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  1. Cytotoxicity of cadmium-containing quantum dots based on a study using a microfluidic chip

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    Zheng, Xiannuo; Tian, Jing; Weng, Lixing; Wu, Lei; Jin, Qinghui; Zhao, Jianlong; Wang, Lianhui

    2012-02-01

    There is a lack of reliable nanotoxicity assays available for monitoring and quantifying multiple cellular events in cultured cells. In this study, we used a microfluidic chip to systematically investigate the cytotoxicity of three kinds of well-characterized cadmium-containing quantum dots (QDs) with the same core but different shell structures, including CdTe core QDs, CdTe/CdS core-shell QDs, and CdTe/CdS/ZnS core-shell-shell QDs, in HEK293 cells. Using the microfluidic chip combined with fluorescence microscopy, multiple QD-induced cellular events including cell morphology, viability, proliferation, and QD uptake were simultaneously analysed. The three kinds of QDs showed significantly different cytotoxicities. The CdTe QDs, which are highly toxic to HEK293 cells, resulted in remarkable cellular and nuclear morphological changes, a dose-dependent decrease in cell viability, and strong inhibition of cell proliferation; the CdTe/CdS QDs were moderately toxic but did not significantly affect the proliferation of HEK293 cells; while the CdTe/CdS/ZnS QDs had no detectable influence on cytotoxicity with respect to cell morphology, viability, and proliferation. Our data indicated that QD cytotoxicity was closely related to their surface structures and specific physicochemical properties. This study also demonstrated that the microfluidic chip could serve as a powerful tool to systematically evaluate the cytotoxicity of nanoparticles in multiple cellular events.

  2. Protein Crystal Based Nanomaterials

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    Bell, Jeffrey A.; VanRoey, Patrick

    2001-01-01

    This is the final report on a NASA Grant. It concerns a description of work done, which includes: (1) Protein crystals cross-linked to form fibers; (2) Engineering of protein to favor crystallization; (3) Better knowledge-based potentials for protein-protein contacts; (4) Simulation of protein crystallization.

  3. Meta-analysis of cellular toxicity for cadmium-containing quantum dots

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    Oh, Eunkeu; Liu, Rong; Nel, Andre; Gemill, Kelly Boeneman; Bilal, Muhammad; Cohen, Yoram; Medintz, Igor L.

    2016-05-01

    Understanding the relationships between the physicochemical properties of engineered nanomaterials and their toxicity is critical for environmental and health risk analysis. However, this task is confounded by material diversity, heterogeneity of published data and limited sampling within individual studies. Here, we present an approach for analysing and extracting pertinent knowledge from published studies focusing on the cellular toxicity of cadmium-containing semiconductor quantum dots. From 307 publications, we obtain 1,741 cell viability-related data samples, each with 24 qualitative and quantitative attributes describing the material properties and experimental conditions. Using random forest regression models to analyse the data, we show that toxicity is closely correlated with quantum dot surface properties (including shell, ligand and surface modifications), diameter, assay type and exposure time. Our approach of integrating quantitative and categorical data provides a roadmap for interrogating the wide-ranging toxicity data in the literature and suggests that meta-analysis can help develop methods for predicting the toxicity of engineered nanomaterials.

  4. Monitoring LSO/LYSO Crystal Based Calorimeters

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    Yang, Fan; Zhang, Liyuan; Zhu, Ren-Yuan

    2015-02-01

    Precision light monitoring is important for keeping excellent energy resolution promised by LSO/LYSO crystals in severe radiation environment. In this paper, we report an investigation on the wavelength choice for monitoring LYSO crystal based calorimeters. Gamma-ray induced absorption and light output loss were measured for 20 cm long crystals from five different vendors. Monitoring sensitivity and divergence between crystals from different vendors were investigated. The pros and cons of two monitoring approaches using emission and excitation light and their practical implementation for a LYSO/W Shashlik test beam matrix are discussed.

  5. Photonic crystal fiber based antibody detection

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    Duval, A; Lhoutellier, M; Jensen, J B

    2004-01-01

    An original approach for detecting labeled antibodies based on strong penetration photonic crystal fibers is introduced. The target antibody is immobilized inside the air-holes of a photonic crystal fiber and the detection is realized by the means of evanescent-wave fluorescence spectroscopy...

  6. Photonic crystal fiber based antibody detection

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    Duval, A.; Lhoutellier, M; Jensen, J. B.; Hoiby, P E; Missier, V; Pedersen, L. H.; Hansen, Theis Peter; Bjarklev, Anders Overgaard; Bang, Ole

    2004-01-01

    An original approach for detecting labeled antibodies based on strong penetration photonic crystal fibers is introduced. The target antibody is immobilized inside the air-holes of a photonic crystal fiber and the detection is realized by the means of evanescent-wave fluorescence spectroscopy and the use of a transversal illumination setup.

  7. Photonic Crystal Sensors Based on Porous Silicon

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    Claudia Pacholski

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Porous silicon has been established as an excellent sensing platform for the optical detection of hazardous chemicals and biomolecular interactions such as DNA hybridization, antigen/antibody binding, and enzymatic reactions. Its porous nature provides a high surface area within a small volume, which can be easily controlled by changing the pore sizes. As the porosity and consequently the refractive index of an etched porous silicon layer depends on the electrochemial etching conditions photonic crystals composed of multilayered porous silicon films with well-resolved and narrow optical reflectivity features can easily be obtained. The prominent optical response of the photonic crystal decreases the detection limit and therefore increases the sensitivity of porous silicon sensors in comparison to sensors utilizing Fabry-Pérot based optical transduction. Development of porous silicon photonic crystal sensors which allow for the detection of analytes by the naked eye using a simple color change or the fabrication of stacked porous silicon photonic crystals showing two distinct optical features which can be utilized for the discrimination of analytes emphasize its high application potential.

  8. Photonic crystal sensors based on porous silicon.

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    Pacholski, Claudia

    2013-04-09

    Porous silicon has been established as an excellent sensing platform for the optical detection of hazardous chemicals and biomolecular interactions such as DNA hybridization, antigen/antibody binding, and enzymatic reactions. Its porous nature provides a high surface area within a small volume, which can be easily controlled by changing the pore sizes. As the porosity and consequently the refractive index of an etched porous silicon layer depends on the electrochemial etching conditions photonic crystals composed of multilayered porous silicon films with well-resolved and narrow optical reflectivity features can easily be obtained. The prominent optical response of the photonic crystal decreases the detection limit and therefore increases the sensitivity of porous silicon sensors in comparison to sensors utilizing Fabry-Pérot based optical transduction. Development of porous silicon photonic crystal sensors which allow for the detection of analytes by the naked eye using a simple color change or the fabrication of stacked porous silicon photonic crystals showing two distinct optical features which can be utilized for the discrimination of analytes emphasize its high application potential.

  9. Biaxial crystal-based optical tweezers

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    Angelsky, Oleg V.; Maksimyak, Andrew P.; Maksimyak, Peter P.;

    2010-01-01

    We suggest an optical tweezer setup based on an optically biaxial crystal. To control movements of opaque particles, we use shifts. The results of experimental studies are reported which are concerned with this laser tweezer setup. We demonstrate a movement of microparticles of toner using...... a singular-optical trap, rotation of particles due to orbital angular momentum of the field, and converging or diverging of two different traps when changing transmission plane of polariser at the input of our polarisation interferometer....

  10. Liquid-crystal-based hyperspectral image projector

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    Linnenberger, Anna; Masterson, Hugh; Rice, Joseph P.; Stockley, Jay

    2010-04-01

    A hyperspectral image projector (HIP) is introduced that is built with liquid crystal based spatial light modulators (SLM) as opposed to micromirror arrays. The use of an SLM as a broadband intensity modulator presents several benefits to this application. With slight modifications to the SLM design, SLMs can be built for a wide range of spectral regimes, ranging from the ultraviolet (UV) to the long-wavelength infrared (LWIR). SLMs can have a large pixel pitch, significantly reducing diffraction in the mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and LWIR. Liquid crystal based devices offer direct analog intensity modulation, thus eliminating flicker from time sequential drive schemes. SLMs allow for an on-axis configuration, enabling a simple and compact optical layout. The design of the HIP system is broken into two parts consisting of a spectral and spatial engine. In the spectral engine a diffraction grating is used to disperse a broadband source into spectral components, where an SLM modulates the relative intensity of the components to dynamically generate complex spectra. The recombined output is fed to the spatial engine which is used to construct two-dimensional scenes. The system is used to simulate a broad range of real world environments, and will be delivered to the National Institute of Standards and Technology as an enabling tool for the development of calibration standards and performance testing techniques for multispectral and hyperspectral imagers. The focus of this paper is on a visible-band HIP system; however, related work is presented with regard to SLM use in the MWIR and LWIR.

  11. Ionizing particle detection based on phononic crystals

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    Aly, Arafa H.; Mehaney, Ahmed; Eissa, Mostafa F.

    2015-08-01

    Most conventional radiation detectors are based on electronic or photon collections. In this work, we introduce a new and novel type of ionizing particle detector based on phonon collection. Helium ion radiation treats tumors with better precision. There are nine known isotopes of helium, but only helium-3 and helium-4 are stable. Helium-4 is formed in fusion reactor technology and in enormous quantities during Big Bang nucleo-synthesis. In this study, we introduce a technique for helium-4 ion detection (sensing) based on the innovative properties of the new composite materials known as phononic crystals (PnCs). PnCs can provide an easy and cheap technique for ion detection compared with conventional methods. PnC structures commonly consist of a periodic array of two or more materials with different elastic properties. The two materials are polymethyl-methacrylate and polyethylene polymers. The calculations showed that the energies lost to target phonons are maximized at 1 keV helium-4 ion energy. There is a correlation between the total phonon energies and the transmittance of PnC structures. The maximum transmission for phonons due to the passage of helium-4 ions was found in the case of making polyethylene as a first layer in the PnC structure. Therefore, the concept of ion detection based on PnC structure is achievable.

  12. Ionizing particle detection based on phononic crystals

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    Aly, Arafa H., E-mail: arafa16@yahoo.com, E-mail: arafa.hussien@science.bsu.edu.eg; Mehaney, Ahmed; Eissa, Mostafa F. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef (Egypt)

    2015-08-14

    Most conventional radiation detectors are based on electronic or photon collections. In this work, we introduce a new and novel type of ionizing particle detector based on phonon collection. Helium ion radiation treats tumors with better precision. There are nine known isotopes of helium, but only helium-3 and helium-4 are stable. Helium-4 is formed in fusion reactor technology and in enormous quantities during Big Bang nucleo-synthesis. In this study, we introduce a technique for helium-4 ion detection (sensing) based on the innovative properties of the new composite materials known as phononic crystals (PnCs). PnCs can provide an easy and cheap technique for ion detection compared with conventional methods. PnC structures commonly consist of a periodic array of two or more materials with different elastic properties. The two materials are polymethyl-methacrylate and polyethylene polymers. The calculations showed that the energies lost to target phonons are maximized at 1 keV helium-4 ion energy. There is a correlation between the total phonon energies and the transmittance of PnC structures. The maximum transmission for phonons due to the passage of helium-4 ions was found in the case of making polyethylene as a first layer in the PnC structure. Therefore, the concept of ion detection based on PnC structure is achievable.

  13. Gallium nitride based logpile photonic crystals.

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    Subramania, Ganapathi; Li, Qiming; Lee, Yun-Ju; Figiel, Jeffrey J; Wang, George T; Fischer, Arthur J

    2011-11-09

    We demonstrate a nine-layer logpile three-dimensional photonic crystal (3DPC) composed of single crystalline gallium nitride (GaN) nanorods, ∼100 nm in size with lattice constants of 260, 280, and 300 nm with photonic band gap in the visible region. This unique GaN structure is created through a combined approach of a layer-by-layer template fabrication technique and selective metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). These GaN 3DPC exhibit a stacking direction band gap characterized by strong optical reflectance between 380 and 500 nm. By introducing a "line-defect" cavity in the fifth (middle) layer of the 3DPC, a localized transmission mode with a quality factor of 25-30 is also observed within the photonic band gap. The realization of a group III nitride 3DPC with uniform features and a band gap at wavelengths in the visible region is an important step toward realizing complete control of the electromagnetic environment for group III nitride based optoelectronic devices.

  14. Mimer: an automated spreadsheet-based crystallization screening system.

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    Brodersen, Ditlev Egeskov; Andersen, Gregers Rom; Andersen, Christian Brix Folsted

    2013-07-01

    In this paper, a simple low-cost alternative to large commercial systems for preparing macromolecular crystallization conditions is described. Using an intuitive spreadsheet-based approach, the system allows the rapid calculation of relevant pipetting volumes given known stock-solution concentrations and incorporates the automatic design of custom crystallization screens via the incomplete-factorial and grid-screen approaches. Automated dispensing of the resulting crystallization screens is achieved using a generic and relatively inexpensive liquid handler.

  15. Hydrogen sensor based on metallic photonic crystal slabs.

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    Nau, D; Seidel, A; Orzekowsky, R B; Lee, S-H; Deb, S; Giessen, H

    2010-09-15

    We present a hydrogen sensor based on metallic photonic crystal slabs. Tungsten trioxide (WO(3)) is used as a waveguide layer below an array of gold nanowires. Hydrogen exposure influences the optical properties of this photonic crystal arrangement by gasochromic mechanisms, where the photonic crystal geometry leads to sharp spectral resonances. Measurements reveal a change of the transmission depending on the hydrogen concentration. Theoretical limits for the detection range and sensitivity of this approach are discussed.

  16. Hyperbolic polaritonic crystals based on nanostructured nanorod metamaterials.

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    Dickson, Wayne; Beckett, Stephen; McClatchey, Christina; Murphy, Antony; O'Connor, Daniel; Wurtz, Gregory A; Pollard, Robert; Zayats, Anatoly V

    2015-10-21

    Surface plasmon polaritons usually exist on a few suitable plasmonic materials; however, nanostructured plasmonic metamaterials allow a much broader range of optical properties to be designed. Here, bottom-up and top-down nanostructuring are combined, creating hyperbolic metamaterial-based photonic crystals termed hyperbolic polaritonic crystals, allowing free-space access to the high spatial frequency modes supported by these metamaterials.

  17. Lab-on-a-Chip Based Protein Crystallization

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    vanderWoerd, Mark J.; Brasseur, Michael M.; Spearing, Scott F.; Whitaker, Ann F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We are developing a novel technique with which we will grow protein crystals in very small volumes, utilizing chip-based, microfluidic ("LabChip") technology. This development, which is a collaborative effort between NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and Caliper Technologies Corporation, promises a breakthrough in the field of protein crystal growth. Our initial results obtained from two model proteins, Lysozyme and Thaumatin, show that it is feasible to dispense and adequately mix protein and precipitant solutions on a nano-liter scale. The mixtures have shown crystal growth in volumes in the range of 10 nanoliters to 5 microliters. In addition, large diffraction quality crystals were obtained by this method. X-ray data from these crystals were shown to be of excellent quality. Our future efforts will include the further development of protein crystal growth with LabChip(trademark) technology for more complex systems. We will initially address the batch growth method, followed by the vapor diffusion method and the liquid-liquid diffusion method. The culmination of these chip developments is to lead to an on orbit protein crystallization facility on the International Space Station. Structural biologists will be invited to utilize the on orbit Iterative Biological Crystallization facility to grow high quality macromolecular crystals in microgravity.

  18. Graphene-based liquid crystal device.

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    Blake, Peter; Brimicombe, Paul D; Nair, Rahul R; Booth, Tim J; Jiang, Da; Schedin, Fred; Ponomarenko, Leonid A; Morozov, Sergey V; Gleeson, Helen F; Hill, Ernie W; Geim, Andre K; Novoselov, Kostya S

    2008-06-01

    Graphene is only one atom thick, optically transparent, chemically inert, and an excellent conductor. These properties seem to make this material an excellent candidate for applications in various photonic devices that require conducting but transparent thin films. In this letter, we demonstrate liquid crystal devices with electrodes made of graphene that show excellent performance with a high contrast ratio. We also discuss the advantages of graphene compared to conventionally used metal oxides in terms of low resistivity, high transparency and chemical stability.

  19. An assessment of calcite crystal growth mechanisms based on crystal size distributions

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    Kile, D.E.; Eberl, D.D.; Hoch, A.R.; Reddy, M.M.

    2000-01-01

    was established and maintained during the constant-composition experiments. CSDs having shapes intermediate between lognormal and Ostwald also were generated by varying the initial levels of supersaturation (initial Ω = 28.2 to 69.2) in rapidly mixed solutions. Lognormal CSDs were observed for natural calcite crystals that are found in septarian concretions occurring in southeastern Colorado. Based on the model described above, these CSDs indicate initial growth by surface control, followed by supply-controlled growth. Thus, CSDs may be used to deduce crystal growth mechanisms from which geologic conditions early in the growth history of a mineral can be inferred. Conversely, CSD shape can be predicted during industrial crystallization by applying the appropriate conditions for a particular growth mechanism.

  20. Continuous preparation of polymer coated drug crystals by solid hollow fiber membrane-based cooling crystallization.

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    Chen, Dengyue; Singh, Dhananjay; Sirkar, Kamalesh K; Pfeffer, Robert

    2016-02-29

    A facile way to continuously coat drug crystals with a polymer is needed in controlled drug release. Conventional polymer coating methods have disadvantages: high energy consumption, low productivity, batch processing. A novel method for continuous polymer coating of drug crystals based on solid hollow fiber cooling crystallization (SHFCC) is introduced here. The drug acting as the host particle and the polymer for coating are Griseofulvin (GF) and Eudragit RL100, respectively. The polymer's cloud point temperature in its acetone solution was determined by UV spectrophotometry. An acetone solution of the polymer containing the drug in solution as well as undissolved drug crystals in suspension were pumped through the tube side of the SHFCC device; a cold liquid was circulated in the shell side to rapidly cool down the feed solution-suspension in the hollow-fiber lumen. The polymer precipitated from the solution and coated the suspended crystals due to rapid temperature reduction and heterogeneous nucleation; crystals formed from the solution were also coated by the polymer. Characterizations by scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, laser diffraction spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and dissolution tests show that a uniformly coated, free-flowing drug/product can be obtained under appropriate operating conditions without losing the drug's pharmaceutical properties and controlled release characteristics.

  1. Optical limiter based on two-dimensional nonlinear photonic crystals

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    Belabbas, Amirouche; Lazoul, Mohamed

    2016-04-01

    The aim behind this work is to investigate the capabilities of nonlinear photonic crystals to achieve ultra-fast optical limiters based on third order nonlinear effects. The purpose is to combine the actions of nonlinear effects with the properties of photonic crystals in order to activate the photonic band according to the magnitude of the nonlinear effects, themselves a function of incident laser power. We are interested in designing an optical limiter based nonlinear photonic crystal operating around 1064 nm and its second harmonic at 532 nm. Indeed, a very powerful solid-state laser that can blind or destroy optical sensors and is widely available and easy to handle. In this work, we perform design and optimization by numerical simulations to determine the better structure for the nonlinear photonic crystal to achieve compact and efficient integrated optical limiter. The approach consists to analyze the band structures in Kerr-nonlinear two-dimensional photonic crystals as a function of the optical intensity. We confirm that these bands are dynamically red-shifted with regard to the bands observed in linear photonic crystals or in the case of weak nonlinear effects. The implemented approach will help to understand such phenomena as intensitydriven optical limiting with Kerr-nonlinear photonic crystals.

  2. Liquid crystal-based hydrophone arrays

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    Brodzeli, Zourab; Silvestri, Leonardo; Michie, Andrew; Chigrinov, Vladimir G.; Guo, Qi; Pozhidaev, Eugene P.; Kiselev, Alexei D.; Ladouceur, Francois

    2012-09-01

    We describe a fiber optic hydrophone array system that could be used for underwater acoustic surveillance applications (e.g. military, counter terrorist, and customs authorities in protecting ports and harbors), offshore production facilities or coastal approaches as well as various marine applications. In this paper, we propose a new approach to underwater sonar systems using the voltage-controlled liquid crystals and simple multiplexing method. The proposed method permits measurement of sound under water at multiple points along an optical fiber using the low cost components and standard single mode fiber, without complex interferometric measurement techniques, electronics or demodulation software.

  3. Heterocyclic benzoxazole-based liquid crystals: Synthesis and mesomorphic properties

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    Sie Tiong Ha; Kok Leei Foo; Ramesh T. Subramaniam; Masato M. Ito; S. Sreehari Sastry; Siew Teng Ong

    2011-01-01

    New Schiff base liquid crystals containing benzoxazole core and alkanoyloxy chain at the end group of the molecules (Cn-1H2n-1COO-, n= 14,16,18) was synthesized. The present compounds are enantiotropic smectic A liquid crystals. It was also found that the end groups of the molecules and polar chloro substituent at the benzoxazole fragment had effect on the mesomorphic properties.

  4. Anisotropy of nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.; Maier, R. D.; Dreshfield, R. L.

    1980-01-01

    The effects of crystal orientation on the mechanical properties of single crystals of the nickel-based superalloy Mar-M247 are investigated. Tensile tests at temperatures from 23 to 1093 C and stress rupture tests at temperatures from 760 to 1038 C were performed for 52 single crystals at various orientations. During tensile testing between 23 and 760 C, single crystals with high Schmid factors were found to be favorably oriented for slip and to exhibit lower strength and higher ductility than those with low Schmid factors. Crystals which required large rotations to become oriented for cross slip were observed to have the shortest stress rupture lives at 760 C, while those which required little or no rotation had the longest lives. In addition, stereographic triangles obtained for Mar-M247 and Mar-M200 single crystals reveal that crystals with orientations near the -111 had the highest lives, those near the 001 had high lives, and those near the 011 had low lives.

  5. Reversible thermosensitive biodegradable polymeric actuators based on confined crystallization.

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    Stroganov, Vladislav; Al-Hussein, Mahmoud; Sommer, Jens-Uwe; Janke, Andreas; Zakharchenko, Svetlana; Ionov, Leonid

    2015-03-11

    We discovered a new and unexpected effect of reversible actuation of ultrathin semicrystalline polymer films. The principle was demonstrated on the example of thin polycaprolactone-gelatin bilayer films. These films are unfolded at room temperature, fold at temperature above polycaprolactone melting point, and unfold again at room temperature. The actuation is based on reversible switching of the structure of the hydrophobic polymer (polycaprolactone) upon melting and crystallization. We hypothesize that the origin of this unexpected behavior is the orientation of polycaprolactone chains parallel to the surface of the film, which is retained even after melting and crystallization of the polymer or the "crystallization memory effect". In this way, the crystallization generates a directed force, which causes bending of the film. We used this effect for the design of new generation of fully biodegradable thermoresponsive polymeric actuators, which are highly desirable for bionano-technological applications such as reversible encapsulation of cells and design of swimmers.

  6. Novel crystal timing calibration method based on total variation

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    Yu, Xingjian; Isobe, Takashi; Watanabe, Mitsuo; Liu, Huafeng

    2016-11-01

    A novel crystal timing calibration method based on total variation (TV), abbreviated as ‘TV merge’, has been developed for a high-resolution positron emission tomography (PET) system. The proposed method was developed for a system with a large number of crystals, it can provide timing calibration at the crystal level. In the proposed method, the timing calibration process was formulated as a linear problem. To robustly optimize the timing resolution, a TV constraint was added to the linear equation. Moreover, to solve the computer memory problem associated with the calculation of the timing calibration factors for systems with a large number of crystals, the merge component was used for obtaining the crystal level timing calibration values. Compared with other conventional methods, the data measured from a standard cylindrical phantom filled with a radioisotope solution was sufficient for performing a high-precision crystal-level timing calibration. In this paper, both simulation and experimental studies were performed to demonstrate the effectiveness and robustness of the TV merge method. We compare the timing resolutions of a 22Na point source, which was located in the field of view (FOV) of the brain PET system, with various calibration techniques. After implementing the TV merge method, the timing resolution improved from 3.34 ns at full width at half maximum (FWHM) to 2.31 ns FWHM.

  7. Liquid crystals based sensing platform-technological aspects.

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    Hussain, Zakir; Qazi, Farah; Ahmed, Muhammad Imran; Usman, Adil; Riaz, Asim; Abbasi, Amna Didar

    2016-11-15

    In bulk phase, liquid crystalline molecules are organized due to non-covalent interactions and due to delicate nature of the present forces; this organization can easily be disrupted by any small external stimuli. This delicate nature of force balance in liquid crystals organization forms the basis of Liquid-crystals based sensing scheme which has been exploited by many researchers for the optical visualization and sensing of many biological interactions as well as detection of number of analytes. In this review, we present not only an overview of the state of the art in liquid crystals based sensing scheme but also highlight its limitations. The approaches described below revolve around possibilities and limitations of key components of such sensing platform including bottom substrates, alignments layers, nature and type of liquid crystals, sensing compartments, various interfaces etc. This review also highlights potential materials to not only improve performance of the sensing scheme but also to bridge the gap between science and technology of liquid crystals based sensing scheme.

  8. Optical detection of sepsis markers using liquid crystal based biosensors

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    McCamley, Maureen K.; Artenstein, Andrew W.; Opal, Steven M.; Crawford, Gregory P.

    2007-02-01

    A liquid crystal based biosensor for the detection and diagnosis of sepsis is currently in development. Sepsis, a major clinical syndrome with a significant public health burden in the US due to a large elderly population, is the systemic response of the body to a localized infection and is defined as the combination of pathologic infection and physiological changes. Bacterial infections are responsible for 90% of cases of sepsis in the US. Currently there is no bedside diagnostic available to positively identify sepsis. The basic detection scheme employed in a liquid crystal biosensor contains attributes that would find value in a clinical setting, especially for the early detection of sepsis. Utilizing the unique properties of liquid crystals, such as birefringence, a bedside diagnostic is in development which will optically report the presence of biomolecules. In a septic patient, an endotoxin known as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is released from the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria and can be found in the blood stream. It is hypothesized that this long chained molecule will cause local disruptions to the open surface of a sensor containing aligned liquid crystal. The bulk liquid crystal ampli.es these local changes at the surface due to the presence of the sepsis marker, providing an optical readout through polarizing microscopy images. Liquid crystal sensors consisting of both square and circular grids, 100-200 μm in size, have been fabricated and filled with a common liquid crystal material, 5CB. Homeotropic alignment was confirmed using polarizing microscopy. The grids were then contacted with either saline only (control), or saline with varying concentrations of LPS. Changes in the con.guration of the nematic director of the liquid crystal were observed through the range of concentrations tested (5mg/mL - 1pg/mL) which have been confirmed by a consulting physician as clinically relevant levels.

  9. Photonic crystal waveguides based on an antiresonant reflecting platform

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    Lavrinenko, Andrei; Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn; Fage-Pedersen, Jacob

    2005-01-01

    We apply the antiresonant reflecting layers arrangement to silicon-on-insulator based photonic crystal waveguides. Several layered structures with different combinations of materials (Si-SiO2, Si3N4-SiO2) and layer topology have been analysed. Numerical modelling using 3D Finite-Difference Time...

  10. Neurosurgery contact handheld probe based on sapphire shaped crystal

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    Shikunova, I. A.; Stryukov, D. O.; Rossolenko, S. N.; Kiselev, A. M.; Kurlov, V. N.

    2017-01-01

    A handheld contact probe based on sapphire shaped crystal is developed for intraoperative spectrally-resolved optical diagnostics, laser coagulation and aspiration of malignant brain tissue. The technology was integrated into the neurosurgical workflow for intraoperative real-time identification and removing of invasive brain cancer.

  11. Faraday isolator based on TSAG crystal for high power lasers.

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    Mironov, E A; Palashov, O V

    2014-09-22

    A Faraday isolator based on a new magneto-optical medium, TSAG (terbium scandium aluminum garnet) crystal, has been constructed and investigated experimentally. The device provides an isolation ratio of more than 30 dB at 500 W laser power. It is shown that this medium can be used in Faraday isolators for kilowatt-level laser powers.

  12. Digital Beam Deflectors Based Partly on Liquid Crystals

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    Pouch, John J.; Miranda, Felix A.; Kreminska, Liubov; Pishnyak, Oleg; Golovin, Andrii; Winker, Bruce K.

    2007-01-01

    A digital beam deflector based partly on liquid crystals has been demonstrated as a prototype of a class of optical beam-steering devices that contain no mechanical actuators or solid moving parts. Such beam-steering devices could be useful in a variety of applications, including free-space optical communications, switching in fiber-optic communications, general optical switching, and optical scanning. Liquid crystals are of special interest as active materials in nonmechanical beam steerers and deflectors because of their structural flexibility, low operating voltages, and the relatively low costs of fabrication of devices that contain them.

  13. Diffractive devices based on blue phase liquid crystals

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    Li, Yan; Huang, Shuaijia; Su, Yikai

    2016-09-01

    Blue phase liquid crystal (BPLC) has been attractive for display and photonic applications for its sub-millisecond response time, no need for surface alignment, and an optically isotropic dark state. Because of these advantages, diffractive devices based on blue phase liquid crystals have great potential for wide applications. In this work, we present several BPLC diffractive devices. The operation principles, fabrication and experimental measurements will be discussed in details for two BPLC gratings realized by holographic method and a BPLC Fresnel lens using a spatial light modulator projector. All of these devices exhibit several attractive features such as sub-millisecond response, relatively high spatial resolution and polarization-independence.

  14. Coherent pair production in deformed crystals with a complex base

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    Mkrtchyan, A R; Saharian, A A

    2006-01-01

    We investigate the coherent electron-positron pair creation by high-energy photons in a periodically deformed single crystal with a complex base. The formula for the corresponding differential cross-section is derived for an arbitrary deformation field. The conditions are specified under which the influence of the deformation is considerable. The case is considered in detail when the photon enters into the crystal at small angles with respect to a crystallographic axis. The results of the numerical calculations are presented for $\\mathrm{SiO}_{2}$ single crystal and Moliere parametrization of the screened atomic potentials in the case of the deformation field generated by the acoustic wave of $S$ type. In dependence of the parameters, the presence of deformation can either enhance or reduce the pair creation cross-section. This can be used to control the parameters of the positron sources for storage rings and colliders.

  15. Integrated phononic crystal resonators based on adiabatically-terminated phononic crystal waveguides

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    Dehghannasiri, Razi; Pourabolghasem, Reza; Eftekhar, Ali Asghar; Adibi, Ali

    2016-12-01

    In this letter, we demonstrate a new design for integrated phononic crystal (PnC) resonators based on confining acoustic waves in a heterogeneous waveguide-based PnC structure. In this architecture, a PnC waveguide that supports a single mode at the desired resonance frequencies is terminated by two waveguide sections with no propagating mode at those frequencies (i.e., have mode gap). The proposed PnC resonators are designed through combining the spatial-domain and the spatial-frequency domain (i.e., the k-domain) analysis to achieve a smooth mode envelope. This design approach can benefit both membrane-based and surface-acoustic-wave-based architectures by confining the mode spreading in k-domain that leads to improved electromechanical excitation/detection coupling and reduced loss through propagating bulk modes.

  16. Silanization-Based Zeolite Crystallization: Participation Degree and Pathway.

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    Yan, Yueer; Azhati, Arepati; Guo, Xiao; Zhang, Yahong; Tang, Yi

    2015-08-17

    A clear and deep understanding of zeolite crystallization with the addition of organosilane is desirable for the reasonable design and preparation of hierarchical zeolites. Herein, the effects of different organosilanes on zeolite crystallization were systematically studied. It was found that organosilane plays the role of an inhibitor in the silanization-based zeolite preparation, and this inhibition effect was determined by its participation degree. An organosilane with a high participation degree can result in the prolongation of nucleation and growth periods of zeolite as well as the variation of product properties. More importantly, a dynamic participation pathway of organosilane is proposed, that is, the growth of zeolite is accompanied by the continuous removal of organosilane, leading to an increase of product crystallinity as well as the decrease of mesoporosity. This study gives a new insight into the role that organosilane plays in zeolite crystallization, which will help to direct the rational selection of organosilane and design of crystallization condition for the optimal synthesis of hierarchical zeolites.

  17. Optical microcavities based on surface modes in two-dimensional photonic crystals and silicon-on-insulator photonic crystals

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    Xiao, Sanshui; Qiu, M.

    2007-01-01

    Surface-mode optical microcavities based on two-dimensional photonic crystals and silicon-on-insulator photonic crystals are studied. We demonstrate that a high-quality-factor microcavity can be easily realized in these structures. With an increasing of the cavity length, the quality factor is gr...

  18. Singly-resonant optical parametric oscillator based on KTA crystal

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    S Das; S Gangopadhyay; C Ghosh; G C Bhar

    2005-01-01

    Tunable mid-infra-red radiation by singly resonant optical parametric oscillation based on KTA crystal pumped by multi-axial Gaussian shape beam from Q-switched Nd:YAG laser has been demonstrated. Threshold energy of oscillation at different idler wavelengths for different cavity length has been demonstrated. Single pass conversion efficiency of incident pump energy to infra-red wavelength has also been measured.

  19. Crystal chemistry and structural design of iron-based superconductors

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    Jiang Hao; Sun Yun-Lei; Xu Zhu-An; Cao Guang-Han

    2013-01-01

    The second class of high-temperature superconductors (HTSCs),iron-based pnictides and chalcogenides,necessarily contain Fe2X2 (“X” refers to a pnictogen or a chalcogen element) layers,just like the first class of HTSCs which possess the essential CuO2 sheets.So far,dozens of iron-based HTSCs,classified into nine groups,have been discovered.In this article,the crystal-chemistry aspects of the known iron-based superconductors are reviewed and summarized by employing “hard and soft acids and bases (HSAB)” concept.Based on these understandings,we propose an alternative route to exploring new iron-based superconductors via rational structural design.

  20. CVD synthesis of carbon-based metallic photonic crystals

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    Zakhidov, A A; Baughman, R H; Iqbal, Z

    1999-01-01

    Three-dimensionally periodic nanostructures on the scale of hundreds of nanometers, known as photonic crystals, are attracting increasing interest because of a number of exciting predicted properties. In particular, interesting behavior should be obtainable for carbon- based structures having a dimensional scale larger than fullerenes and nanotubes, but smaller than graphitic microfibers. We show here how templating of porous opals by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) allows us to obtain novel types of graphitic nanostructures. We describe the synthesis of new cubic forms of carbon having extended covalent connectivity in three dimensions, which provide high electrical conductivity and unit cell dimensions comparable to optical wavelengths. Such materials are metallic photonic crystals that show intense Bragg diffraction. (14 refs).

  1. Syntheses, characterization and electrocatalytical comparison of two cadmium-containing mono-lacunary Wells-Dawson polyoxometalates, α1- and α2-[P2W17Cd(H2OO61]8-

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    Zonoz Farrokhzad Mohammadi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Two new cadmium-containing Wells-Dawson polyoxometalates K8[α1-P2W17Cd(OH2O61]•16H2O (α1-P2W17Cd and K8[α2-P2W17Cd(OH2 O61]•16H2O (α2-P2W17Cd were synthesized as aqueous soluble potassium salts. The cadmium-substituted complexes have been characterized by IR, 31P NMR, 113Cd NMR spectroscopy and cyclic voltametry (CV. Redox activities for the tungsten and cadmium centers have been observed by using cyclic voltammetry. It was found that the presence of cadmium decreases the electrocatalytic activity of the [α1-LiP2W17O61]9- and α2-[P2W17O61]10-heteropolyanions.

  2. Distributed optical fibre devices based on liquid crystal infiltrated photonic crystal fibers

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    Alkeskjold, Thomas Tanggaard; Broeng, Jes; Hermann, D.S.

    2004-01-01

    We describe a new class of hybrid photonic crystal fibers, which are liquid crystal infiltrated fibers. Using these fibers, we demonstrate 'distributed' tunable filter and switching functionalities operating by the photonic bandgap effect....

  3. Thermally Driven Photonic Actuator Based on Silica Opal Photonic Crystal with Liquid Crystal Elastomer.

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    Xing, Huihui; Li, Jun; Shi, Yang; Guo, Jinbao; Wei, Jie

    2016-04-13

    We have developed a novel thermoresponsive photonic actuator based on three-dimensional SiO2 opal photonic crystals (PCs) together with liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs). In the process of fabrication of such a photonic actuator, the LCE precursor is infiltrated into the SiO2 opal PC followed by UV light-induced photopolymerization, thereby forming the SiO2 opal PC/LCE composite film with a bilayer structure. We find that this bilayer composite film simultaneously exhibits actuation behavior as well as the photonic band gap (PBG) response to external temperature variation. When the SiO2 opal PC/LCE composite film is heated, it exhibits a considerable bending deformation, and its PBG shifts to a shorter wavelength at the same time. In addition, this actuation is quite fast, reversible, and highly repeatable. The thermoresponsive behavior of the SiO2 opal PC/LCE composite films mainly derives from the thermal-driven change of nematic order of the LCE layer which leads to the asymmetric shrinkage/expansion of the bilayer structure. These results will be of interest in designing optical actuator systems for environment-temperature detection.

  4. Searching for the Best Protein Crystals: Synchrotron Based Measurements of Protein Crystal Quality

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    Borgstahl, Gloria; Snell, Edward H.; Bellamy, Henry; Pangborn, Walter; Nelson, Chris; Arvai, Andy; Ohren, Jeff; Pokross, Matt

    1999-01-01

    We are developing X-ray diffraction methods to quantitatively evaluate the quality of protein crystals. The ultimate use for these crystal quality will be to optimize crystal growth and freezing conditions to obtain the best diffraction data. We have combined super fine-phi slicing with highly monochromatic, low divergence synchrotron radiation and the ADSC Quantum 4 CCD detector at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation laboratory beamline 1.5 to accurately measure crystal mosaicity. Comparisons of microgravity versus earth-grown insulin crystals using these methods will be presented.

  5. Photonic Crystal Biosensor Based on Optical Surface Waves

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    Giovanni Dietler

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available A label-free biosensor device based on registration of photonic crystal surface waves is described. Angular interrogation of the optical surface wave resonance is used to detect changes in the thickness of an adsorbed layer, while an additional simultaneous detection of the critical angle of total internal reflection provides independent data of the liquid refractive index. The abilities of the device are demonstrated by measuring of biotin molecule binding to a streptavidin monolayer, and by measuring association and dissociation kinetics of immunoglobulin G proteins. Additionally, deposition of PSS / PAH polyelectrolytes is recorded in situ resulting calculation of PSS and PAH monolayer thicknesses separately.

  6. A Nanofluidic Biosensor Based on Nanoreplica Molding Photonic Crystal

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    Peng, Wang; Chen, Youping; Ai, Wu; Zhang, Dailin

    2016-09-01

    A nanofluidic biosensor based on nanoreplica molding photonic crystal (PC) was proposed. UV epoxy PC was fabricated by nanoreplica molding on a master PC wafer. The nanochannels were sealed between the gratings on the PC surface and a taped layer. The resonance wavelength of PC-based nanofluidic biosensor was used for testing the sealing effect. According to the peak wavelength value of the sensor, an initial label-free experiment was realized with R6g as the analyte. When the PC-based biosensor was illuminated by a monochromatic light source with a specific angle, the resonance wavelength of the sensor will match with the light source and amplified the electromagnetic field. The amplified electromagnetic field was used to enhance the fluorescence excitation result. The enhancement effect was used for enhancing fluorescence excitation and emission when matched with the resonance condition. Alexa Fluor 635 was used as the target dye excited by 637-nm laser source on a configured photonic crystal enhanced fluorescence (PCEF) setup, and an initial PCEF enhancement factor was obtained.

  7. AFM research on Fe-based nanocrystal crystallization mechanism

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    2008-01-01

    The cross-section pattern of Fe-based alloy ribbon (Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9) annealed at different temperatures was investigated by AFM (atomic force microscope), and the effect mechanism of Nb and Cu in Fe-based alloy ribbon annealing was analyzed with XRD diffraction crystal analysis technique and other research results. New concepts of encapsulated grain, Nb vacancy cluster, Nb-B atom cluster and so on were proposed and used to describe the formation mechanism of α-Fe (Si) nanocrystal. Finally, a three-phase (separation phase, encapsulated phase and nanocrystalline phase) interconnected structure model in Fe-based nanocrystalline alloy was established.

  8. Higher-order mode photonic crystal based nanofluidic sensor

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    Peng, Wang; Chen, Youping; Ai, Wu

    2017-01-01

    A higher-order photonic crystal (PC) based nanofluidic sensor, which worked at 532 nm, was designed and demonstrated. A systematical and detailed method for sculpturing a PC sensor for a given peak wavelength value (PWV) and specified materials was illuminated. It was the first time that the higher order mode was used to design PC based nanofluidic sensor, and the refractive index (RI) sensitivity of this sensor had been verified with FDTD simulation software from Lumerical. The enhanced electrical field of higher order mode structure was mostly confined in the channel area, where the enhance field is wholly interacting with the analytes in the channels. The comparison of RI sensitivity between fundamental mode and higher order mode shows the RI variation of higher order mode is 124.5 nm/RIU which is much larger than the fundamental mode. The proposed PC based nanofluidic structure pioneering a novel style for future optofluidic design.

  9. Liquid crystal devices based on photoalignment and photopatterning materials

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    Chigrinov, Vladimir

    2014-02-01

    Liquid crystal (LC) display and photonics devices based on photo-alignment and photo-patterning LC cells are developed. A fast switchable grating based on ferroelectric liquid crystals and orthogonal planar alignment by means of photo alignments. Both 1D and 2D gratings have been constructed. The proposed diffracting element provides fast response time of around 20 μs, contrast of 7000:1 and high diffraction efficiency, at the electric field of 6V/μm. A switchable LC Fresnel zone lens was also developed with the efficiency of ~42% that can be further improved, and the switching time for the 3 μm thick cell is ~6.7 ms which is relatively fast in comparison of existing devices. Thus, because of the photoalignment technology the fabrication of Fresnel lens became considerably simpler than others. A thin high spatial resolution, photo-patterned micropolarizer array for complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors was implemented for the complete optical visualization of so called "invisible" objects, which are completely transparent (reflective) and colorless. Four Stokes parameters, which fully characterized the reflected light beam can be simultaneously detected using the array of photo-patterned polarizers on CMOS sensor plate. The cheap, high resolution photo-patterned LC matrix sensor was developed to be able successfully compete with the expensive and low reliable wire grid polarizer patterned arrays currently used for the purpose.

  10. Emerging Applications of Liquid Crystals Based on Nanotechnology

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    Jung Inn Sohn

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Diverse functionalities of liquid crystals (LCs offer enormous opportunities for their potential use in advanced mobile and smart displays, as well as novel non-display applications. Here, we present snapshots of the research carried out on emerging applications of LCs ranging from electronics to holography and self-powered systems. In addition, we will show our recent results focused on the development of new LC applications, such as programmable transistors, a transparent and active-type two-dimensional optical array and self-powered display systems based on LCs, and will briefly discuss their novel concepts and basic operating principles. Our research will give insights not only into comprehensively understanding technical and scientific applications of LCs, but also developing new discoveries of other LC-based devices.

  11. Growth and Characterization on PMN-PT-Based Single Crystals

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    Jian Tian

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Lead magnesium niobate—lead titanate (PMN-PT single crystals have been successfully commercialized in medical ultrasound imaging. The superior properties of PMN-PT crystals over the legacy piezoelectric ceramics lead zirconate titanate (PZT enabled ultrasound transducers with enhanced imaging (broad bandwidth and improved sensitivity. To obtain high quality and relatively low cost single crystals for commercial production, PMN-PT single crystals were grown with modified Bridgman method, by which crystals were grown directly from stoichiometric melt without flux. For ultrasound imaging application, [001] crystal growth is essential to provide uniform composition and property within a crystal plate, which is critical for transducer performance. In addition, improvement in crystal growth technique is under development with the goals of improving the composition homogeneity along crystal growth direction and reducing unit cost of crystals. In recent years, PIN-PMN-PT single crystals have been developed with higher de-poling temperature and coercive field to provide improved thermal and electrical stability for transducer application.

  12. Photonic crystal waveguides based on wide-gap semiconductor alloys

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    Martin, Aude; Combrié, Sylvain; De Rossi, Alfredo

    2017-03-01

    This review is devoted to integrated photonic platforms based on large band-gap semiconductors, alternatives to silicon photonics. The large electronic band gap of the material employed is chosen to address the specific needs of nonlinear optics, and, in particular, lower nonlinear losses and the capability of handling larger optical power densities. Moreover, these new platforms offer broader transmission spectra, extending to the visible spectral region, which is also required for other applications, particularly sensing and bio-related photonics. The focus is on nanoscale patterned waveguiding structures, which, owing to the tight confinement of light, have demonstrated a large nonlinear response. The third-order nonlinear response and the related parametric interactions will be considered here, encompassing four-wave mixing, phase-sensitive amplification, wavelength conversion, and also nonlinear pulse propagation and soliton dynamics. The comparison between different materials and waveguide design highlights specific features of photonic crystal waveguides.

  13. Single Crystal DMs for Space-Based Observatories

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    Bierden, Paul

    We propose to demonstrate the feasibility of a new manufacturing process for large aperture, high-actuator count microelectromechanical deformable mirrors (MEMS-DMs). These DMs are designed to fill a critical technology gap in NASA s plan for high- contrast space-based exoplanet observatories. We will manufacture a prototype DM with a continuous mirror facesheet, having an active aperture of 50mm diameter, supported by 2040 electrostatic actuators (50 across the diameter of the active aperture), spaced at a pitch of 1mm. The DM will be manufactured using silicon microfabrication tools. The strategic motivation for the proposed project is to advance MEMS DMs as an enabling technology in NASA s rapidly emerging program for extrasolar planet exploration. That goal is supported by an Astro2010 white paper on Technologies for Direct Optical Imaging of Exoplanets, which concluded that DMs are a critical component for all proposed internal coronagraph instrument concepts. That white paper pointed to great strides made by DM developers in the past decade, and acknowledged the components made by Boston Micromachines Corporation to be the most notable MEMS-based technology option. The principal manufacturing innovation in this project will be assembly of the DM through fusion bonding of three separate single crystal silicon wafers comprising the device s substrate, actuator array, and facesheet. The most significant challenge of this project will be to develop processes that allow reliable fusion bonds between multiple compliant silicon layers while yielding an optically flat surface and a robust electromechanical system. The compliance of the DM, which is required for its electromechanical function, will make it challenging to achieve the intimate, planar contact that is generally needed for success in fusion bonding. The manufacturing approach will use photolithography and reactive ion etching to pattern structural layers. Three wafer-scale devices will be patterned and

  14. Magnetic field measurements based on Terfenol coated photonic crystal fibers.

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    Quintero, Sully M M; Martelli, Cicero; Braga, Arthur M B; Valente, Luiz C G; Kato, Carla C

    2011-01-01

    A magnetic field sensor based on the integration of a high birefringence photonic crystal fiber and a composite material made of Terfenol particles and an epoxy resin is proposed. An in-fiber modal interferometer is assembled by evenly exciting both eigenemodes of the HiBi fiber. Changes in the cavity length as well as the effective refractive index are induced by exposing the sensor head to magnetic fields. The magnetic field sensor has a sensitivity of 0.006 (nm/mT) over a range from 0 to 300 mT with a resolution about ±1 mT. A fiber Bragg grating magnetic field sensor is also fabricated and employed to characterize the response of Terfenol composite to the magnetic field.

  15. Magnetic Field Measurements Based on Terfenol Coated Photonic Crystal Fibers

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    Carla C. Kato

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available A magnetic field sensor based on the integration of a high birefringence photonic crystal fiber and a composite material made of Terfenol particles and an epoxy resin is proposed. An in-fiber modal interferometer is assembled by evenly exciting both eigenemodes of the HiBi fiber. Changes in the cavity length as well as the effective refractive index are induced by exposing the sensor head to magnetic fields. The magnetic field sensor has a sensitivity of 0.006 (nm/mT over a range from 0 to 300 mT with a resolution about ±1 mT. A fiber Bragg grating magnetic field sensor is also fabricated and employed to characterize the response of Terfenol composite to the magnetic field.

  16. Photonic Crystal Fibre SERS Sensors Based on Silver Nanoparticle Colloid

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    XIE Zhi-Guo; LU Yong-Hua; WANG Pei; LIN Kai-Qun; YAN Jie; MING Hai

    2008-01-01

    @@ A photonic crystal fibre (PCF) surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensor is developed based on silver nanoparticle colloid.Analyte solution and silver nanoparticles are injected into the air holes of PCF by a simple modified syringe to overcome maes-transport constraints, allowing more silver nanoparticles involved in SERS activity.This sensor offers significant benefit over the conventional SERS sensor with high flexibility, easy manufacture.We demonstrate the detection of 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA ) molecules with the injecting way and the common dipping measurement.The injecting way shows obviously better results than the dipping one.Theoretical analysis indicates that this PCF SERS substrate offers enhancement of about 7 orders of magnitude in SERS active area.

  17. Semitransparent Polymer Solar Cells Based on Liquid Crystal Reflectors

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    Shaopeng Yang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of liquid crystal (LC reflectors on semitransparent polymer solar cells (PSCs were investigated in this paper. By improving the cathode, we manufactured semitransparent PSCs based on the conventional PSCs. We then incorporated the LC reflector into the semitransparent PSCs, which increased the power conversion efficiency (PCE from 2.11% to 2.71%. Subsequently adjusting the concentration and spinning speed of the active layer material changed its thickness. The maximum light absorption for the active layer was obtained using the optimum thickness, and the PCE eventually reached 3.01%. These results provide a reference for selecting LC reflectors that are suitable for different active layer materials to improve the PCE of semitransparent PSCs.

  18. Pressure sensor based on flexible photonic crystal membrane.

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    Karrock, Torben; Gerken, Martina

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate a pressure sensor based on deformation of a periodically nanostructured Bragg grating waveguide on a flexible 50 µm polydimethylsiloxane membrane and remote optical read out. A pressure change causes deformation of this 2 mm diameter photonic crystal membrane sealing a reference volume. The resulting shift of the guided mode resonances is observed by a remote camera as localized color change. Crossed polarization filters are employed for enhancing the visibility of the guided mode resonances. Pressure values are calculated from the intensity change in the green color channel using a calibration curve in the range of 2000 Pa to 4000 Pa. A limit of detection (LOD) of 160 Pa is estimated. This LOD combined with the small size of the sensor and its biocompatibility render it promising for application as an implantable intraocular pressure sensor.

  19. Crystal growth iron based pnictide compounds; Kristallzuechtung eisenbasierter Pniktidverbindungen

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    Nacke, Claudia

    2012-11-15

    The present work is concerned with selected crystal growth method for producing iron-based superconductors. The first part of this work introduces significant results of the crystal growth of BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and the cobalt-substituted compound Ba(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 2}As{sub 2} with x{sub Nom} = 0.025, 0.05, 0.07, 0.10 and 0.20. For this purpose a test procedure for the vertical Bridgman method was developed. The second part of this work contains substantial results for growing a crystal of LiFeAs and the nickel-substituted compound Li{sub 1-δ}Fe{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}As with x{sub Nom} = 0.015, 0.025, 0.05, 0.06, 0.075 and 0.10. For this purpose a test procedure for the melt flow process has been developed successfully. [German] Die vorliegende Arbeit befasst sich mit ausgewaehlten Kristallzuechtungsverfahren zur Herstellung eisenbasierter Supraleiter. Der erste Teil dieser Arbeit fuehrt wesentliche Ergebnisse der Kristallzuechtung von BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} sowie der Cobalt-substituierten Verbindung Ba(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 2}As{sub 2} mit x{sub Nom} =0.025, 0.05, 0.07, 0.10 und 0.20 auf. Hierzu wurde eine Versuchsdurchfuehrung fuer das vertikale Bridgman-Verfahren konzipiert, mit welcher erfolgreich Kristalle dieser Zusammensetzungen gezuechtet wurden. Der zweite Teil dieser Arbeit enthaelt wesentliche Ergebnisse zur Kristallzuechtung von LiFeAs sowie der Nickel-substituierten Verbindung Li{sub 1-δ}Fe{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}As mit x{sub Nom} = 0.015, 0.025, 0.05, 0.06, 0.075 und 0.10. Hierfuer wurde erfolgreich eine Versuchsdurchfuehrung fuer das Schmelzfluss-Verfahren entwickelt.

  20. Detection and recognition of analytes based on their crystallization patterns

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    Morozov, Victor; Bailey, Charles L.; Vsevolodov, Nikolai N.; Elliott, Adam

    2008-05-06

    The invention contemplates a method for recognition of proteins and other biological molecules by imaging morphology, size and distribution of crystalline and amorphous dry residues in droplets (further referred to as "crystallization pattern") containing predetermined amount of certain crystal-forming organic compounds (reporters) to which protein to be analyzed is added. It has been shown that changes in the crystallization patterns of a number of amino-acids can be used as a "signature" of a protein added. It was also found that both the character of changer in the crystallization patter and the fact of such changes can be used as recognition elements in analysis of protein molecules.

  1. New scintillating media based on liquid crystals for particle detectors

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    Barnik, M I; Vasilchenko, V G; Golovkin, S V; Medvedkov, A M; Soloviev, A S

    2000-01-01

    The study results of optical, photoluminiscent and scintillation properties of a liquid crystal 4-pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl are presented. The scintillation light output of this liquid crystal is about 35% of crystal anthracene, its main decay time constants are 4 and 14 ns, and the maximum of light emission spectrum is about 400 nm. The light output of a dissolution of green emitting light scintillation dopant R6 in the liquid crystal is about 120% of crystal anthracene. The light output of the frozen dissolution measured at -112 deg. C is about 2.5 times higher as observed at +20 deg. C. In the uniaxially oriented liquid crystal, the predominant intensity direction of emitted light is pointed perpendicular to the liquid crystal director and an appreciable part of the emitted light is elliptically polarized. The possibility to use scintillation properties of liquid crystals is considered both for the improvement of existing particle detector characteristics and for the creation of new gated particle detectors.

  2. [Recent advancement of photonic-crystal-based analytical chemistry].

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    Chen, Yun; Guo, Zhenpeng; Wang, Jinyi; Chen, Yi

    2014-04-01

    Photonic crystals are a type of novel materials with ordered structure, nanopores/channels and optical band gap. They have hence important applications in physics, chemistry, biological science and engineering fields. This review summarizes the recent advancement of photonic crystals in analytical chemistry applications, with focus on sensing and separating fields happening in the nearest 5 years.

  3. Photonic crystal fiber based chloride chemical sensors for corrosion monitoring

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    Wei, Heming; Tao, Chuanyi; Krishnaswamy, Sridhar

    2016-04-01

    Corrosion of steel is one of the most important durability issues in reinforced concrete (RC) structures because aggressive ions such as chloride ions permeate concrete and corrode steel, consequently accelerating the destruction of structures, especially in marine environments. There are many practical methods for corrosion monitoring in RC structures, mostly focusing on electrochemical-based sensors for monitoring the chloride ion which is thought as one of the most important factors resulting in steel corrosion. In this work, we report a fiber-optic chloride chemical sensor based on long period gratings inscribed in a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with a chloride sensitive thin film. Numerical simulation is performed to determine the characteristics and resonance spectral response versus the refractive indices of the analyte solution flowing through into the holes in the PCF. The effective refractive index of the cladding mode of the LPGs changes with variations of the analyte solution concentration, resulting in a shift of the resonance wavelength, hence providing the sensor signal. This fiber-optic chemical sensor has a fast response, is easy to prepare and is not susceptible to electromagnetic environment, and can therefore be of use for structural health monitoring of RC structures subjected to such aggressive environments.

  4. Photonic crystal waveguide-based biosensor for detection of diseases

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    Chopra, Harshita; Kaler, Rajinder S.; Painam, Balveer

    2016-07-01

    A biosensor is a device that is used to detect the analytes or molecules of a sample by means of a binding mechanism. A two-dimensional photonic crystal waveguide-based biosensor is designed with a diamond-shaped ring resonator and two waveguides: a bus waveguide and a drop waveguide. The sensing mechanism is based on change in refractive index of the analytes, leading to a shift in the peak resonant wavelength. This mechanism can be used in the field of biomedical treatment where different body fluids such as blood, tears, saliva, or urine can be used as the analyte in which different components of the fluid can be detected. It can also be used to differentiate between the cell lines of a normal and an unhealthy human being. Average value of quality factor for this device comes out to be 1082.2063. For different analytes used, the device exhibits enhanced sensitivity and, hence, it is useful for the detection of diseases.

  5. Modeling of elastic and plastic waves for HCP single crystals in a 3D formulation based on zinc single crystal

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    Krivosheina, Marina; Kobenko, Sergey; Tuch, Elena; Kozlova, Maria

    2016-11-01

    This paper investigates elastic and plastic waves in HCP single crystals through the numerical simulation of strain processes in anisotropic materials based on a zinc single crystal. Velocity profiles for compression waves in the back surfaces of single-crystal zinc plates with impact loading oriented in 0001 and 10 1 ¯0 are presented in this work as a part of results obtained in numerical simulations. The mathematical model implemented in this study reflects the following characteristics of the mechanical properties inherent in anisotropic (transtropic) materials: varying degree of anisotropy of elastic and plastic properties, which includes reverse anisotropy, dependence of distribution of all types of waves on the velocity orientation, and the anisotropy of compressibility. Another feature of elastic and plastic waves in HCP single crystals is that the shock wave does not split into an elastic precursor and "plastic" compression shock wave, which is inherent in zinc single crystals with loading oriented in 0001. The study compares numerical results obtained in a three-dimensional formulation with the results of velocity profiles from the back surfaces of target plates obtained in real experiments. These results demonstrate that the mathematical model is capable of describing the properties of the above-mentioned anisotropic (transtropic) materials.

  6. Filtering of elastic waves by opal-based hypersonic crystal.

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    Salasyuk, Alexey S; Scherbakov, Alexey V; Yakovlev, Dmitri R; Akimov, Andrey V; Kaplyanskii, Alexander A; Kaplan, Saveliy F; Grudinkin, Sergey A; Nashchekin, Alexey V; Pevtsov, Alexander B; Golubev, Valery G; Berstermann, Thorsten; Brüggemann, Christian; Bombeck, Michael; Bayer, Manfred

    2010-04-14

    We report experiments in which high quality silica opal films are used as three-dimensional hypersonic crystals in the 10 GHz range. Controlled sintering of these structures leads to well-defined elastic bonding between the submicrometer-sized silica spheres, due to which a band structure for elastic waves is formed. The sonic crystal properties are studied by injection of a broadband elastic wave packet with a femtosecond laser. Depending on the elastic bonding strength, the band structure separates long-living surface acoustic waves with frequencies in the complete band gap from bulk waves with band frequencies that propagate into the crystal leading to a fast decay.

  7. Research on Cu2ZnSnTe4 crystals and heterojunctions based on such crystals

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    Kovaliuk T. T.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper reports on the results of the studies of magnetic, kinetic and optical properties of Cu2ZnSnTe4 crystals. The Cu2ZnSnTe4 crystals showed diamagnetic properties (the magnetic susceptibility almost independent of the magnetic field and temperature. The Cu2ZnSnTe4 crystals possessed p-type of conductivity and the Hall coefficient was independent on temperature. The temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity of the Cu2ZnSnTe4 crystal shows metallic character, i. e. decreases with the increase of temperature, that is caused by the lower charge carrier mobility at higher temperature. Thermoelectric power of the samples ispositive that also indicates on the prevalence of p-type conductivity. Heterojunctions n-TiN/p-Cu2ZnSnTe4, n-TiO2/p-Cu2ZnSnTe4 and n-MoO/p-Cu2ZnSnTe4 were fabricated by the reactive magnetron sputtering of TiN, TiO2 and MoOx thin films, respectively, onto the substrates made of the Cu2ZnSnTe4 crystals. The dominating current transport mechanisms in the n-TiN/p-Cu2ZnSnTe4 and n-TiO2/p-Cu2ZnSnTe4 heterojunctions were established to be the tunnel-recombination mechanism at forward bias and tunneling at reverse bias.

