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  1. Heparan sulfate chain valency controls syndecan-4 function in cell adhesion

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    Gopal, Sandeep; Bober, Adam; Whiteford, James R; Multhaupt, Hinke A B; Yoneda, Atsuko; Couchman, John R

    2010-01-01

    , clustering of one-chain syndecan-4 forms with antibodies overcame the block, indicating that valency of interactions with ligands is a key component of syndecan-4 function. Measurements of focal contact/adhesion size and focal adhesion kinase phosphorylation correlated with syndecan-4 status and alpha...... the core protein cytoplasmic domain, though not interactions with PDZ proteins. A second key requirement is multiple heparan sulfate chains. Mutant syndecan-4 with no chains, or only one chain, failed to restore the wild type phenotype, while those expressing two or three were competent. However......-smooth muscle actin organization, being reduced where syndecan-4 function was compromised by a lack of multiple heparan sulfate chains....

  2. Valence, arousal and cognitive control: A voluntary task switching study

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    JelleDemanet

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The present study focused on the interplay between arousal, valence and cognitive control. To this end, we investigated how arousal and valence associated with affective stimuli influenced cognitive flexibility when switching between tasks voluntarily. Three hypotheses were tested. First, a valence hypothesis that states that the positive valence of affective stimuli will facilitate both global and task-switching performance because of increased cognitive flexibility. Second, an arousal hypothesis that states that arousal, and not valence, will specifically impair task-switching performance by strengthening the previously executed task-set. Third, an attention hypothesis that states that both cognitive and emotional control ask for limited attentional resources, and predicts that arousal will impair both global and task-switching performance. The results showed that arousal affected task-switching but not global performance, possibly by phasic modulations of the noradrenergic system that reinforces the previously executed task. In addition, positive valence only affected global performance but not task-switching performance, possibly by phasic modulations of dopamine that stimulates the general ability to perform in a multitasking environment.

  3. Maximized string order parameters in the valence bond solid states of quantum integer spin chains

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    Tu, Hong-Hao; Zhang, Guang-Ming; Xiang, Tao

    2008-01-01

    We propose a set of maximized string order parameters to describe the hidden topological order in the valence bond solid states of quantum integer spin-S chains. These optimized string order parameters involve spin-twist angles corresponding to $Z_{S+1}$ rotations around $z$ or $x$-axes, suggesting a hidden $Z_{S+1}\\times Z_{S+1}$ symmetry. Our results also suggest that a local triplet excitation in the valence bond solid states carries a $Z_{S+1}$ topological charge measured by these maximiz...

  4. Optoelectronic properties of valence-state-controlled amorphous niobium oxide

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    Onozato, Takaki; Katase, Takayoshi; Yamamoto, Akira; Katayama, Shota; Matsushima, Koichi; Itagaki, Naho; Yoshida, Hisao; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2016-06-01

    In order to understand the optoelectronic properties of amorphous niobium oxide (a-NbO x ), we have investigated the valence states, local structures, electrical resistivity, and optical absorption of a-NbO x thin films with various oxygen contents. It was found that the valence states of Nb ion in a-NbO x films can be controlled from 5+  to 4+  by reducing oxygen pressure during film deposition at room temperature, together with changing the oxide-ion arrangement around Nb ion from Nb2O5-like to NbO2-like local structure. As a result, a four orders of magnitude reduction in the electrical resistivity of a-NbO x films was observed with decreasing oxygen content, due to the carrier generation caused by the appearance and increase of an oxygen-vacancy-related subgap state working as an electron donor. The tunable optoelectronic properties of a-NbO x films by valence-state-control with oxygen-vacancy formation will be useful for potential flexible optoelectronic device applications.

  5. Optoelectronic properties of valence-state-controlled amorphous niobium oxide.

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    Onozato, Takaki; Katase, Takayoshi; Yamamoto, Akira; Katayama, Shota; Matsushima, Koichi; Itagaki, Naho; Yoshida, Hisao; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2016-06-29

    In order to understand the optoelectronic properties of amorphous niobium oxide (a-NbO x ), we have investigated the valence states, local structures, electrical resistivity, and optical absorption of a-NbO x thin films with various oxygen contents. It was found that the valence states of Nb ion in a-NbO x films can be controlled from 5+  to 4+  by reducing oxygen pressure during film deposition at room temperature, together with changing the oxide-ion arrangement around Nb ion from Nb2O5-like to NbO2-like local structure. As a result, a four orders of magnitude reduction in the electrical resistivity of a-NbO x films was observed with decreasing oxygen content, due to the carrier generation caused by the appearance and increase of an oxygen-vacancy-related subgap state working as an electron donor. The tunable optoelectronic properties of a-NbO x films by valence-state-control with oxygen-vacancy formation will be useful for potential flexible optoelectronic device applications. PMID:27168317

  6. Molecular isomerization and fragmentation of polyatomic molecules controlled by inner-valence recollision-ionization

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    Control over various fragmentation reactions of a series of polyatomic molecules (acetylene, ethylene, 1,3-butadiene) by the optical waveform of intense few-cycle laser pulses is demonstrated experimentally. We show both experimentally and theoretically that the responsible mechanism is inelastic ionization from inner-valence molecular orbitals by recolliding electron wave packets.

  7. Valence Control of Ce Ions in Cerium-substituted Yttrium Iron Garnet

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    SONG Fengbing; LI Qiang; ZHONG Zhifeng

    2005-01-01

    Cerium-substituted yttrium iron garnet(CexY3-xFe5O12, Ce∶YIG) was prepared via coprecipitation. The structure, morphology, valence state and constituent of Ce ions were investigated respectively. X-ray powder diffraction(XRD) analysis shows that Ce∶YIG was of single cubic YIG phase. The result of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS) indicates the Ce ions in Ce∶YIG were in the state of trivalence. Scanning electron microscope(SEM) demonstrates the conglobation of Ce∶YIG particles about 0.2μm scale.The magnetic properties were studied by a vibrating sample magnetometer(VSM) and the result exhibits that substitution of Ce3+ changes the magnetic parameters of YIG. The effects of doping content of Ce ions and synthesis temperature on valence control were discussed in detail.

  8. Magnetic-field control of quantum critical points of valence transition.

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Tsuruta, Atsushi; Miyake, Kazumasa; Flouquet, Jacques

    2008-06-13

    We study the mechanism of how critical end points of first-order valence transitions are controlled by a magnetic field. We show that the critical temperature is suppressed to be a quantum critical point (QCP) by a magnetic field, and unexpectedly, the QCP exhibits nonmonotonic field dependence in the ground-state phase diagram, giving rise to the emergence of metamagnetism even in the intermediate valence-crossover regime. The driving force of the field-induced QCP is clarified to be cooperative phenomena of the Zeeman and Kondo effects, which create a distinct energy scale from the Kondo temperature. This mechanism explains the peculiar magnetic response in CeIrIn(5) and the metamagnetic transition in YbXCu(4) for X=In as well as the sharp contrast between X=Ag and Cd. PMID:18643524

  9. Novel Countercation in MMX-Type Mixed-Valence Chain Compound: Coexistence of Neutral and Protonated Amino Substituents

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    Hiroaki Iguchi

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The first MMX-type quasi-one-dimensional (Q1D Pt chain complex (MMX chain that contains a mono-protonated diamine as countercation, {o-(H3NC6H4NH2}4[Pt2(pop4I]·H2O (pop = P2H2O52–, was synthesized. According to the crystal structural analysis, –NH2 group was hydrogen-bonded to either lattice H2O molecule or –NH3+ group in addition to typical hydrogen bond between –NH3+ group and pop ligand. To control the partial deprotonation of the countercation will be an important method for achieving the high-conductive MMX-chain polymer by the hole doping.

  10. Determination of Technetium-99 in Environmental Samples by Solvent Extraction at Controlled Valence

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    Chen, Q.J.; Aarkrog, A.; Dahlgaard, H.;

    1989-01-01

    Distribution coefficients of technetium and ruthenium are determined under different conditions with CCl4, cyclohexanone, and 5% tri-isooctylamine (TIOA)/xylene. A method for analyzing 99Tc in environmental samples has been developed by solvent extraction in which the valences of technetium and...... subsequently separated by solvent extraction with cyclohexanone and 5% TIOA/xylene. The decontamination of the procedure is 1.35 .cntdot. 105 for 103Ru and 1.66 .cntdot. 105 for 110mAg. The chemical yield of technetium-99 is 55%....... ruthenium are controlled with H2O2 and NaClO. Technetium and ruthenium which are oxidized to TcO4- and RuO4- by NaClO are separated by extraction with CCl4 at pH 4. The RuO4- is reduced to low valence and technetium is kept in the TcO4- state with H2O2. Technetium, ruthenium, and other nuclides are...

  11. Markov processes and controlled Markov chains

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    Filar, Jerzy; Chen, Anyue

    2002-01-01

    The general theory of stochastic processes and the more specialized theory of Markov processes evolved enormously in the second half of the last century. In parallel, the theory of controlled Markov chains (or Markov decision processes) was being pioneered by control engineers and operations researchers. Researchers in Markov processes and controlled Markov chains have been, for a long time, aware of the synergies between these two subject areas. However, this may be the first volume dedicated to highlighting these synergies and, almost certainly, it is the first volume that emphasizes the contributions of the vibrant and growing Chinese school of probability. The chapters that appear in this book reflect both the maturity and the vitality of modern day Markov processes and controlled Markov chains. They also will provide an opportunity to trace the connections that have emerged between the work done by members of the Chinese school of probability and the work done by the European, US, Central and South Ameri...

  12. Torsionally controlled electronic coupling in mixed-valence oxodimolybdenum nitrosyl scorpionates--a DFT study.

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    Romańczyk, Piotr P; Noga, Klemens; Włodarczyk, Andrzej J; Nitek, Wojciech; Broclawik, Ewa

    2010-09-01

    reduction) controls the prospective intramolecular through-bond electron transfer in the mixed valence form. Our DFT modeling demonstrates that a maximum delocalization (via a hole-transfer mechanism) of the unpaired electron in 1'(-), measured as a spin population on the nonreduced Mo2 center, is achieved for the structure with a torsional deflection of 23 degrees, at a cost of 16.5 kcal/mol. These results show that the electron exchange along the Mo-O-Mo array in the originally fully valence-trapped {17e:16e}(-) complexes may be controlled and can be thermally activated (e.g., using a high-boiling solvent or by irradiation at ca. 50-200 cm(-1)). PMID:20799734

  13. Supersymmetric Valence Bond Solid States

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    Arovas, Daniel P.; Hasebe, Kazuki; Qi, Xiao-Liang; Zhang, Shou-Cheng

    2009-01-01

    In this work we investigate the supersymmetric version of the valence bond solid (SVBS) state. In one dimension, the SVBS states continuously interpolate between the valence bond states for integer and half-integer spin chains, and they generally describe superconducting valence bond liquid states. Spin and superconducting correlation functions can be computed exactly for these states, and their correlation lengths are equal at the supersymmetric point. In higher dimensions, the wave function...

  14. Online control message aggregation in chain networks

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    Bienkowski, M.; Byrka, J.; Chrobak, M.; Jeż, Ł.; Sgall, Jiří; Stachowiak, G.

    Berlin: Springer, 2013 - (Dehne, F.; Solis-Oba, R.; Sack, J.), s. 133-145. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 8037). ISBN 978-3-642-40103-9. ISSN 0302-9743. [International Symposium, WADS 2013, /13./. London (CA), 12.08.2013-14.08.2013] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA100190902; GA ČR GBP202/12/G061 Keywords : chain networks * control messages * control packets Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-40104-6_12

  15. Study of the effect of shell stabilization of the collective isovector valence-shell excitations along the N=80 isotonic chain

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    Blazhev, A A; Kruecken, R; Coquard, L; Bloch, T P; Wadsworth, R; Danchev, M T; Jenkins, D G; Kroell, T; Leske, J

    It is proposed to initiate an experimental program to study the quadrupole-collective isovector valence-shell excitations the so-called mixed-symmetry states (MSSs) of unstable nuclei from the N = 80 isotonic chain. The main aim of this program is to investigate the microscopic mechanism which leads to a concentration or a fragmentation of the MSSs, an effect dubbed $\\textit{shell stabilization}$ of MSSs. This will be achieved by identification of MSSs of the unstable nuclei $^{140}$Nd and $^{142}$Sm. The MSSs of these nuclei will be identified experimentally by measuring their relative populations with respect to the population of the first 2$^{+}$ states in inverse kinematics Coulomb excitation (CE) reactions on light targets. As a first step of this program we apply for a beam time for the radioactive $^{140}$Nd and $^{142}$Sm beams at beam energy of 2.85 MeV/u. These beams will be used to determine the absolute B(E2;2$_{1}^{+} \\rightarrow$ 0$_{1}^{+}$) values for $^{140}$Nd and $^{142}$Sm in Coulomb excit...

  16. Determination of plutonium in environmental samples by controlled valence in anion exchange

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    The method was successfully used for collecting 239,240Pu from 200 litres seawater by coprecipitation with 16 g FeSO4.7H2O under reducing conditions without filtering. The plutonium is leached by concentrated HNO3 + HCl from the coprecipitate and the solid particles. The precipitate is heated at 400 deg. C and digested in aqua regia. Na2SO3 and NaNO2 have been applied to obtain Pu+4 valence in 0.5-1 N HNO3 for different samples. Plutonium and thorium are coabsorbed on anionic resin from 8 N HNO3. The column is eluated with 8 N HNO3 containing fresh NaNO2 to keep Pu+4 valence for uranium decontamination. The system of the column is changed from 8 N HNO3 to concentrated HCl with 50 ml conc. HCl containing a few milligram NaNO2. Further decontamination of thorium was achieved by eluation with concentrated HCl instead of 9 N HCl. The plutonium is successfully stripped by H2O, NaOH, 2 N HNO3 and 0.5 N HNO3 containing 0.01 M NaNO3. The chemical yield of plutonium for a 200 litres-seawater sample is 60-80%. The resolution of the electroplated thin source is very good. (author)

  17. High Valence, Normal Valence and Unknown Valence

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    Morsing, Thorbjørn Juul

    Because of the diverse nature of this thesis, each of the six chapters are briey described individually. Chapter 1 details the synthesis and characterisation of a rare example of a ferromagnetically coupled chromium(III) dimer (Ph4P)4[(SCN)4Cr(OH)2Cr(NCS)4] 2 NCCH3. The compound has been characte......Because of the diverse nature of this thesis, each of the six chapters are briey described individually. Chapter 1 details the synthesis and characterisation of a rare example of a ferromagnetically coupled chromium(III) dimer (Ph4P)4[(SCN)4Cr(OH)2Cr(NCS)4] 2 NCCH3. The compound has been...... the serendipitous synthesis of the nitrido-bridged [Rh(en)3]2- [(CN)5MnNMn(CN)5]. The complex anion have previously been studied in the form of the mixed Rb4Na2-salt. In this earlier study, the nitrido-bridge was found to be asymmetrical with the axial ligands in an eclipsed formation. The complex was...... described as a mixed valence MnII/MnV system. This is not the case for the present system where the bridge is symmetrical, slightly bent and the axial ligands are in a staggered conformation. XANES measurements along with DFT calculations suggest that the Rb4Na2-salt is indeed best described as Mn...

  18. Metal–insulator transition of valence-controlled VO2 thin film prepared by RF magnetron sputtering using oxygen radical

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    Suetsugu, Takaaki; Shimazu, Yuichi; Tsuchiya, Takashi; Kobayashi, Masaki; Minohara, Makoto; Sakai, Enju; Horiba, Koji; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Higuchi, Tohru

    2016-06-01

    We have prepared b-axis-oriented VO2 thin films by RF magnetron sputtering using oxygen radicals as the reactive gas. The VO2 thin films consist of a mixed-valence V3+/V4+ state formed by oxygen vacancies. The V3+ ratio strongly depends on the film thickness and the oxygen partial pressure of the radical gun during deposition. The lattice constant of the b-axis increases and the metal–insulator transition (MIT) temperature decreases with decreasing V3+ ratio, although the VO2 thin films with a high V3+ ratio of 42% do not exhibit MIT. The bandwidths and spectral weights of V 3d a1g and \\text{e}\\text{g}σ bands at around the Fermi level, which correspond to the insulating phase at 300 K, are smaller in the VO2 thin films with a low V3+ ratio. These results indicate that the control of the mixed-valence V3+/V4+ state is important for the MIT of b-axis-oriented VO2 thin films.

  19. Determination of plutonium in environmental samples by controlled valence in anion exchange

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    Chen, Q.J.; Aarkrog, A.; Nielsen, S.P.;

    1993-01-01

    The title method was successfully used for collecting Pu-239, Pu-249 from 200 litres of seawater by coprecipitation with 16 g FeSO4 . 7H2O under reducing conditions without filtering. The plutonium is leached by concentrated HNO3 + HCI from the coprecipitate and the solid particles. The precipitate...... is heated at 400-degrees-C and digested in aqua regia. Na2SO3 and NaNO2 have been applied to obtain the Pu4+ valence state in 0.571 N HN03 for different samples. Plutonium and thorium are coadsorbed on anionic resin from 8N HN03. The column is eluted with 8N HN03 containing fresh NaNO2 to keep the Pu4......+ state for uranium decontamination. The system of the column is changed from 8N HNO3 to concentrated HCl with 50 ml concentrated HCI containing a few milligrams of NaNO2. Further decontamination of thorium was achieved by elution with concentrated HCI instead of 9N HCl. The plutonium is successfully...

  20. Individual differences in emotion-cognition interactions: Emotional valence interacts with serotonin transporter genotype to influence brain systems involved in emotional reactivity and cognitive control

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    Melanie eStollstorff

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR influences emotional reactivity and attentional bias towards or away from emotional stimuli and has been implicated in psychopathological states, such as depression and anxiety disorder. The short allele is associated with increased reactivity and attention towards negatively-valenced emotional information, whereas the long allele is associated with that towards positively-valenced emotional information. The neural basis for individual differences in the ability to exert cognitive control over these bottom-up biases in emotional reactivity and attention is unknown, an issue investigated in the present study. Two groups, homozygous 5-HTTLPR long allele carriers or homozygous short allele carriers, underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI while completing an Emotional Stroop-like task that varied with regards to the congruency of task-relevant and task-irrelevant information and the emotional valence of the task-irrelevant information. Behaviorally, participants demonstrated the classic Stroop effect (slower responses for incongruent than congruent trials, which did not differ by 5-HTTLPR genotype. However, fMRI results revealed that genotype influenced the degree to which neural systems were engaged depending on the valence of the conflicting task-irrelevant information. While the Long group recruited prefrontal control regions and superior temporal sulcus during conflict when task-irrelevant information was positively-valenced, the "Short" group recruited these regions when task-irrelevant information was negatively-valenced. Thus, participants successfully engaged cognitive control to overcome conflict in an emotional context using similar neural circuitry, but the engagement of this circuitry depended on emotional valence and 5-HTTLPR status. These results suggest that the interplay between emotion and cognition is modulated, in part, by a genetic polymorphism that influences serotonin

  1. Control of valence and conduction band energies in layered transition metal phosphates via surface functionalization.

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    Lentz, Levi C; Kolb, Brian; Kolpak, Alexie M

    2016-05-18

    Layered transition metal phosphates and phosphites (TMPs) are a class of materials composed of layers of 2D sheets bound together via van der Waals interactions and/or hydrogen bonds. Explored primarily for use in proton transfer, their unique chemical tunability also makes TMPs of interest for forming large-scale hybrid materials. Further, unlike many layered materials, TMPs can readily be solution exfoliated to form single 2D sheets or bilayers, making them exciting candidates for a variety of applications. However, the electronic properties of TMPs have largely been unstudied to date. In this work, we use first-principles computations to investigate the atomic and electronic structure of TMPs with a variety of stoichiometries. We demonstrate that there exists a strong linear relationship between the band gap and the ionic radius of the transition metal cation in these materials, and show that this relationship, which opens opportunities for engineering new compositions with a wide range of band gaps, arises from constraints imposed by the phosphorus-oxygen bond geometry. In addition, we find that the energies of the valence and conduction band edges can be systematically tuned over a range of ∼3 eV via modification of the functional group extending from the phosphorus. Based on the Hammett constant of this functional group, we identify a simple, predictive relationship for the ionization potential and electron affinity of layered TMPs. Our results thus provide guidelines for systematic design of TMP-derived functional materials, which may enable new approaches for optimizing charge transfer in electronics, photovoltaics, electrocatalysts, and other applications. PMID:27157509

  2. Valency control in MoO3−δ nanoparticles generated by pulsed laser liquid solid interaction

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    The possibility of synthesizing binary oxides nanoparticles in a nano-scaled form by laser liquid solid interaction using a NdYAG “1.064 μm” as an irradiating laser source is reported. The case of MoO3−δ is emphasized. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the Mo–O electronic valence can be controlled through the coupling effects of oxygen enriched nature of the used coating liquid layer, namely pure H2O or H2O2 and the laser beam fluence. Dark blue hydrated molybdic pentoxide Mo2O5·xH2O and yellow molybdenum trioxide MoO3 nano-suspensions were reproducibly synthesized with hydrogen peroxide and water, respectively, at a relatively high ablation rate. The average size of the molybdenum trioxide nanoparticles was about ∼8 nm, slightly larger than the molybdic pentoxide ones “∼6.2 nm”.

  3. Controlling Inventories in a Supply Chain

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    E. Porras Musalem (Eric); R. Dekker (Rommert)

    2003-01-01

    textabstractThis article studies specific aspects of the joint replenishment problem in a real supply chain setting. Particularly we analyze the effect on inventory performance of having minimum order quantities for the different products in the joint order, given a complex transportation cost struc

  4. Controlling Inventories in a Supply Chain

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    Porras Musalem, Eric; Dekker, Rommert

    2003-01-01

    textabstractThis article studies specific aspects of the joint replenishment problem in a real supply chain setting. Particularly we analyze the effect on inventory performance of having minimum order quantities for the different products in the joint order, given a complex transportation cost structure. The policies suggested have been tested in a simulation model with real data.

  5. Methods for Coordinated Inventory Control in Supply Chain Management

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    Larsen, Christian; Thorstenson, Anders

    2010-01-01

    Purpose of this paper Achieving effective and efficient inventory control in supply chain management is a task that requires insights into the workings of multi-stage inventory systems with uncertainty about future demand and supply. In this paper we analyze and compare two basic principles for...... and heuristic control methods for coordination. The numerical results obtained by simulation are compared with the solutions found when inventories in the supply chain are controlled independently of each other. Findings Coordinated inventory control can offer a significant potential for cost...... wider set of cases. The set of inventory control policies investigated here is also limited and could be extended in future research. Practical implications Guidelines to supply chain managers for allocating safety stocks in supply chains. What is original/value of paper The comparison of effects of...

  6. Selective inner-valence ionization of aligned polyatomic molecules for controlling molecular fragmentation

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    We show experimentally and theoretically, using acetylene as an example, that the strong preponderance of ionization from specific molecular orbitals to the alignment of the molecular axis with respect to the laser polarization direction allows implementing a method for controlling fragmentation reactions of polyatomic molecules.

  7. Quality control of image-intensifier television chains in Finland

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    There are some 500 image-intensifier television (TV) chains connected to fluoroscopic units in Finland, most installed in the 1970s, although the oldest still in use date back to the late 1960s. To establish performance levels of the chains, 300 of them were assessed in 1982 by the Finnish Centre for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (STUK). Results showed great diversity in the condition of the chains. The main reason was lack of periodical quality assurance of the chains. Recommendations for limits were established from results of assessing three parameters describing the condition of the chains: spatial resolution, automatically controlled dose-rate and contrast sensitivity. Recommendations also advise hospitals on how to arrange alternative quality assurance measurements and observations, either by hospital's maintenance staff, the manufacturer, or the supervising authority (STUK). Results following adoption of the recommendations by hospitals are presented. (author)

  8. Valency control in MoO{sub 3-{delta}} nanoparticles generated by pulsed laser liquid solid interaction

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    Maaza, M.; Ngom, B. D.; Khamlich, S., E-mail: skhamlich@gmail.com; Kana Kana, J. B.; Sibuyi, P.; Hamidi, D. [Nanosciences African Network, iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation of South Africa, Nanosciences Laboratories, Materials Research Department (South Africa); Ekambaram, S. [Purdue University, Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering (United States)

    2012-02-15

    The possibility of synthesizing binary oxides nanoparticles in a nano-scaled form by laser liquid solid interaction using a NdYAG '1.064 {mu}m' as an irradiating laser source is reported. The case of MoO{sub 3-{delta}} is emphasized. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the Mo-O electronic valence can be controlled through the coupling effects of oxygen enriched nature of the used coating liquid layer, namely pure H{sub 2}O or H{sub 2}O{sub 2} and the laser beam fluence. Dark blue hydrated molybdic pentoxide Mo{sub 2}O{sub 5}{center_dot}xH{sub 2}O and yellow molybdenum trioxide MoO{sub 3} nano-suspensions were reproducibly synthesized with hydrogen peroxide and water, respectively, at a relatively high ablation rate. The average size of the molybdenum trioxide nanoparticles was about <{phi}>{approx}8 nm, slightly larger than the molybdic pentoxide ones '<{phi}>{approx}6.2 nm'.

  9. Infinitely dimensional control Markov branching chains in random environments

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    HU; Dihe

    2006-01-01

    First of all we introduce the concepts of infinitely dimensional control Markov branching chains in random environments (β-MBCRE) and prove the existence of such chains, then we introduce the concepts of conditional generating functionals and random Markov transition functions of such chains and investigate their branching property. Base on these concepts we calculate the moments of the β-MBCRE and obtain the main results of this paper such as extinction probabilities, polarization and proliferation rate. Finally we discuss the classification ofβ-MBCRE according to the different standards.

  10. Inventory Control and Intermediation in Global Supply Chains

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    Raff, Horst; Qu, Zhan; Schmitt, Nicolas

    2015-01-01

    The paper develops a simple theoretical model of inventory control in global supply chains. It identifies a role for intermediaries in managing inventory, and shows that inserting an intermediary as an additional link in a supply chain is profitable when demand volatility is high. It also provides conditions under which the intermediary handling inventory is located in the exporting versus the importing country. Trade liberalization in the form of less lumpy trade is shown to expand the role ...

  11. A control chart using copula-based Markov chain models

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    Long, Ting-Hsuan; Emura, Takeshi

    2014-01-01

    Statistical process control is an important and convenient tool to stabilize the quality of manufactured goods and service operations. The traditional Shewhart control chart has been used extensively for process control, which is valid under the independence assumption of consecutive observations. In real world applications, there are many types of dependent observations in which the traditional control chart cannot be used. In this paper, we propose to apply a copula-based Markov chain to pe...

  12. Optimal Control and Optimization of Stochastic Supply Chain Systems

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    Song, Dong-Ping

    2013-01-01

    Optimal Control and Optimization of Stochastic Supply Chain Systems examines its subject in the context of the presence of a variety of uncertainties. Numerous examples with intuitive illustrations and tables are provided, to demonstrate the structural characteristics of the optimal control policies in various stochastic supply chains and to show how to make use of these characteristics to construct easy-to-operate sub-optimal policies.                 In Part I, a general introduction to stochastic supply chain systems is provided. Analytical models for various stochastic supply chain systems are formulated and analysed in Part II. In Part III the structural knowledge of the optimal control policies obtained in Part II is utilized to construct easy-to-operate sub-optimal control policies for various stochastic supply chain systems accordingly. Finally, Part IV discusses the optimisation of threshold-type control policies and their robustness. A key feature of the book is its tying together of ...

  13. Enhancing supply chain performance with improved order-control policies

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    Nilakantan, K.

    2010-09-01

    This article takes up the study of the dynamics of a single product in a prototype three-stage supply chain system, at the downstream warehouse end of the chain, under a responsive chain strategy. The dynamics under various ordering policies and the parameters which will yield desired responses are systematically analysed, both for deterministic and stochastic systems. Higher-order control policies are then proposed and analysed. The considered key performance criteria are the permanent inventory deviations from the desired levels, or the offset, the maximum dip in inventory, the 'undershoot', the damping effect and decay rates, and the duration of time in the negative region, for deterministic systems; and additionally, the inventory variance for stochastic systems. It is shown that the disadvantages of the conventional (proportional-integral-derivative) control policies, like large negative deviations, low decay rates, and high inventory variance, can be overcome by the use of higher-order control policies proposed herein.

  14. Levels of valence

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    VeraShuman

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The distinction between the positive and the negative is fundamental in our emotional life. In appraisal theories, in particular in the component process model of emotion (Scherer, 1984, 2010, qualitatively different types of valence are proposed based on appraisals of (unpleasantness, goal obstructiveness/conduciveness, low or high power, self- (incongruence, and moral badness/goodness. This multifaceted conceptualization of valence is highly compatible with the frequent observation of mixed feelings in real life. However, it seems to contradict the one-dimensional conceptualization of valence often encountered in psychological theories, and the notion of valence as a common currency used to explain choice behavior. Here, we propose a framework to integrate the seemingly disparate conceptualizations of multifaceted valence and one-dimensional valence by suggesting that valence should be conceived at different levels, micro and macro. Micro-valences correspond to qualitatively different types of evaluations, potentially resulting in mixed feelings, whereas one-dimensional macro-valence corresponds to an integrative “common currency” to compare alternatives for choices. We propose that conceptualizing levels of valence may focus research attention on the mechanisms that relate valence at one level (micro to valence at another level (macro, leading to new hypotheses and addressing various concerns that have been raised about the valence concept, such as the valence-emotion relation.

  15. Study of the effect of shell stabilization of the collective isovector valence-shell excitations along the N=80 isotonic chain

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    It is proposed to investigate the microscopic mechanism which leads to a concentration or a fragmentation of the quadrupole-collective isovector valence-shell excitations, the so-called mixed-symmetry states (MSSs), an effect called shell stabilization of MSSs. This aim will be achieved by identification of MSSs of the unstable nuclei $^{140}$Nd and $^{142}$Sm. The first steps of this program have been undertaken in two subsequent REX-ISOLDE experiments (IS496) in which we have measured the B(E2; 2$^{+}_{1}$$\\rightarrow$ 0$^{+}_{1}$) transition strengths in the radioactive nuclei $^{140}$Nd and $^{142}$Sm. By using these data and the higher beam energy of HIE-ISOLDE we propose now to identify the MSSs of these nuclei by measuring their relative populations with respect to the population of the first 2$^{+}$ states in Coulomb excitation (CE) reactions.

  16. Cybernetic Control in a Supply Chain: Wave Propagation and Resonance

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    Ken Dozier

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available The cybernetic control and management of production can be improved by an understanding of the dynamics of the supply chains for the production organizations. This paper describes an attempt to better understand the dynamics of a linear supply chain through the application of the normal mode analysis technique of physics. A model is considered in which an organization's response to a perturbation from the steady state is affected by the inertia which the company naturally exhibits. This inertia determines how rapidly an organization can respond to deviations from the steady state of its own inventories and those of the two organizations immediately preceding and following it in the chain. The model equations describe the oscillatory phenomena of the naturally occurring normal modes in the chain, in which waves of deviations from the steady state situation travel forward and backwards through the chain. It would be expected that the most effective cybernetic control occurs when resonant interventions cause either amplification or damping of the deviations from the steady state.

  17. A Holonic Chain Conveyor Control System: An Application

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    van Belle, Jan; Saint Germain, Bart; Verstraete, Paul; Valckenaers, Paul; Ali, Osman; van Brussel, Hendrik; Cattrysse, Dirk

    The control of the flow of goods through an extensive chain conveyor system is a complex task. The currently used control system (based on dispatching rules) is robust but does not take advantage of all opportunities. An alternative approach makes use of a planning algorithm to determine the routing decisions. This requires however an ad hoc algorithm and regular maintenance. The paper examines how the concepts and principles of Holonic Manufacturing Execution Systems can be used to control the product flow. This holonic multi-agent approach makes the control system adaptive and reactive and requires less maintenance. To illustrate how disturbances are handled, the holonic approach is applied to a cross-dock distribution center equipped with chain conveyors.

  18. Controlled Quantum State Transfer in a Spin Chain

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    Gong, J; Brumer, Paul; Gong, Jiangbin

    2007-01-01

    Control of the transfer of quantum information encoded in quantum wavepackets moving along a spin chain is demonstrated. Specifically, based on a relationship with control in a paradigm of quantum chaos, it is shown that wavepackets with slow dispersion can automatically emerge from a class of initial superposition states involving only a few spins, and that arbitrary unspecified travelling wavepackets can be nondestructively stopped and later relaunched with perfection. The results establish an interesting application of quantum chaos studies in quantum information science.

  19. Planning and control in fresh food supply chains

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    Damgaard, Cecilie Maria; Chabada, Lukas; Dukovska-Popovska, Iskra;

    2013-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this paper is to determine the current state of research in the planning and control (P&C) literature in regards to fresh food supply chains (FFSC). Based on the literature review, important research areas are identified and serve as guidelines for defining future research...... directions. Design/methodology/approach The paper is based on a structured literature review of articles with the main focus on P&C of fresh food products. The review is based on a range of published works from main journals on supply chain management over the last 10 years. The gaps and challenges...... directions in this area. Practical implications The paper enhances the focus on P&C in FFSC in practice, and defines important implications for why and how P&C should be practiced from a supply chain perspective. Original/value The paper presents an overview of the literature on P&C issues of fresh food...

  20. Quality control of image-intensifier television chains in Finland

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    There are still some 500 image-intensifier television (TV) chains connected to fluoroscopic units in Finland. Most of them were installed in the 1970s, although the oldest still in use date back to the late 1960s. In order to establish the performance levels of the chains, some 300 of them were assessed in 1982 by the Finnish Centre for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (STUK). The results of this study, as expected, showed great diversity in the condition of the chains. The main reason for this was the lack of periodical quality assurance of the chains. Recommendations for limits were established from the results of assessing three parameters that describe the condition of the chains: spatial resolution, automatically controlled dose-rate and contrast sensitivity. The recommendations also advise hospitals on how to arrange alternative quality assurance measurements and observations. This can be done either by the hospital's maintenance staff, the manufacturer, or the supervising authority (STUK). The results following adoption of the recommendations by hospitals are presented. (author)

  1. Development of valence-directed nanoparticle building blocks on the basis of controlled bio/nano-interfacing chemistry

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    Kim, Jeong-Hwan

    The assembly of nanoparticles in controllable and predictable ways would not only aid practical nanoscale assembly, which requires accurate and scalable assembly of large and complex nanoscale structures, but also would increase their utility for many applications, including electronics, optics, sensing and imaging, medical diagnostics, etc. Well-defined and controlled functionality and directionality of the building blocks are essential to actively control the molecular assembly processes at the nanometer scale. Such controls over the functionality and directionality would enable us to construct sophisticated nanostructures to take advantage of the increasing number of available nanocomponents and ultimately to approximate the complexity and the functionality of current microfabrication. We have developed a serial solid-phase placement approach to synthesize anisotropically or symmetrically functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), in which the functionality and directionality (e.g., numbers, locations, and orientations) of the functional ligands are controlled. Two types of bi-functionalized (bif-) AuNPs were synthesized at a site-specific manner with increased yield and accuracy: (1) homo-bif-AuNPs with two carboxyl groups at ˜180° angle (para-configuration) and (2) hetero-bif-AuNPs with one carboxyl and one amine functional groups at less than 180°, but greater than 90° angle (meta-configuration). With such control, we successfully demonstrated the assembly of intentionally designed one-dimensional (1D) chains with homo-bif-AuNPs and two-dimensional (2D) rings with hetero-bif-AuNPs, confirming the high functional as well as directional selectivity of the functionalized NPs. This study represents an important step towards accurate, reliable, and scaled-up manufacturing of complex nanoscale structures, potentially making 'bottom-up' nanofabrication of practical use. We have further developed the ligand replacement technology to achieve such active controls

  2. Inventory control in supply chains an internal model control approach /

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    García Salcedo, Carlos Andrés

    2013-01-01

    Esta tesis se basa en el diseño de estrategias de gestión de inventario en cadenas de suministro usando la teoría de control. El principal objetivo es proponer un esquema de control para resolver los principales problemas que aparecen en el controla gestión de inventario de una cadena de suministro (incertidumbre en el retardo, el efecto látigo y el déficit de inventario). Este objetivo principal se divide en dos objetivos: 1. La neutralización de los efectos causados por el retardo de e...

  3. VALENCY ELECTRON CONTROL IN A GLOW DISCHARGE PRODUCED a-SiC : H AND ITS APPLICATION TO a-Si SOLAR CELL

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    Tawada, Y.; Kondo, M; Okamoto, H.; Hamakawa, Y.

    1981-01-01

    A clear valency electron controlability has been found in hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide produced by the plasma deposition of [SiH4 (1-x) + CH4 (x)] gas mixture. A series of experimental investigation on electrical, optical and optoelectronic properties in the amorphous silicon carbide has been made. Emplying a-SiC : H as a wide gap window material in p-i-n a-Si solar cell, more than 7.5% conversion efficiency has been obtained with Jsc=13.45mA/ cm2, Voc=0.909volts and FF=0.617.

  4. Comet assay as a cold chain control tool

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    Bearing in mind an ever more demanding market regarding the quality of food, it has been necessary to develop processes that meet the demands of consumers. Within the existing processes the cold chain and irradiation stand out. The cold chain comprises all the stages of conserving food from production, cooling, freezing, storing and transportation to the final consumer. Irradiation, as a means of conserving food, prolongs the shelf life, inhibits budding and reduces pathogenic contamination among other benefits. Is very important the identification of food degradation in function of failure on the processes which they were subjected. The comet assay is a screening test widely studied, considerate fast and with low cost. By the fact of the test identify breaks on the DNA, may be possible use the comet test on the control of cold chain failures that degrade de food. The labels and stamp, do not consider the previous food situation and indicate failures from the moment where they be placed in contact with the product. With the comet assay is possible to check the degradation that has occurred in liver chicken samples until the moment of comet's test realization. (author)

  5. Templating as a Chain of Custody Tool for Arms Control

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    Benz, Jacob M.; Tanner, Jennifer E.; Duckworth, Leesa L.

    2013-06-01

    Historically, templates have been considered for use as a treaty accountable item (TAI) authentication tool, alongside item attributes. Because of this, the use of templates has fallen by the wayside due to the perceived intrusiveness of and handling/storage of template data; especially when compared to the negotiability of unclassified attribute threshold values. However, as a chain of custody tool, templates potentially have a large and important role to play in maintaining confidence in the authenticity of the treaty accountable items as they progress through an arms control regime. In general terms, templating is the process of creating a unique, measurable, and repeatable signature which is representative of the TAI. At any point in time, the signature can be re-measured or re-inspected to verify the signature has not changed. Chain of custody is the process by which a controlled boundary is established and maintained around a TAI to both deter and detect unauthorized access to the item. Typically, this is accomplished by putting a tamper indicating device (TID) on the item or container. The TID now acts as a surrogate for the item itself, and is continually checked to ensure the unique identifier and tamper indicating mechanisms have not changed since last inspection. This in and of itself is a form of templating. A stronger template is one that utilizes a signature of the combined item and container. There are many potential signatures which may be exploited, including radiation-, electromagnetic-, and acoustic-based signatures. This paper/presentation will explore the technology and mechanisms in which templating can be applied to create a more robust chain of custody over treaty accountable items as part of a future arms control regime.

  6. Coupled valence bond theory

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    Havenith, R.W.A.

    2005-01-01

    In this Letter, the formulation and implementation of a parallel response property code for non-orthogonal, valence bond wave-functions are described. Test calculations on benzene and cyclobutadiene show that the polarisability and magnetisability tensors obtained using valence bond theory are compa

  7. Robust Dynamics and Control of a Partially Observed Markov Chain

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    In a seminal paper, Martin Clark (Communications Systems and Random Process Theory, Darlington, 1977, pp. 721-734, 1978) showed how the filtered dynamics giving the optimal estimate of a Markov chain observed in Gaussian noise can be expressed using an ordinary differential equation. These results offer substantial benefits in filtering and in control, often simplifying the analysis and an in some settings providing numerical benefits, see, for example Malcolm et al. (J. Appl. Math. Stoch. Anal., 2007, to appear).Clark's method uses a gauge transformation and, in effect, solves the Wonham-Zakai equation using variation of constants. In this article, we consider the optimal control of a partially observed Markov chain. This problem is discussed in Elliott et al. (Hidden Markov Models Estimation and Control, Applications of Mathematics Series, vol. 29, 1995). The innovation in our results is that the robust dynamics of Clark are used to compute forward in time dynamics for a simplified adjoint process. A stochastic minimum principle is established

  8. Quantum router based on ac control of qubit chains

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    We study the routing of quantum information in qubit chains. This task is achieved by suitably chosen time-dependent local fields acting on the qubits. Employing the physics of coherent destruction of tunneling, we demonstrate that a driving-induced renormalization of the coupling between neighboring qubits provides the key for controlling the transduction of quantum information between permanently coupled qubits. We employ this idea for building a quantum router. Moreover, we discuss the experimental implementation with Penning traps and study the robustness of our protocol under realistic experimental conditions, such as fabrication uncertainties and decoherence.

  9. The Aspects Of Inventory Controlling Instruments Implementation In The System Of Retail Chains Finance Management

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    Nataliya Buratchuk

    2014-01-01

    The article deals with issues of implementation of inventory controlling instruments in the system of retail chains finance management. The author suggests expanded classification of methods and instruments of inventory controlling distinguishing 3 groups of specific instruments: logistic controlling instruments, expenditures and supply chains controlling instruments and inventory special controlling mechanisms. Based on investigation of controlling methods and instruments, the approximate li...

  10. The dynamic relation between management control and governance structure in a supply chain context

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    Veen, van P.M.G.; Verdaasdonk, P.J.A.

    2009-01-01

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show that local management control systems within supply chain organisations and the governance of supply chains are intertwined and that local control systems and governance structure have an important effect on the functioning of the supply chain. Design/m

  11. Controlling Hybridization Chain Reactions with pH.

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    Idili, Andrea; Porchetta, Alessandro; Amodio, Alessia; Vallée-Bélisle, Alexis; Ricci, Francesco

    2015-08-12

    By taking inspiration from nature, where self-organization of biomolecular species into complex systems is finely controlled through different stimuli, we propose here a rational approach by which the assembly and disassembly of DNA-based concatemers can be controlled through pH changes. To do so we used the hybridization chain reaction (HCR), a process that, upon the addition of an initiator strand, allows to create DNA-based concatemers in a controlled fashion. We re-engineered the functional units of HCR through the addition of pH-dependent clamp-like triplex-forming domains that can either inhibit or activate the polymerization reaction at different pHs. This allows to finely regulate the HCR-induced assembly and disassembly of DNA concatemers at either basic or acidic pHs in a reversible way. The strategies we present here appear particularly promising as novel tools to achieve better spatiotemporal control of self-assembly processes of DNA-based nanostructures. PMID:26177980

  12. Supply Chain Control Principles in Local Food Production: A Norwegian Case Study

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    Dreyer, Heidi C.; Jan O. Strandhagen; Thomassen, Maria K.; Anita Romsdal; Erik Gran

    2014-01-01

    Based on an analysis of the supply chain of four producers of local specialty foods, we explore how planning and control principles can be applied to align supply chain capabilities and market requirements. It has been shown that local food struggles with market access, and that the supply chain is one of the obstacles preventing local food producers from gaining a solid market position. We identify a number of features of the local food chain, analyse the obstacles and develop generic design...

  13. Quantum gates controlled by spin chain soliton excitations

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    Propagation of soliton-like excitations along spin chains has been proposed as a possible way for transmitting both classical and quantum information between two distant parties with negligible dispersion and dissipation. In this work, a somewhat different use of solitons is considered. Solitons propagating along a spin chain realize an effective magnetic field, well localized in space and time, which can be exploited as a means to manipulate the state of an external spin (i.e., a qubit) that is weakly coupled to the chain. We have investigated different couplings between the qubit and the chain, as well as different soliton shapes, according to a Heisenberg chain model. It is found that symmetry properties strongly affect the effectiveness of the proposed scheme, and the most suitable setups for implementing single qubit quantum gates are singled out

  14. Valency and molecular structure

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    Cartmell, E

    1977-01-01

    Valency and Molecular Structure, Fourth Edition provides a comprehensive historical background and experimental foundations of theories and methods relating to valency and molecular structures. In this edition, the chapter on Bohr theory has been removed while some sections, such as structures of crystalline solids, have been expanded. Details of structures have also been revised and extended using the best available values for bond lengths and bond angles. Recent developments are mostly noted in the chapter on complex compounds, while a new chapter has been added to serve as an introduction t

  15. Generating and controlling chains of entangled atoms by coherent control techniques

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    A practical way of writing long sequences of entangled atomic qubits using coherent control with classical light sources is proposed. The method utilizes one-photon vs two-photon interference as a means of controlling the directionality of the motion of valence electrons during molecular dissociation processes. We show that, by dissociating in an optical lattice a one-dimensional array of ultracold diatomic molecules (e.g., Na2→Na+Na*), using a combination of photoabsorption of two mutually perpendicularly polarized beams at center frequency ω and a coherent Raman transition at frequencies ω1 and ω2=ω1-ω, one can craft entangled states composed of arbitrary superpositions of sequences of atomic states, such as |f>|f>|b>+···+|b>|b>|f>+···, where |f> designates a dissociation process in which the ground-state Na atom goes in the forwarddirection and the excited-state Na* goes in the backward direction, while |b> designates the reverse process, namely, Na going in the backward direction and Na* going in the forward direction. The method, which on the basis of past work is expected to be robust against decoherence, would enable the encoding of very long sequences of entangled qubits.

  16. Hybrid Control of Supply Chains: a Structured Exploration from a Systems Perspective

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    Paul W. P. J. Grefen

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex these days, both in the structure of the chains and in the need for fine-grained, real-time control. This development occurs in many industries, such as manufacturing, logistics, and the service industry. The increasing structural complexity is caused by larger numbers of participating companies in supply chains because of increasing complexity of products and services. Increasing requirements to control are caused by developments like mass-customization, pressure on delivery times, and smaller margins for waste. Maintaining well-structured strategic, tactic, and operational control over these complex supply chains is not an easy task – certainly as they are pressured by end-to-end synchronization requirements and just-in-time demands. Things become even more complex when chains need to be flexible to react to changing requirements to the products or services they deliver. To enable design of well-structured control, clear models of control topologies are required. In this paper, we address this need by exploring supply chain control topologies in an organized fashion. The exploration is based on integrating a supply chain model and a control model in two alternative ways to obtain two extreme models for supply chain control. These two models are next combined to obtain a hybrid chain control model in which control parameters can be adapted to accommodate different circumstances, hence facilitating agility in supply chains and networks. We apply the developed model to a number of case studies to show its usability. The contribution of this paper is the structured analysis of the design space for chain-level control models - not the description of individual new models.

  17. Field-controlled spin current in frustrated spin chains

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    A.K. Kolezhuk

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available We study states with spontaneous spin current, emerging in frustrated antiferromagnetic spin-S chains subject to a strong external magnetic field. As a numerical tool, we use a non-Abelian symmetry realization of the density matrix renormalization group. The field dependence of the order parameter and the critical exponents are presented for zigzag chains with S=1/2, 1, 3/2, and 2.

  18. Hybrid Control of Supply Chains: a Structured Exploration from a Systems Perspective

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    Grefen, Paul W.P.J.; Dijkman, Remco M.

    2013-01-01

    Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex these days, both in the structure of the chains and in the need for fine-grained, real-time control. This development occurs in many industries, such as manufacturing, logistics, and the service industry. The increasing structural complexity is caused by larger numbers of participating companies in supply chains because of increasing complexity of products and services. Increasing requirements to control are caused by developments like mass-cust...

  19. Individual differences in emotion-cognition interactions: Emotional valence interacts with serotonin transporter genotype to influence brain systems involved in emotional reactivity and cognitive control

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    Melanie Stollstorff; Yuko Munakata; Devaney, Joseph M.

    2013-01-01

    The serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) influences emotional reactivity and attentional bias towards or away from emotional stimuli and has been implicated in psychopathological states, such as depression and anxiety disorder. The short allele is associated with increased reactivity and attention towards negatively-valenced emotional information, whereas the long allele is associated with that towards positively-valenced emotional information. The neural basis for individual differences in ...

  20. Individual differences in emotion-cognition interactions: emotional valence interacts with serotonin transporter genotype to influence brain systems involved in emotional reactivity and cognitive control

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    Stollstorff, Melanie; Munakata, Yuko; Jensen, Arielle P. C.; Guild, Ryan M.; Smolker, Harry R.; Devaney, Joseph M.; Banich, Marie T.

    2013-01-01

    The serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) influences emotional reactivity and attentional bias toward or away from emotional stimuli, and has been implicated in psychopathological states, such as depression and anxiety disorder. The short allele is associated with increased reactivity and attention toward negatively-valenced emotional information, whereas the long allele is associated with increased reactivity and attention toward positively-valenced emotional information. The neural basis fo...

  1. Data mining Aided Proficient Approach for Optimal Inventory Control in Supply Chain Management

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    Chitriki Thotappa; K.Ravindranath

    2010-01-01

    Optimal inventory control is one of the significant tasks in supply chain management. The optimal inventory control methodologies intend to reduce the supply chain (SC) cost by controlling the inventory in an effective manner, such that, the SC members will not be affected by surplus as well as shortage of inventory. In this paper, we propose an efficient approach that effectively utilizes the data mining concepts as well as genetic algorithm for optimal inventory control. The proposed approa...

  2. Supply Chain Control Principles in Local Food Production: A Norwegian Case Study

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    Heidi C. Dreyer

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Based on an analysis of the supply chain of four producers of local specialty foods, we explore how planning and control principles can be applied to align supply chain capabilities and market requirements. It has been shown that local food struggles with market access, and that the supply chain is one of the obstacles preventing local food producers from gaining a solid market position. We identify a number of features of the local food chain, analyse the obstacles and develop generic designs and control principles for local food producers.

  3. Controlling inventories in a supply chain: a case study

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    E. Porras Musalem (Eric); R. Dekker (Rommert)

    2002-01-01

    textabstractThis article studies specific aspects of the joint replenishment problem in a real supply chain setting. Particularly we analyze the effect on inventory performance of having minimum order quantities for the different products in the joint order, given a complex transportation cost st

  4. Controlling inventories in a supply chain: a case study

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    Porras Musalem, Eric; Dekker, Rommert

    2002-01-01

    textabstractThis article studies specific aspects of the joint replenishment problem in a real supply chain setting. Particularly we analyze the effect on inventory performance of having minimum order quantities for the different products in the joint order, given a complex transportation cost structure. The policies suggested have been tested in a simulation model with real data.

  5. Impact of Integration of Manufacturaing Planning and Control Systems on Supply Chain Management

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    Kawai, Ayako; Sato, Ryo

    2009-01-01

    Manufacturing planning and control systems (MPCSs, for short) are an essentialelement for supply chain processes today. However, there are few researches whichinclude planning information systems in supply chain models and optimize the wholestructure holistically in spite of the social importance of MPCSs for supply chainmanagement. At present, we do not have any ideas even about process behaviorwhen organizations which have MPCSs are linked in a supply chain. To clarifyfundamental properties...

  6. Simulation of Inventory Control System in a Supply Chain Using RFID

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    Ibrahim Al Kattan; Taha Al Khudairi

    2010-01-01

    This paper employs a simulation model in a Supply Chain Management (SCM) system. This study is one of the first to present simulation model of inventory control system in supply chain management using barcode and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The main objective of this model is to compare two inventory systems in a supply chain, one using RFID, versus the barcode. The model will help company to consider moving from a barcode system to the RFID application. A quantitative analysis bas...

  7. Principles for Real-Time, Integrated Supply Chain Control: An Example from Distribution of Pharmaceuticals

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    Heidi C. Dreyer; Strandhagen, Jan Ola; Romsdal, Anita; Hoff, Annette

    2010-01-01

    This paper investigates how to control an integrated supply chain based on demand-driven principles and sharing of real time information. A set of principles to support a unified supply chain control model is proposed based on theory and previous and ongoing research and illustrated in a case example from the pharmaceutical industry. Essential elements include application of pull-based control principles, automated decision support, advanced visualisation, and automated replenishment concepts...

  8. Hole-ion Mixed Conduction of Orientation-Controlled BaPrO3-δ Thin Film with Mixed Valence States

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    Higuchi, Tohru; Oda, Asuka; Tsuchiya, Takashi; Suetsugu, Takaaki; Suzuki, Naoya; Yamaguchi, Shohei; Minohara, Makoto; Kobayashi, Masaki; Horiba, Koji; Kumigashira, Hiroshi

    2015-11-01

    An in-plane-oriented BaPrO3-δ thin film with mixed valence states has been prepared on an Al2O3(0001) substrate by RF magnetron sputtering. With increasing crystallization temperature (Tsub), the lattice constant decreases and the orientation changes from the a-axis to the b-axis. The thin film prepared above Tsub = 800 °C exhibits a higher proton conductivity than bulk ceramics. The conductivity below 400 °C decreases with oxygen gas partial pressure, indicating the existence of hole-ion mixed conduction. The valence band consists of O 2p states hybridized with the Pr4+ (4f0) and Pr3+ (4f1L) states, which are closely related to the mixed conduction. The energy difference between the top of the valence band and the Fermi level corresponds to the activation energy of holes for the total conductivity below 400 °C.

  9. Novel Order Parameter to Characterize Valence-Bond-Solid States

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    Nakamura, Masaaki; Todo, Synge

    2002-01-01

    We propose an order parameter to characterize valence-bond-solid (VBS) states in quantum spin chains, given by the ground-state expectation value of a unitary operator appearing in the Lieb-Schultz-Mattis argument. We show that the order parameter changes the sign according to the configuration of the valence bonds. This allows us to determine the phase transition point in between different VBS states accurately. We demonstrate this theory in the bond-alternating Heisenberg chain and in the f...

  10. Pose control of the chain composed of magnetic particles using external uniform and gradient magnetic fields

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    Zhou, J. F., E-mail: zhoujianfeng@njtech.edu.cn; Shao, C. L.; Gu, B. Q. [Nanjing Tech University, School of Mechanical and Power Engineering (China)

    2016-01-15

    Magnetic particles (MPs) are known to respond to a magnetic field and can be moved by magnetic force, which make them good carriers in bioengineering and pharmaceutical engineering. In this paper, a pose control method for the straight chain composed of MPs is proposed, and the chain with one pose can be moved to another position with another pose using alternately employed uniform and gradient magnetic fields. Based on computer simulations, it is revealed that in the uniform magnetic field, the MPs form a straight chain with the same separation space along the field lines, and once the uniform magnetic field rotates, the chain also rotates with the field. In the gradient magnetic field, the MPs move toward the higher field so that the translation of the chain can be realized. The simulation results indicate that while the uniform magnetic field is rotating, there exists certain hysteresis between the chain and the field, and the chain is not straight anymore. So the uniform magnetic field should rest at the target angle for a period to make the chain fully relax to be straight. For nanoMP, its magnetic moment directly determines the gradient magnetic force which is much smaller than the dipole–dipole force among MPs. Therefore, the translation of the chain is much more time-consuming than rotation. To enlarge the translational velocity, it is suggested to increase the size of MPs or the magnetic field gradient.

