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  1. A simple handheld pupillometer for chromatic Flicker studies

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    Bernabei, M.; Tinarelli, R.; Peretto, L.; Rovati, L.

    2014-02-01

    A portable pupillometer has been developed which is capable of performing accurate measurements of the pupil diameter during chromatic flicker stimulations. The handheld measuring system records the near-infrared image of the pupil at the rate of 25 fps and simultaneously stimulates the eye using a diffused flicker light generated by light emitting diodes (LEDs). Intensity, frequency and chromatic coordinates of the stimulus can be easily adjusted using a user-friendly graphical interface. Thanks to a chromatic monitoring of the stimulus close to the plane of the eye, photopically matched conditions can be easily achieved. The pupil diameter/area can be measured during flickering stimuli that are generated with frequency in a range of 0.1-20 Hz. The electronic unit, properly connected to the personal computer through a USB port, drives the optical unit, which can be easily held in a hand. The software interface controlling the system was developed in LabVIEW. This paper describes the instrument optical setup, front-end electronics and data processing. Moreover preliminary results obtained on a voluntary are reported.

  2. Pupillary response to direct and consensual chromatic light stimuli

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    Traustason, Sindri; Brondsted, Adam Elias; Sander, Birgit; Lund-Andersen, Henrik

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: To assess whether the direct and consensual postillumination (ipRGC-driven) pupil light responses to chromatic light stimuli are equal in healthy subjects. METHODS: Pupil responses in healthy volunteers were recorded using a prototype binocular chromatic pupillometer (IdeaMedical, Copenh......PURPOSE: To assess whether the direct and consensual postillumination (ipRGC-driven) pupil light responses to chromatic light stimuli are equal in healthy subjects. METHODS: Pupil responses in healthy volunteers were recorded using a prototype binocular chromatic pupillometer (Idea...... software. Subjects were randomized to receive light stimuli at either the right or left eye after 5 min of dark adaptation. Pupil light responses were recorded in both eyes for 10 seconds before illumination, during illumination and 50 seconds after illumination with red and blue light. Three variables...

  3. Flicker

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    2013-03-01

    Solid-state lighting program technology fact sheet that discusses flicker metrics, contributing factors, and consequences in addition to comparing the flicker attributes of a sample of conventional and LED sources.

  4. Frequency and Phase Synchronization in Neuromagnetic Cortical Responses to Flickering-Color Stimuli

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    Timashev, S F; Yulmetyev, R M; Demin, S A; Panischev, O Yu; Shimojo, S; Bhattacharya, J

    2009-01-01

    In our earlier study dealing with the analysis of neuromagnetic responses (magnetoencephalograms - MEG) to flickering-color stimuli for a group of control human subjects (9 volunteers) and a patient with photosensitive epilepsy (a 12-year old girl), it was shown that Flicker-Noise Spectroscopy (FNS) was able to identify specific differences in the responses of each organism. The high specificity of individual MEG responses manifested itself in the values of FNS parameters for both chaotic and resonant components of the original signal. The present study applies the FNS cross-correlation function to the analysis of correlations between the MEG responses simultaneously measured at spatially separated points of the human cortex processing the red-blue flickering color stimulus. It is shown that the cross-correlations for control (healthy) subjects are characterized by frequency and phase synchronization at different points of the cortex, with the dynamics of neuromagnetic responses being determined by the low-fr...

  5. Pocket Monster incident and low luminance visual stimuli: special reference to deep red flicker stimulation.

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    Takahashi, T; Tsukahara, Y

    1998-12-01

    On the evening of 16 December 1997 approximately 700 people around the nation (mostly children) were rushed to hospitals and treated for seizure symptoms. The youngsters had been watching the vastly popular TV animated cartoon series Pocket Monsters (Pokemon). We designated those individuals as a main group, who presumably had simultaneous occurrence of visually induced seizures. Follow-up studies revealed that 5-10.4% of Pokemon viewers had various minor symptoms not requiring hospital treatment. We designated those as a subgroup. Due to an official report regarding the problematic TV scene as a low luminance, 12 Hz alternating red/blue stimulus, we attempted an accounting of the Pokemon incident, with regard to the main group in particular, on the basis of electroencephalographic activation by use of low luminance 15 Hz deep red flicker stimulation. In order to explain the entire Pokemon incident, including symptoms experienced by individuals of the subgroup, we considered the possibility that some healthy youngsters may have latent photosensitivity and we thought that such a sensitivity might be disclosed by use of low luminance deep red flicker stimulation which is more provocative of photoparoxysmal response than ordinary high luminance stroboscopic intermittent photic stimulation. For prevention of visually induced seizures by TV viewing, we stress that care should be taken to test not only red flicker but also flickering geometric pattern stimuli. PMID:9893306

  6. Schlieren laser Doppler flowmeter for the human optical nerve head with the flicker stimuli.

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    Geiser, Martial H; Truffer, Frederic; Evequoz, Hugo; Khayi, Hafid; Mottet, Benjamin; Chiquet, Christophe

    2013-12-01

    We describe a device to measure blood perfusion for the human optic nerve head (ONH) based on laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) with a flicker stimuli of the fovea region. This device is self-aligned for LDF measurements and includes near-infrared pupil observation, green illumination, and observation of the ONH. The optical system of the flowmeter is based on a Schlieren arrangement which collects only photons that encounter multiple scattering and are back-scattered out of the illumination point. LDF measurements are based on heterodyne detection of Doppler shifted back-scattered light. We also describe an automated analysis of the LDF signals which rejects artifacts and false signals such as blinks. By using a Doppler simulator consisting of a lens and a rotating diffusing wheel, we demonstrate that velocity and flow vary linearly with the speed of the wheel. A cohort of 12 healthy subjects demonstrated that flicker stimulation induces an increase of 17.8% of blood flow in the ONH. PMID:24296999

  7. Adaptation from invisible flicker

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    Shady, Sherif; MacLeod, Donald I. A.; FISHER, HEIDI S.

    2004-01-01

    Human ability to resolve temporal variation, or flicker, in the luminance (brightness) or chromaticity (color) of an image declines with increasing frequency and is limited, within the central visual field, to a critical flicker frequency of ≈50 and 25 Hz, respectively. Much remains unknown about the neural filtering that underlies this frequency-dependent attenuation of flicker sensitivity, most notably the number of filtering stages involved and their neural loci. Here we use the process of...

  8. Coupling of cerebral blood flow and oxygen metabolism is conserved for chromatic and luminance stimuli in human visual cortex.

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    Leontiev, Oleg; Buracas, Giedrius T; Liang, Christine; Ances, Beau M; Perthen, Joanna E; Shmuel, Amir; Buxton, Richard B

    2013-03-01

    The ratio of the changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO(2)) during brain activation is a critical determinant of the magnitude of the blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) response measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Cytochrome oxidase (CO), a key component of oxidative metabolism in the mitochondria, is non-uniformly distributed in visual area V1 in distinct blob and interblob regions, suggesting significant spatial variation in the capacity for oxygen metabolism. The goal of this study was to test whether CBF/CMRO(2) coupling differed when these subpopulations of neurons were preferentially stimulated, using chromatic and luminance stimuli to preferentially stimulate either the blob or interblob regions. A dual-echo spiral arterial spin labeling (ASL) technique was used to measure CBF and BOLD responses simultaneously in 7 healthy human subjects. When the stimulus contrast levels were adjusted to evoke similar CBF responses (mean 65.4% ± 19.0% and 64.6% ± 19.9%, respectively for chromatic and luminance contrast), the BOLD responses were remarkably similar (1.57% ± 0.39% and 1.59% ± 0.35%) for both types of stimuli. We conclude that CBF-CMRO(2) coupling is conserved for the chromatic and luminance stimuli used, suggesting a consistent coupling for blob and inter-blob neuronal populations despite the difference in CO concentration. PMID:23238435

  9. Computerized device for critical flicker fusion frequency determination

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    Racene, Diana

    2003-08-01

    The critical fusion flicker frequency of the human visual system is the threshold sensitivity for a sine wave-modulated patch of monochromatic flickering light measured as a function of its temporal frequency and average luminance level. The critical flicker fusion frequency changes in different ocular and non-ocular conditions, for example: high-myopia, AMR, glaucoma, schizophrenia, after alcohol intake, fatigue. A computerized test for critical flicker fusion frequency determination was developed. Visual stimuli are two monochromatic LED light sources that are connected to a microcircuit driven by a computer program. The control of the device is realized through the parallel port of the PC. During the test a patient has to choose which one of two light sources is flickering. The critical cliker fusion frequency is determined by a psychophysical procedure, where the stimulus frequency that showed detection probability 75% is considered as threshold.

  10. Schizophrenia spectrum participants have reduced visual contrast sensitivity to chromatic (red/green and luminance (light/dark stimuli: new insights into information processing, visual channel function and antipsychotic effects

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    Kristin Suzanne Cadenhead

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: Individuals with schizophrenia spectrum diagnoses have deficient visual information processing as assessed by a variety of paradigms including visual backward masking, motion perception and visual contrast sensitivity (VCS. In the present study, the VCS paradigm was used to investigate potential differences in magnocellular (M versus parvocellular (P channel function that might account for the observed information processing deficits of schizophrenia spectrum patients. Specifically, VCS for near threshold luminance (black/white stimuli is known to be governed primarily by the M channel, while VCS for near threshold chromatic (red/green stimuli is governed by the P channel. Methods: VCS for luminance and chromatic stimuli (counterphase-reversing sinusoidal gratings, 1.22 c/deg, 8.3 Hz was assessed in 53 patients with schizophrenia (including 5 off antipsychotic medication, 22 individuals diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder and 53 healthy comparison subjects. Results: Schizophrenia spectrum groups demonstrated reduced VCS in both conditions relative to normals, and there was no significant group by condition interaction effect. Post-hoc analyses suggest that it was the patients with schizophrenia on antipsychotic medication as well as SPD participants who accounted for the deficits in the luminance condition. Conclusions: These results demonstrate visual information processing deficits in schizophrenia spectrum populations but do not support the notion of selective abnormalities in the function of subcortical channels as suggested by previous studies. Further work is needed in a longitudinal design to further assess VCS as a vulnerability marker for psychosis as well as the effect of antipsychotic agents on performance in schizophrenia spectrum populations.

  11. FLICKER INDEX METHOD FOR EVALUATING FLICKER IN COLOR PDPs

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    张小宁; 刘纯亮

    2004-01-01

    Objective In order to reduce the flicker in color plasma display panel (PDP), the highly peaked light output at certain positions and the strong luminance difference among subfields, which cause flicker in PDP, is analyzed; and a flicker index method is developed to evaluate flicker in PDP based on the flicker theory and the electroencephalograph response model for luminance. Methods This method considers flicker as a main result of the fundamental frequency component of luminance superimposed on the DC-component, the flicker index is defined as ratio between the positive square roots of the sum of the two square components. Results & Conclusion The calculation results of flicker index indicate that flicker can be obviously weakened via increase of subfield number, symmetrical selection and homogeneous interlaced distribution of major weight subfields . Flicker can be further reduced by choosing the suitable subfield order according to gray scale region of image.

  12. Lateral suppression of mesopic rod and cone flicker detection

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    Cao, Dingcai; Lu, Yolanda H.

    2012-01-01

    This study investigated the mechanisms of flicker detection suppression by measuring mesopic rod and cone critical flicker frequencies (CFFs) at different center and surround illuminance levels. Stimuli were generated with a four-primary photostimulator that provided independent control of rod and cone excitations. The results showed that dim surrounds ≤0.2 Td suppressed cone-mediated CFFs at ≥20 Td but not rod-mediated CFFs. These results can be understood in terms of peak amplitudes of phot...

  13. Rod Photoreceptors Detect Rapid Flicker

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    Conner, J. D.; MacLeod, Donald I. A.

    1977-01-01

    Rod-isolation techniques show that light-adapted human rods detect flicker frequencies as high as 28 hertz, and that the function relating rod critical flicker frequency to stimulus intensity contains two distinct branches. (MLH)

  14. Relationship between Critical Flicker Fusion (CFF) Thresholds and Personality under Three Auditory Stimulus Conditions.

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    Ali, M. R.; Amir, T.

    1988-01-01

    Investigated relationship between critical flicker fusion (CFF) thresholds and five personality characteristics (alienation; social nonconformity; discomfort, expression, and defensiveness) under three auditory stimulus conditions (quiet, noise, meaningful verbal stimuli). Results from 60 college students revealed that auditory stimulation and…

  15. Skew chromaticity

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    The on-momentum description of linear coupling between horizontal and vertical betatron motion is extended to include off-momentum particles, introducing a vector quantity called the ''skew chromaticity''. This vector tends to be long in large superconducting storage rings, where it restricts the available working space in the tune plane, and modifies collective effect stability criteria. Skew chromaticity measurements at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR) and at the Fermilab Tevatron are reported, as well as tracking results from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). The observation of anomalous head-tail beam Iowa new the tune diagonal in the Tevatron are explained in terms of the extended theory, including modified criteria for headtail stability. These results are confirmed in head-tail simulations. Sources of skew chromaticity are investigated

  16. Flicker suppressor by thyristor

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    One of the difficulties which are encountered by direct connection of the accelerator to the utilities is the effect of pulsed reactive power on the utilities with respect to the customer's interference and the system stability. To suppress the voltage flickers caused by the pulsed reactive power, several types of machines have been investigated, namely capacitor banks with thyristor switches, series capacitors, saturable reactor and reactor with thyristors. Among these, the reactor with thyristors was employed in KEK accelerator with respect to performance, maintenance, technical feasibility and economical point. The actual operation of reactive power control by ignition angle of thyristor was satisfactory. The swing of 14 MVAr reactive power was stabilized within +-5% and the voltage flicker was suppressed from 3% to 0.5% which is enough less than the permissible value suggested by the electrical company. The harmonic current which is asociated with thyristor was absorbed to ac filters that also served as the reactive power compensator

  17. Chromatic variations suppress suprathreshold brightness variations

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    KINGDOM, FREDERICK A.A.; Bell, Jason; Gheorghiu, Elena; Malkoç, Gökhan

    2010-01-01

    Most objects in natural scenes are suprathreshold in both color (chromatic) and luminance contrast. How salient is each dimension? We have developed a novel method employing a stimulus similar to that used by B. C. Regan and J. D. Mollon (1997) who studied the relative saliencies of the two chromatic cardinal directions. Our stimuli consist of left-and right-oblique modulations of color and/or luminance defined within a lattice of circles. In the "separated" condition, the two modulations wer...

  18. How long depends on how fast--perceived flicker dilates subjective duration.

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    Sophie K Herbst

    Full Text Available How do humans perceive the passage of time and the duration of events without a dedicated sensory system for timing? Previous studies have demonstrated that when a stimulus changes over time, its duration is subjectively dilated, indicating that duration judgments are based on the number of changes within an interval. In this study, we tested predictions derived from three different accounts describing the relation between a changing stimulus and its subjective duration as either based on (1 the objective rate of changes of the stimulus, (2 the perceived saliency of the changes, or (3 the neural energy expended in processing the stimulus. We used visual stimuli flickering at different frequencies (4-166 Hz to study how the number of changes affects subjective duration. To this end, we assessed the subjective duration of these stimuli and measured participants' behavioral flicker fusion threshold (the highest frequency perceived as flicker, as well as their threshold for a frequency-specific neural response to the flicker using EEG. We found that only consciously perceived flicker dilated perceived duration, such that a 2 s long stimulus flickering at 4 Hz was perceived as lasting as long as a 2.7 s steady stimulus. This effect was most pronounced at the slowest flicker frequencies, at which participants reported the most consistent flicker perception. Flicker frequencies higher than the flicker fusion threshold did not affect perceived duration at all, even if they evoked a significant frequency-specific neural response. In sum, our findings indicate that time perception in the peri-second range is driven by the subjective saliency of the stimulus' temporal features rather than the objective rate of stimulus changes or the neural response to the changes.

  19. The dependence of luminous efficiency on chromatic adaptation

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    Stockman, A.; Jaegle, H.; Pirzer, M.; Sharpe, L. T.

    2008-01-01

    We investigated the dependence of luminous efficiency on background chromaticity by measuring 25-Hz heterochromatic flicker photometry (HFP) matches in six genotyped male observers on 21 different 1000-photopic-troland adapting fields: 14 spectral ones ranging from 430 to 670 nm and 7 bichromatic mixtures of 478 and 577 nm that varied in luminance ratio. Each function was analyzed in terms of the best-fitting linear combination of the long- (L) and middle- (M) wavelength sensitive cone fundam...

  20. Smooth Pursuit of Flicker-Defined Motion

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    Mulligan, Jeffrey B.; Stevenson, Scott B.

    2014-01-01

    We examined the pursuit response to stimuli defined by space-variant flicker of a dense random dot carrier pattern. On each frame, every element of the pattern could change polarity, with a probability given by a two-dimensional Gaussian distribution. A normal distribution produces a circular region of twinkle, while inverting the distribution results in a spot of static texture in a twinkling surround. In this latter case, the carrier texture could be stationary, or could move with the twinkle modulator, thereby producing first-order motion in the region of the spot. While the twinkle-defined spot produces a strong sensation of motion, the complementary stimulus defined by the absence of twinkle does not, when viewed peripherally, it appears to move in steps even when the generating distribution moves smoothly. We examined pursuit responses to these stimuli using two techniques: 1) the eye movement correlogram, obtained by cross-correlating eye velocity with the velocity of a randomly-moving stimulus; and 2) delayed visual feedback, where transient stabilization of a target can produce spontaneous oscillations of the eye, with a period empirically observed to vary linearly with the applied delay. Both techniques provide an estimate of the internal processing time, which can be as short as 100 milliseconds for a first-order target. Assessed by the correlogram method, the response to flicker-defined motion is delayed by more than 100 milliseconds, and significantly weaker (especially in the vertical dimension). When initially presented in the delayed feedback condition, purely saccadic oscillation is observed. One subject eventually developed smooth oscillations (albeit with significant saccadic intrusions), showing a period-versus-delay slope similar to that observed for first-order targets. This result is somewhat surprising, given that we interpret the slope of the period-versus-delay-function as reflecting the balance between position- and velocity

  1. Review of Voltage Flicker Estimation Algorithms

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    Abhijith Augustine

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The quality of electric power is of supreme importance to electrical utilities and their customers. Modern equipments are more sensitive to power system anomalies than in the past. Microprocessor based controls and power electronics devices are sensitive to many types of disturbances. Minor power disruptions, which once would have been noticed only as a momentary flickering of the lights, may now completely interrupt whole automated factories because of sensitive electronic controllers or make all the computer screens at an office go blank at once. In order to restart the whole production, computers, etc, a considerable time might be necessary, implying on significant financial losses to an industry. Hence voltage flicker caused by loads that exhibit continuous, rapid variations in load current is considered as a major power quality issue. In order to quantify the scale of flickering phenomenon, research has been conducted with the aims of developing measurement equipment, containment techniques and methods of mitigation. Accurate tracking and estimation of the voltage flicker levels are important for effective design and implementations of voltage flicker mitigation devices. Voltage flicker estimation incorporates measurement of flicker severity indicative parameters and estimation of voltage envelope, flicker frequency and phase angle of flickering voltage. This paper analyses measurement of flicker indicative parameters called short term flicker severity (PST and long term flicker severity (PLT, estimation of envelope and phase angle of flickering voltage using ANN, application of the adaptive linear neuron (ADALINE for determining total flicker distortion (TFD which models the flicker voltage as a linear combination of orthogonal sinusoids with on-line frequency correction scheme for taking into account small-frequency variations of the base voltage waveform and estimation of the percentage relative voltage change of the voltage flicker

  2. Rod-cone interaction in flicker perimetry.

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    Alexander, K. R.; Fishman, G. A.

    1984-01-01

    We have assessed the influence of the rod system on cone flicker sensitivity during flicker perimetry. For temporal frequencies above 18 Hz extrafoveal cone-mediated flicker thresholds for a white test stimulus are as much as 1.5 log units lower when measured against a large background light that saturates the rods than when measured in darkness. Following a Ganzfeld bleach extrafoveal cone flicker thresholds are at their minimum once the cones have recovered their sensitivity, but then thres...

  3. Unconscious neural processing differs with method used to render stimuli invisible

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    Sergey Victor Fogelson

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Visual stimuli can be kept from awareness using various methods. The extent of processing that a given stimulus receives in the absence of awareness is typically used to make claims about the role of consciousness more generally. The neural processing elicited by a stimulus, however, may also depend on the method used to keep it from awareness, and not only on whether the stimulus reaches awareness. Here we report that the method used to render an image invisible has a dramatic effect on how category information about the unseen stimulus is encoded across the human brain. We collected fMRI data while subjects viewed images of faces and tools, that were rendered invisible using either continuous flash suppression (CFS or chromatic flicker fusion (CFF. In a third condition, we presented the same images under normal fully visible viewing conditions. We found that category information about visible images could be extracted from patterns of fMRI responses throughout areas of neocortex known to be involved in face or tool processing. However, category information about stimuli kept from awareness using CFS could be recovered exclusively within occipital cortex, whereas information about stimuli kept from awareness using CFF was also decodable within temporal and frontal regions. We conclude that unconsciously presented objects are processed differently depending on how they are rendered subjectively invisible. Caution should therefore be used in making generalizations on the basis of any one method about the neural basis of consciousness or the extent of information processing without consciousness.

  4. Flicker noise pulsar radio spectra

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    Krzeszowski, K; Słowikowska, A; Jessner, A

    2014-01-01

    We present new results of fitting 108 spectra of radio pulsars with the flicker noise model proposed by Loehmer et al. (2008) and compare them with the spectral indices of power-law fits published by Maron et al. (2000). The fits to the model were carried out using the Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method appropriate for the non-linear fits. Our main conclusion is that pulsar radio spectra can be statistically very well described by the flicker noise model over wide frequency range from a few tens of MHz up to tens of GHz. Moreover, our dataset allows us to conduct statistical analysis of the model parameters. As our results show, there is a strong negative correlation between the flicker noise spectrum model parameters log $S_0$ and $n$ and a strong positive relationship between n and the power-law spectral index $\\alpha$. The latter implies that their physical meaning is similar, however the flicker noise model has an advantage over broken power-law model. Not only it describes the spectra in higher frequ...

  5. Monocular and binocular steady-state flicker VEPs: frequency-response functions to sinusoidal and square-wave luminance modulation.

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    Nicol, David S; Hamilton, Ruth; Shahani, Uma; McCulloch, Daphne L

    2011-02-01

    Steady-state VEPs to full-field flicker (FFF) using sinusoidally modulated light were compared with those elicited by square-wave modulated light across a wide range of stimulus frequencies with monocular and binocular FFF stimulation. Binocular and monocular VEPs were elicited in 12 adult volunteers to FFF with two modes of temporal modulation: sinusoidal or square-wave (abrupt onset and offset, 50% duty cycle) at ten temporal frequencies ranging from 2.83 to 58.8 Hz. All stimuli had a mean luminance of 100 cd/m(2) with an 80% modulation depth (20-180 cd/m(2)). Response magnitudes at the stimulus frequency (F1) and at the double and triple harmonics (F2 and F3) were compared. For both sinusoidal and square-wave flicker, the FFF-VEP magnitudes at F1 were maximal for 7.52 Hz flicker. F2 was maximal for 5.29 Hz flicker, and F3 magnitudes are largest for flicker stimulation from 3.75 to 7.52 Hz. Square-wave flicker produced significantly larger F1 and F2 magnitudes for slow flicker rates (up to 5.29 Hz for F1; at 2.83 and 3.75 Hz for F2). The F3 magnitudes were larger overall for square-wave flicker. Binocular FFF-VEP magnitudes are larger than those of monocular FFF-VEPs, and the amount of this binocular enhancement is not dependant on the mode of flicker stimulation (mean binocular: monocular ratio 1.41, 95% CI: 1.2-1.6). Binocular enhancement of F1 for 21.3 Hz flicker was increased to a factor of 2.5 (95% CI: 1.8-3.5). In the healthy adult visual system, FFF-VEP magnitudes can be characterized by the frequency-response functions of F1, F2 and F3. Low-frequency roll-off in the FFF-VEP magnitudes is greater for sinusoidal flicker than for square-wave flicker for rates ≤ 5.29 Hz; magnitudes for higher-frequency flicker are similar for the two types of flicker. Binocular FFF-VEPs are larger overall than those recorded monocularly, and this binocular summation is enhanced at 21.3 Hz in the mid-frequency range. PMID:21279419

  6. Ionospheric Response to Flickering Aurora

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    Gustavsson, B.; Grydeland, T.; Blixt, M.; Baddeley, L.; Lunde, J.

    2007-12-01

    Flickering aurora is characterized by optical emissions varying in intensity with frequencies typically between 5 and 20 Hz. Here we use high-speed narrow field-of-view imaging in white light to determine the intensity variation in the field aligned direction, which is also the direction of the beam of the EISCAT Svalbard Radar (ESR). Incoherent scatter radar data is noise-like, and must be integrated over multiple pulses to reduce the variance to useful levels, even for high signal to noise ratios. Usually, this means integrating over several seconds to some tens of seconds of observation, which is not very useful with respect to flickering aurora. In the experiment presented here, we have taken data at the voltage level, before any integration. By integrating pulses with the same relative phase with respect to the optical intensity we can determine the variation in radar back-scatter on time-scales of 0.02 s.

  7. Attentional modulation of SSVEP power depends on the network tagged by the flicker frequency

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    Ding, Jian; Sperling, George; Srinivasan, Ramesh

    2005-01-01

    The modulation of steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) by attention was studied in detail using 15 “tag” frequencies in the range of 2.5–20 Hz. The stimuli were two series of random disc search arrays superimposed on two concentric color-marked annuli respectively. Two series of arrays were updated independently; one updated at one fixed frequency (flicker) and the other updated randomly according to a white noise distribution (random broadband flicker, rbbf). On each trial, the subje...

  8. The flicker spectrum of AE Aquarii

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    The technique of High-Speed Fourier Transform photometry has been used to observe the flickering activity on AE Aqr up to the frequency limit imposed by photon shot noise. The flicker spectrum exhibits an inverse relation between amplitude and frequency to the observable limit of 0.5 Hz. Some conclusions are drawn from this about the nature of the mechanism responsible for the flickering. The presence of appreciable amounts of flickering above 0.1 Hz places a limit on the opacity of the emitting region. (author)

  9. Flicker Interaction Studies and Flickermeter Improvement

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    Cai, Rong

    2009-06-04

    Flicker is one of the most important power quality aspects. It is the noticeable light intensity variation of a lamp caused by rapid voltage fluctuations in the electrical power system. It is annoying to human eyes. In the Netherlands, the grid operators' database of complaints on voltage quality shows that almost 60% of all complaints are about flicker. The statistical measurement database shows that the average long-term flicker indicator P{sub lt} increased from 1996 to 2004 in the low-voltage grid in the Netherlands. The evaluation and measurement of flicker becomes therefore an important issue. Firstly, the research aimed at the improvement of the classical flicker measurement method, i.e. the UIE/IEC flickermeter method. Since nowadays more and more lamp types are applied in the market, the world-wide used UIE/IEC flickermeter cannot generate results (P{sub st}) that correlate well with the customer sensitivity for different lamp types. This is due to the fact that the UIE/IEC flickermeter model is built by only considering the incandescent lamp as the reference lamp. Flicker response (illuminance flicker response) measurements of five lamp types (the incandescent lamp, fluorescent lamp, halogen lamp, energy saving lamp and LED lamp) have been made in the Power Quality Lab of TUE. To analyze and evaluate the measured data, Fourier analysis is done and different filter types are tested using Matlab. The five lamp types flicker response models are derived by using linear system identification methods based on the results of the flicker response (illuminance flicker response) measurements. The lamp flicker response models are studied and tested by using the Matlab/System Identification Toolbox. These lamp flicker response models are implemented into the improved flickermeter models, which can provide the better match between the output and customer complaints for specific lamp types. Secondly, light spectrum flicker response measurements of different lamp

  10. Wave Farm Flicker Severity: Comparative Analysis and Solutions

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    Kovaltchouk, Thibaut; Armstrong, Sara; Blavette, Anne; BEN AHMED, Hamid; Multon, Bernard

    2016-01-01

    This paper proposes a flicker severity study for Wave Energy Converter farms. The flicker severity is introduced and the reason why it is an important constraint for a wave farm is explained. A new representation called intrinsic flicker severity is introduced which describes the flicker severity independently of the grid. The influence of device type, its control and the sea-state on average production, flicker severity and on the ratio between flicker and production are studied with three t...

  11. A model for the origin and properties of flicker-induced geometric phosphenes.

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    Michael Rule

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available We present a model for flicker phosphenes, the spontaneous appearance of geometric patterns in the visual field when a subject is exposed to diffuse flickering light. We suggest that the phenomenon results from interaction of cortical lateral inhibition with resonant periodic stimuli. We find that the best temporal frequency for eliciting phosphenes is a multiple of intrinsic (damped oscillatory rhythms in the cortex. We show how both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the patterns change with frequency of stimulation and provide an explanation for these differences. We use Floquet theory combined with the theory of pattern formation to derive the parameter regimes where the phosphenes occur. We use symmetric bifurcation theory to show why low frequency flicker should produce hexagonal patterns while high frequency produces pinwheels, targets, and spirals.