  8. Photonic crystal enhanced silicon cell based thermophotovoltaic systems.

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    Yeng, Yi Xiang; Chan, Walker R; Rinnerbauer, Veronika; Stelmakh, Veronika; Senkevich, Jay J; Joannopoulos, John D; Soljacic, Marin; Čelanović, Ivan

    2015-02-09

    We report the design, optimization, and experimental results of large area commercial silicon solar cell based thermophotovoltaic (TPV) energy conversion systems. Using global non-linear optimization tools, we demonstrate theoretically a maximum radiative heat-to-electricity efficiency of 6.4% and a corresponding output electrical power density of 0.39 W cm(-2) at temperature T = 1660 K when implementing both the optimized two-dimensional (2D) tantalum photonic crystal (PhC) selective emitter, and the optimized 1D tantalum pentoxide - silicon dioxide PhC cold-side selective filter. In addition, we have developed an experimental large area TPV test setup that enables accurate measurement of radiative heat-to-electricity efficiency for any emitter-filter-TPV cell combination of interest. In fact, the experimental results match extremely well with predictions of our numerical models. Our experimental setup achieved a maximum output electrical power density of 0.10W cm(-2) and radiative heat-to-electricity efficiency of 1.18% at T = 1380 K using commercial wafer size back-contacted silicon solar cells.

  9. A liquid-crystal-based DNA biosensor for pathogen detection

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    Khan, Mashooq; Khan, Abdur Rahim; Shin, Jae-Ho; Park, Soo-Young

    2016-03-01

    A liquid-crystal (LC)-filled transmission electron microscopy (TEM) grid cell coated with the cationic surfactant dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB), to which a single-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid probe (ssDNAprobe) was adsorbed at the LC/aqueous interface (TEMDTAB/DNA), was applied for the highly specific detection of target DNA molecules. The DTAB-coated E7 (used LC mixture) in the TEM grid (TEMDTAB) exhibited a homeotropic orientation, and changed to a planar orientation upon adsorption of the ssDNAprobe. The TEMDTAB/DNA was then exposed to complementary (target) ssDNA, which resulted in a planar-to-homeotropic configurational change of E7 that could be observed through a polarized optical microscope under crossed polarizers. The optimum adsorption density (2 μM) of ssDNAprobe enabled the detection of ≥0.05 nM complementary ssDNA. This TEMDTAB/DNA biosensor could differentiate complementary ssDNA from mismatched ssDNA as well as double-stranded DNA. It also successfully detected the genomic DNAs of the bacterium Erwinia carotovora and the fungi Rhazictonia solani. Owe to the high specificity, sensitivity, and label-free detection, this biosensor may broaden the applications of LC-based biosensors to pathogen detection.

  10. Determination of absolute configuration using heavy atom based co-crystallization method: Halogen atom effects

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    Wang, Jian-Rong; Fan, Xiaowu; Ding, Qiaoce; Mei, Xuefeng

    2016-09-01

    Heavy atom (chloride, bromide, and iodide) based co-crystals for determination of absolute configuration (AC) for chiral molecules were synthesized and evaluated. Co-crystals of cholestanol and L-ascorbic acid were analysed and the effects and potential benefits of varying the heavy atom are discussed. Changing the halogen atoms (chloride, bromide, or iodide) affects the co-crystal formation, X-ray absorption, and anomalous dispersion, and hence the ability to determine AC.

  11. All-optical gates based on photonic crystal resonators

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    Moille, Grégory; De Rossi, Alfredo; Combrié, Sylvain

    2016-04-01

    We briefly review the technology of advanced nonlinear resonators for all-optical gating with a specific focus on the application of high-performance signal sampling and on the properties of III-V semiconductor photonic crystals

  12. Compositional Effects on Nickel-Base Superalloy Single Crystal Microstructures

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    MacKay, Rebecca A.; Gabb, Timothy P.; Garg,Anita; Rogers, Richard B.; Nathal, Michael V.

    2012-01-01

    Fourteen nickel-base superalloy single crystals containing 0 to 5 wt% chromium (Cr), 0 to 11 wt% cobalt (Co), 6 to 12 wt% molybdenum (Mo), 0 to 4 wt% rhenium (Re), and fixed amounts of aluminum (Al) and tantalum (Ta) were examined to determine the effect of bulk composition on basic microstructural parameters, including gamma' solvus, gamma' volume fraction, volume fraction of topologically close-packed (TCP) phases, phase chemistries, and gamma - gamma'. lattice mismatch. Regression models were developed to describe the influence of bulk alloy composition on the microstructural parameters and were compared to predictions by a commercially available software tool that used computational thermodynamics. Co produced the largest change in gamma' solvus over the wide compositional range used in this study, and Mo produced the largest effect on the gamma lattice parameter and the gamma - gamma' lattice mismatch over its compositional range, although Re had a very potent influence on all microstructural parameters investigated. Changing the Cr, Co, Mo, and Re contents in the bulk alloy had a significant impact on their concentrations in the gamma matrix and, to a smaller extent, in the gamma' phase. The gamma phase chemistries exhibited strong temperature dependencies that were influenced by the gamma and gamma' volume fractions. A computational thermodynamic modeling tool significantly underpredicted gamma' solvus temperatures and grossly overpredicted the amount of TCP phase at 982 C. Furthermore, the predictions by the software tool for the gamma - gamma' lattice mismatch were typically of the wrong sign and magnitude, but predictions could be improved if TCP formation was suspended within the software program. However, the statistical regression models provided excellent estimations of the microstructural parameters based on bulk alloy composition, thereby demonstrating their usefulness.

  13. A research of weak absorption measurements in crystal based on photothermal interferometry

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    Chen, Bing; Liu, Zongkai; Wang, Shiwu

    2013-07-01

    It is important for testing the process of crystal growing and crystal quality. This paper built a mathematical model based on principle of photothermal common-path interferometry, the index change induced in the crystal by the heating pump beam and the phase distortion of probe beam in the heated area are presented then obtain the intensity distribution of the interference in the near filed. Optical geometry of focusing pump beam and intersecting pump and probe beams at waist position of the pump beam is used. This optical instruction can be adjusted easily and stabilized. Now CRYSTECH have the largest NLO crystals product line in the world, especially KTP crystals. With absorption measurements in nonlinear laser crystal KTP as an example to investigate the experimental parameters affecting the photothermal interference signal and high measuring precision. The analysis of experimental data showed this kind of instruction can reach the measurement accuracy of 0.1ppm.

  14. A region segmentation based algorithm for building crystal position lookup table in scintillation detector

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    Wang, Hai Peng; Liu, Shuang Quan; Fan, Xin; Cao, Xue Xiang; Chai, Pei; Shan, Bao Ci

    2014-01-01

    In scintillation detector, scintillation crystals are typically made into 2-dimension modular array. The location of incident gamma-ray need be calibrated due to spatial response nonlinearity. Generally, position histograms, the characteristic flood response of scintillation detectors, are used for position calibration. In this paper, a position calibration method based on crystal position lookup table which maps the inaccurate location calculated by Anger logic to the exact hitting crystal position has been proposed, Firstly, position histogram is segmented into disconnected regions. Then crystal marking points are labeled by finding the centroids of regions. Finally, crystal boundaries are determined and crystal position lookup table is generated. The scheme is evaluated by the whole-body PET scanner and breast dedicated SPECT detector developed by Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The results demonstrate that the algorithm is accurate, efficient, robust and general purpose.

  15. PCAM: a multi-user facility-based protein crystallization apparatus for microgravity

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    Carter, Daniel C.; Wright, Brenda; Miller, Teresa; Chapman, Jenny; Twigg, Pam; Keeling, Kim; Moody, Kerry; White, Melissa; Click, James; Ruble, John R.; Ho, Joseph X.; Adcock-Downey, Lawana; Dowling, Tim; Chang, Chong-Hwan; Ala, Paul; Rose, John; Wang, B. C.; Declercq, Jean-Paul; Evrard, Christine; Rosenberg, John; Wery, Jean-Pierre; Clawson, David; Wardell, Mark; Stallings, W.; Stevens, A.

    1999-01-01

    A facility-based protein crystallization apparatus for microgravity (PCAM) has been constructed and flown on a series of Space Shuttle Missions. The hardware development was undertaken largely because of the many important examples of quality improvements gained from crystal growth in the diffusion-limited environment in space. The concept was based on the adaptation for microgravity of a commonly available crystallization tray to increase sample density, to facilitate co-investigator participation and to improve flight logistics and handling. A co-investigator group representing scientists from industry, academia, and government laboratories has been established. Microgravity applications of the hardware have produced improvements in a number of structure-based crystallographic studies and include examples of enabling research. Additionally, the facility has been used to support fundamental research in protein crystal growth which has delineated factors contributing to the effect of microgravity on the growth and quality of protein crystals.

  16. PRIMARY STUDY ON BLENDS BASED ON THERMOTROPIC LIQUID CRYSTAL COPOLYESTER AND PET

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    WU Liheng; ZHANG Guoyao; YI Guozhen; LIU Dong

    1992-01-01

    The blend system composed of PET and thermotropic liquid crystal copolyester based on hydroxy benzoic acid, terephthalic acid, diacetyinaphthalene and PET was studied. The results indicated that LCP could play the role of crystal nuclei. The introduction of LCP decreased the melt viscosity of the system and fibrillous structure could be formed in favor conditions.

  17. Spectroscopy of photonic band gaps in mesoporous one-dimensional photonic crystals based on aluminum oxide

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    Gorelik, V. S.; Voinov, Yu. P.; Shchavlev, V. V.; Bi, Dongxue; Shang, Guo Liang; Fei, Guang Tao

    2016-12-01

    Mesoporous one-dimensional photonic crystals based on aluminum oxide have been synthesized by electrochemical etching method. Reflection spectra of the obtained mesoporous samples in a wide spectral range that covers several band gaps are presented. Microscopic parameters of photonic crystals are calculated and corresponding reflection spectra for the first six band gaps are presented.

  18. Single-crystal organic field-effect transistors based on dibenzo-tetrathiafulvalene

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    Mas-Torrent, M.; Hadley, P.; Bromley, S.T.; Crivillers, N.; Veciana, J.; Rovira, C.

    2004-01-01

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of field-effect transistors based on single crystals of the organic semiconductor dibenzo-tetrathiafulvalene (DB-TTF). We demonstrate that it is possible to prepare very-good-quality DB-TTF crystals from solution. These devices show high field-effect

  19. Anhydrous crystals of DNA bases are wide gap semiconductors.

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    Maia, F F; Freire, V N; Caetano, E W S; Azevedo, D L; Sales, F A M; Albuquerque, E L

    2011-05-07

    We present the structural, electronic, and optical properties of anhydrous crystals of DNA nucleobases (guanine, adenine, cytosine, and thymine) found after DFT (Density Functional Theory) calculations within the local density approximation, as well as experimental measurements of optical absorption for powders of these crystals. Guanine and cytosine (adenine and thymine) anhydrous crystals are predicted from the DFT simulations to be direct (indirect) band gap semiconductors, with values 2.68 eV and 3.30 eV (2.83 eV and 3.22 eV), respectively, while the experimentally estimated band gaps we have measured are 3.83 eV and 3.84 eV (3.89 eV and 4.07 eV), in the same order. The electronic effective masses we have obtained at band extremes show that, at low temperatures, these crystals behave like wide gap semiconductors for electrons moving along the nucleobases stacking direction, while the hole transport are somewhat limited. Lastly, the calculated electronic dielectric functions of DNA nucleobases crystals in the parallel and perpendicular directions to the stacking planes exhibit a high degree of anisotropy (except cytosine), in agreement with published experimental results.

  20. The optical Tamm states in a photonic-crystal Structure based on the cholesteric liquid crystal

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    Vetrov, Stepan Ya; Timofeev, Ivan V

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the localized surface modes in a structure consisting of the cholesteric liquid crystal layer, a phase plate, and a metal layer. These modes are analogous to the optical Tamm states. The anisotropy of transmission of light propagating the forward and backward directions is established. It is demonstrated that the transmission spectrum can be controlled by external fields acting on the cholesteric and by varying the plane of polarization of the incident light. [The text is presented both in English (pp 1-10) and in Russian (pp 11-20)

  1. A composite hydrogels-based photonic crystal multi-sensor

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    Chen, Cheng; Zhu, Zhigang; Zhu, Xiangrong; Yu, Wei; Liu, Mingju; Ge, Qiaoqiao; Shih, Wei-Heng

    2015-04-01

    A facile route to prepare stimuli-sensitive poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(acrylic acid) (PVA/PAA) gelated crystalline colloidal array photonic crystal material was developed. PVA was physically gelated by utilizing an ethanol-assisted method, the resulting hydrogel/crystal composite film was then functionalized with PAA to form an interpenetrating hydrogel film. This sensor film is able to efficiently diffract the visible light and rapidly respond to various environmental stimuli such as solvent, pH and strain, and the accompanying structural color shift can be repeatedly changed and easily distinguished by naked eye.

  2. Black Phosphorus based One-dimensional Photonic Crystals and Microcavities

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    Kriegel, I

    2016-01-01

    The latest achievements in the fabrication of black phosphorus thin layers, towards the technological breakthrough of a phosphorene atomically thin layer, are paving the way for a their employment in electronics, optics, and optoelectronics. In this work, we have simulated the optical properties of one-dimensional photonic structures, i.e. photonic crystals and microcavities, in which few-layer black phosphorus is one of the components. The insertion of the 5 nm black phosphorous layers leads to a photonic band gap in the photonic crystals and a cavity mode in the microcavity interesting for light manipulation and emission enhancement.

  3. Design and Fabrication of SOI-based photonic crystal components

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    Borel, Peter Ingo; Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn; Harpøth, Anders;

    2004-01-01

    We present examples of ultra-compact photonic crystal components realized in silicon-on-insulator material. We have fabricated several different types of photonic crystal waveguide components displaying high transmission features. This includes 60° and 120° bends, different types of couplers......, and splitters. Recently, we have designed and fabricated components with more than 200 nm bandwidths. Design strategies to enhance the performance include systematic variation of design parameters using finite-difference time-domain simulations and inverse design methods such as topology optimization....

  4. Crystallization Kinetics and Melting Behavior of PA1010/Ether-based TPU Blends

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    ZHANG Shu-ling; ZHAO Yan; SUN Xiao-bo; JIANG Zhen-hua; WU Zhong-wen; WANG Gui-Bin

    2007-01-01

    Polyamide 1010(PA1010)/thermoplastic poly(ether urethane) elastomer(ether-based TPU) blends were prepared via melt extrusion. The crystallization kinetics and melting behavior of PA1010/ether-based TPU blends were systematically investigated using differential scanning calorimetry. The crystallization kinetics results show that the addition of ether-based TPU hinders the crystallization of PA1010, and the hindrance effect increases with the increase of the concentration of ether-based TPU. Both pure PA1010 and PA1010/ether-based TPU blends exhibit double melting peaks in the process of nonisothermal crystallization. The double melting peaks change differently with the variation of cooling rate and blend composition. The cooling rate only influences the lower melting peak; however, the blend composition influences not only the lower melting peak but also the higher melting peak. The reason for the phenomenon must be the interaction between the two compositions.

  5. Synthesis optimization of photonic crystals based on silicon and vanadium dioxides

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    Akhmadeev, A. A.; Sarandaev, E. V.; Salakhov, M. Kh

    2013-08-01

    The photonic crystal is the material which structure is characterized by periodic distribution of refraction index in the spatial directions, which have the photonic band gaps in a spectrum of own electromagnetic states. There are numerous approaches of the creation of photonic crystals. In the present the optimal conditions of synthesis of photonic crystals based on silicon dioxide as well as the inverse photonic crystals based on vanadium dioxide are investigated. It is known that the synthesis process is influenced by many different factors. We have studied the dependence of the particle size on the concentration of reagents, as well as on the duration of the reaction. These studies are important for the production of samples of photonic crystals with a definite structure.

  6. Photoresponsive liquid crystals based on halogen bonding of azopyridines.

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    Chen, Yinjie; Yu, Haifeng; Zhang, Lanying; Yang, Huai; Lu, Yunfeng

    2014-09-04

    A series of photoresponsive halogen-bonded liquid crystals (LCs) were successfully constructed using molecular halogen and azopyridine compounds, which show interesting properties of photoinduced phase transition upon UV irradiation. In addition, bromine-bonded LCs were first obtained with high mesophase stability.

  7. Crystallization Kinetics of Misch Metal Based Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    2007-01-01

    The crystallization kinetics of Mm55Al25Cu10Ni5Co5 bulk metallic glass (BMG) was investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in the mode of continuous heating or isothermal annealing. It was found that the apparent activation energy Eg, Ex and Ep of the BMG calculated by Kissinger's method were 189.58, 170.68 and 170.41 kJ·mol-1, respectively, which was bigger than those of La55Al25Cu10Ni5Co5 BMG indicating that thermal stability of the former was higher than that of the latter. The local activation energy obtained using Ozawa equation decreased as crystallization proceeded except for the initial stage. The Avrami exponents were calculated to be in the range of 3.26~5.23 for different crystallization stages and isothermal temperatures. This implied that crystallization of Mm55Al25Cu10Ni5Co5 BMG was governed by diffusion-controlled three-dimensional growth with either reduced or increased nucleation rate, depending on isothermal temperature. Inconsistency of thermal stability with glass-forming ability for Mm(La)-Al-Cu-Ni-Co BMGs was discussed.

  8. Advanced piezoelectric single crystal based transducers for naval sonar applications

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    Snook, Kevin A.; Rehrig, Paul W.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.; Jiang, Xiaoning; Meyer, Richard J., Jr.; Markley, Douglas

    2006-03-01

    Transducers incorporating single crystal piezoelectric Pb(Mg 1/3Nb 2/3) x-1Ti xO 3 (PMN-PT) exhibit significant advantages over ceramic piezoelectrics such as PZT, including both high electromechanical coupling (k 33 > 90%) and piezoelectric coefficients (d 33 > 2000 pC/N). Conventional orientation gives inherently larger bandwidth and output power than PZT ceramics, however, the anisotropy of the crystal also allows for tailoring of the performance by orienting the crystal along different crystallographic axes. This attribute combined with composition refinements can be used to improve thermal or mechanical stability, which is important in high power, high duty cycle sonar applications. By utilizing the "31" resonance mode, the high power performance of PMN-PT can be improved over traditional "33" mode single crystal transducers, due to an improved aspect ratio. Utilizing novel geometries, effective piezoelectric constants of -600 pC/N to -1200 pC/N have been measured. The phase transition point induced by temperature, pre-stress or field is close to that in the "33" mode, and since the prestress is applied perpendicular to the poling direction in "31" mode elements, they exhibit lower loss and can therefore be driven harder. The high power characteristics of tonpilz transducers can also be affected by the composition of the PMN-PT crystal. TRS modified the composition of PMN-PT to improve the thermal stability of the material, while keeping the loss as low as possible. Three dimensional modeling shows that the useable bandwidth of these novel compositions nearly equals that of conventional PMN-PT. A decrease in the source level of up to 6 dB was calculated, which can be compensated for by the higher drive voltages possible.

  9. Goniometer-based femtosecond X-ray diffraction of mutant 30S ribosomal subunit crystals

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    E. Han Dao

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we collected radiation-damage-free data from a set of cryo-cooled crystals for a novel 30S ribosomal subunit mutant using goniometer-based femtosecond crystallography. Crystal quality assessment for these samples was conducted at the X-ray Pump Probe end-station of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS using recently introduced goniometer-based instrumentation. These 30S subunit crystals were genetically engineered to omit a 26-residue protein, Thx, which is present in the wild-type Thermus thermophilus 30S ribosomal subunit. We are primarily interested in elucidating the contribution of this ribosomal protein to the overall 30S subunit structure. To assess the viability of this study, femtosecond X-ray diffraction patterns from these crystals were recorded at the LCLS during a protein crystal screening beam time. During our data collection, we successfully observed diffraction from these difficult-to-grow 30S ribosomal subunit crystals. Most of our crystals were found to diffract to low resolution, while one crystal diffracted to 3.2 Å resolution. These data suggest the feasibility of pursuing high-resolution data collection as well as the need to improve sample preparation and handling in order to collect a complete radiation-damage-free data set using an X-ray Free Electron Laser.

  10. Kinetics of Non-Isothermal Crystallization of Coconut-based Cholesteryl Ester: Avrami and Ozawa Approache

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    J. F. Joson

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Kinetics of non-isothermal crystallization of coconut-based cholesteryl ester was performed by differentialscanning calorimetry under various heating rates. Different analysis methods were used to describe theprocess of non-isothermal crystallization. The results showed that the Avrami equation could describe thesystem very well. However, the Ozawa analysis failed. A probable reason is the difference in the crystallizationkinetics at high and low relative crystallization. The phase transitions of the coconut-based cholesterylester were also observed through optical polarizing microscopy

  11. Optimization and applications of planar silicon-based photonic crystal devices

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    Borel, Peter Ingo; Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn; Burgos Leon, Juan;

    2005-01-01

    such as topology optimization. We have also investigated a new device concept for coarse wavelength division de-multiplexing based on planar photonic crystal waveguides. The filtering of the wavelength channels has been realized by shifting the cut-off frequency of the fundamental photonic band gap mode......Very low propagation losses in straight planar photonic crystal waveguides have previously been reported. A next natural step is to add functionality to the photonic crystal waveguides and create ultra compact optical components. We have designed and fabricated such structures in a silicon......-on-insulator material. The photonic crystal is defined by holes with diameter 250 nm arranged in a triangular lattice having lattice constant 400 nm. Leaving out single rows of holes creates the planar photonic crystal waveguides. Different types of couplers and splitters, aswell as 60. 90 and 120 degree bends have...

  12. Solution based synthesis of simple fcc Si nano-crystals under ambient conditions.

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    Balcı, Mustafa H; Sæterli, Ragnhild; Maria, Jerome; Lindgren, Mikael; Holmestad, Randi; Grande, Tor; Einarsrud, Mari-Ann

    2013-02-28

    We demonstrate for the first time that simple face-centered cubic (fcc) silicon nano-crystals can be produced by a solution based bottom-up synthesis route under ambient conditions. Simple fcc Si nano-crystals (2-7 nm) were prepared at room temperature by using sodium cyclopentadienide as a reducing agent for silicon tetrachloride. Photoluminescence emission at 550 nm was observed for the fcc silicon nano-crystals upon excitation at 340 nm, indicating that fcc Si nano-crystals were exhibiting direct bandgap like semiconductor properties with very fast radiative recombination rates. The new synthesis route makes possible the production and study of simple fcc polymorphs of Si nano-crystals with an easy alteration of surface termination groups.

  13. Liquid crystal alignment in electro-responsive nanostructured thermosetting materials based on block copolymer dispersed liquid crystal

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    Tercjak, A; Garcia, I; Mondragon, I [Materials-Technologies Group, Departamento IngenierIa Quimica y M Ambiente, Escuela Politecnica, Universidad PaIs Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Plaza Europa 1, E-20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain)], E-mail: scptesza@sc.ehu.es, E-mail: inaki.mondragon@ehu.es

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    Novel well-defined nanostructured thermosetting systems were prepared by modification of a diglicydylether of bisphenol-A epoxy resin (DGEBA) with 10 or 15 wt% amphiphilic poly(styrene-b-ethylene oxide) block copolymer (PSEO) and 30 or 40 wt% low molecular weight liquid crystal 4'-(hexyl)-4-biphenyl-carbonitrile (HBC) using m-xylylenediamine (MXDA) as a curing agent. The competition between well-defined nanostructured materials and the ability for alignment of the liquid crystal phase in the materials obtained has been studied by atomic and electrostatic force microscopy, AFM and EFM, respectively. Based on our knowledge, this is the first time that addition of an adequate amount (10 wt%) of a block copolymer to 40 wt% HBC-(DGEBA/MXDA) leads to a well-organized nanostructured thermosetting system (between a hexagonal and worm-like ordered structure), which is also electro-responsive with high rate contrast. This behavior was confirmed using electrostatic force microscopy (EFM), by means of the response of the HBC liquid crystal phase to the voltage applied to the EFM tip. In contrast, though materials containing 15 wt% PSEO and 30 wt% HBC also form a well-defined nanostructured thermosetting system, they do not show such a high contrast between the uncharged and charged surface.

  14. Liquid crystal alignment in electro-responsive nanostructured thermosetting materials based on block copolymer dispersed liquid crystal

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    Tercjak, A.; Garcia, I.; Mondragon, I.

    2008-07-01

    Novel well-defined nanostructured thermosetting systems were prepared by modification of a diglicydylether of bisphenol-A epoxy resin (DGEBA) with 10 or 15 wt% amphiphilic poly(styrene-b-ethylene oxide) block copolymer (PSEO) and 30 or 40 wt% low molecular weight liquid crystal 4'-(hexyl)-4-biphenyl-carbonitrile (HBC) using m-xylylenediamine (MXDA) as a curing agent. The competition between well-defined nanostructured materials and the ability for alignment of the liquid crystal phase in the materials obtained has been studied by atomic and electrostatic force microscopy, AFM and EFM, respectively. Based on our knowledge, this is the first time that addition of an adequate amount (10 wt%) of a block copolymer to 40 wt% HBC-(DGEBA/MXDA) leads to a well-organized nanostructured thermosetting system (between a hexagonal and worm-like ordered structure), which is also electro-responsive with high rate contrast. This behavior was confirmed using electrostatic force microscopy (EFM), by means of the response of the HBC liquid crystal phase to the voltage applied to the EFM tip. In contrast, though materials containing 15 wt% PSEO and 30 wt% HBC also form a well-defined nanostructured thermosetting system, they do not show such a high contrast between the uncharged and charged surface.

  15. Photonic Crystals: Enhancing the Light Output of Scintillation Based Detectors

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    Knapitsch, Arno Richard

    A scintillator is a material which emits light when excited by ionizing radiation. Such materials are used in a diverse range of applications; From high energy particle physics experiments, X-ray security, to nuclear cameras or positron emission tomography. Future high-energy physics (HEP) experiments as well as next generation medical imaging applications are more and more pushing towards better scintillation characteristics. One of the problems in heavy scintillating materials is related to their high index of refraction. As a consequence, most of the scintillation light produced in the bulk material is trapped inside the crystal due to total internal reflection. The same problem also occurs with light emitting diodes (LEDs) and has for a long time been considered as a limiting factor for their overall efficiency. Recent developments in the area of nanophotonics were showing now that those limitations can be overcome by introducing a photonic crystal (PhC) slab at the outcoupling surface of the substrate. P...

  16. Dispersion Based Photonic-Crystal Structures for RF Applications

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    2006-06-01

    dimensional FDTD simulation. In our experiment, we fabricated the device using a computer numerically controlled ( CNC ) router . A tapered planar structure is...millimeter-wave photonic crystals are fabricated in Rexolite slabs by a computer numerically controlled ( CNC ) micro-milling system. Using the millimeter...loss, and low cost. In particular, it can be fabricated using a CNC micro-milling machine. Also, its low index provides a weaker confinement in the

  17. Transparent nematic phase in a liquid-crystal-based microemulsion.

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    Yamamoto, J; Tanaka, H

    2001-01-18

    Complex fluids are usually produced by mixing together several distinct components, the interactions between which can give rise to unusual optical and rheological properties of the system as a whole. For example, the properties of microemulsions (composed of water, oil and surfactants) are determined by the microscopic structural organization of the fluid that occurs owing to phase separation of the component elements. Here we investigate the effect of introducing an additional organizing factor into such a fluid system, by replacing the oil component of a conventional water-in-oil microemulsion with an intrinsically anisotropic fluid--a nematic liquid crystal. As with the conventional case, the fluid phase-separates into an emulsion of water microdroplets (stabilized by the surfactant as inverse micelles) dispersed in the 'oil' phase. But the properties are further influenced by a significant directional coupling between the liquid-crystal molecules and the surfactant tails that emerge (essentially radially) from the micelles. The result is a modified bulk-liquid crystal that is an ordered nematic at the mesoscopic level, but which does not exhibit the strong light scattering generally associated with bulk nematic order: the bulk material here is essentially isotropic and thus transparent.

  18. A flow-free droplet-based device for high throughput polymorphic crystallization.

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    Yang, Shih-Mo; Zhang, Dapeng; Chen, Wang; Chen, Shih-Chi

    2015-06-21

    Crystallization is one of the most crucial steps in the process of pharmaceutical formulation. In recent years, emulsion-based platforms have been developed and broadly adopted to generate high quality products. However, these conventional approaches such as stirring are still limited in several aspects, e.g., unstable crystallization conditions and broad size distribution; besides, only simple crystal forms can be produced. In this paper, we present a new flow-free droplet-based formation process for producing highly controlled crystallization with two examples: (1) NaCl crystallization reveals the ability to package saturated solution into nanoliter droplets, and (2) glycine crystallization demonstrates the ability to produce polymorphic crystallization forms by controlling the droplet size and temperature. In our process, the saturated solution automatically fills the microwell array powered by degassed bulk PDMS. A critical oil covering step is then introduced to isolate the saturated solution and control the water dissolution rate. Utilizing surface tension, the solution is uniformly packaged in the form of thousands of isolating droplets at the bottom of each microwell of 50-300 μm diameter. After water dissolution, individual crystal structures are automatically formed inside the microwell array. This approach facilitates the study of different glycine growth processes: α-form generated inside the droplets and γ-form generated at the edge of the droplets. With precise temperature control over nanoliter-sized droplets, the growth of ellipsoidal crystalline agglomerates of glycine was achieved for the first time. Optical and SEM images illustrate that the ellipsoidal agglomerates consist of 2-5 μm glycine clusters with inner spiral structures of ~35 μm screw pitch. Lastly, the size distribution of spherical crystalline agglomerates (SAs) produced from microwells of different sizes was measured to have a coefficient variation (CV) of less than 5%, showing

  19. High-Efficiency Nitride-Base Photonic Crystal Light Sources

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    James Speck; Evelyn Hu; Claude Weisbuch; Yong-Seok Choi; Kelly McGroddy; Gregor Koblmuller; Elison Matioli; Elizabeth Rangel; Fabian Rol; Dobri Simeonov

    2010-01-31

    The research activities performed in the framework of this project represent a major breakthrough in the demonstration of Photonic Crystals (PhC) as a competitive technology for LEDs with high light extraction efficiency. The goals of the project were to explore the viable approaches to manufacturability of PhC LEDS through proven standard industrial processes, establish the limits of light extraction by various concepts of PhC LEDs, and determine the possible advantages of PhC LEDs over current and forthcoming LED extraction concepts. We have developed three very different geometries for PhC light extraction in LEDs. In addition, we have demonstrated reliable methods for their in-depth analysis allowing the extraction of important parameters such as light extraction efficiency, modal extraction length, directionality, internal and external quantum efficiency. The information gained allows better understanding of the physical processes and the effect of the design parameters on the light directionality and extraction efficiency. As a result, we produced LEDs with controllable emission directionality and a state of the art extraction efficiency that goes up to 94%. Those devices are based on embedded air-gap PhC - a novel technology concept developed in the framework of this project. They rely on a simple and planar fabrication process that is very interesting for industrial implementation due to its robustness and scalability. In fact, besides the additional patterning and regrowth steps, the process is identical as that for standard industrially used p-side-up LEDs. The final devices exhibit the same good electrical characteristics and high process yield as a series of test standard LEDs obtained in comparable conditions. Finally, the technology of embedded air-gap patterns (PhC) has significant potential in other related fields such as: increasing the optical mode interaction with the active region in semiconductor lasers; increasing the coupling of the incident

  20. Primary and secondary dendrite spacing of Ni-based superalloy single crystals

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Ni-based superalloy single crystals were grown by different methods (gradient method and Bridgman technique with spontaneous nucleation and with seed. In all crystal growth experiments using the Bridgman technique, the temperature gradient along the vertical furnace axes was constant (G = 33.5 °C/cm. The obtained single crystals were cut, mechanical and chemical polished, and chemically etched. Using a metallographic microscope, the spacing of the primary and secondary dendrites was investigated. The dendrite arm spacing (DAS was determined using a Quantimet 500 MC. The obtained results are discussed and compared with published data.

  1. Optical biosensor based on liquid crystal droplets for detection of cholic acid

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    Niu, Xiaofang; Luo, Dan; Chen, Rui; Wang, Fei; Sun, Xiaowei; Dai, Haitao

    2016-12-01

    A highly sensitive cholic acid biosensor based on 4-cyano-4‧-penthlbiphenyl (5CB) Liquid crystal droplets in phosphate buffer saline solution was reported. A radial-to-bipolar transition of 5CB droplet would be triggered during competitive reaction of CA at the sodium dodecyl sulfate surfactant-laden 5CB droplet surface. Our liquid crystal droplet sensor is a low-cost, simple and fast method for CA detection. The detection limit (5 μM) of our method is 2.4 times lower than previously report by using liquid crystal film to detection of CA.

  2. Laser-Aided Direct Writing of Nickel-Based Single-Crystal Super Alloy (N5)

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    Wang, Yichen; Choi, Jeongyoung; Mazumder, Jyoti

    2016-12-01

    This communication reports direct writing of René N5 nickel-based Super alloy. N5 powder was deposited on (100) single-crystal substrate of René N5, for epitaxial growth, using laser and induction heating with a specially designed closed-loop thermal control system. A thin wall (1 mm width) of René N5 single crystal of 22.1 mm (including 3 mm SX substrate) in height was successfully deposited within 100 layers. SEM and EBSD characterized the single-crystal nature of the deposit.

  3. SOLIDIFICATION OF NICKEL-BASED SINGLE CRYSTAL SUPERALLOY BY ELECTRIC FIELD

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    Y.S. Yang; X.H. Feng; G.F. Cheng; Y.J. Li; Z.Q. Hu

    2005-01-01

    The crystal growth of a nickel-based single crystal superalloy DD3 was researched via controlled directional solidification under the action of a DC electric field. The cellular or dendrite spacing of the single crystal superalloy is refined and microsegregation of alloying elements Al,Ti, Mo and W, is reduced by the electric field. The electric field decreases the interface stability and reduces the critical growth rate of the cellular-dendritic translation because of Thomson effect and Joule heating. The precipitation of the γ' phase is more uniform and the size of the γ'phase is smaller with the electric field than that without the electric field.

  4. Single crystal growth of europium and ytterbium based intermetallic compounds using metal flux technique

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    Sumanta Sarkar; Sebastian C Peter

    2012-11-01

    This article covers the use of indium as a potential metal solvent for the crystal growth of europium and ytterbium-based intermetallic compounds. A brief view about the advantage of metal flux technique and the use of indium as reactive and non-reactive flux are outlined. Large single crystals of EuGe2, EuCoGe3 and Yb2AuGe3 compounds were obtained in high yield from the reactions of the elements in liquid indium. The results presented here demonstrate that considerable advances in the discovery of single crystal growth of complex phases are achievable utilizing molten metals as solvents.

  5. Superfluorinated Ionic Liquid Crystals Based on Supramolecular, Halogen-Bonded Anions.

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    Cavallo, Gabriella; Terraneo, Giancarlo; Monfredini, Alessandro; Saccone, Marco; Priimagi, Arri; Pilati, Tullio; Resnati, Giuseppe; Metrangolo, Pierangelo; Bruce, Duncan W

    2016-05-17

    Unconventional ionic liquid crystals in which the liquid crystallinity is enabled by halogen-bonded supramolecular anions [Cn F2 n+1 -I⋅⋅⋅I⋅⋅⋅I-Cn F2 n+1 ](-) are reported. The material system is unique in many ways, demonstrating for the first time 1) ionic, halogen-bonded liquid crystals, and 2) imidazolium-based ionic liquid crystals in which the occurrence of liquid crystallinity is not driven by the alkyl chains of the cation.

  6. Nanomechanics of cellulose crystals and cellulose-based polymer composites

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    Pakzad, Anahita

    Cellulose-polymer composites have potential applications in aerospace and transportation areas where lightweight materials with high mechanical properties are needed. In addition, these economical and biodegradable composites have been shown to be useful as polymer electrolytes, packaging structures, optoelectronic devices, and medical implants such as wound dressing and bone scaffolds. In spite of the above mentioned advantages and potential applications, due to the difficulties associated with synthesis and processing techniques, application of cellulose crystals (micro and nano sized) for preparation of new composite systems is limited. Cellulose is hydrophilic and polar as opposed to most of common thermoplastics, which are non-polar. This results in complications in addition of cellulose crystals to polymer matrices, and as a result in achieving sufficient dispersion levels, which directly affects the mechanical properties of the composites. As in other composite materials, the properties of cellulose-polymer composites depend on the volume fraction and the properties of individual phases (the reinforcement and the polymer matrix), the dispersion quality of the reinforcement through the matrix and the interaction between CNCs themselves and CNC and the matrix (interphase). In order to develop economical cellulose-polymer composites with superior qualities, the properties of individual cellulose crystals, as well as the effect of dispersion of reinforcements and the interphase on the properties of the final composites should be understood. In this research, the mechanical properties of CNC polymer composites were characterized at the macro and nano scales. A direct correlation was made between: - Dispersion quality and macro-mechanical properties - Nanomechanical properties at the surface and tensile properties - CNC diameter and interphase thickness. Lastly, individual CNCs from different sources were characterized and for the first time size-scale effect on

  7. Proposal of highly sensitive optofluidic sensors based on dispersive photonic crystal waveguides

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    Xiao, Sanshui; Mortensen, Niels Asger

    2007-01-01

    Optofluidic sensors based on highly dispersive two-dimensional photonic crystal waveguides are studied theoretically. Results show that these structures are strongly sensitive to the refractive index of the infiltrated liquid (nl), which is used to tune dispersion of the photonic crystal waveguid....... The waveguide mode-gap edge shifts about 1.2 nm for δnl = 0.002. The shifts can be explained well by band structure theory combined with first-order perturbation theory. These devices are potentially interesting for chemical sensing applications.......Optofluidic sensors based on highly dispersive two-dimensional photonic crystal waveguides are studied theoretically. Results show that these structures are strongly sensitive to the refractive index of the infiltrated liquid (nl), which is used to tune dispersion of the photonic crystal waveguide...

  8. Ellipsometric investigations of photonic crystals based on carbon nanofibers

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    Rehammar, R; Arwin, H; Kinaret, J M; Campbell, E E B

    2010-01-01

    Carbon nanofibers (CNF) are used as components of planar photonic crystals (PC). Square and rectangular lattices as well as random patterns of vertically aligned CNF were fabricated and their properties studied using ellipsometry. Conventional methods of ellipsometric analysis used in thin film ellipsometry are not applicable to these samples due to their nanostructured nature. We show that detailed information such as symmetry directions and the band structure of these novel materials can be extracted from considerations of the polarization state in the specular beam.

  9. Refractometry based on a photonic crystal fiber interferometer.

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    Jha, Rajan; Villatoro, Joel; Badenes, Gonçal; Pruneri, Valerio

    2009-03-01

    We report a simple and compact modal interferometer for applications in refractometry. The device consists of a stub of large-mode-area photonic crystal fiber (PCF) spliced between standard single-mode fibers. In the splice regions the voids of the PCF are fully collapsed, thus allowing the coupling and recombination of PCF core and cladding modes. The device is highly stable over time, has low temperature sensitivity, and is suitable for measuring indices in the 1.330-1.440 range. The measure of the refractive index is carried out by monitoring the shift of the interference pattern.

  10. Faraday rotator based on TSAG crystal with orientation.

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    Yasuhara, Ryo; Snetkov, Ilya; Starobor, Aleksey; Mironov, Evgeniy; Palashov, Oleg

    2016-07-11

    A Faraday isolator (FI) for high-power lasers with kilowatt-level average power and 1-µm wavelength was demonstrated using a terbium scandium aluminum garnet (TSAG) with its crystal axis aligned in the direction. Furthermore, no compensation scheme for thermally induced depolarization in a magnetic field was used. An isolation ratio of 35.4 dB (depolarization ratio γ of 2.9 × 10-4) was experimentally observed at a maximum laser power of 1470 W. This result for room-temperature FIs is the best reported, and provides a simple, practical solution for achieving optical isolation in high-power laser systems.

  11. Micro-displacement sensor based on a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber.

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    Rodrigues Pinto, Ana Margarida; Baptista, José Manuel; Santos, José Luís; Lopez-Amo, Manuel; Frazão, Orlando

    2012-12-17

    A sensing head based on a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber for in-reflection measurement of micro-displacements is presented. The sensing structure takes advantage of the multimodal behavior of a short segment of hollow-core photonic crystal fiber in-reflection, being spliced to a single mode fiber at its other end. A modal interferometer is obtained when the sensing head is close to a mirror, through which displacement is measured.

  12. Control of Process Operations and Monitoring of Product Qualities through Generic Model-based Framework in Crystallization Processes

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    Abdul Samad, Noor Asma Fazli Bin

    A generic and systematic model-based framework for the design of a process monitoring and control system to achieve the desired crystal size distribution (CSD) and crystal shape for a wide range of crystallization processes has been developed. This framework combines a generic multi-dimensional m...

  13. Alloying effects of refractory elements in the dislocation of Ni-based single crystal superalloys

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    Shiyu Ma

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The alloying effects of W, Cr and Re in the [100] (010 edge dislocation cores (EDC of Ni-based single crystal superalloys are investigated using first-principles based on the density functional theory (DFT. The binding energy, Mulliken orbital population, density of states, charge density and radial distribution functions are discussed, respectively. It is clearly demonstrated that the addition of refractory elements improves the stability of the EDC systems. In addition, they can form tougher bonds with their nearest neighbour (NN Ni atoms, which enhance the mechanical properties of the Ni-based single crystal superalloys. Through comparative analysis, Cr-doped system has lower binding energy, and Cr atom has evident effect to improve the systemic stability. However, Re atom has the stronger alloying effect in Ni-based single crystal superalloys, much more effectively hindering dislocation motion than W and Cr atoms.

  14. Compressive sensing spectrometry based on liquid crystal devices.

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    August, Yitzhak; Stern, Adrian

    2013-12-01

    We present a new type of compressive spectroscopy technique employing a liquid crystal (LC) phase retarder. A tunable LC cell is used in a manner compliant with the compressive sensing (CS) framework to significantly reduce the spectral scanning effort. The presented optical spectrometer consists of a single LC phase retarder combined with a single photo detector, where the LC phase retarder is used to modulate the input spectrum and the photodiode is used to measure the transmitted spectral signal. Sequences of measurements are taken, where each measurement is done with a different state of the retarder. Then, the set of photodiode measurements is used as input data to a CS solver algorithm. We demonstrate numerally compressive spectral sensing with approximately ten times fewer measurements than with an equivalent conventional spectrometer.

  15. In situ X-ray diffraction based investigation of crystallization in solution deposited PZT thin films

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    Nittala, Krishna

    Solution deposited PZT based thin films have potential applications in embedded decoupling capacitors and pulse discharge capacitors. During solution deposition, precursor solution is deposited onto a substrate to obtain an amorphous film. The film is then crystallized by heating it at a high temperature (˜600 - 700°C). Conditions during the crystallization anneal such as precursor stoichiometry in solution, heating rate and adhesion layer in the substrate are known to influence phase and texture evolution in these films. However, a mechanistic understanding of the changes taking place in these thin films during crystallization is lacking. A better understanding of the crystallization processes in these thin films could enable tailoring the properties of thin films to suit specific applications. To explore the crystallization process in solution deposited PZT thin films, high temperature in situ laboratory and synchrotron X-ray diffraction based techniques were developed. Taking advantage of the high X-ray flux available at synchrotron facilities such as beamline 6-ID-B, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, crystalline phases formed in the thin films during crystallization at the high heating rates (0.5 -- 60°C/s) typically used during film processing could be measured. Using a 2-D detector for these measurements allowed the simultaneous measurement of both phase and texture information during crystallization. Analytical treatment of the unconventional diffraction geometry used during the synchrotron based measurements was performed to develop methodologies for quantitative estimation of texture components. The nominal lead content in the starting solutions and the heating rate used during crystallization was observed to influence the sequence of phases formed during crystallization of the films. In films crystallized at fast heating rates, titanium segregation, probably due to diffusion of titanium from the adhesion layer, was observed. To

  16. A Lamb wave source based on the resonant cavity of phononic-crystal plates.

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    Sun, Jia-Hong; Wu, Tsung-Tsong

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a Lamb wave source that is based on the resonant cavity of a phononic-crystal plate. The phononic-crystal plate is composed of tungsten cylinders that form square lattices in a silicon plate, and the resonant cavity is created by arranging defects inside the periodic structure. The dispersion, transmission, and displacement of Lamb waves are analyzed by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. The eigenmodes inside the cavities of the phononic-crystal plate are identified as resonant modes. The fundamental and higher order resonant modes, which vary with the length of cavities, are calculated. By exciting the specific resonant mode in an asymmetric cavity, the 232.40 MHz flexural Lamb wave has a magnified amplitude of 78 times larger than the normal one. Thus, the cavity on the tungsten/silicon phononic-crystal plate may serve as a source element in a microscale acoustic wave device.

  17. Design, construction and testing of a system for detection of toxic gases based on piezoelectric crystals.

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    Leyva, J A; de Cisneros, J L; de Barreda, D G; Becerra, A J

    1994-01-01

    A system for static operation of toxic gas sensors based on piezoelectric crystals was constructed as a preliminary step in the development of this type of sensor. The sensing part of the setup consists of a twin oscillating circuit assembled from commercially available electronic parts mounted on a motherboard. The oscillating circuits can accommodate two piezoelectric crystals, of which one or both can be coated with different materials, or a single one, as required. The sensing assembly (crystals plus oscillating circuits) is placed in a customized test chamber that allows one to control and reproduce its internal environment. Once assembled and fine-tuned, the proposed setup was used to test a commercially available piezoelectric crystal for sensing formaldehyde in order to expand available information on this type of sensor.

  18. Tunable terahertz fishnet metamaterials based on thin nematic liquid crystal layers for fast switching.

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    Zografopoulos, Dimitrios C; Beccherelli, Romeo

    2015-08-14

    The electrically tunable properties of liquid-crystal fishnet metamaterials are theoretically investigated in the terahertz spectrum. A nematic liquid crystal layer is introduced between two fishnet metallic structures, forming a voltage-controlled metamaterial cavity. Tuning of the nematic molecular orientation is shown to shift the magnetic resonance frequency of the metamaterial and its overall electromagnetic response. A shift higher than 150 GHz is predicted for common dielectric and liquid crystalline materials used in terahertz technology and for low applied voltage values. Owing to the few micron-thick liquid crystal cell, the response speed of the tunable metamaterial is calculated as orders of magnitude faster than in demonstrated liquid-crystal based non-resonant terahertz components. Such tunable metamaterial elements are proposed for the advanced control of electromagnetic wave propagation in terahertz applications.

  19. High Performance Relaxor-Based Ferroelectric Single Crystals for Ultrasonic Transducer Applications

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    Yan Chen

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT have drawn much attention in the ferroelectric field because of their excellent piezoelectric properties and high electromechanical coupling coefficients (d33~2000 pC/N, kt~60% near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB. Ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT single crystals also possess outstanding performance comparable with PMN-PT single crystals, but have higher phase transition temperatures (rhombohedral to tetragonal Trt, and tetragonal to cubic Tc and larger coercive field Ec. Therefore, these relaxor-based single crystals have been extensively employed for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this paper, an overview of our work and perspectives on using PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications is presented. Various types of single-element ultrasonic transducers, including endoscopic transducers, intravascular transducers, high-frequency and high-temperature transducers fabricated using the PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT crystals and their 2-2 and 1-3 composites are reported. Besides, the fabrication and characterization of the array transducers, such as phased array, cylindrical shaped linear array, high-temperature linear array, radial endoscopic array, and annular array, are also addressed.

  20. High performance relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications.

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    Chen, Yan; Lam, Kwok-Ho; Zhou, Dan; Yue, Qingwen; Yu, Yanxiong; Wu, Jinchuan; Qiu, Weibao; Sun, Lei; Zhang, Chao; Luo, Haosu; Chan, Helen L W; Dai, Jiyan

    2014-07-29

    Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) have drawn much attention in the ferroelectric field because of their excellent piezoelectric properties and high electromechanical coupling coefficients (d33~2000 pC/N, kt~60%) near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). Ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystals also possess outstanding performance comparable with PMN-PT single crystals, but have higher phase transition temperatures (rhombohedral to tetragonal Trt, and tetragonal to cubic Tc) and larger coercive field Ec. Therefore, these relaxor-based single crystals have been extensively employed for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this paper, an overview of our work and perspectives on using PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications is presented. Various types of single-element ultrasonic transducers, including endoscopic transducers, intravascular transducers, high-frequency and high-temperature transducers fabricated using the PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT crystals and their 2-2 and 1-3 composites are reported. Besides, the fabrication and characterization of the array transducers, such as phased array, cylindrical shaped linear array, high-temperature linear array, radial endoscopic array, and annular array, are also addressed.

  1. NONLINEAR OPTICAL MOLECULAR CRYSTAL BASED ON 2,6-DIAMINOPYRIDINE: SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION

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    I. M. Pavlovetc

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with investigation of a new nonlinear optical material based on nonlinear optical chromophore (4-Nitrophenol and aminopyridine (2,6-Diaminopyridine. Calculation results are presented for molecular packing in the crystalline compound, based on the given components. According to these results the finite material must have a noncentrosymmetric lattice, which determines the presence of the second order nonlinear optical response. Investigations carried out in this work confirm these calculations. Results of experiments are given describing the co-crystallization of these components and the following re-crystallization of the obtained material. In order to get a monocrystal form, the optimal conditions for the synthesis of molecular crystals based on these components are determined. Sufficiently large homogeneous crystals are obtained, that gave the possibility to record their spectra in the visible and near infrared parts of the spectrum, to determine their nonlinear optical properties and the level of homogeneity. Their optical (optical transmission and optical laser damage threshold and nonlinear optical properties are presented. For observation and measurement of the nonlinear optical properties an installation was built which implements the comparative method for measurements of nonlinear optical properties. A potassium titanyl oxide phosphate crystal was used as a sample for comparison. Results are given for the conversion efficiency of the primary laser radiation in the second optical harmonic relative to the signal obtained on the potassium titanyl oxide phosphate crystal. Obtained results show that the molecular co-crystal based on 2,6-Diaminopyridine is a promising nonlinear optical material for generating the second optical harmonic on the Nd: YAG laser (532 nm.

  2. Perturbative modeling of Bragg-grating-based biosensors in photonic-crystal fibers

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    Burani, Nicola; Lægsgaard, Jesper

    2005-01-01

    We present a modeling study carried out to support the design of a novel, to our knowledge, kind of photonic-crystal fiber (PCF)-based sensor. This device, based on a PCF Bragg grating, detects the presence of selected single-stranded DNA molecules, hybridized to a biofilm in the air holes of the...

  3. Time-incremental creep–fatigue damage rule for single crystal Ni-base superalloys

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    Tinga, T.; Brekelmans, W.A.M.; Geers, M.G.D.

    2009-01-01

    In the present paper a damage model for single crystal Ni-base superalloys is proposed that integrates time-dependent and cyclic damage into a generally applicable time-incremental damage rule. A criterion based on the Orowan stress is introduced to detect slip reversal on the microscopic level and

  4. Optimization of process parameters by Taguchi robust design method for the development of nano-crystals of sirolimus using sonication based crystallization

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    Gandhi, P.J.; Murthy, Z.V.P. [Chemical Engineering Department, S.V. National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat (India); Pati, R.K. [Quantitative Methods and Operations Management, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, Kerala (India)

    2012-01-15

    Taguchi method is widely used by the engineers and researchers across the globe for optimization of process parameters in view of cost, economy and time. Ultrasound based sonication process was used for deriving the nano-crystals of sirolimus in a narrow range. Seven critical process parameters with three levels were optimized with L{sub 18} array design. Crystal size analysis with its zeta potential measured and found that the crystals derived are stable in nature. Also SEM analysis carried out to know size and shape of the crystals and found that the crystals obtained are spherical in nature. Purity of the crystals derived checked with the help of melting point, TLC and HPLC procedures. Characterization of nano-crystals made with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. Correlation between the zeta potential and crystal size has been established with the help of scientific and statistical methods. Detailed statistical analysis such as t -test, regression and descriptive statistics of the results has been carried out to explore further information and interactions of process parameters. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Recrystallization of Single Crystal Nickel-Based Superalloy

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    ZHANG Bing; TAO Chun-hu; LU Xin; LIU Chang-kui; HU Chun-yan; BAI Ming-yuan

    2009-01-01

    A series of experiments of investigating the recrystallization of single crystal DD3 superalloy were carried out. The threshold temperature for recrystallization and the effect of annealing temperature on recrystaUization were studied. The results show that the threshold temperature for recrystallization of the shot-peened DD3 samples is be-tween 1 000 ℃ and 1 050℃ under the condition of annealing for 2 h, and the recrystallization depth increases with the rise of the annealing temperature. Below 1 150 ℃, the recrystallization depth increases slowly with the tempera-ture climbing, while above 1 150 ℃, the recrystallization depth increases quickly with the rise of the temperature. The solution of the γ' phase is a critical factor of the recrystallization behavior of DD3 superalloy. In addition, the ki-netics and microstructural evolution of recrystallization at 1 200 ℃ were also studied. It is found that the recrystalli-zation progresses rapidly at 1 200℃ through the growth of fully developed recrystallized grains, and the recrystalli-zation process on the shot-peened surface is similar to that of wrought materials, including nucleation of reerystalliza-tion, growth of new grains into the matrix, and growth of new grains by swallowing up each other.

  6. Tunable defect mode realized by graphene-based photonic crystal

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    Fu, Jiahui; Chen, Wan, E-mail: dhtyyobdc@126.com; Lv, Bo

    2016-04-29

    In this literature, we propose an active terahertz 1D photonic crystal, which consists of silicon layers and air layers. A graphene sheet is embedded at the interface between dielectric and air. Tunable photonic band gap is realized by changing the Fermi level of graphene. Transmission Matrix Method is utilized to explain the influence of the graphene layer. We also demonstrate that a dielectric slab attached with a thin sheet made of single-negative metamaterial acts like a pure dielectric slab with a thinner thickness. A tunable blue shift of the band gap can be realized by simply applying different chemical potentials on the graphene sheet. This feature can be utilized for the design of tunable high-gain antenna array and force generator in terahertz band. - Highlights: • A novel PhC embedded with grapheme sheets is presented, tunable defect is realized. • The mechanism of the tunable defect is explained using the change of equivalent thickness. • The electromagnetic force of a slab is calculated, which indicates the structure can serve as a tunable force generator.

  7. Kinetics of crystallization of a Fe-based multicomponent amorphous alloy

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    Arun Pratap; T Lilly Shanker Rao; Kinnary Patel; Mukesh Chawda

    2009-10-01

    The Fe-based multicomponent amorphous alloys (also referred to as metallic glasses) are known to exhibit soft magnetic properties and, it makes them important for many technological applications. However, metallic glasses are in a thermodynamically metastable state and in case of high temperature operating conditions, the thermally activated crystallization would be detrimental to their magnetic properties. The study of crystallization kinetics of metallic glasses gives useful insight about its thermal stability. In the present work, crystallization study of Fe67Co18B14Si1 (2605CO) metallic glass has been carried out using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique. Mössbauer study has also been undertaken to know the phases formed during the crystallization process. The alloy shows two-stage crystallization. The activation energy has been derived using the Kissinger method. It is found to be equal to 220 kJ/mol and 349 kJ/mol for the first and second crystallization peaks, respectively. The Mössbauer study indicates the formation of -(Fe, Co) and (Fe, Co)3B phases in the alloy.

  8. Peak, multi-peak and broadband absorption in graphene-based one-dimensional photonic crystal

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    Miloua, R.; Kebbab, Z.; Chiker, F.; Khadraoui, M.; Sahraoui, K.; Bouzidi, A.; Medles, M.; Mathieu, C.; Benramdane, N.

    2014-11-01

    We theoretically investigate the possibility of enhancing light absorption in graphene-based one dimensional photonic crystal. We demonstrate that it is possible to achieve total light absorption at technologically important wavelengths using one-dimensional graphene-based photonic crystals. By means of the transfer matrix method, we investigate the effect of refractive indices and layer numbers on the optical response of the structure. We found that it is possible to achieve one peak, multi-peak or broadband, and complete optical absorption. As a result, the proposed photonic structures enable myriad potential applications such as photodetection, shielding and optical sensing.

  9. Modelling organic crystal structures using distributed multipole and polarizability-based model intermolecular potentials.

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    Price, Sarah L; Leslie, Maurice; Welch, Gareth W A; Habgood, Matthew; Price, Louise S; Karamertzanis, Panagiotis G; Day, Graeme M

    2010-08-14

    Crystal structure prediction for organic molecules requires both the fast assessment of thousands to millions of crystal structures and the greatest possible accuracy in their relative energies. We describe a crystal lattice simulation program, DMACRYS, emphasizing the features that make it suitable for use in crystal structure prediction for pharmaceutical molecules using accurate anisotropic atom-atom model intermolecular potentials based on the theory of intermolecular forces. DMACRYS can optimize the lattice energy of a crystal, calculate the second derivative properties, and reduce the symmetry of the spacegroup to move away from a transition state. The calculated terahertz frequency k = 0 rigid-body lattice modes and elastic tensor can be used to estimate free energies. The program uses a distributed multipole electrostatic model (Q, t = 00,...,44s) for the electrostatic fields, and can use anisotropic atom-atom repulsion models, damped isotropic dispersion up to R(-10), as well as a range of empirically fitted isotropic exp-6 atom-atom models with different definitions of atomic types. A new feature is that an accurate model for the induction energy contribution to the lattice energy has been implemented that uses atomic anisotropic dipole polarizability models (alpha, t = (10,10)...(11c,11s)) to evaluate the changes in the molecular charge density induced by the electrostatic field within the crystal. It is demonstrated, using the four polymorphs of the pharmaceutical carbamazepine C(15)H(12)N(2)O, that whilst reproducing crystal structures is relatively easy, calculating the polymorphic energy differences to the accuracy of a few kJ mol(-1) required for applications is very demanding of assumptions made in the modelling. Thus DMACRYS enables the comparison of both known and hypothetical crystal structures as an aid to the development of pharmaceuticals and other speciality organic materials, and provides a tool to develop the modelling of the

  10. Efficient calcium lactate production by fermentation coupled with crystallization-based in situ product removal.

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    Xu, Ke; Xu, Ping

    2014-07-01

    Lactic acid is a platform chemical with various industrial applications, and its derivative, calcium lactate, is an important food additive. Fermentation coupled with in situ product removal (ISPR) can provide more outputs with high productivity. The method used in this study was based on calcium lactate crystallization. Three cycles of crystallization were performed during the fermentation course using a Bacillus coagulans strain H-1. As compared to fed-batch fermentation, this method showed 1.7 times higher average productivity considering seed culture, with 74.4% more L-lactic acid produced in the fermentation with ISPR. Thus, fermentation coupled with crystallization-based ISPR may be a biotechnological alternative that provides an efficient system for production of calcium lactate or lactic acid.

  11. Two-dimensional photonic-crystal-based Fabry-Perot etalon.

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    Ho, Chong Pei; Pitchappa, Prakash; Kropelnicki, Piotr; Wang, Jian; Cai, Hong; Gu, Yuandong; Lee, Chengkuo

    2015-06-15

    We demonstrate the design, fabrication, and characterization of a polycrystalline-silicon-based photonic crystal Fabry-Perot etalon, which is aimed to work in the mid-infrared wavelengths. The highly reflective mirrors required in a Fabry-Perot etalon are realized by freestanding polycrystalline-silicon-based photonic crystal membranes with etched circular air holes. A peak reflection of 96.4% is observed at 3.60 μm. We propose a monolithic CMOS-compatible fabrication process to configure two such photonic crystal mirrors to be in parallel to form a Fabry-Perot etalon; a filtered transmission centered at 3.51 μm is observed. The quality factor measured is around 300, which is significantly higher than in existing works. This creates the possibility of using such devices for high-resolution applications such as gas sensing and hyperspectral imaging.

  12. Optical Properties and Wave Propagation in Semiconductor-Based Two-Dimensional Photonic Crystals

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    Agio, Mario [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2002-12-31

    This work is a theoretical investigation on the physical properties of semiconductor-based two-dimensional photonic crystals, in particular for what concerns systems embedded in planar dielectric waveguides (GaAs/AlGaAs, GaInAsP/InP heterostructures, and self-standing membranes) or based on macro-porous silicon. The photonic-band structure of photonic crystals and photonic-crystal slabs is numerically computed and the associated light-line problem is discussed, which points to the issue of intrinsic out-of-lane diffraction losses for the photonic bands lying above the light line. The photonic states are then classified by the group theory formalism: each mode is related to an irreducible representation of the corresponding small point group. The optical properties are investigated by means of the scattering matrix method, which numerically implements a variable-angle-reflectance experiment; comparison with experiments is also provided. The analysis of surface reflectance proves the existence of selection rules for coupling an external wave to a certain photonic mode. Such rules can be directly derived from symmetry considerations. Lastly, the control of wave propagation in weak-index contrast photonic-crystal slabs is tackled in view of designing building blocks for photonic integrated circuits. The proposed designs are found to comply with the major requirements of low-loss propagation, high and single-mode transmission. These notions are then collected to model a photonic-crystal combiner for an integrated multi-wavelength-source laser.

