implantor with doses of 1 × 1017 and 5 × 1017 ions/cm2. The microstructure and chemical compositions of the TiN coatings implanted with Nb and C ions have been investigated by means of glancing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Meanwhile, the mechanical and tribological properties of the TiN coatings have been studied by nano-indentation test and SRV friction and wear tester. The results show that the hardness and plastic deformation resistance of TiN coatings increased remarkably after ion implantation due to the energetic Nb and C ions bombardment and the formation of NbN and TiC phase. Nb ion implantation can effectively improve the wear resistance of the TiN coatings and the Nb + C dual ion implantation shows a better wear behavior due to a carbonaceous layer formed in the implanted zone of the TiN coatings after C ion implantation.

  20. Composition Control of Alloy Coatings and Composition Designof Cathode Targets in Multi-Arc Ion Plating

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    2000-01-01

    The composition from alloy cathode target to alloy coating generally changes to some extentin multi-arc ion plating. This demixing effect leads to the difficulties in the control of alloycomposition of coating and in the design of composition of alloy cathode target. A new simple formula,is proposed in present work to deal with the problem. According to this formula, the composition of alloy coating can be calculated bymeans of the degrees of ionization of alloy elements. The results of calculation agree with theexperimental ones within very limited error range. Modifying the formula into another form,the design for alloy composition of cathode target can be conveniently carried out, and the ideal composition of alloy coating can be obtained.

  1. Ion nitriding of zirconia coated on stainless steel: structure and mechanical properties

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    ZrO2-3 mol% Y2O3-coated AISI 310 stainless steel was nitrided using a plasma produced by dc pulsed discharge in a mixture of N2 and H2 at an equilibrium temperature of 450 deg. C. The phase structure and surface morphology were investigated by X-ray diffractometry and atomic force microscopy, respectively. Glow discharge optical emission spectrometry was used to measure the depth composition of samples. The mechanical properties were studied by means ultramicrohardness indentation tests. Nitrogen atoms enter in the zirconia substituting to the oxygen atoms in the network. However, the nitrogen content measured in zirconia coating is greater than the allowed maximum content of nitrogen in doped-zirconia solid solution. The ion-nitriding process alters the surface topography of the zirconia coatings. The nitruration improves the mechanical responses of the ZrO2-3 mol% Y2O3-coated AISI 310 stainless steel

  2. A Comparison of the Effects of RF Plasma Discharge and Ion Beam Supply on the Growth of Cubic Boron Nitride Films Formed by Laser Physical Vapor Deposition

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    Kaneda, Kayo; Shibata, Kimihiro

    1994-01-01

    This paper presents a comparison of the effects of RF plasma discharge and ion beam supply on the growth of cubic boron nitride films formed by excimer laser physical vapor deposition (laser PVD). The film structure was analyzed by fourier transformation infrared region (FT-IR) spectroscopy and thin-film X-ray diffraction analysis. The structure of the film deposited with an RF plasma discharge provided between the substrate and target was hexagonal BN. On the other hand, that of the film deposited by irradiating the substrate directly with an ion beam was hexagonal BN (hBN) and cubic BN (cBN). It is thought that direct irradiation of the vapor generated from the target by accelerated ions increased the activation energy of the vapor, with the result that the film structure was changed. Besides irradiating the substrate directly with the ion beam resulted primarily in the etching of hBN while cBN remained.

  3. Investigation of wear and tool life of coated carbide and cubic boron nitride cutting tools in high speed milling

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    Twardowski, P.; Legutko, S.; G. Krolczyk; S. Hloch

    2015-01-01

    The objective of the investigation was analysis of the wear of milling cutters made of sintered carbide and of boron nitride. The article presents the life period of the cutting edges and describes industrial conditions of the applicability of tools made of the materials under investigation. Tests have been performed on modern toroidal and ball-end mill cutters. The study has been performed within a production facility in the technology of high speed machining of 55NiCrMoV6 and X153CrMoV1...

  4. Properties of TiAlCrN coatings prepared by vacuum cathodic arc ion plating

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    RU Qiang; HU Shejun; HUANG Nacan; ZHAO Lingzhi; QIU Xiuli; HU Xianqi

    2008-01-01

    TiAlCrN coatings were deposited by means of vacuum cathodic arc ion plating technique on TC11 (Ti-6.5 Al-3.5 Mo-1.5 Zr-0.3Si) titanium alloy substrates. The composition, phase structure, mechanical performance, and oxidation-resistance of the nitride coatings were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and X-ray photoelectron microscopy (XPS). A new process for preparing protective coatings of the titanium alloy is successfully acquired. The experimental results indicate that the added element chromium in the TiAlN coatings make a contribution to form the (220) preferred direction. The phases of the coatings are composed of (Ti, Al)N and (Ti, Cr)N. After 700℃ and 800℃ oxidation, AES analysis shows that the diffusion distribution of the TiAlCrN coatings emerges a step shape. From the outside to the inner, the concentrations of O, Al, and Cr reduce, but those of Ti and N increase. The Al-rich oxide is formed on the surface of the coatings, and the mixed structure of Ti-rich and Cr-rich oxides is formed in the internal layer. The oxidation resistance of the TiAlCrN coatings is excellent at the range of 700 to 800℃. Adhesion wear is the dominant mechanical characteristic for the titanium alloy at room temperature, and the protective coatings with high hardness can improve the mechanical properties of the titanium alloy. The wear resistance of the TC11 alloy is considerably improved by the TiAlCrN coatings.

  5. Simulation of Influence of Vacuum Chamber Geometry on Ion Thruster Back-Sputtering Deposition%真空舱几何结构对离子推力器背溅射沉积影响的计算研究

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    张天平; 李忠明

    2012-01-01

    The ion thruster back-sputtering deposition in the spacecraft was tentatively modeled, theoretically calculated,and experimentally simulated on ground.The impacts of the sizes and geometries of the 5 types of vacuum chamber, including a cylinder with plane target, a cone frustum with plane target, a cylinder with spherical target,and a cylinder with concave or protruding taper target, on the back-sputtering deposition of the LIPS-200 ion thruster with inner walls coated with graphite were evaluated. The relationship between the back-sputtering deposition and geometry dimension of the vacuum chamber was discussed also. We suggest that the simulated results may play a key role in design of the vacuum chamber,dedicated to the life test for LIPS-200 ion thruster.%有效降低溅射沉积影响是离子推力器地面寿命试验需要解决的关键技术问题.本文建立了真空舱壁上溅射物沉积到离子推力器表面的计算模型.结合LPS-200推力器束流特性和石墨材料内衬,应用该模型分别计算和分析了平面靶圆柱型、平面靶圆锥台型、球面靶圆柱型、凸锥靶圆柱型、凹锥靶圆柱型五种真空舱几何形状与尺寸对离子推力器背溅射沉积的影响关系规律,得到了对具体设计LIPS-200推力器寿命试验真空舱具有指导作用的重要结论.

  6. Effect of enamel top coating on oxidation behavior of multi-arc ion plating NiCrAlY coating in oxygen containing water vapor

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    XIE Dong-bai; ZHU Sheng-long; WANG Fu-hui

    2004-01-01

    The oxidation behavior of Ni-Cr-Al-Y coating produced by multi-arc ion plating with and without an enamel coating was investigated in flow oxygen and oxygen containing water vapor at 900 ℃. The results show that Ni-Cr-Al-Y coating exhibits low oxidation rate at 900 ℃ in pure oxygen and the oxidation kinetics follow the parabolic rate law. The presence of water vapor accelerates the oxidation rate of Ni-Cr-Al-Y coating and K38G alloy.The enamel top coating is very effective in protecting the Ni-Cr-Al-Y coating from water vapor corrosion attack, but the corrosion attack beneath the enamel coating is not observed.

  7. Ion-induced desorption from stainless-steel vacuum chambers has been studied with a view to improving the dynamic pressure in the future LEIR ion accumulator ring for the LHC.

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    Brice Maximilien

    2002-01-01

    This picture shows part of a vacuum chamber fully equipped with St707 non-evaporable getter (NEG) strips which were bombarded in Linac3 with lead ions at 4.2 MeV/u. A change of the surface morphology is visible where the Pb53+ ions impacted under grazing incidence onto the NEG.

  8. An ion thruster internal discharge chamber electrostatic probe diagnostic technique using a high-speed probe positioning system.

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    Herman, Daniel A; Gallimore, Alec D

    2008-01-01

    Extensive resources have been allocated to diagnose and minimize lifetime-limiting factors in gridded ion thrusters. While most of this effort has focused on grid erosion, results from wear tests indicate that discharge cathode erosion may also play an important role in limiting the lifetime of ring-cusp ion thrusters proposed for future large flagship missions. The detailed characterization of the near-cathode discharge plasma is essential for mitigating discharge cathode erosion. However, severe difficulty is encountered when attempting to measure internal discharge plasma parameters during thruster operation with conventional probing techniques. These difficulties stem from the high-voltage, high-density discharge cathode plume, which is a hostile environment for probes. A method for interrogating the discharge chamber plasma of a working ion thruster over a two-dimensional grid is demonstrated. The high-speed axial reciprocating probe positioning system is used to minimize thruster perturbation during probe insertion and to reduce heating of the probe. Electrostatic probe measurements from a symmetric double Langmuir probe are presented over a two-dimensional spatial array in the near-discharge cathode assembly region of a 30-cm-diameter ring-cusp ion thruster. Electron temperatures, 2-5 eV, and number density contours, with a maximum of 8 x 10(12) cm(-3) on centerline, are measured. These data provide detailed electron temperature and number density contours which, when combined with plasma potential measurements, may shed light on discharge cathode erosion processes and the effect of thruster operating conditions on erosion rates. PMID:18248026

  9. An ion thruster internal discharge chamber electrostatic probe diagnostic technique using a high-speed probe positioning system

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    Extensive resources have been allocated to diagnose and minimize lifetime-limiting factors in gridded ion thrusters. While most of this effort has focused on grid erosion, results from wear tests indicate that discharge cathode erosion may also play an important role in limiting the lifetime of ring-cusp ion thrusters proposed for future large flagship missions. The detailed characterization of the near-cathode discharge plasma is essential for mitigating discharge cathode erosion. However, severe difficulty is encountered when attempting to measure internal discharge plasma parameters during thruster operation with conventional probing techniques. These difficulties stem from the high-voltage, high-density discharge cathode plume, which is a hostile environment for probes. A method for interrogating the discharge chamber plasma of a working ion thruster over a two-dimensional grid is demonstrated. The high-speed axial reciprocating probe positioning system is used to minimize thruster perturbation during probe insertion and to reduce heating of the probe. Electrostatic probe measurements from a symmetric double Langmuir probe are presented over a two-dimensional spatial array in the near-discharge cathode assembly region of a 30-cm-diameter ring-cusp ion thruster. Electron temperatures, 2-5 eV, and number density contours, with a maximum of 8x1012 cm-3 on centerline, are measured. These data provide detailed electron temperature and number density contours which, when combined with plasma potential measurements, may shed light on discharge cathode erosion processes and the effect of thruster operating conditions on erosion rates

  10. Synthesis and characterization of CrCN-DLC composite coatings by cathodic arc ion-plating

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    Wang, R. Y.; Wang, L. L.; Liu, H. D.; Yan, S. J.; Chen, Y. M.; Fu, D. J.; Yang, B.