  12. Flicker emission levels from wind turbines

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    The paper presents and verifies a method to calculate the flicker emission levels from wind turbines connected to power distribution systems. The idea of the method is to measure the flicker emission level from a wind turbine with reference conditions and to use these measurements to calculate a flicker coefficient for that specific wind turbine type. This can be done as a part of the approval of a wind turbine type. The flicker coefficient can then be used to calculate the flicker emission level from any wind turbine of that type with any grid and wind conditions. A simple method to determine the total flicker emission level from a number of wind turbines is also presented and verified. The flicker coefficient method is applied to 4 Danish wind turbine types representing stall and pitch control and nominal power from 300 kW to 500 kW. The conclusion is that the flicker emission in certain cases exceeds limits which are expected to be normative in the future. (author)

  13. Flicker Ball, Physical Education: 5551.34.

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    Stout, Paul L.

    This course outline is a guide for teaching skills of flicker ball in grades 7-12. The course format includes lectures, game situations, class tournaments, and tests that focus on mastery of skills, understanding of rules, and development of techniques in shooting and passing. Course content includes the following: (a) history of flicker ball, (b)…

  14. Chromatic polynomials for simplicial complexes

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    Møller, Jesper Michael; Nord, Gesche

    2016-01-01

    In this note we consider s s -chromatic polynomials for finite simplicial complexes. When s=1 s=1 , the 1 1 -chromatic polynomial is just the usual graph chromatic polynomial of the 1 1 -skeleton. In general, the s s -chromatic polynomial depends on the s s -skeleton and its value at r r is the n...

  15. Cleaning of Chromate Manufacture Process

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    2000-01-01

    Sodium chromate solubility is determined in the range of NaOH concentrations from 450 to 810 g/L and solution temperatures from 30 to 110 ℃. The optimized conditions to separate sodium chromate from NaOH in leached solution are resolved. It is first found the method to efficiently separate sodium chromate from NaOH and sodium aluminate in crude sodium chromate. Bench-scale studies on the separating are performed. Finally, good separation results are achieved.

  16. The flicker spectrum of YZ Cancri

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    High-speed Fourier Transform photometry has been used to observe the light curve of YZ Cancri. The flicker spectrum exhibits an inverse relation between amplitude and frequency with a variable power law, with evidence for a high-frequency cut-off point which is also variable. This is regarded as evidence that the source of the flickering lies within an optically dense region of variable size, and that the size changes when the star is in outburst. (author)

  17. Gamma flicker triggers attentional selection without awareness

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    Bauer, F.(DSM/IRFU (Institut de Recherches sur les Lois Fondamentales de l’Univers), CEA Saclay (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives), Gif-sur-Yvette, France); Cheadle, SW; Parton, A; Mueller, HJ; Usher, M

    2009-01-01

    Gamma band modulations in neural activity have been proposed to mediate attentional processes. To support a causal link between gamma activity and attentional selection, we attempt to evoke gamma oscillations by a 50-Hz subliminal flicker. We find that a subliminal 50-Hz flicker at a target location, before target presentation, speeds up and enhances target detection and discrimination. This effect is specific to the middle of the gamma range because it is not evident at

  18. Chromates (3) and chromates (5) of rare earths

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    Data on preparation methods, structure and properties of chromates (3, 5) and mixed chromates (3) of rare earths, scandium and yttrium are generalized. Phase diagrams of systems Ln2O3-Cr2O3 (Ln - rare earths, Sc, Y), chemical and thermodynamic properties of chromates (3, 5), their crystal structure and character of thermal decomposition are considered. Application fields of the compounds mentioned are suggested

  19. Asymmetric dynamics of adaptation after onset and offset of flicker

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    Snippe, H.P.; Poot, L.; van Hateren, J H

    2004-01-01

    We measured human psychophysical detection thresholds for test pulses which are superimposed on spatially homogeneous backgrounds that have abrupt onsets and offsets of high-contrast 25 Hz flicker. After the onset of the background flicker, test thresholds reach their steady-state levels within 20-60 ms. After the offset of the background flicker, test thresholds remain elevated above their steady-state level for much longer durations. Adaptation after onsets and offsets of background flicker...

  20. Finding Flicker: Critical Differences in Temporal Frequency Capture Attention

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    Cass, John; Van der Burg, Erik; Alais, David

    2011-01-01

    Rapid visual flicker is known to capture attention. Here we show slow flicker can also capture attention under reciprocal temporal conditions. Observers searched for a target line (vertical or horizontal) among tilted distractors. Distractor lines were surrounded by luminance modulating annuli, all flickering sinusoidally at 1.3 or 12.1 Hz, while the target’s annulus flickered at frequencies within this range. Search times improved with increasing target/distractor frequency differences. For ...

  1. On the flickering of hot spots in cataclysmic variables

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    A flickering point source inside a scattering cloud will have its higher flicker frequencies attenuated because of delays caused by multiple scattering of photons in the cloud. The effect of this on the flicker spectrum of a cataclysmic variable is considered. (author)

  2. Analysis of Biomedical Signals by Flicker-Noise Spectroscopy: Identification of Photosensitive Epilepsy using Magnetoencephalograms

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    Timashev, S F; Yulmetyev, R M; Demin, S A; Panischev, O Yu; Shimojo, S; Bhattacharya, J

    2008-01-01

    The flicker-noise spectroscopy (FNS) approach is used to determine the dynamic characteristics of neuromagnetic responses by analyzing the magnetoencephalographic (MEG) signals recorded as the response of a group of control human subjects and a patient with photosensitive epilepsy (PSE) to equiluminant flickering stimuli of different color combinations. Parameters characterizing the analyzed stochastic biomedical signals for different frequency bands are identified. It is shown that the classification of the parameters of analyzed MEG responses with respect to different frequency bands makes it possible to separate the contribution of the chaotic component from the overall complex dynamics of the signals. It is demonstrated that the chaotic component can be adequately described by the anomalous diffusion approximation in the case of control subjects. On the other hand, the chaotic component for the patient is characterized by a large number of high-frequency resonances. This implies that healthy organisms can...

  3. Two-frequency voltage flicker estimation using fuzzy logic

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    Al-Hamadi, H.M. [Kuwait Univ., Safat (Kuwait). Dept. of Information Science

    2008-07-01

    Voltage flicker is a significant power quality problem that is typically caused by rapidly occurring voltage fluctuations caused by sudden and large increases in the load current. This paper presented a survey of flicker analysis for an electric arc furnace. In particular, it presented a tracking technique of two-frequency voltage flicker sinusoidal signals occurring in electric power systems. The flicker signals were estimated using a voltage flicker model consisting of two distinct flicker frequencies, notably amplitudes and phases. The voltage flicker signals were modeled as a discrete time linear dynamic system with flicker voltage parameters. A discrete time linear dynamic state space model was adapted for a Kalman filter to estimate the flicker parameters. The Kalman filtering technique was used in conjunction with fuzzy rule-based logic to estimate the instantaneous voltage flicker magnitudes, frequencies and phases of the 2 flicker signals. The system and measurement covariance matrices were tuned using a set of fuzzy logic rules to adjust their noise levels. The simulation results showed the convergence of the estimated parameters using Kalman filter iterations. The values of estimated parameters were very close to the original values. 14 refs., 2 tabs., 5 figs.

  4. Gamma flicker elicits positive affect without awareness

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    B.T. Heerebout; A.E.Y Tap; M. Rotteveel; R.H. Phaf

    2013-01-01

    High-frequency oscillations emerged as a neural code for both positive affect and fluent attentional processing from evolutionary simulations with artificial neural networks. Visual 50 Hz flicker, which entrains neural oscillations in the gamma band, has been shown to foster attentional switching, b

  5. Compensation of Flicker Emitted by Wind Turbines

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    Chomát, Miroslav; Bendl, Jiří; Schreier, Luděk

    Sydney: The University of Newcastle Australia, 2004, s. 429-432. [Symposium IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) on Mechatronic Systems /3./. Sydney (AU), 06.09.2004-08.09.2004] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA2057102 Keywords : wind turbines * flicker * induction generators Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  6. EEG-based characterization of flicker perception

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    Lazo, M.; Tsoneva, T.; Garcia Molina, G.

    2013-01-01

    Steady-State Visual Evoked Potential (SSVEP) is an oscillatory electrical response appearing in the electroencephalogram (EEG) in response to flicker stimulation. The SSVEP manifests more prominently in electrodes located near the visual cortex and has oscillatory components at the stimulation frequ

  7. Radio flux flicker of extragalactic sources

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    The author describes observations which indicate that compact sources (compactness evidenced by flat/complex spectra) display a ''flicker'' in their intrinsic centimeter wavelength radiation, with an amplitude of about 2% and a characteristic time scale of a few days. (Auth.)

  8. Chromatic variations suppress suprathreshold brightness variations.

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    Kingdom, Frederick A A; Bell, Jason; Gheorghiu, Elena; Malkoc, Gokhan

    2010-01-01

    Most objects in natural scenes are suprathreshold in both color (chromatic) and luminance contrast. How salient is each dimension? We have developed a novel method employing a stimulus similar to that used by B. C. Regan and J. D. Mollon (1997) who studied the relative saliencies of the two chromatic cardinal directions. Our stimuli consist of left- and right-oblique modulations of color and/or luminance defined within a lattice of circles. In the "separated" condition, the two modulations were presented separately as forced-choice pairs, and the task was to indicate which was more salient. In the "combined" condition, the two orthogonal-in-orientation modulations were added, and the task was to indicate the more salient orientation. The ratio of color to luminance contrast at the PSE was calculated for both conditions. Across color directions, 48% more luminance contrast relative to color contrast was required to achieve a PSE in the "combined" compared to the "separated" condition. A second experiment showed that the PSE difference was due to the luminance being masked by the color, rather than due to superior color grouping. We conclude that suprathreshold brightness variations are masked by suprathreshold color variations. PMID:20884478

  9. Hypergraphs with Zero Chromatic Threshold

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    Balogh, József; Lenz, John

    2013-01-01

    Let F be an r-uniform hypergraph. The chromatic threshold of the family of F-free, r-uniform hypergraphs is the infimum of all non-negative reals c such that the subfamily of F-free, r-uniform hypergraphs H with minimum degree at least $c \\binom{|V(H)|}{r-1}$ has bounded chromatic number. The study of chromatic thresholds of various graphs has a long history, beginning with the early work of Erd\\H{o}s-Simonovits. One interesting question, first proposed by \\L{}uczak-Thomass\\'{e} and then solv...

  10. Stimulus edge effects in the measurement of macular pigment using heterochromatic flicker photometry.

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    Smollon, William E; Wooten, Billy R; Hammond, Billy R

    2015-11-01

    Heterochromatic flicker photometry (HFP) is the most common technique of measuring macular pigment optical density (MPOD). Some data strongly suggest that HFP samples MPOD specifically at the edge of center-fixated circular stimuli. Other data have led to the conclusion that HFP samples over the entire area of the stimulus. To resolve this disparity, MPOD was measured using HFP and a series of solid discs of varying radii (0.25 to 2.0 deg) and with thin annuli corresponding to the edge of those discs. MPOD assessed with the two methods yielded excellent correspondence and linearity: Y=0.01+0.98X , r=0.96. A second set of experiments showed that if a disc stimulus is adjusted for no-flicker (the standard procedure) and simply reduced in size, no flicker is observed despite the higher level of MPOD in the smaller area. Taken together, these results confirm that MPOD is determined at the edge of the measuring stimulus when using stimulus sizes in the range that is in dispute (up to a radius of 0.75 deg). The basis for this edge effect can be explained by quantitative differences in the spatial-temporal properties of the visual field as a function of angular distance from the fixation point. PMID:26562031

  11. Stimulus edge effects in the measurement of macular pigment using heterochromatic flicker photometry

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    Smollon, William E., Jr.; Wooten, Billy R.; Hammond, Billy R.

    2015-11-01

    Heterochromatic flicker photometry (HFP) is the most common technique of measuring macular pigment optical density (MPOD). Some data strongly suggest that HFP samples MPOD specifically at the edge of center-fixated circular stimuli. Other data have led to the conclusion that HFP samples over the entire area of the stimulus. To resolve this disparity, MPOD was measured using HFP and a series of solid discs of varying radii (0.25 to 2.0 deg) and with thin annuli corresponding to the edge of those discs. MPOD assessed with the two methods yielded excellent correspondence and linearity: Y=0.01+0.98X, r=0.96. A second set of experiments showed that if a disc stimulus is adjusted for no-flicker (the standard procedure) and simply reduced in size, no flicker is observed despite the higher level of MPOD in the smaller area. Taken together, these results confirm that MPOD is determined at the edge of the measuring stimulus when using stimulus sizes in the range that is in dispute (up to a radius of 0.75 deg). The basis for this edge effect can be explained by quantitative differences in the spatial-temporal properties of the visual field as a function of angular distance from the fixation point.

  12. Initializing a flicker-noise generator

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    Greenhall, C. A.

    1986-01-01

    The behavior of the stationary process, y(s), resulting from a particular Barnes-Jarvis (1971) flicker-noise generator filter initialization is analyzed along with that of the usual output, y(p), and the results are compared to those derived from the theory of true nonstationary flicker noise. A computer simulation and theoretical analysis indicates that though y(s) and y(p) two-sample variances are almost the same, they have significantly different time-interval errors (TIE). As time increases, up to the useful life of the generator output, more and more of the y(s) TIE is found to be due to the transient part.

  13. Flicker noise near the percolation threshold

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    Rammal, R.

    1985-01-01

    An effective-medium theory, for the flicker (1/f) noise amplitude, is formulated for random resistor networks. Close to the percolation threshold pc, the magnitude of the noise is shown to diverge as ( p - pc)-κ, with κ = 1 for both site and bond percolation models. The exponent κ is also calculated in the framework of two different renormalization group transformations. The possible observation of the predicted behaviour in metal-insulator mixtures and cermets is discussed.

  14. EEG-based characterization of flicker perception

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    Lazo, M.; Tsoneva, T.; Garcia Molina, G.

    2013-01-01

    Steady-State Visual Evoked Potential (SSVEP) is an oscillatory electrical response appearing in the electroencephalogram (EEG) in response to flicker stimulation. The SSVEP manifests more prominently in electrodes located near the visual cortex and has oscillatory components at the stimulation frequency and/or harmonics. The phase and amplitude of the SSVEP are sensitive to stimulus parameters such as frequency, modu-lation depth, and spatial frequency. Research related to SSVEP and the human...

  15. The temporal properties of the response of macaque ganglion cells and central mechanisms of flicker detection

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    Lee, Barry B.; Sun, Hao; Zucchini, Walter

    2007-01-01

    This analysis assesses sensitivity of primate ganglion cells to sinusoidal modulation as a function of temporal frequency, based on the structure of their impulse trains; sensitivity to luminance and chromatic modulation was compared to human psychophysical sensitivity to similar stimuli. Each stimulus cycle was Fourier analyzed, and response amplitudes subjected to neurometric analysis; this assumes a detector with duration inversely proportional to frequency, that is, the stimulus epoch ana...

  16. Properties of Flicker ERGs in Rat Models with Retinal Degeneration

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    Jing An; Qun Guo; Li Li(State Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China); Zuoming Zhang

    2012-01-01

    Purpose. To describe the characteristics of rod and cone functions in rat models for congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) and retinal cone dysfunction (RCD). Methods. Rod and cone function were isolated by recording the rod-/cone-driven flicker and blue light flicker electroretinograms (ERGs). Results. During dark adaptation, the amplitudes of flicker ERGs in CSNB rats were lower than those in control rats; the responses of RCD rats were similar to control rats. During light adaptatio...

  17. A Granulation "Flicker"-based Measure of Stellar Surface Gravity

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    Bastien, Fabienne A.; Stassun, Keivan G.; Basri, Gibor; Pepper, Joshua

    2015-01-01

    In Bastien et al. (2013) we found that high quality light curves, such as those obtained by Kepler, may be used to measure stellar surface gravity via granulation-driven light curve "flicker". Here, we update and extend the relation originally presented in Bastien et al. (2013) after calibrating flicker against a more robust set of asteroseismically derived surface gravities. We describe in detail how we extract the flicker signal from the light curves, including how we treat phenomena, such ...

  18. Galactic latitude dependence of centimeter-wavelength flicker

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    Small-amplitude flickering of the flux density of extragalactic radio sources has been found at 9 cm by Heeschen (1984). It that paper, it was concluded that there was no apparent dependence of the flicker on Galactic latitude. Here, all the pertinent 9 cm data are reanalyzed, and it is found that flicker amplitude does show a latitude dependence consistent with that expected from interstellar scintillation. 7 references

  19. Periodic flickering in the optical spectrum of HZ Herculis

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    Photometric observations of HZ Herculis in the ultraviolet with a time resolution of 5 seconds show the existence of periodic flickering with a time scale of 115 to 130 seconds. The amplitude modulation is about 3 to 6 percent, larger than that associated with the erratic white flickering. The flickering, either erratic or periodic, occurs, but not always, near orbital phase 0.5, irrespective of the ON and OFF parts of the x-ray cycle

  20. Contrast affects flicker and speed perception differently

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    Thompson, P.; Stone, L. S.

    1997-01-01

    We have previously shown that contrast affects speed perception, with lower-contrast, drifting gratings perceived as moving slower. In a recent study, we examined the implications of this result on models of speed perception that use the amplitude of the response of linear spatio-temporal filters to determine speed. In this study, we investigate whether the contrast dependence of speed can be understood within the context of models in which speed estimation is made using the temporal frequency of the response of linear spatio-temporal filters. We measured the effect of contrast on flicker perception and found that contrast manipulations produce opposite effects on perceived drift rate and perceived flicker rate, i.e., reducing contrast increases the apparent temporal frequency of counterphase modulated gratings. This finding argues that, if a temporal frequency-based algorithm underlies speed perception, either flicker and speed perception must not be based on the output of the same mechanism or contrast effects on perceived spatial frequency reconcile the disparate effects observed for perceived temporal frequency and speed.

  1. Color Ratios and Chromatic Adaptation

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    Finlayson, Graham D.; Süsstrunk, Sabine

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, the performance of chromatic adaptation transforms based on stable color ratios is investigated.It was found that for three different sets of reflectance data, their performance was not statistically different from CMCCAT2000,when applying the chromatic adaptation transforms to Lam’s corresponding color data set and using a perceptual error metric of CIE Delta E94.The sensors with the best color ratio stability are much sharper and more de-correlated than the CMCCAT2000 sensors...

  2. Flicker Mitigation of Grid Connected Wind Turbines Using STATCOM

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    Sun, Tao; Chen, Zhe; Blaabjerg, Frede

    Grid connected wind turbines may produce flicker during continuous operation. In this paper flicker emission of grid connected wind turbines with doubly fed induction generators is investigated during continuous operation. A STATCOM using PWM voltage source converter (VSC) is connected in shunt to...... the point of common coupling (PCC) to relieve the flicker produced by grid connected wind turbines and the corresponding control scheme is described in detail. Simulation results show that STATCOM is an effective measure to mitigate the flicker level during continuous operation of grid connected wind...

  3. Optimizing Chromatic Coupling Measurement in the LHC

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    Persson, Tobias

    2016-01-01

    Optimizing chromatic coupling measurement in the LHC Chromatic coupling introduces a dependency of transverse coupling with energy. LHC is equipped with skew sextupoles to compensate the possible adverse effects of chromatic coupling. In 2012 a beam-based correction was calculated and applied successfully for the fist time. However, the method used to reconstruct the chromatic coupling was dependent on stable tunes and equal chromaticities between the horizontal and vertical planes. In this article an improved method to calculate the chromatic coupling without these constraints is presented.

  4. Asymmetric dynamics of adaptation after onset and offset of flicker

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    Snippe, H.P.; Poot, L.; Hateren, J.H. van

    2004-01-01

    We measured human psychophysical detection thresholds for test pulses which are superimposed on spatially homogeneous backgrounds that have abrupt onsets and offsets of high-contrast 25 Hz flicker. After the onset of the background flicker, test thresholds reach their steady-state levels within 20-6

  5. Flicker Reduction in LED-LCDs with Local Backlight

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    Nadernejad, Ehsan; Mantel, Claire; Burini, Nino;

    2013-01-01

    Local backlight dimming of LCD with LED backlight can reduce power consumption and improve quality of displayed images and videos. However, important variations of LED over time produce a visually annoying artifact called flickering. In this work, we propose a new algorithm to reduce flickering w...

  6. Finding flicker: Critical differences in temporal frequency capture attention

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    JohnCass

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Rapid visual flicker is known to capture attention. Here we show slow flicker can also capture attention under reciprocal temporal conditions. Observers searched for a target line (vertical or horizontal among tilted distractors. Distractor lines were surrounded by luminance modulating annuli, all flickering sinusoidally at 1.3 or 12.1 Hz, while the target’s annulus flickered at frequencies within this range. Search times improved with increasing target/distractor frequency differences. For target-distractor frequency separations > 5 Hz reaction times were minimal with high frequency targets correctly identified more rapidly than low frequency targets (~400ms. Critically, however, at these optimal frequency separations search times for low and high frequency targets were unaffected by set size (slow flicker popped out from high flicker, and vice versa, indicating parallel and symmetric search performance when searching for high or low frequency targets. In a ‘cost’ experiment using 1.3 and 12.1 Hz flicker, the unique flickering annulus sometimes surrounded a distractor and, on other trials, surrounded the target. When centred on a distractor, the unique frequency produced a clear and symmetrical search cost. Together, these symmetric pop-out and search costs demonstrate that temporal frequency is a pre-attentive visual feature capable of capturing attention, and that it is relative rather than absolute frequencies that are critical. The shape of the search functions strongly suggest that early visual temporal frequency filters underlie these effects.

  7. Flicker of extragalactic radio sources at two epochs

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    The flicker of compact extragalactic sources on day-like time scales is investigated. At 1410 MHz the flat-spectrum sources show larger intensity variations than do the steep-spectrum sources. At 820 MHz measurement noise dominates the source variations, so that observations yield an upper limit to the flicker amplitude at this frequency. The flicker amplitude appears to be weakly dependent upon observing wavelength, possibly increasing with increasing wavelength. No dependence of the intensity or time scale of flicker on galactic coordinates is apparent in this data set, but the number of flat spectrum sources observed may be too small to show any such effects. Evidence is presented that flicker is approximately stable in its characteristics over time scales at least as large as 2 yr. 12 refs

  8. Judder-Induced Edge Flicker at Zero Spatial Contrast

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    Larimer, James; Feng, Christine; Gille, Jennifer; Cheung, Victor

    2004-01-01

    Judder is a motion artifact that degrades the quality of video imagery. Smooth motion appears jerky and can appear to flicker along the leading and trailing edge of the moving object. In a previous paper, we demonstrated that the strength of the edge flicker signal depended upon the brightness of the scene and the contrast of the moving object relative to the background. Reducing the contrast between foreground and background reduced the flicker signal. In this report, we show that the contrast signal required for judder-induced edge flicker is due to temporal contrast and not simply to spatial contrast. Bars made of random dots of the same dot density as the background exhibit edge flicker when moved at sufficient rate.

  9. Flickering light a history of neon

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    Ribbat, Christoph

    2013-01-01

    Without neon, Las Vegas might still be a sleepy desert town in Nevada and Times Square merely another busy intersection in New York City. Transformed by the installation of these brightly colored signs, these destinations are now world-famous, representing the vibrant heart of popular culture. But for some, neon lighting represents the worst of commercialism. Energized by the conflicting love and hatred people have for neon, Flickering Light explores its technological and intellectual history, from the discovery of the noble gas in late nineteenth-century London to its fading popul

  10. On chromatic and geometrical calibration

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    Folm-Hansen, Jørgen

    1999-01-01

    The main subject of the present thesis is different methods for the geometrical and chromatic calibration of cameras in various environments. For the monochromatic issues of the calibration we present the acquisition of monochrome images, the classic monochrome aberrations and the various sources...... of non-uniformity of the illumination of the image plane. Only the image deforming aberrations and the non-uniformity of illumination are included in the calibration models. The topics of the pinhole camera model and the extension to the Direct Linear Transform (DLT) are described. It is shown how...... the correct interpolation method is described. For the chromatic issues of calibration we present the acquisition of colour and multi-spectral images, the chromatic aberrations and the various lens/camera based non-uniformities of the illumination of the image plane. It is described how the...

  11. The chromatic gap and its extremes

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    Gyárfás, András; Trotignon, Nicolas

    2011-01-01

    The {\\em chromatic gap} is the difference between the chromatic number and the clique number of a graph. Here we investigate $\\gap(n)$, the maximum chromatic gap over graphs on $n$ vertices. Can the extremal graphs be explored? While computational problems related to the chromatic gap are hopeless, an interplay between Ramsey theory and matching theory leads to a simple and (almost) exact formula for $\\gap(n)$ in terms of Ramsey numbers.

  12. Biological charge transfer via flickering resonance.

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    Zhang, Yuqi; Liu, Chaoren; Balaeff, Alexander; Skourtis, Spiros S; Beratan, David N

    2014-07-15

    Biological electron-transfer (ET) reactions are typically described in the framework of coherent two-state electron tunneling or multistep hopping. However, these ET reactions may involve multiple redox cofactors in van der Waals contact with each other and with vibronic broadenings on the same scale as the energy gaps among the species. In this regime, fluctuations of the molecular structures and of the medium can produce transient energy level matching among multiple electronic states. This transient degeneracy, or flickering electronic resonance among states, is found to support coherent (ballistic) charge transfer. Importantly, ET rates arising from a flickering resonance (FR) mechanism will decay exponentially with distance because the probability of energy matching multiple states is multiplicative. The distance dependence of FR transport thus mimics the exponential decay that is usually associated with electron tunneling, although FR transport involves real carrier population on the bridge and is not a tunneling phenomenon. Likely candidates for FR transport are macromolecules with ET groups in van der Waals contact: DNA, bacterial nanowires, multiheme proteins, strongly coupled porphyrin arrays, and proteins with closely packed redox-active residues. The theory developed here is used to analyze DNA charge-transfer kinetics, and we find that charge-transfer distances up to three to four bases may be accounted for with this mechanism. Thus, the observed rapid (exponential) distance dependence of DNA ET rates over distances of ≲ 15 Å does not necessarily prove a tunneling mechanism. PMID:24965367

  13. Chromatic roots and hamiltonian paths

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    Thomassen, Carsten

    2000-01-01

    We present a new connection between colorings and hamiltonian paths: If the chromatic polynomial of a graph has a noninteger root less than or equal to t(n) = 2/3 + 1/3 (3)root (26 + 6 root (33)) + 1/3 (3)root (26 - 6 root (33)) = 1.29559.... then the graph has no hamiltonian path. This result is...

  14. Chromatic-achromatic perimetry in four clinic cases: Glaucoma and diabetes

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    Inmaculada Cabezos

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Some diseases that affect the visual system may show loss of chromatic-achromatic sensitivity before obvious physical signs appear in the usual examination of the eye′s posterior segment. A perimetric study has been conducted with four typical patients with glaucoma and diabetes, at different stages of the disease. Materials and Methods: In addition to the standard white-on-white (standard automated perimetry [SAP], a test battery has been used to study patient′s contrast sensitivity, using stimuli with different chromatic, spatial, and temporal content (multichannel perimetry. The choice of stimuli tries to maximize the response of different visual mechanisms: Achromatic (parvocellular and magnocellular origin; chromatic red-green (parvocellular origin; and chromatic blue-yellow (koniocellular origin. Results: The results seem to indicate losses in the achromatic-parvocellular perimetry and both chromatic perimetry tests, undetected by conventional SAP. Conclusions: Our results illustrate that our patients without visible retinal alterations show signs of suspicion in multichannel perimetry.

  15. A Simple Predictive Method of Critical Flicker Detection for Human Healthy Precaution

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    Goh Zai Peng; Mohd Amran Mohd Radzi; Hashim Hizam; Noor Izzri Abdul Wahab

    2015-01-01

    Interharmonics and flickers have an interrelationship between each other. Based on International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) flicker standard, the critical flicker frequency for a human eye is located at 8.8 Hz. Additionally, eye strains, headaches, and in the worst case seizures may happen due to the critical flicker. Therefore, this paper introduces a worthwhile research gap on the investigation of interrelationship between the amplitudes of the interharmonics and the critical flicker...