  11. Composite control of the n-link chained mechanical systems

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    Čelikovský, Sergej; Zikmund, Jiří

    Bratislava: Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, 2007, 130-1-130-6. ISBN 978-80-227-2677-1. [Process Control 2007. Štrbské Pleso (SK), 11.06.2007-14.06.2007] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA102/05/0011 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : Nonlinear systems * Underactuated systems * Exact linearization Subject RIV: BC - Control Systems Theory

  12. Statistical process control models in agro-chains

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    Roes, K C B

    1998-01-01

    Consumer expectations on quality of food products are very high and tend to increase as well as diversify to include flexible and fast delivery, health, safety and minimal environmental impact. Assurance to conform or even exceed these expectations can no longer come from mass inspection, but has to be founded on intelligent process control, process and product design and continuous improvement. Statistical Process Control (SPC) provides the sound basis for this. Although SPC used to be stron...

  13. Edge-locking and quantum control in highly polarized spin chains

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    Haque, Masudul

    2009-01-01

    For an open-boundary spin chain with anisotropic Heisenberg (XXZ) interactions, we present states in which a connected block near the edge is polarized oppositely to the rest of the chain. We show that such blocks can be `locked' to the edge of the spin chain, and that there is a hierarchy of edge-locking effects at various orders of the anisotropy. The phenomenon enables dramatic control of quantum state transmission: the locked block can be freed by flipping a single spin or a few spins.

  14. Supply Chain Design and Control Principles in Local Food Production: A Norwegian Case Study

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    Dreyer, Heidi C.; Strandhagen, Jan Ola; Thomassen, Maria K.; Romsdal, Anita; Gran, Erik

    2014-01-01

    Based on an analysis of four local food producers this paper explores the relation between the supply chain design and control principles, and the strategic fit. Local food has arisen as a popular supplement to the traditional supermarket product range offered by retailers and restaurants. However it has been shown that local food struggles with the market access, and that the supply chain is one of the obstacles preventing local food producers to gain a solid market position. We analyse how ...

  15. Workable methods for risks control in the food chain production.

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    Lucilla Iacumin

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Several food pathologies due to new or already known micro-organisms occur all over the world every year. Food concerned are more and more frequently traditional typical, ethnical products coming from fast or slow food systems. Most of food-borne pathologies develop through neurological, gastrointestinal (watery, bloody or persistent diarrhoea abdominal pain, sickness and vomiting. The causes of these epidemics, apart from the concerned pathogen, are linked to the contaminated first matter or to contaminations occurred during food processing and consequently due to the lack of employment of the most fundamental sanitary measures and to non-control of the critical points of the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point systems. The pre-requirements to promote food health consist of the implementation of good agriculture husbandry and production practices, the use of HACCP systems, the training of the workers employed in the different productive rows and in the adoption of identification and traceability systems. The EU implemented the so-called hygiene pack, that is a list of rules imposing food control in each processing, marketing and consumption phase, from husbandry or cropping to consumer’s table, to promote health in food (circulating all over Europe.

  16. Simple method for production of internal control DNA for Mycobacterium tuberculosis polymerase chain reaction assays.

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    Dewit, D.; Wootton, M.; Allan, B; Steyn, L

    1993-01-01

    A simple method for the production of internal control DNA for two well-established Mycobacterium tuberculosis polymerase chain reaction assays is described. The internal controls were produced from Mycobacterium kansasii DNA with the same primers but at a lower annealing temperature than that used in the standard assays. In both assays, therefore, the internal control DNA has the same primer-binding sequences at the target DNA. One-microgram quantities of internal control DNA which was not c...

  17. SPC-based Inventory Control Policy to Im-prove Supply Chain Dynamics

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    Francesco Costantino; Giulio Di Gravio; Ahmed Shaban; Massimo Tronci

    2014-01-01

    Inventory control policies have been recognized as a contributory factor to the bullwhip effect and inventory instability. Previous studies have indicated that there is a trade-off between bullwhip effect and inventory performance where the bullwhip effect reduction might increase inventory instability. Therefore, there is a need for inventory control policies that can cope with supply chain dynamics. This paper proposes an inventory control policy based on a statistical process control appro...

  18. Discrete breathers in polyethylene chain

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    Savin, A. V.; Manevitch, L. I.

    2002-01-01

    The existence of discrete breathers (DBs), or intrinsic localized modes (localized periodic oscillations of transzigzag) is shown. In the localization region periodic contraction-extension of valence C-C bonds occurs which is accompanied by decrease-increase of valence angles. It is shown that the breathers present in thermalized chain and their contribution dependent on temperature has been revealed.

  19. Controlled mobility of unmanned aircraft chains to optimize network capacity in realistic communication environments

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    Dixon, Cory

    This dissertation presents a decentralized gradient-based mobility control algorithm for the formation and maintenance of an optimal end-to-end communication chain using a team of unmanned aircraft acting as communication relays. With the use of unmanned aircraft (UA) as communication relays, a common mode of operation is to form a communication relay chain between a lead exploring node (which may be ground based or another UA) and a control station. In this type of operation the lead node is typically deployed to explore (sense) a remote region of interest that is beyond direct radio frequency (RF) communication range, or out of line-of-sight, to the control station. To provide non-line-of-sight service, and extend the communication range of the lead node, unmanned aircraft acting as communication relays are deployed in a convoy fashion behind the lead vehicle to form a cascaded relay chain. The focus of this work is the use of the mobility of a fixed number of relay aircraft to maximize the capacity of a directed communication chain from a source node to a destination node. Local objective functions are presented that use the signal-to-noise-and-interference ratio (SNIR) of neighbor communication links as inputs to maximize the end-to-end capacity of packet-based and repeater-type network chains. An adaptive gradient-based SNIR controller using the local objective function can show significant improvement in the capacity of the communication chain that is not possible with range-based controllers, or static deployment strategies, in RF environments containing unknown localized noise sources and terrain effects. Since the SNIR field is unknown, an online estimate of the SNIR field gradient is formed using methods of Stochastic Approximation from the orbital motion of the aircraft tracking a control point. Flight demonstrations using the Networked Unmanned Aircraft System Command, Control and Communications testbed were conducted to validate the controller

  20. The reference model of supply chain operational controlling in value management

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    Full Text Available The systemic approach of the controlling function to supporting the operations management results from its complex analysis of the supply chain business and operating results and from influencing the operations management factors - products, processes and resources that determine the achieved result (revenues, costs, profitability and assets turnover as well as the return on invested capital. All product features which stand for customer value and its competitiveness are the basis for designing, planning and controlling the interconnected processes responsible for manufacturing and delivery of products. The effectiveness of methods applied in developing products, processes and resources depends on the precise analysis and appraisal of the operating conditions that justify their application. Supporting the operations management, focused on the product value and improving the company's financial result, apart from financial, technical and economic analyses requires transferring the product value to activities control methods and to developing the resources in the product supply chain already at the stage of planning. As a result of an analysis of requirements supporting the development of processes and resources in the supply chain, a reference model of operational controlling in product value management was developed. The multicriterion selection and appropriate application of material flow management methods in the supply chain is each time preceded by an operating and financial analysis as well as by an appraisal of operating conditions that influence the choice of control methods.

  1. Multi-level access control in the data pipeline of the international supply chain system

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    Pruksasri, P.; Berg, J. van den; Hofman, W.; Daskapan, S.

    2013-01-01

    The Seamless Integrated Data Pipeline system was proposed to the European Union in order to overcome the information quality shortcomings of the current international supply chain information exchange systems. Next to identification and authorization of stakeholders, secure access control needs to b

  2. Evaluative conditioning induces changes in sound valence

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    Anna C. Bolders

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Evaluative Conditioning (EC has hardly been tested in the auditory domain, but it is a potentially valuable research tool. In Experiment 1 we investigated whether the affective evaluation of short environmental sounds can be changed using affective words as unconditioned stimuli (US. Congruence effects on an affective priming task (APT for conditioned sounds demonstrated successful EC. Subjective ratings for sounds paired with negative words changed accordingly. In Experiment 2 we investigated whether the acquired valence remains stable after repeated presentation of the conditioned sound without the US or whether extinction occurs. The acquired affective value remained present, albeit weaker, even after 40 extinction trials. These results warrant the use of EC to study processing of short environmental sounds with acquired valence, even if this requires repeated stimulus presentations. This paves the way for studying processing of affective environmental sounds while effectively controlling low level-stimulus properties.

  3. A Multidimensional Measure of Work Valences

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    Porfeli, Erik J.; Lee, Bora; Weigold, Ingrid K.

    2012-01-01

    Work valence is derived from expectancy-valence theory and the literature on children's vocational development and is presumed to be a general appraisal of work that emerges during the childhood period. Work valence serves to promote and inhibit the motivation and tasks associated with vocational development. A measure of work valence, composed of…

  4. An Inventory Controlled Supply Chain Model Based on Improved BP Neural Network

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    Wei He

    2013-01-01

    Inventory control is a key factor for reducing supply chain cost and increasing customer satisfaction. However, prediction of inventory level is a challenging task for managers. As one of the widely used techniques for inventory control, standard BP neural network has such problems as low convergence rate and poor prediction accuracy. Aiming at these problems, a new fast convergent BP neural network model for predicting inventory level is developed in this paper. By adding an error offset, th...

  5. An Incentive System for Salmonella Control in the Pork Supply Chain

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    Backus, Ge B.C.; King, Robert P.

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a dynamic principal-agent analysis of an incentive system for Salmonella control in the pork supply chain. The incentive system determines quality premiums to the producer, testing frequencies for hogs delivered, as well as charges to the producer for testing and penalties. Using cost estimates and technical parameters, we evaluate the cost effectiveness of plant and farm control measures and trade-offs between prevalence reduction and related costs and gains. We also asse...

  6. Distribution of controlled substances in the U.S. supply chain: where does the compass point?

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    Ruble, James H

    2012-09-01

    Recent administrative actions taken by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Florida have prompted an articulate and detailed discussion of the pharmaceutical supply chain for controlled substances. Current practices in commercial distribution systems may have a partial nexus to the proliferation of opioid prescription drug abuse in Florida. No single factor or entity is responsible for this abuse proliferation, and there is no intent to harm consumers; however, distribution practices are adding risk to public health. This commentary extends a discussion on supply chain practices that seem misaligned in the promotion of legitimate business objectives and advancing public health. PMID:22973913

  7. Transmission and control of Salmonella in the pig feed chain: a conceptual model.

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    Binter, Claudia; Straver, Judith Maria; Häggblom, Per; Bruggeman, Geert; Lindqvist, Per-Anders; Zentek, Jürgen; Andersson, Mats Gunnar

    2011-03-01

    Infected breeder pigs and contaminated feed represent potential sources of Salmonella introduction to fattening pig herds and may thereby cause human infections acquired via consumption of contaminated pork. Modelling approaches such as quantitative microbial risk assessment could improve the design of strategies for control and tracing of Salmonella in the feed chain. However, the construction of such models requires a thorough understanding of the dynamics of the feed chain, including production processes, microbial processes and transport logistics. The present article illustrates a conceptual model of Salmonella in the pig feed chain and explores the possibilities for quantitative modelling including identifying major gaps in data. Information was collected from peer-reviewed scientific journals, official documents and reports and by means of interviews with experts from authorities and the feed industry. Data on prevalence of Salmonella in different parts of the feed chain are difficult to compare as observed prevalence may be biased by variations in sampling procedures as well as limitations of the detection methods. There are almost no data on numbers of Salmonella in commodities of the feed chain, which often makes it difficult to evaluate risks, intervention strategies and sampling plans in a quantitative manner. Tracing the source of Salmonella contamination is hampered by the risk of cross-contamination as well as various mixing and partitioning events along the supply chain, which sometimes makes it impossible to trace the origin of a lot back to a batch or producer. Available information points to contaminated feed materials, animal vectors and persistent contamination of production environments as important sources of Salmonella in feed production. Technological procedures such as hydrothermal or acid treatment can be used to control Salmonella in feed production. However, a large fraction of pig feed is produced without decontamination procedures

  8. Optimal Distributed Controller Synthesis for Chain Structures: Applications to Vehicle Formations

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    Khorsand, Omid; Gattami, Ather

    2012-01-01

    We consider optimal distributed controller synthesis for an interconnected system subject to communication constraints, in linear quadratic settings. Motivated by the problem of finite heavy duty vehicle platooning, we study systems composed of interconnected subsystems over a chain graph. By decomposing the system into orthogonal modes, the cost function can be separated into individual components. Thereby, derivation of the optimal controllers in state-space follows immediately. The optimal controllers are evaluated under the practical setting of heavy duty vehicle platooning with communication constraints. It is shown that the performance can be significantly improved by adding a few communication links. The results show that the proposed optimal distributed controller performs almost as well as the centralized linear quadratic Gaussian controller and outperforms a suboptimal controller in terms of control input. Furthermore, the control input energy can be reduced significantly with the proposed controlle...

  9. An energy-efficient media access control protocol for chain-type wireless sensor networks

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    Wang, Yu; Chen, Chang Wen

    2005-06-01

    We present in this paper an energy efficient media access control (MAC) protocol for chain-type wireless sensor networks. The chain-type sensor networks are fundamentally different from traditional sensor networks in that the sensor nodes in this class of networks are deployed along narrow and elongated geographical areas and form a chain-type topology. Recently, we have successfully developed hierarchical network architecture, sensor deployment strategy, and corresponding network initialization and operation protocols for this class of sensor networks. In this paper, we present a novel TDMA scheduling protocol that takes full advantages of the available channel reuse inherent in the chain-type sensor networks to develop energy efficient and high data throughput MAC protocols for sensor data transmission. The synchronized TDMA scheduling allows the nodes to power on only when it is scheduled to send and receive and therefore results in additional energy saving. Within a cluster, parallel transmission is made possible because of the linear distribution of nodes within the chain-type topology and this yields the desired high throughput. Preliminary simulations have been carried out to show that the proposed TDMA scheduling outperforms the well-know SMAC scheme in terms of energy efficiency and data throughput under various duty cycles.

  10. Forming Beliefs: Why Valence Matters.

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    Sharot, Tali; Garrett, Neil

    2016-01-01

    One of the most salient attributes of information is valence: whether a piece of news is good or bad. Contrary to classic learning theories, which implicitly assume beliefs are adjusted similarly regardless of valence, we review evidence suggesting that different rules and mechanisms underlie learning from desirable and undesirable information. For self-relevant beliefs this asymmetry generates a positive bias, with significant implications for individuals and society. We discuss the boundaries of this asymmetry, characterize the neural system supporting it, and describe how changes in this circuit are related to individual differences in behavior. PMID:26704856

  11. Scaffolds of magnetically active 3d metals in the valence electron controlled borides Ti9−xM2+xRu18B8 (M=Cr–Ni; x=0.5–1): Structutral, electronic and magnetic properties

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    Polycrystalline samples of the boride series Ti9−xM2+xRu18B8 (M=Cr, Co, Mn, Ni) including single crystals of Ti8Co3Ru18B8 have been prepared by arc-melting the elements. The phases were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (Rietveld refinement), single-crystal X-ray diffraction (for M=Co), and energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. They are substitutional variants of the Zn11Rh18B8 structure type, space group P4/mbm (No. 127) and contain a “scaffold” structural unit (M-ladders interacting with M/Ti-chains) as well as isolated M/Ti-chains. According to DFT calculations, the Ru–X (X=B, Ti, Ti/M) bonding interactions are nearly constant throughout the series and responsible for the structural stability of these phases, whereas the M–M and Ru–M interactions vary significantly with varying valence electron count. Furthermore, density of states (DOS) analyses predict the phases with M=Mn and Ni to develop a total magnetic moment but not the M=Co phase. Susceptibility measurements confirm the Co phase to be paramagnetic and the Mn Phase orders ferrimagnetically below 120 K and thus develops a magnetic moment, as predicted. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structures of the new phases (M=Cr, Mn, Co, Ni) are confirmed by Rietveld refinement of powder diffraction data and single crystal X-ray diffraction (for M=Co) to contain beside the M-ladder also M/Ti-chains. Similar to the series Ti9M2Ru18B8, the crystal structure of the new phases are mainly stabilized by the heteroatomic Ru–B and Ru–Ti bonds that remain nearly constant throughout the series, whereas the M-containing bonds vary significantly with varying valence electron count. An experimental finding confirmed and even extended by COHP bonding analyses. In addition, the DOS analyses of the M-elements reveal the development of magnetic moments for the M=Mn, Ni cases but not for M=Co. Indeed, Ti8Co3Ru18B8 was found experimentally to be a paramagnet and ferrimagnetic ordering below 120 K is found

  12. Design of a Yellow-Emitting Phosphor with Enhanced Red Emission via Valence State-control for Warm White LEDs Application.

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    Chen, Jian; Liu, Yangai; Mei, Lefu; Peng, Peng; Cheng, Qijin; Liu, Haikun

    2016-01-01

    The phosphor-converted warm W-LED have being rapidly developed due to the stringent requirements of general illumination. Here, we utilized a strategy to synergistically enhance the red region and emission intensity of novel Eu-activated yellow-emitting LaSiO2N phosphors. This was realized by predicting optimum crystal structure, and governing the concentration of doping ions as well as preparation temperature. By using these straight-forward methods, we were able to vary the valence to enhance the red region and improve the quantum efficiency of LaSiO2N phosphor. The warm W-LED lamp fabricated with this red region enhanced LaSiO2N:Eu phosphor exhibited high CRI (Ra = 86), suitable CCT (5783 K) and CIE chromaticity (0.33, 0.36), indicating this synergistically enhanced strategy could be used for design of yellow-emitting phosphor materials to obtain warm W-LEDs. PMID:27510501

  13. An Inventory Controlled Supply Chain Model Based on Improved BP Neural Network

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    Wei He

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Inventory control is a key factor for reducing supply chain cost and increasing customer satisfaction. However, prediction of inventory level is a challenging task for managers. As one of the widely used techniques for inventory control, standard BP neural network has such problems as low convergence rate and poor prediction accuracy. Aiming at these problems, a new fast convergent BP neural network model for predicting inventory level is developed in this paper. By adding an error offset, this paper deduces the new chain propagation rule and the new weight formula. This paper also applies the improved BP neural network model to predict the inventory level of an automotive parts company. The results show that the improved algorithm not only significantly exceeds the standard algorithm but also outperforms some other improved BP algorithms both on convergence rate and prediction accuracy.

  14. Multi-objective design of fuzzy logic controller in supply chain

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    Ghane, Mahdi; Tarokh, Mohammad Jafar

    2012-08-01

    Unlike commonly used methods, in this paper, we have introduced a new approach for designing fuzzy controllers. In this approach, we have simultaneously optimized both objective functions of a supply chain over a two-dimensional space. Then, we have obtained a spectrum of optimized points, each of which represents a set of optimal parameters which can be chosen by the manager according to the importance of objective functions. Our used supply chain model is a member of inventory and order-based production control system family, a generalization of the periodic review which is termed `Order-Up-To policy.' An auto rule maker, based on non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm-II, has been applied to the experimental initial fuzzy rules. According to performance measurement, our results indicate the efficiency of the proposed approach.

  15. Probing the Carboxyester Side Chain in Controlled Deactivation (−)-Δ8-Tetrahydrocannabinols

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    Nikas, Spyros P.; Sharma, Rishi; Paronis, Carol A.; Kulkarni, Shashank; Thakur, Ganesh A.; Hurst, Dow; Wood, JodiAnne T.; Gifford, Roger S.; Rajarshi, Girija; Liu, Yingpeng; Raghav, Jimit Girish; Guo, Jason Jianxin; Järbe, Torbjörn U.C.; Reggio, Patricia H.; Bergman, Jack

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    We recently reported on a controlled deactivation/detoxification approach for obtaining cannabinoids with improved druggability. Our design incorporates a metabolically labile ester group at strategic positions within the THC structure. We have now synthesized a series of (−)-Δ8-THC analogues encompassing a carboxyester group within the 3-alkyl chain in an effort to explore this novel cannabinergic chemotype for CB receptor binding affinity, in vitro and in vivo potency and efficacy, as well ...

  16. Integrated supply chain inventory model with quality improvement involving controllable lead time and backorder price discount

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    Prashant Jindal; Anjana Solanki

    2016-01-01

    For the past four decades the integrated vendor and buyer supply chain inventory model has been an interesting topic, but quality improvement of defective items in the integrated inventory model with backorder price discount involving controllable lead time has been rarely discussed. The aim of this paper is to minimize the total related cost in the continuous review model by considering the order quantity, reorder point, lead time, process quality, backorder price discount and number of ship...

  17. Optimal Decision for Fashion Supply Chains with Service Level Constraint and Controllable Lead Time

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    Guo Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We study a two-echelon supply chain inventory model with controllable lead time and service level constraint in fashion supply chains, in which we assume that the unit cost of compressing lead time follows exponential distribution. Under these conditions we investigate the optimal ordering quantity and production quantity in the fashion supply chain by minimizing the joint total cost. Simultaneously, we work out the boundaries of ordering quantity and production quantity, which simplify the computation. Furthermore, numerical examples are presented to test the feasibility of the model. The results show that assuming the unit cost of compressing lead time in accordance with exponential distribution is realistic. It also notices that the optimal order and production decision for fashion supply chains are constrained obviously by the service level and safety factors. What is more, the holding cost rate of both the service level and safety factors has a certain influence on it. And by further analyzing on some references in the last part, we have done some extensions and found some interesting results.

  18. Controlling the reversible thermochromism of polydiacetylene/zinc oxide nanocomposites by varying alkyl chain length.

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    Chanakul, Amornsak; Traiphol, Nisanart; Traiphol, Rakchart

    2013-01-01

    In this work, polydiacetylene (PDA)/ZnO nanocomposites are successfully fabricated by using three types of monomers with different alkyl chain length, 5,7-hexadecadiynoic acid, 10,12-tricosadiynoic acid, and 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid. The monomers dispersed in aqueous medium spontaneously assemble onto the surface of ZnO nanoparticles, promoted by strong interfacial interactions. The PDA/ZnO nanocomposites obtained via photopolymerization process are characterized by scanning electron microscopy, laser light scattering, infrared spectroscopy, and uv/vis absorption spectroscopy. The strength of interfacial interactions and morphologies of the nanocomposites are found to vary with alkyl chain length of the monomers. The PDA/ZnO nanocomposites also exhibit rather different thermochromic behaviors compared to their pure PDA counterparts. All nanocomposites show reversible blue/purple color transition upon multiple heating/cooling cycles, while the irreversible blue/red color transition is observed in the systems of pure PDAs. The shortening of alkyl side chain in PDA/ZnO nanocomposites leads to a systematic decrease in their color-transition temperatures. Colors of the nanocomposites at elevated temperature also vary with the alkyl chain length. Our results provide a simple route for controlling the reversible thermochromism of PDA-based materials, allowing their utilization in a wider range of applications. PMID:23058980

  19. Entanglement in a Valence-Bond-Solid State

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    Fan, Heng; Korepin, Vladimir; Roychowdhury, Vwani

    2004-01-01

    We study entanglement in Valence-Bond-Solid state. It describes the ground state of Affleck, Kennedy, Lieb and Tasaki quantum spin chain. The AKLT model has a gap and open boundary conditions. We calculate an entropy of a subsystem (continuous block of spins). It quantifies the entanglement of this block with the rest of the ground state. We prove that the entanglement approaches a constant value exponentially fast as the size of the subsystem increases. Actually we proved that the density ma...

  20. Rom2-dependent phosphorylation of Elo2 controls the abundance of very long chain fatty acids

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    Olson, Daniel K; Fröhlich, Florian; Christiano, Romain;

    2015-01-01

    Sphingolipids are essential components of eukaryotic membranes, where they serve to maintain membrane integrity. They are important components of membrane trafficking and function in signaling as messenger molecules. Sphingolipids are synthesized de novo from very long chain fatty acids (VLCFA) and...... that Elo2, a key enzyme of VLCFA synthesis, is controlled by signaling of the guanine nucleotide exchange factor Rom2, initiating at the plasma membrane. This pathway controls Elo2 phosphorylation state and VLCFA synthesis. Our data identify a regulatory mechanism for coordinating VLCFA synthesis with...

  1. Optimal Ordering Policy and Coordination Mechanism of a Supply Chain with Controllable Lead-Time-Dependent Demand Forecast

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    Jian-Qiang Luo; Hui Yang; Hua-Ming Song

    2011-01-01

    This paper investigates the ordering decisions and coordination mechanism for a distributed short-life-cycle supply chain. The objective is to maximize the whole supply chain's expected profit and meanwhile make the supply chain participants achieve a Pareto improvement. We treat lead time as a controllable variable, thus the demand forecast is dependent on lead time: the shorter lead time, the better forecast. Moreover, optimal decision-making models for lead time and order quantity are form...

  2. Valence Scaling of Dynamic Facial Expressions Is Altered in High-Functioning Subjects with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An FMRI Study

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    Rahko, Jukka S.; Paakki, Jyri-Johan; Starck, Tuomo H.; Nikkinen, Juha; Pauls, David L.; Katsyri, Jari V.; Jansson-Verkasalo, Eira M.; Carter, Alice S.; Hurtig, Tuula M.; Mattila, Marja-Leena; Jussila, Katja K.; Remes, Jukka J.; Kuusikko-Gauffin, Sanna A.; Sams, Mikko E.; Bolte, Sven; Ebeling, Hanna E.; Moilanen, Irma K.; Tervonen, Osmo; Kiviniemi, Vesa

    2012-01-01

    FMRI was performed with the dynamic facial expressions fear and happiness. This was done to detect differences in valence processing between 25 subjects with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and 27 typically developing controls. Valence scaling was abnormal in ASDs. Positive valence induces lower deactivation and abnormally strong activity in ASD…

  3. Inventory Control in Supply Chain Through Lateral Transshipment – A Case Study in Indian Industry

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    Dharamvir Mangal

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Supply chain management emphasizes collaborative relationships between supply chain members. The purpose of this work is to examine the antecedents of retailer - retailer partnership and to explore its impact on the supply chain performance. We consider coordination among stocking locations through replenishment strategies that take explicitly into consideration transshipments, transfer of a product among locations at the same echelon level. A continuous review inventory system has been adopted, in which lateral transshipments are allowed. In general, if a demand occurs at a location and there is no stock on hand, the demand is assumed to be backordered or lost. Lateral transshipments serve as an emergency supply in case of stock out and the rule for lateral transshipments is to always transship when there is a shortage at one location and stock on hand at the other. The aim is to explore the role of lateral transshipment to control inventory and associated cost within supply chain and, from this, to develop an exploratory framework that assists understanding in the area. A simple and intuitive model is presented that enables us to characterize optimal inventory and transshipment policies for ‘n’ locations. The research is based on a case study of a bi-wheeler company in India by using its data and to strengthen its supply chain. This paper represents such an effort in that it integrates both inventory and transshipment components in the study of multi-location inventory systems. This work will enable the managers to overcome the uncertainties of demand and lead-time resulting into customer satisfaction and cost reduction.

  4. The Role of Groove Periodicity in the Formation of Site-Controlled Quantum Dot Chains.

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    Schramm, Andreas; Hakkarainen, Teemu V; Tommila, Juha; Guina, Mircea

    2015-12-01

    Structural and optical properties of InAs quantum dot (QD) chains formed in etched GaAs grooves having different periods from 200 to 2000 nm in [010] orientation are reported. The site-controlled QDs were fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy on soft UV-nanoimprint lithography-patterned GaAs(001) surfaces. Increasing the groove periods decreases the overall QD density but increases the QD size and the linear density along the groove direction. The effect of the increased QD size with larger periods is reflected in ensemble photoluminescence measurements as redshift of the QD emission. Furthermore, we demonstrate the photoluminescence emission from single QD chains. PMID:26058509

  5. Branched-Chain Aminotransferases Control TORC1 Signaling in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Joanne M Kingsbury

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The conserved target of rapamycin complex 1 (TORC1 integrates nutrient signals to orchestrate cell growth and proliferation. Leucine availability is conveyed to control TORC1 activity via the leu-tRNA synthetase/EGOC-GTPase module in yeast and mammals, but the mechanisms sensing leucine remain only partially understood. We show here that both leucine and its α-ketoacid metabolite, α-ketoisocaproate, effectively activate the yeast TORC1 kinase via both EGOC GTPase-dependent and -independent mechanisms. Leucine and α-ketoisocaproate are interconverted by ubiquitous branched-chain aminotransferases (BCAT, which in yeast are represented by the mitochondrial and cytosolic enzymes Bat1 and Bat2, respectively. BCAT yeast mutants exhibit severely compromised TORC1 activity, which is partially restored by expression of Bat1 active site mutants, implicating both catalytic and structural roles of BCATs in TORC1 control. We find that Bat1 interacts with branched-chain amino acid metabolic enzymes and, in a leucine-dependent fashion, with the tricarboxylic acid (TCA-cycle enzyme aconitase. BCAT mutation perturbed TCA-cycle intermediate levels, consistent with a TCA-cycle block, and resulted in low ATP levels, activation of AMPK, and TORC1 inhibition. We propose the biosynthetic capacity of BCAT and its role in forming multicomplex metabolons connecting branched-chain amino acids and TCA-cycle metabolism governs TCA-cycle flux to activate TORC1 signaling. Because mammalian mitochondrial BCAT is known to form a supramolecular branched-chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase enzyme complex that links leucine metabolism to the TCA-cycle, these findings establish a precedent for understanding TORC1 signaling in mammals.

  6. Molecular invariants: atomic group valence

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    Molecular invariants may be deduced in a very compact way through Grassman algebra. In this work, a generalized valence is defined for an atomic group; it reduces to the Known expressions for the case of an atom in a molecule. It is the same of the correlations between the fluctions of the atomic charges qc and qd (C belongs to the group and D does not) around their average values. Numerical results agree with chemical expectation. (author)

  7. THE VALENCE OF CORPUSCULAR PROTEINS.

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    Gorin, M H; Mover, L S

    1942-07-20

    BY THE USE OF TWO EXTREME MODELS: a hydrated sphere and an unhydrated rod the valence (net charge) of corpuscular proteins can be successfully calculated from electric mobility data by the Debye-Hückel theory (modified to include the effect of the ions in the ion atmosphere) in conjunction with the electrophoretic theory of Henry. As pointed out by Abramson, this permits a comparison with values for the valence from titration data. Electrometric titration measurements of serum albumin B (Kekwick) have been determined at several ionic strengths. These results, together with the available data in the literature for serum albumin B, egg albumin, and beta-lactoglobulin have been used to compare values for the valence calculated from measurements of titration, electrophoresis, and membrane potentials. The results indicate that the usual interpretation of titration curves is open to serious question. By extrapolation of the titration data to zero ionic strength and protein concentration, there results an "intrinsic" net charge curve describing the binding of H(+) (OH(-)) ion alone. This curve agrees closely, in each case, with values of the valence calculated from mobility data (which in turn are in close accord with those estimated from membrane potential measurements). The experimental titration curves in the presence of appreciable quantities of ions and protein deviate widely from the ideal curve. It is suggested that, under these conditions, binding of undissociated acid (base) leads to erroneous values for the net charge. This binding would not affect the electrophoretic mobility. Values of the net charge obtained by the two extreme models from electrophoretic data are in agreement within 15 to 20 per cent. The agreement between the cylindrical model and the titration data is somewhat better in each case than with the sphere; i.e., this comparison enables a choice to be made between asymmetry and hydration in the interpretation of results from sedimentation and

  8. FROM MANUFACTURING SCHEDULING TO SUPPLY CHAIN COORDINATION:THE CONTROL OF COMPLEXITY AND UNCERTAINTY

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    Peter B. LUH; Weidong FENG

    2003-01-01

    With time-based competition and rapid technology advancements, effective manufacturing scheduling and supply chain coordination are critical to quickly respond to changing market conditions. These problems, however, are difficult in view of inherent complexity and various uncertainties involved. Based on a series of results by the authors, decomposition and coordination by using Lagrangian relaxation is identified in this paper as an effective way to control complexity and uncertainty. A manufacturing scheduling problem is first formulated within the job shop context with uncertain order arrivals, processing times, due dates, and part priorities as a separable optimization problem. A solution methodology that combines Lagrangian relaxation, stochastic dynamic programming, and heuristics is developed. Method improvements to effectively solve large problems are also highlighted. To extend manufacturing scheduling within a factory to coordinate autonomic members across chains of suppliers, a decentralized supply chain model is established in the second half of this paper. By relaxing cross-member constraints, the model is decomposed into member-wise subproblems, and a nested optimization structure is developed based on the job shop scheduling results. Coordination is performed through the iterative updating of cross-member prices without accessing other members' private information or intruding their decision-making authorities, either with or without a coordinator. Two examples are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the method. Future prospects to overcome problem inseparability and improve computing efficiency are then discussed.

  9. Modelling human control behaviour with a Markov-chain switched bank of control laws

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    Murray-Smith, R.

    1998-01-01

    A probabilistic model of human control behaviour is described. It assumes that human behaviour can be represented by switching among a number of relatively simple behaviours. The model structure is closely related to the Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) commonly used for speech recognition. An HMM with context-dependent transition functions switching between linear control laws is identified from experimental data. The applicability of the approach is demonstrated in a pitch control task for a sim...

  10. Bifurcation and chaos of a pest-control food chain model with impulsive effects

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    According to biological and chemical control strategy for pest control, we investigate the dynamics of a predator-prey food chain with impulsive effect, periodic releasing natural enemies and spraying pesticide at different fixed times, by using impulsive differential equation. Choose pest birth rate r2 as control parameter, we show that there exists a stable pest-eradication periodic solution when r2 is less than some critical value r2* and the system is permanence when r2 is larger than the critical value r2*. By use of standard techniques of bifurcation theory, we prove that above this threshold there are periodic oscillations in prey, middle-predator and top predator. Furthermore, bifurcation diagrams have shown that there exists complexity for the pulsed system including periodic doubling cascade.

  11. Emission control strategies for short-chain chloroparaffins in two semi-hypothetical case cities

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    Eriksson, Eva; Revitt, M.; Lützhøft, Hans-Christian Holten;

    2012-01-01

    The short-chain chloroparaffins (SCCP), (C10-13 chloroalkanes) are identified in the European Water Framework Directive, as priority hazardous substances. Within the ScorePP project, the aim is to develop emission control strategies that can be employed to reduce emissions from urban areas into...... receiving waters. Six different scenarios for mitigating SCCP emissions in two different semi-hypothetical case cities representing eastern inland and northern coastal conditions have been evaluated. The analysis, associated with scenario uncertainty, indicates that the EU legislation, Best Available...... Technologies (BAT) and stormwater/CSO management were the most favorable in reducing emissions into the environment....

  12. The Role of Groove Periodicity in the Formation of Site-Controlled Quantum Dot Chains

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    Schramm, Andreas; Hakkarainen, Teemu V; Tommila, Juha; Guina, Mircea

    2015-01-01

    Structural and optical properties of InAs quantum dot (QD) chains formed in etched GaAs grooves having different periods from 200 to 2000 nm in [010] orientation are reported. The site-controlled QDs were fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy on soft UV-nanoimprint lithography-patterned GaAs(001) surfaces. Increasing the groove periods decreases the overall QD density but increases the QD size and the linear density along the groove direction. The effect of the increased QD size with larger pe...

  13. Comet assay as a cold chain control tool;Teste do cometa como ferramenta de controle da cadeia do frio

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    Duarte, Renato Cesar

    2009-07-01

    Bearing in mind an ever more demanding market regarding the quality of food, it has been necessary to develop processes that meet the demands of consumers. Within the existing processes the cold chain and irradiation stand out. The cold chain comprises all the stages of conserving food from production, cooling, freezing, storing and transportation to the final consumer. Irradiation, as a means of conserving food, prolongs the shelf life, inhibits budding and reduces pathogenic contamination among other benefits. Is very important the identification of food degradation in function of failure on the processes which they were subjected. The comet assay is a screening test widely studied, considerate fast and with low cost. By the fact of the test identify breaks on the DNA, may be possible use the comet test on the control of cold chain failures that degrade de food. The labels and stamp, do not consider the previous food situation and indicate failures from the moment where they be placed in contact with the product. With the comet assay is possible to check the degradation that has occurred in liver chicken samples until the moment of comet's test realization. (author)

  14. A continuous mapping between space and valence with left- and right-handers.

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    Freddi, Sébastien; Brouillet, Thibaut; Cretenet, Joël; Heurley, Loïc P; Dru, Vincent

    2016-06-01

    In this research, we examined whether emotional valence could correspond to a continuous lateral bias in space, according to a mental metaphor that establishes the mapping between a concrete domain (space) and an abstract one (valence). Because acting with one's dominant hand is associated with fluency and positive valence (the bodily specificity hypothesis, or BSH), we asked strong right- and left-handers to perform two spatial location tasks using emotional faces with seven levels of valence. We hypothesized and showed through two studies that, according to the BSH, extreme valenced stimuli (as compared to moderate and weak ones) would be located more at the extremity of a horizontal line, according to the correspondences between handedness and the different valences of the stimuli. This research establishes that spatial and continuous mapping of emotions was obtained while controlling for motivational direction. PMID:26428669

  15. Space-Valence Priming with Subliminal and Supraliminal Words

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available To date it is unclear whether (1 awareness-independent non-evaluative semantic processes influence affective semantics and whether (2 awareness-independent affective semantics influence non-evaluative semantic processing. In the current study, we investigated these questions with the help of subliminal (masked primes and visible targets in a space-valence across-category congruence effect. In line with (1, we found that subliminal space prime words influenced valence classification of supraliminal target words (Experiment 1: Classifications were faster with a congruent prime (e.g., the prime ‘up’ before the target ‘happy’ than with an incongruent prime (e.g., the prime ‘up’ before the target ‘sad’. In contrast to (2, no influence of subliminal valence primes on the classification of supraliminal space targets into up- and down-words was found (Experiment 2. Control conditions showed that standard masked response-priming effects were found with both subliminal prime types, and that an across-category congruence effect was also found with supraliminal valence primes and spatial target words. The final Experiment 3 confirmed that the across-category congruence effect indeed reflected priming of target categorization of a relevant meaning category. Together, the data jointly confirmed prediction (1 that awareness-independent non-evaluative semantic priming influences valence judgments.

  16. Core-valence luminescence in ABX3 crystals

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    The investigation of the new type of intrinsic emission caused by recombination of core holes and valence electrons, i.e., the core valence luminescence (CVL), is made for perovskite-like ABX3 crystals (A = Li, K, Rb, Cs; B = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br). For this crystals the spectra of CVL cover 9 - 2 eV region, time decay constants change in 1 - 3 ns and bound, emission intensity in some crystals exceeds the intensity in AHC in several times. The possibility of growing ABX3 crystals with different lattice parameters allows us to control spectral and kinetics parameters as well as CVL light yield

  17. Numerical simulation of a Controlled-Controlled-Not (CCN) quantum gate in a chain of three interacting nuclear spins system

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    López, G V; Lara, Lorena; Lopez, Gustavo V.

    2006-01-01

    We present the study of a quantum Controlled-Controlled-Not gate, implemented in a chain of three nuclear spins weakly Ising interacting between all of them, that is, taking into account first and second neighbor spin interactions. This implementation is done using a single resonant $\\pi$-pulse on the initial state of the system (digital and superposition). The fidelity parameter is used to determine the behavior of the CCN quantum gate as a function of the ratio of the second neighbor interaction coupling constant to the first neighbor interaction coupling constant ($J'/J$). We found that for $J'/J\\ge 0.02$ we can have a well defined CCN quantum gate.

  18. Digital Instrumentation & Control (I&C) Systems and Cyber Security: Is Supply Chain the Weak Link?

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    The global concerns over cyber security threats to nuclear facilities have been increasing since the Stuxnet case. Cyber attacks may occur in digital instrumentation and control (I&C) systems due to, among other causes, malicious code hidden in hardware devices or inserted during code development or code maintenance or repair, and also through infrastructure breaches (e.g. the use of infected USB memory sticks). Cyber attacks may include the digital data communication network that could allow malicious code to access and change specific hardware behavior. The increasing use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) items, the fast obsolescence and replacement of digital components, the great number of digital products vendors in the utility supply chain, the interconnectivity of digital equipments, and the use of open development tools are some of the reasons that point to the digital I&C supply chain as the cyber security weak link, and utilities cyber security programs must address this vulnerability. Though most cyber attacks on utilities have focused on stealing proprietary information, attacks on a utility digital I&C system could seriously affect many elements beyond the utility itself (environment, economic, human life, industrial etc). (author)

  19. Controlling influenza disease: Comparison between discrete time Markov chain and deterministic model

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    Novkaniza, F.; Ivana, Aldila, D.

    2016-04-01

    Mathematical model of respiratory diseases spread with Discrete Time Markov Chain (DTMC) and deterministic approach for constant total population size are analyzed and compared in this article. Intervention of medical treatment and use of medical mask included in to the model as a constant parameter to controlling influenza spreads. Equilibrium points and basic reproductive ratio as the endemic criteria and it level set depend on some variable are given analytically and numerically as a results from deterministic model analysis. Assuming total of human population is constant from deterministic model, number of infected people also analyzed with Discrete Time Markov Chain (DTMC) model. Since Δt → 0, we could assume that total number of infected people might change only from i to i + 1, i - 1, or i. Approximation probability of an outbreak with gambler's ruin problem will be presented. We find that no matter value of basic reproductive ℛ0, either its larger than one or smaller than one, number of infection will always tends to 0 for t → ∞. Some numerical simulation to compare between deterministic and DTMC approach is given to give a better interpretation and a better understanding about the models results.

  20. Controlled formation of ag nanoparticles by means of long-chain sodium polyacrylates in dilute solution.

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    Huber, Klaus; Witte, Thomas; Hollmann, Jutta; Keuker-Baumann, Susanne

    2007-02-01

    A new tool is presented to control formation of Ag nanoparticles. Small amounts of silver ions were added to dilute solutions of long-chain sodium polyacrylates (NaPA). Four NaPA samples covering a molar mass regime of 97 kD polyacrylate coils toward compact structures. Coil shrinking and aggregation was revealed by means of time-resolved static light scattering. If exposed to UV-radiation, small Ag particles formed within the shrunken anionic polyacrylate coils. The Ag nanoparticles were identified by means of an enhanced light scattering and a characteristic plasmon absorption band around 410 nm. No such Ag particle formation could be observed even at 5 times larger concentrations of Ag(+) and NaPA if the two smallest polyacrylate samples have been used under otherwise equal conditions. This molar mass sensitive response of NaPA to Ag(+)-addition suggests an interesting phenomenon: if the coil size of the NaPa chains, which act as Ag(+) collectors, is large enough, local Ag(+) concentration in these coil-shaped Ag(+) containers exceeds a critical value, and irradiation with UV generates Ag nanoparticles. PMID:17263389

  1. Towards a Diagnostic Instrument to Identify Improvement Opportunities for Quality Controlled Logistics in Agrifood Supply Chain Networks

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    Van Der Vorst, Jack G.A.J.; Olaf van Kooten; Luning, Pieternel A.

    2011-01-01

     Western-European consumers have become not only more demanding on product availability in retail outlets but also on other food attributes such as quality, integrity, and safety. When (re)designing food supply-chain networks, from a logistics point of view, one has to consider these demands next to traditional efficiency and responsiveness requirements. The concept ‘quality controlled logistics’ (QCL) hypothesizes that if product quality in each step of the supply chain can ...

  2. Controlling the Morphology of Side Chain Liquid Crystalline Block Copolymer Thin Films through Variations in Liquid Crystalline Content

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    Verploegen, Eric; Zhang, Tejia; Jung, Yeon Sik; Ross, Caroline; Hammond, Paula T.

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we describe methods for manipulating the morphology of side-chain liquid crystalline block copolymers through variations in the liquid crystalline content. By systematically controlling the covalent attachment of side chain liquid crystals to a block copolymer (BCP) backbone, the morphology of both the liquid crystalline (LC) mesophase and the phase segregated BCP microstructures can be precisely manipulated. Increases in LC functionalization lead to stronger preferences for the...

  3. Shape control of the magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles under different chain length of reducing agents

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    Ngoi, Kuan Hoon; Chia, Chin-Hua, E-mail: chia@ukm.edu.my; Zakaria, Sarani [School of Applied Physics, Faculty Science and Technology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Chiu, Wee Siong [Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2015-09-25

    We report on the effect of using reducing agents with different chain-length on the synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles by thermal decomposition of iron (III) acetylacetonate in 1-octadecene. This modification allows us to control the shape of nanoparticles into spherical and cubic iron oxide nanoparticles. The highly monodisperse 14 nm spherical nanoparticles are obtained under 1,2-dodecanediol and average 14 nm edge-length cubic iron oxide nanoparticles are obtained under 1,2-tetradecanediol. The structural characterization such as transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows similar properties between two particles with different shapes. The vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) shows no significant difference between spherical and cubic nanoparticles, which are 36 emu/g and 37 emu/g respectively and superparamagnetic in nature.

  4. Shape control of the magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles under different chain length of reducing agents

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    We report on the effect of using reducing agents with different chain-length on the synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles by thermal decomposition of iron (III) acetylacetonate in 1-octadecene. This modification allows us to control the shape of nanoparticles into spherical and cubic iron oxide nanoparticles. The highly monodisperse 14 nm spherical nanoparticles are obtained under 1,2-dodecanediol and average 14 nm edge-length cubic iron oxide nanoparticles are obtained under 1,2-tetradecanediol. The structural characterization such as transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows similar properties between two particles with different shapes. The vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) shows no significant difference between spherical and cubic nanoparticles, which are 36 emu/g and 37 emu/g respectively and superparamagnetic in nature

  5. The chaos and control of a food chain model supplying additional food to top-predator

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    Highlights: • We propose a chaotic food chain model supplying additional food to top-predator. • Local and global stability conditions are derived in presence of additional food. • Chaos is controlled only by increasing quantity of additional food. • System enters into periodic region and depicts Hopf bifurcations supplying additional food. • This an application of non-chemical methods for controlling chaos. -- Abstract: The control and management of chaotic population is one of the main objectives for constructing mathematical model in ecology today. In this paper, we apply a technique of controlling chaotic predator–prey population dynamics by supplying additional food to top-predator. We formulate a three species predator–prey model supplying additional food to top-predator. Existence conditions and local stability criteria of equilibrium points are determined analytically. Persistence conditions for the system are derived. Global stability conditions of interior equilibrium point is calculated. Theoretical results are verified through numerical simulations. Phase diagram is presented for various quality and quantity of additional food. One parameter bifurcation analysis is done with respect to quality and quantity of additional food separately keeping one of them fixed. Using MATCONT package, we derive the bifurcation scenarios when both the parameters quality and quantity of additional food vary together. We predict the existence of Hopf point (H), limit point (LP) and branch point (BP) in the model for suitable supply of additional food. We have computed the regions of different dynamical behaviour in the quantity–quality parametric plane. From our study we conclude that chaotic population dynamics of predator prey system can be controlled to obtain regular population dynamics only by supplying additional food to top predator. This study is aimed to introduce a new non-chemical chaos control mechanism in a predator–prey system with the

  6. Control of myosin heavy chain expression: interaction of hypothyroidism and hindlimb suspension.

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    Diffee, G M; Haddad, F; Herrick, R E; Baldwin, K M

    1991-12-01

    The aim of this study was to contrast competing influences, hypothyroidism and hindlimb suspension, on myosin heavy chain (MHC) expression studied at the protein level and mRNA level. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were assigned to either normal control (NC), normal suspended (NS), or hypothyroid (thyroidectomized) control (TC) and suspended (TS) groups. NS and TS animals were suspended for 14 days following which myofibrils and total RNA were purified from the hindlimb muscles. In the soleus and vastus intermedius (VI), there was an increase in type I MHC and a decrease in type IIa MHC in both the TC and TS groups and a decrease in type I and increase in type IIa MHC in the NS group. At the mRNA level, similar shifts were observed with the exception that 1) the increased type IIa MHC seen in the soleus and VI of the NS animals was not accompanied by an increase in IIa mRNA and 2) type IIb mRNA was increased in the NS soleus without concomitant changes in IIb protein levels. These data suggest the following: 1) a hypothyroid state predominates over mechanical unweighting factors in the control of MHC distribution in slow muscles; and 2) translational or posttranslational factors may be important in the regulation of type IIa and IIb MHC expression during hindlimb suspension. PMID:1767813

  7. Optimal Ordering Policy and Coordination Mechanism of a Supply Chain with Controllable Lead-Time-Dependent Demand Forecast

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    Hua-Ming Song

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the ordering decisions and coordination mechanism for a distributed short-life-cycle supply chain. The objective is to maximize the whole supply chain's expected profit and meanwhile make the supply chain participants achieve a Pareto improvement. We treat lead time as a controllable variable, thus the demand forecast is dependent on lead time: the shorter lead time, the better forecast. Moreover, optimal decision-making models for lead time and order quantity are formulated and compared in the decentralized and centralized cases. Besides, a three-parameter contract is proposed to coordinate the supply chain and alleviate the double margin in the decentralized scenario. In addition, based on the analysis of the models, we develop an algorithmic procedure to find the optimal ordering decisions. Finally, a numerical example is also presented to illustrate the results.

  8. Side-chain-controlled self-assembly of polystyrene-polypeptide miktoarm star copolymers

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    Junnila, Susanna

    2012-03-27

    We show how the self-assembly of miktoarm star copolymers can be controlled by modifying the side chains of their polypeptide arms, using A 2B and A 2B 2 type polymer/polypeptide hybrids (macromolecular chimeras). Initially synthesized PS 2PBLL and PS 2PBLL 2 (PS, polystyrene; PBLL, poly(ε-tert-butyloxycarbonyl-l-lysine) ) miktoarms were first deprotected to PS 2PLLHCl and PS 2PLLHCl 2 miktoarms (PLLHCl, poly(l-lysine hydrochloride)) and then complexed ionically with sodium dodecyl sulfonate (DS) to give the supramolecular complexes PS 2PLL(DS) and PS 2(PLL(DS)) 2. The solid-state self-assemblies of these six miktoarm systems were studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS, WAXS). The side chains of the polypeptide arms were observed to have a large effect on the solubility, polypeptide conformation, and self-assembly of the miktoarms. Three main categories were observed: (i) lamellar self-assemblies at the block copolymer length scale with packed layers of α-helices in PS 2PBLL and PS 2PBLL 2; (ii) charge-clustered polypeptide micelles with less-defined conformations in a nonordered lattice within a PS matrix in PS 2PLLHCl and PS 2PLLHCl 2; (iii) lamellar polypeptide-surfactant self-assemblies with β-sheet conformation in PS 2PLL(DS) and PS 2(PLL(DS)) 2 which dominate over the formation of block copolymer scale structures. Differences between the 3- and 4-arm systems illustrate how packing frustration between the coil-like PS arms and rigid polypeptide conformations can be relieved by the right number of arms, leading to differences in the extent of order. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  9. The Valence Bond Interpretation of Molecular Geometry.

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    Smith, Derek W.

    1980-01-01

    Presents ways in which the valence bond (VB) theory describes the bonding and geometry of molecules, following directly from earlier principles laid down by Pauling and others. Two other theories (molecular orbital approach and valence shell electron pair repulsion) are discussed and compared to VB. (CS)

  10. Comparison Of Periodic-Review Inventory Control Policies In A Serial Supply Chain

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    KABADAYI, Nihan; KESKİNTÜRK, Timur

    2015-01-01

    Supply chain management provides customers with the right product or service at a reasonable price, in the right place, at the right time, and with the best quality possible, thus increasing customer satisfaction. The inventory is held at the multiple sites in a supply chain. Effective and efficient management of inventory in the supply chain process has a significant impact on improving the ultimate customer service provided to the customer. Reducing inventory cost, which is a major part of ...

  11. Inventory Control in Supply Chain Through Lateral Transshipment – A Case Study in Indian Industry

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    Dharamvir Mangal; Pankaj Chandna

    2009-01-01

    Supply chain management emphasizes collaborative relationships between supply chain members. The purpose of this work is to examine the antecedents of retailer - retailer partnership and to explore its impact on the supply chain performance. We consider coordination among stocking locations through replenishment strategies that take explicitly into consideration transshipments, transfer of a product among locations at the same echelon level. A continuous review inventory system has been adopt...

  12. Valence instabilities in cerium intermetallics

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    The primary purpose of this investigation was to study the magnetic behaviour of cerium in intermetallic compounds, that show an IV behaviour, e.g. CeSn3. In the progress of the investigations, it became of interest to study the effect of changes in the lattice of the IV compound by substituting La or Y for Ce, thus constituting the Cesub(1-x)Lasub(x)Sn3 and Cesub(1-x)Ysub(x)Sn3 quasibinary systems. A second purpose was to examine the possibility of introducing instabilities in the valency of a trivalent intermetallic cerium compound: CeIn3, also by La and Y-substitutions in the lattice. Measurements on the resulting Cesub(1-x)Lasub(x)In3 and Cesub(1-x)Ysub(x)In3 quasibinaries are described. A third purpose was to study the (gradual) transition from a trivalent cerium compound into an IV cerium compound. This was done by examining the magnetic properties of the CeInsub(x)Snsub(3-x) and CePbsub(x)Snsub(3-x) systems. Finally a new possibility was investigated: that of the occurrence of IV behaviour in CeSi2, CeSi, and in CeGa2. (Auth.)

  13. Avoided valence transition in a plutonium superconductor.

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    Ramshaw, B J; Shekhter, Arkady; McDonald, Ross D; Betts, Jon B; Mitchell, J N; Tobash, P H; Mielke, C H; Bauer, E D; Migliori, Albert

    2015-03-17

    The d and f electrons in correlated metals are often neither fully localized around their host nuclei nor fully itinerant. This localized/itinerant duality underlies the correlated electronic states of the high-Tc cuprate superconductors and the heavy-fermion intermetallics and is nowhere more apparent than in the 5f valence electrons of plutonium. Here, we report the full set of symmetry-resolved elastic moduli of PuCoGa5--the highest Tc superconductor of the heavy fermions (Tc = 18.5 K)--and find that the bulk modulus softens anomalously over a wide range in temperature above Tc. The elastic symmetry channel in which this softening occurs is characteristic of a valence instability--therefore, we identify the elastic softening with fluctuations of the plutonium 5f mixed-valence state. These valence fluctuations disappear when the superconducting gap opens at Tc, suggesting that electrons near the Fermi surface play an essential role in the mixed-valence physics of this system and that PuCoGa5 avoids a valence transition by entering the superconducting state. The lack of magnetism in PuCoGa5 has made it difficult to reconcile with most other heavy-fermion superconductors, where superconductivity is generally believed to be mediated by magnetic fluctuations. Our observations suggest that valence fluctuations play a critical role in the unusually high Tc of PuCoGa5. PMID:25737548

  14. Integrated supply chain inventory model with quality improvement involving controllable lead time and backorder price discount

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    Prashant Jindal

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available For the past four decades the integrated vendor and buyer supply chain inventory model has been an interesting topic, but quality improvement of defective items in the integrated inventory model with backorder price discount involving controllable lead time has been rarely discussed. The aim of this paper is to minimize the total related cost in the continuous review model by considering the order quantity, reorder point, lead time, process quality, backorder price discount and number of shipment as decision variables. Moreover, we assume that an investment function is used to improve the process quality. The lead time demand follows a normal distribution. In addition, the buyer offers backorder price discount to motivate the customers for possible backorders. There are some defective items in the arrival lot, so its treatment is also taken in account in this paper. We develop an iterative procedure for finding the optimal values of decision variables and numerical example is presented to illustrate the solution procedure. Additionally, sensitivity analysis with respect to major parameters is also carried out.