    2013-07-01

    CrCN-DLC composite coatings were deposited onto silicon (1 0 0) and cemented carbides substrates using pure Cr targets under C2H2 ambient by cathodic arc ion plating system. The influence of C2H2 flow rate on the structure and mechanical properties of the coatings was investigated systemically. The coatings structure and bonding state were characterized by XRD, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The chemical composition was measured by EDS. The mechanical performance and tribological behaviour of the coatings were studied by a hardness tester and ball-on-disc wear tester. The results showed that with increasing C2H2 flow rate from 50 to 100 sccm, the corresponding hardness of coatings increased firstly and then decreased with further addition of C2H2 flow rate. The coatings deposited at lower C2H2 flow rate (less than 200 sccm) exhibited a relatively higher hardness value (more than HV0.0252000) and then the hardness decrease with increasing C2H2 flow rate. The friction coefficient also exhibited similar variation trend, when the C2H2 flow rate was higher than 100 sccm, the friction coefficient decreased and then maintained in a relatively lower value from 0.18 to 0.24, which may be attribute to the increasing carbon content and the coating exhibited more diamond-like structure.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of CrCN–DLC composite coatings by cathodic arc ion-plating

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    CrCN–DLC composite coatings were deposited onto silicon (1 0 0) and cemented carbides substrates using pure Cr targets under C2H2 ambient by cathodic arc ion plating system. The influence of C2H2 flow rate on the structure and mechanical properties of the coatings was investigated systemically. The coatings structure and bonding state were characterized by XRD, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The chemical composition was measured by EDS. The mechanical performance and tribological behaviour of the coatings were studied by a hardness tester and ball-on-disc wear tester. The results showed that with increasing C2H2 flow rate from 50 to 100 sccm, the corresponding hardness of coatings increased firstly and then decreased with further addition of C2H2 flow rate. The coatings deposited at lower C2H2 flow rate (less than 200 sccm) exhibited a relatively higher hardness value (more than HV0.0252000) and then the hardness decrease with increasing C2H2 flow rate. The friction coefficient also exhibited similar variation trend, when the C2H2 flow rate was higher than 100 sccm, the friction coefficient decreased and then maintained in a relatively lower value from 0.18 to 0.24, which may be attribute to the increasing carbon content and the coating exhibited more diamond-like structure

  12. LIF studies for TiN, TiC coating modification by ion sputtering

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    The application of a coating to some elements of the vacuum vessel has been widely used in fusion devices during the last decade. As a rule, this results in a decrease in impurity concentrations in the plasma and a decrease in the radiation losses. TiC and TiN coatings are the most stable binary coatings in a plasma environment. However up till now the changing properties of the coatings themselves, in a plasma environment have not been properly studied. For example, there are contradictions with respect to the depth of stoichiometric composition changes (depletion of the lighter component in binary coatings). The aim of these experiments is to compare the results of partial sputtering coefficient measurements for metal titanium and TiN, TiC coatings, and the depth distribution of N atoms in the TiN coating before and after H+ ion bombardment. We have used the LIF technique for measuring the sputtered Ti atom density and velocity distribution along the normal to the bombarded surface, and the nuclear reaction method for studying the N atom depth distribution. (orig./AH)

  13. Modeling Cl2/O2/Ar inductively coupled plasmas used for silicon etching: effects of SiO2 chamber wall coating

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    In this paper, simulations are performed to gain a better insight into the properties of a Cl2/Ar plasma, with and without O2, during plasma etching of Si. Both plasma and surface properties are calculated in a self-consistent manner. Special attention is paid to the behavior of etch products coming from the wafer or the walls, and how the chamber walls can affect the plasma and the resulting etch process. Two modeling cases are considered. In the first case, the reactor walls are defined as clean (Al2O3), whereas in the second case a SiO2 coating is introduced on the reactor walls before the etching process, so that oxygen will be sputtered from the walls and introduced into the plasma. For this reason, a detailed reaction set is presented for a Cl2/O2/Ar plasma containing etched species, as well as an extensive reaction set for surface processes, including physical and chemical sputtering, chemical etching and deposition processes. Density and flux profiles of various species are presented for a better understanding of the bulk plasma during the etching process. Detailed information is also given on the composition of the surfaces at various locations of the reactor, on the etch products in the plasma and on the surface loss probabilities of the plasma species at the walls, with different compositions. It is found that in the clean chamber, walls are mostly chlorinated (Al2Cl3), with a thin layer of etch products residing on the wall. In the coated chamber, an oxy-chloride layer is grown on the walls for a few nanometers during the etching process. The Cl atom wall loss probability is found to decrease significantly in the coated chamber, hence increasing the etch rate. SiCl2, SiCl4 and SiCl3 are found to be the main etch products in the plasma, with the fraction of SiCl2 being always slightly higher. The simulation results compare well with experimental data available from the literature.

  14. The coat protein of Alternanthera mosaic virus is the elicitor of a temperature-sensitive systemic necrosis in Nicotiana benthamiana, and interacts with a host boron transporter protein

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    Different isolates of Alternanthera mosaic virus (AltMV; Potexvirus), including four infectious clones derived from AltMV-SP, induce distinct systemic symptoms in Nicotiana benthamiana. Virus accumulation was enhanced at 15 °C compared to 25 °C; severe clone AltMV 3-7 induced systemic necrosis (SN) and plant death at 15 °C. No interaction with potexvirus resistance gene Rx was detected, although SN was ablated by silencing of SGT1, as for other cases of potexvirus-induced necrosis. Substitution of AltMV 3-7 coat protein (CPSP) with that from AltMV-Po (CPPo) eliminated SN at 15 °C, and ameliorated symptoms in Alternanthera dentata and soybean. Substitution of only two residues from CPPo [either MN(13,14)ID or LA(76,77)IS] efficiently ablated SN in N. benthamiana. CPSP but not CPPo interacted with Arabidopsis boron transporter protein AtBOR1 by yeast two-hybrid assay; N. benthamiana homolog NbBOR1 interacted more strongly with CPSP than CPPo in bimolecular fluorescence complementation, and may affect recognition of CP as an elicitor of SN. - Highlights: • Alternanthera mosaic virus CP is an elicitor of systemic necrosis in N. benthamiana. • Virus-induced systemic necrosis is enhanced at 15 °C compared to 25 °C. • Induction of systemic necrosis is dependent on as few as two CP amino acid residues. • These residues are at subunit interfaces within the same turn of the virion helix. • Inducer/non-inducer CPs interact differentially with a boron transporter protein

  15. The coat protein of Alternanthera mosaic virus is the elicitor of a temperature-sensitive systemic necrosis in Nicotiana benthamiana, and interacts with a host boron transporter protein

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    Lim, Hyoun-Sub, E-mail: hyounlim@cnu.ac.kr [Department of Applied Biology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Nam, Jiryun, E-mail: jilyoon@naver.com [Department of Applied Biology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Eun-Young, E-mail: sey22@cnu.ac.kr [Department of Applied Biology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Nam, Moon, E-mail: moonlit51@cnu.ac.kr [Department of Applied Biology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Vaira, Anna Maria, E-mail: a.vaira@ivv.cnr.it [Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit, US National Arboretum, USDA-ARS, 10300 Baltimore Avenue B-010A, Beltsville, MD 20705 (United States); Istituto di Virologia Vegetale, CNR, Strada delle Cacce 73, Torino 10135 (Italy); Bae, Hanhong, E-mail: hanhongbae@ynu.ac.kr [School of Biotechnology, Yeungnam University, Geongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Chan-Yong, E-mail: sunbispirit@gmail.com [Department of Applied Biology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Cheol Ho, E-mail: chlee1219@hanmail.net [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seokyoung University, Seoul 136-704 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hong Gi, E-mail: hgkim@cnu.ac.kr [Department of Applied Biology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Roh, Mark, E-mail: marksroh@gmail.com [Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit, US National Arboretum, USDA-ARS, 10300 Baltimore Avenue B-010A, Beltsville, MD 20705 (United States); Laboratory of Floriculture and Plant Physiology, School of Bio-Resource Science, Dankook University, Cheonan, Chungnam 330-714 (Korea, Republic of); Hammond, John, E-mail: john.hammond@ars.usda.gov [Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit, US National Arboretum, USDA-ARS, 10300 Baltimore Avenue B-010A, Beltsville, MD 20705 (United States)

    2014-03-15

    Different isolates of Alternanthera mosaic virus (AltMV; Potexvirus), including four infectious clones derived from AltMV-SP, induce distinct systemic symptoms in Nicotiana benthamiana. Virus accumulation was enhanced at 15 °C compared to 25 °C; severe clone AltMV 3-7 induced systemic necrosis (SN) and plant death at 15 °C. No interaction with potexvirus resistance gene Rx was detected, although SN was ablated by silencing of SGT1, as for other cases of potexvirus-induced necrosis. Substitution of AltMV 3-7 coat protein (CP{sub SP}) with that from AltMV-Po (CP{sub Po}) eliminated SN at 15 °C, and ameliorated symptoms in Alternanthera dentata and soybean. Substitution of only two residues from CP{sub Po} [either MN(13,14)ID or LA(76,77)IS] efficiently ablated SN in N. benthamiana. CP{sub SP} but not CP{sub Po} interacted with Arabidopsis boron transporter protein AtBOR1 by yeast two-hybrid assay; N. benthamiana homolog NbBOR1 interacted more strongly with CP{sub SP} than CP{sub Po} in bimolecular fluorescence complementation, and may affect recognition of CP as an elicitor of SN. - Highlights: • Alternanthera mosaic virus CP is an elicitor of systemic necrosis in N. benthamiana. • Virus-induced systemic necrosis is enhanced at 15 °C compared to 25 °C. • Induction of systemic necrosis is dependent on as few as two CP amino acid residues. • These residues are at subunit interfaces within the same turn of the virion helix. • Inducer/non-inducer CPs interact differentially with a boron transporter protein.

  16. Investigation of interactions between poly-L-lysine-coated boron nitride nanotubes and C2C12 cells: up-take, cytocompatibility, and differentiation

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available G Ciofani1, L Ricotti1, S Danti2,3, S Moscato4, C Nesti2, D D’Alessandro2,4, D Dinucci5, F Chiellini5, A Pietrabissa3, M Petrini2,3, A Menciassi1,61Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy; 2CUCCS-RRMR, Center for the Clinical Use of Stem Cells – Regional Network of Regenerative Medicine, 3Department of Oncology, Transplants and Advanced Technologies, 4Department of Human Morphology and Applied Biology, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy; 5Laboratory of Bioactive Polymeric Materials for Biomedical and Environmental Applications (BIOlab, UdR INSTM, Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Pisa, San Piero a Grado, Italy; 6Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, ItalyAbstract: Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs have generated considerable interest within the scientific community by virtue of their unique physical properties, which can be exploited in the biomedical field. In the present in vitro study, we investigated the interactions of poly-L-lysine-coated BNNTs with C2C12 cells, as a model of muscle cells, in terms of cytocompatibility and BNNT internalization. The latter was performed using both confocal and transmission electron microscopy. Finally, we investigated myoblast differentiation in the presence of BNNTs, evaluating the protein synthesis of differentiating cells, myotube formation, and expression of some constitutive myoblastic markers, such as MyoD and Cx43, by reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction and Western blot analysis. We demonstrated that BNNTs are highly internalized by C2C12 cells, with neither adversely affecting C2C12 myoblast viability nor significantly interfering with myotube formation.Keywords: boron nitride nanotubes, C2C12 cells, cytocompatibility, up-take, differentiation, MyoD, connexin 43

  17. The Prototype Active-Target Time-Projection Chamber used with TwinSol radioactive-ion beams

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    Ahn, T.; Bardayan, D. W.; Bazin, D.; Beceiro Novo, S.; Becchetti, F. D.; Bradt, J.; Brodeur, M.; Carpenter, L.; Chajecki, Z.; Cortesi, M.; Fritsch, A.; Hall, M. R.; Hall, O.; Jensen, L.; Kolata, J. J.; Lynch, W.; Mittig, W.; O'Malley, P.; Suzuki, D.