  16. A case of shadow flicker/flashing: assessment and solution

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    A short study was carried out investigating a reported problem of shadow flicker and flashing from the blades of a turbine. The incidence of this phenomenon was confirmed and the duration and frequency of occurrence assessed. The shadow flicker period would be short and only occur at certain times, but could cause irritation. A device to stop the turbine when shadow flicker occurred was recommended and is described. A recommendation was made that turbines should be sited at least ten diameters distance from habitations, and more if sited to the East/Southwest, and the shadow path identified. (author)

  17. X-ray and optical flickering in EF Eri

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    A study is presented of the short-time-scale variability of the polar system EF Eri based on simultaneous hard and soft X-ray monitoring with the EXOSAT observatory and optical photometry from CTIO. The observations are used to investigate the nature of the flickering in this system, and the correlations between the variability in the three bands. The hard X-ray flickering is characterized by a quasi-periodic 10 per cent modulation at approx. 230s. The soft X-ray and optical flickering have higher amplitudes but, in contrast, lack any dominant time-scales. (author)

  18. 10 Hz flicker improves recognition memory in older people

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    Ramaswamy Deepa; Williams Jonathan; Oulhaj Abderrahim

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background 10 Hz electroencephalographic (EEG) alpha rhythms correlate with memory performance. Alpha and memory decline in older people. We wished to test if alpha-like EEG activity contributes to memory formation. Flicker can elicit alpha-like EEG activity. We tested if alpha-frequency flicker enhances memory in older people. Pariticpants aged 67–92 identified short words that followed 1 s of flicker at 9.0 Hz, 9.5 Hz, 10.0 Hz, 10.2 Hz, 10.5 Hz, 11.0 Hz, 11.5 Hz or 500 Hz. A few mi...

  19. Solubility of chromate in a hydrated OPC

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    Highlights: • Solid solutions exist between gypsum and calcium chromate. • The cementitious matrix can bind chromate concentrations up to 0.1 mol/kg. • The chromate binding phase in the cementitious matrix is CrO4-ettringite. - Abstract: The knowledge of the chromate binding mechanisms is essential for the prediction of the long-term leachability of cement-based solidified waste containing increased chromate concentrations because of its toxicity and high mobility. In this paper pore water concentrations from OPC doped with varying CaCrO4 concentrations (0.01–0.8 mol/kg), equilibrated for 28 days were reported. It could be shown that the cementitious matrix can bind chromate concentrations up to 0.1 mol/kg and that the chromate solubility limiting phase was CrO4-ettringite, while chromate containing AFm (monochromate) was unstable. Comparison with thermodynamic modelling indicated that at lower chromate dosages chromate was mainly bound by CrO4-ettringite while at very high dosages also a mixed CaCrO4–CaSO4·2H2O phase precipitated. Additional experiments indicated a solubility product of 10−3.66 for CaCrO4 and verified the solid solution formation with CaSO4·2H2O. Leaching tests indicated a strong chromate binding mainly in the pH range 10.5–13.5, while at pH < 10 very little chromate was bound as ettringite, monocarbonate and C–S–H phases were destabilized. Generally the thermodynamic modeling underestimated chromate uptake indicating that an additional chromate binding possibly on C–S–H or on mixed chromate–carbonate–hydroxide AFm phases

  20. Chromate Efflux by Means of the ChrA Chromate Resistance Protein from Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Alvarez, Angel H.; Moreno-Sánchez, Rafael; Cervantes, Carlos

    1999-01-01

    Everted membrane vesicles of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 harboring plasmid pCRO616, expressing the ChrA chromate resistance protein, accumulated four times more 51CrO42− than vesicles from plasmidless cells, indicating that a chromate efflux system functions in the resistant strain. Chromate uptake showed saturation kinetics with an apparent Km of 0.12 mM chromate and a Vmax of 0.5 nmol of chromate/min per mg of protein. Uptake of chromate by vesicles was dependent on NADH oxidation and was abolished by energy inhibitors and by the chromate analog sulfate. The mechanism of resistance to chromate determined by ChrA appears to be based on the active efflux of chromate driven by the membrane potential. PMID:10572148

  1. Coverage dependence of FE flicker noise

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    Field emission flicker noise spectral density functions W(f) have been determined for potassium on W(112) and W(111) single planes. The coverage dependence of the spectral densities W(fsub(j)) shows pronounced maxima and minima, whereas the slopes epsilon obtained from double logarithmic plots of W(f) approximately fsup(-epsilon) vary considerably. Minima and maxima of W(fsub(j)) are assumed to be due to coherent and disordered adlayers, respectively, and the behaviour of the exponents epsilon supports further the proposed observation of order-disorder transitions of the potassium adsorbate. LEED results for W(112)K and W(111)K are in fair agreement with the corresponding coverages from noise measurements. (Auth.)

  2. Compensation of flicker noise in weak-signal amplifiers

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    A. S. Makarenko; Tertychny, G. N.

    2007-01-01

    The paper considers the block diagram of a weak-signal low-frequency amplifier, describes its principle of operation, and presents results of the theoretical and experimental investigation in compensation of flicker noise in the new device.

  3. Visual reflex seizures induced by complex stimuli.

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    Zifkin, Benjamin G; Inoue, Yushi

    2004-01-01

    Visual reflex seizures induced by complex stimuli may be triggered by patterned and flashing displays that are now ubiquitous. The seizures may be clinically generalized, but unilateral and bilateral myoclonic attacks also may be triggered, especially in patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, and recently, clearly focal reflex occipital lobe seizures have been described. Some seizure-triggering properties of video displays can be identified, such as perceived brightness, pattern, flicker frequency, and color. Knowledge of these is useful in planning individual treatment and in designing regulations for screen content of television broadcasts or for other video displays. Some subjects will also be sensitive to cognitive or action-programming activation, especially when playing video games, and this can increase the chance of seizure triggering. Nonspecific factors such as sleep deprivation, prolonged exposure, and drug or alcohol use also may play a role in reflex seizure occurrence. PMID:14706042

  4. Flicker of extragalactic radio sources and refractive interstellar scintillation

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    Recent work has identified variability of flat-spectrum extragalactic radio sources at lambdaroughly-equal10 cm with rms amplitude of approx.2%--3% and time scale of days. We show that this ''flicker'' is consistent with intensity fluctuations caused by refractive scintillation in an extended interstellar medium in our Galaxy. Further observation of flicker may allow the structure of suitable sources to be partially resolved on angular scales smaller than those probed by VLBI

  5. AN INVESTIGATION OF FLICKER REDUCTION USING AN ADAPTIVE VAR COMPENSATOR

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    Jatskevich, Juri V.; Wasynczuk, Oleg

    1997-01-01

    A detailed computer model of a three-phase power network which includes inductive loads, resistance welders and an Adaptive Var Compensator (AVC) has been developed. The system configuration and parameters correspond to an irrdustrial customer served by a large electric utility. Welder operation produces severe cyclic flicker which leads to customer complaints. Computer studies have been conducted to determine the effectiveness of the AVC on the reduction of observable flicker at neighboring ...

  6. Effects of quantum discreetness and flicker fluctuations of tunnel conductivity

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    Using a tunnel contact as an example one shows that interaction of single-electron processes in multielectron system may serve as a source of non-scale flicker low-frequency fluctuations of its conductivity. Interaction implies that quantum probability of electron transition depends on spontaneous changes of situation during the transition. Theory relates flicker fluctuations of tunnel conductivity with discreteness of spectrum of electron states and explains nonlinearity of noise-ampere characteristic observed in nanocomposite

  7. Semantics of color in chromatism

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    Serov, Nikolai V.

    2002-06-01

    The aim of this investigation is to describe the semantics of color in chromatism (from the ancient Greek triune notion of >: (1) color as ideal (Id- plan), psychic; (2) tint as physical, verbal; material (M- plan), physiological, syntonic (S-plan), and (3) emotion as their informative-energetic correlation). Being a new field of science, chromatism links humanitarian and natural subjects by means of interdiscipline investigation of a real (f-m) man living in a real (color) surrounding environment. According to the definition for >, color may be considered to be the most universal notion, permitting to assume the unity of both a man and an environment. Due to this assumption, we may give models of human intellect.

  8. Method of strontium chromate drying

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    The method of drying strontium chromate used as a pigment is proposed. Drying is carried out by increasing the temperature from 60-70 deg C to 115-120 deg C at the rate of 40-50 degrees/h, from 115-120 deg C to 170-180 deg C at 130-135 degrees/h, and from 170-180 deg C to 190-200 deg C at 50-60 degrees/h in order to improve the quality of the product. Such conditions of the process provide the preparation of the pigment with stable chromatic and granulometric characteristics, oil adsorption - 32.4 g/100 g, hinding power - 89.4 g/m2

  9. Bacterial chromate reduction and product characterization

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    Bacillus subtilis reduced hexavalent chromate to trivalent chromium under either aerobic or anaerobic conditions. Reduction of CR(VI) and appearance of extracellular Cr(III) were demonstrated by electron spin resonance and spectrophotometry. Chromate reduction was stimulated more than five-fold by freeze-thawing, indicating that intracellular reductases or chemical reductants reduce chromate more rapidly than do intact cells. Moderately concentrated cells (10% pellet volume after centrifugation) reduced approximately 40 μM chromate/min (2 mg Cr/1-min) when exposed to 100 μM chromate (5 mg Cr/1). Highly concentrated cells (70% pellet volume) reduced more than 99.8% of 2 mM chromate (100 mg Cr/1) within 15 min. This rate of chromate reduction was of the same order of magnitude as the rate of respiration in aerobic cells. A substantial fraction of the reduction product (ca. 75%) was extracellular Cr(M), which could readily be separated from the cells by centrifugation. At high chromate concentrations, some fraction of reduced CR(VI) appeared to be taken up by cells, consistent with a detection of intracellular paramagnetic products. At low chromate concentrations, undefined growth medium alone reduced Cr(VI), but at a slow rate, relative to cells. Under appropriate conditions, B. subtilis appears to be an organism of choice for detoxifying chromate-contaminated soil and water

  10. Exploring a chromatic oblique effect.

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    Curran, Paul G.

    1997-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited For centuries, military forces have used camouflage to obscure potential targets from the enemy. Because the eye is fairly adept at picking out edges, colors, and bright areas, camouflage is often used to degrade these qualities from human detection. The purpose of this thesis was to investigate the role of certain spatial, temporal, and chromatic features on the human visual system and how these features may aid the quest for better c...

  11. A Granulation "Flicker"-based Measure of Stellar Surface Gravity

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    Bastien, Fabienne A; Basri, Gibor; Pepper, Joshua

    2015-01-01

    In Bastien et al. (2013) we found that high quality light curves, such as those obtained by Kepler, may be used to measure stellar surface gravity via granulation-driven light curve "flicker". Here, we update and extend the relation originally presented in Bastien et al. (2013) after calibrating flicker against a more robust set of asteroseismically derived surface gravities. We describe in detail how we extract the flicker signal from the light curves, including how we treat phenomena, such as exoplanet transits and shot noise, that adversely affect the measurement of flicker. We examine the limitations of the technique, and, as a result, we now provide an updated treatment of the flicker-based logg error. We briefly highlight further applications of the technique, such as astrodensity profiling or its use in other types of stars with convective outer layers. We discuss potential uses in current and upcoming space-based photometric missions. Finally, we supply flicker-based logg values, and their uncertainti...

  12. An attempt to understand flicker vertigo: changes in pupil size and choroidal blood flow under flickering conditions

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    Masi, Maria Gabriella; Peretto, Lorenzo; Rovati, Luigi; Ansari, Rafat R.

    2010-02-01

    Light flickering at a rate of 4- 20 cycles per second can produce unpleasant reactions such as nausea and vertigo. In this paper, the possibility of achieving an objective evaluation/prediction of the physiological effects induced by flicker is investigated using a new imaging method based on the pupil size determination. This method is also compared with the blood flow analysis in the choroid.

  13. Colorimetric response of azobenzene-terminated polydiacetylene vesicles under thermal and photic stimuli

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    You, Xian; Chen, Xin; Zou, Gang; Su, Wei; Zhang, Qijin; He, Pingsheng

    2009-11-01

    We study the colorimetric reversibility of pure polymerized p-nitro azobenzene moiety-substituted diacetylene (PNADA) and PNADA/polymerized 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (PDA) complex vesicles under thermal and photic stimuli. Because of the strong intermolecular interaction among azobenzene mesogens within the vesicles, PNADA vesicles show enhanced stability and completely reversible thermochromic response. Polydiacetylene based complex vesicles with partial reversible chromatic properties under both thermal and photonic stimuli were reported for the first time, which provided a novel model system for the understanding of the chromatic transition mechanism of polydiacetylene materials.

  14. Electric arc furnace models for flicker study

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    Catalina González Castaño

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this paper is to evaluate voltage fluctuations or flicker of two electric arc furnace models through comparison with real data.Method: The first proposed model is founded on the energy conservation principle, which generates a non-linear differential equation modelling the electric arc voltage – current characteristics. Voltage fluctuations are generated using a chaotic circuit that modulates the amplitude of arc voltage. The second model is based on the empirical relationship between the arc diameter or length as well as voltage and electrical current on the arc. Voltage fluctuations are considered adding a random signal in the arc length. Both models are implemented in PSCADTM.Results: The results of both models are compared with real data taken at the most critical stage of the operation of the furnace, and they show that the model based on energy conservation has a lower average mean square error in the voltages and currents 5.6 V and 1.7 kA against 27,2 V y 3.38 kA obtained with the second model.Conclusions: Both models consider the nonlinearity and random behavior present in this type of load, validating their inclusion in computer models of electric power systems.

  15. Chromatic Polynomials of Mixed Hypercycles

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    Allagan Julian A.

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available We color the vertices of each of the edges of a C-hypergraph (or cohypergraph in such a way that at least two vertices receive the same color and in every proper coloring of a B-hypergraph (or bihypergraph, we forbid the cases when the vertices of any of its edges are colored with the same color (monochromatic or when they are all colored with distinct colors (rainbow. In this paper, we determined explicit formulae for the chromatic polynomials of C-hypercycles and B-hypercycles

  16. Quantum chromatic numbers via operator systems

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    Paulsen, Vern I.; Todorov, Ivan G.

    2013-01-01

    We define several new types of quantum chromatic numbers of a graph and characterise them in terms of operator system tensor products. We establish inequalities between these chromatic numbers and other parameters of graphs studied in the literature and exhibit a link between them and non-signalling correlation boxes.

  17. CHROMATIC ZEROS AND THE GOLDEN RATIO

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    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available In this note, we investigate $au^n$, where au=fracc{1+sqrt{5}}{2}$is the golden ratio as chro-matic roots. Using some properties of {sc Fibonacci} numbers, we prove that $au^n (nin mathbb{N}$, cannot be roots of any chromatic polynomial.

  18. CIRCULAR CHROMATIC NUMBER AND MYCIELSKI GRAPHS

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    Liu Hongmei

    2006-01-01

    For a general graph G, M(G) denotes its Mycielski graph. This article gives a number of new sufficient conditions for G to have the circular chromatic number xc (M(G))equals to the chromatic number x(M(G)), which have improved some best sufficient conditions published up to date.

  19. Wave-induced flicker level emitted by a tidal farm

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    Blavette, Anne; Multon, Bernard; Ahmed, Hamid Ben; Morvan, Lukas; Verschae, Alice; Machmoum, Mohamed; O 'sullivan, Dara

    2015-01-01

    The inherently fluctuating nature of sea waves can be reflected to a significant extent in the power output of tidal turbines. However, these fluctuations can give rise to power quality issues such as flicker. Hence, it is important to assess the impact which tidal farms may have on their local network before such power plants are allowed to connect to the grid. This paper describes the influence of the wave climate on the short-term flicker level induced by a tidal farm on the point of commo...

  20. Voltage Flicker Evaluation for Wave Energy Converters – Assessment Guidelines

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    Sharkey, Fergus; Bannon, Elva; MacEnri, Joe; Gaughan, Kevin; Conlon, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Voltage flicker is a power quality problem caused by regularly oscillating active and reactive power either from a load or generator. The regular power oscillations induce a voltage change at the grid connection which is proportional to the amplitude of the power oscillation and at the same frequency. The impedance of the grid (grid strength) at the point of connection is a factor in the amplitude of the voltage oscillation. The frequency band of interest for flicker evaluation is from 0.01-2...

  1. Chords and harmonies in mixed optical and acoustical stimuli

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    Hahlweg, Cornelius; Dannenberg, Florian; Dörfler, Joachim; Weber, Bernhard; Weyer, Cornelia; Gercke-Hahn, Harald; Freimuth, Steffen; Heucke, Sören; Gutzmann, Holger Ludwig

    2014-09-01

    The paper is a follow up of the work presented in last year's Optics and Music session on the perception of coherence between low frequency power modulated light and periodical acoustic stimuli. The composition of chords and harmonies from power modulated light sources and their effect as stand-alone stimulus and in conjunction with the equivalent acoustic signal is discussed. Of special interest here is the modulation near perceptible flicker frequency. The substitution of acoustical chord components by their optical counterpart and vice versa is investigated. Further, concepts of a training application for trombone players and other instrumentalists are presented: since the mean slide of the trombone does not have fixed positions, the note must be found and two players might influence each other. The possibility of helping them to synchronize by optical stimuli derived from their playing is investigated. Beside possible applications in emotional reinforcing multimedia oriented entertainment and training support for musicians, again implications for occupational medicine are discussed.

  2. Chromatic adaptation performance of different RGB sensors

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    Susstrunk, Sabine E.; Holm, Jack M.; Finlayson, Graham D.

    2000-12-01

    Chromatic adaptation transforms are used in imaging system to map image appearance to colorimetry under different illumination sources. In this paper, the performance of different chromatic adaptation transforms (CAT) is compared with the performance of transforms based on RGB primaries that have been investigated in relation to standard color spaces for digital still camera characterization and image interchange. The chromatic adaptation transforms studied are von Kries, Bradford, Sharp, and CMCCAT2000. The RGB primaries investigated are ROMM, ITU-R BT.709, and 'prime wavelength' RGB. The chromatic adaptation model used is a von Kries model that linearly scales post-adaptation cone response with illuminant dependent coefficients. The transforms were evaluated using 16 sets of corresponding color dat. The actual and predicted tristimulus values were converted to CIELAB, and three different error prediction metrics, (Delta) ELab, (Delta) ECIE94, and (Delta) ECMC(1:1) were applied to the results. One-tail Student-t tests for matched pairs were calculated to compare if the variations in errors are statistically significant. For the given corresponding color data sets, the traditional chromatic adaptation transforms, Sharp CAT and CMCCAT2000, performed best. However, some transforms based on RGB primaries also exhibit good chromatic adaptation behavior, leading to the conclusion that white-point independent RGB spaces for image encoding can be defined. This conclusion holds only if the linear von Kries model is considered adequate to predict chromatic adaptation behavior.

  3. Chromate conversion coatings and their current application

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    P. Pokorny

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes formation, composition and possible production technologies of application chromate coatings. Summation of common examples of applications of these coatings in corrosion protection of metals and alloys is provided. Individual chromate coatings are divided by their dominant anions either with CrVI or CrIII. Restrictions of chromate coatings with dominantly CrVI and related toxicity of hexavalent chromium is discussed in detail. In conclusion, examples of both chromium and other, alternative coatings are summed up. Application of these coatings as a protection for concrete hot-dip galvanized reinforcement is also reviewed.

  4. Chromate resistance plasmid in Pseudomonas fluorescens.

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    Bopp, L H; Chakrabarty, A M; Ehrlich, H. L.

    1983-01-01

    Chromate resistance of Pseudomonas fluorescens LB300, isolated from chromium-contaminated sediment in the upper Hudson River, was found to be plasmid specified. Loss of the plasmid (pLHB1) by spontaneous segregation or mitomycin C curing resulted in a simultaneous loss of chromate resistance. Subsequent transformation of such strains with purified pLHB1 plasmid DNA resulted in a simultaneous re-acquisition of the chromate resistance phenotype and the plasmid. When pLHB1 was transferred by con...

  5. Road Testing Asterodensity Profiling using Flicker as an Input

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    Sliski, David; Kipping, David M.

    2014-06-01

    Asterodensity Profiling (AP) is a young but powerful tool for studying transiting exoplanets. A transit light curve directly reveals the mean stellar density, under various idealized assumptions such as circular orbits and no blended light. By comparing this observed density to some independent measure, differences (or lack there-of) can be used to extract useful information on particular systems, such as the orbital eccentricity and the amount of blended light. In a previous paper, we were able to use AP to infer a high false rate for the KOIs of giant stars (Sliski & Kipping 2014) by using asteroseismology as the independent measure. Recently, the analysis of brightness variations on an 8-hour timescale ("flicker") has emerged as a less precise but more widely applicable alternative method for deriving a star's density. Here, we road-test the flicker technique on the 41 KOIs studied previously, to test whether our previous conclusion of a high giant star false positive rate can be recovered using flicker alone. Secondly, we explore the possibility of extending AP to hundreds of Kepler targets, where generally flicker remains viable but asteroseismology does not. Finally, we discuss the impact of this technique to future missions such as TESS and PLATO missions, with a view to both planet validation and extracting the eccentricity distribution of different planet populations.

  6. Flicker Noise in a Model of Coevolving Biological Populations

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    Rikvold, Per Arne; Zia, R. K. P.

    2003-01-01

    We present long Monte Carlo simulations of a simple model of biological macroevolution in which births, deaths, and mutational changes in the genome take place at the level of individual organisms. The model displays punctuated equilibria and flicker noise with a 1/f-like power spectrum, consistent with some current theories of evolutionary dynamics.

  7. Flicker as a tool for characterizing planets though asterodensity profiling

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    Kipping, D. M.; Bastien, F. A.; Stassun, K. G.;

    2014-01-01

    Variability in the time series brightness of a star on a timescale of 8 hr, known as "flicker," has been previously demonstrated to serve as a proxy for the surface gravity of a star by Bastien et al. Although surface gravity is crucial for stellar classification, it is the mean stellar density t...

  8. FLICKER AS A TOOL FOR CHARACTERIZING PLANETS THROUGH ASTERODENSITY PROFILING

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    Variability in the time series brightness of a star on a timescale of 8 hr, known as ''flicker'', has been previously demonstrated to serve as a proxy for the surface gravity of a star by Bastien et al. Although surface gravity is crucial for stellar classification, it is the mean stellar density that is most useful when studying transiting exoplanets, due to its direct impact on the transit light curve shape. Indeed, an accurate and independent measure of the stellar density can be leveraged to infer subtle properties of a transiting system, such as the companion's orbital eccentricity via asterodensity profiling (AP). We here calibrate flicker to the mean stellar density of 439 Kepler targets with asteroseismology, allowing us to derive a new empirical relation given by log10(ρ* (kg m–3)) = 5.413 – 1.850log10(F 8 (ppm)). The calibration is valid for stars with 4500 < T eff < 6500 K, KP < 14, and flicker estimates corresponding to stars with 3.25 < log g * < 4.43. Our relation has a model error in the stellar density of 31.7% and so has ∼8 times lower precision than that from asteroseismology but is applicable to a sample ∼40 times greater. Flicker therefore provides an empirical method to enable AP on hundreds of planetary candidates from present and future missions

  9. UBV observations of the flickering of T CrB

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    Zamanov, R.; Semkov, E.; Stoyanov, K.; Tomov, T.

    2016-02-01

    In 2015 the recurrent nova T Coronae Borealis has entered a super-active state (Munari, Dallaporta & amp; Cherini, 2016, NewA, in press). On February 7, 2016, we observed the flickering of T CrB in three filters (UBV) using the 50/70 cm Schmidt telescope of the National Astronomical Observatory Rozhen (Bulgaria).

  10. CRITICAL ILLUMINATION AND FLICKER FREQUENCY IN RELATED FISHES.

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    Crozier, W J; Wolf, E; Zerrahn-Wolf, G

    1937-09-20

    Flicker response curves have been obtained at 21.5 degrees C. for three genera of fresh water teleosts: Enneacanthus (sunfish), Xiphophorus (swordtail), Platypoecilius (Platy), by the determination of mean critical intensities for response at fixed flicker frequencies, and for a certain homogeneous group of backcross hybrids of swordtail x Platy (Black Helleri). The curves exhibit marked differences in form and proportions. The same type of analysis is applicable to each, however. A low intensity rod-governed section has added to it a more extensive cone portion. Each part is accurately described by the equation F = F(max.)/(1 + e(-p log(-p logI/I(i) ) )), where F = flicker frequency, I = associated mean critical intensity, and I(i) is the intensity at the inflection point of the sigmoid curve relating F to log I. There is no correlation between quantitative features of the rod and cone portions. Threshold intensities, p, I(i), and F(max.) are separately and independently determined. The hybrid Black Helleri show quantitative agreement with the Xiphophorus parental stock in the values of p for rods and cones, and in the cone F(max.); the rod F(max.) is very similar to that for the Platy stock; the general level of effective intensities is rather like that of the Platy form. This provides, among other things, a new kind of support for the duplicity doctrine. Various races of Platypoecilius maculatus, and P. variatus, give closely agreeing values of I(m) at different flicker frequencies; and two species of sunfish also agree. The effect of cross-breeding is thus not a superficial thing. It indicates the possibility of further genetic investigation. The variability of the critical intensity for response to flicker follows the rules previously found to hold for other forms. The variation is the expression of a property of the tested organism. It is shown that, on the assumption of a frequency distribution of receptor element thresholds as a function of log I, with

  11. Spatial Brightness Perception of Trichromatic Stimuli

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    Royer, Michael P.; Houser, Kevin W.

    2012-11-16

    An experiment was conducted to examine the effect of tuning optical radiation on brightness perception for younger (18-25 years of age) and older (50 years of age or older) observers. Participants made forced-choice evaluations of the brightness of a full factorial of stimulus pairs selected from two groups of four metameric stimuli. The large-field stimuli were created by systematically varying either the red or the blue primary of an RGB LED mixture. The results indicate that light stimuli of equal illuminance and chromaticity do not appear equally bright to either younger or older subjects. The rank-order of brightness is not predicted by any current model of human vision or theory of brightness perception including Scotopic to Photopic or Cirtopic to Photopic ratio theory, prime color theory, correlated color temperature, V(λ)-based photometry, color quality metrics, linear brightness models, or color appearance models. Age may affect brightness perception when short-wavelength primaries are used, especially those with a peak wavelength shorter than 450 nm. The results suggest further development of metrics to predict brightness perception is warranted, and that including age as a variable in predictive models may be valuable.

  12. Fuel variability effect on flickering frequency of diffusion flames

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    Jizhao LI; Yang ZHANG

    2009-01-01

    It is known that fuel variability of different gas suppliers may cause combustion instability in a gas turbine combustor. Mechanisms that control the time scale of the heat release oscillations and acoustic pressure perturbations are both physical and chemical in nature, and thus can be influenced by changes in fuel composition. The intent of this study is to investigate the fuel variability on the flickering frequency of diffusion flames in the hope of understanding some of the fundamental aspects of fuel variability effect on the dynamics of combustion. Experiments were conducted at atmospheric pressure with a matrix of methane and propane blends. An optical fibre system was applied to capture simultaneously the flame flickering at two different light frequencies (430 nm and 516nm), which provided a means of comparing the chemistry change. It was found that the low frequency oscillation of flow and flame structures depended only weakly on the exit velocities of the fuel, while ambient conditions had a significant effect on flickering frequencies and spectrum. The results of using CH4 and C3H8 as test fuels at different flow rates showed very little variations, with peak frequencies at 11-13 Hz. When the jet flame was not disturbed, harmonics to at least the third mode were obtained in most of these cases. However, the cases which included CH4/C3H8 splits of 90/10, 85/15 and 80/20 by volume showed that unstable flickering frequencies and flame harmonics were not observed. When a mixture of methane/propane at a ratio of 1:1 was used the peak flickering frequency was around 6 Hz, and slight disturbance in the environment would cause the harmonics to disappear. Mechanisms thought to produce changes in the dynamic response and frequency harmonics were discussed.

  13. Diffractive elements performance in chromatic confocal microscopy

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    Garzon, J; Duque, D; Alean, A; Toledo, M [Grupo de Optica y EspectroscopIa, Centro de Ciencia Basica, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. Medellin (Colombia); Meneses, J [Laboratorio de Optica y Tratamiento de Senales, Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga (Colombia); Gharbi, T, E-mail: jgarzonr10@une.net.co [Laboratoire d' Optique P. M. Duffieux, UMR-6603 CNR/Universite de Franche-Comte. 16 route de Gray, 25030 Besancon Cedex (France)

    2011-01-01

    The Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM) has been widely used in the semiconductor industry and biomedicine because of its depth discrimination capability. Subsequent to this technique has been developed in recent years Chromatic Confocal Microscopy. This method retains the same principle of confocal and offers the added advantage of removing the axial movement of the moving system. This advantage is usually accomplished with an optical element that generates a longitudinal chromatic aberration and a coding system that relates the axial position of each point of the sample with the wavelength that is focused on each. The present paper shows the performance of compact chromatic confocal microscope when some different diffractive elements are used for generation of longitudinal chromatic aberration. Diffractive elements, according to the process and manufacturing parameters, may have different diffraction efficiency and focus a specific wavelength in a specific focal position. The performance assessment is carried out with various light sources which exhibit an incoherent behaviour and a broad spectral width.