  13. Novel Synthesis of Ferrocenyl Schiff Bases and Crystal Structure

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    ZHANG,Hui-Qing; ZHOU,Zhi-Ming; YU,Cong-Xuan

    2004-01-01

    @@ Ferrocenylimines have attracted additional interest due to their versatile utilities. They have been widely used as plant growth regulator, bactericide, fuel dope and new anticarcinogen.[1] And a large amount of ferrocenyl shiff bases were prepared in the past. However, study on ferrocenylimines as directing ortho metalation group (DMG) in the (-)-sparteine meditated synthesis of planar chiral ferrocene has not been reported. Herein, we synthesized a series of ferrocenyl schiff bases for this study.

  14. 3D photon impact determination in monolithic crystals based on autocorrelation filters and RTP methods

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    Conde, Pablo; Gonzalez, Antonio [Institute for Instrumentation in Molecular Imaging, I3M-CSIC, Valencia (Spain); Bettiol, Marco; Fabbri, Andrea; Pani, Roberto [Department of Molecular Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy); Benlloch Baviera, José María; Talens Aguilar, Albert; Hernandez, Liczandro; Sanchez, Filomeno [Institute for Instrumentation in Molecular Imaging, I3M-CSIC, Valencia (Spain)

    2015-05-18

    In PET detectors based on monolithic scintillators, the photon impact position can be estimated from the light intensity distribution (LD) on the photodetector pixels. Typically, there is a poor estimation of the interaction positions towards the edges when linear algorithms such as Center of Gravity (CoG) are used. We present a novel method to determine the interaction coordinates in thick monolithic crystals filtering the digitized LDs from each gamma-event by means of an autocorrelation filter and the raise to power (RTP) positioning algorithm to reduce the border effects. The experimental setup was based on two detector blocks based on monolithic LYSO scintillator crystals (50x50x20 mm{sup 3}). Each crystal is coupled to a SiPMs array as 12x12 photosensors and an electronic readout that outputs information of each SiPM row and column. Between the detector blocks, a collimated array of 9x9 {sup 22}Na sources, separated 5 mm each other, was placed. The optimum power to use in the RTP positioning algorithm was determined using the third order intercept point (IP3) from plots of the measured coordinates versus known positions. After applying the autocorrelation and RTP fifth to the data, we found an improvement of the spatial resolution from 2.5 mm when CoG is used, to 1.2 mm in the crystal center region. In this work we show how to accurately resolve 3D photon impact coordinates in thick monolithic crystals using autocorrelation filters merged with RTP methods. After applying the new approach it is possible to accurately resolve impacts close to the entrance of 20 mm thick LYSO scintillators. The reached spatial resolution at any photon depth of interaction is comparable with state-of-the-art crystal array approaches with the advantage of the proposed work to also provide continuous depth of interaction information.

  15. theoretical analysis of finite-height semiconductor-on-insulator based planar photonic crystal waveguides

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    Søndergaard, Thomas; Arentoft, Jesper

    2002-01-01

    A planar photonic crystal waveguide based on the semiconductor-on-insulator (SOI) materials system is analyzed theoretically. Two-dimensional (2-D) calculations and comparison with dispersion relations for the media above and below the finite-height waveguide are used to obtain design guidelines...

  16. InP-based two-dimensional photonic crystals filled with polymers

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    Van der Heijden, R.; Carlström, C.F.; Snijders, J.A.P.; Van der Heijden, R.W.; Karouta, F.; Nötzel, R.; Salemink, H.W.M.; Kjellander, B.K.C.; Bastiaansen, C.W.M.; Broer, D.J.; Van der Drift, E.

    2006-01-01

    Polymer filling of the air holes of indium-phosphide-based two-dimensional photonic crystals is reported. After infiltration of the holes with a liquid monomer and solidification of the infill in situ by thermal polymerization, complete filling is proven using scanning electron microscopy. Optical t

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

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

    2003-01-01

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

  18. Tunable All-in-Fiber Waveplates Based on Negative Dielectric Liquid Crystal Photonic Bandgap Fibers

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    Wei, Lei; Eskildsen, Lars; Weirich, Johannes;

    2008-01-01

    Tunable all-in-fiber waveplates based on negative dielectric liquid crystal photonic bandgap fibers are presented. The birefringence can be tuned electrically and thermally to work as a quarter-wave or a half-wave plate in the range 1520 nm-1580 nm....

  19. A selectively coated photonic crystal fiber based surface plasmon resonance sensor

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    Yu, X; Zhang, Y.; Pan, S.S.

    2010-01-01

    We propose a novel design for a photonic crystal fiber based surface plasmonic resonance sensor. The sensor consists of selectively metal-coated air holes containing analyte channels, which enhance the phase matching between the plasmonic mode and the core-guided mode. Good refractive index sensi...

  20. Mechanisms of High Temperature/Low Stress Creep of Ni-Based Superalloy Single Crystals

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    Michael J. Mills

    2009-03-05

    Cast nickel-based superalloys are used for blades in land-based, energy conversion and powerplant applications, as well as in aircraft gas turbines operating at temperatures up to 1100 C, where creep is one of the life-limiting factors. Creep of superalloy single crystals has been extensively studied over the last several decades. Surprisingly, only recently has work focused specifically on the dislocation mechanisms that govern high temperature and low stress creep. Nevertheless, the perpetual goal of better engine efficiency demands that the creep mechanisms operative in this regime be fully understood in order to develop alloys and microstructures with improved high temperature capability. At present, the micro-mechanisms controlling creep before and after rafting (the microstructure evolution typical of high temperature creep) has occurred have yet to be identified and modeled, particularly for [001] oriented single crystals. This crystal orientation is most interesting technologically since it exhibits the highest creep strength. The major goal of the program entitled ''Mechanisms of High Temperature/Low Stress Creep of Ni-Based Superalloy Single Crystals'' (DOE Grant DE-FG02-04ER46137) has been to elucidate these creep mechanisms in cast nickel-based superalloys. We have utilized a combination of detailed microstructure and dislocation substructure analysis combined with the development of a novel phase-field model for microstructure evolution.

  1. Tunable polarisation-maintaining filter based on liquid crystal photonic bandgap fibre

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    Scolari, Lara; Olausson, Christina Bjarnal Thulin; Weirich, Johannes

    2008-01-01

    A tunable and polarisation-maintaining all-in-fibre filter based on a liquid crystal photonic bandgap fibre is demonstrated. Its polarisation extinction ratio reaches 14 dB at 1550 nm wavelength. Its spectral tunability range spans over 250 nm in the temperature range 30–70°C. The measured...

  2. Liquid crystal TV-based white light optical tracking novelty filter.

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    Li, Y; Kostrzewski, A; Kim, D H; Eichmann, G

    1989-11-15

    A compact white light optical tracking novelty filter is demonstrated. Based on the use of two inexpensive liquid crystal televisions, a filtered and collimated white light source, digital delay, and video recorder, this portable white light device performs two major image comparison operations, a real time image subtraction and novelty tracking operations. Some preliminary experimental results are presented.

  3. Highly efficient optical filter based on vertically coupled photonic crystal cavity and bus waveguide

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    Debnath, Kapil; Welna, Karl; Ferrera, Marcello; Deasy, Kieran; Lidzey, David G.; O'Faolain, Liam

    2013-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a new optical filter design based on a vertically coupled photonic crystal cavity and a bus waveguide monolithically integrated on the silicon on insulator platform. The use of a vertically coupled waveguide gives flexibility in the choice of the waveguide material and dimensions, dramatically lowering the insertion loss while achieving very high coupling efficiencies to wavelength scale resonators

  4. Highly efficient optical filter based on vertically coupled Photonic crystal cavity and bus waveguide

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    Debnath, Kapil; Ferrera, Marcello; Deasy, Kieran; Lidzey, David G; O'Faolain, Liam

    2012-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a new optical filter design based on a vertically coupled photonic crystal cavity and a bus waveguide monolithically integrated on the silicon on insulator platform. The use of a vertically coupled waveguide gives flexibility in the choice of the waveguide material and dimensions, dramatically lowering the insertion loss while achieving very high coupling efficiencies to wavelength scale resonators

  5. Polarization splitter based on dual core liquid crystal-filled holey fiber

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    Wang, Er-Lei; Jiang, Hai-Ming; Xie, Kang; Chen, Chun; Hu, Zhi-Jia

    2016-09-01

    Through filling the liquid crystal into the air holes of a dual-core holey fiber with a simple structure, the transmission mechanism of the fiber is changed from total internal reflection to photonic bandgap (PBG), and a polarization splitter based on the liquid crystal-filled dual-core PBG holey fiber is investigated. The results demonstrate that, by setting appropriate geometrical parameters, the polarization splitter possesses a short length of 890.5 μm, and its wide bandwidth of ˜150 nm almost covers all the S, C, and L communication bands. Besides, it has an excellent electro-interference-resistance property and certain sensitivity to temperature.

  6. The optimum scheme of a static Fourier-transform spectrometer based on birefringent crystal

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    Dongqing Zhang(张冬青); Fuquan Wu(吴福全); Shuhai Fan(范树海)

    2003-01-01

    An optimum design of static Fourier-transform spectrometer based on Savert prisms is presented in this paper. A new method of increasing path difference and resolution of spectrometer is given. When the angle between the crystal optical axis of the first Savert prism and the incident interface is 58° and the angle between the crystal optical axis of the second Savert prism and the incident interface is 28°, the maximum path difference will be 0.63 mm, the maximum resolution will be 15.8 cm-1, and the whole field-of-view will reach 6°.

  7. Single-strand DNA detection using a planar photonic-crystal-waveguide-based sensor.

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    Toccafondo, V; García-Rupérez, J; Bañuls, M J; Griol, A; Castelló, J G; Peransi-Llopis, S; Maquieira, A

    2010-11-01

    We report an experimental demonstration of single-strand DNA (ssDNA) detection at room temperature using a photonic-crystal-waveguide-based optical sensor. The sensor surface was previously biofunctionalized with ssDNA probes to be used as specific target receptors. Our experiments showed that it is possible to detect these hybridization events using planar photonic-crystal structures, reaching an estimated detection limit as low as 19.8 nM for the detection of the complementary DNA strand.

  8. Electrically tunable Fabry-Péerot resonator based on microstructured Si containing liquid crystal

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    Tolmachev, Vladimir A.

    2012-01-01

    We have built Fabry-Perot resonators based on microstructured silicon and a liquid crystal. The devices exhibit tuning of the resonance peaks over a wide range, with relative spectral shifts of up to Delta lambda/lambda = 10%. In order to achieve this substantial spectral shift, cavity peaks of high order were used. Under applied voltages of up to 15 V, a variation in the refractive index of the nematic liquid crystal E7 from Delta n(LC) = 0.12 to Delta n(LC) = 0.17 was observed. These results may have practical applications in the near-, mid and far-infrared range.

  9. Synthesis and Crystal Structures of Schiff Bases Bearing Ferrocenylphenyl Groups

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    Yan XU; Yong FU; Mao Ping SONG; Yang Jie WU

    2005-01-01

    The Schiff bases bearing ferrocenylphenyl and diferrocenylphenyl groups were synthesized by the reactions of m-ferrocenylaniline with salicylaldehyde or 1, 4-bis (2'-formylphenyl)-1, 4-dioxabutane. The title compounds were characterized by elemental analysis, IR, 1H NMR and X-ray structural determination.

  10. Design and development of three-dimensional DNA crystals utilizing CGAA parallel base paired motifs

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    Muser, Stephanie Elizabeth

    Three-dimensional (3D) DNA crystals hold great potential for various applications such as the development of molecular scaffolds for use in protein structure determination by x-ray crystallography. The programmability and predictability of DNA make it a powerful tool for self-assembly but it is hindered by the linearity of the duplex structure. Predictable noncanonical base pairs and motifs have the potential to connect linear double-helical DNA segments into complex 3D structures. The sequence d(GCGAAAGCT) has been observed to form 3D crystals containing both noncanonical parallel pairs and canonical Watson-Crick pairs. This provided a template structure that we used in expanding the design and development of 3D DNA crystals along with exploring the use of predictable noncanonical motifs. The structures we determined contained all but one or two of the designed secondary structure interactions, depending on pH.

  11. Photonic crystal fibre Brillouin laser based on Bragg grating Fabry-Perot cavity

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    Geng Dan; Yang Dong-Xiao; Shen Guo-Feng; Zhang Xian-Min

    2008-01-01

    A photonic crystal fibre Brillouin laser based on fibre Bragg grating Fabry-Perot cavity is presented. A highly nonlinear photonic crystal fibre 25 m in length is used as Brillouin gain medium and fibre Bragg grating Fabry-Perot cavity is chosen in order to enhance the laser conversion efficiency and suppress the higher-order Stokes waves. The laser reaches the threshold at input power of 35 mW, and the experimental laser conversion efficiency achieves 18% of the input power of 140 mW and does not show higher-order Stokes waves. A photonic crystal fibre BriUouin laser withshorter fibre length and lower threshold is experimentally realized.

  12. Theoretical Strength of Face-Centred-Cubic Single Crystal Copper Based on a Continuum Model

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    LIU Xiao-Ming; LIU Zhan-Li; YOU Xiao-Chuan; NIE Jun-Feng; ZHUANG Zhuo

    2009-01-01

    The constitutive relation of single crystal copper based on atomistic potential is implemented to capture the nonlinear inter-atomic interactions. Uniaxial loading tests of single crystal copper with inter-atomic potential finite-element model are carried out to determine the corresponding ideal strength using the modified Born stability criteria. Dependence of the ideal strength on the crystallographic orientation is studied, and tension-compression asymmetry in ideal strength is also investigated. The results suggest that asymmetry for yielding strength of nano-materials may result from anisotropic character of crystal instability. Moreover, the results also reveal that the critical resolved shear stress in the direction of slip is not an accurate criterion for the ideal strength since it could not capture the dependence on the loading conditions and hydrostatic stress components for the ideal strength.

  13. Void growth in high strength aluminium alloy single crystals: a CPFEM based study

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    Asim, Umair; Siddiq, M. Amir; Demiral, Murat

    2017-04-01

    High strength aluminium alloys that are produced through forming and joining processes are widely used in aerospace components. The ductile failure in these metals occurs due to the evolution and accumulation of microscopic defects, such as microvoids and shear bands. The present work investigates the underlying physical mechanisms during ductile failure by performing a rigorous, fully-validated, three-dimensional crystal plasticity, finite element study with aluminium alloy single crystals. Representative volume element (RVE) based simulations of single crystalline aluminium alloys (AA-5xxx) with different void geometries and orientations have been performed. Both local and nonlocal crystal plasticity constitutive models have been implemented in a finite element framework and are used to seek new insights into the interrelationships among void growth, initial porosity, initial void size, plastic anisotropy, and local/nonlocal size effects.

  14. V-shape liquid crystal-based retromodulator air to ground optical communications

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    Geday, Morten A; Carrasco-Casado, Alberto; Bennis, Noureddine; Quintana, Xabier; Hernandez, Francisco Lopez; Sanchez, Jose Manuel Oton

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes the use of a 2D liquid crystal retro-modulator as a free space, wireless, optical link. The retro-modulator is made up of a retro-reflecting cornercube onto which 2 cascaded V-shape smectics liquid crystal modulators are mounted. The communication link differs with respect to more conventional optical links in not using amplitude (nor frequency) modulation, but instead state-of-polarisation (SOP) modulation known as Polarisation Shift Keying (PolSK). PolSK has the advantage over amplitude modulation, that it is less sensitive to changes in the visibility of the atmosphere, and increases inherently the bandwidth of the link. The implementation of PolSK both in liquid crystal based and in retro-modulated communication are novelties.

  15. Efficient transparent thin dye solar cells based on highly porous 1D photonic crystals

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    Colodrero, Silvia; Lopez-Lopez, Carmen; Miguez, Hernan [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (CSIC-US), Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas Isla de la Cartuja, C/Americo Vespucio 49, 41092 Sevilla (Spain); Forneli, Amparo; Pelleja, Laia [Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) Avda., Paisos Catalans 16, 43007 Tarragona (Spain); Palomares, Emilio [Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) Avda., Paisos Catalans 16, 43007 Tarragona (Spain); Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA), Avda. Lluis Companys 23, 08010 Barcelona (Spain)

    2012-03-21

    A working electrode design based on a highly porous 1D photonic crystal structure that opens the path towards high photocurrents in thin, transparent, dye-sensitized solar cells is presented. By enlarging the average pore size with respect to previous photonic crystal designs, the new working electrode not only increases the device photocurrent, as predicted by theoretical models, but also allows the observation of an unprecedented boost of the cell photovoltage, which can be attributed to structural modifications caused during the integration of the photonic crystal. These synergic effects yield conversion efficiencies of around 3.5% by using just 2 {mu}m thick electrodes, with enhancements between 100% and 150% with respect to reference cells of the same thickness. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. Crystallization-driven assembly of conjugated-polymer-based nanostructures

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    Hayward, Ryan C. [Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (United States). Polymer Science & Engineering

    2016-10-15

    The goal of this project has been to improve our ability to simultaneously control the organization, and therefore the opto-electronic properties, of conjugated-polymer based materials across three different length-scales: 1) the molecular scale, in the sense of controlling growth and functionalization of highly crystalline semiconducting organic materials capable of efficient charge transport, 2) the nanoscale, in terms of positioning n- and p-type materials with domain sizes comparable to exciton diffusion lengths (~ 10 nm) to facilitate charge separation, and 3) the colloidal scale, such that well-defined crystalline nanoscale building blocks can be hierarchically organized into device layers. As described in more detail below, the project was successful in generating powerful new approaches to, and improved fundamental understanding of, processing and self-assembly of organic and hybrid semiconducting materials across all three length-scales. Although the goals of the project were formulated with primarily photovoltaic architectures in mind, the outcomes of the project have significant implications for a variety of conjugated-polymer-based devices including field-effect-transistors for sensors and logic devices, as well as potentially thermoelectrics and battery electrode materials. The project has resulted in 10 peer-reviewed publications to date [1-10], with several additional manuscripts currently in preparation.

  17. Isothermal and non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of PVA + ionic liquid [BDMIM][BF4]-based polymeric films

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    Saroj, A. L.; Chaurasia, S. K.; Kataria, Shalu; Singh, R. K.

    2016-06-01

    The effect of ionic liquid (IL), 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate [BDMIM][BF4], on crystallization behavior of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) has been studied by isothermal and non-isothermal differential scanning calorimetry techniques. The PVA + IL based polymer electrolyte films have been prepared using solution casting technique. To describe the isothermal and non-isothermal crystallization kinetics, several kinetic equations have been employed on PVA + IL based films. There is strong dependence of the peak crystallization temperature (Tc), relative degree of crystallity (Xt), half-time of crystallization (t1/2), crystallization rate constants (Avrami Kt and Tobin AT), and Avrami (n) and Tobin (nT) exponents on the cooling rate and IL loading.

  18. Challenges and Opportunities for New Protein Crystallization Strategies in Structure-Based Drug Design

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    Grey, Jessica; Thompson, David

    2010-01-01

    Structure-based drug design (SBDD) has emerged as a valuable pharmaceutical lead discovery tool, showing potential for accelerating the discovery process, while reducing developmental costs and boosting potencies of the drug that is ultimately selected. SBDD is a iterative, rational, lead compound sculpting process that involves both the synthesis of new derivatives and the evaluation of their binding to the target structure either through computational docking or elucidation of the target structure as a complex with the lead compound. This method heavily relies on the production of high-resolution (< 2Å) three-dimensional structures of the drug target, obtained through X-ray crystallographic analysis, in the presence or absence of the drug candidate. The lack of generalized methods for high quality crystal production is still a major bottleneck in the process of macromolecular crystallization. This review provides a brief introduction to SBDD and describes several macromolecular crystallization strategies, with an emphasis on advances and challenges facing researchers in the field today. Recent trends in the development of more universal macromolecular crystallization techniques, particularly nucleation-based techniques that are applicable to both soluble and integral membrane proteins, are also discussed. PMID:21116481

  19. PCR-based gene synthesis to produce recombinant proteins for crystallization

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    Byrne-Steele Miranda L

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Gene synthesis technologies are an important tool for structural biology projects, allowing increased protein expression through codon optimization and facilitating sequence alterations. Existing methods, however, can be complex and not always reproducible, prompting researchers to use commercial suppliers rather than synthesize genes themselves. Results A PCR-based gene synthesis method, referred to as SeqTBIO, is described to efficiently assemble the coding regions of two novel hyperthermophilic proteins, PAZ (Piwi/Argonaute/Zwille domain, a siRNA-binding domain of an Argonaute protein homologue and a deletion mutant of a family A DNA polymerase (PolA. The gene synthesis procedure is based on sequential assembly such that homogeneous DNA products can be obtained after each synthesis step without extensive manipulation or purification requirements. Coupling the gene synthesis procedure to in vivo homologous recombination techniques allows efficient subcloning and site-directed mutagenesis for error correction. The recombinant proteins of PAZ and PolA were subsequently overexpressed in E. coli and used for protein crystallization. Crystals of both proteins were obtained and they were suitable for X-ray analysis. Conclusion We demonstrate, by using PAZ and PolA as examples, the feasibility of integrating the gene synthesis, error correction and subcloning techniques into a non-automated gene to crystal pipeline such that genes can be designed, synthesized and implemented for recombinant expression and protein crystallization.

  20. CRYSTALLIZATION KINETICS OF POLYMERIC NANOCOMPOSITES BASED ON POLYAMIDE 12 MODIFIED BY Cr2O3 NANOPARTICLES

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    E. S. Shapoval

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In situ polymerization method is used for obtaining polymeric composites based on polyamide12 matrix (PA 12, filled with Cr2O3 nanoparticles. The carried out researches result in synthesis method development for polymeric nanocomposites based on PA 12 matrix filled with nano-sized Cr2O3magnetic particles providing uniform embedding of the filler into polymeric matrix without formation of nanoparticles agglomerates. Mechanical tests on samples compression are carried out. It is shown that mechanical properties of polymeric composites (Young’s modulus, durability limit are decreased for 20-30 % as compared with not modified PA 12 synthesized by means of the chosen method. The influence of the filler on crystallization morphology and kinetics of polymeric nanocomposites is determined by electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. The values of crystallization degree, crystallization rate constant for different supercooling intervals and parameters of Avrami equation are obtained. The initial nucleation is shown to be going on according to non-thermal mechanism, and nanoparticles are not the germs of crystallization. It is stated that nanoparticles are embedded into polymeric matrix and uniformly allocated in crystallites. Research results can find their application at creation of electric and magnetic fields, micro-sized mechanical devices, and at development of new materials for 3D printers.

  1. Formation and Characterization of Mixed Crystals Based on Bis (Thiourea)Cadmium Chloride and Bis (Thiourea)Cadmium Iodide

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    2014-01-01

    Bis(thiourea)cadmium chloride(BTCC) and bis(thiourea)cadmium iodide (BTCI) are metal complexes of thiourea having better nonlinear optical properties than KH2PO4. An attempt has been made in the present study to form mixed crystals based on BTCC and BTCI (even though their crystal lattices mismatch) from aqueous solutions, the precursors mixed in proper proportions. A total of seven (including the end members) crystals were formed by the free evaporation method and characteriz...

  2. Misorientation related microstructure at the grain boundary in a nickel-based single crystal superalloy

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    Huang, Ming; Zhuo, Longchao [National Center for Electron Microscopy in Beijing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, The State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Laboratory of Advanced Materials (MOE), Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Liu, Zhanli [Applied Mechanics Lab, School of Aerospace, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Lu, Xiaogang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai (China); Shi, Zhenxue; Li, Jiarong [Science and Technology on Advanced High Temperature Structural Materials Laboratory, Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, Beijing 100095 (China); Zhu, Jing, E-mail: jzhu@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [National Center for Electron Microscopy in Beijing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, The State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Laboratory of Advanced Materials (MOE), Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2015-07-29

    The mechanical properties of nickel-based single crystal superalloys deteriorate with increasing misorientation, thus the finished product rate of the casting of single crystal turbine airfoils may be reduced due to the formation of grain boundaries especially when the misorientation angle exceeds to some extent. To this day, evolution of the microstructures at the grain boundaries with misorientation and the relationship between the microstructures and the mechanical properties are still unclear. In this work a detailed characterization of the misorientation related microstructure at the grain boundary in DD6 single crystal superalloy has been carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques; the elemental distribution at the grain boundaries has been analyzed by energy dispersive (EDS) X-ray mapping; and the effect of precipitation of μ phases at the grain boundary on the mechanical property has been evaluated by finite element calculation. It is shown that the proportion of γ phase at the grain boundaries decreases, while the proportion of γ′ phase at the grain boundaries increases with increasing misorientation; the μ phase is precipitated at the grain boundaries when the misorientation angle exceeds about 10° and thus it could lead to a dramatic deterioration of the mechanical properties, as well as that the enrichment of Re and W gradually disappears as the misorientation angle increases. All these factors may result in the degradation of the mechanical properties at the grain boundaries as the misorientation increases. Furthermore, the finite element calculation confirms that precipitation of μ phases at the grain boundary is responsible for the significant deterioration of the mechanical properties when the misorientation exceeds about 10°. This work provides a physical imaging of the microstructure for understanding the relationship between the mechanical properties and the misorientation

  3. Pixelated CdTe detectors to overcome intrinsic limitations of crystal based positron emission mammographs

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    De Lorenzo, G.; Chmeissani, M.; Uzun, D.; Kolstein, M.; Ozsahin, I.; Mikhaylova, E.; Arce, P.; Cañadas, M.; Ariño, G.; Calderón, Y.

    2013-01-01

    A positron emission mammograph (PEM) is an organ dedicated positron emission tomography (PET) scanner for breast cancer detection. State-of-the-art PEMs employing scintillating crystals as detection medium can provide metabolic images of the breast with significantly higher sensitivity and specificity with respect to standard whole body PET scanners. Over the past few years, crystal PEMs have dramatically increased their importance in the diagnosis and treatment of early stage breast cancer. Nevertheless, designs based on scintillators are characterized by an intrinsic deficiency of the depth of interaction (DOI) information from relatively thick crystals constraining the size of the smallest detectable tumor. This work shows how to overcome such intrinsic limitation by substituting scintillating crystals with pixelated CdTe detectors. The proposed novel design is developed within the Voxel Imaging PET (VIP) Pathfinder project and evaluated via Monte Carlo simulation. The volumetric spatial resolution of the VIP-PEM is expected to be up to 6 times better than standard commercial devices with a point spread function of 1 mm full width at half maximum (FWHM) in all directions. Pixelated CdTe detectors can also provide an energy resolution as low as 1.5% FWHM at 511 keV for a virtually pure signal with negligible contribution from scattered events.

  4. Controlled thermal expansion printed wiring boards based on liquid crystal polymer dielectrics

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    Knoll, Thomas E.; Blizard, Kent; Jayaraj, K.; Rubin, Leslie S.

    1994-01-01

    Dielectric materials based on innovative Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP's) have been used to fabricate surface mount printed wiring boards (PWB's) with a coefficient of thermal expansion matched to leadless ceramic chip carriers. Proprietary and patented polymer processing technology has resulted in self reinforcing material with balanced in-plane mechanical properties. In addition, LCP's possess excellent electrical properties, including a low dielectric constant (less than 2.9) and very low moisture absorption (less than 0.02%). LCP-based multilayer boards processed with conventional drilling and plating processes show improved performance over other materials because they eliminate the surface flatness problems of glass or aramid reinforcements. Laser drilling of blind vias in the LCP dielectric provides a very high density for use in direct chip attach and area array packages. The material is ideally suited for MCM-L and PCMCIA applications fabricated with very thin dielectric layers of the liquid crystal polymer.

  5. Three-visible-light wave combiner based on photonic crystal waveguides.

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    Liu, Dingwen; Sun, Yiling; Ouyang, Zhengbiao

    2014-07-20

    We present a three-visible-light wave combiner based on two-dimensional photonic crystal waveguides whose widths are not integral multiples of the lattice period. The proposed device consists of two cascaded directional couplers. It combines three visible light waves with different wavelengths from three input ports into a single output port. As an example, a combiner for combining light waves of 635, 532, and 488 nm, which are commonly used as the three primary colors in laser display systems, is designed and demonstrated through the finite-difference time-domain method. The results show that the proposed device can perform efficient synthesis for three visible light waves with transmittance exceeding 89% for each wavelength and high ability in preventing the backward coupling of waves from different waveguides. The method for designing the combiner is useful for designing other waveguide couplers based on photonic crystals made of dispersion materials.

  6. Fluid Sensor Based on Transmission Dip Caused by Mini Stop-Band in Photonic Crystal Slab

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    CAO Lei; HUANG Yi-Dong; MAO Xiao-Yu; LI Fei; ZHANG Wei; PENG Jiang-De

    2008-01-01

    We propose a fluid sensor based on transmission dip caused by mini stop-band in photonic crystal slabs. Simulation results show that this novel type of sensors has large detective range (more than 1.5) and relative high sensitivity (4.3×10-5 in certain conditions). The central frequency and bandwidth of the mini stop-bands depend on the structure parameters of PC waveguides, which makes it possible to optimize the detective range and detective sensitivity.

  7. Oral and transdermal drug delivery systems: role of lipid-based lyotropic liquid crystals

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    Rajabalaya, Rajan; Musa,Muhammad Nuh; Kifli, Nurolaini; Sheba R. David

    2017-01-01

    Rajan Rajabalaya, Muhammad Nuh Musa, Nurolaini Kifli, Sheba R David PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam Abstract: Liquid crystal (LC) dosage forms, particularly those using lipid-based lyotropic LCs (LLCs), have generated considerable interest as potential drug delivery systems. LCs have the physical properties of liquids but retain some of the structural characteristics of crystalline solids. They are compatible with hydrophobic and hydrophi...

  8. Mode decoupling in solid state ring laser based on stimulated Raman effect in polar crystals

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    Luo Zhang; Yuan Xiao-Dong; Ye Wei-Min; Zeng Chun; Ji Jia-Rong

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we study the gain saturation induced mode-coupling control in solid state ring laser devices based on the stimulated Raman effect of the polar crystals in order to realize solid state ring laser gyroscopes. We theoretically investigate the mode coupling induced by gain saturation between clockwise (CW) and counterclockwise (CCW) propagating laser modes. Because the CW and CCW running waves are pumped with counter-propagating lasers respectively, the independent coexistence can be ensured.

  9. Localized Mode Enhanced Coupler Based on Quasi-One-Dimensional Photonic Crystal Microstrip

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    LI Yun-Hui; JIANG Hai-Tao; HE Li; LI Hong-Qiang; ZHANG Ye-Wen; CHEN Hong

    2004-01-01

    We propose a novel localized mode enhanced (LME) coupler based on quasi-one-dimensional photonic crystal microstrips, which is promising to be applied in wavelength division multiplexed microwave communication systems. Compared to the traditional microstrip coupler, the LME structure has two advantages: high efficiency and frequency selectivity. Even in a relatively far coupling distance, this structure can still achieve a high efficiency about 50%. The frequency selectivity can be realized by simply tuning the distance between two transmission lines.

  10. Polymer-based Photonic Crystal Cavity Sensor for Optical Detection in the Visible Wavelength Region.

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    Maeno, Kenichi; Aki, Shoma; Sueyoshi, Kenji; Hisamoto, Hideaki; Endo, Tatsuro

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a polymer-based two-dimensional photonic crystal (PhC) cavity for visible-light-based optical-sensing applications was designed and fabricated for the first time. The PhC cavity configuration was designed to operate at 650 nm, and fabricated with a polymer (resist) on a silicon substrate using electron-beam lithography. For investigating sensing applications based on shifting of condition exhibiting a photonic bandgap (PBG), the polymer monolayer deposition (layer-by-layer method) was monitored as the light-intensity change at the cavity position. Consequently, the monolayer-level detection of polyions was achieved.

  11. Modeling Textural Processes during Self-Assembly of Plant-Based Chiral-Nematic Liquid Crystals

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    Yogesh K. Murugesan

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Biological liquid crystalline polymers are found in cellulosic, chitin, and DNA based natural materials. Chiral nematic liquid crystalline orientational order is observed frozen-in in the solid state in plant cell walls and is known as a liquid crystal analogue characterized by a helicoidal plywood architecture. The emergence of the plywood architecture by directed chiral nematic liquid crystalline self assembly has been postulated as the mechanism that leads to optimal cellulose fibril organization. In natural systems, tissue growth and development takes place in the presence of inclusions and secondary phases leaving behind characteristic defects and textures, which provide a unique testing ground for the validity of the liquid crystal self-assembly postulate. In this work, a mathematical model, based on the Landau-de Gennes theory of liquid crystals, is used to simulate defect textures arising in the domain of self assembly, due to presence of secondary phases representing plant cells, lumens and pit canals. It is shown that the obtained defect patterns observed in some plant cell walls are those expected from a truly liquid crystalline phase. The analysis reveals the nature and magnitude of the viscoelastic material parameters that lead to observed patterns in plant-based helicoids through directed self-assembly. In addition, the results provide new guidance to develop biomimetic plywoods for structural and functional applications.

  12. A Novel Approach to Obtain GeSbTe-Based High Speed Crystallizing Materials for Phase Change Optical Recording

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    2001-04-01

    UNCLASSIFIED Defense Technical Information Center Compilation Part Notice ADP012318 TITLE: A Novel Approach to Obtain GeSbTe -Based High Speed...UNCLASSIFIED Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 674 © 2001 Materials Research Society A Novel Approach to Obtain GeSbTe -Based High Speed Crystallizing...fast crystallizing materials based on a conventional GeSbTe alloy for rewritable phase change optical data storage. By means of co-sputtering

  13. DARPin-Based Crystallization Chaperones Exploit Molecular Geometry as a Screening Dimension in Protein Crystallography.

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    Batyuk, Alexander; Wu, Yufan; Honegger, Annemarie; Heberling, Matthew M; Plückthun, Andreas

    2016-04-24

    DARPin libraries, based on a Designed Ankyrin Repeat Protein consensus framework, are a rich source of binding partners for a wide variety of proteins. Their modular structure, stability, ease of in vitro selection and high production yields make DARPins an ideal starting point for further engineering. The X-ray structures of around 30 different DARPin complexes demonstrate their ability to facilitate crystallization of their target proteins by restricting flexibility and preventing undesired interactions of the target molecule. However, their small size (18 kDa), very hydrophilic surface and repetitive structure can limit the DARPins' ability to provide essential crystal contacts and their usefulness as a search model for addressing the crystallographic phase problem in molecular replacement. To optimize DARPins for their application as crystallization chaperones, rigid domain-domain fusions of the DARPins to larger proteins, proven to yield high-resolution crystal structures, were generated. These fusions were designed in such a way that they affect only one of the terminal capping repeats of the DARPin and do not interfere with residues involved in target binding, allowing to exchange at will the binding specificities of the DARPin in the fusion construct. As a proof of principle, we designed rigid fusions of a stabilized version of Escherichia coli TEM-1 β-lactamase to the C-terminal capping repeat of various DARPins in six different relative domain orientations. Five crystal structures representing four different fusion constructs, alone or in complex with the cognate target, show the predicted relative domain orientations and prove the validity of the concept.

  14. Rhombohedral cubic semiconductor materials on trigonal substrate with single crystal properties and devices based on such materials

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    Park, Yeonjoon (Inventor); Choi, Sang Hyouk (Inventor); King, Glen C. (Inventor); Elliott, James R. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Growth conditions are developed, based on a temperature-dependent alignment model, to enable formation of cubic group IV, group II-V and group II-VI crystals in the [111] orientation on the basal (0001) plane of trigonal crystal substrates, controlled such that the volume percentage of primary twin crystal is reduced from about 40% to about 0.3%, compared to the majority single crystal. The control of stacking faults in this and other embodiments can yield single crystalline semiconductors based on these materials that are substantially without defects, or improved thermoelectric materials with twinned crystals for phonon scattering while maintaining electrical integrity. These methods can selectively yield a cubic-on-trigonal epitaxial semiconductor material in which the cubic layer is substantially either directly aligned, or 60 degrees-rotated from, the underlying trigonal material.

  15. sl3-web bases, intermediate crystal bases and categorification

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    Tubbenhauer, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    We give an explicit graded cellular basis of the sl3-web algebra K_S. In order to do this, we identify Kuperberg's basis for the sl3-web space W_S with a version of Leclerc-Toffin's intermediate crystal basis and we identify Brundan, Kleshchev and Wang's degree of tableaux with the weight of flow...

  16. Prediction of recrystallisation in single crystal nickel-based superalloys during investment casting

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    Panwisawas Chinnapat

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Production of gas turbines for jet propulsion and power generation requires the manufacture of turbine blades from single crystal nickel-based superalloys, most typically using investment casting. During the necessary subsequent solution heat treatment, the formation of recrystallised grains can occur. The introduction of grain boundaries into a single crystal component is potentially detrimental to performance, and therefore manufacturing processes and/or component geometries should be designed to prevent their occurrence. If the boundaries have very low strength, they can degrade the creep and fatigue properties. The root cause for recrystallisation is microscale plasticity caused by differential thermal contraction of metal, mould and core; when the plastic deformation is sufficiently large, recrystallisation takes place. In this work, numerical and thermo-mechanical modelling is carried out, with the aim of establishing computational methods by which recrystallisation during the heat treatment of single crystal nickel-based superalloys can be predicted and prevented prior to their occurrence. Elasto-plastic law is used to predict the plastic strain necessary for recrystallisation. The modelling result shows that recrystallisation is most likely to occur following 1.5–2.5% plastic strain applied at temperatures between 1000 ∘C and 1300 ∘C; this is validated with tensile tests at these elevated temperatures. This emphasises that high temperature deformation is more damaging than low temperature deformation.

  17. An FPGA-based sampling-ADC readout for the crystal barrel calorimeter

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    Muellers, Johannes [Helmholtz-Institut fuer Strahlen- und Kernphysik, Bonn (Germany); Marciniewski, Pawel [Angstroemlaboratoriet, Uppsala (Sweden); Collaboration: CBELSA/TAPS-Collaboration

    2015-07-01

    The CBELSA/TAPS experiment at the electron accelerator ELSA (Bonn) investigates the photoproduction of mesons off protons and neutrons. Presently the readout of the CsI(Tl)-crystals of the Crystal Barrel calorimeter is being upgraded from a PIN-diode readout to an APD readout to create a fast signal for first-level-triggering. This will increase the trigger efficiency especially for final states with only neutral particles substantially. To increase the possible data readout rate, which is currently limited by the digitization stage (LeCroy QDC 1885F) to ∼ 2 kHz, the implementation of a new Sampling-ADC (SADC) readout is being prepared. Based on the 64-channel PANDA-SADC, the CB-SADC design was modified and adapted to the needs of the CBELSA/TAPS experiment. It offers 64 channels in one NIM module, together with modular analog or FPGA-based digital shaping. The data transfer will be realized by two standard gigabit links. Using an FPGA together with SADCs provides a multitude of possibilities for online feature extraction, such as the determination of the energy deposited in the crystal, TDC capabilities and pile-up detection and recovery.

  18. Ground Based Retrievals of Small Ice Crystals and Water Phase in Arctic Cirrus

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    Mishra, Subhashree; Mitchell, David L.; DeSlover, Daniel

    2009-03-01

    The microphysical properties of cirrus clouds are uncertain due to the problem of ice particles shattering at the probe inlet upon sampling. To facilitate better estimation of small ice crystal concentrations in cirrus clouds, a new ground-based remote sensing technique has been used in combination with in situ aircraft measurements. Data from the Mixed-Phase Arctic Cloud Experiment (M-PACE), conducted at the north slope of Alaska (winter 2004), have been used to test a new method for retrieving the liquid water path (LWP) and ice water path (IWP) in mixed phase clouds. The framework of the retrieval algorithm consists of the modified anomalous diffraction approximation or MADA (for mixed phase cloud optical properties), a radar reflectivity-ice microphysics relationship and a temperature-dependent ice particle size distribution (PSD) scheme. Cloud thermal emission measurements made by the ground-based Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer (AERI) yield information on the total water path (TWP) while reflectivity measurements from the Millimeter Cloud Radar (MMCR) are used to derive the IWP. The AERI is also used to indicate the concentration of small ice crystals (DBeer's law absorption. While this is still a work in progress, the anticipated products from this AERI-radar retrieval scheme are the IWP, LWP, small-to-large ice crystal number concentration ratio and effective diameter for cirrus, as well as the ice particle number concentration for a given ice water content (IWC).

  19. Correlation Between Superheated Liquid Fragility And Onset Temperature Of Crystallization For Al-Based Amorphous Alloys

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    Guo J.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Amorphous alloys or metallic glasses have attracted significant interest in the materials science and engineering communities due to their unique physical, mechanical, and chemical properties. The viscous flow of amorphous alloys exhibiting high strain rate sensitivity and homogeneous deformation is considered to be an important characteristic in thermoplastic forming processes performed within the supercooled liquid region because it allows superplastic-like deformation behavior. Here, the correlation between the superheated liquid fragility, and the onset temperature of crystallization for Al-based alloys, is investigated. The activation energy for viscous flow of the liquid is also investigated. There is a negative correlation between the parameter of superheated liquid fragility and the onset temperature of crystallization in the same Al-based alloy system. The activation energy decreases as the onset temperature of crystallization increases. This indicates that the stability of a superheated liquid can affect the thermal stability of the amorphous alloy. It also means that a liquid with a large superheated liquid fragility, when rapidly solidified, forms an amorphous alloy with a low thermal stability.

  20. A crystallizing dense magma ocean at the base of the Earth's mantle.

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    Labrosse, S; Hernlund, J W; Coltice, N

    2007-12-06

    The distribution of geochemical species in the Earth's interior is largely controlled by fractional melting and crystallization processes that are intimately linked to the thermal state and evolution of the mantle. The existence of patches of dense partial melt at the base of the Earth's mantle, together with estimates of melting temperatures for deep mantle phases and the amount of cooling of the underlying core required to maintain a geodynamo throughout much of the Earth's history, suggest that more extensive deep melting occurred in the past. Here we show that a stable layer of dense melt formed at the base of the mantle early in the Earth's history would have undergone slow fractional crystallization, and would be an ideal candidate for an unsampled geochemical reservoir hosting a variety of incompatible species (most notably the missing budget of heat-producing elements) for an initial basal magma ocean thickness of about 1,000 km. Differences in 142Nd/144Nd ratios between chondrites and terrestrial rocks can be explained by fractional crystallization with a decay timescale of the order of 1 Gyr. These combined constraints yield thermal evolution models in which radiogenic heat production and latent heat exchange prevent early cooling of the core and possibly delay the onset of the geodynamo to 3.4-4 Gyr ago.

  1. All-solid-state narrow-linewidth 455-nm blue laser based on Ti: sapphire crystal

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    Shankui Rong; Xiaolei Zhu; Weibiao Chen

    2009-01-01

    A compact, all-solid-state, narrow-linewidth, pulsed 455-nm blue laser based on Ti:sapphire crystal is developed. Pumped by a 10-Hz, frequency-doubled all-solid-state Nd:YAG laser and injection-seeded by an external cavity laser diode, the narrow-linewidth 910-nm laser with pulse width of 20 ns is obtained from a Tirsapphire laser. 3.43-mJ blue laser can be obtained from the laser system by frequency-doubling with BBO crystal. This research is very useful to determine the roadmap of developing the practical, high power blue laser. This kind of laser will have potential application for underwater communication.

  2. Wavelet-based method for computing elastic band gaps of one-dimensional phononic crystals

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    YAN; ZhiZhong; WANG; YueSheng

    2007-01-01

    A wavelet-based method was developed to compute elastic band gaps of one-dimensional phononic crystals. The wave field was expanded in the wavelet basis and an equivalent eigenvalue problem was derived in a matrix form involving the adaptive computation of integrals of the wavelets. The method was then applied to a binary system. For comparison, the elastic band gaps of the same one-di- mensional phononic crystals computed with the wavelet method and the well- known plane wave expansion (PWE) method are both presented in this paper. The numerical results of the two methods are in good agreement while the computation costs of the wavelet method are much lower than that of PWE method. In addition, the adaptability of wavelets makes the method possible for efficient band gap computation of more complex phononic structures.

  3. Optoelectronic multiplexer for digital data processing based on lipid crystal pixels and optical fiber elements

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    Pérez, I.; Pena, J. M. S.; Torres, J. C.; Manzanares, R.; Marcos, C.; Vázquez, C.

    2007-06-01

    In this work, we present an optoelectronic digital multiplexer 4:1 based on a multipixel nematic liquid crystal cell. This device uses two optical control signals to select one among four possible optical data inputs. These data signals are generated by four red LEDs, which are guided through plastic optical fiber towards liquid crystal pixels. For our purpose, only four pixels of the cell will be used to modulate the optical signal across them. Each pixel will be addressed by a square waveform coming from the conditioning circuit managed by a microcontroller system. The electronic control allows the multiplexer to work as as simple two input logical gates such as AND, NAND, OR, NOR, XOR and XNOR. The operation time of the device is limited by the response time of LC cell that is in the millisecond range.

  4. DENDRITE REFINING AND EUTECTIC TRANSFORMATION BEHAVIOR OF NICKEL-BASE SINGLE CRYSTAL (NBSC) SUPERALLOY

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    1998-01-01

    Because of the low temperature gradient and growth rate, the microstructure of the conventional single crystal superalloy made by HRS processing is coarse dendrite with well developed sidebranches and has serious segregation. With the help of the high temperature gradient directional solidification equipment (HGDS), the solidification cooling rate is greatly increased. Study on microstructure of the Ni-base single crystal superalloy solidified at much higher cooling rate shows that the dendrite arm spacing is highly refined, of which the primary dendrite arm spacing can be made to be 38μm, just as 1/10 as that by conventional HRS processing. With the increase of the cooling rate, the amount of the eutectic increases and then decreases. In the superfine columnar dendrite, the amount of γ/γ′eutectic is much fewer and its size is very small. This is useful to homogenize the microsegregation and improve the property of the material.

  5. Mechanisms of the degradation of Schottky-barrier photodiodes based on ZnS single crystals

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    Korsunska, N. E.; Shulga, E. P.; Stara, T. R., E-mail: stara-t@ukr.net; Litvin, P. M.; Bondarenko, V. A. [National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lashkarev Institute of Semiconductor Physics (Ukraine)

    2016-01-15

    The effect of ultraviolet (UV) illumination on the electrical and spectral characteristics of Schottky-barrier photodiodes based on ZnS single crystals is studied. It is found that irradiation deteriorates their photosensitivity and changes the current–voltage and capacitance–voltage characteristics and the surface profile of the blocking electrode. It is shown that the main reason for a decrease in the photosensitivity of the diodes is the photoinduced drift of mobile donors in the electric field of the barrier. This drift depends on the crystallographic orientation of the surface being irradiated. Another photoinduced process observed in the diodes is photolysis of the ZnS crystal. This process mainly determines the change in the electrical characteristics of the diodes and in the surface profile of the electrode at an insignificant change in the photosensitivity.

  6. Crystallization studies on rare-earth co-doped fluorozirconate-based glasses.

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    Paßlick, C; Johnson, J A; Schweizer, S

    2013-07-01

    This work focuses on the structural changes of barium chloride (BaCl2) nanoparticles in fluorochlorozirconate-based glass ceramics when doped with two different luminescent activators, in this case rare-earth (RE) ions, and thermally processed using a differential scanning calorimeter. In a first step, only europium in its divalent and trivalent oxidation states, Eu(2+) and Eu(3+), is investigated, which shows no significant influence on the crystallization of hexagonal phase BaCl2. However, higher amounts of Eu(2+) increase the activation energy of the phase transition to an orthorhombic crystal structure. In a second step, nucleation and nanocrystal growth are influenced by changing the structural environment of the glasses by co-doping with Eu(2+) and trivalent Gd(3+), Nd(3+), Yb(3+), or Tb(3+), due to the different atomic radii and electro-negativity of the co-dopants.

  7. Photonic-crystal switch divider based on Ge2Sb2Te5 thin films.

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    Ma, Beijiao; Zhang, Peiqing; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Tengyu; Zeng, Jianghui; Zhang, Qian; Wang, Guoxiang; Xu, Peipeng; Zhang, Wei; Dai, Shixun

    2016-11-10

    A three-port phase-change photonic-crystal switch divider based on Ge2Sb2Te5 chalcogenide thin film was proposed. The chalcogenide material used was determined to have a high refractive index and fast phase-change speed by using laser radiation. The structure with a T-junction cavity was used to achieve three switch functions: switching "ON" in only one output port, switching "OFF" in both output ports, and dividing signals into two output ports. The transmission properties of the designed device at 2.0 μm were studied by the finite difference time domain method, which showed that the switch divider can achieve very high switching efficiency by optimizing T-junction cavity parameters. The scaling laws of photonic crystals revealed that the operating wavelength of the designed structure can be easily extended to another wavelength in the midinfrared region.

  8. Terahertz all-optical NOR and AND logic gates based on 2D photonic crystals

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    Parandin, Fariborz; Karkhanehchi, Mohammad Mehdi

    2017-01-01

    Usually, photonic crystals are used in designing optical logic gates. This study focuses on the design and simulation of an all optical NOR and AND logic gates based on two dimensional photonic crystals. The simplicity of the proposed structure is a characteristic feature of this designation. Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) as well as Plane Wave Expansion (PWE) methods have been used for this structural analysis. The simulation results revealed an increase in the interval between "zero" and "one" logic levels. Also, the simple structure and its small size demonstrate the usefulness of this structure in optical integrated circuits. The proposed optical gates can operate with a bit rate of about 1.54 Tbit/s.

  9. Optical characterization and crystal field calculations for some erbium based solid state materials for laser refrigeration

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    Hasan, Z.; Qiu, Z.; Johnson, Jackie; Homerick, Uwe

    2009-02-01

    The potential of three erbium based solids hosts has been investigated for laser cooling. Absorption and emission spectra have been studied for the low lying IR transitions of erbium that are relevant to recent reports of cooling using the 4I15/2-4I9/2 and4I15/2 -4I13/2 transitions. Experimental studies have been performed for erbium in three hosts; ZBLAN glass and KPb2Cl5 and Cs2NaYCl6 crystals. In order to estimate the efficiencies of cooling, theoretical calculations have been performed for the cubic Elpasolite (Cs2NaYCl6 ) crystal. These calculations also provide a first principle insight into the cooling efficiency for non-cubic and glassy hosts where such calculations are not possible.

  10. Crystal structure of a new hybrid compound based on an iodido-plumbate(II) anionic motif.

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    Mokhnache, Oualid; Boughzala, Habib

    2016-01-01

    Crystals of the one-dimensional organic-inorganic lead iodide-based compound catena-poly[bis-(piperazine-1,4-diium) [[tetra-iodido-plumbate(II)]-μ-iodido] iodide monohydrate], (C4N2H12)2[PbI5]I·H2O, were obtained by slow evaporation at room temperature of a solution containing lead iodide and piperazine in a 1:2 molar ratio. Inorganic lead iodide chains, organic (C4N2H12)(2+) cations, water mol-ecules of crystallization and isolated I(-) anions are connected through N-H⋯·I, N-H⋯OW and OW-H⋯I hydrogen-bond inter-actions. Zigzag chains of corner-sharing [PbI6](4-) octa-hedra with composition [PbI4/1I2/2](3-) running parallel to the a axis are present in the structure packing.

  11. Crystal structure of a new hybrid compound based on an iodidoplumbate(II anionic motif

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    Oualid Mokhnache

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Crystals of the one-dimensional organic–inorganic lead iodide-based compound catena-poly[bis(piperazine-1,4-diium [[tetraiodidoplumbate(II]-μ-iodido] iodide monohydrate], (C4N2H122[PbI5]I·H2O, were obtained by slow evaporation at room temperature of a solution containing lead iodide and piperazine in a 1:2 molar ratio. Inorganic lead iodide chains, organic (C4N2H122+ cations, water molecules of crystallization and isolated I− anions are connected through N—H...·I, N—H...OW and OW—H...I hydrogen-bond interactions. Zigzag chains of corner-sharing [PbI6]4− octahedra with composition [PbI4/1I2/2]3− running parallel to the a axis are present in the structure packing.

  12. Ultra-wide acoustic band gaps in pillar-based phononic crystal strips

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    Coffy, Etienne, E-mail: etienne.coffy@femto-st.fr; Lavergne, Thomas; Addouche, Mahmoud; Euphrasie, Sébastien; Vairac, Pascal; Khelif, Abdelkrim [FEMTO-ST Institute, Université de Franche-Comté, UBFC, CNRS, ENSMM, UTBM, 15B Av. des Montboucons, F-25030 Besançon (France)

    2015-12-07

    An original approach for designing a one dimensional phononic crystal strip with an ultra-wide band gap is presented. The strip consists of periodic pillars erected on a tailored beam, enabling the generation of a band gap that is due to both Bragg scattering and local resonances. The optimized combination of both effects results in the lowering and the widening of the main band gap, ultimately leading to a gap-to-midgap ratio of 138%. The design method used to improve the band gap width is based on the flattening of phononic bands and relies on the study of the modal energy distribution within the unit cell. The computed transmission through a finite number of periods corroborates the dispersion diagram. The strong attenuation, in excess of 150 dB for only five periods, highlights the interest of such ultra-wide band gap phononic crystal strips.

  13. A Rayleigh number based dendrite fragmentation criterion for detachment of solid crystals during solidification

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    Kumar, Arvind; Dutta, Pradip [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012 (India)], E-mail: pradip@mecheng.iisc.ernet.in

    2008-08-07

    Movement of solid crystals in the form of dendrite fragments causes severe macro-segregation in solidified products. Dendrite fragmentation in the developing mushy zone occurs as a result of remelting (causing dissolution) and subsequent breakage of dendritic side arms from the dendritic stalks. An understanding of the mechanisms of dendrite fragmentation is essential for predicting the transport of fragmented solid crystals for possible control of macro-segregation. In this work, a Rayleigh number based fragmentation criterion is developed for detachment of dendrites from the developing mushy zone, which determines the conditions favourable for fragmentation of dendrites. The Rayleigh number, defined in this paper, measures the ratio of the driving buoyancy force for the flow in the mushy zone to the retarding frictional force associated with the permeability of the mush. The criterion developed is a function of the concentration difference, liquid fraction, permeability, growth rate of mushy layer and thermophysical properties of the material.

  14. Crystallization of a Ti-based Bulk Metallic Glass Induced by Electropulsing Treatment

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    Yong-jiang HUANG; Xiang CHENG; Hong-bo FAN; Shi-song GUAN; Zhi-liang NING; Jian-fei SUN

    2016-01-01

    The effect of electropulsing treatment (EPT)on the microstructure of a Ti-based bulk metallic glass (BMG)has been studied.The maximum current density applied during EPT can exert a crucial role on tuning the microstructure of the BMG.When the maximum current density is no more than 2 720 A/mm2 ,the samples retains amorphous nature,whereas,beyond that,crystalline phases precipitate from the glassy matrix.During EPT,the maximum temperature within the samples EPTed at the maximum current densities larger than 2 720 A/mm2 is higher than the crystallization temperature of the BMG,leading to the crystallization event.

  15. Photonic crystal channel drop filter based on ring-shaped defects for DWDM systems

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    Dideban, Ali; Habibiyan, Hamidreza; Ghafoorifard, Hassan

    2017-03-01

    This paper presents a novel configuration of channel drop filters based on two-dimensional photonic crystal slabs in silicon-on-insulator platforms. The structure is composed of two photonic crystal line-defect waveguides as input and output ports, along with an L3 cavity with ring-shaped border holes. The effects of structural parameters and fabrication errors on resonance frequency and drop efficiency are investigated. Band structure and propagation of electromagnetic field through device are calculated by plane wave expansion and finite-difference time-domain methods. The results show that the quality factor and line-width of output signal are 5690 and 0.27 nm, respectively, indicating that the proposed filter can be properly used in dense wavelength division multiplexing systems with 0.8 nm channel spacing.

  16. Bovine serum albumin detection and quantitation based on capacitance measurements of liquid crystals

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    Lin, Chi-Hao; Lee, Mon-Juan; Lee, Wei

    2016-08-01

    Liquid crystal (LC)-based biosensing is generally limited by the lack of accurate quantitative strategies. This study exploits the unique electric capacitance properties of LCs to establish quantitative assay methods for bovine serum albumin (BSA) biomolecules. By measuring the voltage-dependent electric capacitance of LCs under an alternating-current field with increasing amplitude, positive correlations were derived between the BSA concentration and the electric capacitance parameters of LCs. This study demonstrates that quantitative analysis can be achieved in LC-based biosensing through electric capacitance measurements extensively employed in LCD research and development.

  17. Synthesis, crystal structure and redox properties of dihydropyrazole-bridged ferrocene-based derivatives

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    Li, Heng-Dong; Ma, Zai-He; Yang, Kun; Xie, Li-Li; Yuan, Yao-Feng

    2012-09-01

    Dihydropyrazole-bridged ferrocene-based derivatives were prepared by corresponding chalcones with hydrazine hydrate, then acylation with 3-(ethoxycarbonyl)propionyl chloride directly in high yields and purity. All of these compounds were characterized by MS, IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and elemental analysis. The relationship between the structure and redox properties was investigated based on the results of single crystal X-ray structure determinations and cyclic voltammetry. The mechanism of the electron transfer for representative compound 4b was verified by density functional theory (DFT) calculations.

  18. Bimolecular crystals with an intercalated structure improve poly(p-phenylenevinylene)-based organic photovoltaic cells.

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    Lim, Kyung-Geun; Park, Jun-Mo; Mangold, Hannah; Laquai, Frédéric; Choi, Tae-Lim; Lee, Tae-Woo

    2015-01-01

    The exciton dissociation, recombination, and charge transport of bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) is influenced strongly by the nanomorphology of the blend, such as the grain size and the molecular packing. Although it is well known that polymers based on amorphous poly(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV) have a fundamental limit to their efficiency because of low carrier mobility, which leads to increased recombination and unbalanced charge extraction, herein, we demonstrate that the issue can be overcome by forming bimolecular crystals of an amorphous PPV-based polymer:phenyl-C61 -butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) intercalated structure. We used amorphous poly(2,5-dioctyloxy-p-phenylene vinylene-alt-2',5'-thienylene vinylene) (PPVTV), which has a simple chemical structure. A reasonably high power conversion efficiency (∼3.5 %) was obtained, although the material has an intrinsically amorphous structure and a relatively large band gap (2.0 eV). We demonstrate a correlation between a well-ordered bimolecular crystal of PPVTV:PCBM and an improved hole mobility of a PPVTV:PCBM film compared to a pristine PPVTV film by using 2 D grazing incidence XRD and space-charge-limited current measurements. Furthermore, we show that the bimolecular crystal structure in high-performance OPVs is related to an optimum molecular packing, which is influenced by the PPVTV:PCBM blending ratio, side-chain length, and molecular weight of the PPVTV polymer. Improved charge transport in PPVTV:PCBM bimolecular crystals leads to a fast sweep out of charges and thus suppression of nongeminate recombination under the operating conditions.

  19. Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals: growth, domain engineering, characterization and applications.

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    Sun, Enwei; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-08-01

    techniques, domain engineering concept, and full-matrix property characterization all the way to device innovations. It outlines a truly encouraging story in materials science in the modern era. All key references are provided and 30 complete sets of material parameters for different types of relaxor-PT single crystals are listed in the Appendix. It is the intension of this review article to serve as a resource for those who are interested in basic research and practical applications of these relaxor-PT single crystals. In addition, possible mechanisms of giant piezoelectric properties in these domain-engineered relaxor-PT systems will be discussed based on contributions from polarization rotation and charged domain walls.

