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  1. Ab initio study of C14 laves phases in Fe-based systems

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    Pavlu J.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Structural properties and energetics of Fe-based C14 Laves phases at various compositions (i.e. Fe2Fe, Fe2X, X2Fe, X2X, where X stands for Si, Cr, Mo, W, Ta were investigated using the pseudopotential VASP (Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package code employing the PAW-PBE (Projector Augmented Wave - Perdew Burke-Ernzerhof pseudopotentials. Full relaxation was performed for all structures studied including the reference states of elemental constituents and the equilibrium structure parameters as well as bulk moduli were found. The structure parameters of experimentally found structures were very well reproduced by our calculations. It was also found that the lattice parameters and volumes of the unit cell decrease with increasing molar fraction of iron. Thermodynamic analysis shows that the Fe2X configurations of Laves phases are more stable than the X2Fe ones. Some of the X2Fe configurations are even unstable with respect to the weighted average of the Laves phases of elemental constituents. Our calculations predict the stability of Fe2Ta. On the other hand, Fe2Mo and Fe2W are slightly unstable (3.19 and 0.68 kJ.mol-1, respectively and hypothetical structures Fe2Cr and Fe2Si are found unstable as well.

  2. Microstructural Evolution and Compressive Properties of Two-Phase Nb-Fe Alloys Containing the C14 Laves Phase NbFe2 Intermetallic Compound

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    Li, K. W.; Wang, X. B.; Wang, W. X.; Li, S. M.; Gong, D. Q.; Fu, H. Z.

    2016-02-01

    Microstructural evolution and compressive properties of two-phase Nb-Fe binary alloys based on the C14 Laves phase NbFe2 were characterized at both the hypo- and hypereutectic compositions. The experimental results indicated that the microstructures of the two alloys consisted of fully eutectics containing Fe and NbFe2 phases at the bottom of the ingots corresponding to the largest solidification rates. With the decrease of solidification rate, the microstructures developed into primary Fe (NbFe2) dendrites plus eutectics in the middle and top parts of the ingots. The microstructural evolutions along the axis of the ingots were analyzed by considering the competitive growth between the primary phase and eutectic as well as using microstructure selection models based on the maximum interface temperature criterion. Furthermore, the compressive properties of the two alloys were measured and the enhancements were explained in terms of the second Fe phase and halo toughening mechanisms.

  3. First-principles calculations of the stability and hydrogen storage behavior of C14 Laves phase compound TiCrMn

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    Nong, Zhi-Sheng; Zhu, Jing-Chuan; Yang, Xia-Wei; Cao, Yong; Lai, Zhong-Hong; Liu, Yong; Sun, Wen

    2014-06-01

    The structural, elastic properties, electronic structure and hydrogen storage behavior of TiCrMn with a hexagonal C14 structure were investigated by the first-principles calculations within the frame work of DFT. The calculated lattice constants were consistent with the experimental values, and obtained cohesive energy and formation enthalpy showed TiCrMn is of the structural stability. These results also indicated that Mn atoms would optionally substitute on the Cr sites of TiCr2 phase to form the ternary intermetallic TiCrMn. The five independent elastic constants as well as polycrystalline elastic parameters (bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E, Poisson's ratio ν and anisotropy value A) were calculated, and then the ductility and elastic anisotropy of TiCrMn were discussed in details. Furthermore, the electronic DOS and charge density distribution of TiCrMn were also calculated, which revealed the underlying mechanism of structural stability and chemical bonding. Finally, the binding energy of hydrogen in hydride TiCrMn(H3) was investigated, confirming the better hydrogen storage behavior of C14 Laves phase TiCrMn.

  4. Reaction of hydrogen with the Laves phase (C14) TiCr{sub 1.78-x}Mn{sub x} compounds

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    Agresti, F. [Universita di Padova, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Settore Materiali and CNISM, via Marzolo 9, 35131 Padova (Italy); Lo Russo, S. [Universita di Padova, Dipartimento di Fisica and CNISM, via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Maddalena, A.; Principi, G. [Universita di Padova, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Settore Materiali and CNISM, via Marzolo 9, 35131 Padova (Italy); Mazzolai, G. [Universita di Perugia, Dipartimento di Fisica, Via A. Pascoli 5, 06100 Perugia (Italy); Universita Telematica e-Campus, Via Isimbardi 10, Novedrate (Colombia) (Italy); Coluzzi, B.; Biscarini, A. [Universita di Perugia, Dipartimento di Fisica, Via A. Pascoli 5, 06100 Perugia (Italy); Mazzolai, F.M., E-mail: fabio.mazzolai@fisica.unipg.it [Universita di Perugia, Dipartimento di Fisica, Via A. Pascoli 5, 06100 Perugia (Italy); Tuissi, A. [Istituto per l' Energia e le Interfasi, CNR-IENI, C.so Promessi Sposi, 29, Lecco (Italy)

    2009-09-15

    The lattice constants a and c of the as cast hexagonal (C14) Laves phase TiCr{sub 1.78-x}Mn{sub x} (x = 0, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8) have been measured by X-ray diffraction at room temperature as a function of the Mn content. It has been found that a decreases with increasing x while c remains almost unchanged. Being this alloy interesting as material for solid state hydrogen storage, pressure-composition isotherms have been traced on desorption mode for the H{sub 2} gas pressure and temperature varying from 10 to 0.01 MPa and from 209 to 307 K, respectively. From the temperature dependence of the plateau pressure the molar quantities {Delta}H-bar{sub H{sub 2}} and {Delta}S-bar{sub H{sub 2}} associated with the hydride decomposition have been determined as a function of the Mn content. With increasing x, both {Delta}H-bar{sub H{sub 2}} and {Delta}S-bar{sub H{sub 2}} progressively decrease, and the desorption pressure initially decreases (for x {<=} 0.4) then slightly increases. At the same time, the pseudo-plateaus become flatter.

  5. Ferromagnetism in Laves-phase WFe2 nanoparticles

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    Koten, M.A. van; P. Manchanda; B. Balamurugan; Skomski, R.; Sellmyer, D. J.; Shield, J. E.

    2015-01-01

    While rare-earth based Laves phases are known to exhibit large magnetostriction, the magnetic properties of some binary Laves phases containing transition metals alone are not well known. This is because many of these compounds contain refractory elements that complicate melt processing due to high melting temperatures and extensive phase separation. Here, phase-pure WFe2 nanoclusters, with the hexagonal C14 Laves structure, were deposited via inert gas condensation, allowing for the first kn...

  6. Point Defects in Binary Laves-Phase Alloys

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    Liaw, P.K.; Liu, C.T.; Pike, L.M.; Zhu, J.H.

    1999-01-11

    Point defects in the binary C15 NbCrQ and NbCoz, and C 14 NbFe2 systems on both sides of stoichiometry were studied by both bulk density and X-ray Iattiee parameter measurements. It was found that the vacancy concentrations in these systems after quenching from 1000"C are essentially zero. The constitutional defects on both sides of stoichiometry for these systems were found to be of the anti-site type in comparison with the model predictions. Thermal vacancies exhibiting a maximum at the stoichiometric composition were obtained in NbCr2 Laves phase alloys after quenching from 1400"C. However, there are essentially no thermal vacancies in NbFe2 alloys after quenching from 1300oC. Anti-site hardening was found on both sides of stoichiometry for all the tie Laves phase systems studied, while the thermal vacancies in NbCr2 alloys quenched from 1400'C were found to soften the Laves phase. The anti-site hardening of the Laves phases is similar to that of the B2 compounds and the thermal vacancy softening is unique to the Laves phase. Neither the anti-site defects nor the thermal vacancies affect the fracture toughness of the Laves phases significantly.

  7. Point Defects in Binary Laves-Phase Alloys

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    Point defects in the binary C15 NbCrQ and NbCoz, and C 14 NbFe2 systems on both sides of stoichiometry were studied by both bulk density and X-ray Iattiee parameter measurements. It was found that the vacancy concentrations in these systems after quenching from 1000''C are essentially zero. The constitutional defects on both sides of stoichiometry for these systems were found to be of the anti-site type in comparison with the model predictions. Thermal vacancies exhibiting a maximum at the stoichiometric composition were obtained in NbCr2 Laves phase alloys after quenching from 1400''C. However, there are essentially no thermal vacancies in NbFe2 alloys after quenching from 1300oC. Anti-site hardening was found on both sides of stoichiometry for all the tie Laves phase systems studied, while the thermal vacancies in NbCr2 alloys quenched from 1400'C were found to soften the Laves phase. The anti-site hardening of the Laves phases is similar to that of the B2 compounds and the thermal vacancy softening is unique to the Laves phase. Neither the anti-site defects nor the thermal vacancies affect the fracture toughness of the Laves phases significantly

  8. Ferromagnetism in Laves-phase WFe2 nanoparticles

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    M. A. Koten

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available While rare-earth based Laves phases are known to exhibit large magnetostriction, the magnetic properties of some binary Laves phases containing transition metals alone are not well known. This is because many of these compounds contain refractory elements that complicate melt processing due to high melting temperatures and extensive phase separation. Here, phase-pure WFe2 nanoclusters, with the hexagonal C14 Laves structure, were deposited via inert gas condensation, allowing for the first known measurement of ferromagnetism in this phase, with MS of 26.4 emu/g (346 emu/cm3 and a KU of 286 kerg/cm3, at 10 K, and a TC of 550 K.

  9. Ferromagnetism in Laves-phase WFe{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Koten, M. A.; Shield, J. E. [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0526 (United States); Manchanda, P.; Balamurugan, B.; Skomski, R.; Sellmyer, D. J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0299 (United States)

    2015-07-01

    While rare-earth based Laves phases are known to exhibit large magnetostriction, the magnetic properties of some binary Laves phases containing transition metals alone are not well known. This is because many of these compounds contain refractory elements that complicate melt processing due to high melting temperatures and extensive phase separation. Here, phase-pure WFe{sub 2} nanoclusters, with the hexagonal C14 Laves structure, were deposited via inert gas condensation, allowing for the first known measurement of ferromagnetism in this phase, with M{sub S} of 26.4 emu/g (346 emu/cm{sup 3}) and a K{sub U} of 286 kerg/cm{sup 3}, at 10 K, and a T{sub C} of 550 K.

  10. Ferromagnetism in Laves-phase WFe2 nanoparticles

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    While rare-earth based Laves phases are known to exhibit large magnetostriction, the magnetic properties of some binary Laves phases containing transition metals alone are not well known. This is because many of these compounds contain refractory elements that complicate melt processing due to high melting temperatures and extensive phase separation. Here, phase-pure WFe2 nanoclusters, with the hexagonal C14 Laves structure, were deposited via inert gas condensation, allowing for the first known measurement of ferromagnetism in this phase, with MS of 26.4 emu/g (346 emu/cm3) and a KU of 286 kerg/cm3, at 10 K, and a TC of 550 K

  11. Laves phases for high temperatures - structure, stability and constitution

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    The effect of alloying with Al on phase stability and crystal structure of the Laves phases NbCo2 and TaFe2 was studied as part of extended work on Laves phases of transition metals. The ternary phases can be described as Nb(Co1-xAlx)2 and Ta(Fe1-xAlx)2 in view of the respective ternary phase diagrams. Melting temperatures and lattice constants have been measured. The phase equilibria between Ta(Fe1-xAlx)2 and bcc Fe-Al, Fe3Al with D03 structure and FeAl with B2 structure have been studied. The cubic C15 structure of NbCo2 transforms to the hexagonal C14 structure in the temperature range 1050 to 1350 C and is unstable for Al contents above 5 at.% Al. The stability of Laves phases with C15 structure is favoured by a high valence electron concentration. (orig.)

  12. Electron concentration and phase stability in NbCr2-based Laves phase alloys

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    Zhu, J.H.; Liaw, P.K. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Liu, C.T. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Metals and Ceramics Div.

    1997-05-12

    Phase stability in NbCr{sub 2}-based transition-metal Laves phases was studied, based on the data reported for binary X-Cr, Nb-X, and ternary Nb-Cr-X phase diagrams. It was shown that when the atomic size ratios are kept identical, the average electron concentration factor, e/a, is the dominating factor in controlling the phase stability of NbCr{sub 2}-based transition-metal Laves phases. The e/a ratios for different Laves polytypes were determined as followed: with e/a < 5.76, the C15 structure is stabilized; at an e/a range of 5.88--7.53, the C14 structure is stabilized; with e/a > 7.65, the C15 structure is stabilized again. A further increase in the electron concentration factor (e/a > 8) leads to the disordering of the alloy. The electron concentration effect on the phase stability of Mg-based Laves phases and transition-metal A{sub 3}B intermetallic compounds is also reviewed and compared with the present observations in transition-metal Laves phases. In order to verify the e/a/phase stability relationship experimentally, additions of Cu (with e/a = 11) were selected to replace Cr in the NbCr{sub 2} Laves phase. Experimental results for the ternary Nb-Cr-Cu system are reported and discussed in terms of the correlation between the e/a ratio and phase stability in NbCr{sub 2}-based Laves phases. A new phase was found, which has an average composition of Nb-47Cr-3Cu. Within the solubility limit, the electron concentration and phase stability relationship is obeyed in the Nb-Cr-Cu system.

  13. Electronic structure and magnetism of AFe2 compounds with C14 and C15 laves structures

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    The d-band densities of states are calculated by the recursion method for the paramagnetic AFe2 compounds with C14 and C15 structures, where A is occupied by 3d (Sc, Ti, V), 4d (Y, Zr, Nb) or 5d (Lu, Hf, Ta) series' elements. The densities of states of the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic (Zr/sub 1-x/Nb/sub x/)Fe2 compounds with C15 and C14 structures are calculated. The pseudobinary systems are treated within a virtual crystal approximation. The trends of the crystal structures are related to the d electron number around the A site. Magnetic moment and spontaneous volume magnetostriction are calculated on the basis of the Stoner theory. (author)

  14. Influence of long heat treatments on the laves phase nucleation in a type 444 ferritic stainless steel

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    Juuti, T., E-mail: timo.juuti@oulu.fi [Centre for Advanced Steels Research, Box 4200, FI-90014 University of Oulu (Finland); Rovatti, L. [Centre for Advanced Steels Research, Box 4200, FI-90014 University of Oulu (Finland); Mäkelä, A. [Department of Process and Environmental Engineering, Box 4300, FI-90014 University of Oulu (Finland); Karjalainen, L.P.; Porter, D. [Centre for Advanced Steels Research, Box 4200, FI-90014 University of Oulu (Finland)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Laves in type 444 steel was characterized as hexagonal C14 structured (FeCrSi){sub 2}(MoNb). • Morphology of Laves particles was found dependant on the relationship with α-Fe. • The difference in coherence could be result of nucleation in different process stage. • The lattice parameters of the (FeCrSi){sub 2}(MoNb)-type Laves phase were calculated. - Abstract: Composition, morphology and nucleation of Laves phase particles containing Mo, Nb and Si were investigated in a type 444 (18%Cr–0.4%Nb–0.1%Ti–0.5%Si–2.0%Mo) ferritic stainless steel heat treated at 650 °C for up to 120 h with and without a heat treatment and dissolution treatment at 1050 °C during which all Laves phase dissolve. In situ and extracted precipitate particles were analysed using scanning and transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. An (FeCrSi){sub 2}(MoNb) Laves phase, titanium nitrides and niobium carbides were present in the as-received sheet prior to heat treatment but during treatment at 650 °C the number density and size of Laves phase particles increased substantially within 120 h. The morphology of the hexagonal (FeCrSi){sub 2}(MoNb) Laves phase was characterized as either plate-like or equiaxed depending on whether the particle had an orientation relationship with the matrix or not, i.e. whether the precipitate nucleated during the heat treatment or was present in the as-received material.

  15. Site occupancies in ternary C15 ordered Laves phases

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    Site occupancies in three C15-structured AB2(X) Laves phases have been determined by Atom Location by CHanneling Enhanced MIcroanalysis (ALCHEMI). In NbCr2(V), the results were consistent with exclusive site occupancies of Nb for the A sublattice and Cr and V for the B sublattice. The B-site occupancy of V is not expected from atom size effects alone. In NbCr2(Ti), the results were consistent with Ti partitioning mostly to the A sites with some anti-site defects likely. In HfV2(Nb), the results were consistent with Nb partitioning between the A and B sites. The results of the ALCHEMI analyses of these ternary C15 Laves phase materials will be discussed with respect to previously determined phase diagrams and first-principles total energy and electronic structure calculations

  16. Interlayer diffusion studies of a Laves phase exchange spring superlattice

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    Wang, C.; Kohn, A.; Wang, S. G.; Ward, R. C. C.

    2011-03-01

    Rare earth Laves phase (RFe2) superlattice structures grown at different temperatures are studied using x-ray reflectivity (XRR), x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The optimized molecular beam epitaxy growth condition is matched with the XRR simulation, showing minimum diffusion/roughness at the interfaces. Electron microscopy characterization reveals that the epitaxial growth develops from initial 3D islands to a high quality superlattice structure. Under this optimum growth condition, chemical analysis by electron energy loss spectroscopy with high spatial resolution is used to study the interface. The analysis shows that the interface roughness is between 0.6 and 0.8 nm and there is no significant interlayer diffusion. The locally sharp interface found in this work explains the success of simple structural models in predicting the magnetic reversal behavior of Laves exchange spring superlattices.

  17. Study of fatigue and fracture behavior of NbCr{sub 2}-based alloys and intermetallic materials: Phase stability in NbCr{sub 2} Laves phase alloys

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    Zhu, J.H.; Liaw, P.K. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Liu, C.T. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-08-01

    Phase stability in NbCr{sub 2}-based transition-metal Laves phases is studied in this paper, using data from binary X-Cr, Nb-X, and ternary Nb-Cr-X phase diagrams. It was shown that when the atomic size ratios are kept identical, the average electron concentration factor (e/a = the average number of electrons per atom outside the closed shells of the component atoms) is the determinate factor in controlling the phase stability of NbCr{sub 2}-based transition-metal Laves phases. The e/a ratios for different Laves phase structures were determined as follows: with e/a < 5.76, the C15 structure is stabilized; at an e/a range of 5.88-7.53, the C14 structure is stabilized; with e/a > 7.65, the C15 structure was stabilized again. A further increase in the electron concentration factor (e/a > 8) leads to the disordering of the alloy. The electron concentration effect on the phase stability of transition-metal A{sub 3}B intermetallic compounds and Mg-based Laves phases is also reviewed and compared with the present observations in transition-metal Laves phases.

  18. Quantification of Laves Phase Particle Size in 9CrW Steel

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    Korcakova, Leona; Hald, John; Somers, Marcel A.J.

    2001-01-01

    . The growth and coarsening of Laves phase was investigated for the martensitic 9CrW steel P92 after aging and after creep testing at 600 or 650 C for times up to 59,000 h. For measurement of the size of Laves phase particles, field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEGSEM) was used along with image...

  19. Summary of workshop on high temperature materials based on Laves phases

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    1996-08-01

    The Offices of Fossil Energy and Basic Energy Sciences of the Department of Energy jointly sponsored the Workshop on High Temperature Materials Based on Laves Phases in conjunction with the Tenth Annual Conference on Fossil Energy Materials held at the Radisson Summit Hill Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 14-16, 1996. The objective of this workshop was to review the current status and to address critical issues in the development of new-generation high-temperature structural materials based on Laves phases. The one-day workshop included two sessions of overview presentations and a session of discussion on critical scientific and technological issues. The Laves phases represent an abundant class of intermetallic alloys with possible high-temperature structural applications. Laves phases form at or near the AB{sub 2} composition, and there are over 360 binary Laves phases. The ability of these alloys to dissolve considerable amounts of ternary alloying additions provides over 900 combined binary and ternary Laves phases. Many Laves phases have unique properties which make them attractive for high-temperature structural use. At half their homologous temperature, they retain >0.85 of their ambient yield strength, which is higher than all other intermetallics. Many of the Laves phases also have high melting temperatures, excellent creep properties, reasonably low densities, and for alloys containing Cr, Al, Si or Be, good oxidation resistance. Despite these useful properties, the tendency for low-temperature brittleness has limited the potential application of this large class of alloys.

  20. Clean Grain Boundary Found in C14/Body-Center-Cubic Multi-Phase Metal Hydride Alloys

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    Hao-Ting Shen

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The grain boundaries of three Laves phase-related body-center-cubic (bcc solid-solution, metal hydride (MH alloys with different phase abundances were closely examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and more importantly, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD techniques. By using EBSD, we were able to identify the alignment of the crystallographic orientations of the three major phases in the alloys (C14, bcc, and B2 structures. This finding confirms the presence of crystallographically sharp interfaces between neighboring phases, which is a basic assumption for synergetic effects in a multi-phase MH system.

  1. Phase stability and defect structure of the C15 Laves phase Nb(Cr,V)2

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    Vanadium alloyed C15 Laves phase based on NbCr2 and phase equilibria in the Nb-Cr-V system have been studied, focusing on the physical metallurgy and defect structures of the C15 phase.Based on the Nb-Cr-V phase diagram established in this work, the defect structure/mechanism in the ternary C15 Laves phase is investigated using a combination of metallography, SEM/EDS, TEM/ALCHEMI, and X-ray powder diffraction. It is found that the C15 phase field of NbCr2 is extended by V alloying up to more than 3 at.% V and V substitutes exclusively on the Cr site instead of the Nb site, although the atomic sizes of the constituent elements indicate rCr V Nb. The lattice constants of the ternary C15 phase Nb(Cr,V)2 increase linearly with increasing V content. The electronic structure and total energy of the C15 intermetallic phase NbCr2 have been calculated using the linear muffin tin orbital (LMTO) method with the atomic sphere approximation (ASA). The electronic band structure and density of electronic states were obtained. The formation and stability of the ternary C15 Laves phase Nb(Cr,V)2, the defect structure/mechanism, and the compositional dependence of the lattice constants are elucidated using a combination of geometric and electronic considerations. These results indicate that the electronic factor may also play an important role, in addition to the atomic size rule, in determining the alloying behavior and the defect structure/mechanism of C15 Laves phases based on NbCr2

  2. Hydrogen diffusion in the Laves-phase compound TiCr{sub 1.78}

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    Mazzolai, G. [University of Perugia, Department of Physics, Via A. Pascoli 5, 06100 Perugia (Italy); Universita Telematica e-Campus, Via Isimbardi 10, Novedrate (Colombia) (Italy); Coluzzi, B.; Biscarini, A. [University of Perugia, Department of Physics, Via A. Pascoli 5, 06100 Perugia (Italy); Mazzolai, F.M., E-mail: fabio.mazzolai@fisica.unipg.it [University of Perugia, Department of Physics, Via A. Pascoli 5, 06100 Perugia (Italy); Tuissi, A. [Institute for Energy and Interphases, CNR-IENI, C.so Promessi Sposi, 29, Lecco (Italy); Agresti, F.; Principi, G. [University of Padua, Dept. of Mech. Eng., via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padua (Italy); Lo Russo, S. [University of Padua, Physics Dept., via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padua (Italy)

    2009-09-15

    The temperature dependence of the Young's modulus and of the internal friction (IF) has been investigated between 80 and 300 K at acoustical frequencies in the hexagonal (C14) Laves-phase TiCr{sub 1.78} charged with hydrogen. In this compound H occupies tetrahedral interstitial sites which are grouped in interlinked hexagons. A mechanical relaxation has been found at around 120 K (f = 5.4 kHz), which appears to be due to tunnelling transitions of delocalized H from one hexagon to the other. The rate of H absorption has been investigated at high temperature (660-1200 K) and the H diffusion coefficient has been derived from the pressure measurement as a function of time. A cumulative Arrhenius plot of IF and absorption diffusion data exhibits a non-exponential behaviour, which is due to a change in the diffusion mechanism from over-barrier hopping at high temperature to phonon-assisted tunnelling at low temperature.

  3. Investigations on the growth kinetics of Laves phase precipitates in 12% Cr creep-resistant steels: Experimental and DICTRA calculations

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    Prat, O. [Max Planck Institute fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Max Planck Strasse 1, 40237 Duesseldorf (Germany)] [Universidad de Concepcion, Departamento de Ingenieria de Materiales, Edmundo Larenas 270, Concepcion (Chile); Garcia, J., E-mail: jose.garcia@helmholtz-berlin.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Rojas, D. [Max Planck Institute fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Max Planck Strasse 1, 40237 Duesseldorf (Germany); Carrasco, C. [Universidad de Concepcion, Departamento de Ingenieria de Materiales, Edmundo Larenas 270, Concepcion (Chile); Inden, G. [Max Planck Institute fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Max Planck Strasse 1, 40237 Duesseldorf (Germany)

    2010-10-15

    The growth kinetics of Laves phase precipitates (type Fe{sub 2}W) in the early stage of creep (650 deg. C for 10,000 h) in two 12% Cr ferrite-martensitic steels has been investigated. In one alloy the Laves phase formed on tempering, while in the second alloy the Laves phase precipitated during creep. Kinetic simulations were performed using the software DICTRA. The particle size of the Laves phase was measured on transmission electron microscopy samples. The equilibrium phase fraction of the Laves phase was reached in the first thousand hours. Simulations of particle growth showed good agreement with the experimental results. Competitive growth between M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and the Laves phase showed that M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides reached their equilibrium after 12 days, whereas the Laves phase reached equilibrium after 3 months. Simulations of the influence of the interfacial energy and addition of Co, Cu and Si on Laves phase precipitation are presented.

  4. Measuring laves phase particle size and thermodynamic calculating its growth and coarsening behavior in P92 steels

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    Yao, Bing-Yin; Zhou, Rong-Can; Fan, Chang-Xin;

    2010-01-01

    The growth of Laves phase particles in three kinds of P92 steels were investigated. Laves phase particles can be easily separated and distinguished from the matrix and other particles by atom number contrast using comparisons of the backscatter electrons (BSE) images and the secondary electrons (...

  5. Cluster-based composition rule for Laves phase-related BCC solid solution hydrogen storage alloys

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    WANG Qing; CHEN Feng; WU Jiang; QIANG Jianbing; DONG Chuang; ZHANG Yao; XU Fen; SUN Lixian

    2006-01-01

    A new cluster line approach for the composition rule of Laves phase-related BCC solid solution hydrogen-storage alloys was presented. The cluster line in a ternary phase diagram refers to a straight composition line linking a specific binary cluster to the third element. In the Laves phase-related BCC solid solution alloy system such as Ti-Cr-V, Ti-Cr tends to form binary Cr2Ti Laves phase while Ti-V and Cr-V to form solid solutions. This Laves phase is characterized by a close-packing icosahedral cluster Cr7Ti6. A cluster line Cr7Ti6-V is then constructed in this system. Alloy rods with a diameter of 3 mm of compositions along this line were prepared by copper-mould suction method. The alloy structure is found to vary with the V contents. Furthermore, the P-C-T measurements indicate that the cluster-line (Cr7Ti6)1-xVx alloys have large hydrogen storage capacities.

  6. Precipitation of Icosahedral Quasicrystalline Phase, R-phase and Laves Phase in Ferritic Alloys

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    Keisuke Yamamoto; Yoshisato Kimura; Yoshinao Mishima

    2004-01-01

    Ferritic heat resistant steels involving precipitation of intermetallic phases have drawn a growing interest for the enhancement of creep strength, while the brittleness of the intermetallic phases may lower the toughness of the alloy.Therefore, it is necessary to optimize the dispersion characteristics of the intermetallics phase through microstructural control to minimize the trade-off between the strength and toughness. The effects of α-Fe matrix substructures on the precipitation sequence, morphology, dispersion characteristics, and the stability of the intermetallic phases are investigated in Fe-Cr-W-Co-Si system. The precipitates of the Si-free Fe-10Cr-1.4W-4.5Co (at%) alloy aged at 873K are the R-phase but those of the Si-added Fe-10Cr-1.4W-4.5Co-0.3Si (at%) alloy are the icosahedral quasicrystalline phase. The precipitates in both the Si-free and Si-added alloys aged at 973K are the Laves phase. Matrix of the alloys is controlled by heat treatments as to provide three types of matrix substructures; ferrite, ferrite/martensite mixture and martensite. The hardening behavior of the alloys depends on the matrix substructures and is independent of the kinds of precipitates. In the alloys with ferrite matrix, the peak of hardness during aging at 873K shifts to longer aging time in comparison with that in the alloys with lath martensite matrix which contain numbers of nucleation sites.

  7. Phase stability of laves intermetallics in a stainless steel-zirconium alloy

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    Phase transformations occurring in a stainless steel-15 wt% zirconium (SS-15Zr) alloy were studied by in situ neutron diffraction. Neutron diffraction patterns as a function of time were obtained on alloys that were held at various elevated temperatures (1084-1275 C). As-cast SS-15Zr alloys contain ferrite, austenite, ZrFe2-type Laves polytypes C36 and C15, and small amounts of a Fe23Zr6-type intermetallic. Annealing at high temperatures resulted in an increase of the Fe23Zr6, intermetallic content. The C15 Laves polytype is the equilibrium phase for T ≤ 1230 C; C36 is the stable polytype at higher temperatures (∼1275 C). Phase changes were slow for temperatures <1100 C.These findings have important implications for use of the SS-15Zr alloy as a nuclear waste form

  8. Orientation relationships of Laves phase and NiAl particles in an AFA stainless steel

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    Trotter, Geneva; Baker, Ian

    2015-12-01

    The alumina-forming austenitic (AFA) stainless steel, Fe-20Cr-30Ni-2Nb-5Al (in at. %) was solutionized at 1250 °C in order to obtain a fully austenitic microstructure and then aged for up to 1325 h at 800 °C to precipitate the Laves phase and B2-NiAl particles typically found in AFAs. This paper describes detailed analyses of the orientation relationships between these particles and the matrix which were determined by transmission electron microscopy. Four variants of the (1 1 1)m//(0 0 0 1)p, ?m//? orientation relationship proposed by Denham and Silcock (J. Iron Steel Inst. 207 (1969) p.582) were observed for the Laves phase, and six variants of the (1 1 1)m//(0 1 1)p, ?m//? Kurdjumov-Sachs relationship were observed for the B2-NiAl phase.

  9. Computational thermodynamic investigations of growth and coarsening of laves phase precipitates in 12%Cr creep resistant steels

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    Prat, O.; Rojas, D. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany); Garcia, J.; Kaysser-Pyzalla, A.R. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Berlin (Germany); Bochum Univ. (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Precipitation phenomena in 12%Cr high alloyed steels have been investigated at creep conditions of 650 and 150 MPa up to 6.500 hours in two different alloys. Growth and coarsening of Laves phase was determined experimentally by measuring the size of Laves phase on crept samples using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The simulations were performed using the software DICTRA based on the assumption the local equilibrium at the moving phase interface. For equilibrium calculations, the Thermo-Calc software was used. The experimental results were compared with DICTRA simulations, showing good agreement. Both the quantitative metallographic measurements as well as the simulations indicate very low coarsening for Laves Phase. The influence of different elements such as Co, Si and Cu on coarsening for Laves phase was simulated. (orig.)

  10. Deformation at ambient and high temperature of in situ Laves phases-ferrite composites

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    The mechanical behavior of a Fe80Zr10Cr10 alloy has been studied at ambient and high temperature. This Fe80Zr10Cr10 alloy, whoose microstructure is formed by alternate lamellae of Laves phase and ferrite, constitutes a very simple example of an in situ CMA phase composite. The role of the Laves phase type was investigated in a previous study while the present work focuses on the influence of the microstructure length scale owing to a series of alloys cast at different cooling rates that display microstructures with Laves phase lamellae width ranging from ∼50 nm to ∼150 nm. Room temperature compression tests have revealed a very high strength (up to 2 GPa) combined with a very high ductility (up to 35%). Both strength and ductility increase with reduction of the lamella width. High temperature compression tests have shown that a high strength (900 MPa) is maintained up to 873 K. Microstructural study of the deformed samples suggests that the confinement of dislocations in the ferrite lamellae is responsible for strengthening at both ambient and high temperature. The microstructure scale in addition to CMA phase structural features stands then as a key parameter for optimization of mechanical properties of CMA in situ composites. (papers)

  11. First principles total energy study of NbCr{sub 2} + V Laves phase ternary system

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    Ormeci, A. [Koc Univ., Istanbul (Turkey); Chen, S.P.; Wills, J.M.; Albers, R.C. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1999-04-01

    The C15 NbCr{sub 2} + V Laves phase ternary system is studied by using a first-principles, self-consistent, full-potential total energy method. Equilibrium lattice parameters, cohesive energies, density of states and formation energies of substitutional defects are calculated. Results of all these calculations show that in the C15 NbCr{sub 2} + V compounds, V atoms substitute Cr atoms only.

  12. Defects and site occupancies in Nb-Cr-Ti C15 Laves phase alloys

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    In the Nb-Cr-Ti system, there is a complete solid solution between NbCr2 and TiCr2 with a significant range of solubility for the C15 phase and a large two-phase region of bcc and C15. The Nb-Cr-Ti phase diagram (950 C isothermal section) is shown. The initial characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the defect structure of an alloy of overall composition Nb10Cr75Ti15 is discussed here. Additionally, Atom Location by CHanneling Enhanced MIcroanalysis (ALCHEMI) was employed to examine the site occupancies of the Nb, Cr and Ti in this C15 Laves phase

  13. Microstructures and hydrogenation properties of (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} Laves phase intermetallic compounds

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    Wu, Tiandong; Xue, Xiangyi; Zhang, Tiebang, E-mail: tiebangzhang@nwpu.edu.cn; Hu, Rui; Kou, Hongchao; Li, Jinshan

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • Role of Al on the microstructure and hydrogenation properties is discussed. • A positive effect in hydrogen dissociation can be introduced by Al on the surface of alloys. • Kinetics and thermodynamic parameters of Zr–Ti–V–Al alloys are obtained. • Partial substitution of Al decreases hysteresis between absorption and desorption. - Abstract: In this work, the (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} (x = 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.25) Laves phase intermetallic compounds were prepared by the arc-melting method. The microstructure and phase compositions were examined by SEM and XRD. Hydrogen absorption pressure composition isotherms (P–C isotherms) were obtained by the pressure reduction method using a Sievert type apparatus at different temperatures. The thermodynamic and kinetic properties of the alloys were investigated in this work. The results show that the (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} alloys consist of a dominant C15 Laves phase with cubic structure and a V-based solid solution phase with BCC structure. With further increasing Al content, C15 cubic type Laves phase and C14 hexagonal type Laves phase coexist in the range x ⩾ 0.15 in this (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} alloys. The crystal lattice parameter of the C15 phase increases with the increase of Al content. The PCT curves give the evidence that the maximum hydrogen absorption capacity decreases with the increase of Al content, which results from the existence of ZrAl{sub 2} which hardly absorb hydrogen. There is no obvious hysteresis between absorption and desorption in the (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} alloys at 823 K. The (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} alloys with x = 0.25 preserves higher temperature of phase transformation (β → α). The existence of C14 phase (including ZrV{sub 2} and ZrAl{sub 2}) decreases the stability of hydrides.

  14. Nb-Based Laves Phase Alloys Prepared by Laser Surface Remelting

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    Li, K. W.; Li, S. M.; Wang, X. B.; Zhong, H.; Xue, Y. L.; Fu, H. Z.

    2014-09-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of Cr2Nb-based intermetallic matrix composites fabricated by laser surface remelting were investigated at hypoeutectic and hypereutectic compositions. In the hypoeutectic composition, the molten zones under different laser scanning velocities consist of fully α-Cr dendrites, whereas a series of morphology evolutions perpendicular to the scanning direction occurred in the hypereutectic composition: Cr2Nb primary phase + Cr/Cr2Nb eutectic → Cr/Cr2Nb eutectic → α-Cr primary phase + Cr/Cr2Nb eutectic → fully α-Cr dendrite. Based on the maximum growth rate criterion, the microstructure evolutions of the molten zones were analyzed by considering the competitive growth among the α-Cr phase, Cr2Nb Laves phase, and the Cr/Cr2Nb eutectic, which are in agreement with the experimental results. More importantly, the room-temperature fracture toughness values of the hypoeutectic and hypereutectic alloys attain 11.2 MPa m1/2 and 7.9 MPa m1/2, respectively, which increase by eight and six times over the as-cast Cr2Nb Laves phase (1.2 MPa m1/2), respectively. The remarkable enhancements in room-temperature fracture toughness were explained in terms of fine-grain toughening, second Cr phase toughening, and point defects toughening.

  15. Growth Kinetics of Laves Phase and Its Effect on Creep Rupture Behavior in 9Cr Heat Resistant Steel

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    Zhi-xin XIA; Chuan-yang WANG; Chen LEI; Yun-ting LAI; Yan-fen ZHAO; Lu ZHANG

    2016-01-01

    The effects of Laves phase formation and growth on creep rupture behaviors of P92 steel at 883 K were studied.The microstructural evolution was characterized using scanning electron microscopy and transmission elec-tron microscopy.Kinetic modeling was carried out using the software DICTRA.The results indicated Fe2 (W,Mo) Laves phase has formed during creep with 200 MPa applied stress at 883 K for 243 h.The experimental results showed a good agreement with thermodynamic calculations.The plastic deformation of laths is the main reason of creep rupture under the applied stress beyond 160 MPa,whereas,creep voids initiated by coarser Laves phase play an effective role in creep rupture under the applied stress lower than 160 MPa.Laves phase particles with the mean size of 243 nm lead to the change of creep rupture feature.Microstructures at the vicinity of fracture surface,the gage portion and the threaded ends of creep rupture specimens were also observed,indicating that creep tensile stress enhances the coarsening of Laves phase.

  16. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of selected lanthanide and actinide intermetallic Laves-phase alloys

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    Eriksson, Olle; Johansson, Börje; Brooks, M. S. S.;

    1989-01-01

    The electronic structure and magnetic properties of some yttrium and uranium Laves-phase pseudobinary alloys with 3d elements have been calculated. The calculations were done by simulating the electronic structure of the alloy by that of an ordered compound with the same stoichiometry. In general...... a good agreement between the experimental and theoretical magnetic moment was found, indicating that the spurious long-range order of the calculations is of minor importance. A comparison between the present supercell cluster approach and the virtual-crystal approximation for the electronic structure...

  17. Stability of self-interstitial clusters with C15 Laves phase structure in iron

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    Dézerald, L.; Marinica, M.-C.; Ventelon, Lisa; Rodney, D.; Willaime, F.

    2014-06-01

    The energetics and stability of self-interstitial clusters with C15 Laves phase structure in iron are investigated by Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. First, the properties of bulk C15 are examined. The C15 structure is shown to be mechanically and dynamically stable. Second, the influence of the calculation scheme on the energy difference between C15, ring and loop configurations of di-, tri-, tetra- and octa-interstitial clusters is studied. These calculations confirm that, according to DFT, the C15 structure has by far the lowest energy of all known configurations of tetra- and octa-interstitial clusters in bcc-Fe.

  18. Laves phase in alloy 718 fusion zone — microscopic and calorimetric studies

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    Manikandan, S.G.K., E-mail: nehakutty06@gmail.com [Indian Space Research Organization, India, (India); Sivakumar, D., E-mail: d_sivakumar@vssc.gov.in [Indian Space Research Organization, India, (India); Prasad Rao, K., E-mail: jyothipr@gmail.com [University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (United States); Kamaraj, M., E-mail: kamaraj@iitm.ac.in [Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)

    2015-02-15

    Microstructural characterization of alloy 718 fusion zone welded with both solid solution and age hardenable filler metal has been done. The microsegregation and the aging response were studied by employing three levels of weld cooling rate. Gas Tungsten Arc welding process was used. The fusion zone of solid solution filler metal has been responding to the aging treatment due to the weld process conditions and weld metal chemistry. However the weld metal composition was modified due to the higher molybdenum (Mo) content in solid solution filler metal. The effect of this modification on the phase reaction temperatures was studied and the same was compared with the conventional filler metal. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Interdendritic segregation has been controlled by weld cooling rate. • Laves phase formation has been studied with cooling rate and weld metal chemistry. • Aging response with solid solution filler metal has been demonstrated. • Reduction in Laves phase and alloying element segregation has been confirmed. • Reaction temperatures were found modified because of Mo addition.

  19. Laves-phase evolution during aging in 9Cr-1.8W-0.5Mo-VNb steel for USC power plants

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    Long term precipitation and coarsening of Laves-phase in tungsten strengthened 9% Cr steel under thermal aging at 923 K was investigated and reported in this paper. It experimentally measured the evolution of mean particle size, the number density, the volume fraction of Laves-phase precipitates, the partition coefficients of W and Mo in the matrix, as well as the change of hardness. Its main conclusions were: 1) Laves-phase nucleates and grows rapidly on grain boundaries and lath boundaries within the first 1500 h of aging time; 2) The two stages characteristics and kinetics of Laves-phase nucleation and growth which were determined experimentally; 3) The coarsening of Laves-phase is much faster than that of M23C6 carbides; 4) The precipitation of Laves-phase produces a pronounced matrix depletion of W and Mo atoms; and 5) The precipitated Laves-phase gives rise to weaker precipitation strengthening in comparison with M23C6 carbides, and causes the loss of hardness due to the depletion of Mo and W from the solid solution. This paper contributes to the knowledge of kinetics of Laves-phase precipitation and coarsening, providing the essential information for comparative investigation of creep damage mechanisms. This paper also contributes to the understanding the creep damage broadly. - Highlights: • The characteristics of precipitation and coarsening of Laves-phase were determined. • The matrix depletion of W and Mo due to Laves-phase precipitation was quantified. • The effect of precipitated Laves-phase on the hardness was evaluated

  20. Precipitation behavior of Laves phase in 10%Cr steel X12CrMoWVNbN10-1-1 during short-term creep exposure

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    Research highlights: → Laves phase precipitates in steel X12 during short-term exposure of 204 h at 650 deg. C and 400 h at 600 deg. C. → Laves phase has stacking faults in it and the SAED patterns of it are characteristic of streaked. → There are two mechanisms of the nucleation and growth for Laves phase present in steel X12. → The size and the number of Laves phase are strongly dependent on temperature, but slightly on stress. → The formation of Laves phase in steel X12 is a thermodynamically possible process. - Abstract: Precipitation behavior of Laves phase in steel X12CrMoWVNbN10-1-1 during short-term (≤400 h) creep exposure was investigated using a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and an ultra high resolution thermal field emission scanning electron microscope (UHR-FESEM). The results demonstrate that Laves phase precipitates are detected in the creep specimens exposed for such a short-term of 400 h at 600 deg. C and 204 h at 650 deg. C. Stacking faults are observed in them and the selected area electron diffraction patterns of the phase are characteristic of streaked. There are two mechanisms of the nucleation and growth for Laves phase, one of which is that Laves phases occur alone on martensite lath boundaries and they are coherent with a grain but grow into the adjacent grain which has no rational orientation relationship with them. The other one is that Laves phases are formed in the regions adjacent to M23C6 particles, and then they grow at the expense of the Cr-rich M23C6 carbides in close vicinity. It is established that the former one is the dominant formation mechanism for Laves phase in steel X12CrMoWVNbN10-1-1. Laves phases prefer to locate on the prior austenite grain boundaries and the martensite lath boundaries. The mean diameter and the number density of the phase show significant change with temperature, but slightly change with stress. Moreover, it is proved that the formation of Laves phase in this steel is a

  1. High energy Compton spectroscopy and electronic structure of Laves phase ZrFe2

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    Bhatt, Samir; Kumar, Kishor; Arora, Gunjan; Bapna, Komal; Ahuja, B. L.

    2016-08-01

    We present the first-ever experimental Compton profile of Laves phase ZrFe2 using indigenous 20 Ci 137Cs Compton spectrometer. To annotate the experimental electron momentum density, we have calculated the theoretical Compton profiles using density functional theory (DFT) and hybridization of Hartree-Fock and DFT within linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method. The spin-polarized energy bands and density of states are computed using LCAO and full potential-linearized augmented plane wave methods. The revised Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional (for solids) based theoretical profile gives a marginally better agreement with the experimental profile as compared to other approximations considered in the present work. The Fermi surface topology of ZrFe2 is explained in terms of majority- and minority-spin energy bands.

  2. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of selected lanthanide and actinide intermetallic Laves-phase alloys

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    The electronic structure and magnetic properties of some yttrium and uranium Laves-phase pseudobinary alloys with 3d elements have been calculated. The calculations were done by simulating the electronic structure of the alloy by that of an ordered compound with the same stoichiometry. In general a good agreement between the experimental and theoretical magnetic moment was found, indicating that the spurious long-range order of the calculations is of minor importance. A comparison between the present supercell cluster approach and the virtual-crystal approximation for the electronic structure and cohesive properties is presented for Y(Fe0.75Co0.25)2 and U(Fe0.5Ni0.5)2

  3. Precipitation of Laves phase Fe2Mo type in HSLA steel with copper addition and high content of molybdenum

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    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The results of mechanical properties and microstructure of low-carbon copper bearing steel after quenching and tempering at temperaturerange of processing precipitation of particles rich in copper and particles intermetallic phase are presented in this paper. When content molybdenum increases in tempering temperature range from 550°C to 600°C that decrease of the impact energy measured at roomtemperature was observed. Microstructure analysis was conducted by transmission electron microscope (TEM and was disclosed theoccurrence of Fe2Mo Laves phase on crystallites boundaries of retained austenite. Observed sudden drop of ductility in higher-molybdenum content steels (1,88 % and 2,94 % should be connected with occurrence precipitation processes of the hard and brittle Laves phase in range of discussion tempering temperatures.

  4. Direct measurement of carbon solubility in the intermetallic (Fe,Cr)2(Mo,W) Laves phase using atom-probe field-ion microscopy

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    The (Fe,Cr)2(Mo,W) Laves phase found in the studied 10.5% chromium steel, which had been creep tested for nearly 1,500 h at 600 C, contained 0.8 at.% carbon. Thus, the solubility of carbon in this phase cannot be considered to be negligible. When compared with matrix analyses of the same material in the as-tempered state, the matrix surrounding the Laves phase in the creep tested material showed a slight enrichment in carbon. Besides carbon, Laves phase was enriched in silicon (3.7 at.%) and phosphorus (0.7 at.%). Further studies of the role of these elements on the nucleation and stability of Laves phase in 9%--12% chromium steels should be performed

  5. High-temperature- and high-pressure-induced formation of the Laves-phase compound XeS2

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    Yan, Xiaozhen; Chen, Yangmei; Xiang, Shikai; Kuang, Xiaoyu; Bi, Yan; Chen, Haiyan

    2016-06-01

    We explore the reactivity of xenon with sulfur under high pressure, using unbiased structure searching techniques combined with first-principles calculations, which identify a stable XeS2 compound crystallized in a Laves phase with hypercoordinated (16-fold) Xe at 191 GPa and 0 K. Taking the thermal effects into account, we find that increasing the temperature could further stabilize it. The formation of XeS2 is a consequence of pressure-induced charge transfer from Xe to S atoms and the delocalization of Xe 5 p and S 3 p electrons. Meanwhile, the stabilization into a Laves phase of XeS2 is the result of delocalized chemical bonding and the need for optimum structure packing. The present discussion of the formation mechanism in XeS2 is general, and conclusions can be used to understand the formation of other Laves-phase compounds and the Xe chemistry that allows closed-shell Xe to participate in chemical reactions.

  6. Deuterium ordering in Laves phase deuteride YFe2D4.2

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    Proffen, Thomas Ernst [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Ropka, Joanna [UNIV OF GENEVA; Cerny, Radovan [UNIV OF GENEVA; Paul - Boncour, V [CNRS

    2009-01-01

    The structure of Laves phase deuteride YFe{sub 2}D{sub 4.2} has been investigated by synchrotron and neutron (ToF) powder diffraction experiments between 60 K and 370 K. YFe{sub 2}D{sub 4.2} crystallizes below 323K in fully ordered monoclinic structure (s.g. Pc, Z = 8, a = 5.50663(4), b = 11.4823(1), c = 9.42919(6) {angstrom}, {beta} = 122.3314(5){sup o}, V = 503.765(3) {angstrom}{sup 3} at 290K) containing 4 yttrium, 8 iron and 18 deuterium atoms. Most of D-D distances are within the precision of the diffraction experiment longer than 2.1 {angstrom}, the shortest ones are of 1.96 {angstrom}. Seven iron atoms from eight are coordinated by deuterium in a trigonal bipyramid, similar to that in TiFeD{sub 1.95-2}. The eights iron atom is coordinated by deuterium in a tetrahedral configuration. The iron coordination by deuterium, and iron-deuterium distances points to the importance of the directional bonding between iron and deuterium atoms. The lowering of crystal symmetry due to deuterium ordering occurs at much higher temperature than magnetic order, and is therefore one of the parameters which are at the origin of magnetic transition at lower temperatures.

  7. High temperature oxidation behaviors of Ti-Cr alloys with Laves phase TiCr2

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    肖平安; 曲选辉; 雷长明; 祝宝军; 秦明礼; 敖晖; 黄培云

    2002-01-01

    The high temperature oxidation behaviors of Ti-Cr alloys containing 18%~35%Cr with Laves phase TiCr2 were investigated at 650~780 ℃ for exposure up to 104 h. The results reveal that chromium content has critical significance to the oxidation resistance of the alloys. The scaling rates of the alloys with less than 21%Cr are higher than those measured for pure titanium, but for the alloys with more than 26%Cr their scaling rate is lowered by 1~2 times, under the same oxidizing conditions. Both an external and an internal oxidation layers were observed. The oxidation resistance enhancement by chromium alloying is contributed to the formation of a continuous and compact chromic oxide interleaf in the scale. Oxidation temperature significantly affects the scaling rates of Ti-Cr alloys, and the mass gain is doubled with a temperature change from 650 ℃ to 700 ℃ or from 700 ℃ to 780 ℃, for the same exposure duration. TiCr2 shows no negative influence on the high temperature oxidation resistance of the alloys.

  8. Ca{sub 2}Pd{sub 3}Ge, a new fully ordered ternary Laves phase structure

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    Doverbratt, Isa, E-mail: isa.doverbratt@polymat.lth.se [Centre for Analysis and Synthesis, Lund University, P.O. Box 124, 22100 Lund (Sweden); Ponou, Simeon; Lidin, Sven [Centre for Analysis and Synthesis, Lund University, P.O. Box 124, 22100 Lund (Sweden)

    2013-01-15

    The title compound, Ca{sub 2}Pd{sub 3}Ge, was prepared as a part of a systematic investigation of the Ca-Pd-Ge ternary phase diagram. The structure was determined and refined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. It is a new fully ordered ternary Laves phase with the space group R-3m, Z=3, a=5.6191 (5) A, c=12.1674 (7) A, wR{sub 2}=0.054 (all data) and is isostructural to Mg{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}Si (Noreus et al., 1985 [17]) but due to the larger size of all elements in Ca{sub 2}Pd{sub 3}Ge, the cell axes are approximately 10% longer. The compound may formally be considered as a Zintl compound, with [Pd{sub 3}Ge]{sup 4-} forming a poly-anionic network and divalent Ca cations located in truncated tetrahedral interstices. The electronic structure and chemical bonding of Ca{sub 2}Pd{sub 3}Ge is discussed in terms of LMTO band structure calculations and compared with CaPd{sub 2} (MgCu{sub 2}-type). - Graphical abstract: The title compound, Ca{sub 2}Pd{sub 3}Ge is a new fully ordered ternary Laves phase which may formally be considered as a Zintl compound, with [Pd{sub 3}Ge]{sup 4-} forming a poly-anionic network and divalent Ca cations located in truncated tetrahedral interstices. The structure is composed of Kagome net layers, consisting of Pd atoms only, which are stacked in an ABC sequence. Band structure calculations show that the Fermi level is located at a local minimum of the DOS (pseudo-gap) indicating that the charge is roughly optimized in the structure. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Site specific segregation in a Laves phase that is also a Zintl phase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pseudo-gap at the Fermi level in a Laves phase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Distorted Frank-Kasper polyhedron.

  9. Magnetostructural phase transitions and magnetocaloric effect in Tb-Dy-Ho-Co-Al alloys with a Laves phase structure

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    Tereshina, I. S.; Chzhan, V. B.; Tereshina, E. A.; Khmelevskyi, S.; Burkhanov, G. S.; Ilyushin, A. S.; Paukov, M. A.; Havela, L.; Karpenkov, A. Yu.; Cwik, J.; Koshkid'ko, Yu. S.; Miller, M.; Nenkov, K.; Schultz, L.

    2016-07-01

    The influence of simultaneous substitution within the rare earth (R) and Co sublattices on the structural, magnetic, and magnetocaloric properties of the Laves phase RCo2-type compounds is studied. Main attention is devoted to the studies of the magnetostructural phase transitions and the transition types with respect to the alloy composition. Multicomponent alloys Tbx(Dy0.5Ho0.5)1-xCo2 and Tbx(Dy0.5Ho0.5)1-xCo1.75Al0.25 were prepared with the use of high purity metals. Majority of the Tbx(Dy0.5Ho0.5)1-xCo2 alloys exhibit magnetic transitions of the first-order type and a large magnetocaloric effect. The substitution of Al for Co in Tbx(Dy0.5Ho0.5)1-xCo2 increases the Curie temperature (TC) but changes the transition type from first-to the second-order. The discussion of the physical mechanisms behind the observed phenomena is given on the basis of the first principles electronic-structure calculations taking into account both the atomic disorder and the magnetic disorder effects at finite temperatures. The advantage of Al-containing materials is that sufficiently high magnetocaloric effect values are preserved at T > TC.

  10. Determination of site occupancy of additives X (X = V, Mo, W and Ti) in the Nb-Cr-X Laves phase by ALCHEMI

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    Atom location by channeling enhanced microanalysis (ALCHEMI) was carried out to investigate the site occupancy of additives X (X = V, Mo, W and Ti) in the Nb-Cr-X Laves phase. In order to make clear the detailed substitutional behavior of the additives, specimens with different compositions were prepared for each system. In the C15 structure of the Laves phase, fairly strong electron channeling effects were observed under two planar channeling conditions where the incident electron beams were nearly parallel to the (400) and (220) planes. It was shown that V prefers the Cr site, while Mo, W and Ti preferentially occupy the Nb site

  11. Magnetic and structural properties of Sc(Fe1−xSix2 Laves phases studied by Mössbauer spectroscopy and neutron diffraction

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    Wiertel Marek

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the presented paper is to study an influence of replacement of Fe atoms by Si atoms in quasibinary Sc(Fe1−xSix2 Laves phases on their structural and magnetic properties. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD and neutron diffraction (ND measurements carried out at different temperatures from 4.3 K up to about 700 K revealed that samples were single phase with cubic C15 structure for Si concentration x from 0.05 to 0.20 and hexagonal C14 structure for higher concentration. The results of 57Fe Mössbauer measurements showed that the Sc(Fe1−xSix2 compounds with x ≤ 0.30 are ferrimagnetic at 4.3 K. At temperature 80 K in the samples with x = 0.20 and 0.30, a magnetic cluster spin-glass state has been observed, as ferrimagnetic long-range order disappears. Such picture was supported by the results of ND measurements carried out at 8 K, which confirmed the lack of long-range order for x above 0.10 and an occurrence of hyperfine field distributions in the corresponding Mössbauer spectra. At room temperature, samples with x ≥ 0.20 became paramagnetic. A substitution of Si atoms for Fe ones leads to a decreasing of mean values of hyperfine magnetic fields in samples under investigation. From the neutron diffraction pattern analysis of Sc(Fe0.90Si0.102Fe magnetic moment was determined as to be equal to 1.5 μB at 8 K. Combining this result with a value of hyperfine magnetic field on 57Fe probes, the hyperfine coupling constant A in Sc(Fe0.90Cu0.102 phases is estimated at about 11.6 T/μB at 8 K.

  12. Moessbauer study of the cubic Laves phase intermetallic compound TmFe/sub 2/

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    Bleaney, B.; Bowden, G.J.; Cadogan, J.M. (New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). School of Physics); Day, R.K.; Dunlop, J.B. (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Lindfield (Australia). Div. of Applied Physics)

    1982-04-01

    The results of a /sup 169/Tm and /sup 57/Fe Moessbauer study of the cubic Laves compound TmFe/sub 2/ over the temperature range 1.3-550 K are presented and discussed. The new results are used, in conjunction with existing NMR, Moessbauer and magnetic anisotropy data for TmFe/sub 2/ and Tm metal, to deduce a value of Psub(4f) 536 +- 14 MHz for the saturation value of the first excited state of the /sup 169/Tm nucleus. Estimates are also given for the exchange field ..mu..sub(B)Bsub(ex)(T = O K)/ksub(B) = 153 +- 3 K acting on the Tm/sup 3 +/ ion in TmFe/sub 2/, the quadrupole moment of the I = 3/2 state of the /sup 169/Tm nucleus. Q = -1.36 +- 0.11 b, and the lattice contribution to the nuclear quadrupole interaction in Tm metal, Psub(c) = -54.8 +- 5 MHz (for Q = -1.20 +- 0.07 b) and Psub(c) = -61 +- 8 MHz (for Q = -1.36 +- 0.11 b). In addition estimates are given for the various transferred and parent hyperfine fields in TmFe.