    2016-06-01

    The study of low-energy reactions with radioactive-ion beams has been greatly enhanced by the recent use of active-target detectors, which have high efficiency and low thresholds to detect low-energy charged-particle decays. Both of these features have been used in experiments with the Prototype Active-Target Time-Projection Chamber to study α -cluster structure in unstable nuclei and 3-body charged-particle decays after implantation. Predicted α -cluster structures in 14 C were probed using resonant α scattering and the nature of the 3- α breakup of the 02+ Hoyle state in 12 C after the beta decay of 12 N and 12 B was studied. These experiments used in-flight radioactive-ion beams that were produced using the dual superconducting solenoid magnets TwinSol at the University of Notre Dame. Preliminary results from these experiments as well as the development of future radioactive beams to be used in conjunction with the PAT-TPC are presented.

  18. IFE chamber dry wall materials response to pulsed X-rays and ions at power-plant level fluences

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    We have begun a collaborative investigation of the response of candidate first-wall inertial fusion energy (IFE) reactor chamber drywall materials to X-rays on the Z facility, and to ions on RHEPP-1, both located at Sandia National Laboratories. Dose levels are comparable to those anticipated in future direct-drive reactors. Due to the 5-10 Hz repetition rate expected in such reactors, per-pulse effects such as material removal must be negligible. The primary wall materials investigated here are graphite and tungsten in various forms. After exposure on either RHEPP or Z, materials were analyzed for roughening and/or material removal (ablation) as a function of dose. Graphite is observed to undergo significant ablation/sublimation in response to ion exposure at the 3-4 J/cm2 level, significantly below doses expected in future dry-wall power plants. Evidence of thermomechanical stresses resulting in material loss occurs for both graphite and tungsten, and is probably related to the pulsed nature of the energy delivery. These effects are not seen in typical magnetic fusion energy (MFE) conditions where these same kinds of materials are used. Results are presented for thresholds below which no roughening or ablation occurs. Use of graphite in a 'velvet' two-dimensional form may mitigate the effects seen with the flat material, and alloying tungsten with rhenium may reduce its roughening due to the increased ductility of the alloy

  19. Coated Silicon Nanowires as Anodes in Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Watts, David James

    2014-01-01

    Even though it has the highest known theoretical specific capacity of any material (~3600 mAh/g), silicon has limited use as an anode in lithium ion batteries due to the mechanical instability caused by the large volume expansion that occurs upon Li insertion. This volume expansion not only contributes to mechanical instability in the active silicon, but it also contributes to mechanical instability in the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI), a film formed at the end of the first lithiation s...

  20. Influence of nickel ion release on leukocyte activation: a study with coated and non-coated NiTi shape memory alloys

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    Esenwein, S.A.; Bogdanski, D.; Habijan, T. [Department of Surgery, BG Kliniken Bergmannsheil, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Buerkle-de-la-Camp-Platz 1, D-44789 Bochum (Germany); Pohl, M. [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Testing, Ruhr-University of Bochum (Germany); Epple, M. [Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen (Germany); Muhr, G.; Koeller, M. [Department of Surgery, BG Kliniken Bergmannsheil, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Buerkle-de-la-Camp-Platz 1, D-44789 Bochum (Germany)

    2008-05-25

    Owing to their mechanical and thermal memory properties, nickel-titanium shape memory alloys (NiTi-SMA) are very interesting for biomedical applications. In most cases, medical implants are initially exposed to a blood-containing environment. The potential release of Ni ions needs to be considered because it counteracts a good biocompatibility and may well influence the release of mediators from adherent and surrounding leukocytes. Two different leukocyte fractions (PMN, PBMC) were isolated from peripheral blood and were added to calcium phosphate-coated or non-coated NiTi. The supernatants were analyzed for cytokine content. Ni-ion release of coated, non-coated and etched NiTi samples was analyzed by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. Additionally, cytokine release studies were performed with exogenously added Ni ions. In the presence of NiTi a significant, but low increase in the release of IL-1ra, IL-6 and IL-8 was observed. In contrast, coated NiTi led to an elevated release of all analyzed cytokines. Ni-ion release ranged from 60 {mu}g/l (non-coated NiTi) to 8 mg/l (coated or etched NiTi). Incubations of leukocytes and exogenously added Ni chloride ({<=}2.4 mg/l) did not lead to a significant modulation in cytokine generation. An increased cytokine release was only observed at 24 mg/l Ni chloride.

  1. The energy levels and transition probabilities for silicon, phosphorous, sulfur, and chlorine ions of the boron iso-electronic sequence

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    The slater type radial wave functions of the 1S, 2S, and 2P orbitals have been employed in order to construct the hartree-fock (HF) wave functions of the ground states 1S2 2S2 2P for Si X, ph XI, S XII and C1 XIII of the boron iso-electronic sequence. The radial functions of the excited orbitals ns, np, and nf (n=3-5) have been optimized using the CIV3 code which uses the multi-configuration hartree-fock (MCHF) method in evaluating these functions. The wave functions thus obtained have been used in calculating energy levels, oscillator strengths and transition probabilities. The calculated energies (in au) relative to the ground state were in a good agreement with the available published experimental and theoretical values within the experimental error for all levels of the ions of the sequence except for the 3 p, 4 p, and 5 p levels of Si X, Ph XI, S XII and CI XIII. The deviation may be attributed to relativistic effects in case of highly ionized members of the sequence. The oscillator strengths for the allowed electric dipole transitions have been computed in dipole-length from by using the same code. The transition probabilities for spontaneous emission Aji (sec1) are calculated using the equation Aji=6.6 x 1015 gi fij / Lambda2 gj (sec1) where lambda is the wavelength of the transition (in A0) from state (i) to state (j) and gi. gj are the statistical weights for these states, fg is the oscillator strength of the transition. More over results of oscillator strengths and transition probabilities are found to be in a fairly good agreement with the available published experimental and theoretical values

  2. Experimental and theoretical investigations of functionalized boron nitride as electrode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Zhang, Fan; Nemeth, Karoly; Bareño, Javier; Dogan, Fulya; Bloom, Ira D.; Shaw, Leon L.

    2016-01-01

    The feasibility of synthesizing functionalized h-BN (FBN) via the reaction between molten LiOH and solid h-BN is studied for the first time and its first ever application as an electrode material in Li-ion batteries is evaluated. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed to provide mechanistic understanding of the possible electrochemical reactions derived from the FBN. Various materials characterizations reveal that the melt-solid reaction can lead to exfoliation and functionalization of h-BN simultaneously, while electrochemical analysis proves that the FBN can reversibly store charges through surface redox reactions with good cycle stability and coulombic efficiency. DFT calculations have provided physical insights into the observed electrochemical properties derived from the FBN.

  3. Range parameters of gold ions in boron calculated with a first-principles potential

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    Interatomic potential for the Au-B system have been calculated with density-functional theory in order to clarify the origins of discrepancies between available experimental data and the values predicted by Ziegler, Biersack and Littmark theory for range parameters of heavy ions in light targets at energies of about 1-1000 keV. Relativistic effects were taken into account in the evaluations of the potential. Range parameters have been obtained within the framework of the standard transport theory. Good agreement between the calculated projected range and the available experimental data gives use in the range-projection equations the nuclear stopping power, determined with the density-functional theory potential, and the velocity-proportional electronic stopping powers by Lindhard, Scharff and Schioett. Considerable improvement has also been achieved in the description of the projected range straggling. It is concluded that correlations between the nuclear and electronic energy losses can be neglected in the studied energy range. (authors)

  4. Hemocompatibility of DLC coatings synthesized by ion beam assisted deposition

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    LI; Dejun

    2001-01-01

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  5. Ionization chamber

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    An ionization chamber X-ray detector is described. It comprises a flat cathode sheet parallel to an anode which has a perforated insulating layer on its surface. An open grid, a thin perforated metal sheet is disposed on the insulating layer - the perforations of the layer and sheet are aligned. There is a detector gas and means for maintaining the grid at an electric potential between that of the anode and cathode and for measuring the current flow from the anode to the cathode. The grid shields the anode from the electric field produced by the positive ions which flow towards the cathode and this permits an independent measurement of the electron current flowing to the anode; even when the X-ray pulse length is not much shorter than the ion drift time. The recovery time of the ionization chamber is thus decreased by several orders of magnitude over previous chambers. The grid will normally be fixed to the anode and by shielding the anode from the cathode electric field, tends to eliminate capacitive microphone currents which would otherwise flow in the anode circuit. (U.K.)

  6. ADHESION STRENGTH OF TiN COATINGS AT VARIOUS ION ETCHING DEPOSITED ON TOOL STEELS USING CATHODIC ARC PVD TECHNIQUE

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    MUBARAK ALI; ESAH HAMZAH; NOUMAN ALI

    2009-01-01

    Titanium nitride (TiN) widely used as hard coating material was coated on tool steels, namely on high-speed steel (HSS) and D2 tool steel by physical vapor deposition method. The goal of this study was to examine the effect of ion etching with and without titanium (Ti) and chromium (Cr) on the adhesion strength of TiN coatings deposited on tool steels. From the scratch tester, it was observed that by increasing Ti ion etching showed an increase in adhesion strength of the deposited coatings. ...

  7. Microanalyses of the hydroxyl—poly—calcium sodium phosphate coatings produced by ion beam assisted deposition

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    LIUZhong-Yang; WANGChang-Xing; 等

    2002-01-01

    Thin calcium phosphate catings on titanium alloy substrates were prepared by Ar+ ion beam assisted deposition(IBAD) from hydroxyl-poly-calcium sodium phosphate(HPPA) target.The coatings were analyzed by XRD,FTIR,XPS,These analyses revealed that the as-deposited films were amorphous or no apparent crystallinity.No distinct absorption band of the hydroxyl group was observed in FTIR spectra of the coatings but new absorption bands were presented for CO3-2,The calcium to phosphorous ratio of these catings in different IBAD conditions varied from 0.46 to 3.36.

  8. Boron contamination in drinking - irrigation water and boron removal methods

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Boron presents in IIIA group of periodic table and has high ionization capacity. Therefore it is classified as a metalloid. Average boron concentration in earth's crust is 10 mg/kg. It presents in the environment as a salts of Ca, Na, and Mg. Boron reserves having high concentration and economical extent are found mostly in Turkey and in arid, volcanic and high hydrothermal activity regions of U.S. as compounds of boron attached to oxygen. Boron is an essential micronutrient for plants, although it may be toxic at higher levels. The range in which it is converted from a nutrient to a contaminant is quite narrow. Boron presents in water environment as a boric acid and rarely borate salts. The main boron sources, whose presence is detected in surface waters, are urban wastes and industrial wastes, which can come from a wide range of different activities as well as several chemical products used in agriculture. In Turkey, the most pollutant toxic element in drinking and irrigation water is boron. Therefore boron removal is very important in terms of human health and agricultural products in high quality. Mainly boron removal methods from drinking water and irrigation water are ion exchange, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, and adsorption.