  20. Mechanism Analysis of the Inverse Doppler Effect in Two-Dimensional Photonic Crystal based on Phase Evolution

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    Jiang, Qiang; Chen, Jiabi; Wang, Yan; Liang, Binming; Hu, Jinbing; Zhuang, Songlin

    2016-04-01

    Although the inverse Doppler effect has been observed experimentally at optical frequencies in photonic crystal with negative effective refractive index, its explanation is based on phenomenological theory rather than a strict theory. Elucidating the physical mechanism underlying the inverse Doppler shift is necessary. In this article, the primary electrical field component in the photonic crystal that leads to negative refraction was extracted, and the phase evolution of the entire process when light travels through a moving photonic crystal was investigated using static and dynamic finite different time domain methods. The analysis demonstrates the validity of the use of np (the effective refractive index of the photonic crystal in the light path) in these calculations, and reveals the origin of the inverse Doppler effect in photonic crystals.

  1. Computational crystallization.

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    Altan, Irem; Charbonneau, Patrick; Snell, Edward H

    2016-07-15

    Crystallization is a key step in macromolecular structure determination by crystallography. While a robust theoretical treatment of the process is available, due to the complexity of the system, the experimental process is still largely one of trial and error. In this article, efforts in the field are discussed together with a theoretical underpinning using a solubility phase diagram. Prior knowledge has been used to develop tools that computationally predict the crystallization outcome and define mutational approaches that enhance the likelihood of crystallization. For the most part these tools are based on binary outcomes (crystal or no crystal), and the full information contained in an assembly of crystallization screening experiments is lost. The potential of this additional information is illustrated by examples where new biological knowledge can be obtained and where a target can be sub-categorized to predict which class of reagents provides the crystallization driving force. Computational analysis of crystallization requires complete and correctly formatted data. While massive crystallization screening efforts are under way, the data available from many of these studies are sparse. The potential for this data and the steps needed to realize this potential are discussed.

  2. Redetermination of LaZn5 based on single crystal X-ray diffraction data

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    Igor Oshchapovsky

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The crystal structure of the already known binary title compound LaZn5 (lanthanum pentazinc (space group P6/mmm, Pearson symbol hP6, CaCu5 structure type has been redetermined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. In contrast to previous determinations based on X-ray powder data [Nowotny (1942. Z. Metallkd. 34, 247–253; de Negri et al. (2008. Intermetallics, 16, 168–178], where unit-cell parameters and assignment of the structure type were reported, the present study reveals anisotropic displacement parameters for all atoms. The crystal structure consists of three crytallographically distinct atoms. The La atom (Wyckoff site 1a, site symmetry 6/mmm is surrounded by 18 Zn atoms and two La atoms. The coordination polyhedron around one of the Zn atoms (Wyckoff site 2c, site symmetry -6m2 is an icosahedron made up from three La and nine Zn atoms. The other Zn atom (Wyckoff site 3g, site symmetry mmm is surrounded by four La and eight Zn atoms. Bonding between atoms is explored by means of the TB–LMTO–ASA (tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital atomic spheres approximation program package. The positive charge density is localized around La atoms, and the negative charge density is around Zn atoms, with weak covalent bonding between the latter.

  3. Dynamic mechanical behavior of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass during glass transition and crystallization

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    CHAO Qi; WANG Qing; DONG Yuanda

    2009-01-01

    The dynamic mechanical behaviors of the Zr41Ti14Cu12.5Ni8Be22.5Fe2 bulk metallic glass (BMG) during continuous heating at a constant rate were investigated. The glass transition and crystallization of the Zr-based BMG were thus characterized by the measurements of storage modulus E and internal friction Q-1. It was found that the variations of these dynamic mechanical quantifies with temperature were interre-lated and were well in agreement with the DSC trace obtained at the same heating rate. The origin of the first peak in the internal friction curve was closely related to the dynamic glass transition and subsequent primary crystallization. Moreover, it can be well described by a physical model, which can characterize atomic mobility and mechanical response of disordered condense materials. In comparison with the DSC trace, the relative position of the first internal friction peak of the BMG was found to be dependent on its thermal stability against crys-tallization.

  4. Structure Prediction Based on Hydrophobic to Hydrophilic Volume Ratios in Small Molecule Amphiphilic Organic Crystals

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    2002-01-01

    The structure type for the crystal of 4,4'-bis-(2-hydroxy-ethoxyl)-biphenyl 1 has been predicted by using the previously developed interfacial model for small organic molecules. Based on the calculated hydrophobic to hydrophilic volume of 1, this model predicts the crystal structure to be of lamellar or bicontinuous type, which has been confirmed by the X-ray single-crystal structure analysis (C20H26O6, monoclinic, P21/c, a = 16.084(1), b = 6.0103(4), c = 9.6410(7)(A), β = 103.014(2)°, V = 908.1(1)(A)3, Z = 2, Dc = 1.325 g/cm3, F(000)=388, μ = 0.097 mm-1, MoKα radiation, λ = 0.71073 (A), R = 0.0382 and wR = 0.0882 with I > 2σ(I) for 7121 reflections collected, 1852 unique reflections and 170 parameters). As predicted, the hydrophobic and hydrophilic portions of 1 form in the lamellae. The same interfacial model is applied to other amphilphilic small molecule organic systems for structural type prediction.

  5. Continuous Sensing Photonic Lab-on-a-Chip Platform Based on Cross-Linked Enzyme Crystals.

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    Conejero-Muriel, Mayte; Rodríguez-Ruiz, Isaac; Verdugo-Escamilla, Cristóbal; Llobera, Andreu; Gavira, José A

    2016-12-06

    Microfluidics or lab-on-a-chip technology offer clear advantages over conventional systems such as a dramatic reduction of reagent consumption or a shorter analysis time, which are translated into cost-effective systems. In this work, we present a photonic enzymatic lab-on-a-chip reactor based on cross-linked enzyme crystals (CLECs), able to work in continuous flow, as a highly sensitive, robust, reusable, and stable platform for continuous sensing with superior performance as compared to the state of the art. The microreactor is designed to facilitate the in situ crystallization and crystal cross-linking generating enzymatically active material that can be stored for months/years. Thus, and by means of monolithically integrated micro-optics elements, continuous enzymatic reactions can be spectrophotometrically monitored. Lipase, an enzyme with industrial significance for catalyzed transesterification, hydrolysis, and esterification reactions, is used to demonstrate the potential of the microplatforms as both a continuous biosensor and a microreactor for the synthesis of high value compounds.

  6. Numerical analysis of a photonic crystal fiber based on two polarized modes for biosensing applications

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    Qin Wei; Li Shu-Guang; Xue Jian-Rong; Xin Xü-Jun; Zhang Lei

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a theoretical study on a photonic crystal fiber plasmonic refractive index biosensor.The proposed photonic crystal fiber sensor introduces the concept of simultaneous detection with the linearly polarized and radially polarized modes because the sensing performance of the sensor based on both modes is relatively high,which will be useful for selecting the modes to make the detection accurately.The sharp single resonant peaks of the linearly polarized mode and radially polarized mode,are stronger and more sensitive to the variation of analyte refractive index than that of any other polarized mode in this kind of photonic crystal fiber.For linearly polarized mode and radially polarized mode,the maximum sensitivities of 10448.5 nm per refractive index unit and 8230.7 nm per refractive index unit can be obtained,as well as 949.8 and 791.4 for figure of merits in the sensing range of 1.33-1.45,respectively.Compared with the conventional Au-metalized surface plasmon resonance sensors,our device is better and can be applied as a biosensor.

  7. Hybrid silica luminescent materials based on lanthanide-containing lyotropic liquid crystal with polarized emission

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    Selivanova, N.M., E-mail: natsel@mail.ru [Kazan National Research Technological University, 68 Karl Marx Str., Kazan 420015 (Russian Federation); Vandyukov, A.E.; Gubaidullin, A.T. [A.E. Arbuzov Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry of the Kazan Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 8 Acad. Arbuzov Str., Kazan 420088 (Russian Federation); Galyametdinov, Y.G. [Kazan National Research Technological University, 68 Karl Marx Str., Kazan 420015 (Russian Federation)

    2014-11-14

    This paper represents the template method for synthesis of hybrid silica films based on Ln-containing lyotropic liquid crystal and characterized by efficient luminescence. Luminescence films were prepared in situ by the sol–gel processes. Lyotropic liquid crystal (LLC) mesophases C{sub 12}H{sub 25}O(CH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}O){sub 10}H/Ln(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O/H{sub 2}O containing Ln (III) ions (Dy, Tb, Eu) were used as template. Polarized optical microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and FT-IR-spectroscopy were used for characterization of liquid crystal mesophases and hybrid films. The morphology of composite films was studied by the atomic force microscopy method (AFM). The optical properties of the resulting materials were evaluated. It was found that hybrid silica films demonstrate significant increase of their lifetime in comparison with an LLC system. New effects of linearly polarized emission revealed for Ln-containing hybrid silica films. Polarization in lanthanide-containing hybrid composites indicates that silica precursor causes orientation of emitting ions. - Highlights: • We suggest a new simple approach for creating luminescence hybrid silica films. • Ln-containing hybrid silica films demonstrate yellow, green and red emissions. • Tb(III)-containing hybrid film have a high lifetime. • We report effects of linearly polarized emission in hybrid film.

  8. Slow light engineering in polyatomic photonic crystal waveguides based on square lattice

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    Wang, Daobin; Zhang, Jie; Yuan, Lihua; Lei, Jingli; Chen, Sai; Han, Jiawei; Hou, Shanglin

    2011-12-01

    In this paper, the slow light properties of the polyatomic Photonic Crystal (PhC) which has multiple different air holes in each primitive cell are investigated. A slow light waveguide with "U-type" group index-frequency curve, which results in nearly constant group index over large bandwidth, is achieved using this new photonic crystal geometry based on the square lattice. Also, the radius and position of the innermost rows of small air holes have been modified to investigate the feasibility of controlling the dispersion relation by subtle structural modification. Numerical results demonstrate that decreasing the group velocity effectively and meanwhile maintaining a large Normalized Delay-Bandwidth Product ( NDBP) can be achieved by only modifying the radius of the innermost rows of small air holes. Shifting the innermost rows of small air holes toward the waveguide core is highly beneficial to enlarge the slow light bandwidth, but it contributes nothing to the promotion of NDBP. Our results provide important theoretical basis for the potential application offered by the polyatomic photonic crystal in future optical networks.

  9. Protein Crystallization

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    Chernov, Alexander A.

    2005-01-01

    Nucleation, growth and perfection of protein crystals will be overviewed along with crystal mechanical properties. The knowledge is based on experiments using optical and force crystals behave similar to inorganic crystals, though with a difference in orders of magnitude in growing parameters. For example, the low incorporation rate of large biomolecules requires up to 100 times larger supersaturation to grow protein, rather than inorganic crystals. Nucleation is often poorly reproducible, partly because of turbulence accompanying the mixing of precipitant with protein solution. Light scattering reveals fluctuations of molecular cluster size, its growth, surface energies and increased clustering as protein ages. Growth most often occurs layer-by-layer resulting in faceted crystals. New molecular layer on crystal face is terminated by a step where molecular incorporation occurs. Quantitative data on the incorporation rate will be discussed. Rounded crystals with molecularly disordered interfaces will be explained. Defects in crystals compromise the x-ray diffraction resolution crucially needed to find the 3D atomic structure of biomolecules. The defects are immobile so that birth defects stay forever. All lattice defects known for inorganics are revealed in protein crystals. Contribution of molecular conformations to lattice disorder is important, but not studied. This contribution may be enhanced by stress field from other defects. Homologous impurities (e.g., dimers, acetylated molecules) are trapped more willingly by a growing crystal than foreign protein impurities. The trapped impurities induce internal stress eliminated in crystals exceeding a critical size (part of mni for ferritin, lysozyme). Lesser impurities are trapped from stagnant, as compared to the flowing, solution. Freezing may induce much more defects unless quickly amorphysizing intracrystalline water.

  10. Microchip laser based on Yb:YAG/V:YAG monolith crystal

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    Nejezchleb, Karel; Šulc, Jan; Jelínková, Helena; Škoda, Václav

    2016-03-01

    V:YAG crystal was investigated as a passive Q-switch of longitudinally diode-pumped microchip laser, emitting radiation at wavelength 1030.5 nm. This laser was based on diffusion bonded monolith crystal (diameter 3 mm) which combines in one piece an active laser part (Yb:YAG crystal, 10 at.% Yb/Y, 3 mm long) and saturable absorber (V:YAG crystal, 2 mm long, initial transmission 86 % @ 1031 nm). The microchip resonator consisted of dielectric mirrors directly deposited on the monolith surfaces (pump mirror HT @ 968 nm and HR @ 1031 nm on Yb:YAG part, output coupler with reflection 55 % @ 1031 nm on the V:YAG part). For longitudinal CW pumping of Yb:YAG part, a fibre coupled (core diameter 100 μm, NA = 0.22, emission @ 968 nm) laser diode was used. The laser threshold was 3.8W. The laser slope efficiency for output mean in respect to incident pumping was 16 %. The linearly polarized generated transversal intensity beam profile was close to the fundamental Gaussian mode. The generated pulse length, stable and mostly independent on pumping power, was equal to 1.3 ns (FWHM). The single pulse energy was increasing with the pumping power and for the maximum pumping 9.7W it was 78 μJ which corresponds to the pulse peak-power 56 kW. The maximum Yb:YAG/V:YAG microchip laser mean output power of 1W was reached without observable thermal roll-over. The corresponding Q-switched pulses repetition rate was 13.1 kHz.

  11. A physically based constitutive model for FCC single crystals with a single state variable per slip system

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    Demir, Eralp

    2017-01-01

    A new, simple and physically consistent dislocation-density-based continuum model is developed in a large-strain crystal plasticity framework. All the constitutive laws are expressed in a simple and unique way in terms of a single state variable dislocation density. The proposed physically based model predicts experimental single-crystal stress-strain curves along different crystal directions more accurately than a classical model with widely accepted constitutive laws. The polycrystal texture predictions from the dislocation-density-based and classical models having the same single-crystal stress-strain characteristics are in good agreement with the classical model when Taylor-type homogenization is used in conjunction with enough number of grains.

  12. Polarization Beam Splitter Based on a Self-Collimation Michelson Interferometer in a Silicon Photonic Crystal

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    CHEN Xi-Yao; LIN Gui-Min; LI Jun-Jun; XU Xiao-Fu; JIANG Jun-Zhen; QIANG Ze-Xuan; QIU Yi-Shen; LI Hui

    2012-01-01

    A polarization beam splitter based on a self-collimation Michelson interferometer (SMI) in a hole-type silicon photonic crystal is proposed and numerically demonstrated.Utilizing the polarization dependence of the transmission spectra of the SMI and polarization peak matching method,the SMI can work as a polarization beam splitter (PBS) by selecting an appropriate path length difference in the structure.Based on its novel polarization beam splitting mechanics,the polarization extinction ratios (PERs) for TM and TE modes are as high as 18.4 dB and 24.3 dB,respectively.Since its dimensions are only several operating wavelengths,the PBS may have practical applications in photonic integrated circuits.%A polarization beam splitter based on a self-collimation Michelson interferometer (SMI) in a hole-type silicon photonic crystal is proposed and numerically demonstrated. Utilizing the polarization dependence of the transmission spectra of the SMI and polarization peak matching method, the SMI can work as a polarization beam splitter (PBS) by selecting an appropriate path length difference in the structure. Based on its novel polarization beam splitting mechanics, the polarization extinction ratios (PERs) for TM and TE modes are as high as 18.4 dB and 24.3 dB, respectively. Since its dimensions are only several operating wavelengths, the PBS may have practical applications in photonic integrated circuits.

  13. The role of hydrogen bonding propensity in tuning the morphology of crystals obtained from imidazolium based ionic liquids

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    Karthika, S.; Radhakrishnan, T. K.; Kalaichelvi, P.

    2017-04-01

    The pharmaceutical crystallization is quite challenging in terms of the target properties like desired habit or morphology, size and the size distribution of the resultant crystals. Controlling the dimensions along the crystallographic axes, especially for the crystals with needle shape, is desired for operational flexibility. There has been a great interest in using Ionic Liquids (ILs) as a novel crystallization media, but inter molecular interaction between ILs and pharmaceutical solids are quite complex. Interactions in ionic media can be tuned to achieve target physical properties. In this study, ibuprofen is crystallized using imidazolium based IL with PF6 anion, which produces needle shaped crystals with high aspect ratio. It is found that aspect ratio is significantly altered when a small quantity of organic solvents is added to the crystallizing media. These organic solvents prefer to interact with certain domain of IL and this interaction can be utilized in achieving the objective of reduction in aspect ratio. Use of methanol and 2-ethoxy ethyl acetate is found to provide a significant reduction in aspect ratio. The role of hydrogen bonding ability of C2 hydrogen of imidazolium ionic liquid in steering the crystal shape is discussed.

  14. Formation and Characterization of Mixed Crystals Based on Bis (ThioureaCadmium Chloride and Bis (ThioureaCadmium Iodide

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    I.S. Prameela Kumar

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Bis(thioureacadmium chloride(BTCC and bis(thioureacadmium iodide (BTCI are metal complexes of thiourea having better nonlinear optical properties than KH2PO4. An attempt has been made in the present study to form mixed crystals based on BTCC and BTCI (even though their crystal lattices mismatch from aqueous solutions, the precursors mixed in proper proportions. A total of seven (including the end members crystals were formed by the free evaporation method and characterized chemically, structurally, thermally, optically and electrically. The X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that (BTCCX(BTCI1-X crystals with x=1.0,0.8 and 0.6 are orthorhombic in structure with space group Pmn21 and that with x=0.5, 0.4, 0.2 and 0.0 are monoclinic in structure with space group P21/c. All the grown crystals are found to be thermally stable up to 215 °C and possessing wide optical transmission window (300-900 nm which is suitable for NLO applications. The electrical measurements indicate that the grown crystals exhibit a normal dielectric behavior. The results obtained in the present study indicate that mixed crystals can be formed from the isomorphous precursors directly even though the end member’s crystals have lattice mismatching.

  15. Changes in the microstructure occurring during the creep of single crystal nickel-base superalloys

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    Henderson, P.; Komenda, J. [Institutet foer Metallforskning, Stockholm (Sweden)

    1996-12-01

    Nickel-base superalloy single crystal components are now being introduced into industrial gas turbines as first row turbine blades report and in the future methods of remaining life assessment will be required. In this report an introduction to single crystal alloys is given and the effects of service exposure and principles of remaining life assessment of nickel-base superalloys have been reviewed. During creep (in cast Ni-base superalloys) cavities appear at grain boundaries and shape changes occur in the {gamma}` particles. Interrupted and full length creep tests have been performed at 750 and 950 deg C on the Ni-base single crystal alloy CMSX-4 and the resulting changes in microstructure have been quantified using a wide variety of parameters. The solidification process results in interdendritic porosity and the {gamma}` particles are initially cuboidal in shape. At 750 deg C no changes in the particles or porosity could be detected. At 950 deg C the volume fraction and number per sq.mm of measured cavities increased during creep. The smallest cavities measured by optical microscopy were 2-3 {mu}m in diameter, which was the limit of resolution of the system. The increase in cavity numbers is caused by the growth of cavities originally under 2 {mu}m. At 950 deg C the {gamma}` particles coalesced during creep to form a network of rafts, containing isolated plates of matrix and the volume percent of {gamma}` increased from ca 50 to ca 75%. The rafts reached their maximum length before 2% strain, but continued to thicken throughout the test. Although of different dimensions, the aspect ratio (length-to-width ratio as measured by the intersection of chords) of the {gamma}` rafts and the matrix plates were similar at the same levels of strain, reaching a maximum before 2% strain. These changes at 950 deg C were strain- and not time-dependent. Based on these findings, a way forward for the remaining life assessment of single crystal components has been proposed.

  16. Nonlinear frequency conversion effect in a one-dimensional graphene-based photonic crystal

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    Wicharn, S.; Buranasiri, P.

    2015-07-01

    In this research, the nonlinear frequency conversion effect based on four-wave mixing (FWM) principle in a onedimensional graphene-based photonics crystal (1D-GPC) has been investigated numerically. The 1D-GPC structure is composed of two periodically alternating material layers, which are graphene-silicon dioxide bilayer system and silicon membrane. Since, the third-order nonlinear susceptibility χ(3) of bilayer system is hundred time higher than pure silicon dioxide layer, so the enhancement of FWM response can be achieved inside the structure with optimizing photon energy being much higher than a chemical potential level (μ) of graphene sheet. In addition, the conversion efficiencies of 1DGPC structure are compared with chalcogenide based photonic structure for showing that 1D-GPC structure can enhance nonlinear effect by a factor of 100 above the chalcogenide based structure with the same structure length.

  17. Switching behaviour of nonlinear Mach–Zehnder interferometer based on photonic crystal geometry

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    Man Mohan Gupta; S Medhekar

    2014-06-01

    Nonlinear Mach–Zehnder interferometer (NMZI) created with photonic crystal waveguides (PCW) and with Kerr-type nonlinearity has been investigated in this paper. The NMZI has been simulated using two-dimensional finite difference time domain (2D-FDTD) method. Input verses output (I/O) characteristics have been obtained for different lengths of the nonlinear arm, nonlinear coefficients of the nonlinear arm, wavelengths of the input beam, sizes of defect rods and NMZI offset. The results obtained are compared with earlier published results of NMZI created with conventional step index waveguides (SIW). It is shown that all useful features of light switching offered by SIW-based NMZIs are also possible with PCW-based NMZIs of extremely small dimensions. Moreover, PCW-based NMZIs offer additional useful feature not available with SIW-based NMZIs.

  18. Thermo-tunable hybrid photonic crystal fiber based on solution-processed chalcogenide glass nanolayers

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    Markos, Christos

    2016-01-01

    The possibility to combine silica photonic crystal fiber (PCF) as low-loss platform with advanced functional materials, offers an enormous range of choices for the development of fiber-based tunable devices. Here, we report a tunable hybrid silica PCF with integrated As2S3 glass nanolayers inside...... antiresonances by taking advantage the high thermo-optic coefficient of the solution-processed nanolayers. Two different hybrid fiber structures, with core diameter 10 and 5 mu m, were developed and characterized using a supercontinuum source. The maximum sensitivity was measured to be as high as 3.6 nm...

  19. Enhancement of photoluminescence and raman scattering in one-dimensional photonic crystals based on porous silicon

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    Gonchar, K. A., E-mail: k.a.gonchar@gmail.com [Moscow State University, Physics Faculty (Russian Federation); Musabek, G. K.; Taurbayev, T. I. [Al Farabi Kazakh National University, Physics Department (Kazakhstan); Timoshenko, V. Yu. [Moscow State University, Physics Faculty (Russian Federation)

    2011-05-15

    In porous-silicon-based multilayered structures that exhibit the properties of one-dimensional photonic crystals, an increase in the photoluminescence and Raman scattering intensities is observed upon optical excitation at the wavelength 1.064 {mu}m. When the excitation wavelength falls within the edge of the photonic band gap of the structures, a multiple increase (by a factor larger than 400) in the efficiency of Raman scattering is detected. The effect is attributed to partial localization of excitation light and, correspondingly, to the much longer time of interaction of light with the material in the structures.

  20. Photonic Crystal Waveguide Intersection Based on Self-Imaging of Multi-Mode Interference

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    DING Wei-Qiang; TANG Dong-Hua; CHEN Li-Xue; ZHAO Yuan; Liu Yan

    2007-01-01

    @@ A new mechanism of intersection formed by two line defect photonic crystal (PC) waveguides are numerically investigated using the finite-difference time-domain method. The results show that the normalized crosstalk is smaller than 10-4; the reflection is smaller than 10-3, and the transmission is larger than 0.999. The authors analyse the physical origins and find that a modified self-imaging process in the intersected multi-mode region is the main reason of the excellent performance. This kind of multi-mode interference based intersection may find potential applications in PC optical circuits.

  1. Polarization Beam Splitter Based on Self-Collimation Effect in Two-Dimensional Photonics Crystal

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    ZHANG Jie; ZHAO De-Yin; ZHOU Chnan-Hong; JIANG Xun-Ya

    2007-01-01

    A photonic crystal polarization beam splitter based on the self-collimation effect is proposed. By means of the plane wave expansion method and the finite-difference time-domain method, we analyse the splitting mechanism in two alternative ways: performing a band gap structure analysis and simulating the field distribution. The results indicate that two beams of different polarizations can be split with an extinction ratio of nearly 20 dB in a wavelength range of 90nm. The splitter may have practical applications in integrated photonic circuits.

  2. T-shaped polarization beam splitter based on two-dimensional photonic crystal waveguide structures

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    Li, Xinlan; Shen, Hongjun; Li, Ting; Liu, Jie; Huang, Xianjian

    2016-12-01

    A T-shaped polarization beam splitter based on two-dimensional photonic crystal is proposed, which is composed of three waveguides: one input and two output. Unpolarized beams incident from the input port will be separated into two different polarization modes and outputted individually by two different coupling structures. Simulation results can be obtained by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. In the normalized frequency range of 0.3456 extinction ratio is all 30dB for both modes. The polarization beam splitter attains the requirement we expected by analyzing simulation results.

  3. Highly-stable monolithic femtosecond Yb-fiber laser system based on photonic crystal fibers

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    Liu, Xiaomin; Lægsgaard, Jesper; Turchinovich, Dmitry

    2010-01-01

    A self-starting, passively stabilized, monolithic all polarizationmaintaining femtosecond Yb-fiber master oscillator / power amplifier with very high operational and environmental stability is demonstrated. The system is based on the use of two different photonic crystal fibers. One is used...... in the oscillator cavity for dispersion balancing and nonlinear optical limiting, and another one is used for low nonlinearity final pulse recompression. The chirped-pulse amplification and recompression of the 232-fs, 45-pJ/pulse oscillator output yields a final direct fiber-end delivery of 7.3-nJ energy pulses...

  4. An efficient optical biochemical sensor based on a polyatomic photonic crystal ring resonator

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    Wang, Daobin; Liu, Yanjun; Yuan, Lihua; Lei, Jingli; Li, Xiaoxiao; wu, Gang; Hou, Shanglin

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we introduce and investigate a design concept for a polyatomic photonic crystal ring resonator (PCRR). In contrast to conventional sensors, this PCRR comprises two different branching waveguides (WG), which are all oriented in the same lattice direction, but with different optical propagation properties due to the binary nature of the diatomic square lattice. Based on this new scheme, an on-chip biochemical sensor is proposed. Electromagnetic analysis, PWE and FDTD numerical techniques, were used to investigate the sensing performance. Our results show that such a sensor can efficiently detect small changes in the refractive index within the sensing area.

  5. Synthesis, crystal structures and photoluminescence of anthracen- and pyrene-based coumarin derivatives.

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    Zhang, Hui; Tong, Hao; Zhao, Yuling; Yu, Tianzhi; Zhang, Peng; Li, Jianfeng; Fan, Duowang

    2015-11-01

    Two new anthracen- and pyrene-based coumarin derivatives, 3-(4-(anthracen-10-yl)phenyl)coumarin (4) and 3-(4-(pyrene-1-yl)phenyl)coumarin (5), were synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, element analysis and single crystal X-ray crystallography. The UV-vis absorption and photoluminescence spectra of these coumarin derivatives were investigated. The results show that compound 4 and 5 exhibit blue and blue-green emissions, respectively, under ultraviolet light excitation. Compared with the compound 4, the emission peak of compound 5 was bathochromically shifted by about 80 nm due to the more planar structure and larger π-conjugation.

  6. Modeling of pressure sensors based on two-dimensional photonic crystals

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    Xuehui XIONG; Ping LU; Deming LIU

    2009-01-01

    A pressure sensor based on the two-dimensional photonic crystal (2D PC) has been proposed. Under the condition of different pressure, the photonic band gap of the sensor has been studied by means of the plane wave expansion method (PWM). The results show that there is a good linear relation between the cutoff wavelength and the pressure. Apart from being easily implemented, the presented 2D PC pressure sensor holds many characteristics such as high-pressure sensitivity and convenience in achieving demanded pressure range.

  7. Optical thin-film reflection filters based on the theory of photonic crystals.

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    Sun, Xuezheng; Shen, Weidong; Gai, Xin; Gu, Peifu; Liu, Xu; Zhang, Yueguang

    2008-05-01

    Based on the theory of photonic crystals and the framework of a single-channel reflection filter that we presented before, structures of reflection filters with multiple channels are proposed. These structures can overcome some drawbacks of conventional multichannel transmission filters and are much easier to fabricate. We have practically fabricated the reflection filters with two and three channels, and the tested results show approximate agreement with theoretical simulation. Moreover, the superprism effect is also simulated in the single-channel reflection filter, the superiorities to transmission filters are discussed, and these analyses may shed some light on new applications of reflection filters in optical communication and other systems.

  8. Fabrication of liquid crystal based sensor for detection of hydrazine vapours

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    Nandi, Rajib; Singh, Sachin Kumar; Singh, Hemant Kumar; Singh, Bachcha; Singh, Ranjan K.

    2014-10-01

    A novel liquid crystal (LC) based sensor to detect trace level amount of hydrazine vapour has been developed. The LC 4‧-pentyl-4-biphenylcarbonitrile (5CB) doped with 0.5 wt% 4-decyloxy benzaldehyde (DBA) shows dark to bright optical texture upon exposure of hydrazine vapours as revealed by polarizing optical microscopy under crossed polarizers. The hydrazine interacts with the doped DBA and form diimine compound which disrupt the orientation of aligned 5CB. The interaction between DBA and hydrazine has been also studied by Raman spectroscopy.

  9. Fabrication and characterization of size-controlled single-crystal-like PZT nanofibers by sol–gel based electrospinning

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    Wang, Juan; Gao, Qian; He, Haiyan; Li, Xiang, E-mail: xiang.li@zju.edu.cn; Ren, Zhaohui; Liu, Yong; Shen, Ge; Xu, Gang; Zhang, Xiwen; Han, Gaorong, E-mail: hgr@zju.edu.cn

    2013-12-05

    Highlights: •Single-crystal-like PZT nanofibers were fabricated by electrospinning and calcination. •Fiber diameter was precisely controlled by solution viscosity and electrospinning parameters. •Pyrolysis is a key factor for fabrication of single-crystal-like structure. -- Abstract: Size-controlled single-crystal-like lead zirconate titanate (PbZr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3}, PZT) ceramic fibers have been successfully prepared by sol–gel based electrospinning and subsequent calcination process, and their morphology, crystal structure have been characterized at nanoscale. The fiber diameter can be precisely controlled from ∼50 to 540 nm by varying the PVP concentration and electrospinning process parameters. The crystal structure of the nanofibers pyrolyzed at 400 °C for 0.5 h and calcined at 650 °C for 2 h is proved to be single-crystal-like tetragonal perovskite phase. A formation mechanism is also discussed based on the thermal decomposition process, effect of the calcination and pyrolysis procedure, using the thermogravimetry/differential scanning caborimetry (TG/DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It is found that the pyrolysis procedure is a critical factor for the fabrication of single-crystal-like structure PZT nanofibers using electrospinning.

  10. Stabilizing the spin vortex crystal phase in two-dimensional iron-based superconductors

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    O'Halloran, Joseph; Agterberg, D. F.; Chen, M. X.; Weinert, M.

    2017-02-01

    We present an investigation of the magnetic structure for iron-based superconductors (FeSCs) when inversion symmetry is broken, such as in substrate-supported monolayers or in the presence of a c -axis electric field. We perform group-, mean-field-, and density-functional-theoretic analyses on a model system of monolayer iron selenide (FeSe) on a strontium titanate [SrTiO3 (001)] substrate. Our group- and mean-field-theoretic calculations are more generally applicable to thin films of the rest of the 11 (e.g., FeSe) family of iron-based superconductors, as well as to thin films of the 111 (e.g., LiFeAs) and 1111 (e.g., LaOFeAs) families, as these all belong to the same space group. We find that in systems with a collinear antiferromagnetic phase in bulk, when inversion symmetry is broken, the transition is instead into a "spin vortex crystal" phase and that a further phase transition can occur at a lower temperature in some circumstances. The spin vortex crystal is a C4-symmetric magnetic phase which is related to this parent C2-symmetric collinear antiferromagnetic (stripe) phase which is ubiquitous among the iron-based superconductors.

  11. Polyethylene Maleate Copolyesters as Coating Materials for Piezoelectric Quartz Crystal-based Chemical Sensors

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    D. C. Gupta

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Polyethylene maleate (PEM was synthesised by direct polycondensation of maleic anhydride and ethylene glycol in toluene under reflux usingp-toluene sulphonic acid as a catalyst. Structure of PEM was further modified by varying nature of diols and acid components, chain length of glycols, incorporation of aromatic and fluorine groups in the chain. Formation of PEM was monitored by gas chromatography. The parameters like degree of polymerisation, number average molecular weight (Mn, and weight average molecular weight (Mw were calculated from the extent of reaction and stoichiometric ratio of the reactants. The number average molecular weight was also determined using Knauer vapour pressure osmometer. Cohesive energy, volume, and solubility parameters of PEM-based copolyesters were calculated by group contribution method. These PEM-based copolyesters’ have been evaluated as sorbent-coating materials for the detection of organ0 phosphorus(OPcompo using dimethylmethylphosphonate (DMMP as model compound and piezoelectric crystal detector. PEMbisphenol A is found to be the most sensitive and potential coating material for the detection of OP compounds using piezoelectric crystal detector. Potential PEM-based copolyesters have been characterised by viscosity, infrared spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, Mn and thermal stability.

  12. ContaMiner and ContaBase: a webserver and database for early identification of unwantedly crystallized protein contaminants

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    Hungler, Arnaud

    2016-11-02

    Solving the phase problem in protein X-ray crystallography relies heavily on the identity of the crystallized protein, especially when molecular replacement (MR) methods are used. Yet, it is not uncommon that a contaminant crystallizes instead of the protein of interest. Such contaminants may be proteins from the expression host organism, protein fusion tags or proteins added during the purification steps. Many contaminants co-purify easily, crystallize and give good diffraction data. Identification of contaminant crystals may take time, since the presence of the contaminant is unexpected and its identity unknown. A webserver (ContaMiner) and a contaminant database (ContaBase) have been established, to allow fast MR-based screening of crystallographic data against currently 62 known contaminants. The web-based ContaMiner (available at http://strube.cbrc.kaust.edu.sa/contaminer/) currently produces results in 5 min to 4 h. The program is also available in a github repository and can be installed locally. ContaMiner enables screening of novel crystals at synchrotron beamlines, and it would be valuable as a routine safety check for \\'crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis\\' publications. Thus, in addition to potentially saving X-ray crystallographers much time and effort, ContaMiner might considerably lower the risk of publishing erroneous data. A web server, titled ContaMiner, has been established, which allows fast molecular-replacement-based screening of crystallographic data against a database (ContaBase) of currently 62 potential contaminants. ContaMiner enables systematic screening of novel crystals at synchrotron beamlines, and it would be valuable as a routine safety check for \\'crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis\\' publications. © Arnaud Hungler et al. 2016.

  13. Highly sensitive and fast response gas sensor based on a light reflection at the glass-photonic crystal interface

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    Kuchyanov, A. S.; Chubakov, P. A.; Plekhanov, A. I.

    2015-09-01

    We develop a versatile gas sensor based on the condition for total internal reflection at the glass-photonic crystal interface and corresponding detection scheme for rapid and precise measurement of vapors. The sensor consists of a vapor sensitive photonic crystal film as a Fabry-Perot etalon coated on a solid substrate (e.g., large face of a glass prism or glass slide). Such scheme and specific physicochemical properties of submicron silica particles provide photonic crystal sensor selectivity due to the capillary condensation of ammonia vapor with a sensitivity of 1 ppm with a response time of 100 ms.

  14. Ground-based research of crystal growth of II-VI compound semiconductors by physical vapor transport

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    Volz, M. P.; Gillies, D. C.; Szofran, F. R.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Su, Ching-Hua; Sha, Yi-Gao; Zhou, W.; Dudley, M.; Liu, Hao-Chieh; Brebrick, R. F.; Wang, J. C.

    1994-01-01

    Ground-based investigation of the crystal growth of II-VI semiconductor compounds, including CdTe, CdS, ZnTe, and ZnSe, by physical vapor transport in closed ampoules was performed. The crystal growth experimental process and supporting activities--preparation and heat treatment of starting materials, vapor partial pressure measurements, and transport rate measurements are reported. The results of crystal characterization, including microscopy, microstructure, optical transmission photoluminescence, synchrotron radiation topography, and chemical analysis by spark source mass spectrography, are also discussed.

  15. Effects of temperature and solvent concentration on the solvent crystallization of palm-based dihydroxystearic acid with isopropyl alcohol

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    Gregory F.L.Koay; Teong-Guan Chuah; Sumaiya Zainal-Abidin; Salmiah Ahmad; Thomas S.Y.Choong

    2012-01-01

    Palm-based dihydroxystearic acid of 69.55% purity was produced in a 500-kg-per-batch operation pilot plant and purified through solvent crystallization in a custom fabricated simultaneous batch crystallizer unit.The effects of temperature and solvent concentration on yield,particle size distribution and purity were studied.The purity was higher,while the yield and particle size were lower and smaller,respectively,at higher temperature and solvent concentration.The solvent crystallization process efficiency was rated at 66-69% when carried out with 70-80% isopropyl alcohol at 20 ℃.

  16. High-performance single crystal organic field-effect transistors based on two dithiophene-tetrathiafulvalene (DT-TTF) polymorphs.

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    Pfattner, Raphael; Mas-Torrent, Marta; Bilotti, Ivano; Brillante, Aldo; Milita, Silvia; Liscio, Fabiola; Biscarini, Fabio; Marszalek, Tomasz; Ulanski, Jacek; Nosal, Andrzej; Gazicki-Lipman, Maciej; Leufgen, Michael; Schmidt, Georg; Molenkamp, Laurens W; Laukhin, Vladimir; Veciana, Jaume; Rovira, Concepció

    2010-10-01

    Solution prepared single crystal organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) combine low-cost with high performance due to structural ordering of molecules. However, in organic crystals polymorphism is a known phenomenon, which can have a crucial influence on charge transport. Here, the performance of solution-prepared single crystal OFETs based on two different polymorphs of dithiophene-tetrathiafulvalene, which were investigated by confocal Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, are reported. OFET devices prepared using different configurations show that both polymorphs exhibited excellent device performance, although the -phase revealed charge carrier mobility between two and ten times higher in accordance to the closer stacking of the molecules.

  17. Secondary Crystal Growth on a Cracked Hydrotalcite-Based Film Synthesized by the Sol-Gel Method.

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    Lee, Wooyoung; Lee, Chan Hyun; Lee, Ki Bong

    2016-05-02

    The sol-gel synthesis method is an attractive technology for the fabrication of ceramic films due to its preparation simplicity and ease of varying the metal composition. However, this technique presents some limitations in relation to the film thickness. Notably, when the film thickness exceeds the critical limit, large tensile stresses occur, resulting in a cracked morphology. In this study, a secondary crystal growth method was introduced as a post-treatment process for Mg/Al hydrotalcite-based films synthesized by the sol-gel method, which typically present a cracked morphology. The cracked hydrotalcite-based film was hydrothermally treated for the secondary growth of hydrotalcite crystals. In the resulting film, hydrotalcite grew with a vertical orientation, and the gaps formed during the sol-gel synthesis were filled with hydrotalcite after the crystal growth. The secondary crystal growth method provides a new solution for cracked ceramic films synthesized by the sol-gel method.

  18. Holographic three-dimensional display and hologram calculation based on liquid crystal on silicon device [invited].

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    Li, Junchang; Tu, Han-Yen; Yeh, Wei-Chieh; Gui, Jinbin; Cheng, Chau-Jern

    2014-09-20

    Based on scalar diffraction theory and the geometric structure of liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS), we study the impulse responses and image depth of focus in a holographic three-dimensional (3D) display system. Theoretical expressions of the impulse response and the depth of focus of reconstructed 3D images are obtained, and experimental verifications of the imaging properties are performed. The results indicated that the images formed by holographic display based on the LCoS device were periodic image fields surrounding optical axes. The widths of the image fields were directly proportional to the wavelength and diffraction distance, and inversely proportional to the pixel size of the LCoS device. Based on the features of holographic 3D imaging and focal depth, we enhance currently popular hologram calculation methods of 3D objects to improve the computing speed of hologram calculation.

  19. Faraday isolator based on a TSAG single crystal with compensation of thermally induced depolarization inside magnetic field

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    Snetkov, Ilya; Palashov, Oleg

    2015-04-01

    A Faraday isolator based on a terbium scandium aluminum garnet (TSAG) single crystal with compensation of thermally induced depolarization inside magnetic field was demonstrated. An isolation ratio of 32 dB at 350 W cw laser radiation power was achieved. Thermally induced depolarization and thermal lens were studied and compared with similar thermal effects arising in the widely used terbium gallium garnet crystal (TGG) for the first time.

  20. Time-of-flight analysis of charge mobility in a Cu-phthalocyanine-based discotic liquid crystal semiconductor

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    Fujikake, H; Murashige, T; Sugibayashi, M; Ohta, K.

    2004-01-01

    We used a time-of-flight method to study the charge carrier mobility properties of a molecular-aligned discotic liquid crystal semiconductor based on Cu-phthalocyanine. The heated isotropic-phase semiconductor material was sandwiched between transparent electrodes coated onto glass substrates without conventional alignment layers. This was then cooled, and a discotic liquid crystal semiconductor cell was obtained, which we used to make mobility measurements. The material had a fixed molecular...

  1. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Novel Fe(Ⅲ) Schiff Base Complex

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    JIANG Guang-Qi; ZHANG Dai-Yu; YANG Zheng-Feng

    2012-01-01

    A novel Fe(Ⅲ) Schiff base complex,FeⅢ(HL) {H4L = 1,1,1,1-tetrakis[(salicylaldimino)methyl]methane},has been prepared and characterized by elemental analyses,IR spectrum,and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis.The crystal belongs to the monoclinic system,space group P21/n with a = 12.569(3),b = 12.955(3),c = 17.647(4) ,β = 91.896(9)°,V = 2871.9(1) 3,Z = 4,Dc = 1.391 g/cm3,F(000) = 1252.0,Mr = 601.45,R = 0.0383 and wR = 0.1025.The structural analysis reveals that the Fe(Ⅲ) ions are six-coordinated by imine nitrogen atoms and phenolic oxygen atoms form three pendant arms of Schiff base ligands,and one of the salicylaldimine chelating units remains uncoordinated.Discrete complex molecules were further assembled into 1D supramolecular aggregations by C-H…O hydrogen bonding and C-H…π interactions.

  2. An Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance Multisensor System Based on Phthalocyanine Nanostructured Films: Discrimination of Musts

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    Celia Garcia-Hernandez

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available An array of electrochemical quartz crystal electrodes (EQCM modified with nanostructured films based on phthalocyanines was developed and used to discriminate musts prepared from different varieties of grapes. Nanostructured films of iron, nickel and copper phthalocyanines were deposited on Pt/quartz crystals through the Layer by Layer technique by alternating layers of the corresponding phthalocyanine and poly-allylamine hydrochloride. Simultaneous electrochemical and mass measurements were used to study the mass changes accompanying the oxidation of electroactive species present in must samples obtained from six Spanish varieties of grapes (Juan García, Prieto Picudo, Mencía Regadío, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha and Tempranillo. The mass and voltammetric outputs were processed using three-way models. Parallel Factor Analysis (PARAFAC was successfully used to discriminate the must samples according to their variety. Multi-way partial least squares (N-PLS evidenced the correlations existing between the voltammetric data and the polyphenolic content measured by chemical methods. Similarly, N-PLS showed a correlation between mass outputs and parameters related to the sugar content. These results demonstrated that electronic tongues based on arrays of EQCM sensors can offer advantages over arrays of mass or voltammetric sensors used separately.

  3. Development of photonic crystal based large format IR scene projection technology

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    Wilson, J. A.; Burckel, B.; Caulfield, J.; Cogan, S.; Massie, M.; Rapp, R.; Rose, R.; Snyder, D.

    2012-06-01

    This paper describes recent results from the Extremely High Temperature Photonic Crystal System Technology (XTEMPS) technology program. The XTEMPS program has developed a Photonic Crystal (PhC) based high efficiency IR emitter array for use in the emerging generation of wide field of view high performance scene projectors. Cyan's approach provides high dynamic range, multispectral emission from SWIR to LWIR and is uniquely capable of accurately simulating very realistic system spectral signatures. The PhC array is fabricated from refractory materials to provide high radiance and long service lifetime. Cyan is teamed with Sandia National Laboratories for design and fabrication of the emitter and with Nova sensors to utilize their advanced Read In Integrated Circuit (RIIC). PhC based emitters show improved inband output power efficiency when compared to broad band "graybody" emitters due to the absence of out-of-band emission. Less electrical power is required to achieve high operating temperature, and non-Lambertian emission pattern puts a large fraction of the emitted energy into a straight ahead beam. Both effects significantly boost effective radiance output. Cyan has demonstrated pixel designs compatible with Nova's medium format RIIC, which ensures high apparent output temperatures with modest drive currents and low operating voltages of less than five volts. Unit cell pixel structures for high radiative efficiency have been demonstrated and arrays using PhC optimized for up to four spectral bands have been successfully patterned and fabricated into high yield wafers.

  4. CCSD(T)/CBS fragment-based calculations of lattice energy of molecular crystals

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    Červinka, Ctirad; Fulem, Michal; Růžička, Květoslav

    2016-02-01

    A comparative study of the lattice energy calculations for a data set of 25 molecular crystals is performed using an additive scheme based on the individual energies of up to four-body interactions calculated using the coupled clusters with iterative treatment of single and double excitations and perturbative triples correction (CCSD(T)) with an estimated complete basis set (CBS) description. The CCSD(T)/CBS values on lattice energies are used to estimate sublimation enthalpies which are compared with critically assessed and thermodynamically consistent experimental values. The average absolute percentage deviation of calculated sublimation enthalpies from experimental values amounts to 13% (corresponding to 4.8 kJ mol-1 on absolute scale) with unbiased distribution of positive to negative deviations. As pair interaction energies present a dominant contribution to the lattice energy and CCSD(T)/CBS calculations still remain computationally costly, benchmark calculations of pair interaction energies defined by crystal parameters involving 17 levels of theory, including recently developed methods with local and explicit treatment of electronic correlation, such as LCC and LCC-F12, are also presented. Locally and explicitly correlated methods are found to be computationally effective and reliable methods enabling the application of fragment-based methods for larger systems.

  5. Tunable integrated optical filters based on sapphire microspheres and liquid crystals

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    Gilardi, Giovanni; Yilmaz, Hasan; Sharif Murib, Mohammed; Asquini, Rita; d'Alessandro, Antonio; Serpengüzel, Ali; Beccherelli, Romeo

    2010-05-01

    We present an integrated optical narrowband electrically tunable filter based on the whispering gallery modes of sapphire microspheres and double ion-exchanged channel BK7 glass waveguides. Tuning is provided by a liquid crystal infiltrated between the spheres and the glass substrate. By suitably choosing the radii of the spheres and of the circular apertures, upon which the spheres are positioned, arrays of different filters can be realized on the same substrate with a low cost industrial process. We evaluate the performance in terms of quality factor, mode spacing, and tuning range by comparing the numerical results obtained by the numerical finite element modeling approach and with the analytical approach of the Generalized Lorenz-Mie Theory for various design parameters. By reorienting the LC in an external electrical field, we demonstrate the tuning of the spectral response of the sapphire microsphere based filter. We find that the value of the mode spacing remains nearly unchanged for the different values of the applied electric field. An increase of the applied electric field strength, changes the refractive index of the liquid crystal, so that for a fixed geometry the mode spacing remains unchanged.

  6. Gels and lyotropic liquid crystals: using an imidazolium-based catanionic surfactant in binary solvents.

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    Cheng, Ni; Hu, Qiongzheng; Bi, Yanhui; Xu, Wenwen; Gong, Yanjun; Yu, Li

    2014-08-01

    The self-assembly behavior of an imidazolium-based catanionic surfactant, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dodecylsulfate ([C4mim][C12H25SO4]), was investigated in water-ethylammonium nitrate (EAN) mixed solvents with different volume ratios. It is particular interesting that this simple surfactant could not only form lyotropic liquid crystals (LLC) with multimesophases, i.e., normal hexagonal (H1), lamellar liquid crystal (Lα), and reverse bicontinuous cubic phase (V2), in the water-rich environment but also act as an efficient low-molecular-weight gelator (LMWG) which gelated EAN-abundant binary media in a broad concentration range. The peculiar nanodisk cluster morphology of gels composed of similar bilayer units was first observed. FT-IR spectra and density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal that strong H bonding and electrostatic interactions between EAN and the headgroups of [C4mim][C12H25SO4] are primarily responsible for gelation. The self-assembled gels displayed excellent mechanical strength and a thermoreversible sol-gel transition. It is for the first time that a rich variety of controllable ordered aggregates could be observed only by simply modulating the concentration of a single imidazolium-based catanionic surfactant or the ratio of mixed solvents. This environmentally friendly system is expected to have broad applications in various fields, such as materials science, drug delivery systems, and supramolecular chemistry.

  7. The Improvement of Oxidation Resistance of a Re-Based Diffusion Barrier/Ni–Al Coating on the Single-Crystal Ni-Based TMS-82+ Superalloy

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    Wu, Y.; Wang, Y.M.; Song, G.M.; Li, X.W.

    2011-01-01

    Oxidation behavior of a Re-based diffusion barrier/Ni–Al coated single-crystal (SC) Ni-based TMS-82+ superalloy was studied to compare with those of the base and Ni–Al coated superalloys under cyclic air at 1150 °C for 200 h. The base superalloy showed a negative mass gain due to extensive oxide spa

  8. Syntheses and Crystal Structures of Two VO(IV) Schiff Base Complexes with Oxyammonia Ligand

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    李连之; 许涛; 王大奇; 牛梅菊; 冀海伟

    2004-01-01

    Two novel VO(IV) Schiff base complexes, VO(SALHA)2[SALHA: salicyaldehydeoxyammonia] and VO(o-VANHA)2 [o-VANHA: o-vanillin-oxyammonia], have been synthesized with salicyaldehyde or o-vanilline, hydroxylammonium chloride and vanadyl sulfate in absolute methanol, and their crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The vanadium(IV) centers in both complexes are five-coordinate in a distorted square pyramidal geometry. VO(SALHA)2 (C14H12N2O5V, Mr = 339.20) crystallizes in the monoclinic system, space group P21/n with a = 14.716(9), b = 7.175(5), c = 14.716(9) A, β = 113.130(7), V = 1428.8(15) A3, Z = 4, Dc = 1.577 g/cm3, β = 0.71073 A, μ(MoKα) = 0.720 mm-1, F(000) = 692, the final R = 0.0466 and wR = 0.0829 for 1561 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). VO(o-VANHA)2 (C16H16N2O7V, Mr = 399.25) is of monoclinic, space group P21/n with a = 11.386(12), b = 10.405(10), c = 14.627(15) A, β = 93.654(19), V = 1729(3) A3, Z = 4, Dc = 1.533 g/cm3, β = 0.71073 A, μ(MoKα) = 0.615 mm-1, F(000) = 820, the final R = 0.0513 and wR = 0.1129 for 1235 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)).

  9. Crystal growth of new charge-transfer salts based on π-conjugated donor molecules

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    Morherr, Antonia; Witt, Sebastian; Chernenkaya, Alisa; Bäcker, Jan-Peter; Schönhense, Gerd; Bolte, Michael; Krellner, Cornelius

    2016-09-01

    New charge transfer crystals of π-conjugated, aromatic molecules (phenanthrene and picene) as donors were obtained by physical vapor transport. The melting behavior, optimization of crystal growth and the crystal structure are reported for charge transfer salts with (fluorinated) tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ-Fx, x=0, 2, 4), which was used as acceptor material. The crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Growth conditions for different vapor pressures in closed ampules were applied and the effect of these starting conditions for crystal size and quality is reported. The process of charge transfer was investigated by geometrical analysis of the crystal structure and by infrared spectroscopy on single crystals. With these three different acceptor strengths and the two sets of donor materials, it is possible to investigate the distribution of the charge transfer systematically. This helps to understand the charge transfer process in this class of materials with π-conjugated donor molecules.

  10. Crystal growth of new charge-transfer salts based on π-conjugated donor molecules

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    Morherr, Antonia, E-mail: morherr@stud.uni-frankfurt.de [Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Witt, Sebastian [Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Chernenkaya, Alisa [Graduate School Materials Science in Mainz, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, 55099 Mainz (Germany); Bäcker, Jan-Peter [Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Schönhense, Gerd [Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, 55099 Mainz (Germany); Bolte, Michael [Institut für anorganische Chemie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Krellner, Cornelius [Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    2016-09-01

    New charge transfer crystals of π-conjugated, aromatic molecules (phenanthrene and picene) as donors were obtained by physical vapor transport. The melting behavior, optimization of crystal growth and the crystal structure are reported for charge transfer salts with (fluorinated) tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ-F{sub x}, x=0, 2, 4), which was used as acceptor material. The crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Growth conditions for different vapor pressures in closed ampules were applied and the effect of these starting conditions for crystal size and quality is reported. The process of charge transfer was investigated by geometrical analysis of the crystal structure and by infrared spectroscopy on single crystals. With these three different acceptor strengths and the two sets of donor materials, it is possible to investigate the distribution of the charge transfer systematically. This helps to understand the charge transfer process in this class of materials with π-conjugated donor molecules.

  11. Crystal Growth of new charge-transfer salts based on $\\pi$-conjugated molecules

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    Morherr, Antonia; Chernenkaya, Alisa; Bäcker, Jan-Peter; Schönhense, Gerd; Bolte, Michael; Krellner, Cornelius

    2016-01-01

    New charge transfer crystals of $\\pi$-conjugated, aromatic molecules (phenanthrene and picene) as donors were obtained by physical vapor transport. The melting behavior, optimization of crystal growth and the crystal structure is reported for charge transfer salts with (fluorinated) tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ-F$_x$, x=0, 2, 4), which was used as acceptor material. The crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Growth conditions for different vapor pressures in closed ampules were applied and the effect of these starting conditions for crystal size and quality is reported. The process of charge transfer was investigated by geometrical analysis of the crystal structure and by infrared spectroscopy on single crystals. With these three different acceptor strengths and the two sets of donor materials, it is possible to investigate the distribution of the charge transfer systematically. This helps to understand the charge transfer process in this class of materials with $\\pi$-conjug...

  12. Coupled stress-strain and electrical resistivity measurements on copper based shape memory single crystals

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    Gonzalez Cezar Henrique

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, electrical resistivity (ER measurements have been done during some thermomechanical tests in copper based shape memory alloys (SMA's. In this work, single crystals of Cu-based SMA's have been studied at different temperatures to analyse the relationship between stress (s and ER changes as a function of the strain (e. A good consistency between ER change values is observed in different experiments: thermal martensitic transformation, stress induced martensitic transformation and stress induced reorientation of martensite variants. During stress induced martensitic transformation (superelastic behaviour and stress induced reorientation of martensite variants, a linear relationship is obtained between ER and strain as well as the absence of hys teresis. In conclusion, the present results show a direct evidence of martensite electrical resistivity anisotropy.

  13. Rafting in single crystal nickel-base superalloys — An overview

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    M Kamaraj

    2003-02-01

    Currently nickel-base single crystal (SX) superalloys are considered for the manufacture of critical components such as turbine blades, vanes etc., for aircraft engines as well as land-based power generation applications. Microstructure and high temperature mechanical properties are the major factors controlling the performance of SX superalloys. Rafting is an important phenomenon in these alloys which occurs during high temperature creep. It is essential to understand the rafting mechanism, and its characteristics on high temperature properties before considering the advanced applications. In this review article, the thermodynamic driving force for rafting with and without stress is explained. The nature and influence of rafting on creep properties including pre-rafted conditions are discussed. In addition, the effect of stress state on $\\gamma /\\gamma'$ rafting, kinetics and morphological evolution are discussed with the recent experimental results.

  14. Investigation of the Band Structure of Graphene-Based Plasmonic Photonic Crystals

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    Pingping Qiu

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, one-dimensional (1D and two-dimensional (2D graphene-based plasmonic photonic crystals (PhCs are proposed. The band structures and density of states (DOS have been numerically investigated. Photonic band gaps (PBGs are found in both 1D and 2D PhCs. Meanwhile, graphene-based plasmonic PhC nanocavity with resonant frequency around 175 THz, is realized by introducing point defect, where the chemical potential is from 0.085 to 0.25 eV, in a 2D PhC. Also, the bending wvaguide and the beam splitter are realized by introducing the line defect into the 2D PhC.

  15. GaAs-based air-slot photonic crystal nanocavity for optomechanical oscillators.

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    Nomura, Masahiro

    2012-02-27

    We theoretically investigate an optomechanical structure consisting of two parallel GaAs membranes with an air-slot type photonic crystal nanocavity. The optical cavity has a quality factor of 4.8 × 106 at 1.52 μm and an extremely small modal volume of 0.015 of a cubic wavelength for the fundamental mode in a vacuum. The localized electric field near the air/dielectric-object boundary provides a large optomechanical coupling factor of ~990 GHz/nm. The fundamental mechanical mode resonance is 95 MHz and a quality factor is 83,800 at room temperature, nearly seven times higher than that for a similar Si-based structure. This high mechanical quality factor of a GaAs-based structure stems from low thermoelastic loss and leads to more effective optical control of nanomechanical oscillators.

  16. A leap over Dirac cones in one-dimensional graphene-based photonic crystal

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    Jahani, D., E-mail: dariush110@gmail.com [Young Researchers and Elite Club, Kermanshah branch, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Abaspour, L.; Soltani-Vala, A.; Barvestani, J. [Department of Solid State Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Tabriz, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-06-15

    The existence of a photonic bandgap in the visible range of light spectrum corresponding to a 1D graphene-based photonic crystal which recently has been proposed and is formed by embedding alternatively graphene layers into a dielectric background is investigated in this paper. By the use of the complete form of optical conductivity for the full expression of the tight-binding Hamiltonian of graphene layer, we numerically demonstrate an appeared bandgap in the visible region of the spectrum which can open up new route for further high-frequency applications of graphene-based photonic devices. It is revealed that the associated bandgap could be altered by changing the hopping energy and the amount of chemical potential leading to broadening the forbidden frequency regions with further increasing. Finally, it is also shown that the tunability feature of the photonic bandgap could be affected by changing the hopping energy.

  17. Direct molecule-specific glucose detection by Raman spectroscopy based on photonic crystal fiber.

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    Yang, Xuan; Zhang, Alissa Y; Wheeler, Damon A; Bond, Tiziana C; Gu, Claire; Li, Yat

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports the first step toward the development of a glucose biosensor based on Raman spectroscopy and a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) probe. Historically, it has been very challenging to detect glucose directly by Raman spectroscopy due to its inherently small Raman scattering cross-section. In this work, we report the first quantitative glucose Raman detection in the physiological concentration range (0-25 mM) with a low laser power (2 mW), a short integration time (30 s), and an extremely small sampling volume (~50 nL) using the highly sensitive liquid-filled PCF probe. As a proof of concept, we also demonstrate the molecular specificity of this technique in the presence of a competing sugar, such as fructose. High sensitivity, flexibility, reproducibility, low cost, small sampling volume, and in situ remote sensing capability make PCF a very powerful platform for potential glucose detection based on Raman spectroscopy.

  18. Investigation of the Band Structure of Graphene-Based Plasmonic Photonic Crystals

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    Qiu, Pingping; Qiu, Weibin; Lin, Zhili; Chen, Houbo; Tang, Yixin; Wang, Jia-Xian; Kan, Qiang; Pan, Jiao-Qing

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) graphene-based plasmonic photonic crystals (PhCs) are proposed. The band structures and density of states (DOS) have been numerically investigated. Photonic band gaps (PBGs) are found in both 1D and 2D PhCs. Meanwhile, graphene-based plasmonic PhC nanocavity with resonant frequency around 175 THz, is realized by introducing point defect, where the chemical potential is from 0.085 to 0.25 eV, in a 2D PhC. Also, the bending wvaguide and the beam splitter are realized by introducing the line defect into the 2D PhC.