  13. Importance of magnetic effects on structural properties in Al- and Si- substituted laves phases Fe2Nb and Fe2W

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    Laves phases are promising candidates for the design of new steels with superior mechanical strength. Here we study systematically thermodynamic, structural and magnetic properties in Al- and Si- substituted Laves phase compounds Fe2Nb and Fe2W using first-principles density functional methods. Spin polarized calculations predict that substituting Al atoms for Fe atoms in Fe2Nb is energetically more favorable than substituting Al atoms for Nb atoms. Furthermore, they show that this leads to a significant increase of the lattice constant along the a axis. To investigate the effects of magnetism, non-magnetic calculations are carried out for the same Fe-Nb-Al compounds. Our results show that the inclusion of magnetism is crucial to accurately reproduce experimental data. Based on this insight, theoretical predictions for ternary alloys Fe-Nb-Si, Fe-W-Al and Fe-W-Si are presented.

  14. Electronic band structures of AV{sub 2} (A = Ta, Ti, Hf and Nb) Laves phase compounds

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    Charifi, Z; Baaziz, H [Physics Department, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of M' sila, 28000 M' sila (Algeria); Reshak, Ali Hussain [Institute of Physical Biology, South Bohemia University, Nove Hrady 37333 (Czech Republic)], E-mail: maalidph@yahoo.co.uk

    2009-01-14

    First-principles density functional calculations, using the all-electron full potential linearized augmented plane wave method, have been performed in order to investigate the structural and electronic properties for Laves phase AV{sub 2} (A = Ta, Ti, Hf and Nb) compounds. The generalized gradient approximation and the Engel-Vosko-generalized gradient approximation were used. Our calculations show that these compounds are metallic with more bands cutting the Fermi energy (E{sub F}) as we move from Nb to Ta, Hf and Ti, consistent with the increase in the values of the density of states at the Fermi level N(E{sub F}). N(E{sub F}) is controlled by the overlapping of V-p/d, A-d and A-p states around the Fermi energy. The ground state properties of these compounds, such as equilibrium lattice constant, are calculated and compared with the available literature. There is a strong/weak hybridization between the states, V-s states are strongly hybridized with A-s states below and above E{sub F}. Around the Fermi energy we notice that V-p shows strong hybridization with A-p states.

  15. Influence of Tb on easy magnetization direction and magnetostriction of ferromagnetic Laves phase GdFe2 compounds

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    Murtaza, Adil; Yang, Sen; Zhou, Chao; Song, Xiaoping

    2016-09-01

    The crystal structure, magnetization, and spontaneous magnetostriction of ferromagnetic Laves phase GdFe2 compound have been investigated. High resolution synchrotron x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis shows that GdFe2 has a lower cubic symmetry with easy magnetization direction (EMD) along [100] below Curie temperature TC. The replacement of Gd with a small amount of Tb changes the EMD to [111]. The Curie temperature decreases while the field dependence of the saturation magnetization (Ms) measured in temperature range 5–300 K varies with increasing Tb concentration. Coercivity Hc increases with increasing Tb concentration and decays exponentially as temperature increases. The anisotropy in GdFe2 is so weak that some of the rare-earth substitution plays an important role in determining the easy direction of magnetization in GdFe2. The calculated magnetostrictive constant λ100 shows a small value of 37×10‑6. This value agrees well with experimental data 30×10‑6. Under a relatively small magnetic field, GdFe2 exhibits a V-shaped positive magnetostriction curve. When the field is further increased, the crystal exhibits a negative magnetostriction curve. This phenomenon has been discussed in term of magnetic domain switching. Furthermore, magnetostriction increases with increasing Tb concentration. Our work leads to a simple and unified mesoscopic explanation for magnetostriction in ferromagnets. It may also provide insight for developing novel functional materials. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB619401).

  16. Synthesis of Iron-Based Laves Phase Containing Praseodymium Magnetostrictive Materials

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    Liu Heyan; Dong Bin; Li Songtao; Meng Xiangxi; Gao Jianbo; Qu Jingping; Li Yangxian

    2007-01-01

    The synthesis and magnetostriction of PrxTb1-xFe2, PrxTb1-xFe2B0.2 and PrxTb1-x(Fe0.6Co0.4)2 alloys were investigated in this study. The addition of boron or cobalt atom in PrxTb1-xFe2 could effectively prevent the formation of non-cubic phases, and Pr concentration limit was successfully increased from 0.2 to 0.4. X-ray step scanning for the PrxTb1-xFe2B0.2 and PrxTb1-x(Fe0.6Co0.4)2 alloys showed that PrFe2 possessed a large spontaneous magnetostriction λ111.

  17. Phase behavior and nanoscale structure of phospholipid membranes incorporated with acylated C-14-peptides

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    Pedersen, T.B.; Kaasgaard, Thomas; Jensen, M.O.;

    2005-01-01

    The thermotropic phase behavior and lateral structure of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) lipid bilayers containing an acylated peptide has been characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) on vesicles and atomic force microscopy (AFM) on mica-supported bilayers. The acylated...

  18. Fe-moment instability in Ti{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}Fe{sub 2} Laves-phase compounds

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    Ouladdiaf, B. [Institut Laue-Langevin, BP 156, 38042 GRENOBLE Cedex 09 (France); Deportes, J. [Lab. Louis Neel, CNRS, BP 166, 38042 GRENOBLE Cedex 09 (France); Saoudi, M. [Centre Universitaire de Guelma, GUELMA 24 000 (Algeria)

    2002-07-01

    The magnetic properties of the pseudo-binary Laves-phase compounds Ti{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}Fe{sub 2} were investigated by means of magnetisation and high-resolution powder neutron diffraction techniques. For x<0.2 a transition from an antiferromagnetic state to a canted one with a ferromagnetic component in the basal plane is observed, while for 0.2

  19. Effect of Laves Phase on High-Temperature Deformation and Microstructure Evolution in an 18Cr-2Mo-0.5Nb Ferritic Stainless Steel

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    Ikeda, Ken-ichi; Yamoah, Nana Kwame Gyan; Reynolds, William T.; Hamada, Jun-ichi; Murayama, Mitsuhiro

    2015-08-01

    Niobium-containing ferritic stainless steels are finding new applications in automotive exhaust components because of their oxidation resistance, thermal fatigue resistance, and high-temperature strength. The mechanical behavior of Nb-containing ferritic steels at service temperatures of 973 K (700 °C) and higher results from the convolution of dynamic microstructural changes including precipitation, precipitate coarsening, strain hardening, recovery, and recrystallization. The relative contributions of these competing processes have yet to be clarified. In this study, the high-temperature flow strength of an 18Cr-2Mo-0.5Nb ferritic stainless steel (SUS 444) was correlated with microstructure under different strain and initial precipitate distributions to clarify the relative role of the strengthening and softening processes. High-temperature tensile tests at 1023 K (750 °C) of un-aged (initial microstructure is precipitate-free) and pre-aged (initial microstructure contains precipitates) samples were carried out and transmission electron microscopy was used to assess dislocation distributions and precipitate morphology. The difference in the stress-strain curves between un-aged and pre-aged samples was drastic; the yield strength of the un-aged sample was twice that of the pre-aged sample, and the un-aged sample exhibits a noticeable yield drop. Transmission electron microscopy revealed a Laves phase nucleated and grew during the high-temperature tensile test in the un-aged sample and the majority of the precipitates in the pre-aged sample were the same Laves phase. Furthermore, a strain effect on precipitate growth was recognized in un-aged and pre-aged conditions by comparing grip (no strain) and gage (strained) sections of tensile samples. The dominant strengthening contribution in un-aged samples is initially the precipitate shearing mechanism and it changes to Orowan strengthening beyond the ultimate tensile strength, whereas the dominant contribution in

  20. Precipitation of Laves phase Fe2Mo type in HSLA steel with copper addition and high content of molybdenum

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    Pytel, S.; Miernik, K.; R. Bogucki

    2010-01-01

    The results of mechanical properties and microstructure of low-carbon copper bearing steel after quenching and tempering at temperaturerange of processing precipitation of particles rich in copper and particles intermetallic phase are presented in this paper. When content molybdenum increases in tempering temperature range from 550°C to 600°C that decrease of the impact energy measured at roomtemperature was observed. Microstructure analysis was conducted by transmission electron microscope (...

  1. Ab initio study of structural stability and electronic properties of Ti{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Cr{sub 2} and TiMg{sub x}Cr{sub 2-x} laves phase

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    Sari, A., E-mail: sari.aouatef@yahoo.fr; Merad, G. [Unité de Recherché Matériaux et Energies Renouvelables. Division d’Etudes et de Prédiction des Matériaux. Université Abou Bekr Belkaid. Tlemcen. Algerie (Algeria)

    2015-03-30

    The structural stability and electronic properties of TiMgCr{sub 2} laves phase have been calculated and compared. It is found that Mg prefer to substitutes titanium than chromium. The values of entalpies of formation show that Ti{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Cr{sub 2} may exist for only one concentration x=0.125 and the more favorable alloy is Ti{sub 0.875}Mg{sub 0.125}Cr{sub 2}. For TiCr{sub 2}, the optimized structural parameters were in good agreement with experimental values, while for TiMgCr{sub 2}, there is not experimental data. The electronic densities of states (DOS) are given and the nature of bonds are also discussed.

  2. Photo-Induced Phase Transitions to Liquid Crystal Phases: Influence of the Chain Length from C8E4 to C14E4

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    Simone Techert

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Photo-induced phase transitions are characterized by the transformation from phase A to phase B through the absorption of photons. We have investigated the mechanism of the photo-induced phase transitions of four different ternary systems CiE4/alkane (i with n = 8, 10, 12, 14; cyclohexane/H2O. We were interested in understanding the effect of chain length increase on the dynamics of transformation from the microemulsion phase to the liquid crystal phase. Applying light pump (pulse/x-ray probe (pulse techniques, we could demonstrate that entropy and diffusion control are the driving forces for the kind of phase transition investigated.

  3. Structural, magnetic and magnetostrictive properties of Laves-phase compounds Tb{sub x}Ho{sub 0.9−x}Nd{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 1.93} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.40)

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    Pan, Z.B. [Faculty of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, and Department of Physics, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China); Liu, J.J., E-mail: liujinjun1@nbu.edu.cn [Faculty of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, and Department of Physics, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China); Liu, X.Y.; Wang, J. [Faculty of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, and Department of Physics, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China); Du, J. [Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); Si, P.Z. [Zhejiang Key Lab on Magnetic Materials, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018 (China)

    2014-11-14

    The structural, magnetic and magnetostrictive properties of Tb{sub x}Ho{sub 0.9−x}Nd{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 1.93} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.40) alloys have been investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), a vibrating sample magnetometer and a standard strain technique. Single Laves phase (Tb,Ho,Nd)Fe{sub 2} compounds with a cubic MgCu{sub 2}-type structure have been synthesized at equilibrium conditions with ambient pressure. The lattice parameter of the Laves phase increases linearly with increasing Tb content and obeys the linear Vegard's law. The easy magnetization direction (EMD) at room temperature rotates continuously from <100> for x = 0.10 to <111> for x = 0.25 through an intermediate direction <110> around x = 0.15, subjected to the anisotropy compensation between Tb{sup 3+} and Ho{sup 3+} ions. The splitting of (440) XRD peak accompanied by the spontaneous magnetostriction-induced rhombohedral distortion is observed for the compounds of x ≥ 0.2, and the spontaneous magnetostriction coefficient λ{sub 111} is found to increase with increasing Tb content. The analysis of XRD, EMD, magnetization and magnetostriction shows that the pseudobinary system Tb{sub x}Ho{sub 0.9−x}Nd{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 1.93} is an anisotropy compensation system and the compensation point is realized around x = 0.25. The Nd-containing Tb{sub 0.25}Ho{sub 0.65}Nd{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 1.93} Laves-phase compound has good magnetostrictive properties, that is, a large saturation magnetostriction (λ{sub S}∼585 ppm) and a low magnetocrystalline anisotropy at room temperature, which may make it technological interest for magnetostriction applications. - Highlights: • A single (Tb,Ho,Nd)Fe{sub 2} Laves phase with a cubic MgCu{sub 2}-type structure is formed. • Anisotropy compensation has been realized for the Tb{sub x}Ho{sub 0.9−x}Nd{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 1.93} alloys. • A large saturation magnetostriction (λ{sub S} ∼ 585 ppm) is obtained for x = 0.25.

  4. Processing ix spent resin waste for C-14 isotope recovery

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    /m3 for the Moderator spent resins generated by CANDU reactors. For an estimated average C-14 activity level of 100 Ci/m3, a total of 400 Ci of C-14 can be produced each year. Based on the current market value of the C-14 isotope, the cost of the demonstration plant can be recovered in less than two years. Upon successful demonstration, the process can be scaled up. The volume of resin wastes produced by the stations can readily supply a full scale production of 2000 Ci or more per annum. Several alternative routes have been considered for this process which include: thermal stripping vs. acid stripping of the spent resins, laser enrichment vs. cryogenic distillation for the enrichment of the gaseous intermediate product, and direct gas phase reaction vs. liquid phase ionic precipitation of the final product. Analysis of the experimental results obtained at Ontario Hydro Research Division and also those reported in the literature has led to the selection of the following process: The C-14 is first removed by acid stripping the resins to form carbon dioxide. The gas is then separated from the carrier gas and converted by reaction with zinc to carbon monoxide, which is cryogenically distilled. Essentially pure C-14 monoxide is obtained and oxidized to produce C-14 dioxide. The gas is then reacted with a suitable hydroxide to produce the desired carbonate product

  5. High-temperature electrochemical performance and phase composition of Ti0.7Zr0.5V0.2Mn1.8-xNix hydrogen storage electrode alloys

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    2001-01-01

    The rapid development of electric vehicles demands the development of high performance nickel-metal hydride battery that is able to endure high temperature. The discharge properties of Ti0.7Zr0.5V0.2Mn1.8-xNix(x=0.4, 0.8, 1.1, 1.4, 1.7)hydrogen storage alloys was investigated and its phase composition was analyzed using X-ray diffraction. The results show that the cycling life was improved as the content of nickel increases. When x=0.4, 0.8, 1.1 and 1.4, the main phase is MgZn2 type C14 Laves phase and the second one is cubic TiNi phase. When x=1.7, the Laves phase structure disappears. EDAS analysis shows that the increase of nickel content is effective in suppressing the dissolution of vanadium component in alloys.

  6. Study of fatigue and fracture behavior of NbCr{sub 2}-based alloys: Phase stability in Nb-Cr-Ni ternary system

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    Zhu, J.H.; Liaw, P.K. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Liu, C.T. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Metals and Ceramics Div.

    1997-12-01

    Phase stability in a ternary Nb-Cr-Ni Laves phase system was studied in this paper. Their previous study in NbCr{sub 2}-based transition-metal Laves phases has shown that the average electron concentration factor, e/a, is the dominating factor in controlling the phase stability of NbCr{sub 2}-based Laves phases when the atomic size ratios are kept identical. Since Ni has ten out-shell electrons, the substitution of Ni for Cr in NbCr{sub 2} will increase the average electron concentration of the alloy, thus leading to the change of the crystal structures from C15 to C14. In this paper, a number of pseudo-binary Nb(Cr,Ni){sub 2} alloys were prepared, and the crystal structures of the alloys after a long heat-treatment at 1000 C as a function of the Ni content were determined by the X-ray diffraction technique. The boundaries of the C15/C14 transition were determined and compared to their previous predictions. It was found that the electron concentration and phase stability correlation is obeyed in the Nb-Cr-Ni system. However, the e/a ratio corresponding to the C15/C14 phase transition was found to move to a higher value than the predicted one. The changes in the lattice constant, Vickers hardness and fracture toughness were also determined as a function of the Ni content, which were discussed in light of the phase stability difference of the alloys.

  7. Effects of Nd-addition on the structural, hydrogen storage, and electrochemical properties of C14 metal hydride alloys

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    Wong, D.F. [BASF/Battery Materials-Ovonic, 2983 Waterview Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (United States); Department of Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202 (United States); Young, K., E-mail: kwo.young@basf.com [BASF/Battery Materials-Ovonic, 2983 Waterview Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (United States); Department of Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202 (United States); Nei, J.; Wang, L. [BASF/Battery Materials-Ovonic, 2983 Waterview Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (United States); Ng, K.Y.S. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202 (United States)

    2015-10-25

    Nd-addition to the AB{sub 2}-based alloy Ti{sub 12}Zr{sub 22.8−x}V{sub 10}Cr{sub 7.5}Mn{sub 8.1}Co{sub 7.0}Ni{sub 32.2}Al{sub 0.4}Nd{sub x} is studied for its effects on the structure, gaseous-phase hydrogen storage, and electrochemical properties. This study follows a series of Cu, Mo, Fe, Y, Si, and La doping studies in similar AB{sub 2}-based alloys. Limited solubility of Nd in the main Laves phase promotes the formation of secondary phases (AB and Zr{sub 7}Ni{sub 10}) to provide catalytic effects and synergies for improved capacity and high-rate dischargeability (HRD) performance. The main C14 storage phase has smaller lattice constants and cell volumes, and these effects reduce the storage capacity at higher Nd levels. Different hydrogen absorption mechanisms can occur in these multi-component, multi-phase alloys depending on the interfaces of the phases, and they have effects on the alloy properties. Higher Nd-levels improve the HRD performance despite having lower bulk diffusion and surface exchange current. Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate large percentage of larger metallic nickel clusters are present in the surface oxide of alloys with higher Nd-content, and AC impedance studies show very low charge-transfer resistance with high catalytic capability in the alloys. The −40 °C charge-transfer resistance of 8.9 Ω g in this Nd-series of alloys is the lowest measured out of the studies investigating doped AB{sub 2}-based MH alloys for improved low-temperature characteristics. The improvement in HRD and low-temperature performance appears to be related to the proportion of the highly catalytic NdNi-phase at the surface, which must offset the increased bulk diffusion resistance in the alloy. - Graphical abstract: Schematics of hydrogen flow and corresponding PCT isotherms in funneling mode. - Highlights: • Structural and hydrogen storage properties of Nd-substituted AB{sub 2} metal hydride are reported. • Nd contributes to the lowest

  8. Fiskere og fangeres indkomster i bygder er alarmerende lave

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    Rasmussen, Rasmus Ole; Petersen, Carsten

    2006-01-01

    I et internationalt perspektiv er indkomsterne i Grønland stadig meget ulige fordelt – mere ulige end i USA og væsentlig mere ulige end i de øvrige nordiske lande. Samtidig er der nogle markante erhvervsmæssige og regionale forskelle, hvor indtægterne er alarmerende lave, ikke mindst for gruppen ...... fangere og fiskere i bygderne Udgivelsesdato: 23 februar...

  9. Review of C-14 inventory for the SFR facility

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    Smith, Graham; Merino, Joan; Kerrigan, Emma

    2002-08-01

    The Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (SSI) is currently reviewing SKB's continuing assessment for disposal of radioactive waste to the SFR facility at Forsmark. Among the wastes disposed are reactor operating wastes. Among the relevant radionuclides is C-14, which is relatively difficult to measure and to control because of its mobility. This report documents a review of the C-14 inventory material submitted by SKB for the SFR-facility, to determine its validity and comment on the appropriate assumptions for C-14 content of wastes due to be disposed of to the SFR. The review is based on information provided by SSI as well as other relevant international experience. Conclusions are drawn upon: the chemical form of the C-14 in the waste from BWRs and PWRs; the production rate of C-14 in BWRs and PWRs and quantification of the source term in the IEX waste; the distribution of the C-14 in the IEX waste from BWR between the resins used for treatment of the primary cooling water and the resins used for treatment of the condensate water; quantification of the uncertainties. A suggestion is made that the C-14 inventory could be better developed based upon a mass balance assessment of all the C-14 produced in reactors, and its ultimate fate in effluent and solid wastes, taking account of the reactor specific operational factors identified in the review as relevant to C-14 inventory assessment.

  10. Microstructure and mechanical properties of laser melting deposited Ti2Ni3Si/NiTi Laves alloys

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    2007-01-01

    Two Ti2Ni3Si/NiTi Laves phase alloys with chemical compositions of Ni-39Ti-11 Si and Ni-42Ti-8Si (%, mole fraction, the same below), respectively, were fabricated by the laser melting deposition manufacturing process, aiming at studying the effect of Ti,Si contents on microstructure and mechanical properties of the alloys. The Ni-39Ti-llSi alloy consisting of Ti2Ni3Si primary dendrites and Ti2Ni3Si/NiTi eutectic matrix is a conventional hypereutectic Laves phase alloy while the Ni-42Ti-8Si alloy being made up of NiTi primary dendrites uniformly distributed in Ti2Ni3Si/NiTi eutectic is a new hypoeutectic alloy. Mechanical properties of the alloys were investigated by nano-indentation test. The results show that the decrease of Si and the increase of Ti contents change the microstructures of the alloys from hypereutectic to hypoeutectic, which influences the mechanical properties of the alloys remarkably. Corrosion behaviors of the alloys were also evaluated by potentiodynamic anodic polarization curves.

  11. Capture reactions on C-14 in nonstandard big bang nucleosynthesis

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    Wiescher, Michael; Gorres, Joachim; Thielemann, Friedrich-Karl

    1990-01-01

    Nonstandard big bang nucleosynthesis leads to the production of C-14. The further reaction path depends on the depletion of C-14 by either photon, alpha, or neutron capture reactions. The nucleus C-14 is of particular importance in these scenarios because it forms a bottleneck for the production of heavier nuclei A greater than 14. The reaction rates of all three capture reactions at big bang conditions are discussed, and it is shown that the resulting reaction path, leading to the production of heavier elements, is dominated by the (p, gamma) and (n, gamma) rates, contrary to earlier suggestions.

  12. Quantum Phase Transitions and Multicriticality in Ta(Fe1-xVx)2

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    Brando, Manuel; Kerkau, Alexander; Todorova, Adriana; Yamada, Yoshihiro; Khuntia, Panchanan; Förster, Tobias; Burkhard, Ulrich; Baenitz, Michael; Kreiner, Guido

    2016-08-01

    We present a comprehensive study of synthesis, structure analysis, transport and thermodynamic properties of the C14 Laves phase Ta(Fe1-xVx)2. Our measurements confirm the appearance of spin-density wave (SDW) order within a dome-like region of the x-T phase diagram with vanadium content 0.02 AFM) ones. This results in an exchange-enhanced susceptibility and in the suppression of the SDW transition temperature for x AFM energy scales have similar strength and the system remains paramagnetic down to 2 K with an extremely large Stoner enhancement factor of about 400. Here, spin fluctuations dominate the temperature dependence of the resistivity ρ ∝ T3/2 and of the specific heat C/T ∝ -log(T) which deviate from their conventional Fermi liquid forms, inferring the presence of a quantum critical point of dual nature.

  13. Root-Uptake of C-14 Acetic Acid by Various Plants and C-14 Dynamics Surrounding the Experimental Tessera

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    Carbon-14 (C-14, t1/2 = 5.73x103 yrs) from radioactive waste is one of the most important radioactive nuclides for environmental assessment in the context of geological disposal, and understanding the transfer of radioactive elements to plants is essential for public health safety. In order to obtain fundamental knowledge, culture experiments using marigold (Tagetes patula L.), tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea S.), paddy rice (Oryza sativa L.), radish (Raphanus sativus L.), and carrot (Daucus carota L.) plants were conducted to examine root-uptake and dynamics of C-14 in the laboratory. The C-14 radioactivity in each plant part (e.g. shoot, root, edible part, etc.), medium (e.g. culture solution, sand, etc.), and air was determined. The distribution of C-14 in the plants was visualized using autoradiography. For a comparison, autoradiography was also done using Na-22. Results of the present study indicated that C-14 labeled CO2 gas was released from the culture solution to the atmosphere. Clear autoradiography images were observed in plants for the shoots and lower roots which were soaked in the culture solution. The upper roots which were not soaked in the culture solution were not clearly imaged. In the radiotracer experiment using Na-22, a clear image was observed for the whole carrot seedling, even including the upper root, on the autoradiography. However, the amounts of C-14 acetic acid absorbed by all the plants through their roots were considered to be very small. Inorganic carbon transformed from C-14 acetic acid would be taken up by plants through the roots, and some fraction of C-14 would be assimilated into the shoots by photosynthesis. (authors)

  14. Metabolism and translocation of C14-trazine in growing corn

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    Movement, translocation and metabolism of C14-atrazine in corn grown under conventional and no-till management was studied in the agro-ecosystem chamber (150x50x100 cm). C14-atrazine, and commercial atrazine which is aatrex-nie-0 were applied at 14 uCi and 128 mg (a.i) per chamber. After growing, the determination of volatilization, degradation in soil, and translocation into other parts of corn plant have been investigated after application in the certain period of time on 0, 1, 3, 5, 7, 15, 30, 45, 65 and 85 days, respectively. The volatilization was highest just after treatment and then became lower as time increased and as well as residues discovered in the soil. Its metabolites were discovered in both soil and air but C14-conjugated atrazine was found in root, stem, and corn leaves

  15. Influence of air temperature and humidity on simultaneous collection of H-3 and C-14 by mono-ethanolamine solution

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    Lumagel Plus scintillator was selected as the most suitable scintillator for simultaneous collection of H-3 and C-14 by using mono-ethanolamin (MEA) solution. The influence of air temperature and humidity on the collection efficiency of H-3 and C-14 was examined. As the result, when the weight of water in MEA was less than 1000 mg, the samples became colorless without separation into two phases, and the collection efficiency of 99% and more was obtained for C-14 within the collection time of 3.7 hours. On the other hand, the collection efficiency for H-3 decreased with increase of the weight of water in the collected air, but it was more than 90% even at high temperature of 30°C and high relative humidity of 90%. It was found that this method is practically useful for simultaneous determination of H-3 and C-14 concentration in air. (author)

  16. Last fra kornede materialer på begrænsningsvægge i lave lagerbygninger

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    Møller, S.

    Rapporten indeholder forudsætninger og retningslinier for den statiske beregning af lave lagerbygninger, fx. plansiloer i landbruget. I to hovedkapitler gives data og formler til lastbestemmelse som grundlag for brudundersøgelse og deformationsundersøgelse, samt et eksempel på lastberegning....

  17. Preparation of toluenes specifically labelled with C-14

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    The attempt to prepare toluene-2 C-14 starting from ethyl acetoacetate failed because the reaction of sodium ethyl acetoacetate with dibromopropane could not be performed. This labelling was also attempted starting from methyl tetrahydropyran. This synthesis was not successful because the preparationof 2-methyl pimelic acid was impossible. Labellimg of carbon-3 of toluene starting from succinic acid could not be carried out because the Grignard reaction of a-ketoglutaric acid as unsuccessful. The radioactive syntheses started from propanediol resp. from c-butyrolactone. (The labelling of carbon-3 of toluene was not possible in this case because the reduction of malonic acid to propanediol could not be carried out). The synthesis course was identical for all labellings. The synthesis differed only in the introduction of the activiy from potassium cyanide C-14. The starting compounds were reacted to propanedinitril, which was saponified to glutaric acid. The acid was reduced to pentanediol. From the diol, dibromopentane was produced. Reaction with potassium cyanide yielded, after saponification, pimelic acid. The acid was cyclizated to cyclohexanone, which was reduced to cyclohexanol. The OH group was replaced by bromine and subsequently by a methyl group. Dehydration yielded toluene. The following labellings were carried out: Toluene-2, -2.6, -1.2.6, -1.2 C-14. (G.G.)

  18. Crystal-Structure Analysis with Moments of the Density-of-States: Application to Intermetallic Topologically Close-Packed Phases

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    Thomas Hammerschmidt

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The moments of the electronic density-of-states provide a robust and transparent means for the characterization of crystal structures. Using d-valent canonical tight-binding, we compute the moments of the crystal structures of topologically close-packed (TCP phases as obtained from density-functional theory (DFT calculations. We apply the moments to establish a measure for the difference between two crystal structures and to characterize volume changes and internal relaxations. The second moment provides access to volume variations of the unit cell and of the atomic coordination polyhedra. Higher moments reveal changes in the longer-ranged coordination shells due to internal relaxations. Normalization of the higher moments leads to constant (A15,C15 or very similar (χ, C14, C36, μ, and σ higher moments of the DFT-relaxed TCP phases across the 4d and 5d transition-metal series. The identification and analysis of internal relaxations is demonstrated for atomic-size differences in the V-Ta system and for different magnetic orderings in the C14-Fe 2 Nb Laves phase.

  19. C-14/I-29 Preservation and Hold Time Survey

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    Kitchen, S. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-04-08

    Preservation and hold time of radionuclides must account for both nuclear half-lives and nonnuclear loss mechanisms, but variations in the latter are often neglected. Metals-based defaults are inappropriate for long-lived non-metals C-14 and I-129, which are vulnerable to chemical and biological volatilization. Non-acidification is already widely practiced for them. Recommended addition measures from radiological and chemical literature include glass containers where possible, water filtration where possible, headspace minimization, light shielding, cold (4°C) storage and unfiltered water hold time of 28 days. Soil hold time may need to be shortened when water-logged, excessively sandy, or still adjusting to significant new contamination.

  20. Enhanced magnetoelastic effect in Laves (Tb,Dy)Fe2 alloys with the joint introduction of Pr and Nd

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    Song, X. H.; Liu, J. J.; Wei, S. H.; Zhu, X. Y.; Li, F.; Zhang, Z. R.; Si, P. Z.; Ren, W. J.

    2016-06-01

    The structural and magnetoelastic properties of (Tb0.3Dy0.7)1-x(Pr0.5Nd0.5)xFe1.93 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.20) polycrystalline alloys have been investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), a vibrating sample magnetometer and a standard strain gauge technique. A single (Tb,Dy,Pr,Nd)Fe2 Laves phase with a cubic MgCu2-type structure is formed when x ≤ 0.12, while a small amount of impurities appear when x ≥ 0.15. The easy magnetization direction at room temperature is detected toward axis. The analysis of XRD, magnetization and magnetostriction shows that the Pr and Nd elements joint introduction into (Tb,Dy)Fe2 system can reduce the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and improve the magnetoelastic properties. The (Tb0.3Dy0.7)0.88(Pr0.5Nd0.5)0.12Fe1.93 alloy exhibits a high low-field magnetostriction λ a (~314 ppm/1 kOe), a large spontaneous magnetostriction coefficient λ 111 (~1710 ppm), a giant saturation magnetostriction λ S (~1060 ppm) and the low magnetocrystalline anisotropy at room temperature, and may make it a promising candidate for magnetostriction applications.

  1. (CH4)-C-14 Measurements in Greenland Ice: Investigating Last Glacial Termination CH4 Sources

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    Petrenko, V. V.; Smith, A. M.; Brook, E. J.;

    2009-01-01

    contributions to this increase. We present measurements of (CH4)-C-14 in glacial ice, targeting this transition, performed by using ice samples obtained from an ablation site in west Greenland. Measured (CH4)-C-14 values were higher than predicted under any scenario. Sample (CH4)-C-14 appears to be elevated by...

  2. Electro-removal of H-3 and C-14 contained in scintillation liquid absorbed in soils type Phaeozem; Electrorremocion de H-3 y C-14 contenidos en liquido de centelleo absorbidos en suelos tipo Phaeozem

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    Valdovinos, V.; Bustos, E. [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica, Parque Tecnologico Queretaro s/n, San Fandila, 76703 Pedro Escobedo, Queretaro (Mexico); Monroy G, F., E-mail: vvaldovinos@cideteq.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2014-10-15

    This paper presents the results of electro-removal, an electrochemical treatment in soils contaminated with H-3 and C-14 contained in scintillation liquids absorbed in soils. For this purpose the best electrochemical conditions were used, which are: scintillation liquid Ultima Gold Xr, water (1:1) and 1 m A in the passage of current. The media were characterized before and after of applying the different potentials by various analytical techniques, such as: liquids by gas chromatography with a flame ionization detector, solids and liquids by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (Ftir) and electrodes by scanning electron microscopy with elemental analysis by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Later standard samples with H-3 and C-14 were prepared and the electrochemical treatment was applied to previously established conditions. After electrochemical treatment the scintillation liquid characterization was performed by gas chromatography and a scintillation counter to see the disintegrations per minute. According to results of Ftir, soils show no deterioration and in the liquid phase the amount of water increases as the applied potential, due to oxidation-reduction reactions where happen modification or mineralization of organic molecules (H{sub 2}O and CO{sub 2} formation). In 4 h of treatment, removal percentages in the liquid phase, were: 53.6% of H-3 and 11.6% of C-14. (Author)

  3. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystal and Polytetrahedral-Phase Forming Alloys

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, Anup K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, Robert W.; Rathz, T. J.; Robinson, Michael B.; Rogers, Jan R.

    2003-01-01

    From extensive ground based work on the phase diagram and undercooling studies of Ti-Zr-Ni alloys, have clearly identified the composition of three different phases with progressively increasing polytetrahedral order such as, (Ti/Zr), the C14 Laves phase, and the i-phase, that nucleate directly from the undercooled liquid. The reduced undercooling decreases progressively with increasing polytetrahedral order in the solid, supporting Frank s hypothesis. A new facility for direct measurements of the structures and phase transitions in undercooled liquids (BESL) was developed and has provided direct proof of the primary nucleation of a metastable icosahedral phase in some Ti-Zr-Ni alloys. The first measurements of specific heat and viscosity in the undercooled liquid of this alloy system have been completed. Other than the importance of thermo-physical properties for modeling nucleation and growth processes in these materials, these studies have also revealed some interesting new results (such as a maximum of C(sup q, sub p) in the undercooled state). These ground-based results have clearly established the necessary background and the need for conducting benchmark nucleation experiments at the ISS on this alloy system.

  4. Linear C32H66 hydrocarbon in the mixed state with C10H22, C12H26, C14H30, C16H34 and C18H38: Comparison of strength of phases and role of tunnel-like defects

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    P B Shashikanth; P B V Prasad

    2003-02-01

    Strengths of m, o and phases of linear dotriacontane hydrocarbon in mixed state with certain shorter chain length homologues (SMOLLENCs), estimated from powder XRD analysis, are compared. The results suggest strong evidence in favour of tunnel-like defects (TLIDs).

  5. C-14 Measurements of Ice Samples from the Juvfonne Ice Tunnel, Jotunheimen, Southern Norway-Validation of a C-14 Dating Technique for Glacier Ice

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    Zapf, Alexander; A. Nesje; Szidat, Sönke; L. Wacker; Schwikowski, Margit

    2013-01-01

    Establishing precise age-depth relationships of high-alpine ice cores is essential in order to deduce conclusive paleoclimatic information from these archives. Radiocarbon dating of carbonaceous aerosol particles incorporated in such glaciers is a promising tool to gain absolute ages, especially from the deepest parts where conventional methods are commonly inapplicable. In this study, we present a new validation for a published C-14 dating method for ice cores. Previously C-14-dated horizons...

  6. Amorphization of Laves-Phase Precipitates in Zircaloy-4 by Neutron Irradiation

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    Peters, H.R.; Taylor, D.F.; Yang, Walter J.S.

    1999-04-23

    Examination of corrosion coupons by transmission electron microscopy after their exposure in the Idaho Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) has broadened the Zircaloy-4 precipitate-amorphization database and validated a new kinetic model for previously unavailable values of temperature and fast-neutron flux. The model describes the amorphization of Zr(Fe,Cr){sub 2} intermetallic precipitates in zirconium alloys as a dynamic competition between radiation damage and thermal annealing that leaves some iron atoms available for flux-assisted diffusion to the zirconium matrix. It predicts the width of the amorphous zone as a function of neutron flux (E>1 MeV), temperature, and time. In its simplest form, the model treats the crystalline/amorphous and precipitate/matrix interfaces as parallel planes, and its accuracy decreases for small precipitates and high fluence as the amorphous-zone width approaches precipitate dimensions. The simplest form of the model also considers diffusion to be rate-determining. This is an accurate approximation for steady-state conditions or slow changes in flux and temperature, but inappropriate for the analysis of faster transients. The paper addresses several difficulties inherent in measuring amorphous-zone width, and utilizes the expanded database to evaluate the improvements in predictive accuracy available through both conversion of the model to spherical coordinates and extension of its time dependency.

  7. Electronic structure, cohesive, and magnetic properties of the actinide-iridium Laves phases

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    The electronic structure of the isostructural AIr2 systems (A = Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, and Am) has been obtained by means of the scalar relativistic and fully relativistic linear muffin-tin orbital techniques. Ground-state properties such as lattice constants and onset of magnetic order have been calculated and compared with measured data. The hybridization between the actinide 5f and the ligand 5d states and the direct 5f wave-function overlap are found to be of comparable importance for the bandwidth of the itinerant 5f states. The anomalous paramagnetism of PuIr2 can be explained only by a fully relativistic treatment

  8. Future needs and requirements for AMS C-14 standards and reference materials

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    Scott, EM; Boaretto, E; Bryant, C; Cook, GT; Gulliksen, S; Harkness, DD; Heinemeier, J; McGee, E; Naysmith, P; Possnert, G; van der Plicht, H; van Strydonck, M; Cook, Gordon T.

    2004-01-01

    C-14 measurement uses a number of standards and reference materials with different properties. Historically the absolute calibration of C-14 measurement was tied to 1890 wood, through the 'primary' standard of NBS-OxI (produced by the National Bureau of Standards, now NIST - National Institute of St

  9. Absorption, Distribution, Excretion, and Pharmacokinetics of C14-Pyronaridine Tetraphosphate in Male and Female Sprague-Dawley Rats

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    Sang Hyun Park

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this investigation was to determine the absorption, distribution, excretion, and pharmacokinetics of the antimalarial drug pyronaridine tetraphosphate (PNDP in Sprague-Dawley rats. Following oral administration of a single dose (10 mg/Kg of C14-PNDP, it was observed that the drug was readily absorbed from the small intestine within 1 hour following oral administration and was widely distributed in most of the tissues investigated as determined from the observed radioactivity in the tissues. The peak value of the drug in the blood was reached at around 8 hours postadministration, and radioactivity was detected in most of the tissues from 4 hours onwards. C14-PNDP showed a poor permeability across the blood-brain barrier, and the absorption, distribution, and excretion of C14-PNDP were found to be gender-independent as both male and female rats showed a similar pattern of radioactivity. Excretion of the drug was predominantly through the urine with a peak excretion post 24 hours of administration. A small amount of the drug was also excreted in the feces and also in the breath. It was found that the Cmax, AUC (0-inf, and Tmax values were similar to those observed in the Phase II clinical trials of pyronaridine/artesunate (Pyramax conducted in Uganda.

  10. Accelerator mass spectrometry measurements of the C-13(n,gamma)C-14 and N-14(n,p)C-14 cross sections

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    Wallner, A.; Bichler, M.; Buczak, K.; Dillmann, I.; Kaeppeler, F.; A. Karakas; Lederer, C.; Lugaro, M.; Mair, K.; A.Mengoni; Schaetzel, G.; P. Steier; Trautvetter, H. P.

    2016-01-01

    The technique of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), offering a complementary tool for sensitive studies of key reactions in nuclear astrophysics, was applied for measurements of the C-13(n,gamma)C-14 and the N-14(n,p)C-14 cross sections, which act as a neutron poison in s-process nucleosynthesis. Solid samples were irradiated at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with neutrons closely resembling a Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution for kT = 25 keV, and also at higher energies between En = 123 an...

  11. Effect of substitution of chromium for manganese on structure discharge characteristics of Ti-Zr-V-Mn-Ni-type multi-phase hydrogen storage electrode alloys

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    Wang, G.Y. [Qingdao Inst. of Architecture Engineering (China). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Xu, Y.H. [Tsing Hua Univ., Beijing (China). Dept. of Chemical Engineering; Pan, H.G.; Wang, Q.D. [Zhejiang Univ., Hangzhou (China). Dept. of Material Science and Engineering

    2003-05-01

    In this paper the structure and discharge characteristics of Ti{sub 0.8}Zr{sub 0.2}V{sub 1.6}Mn{sub 0.8-x}Cr{sub x}Ni{sub 0.6} (0 <= x <= 0.64) hydrogen storage annealed electrodes are studied by the use of electrochemical techniques, XPS, XRD and EDS in detail. The results have shown that the organization of alloys is made up of dispersed branch crystals and continuous base body structure. With increase of the quantity of substitution of chromium for manganese, the branch crystals become coarser. Their phase structures are the compound phases of C14 Laves phase and b.c.c. phase, rich in vanadium. Substitution influences the parameters of lattice of the alloys. The quantity of vanadium in b.c.c. phase is the highest. The maximal capacity of the alloy is 545 mAh/g. The activation of alloys is very easy but the cycle property is rather poor. With increase of the quantity of substitution of chromium for manganese, the property deterioration decreases clearly but the maximal capacity decreases apparently too. Further, the studies of XPS have shown that the restrain effect of chromium substitution on property deterioration of alloys is due to the decrease of oxygenation and surface segregation of titanium, zirconium and vanadium.(author)

  12. Spectral analysis of colour-quenched and chemically quenched C-14 samples; Estudio espectral de muestras de C-14 con extincion quimica y por color en centelleo liquido

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    Scott, P. E.; Grau, A.

    1987-07-01

    In this paper pairs of pulse height distribution curves, of C-14 samples, colour-quenched and chemically quenched was obtained. The possibility to choose a counting window in order to obtain the counting efficiency curves, for both type of quenching was studied. (Author) 7 refs.

  13. Synthesis and structural characterization of (C14H16N2)3 (C14H17N2)2 [-Mo8 O26

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    Ikram Zebiri; Sihem Boufas; Salima Mosbah; Leïla Bencharif; Mustapha Bencharif

    2015-10-01

    A novel polyoxomolybdate (C14H16N2)3 (C14H17N2)2 [-Mo8 O26] (1) has been synthesized from hydrothermal reaction of tolidine and molybdenum trioxide in water and characterized by its IR and UV spectra, 1H NMR, cyclic voltammetry and single crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 crystallizes in the triclinic crystal system, space group P$\\bar{ı}$, with the crystal cell parameters of =11.5360 Å, =11.6080 Å, =15.2520 Å, =72.50° , =79.46° , =86.91° , =1915.00 Å3 and =1. The asymmetric unit of the crystal structure of (C14H16N2)3 (C14H17N2)2 [-Mo8 O26] contains -octamolybdate [-Mo8 O26]4− anions, two tolidine molecules and shows the presence of monoprotonated tolidine cations. One tolidine molecule and a -Mo8 O26 polyanions species lie across crystallographic inversion centres while the two tolidine molecules occupy general sites.

  14. Synthesis, magnetic properties and magnetostriction of Pr{sub 0.5}Nd{sub 0.5}(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 1.9} cubic Laves alloys

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    Hu, C.C. [Department of Applied Physics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China); Shi, Y.G., E-mail: shiyangguang@gmail.com [Department of Applied Physics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China); Chen, Z.Y.; Shi, D.N. [Department of Applied Physics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China); Tang, S.L.; Du, Y.W. [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Pr{sub 0.5}Nd{sub 0.5}(Fe{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}){sub 1.9} cubic Laves alloys were synthesized by high pressure annealing. • The saturation magnetization increases to a maximum of 103 emu/g at x=0.1. • The spin orientation phase diagram was constructed. • The Co concentration of magnetostriction peaks at x=0.1. - Abstract: The structure, magnetic properties and magnetostriction of polycrystalline Pr{sub 0.5}Nd{sub 0.5}(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 1.9} (0⩽x≤0.8) alloys were investigated. It is found that cubic Laves phase becomes the main phase only when the Co concentration is greater than 40 at.% under traditional vacuum annealed method. In contrast, the cubic Laves phase exists over the entire composition range studied in the samples annealed under high pressure. Both the lattice parameter and the Curie temperature decrease with the increasing Co concentration. The saturation magnetization increases into a maximum at x=0.1 and then decreases with further increase in x. The spin orientation phase diagram of Pr{sub 0.5}Nd{sub 0.5}(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 1.9} (0⩽x≤0.4) alloys is constructed to illustrate the arrangement for the easy magnetization direction and crystal structure. The magnetostriction of Pr{sub 0.5}Nd{sub 0.5}(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 1.9} alloys peaks at x=0.1. The Pr{sub 0.5}Nd{sub 0.5}(Fe{sub 0.9}Co{sub 0.1}){sub 1.9} alloy combines a high magnetostriction with low cost advantage, which may make it potential material for magnetostrictive application.

  15. Algal C-14 and total carbon metabolisms 2. Experimental observations with the diatom Skeletonema costatum

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    Williams, P.J.L.; Robinson, C.; Søndergaard, M.;

    1996-01-01

    of 2-3), C-14 uptake into the particulate plus the dissolved fractions approximated to net photosynthesis. Rate constants derived from the chemically determined changes were used to parameterize models that accounted for the respiration of photosynthetic products and for the recycling of respiratory CO......Three sets of comparisons of net and gross inorganic carbon assimilation and C-14 uptake were made with an axenic culture of Skeletonema costatum. The comparisons showed that in the physiological window studied (10-20% of the intrinsic generation time and gross photosynthesis/respiration ratios......2. The conclusion drawn was that over the time scale studied, the C-14 technique was measuring net photosynthesis, consistent with essentially 100% recycling of respiratory CO2. The study has shown that we now possess the basis to make a rigorous analysis of net, gross CO2 fixation and net C-14...

  16. Design, total synthesis, and evaluation of C13-C14 cyclopropane analogues of (+)-discodermolide.

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    Smith, Amos B; Xian, Ming; Liu, Fenghua

    2005-10-13

    [structure: see text] The design, total synthesis, and biological evaluation of two C13-C14-cyclopropyl analogues [(+)-1 and (+)-2] of (+)-discodermolide have been achieved. Key features of the syntheses include highly stereoselective, hydroxyl-directed cyclopropanations of vinyl iodides and higher order cuprate-mediated cross-coupling reactions between cyclopropyl iodides and alkyl iodides. Biological evaluation revealed that neither orientation of the cyclopropyl methylene completely substitutes for the C14 methyl found in (+)-discodermolide (3).

  17. Development of adsorbent for C-14 Gas trapping and characteristics evaluation

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    Desorption characteristics of C-14 adsorbed on spent resin as H14CO3 ion type by applying various stripping solutions were analyzed, and some experiments for gasification of C-14 to CO2 gas with were also performed. Based on these results, the process concept for spent resin treatment was suggested. Real spent resin was prepared from sampling in storage tank in site 1 of Wolseung Nuclear Power Plant. Desorption characteristics of C-14 and cations of Cs, Co from spent IRN-150 resin was evaluated. Desorption efficiency of C-14 from spent resin by using H3PO4 desorption solution was over 96% regardless of C-14 amount on initial spent resin when comparing a activity of C-14 on initial spent resin. Also, desorption percent of cation of Cs, Co from anion ion-exchange resin (IRN-77) showed that Co-60 was below 1%, Cs-134, 137 was in a range of 2 ∼ 5%. Fundamental studies include an development of adsorbent manufacturing technology and its performance evaluation for C-14 gas trapping, the adsorption process by adopting gas circulation method was suggested for the design of 14CO2 gas treatment system generated from spent resin treatment process. In order to predict adsorbent performance of CO2 trapping, modelling was carried out to verify the breakthrough curves of CO2 trapping by using soda lime adsorbent. The effect of humidity on CO2 trapping by using soda lime adsorbent was modelled via chemical reaction in porous media. Assessment of the state-of-the-arts on the solidification of the used adsorbent showed that the cement matrix would be the best-available binder from the view points of the matrix compatibility, properties of the final waste form, simplicity of the process and relatively low cost

  18. Synthesis and magnetostrictive properties of Pr1−xDyx(Fe0.8Co0.21.93 cubic Laves compounds

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    Y. G. Shi

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The structure, magnetic properties and magnetostriction of high-pressure synthesized Pr1−xDyx(Fe0.8Co0.21.93 compounds were investigated. These compounds, which could not be readily synthesized under ambient pressure, exhibit single cubic Laves phase owing to the effects of high-pressure annealing. The Curie temperature increases with increasing x, indicating that 3d-4f coupling becomes stronger with the increase of Dy concentration. The saturation magnetization decreases with increasing x, which can be ascribed to the competition of sublattice magnetization. The easy magnetization direction of the compound lies along with x ≤ 0.05 while lies along when x ≥ 0.10. Meanwhile, the low-field magnetostriction λ∥ − λ⊥ of the compound system peaks at x = 0.05 and then decreases with increasing x, which reveals that the composition anisotropy compensation between Pr3+ and Dy3+ might be realized in Pr1−xDyx(Fe0.8Co0.21.93 system. Pr0.95Dy0.05(Fe0.8Co0.21.93 compound combines a large low-field magnetostriction (648 ppm at 3 kOe and the merits of low-cost raw materials, which may make it a potential material for magnetostrictive application.

  19. C-14 and temperature variation around and after AD 775 - after the Dark Age Grand Minimum

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    Neuhäuser, Ralph; Neuhäuser, Dagmar L.

    2016-04-01

    We have compiled an extensive catalog of aurora observations from the Far and Near East as well as Europe for the time from AD 550 to 845. From historic observations of aurorae and sunspots as well as the C-14 and Be-10 data, we can date the end of the Dark Age grand minimum to about AD 690; we see strong activity after this period. We can fix the solar activity Schwabe cycle maxima and minima in the 7th and 8th centuries.. The strong 14-C increase in data with 1-yr time resolution in the AD 770s (e.g. Miyake et al. 2012) is still a matter of debate, e.g. a solar super-flare. In the last three millennia, there were two more strong rapid rises in 14-C - around BC 671 and AD 1795. All three 14-C variations are embedded in similar evolution of solar activity, as we can show with various solar activity proxies; secular evolution of solar wind plays an important role. The rises of 14-C - within a few years each - can be explained by a sudden strong decrease in solar modulation potential leading to increased radioisotope production. The strong rises around AD 775 and 1795 are due to three effects: (i) very strong activity in the previous cycles (i.e. very low 14-C level), (ii) the declining phase of a very strong Schwabe cycle, and (iii) a phase of very weak activity after the strong 14-C rise - very short and/or weak cycle(s) like the suddenly starting Dalton minimum. In addition to arXiv:1503.01581 and arXiv:1508.06745, we also discuss the temperature depression and new quasi-annual 10-Be data. If a temperature depression right after AD 775 for a few decades can be confirmed, this would be fully consistent with our suggestion: reduced solar activity since AD 775 (for a few decades like in the Dalton minimum). Otherwise, one would not expect such a temperature depression after a solar super-flare.

  20. Langtidseffekter av lave omega-3 nivåer i fôr på laksens helse

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    Ruyter, Bente; Bou, Marta; Bæverfjord, Grete; Østbye, Tone-Kari K; Ytrestøyl, Trine; Bjerke, Målfrid Tofteberg; Sigholt, Trygve; Berge, Gerd Marit

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    Omega-3 fettsyrer er helt sentrale for en rekke biologiske funksjoner i kroppen, som for eksempel cellenes oppbygging, avlesing av arvematerialet og inflammasjons-respons. Det er for øvrig relativt lite kunnskap om hvor lite omega-3 i fôret oppdrettslaksen kan klare seg med uten at det går ut over helse og velferd. Hensikten med dette prosjektet har dermed vært å øke kunnskapen om hvilke konsekvenser lave nivåer av EPA og DHA i fôret til laks, over store deler av livssyklus, vil ha for fisken...

  1. Structural, electronic, and linear optical properties of organic photovoltaic PBTTT-C14 crystal

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    Li, Long-Hua; Kontsevoi, Oleg Y.; Rhim, S. H.; Freeman, Arthur J.

    2013-04-01

    Poly(2,5-bis(3-tetradecylthiophen-2yl)thieno(3,2-b)thiophene) (PBTTT-C14) is an important electro-optical polymer, whose three-dimensional crystal structure is somewhat ambiguous and the fundamental electronic and linear optical properties are not well known. We carried out first-principles calculations to model the crystal structure and to study the effect of side-chains on the physical structure and electronic properties. Our calculations suggest that the patterns of side-chain has little direct effect on the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum but they do have impact on the bandgap through changing the π-π stacking distance. By examining the band structure and wave functions, we conclude that the fundamental bandgap of the PBTTT-C14 crystal is determined by the conduction band energy at the Q point. The calculations indicate that the bandgap of PBTTT-C14 crystal may be tunable by introducing different side-chains. The significant peak in the imaginary part of the dielectric function arises from transitions along the polymer backbone axis, as determined by the critical-point analysis and the large optical transition matrix elements in the direction of the backbone.

  2. The C$^{14}$N/C$^{15}$N Ratio in Diffuse Molecular Clouds

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    Ritchey, Adam M; Lambert, David L

    2015-01-01

    We report the first detection of C$^{15}$N in diffuse molecular gas from a detailed examination of CN absorption lines in archival VLT/UVES spectra of stars probing local diffuse clouds. Absorption from the C$^{15}$N isotopologue is confidently detected (at $\\gtrsim4\\sigma$) in three out of the four directions studied and appears as a very weak feature between the main $^{12}$CN and $^{13}$CN absorption components. Column densities for each CN isotopologue are determined through profile fitting, after accounting for weak additional line-of-sight components of $^{12}$CN, which are seen in the absorption profiles of CH and CH$^+$ as well. The weighted mean value of C$^{14}$N/C$^{15}$N for the three sight lines with detections of C$^{15}$N is $274\\pm18$. Since the diffuse molecular clouds toward our target stars have relatively high gas kinetic temperatures and relatively low visual extinctions, their C$^{14}$N/C$^{15}$N ratios should not be affected by chemical fractionation. The mean C$^{14}$N/C$^{15}$N ratio ...

  3. Studies directed toward the total synthesis of discodermolide: asymmetric synthesis of the C1-C14 fragment.

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    Arefolov, Alexander; Panek, James S

    2002-07-11

    [structure: see text] A convergent and stereoselective assembly of the C1-C14 subunit of marine natural product (+)-discodermolide has been completed. The approach employs chiral allylsilane bond construction methodology to establish four of the eight stereogenic centers. Key fragment coupling is achieved via an efficient stereoselective acetate aldol reaction between C1-C6 and C7-C14 subunits.

  4. Hyperfine fields and magnetic momente in Laves intermetallic compounds AFe2(A=Zr, Y, Sc and Gd)

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    Hyperfine fields (HFF) on impurity nuclei 27Al and 45Sc in the Laves cubic compounds ZrFe2, YFe2, ScFe2 and GdFe2 are measured by the method of pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance at 4.2 K. Using the data on 57Fe ad 27Al HFF the contributions to 57Fe HFF from local magnetic momentum of iron atoms μ0(Fe) are singled out, the values μ0(Fe) amd μ(A) are estimated. It is shown that HFF on 45Sc nuclei contain both contributions from local magnetic momentum of scandium atoms and from magnetic momenta of atoms in the nearest spheres. The contributions are evaluated for ZrFe2 and ScFe2

  5. Use of miniature C-14 counters in dating and authentication in the museum

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    Curators often do not understand the basis for the C-14 method of age determination and its limitations. Purpose of this paper is to describe the underlying principles, and how these must influence the interpretation of the radiocarbon measurement of a museum specimen in terms of age. Several techniques for that measurement are described briefly, focussing on the miniature proportional counters that were developed for the Smithsonian Institution, and three museum problems are described which were attacked, and some interesting further research on museum objects that has been proposed. Finally some projections on the future applications of the different methods are made, in the context of museum work

  6. Use of miniature C-14 counters in dating and authentication in the museum

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    Harbottle, G.; Sayre, E.V.; Stoenner, R.W.

    1983-01-01

    Curators often do not understand the basis for the C-14 method of age determination and its limitations. Purpose of this paper is to describe the underlying principles, and how these must influence the interpretation of the radiocarbon measurement of a museum specimen in terms of age. Several techniques for that measurement are described briefly, focussing on the miniature proportional counters that were developed for the Smithsonian Institution, and three museum problems are described which were attacked, and some interesting further research on museum objects that has been proposed. Finally some projections on the future applications of the different methods are made, in the context of museum work.

  7. Phase Transformation in Cast Superaustenitic Stainless Steels

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    Lee Phillips, Nathaniel Steven [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2006-01-01

    Superaustenitic stainless steels constitute a group of Fe-based alloys that are compositionally balanced to have a purely austenitic matrix and exhibit favorable pitting and crevice corrosion resistant properties and mechanical strength. However, intermetallic precipitates such as sigma and Laves can form during casting or exposure to high-temperature processing, which degrade the corrosion and mechanical properties of the material. The goal of this study was to accurately characterize the solid-solid phase transformations seen in cast superaustenitic stainless steels. Heat treatments were performed to understand the time and temperature ranges for intermetallic phase formations in alloys CN3MN and CK3MCuN. Microstructures were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, WDS). The equilibrium microstructures, composed primarily of sigma and Laves within purely austenitic matrices, showed slow transformation kinetics. Factors that determine the extent of transformation, including diffusion, nucleation, and growth, are discussed.

  8. COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF MODELS OF RAILWAY LOADS C14 AND LM71 FOR GIRDER BRIDGES

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    V. Artomov

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The article analyzes the railway load LM71 for the purpose of its application in national design projects of the railway girder bridges. Purpose of the article is harmonization of national design codes of enginnering structures with the European standards (Eurocodes. Methodology. Analytical calculation methods (influence lines, the matrix analysis and computer programming are used in the article. Findings. Deflected mode parameters of the railway bridges under the influence of loads C14 and LM71 have certain differences. The extent of these differences depends on length, material of drift structures and also on dynamic coefficients. These dependences should be considered in national design codes and in harmonized with Eurocodes standards. In the further researches relationships between load C14 and models SW, HSLM taking into account various dynamic effects and trains speedis planned to determine. Originality. The presented results, in particular deflected mode parameters (including loads with dynamic coefficients, obtained for the first time. Practical value. Results of research are used in National Annex to the National Standard of Ukraine NSTU-N B EN 1991-2:2010. Eurocode 1. Actions on structures. Part 2. Traffic loads on bridges (EN 1991-2:2003.