  15. Input estimation for drug discovery using optimal control and Markov chain Monte Carlo approaches.

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    Trägårdh, Magnus; Chappell, Michael J; Ahnmark, Andrea; Lindén, Daniel; Evans, Neil D; Gennemark, Peter

    2016-04-01

    Input estimation is employed in cases where it is desirable to recover the form of an input function which cannot be directly observed and for which there is no model for the generating process. In pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modelling, input estimation in linear systems (deconvolution) is well established, while the nonlinear case is largely unexplored. In this paper, a rigorous definition of the input-estimation problem is given, and the choices involved in terms of modelling assumptions and estimation algorithms are discussed. In particular, the paper covers Maximum a Posteriori estimates using techniques from optimal control theory, and full Bayesian estimation using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) approaches. These techniques are implemented using the optimisation software CasADi, and applied to two example problems: one where the oral absorption rate and bioavailability of the drug eflornithine are estimated using pharmacokinetic data from rats, and one where energy intake is estimated from body-mass measurements of mice exposed to monoclonal antibodies targeting the fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) 1c. The results from the analysis are used to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the methods used when applied to sparsely sampled data. The presented methods for optimal control are fast and robust, and can be recommended for use in drug discovery. The MCMC-based methods can have long running times and require more expertise from the user. The rigorous definition together with the illustrative examples and suggestions for software serve as a highly promising starting point for application of input-estimation methods to problems in drug discovery. PMID:26932466

  16. Method of determining radioactive atom valence

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    The valency state of radionuclides emitting low-energy conversion electrons is determined from the measured change in kinetic energies of conversion electrons which is determined by electron spectroscopy. The determined changes in kinetic energies correspond to changes in binding energies of electrons in the atomic shell which are related to the valency state of the radionuclides. The advantage of the method is the possibility of determining valency states in trace amounts of radioactive substances, its nondestructive character and high sensitivity (10-11g). (E.S.)

  17. Ab initio valence calculations in chemistry

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    Cook, D B

    1974-01-01

    Ab Initio Valence Calculations in Chemistry describes the theory and practice of ab initio valence calculations in chemistry and applies the ideas to a specific example, linear BeH2. Topics covered include the Schrödinger equation and the orbital approximation to atomic orbitals; molecular orbital and valence bond methods; practical molecular wave functions; and molecular integrals. Open shell systems, molecular symmetry, and localized descriptions of electronic structure are also discussed. This book is comprised of 13 chapters and begins by introducing the reader to the use of the Schrödinge

  18. Development of Remote Plutonium Valence State Analyzer

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    2008-01-01

    <正>In the Purex process of spent fuel reprocessing, the separation of uranium and plutonium depends on the capability extracting state plutonium ions with various valence by TBP. The separate degree of

  19. Myosin light chain kinase and Src control membrane dynamics in volume recovery from cell swelling

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    Barfod, Elisabeth T.; Moore, Ann L.; Van de Graaf, Benjamin G.; Steven D Lidofsky

    2011-01-01

     The expansion of the plasma membrane, which occurs during osmotic swelling of epithelia, must be retrieved for volume recovery, but the mechanisms are unknown. Here we have identified myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) as a regulator of membrane internalization in response to osmotic swelling in a model liver cell line. On hypotonic exposure, we found that there was time-dependent phosphorylation of the MLCK substrate myosin II regulatory light chain. At the sides of the cell, MLCK and myosin ...

  20. Valence nucleons in self-consistent fields

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    An iterative approach to determine directly the best Hartree-Fock one-body density rho is extended by expressing rho in terms of a core and a valence part and allowing for general crossings of occupied and unoccupied levels in the valence part. Results are shown for 152Sm and a microscopic analysis of the core structure of deformed light nuclei is carried out. (author)

  1. Representation of emotional valence in human brain

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    Viinikainen, Mikko

    2012-01-01

    All emotions can be evaluated with fair accuracy on the basis of their position on unpleasantness-pleasantness, or valence, dimension. Valence has been considered to be a linear continuum both on experiential and neural level, ranging from very unpleasant to very pleasant. However, using such a model it is difficult to explain complex emotional states, in which we can simultaneously experience unpleasantness and pleasantness, like during a rollercoaster ride or a horror film. Also experiments...

  2. The role of symmetry of chain extender in controlling the morphology of thermoplastic polyurethanes

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    Wamuo, Onyenkachi; Song, Cheng; Hsu, Shaw Ling

    Although polyurethane is a well-studied subject, the specific role of chain extender in the alteration of segmental dynamics and morphology formation has yet to be elucidated. Relatively low molecular weight thermoplastic polyurethanes synthesized from a two-step polymerization method were utilized in this study. The effect of the symmetry of chain extenders used in the polymerization on the morphological behavior has been studied. Comparison has been made for a number of chain extenders, including a symmetric 1,4 butanediol or 1,6 hexanediol and an asymmetric 1,2 propanediol or 1,3 butanediol. Using a combination of thermal analysis, spectroscopy and mechanical properties measurements, the development of morphological features were determined as a function of time and temperature. The symmetric chain-extended polyurethanes promotes the formation of hydrogen bonding, shows two glass transition temperatures consistent with a phase separation behavior and furthermore gives a more rigid, less extensible mechanical property when compared with the asymmetric chain-extended polyurethanes. In the latter case, the reacted polymer exhibits poor chain packing thus limiting the formation of robust hydrogen bonding behavior. It showed a singular glass transition representative of a more phase mixed system and shows more extensibility in terms of its mechanical behavior.

  3. Breaking the chain: Rift Valley fever virus control via livestock vaccination.

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    Bird, Brian H; Nichol, Stuart T

    2012-06-01

    Rift Valley fever virus is a mosquito-borne pathogen of livestock and humans that causes widespread and devastating outbreaks of severe and often fatal disease throughout Africa and portions of the Arabian Peninsula. Outbreaks can involve tens to hundreds of thousands of human cases, and millions of livestock. The severity of the disease varies by species, but in sheep and cattle 'abortion storms', high neonatal (∼70%), and adult mortality (20-30%) are features. Human cases are generally self-limiting, but severe complications such as hepatitis, retinitis, delayed-onset encephalitis, or a hemorrhagic syndrome with a case fatality of 10-20% can occur. There are no commercially available human vaccines. Livestock provide key ecological links between the Aedes sp. mosquito vector and humans. High viremias in livestock lead to spillover of RVFV into other anthrophillic vectors (Culex and Anopheles sp. mosquitoes), and, importantly, close contact with infected animal tissues and fluids or aborted fetal materials from these animals is a major risk factor for severe and lethal human infections. Vaccination programs targeting livestock during non-epidemic periods or as an early countermeasure against nascent outbreaks could therefore eliminate one of the main sources of human infection and limit the overall scope of epidemics. To this end, research groups have recently reported novel next generation RVFV vaccines that are safe for use in pregnant and young animals. Preventing RVFV infection of livestock by vaccination is a key element in breaking the chain of human epidemics, and could lead to control of this significant public health threat. PMID:22463980

  4. Salmonella surveillance and control at post-harvest in the Belgian pork meat chain.

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    Delhalle, L; Saegerman, C; Farnir, F; Korsak, N; Maes, D; Messens, W; De Sadeleer, L; De Zutter, L; Daube, G

    2009-05-01

    Salmonella remains the primary cause of reported bacterial food borne disease outbreaks in Belgium. Pork and pork products are recognized as one of the major sources of human salmonellosis. In contrast with the primary production and slaughterhouse phases of the pork meat production chain, only a few studies have focussed on the post-harvest stages. The goal of this study was to evaluate Salmonella and Escherichia coli contamination at the Belgian post-harvest stages. E. coli counts were estimated in order to evaluate the levels of faecal contamination. The results of bacteriological analysis from seven cutting plants, four meat-mincing plants and the four largest Belgian retailers were collected from official and self-monitoring controls. The prevalence of Salmonella in the cutting plants and meat-mincing plants ranged from 0% to 50%. The most frequently isolated serotype was Salmonella typhimurium. The prevalence in minced meat at retail level ranged from 0.3% to 4.3%. The levels of Salmonella contamination estimated from semi-quantitative analysis of data relating to carcasses, cuts of meat and minced meat were equal to -3.40+/-2.04 log CFU/cm(2), -2.64+/-1.76 log CFU/g and -2.35+/-1.09 log CFU/g, respectively. The E. coli results in meat cuts and minced meat ranged from 0.21+/-0.50 to 1.23+/-0.89 log CFU/g and from 1.33+/-0.58 to 2.78+/-0.43 log CFU/g, respectively. The results showed that faecal contamination still needs to be reduced, especially in specific individual plants. PMID:19269567

  5. Elongase reactions as control points in long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid synthesis.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Δ6-Desaturase (Fads2 is widely regarded as rate-limiting in the conversion of dietary α-linolenic acid (18:3n-3; ALA to the long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (22:6n-3; DHA. However, increasing dietary ALA or the direct Fads2 product, stearidonic acid (18:4n-3; SDA, increases tissue levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5n-3; EPA and docosapentaenoic acid (22:5n-3; DPA, but not DHA. These observations suggest that one or more control points must exist beyond ALA metabolism by Fads2. One possible control point is a second reaction involving Fads2 itself, since this enzyme catalyses desaturation of 24:5n-3 to 24:6n-3, as well as ALA to SDA. However, metabolism of EPA and DPA both require elongation reactions. This study examined the activities of two elongase enzymes as well as the second reaction of Fads2 in order to concentrate on the metabolism of EPA to DHA. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The substrate selectivities, competitive substrate interactions and dose response curves of the rat elongases, Elovl2 and Elovl5 were determined after expression of the enzymes in yeast. The competitive substrate interactions for rat Fads2 were also examined. Rat Elovl2 was active with C(20 and C(22 polyunsaturated fatty acids and this single enzyme catalysed the sequential elongation reactions of EPA→DPA→24:5n-3. The second reaction DPA→24:5n-3 appeared to be saturated at substrate concentrations not saturating for the first reaction EPA→DPA. ALA dose-dependently inhibited Fads2 conversion of 24:5n-3 to 24:6n-3. CONCLUSIONS: The competition between ALA and 24:5n-3 for Fads2 may explain the decrease in DHA levels observed after certain intakes of dietary ALA have been exceeded. In addition, the apparent saturation of the second Elovl2 reaction, DPA→24:5n-3, provides further explanations for the accumulation of DPA when ALA, SDA or EPA is provided in the diet. This study suggests that Elovl2 will be

  6. Theoretical calculations of valence states in Fe-Mo compounds

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    The half-metallic ferromagnetic double perovskite compound Sr2FeMoO6 is considered as an important material for spintronic applications. It appears to be fundamental to understand the role of electronic parameters controlling the half-metallic ground state. Fe-Mo double perovskites usually present some degree of Fe/Mo disorder which generally increases with doping. In this work, we study the valence states of Fe-Mo cations in the off-stoichiometric system Sr2Fe1+xMo1−xO6 (−1 ≤ x ≤ 1/3) with disorder. Our results for Fe and Mo valence states are obtained using the Green functions and the renormalization perturbation expansion method. The model is based on a correlated electron picture with localized Fe-spins and conduction Mo-electrons interacting with the local spins via a double-exchange-type mechanism

  7. Effects of valence, geometry and electronic correlations on transport in transition metal benzene sandwich molecules

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    Karolak, M.; Jacob, D.

    2016-01-01

    We study the impact of the valence and the geometry on the electronic structure and transport properties of different transition metal-benzene sandwich molecules bridging the tips of a Cu nanocontact. Our density-functional calculations show that the electronic transport properties of the molecules depend strongly on the molecular geometry which can be controlled by the nanocontact tips. Depending on the valence of the transition metal center certain molecules can be tuned in and out of half-...

  8. Temperature Controlled Aircraft Unit Load Devices: The Technological Response to Growing Global Air Cargo Cool Chain Requirements

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    Glenn Baxter; Kyriakos Kourousis

    2015-01-01

    Unit load devices (ULDs) are pallets and containers which are used to carry air cargo, mail and passengers baggage on wide-body aircraft. Using an in-depth case study, an empirical investigation was undertaken to examine the recent technological developments and innovations in the temperature-controlled containers that are used extensively in the growing and highly important air cargo cool chains. The results demonstrated that advances in refrigeration systems and the use of composite materia...

  9. Learning, Knowing and Controlling the Stock: The Nature of Employee Discretion in a Supermarket Chain

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    Fuller, Alison; Kakavelakis, Kostas; Felstead, Alan; Jewson, Nick; Unwin, Lorna

    2009-01-01

    This paper explores the nature of the relationship between Head Office and stores in a large British supermarket chain. It focuses on the role played by a range of technological tools available for managing the stock and connecting different parts of the productive system and the implications this has for employee learning in stores. The evidence…

  10. Resistance in bacteria of the food chain: epidemiology and control strategies

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    Cavaco, Lina; Aarestrup, Frank Møller

    2013-01-01

    emergence and spread of resistant bacteria in the food chain is a major concern as food-producing animals may constitute a huge reservoir for antimicrobial resistance. Furthermore, food animals and food of animal origin is traded worldwide, which means that the occurrences of antimicrobial resistance in the...... food supply of one country is currently potentially a problem for all countries....

  11. Mixed valency and site-preference chemistry for cerium and its compounds: A predictive density-functional theory study

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    Alam, Aftab; Johnson, D. D.

    2014-06-01

    Cerium and its technologically relevant compounds are examples of anomalous mixed valency, originating from two competing oxidation states—itinerant Ce4+ and localized Ce3+. Under applied stress, anomalous transitions are observed but not well understood. Here we treat mixed valency as an "alloy" problem involving two valences with competing and numerous site-occupancy configurations. We use density-functional theory with Hubbard U (i.e., DFT+U) to evaluate the effective valence and predict properties, including controlling the valence by pseudoternary alloying. For Ce and its compounds, such as (Ce,La)2(Fe,Co)14B permanent magnets, we find a stable mixed-valent α state near the spectroscopic value of νs=3.53. Ce valency in compounds depends on its steric volume and local chemistry. For La doping, Ce valency shifts towards γ-like Ce3+, as expected from steric volume; for Co doping, valency depends on local Ce-site chemistry and steric volume. Our approach captures the key origins of anomalous valency and site-preference chemistry in complex compounds.

  12. An Empirical Analysis on Agricultural Materials Logistics Control and Agricultural Products Safety: A Case Study of Bi-chains Management Model for Veterinary Drugs in Pinggu District

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    Tianqi; ZHANG

    2013-01-01

    Through an empirical analysis of the agricultural logistics model and agricultural products quality control system in Pinggu district of Beijing, a model was studied to control the agricultural quality by agricultural logistics. The model adopts modern logistics supply chain, which firstly, establishes a modern logistics distribution system for veterinary drugs by the means of suppliers control, chain management and cold chain distribution; secondly, organizes the veterinary experts and doctors to provide real-time technical services so as to control the abuse of drugs; thirdly, realizes the supervision of local veterinary drugs and diseases. Thus the quality of animal products is guaranteed, and the model is worthy to be popularized.

  13. Quantum correlation transfer through two parallel XXZ spin chains with phase shift control

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    Transmitting quantum states and entanglement through quantum channels is one of the key requirements for the development of quantum computation. Quantum discord has received much attention in quantum computation. We transfer quantum discord through two parallel XXZ spin chains with phase shift. The maximum discord can be enhanced by the phase shift. It will take more time to obtain an enhanced maximum discord in some cases, but for other cases, both the maximum and speed are enhanced by the phase shift. In the thermodynamic limit, the effect of the phase shift disappears and the maximum discord exponentially decays with increasing of the receiving position. Our results on spin chains are generalized to a family of linear Hamiltonians.

  14. Quantum correlation transfer through two parallel XXZ spin chains with phase shift control

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    Zhang Jian [Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Shao Bin; Liu Benqiong; Zou Jian [Key Laboratory of Cluster Science of Ministry of Education and Department of Physics, School of Sciences, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Li Qianshu [Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631 (China); Institute of Chemical Physics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Wu Lianao [Department of Theoretical Physics and History of Science, University of the Basque Country, Post Office Box 644, 48080 Bilbao (Spain); IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48011 Bilbao (Spain)

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    Transmitting quantum states and entanglement through quantum channels is one of the key requirements for the development of quantum computation. Quantum discord has received much attention in quantum computation. We transfer quantum discord through two parallel XXZ spin chains with phase shift. The maximum discord can be enhanced by the phase shift. It will take more time to obtain an enhanced maximum discord in some cases, but for other cases, both the maximum and speed are enhanced by the phase shift. In the thermodynamic limit, the effect of the phase shift disappears and the maximum discord exponentially decays with increasing of the receiving position. Our results on spin chains are generalized to a family of linear Hamiltonians.

  15. Solubility control of regioregular 3-substituted polythiophenes bearing 2-phenylnaphthalene side chain by copolymerisation

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    Watanabe, Mari; Kijima, Masashi

    2014-03-01

    Two types of 2,5-dibromothiophene monomers having a dodecyl chain and a 2-phenylnaphthalene one were randomly copolymerised in different feed molar ratio by Ni-catalysed chain-growth polymerisation method. Regioregularity of all polymers were sufficiently high (88-97%). Absorption λmax due to π-π* transition of polythiophene backbones in solutions were observed at 444-451 nm for all polymers, which were almost similar to each other and typical of the optical characteristics of regioregular poly(3-alkylthiophene)s. The homopolymer of the latter monomer that had the phenylnaphthalene side group showed poor solubility to common organic solvents, i.e., it was insoluble in chloroform at room temperature and could dissolve only in hot solvents above 100 °C. The copolymers, which had higher number average molecular weights (Mn), had better solubility than that of the homopolymer.

  16. Post-harvest control strategies: Minimizing mycotoxins in the food chain.

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    Magan, Naresh; Aldred, David

    2007-01-01

    Contamination of cereal commodities by moulds and mycotoxins results in dry matter, quality, and nutritional losses and represents a significant hazard to the food chain. Most grain is harvested, dried and then stored on farm or in silos for medium/long term storage. Cereal quality is influenced by a range of interacting abiotic and biotic factors. In the so-called stored grain ecosystem, factors include grain and contaminant mould respiration, insect pests, rodents and the key environmental ...

  17. Automotive supply chain through the "control tower"-model : case Valmet Automotive

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    Kolehmainen, Karolina

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this thesis was to create comprehensive understanding about the Supply Chain management in a world class external logistics service that was created to fulfill Valmet Automotive’s project D1. This thesis consists of a detailed process description of the inbound- and outbound logistics operations regarding the production of Daimler’s Mercedes Benz A-series, at Valmet Automotive factory in Uusikaupunki, Finland. The process description emphasizes the important role of the 3PL service...

  18. Reverse magnetic anomaly controlled by Permian Igneous rocks in the Iberian Chain (N Spain)

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    Calvín,P. Universidad de Zaragoza. Departamento. de Ciencias de la Tierra; Casas, A. M. Universidad de Zaragoza. Departamento. de Ciencias de la Tierra; Villalaín, J. J.; Tierz, P. Universidad de Zaragoza. Departamento. de Ciencias de la Tierra

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    Two important reverse dipolar magnetic anomalies in the Iberian Chain (Spain) are located over Permian igneous rocks. A detailed study of one of them, the Loscos magnetic anomaly, where the geological structure is well constrained, reveals that the source of the anomaly must be a reverse remanent magnetisation carried by igneous rocks, acquired during the period of the Kiaman reverse magnetic superchron. Magnetic and gravimetric detailed survey (with 50 new gravimetric measurements and 8 main...

  19. The characterization of modified starch branching enzymes: toward the control of starch chain-length distributions.

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    Full Text Available Starch is a complex branched glucose polymer whose branch molecular weight distribution (the chain-length distribution, CLD influences nutritionally important properties such as digestion rate. Chain-stopping in starch biosynthesis is by starch branching enzyme (SBE. Site-directed mutagenesis was used to modify SBEIIa from Zea mays (mSBEIIa to produce mutants, each differing in a single conserved amino-acid residue. Products at different times from in vitro branching were debranched and the time evolution of the CLD measured by size-exclusion chromatography. The results confirm that Tyr352, Glu513, and Ser349 are important for mSBEIIa activity while Arg456 is important for determining the position at which the linear glucan is cut. The mutant mSBEIIa enzymes have different activities and suggest the length of the transferred chain can be varied by mutation. The work shows analysis of the molecular weight distribution can yield information regarding the enzyme branching sites useful for development of plants yielding starch with improved functionality.

  20. Control of the anchoring behavior of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals: effect of branching in the side chains of polyacrylates.

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    Zhou, Jian; Collard, David M; Park, Jung O; Srinivasarao, Mohan

    2002-08-28

    A temperature-driven anchoring transition in a polymer/nematic fluid composite that is far from the bulk nematic-isotropic transition temperature is reported. A series of poly(methylheptyl acrylates) were studied to probe the subtle effects of the side chain structure of the polymer on control of the anchoring. A polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film made from TL205 and 1-methylheptyl acrylate shows only planar anchoring over the temperature range studied, while the films made from TL205 and each of the other methylheptyl acrylates or n-heptyl acrylate show the homeotropic-to-planar anchoring transition at temperatures between 70 and 78 degrees C. An interfacial model is proposed in which the different conformation of the side chains is suggested as the cause for the dramatic difference in the observed anchoring behavior. PMID:12188649

  1. Chromium valences in ureilite olivine and implications for ureilite petrogenesis

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    Goodrich, C. A.; Sutton, S. R.; Wirick, S.; Jercinovic, M. J.

    2013-12-01

    basaltic melt composition), consistent with fO2 values obtained by assuming olivine-silica-iron metal (OSI) equilibrium. For the primary chromite-bearing-ureilites, the corresponding fO2 were estimated (again, assuming basaltic melt composition) to be ∼IW to IW+1.0, i.e., several orders of magnitude more oxidizing than the conditions estimated for the chromite-free ureilites. In terms of Fo and Cr valence properties, ureilites appear to form two groups rather than a single “Cr-valence (or fO2) vs. Fo” trend. The chromite-bearing ureilites show little variation in Fo (∼74-76) but significant variation in Cr valence, while the non-chromite-bearing ureilites show significant variation in Fo (∼77-95) and little variation in Cr valence. These groups are unrelated to petrologic type (i.e., olivine-pigeonite, olivine-orthopyroxene, or augite-bearing). The chromite-bearing ureilites also have lower contents of Cr in olivine than most non-chromite-bearing ureilites, consistent with predictions based on Cr olivine/melt partitioning in spinel saturated vs. non-spinel-saturated systems. Under the assumption that at magmatic temperatures graphite-gas equilibria controlled fO2 at all depths on the ureilite parent body, we conclude: (1) that ureilite precursor materials having the Fo and Cr valence properties now observed in ureilites are unlikely to have been preserved during planetary processing; and (2) that the Fo and Cr valence properties now observed in ureilites are consistent with having been established by high-temperature carbon redox control over a range of depths on a plausible-sized ureilite parent body. The apparent limit on ureilite Fo values around 74-76 suggests that the precursor material(s) had bulk mg# ⩾ that of LL chondrites.

  2. AUTOMATED DYNAMIC LOAD CONTROL BY ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS OF A BUCKET-CHAIN EXCAVATOR IN THE COURSE OF SCOOPING

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    Khayrullin Rustam Zinnatullovich

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Methods and algorithms of control of the tension of lifting and towing ropes of bucket-chain excavators are proposed in the article. They are based on the non-linear dependence of the current path length and intensity of excavation efforts. Three automatic control modes, including scooping, correction signals and automatic overload protection, are implemented. Two independent control loops in charge of tension of lifting and towing ropes are developed. The proposed automated control system may be integrated both into new bucket-chain excavators and into those excavators that are already in operation. The new system does not require any substantial alterations in electric drive control systems in charge of lifting and towing, if integrated into excavators in operation. The author has performed the non-linearity analysis; he has also designed, developed and implemented the models that are capable of taking an adequate account of the system peculiarities identified in the course of the project implementation. The system parameters are adjustable to specific conditions of the excavator operation, including the hardness of the rock extracted by the excavator, etc. The automatic overload control system attached to the electric drives in control of lifting and towing ensures maximal responsiveness of the system based on the commutation-related limitations imposed by power-driven elements, maximal over-control values and variability of the transition process. Prevention of any rope slacks in the course of scooping of any hard rock is assured by the loop of regulation of minimal tension of lifting cables. The service life of lifting and towing ropes goes up by eight to ten weeks, if the system proposed by the author is implemented.

  3. Masked emotional priming beyond global valence activations

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    M. Rohr; J. Degner; D. Wentura

    2012-01-01

    An immense body of research demonstrates that emotional facial expressions can be processed unconsciously. However, it has been assumed that such processing takes place solely on a global valence-based level, allowing individuals to disentangle positive from negative emotions but not the specific em

  4. Controlled and selective placement of boron subphthalocyanines on either chain end of polymers synthesized by nitroxide mediated polymerization

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    Benoît H. Lessard

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In previous studies, we synthesized the first organic light emitting diode (OLED using boron subphthalocyanines (BsubPcs based polymers. When designing new polymer materials for organic electronic applications such as OLEDs or organic photovoltaic (OPV devices it is important to consider not only the contribution of each monomer but also the polymer chain ends. In this paper we establish a post-polymerization strategy to couple BsubPcs onto either the α- or the ω-chain end using chemically selective BsubPc derivatives. We outline how the chain ends of two representative polymers, poly(styrene (PS and poly(n-butylacrylate (BA, synthesized by nitroxide mediated polymerization (NMP, using BlocBuilder-MA as the initiating species, can be chemically modified by the incorporation of BsubPc chromophores. The addition of the BsubPc chromophore was confirmed through the use of a photodiode array detector (PDA connected in-line with a gel permeation chromatography (GPC setup. These findings represent the first reported method for the controlled and selective placement of a BsubPc chromophores on either end of a polymer produced by NMP. This strategy will therefore be utilized to make next generation BsubPc polymers for OLEDs and OPV devices. The extremely high molar extinction coefficient of BsubPc also make these polymers ideally suited for dye-labelling of polymers.

  5. Multiple mobility edges in a 1D Aubry chain with Hubbard interaction in presence of electric field: Controlled electron transport

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    Saha, Srilekha; Maiti, Santanu K.; Karmakar, S. N.

    2016-09-01

    Electronic behavior of a 1D Aubry chain with Hubbard interaction is critically analyzed in presence of electric field. Multiple energy bands are generated as a result of Hubbard correlation and Aubry potential, and, within these bands localized states are developed under the application of electric field. Within a tight-binding framework we compute electronic transmission probability and average density of states using Green's function approach where the interaction parameter is treated under Hartree-Fock mean field scheme. From our analysis we find that selective transmission can be obtained by tuning injecting electron energy, and thus, the present model can be utilized as a controlled switching device.

  6. Inducing Planar Orientation in Side‐Chain Liquid‐Crystalline Polymer Systems via Interfacial Control

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    2016-01-01

    Abstract For efficient photoresponses of liquid‐crystal (LC) azobenzene (Az) polymer systems, planar LC orientation of the Az mesogenic group is required because the light irradiation process usually occurs with normal incidence to the film surface. However, LC molecules with a rodlike shape tend to orient perpendicularly to the film surface according to the excluded volume effect theory. This review introduces new approaches for inducing planar orientation in side‐chain LC Az polymer films via interface and surface molecular designs. The planar orientation offers efficient in‐plane photoalignment and photoswitching to hierarchical LC architectures from molecular LC mesogens and LC phases to mesoscopic microphase‐separated structures. These approaches are expected to provide new concepts and possibilities in new LC polymer devices. PMID:26775770

  7. Nuclear supplier assessment how to control the nuclear supply chain quality?

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    With a road map of 84 (low scenario) to 198 (high scenario)* nuclear power plants to be build in the coming decade arise with intensity safety concerns. The challenge for governments and for nuclear companies as they increase construction is to manage a growing army of contractors and subcontractors worldwide and the quality of their production as well as their ability to deliver in time considering the speed-up and increasing pace of project development. Moreover by the last few years, the scope of needs for nuclear companies to set a QA/QC plan all along the supply chain has been increasingly enlarged with new stakes such as cost savings, social responsibilities and technical compliance. At last, with 'nuclear renaissance', the path to renew accreditation of existing suppliers facing international and domestic law/regulations combinations after a long period of low tide is now clear and wide. Nuclear operating companies and EPIC contractors now face a complex situation where on one side political pressure is hugely strong for a zero incident status to be considered as on the contrary the 'renaissance' will be suddenly stopped, on the other the status of 'industrial' maturity of the supply chain candidates is difficult to assess in a uniform and 'fair' way. Through this paper, the speaker will explain the full size supplier assessment strategy from paper to field which has been implemented in the Oil and Gas sector whose requirements of quality is high too. The speaker will present the key practices of this initiative from which the nuclear market can find more than a source of inspiration. (authors)

  8. Reveal of small alkanes and isomers using calculated core and valence binding energy spectra and total momentum cross sections

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    Yang, Zejin; Wang, Feng

    2013-01-01

    The present study revealed quantum mechanically that the C1s binding energy spectra of the small alkanes (upto six carbons) provide a clear picture of isomeric chemical shift in linear alkanes and branched isomers, whereas the valence binding energy spectra contain more sensitive information regarding the length of the carbon chains. Total momentum cross sections of the alkanes exhibit the information of the chain length as well as constitutional isomers of the small alkanes. The C1s binding ...

  9. Memory transfer for emotionally valenced words between identities in dissociative identity disorder

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    Huntjens, Rafaele J. C.; Peters, Madelon L.; Woertman, Liesbeth; van der Hart, Onno; Postma, Albert

    2007-01-01

    The present study aimed to determine interidentity retrieval of emotionally valenced words in dissociative identity disorder (DID). Twenty-two DID patients participated together with 25 normal controls and 25 controls instructed to simulate DID. Two wordlists A and B were constructed including neutr

  10. Janus Nematic Colloids with Designable Valence

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Generalized Janus nematic colloids based on various morphologies of particle surface patches imposing homeotropic and planar surface anchoring are demonstrated. By using mesoscopic numerical modeling, multiple types of Janus particles are explored, demonstrating a variety of novel complex colloidal structures. We also show binding of Janus particles to a fixed Janus post in the nematic cell, which acts as a seed and a micro-anchor for the colloidal structure. Janus colloidal structures reveal diverse topological defect configurations, which are effectively combinations of surface boojum and bulk defects. Topological analysis is applied to defects, importantly showing that topological charge is not a well determined topological invariant in such patchy nematic Janus colloids. Finally, this work demonstrates colloidal structures with designable valence, which could allow for targeted and valence-conditioned self-assembly at micro- and nano-scale.

  11. Neutron inelastic scattering from mixed valence materials

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    Paramagnetic scattering from mixed valence materials is reviewed. Some of the early measurements identified a broad quasielastic spectral distribution (e.g. a Lorentzian centered on zero energy with large, practically Q-independent widths (half-width approx.5-30 MeV) which remain finite as T → OK. More recent measurements using high energy neutrons on several mixed valance systems reveal inelastic peaks superposed on the broad quasielastic spectrum at low temperatures. These inelastic peaks progressively melt away with increasing temperature, accompanied possibly by some softening, and disappear almost completely around the temperature of the maximum in the susceptibility. Several possible mechanisms could semi-qualitatively account for the observed spectral response, a deeper insight into whose origin would aid in understanding the mixed valence phenomena

  12. Electron magnetic scattering on valence nucleon orbits

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    Cross-sections for elastic electron scattering by the magnetization distribution of 49Ti, 51V, 59Co, 87Sr and 93Nb have been measured in the range of momentum transfer 1.7 - 3.3 fm-1. The results are interpreted in terms of radial distribution of the unpaired proton or neutron. Meson exchange and core polarisation effects are investigated. The valence nucleon radii obtained are compared with Hartree-Fock predictions

  13. Effects of valence in decision making

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    Noh, Zamira; Goddard, Paul

    2014-01-01

    Background/Aim:- A study of voting decisions in The Weakest Link TV game show has shown the contestants tend to avoid their nearest neighbours (Goddard, Hylton, Parke & Noh, 2013), presumably this is because the vote carries negative connotations. Therefore, the aim of this study was to test whether vote valence affects voting behaviour in other voting scenarios. Procedure:- Participants were undergraduate Psychology students (n=233) attending an orientation lecture during their first inducti...

  14. Valence neutron capture in 54Fe

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    The neutron capture cross section of 54Fe has been measured with 0.2 per cent energy resolution from 2.5 to 500 keV. A large and significant correlation is observed between the s-wave reduced neutron widths and the corresponding total radiative widths. The valence model readily accounts for this correlation as well as a large fraction of the s-wave radiative widths. (author)

  15. Methanol-induced chain termination in poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) biopolymers: molecular weight control.

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    Ashby, Richard D; Solaiman, Daniel K Y; Strahan, Gary D; Levine, Alex C; Nomura, Christopher T

    2015-03-01

    A systematic study was performed to demonstrate the impact of methanol (MeOH) on poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) synthesis and molecular weight (MW). Glycerine was used as the primary carbon source with varying concentrations of MeOH. Methanol retarded but did not completely inhibit growth and PHB production in Pseudomonas oleovorans. Proton NMR analysis revealed that the PHB polymers were end-capped with methoxy chemical groups causing MW reductions. The MW decreases were contingent upon the initial MeOH media concentration and the duration of the fermentations. The largest impact occurred at an initial MeOH concentration of 0.10% (w/v) where the number average molecular weights (Mn) decreased by 39%, 55%, and 72% in the 48, 72 and 96 h cultures, respectively. Diffusion ordered NMR spectroscopy revealed a diffusivity (D) increase in the smaller molecular weight polymers with the PHB synthesized in the presence of 0.85% MeOH (72 h post-inoculation) having a D value of 0.66×10(-10) m2/s. Diffusivity increases indicate a reduction in hydrodynamic radii (Rhz) consistent with shorter chain-lengths. Crude glycerine from the biodiesel production process has been used as an inexpensive fermentation feedstock for polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) synthesis but its composition is facility-dependent. This information will be vital to tailor PHA properties to specific applications. PMID:25542165

  16. Computational Experiment Approach to Controlled Evolution of Procurement Pattern in Cluster Supply Chain

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Companies have been aware of the benefits of developing Cluster Supply Chains (CSCs, and they are spending a great deal of time and money attempting to develop the new business pattern. Yet, the traditional techniques for identifying CSCs have strong theoretical antecedents, but seem to have little traction in the field. We believe this is because the standard techniques fail to capture evolution over time, nor provide useful intervention measures to reach goals. To address these problems, we introduce an agent-based modeling approach to evaluate CSCs. Taking collaborative procurement as research object, our approach is composed of three parts: model construction, model instantiation, and computational experiment. We use the approach to explore the service charging policy problem in collaborative procurement. Three kinds of service charging polices are compared in the same experiment environment. Finally, “Fixed Cost” is identified as the optimal policy under the stable market environment. The case study can help us to understand the workflow of applying the approach, and provide valuable decision support applications to industry.

  17. 5th International Conference on Valence Fluctuations

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    Malik, S

    1987-01-01

    During the Koln meeting (August 28-31, 1984), Irdia was chosen as the venue for the next International Conference on Valence Fluctuations. lhis was in recognition ard appreciation of the work done, both experimental ard theoretical, by the Irdian scientists in this area during the last decade. We decided to hold this Conference in the month of January, 1987 at Bangalore. lhe subject of Valence Fluctuations has kept itself alive ard active as it has provided many shocks ard suprises particularly among the Ce- ard U-based intermetallies. lhe richness of many interesting physical phenomena occurring in mixed valent materials, the flexibility of modifying their physical properties (by alloying, for example) ard the possibility of synthesizing a wide variety of new such materials seem to be the key factors in this regard. Barely six months before this Conference, an International Conference on Anomalous Rare Earths and Actinides (ICAREA) had been held at Grenoble (July, 1986) which also focussed on mixed valence a...

  18. Valence fluctuations between two magnetic configurations

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    The subject of this work is the study of a microscopic model which describes TmSe through its most important feature, i.e.: the valence fluctuations between two magnetic configurations. Chapter I is a general review of the most important physical properties of rare-earth systems with intermediate valence (I.V.) and a general description of experimental results and theoretical models on Tm compounds. In Chapter II the Hamiltonian model is discussed and the loss of rotational invariance is also analyzed. Chapter III is devoted to the study of non-stoichiometric Tsub(x)Se compounds. It is shown that these compounds can be considered as a mixture of TmSe (I.V. system) and Tm3+0.87Se. Chapter IV is devoted to the calculation of spin-and charge susceptibilities. The results obtained permit to explain the essential features of the neutron scattering spectrum in TmSe. In Chapter V, an exactly solvable periodic Hamiltonian is presented. From the experimental results, some fundamental features are deduced to describe TmSe as an intermediate valence system whose two accessible ionic configurations are magnetic (degenerated fundamental state). (M.E.L)

  19. A Back-stepping Based Trajectory Tracking Controller for a Non-chained Nonholonomic Spherical Robot

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    Zhan Qiang; Liu Zengbo; Cai Yao

    2008-01-01

    Spherical robot has good static and dynamic stability, which provides it with strong viability in hostile environment, but the lack of effective control methods has hindered its application and development. This article deals with the dynamic trajectory tracking problem of the spherical robot BHQ-2 designed for unmanned environment exploration. The dynamic model of the spherical robot is established with a simplified Boltzmann-Hamel equation, based on which a trajectory tracking controller is designed by using the back-stepping method. The convergence of the controller is proved with the Lyapunov stability theory. Numerical simulations show that with the controller the robot can globally and asymptotically track desired trajectories, both linear and circular.

  20. Edge states in Open Antiferromagnetic Heisenberg Chains

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    Qin, Shaojin; Ng, Tai-Kai; Su, Zhao-Bin

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    In this letter we report our results in investigating edge effects of open antiferromagnetic Heisenberg spin chains with spin magnitudes $S=1/2, 1,3/2,2$ using the density-matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method initiated by White. For integer spin chains, we find that edge states with spin magnitude $S_{edge}=S/2$ exist, in agreement with Valence-Bond-Solid model picture. For half-integer spin chains, we find that no edge states exist for $S=1/2$ spin chain, but edge state exists in $S=3/...

  1. Chain-Branching Control of the Atomic Structure of Alkanethiol-Based Gold–Sulfur Interfaces

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    Wang, Yun; Chi, Qijin; Zhang, Jingdong; Hush, Noel S.; Reimers, Jeffrey R.; Ulstrup, Jens

    2011-01-01

    Density functional theory structure calculations at 0 K and simulations at 300 K of observed high-resolution in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images reveal three different atomic-interface structures for the self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of three isomeric butanethiols on Au(111......): direct binding to the Au(111) surface without pitting, binding to adatoms above a regular surface with extensive pitting, and binding to adatoms with local surface vacancies and some pitting. Thermal motions are shown to produce some observed STM features, with a very tight energy balance controlling the......, controls substrate reorganization energies and adsorbate distortion energies. Most significantly, by manipulating these features, chemical control of the adsorbate can produce stable interfaces with surface pitting eliminated, providing new perspectives for technological applications of SAMs....

  2. Resistance in bacteria of the food chain: epidemiology and control strategies

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    Aarestrup, Frank Møller; Wegener, Henrik Caspar; Collignon, P.

    2008-01-01

    main route of transmission between food animals and humans is via food products, although other modes of transmission, such as direct contact and through the environment, also occur. Resistance can spread as resistant pathogens or via transferable genes in different commensal bacteria, making...... quantification of the transmission difficult. The exposure of humans to antimicrobial resistance from food animals can be controlled by either limiting the selective pressure from antimicrobial usage or by limiting the spread of the bacteria/genes. A number of control options are reviewed, including drug...... licensing, removing financial incentives, banning or restricting the use of certain drugs, altering prescribers behavior, improving animal health, improving hygiene and implementing microbial criteria for certain types of resistant pathogens for use in the control of trade of both food animals and food....

  3. Improvement of Inventory Control for Defective Goods Supply Chain by Available Time Limitation of the Production Facilities

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available One of the most important competitive criteria in the global marketplace is keeping the customer satisfaction. Timely delivery and cost of finished goods are two important factors for satisfaction of customers. In this study, we proposed a mathematical model to improve inventory control of defective goods supply chain by Available Time Limitation (ATL of the production facilities. The defective goods are reworking able parts and the rest are considered as scraps. The aim of the model is to optimize the total costs of production, maintenance, freight, reworking, the quantity of scrap goods and shortage in retailers for three level supply chains. The uniqueness is that it can anticipate the active manufacturers/distributors and the quantity of goods that must be exchanged between them. Finally, the model determines the Economic Production Quantity (EPQ and appropriate ATL of any production facilities. Our proposed model is novel and we used CPLEX and LINGO to solve the problem. It can be ascertained that based on the results of the model validated the correctness and fine function of the model.

  4. Methanol-induced chain termination in poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) biopolymers: molecular weight control

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    A systematic study was performed to demonstrate the impact of methanol (MeOH) on poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) synthesis and molecular weight (MW) control. Glycerine (init. conc. = 1.0%; w/v), was used as the primary carbon source in batch-culture fermentations with varying concentrations (0 to 0.85...

  5. Reveal of small alkanes and isomers using calculated core and valence binding energy spectra and total momentum cross sections

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    Yang, Zejin

    2013-01-01

    The present study revealed quantum mechanically that the C1s binding energy spectra of the small alkanes (upto six carbons) provide a clear picture of isomeric chemical shift in linear alkanes and branched isomers, whereas the valence binding energy spectra contain more sensitive information regarding the length of the carbon chains. Total momentum cross sections of the alkanes exhibit the information of the chain length as well as constitutional isomers of the small alkanes. The C1s binding energies of small alkanes (including isomers) are position specific and the terminal carbons have the lowest energies. The length of an alkane chain does not apparently affect the C1s energies so that the terminal carbons (289.11 eV) of pentane are almost the same as those of hexane. The valence binding energy spectra of the alkanes are characterized by inner valence and outer valence regions which are separated by an energy gap at approximately 17 eV. The intensities of the total momentum cross sections of the alkanes ar...

  6. Combination of Markov chain and optimal control solved by Pontryagin’s Minimum Principle for a fuel cell/supercapacitor vehicle

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    Highlights: • A combination of Markov chain and an optimal control solved by Pontryagin’s Minimum Principle is presented. • This strategy is applied to hybrid electric vehicle dynamic model. • The hydrogen consumption is analyzed for two different vehicle mass and drive cycle. • The supercapacitor and fuel cell behavior is analyzed at high or sudden required power. - Abstract: In this article, a real time optimal control strategy based on Pontryagin’s Minimum Principle (PMP) combined with the Markov chain approach is used for a fuel cell/supercapacitor electrical vehicle. In real time, at high power and at high speed, two phenomena are observed. The first is obtained at higher required power, and the second is observed at sudden power demand. To avoid these situations, the Markov chain model is proposed to predict the future power demand during a driving cycle. The optimal control problem is formulated as an equivalent consumption minimization strategy (ECMS), that has to be solved by using the Pontryagin’s Minimum Principle. A Markov chain model is added as a separate block for a prediction of required power. This approach and the whole system are modeled and implemented using the MATLAB/Simulink. The model without Markov chain block and the model is with it are compared. The results presented demonstrate the importance of a Markov chain block added to a model

  7. Quality control measurements of X-ray image-intensifier television chain systems

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    The test methods and limiting values for the following basic parameters of an image intensifier TV system are presented in relation to (a) acceptance tests and (b) constancy tests: automatic gain and brightness control, video voltage output, monitor check (grey scale), geometric distortion, noise (low-contrast detectability), overall imaging ability, limiting resolution, uniformity of resolution, conversion factor, contrast ratio and measurement of field size. Several of these tests make use of the Leeds Test Objects. (author)

  8. Controlling Campylabacter in the Chicken Meat Chain: A Cost-Utility Analysis

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    Mangen, Marie-Josee J.; Arie H Havelaar; Nauta, Maarten J.; de Koeijer, Aline A; de Wit, G. Ardine

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this study was the estimation of cost-utility of interventions to control Campylobacter contamination of broiler meat. The relative risk, the intervention costs, the disease burden (expressed in DALYs) and the costs-of-illness for the various interventions were necessary inputs for the cost-utility analysis. The cost-utility is expressed in net costs per reduced DALY. The most cost-effective interventions are: reduction of faeces leakage in the slaughter line and decontamination of...

  9. Controlling Campylobacter in the chicken meat chain - Cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis

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    Mangen MJJ; Havelaar AH; Nauta MJ; de Koeijer AA; de Wit GA; LEI; Animal Sciences Group (ASG); PZO; MGB

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this study was the estimation of cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of various interventions to control Campylobacter contamination of broiler meat. The relative risk, the intervention costs, the disease burden (expressed in Disability Adjusted Live Years (DALYs)) and the costs-of-illness for the various interventions were all estimated in previous studies within the CARMA (CAmpylobacter Risk Management and Assessment) project, and were inputs for the current calculations. The cos...

  10. Two-coordinate control of the radiation pattern of a chemical non-chain electric-discharge DF laser by using space-time light modulators

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    The results of studies of radiation parameters of a chemical non-chain DF laser (emitting in the range from 3.5 to 4.1 μm) with an intracavity control of the radiation pattern with the help of spatiotemporal modulators based on PLZT electrooptic ceramics are presented. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  11. The application of cholesky decomposition in valence bond calculation.

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    Gong, Xiping; Chen, Zhenhua; Wu, Wei

    2016-09-01

    The Cholesky decomposition (CD) technique, used to approximate the two-electron repulsion integrals (ERIs), is applied to the valence bond self-consistent field (VBSCF) method. Test calculations on ethylene, C2 n H2 n +2 , and C2 n H4 n -2 molecules (n = 1-7) show that the performance of the VBSCF method is much improved using the CD technique, and thus, the integral transformation from basis functions to VB orbitals is no longer the bottleneck in VBSCF calculations. The errors of the CD-based ERIs and of the total energy are controlled by the CD threshold, for which a value of 10(-6) ensures to control the total energy error within 10(-6) Hartree. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27377531

  12. Influence of Higher Valence Ions on Flexible Polyelectrolytes Stiffness and Counter-ion Distribution

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    Chremos, Alexandros; Douglas, Jack F.

    We investigate the influence of counter-ion valency on the flexibility of highly charged flexible polymer chains by molecular dynamics simulations that include both salt and an explicit solvent. A theoretical understanding of solutions of these molecules (e.g., DNA, RNA, and sulfonate polyestyrene) has been slow to develop due to the complex coupling between the polyelectrolyte conformation and the ionic species in solution due to their long range Coulomb interactions. As observed experimentally, we find that divalent counter-ions greatly reduce the chain persistence length, in comparison to monovalent counter-ions, an effect correlated with the tendency of the polyelectrolyte chain to become distorted by divalent counter-ions. We rationalize these results by with the substantial increase of counter-ion population at the interface with the polyelectrolyte, which not only leads to a more effective screening of the bare charge, but also leads to charge inversion in the trivalent counter-ion case. These conformational changes with counter-ion valency are also associated with a drastic increase of the number of contacts the counter-ions have at the interface with polyelectrolyte, an effect associated with polyelectrolyte chain ``coiling'' around the counter-ions. NIST Postdoctoral Fellowship.

  13. Reply to Isgur's comments on valence QCD

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    With the goal of understanding the complexity of QCD and the role of symmetry in dynamics, the authors studied a field theory called Valence QCD (VQCD) in which the Z graphs are forbidden so that the Fock space is limited to the valence quarks. The authors calculated nucleon form factors, matrix elements, and hadron masses both with this theory and with quenched QCD on a set of lattices with the same gauge background. Comparing the results of the lattice calculations in these two theories, the authors drew conclusions regarding the SU(6) valence quark model and chiral symmetry. While recognizing the goal of VQCD, Nathan Isgur disagrees on some of the conclusions the authors have drawn. The foremost objection raised in section 2 is to their suggestion that the major part of the hyperfine splittings in baryons is due to Goldstone boson exchange and not one-gluon-exchange (OGE) interactions. The logic of Isgur's objection is that VQCD yields a spectroscopy vastly different from quenched QCD and therefore the structure of the hadrons (to which hyperfine splittings in a quark model are intimately tied) is also suspect so no definite conclusions are possible. To put this into perspective it should be emphasized at the outset that spectroscopy is only one aspect of hadron physics examined in section 1. The authors have studied the axial and scalar couplings of nucleon in terms of FA/DA and FS/DS, the neutron to proton magnetic moment ratio μn/μp, and various form factors. None of these results reveal any pathologies of hadron structure and turn out to be close to the SU(6) relations, as expected. In fact this is what motivated the study of valence degrees of freedom via VQCD. In section 2 the authors address specific issues related to spectroscopy in VQCD. Isgur also presented more general arguments against the idea of boson exchange as a contributor to hyperfine effects. A cornerstone of his discussion is the unifying aspect of OGE in a quark model picture. The authors

  14. Valence of 'divalent' rare earth metals

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    It is generally recognized that light rare earths change their valence from 2 to 3 when forming a bulk metal while remaining divalent at the surface. However, performed DFT calculations ultimately indicate that the higher-binding-energy peaks in photoemission spectra (like the -5.3 eV peak for Sm), characteristic of the trivalent 4fn-15d1 configuration, correspond not to the ground state, but to excited states induced by radiation. This means that the trivalent state is not inherent for the bulk of divalent rare earths, and therefore they do not become trivalent.

  15. The variational subspace valence bond method

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    Fletcher, Graham D. [Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Ave., Lemont, Illinois 60439 (United States)

    2015-04-07

    The variational subspace valence bond (VSVB) method based on overlapping orbitals is introduced. VSVB provides variational support against collapse for the optimization of overlapping linear combinations of atomic orbitals (OLCAOs) using modified orbital expansions, without recourse to orthogonalization. OLCAO have the advantage of being naturally localized, chemically intuitive (to individually model bonds and lone pairs, for example), and transferrable between different molecular systems. Such features are exploited to avoid key computational bottlenecks. Since the OLCAO can be doubly occupied, VSVB can access very large problems, and calculations on systems with several hundred atoms are presented.

  16. Emotional valence, sense of agency and responsibility: A study using intentional binding.

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    Christensen, J F; Yoshie, M; Di Costa, S; Haggard, P

    2016-07-01

    We investigated how the emotional valence of an action outcome influences the experience of control, in an intentional binding experiment. Voluntary actions were followed by emotionally positive or negative human vocalisations, or by neutral tones. We used mental chronometry to measure a retrospective component of sense of agency (SoA), triggered by the occurrence of the action outcome, and a prospective component, driven by the expectation that the outcome will occur. Positive outcomes enhanced the retrospective component of SoA, but only when both occurrence and the valence of the outcome were unexpected. When the valence of outcomes was blocked - and therefore predictable - we found a prospective component of SoA when neutral tones were expected but did not actually occur. This prospective binding was absent, and reversed, for positive and negative expected outcomes. Emotional expectation counteracts the prospective component of SoA, suggesting a distancing effect. PMID:27174794

  17. Unilateral Resection of the Anterior Medial Temporal Lobe Impairs Odor Identification and Valence Perception.

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    Juran, Stephanie A; Lundström, Johan N; Geigant, Michael; Kumlien, Eva; Fredrikson, Mats; Åhs, Fredrik; Olsson, Mats J

    2015-01-01

    The anterior medial temporal lobe (TL), including the amygdala, has been implicated in olfactory processing, e.g., coding for intensity and valence, and seems also involved in memory. With this background, the present study evaluated whether anterior medial TL-resections in TL epilepsy affected intensity and valence ratings, as well as free and cued identification of odors. These aspects of odor perception were assessed in 31 patients with unilateral anterior medial TL-resections (17 left, 14 right) and 16 healthy controls. Results suggest that the anterior medial TL is in particular necessary for free, but also cued, odor identification. TL resection was also found to impair odor valence, but not intensity ratings. Left resected patients rated nominally pleasant and unpleasant odors as more neutral suggesting a special role for the left anterior TL in coding for emotional saliency in response to odors. PMID:26779109

  18. Positively-valenced stimuli facilitate creative novel metaphoric processes by enhancing medial prefrontal cortical (mPFC activation

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a subject is symbolic of another unrelated object. In the present study, we examined neural patterns associated with both novel unfamiliar and conventional familiar metaphoric processing, and how these patterns are modulated by affective valence. Prior to fMRI scanning, participants received a list of word pairs (novel unfamiliar metaphors as well as conventional familiar metaphors and were asked to denote the valence (positive, negative, or neutral of each word pair. During scanning, participants had to decide whether the word pairs formed meaningful or meaningless expressions. Results indicate that participants were faster and more accurate at deciding that positively-valenced metaphors were meaningful compared to neutral metaphors. These behavioral findings were accompanied by increased activation in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC, posterior cingulate cortex (PCC, and the right inferior parietal lobe (IPL. Specifically, positively-valenced novel unfamiliar metaphors elicited activation in these brain regions in addition to the left superior temporal gyrus when compared to neutral novel metaphors. We also found that the mPFC and PCC mediated the processing of positively-valenced metaphors when compared to negatively-valenced metaphors. Positively-valenced conventional metaphors, however, elicited different neural signatures when contrasted with either neutral or negatively-valenced conventional metaphors. Together, our results indicate that positively-valenced stimuli facilitate creative metaphoric processes (specifically novel metaphoric processes by mediating attention and cognitive control processes required for the access, integration and selection of semantic associations via modulation of the mPFC. The present study is important for the development of neural accounts of emotion-cognition interactions required for creativity, language and successful social functioning in general.

  19. Neutron scattering on intermediate valence systems

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    The temperature dependence of the magnetic relaxation line widths (quasielastic (QE) line widths) and the crystal field excitations of some novel intermediate valent systems were measured by means of inelastic neutron scattering. Some striking new features of the alloys YbBe13, YbPd and Yb3Pd4 appoint them to belong to a new type of intermediate valent systems. YbAl3 shows several inelastic lines, but no QE-line was measurable. The heavy fermion systems CeCu6 and URu2Si2 show a strongly temperature dependent QE-line width, in course of which CeCu6 tends towards a nonvanishing residual value for T->0, which matches with theoretical predictions. For the first time valence instabilities of Pr (PrPd) and Sm (Smsub(0.51)Ysub(0.49)Al2) could be prooved by neutron scattering. In addition to these experiments, in YbCu2Si2 and TmTe the shifts in valency, caused by external hydrostatic pressure, were studied with a pressure cell for neutron scattering, especially designed and constructed for these special purposes. The corresponding observed changes of the QE-line widths coincide with the expected values, both in sign and absolute value. (orig.)