  19. A new crystal structure fragment-based pharmacophore method for G protein-coupled receptors

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    Fidom, Kimberley; Isberg, Vignir; Hauser, Alexander Sebastian;

    2015-01-01

    We have developed a new method for the building of pharmacophores for G protein-coupled receptors, a major drug target family. The method is a combination of the ligand- and target-based pharmacophore methods and founded on the extraction of structural fragments, interacting ligand moiety...... for new targets. A validating retrospective virtual screening of histamine H1 and H3 receptor pharmacophores yielded area-under-the-curves of 0.88 and 0.82, respectively. The fragment-based method has the unique advantage that it can be applied to targets for which no (homologous) crystal structures...... or ligands are known. 47% of the class A G protein-coupled receptors can be targeted with at least four-element pharmacophores. The fragment libraries can also be used to grow known ligands or for rotamer refinement of homology models. Researchers can download the complete fragment library or a subset...

  20. Preparation and characterization of high performance Schiff-base liquid crystal diepoxide polymer

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    Liu Huan; Fu Zien [Key Laboratory of Organic Polymer Material for Electronics, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. BOX 1122, Guangzhou 510650 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Xu Kai, E-mail: xk@gic.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Organic Polymer Material for Electronics, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. BOX 1122, Guangzhou 510650 (China); Cai Hualun; Liu Xin [Key Laboratory of Organic Polymer Material for Electronics, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. BOX 1122, Guangzhou 510650 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Chen Mingcai [Key Laboratory of Organic Polymer Material for Electronics, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. BOX 1122, Guangzhou 510650 (China)

    2012-02-15

    Graphical abstract: The specific effects of highly conjugated Schiff-base moiety on thermal properties of the Schiff-base epoxy polymer were proposed first by us. From the point of view of structure-properties relationship, it can be considered that owing to the presence of the Schiff-base group, the high performance liquid crystal diepoxide polymer displayed improved thermal stability. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In this work, we first proposed that specific effects of highly conjugated Schiff-base moiety on thermal properties of the Schiff-base epoxy polymer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer As one aim of this study, the thermal and thermal-oxidative stabilities of the thermosets were studied by TGA under nitrogen and under air. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The second aim of this study was to further understand the thermal degradation mechanism. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer For thermal degradation mechanism of this polymer under nitrogen, TG-IR was used to investigate volatile components, and SEM/EDS was used to explore morphologies and chemical components of the residual char. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer From the point of view of structure-properties relationship, it can be considered that owing to the presence of the Schiff-base group, the high performance liquid crystal diepoxide polymer displayed the improved thermal stability. - Abstract: A novel Schiff-base liquid crystal diepoxide polymer was prepared via a thermal copolymerization of a Schiff-base epoxy monomer (PBMBA) with a diamine co-monomer (MDA). We first proposed that specific effects of highly conjugated Schiff-base moiety on thermal properties of the Schiff-base epoxy polymer (PBMBA/MDA). Thermal degradation behavior of the polymer was characterized using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) under nitrogen and under air, respectively. Thermogravimetric data obtained from TGA under nitrogen and under air reveal that PBMBA/MDA exhibits higher thermal stability compared with bisphenol-A type

  1. Electrically tunable Yb-doped fiber laser based on a liquid crystal photonic bandgap fiber device

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    Olausson, Christina Bjarnal Thulin; Scolari, Lara; Wei, Lei;

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate electrical tunability of a fiber laser using a liquid crystal photonic bandgap fiber. Tuning of the laser is achieved by combining the wavelength filtering effect of a tunable liquid crystal photonic bandgap fiber device with an ytterbium-doped photonic crystal fiber. We fabricate ...

  2. Indium (In)- and tin (Sn)-based metal induced crystallization (MIC) on amorphous germanium (α-Ge)

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    Kang, Dong-Ho; Park, Jin-Hong, E-mail: jhpark9@skku.edu

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • In- and Sn-based MIC phenomenon on amorphous (α)-Ge is newly reported. • The In- and Sn-MIC phenomenon respectively started at 250 °C and 400 °C. • The Sn-MIC process presents higher sheet resistance and bigger crystal grains. - Abstract: In this paper, metal-induced crystallization (MIC) phenomenon on α-Ge by indium (In) and tin (Sn) are thoroughly investigated. In- and Sn-MIC process respectively started at 250 °C and 400 °C. Compared to the previously reported MIC samples including In-MIC, Sn-MIC process presented higher sheet resistance (similar to that of SPC) and bigger crystal grains above 50 nm (slightly smaller than that of SPC). According to SIMS analysis, Sn atoms diffused more slowly into Ge than In at 400 °C, providing lower density of heterogeneous nuclei induced by metals and consequently larger crystal grains.

  3. Effect of high-energy heavy ion irradiation on the crystallization kinetics of Co-based metallic glasses

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    Rohit Jain; Deepika Bhandari; N S Saxena; S K Sharma; A Tripathi

    2001-02-01

    Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) is employed to study the crystallization kinetics of irradiated (at three different fluences with high-energy heavy ion; Ni11+ of 150 MeV) specimens of two Co-based metallic glasses. It is found that the crystallization process in both the glasses is completed in two phases. The DSC data have been analysed in terms of kinetic parameters viz. activation energy (), Avrami exponent (), dimensionality of growth (), using two different theoretical models. The results obtained have been compared with that of virgin samples. The lower activation energy in case of second crystallization occurring at higher temperature indicates the easier nucleation of second phase. The abnormally high value of Avrami exponent in Co–Ni glass indicates very high nucleation rate during first crystallization.

  4. A Photonic Crystal Laser from Solution Based Organo-Lead Iodide Perovskite Thin Films.

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    Chen, Songtao; Roh, Kwangdong; Lee, Joonhee; Chong, Wee Kiang; Lu, Yao; Mathews, Nripan; Sum, Tze Chien; Nurmikko, Arto

    2016-04-26

    Perovskite semiconductors are actively investigated for high performance solar cells. Their large optical absorption coefficient and facile solution-based, low-temperature synthesis of thin films make perovskites also a candidate for light-emitting devices across the visible and near-infrared. Specific to their potential as optical gain medium for lasers, early work has demonstrated amplified spontaneous emission and lasing at attractively low thresholds of photoexcitation. Here, we take an important step toward practically usable perovskite lasers where a solution-processed thin film is embedded within a two-dimensional photonic crystal resonator. We demonstrate high degree of temporally and spatially coherent lasing whereby well-defined directional emission is achieved near 788 nm wavelength at optical pumping energy density threshold of 68.5 ± 3.0 μJ/cm(2). The measured power conversion efficiency and differential quantum efficiency of the perovskite photonic crystal laser are 13.8 ± 0.8% and 35.8 ± 5.4%, respectively. Importantly, our approach enables scalability of the thin film lasers to a two-dimensional multielement pixelated array of microlasers which we demonstrate as a proof-of-concept for possible projection display applications.

  5. Detection of anthrax lef with DNA-based photonic crystal sensors

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    Zhang, Bailin; Dallo, Shatha; Peterson, Ralph; Hussain, Syed; Weitao, Tao; Ye, Jing Yong

    2011-12-01

    Bacillus anthracis has posed a threat of becoming biological weapons of mass destruction due to its virulence factors encoded by the plasmid-borne genes, such as lef for lethal factor. We report the development of a fast and sensitive anthrax DNA biosensor based on a photonic crystal structure used in a total-internal-reflection configuration. For the detection of the lef gene, a single-stranded DNA lef probe was biotinylated and immobilized onto the sensor via biotin-streptavidin interactions. A positive control, lef-com, was the complementary strand of the probe, while a negative control was an unrelated single-stranded DNA fragment from the 16S rRNA gene of Acinetobacter baumannii. After addition of the biotinylated lef probe onto the sensor, significant changes in the resonance wavelength of the sensor were observed, resulting from binding of the probe to streptavidin on the sensor. The addition of lef-com led to another significant increase as a result of hybridization between the two DNA strands. The detection sensitivity for the target DNA reached as low as 0.1 nM. In contrast, adding the unrelated DNAs did not cause an obvious shift in the resonant wavelength. These results demonstrate that detection of the anthrax lef by the photonic crystal structure in a total-internal-reflection sensor is highly specific and sensitive.

  6. Morphogenetic control of calcite crystal growth in sulfonic acid based hydrogels.

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    Grassmann, Olaf; Löbmann, Peer

    2003-03-17

    In this paper the mineralization of CaCO(3) in various hydrogel matrices is presented. Sulfonic acid based hydrogels were prepared by introduction of sulfonate-containing monomers into a polyacrylamide network. The sulfonate content of polyacrylamide-co-vinylsulfonate and polyacrylamide-co-allylsulfonate decreases during elution of the copolymers in demineralized water, indicating insufficient linking of the sulfonate-bearing monomers within the hydrogel. In contrast to this, acrylamidomethylpropanesulfonate (AMPS) effectively copolymerizes with acrylamide (AAm) monomers. To study the influence of spatial arrangement of ionic functional groups within hydrogel networks on the mineralization of CaCO(3), AMPS copolymers with different degrees of AMPS cross-linking were synthesized. For the mineralization experiments the copolymers were placed into a double-diffusion arrangement. Calcite as the thermodynamically stable modification of CaCO(3) was obtained with a particular morphology. The pseudocubic habitus resembles aggregates obtained by mineralization in pure polyacrylamide. However, closer examination of the aggregates by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows that the crystal growth in the AMPS copolymers is different from that observed in polyacrylamide. Whereas the morphology of the calcite aggregates could be fine-tuned by using copolymers with different sulfonate content, the spatial distribution of the ionic functional groups alters the course of crystallization. Calcium ions are locally accumulated due to the heterogeneous distribution of functional sulfonate groups within the copolymer network. Thereby the nucleation of calcite is triggered, resulting in enhanced mineralization.

  7. Broadly tunable femtosecond mid-infrared source based on dual photonic crystal fibers.

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    Yao, Yuhong; Knox, Wayne H

    2013-11-04

    We report a novel scheme of generating broadly tunable femtosecond mid-IR pulses based on difference frequency mixing the outputs from dual photonic crystal fibers (PCF). With a 1.3 W, 1035 nm, 300 fs and 40 MHz Yb fiber chirped pulse amplifier as the laser source, a PCF with single zero dispersion wavelength (ZDW) at the laser wavelength is employed to spectrally broaden a portion of the laser pulses. Facilitated by self-phase modulation, its output spectrum possesses two dominant outermost peaks that can be extended to 970 nm and 1092 nm. A different PCF with two closely spaced ZDWs around the laser wavelength is used to generate the intense Stokes pulses between 1240 - 1260 nm. Frequency mixing the dual PCFs outputs in an AgGaS(2) crystal results in mid-IR pulses broadly tunable from 4.2 μm to 9 μm with a maximum average power of 640 µW at 4.5 μm, corresponding to 16 pJ of pulse energy.

  8. Detection of Myoglobin with an Open-Cavity-Based Label-Free Photonic Crystal Biosensor.

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    Zhang, Bailin; Tamez-Vela, Juan Manuel; Solis, Steven; Bustamante, Gilbert; Peterson, Ralph; Rahman, Shafiqur; Morales, Andres; Tang, Liang; Ye, Jing Yong

    2013-01-01

    The label-free detection of one of the cardiac biomarkers, myoglobin, using a photonic-crystal-based biosensor in a total-internal-reflection configuration (PC-TIR) is presented in this paper. The PC-TIR sensor possesses a unique open optical microcavity that allows for several key advantages in biomolecular assays. In contrast to a conventional closed microcavity, the open configuration allows easy functionalization of the sensing surface for rapid biomolecular binding assays. Moreover, the properties of PC structures make it easy to be designed and engineered for operating at any optical wavelength. Through fine design of the photonic crystal structure, biochemical modification of the sensor surface, and integration with a microfluidic system, we have demonstrated that the detection sensitivity of the sensor for myoglobin has reached the clinically significant concentration range, enabling potential usage of this biosensor for diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. The real-time response of the sensor to the myoglobin binding may potentially provide point-of-care monitoring of patients and treatment effects.

  9. A novel refractometric sensor based on optofluidic integration of composite core photonic crystal fibers

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    Liu, Xiaoqi; Gong, Tianyi; Liu, Yange; Wang, Zhi

    2017-01-01

    We propose and demonstrate a novel refractometric sensor based on optofluidic technology in photonic crystal fibers with a composite core. The composite core consisting of a ring-like fluid channel around the refractive index matching core is architected within photonic crystal fibers. A different refractive index of water-like analyte is filled into the same channel in turn to form steady microflows around the matching core, and the refractive index of analyte can be detected by observing the resonant coupling between the composite and solid-core modes. The sensitivity of water-like analyte around 1.33 is about -1.11 × 103 nm per refractive index unit. Simulations indicate that analyte refractive index sensing possesses a dynamic range of 1 to 1.4. We also analyze the matching core with different refractive indices and optimize the structure. Since this kind of refractomeric sensor can be reused with high sensitivity by controlling the refractive index of matching core at different temperatures, it is a good candidate for bio-sensing.

  10. Detection of Myoglobin with an Open-Cavity-Based Label-Free Photonic Crystal Biosensor

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    Bailin Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The label-free detection of one of the cardiac biomarkers, myoglobin, using a photonic-crystal-based biosensor in a total-internal-reflection configuration (PC-TIR is presented in this paper. The PC-TIR sensor possesses a unique open optical microcavity that allows for several key advantages in biomolecular assays. In contrast to a conventional closed microcavity, the open configuration allows easy functionalization of the sensing surface for rapid biomolecular binding assays. Moreover, the properties of PC structures make it easy to be designed and engineered for operating at any optical wavelength. Through fine design of the photonic crystal structure, biochemical modification of the sensor surface, and integration with a microfluidic system, we have demonstrated that the detection sensitivity of the sensor for myoglobin has reached the clinically significant concentration range, enabling potential usage of this biosensor for diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. The real-time response of the sensor to the myoglobin binding may potentially provide point-of-care monitoring of patients and treatment effects.

  11. Detection of anthrax lef with DNA-based photonic crystal sensors.

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    Zhang, Bailin; Dallo, Shatha; Peterson, Ralph; Hussain, Syed; Weitao, Tao; Ye, Jing Yong

    2011-12-01

    Bacillus anthracis has posed a threat of becoming biological weapons of mass destruction due to its virulence factors encoded by the plasmid-borne genes, such as lef for lethal factor. We report the development of a fast and sensitive anthrax DNA biosensor based on a photonic crystal structure used in a total-internal-reflection configuration. For the detection of the lef gene, a single-stranded DNA lef probe was biotinylated and immobilized onto the sensor via biotin-streptavidin interactions. A positive control, lef-com, was the complementary strand of the probe, while a negative control was an unrelated single-stranded DNA fragment from the 16S rRNA gene of Acinetobacter baumannii. After addition of the biotinylated lef probe onto the sensor, significant changes in the resonance wavelength of the sensor were observed, resulting from binding of the probe to streptavidin on the sensor. The addition of lef-com led to another significant increase as a result of hybridization between the two DNA strands. The detection sensitivity for the target DNA reached as low as 0.1 nM. In contrast, adding the unrelated DNAs did not cause an obvious shift in the resonant wavelength. These results demonstrate that detection of the anthrax lef by the photonic crystal structure in a total-internal-reflection sensor is highly specific and sensitive.

  12. High luminous flux from single crystal phosphor-converted laser-based white lighting system

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    Cantore, Michael

    2015-12-14

    The efficiency droop of light emitting diodes (LEDs) with increasing current density limits the amount of light emitted per wafer area. Since low current densities are required for high efficiency operation, many LED die are needed for high power white light illumination systems. In contrast, the carrier density of laser diodes (LDs) clamps at threshold, so the efficiency of LDs does not droop above threshold and high efficiencies can be achieved at very high current densities. The use of a high power blue GaN-based LD coupled with a single crystal Ce-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG:Ce) sample was investigated for white light illumination applications. Under CW operation, a single phosphor-converted LD (pc-LD) die produced a peak luminous efficacy of 86.7 lm/W at 1.4 A and 4.24 V and a peak luminous flux of 1100 lm at 3.0 A and 4.85 V with a luminous efficacy of 75.6 lm/W. Simulations of a pc-LD confirm that the single crystal YAG:Ce sample did not experience thermal quenching at peak LD operating efficiency. These results show that a single pc-LD die is capable of emitting enough luminous flux for use in a high power white light illumination system.

  13. O on the Crystallization Behavior of Lime-Alumina-Based Mold Flux for Casting High-Al Steels

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    Lu, Boxun; Chen, Kun; Wang, Wanlin; Jiang, Binbin

    2014-08-01

    With the development of advanced high strength steel (AHSS), a large amount of aluminum was added into steels. The reaction between aluminum in the molten steel and silica based mold flux in the continuous-casting process would tend to cause a series of problems and influence the quality of slabs. To solve the above problems caused by the slag-steel reaction, nonreactive lime-alumina-based mold flux system has been proposed. In this article, the effect of Li2O and Na2O on the crystallization behavior of the lime-alumina-silica-based mold flux has been studied by using the single hot thermocouple technology (SHTT) and double hot thermocouple technology (DHTT). The results indicated that Li2O and Na2O in the above mold flux system play different roles as they behaved in traditional lime-silica based mold flux, which would tend to inhibit general mold flux crystallization by lowering the initial crystallization temperature and increasing incubation time, especially in the high-temperature region. However, when their content exceeds a critical value, the crystallization process of mold fluxes in low temperature zone would be greatly accelerated by the new phase formation of LiAlO2 and Na x Al y Si z O4 crystals, respectively. The crystalline phases precipitated in all samples during the experiments are discussed in the article.

  14. Intensified crystallization in complex media: heuristics for crystallization of platform chemicals

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    Urbanus, J.; Roelands, C.P.M.; Verdoes, D.; Horst, J.H. ter

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents heuristics for the integration of fermentation with the appropriate crystallization based in-situ product recovery (ISPR) technique. Here techniques, such as co-crystallization (CC), evaporative crystallization (EC), template induced crystallization (TIC), cooling crystallization

  15. Crystallization in Fe- and Co-Based Amorphous Alloys Studied by In-Situ X-Ray Diffraction

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    Zhang, L. J.; Yu, P. F.; Cheng, H.; Zhang, M. D.; Liu, D. J.; Zhou, Z.; Jin, Q.; Liaw, P. K.; Li, G.; Liu, R. P.

    2016-12-01

    The amorphous alloys, Fe80Si20, Fe78Si9B13, and Fe4Co67Mo1.5Si16.5B11, were prepared by the spinning method in pure argon. The crystallization behaviors of the three amorphous alloys were researched by in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD), and the crystallization activation energy was calculated, based on the results of differential scanning calorimetry. The crystallization mechanism of the Fe- and Co-based alloys was analyzed, based on the experimental data. The transformation kinetics was described in terms of Johnson-Mehl-Avrami kinetics, except that the Avrami exponent of the Fe78Si9B13 amorphous alloy annealed at 753 K (480 °C) was 4.12; the obtained values for the overall Avrami exponents of the other three amorphous alloys were below 1, as usually found for the Fe-Si amorphous alloys.

  16. Raman mapping for kinetic analysis of crystallization of amorphous drug based on distributional images.

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    Ueda, Hiroshi; Ida, Yasuo; Kadota, Kazunori; Tozuka, Yuichi

    2014-02-28

    The feasibility of Raman mapping for understanding the crystallization mechanism of an amorphous drug was investigated using described images. The crystallization tendency of amorphous indomethacin under dry condition at 30 °C was kinetically evaluated by means of Raman mapping and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) with change in the calculated crystallinities. Raman images directly revealed the occurrence of particle size-dependent non-uniform crystallization; slow crystallization of large particles, but fast crystallization of small particles. Kinetic analysis by fitting to the Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation was performed for the crystallization profiles of both Raman mapping and XRPD data. For the Raman mapping data, the distribution of large particles was characterized and examined. The kinetic parameters calculated from the whole Raman image area agreed well with those of XRPD, suggesting accurate prediction of both techniques for the entire crystallization. Raman images revealed the change in the crystallization mechanism for the focused area; the large particles showed a reduced crystallization rate constant and an increase in the dimensional crystal growth exponent. Raman mapping is an attractive tool for quantitative and kinetic investigation of the crystallization mechanism with distributional images.

  17. Nuclear magnetic resonance study of epoxy- based polymer-dispersed liquid crystal droplets

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    Han, J W

    1998-01-01

    In this work, polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC) samples were prepared and studied by nuclear magnetic resonance. Proton NMR spectra and spin-lattice relaxations of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl(5CB) and p-methoxybenzylidene-p-n-butylaniline (MBBA) liquid crystals confined in microdroplets were measured. The experimental results were compared with those of the liquid crystals in the pores of silica-gels and with those of the mixing components. The experimental results indicated that the nematic ordering in the microdroplets differed markedly from that observed in bulk nematic crystals. In addition, we examined spin-lattice relaxation mechanisms. The proton spin-lattice relaxation mechanisms in bulk nematic liquid crystals are well established. However, when nematic liquid crystals are confined in microdroplets, the relaxation mechanisms are expected to be affected. We examined possible relaxation mechanisms to explain the observed increase in the spin-lattice relaxation rate of liquid crystals confined in m...

  18. A design method based on photonic crystal theory for Bragg concave diffraction grating

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    Du, Bingzheng; Zhu, Jingping; Mao, Yuzheng; Li, Bao; Zhang, Yunyao; Hou, Xun

    2017-02-01

    A design method based on one-dimensional photonic crystal theory (1-D PC theory) is presented to design Bragg concave diffraction grating (Bragg-CDG) for the demultiplexer. With this design method, the reflection condition calculated by the 1-D PC theory can be matched perfectly with the diffraction condition. As a result, the shift of central wavelength of diffraction spectra can be improved, while keeping high diffraction efficiency. Performances of Bragg-CDG for TE and TM-mode are investigated, and the simulation results are consistent with the 1-D PC theory. This design method is expected to be applied to improve the accuracy and efficiency of Bragg-CDG after further research.

  19. Ultrabroadband, Midinfrared Supercontinuum Generation in Dispersion Engineered As2Se3-Based Chalcogenide Photonic Crystal Fibers

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Small core As2Se3-based photonic crystal fibers (PCFs are accurately characterized for compact, high power, ultrabroadband, and coherent supercontinuum generation within few millimeters fiber length. Bandwidths of ~5.3 μm, 5 μm, and 3.2 μm were calculated for hole-to-hole spacings Λ= 3.5 μm, 4.5 μm, and 5.5 μm, respectively. The spectral broadening in the chalcogenide PCF is mainly caused by self-phase modulation and Raman-induced soliton self-frequency shift. The results show that small core As2Se3 PCFs are a promising candidate for mid-IR SCG up to ~8 μm.

  20. Design of a compact polarization beam splitter based on a deformed photonic crystal directional coupler

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    Ren Cang; Zheng Wan-Hua; Wang Ke; Du Xiao-Yu; Xing Ming-Xin; Chen Liang-Hui

    2008-01-01

    In this paper a compact polarization beam splitter based on a deformed photonic crystal directional coupler is designed and simulated. The transverse-electric (TE) guided mode and transverse-magnetic (TM) guided mode are split due to different guiding mechanisms. The effect of the shape deformation of the air holes on the coupler is studied. It discovered that the coupling strength of the coupled wavegnides is strongly enhanced by introducing elliptical airholes, which reduce the device length to less than 18.5μm. A finite-difference time-domain simulation is performed to evaluate the performance of the device, and the extinction ratios for both TE and TM polarized light are higher than 20 dB.

  1. SYNTHESIS AND PROPERTIES OF METAL COMPLEXES OF β-DIKETONE BASED SIDE CHAIN LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYSILOXANE

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    WU Fuzhou; ZHANG Rongben; JIANG Yingyan

    1991-01-01

    A new type of metal coordinated liquid crystalline polymers has been synthesized by complexation of metal ions with β-diketone based side chain liquid crystal polysiloxane (DKLCP).The complexation of copper ions with DKLCP greatly increases the phase transition temperature Tk from crystalline state to liquid crystalline state and Tcl from LC to isotropic state and makes the range of phase transition △T(△T= Tcl- Tk ) widened. These complexes are soluble in common organic solvents. However, the incorporation of europium ions into DKLCP molecules gives rise to reduction in liquid crystallinity and crosslinking in some cases. The DKLCP coordinated with suitable amount of Eu ions can show good liquid crystallinity and fluorescent property.

  2. Alignment and temperature effects in liquid-crystal-based active polarimetry.

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    Gladish, James C; Duncan, Donald D

    2014-06-20

    It is well known that in liquid crystal (LC)-based active polarimetry, alignment and temperature effects impact polarimeter performance. Practically speaking, when constructing a polarimetric measurement system from LC variable retarders (LCVRs), unavoidable alignment and temperature uncertainties will occur, leading to systematic error that propagates to the Mueller matrix. Typical calibration methods use only a single metric to assess polarimeter performance (the condition number) and often ignore the relationship between systematic error and specific Mueller matrix elements. Here we explore alignment and temperature effects in a Stokes generator and polarimeter, each consisting of two LCVRs, through a series of simulations to calibrate the polarimeter and measure the Mueller matrix of air. We achieve this by modifying an existing LCVR model to incorporate alignment and temperature effects. This new approach offers insight into employing LCVRs individually and associating particular Mueller matrix element error with specific LCVR effects.

  3. Electrically controlled terahertz wave switch based on prism/liquid crystal

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    He, Meng-yao; Hu, Jian-rong; Li, Jiu-sheng

    2016-11-01

    We proposed a simple scheme to manipulate the position of the reflected terahertz wave beam based on the prism/liquid crystal structure. Both the stationary-phase method and finite element method are used to analyze and simulate the characteristics of the proposed device. To give comprehensive understanding, the position of the reflected terahertz wave beam is verified in simulation by using the COMSOL Multiphysics software. Numerical calculation results show that the proposed terahertz wave switch a high extinction ratio (35dB for TE polarization and 30dB for TM polarization). This provides an attractive way for creating a simple structure and compact size terahertz wave switch with acceptable extinction ratio.

  4. Light emitting devices based on Si nanoclusters: the integration with a photonic crystal and electroluminescence properties

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    2007-01-01

    We present the properties and potentialities of light emitting devices based on amorphous Si nanoclusters. Amorphous nanostructures may constitute an interesting alternative to Si nanocrystals for the monolithic integration of optical and electrical functions in Si technology. In fact, they exhibit an intense room temperature electroluminescence (EL). The EL properties of these devices have been studied as a function of current and of temperature. Moreover, to improve the extraction efficiency of the light, we have integrated the emitting system with a 2D photonic crystal structure opportunely fabricated by using conventional optical lithography to reduce the total internal reflection of the emitted light. The extraction efficiency in such devices increases by a factor of 4 at a resonance wavelength.

  5. Highly sensitive temperature sensor based on an isopropanol-filled photonic crystal fiber long period grating

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    Du, Chao; Wang, Qi; Zhao, Yong; Li, Jin

    2017-03-01

    A high sensitivity measurement method for temperature has been proposed and investigated based on an isopropanol-filled photonic crystal fiber long period grating (PCF-LPG). Due to the high thermo-optic coefficient (TOC) of isopropanol, the sensitivity of the proposed temperature sensor could be effectively improved by filling isopropanol in the air waveguides of PCF. It can be found that the resonant dip will be split in two dips after filling isopropanol and the two dips have different sensitivities to surrounding temperature. Because of PCF-LPG is sensitive to the refractive index (RI) of internal filled liquid, the isopropanol-filled PCF-LPG temperature sensor has a high sensitivities of 1.356 nm/°C in the range of 20-50 °C. The simplicity and the excellent performance of our proposed device make it potential for the applications of high-precision temperature measurement is required.

  6. Direct fiber-coupled single photon source based on a photonic crystal waveguide

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    Ahn, Byeong-Hyeon, E-mail: seygene@kaist.ac.kr; Lee, Chang-Min; Lim, Hee-Jin [Department of Physics, KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Schlereth, Thomas W.; Kamp, Martin [Technische Physik, Physikalisches Institut and Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen-Center for Complex Material Systems, Universität Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg (Germany); Höfling, Sven [Technische Physik, Physikalisches Institut and Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen-Center for Complex Material Systems, Universität Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg (Germany); SUPA, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews KY16 9SS (United Kingdom); Lee, Yong-Hee [Department of Physics, KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Graduate School of Nanoscience and Technology (WCU), KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-24

    A single photon source plays a key role in quantum applications such as quantum computers and quantum communications. Epitaxially grown quantum dots are one of the promising platforms to implement a good single photon source. However, it is challenging to realize an efficient single photon source based on semiconductor materials due to their high refractive index. Here we demonstrate a direct fiber coupled single photon source with high collection efficiency by employing a photonic crystal (PhC) waveguide and a tapered micro-fiber. To confirm the single photon nature, the second-order correlation function g{sup (2)}(τ) is measured with a Hanbury Brown-Twiss setup. The measured g{sup (2)}(0) value is 0.15, and we can estimate 24% direct collection efficiency from a quantum dot to the fiber.

  7. Generation of logic gates based on a photonic crystal fiber Michelson interferometer

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    Sousa, J. R. R.; Filho, A. F. G. F.; Ferreira, A. C.; Batista, G. S.; Sobrinho, C. S.; Bastos, A. M.; Lyra, M. L.; Sombra, A. S. B.

    2014-07-01

    We present a numerical investigation of all-optical logical gates based in a Michelson interferometer (MI) of micro structured fibers, also known as photonic crystal fibers (PCF). We considered an ultra-short pulse propagating along the system in three distinct regimes of pump power. We determine several relevant quantities to characterize the system performance such as transmission, extinction ratio and crosstalk as a function of the dephasing added to one of the Bragg gratings of the Michelson interferometer (MI). High-order effects, such as third-order dispersion, intrapulse Raman scattering and self-steepening were included in the nonlinear generalized Schrödinger equation governing the pulse propagation. Our results show that the proposed device can be used to obtain all-optical XOR, OR and NOT logic gates.

  8. Single-crystal Sapphire Based Optical Polarimetric Sensor for High Temperature Measurement

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    Anbo Wang

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Optical sensors have been investigated and widely deployed in industrial andscientific measurement and control processes, mainly due to their accuracy, high sensitivityand immunity to electromagnetic interference and other unique characteristics. They areespecially suited for harsh environments applications, where no commercial electricalsensors are available for long-term stable operations. This paper reports a novel contactoptical high temperature sensor targeting at harsh environments. Utilizing birefringentsingle crystal sapphire as the sensing element and white light interferometric signalprocessing techniques, an optical birefringence based temperature sensor was developed.With a simple mechanically structured sensing probe, and an optical spectrum-codedinterferometric signal processor, it has been tested to measure temperature up to 1600 °Cwith high accuracy, high resolution, and long-term measurement stability.

  9. Acousto-optic gyrotropic-crystal-based modulator with a rotating polarisation vector

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    Kotov, V. M.; Averin, S. V.; Kotov, E. V.; Voronko, A. I.; Tikhomirov, S. A.

    2017-02-01

    We study the influence of ellipticity of gyrotropic-crystal eigenwaves on the output characteristics of an acousto-optic (AO) modulator based on the interferometer scheme. The schemes of AO modulators are considered, which provide the polarisation vector rotation frequency fn/2, where f is the frequency of the acoustic wave, and n is the integer. Preference is given to the scheme combining cascade and polarisation-independent diffraction. An experimental layout of the AO modulator operating at f = 44.5 MHz is described, the modulation frequency of the output laser light intensity being 89 MHz. The frequency of the electrical signal from the photodetector is equal to 179.5 MHz.

  10. Guiding and confinement of interface acoustic waves in solid-fluid pillar-based phononic crystals

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    Razip Wee, M. F. Mohd; Addouche, Mahmoud; Siow, Kim S.; Zain, A. R. Md; Elayouch, Aliyasin; Chollet, Franck; Khelif, Abdelkrim

    2016-12-01

    Pillar-based phononic crystals exhibit some unique wave phenomena due to the interaction between surface acoustic modes of the substrate and local resonances supported by pillars. In this paper, we extend the investigations by taking into account the presence of a liquid medium. We particularly demonstrate that local resonances dramatically decrease the phase velocity of Scholte-Stoneley wave, which leads to a slow wave at the solid/fluid interface. Moreover, we show that increasing the height of pillars introduces a new set of branches of interface modes and drastically affects the acoustic energy localization. Indeed, while some modes display a highly confined pressure between pillars, others exponentially decay in the fluid or only propagate in the solid without disturbing the fluid pressure. These theoretical results, performed by finite element method, highlight a new acoustic wave confinement suitable in various applications such as acoustophoresis, lab on chip and microfluidics.

  11. Broadband wavelength converter based on four-wave mixing in a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber.

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    Zhang, Ailing; Demokan, M S

    2005-09-15

    We demonstrate a 10 Gbit/s nonreturn-to-zero wavelength converter based on four-wave mixing in a 20 m highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber. The tunable wavelength conversion bandwidth (3 dB) is about 100 nm. The conversion efficiency is -16 dB when the pump power is 22.5 dBm. Phase modulation was not used to suppress the stimulated Brillouin scattering; thus the linewidth of the converted wavelength remained very narrow. The eye diagrams show that there is no additional noise during wavelength conversion. The measured power penalty at a 10(-9) bit-error-rate level is about 0.7 dB.

  12. Photonic crystal based biosensor for the detection of glucose concentration in urine

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    Robinson, Savarimuthu; Dhanlaksmi, Nagaraj

    2016-10-01

    Photonic sensing technology is a new and accurate measurement technology for bio-sensing applications. In this paper, a two-dimensional photonic crystal ring resonator based sensor is proposed and designed to detect the glucose concentration in urine over the range of 0 gm/dl-15 gm/dl. The proposed sensor is consisted of two inverted "L" waveguides and a ring resonator. If the glucose concentration in urine is varied, the refractive index of the urine is varied, which in turn the output response of sensor will be varied. By having the aforementioned principle, the glucose concentration in urine, glucose concentration in blood, albumin, urea, and bilirubin concentration in urine are predicted. The size of the proposed sensor is about 11.4 µm×11.4 µm, and the sensor can predict the result very accurately without any delay, hence, this attempt could be implemented for medical applications.

  13. Fluorescence-based remote irradiation sensor in liquid-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber

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    Zeltner, R.; Bykov, D. S.; Xie, S.; Euser, T. G.; Russell, P. St. J.

    2016-06-01

    We report an irradiation sensor based on a fluorescent "flying particle" that is optically trapped and propelled inside the core of a water-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber. When the moving particle passes through an irradiated region, its emitted fluorescence is captured by guided modes of the fiber core and so can be monitored using a filtered photodiode placed at the fiber end. The particle speed and position can be precisely monitored using in-fiber Doppler velocimetry, allowing the irradiation profile to be measured to a spatial resolution of ˜10 μm. The spectral response can be readily adjusted by appropriate choice of particle material. Using dye-doped polystyrene particles, we demonstrate detection of green (532 nm) and ultraviolet (340 nm) light.

  14. Enhanced backscattering for infrared detection using photonic crystal based flat lens.

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    Oden, Jonathan; Hofman, Maxence; Mélique, Xavier; Lippens, Didier; Vanbésien, Olivier

    2012-08-10

    An n=-1 flat lens based on photonic crystal semiconductor technology is evaluated for infrared detection purposes. The idea consists in exploiting the backscattered waves of an incident plane wave impinging on a target placed in the focal region of a flat lens. It is shown that subwavelength detection of micronic dielectric targets can be obtained at 1.55 μm using the double focus of reflected waves induced by negative refraction. Complex relations among the intrinsic nature, the shape and size of the target, and detection efficiency are interpreted in terms of target eigenmode excitation. Reflectivity is modulated by the intrinsic mode nature, transverse, circular, or longitudinal, with an enhancement of the detection sensitivity in the case of whispering-gallery modes. It is believed that such a study paves the way to the definition of original noninvasive infrared sensors.

  15. High Sensitivity Refractive Index Sensor Based on Dual-Core Photonic Crystal Fiber with Hexagonal Lattice

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    Haiyang Wang

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available A refractive index sensor based on dual-core photonic crystal fiber (PCF with hexagonal lattice is proposed. The effects of geometrical parameters of the PCF on performances of the sensor are investigated by using the finite element method (FEM. Two fiber cores are separated by two air holes filled with the analyte whose refractive index is in the range of 1.33–1.41. Numerical simulation results show that the highest sensitivity can be up to 22,983 nm/RIU(refractive index unit when the analyte refractive index is 1.41. The lowest sensitivity can reach to 21,679 nm/RIU when the analyte refractive index is 1.33. The sensor we proposed has significant advantages in the field of biomolecule detection as it provides a wide-range of detection with high sensitivity.

  16. High Sensitivity Refractive Index Sensor Based on Dual-Core Photonic Crystal Fiber with Hexagonal Lattice.

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    Wang, Haiyang; Yan, Xin; Li, Shuguang; An, Guowen; Zhang, Xuenan

    2016-10-08

    A refractive index sensor based on dual-core photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with hexagonal lattice is proposed. The effects of geometrical parameters of the PCF on performances of the sensor are investigated by using the finite element method (FEM). Two fiber cores are separated by two air holes filled with the analyte whose refractive index is in the range of 1.33-1.41. Numerical simulation results show that the highest sensitivity can be up to 22,983 nm/RIU(refractive index unit) when the analyte refractive index is 1.41. The lowest sensitivity can reach to 21,679 nm/RIU when the analyte refractive index is 1.33. The sensor we proposed has significant advantages in the field of biomolecule detection as it provides a wide-range of detection with high sensitivity.

  17. Surface plasmon resonance biosensor based on large size square-lattice photonic crystal fiber

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    Bing, Pibin; Li, Zhongyang; Yuan, Sheng; Yao, Jianquan; Lu, Ying

    2016-04-01

    A surface plasmon resonance biosensor based on large size square-lattice photonic crystal fiber has been designed and simulated by finite element method. The square-lattice airholes are first coated with a calcium fluoride layer to provide mode confinement, then a nanoscale gold layer is deposited to excite the plasmon mode, and finally, the sample is infiltrated into the holes. The numerical results reveal that the resonance properties are easily affected by many parameters. The refractive index resolution of corresponding sensor can reach 4.3 × 10-6 RIU when the optimum parameters are set as the radius of curvature of the airhole r = 2 μm, the thickness of the core struts c = 200 nm, the auxiliary dielectric layer s = 1 μm, and the gold film d = 40 nm. In addition, the effective area and nonlinear coefficient are calculated.

  18. Telecom wavelength emitting single quantum dots coupled to InP-based photonic crystal microcavities

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    Kors, A.; Fuchs, K.; Yacob, M.; Reithmaier, J. P.; Benyoucef, M.

    2017-01-01

    Here we report on the fabrication and optical characterization of InP-based L3 photonic crystal (PhC) microcavities embedded with a medium density InAs/InP quantum dots (QDs) emitting at telecom wavelengths. The QDs are grown by solid source molecular beam epitaxy using a ripening technique. Micro-photoluminescence (μ-PL) measurements of PhC samples reveal sharp cavity modes with quality factors exceeding 8500. QDs emit highly linear-polarized light at telecom wavelengths with resolution-limited spectral linewidth below 50 μeV. Enhanced PL intensity of QDs in PhC is observed in comparison to the PL intensity of QDs in bulk semiconductors. The combination of excitation power-dependent and polarization-resolved μ-PL measurements reveal the existence of an exciton-biexciton system with a small fine-structure splitting.

  19. Biocompatible Single-Crystal Selenium Nanobelt Based Nanodevice as a Temperature-Tunable Photosensor

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    Yongshan Niu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Selenium materials are widely used in photoelectrical devices, owing to their unique semiconductive properties. Single-crystal selenium nanobelts with large specific surface area, fine photoconductivity, and biocompatibility provide potential applications in biomedical nanodevices, such as implantable artificial retina and rapid photon detector/stimulator for optogenetics. Here, we present a selenium nanobelt based nanodevice, which is fabricated with single Se nanobelt. This device shows a rapid photo response, different sensitivities to visible light of variable wave length, and temperature-tunable property. The biocompatibility of the Se nanobelts was proved by MTT test using two cell lines. Our investigation introduced a photosensor that will be important for multiple potential applications in human visual system, photocells in energy or MEMS, and temperature-tunable photoelectrical device for optogenetics research.

  20. Photonic crystal based biosensor for the detection of glucose concentration in urine

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    Robinson, Savarimuthu; Dhanlaksmi, Nagaraj

    2017-03-01

    Photonic sensing technology is a new and accurate measurement technology for bio-sensing applications. In this paper, a two-dimensional photonic crystal ring resonator based sensor is proposed and designed to detect the glucose concentration in urine over the range of 0 gm/dl-15 gm/dl. The proposed sensor is consisted of two inverted "L" waveguides and a ring resonator. If the glucose concentration in urine is varied, the refractive index of the urine is varied, which in turn the output response of sensor will be varied. By having the aforementioned principle, the glucose concentration in urine, glucose concentration in blood, albumin, urea, and bilirubin concentration in urine are predicted. The size of the proposed sensor is about 11.4 µm×11.4 µm, and the sensor can predict the result very accurately without any delay, hence, this attempt could be implemented for medical applications.

  1. Experimental analysis of beam pointing system based on liquid crystal optical phase array

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    Shi, Yubin; Zhang, Jianmin; Zhang, Zhen

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we propose and demonstrate an elementary non-mechanical beam aiming and steering system with a single liquid crystal optical phase array (LC-OPA) and charge-coupled device (CCD). With the conventional method of beam steering control, the LC-OPA device can realize one dimensional beam steering continuously. An improved beam steering strategy is applied to realize two dimensional beam steering with a single LC-OPA. The whole beam aiming and steering system, including an LC-OPA and a retroreflective target, is controlled by the monitor. We test the feasibility of beam steering strategy both in one dimension and in two dimension at first, then the whole system is build up based on the improved strategy. The experimental results show that the max experimental pointing error is 56 μrad, and the average pointing error of the system is 19 μrad.

  2. Microstructure Evolution of a Single Crystal Nickel-Base Superalloy During Heat Treatment and Creep

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    YANG Da-yun,JIN Tao; ZHAO Nai-ren; WANG ZHi-hui; SUN Xiao-feng; GUAN Heng-rong; HU Zhuang-qi

    2004-01-01

    Microstructure evolution of a single crystal nickel-base superalloy during heat treatment and tensile creep at1010℃ and 248 MPa for 30h was observed and analyzed. Internal stresses because of lattice mismatch between γ and γphase provided the driving force for γ shape evolution during heat treatment. More than 65 vol. % distorted cubic γ phase keeping coherency with the γ matrix precipitated after solution at 1295 ℃ for 32h. The shape of γ phase was perfectly cubic with increasing precipitate size during the two-step aging treatment. Due to the applied stress and internal stress field the continuous γ-γ lamellar structure perpendicular to the applied stress was formed after 30h tensile creep.

  3. Optical properties of one-dimensional photonic crystals based on porous films of anodic aluminum oxide

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    Gorelik, V. S.; Klimonsky, S. O.; Filatov, V. V.; Napolskii, K. S.

    2016-04-01

    The optical properties of one-dimensional photonic crystals based on porous anodic aluminum oxide films have been studied by measuring transmittance and specular reflectance spectra in the visible and UV spectral regions. Angular dependences of the spectral positions of optical stop bands are obtained. It is shown that the reflectance within the first stop band varies from point to point on the sample surface, reaching a level of 98-99% at some points. The dispersion relation for electromagnetic waves in the model of infinite periodic structure is calculated for the samples under study. The possibility of using models with an infinite or finite number of layers to calculate reflectance spectra near the first optical stop band is discussed.

  4. A novel polarization splitter based on three-core photonic crystal fibers

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    YANG Qian-qian; HOU Lan-tian

    2011-01-01

    @@ A novel polarization splitter based on photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) with three cores of high birefringence is proposed.The 45° linearly polarized light is launched into a core.After a coupling length (about 1500 μm), the x-and y-polarized light beams are separated into different cores.When the light is launched into another core, the x-and y-polarized light from different cores can be obtained and the degree of separation can be also adjusted.The polarization splitter is highly flexible and adjustable.The length of the polarization splitter is about 1500 μm which is just the coupling length.So it has appreciate significance of manufacturing mini-type photonic apparatus in integrated optics.

  5. Compact beam splitters based on self-imaging phenomena in one-dimensional photonic crystal waveguides

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    Bing Chen; Lin Huang; Yongdong Li; Chunliang Liu; Guizhong Liu

    2012-01-01

    A fundamental 1 ×2 beam splitter based on the self-imaging phenomena in multi-mode one-dimensional (1D) photonic crystal (PC) waveguides is presented,and its transmission characteristics are investigated using the finite-difference time-domain method.Calculated results indicate that a high transmittance (>95%) can be observed within a wide frequency band for the 1×2 beam splitter without complicated structural optimizations.In this letter,a simple and compact 1 ×4 beam splitter is constructed by combining the fundamental 1 ×2 beam splitter with the flexible bends of 1D PC waveguides.Such beam splitters can be applied to highly dense photonic integrated circuits.

  6. New design of a triplexer using ring resonator integrated with directional coupler based on photonic crystals

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    Wu, Yaw-Dong; Shih, Tien-Tsorng; Lee, Jian-Jang

    2009-11-01

    In this paper, we proposed the design of directional coupler integrated with ring resonator based on two-dimensional photonic crystals (2D PCs) to develop a triplexer filter. It can be widely used as the fiber access network element for multiplexer-demultiplexer wavelength selective in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) communication systems. The directional coupler is chosen to separate the wavelengths of 1490nm and 1310nm. The ring resonator separates the wavelength of 1550nm. The transmission efficiency is larger than 90%. Besides, the total size of propose triplexer is only 19μm×12μm. We present simulation results using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method for the proposed structure.

  7. Sensitive temperature measurements based on Lorentzian and Fano resonance lineshapes of a silicon photonic crystal cavity

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    Zhao, Chenyang; Fang, Liang; Yuan, Qinchen; Gan, Xuetao; Zhao, Jianlin

    2016-10-01

    We report a high-performance photonic temperature sensor by exploiting a silicon photonic crystal (PC) cavity. Since the PC cavity's spectra are very sensitive to the refractive index change, we observe remarkable variations of its resonant wavelength and output power under varying temperature levels. In a PC cavity with Lorentzian resonance lineshape, the sensor exhibits a linear spectrum-sensitivity of 70 pm/°, and the power-variation presents a high sensitivity as 1.28 dB/°. In addition, the Fano resonance lineshape generated by the PC cavity has also been employed to measure the temperature, which shows improved power sensitivity as 2.94 dB/ °. The demonstrated PC cavity-based sensor offers great potentials for low-cost, high sensitivity homogeneous sensing in chip-integrated devices.

  8. The analysis of photon pair source at telecom wavelength based on the BBO crystal (Conference Presentation)

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    Gajewski, Andrzej; Kolenderski, Piotr L.

    2016-10-01

    There are several problems that must be solved in order to increase the distance of quantum communication protocols based on photons as an information carriers. One of them is the dispersion, whose effects can be minimized by engineering spectral properties of transmitted photons. In particular, it is expected that positively correlated photon pairs can be very useful. We present the full characterization of a source of single photon pairs at a telecom wavelength based on type II spontaneous parametric down conversion (SPDC) process in a beta-barium borate (BBO) crystal. In the type II process, a pump photon, which is polarized extraordinarily, splits in a nonlinear medium into signal and idler photons, which are polarized perpendicularly to each other. In order for the process to be efficient a phase matching condition must be fulfilled. These conditions originate from momentum and energy conservation rules and put severe restrictions on source parameters. Seemingly, these conditions force the photon pair to be negatively correlated in their spectral domain. However, it is possible to achieve positive correlation for pulsed pumping. The experimentally available degrees of freedom of a source are the width of the pumping beam, the collected modes' widths, the length of the nonlinear crystal and the duration of the pumping pulse. In our numerical model we use the following figures of merit: the pair production rate, the efficiency of photon coupling into a single mode fiber, the spectral correlation of the coupled photon pair. The last one is defined as the Pearson correlation parameter for a joint spectral distribution. The aim here is to find the largest positive spectral correlation and the highest coupling efficiency. By resorting to the numerical model Ref. [1] we showed in Ref. [2], that by careful adjustment of the pump's and the collected modes' characteristics, one can optimize any of the source's parameters. Our numerical outcomes conform to the

  9. Controlling the Vaterite CaCO3 Crystal Pores. Design of Tailor-Made Polymer Based Microcapsules by Hard Templating.

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    Feoktistova, Natalia; Rose, Juergen; Prokopović, Vladimir Z; Vikulina, Anna S; Skirtach, Andre; Volodkin, Dmitry

    2016-05-03

    The spherical vaterite CaCO3 microcrystals are nowadays widely used as sacrificial templates for fabrication of various microcarriers made of biopolymers (e.g., proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes) due to porous structure and mild template elimination conditions. Here, we demonstrated for the first time that polymer microcarriers with tuned internal nanoarchitecture can be designed by employing the CaCO3 crystals of controlled porosity. The layer-by-layer deposition has been utilized to assemble shell-like (hollow) and matrix-like (filled) polymer capsules due to restricted and free polymer diffusion through the crystal pores, respectively. The crystal pore size in the range of few tens of nanometers can be adjusted without any additives by variation of the crystal preparation temperature in the range 7-45 °C. The temperature-mediated growth mechanism is explained by the Ostwald ripening of nanocrystallites forming the crystal secondary structure. Various techniques including SEM, AFM, CLSM, Raman microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, and XRD have been employed for crystal and microcapsule analysis. A three-dimensional model is introduced to describe the crystal internal structure and predict the pore cutoff and available surface for the pore diffusing molecules. Inherent biocompatibility of CaCO3 and a possibility to scale the porosity in the size range of typical biomacromolecules make the CaCO3 crystals extremely attractive tools for template assisted designing tailor-made biopolymer-based architectures in 2D to 3D targeted at drug delivery and other bioapplications.

  10. Nano-scale optical actuation based on two-dimensional heterostructure photonic crystal cavities

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    Lin, Tong; Zhou, Guangya; Chau, Fook Siong; Tian, Feng; Deng, Jie

    2015-03-01

    Nowadays, nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS) actuators using electrostatic forces are facing the bottleneck of the electromagnetic interference which greatly degrades their performances. On the contrary, the hybrid circuits driven by optical gradient forces which are immune to the electromagnetic interference show prominent advantages in communication, quantum computation, and other application systems. In this paper we propose an optical actuator utilizing the optical gradient force generated by a hetero-structure photonic crystal cavity. This type of cavity has a longitudinal air-slot and characteristics of ultrahigh quality factor (Q) and ultra-small mode volume (V) which is capable of producing a much larger force compared with the waveguide-based structures. Due to the symmetry property, attractive optical gradient force is generated. Additionally, the optomechanical coefficient (gom) of this cavity is two orders of magnitude larger than that of the coupled nanobeam photonic crystal cavities. The 2D hetero-structure cavity, comb drives, folded beam suspensions and the displacement sensor compose the whole device. The cavity serves as the optical actuator whilst the butt-coupled waveguide acts as the displacement sensor which is theoretically proved to be insensitive to the temperature variations. As known, the thermo-optic effect prevails especially in the cavity-based structures. The butt-coupled waveguide can be used to decouple the thermal effect and the optoemchanical effect (OM) with the aid of comb drives. The results demonstrate that the proposed optical gradient force actuator show great potential in the future of all-optical reconfigurable circuits.

  11. Design and fabrication of Si-based photonic crystal stamps with electron beam lithography (EBL)

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    Jannesary, Reyhaneh; Bergmair, Iris; Zamiri, Saeid; Hingerl, Kurt; Hubbard, Graham; Abbott, Steven; Chen, Qin; Allsopp, Duncan

    2009-05-01

    The quest for mass replication has established technologies like nanoimprinting via hard stamps or PDMS stamps, where the stamps are usually produced via Electron Beam Lithography (EBL) for applications in the microelectronic industry. On the other hand, nanopatterning with self ordered structures1 or via holographic patterns provide the basis for large area imprints for applications for example, antireflection coatings based on biomimetic motheyes2. In this work we report on a technology for enabling the mass replication of custom-designed and e-beam lithographically prepared structures via establishing novel roll to roll nanoimprint processes for pattern transfer into UV curable pre-polymers. The new nano-fabrication technology is based on the concept of Disposal Master Technology (DMT) capable of patterning areas up to 1 x 1 m2 and is suitable for mass volume manufacturing of large area arrays of sub-wavelength photonic elements. As an example to show the potential of the application of the new nanoimprint technologies, we choose the fabrication of a photonic crystal (PhC) structure with integrated light coupling devices for low loss interconnection between PhC lightwave circuits and optical fibre systems. We present two methods for fabrication of nanoimprint lithography stamps in Si substrate. In the first method optimized electron beam lithography (EBL) and lift-off patterning of a 15-nm thick Cr mask, and then the pattern transfer into Si using reacting ion etching (RIE) with SF6 as etch gas. In the first method, we use 200nm of positive resist PMMA 950K for EBL exposure. In this method, resist thickness, exposure dose, development time and parameter for etching have been optimized and a photonic crystal of Si-rods in air was fabricated. In the second method lift-off has not been performed and metal mask has been used as master. The subsequent steps for fabricating the master will be presented in detail.

  12. Position algorithm for monolithic scintillation crystals based on charge projection readout

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    Pani, R.; Bettiol, M.; Preziosi, E.; Cinti, M. N.; Borrazzo, C.; Pellegrini, R.; Di Castro, E.; Fabbri, A.

    2016-01-01

    Nuclear medicine imaging devices commonly use multi-element photo detection systems, composed of an array of N × N elements, each one providing an individual signal. Many strategies have been developed to reduce the number of readout channels, one of the main approaches is the Rows and Columns (R/C) projection logic. In this paper we proposed a modified version of Raised To the Power (RTP) algorithm adapted to R/C logic. In order to validate its efficiency a linear scanning irradiation on two 49× 49 mm2 LaBr3:Ce (0.5%) crystals with different thickness (4 mm and 10 mm) was carried out. Imaging performance analysis was made in terms of position linearity, Field-of-View (FoV) enlargement and spatial resolution. Imaging results from Anger Logic, RTP algorithm based on single element readout and RTP algorithm based on R/C readout were compared. A notable advantage of using RTP algorithms instead of Anger Logic was found: the FoV widens from about 30% to more than 70% of the detector area whereas the spatial resolution is highly improved, especially for off-center interactions, both for 4 mm-thick and 10 mm-thick crystals. Furthermore, imaging performance with the R/C readout is just slightly different from the single element one (FoV reduction less than 7% and SR worsening less than 10%). The R/C adapted RTP algorithm opens doors to high imaging performance with a substantial reduction of complexity and cost in the readout electronics.

  13. Photonic crystal fiber-based immunosensor for high-performance detection of alpha fetoprotein.

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    Liu, Xiaoxia; Song, Xingda; Dong, Zhiyong; Meng, Xiaoting; Chen, Yiping; Yang, Li

    2017-05-15

    We have developed a sensitive photonic crystal fiber (PCF)-based immunosensor for detection of alpha fetoprotein (AFP). The unique PCF possesses a morphology characterized by numerous pore structures and a large surface area-to-volume ratio, which can be used as an immune-reaction carrier to improve the sensitivity and reaction speed of AFP detection. The PCF-based immunosensor possesses a low limit of detection of 0.1ng/mL, which is five times lower than that of the capillary-based sensor and 35 times lower than that of the traditional enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The wide linear dynamic range of 0.1-150ng/mL makes the developed immunosensor suitable for clinical practice. The proposed method was successfully applied to AFP detection in a clinical serum sample with acceptable precision. It is indicated that the present PCF-based immunosensor could be used as an attractive analytical platform for sensitive and specific detection of cancer biomarkers.

  14. Solution processed deposition of electron transport layers on perovskite crystal surface-A modeling based study

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    Mortuza, S. M.; Taufique, M. F. N.; Banerjee, Soumik

    2017-02-01

    The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of planar perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has reached up to ∼20%. However, structural and chemicals defects that lead to hysteresis in the perovskite based thin film pose challenges. Recent work has shown that thin films of [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) deposited on the photo absorption layer, using solution processing techniques, minimize surface pin holes and defects thereby increasing the PCE. We developed and employed a multiscale model based on molecular dynamics (MD) and kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) to establish a relationship between deposition rate and surface coverage on perovskite surface. The MD simulations of PCBMs dispersed in chlorobenzene, sandwiched between (110) perovskite substrates, indicate that PCBMs are deposited through anchoring of the oxygen atom of carbonyl group to the exposed lead (Pb) atom of (110) perovskite surface. Based on rates of distinct deposition events calculated from MD, kMC simulations were run to determine surface coverage at much larger time and length scales than accessible by MD alone. Based on the model, a generic relationship is established between deposition rate of PCBMs and surface coverage on perovskite crystal. The study also provides detailed insights into the morphology of the deposited film.

  15. First and second order numerical methods based on a new convex splitting for phase-field crystal equation

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    Shin, Jaemin; Lee, Hyun Geun; Lee, June-Yub

    2016-12-01

    The phase-field crystal equation derived from the Swift-Hohenberg energy functional is a sixth order nonlinear equation. We propose numerical methods based on a new convex splitting for the phase-field crystal equation. The first order convex splitting method based on the proposed splitting is unconditionally gradient stable, which means that the discrete energy is non-increasing for any time step. The second order scheme is unconditionally weakly energy stable, which means that the discrete energy is bounded by its initial value for any time step. We prove mass conservation, unique solvability, energy stability, and the order of truncation error for the proposed methods. Numerical experiments are presented to show the accuracy and stability of the proposed splitting methods compared to the existing other splitting methods. Numerical tests indicate that the proposed convex splitting is a good choice for numerical methods of the phase-field crystal equation.

  16. SHG Materials Based on the AlPO4-5 Single Crystals

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    2007-01-01

    Large AlPO4-5 molecular sieve single crystals with high optical quality were synthesized hydrothermally by using TPA as template. As-synthesized crystals were calcined under O2 atmosphere to remove the organic templates in the channels. Disperse-Red-1 (DR1) and p-nitroaniline (pNA) molecules have been successfully incorporated into the one-dimensional channels of AlPO4-5 single crystals respectively by means of vapor phase diffusion. XRD patterns reveal that the loading of organic molecules has not destroyed the structures of AlPO4-5 crystals. Polarizing microscope and SHG results indicate that the DR1 and pNA molecules are well aligned in a preferred direction along the crystal channels. The different polarization-dependence SH intensity shows that different SHG processes occur in the DR1- and pNA-loaded AlPO4-5 crystals.

  17. Ground based experiments on the growth and characterization of L-Arginine Phosphate (LAP) crystals

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    Rao, S. M.; Cao, C.; Batra, A. K.; Lal, R. B.; Mookherji, T. K.

    1991-01-01

    L-Arginine Phosphate (LAP) is a new nonlinear optical material with higher efficiency for harmonic generation compared to KDP. Crystals of LAP were grown in the laboratory from supersaturated solutions by temperature lowering technique. Investigations revealed the presence of large dislocation densities inside the crystals which are observed to produce refractive index changes causing damage at high laser powers. This is a result of the convection during crystal growth from supersaturated solutions. It is proposed to grow these crystals in a diffusion controlled growth condition under microgravity environment and compare the crystals grown in space with those grown on ground. Physical properties of the solutions needed for modelling of crystal growth are also presented.

  18. Modelling of Active Semiconductor Photonic Crystal Waveguides and Robust Designs based on Topology Optimization

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    Chen, Yaohui; Wang, Fengwen; Ek, Sara;

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we present a theoretical analysis of slow-light enhanced light amplification in an active semiconductor photonic crystal line defect waveguide. The impact of enhanced light-matter interactions on propagation effects and local carrier dynamics are investigated in the framework...... of the Lorentz reciprocity theorem. We highlight topology optimization as a systematic and robust design methodology considering manufacturing imperfections in optimizing active photonic crystal device performances, and compare the performance of standard photonic crystal waveguides with optimized structures....