  9. Chemoenzymatic synthesis and antileukemic activity of novel C9- and C14-functionalized parthenolide analogs.

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    Tyagi, Vikas; Alwaseem, Hanan; O'Dwyer, Kristen M; Ponder, Jessica; Li, Qi Ying; Jordan, Craig T; Fasan, Rudi

    2016-09-01

    Parthenolide is a naturally occurring terpene with promising anticancer properties, particularly in the context of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Optimization of this natural product has been challenged by limited opportunities for the late-stage functionalization of this molecule without affecting the pharmacologically important α-methylene-γ-lactone moiety. Here, we report the further development and application of a chemoenzymatic strategy to afford a series of new analogs of parthenolide functionalized at the aliphatic positions C9 and C14. Several of these compounds were determined to be able to kill leukemia cells and patient-derived primary AML specimens with improved activity compared to parthenolide, exhibiting LC50 values in the low micromolar range. These studies demonstrate that different O-H functionalization chemistries can be applied to elaborate the parthenolide scaffold and that modifications at the C9 or C14 position can effectively enhance the antileukemic properties of this natural product. The C9-functionalized analogs 22a and 25b were identified as the most interesting compounds in terms of antileukemic potency and selectivity toward AML versus healthy blood cells. PMID:27396927

  10. Effective modern C++ 42 specific ways to improve your use of C++11 and C++14

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    Meyers, Scott

    2015-01-01

    At first glance, C++11 and C++14 are defined by the new features they introduce, e.g., auto type declarations, move semantics, lambda expressions, and concurrency support. Information on these features is easy to come by, but learning to apply them effectively (such that the resulting software is correct, efficient, maintainable, and portable) is more challenging. That’s the role of this book. It describes how to write effective software using C++11 and C++14, i.e., using modern C++. Topics include: * The pros and cons of uniform initialization, noexcept specifications, perfect forwarding, and smart pointer make functions. * The relationships among std::move, std::forward, rvalues references, and universal references. * The most effective forms of lambda capture. * How best practices in “old” C++ programming (i.e., C++98) require revision for modern C++. Effective Modern C++ follows the proven format of Scott Meyers’ earlier Effective books (Effective C++, More Effective C++, and Effective STL), but c...

  11. Magnetic quenching of the electric quadrupole interaction of 181Ta in ferromagnetic laves phases AFe2 (A = Zr, Y, Lu)

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    The results of time-differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) measurements of the anisotropy of the 133 to 482 keV γ-ray cascade in 181Ta are presented. The damping of the precession amplitudes in the TDPAC spectra is considered to be due to the electric quadrupole interaction of nuclei with randomly distributed electric field gradients (EFG). The perturbation of the correlation then can be accounted for by a parameter ΓQ which characterizes the width of the EFG distribution. The ΓQ values for 181Ta in ZrFe2, YFe2, and LuFe2 in para- and ferromagnetic states are given and discussed. Results indicate very strong influence of the state of magnetic ordering on the electric quadrupole interaction constant in the studied substances

  12. The C14(n,γ) cross section between 10 keV and 1 MeV

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    Reifarth, R.; Heil, M.; Forssén, C.; Besserer, U.; Couture, A.; Dababneh, S.; Dörr, L.; Görres, J.; Haight, R. C.; Käppeler, F.; Mengoni, A.; O'Brien, S.; Patronis, N.; Plag, R.; Rundberg, R. S.; Wiescher, M.; Wilhelmy, J. B.

    2008-01-01

    The neutron capture cross section of C14 is of relevance for several nucleosynthesis scenarios such as inhomogeneous Big Bang models, neutron induced CNO cycles, and neutrino driven wind models for the r process. The C14(n,γ) reaction is also important for the validation of the Coulomb dissociation method, where the (n,γ) cross section can be indirectly obtained via the time-reversed process. So far, the example of C14 is the only case with neutrons where both, direct measurement and indirect Coulomb dissociation, have been applied. Unfortunately, the interpretation is obscured by discrepancies between several experiments and theory. Therefore, we report on new direct measurements of the C14(n,γ) reaction with neutron energies ranging from 20 to 800 keV.

  13. Can the C-14 urea breath test reflect the extent and degree of ongoing helicobacter pylori infection

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    The C-14 urea breath test (C-14 UBT) is the most specific noninvasive method to detect Helicobacter (H) pylori infection. We investigated if the C-14 UBT can reflect the presence and degree of H. pylori detected by gastroduodenoscopic biopsies (GBx). One hundred fifty patients (M:F=83:67,age 48.6±11.2 yrs) underwent C-14 UBT, rapid urease test (CLO test) and GBx on the same day. For the C-14 UBT, a single breath sample was collected at 10 minutes after ingestion of C-14 urea (137 KBq) capsule and counting was done in a liquid scintillation counter for 1 minute, and the results were classified as positive (≥200 dpm), intermediate ( 50 ∼ 199 dpm) or negative ( < 50 dpm). The results of CLO tests were classified as positive or negative according to color change. The results of GBx on giemsa stain were graded 0 (normal) to 4(diffuse) according to the distribution of H. pylori by the Wyatt method. We compared C-14 UBT results with GBx grade as a gold standard. In the assessment of the presence of H. pylori infection, the C-14 UBT global performance yielded sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV) and accuracy of 92.5%, 88.4%, 97.1%, 88.4% and 91.3%, respectively. However, the CLO test had sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and accuracy of 83.2%, 81.4%, 91.8%, 81.4% and 82.7%, respectively. The quantitative values of the C-14 UBT were 45 ± 27 dpm in grade 0, 707 ±584 dpm in grade 1, 1558±584 dpm in grade 2, 1851±604 dpm in grade 3, and 2719 ± 892 dpm in grade 4. A significant correlation (r=0.848, p<0.01) was found between C-14 UBT and the grade of distribution of H. pylori infection on GBx with giemsa stain. We conclude that the C-14 UBT is a highly accurate, simple and noninvasive method for the diagnosis of ongoing H. pylori infection and reflects the degree of bacterial distribution

  14. Magnetoelastic properties of Co-doped Laves compounds TbxHo0.9-xNd0.1Fe1.93 (0≤x≤0.40)

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    Pan, Z. B.; Liu, J. J.; Du, J.; Ren, W. J.

    2015-06-01

    Structure, spin configuration, magnetocrystalline-anisotropy compensation, magnetization, and magnetostriction of TbxHo0.9-xNd0.1(Fe0.8Co0.2)1.93 (0 ≤x≤ 0.40) compounds are investigated. A single-phase Laves phase with MgCu2-type structure is synthesized in equilibrium conditions at ambient pressure. The easy magnetization direction (EMD) is observed toward axis when x≥ 0.25, accompanied by a rhombohedral distortion with large spontaneous magnetostriction coefficients λ111. The anisotropy compensation can be achieved by evaluating EMD, magnetization and magnetostriction, and the critical point is realized to be around x=0.25. The good magnetoelastic properties, e.g., the low anisotropy at room temperature, high polycrystalline saturation magnetostriction (λS~560 ppm) and large spontaneous magnetostriction coefficient (λ111~850 ppm), are achieved for the Tb0.25Ho0.65Nd0.1(Fe0.8Co0.2)1.93 compound, which may make it a promising magnetostrictive material.

  15. TL, OSL and C-14 dating results of the sediments and bricks from mummified nuns' grave.

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    Tudela, Diego R G; Tatumi, Sonia H; Yee, Márcio; Brito, Silvio L M; Morais, José L; Morais, Daisy de; Piedade, Silvia C; Munita, Casimiro S P; Hazenfratz, Roberto

    2012-06-01

    This paper presents the results of TL and OSL dating of soil and fragments of bricks from a grave, which was occupied by two mummified nuns, found at "Luz" Monastery, located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The TL and OSL ages were compared to C-14 dating ones obtained from bone collagens of the mummies. The majority of the ages is related to the eighteenth century. The gamma-ray spectroscopy was used to evaluate natural radioisotope concentrations in the samples, and by using these concentrations the annual dose rates, from 3.0 to 5.3 Gy/kyr, were obtained. Neutron activation analysis was performed and the radioisotope contents results are in agreement with those obtained by gamma-ray spectroscopy. The contents of U, Th and Ce elements were higher than those found in usual sediments. PMID:22569952

  16. Biosphere structure, carbon sequestering potential and the atmospheric C-14 carbon record

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    Goudriaan, J.

    1992-08-01

    The behaviour of a numerical model for the global carbon cycle is elucidated by a simple analytical model for the biosphere. In the period 1980-1990 the ocean is estimated to have absorbed 33% of the total CO{sub 2} emission to the atmosphere in that same period. Net deforestation was responsible for 12-17% of this total emission rate, whereas the CO{sub 2}-fertilization effect caused a re-absorption of 20-25%. Aggregation of the above-ground biosphere into a single pool in the model caused an overestimation of the CO{sub 2}-fertilization effect. Also, the estimate of this rate increased when the fraction of carbon assumed to remain after the transformation of litter into humus was increased, but the rate was little influenced by the model structure for soil organic carbon. A larger estimate for carbon uptake in the biosphere (Tans, Fung, and Takahashi, 1990) must be compensated by a reduced uptake in the ocean to arrive at a carbon balance. To do this, either the exchange rate between the upper mixed ocean layer and deep sea, or between ocean surface and atmosphere, should be reduced. In addition, a good match to the observed time-course of C-14 carbon in the atmosphere must be preserved by the model. The C-14 time-course did not remain well-matched if the atmosphere-ocean surface exchange was reduced, but it was hardly disturbed at all if the exchange rate with the deep sea was reduced.

  17. High temperature deformation and ternary alloying of NbCr2 Laves intermetallics

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    A study has been conducted to examine the effect of ternary alloying elements on high temperature deformation of the C15 NbCr2 based intermetallics in Nb-Cr-X (X = V, Mo and W) alloy systems, which have attractive properties as high temperature structural materials. The high temperature deformation of the C15 NbCr2 intermetallics can be improved by two alloying methods. One method is based on geometrical consideration for site occupation and atomic size factor of component elements and additive elements in the single phase C15 lattice; addition of Mo and V can promote dislocation movement without introducing significant hardening. The other method is based on microstructural modification through ternary alloying; moderate addition of these elements results in a variety of duplex microstructure consisting of the C15 phase and bcc solid solution without forming any intermediate phases, and can enhance the high temperature deformability. Particularly, alloys with duplex microstructure equilibrating with Cr-rich bcc solid solution is shown to exhibit superior deformability. Also, lattice property of the additive atoms in the C15 structure and phase relation between the C15 structure and the bcc solid solution are investigated by OM, XRD, TEM and ALCHEMI observations and then discussed in association with observed mechanical behavior

  18. TL, OSL and C-14 dating results of the sediments and bricks from mummified nuns' grave

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    Diego R.G. Tudela

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of TL and OSL dating of soil and fragments of bricks from a grave, which was occupied by two mummified nuns, found at "Luz" Monastery, located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The TL and OSL ages were compared to C-14 dating ones obtained from bone collagens of the mummies. The majority of the ages is related to the eighteenth century. The gamma-ray spectroscopy was used to evaluate natural radioisotope concentrations in the samples, and by using these concentrations the annual dose rates, from 3.0 to 5.3 Gy/kyr, were obtained. Neutron activation analysis was performed and the radioisotope contents results are in agreement with those obtained by gamma-ray spectroscopy. The contents of U, Th and Ce elements were higher than those found in usual sediments.Este artigo apresenta os resultados de datação por TL e OSL de solos, e fragmentos de tijolos de um túmulo, que foi ocupado por duas freiras mumificadas encontradas no Mosteiro da "Luz", localizado no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. As idades encontradas por TL e OSL foram comparadas às obtidas a partir de C-14 dos colágenos contidos em amostras de osso das múmias. A maioria das idades obtidas são do século XVIII. A espectroscopia de radiação-gama foi utilizada para avaliar concentrações de radioisótopos naturais nas amostras e para calcular as taxas de dose anual que resultaram em 3,0 a 5,3 Gy/kano. As concentrações radioativas são próximas daquelas obtidas através de Análise por Ativação de Nêutrons. Os conteúdos de elementos U, Th e Ce são superiores aos encontrados na maioria dos sedimentos.

  19. A role in immunity for Arabidopsis cysteine protease RD21, the ortholog of the tomato immune protease C14.

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    Full Text Available Secreted papain-like Cys proteases are important players in plant immunity. We previously reported that the C14 protease of tomato is targeted by cystatin-like EPIC proteins that are secreted by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora infestans (Pinf during infection. C14 has been under diversifying selection in wild potato species coevolving with Pinf and reduced C14 levels result in enhanced susceptibility for Pinf. Here, we investigated the role C14-EPIC-like interactions in the natural pathosystem of Arabidopsis with the oomycete pathogen Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis (Hpa. In contrast to the Pinf-solanaceae pathosystem, the C14 orthologous protease of Arabidopsis, RD21, does not evolve under diversifying selection in Arabidopsis, and rd21 null mutants do not show phenotypes upon compatible and incompatible Hpa interactions, despite the evident lack of a major leaf protease. Hpa isolates express highly conserved EPIC-like proteins during infections, but it is unknown if these HpaEPICs can inhibit RD21 and one of these HpaEPICs even lacks the canonical cystatin motifs. The rd21 mutants are unaffected in compatible and incompatible interactions with Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato, but are significantly more susceptible for the necrotrophic fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea, demonstrating that RD21 provides immunity to a necrotrophic pathogen.

  20. Magnetic frustration and instability in Dy{sub 1-x}La{sub x}Mn{sub 2}

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    Ouladdiaf, B. [Institut Laue-Langevin, BP 156, 38042, Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Ballou, R. [Laboratoire de Magnetisme Louis Neel , CNRS, BP 166, 38042, Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Deportes, J. [Laboratoire de Magnetisme Louis Neel , CNRS, BP 166, 38042, Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Lelievre-Berna, E. [Laboratoire de Magnetisme Louis Neel , CNRS, BP 166, 38042, Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    1995-02-09

    A structural dimorphism exists in the Dy{sub 1-x}La{sub x}Mn{sub 2} (0.05{<=}x{<=}0.25) compounds. When the C15 Laves phase is stabilized, no evidence for a long range order is found although the magnetovolume effect is observed at 34 K. When the C14 Laves phase is stabilized, an antiferromagnetic order sets in below 38 K without any magnetovolume effect. ((orig.)).

  1. Surface adsorption of sulfonated poly(phenylene sulfone)/C14TAB mixtures and its correlation with foam film stability.

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    Uhlig, Martin; Miller, Reinhard; Klitzing, Regine von

    2016-07-21

    Polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures of rigid monosulfonated poly(phenylene sulfone) (sPSO2-220) and tetradecyl trimethylammonium bromide (C14TAB) were investigated by surface tension, surface elasticity and foam film stability measurements. The results were compared to former measurements of polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures containing more flexible polyelectrolytes (PAMPS or PSS and C14TAB). For all polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures an increased surface adsorption in comparison to the pure surfactant was detected. Moreover, sPSO2-220/C14TAB mixtures showed a much higher surface activity and foam film stability than mixtures with more flexible polyelectrolytes. The results presented give insight into the surface adsorption and foam film formation of rigid polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures. Therefore, this study helps to understand the role of polyelectrolyte backbone rigidity in the formation and stabilization of foam films made from polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures. PMID:27338310

  2. The stepwise selection for ketoconazole resistance induces upregulation of C14-demethylase (CYP51 in Leishmania amazonensis

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    Valter Viana Andrade-Neto

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Ketoconazole is a clinically safe antifungal agent that also inhibits the growth of Leishmania spp. A study was undertaken to determine whether Leishmania parasites are prone to becoming resistant to ketoconazole by upregulating C14-demethylase after stepwise pharmacological pressure. Leishmania amazonensis promastigotes [inhibitory concentration (IC50 = 2 µM] were subjected to stepwise selection with ketoconazole and two resistant lines were obtained, La8 (IC50 = 8 µM and La10 (IC50 = 10 µM. As a result, we found that the resistance level was directly proportional to the C14-demethylase mRNA expression level; we also observed that expression levels were six and 12 times higher in La8 and La10, respectively. This is the first demonstration that L. amazonensis can up-regulate C14-demethylase in response to drug pressure and this report contributes to the understanding of the mechanisms of parasite resistance.

  3. The synthetic cationic lipid diC14 activates a sector of the Arabidopsis defence network requiring endogenous signalling components.

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    Cambiagno, Damián Alejandro; Lonez, Caroline; Ruysschaert, Jean-Marie; Alvarez, María Elena

    2015-12-01

    Natural and synthetic elicitors have contributed significantly to the study of plant immunity. Pathogen-derived proteins and carbohydrates that bind to immune receptors, allow the fine dissection of certain defence pathways. Lipids of a different nature that act as defence elicitors, have also been studied, but their specific effects have been less well characterized, and their receptors have not been identified. In animal cells, nanoliposomes of the synthetic cationic lipid 3-tetradecylamino-tert-butyl-N-tetradecylpropionamidine (diC14) activate the TLR4-dependent immune cascade. Here, we have investigated whether this lipid induces Arabidopsis defence responses. At the local level, diC14 activated early and late defence gene markers (FRK1, WRKY29, ICS1 and PR1), acting in a dose-dependent manner. This lipid induced the salicylic acid (SA)-dependent, but not jasmonic acid (JA)-dependent, pathway and protected plants against Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato (Pst), but not Botrytis cinerea. diC14 was not toxic to plant or pathogen, and potentiated pathogen-induced callose deposition. At the systemic level, diC14 induced PR1 expression and conferred resistance against Pst. diC14-induced defence responses required the signalling protein EDS1, but not NDR1. Curiously, the lipid-induced defence gene expression was lower in the fls2/efr/cerk1 triple mutant, but still unchanged in the single mutants. The amidine headgroup and chain length were important for its activity. Given the robustness of the responses triggered by diC14, its specific action on a defence pathway and the requirement for well-known defence components, this synthetic lipid is emerging as a useful tool to investigate the initial events involved in plant innate immunity.

  4. Wine ethanol C-14 as a tracer for fossil fuel CO2 emissions in Europe: Measurements and model comparison

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    Palstra, Sanne W. L.; Karstens, Ute; Streurman, Harm-Jan; Meijer, Harro A.J.

    2008-01-01

    C-14 (radiocarbon) in atmospheric CO2 is the most direct tracer for the presence of fossil-fuel-derived CO2 (CO2-ff). We demonstrate the C-14 measurement of wine ethanol as a way to determine the relative regional atmospheric CO2-ff concentration compared to a background site ("regional CO2-ff excess'') for specific harvest years. The carbon in wine ethanol is directly back traceable to the atmospheric CO2 that the plants assimilate. An important advantage of using wine is that the atmosphere...

  5. p73 G4C14 to A4T14 polymorphism is associated with colorectal cancer risk and survival

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    Kyung-Eun; Lee; Young-Seoub; Hong; Byoung-Gwon; Kim; Na-Young; Kim; Kyoung-Mu; Lee; Jong-Young; Kwak; Mee-Sook; Roh

    2010-01-01

    AIM:To analyze the association between the p73 G4C14-to-A4T14 polymorphism(a.k.a.,the GC/AT variation) and colorectal cancer risk and survival in the Korean population,and to evaluate the relationships between p73 polymorphism and the p73 protein expression or clinicopathological characteristics of colorectal cancer.METHODS:Three hundred and eighty-three histologically confirmed cases and 469 healthy controls,recruited at one teaching hospital in Pusan,Korea from 2001 and 2007,were genotyped for p73 G4C14-t...

  6. Short synthesis of the C1-C14 stretch of discodermolide from building blocks prepared by asymmetric catalysis.

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    Cao, Huanyan; Parker, Kathlyn A

    2008-04-01

    A convergent and stereoselective synthesis of the C1-C14 stretch of (+)-discodermolide demonstrates the utility of the "asymmetric catalysis approach" to complex polypropionates. The preparation of this complex synthon requires 15 steps in the longest linear sequence and 19 steps total from inexpensive materials.

  7. Dating raised bogs : New aspects of AMS C-14 wiggle matching, a reservoir effect and climatic change

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    Kilian, MR; VanDerPlicht, J; VanGeel, B; Geel, B. van

    1995-01-01

    High resolution AMS dating of Holocene raised bog deposits (Engbertsdijksvenen, The Netherlands) shows natural C-14 variations (wiggles) which can be matched with the dendrochronological calibration curve. Comparison of our results with other, conventionally dated peat cores and the Delta(14)C recor

  8. Phase diagram and inhomogeneity of (TbDy)-Fe(T) (T=Mn, Co, Al, Ti) systems

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    The Tb-Dy-Fe ternary phase diagram and its Tb0.3Dy0.7-Fe section in the region of the magnetostrictive Laves phase have been investigated. Different segregation behavior for Tb and Dy was proposed and experimentally confirmed. The deviation of the TbDyFe Laves phase composition from its stoichiometric composition and the small Fe solubility range of the Laves phase were also determined. Based on phase selection theory, the pseudocongruent crystallization of REFe2 phase was confirmed. The inhomogeneity of Tb0.3Dy0.7(FeT)1.95 (T=Mn, Co, Al, Ti) alloys has also been investigated. Substitution of Fe by T elements always gave inhomogeneous as-cast alloys. The new phases Fe2Ti and RE2(FeCo) were observed. Obvious composition variations of Tb(Dy) and Fe(Mn) were found, which could be explained as resulting from microsegregation. Homogeneous phases could be obtained after homogenizing annealing while the new phases and the high Tb content in the RE phase remained. The effects of the inhomogeneity on the alloy magnetostrictive properties were also discussed. (orig.)

  9. Reexposure and advection of C-14-depleted organic carbon from old deposits at the upper continental slope

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    Tesi, Tommaso; Goñi, Miguel A.; Langone, Leonardo; Puig, Pere; Canals, Miquel; Nittrouer, Charles A.; Durrieu De Madron, Xavier; Calafat, Antoni; Palanques, Albert; Heussner, Serge; Davies, Maureen H.; Drexler, Tina M.; Fabres, Joan; Miserocchi, Stefano

    2010-01-01

    Outcrops of old strata at the shelf edge resulting from erosive gravity-driven flows have been globally described on continental margins. The reexposure of old strata allows for the reintroduction of aged organic carbon (OC), sequestered in marine sediments for thousands of years, into the modern carbon cycle. This pool of reworked material represents an additional source of C-14-depleted organic carbon supplied to the ocean, in parallel with the weathering of fossil organic carbon delivered ...

  10. The use of C-14 as tracer in the carbon flow assimilated by the plants (maize, sugar cane, bean)

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    The flow of carbon in three different crops (maize, beans and sugar cane) was studied by use of C-14. The plants were exposed to an atmosphere with a constant concentration of the tracer for 12 hours in a biosynthesis chamber. The detection of the isotope permitted the distribution and concentration of the photosynthetates in the various organs of the plants to be followed. (M.A.C.)

  11. Laves相和Z相对P92钢蠕变的影响%INFLUENCE OF LAVES- PHASE AND Z- PHASE UPON CREEP OF P92 STEEL

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    姜运建; 张文建; 李文彬

    2009-01-01

    综合国内外的研究成果,论述了Laves相和Z相对提高P92钢蠕变性能的影响.结果表明,Laves相形成初期对提高P92钢蠕变断裂强度有利,但当Laves相达到一定尺寸后对提高蠕变断裂强度不利;Z相析出不但增加了蠕变孔洞出现的几率,而且会造成MX相在基体中的减少,降低MX弥散强化的作用,Z相的析出对P92钢蠕变断裂有不良影响.

  12. 40 CFR 721.642 - Amines, N-(C14-18 and C16-16 unsaturated alkyl)] dipropylene-tri-, tripropylenetetra-, and...

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    ... unsaturated alkyl)] dipropylene-tri-, tripropylenetetra-, and tetrapropylenepenta-. 721.642 Section 721.642... Amines, N-(C14-18 and C16-16 unsaturated alkyl)] dipropylene-tri-, tripropylenetetra-, and... substances amines, N-(C14-18 and C16-18 unsaturated alkyl)] dipropylenetri-, (PMN...

  13. Release and transport of gaseous C-14 from a nuclear waste repository in an unsaturated medium

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    The potential nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain is to be in partially saturated rock. Released radioactive gases such as 14CO2 could have a direct pathway to the biosphere. We study the release of 14C released as 14CO2 from partly failed nuclear waste containers by analyzing the flow of gas into and out of a container. We analyze the transport of released 14CO2 in an unsaturated, fractured, porous medium with gas-phase advection and dispersion. We calculate the inhalation dose to a maximally exposed individual above ground, based on some conservative assumptions about release from containers. For the assumed parameter values, a simple atmospheric diffusion model gives very small doses when compared to background radiation doses. 12 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  14. Identification of Site of Morphine Action in Pregnant Wistar Rat Placenta Tissue: A C14-Morphine Study

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: In previous studies it has been emphasized that the site of morphine action may be either in the embryo or the placenta. In the present study, we attempt to identify the site of morphine action on the fetal section of Wistar rat placenta by using C14-morphine.Materials and Methods: In this study (experimental, female Wistar rats (weights: 170-200 g were mated with male rats and their coupling times recorded. Experimental groups received daily doses of 0.05 mg/ml of C14-morphine in their drinking water. On the 9th and14th embryonic days, the pregnant rats were anesthetized and the placenta and uterus surgically removed. Placentas were fixed in 10% formalin for two weeks, then processed, sectioned in 5 μm and 25 μm thicknesses, and fixed on glass slides for further evaluation. The 25 μm sections were delivered to black and white film for three days. Films were processed and evaluated with a digital inverse microscope for possible radiological impression. The 5 μm sections were processed for hematoxylin and eosin (H&E staining, and evaluated by light microscope and MOTIC software.Results: Our results indicated that the site of action of C14-morphine was possibly located on the blood plexus of the fetal portion of the placenta. In addition, oral morphine consumption was shown to inhibit fetal and maternal placental development in the experimental groups.Conclusion: We conclude that morphine’s effectiveness on the reduction of embryo growth and development may be via its effects on the blood plexus of the fetal section of the placenta.

  15. Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Novel C14-C3’BzN–Linked Macrocyclic Taxoids¶

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    Sun, Liang; Geng, Xudong; Geney, Raphaël; Li, Yuan; Li, Zhong; Lauher, Joseph W.; Xia, Shujun; Horwitz, Susan B.; Veith, Jean M.; Pera, Paula; Bernacki, Ralph J.; Ojima, Iwao

    2008-01-01

    Novel macrocyclic paclitaxel congeners were designed to mimic the bioactive conformation of paclitaxel. Computational analysis of the “REDOR-Taxol” structure revealed that this structure could be rigidified by connecting the C14 position of the baccatin moiety and the ortho position of C3’N-benzoyl group (C3’BzN), which are ca. 7.5 Å apart, with a short linker (4−6 atoms). 7-TES-14β-allyloxybaccatin III and (3R,4S)-1-(2-alkenylbenzoyl)-β-lactams were selected as key components and the Ojima-H...

  16. Effect of Deleterious Phases on Corrosion Resistance of Duplex Stainless Steel (2205)

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    AbdulKadar M. Godil; Hitesh A. Narsia; M. N. Patel; Mr. Paresh U. Haribhakti

    2013-01-01

    Duplex stainless steel is a Ferritic(BCC)-Austenitic(FCC) steel, covers the advantages of both Austenitic and Ferritic Stainless steels. They having good mechanical and corrosion resistance properties are widely used in many industries like chemical plants, refineries for critical equipments such as pressure vessels, heatexchangers, water heaters. Major problem occurs with duplex steels when they are worked or heated above about temperature of 280°C. Detrimental phases like Sigma, Chi, Laves ...

  17. C10~C14烷基糖苷的合成及其作为乳化剂的应用%Synthesis of C10-C14 alkyl polyglycoside and their application as emulsifiers

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    陈馥; 庞敏; 吴柯颖; 杨媚

    2015-01-01

    采用直接法合成了碳链长度为 C10~C14的烷基糖苷(APG),用红外光谱对产品结构进行了表征,研究了烷基糖苷浓度及碳链长度对产品表、界面性质的影响。结果表明:随烷基糖苷浓度增大,水溶液表面张力、柴油-水界面张力降逐渐降低,而起泡性、泡沫稳定性逐渐增强。烷基糖苷碳链越长,临界胶束浓度(cmc)值越低;水溶液表面张力、柴油-水界面张力越低,起泡性、泡沫稳定性越强。基于烷基糖苷良好的表、界面性质,将其作为乳化剂制备成乳液,并与常见非离子表面活性剂 OP-10制备的乳液进行了对比。烷基糖苷乳化性随浓度增大、碳链长度增长而增强;乳液微观形态表明不同碳链烷基糖苷形成乳状液稳定性、液滴均一性、填充性均优于 OP-10稳定的乳液;稳定时间对乳液微观形态影响不大。所合成烷基糖苷中性能最优的为 C14APG。%Alkyl polyglycosides (APGs) with different carbon chains from C10 to C14 were synthesized and characterized with infrared spectroscopy. The influence of APG concentration and carbon chain length on the surface and interfacial properties were both studied. The results showed that the surface tension and diesel-water interfacial tension were gradually decreased with increasing the concentration of APG,while the capacity of foaming,foam stabiling and emulsifying were enhanced. On the other hand,with increasing carbon chain length,the critical micelle concentration (cmc) value of APG, surface tension,and diesel-water interfacial tension were decreased,while the capacity of foaming, foam stabiling and emulsifying were enhanced on the contrary. Because of their good surface and interfacial properties,APGs were applied to prepare emulsion as emulsifier. This work showed that the capacity of emulsifying was enhanced with increasing APGs concentration and carbon chain length. Furthermore,the micromorphology

  18. Accelerated molecular evolution of insect orthologues of ERG28/C14orf1: a link with ecdysteroid metabolism?

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    Reiner A. Veitia; Laurence D. Hurst

    2001-04-01

    We have analysed the evolution of ERG28/C14orf1, a gene coding for a protein involved in sterol biosynthesis. While primary sequence of the protein is well conserved in all organisms able to synthesize sterols de novo, strong divergence is noticed in insects, which are cholesterol auxotrophs. In spite of this virtual acceleration, our analysis suggests that the insect orthologues are evolving today at rates similar to those of the remaining members of the family. A plausible way to explain this acceleration and subsequent stabilization is that Erg28 plays a role in at least two different pathways. Discontinuation of the cholesterogenesis pathway in insects allowed the protein to evolve as much as the function in the other pathway was not compromised.

  19. Observation and analysis of incomplete fusion reactions induced by (12C, 14N, 16O, 22Ne) ions

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    The mechanism of the reactions induced by heavy ions has been studied. The experiments were concerned with incident channels which lead to the formation of intermediate nuclei with atomic mass (6412C, 14N, 16O, 22Ne) as projectiles respectively. The detection of light fragments (2< Z<12) is studied. A three solid-state-detector telescope, with associated electronics is used which allows the separation of reaction products according to their charge. The main features of deep inelastic collisions are discussed: large kinetic energy loss, and important nucleon transfer as a function of the angular detection. The time evolution of the reaction has been studied, then the results are compared with a scattering model suggested by Noremberg. A theoretical calculation based on both classical and statistical approaches giving the total cross-sections for any exit channel has been proposed

  20. Analysis of LMD data of core coming from Ta(15C, 14C+n)Ta Coulomb breakup reaction

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    It is well established fact that the neutron-halo nucleus is a loosely bound exotic nuclear state where in the valence neutron is found mostly at a much larger distance from the remaining core. The development of radioactive ion beams (RI) has provided a great opportunity to explore various peculiar properties of such nuclear systems. Consequently lots of efforts have been made on theoretical and experimental fronts to understand the exotic features of halo nuclei. One of the clear manifestations of exotic properties of isotopes lying near neutron drip line is the loss of magicity and the tendency to posses prolate deformation. In this conference contribution, we study Ta(15C, 14C+n)Ta Coulomb breakup reaction with a special emphasis on the study of effects of deformation and to investigate the possibility of occupying d-orbital by valence neutron in 15 C

  1. TL, OSL and C-14 dating results of the sediments and bricks from mummified nuns' grave

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    Tudela, Diego R.G.; Tatumi, Sonia H.; Yee, Marcio; Brito, Silvio L.M., E-mail: tatumi@fatecsp.br [Faculdades de Tecnologia de Sao Paulo (FATECs/CEETEPS/UNESP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro Estadual de Educacao Tecnologica Paula Souza; Morais, Jose L.; Morais, Daisy de; Piedade, Silvia C. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia; Munita, Casimiro S.P.; Hazenfratz, Roberto [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2012-06-15

    This paper presents the results of TL and OSL dating of soil and fragments of bricks from a grave, which was occupied by two mummified nuns, found at 'Luz' Monastery, located in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The TL and OSL ages were compared to C-14 dating ones obtained from bone collagens of the mummies. The majority of the ages is related to the eighteenth century. The gamma-ray spectroscopy was used to evaluate natural radioisotope concentrations in the samples, and by using these concentrations the annual dose rates, from 3.0 to 5.3 Gy/kyr, were obtained. Neutron activation analysis was performed and the radioisotope contents results are in agreement with those obtained by gamma-ray spectroscopy. The contents of U, Th and Ce elements were higher than those found in usual sediments. (author)

  2. Comparison of the Quantitative Values of C-14 and C-13 UBT to Reflect the Presence and Degree of Ongoing Helicobacter pylori Infection

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    A urea breath test (UBT) using C-14 or C-13 has been developed for identifying Helicobacter (H) pylori infection on the basis of urease production with release of labeled CO2. We investigated if the C-14 and C-13 UBT have the difference to reflect the presence and degree of H. pylori infection detected by gastroduodenoscopic biopsies (GBx) in the same patients. Thirty eight patients (M:F=28:10, age 53.4±13.0 yrs) with upper gastrointestinal symptoms such as indigestion, gastric fullness or pain consecutively underwent C-14 UBT, GBx and C-13 UBT within one week before medications. For the C-14 UBT, a single breath sample was collected at 10 minutes after ingestion of C-14 urea (37 KBq) capsule and counting was done in a liquid scintillation counter for 1 minute, and the results were classified as positive (≥200 dpm), intermediate (50∼199 dpm) or negative (<50 dpm). For the C-13 UBT, the results were classified as positive (≥2.5) or negative (<2.5). The results of GBx with Giemsa stain were graded 0 (normal) to 4 (diffuse) according to the distribution of H. pylori by the Wyatt method. We compared C-14 UBT and C-13 UBT results with GBx grade as a gold standard. The prevalence of H. pylori infection by GBx with Giemsa stain was 25/38 (65.8%). In the assessment of the presence of H. pylori infection, the C-14 UBT global performance yielded sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV) and accuracy of 92.0%, 92.3%, 95.8%, 91.7% and 92.1%, respectively. However, the C-13 UBT had sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and accuracy of 96.0%, 84.6%, 92.3%, 91.7% and 92.1%, respectively. The more significant correlation in C-14 than C-13 UBT (r=0.948 vs r=0.819, p<0.001) was found between the value of UBT and the grade of distribution of H. pylori infection. We conclude that the diagnostic performance between C-14 and C-13 UBT to detect H. pylori infection is not significantly different, but the value of C-14 UBT more

  3. Comparison of the Quantitative Values of C-14 and C-13 UBT to Reflect the Presence and Degree of Ongoing Helicobacter pylori Infection

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    Lim, Seok Tae; Kim, Dong Wook; Jeong, Hwan Jeong; Sohn, Myung Hee [Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-06-15

    A urea breath test (UBT) using C-14 or C-13 has been developed for identifying Helicobacter (H) pylori infection on the basis of urease production with release of labeled CO{sub 2}. We investigated if the C-14 and C-13 UBT have the difference to reflect the presence and degree of H. pylori infection detected by gastroduodenoscopic biopsies (GBx) in the same patients. Thirty eight patients (M:F=28:10, age 53.4{+-}13.0 yrs) with upper gastrointestinal symptoms such as indigestion, gastric fullness or pain consecutively underwent C-14 UBT, GBx and C-13 UBT within one week before medications. For the C-14 UBT, a single breath sample was collected at 10 minutes after ingestion of C-14 urea (37 KBq) capsule and counting was done in a liquid scintillation counter for 1 minute, and the results were classified as positive ({>=}200 dpm), intermediate (50{approx}199 dpm) or negative (<50 dpm). For the C-13 UBT, the results were classified as positive ({>=}2.5) or negative (<2.5). The results of GBx with Giemsa stain were graded 0 (normal) to 4 (diffuse) according to the distribution of H. pylori by the Wyatt method. We compared C-14 UBT and C-13 UBT results with GBx grade as a gold standard. The prevalence of H. pylori infection by GBx with Giemsa stain was 25/38 (65.8%). In the assessment of the presence of H. pylori infection, the C-14 UBT global performance yielded sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV) and accuracy of 92.0%, 92.3%, 95.8%, 91.7% and 92.1%, respectively. However, the C-13 UBT had sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and accuracy of 96.0%, 84.6%, 92.3%, 91.7% and 92.1%, respectively. The more significant correlation in C-14 than C-13 UBT (r=0.948 vs r=0.819, p<0.001) was found between the value of UBT and the grade of distribution of H. pylori infection. We conclude that the diagnostic performance between C-14 and C-13 UBT to detect H. pylori infection is not significantly different, but the value of C-14 UBT

  4. Efficiency of Vanilla, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils Stabilized by Iron Oxide@C14 Nanostructures against Bacterial Adherence and Biofilms Formed by Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae Clinical Strains

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    Maxim Bilcu

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Biofilms formed by bacterial cells are associated with drastically enhanced resistance against most antimicrobial agents, contributing to the persistence and chronicization of the microbial infections and to therapy failure. The purpose of this study was to combine the unique properties of magnetic nanoparticles with the antimicrobial activity of three essential oils to obtain novel nanobiosystems that could be used as coatings for catheter pieces with an improved resistance to Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical strains adherence and biofilm development. The essential oils of ylang ylang, patchouli and vanilla were stabilized by the interaction with iron oxide@C14 nanoparticles to be further used as coating agents for medical surfaces. Iron oxide@C14 was prepared by co-precipitation of Fe+2 and Fe+3 and myristic acid (C14 in basic medium. Vanilla essential oil loaded nanoparticles pelliculised on the catheter samples surface strongly inhibited both the initial adherence of S. aureus cells (quantified at 24 h and the development of the mature biofilm quantified at 48 h. Patchouli and ylang-ylang essential oils inhibited mostly the initial adherence phase of S. aureus biofilm development. In the case of K. pneumoniae, all tested nanosystems exhibited similar efficiency, being active mostly against the adherence K. pneumoniae cells to the tested catheter specimens. The new nanobiosystems based on vanilla, patchouli and ylang-ylang essential oils could be of a great interest for the biomedical field, opening new directions for the design of film-coated surfaces with anti-adherence and anti-biofilm properties.

  5. Efficiency of vanilla, patchouli and ylang ylang essential oils stabilized by iron oxide@C14 nanostructures against bacterial adherence and biofilms formed by Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical strains.

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    Bilcu, Maxim; Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai; Oprea, Alexandra Elena; Popescu, Roxana Cristina; Mogoșanu, George Dan; Hristu, Radu; Stanciu, George A; Mihailescu, Dan Florin; Lazar, Veronica; Bezirtzoglou, Eugenia; Chifiriuc, Mariana Carmen

    2014-01-01

    Biofilms formed by bacterial cells are associated with drastically enhanced resistance against most antimicrobial agents, contributing to the persistence and chronicization of the microbial infections and to therapy failure. The purpose of this study was to combine the unique properties of magnetic nanoparticles with the antimicrobial activity of three essential oils to obtain novel nanobiosystems that could be used as coatings for catheter pieces with an improved resistance to Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical strains adherence and biofilm development. The essential oils of ylang ylang, patchouli and vanilla were stabilized by the interaction with iron oxide@C14 nanoparticles to be further used as coating agents for medical surfaces. Iron oxide@C14 was prepared by co-precipitation of Fe+2 and Fe+3 and myristic acid (C14) in basic medium. Vanilla essential oil loaded nanoparticles pelliculised on the catheter samples surface strongly inhibited both the initial adherence of S. aureus cells (quantified at 24 h) and the development of the mature biofilm quantified at 48 h. Patchouli and ylang-ylang essential oils inhibited mostly the initial adherence phase of S. aureus biofilm development. In the case of K. pneumoniae, all tested nanosystems exhibited similar efficiency, being active mostly against the adherence K. pneumoniae cells to the tested catheter specimens. The new nanobiosystems based on vanilla, patchouli and ylang-ylang essential oils could be of a great interest for the biomedical field, opening new directions for the design of film-coated surfaces with anti-adherence and anti-biofilm properties.

  6. Efficiency of vanilla, patchouli and ylang ylang essential oils stabilized by iron oxide@C14 nanostructures against bacterial adherence and biofilms formed by Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical strains.

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    Bilcu, Maxim; Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai; Oprea, Alexandra Elena; Popescu, Roxana Cristina; Mogoșanu, George Dan; Hristu, Radu; Stanciu, George A; Mihailescu, Dan Florin; Lazar, Veronica; Bezirtzoglou, Eugenia; Chifiriuc, Mariana Carmen

    2014-01-01

    Biofilms formed by bacterial cells are associated with drastically enhanced resistance against most antimicrobial agents, contributing to the persistence and chronicization of the microbial infections and to therapy failure. The purpose of this study was to combine the unique properties of magnetic nanoparticles with the antimicrobial activity of three essential oils to obtain novel nanobiosystems that could be used as coatings for catheter pieces with an improved resistance to Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical strains adherence and biofilm development. The essential oils of ylang ylang, patchouli and vanilla were stabilized by the interaction with iron oxide@C14 nanoparticles to be further used as coating agents for medical surfaces. Iron oxide@C14 was prepared by co-precipitation of Fe+2 and Fe+3 and myristic acid (C14) in basic medium. Vanilla essential oil loaded nanoparticles pelliculised on the catheter samples surface strongly inhibited both the initial adherence of S. aureus cells (quantified at 24 h) and the development of the mature biofilm quantified at 48 h. Patchouli and ylang-ylang essential oils inhibited mostly the initial adherence phase of S. aureus biofilm development. In the case of K. pneumoniae, all tested nanosystems exhibited similar efficiency, being active mostly against the adherence K. pneumoniae cells to the tested catheter specimens. The new nanobiosystems based on vanilla, patchouli and ylang-ylang essential oils could be of a great interest for the biomedical field, opening new directions for the design of film-coated surfaces with anti-adherence and anti-biofilm properties. PMID:25375335

  7. Estimation of cancerolytic properties of thionine from plants seeds by inclusion of C14-thymidine in tumoral cells

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    Full text: It has been earlier shown that cysteine rich peptides - thionine from seeds of various plants possess expressed fungitoxic activity. It is connected to influence of thionine on cellular membranes of fungi. It was possible to assume that the substances showing cytotoxic activity will be active in relation to tumoral cells. We isolated peptide fractions from seeds bamia (Hibiscus esculentus), kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus), abutilon (Abutilon theophrasti), euphorbia (Euphorbia virgata), palma Christi (Ricinus communis) and horse sorrel (Rumex confertus) and studied their antineoplastic and fungitoxic activity. Antiproliferative action of peptides to melanoma cells of mice was estimated in cytotoxic test by inclusion of C14-thymidine to DNA. This researches have shown that peptides from seeds of horse sorrel and palma Christi did not change a level of synthesis of DNA while peptides from euphorbia and bamia considerably reduced inclusion of labeled nucleotide to DNA and suppressed growth of tumoral cells on 14 and 39 % accordingly. Parallel tests of these peptides on fungitoxic activity in relation to virulent strains of Verticillium dahliae have shown suppression of conidial growth on 17 and 26 % accordingly. Thus, peptides from seeds of bamia and euphorbia possess the expressed property to suppress growth of tumoral cells and can be used at creation a new cancerolytic preparations for treatment of human cancer. Work is executed under the financial support of fundamental grants F - 4.19 and F-4.1.44

  8. Radiative neutron capture on 9be, 14c, 14n, 15n and 16o at thermal and astrophysical energies

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    Dubovichenko, Sergey; Afanasyeva, Nadezhda

    2013-01-01

    The total cross sections of the radiative neutron capture processes on 9Be, 14C, 14N, 15N, and 16O are described in the framework of the modified potential cluster model with the classification of orbital states according to Young tableaux. The continued interest in the study of these reactions is due, on the one hand, to the important role played by this process in the analysis of many fundamental properties of nuclei and nuclear reactions, and, on the other hand, to the wide use of the capture cross section data in the various applications of nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics, and, also, to the importance of the analysis of primordial nucleosynthesis in the Universe. This article is devoted to the description of results for the processes of the radiative neutron capture on certain light atomic nuclei at thermal and astrophysical energies. The considered capture reactions are not part of stellar thermonuclear cycles, but involve in the reaction chains of inhomogeneous Big Bang models.

  9. A transport and fate model of C-14 in a bay of the Baltic Sea at SFR. Today and in future

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    The environmental transport and fate of a hypothetical release of radioactive carbon-14 from SFR-1 (the final repository for radioactive operational waste) was investigated using an ecosystem modelling approach. The approach involved identification, quantification and dynamic modelling of the main flows and storages of carbon both in the physical environment and in the food web. Carbon-14 was in the model introduced into the food web via photosynthesising organisms. Contamination of the aquatic ecosystem above SFR-1 was then assessed assuming a release of 5.13 x 107 Bq/year for 1,000 years. Modelling results were used to estimate steady-state C-14 concentrations in biota, exposure (Gy) of biota and dose (Sv) to humans consuming contaminated organisms both if the discharge occurred today (2000 AD)and if it occurred in the future (4000 AD). Since the modelled area is characterised by a fast water exchange, most of the discharged C-14 was flushed out of the system more or less immediately (99.8% and 98.4% at 2000 AD and 4000 AD, respectively). However, a small fraction of the discharge was assimilated by primary producers (0.18% and 2.11%), which enabled subsequent transfer of C-14 to organisms at higher trophic levels (e.g. fish, seals and humans). The exported C-14 from the area was diluted to very low concentrations in the large recipient outside. Estimated exposures were very low, and differed significantly among the studied biota (17.2 x 10-12 to 2.3 x 10-6 Gy). In general the highest exposures were observed in benthic plants and benthic grazers followed by fish and benthos. Humans consuming large quantities of locally produced food (e.g.fish, mussels and algae) will receive an exposure in case of C-14 contamination. Estimated doses to humans were approximately 10-100 nSv per year, which is significantly lower than restrictions by the authorities. The developed model was also used to evaluate implications of various assumptions concerning the route of C-14 entry

  10. A transport and fate model of C-14 in a bay of the Baltic Sea at SFR. Today and in future

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    Kumblad, L. [Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Systems Ecology

    2001-06-01

    The environmental transport and fate of a hypothetical release of radioactive carbon-14 from SFR-1 (the final repository for radioactive operational waste) was investigated using an ecosystem modelling approach. The approach involved identification, quantification and dynamic modelling of the main flows and storages of carbon both in the physical environment and in the food web. Carbon-14 was in the model introduced into the food web via photosynthesising organisms. Contamination of the aquatic ecosystem above SFR-1 was then assessed assuming a release of 5.13 x 10{sup 7} Bq/year for 1,000 years. Modelling results were used to estimate steady-state C-14 concentrations in biota, exposure (Gy) of biota and dose (Sv) to humans consuming contaminated organisms both if the discharge occurred today (2000 AD)and if it occurred in the future (4000 AD). Since the modelled area is characterised by a fast water exchange, most of the discharged C-14 was flushed out of the system more or less immediately (99.8% and 98.4% at 2000 AD and 4000 AD, respectively). However, a small fraction of the discharge was assimilated by primary producers (0.18% and 2.11%), which enabled subsequent transfer of C-14 to organisms at higher trophic levels (e.g. fish, seals and humans). The exported C-14 from the area was diluted to very low concentrations in the large recipient outside. Estimated exposures were very low, and differed significantly among the studied biota (17.2 x 10{sup -12} to 2.3 x 10{sup -6} Gy). In general the highest exposures were observed in benthic plants and benthic grazers followed by fish and benthos. Humans consuming large quantities of locally produced food (e.g.fish, mussels and algae) will receive an exposure in case of C-14 contamination. Estimated doses to humans were approximately 10-100 nSv per year, which is significantly lower than restrictions by the authorities. The developed model was also used to evaluate implications of various assumptions concerning the

  11. Initial study on Z-phase strengthened 9-12% Cr steels by atom probe tomography

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    Liu, Fang; Andren, Hans-Olof [Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Applied Physics

    2010-07-01

    The microstructure of two different types of Z-phase strengthened experimental steels, CrNbN-based or CrTaN-based, was investigated. Both steels underwent aging at 650 C for relatively short period of time, 24 hours or 1005 hours. Atom probe tomography was used to study the chemical composition of the matrix and precipitates, and the size and number density of the small precipitates. Both steels contain Laves phase at prior austenite grain boundaries and martensitic lath boundaries. The CrTaN-based steel was found more promising due to its finer and more densely distributed precipitates after 1005 hour aging. (orig.)

  12. Gas phase migration of C-14 through barrier materials applicable for use in a high-level nuclear waste repository located in tuff

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    A study of the movement of 14CO2 through proposed barrier media has been conducted. Diffusion coefficients for crushed tuff, bentonite and a 90:10% by wt. mixture of crushed tuff and bentonite were measured for two diffusion lengths. The ability of 14CO2 to penetrate a microsilica-containing portland cement mortar proposed for repository use was also examined. The specimens were subjected to uniaxially-applied compressive loads prior to the diffusion tests to simulate the onset of environmentally-induced microcracks. 91 refs., 14 figs., 15 tabs

  13. Genes encoding chimeras of Neurospora crassa erg-3 and human TM7SF2 proteins fail to complement Neurospora and yeast sterol C-14 reductase mutants

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    A Prakash; Durgadas P Kasbekar

    2002-03-01

    The human gene TM7SF2 encodes a polypeptide (SR-1) with high sequence similarity to sterol C-14 reductase, a key sterol biosynthetic enzyme in fungi, plants and mammals. In Neurospora and yeast this enzyme is encoded by the erg-3 and erg24 genes respectively. In an effort to demonstrate sterol C-14 reductase activity for SR-1 we constructed six recombinant genes coding for chimeras of the Neurospora erg-3 and SR-1 protein sequences and tested them for complementation of the Neurospora erg-3 mutant. To our surprise, all the chimeras failed to complement erg-3. A few of the chimeric proteins were also tested against the yeast erg24 mutant, but again there was no complementation. We discuss some reasons that might account for these unexpected findings.

  14. Energy loss effect on color center creation in LiF crystals under irradiation with 12C, 14N, 40Ar, 84Kr, and 130Xe ions

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    Color center creation in LiF crystals irradiated with 12C, 14N, 40Ar, 84Kr, and 130Xe MeV ions were studied as a function of the absorbed energy (fluence). For light ions (12C, 14N) the saturation of single F centers takes place at higher absorbed energy (5 × 1023 eV/cm3) than that for 40Ar, 84Kr and 130Xe ions (∼1023 eV/cm3). The saturation concentration of F centers for 12C and 14N (2 × 1019 cm−3) is twice of that for the heavier ions. Further irradiation with light ions decreases concentration of F centers, presumably due to aggregation, whereas for heavy ions the saturation concentration remains approximately the same that can be explained by much stronger recombination losses within single tracks

  15. Experimental-study of the interactions between a natural C-14 radiolabeled sediment and a deposit-feeding bivalve : Abra alba

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    Amouroux, JM; Gremare, A.; Cahet, G

    1991-01-01

    Changes of radioactivity in a natural C-14 labelled sediment were monitored over a 120-hour period in the presence and in the absence of the deposit-feeding bivalve Abra alba. In both cases, the sediment showed great instability during the first ten hours of the experiment. The consequences of this result on the experimental protocol used for the study of the interactions between natural sediments and deposit-feeders are discussed. In controls, the instability is produced by an initial decrea...

  16. Enrichment of C-14 on Surface Deposits of Oldbury Reactor Graphite Investigated with the Use of Magnetic Sector Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

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    Payne, Liam; Heard, Peter; Scott, Tom

    2015-01-01

    Large quantities of irradiated graphite containing C-14 will arise from the decommissioning of the UK’s Magnox power stations. Magnetic sector secondary ion mass spectrometry (MS-SIMS) has been used to investigate the distribution of this radioisotope within a number of trepanned graphite samples from a variety of radial and axial positions within reactor one at Oldbury, a Magnox nuclear reactor. The methodology used for these determinations ensured that possible mass interferences between C-...

  17. Status quo of the storage of C-14 containing waste from German high-temperature and research reactors and the strategy for their future storage

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    The German research reactors and the high-temperature reactors (AVR, THTR 300) used graphite as reflector and/or moderator materials. Due to the activation of these materials there exists a significant amount of C-14, H-3 and Co-60.The project included the assessment of the respective amount of materials from all facilities, the legal framework for interim storage, transport and final disposal.

  18. Supported Ionic Liquid Phase (SILP) Catalysis for the Production of Acetic acid by Methanol Carbonylation

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    Hanning, Christopher William; Fehrmann, Rasmus; Riisager, Anders

    2012-01-01

    Denne afhandling omhandler udviklingen af en ny kemisk proces. Ved at benytte et rhodium-kompleks i en supporteret ionisk væskefase (Supported Ionic Liquid Phase, “SILP”) som katalysator for carbonyleringsreaktionen mellem methanol og kulilte kan eddikesyre fremstilles. Carbonyleringen af methanol bruges til industriel fremstilling af eddikesyre på megaton-skala, hvilket er et vigtigt udgangsstof for at lave plastik, fibre, tekstiler og bindere som f.eks. lim. Ved at anvende SILP-båret kataly...

  19. Phase diagram determination and thermodynamic modeling of the Cu-Mg-Si system

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    Zhao J; Zhou J.; Liu S.; Du Y.; Tang S.; Yang Y

    2016-01-01

    13 ternary Cu-Mg-Si alloys were prepared by means of the powder metallurgy method. Phase equilibria at 500 and 700 oC of the Cu-Mg-Si system were determined using X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). The existence of 3 ternary compounds in this system was verified: CuMgSi_Sigma (Cu16Mg6Si7), Tau (Cu3Mg2Si), and Laves ((Cu0.8Si0.2)2(Mg0.88Cu0.12)). A thermodynamic modeling for the Cu-Mg-Si system was then conducted on the basis of the experimental data obtained...

  20. Improved microstructure for creep strength in high-temperature austenitic alloys for energy conversion applications

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    Rayner, Garrett

    The current dominant role of fossil fuels for use in energy conversion applications is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. In order to ensure the continued availability of these limited resources, it is critically important that remaining fossil fuel reserves are utilized as efficiently as possible. Increasing operating temperature in power plants is the most straightforward method of increasing plant efficiency, but over long life cycles in the harsh operating conditions of modern supercritical coal-fired power plants, current-generation materials are cannot be used above ˜620°C due to corrosion and/or creep-strength limitations. One possible class of materials for higher-temperature use are dispersion-strengthened alumina-forming austenitic stainless steels: in this work, Fe-20Cr-(20-30)Ni-2Nb-5Al at. % strengthened by a fine Fe2Nb C14 Laves phase dispersion. While the Laves phase has not been successfully used as a strengthener before, some prior research has indicated that the Laves phase could act as a stable high-temperature strengthener, if it could be more finely dispersed. This work attempted to refine the Laves phase by first solutionizing the alloy, then cold-working to introduce a dense dislocation structure, and finally aging in order to allow the Laves phase to nucleate on these dislocations. Transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy were used to analyze the material after thermomechanical processing. Final results showed that the size, scale, homogeneity of dispersion, and volume fraction of precipitated Laves phase particles were all altered by prestraining, and at high levels of prestrain (90% reduction in thickness), a significantly finer Laves phase dispersion was obtained when compared with the non-prestrained aged material.

  1. C-14 and Ar-39 content in a ground water aquifer in the Saarland - comparison of two ground water isotope dating methods

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    For the Ar-39 groundwater ages found an age comparison is made with ground waters investigated for C-14, Kr-85 and H-3 contents. The location of investigation is a sandstone aquifer of Southern Saarland. The underground production of Ar-39 the hydrological applicability. In granite, the average concentration of U, Th, K, and Cl with an average porosity of 1% and complete diffusion of the isotopes Ar-39 and Cl-36 produced underground can be as high as 105% for Ar-39 moderated and 16% Cl-36 moderated in the interstitial water. (DG)

  2. Compatibility of technologies with regulations in the waste management of H-3, I-129, C-14, and Kr-85. Part I. Initial information base

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    Trevorrow, L.E.; Vandegrift, G.F.; Kolba, V.M.; Steindler, M.J.

    1983-08-01

    This report summarizes the information base that was collected and reviewed in preparation for carrying out an analysis of the compatibility with regulations of waste management technologies for disposal of H-3, I-129, C-14, and Kr-85. Based on the review of this literature, summaries are presented here of waste-form characteristics, packaging, transportation, and disposal methods. Also discussed are regulations that might apply to all operations involved in disposal of the four nuclides, including the processing of irradiated fuel in a fuel reprocessing plant, packaging, storage, transport, and final disposal. The compliance assessment derived from this information is reported in a separate document. 309 references.