  14. Chromatic effects in long periodic transport channels

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    Litvinenko V. N.; Hao, Y.; Jing, Y.

    2015-05-03

    Long periodic transport channels are frequently used in accelerator complexes and suggested for using in high-energy ERLs for electron-hadron colliders. Without proper chromaticity compensation, such transport channels exhibit high sensitivity to the random orbit errors causing significant emittance growth. Such emittance growth can come from both the correlated and the uncorrelated energy spread. In this paper we present results of our theoretical and numerical studies of such effects and develop a criteria for acceptable chromaticity in such channels.

  15. Chromatic correction for the final transport system

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    The final transport and focusing of the heavy-ion beam onto the fusion pellet in vacuum is complicated by several non-linear effects - namely, chromatic (momentum dependent) effects, geometric aberrations, and space-charge forces. This paper gives an example of how the chromatic effects can be nullified, at least to second order. Whether third- or higher-order terms are important is not yet clear. Space-charge effects are important but are not considered here

  16. Latency of chromatic information in area V4.

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    Chang, Mindy; Xian, Sherry; Rubin, Jonathan; Moore, Tirin

    2014-02-01

    In the primate visual system, information about color is known to be carried in separate divisions of the retino-geniculo-cortical pathway. From the retina, responses of photoreceptors to short (S), medium (M), and long (L) wavelengths of light are processed in two different opponent pathways. Signals in the S-opponent pathway, or blue/yellow channel, have been found to lag behind signals in the L/M-opponent pathway, or red/green channel in primary visual area V1, and psychophysical studies have suggested similar perceptual delays. However, more recent psychophysical studies have found that perceptual differences are negligible with the proper controls, suggesting that information between the two channels is integrated at some stage of processing beyond V1. To study the timing of color signals further downstream in visual cortex, we examined the responses of neurons in area V4 to colored stimuli varying along the two cardinal axes of the equiluminant opponent color space. We used information theory to measure the mutual information between the stimuli presented and the neural responses in short time windows in order to estimate the latency of color information in area V4. We found that on average, despite the latency difference in V1, information about S-opponent signals arrives in V4 at the same time as information about L/M-opponent signals. This work indicates a convergence of signal timing among chromatic channels within extrastriate cortex. PMID:23811158

  17. Field-aligned electron flux oscillations that produce flickering aurora

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    Measurements of energetic electrons that produce flickering aurora were made by a pair of sounding rockets launched during a slowly evolving auroral breakup. Both payloads passed through a broad inverted-V structure. A component of the electron distribution function was closely aligned with the magnetic field over a broad energy range that extended form low energies up to the inverted-V differential energy flux peak. High time resolution measurements of the field-aligned component showed the presence of order to magnitude coherent flux oscillations. Source altitudes between 4,000 and 8,000 km were derived from velocity dispersion of the flux oscillations. A ground-based TV camera recorded visual flickering in the vicinity of the payloads' auroral footprints during periods when flux oscillations were present. Measurements are compared with previous observations of electron flux oscillations, and possible sources for the field-aligned component are discussed

  18. Fluctuations of precipitated electron intensity in flickering auroral arcs

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    This paper reports on electron spectra associated with two aurorae observed by ground-based television. One auroral arc was observed to flicker, large variations in the precipitated electron energy occurring on a time scale of 114 ms. The major variations occur at the higher energies of the 0.5--20 keV range covered by the detectors. Changes in the particle flux occur primarily in the pitch angle range 00 to 600. Analysis of the video data shows a larger variation in intensity along the lower border of the arc in keeping with the results of the electron spectra. The second arc was not observed to flicker, and the associated electron spectra and video data show no large variations in precipitated electron energy or video intensity modulation. While pitch angle distributions tend to be field-aligned in the first arc, the distributions in the second arc are nearly isotropic or peaked from 600 to 900 in the downward hemisphere

  19. Probabilistic inference of basic stellar parameters: application to flickering stars

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    Angus, Ruth

    2016-01-01

    The relations between observable stellar parameters are usually assumed to be deterministic. That is, given an infinitely precise measurement of independent variable, `$x$', and some model, the value of dependent variable, `$y$' can be known exactly. In practise this assumption is rarely valid and intrinsic stochasticity means that two stars with exactly the same `$x$', will have slightly different `$y$'s. The relation between short-timescale brightness fluctuations (flicker) of stars and both surface gravity and stellar density are two such stochastic relations that have, until now, been treated as deterministic ones. We recalibrate these relations in a probabilistic framework, using Hierarchical Bayesian Modelling (HBM) to constrain the intrinsic scatter in the relations. We find evidence for additional scatter in the relationships, that cannot be accounted for by the observational uncertainties alone. The scatter in surface gravity and stellar density does not depend on flicker, suggesting that using flick...

  20. Time lags of the flickering in cataclysmic variables as a function of wavelength

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    Bruch, Albert

    2015-01-01

    Flickering is a ubiquitous phenomenon in cataclysmic variables (CVs). Although the underlying light source is one of the main contributors to the optical radiation, the mechanism leading to flickering is not understood as yet. The present study aims to contribute to the set of boundary conditions, defined by observations, which must be met by physical models that describe the flickering. In particular, time lags in the occurrence of flickering events at different wavelengths over the optical range are examined. To this end, the cross-correlation functions (CCFs) of numerous light curves of a sample of CVs are analysed that were observed simultaneously or quasi-simultaneously in different bands of various photometric systems. Deviations of the maxima of the CCFs from zero time-shift indicate a dependence of the flickering activity on the wavelength in the sense that flickering flares reach their maxima slightly earlier in the blue range than in the red. While the available observational material does not permi...

  1. Anomalous properties of weak-link-containing superconductors: flicker noise

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    Low-frequency magnetic noise spectral density is calculated within the superconductive glass model. The model predicts the existence of both white noise and flicker-like noise ω-α with α strongly dependent on applied magnetic field and temperature. It is shown, in particular, that α increases with field from 0.5 to 1, and that in the critical region 1/√ω-law should prevail in the noise spectrum. (orig.)

  2. Flicker noise related to electrical double layer dynamics

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    Transport of particles and energy by the effect of double layers, self-assembled at the edge of a confined plasma, towards a space charge configuration able to perform natural oscillations, reveals a new mechanism of anomalous transport of particles and energy in plasma devices. Based on these experimental results we suggest a new phenomenological basis for the explanation of flicker noise in fusion devices. (author)

  3. Thermodynamic crisis in boiling flow. Observation of the flicker noise

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    The results of the experimental studies on both the characteristics of the boiling liquid flow (discharge, jet reactive force), emanating through a short channel, and the local pulsations in the flow are presented. The identified effects - the flow critical mode, sharp decrease in the value of the reactive force, pulsations with the 1/f spectrum (the flicker noise) are discussed with attraction of the notion on the boiling thermodynamic crisis

  4. On the Chromatic Thresholds of Hypergraphs

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    Balogh, József; Hu, Ping; Lenz, John; Mubayi, Dhruv

    2011-01-01

    Let F be a family of r-uniform hypergraphs. The chromatic threshold of F is the infimum of all non-negative reals c such that the subfamily of F comprising hypergraphs H with minimum degree at least $c \\binom{|V(H)|}{r-1}$ has bounded chromatic number. This parameter has a long history for graphs (r=2), and in this paper we begin its systematic study for hypergraphs. {\\L}uczak and Thomass\\'e recently proved that the chromatic threshold of near bipartite graphs is zero, and our main contribution is to generalize this result to r-uniform hypergraphs. For this class of hypergraphs, we also show that the exact Tur\\'an number is achieved uniquely by the complete (r+1)-partite hypergraph with nearly equal part sizes. This is one of very few infinite families of nondegenerate hypergraphs whose Tur\\'an number is determined exactly. In an attempt to generalize Thomassen's result that the chromatic threshold of triangle-free graphs is 1/3, we prove bounds for the chromatic threshold of the family of 3-uniform hypergrap...

  5. Potential biological and ecological effects of flickering artificial light.

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    Inger, Richard; Bennie, Jonathan; Davies, Thomas W; Gaston, Kevin J

    2014-01-01

    Organisms have evolved under stable natural lighting regimes, employing cues from these to govern key ecological processes. However, the extent and density of artificial lighting within the environment has increased recently, causing widespread alteration of these regimes. Indeed, night-time electric lighting is known significantly to disrupt phenology, behaviour, and reproductive success, and thence community composition and ecosystem functioning. Until now, most attention has focussed on effects of the occurrence, timing, and spectral composition of artificial lighting. Little considered is that many types of lamp do not produce a constant stream of light but a series of pulses. This flickering light has been shown to have detrimental effects in humans and other species. Whether a species is likely to be affected will largely be determined by its visual temporal resolution, measured as the critical fusion frequency. That is the frequency at which a series of light pulses are perceived as a constant stream. Here we use the largest collation to date of critical fusion frequencies, across a broad range of taxa, to demonstrate that a significant proportion of species can detect such flicker in widely used lamps. Flickering artificial light thus has marked potential to produce ecological effects that have not previously been considered. PMID:24874801

  6. Quantum theory of flicker noise in metal films

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    Flicker (1/fγ) voltage noise spectrum is derived from finite-temperature quantum electromagnetic fluctuations produced by elementary charge carriers in external electric field. It is suggested that deviations of the frequency exponent γ from unity, observed in thin metal films, can be attributed to quantum backreaction of the conducting medium on the fluctuating field of the charge carrier. This backreaction is described phenomenologically in terms of the effective momentum space dimensionality, D. Using the dimensional continuation technique, it is shown that the combined action of the photon heat bath and external field results in a 1/fγ-contribution to the spectral density of the two-point correlation function of electromagnetic field. The frequency exponent is found to be equal to 1+δ, where δ=3-D is a reduction of the momentum space dimensionality. This result is applied to the case of a biased conducting sample, and a general expression for the voltage power spectrum is obtained which possesses all characteristic properties of observed flicker noise spectra. The range of validity of this expression covers well the whole measured frequency band. Gauge independence of the power spectrum is proved. It is shown that the obtained results naturally resolve the problem of divergence of the total noise power. A detailed comparison with the experimental data on flicker noise measurements in metal films is given

  7. Potential biological and ecological effects of flickering artificial light.

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    Richard Inger

    Full Text Available Organisms have evolved under stable natural lighting regimes, employing cues from these to govern key ecological processes. However, the extent and density of artificial lighting within the environment has increased recently, causing widespread alteration of these regimes. Indeed, night-time electric lighting is known significantly to disrupt phenology, behaviour, and reproductive success, and thence community composition and ecosystem functioning. Until now, most attention has focussed on effects of the occurrence, timing, and spectral composition of artificial lighting. Little considered is that many types of lamp do not produce a constant stream of light but a series of pulses. This flickering light has been shown to have detrimental effects in humans and other species. Whether a species is likely to be affected will largely be determined by its visual temporal resolution, measured as the critical fusion frequency. That is the frequency at which a series of light pulses are perceived as a constant stream. Here we use the largest collation to date of critical fusion frequencies, across a broad range of taxa, to demonstrate that a significant proportion of species can detect such flicker in widely used lamps. Flickering artificial light thus has marked potential to produce ecological effects that have not previously been considered.

  8. Helping enhances productivity in campo flicker ( Colaptes campestris) cooperative groups

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    Dias, Raphael Igor; Webster, Michael S.; Macedo, Regina H.

    2015-06-01

    Reproductive adults in many bird species are assisted by non-breeding auxiliary helpers at the nest, yet the impact of auxiliaries on reproduction is variable and not always obvious. In this study, we tested Hamilton's rule and evaluated the effect of auxiliaries on productivity in the facultative cooperative breeder campo flicker ( Colaptes campestris campestris). Campo flickers have a variable mating system, with some groups having auxiliaries and others lacking them (i.e., unassisted pairs). Most auxiliaries are closely related to the breeding pair (primary auxiliaries), but some auxiliaries (secondary auxiliaries) are unrelated females that joined established groups. We found no effect of breeder quality (body condition) or territory quality (food availability) on group productivity, but the presence of auxiliaries increased the number of fledglings produced relative to unassisted pairs. Nonetheless, the indirect benefit of helping was small and did not outweigh the costs of delayed breeding and so seemed insufficient to explain the evolution of cooperative breeding in campo flickers. We concluded that some ecological constraints must limit dispersal or independent breeding, making staying in the group a "best-of-a-bad-job" situation for auxiliaries.

  9. Flicker as a tool for characterizing planets through Asterodensity Profiling

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    Kipping, David M; Stassun, Keivan G; Chaplin, William J; Huber, Daniel; Buchhave, Lars A

    2014-01-01

    Variability in the time series brightness of a star on a timescale of 8 hours, known as 'flicker', has been previously demonstrated to serve as a proxy for the surface gravity of a star by Bastien et al. (2013). Although surface gravity is crucial for stellar classification, it is the mean stellar density which is most useful when studying transiting exoplanets, due to its direct impact on the transit light curve shape. Indeed, an accurate and independent measure of the stellar density can be leveraged to infer subtle properties of a transiting system, such as the companion's orbital eccentricity via asterodensity profiling. We here calibrate flicker to the mean stellar density of 439 Kepler targets with asteroseismology, allowing us to derive a new empirical relation given by $\\log_{10}(\\rho_{\\star}\\,[\\mathrm{kg}\\,\\mathrm{m}^{-3}]) = 5.413 - 1.850 \\log_{10}(F_8\\,[\\mathrm{ppm}])$. The calibration is valid for stars with $4500$K$flicker estimates corresponding to...

  10. Probabilistic Inference of Basic Stellar Parameters: Application to Flickering Stars

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    Angus, Ruth; Kipping, David. M.

    2016-05-01

    The relations between observable stellar parameters are usually assumed to be deterministic. That is, given an infinitely precise measurement of independent variable, “x”, and some model, the value of dependent variable, “y” can be known exactly. In practice this assumption is rarely valid and intrinsic stochasticity means that two stars with exactly the same “x” will have slightly different “y”s. The relation between short-timescale brightness fluctuations (flicker) of stars and both surface gravity and stellar density are two such stochastic relations that have until now been treated as deterministic ones. We recalibrate these relations in a probabilistic framework, using hierarchical Bayesian modeling to constrain the instrinsic scatter in the relations. We find evidence for additional scatter in the relationship, that cannot be accounted for by the observational uncertainties alone. The scatter in surface gravity and stellar density does not depend on flicker, suggesting that using flicker as a proxy for {log}g and ρ ⋆ is equally valid for dwarf and giant stars, despite the fact that the observational uncertainties tend to be larger for dwarfs. Based on archival data of the Kepler telescope.

  11. Flicker Mitigation Strategy for a Doubly Fed Induction Generator by Torque Control

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    Zhang, Yunqian; Hu, Weihao; Chen, Zhe; Cheng, Ming; Hu, Yanting

    2014-01-01

    Owing to the rotational sampling of turbulence, wind shear and tower shadow effects grid connected variable speed wind turbines could lead to the power fluctuations which may produce flicker during continuous operation. A model of an megawatt (MW)-level variable speed wind turbine with a doubly fed...... induction generator is presented to investigate the flicker mitigation. Taking advantage of the large inertia of the wind turbine rotor, a generator torque control (GTC) strategy is proposed, so that the power oscillation is stored as the kinetic energy of the wind turbine rotor, thus the flicker emission...... effective means for flicker mitigation of variable speed wind turbines during continuous operation....

  12. Validation of the Standard Method for Assessing Flicker From Wind Turbines

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    Barahona Garzon, Braulio; Sørensen, Poul Ejnar; Christensen, L.; Sørensen, T.; Nielsen, H.K.; Larsén, Xiaoli Guo

    2011-01-01

    This paper studies the validity of the standard method in IEC 61400-21 for assessing the flicker emission from multiple wind turbines. The standard method is based on testing a single wind turbine and then using the results of this test to assess the flicker emission from a number of wind turbines...... assess the flicker emission at the collection line; this assessment is then compared to the actual measurements in order to study the accuracy of the estimation. It was observed in both wind farms, that the assessment based on the standard method is statistically conservative compared to the measurements....... The reason for this is the statistical characteristics of flicker emission....

  13. Color constancy by characterization of illumination chromaticity

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    Nikkanen, Jarno T.

    2011-05-01

    Computational color constancy algorithms play a key role in achieving desired color reproduction in digital cameras. Failure to estimate illumination chromaticity correctly will result in invalid overall colour cast in the image that will be easily detected by human observers. A new algorithm is presented for computational color constancy. Low computational complexity and low memory requirement make the algorithm suitable for resource-limited camera devices, such as consumer digital cameras and camera phones. Operation of the algorithm relies on characterization of the range of possible illumination chromaticities in terms of camera sensor response. The fact that only illumination chromaticity is characterized instead of the full color gamut, for example, increases robustness against variations in sensor characteristics and against failure of diagonal model of illumination change. Multiple databases are used in order to demonstrate the good performance of the algorithm in comparison to the state-of-the-art color constancy algorithms.

  14. Total dominator chromatic number of a graph

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    Adel P. Kazemi

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Given a graph $G$, the total dominator coloring problem seeks a proper coloring of $G$ with the additional property that every vertex in the graph is adjacent to all vertices of a color class. We seek to minimize the number of color classes. We initiate to study this problem on several classes of graphs, as well as finding general bounds and characterizations. We also compare the total dominator chromatic number of a graph with the chromatic number and the total domination number of it.

  15. Chromatic corrections for large storage rings

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    The use of achromat concept (1) to facilitate chromatic corrections in large storage rings is illustrated. The example given in this report is a lattice for a 75 GeV/c ring with six interaction regions having a beta x = 1.6 m, a beta y = 0.1 m and a luminosity of 1.4 1032 cm-2s-1. The chromatic corrections are done with four families of sextupoles, two for each transverse plane, the strengths of which are determined by the solution of four linear equations in four unknowns. The basic simplicity of the method allows on-line control of the sextupole adjustments

  16. The chromatic polynomial and list colorings

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    Thomassen, Carsten

    2009-01-01

    We prove that, if a graph has a list of k available colors at every vertex, then the number of list-colorings is at least the chromatic polynomial evaluated at k when k is sufficiently large compared to the number of vertices of the graph.......We prove that, if a graph has a list of k available colors at every vertex, then the number of list-colorings is at least the chromatic polynomial evaluated at k when k is sufficiently large compared to the number of vertices of the graph....

  17. Variability of chromatic sensitivity: fundamental studies and clinical applications

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    Carmona, M. L. R.

    2006-01-01

    This investigation involved a number of related studies with the principal aim of assessing the variability in chromatic sensitivity in "normal" trichromats and colour deficient observers. An important outcome was the development of a new method for accurate and efficient measurement of chromatic sensitivity and the establishment of reliable statistical limits that describe the distribution of redgreen(RG) and yellow-blue (YB) chromatic sensitivity in normal trichromats. Chromatic sensitivity...

  18. Membrane-associated chromate reductase activity from Enterobacter cloacae.

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    P. C. Wang; Mori, T.; Toda, K.; Ohtake, H

    1990-01-01

    Washed cells of Enterobacter cloacae HO1 reduced hexavalent chromium (chromate: CrO4(2-) anaerobically. Chromate reductase activity was preferentially associated with the membrane fraction of the cells. Right-side-out membrane vesicles prepared from E. cloacae cells showed high chromate reductase activities when ascorbate-reduced phenazine methosulfate was added as an electron donor.

  19. Attention samples stimuli rhythmically.

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    Landau, Ayelet Nina; Fries, Pascal

    2012-06-01

    Overt exploration or sampling behaviors, such as whisking, sniffing, and saccadic eye movements, are often characterized by a rhythm. In addition, the electrophysiologically recorded theta or alpha phase predicts global detection performance. These two observations raise the intriguing possibility that covert selective attention samples from multiple stimuli rhythmically. To investigate this possibility, we measured change detection performance on two simultaneously presented stimuli, after resetting attention to one of them. After a reset flash at one stimulus location, detection performance fluctuated rhythmically. When the flash was presented in the right visual field, a 4 Hz rhythm was directly visible in the time courses of behavioral performance at both stimulus locations, and the two rhythms were in antiphase. A left visual field flash exerted only partial reset on performance and induced rhythmic fluctuation at higher frequencies (6-10 Hz). These findings show that selective attention samples multiple stimuli rhythmically, and they position spatial attention within the family of exploration behaviors. PMID:22633805

  20. Non-Chromate Passivation of Zinc

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    Tang, Peter Torben; Bech-Nielsen, G.

    1993-01-01

    treatments are within the same concentration region, and they have a mutual pat-ent pending. Although some tests still need to be conducted, the following aspects are clear at the present time: The general appearance of the passivated zinc surface is very similar to a standard yellow chromate treatment...

  1. Vibrometry using a chromatic confocal sensor

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    Berkovic, G.; Zilberman, S.; Shafir, E.; Cohen-Sabban, J.

    2014-05-01

    We demonstrate vibrometry using a chromatic confocal sensor which measures displacements with 0.1 μm resolution at a rate of 10 kHz. This technique was used to study the vibration of a musical tuning fork with a resonance at 523 Hz. Other examples presented include vibration of water waves and multiple point vibrometry of a vibrating steel rod.

  2. Anti-forensics of chromatic aberration

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    Mayer, Owen; Stamm, Matthew C.

    2015-03-01

    Over the past decade, a number of information forensic techniques have been developed to identify digital image manipulation and falsification. Recent research has shown, however, that an intelligent forger can use anti-forensic countermeasures to disguise their forgeries. In this paper, an anti-forensic technique is proposed to falsify the lateral chromatic aberration present in a digital image. Lateral chromatic aberration corresponds to the relative contraction or expansion between an image's color channels that occurs due to a lens's inability to focus all wavelengths of light on the same point. Previous work has used localized inconsistencies in an image's chromatic aberration to expose cut-and-paste image forgeries. The anti-forensic technique presented in this paper operates by estimating the expected lateral chromatic aberration at an image location, then removing deviations from this estimate caused by tampering or falsification. Experimental results are presented that demonstrate that our anti-forensic technique can be used to effectively disguise evidence of an image forgery.

  3. Flicker Adaptation of Low-Level Cortical Visual Neurons Contributes to Temporal Dilation

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    Ortega, Laura; Guzman-Martinez, Emmanuel; Grabowecky, Marcia; Suzuki, Satoru

    2012-01-01

    Several seconds of adaptation to a flickered stimulus causes a subsequent brief static stimulus to appear longer in duration. Nonsensory factors, such as increased arousal and attention, have been thought to mediate this flicker-based temporal-dilation aftereffect. In this study, we provide evidence that adaptation of low-level cortical visual…

  4. A Simple Predictive Method of Critical Flicker Detection for Human Healthy Precaution

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Interharmonics and flickers have an interrelationship between each other. Based on International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC flicker standard, the critical flicker frequency for a human eye is located at 8.8 Hz. Additionally, eye strains, headaches, and in the worst case seizures may happen due to the critical flicker. Therefore, this paper introduces a worthwhile research gap on the investigation of interrelationship between the amplitudes of the interharmonics and the critical flicker for 50 Hz power system. Consequently, the significant findings obtained in this paper are the amplitudes of two particular interharmonics are able to detect the critical flicker. In this paper, the aforementioned amplitudes are detected by adaptive linear neuron (ADALINE. After that, the critical flicker is detected by substituting the aforesaid amplitudes to the formulas that have been generated in this paper accordingly. Simulation and experimental works are conducted and the accuracy of the proposed algorithm which utilizes ADALINE is similar, as compared to typical Fluke power analyzer. In a nutshell, this simple predictive method for critical flicker detection has strong potential to be applied in any human crowded places (such as offices, shopping complexes, and stadiums for human healthy precaution purpose due to its simplicity.

  5. Chromaticity measurement during beam energy ramp in Indus-2

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    Chromaticity is one of the important parameters of circular accelerators and plays crucial role in its operation. In Indus-2 storage ring the natural chromaticity is -19 and -12 in horizontal and vertical planes respectively. For the good injection at 550 MeV in Indus-2, chromaticity needs to be kept at (+1, +1). The corrected chromaticity does not remain constant during the energy ramp up to 2.5 GeV. We measured Indus-2 storage ring chromaticity by the conventional RF frequency change method. The measurement method and the result of the measurement are reported in this paper. (author)

  6. Induction motor voltage flicker analysis and its mitigation measures using custom power devices: A case study

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper suggests methods for estimating short time flicker (PST severity on 22/3.3 kV network supplying induction motor loads of municipal integrated water pumping system. The impact of additional connection of induction motors to the same system has been analyzed. Measurements are done at the point of common coupling (PCC to identify background short time flicker levels and the contribution of the already operating induction motors. The paper also analyses and compares different voltage flicker mitigation methodologies to assess their performance with change in line impedance phase angle for this particular application. Here, Matlab-7.01/PSB is used to present the detailed results of all voltage flickers compensating methodologies and to assess the impact of line impedance X/R sweep on effectiveness of custom power devices. It is observed that distribution static synchronous compensator (DSTATCOM is found more effective for compensating voltage flicker generated by the induction motor load.

  7. Flicker study on variable speed wind turbines with doubly fed induction generators

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    Sun, Tao; Chen, Zhe; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2005-01-01

    Grid connected wind turbines may produce flicker during continuous operation. This paper presents a simulation model of a MW-level variable speed wind turbine with a doubly fed induction generator developed in the simulation tool of PSCAD/EMTDC. Flicker emission of variable speed wind turbines with...... doubly fed induction generators is investigated during continuous operation, and the dependence of flicker emission on mean wind speed, wind turbulence intensity, short circuit capacity of grid and grid impedance angle are analyzed. A comparison is done with the fixed speed wind turbine, which leads to a...... conclusion that the factors mentioned above have different influences on flicker emission compared with that in the case of the fixed speed wind turbine. Flicker mitigation is realized by output reactive power control of the variable speed wind turbine with doubly fed induction generator. Simulation results...

  8. Time Series Analysis of the UV Flickering in AGN

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    Robinson, Edward L.

    2003-01-01

    Goals of the Research: Many active galactic nuclei (AGN) exhibit large-amplitude luminosity fluctuations on short timescales. The fluctuations lead to a profound conclusion: The size of the emitting region is remarkably small. This observational fact is one of the pillars supporting the AGN paradigm: Prodigious amounts of gravitational potential energy are liberated in an accretion disk around a supermassive black hole. The goals of the research were to extract from the IUE Archive the very best observational characterizations of AGN flickering, and to use these to test and develop models for AGN variability.

  9. ''Flicker'' in small scale laser--plasma self-focusing

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    Small amplitude, short wavelength ion acoustic waves in laser-produced plasmas cause fluctuations in the trajectories of light rays that can lead to time-dependent, self-sustaining shifting of focal spots and a somewhat random redistribution of the light near the critical surface. This flickering is seen in simulations involving small scale beam inhomogeneities over a uniform background laser profile, which model the center of a realistic laser beam. The effect can cause significant intensity multiplication in long scale length high-Z plasmas with only modest beam imperfections

  10. Chromatic multifocal pupillometer for objective perimetry in patients with macular degeneration (Conference Presentation)

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    Rotenstreich, Ygal; Ben-Ner, Daniel; Mahajna, Mohamad; Chibel, Ron; Sher, Ifat

    2016-03-01

    Purpose: To objectively assess visual field (VF) defects and retinal cell function in healthy subjects and patients with macular degeneration using a chromatic multifocal pupillometer. Methods: A multifocal chromatic pupillometer (MCP) was used to record pupillary responses (PR) of 17 healthy subjects and 5 Best Vitelliform macular dystrophy patients. Blue and red light stimuli (peak 485nm and 620nm, respectively) were presented at light intensities of 400 and 1000 cd/m2, respectively at 76 different points in a 16.2 degree VF. The PR of patients were compared with their findings on Humphrey's 24-2 perimetry, optical coherence tomography and the PR obtained from healthy subjects. Results: Patients demonstrated reduced percentage of pupillary contraction and slower maximal contraction velocity, more than two standard errors (SE) away from the mean of healthy subjects in response to red light in majority of VF locations. In response to blue light, the percentage of pupillary contraction was lower (by over two SE) compared with normal controls only in central locations. The latency of maximal contraction velocity was shorter in patients compared with healthy subjects in response to both colors. Conclusions: This study demonstrated the advantage of using MCP-based objective VF to assess central scotoma in macular degeneration. Our finding also suggests that chromatic perimetry may differentiate between PR mediated by cones and rods, and can specifically detect defects in macular cones. Different parameters of PR such as latency of maximal contraction velocity may shed light on the pathophysiology of different blinding diseases.