  19. Fast and scalable purification of a therapeutic full-length antibody based on process crystallization.

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    Smejkal, Benjamin; Agrawal, Neeraj J; Helk, Bernhard; Schulz, Henk; Giffard, Marion; Mechelke, Matthias; Ortner, Franziska; Heckmeier, Philipp; Trout, Bernhardt L; Hekmat, Dariusch

    2013-09-01

    The potential of process crystallization for purification of a therapeutic monoclonal IgG1 antibody was studied. The purified antibody was crystallized in non-agitated micro-batch experiments for the first time. A direct crystallization from clarified CHO cell culture harvest was inhibited by high salt concentrations. The salt concentration of the harvest was reduced by a simple pretreatment step. The crystallization process from pretreated harvest was successfully transferred to stirred tanks and scaled-up from the mL-scale to the 1 L-scale for the first time. The crystallization yield after 24 h was 88-90%. A high purity of 98.5% was reached after a single recrystallization step. A 17-fold host cell protein reduction was achieved and DNA content was reduced below the detection limit. High biological activity of the therapeutic antibody was maintained during the crystallization, dissolving, and recrystallization steps. Crystallization was also performed with impure solutions from intermediate steps of a standard monoclonal antibody purification process. It was shown that process crystallization has a strong potential to replace Protein A chromatography. Fast dissolution of the crystals was possible. Furthermore, it was shown that crystallization can be used as a concentrating step and can replace several ultra-/diafiltration steps. Molecular modeling suggested that a negative electrostatic region with interspersed exposed hydrophobic residues on the Fv domain of this antibody is responsible for the high crystallization propensity. As a result, process crystallization, following the identification of highly crystallizable antibodies using molecular modeling tools, can be recognized as an efficient, scalable, fast, and inexpensive alternative to key steps of a standard purification process for therapeutic antibodies.

  20. Performance of VATA64HDR16 ASIC for medical physics applications based on continuous crystals and SiPMs

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    Barrio, J.; Etxebeste, A.; Lacasta, C.; Muñoz, E.; Oliver, J. F.; Solaz, C.; Llosá, G.

    2015-12-01

    Detectors based on Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs) coupled to continuous crystals are being tested in medical physics applications due to their potential high resolution and sensitivity. To cope with the high granularity required for a very good spatial resolution, SiPM matrices with a large amount of elements are needed. To be able to read the information coming from each individual channel, dedicated ASICs are employed. The VATA64HDR16 ASIC is a 64-channel, charge-sensitive amplifier that converts the collected charge into a proportional current or voltage signal. A complete assessment of the suitability of that ASIC for medical physics applications based on continuous crystals and SiPMs has been carried out. The input charge range is linear from 0-2 pC up to 55 pC. The energy resolution obtained at 511 keV is 10% FWHM with a LaBr3 crystal and 16% FWHM with a LYSO crystal. A coincidence timing resolution of 24 ns FWHM is obtained with two LYSO crystals.

  1. Hydrostatic Parameters and Domain Effects in Novel 2-2 Composites Based on PZN-0.12PT Single Crystals

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    Vitaly Yu. Topolov

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel 0.88Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3O3-0.12PbTiO3 crystal/polymer composite with 2-2 connectivity is studied at variable orientations of spontaneous polarisation vector of the crystal component. Orientation and volume-fraction dependences of the hydrostatic piezoelectric coefficients dh*, eh*, and gh* and hydrostatic electromechanical coupling factor kh* are related to the important role of the piezoelectric and elastic anisotropy of single-domain layers of the 2-2 composite. The record value of |eh∗|≈77 C/m2 near the absolute-minimum point and the correlation between the hydrostatic (eh* and piezoelectric (e3j* coefficients and between the hydrostatic (gh* and piezoelectric (g3j* coefficients are first established. This discovery is of value for hydrostatic and piezotechnical applications. The hydrostatic performance of the composite based on the single-domain 0.88Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3O3-0.12PbTiO3 crystal is compared to the performance of the 2–2 composites based on either the same polydomain crystal or the related single-domain crystal.

  2. Liquid crystal based sensors monitoring lipase activity: a new rapid and sensitive method for cytotoxicity assays.

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    Hussain, Zakir; Zafiu, Christian; Küpcü, Seta; Pivetta, Lucineia; Hollfelder, Nadine; Masutani, Akira; Kilickiran, Pinar; Sinner, Eva-Kathrin

    2014-06-15

    In this work we present liquid crystal (LC) based sensor devices to monitor cell viability. The sensing layer is composed by the LC and a planar monolayer of phospholipids. In the presence of minute traces of phospholipases, which hydrolyze enzymatically phospholipids, the LC-lipid interface is disintegrated. This event causes a change in orientation of the LC, which was followed in a polarized microscope. The lipase activity can be used to measure the cell viability, since members of this enzyme family are released by cells, as they undergo necrosis. The described sensor was used to monitor the presence of the lipases released from three different cell lines, which were either exposed to highly cytotoxic model compounds (sodium azide and paracetamol) or subjected to freeze-thaw cycles to induce cell death by a non-chemical based inducer for apoptosis, such as temperature. Finally, the comparison of lipase activity detected by a state-of-the-art fluorescence assay to the LC based system resulted in the superiority of the LC system concerning incubation time and sensitivity.

  3. Apparatus for detecting and recognizing analytes based on their crystallization patterns

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    Morozov, Victor; Bailey, Charles L.; Vsevolodov, Nikolai N.; Elliott, Adam

    2010-12-14

    The invention contemplates apparatuses for recognition of proteins and other biological molecules by imaging morphology, size and distribution of crystalline and amorphous dry residues in droplets (further referred to as "crystallization patterns") containing predetermined amount of certain crystal-forming organic compounds (reporters) to which protein to be analyzed is added. Changes in the crystallization patterns of a number of amino-acids can be used as a "signature" of a protein added. Also, changes in the crystallization patterns, as well as the character of such changes, can be used as recognition elements in analysis of protein molecules.

  4. Protein crystallization using microfluidic technologies based on valves, droplets, and SlipChip.

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    Li, Liang; Ismagilov, Rustem F

    2010-01-01

    To obtain protein crystals, researchers must search for conditions in multidimensional chemical space. Empirically, thousands of crystallization experiments are carried out to screen various precipitants at multiple concentrations. Microfluidics can manipulate fluids on a nanoliter scale, and it affects crystallization twofold. First, it miniaturizes the experiments that can currently be done on a larger scale and enables crystallization of proteins that are available only in small amounts. Second, it offers unique experimental approaches that are difficult or impossible to implement on a larger scale. Ongoing development of microfluidic techniques and their integration with protein production, characterization, and in situ diffraction promises to accelerate the progress of structural biology.

  5. Colloidal crystal based plasma polymer patterning to control Pseudomonas aeruginosa attachment to surfaces.

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    Pingle, Hitesh; Wang, Peng-Yuan; Thissen, Helmut; McArthur, Sally; Kingshott, Peter

    2015-12-02

    Biofilm formation on medical implants and subsequent infections are a global problem. A great deal of effort has focused on developing chemical contrasts based on micro- and nanopatterning for studying and controlling cells and bacteria at surfaces. It has been known that micro- and nanopatterns on surfaces can influence biomolecule adsorption, and subsequent cell and bacterial adhesion. However, less focus has been on precisely controlling patterns to study the initial bacterial attachment mechanisms and subsequently how the patterning influences the role played by biomolecular adsorption on biofilm formation. In this work, the authors have used colloidal self-assembly in a confined area to pattern surfaces with colloidal crystals and used them as masks during allylamine plasma polymer (AAMpp) deposition to generate highly ordered patterns from the micro- to the nanoscale. Polyethylene glycol (PEG)-aldehyde was grafted to the plasma regions via "cloud point" grafting to prevent the attachment of bacteria on the plasma patterned surface regions, thereby controlling the adhesive sites by choice of the colloidal crystal morphology. Pseudomonas aeruginosa was chosen to study the bacterial interactions with these chemically patterned surfaces. Scanning electron microscope, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy, and epifluorescence microscopy were used for pattern characterization, surface chemical analysis, and imaging of attached bacteria. The AAMpp influenced bacterial attachment because of the amine groups displaying a positive charge. XPS results confirm the successful grafting of PEG on the AAMpp surfaces. The results showed that PEG patterns can be used as a surface for bacterial patterning including investigating the role of biomolecular patterning on bacterial attachment. These types of patterns are easy to fabricate and could be useful in further applications in biomedical research.

  6. A Local Order Parameter-Based Method for Simulation of Free Energy Barriers in Crystal Nucleation.

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    Eslami, Hossein; Khanjari, Neda; Müller-Plathe, Florian

    2017-03-14

    While global order parameters have been widely used as reaction coordinates in nucleation and crystallization studies, their use in nucleation studies is claimed to have a serious drawback. In this work, a local order parameter is introduced as a local reaction coordinate to drive the simulation from the liquid phase to the solid phase and vice versa. This local order parameter holds information regarding the order in the first- and second-shell neighbors of a particle and has different well-defined values for local crystallites and disordered neighborhoods but is insensitive to the type of the crystal structure. The order parameter is employed in metadynamics simulations to calculate the solid-liquid phase equilibria and free energy barrier to nucleation. Our results for repulsive soft spheres and the Lennard-Jones potential, LJ(12-6), reveal better-resolved solid and liquid basins compared with the case in which a global order parameter is used. It is also shown that the configuration space is sampled more efficiently in the present method, allowing a more accurate calculation of the free energy barrier and the solid-liquid interfacial free energy. Another feature of the present local order parameter-based method is that it is possible to apply the bias potential to regions of interest in the order parameter space, for example, on the largest nucleus in the case of nucleation studies. In the present scheme for metadynamics simulation of the nucleation in supercooled LJ(12-6) particles, unlike the cases in which global order parameters are employed, there is no need to have an estimate of the size of the critical nucleus and to refine the results with the results of umbrella sampling simulations. The barrier heights and the nucleation pathway obtained from this method agree very well with the results of former umbrella sampling simulations.

  7. Effects of Microstructural Parameters on Creep of Nickel-Base Superalloy Single Crystals

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    MacKay, Rebecca A.; Gabb, Timothy P.; Nathal, Michael V.

    2013-01-01

    Microstructure-sensitive creep models have been developed for Ni-base superalloy single crystals. Creep rupture testing was conducted on fourteen single crystal alloys at two applied stress levels at each of two temperatures, 982 and 1093 C. The variation in creep lives among the different alloys could be explained with regression models containing relatively few microstructural parameters. At 982 C, gamma-gamma prime lattice mismatch, gamma prime volume fraction, and initial gamma prime size were statistically significant in explaining the creep rupture lives. At 1093 C, only lattice mismatch and gamma prime volume fraction were significant. These models could explain from 84 to 94 percent of the variation in creep lives, depending on test condition. Longer creep lives were associated with alloys having more negative lattice mismatch, lower gamma prime volume fractions, and finer gamma prime sizes. The gamma-gamma prime lattice mismatch exhibited the strongest influence of all the microstructural parameters at both temperatures. Although a majority of the alloys in this study were stable with respect to topologically close packed (TCP) phases, it appeared that up to approximately 2 vol% TCP phase did not affect the 1093 C creep lives under applied stresses that produced lives of approximately 200 to 300 h. In contrast, TCP phase contents of approximately 2 vol% were detrimental at lower applied stresses where creep lives were longer. A regression model was also developed for the as-heat treated initial gamma prime size; this model showed that gamma prime solvus temperature, gamma-gamma prime lattice mismatch, and bulk Re content were all statistically significant.

  8. The Second Order Guided Modes Based on Photonic Bandgap Effects in Air/Glass Photonic Crystal Fibers

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    YAO Lei; LOU Shu-Qin; JIAN Shui-Sheng

    2009-01-01

    We introduce a defect site in the periodic structure of a photonic bandgap fiber,to confine and guide the second order mode by photonic bandgap effects.Based on a high air-filling fraction photonic crystal cladding structure,a simplified model with an equivalent air cladding was proposed to explore and analyze the properties of this second order guided mode.

  9. A Dual-Function All-in-Fiber Device Based on Negative Dielectric Liquid Crystal Photonic Bandgap Fibers

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    Wei, Lei; Eskildsen, Lars; Weirich, Johannes;

    2008-01-01

    A dual-function all-in-fiber device based on negative dielectric liquid crystal photonic bandgap fibers is presented. This device can work both as an electrically tunable waveplate in the range 1520nm-1580nm, and as a polarimeter at 1310nm....

  10. Periodic order and defects in Ni-based inverse opal-like crystals on the mesoscopic and atomic scale

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    Chumakova, A. V.; Valkovskiy, G. A.; Mistonov, A. A.; Dyadkin, V. A.; Grigoryeva, N. A.; Sapoletova, N. A.; Napolskii, K. S.; Eliseev, A. A.; Petukhov, Andrei V.; Grigoriev, S. V.

    2014-01-01

    The structure of inverse opal crystals based on nickel was probed on the mesoscopic and atomic levels by a set of complementary techniques such as scanning electron microscopy and synchrotron microradian and wide-angle diffraction. The microradian diffraction revealed the mesoscopic-scale face-cente

  11. Crystallization behavior of Fe- and Co-based bulk metallic glasses and their glass-forming ability

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    Louzguine-Luzgin, D.V., E-mail: dml@wpi-aimr.tohoku.ac.jp [WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Bazlov, A.I. [WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); National University of Science and Technology “MISiS”, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Ketov, S.V. [WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Inoue, A. [International Institute of Green Materials, Josai International University, Togane 283-8555 (Japan); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, 300072 (China); Department of Physics, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 22254 (Saudi Arabia)

    2015-07-15

    In the present work we study and compare the crystallization behavior of Fe- and Co-based good bulk glass formers with an exceptionally high glass-forming ability leading to the critical thickness of cast samples reaching 1 cm. For Fe-based alloys we also investigate the effect of opposite C/B content ratio on the glass-forming ability and the crystallization behavior. The structure and phase composition of the glassy samples were examined by conventional X-ray diffractometry and transmission electron microscopy while thermal stability and phase transformations were studied by differential scanning calorimetry. The reasons for high glass-forming ability are discussed. The glass-forming ability of the studied alloys depends on both factors: the type of crystallization reaction and characteristic temperatures. - Highlights: • Crystallization of Fe-based and Co-based bulk glass-forming alloys. • The reasons for enhanced glass-forming ability of these alloys are discussed. • Low growth rate of χ-Fe{sub 36}Cr{sub 12}Mo{sub 10} phase. • Reduced liquidus temperature of Fe{sub 48}Cr{sub 15}Mo{sub 14}C{sub 6}B{sub 15}RE{sub 2} alloys.

  12. Optically fed microwave true-time delay based on a compact liquid-crystal hotonic-bandgap-fiber device

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    Wei, Lei; Xue, Weiqi; Chen, Yaohui;

    2009-01-01

    An electrically tunable liquid-crystal, photonic-bandgap-fiber-device-based, optically fed microwave true-time delay is demonstrated with the response time in the millisecond range. A maximum electrically controlled phase shift of around 70° at 15GHz and an averaged 12.9ps true time delay over...

  13. Synthesis, crystal structure and thermodynamic properties of a new praseodymium Schiff-base complex

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    Li, Chuan-Hua, E-mail: lichuanhua0526@126.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083, Hunan (China); Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Xiangnan Rare-Precious Metals Compounds and Applications, Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou 423000, Hunan (China); Song, Xiang-Zhi, E-mail: xzsong@csu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083, Hunan (China); Jiang, Jian-Hong [Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Xiangnan Rare-Precious Metals Compounds and Applications, Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou 423000, Hunan (China); Gu, Hui-Wen [State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, Hunan (China); Tao, Li-Ming; Yang, Ping; Li, Xu; Xiao, Sheng-Xiong; Yao, Fei-Hong; Liu, Wen-Qi; Xie, Jin-Qi; Peng, Meng-Na; Pan, Lan; Wu, Xi-Bin; Jiang, Chao; Wang, Song; Xu, Man-Fen [Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Xiangnan Rare-Precious Metals Compounds and Applications, Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou 423000, Hunan (China); Li, Qiang-Guo, E-mail: liqiangguo@163.com [Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Xiangnan Rare-Precious Metals Compounds and Applications, Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou 423000, Hunan (China)

    2014-04-01

    Highlights: • A new mononuclear Schiff base praseodymium complex was synthesized. • Based on Hess's law, thermochemical cycles of two reactions were designed. • The dissolution enthalpies were measured by a solution–reaction calorimeter. • The standard molar enthalpy of formation of the complex was calculated. - Abstract: The title complex [Pr(H{sub 2}vanen)(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}·NO{sub 3}] was synthesized reacting of Valen Schiff-base ligand [H{sub 2}vanen = N,N′-ethylene-bis(3-methoxysalicylideneimine)] and Pr(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O in ethanol at 60 °C. The complex was crystallized in the monoclinic crystal system with space group P21/c. The coordination polyhedron of Pr(III) ion was consisted of two bidentate nitrate ions, two molecules of water and one ligand which coordinated through oxygen atoms of the two phenolic and methoxy groups. After designing two reasonable thermochemical cycles according to Hess's law, the calorimetric experiments were conducted using isoperibol solution–reaction calorimeter at a constant temperature of 298.15 K. The standard molar enthalpy changes of two reactions were determined to be Δ{sub r}H{sub m}{sup θ}(1a)=−(51.94±1.26) kJ mol{sup −1} and Δ{sub r}H{sub m}{sup θ}(1b)=−(8.62±1.34) kJ mol{sup −1}. Then the standard molar enthalpies of formation of the ligand and the title complex were calculated to be Δ{sub f}H{sub m}{sup θ} [H{sub 2}vanen(s), 298.15 K] = −(517.75 ± 2.36) kJ mol{sup −1} and Δ{sub f}H{sub m}{sup θ} [Pr(H{sub 2}vanen)(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}·NO{sub 3} (s), 298.15 K] = −(2454.8 ± 2.7) kJ mol{sup −1}, respectively. The rationality of two thermochemical cycles was verified by UV spectra and refractive indexes.

  14. Ultra-directional source of longitudinal acoustic waves based on a two-dimensional solid/solid phononic crystal

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    Morvan, B.; Tinel, A.; Sainidou, R.; Rembert, P. [Laboratoire Ondes et Milieux Complexes, UMR CNRS 6294, Université du Havre, 75 rue Bellot, 76058 Le Havre (France); Vasseur, J. O.; Hladky-Hennion, A.-C. [Institut d' Electronique, de Micro-électronique et de Nanotechnologie, UMR CNRS 8520, Cité Scientifique, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Swinteck, N.; Deymier, P. A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 (United States)

    2014-12-07

    Phononic crystals (PC) can be used to control the dispersion properties of acoustic waves, which are essential to direct their propagation. We use a PC-based two-dimensional solid/solid composite to demonstrate experimentally and theoretically the spatial filtering of a monochromatic non-directional wave source and its emission in a surrounding water medium as an ultra-directional beam with narrow angular distribution. The phenomenon relies on square-shaped equifrequency contours (EFC) enabling self-collimation of acoustic waves within the phononic crystal. Additionally, the angular width of collimated beams is controlled via the EFC size-shrinking when increasing frequency.

  15. Fiber-optic Michelson interferometer with high sensitivity based on a liquid-filled photonic crystal fiber

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    Hsu, Jui-Ming; Horng, Jing-Shyang; Hsu, Chia-Ling; Lee, Cheng-Ling

    2014-11-01

    This study proposes an ultracompact and highly sensitive liquid-filled photonic crystal fiber Michelson interferometer (LF-PCFMI) based on material dispersion engineering. Numerical simulations and experimental measurements are performed in the work, and both of their results show that the temperature sensitivity can be more greatly improved than those of conventional photonic crystal fiber interferometers (PCFIs). The experimental results indicate that a very high sensitivity with interference wavelength shifts of almost 27 nm within temperature variation of 5 °C has been achieved by the configuration. Numerical analysis for the proposed LF-PCFMI also exhibits a good agreement with the results of the experimental measurements.

  16. Carbamazepine-Fumaric Acid Co-Crystal Screening Using Solution Based Method

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    Abd Rahim Syarifah

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Co-crystals is a multi-component system which connected by non-covalent interactions, present physically as a solid form under ambient conditions. Nowadays, co-crystal has becoming as an alternative approach to improve the bioavailability of poor water soluble drugs especially for a weakly ionisable groups or neutral compounds. In this study the co-crystal screening was carried out for carbamazepine (CBZ and fumaric acid (FUM co-crystal former (CCF using non-stoichiometric method (addition of CBZ to CCF saturated solution and stoichiometric method (evaporation of 1:1 molar ratio of CBZ to CCF in acetonitrile, ethyl acetate, propanol, ethanol and formic acid solvent systems. The crystals produced from the screening were characterized using Powder X-ray Diffraction (PXRD, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR. The PXRD analysis had confirmed that the co-crystal was successfully formed in both methods for all of the solvent system studied with an exception to formic acid in the stoichiometric method where no crystal was found precipitate. The findings from this study revealed that Form A and Form B of CBZ-FUM co-crystal had been successfully formed from different solvent systems.

  17. Distributed Feedback Lasers Based on Thiophene/Phenylene Co-Oligomer Single Crystals

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    Fang, Hong-Hua; Ding, Ran; Lu, Shi-Yang; Yang, Jie; Zhang, Xu-Lin; Yang, Rui; Feng, Jing; Chen, Qi-Dai; Song, Jun-Feng; Sun, Hong-Bo; Fang, Honghua

    2012-01-01

    Organic crystals have great potential for the applications in laser devices. This article presents an effective approach for fabrication of distributed feedback single crystal lasers. With the laser interference ablation method, high quality grating structures have been fabricated on the organic sin

  18. Effects of crystallization fractions on mechanical properties of Zr-based metallic glass matrix composites

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    2010-01-01

    The Zr41Ti14Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5 (at.%) bulk metallic glass composites with various crystallization fractions were prepared by pretreating the bulk metallic glassy samples with pulsing current, and then by isothermal annealing at near initial crystallization temperature for different periods of time. The precipitations and crystallization fractions were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and their effects on mechanical properties of the composite were studied by microhardness, uniaxial compression test and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The experimental results show that the primary precipitate is quasicrystalline phase and other metastable phases including Be2Zr, Zr2Cu and FCC would precipitate subsequently. In the initial crystallization process, in which the crystallization fraction increases from 0 to 8.2%, both fracture strength and plastic strain increase, with the maximum plastic strain up to 6.4%. When the crystallization fraction is larger than 8.2%, the fracture strength and the plastic strain decrease sharply. Furthermore, the alloy with low crystallization fraction is fractured by shearing, while for high crystallization fraction it is fractured by splitting and cleavage. The results show that the mechanical properties of the glassy alloy could be optimized by controlling the processing parameters.

  19. Development of a task-based design approach for solution crystallization processes

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    Lakerveld, R.

    2010-01-01

    Crystallization is historically one of the most important separation and product formation technologies in chemical industry. The future impact of crystallization is expected to increase as new high-added value products are often in crystalline form and need to comply with increasingly stringent pro

  20. Tunable flat band slow light in reconfigurable photonic crystal waveguides based on magnetic fluids

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    Pu, Shengli; Wang, Haotian; Wang, Ning;

    2013-01-01

    A kind of two-dimensional photonic crystal line-defect waveguide with 45 -rotated square lattice is proposed to present slow light phenomena. Infiltrating the photonic crystal waveguide with appropriate magnetic fluids can generate very wide flat bands of guided modes, which give rise...

  1. Versatile hydrogel-based nanocrystal microreactors towards uniform fluorescent photonic crystal supraballs

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    Zhang, Jing; Tian, Yu; Ling, Lu-Ting; Yin, Su-Na; Wang, Cai-Feng; Chen, Su, E-mail: chensu-njut@163.com, E-mail: chensu@njtech.edu.cn [Nanjing Tech University, State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China)

    2014-12-15

    Versatile hydrogel-based nanocrystal (NC) microreactors were designed in this work for the construction of uniform fluorescence colloidal photonic crystal (CPC) supraballs. The hydrogel-based microspheres with sizes ranging from 150 to 300 nm were prepared by seeded copolymerization of acrylic acid and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate with micrometer-sized PS seed particles. As an independent NC microreactor, the as-synthesized hydrogel microsphere can effectively capture the guest cadmium ions due to the abundant carboxyl groups inside. Followed by the introduction of chalcogenides, in situ generation of higher-uptake NCs with sizes less than 5 nm was finally realized. Additionally, with the aid of the microfluidic device, the as-obtained NC–latex hybrids can be further self-assembled to bi-functional CPC supraballs bearing brilliant structural colors and uniform fluorescence. This research offers an alternative way to finely bind CPCs with NCs, which will facilitate progress in fields of self-assembled functional colloids and photonic materials.

  2. MICROMECHANICS OF THE DAMAGE-INDUCED CELLULAR MICROSTRUCTURE IN SINGLE CRYSTAL Ni-BASED SUPERALLOYS

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    M.Sakaguchi; M.Okazaki

    2004-01-01

    An analytical method to investigate the morphological evolution of the cellular microstructure is explored and proposed. The method is essentially based on the Eshelby's micromechanics theory, and it is extended so as to be applied for a material system containing inclusions with high volume fraction, by employing the average stress field approximation by Mori and Tanaka. The proposed method enables us to discuss a stable shape of precipitate in the material system, which must be influenced by many factors: e.g., volume fraction of precipitate; Young's modulus ratio and lattice misfit between matrix and precipitate; external stress field in multiaxial state; and heterogeneity of plastic strain between matrix and precipitate. A series of numerical calculations were summarized on stable shape maps. The application of the method to predict the γ' rafting in superalloys during creep showed that the heterogeneity of plastic strain between matrix and precipitates may play a significant role in the shape stability of the precipitate. Furthermore, it was shown that the method was successfully applied to estimate the morphology of the cellular microstructure formed in CMSX-4single crystal Ni-based superalloy.

  3. Defected-core photonic crystal fiber magnetic field sensor based on Sagnac interferometer

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    Liu, Qiang; Li, Shuguang; Dou, Chao; Wang, Xinyu

    2017-03-01

    A high-sensitivity magnetic field sensor based on photonic crystal fiber (PCF) Sagnac interferometer is proposed by finite element method (FEM). The elliptical-hole PCF is injected with water-based magnetic fluid. The fiber core is introduced in an elliptical hole to act as a defected core. The sensitivities are 13.25 and -14.32 nm/Oe at the wavelength of 1750 and 1780 nm, respectively, as the magnetic field H is 100 Oe. The simulation result shows that the sensitivity is extremely high near the wavelength of 1765 nm, because the group birefringence Bg is about zero at that wavelength. The above theory is examined in a different configuration by the transmission mode. The average sensitivities are 0.265, 1.63 and -1.915 nm/Oe, respectively, for the dip wavelength A, B and C as the fiber length is 5 cm. The detecting window is 60Oe. We also demonstrate that the sensitivity can be greatly enhanced by 1-2 orders of magnitude by introducing a defected core.

  4. Crystallization and structural investigation of Eu-doped fluorozirconate-based glass ceramics

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    Passlick, Christian [Centre for Innovation Competence SiLi-nano, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) (Germany); Ahrens, Bernd; Henke, Bastian; Schweizer, Stefan [Centre for Innovation Competence SiLi-nano, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) (Germany); Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics, Halle (Saale) (Germany); Johnson, Jacqueline A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, TN (United States)

    2010-07-01

    A series of Eu-doped fluorozirconate-based glass ceramics has been developed for medical and photovoltaic applications. In the first case, the materials can be used as X-ray scintillators or X-ray storage phosphors, in the latter case as down-converting top layers for highly efficient solar cells. The glasses are based on a modified ZBLAN composition, i.e. a mixture of Zr, Ba, La, Al, and Na fluorides. They are additionally doped with chlorine ions to initiate the growth of BaCl{sub 2} nanocrystals upon thermal processing. Eu{sup 2+} ions are incorporated into the nanocrystals during the annealing procedure enabling a strong fluorescence upon ultraviolet or x-ray excitation. The nanocrystal size and structural phase depend significantly on the heating conditions and Eu doping level. X-ray diffraction patterns show a structural phase change of the BaCl{sub 2} nanocrystals from hexagonal to orthorhombic as annealing temperatures are increased. DSC experiments were performed to obtain activation energies, thermal stability parameters and information on the crystal growth mechanisms.

  5. Touch sensors based on planar liquid crystal-gated-organic field-effect transistors

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    Seo, Jooyeok; Lee, Chulyeon; Han, Hyemi; Lee, Sooyong; Nam, Sungho; Kim, Hwajeong; Lee, Joon-Hyung; Park, Soo-Young; Kang, Inn-Kyu; Kim, Youngkyoo

    2014-09-01

    We report a tactile touch sensor based on a planar liquid crystal-gated-organic field-effect transistor (LC-g-OFET) structure. The LC-g-OFET touch sensors were fabricated by forming the 10 μm thick LC layer (4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl - 5CB) on top of the 50 nm thick channel layer (poly(3-hexylthiophene) - P3HT) that is coated on the in-plane aligned drain/source/gate electrodes (indium-tin oxide - ITO). As an external physical stimulation to examine the tactile touch performance, a weak nitrogen flow (83.3 μl/s) was employed to stimulate the LC layer of the touch device. The LC-g-OFET device exhibited p-type transistor characteristics with a hole mobility of 1.5 cm2/Vs, but no sensing current by the nitrogen flow touch was measured at sufficiently high drain (VD) and gate (VG) voltages. However, a clear sensing current signal was detected at lower voltages, which was quite sensitive to the combination of VD and VG. The best voltage combination was VD = -0.2 V and VG = -1 V for the highest ratio of signal currents to base currents (i.e., signal-to-noise ratio). The change in the LC alignment upon the nitrogen flow touch was assigned as the mechanism for the present LC-g-OFET touch sensors.

  6. Organic Crystals with Near-Infrared Amplified Spontaneous Emissions Based on 2'-Hydroxychalcone Derivatives: Subtle Structure Modification but Great Property Change.

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    Cheng, Xiao; Wang, Kai; Huang, Shuo; Zhang, Houyu; Zhang, Hongyu; Wang, Yue

    2015-07-13

    A series of highly efficient deep red to near-infrared (NIR) emissive organic crystals 1-3 based on the structurally simple 2'-hydroxychalcone derivatives were synthesized through a simple one-step condensation reaction. Crystal 1 displays the highest quantum yield (Φf) of 0.32 among the reported organic single crystals with an emission maximum (λem) over 710 nm. Comparison between the bright emissive crystals 1-3 and the nearly nonluminous compounds 4-7 clearly gives evidence that a subtle structure modification can arouse great property changes, which is instructive in designing new high-efficiency organic luminescent materials. Notably, crystals 1-3 exhibit amplified spontaneous emissions (ASE) with extremely low thresholds. Thus, organic deep red to NIR emissive crystals with very high Φf have been obtained and are found to display the first example of NIR fluorescent crystal ASE.

  7. SYNTHESIS AND MESOMORPHIC PROPERTIES OF PALLADIUM CHELATES OF LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYSILOXANE WITH β-DIKETONE-BASED SIDE CHAINS

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    ZHOU Zhaohui; DAI Daorong; ZHANG Rongben

    1992-01-01

    A new type of palladium chelate of β-diketone-based side chain liquid crystal polysiloxane(Pd-DKLCP) has been synthesized by chelation reaction of palladium dichloride with polymeric ligand, β-diketone polysiloxane (DKLCP), using THF as solvent at R .T.. The Pd-chelation results in greatly increasing the phase transition temperature TK and the enthalpy change AHK from crystal to liquid crystal state and making the temperature range of LC state AT (A T=Tc1- TK) widened.All these chelates Pd-DKLCP's do not show TCl until decomposition at 205 ℃. It is noteworthy that the Pd-chelation can exert more positive effect on the mesomorphic behaviour of the polymer ligand than the counterpart Cu-DKLCP does. It is probable due to the bigger size of disc-like mesogen formed from β-diketone and Pd +2 ion with 4d orbital.

  8. Beam paths of flexural Lamb waves at high frequency in the first band within phononic crystal-based acoustic lenses

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    J. Zhao

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This work deals with an analytical and numerical study of the focusing of the lowest order anti-symmetric Lamb wave in gradient index phononic crystals. Computing the ray trajectories of the elastic beam allowed us to analyze the lateral dimensions and shape of the focus, either in the inner or behind the phononic crystal-based acoustic lenses, for frequencies within a broad range in the first band. We analyzed and discussed the focusing behaviors inside the acoustic lenses where the focalization at sub-wavelength scale was achieved. The focalization behind the gradient index phononic crystal is shown to be efficient as well: we report on FMHM = 0.63λ at 11MHz.

  9. Study of photoresponsivity in optoelectronic devices based on single crystal β-Ga2O3 epitaxial layers

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    Horng, Ray-Hua; Ravadgar, Parvaneh

    2013-03-01

    Single crystal β-Ga2O3 epitaxial layers have been prepared on c-axis (0001) sapphire substrates using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition technique at relatively low temperature. Post-annealing of β-Ga2O3 single crystals up to 800 °C does not affect the crystallinity, explored by x-ray diffraction, showing that β-Ga2O3 epitaxial layers are highly (-201) oriented. Metal-semiconductor-metal devices are fabricated on single crystals to study their photoresponsivity. A significant improvement in performance of post annealed-based devices is observed, attributed to point defect reduction. Annealing of as-grown samples results to a significant decrease in both oxygen and gallium vacancies, which are sources of current leakage.

  10. Effect of partial crystallization on the structural and Er3+ luminescence properties of phosphate-based glasses

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    Gestraud, C.; Glorieux, B.; Massera, J.; Petit, L.; Fargues, A.; Dussauze, M.; Cardinal, T.; Hupa, L.

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, the impact of B2O3, ZnO and TiO2 addition on the structure, Er3+ luminescence and crystallization of glasses in the Er2O3sbnd P2O5sbnd CaOsbnd SrOsbnd Na2O glass system is reported. The thermal properties of the as-prepared glasses were recorded using a DTA and the structure of the glasses prior to and after heat treatment was analyzed using Raman and IR spectroscopies. Crystallization of the glass after heat treatments was confirmed by the presence of sharp peaks in the XRD patterns. Based on the XRD pattern, two different crystalline phases are suspected to precipitate, the composition of which depends on the glass composition. From the spectroscopic properties of the glasses, the Er3+ ions are not suspected to be incorporated in the crystals.

  11. Development of a Compact Snow Crystal Formation Apparatus Based on a Diffusion Method Using a Peltier Device

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    Kojima, Shinsuke; Endo, Hiroshi; Seki, Mitsuo

    We developed a compact snow crystal formation apparatus based on a diffusion method using a Peltier device. This apparatus does not need an assemblage and is small enough to be operated on a desk. Anyone can easily observe snow crystal formation in a normal temperature room. We adopted a diffusion method because the shape enable that several people can simultaneously observe the snow crystal formation from above. To estimate a performance of the apparatus, we investigated temperature profiles in the apparatus by measurement and simulations with (Case 1) and without (Case 2) natural convection. As results of the simulations, Case 1 and Case 2 reached a steady state. In each case, temperature stratification condition was formed in lower part of the apparatus. From the comparison of the results of measurement and simulations, finally, it is concluded that there is a natural convection, but the air current is not so strong as disturbing the temperature stratification condition in the apparatus.

  12. Beam paths of flexural Lamb waves at high frequency in the first band within phononic crystal-based acoustic lenses

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    Zhao, J.; Boyko, O. [UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7588, Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, F-75005, Paris (France); Bonello, B., E-mail: bernard.bonello@insp.jussieu.fr [CNRS, UMR 7588, Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, F-75005, Paris (France)

    2014-12-15

    This work deals with an analytical and numerical study of the focusing of the lowest order anti-symmetric Lamb wave in gradient index phononic crystals. Computing the ray trajectories of the elastic beam allowed us to analyze the lateral dimensions and shape of the focus, either in the inner or behind the phononic crystal-based acoustic lenses, for frequencies within a broad range in the first band. We analyzed and discussed the focusing behaviors inside the acoustic lenses where the focalization at sub-wavelength scale was achieved. The focalization behind the gradient index phononic crystal is shown to be efficient as well: we report on FMHM = 0.63λ at 11MHz.

  13. Dual-functional sensor based on switchable plasmonic structure of VO2 nano-crystal films and Ag nanoparticles.

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    Yi, Mingfang; Lu, Changgui; Gong, Yan; Qi, Zhengqing; Cui, Yiping

    2014-12-01

    Utilizing the insulator-metal phase transition of vanadium dioxide (VO2) crystal films, we develop a dual-functional sensor based on the coupling between VO2 nano-crystal films and Ag nanoparticles, which can probe fluorescence or Raman signals on the same substrate and it is switchable by changing temperature. At room temperature, the VO2 crystal films is insulator phase and the fluorescence signals of probe molecules (R6G) is detectable (Raman is in "off"). At high temperature (such as 85 °C), the VO2 crystal films become metallic phase. Ag nanoparticles interact with the metal phase of VO2 crystal films to produce stronger localized electric field. The stronger electric field can excite the Raman signals of probe molecules (R6G) and the coupled structure can also emit the Raman signals out efficiently (Raman is in "on"). The switchable probe of fluorescence and Raman signals would have potential applications in active photoelectric components, such as intelligent switch and multifunctional active sensor etc.

  14. Influence of pulsing current on the glass transition and crystallizing kinetics of a Zr base bulk amorphous alloy

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    WU Wenfei; YAO Kefu; ZHAO Zhankui

    2004-01-01

    Based on the thermal analysis, the influence of pulsing current on the glass transition and crystallizing kinetics of Zr41.3Ti14.2Cu12.8Ni10.3Be21.4 bulk amorphous alloy has been studied. The obtained results show that after the Zr41.3Ti14.2Cu12.8Ni10.3Be21.4 bulk amorphous alloy was pretreated by high-density pulsing current at low temperature, its glass transition temperature Tg, the initial crystallizing temperature Tx and the corresponding exothermic peak of crystallization Tpi were reduced. But the temperature range of supercooled liquid ΔT=Tx-Tg is almost the same. The calculated results with Kissinger equation show that the activation energy of glass transition of the alloy pretreated is reduced significantly, while the activation energy of crystallization is basically unchanged. The influence of pulsing current on the glass transition and crystallization of the Zr41.3Ti14.2Cu12.8Ni10.3Be21.4 bulk amorphous alloy is believed to be related with the structure relaxation of the glass caused by the current.

  15. Crystallization Analysis and Control of Ammonia-Based Air Source Absorption Heat Pump in Cold Regions

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    Wei Wu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Energy consumption of heating and domestic hot water is very high and will keep increasing. Air source absorption heat pump (ASAHP was proposed to overcome the problems of low energy efficiency and high air pollution existing in boiler systems, as well as the problem of bad performance under low ambient temperatures for electrical heat pumps. In order to investigate the crystallization possibility of ammonia-salt ASAHP, crystallization margin (evaluated by solution mass concentration at generating temperature ranging from 100 to 150°C, evaporating temperature from −30 to 10°C, and condensing temperature from 30 to 65°C are analyzed. To prevent the NH3–NaSCN solution from crystallizing, ASAHP integrated with pressure booster located between the evaporator and absorber is simulated. Analysis and comparisons show that NH3–NaSCN is easy to crystallize at relatively high generating temperature, low evaporating temperature, and low condensing temperature. But crystallization margin of NH3–LiNO3 can always stay above 5% for most conditions, keeping away from crystallization. Pressure booster can effectively avoid the crystallization problem that will take place in the NH3–NaSCN ASAHP system.

  16. Orientation dependence of the stress rupture properties of Nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.

    1981-05-01

    The influence of orientation of the stress rupture behavior of Mar-M247 single crystals was studied. Stress rupture tests were performed at 724 MPa and 774 C where the effect of anisotropy is prominent. The mechanical behavior of the single crystals was rationalized on the basis of the Schmid factors for the operative slip systems and the lattice rotations which the crystals underwent during deformation. The stress rupture lives were found to be greatly influenced by the lattice rotations required to produce intersecting slip, because steady-state creep does not begin until after the onset of intersecting slip. Crystals which required large rotations to become oriented for intersecting slip exhibited a large primary creep strain, a large effective stress level at the onset of steady-state creep, and consequently a short stress rupture life. A unified analysis was attained for the stress rupture behavior of the Mar-M247 single crystals tested in this study at 774 C and that of the Mar-M200 single crystals tested in a prior study at 760 C. In this analysis, the standard 001-011-111 stereographic triangle was divided into several regions of crystallographic orientation which were rank ordered according to stress rupture life for this temperature regime. This plot indicates that those crystals having orientations within about 25 deg of the 001 exhibited significantly longer lives when their orientations were closer to the 001-011 boundary of the stereographic triangle than to the 001-111 boundary.

  17. Therapeutic Crystals

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    Bond, Charles S.

    2014-01-01

    Some readers might not fully know what the difference is between crystallography, and the "new age" practice of dangling crystals around the body to capitalise on their healing energy. The latter is often considered to be superstition, while ironically, the former has actually resulted in real rationally-based healing of human diseases…

  18. Long-term evaluation of a liquid crystal polymer (LCP)-based retinal prosthesis

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    Jeong, Joonsoo; Bae, So Hyun; Seo, Jong-Mo; Chung, Hum; Kim, Sung June

    2016-04-01

    Objective. The aim of this study is to evaluate the long-term reliability of a recently presented liquid crystal polymer (LCP) -based retinal prosthesis in vitro as well as in vivo. Because an all-polymer implant introduces another intrinsic leak type due to gas permeation, for which the traditional helium leak test for metallic packages was not designed to quantify, a new method to investigate its durability is required. Approach. We designed and carried out a series of reliability tests specifically for all-polymer implants by quantitatively investigating moisture ingress through various pathways of the polymer surface, and the polymer-polymer and polymer-metal adhesions. Moisture permeation through the bulk material was estimated by analytic calculation, while water ingress through the adhesively sealed LCP-LCP and LCP-metal interfaces was investigated using the separate parts of an electrode array and a package in an accelerated aging condition. In vivo tests were done in rabbits to examine the long-term biocompatibility and implantation stability by fundus observation and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. Main results. The analytic calculation estimated good barrier properties of the LCP. Samples of the LCP-based electrode array failed after 114 days in 87 °C saline as a result of water penetration through the LCP-metal interface. An eye-conformable LCP package survived for 87 days in an accelerated condition at 87 °C. The in vivo results confirmed that no adverse effects were observed around the retina 2.5 years after the implantation of the device. Significance. These long-term evaluation results show the potential for the chronic use of LCP-based biomedical implants to provide an alternative to traditional metallic packages.

  19. A MICROMECHANICAL MODEL FOR γ-TiAl BASE PST CRYSTALS

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    J.L. Su; G.K. Hu

    2005-01-01

    An analytical micromechanical method is proposed to examine the dependence of plastic deformation on the microstructure for a PST crystal. The sub-domain rnicrostructure of the γ phase and the effect of the α2 phase are taken into account by a proper micromechanical formulation,the dislocation slip and twinning deformation mechanisms are considered in the context of crystal plasticity. The model can well predict the dependence of stress-strain relations on loading angle with respect to the microstructure. The influence of the twinning and lamellar spacing on the deformation behavior and biaxial yield surfaces for PST crystals are also examined.

  20. Investigation on Crystallization Kinetics of Zr-AI-Based Bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    王国明; 李维火; 方守狮; 华勤; 肖学山

    2005-01-01

    Zr65Al10Ni10Cu15, Zr52.5Al10Ni10Cu15Be12.5 and Zr52.5Al10Ni14.6 Cu17.9Ti5bulk amorphous alloys were prepared by copper mould casting. The crystallization kinetics was measured by differential scanning calorimeter(DSC) with different heating rates, and the activation energy was calculated using Kissinger equation. The relationship between thermal stability and rate constant of crystallization reaction is discussed on the view of crystallization kinetics, and the effect of small atom Beryllium on thermal stability of bulk amorphous alloys is also studied.

  1. Photonic bandgap properties of void-based body-centered-cubic photonic crystals in polymer.

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    Zhou, Guangyong; Ventura, Michael; Gu, Min; Matthews, Aaron; Kivshar, Yuri

    2005-06-13

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of void-based body-centered-cubic (bcc) photonic crystals in a solidified transparent polymer by the use of a femtosecond laser-driven microexplosion method. The change in the refractive index in the region surrounding the void dots that form the bcc structures is verified by presenting confocal microscope images, and the bandgap properties are characterized by using a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. The effect of the angle of incidence on the photonic bandgaps is also studied. We observe multiple stop gaps with a suppression rate of the main gap of 47% for a bcc structure with a lattice constant of 2.77 microm, where the first and second stop gaps are located at 3.7 microm and 2.2 microm, respectively. We also present a theoretical approach to characterize the refractive index of the material for calculating the bandgap spectra, and confirm that the wavelengths of the observed bandgaps are in good correlation with the analytical predictions.

  2. Oral and transdermal drug delivery systems: role of lipid-based lyotropic liquid crystals.

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    Rajabalaya, Rajan; Musa, Muhammad Nuh; Kifli, Nurolaini; David, Sheba R

    2017-01-01

    Liquid crystal (LC) dosage forms, particularly those using lipid-based lyotropic LCs (LLCs), have generated considerable interest as potential drug delivery systems. LCs have the physical properties of liquids but retain some of the structural characteristics of crystalline solids. They are compatible with hydrophobic and hydrophilic compounds of many different classes and can protect even biologicals and nucleic acids from degradation. This review, focused on research conducted over the past 5 years, discusses the structural evaluation of LCs and their effects in drug formulations. The structural classification of LLCs into lamellar, hexagonal and micellar cubic phases is described. The structures of these phases are influenced by the addition of surfactants, which include a variety of nontoxic, biodegradable lipids; these also enhance drug solubility. LLC structure influences drug localization, particle size and viscosity, which, in turn, determine drug delivery properties. Through several specific examples, we describe the applications of LLCs in oral and topical drug formulations, the latter including transdermal and ocular delivery. In oral LLC formulations, micelle compositions and the resulting LLC structures can determine drug solubilization and stability as well as intestinal transport and absorption. Similarly, in topical LLC formulations, composition can influence whether the drug is retained in the skin or delivered transdermally. Owing to their enhancement of drug stability and promotion of controlled drug delivery, LLCs are becoming increasingly popular in pharmaceutical formulations.

  3. Scientific developments of liquid crystal-based optical memory: a review

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    Prakash, Jai; Chandran, Achu; Biradar, Ashok M.

    2017-01-01

    The memory behavior in liquid crystals (LCs), although rarely observed, has made very significant headway over the past three decades since their discovery in nematic type LCs. It has gone from a mere scientific curiosity to application in variety of commodities. The memory element formed by numerous LCs have been protected by patents, and some commercialized, and used as compensation to non-volatile memory devices, and as memory in personal computers and digital cameras. They also have the low cost, large area, high speed, and high density memory needed for advanced computers and digital electronics. Short and long duration memory behavior for industrial applications have been obtained from several LC materials, and an LC memory with interesting features and applications has been demonstrated using numerous LCs. However, considerable challenges still exist in searching for highly efficient, stable, and long-lifespan materials and methods so that the development of useful memory devices is possible. This review focuses on the scientific and technological approach of fascinating applications of LC-based memory. We address the introduction, development status, novel design and engineering principles, and parameters of LC memory. We also address how the amalgamation of LCs could bring significant change/improvement in memory effects in the emerging field of nanotechnology, and the application of LC memory as the active component for futuristic and interesting memory devices.

  4. Surface Plasmon Resonance Temperature Sensor Based on Photonic Crystal Fibers Randomly Filled with Silver Nanowires

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    Nannan Luan

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available We propose a temperature sensor design based on surface plasmon resonances (SPRs supported by filling the holes of a six-hole photonic crystal fiber (PCF with a silver nanowire. A liquid mixture (ethanol and chloroform with a large thermo-optic coefficient is filled into the PCF holes as sensing medium. The filled silver nanowires can support resonance peaks and the peak will shift when temperature variations induce changes in the refractive indices of the mixture. By measuring the peak shift, the temperature change can be detected. The resonance peak is extremely sensitive to temperature because the refractive index of the filled mixture is close to that of the PCF material. Our numerical results indicate that a temperature sensitivity as high as 4 nm/K can be achieved and that the most sensitive range of the sensor can be tuned by changing the volume ratios of ethanol and chloroform. Moreover, the maximal sensitivity is relatively stable with random filled nanowires, which will be very convenient for the sensor fabrication.

  5. Molecular dynamics study of mosaic structure in the Ni-based single-crystal superalloy

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    Zhu Tao; Wang Chong-Yu

    2006-01-01

    The mosaic structure in a Ni-based single-crystal superalloy is simulated by molecular dynamics using a potential employed in a modified analytic embedded atom method. From the calculated results we find that a closed three dimensional misfit dislocation network, with index of {100} and the side length of the mesh 89.6(A), is formed around a cuboidal γ' precipitate. Comparing the simulation results of the different mosaic models, we find that the side length of the mesh only depends on the lattice parameters of the γ and γ' phases as well as the γ/γ' interface direction, but is independent of the size and number of the cuboidal γ' precipitate. The density of dislocations is inversely proportional to the size of the cuboidal γ' precipitate, i.e. the amount of the dislocation is proportional to the total area of the γ/γ' interface, which may be used to explain the relation between the amount of the fine γ' particles and the creep rupture life of the superalloy. In addition, the closed three-dimensional networks assembled with the misfit dislocations can play a significant role in improving the mechanical properties of superalloys.

  6. Progress in hollow core photonic crystal fiber for atomic vapour based coherent optics

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    Bradley, T. D.; Wang, Y. Y.; Alharbi, M.; Fourcade Dutin, C.; Mangan, B. J.; Wheeler, N. V.; Benabid, F.

    2012-03-01

    We report on progress in different hollow core photonic crystal fiber (HC-PCF) design and fabrication for atomic vapor based applications. We have fabricated a Photonic bandgap (PBG) guiding HC-PCF with a record loss of 107dB/km at 785nm in this class of fiber. A double photonic bandgap (DPBG) guiding HC-PCF with guidance bands centred at 780nm and 1064nm is reported. A 7-cell 3-ring Kagome HC-PCF with hypocycloid core is reported, the optical loss at 780nm has been reduced to 70dB/km which to the best of our knowledge is the lowest optical loss reported at this wavelength using HC-PCF. Details on experimental loading of alkali metal vapours using a far off red detuned laser are reported. This optical loading has been shown to decrease the necessary loading time for Rb into the hollow core of a fiber. The quantity of Rb within the fiber core has been enhanced by a maximum of 14% through this loading procedure.

  7. Oral and transdermal drug delivery systems: role of lipid-based lyotropic liquid crystals

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    Rajabalaya, Rajan; Musa, Muhammad Nuh; Kifli, Nurolaini; David, Sheba R

    2017-01-01

    Liquid crystal (LC) dosage forms, particularly those using lipid-based lyotropic LCs (LLCs), have generated considerable interest as potential drug delivery systems. LCs have the physical properties of liquids but retain some of the structural characteristics of crystalline solids. They are compatible with hydrophobic and hydrophilic compounds of many different classes and can protect even biologicals and nucleic acids from degradation. This review, focused on research conducted over the past 5 years, discusses the structural evaluation of LCs and their effects in drug formulations. The structural classification of LLCs into lamellar, hexagonal and micellar cubic phases is described. The structures of these phases are influenced by the addition of surfactants, which include a variety of nontoxic, biodegradable lipids; these also enhance drug solubility. LLC structure influences drug localization, particle size and viscosity, which, in turn, determine drug delivery properties. Through several specific examples, we describe the applications of LLCs in oral and topical drug formulations, the latter including transdermal and ocular delivery. In oral LLC formulations, micelle compositions and the resulting LLC structures can determine drug solubilization and stability as well as intestinal transport and absorption. Similarly, in topical LLC formulations, composition can influence whether the drug is retained in the skin or delivered transdermally. Owing to their enhancement of drug stability and promotion of controlled drug delivery, LLCs are becoming increasingly popular in pharmaceutical formulations. PMID:28243062

  8. Realization of large-scale photonic crystal cavity-based devices

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    Goyal, Amit Kumar; Dutta, Hemant Sankar; Singh, Sumitra; Kaur, Mandeep; Husale, Sudhir; Pal, Suchandan

    2016-07-01

    This paper demonstrates an approach for fabricating large-scale photonic crystal (PhC)-based devices using a combination of optical and focused ion beam (FIB) lithography techniques. Optical lithography along with reactive ion etching parameters is optimized to realize the layout of device structure and thereafter FIB milling is optimized to realize the designed PhC structure at those identified locations. At first, with the help of a specially designed mask and using optical lithography along with reactive ion etching, a number of rectangular areas of dimension of 10 μm×20 μm along with input and output waveguides of width ˜700 nm and thickness of ˜250 nm have been fabricated. Subsequently, use of FIB milling, a periodic PhC structure of lattice constant of 600 nm, having a hole diameter of ˜480 nm along with a defect hole diameter of ˜250 nm have been realized successfully on the selected areas. This method shows a promising application in fabricating PhC structure with device size >1 cm2 at large scale, eliminating the problems of standard nanolithography techniques.

  9. Fiber Sagnac interferometer based on a liquid-filled photonic crystal fiber for temperature sensing

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    Liu, Qiang; Li, Shu-Guang; Shi, Min

    2016-12-01

    A fiber Sagnac interferometer based on the square-lattice photonic crystal fiber (PCF) for temperature sensing is designed. All the air holes are assumed to be filled with temperature sensitive liquid. The temperature sensing characteristics are analyzed by finite element method (FEM). The phase birefringence B, the group birefringence Bg, and the sensitivity dependence on the operable wavelength λ are studied, and the temperature varies from 25 °C to 85 °C. The birefringence sensitive coefficient of ∂ B / ∂ T is -10-7 / ° C. The sensitivity could reach to -11.9 nm/°C (-29 750 nm/RIU) at 1.8 μm as the temperature is 25 °C. The sensitivity is also studied by the transmission spectrum, and the wavelength spacing between the resonance wavelengths at 85 °C can reach to 492 nm. The average sensitivity could reach to -7.54 nm/°C (-18 850 nm/RIU). The diameter d1 on the sensing characteristics of the temperature sensor is also analyzed. The temperature sensor shows high sensitivity and broad detecting window.

  10. Multiplexed cancer biomarker detection using quartz-based photonic crystal surfaces.

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    Huang, Cheng-Sheng; Chaudhery, Vikram; Pokhriyal, Anusha; George, Sherine; Polans, James; Lu, Meng; Tan, Ruimin; Zangar, Richard C; Cunningham, Brian T

    2012-01-17

    A photonic crystal (PC) surface is demonstrated as a high-sensitivity platform for detection of a panel of 21 cancer biomarker antigens using a sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) microarray format. A quartz-based PC structure fabricated by nanoimprint lithography, selected for its low autofluorescence, supports two independent optical resonances that simultaneously enable enhancement of fluorescence detection of biomarkers and label-free quantification of the density of antibody capture spots. A detection instrument is demonstrated that supports fluorescence and label-free imaging modalities, with the ability to optimize the fluorescence enhancement factor on a pixel-by-pixel basis throughout the microarray using an angle-scanning approach for the excitation laser that automatically compensates for variability in surface chemistry density and capture spot density. Measurements show that the angle-scanning illumination approach reduces the coefficient of variation of replicate assays by 20-99% compared to ordinary fluorescence microscopy, thus supporting reduction in limits of detectable biomarker concentration. Using the PC resonance, biomarkers in mixed samples were detectable at the lowest concentrations tested (2.1-41 pg/mL), resulting in a three-log range of quantitative detection.

  11. Design and Experimental Demonstration of Cherenkov Radiation Source Based on Metallic Photonic Crystal Slow Wave Structure

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    Fu, Tao; Yang, Zi-Qiang; Ouyang, Zheng-Biao

    2016-11-01

    This paper presents a kind of Cherenkov radiation source based on metallic photonic crystal (MPC) slow-wave structure (SWS) cavity. The Cherenkov source designed by linear theory works at 34.7 GHz when the cathode voltage is 550 kV. The three-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation of the SWS shows the operating frequency of 35.56 GHz with a single TM01 mode is basically consistent with the theoretically one under the same parameters. An experiment was implemented to testify the results of theory and PIC simulation. The experimental system includes a cathode emitting unit, the SWS, a magnetic system, an output antenna, and detectors. Experimental results show that the operating frequency through detecting the retarded time of wave propagation in waveguides is around 35.5 GHz with a single TM01 mode and an output power reaching 54 MW. It indicates that the MPC structure can reduce mode competition. The purpose of the paper is to show in theory and in preliminary experiment that a SWS with PBG can produce microwaves in TM01 mode. But it still provides a good experimental and theoretical foundation for designing high-power microwave devices.

  12. Two Octaves Supercontinuum Generation in Lead-Bismuth Glass Based Photonic Crystal Fiber

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    Ryszard Buczynski

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we report a two octave spanning supercontinuum generation in a bandwidth of 700–3000 nm in a single-mode photonic crystal fiber made of lead-bismuth-gallate glass. To our knowledge this is the broadest supercontinuum reported in heavy metal oxide glass based fibers. The fiber was fabricated using an in-house synthesized glass with optimized nonlinear, rheological and transmission properties in the range of 500–4800 nm. The photonic cladding consists of 8 rings of air holes. The fiber has a zero dispersion wavelength (ZDW at 1460 nm. Its dispersion is determined mainly by the first ring of holes in the cladding with a relative hole size of 0.73. Relative hole size of the remaining seven rings is 0.54, which allows single mode performance of the fiber in the infrared range and reduces attenuation of the fundamental mode. The fiber is pumped into anomalous dispersion with 150 fs pulses at 1540 nm. Observed spectrum of 700–3000 nm was generated in 2 cm of fiber with pulse energy below 4 nJ. A flatness of 5 dB was observed in 950–2500 nm range.

  13. Detection and analysis of Bacillus subtilis growth with piezoelectric quartz crystal impedance based on starch hydrolysis.

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    Wu, Y; Xie, Q; Zhou, A; Zhang, Y; Nie, L; Yao, S; Mo, X

    2000-10-01

    A piezoelectric quartz crystal (PQC) impedance method based on the alpha-amylase-catalyzed hydrolysis of starch present in a culture medium has been developed for in situ monitoring of the whole growth process of Bacillus subtilis and the variation in the activity of alpha-amylase during bacterial growth. An S-shaped response behavior was observed for Deltaf(0), and simultaneously inverse S-shaped responses were found for DeltaR(1) and DeltaL(1). The ratio of DeltaR(1) to Deltaf(0) or DeltaL(1) coincided well with that calculated from Martin's equations reflecting the solution density-viscosity effect, suggesting that the continuing change in liquid loading onto the PQC surface causes significant variation in Deltaf(0), DeltaR(1), and DeltaL(1). Bacterial growth equations were derived from the kinetics of the enzyme-catalyzed hydrolysis of starch, which fit well with the experimental responses of Deltaf(0), DeltaR(1), and DeltaL(1). Kinetic parameters of bacterial growth, including the asymptote (A), the maximum specific growth rate (microm), and the lag time (lambda), were obtained and were in good agreement with those obtained from the pour plate count method. The variation in the activity of alpha-amylase exhibited peak-type behavior with its maximum value at the later stage of the log phase. In addition, the influence of initial bacterial concentration was also investigated.

  14. Mono/dual-polarization refractive-index biosensors with enhanced sensitivity based on annular photonic crystals

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    Jiang, Liyong; Zhang, We; Li, Xiangyin

    2014-01-01

    To promote the development of two-dimensional (2D) photonic crystals (PCs) based refractive-index (RI) biosensors, there is an urgent requirement of an effective approach to improve the RI sensitivity of 2D PCs (usually less than 500 nm/RIU). In this work, the photonic band gap (PBG) feature and the corresponding RI sensitivity of the air-ring type 2D annular PCs (APCs) have been studied in detail. Such type of 2D PCs can easily and apparently improve the RI sensitivity in comparison with conventional air-hole type 2D PCs that have been widely studied in previous works. This is because the APCs can naturally exhibit suppressed up edge of PBG that can strongly affect the final RI sensitivity. In general, an enhanced sensing performance of as high as up to 2-3 times RI sensitivity can be obtained from pure 2D APCs. Such high RI sensitivity is also available in three typical waveguides developed from pure 2D APCs. Furthermore, a new conception of dual-polarization RI biosensors has been proposed by defining the ...

  15. Creep deformation behaviour of Rhenium free Ni-based single crystal superalloys LSC-15

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    Tsuno Nobuyasu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, creep deformation behavior of Ni-based single crystal superalloys LSC-15 were studied. LSC-15 does not include Rhenium and has been developed by IHI Corporation Japan. Creep tests were performed at 1000 and 1050 ∘C under several stress levels. The creep deformation behaviour was different between test temperatures at 1000 ∘C and 1050 ∘C. Moreover, the relationship between the minimum creep rate and stress was different at the various temperatures. The stress exponent values at 1000 ∘C and 1050 ∘C, were n = 6 and 12 respectively. This difference was due to differences in the formation of dislocation network. At 1000 ∘C, when the minimum creep rate, the dislocation network formed completely independent of stress level. On the other hand, at 1050 ∘C, the dislocation network had not developed fully at the minimum creep rate and the formation of dislocation network depended on the stress level. Therefore, stress dependency at 1050 ∘C is higher than that at 1000 ∘C.