  20. Targeting the Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain of Cryptococcus through Antifungal Chemosensitization: A Model for Control of Non-Fermentative Pathogens

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    Full Text Available Enhanced control of species of Cryptococcus, non-fermentative yeast pathogens, was achieved by chemosensitization through co-application of certain compounds with a conventional antimicrobial drug. The species of Cryptococcus tested showed higher sensitivity to mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC inhibition compared to species of Candida. This higher sensitivity results from the inability of Cryptococcus to generate cellular energy through fermentation. To heighten disruption of cellular MRC, octyl gallate (OG or 2,3-dihydroxybenzaldehyde (2,3-DHBA, phenolic compounds inhibiting mitochondrial functions, were selected as chemosensitizers to pyraclostrobin (PCS; an inhibitor of complex III of MRC. The cryptococci were more susceptible to the chemosensitization (i.e., PCS + OG or 2,3-DHBA than the Candida with all Cryptococcus strains tested being sensitive to this chemosensitization. Alternatively, only few of the Candida strains showed sensitivity. OG possessed higher chemosensitizing potency than 2,3-DHBA, where the concentration of OG required with the drug to achieve chemosensitizing synergism was much lower than that required of 2,3-DHBA. Bioassays with gene deletion mutants of the model yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae showed that OG or 2,3-DHBA affect different cellular targets. These assays revealed mitochondrial superoxide dismutase or glutathione homeostasis plays a relatively greater role in fungal tolerance to 2,3-DHBA or OG, respectively. These findings show that application of chemosensitizing compounds that augment MRC debilitation is a promising strategy to antifungal control against yeast pathogens.

  1. Human Amygdala Represents the Complete Spectrum of Subjective Valence

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    Jin, Jingwen; Zelano, Christina; Gottfried, Jay A.; Mohanty, Aprajita

    2015-01-01

    Although the amygdala is a major locus for hedonic processing, how it encodes valence information is poorly understood. Given the hedonic potency of odor stimuli and the amygdala's anatomical proximity to the peripheral olfactory system, we combined high-resolution fMRI with pattern-based multivariate techniques to examine how valence information is encoded in the amygdala. Ten human subjects underwent fMRI scanning while smelling 9 odorants that systematically varied in perceived valence. Re...

  2. 供应链管理环境下的库存控制研究%The Research of Inventory Control under Supply Chain Management Environment

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    李玉香; 李志刚

    2013-01-01

    It is important that the study of enterprise inventory control methods under supply chain management environment can save the cost of the supply chain and improve the overall efficiency of the supply chain. This article started from the analysis of inventory control problems in practice under the supply chain management environment. And also expounded new characteristics of inventory control under supply chain environment, targeted raised strategy and methods to resolve questions.%  研究供应链管理环境下企业库存控制方法,对于节约供应链成本、提高供应链整体效率有重要意义。本文从分析供应链管理环境下库存控制在实践中所出现的各种问题入手,阐述了供应链环境下库存控制的新特点,有针对性地提出解决问题的策略和方法。

  3. Nanostructured high valence silver oxide produced by pulsed laser deposition

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    Among silver oxides, Ag4O4, i.e. high valence Ag(I)Ag(III) oxide, is interesting for applications in high energy batteries and for the development of antimicrobial coatings. We here show that ns UV pulsed laser deposition (PLD) in an oxygen containing atmosphere allows the synthesis of pure Ag4O4 nanocrystalline thin films, permitting at the same time to control the morphology of the material at the sub-micrometer scale. Ag4O4 films with a crystalline domain size of the order of tens of nm can be deposited provided the deposition pressure is above a threshold (roughly 4 Pa pure O2 or 20 Pa synthetic air). The formation of this particular high valence silver oxide is explained in terms of the reactions occurring during the expansion of the ablated species in the reactive atmosphere. In particular, expansion of the PLD plasma plume is accompanied by formation of low stability Ag-O dimers and atomic oxygen, providing reactive species at the substrate where the film grows. Evidence of reactive collisions in the expanding ablation plume is obtained by analysis of the plume visible shape in inert and reactive atmospheres. In addition, we show how the dimensionless deposition parameter L, relating the target-to-substrate distance to the ablation plume maximum expansion length, can be used to classify different growth regimes. It is thus possible to vary the stoichiometry and the morphology of the films, from compact and columnar to foam-like, by controlling both the gas pressure and the target-to-substrate distance

  4. An Empirical Analysis on Agricultural Materials Logistics Control and Agricultural Products Safety :A Case Study of Bi-chains Management Model for Veterinary Drugs in Pinggu District

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    ZHANG, TIANQI

    2013-01-01

    Through an empirical analysis of the agricultural logistics model and agricultural products quality control system in Pinggu district of Beijing, a model was studied to control the agricultural quality by agricultural logistics. The model adopts modern logistics supply chain, which firstly, establishes a modern logistics distribution system for veterinary drugs by the means of suppliers control, chain management and cold chain distribution; secondly, organizes the veterinary experts and docto...

  5. Modulus of unbounded valence subdivision rules

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    2011-01-01

    Cannon, Floyd and Parry have studied the modulus of finite subdivision rules extensively. We investigate the properties of the modulus of subdivision rules with linear and exponential growth at every vertex, using barycentric subdivision and a subdivision rule for the Borromean rings as examples. We show that the subdivision rule arising from the Borromean rings is conformal, and conjecture that the subdivision rules for all alternating links are conformal. We show that the 1,2,3-tile criterion of Cannon, Floyd, and Parry is sufficient to prove conformality for linear growth, but not exponential growth. We show that the criterion gives a weaker form of conformality for subdivision rules of exponential growth at each vertex. We contrast this with the known, bounded-valence case, and illustrate our results with circle packings using Ken Stephenson's Circlepack.

  6. Accurate valence band width of diamond

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    An accurate width is determined for the valence band of diamond by imaging photoelectron momentum distributions for a variety of initial- and final-state energies. The experimental result of 23.0±0.2 eV2 agrees well with first-principles quasiparticle calculations (23.0 and 22.88 eV) and significantly exceeds the local-density-functional width, 21.5±0.2 eV2. This difference quantifies effects of creating an excited hole state (with associated many-body effects) in a band measurement vs studying ground-state properties treated by local-density-functional calculations. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  7. Meat Juice Serology and Improved Food Chain Information as Control Tools for Pork-Related Public Health Hazards.

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    Felin, E; Jukola, E; Raulo, S; Fredriksson-Ahomaa, M

    2015-09-01

    The seroprevalence of Salmonella spp., pathogenic Yersinia spp., Toxoplasma gondii and Trichinella spp. was studied in 1353 finishing pigs from 259 farms that were allocated according to farm types: large fattening farms (≥ 1000 pig places), small fattening farms (Trichinella spp. were detected (OD ≥ 0.3). The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) considers Salmonella spp., Yersinia enterocolitica, T. gondii and Trichinella spp. as the most relevant biological hazards in the context of meat inspection of pigs. The seroprevalence of these important zoonotic pathogens was low in Finland, except that of Yersinia. The seroprevalence of Toxoplasma was significantly higher in pigs originating from small-scale fattening farms (P < 0.05). Strong positive correlation was observed at the animal level between Salmonella and Yersinia seropositivity and between Salmonella and Toxoplasma seropositivity (P < 0.05). We suggest that these results reflect the level and importance of biosecurity measures applied on the farms. Meat juice serology at slaughter is a useful tool for targeting measures to control these pathogens. The information obtained from analyses should be used as part of the food chain information (FCI). PMID:25439544

  8. On the valence model for radiative capture

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    We give several parametrizations for the elastic scattering and radiative capture cross sections for low neutron bombarding energy and discuss the relationship between the corresponding resonance parameters. We then peform an extensive investigation of the valence radiative capture model of Lane and Lynn. This model is formulated here in the frame of the shell-model approach. We exhibit the similarities and differences between our results and those derived from the R-matrix approach by Lane and Lynn on the one hand and from the optical-model approach by Lane and Mughabghab on the other hand. Particular attention is paid to the choice of the average potential well in the shell model approach, in relation to the proper way to identify theoretical quantities and phenomenological parameters. We show that practically equivalent results can be obtained from a complex average potential well and from a suitably chosen real potential well. The following topics are investigated formally and numerically: dependence of the various theoretical expressions on the choice of the (real or complex) average potential well; relative importance of external and internal capture; dependence of photon widths and background cross section on mass number (for thermal energy and for E=100 keV); dependence of the resonance parameters and background cross sections on energy, for A=60; comparison between experimental data and theoretical values for radiative capture on 56Fe and 60Ni. We discuss the conditions of validity of the valence capture model The contribution of the low-lying excited target states is investigated formally and numerically

  9. A temperature control method for shortening thermal cycling time to achieve rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a disposable polymer microfluidic device

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    Bu, Minqiang; Perch-Nielsen, Ivan R.; Sørensen, Karen Skotte;

    2013-01-01

    We present a temperature control method capable of effectively shortening the thermal cycling time of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a disposable polymer microfluidic device with an external heater and a temperature sensor. The method employs optimized temperature overshooting and undershooting...

  10. Optimization and Validation of a Real Time Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction with RNA Internal Control to Detect Rubella RNA

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    Winny Xie

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: According to a report from WHO, cases of rubella infection in Indonesia has increased up to 10-fold from 2007 to 2011. Despite no data of congenital rubella syndrome in the report, there are approximately 45,000 cases of babies born with heart failure and 0.1-0.3% live births with congenital deafness in Indonesia. Allegedly, rubella infection during pregnancy may play a role in this condition. This study aimed to optimize and validate a real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR method to detect rubella virus RNA as an aid for the diagnosis of congenital rubella infection. METHODS: Method optimization was conducted using nucleic acids extracted from Trimovax Merieux vaccine with the High Pure Viral Nucleic Acid Kit. One step RT-qPCR was performed with Quantifast Multiplex RTPCR+R Kit. Target synthetic DNA was designed and used to determine the sensitivity of the method. RNA internal control was synthesized to control the process of extraction and amplification. RESULTS: The analytical sensitivity of this method was as low as 5 copies target synthetic DNA/μl. The mean Coefficient of Variation (CV % of the critical threshold (Ct obtained were 2.71%, 1.20%, 1.62%, and 1.59% for within run, between run, between kit lots, and between operators, respectively. Recovery of the target synthetic DNA from amniotic fluid was 100.51% (by the log copies/μl at the concentration of 1,000,000 copies/μl. CONCLUSIONS: RT-qPCR is successfully used for the detection of rubella virus RNA in vaccine and synthetic nucleic acid. With its high sensitivity, good precision and recovery, this method offers a means to improve the diagnosis of congenital rubella infection in developing countries like Indonesia. KEYWORDS: congenital rubella, RT-qPCR, prenatal diagnosis, amniotic fluid.

  11. Controlling the burst release of amorphous drug-polysaccharide nanoparticle complex via crosslinking of the polysaccharide chains.

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    Nguyen, Minh-Hiep; Tran, The-Thien; Hadinoto, Kunn

    2016-07-01

    High-payload amorphous drug-polysaccharide nanoparticle complex (or nanoplex in short) represents a new class of supersaturating drug delivery systems intended for bioavailability enhancement of poorly-soluble drugs. Not unlike other nanoscale amorphous formulations, the nanoplex exhibits fast dissolution characterized by a burst drug release pattern. While the burst release is ideal for supersaturation generation in the presence of crystallization inhibitor, it is not as ideal for passive targeting drug delivery applications in which the nanoplex must be delivered by itself. Herein we developed nanoplex exhibiting controlled release via crosslinking of the polysaccharide chains onto which the drug molecules were electrostatically bound to. Curcumin and chitosan were used, respectively, as the drug and polysaccharide models with amine-reactive disuccinimidyl tartrate as the crosslinking agent. The crosslinked nanoplex exhibited improved morphology (i.e. smaller size, more spherical, and higher uniformity) that signified its more condensed structure. A twenty-fold reduction in the initial burst release rate with a threefold reduction in the overall dissolution rate was obtained after crosslinking. The slower dissolution was attributed to the more condensed structure of the crosslinked nanoplex that enhanced its dissociation stability in phosphate buffered saline. The reduction in the dissolution rate was proportional to the degree of crosslinking that was governed by the crosslinker to amine ratio. The crosslinking caused slight reductions in the payload and zeta potential of the nanoplex, but with no adverse effect on the cytotoxicity. This proof-of-concept study successfully demonstrated the use of polysaccharide crosslinking to control the drug release from high-payload amorphous drug nanoplex. PMID:27179586

  12. Teaching Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR) Theory

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    Talbot, Christopher; Neo, Choo Tong

    2013-01-01

    This "Science Note" looks at the way that the shapes of simple molecules can be explained in terms of the number of electron pairs in the valence shell of the central atom. This theory is formally known as valence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR) theory. The article explains the preferred shape of chlorine trifluoride (ClF3),…

  13. On the Relationship between Value Orientation, Valences, and Academic Achievement

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    Fries, Stefan; Schmid, Sebastian; Hofer, Manfred

    2007-01-01

    Value orientations are believed to influence learning in school. We assume that this influence is mediated by the valences attached to specific school subjects. In a questionnaire study (704 students from 36 classes) achievement and well-being value orientations were measured. Students also rated valence scales for the school subjects German and…

  14. Chain Sprockets Manufacturing, on Vertical Machining Center GDV400PM1F4 Updated with Numerical Control NCT®2000M

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    Ioan Francisc Fekete

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper content comprise a few aspects regarding processing of chain sprockets on vertical processing center GDV400PM1F4 updated by changing the original equipment CNC-2S42-65 (1Я3.035.090 with NCT®2000M, which includes in short characteristics of two CNC, the old and the new one, the constructive elements of chain sprockets processed, enunciation of mains stages of manufacturing process adopted. The aim is to manufacture chain sprockets with classic tools, bypassing the need to design and build a sprocket hob in accordance with specified chain sprockets geometry, processing is performed on a machine which technological parameters have been improved.

  15. Adsorption of Weak Polyelectrolytes on Charged Nanoparticles. Impact of Salt Valency, pH, and Nanoparticle Charge Density. Monte Carlo Simulations

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    Carnal, Fabrice; Stoll, Serge

    2011-01-01

    Complex formation between a weak flexible polyelectrolyte chain and one positively charged nanoparticle in presence of explicit counterions and salt particles is investigated using Monte Carlo simulations. The influence of parameters such as the nanoparticle surface charge density, salt valency, and solution property such as the pH on the chain protonation/deprotonation process and monomer adsorption at the nanoparticle surface are systematically investigated. It is shown that the nanoparticl...

  16. Positron annihilation with core and valence electrons

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    Green, D G

    2015-01-01

    $\\gamma$-ray spectra for positron annihilation with the core and valence electrons of the noble gas atoms Ar, Kr and Xe is calculated within the framework of diagrammatic many-body theory. The effect of positron-atom and short-range positron-electron correlations on the annihilation process is examined in detail. Short-range correlations, which are described through non-local corrections to the vertex of the annihilation amplitude, are found to significantly enhance the spectra for annihilation on the core orbitals. For Ar, Kr and Xe, the core contributions to the annihilation rate are found to be 0.55\\%, 1.5\\% and 2.2\\% respectively, their small values reflecting the difficulty for the positron to probe distances close to the nucleus. Importantly however, the core subshells have a broad momentum distribution and markedly contribute to the annihilation spectra at Doppler energy shifts $\\gtrsim3$\\,keV, and even dominate the spectra of Kr and Xe at shifts $\\gtrsim5$\\,keV. Their inclusion brings the theoretical ...

  17. 基于价值链管理的内部控制构建思想%Constructing Thoughts of Internal Control Based on Value Chain Management

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    2011-01-01

    Development and application of information technology and value chain theory provide a good opportunity to improve the management level of enterprise and gain a competitive advantage. This paper, combining with the value chain theory, analyzes the key steps to build the internal control which can adapt to the management of value chain under the guidance of the internal control structure. This paper .argues that internal control should be value-added activities which take getting a competitive advantage as the strategic goal, take theall kinds of "flow" in business as the main line of control and constantly self-perfect.%信息技术与价值链理论的发展与应用,为提高企业管理水平,获得竞争优势提供了一个良好的契机.本文结合价值链理论,分析了在内部控制结构指导下构建一个能适应价值链管理的内部控制的关键步骤.本文认为,内部控制应是一个以获取竞争优势为战略目标,以企业内各种"流"为控制主线并能不断自我完善的增值活动.

  18. Valence Bond Glass Phase in the Diluted Kagome Antiferromagnets

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    Singh, R. R. P.

    2010-01-01

    We present a theory for site dilution in the Valence Bond Crystal Phase of the Kagome Lattice Heisenberg Model. The presence of an empty site leads to strong singlet bond across the impurity. It also creates a free spin, which delocalizes inside the unit cell. Finite concentration of quenched impurities leads to a Valence Bond Glass phase. This phase has short-range Valence Bond order, no spin-gap, large spin susceptibilities, linear specific heat due to two-level systems, as well as singlet ...

  19. Valence, magnetism and conduction in the intermediate valence compounds: the case SmB6

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    In some rare earth based compounds, the 4f level is situated so close to the Fermi level that the valence of the compound can become intermediate between two integer values. The so called 'intermediate valence' compound of Samarium hexaboride (SmB6) is one typical example of the exciting physics which can result from this quantum equilibrium between two valence configurations. The first configuration (Sm2+) corresponds to an insulating and non magnetic state whereas the second one (Sm3+) would theoretically give a magnetic and metallic ground state. This dissertation deals with the influence of pressure on this equilibrium. Specific heat measurements under pressure evidenced a new long range magnetic ordering for pressures higher than pc ∼ 10 GPa. On another hand, transport measurements measured for the first time in good conditions of hydrostatics found a reliable and reproducible critical pressure for the insulator to metal transition equal to pc. The phase diagram of SmB6 is now well known and the observation for the first time of a magnetic anomaly in the high pressure resistivity curves certifies that the onset of the magnetic phase really coincide with the closure of the gap. This change at the critical pressure pc is discussed in a general frame taking into account the Kondo lattice temperature as a key parameter for the renormalization of the wavefunction from one integer configuration to the other whereas the valence itself is still intermediate. This general idea seems to be valid also for other systems studied in this dissertation like SmS or TmSe and could even be valid for more general cases (Ytterbium, Cerium). In the same time, resistivity measurements under uniaxial stress were undertaken. The result is a strong anisotropy effect observed on the pressure dependence of the residual resistivity in the compound SmB6. The comparison with the transport under hydrostatic conditions enables us to consider a new idea for the nature of the gap, considering

  20. Who controls the logistics emissions? Challenges in making fragmented supply chains environmentally sustainable from logistics service providers’ perspective

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    Abbasi, Maisam; Sternberg, Henrik; Nilsson, Fredrik

    2014-01-01

    logistics activities in the supply chain? Design/methodology/approach The methodology of this paper is a literature review, a qualitative interview survey, and three case studies. A framework on sustainability challenges in supply chains derived from the literature is used to structure and analyze the...... impact the cost and time requirements from customers of logistics services are not yet a reality. Research limitations/implications (if applicable) This paper implies that LSP sustainability cannot be investigated in isolation if a company does not manage proprietary resources. Practical implications (if...

  1. Contractual Control in the Supply Chain. On Corporate Social Responsibility, Codes of Conduct, Contracts and (Avoiding) Liability

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    Vytopil, A.L.

    2015-01-01

    This research addresses a number of questions that have been raised in the wake of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. It focuses on the extent of the legal responsibility and liability for CSR violations in the supply chains of MNCs in the Netherlands, England and California (United States). Many MNCs currently take an array of (semi-)legal measures in order to govern their supply chains in terms of CSR. This book investigates which legal measures a limited number of Dutch, English and Californ...

  2. Effects of diaphragm stretching on posterior chain muscle kinematics and rib cage and abdominal excursion: a randomized controlled trial

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    Francisco J. González-Álvarez

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Background Few studies have explored the effects of stretching techniques on diaphragm and spine kinematics. Objective To determine whether the application of diaphragm stretching resulted in changes in posterior chain muscle kinematics and ribcage and abdominal excursion in healthy subjects. Method Eighty healthy adults were included in this randomized clinical trial. Participants were randomized into two groups: the experimental group, which received a diaphragmatic stretching technique, or the placebo group, which received a sham-ultrasound procedure. The duration of the technique, the position of participants, and the therapist who applied the technique were the same for both treatments. Participant assessment (cervical range of movement, lumbar flexibility, flexibility of the posterior chain, and rib cage and abdominal excursion was performed at baseline and immediately after the intervention by a blinded assessor. Results The mean between-group difference [95% CI] for the ribcage excursion after technique at xiphoid level was 2.48 [0.97 to 3.99], which shows significant differences in this outcome. The remaining between-group analysis showed significant differences in cervical extension, right and left flexion, flexibility of the posterior chain, and ribcage excursion at xiphoid level (p<0.05 in favor of the experimental group. Conclusion Diaphragm stretching generates a significant improvement in cervical extension, right and left cervical flexion, flexibility of the posterior chain, and ribcage excursion at xiphoid level compared to a placebo technique in healthy adults.

  3. Chemoselectivity and stereoselectivity of cyclisation pathways leading to bicyclic tetramates controlled by ring-chain tautomerisation in thiazolidines.

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    Panduwawala, Tharindi D; Iqbal, Sarosh; Tirfoin, Rémi; Moloney, Mark G

    2016-05-11

    Chemoselective Dieckmann cyclisation reactions on N-malonyl thiazolidine templates derived from cysteine and pivaldehyde or aromatic aldehydes may be used to access bicyclic tetramates, for which different pathways operate as a result of differing ring-chain tautomeric behaviour of the respective intermediate imines. PMID:27089842

  4. Hacking cyber-risks back in their tracks: to identify the right supply chain controls, look at the system

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    Sepúlveda, Daniel; Khan, Omera

    2015-01-01

    A more comprehensive way of looking at cyber-risks in supply chains is required, when considering the increasing complexity of the supply networks and the exposure to unexpected disruptions, caused by cyber-attacks. This article describes some of the reasons why current risk assessment methods ar...

  5. Application of data mining methods to establish systems for early warning and proactive control in food supply chain networks

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    Li, Y.

    2010-01-01

    Food quality problems in Food Supply Chain Networks (FSCN) have not only brought losses to the food industry, but also risks to the health of consumers. In current FSCN, Information Systems are widely used. Those information systems contain the data about various aspects of food production (e.g. pri

  6. The controllable synthesis of chain-like TiO2 networks with multiwalled carbon nanotubes as templates and its application for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    The anatase TiO2 nanostructure with large surface area and fast photoelectron-transfer channel can be an ideal structure for the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) photoelectrode. The high surface area can provide more sites for dye adsorption, while fast photoelectron-transfer channel can enhance the photogenerated electron transfer to complete the circuit. In this work, the chain-like TiO2 networks with large surface area and long particulate connection structure have been obtained through a facile wet-chemical method using multiwalled carbon nanotubes as templates. The diameter of TiO2 chain is ca. 15 nm and its interconnection degree can be controlled by adjusting the amount of reactive reagent. DSSC based with dense interconnection chain-like TiO2 network photoelectrode exhibits higher conversion efficiency (6.58 %), which is higher than that of DSSC based on photoelectrode with sparse interconnection chain-like TiO2 or conventional P25 nanoparticles under the same conditions. This is because it has higher surface area and the fastest interfacial charge transfer, which is proved by N2 sorption isotherms and electrochemical impedance spectra.

  7. Core and valence thermal vibrations in diamond, silicon, and germanium

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    Saravanan, R. (School of Physics, Madurai Kamaraj Univ. (India)); Balamurugan, P. (School of Physics, Madurai Kamaraj Univ. (India)); Mohanlal, S.K. (School of Physics, Madurai Kamaraj Univ. (India))

    1994-08-01

    An analysis is made using published X-ray data, for the thermal vibrations in diamond, silicon, and germanium. The overall thermal vibration is split into core and valence contributions, because valence electrons can oscillate with different phase and amplitude than core electrons due to bond polarizability. Using indigenously developed computer programs the published data are analyzed. In the first phase, the overall Debye-Waller factor of diamond, Si, and Ge together with scaling and extinction factors are refined using the method of least squares. In the second phase, the core and valence contributions of the harmonic temperature factor are evaluated. Finally, in the third phase, the core and valence contributions of the anharmonic temperature factor are evaluated. The error in the fitting procedure is less than 1% for Si and Ge and about 3% for diamond. (orig.)

  8. Decision-making deficits in patients with chronic schizophrenia: Iowa Gambling Task and Prospect Valence Learning model

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    Kim, Myung-Sun; Kang, Bit-Na; Lim, Jae Young

    2016-01-01

    Purpose Decision-making is the process of forming preferences for possible options, selecting and executing actions, and evaluating the outcome. This study used the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) and the Prospect Valence Learning (PVL) model to investigate deficits in risk-reward related decision-making in patients with chronic schizophrenia, and to identify decision-making processes that contribute to poor IGT performance in these patients. Materials and methods Thirty-nine patients with schizophrenia and 31 healthy controls participated. Decision-making was measured by total net score, block net scores, and the total number of cards selected from each deck of the IGT. PVL parameters were estimated with the Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling scheme in OpenBugs and BRugs, its interface to R, and the estimated parameters were analyzed with the Mann–Whitney U-test. Results The schizophrenia group received significantly lower total net scores compared to the control group. In terms of block net scores, an interaction effect of group × block was observed. The block net scores of the schizophrenia group did not differ across the five blocks, whereas those of the control group increased as the blocks progressed. The schizophrenia group obtained significantly lower block net scores in the fourth and fifth blocks of the IGT and selected cards from deck D (advantageous) less frequently than the control group. Additionally, the schizophrenia group had significantly lower values on the utility-shape, loss-aversion, recency, and consistency parameters of the PVL model. Conclusion These results indicate that patients with schizophrenia experience deficits in decision-making, possibly due to failure in learning the expected value of each deck, and incorporating outcome experiences of previous trials into expectancies about options in the present trial. PMID:27175079

  9. Evaluation of the effect of valence state on cerium oxide nanoparticle toxicity following intratracheal instillation in rats.

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    Dunnick, Katherine M; Morris, Anna M; Badding, Melissa A; Barger, Mark; Stefaniak, Aleksandr B; Sabolsky, Edward M; Leonard, Stephen S

    2016-09-01

    Cerium (Ce) is becoming a popular metal for use in electrochemical applications. When in the form of cerium oxide (CeO2), Ce can exist in both 3 + and 4 + valence states, acting as an ideal catalyst. Previous in vitro and in vivo evidence have demonstrated that CeO2 has either anti- or pro-oxidant properties, possibly due to the ability of the nanoparticles to transition between valence states. Therefore, we chose to chemically modify the nanoparticles to shift the valence state toward 3+. During the hydrothermal synthesis process, 10 mol% gadolinium (Gd) and 20 mol% Gd, were substituted into the lattice of the CeO2 nanoparticles forming a perfect solid solution with various A-site valence states. These two Gd-doped CeO2 nanoparticles were compared to pure CeO2 nanoparticles. Preliminary characteristics indicated that doping results in minimal size and zeta potential changes but alters valence state. Following characterization, male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to 0.5 or 1.0 mg/kg nanoparticles via a single intratracheal instillation. Animals were sacrificed and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and various tissues were collected to determine the effect of valence state and oxygen vacancies on toxicity 1-, 7-, or 84-day post-exposure. Results indicate that damage, as measured by elevations in lactate dehydrogenase, occurred within 1-day post-exposure and was sustained 7-day post-exposure, but subsided to control levels 84-day post-exposure. Furthermore, no inflammatory signaling or lipid peroxidation occurred following exposure with any of the nanoparticles. Our results implicate that valence state has a minimal effect on CeO2 nanoparticle toxicity in vivo. PMID:26898289

  10. Structure and Stability of Monatomic Metallic Chains

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    Batra, Inder P.; Sen, Prasenjit; Ciraci, S.

    2001-03-01

    We have investigated atomic and electronic structure of Au and Al monatomic chains by using first-principle plane wave method within density-functional theory. Despite their different valencies, Au and Al form planar zigzag chains with each atom having four nearest neighbors. The zigzag structure is stable against linearization and non-planar deformations. We performed an extensive charge density analysis and finite temperature calculations to reveal the origin of the unusual atomic structure in these one dimensional metallic systems. The implications of the zigzag structure on the electronic properties and the balistic electron conduction have been examined.

  11. Extended Quantum Dimer Model and novel valence-bond phases

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    Nakata, Kouki; Totsuka, Keisuke

    2011-01-01

    We extend the quantum dimer model (QDM) introduced by Rokhsar and Kivelson so as to construct a concrete example of the model which exhibits the first-order phase transition between different valence-bond solids suggested recently by Batista and Trugman and look for the possibility of other exotic dimer states. We show that our model contains three exotic valence-bond phases (herringbone, checkerboard and dimer smectic) in the ground-state phase diagram and that it realizes the phase transiti...

  12. Mn 3s exchange splitting in mixed-valence manganites.

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    Galakhov, V. R.; Demeter, M.; Bartkowski, S.; Neumann, M.; Ovechkina, N. A.; Kurmaev, E. Z.; Lobachevskaya, N. I.; Mukovskii, Ya. M.; Mitchell, J.; Ederer, D. L.; Russian Academy of Sciences; Univ. of Osnabruck; Moscow State Steel and Alloys Inst.; Tulane Univ.

    2002-03-15

    We present Mn 3s x-ray photoelectron spectra of manganese oxides with the Mn formal valency from 2+ to 4+. We found that the Sr{sup 2+} doping or cation deficiency in manganites do not change the Mn 3s splitting in manganites with the Mn formal valency from 3.0+ to 3.3+. We suggest that doping holes are localized in O 2p states.

  13. Complex verbs, simple alternations: valency and verb classes in Jaminjung.

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    Schultze-Berndt, Eva

    2012-01-01

    This chapter investigates valency patterns in Jaminjung, a language of the small Jaminjungan (or Western Mirndi) subgroup of the geographically discontinuous Mirndi language family of Northern Australia. Jaminjung is a typical “Non-Pama-Nyungan” language in that grammatical roles are indicated both by case markers and by pronominal indices (for subject and object) on inflecting verbs. Its most interesting property from the point of view of investigating valency, however, is the prevalence of ...

  14. Elucidation and Control of an Intramolecular Charge Transfer Property of Fucoxanthin by a Modification of Its Polyene Chain Length.

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    Kosumi, Daisuke; Kajikawa, Takayuki; Okumura, Satoshi; Sugisaki, Mitsuru; Sakaguchi, Kazuhiko; Katsumura, Shigeo; Hashimoto, Hideki

    2014-03-01

    Fucoxanthin is an essential pigment for the highly efficient light-harvesting function of marine algal photosynthesis. It exhibits excited state properties attributed to intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) in polar environments due to the presence of the carbonyl group in its polyene backbone. This report describes the excited state properties of fucoxanthin homologues with four to eight conjugated double bonds in various solvents using the femtosecond pump-probe technique. The results clarified that fucoxanthin homologues with longer polyene chains did not possess pronounced ICT spectroscopic signatures, while the shorter fucoxanthin homologues had a strong ICT character, even in a nonpolar solvent. On the basis of the observations, we quantitatively correlated the ICT character in the excited state to the conjugated polyene chain lengths of fucoxanthin molecules. PMID:26274069

  15. Fatty acid biosynthesis VII. Substrate control of chain-length of products synthesised by rat liver fatty acid synthetase

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    Hansen, Heinz Johs. Max; Carey, E.M.; Dils, R.

    1970-01-01

    - 1. Gas-liquid and paper chromatography have been used to determine the chain-lengths of fatty acids synthesised by purified rat liver fatty acid synthetase from [1-14C]acetyl-CoA, [1,3-14C2]malonyl-CoA and from [1-14C]acetyl-CoA plus partially purified rat liver acetyl-CoA carboxylase. - 2. A...

  16. European trial of free light chain removal by extended haemodialysis in cast nephropathy (EuLITE): A randomised control trial

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    Billingham Lucinda; Weisel Katja; Heyne Nils; Cook Mark; Hutchison Colin A; Bradwell Arthur; Cockwell Paul

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background Renal failure is a frequent complication of multiple myeloma and when severe is associated with a greatly increased morbidity and mortality. The principal cause of severe renal failure is cast nephropathy, a direct consequence of high concentrations of monoclonal free light chains (FLCs) in patients' sera. FLC removal by extended haemodialysis, using a high cut-off dialyser, has recently been described as a novel therapeutic option. Methods The EUropean trial of free LIght...

  17. Is accessing of words affected by affective valence only? A discrete emotion view on the emotional congruency effect

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    Xuqian Chen

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper advances the discussion on which emotion information affects word accessing. Emotion information, which is formed as a result of repeated experiences, is primary and necessary in learning and representing word meanings. Previous findings suggested that valence (i.e., positive or negative denoted by words can be automatically activated and plays a role in many significant cognitive processes. However, there has been a lack of discussion about whether discrete emotion information (i.e., happiness, anger, sadness, and fear is also involved in these processes. According to the hierarchy model, emotions are considered organized within an abstract-to-concrete hierarchy, in which emotion prototypes are organized following affective valence. By controlling different congruencies of emotion relations (i.e., matches or mismatches between valences and prototypes of emotion, the present study showed both an evaluative congruency effect (Experiment 1 and a discrete emotional congruency effect (Experiment 2. These findings indicate that not only affective valences but also discrete emotions can be activated under the present priming lexical decision task. However, the present findings also suggest that discrete emotions might be activated at the later priming stage as compared to valences. The present work provides evidence that information about discrete emotion could be involved in word processing. This might be a result of subjects’ embodied experiences.

  18. Is Accessing of Words Affected by Affective Valence Only? A Discrete Emotion View on the Emotional Congruency Effect.

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    Chen, Xuqian; Liu, Bo; Lin, Shouwen

    2016-01-01

    This paper advances the discussion on which emotion information affects word accessing. Emotion information, which is formed as a result of repeated experiences, is primary and necessary in learning and representing word meanings. Previous findings suggested that valence (i.e., positive or negative) denoted by words can be automatically activated and plays a role in many significant cognitive processes. However, there has been a lack of discussion about whether discrete emotion information (i.e., happiness, anger, sadness, and fear) is also involved in these processes. According to the hierarchy model, emotions are considered organized within an abstract-to-concrete hierarchy, in which emotion prototypes are organized following affective valence. By controlling different congruencies of emotion relations (i.e., matches or mismatches between valences and prototypes of emotion), the present study showed both an evaluative congruency effect (Experiment 1) and a discrete emotional congruency effect (Experiment 2). These findings indicate that not only affective valences but also discrete emotions can be activated under the present priming lexical decision task. However, the present findings also suggest that discrete emotions might be activated at the later priming stage as compared to valences. The present work provides evidence that information about discrete emotion could be involved in word processing. This might be a result of subjects' embodied experiences. PMID:27379000

  19. Self-Assembly of Emulsion Droplets into Polymer Chains

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    Bargteil, Dylan; McMullen, Angus; Brujic, Jasna

    We experimentally investigate `beads-on-a-string' models of polymers using the spontaneous assembly of emulsion droplets into linear chains. Droplets functionalized with surface-mobile DNA allow for programmable 'monomers' through which we can influence the three-dimensional structure of the assembled 'polymer'. Such model polymers can be used to study conformational changes of polypeptides and the principles governing protein folding. In our system, we find that droplets bind via complementary DNA strands that are recruited into adhesion patches. Recruitment is driven by the DNA hybridization energy, and is limited by the energy cost of surface deformation and the entropy loss of the mobile linkers, yielding adhesion patches of a characteristic size with a given number of linkers. By tuning the initial surface coverage of linkers, we control valency between the droplets to create linear or branched polymer chains. We additionally control the flexibility of the model polymers by varying the salt concentration and study their dynamics between extended and collapsed states. This system opens the possibility of programming stable three-dimensional structures, such as those found within folded proteins.

  20. Multidimensional X-Ray Spectroscopy of Valence and Core Excitations in Cysteine

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    Biggs, Jason D; Healion, Daniel; Mukamel, Shaul

    2013-01-01

    Several nonlinear spectroscopy experiments which employ broadband x-ray pulses to probe the coupling between localized core and delocalized valence excitation are simulated for the amino acid cysteine at the K-edges of oxygen and nitrogen and the K and L-edges of sulfur. We focus on two dimensional (2D) and 3D signals generated by two- and three-pulse stimulated x-ray Raman spectroscopy (SXRS) with frequency-dispersed probe. We show how the four-pulse x-ray signals $\\boldsymbol{k}_\\mathrm{I}=-\\boldsymbol{k}_1+\\boldsymbol{k}_2+\\boldsymbol{k}_3$ and $\\boldsymbol{k}_\\mathrm{II}=\\boldsymbol{k}_1-\\boldsymbol{k}_2+\\boldsymbol{k}_3$ can give new 3D insight into the SXRS signals. The coupling between valence- and core-excited states can be visualized in three dimensional plots, revealing the origin of the polarizability that controls the simpler pump-probe SXRS signals.

  1. Real time tracing of valence-shell electronic coherences with attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy

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    Wirth, A. [Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Hans-Kopfermann-Str. 1, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Santra, R. [Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, DESY, Notkestrasse 85, 22607 Hamburg (Germany); Department of Physics, University of Hamburg, Jungiusstrasse 9, 20355 Hamburg (Germany); Goulielmakis, E., E-mail: elgo@mpq.mpg.de [Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Hans-Kopfermann-Str. 1, D-85748 Garching (Germany)

    2013-03-12

    Highlights: ► Detailing the technique of attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. ► Tracing the charge state time-resolved ionization of atoms. ► Real-time observation and reconstruction of valence electron motion in Kr{sup +} ions. ► Observation of coherences in correlated multi-hole systems: Kr{sup 2+} and xenon ions. - Abstract: The chemical properties of atoms, molecules and of more complex systems such as clusters, nanoparticles or condensed matter systems are determined by valence electrons. Real-time control of these properties requires the capability of tracing as well as of driving valence electrons on their native temporal scale of motion, that is, within tens to thousands of attoseconds. Here we detail the technique of attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. It combines the extreme sensitivity of core-level spectroscopy with the unprecedented temporal resolution offered by the tools of attosecond technology. We use the technique to demonstrate real-time tracing and complete characterization of coherent electron motion triggered by single, double or multiple ionization of atoms exposed to intense, few-cycle pulses. Our work opens the door to high fidelity, time-domain studies and control of electron dynamics in the microcosm.

  2. What is a Responsible Supply Chain?

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    Terje Ingebrigt Vaaland; Owusu, Richard A.

    2012-01-01

    The paper introduces the concept of responsible supply chain based on two dimensions, the core processes of a supply chain and the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). It is suggested that a responsible supply chain is achieved through manifested core values of the supply chain actors, strategies, and tactics. The paper further discusses the individual supply chain actors’ responsibility in securing a responsible supply chain beyond the actors’ direct control. A conceptual model ...

  3. Character Disposition and Behavior Type: Influences of Valence on Preschool Children's Social Judgments

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    Jones, Elaine F.; Tobias, Marvin; Pauley, Danielle; Thomson, Nicole Renick; Johnson, Shawana Lewis

    2009-01-01

    The authors studied the influences of valence information on preschool children's (n = 47) moral (good or bad), liking (liked or disliked by a friend), and consequence-of-behavior (reward or punishment) judgments. The authors presented 8 scenarios describing the behavior valence, positive valence (help, share), negative valence (verbal insult,…

  4. Social Annotation Valence: The Impact on Online Informed Consent Beliefs and Behavior

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    Shaer, Orit; Okerlund, Johanna; Westendorf, Lauren; Ball, Madeleine; Nov, Oded

    2016-01-01

    Background Social media, mobile and wearable technology, and connected devices have significantly expanded the opportunities for conducting biomedical research online. Electronic consent to collecting such data, however, poses new challenges when contrasted to traditional consent processes. It reduces the participant-researcher dialogue but provides an opportunity for the consent deliberation process to move from solitary to social settings. In this research, we propose that social annotations, embedded in the consent form, can help prospective participants deliberate on the research and the organization behind it in ways that traditional consent forms cannot. Furthermore, we examine the role of the comments’ valence on prospective participants’ beliefs and behavior. Objective This study focuses specifically on the influence of annotations’ valence on participants’ perceptions and behaviors surrounding online consent for biomedical research. We hope to shed light on how social annotation can be incorporated into digitally mediated consent forms responsibly and effectively. Methods In this controlled between-subjects experiment, participants were presented with an online consent form for a personal genomics study that contained social annotations embedded in its margins. Individuals were randomly assigned to view the consent form with positive-, negative-, or mixed-valence comments beside the text of the consent form. We compared participants’ perceptions of being informed and having understood the material, their trust in the organization seeking the consent, and their actual consent across conditions. Results We find that comment valence has a marginally significant main effect on participants’ perception of being informed (F2=2.40, P=.07); specifically, participants in the positive condition (mean 4.17, SD 0.94) felt less informed than those in the mixed condition (mean 4.50, SD 0.69, P=.09). Comment valence also had a marginal main effect on the

  5. Particle-phonon excitations in valence-neutron and valence-proton nuclei around 146Gd

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    The present thesis deals with the one-valence-particle nuclei 147Tb and 151Er. The main purpose of the study was, to study characteristic properties of the particle-phonon excitations of these nuclei. In the one-valence-proton nucleus 147Tb from the πh11/2x3- septet only the 15/2+ and 17/2+ Yrast states were known, which underly a strong diagonal exchange interaction. At mass separators in β decay experiments of the 1/2+ and the 11/2-147Dy activities and in in-beam experiments layed out on excitation of states above the Yrast line with 6Li beams the nucleus 147Tb was spectroscoped. The combination of these three data sets made the nearly complete covering of the spin range from 1/2 to 27/2 of the low-lying states in 147Tb possible. At the whole in this nucleus more than 100 hitherto unknown states could be placed and farly characterized. The unusually manifold data allowed to identify beside the complete πh11/2x3- septet also very much further particlexphonon states. Furthermore in the excitation range between 2.5 and 4 MeV numerous three-quasiparticle excitations were observed and in very sufficient way described by parameter-free shell-model calculations. A further important result is the manifestation of a neutron-one-particle-one-hole state with I=27/2, which lies with 3.7 MeV excitation close to the Yrast line. (orig./HSI)

  6. Speed Adaptive Inversion Control of PMSM for Chain Gun%链式炮PMSM电机转速自适应反演控制

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    赵文彬; 张铭; 秦鹏飞; 彭金伟

    2011-01-01

    The speed stability of external power motor affects fire ratio of chain gun heavily. The adaptive inversion controller is designed to satisfy the high performance of rotate speed of permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) for chain gun system. Real-time adaptive parameter estimation is combined to restrain the effect of parametric uncertainty and load torque disturbance. Through design input control law to stator resistance, moment of inertia, friction coefficient, load torque, etc progress online estimation in the light of adaptive estimation law. The simulation results show the control strategy is perfect efficient to reduce the effect of variable parameter and load. This robust approach should be adopted in controlling of chain gun.%链式炮外能源电机转速稳定性对其射速影响很大.提出交流永磁同步电机(permanent magnet synchronous motor,PMSM)的变参自适应反演速度稳定控制器设计方案,采用实时在线的自适应参数估计和反演控制相结合的方法,通过设计恰当的输入控制律,并对定子电阻、转动惯量、摩擦系数、负载转矩等参数按照设计的自适应估计律在线估计.试验结果表明:该控制策略能有效地抑制多参数摄动和负载扰动对转速的影响,可以作为一种较好的鲁棒方法在链炮伺服电机控制中采用.

  7. 粮食干燥加热链条炉的IMC温控研究%STUDY ON IMC TEMPERATURE CONTROL OF CHAIN BOILER FOR DRYING AND HEATING GRAIN

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    廉洁; 王德吉

    2013-01-01

    粮食干燥加热链条炉是一个多因素、强耦合、大滞后、非线性的大热容设备,具有典型的时滞和非线性特性,传统的方法无法得到较好的控制效果.分析对象特性,采用非线性IMC即内模控制原理,提出了一种根据链条炉温度控制过程中各阶段温度的不同变化趋势所对应的温度控制器的设计方法,仿真结果表明,该方法十分有效.%A chain boiler for drying and heating grains is multi-factor,strong-coupling,large-lag and nonlinear equipment with large thermal capacity and typical time lag and nonlinear characteristics,so that satisfied temperature control effect is difficult to realize by the conventional temperature control method.According to the object characteristics,we put forwards a design method of a temperature controller for the chain boiler according to different temperature change trends at different stages by using nonlinear IMC (internal model control) principle.The stimulation result showed that the method was effective.

  8. SUMO chains: polymeric signals.

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    Vertegaal, Alfred C O

    2010-02-01

    Ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins are conjugated to a wide variety of target proteins that play roles in all biological processes. Target proteins are conjugated to ubiquitin monomers or to ubiquitin polymers that form via all seven internal lysine residues of ubiquitin. The fate of these target proteins is controlled in a chain architecture-dependent manner. SUMO (small ubiquitin-related modifier) shares the ability of ubiquitin to form chains via internal SUMOylation sites. Interestingly, a SUMO-binding site in Ubc9 is important for SUMO chain synthesis. Similar to ubiquitin-polymer cleavage by USPs (ubiquitin-specific proteases), SUMO chain formation is reversible. SUMO polymers are cleaved by the SUMO proteases SENP6 [SUMO/sentrin/SMT3 (suppressor of mif two 3)-specific peptidase 6], SENP7 and Ulp2 (ubiquitin-like protease 2). SUMO chain-binding proteins including ZIP1, SLX5/8 (synthetic lethal of unknown function 5/8), RNF4 (RING finger protein 4) and CENP-E (centromere-associated protein E) have been identified that interact non-covalently with SUMO chains, thereby regulating target proteins that are conjugated to SUMO multimers. SUMO chains play roles in replication, in the turnover of SUMO targets by the proteasome and during mitosis and meiosis. Thus signalling via polymers is an exciting feature of the SUMO family. PMID:20074033

  9. Study of innovative methods of control in the cereal productive chain for the production of beer and spirits

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    Sileoni, Valeria

    2011-01-01

    Researches performed during the PhD course intended to assess innovative applications of near-infrared spectroscopy in reflectance (NIR) in the production chain of beer. The purpose is to measure by NIR the "malting quality" (MQ) parameter of barley, to monitor the malting process and to know if a certain type of barley is suitable for the production of beer and spirits. Moreover, NIR will be applied to monitor the brewing process. First of all, it was possible to check the quality of the...

  10. Theory of Valence Transition in BiNiO3

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    Naka, Makoto; Seo, Hitoshi; Motome, Yukitoshi

    2016-02-01

    Motivated by the colossal negative thermal expansion recently found in BiNiO3 , the valence transition accompanied by the charge transfer between the Bi and Ni sites is theoretically studied. We introduce an effective model for Bi -6 s and Ni -3 d orbitals taking into account the valence skipping of Bi cations, and investigate the ground-state and finite-temperature phase diagrams within the mean-field approximation. We find that the valence transition is caused by commensurate locking of the electron filling in each orbital associated with charge and magnetic orderings, and the critical temperature and the nature of the transitions are strongly affected by the relative energy between the Bi and Ni levels and the effective electron-electron interaction in the Bi sites. The obtained phase diagram well explains the temperature- and pressure-driven valence transitions in BiNiO3 and the systematic variation of valence states for a series of Bi and Pb perovskite oxides.

  11. 电煤供应链多级库存控制策略研究%Study on power coal supply chain inventory control strategy

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    赵庆建; 滕川川

    2013-01-01

    本文分析了电煤供应链库存系统的现状以及存在的问题,阐述了现有的库存控制策略及其优缺点,并在此基础上提出了基于第三方物流的电煤供应链库存管理模式,分析了该模式的优点及目标,并讨论了构建Web服务模式的系统构架,最后得出结论该模式有利于提高物流运营效率,增强电煤供应链的竞争力。%This paper analyzes the current situation and existing problems of coal supply chain inventory system in China. The advantages and disadvantages of existing inventory control strategy have been expounded in detail. And then, the third party logistics supply chain inventory management model has been put forward. The advantages and objectives of the model have also been analyzed. The system framework of Web service model establishment has been discussed. Final y this paper comes to a conclusion that the model can improve the ef iciency of logistics operations, and enhance the competitiveness of the coal supply chain.

  12. European trial of free light chain removal by extended haemodialysis in cast nephropathy (EuLITE: A randomised control trial

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    Billingham Lucinda

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Renal failure is a frequent complication of multiple myeloma and when severe is associated with a greatly increased morbidity and mortality. The principal cause of severe renal failure is cast nephropathy, a direct consequence of high concentrations of monoclonal free light chains (FLCs in patients' sera. FLC removal by extended haemodialysis, using a high cut-off dialyser, has recently been described as a novel therapeutic option. Methods The EUropean trial of free LIght chain removal by exTEnded haemodialysis in cast nephropathy (EuLITE trial is a prospective, randomised, multicentre, open label clinical trial to investigate the clinical benefits of FLC removal haemodialysis in patients with cast nephropathy, dialysis dependent acute renal failure and de novo multiple myeloma. Recruitment commenced in May 2008. In total, 90 patients will be recruited. Participants will be randomised, centrally, upon enrolment, to either trial chemotherapy and FLC removal haemodialysis or trial chemotherapy and standard high flux haemodialysis. Trial chemotherapy consists of bortezomib, doxorubicin and dexamethasone. FLC removal haemodialysis is undertaken with two Gambro HCO 1100 dialysers in series using an intensive treatment schedule. The primary outcome for the study is independence of dialysis at 3 months. Secondary outcomes are: duration of dialysis, reduction in serum FLC concentrations; myeloma response and survival. Hypothesis FLC removal haemodialysis will increase the rate of renal recovery in patients with severe renal failure secondary to cast nephropathy in de novo multiple myeloma. Trial registration ISRCTN45967602

  13. A single session of open kinetic chain movements emphasizing speed improves speed of movement and modifies postural control in stroke.

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    Gray, Vicki L; Ivanova, Tanya D; Garland, S Jayne

    2016-01-01

    Little attention has been given to training speed of movement, even though functional activities require quick submaximal contractions. Closed kinetic chain (CKC) exercises are considered more functional; however, the best method for training speed is not known. A single bout of open kinetic chain (OKC) exercises emphasizing speed was performed to determine whether movement velocity and muscle activation would improve in a single session and whether the improvements transfer to a physiological balance task. Eleven participants <1 year post-stroke performed an arm raise task before and after a single session of fast OKC exercises. Surface electromyography (EMG) from soleus (SOL), tibialis anterior (TA), biceps femoris (BF) and rectus femoris (RF) muscles, peak velocity and average power were recorded during the OKC exercises. EMG from SOL, TA, BF and RF and center of pressure (COP) velocity were measured during arm raise task. At the end of the OKC exercises, velocity, power and TA, BF and RF EMG area increased. The arm acceleration and BF EMG area increased significantly during the arm raise. The improvements observed at the end of the OKC exercises transferred to the arm raise task. The improvements in balance were comparable to those previously seen after CKC exercises. PMID:26863374

  14. Differences in neural activity when processing emotional arousal and valence in autism spectrum disorders.

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    Tseng, Angela; Wang, Zhishun; Huo, Yuankai; Goh, Suzanne; Russell, James A; Peterson, Bradley S

    2016-02-01

    Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often have difficulty recognizing and interpreting facial expressions of emotion, which may impair their ability to navigate and communicate successfully in their social, interpersonal environments. Characterizing specific differences between individuals with ASD and their typically developing (TD) counterparts in the neural activity subserving their experience of emotional faces may provide distinct targets for ASD interventions. Thus we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a parametric experimental design to identify brain regions in which neural activity correlated with ratings of arousal and valence for a broad range of emotional faces. Participants (51 ASD, 84 TD) were group-matched by age, sex, IQ, race, and socioeconomic status. Using task-related change in blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) fMRI signal as a measure, and covarying for age, sex, FSIQ, and ADOS scores, we detected significant differences across diagnostic groups in the neural activity subserving the dimension of arousal but not valence. BOLD-signal in TD participants correlated inversely with ratings of arousal in regions associated primarily with attentional functions, whereas BOLD-signal in ASD participants correlated positively with arousal ratings in regions commonly associated with impulse control and default-mode activity. Only minor differences were detected between groups in the BOLD signal correlates of valence ratings. Our findings provide unique insight into the emotional experiences of individuals with ASD. Although behavioral responses to face-stimuli were comparable across diagnostic groups, the corresponding neural activity for our ASD and TD groups differed dramatically. The near absence of group differences for valence correlates and the presence of strong group differences for arousal correlates suggest that individuals with ASD are not atypical in all aspects of emotion-processing. Studying these similarities

  15. Extended quantum dimer model and novel valence-bond phases

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    We extend the quantum dimer model (QDM) introduced by Rokhsar and Kivelson so as to construct a concrete example of the model which exhibits the first-order phase transition between different valence-bond solids suggested recently by Batista and Trugman and look for the possibility of other exotic dimer states. We show that our model contains three exotic valence-bond phases (herringbone, checkerboard and dimer smectic) in the ground-state phase diagram and that it realizes the phase transition from the staggered valence-bond solid to the herringbone. The checkerboard phase has four-fold rotational symmetry, while the dimer smectic, in the absence of quantum fluctuations, has massive degeneracy originating from partial ordering only in one of the two spatial directions. A resonance process involving three dimers resolves this massive degeneracy and the dimer smectic becomes ordered (order from disorder)

  16. Valence Electronic Structure of Aqueous Solutions: Insights from Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Seidel, Robert; Winter, Bernd; Bradforth, Stephen E.

    2016-05-01

    The valence orbital electron binding energies of water and of embedded solutes are crucial quantities for understanding chemical reactions taking place in aqueous solution, including oxidation/reduction, transition-metal coordination, and radiation chemistry. Their experimental determination based on liquid-photoelectron spectroscopy using soft X-rays is described, and we provide an overview of valence photoelectron spectroscopy studies reported to date. We discuss principal experimental aspects and several theoretical approaches to compute the measured binding energies of the least tightly bound molecular orbitals. Solutes studied are presented chronologically, from simple electrolytes, via transition-metal ion solutions and several organic and inorganic molecules, to biologically relevant molecules, including aqueous nucleotides and their components. In addition to the lowest vertical ionization energies, the measured valence photoelectron spectra also provide information on adiabatic ionization energies and reorganization energies for the oxidation (ionization) half-reaction. For solutes with low solubility, resonantly enhanced ionization provides a promising alternative pathway.