  3. Constitution of the ternary system Cr–Ni–Ti

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    Highlights: •Reaction scheme and liquidus surface for Cr-Ni-Ti are given. •In the ternary the C14-type Laves phase coexists with the liquid phase. •Two ternary eutectics are identified. -- Abstract: The nature of solid–liquid phase equilibria in the ternary system Cr–Ni–Ti was investigated using electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and differential thermal analysis. Literature data on solid state phase equilibria are confirmed. The Cr2Ti Laves phase modifications coexisting with Ni–Ti phases are clarified to be hexagonal C14-type and cubic C15-type. The C14-type Laves phase γCr2Ti is found to coexist with the liquid phase. It forms in the pseudobinary peritectic reaction pmax1 from L + β(Cr,Ti) at 1389 °C. On further cooling γCr2Ti + NiTi solidify at 1202 °C in the pseudobinary eutectic emax2. In the Cr-rich part of the system ternary eutectics occur at 1216 °C (E1: L = Ni3Ti + (Ni) + β(Cr,Ti)) and 1100 °C (E2: L = NiTi + Ni3Ti + β(Cr,Ti)), respectively. No ternary eutectic is found in the Ti-rich part. Rather the eutectic trough ends in the binary eutectic L = NiTi2 + β(Ti)

  4. Characterization of recent Lake Tahoe fault activity: Combining Sub-Meter Resolution Seismic Imagery with AMS C-14 Dated Submerged Paleo-Surfaces.

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    Dingler, J. A.; Kent, G. M.; Babcock, J. A.; Driscoll, N. W.; Harding, A. J.; Gayes, P. T.; Karlin, B.; Morgan, C. W.; Heyvaert, A.; Richards, B. C.

    2002-12-01

    Deformational strain within the Lake Tahoe Basin was mapped during previous campaigns using a combination of high resolution seismic CHIRP, multi-beam swath bathymetry, and airborne laser altimetry. These previous campaigns identified submerged paleo-shorelines of Pleistocene to early Holocene age, which act as a tectonic strain marker due to fault related disruptions of this once flat surface, as well as significantly offset fault scarps. Building upon this previous work, specific sites were selected for additional investigation with seismic CHIRP and AMS C-14 dated vibra and piston cores. The combination of these three techniques is ideally suited for quantifying recent fault activity through the correlation of paleo-surfaces and accurate age determinations. Initial analysis of seismic CHIRP and piston coring conducted in Emerald Bay shows a complex normal fault system with a sedimentation rate much higher than other parts of the lake. Seismic CHIRP conducted near Zephyr Cove was able to image multiple paleo-shorelines. Vibra coring of these same surfaces recovered sands of the same consistency as beach sand. Additional piston cores were collected at various lake locations below 400 m depth, including two cores taken across the Stateline Fault. Core analysis and AMS C-14 dating combined with site-specific seismic CHIRP, and previous mapping, will improve chronological control on the fault activity within the Lake Tahoe Basin.

  5. Development of technologies for the waste management of I-129, Kr-85, C-14 and tritium in the Fed. Rep. of Germany

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    The main source of I-129, Kr-85, C-14 and tritium in Germany will be a 10-15 GWe LWR fuel reprocessing plant (FRP), expected to be in operation in the mid nineties. Guidelines for release regulations and development efforts are discussed. It has been recommended to limit the annual I-129 release to less than 0.2 curie. The uncontrolled release of Kr-85, C-14 or tritium via the stack resulting from the 15 GWe power will not exceed the limits derived from the German radiation protection ordinary. The development and hot demonstration of a Kr-85 control technology is recommended in view of the anticipated increasing use of nuclear power in the future. Commercial use of Xe and Kr may also contribute to the incentive for recovery. It would be simple to recover 14CO2 once separated in the course of the I-129 or Kr-85 removal operations. Tritiated waste water once it has been separated in the course of processing, should not be deliberately released. Therefore, tritium control technology is being developed. General concepts and the present status of reference and back-up technologies as well as additional research in view of advanced processes are summarized

  6. Correlation factors for C-14, Cl-36, Ni-59, Ni-63, Mo-93, Tc-99, I-129 and Cs-135. In operational waste for SFR 1

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    Lindgren, Maria; Pettersson, Michael; Wiborgh, Marie (Kemakta AB, Stockholm (SE))

    2007-01-15

    The use of correlation factors is one possibility to estimate a reference radionuclide inventory for the purpose of safety assessment studies, when waste-type specific information is not at hand. The correlation factor approach requires that there is a correlation between the activity content of the difficult-to-measure nuclide and the key nuclide. A safety assessment of a future deep repository for low and intermediate level waste (SFL 3-5) was conducted during the second half of the 1990's. Within that project, correlation factors for estimating the inventory of radionuclides which are difficult to measure experimentally were developed. These factors have also partly been used to estimate a reference inventory for SFR 1. Based on a literature survey and recent reports published by SKB, it is concluded that new information is available making an update of some correlation factors relevant. For these radionuclides, reported data from estimations and measurements of radionuclide content and correlation factors in different types of radioactive wastes are summarised. The data is evaluated and updated correlation factors representative for fresh waste for eight radionuclides (C-14, Cl-36, Ni-59, Ni-63, Mo-93, Tc-99, I-129 and Cs-135) are suggested. New information from measurements in Swedish NPP has made it possible to define factors that are BWR and PWR specific for C-14, Ni-59 and Ni-63. The uncertainties in suggested data and the applicability of the correlation factors for estimates of the radionuclide content in operational waste are commented upon

  7. Correlation factors for C-14, Cl-36, Ni-59, Ni-63, Mo-93, Tc-99, I-129 and Cs-135. In operational waste for SFR 1

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    The use of correlation factors is one possibility to estimate a reference radionuclide inventory for the purpose of safety assessment studies, when waste-type specific information is not at hand. The correlation factor approach requires that there is a correlation between the activity content of the difficult-to-measure nuclide and the key nuclide. A safety assessment of a future deep repository for low and intermediate level waste (SFL 3-5) was conducted during the second half of the 1990's. Within that project, correlation factors for estimating the inventory of radionuclides which are difficult to measure experimentally were developed. These factors have also partly been used to estimate a reference inventory for SFR 1. Based on a literature survey and recent reports published by SKB, it is concluded that new information is available making an update of some correlation factors relevant. For these radionuclides, reported data from estimations and measurements of radionuclide content and correlation factors in different types of radioactive wastes are summarised. The data is evaluated and updated correlation factors representative for fresh waste for eight radionuclides (C-14, Cl-36, Ni-59, Ni-63, Mo-93, Tc-99, I-129 and Cs-135) are suggested. New information from measurements in Swedish NPP has made it possible to define factors that are BWR and PWR specific for C-14, Ni-59 and Ni-63. The uncertainties in suggested data and the applicability of the correlation factors for estimates of the radionuclide content in operational waste are commented upon

  8. Segregation effects and phase developments during solidification of alloy 625

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    Højerslev, Christian; Tiedje, Niels Skat; Hald, John

    2006-01-01

    , the material that experienced planar front solidification corresponded accurately to that of dendrites tens of microns in width adopting an equivalent dendrite arm width approach. Eventually, the planar solidification front broke down, where after the residual liquid solidified eutectic-like. This material...... in the entire matrix material. Addition of carbon did not cause detectable alterations of the material that experienced planar front solidification. However, it promoted the formation of niobium rich carbides in the material that solidified eutectic-like. Thus, this material differed from that of the pure...... sample in constitution, and consequently in gamma-phase composition. Niobium rich carbides formed prior to Laves phase; in carbon rich volumes only the carbides form. As compared to the pure sample, the sample enriched in iron had decreased global minimal solute concentration in the material...

  9. Status quo of the storage of C-14 containing waste from German high-temperature and research reactors and the strategy for their future storage; Status quo der Lagerung C-14-haltiger Abfaelle aus deutschen Hochtemperatur- und Forschungsreaktoren und Strategie zu deren kuenftigen Endlagerung. Abschlussbericht

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    Doerr, S.; Bollingerfehr, W.; Filbert, W.

    2014-12-15

    The German research reactors and the high-temperature reactors (AVR, THTR 300) used graphite as reflector and/or moderator materials. Due to the activation of these materials there exists a significant amount of C-14, H-3 and Co-60.The project included the assessment of the respective amount of materials from all facilities, the legal framework for interim storage, transport and final disposal.

  10. C-14 dating and C-13/C-12 isotopic ratio in soils covered by natural vegetation of cerrado-floresta ecosystem at Humaita (AM)/Brazil

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    The most recent evidences show that in the Amazon region significant climatic changes occurred in the Quaternary, with emphasis to the dry periods during the Pleistocene and increased precipitation in the Holocene. In this region are found areas with characteristics of cerrado, surrounded by tropical rain forest. The evaluations of soil, vegetation and climate interactions for the formation of these areas are important. Carbon isotopes (12 C, 13 C, 14 C) have been applied in soil organic matter (SOM) of Humaita region, southern Amazon, to evaluate changes in vegetation communities during the Holocene. Isotopic composition of SOM in the deeper part of the soil profiles, shows that probably in the early Holocene the forest has been in the area today occupied by the cerrado vegetation. The results of SOM in the shallow part of soil profiles characterize perfectly the three types of actual vegetation communities. (author)

  11. Test of the suitability of ECOPATH/ECOSIM modelling software as a compliment to estimate flows of carbon, C-14 and radionuclides in the Oeregrundsgrepen area

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    Sandberg, Johannes [Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Systems Ecology

    2004-04-01

    In this study it was evaluated whether the ECOPATH with ECOSIM software could be used as a standard platform to facilitate for radioecologists to construct and study transport and accumulation of radionuclides in aquatic food webs. The evaluation was based upon: 1) a previously published food web model of carbon/carbon-14 flow for the Oeregrundsgrepen area, Baltic Sea, 2) a generic model, 3) an ECOSIM model and 4) an ECOTRACE model. The results presented clearly shows that there is great potential for a successful development of this scientific approach in the future. The original carbon flows and assumptions was easily incorporated into the ECOPATH with ECOSIM modelling environment. The carbon flows differed only negligible between the two models, except for the benthic flows, which was more accurately described in this study. Further, by using ECOPATH it was easily discovered that the growth efficiencies used in the original model was quite high, being 47% for most of the heterotrophs, which are high from an ecological point of view. However, that is probably due to differences in how the carbon flows have been estimated in the original versus the present study. It is likely, however that the carbon demand has been underestimated in the original model. The generic model was parameterised from data available through the software as well from the diets and assumptions used in the original carbon model. The use of these parameters resulted in carbon flows, which was between 0.7 to 11 times the flows estimated by the ECOPATH model. The difference was greatest for primary producers being 3.7 to 11 times the original flows. Thus, depending on the question one is addressing it was suggested that the use of generic parameters is best for making test models of carbon and radionuclide flows in ecosystems, where the data set for validation is limited. Finally, the ECOPATH and ECOSIM model was well suited to drive a C-14 flow model, such as ECOTRACER for each of the

  12. Test of the suitability of ECOPATH/ECOSIM modelling software as a compliment to estimate flows of carbon, C-14 and radionuclides in the Oeregrundsgrepen area

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    In this study it was evaluated whether the ECOPATH with ECOSIM software could be used as a standard platform to facilitate for radioecologists to construct and study transport and accumulation of radionuclides in aquatic food webs. The evaluation was based upon: 1) a previously published food web model of carbon/carbon-14 flow for the Oeregrundsgrepen area, Baltic Sea, 2) a generic model, 3) an ECOSIM model and 4) an ECOTRACE model. The results presented clearly shows that there is great potential for a successful development of this scientific approach in the future. The original carbon flows and assumptions was easily incorporated into the ECOPATH with ECOSIM modelling environment. The carbon flows differed only negligible between the two models, except for the benthic flows, which was more accurately described in this study. Further, by using ECOPATH it was easily discovered that the growth efficiencies used in the original model was quite high, being 47% for most of the heterotrophs, which are high from an ecological point of view. However, that is probably due to differences in how the carbon flows have been estimated in the original versus the present study. It is likely, however that the carbon demand has been underestimated in the original model. The generic model was parameterised from data available through the software as well from the diets and assumptions used in the original carbon model. The use of these parameters resulted in carbon flows, which was between 0.7 to 11 times the flows estimated by the ECOPATH model. The difference was greatest for primary producers being 3.7 to 11 times the original flows. Thus, depending on the question one is addressing it was suggested that the use of generic parameters is best for making test models of carbon and radionuclide flows in ecosystems, where the data set for validation is limited. Finally, the ECOPATH and ECOSIM model was well suited to drive a C-14 flow model, such as ECOTRACER for each of the

  13. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Two Molybdenum—phosphate Cluster Compounds:(C14N14H63)Na(H2Mo6P4O31)2·8H2O and (C14N14H63)Na(H2Mo6P4O31)2·5H2O

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    温福山; 陈伟; 等

    2002-01-01

    (C14N14H63)Na(H2Mo6P4O31)2·8H2O with amine-separatecd sodium molybdenumphosphate clusters and (C14N14H63)Na(H2Mo6P4O31)2·5H2O (2) with H-bonded cluster layers were synthesized from hydrothermal systems.Compound 1 crystal-lizes in the triclinic space group P-↑1 with a=1.27445(2) nm,b=1.37183(3)nm,c=1.41515(3) nm,α=100.497(1)°,β=109.064(1)° and γ=115.498(1)°,Whereas compound 2 has a monoclinic space group P21/n with a=1.3418(5)nm,b=2.7787(12)nm,c=2.0314(10)nm and β=96.571(14)° There exist protonated ethylenediamine cations and H2O molecules between adjacent clusters,connecting the clusters through H-bonds.

  14. Rapid responses of C14 clone of Eucalyptus globulus to root drought stress: Time-course of hormonal and physiological signaling.

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    Granda, Víctor; Cuesta, Candela; Alvarez, Rubén; Ordás, Ricardo; Centeno, María Luz; Rodríguez, Ana; Majada, Juan Pedro; Fernández, Belén; Feito, Isabel

    2011-05-01

    The responses of juvenile plants of forest crops to drought stress are a key stage in the survival of forest populations. In this work, a suitable experimental system to study the early drought resistance mechanisms and signaling in a drought-tolerant clone (C14) of Eucalyptus globulus Labill is proposed. This system, using hydroponic culture and an osmotic agent, polyethylene glycol 8000, was demonstrated to induce severe stress in the root area, affecting the responses of the plantlets at the aerial level. These responses were very fast, beginning only 3h after the induction of stress, and the results highlight the roles of xylematic abscisic acid (ABA) and pH changes over other signals, such as cytokinins, as early chemical signals in rapid water stress. The relationship between these chemical factors, ABA and pH, and the physiological and water parameters observed were significant, supporting their proposed principal role. This work aids our understanding of underlying responses to hydrological limitations of forest crops, and provides valuable information for further physiological and molecular studies of water stress in this and other tree species.

  15. Ternary mixtures of alkyltriphenylphosphonium bromides (C12TPB, C14TPB and C16TPB) in aqueous medium: their interfacial, bulk and fluorescence quenching behaviour

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    Gargi Basu Ray; Soumen Ghosh; Satya P Moulik

    2010-03-01

    The self-aggregation behaviour of ternary mixtures of alkyl (C$_{12}^{-}$, C$_{14}^{-}$ and C$_{16}^{-}$) triphenylphosphonium bromides was studied by conductometry and tensiometry. The pure surfactants showed two Critical Micellar Concentrations (CMCs) by conductometry, but their ternary mixtures produce single CMC both by conductometry and tensiometry. The CMC values determined were found to be lower than that obtained from Clint equation suggesting synergistic interaction among the monomers within the micelles. Their bulk properties, like fraction of counterions bound to the micelles and free energy of micellization were evaluated. Interfacial parameters, like surface excess, minimum head group area of monomer and free energy of adsorption were also assessed. Interfacial adsorption was found to be more spontaneous than micellization. The head group area per monomer in ternary systems was larger than pure systems due to stronger electrostatic repulsion among the charged head groups. The values of the packing parameters supported the pure as well as ternary micelles to be spherical. The TPB surfactants efficiently quenched pyrene fluorescence; the performances of the homologues in this respect were assessed.

  16. Prevalence of Helicobacter Pylori Infection in School and Pre-School Aged Children with C-14 Urea Breath Test and the Association with Familial and Environmental Factors

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    Çınar, Alev; Sadıç, Murat; İkbal Atılgan, Hasan; Baskın, Aylin; Koca, Gökhan; Demirel, Koray; Korkmaz, Meliha

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection in pre-school and school age children with C-14 urea breath test, and to explore its association with age and socioeconomic factors in Turkey. Methods: Hp infection status was determined by using Urea Breath Test (UBT). Patients who had previous gastric surgery, Hp eradication treatment or equivocal UBT results were excluded. A questionnaire was administered to elicit information on gender, age, ABO/Rh blood group type, presence of gastric disease in the family, domestic animal in the household, and treatment for idiopathic Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA). Results: This retrospective study included 500 pediatric patients (179 boys, 321 girls, mean age 10.7±4.3 years) of whom 62 (12.4%) were aged ≤6 years and 438 (87.6%) were aged 7 to 16 years. Helicobacter pylori (Hp) was positive in 245 (49%) cases. In the pre-school age group, 21/62 cases (34%) had positive UBT while in the school age group 224/438 children (51%) had positive UBT. A family history of dyspepsia and pet ownership were not associated with Hp positivity. Hp positive 76 (29.8%) children were on IDA treatment but this was not statistically significant. Conclusion: The Hp infection positivity rate was 49% in the pediatric age study group. The positivity rate was significantly lower at preschool age than school age, and it increased with age. There was no association with gender, ABO/Rh blood groups, presence of domestic pets, IDA, or history of gastric disease in the family. PMID:26316471

  17. Association of the p73 Gene G4C14-to-A4T14 Polymorphism with Increased Gastric Cancer Risk in a Northwestern Chinese Population

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    Weihua Zhang; Xudong Wang; Xiaodong Xie; Fengxia Guo; Rong Yang; Yuhua Liu; Shijian Xu; Yajun Yang

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To evaluate the p73 gene G4C14-to-A4T14 double nucleotide polvmorphism with both increased gastric cancer(GC)risk and different histological subtypes of GC in a northwestern Chinese population.METHODS Genotyping of the polymorphism of the p73 gene was conducted with PCR-CTPP.RESULTS All 385 GC patients including 305 diffuse-type and 80 intestinal-type cases and 412 healthy controls were investigated.The frequencies of p73 AT/AT,AT/GC,and GC/GC KenotVpes were 28.1%,47.1%,and 24.8% in the controls,and were 22.0%,45.0%,and 33.0% in GC cases respectively;the GC/GC homozygote frequency was higher in GC cases,mainly in diffuse type compared to the controls with OR=1.71(1.16~2.51)and 1.87 (95% CI,1.24~2.81)respectively.The results showed that carriers of the p73 G4A GC/GC homozygote had a 1.71-time higher risk of GC,especially of the diffuse-tvpe GC compared to the controls.The carriers of the AT/GC heterozygote also had a slightly increased risk of GC cancer, mainly on intestinal-type GC This is the first report that the p73 G4A double-nucleotide polymorphism is associated with an increased risk of diffuse-type gastric cancer.CONCLUTION The p73 G4A GC/GC genotype is associated with an increased risk of gastric cancer,especially of the GC diffuse-type.

  18. Unusual phase behavior of decane-dodecane mixtures confined in SBA-15: Size effect on binary phase diagram

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    Hai Rong Pei; Xiao Yan; Xiao Zheng Lan

    2012-01-01

    Phase behavior of normal decane-dodecane (n-C10H22-C12H26,C10-C12) system confined in SBA-15 (Santa Barbara Amorphous,pore diameters 3.8,7.8,and 17.2 nm) has been studied by using differential scanning calorimetry.It has been found solid-liquid phase diagram of the C 10-C12/SBA-15 system is composed of a straight line (3.8 nm),a curve (7.8 nm) and a loop line (17.2 nm).The growth of the phase diagram clearly shows the size effect on phase behavior of binary alkanes.Phase behavior has been compared among the systems C10H22-C12H26/SBA-15,C12H26-C14H30/SBA-15 and C14H30-C16H34/SBA-15.

  19. Characterization of oxidation products on a ZrFe{sub 2}-type laves intermetallic exposed to 200{degree}C steam.

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    Abraham, D. P.; Dietz, N.; Finnegan, N.

    2000-11-20

    The release of radioactive elements from the stainless steel-15 wt% zirconium (SS-15Zr) metal waste form will be governed by the corrosion behavior of ZrFe{sub 2}-type intermetallics phases present in the alloy. In this article, oxidation products that formed on a ZrFe{sub 2}-type intermetallic sample exposed to 200 C steam were characterized by Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The data revealed two oxide layers on the sample surface: an outer crystalline iron-oxide layer and an inner amorphous zirconium-rich layer believed to be zirconium oxide. Thermodynamic considerations indicate that the zirconium-rich layer formed first. The iron-oxide layer appears to have resulted from the diffusion of iron through the zirconium-rich layer to the oxide-vapor interface.

  20. The influence of theMycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB)-specific peptides E6, E7 and C14 on the monocyte-macrophage polarization%结核特异性多肽E6、E7和C14对单核-巨噬细胞亚型极化的影响

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    申东梅; 方毅敏; 申雁鸣; 刘国标; 姚亚男; 赖小敏

    2016-01-01

    Objective To explore the influence ofMycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB)-specific peptide to monocyte-macrophage polarization by utilizing flow cytometry to investigate the expression of CD14/CD16/CD163 of the cells. Methods The expressions of M1 (CD14+CD16+)/M2 (CD14+CD163+) of the monocytes (THP-1, and the monocytes from the hydrothorax and peripherial blood from tuberculosis (TB) patients) were detected by flow cytometry with 3 MTB-specific peptides as stimulants at the different time. Results The positive percentages of CD16/CD163 of THP-1 cell line treated with the MTB peptide E6 at the times 24 + 0 h, 24 +24 h, 24 + 48 h, and 24 + 72 h were 16.85%/13.78%, 19.59%/15.68%, 18.14%/14.19%, 13.61%/11.47%, respectively. The MTB peptide E7 exerted effect similar to E6, but the MTB peptide C14 showed a less effect. After treated with E6 at 19 h, the positive percentages of CD14+CD16+of the monocytes of hydrothorax from 2 TB patients were 1.66% (No. 1 patient) and 4.37% (No. 2 patient), as well as CD14+CD163+were 1.76% (No. 1 patient) and 2.82% (No. 2 patient). The difference between the two types of cells was not very remarkable, but the difference seemed to be significant when added another detection mark CD86 to CD14+CD16+, and CD206 to CD14+CD163+, respectively. E7 and C14 had the similar corresponding effects on the polarization of monocytes of hydrothorax and peripherial blood as observed at THP-1 cell line. Conclusion 3 MTB-specific peptides, especially E6 and E7, can mainly induce THP-1 and the monocytes of hydrothorax and peripherial blood from TB patients towards the M1 macrophage polarization.%目的:运用流式细胞术检测单核-巨噬细胞极化亚型 M1(CD14+CD16+)及 M2(CD14+CD163+),探讨结核特异性多肽对单核-巨噬细胞极化分型的影响。方法以3种结核特异性多肽 E6、E7和 C14作为刺激物,刺激人急性白血病单核细胞株(THP-1细胞)、结核病患者胸水单个核细胞及外周血单个核细胞

  1. Dirac metal to topological metal transition at a structural phase change in Au2Pb and prediction of Z2 topology for the superconductor

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    Schoop, Leslie M.; Xie, Lilia S.; Chen, Ru; Gibson, Quinn D.; Lapidus, Saul H.; Kimchi, Itamar; Hirschberger, Max; Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Ali, Mazhar N.; Belvin, Carina A.; Liang, Tian; Neaton, Jeffrey B.; Ong, N P; Vishwanath, Ashvin; Cava, R. J.

    2015-06-23

    Three-dimensionalDirac semimetals (DSMs) arematerials that have masslessDirac electrons and exhibit exotic physical properties. It has been suggested that structurally distorting a DSM can create a topological insulator but this has not yet been experimentally verified. Furthermore, Majorana fermions have been theoretically proposed to exist inmaterials that exhibit both superconductivity and topological surface states. Herewe showthat the cubic Laves phase Au2Pb has a bulk Dirac cone that is predicted to gap on cooling through a structural phase transition at 100 K. The low temperature phase can be assigned a Z(2) = -1 topological index, and this phase becomes superconducting below 1.2 K. These characteristics make Au2Pb a unique platform for studying the transition between bulk Dirac electrons and topological surface states as well as studying the interaction of superconductivity with topological surface states, combining many different properties of emergent materials-superconductivity, bulk Dirac electrons, and a topologically nontrivial Z(2) invariant.

  2. Phase stability and swelling in the V-series alloys

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    The response of the V-series alloys to irradiation to a fluence of 7 x 1022 n/cm2 at 5930C covers a range of behavior from a minimum swelling of 0.6% (V4) to a maximum of 8.1% (V5). The major phases identified in the V series alloys examined after irradiation to 7 x 1022 n/cm2 at 5930C are TiC and laves. Between the fluences of 2 x 1022 n/cm2 and 7 x 1022 n/cm2 the compositions of the precipitates identified do not vary significantly. Results of this investigation indicate that the minimum amount of titanium in solution should be approx. 0.16 wt %. Higher levels of titanium in solution will promote more efficient pinning of the dislocation structure and result in lower swelling. Silicon levels greater than 0.5 wt % promote severe phase instabilities which deplete the matrix of elements which suppress swelling. The irradiation performance of this type alloy depends upon the achievement of a uniform distribution of Ti and a balance of Ti, Si, and C in solution which will encourage precipitation of TiC during service

  3. The Cr–Fe–Nb ternary system: Experimental isothermal sections at 700 °C, 1050 °C and 1350 °C

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    Jacob, Aurélie, E-mail: a.jacob@fz-juelich.de [Forschungszentrum Juelich, IEK-2, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Schmetterer, Clemens [Forschungszentrum Juelich, IEK-2, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Fraunhofer-UMSICHT, 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg (Germany); Grüner, Daniel; Wessel, Egbert [Forschungszentrum Juelich, IEK-2, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Hallstedt, Bengt [Institute for Materials Applications in Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Augustinerbach 4, 52062 Aachen (Germany); Singheiser, Lorenz [Forschungszentrum Juelich, IEK-2, 52425 Juelich (Germany)

    2015-11-05

    The Cr–Fe–Nb system is an important constituent system in the development of Laves-phase reinforced steels. It contains two Laves-phase polytypes, i.e. C14–Fe{sub 2}Nb and C15–Cr{sub 2}Nb. While the first forms a substantial ternary solid solution with Cr, the latter only shows a limited solubility for Fe. The phase equilibria in the Cr–Fe–Nb system are shown in three isothermal sections at 700, 1050 and 1350 °C. Scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM/EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) were used to determine the phase equilibria from which the isothermal sections were constructed. - Highlights: • Determination of Phase Equilibria in the Cr–Fe–Nb system at 700, 1050 and 1350 °C. • Isothermal sections at 700, 1050 and 1350 °C were established. • Homogeneity range of Laves phases were determined. • Solubility of Fe and Cr and lattice parameter evolution in the ternary phases were determined.

  4. Genèse des magmas associés à l'ouverture d'un domaine océanique : Géochimie des laves du Nord-Est de l'Afrique (Mer Rouge-Afar) et d'Arabie

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    Barrat, Jean-Alix

    1991-01-01

    L'existence d'un point chaud localisé en Afar est confirmée. Principalement deux composants mantelliques interviennent dans la genèse des laves du Sud de la Mer Rouge et d'Afar: un manteau appauvri en LREE et une source présentant des caractéristiques du pôle HIMU. Certains basaltes des plateaux éthiopiens et d'Afar (en particulier ceux émis avant l'ouverture du Golfe de Tadjoura) sont contaminés par la croûte continentale. Les résultats analytiques présentés ici, suggèrent que certains basal...

  5. Computational thermodynamics aided design of novel ferritic alloys

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    Yang, Ying [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Chen, Tianyi [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Tan, Lizhen [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2016-06-30

    With the aid of computational thermodynamics, Ni was identified to suppress the liquidus temperature of Fe2Zr and four Fe-Cr-Ni-Zr alloys were designed to study the Ni effect on the phase stability of Fe2Zr laves_phase. These alloys were fabricated through traditional arc-metling, followed by annealing at 1000 C for 336 hours and 700 C for 1275 hours. The microstructure were examined and characterized by SEM BSE image, EDS compositional mapping and point scan, XRD and TEM analysis. The major results were summarized below: 1)For investigated alloys with 12wt% Cr, 3~6wt% Zr and 3~9 wt%Ni, the phases in equilibrium with the BCC phase are C15_Laves phase, Fe23Zr6 phase. The volume fraction of intermetallic phases increases with Ni and Zr contents. 2)Instead of (Fe,Cr)2Zr C14_Laves phase, Ni stabilizes the C15_Laves structure in Fe-Cr-Ni-Zr alloys by substituting Fe and Cr atoms with Ni atoms in the first sublattice. 3)Fe23Zr6, that is metastable in the Fe-Cr-Zr ternary, is also stabilized by Ni addition. 4)Ni7Zr2 phase was observed in samples with high Ni/Zr ratio. Extensive solubility of Fe was identified in the phase. The microstructural and composition results obtained from this study will be incorportated into the the Fe-Cr-Ni-Zr database. The current samples will be subjected to ion irradiaition to be compared with those results for Fe-Cr-Zr alloys. Additional alloys will be designed to form (Fe,Cr,Ni)2Zr nanoprecipitates for further studies.

  6. Computational thermodynamics aided design of novel ferritic alloys

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    Yang, Ying [ORNL; Tan, Lizhen [ORNL

    2016-07-01

    With the aid of computational thermodynamics, Ni was identified to suppress the liquidus temperature of Fe2Zr and four Fe-Cr-Ni-Zr alloys were designed to study the Ni effect on the phase stability of Fe2Zr laves_phase. These alloys were fabricated through traditional arc-metling, followed by annealing at 1000 C for 336 hours and 700 C for 1275 hours. The microstructure were examined and characterized by SEM BSE image, EDS compositional mapping and point scan, XRD and TEM analysis. The major results were summarized below: 1)For investigated alloys with 12wt% Cr, 3~6wt% Zr and 3~9 wt%Ni, the phases in equilibrium with the BCC phase are C15_Laves phase, Fe23Zr6 phase. The volume fraction of intermetallic phases increases with Ni and Zr contents. 2)Instead of (Fe,Cr)2Zr C14_Laves phase, Ni stabilizes the C15_Laves structure in Fe-Cr-Ni-Zr alloys by substituting Fe and Cr atoms with Ni atoms in the first sublattice. 3)Fe23Zr6, that is metastable in the Fe-Cr-Zr ternary, is also stabilized by Ni addition. 4)Ni7Zr2 phase was observed in samples with high Ni/Zr ratio. Extensive solubility of Fe was identified in the phase. The microstructural and composition results obtained from this study will be incorportated into the the Fe-Cr-Ni-Zr database. The current samples will be subjected to ion irradiaition to be compared with those results for Fe-Cr-Zr alloys. Additional alloys will be designed to form (Fe,Cr,Ni)2Zr nanoprecipitates for further studies.

  7. Phase Transformation and Magnetostriction of (R-Pr)(Fe-T)2 (R=Dy, Tb; T=Co, Ni)

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    2000-01-01

    Structure and magnetostriction of Dy1-xPrxFe2 (0 ≤x≤0.5), Dy0.6Pr0.4(Fe1-yTy)2 (0<y<0.6), and Tb1-zPrz(Fe0.4Co0.6)2 (0≤z≤1.0) alloys (T=Co, Ni) have been investigated. It is found that the matrix of the alloys Dy1-xPrxFe2 is a single phase (Dy, Pr)Fe2 with MgCu2-type structure and the second phase is (Dy, Pr)Fe3 when x≤0.2. The amount of (Dy, Pr)Fe3 phase increases with increasing Pr content and becomes the main phase when x=0.4. The matrix of Dy1-xPrxFe2 is found to be the (Dy, Pr)2Fe17 phase with Th2Zn17-type structure when x=0.5. It is found that the amount of the cubic Laves phase (Dy, Pr)(Fe, Co)2 in the Dy0.6Pr0.4(Fe1-yCoy)2 increases with increasing Co concentration when 0≤y≤0.6. The substi tution of Ni for Fe is nearly not favorable for the formation of the cubic Laves phase (Dy, Pr)(Fe, Ni)2 in (Dy1-xPrx)Fe2. The matrix of (Tbl-zPrz)(Fe0.4Co0.6)2 is a (Tb, Pr)(Fe, Co)2 phase with the MgCu2-type cubic Laves structure and a second phase of small amount is (Tb, Pr)(Fe, Co)3 phase when z≤0.2, z=0.5 and 1.0. When 0.2<z≤0.4, the amount of the (Tb, Pr)(Fe, Co)3 phase with PuNi3-type structure increases with increasing z and becomes the main phase when z=0.4. When 0.5<z≤0.6 the amount of the (Tb, Pr)(Fe, Co)3 phase increases sharply, whereas for 0.6<z≤0.8 it decreases with increasing z. The polycrystalline magnetostriction, λ‖ - λ┴, at room temperature of Dy1-xPrxFe2 exhibits a peak when x=0.3. The λ‖ - λ for Dy0.6Pr0.4(Fel-yMy)2 (M=Co, Ni) and Tb1-zPrz(Fe0.4Co0.6)2 is also examined.

  8. Standardization of C-14 by tracing method

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    Koskinas, Marina F.; Kuznetsova, Maria; Yamazaki, Ione; Brancaccio, Franco; Dias, Mauro S., E-mail: koskinas@ipen.br, E-mail: marysmith@usp.br, E-mail: yamazaki@ipen.br, E-mail: fbrancac@ipen.br, E-mail: msdias@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    The standardization of a {sup 14}C radioactive solution by means of the efficiency tracing technique is described. The {sup 14}C is a beta pure emitter with endpoint energy of 156 keV decaying to the ground state of {sup 14}N. The activity measurement was performed in a 4πβ-γ coincidence system, measuring the pure beta emitter mixed with a beta gamma emitter, which provides the beta detection efficiency. The radionuclide {sup 60}Co, which decays by beta particle followed by two gamma rays, was used as tracer and the efficiency was obtained by selecting the 1173 keV plus 1332 keV total energy absorption peak at the gamma channel. Known aliquots of the tracer, previously standardized by 4πβ (PC)-γ coincidence, were mixed with known aliquots of {sup 14}C. The sources of {sup 14}C + {sup 60}Co were prepared by dropping known aliquots from each radioactive solution. The events were registered by a Software Coincidence System (SCS). The activity of the solution was determined by using the extrapolation technique, changing the beta efficiency by pulse height discrimination. In order to determine the final activity, a Monte Carlo simulation was used to calculate the extrapolation curve. All the uncertainties involved were treated rigorously, by means of the covariance analysis methodology. Measurements using a HIDEX, a commercial liquid scintillator system, were carried out and the results were compared with the tracing technique, showing a good agreement. (author)

  9. Morphotropic Phase Boundaries in Tb1-xDyxFe2 alloys

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    Bergstrom, Richard, Jr.

    Magnetostrictive alloys, materials that change in dimension under an applied magnetic field, are desired candidates for transducers. Unfortunately, common magnetostrictive metals, alloys, and oxides produce such small strains that they are not a viable option. In the early 1960's rare earths were found to possess extraordinary magnetostriction values at cryogenic temperatures. When alloyed with traditional transition metals they form a Laves phase compound of the form AB2. These Laves phase compounds have shown large magnetostriction values, up to 2500μepsilon in TbFe2. A major drawback to using these materials as transducers is their huge magnetocrystalline anisotropy constants, K1 and K2. However, it was found that TbFe2 and DyFe2 have opposing signs of K1 and K2. A pseudo-binary alloy, Tb1-xDyxFe2 (Terfenol-D) TDFx, was formed to decrease the total magnetocrystalline anisotropy. The anisotropy reached a room temperature minimum for TDF73. It is suspected that this minimum of the anisotropy is accompanied by a morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) at which the crystal structure changes from tetragonal to rhombohedral. Unraveling the nature of the temperature and composition dependence of the magnetic and crystalline properties along this MPB is the primary focus of this thesis. The structure of the TDF alloys was probed through macroscopic and microscopic techniques. The maximum in the DC magnetization at the transition temperature from tetragonal to rhombohedral broadens as the transition temperature is increased. This is attributed to decreasing anisotropy at increased temperature. Synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction are utilized to elucidate the microscopic changes in the structure and magnetism. Neutron powder diffraction results were somewhat inconclusive but were sufficient to produce magnetic moments that were invariant, within experimental error, across the transition region. Synchrotron powder diffraction was used to probe the structure at

  10. Microstructural characterization of second phases in X10CrMoVNb9-1 and 12CrMoWCuVNb steels after long steam exposure time at 550 C

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    Rodak, Kinga; Hernas, Adam [Silesian Univ. of Technology, Inst. of Materials Science, Katowice (Poland); Vodarek, Vlastimil [VSB-Technical Univ. of Ostrava (Czech Republic)

    2015-07-15

    Microstructural changes in high alloy (9-12% Cr) creep resistant martensitic X10CrMoVNb9-1 and 12CrMoW . CuVNb steels after 100 000 h of steam exposure at 550 C have been studied using scanning transmission electron microscopy. Precipitates were identified using electron diffraction patterns and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis. After long time exposure, a significant coarsening of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides, and intensive precipitation of the coarse Laves phase were observed. Moreover, in the 12CrMoW . CuVNb steel, a low amount of the modified Z-phase particles was detected. The microstructures of the X10Cr . MoVNb9-1 and 12CrMoWCuVNb steels after 100 000 h of exposure differ in several aspects.

  11. Enhancement of cerium and hydrogen storage property of a low-cost Ti-V based BCC alloy prepared by commercial ferrovanadium

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    米菁; 吕芳; 刘晓鹏; 蒋利军; 李志念; 王树茂

    2010-01-01

    Based on the analysis of XRD, SEM, P-C-isotherm measurements and absorption kinetics simulation, it was indicated that Ce addition was an effective way to inhibit the formation of C14 Laves phase, improve flatness of the plateau, increase hydrogen diffusion rate and enlarge hydrogen storage capacity. The hydrogenation capacity of Ti27.25Cr28.05V37.25Fe7.45Ce1.0 alloy prepared by commercial ferrovanadium was 3.56 wt.% measured at 298 K. The dehydrogenation capacity was 2.25 wt.% and 2.54 wt.% measured at 343...

  12. Moon Phases

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    Riddle, Bob

    2010-01-01

    When teaching Moon phases, the focus seems to be on the sequence of Moon phases and, in some grade levels, how Moon phases occur. Either focus can sometimes be a challenge, especially without the use of models and observations of the Moon. In this month's column, the author describes some of the lessons that he uses to teach the phases of the Moon…

  13. Fe-15Ni-13Cr austenitic stainless steels for fission and fusion reactor applications - Part II: Effects of minor elements on precipitate phase stability during thermal aging

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    Lee, E. H.; Mansur, L. K.

    2000-01-01

    The precipitate phase stability in Fe-15Ni-13Cr base austenitic alloys was investigated as a function of minor alloying additions after thermally aging at 600°C and 675°C for times ranging from 24 h to one year. Seven major precipitate phases were found in aged specimens, including M 23C 6, Laves, Eta (η), TiO, NbC, MC, and M 2P. The types and amounts of precipitate phases varied with alloying element additions, aging temperature, and aging time. By analyzing the composition of each individual particle, it was possible to determine the essential constituent elements for each phase. From this information, a strategy to promote or suppress certain precipitate phases was developed. Among the seven phases, the most desirable precipitate phases were considered to be MC and M 2P, because these particles form on a fine scale with a high number density and, therefore, can serve as effective gas atom trap sites under irradiation.

  14. Effect of Deleterious Phases on Corrosion Resistance of Duplex Stainless Steel (2205

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    AbdulKadar M. Godil

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Duplex stainless steel is a Ferritic(BCC-Austenitic(FCC steel, covers the advantages of both Austenitic and Ferritic Stainless steels. They having good mechanical and corrosion resistance properties are widely used in many industries like chemical plants, refineries for critical equipments such as pressure vessels, heatexchangers, water heaters. Major problem occurs with duplex steels when they are worked or heated above about temperature of 280°C. Detrimental phases like Sigma, Chi, Laves and Alpha prime form when the Duplex steels are treated above this temperature and they retard the properties of Duplex stainless steels. They also cause embrittlement above temperature of 475°C called “475°C embrittlement”. During welding of duplex steels, Secondary austenite also forms, which is also one of the harmful phases in duplex steels. Among all of these phases, Sigma (σ is extremely harmful to the corrosion resistance of steel. Due to these limitations duplexgrades are not used above certain temperature ranges. In this experimental work a plate of duplex grade 2205 in hot worked condition was procured from TCR Advanced Engineering Pvt. Ltd., GIDC, Vadodara. Initially chemical composition of the plate was checked with emission spectrometer, tensile test and hardness tests werecarried out for comparing with the standard data. As there was no Sigma phase detected when tested with ASTM 930 in the received sample, Sigma phase was intentionally produced by giving heat treatment in the range of 700-850°C. Sigma phases were quantified with ASTM 930 practice A, by electrolytic etching with 40% NaOH. The effect of Sigma phase on corrosion resistance was measured by ASTM G48. The pitting corrosion resistance was evaluated in terms of average pit depth and overall corrosion rate.

  15. Can Early Life-Stages of the Marine Fish Sparus aurata be Useful for the Evaluation of the Toxicity of Linear Alkylbenzene Sulphonates Homologues (LAS C10-C14 and Commercial LAS?

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    M. Hampel

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Most commercial household cleaning agents and personal care products contain the anionic surfactant linear alkylbenzene sulphonates (LAS as the active compound. After their use they are discharged, theoretically after adequate wastewater treatment, into receiving waters finally reaching estuaries and coastal waters. Laboratory toxicity tests are useful tools in determining at which concentration a certain wastewater compound becomes hazardous for an existing group of organisms. Early life-stage toxicity tests include exposure during the most sensitive development period of the organism. In fish, this type of assay has shown to predict accurately maximum acceptable toxicant concentration (MATC values (comprised in the range defined by the NOEC and LOEC in fish early life-stage tests. For this reason, larvae of the seabream, Sparus aurata, were exposed to increasing concentrations of LAS homologues (C10-C14 and commercial LAS. Obtained LC50 values ranged between 0.1 and 3.0 mg l-1 and were compared with LC50 values of previous hatching experiments with the same species. Larvae proved to be more sensitive to LAS exposure of individual homologues than eggs, except in the case of commercial LAS. LC50 values can be directly employed to determine their potential risk in a concrete environment with known pollutant concentrations. Dividing the LC50 value with the found homologue concentration and extrapolating with certain security factors proposed by different environmental organisms, potentially hazardous pollutant concentrations may be detected. Average estuarine or coastal LAS concentrations are generally below toxicity limits for this kind of organism, considering that the average alkyl chain length of commercial LAS is 11.6 carbon atoms.

  16. Microstructural evolution and creep of Fe-Al-Ta alloys

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    Prokopcakova, Petra; Svec, Martin [Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic). Dept. of Material Science; Palm, Martin [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany). Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials

    2016-05-15

    The microstructural evolution in Fe-Al-Ta alloys containing 23 - 31 at.% Al and 1.5 - 2.2 at.% Ta has been studied in the temperature range 650 - 750 C by annealing for 1, 10, 100 and 1 000 h. The experiments confirm that in this temperature range the precipitation of the stable hexagonal C14 Laves phase is preceded by formation of coherent, metastable L2{sub 1} Heusler phase precipitates within the Fe-Al matrix. However, precipitates of C14 are observed after much shorter annealing times than previously assumed. Creep strength increases substantially with increasing Al content of the alloys because the solid solubility for Ta in the Fe-Al matrix increases with increasing Al content and solid-solution hardening contributes substantially to the observed high creep strength. It may therefore be that the microstructural changes during creep have no noticeable effect on creep strength.

  17. Microstructural evolution and creep of Fe-Al-Ta alloys

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    The microstructural evolution in Fe-Al-Ta alloys containing 23 - 31 at.% Al and 1.5 - 2.2 at.% Ta has been studied in the temperature range 650 - 750 C by annealing for 1, 10, 100 and 1 000 h. The experiments confirm that in this temperature range the precipitation of the stable hexagonal C14 Laves phase is preceded by formation of coherent, metastable L21 Heusler phase precipitates within the Fe-Al matrix. However, precipitates of C14 are observed after much shorter annealing times than previously assumed. Creep strength increases substantially with increasing Al content of the alloys because the solid solubility for Ta in the Fe-Al matrix increases with increasing Al content and solid-solution hardening contributes substantially to the observed high creep strength. It may therefore be that the microstructural changes during creep have no noticeable effect on creep strength.

  18. Investigation of the isothermal precipitation behaviour of nickel-base alloys using electrochemical phase extraction

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    Electrochemical phase extraction methods have been developed empirically for the selective separation of the precipitates in metallic materials. A detailed description of the process has been undertaken to allow optimization for various nickel-base alloys. For this part of the investigation, 16 model alloys were prepared as test electrodes and the electrolyte composition was varied over a wide range. The results enabled a series of effects to be explained on the basis of electrochemical data. The large number of test parameters limited the scope of the preliminary experiments and the range of model alloys used. In the nickel-base alloys, titanium carbo-nitride and primary M6C precipitates were identified. During isothermal ageing, M23C6 (except in Alloy KSN), Ni3Al (in INCONEL 617), Laves phases (in Hastelloy X and INCONEL 617), M12C (in HASTELLOY X and INCONEL 617) and α-tungsten (in the tungsten-containing alloys) were precipitated. The precipitation behaviour changed in the alloys investigated from intracrystalline to intercrystalline with increasing ageing temperature. The intracrystalline secondary precipitations affect the microhardness, structure and the solid-solution lattice. (orig.)

  19. Effect of component substitution on the magnetic properties of Zr2Co11 phase and rapidly quenched Zr2Co11 - based alloys

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    Magnetic properties of homogenized ingots and rapidly quenched ribbons of (Zr1-xMx)16.4Co83.6 with M=Ti, Nb, Y, Gd and Zr16.4(Co1-yM*y)83.6 with M*= Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Al, Ga, Si are studied. The phase composition of the alloys is determined with the help of thermomagnetic analysis and, in specific cases, with the use of X-ray diffraction analysis and electron microscopical data. It is ascertained that a part of zirconium in a phase Zr2Co11 can be replaced by titanium and niobium. The solubility of rare earth elements is noted to be not revealed. Cobalt is partially replaced by Al, Cu, Ga, Si, Ni and Fe in a 2:11 phase, and Mn stabilizes the structure of a Laves phase with unexpectedly strong ferromagnetic properties. For magnetic hardness of the rapidly quenched alloys the introduction of Ti is appeared to be most beneficial. This element enhances noticeably the coercive force and hysteresis loop rectangularity and, as it takes place, it does not change practically magnetic properties of a 2:11 phase but suppresses the formation of dendrites on its crystallization. A small increase of the coercive force is also observed on addition of Cu and Al

  20. Phase transitions

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    Solé, Ricard V

    2011-01-01

    Phase transitions--changes between different states of organization in a complex system--have long helped to explain physics concepts, such as why water freezes into a solid or boils to become a gas. How might phase transitions shed light on important problems in biological and ecological complex systems? Exploring the origins and implications of sudden changes in nature and society, Phase Transitions examines different dynamical behaviors in a broad range of complex systems. Using a compelling set of examples, from gene networks and ant colonies to human language and the degradation o

  1. Venus Phasing.

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    Riddle, Bob

    1997-01-01

    Presents a science activity designed to introduce students to the geocentric and heliocentric models of the universe. Helps students discover why phase changes on Venus knocked Earth out of the center of the universe. (DKM)

  2. EXAFS and XRD investigation of crystal structure in Cr doped YMn 2 deuterides

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    Klepka, M. T.; Wolska, A.; Lawniczak-Jablonska, K.; Filipek, S. M.; Sato, R.; Paul-Boncour, V.; Marchuk, I.

    2011-10-01

    Among the number of novel hydrides synthesized recently under high hydrogen pressure from various Laves phases, very specific ones are RMn 2H 6 (where R=Y, Er, Ho, Dy and Gd) with space group Fm-3m. These hydrides (or deuterides) can be formed independently on the initial structure (C14 or C15) of their parent RMn 2 compounds. Surprisingly, in contrast to hydrides/deuterides derived so far from the Laves phases, RMn 2H 6 compounds are not interstitial but are complex compounds. In order to understand better the role played by Mn in formation of the specific RMn 2D 6 deuterides we tested the possibility of manganese substitution by chromium, the element preceding Mn in the 3d series. Two YMn 2- XCr X alloys (where X=0.1 and 0.2) were submitted to treatment at 100 °C and high deuterium pressure. For X=0.1 the majority (88%) phase was Fm-3m space group whereas for X=0.2 the dominant (around 78%) was deuteride with expanded C15 Laves phase lattice (Fd-3m) like for YMn 2 and the second phase (only 22%) was the Fm-3m. This means that substitution of Mn with chromium by amount higher than X=0.1 makes the formation of Fm-3m single phase increasingly difficult. It was also confirmed that Cr preferably locates in 4a positions of the Fm-3m structure of YMn 2D 6, which might be responsible for its destabilization.

  3. Phase Vocoder

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    J.L. Flanagan

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available A vocoder technique is described in which speech signals are represented by their short-time phase and amplitude spectra. A complete transmission system utilizing this approach is simulated on a digital computer. The encoding method leads to an economy in transmission bandwidth and to a means for time compression and expansion of speech signals.

  4. Kinetic and Microstructure of SiC Deposited from SiCl4-CH4-H2%SiC14-CH4-H2系统沉积碳化硅动力学与微结构

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    杨艳; 张伟刚

    2009-01-01

    Silicon carbide was prepared from SiCl4-CH4-H2 gaseous precursors by isothermal, isobaric chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at atmospheric pressure and temperatures ranging from 900 C to 1100 C. Kinetic studies showed that carbosilane of SiH2Cl2, SiHCl3 and SiCI2 formed from decomposition of SiCI4 and CH4 contributed to the deposition of hexangular facet and granular pebble structured SiC. An average apparent activation energy of 152 ldmol ' was determined. The overall CVD process was controlled not only by the surface reactions but also by complex gas phase reactions. The as-deposited thin film was characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, these analysis showed that the deposited thin film consisted of pure phase of the β-SiC, the growth morphology of β-SiC differs from hexangular facet to granular pebble structures, which varied with substrate length and CVD temperature.

  5. Giver lave Ra-værdier bedre hygiejne?

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    Gram, Lone; Bagge-Ravn, Dorthe; Kold, John;

    2004-01-01

    Ifølge vore undersøgelser er der ingen grund til at ændre på den generelle anbefaling om, at Ra bør være mindre end 0,8 µm. Muligvis kan man dog i særlige tilfælde opnå hygiejnemæssige gevinster ved at bruge meget fine poleringer, dvs. Ra mindre end 0,8 µm.......Ifølge vore undersøgelser er der ingen grund til at ændre på den generelle anbefaling om, at Ra bør være mindre end 0,8 µm. Muligvis kan man dog i særlige tilfælde opnå hygiejnemæssige gevinster ved at bruge meget fine poleringer, dvs. Ra mindre end 0,8 µm....

  6. NiAl-based Polyphase in situ Composites in the NiAl-Ta-X (X = Cr, Mo, or V) Systems

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    Johnson, D. R.; Oliver, B. F.; Noebe, R. D.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1995-01-01

    Polyphase in situ composites were generated by directional solidification of ternary eutectics. This work was performed to discover if a balance of properties could be produced by combining the NiAl-Laves phase and the NiAl-refractory metal phase eutectics. The systems investigated were the Ni-Al-Ta-X (X = Cr, Mo, or V) alloys. Ternary eutectics were found in each of these systems and the eutectic composition, temperature, and morphology were determined. The ternary eutectic systems examined were the NiAl-NiAlTa-(Mo, Ta), NiAl-(Cr, Al) NiTa-Cr, and the NiAl-NiAlTa-V systems. Each eutectic consists of NiAl, a C14 Laves phase, and a refractory metal phase. Directional solidification was performed by containerless processing techniques in a levitation zone refiner to minimize alloy contamination. Room temperature fracture toughness of these materials was determined by a four-point bend test. Preliminary creep behavior was determined by compression tests at elevated temperatures, 1100-l400 K. Of the ternary eutectics, the one in the NiAl-Ta-Cr system was found to be the most promising. The fracture toughness of the NiAl-(Cr, Al)NiTa-Cr eutectic was intermediate between the values of the NiAl-NiAlTa eutectic and the NiAl-Cr eutectic. The creep strength of this ternary eutectic was similar to or greater than that of the NiAl-Cr eutectic.

  7. Near zero magnetostriction of Fe-Ti alloys

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    Bormio-Nunes, C; Belarmino, A R; Santos, C T; Ugeda, V C; Baldan, C A [Escola de Engenharia de Materiais, Universidade de Sao Paulo, CP 116, 12.602-810 - Lorena, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Ghivelder, L [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, CP 68528, 21.941-972, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-08-21

    Fe{sub 100-x}Ti{sub x} alloys (x = 10, 15, 20) were studied with respect to their microstructure and magnetostriction. Depending on heat treatment temperature and composition, the sample retained either the {alpha}-phase (A2 structure) or the {alpha}-phase plus the TiFe{sub 2} Laves phase (C14 structure). The saturation magnetostriction measured at 238 K is negative, about -11 ppm. However, for fields up to 0.4 T the magnetostriction is barely zero, a very interesting result. High values of magnetostriction are of interest for applications mainly in sensors and actuators, but zero magnetostriction is also a remarkable property, desirable for many applications such as electric transformers and fluxgate sensor cores. Therefore, the Fe{sub 100-x}Ti{sub x} (x < 20 at%) are an attractive option to be considered for these applications.

  8. Electrochemical properties of TiV-based hydrogen storage alloys

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    朱云峰; 李锐; 高明霞; 刘永锋; 潘洪革; 王启东

    2003-01-01

    The electrochemical properties of the super-stoichiometric TiV-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys(Ti0.8Zr0.2)(V0.533Mn0.107Cr0.16Ni0.2)x(x=2, 3, 4, 5, 6) were studied. It is found by XRD analysis that all the al-loys mainly consist of a C14 Laves phase with hexagonal structure and a V-based solid solution phase with BCCstructure. The lattice parameters and the unit cell volumes of the two phases decrease with increasing x. The cyclelife, the linear polarization, the anode polarization and the electrochemical impedance spectra of the alloy electrodeswere investigated systematically. The overall electrochemical properties of the alloy electrode are found improvedgreatly as the result of super-stoichiometry and get to the best when x= 5.

  9. On the magnetic properties of pseudo-Laves phases RE{sub 1-y}Y{sub y}Ni{sub 4-x}Al{sub x}Mg with RE = La, Ce and Gd prepared by both melting and ball milling

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    Couillaud, S.; Chevalier, B. [CNRS, Universite de Bordeaux, ICMCB, 87 Avenue du Docteur Albert Schweitzer, 33600 Pessac (France); Paul-Boncour, V. [ICMPE-CMTR, CNRS-UPEC, UMR 7182, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais (France); Bobet, J.-L., E-mail: bobet@icmcb-bordeaux.cnrs.fr [CNRS, Universite de Bordeaux, ICMCB, 87 Avenue du Docteur Albert Schweitzer, 33600 Pessac (France)

    2012-06-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LaNi{sub 4}Mg did not exhibit any magnetic ordering but a paramagnetic behaviour. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All the compounds with Gd order ferromagnetically at a temperature ranging from 77 to 15 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dilution of Gd atom by Y leads to a decrease of the Curie temperature below a critical number of Gd atoms. - Abstract: Magnetic properties of RE{sub 1-y}Y{sub y}Ni{sub 4-x}Al{sub x}Mg (RE = La, Ce and Gd) are reported. LaNi{sub 4}Mg displays a weak magnetization indicating that Ni is non magnetic as often observed in RENi{sub 2} compounds. The magnetization of CeNi{sub 4}Mg compounds shows a Curie Weiss behaviour with an effective paramagnetic moment {mu}{sub eff} = 2.2 {mu}{sub B}. The magnetization of Gd compounds is dominated by the contribution of Gd moment with a paramagnetic effective moment close to 7.7 {mu}{sub B}/Gd for all studied compounds. The Curie temperature, which is 75 K for GdNi{sub 2}, decreases almost linearly with the number of Gd neighbours when more than half Gd is replaced by Y. The decrease of crystallinity of GdNi{sub 4}Mg, which is monitored by ball milling and heat treatment, strongly influences the magnetic properties and a relationship between the transition temperature and the crystallites size is reported.