  11. Flicker-noise measurements of deep implanted silicon layers

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    Full text: The implantation of ions causes damage to the lattice structure of the target. In order to restore this lattice damage and put the implanted dopants on substitutional sites an anneal step has to be performed. At this point the question arises whether high energy implantations cause more damage than 'standard' implantations (up to 200 keV) do and whether this damage can be annealed. Therefore an extensive study on the anneal behaviour of ion dose high energy boron implantations is presented in this summary paper, in order to obtain a clear view of the best treatment to remove the damage caused by these implantations. Noise measurements and channeling measurements are presented to get information about the damage caused by implantation and the residual damage after annealing. From noise measurements it can be concluded that at room temperature flicker-noise parameter βSq is proportional to exp(ΔE/kTan) where ΔE is an activation energy of 1.1 eV and Tan the anneal temperature of the samples in Kelvin. The better the crystal, the lower the flicker-noise parameter βSq. This actuation energy is associated with the activation of boron according to the observation

  12. Neural network correction of astrometric chromaticity

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    Gai, M

    2005-01-01

    In this paper we deal with the problem of chromaticity, i.e. apparent position variation of stellar images with their spectral distribution, using neural networks to analyse and process astronomical images. The goal is to remove this relevant source of systematic error in the data reduction of high precision astrometric experiments, like Gaia. This task can be accomplished thanks to the capability of neural networks to solve a nonlinear approximation problem, i.e. to construct an hypersurface that approximates a given set of scattered data couples. Images are encoded associating each of them with conveniently chosen moments, evaluated along the y axis. The technique proposed, in the current framework, reduces the initial chromaticity of few milliarcseconds to values of few microarcseconds.

  13. Short-Chain Chromate Ion Transporter Proteins from Bacillus subtilis Confer Chromate Resistance in Escherichia coli▿

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    Díaz-Magaña, Amada; Aguilar-Barajas, Esther; Moreno-Sánchez, Rafael; Ramírez-Díaz, Martha I.; Riveros-Rosas, Héctor; Vargas, Eréndira; Cervantes, Carlos

    2009-01-01

    Tandem paired genes encoding putative short-chain monodomain protein members of the chromate ion transporter (CHR) superfamily (ywrB and ywrA) were cloned from genomic DNA of Bacillus subtilis strain 168. The transcription of the paired genes, renamed chr3N and chr3C, respectively, was shown to occur via a bicistronic mRNA generated from a promoter upstream of the chr3N gene. The chr3N and chr3C genes conferred chromate resistance when expressed in Escherichia coli strain W3110. The cloned chr3N gene alone did not confer chromate resistance on E. coli, suggesting that both chr3N and chr3C genes are required for function. E. coli cells expressing paired chr3N and chr3C genes demonstrated diminished uptake of chromate compared to that by a vector-only control strain. These results suggest that short-chain CHR proteins form heterodimer transporters which efflux chromate ions from the cytoplasm. PMID:19581367

  14. The prevalence and severity of injuries in field hockey drag flickers: a retrospective cross-sectional study.

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    Ng, Leo; Sherry, Dorianne; Loh, Wei Bing; Sjurseth, Andreas Myhre; Iyengar, Shrikant; Wild, Catherine; Rosalie, Simon

    2016-09-01

    The drag flick is the preferred method of scoring during a penalty corner in field hockey. Performing the drag flick requires a combination of strength, coordination and timing, which may increase susceptibility to injuries. However, injury prevalence in drag flickers has not previously been investigated. Therefore, this study compared the injury prevalence and severity of lower limb and lower back injuries between drag flickers and non-drag flickers in field hockey. A total of 432 local, national and international adult field hockey players (242 males, 188 females) completed an online questionnaire to retrospectively determine the 3-month prevalence and severity of ankle, knee, hip and lower back injuries. Of this group, 140 self-identified as drag flickers and 292 as non-drag flickers. The results showed that drag flickers had significantly higher prevalence of hip (OR: 1.541; 95% CI: 1.014, 2.343) and lower back injury (OR: 1.564; 95% CI: 1.034, 2.365) compared to non-drag flickers. No significant differences were observed between drag flickers and non-drag flickers in injury prevalence at the ankle and knee. There were no significant between-group differences in injury severity scores. Overall, the prevalence of hip and lower back injuries was significantly higher in drag flickers compared to non-drag flickers. PMID:26760078

  15. Chromatic Dispersion Estimation in Digital Coherent Receivers

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    Soriano, Ruben Andres; Hauske, Fabian N.; Guerrero Gonzalez, Neil;

    2011-01-01

    Polarization-diverse coherent demodulation allows to compensate large values of accumulated linear distortion by digital signal processing. In particular, in uncompensated links without optical dispersion compensation, the parameter of the residual chromatic dispersion (CD) is vital to set the...... according digital filtering function. We present different non-data-aided (blind) CD estimation methods for single-carrier transmission under implementation constraint conditions such as bandwidth limitation and sampling rate. The estimation performance for various modulation formats is compared with...

  16. Unified Spectral Bounds on the Chromatic Number

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    Elphick Clive

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available One of the best known results in spectral graph theory is the following lower bound on the chromatic number due to Alan Hoffman, where μ1 and μn are respectively the maximum and minimum eigenvalues of the adjacency matrix: χ ≥ 1+μ1/−μn. We recently generalised this bound to include all eigenvalues of the adjacency matrix.

  17. Schottky signal analysis: tune and chromaticity computation

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    Chanon, Ondine

    2016-01-01

    Schottky monitors are used to determine important beam parameters in a non-destructive way. The Schottky signal is due to the internal statistical fluctuations of the particles inside the beam. In this report, after explaining the different components of a Schottky signal, an algorithm to compute the betatron tune is presented, followed by some ideas to compute machine chromaticity. The tests have been performed with offline and/or online LHC data.

  18. Higher Order Chromaticity Correction for ELIC

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    Sayed, Hisham; Bogacz, Alex

    2010-02-01

    The proposed electron collider lattice design with extremely low betas at the interaction Point IP (β*˜ 0.5cm) and the precedently large longitudinal acceptance of the collider ring (δp/p = 0.005) [1], makes the chromatic corrections of paramount importance. Here the chromatic effects of the final focus quadruples are corrected with two families of sextuples in a dispersive region; one family per plane. Each family consists of two pairs of sextuples located symmetrically around the interaction point IP. A confined dispersion wave around the IP is generated by two bending magnets (one at each side of the IP with mirror reflected Polarities) which also develop the vertical staking design. The resulting spherical aberrations induced by the sextuples are mitigated by design; the matching section optics features an inverse identity transformation between sextuples in each pair. A dedicated optics is placed in the matching region to implement sextuple orthogonality in both planes, which in turns minimizes the required sextuple strength and eventually leads to larger dynamic aperture of the collider. The betatron phase advances from the IP to the sextuples are chosen to eliminate the second order chromatic aberration. )

  19. A flicker noise/IM3 cancellation technique for active mixer using negative impedance

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    Cheng, Wei; Annema, Anne Johan; Wienk, Gerard J.M.; Nauta, Bram

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents an approach to simultaneously cancel flicker noise and IM3 in Gilbert-type mixers, utilizing negative impedances. For proof of concept, two prototype double-balanced mixers in 0.16- m CMOS are fabricated. The first demonstration mixer chip was optimized for full IM3 cancellation and partial flicker noise cancellation; this chip achieves 9-dB flicker noise suppression, improvements of 10 dB for IIP3, 5 dB for conversion gain, and 1 dB for input P1 dB while the thermal noise...

  20. Improved step-by-step chromaticity compensation method for chromatic sextupole optimization

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    Gang-Wen, Liu; Zheng-He, Bai; Qi-Ka, Jia; Wei-Min, Li; Lin, Wang

    2016-05-01

    The step-by-step chromaticity compensation method for chromatic sextupole optimization and dynamic aperture increase was proposed by E. Levichev and P. Piminov (E. Levichev and P. Piminov, 2006). Although this method can be used to enlarge the dynamic aperture of a storage ring, it has some drawbacks. In this paper, we combined this method with evolutionary computation algorithms, and proposed an improved version of this method. In the improved method, the drawbacks are avoided, and thus better optimization results can be obtained. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11175182, 11175180)

  1. Effect of impedance and higher order chromaticity on the measurement of linear chromaticity

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    Ranjbar, V.H.; /Tech-X, Boulder; Tan, C.Y.; /Fermilab

    2011-08-01

    The combined effect of impedance and higher order chromaticity can act on the beam in a nontrivial manner which can cause a tune shift which depends on the relative momenta with respect to the 'on momentum' particle ({Delta}p/p). Experimentally, this tune shift affects the measurement of the linear chromaticity which is traditionally measured with a change of {Delta}p/p. The theory behind this effect will be derived in this paper. Computer simulations and experimental data from the Tevatron will be used to support the theory.

  2. Improved step-by-step chromaticity compensation method for chromatic sextupole optimization

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    Liu, Gang-Wen; Jia, Qi-Ka; Li, Wei-Min; Wang, Lin

    2015-01-01

    The step-by-step chromaticity compensation method for chromatic sextupole optimization and dynamic aperture increase was proposed by E. Levichev and P. Piminov (E. Levichev and P. Piminov, 2006 [1]). Although this method can be used to enlarge the dynamic aperture of storage ring, it has some drawbacks. In this paper, we combined this method with evolutionary computation algorithms, and proposed an improved version of this method. In the improved method, the drawbacks are avoided, and thus better optimization results can be obtained.

  3. Assessment of "non-recordable" electroretinograms by 9 Hz flicker stimulation under scotopic conditions.

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    Schatz, Andreas; Wilke, Robert; Strasser, Torsten; Gekeler, Florian; Messias, Andre; Zrenner, Eberhart

    2012-02-01

    To refine methods of electroretinographical (ERG) recording for the analysis of low retinal potentials under scotopic conditions in advanced retinal degenerative diseases. Standard Ganzfeld ERG equipment (Diagnosys LLC, Cambridge, UK) was used in 27 healthy volunteers (mean age 28 ± SD 8.5 years) to define the stimulation protocol. The protocol was then applied in clinical routine and 992 recordings were obtained from patients (mean age 40.6 ± 18.3 years) over a period of 5 years. A blue stimulus with a flicker frequency of 9 Hz was specified under scotopic conditions to preferentially record rod-driven responses. A range of stimulus strengths (0.0000012-6.32 scot. cd s/m² and 6-14 ms flash duration) was tested for maximal amplitudes and interference between rods and cones. Analysis of results was done by standard Fourier Transformation and assessment of signal-to-noise ratio. Optimized stimulus parameters were found to be a time-integrated luminance of 0.012 scot. cd s/m² using a blue (470 nm) flash of 10 ms duration at a repetition frequency of 9 Hz. Characteristic stimulus strength versus amplitude curves and tests with stimuli of red or green wavelength suggest a predominant rod-system response. The 9 Hz response was found statistically distinguishable from noise in 38% of patients with otherwise non-recordable rod responses according to International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision standards. Thus, we believe this protocol can be used to record ERG potentials in patients with advanced retinal diseases and in the evaluation of potential treatments for these patients. The ease of implementation in clinical routine and of statistical evaluation providing an observer-independent evaluation may further facilitate its employment. PMID:22179598

  4. An Application of Chromatic Prototypes for a Universal Information System

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    McCool, Matthew

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents research on color prototypes, categories, and the neuropsychology of color. These data suggest that chromatic prototypes may be useful for thematically organizing information systems.

  5. Flickering of the symbiotic variable CH Cygni during outburst

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    High-speed and conventional BVRI photometry are reported for the bright symbiotic variable CH Cygni (M6 IIIe), obtained during the course of a recent outburst. Unlike the quiescent symbiotic stars, the presence of flickering similar in nature to that seen in the cataclysmic variables has been confirmed during this active phase. The BVRI photometry for a sample of stars in the field is used to derive the reddening and the distance to CH Cyg. A composite energy distribution is derived from 0.35 to 11.0 μm which clearly establishes the existence of a variable, blue continuum. The lack of variability in the near infrared suggests that the blue continuum arises from a hot companion. A binary model including a subluminous hot companion accreting material from the stellar wind of an SRa variable is discussed to account for the observed photometric properties. (author)

  6. A physical model for the flickering variability in cataclysmic variables

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    Scaringi, Simone

    2013-01-01

    Aperiodic broad-band variability (also known as flickering) is observed throughout all types of accreting compact objects. Many statistical properties of this variability can be naturally explained with the fluctuating accretion disk model, where variations in the mass-transfer rate through the disk are modulated on the local viscous timescale and propagate towards the central compact object. Here, a recently developed implementation of the model is applied for the first time to the time-averaged, high-frequency variability of a cataclysmic variable star (MV Lyrae) observed with the Kepler satellite. A qualitatively good fit to the data is achieved, suggesting the presence of geometrically thick inner flow with large viscosity parameter, extending from $\\sim0.12R_{\\odot}$ all the way to the white dwarf surface. A simple spectral model of the system suggests that the geometrically thick component would not contribute much to the observed optical flux originating from the geometrically thin outer disk. Instead,...

  7. EJECTA KNOT FLICKERING, MASS ABLATION, AND FRAGMENTATION IN CASSIOPEIA A

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    Ejecta knot flickering, ablation tails, and fragmentation are expected signatures associated with the gradual dissolution of high-velocity supernova (SN) ejecta caused by their passage through an inhomogeneous circumstellar medium or interstellar medium (ISM). Such phenomena mark the initial stages of the gradual merger of SN ejecta with and the enrichment of the surrounding ISM. Here we report on an investigation of this process through changes in the optical flux and morphology of several high-velocity ejecta knots located in the outskirts of the young core-collapse SN remnant Cassiopeia A using Hubble Space Telescope images. Examination of WFPC2 F675W and combined ACS F625W + F775W images taken between 1999 June and 2004 December of several dozen debris fragments in the remnant's northeast ejecta stream and along the remnant's eastern limb reveal substantial emission variations ('flickering') over timescales as short as nine months. Such widespread and rapid variability indicates knot scale lengths ≅ 1015 cm and a highly inhomogeneous surrounding medium. We also identify a small percentage of ejecta knots located all around the remnant's outer periphery which show trailing emissions typically 0.''2-0.''7 in length aligned along the knot's direction of motion suggestive of knot ablation tails. We discuss the nature of these trailing emissions as they pertain to ablation cooling, knot disruption, and fragmentation, and draw comparisons to the emission 'strings' seen in η Car. Finally, we identify several tight clusters of small ejecta knots which resemble models of shock-induced fragmentation of larger SN ejecta knots caused by a high-velocity interaction with a lower density ambient medium.

  8. Voltage Flicker Mitigation in Electric Arc Furnace using D-STATCOM

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    Deepthisree Madathil

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The major power quality issue of voltage flicker has resulted as a serious concern for the customers and heavy power companies. Voltage flicker is an impression of unsteadiness of visual sensation induced by a light source whose luminance fluctuates with time. This phenomenon is experienced when an Electric Arc Furnace (EAF as load is connected to the power system. Flexible AC transmission devices (FACTS devices were gradually utilized for voltage flicker reduction. In this paper the FACTS device of Distribution Static Synchronous Compensator (D-STATCOM is used to serve the purpose of mitigating voltage flickering caused by electric arc furnace load, which is efficiently controlled by Icosɸ control algorithm. The model of electric arc furnace is considered as a current source controlled by a non linear resistance, which had been simulated and performance was analyzed using MATLAB/SIMULINK Software.

  9. Time sequence analysis of flickering auroras. I - Application of Fourier analysis. [in atmosphere

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    Berkey, F. T.; Silevitch, M. B.; Parsons, N. R.

    1980-01-01

    Using a technique that enables one to digitize the brightness of auroral displays from individual fields of a video signal, we have analyzed the frequency content of flickering aurora. Through the application of Fourier analysis to our data, we have found that flickering aurora contains a wide range of enhanced frequencies, although the dominant frequency enhancement generally occurs in the range 6-12 Hz. Each incidence of flickering that we observed was associated with increased radio wave absorption. Furthermore, we have found that flickering occurs in bright auroral surges, the occurrence of which is not limited to the 'breakup' phase of auroral substorms. Our results are interpreted in terms of a recently proposed theory of fluctuating double layers that accounts for a number of the observational features.

  10. Flicker Mitigation by Individual Pitch Control of Variable Speed Wind Turbines With DFIG

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    Zhang, Yunqian; Chen, Zhe; Hu, Weihao; Cheng, Ming

    2014-01-01

    Due to the wind speed variation, wind shear and tower shadow effects, grid connected wind turbines are the sources of power fluctuations which may produce flicker during continuous operation. This paper presents a model of an MW-level variable-speed wind turbine with a doubly fed induction...... generatorto investigate the flicker emission and mitigation issues. An individual pitch control (IPC) strategy is proposed to reduce the flicker emission at different wind speed conditions. The IPC scheme is proposed and the individual pitch controller is designed according to the generator active power and...... the azimuth angle of the wind turbine. The simulations are performed on the NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) 1.5-MW upwind reference wind turbine model. Simulation results show that damping the generator active power by IPC is an effective means for flicker mitigation of variable speed wind...

  11. Pupillary responses of chromatic stimulus in the visible spectrum 400 nm of 650 nm, in the stable state

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    Guzman, D. R.; Lopez, A. Z.; Gomez, E. S.

    2005-08-01

    an instrumental methodology was implemented to analyze the pupillary responses in the dilation and contraction process elicited by chromatic stimulus. Chromatic stimuli were employed in the visible spectrum from 400 nm to 650 nm. Three different stimulation software was developed and used in order to obtain a contrasted pupillary response PG0, PG12 and PG20. This test was applied to 39 subjects (29 male, 9 female and I child, 22-52 years and 6 years), 10 of them were stimulated with PG0, 21 were stimulated with PG12 and 16 with PG20. 6 subjects participate at least in 2 tests. Ishihara plates were exhibited to the Subjects before the stimulation, 37 of the present a normal vision color, I present deuteranopy.

  12. The influence of chromatic and achromatic variability on chromatic induction and perceived colour

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    Brenner, E; Cornelissen, FW

    2002-01-01

    Judgments of the colour of a surface are influenced by the colour of the surrounding. To determine whether only the average colour of the surrounding matters, or also the chromatic variability, judgments in colourful scenes are often compared with ones in which a target is surrounded by a plain back

  13. A Linearized Model for Flicker and Contrast Thresholds at Various Retinal Illuminances

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    Ahumada, Albert; Watson, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    We previously proposed a flicker visibility metric for bright displays, based on psychophysical data collected at a high mean luminance. Here we extend the metric to other mean luminances. This extension relies on a linear relation between log sensitivity and critical fusion frequency, and a linear relation between critical fusion frequency and log retina lilluminance. Consistent with our previous metric, the extended flicker visibility metric is measured in just-noticeable differences (JNDs).

  14. Residues in common flicker and mountain bluebird eggs one year after a DDT application

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    Henny, C.J.; Olson, R.A.; Meeker, D.L.

    1977-01-01

    Common flicker (Colaptes auratus) and mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides) eggs were examined 1 year after DDT application and showed a marked difference. Residue levels in mountain bluebird eggs were approximately 10 times higher than in common flicker eggs (5.29 to 0.58 ppm wet weight). These differences can be explained by disparate dietary habits. The mean level in American kestrel (Falco sparverius) eggs collected in the spray area at the same time was 6.42 ppm wet weight.

  15. Temporal presentation protocols in stereoscopic displays: Flicker visibility, perceived motion, and perceived depth

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    Hoffman, David M.; Karasev, Vasiliy I.; Banks, Martin S.

    2011-01-01

    Most stereoscopic displays rely on field-sequential presentation to present different images to the left and right eyes. With sequential presentation, images are delivered to each eye in alternation with dark intervals, and each eye receives its images in counter phase with the other eye. This type of presentation can exacerbate image artifacts including flicker, and the appearance of unsmooth motion. To address the flicker problem, some methods repeat images multiple times before updating to...

  16. Balance between pattern and flicker sensitivities in the visual fields of ophthalmological patients.

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    Regan, D.; Neima, D

    1984-01-01

    We measured the balance between visual sensitivities to pattern and to flicker rather than measuring absolute sensitivities to pattern or flicker. The test target was a 2-cycle deg-1 sinewave grating that was counterphase modulated at 8 Hz. Seventeen points in the visual field were tested out to eccentricities of 24 degrees. We examined 10 control subjects, 6 patients with glaucoma 10 with ocular hypertension, and 10 with multiple sclerosis. For controls pattern sensitivity was lower than fli...

  17. Time lags of the flickering in cataclysmic variables as a function of wavelength

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    Bruch, Albert

    2015-07-01

    Context. Flickering is a ubiquitous phenomenon in cataclysmic variables (CVs). Although the underlying light source is one of the main contributors to the optical radiation, the mechanism leading to flickering is not understood as yet. Aims: The present study aims to contribute to the set of boundary conditions, defined by observations, which must be met by physical models that describe the flickering. In particular, time lags in the occurrence of flickering events at different wavelengths over the optical range are examined. Methods: To this end, the cross-correlation functions (CCFs) of numerous light curves of a sample of CVs are analysed that were observed simultaneously or quasi-simultaneously in different bands of various photometric systems. Results: Deviations of the maxima of the CCFs from zero time-shift indicate a dependence of the flickering activity on the wavelength in the sense that flickering flares reach their maxima slightly earlier in the blue range than in the red. While the available observational material does not permit detecting this individually in all observed systems, the ensemble of all data clearly shows this effect. Particularly instructive are the cases of V603 Aql and TT Ari, where time lags of 15ṣ1 and 4ṣ3, respectively, are observed between the U and R bands. In principle this can be understood if during the development of a flickering flare the radiation characteristics of the light source responsible for flickering change such that in the early phases of a flare more short-wavelength radiation is emitted, and later on, the peak of the emission shifts to the red. Respective scenarios are discussed and shown to be in qualitative and quantitative agreement with observations.

  18. Phantom maps and chromatic phantom maps

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    Christensen, J. Daniel; Hovey, Mark

    1998-01-01

    In the first part, we determine conditions on spectra X and Y under which either every map from X to Y is phantom, or no nonzero maps are. We also address the question of whether such all or nothing behaviour is preserved when X is replaced with V smash X for V finite. In the second part, we introduce chromatic phantom maps. A map is n-phantom if it is null when restricted to finite spectra of type at least n. We define divisibility and finite type conditions which are suitable for studying n...

  19. Chromaticity gamut enhancement by heptatone multicolor printing

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    Ostromoukhov, Victor

    1993-08-01

    The present paper studies the chromaticity gamut of multi-color printing processes. Heptatone (7-color) printing - the most promising variant of multi-color printing - offers a significantly larger gamut than a conventional CMYK printing process, approaching CRT and film gamuts. The behavior of the process in the device-independent CIE-XYZ and CIE-L*u*v* colorimetric spaces is explored using the compound Neugebauer model developed for this purpose. A simple and straightforward Moire-free separation process is proposed. The strong point of the proposed separation process is the fact that only 3 different screen layers are needed for any odd number of basic colors including black.

  20. Active phases and flickering of a symbiotic recurrent nova T CrB

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    Ilkiewicz, Krystian; Stoyanov, Kiril; Manousakis, Antonios; Miszalski, Brent

    2016-01-01

    T CrB is a symbiotic recurrent nova known to exhibit active phases, characterised by apparent increases in the hot component temperature and the appearance of flickering, i.e. changes in the observed flux on the time-scale of minutes. Historical UV observations have ruled out orbital variability as an explanation for flickering and instead suggest flickering is caused by variable mass transfer. We have analysed optical and X-ray observations to investigate the nature of the flickering as well as the active phases in T CrB. The spectroscopic and photometric observations confirm that the active phases follow two periods of ~1000d and ~5000d. Flickering in the X-rays is detected and follows an amplitude-flux relationship similar to that observed in the optical. The flickering is most prominent at harder X-ray energies, suggesting that it originates in the boundary layer between the accretion disc and the white dwarf. The X-ray radiation from the boundary layer is then reprocessed by a thick accretion disc or a n...

  1. Improved control system of the thyristor flicker suppressor for the KEK 12-GeV PS

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    Thyristor control system of the 20 MVar flicker suppressor has been improved essentially. The previous feed forward (FF) loop with each single phase reactive current detector of the MR magnet power supply was exchanged to the present by both FF- and NFB-loops. The FF-loops consists of a three phase reactive power detector of the MPS and a forcing pattern generator on the fast but steady line voltage flicker, sag and surge. The NFB-loops control by the slow parts of the flicker and the unbalanced line voltages. These detectors of the reactive power, the voltage flicker and the unbalance have been developed. Sampled voltage flicker data with 12 bit ADC are processed by Z-80A micro computer system and the forcing pattern is generated by the system through 12 bit DAC into the loop. A typical voltage flicker including sag and surge has been reduced within + or - 1.5%, about 1/3 compared to the previous, at 66 kV primary line

  2. Flicker Mitigation by Speed Control of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator Variable-Speed Wind Turbines

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    Yanting Hu

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Grid-connected wind turbines are fluctuating power sources that may produce flicker during continuous operation. This paper presents a simulation model of a MW-level variable speed wind turbine with a full-scale back-to-back power converter and permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG developed in the simulation tool of PSCAD/EMTDC. Flicker emission of this system is investigated. The 3p (three times per revolution power oscillation due to wind shear and tower shadow effects is the significant part in the flicker emission of variable speed wind turbines with PMSG during continuous operation. A new method of flicker mitigation by controlling the rotational speed is proposed. It smoothes the 3p active power oscillations from wind shear and tower shadow effects of the wind turbine by varying the rotational speed of the PMSG. Simulation results show that damping the 3p active power oscillation by using the flicker mitigation speed controller is an effective means for flicker mitigation of variable speed wind turbines with full-scale back-to-back power converters and PMSG during continuous operation.

  3. Evaluating simultaneous chromate and nitrate reduction during microbial denitrification processes.

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    Peng, Lai; Liu, Yiwen; Gao, Shu-Hong; Chen, Xueming; Ni, Bing-Jie

    2016-02-01

    Sulfur-based autotrophic denitrification and heterotrophic denitrification have been demonstrated to be promising technological processes for simultaneous removal of nitrate NO3(-) and chromate (Cr (VI)), two common contaminants in surface and ground waters. In this work, a mathematical model was developed to describe and evaluate the microbial and substrate interactions among sulfur oxidizing denitrifying organism, methanol-based heterotrophic denitrifiers and chromate reducing bacteria in the biofilm systems for simultaneous nitrate and chromate removal. The concomitant multiple chromate reduction pathways by these microbes were taken into account in this model. The validity of the model was tested using experimental data from three independent biofilm reactors under autotrophic, heterotrophic and mixotrophic conditions. The model sufficiently described the nitrate, chromate, methanol, and sulfate dynamics under varying conditions. The modeling results demonstrated the coexistence of sulfur-oxidizing denitrifying bacteria and heterotrophic denitrifying bacteria in the biofilm under mixotrophic conditions, with chromate reducing bacteria being outcompeted. The sulfur-oxidizing denitrifying bacteria substantially contributed to both nitrate and chromate reductions although heterotrophic denitrifying bacteria dominated in the biofilm. The mixotrophic denitrification could improve the tolerance of autotrophic denitrifying bacteria to Cr (VI) toxicity. Furthermore, HRT would play an important role in affecting the microbial distribution and system performance, with HRT of higher than 0.15 day being critical for a high level removal of nitrate and chromate (over 90%). PMID:26619398

  4. Measuring aspheres with a chromatic Fizeau interferometer

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    Seifert, L.; Pruss, C.; Dörband, B.; Osten, W.

    2009-06-01

    The established method to measure aspherical surfaces is interferometric testing with null optics, but due to economical reasons the applications are limited. A special null optic has to be calculated, fabricated and qualified for each individual type of asphere. This time- and money consuming method is only cost-efficient for large quantities or when tests require high accuracy. We propose a new and flexible technique for measuring an ensemble of different aspheres with only one measurement setup. The main idea is to use the wavelength as a tunable parameter. Because it is possible to change the wavelength without introducing new errors by mechanical movements, the wavelength variation results in a higher measurement flexibility without reducing the measurement accuracy. We present the chromatic Fizeau Interferometer with a diffractive element as null-optic for the measurement of a set of four aspheres. We will show the influence of unwanted diffraction orders and the expected measurement accuracy. As in the monochromatic setup, especially the area around the optical axis is problematic and can not be measured with the desired accuracy. The use of a small aperture stop on the optical axis is recommended because errors in other radial domains are filtered as well. The results show, that the chromatic Fizeau interferometer makes the established monochromatic method far more flexible and that different aspheres can be measured in the same setup.

  5. On the chromatic number of general Kneser hypergraphs

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    Alishahi, Meysam; Hajiabolhassan, Hossein

    2015-01-01

    completely multicolored complete bipartite graph in every coloring of a graph which extends a result of Simonyi and Tardos [29].The first two results are proved using a new improvement of the Dol'nikov-Kříž [7,18] bound on the chromatic number of general Kneser hypergraphs.......In a break-through paper, Lovász [20] determined the chromatic number of Kneser graphs. This was improved by Schrijver [27], by introducing the Schrijver subgraphs of Kneser graphs and showing that their chromatic number is the same as that of Kneser graphs. Alon, Frankl, and Lovász [2] extended...... chromatic number as an approach to a supposition of Ziegler [35] and a conjecture of Alon, Drewnowski, and Łuczak [3]. In this work, our second main result is to improve this by computing the chromatic number of a large family of Schrijver hypergraphs. Our last main result is to prove the existence of a...