  17. Topological Structure of Phase Vortex in Resonating Valence Bond Superconductivity

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    SHI Xu-Guang; DUAN Yi-Shi

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, based on the Schrodinger equation and the ψ-mapping theory, the accurate expression for the gradient of resonating valence bond superconducting phase Θs is found. The expression of (△→)Θs is just the velocity flow (V) without considering the coefficient. The curl of (△→)Θs is where the vortex lies, and has important relation to δ2(ψ) and an important relation to the zero points of resonating valence bond superconducting order parameter ψ. The topological structure of the vortex is characterized by the ψ-mapping topological numbers Hopf-index and Brouwer degrees. The Ginzberg-Landau equation in resonating valence bond state also is discussed in this theory. The magnetic property is discussed also.

  18. Conduction Mechanism of Valence Change Resistive Switching Memory: A Survey

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Resistive switching effect in transition metal oxide (TMO based material is often associated with the valence change mechanism (VCM. Typical modeling of valence change resistive switching memory consists of three closely related phenomena, i.e., conductive filament (CF geometry evolution, conduction mechanism and temperature dynamic evolution. It is widely agreed that the electrochemical reduction-oxidation (redox process and oxygen vacancies migration plays an essential role in the CF forming and rupture process. However, the conduction mechanism of resistive switching memory varies considerably depending on the material used in the dielectric layer and selection of electrodes. Among the popular observations are the Poole-Frenkel emission, Schottky emission, space-charge-limited conduction (SCLC, trap-assisted tunneling (TAT and hopping conduction. In this article, we will conduct a survey on several published valence change resistive switching memories with a particular interest in the I-V characteristic and the corresponding conduction mechanism.

  19. Fully automated incremental evaluation of MP2 and CCSD(T) core, core-valence and valence correlation energies

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    Graphical abstract: Core- and core-valence correlation contributions are often neglected in studies of larger systems with many cores. The reason is mostly the computational effort, not the insignificance of the neglected effects. The so-called incremental scheme offers a simple way to evaluate these contributions with quantum chemical standard codes. A recently proposed coupled cluster evaluation of core-core and core-valence correlation effects within the incremental scheme has been extended to perturbative treatments. The accuracy of the approach is demonstrated at the MP2 and CCSD(T) level of theory. - Abstract: A recently proposed coupled cluster evaluation of core-core and core-valence correlation effects within the incremental scheme has been extended to perturbative treatments. The accuracy of the approach is demonstrated at the MP2 and CCSD(T) level of theory for various systems from different areas of chemistry, i.e. a binuclear titanium complex, a diallylmagnesium compound, a Hg4 cluster and various hydration complexes of the sodium cation. Besides the convergence of individual correlation contributions arising from the core and/or valence electron systems the basis set dependence of the contributions was also monitored. Results within chemical accuracy of 1 kcal/mol in the total energies are typically obtained at third order of the incremental expansion. Furthermore a few reasonable simplifications of the incremental core-valence treatment are proposed, which allow a large number of individual calculations to be omitted a priori without a significant loss of accuracy.

  20. Superconductivity mechanism in metal oxides with variable valency

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    In the present paper it is shown, that the metals with the mixed valency can have the subsystem of the local electron pairs. The local pairs may appreciably change the optical elastic modulus and the lattice parameters. The additions to the elastic modulus and the lattice parameters depend on concentration of the local pairs and temperature. The peculiarity of these dependences is the extrema. The concentration and temperature dependences of the additions are determined by intercentre correlations and pair delocalisation (pair transfer) in the subsystem of the local pairs. These results were used for the construction of the high-temperature superconductivity mechanism for the metals with the mixed valency

  1. Crystal field splitting in UO2: an intermediate valence compounds

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    It is reported on the first direct observation of crystalline electric field (CEF) transitions in the paramagnetic state of the actinide compound UO2 in an energy region up to 200 meV using inelastic thermal neutron scattering and time-of-flight method. A theoretical interpretation of the experimental data was possible on the basis of an intermediate valence state and valence fluctuations in the UO2 compound. The CEF parameters were found using the parametrization of Lea, Leask and Wolf (x=0.65+-0.05; W=(4+-0.5) meV the number of 5 f-electrons per uranium ion is 2.35+-0.05)

  2. Chain Teleportation

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    Lee, Chien-er

    2004-01-01

    By means of the idea of measurements on the crossed space-time nonlocal observables, we extend the mechanism for the two-way quantum teleportation to the chain teleportation among N spatially separated spin-1/2 systems. Since in the process only the local interactions are used, the microcausality is automatically satisfied.

  3. Tracking Control of Mobile Robots Localized via Chained Fusion of Discrete and Continuous Epipolar Geometry, IMU and Odometry.

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    Tick, David; Satici, Aykut C; Shen, Jinglin; Gans, Nicholas

    2013-08-01

    This paper presents a novel navigation and control system for autonomous mobile robots that includes path planning, localization, and control. A unique vision-based pose and velocity estimation scheme utilizing both the continuous and discrete forms of the Euclidean homography matrix is fused with inertial and optical encoder measurements to estimate the pose, orientation, and velocity of the robot and ensure accurate localization and control signals. A depth estimation system is integrated in order to overcome the loss of scale inherent in vision-based estimation. A path following control system is introduced that is capable of guiding the robot along a designated curve. Stability analysis is provided for the control system and experimental results are presented that prove the combined localization and control system performs with high accuracy. PMID:26502433

  4. Reinterpretation of bond-valence model with bond-order formalism: an improved bond-valence based interatomic potential for PbTiO$_3$

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    Liu, Shi; Grinberg, Ilya; Takenaka, Hiroyuki; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2012-01-01

    We present a modified bond-valence model of PbTiO$_3$ based on the principles of bond-valence and bond-valence vector conservation. The relationship between the bond-valence model and the bond-order potential is derived analytically in the framework of a tight-binding model. A new energy term, bond-valence vector energy, is introduced into the atomistic model and the potential parameters are re-optimized. The new model potential can be applied both to canonical ensemble ($NVT$) and isobaric-i...

  5. Evidence for equilibrium gels of valence-limited particles.

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    Dudukovic, Nikola A; Zukoski, Charles F

    2014-10-21

    We explore the formation and structure of gels produced from solutions of the aromatic dipeptide derivative molecule fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl-diphenylalanine (Fmoc-FF) in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). Mixing these solutions with water results in the self-assembly of Fmoc-FF molecules into space-filling fibrous networks, exhibiting mechanical properties characteristic of gels. Using confocal fluorescence microscopy, we observe the gel transition in situ and find that, upon the addition of water, the solution undergoes a rapid transition to a non-equilibrium state forming ∼ 2 μm spheres, followed by the formation of fibers 5-10 nm in diameter, nucleating at a sphere surface and expanding into the solution as the remaining spheres dissolve, extending the network. The gel aging process is associated with the network becoming increasingly uniform through apparent redissolution/reaggregation of the Fmoc-FF molecules, corresponding to the observed increase in the elastic modulus to a plateau value. We demonstrate that this increase in uniformity and elastic modulus can be expedited by controlling the temperature of the system, as well as that these gels are thermally reversible, further indicating that the system is in equilibrium in its fibrous network state. X-ray scattering information suggests that the packing of the molecules within a fiber is based on π-π stacking of β-sheets, consistent with models proposed in the literature for similar systems, implying that each particle (molecule) possesses a limited number of interaction sites. These observations provide experimental evidence that these low molecular weight gelator molecules can be considered valence-limited "patchy" particles, which associate at low enough temperature to form equilibrium gels. PMID:25155031

  6. Modular magnetic field on the z-direction on a chain of nuclear spin system and quantum Not and Controlled-Not gates

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    Lopez, G V

    2012-01-01

    We study the simulation of a single qubit rotation and Controlled-Not gate in a solid state one-dimensional chain of nuclear spins system interacting weakly through an Ising type of interaction with a modular component of the magnetic field in the z-direction, characterized by $B_z(z,t)=Bo(z)\\cos\\delta t$. These qubits are subjected to electromagnetic pulses which determine the transition in the one or two qubits system. We use the fidelity parameter to determine the performance of the Not (N) gate and Controlled-Not (CNOT) gate as a function of the frequency parameter $\\delta$. We found that for $|\\delta|\\le 10^{-3} MHz$, these gates still have good fidelity.

  7. Doping of Semiconducting Atomic Chains

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    Toshishige, Yamada; Kutler, Paul (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    Due to the rapid progress in atom manipulation technology, atomic chain electronics would not be a dream, where foreign atoms are placed on a substrate to form a chain, and its electronic properties are designed by controlling the lattice constant d. It has been shown theoretically that a Si atomic chain is metallic regardless of d and that a Mg atomic chain is semiconducting or insulating with a band gap modified with d. For electronic applications, it is essential to establish a method to dope a semiconducting chain, which is to control the Fermi energy position without altering the original band structure. If we replace some of the chain atoms with dopant atoms randomly, the electrons will see random potential along the chain and will be localized strongly in space (Anderson localization). However, if we replace periodically, although the electrons can spread over the chain, there will generally appear new bands and band gaps reflecting the new periodicity of dopant atoms. This will change the original band structure significantly. In order to overcome this dilemma, we may place a dopant atom beside the chain at every N lattice periods (N > 1). Because of the periodic arrangement of dopant atoms, we can avoid the unwanted Anderson localization. Moreover, since the dopant atoms do not constitute the chain, the overlap interaction between them is minimized, and the band structure modification can be made smallest. Some tight-binding results will be discussed to demonstrate the present idea.

  8. Aggregation of rod-like polyelectrolyte chains in the presence of monovalent counterions

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    Varghese, Anoop; Rajesh, R.; Vemparala, Satyavani

    2012-01-01

    Using molecular dynamics simulations, it is demonstrated that monovalent counterions can induce aggregation of similarly charged rod-like polyelectrolyte chains. The critical value of the linear charge density for aggregation is shown to be close to the critical value for the extended-collapsed transition of a single flexible polyelectrolyte chain, and decreases with increasing valency of the counterions. The effective interaction potential between two rod-like polyelectrolyte chains is measu...

  9. The sporulation of the green alga Ulva prolifera is controlled by changes in photosynthetic electron transport chain.

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    Wang, Hui; Lin, Apeng; Gu, Wenhui; Huan, Li; Gao, Shan; Wang, Guangce

    2016-01-01

    Sporulation and spore release are essential phases of the life cycle in algae and land plants. Ulva prolifera, which is an ideal organism for studying sporulation and spore release, was used as the experimental material in the present study. The determination of photosynthetic parameters, combined with microscopic observation, treatment with photosynthetic inhibitors, limitation of carbon acquisition, and protein mass spectrometry, was employed in this experiment. Cycle electron transport (CEF) was found enhanced at the onset of sporangia formation. The inhibition effect of dibromothymoquinone (DBMIB) towards sporulation was always strong during the sporulation process whereas the inhibition effect of 3-(3',4'-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea (DCMU) was continuously declined accompanied with the progress of sporulation. The changes of photosynthesis resulted from the limitation of CO2 acquisition could stimulate sporulation onset. Quantitative protein analysis showed that enzymes involved in carbon fixation, including RUBISCO and pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase, declined during sporogenesis, while proteins involved in sporulation, including tubulin and centrin, increased. These results suggest that enhanced cyclic electron flow (CEF) and oxidation of the plastoquinone pool are essential for sporangia formation onset, and changes in photosynthetic electron transport chain have significant impacts on sporulation of the green algae. PMID:27102955

  10. The sporulation of the green alga Ulva prolifera is controlled by changes in photosynthetic electron transport chain

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    Wang, Hui; Lin, Apeng; Gu, Wenhui; Huan, Li; Gao, Shan; Wang, Guangce

    2016-01-01

    Sporulation and spore release are essential phases of the life cycle in algae and land plants. Ulva prolifera, which is an ideal organism for studying sporulation and spore release, was used as the experimental material in the present study. The determination of photosynthetic parameters, combined with microscopic observation, treatment with photosynthetic inhibitors, limitation of carbon acquisition, and protein mass spectrometry, was employed in this experiment. Cycle electron transport (CEF) was found enhanced at the onset of sporangia formation. The inhibition effect of dibromothymoquinone (DBMIB) towards sporulation was always strong during the sporulation process whereas the inhibition effect of 3-(3′,4′-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea (DCMU) was continuously declined accompanied with the progress of sporulation. The changes of photosynthesis resulted from the limitation of CO2 acquisition could stimulate sporulation onset. Quantitative protein analysis showed that enzymes involved in carbon fixation, including RUBISCO and pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase, declined during sporogenesis, while proteins involved in sporulation, including tubulin and centrin, increased. These results suggest that enhanced cyclic electron flow (CEF) and oxidation of the plastoquinone pool are essential for sporangia formation onset, and changes in photosynthetic electron transport chain have significant impacts on sporulation of the green algae. PMID:27102955

  11. Development of a sufficiently reactive thioalkylester involving the side-chain thiol of cysteine applicable for kinetically controlled ligation.

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    Tsuda, Shugo; Mochizuki, Masayoshi; Nishio, Hideki; Yoshiya, Taku; Nishiuchi, Yuji

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    N(α) -Trifluoroacetyl-Cys-Leu-NH2 (TfaC-Leu-NH2 ) was incorporated into thioesters through its side-chain thiol group to develop a more reactive peptide-thioester than the commonly used peptide-3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA)-thioester. The TfaC-thioester could be readily synthesized by solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) with Boc chemistry using in situ neutralization protocols in sufficient yield without any side reaction associated with the use of TfaC. This thioester proved to display a much higher reactivity in the thiol-free native chemical ligation (NCL) reaction than the MPA-thioester and to be comparable to the thioarylester, such as the 4-mercaptophenylacetic acid (MPAA)-thioester, in terms of the ligation rate. We were able to demonstrate the usefulness of the TfaC-thioester by using it to synthesize neuromedin S via a one-pot sequential NCL approach followed by desulfurization. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers (Pept Sci) 106: 503-511, 2016. PMID:26583564

  12. Valence instabilities as a source of actinide system inconsistencies

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    Light actinide elements alone, and in some of their alloys, may exist as a static or dynamic mixture of two configurations. Such a state can explain both a resistivity maximum and lack of magnetic order observed in so many actinide materials, and still be compatible with the existence of f-electrons in narrow bands. Impurity elements may stabilize slightly different intermediate valence states in U, Np, and Pu, thus contributing to inconsistencies in published results. The physical property behavior of mixed-valence, rare-earth compounds is very much like that observed in development of antiphase (martensitic) structures. Martensitic transformations in U, Np, and Pu, from high-temperature b. c. c. to alpha phase, may be a way of ordering an alloy-like metal of mixed or intermediate valence. The relative stability of each phase structure may depend upon its electron-valence ratio. A Hubbard model for electron correlations in a narrow energy band has been invoked in most recent theories for explaining light actinide behavior. Such a model may also be applicable to crystal symmetry changes in martensitic transformations in actinides

  13. Nuclear masses and the number of valence nucleons

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    An improved version of the liquid drop model is presented. The addition of two terms, linear and quadratic in the total number of valence nucleons (particles or holes), improves the description of atomic masses, which can be fitted with an r.m.s. error of 1.2 MeV. Predictions are analysed an compared with those of established models

  14. Tagging Multiple Emotional Stimuli: Negative Valence Has Little Benefit

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    Watson, Derrick G.; Blagrove, Elisabeth

    2012-01-01

    Six experiments examined the influence of emotional valence on the tagging and enumeration of multiple targets. Experiments 1, 5 and 6 found that there was no difference in the efficiency of tagging/enumerating multiple negative or positive stimuli. Experiment 2 showed that, when neutral-expression face distractors were present, enumerating…

  15. Regional versus Global Entanglement in Resonating-Valence-Bond states

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    Chandran, A; Sen, A; Sen, U; Vedral, V; Chandran, Anushya; Kaszlikowski, Dagomir; Sen, Aditi; Sen, Ujjwal; Vedral, Vlatko

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the entanglement properties of resonating valence bond states on two and higher dimensional lattices, which play an important role in the theory of conductivity. We show that these states are genuinely multipartite entangled, while there is only a negligible amount of two-site entanglement. We comment on possible physical implications of our findings.

  16. Recognizing the Emotional Valence of Names: An ERP Study

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    Wang, Lin; Zhu, Zude; Bastiaansen, Marcel; Hagoort, Peter; Yang, Yufang

    2013-01-01

    Unlike common nouns, person names refer to unique entities and generally have a referring function. We used event-related potentials to investigate the time course of identifying the emotional meaning of nouns and names. The emotional valence of names and nouns were manipulated separately. The results show early N1 effects in response to emotional…

  17. Valence orbital momentum distributions in s-triazine

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    Valence orbital momentum distributions, rho(q), are obtained for s-triazine, C3H3N3, from (e,2e) spectroscopy and split valence SCFMO calculations. The separation energy spectrum simulated using the calculated rho(q) and ionization energies from Green's function calculations is in good agreement with experiment from 9--20 eV, but at higher energy the simulated spectrum has higher intensity than experiment, indicating that the Green's function calculation underestimates the complexity of the inner valence region. The calculated momentum distributions have their maxima at higher values than observed experimentally for the outermost valence orbitals, but the difference in momentum distributions between the antisymmetric 4e' N2p lone pair orbital of s-triazine and the N2p lone pair orbital of ammonia is reproduced well by the calculations. Similarly, calculated and experimental differences of Fourier transformed rho(q) for the 4e' and 3a/sup prime/1 N2p lone pair orbitals of triazine are in agreement and can be interpreted using plots of 4e' and 3a/sup /1 orbital averages and differences from the SCFMO calculations. The Fourier transformed momentum distribution of the 4e' orbital clearly shows the presence of both nearest-neighbor C and second-nearest-neighbor N interactions

  18. Valence bands offset between depleted semiconductors measured by photoelectron spectroscopy

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    A modified method to measure the valence bands offset by photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) between low doped and depleted semiconductors have been used. The surface photovoltage (SPV) and the charging effects modify the PES spectra of depleted semiconductors. The valence bands offset at the heterojunction of depleted ZnSe film and doped GaAs substrate have been measured. These samples were prepared by the laser ablation technique. The shift of PES spectra of ZnSe by about 6 eV has been observed due to the charging and SPV effects. The charging and SPV effects on PES spectra, have been reduced to negligible values in the presence of excess plasma (due to absorption from a secondary white light source) density of the order of 1018 cm-3. The effect of the charging and SPV is very small on the value of the valence bands offset measured in the presence of the excess plasma. This method to measure the valence bands offset is useful for samples prepared in ex situ conditions and with film thickness of the order of 100 nm

  19. Raman Sideband Cooling of Two-Valence-Electron Fermionic Atoms

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    LI Guo-Hui; XU Xin-Ye

    2011-01-01

    We propose a method for laser cooling two-valence-electron fermionic atoms. Our protocol employs resolved-sideband cooling on the stimulated Raman transition between the two magnetic sublevels (m = F and m = F - 1) of the ground state with total anguiar momentum F. The optical pumping from m = F - 1 to 1 Pi are used to decouple atoms in the m = F - 1 state. We calculate the Raman coupling generated by an engineered optical lattice. The result shows that it is possible to laser cool the two-valence-electron fermionic atoms to the ground state. The atoms in the ground state provide a new system for quantum optics.%@@ We propose a method for laser cooling two-valence-electron fermionic atoms.Our protocol employs resolved- sideband cooling on the stimulated Raman transition between the two magnetic sublevels (m=F and m = F- 1) of the ground state with total angular momentum F.The optical pumping from m = F - 1 to p are used to decouple atoms in the m = F - 1 state.We calculate the Raman coupling generated by an engineered optical lattice.The result shows that it is possible to laser cool the two-valence-electron fermionic atoms to the ground state.The atoms in the ground state provide a new system for quantum optics.

  20. Valence mixing in YbCuAl: a case study

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    Results are presented of a study of the valence state of Yb in the intermetallic compound YbCuAl. Both macroscopic physical properties (magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, thermal expansion, electric resistivity) and microscopic physical properties (neutron inelastic scattering, nuclear magnetic resonance) are determined. The results are compared with a local Fermi liquid theory. (G.T.H.)

  1. Catch Chain

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    Talbert, Robert

    2010-01-01

    Catch Chain is a book of poems that traces the journey of a Corrections Officer who attempts to combat issues of isolation, inhumane treatment of inmates and societal rejection in jails by embarking upon a cross-country road trip. However, the same issues the officer initially wrestled with begin cropping up in different cities, on various highways and in a multitude of states. The excitement and adventure of the open road runs parallel to the recurring imprisonment of the guard's mind.

  2. Analysis of risk factors from salmonella infections and determination of critical control points in poultry industry production chain

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    Velhner Maja

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper encompasses problems related to infection caused by Salmonella spp in poultry. The need to carry out adequate control measures and to provide safe food is emphasized. Using experiences from other countries, critical control points are presented in flocks during rearing and in hatcheries. In attempt to diagnose disease as early as possible and to advise proper therapy, the significance of serology monitoring is underlined. In order to produce safe food there is a need to control disease applying our Regulations concerning eradication of Salmonella spp in poultry flocks that is given in Official paper of Republic of Serbia No 6&88 and also to include serology monitoring in poultry flocks. Veterinary practitioners are expected to perform analysis of critical control points in poultry industry as well as to determine specificity and differences in production for single farms, which would enable more effective struggle with diseases in general.

  3. Sensitivity Analysis of the Transmission Chain of a Horizontal Machining Tool Axis to Design and Control Parameters

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    Stefano Mauro; Stefano Pastorelli; Tharek Mohtar

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports how a numerical controlled machine axis was studied through a lumped parameter model. Firstly, a linear model was derived in order to apply a modal analysis, which estimated the first mechanical frequency of the system as well as its damping coefficients. Subsequently, a nonlinear system was developed by adding friction through experimentation. Results were validated through the comparison with a commercial servoaxis equipped with a Siemens controller. The model was then us...

  4. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT – KEY FACTORS

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    Magdalena Daniela DINU

    2014-01-01

    This paper exposes Supply Chain Management by its key factors. Briefly, where the Supply Chain Management is treated as strategic part of a company then maintaining both control and influence throughout the entire supply chain are key factors and critical to success. On the other hand, finding the right partner to manage the non-strategic Supply Chains would be another key factor too. To define the most important key factors within Supply Chain Management means a deeply understanding of bot...

  5. 论银企联盟供应链的融资风险控制%Financing Risks Controlling of the Bank-Enterprise Alliance Supply Chain

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    弯红地; 张莹莹

    2012-01-01

    基于银企联盟供应链的中小企业融资是银行通过与核心企业组成银企联盟,签订战略联盟合作协议,双方共同成为供应链中的核心成员,供应链的核心企业在合作银行授信的额度内,为其他中小企业进行融资担保的模式。它作为一种创新的融资模式,可以建立起银行与企业在合作和信任基础上的融资互保关系,但它依然存在一定的融资风险,银企联盟需要通过建立相应的监控机制,实现有效的相互监督和控制,以降低这种风险。%Financing activity based on the bank-enterprise alliance supply chain is a combined financing service which offers guarantees for upstream suppliers and downstream suppliers' credit.By using the credit granting of co-operative banks through core enterprise in supply chain,the minor enterprise could obtain more financing opportunities.As an innovative financing mode,it builds up the financing mutual-insurance relationship among enterprises on supply chains that based on enterprise credit and reduces difficulty and risk of financing effectively with its flexible way.However,there still have certain risks in this financing mode.It achieves the goal of financing risks decreasing through the establishment of appropriate monitoring mechanisms,and effective mutual supervision and control.

  6. Ferrocenyl-ended thieno-vinylene oligomers: donor-acceptor polarization and mixed-valence properties with emphasis on the raman mapping of localized-to-delocalized transitions.

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    Casado, Juan; Rodríguez González, Sandra; Ruiz Delgado, M Carmen; Moreno Oliva, María; López Navarrete, Juan T; Caballero, Ruben; de la Cruz, Pilar; Langa, Fernando

    2009-03-01

    What's your role? New oligothiophene-vinylene compounds have been synthesized to study the role of the conjugated chain in two different cases (see scheme; MV=mixed valence). The electronic and molecular structures were analyzed by means of electronic, X-ray photoelectron, and Raman spectroscopy, together with thermo spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and DFT calculations.New oligothiophene-vinylene compounds have been synthesized in order to study the role of the conjugated chain in two different cases: 1) when push-pull action operates between an electron-donor and an electron-acceptor group at the ends of the thiophene-vinylene conjugated chain, and 2) when mixed-valence action is induced by single oxidation of the same chain functionalized at both terminal positions with ferrocene groups leading to competition between the donor groups. The electronic and molecular structures are analyzed by means of electronic, X-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopies, together with thermospectroscopy, electrochemistry and density functional theory calculations. The cyclic voltammetry processes have been followed by spectrochemistry. It is shown that the radical cation of the diferrocenyl derivative is a class III mixed-valence system (i.e., fully delocalized) according to its Raman spectrum. Moreover, by Raman thermo-spectroscopy the thermal transition of this radical cation from a delocalized (class III, room temperature) to a localized (class II, -160 degrees C) state is scanned. In all cases the Raman study is paralleled by an electronic absorption spectroscopic analysis. Structure-property relationships are proposed for molecules of two important fields of very active research as that of the non-linear optics (i.e., organic optoelectronic) and that of the mixed-valence systems (i.e., charge-transfer processes). PMID:19165843

  7. Abnormal physics of group-II telluride system:valence contribution of d electrons

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    Duan He; Dong You-Zhong; Huang Yan; Chen Xiao-Shuang

    2011-01-01

    The physical trend of group-II tellurides is unexpected and contrary to the conventional wisdom. The present firstprinciples calculations give fundamental insights into the extent to which group-II telluride compounds present special properties upon mixing the d valence character.Our results provide explanations for the unexpected experimental observations based on the abnormal binding ordering of metal d electrons and their strong perturbation to the band edge states. The insights into the binary tellurides are useful for the study and control of the structural and chemical perturbation in their ternary alloys and heterostructures.

  8. Development of a temperature control system; Mise en oeuvre d'une chaine de regulation de temperature

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    Dolabdjian, Ch.; Robbes, D. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-UPRES A-6072), 14 - Caen (France); Pigeon, E.; Gehan, O. [Caen Univ., Lab. de Commande des Procedes, ISMRA, 14 (France)

    1999-07-01

    The ability of superconducting devices in the field of bolometer applications is well known. However, the over-all system performances in the low frequency domain may be limited by the temperature fluctuations of the sample holder. We present a temperature control system of such sample holder cooled by a liquid nitrogen bath at ambient pressure. It allows a noise rejection of more than 35 dB at 0.001 Hz. A 24 bit analog to digital converter was a generalized predictive control law. The control design is based on sensitivity functions shaping procedure that has shown to provide a satisfying performance/robustness compromise provided that the underlying system identification has been made appropriately. (authors)

  9. The effect of a controlled manipulation of maternal dietary fat intake on medium and long chain fatty acids in human breast milk in Saskatoon, Canada

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    Stephen Alison M

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Few studies in recent years have demonstrated the effect of maternal diet on fatty acid composition of human milk. Methods Fourteen free-living lactating women participated in a cross-over dietary intervention study, consuming a low fat diet (17.6% of energy as fat, 14.4% of energy as protein, 68.0% of energy as carbohydrate and a high fat diet (40.3% of energy as fat, 14.4% of energy as protein, 45.3% of energy as carbohydrate each for periods of 4 days, in randomised order. Each mother was her own control. Mature milk samples were collected during each period and analysed for medium and long chain fatty acids. Results The concentration of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA, was 13.6% in breast milk for the low fat diet compared to 11.4% for the high fat (p Conclusions Changing maternal dietary fat intake has a rapid response in terms of changes to fatty acids in breast milk.

  10. YME1L controls the accumulation of respiratory chain subunits and is required for apoptotic resistance, cristae morphogenesis, and cell proliferation.

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    Stiburek, Lukas; Cesnekova, Jana; Kostkova, Olga; Fornuskova, Daniela; Vinsova, Kamila; Wenchich, Laszlo; Houstek, Josef; Zeman, Jiri

    2012-03-01

    Mitochondrial ATPases associated with diverse cellular activities (AAA) proteases are involved in the quality control and processing of inner-membrane proteins. Here we investigate the cellular activities of YME1L, the human orthologue of the Yme1 subunit of the yeast i-AAA complex, using stable short hairpin RNA knockdown and expression experiments. Human YME1L is shown to be an integral membrane protein that exposes its carboxy-terminus to the intermembrane space and exists in several complexes of 600-1100 kDa. The stable knockdown of YME1L in human embryonic kidney 293 cells led to impaired cell proliferation and apoptotic resistance, altered cristae morphology, diminished rotenone-sensitive respiration, and increased susceptibility to mitochondrial membrane protein carbonylation. Depletion of YME1L led to excessive accumulation of nonassembled respiratory chain subunits (Ndufb6, ND1, and Cox4) in the inner membrane. This was due to a lack of YME1L proteolytic activity, since the excessive accumulation of subunits was reversed by overexpression of wild-type YME1L but not a proteolytically inactive YME1L variant. Similarly, the expression of wild-type YME1L restored the lamellar cristae morphology of YME1L-deficient mitochondria. Our results demonstrate the importance of mitochondrial inner-membrane proteostasis to both mitochondrial and cellular function and integrity and reveal a novel role for YME1L in the proteolytic regulation of respiratory chain biogenesis. PMID:22262461

  11. Application of adaptive DO-stat feeding control to Pichia pastoris X33 cultures expressing a single chain antibody fragment (scFv).

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    Ferreira, A R; Ataíde, F; von Stosch, M; Dias, J M L; Clemente, J J; Cunha, A E; Oliveira, R

    2012-11-01

    In this study, fed-batch cultures of a Pichia pastoris strain constitutively expressing a single chain antibody fragment (scFv) under the control of the glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAP) promoter were performed in a pilot 50 L bioreactor. Due to the very high cell density achieved within the first 75 h, typically between 140 and 160 g-DCW/L of dry cell weight (DCW), most of the scFv is produced under hard oxygen transfer limitation. To improve scFv productivity, a direct adaptive dissolved oxygen (DO)-stat feeding controller that maximizes glycerol feeding under the constraint of available oxygen transfer capacity was developed and applied to this process. The developed adaptive controller enabled to maximize glycerol feeding through the regulation of DO concentration between 3 and 5 % of saturation, thereby improving process productivity. Set-point convergence dynamics are characterized by a fast response upon large perturbations to DO, followed by a slower but very robust convergence in the vicinity of the boundary with almost imperceptible overshoot. Such control performance enabled operating closer to the 0 % boundary for longer periods of time when compared to a traditional proportional-integral-derivative algorithm, which tends to destabilize with increasing cell density. PMID:22610694

  12. Access to a polymerase chain reaction assay method targeting 13 respiratory viruses can reduce antibiotics: a randomised, controlled trial

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    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Viral respiratory infections are common worldwide and range from completely benign disease to life-threatening illness. Symptoms can be unspecific, and an etiologic diagnosis is rarely established because of a lack of suitable diagnostic tools. Improper use of antibiotics is common in this setting, which is detrimental in light of the development of bacterial resistance. It has been suggested that the use of diagnostic tests could reduce antibiotic prescription rates. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether access to a multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR assay panel for etiologic diagnosis of acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs would have an impact on antibiotic prescription rate in primary care clinical settings. Methods Adult patients with symptoms of ARTI were prospectively included. Nasopharyngeal and throat swabs were analysed by using a multiplex real-time PCR method targeting thirteen viruses and two bacteria. Patients were recruited at 12 outpatient units from October 2006 through April 2009, and samples were collected on the day of inclusion (initial visit and after 10 days (follow-up visit. Patients were randomised in an open-label treatment protocol to receive a rapid or delayed result (on the following day or after eight to twelve days. The primary outcome measure was the antibiotic prescription rate at the initial visit, and the secondary outcome was the total antibiotic prescription rate during the study period. Results A total sample of 447 patients was randomised. Forty-one were excluded, leaving 406 patients for analysis. In the group of patients randomised for a rapid result, 4.5% (9 of 202 of patients received antibiotics at the initial visit, compared to 12.3% (25 of 204 (P = 0.005 of patients in the delayed result group. At follow-up, there was no significant difference between the groups: 13.9% (28 of 202 in the rapid result group and 17.2% (35 of 204 in the delayed result group (P

  13. Study on Logistics Cost Control of Chain Retailing Enterprises%零售连锁企业的物流成本控制

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    2014-01-01

    对零售连锁企业的物流成本进行分析,在总结零售连锁企业物流成本构成和影响因素基础上分析了目前存在的主要问题,并就问题提出成本核算方法和控制措施。%In this paper, we analyzed the logistics cost of the chain retailing enterprises, summarized its composition and influence factors as well as the major issues thereof, and at the end, in view of such, proposed the method for the accounting and control of the logistics cost.

  14. A temperature control method for shortening thermal cycling time to achieve rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a disposable polymer microfluidic device

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    We present a temperature control method capable of effectively shortening the thermal cycling time of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a disposable polymer microfluidic device with an external heater and a temperature sensor. The method employs optimized temperature overshooting and undershooting steps to achieve a rapid ramping between the temperature steps for DNA denaturation, annealing and extension. The temperature dynamics within the microfluidic PCR chamber was characterized and the overshooting and undershooting parameters were optimized using the temperature-dependent fluorescence signal from Rhodamine B. The method was validated with the PCR amplification of mecA gene (162 bp) from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacterium (MRSA), where the time for 30 cycles was reduced from 50 min (without over- and undershooting) to 20 min. (paper)

  15. Process and device for controlling an optical chain operation of a laser beam carried by a welding tool

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    In controlling the operation of the optical system the following steps are applied: the welding tool is displaced from the working position to a non-working position, the optical system is fed with an auxiliary optical beam of low power, the luminous intensity passing through the tool is measured by a photoelectrical cell and compared with a threshold value which corresponds with satisfactory operation of the welding tool

  16. In situ generated half-lanthanidocene based catalysts for the controlled oligomerisation of styrene: Selectivity, block copolymerisation and chain transfer

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    Zinck, Philippe; Valente, Andreia; Mortreux, André; Visseaux, Marc

    2007-01-01

    The Cp*Nd(BH4)2(THF)2/n-butylethylmagnesium combination affords a controlled and syndioselective oligomerisation of styrene. Living oligostyrenes can be used as macromonomers for block copolymerisation, leading to the unprecedented synthesis of a (polystyrene)-block- (1,4-trans polyisoprene) copolymer. Reversible transmetallation between the neodymium and the magnesium atom is further established with a transfer efficiency close to 100%.

  17. The anatomy of th e relatedness means:Valency theory revisited and compared

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    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to review the author's valency theory inorder toclarify some important issues neglected in previous studies. First I have discussed therelationship between valency theory and drive theory. Drives were integrated asindependent elements whose role is to energize and activate the valency structure.Their content and goal is determined by the nature of valency structure. Unlike Freud,I do not thus conceive of them as the ultimate or primary motivational force. ...

  18. Perceived valence of sounds is represented non-linearly in the human amygdala and auditory cortex

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    M. Viinikainen

    2009-01-01

    Background: Valence and intensity are assumed to be the cardinal dimensions in emotional space. However, very little is known about the neural basis of perceived emotional valence. Our previous fMRI studies with visual stimuli have suggested separate representations for negative and positive valences in many cortical areas. Aims: We wanted to find out how valence of emotionally evocative sounds is represented in the human brain. Methods: Seventeen subjects were scanned with fMRI and ana...

  19. Simulations with different lattice Dirac operators for valence and sea quarks

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    Baer, O.; Rupak, G.; Shoresh, N

    2002-01-01

    We discuss simulations with different lattice Dirac operators for sea and valence quarks. A goal of such a "mixed" action approach is to probe deeper the chiral regime of QCD by enabling simulations with light valence quarks. This is achieved by using chiral fermions as valence quarks while computationally inexpensive fermions are used in the sea sector. Specifically, we consider Wilson sea quarks and Ginsparg-Wilson valence quarks. The local Symanzik action for this mixed theory is derived t...

  20. Developmental Reversals in False Memory: Effects of Emotional Valence and Arousal

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    Brainerd, C. J.; Holliday, R. E.; Reyna, V. F.; Yang, Y.; Toglia, M. P.

    2010-01-01

    Do the emotional valence and arousal of events distort children's memories? Do valence and arousal modulate counterintuitive age increases in false memory? We investigated those questions in children, adolescents, and adults using the Cornell/Cortland Emotion Lists, a word list pool that induces false memories and in which valence and arousal can…

  1. Design of Building Energy Autonomous Control System with the Intelligent Object Energy Chain Mechanism Based on Energy-IoT

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    Sangmin Park; Sanguk Park; Jinsung Byun; Yeong Yu; Sehyun Park

    2015-01-01

    The development of the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies has enabled smart objects to communicate with each other, and various IoT methods and techniques have appeared accordingly. At this point in time, there is a growing need for big data-based energy-IoT technology that can reduce energy consumption. However, despite the emergence of these technologies for IoT, there is still a lack of control systems to surmount the energy efficiency problem of hyperconnected IoT applications. In this...

  2. Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in infancy increases length- and weight-for-age but not BMI to 6 years when controlling for effects of maternal smoking.

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    Currie, L M; Tolley, E A; Thodosoff, J M; Kerling, E H; Sullivan, D K; Colombo, J; Carlson, S E

    2015-07-01

    Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) are added to infant formula but their effect on long-term growth of children is under studied. We evaluated the effects of feeding LCPUFA-supplemented formula (n = 54) compared to control formula (n = 15) throughout infancy on growth from birth-6 years. Growth was described using separate models developed with the MIXED procedure of SAS(®) that included maternal smoking history and gender. Compared to children fed control formula, children who consumed LCPUFA supplemented formula had higher length-/stature-/and weight-for-age percentiles but not body mass index (BMI) percentile from birth to 6 years. Maternal smoking predicted lower stature (2-6 years), higher weight-for-length (birth-18 months) and BMI percentile (2-6 years) independent of LCPUFA effects. Gender interacted with the effect of LCPUFA on stature, and the relationship between smoking and BMI, with a larger effect for boys. Energy intake did not explain growth differences. A relatively small control sample is a limitation. PMID:25936840

  3. Plasmid-based controls to detect rpoB mutations in Mycobacterium tuberculosis by quantitative polymerase chain reaction-high-resolution melting

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    Joas Lucas da Silva

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Quantitative polymerase chain reaction-high-resolution melting (qPCR-HRM analysis was used to screen for mutations related to drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. We detected the C526T and C531T mutations in the rifampicin resistance-determining region (RRDR of the rpoB gene with qPCR-HRM using plasmid-based controls. A segment of the RRDR region from M. tuberculosis H37Rv and from strains carrying C531T or C526T mutations in the rpoB were cloned into pGEM-T vector and these vectors were used as controls in the qPCR-HRM analysis of 54 M. tuberculosis strains. The results were confirmed by DNA sequencing and showed that recombinant plasmids can replace genomic DNA as controls in the qPCR-HRM assay. Plasmids can be handled outside of biosafety level 3 facilities, reducing the risk of contamination and the cost of the assay. Plasmids have a high stability, are normally maintained in Escherichia coli and can be extracted in large amounts.

  4. Multicenter bonds, bond valence and bond charge apportion

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    In the same way that the valence of an atom issues from the definition of bond index, we shoe here that the three-center bond index lends itself to the definition of a bond valence. Within the charge of a bond, we show that its self-charge (i.e., the amount of electron kept by the atoms involved in the bond) is parted in a such a way that the more electronegative atom tends to allot more electronic charge than the other atom. We give examples of these quantities and discuss the results for different kinds of chemical systems. We also show some results for four-center indices and report six-center indices for hexagonal rings. (author). 54 refs., 4 figs., 8 tabs

  5. Interchannel coupling effects in the valence photoionization of SF6

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    Jose, Jobin; Lucchese, Robert; Rescigno, Tom

    2014-05-01

    The complex Kohn and polyatomic Schwinger variational techniques have been employed to illustrate the interchannel coupling correlation effects in the valence photoionization dynamics of SF6. Partial photoionization cross sections and asymmetry parameters of six valence subshells (1t1 g, 5t1 u, 1t2 u, 3eg, 1t2 g, 4t1 u) are discussed in the framework of several theoretical and experimental studies. The complex Kohn results are in rather good agreement with experimental results, indicative of the fact that the interchannel coupling effects alter the photoionization dynamics significantly. We find that the dominant effect of interchannel coupling is to reduce the magnitude of shape resonant cross sections near threshold and to induce resonant features in other channels to which resonances are coupled.

  6. Bond charge approximation for valence electron density in elemental semiconductors

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    The spatial valence electron distribution in silicon and diamond is calculated in adiabatic bond charge approximation at zero temperature when bond charges have the Gaussian shape and their tensor character is taken into account. An agreement between theory and experiment has been achieved. For this purpose Xia's ionic pseudopotentials and Schulze-Unger's dielectric function are used. By two additional parameters Asub(B) and Zsub(B)sup(') we describe the spatial extent of the bond charge and local-field corrections, respectively. The parameter Zsub(B)sup(') accounts for the ratio between the Coulomb and exchange correlation interactions of the valence electrons and its silicon and diamond values have different signs. (author)

  7. Complexing of variable-valence metals with alcohols

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    Labile paramagnetic complexes of the compounds of metals of variable valence (Mo, W, V) with methanol, ethanol, and tret-butanol have been investigated by the PMR method. The data on the structure and thermodynamics of the complexes make possible the assumption that alcohol molecules can compete with hydroperoxides as far as complexing is concerned and hinder the reaction of epoxidation at the stage of deep hydroperoxide conversion

  8. Nuclear effects on valence quark distributions and sea quark distributions

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    A method is presented to get nuclear effect functions RvA(xt) and Rsa(xt) on valence quark distributions and sea quark distributions from the data of 1-A DIS process and nuclear Drell-Yan process. Both the functions may be used to test the theoretical models explaining the nuclear effects. As a example, RvFe(xt) and RsFe(xt) of the iron nucleus were obtained by this method

  9. Effects of musical valence on the cognitive processing of lyrics

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    Fiveash, Anna

    2014-01-01

    The effects of music on the brain have been extensively researched, and numerous connections have been found between music and language, music and emotion, and music and cognitive processing. Despite this work, these three research areas have never before been drawn together in a single research paradigm. This is significant as their combination could lead to valuable insights into the effects of musical valence on the cognitive processing of lyrics. Based on the feelings-as-information theor...

  10. Use of palivizumab and infection control measures to control an outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus in a neonatal intensive care unit confirmed by real-time polymerase chain reaction.

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    O'Connell, K

    2011-04-01

    Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a potentially life-threatening infection in premature infants. We report an outbreak involving four infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of our hospital that occurred in February 2010. RSV A infection was confirmed by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Palivizumab was administered to all infants in the NICU. There were no additional symptomatic cases and repeat RSV surveillance confirmed that there was no further cross-transmission within the unit. The outbreak highlighted the infection control challenge of very high bed occupancy in the unit and the usefulness of molecular methods in facilitating detection and management.

  11. Effects of valence-valence, core-valence, and core-core correlations on the fine-structure energy levels in Al-like ions

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    This paper reports on multiconfiguration Dirac-Hartree-Fock calculations for both allowed and intercombination transitions and fine structure referring to the levels of a term in highly charged aluminum like ions. Results for fine-structure energy levels, the term splitting, the wavelengths, transition rates, and thereby the branching ratios and lifetimes for the Al-like 3s23p-3s3p2 transitions in the ions Fe XIV-Au LXVII are reported and compared with other theories and experiments, using the codes GRASP2K. Our calculated fine-structure energy levels are in excellent agreement with the experimental results and the experimentally compiled energy values of the National Institute for Standards and Technology wherever available. The calculated values including core-valence correlation are found to be similar and to compare very well with other theoretical and experimental values for medium-Z ions. For higher Z the inclusion of the valence correlation gives results in excellent agreement with those from many-body perturbation theory. We believe that our extensive calculated values can guide experimentalists in identifying the fine-structure levels in their future work. From our radiative decay rates we have also calculated radiative lifetimes of some fine-structure levels. In this calculation we also predict new data for several fine-structure levels where no other theoretical and/or experimental results are available.

  12. Evaluation and memory of social events in borderline personality disorder: Effects of valence and self-referential context.

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    Winter, Dorina; Koplin, Katrin; Schmahl, Christian; Bohus, Martin; Lis, Stefanie

    2016-06-30

    People's memory of past social encounters influences current social interactions. Social rejection has been shown to increase people's memory for social events particularly when referring to others rather than themselves. Social rejection and neglect often characterize biographies of individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Using a social memory task, we investigated whether the evaluation and memory of social events is altered in BPD and whether this depends on reference to the self or others. 30 patients with BPD and 30 healthy controls evaluated the valence of positive, neutral, and negative standardized events, which were either social or nonsocial. Subsequently, participants had to recall these events. BPD patients evaluated social events of negative and neutral valence as more negative than healthy controls. Further, only BPD patients tended to preferentially recall self-referential social events. These findings suggest altered self-referential processing of social events that affects both the evaluation and the memory for social events. PMID:27078755

  13. Basic features of the pion valence-quark distribution function

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    Chang, Lei [CSSM, School of Chemistry and Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005 (Australia); Mezrag, Cédric; Moutarde, Hervé [Centre de Saclay, IRFU/Service de Physique Nucléaire, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Roberts, Craig D. [Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Rodríguez-Quintero, Jose [Departamento de Física Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias Experimentales, Universidad de Huelva, Huelva E-21071 (Spain); Tandy, Peter C. [Center for Nuclear Research, Department of Physics, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242 (United States)

    2014-10-07

    The impulse-approximation expression used hitherto to define the pion's valence-quark distribution function is flawed because it omits contributions from the gluons which bind quarks into the pion. A corrected leading-order expression produces the model-independent result that quarks dressed via the rainbow–ladder truncation, or any practical analogue, carry all the pion's light-front momentum at a characteristic hadronic scale. Corrections to the leading contribution may be divided into two classes, responsible for shifting dressed-quark momentum into glue and sea-quarks. Working with available empirical information, we use an algebraic model to express the principal impact of both classes of corrections. This enables a realistic comparison with experiment that allows us to highlight the basic features of the pion's measurable valence-quark distribution, q{sup π}(x); namely, at a characteristic hadronic scale, q{sup π}(x)∼(1−x){sup 2} for x≳0.85; and the valence-quarks carry approximately two-thirds of the pion's light-front momentum.

  14. Basic features of the pion valence-quark distribution function

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    The impulse-approximation expression used hitherto to define the pion's valence-quark distribution function is flawed because it omits contributions from the gluons which bind quarks into the pion. A corrected leading-order expression produces the model-independent result that quarks dressed via the rainbow–ladder truncation, or any practical analogue, carry all the pion's light-front momentum at a characteristic hadronic scale. Corrections to the leading contribution may be divided into two classes, responsible for shifting dressed-quark momentum into glue and sea-quarks. Working with available empirical information, we use an algebraic model to express the principal impact of both classes of corrections. This enables a realistic comparison with experiment that allows us to highlight the basic features of the pion's measurable valence-quark distribution, qπ(x); namely, at a characteristic hadronic scale, qπ(x)∼(1−x)2 for x≳0.85; and the valence-quarks carry approximately two-thirds of the pion's light-front momentum

  15. Sketching the pion's valence-quark generalised parton distribution

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    C. Mezrag

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In order to learn effectively from measurements of generalised parton distributions (GPDs, it is desirable to compute them using a framework that can potentially connect empirical information with basic features of the Standard Model. We sketch an approach to such computations, based upon a rainbow-ladder (RL truncation of QCD's Dyson–Schwinger equations and exemplified via the pion's valence dressed-quark GPD, Hπv(x,ξ,t. Our analysis focuses primarily on ξ=0, although we also capitalise on the symmetry-preserving nature of the RL truncation by connecting Hπv(x,ξ=±1,t with the pion's valence-quark parton distribution amplitude. We explain that the impulse-approximation used hitherto to define the pion's valence dressed-quark GPD is generally invalid owing to omission of contributions from the gluons which bind dressed-quarks into the pion. A simple correction enables us to identify a practicable improvement to the approximation for Hπv(x,0,t, expressed as the Radon transform of a single amplitude. Therewith we obtain results for Hπv(x,0,t and the associated impact-parameter dependent distribution, qπv(x,|b→⊥|, which provide a qualitatively sound picture of the pion's dressed-quark structure at a hadronic scale. We evolve the distributions to a scale ζ=2 GeV, so as to facilitate comparisons in future with results from experiment or other nonperturbative methods.

  16. Shell structure, emerging collectivity, and valence p-n interactions

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    Cakirli R.B.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The structure of atomic nuclei depends on the interactions of its constituents, protons and neutrons. These interactions play a key role in the development of configuration mixing and in the onset of collectivity and deformation, in changes to the single particle energies and magic numbers, and in the microscopic origins of phase transitional behavior. Particularly important are the valence proton-neutron interactions which can be studied experimentally using double differences of binding energies extracted from high-precision mass measurements. The resulting quantities, called δVpn, are average interaction strengths between the last two protons and the last two neutrons. Focusing on the Z=50-82, N=82-126 shells, we have considered a number of aspects of these interactions, ranging from their relation to the underlying orbits, their behaviour near close shells and throughout major shells, their relation to the onset of collectivity and deformation, and the appearance of unexpected spikes in δVpn values for a special set of heavy nuclei with nearly equal numbers of valence protons and neutrons. We have calculated spatial overlaps between proton and neutron Nilsson orbits and compared these with the experimental results. Finally we also address the relation between masses (separation energies, changes in structure and valence nucleon number.

  17. Comment on ''Valence QCD: Connecting QCD to the quark model''

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    The author criticize certain conclusions about the physics of hadrons drawn from a ''valence QCD'' approximation to QCD. Lattice QCD is not just useful as a technique for calculating strong interaction observables like the proton mass: it can also be used to help understand QCD. This is the goal of the work described in reference 1. Its authors present a field theory which they call valence QCD (vQCD) which they hope can be identified with the valence quark model. The key feature built into vQCD is a form of suppression of Z-graphs, i.e., of quarks propagating backward in time. The authors make sound arguments for the importance of trying to capture the essence of the quark model in a field-theoretic framework, and present some interesting results (both theoretical and numerical) on vQCD. This comment is not directed at the goals of vQCD but rather at certain conclusions about the physics of hadrons which the authors have drawn from their work which the author considers unjustified. Foremost among these is the claim highlighted in their abstract that baryon hyperfine interactions are ''largely attributed to the Goldstone boson exchanges between the quarks'' and not to standard one-gluon-exchange (OGE) forces

  18. The valence and spectral properties of rare-earth clusters

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    Peters, L; Litsarev, M S; Katsnelson, A Delin M I; Kirilyuk, A; Johansson, B; Sanyal, B; Eriksson, O

    2016-01-01

    The rare-earths are known to have intriguing changes of the valence, depending on chemical surrounding or geometry. Here we make predictions from theory that combines density functional theory with atomic multiplet-theory, on the transition of valence when transferring from the atomic divalent limit to the trivalent bulk, passing through different sized clusters, of selected rare-earths. We predict that Tm clusters show an abrupt change from pure divalent to pure trivalent at a size of 6 atoms, while Sm and Tb clusters are respectively pure divalent and trivalent up to 8 atoms. Larger Sm clusters are argued to likely make a transition to a mixed valent, or trivalent, configuration. The valence of all rare-earth clusters, as a function of size, is predicted from interpolation of our calculated results. We argue that the here predicted behavior is best analyzed by spectroscopic measurements, and provide theoretical spectra, based on dynamical mean field theory, in the Hubbard-I approximation, to ease experiment...

  19. Predicting the Valence of a Scene from Observers' Eye Movements.

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    R-Tavakoli, Hamed; Atyabi, Adham; Rantanen, Antti; Laukka, Seppo J; Nefti-Meziani, Samia; Heikkilä, Janne

    2015-01-01

    Multimedia analysis benefits from understanding the emotional content of a scene in a variety of tasks such as video genre classification and content-based image retrieval. Recently, there has been an increasing interest in applying human bio-signals, particularly eye movements, to recognize the emotional gist of a scene such as its valence. In order to determine the emotional category of images using eye movements, the existing methods often learn a classifier using several features that are extracted from eye movements. Although it has been shown that eye movement is potentially useful for recognition of scene valence, the contribution of each feature is not well-studied. To address the issue, we study the contribution of features extracted from eye movements in the classification of images into pleasant, neutral, and unpleasant categories. We assess ten features and their fusion. The features are histogram of saccade orientation, histogram of saccade slope, histogram of saccade length, histogram of saccade duration, histogram of saccade velocity, histogram of fixation duration, fixation histogram, top-ten salient coordinates, and saliency map. We utilize machine learning approach to analyze the performance of features by learning a support vector machine and exploiting various feature fusion schemes. The experiments reveal that 'saliency map', 'fixation histogram', 'histogram of fixation duration', and 'histogram of saccade slope' are the most contributing features. The selected features signify the influence of fixation information and angular behavior of eye movements in the recognition of the valence of images. PMID:26407322

  20. Sketching the pion's valence-quark generalised parton distribution

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    Mezrag, C; Moutarde, H; Roberts, C D; Rodriguez-Quintero, J; Sabatie, F; Schmidt, S M

    2014-01-01

    In order to learn effectively from measurements of generalised parton distributions (GPDs), it is desirable to compute them using a framework that can potentially connect empirical information with basic features of the Standard Model. We sketch an approach to such computations, based upon a rainbow-ladder (RL) truncation of QCD's Dyson-Schwinger equations and exemplified via the pion's valence dressed-quark GPD, $H_\\pi^{\\rm v}(x,\\xi,t)$. Our analysis focuses primarily on $\\xi=0$, although we also capitalise on the symmetry-preserving nature of the RL truncation by connecting $H_\\pi^{\\rm v}(x,\\xi=\\pm 1,t)$ with the pion's valence-quark parton distribution amplitude. We explain that the impulse-approximation used hitherto to define the pion's valence dressed-quark GPD is generally invalid owing to omission of contributions from the gluons which bind dressed-quarks into the pion. A simple correction enables us to identify a practicable improvement to the approximation for $H_\\pi^{\\rm v}(x,0,t)$, expressed as th...