  10. Phase Structural Characteristics of ZrV2 Thin Film Prepared by Magnetron Sputtering

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    XU Shi-Lin; SHI Li-Qun

    2005-01-01

    @@ The thin film metal hydride has become an emerging field of research in metal hydride batteries for its good mechanical and hydrogenation properties. ZrV2 thin films have been prepared using a dc magnetron sputtering method, and the phase structure is investigated. Only amorphous or crystalline Zr and V mixture phases are achieved when substrates are heated during either to 400℃ or to 550 ℃. The annealing causes segregation of Zr and V in the film induced by strain-driven diffusion and interdiffusion between substrate Mo and film elements at high temperature, which results in the formation of mixture phases of C14, C15, Zr and V, but the content of C15 phase is not higher compared with that in the bulk material.

  11. New roles for icosahedral clusters in intermetallic phases: micelle-like segregation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions in Ca10Cd27Cu2.

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    Hadler, Amelia B; Harris, Nicholas A; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2013-11-20

    Despite significant progress in the structural characterization of the quasicrystalline state, the chemical origins of long- and short-range icosahedral order remain mysterious and a subject of debate. In this Article, we present the crystal structure of a new complex intermetallic phase, Ca10Cd27Cu2 (mC234.24), whose geometrical features offer clues to the driving forces underlying the icosahedral clusters that occur in Bergman-type quasicrystals. Ca10Cd27Cu2 adopts a C-centered monoclinic superstructure of the 1/1 Bergman approximant structure, in which [110] layers of Bergman clusters in the 1/1 structure are separated through the insertion of additional atoms (accompanied by substantial positional disorder). An examination of the coordination environments of Ca and Cu (in the ordered regions) reveals that the structure can be viewed as a combination of coordination polyhedra present in the nearest binary phases in the Ca-Cd-Cu compositional space. A notable feature is the separation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions, with Bergman clusters emerging as Ca-Cd Friauf polyhedra (derived from the MgZn2-type CaCd2 phase) encapsulate a Cu-Cd icosahedron similar to those appearing in Cu2Cd5. DFT chemical pressure calculations on nearby binary phases point to the importance of this segregation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions. The mismatch in atomic size between Cu and Cd leads to an inability to satisfy Ca-Cu and Ca-Cd interactions simultaneously in the Friauf polyhedra of the nearby Laves phase CaCd2. The relegation of the Cu atoms to icosahedra prevents this frustration while nucleating the formation of Bergman clusters. PMID:24147875

  12. Experimental investigation of the U–Zr–Al ternary phase diagram: Isothermal sections at 673 K and 1073 K

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    Moussa, C.; Désévédavy, F.; Noël, H.; Pasturel, M.; Gouttefangeas, F. [ISCR/CSM, Université de Rennes1, UMR-CNRS 6226, Campus de Beaulieu, 263 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France, (France); Dubois, S. [CEA/DEN/DEC, Cadarache, 13108 St. Paul Lez Durance (France); Stepnik, B. [AREVA/CERCA, 10 Rue Juliette Récamier, 69006 Lyon (France); Tougait, O., E-mail: tougait@univ-rennes1.fr [ISCR/CSM, Université de Rennes1, UMR-CNRS 6226, Campus de Beaulieu, 263 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France, (France); UCCS, UMR 8181 CNRS, Université Lille 1, ENSCL, Avenue Mendeleiev, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq Cedex (France)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Isothermal sections of the U–Zr–Al system were investigated for 673 K and 1073 K. • The crystallographic properties of the equilibrium phases were checked. • The ternary extension of both unary and binary phases was determined. • The solubility of Al into UZr{sub 2} (δ-phase) was assessed by diffusion couples. • The microstructure of quenched alloys is discussed. - Abstract: Isothermal sections at 673 K and 1073 K of the ternary U–Zr–Al system were established in the whole concentration range, by means of powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy–energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and differential thermal analysis. All measured compositions and unit-cell refinements were performed at room temperature from quenched samples annealed at 1073 K and 673 K for four and eight weeks respectively. For both temperatures, the Al-rich corner of the phase diagram is characterized by extended homogeneity ranges due to mutual exchange between U and Zr in UAl{sub 3} (cubic, AuCu{sub 3}-type) and in the Laves phase UAl{sub 2} (cubic, MgCu{sub 2}-type). Minute U solubility in ZrAl{sub 2} (hexagonal, MgZn{sub 2}-type) and in Zr{sub 2}Al (hexagonal, Ni{sub 2}In-type) was evaluated to be of the order of 1 at.% U. For the other binary compounds, the solubility of the third component was found negligible. At 1073 K, the solid solution based on γU (cubic, W-type) which covers the U–Zr binary axis up to 95.5 at.% Zr, allows also some limited solubility of Al [maximum of 5 at.%]. For Al-content below 66 at.%, most of the phase relations comprise equilibria between the Zr–Al binaries and the γ(U,Zr,Al) solid solution. At 673 K, the U–Zr axis is found in agreement with the literature data and no Al solubility could be detected in αU, αZr and UZr{sub 2} (δ phase). The phase relations are mainly established between Zr–Al binaries and αU. For monolithic UMo fuel with a Zr diffusion barrier foil cladded with Al, the main interaction

  13. Topologically close-packed phases in binary transition-metal compounds: matching high-throughput ab initio calculations to an empirical structure map

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    In steels and single-crystal superalloys the control of the formation of topologically close-packed (TCP) phases is critical for the performance of the material. The structural stability of TCP phases in multi-component transition-metal alloys may be rationalized in terms of the average valence-electron count N-bar and the composition-dependent relative volume-difference ΔV/V-bar . We elucidate the interplay of these factors by comparing density-functional theory calculations to an empirical structure map based on experimental data. In particular, we calculate the heat of formation for the TCP phases A15, C14, C15, C36, χ, μ and σ for all possible binary occupations of the Wyckoff positions. We discuss the isovalent systems V/Nb–Ta to highlight the role of atomic-size difference and observe the expected stabilization of C14/C15/C36/μ by ΔV/V-bar at ΔN = 0 in V–Ta. In the systems V/Nb–Re, we focus on the well-known trend of A15 → σ → χ stability with increasing N-bar and show that the influence of ΔV/V-bar is too weak to stabilize C14/C15/C36/μ in Nb–Re. As an example for a significant influence of both N-bar and ΔV/V-bar , we also consider the systems Cr/Mo–Co. Here the sequence A15 → σ → χ is observed in both systems but in Mo–Co the large size-mismatch stabilizes C14/C15/C36/μ. We also include V/Nb–Co that cover the entire valence range of TCP stability and also show the stabilization of C14/C15/C36/μ. Moreover, the combination of a large volume-difference with a large mismatch in valence-electron count reduces the stability of the A15/σ/χ phases in Nb–Co as compared to V–Co. By comparison to non-magnetic calculations we also find that magnetism is of minor importance for the structural stability of TCP phases in Cr/Mo–Co and in V/Nb–Co. (paper)

  14. Permanent magnetism of intermetallic compounds between light and heavy transition-metal elements.

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    Kumar, P; Kashyap, A; Balamurugan, B; Shield, J E; Sellmyer, D J; Skomski, R

    2014-02-12

    First-principle calculations are used to investigate the intrinsic magnetic properties of intermetallic alloys of the type XMn, where X is a 4d or 5d element and M is Fe or Co. Emphasis is on the hexagonal C14 Laves-phase 1:2 and 1:5 alloys, the latter crystallizing in the CaCu5 structure. These series are of interest in permanent magnetism from fundamental and practical viewpoints, respectively. In the former, the unit cells form a prototypical motif where a heavy atom with high spin-orbit coupling and magnetocrystalline anisotropy is surrounded by many somewhat smaller M atoms with high magnetization, and the latter are Laves-phase derivatives of renewed interest in permanent magnetism. Our DFT calculations predict magnetic moments, magnetizations and anisotropies, as well as formation energies. The results are analyzed across the 4d and 5d series, especially with respect to hybridization effects between 3d and 4d/5d bands.

  15. Permanent magnetism of intermetallic compounds between light and heavy transition-metal elements

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    First-principle calculations are used to investigate the intrinsic magnetic properties of intermetallic alloys of the type XMn, where X is a 4d or 5d element and M is Fe or Co. Emphasis is on the hexagonal C14 Laves-phase 1:2 and 1:5 alloys, the latter crystallizing in the CaCu5 structure. These series are of interest in permanent magnetism from fundamental and practical viewpoints, respectively. In the former, the unit cells form a prototypical motif where a heavy atom with high spin–orbit coupling and magnetocrystalline anisotropy is surrounded by many somewhat smaller M atoms with high magnetization, and the latter are Laves-phase derivatives of renewed interest in permanent magnetism. Our DFT calculations predict magnetic moments, magnetizations and anisotropies, as well as formation energies. The results are analyzed across the 4d and 5d series, especially with respect to hybridization effects between 3d and 4d/5d bands. (paper)

  16. Permanent magnetism of intermetallic compounds between light and heavy transition-metal elements

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    Kumar, P; Kashyap, A; Balamurugan, B; Shield, JE; Sellmyer, DJ; Skomski, R

    2014-01-27

    First-principle calculations are used to investigate the intrinsic magnetic properties of intermetallic alloys of the type XMn, where X is a 4d or 5d element and M is Fe or Co. Emphasis is on the hexagonal C14 Laves-phase 1:2 and 1:5 alloys, the latter crystallizing in the CaCu5 structure. These series are of interest in permanent magnetism from fundamental and practical viewpoints, respectively. In the former, the unit cells form a prototypical motif where a heavy atom with high spin-orbit coupling and magnetocrystalline anisotropy is surrounded by many somewhat smaller M atoms with high magnetization, and the latter are Laves-phase derivatives of renewed interest in permanent magnetism. Our DFT calculations predict magnetic moments, magnetizations and anisotropies, as well as formation energies. The results are analyzed across the 4d and 5d series, especially with respect to hybridization effects between 3d and 4d/5d bands.

  17. ROOT 6 and beyond: TObject, C++14 and many cores.

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    Bellenot, B.; Canal, Ph; Couet, O.; Ganis, G.; Mato, P.; Moneta, L.; Naumann, A.; Piparo, D.

    2015-12-01

    Following the release of version 6, ROOT has entered a new area of development. It will leverage the industrial strength compiler library shipping in ROOT 6 and its support of the C++11/14 standard, to significantly simplify and harden ROOT's interfaces and to clarify and substantially improve ROOT's support for multi-threaded environments. This talk will also recap the most important new features and enhancements in ROOT in general, focusing on those allowed by the improved interpreter and better compiler support, including I/O for smart pointers, easier type safe access to the content of TTrees and enhanced multi processor support.

  18. THE NEW GRONINGEN C-14 DATA-BASE

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    VANDERPLICHT, J

    1992-01-01

    The Groningen Radiocarbon Data base has been operating on an Apple IIe PC until recently. Both software and hardware of this data base made exchange with other systems very difficult. Therefore, the data base has been transferred to an IBM AT compatible computer. A new program has been written in Tu

  19. Phase contrast image synthesis

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    Glückstad, J.

    1996-01-01

    A new method is presented for synthesizing arbitrary intensity patterns based on phase contrast imaging. The concept is grounded on an extension of the Zernike phase contrast method into the domain of full range [0; 2 pi] phase modulation. By controlling the average value of the input phase...... function and by choosing appropriate phase retardation at the phase contrast filter, a pure phase to intensity imaging is accomplished. The method presented is also directly applicable in dark field image synthesis....

  20. Electron microscopy study of direct laser deposited IN718

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    Ding, R.G., E-mail: r.ding@bham.ac.uk [School of Metallurgy and Materials, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Huang, Z.W.; Li, H.Y. [School of Metallurgy and Materials, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Mitchell, I.; Baxter, G. [Rolls-Royce plc., Derby DE24 8BJ (United Kingdom); Bowen, P. [School of Metallurgy and Materials, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom)

    2015-08-15

    The microstructure of direct laser deposited (DLD) IN718 has been investigated in detail using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results confirm that the dendrite core microstructure can be linked to the cooling rate experienced during the deposition. A ~ 100 μm wide δ partially dissolved region in the IN718 substrate was observed close to the substrate/deposit boundary. In the deposited IN718, γ/Laves eutectic constituent is the predominant minor microconstituent. Irregular and regular (small) (Nb,Ti)C carbides and a mixture of the carbides and Laves were observed. Most M{sub 3}B{sub 2} borides were nucleated around a (Nb,Ti)C carbide. Needles of δ phase precipitated from the Laves phase were also observed. A complex constituent (of Laves, δ, α-Cr, γ″, and γ matrix) is reported in IN718 for the first time. The formation of α-Cr particles could be related to Cr rejection during the formation and growth of Cr-depleted δ phase. - Highlights: • Secondary phases in IN718 deposits were identified using electron diffraction and EDS. • MC, M{sub 3}B{sub 2}, γ/Laves eutectic and γ/NbC/Laves eutectic were observed. • Needle-like δ phases were precipitated from the Laves phase. • A complex constituent (Laves, δ, α-Cr, γ″ and γ) was reported for the first time.

  1. Phase locked loop

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    Beek, van, P.; Klumperink, Eric Antonius Maria; Nauta, Bram; Vaucher, Cicero Silveira

    2007-01-01

    A phase locked loop comprising a phase detector ( 100 ) for determining a phase difference between a reference signal (Ref) and mutually phase shifted signals (I, Q) to generate frequency control signals (U, D), the phase detector ( 100 ) comprising: means ( 10 ) for obtaining a first one of said frequency control signals (U, D) by binary multiplication of the reference signal (Ref) and one of the relative phase shifted signals (I, Q); and means ( 20 ) for obtaining a second one of said frequ...

  2. Phase equilibrium engineering

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    Brignole, Esteban Alberto

    2013-01-01

    Traditionally, the teaching of phase equilibria emphasizes the relationships between the thermodynamic variables of each phase in equilibrium rather than its engineering applications. This book changes the focus from the use of thermodynamics relationships to compute phase equilibria to the design and control of the phase conditions that a process needs. Phase Equilibrium Engineering presents a systematic study and application of phase equilibrium tools to the development of chemical processes. The thermodynamic modeling of mixtures for process development, synthesis, simulation, design and

  3. Spin-glass behavior of Zr(Fe{sub x}Cr{sub 1-x}){sub 2} compounds

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    Coaquira, J.A.H. E-mail: coaquira@macbeth.if.usp.br; Rechenberg, H.R

    2001-05-01

    The magnetic properties of C14 Laves-phase Zr(Fe{sub x}Cr{sub 1-x}){sub 2} (0.7{<=}x{<=}0.85) alloys have been investigated. Arrott plots showed evidence of ferromagnetic ordering for alloys with x>0.7 but not for x=0.7. Zero field cooling/field cooling magnetization and Moessbauer spectroscopy data indicated spin-glass-like freezing for the sample with x=0.7 and a reentrant spin-glass behavior for samples with x>0.7. Dynamical behavior of the spin-glass sample (x=0.7) was studied by means of AC susceptibility. Two critical lines described by T{sub f}(H)-T(0){approx}H{sup 2/{delta}} were obtained with {delta}=4.4 and 2.5, respectively.

  4. Band structure and itinerant magnetism in quantum critical NbFe2

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    Subedi, A. P. [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Singh, David J [ORNL

    2010-01-01

    We report first-principles calculations of the band structure and magnetic ordering in the C14 Laves phase compound NbFe{sub 2}. The magnetism is itinerant in the sense that the moments are highly dependent on ordering. We find an overestimation of the magnetic tendency within the local spin-density approximation, similar to other metals near magnetic quantum critical points. We also find a competition between different magnetic states due to band-structure effects. These lead to competing magnetic tendencies due to competing interlayer interactions, one favoring a ferrimagnetic solution and the other an antiferromagnetic state. While the structure contains Kagome lattice sheets, which could, in principle, lead to strong magnetic frustration, the calculations do not show dominant nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic interactions within these sheets. These results are discussed in relation to experimental observations.

  5. CrowdPhase: crowdsourcing the phase problem

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    Jorda, Julien; Sawaya, Michael R. [Institute for Genomics and Proteomics, 611 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States); Yeates, Todd O., E-mail: yeates@mbi.ucla.edu [Institute for Genomics and Proteomics, 611 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States); Molecular Biology Institute, 611 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States); University of California, 611 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States)

    2014-06-01

    The idea of attacking the phase problem by crowdsourcing is introduced. Using an interactive, multi-player, web-based system, participants work simultaneously to select phase sets that correspond to better electron-density maps in order to solve low-resolution phasing problems. The human mind innately excels at some complex tasks that are difficult to solve using computers alone. For complex problems amenable to parallelization, strategies can be developed to exploit human intelligence in a collective form: such approaches are sometimes referred to as ‘crowdsourcing’. Here, a first attempt at a crowdsourced approach for low-resolution ab initio phasing in macromolecular crystallography is proposed. A collaborative online game named CrowdPhase was designed, which relies on a human-powered genetic algorithm, where players control the selection mechanism during the evolutionary process. The algorithm starts from a population of ‘individuals’, each with a random genetic makeup, in this case a map prepared from a random set of phases, and tries to cause the population to evolve towards individuals with better phases based on Darwinian survival of the fittest. Players apply their pattern-recognition capabilities to evaluate the electron-density maps generated from these sets of phases and to select the fittest individuals. A user-friendly interface, a training stage and a competitive scoring system foster a network of well trained players who can guide the genetic algorithm towards better solutions from generation to generation via gameplay. CrowdPhase was applied to two synthetic low-resolution phasing puzzles and it was shown that players could successfully obtain phase sets in the 30° phase error range and corresponding molecular envelopes showing agreement with the low-resolution models. The successful preliminary studies suggest that with further development the crowdsourcing approach could fill a gap in current crystallographic methods by making it

  6. CrowdPhase: crowdsourcing the phase problem

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    The idea of attacking the phase problem by crowdsourcing is introduced. Using an interactive, multi-player, web-based system, participants work simultaneously to select phase sets that correspond to better electron-density maps in order to solve low-resolution phasing problems. The human mind innately excels at some complex tasks that are difficult to solve using computers alone. For complex problems amenable to parallelization, strategies can be developed to exploit human intelligence in a collective form: such approaches are sometimes referred to as ‘crowdsourcing’. Here, a first attempt at a crowdsourced approach for low-resolution ab initio phasing in macromolecular crystallography is proposed. A collaborative online game named CrowdPhase was designed, which relies on a human-powered genetic algorithm, where players control the selection mechanism during the evolutionary process. The algorithm starts from a population of ‘individuals’, each with a random genetic makeup, in this case a map prepared from a random set of phases, and tries to cause the population to evolve towards individuals with better phases based on Darwinian survival of the fittest. Players apply their pattern-recognition capabilities to evaluate the electron-density maps generated from these sets of phases and to select the fittest individuals. A user-friendly interface, a training stage and a competitive scoring system foster a network of well trained players who can guide the genetic algorithm towards better solutions from generation to generation via gameplay. CrowdPhase was applied to two synthetic low-resolution phasing puzzles and it was shown that players could successfully obtain phase sets in the 30° phase error range and corresponding molecular envelopes showing agreement with the low-resolution models. The successful preliminary studies suggest that with further development the crowdsourcing approach could fill a gap in current crystallographic methods by making it

  7. INTERGRANULAR PHASES IN ELECTROCERAMICS

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    Metz, R; Brieu, M.; Legros, R.; Rousset, A.

    1990-01-01

    The stability of the resistivity of N.T.C. thermistors is improved by the presence of precipitated phases in the vicinity of the spinel phase. The electron microscopy study allows one to make sure that the barium does not enter the spinel spinel structure but rather the grains of spinel phase are coated with insulating phase. It can be suggested that the insulating phase could built-up diffusion barriers.

  8. CrowdPhase: crowdsourcing the phase problem.

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    Jorda, Julien; Sawaya, Michael R; Yeates, Todd O

    2014-06-01

    The human mind innately excels at some complex tasks that are difficult to solve using computers alone. For complex problems amenable to parallelization, strategies can be developed to exploit human intelligence in a collective form: such approaches are sometimes referred to as `crowdsourcing'. Here, a first attempt at a crowdsourced approach for low-resolution ab initio phasing in macromolecular crystallography is proposed. A collaborative online game named CrowdPhase was designed, which relies on a human-powered genetic algorithm, where players control the selection mechanism during the evolutionary process. The algorithm starts from a population of `individuals', each with a random genetic makeup, in this case a map prepared from a random set of phases, and tries to cause the population to evolve towards individuals with better phases based on Darwinian survival of the fittest. Players apply their pattern-recognition capabilities to evaluate the electron-density maps generated from these sets of phases and to select the fittest individuals. A user-friendly interface, a training stage and a competitive scoring system foster a network of well trained players who can guide the genetic algorithm towards better solutions from generation to generation via gameplay. CrowdPhase was applied to two synthetic low-resolution phasing puzzles and it was shown that players could successfully obtain phase sets in the 30° phase error range and corresponding molecular envelopes showing agreement with the low-resolution models. The successful preliminary studies suggest that with further development the crowdsourcing approach could fill a gap in current crystallographic methods by making it possible to extract meaningful information in cases where limited resolution might otherwise prevent initial phasing. PMID:24914965

  9. Hydrogen storage characteristics of Ti45Zr38Ni17−xCox (x = 4, 8) alloy and quasicrystal powders produced by mechanical alloying

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    Highlights: •Ti–Zr–Ni–Co amorphous phase was formed directly by mechanical alloying. •Ti–Zr–Ni–Co quasicrystal phase was formed by subsequent annealing. •The hydrogen capacity at 573 K for the quasicrystal sample was about 58at%. •The quasicrystal samples transformed to several hydrides after hydrogenation. •The activation energies for hydrogen desorption were measured. -- Abstract: The effect of substitution of Co for Ni on hydrogen storage characteristics of Ti–Zr–Ni/Co powders (Ti45Zr38Ni17−xCox (x = 4, 8)) produced by mechanical alloying (MA) was investigated. The final product after MA was amorphous for all the powders, but subsequent annealing caused the formation of the icosahedral quasicrystal (i) phase with a Ti2Ni type crystal and a C14 like Laves phases. The amount of i-phase decreased, and reversely those of Ti2Ni and the Laves phases increased with increasing the amount of Co. After hydrogenation at 573 K and at an initial hydrogen pressure of 3.8 MPa, the maximum hydrogen concentration for the annealed powders reached was about 58 at%, and all the phases in the powders transformed to metallic hydrides ((Zr,Ti)H2, Ni(Zr,Ti)H3 and Co(Zr,Ti)H3). Because of the formation of several hydrides, accelerated hydrogen desorption occurred at several temperatures. The activation energies for hydrogen desorption varied from about 70 kJ/mol to 180 kJ/mol

  10. Industrialization of Polymer Solar Cells – phase 1

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    Lauritzen, Hanne; Bork, Jakob; Andersen, Rasmus B.; Bentzen, Barbara; Krebs, Frederik C.

    2012-01-01

    Plastsolceller har unikke egenskaber som lav vægt, lav tykkelse og mekanisk robusthed. Endvidere kan solcellens størrelse, form og krumning i stor udtrækning tilpasses dens anvendelse. Dette åbner for design af omkostnings- og energi-effektive anvendelser samt for æstetiske løsninger. Plastsolcellen fremstilles i en rulle-til-rulle proces, hvilket giver et stort potentiale med henblik på produktionsomkostninger i den helt lave ende ved høje produktionsvolumener. Dette gælder ikke kun for selv...

  11. High temperature phase equilibria and phase diagrams

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    Kuo, Chu-Kun; Yan, Dong-Sheng

    2013-01-01

    High temperature phase equilibria studies play an increasingly important role in materials science and engineering. It is especially significant in the research into the properties of the material and the ways in which they can be improved. This is achieved by observing equilibrium and by examining the phase relationships at high temperature. The study of high temperature phase diagrams of nonmetallic systems began in the early 1900s when silica and mineral systems containing silica were focussed upon. Since then technical ceramics emerged and more emphasis has been placed on high temperature

  12. Simplified phase detector

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    Hershey, L. M.

    1979-01-01

    Tanlick sine-wave phase detector gives dc output voltage nearly proportional to phase difference between oscillator signal and reference signal. Device may be used for systems in which signal-to-noise ratio is high.

  13. Engineering holographic phase diagrams

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    Chen, Jiunn-Wei; Dai, Shou-Huang; Maity, Debaprasad; Zhang, Yun-Long

    2016-10-01

    By introducing interacting scalar fields, we tried to engineer physically motivated holographic phase diagrams which may be interesting in the context of various known condensed matter systems. We introduce an additional scalar field in the bulk which provides a tunable parameter in the boundary theory. By exploiting the way the tuning parameter changes the effective masses of the bulk interacting scalar fields, desired phase diagrams can be engineered for the boundary order parameters dual to those scalar fields. We give a few examples of generating phase diagrams with phase boundaries which are strikingly similar to the known quantum phases at low temperature such as the superconducting phases. However, the important difference is that all the phases we have discussed are characterized by neutral order parameters. At the end, we discuss if there exists any emerging scaling symmetry associated with a quantum critical point hidden under the dome in this phase diagram.

  14. Therapy Provider Phase Information

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Therapy Provider Phase Information dataset is a tool for providers to search by their National Provider Identifier (NPI) number to determine their phase for...

  15. Gas phase ion chemistry

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    Bowers, Michael T

    1979-01-01

    Gas Phase Ion Chemistry, Volume 2 covers the advances in gas phase ion chemistry. The book discusses the stabilities of positive ions from equilibrium gas-phase basicity measurements; the experimental methods used to determine molecular electron affinities, specifically photoelectron spectroscopy, photodetachment spectroscopy, charge transfer, and collisional ionization; and the gas-phase acidity scale. The text also describes the basis of the technique of chemical ionization mass spectrometry; the energetics and mechanisms of unimolecular reactions of positive ions; and the photodissociation

  16. CrowdPhase: crowdsourcing the phase problem

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    Jorda, Julien; Sawaya, Michael R.; Yeates, Todd O

    2014-01-01

    The human mind innately excels at some complex tasks that are difficult to solve using computers alone. For complex problems amenable to parallelization, strategies can be developed to exploit human intelligence in a collective form: such approaches are sometimes referred to as ‘crowdsourcing’. Here, a first attempt at a crowdsourced approach for low-resolution ab initio phasing in macromolecular crystallography is proposed. A collaborative online game named CrowdPhase was designed, which rel...

  17. Spectral phase conjugation via extended phase matching

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    Tsang, Mankei

    2005-01-01

    It is shown that the copropagating three-wave-mixing parametric process, with appropriate type-II extended phase matching and pumped with a short second-harmonic pulse, can perform spectral phase conjugation and parametric amplification, which shows a threshold behavior analogous to backward wave oscillation. The process is also analyzed in the Heisenberg picture, which predicts a spontaneous parametric down conversion rate in agreement with the experimental result reported by Kuzucu et al. [...

  18. Entropy Variation in the Two-dimensional Phase Transition of Anthracene Adsorbed at the Hg Electrode/Ethylene Glycol Solution Interface

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    Claudio Fontanesi

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The adsorption of anthracene (C14H10, at the mercury electrode/ethylene glycol (EG solution interface, is characterized by a low and almost constant capacity (about 8 μF cm−2 region (capacitive “pit” or “plateau” in capacity vs. potential curves, upon selection of suitable values of temperature, bulk concentration and applied potential values. This result is rationalized assuming the occurrence of a 2D phase transition between two distinct adsorbed phases: (i a “disordered” phase, characterized by a flat “parallel” disposition of the aromatic moiety on the electrode surface (ii an “ordered” phase, characterized by a “perpendicular” disposition of the aromatic moiety on the electrode surface. The experimental evidence is rationalized by considering the chemical potential as an explicit function of the “electric field/adsorbed molecule” interaction. Such a modelistic approach enables the determination of the relevant standard entropy variation.

  19. Topological phase effects

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    Robbins, J M

    2010-01-01

    Quantum eigenstates undergoing cyclic changes acquire a phase factor of geometric origin. This phase, known as the Berry phase, or the geometric phase, has found applications in a wide range of disciplines throughout physics, including atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, optics, and classical dynamics. In this article, the basic theory of the geometric phase is presented along with a number of representative applications. The article begins with an account of the geometric phase for cyclic adiabatic evolutions. An elementary derivation is given along with a worked example for two-state systems. The implications of time-reversal are explained, as is the fundamental connection between the geometric phase and energy level degeneracies. We also discuss methods of experimental observation. A brief account is given of geometric magnetism; this is a Lorenz-like force of geometric origin which appears in the dynamics of slow systems coupled to fast ones. A number of theoretical developments of the...

  20. Generalized Phase Contrast

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    Glückstad, Jesper

    2009-01-01

    Generalized Phase Contrast elevates the phase contrast technique not only to improve phase imaging but also to cross over and interface with diverse and seemingly disparate fields of contemporary optics and photonics. This book presents a comprehensive introduction to the Generalized Phase Contrast (GPC) method including an overview of the range of current and potential applications of GPC in wavefront sensing and phase imaging, structured laser illumination and image projection, optical trapping and manipulation, and optical encryption and decryption. The GPC method goes further than the restrictive assumptions of conventional Zernike phase contrast analysis and achieves an expanded range of validity beyond weak phase perturbations. The generalized analysis yields design criteria for tuning experimental parameters to achieve optimal performance in terms of accuracy, fidelity and light efficiency. Optimization can address practical issues, such as finding an optimal spatial filter for the chosen application, ...

  1. Electrochemical and metallurgical characterization of ZrCr{sub 1-x}NiMo{sub x} AB{sub 2} metal hydride alloys

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    Erika, Teliz [Universidad de la República, Facultad de Ciencias, Laboratorio de Electroquímica Fundamental, Núcleo Interdisciplinario Ingeniería Electroquímica, Igua 4225, CP 11400 Montevideo (Uruguay); Ricardo, Faccio [Universidad de la República, Crystallography, Solid State and Materials Laboratory (Cryssmat-Lab), DETEMA, Centro NanoMat, Polo Tecnológico de Pando, Espacio Interdisciplinario, Facultad de Química, Montevideo (Uruguay); Fabricio, Ruiz [Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas , CONICET, Av. Rivadavia 1917, C1033AAJ Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Centro Atómico Bariloche , Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (CAB-CNEA), Av. Bustillo 9500, CP 8400 S.C. de Bariloche, RN (Argentina); Fernando, Zinola [Universidad de la República, Facultad de Ciencias, Laboratorio de Electroquímica Fundamental, Núcleo Interdisciplinario Ingeniería Electroquímica, Igua 4225, CP 11400 Montevideo (Uruguay); and others

    2015-11-15

    The effects of partial replacement of chromium by molybdenum was studied on the structure and electrochemical kinetic properties of ZrCr{sub 1-x}NiMo{sub x}(x = 0.0, 0.3 and 0.6) metal hydride alloys. The arc-melting prepared alloys were metallurgically characterized by X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive spectroscopy microanalysis, which showed AB{sub 2} (with hexagonal C14 structure) and Zr{sub x}Ni{sub y} (Zr{sub 7}Ni{sub 10}, Zr{sub 9}Ni{sub 11}) phases. After a partial substitution of chromium by molybdenum, secondary phases monotonically increase with the C14 unit cell volume indicating that most of molybdenum atoms locate in the B-site. The alloys were electrochemically characterized using charge/discharge cycling, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and rate capability experiments that allowed the determination of hydriding reaction kinetic parameters. The presence of molybdenum produces a positive effect for hydrogen diffusion in the alloy lattice, and ZrCr{sub 0.7}NiMo{sub 0.3} alloy depicts the better kinetics associated with a fast activation, lower charge transfer resistance and the best high rate discharge behavior. This fact would be related to a lower diffusion time constant and a bigger value of the product between exchange density current and surface active area. There is a trade-off in the amounts of secondary phase and Laves phases in order to improve the kinetic performance. - Highlights: • Metallurgical characterization evidences the presence of Zr{sub x}Ni{sub y} and C14 phases. • The partial replacement of Cr by Mo promotes the segregation of Zr{sub x}Ni{sub y} phase. • The incorporation of molybdenum improves the kinetics for the hydriding process. • Mo produces a decrease in the diffusion time constant.

  2. Interacting Weyl fermions: Phases, phase transitions and global phase diagram

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    Roy, Bitan; Juricic, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    We study the effects of short-range interactions on a generalized three-dimensional Weyl semimetal, where the band touching points act as the (anti)monopoles of Abelian Berry curvature of strength $n$. We show that any local interaction has a \\emph{negative} scaling dimension $-2/n$. Consequently all Weyl semimetals are stable against weak short-range interactions. For sufficiently strong interactions, we demonstrate that the Weyl semimetal either undergoes a first order transition into a band insulator or a continuous transition into a symmetry breaking phase. A translational symmetry breaking axion insulator and a rotational symmetry breaking semimetal are two prominent candidates for the broken symmetry phase. At one loop level, the correlation length exponent for continuous transitions is $\

  3. Pétrologie, géochronologie (K-Ar) et géochimie élémentaire et isotopique (Sr, Nd, Hf, Pb) de laves anciennes de la Réunion : Implications sur la construction de l’édifice volcanique

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    Smietana, Magali

    2011-01-01

    The volcanic system of La Reunion is made of the coalescent Piton des Neiges and Piton de la Fournaise edifices. Its formation, associated with the activity of a mantle plume, is characterized by phases of submarine and subaerial growth, followed by a period of destruction, as described in the classical model proposed for Hawaiian Island volcanoes. Previous studies showed that the subaerial activity of La Reunion would have started around 2.2 Ma ago. Geochemical analyses carried out on the pr...

  4. Gymnastics in Phase Space

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    Chao, Alexander Wu; /SLAC

    2012-03-01

    As accelerator technology advances, the requirements on accelerator beam quality become increasingly demanding. Facing these new demands, the topic of phase space gymnastics is becoming a new focus of accelerator physics R&D. In a phase space gymnastics, the beam's phase space distribution is manipulated and precision tailored to meet the required beam qualities. On the other hand, all realization of such gymnastics will have to obey accelerator physics principles as well as technological limitations. Recent examples of phase space gymnastics include Emittance exchanges, Phase space exchanges, Emittance partitioning, Seeded FELs and Microbunched beams. The emittance related topics of this list are reviewed in this report. The accelerator physics basis, the optics design principles that provide these phase space manipulations, and the possible applications of these gymnastics, are discussed. This fascinating new field promises to be a powerful tool of the future.

  5. Phasing Into Retirement

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    Steven G. Allen; Clark, Robert L.; Linda S. Ghent

    2003-01-01

    To help workers navigate the transition from work to retirement more effectively, employers have been launching phased retirement programs, which allow older employees to work part-time and receive full retirement benefits. This paper examines the experience of the phased retirement system for tenured faculty in the University of North Carolina system over the years 1996-98. After phased retirement was introduced, there was a sizable increase in the overall separation rate in the system. The ...

  6. Cosmological phase transitions

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    Kolb, E.W. [Fermi National Accelerator Lab., Batavia, IL (United States)]|[Chicago Univ., IL (United States)

    1993-10-01

    If modern ideas about the role of spontaneous symmetry breaking in fundamental physics are correct, then the Universe should have undergone a series of phase transitions early in its history. The study of cosmological phase transitions has become an important aspect of early-Universe cosmology. In this lecture I review some very recent work on three aspects of phase transitions: the electroweak transition, texture, and axions.

  7. Dual phase evolution

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    Green, David G; Abbass, Hussein A

    2014-01-01

    This book explains how dual phase evolution operates in all these settings and provides a detailed treatment of the subject. The authors discuss the theoretical foundations for the theory, how it relates to other phase transition phenomena and its advantages in evolutionary computation and complex adaptive systems. The book provides methods and techniques to use this concept for problem solving. Dual phase evolution concerns systems that evolve via repeated phase shifts in the connectivity of their elements. It occurs in vast range of settings, including natural systems (species evolution, landscape ecology, geomorphology), socio-economic systems (social networks) and in artificial systems (annealing, evolutionary computing).

  8. Solid phase transformations II

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    Čermák, J

    2009-01-01

    This topical volume includes ten invited papers that cover selected areas of the field of solid phase transformations. The first two contributions represent a burgeoning branch; that of the computer simulation of physical phenomena. The following three articles deal with the thermodynamics of phase transformations as a basic theory for describing the phenomenology of phase changes in matter. The next paper describes the interconnections between structural stability and the electronic structure of phases. Two further articles are devoted to displacive transformations; a field where there are ma

  9. Dual Phase Cosmic Rays

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    Shurtleff, Richard

    2007-01-01

    A calculation based on flat spacetime symmetries shows how there can be two quantum phases. For one, extreme phase change determines a conventional classical trajectory and four-momentum, i.e. mass times four-velocity. The other phase occurs in an effective particle state, with the effective energy and momentum being the rate of change of the phase with respect to time and distance. A cosmic ray proton moves along a classical trajectory, but exists in an effective particle state with an effec...

  10. UPVG phase 2 report

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    1995-08-01

    The Utility PhotoVoltaic Group (UPVG), supported by member dues and a grant from the US Department of Energy, has as its mission the acceleration of the use of cost-effective small-scale and emerging large-scale applications of photovoltaics for the benefit of electric utilities and their customers. Formed in October, 1992, with the support of the American Public Power Association, Edison Electric Institute, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the UPVG currently has 90 members from all sectors of the electric utility industry. The UPVG`s efforts as conceived were divided into four phases: Phase 0--program plan; Phase 1--organization and strategy development; Phase 2--creating market assurance; and Phase 3--higher volume purchases. The Phase 0 effort developed the program plan and was completed early in 1993. The Phase 1 goal was to develop the necessary background information and analysis to lead to a decision as to which strategies could be undertaken by utilities to promote greater understanding of PV markets and achieve increased volumes of PV purchases. This report provides the details of the UPVG`s Phase 2 efforts to initiate TEAM-UP, its multiyear, 50-MW hardware initiative.

  11. LIGHT NONAQUEOUS PHASE LIQUIDS

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    Nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPLS) are hydrocarbons that exist as a separate, immiscible phase when in contact with water and/or air. ifferences in the physical and chemical properties of water and NAPL result in the formation of a physical interface between the liquids which preve...

  12. UPVG phase 2 report

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    The Utility PhotoVoltaic Group (UPVG), supported by member dues and a grant from the US Department of Energy, has as its mission the acceleration of the use of cost-effective small-scale and emerging large-scale applications of photovoltaics for the benefit of electric utilities and their customers. Formed in October, 1992, with the support of the American Public Power Association, Edison Electric Institute, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the UPVG currently has 90 members from all sectors of the electric utility industry. The UPVG's efforts as conceived were divided into four phases: Phase 0--program plan; Phase 1--organization and strategy development; Phase 2--creating market assurance; and Phase 3--higher volume purchases. The Phase 0 effort developed the program plan and was completed early in 1993. The Phase 1 goal was to develop the necessary background information and analysis to lead to a decision as to which strategies could be undertaken by utilities to promote greater understanding of PV markets and achieve increased volumes of PV purchases. This report provides the details of the UPVG's Phase 2 efforts to initiate TEAM-UP, its multiyear, 50-MW hardware initiative

  13. Quantum Enhanced Phase Retrieval

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    Liberman, Liat; Poem, Eilon; Silberberg, Yaron

    2015-01-01

    The retrieval of phases from intensity measurements is a key process in many fields in science, from optical microscopy to x-ray crystallography. Here we study phase retrieval of a one-dimensional multi-phase object that is illuminated by quantum states of light. We generalize the iterative Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm to photon correlation measurements on the output plane, rather than the standard intensity measurements. We report a numerical comparison of classical and quantum phase retrieval of a small one-dimensional object of discrete phases from its far-field diffraction. While the classical algorithm was ambiguous and often converged to wrong solutions, quantum light produced a unique reconstruction with smaller errors and faster convergence. We attribute these improvements to a larger Hilbert space that constrains the algorithm.

  14. Source Wavelet Phase Extraction

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    Naghadeh, Diako Hariri; Morley, Christopher Keith

    2016-06-01

    Extraction of propagation wavelet phase from seismic data can be conducted using first, second, third and fourth-order statistics. Three new methods are introduced, which are: (1) Combination of different moments, (2) Windowed continuous wavelet transform and (3) Maximum correlation with cosine function. To compare different methods synthetic data with and without noise were chosen. Results show that first, second and third order statistics are not able to preserve wavelet phase. Kurtosis can preserve propagation wavelet phase but signal-to-noise ratio can affect the extracted phase using this method. So for data set with low signal-to-noise ratio, it will be unstable. Using a combination of different moments to extract the phase is more robust than applying kurtosis. The improvement occurs because zero phase wavelets with reverse polarities have equal maximum kurtosis values hence the correct wavelet polarity cannot be identified. Zero-phase wavelets with reverse polarities have minimum and maximum values for a combination of different-moments method. These properties enable the technique to handle a finite data segment and to choose the correct wavelet polarity. Also, the existence of different moments can decrease sensitivity to outliers. A windowed continuous wavelet transform is more sensitive to signal-to-noise ratio than the combination of different-moments method, also if the scale for the wavelet is incorrect it will encounter with more problems to extract phase. When the effects of frequency bandwidth, signal-to-noise ratio and analyzing window length are considered, the results of extracting phase information from data without and with noise demonstrate that combination of different-moments is superior to the other methods introduced here.

  15. Martensitic phase transitions

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    Petry, W.; Neuhaus, J. [Techn. Universitaet Muenchen, Physik Department E13, Munich (Germany)

    1996-11-01

    Many elements transform from a high temperature bcc phase to a more dense packed temperature phase. The great majority of these transitions are of 1st order, displacive and reconstructive. The lattice potentials which govern these martensitic transitions can be probed by inelastic neutron scattering, thereby answering fundamental questions like : Will the transition be announced by dynamical or static fluctuations? What are the trajectories for the displacements needed for the transformation? Does the vibrational entropy stabilize the high temperature phase? Are the unusual transport properties in these materials related to their ability to transform? (author) 17 figs., 1 tab., 46 refs.

  16. Dirac's Quantum Phase Problem

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    Sperling, J.; Vogel, W

    2009-01-01

    In 1927 the great physicist Paul A. M. Dirac failed to provide a consistent quantum description of the phase of a radiation field. Only one year later, he developed the famous Dirac theory of the electron, which led to the anti-particle -- the positron. We show that the reason for Dirac's failure with the phase problem bears a striking resemblance to his ingenious insight into the nature of the electron. For a correct quantum description of the phase of a radiation field it is necessary to ta...

  17. Gas Phase Nanoparticle Synthesis

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    Granqvist, Claes; Kish, Laszlo; Marlow, William

    This book deals with gas-phase nanoparticle synthesis and is intended for researchers and research students in nanomaterials science and engineering, condensed matter physics and chemistry, and aerosol science. Gas-phase nanoparticle synthesis is instrumental to nanotechnology - a field in current focus that raises hopes for environmentally benign, resource-lean manufacturing. Nanoparticles can be produced by many physical, chemical, and even biological routes. Gas-phase synthesis is particularly interesting since one can achieve accurate manufacturing control and hence industrial viability.

  18. Phase transformation and diffusion

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    Kale, G B; Dey, G K

    2008-01-01

    Given that the basic purpose of all research in materials science and technology is to tailor the properties of materials to suit specific applications, phase transformations are the natural key to the fine-tuning of the structural, mechanical and corrosion properties. A basic understanding of the kinetics and mechanisms of phase transformation is therefore of vital importance. Apart from a few cases involving crystallographic martensitic transformations, all phase transformations are mediated by diffusion. Thus, proper control and understanding of the process of diffusion during nucleation, g

  19. Atomic phase diagram

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    LI Shichun

    2004-01-01

    Based on the Thomas-Fermi-Dirac-Cheng model, atomic phase diagram or electron density versus atomic radius diagram describing the interaction properties of atoms of different kinds in equilibrium state is developed. Atomic phase diagram is established based on the two-atoms model. Besides atomic radius, electron density and continuity condition for electron density on interfaces between atoms, the lever law of atomic phase diagram involving other physical parameters is taken into account, such as the binding energy, for the sake of simplicity.

  20. Dirac's Quantum Phase Problem

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    Sperling, J

    2009-01-01

    In 1927 the great physicist Paul A. M. Dirac failed to provide a consistent quantum description of the phase of a radiation field. Only one year later, he developed the famous Dirac theory of the electron, which led to the anti-particle -- the positron. We show that the reason for Dirac's failure with the phase problem bears a striking resemblance to his ingenious insight into the nature of the electron. For a correct quantum description of the phase of a radiation field it is necessary to take the polarisation into account. Similarly to the introduction of the anti-particle of the electron, the inclusion of the second polarisation resolves the inconsistency of the quantum phase problem. This also leads to new insight into the quantum measurement problem of time.

  1. Phase transitions modern applications

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    Gitterman, Moshe

    2014-01-01

    This book provides a comprehensive review of the theory of phase transitions and its modern applications, based on the five pillars of the modern theory of phase transitions i.e. the Ising model, mean field, scaling, renormalization group and universality. This expanded second edition includes, along with a description of vortices and high temperature superconductivity, a discussion of phase transitions in chemical reaction and moving systems. The book covers a close connection between phase transitions and small world phenomena as well as scale-free systems such as the stock market and the Internet. Readership: Scientists working in different fields of physics, chemistry, biology and economics as well as teaching material for undergraduate and graduate courses.

  2. Unparticle phase effects

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    Chen, Chuan-Hung

    2007-01-01

    Unparticles proposed by Georgi carry CP conserving phases in their propagators. We demonstrate that these peculiar phases have an important impact on CP violation. Without including the strong QCD phases, we study the unparticle phase effects on the direct CP asymmetries in the exclusive decays of $\\bar B_d\\to \\pi^{+} \\pi^{-}$ and $B\\to \\pi K$, in which the flavor changing neutral currents are forbidden at tree level but induced by one-loop diagrams. Interesting and consistent results comparing to the data are obtained. In addition, we find that unparticles will significantly enhance the differential branching ratio of $b\\to s \\ell^{+} \\ell^{-}$ at the small invariant mass of $\\ell^{+} \\ell^{-}$. The forward-backward asymmetries for $b\\to s \\ell^{+} \\ell^{-}$ due to unparticles are also explored.

  3. FEL phased array configurations

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    Shellan, Jeffrey B.

    1986-01-01

    The advantages and disadvantages of various phased array and shared aperture concepts for FEL configurations are discussed. Consideration is given to the characteristics of intra- and inter-micropulse phasing; intra-macropulse phasing; an internal coupled resonator configuration; and an injection locked oscillator array. The use of a master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) configuration with multiple or single master oscillators for FELs is examined. The venetian blind, rotating plate, single grating, and grating rhomb shared aperture concepts are analyzed. It is noted that the shared aperture approach using a grating rhomb and the MOPA concept with a single master oscillator and a coupled resonator are useful for FEL phased array configurations; and the MOPA concept is most applicable.

  4. Phase angle measurement techniques

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    Madge, R.; Fischer, D.

    1996-01-01

    Real-time measure of the power transfer across a transmission line was discussed. Phase angle measurement techniques, algorithms and applications relevant to power utilities were assessed. Phase-based applications compute the voltage angle difference between two stations, thereby allowing for power transfer calculations and power system control applications. A list of phase angle measurement applications was provided. It includes frequency measurement, state estimation, adaptive relaying, power system control, system restoration, real power flow monitoring and stability assessment, reactive power requirements monitoring, HVDC modulation, subsynchronous resonance, sequence of event recording, and loss reduction and fault location. The optimum timing requirement was determined for each application. Among the timing systems available today, the Global Positioning System (GPS), supported by powerful computers and other custom hardware, is the only tool that can provide the accuracy and coverage needed by today`s power system applications. Commercially available equipment for phase angle measurements was also reviewed. 30 refs., 32 tabs., 5 figs.

  5. Dual Phase Cosmic Rays

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    Shurtleff, Richard

    2008-01-01

    A calculation based on flat spacetime symmetries shows how there can be two quantum phases. For one, extreme phase change determines a conventional classical trajectory and four-momentum, i.e. mass times four-velocity. The other phase occurs in an effective particle state, with the effective energy and momentum being the rate of change of the phase with respect to time and distance. A cosmic ray proton moves along a classical trajectory, but exists in an effective particle state with an effective energy that depends on the local gravitational potential. Assumptions are made so that a cosmic ray proton in an ultra-high energy state detected near the Earth was in a much less energetic state in interstellar space. A 300 EeV proton incident on the Earth was a 2 PeV proton in interstellar space. The model predicts such protons are in states with even more energy near the Sun than when near the Earth.

  6. Now entering phase two...

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    Katarina Anthony

    2012-01-01

    Building on the success of their feasibility phase, the CLIC test facility, CTF3, has just launched into a five-year project development phase. This will involve detailed performance optimisation studies, marking the project’s transition from pure research and development to prototyping and construction.   CLIC accelerator modules under construction at CERN. “With the feasibility phase now complete, we have established that CLIC can be built,” says Roberto Corsini, CLIC Collaboration spokesperson. “Now we want to be sure that it can provide the luminosity and energy performance needed. We will be looking at the engineering, performance and cost of a real CLIC machine also seeing if we can reduce it.” CTF3’s second phase will focus on selected performance-related research areas for further investigation. The largest of these involves the construction and testing of several authentic CLIC accelerator modules that are currently being ...

  7. Digital Receiver Phase Meter

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    Marcin, Martin; Abramovici, Alexander

    2008-01-01

    The software of a commercially available digital radio receiver has been modified to make the receiver function as a two-channel low-noise phase meter. This phase meter is a prototype in the continuing development of a phase meter for a system in which radiofrequency (RF) signals in the two channels would be outputs of a spaceborne heterodyne laser interferometer for detecting gravitational waves. The frequencies of the signals could include a common Doppler-shift component of as much as 15 MHz. The phase meter is required to measure the relative phases of the signals in the two channels at a sampling rate of 10 Hz at a root power spectral density digital receiver. The input RF signal is first fed to the input terminal of an analog-to-digital converter (ADC). To prevent aliasing errors in the ADC, the sampling rate must be at least twice the input signal frequency. The sampling rate of the ADC is governed by a sampling clock, which also drives a digital local oscillator (DLO), which is a direct digital frequency synthesizer. The DLO produces samples of sine and cosine signals at a programmed tuning frequency. The sine and cosine samples are mixed with (that is, multiplied by) the samples from the ADC, then low-pass filtered to obtain in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) signal components. A digital signal processor (DSP) computes the ratio between the Q and I components, computes the phase of the RF signal (relative to that of the DLO signal) as the arctangent of this ratio, and then averages successive such phase values over a time interval specified by the user.

  8. Compressive Phase Contrast Tomography

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    Maia, F. R. N. C.; MacDowell, A.; Marchesini, S.; Padmore, H. A.; Parkinson, D. Y.; PIEN., J.; Schirotzek, A.; Yang, C

    2010-01-01

    When x-rays penetrate soft matter, their phase changes more rapidly than their amplitude. In- terference effects visible with high brightness sources creates higher contrast, edge enhanced images. When the object is piecewise smooth (made of big blocks of a few components), such higher con- trast datasets have a sparse solution. We apply basis pursuit solvers to improve SNR, remove ring artifacts, reduce the number of views and radiation dose from phase contrast datasets collected at the Hard...

  9. Compressive Phase Contrast Tomography

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    Maia, Filipe

    2010-01-01

    When x-rays penetrate soft matter, their phase changes more rapidly than their amplitude. Interference effects visible with high brightness sources creates higher contrast, edge enhanced images. When the object is piecewise smooth (made of big blocks of a few components), such higher contrast datasets have a sparse solution. We apply basis pursuit solvers to improve SNR, remove ring artifacts, reduce the number of views and radiation dose from phase contrast datasets collected at the Hard X-R...

  10. Kinetics of phase change

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    Faleiros A.C.; Rabelo T.N.; Thim G.P.; Oliveira M.A.S.

    2000-01-01

    The kinetic model for change of phases developed by M. Avrami at the end of the thirties has been used to describe the temporal behavior of phase changes. Until today this model is studied and adapted to include broader hypotheses. However, the mathematical format presented by M. Avrami is difficult to be understood by beginners. The purpose of this work is to clarify the mathematical treatment of Avrami's work, going straightforward to the arguments that led to his main results.

  11. Kinetics of phase change

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    A.C. Faleiros

    2000-07-01

    Full Text Available The kinetic model for change of phases developed by M. Avrami at the end of the thirties has been used to describe the temporal behavior of phase changes. Until today this model is studied and adapted to include broader hypotheses. However, the mathematical format presented by M. Avrami is difficult to be understood by beginners. The purpose of this work is to clarify the mathematical treatment of Avrami's work, going straightforward to the arguments that led to his main results.

  12. The SAT phase transition

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    许可; 李未

    1999-01-01

    Phase transition is an important feature of SAT problem. For random k-SAT model, it is proved that as r(ratio of clauses to variables) increases, the structure of solutions will undergo a sudden change like satisfiability phase transition when r reaches a threshold point (r=rcr). This phenomenon shows that the satisfying truth assignments suddenly shift from being relatively different from each other to being very similar to each other.##属性不符

  13. Efficient Bayesian Phase Estimation

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    Wiebe, Nathan; Granade, Chris

    2016-07-01

    We introduce a new method called rejection filtering that we use to perform adaptive Bayesian phase estimation. Our approach has several advantages: it is classically efficient, easy to implement, achieves Heisenberg limited scaling, resists depolarizing noise, tracks time-dependent eigenstates, recovers from failures, and can be run on a field programmable gate array. It also outperforms existing iterative phase estimation algorithms such as Kitaev's method.

  14. Electron microscope phase enhancement

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    Jin, Jian; Glaeser, Robert M.

    2010-06-15

    A microfabricated electron phase shift element is used for modifying the phase characteristics of an electron beam passing though its center aperture, while not affecting the more divergent portion of an incident beam to selectively provide a ninety-degree phase shift to the unscattered beam in the back focal plan of the objective lens, in order to realize Zernike-type, in-focus phase contrast in an electron microscope. One application of the element is to increase the contrast of an electron microscope for viewing weakly scattering samples while in focus. Typical weakly scattering samples include biological samples such as macromolecules, or perhaps cells. Preliminary experimental images demonstrate that these devices do apply a ninety degree phase shift as expected. Electrostatic calculations have been used to determine that fringing fields in the region of the scattered electron beams will cause a negligible phase shift as long as the ratio of electrode length to the transverse feature-size aperture is about 5:1. Calculations are underway to determine the feasibility of aspect smaller aspect ratios of about 3:1 and about 2:1.

  15. Effects of olive oil calcium soaps and phase of lactation on the fatty acid composition in the milk of Massese ewes

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    Paolo Verità

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A basic diet of hay and concentrate, the latter supplemented with olive oil calcium soap (7% as fed was given to 11Massese ewes (group S for a 3-month period, while a basic diet without the supplement was given to 11 control Masseseewes (group C during the same period. Fatty acid composition of milk produced from the 5th to the 16th week post-partumwas evaluated monthly.In group S, the fatty acids C6:0, C8:0, C10:0, C12:0, C14:0, C14:1, C18:3n-6 and C20:3n-3 (Pand C16:0, C18:1, total CLA, C20:0, C20:1, C20:2, C20:5n-3 (EPA, C23:0 (Pincreased with respect to the control group C. This trend lead to a decrease in short-chain fatty acids (Pincrease in unsaturated fatty acids (Plactation phase also significantly influenced fatty acid composition: the unsaturated/saturated fatty acids ratio was higherat the end of the lactation period.It can be concluded that the addition of protected olive oil fats to the diet of lactating ewes may improve fatty acid milkcomposition. In addition, the final phase of production positively affects milk quality relative to human health.

  16. Introduction to phasing

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    This introductory paper to the CCP4 weekend on experimental phasing introduces the concept of the ‘phase problem’ for non-experts. Modern methods of phasing are explored, including some recent examples that can be downloaded as tutorials. When collecting X-ray diffraction data from a crystal, we measure the intensities of the diffracted waves scattered from a series of planes that we can imagine slicing through the crystal in all directions. From these intensities we derive the amplitudes of the scattered waves, but in the experiment we lose the phase information; that is, how we offset these waves when we add them together to reconstruct an image of our molecule. This is generally known as the ‘phase problem’. We can only derive the phases from some knowledge of the molecular structure. In small-molecule crystallography, some basic assumptions about atomicity give rise to relationships between the amplitudes from which phase information can be extracted. In protein crystallography, these ab initio methods can only be used in the rare cases in which there are data to at least 1.2 Å resolution. For the majority of cases in protein crystallography phases are derived either by using the atomic coordinates of a structurally similar protein (molecular replacement) or by finding the positions of heavy atoms that are intrinsic to the protein or that have been added (methods such as MIR, MIRAS, SIR, SIRAS, MAD, SAD or combinations of these). The pioneering work of Perutz, Kendrew, Blow, Crick and others developed the methods of isomorphous replacement: adding electron-dense atoms to the protein without disturbing the protein structure. Nowadays, methods from small-molecule crystallography can be used to find the heavy-atom substructure and the phases for the whole protein can be bootstrapped from this prior knowledge. More recently, improved X-ray sources, detectors and software have led to the routine use of anomalous scattering to obtain phase information from

  17. Combustion 2000: Phase II

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    The goals of the program are to develop a coal-fired high performance power generation system (HIPPS) that is capable of: thermal efficiency (HHV) {ge} 47%; NOx, SOx, and particulates {le} 10% NSPS (New Source Performance Standard); coal providing {ge} 65% of heat input; all solid wastes benign; and cost of electricity {le} 90% of present plants. Phase 1, which began in 1992, focused on the analysis of various configurations of indirectly fired cycles and on technical assessments of alternative plant subsystems and components, including performance requirements, developmental status, design options, complexity and reliability, and capital and operating costs. Phase 1 also included preliminary R and D and the preparation of designs for HIPPS commercial plants approximately 300 MWe in size. This Phase, Phase 2, had as its initial objective the development of a complete design base for the construction and operation of a HIPPS prototype plant to be constructed in Phase 3. As part of a descoping initiative, the Phase 3 program has been eliminated and work related to the commercial plant design has been ended. The rescoped program retained a program of engineering research and development focusing on high temperature heat exchangers, e.g. HITAF development (Task 2); a rescoped Task 6 that is pertinent to Vision 21 objectives and focuses on advanced cycle analysis and optimization, integration of gas turbines into complex cycles, and repowering designs; and preparation of the Phase 2 Technical Report (Task 8). This rescoped program deleted all subsystem testing (Tasks 3, 4,and 5) and the development of a site-specific engineering design and test plan for the HIPPS prototype plant (Task 7). Work reported herein is from: Task 2.1 HITAF Combustors; Task 2.2 HITAF Air Heaters; and Task 6 HIPPS Commercial Plant Design Update.