  16. Design and analysis of a photonic crystal fiber based polarization filter using surface plasmon resonance

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    Yogalakshmi, S.; Selvendran, S.; Sivanantha Raja, A.

    2016-05-01

    A photonic crystal fiber with an active metal nanowire is proposed to act as a polarization filter based on the principle of plasmonic resonance. The light launched into the silica core gets coupled to gold wire inducing surface plasmon resonance, filtering one of the two orthogonally polarized light waves in the third optical communication window. This polarization filtering characteristic is analyzed using the finite element method. The change in the performance behaviour of the proposed filter is investigated by increasing the number of embedded gold wires, altering their positions and varying the diameter of gold wire. It is found that enhanced absorption of the core guided mode is achieved by replacing the filled metal nanowire with a metal coating around the air hole. Filtering of any or both polarizations can be attained by suitably positioning the metal wires. Confinement loss as high as 348.55 and 302 dB cm-1 for y-polarized and x-polarized lights respectively are attained at 1.52 and 1.56 μm respectively for single gold wire. The filter acts as a single polarization filter filtering x-polarized light with a confinement loss value of 187.67 dB cm-1 when two gold nanowires are placed adjacently. The same structure acts as the filter for y-polarized light by employing gold coating exhibiting an increased confinement loss of 406.34 dB cm-1 at 1.64 μm.

  17. Crystallization behavior of a melt-spun Fe-Ni based steel

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    Michal, G. M.; Laxmanan, V.; Glasgow, T. K.

    1987-01-01

    Whether Fe-Ni-based alloys solidify with a bcc or fcc structure has been observed by many investigators to be a stronger function of kinetics and undercooling than strictly free-energy minimization. Such behavior has been observed in an Fe(52.8)Ni(28.7)Al(3.4)Ti(6.1)B(9.0) alloy. The alloy was cast as ribbons about 45 microns thick using a dual free-jet variation of chillbock melt spinning against a Cu wheel. Optical, X-ray, and electron analyses of the as-cast and annealed ribbons were performed. A microstructure of at least four layers containing combinations of ecc, bcc, and amorphous phases in differing proportions was observed in the as-cast ribbon. The midthickness layer had the most unusual features, containing fcc grains about 75 nm in size encompassing spherulitic regions as large as 15 microns comprised of fcc grains about 25 nm in size. The crystallization sequence responsible for the as-cast microstructure is discussed in terms of the competition between the formation of bcc and fcc phases as influenced by undercooling, recalescence, and variations in cooling rate experienced by the as-cast ribbon.

  18. Syntheses, crystal structures, and properties of four complexes based on polycarboxylate and imidazole ligands

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    Qiao, Rui [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuyang University, Fuyang 236041 (China); Chen, Shui-Sheng, E-mail: chenss@fync.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuyang University, Fuyang 236041 (China); Coordination Chemistry Institute, State Key Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Sheng, Liang-Quan; Yang, Song; Li, Wei-Dong [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuyang University, Fuyang 236041 (China)

    2015-08-15

    Four metal–organic coordination polymers [Zn(HL)(H{sub 2}O)]·4H{sub 2}O (1), [Zn(HL)(L{sub 1})]·4H{sub 2}O (2), [Cu(HL)(H{sub 2}O)]·3H{sub 2}O (3) and [Cu(HL)(L{sub 1})]·5H{sub 2}O (4) were synthesized by reactions of the corresponding metal(II) salts with semirigid polycarboxylate ligand (5-((4-carboxypiperidin-1-yl)methyl)isophthalic acid hydrochloride, H{sub 3}L·HCl) or auxiliary ligand (1,4-di(1H-imidazol-4-yl)benzene, L{sub 1}). The structures of the compounds were characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The use of auxiliary ligand L{sub 1} has great influence on the structures of two pairs of complexes 1, 2 and 3, 4. Complex 1 is a uninodal 3-connected rare 2-fold interpenetrating ZnSc net with a Point (Schlafli) symbol of (10{sup 3}) while 2 is a one-dimensional (1D) ladder structure. Compound 3 features a two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb network with typical 6{sup 3}-hcb topology, while 4 is 2D network with (4, 4) sql topology based on binuclear Cu{sup II} subunits. The non-covalent bonding interactions such as hydrogen bonds, π···π stacking and C–H···π exist in complexes 1–4, which contributes to stabilize crystal structure and extend the low-dimensional entities into high-dimensional frameworks. And the photoluminescent property of 1 and 2 and gas sorption property of 4 have been investigated. - Graphical abstract: Four new coordination polymers have been obtained and their photoluminescent and gas sorption properties have also been investigated. - Highlights: • Two pairs of Zn{sup II}/ Cu{sup II} compounds have been synthesized. • Auxiliary ligand-controlled assembly of the complexes is reported. • The luminescent properties of complexes 1–2 were investigated. • The gas sorption property of 4 has been investigated.

  19. Small animal PET based on 16x16 TSV-MPPCs and monolithic crystals

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    Gonzalez, Antonio; Aguilar, Albert Talens; Conde, Pablo; Hernadez, Liczandro Hernadez; Vidal San Sebastian, Luis Fernando [Institute for Instrumentation in Molecular Imaging, i3M-CSIC, Valencia (Spain); Salbador, Carlos Correcher; Solsona, Cesar Molinos [Oncovision, Valencia (Spain); Junge, Sven; Lankes, Konrad [Bruker BioSpin (Germany); Benlloch, Jose Maria [Institute for Instrumentation in Molecular Imaging, i3M-CSIC, Valencia (Spain)

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    In this work we present the design of a small animal PET based on 8 high-density arrays of MPPCs and monolithic scintillators. The MPPCs arrays are composed of 16x16 TSV-type (3x3 mm{sup 2}) elements covering a rough active area of 5x5 cm{sup 2}. A single LYSO block with a thickness of 10mm has been mounted on each detector. Black paint has been applied to the entrance and lateral faces of the crystal to preserve the scintillation light distribution. The axial and transaxial FOVs of one ring are 48 mm and 80 mm, respectively. Each MPPC array has been directly attached to a resistive readout circuit that provides outputs for each row and column of the array. These 32 signals are read with flexible boards 30 cm apart from the PET detector without any additional connectors in between. The PET-system is intended for in-line acquisition in front of MR scanners and as PET-insert inside the sensitive MRI volume. For this purpose, it is necessary to avoid magnetic sensible materials, such as nickel, and to prevent eddy currents in metallic structures induced by the MRI gradients. All detectors are air cooled and kept at temperatures of approximately 20{sup o}C with a variation below 0.05{sup o}C. The intrinsic resolution is 2.2 mm at the crystal center (averaged over all 2.6 mm) when Center of Gravity methods are used to resolve the impact position. This value is about a factor 1.5 better than results obtained with the H8500 PSPMT (64 PADs) and similar scintillators. With an improved collimator with holes with only 0.8mm diameter and a length of 70 mm, an intrinsic detector resolution of 1.1mm was reached. The energy resolutions of ROIs of 1x1 cm{sup 2} showed FWHM values in the range of 14%.

  20. Wideband, 50 dB Attenuation Range Liquid Crystal Based Variable Optical Attenuator

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    J.J.; Pan; Henry; He; Eric; Zhang

    2003-01-01

    A compact variable optical attenuator, covering C and L bands with over 50 dB attenuation range, is realized using a single liquid crystal cell with a tilted fused silica coating compensating the cell's small residual birefringence.

  1. Light-Propagation Characteristics of Photonic Crystal Waveguide Based on SOI Materials at Different Polarized States

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    WANG Chun-Xia; XU Xing-Sheng; LI Fang; DU Wei; XIONG Gui-Guang; LIU Yu-Liang; CHEN Hong-Da

    2006-01-01

    @@ Strgight single-line defect optical waveguides in photonic crystal slabs are designed by the plane wave expansion method and fabricated into silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer by 248-nm deep UV lithography.

  2. High-performance Refractive Index Sensor Based on Photonic Crystal Single Mode Resonant Micro-cavity

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    Shengye Huang; Junfeng Shi; Dongsheng Wang; Wei Li

    2006-01-01

    An effective refractive index sensor built with square lattice photonic crystal is proposed, which can be applicable to photonic integrated circuits. Two photonic crystal waveguides rather than conventional ridge waveguides are used as entrance/exit waveguides to the micro-cavity. Three layers of photonic lattice are set between the photonic crystal waveguides and the micro-cavity to achieve both a high transmission and a high sensitivity. The plane wave method is utilized to calculate the disperse curves and the finite difference time domain scheme is employed to simulate the light propagation. At the resonant wavelength of about 1500 nm, the resonant wavelength shifts up by 0.7 nm for each increment of △n=0.001. A transmission of more than 0.75 is observed. Although the position disorder of the photonic crystal doesn't affect the sensitivity of the sensor,the transmission reduces rapidly as the disorder increases.

  3. Spatial mode effects in a cavity-EIT based quantum memory with ion Coulomb crystals

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    Zangenberg, Kasper Rothe; Dantan, Aurelien Romain; Drewsen, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Quantum storage and retrieval of light in ion Coulomb crystals using cavity electromagnetically induced transparency are investigated theoretically. It is found that when both the control and the probe fields are coupled to the same spatial cavity mode, their transverse mode profile affects the q...... the quantum memory efficiency in a non-trivial way. Under such conditions, the control-field parameters and crystal dimensions that maximize the memory efficiency are calculated....

  4. Spatial mode effects in a cavity EIT-based quantum memory with ion Coulomb crystals

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    Zangenberg, Kasper R; Drewsen, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Quantum storage and retrieval of light in ion Coulomb crystals using cavity electromagnetically induced transparency is investigated theoretically. It is found that, when both the control and probe fields are coupled to the same cavity mode, their transverse mode profile affects the quantum memory efficiency in a non-trivial way. Under such conditions the control field parameters and crystal dimensions that maximize the memory efficiency are calculated.

  5. Young tableaux and crystal base for U_q(osp(1|2n))

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    2010-01-01

    Let Uq(osp(1|2n)) be the quantized enveloping superalgebra corresponding to the Lie superalgebra osp(1|2n). In terms of semistandard Young tableaux satisfying some additional conditions, a realization of crystal graph of finite-dimensional irreducible modules of Uq(osp(1|2n)) is given. Also, the generalized LittlewoodRichardson rule for tensor product of crystal graphs is established.

  6. A Raman cell based on hollow core photonic crystal fiber for human breath analysis

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    Chow, Kam Kong; Zeng, Haishan, E-mail: hzeng@bccrc.ca [Imaging Unit – Integrative Oncology Department, British Columbia Cancer Agency Research Centre, 675 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1L3, Canada and Medical Physics Program – Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia, 6224 Agricultural Road, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1 (Canada); Short, Michael; Lam, Stephen; McWilliams, Annette [Imaging Unit – Integrative Oncology Department, British Columbia Cancer Agency Research Centre, 675 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1L3 (Canada)

    2014-09-15

    Purpose: Breath analysis has a potential prospect to benefit the medical field based on its perceived advantages to become a point-of-care, easy to use, and cost-effective technology. Early studies done by mass spectrometry show that volatile organic compounds from human breath can represent certain disease states of our bodies, such as lung cancer, and revealed the potential of breath analysis. But mass spectrometry is costly and has slow-turnaround time. The authors’ goal is to develop a more portable and cost effective device based on Raman spectroscopy and hollow core-photonic crystal fiber (HC-PCF) for breath analysis. Methods: Raman scattering is a photon-molecular interaction based on the kinetic modes of an analyte which offers unique fingerprint type signals that allow molecular identification. HC-PCF is a novel light guide which allows light to be confined in a hollow core and it can be filled with a gaseous sample. Raman signals generated by the gaseous sample (i.e., human breath) can be guided and collected effectively for spectral analysis. Results: A Raman-cell based on HC-PCF in the near infrared wavelength range was developed and tested in a single pass forward-scattering mode for different gaseous samples. Raman spectra were obtained successfully from reference gases (hydrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide gases), ambient air, and a human breath sample. The calculated minimum detectable concentration of this system was ∼15 parts per million by volume, determined by measuring the carbon dioxide concentration in ambient air via the characteristic Raman peaks at 1286 and 1388 cm{sup −1}. Conclusions: The results of this study were compared to a previous study using HC-PCF to trap industrial gases and backward-scatter 514.5 nm light from them. The authors found that the method presented in this paper has an advantage to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). This SNR advantage, coupled with the better transmission of HC-PCF in the near-IR than in the

  7. Nonlinear ultrafast switching based on soliton self-trapping in dual-core photonic crystal fibre

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    Stajanca, P.; Bugar, I.

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, we present a systematic numerical study of a novel ultrafast nonlinear switching concept based on soliton self-trapping in dual-core (DC) photonic crystal fibre (PCF). The geometrical parameters of highly-nonlinear (HN) DC microstructure are optimized with regard to desired linear and nonlinear propagation characteristics. The comparable magnitude of fibre coupling length and soliton period is identified as a key condition for presented switching concept. The optimized DC PCF design is subjected to detailed nonlinear numerical study. Complex temporal-spectral-spatial transformations of 100 fs hyperbolic secant pulse at 1550 nm in the DC PCF are studied numerically employing a model based on coupled generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equations solved by a split-step Fourier method. For the optimized DC structure, mutual interplay of solitonic and coupling processes gives rise to nonlinear switching of self-trapped soliton. The output channel (fibre core) for the generated soliton can be controlled via the input pulse energy. For vertical polarization, the optimal soliton switching with extinction ratio contrast of 32.4 dB at 10.75 mm propagation distance is achieved. Even better switching contrast of 34.8 dB can be achieved for horizontal polarization at optimal propagation distance of 10.25 mm. Besides energy-controlled soliton self-trapping switching, the fibre supports also nonlinear polarization switching with soliton switching contrast as high as 37.4 dB. The proposed fibre holds a high application potential allowing efficient ultrafast switching of sub-nanojoule pulses at over-Tb/s data rates requiring only about 1 cm fibre length.

  8. Touch sensors based on planar liquid crystal-gated-organic field-effect transistors

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    Seo, Jooyeok; Lee, Chulyeon; Han, Hyemi; Lee, Sooyong; Nam, Sungho; Kim, Youngkyoo, E-mail: ykimm@knu.ac.kr [Organic Nanoelectronics Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering and Graduate School of Applied Chemical Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hwajeong [Organic Nanoelectronics Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering and Graduate School of Applied Chemical Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Priority Research Center, Research Institute of Advanced Energy Technology, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Joon-Hyung [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Soo-Young; Kang, Inn-Kyu [Department of Polymer Science and Engineering and Graduate School of Applied Chemical Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, 702-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    We report a tactile touch sensor based on a planar liquid crystal-gated-organic field-effect transistor (LC-g-OFET) structure. The LC-g-OFET touch sensors were fabricated by forming the 10 μm thick LC layer (4-cyano-4{sup ′}-pentylbiphenyl - 5CB) on top of the 50 nm thick channel layer (poly(3-hexylthiophene) - P3HT) that is coated on the in-plane aligned drain/source/gate electrodes (indium-tin oxide - ITO). As an external physical stimulation to examine the tactile touch performance, a weak nitrogen flow (83.3 μl/s) was employed to stimulate the LC layer of the touch device. The LC-g-OFET device exhibited p-type transistor characteristics with a hole mobility of 1.5 cm{sup 2}/Vs, but no sensing current by the nitrogen flow touch was measured at sufficiently high drain (V{sub D}) and gate (V{sub G}) voltages. However, a clear sensing current signal was detected at lower voltages, which was quite sensitive to the combination of V{sub D} and V{sub G}. The best voltage combination was V{sub D} = −0.2 V and V{sub G} = −1 V for the highest ratio of signal currents to base currents (i.e., signal-to-noise ratio). The change in the LC alignment upon the nitrogen flow touch was assigned as the mechanism for the present LC-g-OFET touch sensors.

  9. A dibutyl phthalate sensor based on a nanofiber polyaniline coated quartz crystal monitor.

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    Wang, You; Ding, Pengfei; Hu, Ruifen; Zhang, Jianming; Ma, Xingfa; Luo, Zhiyuan; Li, Guang

    2013-03-18

    Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is a commonly used plasticizer and additive to adhesives, printing inks and nail polishes. Because it has been found to be a powerful reproductive and developmental toxicant, a sensor to monitor DBP in some working spaces and the environment is required. In this work polyaniline nanofibers were deposited on the electrode of a quartz crystal oscillator to form a Quartz Crystal Microbalance gas sensor. The coated quartz crystal and a non-coated quartz crystal were mounted in a sealed chamber, and their frequency difference was monitored. When DBP vapor was injected into the chamber, gas adsorption decreased the frequency of the coated quartz crystal oscillator and thereby caused an increase in the frequency difference between the two crystals. The change of the frequency difference was recorded as the sensor response. The sensor was extremely sensitive to DBP and could be easily recovered by N2 purging. A low measurement limit of 20 ppb was achieved. The morphologies of the polyaniline films prepared by different approaches have been studied by SEM and BET. How the nanofiber-structure can improve the sensitivity and stability is discussed, while its selectivity and long-term stability were investigated.

  10. The influence of orientation on the stress rupture properties of nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, Rebecca A.; Maier, Ralph D.

    1982-10-01

    The influence of orientation on the stress rapture properties of MAR-M247 single crystals was studied. Stress rupture tests were performed at 724 MPa and 774 °C where the effect of anisotropy is prominent. The mechanical behavior of the single crystals was rationalized on the basis of the Schmid factors for the operative slip systems and the lattice rotations which the crystals underwent during deformation. The stress rupture lives at 774 °C were found to be greatly influenced by the lattice rotations required to produce intersecting slip, because second-stage creep does not begin until after the onset of intersecting slip. Crystals which required large rotations to become oriented for intersecting slip exhibited a large primary creep strain, a large effective stress level at the onset of steady-state creep, and consequently, a short stress rupture life. Those crystals having orientations within about 25° of the [001] exhibited significantly longer lives when their orientations were closer to the [001]-[011] boundary of the stereographic triangle than to the [001]-[1l 1] boundary, because they required smaller rotations to produce intersecting slip and the onset of second-stage creep. Thus, the direction off the [001], as well as the number of degrees off the [001], has a major influence on the stress rapture lives of single crystals in this temperature regime.

  11. Separation of 1,3-propanediol from glycerol-based fermentations of Klebsiella pneumoniae by alcohol precipitation and dilution crystallization

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    GAO Sujun; ZHANG Daijia; SUN Yaqin; XIU Zhilong

    2007-01-01

    The separation of 1,3-propanediol from the glycerol-based fermentation broth of Klebsiella pneumoniae plays an important role during the microbial production of 1,3-propanediol.In this paper,the separation of 1,3-propanediol from fermentative broth by a combination of ultrafiltration and alcohol dilution crystallization was investigated.The broth was first filtered by ultrafiltration,and 99%of cells,89.4% of proteins and 69% of nucleic acids were removed.The obtained broth was further condensed by vacuum distillation,and then alcohol was added.The macromolecular impurities,such as nucleic acids,polysaccharides and proteins,were precipitated,and inorganic and organic salts were crystallized.The optimal volume ratio of alcohol added to the condensed fermentation broth was determined to tivity decreased by 97.4%,89.7% and 95.8%,respectively,compared with the fermentative broth.The influences of pH and water content in condensed broth on alcohol precipitation and dilution crystallization were also investigated.The experimental results indicated that alcohol precipitation and dilution crystallization was feasible and effective for the separation of 1,3-propanediol from actual fermentation broth.

  12. Crystallization of copper(II) sulfate based minerals and MOF from solution: Chemical insights into the supramolecular interactions

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    M Singh; D Kumar; J Thomas; A Ramanan

    2010-09-01

    Crystallization of solids, molecular or non-molecular from solution is a supramolecular reaction. Nucleation of a lattice structure at supersaturation can be conceived to result from a critical nucleus, a high energy intermediate (supramolecular transition state). Conceptualization of a structure for the critical nucleus in terms of aggregation of tectons through non-covalent interactions provides chemical insights into the architecture of a solid. The retrosynthetic analysis of copper-based minerals and materials offers an elegant description for the crystal packing. It addresses the influence of the geometry, functionality and reactivity of copper tecton(s) in directing a specific supramolecular aggregation. The mechanistic approach provides guiding principles to chemists to account for the experimentally crystallized solids and a platform to practice structure-synthesis correlation. Rationalization of the same composition with different atomic arrangements (polymorphs), compositional variation leading to different pseudopolymorphs, degree of hydration (anhydrous to hydrated), water clusters, role of solvent, etc. can all be justified on molecular basis. Also, the method gives predictive components including directions to synthesize new solids. In a nutshell, the paper is an attempt to generalize the crystallization of inorganic solids from solution by recognizing supramolecular interactions between metal tectons and gain insights for designing new MOF.

  13. Automated detection and characterization of microstructural features: application to eutectic particles in single crystal Ni-based superalloys

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    Tschopp, M. A.; Groeber, M. A.; Fahringer, R.; Simmons, J. P.; Rosenberger, A. H.; Woodward, C.

    2010-03-01

    Serial sectioning methods continue to produce an abundant amount of image data for quantifying the three-dimensional nature of material microstructures. Here, we discuss a methodology to automate detecting and characterizing eutectic particles taken from serial images of a production turbine blade made of a heat-treated single crystal Ni-based superalloy (PWA 1484). This method includes two important steps for unassisted eutectic particle characterization: automatically identifying a seed point within each particle and segmenting the particle using a region growing algorithm with an automated stop point. Once detected, the segmented eutectic particles are used to calculate microstructural statistics for characterizing and reconstructing statistically representative synthetic microstructures for single crystal Ni-based superalloys. The significance of this work is its ability to automate characterization for analysing the 3D nature of eutectic particles.

  14. Characterization of a high-power piezoelectric energy-scavenging device based on PMN-PT piezoelectric single crystals

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    Moon, S. E.; Lee, S. K.; Lee, Y. G.; Kim, K. M.; Yang, Y. S.; Yang, W. S.; Kim, J. [Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-01-15

    In this paper, we present the calculations and the results for vibration-energy-scavenging performances based on a piezoelectric single-crystal beam. Using the measured mechanical damping ratio and electro-mechanical coupling coefficient of a novel cantilever structure device, we calculated the output performances and compared them with the measured results. A device based on a bimorph cantilever structure with a proof mass was designed to have a natural resonance frequency of about 60 Hz, and the energy-scavenging capability of piezoelectric single crystal was measured. The results showed that several tens of AC volts and a few milliwatts power were achieved under a 0.1 g{sub rms} vibration condition. Also using this device and a commercial power management circuit, we performed Li-ion battery charging experiment.

  15. First-principles theoretical investigation of the electronic couplings in single crystals of phenanthroline-based organic semiconductors.

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    Li, Hong; Brédas, Jean-Luc; Lennartz, Christian

    2007-04-28

    The electronic couplings between adjacent molecules in the phenanthroline-based bathocuproine (BCP) and bathophenanthroline (Bphen) crystals have been studied using density functional theory on model dimers. Within the frame of the "two-state model" of charge-transfer theory, a generalized definition of the "effective transfer integral" is proposed. This definition addresses the issue arising when the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) [highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)] and LUMO+1 (HOMO-1) of the single molecules both have significant contributions to the dimer LUMO (HOMO) level. Charge-transfer integrals based on the new definition are compared with those from previous models; significant differences are found. The authors' results indicate that, within a simple Marcus theory approach, the charge-transport parameters of the BCP and Bphen crystals are expected to be similar.

  16. On Post-Weld Heat Treatment of a Single Crystal Nickel-Based Superalloy Joint by Linear Friction Welding

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    T. J. Ma

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Three types of post-weld heat treatment (PWHT, i.e. solution treatment + primary aging + secondary aging (I, secondary aging (II, and primary aging + secondary aging (III, were applied to a single crystal nickel-based superalloy joint made with linear friction welding (LFW. The results show that the grains in the thermomechanically affected zone (TMAZ coarsen seriously and the primary γ' phase in the TMAZ precipitates unevenly after PWHT I. The primary γ' phase in the TMAZ and weld zone (WZ precipitates insufficiently and fine granular secondary γ' phase is observed in the matrix after PWHT II. After PWHT III, the primary γ' phase precipitates more sufficiently and evenly compared to PWHTs I and II. Moreover, the grains in the TMAZ have not coarsened seriously and fine granular secondary γ' phase is not found after PWHT III. PWHT III seems more suitable to the LFWed single crystal nickel-based superalloy joints when performing PWHT.

  17. A Crystallization Study of Nanocrystalline PZT 53/47Granular Arrays Using a Sol-Gel Based Precursor

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    A. Suárez-Gómez; J.M. Saniger-Blesa; F. Calderón-Pi(n)ar

    2011-01-01

    In this work, we intend to perform a detailed study on the crystallization process of PZT 53/47 nanostructured powders by starting out with an amorphous precursor synthesized by a sol-gel based solution. Our interests also lie in the feasibility for controlling the average grain size of the final structure in the submicron range on an ab initio basis. Purposely, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Raman (Stokes and Anti-Stokes), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are used to examine the microstructural characteristics based on previously reported differential thermal analysis/thermal gravimetric analysis (DTA/TGA) data. The results show a crystallization temperature of 800℃ to attain pure perovskite phase with excellent morphological quality, average grain size <DG>< 300 nm and with average crystallite size <DC><15 nm.

  18. GWAS-based pathway analysis differentiates between fluid and crystallized intelligence.

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    Christoforou, A; Espeseth, T; Davies, G; Fernandes, C P D; Giddaluru, S; Mattheisen, M; Tenesa, A; Harris, S E; Liewald, D C; Payton, A; Ollier, W; Horan, M; Pendleton, N; Haggarty, P; Djurovic, S; Herms, S; Hoffman, P; Cichon, S; Starr, J M; Lundervold, A; Reinvang, I; Steen, V M; Deary, I J; Le Hellard, S

    2014-09-01

    Cognitive abilities vary among people. About 40-50% of this variability is due to general intelligence (g), which reflects the positive correlation among individuals' scores on diverse cognitive ability tests. g is positively correlated with many life outcomes, such as education, occupational status and health, motivating the investigation of its underlying biology. In psychometric research, a distinction is made between general fluid intelligence (gF) - the ability to reason in novel situations - and general crystallized intelligence (gC) - the ability to apply acquired knowledge. This distinction is supported by developmental and cognitive neuroscience studies. Classical epidemiological studies and recent genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have established that these cognitive traits have a large genetic component. However, no robust genetic associations have been published thus far due largely to the known polygenic nature of these traits and insufficient sample sizes. Here, using two GWAS datasets, in which the polygenicity of gF and gC traits was previously confirmed, a gene- and pathway-based approach was undertaken with the aim of characterizing and differentiating their genetic architecture. Pathway analysis, using genes selected on the basis of relaxed criteria, revealed notable differences between these two traits. gF appeared to be characterized by genes affecting the quantity and quality of neurons and therefore neuronal efficiency, whereas long-term depression (LTD) seemed to underlie gC. Thus, this study supports the gF-gC distinction at the genetic level and identifies functional annotations and pathways worthy of further investigation.

  19. Electroluminescence emission patterns of organic light-emitting transistors based on crystallized fluorene-type polymers

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    Kajii, Hirotake; Ohtomo, Takahiro; Ohmori, Yutaka

    2017-03-01

    The electroluminescence (EL) emission patterns of organic light-emitting transistors (OLETs) based on crystallized poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene) (F8), poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT) and poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-dithienyl-benzothiadiazole) (F8TBT) films are investigated. For the single-layer devices and the mixed-layer device without an F8/F8BT interface, only line-shaped EL emission patterns are observed between source/drain (S/D) electrodes. For an F8BT (F8TBT)/F8 heterostructure device, a localized electric field is generated by the positive (negative) charges of the accumulated holes (electrons) in the F8 upper layer, which allow the injection of electrons (holes) in the F8BT (F8TBT) lower layer at a lower (higher) gate voltage. The F8/F8BT device exhibits unique light emission properties with a surface like EL emission pattern between S/D electrodes at a lower gate voltage. The interfacial structure is important for forming field-effect transistor channels along different organic layers to obtain a surface like emission between S/D electrodes. For the F8TBT/F8 OLET, the hole carrier transport mainly occurs at the F8TBT lower layer, and line-shaped EL emission patterns are observed in the vicinity of the source electrode upon varying the gate voltages owing to the worse carrier balance between the F8TBT lower layer and the F8 upper layer.

  20. Syntheses, Crystal Structures and Fluorescent Properties of Two New Imidazolidino Schiff Base Compounds

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    FENG Yue; LIU Gang; TIAN Xiu-Mei; WANG Ji-De; WANG Wei

    2008-01-01

    Two new imidazolidino Schiff base compounds, (E)-N-((quinoxalin-2-yl)methylene)-2-(2-(quinoxalin-3-yl)imidazolidin-1-yl)ethanamine 1 and 2-(1-(2-(2-(quinoxalin-3-yl)imidazolidin-1-yl)ethyl)imidazolidin-2-yl)quinoxaline 2, have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis,1H NMR, IR, MS and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Crystallographic data for 1: C22H21N7,Mr = 383.46, monoclinic, space group P21, a = 7.0036(14), b=6.9151(14), c=19.701(4)(A),β=96.57(3)°, Z = 2, V=947.9(3)(A)3, Dc = 1.344 g/cm3, F(000)=404, μ = 0.085 mm-1, Flack parameter =0(2), R = 0.0464 and wR = 0.1055; and those for 2: C24H26N8, Mr = 426.53, triclinic, space group P(1),a = 9.6680(19), b = 10.334(2), c = 11.389(2)(A),α= 104.12(3),β= 102.95(3),γ= 100.48(3)°, Z=2,V=1041.2(4)(A)3, Dc=1.361 g/cm3, F(000) = 452,μ = 0.086 mm-1, R = 0.0373 and wR = 0.1155. For the two compounds, the five-membered imidazolidine rings all adopt envelope conformation.Moreover, the title compounds show one-dimensional layered and three-dimensional supramolecular chainlike structures, respectively. Fluorescent properties of the two compounds have been investigated in the solid state at room temperature. Compound 1 exhibits strong fluorescence and thus may serve as excellent candidates of green fluorescent materials.

  1. Fission reactor flux monitors based on single-crystal CVD diamond films

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    Almaviva, S.; Marinelli, M.; Prestopino, G.; Tucciarone, A.; Verona, C.; Verona-Rinati, G. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Universita di Roma ' ' Tor Vergata' ' , Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Roma (Italy); INFN - Sezione Roma ' ' Tor Vergata' ' (Italy); Milani, E. [INFN - Sezione Roma ' ' Tor Vergata' ' (Italy); Angelone, M.; Lattanzi, D.; Pillon, M. [Associazione EURATOM-ENEA sulla Fusione, Via E. Fermi 45, 00144 Frascati (Roma) (Italy); Rosa, R. [Dipartimento Fusione e Presidio Nucleare ENEA C.R. Casaccia, Via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Roma (Italy)

    2007-09-15

    Diamond based thermal neutron flux monitors have been fabricated using single crystal diamond films, grown by chemical vapour deposition. A 3 {mu}m thick {sup 6}LiF layer was thermally evaporated on the detector surface as a converting material for thermal neutron monitoring via the {sup 6}Li(n, {alpha}) T nuclear reaction. The detectors were tested in a fission nuclear reactor. One of them was positioned 80 cm above the core mid-plane, where the neutron flux is 2.2 x 10{sup 9} neutrons/cm{sup 2}s at 1 MW resulting in a device count rate of about 150000 cps. Good stability and reproducibility of the device output were proved over the whole reactor power range (up to 1 MW). During the irradiation, several pulse height spectra were recorded, in which both products of the {sup 6}Li(n,{alpha})T reaction, e.g. 2.73 MeV tritium and the 2.06 MeV {alpha}, were clearly identified, thus excluding a degradation of the detector response. A comparison with a reference fission chamber monitor pointed out a limitation of the adopted readout electronics at high count rates, due to multiple pile-up processes. However, once this effect is properly accounted for, a good linearity of the diamond flux monitor response is observed as a function of the fission chamber one, as well as an excellent agreement between the temporal behaviour of the two detector response. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Reflection mode two-dimensional photonic-crystal-slab-waveguide-based micropressure sensor

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    Wang, Yi; Bakhtazad, Aref; Sabarinathan, Jayshri

    2011-08-01

    Photonic crystals (PhCs) have recently been the focus for the developing micro- and nano-optical sensors, due to its capability to control and manipulate light on planar devices. This paper presents a novel design of micro-optical pressure sensor based on 2-dimensional PhC slab suspended on Si substrate. A line defect was introduced to the PhC slab to guide and reflect light with frequency in the photonic bandgap in the plane of the slab. The structure, with certain surface treatment, can be used in miro-scale pressure catheters in heart ablation surgeries and other biomedical applications. The working principle of the device is to modify light reflection in the PhC line defect waveguide by moving a substrate vertically in the evanescent field of the PhC waveguide. Evanescent field coupling is the critical step that affects light transmission and reflection. High resolution electron-beam lithography and isotropic wet etching have been used to realize the device on the top layer of a Si-On-Insulator (SOI) wafer. The PhC slab is released by isotropic wet etch of the berried oxide layer. The output reflection spectrum of the device under different pressure conditions is simulated using 3-dimensional finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. The result showed that when the PhC slab is close enough to the substrate (less than 400 nm), the reflected light intensity decreases sharply when the substrate moves towards the PhC slab. Mechanical response of the sensor is also studied.

  3. High figure-of-merit compact phase shifters based on liquid crystal material for 1-10 GHz applications

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    Cai, Longzhu; Xu, Huan; Li, Jinfeng; Chu, Daping

    2017-01-01

    A liquid crystal (LC) based tunable microstrip line (ML) phase shifter featuring high performance is presented. The experimental results show an electrically tunable differential phase up to 360° at 10 GHz with an overall insertion loss impedance matching structure is applied, and the measured return loss is considerably improved. The FoM and phase tuning property of the fabricated device as optimized are compared with the state-of-art results published recently and show better performance for both of them.

  4. Toward Low-Voltage and Bendable X-Ray Direct Detectors Based on Organic Semiconducting Single Crystals.

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    Ciavatti, Andrea; Capria, Ennio; Fraleoni-Morgera, Alessandro; Tromba, Giuliana; Dreossi, Diego; Sellin, Paul J; Cosseddu, Piero; Bonfiglio, Annalisa; Fraboni, Beatrice

    2015-11-25

    Organic materials have been mainly proposed as ionizing radiation detectors in the indirect conversion approach. The first thin and bendable X-ray direct detectors are realized (directly converting X-photons into an electric signal) based on organic semiconducting single crystals that possess enhanced sensitivity, low operating voltage (≈5 V), and a minimum detectable dose rate of 50 μGy s(-1) .

  5. Numerical Research of Materials Crystal Lattice Parameters Based on Rare-Earth Metals

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    Full Text Available Geometrical parameters (coordinates and angles of CeO2 crystal lattice by molecular dynamics method are calculated. Calculated parameters of crystal lattice are applied for definition the energy band structure via Hartree-Fock method in an approximation to CO LCAO (crystal orbitals as linear combination of atomic orbitals and using the model of cyclic cluster. Calculated minimum energy band p-d is within the value range of experimental data. Valence band maximum is 4.2 while minimum energy band p-d width is 2.8 eV Quantum-chemical calculations are accelerated by Schwarz inequality and direct inversion method in iterative subspace. The obtained mathematical model is implemented into software package for calculating material properties.

  6. Transient formation of bcc crystals in suspensions of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-based microgels.

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    Gasser, U; Lietor-Santos, J-J; Scotti, A; Bunk, O; Menzel, A; Fernandez-Nieves, A

    2013-11-01

    We present a small-angle x-ray scattering study of crystals formed by temperature-sensitive, swollen microgel particles consisting of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) copolymerized with acrylic acid and 5 mol % of a cross-linker. As for hard spheres, the random hexagonal close-packed structure is predominant during crystal growth and slowly transforms toward the face-centered-cubic structure. However, a transient phase of body-centered-cubic crystal is observed in an intermediate range of effective volume fractions. We estimate that the studied suspensions are close to a transition from face-centered-cubic to body-centered-cubic structure that can be understood by the tendency of the system to maximize the excluded volume and minimize the contact area between the particles.

  7. Innovative PET detector concept based on SiPMs and continuous crystals

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    Gonzalez Martinez, A.J., E-mail: agonzalez@i3m.upv.es [Instituto de Instrumentacion para Imagen Molecular (I3M), Centro Mixto UPV - CSIC - CIEMAT, Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain); ONCOVISION (GEM-Imaging S.A.), 46012 Valencia (Spain); Peiro Cloquell, A.; Sanchez Martinez, F.; Vidal San Sebastian, L.F.; Benlloch Baviera, J.M. [Instituto de Instrumentacion para Imagen Molecular (I3M), Centro Mixto UPV - CSIC - CIEMAT, Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain)

    2012-12-11

    The use of Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM) has been proposed for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) readout because they are hardly affected by magnetic fields and their time response enables Time of Flight measurements. This work proposes an array of SiPM to be coupled to a monolithic LYSO crystal by means of a series of optical devices. The emitted light distribution by the scintillation crystal will be accurately determined using an Application Specific Integrated Circuit. The described sensor block aims to determine the planar coordinates and depth of interaction of the gamma ray with sub-millimetrical precision. In this work we present the initial studies regarding edge effects due to thick monolithic crystals and how to overcome these limitations by means of optical devices namely faceplates and light concentrators. We will also discuss on the alignment of such optical devices with the SiPMs.

  8. Structure Tuning of Line-Defect Waveguides Based on Silicon-on-Insulator Photonic Crystal Slabs

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    WANG Chun-Xia; XU Xing-Sheng; XIONG Gui-Guang; HU Hai-Yang; SONG Qian; DU Wei; CHEN Hong-Da

    2007-01-01

    We present fabrication and experimental measurement of a series of photonic crystal waveguides. The complete devices consist of an injector taper down from 3 μm into a triangular-lattice air-hole single-line-defect waveguide with lattice constant from 410nm to 470nm and normalized radius 0.31. We fabricate these devices on a siliconon-insulator substrate and characterize them using a tunable laser source over a wavelength range from 1510 nm to 1640nm. A sharp attenuation at photonic crystal waveguide mode edge is observed for most structures. The edge of guided band is shifted about 30nm with the 10nm increase of the lattice constant. We obtain high-efficiency light propagation and broad flat spectrum response of the photonic crystal waveguides.

  9. Optimization of detection system based on inorganic scintillation crystal coupled with a long lightguide

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    Globus, M; Ratner, M

    2002-01-01

    Operation characteristics of a scintillation crystal, linked with the photomultiplier by a long transparent lightguide, are considered (such detection systems are used for monitoring the seawater pollution, scintillation measurements in magnetic field, etc.). This system is optimized with respect to the refractive index of the liquid, coupling the crystal with the lightguide, and the roughness degree of the crystal surface. It is shown that the energy resolution of the system can be significantly improved by using the coupling liquid with a refractive index somewhat less than that of the lightguide (a difference of about 0.2 is optimal). Light output and especially energy resolution becomes better with an increase of the roughness degree of the reflecting surface.

  10. Redetermination of Mg2B25 based on single-crystal X-ray data

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    Luca Bindi

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The crystal structure of Mg2B25, dimagnesium pentaeicosaboride, was reexamined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. The structural model previously reported on the basis of powder X-ray diffraction data [Giunchi et al. (2006. Solid State Sci. 8, 1202–1208] has been confirmed, although a much higher precision refinement was achieved, leading to much smaller standard uncertainties on bond lengths and refined occupancy factors. Moreover, all atoms were refined with anisotropic displacement parameters. Mg2B25 crystallizes in the β-boron structure type and is isostructural with other rhombohedral compounds of the boron-rich metal boride family. Magnesium atoms are found in interstitial sites on special positions (two with site symmetry .m, one with .2 and one with 3m, all with partial occupancies.

  11. Rhombohedral-to-tetragonal phase transformation and thermal depolarization in relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystal

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    Chang, W. S.; Lim, L. C.; Yang, P.; Tu, C.-S.

    2008-08-01

    The rhombohedral-to-tetragonal (R-T) transformation in relaxor single crystals occurs over a temperature range, manifested by the coexistence of rhombohedral (R ) and tetragonal (T) microscopic and nanotwin domains, a string of thermal current signals, and continued degradation of dielectric and electromechanical properties. Thermal current and high-resolution x-ray diffraction results suggest TRT≅100-135 °C for [001]-poled PZN-4.5%PT and 90-115 °C for [001]-poled PZN-7%PT. The "TRT" determined from the dielectric permittivity-temperature plot of poled crystals corresponds to the lower bound of TRT, which is also a good indication of the depolarization temperature (TDP) of relaxor ferroelectric single crystals above which perceptible property degradation begins.

  12. Rapid yet accurate first principle based predictions of alkali halide crystal phases using alchemical perturbation

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    Solovyeva, Alisa

    2016-01-01

    We assess the predictive power of alchemical perturbations for estimating fundamental properties in ionic crystals. Using density functional theory we have calculated formation energies, lattice constants, and bulk moduli for all sixteen iso-valence-electronic combinations of pure pristine alkali halides involving elements $A \\in \\{$Na, K, Rb, Cs$\\}$ and $X \\in \\{$F, Cl, Br, I$\\}$. For rock salt, zincblende and cesium chloride symmetry, alchemical Hellmann-Feynman derivatives, evaluated along lattice scans of sixteen reference crystals, have been obtained for all respective 16$\\times$15 combinations of reference and predicted target crystals. Mean absolute errors (MAE) are on par with density functional theory level of accuracy for energies and bulk modulus. Predicted lattice constants are less accurate. NaCl is the best reference salt for alchemical estimates of relative energies (MAE $<$ 40 meV/atom) while alkali fluorides are the worst. By contrast, lattice constants are predicted best using NaF as a re...

  13. Surface Crystallization in Mg-Based Bulk Metallic Glass during Copper Mold Casting

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    Xin Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The localized crystallization of Mg54Cu28Ag7Y11 bulk metallic glass (BMG in the injection casting process using a copper mold was investigated. It has been found that several crystalline phases were formed close to the as-cast surface but did not exist in the internal part of the BMG plate. It is abnormal that the as-cast surface is partially crystallized with higher cooling rate than that of inside. Overheating of the melt and nucleation induced by the surface of copper mold play key roles in the abnormal crystallization. It is suggested that the function of copper mold to trigger heterogeneous nucleation cannot be totally ignored, although it provides the high cooling rate for the glass formation during casting.

  14. Crystal structure determiningof 7-ADCA based on X-raypowder diffraction

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    HU Enping; CHENG Qiang; GUO Linghong; LI Hui

    2006-01-01

    Optimum resolution data of X-ray powder diffraction for 7-amino desacetoxy cephalospo- ranic acid(7-ADCA) were collected from an X' Pert Pro MPD diffractometer with the setup of 0.01°/s and 0.01° per step. Indexing to the crystal system and searching space group from the diffraction data were conducted by means of the computational crystallography method. The pilot crystal models of 7-ADCA were then refined by Rietveld method to obtain the exact three-dimensional structure. The results show that the crystal structure of 7-ADCA is monoclinic, space group P21 with unit cell dimensions a=13.50(A) b=6.01(A), c =5.91(A), α=γ=90.00°,β=101.96°, Z=2 and V =469.10(A)3. The fraction coordinate of each atom in the unit cell is well located and reported.

  15. A resistivity study of crystallization of some FeNiB-based amorphous alloys

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    Riontino, G.; Baricco, M.; Marino, F.

    1986-07-01

    The amorphous-to-crystalline transformations has been studied extensively since the discovery of glassy alloys. Many physical and chemical properties vary drastically in the course of thermal treatments leading to crystallization, and this seems to be a limit to the applications of these materials. Nevertheless, the intermediate metastable crystallization products, in some cases, or the final crystalline phases show, in several cases, interesting properties. Among the very large number of amorphous systems up to now investigated, Metglas 2826 and 2826A (from Allied Chemical) have received particular attention, because of their magnetic and anticorrosive properties. In the present paper the authors discuss some results on amorphous alloys having compositions similar to the commercial ones and, in particular, they discuss the influence of phosphorus and chromium content on the electrical resistivity variations during thermal treatments up to crystallization.

  16. Photonic crystal fiber based evanescent-wave sensor for detection of biomolecules in aqueous solutions.

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    Jensen, Jesper B; Pedersen, Lars H; Hoiby, Poul E; Nielsen, Lars B; Hansen, T P; Folkenberg, J R; Riishede, J; Noordegraaf, Danny; Nielsen, Kristian; Carlsen, A; Bjarklev, A

    2004-09-01

    We demonstrate highly efficient evanescent-wave detection of fluorophore-labeled biomolecules in aqueous solutions positioned in the air holes of the microstructured part of a photonic crystal fiber. The air-suspended silica structures located between three neighboring air holes in the cladding crystal guide light with a large fraction of the optical field penetrating into the sample even at wavelengths in the visible range. An effective interaction length of several centimeters is obtained when a sample volume of less than 1 microL is used.

  17. Photonic crystal fiber based evanescent-wave sensor for detection of biomolecules in aqueous solutions

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    Jensen, Jesper Bo Damm; Pedersen, Lars H.; Hoiby, Poul E.

    2004-01-01

    We demonstrate highly efficient evanescent-wave detection of fluorophore-labeled biomolecules in aqueous solutions positioned in the air holes of the microstructured part of a photonic crystal fiber. The air-suspended silica structures located between three neighboring air holes in the cladding c...... crystal guide light with a large fraction of the optical field penetrating into the sample even at wavelengths in the visible range. An effective interaction length of several centimeters is obtained when a sample volume of less than 1 µL is used....

  18. Iron-based composition for magnetocaloric effect (MCE) applications and method of making a single crystal

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    Evans, III, Boyd Mccutchen; Kisner, Roger A.; Ludtka, Gail Mackiewicz; Ludtka, Gerard Michael; Melin, Alexander M.; Nicholson, Donald M.; Parish; , Chad M.; Rios, Orlando; Sefat, Athena S.; West, David L.; Wilgen, John B.

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    A method of making a single crystal comprises heating a material comprising magnetic anisotropy to a temperature T sufficient to form a melt of the material. A magnetic field of at least about 1 Tesla is applied to the melt at the temperature T, where a magnetic free energy difference .DELTA.G.sub.m between different crystallographic axes is greater than a thermal energy kT. While applying the magnetic field, the melt is cooled at a rate of about 30.degree. C./min or higher, and the melt solidifies to form a single crystal of the material.

  19. Solvated crystals based on [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) with the hexagonal structure and their phase transformation.

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    Zheng, Lidong; Han, Yanchun

    2012-02-09

    This work focuses on the structural exploration of micro-sized crystals based on a well-known methanofullerene, [6,6]-phenyl-C(61)-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). We have succeeded in producing PCBM crystals with the hexagonal symmetry through the liquid-liquid interfacial precipitation (LLIP) method. We found that smaller but more regular PCBM crystals tend to form in the oversaturated PCBM solutions with solvents of lower solubility for PCBM, such as tetrahydrofuran (THF) and 1,4-dioxane. The structure of the produced crystals also shows a dependence on the solvents, which can be attributed to the incorporation of different solvent molecules into PCBM crystals. Under thermal annealing, for the first time, we have observed a crystalline to crystalline phase transformation of these hexagonal PCBM crystals. Along with the phase transformation, the morphology of the crystals has also been transformed from the hexagon to long needles. In addition, the needlelike crystals arrange themselves with a relative angle of 60° to each other, which implies an intrinsic structural correlation between needlelike and hexagonal crystals.

  20. Small organic molecules detection based on aptamer-modified gold nanoparticles-enhanced quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation biosensor.

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    Zheng, Bin; Cheng, Sheng; Liu, Wei; Lam, Michael Hon-Wah; Liang, Haojun

    2013-07-15

    Small molecules are difficult to detect by the conventional quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) technique directly because the changes in frequency resulting from the binding processes of small biomolecules are often small. In the current study, an aptamer-based gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)-enhanced sensing strategy for detection of small molecules was developed. The QCM crystal was first modified with a layer of thiolated linker DNA, which can be partly base-paired with the detection part containing the adenosine aptamer sequence. In the presence of adenosine, the aptamer bound with adenosine and folded to the complex structure, which precluded the reporter part carrying AuNPs to combine with the random coiled detection part. Therefore, the lower the concentration of adenosine, the more AuNPs combined to the crystal. The resulting aptasensor showed a linear response to the increase of the adenosine concentration in the range of 0-2 μM with a linear correlation of r=0.99148 and a detection limit of 65 nM. Moreover, the aptasensor exhibited several excellent characteristics such as high sensitivity, selectivity, good stability, and reproducibility.

  1. Synthesis, crystal structures, spectroscopic characterization and in vitro antidiabetic studies of new Schiff base Copper(II) complexes

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    SUNDARAMURTHY SANTHA LAKSHMI; KANNAPPAN GEETHA; M GAYATHRI; GANESH SHANMUGAM

    2016-07-01

    Two new Schiff base copper(II) complexes, [CuL¹(tmen)] (1) and [Cu₂L₂² (tmen)] (2) {where, H₂L¹ = N-(salicylidene)-L-valine, H₂L² = N-(3,5-dichlorosalicylidene)-L-valine and tmen = N,N,N',N'- tetramethylethylene-1,2-diamine} have been synthesized and characterized by molar conductance, elemental analyses, VSM-RT, UV-Vis, FTIR, EPR, and CD spectra. Both the complexes were structurally characterized by single crystal XRD. The crystal structure of complex 1 displays a distorted square pyramidal geometry in which Schiff base is coordinated to the Cu(II) ion via ONO-donor in the axial mode, whereas, the chelating diamine displays axial and equatorial mode of binding via NN-donor atoms. The crystal structure of the complex 2 reveals a syn-anti mode of carboxylate bridged dinuclear complex, in which, the coordination geometry around Cu(1) is square pyramid and distorted square planar around Cu(2). The target complexes were screened for in vitro antidiabetic activity. Both the complexes showed good inhibitory activity for α-amylase and α-glucosidase.

  2. Approach to visualization of and optical sensing by Bloch surface waves in noble or base metal-based plasmonic photonic crystal slabs.

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    Baryshev, A V; Merzlikin, A M

    2014-05-10

    The Bloch surface wave resonance (SWR) was visualized with the aid of plasmon absorption in a dielectric/metal/dielectric sandwich terminating a one-dimensional photonic crystal (PhC). An SWR peak in calculated spectra of such a plasmonic photonic crystal (PPhC) slab comprising a noble or base metal layer was demonstrated to be sensitive to a negligible variation of refractive index of a medium adjoining to the slab. The considered structure of PPhC slabs can be of practical importance because the metal layer is protected by a capping dielectric layer from contact with analytes and, consequently, from deterioration. We found that, in case of PPhC slabs, gold (the key element of the surface plasmon resonance-based biosensors) can be replaced by other metals. The PPhC-based sensors can be low-cost, reusable, and robust sensors having a sensitivity surpassing that of the known optical sensors.

  3. Microcontroller-based servo for two-crystal X-ray monochromators.

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    Siddons, D P

    1998-05-01

    Microcontrollers have become increasingly easy to incorporate into instruments as the architectures and support tools have developed. The PIC series is particularly easy to use, and this paper describes a controller used to stabilize the output of a two-crystal X-ray monochromator at a given offset from its peak intensity position, as such monochromators are generally used.

  4. Predictions of Crystal Structure Based on Radius Ratio: How Reliable Are They?

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    Nathan, Lawrence C.

    1985-01-01

    Discussion of crystalline solids in undergraduate curricula often includes the use of radius ratio rules as a method for predicting which type of crystal structure is likely to be adopted by a given ionic compound. Examines this topic, establishing more definitive guidelines for the use and reliability of the rules. (JN)

  5. Nanoassembly of Polydisperse Photonic Crystals based on Binary and Ternary Polymer Opal Alloys

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    Zhao, Qibin; Schafer, Christian; Spahn, Peter; Gallei, Markus; Herrmann, Lars; Petukhov, Andrei; Baumberg, Jeremy J

    2016-01-01

    Ordered binary and ternary photonic crystals, composed of different sized polymer-composite spheres with diameter ratios up to 120%, are generated using bending induced oscillatory shearing (BIOS). This viscoelastic system creates polydisperse equilibrium structures, producing mixed opaline colored films with greatly reduced requirements for particle monodispersity, and very different sphere size ratios, compared to other methods of nano-assembly.

  6. Refractive Index Measurement within a Photonic Crystal Fibre Based on Short Wavelength Diffraction

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    Nathaniel Groothoff

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available A new class of refractive index sensors using solid core photonic crystal fibres isdemonstrated. Coherent scattering at the cladding lattice is used to optically characterizematerials inserted into the fibre holes. The liquid to solid phase transition of water uponfreezing to ice 1h is characterized by determining the refractive index.

  7. Integrated optical components based on planar photonic crystal waveguides with perturbed border holes

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    Niemi, Tapio; Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn; Harpøth, Anders;

    2005-01-01

    In this work, we have experimentally and by simulations investigated the effect of making small perturbations of the size of the border holes adjacent to the planar photonic crystal waveguide (PCW). The waveguide is created by removing one row of holes in the nearest-neighbour direction of air ho...

  8. Fundamental Energetic Materials Initiative: Combat Safe Energetic Ingredients Based on Molecular Design and Crystal Morphology

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    2011-11-30

    loading conditions at the molecular and crystal levels. Replace one of the six bulk commodity chemicals currently used in all military propellant and...tetrazocine (HMX), nitroglycerin (NG), nitrocellulose (NC)) is the only way to achieve IM compliance. B. M. Rice and J. J. Hare, “A Quantum Mechanical

  9. On-chip tunable long-period grating devices based on liquid crystal photonic bandgap fibers

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    Wei, Lei; Weirich, Johannes; Alkeskjold, Thomas Tanggaard;

    2009-01-01

    We design and fabricate an on-chip tunable long-period grating device by integrating a liquid crystal photonic bandgap fiber on silicon structures. The transmission axis of the device can be electrically rotated in steps of 45° as well as switched on and off with the response time in the millisec...

  10. Liquid crystal multi-mode lenses and axicons based on electronic phase shift control.

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    Kirby, Andrew K; Hands, Philip J; Love, Gordon D

    2007-10-17

    We report on the principle of operation, construction and testing of a liquid crystal lens which is controlled by distributing voltages across the control electrodes, which are in turn controlled by adjusting the phase of the applied voltages. As well as (positive and negative) defocus, then lenses can be used to control tip/tilt, astigmatism, and to create variable axicons.

  11. Nonlinear Control of Absorption in Graphene-based 1D Photonic Crystal

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    Vincenti, M A; Grande, M; D'Orazio, A; Scalora, M

    2013-01-01

    Perfect, narrow-band absorption is achieved in an asymmetric 1D photonic crystal with a monolayer graphene defect. Thanks to the large third order nonlinearity of graphene and field localization in the defect layer we demonstrate the possibility to achieve controllable, saturable absorption for the pump frequency.

  12. Optical characterization of colloidal crystals based on dissymmetric metal-coated oxide submicrospheres

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    Portal, S. [FEMAN Group, IN2UB, University of Barcelona, Marti i Franques, 1, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain)], E-mail: sabineportal@hotmail.com; Vallve, M.A. [SOC and SAM Group, IN2UB, University of Barcelona, Marti i Franques, 1, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Arteaga, O. [FEMAN Group, IN2UB, University of Barcelona, Marti i Franques, 1, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Ignes-Mullol, J. [SOC and SAM Group, IN2UB, University of Barcelona, Marti i Franques, 1, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Canillas, A.; Bertran, E. [FEMAN Group, IN2UB, University of Barcelona, Marti i Franques, 1, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2008-12-01

    We studied the optical properties of a two-dimensional (2D) photonic crystal monolayer made up of silica submicrospheres, partly covered by a metallic coating. The silica particles, synthesized by the Stoeber method, had a diameter of about 300 nm, with little size dispersion. They were deposited on glass in a hexagonal pattern by the Langmuir-Blodgett process. The resulting film consisted of a single monolayer of particles. The final step of sample preparation consisted of depositing a discontinuous gold layer on top of the 2D crystal. In order to evaluate the effects of small compositional and structural changes on the optical properties of the 2D crystal, the gold layer was applied to a thickness of less than 2 nm. Anisotropy in the metallic coating was induced by tilting the deposition angle by 10 deg. from the vertical: a discontinuous layer was obtained on top of the particles, with elongated shapes pointing towards the source of the evaporation. The shape of the particles and the film structure were characterized by scanning electron microscopy. Ellipsometric measurements were performed in transmission mode in order to assess the sample anisotropy, and the plasmon response of the samples was determined by extinction measurements. The original 2D crystal presented unexpected optical and uniaxial anisotropy which was increased by a factor of 2 after gold coating.

  13. Synthesis, crystal structure, IR, 1H NMR and theoretical calculations of 1,2,4-triazole Schiff base

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    Jin, R. Y.; Sun, X. H.; Liu, Y. F.; Long, W.; Lu, W. T.; Ma, H. X.

    2014-03-01

    5-Propyl-4-amino-1,2,4-triazole Schiff base was characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR and X-ray single crystal diffraction techniques. The compound crystallizes in the triclinic space group p-1 with z = 2. The molecular geometry was optimized using density functional theory (DFT/B3LYP) and hartree fock (HF) methods with the 6-311G+(d,p) and 6-311G basis set in ground state. From the optimized geometry of the molecule, vibrational frequencies, HOMO-LUMO and natural bond orbital (NBO) were calculated with B3LYP/6-311G+(d,p) level. In addition, gauge independent atomic orbital (GIAO) 1H NMR chemical shift values was calculated at B3LYP/6-311G+(d,p) and HF/6-311G+(d,p) level.

  14. Refractive index sensing performance analysis of photonic crystal Mach-Zehnder interferometer based on BP neural network optimization

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    Chen, Ying; Liu, Teng; Wang, Wenyue; Zhu, Qiguang; Bi, Weihong

    2015-04-01

    According to the band gap and photon localization characteristics, the single-arm notching and the double-arm notching Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) structures based on 2D triangular lattice air hole-typed photonic crystal waveguide are proposed. The back-propagation (BP) neural network is introduced to optimize the structural parameters of the photonic crystal MZI structure, which results in the normalized transmission peak increasing from 85.3% to 97.1%. The sensitivity performances of the two structures are compared and analyzed using the Salmonella solution samples with different concentrations in the numerical simulation. The results show that the sensitivity of the double-arm notching structure is 4583 nm/RIU, which is about 6.4 times of the single-arm notching structure, which can provide some references for the optimization of the photonic devices and the design of high-sensitivity biosensors.

  15. Synthesis, crystal structure and luminescent properties of some Zn(II) Schiff base complexes: experimental and computational study.

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    Eltayeb, Naser Eltaher; Teoh, Siang Guan; Adnan, Rohana; Teh, Jeannie Bee-Jan; Fun, Hoong-Kun

    2011-07-01

    A series of Zn(II)-Schiff bases I, II and III complexes were synthesized by reaction of o-phenylenediamine with 3-methylsalicylaldehyde, 4-methylsalicylaldehyde and 5-methylsalicylaldehyde. These complexes were characterized using FT-IR, UV-Vis, Diffuse reflectance UV-Vis, elemental analysis and conductivity. Complex III was characterized by XRD single crystal, which crystallizes in the triclinic system, space group P-1, with lattice parameters a=9.5444(2) Å, b=11.9407(2) Å, c=21.1732(3) Å, V=2390.24(7) Å(3), D ( c )=1.408 Mg m(-3), Z=4, F(000)=1050, GOF=0.981, R1=0.0502, wR2=0.1205. Luminescence property of these complexes was investigated in DMF solution and in the solid state. Computational study of the electronic properties of complex III showed good agreement with the experimental data.

  16. Visible light dynamical diffraction in a 1-D photonic crystal-based interferometer with an extremely thin spacer layer

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    Prudnikov, I. R.