  1. The effect of cerium valence states at cerium oxide nanoparticle surfaces on cell proliferation

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    Naganuma, Tamaki

    2014-05-01

    Understanding and controlling cell proliferation on biomaterial surfaces is critical for scaffold/artificial-niche design in tissue engineering. The mechanism by which underlying integrin ligates with functionalized biomaterials to induce cell proliferation is still not completely understood. In this study, poly-l-lactide (PL) scaffold surfaces were functionalized using layers of cerium oxide nanoparticles (CNPs), which have recently attracted attention for use in therapeutic application due to their catalytic ability of Ce4+ and Ce3+ sites. To isolate the influence of Ce valance states of CNPs on cell proliferation, human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and osteoblast-like cells (MG63) were cultured on the PL/CNP surfaces with dominant Ce4+ and Ce3+ regions. Despite cell type (hMSCs and MG63 cells), different surface features of Ce4+ and Ce3+ regions clearly promoted and inhibited cell spreading, migration and adhesion behavior, resulting in rapid and slow cell proliferation, respectively. Cell proliferation results of various modified CNPs with different surface charge and hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity, indicate that Ce valence states closely correlated with the specific cell morphologies and cell-material interactions that trigger cell proliferation. This finding suggests that the cell-material interactions, which influence cell proliferation, may be controlled by introduction of metal elements with different valence states onto the biomaterial surface. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

  2. The effect of acute stress on memory depends on word valence.

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    Smeets, Tom; Jelicic, Marko; Merckelbach, Harald

    2006-10-01

    The present study investigated the effect of acute stress on working memory and memory for neutral, emotionally negative, and emotionally positive words in healthy undergraduates. Participants (N=60) were exposed to either the Trier Social Stress Test (stress group) or a non-stressful task (control group). Analyses of salivary cortisol samples taken throughout the study showed elevated glucocorticoid levels after the experimental manipulation in the stress group, but not in the control group. Recall performance was impaired in the stress group, but only so for neutral words. No differences between the stress and control group were found on working memory measures. For the stress group, digit span forward and digit span total scores were associated with correct recall of neutral words. All in all, this study lends further support to the notion that the memory effects of exposure to acute stress depend on the valence of the memory material. PMID:16388863

  3. Excitations of one-valence-proton, one-valence-neutron nucleus {sup 210}Bi from cold-neutron capture

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    Cieplicka-Oryńczak, N. [INFN sezione di Milano, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, PL-31342 Kraków (Poland); Fornal, B.; Szpak, B. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, PL-31342 Kraków (Poland); Leoni, S.; Bottoni, S. [INFN sezione di Milano, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Bazzacco, D. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia dell’Università, I-35131 Padova (Italy); INFN Sezione di Padova, I-35131 Padova (Italy); Blanc, A.; Jentschel, M.; Köster, U.; Mutti, P.; Soldner, T. [Institute Laue-Langevin, 6, rue Jules Horowitz, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Bocchi, G. [Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); France, G. de [GANIL, Bd. Becquerel, BP 55027, 14076 CAEN Cedex 05 (France); Simpson, G. [LPSC, Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1, CNRS/IN2P3, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, F-38026 Grenoble Cedex (France); Ur, C. [INFN Sezione di Padova, Via F. Marzolo 8, I-35131 Padova (Italy); Urban, W. [Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, ul. Hoża 69, 02-681, Warszawa (Poland)

    2015-10-15

    The low-spin structure of one-proton, one-neutron {sup 210}Bi nucleus was investigated in cold-neutron capture reaction on {sup 209}Bi. The γ-coincidence measurements were performed with use of EXILL array consisted of 16 HPGe detectors. The experimental results were compared to shell-model calculations involving valence particles excitations. The {sup 210}Bi nucleus offers the potential to test the effective proton-neutron interactions because most of the states should arise from the proton-neutron excitations. Additionally, it was discovered that a few states should come from the couplings of valence particles to the 3{sup −} octupole vibration in {sup 208}Pb which provides also the possibility of testing the calculations involving the core excitations.

  4. Excitations of one-valence-proton, one-valence-neutron nucleus 210Bi from cold-neutron capture

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    The low-spin structure of one-proton, one-neutron 210Bi nucleus was investigated in cold-neutron capture reaction on 209Bi. The γ-coincidence measurements were performed with use of EXILL array consisted of 16 HPGe detectors. The experimental results were compared to shell-model calculations involving valence particles excitations. The 210Bi nucleus offers the potential to test the effective proton-neutron interactions because most of the states should arise from the proton-neutron excitations. Additionally, it was discovered that a few states should come from the couplings of valence particles to the 3− octupole vibration in 208Pb which provides also the possibility of testing the calculations involving the core excitations

  5. Valence fluctuation in CeMo2Si2C

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    Highlights: •Evidence for valence fluctuation of Ce ions. •XAS provides average formal LIII valence of Ce. •Kadowaki Woods ratio and Sommerfeld Wilson ratio indicate Fermi-liquid behavior. •DFT calculations reveal strong hybridization between Ce 4f and Mo 4d states. -- Abstract: We report on the valence fluctuation of Ce in CeMo2Si2C as studied by means of magnetic susceptibility χ(T), specific heat C(T), electrical resistivity ρ(T) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Powder X-ray diffraction revealed that CeMo2Si2C crystallizes in CeCr2Si2C-type layered tetragonal crystal structure (space group P4/mmm). The unit cell volume of CeMo2Si2C deviates from the expected lanthanide contraction, indicating non-trivalent state of Ce ions in this compound. The observed weak temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility and its low value indicate that Ce ions are in valence fluctuating state. The formal LIII Ce valence in CeMo2Si2C〈ν∼〉=3.14 as determined from X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurement is well below the value 〈ν∼〉≃3.4 in tetravalent Ce compound CeO2. The temperature dependence of specific heat does not show any anomaly down to 1.8 K which rules out any magnetic ordering in the system. The Sommerfeld coefficient obtained from the specific heat data is γ = 23.4 mJ/mol K2. The electrical resistivity follows the T2 behavior in the low temperature range below 35 K confirming a Fermi liquid behavior. Accordingly both the Kadowaki Woods ratio A/γ2 and the Sommerfeld Wilson ratio χ(0)/γ are in the range expected for Fermi-liquid systems. In order to get some information on the electronic states, we calculated the band structure within the density functional theory, eventhough this approach is not able to treat 4f electrons accurately. The non-f electron states crossing the Fermi level have mostly Mo 4d character. They provide the states with which the 4f sates are strongly hybridized, leading to the intermediate valent state

  6. Chain reaction

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    Chain Reaction is a work of recent American political history. It seeks to explain how and why America came to depend so heavily on its experts after World War II, how those experts translated that authority into political clout, and why that authority and political discretion declined in the 1970s. The author's research into the internal memoranda of the Atomic Energy Commission substantiates his argument in historical detail. It was not the ravages of American anti-intellectualism, as so many scholars have argued, that brought the experts back down to earth. Rather, their decline can be traced to the very roots of their success after World War II. The need to over-state anticipated results in order to garner public support, incessant professional and bureaucratic specialization, and the sheer proliferation of expertise pushed arcane and insulated debates between experts into public forums at the same time that a broad cross section of political participants found it easier to gain access to their own expertise. These tendencies ultimately undermined the political influence of all experts. (author)

  7. What is a Responsible Supply Chain?

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    Terje Ingebrigt Vaaland

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The paper introduces the concept of responsible supply chain based on two dimensions, the core processes of a supply chain and the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR. It is suggested that a responsible supply chain is achieved through manifested core values of the supply chain actors, strategies, and tactics. The paper further discusses the individual supply chain actors’ responsibility in securing a responsible supply chain beyond the actors’ direct control. A conceptual model and a definition of a responsible supply chain are offered. Our model not only provides structure to the extant research but also develops new constructs and relationships that improve the conceptualization of the responsible supply chain. The paper is based on a review of 81 research articles published between 2000 and 2010 in which elements of CSR and supply chain processes are included.

  8. Calcineurin-NFAT Signaling and Neurotrophins Control Transformation of Myosin Heavy Chain Isoforms in Rat Soleus Muscle in Response to Aerobic Treadmill Training

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    Wenfeng Liu, Gan Chen, Fanling Li, Changfa Tang

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This study elucidated the role of CaN-NFAT signaling and neurotrophins on the transformation of myosin heavy chain isoforms in the rat soleus muscle fiber following aerobic exercise training. To do so, we examined the content and distribution of myosin heavy chain (MyHC isoforms in the rat soleus muscle fiber, the activity of CaN and expression of NFATc1 in these fibers, and changes in the expression of nerve growth factor (NGF, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF and neutrophin-3 (NT-3 in the soleus and striatum following high-and medium-intensity aerobic treadmill training. Specific pathogen-free 2 month old male Sprague-Dawley (SD rats were randomly divided into three groups: Control group (Con, n = 8, moderate-intensity aerobic exercise group (M-Ex, n = 8 and high-intensity aerobic exercise group (H-Ex, n = 8. We used ATPase staining to identify the muscle fiber type I and II, SDS-PAGE to separate and analyze the isoforms MyHCI, MyHCIIA, MyHCIIB and MyHCIIx, and performed western blots to determine the expression of NFATc1, NGF, BDNF and NT-3. CaN activity was measured using a colorimetric assay. In the soleus muscle, 8 weeks of moderate-intensity exercise can induce transformation of MyHC IIA and MyHC IIB to MyHC IIX and MyHC I (p < 0.01, while high-intensity treadmill exercise can induce transform MyHC IIx to MyHC IIB, MyHC IIA and MyHC I (p < 0.01. In comparison to the control group, CaN activity and NFATcl protein level were significantly increased in both the M-Ex and H-Ex groups (p < 0.05, p < 0.01, with a more pronounced upregulation in the M-Ex group (p < 0.05. Eight weeks of moderate- and high-intensity aerobic exercise induced the expression of NGF, BDNF and NT-3 in the soleus muscle and the striatum (p < 0.01, with the most significant increase in the H-Ex group (p < 0.01. In the rat soleus muscle, (1 CaN–NFATcl signaling contributes to the conversion of MyHC I isoform in response to moderate-intensity exercise; (2

  9. Positive Affect and Cognitive Restoration: Investigating the Role of Valence and Arousal.

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    Nealis, Logan J; van Allen, Zack M; Zelenski, John M

    2016-01-01

    Positive moods are thought to restore self-control resources following depletion. However, it is not well understood whether this effect is due to affective valence (pleasantness), arousal (activation), or a combination of both. Across four studies, we set out to investigate the role of positive moods on cognitive and behavioral measures of self-regulation in an ego-depletion paradigm. In studies 1 and 2, we independently manipulated affective valence and arousal and assessed self-regulation with a Stroop task. Results did not suggest a restorative effect of either on cognitive resources. In study 3, we employed both behavioral (the 'handgrip task') and cognitive (Stroop) assessments of self-regulation. Again, no significant effect of mood was observed on the Stroop task. Additionally, participants did not persist significantly longer on the handgrip task following a positive mood induction. Finally, in study 4, high vs. low states of arousal were manipulated and self-regulation was assessed via pre- and post-manipulation Stroop performance. In study 4, Stroop performance improved slightly more across time points for those in the high arousal condition than for those in the low arousal condition. Therefore, across four studies, we failed to find a consistent pattern of results suggesting that positive moods restore cognitive resources. PMID:26784026

  10. Disentangling the Effect of Valence and Arousal on Judgments Concerning Moral Transgressions.

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    de la Viña, Luis; Garcia-Burgos, David; Okan, Yasmina; Cándido, Antonio; González, Felisa

    2015-01-01

    An increasing body of research has investigated the effect of emotions on judgments concerning moral transgressions. Yet, few studies have controlled for arousal levels associated with the emotions. High arousal may affect moral processing by triggering attention to salient features of transgressions, independently of valence. Therefore previously documented differences in effects of negative and positive emotions may have been confounded by differences in arousal. We conducted two studies to shed light on this issue. In Study 1 we developed a questionnaire including vignettes selected on the basis of psychometrical properties (i.e., mean ratings of the actions and variability). This questionnaire was administered to participants in Study 2, after presenting them with selected pictures inducing different valence but equivalent levels of arousal. Negative pictures led to more severe moral judgments than neutral (p = .054, d = 0.60) and positive pictures (p = .002, d = 1.02), for vignettes that were not associated with extreme judgments. In contrast, positive pictures did not reliably affect judgments concerning such vignettes. These findings suggest that the observed effects of emotions cannot be accounted for by an increase in attention linked to the arousal which accompanies these emotions. PMID:26256035

  11. Effects of the mineral phase and valence of vanadium on vanadium extraction from stone coal

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    Hu, Yang-jia; Zhang, Yi-min; Bao, Shen-xu; Liu, Tao

    2012-10-01

    The influence of roasting on the leaching rate and valence of vanadium was evaluated during vanadium extraction from stone coal. Vanadium in stone coal is hard to be leached and the leaching rate is less than 10% when the raw ore is leached by 4 mol/L H2SO4 at 90°C for 2 h. After the sample is roasted at 900°C for 2 h, the leaching rate of vanadium reaches the maximum, and more than 70% of vanadium can be leached. The crystal of vanadium-bearing mica minerals decomposes and the content of V(V) increases with the rise of roasting temperature from 600 to 900°C, therefore the leaching rate of vanadium increases significantly with the decomposition of the mica minerals. Some new phases, anorthite for example, form when the roasting temperature reaches 1000°C. A part of vanadium may be enwrapped in the sintered materials and newly formed phases, which may impede the oxidation of low valent vanadium and make the leaching rate of vanadium drop dramatically. The leaching rate of vanadium is not only determined by the valence state of vanadium but also controlled by the decomposition of vanadium-bearing minerals and the existence state of vanadium to a large extent.

  12. A concept for collaborative supply chain planning

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    Alfnes, E.; Dreyer, H.C.; Hvolby, Hans-Henrik;

    2012-01-01

    The main challenge for many manufacturers is the increased complexity of the supply chain, and as supply chains get more complicated enterprises require better tools for supply chain planning and execution. Many vendors offer systems to plan and control in-house operations, whereas mainly large v...... discusses current supply chain planning solutions and presents a more simple and adaptive concept to be used in both SMEs and larger enterprises....

  13. Crater Chains

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    2003-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] The large crater at the top of this THEMIS visible image has several other craters inside of it. Most noticeable are the craters that form a 'chain' on the southern wall of the large crater. These craters are a wonderful example of secondary impacts. They were formed when large blocks of ejecta from an impact crashed back down onto the surface of Mars. Secondaries often form radial patterns around the impact crater that generated them, allowing researchers to trace them back to their origin.Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 19.3, Longitude 347.5 East (12.5 West). 19 meter/pixel resolution.

  14. I. Enabling Single-Chain Surfactants to Form Vesicles by Nonamphiphilic Liquid Crystals in Water II. Controlling Attachment and Ligand-Mediated Adherence of Candida albicans on Monolayers

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    Varghese, Nisha

    This dissertation describes a fundamental study of weak noncovalent interactions and surface forces that exist at the interfaces of various interacting moieties (small molecules or microbes), and its relevance to colloidal and material chemistry. Chapter 1 presents an emulsion system that enables single-chain anionic or nonionic surfactants to sequester and encapsulate certain water-soluble organic salts, leading to the formation of vesicles in water. The water-soluble organic salt in the system comprises of disodium cromoglycate crystals that are emulsified by surfactants in water to form stable liquid crystal droplets. The work provides an exception to the rule of geometric packing factor that dictates formation of micelles by the surfactants in water. Chapter 2 shows that the odd or even number of carbon atoms present in the aliphatic chain of surfactants affect the ability of surfactants to emulsify aqueous-based liquid crystals of disodium cromoglycate. Such an odd-even effect is frequently observed for solid state properties like melting point, heat of fusion and refractive index but is rarely observed for molecules present in solution. When mixed in water, anionic single-chain surfactants with odd number of carbon atoms emulsifies disodium cromoglycate to form liquid crystal droplets, while surfactants with even number of carbon atoms fail to emulsify disodium cromoglycate. Chapter 3 Bolaamphiphiles usually form vesicles only in extreme conditions or in the presence of surfactants. Here, we explore the co-assembly system of synthesized bolaamphiphiles and disodium cromoglycate in water. The combination of the self-assembly forces of the bolaamphiphile and self-associating property of disodium cromoglycate liquid crystals act together at the interface form a unique microemulsion of liquid crystal droplets of disodium cromoglycate embedded in liquid crystal phase. Chapter 4 describes a key event (adhesion) that precedes infections caused by Candida albicans

  15. Valence-quark distribution functions in the kaon and pion

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    Chen, Chen; Chang, Lei; Roberts, Craig D.; Wan, Shaolong; Zong, Hong-Shi

    2016-04-01

    We describe expressions for pion and kaon dressed-quark distribution functions that incorporate contributions from gluons which bind quarks into these mesons and hence overcome a flaw of the commonly used handbag approximation. The distributions therewith obtained are purely valence in character, ensuring that dressed quarks carry all the meson's momentum at a characteristic hadronic scale and vanish as (1 -x )2 when Bjorken-x →1 . Comparing such distributions within the pion and kaon, it is apparent that the size of S U (3 ) -flavor symmetry breaking in meson parton distribution functions is modulated by the flavor dependence of dynamical chiral symmetry breaking. Corrections to these leading-order formulas may be divided into two classes, responsible for shifting dressed-quark momentum into glue and sea quarks. Working with available empirical information, we build an algebraic framework that is capable of expressing the principal impact of both classes of corrections. This enables a realistic comparison with experiment which allows us to identify and highlight basic features of measurable pion and kaon valence-quark distributions. We find that whereas roughly two thirds of the pion's light-front momentum is carried by valence dressed quarks at a characteristic hadronic scale; this fraction rises to 95% in the kaon; evolving distributions with these features to a scale typical of available Drell-Yan data produces a kaon-to-pion ratio of u -quark distributions that is in agreement with the single existing data set, and predicts a u -quark distribution within the pion that agrees with a modern reappraisal of π N Drell-Yan data. Precise new data are essential in order to validate this reappraisal and because a single modest-quality measurement of the kaon-to-pion ratio cannot be considered definitive.

  16. Valence-to-core-detected X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Hall, Eleanor R.; Pollock, Christopher J.; Bendix, Jesper;

    2014-01-01

    transitions from filled ligand orbitals to the metal 1s core hole, with distinct energetic shifts for ligands of differing ionization potentials. VtC-detected XAS data were obtained from multiple valence emission features for a series of well-characterized Mn model compounds; taken together, these data...... XAS, nonresonant XES, and VtC RXES data were all modeled within a density functional theory approach. While the TFY XAS and nonresonant XES data are readily interpreted by theory, the VtC RXES cannot be reproduced within such a simplified model. Nonetheless, dramatic changes in the experimental...

  17. Valence-band of cubic semiconductors: Clifford algebra approach II

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    Dargys, A, E-mail: dargys@pfi.l [Semiconductor Physics Institute, A. Gostauto 11, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania)

    2010-07-15

    Application of Clifford algebra in the analysis of valence-band spin properties in semiconductors is considered. In the first part (Dargys A 2009 Phys. Scr. 80 065701), for this purpose the isomorphism between multivectors and their matrix representations was used to transform the problem to Clifford algebra. Here equivalence rules are established between the spinors of Hilbert space and basis elements of the five-dimensional Clifford algebra Cl{sub 4,1}. Then, the rules are applied to the total angular momentum components and the two-band hole Hamiltonian. The resulting biquaternionic Schroedinger equation for hole spin is solved as an example.

  18. Valence-band of cubic semiconductors: Clifford algebra approach II

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    Application of Clifford algebra in the analysis of valence-band spin properties in semiconductors is considered. In the first part (Dargys A 2009 Phys. Scr. 80 065701), for this purpose the isomorphism between multivectors and their matrix representations was used to transform the problem to Clifford algebra. Here equivalence rules are established between the spinors of Hilbert space and basis elements of the five-dimensional Clifford algebra Cl4,1. Then, the rules are applied to the total angular momentum components and the two-band hole Hamiltonian. The resulting biquaternionic Schroedinger equation for hole spin is solved as an example.

  19. Photon energy dependence of graphite valence band photoelectron intensity

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    Takizawa, Masaru, E-mail: m-tkzw@fc.ritsumei.ac.j [Research Organization of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Noji-Higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 (Japan); Namba, Hidetoshi [Department of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Noji-Higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 (Japan); Matsui, Fumihiko [Graduate School of Materials Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Ikoma, Nara 630-0192 (Japan); Daimon, Hiroshi [Department of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Noji-Higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 (Japan); Graduate School of Materials Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Ikoma, Nara 630-0192 (Japan)

    2010-08-15

    We have measured two-dimensional photoelectron spectra of graphite with various photon energies. We investigated the photon energy dependence of the valence band dispersions of graphite at vicinity of Fermi level which appear at Brillouin zone (BZ) corners. We found that the photoelectron intensities of the Fermi surfaces were, however, very different even when the photon energies are selected to see the same symmetry planes of BZ. This intensity difference of the Fermi surfaces is well reproduced by considering the 'photoemission structure factor' for three-dimensional nature of graphite.

  20. 社会责任思想在供应链质量控制中的应用%The application of the idea of social responsibility in the quality control of supply chain

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    2013-01-01

    国际标准化组织新近发布了社会责任指南标准ISO26000,强调组织要实现可持续发展,就必须履行其社会责任.论文阐述了ISO26000社会责任思想的七个核心主题在供应链质量控制中的应用,以帮助企业按照ISO26000的社会责任思想来影响和规范供应链质量控制体系,使所有供应链成员企业都能够主动参与质量工作,并对整个供应链体系进行有效的质量监督与控制.%Recently, ISO published ISO26000 which emphasizes that the organization must perform its social responsibility to realize sustainable development. This paper analyzed the application of the seven core subiects of ISO26000 in quality control of supply chain so as to perfect the quality control system of supply chain according to the social responsibility idea of ISO26000, promote all the supply chain members participating into the quality control actively, and implement effective quality supervision and control over the whole supply chain system.

  1. Graphs: Associated Markov Chains

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    Murthy, Garimella Rama

    2012-01-01

    In this research paper, weighted / unweighted, directed / undirected graphs are associated with interesting Discrete Time Markov Chains (DTMCs) as well as Continuous Time Markov Chains (CTMCs). The equilibrium / transient behaviour of such Markov chains is studied. Also entropy dynamics (Shannon entropy) of certain structured Markov chains is investigated. Finally certain structured graphs and the associated Markov chains are studied.

  2. Effect of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on inflammation and metabolic markers in hypertensive and/or diabetic obese adults: a randomized controlled trial

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    Mohammed S. Ellulu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Obesity is a degree of excess weight that predisposes people to metabolic syndromes via an inflammatory mechanism. Hypertensive and diabetic people have higher risks of developing systemic inflammation. Long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC ω-3 PUFAs can reduce the cardiovascular events and help against inflammation. Objective: To identify the effects of LC ω-3 PUFAs on reducing the levels of inflammatory markers on hypertensive and/or diabetic obese adults. Materials and methods: Sixty-four patients, who were hypertensive and/or diabetic obese with high levels of inflammatory markers, from primary healthcare centers of Gaza City, Palestine, enrolled in two groups of an open-label, parallel, randomized, controlled trial for 8 weeks. Thirty-three patients were in the control group, and 31 patients were in the experimental group. The experimental group was treated with a daily dose of 300 mg eicosapentaenoic acid and 200 mg of docosahexaenoic acid. Results: Treatment with LC ω-3 PUFAs significantly reduced the level of high sensitivity C reactive protein (hs-CRP [14.78±10.7 to 8.49±6.69 mg/L, p<0.001], fasting blood glucose (FBG [178.13±58.54 to 157.32±59.77 mg/dL, p=0.024], and triglyceride (TG [209.23±108.3 to 167.0±79.9 mg/dL, p<0.05] after 8 weeks of treatment, whereas no significant changes appeared in interleukin 6 (IL-6 and total cholesterol (TC. In the control group, significant reduction was detected for FBG [187.15±64.8 to 161.91±37.9 mg/dL, p<0.05] and TG [202.91±107.0 to 183.45±95.82 mg/dL, p<0.05], and no changes for hs-CRP, IL-6, or TC. By comparing the experimental group with the changes of control group at the endpoint, LC ω-3 PUFAs did not reach the clinical significance in treating effectiveness for any of the clinical variables. Conclusion: LC ω-3 PUFAs have recommended effects on health; the obtained results can improve the role of LC ω-3 PUFAs as a protective factor on inflammation and

  3. Plasmon excitation in valence shell photoelectron spectroscopy for PAHs

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    The photon energy dependence of photoelectron spectra (PES) for two members of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) family namely pyrene and fluorene is studied in FUV regime (15 - 40 eV) using high-resolution synchrotron photoelectron spectrometer. The difference in outer (π dominated) and inner (σ dominated) valence relative photoelectron emission cross sections as a function of photon energy identifies the region of plasmon excitation (∼ 15-27 eV). This excitation mode is present in the same region for both the molecule irrespective of the difference in their structure and symmetry. The feature is observed to be independent of the details of the molecular orbital associated with the outgoing electron. The results are in contradiction to the observed in benzene for inner valence bands. With the help of OVGF/cc-pVDZ calculations, the experimental bands are assigned as per their binding energy and symmetry. The first ionization potentials are estimated to be 7.436 ± 0.015 and 7.944 ± 0.055 eV for pyrene and fluorene, respectively

  4. The method of thermodynamic perturbation in the intermediate valence problem

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    The effect of hybridization on the free energy and the magnetic susceptibility X of intermediate valence compounds is studied employing the method of thermodynamic perturbation in second order. This method is applied to a lattice with a variable concentration c of impurities that are described by the Anderson model. A non-divergent logarithmic correction appears when the chemical potential μ sub(e) is not in the middle of the rectangular conduction band, and it is shown by a different method that this correction is also present in the exactly soluble case of independent electrons with hybridization. When c=1 the logarithmic term is cancelled by a term proportional to (δ2μ sub(e)/δH2). By thermodynamic arguments it is shown that this concentration dependent contribution coincides with a different expression that was recently obtained by another approach. The contribution of the third state of charge to X is discussed; this state is usually neglected in intermediate valence models. (Author)

  5. Coupled-cluster based basis sets for valence correlation calculations

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    Claudino, Daniel; Gargano, Ricardo; Bartlett, Rodney J.

    2016-03-01

    Novel basis sets are generated that target the description of valence correlation in atoms H through Ar. The new contraction coefficients are obtained according to the Atomic Natural Orbital (ANO) procedure from CCSD(T) (coupled-cluster singles and doubles with perturbative triples correction) density matrices starting from the primitive functions of Dunning et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 90, 1007 (1989); ibid. 98, 1358 (1993); ibid. 100, 2975 (1993)] (correlation consistent polarized valence X-tuple zeta, cc-pVXZ). The exponents of the primitive Gaussian functions are subject to uniform scaling in order to ensure satisfaction of the virial theorem for the corresponding atoms. These new sets, named ANO-VT-XZ (Atomic Natural Orbital Virial Theorem X-tuple Zeta), have the same number of contracted functions as their cc-pVXZ counterparts in each subshell. The performance of these basis sets is assessed by the evaluation of the contraction errors in four distinct computations: correlation energies in atoms, probing the density in different regions of space via (-3 ≤ n ≤ 3) in atoms, correlation energies in diatomic molecules, and the quality of fitting potential energy curves as measured by spectroscopic constants. All energy calculations with ANO-VT-QZ have contraction errors within "chemical accuracy" of 1 kcal/mol, which is not true for cc-pVQZ, suggesting some improvement compared to the correlation consistent series of Dunning and co-workers.

  6. Energetics and thermodynamic stability of the mixed valence ytterbium germanides.

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    Balducci, G; Brutti, S; Ciccioli, A; Gigli, G; Palenzona, A; Pani, M

    2007-05-17

    The results of an experimental study concerning the thermodynamic stability of the Yb germanides, described as intermediate valence compounds, complemented by a computational investigation for the Yb3Ge5 compound are reported. These compounds belong to the rare earth (RE) tetrelides (tetrel = Si, Ge, i.e., group 14 elements), a class of intermetallic materials showing unusual and promising physical properties (giant magnetocaloric effect, magnetostriction, and magnetoresistence). The high-temperature decomposition reactions of the Yb-Ge intermediate phases were studied experimentally by means of the KEMS (Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry) and KEWL (Knudsen effusion weight loss) techniques. From the reaction enthalpies derived by measuring the Yb(g) decomposition pressures as a function of temperature, the heats of formation of five out of six of the intermediate phases in the Yb-Ge system were calculated. From the computational side, the stability of the Yb3Ge5(s) compound has been investigated by DFT-LCAO-B3LYP (density functional theory-linear combination of atomic orbitals-hybrid b3lyp exchange-correlation functional) first principles calculations deriving its equilibrium geometry and the enthalpy of formation at 0 K in relation to the intermediate valence state of Yb in the lattice. PMID:17444673

  7. Comparative Evaluation of Supply Chain Management Strategies: A Simulation Approach

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    Chan, FTS

    2002-01-01

    Supply chain management has become one of the most important sources of competitive advantage in different industries. For years, researchers have investigated the various processes within supply chain. There has been an increasing attention placed on performance, design and analysis of supply chain. However, the supply chain is a complex model so it is difficult to analyze the performance of a supply chain philosophically. To evaluate the control mechanism for a supply chain, simulation is o...

  8. Processing negative valence of word pairs that include a positive word.

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    Itkes, Oksana; Mashal, Nira

    2016-09-01

    Previous research has suggested that cognitive performance is interrupted by negative relative to neutral or positive stimuli. We examined whether negative valence affects performance at the word or phrase level. Participants performed a semantic decision task on word pairs that included either a negative or a positive target word. In Experiment 1, the valence of the target word was congruent with the overall valence conveyed by the word pair (e.g., fat kid). As expected, response times were slower in the negative condition relative to the positive condition. Experiment 2 included target words that were incongruent with the overall valence of the word pair (e.g., fat salary). Response times were longer for word pairs whose overall valence was negative relative to positive, even though these word pairs included a positive word. Our findings support the Cognitive Primacy Hypothesis, according to which emotional valence is extracted after conceptual processing is complete. PMID:26008637

  9. Virtual Distance and Soundstage, and their Impacts on Experienced Emotional Valence

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    Christensen, Justin

    2015-01-01

    Research from animal ethology and affective neuroscience suggest that a listener’s perceived distance from a signal source can alter their experienced emotional valence of the music. Furthermore, appraisal theories of emotion suggest that emotionally valenced responses will diverge according...... to the type of emotion presented. For these exploratory investigations, subjects listen to selected musical excerpts on speakers in combination with a tactile transducer attached to their chair. The listening sessions are recorded on EEG supported by subject feedback responses. My hypothesis is that musical...... stimuli should cause stronger valenced responses in the nearfield than at a distance. Thus, music experienced as being negatively valenced at a distance should be more negatively valenced in nearfield, and music that is experienced as having a positive valence at a distance should be more positively...

  10. First-Order Structural Change Accompanied by Yb Valence Transition in YbInCu4

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    Tsutsui, Satoshi; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Tsunoda, Ryoma; Hirose, Yusuke; Mito, Takeshi; Settai, Rikio; Mizumaki, Masaichiro

    2016-06-01

    A diffraction experiment using high-energy X-rays was carried out on YbInCu4. Below the Yb valence transition temperature, the splitting of Bragg peaks was detected in high-order reflections. No superlattice reflections accompanying the valence ordering were found below the transition temperature. These experimental findings indicate that a structural change from a cubic structure to a tetragonal structure without valence ordering occurs at the transition temperature. Such a structural change free from any valence ordering is difficult to understand only in terms of Yb valence degrees of freedom. This means that the structural change may be related to electronic symmetries such as quadrupolar degrees of freedom as well as to the change in Yb valence.

  11. X-ray absorption study of intermediate valence in Sm1-xGdxS alloys

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    X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) measurements above LH edge of Sm are employed to study the intermediate valence in Sm1-xGdxS(0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.30) alloys. The split white lines at the LH edge of Sm are used to determine the average valence of SM in these alloys. The internal chemical pressure generated by substitution of smaller trivalent cation, Gd, for Sm drives the latter to a higher valence. Sm valence increases smoothly first and then undergoes an abrupt increment at a critical concentration of 16 at.% of Gd. At concentration of Gd higher than 16 at. % the increase in Sm valence is smooth and small. The data for Sm average valence for Sm1-xGdxS alloys obtained by LH absorption edges shows fair agreement with other techniques

  12. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT – KEY FACTORS

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    Magdalena Daniela DINU

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper exposes Supply Chain Management by its key factors. Briefly, where the Supply Chain Management is treated as strategic part of a company then maintaining both control and influence throughout the entire supply chain are key factors and critical to success. On the other hand, finding the right partner to manage the non-strategic Supply Chains would be another key factor too. To define the most important key factors within Supply Chain Management means a deeply understanding of both Supply Chain’ s components, procedures, workflow, processes and the importance of Supply Chain Management into maximizing company's value. SCORE model able to provide solid information about measuring performance and identifying priorities within Supply Chain Management will help us to understand the key factors by analyzing its elements: Plan, Source, Make, Deliver,Return, Enable. These elements covers all the challenging areas from first to third tier of Supply Chain Management.

  13. 全价值链成本管控体系建设实践研究%Construction Practice Study of the System of Whole Value Chain Cost Management and Control

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    崔洁元; 韦英

    2015-01-01

    全价值链成本管控体系建设是以价值链管理和战略成本管理理念为指导,以作业成本管理为基础,全面收集、整理、分析和利用价值链上各环节的成本信息,以支持价值链成本管控体系的构建和优化。本文通过对全价值链成本管控进行理论阐述,在具体实践中运用精益管理理念,创新管理思维,理论联系实际,建设性地提出了推进全价值链成本管控体系建设的思路和具体实施方法,对构建企业全价值链成本管控体系有一定的借鉴意义。%Guided by value chain management and the theory of strategic cost management, and based on activity-based costing management, the whole value chain management system collets, sorts out, analyzes and makes use of the information on every value chain link to support the construction and optimization of value chain cost management system. The paper expounds the theory of whole value chain management and control by employing lean management concept, innovating management thinking, combining theory and practice, putting forward ideas and concrete measures to promote the construction of whole value chain management system, which may be reference to constructing whole value chain management system for enterprises.

  14. Neural correlates of emotion word processing: the interaction between emotional valence and arousal

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    Citron, Francesca M. M.

    2011-01-01

    Emotion is characterised by two-dimensions: emotional valence describes the extent to which an emotion is positive or negative, and arousal represents its intensity. Emotional content of verbal material affects cognitive processing, although research on word recognition has only recently taken emotion into account, primarily focusing on valence, while neglecting arousal. The present work aimed to disentangle the effects of valence and arousal during a lexical decision ta...

  15. In-Medium Pion Valence Distributions in a Light-Front Model

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    de Melo, J P B C; Ahmed, I

    2016-01-01

    Pion valence distributions in nuclear medium and vacuum are studied in a light-front constituent quark model. The in-medium input for studying the pion properties is calculated by the quark-meson coupling model. We find that the in-medium pion valence distribution, as well as the in-medium pion valence wave function, are substantially modified at normal nuclear matter density, due to the reduction in the pion decay constant.

  16. Developmental changes in effects of risk and valence on adolescent decision-making

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    Wolf, L.K.; Kilford, E. J.; Blakemore, S-J; Wright, N. D.; Dolan, R. J.

    2013-01-01

    Recent research on risky decision-making in adults has shown that both the risk in potential outcomes and their valence (i.e., whether those outcomes involve gains or losses) exert dissociable influences on decisions. We hypothesised that the influences of these two crucial decision variables (risk and valence) on decision-making would vary developmentally during adolescence. We adapted a risk-taking paradigm that provides precise metrics for the impacts of risk and valence. Decision-making i...

  17. Developmental Reversals in False Memory: Effects of Emotional Valence and Arousal

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    Brainerd, C. J.; Holliday, R. E.; Reyna, V. F.; Yang, Y.; Toglia, M. P.

    2010-01-01

    Do the emotional valence and arousal of events distort children’s memories? Do valence and arousal modulate counterintuitive age increases in false memory? We investigated those questions in children, adolescents, and adults using the Cornell/Cortland Emotion Lists, a word list pool that induces false memories and in which valence and arousal can be manipulated factorially. False memories increased with age for unpresented semantic associates of word lists, and net accuracy (the ratio of true...

  18. Charge density waves and local states in quasi-one-dimensional mixed valence inorganic complexes

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    The ground state structures and local states associated with chemical defects in quasi-one-dimensional halogen (X) bridged transition metal (M) mixed valence solids of MX and MMX type have been studied. An adiabatic Hartree-Fock theoretical framework is presented and representative members are classified. The MX materials provide a class whose strong electron-phonon coupling usually favors a charge-density-wave (CDW) ground state. However, the coupling strength can be chemically tuned (e.g., by extension to MMX systems) or altered by pressure, driving the ground state structures towards, e.g., a bond-order-wave (BOW) phase. Electron-phonon driven self-trapped states are expected in both the CDW or BOW regimes. Resonance Raman spectra of the MMX solid K4(Pt2(P2O5H2)4Cl)·H2O show, in addition to the homogeneous ground state modes, sharp new features with excitation profiles shifted to the red of the intervalence-charge-transfer (IVCT) band. We attribute these new bands to a local polaron state formed by oxidation of the Pt2 Cl chain by a chemical defect. The observed spectral characteristics of this local state are in good agreement with theoretical predictions. (author). 28 refs, 4 figs, 1 tab

  19. Relationship between irradiation swelling behaviour of alloys and their valence electron structure

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    The relationship between valence electron structure of alloys and their irradiation swelling behaviour has been investigated on basis of results of valence electron structure calculated by means of the empirical electron theory. The difference of the irradiation swelling behaviour among three prior candidate alloys has been explained by their different valence electron structure, and the intrinsic relation between nickel content of iron-nickel-based alloys and their irradiation swelling behaviour has been clarified. From the viewpoint of valence electron structure, intermetallic compounds are potential structural materials with excellent resistance to irradiation swelling. (4 tabs.)

  20. Research and Optimization of Enterprise Inventory Control Based on Supply Chain%基于供应链的企业库存成因及优化控制的研究

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    董鹏; 孔令夷

    2013-01-01

    基于企业全面库存管理思想,运用供应链系统理论作为研究方法,分析了库存管理现状及产生原因,从优化生产管理、整合企业内部供应链和跨企业供应链的角度提出库存控制的对策,以实现全面的库存优化,提高经营效益。%Based on the idea of a comprehensive enterprise inventory management, the inventory cost, inventory control experience, the optimization of inventory system management and the results of previous studies were analyzed.By using inventory management concepts and methods of advanced enterprises, to large manufacturing enterprise as the core research object, on the set of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors for the integration of the supply chain as the foundation of the research framework, using the supply chain system theory as research method, the authors analyze the inventory management present situation, affecting factors and reasons, put forward the corresponding countermeasures of inventory control from the optimization of production management, the integration of internal supply chain and inter enterprise supply chain perspective in order to achieve inventory optimization of comprehensive and improve operational efficiency.

  1. Mixed-valence copper coordination polymers based on CuSCN or CuN3 as bridging motifs

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    FAN Guang; GAO Shengli; CHEN Sanping; ZENG Minghua; XIE Gang

    2005-01-01

    Two novel mixed valence copper coordination polymers, [Cu(2-pac)2(CuN3)(H2O)]n (1) and [Cu(2-pac)2(CuSCN)2]n (2), have been prepared through hydrothermal synthesis and analyzed for structure determination, which exhibit two- and three-dimensional structures respectively. In complex (1), zigzag chains of [CuN3]n running parallel to the c direction are interconnected by Cu(2pac)2 to form a two-dimensional layer structure. In complex (2), the arrangement of μ-1,1,3 bridging thiocyanate ligand leads to the formation of ten-membered Cu-SCN- Cu-S-Cu-NCS rings, and each Cu atom is further linked by Cu(2-pac)2 to afford a three-dimensional configuration.

  2. Valence-shell photoionization of chlorinelike Ar+ ions

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    Absolute cross-section measurements for valence-shell photoionization of Ar+ ions are reported for photon energies ranging from 27.4 to 60.0 eV. The data, taken by merging beams of ions and synchrotron radiation at a photon energy resolution of 10 meV, indicate that the primary ion beam was a statistically weighted mixture of the 2P3/2o ground state and the 2P1/2o metastable state of Ar+. Photoionization of this Cl-like ion is characterized by multiple Rydberg series of autoionizing resonances superimposed on a direct photoionization continuum. Observed resonance line shapes indicate interference between indirect and direct photoionization channels. Resonance features are spectroscopically assigned and their energies and quantum defects are tabulated. The measurements are satisfactorily reproduced by theoretical calculations based on an intermediate coupling semirelativistic Breit-Pauli approximation.

  3. A role of valence particles number equal to 20

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    The importance of the NpNn parametrization was first demonstrated by Casten in connection with the role of the proton-neutron interaction in the growth of deformation away from shell closures, and there have subsequently been many developments in this theme. The symbols Np and Nn are number of valence particles/holes of protons and neutrons, respectively (where nucleons are counted as holes beyond the middle of a major shell). The observables which reflect collective structure in the deformed mass region for even-even nuclei such as E(2+), R4/2 ≡ E(4+)/E(2+) and B(E2) have behaved smoothly with NpNn

  4. Exploring covalently bonded diamondoid particles with valence photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Zimmermann, Tobias; Knecht, Andre; Fokin, Andrey A; Koso, Tetyana V; Chernish, Lesya V; Gunchenko, Pavel A; Schreiner, Peter R; Möller, Thomas; Rander, Torbjörn

    2013-01-01

    We investigated the electronic structures of diamondoid particles in the gas phase, utilizing valence photoelectron spectroscopy. The samples were singly or doubly covalently bonded dimers or trimers of the lower diamondoids. Both bond type and the combination of the bonding partners affect the overall electronic structures. For singly bonded particles we observe a small impact of the bond type on the electronic structure, whereas for doubly bonded particles the connecting bond is the deciding factor, determining the electronic structure of the uppermost occupied orbitals. In the singly bonded particles a superposition of the bonding partner orbitals determines the overall electronic structure. The strength of quantum confinement effects, i.e., the localization of electrons, depends on the bonding partner orbital energy difference. The experimental findings correspond well to density functional theory computations.

  5. Valence quark polarization in the nucleon and the deuteron data

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    Arash, Firooz; Taghavi-Shahri, Fatemeh

    2008-10-01

    Within the framework of the so-called valon model, we argue that a substantial part of the nucleon spin, about 40%, is carried by the polarized valence quarks. The remaining is the result of cancelations between gluon polarization and the orbital angular momentum, where the gluon polarization is the dominant one. It is shown that the sea quark contributions to the spin of any hadron is simply marginal and consistent with zero. Our findings point to a substantially smaller value for a8 than inferred from hyperon β decay, suggesting that full SU (3) symmetric assumption needs to be reconsidered. New and emerging experimental data tend to support this finding. Finally, we show that within the model presented here the experimental data on the polarized structure functions g1p,n,d are reproduced.

  6. Nature of the Frequency Shift of Hydrogen Valence Vibrations

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    The physical nature of a frequency shift of hydrogen valence vibrations in a water molecule due to its interaction with neighbor molecules has been studied. Electrostatic forces connected with the multipole moments of molecules are supposed to give a dominating contribution to the intermolecular interaction. The frequency shift was calculated in the case where two neighbor molecules form a dimer. The obtained result is in qualitative agreement with the frequency shifts observed for water vapor, hexagonal ice, and liquid water, as well as for aqueous solutions of alcohols. This fact testifies to the electrostatic nature of H-bonds used to describe both the specific features of the intermolecular interaction in water and the macroscopic properties of the latter.

  7. Time delay in valence shell photoionization of noble gas atoms

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    Kheifets, A S

    2013-01-01

    We use the non-relativistic random phase approximation with exchange to perform calculations of valence shell photoionization of Ne, Ar, Kr and Xe from their respective thresholds to photon energy of 200 eV. The energy derivative of the complex phase of the photoionization matrix elements is converted to the photoelectron group delay that can be measured in attosecond streaking or two-photon transitions interference experiments. Comparison with reported time delay measurements in Ne and Ar at a few selected photon energies is made. Systematic mapping of time delay across a wide range of photon energies in several atomic targets allows to highlight important aspects of fundamental atomic physics that can be probed by attosecond time delay measurements.

  8. Valence-quark distribution functions in the kaon and pion

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    Chen, Chen; Roberts, Craig D; Wan, Shaolong; Zong, Hong-Shi

    2016-01-01

    We describe expressions for pion and kaon dressed-quark distribution functions that incorporate contributions from gluons which bind quarks into these mesons and hence overcome a flaw of the commonly used handbag approximation. The distributions therewith obtained are purely valence in character, ensuring that dressed-quarks carry all a meson's momentum at a characteristic hadronic scale and vanishing as $(1-x)^2$ when Bjorken-$x\\to 1$. Comparing such distributions within the pion and kaon, it is apparent that the size of SU(3)-flavour symmetry breaking in meson parton distribution functions is modulated by the flavour dependence of dynamical chiral symmetry breaking. Corrections to these leading-order formulae may be divided into two classes, responsible for shifting dressed-quark momentum into glue and sea-quarks. Working with available empirical information, we build an algebraic framework that is capable of expressing the principal impact of both classes of corrections. This enables a realistic comparison...

  9. Adsorption mechanism and valency of catechol-functionalized hyperbranched polyglycerols

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    Krysiak, Stefanie; Wei, Qiang; Rischka, Klaus; Hartwig, Andreas; Haag, Rainer

    2015-01-01

    Summary Nature often serves as a model system for developing new adhesives. In aqueous environments, mussel-inspired adhesives are promising candidates. Understanding the mechanism of the extraordinarily strong adhesive bonds of the catechol group will likely aid in the development of adhesives. With this aim, we study the adhesion of catechol-based adhesives to metal oxides on the molecular level using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The comparison of single catechols (dopamine) with multiple catechols on hyperbranched polyglycerols (hPG) at various pH and dwell times allowed us to further increase our understanding. In particular, we were able to elucidate how to achieve strong bonds of different valency. It was concluded that hyperbranched polyglycerols with added catechol end groups are promising candidates for durable surface coatings. PMID:26150898

  10. Adsorption mechanism and valency of catechol-functionalized hyperbranched polyglycerols

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    Stefanie Krysiak

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Nature often serves as a model system for developing new adhesives. In aqueous environments, mussel-inspired adhesives are promising candidates. Understanding the mechanism of the extraordinarily strong adhesive bonds of the catechol group will likely aid in the development of adhesives. With this aim, we study the adhesion of catechol-based adhesives to metal oxides on the molecular level using atomic force microscopy (AFM. The comparison of single catechols (dopamine with multiple catechols on hyperbranched polyglycerols (hPG at various pH and dwell times allowed us to further increase our understanding. In particular, we were able to elucidate how to achieve strong bonds of different valency. It was concluded that hyperbranched polyglycerols with added catechol end groups are promising candidates for durable surface coatings.

  11. Expectation modulates neural representations of valence throughout the human brain.

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    Ramayya, Ashwin G; Pedisich, Isaac; Kahana, Michael J

    2015-07-15

    The brain's sensitivity to unexpected gains or losses plays an important role in our ability to learn new behaviors (Rescorla and Wagner, 1972; Sutton and Barto, 1990). Recent work suggests that gains and losses are ubiquitously encoded throughout the human brain (Vickery et al., 2011), however, the extent to which reward expectation modulates these valence representations is not known. To address this question, we analyzed recordings from 4306 intracranially implanted electrodes in 39 neurosurgical patients as they performed a two-alternative probability learning task. Using high-frequency activity (HFA, 70-200 Hz) as an indicator of local firing rates, we found that expectation modulated reward-related neural activity in widespread brain regions, including regions that receive sparse inputs from midbrain dopaminergic neurons. The strength of unexpected gain signals predicted subjects' abilities to encode stimulus-reward associations. Thus, neural signals that are functionally related to learning are widely distributed throughout the human brain. PMID:25937489

  12. Isotopic exchange in mixed valence compounds in the solid state

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    This work aims at the determination of isotopic exchange kinetics and mechanism in two mixed valence compounds: Cs10(Sbsup(V)Cl6) (Sbsup(III)Cl6)3 and Tl3sup(I)(Tlsup(III)Cl6). The synthesis of the first compound is very difficult because in most of the cases mixtures of chloroantimoniates are obtained. Exchange in Tl4Cl6 labelled on Tlsup(III) is studied in detail by radiochemical analysis and physical techniques: ionic conductivity and positon annihilation. Cation vacancies are easily created in the lattice with formation enthalpy of 0.35 eV and migration enthalpy of 0.52 eV. Isochronic and isothermal exchange curves are described by a kinetic based on species diffusion. Models are given. Exchange is increased by grinding probably because extrinseque defects are introduced

  13. The itinerant resonating-valence-bond model for superconductivity

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    It has been proposed by Anderson that the pairing interaction in high temperature superconductors La/sub 2-x/ Sr/sub x/ Cuo4 and Yba2Cu3O/sub 7-x/ is magnetic in origin, and the recent discovery of antiferromagnetic ordering in La2CuO4 has been regarded as strong evidence in support of this so-called resonating-valence-bond (RVB) model. Close examination of the ordered state of this material reveals that it is an itinerant antiferromagnet. Accordingly, the superconducting properties must also be studied using the itinerant model approach, rather than the local moment model discussed so far in literature. This paper reports an approximate solution of the itinerant RVB model of superconductivity. It is shown that superconductivity can take place in a narrow region of the parameter space, and that the fluctuating local exchange field causes the superconducting state to be gapless. 19 refs

  14. Resonating Valence Bond states for low dimensional S=1 antiferromagnets

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    Liu, Zheng-Xin; Zhou, Yi; Ng, Tai-Kai

    2014-03-01

    We study S = 1 spin liquid states in low dimensions. We show that the resonating-valence-bond (RVB) picture of S = 1 / 2 spin liquid state can be generalized to S = 1 case. For S = 1 system, a many-body singlet (with even site number) can be decomposed into superposition of products of two-body singlets. In other words, the product states of two-body singlets, called the singlet pair states (SPSs), are over complete to span the Hilbert space of many-body singlets. Furthermore, we generalized fermionic representation and the corresponding mean field theory and Gutzwiller projected stats to S = 1 models. We applied our theory to study 1D anti-ferromagnetic bilinear-biquadratic model and show that both the ground states (including the phase transition point) and the excited states can be understood excellently well within the framework. Our method can be applied to 2D S = 1 antiferromagnets.

  15. Kaon semileptonic decay form factors with HISQ valence quarks

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    Gamiz, E; Bazavov, A; Bernard, C; Bouchard, C; DeTar, C; Du, D; El-Khadra, A X; Foley, J; Freeland, E D; Gottlieb, Steven; Heller, U M; Kim, J; Kronfeld, A S; Laiho, J; Levkova, L; Mackenzie, P B; Neil, E T; Oktay, M B; Qiu, Si-Wei; Simone, J N; Sugar, R; Toussaint, D; Van de Water, R S; Zhou, R

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    We report on the status of our kaon semileptonic form factor calculations using the highly-improved staggered quark (HISQ) formulation to simulate the valence fermions. We present results for the form factor f_+^{K \\pi}(0) on the asqtad N_f=2+1 MILC configurations, discuss the chiral-continuum extrapolation, and give a preliminary estimate of the total error. We also present a more preliminary set of results for the same form factor but with the sea quarks also simulated with the HISQ action; these results include data at the physical light quark masses. The improvements that we expect to achieve with the use of the HISQ configurations and simulations at the physical quark masses are briefly discussed.

  16. Valency five, similarities between plutonium and neptunium in gastrointestinal uptake

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    The gastrointestinal uptake of neptunium has been shown to be dependent on mass ingested in rats and in baboons. Among possible explanations, Sullivan has suggested a gastrointestinal reduction of the neptunyl ion (NpO/sub 2//sup +/) to Np/sup 4+/ ion, which is less readily absorbed. With plutonium, we have shown that for a high ingested mass (5.10/sup 4/ μg.kg/sup -1/) of the 5 valency state which is stable and administered without added oxidants, the gastrointestinal uptake is high and close to Np values obtained in the same conditions (1.10/sup -2/). When the mass ingested is decreased to 10 μg.kg/sup -1/, the G.I. uptake decreases to 1.10/sup -4/. The two curves, G.I. transfer versus ingested mass, obtained with the two actinides in baboons were compared. Similarities and differences were explained by physiochemistry of the elements

  17. Valency five, similarities between plutonium and neptunium in gastrointestinal uptakes

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    The gastrointestinal uptake of neptunium has been shown to be dependent on mass ingested in rats and in baboons. Among possible explanations, Sullivan has suggested a gastrointestinal reduction of the neptunyl ion (NpO2+) to Np4+ ion, which is less readily absorbed. With plutonium, we have shown that for a high ingested mass (5.104 μg.kg-1) of the 5 valency state which is stable and administered without added oxidants, the gastrointestinal uptake is high and close to Np values obtained in the same conditions (1.10-2). When the mass ingested is decreased to 10 μg.kg-1, the G.I. uptake decreases to 1.10-4. The two curves, G.I. transfer versus ingested mass, obtained with the two actinides in baboons were compared. Similarities and differences were explained by physiochemistry of the elements. (author)

  18. Health supply chain management.

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    Zimmerman, Rolf; Gallagher, Pat

    2010-01-01

    This chapter gives an educational overview of: * The actual application of supply chain practice and disciplines required for service delivery improvement within the current health environment. * A rationale for the application of Supply Chain Management (SCM) approaches to the Health sector. * The tools and methods available for supply chain analysis and benchmarking. * Key supply chain success factors. PMID:20407173

  19. Silicone chain extender

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    2015-01-01

    The present invention relates to a silicone chain extender, more particularly a chain extender for silicone polymers and copolymers, to a chain extended silicone polymer or copolymer and to a functionalized chain extended silicone polymer or copolymer, to a method for the preparation thereof and...

  20. A density functional for core-valence correlation energy

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    Ranasinghe, Duminda S.; Frisch, Michael J.; Petersson, George A.

    2015-12-01

    A density functional, ɛCV-DFT(ρc, ρv), describing the core-valence correlation energy has been constructed as a linear combination of ɛLY Pcorr(ρc), ɛV WN5corr(ρc, ρv), ɛPBEcorr(ρc, ρv), ɛSlaterex(ρc, ρv), ɛHCTHex(ρc, ρv), ɛHFex(ρc, ρv), and F CV -DFT (" separators=" N i , Z i ) , a function of the nuclear charges. This functional, with 6 adjustable parameters, reproduces (±0.27 kcal/mol rms error) a benchmark set of 194 chemical energy changes including 9 electron affinities, 18 ionization potentials, and 167 total atomization energies covering the first- and second-rows of the periodic table. This is almost twice the rms error (±0.16 kcal/mol) obtained with CCSD(T)/MTsmall calculations, but less than half the rms error (±0.65 kcal/mol) obtained with MP2/GTlargeXP calculations, and somewhat smaller than the rms error (±0.39 kcal/mol) obtained with CCSD/MTsmall calculations. The largest positive and negative errors from ɛCV-DFT(ρc, ρv) were 0.88 and -0.75 kcal/mol with the set of 194 core-valence energy changes ranging from +3.76 kcal/mol for the total atomization energy of propyne to -9.05 kcal/mol for the double ionization of Mg. Evaluation of the ɛCV-DFT(ρc, ρv) functional requires less time than a single SCF iteration, and the accuracy is adequate for any model chemistry based on the CCSD(T) level of theory.