  18. Optical Phase Imaging Using Synthetic Aperture Illumination and Phase Retrieval

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    Lee, Dennis J

    2016-01-01

    We perform quantitative phase imaging using phase retrieval to implement synthetic aperture imaging. Compared to digital holography, the developed technique is simpler, less expensive, and more stable.

  19. The Importance of Rare-Earth Additions in Zr-Based AB2 Metal Hydride Alloys

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    Kwo-Hsiung Young

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Effects of substitutions of rare earth (RE elements (Y, La, Ce, and Nd to the Zr-based AB2 multi-phase metal hydride (MH alloys on the structure, gaseous phase hydrogen storage (H-storage, and electrochemical properties were studied and compared. Solubilities of the RE atoms in the main Laves phases (C14 and C15 are very low, and therefore the main contributions of the RE additives are through the formation of the RENi phase and change in TiNi phase abundance. Both the RENi and TiNi phases are found to facilitate the bulk diffusion of hydrogen but impede the surface reaction. The former is very effective in improving the activation behaviors. −40 °C performances of the Ce-doped alloys are slightly better than the Nd-doped alloys but not as good as those of the La-doped alloys, which gained the improvement through a different mechanism. While the improvement in ultra-low-temperature performance of the Ce-containing alloys can be associated with a larger amount of metallic Ni-clusters embedded in the surface oxide, the improvement in the La-containing alloys originates from the clean alloy/oxide interface as shown in an earlier transmission electron microscopy study. Overall, the substitution of 1 at% Ce to partially replace Zr gives the best electrochemical performances (capacity, rate, and activation and is recommended for all the AB2 MH alloys for electrochemical applications.

  20. Single-phase to three-phase power conversion interface

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    Wu, Jinn-Chang; Wang, Yung-Shan; Jou, Hurng-Liahng; Lu, Wei-Tso

    2016-07-01

    This study proposes a single-phase to three-phase power conversion interface which converts the power from a single-phase utility to three-phase power for a three-phase load. The proposed single-phase to three-phase power conversion interface comprises a bridge-type switch set, a set of three-phase inductors, a transformer set and a set of three-phase capacitors. A current-mode control controls the switching of bridge-type switch set, to generate a set of nonzero-sequence (NZS) currents and a set of zero-sequence (ZS) currents. The transformer set is used to decouple the NZS currents and the ZS currents. The NZS currents are used to generate a high-quality three-phase voltage that supplies power to a three-phase load. The ZS currents flow to the single-phase utility so that the utility current is sinusoidal and in phase with the utility voltage. Accordingly, only a bridge-type switch set is used in the single-phase to three-phase power conversion interface to simply the power circuit. A prototype is developed and tested to verify the performance of the proposed single-phase to three-phase power conversion interface.

  1. Controllable tomography phase microscopy

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    Xiu, Peng; Zhou, Xin; Kuang, Cuifang; Xu, Yingke; Liu, Xu

    2015-03-01

    Tomography phase microscopy (TPM) is a new microscopic method that can quantitatively yield the volumetric 3D distribution of a sample's refractive index (RI), which is significant for cell biology research. In this paper, a controllable TPM system is introduced. In this system a circulatory phase-shifting method and piezoelectric ceramic are used which enable the TPM system to record the 3D RI distribution at a more controllable speed, from 1 to 40 fps, than in the other TPM systems reported. The resolution of the RI distribution obtained by this controllable TPM is much better than that in images recorded by phase contrast microscopy and interference tomography microscopy. The realization of controllable TPM not only allows for the application of TPM to the measurement of kinds of RI sample, but also contributes to academic and technological support for the practical use of TPM.

  2. Kirchhoff migration without phases

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    Bardsley, Patrick; Guevara Vasquez, Fernando

    2016-10-01

    We present a simple, frequency domain, preprocessing step to Kirchhoff migration that allows the method to image scatterers when the wave field phase information is lost at the receivers, and only intensities are measured. The resulting imaging method does not require knowing the phases of the probing field or manipulating the phase of the wave field at the receivers. In a regime where the scattered field is small compared to the probing field, the problem of recovering the full-waveform scattered field from intensity data can be formulated as an embarrassingly simple least-squares problem. Although this only recovers the projection (on a known subspace) of the full-waveform scattered field, we show that, for high frequencies, this projection gives Kirchhoff images asymptotically identical to the images obtained with full waveform data. Our method can also be used when the source is modulated by a Gaussian process and autocorrelations are measured at an array of receivers.

  3. Kirchhoff migration without phases

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    Bardsley, Patrick

    2016-01-01

    We present a simple, frequency domain, preprocessing step to Kirchhoff migration that allows the method to image scatterers when the wave field phase information is lost at the receivers, and only intensities are measured. The resulting imaging method does not require knowing the phases of the probing field or manipulating the phase of the wave field at the receivers. In a regime where the scattered field is small compared to the probing field, the problem of recovering the full-waveform scattered field from intensity data can be formulated as an embarrassingly simple least-squares problem. Although this only recovers the projection (on a known subspace) of the full-waveform scattered field, we show that, for high frequencies, this projection gives Kirchhoff images asymptotically identical to the images obtained with full waveform data. Our method can also be used when the source is modulated by a Gaussian process and autocorrelations are measured at an array of receivers.

  4. Phase coexistence in nuclei

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    Gulminelli, F

    2003-05-01

    In this work the general theory of first order phase transitions in finite systems is discussed, with a special emphasis to the conceptual problems linked to a thermodynamic description for small, short-lived systems de-exciting in the vacuum as nuclear samples coming from heavy ion collisions. After a short review of the general theory of phase transitions in the framework of information theory; we will present the different possible extensions to the field of finite systems. The concept of negative heat capacity, developed in the early seventies in the context of self-gravitating systems, will be reinterpreted in the general framework of convexity anomalies of thermo-statistical potentials. The connection with the distribution of the order parameter will lead us to a definition of first order phase transitions in finite systems based on topology anomalies of the event distribution in the space of observations. A careful study of the thermodynamic limit will provide a bridge with the standard theory of phase transitions and show that in a wide class of physical situations the different statistical ensembles are irreducibly inequivalent. In the second part of the paper we will apply the theoretical ideas developed in the first part to the possible observation of a liquid-to-gas-like phase transition in heavy ion collisions. The applicability of equilibrium concepts in a dynamical collisional process without boundary conditions will first be critically discussed. The observation of abnormally large partial energy fluctuations in carefully selected samples of collisions detected with the MULTICS-Miniball array will then be reported as a strong evidence of a first order phase transition with negative heat capacity in the nuclear equation of state. (author)

  5. Molecular Conductors from Neutral-Radical Charge-Transfer Salts : Preparation and Characterization of an Iodine-Doped Hexagonal Phase of 1,2,3,5-Dithiadiazolyl ([HCN2S2]∙)

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    Bryan, C.D.; Haddon, R.C.; Hicks, R.G.; Kennepohl, D.K.; MacKinnon, C.D.; Oakley, R.T.; Palstra, T.T.M.; Perel, A.S.; Scott, S.R.; Schneemeyer, L.F.; Waszczak, J.V.; Cordes, A.W.

    1994-01-01

    Sublimation of 1,2,3,5-dithiadiazolyl in vacuo affords a triclinic phase of the dimer [HCN2S2]2. The crystals belong to the space group P¯1, a = 6.816(3), b = 13.940(2), c = 14.403(3) Å, α = 116.830(14), β = 98.64(3), γ = 99.18(3)°, FW = 212.4 (for [HCN2S2]2·[N2]0.08) Z = 6. The crystal structure co

  6. Solid phase transformations

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    Čermák, J

    2008-01-01

    This special-topic book, devoted to ""Solid Phase Transformations"" , covers a broad range of phenomena which are of importance in a number of technological processes. Most commercial alloys undergo thermal treatment after casting, with the aim of imparting desired compositions and/or optimal morphologies to the component phases. In spite of the fact that the topic has lain at the center of physical metallurgy for a long time, there are numerous aspects which are wide open to potential investigative breakthroughs. Materials with new structures also stimulate research in the field, as well as n

  7. Compressive Phase Contrast Tomography

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    Maia, F R N C; Marchesini, S; Padmore, H A; Parkinson, D Y; Pien, J; Schirotzek, A; Yang, C; 10.1117/12.861946

    2010-01-01

    When x-rays penetrate soft matter, their phase changes more rapidly than their amplitude. In- terference effects visible with high brightness sources creates higher contrast, edge enhanced images. When the object is piecewise smooth (made of big blocks of a few components), such higher con- trast datasets have a sparse solution. We apply basis pursuit solvers to improve SNR, remove ring artifacts, reduce the number of views and radiation dose from phase contrast datasets collected at the Hard X-Ray Micro Tomography Beamline at the Advanced Light Source. We report a GPU code for the most computationally intensive task, the gridding and inverse gridding algorithm (non uniform sampled Fourier transform).

  8. Compressive Phase Contrast Tomography

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    Maia, Filipe; MacDowell, Alastair; Marchesini, Stefano; Padmore, Howard A.; Parkinson, Dula Y.; Pien, Jack; Schirotzek, Andre; Yang, Chao

    2010-09-01

    When x-rays penetrate soft matter, their phase changes more rapidly than their amplitude. Interference effects visible with high brightness sources creates higher contrast, edge enhanced images. When the object is piecewise smooth (made of big blocks of a few components), such higher contrast datasets have a sparse solution. We apply basis pursuit solvers to improve SNR, remove ring artifacts, reduce the number of views and radiation dose from phase contrast datasets collected at the Hard X-Ray Micro Tomography Beamline at the Advanced Light Source. We report a GPU code for the most computationally intensive task, the gridding and inverse gridding algorithm (non uniform sampled Fourier transform).

  9. Gas phase ion chemistry

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    Bowers, Michael T

    1979-01-01

    Gas Phase Ion Chemistry, Volume 1 covers papers on the advances of gas phase ion chemistry. The book discusses the advances in flow tubes and the measurement of ion-molecule rate coefficients and product distributions; the ion chemistry of the earth's atmosphere; and the classical ion-molecule collision theory. The text also describes statistical methods in reaction dynamics; the state selection by photoion-photoelectron coincidence; and the effects of temperature and pressure in the kinetics of ion-molecule reactions. The energy distribution in the unimolecular decomposition of ions, as well

  10. Phase Contrast Imaging

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    1996-01-01

    The invention relates to a method and a system for synthesizing a prescribed intensity pattern based on phase contrast imaging that is not based on the assumption of prior art methods that the pahase shift phi is less than 1 radian. An improved method based on a simple imaging operation with a si......The invention relates to a method and a system for synthesizing a prescribed intensity pattern based on phase contrast imaging that is not based on the assumption of prior art methods that the pahase shift phi is less than 1 radian. An improved method based on a simple imaging operation...

  11. Quantum phase slip noise

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    Semenov, Andrew G.; Zaikin, Andrei D.

    2016-07-01

    Quantum phase slips (QPSs) generate voltage fluctuations in superconducting nanowires. Employing the Keldysh technique and making use of the phase-charge duality arguments, we develop a theory of QPS-induced voltage noise in such nanowires. We demonstrate that quantum tunneling of the magnetic flux quanta across the wire yields quantum shot noise which obeys Poisson statistics and is characterized by a power-law dependence of its spectrum SΩ on the external bias. In long wires, SΩ decreases with increasing frequency Ω and vanishes beyond a threshold value of Ω at T →0 . The quantum coherent nature of QPS noise yields nonmonotonous dependence of SΩ on T at small Ω .

  12. Understanding quantum phase transitions

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    Carr, Lincoln

    2010-01-01

    Quantum phase transitions (QPTs) offer wonderful examples of the radical macroscopic effects inherent in quantum physics: phase changes between different forms of matter driven by quantum rather than thermal fluctuations, typically at very low temperatures. QPTs provide new insight into outstanding problems such as high-temperature superconductivity and display fundamental aspects of quantum theory, such as strong correlations and entanglement. Over the last two decades, our understanding of QPTs has increased tremendously due to a plethora of experimental examples, powerful new numerical meth

  13. New Phase Shifting Algorithms Insensitive to Linear Phase Shift Errors

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    J. Novák

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available This article describes and analyses multistep algorithms for evaluating of the wave field phase in interferometric measurements using the phase shifting technique. New phase shifting algorithms are proposed, with a constant but arbitrary phase shift between captured frames of the intensity of the interference field. The phase evaluation process then does not depend on linear phase shift errors. A big advantage of the described algorithms is their ability to determine the phase shift value at every point of the detector plane. A detailed analysis of these algorithms with respect to main factors that affect interferometric measurements is then carried out. The dependency of these algorithms on phase shift values is also studied several phase calculation algorithms are proposed. These are compared with respect to the resulting phase errors.

  14. Advanced Virgo phase cameras

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    van der Schaaf, L.; Agatsuma, K.; van Beuzekom, M.; Gebyehu, M.; van den Brand, J.

    2016-05-01

    A century after the prediction of gravitational waves, detectors have reached the sensitivity needed to proof their existence. One of them, the Virgo interferometer in Pisa, is presently being upgraded to Advanced Virgo (AdV) and will come into operation in 2016. The power stored in the interferometer arms raises from 20 to 700 kW. This increase is expected to introduce higher order modes in the beam, which could reduce the circulating power in the interferometer, limiting the sensitivity of the instrument. To suppress these higher-order modes, the core optics of Advanced Virgo is equipped with a thermal compensation system. Phase cameras, monitoring the real-time status of the beam constitute a critical component of this compensation system. These cameras measure the phases and amplitudes of the laser-light fields at the frequencies selected to control the interferometer. The measurement combines heterodyne detection with a scan of the wave front over a photodetector with pin-hole aperture. Three cameras observe the phase front of these laser sidebands. Two of them monitor the in-and output of the interferometer arms and the third one is used in the control of the aberrations introduced by the power recycling cavity. In this paper the working principle of the phase cameras is explained and some characteristic parameters are described.

  15. Temperature stabilized phase detector

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    Lo, Y.

    1981-01-01

    The construction, tests, and performance of a temperature stabilized phase detector are discussed. It has a frequency stability of 5 parts in 10 to the 16th power at 100 MHz, with a temperature step of 20 C (15 to 35 C).

  16. Photoinduced phase transitions

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    Nasu, K

    2004-01-01

    A new class of insulating solids was recently discovered. Whenirradiated by a few visible photons, these solids give rise to amacroscopic excited domain that has new structural and electronicorders quite different from the starting ground state. This occurrenceis called "photoinduced phase transition", and this multi-authoredbook reviews recent theoretical and experimental studies of this newphenomenon.

  17. SSIP Phase I Roadmap

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    Vinh, Megan; Lucas, Anne; Taylor, Cornelia; Kelley, Grace; Kasprzak, Christina

    2014-01-01

    This roadmap provides a description of the activities involved in the development of the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) (SPP/APR Indicators C11 and B17) due to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) on April 1, 2015. The roadmap is intended to support states with completing Phase I of the SSIP process. This document provides…

  18. Theory of alloy phases

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    Watson, R.E.; Ehrenreich, H.; Bennett, L.H.

    1977-01-01

    Various non-thermodynamic approaches to understanding and predicting phase diagrams are explored from the viewpoint of solid-state physics. The review is intended to indicate the scope of activity and some of the progress which has been made. (GHT)

  19. Generalized phase contrast:

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    Glückstad, Jesper; Palima, Darwin

    (GPC) method including an overview of the range of current and potential applications of GPC in wavefront sensing and phase imaging, structured laser illumination and image projection, optical trapping and manipulation, and optical encryption and decryption. The GPC method goes further than...

  20. diffusive phase separation

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    Nobuyuki Kenmochi

    1996-01-01

    w is constrained to have double obstacles σ*≤w≤σ* (i.e., σ* and σ* are the threshold values of w. The objective of this paper is to discuss the semigroup {S(t} associated with the phase separation model, and construct its global attractor.

  1. Stochastic modelling of two-phase flows including phase change

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    Stochastic modelling has already been developed and applied for single-phase flows and incompressible two-phase flows. In this article, we propose an extension of this modelling approach to two-phase flows including phase change (e.g. for steam-water flows). Two aspects are emphasised: a stochastic model accounting for phase transition and a modelling constraint which arises from volume conservation. To illustrate the whole approach, some remarks are eventually proposed for two-fluid models. (authors)

  2. Phase Operator and Phase State in Thermo Field Dynamics

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    Fan, Hong-Yi; Jiang, Nian-Quan

    We extend the Susskind-Glogower phase operator and phase state in quantum optics to thermo field dynamics (TFD). Based on the thermo entangled state representation, we introduce thermo excitation and de-excitation operators with which the phase operator and phase state in TFD can be constructed. The phase state treated as a limiting case of a new SU(1, 1) coherent states is also exhibited.

  3. Gouy phase compensation in quasi-phase matching

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    Major, Huw E.; Gawith, Corin B.E.; Smith, Peter G. R.

    2008-01-01

    In any focussed nonlinear interaction the focus induced phase shift, known as the Gouy phase shift, provides an imperfection in phase matching for any linearly invariant material. However, using an appropriately designed quasi-phase matched structure it is theoretically possible to compensate for the deleterious effects of the Gouy phase shift, allowing a symmetric frequency response and tighter optimal focussing than in a uniform material.

  4. Phase Computations and Phase Models for Discrete Molecular Oscillators.

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    Demir, Alper; Şuvak, Önder

    2012-01-01

    RESEARCH Open Access Phase computations and phase models for discrete molecular oscillators Onder Suvak* and Alper Demir Abstract Background: Biochemical oscillators perform crucial functions in cells, e.g., they set up circadian clocks. The dynamical behavior of oscillators is best described and analyzed in terms of the scalar quantity, phase. A rigorous and useful definition for phase is based on the so-called isochrons of oscillators. Phase computation techniques for ...

  5. Phase II Final Report

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    Schuknecht, Nate [Project Manager; White, David [Principle Investigator; Hoste, Graeme [Research Engineer

    2014-09-11

    The SkyTrough DSP will advance the state-of-the-art in parabolic troughs for utility applications, with a larger aperture, higher operating temperature, and lower cost. The goal of this project was to develop a parabolic trough collector that enables solar electricity generation in the 2020 marketplace for a 216MWe nameplate baseload power plant. This plant requires an LCOE of 9¢/kWhe, given a capacity factor of 75%, a fossil fuel limit of 15%, a fossil fuel cost of $6.75/MMBtu, $25.00/kWht thermal storage cost, and a domestic installation corresponding to Daggett, CA. The result of our optimization was a trough design of larger aperture and operating temperature than has been fielded in large, utility scale parabolic trough applications: 7.6m width x 150m SCA length (1,118m2 aperture), with four 90mm diameter × 4.7m receivers per mirror module and an operating temperature of 500°C. The results from physical modeling in the System Advisory Model indicate that, for a capacity factor of 75%: The LCOE will be 8.87¢/kWhe. SkyFuel examined the design of almost every parabolic trough component from a perspective of load and performance at aperture areas from 500 to 2,900m2. Aperture-dependent design was combined with fixed quotations for similar parts from the commercialized SkyTrough product, and established an installed cost of $130/m2 in 2020. This project was conducted in two phases. Phase I was a preliminary design, culminating in an optimum trough size and further improvement of an advanced polymeric reflective material. This phase was completed in October of 2011. Phase II has been the detailed engineering design and component testing, which culminated in the fabrication and testing of a single mirror module. Phase II is complete, and this document presents a summary of the comprehensive work.

  6. Numerical modeling of microstructure evolution during laser additive manufacturing of a nickel-based superalloy

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    A multi-scale model that combines the finite element method and stochastic analysis is developed to simulate the evolution of the microstructure of an Nb-bearing nickel-based superalloy during laser additive manufacturing solidification. Through the use of this model, the nucleation and growth of dendrites, the segregation of niobium (Nb) and the formation of Laves phase particles during the solidification are investigated to provide the relationship between the solidification conditions and the resultant microstructure, especially in the morphology of Laves phase particles. The study shows that small equiaxed dendrite arm spacing under a high cooling rate and low temperature gradient to growth rate (G/R) ratio is beneficial for forming discrete Laves phase particles. In contrast, large columnar dendrite arm spacing under a low cooling rate and high G/R ratio tends to produce continuously distributed coarse Laves phase particles, which are known to be detrimental to mechanical properties. In addition, the improvement of hot cracking resistance by controlling the morphology of Laves phase particles is discussed by analyzing the cracking pattern and microstructure in the laser deposited material. This work provides valuable understanding of solidification microstructure development in Nb-bearing nickel-based superalloys, like IN 718, during laser additive manufacturing and constitutes a fundamental basis for controlling the microstructure to minimize the formation of deleterious Laves phase particles

  7. Phase-only optical encryption

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    Mogensen, P.C.; Glückstad, J.

    2000-01-01

    We have implemented a phase-only optical encryption and decryption system with a readout based on the generalized phase-contrast method. The experimental system has been implemented with Liquid-crystal spatial light modulators to generate binary phase-encrypted masks and a decrypting key. A phase...

  8. Geometric Properties of Quantum Phases

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    P. Bracken

    2006-01-01

    The Aharonov-Anandan phase is introduced from a physical point of view. Without reference to any dynamical equation, this phase is formulated by defining an appropriate connection on a specific fibre bundle. The holonomy element gives the phase. By introducing another connection, the Pancharatnam phase formula is derived following a different procedure.

  9. Phase estimation in optical interferometry

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    Rastogi, Pramod

    2014-01-01

    Phase Estimation in Optical Interferometry covers the essentials of phase-stepping algorithms used in interferometry and pseudointerferometric techniques. It presents the basic concepts and mathematics needed for understanding the phase estimation methods in use today. The first four chapters focus on phase retrieval from image transforms using a single frame. The next several chapters examine the local environment of a fringe pattern, give a broad picture of the phase estimation approach based on local polynomial phase modeling, cover temporal high-resolution phase evaluation methods, and pre

  10. Phase retrieval and norm retrieval

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    Bahmanpour, Saeid; Cahill, Jameson; Casazza, Peter G.; Jasper, John; Woodland, Lindsey M.

    2014-01-01

    Phase retrieval has become a very active area of research. We will classify when phase retrieval by Parseval frames passes to the Naimark complement and when phase retrieval by projections passes to the orthogonal complements. We introduce a new concept we call norm retrieval and show that this is what is necessary for passing phase retrieval to complements. This leads to a detailed study of norm retrieval and its relationship to phase retrieval. One fundamental result: a frame $\\{\\varphi_i\\}...

  11. C14-Crash. The C14-method and dendrochronology, unveiling the illusion. 2. rev. ed.; C14-Crash. Das Ende der Illusion, mit Radiokarbonmethode und Dendrochronologie datieren zu koennen

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    Bloess, C.; Niemitz, H.U.

    2000-07-01

    In this second edition of the book, which was published almost three years after the first edition, the authors reiterate and substantiate their doubts as to the basic theories underlying the radiocarbon dating method and the applicability of dendrochronology. (orig/CB) [German] In dieser zweiten Auflage des Buches, die knapp drei Jahre nach der ersten erschien, vertiefen die Autoren ihre Zweifel an den grundlegenden Theorien und den bisherigen Resultaten der Radiokarbonmethode und der Dendrochronologie. (orig./CB)

  12. Emergence and Phase Transitions

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    Sikkema, Arnold

    2006-05-01

    Phase transitions are well defined in physics through concepts such as spontaneous symmetry breaking, order parameter, entropy, and critical exponents. But emergence --- also exhibiting whole-part relations (such as top-down influence), unpredictability, and insensitivity to microscopic detail --- is a loosely-defined concept being used in many disciplines, particularly in psychology, biology, philosophy, as well as in physics[1,2]. I will review the concepts of emergence as used in the various fields and consider the extent to which the methods of phase transitions can clarify the usefulness of the concept of emergence both within the discipline of physics and beyond.1. Robert B. Laughlin, A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down (New York: Basic Books, 2005). 2. George F.R. Ellis, ``Physics and the Real World'', Physics Today, vol. 58, no. 7 (July 2005) pp. 49-54.

  13. Discommensurates and incommensurate phases

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    In its first part, this research thesis reports the study of the commensurate-incommensurate (C-I) transition of single layers of rare gases adsorbed on graphite. The anharmonicity of the interaction between adatoms could explain experimental results corresponding to krypton. The author also studied the orientation instability of the single layer with respect to the chemical potential. Near the C-I transition, walls or discommensurates are oriented in substrate symmetry directions which are determined. The effect of substrate deformation on C-I transition is also studied. In the second part, the author studied the phase diagram at low temperature of the anisotropic Ising model with competing interactions for the approximation of the mean field. Finally, the author presents a phenomenological model of Cerium Antimony which reproduces a large part of its phase diagram

  14. Phase zone photon sieve

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    Jia Jia; Xie Chang-Qing

    2009-01-01

    A novel diffractive optical element, named phase zone photon sieve (PZPS), is presented. There are three kinds of phase plates in PZPSs: PZPS1, PZPS2, and PZPS3. Each of the PZPSs has its own structure and is made on quartz substrate by etching. The three PZPSs have stronger diffraction peak intensity than a photon sieve (PS) when the margin pinhole and zone line width are kept the same. The PZPS3 can produce a smaller central diffractive spot than the ordinary PS with the same number of zones on the Fresnel zone plate. We have given the design method for and the simulation of PZPS and PS. PZPS has potential applications in optical maskless lithography.

  15. Gas-Phase Thermolyses

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    Carlsen, Lars; Egsgaard, Helge

    1982-01-01

    The unimolecular gas-phase thermolyses of the four methyl and ethyl monothioacetates (5)–(8) have been studied by the flash vacuum thermolysis–field ionization mass spectrometry technique in the temperature range 883–1 404 K. The types of reactions verified were keten formation, thiono–thiolo rea......The unimolecular gas-phase thermolyses of the four methyl and ethyl monothioacetates (5)–(8) have been studied by the flash vacuum thermolysis–field ionization mass spectrometry technique in the temperature range 883–1 404 K. The types of reactions verified were keten formation, thiono......–thiolo rearrangement, and, in the case of the ethyl esters, ethylene elimination. The possible mechanisms for keten formation are discussed, and it is concluded that the thiono-carboxylates eliminates the mercaptan via an enethiolized structure, whereas the decomposition of the thiolo-esters apparently proceeds via...

  16. Phase modulated multiphoton microscopy

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    Karki, Khadga Jung; Pullerits, Tonu

    2015-01-01

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

  17. Phase Field Fracture Mechanics.

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    Robertson, Brett Anthony [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-11-01

    For this assignment, a newer technique of fracture mechanics using a phase field approach, will be examined and compared with experimental data for a bend test and a tension test. The software being used is Sierra Solid Mechanics, an implicit/explicit finite element code developed at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The bend test experimental data was also obtained at Sandia Labs while the tension test data was found in a report online from Purdue University.

  18. Compactification on phase space

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    Lovelady, Benjamin; Wheeler, James

    2016-03-01

    A major challenge for string theory is to understand the dimensional reduction required for comparison with the standard model. We propose reducing the dimension of the compactification by interpreting some of the extra dimensions as the energy-momentum portion of a phase-space. Such models naturally arise as generalized quotients of the conformal group called biconformal spaces. By combining the standard Kaluza-Klein approach with such a conformal gauge theory, we may start from the conformal group of an n-dimensional Euclidean space to form a 2n-dimensional quotient manifold with symplectic structure. A pair of involutions leads naturally to two n-dimensional Lorentzian manifolds. For n = 5, this leaves only two extra dimensions, with a countable family of possible compactifications and an SO(5) Yang-Mills field on the fibers. Starting with n=6 leads to 4-dimensional compactification of the phase space. In the latter case, if the two dimensions each from spacetime and momentum space are compactified onto spheres, then there is an SU(2)xSU(2) (left-right symmetric electroweak) field between phase and configuration space and an SO(6) field on the fibers. Such a theory, with minor additional symmetry breaking, could contain all parts of the standard model.

  19. Wavefunctions on phase space

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    Theories of Torres-Vega and Fredrick (1993 J. Chem. Phys. 98 3103), Harriman (1994 J. Chem. Phys. 100 3651) and of Ban (1998 J. Math. Phys. 39 1744), in which phase space points (p, q) are used as configurational variables to formulate quantum mechanics are considered from the standpoint of a class of quantization schemes associating phase space functions with operators. The connection between these schemes and the theories given in Torres-Vega and Fredrick (1993 J. Chem. Phys. 98 3103), Harriman (1994 J. Chem. Phys. 100 3651), Dirac (1930 The Principles of Quantum Mechanics (Oxford: Oxford University Press)), Moeller, Joergensen and Torres-Vega (1997 J. Chem. Phys. 106 7228), Klauder and Skagerstam (1985 Coherent States: Applications in Physics and Mathematical Physics (Singapore: World Scientific)), Li, Wei and Lue (2004 Phys. Rev. A 70 022105), Ban (1998 J. Math. Phys. 39 1744) is made by means of augmented wavefunctions ψ(λ)σ(p, q; t), where λ = 0 corresponds to the ordering of Wigner and Weyl. For that case we use these functions to define a family of positive operator-valued measures for the phase angle of an harmonic oscillator

  20. Phases, phase equilibria, and phase rules in low-dimensional systems

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    Frolov, T., E-mail: timfrol@berkeley.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Mishin, Y., E-mail: ymishin@gmu.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, MSN 3F3, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 (United States)

    2015-07-28

    We present a unified approach to thermodynamic description of one, two, and three dimensional phases and phase transformations among them. The approach is based on a rigorous definition of a phase applicable to thermodynamic systems of any dimensionality. Within this approach, the same thermodynamic formalism can be applied for the description of phase transformations in bulk systems, interfaces, and line defects separating interface phases. For both lines and interfaces, we rigorously derive an adsorption equation, the phase coexistence equations, and other thermodynamic relations expressed in terms of generalized line and interface excess quantities. As a generalization of the Gibbs phase rule for bulk phases, we derive phase rules for lines and interfaces and predict the maximum number of phases than may coexist in systems of the respective dimensionality.

  1. Zintl and intermetallic phases grown from calcium/lithium flux

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    Blankenship, Trevor

    Metal flux synthes is a useful alternative method to high temperature solid state synthesis; it allows easy diffusion of reactants at lower temperatures, and presents favorable conditions for crystal growth. A mixed flux of calcium and lithium in a 1:1 ratio was explored in this work; this mixture melts at 300°C and is an excellent solvent for main group elements and CaH 2. Reactions of p-block elements in a 1:1 Ca/Li flux have produced several new intermetallic and Zintl phases. Electronegative elements from groups 14 and 15 are reduced to anions in this flux, yielding charge-balanced products. More electropositive metals from group 13 are not fully reduced; the resulting products are complex intermetallics. The reactions of tin or lead and carbon in Ca/Li flux produced the analogous phases Ca11Tt3C8 (Tt = Sn, Pb) in the monoclinic C21/c space group (a = 13.2117(8) A, b =10.7029(7) A, c = 14.2493(9) A, beta = 105.650(1)° for the Sn analog). These compounds are carbide Zintl phases that includes the rare combination of C3 4- and C22- units as well as Sn4- or Pb4- anions. Ca/Li flux reactions of CaH2 and arsenic have produced the Zintl phases LiCa3As 2H in orthorhombic Pnma (a = 11.4064(7), b = 4.2702(3), c = 11.8762(8) A), and Ca 13As6C0.46N1.155H6.045in tetragonal P4/mbm (a = 15.7493(15), c = 9.1062(9) A). The complex stoichiometry of the latter phase was caused by incorporation of light element contaminants and was studied by neutron diffraction, showing mixing of anionic sites to achieve charge balance. Ca/Li flux reactions with group 13 metals have resulted in several new intermetallic phases. Reactions of indium and CaH2 in the Ca/Li flux (with or without boron) formed Ca53In13B4-x H23+x(2.4 < x < 4.0) in cubic space group Im-3 (a = 16.3608(6) A) which features metallic indium atoms and ionic hydride sites. The electronic properties of this "subhydride" were confirmed by 1H and 115In NMR spectroscopy. Attempts to replace boron with carbon yielded Ca12InC13-x

  2. Incommensurate phase transitions

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    Currat, R. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (ILL), 38 - Grenoble (France)

    1996-11-01

    We review the characteristic aspects of modulated crystals from the point of view of inelastic neutron scattering. We discuss the phenomenological Landau theory of the normal-to-incommensurate displacive instability and its predictions concerning the fluctuation spectrum of the modulated phase. General results on the form of the normal-mode eigenvectors and on the inelastic scattering channels through which they couple to the probe are established using the superspace approach. We illustrate these results on a simple discrete model symmetry and we review available inelastic neutron scattering data on several displacively modulated compounds. (author) 21 figs., 73 refs.

  3. Athena: Assessment Phase Activities

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    Lumb, David; Ayre, Mark

    2015-09-01

    The Athena mission concept has been proposed by the community in response to science themes of the Hot and Energetic Universe. Unlike other, competitive, mission selection exercises this "Large" class observatory mission has essentially been pre-selected. Nevertheless it has to be demonstrated that Athena meets the programmatic constraints of 1Bn euro cost cap, and a readiness level appropriate for formal mission adoption by the end 2019. This should be confirmed through a Phase A study conducted with two parallel industry activities. We describe the technical and programmatic content of these and latest progress in space and ground segment definition.

  4. Phase change memory

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    Qureshi, Moinuddin K

    2011-01-01

    As conventional memory technologies such as DRAM and Flash run into scaling challenges, architects and system designers are forced to look at alternative technologies for building future computer systems. This synthesis lecture begins by listing the requirements for a next generation memory technology and briefly surveys the landscape of novel non-volatile memories. Among these, Phase Change Memory (PCM) is emerging as a leading contender, and the authors discuss the material, device, and circuit advances underlying this exciting technology. The lecture then describes architectural solutions t

  5. Frequency discriminator/phase detector

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    Crow, R. B.

    1974-01-01

    Circuit provides dual function of frequency discriminator/phase detector which reduces frequency acquisition time without adding to circuit complexity. Both frequency discriminators, in evaluated frequency discriminator/phase detector circuits, are effective two decades above and below center frequency.

  6. Phase retrieval using nonlinear diversity.

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    Lu, Chien-Hung; Barsi, Christopher; Williams, Matthew O; Kutz, J Nathan; Fleischer, Jason W

    2013-04-01

    We extend the Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm to phase retrieval in a nonlinear system. Using a tunable photorefractive crystal, we experimentally demonstrate the noninterferometric technique by reconstructing an unknown phase object from optical intensity measurements taken at different nonlinear strengths.

  7. Phases of QCD

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    Roessner, Simon

    2009-04-09

    Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) is the theory of the strong interaction within the Standard Model of elementary particles. Today's research in this area dedicates substantial resources to numeric solutions of the QCD field equations and experimental programs exploring the phases of QCD. This thesis proceeds along a complementary line - that of modelling QCD, with the aim of identifying its dominant degrees of freedom. This is possible by minimally coupling effective potentials for the Polyakov loop to Nambu-Jona-Lasinio models using temporal background fields to model chiral symmetry breaking respecting colour confinement. The fermion sign problem resulting from the minimal coupling is addressed in this work establishing a novel, systematically ordered approach. The modifications to the approximative order parameter of colour confinement, the Polyakov loop, are in direct connection with the fermion sign problem. Furthermore an effective coupling of quark densities of different flavours is induced. This mechanism, most likely also present in QCD, produces finite contributions to flavour off diagonal susceptibilities. Susceptibilities are amongst the most promising physical quantities for the experimental exploration of the phase transition at high temperatures and densities. (orig.)

  8. EGEE enters second phase

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    2006-01-01

    This month has seen the launch of the second two-year phase of the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE project (EGEE-II), with a transition meeting for the partners held at CERN on 12-13 April. Co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by CERN, the EGEE project is providing an international Grid computing infrastructure - now numbering some 200 sites and 20 000 CPUs in 39 countries - to support the scientific community worldwide. 'We are all very happy about the smooth start of the second phase of EGEE,' said Project Director Bob Jones. 'The project builds on the successes of its first two years and we are now focussing on the stability of the deployed infrastructure. Growing beyond our pilot application areas of HEP and biomedicine, we now see increasing use by researchers from other fields. Recently we've added finance and fusion to the list of disciplines we support, and we are always looking for new users.' More information on EGEE can be found at www.eu-egee.org.

  9. Reduction of phase artifacts in differential phase contrast computed tomography.

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    Jerjen, Iwan; Revol, Vincent; Schuetz, Philipp; Kottler, Christian; Kaufmann, Rolf; Luethi, Thomas; Jefimovs, Konstantins; Urban, Claus; Sennhauser, Urs

    2011-07-01

    X-ray differential phase contrast computed tomography (DPC CT) with a Talbot-Lau interferometer setup allows visualizing the three-dimensional distribution of the refractive index by measuring the shifts of an interference pattern due to phase variations of the X-ray beam. Unfortunately, severe reconstruction artifacts appear in the presence of differential phase wrapping and clipping. In this paper, we propose to use the attenuation contrast, which is obtained from the same measurement, for correcting the DPC signal. Using the example of a DPC CT measurement with pronounced phase artifacts, we will discuss the efficiency of our phase artifact correction method. PMID:21747516

  10. Multiple phases of protien gels

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    Annaka, Masahiko; Tanaka, Toyoichi

    1994-03-01

    A multiple phase transition was observed in gels made by covalently cross-linking proteins in either native or denatured state. The enzymatic activity of the gels prepared from native α-chymotrypsin was determined for each of the multiple phases. The reversibility of the swelling degrees and the enzymatic reaction rates upon phase transition suggests that the protein is at a free energy minimum and thus in a phase.

  11. Supersymmetric phase-space operators

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    A symmetric extension of the phase-space creation-annihilation operators and of the relevant formalism is considered. The symmetric phase-space partner potentials can be introduced and the concepts of supersymmetric quantum mechanics can be almost naturally extended to the phase-space case

  12. Phase Detector For Rectangular Waveforms

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    Dischert, Robert A.; Walter, James M.

    1993-01-01

    Phase detector for use with phase-locked-loops, servocontrol, and other electronic circuits designed to avoid disadvantages of other phase detectors. Used with both intermittent and continuous input signals. Circuit offers several advantages; reference signals continuous, burst of few pulses, or single pulse. Circuit "coasts" in absence of reference signal. Generates no steady-state output waveform at lock which makes filtering easier.

  13. Geometric phase and Pancharatnam phase induced by light wave polarization

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    Lages, J; Vigoureux, J -M

    2013-01-01

    We use the quantum kinematic approach to revisit geometric phases associated with polarizing processes of a monochromatic light wave. We give the expressions of geometric phases for any, unitary or non-unitary, cyclic or non-cyclic transformations of the light wave state. Contrarily to the usually considered case of absorbing polarizers, we found that a light wave passing through a polarizer may acquire in general a non zero geometric phase. This geometric phase exists despite the fact that initial and final polarization states are in phase according to the Pancharatnam criterion and can not be measured using interferometric superposition. Consequently, there is a difference between the Pancharatnam phase and the complete geometric phase acquired by a light wave passing through a polarizer. We illustrate our work with the particular example of total reflection based polarizers.

  14. Phase detector for three-phase power factor controller

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    Nola, F. J. (Inventor)

    1984-01-01

    A phase detector for the three phase power factor controller (PFC) is described. The phase detector for each phase includes an operational amplifier which senses the current phase angle for that phase by sensing the voltage across the phase thyristor. Common mode rejection is achieved by providing positive feedback between the input and output of the voltage sensing operational amplifier. this feedback preferably comprises a resistor connected between the output and input of the operational amplifier. The novelty of the invention resides in providing positive feedback such that switching of the operational amplifier is synchronized with switching of the voltage across the thyristor. The invention provides a solution to problems associated with high common mode voltage and enables use of lower cost components than would be required by other approaches.

  15. Jeg anerkender den musikalske tradition - men jeg prøver ikke at lave musik

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    Holmboe, Rasmus

    2013-01-01

    Interview med Jacob Kirkegaard i anledning af hans udgivelse: ”Conversion”. Det blev en samtale om reallyde, der bliver til instrumentallyde, om afvisningen af det subjektive udtryk, og om hvordan musikken i sidste ende ikke er komponistens men lytterens anliggende....

  16. Phase coexistence far from equilibrium

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    Dickman, Ronald

    2016-04-01

    Investigation of simple far-from-equilibrium systems exhibiting phase separation leads to the conclusion that phase coexistence is not well defined in this context. This is because the properties of the coexisting nonequilibrium systems depend on how they are placed in contact, as verified in the driven lattice gas with attractive interactions, and in the two-temperature lattice gas, under (a) weak global exchange between uniform systems, and (b) phase-separated (nonuniform) systems. Thus, far from equilibrium, the notions of universality of phase coexistence (i.e., independence of how systems exchange particles and/or energy), and of phases with intrinsic properties (independent of their environment) are lost.

  17. Coherent imaging without phases

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    Moscoso, Miguel; Papanicolaou, George

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we consider narrow band, active array imaging of weak localized scatterers when only the intensities are recorded at an array with N transducers. We consider that the medium is homogeneous and, hence, wave propagation is fully coherent. This work is an extension of our previous paper, where we showed that using linear combinations of intensity-only measurements imaging of localized scatterers can be carried out efficiently using MUSIC or sparsity promoting optimization. Here we show the same strategy can be accomplished with only 3N-2 illuminations, therefore reducing enormously the data acquisition process. Furthermore, we show that in the paraxial regime one can form the images by using six illuminations only. In particular, this paraxial regime includes Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction. The key point of this work is that if one controls the illuminations, imaging with intensity-only can be easily reduced to a imaging with phases and, therefore, one can apply standard imaging techniques. Det...

  18. Options Study - Phase II

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    R. Wigeland; T. Taiwo; M. Todosow; W. Halsey; J. Gehin

    2010-09-01

    The Options Study has been conducted for the purpose of evaluating the potential of alternative integrated nuclear fuel cycle options to favorably address the issues associated with a continuing or expanding use of nuclear power in the United States. The study produced information that can be used to inform decisions identifying potential directions for research and development on such fuel cycle options. An integrated nuclear fuel cycle option is defined in this study as including all aspects of the entire nuclear fuel cycle, from obtaining natural resources for fuel to the ultimate disposal of used nuclear fuel (UNF) or radioactive wastes. Issues such as nuclear waste management, especially the increasing inventory of used nuclear fuel, the current uncertainty about used fuel disposal, and the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation have contributed to the reluctance to expand the use of nuclear power, even though it is recognized that nuclear power is a safe and reliable method of producing electricity. In this Options Study, current, evolutionary, and revolutionary nuclear energy options were all considered, including the use of uranium and thorium, and both once-through and recycle approaches. Available information has been collected and reviewed in order to evaluate the ability of an option to clearly address the challenges associated with the current implementation and potential expansion of commercial nuclear power in the United States. This Options Study is a comprehensive consideration and review of fuel cycle and technology options, including those for disposal, and is not constrained by any limitations that may be imposed by economics, technical maturity, past policy, or speculated future conditions. This Phase II report is intended to be used in conjunction with the Phase I report, and much information in that report is not repeated here, although some information has been updated to reflect recent developments. The focus in this Options Study was to

  19. Dirac phase leptogenesis

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    Blanchet, Steve

    2007-01-01

    I present here a concise summary of the preprint arXiv:0707.3024, written in collaboration with A. Anisimov and P. Di Bari. There we discuss leptogenesis when {\\em CP} violation stems exlusively from the Dirac phase in the PMNS mixing matrix. Under this assumption it turns out that the situation is very constrained when a hierarchical heavy right-handed (RH) neutrino spectrum is considered: the allowed regions are small and the final asymmetry depends on the initial conditions. On the other hand, for a quasi-degenerate spectrum of RH neutrinos, the {\\em CP} asymmetry can be enhanced and the situation becomes much more favorable, with no dependence on the initial conditions. Interestingly, in the extreme case of resonant leptogenesis, in order to match the observed baryon asymmetry of the Universe, we obtain a lower bound on \\sin \\q_{13} which depends on the lightest active neutrino mass m_1.

  20. METHODOLOGICAL NOTES: Metastable phases, phase transformations, and phase diagrams in physics and chemistry

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    Brazhkin, Vadim V.

    2006-07-01

    Concepts of a 'phase' and a 'phase transition' are discussed for stable and metastable states of matter. While condensed matter physics primarily considers equilibrium states and treats metastable phases as exceptions, organic chemistry overwhelmingly deals with metastable states. It is emphasized that many simple light-element compounds — including most hydrocarbons; nitrogen oxides, hydrides, and carbides; carbon monoxide CO; alcohols and glycerin — are also metastable at normal pressure in the sense that they do not correspond to a minimum Gibbs free energy for a given chemical composition. At moderate temperatures and pressures, the phase transformations for these metastable phases are reversible with the fulfilment of all laws of equilibrium thermodynamics over the entire range of experimentally accessible times. At sufficiently high pressures (> 1-10 GPa), most of the metastable molecular phases irreversibly transform to lower-energy polymer phases, stable or metastable. These transitions do not correspond to the equality of the Gibbs free energy for the involved phases before and after the transition and so they are not first-order in the 'classical' sense. At normal pressure, the resulting polymer phases can exist at temperatures above the melting point of the original metastable molecular phase, as the examples of polyethylene and polymerized CO dramatically illustrate. As pressure is increased further to 20-50 GPa, the PV contribution to Gibbs free energy gives rise to stable high-density atomic phases. Many of the intermediate-energy polymer phases can likely be synthesized by methods of 'classical' chemistry at normal pressure.

  1. VFT PHASE VOLTAGE MEASUREMENT IN THREE-PHASE ENCLOSED GIS

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    邹建华; 岳子丁; 李洋

    2002-01-01

    The measuring of VFT phase voltage in three-phase enclosed GIS is more complex and difficult than in single-phase ones. There are 3 capacitive sensors in the measuring system, the outputs of which are with a linear relation to the three phase voltages. This linear relation is presented with a factorial matrix. Because each capacitive sensor is coupled with the electric field of three phases (A, B, and C), the electric coupling coefficients are introduced. In order to determine the matrix of electric coupling coefficients, the numerical calculation method can be used. From the discussion on two types of three-phase enclosed GIS bus, i.e. standard arrangement and biased arrangement, the dominant electric coupling coefficients are named, which can be simply and approximately calculated by an analytic expression. Finally, as an example, the waveforms of VFT phase voltage generated on a three-phase enclosed GIS bus model are displayed. When a capacitive sensor is located at the 'shortest point' of phase A (or B, or C), the VFT phase voltage VA (or VB, or VC) can almost be measured by that capacitive sensor alone.

  2. Phase Coarsening in Thin Films

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    Wang, K. G.; Glicksman, M. E.

    2015-08-01

    Phase coarsening (Ostwald ripening) phenomena are ubiquitous in materials growth processes such as thin film formation. The classical theory explaining late-stage phase coarsening phenomena was developed by Lifshitz and Slyozov, and by Wagner in the 1960s. Their theory is valid only for a vanishing volume fraction of the second phase in three dimensions. However, phase coarsening in two-dimensional systems is qualitatively different from that in three dimensions. In this paper, the many-body concept of screening length is reviewed, from which we derive the growth law for a `screened' phase island, and develop diffusion screening theory for phase coarsening in thin films. The coarsening rate constant, maximum size of phase islands in films, and their size distribution function will be derived from diffusion screening theory. A critical comparison will be provided of prior coarsening concepts and improvements derived from screening approaches.

  3. Phase aberration effects in elastography.

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    Varghese, T; Bilgen, M; Ophir, J

    2001-06-01

    In sonography, phase aberration plays a role in the corruption of sonograms. Phase aberration does not have a significant impact on elastography, if statistically similar phase errors are present in both the pre- and postcompression signals. However, if the phase errors are present in only one of the pre- or postcompression signal pairs, the precision of the strain estimation process will be reduced. In some cases, increased phase errors may occur only in the postcompression signal due to changes in the tissue structure with the applied compression. Phase-aberration effects increase with applied strain and may be viewed as an image quality derating factor, much like frequency-dependent attenuation or undesired lateral tissue motion. In this paper, we present a theoretical and simulation study of the effects of phase aberration on the elastographic strain-estimation process, using the strain filter approach.

  4. Phase Referencing in Optical Interferometry

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    Filho, Mercedes E; Duvert, Gilles; Duchene, Gaspard; Thiebaut, Eric; Young, John; Absil, Olivier; Berger, Jean-Phillipe; Beckert, Thomas; Hoenig, Sebastian; Schertl, Dieter; Weigelt, Gerd; Testi, Leonardo; Tatuli, Eric; Borkowski, Virginie; de Becker, Michael; Surdej, Jean; Aringer, Bernard; Hron, Joseph; Lebzelter, Thomas; Chiavassa, Andrea; Corradi, Romano; Harries, Tim

    2008-01-01

    One of the aims of next generation optical interferometric instrumentation is to be able to make use of information contained in the visibility phase to construct high dynamic range images. Radio and optical interferometry are at the two extremes of phase corruption by the atmosphere. While in radio it is possible to obtain calibrated phases for the science objects, in the optical this is currently not possible. Instead, optical interferometry has relied on closure phase techniques to produce images. Such techniques allow only to achieve modest dynamic ranges. However, with high contrast objects, for faint targets or when structure detail is needed, phase referencing techniques as used in radio interferometry, should theoretically achieve higher dynamic ranges for the same number of telescopes. Our approach is not to provide evidence either for or against the hypothesis that phase referenced imaging gives better dynamic range than closure phase imaging. Instead we wish to explore the potential of this techniq...

  5. Engineering Holographic Superconductor Phase Diagrams

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    Chen, Jiunn-Wei; Maity, Debaprasad; Zhang, Yun-Long

    2016-01-01

    We study how to engineer holographic models with features of a high temperature superconductor phase diagram. We introduce a field in the bulk which provides a tunable "doping" parameter in the boundary theory. By designing how this field changes the effective masses of other order parameter fields, desired phase diagrams can be engineered. We give examples of generating phase diagrams with phase boundaries similar to a superconducting dome and an anti-ferromagnetic phase by including two order parameter fields. We also explore whether the pseudo gap phase can be described without adding another order parameter field and discuss the potential scaling symmetry associated with a quantum critical point hidden under the superconducting dome in this phase diagram.

  6. Phase Characteristics of 1-Monopalmitoyl-rac-glycerol Monolayers at the Air/Water Interface.

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    Vollhardt, D; Brezesinski, G

    2016-07-26

    1-Monopalmitoyl-rac-glycerol is omnipresent in numerous biological and applied systems. Systematic GIXD measurements of 1-monopalmitoyl-rac-glycerol monolayers are carried out over a large pressure interval at 5, 10, and 15 °C to construct the phase diagram on the basis of reliable 2D lattice structures. These studies are complemented by other monolayer characteristics, such as π-A isotherms and mesoscopic domain topographies. A phase transition is found between the two orthorhombic structures with NN and NNN tilted alkyl chains at low temperatures (5 and 10 °C). It increases linearly with increasing temperature. With a further increase in temperature to 15 °C, only NN-tilted orthorhombic lattices are observed in the whole pressure region. The cross-sectional area, A0, is less affected by surface pressure and temperature and amounts to values of between 19.7 and 19.8 Å(2), as expected for a rotator phase at the lower limit. The tilt angle t with respect to the surface normal decreases with increasing pressure and is only slightly influenced by the temperature. The transition pressure to untilted alkyl chains, as determined by the extrapolation of 1/cos(t) to zero tilt angle, is >50 mN/m for all temperatures. The results of lattice distortion d versus sin 2(t) suggest for 10 and 15 °C the tilt of the aliphatic chains as the reason for the monolayer lattice distortion whereas at 5 °C the nonzero-tilt-angle intercept d0 could be an indication of the prevention of hexagonal packing. The generic π-T phase diagram of racemic monoacylglycerol monolayers is constructed on the basis of the phase diagrams of 1-monopalmitoyl-rac-glycerol and 1-monostearoyl-rac-glycerol, which shows that for 1-monopalmitoyl-rac-glycerol monolayers the oblique phase can occur only close to and below 0 °C. The possible phase behavior of other racemic monoacylglycerol monolayers with alkyl chain lengths of C14 and C20 is discussed on the basis of the generic phase diagram. PMID:27351635

  7. Electrochemical properties of Ti{sub 49}Zr{sub 26}Ni{sub 25−x}Pd{sub x} (x = 0–6) quasicrystal electrodes produced by mechanical alloying

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    Ariga, Youhei [Shibaura Institute of Technology, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Takasaki, Akito, E-mail: takasaki@sic.shibaura-it.ac.jp [Shibaura Institute of Technology, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Kimijima, Tsubasa [Shibaura Institute of Technology, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Świerczek, Konrad [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Energy and Fuels, al. Mickiewicza, 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland)

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • Formation of icosahedral quasicrystal phase in Ti–Zr–Ni–Pd powders after MA and annealing. • The maximum discharge capacity achieved was 220 mA h/g. • The powder surface turned rough and exhibited various finer pores after hydrogen cycling. - Abstract: Elemental powders consisted of chemical composition of Ti{sub 49}Zr{sub 26}Ni{sub 25−x}Pd{sub x} (x = 0, 1, 3, 6) were mechanically alloyed and annealed subsequently, and the discharge performance of the electrodes was measured by a three-electrode cell at room temperature. The annealing after mechanical alloying caused a formation of the icosahedral quasicrystal phase with a Ti{sub 2}Ni type crystal, C14 Laves and α-Ti/Zr phases. The quasilattice constant increased with increasing amount of Pd substituted for Ni up to 3 at.% due to difference in atomic radius between Pd and Ni. The maximum discharge capacity achieved was about 220 mA h/g from a (Ti{sub 49}Zr{sub 26}Ni{sub 22}Pd{sub 3}) electrode at the first discharge process.

  8. Nonlinear Phase Control and Anomalous Phase Matching in Plasmonic Metasurfaces

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    Almeida, Euclides; Prior, Yehiam

    2015-01-01

    Metasurfaces, and in particular those containing plasmonic-based metallic elements, constitute a particularly attractive set of materials. By means of modern nanolithographic fabrication techniques, flat, ultrathin optical elements may be constructed. However, in spite of their strong optical nonlinearities, plasmonic metasurfaces have so far been investigated mostly in the linear regime. Here we introduce full nonlinear phase control over plasmonic elements in metasurfaces. We show that for nonlinear interactions in a phase-gradient nonlinear metasurface a new anomalous nonlinear phase matching condition prevails, which is the nonlinear analog of the generalized Snell law demonstrated for linear metasurfaces. This phase matching condition is very different from the other known phase matching schemes. The subwavelength phase control of optical nonlinearities provides a foundation for the design of flat nonlinear optical elements based on metasurfaces. Our demonstrated flat nonlinear elements (i.e. lenses) act...

  9. Quantum Phase Transitions and Dimerized Phases in Frustrated Spin Ladder

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    WEN Rui; LIU Guang-Hua; TIAN Guang-Shan

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we study the phase diagram of a frustrated spin ladder model by applying the bosonization technique and the density-matrix renormalization-group (DMRG) algorithm. Effect of the intra-chain next-nearestneighbor (NNN) super-exchange interaction is investigated in detail and the order parameters are calculated to detect the emergence of the dimerized phases. We find that the intra-chain NNN interaction plays a key role in inducing dimerized phases.

  10. Phase appearance or disappearance in two-phase flows

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    Cordier, Floraine; Degond, Pierre; Kumbaro, Anela

    2011-01-01

    This paper is devoted to the treatment of specific numerical problems which appear when phase appearance or disappearance occurs in models of two-phase flows. Such models have crucial importance in many industrial areas such as nuclear power plant safety studies. In this paper, two outstanding problems are identified: first, the loss of hyperbolicity of the system when a phase appears or disappears and second, the lack of positivity of standard shock capturing schemes such as the Roe scheme. ...