  9. Development of a novel neutron detection technique by using a boron layer coating a Charge Coupled Device

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    Blostein, Juan Jerónimo; Tartaglione, Aureliano; Haro, Miguel Sofo; Moroni, Guillermo Fernández; Cancelo, Gustavo

    2014-01-01

    This article describes the design features and the first test measurements obtained during the installation of a novel high resolution 2D neutron detection technique. The technique proposed in this work consists of a boron layer (enriched in ${^{10}}$B) placed on a scientific Charge Coupled Device (CCD). After the nuclear reaction ${^{10}}$B(n,$\\alpha$)${^{7}}$Li, the CCD detects the emitted charge particles thus obtaining information on the neutron absorption position. The above mentioned ionizing particles, with energies in the range 0.5-5.5 MeV, produce a plasma effect in the CCD which is recorded as a circular spot. This characteristic circular shape, as well as the relationship observed between the spot diameter and the charge collected, is used for the event recognition, allowing the discrimination of undesirable gamma events. We present the first results recently obtained with this technique, which has the potential to perform neutron tomography investigations with a spatial resolution better than that...

  10. Structure and properties of TiB sub 2 coatings produced by dynamic ion mixing

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    Riviere, J.P.; Guesdon, P.; Delafond, J. (Lab. de Metallurgie Physique, Univ. de Poitiers, 86 (France))

    1991-07-01

    TiB{sub 2} ceramic coatings have been produced at room temperature by dynamic ion mixing (DIM) using two deposition methods: either electron beam coevaporation or ion sputtering of a TiB{sub 2} target. The bombardment during deposition was performed with high energy heavy ions: 100 keV Ar{sup +}, 320 keV Ar{sup +}, 320 keV Xe{sup +}. It is demonstrated that thick coatings up to 1 {mu}m of homogeneous composition and controlled structure can be produced by this method. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy observations (XTEM) show that the ion mixing of growing films induces crystallization of the TiB{sub 2} hexagonal phase whereas the coatings are amorphous without mixing. The analysis of experimental results indicates that a critical damage level of about 1 dpa (displacement per atom) is necessary before detecting a significant crystallization effect. The intrinsic film hardness was estimated in the range 2200-2800 kgf/mm{sup 2}. Substantial adhesion improvement is also observed in cases where an efficient interface mixing was achieved. (orig.).

  11. Structure and properties of TiB2 coatings produced by dynamic ion mixing

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    TiB2 ceramic coatings have been produced at room temperature by dynamic ion mixing (DIM) using two deposition methods: either electron beam coevaporation or ion sputtering of a TiB2 target. The bombardment during deposition was performed with high energy heavy ions: 100 keV Ar+, 320 keV Ar+, 320 keV Xe+. It is demonstrated that thick coatings up to 1 μm of homogeneous composition and controlled structure can be produced by this method. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy observations (XTEM) show that the ion mixing of growing films induces crystallization of the TiB2 hexagonal phase whereas the coatings are amorphous without mixing. The analysis of experimental results indicates that a critical damage level of about 1 dpa (displacement per atom) is necessary before detecting a significant crystallization effect. The intrinsic film hardness was estimated in the range 2200-2800 kgf/mm2. Substantial adhesion improvement is also observed in cases where an efficient interface mixing was achieved. (orig.)

  12. Oxidation and corrosion behavior of titanium aluminum nitride coatings by arc ion plating

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    LI Ming-sheng; FENG Chang-jie; ZHANG Zhi-feng; WANG Fu-hui

    2006-01-01

    Composite metastable TiN and Ti1-xAlxN coatings with different Al content were deposited on 1Cr11Ni2W2MoV stainless steel for aero-engine compressor blades by arc ion plating. The results show that all coatings have a B1NaCl structure and the preferred orientation changes from (111) to (220) with increasing Al content; the lattice parameter of Ti1-xAlxN decreases with the increase of Al content. The oxidation-resistance of (Ti,Al)N coatings is significantly improved owing to the formation of Al-riched oxide on the surface of the coatings. The nitride coatings can significantly improve the corrosion-resistance of 1Cr11Ni2W2MoV stainless steel under the synergistic of water vapor and NaCl, and the corrosion-resistance becomes better when the Al content increases, because not only the quick formation of thin alumina layer prevents the further corrosion but also the formation of alumina seals the pinholes or defects in the coatings, which prevents the occurrence of localized nodules-like corrosion.

  13. Influence of Surface Coating on Metal Ion Release: Evaluation in Patients With Metal Allergy.

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    Thomas, Peter; Weik, Thomas; Roider, Gabriele; Summer, Burkhard; Thomsen, Marc

    2016-05-01

    Nickel, chromium, and cobalt in stainless steel and Cobalt-chrome-molybdenum (CoCrMo) alloys may induce allergy. The objectives of this study were to evaluate surface coating regarding ion release, patch test reactivity, and arthroplasty performance. Materials and methods included patch test in 31 patients with metal allergy and 30 patients with no allergy to stainless steel and CoCrMo disks that are uncoated or coated by titanium nitride/zirconium nitride (TiN/ZrN). Assessment include atomic absorption spectrometry of released nickel, cobalt, and chromium from the disks after exposure to distilled water, artificial sweat and culture medium. Results showed that both coatings reduced the nickel and chromium release from stainless steel and CoCrMo disks and mostly the cobalt release from the disks (maximally 11.755 µg/cm(2)/5 d to 1.624 by Ti-N and to 0.442 by ZrN). Six of the 31 patients with metal allergy reacted to uncoated disks, but none reacted to the coated disks. The current authors report on exemplary patients with metal allergy who had symptom relief by revision with surface-coated arthroplasty. The authors concluded that the surface coating may prevent cutaneous and peri-implant allergic reactions. [Orthopedics. 2016; 39(3):S24-S30.]. PMID:27219723

  14. A 2D ion chamber array audit of wedged and asymmetric fields in an inhomogeneous lung phantom

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    Purpose: The Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service (ACDS) has implemented a new method of a nonreference condition Level II type dosimetric audit of radiotherapy services to increase measurement accuracy and patient safety within Australia. The aim of this work is to describe the methodology, tolerances, and outcomes from the new audit. Methods: The ACDS Level II audit measures the dose delivered in 2D planes using an ionization chamber based array positioned at multiple depths. Measurements are made in rectilinear homogeneous and inhomogeneous phantoms composed of slabs of solid water and lung. Computer generated computed tomography data sets of the rectilinear phantoms are supplied to the facility prior to audit for planning of a range of cases including reference fields, asymmetric fields, and wedged fields. The audit assesses 3D planning with 6 MV photons with a static (zero degree) gantry. Scoring is performed using local dose differences between the planned and measured dose within 80% of the field width. The overall audit result is determined by the maximum dose difference over all scoring points, cases, and planes. Pass (Optimal Level) is defined as maximum dose difference ≤3.3%, Pass (Action Level) is ≤5.0%, and Fail (Out of Tolerance) is >5.0%. Results: At close of 2013, the ACDS had performed 24 Level II audits. 63% of the audits passed, 33% failed, and the remaining audit was not assessable. Of the 15 audits that passed, 3 were at Pass (Action Level). The high fail rate is largely due to a systemic issue with modeling asymmetric 60° wedges which caused a delivered overdose of 5%–8%. Conclusions: The ACDS has implemented a nonreference condition Level II type audit, based on ion chamber 2D array measurements in an inhomogeneous slab phantom. The powerful diagnostic ability of this audit has allowed the ACDS to rigorously test the treatment planning systems implemented in Australian radiotherapy facilities. Recommendations from audits have led to

  15. XPS, SIMS and FTIR-ATR characterization of boronized graphite from the thermonuclear plasma device RFX-mod

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    Ghezzi, F.; Laguardia, L.; Caniello, R.; Canton, A.; Dal Bello, S.; Rais, B.; Anderle, M.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper the characterization of a thin (tens of nanometers) boron layer on fine grain polycrystalline graphite substrate is presented. The boron film is used as conditioning technique for the full graphite wall of the Reversed Field eXperiment-modified (RFX-mod) experiment, a device for the magnetic confinement of plasmas of thermonuclear interest. Aim of the present analysis is to enlighten the chemical structure of the film, the trapping mechanism that makes it a getter for oxygen and hydrogen and the reason of its loss of effectiveness after exposure to about 100 s of hydrogen plasma. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Secondary Ions Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) and Fourier Transform Infra Red spectroscopy in combination with the Attenuated Total Reflectance (FTIR-ATR) were used to obtain the structure and the chemical composition of graphitic samples as coated or coated and subsequently exposed to hydrogen plasma after boron deposition. The boron layers on the only coated samples were found to be amorphous hydrogenated boron carbide plus a variety of bonds like B-B, B-H, B-O, B-OH, C-C, C-H, C-O, C-OH. Both the thickness and the homogeneity of the layers were found to depend on the distance of the sample from the anode during the deposition. The samples contained oxygen along the layer thickness, at level of 5%, bound to boron. The gettering action of the boron is therefore already active during the deposition itself. The exposure to plasma caused erosion of the boron film and higher content of H and O bound to boron throughout the whole thickness. The interaction of the B layer with plasma is therefore a bulk phenomenon.

  16. The effect of ion implantation on the oxidation resistance of vacuum plasma sprayed CoNiCrAlY coatings

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    Highlights: ► We used ion implantation to improve the oxidation resistance of CoNiCrAlY coating. ► The oxidation process of CoNiCrAlY coating at 1100 °C for 1000 h was studied. ► The Nb ion implanted coating exhibited better oxidation resistance. ► The influences of Nb and Al ion implantation into CoNiCrAlY coatings were evaluated. - Abstract: CoNiCrAlY coatings prepared by vacuum plasma spraying (VPS) were implanted with Nb and Al ions at a fluence of 1017 atoms/cm2. The effects of ion implantation on the oxidation resistance of CoNiCrAlY coatings were investigated. The thermally grown oxide (TGO) formed on each specimen was characterized by XRD, SEM and EDS, respectively. The results showed that the oxidation process of CoNiCrAlY coatings could be divided into four stages and the key to obtaining good oxidation resistance was to remain high enough amount of Al and promote the lateral growth of TGO. The implantation of Nb resulted in the formation of continuous and dense Al2O3 scale to improve the oxidation resistance. The Al implanted coating could form Al2O3 scale at the initial stage, however, the scale was soon broken and TGO transformed to non-protective spinel.

  17. Optimization study of various magnetic fields of plasma chamber and extraction geometry for H- ion source using 3D design simulations

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    A prototype filament based multi-cusp H- ion source has been designed and developed to operate in pulsed mode (pulse width 0.5ms, Pulse repetition rate 2Hz) to successfully extract H- ion beam current of up to 5mA at 50 keV beam energy. In order to improve the ion source performance, a 3D-design simulation studies of 6 and 12 permanent magnets based multicusp cylindrical plasma chamber having tube length of 140mm and inner diameter of 110 mm and three electrode extraction systems optimization has been performed. Simulation results of multicusp magnetic field has shown good agreement with the measured value of maximum field value of 2 kgauss at the inner wall of plasma chamber and field free region of diameter 12mm and 28mm where magnetic field value reduces to about 10 gauss for 6 and 12 magnet configuration respectively of magnetic field inside the multicusp plasma chamber using a Hall probe with 3D-motorized movement system. Effect of multicusp magnetic field and filter field on extracted H- ion beam has also been studied along with the effect of magnetic field due to steering magnets kept inside the extraction electrode of a three electrode H- ion extraction system

  18. Monte Carlo correction factors for a Farmer 0.6 cm3 ion chamber dose measurement in the build-up region of the 6 MV clinical beam.