  1. Thermomechanical properties of graphene: valence force field model approach

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    Using the valence force field model of Perebeinos and Tersoff (2009 Phys. Rev. B 79 241409(R)), different energy modes of suspended graphene subjected to tensile or compressive strain are studied. By carrying out Monte Carlo simulations it is found that: (i) only for small strains (|ε| ⪅ 0.02) is the total energy symmetrical in the strain, while it behaves completely differently beyond this threshold; (ii) the important energy contributions in stretching experiments are stretching, angle bending, an out-of-plane term, and a term that provides repulsion against π-π misalignment; (iii) in compressing experiments the two latter terms increase rapidly, and beyond the buckling transition stretching and bending energies are found to be constant; (iv) from stretching-compressing simulations we calculated the Young’s modulus at room temperature 350 ± 3.15 N m-1, which is in good agreement with experimental results (340 ± 50 N m-1) and with ab initio results (322-353) N m-1; (v) molar heat capacity is estimated to be 24.64 J mol-1 K-1 which is comparable with the Dulong-Petit value, i.e. 24.94 J mol-1 K-1, and is almost independent of the strain; (vi) nonlinear scaling properties are obtained from height-height correlations at finite temperature; (vii) the used valence force field model results in a temperature independent bending modulus for graphene, and (viii) the Grüneisen parameter is estimated to be 0.64. (paper)

  2. A density functional for core-valence correlation energy.

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    Ranasinghe, Duminda S; Frisch, Michael J; Petersson, George A

    2015-12-01

    A density functional, εCV-DFT(ρc, ρv), describing the core-valence correlation energy has been constructed as a linear combination of εLY P (corr)(ρc), εV WN5 (corr)(ρc, ρv), εPBE (corr)(ρc, ρv), εSlater (ex)(ρc, ρv), εHCTH (ex)(ρc, ρv), εHF (ex)(ρc, ρv), and FCV-DFTNi,Zi, a function of the nuclear charges. This functional, with 6 adjustable parameters, reproduces (±0.27 kcal/mol rms error) a benchmark set of 194 chemical energy changes including 9 electron affinities, 18 ionization potentials, and 167 total atomization energies covering the first- and second-rows of the periodic table. This is almost twice the rms error (±0.16 kcal/mol) obtained with CCSD(T)/MTsmall calculations, but less than half the rms error (±0.65 kcal/mol) obtained with MP2/GTlargeXP calculations, and somewhat smaller than the rms error (±0.39 kcal/mol) obtained with CCSD/MTsmall calculations. The largest positive and negative errors from εCV-DFT(ρc, ρv) were 0.88 and -0.75 kcal/mol with the set of 194 core-valence energy changes ranging from +3.76 kcal/mol for the total atomization energy of propyne to -9.05 kcal/mol for the double ionization of Mg. Evaluation of the εCV-DFT(ρc, ρv) functional requires less time than a single SCF iteration, and the accuracy is adequate for any model chemistry based on the CCSD(T) level of theory. PMID:26646873

  3. Pressure and irradiation effects on transport properties of samarium compounds with instable valence

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    Electron transport properties in samarium compounds with instable valence are studied in this thesis: from SmS in its integer valence phases at common pressure to SmB6 compound IV at common pressure through SmSsub(1-x)Psub(x) (x6 is presented

  4. Identifying Facial Emotions: Valence Specific Effects and an Exploration of the Effects of Viewer Gender

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    Jansari, Ashok; Rodway, Paul; Goncalves, Salvador

    2011-01-01

    The valence hypothesis suggests that the right hemisphere is specialised for negative emotions and the left hemisphere is specialised for positive emotions (Silberman & Weingartner, 1986). It is unclear to what extent valence-specific effects in facial emotion perception depend upon the gender of the perceiver. To explore this question 46…

  5. Age influences the relation between subjective valence ratings and emotional word use during autobiographical memory retrieval.

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    Ford, Jaclyn H; DiGirolamo, Marissa A; Kensinger, Elizabeth A

    2016-09-01

    Recent research reveals an age-related increase in positive autobiographical memory retrieval using a number of positivity measures, including valence ratings and positive word use. It is currently unclear whether the positivity shift in each of these measures co-occurs, or if age uniquely influences multiple components of autobiographical memory retrieval. The current study examined the correspondence between valence ratings and emotional word use in young and older adults' autobiographical memories. Positive word use in narratives was associated with valence ratings only in young adults' narratives. Older adults' narratives contained a consistent level of positive word use regardless of valence rating, suggesting that positive words and concepts may be chronically accessible to older adults during memory retrieval, regardless of subjective valence. Although a relation between negative word use in narratives and negative valence ratings was apparent in both young and older adults, it was stronger in older adults' narratives. These findings confirm that older adults do vary their word use in accordance with subjective valence, but they do so in a way that is different from young adults. The results also point to a potential dissociation between age-related changes in subjective valence and in positive word use. PMID:26274398

  6. Development of an Analytical System for Rapid, Remote Determining Concentration and Valence of Uranium and Plutonium

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    2011-01-01

    Concentrations and valence of U and Pu directly shows whether the Purex process is under normal conditions or not. It is necessary to monitor concentrations and valence of U and Pu in real-time.Purposes of this work is to develop an analytical

  7. Valence-Bond Concepts in Coordination Chemistry and the Nature of Metal-Metal Bonds.

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    Pauling, Linus; Herman, Zelek S.

    1984-01-01

    Discusses the valence-bond method, applying it to some coordination compounds of metals, especially those involving metal-metal bonds. Suggests that transition metals can form as many as nine covalent bonds, permitting valence-theory to be extended to transition metal compounds in a more effective way than has been possible before. (JN)

  8. Dissociable modulation of overt visual attention in valence and arousal revealed by topology of scan path.

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    Full Text Available Emotional stimuli have evolutionary significance for the survival of organisms; therefore, they are attention-grabbing and are processed preferentially. The neural underpinnings of two principle emotional dimensions in affective space, valence (degree of pleasantness and arousal (intensity of evoked emotion, have been shown to be dissociable in the olfactory, gustatory and memory systems. However, the separable roles of valence and arousal in scene perception are poorly understood. In this study, we asked how these two emotional dimensions modulate overt visual attention. Twenty-two healthy volunteers freely viewed images from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS that were graded for affective levels of valence and arousal (high, medium, and low. Subjects' heads were immobilized and eye movements were recorded by camera to track overt shifts of visual attention. Algebraic graph-based approaches were introduced to model scan paths as weighted undirected path graphs, generating global topology metrics that characterize the algebraic connectivity of scan paths. Our data suggest that human subjects show different scanning patterns to stimuli with different affective ratings. Valence salient stimuli (with neutral arousal elicited faster and larger shifts of attention, while arousal salient stimuli (with neutral valence elicited local scanning, dense attention allocation and deep processing. Furthermore, our model revealed that the modulatory effect of valence was linearly related to the valence level, whereas the relation between the modulatory effect and the level of arousal was nonlinear. Hence, visual attention seems to be modulated by mechanisms that are separate for valence and arousal.

  9. Valence-band dispersion in angle-resolved resonant photoemission from LaSb

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    Angle-resolved photoemission spectra taken on single crystals of LaSb at the La 4d→4f resonance show dispersion of resonantly emitted valence-band electrons. This is the first direct demonstration that the Bloch component of valence states participates in resonant photoemission. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  10. 具有外包选择的闭环供应链切换模型及其鲁棒控制%Closed-loop supply chain switching model with outsourcing selection and its robust control

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    葛汝刚; 黄小原

    2009-01-01

    建立了一类具有外包选择的闭环供应链切换系统模型,包括自行同收再制造和外包两个子系统,以及基于成本的切换信号向量.为了抑制闭环供应链系统在自行回收再制造和外包切换过程中产牛的运作波动和牛鞭效应,应用鲁棒控制理论方法给出了供应链切换系统的控制律,分析了闭环供应链切换系统运作过程,并进行了控制律计算和系统仿真,验证了鲁棒控制律的有效性.%A type of closed-loop supply chain switching models with outsourcing selection were proposed, which were consisted of remanufacturing self-recall and outsourcing subsystems as well as a cost-based switching signal vector. To inhibit operation fluctuation caused by inventory switching processes in the supply chain systems and bullwhip effect induced by uncertain parameters and external demand, the control law of the closed-loop supply chain switching system was presented by using robust control theory and method. The operation process of closed-loop supply chain switching system was analyzed. Moreover, computation of the control law and a system simulation were performed. Results verified the effectiveness of the control law.

  11. Effect of the novel polysaccharide PolyGlycopleX® on short-chain fatty acid production in a computer-controlled in vitro model of the human large intestine

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    Reimer, Raylene A.; Maathuis, Annet J. H.; Koen Venema; Lyon, Michael R.; Gahler, Roland J.; Simon Wood

    2014-01-01

    Many of the health benefits associated with dietary fiber are attributed to their fermentation by microbiota and production of short chain fatty acids (SCFA). The aim of this study was to investigate the fermentability of the functional fiber PolyGlyopleX® (PGX®) in vitro. A validated dynamic, computer-controlled in vitro system simulating the conditions in the proximal large intestine (TIM-2) was used. Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) consumption in the system was used as an indicator of fermentabili...

  12. The dominant contributions of the inner valence electrons to the positron annihilation process in methanol

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    The positron–electron annihilation gamma-ray spectra of methanol have been studied in the present work. The contributions of the bound electrons to the Doppler-shift of gamma-ray spectra have been analysed as well. These bound electrons are divided into three groups: core, inner valence and outer valence rather than the conventional two groups: core and valence in the positron annihilation process in the present work. The results obtained show a dominance of the inner valence electrons of methanol rather than the electrons occupied in the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) in the positron–electron annihilation process. These inner valence electrons occupied in 3a′ and 4a′ orbitals consist of over 80% outermost atomic 2s electrons in oxygen and carbon atoms. That the positron prefers to annihilate with these outermost s electrons in atoms is suggested.

  13. Identifying words that emerge into consciousness: Effects of word valence and unconscious previewing.

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    Prioli, Simone C; Kahan, Todd A

    2015-09-01

    Words with negative valence capture attention and this increase in attentional resources typically enhances perceptual processing. Recently, data using continuous flash suppression (CFS) appear to contradict this. In prior research when Chinese words were unconsciously presented in CFS and contrast was raised until the word was identified, RTs to identify words with negative valence were slower than RTs to words with neutral valence. This result might be limited to situations where a logographic writing system is used and could reflect a type of cognitive aftereffect where previewing the word causes habituation. Data (N=60) indicate that results generalize from a logographic (Chinese) to an orthographic writing system (English). In addition, when words were previewed in CFS RTs were slowed for words with negative valence relative to words with neutral valence and this was reversed when words were shown binocularly. Implications for theories of unconscious word processing and cognitive aftereffects are discussed. PMID:25982055

  14. Análise das práticas de planejamento e controle da produção em fornecedores da cadeia automotiva brasileira Manufacturing planning and control practices: a survey research on the Brazilian automotive supply chain

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    Marco Aurélio de Mesquita

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available As empresas do segmento automotivo estão inseridas em um mercado bastante competitivo e sujeito às oscilações da economia. As montadoras, agentes de maior poder na cadeia de suprimentos, aderiram às práticas just-in-time e, posteriormente, ao lean production, visando aumento da eficiência e redução de estoques. Este trabalho apresenta uma análise das práticas de planejamento e controle da produção dos fornecedores da cadeia automotiva brasileira. Neste propósito, realizou-se um survey junto aos fornecedores de primeira e segunda camada, utilizando-se como instrumento de coleta de dados um questionário auto-aplicado. Dentre os resultados obtidos, destacam-se: (i ausência de diferenças significativas entre fornecedores nível um e dois; (ii necessidade de aprimorar a coordenação cliente-fornecedor; (iii busca de "ferramentas" mais eficientes para programação da produção ("programação finita"; (iv grande lacuna entre teoria e prática em programação da produção, atividade crítica para o desempenho dos fornecedores.Automotive suppliers are part of a constantly changing business environment that is subject to oscillations in the economy. Automobile assemblers, the major influence over the rest of the supply chain, have adopted some Japanese management practices (JIT, lean production etc in order to achieve higher efficiency and lower inventories. This work aims to identify how suppliers along the chain have adjusted to this new situation concerning, mainly, production and inventory planning as well as control. A research was conducted showing that, nonuniformly, suppliers fulfill demand requests satisfactorily in spite of the poor coordination of their nearest clients, low inventory accuracy, and high stock level of raw materials and finished goods. It was also detected that there are no significant performance differences between first and second tier suppliers. It is particularly noteworthy to highlight a special need

  15. Single-Nanoparticle Resolved Biomimetic Long-Range Electron Transfer and Electrocatalysis of Mixed-Valence Nanoparticles

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    Zhu, Nan; Hao, Xian; Ulstrup, Jens;

    2016-01-01

    stability in vitro. Development of robust biomimetic nanostructures is therefore highly desirable. Here, with Prussian blue nanoparticles (PBNPs) as an example we have demonstrated the preparation of highly stable and water-soluble mixed-valence nanoparticles under mild conditions. We have mapped their...... enzyme-mimicking catalytic properties and controlled LRET to single-nanoparticle resolution. PBNPs show high substrate binding affinity and tunable electrocatalytic efficiency toward hydrogen peroxide reduction, resembling the patterns for similar size redox metalloenzymes. We have further disclosed a...

  16. Novette chain design and performance

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    Hunt, J.T.; Speck, D.R.

    1980-12-11

    The design and performance of the Novette laser system, which is a two-beam, two-wavelength (1.05 ..mu.. and 0.53 ..mu..) target irradiation facility using phosphate glass laser chains, are discussed with information on the glass properties, controlling factors in the design selection, and projected performance with varying operating conditions. (LCL)

  17. Novette chain design and performance

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    The design and performance of the Novette laser system, which is a two-beam, two-wavelength (1.05 μ and 0.53 μ) target irradiation facility using phosphate glass laser chains, are discussed with information on the glass properties, controlling factors in the design selection, and projected performance with varying operating conditions

  18. Dangling chain elastomers as repeatable fibrillar adhesives.

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    Sitti, Metin; Cusick, Brian; Aksak, Burak; Nese, Alper; Lee, Hyung-il; Dong, Hongchen; Kowalewski, Tomasz; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof

    2009-10-01

    This work reports on repeatable adhesive materials prepared by controlled grafting of dangling hetero chains from polymer elastomers. The dangling chain elastomer system was prepared by grafting poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PBA) chains from prefunctionalized polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer networks using atom transfer radical polymerization. To study the effects of chain growth and network strain as they relate to network adhesion mechanics, various lengths of PBA chains with degree of polymerizations (DP) of 65, 281, 508, and 1200 were incorporated into the PDMS matrix. PBA chains with a DP value of 281 grafted from a flat PDMS substrate showed the highest (approximately 3.5-fold) enhancement of nano- and macroscale adhesion relative to a flat raw (ungrafted and not prefunctionalized) PDMS substrate. Moreover, to study the effect of PBA dangling chains on adhesion in fibrillar elastomer structures inspired by gecko foot hairs, a dip-transfer fabrication method was used to graft PBA chains with a DP value of 296 from the tip endings of mushroom-shaped PDMS micropillars. A PBA chain covered micropillar array showed macroscale adhesion enhancement up to approximately 7 times relative to the flat ungrafted prefunctionalized PDMS control substrate, showing additional nonoptimized approximately 2-fold adhesion enhancement due to fibrillar structuring and mushroom-shaped tip ending. These dangling hetero chains on elastomer micro-/nanofibrillar structures may provide a novel fabrication platform for multilength scale, repeatable, and high-strength fibrillar adhesives inspired by gecko foot hairs. PMID:20355863

  19. Valence Tautomerism in One-Dimensional Coordination Polymers.

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    Drath, Olga; Gable, Robert W; Moubaraki, Boujemaa; Murray, Keith S; Poneti, Giordano; Sorace, Lorenzo; Boskovic, Colette

    2016-05-01

    The combination of the divergent bis-pyridyl linking ligands 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane (1,2-bpe), 4,4'-trans-azopyridine (azpy), and 1,3-bis(4-pyridyl)propane (1,3-bpp) with cobalt and 3,5-di-tert-butyldioxolene (3,5-dbdiox) ligands has afforded the complexes [Co(3,5-dbdiox)2(1,2-bpe)]∞ (1), [Co(3,5-dbdiox)2(azpy)]∞ (2), [trans-Co(3,5-dbdiox)2(1,3-bpp)]∞ (3a), and [cis-Co(3,5-dbdiox)2(1,3-bpp)]∞ (3b). All species are 1D coordination polymers that crystallize as solvated forms; the geometric isomers 3a,b cocrystallize. Complexes 1, 2, and 3a exhibit around the Co centers a trans disposition of the N-donor atoms from the pyridyl linkers, while an unusual cis disposition is evident in 3b. Single-crystal X-ray structural analysis at 100 or 130 K of solvated forms of these complexes indicates that all complexes possess the {Co(III)(3,5-dbcat)(3,5-dbsq)} (3,5-dbcat = 3,5-di-tert-butylcatecholate; 3,5-dbsq = 3,5-di-tert-butylsemiquinonate) charge distribution at the temperature of data collection. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility studies reveal that 1, 1·1.5MeCN·2H2O, 2·2EtOH, and 3·MeCN·H2O (3 = 3a·3b) all exhibit thermally induced valence tautomeric (VT) transitions above 200 K. Multiple heating and cooling cycles indicate that in some cases the behavior is strongly dependent on desolvation processes. Most notably, further desolvation of 1·1.5MeCN·2H2O above 340 K affords χmT values that suggest unusual ferromagnetic coupling in the {hs-Co(II)(3,5-dbsq)2} valence tautomer. Compound 3·MeCN·H2O exhibits a two-step VT transition that may be ascribed to the presence of the cis and trans geometric isomers. Compounds 1, 1·1.5MeCN·2H2O, 2·2EtOH, and 3·MeCN·H2O all also exhibit a single photoinduced VT transition, comparable to those generally observed for nonpolymeric cobalt-dioxolene complexes. PMID:27058604

  20. Finite Time Control of the Bullwhip Effect in Supply Chain Network System%供应链网络系统牛鞭效应的有限时间控制

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    李玲; 孙业国

    2013-01-01

    文章主要讨论供应链网络系统牛鞭效应的有限时间控制策略问题。首先,构建了不确定环境下供应链库存网络系统状态转移模型;其次,运用有限时间稳定性理论,结合线性矩阵不等式方法,对供应链库存网络系统进行有限时间稳定性分析;再次,基于得到的稳定性结果,设计出使得供应链库存网络系统有限时间稳定的控制策略;最后,数值例子表明有限时间控制策略的有效性。%This paper mainly studies tactful policy related to finite time control of the bullwhip effect supply chain network system. Firstly, it constructs a state transition model of supply chain inventory network system in an uncertain environment. Secondly, it carries out finite time stability analysis on supply chain inventory network system by applying the finite time control theory combined with linear matrix inequalities (LMIs). Thirdly, the control strategy is designed based on the results, which aims to make supply chain inventory network system finite time stable. Finally, a numerical example is given to dem-onstrate the effectiveness of finite time tactful policy.

  1. Unveiling new systematics in the self-assembly of atomic chains on Si(111)

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    Self-assembled arrays of atomic chains on Si(111) represent a fascinating family of nanostructures with quasi-one-dimensional electronic properties. These surface reconstructions are stabilized by a variety of adsorbates ranging from alkali and alkaline earth metals to noble and rare earth metals. Combining the complementary strength of dynamical low-energy electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we recently showed that besides monovalent and divalent adsorbates, trivalent adsorbates are also able to stabilize silicon honeycomb chains. Consequently silicon honeycomb chains emerge as a most stable, universal building block shared by many atomic chain structures. We here present the systematics behind the self-assembly mechanism of these chain systems and relate the valence state of the adsorbate to the accessible symmetries of the chains

  2. Valence-dependent influence of serotonin depletion on model-based choice strategy.

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    Worbe, Y; Palminteri, S; Savulich, G; Daw, N D; Fernandez-Egea, E; Robbins, T W; Voon, V

    2016-05-01

    Human decision-making arises from both reflective and reflexive mechanisms, which underpin goal-directed and habitual behavioural control. Computationally, these two systems of behavioural control have been described by different learning algorithms, model-based and model-free learning, respectively. Here, we investigated the effect of diminished serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) neurotransmission using dietary tryptophan depletion (TD) in healthy volunteers on the performance of a two-stage decision-making task, which allows discrimination between model-free and model-based behavioural strategies. A novel version of the task was used, which not only examined choice balance for monetary reward but also for punishment (monetary loss). TD impaired goal-directed (model-based) behaviour in the reward condition, but promoted it under punishment. This effect on appetitive and aversive goal-directed behaviour is likely mediated by alteration of the average reward representation produced by TD, which is consistent with previous studies. Overall, the major implication of this study is that serotonin differentially affects goal-directed learning as a function of affective valence. These findings are relevant for a further understanding of psychiatric disorders associated with breakdown of goal-directed behavioural control such as obsessive-compulsive disorders or addictions. PMID:25869808

  3. Valence atom with bohmian quantum potential: the golden ratio approach

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    Putz Mihai V

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The alternative quantum mechanical description of total energy given by Bohmian theory was merged with the concept of the golden ratio and its appearance as the Heisenberg imbalance to provide a new density-based description of the valence atomic state and reactivity charge with the aim of clarifying their features with respect to the so-called DFT ground state and critical charge, respectively. Results The results, based on the so-called double variational algorithm for chemical spaces of reactivity, are fundamental and, among other issues regarding chemical bonding, solve the existing paradox of using a cubic parabola to describe a quadratic charge dependency. Conclusions Overall, the paper provides a qualitative-quantitative explanation of chemical reactivity based on more than half of an electronic pair in bonding, and provide new, more realistic values for the so-called “universal” electronegativity and chemical hardness of atomic systems engaged in reactivity (analogous to the atoms-in-molecules framework.

  4. Valence tautomerism in synthetic models of cytochrome P450.

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    Das, Pradip Kumar; Samanta, Subhra; McQuarters, Ashley B; Lehnert, Nicolai; Dey, Abhishek

    2016-06-14

    CytP450s have a cysteine-bound heme cofactor that, in its as-isolated resting (oxidized) form, can be conclusively described as a ferric thiolate species. Unlike the native enzyme, most synthetic thiolate-bound ferric porphyrins are unstable in air unless the axial thiolate ligand is sterically protected. Spectroscopic investigations on a series of synthetic mimics of cytP450 indicate that a thiolate-bound ferric porphyrin coexists in organic solutions at room temperature (RT) with a thiyl-radical bound ferrous porphyrin, i.e., its valence tautomer. The ferric thiolate state is favored by greater enthalpy and is air stable. The ferrous thiyl state is favored by entropy, populates at RT, and degrades in air. These ground states can be reversibly interchanged at RT by the addition or removal of water to the apolar medium. It is concluded that hydrogen bonding and local electrostatics protect the resting oxidized cytP450 active site from degradation in air by stabilizing the ferric thiolate ground state in contrast to its synthetic analogs. PMID:27302948

  5. Delocalization and Valence Tautomerism in Vanadium Tris(iminosemiquinone) Complexes.

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    Bendix, Jesper; Clark, Kensha Marie

    2016-02-18

    To survey the noninnocence of bis(arylimino) acenaphthene (BIAN) ligands (L) in complexes with early metals, the homoleptic vanadium complex, [V(L)3 ] (1), and its monocation, [V(L)3 ]PF6 (2), were synthesized. These complexes were found to have a very rich electronic behavior, whereby 1 displays strong electronic delocalization and 2 can be observed in unprecedented valence tautomeric forms. The oxidation states of the metal and ligand components in these complexes were assigned by using spectroscopic, crystallographic, and magnetic analyses. Complex 1 was identified as [V(IV) (L(red) )(L(.) )2 ] (L(red) =N,N'-bis(3,5-dimethylphenylamido)acenaphthylene; L(.) =N,N'-bis(3,5-dimethylphenylimino)acenaphthenesemiquinonate). Complex 2 was determined to be [V(V) (L(red) )(L(.) )2 ](+) at T150 K. Cyclic voltammetry experiments reveal six quasi-reversible processes, thus indicating the potential of this metal-ligand combination in catalysis or materials applications. PMID:26799365

  6. Valence Topological Charge-Transfer Indices for Dipole Moments

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    Francisco Torrens

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available New valence topological charge-transfer indices are applied to the calculation of dipole moments. The algebraic and vector semisum charge-transfer indices are defined. The combination of the charge-transfer indices allows the estimation of the dipole moments. The model is generalized for molecules with heteroatoms. The ability of the indices for the description of the molecular charge distribution is established by comparing them with the dipole moments of a homologous series of phenyl alcohols. Linear and non-linear correlation models are obtained. The new charge-transfer indices improve the multivariable non-linear regression equations for the dipole moment. When comparing with previous results, the variance decreases 92%. No superposition of the corresponding Gk–Jk and GkV – JkV pairs is observed. This diminishes the risk of co-linearity. Inclusion of the oxygen atom in the p-electron system is beneficial for the description of the dipole moment, owing to either the role of the additional p orbitals provided by the heteroatom or the role of steric factors in the p-electron conjugation. Linear and non-linear correlations between the fractal dimension and various descriptors point not only to a homogeneous molecular structure but also to the ability to predict and tailor drug properties.

  7. Business intelligence for improving supply chain risk management

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    Liu, L.; Daniels, H.; Hofman, W.J

    2014-01-01

    The risk management over a supply chain has to be founded on the management controls in each of the partner companies in the chain. Inevitably, the business relationship and operations dependence bind the control efforts of partner companies together. This proposes challenges for supply chain risk m

  8. Study on value of information-sharing for inventory control in complex supply chain%复杂供应链中信息共享对于库存控制的价值研究

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    赵晴晴; 潘玉香

    2013-01-01

    In order to study the effect of information-sharing on inventory control,the difference between informationsharing or not of supply chain members' average inventory and cost is analyzed through the mathematical model,and it is confirmed by the example analysis.The results show that the value of information-sharing for inventory control in complex supply chain is reducing the supplier's inventory and cost,shortening the retailer's order lead time,thus improving the whole performance and competitiveness of supply chain.%为研究信息共享对库存控制的影响效果,对供应链内成员间有无信息共享时平均库存和成本的数学模型的差异进行分析,并采用实例进行验证.结果表明:信息共享对于复杂供应链中库存控制的影响表现为降低供应商的库存和成本,缩短零售商的订货提前期,从而提高供应链的整体绩效和竞争力.

  9. Global Commodity Chains and the Spatial-Temporal Dimensions of Labor Control: Lessons from Colombia’s Coffee and Banana Industries

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    Phillip Hough

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the author seeks to explain the trajectories of local labor regime dynamics in Colombia’s coffee and banana industries from the post war developmental decades until the present. In order to explain these dynamics, the author first develops a neo-Gramscian ideal-typical schema to highlight the full range of labor regime dynamics emergent in Colombia, including “hegemonic,” “despotic,” and “crisis” regimes. The author then develops a theory of local labor regime types that draws from Giovanni Arrighi’s work on commodity chains. Finally, using comparative and world-historical methods, the author finds that the shifting trajectories of labor regimes in Colombia are affected by the nodal location of these regimes within their respective commodity chains.

  10. COFFEE COMMODITY CHAIN

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    Tine Olsen; Brett Inder

    2008-01-01

    To explain the value added along the coffee commodity chain we propose and estimate a theoretical model of the coffee commodity chain. The theoretical model consists of four markets and five agents in the coffee commodity chain and predicts that prices in the coffee commodity chain move together but are also influenced by income, technology and production. A vector error correction model is used to test the theoretical predictions. In addition to the theoretical conclusions the empirical mode...

  11. The Global Value Chain

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    Sørensen, Olav Jull

    The conference paper aims to develop the global value chain concept by including corporate internal value adding activities and competition to the basic framework in order to turn the global value chain into a strategic management tool......The conference paper aims to develop the global value chain concept by including corporate internal value adding activities and competition to the basic framework in order to turn the global value chain into a strategic management tool...

  12. Lying about the valence of affective pictures: an fMRI study.

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    Tatia M C Lee

    Full Text Available The neural correlates of lying about affective information were studied using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI methodology. Specifically, 13 healthy right-handed Chinese men were instructed to lie about the valence, positive or negative, of pictures selected from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS while their brain activity was scanned by a 3T Philip Achieva scanner. The key finding is that the neural activity associated with deception is valence-related. Comparing to telling the truth, deception about the valence of the affectively positive pictures was associated with activity in the inferior frontal, cingulate, inferior parietal, precuneus, and middle temporal regions. Lying about the valence of the affectively negative pictures, on the other hand, was associated with activity in the orbital and medial frontal regions. While a clear valence-related effect on deception was observed, common neural regions were also recruited for the process of deception about the valence of the affective pictures. These regions included the lateral prefrontal and inferior parietal regions. Activity in these regions has been widely reported in fMRI studies on deception using affectively-neutral stimuli. The findings of this study reveal the effect of valence on the neural activity associated with deception. Furthermore, the data also help to illustrate the complexity of the neural mechanisms underlying deception.

  13. Vivid: How valence and arousal influence word processing under different task demands.

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    Delaney-Busch, Nathaniel; Wilkie, Gianna; Kuperberg, Gina

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we used event-related potentials to examine how different dimensions of emotion-valence and arousal-influence different stages of word processing under different task demands. In two experiments, two groups of participants viewed the same single emotional and neutral words while carrying out different tasks. In both experiments, valence (pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral) was fully crossed with arousal (high and low). We found that the task made a substantial contribution to how valence and arousal modulated the late positive complex (LPC), which is thought to reflect sustained evaluative processing (particularly of emotional stimuli). When participants performed a semantic categorization task in which emotion was not directly relevant to task performance, the LPC showed a larger amplitude for high-arousal than for low-arousal words, but no effect of valence. In contrast, when participants performed an overt valence categorization task, the LPC showed a large effect of valence (with unpleasant words eliciting the largest positivity), but no effect of arousal. These data show not only that valence and arousal act independently to influence word processing, but that their relative contributions to prolonged evaluative neural processes are strongly influenced by the situational demands (and by individual differences, as revealed in a subsequent analysis of subjective judgments). PMID:26833048

  14. Determining the Diagnostic Value of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis DNA in the Differentiation of Blood Samples of Patients with Active Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Healthy Controls Using Polymerase Chain Reaction

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    Abasali Niazi; Nezarali Muolai; Mosayeb Shahriar; Reza Karimian; Farzaneh Peykfalak

    2013-01-01

    Background: Tuberculosis (TB) is now a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the world. Nowadays, different methods are used to diagnose tuberculosis. Although classical microbiological methods (such as sputum smear) are specific, they have little sensitivity and the culture is also time-consuming. Using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) in blood samples in terms of Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA, this study examines diagnostic power of this test in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis c...

  15. Quality controlled logistics in vegetable supply chain networks: how can an individual batch reach an individual consumer in hte optimal state?

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    SCHOUTEN, R. E.; Kooten, van, T.; Vorst, van der, HA Henk; Marcelis, W.J.; Luning, P. A.

    2012-01-01

    Western-European consumers have become demanding on product availability in retail outlets and vegetable attributes such as quality, integrity, safety. When (re)designing vegetable supply chain networks one has to take these demands into consideration, next to traditional efficiency and responsiveness requirements. In post¬harvest research, much attention has been paid to quality decay modelling and the development of Time-Temperature Indicators to individually monitor the temperature conditi...

  16. YME1L controls the accumulation of respiratory chain subunits and is required for apoptotic resistance, cristae morphogenesis, and cell proliferation

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    Stibůrek, L.; Česneková, J.; Kostková, O.; Fornůsková, D.; Vinšová, K.; Wenchich, L.; Houštěk, Josef; Zeman, J.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 23, č. 6 (2012), s. 1010-1023. ISSN 1059-1524 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 1M0520 Grant ostatní: Univerzita Karlova(CZ) 277511; GA ČR(CZ) GPP305/10/P414 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50110509 Keywords : mitochondria * respiratory chain * AAA proteases * YME1L * apoptosis * HEK293 cells Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 4.604, year: 2012

  17. Branched-chain amino acids, arginine, citrulline alleviate central fatigue after 3 simulated matches in taekwondo athletes: a randomized controlled trial

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    Chen, I-Fan; Wu, Huey-June; Chen, Chung-Yu; Chou, Kuei-Ming; Chang, Chen-Kang

    2016-01-01

    Background The decline in cognitive performance has been shown after fatiguing exercise. Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) have been suggested to alleviate exercise-induced central fatigue. Arginine and citrulline could remove the excess NH3 accumulation accompanied with BCAA supplementation by increasing nitric oxide biosynthesis and/or urea cycle. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of the combined supplementation of BCAA, arginine, and citrulline on central fatigue after...

  18. Quality analysis of critical control points within the whole food chain and their impact on food quality, safety and health (QACCP)

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    Kahl, Johannes; Kretzschmar, Ursula; Kristensen, Hanne L.; Lauridsen, Charlotte; Mengheri, Elena; Särkkä-Tirkkonen, Marjo; Seljåsen, Randi

    2010-01-01

    The overall objective of the project was to optimise organic production and processing in order to improve food quality and increase health promoting aspects in consumer products. The approach was a chain analysis approach which addressed the link between farm and fork and backwards from fork to farm. The objectives were to test food authenticity on farm level and food quality and health in processing. The carrot was chosen as the model vegetable since it is common for the involved partners f...

  19. The Application Research of Inventory Control with Multi -objective Constraints under the Perspective of Supply Chain---A Case Analysis of Industrial Lubricating Oil Supply Chain%库存控制之供应链多目标视角下的应用研究--以工业润滑油供应链为例

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    王丽娟; 李英英

    2016-01-01

    〔Abstract〕 Study on inventory control of supply chain has become a trend , different from the conventional single target study on in-ventory control , the author made the emphasis on the study on minimizing inventory cost and maximizing the average satisfaction rate of cus -tomer demand and built a multi -objective inventory control model . In the end , the model and the solution were applied to the lubricating oil supply chain , which was helpful for making decisions for these enterprises in the lubricating oil supply chain .%供应链环境下库存控制的研究已经成为趋势,区别于常规的单目标库存控制的研究,本文以工业润滑油供应链为依托,提出了在供应链背景下考虑供应链库存成本最小化和客户平均需求满足率最大化为目标的库存控制研究思路,构建了多目标库存控制模型。最后将所建的供应链视角下多目标库存控制决策模型进行实证分析,为目标供应链上的企业做出生产、销售等决策提供依据。

  20. 链与链基于价格竞争和规模不经济的纵向控制结构选择%Choice of vertical control structure of chain-to-chain competition under price competition and scale diseconomies

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    赵海霞; 艾兴政; 唐小我

    2012-01-01

    This paper investigates the impact of price competition and scale diseconomies on the choice of vertical control structure under the chain-to-chain model,and addresses the evolution process and the equilirum of the vertical structure from the aspect of manufacturer’s performance and supply chain’s performance.The centralized control structure is a dominant equilibrium for the supply chain and the manufacturer when the price competition is relatively weak,and the threshold intensity of price competition is influenced by the scale diseconomies.The decentralized control structure is a dominant equilibrium when the price competition is fiercest from the attitude of the supply chain’s performance.%考察价格竞争和规模不经济因素对链与链纵向控制结构选择的影响,并从制造商的绩效角度和供应链系统的绩效角度识别了纵向控制结构的动态演变过程及最终均衡结构,得到当价格竞争强度相对较弱且严重依赖于规模不经济效应时,不管是从制造商角度还是供应链系统角度,一体化结构为占优均衡结构;当价格竞争惨烈但又严重依赖于规模不经济效应时,分散化结构为供应链系统的占优均衡结构.

  1. Controlled poly(l-lactide-co-trimethylene carbonate) delivery system of cyclosporine A and rapamycine--the effect of copolymer chain microstructure on drug release rate.

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    Jelonek, Katarzyna; Kasperczyk, Janusz; Li, Suming; Dobrzynski, Piotr; Jarzabek, Bozena

    2011-07-29

    The effect of poly(L-lactide-co-TMC) chain microstructure (and its changes during degradation) on immunosuppressive drugs' release process was analyzed. Three kinds of poly(L-lactide-co-TMC) (PLATMC)--two semiblock and one random were used to prepare matrices containing cyclosporine A or rapamycine and drug free matrices. All of them degraded slowly enough to provide long term delivery of immunosuppressive agents. Moreover, copolymer chain microstructure determined the effect of drug loading on the degradation process. It was observed that matrices without drug obtained from semiblock copolymer degraded differently than matrices containing cyclosporine A or rapamycine, whereas all kinds of matrices obtained from random PLATMC degraded in similar way. This is the evidence that the only in case of semiblock copolymer factors concerning the presence of drug and the kind of drug influenced degradation process. Based on the obtained results, correlations between copolymer degradation and drug release process are proposed. According to our outcomes, regular drug release process may be obtained from highly randomized copolymers (R ≈ 1) that remain amorphous during degradation process. Determination of this factor may help in development of biodegradable systems, in which drug release rate and profile can be tailored by synthesis of polymer with appropriate chain microstructure. PMID:21621596

  2. Side-chain tunability of furan-containing low-band-gap polymers provides control of structural order in efficient solar cells

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    Yiu, Alan T.

    2012-02-01

    The solution-processability of conjugated polymers in organic solvents has classically been achieved by modulating the size and branching of alkyl substituents appended to the backbone. However, these substituents impact structural order and charge transport properties in thin-film devices. As a result, a trade-off must be found between material solubility and insulating alkyl content. It was recently shown that the substitution of furan for thiophene in the backbone of the polymer PDPP2FT significantly improves polymer solubility, allowing for the use of shorter branched side chains while maintaining high device efficiency. In this report, we use PDPP2FT to demonstrate that linear alkyl side chains can be used to promote thin-film nanostructural order. In particular, linear side chains are shown to shorten π-π stacking distances between backbones and increase the correlation lengths of both π-π stacking and lamellar spacing, leading to a substantial increase in the efficiency of bulk heterojunction solar cells. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  3. Dynamic Coordination Mechanisms of Quality Control in Two-echelon Supply Chains%两级供应链上质量控制的动态协调机制研究

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    洪江涛; 黄沛

    2011-01-01

    Quality management problems caused by poor supply chain management (SCM) are prevalent. Examples of poor SCM include companies, such as Heinz and KFC, which were involved in the Sudan red incident in 2005. Another example is “Sanlu" milk powder. Sanlu recalled its milk powder in 2008 after a number of children were poisoned. Toyota filed safety recalls on many lines of vehicles, including RAV4, Camry, Highlander and Sequoia, in 2010 because of safety issues. All of these notorious events have sounded alarms for better quality management in the supply chain. Although improving product quality is gaining attention, many challenges lie ahead of implementing quality programs across supply chain partners. The objective of this paper is to adopt a differential game to study quality control problems coordinated by a manufacturer and a supplier in the two-echelon supply chain.First, we introduced the Stackelberg model as a quality control game model in a two-echelon supply chain. In the general noncooperative quality control game situation, a manufacturer acted as the leader and optimal action policies could be obtained for manufacturer and supplier. We then analyzed the optimal action selection of two partners in the cooperative quality control game situation. After comparing these two game equilibrium results, we found that cooperative quality control game structure is superior to general non-cooperative quality control game structure during the process of quality management in the two-echelon supply chain.Finally, a numerical example was given to verify the research results. This paper provides a theoretical basis for supply chain partners to conduct quality management practices and choose right game structures.%文章应用微分博弈的方法研究了由单一制造商和单一供应商组成的两级供应链上的质量控制的协调问题.首先讨论了制造商作为供应链上质量控制的领导者而供应商作为跟随者的Stackelberg博弈情形,得

  4. Chain reconfiguration in active noise

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    Samanta, Nairhita; Chakrabarti, Rajarshi

    2016-05-01

    In a typical single molecule experiment, the dynamics of an unfolded protein is studied by determining the reconfiguration time using long-range Förster resonance energy transfer, where the reconfiguration time is the characteristic decay time of the position correlation between two residues of the protein. In this paper we theoretically calculate the reconfiguration time for a single flexible polymer in the presence of active noise. The study suggests that though the mean square displacement grows faster, the chain reconfiguration is always slower in the presence of long-lived active noise with exponential temporal correlation. Similar behavior is observed for a worm-like semi-flexible chain and a Zimm chain. However it is primarily the characteristic correlation time of the active noise and not the strength that controls the increase in the reconfiguration time. In brief, such active noise makes the polymer move faster but the correlation loss between the monomers becomes slow.

  5. Chain reconfiguration in active noise

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    In a typical single molecule experiment, the dynamics of an unfolded protein is studied by determining the reconfiguration time using long-range Förster resonance energy transfer, where the reconfiguration time is the characteristic decay time of the position correlation between two residues of the protein. In this paper we theoretically calculate the reconfiguration time for a single flexible polymer in the presence of active noise. The study suggests that though the mean square displacement grows faster, the chain reconfiguration is always slower in the presence of long-lived active noise with exponential temporal correlation. Similar behavior is observed for a worm-like semi-flexible chain and a Zimm chain. However it is primarily the characteristic correlation time of the active noise and not the strength that controls the increase in the reconfiguration time. In brief, such active noise makes the polymer move faster but the correlation loss between the monomers becomes slow. (paper)

  6. Supply Chain-based Enterprise Inventory Cause and Optimal Control Research%基于供应链的企业库存成因及优化控制研究

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    董鹏; 冯定根; 黄惠良

    2014-01-01

    Based on the idea of a comprehensive enterprise inventory management, management experience in inventory cost, inventory control experience and inventory system optimization and previous research achievements are analyzed. With the inventory management concepts and methods of advanced enterprises used for reference, with large-scale manufacturing enterprises as the core research object, with the supply chain integrating suppliers, manufacturers and dealers as the research framework, with supply chain system theories as research methods, the inventory management status, influential factors and relevant cause are analyzed, with relevant countermeasures for inventory control presented in terms of production management optimization, enterprise internal supply chain integration and cross-enterprise supply chain, to realize an all-round inventory optimization and increase in enterprises' operation benefits.%基于企业全面库存管理思想,对库存成本、库存控制、库存系统优化等管理经验与前人研究成果进行分析,借鉴先进企业的库存管理理念和方法,以大型制造企业为核心研究对象,在集供应商、制造商、经销商为一体的供应链作为研究框架的基础上,运用供应链系统理论作为研究方法,分析了库存管理现状、影响因素及产生原因,从优化生产管理、整合企业内部供应链和跨企业供应链的角度提出库存控制的相应对策,以实现全面的库存优化,从而提高企业的经营效益。

  7. Supply chain system control strategy simulation with supplier’s multi-productivity%供应商具备多级生产率的供应链控制策略仿真

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    陈欢; 孙小明

    2014-01-01

    This paper studies supply chain cost control strategy with supplier’s multi-productivity. On the basis of meet customer and retailer’s random order, with target to reduce supply chain overall operation cost, this paper uses Arena simulation platform to model, simulate and optimize multi-layer supply chain inventory system. In the end, it determines proper retailer’s inventory strategy and supplier’s product and inventory strategy. In sum, the paper provides more scientific and reasonable strategy for supply chain system control strategy with multi-productivity. Also, this paper has certain signifi-cance for future similar study.%研究供应商具有多级生产率的供应链库存成本控制策略问题。在满足客户与销售商随机性订单需求的基础上,以供应链的整体运营成本最低为目标,运用Arena仿真平台对由供应商、销售商、客户构成的多级供应链库存系统进行了建模和仿真优化,制定合理的销售商的库存策略以及供应商的生产库存策略。为具备多级生产率的供应链系统控制策略提供了一种更科学合理的决策方法,对以后的类似研究具有一定的借鉴意义。

  8. Enterprise based on supply chain inventory control research and optimization%基于供应链的企业库存成因及优化控制的研究(一)

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    董鹏; 冯定根; 黄惠良

    2013-01-01

    Based on the idea of a comprehensive enterprise inventory management, the inventory cost, inventory control experience, the optimization of inventory system management and the results of previous studies were analyzed, using inventory management concepts and methods of advanced enterprises, to large manufacturing enterprise as the core research object, on the set of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors for the integration of the supply chain as the foundation the research framework, using the supply chain system theory as research method, analysis of the inventory management present situation, affecting factors and reasons, put forward the corresponding countermeasures of inventory control from the optimization of production management, the integration of internal supply chain and inter enterprise supply chain perspective, in order to achieve inventory optimization of comprehensive, improve operational efficiency.%基于企业全面库存的管理思想,对库存成本、库存控制、库存系统优化等管理经验与前人研究成果进行分析,借鉴先进企业的库存管理理念和方法,以大型制造企业为核心研究对象,在集供应商、制造商、经销商为一体的供应链作为研究框架的基础上,运用供应链系统理论作为研究方法,分析了库存管理现状、影响因素及产生原因,从优化生产管理、整合企业内部供应链和跨企业供应链的角度提出了库存控制的相应对策,以实现全面的库存优化,提高经营效益。

  9. Pressure and temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility intermediate valence Ce and Yb compounds

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    The magnetic susceptibility of 13 intermediate valence Ce and Yb compounds was studied at room temperature as a function of pressure. Low temperature measurements showed a pressure induced shift of the susceptibility maximum for YbInAu2 and Ce(Rhsub(0.7) Ptsub(0.3))2. A general relationship between the pressure dependent activation energy and the fluctuation temperature is supposed for Yb compounds. The relative pressure dependence of the susceptibility has a maximum at the intermediate valence 2.5 and is decreasing toward integer valences. (TW)

  10. Valency state changes in lanthanide-contained systems under high pressure

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    Changes in valency state induced by pressure in samarium sulphide SmS remind one of alchemy, as the mat black initial substance shines golden after the electron transition. The alchemist's dream is of course not realized, however the compound does exhibit an unusually interesting behaviour in the new state. The valency state of samarium as newly appeared fluctuated very rapidly between two electron configurations. Manipulation of the valency state by pressure or chemical substitution can basically change the physical properties of systems containing lanthanides. The phenomena are described and discussed in the following survey. (orig.)

  11. CzEngVallex: a Bilingual Czech-English Valency Lexicon

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces a new bilingual Czech-English verbal valency lexicon (called CzEng-Vallex representing a relatively large empirical database. It includes 20,835 aligned valency frame pairs (i.e., verb senses which are translations of each other and their aligned arguments. This new lexicon uses data from the Prague Czech-English Dependency Treebank and also takes advantage of the existing valency lexicons for both languages: the PDT-Vallex for Czech and the EngVallex for English. The CzEngVallex is available for browsing as well as for download in the LINDAT/CLARIN repository.

  12. Chain-Chain Based Routing Protocol

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    Samia A Ali

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Wireless sensor network (WSN is an emerging technology for monitoring physical world. WSNs consist of large numbers of sensor nodes operated by battery mostly in harsh environment. Thus energy conservation is a primary issue for organization of these sensor nodes. Another crucial issue is the data delivery time by sensor nodes to the sink node, especially in Military, medical fields, and security monitoring systems where minimum delay is desirable. Number of protocols has been proposed in the literature for routing. One of such protocols is the cluster based routing protocol LEACH (low energy adaptive clustering hierarchy. LEACH protocol organizes WSN into a set of clusters and a periodic voting for cluster head is performed in order to be evenly distributed among all the sensors of the WSN. This periodical cluster head voting in LEACH, however, consumes an amount of non-negligible energy and other resources. For energy conservation, PEGASIS (power efficient gathering in sensor information systems a near optimal chain-based protocol has been proposed, however, it is faced with the challenge of long delay for the transmitted data. Another routing protocol called CCM (Chain-Cluster based Mixed routing, which is mainly a hybrid of LEACH and PEGASIS is proposed, the consumed energy increases as network size increases. In this paper, we propose an efficient routing protocol called CCBRP (Chain-Chain based routing protocol, it achieves both minimum energy consumption and minimum delay. The CCBRP protocol mainly divides a WSN into a number of chains (Greedy algorithm is used to form each chain as in PEGSIS protocol and runs in two phases. In the first phase, sensor nodes in each chain transmit data to their chain leader nodes in parallel. In the second phase, all chain leader nodes form a chain (also, using Greedy algorithm and choose randomly a leader node then all chain leader nodes send their data to this chosen leader node. This chosen leader node

  13. Valency and density matter: Deciphering impacts of immunogen structures on immune responses against a tumor associated carbohydrate antigen using synthetic glycopolymers.

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    Qin, Qian; Yin, Zhaojun; Wu, Xuanjun; Haas, Karen M; Huang, Xuefei

    2016-09-01

    For successful carbohydrate based anti-cancer vaccines, it is critical that B cells are activated to secret antibodies targeting the tumor associated carbohydrate antigens (TACAs). Despite the availability of many TACA based constructs, systematic understanding of the effects of structural features on anti-glycan antibody responses is lacking. In this study, a series of defined synthetic glyco-polymers bearing a representative TACA, i.e., the Thomsen-nouveau (Tn) antigen, have been prepared to probe the induction of early B cell activation and antibody production via a T cell independent mechanism. Valency and density of the antigen in the polymers turned out to be critical. An average of greater than 6 Tn per chain was needed to induce antibody production. Glycopolymers with 40 antigens per chain and backbone molecular weight of 450 kDa gave the strongest stimulation to B cells in vitro, which correlated well with its in vivo activity. Deviations from the desired valency and density led to decreased antibody production or even antigen specific B cell non-responsiveness. These findings provide important insights on how to modulate anti-TACA immune responses facilitating the development of TACA based anti-cancer vaccines using glycopolymers. PMID:27294537

  14. Toc Approach for Supply Chain Performance Enhancement

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    Brijesh Ainapur

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Field of Supply Chain Management witnessed rapid growth in recent past and proved to be a successful tool for organizations growth. Success of supply chain improvement initiative lies in selection of appropriate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs using best suitable supply chain framework. These KPI’s are to be measured, monitored and controlled with proper review mechanism. This study presents a methodology for identification of the constraint KPI from the supply chain metrics. Selection of the KPI’s is done using Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR framework. Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP is used for decomposing the goal into micro level for analyzing and prioritizing KPIs. Subsequently, benchmarking study is carried by comparing foundry industry KPIs with global best practice industry average. Goal Programming function is formulated using AHP ratings and solved using WINQSB software. Finally Theory of Constraint (TOC management philosophy is applied for finding the constraints for supply chain performance enhancement.

  15. Discrete Quantum Markov Chains

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    Faigle, Ulrich

    2010-01-01

    A framework for finite-dimensional quantum Markov chains on Hilbert spaces is introduced. Quantum Markov chains generalize both classical Markov chains with possibly hidden states and existing models of quantum walks on finite graphs. Quantum Markov chains are based on Markov operations that may be applied to quantum systems and include quantum measurements, for example. It is proved that quantum Markov chains are asymptotically stationary and hence possess ergodic and entropic properties. With a quantum Markov chain one may associate a quantum Markov process, which is a stochastic process in the classical sense. Generalized Markov chains allow a representation with respect to a generalized Markov source model with definite (but possibly hidden) states relative to which observables give rise to classical stochastic processes. It is demonstrated that this model allows for observables to violate Bell's inequality.

  16. Gushing metal chain

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    Belyaev, Alexander; Sukhanov, Alexander; Tsvetkov, Alexander

    2016-03-01

    This article addresses the problem in which a chain falls from a glass from some height. This phenomenon demonstrates a paradoxical rise of the chain over the glass. To explain this effect, an initial hypothesis and an appropriate theory are proposed for calculating the steady fall parameters of the chain. For this purpose, the modified Cayley's problem of falling chain given its rise due to the centrifugal force of upward inertia is solved. Results show that the lift caused by an increase in linear density at the part of chain where it is being bent (the upper part) is due to the convergence of the chain balls to one another. The experiments confirm the obtained estimates of the lifting chain.

  17. Auditory affective norms for German: testing the influence of depression and anxiety on valence and arousal ratings.

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    Philipp Kanske

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The study of emotional speech perception and emotional prosody necessitates stimuli with reliable affective norms. However, ratings may be affected by the participants' current emotional state as increased anxiety and depression have been shown to yield altered neural responding to emotional stimuli. Therefore, the present study had two aims, first to provide a database of emotional speech stimuli and second to probe the influence of depression and anxiety on the affective ratings. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We selected 120 words from the Leipzig Affective Norms for German database (LANG, which includes visual ratings of positive, negative, and neutral word stimuli. These words were spoken by a male and a female native speaker of German with the respective emotional prosody, creating a total set of 240 auditory emotional stimuli. The recordings were rated again by an independent sample of subjects for valence and arousal, yielding groups of highly arousing negative or positive stimuli and neutral stimuli low in arousal. These ratings were correlated with participants' emotional state measured with the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS. Higher depression scores were related to more negative valence of negative and positive, but not neutral words. Anxiety scores correlated with increased arousal and more negative valence of negative words. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: These results underscore the importance of representatively distributed depression and anxiety scores in participants of affective rating studies. The LANG-audition database, which provides well-controlled, short-duration auditory word stimuli for the experimental investigation of emotional speech is available in Supporting Information S1.

  18. Chemical Bonding: The Orthogonal Valence-Bond View

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Chemical bonding is the stabilization of a molecular system by charge- and spin-reorganization processes in chemical reactions. These processes are said to be local, because the number of atoms involved is very small. With multi-configurational self-consistent field (MCSCF wave functions, these processes can be calculated, but the local information is hidden by the delocalized molecular orbitals (MO used to construct the wave functions. The transformation of such wave functions into valence bond (VB wave functions, which are based on localized orbitals, reveals the hidden information; this transformation is called a VB reading of MCSCF wave functions. The two-electron VB wave functions describing the Lewis electron pair that connects two atoms are frequently called covalent or neutral, suggesting that these wave functions describe an electronic situation where two electrons are never located at the same atom; such electronic situations and the wave functions describing them are called ionic. When the distance between two atoms decreases, however, every covalent VB wave function composed of non-orthogonal atomic orbitals changes its character from neutral to ionic. However, this change in the character of conventional VB wave functions is hidden by its mathematical form. Orthogonal VB wave functions composed of orthonormalized orbitals never change their character. When localized fragment orbitals are used instead of atomic orbitals, one can decide which local information is revealed and which remains hidden. In this paper, we analyze four chemical reactions by transforming the MCSCF wave functions into orthogonal VB wave functions; we show how the reactions are influenced by changing the atoms involved or by changing their local symmetry. Using orthogonal instead of non-orthogonal orbitals is not just a technical issue; it also changes the interpretation, revealing the properties of wave functions that remain otherwise undetected.

  19. Identification of three adjacent amino acids of interleukin-2 receptor beta chain which control the affinity and the specificity of the interaction with interleukin-2.

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    Imler, J L; Miyajima, A; Zurawski, G

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    The beta chain of the interleukin-2 (IL-2) receptor (IL-2R beta) and the interleukin-3 (IL-3) binding protein AIC2A are members of the family of cytokine receptors, which also includes the receptors for growth hormone (GHR) and prolactin. A four amino acid sequence of AIC2A has recently been shown to be critical for IL-3 binding. We analyze here the function of the analogous sequence of human IL-2R beta and identify three amino acids, Ser132, His133 and Tyr134, which play a critical role in I...