  11. Simulation of Mission Phases

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    Carlstrom, Nicholas Mercury

    2016-01-01

    This position with the Simulation and Graphics Branch (ER7) at Johnson Space Center (JSC) provided an introduction to vehicle hardware, mission planning, and simulation design. ER7 supports engineering analysis and flight crew training by providing high-fidelity, real-time graphical simulations in the Systems Engineering Simulator (SES) lab. The primary project assigned by NASA mentor and SES lab manager, Meghan Daley, was to develop a graphical simulation of the rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking (RPOD) phases of flight. The simulation is to include a generic crew/cargo transportation vehicle and a target object in low-Earth orbit (LEO). Various capsule, winged, and lifting body vehicles as well as historical RPOD methods were evaluated during the project analysis phase. JSC core mission to support the International Space Station (ISS), Commercial Crew Program (CCP), and Human Space Flight (HSF) influenced the project specifications. The simulation is characterized as a 30 meter +V Bar and/or -R Bar approach to the target object's docking station. The ISS was selected as the target object and the international Low Impact Docking System (iLIDS) was selected as the docking mechanism. The location of the target object's docking station corresponds with the RPOD methods identified. The simulation design focuses on Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) system architecture models with station keeping and telemetry data processing capabilities. The optical and inertial sensors, reaction control system thrusters, and the docking mechanism selected were based on CCP vehicle manufacturer's current and proposed technologies. A significant amount of independent study and tutorial completion was required for this project. Multiple primary source materials were accessed using the NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS) and reference textbooks were borrowed from the JSC Main Library and International Space Station Library. The Trick Simulation Environment and User

  12. Modern windships. Phase 1

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    Knud E. Hansen A/S (KEH) has, partly funded by the Energy Research Programme, (EFP-95) investigated in the possibilities of using windships for transportation of cargo on long routes, i.e. across the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. The task was to peruse experiences from projects made during the past 30 years and then, based on new materials and design principle to make proposals to modern wind driven ships to transportation of cargo - especially bulk carriers. KEH has thus prepared a suggestion for a 50,000 DWT wind driven bulk carrier on these terms. The bulk carrier in question is a modern rig inspired by the classical lugger and junk sail with a total sail area of abt. 10,000 m2. The hull of the ship has been developed in order to limit wave resistance and drifting. Project Windship has, in contrast to earlier tests and projects, designed a bulk carrier based on a complete evaluation of ecology, safety, economy and reasonable transportation speed. The research project shows that international sea transportation, with wind as the primary source of energy, does not seem to run up against any obstacles as regards safety. The economical analyses show that windship transportation, with today's oil prices, will be about 10% higher compared to the diesel driven transportation. In the light of the positive results of the research project the steering committee recommends that phase II of project 'Modern Windships' is carried out. (EG)

  13. Kinetics of phase transformations

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    This volume contains papers presented at the Materials Research Society symposium on Kinetics of Phase Transformations held in Boston, Massachusetts from November 26-29, 1990. The symposium provided a forum for research results in an exceptionally broad and interdisciplinary field. Presentations covered nearly every major class of transformations including solid-solid, liquid-solid, transport phenomena and kinetics modeling. Papers involving amorphous Si, a dominant topic at the symposium, are collected in the first section followed by sections on four major areas of transformation kinetics. The symposium opened with joint sessions on ion and electron beam induced transformations in conjunction with the Surface Chemistry and Beam-Solid Interactions: symposium. Subsequent sessions focused on the areas of ordering and nonlinear diffusion kinetics, solid state reactions and amorphization, kinetics and defects of amorphous silicon, and kinetics of melting and solidification. Seven internationally recognized invited speakers reviewed many of the important problems and recent results in these areas, including defects in amorphous Si, crystal to glass transformations, ordering kinetics, solid-state amorphization, computer modeling, and liquid/solid transformations

  14. Optimal Phase Oscillatory Network

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    Follmann, Rosangela

    2013-03-01

    Important topics as preventive detection of epidemics, collective self-organization, information flow and systemic robustness in clusters are typical examples of processes that can be studied in the context of the theory of complex networks. It is an emerging theory in a field, which has recently attracted much interest, involving the synchronization of dynamical systems associated to nodes, or vertices, of the network. Studies have shown that synchronization in oscillatory networks depends not only on the individual dynamics of each element, but also on the combination of the topology of the connections as well as on the properties of the interactions of these elements. Moreover, the response of the network to small damages, caused at strategic points, can enhance the global performance of the whole network. In this presentation we explore an optimal phase oscillatory network altered by an additional term in the coupling function. The application to associative-memory network shows improvement on the correct information retrieval as well as increase of the storage capacity. The inclusion of some small deviations on the nodes, when solutions are attracted to a false state, results in additional enhancement of the performance of the associative-memory network. Supported by FAPESP - Sao Paulo Research Foundation, grant number 2012/12555-4

  15. Modern windships. Phase 1

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    1996-11-01

    Knud E. Hansen A/S (KEH) has, partly funded by the Energy Research Programme, (EFP-95) investigated in the possibilities of using windships for transportation of cargo on long routes, i.e. across the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. The task was to peruse experiences from projects made during the past 30 years and then, based on new materials and design principle to make proposals to modern wind driven ships to transportation of cargo - especially bulk carriers. KEH has thus prepared a suggestion for a 50,000 DWT wind driven bulk carrier on these terms. The bulk carrier in question is a modern rig inspired by the classical lugger and junk sail with a total sail area of abt. 10,000 m{sup 2}. The hull of the ship has been developed in order to limit wave resistance and drifting. Project Windship has, in contrast to earlier tests and projects, designed a bulk carrier based on a complete evaluation of ecology, safety, economy and reasonable transportation speed. The research project shows that international sea transportation, with wind as the primary source of energy, does not seem to run up against any obstacles as regards safety. The economical analyses show that windship transportation, with today`s oil prices, will be about 10% higher compared to the diesel driven transportation. In the light of the positive results of the research project the steering committee recommends that phase II of project `Modern Windships` is carried out. (EG)

  16. Phase Transformations and Earthquakes

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    Green, H. W.

    2011-12-01

    Phase transformations have been cited as responsible for, or at least involved in, "deep" earthquakes for many decades (although the concept of "deep" has varied). In 1945, PW Bridgman laid out in detail the string of events/conditions that would have to be achieved for a solid/solid transformation to lead to a faulting instability, although he expressed pessimism that the full set of requirements would be simultaneously achieved in nature. Raleigh and Paterson (1965) demonstrated faulting during dehydration of serpentine under stress and suggested dehydration embrittlement as the cause of intermediate depth earthquakes. Griggs and Baker (1969) produced a thermal runaway model of a shear zone under constant stress, culminating in melting, and proposed such a runaway as the origin of deep earthquakes. The discovery of Plate Tectonics in the late 1960s established the conditions (subduction) under which Bridgman's requirements for earthquake runaway in a polymorphic transformation could be possible in nature and Green and Burnley (1989) found that instability during the transformation of metastable olivine to spinel. Recent seismic correlation of intermediate-depth-earthquake hypocenters with predicted conditions of dehydration of antigorite serpentine and discovery of metastable olivine in 4 subduction zones, suggests strongly that dehydration embrittlement and transformation-induced faulting are the underlying mechanisms of intermediate and deep earthquakes, respectively. The results of recent high-speed friction experiments and analysis of natural fault zones suggest that it is likely that similar processes occur commonly during many shallow earthquakes after initiation by frictional failure.

  17. Learning phase transitions by confusion

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    van Nieuwenburg, Evert P L; Huber, Sebastian D

    2016-01-01

    Classifying phases of matter is a central problem in physics. For quantum mechanical systems, this task can be daunting owing to the exponentially large Hilbert space. Thanks to the available computing power and access to ever larger data sets, classification problems are now routinely solved using machine learning techniques. Here, we propose to use a neural network based approach to find phase transitions depending on the performance of the neural network after training it with deliberately incorrectly labelled data. We demonstrate the success of this method on the topological phase transition in the Kitaev chain, the thermal phase transition in the classical Ising model, and the many-body-localization transition in a disordered quantum spin chain. Our method does not depend on order parameters, knowledge of the topological content of the phases, or any other specifics of the transition at hand. It therefore paves the way to a generic tool to identify unexplored phase transitions.

  18. Phase structures in fuzzy geometries

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    Govindarajan, T R; Gupta, K S; Martin, X

    2012-01-01

    We study phase structures of quantum field theories in fuzzy geometries. Several examples of fuzzy geometries as well as QFT's on such geometries are considered. They are fuzzy spheres and beyond as well as noncommutative deformations of BTZ blackholes. Analysis is done analytically and through simulations. Several features like novel stripe phases as well as spontaneous symmetry breaking avoiding Colemen, Mermin, Wagner theorem are brought out. Also we establish that these phases are stable due to topological obstructions.

  19. Modulational instability of nematic phase

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    T Mithun; K Porsezian

    2014-02-01

    We numerically observe the effect of homogeneous magnetic field on the modulationally stable case of polar phase in = 2 spinor Bose–Einstein condensates (BECs). Also we investigate the modulational instability of uniaxial and biaxial (BN) states of polar phase. Our observations show that the magnetic field triggers the modulational instability and demonstrate that irrespective of the magnetic field effect the uniaxial and biaxial nematic phases show modulational instability.

  20. Phenomenological description of phase inversion.

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    Piela, K; Ooms, G; Sengers, J V

    2009-02-01

    We propose an extended Ginzburg-Landau model for a description of the ambivalence region associated with the phenomenon of phase inversion observed in dispersed water-oil flow through a pipe. In analogy to the classical mean-field theory of phase transitions, it is shown that a good quantitative representation of the ambivalence region is obtained by using the injected phase volume fraction and a friction factor as the appropriate physical parameters.

  1. Superconductors with Mesoscopic Phase Separation

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    Coleman, A.J.; Yukalova, E. P.; V. I. Yukalov

    1997-01-01

    A model of superconductivity is proposed taking into account repulsive particle interaction, mesoscopic phase separation and softening of crystalline lattice. These features are typical of many high-temperature superconductors. The main results obtained for the model are: (i) phase separation is possible only if repulsive forces play a significant role; (ii) the critical temperature as a function of the superconducting phase fraction can have non-monotonic behaviour; (iii) superconductivity i...

  2. Singularly perturbed phase response curves

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    Sacré, Pierre; Franci, Alessio

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we propose a novel geometric method, based on singular perturbations, to approximate isochrones of relaxation oscillators and predict the qualitative shape of their (finite) phase response curve. This approach complements the infinitesimal phase response curve approach to relaxation oscillators and overcomes its limitations near the singular limit. We illustrate the power of the methodology by deriving semi-analytic formula for the (finite) phase response curve of generic planar...

  3. Phase barograms–phase diagrams of vapor pressure: Eutectoid phase formation in binary systems

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    Highlights: ► Thermodynamic considerations of complex heterogeneous equilibria. ► Derivative of the three-dimensional Clausius–Clapeyron equation. ► Relationship between phase diagram and related phase barogram. ► Transformation of thermal effects of vapor pressure measurements. ► Eutectoid phase formation CsSeO2Br in the system CsBr/SeO2. - Abstract: Phase barograms are specific representations of conventional (x, T) phase diagrams considering the vapor pressure as additional thermodynamic parameter. Thus, the determination of the vapor pressure is complementary to conventional DTA or DSC measurements. A stringent relationship between the phase diagram and the corresponding phase barogram is derived by thermodynamic considerations of phase relations for complex heterogeneous equilibria. For that purpose, a derivative of the three-dimensional Clausius–Clapeyron equation is utilized. As a result, a validation of DTA/DSC measurements becomes feasible by the transformation of characteristic effects of vapor pressure measurements into thermal effects in conventional phase diagrams. The system CsBr/SeO2 is presented as a case study of systems with a eutectoid phase formation. CsSeO2Br is formed from the binaries at θf = 180(5) °C; the compound decomposes peritectically at θp = 470(10) °C.

  4. Phase structure of soliton molecules

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    Temporal optical soliton molecules were recently demonstrated; they potentially allow further increase of data rates in optical telecommunication. Their binding mechanism relies on the internal phases, but these have not been experimentally accessible so far. Conventional frequency-resolved optical gating techniques are not suited for measurement of their phase profile: Their algorithms fail to converge due to zeros both in their temporal and their spectral profile. We show that the VAMPIRE (very advanced method of phase and intensity retrieval of E-fields) method performs reliably. With VAMPIRE the phase profile of soliton molecules has been measured, and further insight into the mechanism is obtained

  5. Phase structure of soliton molecules

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    Hause, A.; Hartwig, H.; Seifert, B.; Stolz, H.; Böhm, M.; Mitschke, F.

    2007-06-01

    Temporal optical soliton molecules were recently demonstrated; they potentially allow further increase of data rates in optical telecommunication. Their binding mechanism relies on the internal phases, but these have not been experimentally accessible so far. Conventional frequency-resolved optical gating techniques are not suited for measurement of their phase profile: Their algorithms fail to converge due to zeros both in their temporal and their spectral profile. We show that the VAMPIRE (very advanced method of phase and intensity retrieval of E -fields) method performs reliably. With VAMPIRE the phase profile of soliton molecules has been measured, and further insight into the mechanism is obtained.

  6. Zitterbewegung and gravitational Berry phase

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    Papini, Giorgio, E-mail: papini@uregina.ca [Department of Physics and Prairie Particle Physics Institute, University of Regina, Regina, Sask S4S 0A2 (Canada); International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies, 89019 Vietri sul Mare (Italy)

    2012-03-12

    Berry phases mix states of positive and negative energy in the propagation of fermions and bosons in external gravitational and electromagnetic fields and generate Zitterbewegung oscillations. The results are valid in any reference frame and to any order of approximation in the metric deviation. -- Highlights: ► Berry phases generate Zitterbewegung oscillations in the propagation of particles. ► The covariant approach applies to gravitational and electromagnetic fields. ► The curvature of space–time affects Hilbert space via Berry phases. ► Berry phases mix the positive and negative energy states of relativistic particles.

  7. Quantum phase transition in space

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    Damski, Bogdan [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Zurek, Wojciech H [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    A quantum phase transition between the symmetric (polar) phase and the phase with broken symmetry can be induced in a ferromagnetic spin-1 Bose-Einstein condensate in space (rather than in time). We consider such a phase transition and show that the transition region in the vicinity of the critical point exhibits scalings that reflect a compromise between the rate at which the transition is imposed (i.e., the gradient of the control parameter) and the scaling of the divergent healing length in the critical region. Our results suggest a method for the direct measurement of the scaling exponent {nu}.

  8. Magnetic resonance of phase transitions

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    Owens, Frank J; Farach, Horacio A

    1979-01-01

    Magnetic Resonance of Phase Transitions shows how the effects of phase transitions are manifested in the magnetic resonance data. The book discusses the basic concepts of structural phase and magnetic resonance; various types of magnetic resonances and their underlying principles; and the radiofrequency methods of nuclear magnetic resonance. The text also describes quadrupole methods; the microwave technique of electron spin resonance; and the Mössbauer effect. Phase transitions in various systems such as fluids, liquid crystals, and crystals, including paramagnets and ferroelectrics, are also

  9. Phase retrieval with prior information.

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    Irwan, R; Lane, R G

    1998-09-01

    An algorithm for phase retrieval with Bayesian statistics is discussed. It is shown how the statistics of Kolmogorov turbulence can be used to compute the likelihood for a particular phase screen. This likelihood is then added to that of the observed data to produce a functional that is maximized directly by use of conjugate gradient maximization. It is shown that although this can significantly improve the quality of the phase estimate,the issue is complicated by local maxima introduced by the possibility of phase wrapping. The causes of the local maxima are analyzed, and a method that increases the likelihood of convergence to the global maximum is presented.

  10. Condensed phase decomposition and gas phase combustion of hydrazinium nitroformate

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    Dragomir, O.E.; Tummers, M.J.; Veen, E.H. van; Heijden, A.E.D.M. van der; Roekaerts, D.J.E.M.

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents the results of a series of experiments on the condensed phase decomposition and the gas phase combustion of hydrazinium nitroformate (HNF). The experiments include SEM analysis of quenched samples that showed evidence of the formation of a foam layer. FTIR spectrometry and mass s

  11. Environmental program. Phase 2

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    The Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF) has between 1991 and 1993 conducted an environmental program. The objectives were to: Enhance the knowledge of emissions to air and discharges to sea from Norwegian offshore oil and gas production operations. Evaluate the technology and the associated costs for potential reduction of continuous emissions and discharges. Phase 2 of the program has in particular focused on the relationship between the cost and benefit of emission and discharge reduction measures. The purpose has been to identify the measures giving the largest reductions per unit cost. This has now been performed and is documented in 24 technical reports. Total production of oil and gas from the Norwegian sector was 130 million tons oil equivalents (toe) in 1992, most of which was exported to markets in Europe. All this will ultimately be consumed, primarily through energy conversion processes, with release of CO2 and other greenhouse emission gases. The current gas production of 26 million toe per year will increase rapidly during the coming ten years, while the present increase in oil production is expected to culminate in the same period. Reduction of atmospheric emissions from the Norwegian oil and gas industry may be achieved primarily through energy efficiency measures. Approximately 2.5% of the fossil fuel energy is consumed in the production and transportation process. Different environmental standards between producing nations will primarily affect production cost. The competitiveness of the various producing regions, rather than the overall environmental impact of the petroleum industry and its products, will be effected. 36 refs., 61 figs., 33 tabs

  12. Phase noise measurement of phase modulation microwave photonic links

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    Ye, Quanyi; Chen, Zhengyu; Xu, Zhiguo; Gao, Yingjie

    2015-10-01

    Microwave photonic links (MPLs) can provide many advantages over traditional coaxial and waveguide solutions due to its low loss, small size, lightweight, large bandwidth, superior stability and immunity to external interference. It has been considered in various applications such as: the transmission of radio frequency (RF) signal over optical carriers, video television transmission, radar and communication systems. Stability of phase of the microwave photonic links is a critical issue in several realistic applications. The delay line technique for phase noise measurement of phase modulation microwave photonic links is measured for the first time. Using this approach, the input signal noise and power supply noise can be effectively cancelled, and it does not require phase locking. The phase noise of a microwave photonic links with a 10 GHz sinusoidal signal is experimentally demonstrated.

  13. Microgravity Passive Phase Separator

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    Paragano, Matthew; Indoe, William; Darmetko, Jeffrey

    2012-01-01

    A new invention disclosure discusses a structure and process for separating gas from liquids in microgravity. The Microgravity Passive Phase Separator consists of two concentric, pleated, woven stainless- steel screens (25-micrometer nominal pore) with an axial inlet, and an annular outlet between both screens (see figure). Water enters at one end of the center screen at high velocity, eventually passing through the inner screen and out through the annular exit. As gas is introduced into the flow stream, the drag force exerted on the bubble pushes it downstream until flow stagnation or until it reaches an equilibrium point between the surface tension holding bubble to the screen and the drag force. Gas bubbles of a given size will form a front that is moved further down the length of the inner screen with increasing velocity. As more bubbles are added, the front location will remain fixed, but additional bubbles will move to the end of the unit, eventually coming to rest in the large cavity between the unit housing and the outer screen (storage area). Owing to the small size of the pores and the hydrophilic nature of the screen material, gas does not pass through the screen and is retained within the unit for emptying during ground processing. If debris is picked up on the screen, the area closest to the inlet will become clogged, so high-velocity flow will persist farther down the length of the center screen, pushing the bubble front further from the inlet of the inner screen. It is desired to keep the velocity high enough so that, for any bubble size, an area of clean screen exists between the bubbles and the debris. The primary benefits of this innovation are the lack of any need for additional power, strip gas, or location for venting the separated gas. As the unit contains no membrane, the transport fluid will not be lost due to evaporation in the process of gas separation. Separation is performed with relatively low pressure drop based on the large surface

  14. Four-quadrant phase detector

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    Manus, E. A.; Wiley, H. P.

    1977-01-01

    Phase detection circuit functions over full 360 degrees covering all four quadrants, and gives linear output that is proportional to phase difference. In addition, its output has single polarity; thus it is compatible with logic circuitry without need for additional processing.

  15. Phenomenological description of phase inversion

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    Piela, K.; Ooms, G.; Sengers, J.V.

    2009-01-01

    We propose an extended Ginzburg-Landau model for a description of the ambivalence region associated with the phenomenon of phase inversion observed in dispersed water-oil flow through a pipe. In analogy to the classical mean-field theory of phase transitions, it is shown that a good quantitative rep

  16. Phase transitions in field theory

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    By means of an example for which the effective potential is explicitly calculable (up to the one loop approximation), it is discussed how a phase transition takes place as the temperature is increased and pass from spontaneously broken symmetry to a phase in which the symmetry is restored. (Author)

  17. Three phase downhole separator process

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    Cognata, Louis John

    2008-06-24

    Three Phase Downhole Separator Process (TPDSP) is a process which results in the separation of all three phases, (1) oil, (2) gas, and (3) water, at the downhole location in the well bore, water disposal injection downhole, and oil and gas production uphole.

  18. INFLAMMATION AND ACUTE PHASE RESPONSE

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    Farah Aziz Khan

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Inflammation caused by infection takes place by the cooperative cascade of cytokines and leukocytes. Tumor necrosis factor, interlukin-1, and interlukin-6 play important roles as proinflammatory cytokines to mediate local inflammation and activate other inflammatory cells e.g. neutrophils, monocytes, and macrophages. At least 15 different low molecular weight cytokine are secreted by activated leukocytes and are responsible for triggering acute phase response in the form of fever, leukocytosis, increased secretion of adreno corticotropic hormones, and production of acute phase proteins. Acute phase proteins are produced in liver under the influence of cytokines, which through blood stream passes to the site of inflammation and kill the pathogens by opsonization and activating complement pathways. The changes in the concentrations of positive acute-phase proteins and negative acute-phase proteins are due to the changes in their production by liver. Three of the best known acute phase proteins are C-reactive protein, serum anyloid A, and haptoglobin. Some disease states are casually related to acute phase proteins. C-reactive protein mediated compliment activation has a key role in some forms of tissue alteration such as cardiac infarction. Elevated S amyloid A levels are seen in chronic arthritis and tuberculosis. Other acute phase proteins show more moderate rise, usually less than fivefold.

  19. Phases of Cannibal Dark Matter

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    Farina, Marco; Ruderman, Joshua T; Trevisan, Gabriele

    2016-01-01

    A hidden sector with a mass gap undergoes an epoch of cannibalism if number changing interactions are active when the temperature drops below the mass of the lightest hidden particle. During cannibalism, the hidden sector temperature decreases only logarithmically with the scale factor. We consider the possibility that dark matter resides in a hidden sector that underwent cannibalism, and has relic density set by the freeze-out of two-to-two annihilations. We identify three novel phases, depending on the behavior of the hidden sector when dark matter freezes out. During the cannibal phase, dark matter annihilations decouple while the hidden sector is cannibalizing. During the chemical phase, only two-to-two interactions are active and the total number of hidden particles is conserved. During the one way phase, the dark matter annihilation products decay out of equilibrium, suppressing the production of dark matter from inverse annihilations. We map out the distinct phenomenology of each phase, which includes ...

  20. Nanoscale phase change memory materials.

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    Caldwell, Marissa A; Jeyasingh, Rakesh Gnana David; Wong, H-S Philip; Milliron, Delia J

    2012-08-01

    Phase change memory materials store information through their reversible transitions between crystalline and amorphous states. For typical metal chalcogenide compounds, their phase transition properties directly impact critical memory characteristics and the manipulation of these is a major focus in the field. Here, we discuss recent work that explores the tuning of such properties by scaling the materials to nanoscale dimensions, including fabrication and synthetic strategies used to produce nanoscale phase change memory materials. The trends that emerge are relevant to understanding how such memory technologies will function as they scale to ever smaller dimensions and also suggest new approaches to designing materials for phase change applications. Finally, the challenges and opportunities raised by integrating nanoscale phase change materials into switching devices are discussed.

  1. Quantum processes on phase space

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    Anastopoulos, C

    2003-01-01

    Quantum theory predicts probabilities as well as relative phases between different alternatives of the system. A unified description of both probabilities and phases comes through a generalisation of the notion of a density matrix for histories; this object is the decoherence functional of the consistent histories approach. If we take phases as well as probabilities as primitive elements of our theory, we abandon Kolmogorov probability and can describe quantum theory in terms of fundamental commutative observables, without being obstructed by Bell's and related theorems. Generalising the theory of stochastic processes, we develop the description of relative phases and probabilities for paths on the classical phase space. This description provides a theory of quantum processes. We identify a number of basic postulates and study its corresponding properties. We strongly emphasise the notion of conditioning and are able to write ``quantum differential equations'' as analogous to stochastic differential equations...

  2. Thermal phase mixing during first order phase transitions

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    Borrill, J; Borrill, Julian; Gleiser, Marcelo

    1995-01-01

    The dynamics of first order phase transitions are studied in the context of (3+1)-dimensional scalar field theories. Particular attention is paid to the question of quantifying the strength of the transition, and how `weak' and `strong' transitions have different dynamics. We propose a model with two available low temperature phases separated by an energy barrier so that one of them becomes metastable below the critical temperature T_c. The system is initially prepared in this phase and is coupled to a thermal bath. Investigating the system at its critical temperature, we find that `strong' transitions are characterized by the system remaining localized within its initial phase, while `weak' transitions are characterized by considerable phase mixing. Always at T_c, we argue that the two regimes are themselves separated by a (second order) phase transition, with an order parameter given by the fractional population difference between the two phases and a control parameter given by the strength of the scalar fi...

  3. Dynamic Modeling of Phase Crossings in Two-Phase Flow

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    Madsen, Søren; Veje, Christian; Willatzen, Morten

    2012-01-01

    Two-phase flow and heat transfer, such as boiling and condensing flows, are complicated physical phenomena that generally prohibit an exact solution and even pose severe challenges for numerical approaches. If numerical solution time is also an issue the challenge increases even further. We present...... of the variables and are usually very slow to evaluate. To overcome these challenges, we use an interpolation scheme with local refinement. The simulations show that the method handles crossing of the saturation lines for both liquid to two-phase and two-phase to gas regions. Furthermore, a novel result obtained...

  4. Double random phase encoding using phase reservation and compression

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    Chen, Wen; Chen, Xudong

    2014-02-01

    In recent years, various studies have been conducted to illustrate the vulnerability of double random phase encoding (DRPE). In this paper, we propose a novel method via phase reservation and compression to enhance DRPE security. Only a compressed phase distribution is available in the CCD plane, and the amplitude component is not available or requested for optical decryption. Since only noise-like distributions can be obtained by using the correct security keys during optical decryption, a nonlinear correlation algorithm is further applied for authenticating the decrypted image. It is demonstrated that valid conditions for attack algorithms are broken and high security can be achieved for the DRPE system.

  5. Phase appearance or disappearance in two-phase flows

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    Cordier, Floraine; Kumbaro, Anela

    2011-01-01

    This paper is devoted to the treatment of specific numerical problems which appear when phase appearance or disappearance occurs in models of two-phase flows. Such models have crucial importance in many industrial areas such as nuclear power plant safety studies. In this paper, two outstanding problems are identified: first, the loss of hyperbolicity of the system when a phase appears or disappears and second, the lack of positivity of standard shock capturing schemes such as the Roe scheme. After an asymptotic study of the model, this paper proposes accurate and robust numerical methods adapted to the simulation of phase appearance or disappearance. Polynomial solvers are developed to avoid the use of eigenvectors which are needed in usual shock capturing schemes, and a method based on an adaptive numerical diffusion is designed to treat the positivity problems. An alternate method, based on the use of the hyperbolic tangent function instead of a polynomial, is also considered. Numerical results are presente...

  6. Phase shift estimation in interferograms with unknown phase step

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    Dalmau, Oscar; Rivera, Mariano; Gonzalez, Adonai

    2016-08-01

    We first present two closed formulas for computing the phase shift in interferograms with unknown phase step. These formulas obtain theoretically the exact phase step in fringe pattern without noise and only require the information in two pixels of the image. The previous formulas allows us to define a functional that yields an estimate of the phase step in interferograms corrupted by noise. In the experiment we use the standard Least Square formulation which also yields a closed formula, although the general formulation admits a robust potential. We provide two possible implementations of our approach, one in which the sites can be randomly selected and the other in which we can scan the whole image. The experiments show that the proposed algorithm presents the best results compared with state of the art algorithms.

  7. An absorbing phase transition from a structured active particle phase

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    Lopez, Cristobal [Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), Campus de la Universidad de las Islas Baleares, E-07122 Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Ramos, Francisco [Departamento de Electromagnetismo y Fisica de la Materia and Instituto de Fisica Teorica y Computacional Carlos I, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada (Spain); Hernandez-GarcIa, Emilio [Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), Campus de la Universidad de las Islas Baleares, E-07122 Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

    2007-02-14

    In this work we study the absorbing state phase transition of a recently introduced model for interacting particles with neighbourhood-dependent reproduction rates. The novelty of the transition is that as soon as the active phase is reached by increasing a control parameter a periodically arranged structure of particle clusters appears. A numerical study in one and two dimensions shows that the system falls into the directed percolation universality class.

  8. Multichannel Phase and Power Detector

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    Li, Samuel; Lux, James; McMaster, Robert; Boas, Amy

    2006-01-01

    An electronic signal-processing system determines the phases of input signals arriving in multiple channels, relative to the phase of a reference signal with which the input signals are known to be coherent in both phase and frequency. The system also gives an estimate of the power levels of the input signals. A prototype of the system has four input channels that handle signals at a frequency of 9.5 MHz, but the basic principles of design and operation are extensible to other signal frequencies and greater numbers of channels. The prototype system consists mostly of three parts: An analog-to-digital-converter (ADC) board, which coherently digitizes the input signals in synchronism with the reference signal and performs some simple processing; A digital signal processor (DSP) in the form of a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) board, which performs most of the phase- and power-measurement computations on the digital samples generated by the ADC board; and A carrier board, which allows a personal computer to retrieve the phase and power data. The DSP contains four independent phase-only tracking loops, each of which tracks the phase of one of the preprocessed input signals relative to that of the reference signal (see figure). The phase values computed by these loops are averaged over intervals, the length of which is chosen to obtain output from the DSP at a desired rate. In addition, a simple sum of squares is computed for each channel as an estimate of the power of the signal in that channel. The relative phases and the power level estimates computed by the DSP could be used for diverse purposes in different settings. For example, if the input signals come from different elements of a phased-array antenna, the phases could be used as indications of the direction of arrival of a received signal and/or as feedback for electronic or mechanical beam steering. The power levels could be used as feedback for automatic gain control in preprocessing of incoming signals

  9. SNMR pulse sequence phase cycling

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    Walsh, David O; Grunewald, Elliot D

    2013-11-12

    Technologies applicable to SNMR pulse sequence phase cycling are disclosed, including SNMR acquisition apparatus and methods, SNMR processing apparatus and methods, and combinations thereof. SNMR acquisition may include transmitting two or more SNMR pulse sequences and applying a phase shift to a pulse in at least one of the pulse sequences, according to any of a variety cycling techniques. SNMR processing may include combining SNMR from a plurality of pulse sequences comprising pulses of different phases, so that desired signals are preserved and indesired signals are canceled.

  10. Mixed Frequency Ultrasound Phased Array

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    香勇; 霍健; 施克仁; 陈以方

    2004-01-01

    A mixed frequency ultrasonic phased array (MPA) was developed to improve the focus, in which the element excitation frequencies are not all the same as in a normal constant frequency phased array. A theoretical model of the mixed frequency phased array based on the interference principle was used to simulate the array's sound distribution. The pressure intensity in the array focal area was enhanced and the scanning area having effective contrast resolution was enlarged. The system is especially useful for high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) with more powerful energy and ultrasound imaging diagnostics with improved signal to noise ratios, improved beam forming and more uniform imaging quality.

  11. Fundamentals of ultrasonic phased arrays

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    Schmerr, Lester W

    2014-01-01

    This book describes in detail the physical and mathematical foundations of ultrasonic phased array measurements.?The book uses linear systems theory to develop a comprehensive model of the signals and images that can be formed with phased arrays. Engineers working in the field of ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation (NDE) will find in this approach a wealth of information on how to design, optimize and interpret ultrasonic inspections with phased arrays. The fundamentals and models described in the book will also be of significant interest to other fields, including the medical ultrasound and

  12. Review: Acute phase reaction and acute phase proteins

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    GRUYS E.; TOUSSAINT M.J.M.; NIEWOLD T.A.; KOOPMANS S.J.

    2005-01-01

    A review of the systemic acute phase reaction with major cytokines involved, and the hepatic metabolic changes,negative and positive acute phase proteins (APPs) with function and associated pathology is given. It appears that APPs represent appropriate analytes for assessment of animal health. Whereas they represent non-specific markers as biological effect reactants,they can be used for assessing nutritional deficits and reactive processes, especially when positive and negative acute phase variables are combined in an index. When such acute phase index is applied to separate healthy animals from animals with some disease, much better results are obtained than with single analytes and statistically acceptable results for culling individual animals may be reached.Unfortunately at present no cheap, comprehensive and easy to use system is available for assessing various acute phase proteins in serum or blood samples at the same time. Protein microarray or fluid phase microchip technology may satisfy this need;and permit simultaneous analysis of numerous analytes in the same small volume sample and enable integration of information derived from systemic reactivity and nutrition with disease specific variables. Applying such technology may help to solve health problems in various countries not only in animal husbandry but also in human populations.

  13. Strong coupling phase in QED

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    Existence of a strong coupling phase in QED has been suggested in solutions of the Schwinger-Dyson equation and in Monte Carlo simulation of lattice QED. In this article we recapitulate the previous arguments, and formulate the problem in the modern framework of the renormalization theory, Wilsonian renormalization. This scheme of renormalization gives the best understanding of the basic structure of a field theory especially when it has a multi-phase structure. We resolve some misleading arguments in the previous literature. Then we set up a strategy to attack the strong phase, if any. We describe a trial; a coupled Schwinger-Dyson equation. Possible picture of the strong coupling phase QED is presented. (author)

  14. Multiobjective Optimization and Phase Transitions

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    Seoane, Luís F

    2015-01-01

    Many complex systems obey to optimality conditions that are usually not simple. Conflicting traits often interact making a Multi Objective Optimization (MOO) approach necessary. Recent MOO research on complex systems report about the Pareto front (optimal designs implementing the best trade-off) in a qualitative manner. Meanwhile, research on traditional Simple Objective Optimization (SOO) often finds phase transitions and critical points. We summarize a robust framework that accounts for phase transitions located through SOO techniques and indicates what MOO features resolutely lead to phase transitions. These appear determined by the shape of the Pareto front, which at the same time is deeply related to the thermodynamic Gibbs surface. Indeed, thermodynamics can be written as an MOO from where its phase transitions can be parsimoniously derived; suggesting that the similarities between transitions in MOO-SOO and Statistical Mechanics go beyond mere coincidence.

  15. CLIC Drive Beam Phase Stabilisation

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    Gerbershagen, Alexander; Schulte, Daniel

    The thesis presents phase stability studies for the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) and focuses in particular on CLIC Drive Beam longitudinal phase stabilisation. This topic constitutes one of the main feasibility challenges for CLIC construction and is an essential component of the current CLIC stabilisation campaign. The studies are divided into two large interrelated sections: the simulation studies for the CLIC Drive Beam stability, and measurements, data analysis and simulations of the CLIC Test Facility (CTF3) Drive Beam phase errors. A dedicated software tool has been developed for a step-by-step analysis of the error propagation through the CLIC Drive Beam. It uses realistic RF potential and beam loading amplitude functions for the Drive and Main Beam accelerating structures, complete models of the recombination scheme and compressor chicane as well as of further CLIC Drive Beam modules. The tool has been tested extensively and its functionality has been verified. The phase error propagation at CLIC h...

  16. Numerical methods for phase retrieval

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    Osherovich, Eliyahu

    2012-01-01

    In this work we consider the problem of reconstruction of a signal from the magnitude of its Fourier transform, also known as phase retrieval. The problem arises in many areas of astronomy, crystallography, optics, and coherent diffraction imaging (CDI). Our main goal is to develop an efficient reconstruction method based on continuous optimization techniques. Unlike current reconstruction methods, which are based on alternating projections, our approach leads to a much faster and more robust method. However, all previous attempts to employ continuous optimization methods, such as Newton-type algorithms, to the phase retrieval problem failed. In this work we provide an explanation for this failure, and based on this explanation we devise a sufficient condition that allows development of new reconstruction methods---approximately known Fourier phase. We demonstrate that a rough (up to $\\pi/2$ radians) Fourier phase estimate practically guarantees successful reconstruction by any reasonable method. We also pres...

  17. Berry's Phase in Noncommutative Spaces

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    S. A. Alavi

    2003-01-01

    We discuss the perturbative aspects of noncommutative quantum mechanics. Then we study Berry's phase within the framework of noncommutative quantum mechanics. The results show deviations from the usual quantum mechanics, which depend on the parameter of space/space noncommutativity.

  18. Solid-Phase Random Glycosylation

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    Agoston, K.; Kröger, Lars; Dekany, Gyula;

    2009-01-01

    Two different approaches were employed to study solid phase random glycosylations to obtain oligosaccharide libraries. In approach I, Wang resin esters were attached to the acceptors structures. Following their glycosylation and resin cleavage, the peracetylated components of the oligosaccharide...

  19. Gas-phase chemical dynamics

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    Weston, R.E. Jr.; Sears, T.J.; Preses, J.M. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY (United States)

    1993-12-01

    Research in this program is directed towards the spectroscopy of small free radicals and reactive molecules and the state-to-state dynamics of gas phase collision, energy transfer, and photodissociation phenomena. Work on several systems is summarized here.

  20. Fly Photoreceptors Encode Phase Congruency

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    Friederich, Uwe; Billings, Stephen A.; Hardie, Roger C.; Juusola, Mikko; Coca, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    More than five decades ago it was postulated that sensory neurons detect and selectively enhance behaviourally relevant features of natural signals. Although we now know that sensory neurons are tuned to efficiently encode natural stimuli, until now it was not clear what statistical features of the stimuli they encode and how. Here we reverse-engineer the neural code of Drosophila photoreceptors and show for the first time that photoreceptors exploit nonlinear dynamics to selectively enhance and encode phase-related features of temporal stimuli, such as local phase congruency, which are invariant to changes in illumination and contrast. We demonstrate that to mitigate for the inherent sensitivity to noise of the local phase congruency measure, the nonlinear coding mechanisms of the fly photoreceptors are tuned to suppress random phase signals, which explains why photoreceptor responses to naturalistic stimuli are significantly different from their responses to white noise stimuli. PMID:27336733

  1. Guiding light via geometric phases

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    Slussarenko, Sergei; Alberucci, Alessandro; Jisha, Chandroth P.; Piccirillo, Bruno; Santamato, Enrico; Assanto, Gaetano; Marrucci, Lorenzo

    2016-09-01

    All known methods for transverse confinement and guidance of light rely on modification of the refractive index, that is, on the scalar properties of electromagnetic radiation. Here, we disclose the concept of a dielectric waveguide that exploits vectorial spin–orbit interactions of light and the resulting geometric phases. The approach relies on the use of anisotropic media with an optic axis that lies orthogonal to the propagation direction but is spatially modulated, so that the refractive index remains constant everywhere. A spin-controlled cumulative phase distortion is imposed on the beam, balancing diffraction for a specific polarization. As well as theoretical analysis, we present an experimental demonstration of the guidance using a series of discrete geometric-phase lenses made from liquid crystal. Our findings show that geometric phases may determine the optical guiding behaviour well beyond a Rayleigh length, paving the way to a new class of photonic devices. The concept is applicable to the whole electromagnetic spectrum.

  2. Gait phase varies over velocities.

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    Liu, Yancheng; Lu, Kun; Yan, Songhua; Sun, Ming; Lester, D Kevin; Zhang, Kuan

    2014-02-01

    We sought to characterize the percent (PT) of the phases of a gait cycle (GC) as velocity changes to establish norms for pathological gait characteristics with higher resolution technology. Ninety five healthy subjects (49 males and 46 females with age 34.9 ± 11.8 yrs, body weight 64.0 ± 11.7 kg and BMI 23.5 ± 3.6) were enrolled and walked comfortably on a 10-m walkway at self-selected slower, normal, and faster velocities. Walking was recorded with a high speed camera (250 frames per second) and the eight phases of a GC were determined by examination of individual frames for each subject. The correlation coefficients between the mean PT of the phases of the three velocities gaits and PT defined by previous publications were all greater than 0.99. The correlation coefficient between velocity and PT of gait phases is -0.83 for loading response (LR), -0.75 for mid stance (MSt), and -0.84 for pre-swing (PSw). While the PT of the phases of three velocities from this study are highly correlated with PT described by Dr. Jacquenlin Perry decades ago, actual PT of each phase varied amongst these individuals with the largest coefficient variation of 24.31% for IC with slower velocity. From slower to faster walk, the mean PT of MSt diminished from 35.30% to 25.33%. High resolution recording revealed ambiguity of some gait phase definitions, and these data may benefit GC characterization of normal and pathological gait in clinical practice. The study results indicate that one should consider individual variations and walking velocity when evaluating gaits of subjects using standard gait phase classification.

  3. Moment Distributions of Phase Type

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    Bladt, Mogens; Nielsen, Bo Friis

    2011-01-01

    Moment distributions of phase-type and matrix-exponential distributions are shown to remain within their respective classes. We provide a probabilistic phase-type representation for the former case and an alternative representation, with an analytically appealing form, for the latter. First order...... moment distributions are of special interest in areas like demography and economics, and we calculate explicit formulas for the Lorenz curve and Gini index used in these disciplines....

  4. Phase matching in quantum searching

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    Long, Gui Lu; Li, Yan Song; Zhang, Wei Lin; Niu, Li

    1999-01-01

    Each iteration in Grover's original quantum search algorithm contains 4 steps: two Hadamard-Walsh transformations and two amplitudes inversions. When the inversion of the marked state is replaced by arbitrary phase rotation \\theta and the inversion for the prepared state |\\gamma> is replaced by rotation through \\phi, we found that these phase rotations must satisfy a matching condition \\theta=\\phi. Approximate formula for the amplitude of the marked state after an arbitrary number of iteratio...

  5. Workshop on phase space cooling

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    A discussion is given of phase space damping (''cooling'') of particle beams. Interest in this topic derives chiefly from the possibility that antiproton beams produced by collision of an intense proton beam with a target can be compressed in phase space. This could make it possible to accumulate antiproton beams in a storage ring repeatedly, thus leading to a relatively high stacked anti p beam suitable for anti p p collisions with interesting luminosities

  6. Phase transitions in two dimensions

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    Although a two-dimensional solid with long-range translational order cannot existin the thermodynamic limit (N → ∞, V →∞, N/V finite) macroscopic samples of two-dimensional solids can exist. In this work, stability of the phase was determined by the usuar method of equating the pressure and chemical potential of the phases. (A.C.A.S.)

  7. ESR and AMS-based C-14 dating of Mousterian levels at Mujina Pecina, Dalmatia, Croatia

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    Rink, WJ; Karavanic, [No Value; Pettitt, PB; Van der Plicht, J; Smith, FH; Bartoll, J

    2002-01-01

    This paper presents the first chronometric dates for sediments that contain a Mousterian industry in Dalmatia (south Croatia). Electron spin resonance (ESR) dating was conducted on two teeth from the Mousterian level E1 at the site of Mujina Pecina. Additionally five bone and one charcoal sample fro

  8. C-14 dated paleoenvironmental changes on Lake Kolon during the last 25000 years

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    Complete text of publication follows. One of Hungary's geological and environmental treasures is nestled in the heart of the Great Hungarian Plain. The catchment basin of Lake Kolon was subjected to detailed environmental historical studies starting in 2005. Undisturbed cores taken along transects of the basin were subjected to detailed sedimentological, paleoecological, and geochemical studies (Figure 1). To establish a reliable timeframe of the lacustrine and marshland sedimentary sequence identified, 22 samples were analyzed by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) in the radiocarbon laboratories of Poznan and Tucson. With the new results in hand (Figure 2), we had the opportunity to elucidate the geological evolution of the area for the past 25,000 yr. This sequence is highly beneficial, as it is probably the most well-dated profile of the Quaternary from the area studied. The new absolute dates enabled the comparison of local geological evolution of the studied area with those of global climatic changes. As seen from our findings, the geological evolution of the catchment basin was congruent with major climatic events during the Pleistocene and the entire Holocene. However, a very peculiar trajectory was identified for the terminal part of the Pleistocene and the opening of the Holocene regarding the evolution of the landscape, the vegetation, and the fauna of this part of the Great Hungarian Plain.

  9. 26 CFR 31.3306(c)(14)-1 - Services of insurance agent or solicitor.

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    2010-04-01

    ... performed for such person by such individual are performed for remuneration solely by way of commission. (b) If all or any part of the remuneration of an employee for services performed as an insurance agent or... insurance solicitor for such person are excepted from employment, and his total remuneration (for...

  10. Les Campaniformes Pyreneo-Languedociens Premiers Résultats au C 14

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    Jean GUILAINE

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available La civilisation des gobelets campaniformes a posé aux préhistoriens, dès son individualisation même, des problèmes de géographie et de diffusion ainsi que des questions de caractère chronologique. C'est essentiellement le mérite des auteurs ibériques d'avoir montré que cette culture s'était fractionnée en ensembles géographiques relativement distincts (P. Bosch-Gimpera, A. del Castillo. Les auteurs anglo-saxons, pour leur part, ont surtout mis l'accent sur les variantes typologiques, en essayant de décortiquer la famille campaniforme en horizons stylistiquement et chronologiquement bien différenciés. Au terme d'une longue tradition (marquée par les travaux de A. Goetze, P. Reinecke, J. Abercromby, V. G. Childe, H. N. Savory, etc., se trouve une série de belles synthèses dont les plus remarquables sont celles de E. Sangmeister (1951, J. D. Van der Waals et W. Glasbergen (1955, D. L. Clarke (1970. De nombreux préhistoriens se sont par ailleurs penchés sur les problèmes de diffusion et diverses thèses ont été émises: théorie de l'origine sud-ibérique (Schmidt, Bosch- Gimpera, Del Castillo; théorie de la genèse centro-européenne (J. et E. Neustupny; thèse, plus complexe, de Sangmeister mettant en jeu divers relais à partir de Liberie et un important phénomène de reflux depuis l'Europe moyenne en direction de la Péninsule (théorie fortement discutée par la suite par son auteur même; enfin, tout récemment, hypothèse de D. L. Clarke sur la formation de cette civilisation dans le Midi de la France, plus particulièrement dans la région bordant le Golfe du Lion.

  11. Synthesis and Metabolism of Carbonyl-C14 Pyruvic andHydroxypyruvic Acids in Algae

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    Milhaud, Gerhard; Benson, Andrew A.; Calvin, M.

    1955-03-30

    1. Pyruvic and hydroxypyruvic acids a r e metabolized by Scenedesmus. 2. The products of metabolism of pyruvic -2 -C{sup 14} and hydroxypyruvic-2 -C{sup 14} acids a r e essentially identical to those of C{sup 14}-O fixations. 3. Lipids a r e rapidly formed i n the light from both substrates. In the dark the major products a r e intermediates of the tricarboxylic acid cycle. 4. Zt does not appear likely that f r e e hydroxypyruvic acid is a photosynthetic intermediate, 5 . Tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediates a r e formed from exogenous pyruvate a s fast in the light a s in the dark.

  12. Adsorptive Separation and Sequestration of Krypton, I and C14 on Diamond Nanoparticles

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    Ghosh, Tushar [Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO (United States); Loyalka, Sudarsha [Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO (United States); Prelas, Mark [Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO (United States); Viswanath, Dabir [Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO (United States)

    2015-03-31

    The objective of this research proposal was to address the separation and sequestration of Kr and I from each other using nano-sized diamond particles and retaining these in diamond until they decay to the background level or can be used as a byproduct. Following removal of Kr and I, an adsorbent will be used to adsorb and store CO2 from the CO2 rich stream. A Field Enhanced Diffusion with Optical Activation (FEDOA-a large scale process that takes advantage of thermal, electrical, and optical activation to enhance the diffusion of an element into diamond structure) was used to load Kr and I on micron or nano sized particles having a larger relative surface area. The diamond particles can be further increased by doping it with boron followed by irradiation in a neutron flux. Previous studies showed that the hydrogen storage capacity could be increased significantly by using boron-doped irradiated diamond particles. Diamond powders were irradiated for a longer time by placing them in a quartz tube. The surface area was measured using a Quantachrome Autosorb system. No significant increase in the surface area was observed. Total surface area was about 1.7 m2/g. This suggests the existence of very minimal pores. Interestingly it showed hysteresis upon desorption. A reason for this may be strong interaction between the surface and the nitrogen molecules. Adsorption runs at higher temperatures did not show any adsorption of krypton on diamond. Use of a GC with HID detector to determine the adsorption capacity from the breakthrough curves was attempted, but experimental difficulties were encountered.

  13. Syntheses of C-13 and C-14-labeled versions of the investigational proteasome inhibitor MLN9708.

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    Plesescu, Mihaela; Elliott, Eric L; Li, Yuexian; Prakash, Shimoga R

    2013-01-01

    MLN9708 (ixazomib citrate) is an investigational, orally bioavailable proteasome inhibitor that is under development by Millennium in clinical studies in both hematologic and nonhematologic malignancies. The stable isotope-labeled MLN9708 was required for bio-analytical studies. [(13) C9 ]-MLN9708 (11) was synthesized in seven steps from the uniformly labeled [(13) C6 ]-1,4-dichlorobenzene (3) and [1-(13) C]-acetyl chloride. Because of the presence of two chlorine atoms and a boron atom, compound 6 was further reacted with [(13) C2 ]-glycine to provide an internal standard that is well separated from the parent compound during mass spectrometric analysis. The radiolabeled version was prepared to support metabolite profiling and whole body autoradiography studies in experimental animals. [(14) C]-MLN9708 (19) was synthesized in six steps from commercially available [(14) C]-barium carbonate. The key intermediate, [carboxyl-(14) C]-2,5-dichlorobenzoic acid (14), was prepared by selective lithiation of 1-bromo-2,5-dichlorobenzene (12) followed by carbonation with [(14) C]-barium carbonate. In preparation for a one-time human absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) study, the stability of [(14) C]-MLN9708 and its precursors were also evaluated. PMID:24285522

  14. Structure of the c14 Rotor Ring of the Proton Translocating Chloroplast ATP Synthase*

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    Vollmar, Melanie; Schlieper, Daniel; Winn, Martyn; Büchner, Claudia; Groth, Georg

    2009-01-01

    The structure of the membrane integral rotor ring of the proton translocating F1F0 ATP synthase from spinach chloroplasts was determined to 3.8 Å resolution by x-ray crystallography. The rotor ring consists of 14 identical protomers that are symmetrically arranged around a central pore. Comparisons with the c11 rotor ring of the sodium translocating ATPase from Ilyobacter tartaricus show that the conserved carboxylates involved in proton or sodium transport, respectively, are 10.6–10.8 Å apar...

  15. Spectroscopic study of tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide Pt-C14TAB nanoparticles: Structure and Stability

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    Borodko, Y.; Jones, L.; Frei, H.; Somorjai, G.

    2009-01-09

    The vibrational spectra of platinum nanoparticles (12 nm) capped with tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide, C{sub 14}TAB, were investigated by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. We have shown that the thermal decay of Pt-C{sub 14}TAB nanoparticles in N{sub 2}, H{sub 2} and O{sub 2} atmospheres leads to the release of hydrocarbon chain of surfactant and the formation of strongly bonded layer of ammonium cations on the platinum surface. The platinum atoms accessible to CO chemisorptions were not reducible by hydrogen in the temperature ranging from 30 C to 200 C. A FTIR spectrum of C{sub 14}TAB adsorbed on Pt nanoparticles dramatically perturbed as compared with pure C{sub 14}TAB. New intense and broad bands centered at 1450 cm{sup -1} and 760 cm{sup -1} are making their appearance in Pt-C{sub 14}TAB. It may be speculated, that new bands are result of coupling between conducting electrons of Pt and molecular vibrations of adsorbed C{sub 14}TAB and as a consequence specific vibrational modes of ammonium cation transformed into electron-vibrational modes.

  16. Utilization of atmospheric C-14 as tracer of soil organic matters

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    Two ferrallitics profiles, of the state of Bahia (Brazil), have been analysed and the 14C/12C ratio of about fifteen samples measured (fulvics acids, humics acids, humin, as extracted by Dalbin's method). The amount of soil that comes up to the surface by the action of Lumbricidae has been estimated for one profile by means of radiometric measurements. (M.A.C.)

  17. Analytical models for C-14 transport in a partially saturated, fractured, porous media

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    Interaction between fractures and rock matrix is considered in developing a criterion for treating fractured rock as a porous medium for the purpose of transport calculations. The value of a modified Peclet number determines the suitability of the equivalent porous medium approach. Using a porous medium mode, underground concentrations of 14CO2 are predicted for the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Maximum concentrations near the ground surface are comparable to the USNRC limit for unrestricted areas; travel times are predicted to be hundreds to thousands of years for the assumed parameter values. 8 refs., 7 figs

  18. Where c-14 urea breath tests lie in nuclear medicine. The detection of H pylori

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    Since the early 20th century, ulcers have been believed to be caused by stress and dietary factors. Treatment had focussed on hospitalisation, bed rest, and prescription of special bland foods. Later on, gastric acid was blamed for ulcer disease. Antacids and medication that block acid production became the standard of therapy. Despite this treatment, there seemed to be a high recurrence of ulcers. In 1982 a pair of Australian physicians Robin Warren and Barry Marshall were first to identify a link between Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and ulcers, concluding that bacterium, not stress or diet, causes ulcers. However, the medical community was slow to accept their findings. It was not until 1994 that a Health Consensus Development Conference concluded that there was a strong association between H. pylori and ulcer diseases also recommending ulcer patients with H. pylori infection be treated with antibiotics. The paper discusses several tests, which have become available to medical staff in the detection of H. pylori. Sensitivity, specificity, relatively inexpensive ease of use and patient compliance are factors of a good diagnostic test. Copyright (2000) ANZ Nuclear Medicine

  19. DESIGN, SYNTHESIS OF NEW C(14-ANDROGRAPHOLIDE ANALOGUES AND THEIR CYTOTOXIC ACTIVITY

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    Narendra Sing Chauhan

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available A new series of andrographolide analogues were synthesized from andrographolide, the cytotoxic constituent of the plant Andrographis paniculata. The derived analogs (4a-4e were evaluated for their cytotoxic activity against lung cancer (H522, leukemia K562, breast cancer (MCF-7/ADR and prostate cancer (DU145 cell lines. Most of the analogues display significant cytotoxic activity against tested cell lines. The allyl derivative 4c had higher activity than parent compound andrographolide 1, and standard drug cisplatin against tested cell lines.

  20. DESIGN, SYNTHESIS OF NEW C(14)-ANDROGRAPHOLIDE ANALOGUES AND THEIR CYTOTOXIC ACTIVITY

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    Narendra Sing Chauhan; Venkat R. P; Virohit Patil; Ravindra Patil

    2014-01-01

    A new series of andrographolide analogues were synthesized from andrographolide, the cytotoxic constituent of the plant Andrographis paniculata. The derived analogs (4a-4e) were evaluated for their cytotoxic activity against lung cancer (H522), leukemia K562, breast cancer (MCF-7/ADR) and prostate cancer (DU145) cell lines. Most of the analogues display significant cytotoxic activity against tested cell lines. The allyl derivative 4c had higher activity than parent compound andrographolide 1,...

  1. Modelling H-3 and C-14 transfer to farm animals and their products

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    Galeriu, D; Melintescu, A; Beresford, N; Crout, N; Peterson, R; Takeda, H

    2006-06-23

    The radionuclides {sup 14}C and {sup 3}H may both be released from nuclear facilities. These radionuclides differ from most others in that they are isotopes of macro-elements which form the basis of animal tissues, feed and, in the case of {sup 3}H, water. There are few published values describing the transfer of {sup 3}H and {sup 14}C from feed to animal derived food products. Approaches are described which enable the prediction of {sup 14}C and {sup 3}H transfer parameter values from readily available information on the stable H or C concentration of animal feeds, tissues and milk, water turnover rates, and feed intakes and digestibilities. It is recommended that the concentration ratio between feed and animal product activity concentrations be used as it is less variable than the transfer coefficient (ratio between radionuclide activity concentration in animal milk or tissue to the daily intake of a radionuclide).

  2. Describing phase coexistence in systems with small phases

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    Lovett, R.

    2007-02-01

    Clusters of atoms can be studied in molecular beams and by computer simulation; 'liquid drops' provide elementary models for atomic nuclei and for the critical nuclei of nucleation theory. These clusters are often described in thermodynamic terms, but the behaviour of small clusters near a phase boundary is qualitatively different from the behaviour at a first order phase transition in idealized thermodynamics. In the idealized case the density and entropy show mathematically sharp discontinuities when the phase boundary is crossed. In large, but finite, systems, the phase boundaries become regions of state space wherein these properties vary rapidly but continuously. In small clusters with a large surface/volume ratio, however, the positive interfacial free energy makes it unlikely, even in states on phase boundaries, that a cluster will have a heterogeneous structure. What is actually seen in these states is a structure that fluctuates in time between homogeneous structures characteristic of the two sides of the phase boundary. That is, structural fluctuations are observed. Thermodynamics only predicts average properties; statistical mechanics is required to understand these fluctuations. Failure to distinguish thermodynamic properties and characterizations of fluctuations, particularly in the context of first order phase transitions, has led to suggestions that the classical rules for thermodynamic stability are violated in small systems and that classical thermodynamics provides an inconsistent description of these systems. Much of the confusion stems from taking statistical mechanical identifications of thermodynamic properties, explicitly developed for large systems, and applying them uncritically to small systems. There are no inconsistencies if thermodynamic properties are correctly identified and the distinction between thermodynamic properties and fluctuations is made clear.