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    Pena, J; Sánchez-Doblado, F; Capote, R; Terrón, J A; Gómez, F

    2006-03-21

    Reference dosimetry of photon fields is a well-established subject and currently available protocols (such as the IAEA TRS-398 and AAPM TG-51) provide methods for converting the ionization chamber (IC) reading into dose to water, provided reference conditions of charged particle equilibrium (CPE) are fulfilled. But these protocols cannot deal with the build-up region, where the lack of CPE limits the applicability of the cavity theorems and so the chamber correction factors become depth dependent. By explicitly including the IC geometry in the Monte Carlo simulations, depth-dependent dose correction factors are calculated for a PTW 30001 0.6 cm(3) ion chamber in the build-up region of the 6 MV photon beam. The corrected percentage depth dose (PDD) agrees within 2% with that measured using the NACP 02 plane-parallel ion chamber in the build-up region at depths greater than 0.4 cm, where the Farmer chamber wall reaches the phantom surface. PMID:16510960

  19. Composite materials obtained by the ion-plasma sputtering of metal compound coatings on polymer films

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    Khlebnikov, Nikolai; Polyakov, Evgenii; Borisov, Sergei; Barashev, Nikolai; Biramov, Emir; Maltceva, Anastasia; Vereshchagin, Artem; Khartov, Stas; Voronin, Anton

    2016-01-01

    In this article, the principle and examples composite materials obtained by deposition of metal compound coatings on polymer film substrates by the ion-plasma sputtering method are presented. A synergistic effect is to obtain the materials with structural properties of the polymer substrate and the surface properties of the metal deposited coatings. The technology of sputtering of TiN coatings of various thicknesses on polyethylene terephthalate films is discussed. The obtained composites are characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is shown. The examples of application of this method, such as receiving nanocomposite track membranes and flexible transparent electrodes, are considered.

  20. The use of recombination chambers at radiation therapy facilities

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    Zielczynski, Mieczyslaw [Institute of Atomic Energy, 05-400 Swierk (Poland); Golnik, Natalia, E-mail: golnik@mchtr.pw.edu.p [Institute of Metrology and Biomedical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Sw. A. Boboli 8, 02-525 Warsaw (Poland); Gryzinski, Michal A. [Institute of Atomic Energy, 05-400 Swierk (Poland); Tulik, Piotr [Institute of Atomic Energy, 05-400 Swierk (Poland); Institute of Metrology and Biomedical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Sw. A. Boboli 8, 02-525 Warsaw (Poland)

    2010-12-15

    The paper presents an overview of the applications of recombination chambers for dosimetric measurements at radiotherapy facilities. The chambers were used at electron, proton and heavy ion accelerators, in the beam and in the vicinity of the accelerators at very different dose rates. The examples of measurements discussed in the paper include: the determination of the absorbed dose and radiation quality parameters of a 170 MeV proton beam and BNCT (boron neutron capture therapy) beam, neutron dose measurements at a phantom surface outside the beam of a 15 MV electron medical accelerator, determination of ambient dose equivalent, H* (10) outside the irradiated phantom in the proton therapy treatment room at JINR (Dubna, Russia), and at working places outside the shielding of the heavy ion therapy facility at GSI (Darmstadt, Germany).

  1. The use of recombination chambers at radiation therapy facilities

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    The paper presents an overview of the applications of recombination chambers for dosimetric measurements at radiotherapy facilities. The chambers were used at electron, proton and heavy ion accelerators, in the beam and in the vicinity of the accelerators at very different dose rates. The examples of measurements discussed in the paper include: the determination of the absorbed dose and radiation quality parameters of a 170 MeV proton beam and BNCT (boron neutron capture therapy) beam, neutron dose measurements at a phantom surface outside the beam of a 15 MV electron medical accelerator, determination of ambient dose equivalent, H* (10) outside the irradiated phantom in the proton therapy treatment room at JINR (Dubna, Russia), and at working places outside the shielding of the heavy ion therapy facility at GSI (Darmstadt, Germany).

  2. Electroless nickel and ion-plated protective coatings for silvered glass mirrors

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    Lind, M.A.; Chaudiere, D.A.; Dake, L.S.; Stewart, T.L.

    1982-04-01

    A preliminary examination of two methods of protecting second surface silvered glass mirrors from environmental degradation is presented. One method employed silver mirrors overcoated with Al, Ni, 304 stainless steel, Cr, or an Al/Cu alloy prepared by ion-plating. The other method used conventional wet process silver mirrors protected with a thin electroless nickel coating. No attempt was made to optimize the coatings for either method. These experimental mirrors were compared with conventional paint backed silver/copper mirrors after exposure to elevated temperatures and water vapor in order to estimate their relative environmental stability. The electroless nickel mirrors showed consistently more resistance to these stresses than either the conventional or ion-plated mirrors, suggesting that they may provide more durable field service.

  3. Improving anti-corrosion property of thermal barrier coatings by intense pulsed ion beam irradiation

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    Yan, S., E-mail: syan@pku.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Shang, Y.J., E-mail: shangyijun@pku.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Xu, X.F., E-mail: reandy123@126.com [State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Yi, X., E-mail: xyle@buaa.edu.com [Department of Applied Physics, School of Science, Beihang University, Beijing 100083 (China); Le, X.Y., E-mail: xyle@buaa.edu.cn [Department of Applied Physics, School of Science, Beihang University, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2012-02-01

    Anticorrosion behavior is an important factor for the reliability and durability of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). Intense pulsed ion beam (ion species: 70% H{sup +} + 30% C{sup +}; current density: 150 A/cm{sup 2} and 250 A/cm{sup 2}; accelerate voltage: 300 kV; pulse duration: 65 ns) irradiation were used to improve the anticorrosion behavior of the Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-stabilized ZrO{sub 2} (YSZ) /NiCoCrAlY thermal barrier coating. The anticorrosion property of the TBCs was evaluated with polarization curves method. A quite good result was obtained. Further analysis show that IPIB irradiation can seal the pores in YSZ layer, and block the penetration channels of corrosive fluid, therefore, improves the anticorrosion behavior.

  4. Improving anti-corrosion property of thermal barrier coatings by intense pulsed ion beam irradiation

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    Yan, S.; Shang, Y. J.; Xu, X. F.; Yi, X.; Le, X. Y.

    2012-02-01

    Anticorrosion behavior is an important factor for the reliability and durability of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). Intense pulsed ion beam (ion species: 70% H + + 30% C +; current density: 150 A/cm 2 and 250 A/cm 2; accelerate voltage: 300 kV; pulse duration: 65 ns) irradiation were used to improve the anticorrosion behavior of the Y 2O 3-stabilized ZrO 2 (YSZ) /NiCoCrAlY thermal barrier coating. The anticorrosion property of the TBCs was evaluated with polarization curves method. A quite good result was obtained. Further analysis show that IPIB irradiation can seal the pores in YSZ layer, and block the penetration channels of corrosive fluid, therefore, improves the anticorrosion behavior.

  5. Improving anti-corrosion property of thermal barrier coatings by intense pulsed ion beam irradiation

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    Anticorrosion behavior is an important factor for the reliability and durability of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). Intense pulsed ion beam (ion species: 70% H+ + 30% C+; current density: 150 A/cm2 and 250 A/cm2; accelerate voltage: 300 kV; pulse duration: 65 ns) irradiation were used to improve the anticorrosion behavior of the Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) /NiCoCrAlY thermal barrier coating. The anticorrosion property of the TBCs was evaluated with polarization curves method. A quite good result was obtained. Further analysis show that IPIB irradiation can seal the pores in YSZ layer, and block the penetration channels of corrosive fluid, therefore, improves the anticorrosion behavior.

  6. Inorganic Layer Coated Polyolefin Separator with High Performances for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    ZHAO Li-Li, ZHU Yong-Ping, WANG Xue-Ying

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Inorganic layer-coated separator was prepared by coating the sides of a porous polyolefin membrane with ZrO2 powder and polyvinylidene fluoride binder. The composite separator exhibits improved thermal stability at high temperatures without significant thermal shrinkage. Moreover, the separator has higher melt temperature. It is expected that the ZrO2-coated separator in this study can be potential candidate as a separator for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that require thermal safety. Due to the high hydrophilicity of the ZrO2 powder and large surface area of the small particles, the separator shows good wettability in non-aqueous liquid electrolytes. Meanwhile, a higher amount of electrolyte solution is expected to be retained by the separator. By using the ZrO2-coated separator, lithium-ion cell was assembled and its cycling performance is evaluated. The cells are proven to be having better capacity retention than the cells prepared with polyolefin membrane.

  7. Electrodeposited apatite coating for solid-phase microextraction and sensitive indirect voltammetric determination of fluoride ions.

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    Mao, Yuehong; Chen, Yufei; Chu, Lin; Zhang, Xiaoli

    2013-10-15

    Electrodeposition was used to prepare a new solid phase microextraction (SPME) coatings. Two apatite SPME coatings, dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD or brushite) and hydroxyapatite (HAP) were validly and homogeneously one-step electrodeposited on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) under different conditions. The coatings were characterized by XRD, FTIR, SEM, CV and EIS. The apatite SPME coatings showed excellent and selective adsorbability to fluoride ions. A novel indirect voltammetric strategy for sensitive detection of fluoride was proposed using K3Fe(CN)6 as indicating probe. The detection principle of fluoride ions was based on the increment of steric hindrance after fluoride adsorption, which resulting in the decrease of the amperometric signal to Fe(CN)6(3-). The liner ranges were 0.5-20.0 μmol/L for n-DCPD/GCE with the limit of detection of 0.14 μmol/L and 0.1-50.0 μmol/L for n-HAP/GCE with the limit of detection of 0.069 μmol/L, respectively. The developed method was applied to the analysis of water samples (lake, spring and tap water) and the recovery values were found to be in the range of 90-106%. PMID:24054624

  8. Characterization of surface enhancement of carbon ion-implanted TiN coatings by metal vapor vacuum arc ion implantation

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    Chang, C L

    2002-01-01

    The modification of the surfaces of energetic carbon-implanted TiN films using metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) ion implantation was investigated, by varying ion energy and dose. The microhardness, microstructure and chemical states of carbon, implanted on the surface layer of TiN films, were examined, as functions of ion energy and dose, by nanoindenter, transmission electron microscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Results revealed that the microhardness increased from 16.8 up to 25.3 GPa and the friction coefficient decreased to approximately 0.2, depending on the implanted ion energy and dose. The result is attributed to the new microcrystalline phases of TiCN and TiC formed, and carbon concentration saturation of the implanted matrix can enhance the partial mechanical property of TiN films after MEVVA treatment. The concentration distribution, implantation depth and chemical states of carbon-implanted TiN coatings depended strongly on the ion dose and...