  20. Effects of supplemental long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and erythrocyte membrane fatty acid content on circulating inflammatory markers in a randomized controlled trial of healthy adults

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    Flock, Michael R.; Skulas-Ray, Ann C.; William S. Harris; Gaugler, Trent L.; Fleming, Jennifer A.; Kris-Etherton, Penny M

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    The long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated (n-3 PUFA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), may have anti-inflammatory effects. We evaluated the dose-response effect of EPA+DHA supplementation on circulating TNF-α, IL-6, and CRP and explored associations between red blood cell (RBC) membrane PUFA content and TNF-α, IL-6, and CRP. Young adults with low fish intake (n = 116) received one of five doses (0, 300, 600, 900, or 1,800 mg/d EPA+DHA) for 5 months. There were no significan...

  1. Valence band structure of binary chalcogenide vitreous semiconductors by high-resolution XPS

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    Kozyukhin, S., E-mail: sergkoz@igic.ras.ru [Russian Academy of Science, Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry (Russian Federation); Golovchak, R. [Lviv Scientific Research Institute of Materials of SRC ' Carat' (Ukraine); Kovalskiy, A. [Lehigh University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (United States); Shpotyuk, O. [Lviv Scientific Research Institute of Materials of SRC ' Carat' (Ukraine); Jain, H. [Lehigh University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (United States)

    2011-04-15

    High-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is used to study regularities in the formation of valence band electronic structure in binary As{sub x}Se{sub 100-x}, As{sub x}S{sub 100-x}, Ge{sub x}Se{sub 100-x} and Ge{sub x}S{sub 100-x} chalcogenide vitreous semiconductors. It is shown that the highest occupied energetic states in the valence band of these materials are formed by lone pair electrons of chalcogen atoms, which play dominant role in the formation of valence band electronic structure of chalcogen-rich glasses. A well-expressed contribution from chalcogen bonding p electrons and more deep s orbitals are also recorded in the experimental valence band XPS spectra. Compositional dependences of the observed bands are qualitatively analyzed from structural and compositional points of view.

  2. Pion form factor using domain wall valence and asqtad sea quarks

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    2004-01-01

    We compute the pion electromagnetic form factor in a hybrid calculation with domain wall valence quarks and improved staggered (asqtad) sea quarks. This method can easily be extended to rho-to-gamma-pi transition form factors.

  3. Overlap valence quarks on a twisted mass sea: A case study for mixed action lattice QCD

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    Cichy, Krzysztof, E-mail: krzysztof.cichy@desy.de [NIC, DESY, Platanenallee 6, D-15738 Zeuthen (Germany); Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of Physics, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznan (Poland); Drach, Vincent, E-mail: vincent.drach@desy.de [NIC, DESY, Platanenallee 6, D-15738 Zeuthen (Germany); García-Ramos, Elena, E-mail: elena.garcia.ramos@desy.de [NIC, DESY, Platanenallee 6, D-15738 Zeuthen (Germany); Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Newtonstr. 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Herdoíza, Gregorio, E-mail: gregorio.herdoiza@uam.es [Departamento de Física Teórica and Instituto de Física Teórica, UAM/CSIC, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Jansen, Karl, E-mail: karl.jansen@desy.de [NIC, DESY, Platanenallee 6, D-15738 Zeuthen (Germany)

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    We discuss a lattice QCD mixed action investigation employing Wilson maximally twisted mass sea and overlap valence fermions. Using four values of the lattice spacing, we demonstrate that the overlap Dirac operator assumes a point-like locality in the continuum limit. We also show that by adopting suitable matching conditions for the sea and valence theories a consistent continuum limit for the pion decay constant and light baryon masses can be obtained. Finally, we confront results for sea–valence mixed meson masses and the valence scalar correlator with corresponding expressions of chiral perturbation theory. This allows us to extract low energy constants of mixed action chiral perturbation which characterize the strength of unitarity violations in our mixed action setup.

  4. Overlap valence quarks on a twisted mass sea. A case study for mixed action lattice QCD

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    Cichy, Krzysztof [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC; Poznan Univ. (Poland). Faculty of Physics; Drach, Vincent; Jansen, Karl [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC; Garcia-Ramos, Elena [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC; Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin (Germany); Herdoiza, Gregorio [UAM/CSIC Univ. Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). Dept. de Fisica Teorica; UAM/CSIC Univ. Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Fisica Teorica; Collaboration: European Twisted Mass Collaboration

    2012-11-15

    We discuss a Lattice QCD mixed action investigation employing Wilson maximally twisted mass sea and overlap valence fermions. Using four values of the lattice spacing, we demonstrate that the overlap Dirac operator assumes a point-like locality in the continuum limit. We also show that by adopting suitable matching conditions for the sea and valence theories a consistent continuum limit for the pion decay constant and light baryon masses can be obtained. Finally, we confront results for sea-valence mixed meson masses and the valence scalar correlator with corresponding expressions of chiral perturbation theory. This allows us to extract low energy constants of mixed action chiral perturbation which characterize the strength of unitarity violations in our mixed action setup.

  5. Overlap valence quarks on a twisted mass sea. A case study for mixed action lattice QCD

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    We discuss a Lattice QCD mixed action investigation employing Wilson maximally twisted mass sea and overlap valence fermions. Using four values of the lattice spacing, we demonstrate that the overlap Dirac operator assumes a point-like locality in the continuum limit. We also show that by adopting suitable matching conditions for the sea and valence theories a consistent continuum limit for the pion decay constant and light baryon masses can be obtained. Finally, we confront results for sea-valence mixed meson masses and the valence scalar correlator with corresponding expressions of chiral perturbation theory. This allows us to extract low energy constants of mixed action chiral perturbation which characterize the strength of unitarity violations in our mixed action setup.

  6. Rare earth 4f hybridization with the GaN valence band

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    The placement of the Gd, Er and Yb 4f states within the GaN valence band has been explored by both experiment and theory. The 4d–4f photoemission resonances for various rare-earth(RE)-doped GaN thin films (RE = Gd, Er, Yb) provide an accurate depiction of the occupied 4f state placement within the GaN. The resonant photoemission show that the major Er and Gd RE 4f weight is at about 5–6 eV below the valence band maximum, similar to the 4f weights in the valence band of many other RE-doped semiconductors. For Yb, there is a very little resonant enhancement of the valence band of Yb-doped GaN, consistent with a large 4f14-δ occupancy. The placement of the RE 4f levels is in qualitative agreement with theoretical expectations. (paper)

  7. Crater chains on Mercury

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    Shevchenko, V.; Skobeleva, T.

    After discovery of disruption comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 into fragment train before it's collision with Jupiter there was proposed that linear crater chains on the large satellites of Jupiter and on the Moon are impact scars of past tidally disrupted comets.It's known that radar images have revealed the possible presence of water ice deposits in polar regions of Mercury. Impacts by a few large comets seem to provide the best explanation for both the amount and cleanliness of the ice deposits on Mercury because they have a larger volatile content that others external sources, for example, asteroid. A number of crater chains on the surface of Mercury are most likely the impact tracks of "fragment trains" of comets tidally disrupted by Sun or by Mercury and are not secondary craters. Mariner 10 image set (the three Mariner 10 flybys in 1974-1975) was used to recognize the crater chains these did not associate with secondary crater ejecta from observed impact structures. As example, it can be shown such crater chain located near crater Imhotep and crater Ibsen (The Kuiper Quadrangle of Mercury). Resolution of the Mariner 10 image is about 0.54 km/pixel. The crater chain is about 50 km long. It was found a similar crater chain inside large crater Sophocles (The Tolstoj Quadrangle of Mercury). The image resolution is about 1.46 km/pixel. The chain about 50 km long is located in northen part of the crater. Image resolution limits possibility to examine the form of craters strongly. It seems the craters in chains have roughly flat floor and smooth form. Most chain craters are approximately circular. It was examined many images from the Mariner 10 set and there were identified a total 15 crater chains and were unable to link any of these directly to any specific large crater associated with ejecta deposits. Chain craters are remarkably aligned. All distinguished crater chains are superposed on preexisting formations. A total of 127 craters were identified in the 15 recognized

  8. Emotional Valence, Arousal, and Threat Ratings of 160 Chinese Words among Adolescents

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    Ho, Samuel M. Y.; Mak, Christine W. Y.; Dannii Yeung; Wenjie Duan; Sandy Tang; June C Yeung; Rita Ching

    2015-01-01

    This study was conducted to provide ratings of valence/pleasantness, arousal/excitement, and threat/potential harm for 160 Chinese words. The emotional valence classification (positive, negative, or neutral) of all of the words corresponded to that of the equivalent English language words. More than 90% of the participants, junior high school students aged between 12 and 17 years, understood the words. The participants were from both mainland China and Hong Kong, thus the words can be applied...

  9. The right-hemisphere and valence hypotheses: could they both be right (and sometimes left)?

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    Killgore, William Dale; Yurgelun-Todd, Deborah

    2007-01-01

    The two halves of the brain are believed to play different roles in emotional processing, but the specific contribution of each hemisphere continues to be debated. The right-hemisphere hypothesis suggests that the right cerebrum is dominant for processing all emotions regardless of affective valence, whereas the valence specific hypothesis posits that the left hemisphere is specialized for processing positive affect while the right hemisphere is specialized for negative affect. Here, healthy ...

  10. Advances in Generalized Valence Bond-Coupled Cluster Methods for Electronic Structure Theory

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    Lawler, Keith Vanoy

    2009-01-01

    The electron-electron correlation term in the electronic energy of a molecule is the most difficult term to compute, yet it is of both qualitative and quantitative importance for a diverse range of chemical applications of computational quantum chemistry. Generalized Valence Bond-Coupled Cluster (GVB-CC) methods are computationally efficient, size-consistent wavefunction based methods to capture the most important static (valence) contributions to the correlation energy. Despite these advanta...

  11. Age-related Alterations in Simple Declarative Memory and the Effect of Negative Stimulus Valence

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    Murty, Vishnu P.; Sambataro, Fabio; Das, Saumitra; Tan, Hao-Yang; Callicott, Joseph H.; Goldberg, Terry E.; Meyer-Lindenberg, Andreas; Weinberger, Daniel R.; Mattay, Venkata S.

    2009-01-01

    Healthy aging has been shown to modulate the neural circuitry underlying simple declarative memory; however, the functional impact of negative stimulus valence on these changes has not been fully investigated. Using BOLD fMRI, we explored the effects of aging on behavioral performance, neural activity, and functional coupling during the encoding and retrieval of novel aversive and neutral scenes. Behaviorally, there was a main effect of valence with better recognition performance for aversive...

  12. Music, emotion, and time perception: the influence of subjective emotional valence and arousal?

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    SYLVIE eDROIT-VOLET; danilo eRamos; Lino Jose Bueno; Emmanuel eBigand

    2013-01-01

    The present study used a temporal bisection task with short (< 2 s) and long (> 2 s) stimulus durations to investigate the effect on time estimation of several musical parameters associated with emotional changes in affective valence and arousal. In order to manipulate the positive and negative valence of music, Experiments 1 and 2 contrasted the effect of musical structure with pieces played normally and backwards, which were judged to be pleasant and unpleasant, respectively. This eff...

  13. Identifying facial emotions: valence specific effects and an exploration of the effects of viewer gender

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    Jansari, Ashok S.; Rodway, P.; Goncalves, Salvador

    2011-01-01

    The valence hypothesis suggests that the right hemisphere is specialised for negative emotions and the left hemisphere is specialised for positive emotions (Silberman & Weingartner, 1986). It is unclear to what extent valence-specific effects in facial emotion perception depend upon the gender of the perceiver. To explore this question 46 participants completed a free view lateralised emotion perception task which involved judging which of two faces expressed a particular emotion. Eye fixatio...

  14. Taking a deeper look at online reviews: The asymmetric effect of valence intensity on shopping behaviour

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    Floh, A.; Koller, Monika; Zauner, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    This study tests the asymmetric effect of user-generated, open-ended online reviews on online shopping behaviour (intention-to-buy, intention-to-recommend, and willingness-to-pay). Three online experiments involving manipulating the valence intensity of online reviews for hotels, books, and running shoes (overall customer sample of n=818) provide empirical support for the proposed relationship. The valence intensity of online reviews moderates the effect of online reviews on purchase intentio...

  15. Incremental Validity of Positive and Negative Valence in Predicting Personality Disorder

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    Simms, Leonard J.; Yufik, Tom; Gros, Daniel F.

    2010-01-01

    The Big Seven model of personality includes five dimensions similar to the Big Five model as well as two evaluative dimensions—Positive Valence (PV) and Negative Valence (NV)—which reflect extremely positive and negative person descriptors, respectively. Recent theory and research have suggested that PV and NV predict significant variance in personality disorder (PD) above that predicted by the Big Five, but firm conclusions have not been possible because previous studies have been limited to...

  16. Supply Chain Coordination with Controllable Lead Time and Asymmetric Information%信息不对称条件下可控提前期供应链协调机制研究

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    李怡娜; 徐学军

    2011-01-01

    Current literature shows that Just-in-Time (JIT) can significantly reduce lead time and inventory-related costs simultaneously. Time-based competition (TBC) focusing on the reduction of overall system lead time has been one of favorite topics for both researchers and practitioners. Lead time reduction can lower the amounts of safety stock, reduce the loss caused by stock-outs, and improve customer service levels. In today' s hyper competitive environment, lead time reduction is becoming an effective way to increase supply chain response and an important source of competitive advantage. However, in most of the traditional economic order quantity (EOQ) literature dealing with inventory problem, either using deterministic or probabilistic models, lead time is viewed as a prescribed constant or a stochastic variable. Therefore, controlling lead time is not feasible and realistic in practical situations. To overcome the issue, an increasing number of literatures consider lead time as a decision variable. Still, these literatures either consider the controllable lead time optimization problem from the perspective of a single facility, or consider inventory models with controllable lead time from the perspective of integrated supply chains. An integrated supply chain assumes that a central planner possesses perfect information and has the power to impose a globally optimal inventory policy on each entity in order to maximize overall channel performance.In this paper, we make two major contributions to the present literature on supply chain optimization problems related to controllable lead time. First, we relax the assumption in the former literature from the perspective of supply chain by asserting that long-term strategic partnerships between vendor and buyer are well established and each party can bargain and cooperate with each other to obtain an optimal integrated joint policy under centralized decision. We further assume that the vendor and the buyer aim to maximize

  17. Inventory Cost Control Model in a Supply Chain Under Asymmetric Information%不对称信息下供应链库存成本控制模型

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    李丽君; 吴晓会; 闫伟超

    2012-01-01

    考虑到信息不对称对供应链企业库存成本控制造成的影响,以单个制造商和单个零售商组成的一个两级供应链为研究对象,假设供应链企业的产品需求与时间有关,分别分析了信息对称和信息不对称条件下,制造商、零售商和供应链整体的利润情况,并建立了相应的数量折扣协调机制,研究其对三者成本控制的影响.研究表明,在信息不对称的条件下,该协调机制可以有效降低制造商、零售商以及供应链整体的库存成本,达到了良好的供应链协调效果.最后通过算例分析进行了验证.%Being taken the impact of the information asymmetry on cost control in supply chain,a supply chain composed by a manufacturer and a retail was established.Supposing that the demand was time-related,in the two situations of information symmetry and information asymmetry,the whole profit situation of the manufacturer,the retail merchant and the supply chain was analyzed and the quantity discount coordinated mechanism was established accordingly.Research results showed that this reasonable coordination mechanism could effectively reduce the supply chain inventory cost.In the end,an example was made which illustrates the correlative conclusions.

  18. Bullwhip effect control strategy in supply chain networks with limited information sharing%信息共享受限条件下的供应链网络系统牛鞭效应控制策略

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    李翀; 刘思峰

    2012-01-01

    研究在信息共享受限条件下供应链网络库存系统的牛鞭效应控制问题,建立了包括市场需求、信息可获得性、信息及时性等不确定性因素的库存网络系统状态转移模型,从系统内部动力学机制的角度分析了牛鞭效应的成因,提出了动态库存控制策略,并给出了策略参数设计的线性矩阵不等式组算法.运用系统稳定性理论,深入分析了信息共享对牛鞭效应的影响,并通过仿真结果验证了库存控制策略的有效性和实用性.%The bullwhip effect problem in supply chain networks with limited information sharing is studied. Based on the dynamic mechanism of inventories in supply chain networks, a supply chain inventory network system state transition model is presented, which includes uncertainties of demands, information availability and fluency. Then a dynamic inventory control strategy is proposed and transformed into the optimization problem of linear matrix inequalities. Furthermore, the value of information sharing in reducing the bullwhip effect is studied. Simulation results show the effectiveness and feasibility of the proposed method in reducing bullwhip effect and in improving supply chain performance.

  19. A Positive GATA Element and a Negative Vitamin D Receptor-Like Element Control Atrial Chamber-Specific Expression of a Slow Myosin Heavy-Chain Gene during Cardiac Morphogenesis

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    Wang, Gang Feng; Nikovits, William; Schleinitz, Mark; Stockdale, Frank E.

    1998-01-01

    We have used the slow myosin heavy chain (MyHC) 3 gene to study the molecular mechanisms that control atrial chamber-specific gene expression. Initially, slow MyHC 3 is uniformly expressed throughout the tubular heart of the quail embryo. As cardiac development proceeds, an anterior-posterior gradient of slow MyHC 3 expression develops, culminating in atrial chamber-restricted expression of this gene following chamberization. Two cis elements within the slow MyHC 3 gene promoter, a GATA-bindi...

  20. A general valence asymmetry in similarity: Good is more alike than bad.

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    Koch, Alex; Alves, Hans; Krüger, Tobias; Unkelbach, Christian

    2016-08-01

    The density hypothesis (Unkelbach, Fiedler, Bayer, Stegmüller, & Danner, 2008) claims a general higher similarity of positive information to other positive information compared with the similarity of negative information to other negative information. This similarity asymmetry might explain valence asymmetries on all levels of cognitive processing. The available empirical evidence for this general valence asymmetry in similarity suffers from a lack of direct tests, low representativeness, and possible confounding variables (e.g., differential valence intensity, frequency, familiarity, or concreteness of positive and negative stimuli). To address these problems, Study 1 first validated the spatial arrangement method (SpAM) as a similarity measure. Using SpAM, Studies 2-6 found the proposed valence asymmetry in large, representative samples of self- and other-generated words (Studies 2a/2b), for words of consensual and idiosyncratic valence (Study 3), for words from 1 and many independent information sources (Study 4), for real-life experiences (Study 5), and for large data sets of verbal (i.e., ∼14,000 words reported by Warriner, Kuperman, & Brysbaert, 2013) and visual information (i.e., ∼1,000 pictures reported in the IAPS; Lang, Bradley, & Cuthbert, 2005; Study 6). Together, these data support a general valence asymmetry in similarity, namely that good is more alike than bad. (PsycINFO Database Record PMID:26866655

  1. The power of emotional valence – From cognitive to affective processes in reading

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    Ulrike eAltmann

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The comprehension of stories requires the reader to imagine the cognitive and affective states of the characters. The content of many stories is unpleasant, as they often deal with conflict, disturbance or crisis. Nevertheless, unpleasant stories can be liked and enjoyed. In this fMRI study, we used a parametric approach to examine (1 the capacity of increasing negative valence of story contents to activate the mentalizing network (cognitive and affective theory of mind, ToM, and (2 the neural substrate of liking negatively valenced narratives. A set of 80 short narratives was compiled, ranging from neutral to negative emotional valence. For each story mean rating values on valence and liking were obtained from a group of 32 participants in a prestudy, and later included as parametric regressors in the fMRI analysis. Another group of 24 participants passively read the narratives in a 3 Tesla MRI scanner. Results revealed a stronger engagement of affective ToM-related brain areas with increasingly negative story valence. Stories that were unpleasant, but simulatiously liked, selectively engaged the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC, which might reflect the moral exploration of the story content. Further analysis showed that the more the mPFC becomes engaged during the reading of negatively valenced stories, the more coactivation can be observed in other brain areas related to the neural processing of affective ToM and empathy.

  2. The power of emotional valence-from cognitive to affective processes in reading.

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    Altmann, Ulrike; Bohrn, Isabel C; Lubrich, Oliver; Menninghaus, Winfried; Jacobs, Arthur M

    2012-01-01

    The comprehension of stories requires the reader to imagine the cognitive and affective states of the characters. The content of many stories is unpleasant, as they often deal with conflict, disturbance or crisis. Nevertheless, unpleasant stories can be liked and enjoyed. In this fMRI study, we used a parametric approach to examine (1) the capacity of increasing negative valence of story contents to activate the mentalizing network (cognitive and affective theory of mind, ToM), and (2) the neural substrate of liking negatively valenced narratives. A set of 80 short narratives was compiled, ranging from neutral to negative emotional valence. For each story mean rating values on valence and liking were obtained from a group of 32 participants in a prestudy, and later included as parametric regressors in the fMRI analysis. Another group of 24 participants passively read the narratives in a three Tesla MRI scanner. Results revealed a stronger engagement of affective ToM-related brain areas with increasingly negative story valence. Stories that were unpleasant, but simultaneously liked, engaged the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), which might reflect the moral exploration of the story content. Further analysis showed that the more the mPFC becomes engaged during the reading of negatively valenced stories, the more coactivation can be observed in other brain areas related to the neural processing of affective ToM and empathy. PMID:22754519

  3. Supply Chain Management og Supply Chain costing

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    Nielsen, Steen; Mortensen, Ole

    2002-01-01

    Formålet med denne artikel er at belyse de muligheder som ligger i at integrere virksomhedens økonomiske styring med begrebet Supply Chain Management (SCM). Dette søges belyst ved først at beskrive den teoretiske ramme, hvori SCM indgår. Herefter analyseres begrebet Supply Chain Costing (SCC) som...... Århus. Et resultat er, at via begrebet Supply Chain Costing skabes der mulighed for at måle logistikkædens aktiviteter i kr./øre. Anvendelsen af denne information har også strategisk betydning for at kunne vælge kunde og leverandør. Ved hjælp af integrationen skabes der også helt nye mulighed for at...

  4. Toc Approach for Supply Chain Performance Enhancement

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    Brijesh Ainapur

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Many foundries are operating at lower levels than the installed capacities. Study of 56 foundries acrossIndia has shown that only 68% of installed capacities are being utilized. This is mainly because of lack ofco-ordination among the supply chain partners. This study is an effort in identifying these gaps using TOCapproach which will help in supply chain performance enhancement.Field of Supply Chain Management witnessed rapid growth in recent past and proved to be a successfultool for organizations growth. Success of supply chain improvement initiative lies in selection ofappropriate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs using best suitable supply chain framework. Theseperformance indicators are to be measured, monitored and controlled with proper review mechanism.This study presents a methodology for identification of the KPI’s from the supply chain metrics suitablefor foundries. Selection of the KPI’s is done using Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCORframework. Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP is used for decomposing the goal into micro level foranalyzing and prioritizing KPIs. In order to study the gap between as-is-state and as-to-be state,benchmarking is carried by comparing foundry industry KPIs with global best practice industry average.To optimize the supply chain performance, Goal Programming function is formulated using AHP ratingsand solved using WINQSB software. Theory of Constraint (TOC management philosophy is applied forfinding the constraints, on improving these constraints supply chain performance enhancement isachieved.

  5. Food supply chains

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    Zhou, Qian

    2011-01-01

    The dissertation analyses food waste in global supply chain. From the related managerial literature, the process of supply chain operation, from agriculture, manufacturing, warehouses, retailers to customers are explained clearly. Then the reasons and characteristics of food wastes in any point of food supply chain are analyzed. From some case studies and questionnaire investigation, some corresponding methods to reduce food waste are put forward in the following. Lastly, in terms of method s...

  6. Supply chain components

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    Vieraşu, T.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In this article I will go through three main logistics components, which are represented by: transportation, inventory and facilities, and the three secondary logistical components: information, production location, price and how they determine performance of any supply chain. I will discuss then how these components are used in the design, planning and operation of a supply chain. I will also talk about some obstacles a supply chain manager may encounter.

  7. Supply Chain Collaboration

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    Meca, Ana; Timmer, Judith

    2008-01-01

    In this chaper, we have reviewed and surveyed the literature on supply chain collaboration. As mentioned above, the game theory models that include cooperative behaviour among retailers seem to be a natural framework to model cooperation (collaboration) in supply chains that consist of a supplier and a finite number of retailers. Various researchers in this area have already adopted several cooperative models dealing with supply chain coordination, and it is expected to see many more in the n...

  8. Supply chain components

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    Vieraşu, T.; Bălăşescu, M.

    2011-01-01

    In this article I will go through three main logistics components, which are represented by: transportation, inventory and facilities, and the three secondary logistical components: information, production location, price and how they determine performance of any supply chain. I will discuss then how these components are used in the design, planning and operation of a supply chain. I will also talk about some obstacles a supply chain manager may encounter.

  9. Sustainable Supply Chain Management

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    Geentjens, Marlies

    2013-01-01

    This project investigates the phenomena Sustainable Supply Chain Management. The point of departure is Supply Chain Management, which we analyse in order to lock into an understanding of the development that occur when implementing sustainability. In the quest for higher understanding of the interlocking mechanisms of supply chain management, we combine a theoretical approach to the developmnent of sustainability with some relevant case-examples (mainly depicting IKEA). This focal point g...

  10. Economy, market and chain

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    Sukkel, W.; Hommes, M.

    2009-01-01

    In their pursuit of growth and professionalisation, the Dutch organic sector focuses primarily on market development. But how do you stimulate the market for organic foods? This is the subject of many research projects concerning market, consumer preferences and the supply chain. These projects focus specifically at consumer purchasing behaviour, product development, supply chain formation and minimising cost price. As a rule, this research takes place in close cooperation with chain actors

  11. Proceedings of the 2013 Valence international secondary school meetings

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    Since 2008, French and foreign secondary schools participate to radiation protection workshops led by teachers of these establishments in partnership with radiation protection experts and researchers. The aim of these workshops is to involve students in pluri-disciplinary activities in relation with the practical radiation protection culture. Each year, 100 to 150 students from about 15 French and foreign secondary schools participate to these workshops. This document brings together the available documents (slides) presented at the occasion of the 2013 meeting, held at Valence (FR). The document gathers 24 presentations dealing with: - Radiation protection at hospitals (Lycee Alphonse Heinrich (Haguenau (FR)); - Radiation protection in a nuclear medicine service (Lycee Clemenceau (Nantes (FR)); - Management of radioactive hospital wastes (Lycee Bois d'Amour (Poitiers (FR)); - Radiation protection in the medical domain (Herve Visseaux - ASN)); - Biological effects of ionising radiations (Lycee Notre Dame (Boulogne- Billancourt (FR)); - Food-stuff ionisation (Lycee Gustave Jaume (Pierrelatte (FR)); - Cosmic radiations and protection of aircraft personnel (Lycee Jules Viette (Montbeliard (FR)); - Environmental consequences of the Chernobyl accident (Lycee du Bois d'Amour (Poitiers (FR)); - Analysis of the present day consequences of the Fukushima and Chernobyl accidents (School no. 46 of Gomel (Bielorussia)); - The life in contaminated territories (School Soudkhovo of Khoiniki (Bielorussia)); - Pripyat today (School no. 118 de Kiev (Ukraine)); - Consequences of the Fukushima accident (Didier Champion - IRSN); - Centres for practical radiation protection culture - Conditions for a population involvement in Chernobyl contaminated territories? (Andrei Mostovenka - (RIR (Belarus)); - Radioactive wastes management (Lycee Notre Dame (Boulogne-Billancourt (FR)); - Radon (Lycee Paul Vincensini (Bastia (FR)); - Nuclear imaging and radiation protection (Lycee Clemenceau

  12. Value Chain Engineering

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    Wæhrens, Brian Vejrum; Slepniov, Dmitrij

    2015-01-01

    This workbook is recommended for the attention of students of and managers in Danish small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Danish SMEs are currently facing a number of key challenges related to their position in global value chains. This book provides an insight into value chain management...... that may help these SMEs to occupy and sustain a competitive position in the value chain. It addresses this objective by introducing and discussing: • The concept of global value chains and its founding principles • The buyer-supplier relationships • Various SMEs operations configurations • Ideas for...

  13. Action and valence modulate choice and choice-induced preference change.

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    Koster, Raphael; Duzel, Emrah; Dolan, Raymond J

    2015-01-01

    Choices are not only communicated via explicit actions but also passively through inaction. In this study we investigated how active or passive choice impacts upon the choice process itself as well as a preference change induced by choice. Subjects were tasked to select a preference for unfamiliar photographs by action or inaction, before and after they gave valuation ratings for all photographs. We replicate a finding that valuation increases for chosen items and decreases for unchosen items compared to a control condition in which the choice was made post re-evaluation. Whether choice was expressed actively or passively affected the dynamics of revaluation differently for positive and negatively valenced items. Additionally, the choice itself was biased towards action such that subjects tended to choose a photograph obtained by action more often than a photographed obtained through inaction. These results highlight intrinsic biases consistent with a tight coupling of action and reward and add to an emerging understanding of how the mode of action itself, and not just an associated outcome, modulates the decision making process. PMID:25747703

  14. Effect of the Structure and Valence State on the Properties of VO2 Thin Films

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    2001-01-01

    VO2 thin films with good switching properties were prepared by controlling the annealing time and the annealing temperature in a vacuum system. The structural, optical and electrical properties of the samples were characterized by using XRD、XPS、UV-VIS and electrical measurements. The switching parameters of VO2 thin film were investigated too. The results indicate that before and after phase transition the resistance of VO2 thin films changes about three orders of magnitude, the variation of film transmittance of 40% has been carried out with the absorptivity switching velocity of about 0.2607/min at 900nm . The structural property of samples has been improved but the phase-transition properties have been decreased by increasing the annealing time and annealing temperature. The valence of V ions and the structure of samples have great effect on phase transition properties of VO2 thin films. Discussion on the effects of annealing time and annealing temperature on the phase-transition temperature and hysteresis width shows that the best reasonable annealing time and annealing temperature can be achieved.

  15. Action and valence modulate choice and choice-induced preference change.

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    Raphael Koster

    Full Text Available Choices are not only communicated via explicit actions but also passively through inaction. In this study we investigated how active or passive choice impacts upon the choice process itself as well as a preference change induced by choice. Subjects were tasked to select a preference for unfamiliar photographs by action or inaction, before and after they gave valuation ratings for all photographs. We replicate a finding that valuation increases for chosen items and decreases for unchosen items compared to a control condition in which the choice was made post re-evaluation. Whether choice was expressed actively or passively affected the dynamics of revaluation differently for positive and negatively valenced items. Additionally, the choice itself was biased towards action such that subjects tended to choose a photograph obtained by action more often than a photographed obtained through inaction. These results highlight intrinsic biases consistent with a tight coupling of action and reward and add to an emerging understanding of how the mode of action itself, and not just an associated outcome, modulates the decision making process.

  16. Negative Mood Increases Selective Attention to Negatively Valenced Body Parts in Female Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa

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    Svaldi, Jennifer; Bender, Caroline; Caffier, Detlef; Ivanova, Viliana; Mies, Nina; Fleischhaker, Christian; Tuschen-Caffier, Brunna

    2016-01-01

    Objective Previous research has yielded evidence of increased attentional processing of negatively valenced body parts in women with anorexia nervosa (AN), especially for those with high depressive symptomatology. The present study extended previous research by implementing an experimental mood manipulation. Method In a within-subjects design, female adolescents with AN (n = 12) and an age matched female control group (CG; n = 12) were given a negative and a positive mood induction at a one-week interval. After each mood induction, participants underwent a 3-min mirror exposure, while their eye movements were recorded. Results After the positive mood induction, both AN and CG participants displayed longer and more frequent gazes towards their self-defined most ugly relative to their self-defined most beautiful body part. However, after the negative mood induction, only females with AN were characterized by increased attention to their most ugly compared to their most beautiful body part, while CG participants’ attention distribution was balanced. Furthermore, in the negative (but not in the positive) mood induction condition gaze frequency and duration towards the most ugly body part was significantly stronger in the AN group relative to the CG. Discussion The results emphasize the role of negative mood in the maintenance of pathological information processing of the self-body. This increased body-related negativity-bias during negative mood may lead to the persistence and aggravation of AN patients’ body image disturbance. PMID:27123587

  17. Mothering Experiences: How Single Parenthood and Employment Structure the Emotional Valence of Parenting.

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    Meier, Ann; Musick, Kelly; Flood, Sarah; Dunifon, Rachel

    2016-06-01

    Research studies and popular accounts of parenting have documented the joys and strains of raising children. Much of the literature comparing parents with those without children indicates a happiness advantage for those without children, although recent studies have unpacked this general advantage to reveal differences by the dimension of well-being considered and important features in parents' lives and parenting experiences. We use unique data from the 2010, 2012, and 2013 American Time Use Survey to understand emotions in mothering experiences and how these vary by key demographic factors: employment and partnership status. Assessing mothers' emotions in a broad set of parenting activities while controlling for a rich set of person- and activity-level factors, we find that mothering experiences are generally associated with high levels of emotional well-being, although single parenthood is associated with differences in the emotional valence. Single mothers report less happiness and more sadness, stress, and fatigue in parenting than partnered mothers, and these reports are concentrated among those single mothers who are not employed. Employed single mothers are happier and less sad and stressed when parenting than single mothers who are not employed. Contrary to common assumptions about maternal employment, we find overall few negative associations between employment and mothers' feelings regarding time with children, with the exception that employed mothers report more fatigue in parenting than those who are not employed. PMID:27150964

  18. Valence-based Word-Face Stroop task reveals differential emotional interference in patients with major depression.

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    Başgöze, Zeynep; Gönül, Ali Saffet; Baskak, Bora; Gökçay, Didem

    2015-10-30

    Word-Face Stroop task creates emotional conflict between affective words and affective faces. In this task, healthy participants consistently slow down while responding to incongruent cases. Such interference related slowdown is associated with recruitment of inhibitory processes to eliminate task-irrelevant information. We created a valence-based Word-Face Stroop task, in which participants were asked to indicate whether the words in the foreground are positive, negative or neutral. Healthy participants were faster and more accurate than un-medicated patients with major depression disorder (MDD). In addition, a significant congruence by group interaction is observed: healthy participants slowed down for incongruent cases, but MDD patients did not. Furthermore, for the negative words, healthy individuals made more errors while responding to incongruent cases but MDD patients made the lowest number of errors for this category. The emotional percepts of the patients were intact, because correct response rates in word valence judgments for positive/negative words, and reaction times for happy/sad faces had similar patterns with those of controls. These findings are supported by the analytical rumination interpretation of depression: patients lose speed/accuracy in laboratory tasks due to processing load spent during continuous rumination. However, for tasks in line with their preoccupation, continual practice makes the patients more vigilant and adept. PMID:26272019

  19. Dissociable neural systems underwrite logical reasoning in the context of induced emotions with positive and negative valence.

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    Smith, Kathleen W; Vartanian, Oshin; Goel, Vinod

    2014-01-01

    How emotions influence syllogistic reasoning is not well understood. fMRI was employed to investigate the effects of induced positive or negative emotion on syllogistic reasoning. Specifically, on a trial-by-trial basis participants were exposed to a positive, negative, or neutral picture, immediately prior to engagement in a reasoning task. After viewing and rating the valence and intensity of each picture, participants indicated by keypress whether or not the conclusion of the syllogism followed logically from the premises. The content of all syllogisms was neutral, and the influence of belief-bias was controlled for in the study design. Emotion did not affect reasoning performance, although there was a trend in the expected direction based on accuracy rates for the positive (63%) and negative (64%) versus neutral (70%) condition. Nevertheless, exposure to positive and negative pictures led to dissociable patterns of neural activation during reasoning. Therefore, the neural basis of deductive reasoning differs as a function of the valence of the context. PMID:25294997

  20. Dissociable neural systems underwrite logical reasoning in the context of induced emotions with positive and negative valence

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    Kathleen Walton Smith

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available How emotions influence syllogistic reasoning is not well understood. fMRI was employed to investigate the effects of induced positive or negative emotion on syllogistic reasoning. Specifically, on a trial-by-trial basis participants were exposed to a positive, negative, or neutral picture, immediately prior to engagement in a reasoning task. After viewing and rating the valence and intensity of each picture, participants indicated by keypress whether or not the conclusion of the syllogism followed logically from the premises. The content of all syllogisms was neutral, and the influence of belief-bias was controlled for in the study design. Emotion did not affect reasoning performance, although there was a trend in the expected direction based on accuracy rates for the positive (63% and negative (64% versus neutral (70% condition. Nevertheless, exposure to positive and negative pictures led to dissociable patterns of neural activation during reasoning. Therefore, the neural basis of deductive reasoning differs as a function of the valence of the context.

  1. Theory and experiment on laser-enabled inner-valence Auger decay of rare-gas atoms

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    In rare-gas atoms, an inner-valence shell ns hole cannot be filled by Auger decay because of an energy deficiency. We show theoretically and experimentally that by adding a moderately intense infrared laser, Auger decay is possible with decay rates increasing dramatically for laser intensities ≥1013 W/cm2. For Xe atoms, the simulated laser-enabled Auger decay yields are comparable with the experimental one, while for Ar atoms, the simulated ones are much smaller. We attribute the discrepancies to screening effects of the photoelectron. Laser-enabled Auger decay is of fundamental importance for understanding attosecond science, and is also important for experimental applications in ultrafast atomic, molecular, and materials dynamics using x rays. More importantly it may provide a way to control the Auger decay time and selectively break chemical bonds of molecules using a control infrared laser field.

  2. Determination of hemispheric emotional valence in individual subjects: A new approach with research and therapeutic implications

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    Polcari Ann

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Much has been theorized about the emotional properties of the hemispheres. Our review of the dominant hypotheses put forth by Schore, Joseph, Davidson, and Harmon-Jones on hemispheric emotional valences (HEV shows that none are supported by robust data. Instead, we propose that individual's hemispheres are organized to have differing HEVs that can be lateralized in either direction. Methods Probe auditory evoked potentials (AEP recorded during a neutral and an upsetting memory were used to assess HEV in 28 (20 F right-handed subjects who were either victims of childhood maltreatment (N = 12 or healthy controls. In a sub-population, we determined HEV by emotional response to lateral visual field stimulation (LVFS, in which vision is limited to one, then the other hemifield. We compare a number of morphometric and functional brain measures between individuals who have right-negative versus left-negative HEV. Results Using AEPs to determine HEV, we found 62% of controls and 67% of maltreated subjects had right negative HEV. There was a strong interaction between HEV-laterality and gender, which together accounted for 60% of individual variability in total grey matter volume (GMV. HEV-laterality was associated with differences in hippocampal volume, amygdala/hippocampal ratios, and measures of verbal, visual and global memory. HEV-laterality was associated also with different constellations of symptoms comparing maltreated subjects to controls. Emotional response to LVFS provided a convenient and complementary measure of HEV-laterality that correlated significantly with the HEVs determined by AEPs. Conclusion Our findings suggest that HEV-laterality, like handedness or gender, is an important individual difference with significant implications for brain and behavioral research, and for guiding lateralized treatments such as rTMS.

  3. Independent sets in chain cacti

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    Sedlar, Jelena

    2011-01-01

    In this paper chain cacti are considered. First, for two specific classes of chain cacti (orto-chains and meta-chains of cycles with h vertices) the recurrence relation for independence polynomial is derived. That recurrence relation is then used in deriving explicit expressions for independence number and number of maximum independent sets for such chains. Also, the recurrence relation for total number of independent sets for such graphs is derived. Finaly, the proof is provided that orto-chains and meta-chains are the only extremal chain cacti with respect to total number of independent sets (orto-chains minimal and meta-chains maximal).

  4. 基于控制论的3种供应链动态特性比较%Dynamic performance of three kinds of supply chains based on control theory

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    王晶; 吕国力; 贾经冬

    2011-01-01

    基于自动控制理论,以APIOBPCS (Automatic Pipeline,Inventory and OrderBased Production Control System)订货系统为基础,采用模拟仿真的方法,考察传统二级供应链(TSC,Traditional two-echelon Supply Chain)、需求信息共享 (DIS,Demand Information Sharing)二级供应链和供应商管理库存(VMI,Vendor Managed Inventory)这3种典型二级供应链系统在阶跃需求信息时,不同系统参数对系统订单、在制品量和库存量的影响,并对3种系统的动态响应特性进行了对比研究.研究结果表明:对于阶跃需求信息,生产提前期Tp越小,系统响应峰值越小,响应速度越快;参数Ti,Tw和Ta在不同范围内对系统峰值和调节时间的影响趋势有所不同,需要根据供应链整体目标进行选择.而且一种供应链系统往往不能兼顾系统的响应峰值和调节时间两个特性,应综合考虑响应峰值和调节时间对系统整体绩效的影响,选择适当的管理策略优化供应链系统,以提高供应链的整体运行效率.%Based on the APIOBPCS (automatic pipeline, inventory and order based production control system), three kinds of two-echelon supply chains were established using the discrete control theory: traditional, demand information sharing and vendor managed inventory two-echelon supply chain. It developed the transfer function models of the systems. On this basis, the dynamic responses of the three systems to stepwise customer demand were analyzed by simulation. As the system parameters change, the performance of the three kinds of supply chains were compared, as well as the fluctuations of the system order, works in process and inventory. Simulation result showed that the smaller Tp was, the better the performance of supply chain was. The impact of Ti,Tw and Ta on peak value were different from the impact on settling time. Any system of three kinds of supply chain was not better than the other twos when peak value and settling time were both taken

  5. Adaptive proportional integral differential control based on radial basis function neural network identification of a two-degree-of-freedom closed-chain robot%两自由度闭链机器人的神经网络自适应控制

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    陈正洪; 王勇; 李艳

    2008-01-01

    A closed-chain robot has several advantages over an open-chain robot, such as high mechanical rigidity, high payload, high precision. Accurate trajectory control of a robot is essential in practical use. This paper presents an adaptive proportional integral differential (PID) control algorithm based on radial basis function (RBF) neural network for trajectory tracking of a two-degree-of-freedom (2-DOF) closed-chain robot. In this scheme, an RBF neural network is used to approximate the unknown nonlinear dynamics of the robot, at the same time, the PID parameters can be adjusted online and the high precision can be obtained. Simulation results show that the control algorithm accurately tracks a 2-DOF closed-chain robot trajectories. The results also indicate that the system robustness and tracking performance are superior to the classic PID method.

  6. Incentive mechanisms for food safety control in pork supply chains : a study on the relationship between finishing pig producers and slaughterhouses in the Netherlands

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    Wagenberg, van C.P.A.

    2010-01-01

    Food borne illness today still results in high societal costs, even though FBOs have implemented food safety control systems. In addition, the susceptibility to food borne diseases of the human population is likely to increase in the coming decades. Thus food safety control needs to be improved. Sin

  7. Fields From Markov Chains

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    Justesen, Jørn

    2005-01-01

    A simple construction of two-dimensional (2-D) fields is presented. Rows and columns are outcomes of the same Markov chain. The entropy can be calculated explicitly.......A simple construction of two-dimensional (2-D) fields is presented. Rows and columns are outcomes of the same Markov chain. The entropy can be calculated explicitly....

  8. Sustainable Supply Chain Design

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    Bals, Lydia; Tate, Wendy

    design for TBL sustainability. These are located in catastrophe-ridden Haiti and supported by the Germany-based investor company Yunus Social Business. Three supply chain archetypes combining physical and support chains are presented that focus on TBL sustainable outputs and outcomes. For SSCM research...

  9. Chain Reaction Polymerization.

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    McGrath, James E.

    1981-01-01

    The salient features and importance of chain-reaction polymerization are discussed, including such topics as the thermodynamics of polymerization, free-radical polymerization kinetics, radical polymerization processes, copolymers, and free-radical chain, anionic, cationic, coordination, and ring-opening polymerizations. (JN)

  10. Vaccination with an adenoviral vector encoding the tumor antigen directly linked to invariant chain induces potent CD4(+) T-cell-independent CD8(+) T-cell-mediated tumor control

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    Sorensen, Maria R; Holst, Peter J; Pircher, Hanspeter;

    2009-01-01

    Antigen-specific immunotherapy is an attractive strategy for cancer control. In the context of antiviral vaccines, adenoviral vectors have emerged as a favorable means for immunization. Therefore, we chose a strategy combining use of these vectors with another successful approach, namely linkage of...... the vaccine antigen to invariant chain (Ii). To evaluate this strategy we used a mouse model, in which an immunodominant epitope (GP33) of the LCMV glycoprotein (GP) represents the tumor-associated neoantigen. Prophylactic vaccination of C57BL/6 mice with a replication-deficient human adenovirus 5...... than vaccination with adenovirus expressing GP alone (Ad-GP), or GP and Ii unlinked (Ad-GP+Ii). Ad-Ii-GP- induced tumor control depended on an improved generation of the tumor-associated neoantigen-specific CD8(+) T-cell response and was independent of CD4(+) T cells. IFN-gamma was shown to be a key...

  11. Orbiting chains and rings

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    Breakwell, J. V.

    1983-01-01

    Two very different, highly flexible, space structures proposed during the last decade which involve analytical solution of certain partial differential equations are discussed. The first structure is an array, or hanging chain of aluminum beads which would serve as a convenient communicator if, under the influence of the Earth's gravity gradient, it assumes a local vertical orientation as it circles the Earth. Two passive schemes have been proposed for damping the rigid modes: twist the wire at the ends to provide non-zero moment of inertia about the vertical, thereby inducing relative motion of the two tips during rigid pitch or roll, and thus exercising a damper; and introduce weak lossy springs between the end sections and the main section; thereby providing linear coupling between the springs and all the in-plane (pitch) modes. The second structure is a complete ring of satellites cabled together at synchronous altitude. By a slight increase in altitude, the cable is in tension. This configuration is, however, unstable, and an active feedback control scheme is required to stabilize it. A possible scheme involves local cable length adjustment based on measurement of local altitude and shape variations and their rates.

  12. Enterprise Based on Supply Chain Inventory Control Research and Optimization%基于供应链企业库存成因及优化控制研究

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    董鹏; 冯定根

    2013-01-01

    基于企业全面库存管理思想,对库存成本、库存控制、库存系统优化等管理经验与前人研究成果进行分析,借鉴先进企业的库存管理理念和方法,以大型制造企业为核心研究对象,在集供应商、制造商、经销商为一体的供应链作为研究框架的基础上,运用供应链系统理论作为研究方法,分析了库存管理现状、影响因素及产生原因,从优化生产管理、整合企业内部供应链和跨企业供应链的角度提出库存控制的相应对策,以实现全面的库存优化,提高经营效益。%Based on the idea of a comprehensive enterprise inventory management , the inventory cost , in-ventory control experience , the optimization of inventory system management and the results of previous studies were analyzed, using inventory management concepts and methods of advanced enterprises , to large manufacturing enter-prise as the core research object , on the set of suppliers , manufacturers , distributors for the integration of the supply chain as the foundation the research framework , using the supply chain system theory as research method , analysis of the inventory management present situation , affecting factors and reasons , put forward the corresponding counter-measures of inventory control from the optimization of production management , the integration of internal supply chain and inter enterprise supply chain perspective , in order to achieve inventory optimization of comprehensive , improve operational efficiency .

  13. Antisymmetric double exchange in trimeric mixed-valence clusters

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    The theory of antisymmetric double exchange (AS DE) interaction is developed for the mixed-valence (MV) trimeric [dn-dn-dn±1] clusters of orbitally non-degenerate ions. Strong isotropic double exchange (DE) and Heisenberg exchange interactions (t-J model) form isotropic trigonal states 2S+1Γi (Γi=A1, A2, E) of the MV trimers. Taking into account the spin-orbit coupling results in the vector-type AS DE interaction in these clusters. For the MV trimers with si=1/2, the Hamiltonian of the AS DE coupling has the form HASDEZ=2iΣαβKαβZT-circumflexαβ(SβZ-SαZ), where KαβZ is the antisymmetric (K→ij=-K→ji) vector parameter of the AS DE interaction and Tαβ is the isotropic transfer operator. The operator HASDEZ describes the vector-type spin-transfer interaction induced by the spin-orbit coupling. The microscopic consideration of the AS DE coupling shows that the vector AS DE parameter K→ij is linearly proportional to the spin-orbit coupling constant λ and electron transfer parameter t. The AS DE coupling results in the new effect: the linear AS DE splittings Δ of the 2S+1E DE terms, Δ are proportional to the cluster AS DE parameter KZ=(KabZ+KbcZ+KcaZ)/3. The vector of the AS DE interaction is directed along the trigonal Z-axis: KZ≠0, KX=KY=0. For the delocalized [d9-d10-d10] ([Cu(II)Cu2(I)]) cluster, the linear AS DE fine splitting Δ=2KZ√3 of the ground 2E DE term determines strong anisotropy of the Zeeman splitting, axial anisotropy of g-factors, and magnetic properties. The AS DE coupling mixes the 2S+1A1 and 2S'+1A2, 2S+1E and 2S'+1E' DE terms, ΔS=0,±1. The mixing of the DE levels 2S+1Γi by the AS DE coupling and Dzialoshinsky-Moriya AS exchange (HDM=ΣαβG→αβ[S→αxS→β]) determines the second-order AS contributions {∼[(n1KZ+n2GZ)2/(n3t+n4J)], KZ>>GZ, GZ=(GabZ+GbcZ+GcaZ)/3} to the cluster zero-field splitting (ZFS) parameters DS(2S+1Γi) of the axial anisotropy (HAN=DS(2S+1Γi)[Sz2-S(S+1)/3], DSZ). The second-order AS DE

  14. Integrated supply chain risk management

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    Riaan Bredell; Jackie Walters

    2007-01-01

    Integrated supply chain risk management (ISCRM) has become indispensable to the theory and practice of supply chain management. The economic and political realities of the modern world require not only a different approach to supply chain management, but also bold steps to secure supply chain performance and sustainable wealth creation. Integrated supply chain risk management provides supply chain organisations with a level of insight into their supply chains yet to be achieved. If correctly ...

  15. Agricultural Supply Chain Risk Identification- A Case Finding from Ghana

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    Nyamah Edmond Yeboah; Yi Feng; Oppong-Sekyere Daniel; Nyamaah Boadi Joseph

    2014-01-01

    This paper investigates and identifies the probable supply chain related risks in Ghana agricultural supply chain and further seeks the severity of these risks based on engineering judgments and historical records. In addition, this paper probes into participants¡¯ ability level to manage/control the identified risk. The results indicate that, not all global supply chain related risks transpire in Ghana agricultural supply chain. While some risks such as market related risks are inevitable in...

  16. Anisotropic Diffusion of Polyelectrolyte Chains within Multi-layer Films

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    Xu, Li [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey; Kozlovskaya, Veronika [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Kharlampieva, Eugenia [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Ankner, John Francis [ORNL; Sukhishvili, Prof. Svetlana A. [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey

    2012-01-01

    We found diffusion of polyelectrolyte chains within multilayer films to be highly anisotropic, with the preferential chain motion parallel to the substrate. The degree of anisotropy was quantified by a combination of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching and neutron reflectometry, probing chain diffusion in directions parallel and perpendicular to the substrate, respectively. Chain mobility was controlled by ionic strength of annealing solutions and steric hindrance to ionic pairing of interacting polyelectrolytes.

  17. Minimizing the Impact of Electromagnetic Interference Affecting the Control System of Personal Rapid Transit in the Context of the Competitiveness of the Supply Chain

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    Choromański, Włodzimierz; Dyduch, Janusz; Paś, Jacek

    2011-06-01

    Personal Rapid Transit control system is exploited in diverse electromagnetic enlivenments. The unintentional or intentional electromagnetic disturbances on a vast railway area can disturb operation of PRT control system. The security systems are responsible for security of humans and goods transpiration and therefore their disturbance can threaten life or health their disturbance can threaten life or health of people exploitation decisions in the reference to these systems. The paper presents the ways of minimization of the influence of electromagnetic disturbances on PRT control system.

  18. Supply Chain Connectivity: Enhancing Participation in the Global Supply Chain

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    Patalinghug, Epictetus E.

    2015-01-01

    Supply chain connectivity is vital for the efficient flow of trade among APEC economies. This paper reviews the literature and supply chain management, describes the barriers to enhancing participation in global supply chain, analyzes the various measures of supply chain performance, and suggests steps for the Philippines to fully reap the benefits of the global value chain.

  19. Determining the Diagnostic Value of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis DNA in the Differentiation of Blood Samples of Patients with Active Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Healthy Controls Using Polymerase Chain Reaction

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    Abasali Niazi

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Tuberculosis (TB is now a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the world. Nowadays, different methods are used to diagnose tuberculosis. Although classical microbiological methods (such as sputum smear are specific, they have little sensitivity and the culture is also time-consuming. Using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR in blood samples in terms of Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA, this study examines diagnostic power of this test in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis compared with other standard methods. Materials and Methods: In a cross-sectional descriptive-analytic study, blood samples were taken from 40 TB patients and 40 non-TB cases. Following DNA extraction by the commercial kit QIAGEN, the PCR assay was performed using IS6110 primer.Results: In this study, there were 80 people in two groups of TB and non-TB cases. Each group composed of 14 men (35% and 26 women (65%. Sensitivity, specificity as well as positive and negative predictive values obtained 37.5, 100, 100 and 61.5%, respectively.Conclusion: Despite high costs of using PCR for TB diagnosis, sensitivity of this method is low due to various factors and cannot replace current standard methods for TB diagnosis such as smear and culture. It can only be used as a complementary method to confirm diagnosis in strongly suspected cases of tuberculosis.

  20. Poly(p-phenylene) with Poly(ethylene glycol) Chains and Amino Groups as a Functional Platform for Controlled Drug Release and Radiotherapy.

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    Guler, Bahar; Akbulut, Huseyin; Barlas, Firat Baris; Geyik, Caner; Demirkol, Dilek Odaci; Senisik, Ahmet Murat; Arican, Halil Armagan; Coskunol, Hakan; Timur, Suna; Yagci, Yusuf

    2016-05-01

    Conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or combination of these two result in side effects, which lower the quality of life of the patients. To overcome problems with these methods, altering the drug properties by conjugating them to carrier polymers has emerged. Such polymeric carriers also hold the potential to make tumor cells more sensitive to radiation therapy. Herein, poly(p-phenylene) (PPP) polymer with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chains and primary amino groups (PPP-NH2 -g-PEG) is synthesized and conjugated with anticancer drug Doxorubicin (DOX). pH dependent drug release experiments are performed at pH 5.3 and pH 7.4, respectively. Cell viability studies on human cervix adenocarcinoma cells show that lower doses of DOX inhibit cell proliferation when conjugated with nontoxic doses of PPP-NH2 -g-PEG polymer. Additionally, PPP-NH2 -g-PEG/Cys/DOX bioconjugate significantly increases radiosensitive properties of DOX. It is possible to use lower doses of DOX when conjugated to PPP-NH2 -g-PEG in combination with radiotherapy. PMID:26797717