  3. Phase Diagrams of Nuclear Pasta

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    Caplan, Matthew; Horowitz, Chuck; Berry, Don; da Silva Schneider, Andre

    2016-03-01

    In the inner crust of neutrons stars, where matter is near the saturation density, protons and neutrons arrange themselves into complex structures called nuclear pasta. Early theoretical work predicted a simple graduated hierarchy of pasta phases, consisting of spheres, cylinders, slabs, and uniform matter with voids. Previous work has simulated these phases with a simple classical model and has shown that the formation of these structures is dependent on the temperature, density, and proton fraction. However, previous work only studied a limited range of these parameters due to computational limitations. Thanks to recent advances in computing it is now possible to survey the structure of nuclear pasta for a larger range of parameters. By simulating nuclear pasta with constant temperature and proton fraction in an expanding simulation volume we are able to study the phase transitions in nuclear pasta, and thus produce a set of phase diagrams. We report on these phase diagrams as well as newly identified phases of nuclear pasta and discuss their implications for neutron star observables.

  4. Phase retrieval from speckle images.

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    Rondeau, Xavier; Thiébaut, Eric; Tallon, Michel; Foy, Renaud

    2007-10-01

    In ground-based astronomy, the inverse problem of phase retrieval from speckle images is a means to calibrate static aberrations for correction by active optics. It can also be used to sense turbulent wavefronts. However, the number of local minima drastically increases with the turbulence strength, mainly because of phase wrapping ambiguities. Multifocal phase diversity has been considered to overcome some ambiguities of the phase retrieval problem. We propose an effective algorithm for phase retrieval from a single focused image. Our algorithm makes use of a global optimization strategy and an automatically tuned smoothness prior to overcome local minima and phase degeneracies. We push the limit of D/r(0)=4 achieved by Irwan and Lane [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A.15, 2302 (1998)] up to D/r(0)=11, which is a major improvement owing to the drastic increase in the problem complexity. We estimate the performances of our approach from consistent simulations for different turbulence strengths and noise levels (down to 1500 photons per image). We also investigate the benefit of temporal correlation.

  5. Stochastic phase-change neurons

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    Tuma, Tomas; Pantazi, Angeliki; Le Gallo, Manuel; Sebastian, Abu; Eleftheriou, Evangelos

    2016-08-01

    Artificial neuromorphic systems based on populations of spiking neurons are an indispensable tool in understanding the human brain and in constructing neuromimetic computational systems. To reach areal and power efficiencies comparable to those seen in biological systems, electroionics-based and phase-change-based memristive devices have been explored as nanoscale counterparts of synapses. However, progress on scalable realizations of neurons has so far been limited. Here, we show that chalcogenide-based phase-change materials can be used to create an artificial neuron in which the membrane potential is represented by the phase configuration of the nanoscale phase-change device. By exploiting the physics of reversible amorphous-to-crystal phase transitions, we show that the temporal integration of postsynaptic potentials can be achieved on a nanosecond timescale. Moreover, we show that this is inherently stochastic because of the melt-quench-induced reconfiguration of the atomic structure occurring when the neuron is reset. We demonstrate the use of these phase-change neurons, and their populations, in the detection of temporal correlations in parallel data streams and in sub-Nyquist representation of high-bandwidth signals.

  6. Noncyclic geometric phase for neutrino oscillation

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    Wang, X B; Liu, Y; Oh, C H; Wang, Xiang-Bin; Liu, Yong

    2001-01-01

    We provide explicit formulae for the noncyclic geometric phases or Pancharatnam phases of neutrino oscillations. Since Pancharatnam phase is a generalization of the Berry phase, our results generalize the previous findings for Berry phase in a recent paper [Phys. Lett. B, 466 (1999) 262]. Unlike the Berry phase, the noncyclic geometric phase offers distinctive advantage in terms of measurement and prediction. In particular, for three-flavor mixing, our explicit formula offers an alternative means of determining the CP-violating phase. Our results can also be extended easily to explore geometric phase associated with neutron-antineutron oscillations.

  7. Experimental study of the phase equilibria in the Mg–Zn–Ag ternary system at 300 °C

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    Wang, Jian, E-mail: jian.wang@polymtl.ca [Center for Research in Computational Thermochemistry (CRCT), Department of Chemical Engineering, École Polytechnique, Montréal, Québec H3C 3A7 (Canada); Zhang, Yi-Nan [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Concordia University, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8 (Canada); Hudon, Pierre; Jung, In-Ho [Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University, 3610 University Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C5 (Canada); Medraj, Mamoun [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Concordia University, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8 (Canada); Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Masdar Institute, Masdar City, P.O. Box 54224, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates); Chartrand, Patrice [Center for Research in Computational Thermochemistry (CRCT), Department of Chemical Engineering, École Polytechnique, Montréal, Québec H3C 3A7 (Canada)

    2015-08-05

    Highlights: • The phase equilibria of Mg–Zn–Ag system at 300 °C were determined. • A bcc continuous ternary solid solution forms between MgAg (bcc-B2) and AgZn (bcc-A2) was determined. • The extended solid solubilities of the sub-binary compounds were also determined. - Abstract: The phase equilibria in the Mg–Zn–Ag ternary system at 300 °C were investigated using three diffusion couples and 35 key samples. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy-dispersive spectroscope (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques were used for homogeneity ranges and crystal structure determination. Large solid solubility limits, due to substitution among Mg, Zn and Ag atoms in Mg{sub 3}Ag and MgZn{sub 2} phases, were observed in the present work. Solid solubility limits of Ag and Zn in the hcp (Mg) phase were found to be less than 1 at.%. The extended solid solubilities of the Mg{sub 12}Zn{sub 13}, Mg{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}, MgZn{sub 2} (C14), Mg{sub 2}Zn{sub 11}, Ag{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} and hcp (AgZn{sub 3}) sub-binary compounds were also determined in the Mg–Zn–Ag ternary system. In addition, a bcc continuous ternary solid solution forms between MgAg (bcc-B2) and AgZn (bcc-A2) at 300 °C.

  8. Long Term Sunspot Cycle Phase Coherence with Periodic Phase Disruptions

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    Pease, Gerald E

    2016-01-01

    In 1965 Paul D. Jose published his discovery that both the motion of the Sun about the center of mass of the solar system and periods comprised of eight Hale magnetic sunspot cycles with a mean period of ~22.375 years have a matching periodicity of ~179 years. We have investigated the implied link between solar barycentric torque cycles and sunspot cycles and have found that the unsigned solar torque values from 1610 to 2058 are consistently phase and magnitude coherent in ~179 year Jose Cycles. We are able to show that there is also a surprisingly high degree of sunspot cycle phase coherence for times of minima in addition to magnitude correlation of peaks between the nine Schwabe sunspot cycles of 1878 through 1976 (SC12 through SC20) and those of 1699 through 1797 (SC[-5] through SC4). We further identify subsequent subcycles of predominantly non-coherent sunspot cycle phase. In addition we have analyzed the empirical solar motion triggers of both sunspot cycle phase coherence and phase coherence disruptio...

  9. Observing SU(2) phases with neutrons

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    Veer Chand Rakhecha; Apoorva G Wagh

    2001-02-01

    We present an overview of polarized neutron experiments observing SU(2) phases. The first experimental separation of geometric and dynamical phases, the explicit verification of Pauli anticommutation and the first observation of interference amplitudes and phases in noncyclic evolutions are described. These experiments elucidate the physics of phases and phase jumps propounded by the Pancharatnam connection.

  10. Alternate Phase Synchronization in Coupled Chaotic Oscillators

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    ZHENG Zhi-Gang; ZHOU Chang-Song

    2002-01-01

    Phase locking dynamics in coupled chaotic oscillators is investigated.For chaotic systems with a poorly coherent phase variable,the imperfect phase locking can be observed before the onset ofa complete phase synchronization.The temporal alternations among m : n phase lockings are found,which originate from an overlap of m : n Arnold tongues.

  11. Phases and phase transitions in the algebraic microscopic shell model

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    Georgieva A. I.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We explore the dynamical symmetries of the shell model number conserving algebra, which define three types of pairing and quadrupole phases, with the aim to obtain the prevailing phase or phase transition for the real nuclear systems in a single shell. This is achieved by establishing a correspondence between each of the pairing bases with the Elliott’s SU(3 basis that describes collective rotation of nuclear systems. This allows for a complete classification of the basis states of different number of particles in all the limiting cases. The probability distribution of the SU(3 basis states within theirs corresponding pairing states is also obtained. The relative strengths of dynamically symmetric quadrupole-quadrupole interaction in respect to the isoscalar, isovector and total pairing interactions define a control parameter, which estimates the importance of each term of the Hamiltonian in the correct reproduction of the experimental data for the considered nuclei.

  12. Quantum Phase Transition, Dissipation, and Measurement

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    Chakravarty, Sudip

    2009-01-01

    A selected set of topics in quantum phase transition is discussed. It includes dissipative quantum phase transitions, the role of disorder, and the relevance of quantum phase transition to measurement theory in quantum mechanics.

  13. Random Phases and Energy Dispersion

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    刘全慧; 刘天贵; 班卫全

    2003-01-01

    Using 2N + 1 successive stationary states centred at nth, we construct a rectangular wavepacket in which the stationary states are superimposed with the equal weight √2N + 1. With the requirement of the wavepacket to be a quasi-classical state, the number N is determined by minimizing the uncertainty △x△p. Since the stationary state can only be determined to within an arbitrary multiplicative complex phase factor of unit magnitude, a number of N is obtained as a set of the phases are given. For a harmonic oscillator, when all of the phase factors are essentially the same, we have N ≈ [61/3n2/3] with [x] signifying the integral part of positive number x. When every phase in the phase factors is given by a random number generated in a closed interval [0, 2π] and when n ≥ 10, the probability of appearance of N is roughly 1/2N when N = 1 to 7, and does not exceed 0.01 whenN ≥ 8.

  14. Compact nanomechanical plasmonic phase modulators

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    Dennis, B. S.; Haftel, M. I.; Czaplewski, D. A.; Lopez, D.; Blumberg, G.; Aksyuk, V. A.

    2015-03-30

    Highly confined optical energy in plasmonic devices is advancing miniaturization in photonics. However, for mode sizes approaching ≈10 nm, the energy increasingly shifts into the metal, raising losses and hindering active phase modulation. Here, we propose a nanoelectromechanical phase-modulation principle exploiting the extraordinarily strong dependence of the phase velocity of metal–insulator–metal gap plasmons on dynamically variable gap size. We experimentally demonstrate a 23-μm-long non-resonant modulator having a 1.5π rad range, with 1.7 dB excess loss at 780 nm. Analysis shows that by simultaneously decreasing the gap, length and width, an ultracompact-footprint π rad phase modulator can be realized. This is achieved without incurring the extra loss expected for plasmons confined in a decreasing gap, because the increasing phase-modulation strength from a narrowing gap offsets rising propagation losses. Such small, high-density electrically controllable components may find applications in optical switch fabrics and reconfigurable plasmonic optics.

  15. Phase IV of Drug Development.

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    Suvarna, Viraj

    2010-04-01

    Not all Phase IV studies are post-marketing surveillance (PMS) studies but every PMS study is a phase IV study. Phase IV is also an important phase of drug development. In particular, the real world effectiveness of a drug as evaluated in an observational, non-interventional trial in a naturalistic setting which complements the efficacy data that emanates from a pre-marketing randomized controlled trial (RCT). No matter how many patients are studied pre-marketing in a controlled environment, the true safety profile of a drug is characterized only by continuing safety surveillance through a spontaneous adverse event monitoring system and a post-marketing surveillance/non-interventional study. Prevalent practice patterns can generate leads that could result in further evaluation of a new indication via the RCT route or even a signal that may necessitate regulatory action (change in labeling, risk management/minimization action plan). Disease registries are another option as are the large simple hybrid trials. Surveillance of spontaneously reported adverse events continues as long as a product is marketed. And so Phase IV in that sense never ends.

  16. Phase IV of Drug Development

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    Viraj Suvarna

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Not all Phase IV studies are post-marketing surveillance (PMS studies but every PMS study is a phase IV study. Phase IV is also an important phase of drug development. In particular, the real world effectiveness of a drug as evaluated in an observational, non-interventional trial in a naturalistic setting which complements the efficacy data that emanates from a pre-marketing randomized controlled trial (RCT. No matter how many patients are studied pre-marketing in a controlled environment, the true safety profile of a drug is characterized only by continuing safety surveillance through a spontaneous adverse event monitoring system and a post-marketing surveillance/non-interventional study. Prevalent practice patterns can generate leads that could result in further evaluation of a new indication via the RCT route or even a signal that may necessitate regulatory action (change in labeling, risk management/minimization action plan. Disease registries are another option as are the large simple hybrid trials. Surveillance of spontaneously reported adverse events continues as long as a product is marketed. And so Phase IV in that sense never ends.

  17. Cold Heat Storage Characteristics of O/W-type Latent Heat Emulsion Including Continuum Phase of Water Treated with a Freezing Point Depression

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    Inaba, Hideo; Morita, Shin-Ichi

    This paper deals with flow and cold heat storage characteristics of the oil (tetradecane, C14H30, freezing point 278.9 K, Latent heat 229 kJ/kg)/water emulsion as a latent heat storage material having a low melting point. The test emulsion includes a water-urea solution as a continuum phase. The freezing point depression of the continuum phase permits enhancement of the heat transfer rate of the emulison, due to the large temperature difference between the latent heat storage material and water-urea solution. The velocity of emulsion flow and the inlet temperature of coolant in a coiled double tube heat exchanger are chosen as the experimental parameters. The pressure drop, the heat transfer coefficient of the emulsion in the coiled tube are measured in the temperture region over solid and liquid phase of the latent heat storage material. The finishing time of the cold heat storage is defined experimentally in the range of sensible and latent heat storage. It is clarified that the flow behavior of the emulsion as a non-Newtonian fluid has an important role in cold heat storage. The useful nondimentional correlation equations for the additional pressure loss coefficient, the heat transfer coefficient and the finishing time of the cold heat storage are derived in terms of Dean number and heat capacity ratio.

  18. Phase-field simulation of liquid phase migration in the WC-Co system during liquid phase sintering

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    Liquid phase sintering is a process for forming high performance, multiple-phase components from powders. The process includes very complex interactions between various mass transportation phenomena, among which the liquid phase migration represents an important one in the aspect of forming a gradient structure in cemented carbide. In the present work, phase-field simulation of the liquid phase migration phenomenon during liquid phase sintering is performed in the WC-Co based cemented carbide. The simulation results are analyzed and compared with the experimentally determined key factors of microstructural evolution, such as contiguity and liquid phase migration rate. The diffusion-controlled solution-precipitation mechanism of the liquid phase migration process in the cemented carbide system is confirmed from the current simulation result, which provides deeper understanding of the microstructural evolution during the liquid phase migration process. These simulations can offer guidance in preventing the liquid phase migration process during liquid phase sintering of cellular cemented carbide.

  19. Phase-field simulation of liquid phase migration in the WC-Co system during liquid phase sintering

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    Cheng, Kaiming; Zhang, Lijun; Du, Yong [Central South Univ., Changsha (China). State Key Lab. of Powder Metallurgy; Schwarze, Christian; Steinbach, Ingo [Bochum Univ. (Germany). Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation

    2016-04-15

    Liquid phase sintering is a process for forming high performance, multiple-phase components from powders. The process includes very complex interactions between various mass transportation phenomena, among which the liquid phase migration represents an important one in the aspect of forming a gradient structure in cemented carbide. In the present work, phase-field simulation of the liquid phase migration phenomenon during liquid phase sintering is performed in the WC-Co based cemented carbide. The simulation results are analyzed and compared with the experimentally determined key factors of microstructural evolution, such as contiguity and liquid phase migration rate. The diffusion-controlled solution-precipitation mechanism of the liquid phase migration process in the cemented carbide system is confirmed from the current simulation result, which provides deeper understanding of the microstructural evolution during the liquid phase migration process. These simulations can offer guidance in preventing the liquid phase migration process during liquid phase sintering of cellular cemented carbide.

  20. CERN openlab enters fifth phase

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    Andrew Purcell

    2015-01-01

    CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies. At the start of this year, openlab officially entered its fifth phase, which will run until the end of 2017. For the first time in its history, it has extended beyond the CERN community to include other major European and international research laboratories.   Founded in 2001 to develop the innovative ICT systems needed to cope with the unprecedented computing challenges of the LHC, CERN openlab unites science and industry at the cutting edge of research and innovation. In a white paper published last year, CERN openlab set out the main ICT challenges it will tackle during its fifth phase, namely data acquisition, computing platforms, data storage architectures, computer management and provisioning, networks and connectivity, and data analytics. As it enters its fifth phase, CERN openlab is expanding to include other research laboratories. "Today, research centres in other disciplines are also st...

  1. Guiding light via geometric phases

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    Slussarenko, Sergei; Jisha, Chandroth P; Piccirillo, Bruno; Santamato, Enrico; Assanto, Gaetano; Marrucci, Lorenzo

    2015-01-01

    Known methods for transverse confinement and guidance of light can be grouped into a few basic mechanisms, the most common being metallic reflection, total internal reflection and photonic-bandgap (or Bragg) reflection. All of them essentially rely on changes of the refractive index, that is on scalar properties of light. Recently, processes based on "geometric Berry phases", such as manipulation of polarization states or deflection of spinning-light rays, have attracted considerable interest in the contexts of singular optics and structured light. Here, we disclose a new approach to light waveguiding, using geometric Berry phases and exploiting polarization states and their handling. This can be realized in structured three-dimensional anisotropic media, in which the optic axis lies orthogonal to the propagation direction and is modulated along it and across the transverse plane, so that the refractive index remains constant but a phase distortion can be imposed on a beam. In addition to a complete theoretic...

  2. Phase diagrams for surface alloys

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    Christensen, Asbjørn; Ruban, Andrei; Stoltze, Per;

    1997-01-01

    We discuss surface alloy phases and their stability based on surface phase diagrams constructed from the surface energy as a function of the surface composition. We show that in the simplest cases of pseudomorphic overlayers there are four generic classes of systems, characterized by the sign...... of the heat of segregation from the bulk and the sign of the excess interactions between the atoms in the surface (the surface mixing energy). We also consider the more complicated cases a with ordered surface phases, nonpseudomorphic overlayers, second layer segregation, and multilayers. The discussion...... is based on density-functional calculations using the coherent-potential approximation and on effective-medium theory. We give self-consistent density-functional results for the segregation energy and surface mixing energy for all combinations of the transition and noble metals. Finally we discuss...

  3. Phase Transformations in Confined Nanosystems

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    Shield, Jeffrey E. [Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering; Belashchenko, Kirill [Department of Physics & Astronomy

    2014-04-29

    This project discovered that non-equilibrium structures, including chemically ordered structures not observed in bulk systems, form in isolated nanoscale systems. Further, a generalized model was developed that effectively explained the suppression of equilibrium phase transformations. This thermodynamic model considered the free energy decrease associated with the phase transformation was less than the increase in energy associated with the formation of an interphase interface, therefore inhibiting the phase transformation. A critical diameter exists where the system transitions to bulk behavior, and a generalized equation was formulated that successfully predicted this transition in the Fe-Au system. This provided and explains a new route to novel structures not possible in bulk systems. The structural characterization was accomplished using transmission electron microscopy in collaboration with Matthew Kramer of Ames Laboratory. The PI and graduate student visited Ames Laboratory several times a year to conduct the experiments.

  4. Phase transition in evolutionary games

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    Cao, Z J; Cao, Zhen; Hwa, Rudolph C

    1995-01-01

    The evolution of cooperative behaviour is studied in the deterministic version of the Prisoners' Dilemma on a two-dimensional lattice. The payoff parameter is set at the critical region 1.8 < b < 2.0 , where clusters of cooperators are formed in all spatial sizes. Using the factorial moments developed in particle and nuclear physics for the study of phase transition, the distribution of cooperators is studied as a function of the bin size covering varying numbers of lattice cells. From the scaling behaviour of the moments a scaling exponent is determined and is found to lie in the range where phase transitions are known to take place in physical systems. It is therefore inferred that when the payoff parameter is increased through the critical region the biological system of cooperators undergoes a phase transition to defectors. The universality of the critical behaviour is thus extended to include also this particular model of evolution dynamics.

  5. Phase diagram of ammonium nitrate

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    Dunuwille, M.; Yoo, C. S.

    2014-05-01

    Ammonium Nitrate (AN) has often subjected to uses in improvised explosive devices, due to its wide availability as a fertilizer and its capability of becoming explosive with slight additions of organic and inorganic compounds. Yet, the origin of enhanced energetic properties of impure AN (or AN mixtures) is neither chemically unique nor well understood -resulting in rather catastrophic disasters in the past1 and thereby a significant burden on safety in using ammonium nitrates even today. To remedy this situation, we have carried out an extensive study to investigate the phase stability of AN at high pressure and temperature, using diamond anvil cells and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The present results confirm the recently proposed phase IV-to-IV' transition above 17 GPa2 and provide new constraints for the melting and phase diagram of AN to 40 GPa and 400 °C.

  6. Quantum mechanics in phase space

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    Hansen, Frank

    1984-01-01

    A reformulation of quantum mechanics for a finite system is given using twisted multiplication of functions on phase space and Tomita's theory of generalized Hilbert algebras. Quantization of a classical observable h is achieved when the twisted exponential Exp0(-h) is defined as a tempered...... distribution. We show that h is in the domain of a generalized Weyl map and define Exp0(-h) as a tempered distribution provided h satisfies a certain semi-boundedness condition. The condition given is linear in h; it coincides with usual boundedness from below if h depends only on one canonical variable....... Generalized Weyl-Wigner maps related to the notion of Hamiltonian weight are studied and used in the formulation of a twisted spectral theory for functions on phase space. Some inequalities for Wigner functions on phase space are proven. A brief discussion of the classical limit obtained through dilations...

  7. Phase diagram of ammonium nitrate

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    Ammonium Nitrate (AN) has often subjected to uses in improvised explosive devices, due to its wide availability as a fertilizer and its capability of becoming explosive with slight additions of organic and inorganic compounds. Yet, the origin of enhanced energetic properties of impure AN (or AN mixtures) is neither chemically unique nor well understood -resulting in rather catastrophic disasters in the past1 and thereby a significant burden on safety in using ammonium nitrates even today. To remedy this situation, we have carried out an extensive study to investigate the phase stability of AN at high pressure and temperature, using diamond anvil cells and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The present results confirm the recently proposed phase IV-to-IV' transition above 17 GPa2 and provide new constraints for the melting and phase diagram of AN to 40 GPa and 400 °C.

  8. GPC and quantitative phase imaging

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    Palima, Darwin; Bañas, Andrew Rafael; Villangca, Mark Jayson; Glückstad, Jesper

    2016-03-01

    Generalized Phase Contrast (GPC) is a light efficient method for generating speckle-free contiguous optical distributions using binary-only or analog phase levels. It has been used in applications such as optical trapping and manipulation, active microscopy, structured illumination, optical security, parallel laser marking and labelling and recently in contemporary biophotonics applications such as for adaptive and parallel two-photon optogenetics and neurophotonics. We will present our most recent GPC developments geared towards these applications. We first show a very compact static light shaper followed by the potential of GPC for biomedical and multispectral applications where we experimentally demonstrate the active light shaping of a supercontinuum laser over most of the visible wavelength range. Finally, we discuss how GPC can be advantageously applied for Quantitative Phase Imaging (QPI).

  9. Diffraction studies of ordered phases and phase transitions

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    Two investigations are reported here. First, monolayers of CF4 physisorbed on the (001) face of graphite have been studied by means of X-ray diffraction experiments carried out at the electron storage ring DORIS in Hamburg. The exfoliated graphite substrate UCAR-ZYX was used in order to obtain a large area for adsorption and hence a large sample. Four two-dimensional solid phases of the CF4 films were seen, including a structure which is 2x2 commensurate relative to the substrate. On compression (by variation of coverage or temperature), this phase transforms to a uniaxially compressed structure ('stripe' phase). Further, at higher coverages a hexagonal structure was seen, incommensurate relative to the substrate, and at low temperatures and coverages, a complicated structure emerged, giving three close diffraction peaks in the powder pattern. Data are presented characterizing the meltings and commensurate to incommensurate transitions. Complementary to the synchrotron X-ray data, a presentation of the theory of synchrotron radiation is given. The second investigation was of the ferromagnetic phase transitions in the randomly diluted, dipolar coupled uniaxial ferromagnets LiTbsub(.3)Ysub(.7)F4 and LiHosub(.3)Ysub(.7)F4 by neutron diffraction at the RIS0 DR 3 reactor. (orig.)

  10. Phased arrays: inline flow line hub inspection using phased arrays

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    Bloom, J.G.P.; Chougrani, K.; Rundberg, H.; Oldenziel, G.; Deleye, X.; Martina, Q.

    2011-01-01

    The feasibility of the inspection of flow line hubs using the phased array technique was investigated to determine the surface area of the seal area degraded by corrosion. A clean model of the hub was simulated to gain insight into the geometrical echoes and to determine the area covered by the ultr

  11. The comfortable driving model revisited: Traffic phases and phase transitions

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    Knorr, Florian

    2013-01-01

    We study the spatiotemporal patterns resulting from different boundary conditions for a microscopic traffic model and contrast it with empirical results. By evaluating the time series of local measurements, the local traffic states are assigned to the different traffic phases of Kerner's three-phase traffic theory. For this classification we use the rule-based FOTO-method, which provides `hard' rules for this assignment. Using this approach, our analysis shows that the model is indeed able to reproduce three qualitatively different traffic phases: free flow (F), synchronized traffic (S), and wide moving jams (J). In addition, we investigate the likelihood of transitions between the three traffic phases. We show that a transition from free flow (F) to a wide moving jam (J) often involves an intermediate transition; first from free flow F to synchronized flow S and then from synchronized flow to a wide moving jam. This is supported by the fact that the so called F->S transition (from free flow to synchronized t...

  12. Studies of novel deuterides RMn2D6 (R — rare earth) compressed in DAC up to 30 GPa

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    Filipek, S. M.; Sugiura, H.; Paul-Boncour, V.; Wierzbicki, R.; Liu, R. S.; Bagkar, N.

    2008-07-01

    The exposure of RMn2 (C15 or C14 cubic Laves phase, where R = Y; Dy; Ho or Er) to high deuterium pressure leads to formation of novel, unique YMn2D6, DyMn2D6, HoMn2D6 and ErMn2D6 deuterides with cubic Fm-3m symmetry. In spite of different structures and molecular volumes of parent RMn2 compounds, the molar volumes of RMn2D6 deuterides are almost identical. In this paper, we present results of studies on RMn2Dx (where R = Y, Dy, Ho and Er) submitted to compression up to 30 GPa in diamond anvil cell (DAC) combined with energy dispersive X-ray diffraction. The EOS (equation of state) parameters of the above four RMn2D6 samples and YMn2Dx, with x RMn2D6 but very different than those of interstitial deuterides YMn2Dx (x RMn2D6 up to 30 GPa.

  13. Synchronous Phase Shift at LHC

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    Esteban-Müller, J F; Iadarola, G; Mastoridis, T; Papotti, G; Rumolo, G; Shaposhnikova, E; Valuch, D

    2013-01-01

    The electron cloud in vacuum pipes of accelerators of positively charged particle beams causes a beam energy loss which could be estimated from the synchronous phase. Measurements done with beams of 75 ns, 50 ns, and 25 ns bunch spacing in the LHC for some fills in 2010 and 2011 show that the average energy loss depends on the total beam intensity in the ring. Later measurements during the scrubbing run with 50 ns beams show the reduction of the electron cloud due to scrubbing. Finally, measurements of the individual bunch phase give us information about the electron cloud build-up inside the batch and from batch to batch.

  14. Phase out of incandescent lamps

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    NONE

    2010-07-01

    Since early 2007 almost all OECD and many non-OECD governments have announced policies aimed at phasing-out incandescent lighting within their jurisdictions. This study considers the implications of these policy developments in terms of demand for regulatory compliant lamps and the capacity and motivation of the lamp industry to produce efficient lighting products in sufficient volume to meet future demand. To assess these issues, it reviews the historic international screw-based lamp market, describes the status of international phase-out policies and presents projections of anticipated market responses to regulatory requirements to determine future demand for CFLs.

  15. Phase Transformation of Nanosized Zirconia

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    2006-01-01

    The nanosized zirconia was synthesized via solid state reaction in the presence of surfactant. The results indicate that crystal phase of zirconia can be controlled by tuning the syn- thesis parameters such as OH-/Zr molar ratio, crystallizing temperature and time. It can be trans- formed among amorphous, tetragonal and monoclinic phases. The transformation is driven by particle size. The research shows the nanocrystalline zirconia possesses the higher thermal stability compared with amorphous framework. The "glow exotherm" can be observed for the amorphous samples. Otherwise, it is in the absence for nanocrystalline samples. Herein, the reason for retention of tetragonal zirconia is demonstrated.

  16. Robust Adaptive Quantum Phase Estimation

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    Roy, Shibdas; Huntington, Elanor H

    2014-01-01

    Quantum parameter estimation is central to many fields such as quantum computation, communications and metrology. Optimal estimation theory has been instrumental in achieving the best accuracy in quantum parameter estimation, which is possible when we have very precise knowledge of and control over the model. However, uncertainties in key parameters underlying the system are unavoidable and may impact the quality of the estimate. We show here how quantum optical phase estimation of a squeezed state of light exhibits improvement when using a robust fixed-interval smoother designed with uncertainties explicitly introduced in parameters underlying the phase noise.

  17. Graphene Based Optical Phase Modulation

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    Midrio, Michele; Romagnoli, Marco; Kimerling, Lionel C; Michel, Jurgen

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we report phase modulation obtained by inducing a capacitive charge on graphene layers embedded in the core of a waveguide. There is a biasing regime in which graphene absorption is negligible but large index variations can be achieved with a voltage-length product as small as $V_\\pi\\,L_\\pi \\simeq 0.04 $\\,V\\,cm . Examples of phase induced changes are computed for straight waveguides and for microring resonators showing the possibility to implement several optoelectronic functionalities as modulators, tunable filters, and switches.

  18. Thermal Phase in Bubbling Geometries

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    LIU Chang-Yong

    2008-01-01

    We use matrix model to study thermal phase in bubbling half-BPS type IIB geometries with SO(4)×SO(4) symmetry.Near the horizon limit,we find that thermal vacua of bubbling geometries have disjoint parts,and each part is one kind of phase of the thermal system.We connect the thermal dynamics of bubbling geometries with one-dimensional fermions thermal system.Finally,we try to give a new possible way to resolve information loss puzzle.

  19. Small Business Innovation Research GRC Phase I, Phase II, and Post-Phase II Opportunity Assessment for 2015

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    Nguyen, Hung D.; Steele, Gynelle C.

    2016-01-01

    This report outlines the 2015 Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I, Phase II, and Post-Phase II opportunity contract award results associated with NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), and Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) for NASA Glenn Research Center. The report also highlights the number of Phase I, Phase II, and Post-Phase II contracts awarded by mission directorate. The 2015 Phase I contract awards to companies in Ohio and their corresponding technologies are also discussed.

  20. Liquid phase chromatography on microchips

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    Kutter, Jörg Peter

    2012-01-01

    explosive development of, in particular, chromatographic separation systems on microchips, has, however, slowed down in recent years. This review takes a closer, critical look at how liquid phase chromatography has been implemented in miniaturized formats over the past several years, what is important...

  1. Temperature-Stabilized Phase Detector

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    Yeeman, L.

    1985-01-01

    Precise temperature stabilized phase detector for clock signal distribution maintains 100-MHz signal with stability of 5 parts in 10 to the 16th power even for step changes of 20 degrees C in ambient temperature. Stabilization achieved by heating unit to 45 degrees C and maintaining temperature through bridge circuit.

  2. PHARUS : PHased ARray Universal SAR

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    Paquay, M.H.A.; Vermeulen, B.C.B.; Koomen, P.J.; Hoogeboom, P.; Snoeij, P.; Pouwels, H.

    1996-01-01

    In the Netherlands, a polarimetric C-band aircraft SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) has been developed. The project is called PHARUS, an acronm for PHased ARray Universal SAR. This instrument serves remote sensing applications. The antenna system contains 48 active modules (expandable to 96). A module

  3. Phase transformations in metallic glasses

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    Jiang, Jianzhong

    2003-01-01

    Recent development of grain-size effect on phase transformations induced by pressure is reported. A thermodynamic theory is presented and three components: the ratio of volume collapses, the surface energy differences, and the internal energy differences, governing the change of transition pressu...

  4. Phase separation dynamics under stirring

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    Lacasta Palacio, Ana María; Sancho, Jose Maria; Sagués Mestre, Francesc

    1995-01-01

    Phase separation dynamics in the presence of externally imposed stirring is stuidied. The stirring is assumed independent of the concentration and it is generated with a well-defined energy spectrum. The domain growth process is either favored or frozen depending on the intensity and correlation length of this advective flow. This behavior is explained by analytical arguments.

  5. Product evaluation phase 1 report

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    This report concerns the intermediate-level radioactive waste arisings from the reprocessing of irradiated nuclear fuel at BNFL Sellafield. Headings are: general introduction (origin of waste; current stocks and future arisings); characteristics of the waste stream; alternative matrices (for solidification of waste in form suitable for disposal); waste simulation; relevance of other Phase II studies. (U.K.)

  6. Super-resolution Phase Tomography

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    Depeursinge, Christian D.

    2013-04-21

    Digital Holographic Microscopy (DHM) yields reconstructed complex wavefields. It allows synthesizing the aperture of a virtual microscope up to 2π, offering super-resolution phase images. Live images of micro-organisms and neurons with resolution less than 100 nm are presented.

  7. Zitterbewegung and gravitational Berry phase

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    Papini, Giorgio

    2012-01-01

    Berry phases mix states of positive and negative energy in the propagation of fermions and bosons in external gravitational and electromagnetic fields and generate Zitterbewegung oscillations. The results are valid in any reference frame and to any order of approximation in the metric deviation.

  8. Phase transitions in finite systems

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    Chomaz, Ph. [Grand Accelerateur National d' Ions Lourds (GANIL), DSM-CEA / IN2P3-CNRS, 14 - Caen (France); Gulminelli, F. [Caen Univ., 14 (France). Lab. de Physique Corpusculaire

    2002-07-01

    In this series of lectures we will first review the general theory of phase transition in the framework of information theory and briefly address some of the well known mean field solutions of three dimensional problems. The theory of phase transitions in finite systems will then be discussed, with a special emphasis to the conceptual problems linked to a thermodynamical description for small, short-lived, open systems as metal clusters and data samples coming from nuclear collisions. The concept of negative heat capacity developed in the early seventies in the context of self-gravitating systems will be reinterpreted in the general framework of convexity anomalies of thermo-statistical potentials. The connection with the distribution of the order parameter will lead us to a definition of first order phase transitions in finite systems based on topology anomalies of the event distribution in the space of observations. Finally a careful study of the thermodynamical limit will provide a bridge with the standard theory of phase transitions and show that in a wide class of physical situations the different statistical ensembles are irreducibly inequivalent. (authors)

  9. Liquid-Phase Adsorption Fundamentals.

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    Cooney, David O.

    1987-01-01

    Describes an experiment developed and used in the unit operations laboratory course at the University of Wyoming. Involves the liquid-phase adsorption of an organic compound from aqueous solution on activated carbon, and is relevant to adsorption processes in general. (TW)

  10. Representation of noncommutative phase space

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    Li, Kang; wang, Jianhua; Chen, Chiyi

    2004-01-01

    The representations of the algebra of coordinates and momenta of noncommutative phase space are given. We study, as an example, the harmonic oscillator in noncommutative space of any dimension. Finally the map of Sch$\\ddot{o}$dinger equation from noncommutative space to commutative space is obtained.

  11. Berry's phase in noncommutative spaces

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    Alavi, S A

    2003-01-01

    We introduce the perturbative aspects of noncommutative quantum mechanics. Then we study the Berry's phase in the framework of noncommutative quantum mechanics. The results show deviations from the usual quantum mechanics which depend on the parameter of space/space noncommtativity.

  12. SOLID PHASE SYNTHESIS OF ISOXAZOLINES

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    2002-01-01

    The solid-phase synthesis of isoxazolines on 2-polystyrylsulfonamidoethanol resin isreported. 2-Polystyrylsuifonamidoethanol resin 1 was reacted with acryloyl chloride to afford2-polystyrylsulfonylamidoethyl acrylate resin 2, which was further reacted with brominatedaldoximes by [3+2] cycioaddition to give isoxazoline resin 4. Resin 4 was treated with aqueous 6mol/L HCI solution to obtain isoxazolines in good yield and purity.

  13. Symmetry structure and phase transitions

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    Ashok Goyal; Meenu Dahiya; Deepak Chandra

    2003-05-01

    We study chiral symmetry structure at finite density and temperature in the presence of external magnetic field and gravity, a situation relevant in the early Universe and in the core of compact stars. We then investigate the dynamical evolution of phase transition in the expanding early Universe and possible formation of quark nuggets and their survival.

  14. Artificiality of multifractal phase transitions

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    Wolf, Martin; Schmiegel, Jürgen; Greiner, Martin

    1999-01-01

    A multifractal phase transition is associated to a nonanalyticity in the generalised dimensions. We show that its occurrence is an artifact of the asymptotic scaling behaviour of integral moments and that it is not observed in an analysis based on differential n-point correlation densities.

  15. Beyond the random phase approximation

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    Olsen, Thomas; Thygesen, Kristian S.

    2013-01-01

    We assess the performance of a recently proposed renormalized adiabatic local density approximation (rALDA) for ab initio calculations of electronic correlation energies in solids and molecules. The method is an extension of the random phase approximation (RPA) derived from time-dependent density...

  16. Phenomenology of cosmic phase transitions

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    The evolution of the cosmic matter from Planck temperature to the atomic combination temperature is considered from a phenomenological point of view. Particular emphasis is devoted to the sequence of cosmic phase transitions. The inflationary era at the temperature of the order of the grand unification energy scale and the quantum chromodynamic confinement transition are dealt with in detail. (author) 131 refs.; 26 figs

  17. Scrutinizing the pion condensed phase

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    Carignano, Stefano; Mammarella, Andrea; Mannarelli, Massimo; Pagliaroli, Giulia

    2016-01-01

    When the isospin chemical potential exceeds the pion mass, charged pions condense in the zero-momentum state forming a superfluid. Chiral perturbation theory provides a very powerful tool for studying this phase. However, the formalism that is usually employed in this context does not clarify various aspects of the condensation mechanism and makes the identification of the soft modes problematic. We re-examine the pion condensed phase using different approaches within the chiral perturbation theory framework. As a first step, we perform a low-density expansion of the chiral Lagrangian valid in the normal phase and close to the onset of the Bose-Einstein condensation. We obtain an effective theory that can be mapped to a Gross-Pitaevskii Lagrangian in which, remarkably, all the coefficients depend on the isospin chemical potential. The low-density expansion becomes unreliable deep in the pion condensed phase. For this reason, we develop an alternative field expansion deriving a low-energy Lagrangian analog to ...

  18. Solid-phase peptide synthesis

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    Jensen, Knud Jørgen

    2013-01-01

    This chapter provides an introduction to and overview of peptide chemistry with a focus on solid-phase peptide synthesis. The background, the most common reagents, and some mechanisms are presented. This chapter also points to the different chapters and puts them into perspective....

  19. Dual phase bainitic linepipe steels

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    Boyd, D.; Yakubtsov, I.; Zhang, R. [Queen' s Univ., Kingston, ON (Canada). Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Poruks, P. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada); Turi, T. [Stelco Lake Erie, Nanticoke, ON (Canada); Emadi, D.; Essadiqi, E. [Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, ON (Canada). CANMET Materials Technology Lab

    2005-07-01

    Over the past 50 years, the strength of commercial linepipe steel has increased at a steady rate of about 70 MPa per decade due to advances in steelmaking, plate processing and microstructural design. API X100 grade steel, which has a yield strength of 690 MPa, is currently available, and X120 steels are under development. The microstructure of linepipe steels has evolved from predominantly polygonal ferrite to fine bainite. For the X120 steels, lower bainite-, tempered lath martensite- and dual phase microstructures are being examined. This study obtained the microstructures of ultrafine bainite with dispersed particles of the carbon-rich martensite-austenite (M-A) phase. The objective was to obtain a matrix of mostly intragranularly-nucleated bainitic ferrite containing a high volume fraction of dispersed M-A particles. The mechanical properties of bainitic linepipe steels were also examined. Basic studies of phase transformations and mechanical properties in these steels established significant relationships between processing schedule and the evolution of microstructure, and between final microstructure and mechanical properties. The optimal combination of strength and toughness properties was obtained with a microstructure consisting of a matrix of intragranularly-nucleated bainite and small dispersed particles of martensite. This microstructure was described as being a dual phase acicular ferrite (AF) with M-A. The window of steel composition and processing parameters which give the dual phase AF-M-A microstructure was determined in an experimental study on 15 mm thick plate. The minimum strength and toughness properties for Grade 621 (X90) linepipe steel can be achieved by either a lean steel composition with extreme processing parameters, or by a higher alloy composition with a more industrially realistic processing schedule. This study also proposed how this approach can be extended to obtain high strength linepipe grades. 15 refs., 9 tabs., 10 figs.

  20. Fourier Phase Domain Steganography: Phase Bin Encoding Via Interpolation

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    Rivas, Edward

    2007-04-01

    In recent years there has been an increased interest in audio steganography and watermarking. This is due primarily to two reasons. First, an acute need to improve our national security capabilities in light of terrorist and criminal activity has driven new ideas and experimentation. Secondly, the explosive proliferation of digital media has forced the music industry to rethink how they will protect their intellectual property. Various techniques have been implemented but the phase domain remains a fertile ground for improvement due to the relative robustness to many types of distortion and immunity to the Human Auditory System. A new method for embedding data in the phase domain of the Discrete Fourier Transform of an audio signal is proposed. Focus is given to robustness and low perceptibility, while maintaining a relatively high capacity rate of up to 172 bits/s.

  1. Phase-Locking in Coupled Chaotic Oscillators

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    马文麒; 占萌; 何岱海; 王新刚; 胡岗

    2002-01-01

    The transition from the phase-unlocking state to the phase-locking state is found at the desynchronization of synchronous chaos of coupled oscillators. In the phase-locking case, the motions of all oscillators are chaotic and desynchronized, however spatial ordering is identified in their phase distribution.

  2. Digital phase shifter synchronizes local oscillators

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    Ali, S. M.

    1978-01-01

    Digital phase-shifting network is used as synchronous frequency multiplier for applications such as phase-locking two signals that may differ in frequency. Circuit has various phase-shift capability. Possible applications include data-communication systems and hybrid digital/analog phase-locked loops.

  3. Quantum phase estimation algorithms with delays: effects of dynamical phases

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    Wei, L. F.; Nori, Franco

    2003-01-01

    The unavoidable finite time intervals between the sequential operations needed for performing practical quantum computing can degrade the performance of quantum computers. During these delays, unwanted relative dynamical phases are produced due to the free evolution of the superposition wave-function of the qubits. In general, these coherent "errors" modify the desired quantum interferences and thus spoil the correct results, compared to the ideal standard quantum computing that does not cons...

  4. Berry Phases, Quantum Phase Transitions and Chern Numbers

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    Contreras, H. A.; Reyes-Lega, A. F.

    2007-01-01

    We study the relation between Chern numbers and Quantum Phase Transitions (QPT) in the XY spin-chain model. By coupling the spin chain to a single spin, it is possible to study topological invariants associated to the coupling Hamiltonian. These invariants contain global information, in addition to the usual one (obtained by integrating the Berry connection around a closed loop). We compute these invariants (Chern numbers) and discuss their relation to QPT. In particular we show that Chern nu...

  5. Nonlinear Phase Control and Anomalous Phase Matching in Plasmonic Metasurfaces

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    Almeida, Euclides; Shalem, Guy; Prior, Yehiam

    2015-01-01

    Metasurfaces, and in particular those containing plasmonic-based metallic elements, constitute a particularly attractive set of materials. By means of modern nanolithographic fabrication techniques, flat, ultrathin optical elements may be constructed. However, in spite of their strong optical nonlinearities, plasmonic metasurfaces have so far been investigated mostly in the linear regime. Here we introduce full nonlinear phase control over plasmonic elements in metasurfaces. We show that for ...

  6. Griffiths phase and temporal effects in phase separated manganites

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    Krivoruchko, V. N.; Marchenko, M. A.

    2016-08-01

    Phenomenological description of relaxation phenomena in magnetic and transport properties of perovskite manganites has been presented. The approach is based on generalization of some hypotheses appropriate to the Preisach picture of magnetization process for half-metallic ferromagnets and on an assumption that in doped manganites the phase separated state exists near the magnetic ordering temperature. For systems with the percolation type of a ferromagnet-paramagnet transition, distinctive features in relaxation of magnetization and resistivity have been found. The relaxation is shown to be most pronounced near the transition temperature, and to be an approximately logarithmic function of time. The theoretical results replicate a broad spectrum of behavior observed experimentally on time dependence of magnetization and resistivity of CMR systems and allow a direct comparison with available experimental data. We propose an additional experimental test to distinguish between the percolation scenario of magnetic and transport transitions in doped manganites, and the ferromagnetic polaron picture. In particular, an anomalously slow relaxation to zero of the order parameter can be considered as a key feature of the Griffiths-like phase transition in doped manganites. It is also shown that a system with the Griffiths-like state will exhibit nonequilibrium aging and rejuvenation phenomena, which in many aspects resemble that of a spin glass. We hope that experimental observation of a set of time decay properties will provide a settlement of apparently conflicting results obtained for different characteristics of phase-separated manganites.

  7. Nanostructures having crystalline and amorphous phases

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    Mao, Samuel S; Chen, Xiaobo

    2015-04-28

    The present invention includes a nanostructure, a method of making thereof, and a method of photocatalysis. In one embodiment, the nanostructure includes a crystalline phase and an amorphous phase in contact with the crystalline phase. Each of the crystalline and amorphous phases has at least one dimension on a nanometer scale. In another embodiment, the nanostructure includes a nanoparticle comprising a crystalline phase and an amorphous phase. The amorphous phase is in a selected amount. In another embodiment, the nanostructure includes crystalline titanium dioxide and amorphous titanium dioxide in contact with the crystalline titanium dioxide. Each of the crystalline and amorphous titanium dioxide has at least one dimension on a nanometer scale.

  8. Randomized Grain Boundary Liquid Crystal Phase

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    Chen, D.; Wang, H.; Li, M.; Glaser, M.; Maclennan, J.; Clark, N.

    2012-02-01

    The formation of macroscopic, chiral domains, in the B4 and dark conglomerate phases, for example, is a feature of bent-core liquid crystals resulting from the interplay of chirality, molecular bend and molecular tilt. We report a new, chiral phase observed in a hockey stick-like liquid crystal molecule. This phase appears below a smectic A phase and cools to a crystal phase. TEM images of the free surface of the chiral phase show hundreds of randomly oriented smectic blocks several hundred nanometers in size, similar to those seen in the twist grain boundary (TGB) phase. However, in contrast to the TGB phase, these blocks are randomly oriented. The characteristic defects in this phase are revealed by freeze-fracture TEM images. We will show how these defects mediate the randomized orientation and discuss the intrinsic mechanism driving the formation of this phase. This work is supported by NSF MRSEC Grant DMR0820579 and NSF Grant DMR0606528.

  9. Thermal aging modeling and validation on the Mo containing Fe-Cr-Ni alloys

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    Yang, Ying [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Tan, Lizhen [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Busby, Jeremy T. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-04-01

    Thermodynamics of intermetallic phases in Fe-rich Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo alloys is critical knowledge to understand thermal aging effect on the phase stability of Mo-containing austenitic steels, which subsequently facilitates alloy design/improvement and degradation mitigation of these materials for reactor applications. Among the intermetallic phases, Chi (χ), Laves, and Sigma (σ) are often of concern because of their tendency to cause embrittlement of the materials. The focus of this study is thermal stability of the Chi and Laves phases as they were less studied compared to the Sigma phase. Coupled with thermodynamic modeling, thermal stability of intermetallic phases in Mo containing Fe-Cr-Ni alloys was investigated at 1000, 850 and 700 C for different annealing times. The morphologies, compositions and crystal structures of the precipitates of the intermetallic phases were carefully examined by scanning electron microscopy, electron probe microanalysis, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Three key findings resulted from this study. First, the Chi phase is stable at high temperature, and with decreasing temperature it transforms into the Laves phase that is stable at low temperature. Secondly, Cr, Mo, Ni are soluble in both the Chi and Laves phases, with the solubility of Mo playing a major role in the relative stability of the intermetallic phases. Thirdly, in situ transformation from Chi phase to Laves phase was directly observed, which increased the local strain field, generated dislocations in the intermetallic phases, and altered the precipitate phase orientation relationship with the austenitic matrix. The thermodynamic models that were developed and validated were then applied to evaluating the effect of Mo on the thermal stability of intermetallic phases in type 316 and NF709 stainless steels.

  10. Mesoscopic Phase Separation in Anisotropic Superconductors

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    V. I. Yukalov; Yukalova, E. P.

    2005-01-01

    General properties of anisotropic superconductors with mesoscopic phase separation are analysed. The main conclusions are as follows: Mesoscopic phase separation can be thermodynamically stable only in the presence of repulsive Coulomb interactions. Phase separation enables the appearance of superconductivity in a heterophase sample even if it were impossible in pure-phase matter. Phase separation is crucial for the occurrence of superconductivity in bad conductors. Critical temperature for a...

  11. The Impact of Donor-Acceptor Phase Separation on the Charge Carrier Dynamics in pBTTT:PCBM Photovoltaic Blends

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    Gehrig, Dominik W.

    2015-04-07

    The effect of donor–acceptor phase separation, controlled by the donor–acceptor mixing ratio, on the charge generation and recombination dynamics in pBTTT-C14:PC70BM bulk heterojunction photovoltaic blends is presented. Transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy spanning the dynamic range from pico- to microseconds in the visible and near-infrared spectral regions reveals that in a 1:1 blend exciton dissociation is ultrafast; however, charges cannot entirely escape their mutual Coulomb attraction and thus predominantly recombine geminately on a sub-ns timescale. In contrast, a polymer:fullerene mixing ratio of 1:4 facilitates the formation of spatially separated, that is free, charges and reduces substantially the fraction of geminate charge recombination, in turn leading to much more efficient photovoltaic devices. This illustrates that spatially extended donor or acceptor domains are required for the separation of charges on an ultrafast timescale (<100 fs), indicating that they are not only important for efficient charge transport and extraction, but also critically influence the initial stages of free charge carrier formation.

  12. Phase space embedding of electrocardiograms

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    Richter, M; Richter, Marcus; Schreiber, Thomas

    1998-01-01

    We study properties of the human electrocardiogram under the working hypothesis that fluctuations beyond the regular structure of single cardiac cycles are unpredictable. On this background we discuss the possibility to use the phase space embedding method for this kind of signal. In particular, the specific nature of the stochastic or high dimensional component allows to use phase space embeddings for certain signal processing tasks. As practical applications, we discuss noise filtering, fetal ECG extraction, and the automatic detection of clinically relevant features. The main purpose of the paper is to connect results of embedding theory which had not been previously applied in practise, and practical applications which had not yet been justified theoretically.

  13. Multiply Phased Traveling BPS Vortex

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    Kimm, Kyoungtae; Cho, Y M

    2016-01-01

    We present the multiply phased current carrying vortex solutions in the U(1) gauge theory coupled to an $(N+1)$-component SU(N+1) scalar multiplet in the Bogomolny limit. Our vortex solutions correspond to the static vortex dressed with traveling waves along the axis of symmetry. What is notable in our vortex solutions is that the frequencies of traveling waves in each component of the scalar field can have different values. The energy of the static vortex is proportional to the topological charge of $CP^N$ model in the BPS limit, and the multiple phase of the vortex supplies additional energy contribution which is proportional to the Noether charge associated to the remaining symmetry.

  14. The Generalised Phase Contrast Method

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    Glückstad, Jesper

    An analytic framework and a complete description for the design and optimisation of on-axis centred spatially filtering common path systems are presented. The Generalised Phase Contrast method is derived and introduced as the common denominator for these systems basically extending Zernike....... Optimal conditions for visibility, peak irradiance and accuracy are derived and shown to be perfectly in line with empirical results from the literature. New graphic methods for advanced analysis purposes are demonstrated supporting these conclusions as well as providing new tools for innovative filter...... designs and parameter settings. Finally, a number of original applications facilitated by the parallel light-beam encoding of the Generalised Phase Contrast method are briefly outlined. These include among others, wavefront sensing and generation, advanced usercontrolled optical micro...

  15. Experimental Blade Research - phase 2

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    Eder, Martin Alexander; Branner, Kim; Berring, Peter;

    This report is a summary of the results obtained in the project: Experimental Blade Research – phase 2 (EBR2). The project was supported by the Danish Energy Authority through the 2010 Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP 2010-II) and has journal no. 64011-0006. The proje...... has been running from spring 2011 to the end of 2014. Being a summary report, this report only contains a collection of the research topics and the major results. For more details, see the publications listed at the end of this report.......This report is a summary of the results obtained in the project: Experimental Blade Research – phase 2 (EBR2). The project was supported by the Danish Energy Authority through the 2010 Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP 2010-II) and has journal no. 64011-0006. The project...

  16. Quantitative phase imaging of arthropods

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    Sridharan, Shamira; Katz, Aron; Soto-Adames, Felipe; Popescu, Gabriel

    2015-01-01

    Abstract. Classification of arthropods is performed by characterization of fine features such as setae and cuticles. An unstained whole arthropod specimen mounted on a slide can be preserved for many decades, but is difficult to study since current methods require sample manipulation or tedious image processing. Spatial light interference microscopy (SLIM) is a quantitative phase imaging (QPI) technique that is an add-on module to a commercial phase contrast microscope. We use SLIM to image a whole organism springtail Ceratophysella denticulata mounted on a slide. This is the first time, to our knowledge, that an entire organism has been imaged using QPI. We also demonstrate the ability of SLIM to image fine structures in addition to providing quantitative data that cannot be obtained by traditional bright field microscopy. PMID:26334858

  17. Quantitative phase imaging of arthropods

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    Sridharan, Shamira; Katz, Aron; Soto-Adames, Felipe; Popescu, Gabriel

    2015-11-01

    Classification of arthropods is performed by characterization of fine features such as setae and cuticles. An unstained whole arthropod specimen mounted on a slide can be preserved for many decades, but is difficult to study since current methods require sample manipulation or tedious image processing. Spatial light interference microscopy (SLIM) is a quantitative phase imaging (QPI) technique that is an add-on module to a commercial phase contrast microscope. We use SLIM to image a whole organism springtail Ceratophysella denticulata mounted on a slide. This is the first time, to our knowledge, that an entire organism has been imaged using QPI. We also demonstrate the ability of SLIM to image fine structures in addition to providing quantitative data that cannot be obtained by traditional bright field microscopy.

  18. Phase Aberrations in Diffraction Microscopy

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    Marchesini, S; Barty, A; Cui, C; Howells, M R; Spence, J C H; Weierstall, U; Minor, A M

    2005-01-01

    In coherent X-ray diffraction microscopy the diffraction pattern generated by a sample illuminated with coherent x-rays is recorded, and a computer algorithm recovers the unmeasured phases to synthesize an image. By avoiding the use of a lens the resolution is limited, in principle, only by the largest scattering angles recorded. However, the imaging task is shifted from the experiment to the computer, and the algorithm's ability to recover meaningful images in the presence of noise and limited prior knowledge may produce aberrations in the reconstructed image. We analyze the low order aberrations produced by our phase retrieval algorithms. We present two methods to improve the accuracy and stability of reconstructions.

  19. Coherent phase argument for inflation

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    Scott Dodelson

    2004-03-17

    Cosmologists have developed a phenomenally successful picture of structure in the universe based on the idea that the universe expanded exponentially in its earliest moments. There are three pieces of evidence for this exponential expansion--inflation--from observations of anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background. First, the shape of the primordial spectrum is very similar to that predicted by generic inflation models. Second, the angular scale at which the first acoustic peak appears is consistent with the flat universe predicted by inflation. Here the author describes the third piece of evidence, perhaps the most convincing of all: the phase coherence needed to account for the clear peak/trough structure observed by the WMAP satellite and its predecessors. The author also discusses alternatives to inflation that have been proposed recently and explain how they produce coherent phases.

  20. Cavity Voltage Phase Modulation MD

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    Mastoridis, Themistoklis; Molendijk, John; Timko, Helga; CERN. Geneva. ATS Department

    2016-01-01

    The LHC RF/LLRF system is currently configured for extremely stable RF voltage to minimize transient beam loading effects. The present scheme cannot be extended beyond nominal beam current since the demanded power would exceed the peak klystron power and lead to saturation. A new scheme has therefore been proposed: for beam currents above nominal (and possibly earlier), the cavity phase modulation by the beam will not be corrected (transient beam loading), but the strong RF feedback and One-Turn Delay feedback will still be active for loop and beam stability in physics. To achieve this, the voltage set point will be adapted for each bunch. The goal of this MD was to test a new algorithm that would adjust the voltage set point to achieve the cavity phase modulation that would minimize klystron forward power.