  9. The development of a low-pressure proportional chamber for particle detection in ion-X-ray-coincidence experiments and a study of inner shell differential ionisation probabilities

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    The ionisation chamber is based on design principles of the chambers used in high energy physics. With a low mass coverage of less than 1 mg/cm2 heavy ions (Z>20) with energies higher than 10 MeV can be detected in both spacial directions. Experiments have been performed to measure the K-shell ionisation probability and to study the quasi-molecular L-radiation, in the case of which structures in the differential emission cross-sections have been observed. In addition, by double differential measurements the formation of short-lifed molecular states can be studied. (DG)

  10. Computational Evaluation of Amorphous Carbon Coating for Durable Silicon Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the structural, mechanical, and electronic properties of graphite-like amorphous carbon coating on bulky silicon to examine whether it can improve the durability of the silicon anodes of lithium-ion batteries using molecular dynamics simulations and ab-initio electronic structure calculations. Structural models of carbon coating are constructed using molecular dynamics simulations of atomic carbon deposition with low incident energies (1–16 eV. As the incident energy decreases, the ratio of sp2 carbons increases, that of sp3 decreases, and the carbon films become more porous. The films prepared with very low incident energy contain lithium-ion conducting channels. Also, those films are electrically conductive to supplement the poor conductivity of silicon and can restore their structure after large deformation to accommodate the volume change during the operations. As a result of this study, we suggest that graphite-like porous carbon coating on silicon will extend the lifetime of the silicon anodes of lithium-ion batteries.

  11. Study on the dose response characteristics of a scanning liquid ion-chamber electronic portal imaging device

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    Ma Shao Gang; Song Yi Xin

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To study the dose response characteristics and the influence factors such as gantry angle, field size and acquisition mode on the dosimetric response curves, when using a scanning liquid ion-chamber electronic portal imaging device (EPID) for dose verification. Methods: All experiments were carried out on a Varian 600 C/D accelerator (6 MV X-ray) equipped with a Varian PortalVision sup T sup M MK2 type EPID. To obtain the dose response curve, the relationship between the incident radiation intensity to the detector and the pixel value output from the EPID were established. Firstly, the different dose rates of 6 MV X-rays were obtained by varying SSD. Secondly, three digital portal images were acquired for each dose rate using the EPID and averaged to avoid the influence of the dose rate fluctuations of the accelerator. The pixel values of all images were read using self-designed image analysis software, and and average for a region consisting of 11 x 11 pixels around the center was taken as the res...

  12. Properties of TiN coatings deposited by the method of condensation with ion bombardment accompanied by high-energy ion beam

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    Vacuum-sputtering adapted commercial facility based coating of stainless steel with titanium nitride followed two procedures: ion bombardment condensation (IBC) and IBC under simultaneous effect of ion beam (IB). The deposition rate was equal to 0.1 μm min-1; the investigated coatings were characterized by 2.5 μm depth. Comparison analysis of features and characteristics of the specimens, as well as, full-scale tests of a coated cutting tool enabled to make conclusions about advantages of application of IB assisted IBC technology in contrast to the reference IBC technology

  13. TEM investigations of Ni-Cu thin film coatings, obtained by multilayer technique, coevaporation, and ion beam assisted deposition

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    The microstructural aspects of three different thin film coatings of NiCu at the equiatomic concentration are studied by TEM investigations. Those coatings are: multilayered samples, coevaporated samples, and ion beam assisted codeposited samples. In all cases, under certain experimental conditions of irradiation and annealing, an unexpected L10 ordered phase precipitates in the solid solution matrix of NiCu. (author)

  14. Electrochemical performance of SiO2-coated LiFePO4 cathode materials for lithium ion battery

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    Research highlights: → The surface of LiFePO4/C particles was coated with SiO2 via a sol-gel method. → The existence of SiO2 coating effectively enhanced the discharge capacity, reduced capacity fading at high temperature and alleviated the cell impedance. → The SiO2 coating played a regulatory role for Li-ion inserting the lattice, by increasing the order of lithium ion intercalating the outer lattice of the particle. - Abstract: The surface of LiFePO4/C particles was coated with SiO2 via a sol-gel method, and the electrochemical performance of SiO2-coated LiFePO4 cathode materials at room temperature and 55 deg. C was investigated. Compared with pristine LiFePO4, the structure of LiFePO4 with SiO2 coating had no change, the existence of SiO2 coating effectively enhanced the cycling capacity, reduced capacity fading at high temperature and alleviated the cell impedance. The SiO2 coating played a regulatory role for Li-ion inserting the lattice, by increasing the order of lithium ion intercalating the outer lattice of the particle. As a consequence, capacity retention improves significantly.

  15. Influence of oxygen ion irradiation on the corrosion aspects of Ti-5%Ta-2%Nb alloy and oxide coated titanium

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    The corrosion resistance of Ti-5%Ta-2%Nb alloy and DOCTOR (double oxide coating on titanium for reconditioning) coated titanium by O5+ ion irradiation were compared and investigated for their corrosion behaviour. O5+ ion irradiations were carried out at a dose rate of 1 x 1017, 1 x 1018 and 1 x 1019 ions/m2 at 116 MeV. The surface properties and corrosion resistance were evaluated by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), glancing-angle X-ray diffraction (GXRD) and electrochemical testing methods. The results of electrochemical investigations in 11.5 N HNO3 indicated that the open circuit potential (OCP) of DOCTOR coated titanium is nobler than Ti-5%Ta-2%Nb alloy. The potentiodynamic polarization study of Ti-5%Ta-2%Nb alloy and DOCTOR coated specimen indicated decrease in passive current density with increase in ion doses (1 x 1017 to 1 x 1019 ions/m2) indicating decrease in anodic dissolution. Nyquist arc behaviour in the electrochemical impedance study substantiated the enhancement in oxide layer stability by O5+ ion irradiation. AFM results revealed that the DOCTOR coated Ti surface was dense without gross voids, and the surface roughness decreased by O5+ ion irradiation, but increased after corrosion test. EDX and GXRD patterns of DOCTOR coated Ti sample indicated that the coating was mainly composed of rutile TiO2. Based on the above results, the O5+ ion irradiation effect on corrosion behavior of Ti-5%Ta-2%Nb alloy and DOCTOR coated titanium are discussed in this paper

  16. Synthesis and characterization of CrCN–DLC composite coatings by cathodic arc ion-plating

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    Wang, R.Y. [School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Wang, L.L. [Key Laboratory of Artificial Nanomaterials and Nanostructure of Ministry of Education, School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Liu, H.D. [School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Yan, S.J. [Key Laboratory of Artificial Nanomaterials and Nanostructure of Ministry of Education, School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Chen, Y.M. [School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Fu, D.J. [Key Laboratory of Artificial Nanomaterials and Nanostructure of Ministry of Education, School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Yang, B., E-mail: toyangbing@163.com [School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China)

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    CrCN–DLC composite coatings were deposited onto silicon (1 0 0) and cemented carbides substrates using pure Cr targets under C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ambient by cathodic arc ion plating system. The influence of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate on the structure and mechanical properties of the coatings was investigated systemically. The coatings structure and bonding state were characterized by XRD, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The chemical composition was measured by EDS. The mechanical performance and tribological behaviour of the coatings were studied by a hardness tester and ball-on-disc wear tester. The results showed that with increasing C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate from 50 to 100 sccm, the corresponding hardness of coatings increased firstly and then decreased with further addition of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate. The coatings deposited at lower C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate (less than 200 sccm) exhibited a relatively higher hardness value (more than HV{sub 0.025}2000) and then the hardness decrease with increasing C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate. The friction coefficient also exhibited similar variation trend, when the C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate was higher than 100 sccm, the friction coefficient decreased and then maintained in a relatively lower value from 0.18 to 0.24, which may be attribute to the increasing carbon content and the coating exhibited more diamond-like structure.

  17. New Possibilities for Building High-Vacuum Chambers Using Glued Aluminum Plates and Application to Sputtered Nanocomposite Coatings

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    Abu Shgair, Khaleel N.

    2002-01-01

    In this work the investigation of a (Ti, Al, Si) N system was done. The main point of investigation was to study the possibility of getting the nanocomposite coatings structures by deposition of multilayer films from TiN, AlSiN, . This tries to understand the relation between the mechanical properties (hardness, Young s modulus), and the microstructure (nanocrystalline with individual phases). Particularly special attention was given to the temperature effects on microstructural changes in an...

  18. PERFORMANCE, COMBUSTION AND EMISSION CHARACTERISTICS OF PZT LOADED CYANATE MODIFIED EPOXY COATED COMBUSTION CHAMBER IN DIESEL ENGINE

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    Full Text Available Energy conservation and emissions have become increasing concern over the past few decades. PZT loaded cyanate modified epoxy (60EPCY 20PI coated material were initially investigated for adiabatic diesel engines based on first law of thermodynamics prediction of significant fuel economy improvements, reduction in heat rejection and potential increased power density of the diesel engines. The purpose of 60EPCY 20PI is to focus on developing binder systems with low thermal conductivity and improve the coating durability under high load condition. The coating material is made up of 20% Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT in 60% Cyanate modified Epoxy system. The triazine ring of cyanate ester offers better thermal resistance characteristics to the epoxy system. Experimental investigation is carried out under different load condition on a single cylinder dieselengine with PZT loaded cyanate modified epoxy resin system of 0.5 mm thickness to the piston, cylinder head with valves and cylinder liner. The result showed 15.89 %of reduced specific fuel consumption. Emissions of unburnt hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide are reduced.

  19. Chamber transport

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    OLSON,CRAIG L.

    2000-05-17

    Heavy ion beam transport through the containment chamber plays a crucial role in all heavy ion fusion (HIF) scenarios. Here, several parameters are used to characterize the operating space for HIF beams; transport modes are assessed in relation to evolving target/accelerator requirements; results of recent relevant experiments and simulations of HIF transport are summarized; and relevant instabilities are reviewed. All transport options still exist, including (1) vacuum ballistic transport, (2) neutralized ballistic transport, and (3) channel-like transport. Presently, the European HIF program favors vacuum ballistic transport, while the US HIF program favors neutralized ballistic transport with channel-like transport as an alternate approach. Further transport research is needed to clearly guide selection of the most attractive, integrated HIF system.

  20. Preparation of diffusion coatings in ion-electron melts

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    Anfinogenov; A.; I.; Chebykin; V.; V.; Chernov; Ya.; B.

    2005-01-01

    A procedure of Ni, Cr, Mn, Co, and Mo (Me) transfer onto iron substrate in ionic-electronic melts LiCl-Li, CaCl2-Ca, and BaCl2-Ba was elaborated and the transport processes were studied. The saturated vapor pressure of these ionic-electronic melts is as low as enabled working at atmosphere pressure in an inert media up to 1000 ℃.Armco iron was used as a substrate because it practically does not interact with lithium, calcium, and barium. The metals-diffusants were put into the melts in the form of a powder. The complete saturation of the melts with lithium, calcium, and barium was ensured by a preceding contact of a molten salt with an excess of Li, Ca, or Ba before loading of iron.The reactions take place despite the metals and iron were separated from each other by the molten salt. The quantity of the metals transfered was determined by the change in mass before and after experiments, by microprobe analysis, and x-raying of the iron surface layer. The experiments were carried out at 900, 950 and 1000℃ during 5, 10, 15 and 20 hours.At the first stage of the process the formation of the ionic-electronic melt occurs. For example, dissolution of calcium in the case of the system CaCl2-Ca is mainly proceeded in the form of one-valent cations: Ca + Ca2+()Ca+. As soon as the metal-diffusance is immersed into the melt, its dissolution in the form of negative ions takes place: Me + Ca+() Me-+ Ca2+. In the vicinity of the iron substrate the last equilibrium will shift to the left generating a solid solution or intermetallide. The thickness of the diffusion layer rises as the temperature and saturation time increase. The obtained coverings were 20-60 (m thick,and their surface layer contained 15%-80% (mass fraction) of the metal-diffusance.Both the composition of the melt and the procedure of the coverings preparation in ionic-electronic melts have been patented (Patent RU2058422, 1996, pr. 30.09.93).