    2016-01-01

    Properties of light diffraction in a Fabry-Pérot-like interferometer composed of two 1-D photonic crystals and a nanometer-thick spacer layer are analytically investigated. It is shown that the resonant enhancement of light wave intensity in such a layer is possible because of light dynamical diffraction from the photonic crystals of the interferometer. Numerical simulations of (i) light reflectivity and transmittance curves of the interferometer having an ultra-thin spacer layer (its thickness changes from less than 1 nm to about 10 nm) and (ii) the resonant distribution of the light wave intensity in the vicinity of the layer are performed. Based on the numerical simulations, potentialities for the determination of the structural parameters (e.g., thicknesses and refraction indexes) of ultra-thin spacer films are discussed. A difference is found to appear in resonant intensity enhancements inside the ultra-thin spacer layers between s- and p-polarized light waves.

  17. Crystal structure of 2-{(R-[1-(4-bromophenylethyl]iminomethyl}-4-(phenyldiazenylphenol, a chiral photochromic Schiff base

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    Ryoji Moriwaki

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The title chiral photochromic Schiff base compound, C21H18BrN3O, was synthesized from (R-(+-1-(4-bromophenylethylamine and the salicylaldehyde of an azobenzene derivative. The molecule corresponds to the phenol–imine tautomer, the C=N and N—C bond distances being 1.285 (3 and 1.470 (3 Å, respectively. The diazenyl group adopts a trans form, with an N=N distance of 1.256 (3 Å. The hydroxy group is involved in intramolecular O—H...N hydrogen bonding. In the crystal, C—H...π interactions consolidate the crystal packing of one-dimensional chains, which exhibits short intermolecular Br...C contacts of 3.400 (3 Å.

  18. Time-of-flight analysis of charge mobility in a Cu-phthalocyanine-based discotic liquid crystal semiconductor

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Murashige, Takeshi; Sugibayashi, Makiko; Ohta, Kazuchika

    2004-10-01

    We used a time-of-flight method to study the charge carrier mobility properties of a molecular-aligned discotic liquid crystal semiconductor based on Cu-phthalocyanine. The heated isotropic-phase semiconductor material was sandwiched between transparent electrodes coated onto glass substrates without conventional alignment layers. This was then cooled, and a discotic liquid crystal semiconductor cell was obtained, which we used to make mobility measurements. The material had a fixed molecular alignment due to the supercooling of the hexagonal columnar mesophase. It was clarified that the carrier mobility for electrons was as high as it was for holes at room temperature. The maximum value of negative charge mobility reached 2.60×10-3cm2/Vs, although negative carrier mobility is often much lower than positive carrier mobility in other organic semiconductors, including conventional Cu-phthalocyanine vacuum-deposited films.

  19. Crystals in crystals

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    Christensen, Claus H.; Schmidt, I.; Carlsson, A.;

    2005-01-01

    A major factor governing the performance of catalytically active particles supported on a zeolite carrier is the degree of dispersion. It is shown that the introduction of noncrystallographic mesopores into zeolite single crystals (silicalite-1, ZSM-5) may increase the degree of particle dispersion...... of the zeolite particles, particularly after thermal treatment. When using mesoporous zeolites, the particles were evenly distributed throughout the mesopore system of the zeolitic support, even after calcination, leading to nanocrystals within mesoporous zeolite single crystals....

  20. Design and Performance Evaluation of Optical Ethernet Switching Architecture with Liquid Crystal on Silicon-Based Beam-Steering Technology

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    Cheng, Yuh-Jiuh; Chou, H.-H.; Shiau, Yhi; Cheng, Shu-Ying

    2016-07-01

    A non-blocking optical Ethernet switching architecture with liquid crystal on a silicon-based beam-steering switch and optical output buffer strategies are proposed. For preserving service packet sequencing and fairness of routing sequence, priority and round-robin algorithms are adopted at the optical output buffer in this research. Four methods were used to implement tunable fiber delay modules for the optical output buffers to handle Ethernet packets with variable bit-rates. The results reported are based on the simulations performed to evaluate the proposed switching architecture with traffic analysis under a traffic model captured from a real-core network.

  1. Crystal Growth, Characterization and Fabrication of Cadmium Zinc Telluride-based Nuclear Detectors

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    Krishna, Ramesh M.

    In today's world, nuclear radiation is seeing more and more use by humanity as time goes on. Nuclear power plants are being built to supply humanity's energy needs, nuclear medical imaging is becoming more popular for diagnosing cancer and other diseases, and control of weapons-grade nuclear materials is becoming more and more important for national security. All of these needs require high-performance nuclear radiation detectors which can accurately measure the type and amount of radiation being used. However, most current radiation detection materials available commercially require extensive cooling, or simply do not function adequately for high-energy gamma-ray emitting nuclear materials such as uranium and plutonium. One of the most promising semiconductor materials being considered to create a convenient, field-deployable nuclear detector is cadmium zinc telluride (CdZnTe, or CZT). CZT is a ternary semiconductor compound which can detect high-energy gamma-rays at room temperature. It offers high resistivity (≥ 1010 O-cm), a high band gap (1.55 eV), and good electron transport properties, all of which are required for a nuclear radiation detector. However, one significant issue with CZT is that there is considerable difficulty in growing large, homogeneous, defect-free single crystals of CZT. This significantly increases the cost of producing CZT detectors, making CZT less than ideal for mass-production. Furthermore, CZT suffers from poor hole transport properties, which creates significant problems when using it as a high-energy gamma-ray detector. In this dissertation, a comprehensive investigation is undertaken using a successful growth method for CZT developed at the University of South Carolina. This method, called the solvent-growth technique, reduces the complexity required to grow detector-grade CZT single crystals. It utilizes a lower growth temperature than traditional growth methods by using Te as a solvent, while maintaining the advantages of

  2. A new copper(II) Schiff base complex containing asymmetrical tetradentate N2O2 Schiff base ligand: Synthesis, characterization, crystal structure and DFT study

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    Grivani, Gholamhossein; Baghan, Sara Husseinzadeh; Vakili, Mohammad; Khalaji, Aliakbar Dehno; Tahmasebi, Vida; Eigner, Václav; Dušek, Michal

    2015-02-01

    A new copper (II) Schiff base complex, CuL1, was prepared from the reaction of asymmetrical Schiff base ligand of L1 and Cu(OAC)2 (L1 = salicylidene imino-ethylimino-pentan-2-one). The Schiff base ligand, L1, and its copper (II) complex, CuL1, have been characterized by elemental analysis (CHN) and FT-IR and UV-vis spectroscopy. In addition, 1H NMR was employed for characterization of the ligand. Thermogrametric analysis of the CuL1 reveals its thermal stability and its decomposition pattern shows that it is finally decomposed to the copper oxide (CuO). The crystal structure of CuL1 was determined by the single crystal X-ray analysis. The CuL1 complex crystallizes in the monoclinic system, with space group P21/n and distorted square planar coordination around the metal ion. The Schiff base ligand of L1 acts as a chelating ligand and coordinates via two nitrogen and two oxygen atoms to the copper (II) ion with C1 symmetry. The structure of the CuL1 complex was also studied theoretically at different levels of DFT and basis sets. According to calculated results the Csbnd O bond length of the salicylate fragment is slightly higher than that in the acetylacetonate fragment of ligand, which could be interpreted by resonance increasing between phenyl and chelated rings in ligand in relative to the acetylacetonate fragment.

  3. Holographic Storage Parametric Optimization of the Crystal LiNbO3∶Fe Based on One-center Model

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    WANG Jiangang; HE Qingsheng; JIN Guofan; WU Minxian

    2002-01-01

    Based on one-center model, the effects of the doping amount and the degrees of reduction and oxidation on the dynamic range M, the response time and the photorefractive sensitivity in the crystal LiNbO3∶Fe are analyzed in detail. The principle of material optimization is discussed. The best crystal thickness (about 1.4~2.6 mm) for the maximum dynamic range M is calculated for the different doping amounts. The results show that the more the doping amount, the lighter the reduction of the crystal should be chosen, and that the heavier the reduction of the crystal, the less effect the doping amount has on the response time. The dynamic range M is in conflict with the response time. Due to the difficulty of processing crystals, the thickness is increased to 5 mm at the cost of decreasing the dynamic range M by 0.3~0.5.

  4. High-power picosecond 355 nm laser based on La₂CaB₁₀O₁₉ crystal.

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    Li, Kai; Zhang, Ling; Xu, Degang; Zhang, Guochun; Yu, Haijuan; Wang, Yuye; Shan, Faxian; Wang, Lirong; Yan, Chao; Wu, Yicheng; Lin, Xuechun; Yao, Jianquan

    2014-06-01

    Third harmonic generation experiments were performed on a type-I phase-matching La2CaB10O19 crystal cut at θ=49.4° and φ=0.0° with dimensions of 4.0  mm×4.0  mm×17.6  mm. A 1064 nm laser with a maximum average power of 35.2 W was employed as the fundamental light source, which has a pulse width of 10 picoseconds and a pulse repetition rate of 80 MHz. A type-I noncritical phase-matching LBO crystal was used to generate 532 nm lasers. By investigating a series of focusing lens combinations, a picosecond 355 nm laser of 5.3 W was obtained, which is the highest power of picosecond 355 nm laser based on a La2CaB10O19 crystal so far. The total conversion efficiency from 1064 to 355 nm was up to 15.1%.

  5. Crystal structure of an FIV/HIV chimeric protease complexed with the broad-based inhibitor, TL-3

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    Elder John H

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We have obtained the 1.7 Å crystal structure of FIV protease (PR in which 12 critical residues around the active site have been substituted with the structurally equivalent residues of HIV PR (12X FIV PR. The chimeric PR was crystallized in complex with the broad-based inhibitor TL-3, which inhibits wild type FIV and HIV PRs, as well as 12X FIV PR and several drug-resistant HIV mutants 1234. Biochemical analyses have demonstrated that TL-3 inhibits these PRs in the order HIV PR > 12X FIV PR > FIV PR, with Ki values of 1.5 nM, 10 nM, and 41 nM, respectively 234. Comparison of the crystal structures of the TL-3 complexes of 12X FIV and wild-typeFIV PR revealed theformation of additinal van der Waals interactions between the enzyme inhibitor in the mutant PR. The 12X FIV PR retained the hydrogen bonding interactions between residues in the flap regions and active site involving the enzyme and the TL-3 inhibitor in comparison to both FIV PR and HIV PR. However, the flap regions of the 12X FIV PR more closely resemble those of HIV PR, having gained several stabilizing intra-flap interactions not present in wild type FIV PR. These findings offer a structural explanation for the observed inhibitor/substrate binding properties of the chimeric PR.

  6. Deep-blue supercontinuum light sources based on tapered photonic crystal bres

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    Sørensen, Simon Toft

    in the deep-blue by optimising the fibre structure. To this end, we fabricate the first single-mode high air-fill fraction photonic crystal fibre for blue-extended supercontinuum sources. The mechanisms of supercontinuum broadening are highly sensitive to noise, and the inherent shot-to-shot variations...... of the noise across the spectrum. We further investigate the possibilities of reducing the spectral noise by modulating the pump with a weak seed, which makes the broadening dynamics increasingly deterministic rather than driven by noisy modulation instability. Particular attention is paid to the commercially...... relevant high power regime. Finally, we examine passive noise reduction in photonic crystal fibres with longitudinally varying air hole structures....

  7. 1.55-μm supercontinuum based on dispersion-flattened photonic crystal fiber

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    2007-01-01

    A dispersion-flattened photonic crystal fiber with normal dispersion is designed for generating flat wideband supercontinuum, and the supercontinuum generation in this fiber is numerically analyzed. The results show that by appropriately designing the photonic crystal fiber, it can achieve flattened dispersion in the normal dispersion region. It is found that a fiber characterized by a flattened dispersion with a small normal dispersion is suitable for a flat wideband supercontinuum generation. In the process of spectral broadening, self-phase modulation effect plays a dominant role. By filtering the supercontinuum, pulses with different central wavelength over a wide spectral range can be obtained. The pulse width is determined by the bandwidth of the filter.

  8. Magneto-tunable one-dimensional graphene-based photonic crystal

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    Jahani, D., E-mail: dariush110@gmail.com; Soltani-Vala, A., E-mail: asoltani@tabrizu.ac.ir; Barvestani, J.; Hajian, H. [Department of Solid State Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Tabriz, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-04-21

    We investigate the effect of a perpendicular static magnetic field on the optical bandgap of a one-dimensional (1D) graphene-dielectric photonic crystal in order to examine the possibility of reaching a rich tunable photonic bandgap. The solution of the wave equation in the presence of the anisotropic Hall situation suggests two decoupled circularly polarized wave each exhibiting different degrees of bandgap tunability. It is also numerically demonstrated that applying different values of field intensity lead to perceptible changes in photonic bandgap of such a structure. Finally, the effect of opening a finite electronic gap in the spectrum of graphene on the optical dispersion solution of such a 1D photonic crystal is reported. It is shown that increasing the value of the electronic gap results in the shrinkage of the associated photonic bandgaps.

  9. Creating physically-based three-dimensional microstructures: Bridging phase-field and crystal plasticity models.

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    Lim, Hojun [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Owen, Steven J. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Abdeljawad, Fadi F. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hanks, Byron [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Battaile, Corbett Chandler [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-09-01

    In order to better incorporate microstructures in continuum scale models, we use a novel finite element (FE) meshing technique to generate three-dimensional polycrystalline aggregates from a phase field grain growth model of grain microstructures. The proposed meshing technique creates hexahedral FE meshes that capture smooth interfaces between adjacent grains. Three dimensional realizations of grain microstructures from the phase field model are used in crystal plasticity-finite element (CP-FE) simulations of polycrystalline a -iron. We show that the interface conformal meshes significantly reduce artificial stress localizations in voxelated meshes that exhibit the so-called "wedding cake" interfaces. This framework provides a direct link between two mesoscale models - phase field and crystal plasticity - and for the first time allows mechanics simulations of polycrystalline materials using three-dimensional hexahedral finite element meshes with realistic topological features.

  10. Optical control of light propagation in photonic crystal based on electromagnetically induced transparency

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    Dan, Wang; Jin-Ze, Wu; Jun-Xiang, Zhang

    2016-06-01

    A kind of photonic crystal structure with modulation of the refractive index is investigated both experimentally and theoretically for exploiting electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). The combination of EIT with periodically modulated refractive index medium gives rise to high efficiency reflection as well as forbidden transmission in a three-level atomic system coupled by standing wave. We show an accurate theoretical simulation via transfer-matrix theory, automatically accounting for multilayer reflections, thus fully demonstrate the existence of photonic crystal structure in atomic vapor. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11574188) and the Project for Excellent Research Team of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61121064).

  11. Photoinduced reversible switching of porosity in molecular crystals based on star-shaped azobenzene tetramers.

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    Baroncini, Massimo; d'Agostino, Simone; Bergamini, Giacomo; Ceroni, Paola; Comotti, Angiolina; Sozzani, Piero; Bassanetti, Irene; Grepioni, Fabrizia; Hernandez, Taylor M; Silvi, Serena; Venturi, Margherita; Credi, Alberto

    2015-08-01

    The development of solid materials that can be reversibly interconverted by light between forms with different physico-chemical properties is of great interest for separation, catalysis, optoelectronics, holography, mechanical actuation and solar energy conversion. Here, we describe a series of shape-persistent azobenzene tetramers that form porous molecular crystals in their E-configuration, the porosity of which can be tuned by changing the peripheral substituents on the molecule. Efficient E→Z photoisomerization of the azobenzene units takes place in the solid state and converts the crystals into a non-porous amorphous melt phase. Crystallinity and porosity are restored upon Z→E isomerization promoted by visible light irradiation or heating. We demonstrate that the photoisomerization enables reversible on/off switching of optical properties such as birefringence as well as the capture of CO2 from the gas phase. The linear design, structural versatility and synthetic accessibility make this new family of materials potentially interesting for technological applications.

  12. A micromotor based on polymer single crystals and nanoparticles: toward functional versatility

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    Liu, Mei; Liu, Limei; Gao, Wenlong; Su, Miaoda; Ge, Ya; Shi, Lili; Zhang, Hui; Dong, Bin; Li, Christopher Y.

    2014-07-01

    We report a multifunctional micromotor fabricated by the self-assembly technique using multifunctional materials, i.e. polymer single crystals and nanoparticles, as basic building blocks. Not only can this micromotor achieve autonomous and directed movement, it also possesses unprecedented functions, including enzymatic degradation-induced micromotor disassembly, sustained release and molecular detection.We report a multifunctional micromotor fabricated by the self-assembly technique using multifunctional materials, i.e. polymer single crystals and nanoparticles, as basic building blocks. Not only can this micromotor achieve autonomous and directed movement, it also possesses unprecedented functions, including enzymatic degradation-induced micromotor disassembly, sustained release and molecular detection. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section, Fig. S1-S8 and Video S1-S4. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr02593h

  13. Nanophotonic coherent light-matter interfaces based on rare-earth-doped crystals

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    Zhong, Tian; Miyazono, Evan; Faraon, Andrei

    2015-01-01

    Quantum light-matter interfaces (QLMIs) connecting stationary qubits to photons will enable optical networks for quantum communications, precise global time keeping, photon switching, and studies of fundamental physics. Rare-earth-ion (REI) doped crystals are state-of-the-art materials for optical quantum memories and quantum transducers between optical photons, microwave photons and spin waves. Here we demonstrate coupling of an ensemble of neodymium REIs to photonic nano-cavities fabricated in the yttrium orthosilicate host crystal. Cavity quantum electrodynamics effects including Purcell enhancement (F=42) and dipole-induced transparency are observed on the highly coherent 4I9/2-4F3/2 optical transition. Fluctuations in the cavity transmission due to statistical fine structure of the atomic density are measured, indicating operation at the quantum level. Coherent optical control of cavity-coupled REIs is performed via photon echoes. Long optical coherence times (T2~100 microseconds) and small inhomogeneous...

  14. Polyhydroxyalkanoate-based thin films : characterization and optimization for calcium phosphate crystallization

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    2013-01-01

    Novel polymer-inorganic composites attract scientific and commercial attention as potential biomaterials for orthopedic applications, due to the fact that currently used materials have still many drawbacks, e.g. problems with cell attachment or degradation products toxicity. Furthermore, scientific research progressively focuses on mimicking the structure and function of the body’s organs. For example, bone is a natural composite of an organic matrix (collagen) and inorganic crystals (calcium...

  15. Flat-top Drop Filter based on a Single Topology Optimized Photonic Crystal Cavity

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    Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn; Elesin, Yuriy; Guan, Xiaowei

    2015-01-01

    Outperforming conventional design concepts, a flat-top drop filter has been designed byapplying 3D topology optimization to a single waveguide-coupled L3 photonic crystal cavity.Measurements on the design fabricated in silicon-on-insulator material reveal that the pass-band ofthe drop channel...... is flat within 0.44 dB over a wavelength range of 9.7 nm with an insertion losslower than 0.85 dB....

  16. A Study of Hardening Behavior Based on a Finite-Deformation Gradient Crystal-Plasticity Model

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    Pouriayevali, Habib

    2016-01-01

    A systematic study on the different roles of the governing components of a well-defined finite-deformation gradient crystal-plasticity model proposed by (Gurtin, 2008b) is carried out, in order to visualize the capability of the model in the prediction of a wide range of hardening behaviors as well as rate-dependent, scale-variation and Bauschinger-like responses in a single crystal. A function of accumulation rates of dislocations is employed and viewed as a measure of formation of short-range interactions which impede dislocation movements within a crystal. The model is first represented in the reference configuration for the purpose of numerical implementation, and then implemented in the FEM software ABAQUS via a user-defined subroutine (UEL). Our simulation results reveal that the dissipative gradient-strengthening is also identified as a source of isotropic-hardening behavior, which represents the effect of cold work introduced by (Gurtin and Ohno, 2011). Moreover, plastic flows in predefined slip syste...

  17. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Photocatalytic Properties of a Supramolecular Assembly Based on Keggin Polyoxotungstate

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    CHEN Shun-Yu; CHEN Xin-Qin; LIN Shen

    2012-01-01

    A new supramolecular compound (4,4'-bipyH)4[SiW12O40](4,4'-bipy) (4,4'-bipy = 4,4'-bipyridine) was synthesized hydrothermally and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and IR spectrum. The crystallography analysis for the title compound reveals that the crystal crystallizes in monoclinic, space group C2/m with a = 22.2767(12), b = 21.1879(11), c = 15.6942(8) A, β = 97.068(3)°, V = 7351.3(7) A3, Cs0H44N10040SiW12, Mr = 3659.24, Z = 4, Dc = 3.306 g/cm3, F(000) = 6544, GOOF = 1.137, R = 0.0577 and wR = 0.1579. The title compound consists of a discrete Keggin-type [SiWl2O40]4- anion, one 4,4'-bipy and four protonated (4,4'-bipyH)+ cations. The [SiWl2O40]4- anion and protonated 4,4'-bipy are connected to form a supramolecular structure by hydrogen bonds. Meanwhile, the title compound exhibits good photocatalytic activity for color degradation of Rhodamine-B dye solution under visible-light irradiation.

  18. Photonic crystal fiber modal interferometer based on thin-core-fiber mode exciter.

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    Miao, Yinping; Ma, Xixi; Wu, Jixuan; Song, Binbin; Zhang, Hao; Liu, Bo; Yao, Jianquan

    2015-11-10

    A thin-core-fiber excited photonic crystal fiber modal interferometer has been proposed and experimentally demonstrated. By employing a thin-core fiber as the mode exciter, both of the core and cladding modes propagate in the photonic crystal fiber and interfere with each other. The experimental results show that the transmission dips corresponding to different-order modes have various strain responses with opposite shift directions. The strain sensitivity could be improved to 58.57  pm/με for the applied strain from 0 to 491 με by utilizing the wavelength interval between the dips with opposite shift directions. Moreover, due to the pure silica property of the employed photonic crystal fiber, the proposed fiber modal interferometer exhibits a low-temperature sensitivity of about 0.56  pm/°C within a temperature range from 26.4°C (room temperature) to 70°C. Additionally, the proposed fiber modal interferometer has several advantages, such as good stability, compact structure, and simple fabrication. Therefore, it is more applicable for strain measurement with reducing temperature cross-sensitivity.

  19. Ultrasensitive Sensing Material Based on Opal Photonic Crystal for Label-Free Monitoring of Transferrin.

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    Wu, Enqi; Peng, Yuan; Zhang, Xihao; Bai, Jialei; Song, Yanqiu; He, Houluo; Fan, Longxing; Qu, Xiaochen; Gao, Zhixian; Liu, Ying; Ning, Baoan

    2017-02-22

    A new opal photonic crystal (PC) sensing material, allowing label-free detection of transferrin (TRF), is proposed in the current study. This photonic crystal was prepared via a vertical convective self-assembly method with monodisperse microspheres polymerized by methyl methacrylate (MMA) and 3-acrylamidophenylboronic acid (AAPBA). FTIR, TG, and DLS were used to characterize the components and particle size of the monodisperse microspheres. SEM was used to observe the morphology of the PC. The diffraction peak intensity decreases as the TRF concentration increase. This was due to the combination of TRF to the boronic acid group of the photonic crystal. After condition optimization, a standard curve was obtained and the linear range of TRF concentration was from 2 × 10(-3) ng/mL to 200 ng/mL. Measurement of TRF concentration in simulated urine sample was also investigated using the sensing material. The results indicated that the PC provided a cheap, label-free, and easy-to-use alternative for TRF determination in clinical diagnostics.

  20. An all-solid-state electrochemical double-layer capacitor based on a plastic crystal electrolyte

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    Ali eaabouimrane

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available A plastic crystal, solid electrolyte was prepared by mixing tetrabutylammonium hexafluorophosphate salt, (C4H94NPF6, (10 molar % with succinonitrile, SCN, (N C−CH2−CH2−C N, [SCN-10%TBA-PF6]. The resultant waxy material shows a plastic crystalline phase that extend from -36 °C up to its melting at 23 °C. It shows a high ionic conductivity reaching 4 × 10−5 S/cm in the plastic crystal phase (15 °C and ~ 3 × 10−3 S/cm in the molten state (25 °C. These properties along with the high electrochemical stability rendered the use of this material as an electrolyte in an electrochemical double-layer capacitor (EDLC. The EDLC was assembled and its performance was tested by cyclic voltammetry, AC impedance spectroscopy and galvanostatic charge-discharge methods. Specific capacitance values in the range of 4-7 F/g. (of electrode active material were obtained in the plastic crystal phase at 15 °C, that although compare well with those reported for some polymer electrolytes, can be still enhanced with further development of the device and its components, and only demonstrate their great potential use for capacitors as a new application.

  1. Modified Photoluminescence by Silicon-Based One-Dimensional Photonic Crystal Microcavities

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    CHEN San; QIAN Bo; WEI Jun-Wei; CHEN Kun-Ji; XU Jun; LI Wei; HUANG Xin-Fan

    2005-01-01

    @@ Photoluminescence (PL) from one-dimensional photonic band structures is investigated. The doped photonic crystal with microcavities are fabricated by using alternating hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiNx :H/aSiNy:H) layers in a plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) chamber. It is observed that microcavities strongly modify the PL spectra from active hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiNz :H) thin film.By comparison, the wide emission band width 208nm is strongly narrowed to 11 nm, and the resonant enhancement of the peak PL intensity is about two orders of magnitude with respect to the emission of the λ/2-thick layer of a-SiNz:H. A linewidth of △λ = 11 nm and a quality factor of Q = 69 are achieved in our one-dimensional a-SiNz photonic crystal microcavities. Measurements of transmittance spectra of the as-grown samples show that the transmittance resonant peak of a cavity mode at 710 nm is introduced into the band gap of one-dimensional photonic crystal distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), which further verifies the microcavity effects.

  2. Fluorinated Epoxy Resins-based Sorbent Coating Materials for Quartz Piezoelectric Crystal Detector

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    D. C Gupta

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available Fluorinated epoxy resins were synthesised and evaluated as sorbent coating materials for the detection of organophosphorus compounds using quartz piezoelectric crystal detector. These resins were prepared by reacting excess of epichlorohydrin with each of or in combination of fluorinated diols, ie, a, a, a', a' tetrakis (trifluoromethyl 1,3 benzene dimethanol (TTFMBD, 4,4'bis-2-hydroxy hexafluoro isopropyl biphenyl (BHHFIBP, 4,4'dihydroxyocta fluorodiphenyl (DHOFDP and 2,2,3,3,4,4 hexafluoro 1,5 pentanediol (HFPD in the presence of sodium hydroxide at reflux temperature. These polymers were extracted in organic solvents and dried. Each of these fluoroepoxy resins were coated over quartz piezoelectric crystal by solution-casting method and tested using dimethylmethyl phosphonate (DMMP as model compound. Change in the  frequency (AF of quartz piezoelectric crystal oscillator was recorded. Sensitive and potential fluorinated epoxy resins, ie, diglycidylethers (DGE of HFPD-TTFMBD (in the molar ratio 6:4 and DGE (HFPD-BHHFIBP in the molar ratio 4:6 were characterised by viscosity, number average molecular weight (Mn, epoxy equivalent, infrared spectroscopy, and thermal stability.

  3. Tunable Photonic Crystal Mach-Zehnder Interferometer Based on Self-collimation Effect

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    CHEN Xi-Yao; LI Hui; QIU Yi-Shen; WANG Yu-Fei; NI Bo

    2008-01-01

    @@ A theoretical model for tunable Mach-Zehnder interferometers (TMZIs) constructed in a two-dimensional pho-tonic crystal (2D PhC) is proposed.The 2D PhC consists of a square lattice of cylindric air holes in silicon.The TMZI includes two mirrors and two splitters.Light propagates between them employing a sell-collimation effect.The two interferometer branches have different path lengths.Parts of the longer branch are infiltrated with a kind of liquid crystal (LC) with ordinary and extraordinary refractive indices 1.522 and I.706, respectively.The transmission spectra at two TMZI output ports are in the shape of sinusoidal carves and have a uniform peak spacing 0.0017c/a in the frequency range from 0.26c/a to 0.27c/a.When the effective refractive index neff of the liquid crystal is increased from 1.522 to 1.706, the peaks shift to the lower frequencies over 0.0017c/a while the peak spacing is almost kept unchanged.Thus this TMZI can work as a tunable power splitter or an optical switch.For the central operating wavelength around 1550nm, its dimensions are only about tens of micron.Thus this device may be applied to photonic integrated circuits.

  4. Synthesis, growth, optical and DFT calculation of 2-naphthol derived Mannich base organic non linear optical single crystal for frequency conversion applications

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    Raj, A. Dennis; Jeeva, M.; Shankar, M.; Purusothaman, R.; Prabhu, G. Venkatesa; Potheher, I. Vetha

    2016-11-01

    2-naphthol derived Mannich base 1-((4-methylpiperazin-1-yl) (phenyl) methyl) naphthalen-2-ol (MPN) - a nonlinear optical single crystal was synthesized and successfully grown by slow evaporation technique at room temperature. The molecular structure was confirmed by single crystal XRD, FT-IR, 1H NMR and 13C NMR spectral studies. The single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the crystal belongs to orthorhombic crystal system with non-centrosymmetric space group Pna21. The chemical shift of 5.34 ppm (singlet methine CH proton) in 1H NMR and signal for the CH carbon around δ70.169 ppm in 13C NMR confirms the formation of the title compound. The crystal growth pattern and dislocations of crystal are analyzed using chemical etching technique. UV cut off wavelength of the material was found to be 212 nm. The second harmonic generation (SHG) of MPN was determined from Kurtz Perry powder technique and the efficiency is almost equal to that of standard KDP crystal. The laser damage threshold was measured by passing Nd: YAG laser beam through the sample and it was found to be 1.1974 GW/cm2. The material was thermally stable up to 142 °C. The relationship between the molecular structure and the optical properties was also studied from quantum chemical calculations using Density Functional Theory (DFT) and reported for the first time.

  5. Effect of epicuticular wax crystals on the localization of artificially deposited sub-micron carbon-based aerosols on needles of Cryptomeria japonica.

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    Nakaba, Satoshi; Yamane, Kenichi; Fukahori, Mie; Nugroho, Widyanto Dwi; Yamaguchi, Masahiro; Kuroda, Katsushi; Sano, Yuzou; Wuled Lenggoro, I; Izuta, Takeshi; Funada, Ryo

    2016-09-01

    Elucidation of the mechanism of adsorption of particles suspended in the gas-phase (aerosol) to the outer surfaces of leaves provides useful information for understanding the mechanisms of the effect of aerosol particles on the growth and physiological functions of trees. In the present study, we examined the localization of artificially deposited sub-micron-sized carbon-based particles on the surfaces of needles of Cryptomeria japonica, a typical Japanese coniferous tree species, by field-emission scanning electron microscopy. The clusters (aggregates) of carbon-based particles were deposited on the needle surface regions where epicuticular wax crystals were sparsely distributed. By contrast, no clusters of the particles were found on the needle surface regions with dense distribution of epicuticular wax crystals. Number of clusters of carbon-based particles per unit area showed statistically significant differences between regions with sparse epicuticular wax crystals and those with dense epicuticular wax crystals. These results suggest that epicuticular wax crystals affect distribution of carbon-based particles on needles. Therefore, densely distributed epicuticular wax crystals might prevent the deposition of sub-micron-sized carbon-based particles on the surfaces of needles of Cryptomeria japonica to retain the function of stomata.

  6. Design of a Novel Polarized Beam Splitter Based on a Two-Dimensional Photonic Crystal Resonator Cavity

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    ZHANG Xuan; CHEN Shu-Wen; LIAO Qing-Hua; YU Tian-Bao; LIU Nian-Hua; HUANG Yong-Zhen

    2011-01-01

    @@ We propose and analyze a novel ultra-compact polarization beam splitter based on a resonator cavity in a two-dimensional photonic crystal.The two polarizations can be separated efficientlyby the strong coupling between the microcavities and the waveguides occurring around the resonant frequency of the cavities.The transmittance of two polarized light around 1.55 iim can be more than 98.6%, and the size of the device is less than 15 μm x 13μm,so these features will play an important role in future integrated optical circuits.

  7. Special Features of Creep and Long-Term Strength of Single-Crystal Refractory Nickel-Base Alloys

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    Semenov, S. G.; Getsov, L. B.; Tikhomirova, E. A.; Semenov, A. S.

    2016-03-01

    Results of experimental studies of creep in a wide range of temperatures and stresses are presented for three modern single-crystal nickel-base alloys. A method for determining the creep characteristics by tests including step increase of the tension is suggested and tested. The effect of transition into plastic condition on the creep parameters, the influence of the chemical composition and loading conditions on the duration of creep stages I, II and III, and the conditions of appearance of crystallographic and not crystallographic modes of fracture are analyzed. Possible simple approximations of the creep curves are considered with allowance for the accumulation of damage and occurrence of unsteady creep stages.

  8. Crystal structure of ethyl 4-[(E-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzylideneamino]benzoate: a p-hydroxy Schiff base

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    Jing Ling

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The title p-hydroxy Schiff base, C17H17NO4, was synthesized via the condensation reaction of benzocaine with vanillin. The benzylidine and benzoate rings are inclined to one another by 24.58 (8°, and the conformation about the C=N bond is E. In the crystal, molecules are linked by O—H...N hydrogen bonds, forming zigzag chains propagating along [010]. Adjacent chains are linked by C—H...π and weak offset π–π interactions [intercentroid distance = 3.819 (1 Å], forming sheets parallel to (10-2.

  9. Effect of azo and ester linkages on rod shaped Schiff base liquid crystals and their photophysical investigations

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    Selvarasu, Chinnaiyan; Kannan, Palaninathan

    2016-12-01

    Two new series of rod shaped Schiff base containing liquid crystal compounds with azo and ester linkages have been synthesized and characterized respectively. The rod like molecules containing cinnamate linkages with four different alkyl spacers (n = 6, 8, 10 and 12) and influence of linking group have been elucidated. Considerable changes in mesomorphic properties were noticed starting from Nematic to Smectic-C on changing of azo and ester linkages along with different terminal alkyl chain lengths. The mesomorphic properties of both series are compared. Photosensitive azobenzene group undergoes photoisomerization under UV light and monitored by UV-Visible spectroscopy.

  10. Design of photonic crystal fibers with highly nonlinear glasses for four-wave-mixing based telecom applications.

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    Kanka, Jiri

    2008-12-08

    A fully-vectorial mode solver based on the finite element method is employed in a combination with the downhill simplex method the dispersion optimization of photonic crystal fibers made from highly nonlinear glasses. The nonlinear fibers are designed for telecom applications such as parametric amplification, wavelength conversion, ultra-fast switching and regeneration of optical signals. The optimization is carried in terms of the zero dispersion wavelength, dispersion magnitude and nonlinear coefficient and confinement loss in the wavelength range around 1.55 microm. We restrict our work to the index-guiding fiber structures a small number of hexagonally arrayed air holes.

  11. A low-power all-optical bistable device based on a liquid crystal layer embedded in thin gold films

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    Takase, Yuki; Tien Thanh, Pham; Fujimura, Ryushi; Kajikawa, Kotaro

    2014-04-01

    An all-optical bistable (AOB) resonator device composed of a 430-nm-thick liquid crystal (LC) layer embedded in two thin gold films (MLM) is reported in this paper. This device allows the use of the incident illumination at normal incidence, whereas the previous AOB devices based on twisted nematic (TN)-LC function only for illumination at oblique incidence. The fastest switching time was measured to be 1.8 ms, which is significantly faster than that of TN-LC. Because the MLM device operates free from electronic circuits, it is promising for two-dimensional optical data processing, random access optical memories, and spatial light modulators.

  12. Synthesis, crystal structure and properties of inorganic-organic hybrid polymers based on 8-hydroxylquinoline-5-sulfonic acid

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    WANG Ying; XUE Ming; XU JiaNing; ZHU GuangShan; QIU ShiLun

    2009-01-01

    Two new inorganic-organic hybrid polymers, Mn(QS)(H_2O) (1) and Co(QS)(H_2O)2 (2) (H2QS=8-hydroxylquinoline-5-sulfonic acid), based on 8-hydroxylquinoline-5-sulfonate ligand, have been synthesized under solvothermal conditions and their structures were solved by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Compound 1 is a three-dimensional open framework with rutile topology structure, and compound 2 is a three-dimensional supramolecular structure. These compounds were characterized by powder XRD, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, fluorescence properties and magnetism properties.

  13. Developing porous ceramics on the base of zirconia oxide with thin and permeable pores by crystallization of organic additive method

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    Kamyshnaya, K. S.; Khabas, T. A.

    2016-11-01

    In this paper porous ceramics on the base of ZrO2 nanopowders and micropowders has been developed by freeze-casting method. A zirconia/carbamide slurry was frozen in mold and dehydrated in CaCl2 at room temperature. This simple process enabled the formation of porous ceramics with highly aligned pores as a replica of the carbamide crystals. The samples showed higher porosity of 47.9%. In addition, these materials could be used as membrane for air cleaning.

  14. Synthesis,crystal structure and properties of inorganic-organic hybrid polymers based on 8-hydroxylquinoline-5-sulfonic acid

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    2009-01-01

    Two new inorganic-organic hybrid polymers, Mn(QS)(H2O) (1) and Co(QS)(H2O)2 (2) (H2QS=8-hydroxyl-quinoline-5-sulfonic acid), based on 8-hydroxylquinoline-5-sulfonate ligand, have been synthesized under solvothermal conditions and their structures were solved by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Compound 1 is a three-dimensional open framework with rutile topology structure, and compound 2 is a three-dimensional supramolecular structure. These compounds were characterized by powder XRD, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, fluorescence properties and magnetism properties.

  15. The single-longitudinal-mode operation of a ridge waveguide laser based on two-dimensional photonic crystals

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    Wang Hua-Yong; Xu Xing-Sheng

    2013-01-01

    An electrically driven,single-longitudinal-mode GaAs based photonic crystal (PC) ridge waveguide (RWG) laser emitting at around 850 nm is demonstrated.The single-longitudinal-mode lasing characteristic is achieved by introducing the PC to the RWG laser.The triangle PC is etched on both sides of the ridge by photolithography and inductive coupled plasma (ICP) etching.The lasing spectra of the RWG lasers with and without the PC are studied,and the result shows that the PC purifies the longitudinal mode.The power per facet versus current and current-voltage characteristics have also been studied and compared.

  16. Surface recrystallization of a Ni_3Al based single crystal superalloy at different annealing temperatures and blasting pressure

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    2012-01-01

    The effects of annealing temperature and grit blasting pressure on the recrystallization behavior of a Ni3Al based single crystal superalloy were studied in this work. The results show that the precipitation of the Y-NiMo phase occurs at 900 and 1000 °C, which precedes recrystallization. The initial recrystallization temperature was between 1000 and 1100 °C. Cellular recrystallization was formed at 1100 and 1200 °C, which consisted of large columnar γ′ and fine γ + γ′. The dendrite arm closed to the interde...

  17. Three-dimensional visualization and characterization of morphology and internal microstructural features of primary silicon crystals in a cast Al-Si base alloy

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    Singh, H.; Gokhale, A. M.; Mao, Y.; Tewari, A.; Sachdev, A. K.

    2009-09-01

    Primary Si crystals are usually present in the cast microstructures of near-eutectic, eutectic, and hyper-eutectic Al-Si base alloys. Three-dimensional digital images of individual primary Si crystals present in a permanent mold cast unmodified Al-12 wt% Si-1 wt% Ni base alloy are reconstructed using a combination of montage serial sectioning and three-dimensional digital image processing techniques. Octahedral, prismatic, and plate-like three-dimensional morphologies of the primary Si crystals are present in the microstructure. Some of the primary Si crystals contain interior regions/islands of Al-alloy that are completely enclosed in the corresponding Si crystals indicating certain variations in the crystal growth velocities during the evolution of these crystals. The boundaries of these interior regions/islands are non-faceted smooth and curved indicating re-melting of the Al-rich islands and re-dissolution of some Si near these internal boundaries in the Al-alloy as a result of the heat generated by liquid-to-solid transformation of Si away from the islands.

  18. Synthesis, characterization, crystal structure determination and catalytic activity in epoxidation reaction of two new oxidovanadium(IV) Schiff base complexes

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    Tahmasebi, Vida; Grivani, Gholamhossein; Bruno, Giuseppe

    2016-11-01

    The five coordinated vanadium(IV) Schiff base complexes of VOL1 (1) and VOL2 (2), HL1 = 2-{(E)-[2-bromoethyl)imino]methyl}-2- naphthol, HL2 = 2-{(E)-[2-chloroethyl)imino]methyl}-2- naphthol, have been synthesized and they were characterized by using single-crystal X-ray crystallography, elemental analysis (CHN) and FT-IR spectroscopy. Crystal structure determination of these complexes shows that the Schiff base ligands (L1 and L2) act as bidentate ligands with two phenolato oxygen atoms and two imine nitrogen atoms in the trans geometry. The coordination geometry around the vanadium(IV) is distorted square pyramidal in which vanadium(IV) is coordinated by two nitrogen and two oxygen atoms of two independent ligands in the basal plane and by one oxygen atom in the apical position. The catalytic activity of the Schiff base complexes of 1 and 2 in the epoxidation of alkenes were investigated using different reaction parameters such as solvent effect, oxidant, alkene/oxidant ratio and the catalyst amount. The results showed that in the presence of TBHP as oxidant in 1: 4 and 1:3 ratio of the cyclooctene/oxidant ratio, high epoxide yield was obtained for 1 (76%) and 2 (80%) with TON(= mole of substrate/mole of catalyst) of 27 and 28.5, respectively, in epoxidation of cyclooctene.

  19. Compact and high-power broadband terahertz source based on femtosecond photonic crystal fiber amplifier

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    Feng Liu; Lu Chai; Qirong Xing; Chingyue Wang; Weili Zhang; Xiaokun Hu; Jiang Li; Changlei Wang; Yi Li; Yanfeng Li; YoujianSong; Bowen Liu; Minglie Hu

    2011-01-01

    Terahertz (THz) waves,generally defined in the 0.1-10 THz range are finding growing applications in various important fields[1-4] such as imaging,food and pharmaceutical quality coutrol,security screening,and standoff detection of bio-threat species,among which THz timedomain spectroscopy (THz-TDS)[5] is particularly appealing.However,the low conversion efficiency and low power of typical broadband THz sources severely hinder the utility and realization of the full potential of THzTDS.Recently,there have been efforts to generate THz pulses using compact pump sources in fiber format[6,7].%We present a review of the development of a compact and high-power broadband terahertz (THz) source optically excited by a femtosecond photonic crystal fiber (PCF) amplifier. The large mode area of the PCF and the stretcher-free configuration make the pump source compact and very efficient. Broadband THz pulseg of 150 μW extending from 0.1 to 3.5 TH2 are generated from a 3-mm-thick GaP crystal through optical rectification of 12-W pump pulses with duration of 66 & and a repetition rate of 52 MHz. A strong saturation effect is observed, which is attributed to pump pulse absorption; a Z-scan measurement shows that three-photon absorption dominates the nonlinear absorption when the crystal is pumped by femtosecond pulses at 1040 run. A further scale-up of the THz source power is expected to find important applications in THz nonlinear optics and nonlinear THz spectroscope

  20. Novel Magnesium Salt Based on BTATz: Crystal Structure,Thermal Behavior and Thermal Safety

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    ZHANG Xian-bo; REN Ying-hui; LI Wen; ZHAO Feng-qi; WANG Bo-zhou; SONG Ji-rong

    2013-01-01

    A new high-energy organic magnesium salt [Mg(H2O)6](BTATz)·2H2O[BTATz=3,6-bis(1H-1,2,3,4-tetrazol-5-yl-amino)-1,2,4,5-tetrazine] was synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis and Fourier transform infrared(FTIR) spectrometry.Its crystal structure was determined by X-ray single crystal diffraction.The crystal belongs to monoclinic system with space group C2/c and a=2.1329(7) nm,b=0.52275(16) nm,c=1.5909(5) nm,β=100.471(6)°,V=1.7443(9) nm3,Z=4,μ=0.361 mm-1,F(000)=900 and Dc=1.644 g/cm3.Meanwhile,the thermal behavior of [Mg(H2O)6](BTATz)·2H2O was studied under the non-isothermal conditions by differential scanning calorimetry(DSC) and thermalgravity-differential thermalgravity(TG-DTG) methods.The enthalpy,apparent activation energy and per-exponential factor of the main exothermic decomposition reaction are 898.88 J/g,139.2 kJ/mol and 1010.48 S-1,respectively.The values of the self-accelerating decomposition temperature(TsADT),the thermal ignition temperature(TTIT) and the critical temperature of thermal explosion(Tb) for [Mg(H2O)6](BTATz).2H2O are 515.13,532.08 and 565.99 K,respectively.

  1. Energy scavenging based on a single-crystal PMN-PT nanobelt

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    Fan Wu; Wei Cai; Yao-Wen Yeh; Shiyou Xu; Nan Yao

    2016-01-01

    Self-powered nanodevices scavenging mechanical energy require piezoelectric nanostructures with high piezoelectric coefficients. Here we report the fabrication of a single-crystal (1 − x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 − xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT) nanobelt with a superior piezoelectric constant (d33 = ~550 pm/V), which is approximately ~150%, 430%, and 2100% of the largest reported values for previous PMN-PT, PZT and ZnO nanostructures, respectively. The high d33 of the single-crystalline PMN-PT nanobelt results from...

  2. Photonic crystal vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser based on GaAs material

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    XU XingSheng; WANG ChunXia; SONG Qian; DU Wei; HU HaiYang; ZHAO ZhiMin; LU Lin; KAN Qiang; CHEN HongDa

    2007-01-01

    A photonic crystal vertical-cavity-surface-emitting laser (PC-VCSEL) with a wavelength of about 850 nm was realized. The direct-current electrically-driven PC-VCSELs with a minimum threshold current of 2 mA and a maximum threshold current of 13.5 mA were obtained. We fabricated a series of PC-VCSEL chips whose lattice constants are in the range from 0.5 to 3 ?m with different filling factors, and found that the laser characterization depends on the lattice constant, the filling factor, the size of cavity, etc.

  3. Light extraction enhancement of SOI-based erbium/oxygen Co-implanted photonic crystal microcavities

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    Zhang Jiashun; Wang Yue; Wu Yuanda; Zhang Xiaoguang; Jiang Ting; An Junming; Li Jianguang; Wang Hongjie; Hu Xiongwei

    2011-01-01

    H5 photonic crystal (PC) microcavities co-implanted with erbium (Er) and oxygen (O) ions were fabricated on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers.Photoluminescence (PL) measurements were taken at room temperature and a light extraction enhancement of up to 12 was obtained at 1.54μm,as compared to an identically implanted unpatterned SOI wafer.In addition,we also explored the adjustment of cavity modes by changing the structural parameters of the PC,and the measured results showed that the cavity-resonant peaks shifted towards shorter wavelengths as the radius of the air holes increased,which is consistent with the theoretical simulation.

  4. Macro-circuit simulation and optimal design for ferroelectric liquid crystal based on dielectric properties

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    Wang Mengyao; Pan Wei; Luo Bin; Zhang Weili; Zou Xihua; Xiong Yue

    2007-01-01

    A macro-circuit equivalent model for ferroelectric liquid crystal(FLC)is proposed.The model includes both effects of ferroelectric torque and dielectric torque and is utilized to simulate the switching response and memory behavior of a single FLC cell.Simulation results show that the delay time has a minimum while increasing the amplitude of drive voltage and the amplitude of bipolar pulses should be controlled within a certain range to realize the memory behavior.Also the switching angle is successfully enhanced to the reference value of 22.5°by adopting"AC stabilization"addressing method.

  5. Broadening of Omnidirectional Photonic Band Gap in Graphene Based one Dimensional Photonic Crystals

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    Neetika Arora

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A simple design of one dimensional gradual stacked photonic crystal has been proposed. This structure exhibits a periodic array of alternate layers of Graphene and Silica. These are the materials of low and high refractive indices respectively. Here the structure considered has three stacks .Each stack has five alternate layers of Graphene and silica. The transfer matrix method has been used for numerical computation. In this paper, such a structure has wider reflection bands in comparison to a conventional dielectric PC structure and structure with Sio2 and Si layers for a constant gradual constant ϒ at different incident angle.

  6. Omnidirectional refractive devices for flexural waves based on graded phononic crystals

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    Torrent, Daniel, E-mail: daniel.torrent@iemn.univ-lille1.fr; Pennec, Yan; Djafari-Rouhani, Bahram [Institut d' Electronique, de Microléctronique et de Nanotechnologie, UMR CNRS 8520, Université de Lille 1, 59655 Villeneuve d' Ascq (France)

    2014-12-14

    Different omnidirectional refractive devices for flexural waves in thin plates are proposed and numerically analyzed. Their realization is explained by means phononic crystal plates, where a previously developed homogenization theory is employed for the design of graded index refractive devices. These devices consist of a circular cluster of inclusions with a properly designed gradient in their radius. With this approach, the Luneburg and Maxwell lenses and a family of beam splitters for flexural waves are proposed and analyzed. Results show that these devices work properly in a broadband frequency region, being therefore an efficient approach for the design of refractive devices specially interesting for nano-scale applications.

  7. High light-extraction-efficiency OLED based on photonic crystal slab structures with taper unit cells

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    YAN Rong-jin; WANG Qing-kang

    2006-01-01

    To improve the light-extraction-efficiency of OLED,we introduced PCS (Photonic Crystal Slab) structures into the interface of ITO layer and glass substrate.PCS structures with Taper unit cells are proved to be effective in reducing the energy of guided wave trapped in high refractive index material,and an increase of light-extraction-efficiency to 95.26% is gained.This enhancement is much greater than the traditional PCS with cylinder unit cells (60%-70%).Physical mechanisms of light-extraction-efficiency enhancement in these structures are further discussed.

  8. Multi-channel and sharp angular spatial filters based on one-dimensional photonic crystals

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    Shaoji Jiang; Jianrong Li; Jijia Tang; Hezhou Wang

    2006-01-01

    A photonic heterostructure with multi-channel and sharp angular defect modes by combining two different one-dimensional defective photonic crystals is proposed. The filters designed on the basis of this heterostructure possess both functions of multi-channel narrow band filtering and sharp angular filtering.The channels, channel interval, and number of channels can be tuned by adjusting the geometric and physical parameters of the heterostuctures. This kind of filters will benefit the development of multi-channel interstellar or atmosphere optical communication.

  9. SYNTHESIS OF A NOVEL "MESOGEN-JACKETED LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER" BASED ON VINYLTEREPHTHALIC ACID

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    1998-01-01

    Poly{2, 5-bis[(p-methoxyphenyl)oxycarbonyl]styrene} was successfully synthesized. This new polymer has a structure characteristic of mesogen-jacketed liquid cyrstalline polymers (MJLCPs) and does form a liquid crystal phase above its glass transition. It thus became the starting member of a new series of MJLCPs. The synthesis of the polymer as well as the liquid crystalline properties of the polymer and its monomer was discussed. A brief comparison of the new monomer and polymer with some previously reported counterparts was also included.

  10. Fire safety analysis of the Crystal palace based on optimized BIM model

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    Semič, Dejan

    2016-01-01

    This master's thesis comprehensively explores fire safety in high-rise buildings. A fire safety analysis was performed on a model of the Crystal Palace skyscraper, which, at 89 meters, is the tallest building in Slovenia today (2016). A BIM model of the entire building was generated (Archicad) to be used with the software for fire (PyroSim) and evacuation analysis (Pathfinder). The BIM model of the building was optimized in a way it could be directly imported into the software for fire and...

  11. Tunable omnidirectional multichannel filters based on dual-defective photonic crystals containing negative-index materials

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    Chen, Yihang, E-mail: kallenmail@sina.co [School of Physics and Telecommunication Engineering, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2009-04-07

    Multiple defect modes may generate in one-dimensional dual-defective photonic crystals containing negative-index materials. The interference between the two kinds of defect states of the proposed structure is avoided. Therefore, the frequency, frequency interval and number of the defect modes corresponding to different kinds of defects can be tuned independently as desired. These defect modes inside the zero n-bar gap are insensitive to the incident angle. It thus opens a promising way to fabricate omnidirectional multichannel filters with specific channels.

  12. Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) based antenna for flexible system on package (SoP) applications

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    Marnat, Loic

    2012-06-01

    The design, fabrication and measurement of a bowtie antenna on a flexible Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) substrate is reported in this paper. The antenna is fed by a balun transition which helps improve the gain up to 5.1 dB. The antenna performance is analyzed for both planar and curved substrates. The comparison between simulation and measurements shows a good agreement. This structure can either be used to sense the bending of the substrate or use the bending to tilt the beam. © 2012 IEEE.

  13. Design and fabrication of a phononic-crystal-based Love wave resonator in GHz range

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    Ting-Wei Liu

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a method for designing and fabricating a Love wave resonator utilizing the phononic crystal (PC as the reflectors. The PCs were formed by depositing 2D, periodically etched silica film on a quartz substrate. We analyzed the PC structure, and within its partial bandgap we designed a one-port resonator that contained a set of inter-digital transducer (IDT inside the resonant cavity bonded by two PC arrays. With sub-micrometer structures, the resonator was designed to operate at 1.25 GHz. The device was fabricated by employing the microelectromechanical system (MEMS fabrication technology and the resonant performance was evaluated.

  14. Flat super-continuum generation based on normal dispersion nonlinear photonic crystal fibre

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    Chow, K.K.; Takushima, Y.; Lin, C.

    2006-01-01

    Flat super-continuum generation spanning over the whole telecommunication band using a passively modelocked fibre laser source at 1550 nm together with a dispersion-flattened nonlinear photoinc crystal fibre is demonstrated. Since the pulses propagate in the normal dispersion regime of the fibre...... only, linear frequency chirp is induced by self-phase modulation which leads to a flat super-continuum. By launching the compressed 170 fs modelocked pulses with an average power of 10 mW into the fibre, super-continuum over 185 nm with less than 5 dB fluctuation is obtained from the all...

  15. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of Copper(Ⅱ) Compound with Didentate Schiff-base Ligand

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    易龙; 丁斌; 程鹏

    2004-01-01

    The title complex [Cu(L)2] (HL=4-salicylideneamino-3,5-dimethanol-1,2,4-triazole) was synthesized by the reaction of Cu(CH3COO)2·2H2O with 4-salicylideneamino-3,5-dimethanol- 1,2,4-triazole in the methanol. The single-crystal X-ray study reveals that the compound crystallizes in monoclinic, space group P21/n with a = 11.746(5), b = 8.145(3), c = 12.786(5)A,β = 106.64(1)°, V = 1172(1)A3, Z = 2, Dc = 1.581 g/cm3, μ= 0.989 mm-1, F(000) = 574, C22H22Cu- N8O6, Mr = 558.02, T = 293(2) K, R = 0.0394 and Rw = 0.0835 for 2376 observed reflections with I > 2σ(I). The complex comprises a four-coordinated copper(Ⅱ) center, with an N2O2 planar coordi- nation environment. The molecules are connected by hydrogen bonds to form one-dimensional chains which are further linked to form a two-dimensional plane.

  16. Slow light in dual-periodic photonic crystals based slotted-waveguide coupled cavity

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    Zhu, Na; Li, Yuanyuan; Chen, Cheng; Yan, Shu

    2016-09-01

    Considering the capacity of the nanoscale width area with the low-refractive index can confine light waves, the dual-periodic slotted photonic crystals, which is constructed by coupling low-refractive index's slotted-waveguide with high-refractive index's cavity is proposed in this paper. The best slow light properties and the optimal slotted-waveguide coupled cavity are achieved by adjusting the slotted-width and the period of cavity respectively. In this structure, the slow-light properties are simulated by Plane Wave Expansion (PWE), the result reveals that the group velocities are all three orders of magnitude smaller than the speed of light in vacuum, the slowest value is 7.96 ×10-4 c when the slotted-width is 0.54a and the period of cavity is 0.95a. Moreover, the corresponding Normalized Delay-Bandwidth Product (NDBP) values are larger than 0.24. Besides, the slotted-waveguide coupled cavity can be reconfigured, which accordingly changes the corresponding slow-light property. At last, the numerical results provide a new thought and method for decreasing group velocity and potential application for optical buffer in photonic crystals field.

  17. Reusable macroporous photonic crystal-based ethanol vapor detectors by doctor blade coating.

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    Ko, Ya-Ling; Tsai, Hui-Ping; Lin, Kun-Yi; Chen, Ying-Chu; Yang, Hongta

    2017-02-01

    This research reports the development of sensitive and reversible vapor detection by using three-dimensional macroporous photonic crystals. A scalable and roll-to-roll compatible doctor blade coating technology is utilized to fabricate flexible macroporous poly(ethoxylated trimethylolpropane triacrylate) (PETPTA) films with hexagonal close-packed pores which are interconnected. The pores are then coated with a layer of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) to create macroporous PHEMA/PETPTA films. The condensation of vapors in the PHEMA coated macroporous films leads to the increase of both the PHEMA swelling degree and the effective refractive index of the diffractive medium, resulting in the red-shift and amplitude reduction of the optical stop bands. The optical measurements reveal that the diffraction from the as-prepared macroporous photonic crystals sensitively monitors the vapor pressure of ethanol since the PHEMA layer displays a great volume dependence on ethanol due to a decreased Flory-Huggins mixing parameter. The dependence of the diffraction wavelength on vapor pressure and the reproducibility of vapor sensing have also been investigated in this study.

  18. Inkjet Printing Based Mono-layered Photonic Crystal Patterning for Anti-counterfeiting Structural Colors

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    Nam, Hyunmoon; Song, Kyungjun; Ha, Dogyeong; Kim, Taesung

    2016-08-01

    Photonic crystal structures can be created to manipulate electromagnetic waves so that many studies have focused on designing photonic band-gaps for various applications including sensors, LEDs, lasers, and optical fibers. Here, we show that mono-layered, self-assembled photonic crystals (SAPCs) fabricated by using an inkjet printer exhibit extremely weak structural colors and multiple colorful holograms so that they can be utilized in anti-counterfeit measures. We demonstrate that SAPC patterns on a white background are covert under daylight, such that pattern detection can be avoided, but they become overt in a simple manner under strong illumination with smartphone flash light and/or on a black background, showing remarkable potential for anti-counterfeit techniques. Besides, we demonstrate that SAPCs yield different RGB histograms that depend on viewing angles and pattern densities, thus enhancing their cryptographic capabilities. Hence, the structural colorations designed by inkjet printers would not only produce optical holograms for the simple authentication of many items and products but also enable a high-secure anti-counterfeit technique.

  19. Photonic crystals: A novel approach to enhance the light output of scintillation based detectors

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    Knapitsch, A; Leclercq, J L; Letartre, X; Auffray, E; Fabjan, C W

    2011-01-01

    Future high-energy physics (HEP) experiments as well as next generation medical imaging applications are more and more pushing towards better scintillation characteristics. One of the problems in heavy scintillating materials is related to their high electronic density, resulting in a large index of refraction. As a consequence, most of the scintillation light produced in the bulk material is trapped inside the crystal due to total internal reflection. The same problem also occurs with light emitting diodes (LEDs) and has for a long time been considered as a limiting factor for their overall efficiency. Recent studies have shown that those limits can be overcome by means of light scattering effects of photonic crystals (PhCs). In our simulations we could show light yield improvements between 90\\% and 110\\% when applying PhC structures to different scintillator materials. To evaluate the results, a PhC modified scintillator was produced in cooperation with the NIL (Nanotechnology Institute of Lyon). By using s...

  20. A micromechanics-based thermodynamic model for the domain switch in ferroelectric crystals

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    Li, W.F.; Weng, G.J

    2004-05-03

    In this work we take the view that domain switch in ferroelectric crystals is a thermodynamics-driven process. In this light we first consider the micromechanics of domain switch to derive the Gibbs free energy of the heterogeneous system and the corresponding thermodynamic driving force at a given level of switched domain concentration f{sub p}, applied stress {sigma}-bar{sub ij}, and applied electric field E-bar{sub i}. Then in conjunction with Miller and Weinreich's [Phys. Rev. 117 (1960) 1460] resistance force for the sidewise motion of 180 deg. domain walls, a kinetic equation is established to calculate the evolution of new domains under a reversed electric field for a BaTiO{sub 3} crystal. The calculated results show that, as the field increases, the switching process is initially rapid, and then becomes quite slow as it approaches the saturation state. The calculated polarization versus the electric field relation (P-E relation) is found to agree with the measured characteristics. The effect of porosity on the switching processes is also examined. It is found that, due to the lower level of Gibbs free energy in the presence of pores, a higher field is required to overcome the energy resistance of domain switch. On the other hand, due to the lower initial parent domain concentration, the level of electric field to cause a complete reversal of the domains decreases with porosity.