  6. Inferior Parietal Lobule Encodes Visual Temporal Resolution Processes Contributing to the Critical Flicker Frequency Threshold in Humans

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    Nardella, Andrea; Rocchi, Lorenzo; Conte, Antonella; Bologna, Matteo; Suppa, Antonio; Berardelli, Alfredo

    2014-01-01

    The measurement of the Critical Flicker Frequency threshold is used to study the visual temporal resolution in healthy subjects and in pathological conditions. To better understand the role played by different cortical areas in the Critical Flicker Frequency threshold perception we used continuous Theta Burst Stimulation (cTBS), an inhibitory plasticity-inducing protocol based on repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. The Critical Flicker Frequency threshold was measured in twelve heal...

  7. Effects of illuminance, luminance, viewing angle, and screen test pattern on the perception of flicker in CRT displays

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    Jones, Megan

    1996-01-01

    As computer usage has become more widespread, the number of complaints of visual discomfort and eye strain among computer operators has also increased. The temporal flicker of display screens can be a significant source of this visual discomfort. The purpose of this research was to determine how illuminance, luminance, screen test pattern, and viewing angle affect the perception of flicker in a CRT., especially in relation to the flicker evaluation method in the ANSI/HFS 100-19...

  8. THE FLICKER RESPONSE CONTOURS FOR GENETICALLY RELATED FISHES. II.

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    Crozier, W J; Wolf, E

    1939-03-20

    The flicker response contour has been determined for several species and types of the teleosts Xiphophorus (X.) and Platypoecilius (P.) under the same conditions. The curve (F vs. log I(m)) is the same for representatives of each generic type, but is different for the two genera. Its duplex nature is analyzable in each instance by application of the probability integral equation to the rod and cone constituent parts. The parameters of this function provide rational measures of invariant properties of the curves, which have specific values according to the genetic constitution of the animal. The F(1) hybrids (H'') of X. montezuma x P. variatus show dominance of the X. properties with respect to cone F(max.) and sigma' (log I), but an intermediate value of the abscissa of inflection (tau'). The rod segment shows dominance of sigma' (log I) from P., but an intermediate value of F(max.) and of tau'. The composite flicker curve involves the operation of two distinct assemblages of excitable elements, differing quantitatively but not qualitatively in physicochemical organization, probably only secondarily related to the histological differentiation of rods and cones because almost certainly of central nervous locus, but following different rules in hereditary determination, and therefore necessarily different in physical organization. The interpretation of the diverse behavior of the three parameters of the probability summation is discussed, particularly in relation to the physical significance of these parameters as revealed by their quantitative relations to temperature, retinal area, and light time fraction in the flash cycle, and to their interrelations in producing the decline of rod effects at higher intensities. It is stressed that in general the properties of the parameters of a chosen interpretive analytical function must be shown experimentally to possess the physical properties implied by the equation selected before the equation can be regarded as describing

  9. Linking flickering to waves and whole-cell oscillations in a mitochondrial network model.

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    Nivala, Melissa; Korge, Paavo; Nivala, Michael; Weiss, James N; Qu, Zhilin

    2011-11-01

    It has been shown that transient single mitochondrial depolarizations, known as flickers, tend to occur randomly in space and time. On the other hand, many studies have shown that mitochondrial depolarization waves and whole-cell oscillations occur under oxidative stress. How single mitochondrial flickering events and whole-cell oscillations are mechanistically linked remains unclear. In this study, we developed a Markov model of the inner membrane anion channel in which reactive-oxidative-species (ROS)-induced opening of the inner membrane anion channel causes transient mitochondrial depolarizations in a single mitochondrion that occur in a nonperiodic manner, simulating flickering. We then coupled the individual mitochondria into a network, in which flickers occur randomly and sparsely when a small number of mitochondria are in the state of high superoxide production. As the number of mitochondria in the high-superoxide-production state increases, short-lived or abortive waves due to ROS-induced ROS release coexist with flickers. When the number of mitochondria in the high-superoxide-production state reaches a critical number, recurring propagating waves are observed. The origins of the waves occur randomly in space and are self-organized as a consequence of random flickering and local synchronization. We show that at this critical state, the depolarization clusters exhibit a power-law distribution, a signature of self-organized criticality. In addition, the whole-cell mitochondrial membrane potential changes from exhibiting small random fluctuations to more periodic oscillations as the superoxide production rate increases. These simulation results may provide mechanistic insight into the transition from random mitochondrial flickering to the waves and whole-cell oscillations observed in many experimental studies. PMID:22067147

  10. Flicker-noise fluctuations in α-radioactive decay

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    Counting statistics of α particles from three sources, one containing 241Am; one containing 239Pu, 241Am, and 244Cu; and a source containing 148Gd, were determined over periods of 1-4000 min. In particular, the two-sample variance or Allan variance was determined for many sample runs. According to a recent theorem, there is a unique relation between the particle-flux spectral noise density and the Allan variance. It was found that for small counting periods, the statistics were Poissonian, corresponding to shot noise of the particle flux. For long periods (> ≅ 200 min), the counting statistics were found to be non-Poissonian, indicating the presence of 1/f noise and (or) Lorentzian noise. The 1/f noise gave flicker floors of (0.5-0.7) x 10-7 for 239Pu, (1.0-1.3) x 10-7 for 241Am, and 3.0 x 10-7 for 244Cm. The Lorentzians were not reproducible in different runs and are probably associated with chemical oxidation-reduction rate processes in the source. The 1/f noise is likely inherent in the process of α-particle decay, indicating that the classical picture of alpha decay as a Poisson process is incomplete. Some forms of quantum 1/f noise associated with the tunnel-emission process are briefly discussed

  11. Advantages of chromatic-confocal spectral interferometry in comparison to chromatic confocal microscopy

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    Chromatic confocal microscopy (CCM) and spectral interferometry (SI) are established and robust sensor principles. CCM is a focus-based measurement principle, whose lateral and axial resolutions depend on the sensor's numerical aperture (NA), while the measurement range is given by the spectral bandwidth and the chromatic dispersion in the axial direction. Although CCM is a robust principle, its accuracy can be reduced by self-imaging effects or asymmetric illumination of the sensor pupil. Interferometric principles based on the evaluation of the optical path difference, e.g., SI, have proven to be robust against self-imaging. The disadvantage of SI is its measurement range, which is limited by the depth of focus. Hence, the usable NA and the lateral resolution are restricted. Chromatic-confocal spectral interferometry (CCSI) is a combination of SI and CCM, which overcomes these restrictions. The increase of robustness of CCSI compared to CCM due to the interferometric gain has been demonstrated before. In this contribution the advantages of CCSI in comparison to CCM concerning self-imaging artifacts will be demonstrated. Therefore, a new phase-evaluation algorithm with higher resolution concerning classical SI-based evaluation algorithms is presented. For the comparison of different sensor systems, a chirp comparison standard is used. (paper)

  12. Chromatic control in coextruded layered polymer microlenses

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    Crescimanno, Michael; Andrews, James H; Zhou, Chuanhong; Petrus, Joshua B; Merlo, Cory; Bagheri, Cameron; Hetzel, Connor; Tancabel, James; Singer, Kenneth D; Baer, Eric

    2015-01-01

    We describe the formation, characterization and theoretical understanding of microlenses comprised of alternating polystyrene and polymethylmethacrylate layers produced by multilayer coextrusion. These lenses are fabricated by photolithography, using a grayscale mask followed by plasma etching, so that the refractive index alternation of the bilayer stack appears across the radius of the microlens. The alternating quarter-wave thick layers form a one-dimensional photonic crystal whose dispersion augments the material dispersion, allowing one to sculpt the chromatic dispersion of the lens by adjusting the layered structure. Using Huygen's principle, we model our experimental measurements of the focal length of these lenses across the reflection band of the multilayer polymer film from which the microlens is fashioned. For a 56 micron diameter multilayered lens of focal length 300 microns, we measured a nearly 25 percent variation in the focal length across a shallow, 50 nm-wide reflection band.

  13. Effect of radiation on hydrotalcites with chromates

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    Nowadays the generation of radioactive wastes is matter of several studies. In this work anion material, chromates, in hydrotalcite are retained which are anion exchangers. It was proposed to heat the hydrotalcite until temperature of 1200 C with the purpose to form the (MgAl2O4) spinel is very stable and in this way to immobilize strongly the anions. The effect of radiation on this compound and in particular the chromium lixiviation with solution 1N NaCl. It was found that in all case, the anions are strongly retained in the spinel formed. The radiation dose used for this was 100 Mrad, the samples were treated with NaCl 1N for studying the Cr lixiviation. The results show that for the calcined samples at 1200 C and irradiated there are not chromium escapes, which indicates that it is strongly retained in the spinel that is the formed structure after of the material calcination. (Author)

  14. Do experts and novices direct attention differently in examining physics diagrams? A study of change detection using the flicker technique

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    Morphew, Jason W.; Mestre, Jose P.; Ross, Brian H.; Strand, Natalie E.

    2015-12-01

    It is known that experts identify or perceive meaningful patterns in visual stimuli related to their domain of expertise. This study explores the speed with which experts and novices detect changes in physics diagrams. Since change detection depends on where individuals direct their attention, differences in the speed with which experts and novices detect changes to diagrams would suggest differences in attention allocation between experts and novices. We present data from an experiment using the "flicker technique," in which both physics experts and physics novices viewed nearly identical pairs of diagrams that are representative of typical introductory physics situations. The two diagrams in each pair contain a subtle difference that either does or does not change the underlying physics depicted in the diagram. Findings indicate that experts are faster at detecting physics-relevant changes than physics-irrelevant changes; however, there is no difference in response time for novices, suggesting that expertise guides attention for experts when inspecting physics diagrams. We discuss the cognitive implications of our findings.

  15. Genetic algorithm for chromaticity correction in diffraction limited storage rings

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    Ehrlichman, M. P.

    2016-04-01

    A multiobjective genetic algorithm is developed for optimizing nonlinearities in diffraction limited storage rings. This algorithm determines sextupole and octupole strengths for chromaticity correction that deliver optimized dynamic aperture and beam lifetime. The algorithm makes use of dominance constraints to breed desirable properties into the early generations. The momentum aperture is optimized indirectly by constraining the chromatic tune footprint and optimizing the off-energy dynamic aperture. The result is an effective and computationally efficient technique for correcting chromaticity in a storage ring while maintaining optimal dynamic aperture and beam lifetime.

  16. Investigation of Reactive Power Control Effects on Flicker and Harmonics Emission of a DFIG Wind Turbine

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    Amir Nagizadeh Ghoogdareh

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available One of the most important power quality aspects in wind farms is voltage fluctuation or flicker which should be investigated due to the nature of wind speed variations. These variations result in power and voltage fluctuations at the load bus. Moreover, the wind generation systems may be assumed as a harmonics source because of their power electronic converters. There are numerous factors that affect flicker and harmonic emission of grid-connected wind turbines during continuous operation, such as wind characteristics (e.g. mean wind speed, turbulence intensity, type of generator and grid conditions (e.g. short circuit capacity, grid impedance angle. In this paper, an IEC based flickermeter is first modeled and then a variable speed wind turbine has been simulated by Matlab/Simulink software. The flicker and harmonics emissions of wind turbines equipped with DFIG during continuous operation and using output reactive control are investigated. The simulation results show that control of wind turbine output reactive power is an effective means for flicker mitigation during continuous operation. However, there should be a compromise between flicker reduction and harmonics level increase to enhance the whole power quality of wind turbine.

  17. Defining phosphor luminescence property requirements for white AC LED flicker reduction

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    In this paper, we investigate the luminescence of slow-decay phosphors under flickering excitation from an alternating current light-emitting diode (AC LED). A mathematical model was developed to predict the behavior of slow-decay phosphors. The model predictions were validated by experiment. Results showed that it is possible to achieve good quality white light with low flicker index from an AC LED with a slow-decay phosphor. A human factors study confirmed the potential of slow-decay phosphors to improve acceptability of the light output from AC LEDs. Based on this study, we propose a set of recommendations for slow-decay phosphor luminescence properties to create a white AC LED with minimal flicker. - Highlights: • A mathematical model was proposed to simulate slow-decay phosphors. • The behavior of slow-decay phosphors under an AC LED excitation was simulated. • Slow-decay phosphor properties recommended to achieve low flicker, white AC LED. • A human factors study validated the flicker reduction by slow-decay phosphor

  18. Defining phosphor luminescence property requirements for white AC LED flicker reduction

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    Tan, Jianchuan; Narendran, Nadarajah, E-mail: narenn2@rpi.edu

    2015-11-15

    In this paper, we investigate the luminescence of slow-decay phosphors under flickering excitation from an alternating current light-emitting diode (AC LED). A mathematical model was developed to predict the behavior of slow-decay phosphors. The model predictions were validated by experiment. Results showed that it is possible to achieve good quality white light with low flicker index from an AC LED with a slow-decay phosphor. A human factors study confirmed the potential of slow-decay phosphors to improve acceptability of the light output from AC LEDs. Based on this study, we propose a set of recommendations for slow-decay phosphor luminescence properties to create a white AC LED with minimal flicker. - Highlights: • A mathematical model was proposed to simulate slow-decay phosphors. • The behavior of slow-decay phosphors under an AC LED excitation was simulated. • Slow-decay phosphor properties recommended to achieve low flicker, white AC LED. • A human factors study validated the flicker reduction by slow-decay phosphor.

  19. Exploring the Performance Differences on the Flicker Task and the Conners' Continuous Performance Test in Adults with ADHD

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    Cohen, Andrew L.; Shapiro, Steven K.

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To examine the ability of the flicker task to demonstrate greater utility in discriminating performance in young adults with and without ADHD compared to the Conners' CPT (CCPT). Method: Flicker task and CCPT performance were compared between an ADHD (n = 28) and control (n = 30) group of college students. Results: This study replicated…

  20. Headphone localization of speech stimuli

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    Begault, Durand R.; Wenzel, Elizabeth M.

    1991-01-01

    Recently, three dimensional acoustic display systems have been developed that synthesize virtual sound sources over headphones based on filtering by Head-Related Transfer Functions (HRTFs), the direction-dependent spectral changes caused primarily by the outer ears. Here, 11 inexperienced subjects judged the apparent spatial location of headphone-presented speech stimuli filtered with non-individualized HRTFs. About half of the subjects 'pulled' their judgements toward either the median or the lateral-vertical planes, and estimates were almost always elevated. Individual differences were pronounced for the distance judgements; 15 to 46 percent of stimuli were heard inside the head with the shortest estimates near the median plane. The results infer that most listeners can obtain useful azimuth information from speech stimuli filtered by nonindividualized RTFs. Measurements of localization error and reversal rates are comparable with a previous study that used broadband noise stimuli.

  1. Load and Flicker Mitigation of Grid-Connected Wind Turbines with DFIG

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    Zhang, Yunqian

    During the last few decades, wind power generation has become more popular due to industrial growth and environmental protection. With the increase of wind turbine capacity, dynamic loads on the large scale wind turbines are getting bigger and bigger. Besides, the fluctuation of wind turbine output...... power will result in the flicker emission in the power network, causing consumer annoyance and complaint. These issues make the study on the wind turbine load reduction and the flicker mitigation necessary and imperative. The research documented in this thesis addresses wind turbine load reduction under....... Individual pitch control is utilized to attenuate the wind turbine output power fluctuation at different wind speeds. The individual pitch controller is designed according to the generator active power and the azimuth angle of the wind turbine. As a consequence, flicker emission is reduced. The drawbacks of...

  2. Tomographic simulations of accretion disks in Cataclysmic Variables - flickering and wind

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    Ribeiro, F M A; Ribeiro, Fabiola Mariana A.; Diaz, Marcos P.

    2006-01-01

    Cataclysmic Variables (CVs) are close binary systems where mass is transferred from a red dwarf star to a white dwarf star via an accretion disk. The flickering is observed as stochastic variations in the emitted radiation both in the continuum and in the emission line profiles. The main goal of our simulations is to compare synthetic Doppler maps with observed ones, aiming to constrain the flickering properties and wind parameters. A code was developed which generates synthetic emission line profiles of a geometrically thin and optically thick accretion disk. The simulation allows us to include flares in a particular disk region. The emission line flares may be integrated over arbitrary ``exposure'' times, producing the synthetic line profiles. Flickering Doppler maps are created using such synthetic time series. The presence of a wind inside the Roche lobe was also implemented. Radiative transfer effects in the lines where taken into account in order to reproduce the single peaked line profiles frequently s...

  3. Analysis and modeling of flicker noise in lateral asymmetric channel MOSFETs

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    Agarwal, Harshit; Kushwaha, Pragya; Gupta, Chetan; Khandelwal, Sourabh; Hu, Chenming; Chauhan, Yogesh Singh

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, flicker noise behavior of lateral non-uniformly doped MOSFET is studied using impedance field method. Our study shows that Klaassen Prins (KP) method, which forms the basis of noise model in MOSFETs, underestimates flicker noise in such devices. The same KP method overestimates thermal noise by 2-3 orders of magnitude in similar devices as demonstrated in Roy et al. (2007). This apparent discrepancy between thermal and flicker noise behavior lies in origin of these noises, which leads to opposite trend of local noise power spectral density vs doping. We have modeled the physics behind such behavior, which also explain the trends observed in the measurements (Agarwal et al., 2015).

  4. Difference between the optical flickering colours of cataclysmic variables and symbiotic recurrent novae

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    Zamanov, R; Latev, G; Stoyanov, K A; Tsvetkova, S V

    2015-01-01

    We performed simultaneous observations in 3 bands (UBV) of the flickering variability of the recurrent novae RS Oph and T CrB at quiescence. Using new and published data, we compare the colours of the flickering in cataclysmic variables and symbiotic recurrent novae. We find a difference between the colours of the flickering source in these two types of accreting white dwarfs. The detected difference is highly significant with $ p-value \\approx 2 \\times 10^{-6}$ for the distributions of $(U-B)_0$ colour and $p \\approx 3 \\times 10^{-5}$ on (U-B) versus (B-V) diagram. The possible physical reasons are briefly discussed. The data are available upon request from the authors.

  5. Optical Flickering of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi: amplitude - flux relation

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    Zamanov, R; Boeva, S; Sokoloski, J L; Stoyanov, K; Bachev, R; Spassov, B; Ibryamov, S; Nikolov, G

    2015-01-01

    We report observations of the flickering variability of the symbiotic recurrent nova RS Oph at quiescence in five bands (UBVRI). We find evidence of correlation between the peak-to-peak flickering amplitude (\\Delta F) and the average flux of the hot component ($F_{av}$). The correlation is highly significant with correlation coefficient 0.85 and p-value $\\sim 10^{-15}$. Combining the data from all wavebands, we find a dependence of the type $\\Delta F \\propto F_{av}^k$, with power-law index $k = 1.02 \\pm 0.04$ for the UBVRI flickering of RS Oph. Thus, the rms amplitude of variability scale almost linearly with the average flux of the hot component, $ = 0.08 \\pm 0.02$. The detected correlation is similar to that found in some X-ray binaries. The possible reasons are briefly discussed. The data are available upon request from the authors.

  6. Chromatic $k$-Mean Clustering in High Dimensional Space

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    Ding, Hu

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we study a new type of clustering problem, called {\\em Chromatic Clustering}, in high dimensional space. Chromatic clustering seeks to partition a set of colored points into groups (or clusters) so that no group contains points with the same color and a certain objective function is optimized. In this paper, we focus on $k$-mean clustering, and investigate its hardness and approximation solutions. The additional coloring requirement destroys some key properties used in existing $k$-mean clustering techniques (for the ordinary clustering problem), and significantly complicates the problem. There is no FPTAS for the chromatic clustering problem, even if $k=2$. Based on several new geometric observations and an interesting sphere peeling approach, we show that a near linear time (on $n$ and $d$) $(1+\\epsilon)$-approximation is, however, still achievable for the chromatic clustering problem.

  7. Symplectic maps and chromatic optics in particle accelerators

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    We have applied the nonlinear map method to comprehensively characterize the chromatic optics in particle accelerators. Our approach is built on the foundation of symplectic transfer maps of magnetic elements. The chromatic lattice parameters can be transported from one element to another by the maps. We introduce a Jacobian operator that provides an intrinsic linkage between the maps and the matrix with parameter dependence. The link allows us to directly apply the formulation of the linear optics to compute the chromatic lattice parameters. As an illustration, we analyze an alternating-gradient cell with nonlinear sextupoles, octupoles, and decapoles and derive analytically their settings for the local chromatic compensation. As a result, the cell becomes nearly perfect up to the third-order of the momentum deviation

  8. Flicker and thermal noise in an n-channel underlap DG FinFET in a weak inversion region

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    We propose an analytical model for drain current and inversion charge in the subthreshold region for an underlap DG FinFET by using the minimum channel potential method, i.e., the virtual source. The flicker and thermal noise spectral density models are also developed using these charge and current models expression. The model is validated with already published experimental results of flicker noise for DG FinFETs. For an ultrathin body, the degradation of effective mobility and variation of the scattering parameter are considered. The effect of device parameters like gate length Lg and underlap length Lun on both flicker and thermal noise spectral densities are also analyzed. Increasing Lg and Lun, increases the effective gate length, which reduces drain current, resulting in decreased flicker and thermal noise density. A decrease of flicker noise is observed for an increase of frequency, which indicates that the device can be used for wide range of frequency applications. (semiconductor devices)

  9. Mutations affecting chromatic adaptation in the cyanobacterium Fremyella diplosiphon.

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    Cobley, J G; Miranda, R D

    1983-01-01

    The chromatically adapting cyanobacterium, Fremyella diplosiphon, when grown in cool white fluorescent light, contains phycoerythrin as its predominant phycobiliprotein. When grown on agar plates with cool white illumination, mutant colonies deficient or devoid of phycoerythrin can be visibly distinguished from the wild type. A total of 25 anomalously pigmented strains were isolated and examined for their ability to chromatically adapt. Based on absorption spectra of cell extracts and on fluo...

  10. Studies on biological reduction of chromate by Streptomyces griseus

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    Poopal, Ashwini C. [Division of Biochemical Sciences, National Chemical Laboratory, Dr Homi Bhabha Road, Pune 411008 (India); Laxman, R. Seeta, E-mail: rseetalaxman@yahoo.co.in [Division of Biochemical Sciences, National Chemical Laboratory, Dr Homi Bhabha Road, Pune 411008 (India)

    2009-09-30

    Chromium is a toxic heavy metal used in various industries and leads to environmental pollution due to improper handling. The most toxic form of chromium Cr(VI) can be converted to less toxic Cr(III) by reduction. Among the actinomycetes tested for chromate reduction, thirteen strains reduced Cr(VI) to Cr(III), of which one strain of Streptomyces griseus (NCIM 2020) was most efficient showing complete reduction within 24 h. The organism was able to use a number of carbon sources as electron donors. Sulphate, nitrate, chloride and carbonate had no effect on chromate reduction during growth while cations such as Cd, Ni, Co and Cu were inhibitory to varying degrees. Chromate reduction was associated with the bacterial cells and sonication was the best method of cell breakage to release the enzyme. The enzyme was constitutive and did not require presence of chromate during growth for expression of activity. Chromate reduction with cell free extract (CFE) was observed without added NADH. However, addition of NAD(P)H resulted in 2-3-fold increase in activity. Chromate reductase showed optimum activity at 28 deg. C and pH 7.

  11. Studies on biological reduction of chromate by Streptomyces griseus

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    Chromium is a toxic heavy metal used in various industries and leads to environmental pollution due to improper handling. The most toxic form of chromium Cr(VI) can be converted to less toxic Cr(III) by reduction. Among the actinomycetes tested for chromate reduction, thirteen strains reduced Cr(VI) to Cr(III), of which one strain of Streptomyces griseus (NCIM 2020) was most efficient showing complete reduction within 24 h. The organism was able to use a number of carbon sources as electron donors. Sulphate, nitrate, chloride and carbonate had no effect on chromate reduction during growth while cations such as Cd, Ni, Co and Cu were inhibitory to varying degrees. Chromate reduction was associated with the bacterial cells and sonication was the best method of cell breakage to release the enzyme. The enzyme was constitutive and did not require presence of chromate during growth for expression of activity. Chromate reduction with cell free extract (CFE) was observed without added NADH. However, addition of NAD(P)H resulted in 2-3-fold increase in activity. Chromate reductase showed optimum activity at 28 deg. C and pH 7.

  12. On the origin of optical microvariability and X-ray flickering in active galactic nuclei

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    We suggest that non-stationary spiral shocks can produce X-ray flickering and optical microvariability. We show this by detailed non-axisymmetric numerical simulation of accretion disks in a binary system. We show that non-axisymmetric features appear and disappear in time scales of order of few local orbital periods near the inner edge of the disk and shorter than the orbital periods at a large distance. The former type may explain the X-ray flickering and the later type, the optical microvariability. (author). 5 refs, 1 fig

  13. The role of amplitude-to-phase conversion in the generation of oscillator flicker phase noise

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    Hearn, C. P.

    1985-01-01

    The role of amplitude-to-phase conversion as a factor in feedback oscillator flicker phase noise is examined. A limiting stage consisting of parallel-connected opposite polarity diodes operating in a circuit environment contining reactance is shown to exhibit amplitude-to-phase conversion. This mechanism coupled with resistive upconversion provides an indirect route for very low frequency flicker noise to be transferred into the phase of an oscillator signal. It is concluded that this effect is more significant in the lower frequency regimes where the onlinear reactances associated with active devices are overwhelmed by linear reactive elements.

  14. Flicker Mitigation by Speed Control of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator Variable-Speed Wind Turbines

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    Yanting Hu; Zhe Chen; Yunqian Zhang; Weihao Hu

    2013-01-01

    Grid-connected wind turbines are fluctuating power sources that may produce flicker during continuous operation. This paper presents a simulation model of a MW-level variable speed wind turbine with a full-scale back-to-back power converter and permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG) developed in the simulation tool of PSCAD/EMTDC. Flicker emission of this system is investigated. The 3p (three times per revolution) power oscillation due to wind shear and tower shadow effects is the sign...

  15. On the anomalous flicker noise intensity in high-temperature superconductors

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    The problem of anomalously high levels of flicker noise observed in the normal state of the high-temperature superconductors is addressed. It is argued that the anomaly is the result of incorrect normalization of the power spectra according to the Hooge formula. A careful analysis of the available experimental data is given, which shows that the scaling of the spectral power with sample size is essentially different from the inverse proportionality. It is demonstrated that the measured spectra obey the law given by the recently proposed quantum theory of fundamental flicker noise.

  16. Multi-point flicker recognition apparatus and its application for video display terminal work.

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    Yunoki,Emiko

    1987-02-01

    Full Text Available The apparatus to measure multi-point critical flicker fusion frequency (MCFF was devised for more precise determination of the critical flicker fusion frequency (CFF. Using this apparatus, the variations in flicker value after the work load of the television (TV game, the Kraepelin using the video display terminal (VDT-Kraepelin and the paper-Kraepelin were examined in order to test its practical applicability. The following results were obtained. The degree of decrease in the CFF values of some peripheral eye fields was larger than that on the central field of both eyes (ordinary CFF after work load. The variation rates of the central and the peripheral flicker values were measured before and after loading in each work, and the correlations of variation rates between two CFF values among them were calculated. The numbers of peripheral eye fields showing significant correlation of variation rates between two eye fields in the TV game and the VDT-Kraepelin, were greater than those in the paper-Kraepelin.

  17. Flicker Study on Variable Speed Wind Turbines with Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator

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    Hu, Weihao; Chen, Zhe; Wang, Yue;

    2008-01-01

    Grid connected wind turbines are fluctuating power sources that may produce flicker during continuous operation. This paper presents a simulation model of a MW-level variable speed wind turbines with a permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG) and a full-scale converter developed in the...

  18. Flicker Mitigation by Speed Control of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator Variable-Speed Wind Turbines

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    Hu, Weihao; Zhang, Yunqian; Chen, Zhe;

    2013-01-01

    Grid-connected wind turbines are fluctuating power sources that may produce flicker during continuous operation. This paper presents a simulation model of a MW-level variable speed wind turbine with a full-scale back-to-back power converter and permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG...

  19. Application of Unified Power Quality Conditioner for Mitigation of Flicker Generated by Electrical Arc Furnace

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    Kubín, P.; Tlustý, J.; Valouch, Viktor

    Madeira : APDEE, 2007, s. 1-5. ISBN 978-972-8822-08-8. [ Portuguese -Spanish Conference in Electrical Engineering - XCLEEE /10./. Madeira (PT), 05.07.2007-08.07.2007] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA200760703 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20570509 Keywords : electrical arc furnace * flicker * subharmonics Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  20. Using Passive and Active Filters for Effective Flicker Suppression in Distribution Systems

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    Tlustý, J.; Doležal, J.; Valouch, Viktor

    Buenos Aires : Technical University of Buenos Aires, 2002, s. 30-35. [International Power Distribution Congress CIDEL Argentina 2002. Buenos Aires (AR), 01.12.2002] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/00/0483 Keywords : electrical arc furnace * flicker * passive and active filters Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  1. Flicker-noise of electronic equipment: sources, ways of reduction and application

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    Kolodiy, Z. A.