  1. Evaluation of the accuracy of 3DVH software estimates of dose to virtual ion chamber and film in composite IMRT QA

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    Purpose: A novel patient-specific intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) QA system, 3DVH software and mapcheck 2, purports to be able to use diode array-measured beam doses and the patient's DICOM RT plan, structure set, and dose files to predict the delivered 3D dose distribution in the patient for comparison to the treatment planning system (TPS) calculated doses. In this study, the composite dose to an ion chamber and film in phantom predicted by the 3DVH and mapcheck 2 system is compared to the actual measured chamber and film doses. If validated in this context, then 3DVH can be used to perform an equivalent dose analysis as that obtained with film dosimetry and ion chamber-based composite IMRT QA. This is important for those losing their ability to perform film dosimetry for true composite IMRT QA and provides a measure of confidence in the accuracy of 3DVH 3D dose calculations which may replace phantom-based IMRT QA. Methods: The dosimetric results from 15 consecutive patient-specific IMRT QA tests performed by composite field irradiation of ion chamber and EDR2 film in a solid water phantom were compared to the predicted doses for those virtual detectors based on the calculated 3D dose by the 3DVH software using mapcheck 2 measured doses of each beam within each plan. For each of the 15 cases, immediately after performing the ion chamber plus film measurements, the mapcheck 2 was used to measure the dose for each beam of the plan. The dose to the volume of the virtual ion chamber and the dose distribution in the plane of the virtual film calculated by the 3DVH software was extracted. The ratio of the measured to 3DVH or eclipse-predicted ion chamber doses was calculated. The same plane in the phantom measured using film and calculated with eclipse was exported from 3DVH and the 2D gamma metric was used to compare the relationship between the film doses and the eclipse or 3DVH predicted planar doses. Also, the 3D gamma value was calculated in the 3DVH

  2. Coatings.

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    Anderson, Dennis G.

    1989-01-01

    This review covers analytical techniques applicable to the examination of coatings, raw materials, and substrates upon which coatings are placed. Techniques include chemical and electrochemical methods, chromatography, spectroscopy, thermal analysis, microscopy, and miscellaneous techniques. (MVL)

  3. Improving the electrochemical properties of nanosized LiFePO4-based electrode by boron doping

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    Highlights: • Thermal treatment of boron phosphate with LiFePO4 provides electrode materials with high performance in lithium half-cells: 160 mAh·g-1 (90% of theoretical capacity) under C/5 rate • The products are composites containing boron-modified LiFePO4, FePO4 and an amorphous phase with ionic diffusion properties • The boron treatment affects textural, conductive and lithium diffusivity of the electrode material leading to higher performance • A limited boron-doping of the phospholivine structure is observed - Abstract: Electrode materials with homogeneous distribution of boron were obtained by heating mixtures of nanosized carbon-coated lithium iron phosphate and BPO4 in 3-9% weight at 700 °C. The materials can be described as nanocomposites containing i) LiFePO4, possibly doped with a low amount of boron, ii) FePO4 and iii) an amorphous layer based on Li4P2O7-derived material that surrounds the phosphate particles. The thermal treatment with BPO4 also triggered changes in the carbon coating graphitic order. Galvanostatic and voltammetric studies in lithium half-cells showed smaller polarisation, higher capacity and better cycle life for the boron-doped composites. For instance, one of the solids, called B6-LiFePO4, provided close to 150 and 140 mAhg-1 (87% and 81% of theoretical capacity, respectively) under C/2.5 and C regimes after several cycles. Improved specific surface area, carbon graphitization, conductivity and lithium ion diffusivity in the boron-doped phospholivine network account for this excellent rate performance. The properties of an amorphous layer surrounding the phosphate particles also account for such higher performance

  4. Bucky-gel coated glassy carbon electrodes, for voltammetric detection of femtomolar leveled lead ions.

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    Wan, Qijin; Yu, Fen; Zhu, Lina; Wang, Xiaoxia; Yang, Nianjun

    2010-10-15

    Femtomolar (fM) leveled lead ions were electrochemically detected using a bucky-gel coated glassy carbon electrode and differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry. The bucky-gel was composed of dithizone, ionic liquid (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate), and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The fabrication of the bucky-gel coated electrode was optimized. The modified electrode was characterized with voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and chronoamperometry. After the accumulation of lead ions into the bucky-gel modified electrode at -1.2V vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE) for 5 min in a pH 4.4 sodium acetate-acetate acid buffer solution, differential pulse anodic stripping voltammograms of the accumulated lead show an anodic wave at -0.58 V. The anodic peak current is detectable for lead ions in the concentration range from 1.0 μM down to 500 fM. The detection limit is calculated to be 100 fM. The proposed method was successfully applied for the detection of lead ions in lake water. PMID:20875583

  5. A coated-wire ion-selective electrode for ionic calcium measurements

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    Hines, John W.; Arnaud, Sara; Madou, Marc; Joseph, Jose; Jina, Arvind

    1991-01-01

    A coated-wire ion-selective electrode for measuring ionic calcium was developed, in collaboration with Teknektron Sensor Development Corporation (TSDC). This coated wire electrode sensor makes use of advanced, ion-responsive polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane technology, whereby the electroactive agent is incorporated into a polymeric film. The technology greatly simplifies conventional ion-selective electrode measurement technology, and is envisioned to be used for real-time measurement of physiological and environment ionic constituents, initially calcium. A primary target biomedical application is the real-time measurement of urinary and blood calcium changes during extended exposure to microgravity, during prolonged hospital or fracture immobilization, and for osteoporosis research. Potential advanced life support applications include monitoring of calcium and other ions, heavy metals, and related parameters in closed-loop water processing and management systems. This technology provides a much simplified ionic calcium measurement capability, suitable for both automated in-vitro, in-vivo, and in-situ measurement applications, which should be of great interest to the medical, scientific, chemical, and space life sciences communities.

  6. SU-E-T-562: Scanned Percent Depth Dose Curve Discrepancy for Photon Beams with Physical Wedge in Place (Varian IX) Using Different Sensitive Volume Ion Chambers

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    Purpose: To investigate and report the discrepancy of scanned percent depth dose (PDD) for photon beams with physical wedge in place when using ion chambers with different sensitive volumes. Methods/Materials: PDD curves of open fields and physical wedged fields (15, 30, 45, and 60 degree wedge) were scanned for photon beams (6MV and 10MV, Varian iX) with field size of 5x5 and 10x10 cm using three common scanning chambers with different sensitive volumes - PTW30013 (0.6cm3), PTW23323 (0.1cm3) and Exradin A16 (0.007cm3). The scanning system software used was OmniPro version 6.2, and the scanning water tank was the Scanditronix Wellhoffer RFA 300.The PDD curves from the three chambers were compared. Results: Scanned PDD curves of the same energy beams for open fields were almost identical between three chambers, but the wedged fields showed non-trivial differences. The largest differences were observed between chamber PTW30013 and Exradin A16. The differences increased as physical wedge angle increased. The differences also increased with depth, and were more pronounced for 6MV beam. Similar patterns were shown for both 5x5 and 10x10 cm field sizes. For open fields, all PDD values agreed with each other within 1% at 10cm depth and within 1.62% at 20 cm depth. For wedged fields, the difference of PDD values between PTW30013 and A16 reached 4.09% at 10cm depth, and 5.97% at 20 cm depth for 6MV with 60 degree physical wedge. Conclusion: We observed a significant difference in scanned PDD curves of photon beams with physical wedge in place obtained when using different sensitive volume ion chambers. The PDD curves scanned with the smallest sensitive volume ion chamber showed significant difference from larger chamber results, beyond 10cm depth. We believe this to be caused by varying response to beam hardening by the wedges

  7. Analytical boron diffusivity model in silicon for thermal diffusion from boron silicate glass film

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    Kurachi, Ikuo; Yoshioka, Kentaro

    2015-09-01

    An analytical boron diffusivity model in silicon for thermal diffusion from a boron silicate glass (BSG) film has been proposed in terms of enhanced diffusion due to boron-silicon interstitial pair formation. The silicon interstitial generation is considered to be a result of the silicon kick-out mechanism by the diffused boron at the surface. The additional silicon interstitial generation in the bulk silicon is considered to be the dissociation of the diffused pairs. The former one causes the surface boron concentration dependent diffusion. The latter one causes the local boron concentration dependent diffusion. The calculated boron profiles based on the diffusivity model are confirmed to agree with the actual diffusion profiles measured by secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) for a wide range of the BSG boron concentration. This analytical diffusivity model is a helpful tool for p+ boron diffusion process optimization of n-type solar cell manufacturing.

  8. Polyethylene separator: stretched and coated with porous nickel oxide nanoparticles for enhancement of its efficiency in Li-ion batteries

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • To exhibit the nickel oxide coating effect on stretched polyethylene separator. • Porous and hydrophobic nature of coated separator. • Coated separator with high ionic conductivity and low MacMullin number. • Coated separator enhances the cycle life. • Coated separator with faster shutdown property improves the safety of Li-ion batteries. - Abstract: Polyethylene separator of 300% uni-axial stretching ratio is dip-coated with sol-gel synthesized NiO nanoparticles. The crystalline structure and the porous nature of the synthesized NiOnano particles are confirmed using X-Ray diffractometer (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). The dip-coated stretched PE separator is to be observed with high ionic conductivity of 2.12 mS cm-1 and lower MacMullin number of 3.9 compared to the uncoated stretched PE separator. With regard to the thermal behavior coated separator has around six times lower enthalpy value, lower weight loss, and lower thermal shrinkage behavior as proven by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) and even when exposed to high temperature, respectively. The above characteristics of coated separator enhance the safety of Li-ion batteries. The electrochemical property is tested using electrochemical cycler and Li-ion cells with coated separator possess a similar initial discharge capacity but with enhanced capacity retention ratio of 95.73%. The obtained cycling behavior is well scrutinized by plotting the discharge profile and also by measuring its interfacial stability i.e., charge transfer resistance (Rct) based on cycle numbers using electrochemical impedance spectroscope (EIS). Improved rate capability behavior of Li-ion cells with coated separator is also demonstrated

  9. Characterization tests of a homemade ionization chamber in mammography standard radiation beams

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    A mammography homemade ionization chamber was developed to be applied for mammography energy range dosimetry. This chamber has a sensitive volume of 6 cm3 and is made of a Lucite body and graphite coated collecting electrode. Characteristics such as saturation, ion collection efficiency, linearity of chamber response versus air kerma rate and energy dependence were determined. The results obtained with the mammography homemade ionization chamber are within the limits stated in international recommendations. This chamber can be used in quality control programs in the diagnostic radiology area. All measurements were carried out at the Calibration Laboratory of IPEN. - Highlights: • We constructed a mammography homemade ionization chamber. It was submitted to standard mammography X-rays beam qualities. • The results obtained showed good agreement with international standards. • This chamber can be used in quality control programs of diagnostic radiology area

  10. Improvement of the wear resistance of electroplated Au-Ni coatings by Zr ion bombardment of Ni-B sublayer

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    The effect of bombardment of the Ni-B sublayer by Zr ion beams on the surface morphology and tribomechanical properties of Au-Ni coatings was investigated. It was found that the treatment has no significant effect on the surface roughness and grain size of the Au-Ni coatings, while it provides essential reducing of their friction coefficient and improvement of wear resistance. It is shown that increased wear resistance of these coatings was caused by their strain hardening resulted from localization of plastic strain. The optimal Zr fluence were determined that provide the maximum reduction of linear wear of the coatings

  11. Implementation of TiAIN and CrN coatings and ion implantation in the modern plastics moulding industry

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    Two methods of surface improvement widely used in the modern plastics industry are compared, with a view to improving productivity and product quality. Ion implantation of plastics and physical vapour deposition coatings both offer surface engineering advantages. Each method is described and evaluated with reference to plastics moulding. TiAIN coatings are used to protect hard bulk materials, subjected to evenly distributed loads. The more ductile CrN coatings are used for softer materials which give less support to the coatings. (UK)

  12. Boron and Nitrogen Codoped Carbon Layers of LiFePO4 Improve the High-Rate Electrochemical Performance for Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Zhang, Jinli; Nie, Ning; Liu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Jiao; Yu, Feng; Gu, Junjie; Li, Wei

    2015-09-16

    An evolutionary composite of LiFePO4 with nitrogen and boron codoped carbon layers was prepared by processing hydrothermal-synthesized LiFePO4. This novel codoping method is successfully applied to LiFePO4 for commercial use, and it achieved excellent electrochemical performance. The electrochemical performance can be improved through single nitrogen doping (LiFePO4/C-N) or boron doping (LiFePO4/C-B). When modifying the LiFePO4/C-B with nitrogen (to synthesis LiFePO4/C-B+N) the undesired nonconducting N-B configurations (190.1 and 397.9 eV) are generated. This decreases the electronic conductivity from 2.56×10(-2) to 1.30×10(-2) S cm(-1) resulting in weak electrochemical performance. Nevertheless, using the opposite order to decorate LiFePO4/C-N with boron (to obtain LiFePO4/C-N+B) not only eliminates the nonconducting N-B impurity, but also promotes the conductive C-N (398.3, 400.3, and 401.1 eV) and C-B (189.5 eV) configurations-this markedly improves the electronic conductivity to 1.36×10(-1) S cm(-1). Meanwhile the positive doping strategy leads to synergistic electrochemical activity distinctly compared with single N- or B-doped materials (even much better than their sum capacity at 20 C). Moreover, due to the electron and hole-type carriers donated by nitrogen and boron atoms, the N+B codoped carbon coating tremendously enhances the electrochemical property: at the rate of 20 C, the codoped sample can elevate the discharge capacity of LFP/C from 101.1 mAh g(-1) to 121.6 mAh g(-1), and the codoped product based on commercial LiFePO4/C shows a discharge capacity of 78.4 mAh g(-1) rather than 48.1 mAh g(-1). Nevertheless, the B+N codoped sample decreases the discharge capacity of LFP/C from 101.1 mAh g(-1) to 95.4 mAh g(-1), while the commercial LFP/C changes from 48.1 mAh g(-1) to 40.6 mAh g(-1). PMID:26305802

  13. Plasma Processes : Plasma sprayed alumina coatings for radiation detector development

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    Mary Alex; V Balagi; K R Prasad; K P Sreekumar; P V Ananthapadmanabhan

    2000-11-01

    Conventional design of radiation detectors uses sintered ceramic insulating modules. The major drawback of these ceramic components is their inherent brittleness. Ion chambers, in which these ceramic spacers are replaced by metallic components with plasma spray coated alumina, have been developed in our Research Centre. These components act as thin spacers that have good mechanical strength as well as high electrical insulation and replace alumina insulators with the same dimensions. As a result, the design of the beam loss monitor ion chamber for CAT could be simplified by coating the outer surface of the HT electrode with alumina. One of the chambers developed for isotope calibrator for brachytherapy gamma sources has its outer aluminium electrode (60 mm dia × 220 mm long) coated with 250 thick alumina (97%) + titania (3%). In view of potential applications in neutron-sensitive ion chambers used in reactor control instrumentation, studies were carried out on alumina 100 to 500 thick coatings on copper, aluminium and SS components. The electrical insulation varied from 108 ohms to 1012 ohms for coating thicknesses above 200 . The porosity in the coating resulted in some fall in electrical insulation due to moisture absorption. An improvement could be achieved by providing the ceramic surface with moisture-repellent silicone oil coating. Irradiation at Apsara reactor core location showed that the coating on aluminium was found to be unaffected after exposure to 1017 nvt fluence.

  14. Core-Shell Coating Silicon Anode Interfaces with Coordination Complex for Stable Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Zhou, Jinqiu; Qian, Tao; Wang, Mengfan; Xu, Na; Zhang, Qi; Li, Qun; Yan, Chenglin

    2016-03-01

    In situ core-shell coating was used to improve the electrochemical performance of Si-based anodes with polypyrrole-Fe coordination complex. The vast functional groups in the organometallic coordination complex easily formed hydrogen bonds when in situ modifying commercial Si nanoparticles. The incorporation of polypyrrole-Fe resulted in the conformal conductive coating surrounding each Si nanoparticle, not only providing good electrical connection to the particles but also promoting the formation of a stable solid-electrolyte-interface layer on the Si electrode surface, enhancing the cycling properties. As an anode material for Li-ion batteries, modified silicon powders exhibited high reversible capacity (3567 mAh/g at 0.3 A/g), good rate property (549.12 mAh/g at 12 A/g), and excellent cycling performance (reversible capacity of 1500 mAh/g after 800 cycles at 1.2 A/g). The constructed novel concept of core-shell coating Si particles presented a promising route for facile and large-scale production of Si-based anodes for extremely durable Li-ion batteries, which provided a wide range of applications in the field of energy storage of the renewable energy derived from the solar energy, hydropower, tidal energy, and geothermal heat. PMID:26863089

  15. Fabrication of boron-phosphide neutron detectors

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

  16. High-temperature tensile behavior of a boron nitride-coated silicon carbide-fiber glass-ceramic composite

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    Tensile properties of a cross-ply glass-ceramic composite were investigated by conducting fracture, creep, and fatigue experiments at both room temperature and high temperatures in air. The composite consisted of a barium magnesium aluminosilicate (BMAS) glass-ceramic matrix reinforced with SiC fibers with a SiC/BN coating. The material exhibited retention of most tensile properties up to 1,200 C. Monotonic tensile fracture tests produced ultimate strengths of 230--300 MPa with failure strains of ∼1%, and no degradation in ultimate strength was observed at 1,100 and 1,200 C. In creep experiments at 1,100 C, nominal steady-state creep rates in the 10-9 s-1 range were established after a period of transient creep. Tensile stress rupture experiments at 1,100 and 1,200 C lasted longer than one year at stress levels above the corresponding proportional limit stresses for those temperatures. Tensile fatigue experiments were conducted in which the maximum applied stress was slightly greater than the proportional limit stress of the matrix, and, in these experiments, the composite survived 105 cycles without fracture at temperatures up to 1,200 C. Microscopic damage mechanisms were investigated by TEM, and microstructural observations of tested samples were correlated with the mechanical response. The SiC/BN fiber coatings effectively inhibited diffusion and reaction at the interface during high-temperature testing. The BN layer also provided a weak interfacial bond that resulted in damage-tolerant fracture behavior

  17. Analysis of boronized wall in LHD

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    Boronization has been carried out in some experimental fusion devices as one of wall conditioning Methods. The well-known merits of the boronization are as follows: 1) coated-boron on the first wall has strong gettering function for oxygen impurities and oxygen has been kept into boron films as a boron-oxide and 2) boron film covers first wall with apparently low Z materials facing the plasma. However, an operation scenario of boronization for next generation devices such as ITER is not optimized. In this paper, we discuss an optimized method of coated film uniformity in a wide area and a lifetime of boron film as an oxygen getter using experimental data in the large helical device (LHD). In LHD, boronization by glow discharges has been carried out a few times during each experimental campaign. Helium-diborane mixtured gas is used and plasma facing components (PFM) are stainless steel (SS) for the first wall and carbon for the divertor plates kept in the room temperature. Material probes made of SS316 and Si were installed in the vacuum vessel and exposed during the experimental campaign. Depth profiles of their impurities were analyzed using the X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and the Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Two types of gettering process by boron film have been investigated. One is the process during boronization and the other is that after boronization. Concerning a lifetime of boron film, the distribution of oxygen near the top surface region (0 to 20 nm) indicates a process of oxygen gettering, it shows a contribution after boronization. In this paper, these kinds of process using material probes are shown. (authors)

  18. Electrically driven ion separations and nanofiltration through membranes coated with polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    Polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) films deposited using the layer-by-layer (LBL) method are attractive for their simple deposition, tailorable nature, scalability, and charge or size-based selectivity for solutes. This dissertation explores ion separations in electrodialysis (ED) and solute removal through nanofiltration with PEMs deposited on polymer membranes. ED membranes typically exhibit modest selectivities between monovalent and divalent ions. In contrast, this work shows that K+/Mg 2+ ED selectivities reach values >1000 when using Nafion 115 cation-exchange membranes coated with multilayer poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS)/protonated poly(allylamine) (PAH) films. For comparison, the corresponding K+ /Mg2+ selectivity of bare Nafion 115 is 20,000, presumably because the applied current is below the limiting value for K+ and H+ transport is negligible at this high K+ concentration. The high selectivities of these membranes may enable electrodialysis applications such as purification of salts that contain divalent or trivalent ions. The high ED selectivities of (PAH/PSS)5PAH-coated Nafion membranes translate to separations with Li+/Co2+ and K +/La3+. Even with adsorption of only 3 polyelectrolyte layers, Nafion membranes exhibit a Li+/Co2+ selectivity >23. However, the resistance to monovalent-ion passage does not decrease significantly with fewer polyelectrolyte layers. At overlimiting currents, hydroxides from water splitting form insoluble metal hydroxides to foul the membrane. With 0.1 M source-phase salt concentrations, transference numbers for monovalent cations approach unity and selectivities are >5000 because the diffusion-limited K+ or Li+ currents exceed the applied current. However, ED selectivities gradually decline with time. Thus, future research should aim to increase membrane stability and limiting currents to fully exploit the remarkable selectivity of these membranes. PEMs deposited on commercial ultrafiltration (UF) membranes also show high

  19. Tribotechnical properties of the bearing steel with MoSx coating after the treatment with molybdenum ion beam

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    A study is made into the effect of molybdenum ion beam treatment on tribological properties of a bearing steel type ShKh-15 with an electron beam sputtered MoS2 coating. It is revealed that ion beam treatment results in a decrease of friction and material wear, the effect being dependent on film thickness, radiation doses and test conditions

  20. Ion nitriding of zirconia coated on stainless steel: structure and mechanical properties

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    Caruso, R.; Gomez, B.J.; Sanctis, O. de; Feugeas, J.; Diaz-Parralejo, A.; Sanchez-Bajo, F

    2004-12-01

    ZrO{sub 2}-3 mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-coated AISI 310 stainless steel was nitrided using a plasma produced by dc pulsed discharge in a mixture of N{sub 2} and H{sub 2} at an equilibrium temperature of 450 deg. C. The phase structure and surface morphology were investigated by X-ray diffractometry and atomic force microscopy, respectively. Glow discharge optical emission spectrometry was used to measure the depth composition of samples. The mechanical properties were studied by means ultramicrohardness indentation tests. Nitrogen atoms enter in the zirconia substituting to the oxygen atoms in the network. However, the nitrogen content measured in zirconia coating is greater than the allowed maximum content of nitrogen in doped-zirconia solid solution. The ion-nitriding process alters the surface topography of the zirconia coatings. The nitruration improves the mechanical responses of the ZrO{sub 2}-3 mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-coated AISI 310 stainless steel.