    2010-01-01

    Formula for calculating intrinsic noises of electronic elements in a wide frequencies range starting from f → 0 is presented here. Ways of reducing intrinsic noises in radio electronic devices in the low frequencies range and examples of using information meaning of flicker noise in practice are described.

  2. Assessing Rod, Cone, and Melanopsin Contributions to Human Pupil Flicker Responses

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    Barrionuevo, Pablo A.; Nicandro, Nathaniel; McAnany, J. Jason; Zele, Andrew J.; Gamlin, Paul; Cao, Dingcai

    2014-01-01

    The human pupil flicker responses to rod, cone, and melanopsin inputs were assessed with a paradigm that varied rod and cone modulation phases from mesopic to photopic light levels. A vector summation model can account for joint contributions from the three photoresponses.

  3. Optical flickering of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi: amplitude-flux relation

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    Zamanov, R.; Latev, G.; Boeva, S.; Sokoloski, J. L.; Stoyanov, K.; Bachev, R.; Spassov, B.; Nikolov, G.; Golev, V.; Ibryamov, S.

    2015-07-01

    We report observations of the flickering variability of the symbiotic recurrent nova RS Oph at quiescence in five bands (UBVRI). We find evidence of a correlation between the peak-to-peak flickering amplitude (ΔF) and the average flux of the hot component (Fav). The correlation is highly significant, with a correlation coefficient of 0.85 and a p-value of ˜10-20. Combining the data from all wavebands, we find a dependence of the type Δ F ∝ F_{av}^k, with power-law index k = 1.02 ± 0.04 for the UBVRI flickering of RS Oph. Thus, the relationship between the amplitude of variability and the average flux of the hot component is consistent with linearity. The rms amplitude of flickering is on average 8 per cent (±2 per cent) of Fav. The detected correlation is similar to that found in accreting black holes/neutron stars and cataclysmic variables. The possible reasons are briefly discussed. The data are available upon request from the authors.

  4. Detection of changes in the structure of a system according to changes of its flicker noise

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    The results of computer simulations of a chaotic motion of elementary particles in the systems with chaotic or ordered structure are presented. The conclusion about the possibility to use the flicker noise of a system for the qualitative estimation of its inner structure and changes in the structure is made

  5. Comment on: Flicker-noise fluctuations in α-radioactive decay

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    A discrepancy between experiments to establish the existence of 1/f fluctuations in α decay is discussed. It is argued that the flicker floor reported for direct α counting cannot be due to fluctuations intrinsic to the decay process. (2 refs.)

  6. Variables Influencing The Perception of Flicker In Wide Angle CRT Displays.

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    Welde, William L.; Cream, Bertram W.

    An experiment was conducted to determine the influence of three variables on the perception of the psychophysical phenomenon of flicker in wide angle cathode ray tube (CRT) displays. The three independent variables treated in the experiment were: 3, 6, and 9 foot-lambers (FL) illumination levels; four images, three static and one dynamic; and 26…

  7. Detection of Noisy and Flickering Pixels from SWIFT BAT Event Data

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    Basak, Arkadip

    2015-01-01

    This document presents novel algorithms for detection of noisy and flickering pixels from BAT event data and subsequent elimination of data from such pixels to create a filtered event file. The file thus created can be used for finding short Gamma Ray Bursts.

  8. Inferior parietal lobule encodes visual temporal resolution processes contributing to the critical flicker frequency threshold in humans.

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    Andrea Nardella

    Full Text Available The measurement of the Critical Flicker Frequency threshold is used to study the visual temporal resolution in healthy subjects and in pathological conditions. To better understand the role played by different cortical areas in the Critical Flicker Frequency threshold perception we used continuous Theta Burst Stimulation (cTBS, an inhibitory plasticity-inducing protocol based on repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. The Critical Flicker Frequency threshold was measured in twelve healthy subjects before and after cTBS applied over different cortical areas in separate sessions. cTBS over the left inferior parietal lobule altered the Critical Flicker Frequency threshold, whereas cTBS over the left mediotemporal cortex, primary visual cortex and right inferior parietal lobule left the Critical Flicker Frequency threshold unchanged. No statistical difference was found when the red or blue lights were used. Our findings show that left inferior parietal lobule is causally involved in the conscious perception of Critical Flicker Frequency and that Critical Flicker Frequency threshold can be modulated by plasticity-inducing protocols.

  9. Molybdate based Alternatives to Chromating as a Passivation Treatment for Zinc

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    Tang, Peter Torben; Bech-Nielsen, G.; Møller, Per

    1994-01-01

    Zinc-plated parts are typically passivated with chromate-based solutions to reduce corrosion. Chromates, however, are a cause of environmental concern, for their toxic effects on plants and wildlife, and allergic effects on workers who come in contact with them. A molybdate-based alternative has...... chromating. The corrosion protection provided by the process on zinc-plated parts is comparable to chromates. Depending on test conditions, especially pH value, the molybdate/phosphate process was found to be better than chromate at low pH values, equal to chromates in outdoor exposure tests and prohesion...

  10. Chromatically unique 6-bridge graph theta(a,a,a,b,b,c

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available For a graph $G$, let $P(G,\\lambda$ denote the chromatic polynomial of $G$. Two graphs $G$ and $H$ are chromatically equivalent if they share the same chromatic polynomial. A graph $G$ is chromatically unique if for any graph chromatically equivalent to $G$ is isomorphic to $G$. In this paper, the chromatically unique of a new family of 6-bridge graph $\\theta(a,a,a,b,b,c$ where $2\\le a\\le b\\le c$ is investigated.

  11. Аssociation of spectral closeness of flicker-noise parameters with features of underlying structure of system

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    Kolodiy Z. A.

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available The results of computer design of chaotic motion of elementary particles are resulted in a flat rectangle which can be put in accordance to a pellicle resistor with the electrons of conductivity. The analysis of spectral closeness of chaotic motion shows that one of parameters of flicker-noise depends only on the amount of elementary particles and middle rate of their movement. The second parameter of flicker-noise (time of relaxation depends on the features of underlying structure of the system. It can be used for prognostication of reliability as separate elements of electronics so apparatus as a whole on the measured level of their flicker-noise.

  12. Emotional stimuli and motor conversion disorder

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    Voon, V; Brezing, C.; Gallea, C; Ameli, R.; Roelofs, K.; LaFrance Jr, W.C.; Hallett, M

    2010-01-01

    Conversion disorder is characterized by neurological signs and symptoms related to an underlying psychological issue. Amygdala activity to affective stimuli is well characterized in healthy volunteers with greater amygdala activity to both negative and positive stimuli relative to neutral stimuli, and greater activity to negative relative to positive stimuli. We investigated the relationship between conversion disorder and affect by assessing amygdala activity to affective stimuli. We conduct...

  13. Particle motion onto a synchrotron chromatic closed orbit

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    This work aims at establishing the analytical expressions used in the code BETA characterizing the motion of particles onto a closed chromatic orbit in a synchrotron. It presents thoroughly the calculations effected some ten years ago but not published so far. The formalism used is the one of second-order aberrations developed for the code TRANSPORT. It leads to expressions for the second-order dispersion function, first-order chromaticities and the second-order momentum compaction as a function of the second-order transfer matrix elements. Moreover, this approach allows obtaining the explicit analytical expression of the second-order momentum compaction. In conclusion, by means of the formalism of second-order aberrations one obtains the analytical expressions for characterizing the behaviour of the beams presenting momentum dispersion, up to first or second order in δ. Minimizing of the chromatic perturbations implies then minimizing the second-order matrix elements Tijk interrelated by symplecticity conditions

  14. Correcting the Chromatic Aberration in Barrel Distortion of Endoscopic Images

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    Y. M. Harry Ng

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Modern endoscopes offer physicians a wide-angle field of view (FOV for minimally invasive therapies. However, the high level of barrel distortion may prevent accurate perception of image. Fortunately, this kind of distortion may be corrected by digital image processing. In this paper we investigate the chromatic aberrations in the barrel distortion of endoscopic images. In the past, chromatic aberration in endoscopes is corrected by achromatic lenses or active lens control. In contrast, we take a computational approach by modifying the concept of image warping and the existing barrel distortion correction algorithm to tackle the chromatic aberration problem. In addition, an error function for the determination of the level of centroid coincidence is proposed. Simulation and experimental results confirm the effectiveness of our method.

  15. Optimizing chromatic aberration calibration using a novel genetic algorithm

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    Fang, Yi-Chin; Liu, Tung-Kuan; MacDonald, John; Chou, Jyh-Horng; Wu, Bo-Wen; Tsai, Hsien-Lin; Chang, En-Hao

    2006-10-01

    Advances in digitalized image optics has increased the importance of chromatic aberration. The axial and lateral chromatic aberrations of an optical lens depends on the choice of optical glass. Based on statistics from glass companies worldwide, more than 300 optical glasses have been developed for commercial purposes. However, the complexity of optical systems makes it extremely difficult to obtain the right solution to eliminate small chromatic aberration. Even the damped least-squares technique, which is a ray-tracing-based method, is limited owing to its inability to identify an enhanced optical system configuration. Alternatively, this study instead attempts to eliminate even negligible axial and lateral colour aberration by using algorithms involving the theories of geometric optics in triplet lens, binary and real encoding, multiple dynamic crossover and random gene mutation techniques.

  16. Fabrication of anodic aluminum oxide with incorporated chromate ions

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    Stępniowski, Wojciech J.; Norek, Małgorzata; Michalska-Domańska, Marta; Bombalska, Aneta; Nowak-Stępniowska, Agata; Kwaśny, Mirosław; Bojar, Zbigniew

    2012-10-01

    The anodization of aluminum in 0.3 M chromic acid is studied. The influence of operating conditions (like anodizing voltage and electrolyte's temperature) on the nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide geometry (including pore diameter, interpore distance, the oxide layer thickness and pores density) is thoroughly investigated. The results revealed typical correlations of the anodic alumina nanopore geometry with operating conditions, such as linear increase of pore diameter and interpore distance with anodizing voltage. The anodic aluminum oxide is characterized by a low pores arrangement, as determined by Fast Fourier transforms analyses of the FE-SEM images, which translates into a high concentration of oxygen vacancies. Moreover, an optimal experimental condition where chromate ions are being successfully incorporated into the anodic alumina walls, have been determined: the higher oxide growth rate the more chromate ions are being trapped. The trapped chromate ions and a high concentration of oxygen vacancies make the anodic aluminum oxide a promising luminescent material.

  17. Chromatic Perceptual Learning but No Category Effects without Linguistic Input

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    Grandison, Alexandra; Sowden, Paul T.; Drivonikou, Vicky G.; Notman, Leslie A.; Alexander, Iona; Davies, Ian R. L.

    2016-01-01

    Perceptual learning involves an improvement in perceptual judgment with practice, which is often specific to stimulus or task factors. Perceptual learning has been shown on a range of visual tasks but very little research has explored chromatic perceptual learning. Here, we use two low level perceptual threshold tasks and a supra-threshold target detection task to assess chromatic perceptual learning and category effects. Experiment 1 investigates whether chromatic thresholds reduce as a result of training and at what level of analysis learning effects occur. Experiment 2 explores the effect of category training on chromatic thresholds, whether training of this nature is category specific and whether it can induce categorical responding. Experiment 3 investigates the effect of category training on a higher level, lateralized target detection task, previously found to be sensitive to category effects. The findings indicate that performance on a perceptual threshold task improves following training but improvements do not transfer across retinal location or hue. Therefore, chromatic perceptual learning is category specific and can occur at relatively early stages of visual analysis. Additionally, category training does not induce category effects on a low level perceptual threshold task, as indicated by comparable discrimination thresholds at the newly learned hue boundary and adjacent test points. However, category training does induce emerging category effects on a supra-threshold target detection task. Whilst chromatic perceptual learning is possible, learnt category effects appear to be a product of left hemisphere processing, and may require the input of higher level linguistic coding processes in order to manifest. PMID:27252669

  18. Mapping chromatic pathways in the Drosophila visual system.

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    Lin, Tzu-Yang; Luo, Jiangnan; Shinomiya, Kazunori; Ting, Chun-Yuan; Lu, Zhiyuan; Meinertzhagen, Ian A; Lee, Chi-Hon

    2016-02-01

    In Drosophila, color vision and wavelength-selective behaviors are mediated by the compound eye's narrow-spectrum photoreceptors R7 and R8 and their downstream medulla projection (Tm) neurons Tm5a, Tm5b, Tm5c, and Tm20 in the second optic neuropil or medulla. These chromatic Tm neurons project axons to a deeper optic neuropil, the lobula, which in insects has been implicated in processing and relaying color information to the central brain. The synaptic targets of the chromatic Tm neurons in the lobula are not known, however. Using a modified GFP reconstitution across synaptic partners (GRASP) method to probe connections between the chromatic Tm neurons and 28 known and novel types of lobula neurons, we identify anatomically the visual projection neurons LT11 and LC14 and the lobula intrinsic neurons Li3 and Li4 as synaptic targets of the chromatic Tm neurons. Single-cell GRASP analyses reveal that Li4 receives synaptic contacts from over 90% of all four types of chromatic Tm neurons, whereas LT11 is postsynaptic to the chromatic Tm neurons, with only modest selectivity and at a lower frequency and density. To visualize synaptic contacts at the ultrastructural level, we develop and apply a "two-tag" double-labeling method to label LT11's dendrites and the mitochondria in Tm5c's presynaptic terminals. Serial electron microscopic reconstruction confirms that LT11 receives direct contacts from Tm5c. This method would be generally applicable to map the connections of large complex neurons in Drosophila and other animals. PMID:26179639

  19. Vibrio harveyi Nitroreductase Is Also a Chromate Reductase

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    Kwak, Young Hak; Lee, Dong Seok; Kim, Han Bok

    2003-01-01

    The chromate reductase purified from Pseudomonas ambigua was found to be homologous with several nitroreductases. Escherichia coli DH5α and Vibrio harveyi KCTC 2720 nitroreductases were chosen for the present study, and their chromate-reducing activities were determined. A fusion between glutathione S-transferase (GST) and E. coli DH5α NfsA (GST-EcNfsA), a fusion between GST and E. coli DH5α NfsB (GST-EcNfsB), and a fusion between GST and V. harveyi KCTC 2720 NfsA (GST-VhNfsA) were prepared f...

  20. Improving the chromatic effects of storage rings with antisymmetric insertions

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    High luminosity storage rings require good chromatic behavior for beams with large momentum spreads. This requires that the effects of half-integer structure resonances for off-momentum particles be minimized. We show that a lattice with antisymmetric insertions can be so designed that the driving term for the half-integer structure resonance is suppressed by cancellation of successive pairs of high-beta multiplets. Hence, even though the periodicity is half that of a lattice with symmetric insertions, the chromatic properties are similar

  1. Chromatic correction in the SLC bunch length compressors

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    The SLC Ring to Linac (RTL) transport lines employ intense bending and strong transverse focusing to produce the momentum compaction needed for bunch length compression prior to S-band acceleration. In the presence of the large rf induced energy spread needed for compression the consequent chromatic effects -- viz. the variation with energy of residual output dispersion and of the RTL transfer matrix, threaten to destroy the small emittances produced by the damping rings. We report on the tuning methods that have been developed and used to implement the sextupole based chromatic correction scheme. 6 refs., 4 figs

  2. Chromatic correction in the SLC bunch length compressors

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    Adolphsen, C.E.; Emma, P.J.; Fieguth, T.H.; Spence, W.L.

    1991-06-01

    The SLC Ring to Linac (RTL) transport lines employ intense bending and strong transverse focusing to produce the momentum compaction needed for bunch length compression prior to S-band acceleration. In the presence of the large rf induced energy spread needed for compression the consequent chromatic effects -- viz. the variation with energy of residual output dispersion and of the RTL transfer matrix, threaten to destroy the small emittances produced by the damping rings. We report on the tuning methods that have been developed and used to implement the sextupole based chromatic correction scheme. 6 refs., 4 figs.

  3. Chromatic correction in the SLC bunch length compressors

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    The SLC Ring to Linac (RTL) transport lines employ intense bending and strong transverse focusing to produce the momentum compaction needed for bunch length compression prior to S-band acceleration. In the presence of the large rf induced energy spread needed for compression the consequent chromatic effects - viz. the variation with energy of residual output dispersion and of the RTL transfer matrix, threaten to destroy the small emittances produced by the damping rings. The authors report on the tuning methods that have been developed and used to implement the sextupole based chromatic correction scheme

  4. Improving the Mitigation of Voltage Flicker by Usage of Fuzzy Control in a Distribution Static Synchronous Compensator (DSTATCOM

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    Saeed Abazari

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a study about of a fuzzy Controlled STATCOM, which can be applied for mitigation of the voltage flicker in a distribution system. The voltage flicker is produced by a large variable load absorbing continuously changing currents such as an arc furnace. The DSTATCOM includes a voltage-sourced PWM inverter and its control system. The control strategy of the DSTATCOM plays an important role in maintaining the voltage flicker. Here, the DSTATCOM controller is designed with two types of controllers, linear proportional-integral (PI and nonlinear fuzzy logic. The simulation of the DSTATCOM with 3MVar reactive power on a 25 KV distribution network is carried out in MATLAB/SIMULINK software. Finaly, fuzzy controllers were evaluated by comparing its performance with the PI controllers. It is observed that the fuzzy controllers are very superior in mitigating the voltage flicker.

  5. Impact of co-flow air on buoyant diffusion flames flicker

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    Gohari Darabkhani, H., E-mail: h.g.darabkhani@gmail.com [School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, Sackville Street, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Wang, Q.; Chen, L.; Zhang, Y. [Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Sheffield, Mapping Street, Sheffield S1 3JD (United Kingdom)

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: {yields} We present the co-flow effects on flickering behaviour of diffusion flames. {yields} Co-flow air is shown to fully suppress the buoyancy driven flame oscillations. {yields} Schlieren and PIV illustrate the shift of outer vortices beyond the flame zone. {yields} Stability controlling parameter as a ratio of air to fuel velocities is presented. {yields} Equation for linear increase in flickering frequency by co-flow air is presented. - Abstract: This paper describes experimental investigation of co-flow air velocity effects on the flickering behaviour of laminar non-lifted methane diffusion flames. Chemiluminescence, high-speed photography, schlieren and Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV), have been used to study the changes in the flame/vortex interactions as well as the flame flickering frequency and magnitude by the co-flow air. Four cases of methane flow rates at different co-flow air velocities are investigated. It has been observed that the flame dynamics and stability of co-flow diffusion flames are strongly affected by the co-flow air velocity. When the co-flow velocity has reached a certain value the buoyancy driven flame oscillation was completely suppressed. The schlieren and PIV imaging have revealed that the co-flow of air is able to push the initiation point of the outer toroidal vortices beyond the visible flame to create a very steady laminar flow region in the reaction zone. Then the buoyancy driven instability is only effective in the plume of hot gases above the visible flame. It is observed that a higher co-flow rate is needed in order to suppress the flame flickering at a higher fuel flow rate. Therefore the ratio of the air velocity to the fuel velocity, {gamma}, is a stability controlling parameter. The velocity ratio, {gamma}, was found to be 0.72 for the range of tested flow rates. The dominant flickering frequency was observed to increase linearly with the co-flow rate (a) as; f = 0.33a + 11. The frequency amplitudes

  6. Impact of co-flow air on buoyant diffusion flames flicker

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    Highlights: → We present the co-flow effects on flickering behaviour of diffusion flames. → Co-flow air is shown to fully suppress the buoyancy driven flame oscillations. → Schlieren and PIV illustrate the shift of outer vortices beyond the flame zone. → Stability controlling parameter as a ratio of air to fuel velocities is presented. → Equation for linear increase in flickering frequency by co-flow air is presented. - Abstract: This paper describes experimental investigation of co-flow air velocity effects on the flickering behaviour of laminar non-lifted methane diffusion flames. Chemiluminescence, high-speed photography, schlieren and Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV), have been used to study the changes in the flame/vortex interactions as well as the flame flickering frequency and magnitude by the co-flow air. Four cases of methane flow rates at different co-flow air velocities are investigated. It has been observed that the flame dynamics and stability of co-flow diffusion flames are strongly affected by the co-flow air velocity. When the co-flow velocity has reached a certain value the buoyancy driven flame oscillation was completely suppressed. The schlieren and PIV imaging have revealed that the co-flow of air is able to push the initiation point of the outer toroidal vortices beyond the visible flame to create a very steady laminar flow region in the reaction zone. Then the buoyancy driven instability is only effective in the plume of hot gases above the visible flame. It is observed that a higher co-flow rate is needed in order to suppress the flame flickering at a higher fuel flow rate. Therefore the ratio of the air velocity to the fuel velocity, γ, is a stability controlling parameter. The velocity ratio, γ, was found to be 0.72 for the range of tested flow rates. The dominant flickering frequency was observed to increase linearly with the co-flow rate (a) as; f = 0.33a + 11. The frequency amplitudes, however, were observed to

  7. Correlation of Flicker-Induced and Flow-Mediated Vasodilatation in Patients With Endothelial Dysfunction and Healthy Volunteers

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    Pemp, Berthold; Weigert, Günther; Karl, Katharina; Petzl, Ursula; Wolzt, Michael; Schmetterer, Leopold; Garhofer, Gerhard

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVE Flicker-induced vasodilatation is reduced in patients with vascular-related diseases, which has at least partially been attributed to endothelial dysfunction of retinal vessels. Currently, the standard method to assess endothelial function in vivo is flow-mediated vasodilatation (FMD). Thus, the present study was performed to investigate whether a correlation exists between flicker-induced vasodilatation and FMD in patients with known endothelial dysfunction and healthy subjects. RE...

  8. Аssociation of spectral closeness of flicker-noise parameters with features of underlying structure of system

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    Kolodiy Z. A.; Kruk O. H.; Sanots’kyy Y. V.; Holynskyy V. D.; Kolodiy A. Z.; Depko P. I.

    2009-01-01

    The results of computer design of chaotic motion of elementary particles are resulted in a flat rectangle which can be put in accordance to a pellicle resistor with the electrons of conductivity. The analysis of spectral closeness of chaotic motion shows that one of parameters of flicker-noise depends only on the amount of elementary particles and middle rate of their movement. The second parameter of flicker-noise (time of relaxation) depends on the features of underlying structure of the sy...

  9. Tagging multimedia stimuli with ontologies

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    Horvat, Marko; Popovic, Sinisa; Bogunovic, Nikola; Cosic, Kresimir

    2009-01-01

    Successful management of emotional stimuli is a pivotal issue concerning Affective Computing (AC) and the related research. As a subfield of Artificial Intelligence, AC is concerned not only with the design of computer systems and the accompanying hardware that can recognize, interpret, and process human emotions, but also with the development of systems that can trigger human emotional response in an ordered and controlled manner. This requires the maximum attainable precision and efficiency...

  10. Pavlovian conditioning with proximal stimuli.

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    Lachnit, H; Bohn, A

    1986-01-01

    This experiment was conducted with the objective of demonstrating that the effective stimuli in Pavlovian Conditioning are not environmental stimuli but internal physiological processes elicited by environmental input (proximal stimuli). In order to achieve the objective, afterimages in color vision were used: looking at a diffuse lightened circle after seeing a red circle yields an image of a green circle. A differential conditioning paradigm with two sequential compounds was run. In one group (G+B-: n1 = 10), a red circle followed by a green circle was paired with shock, whereas a red circle followed by a blue circle remained unpaired. A second group (G-B+: n2 = 10) received red-blue paired trials and unpaired red-green trials. Immediately after that training, subjects were tested with a new, never trained sequential compound: a red circle followed by a diffuse lightened circle. Furthermore, they were tested with the already trained compounds. Taking the environmental point of view, the never trained stimulus should elicit an orienting response lying in between the excitatory reaction to the paired stimulus and the inhibitory reaction to the unpaired stimulus. From the proximal point of view, the diffuse light should elicit an excitatory reaction in group G+B- and an inhibitory reaction in group G-B+. Electrodermal conditioned anticipatory and omission responses were measured. The results supported the proximal hypothesis. Hence, defining input in environmental terms may be the wrong way. Instead, in conceptualizing the stimulus in conditioning, the following should be considered: the processing organism itself is creating the effective stimuli. PMID:3785989

  11. Closure plan for the Test Area North-726 chromate water storage and Test Area North-726A chromate treatment units

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    This document describes the proposed plan for closure of the Test Area North-726 chromate water storage and Test Area North-726A chromate treatment units at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory in accordance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act interim status closure requirements. The location, size, capacity, and history of the units are described, and their current status is discussed. The units will be closed by treating remaining waste in storage, followed by thorough decontamination of the systems. Sufficient sampling and analysis, and documentation of all activities will be performed to demonstrate clean closure

  12. To question about theory chromatic light paint

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    Vozchikov, Lev M.

    2002-06-01

    When we give name to color, we usually describe our perception of light, as compared with our own experience and knowledge. Very often perception of color is a complex problem that needs to be described by mathematical, physiological, and physical theories. There is a clear description for the physical task of describing quantities for mixing color pigments. In this article, the author discussed original graphical decision for color equations: the color surface for natural mixtures. Light mixing theories describe the nature of color, originally in mathematical language of the physical principles for color mixing different substances. Color-mixing system were originally developed based on the three-component chromatic model, which tells us how color works in nature and how color mixing works with pigments. Color theory was developed to show how color pigment structures could be measured. In this article, an algebraic system is shown consisting of mathematical equations, given the surface of color mixing, gives measurement principles of color characteristics by the two quantities. This mathematical system has shown by graphical decision color mixing the nature of the physical 3-component vision. The original model of mixing equally well provides the numerical identification for color mixtures of two or three components pigments. Clear descriptions of colors on the color surface show the different characteristics of color, and the value that these colors have in light mixing as estimated by the vision perception system. Color surface is very important as a practical conception for understanding the quantitative description of color measurement technology. The color surface as a graphical model is mathematically necessary to describe the mixing color components of pigments, lights, and substrates. Each single color is positioned as a sum of several primary colors and can be applied in the separate physical task of measuring color, to reproduce color by technology

  13. The chromatic correction in RHIC [Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider

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    The scheme for the correction of chromatic effects in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at BNL is discussed. This scheme uses six families of sextupoles excited by four independent power supplies, and provides adequate control of linear and quadratic terms in the tune vs momentum dependence and reduces the variation of the betatron amplitude, vs momentum

  14. Strong oriented chromatic number of planar graphs without short cycles

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    Mickaël Montassier

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Let M be an additive abelian group. A strong oriented coloringof an oriented graph G is a mapping φ from V(G to M such that (1 φ(u ≠ φ(v whenever uv is an arc in G and (2 φ(v - φ(u ≠ -(φ(t - φ(z whenever uv and zt are two arcs in G. We say that G has a M-strong-oriented coloring. The strong oriented chromatic number of an oriented graph, denoted by χ s (G, is the minimal order of a group M, such that G has M-strong-oriented coloring. This notion was introduced by Nešetřil and Raspaud. In this paper, we pose the following problem: Let i ≥ 4 be an integer. Let G be an oriented planar graph without cycles of lengths 4 to i. Which is the strong oriented chromatic number of G ? Our aim is to determine the impact of triangles on the strong oriented coloring. We give some hints of answers to this problem by proving that: (1 the strong oriented chromatic number of any oriented planar graph without cycles of lengths 4 to 12 is at most 7, and (2 the strong oriented chromatic number of any oriented planar graph without cycles of length 4 or 6 is at most 19.

  15. CHROMATIC NUMBER OF SQUARE OF MAXIMAL OUTERPLANAR GRAPHS

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    Luo Xiaofang

    2007-01-01

    Let χ(G2) denote the chromatic number of the square of a maximal outerplanar graph G and Q denote a maximal outerplanar graph obtained by adding three chords and χ(G2) = Δ + 2 if and only if G is Q, where Δ represents the maximum degree of G.

  16. Chromatic number of graphs and edge Folkman numbers

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    Nenov, Nedyalko Dimov

    2010-01-01

    In the paper we give a lower bound for the number of vertices of a given graph using its chromatic number. We find the graphs for which this bound is exact. The results are applied in the theory of Foklman numbers.

  17. Molecular basis of chromatic adaptation in pennate diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum

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    Herbstová, Miroslava; Bína, David; Koník, P.; Gardian, Zdenko; Vácha, František; Litvín, Radek

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 1847, 6-7 (2015), s. 534-543. ISSN 0005-2728 R&D Projects: GA ČR GBP501/12/G055 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Chromatic adaptation * Diatom * Heterokonta * Light harvesting antenna Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 5.353, year: 2014

  18. Monodisperse light color nanoparticle ink toward chromatic electrophoretic displays

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    Peng, Bo; Li, Yue; Li, Jian; Bi, Lei; Lu, Haipeng; Xie, Jianliang; Ren, Xiangling; Cao, Yonghai; Wang, Ning; Meng, Xianwei; Deng, Longjiang; Guo, Zhanhu

    2016-05-01

    The facile synthesis of nanoparticles for precise image control and fast response of chromatic electrophoretic displays (EPDs) is a challenge. Herein, we report a general method to prepare pink, blue, and yellow nanoparticles with low density and a tunable size of 230-310 nm. The monodispersity is down to 0.02 and surface charges are up to 666e. Importantly, our work highlights the feasibility of chromatic nanoparticles as cost-effective candidates for electrophoretic displays.The facile synthesis of nanoparticles for precise image control and fast response of chromatic electrophoretic displays (EPDs) is a challenge. Herein, we report a general method to prepare pink, blue, and yellow nanoparticles with low density and a tunable size of 230-310 nm. The monodispersity is down to 0.02 and surface charges are up to 666e. Importantly, our work highlights the feasibility of chromatic nanoparticles as cost-effective candidates for electrophoretic displays. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr02524b

  19. A new frequency approach for light flicker evaluation in electric power systems

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    Feola, Luigi; Langella, Roberto; Testa, Alfredo

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, a new analytical estimator for light flicker in frequency domain, which is able to take into account also the frequency components neglected by the classical methods proposed in literature, is proposed. The analytical solutions proposed apply for any generic stationary signal affected by interharmonic distortion. The light flicker analytical estimator proposed is applied to numerous numerical case studies with the goal of showing i) the correctness and the improvements of the analytical approach proposed with respect to the other methods proposed in literature and ii) the accuracy of the results compared to those obtained by means of the classical International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) flickermeter. The usefulness of the proposed analytical approach is that it can be included in signal processing tools for interharmonic penetration studies for the integration of renewable energy sources in future smart grids.

  20. Analysis of EEG signal by Flicker Noise Spectroscopy: Identification of right/left hand movement imagination

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    Broniec, Anna

    2014-01-01

    Flicker Noise Spectroscopy (FNS) has been used for the analysis of electroencephalography (EEG) signal related to the movement imagination. The analysis of sensorimotor rhythms in time-frequency maps reveals the event-related desynchronization (ERD) and the post-movement event-related synchronization (ERS), observed mainly in the contralateral hemisphere to the hand moved for the motor imagery. The signal has been parameterized in accordance with FNS method. The significant changes of the FNS parameters, at the time when the subject imagines the movement, have been observed. The analysis of these parameters allows to distinguish between imagination of right and left hands movement. Our study shows that the flicker-noise spectroscopy can be an alternative method of analyzing EEG signal related to the imagination of movement in terms of a potential application in the brain-computer interface (BCI).

  1. Lattice transitions and flickering images in aged Cu-Mn alloys

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    Distinctive ''flickering'' movements are observed in TEM images of the microstructure of Cu-Mn alloys after aging within the miscibility gap. Analyses of two-beam image extinction and electron diffraction streaks indicate that the underlying tweed and ''V-shaped'' images involve a static displacement field of the type {110} left angle 1 anti 10 right angle. Atomic force microscopy and other microanalyses show the presence of Mn-enriched colonies of 15-40 nm, formed throughout the microstructure, in which twinned fct crystallites are induced and confined. The flickering movements are interpreted as a direct manifestation of the fcc=>fct transformation event and in particular of a rotation of the fct c-axis, these effects being caused by an inelastic interaction between left angle 110 right angle left angle 1 anti 10 right angle phonons and the accelerated electrons of the incident TEM beam. (orig.)

  2. An attempt to find precursors in the ULF geomagnetic data by means of flicker noise spectroscopy

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    M. Hayakawa

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The flicker noise spectroscopy which is a new phenomenological method for the retrieval of information contained in chaotic time signals, is based on the analysis of recognizable irregularities (pulse, jumps, and discontinuities of derivatives of various order. This method is applied to the ULF (ultra-low-frequency data observed at Guam in 1992–1994, in order to study the temporal nonlinear behavior of the lithospheric activity prior to the large 1993 Guam earthquake (8 August 1993. We have found that the lithosphere must have exhibited the step-like discontinuous behaviors in the lithosphere 101, 78, 54, 31 and 8 days before the main shock. This kind of nonlinear temporal behavior can be tracked by means of our flicker noise spectroscopy.

  3. Vibrio harveyi Nitroreductase Is Also a Chromate Reductase

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    Kwak, Young Hak; Lee, Dong Seok; Kim, Han Bok

    2003-01-01

    The chromate reductase purified from Pseudomonas ambigua was found to be homologous with several nitroreductases. Escherichia coli DH5α and Vibrio harveyi KCTC 2720 nitroreductases were chosen for the present study, and their chromate-reducing activities were determined. A fusion between glutathione S-transferase (GST) and E. coli DH5α NfsA (GST-EcNfsA), a fusion between GST and E. coli DH5α NfsB (GST-EcNfsB), and a fusion between GST and V. harveyi KCTC 2720 NfsA (GST-VhNfsA) were prepared for their overproduction and easy purification. GST-EcNfsA, GST-EcNFsB, and GST-VhNFsA efficiently reduced nitrofurazone and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) as their nitro substrates. The Km values for GST-EcNfsA, GST-EcNfsB, and GST-VhNfsA for chromate reduction were 11.8, 23.5, and 5.4 μM, respectively. The Vmax values for GST-EcNfsA, GST-EcNfsB, and GST-VhNfsA were 3.8, 3.9, and 10.7 nmol/min/mg of protein, respectively. GST-VhNfsA was the most effective of the three chromate reductases, as determined by each Vmax/Km value. The optimal temperatures of GST-EcNfsA, GST-EcNfsB, and GST-VhNfsA for chromate reduction were 55, 30, and 30°C, respectively. Thus, it is confirmed that nitroreductase can also act as a chromate reductase. Nitroreductases may be used in chromate remediation. GST-EcNfsA, GST-EcNfsB, and GST-VhNfsA have a molecular mass of 50 kDa and exist as a monomer in solution. Thin-layer chromatography showed that GST-EcNfsA, GST-EcNfsB, and GST-VhNfsA contain FMN as a cofactor. GST-VhNfsA reduced Cr(VI) to Cr(III). Cr(III) was much less toxic to E. coli than Cr(VI). PMID:12902220

  4. Isoluminant coloured stimuli are undetectable in blindsight even when they move.

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    Alexander, Iona; Cowey, Alan

    2013-03-01

    Moving stimuli are the most effective of all in eliciting blindsight. The detection of static luminance-matched coloured stimuli is negligible or even impossible in blindsight. However, moving coloured stimuli on an achromatic background have not been tested. We therefore tested two blindsighted hemianopes, one of them highly experienced and the other much less so, to determine whether they could perform what should be one of the simplest of all motion tasks: detecting when an array of coloured stimuli moves. On each trial, they were presented in the hemianopic field with an array of spots, all red or green or blue or achromatic, in a circular window and on a white surround. The spots moved coherently in the first or second of two short intervals. The subject had to indicate the interval in which the motion had occurred. The luminance of the spots was varied across different blocks of trials, but the background luminance remained the same throughout. For each colour, there was a ratio of luminance between the spots and the white surround at which performance was not significantly better than chance, although at other ratios, performance was good to excellent, with the exception of blue spots in one subject. We conclude that detecting global coherent motion in blindsight is impossible when it is based on chromatic contrast alone. PMID:23263562

  5. Statistically instable processes: connection with flicker, nonequilibrium, fractal and colored noise

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    Gorban, I. I.

    2012-01-01

    Analytical expressions that link statistical instability parameters with process’s spectrum are obtained. It is shown that statistical stability is determined solely by the character of spectral power density dependence on frequency. It is revealed that statistically stable noises are those with rising intensity when frequency is increased, white noise, and equilibrium flicker noise described by the dependence 1/f β where the spectrum shape parameter is 0 < β < 1 as well as fractal Gaus...

  6. Flow rate pulsations of water with flicker power spectrum in an industrial sodium steam generator

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    The study on the spectral characteristics of the water flow pulsations in the evaporating modulus of the steam generator with sodium power unit BN-600 at the nominal capacity is carried out. It is shown that the outflow pulsations capacity spectrum changes inversely with the frequency (flicker pulsations). Origination of the identified high-energy low-frequency pulsations of the water outflow is related to the critical mode of the heat exchange, realized in the evaporation modulus

  7. On the Anomalous Flicker Noise Intensity in High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Kazakov, Kirill A.

    2009-01-01

    The problem of anomalously high levels of flicker noise observed in the normal state of the high-temperature superconductors is addressed. It is argued that the anomaly is the result of incorrect normalization of the power spectra according to the Hooge formula. A careful analysis of the available experimental data is given, which shows that the scaling of the spectral power with sample size is essentially different from the inverse proportionality. It is demonstrated that the measured spectr...

  8. Reduction of Flicker Effect in Wind Power Plants with Doubly Fed Machines

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    Bendl, Jiří; Chomát, Miroslav; Schreier, Luděk

    Zaragoza: EA4EPQ, 2005, s. 1-5. ISBN 84-609-3234-6. [International Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality (ICREPQ 05). Zaragoza (ES), 16.03.2005-18.03.2005] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA102/03/0046 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20570509 Keywords : wind turbines * flicker * induction generators Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  9. Binocular Combination of Second-Order Stimuli

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    Zhou, Jiawei; Liu, Rong; Zhou, Yifeng; Hess, Robert F.

    2014-01-01

    Phase information is a fundamental aspect of visual stimuli. However, the nature of the binocular combination of stimuli defined by modulations in contrast, so-called second-order stimuli, is presently not clear. To address this issue, we measured binocular combination for first- (luminance modulated) and second-order (contrast modulated) stimuli using a binocular phase combination paradigm in seven normal adults. We found that the binocular perceived phase of second-order gratings depends on...

  10. Impact of Atmospheric Chromatic Effects on Weak Lensing Measurements

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    Meyers, Joshua E.; Burchat, Patricia R.

    2015-07-01

    Current and future imaging surveys will measure cosmic shear with statistical precision that demands a deeper understanding of potential systematic biases in galaxy shape measurements than has been achieved to date. We use analytic and computational techniques to study the impact on shape measurements of two atmospheric chromatic effects for ground-based surveys such as the Dark Energy Survey and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST): (1) atmospheric differential chromatic refraction and (2) wavelength dependence of seeing. We investigate the effects of using the point-spread function (PSF) measured with stars to determine the shapes of galaxies that have different spectral energy distributions than the stars. We find that both chromatic effects lead to significant biases in galaxy shape measurements for current and future surveys, if not corrected. Using simulated galaxy images, we find a form of chromatic “model bias” that arises when fitting a galaxy image with a model that has been convolved with a stellar, instead of galactic, PSF. We show that both forms of atmospheric chromatic biases can be predicted (and corrected) with minimal model bias by applying an ordered set of perturbative PSF-level corrections based on machine-learning techniques applied to six-band photometry. Catalog-level corrections do not address the model bias. We conclude that achieving the ultimate precision for weak lensing from current and future ground-based imaging surveys requires a detailed understanding of the wavelength dependence of the PSF from the atmosphere, and from other sources such as optics and sensors. The source code for this analysis is available at https://github.com/DarkEnergyScienceCollaboration/chroma.

  11. HyperCube: A Small Lensless Position Sensing Device for the Tracking of Flickering Infrared LEDs

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    Thibaut Raharijaona

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available An innovative insect-based visual sensor is designed to perform active marker tracking. Without any optics and a field-of-view of about 60°, a novel miniature visual sensor is able to locate flickering markers (LEDs with an accuracy much greater than the one dictated by the pixel pitch. With a size of only 1 cm3 and a mass of only 0.33 g, the lensless sensor, called HyperCube, is dedicated to 3D motion tracking and fits perfectly with the drastic constraints imposed by micro-aerial vehicles. Only three photosensors are placed on each side of the cubic configuration of the sensing device, making this sensor very inexpensive and light. HyperCube provides the azimuth and elevation of infrared LEDs flickering at a high frequency (>1 kHz with a precision of 0.5°. The minimalistic design in terms of small size, low mass and low power consumption of this visual sensor makes it suitable for many applications in the field of the cooperative flight of unmanned aerial vehicles and, more generally, robotic applications requiring active beacons. Experimental results show that HyperCube provides useful angular measurements that can be used to estimate the relative position between the sensor and the flickering infrared markers.

  12. Static and dynamic effects of flicker in phase multilevel elements on LCoS devices

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    Márquez, A.; Martínez, F. J.; Gallego, S.; Ortuño, M.; Francés, J.; Beléndez, A.; Pascual, I.

    2015-09-01

    Phase-only modulation is necessary in a great number of modern spatial light modulation applications, and the spatial light modulator (SLM) technology of choice is usually the parallel-aligned liquid crystal on silicon (PA-LCoS) microdisplay. Various degradation effects have been analyzed in the literature which may be introduced by SLMs and whose quantitative knowledge enables to select the best working conditions and/or to design specific compensation strategies to diminish negative effects. In this paper we concentrate on the phase flicker typically produced by PA-LCoS devices. The availability of a recent polarimetric-based method, the average Stokes polarimetric technique, to measure the linear retardance and its flicker amplitude eases the capability to simulate the performance of spatially varying phase multilevel elements typically addressed onto PA-LCoS devices. A representative element is the blazed grating. Recently we demonstrated the capability of the calibration provided by the average Stokes polarimetric technique to predict the performance of blazed gratings, both their average diffraction efficiency, static analysis, and its associated time fluctuation, dynamic analysis. In the present work we take advantage of the demonstrated predictive capability of our approach to analyse to find the wide range of applicability of PA-LCoS devices in applications in spite of flicker.

  13. Protection of flickers and higher harmonics produced from static power supply

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    There are two problems when the power source for proton synchrotrons is connected directly to a power line. One is voltage flicker, which comes from the large power swing of pulse load, that is main ring magnets in the present case. The other is the higher harmonic current generated by large converters. These problems can be said as a sort of pollution. The latter is very serious. The A.C. harmonic current emanates from thyristors or mercury converters, and even a slight amount of it propagates over 50 km distance on a power grid, and finally stimulates local resonance with capacitors which are equipped for improving power factor at factories. The main function of flicker suppressors is the compensation of reactive power, not real power. There is nothing to do with the real power, as it is small, and always it can be neglected. Therefore it can be said that this system is reactive power compensator as well as the flicker suppressor. There are three typical compensators. One is saturable reactors. The principle is conventional. The advantage of this type is the continuous and complete compensation of reactive power. The second type is capacitor steps. The response is fast, but the disadvantage of this type is step compensation instead of continuous compensation. The third type is the compensators using thyristors. The principle of the compensators is elegant and sophisticated. But this is rather expensive. (Tai, I.)

  14. Simultaneous chromate reduction and azo dye decolourization by Brevibacterium casei: Azo dye as electron donor for chromate reduction

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    Ng, Tsz Wai; Cai Qinhong [Department of Biology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T. (Hong Kong); Wong, Chong-Kim [Department of Biology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T. (Hong Kong); Environmental Science Programme, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T. (Hong Kong); Chow, Alex T. [Department of Biosystems Engineering, Clemson University, SC 29634 (United States); Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University, SC 29634 (United States); Wong, Po-Keung, E-mail: pkwong@cuhk.edu.hk [Department of Biology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T. (Hong Kong); Environmental Science Programme, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T. (Hong Kong)

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    Chromate [Cr(VI)] and azo dyes are common pollutants which may co-exist in some industrial effluents. Hence studies of biological treatment of industrial wastewater should include investigation of the co-removal of these two pollutants. Brevibacterium casei, which can reduce Cr(VI) in the presence of the azo dye Acid Orange 7 (AO7) under nutrient-limiting condition, was isolated from a sewage sludge sample of a dyeing factory. Response surface methodology, which is commonly used to optimize growth conditions for food microorganisms to maximize product(s) yield, was used to determine the optimal conditions for chromate reduction and dye decolourization by B. casei. The optimal conditions were 0.24 g/L glucose, 3.0 g/L (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}SO{sub 4} and 0.2 g/L peptone at pH 7 and 35 deg. C. The predicted maximum chromate reduction efficiencies and dye decolourization were 83.4 {+-} 0.6 and 40.7 {+-} 1.7%, respectively. A new mechanism was proposed for chromate reduction coupling with AO7 decolourization by B. casei. Under nutrient-limiting condition, AO7 was used as an e{sup -} donor by the reduction enzyme(s) of B. casei for the reduction of Cr(VI). The resulted Cr(III) then complexed with the oxidized AO7 to form a purple coloured intermediate.

  15. Simultaneous chromate reduction and azo dye decolourization by Brevibacterium casei: Azo dye as electron donor for chromate reduction

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    Chromate [Cr(VI)] and azo dyes are common pollutants which may co-exist in some industrial effluents. Hence studies of biological treatment of industrial wastewater should include investigation of the co-removal of these two pollutants. Brevibacterium casei, which can reduce Cr(VI) in the presence of the azo dye Acid Orange 7 (AO7) under nutrient-limiting condition, was isolated from a sewage sludge sample of a dyeing factory. Response surface methodology, which is commonly used to optimize growth conditions for food microorganisms to maximize product(s) yield, was used to determine the optimal conditions for chromate reduction and dye decolourization by B. casei. The optimal conditions were 0.24 g/L glucose, 3.0 g/L (NH4)2SO4 and 0.2 g/L peptone at pH 7 and 35 deg. C. The predicted maximum chromate reduction efficiencies and dye decolourization were 83.4 ± 0.6 and 40.7 ± 1.7%, respectively. A new mechanism was proposed for chromate reduction coupling with AO7 decolourization by B. casei. Under nutrient-limiting condition, AO7 was used as an e- donor by the reduction enzyme(s) of B. casei for the reduction of Cr(VI). The resulted Cr(III) then complexed with the oxidized AO7 to form a purple coloured intermediate.

  16. Dependence of chromatic responses in V1 on visual field eccentricity and spatial frequency: an fMRI study.

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    D'Souza, Dany V; Auer, Tibor; Frahm, Jens; Strasburger, Hans; Lee, Barry B

    2016-03-01

    Psychophysical sensitivity to red-green chromatic modulation decreases with visual eccentricity, compared to sensitivity to luminance modulation, even after appropriate stimulus scaling. This is likely to occur at a central, rather than a retinal, site. Blood-oxygenation-level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) responses to stimuli designed to separately stimulate different afferent channels' [red-green, luminance, and short-wavelength (S)-cone] circular gratings were recorded as a function of visual eccentricity (±10  deg) and spatial frequency (SF) in human primary visual cortex (V1) and further visual areas (V2v, V3v). In V1, the SF tuning of BOLD fMRI responses became coarser with eccentricity. For red-green and luminance gratings, similar SF tuning curves were found at all eccentricities. The pattern for S-cone modulation differed, with SF tuning changing more slowly with eccentricity than for the other two modalities. This may be due to the different retinal distribution with eccentricity of this receptor type. A similar pattern held in V2v and V3v. This would suggest that transformation or spatial filtering of the chromatic (red-green) signal occurs beyond these areas. PMID:26974942

  17. Coupling of cerebral blood flow and oxygen metabolism is conserved for chromatic and luminance stimuli in human visual cortex

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    Leontiev, Oleg; Buracas, Giedrius T.; Liang, Christine; Ances, Beau M.; Perthen, Joanna E.; Shmuel, Amir; Buxton, Richard B.

    2012-01-01

    The ratio of the changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2) during brain activation is a critical determinant of the magnitude of the blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) response measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Cytochrome oxidase (CO), a key component of oxidative metabolism in the mitochondria, is non-uniformly distributed in visual area V1 in distinct blob and interblob regions, suggesting significant spatial variation...

  18. Evaluation of cone function by a handheld non-mydriatic flicker electroretinogram device

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    Full Text Available Natsuko Nakamura,1 Kaoru Fujinami,1 Yoshinobu Mizuno,2 Toru Noda,2 Kazushige Tsunoda11Laboratory of Visual Physiology, Division of Vision Research, National Institute of Sensory Organs, 2Department of Ophthalmology, National Hospital Organization, National Tokyo Medical Center, Tokyo, JapanPurpose: Full-field electroretinograms (ERGs are used to evaluate retinal function in patients with various types of hereditary and acquired retinal diseases. However, ERG recordings require relatively invasive procedures, including pupillary dilation and the use of contact lens electrodes. Thus, it would be helpful to have a simpler and noninvasive screening method. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a new, handheld, portable ERG device, RETeval™, can be used to screen patients for cone dysfunction.Patients and methods: Thirty-five eyes of 35 patients who had reduced cone responses ascertained by a conventional ERG system using contact lens electrodes were studied. The causative diseases included achromatopsia, cone dystrophy, cone-rod dystrophy, retinitis pigmentosa, choroidal dystrophy, autoimmune retinopathy, and Stargardt disease. The flicker ERGs were recorded with the RETeval™ under undilated conditions with skin electrodes (stimulus strength, 3.0 cd·s/m2; frequency, 28.3 Hz, and the responses were compared to that of 50 healthy eyes. The amplitudes and implicit times of the fundamental component of the flicker ERGs were analyzed in three age groups: Group A, ≤20 years; Group B, 21–40 years; and Group C, ≥41 years.Results: In all of the age groups, the amplitudes of the ERGs were significantly smaller and the implicit times significantly longer in patients with cone dysfunction than in the control eyes. All but one of the patients had flicker amplitudes lower than the mean −2.0 standard deviation of control eyes.Conclusion: The RETeval™ has a potential of being used to screen for cone dysfunction. The entire examination

  19. Electrical flicker-noise generated by filling and emptying of impurity states in injectors of quantum-cascade lasers

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    Yamanishi, Masamichi, E-mail: masamiya@crl.hpk.co.jp; Hirohata, Tooru; Hayashi, Syohei; Fujita, Kazuue; Tanaka, Kazunori [Central Research Laboratories, Hamamatsu Photonics KK, 434-8601 Hamakita-ku, Hamamatsu (Japan)

    2014-11-14

    Free running line-widths (>100 kHz), much broader than intrinsic line-widths ∼100 Hz, of existing quantum-cascade lasers are governed by strong flicker frequency-noise originating from electrical flicker noise. Understanding of microscopic origins of the electrical flicker noises in quantum-cascade lasers is crucially important for the reduction of strength of flicker frequency-noise without assistances of any type of feedback schemes. In this article, an ad hoc model that is based on fluctuating charge-dipoles induced by electron trappings and de-trappings at indispensable impurity states in injector super-lattices of a quantum-cascade laser is proposed, developing theoretical framework based on the model. The validity of the present model is evaluated by comparing theoretical voltage-noise power spectral densities based on the model with experimental ones obtained by using mid-infrared quantum-cascade lasers with designed impurity-positioning. The obtained experimental results on flicker noises, in comparison with the theoretical ones, shed light on physical mechanisms, such as the inherent one due to impurity states in their injectors and extrinsic ones due to surface states on the ridge-walls and due to residual deep traps, for electrical flicker-noise generation in existing mid-infrared quantum-cascade lasers. It is shown theoretically that quasi-delta doping of impurities in their injectors leads to strong suppression of electrical flicker noise by minimization of the dipole length at a certain temperature, for instance ∼300 K and, in turn, is expected to result in substantial narrowing of the free running line-width down below 10 kHz.

  20. Electrical flicker-noise generated by filling and emptying of impurity states in injectors of quantum-cascade lasers

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    Free running line-widths (>100 kHz), much broader than intrinsic line-widths ∼100 Hz, of existing quantum-cascade lasers are governed by strong flicker frequency-noise originating from electrical flicker noise. Understanding of microscopic origins of the electrical flicker noises in quantum-cascade lasers is crucially important for the reduction of strength of flicker frequency-noise without assistances of any type of feedback schemes. In this article, an ad hoc model that is based on fluctuating charge-dipoles induced by electron trappings and de-trappings at indispensable impurity states in injector super-lattices of a quantum-cascade laser is proposed, developing theoretical framework based on the model. The validity of the present model is evaluated by comparing theoretical voltage-noise power spectral densities based on the model with experimental ones obtained by using mid-infrared quantum-cascade lasers with designed impurity-positioning. The obtained experimental results on flicker noises, in comparison with the theoretical ones, shed light on physical mechanisms, such as the inherent one due to impurity states in their injectors and extrinsic ones due to surface states on the ridge-walls and due to residual deep traps, for electrical flicker-noise generation in existing mid-infrared quantum-cascade lasers. It is shown theoretically that quasi-delta doping of impurities in their injectors leads to strong suppression of electrical flicker noise by minimization of the dipole length at a certain temperature, for instance ∼300 K and, in turn, is expected to result in substantial narrowing of the free running line-width down below 10 kHz

  1. Investigation of the chromate conversion coating on Alclad 2024 aluminium alloy: effect of the pH of the chromate bath

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    Campestrini, P.; Westing, E.P.M. van; Hovestad, A.; Wit, J.H.W. de

    2002-01-01

    The parameters of the chromate bath, like temperature, pH, and fluoride content, strongly affect the morphology and chemical composition of the chromate conversion coating and as a consequence have a large influence on its corrosion performance. In this paper, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

  2. Expression of the six chromate ion transporter homologues of Burkholderia xenovorans LB400.

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    Acosta-Navarrete, Yaned M; León-Márquez, Yhoana L; Salinas-Herrera, Karina; Jácome-Galarza, Irvin E; Meza-Carmen, Víctor; Ramírez-Díaz, Martha I; Cervantes, Carlos

    2014-02-01

    The chromate ion transporter (CHR) superfamily comprises transporters that confer chromate resistance by extruding toxic chromate ions from cytoplasm. Burkholderia xenovorans strain LB400 has been reported to encode six CHR homologues in its multireplicon genome. We found that strain LB400 displays chromate-inducible resistance to chromate. Susceptibility tests of Escherichia coli strains transformed with cloned B. xenovorans chr genes indicated that the six genes confer chromate resistance, although under different growth conditions, and suggested that expression of chr genes is regulated by sulfate. Expression of chr genes was measured by quantitative reverse transcription-PCR (RT-qPCR) from total RNA of B. xenovorans LB400 grown under different concentrations of sulfate and exposed or not to chromate. The chr homologues displayed distinct expression levels, but showed no significant differences in transcription under the various sulfate concentrations tested, indicating that sulfate does not regulate chr gene expression in B. xenovorans. The chrA2 gene, encoded in the megaplasmid, was the only chr gene whose expression was induced by chromate and it was shown to constitute the chromate-responsive chrBACF operon. These data suggest that this determinant is mainly responsible for the B. xenovorans LB400 chromate resistance phenotype. PMID:24257816

  3. Flicker and thermal noise in an n-channel underlap DG FinFET in a weak inversion region

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    Sudhansu Kumar Pati; Hemant Pardeshi; Godwin Raj; N Mohankumar; Chandan Kumar Sarkar

    2013-01-01

    We propose an analytical model for drain current and inversion charge in the subthreshold region for an underlap DG FinFET by using the minimum channel potential method,i.e.,the virtual source.The flicker and thermal noise spectral density models are also developed using these charge and current models expression.The model is validated with already published experimental results of flicker noise for DG FinFETs.For an ultrathin body,the degradation of effective mobility and variation of the scattering parameter are considered.The effect of device parameters like gate length Lg and underlap length Lun on both flicker and thermal noise spectral densities are also analyzed.Increasing Lg and Lun,increases the effective gate length,which reduces drain current,resulting in decreased flicker and thermal noise density.A decrease of flicker noise is observed for an increase of frequency,which indicates that the device can be used for wide range of frequency applications.

  4. Bounds for the harmonious chromatic number of a graph

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    Krasikov, I.; Y. Roditty

    1994-01-01

    The upper bound for the harmonious chromatic number of a graph given by Zhikang Lu and by C. McDiarmid and Luo Xinhua, independently (Journal of Graph Theory, 1991, pp. 345-347 and 629-636) and the lower bound given by D. G. Beane, N. L. Biggs, and B. J. Wilson (Journal of Graph Theory, 1989, pp. 291-298) are improved.

  5. Chromatic and clique numbers of a class of perfect graphs

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    Mohammad Reza Fander

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Let p be a prime number and n be a positive integer. The graph G p (n is a graph with vertex set [n]=1,2,ldots,n , in which there is an arc from u to v if and only if uneqv and pnmidu+v . In this paper it is shown that G p (n is a perfect graph. In addition, an explicit formula for the chromatic number of such graph is given.

  6. Chromatism compensation of the PETAL multipetawatt high-energy laser

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    NEAUPORT, Jérôme; Blanchot, N; Rouyer, C; Sauteret, C

    2007-01-01

    High-energy petawatt lasers use series of spatial filters in their amplification section. The refractive lenses employed introduce longitudinal chromatism that can spatially and temporally distort the ultra-fast laser beam after focusing. To ensure optimum performances of petawatt laser facilities, these distortions need to be corrected. Several solutions using reflective, refractive, or diffractive optical components can be addressed. We give herein a review of these various possibilities wi...

  7. The total chromatic number of regular graphs of high degree

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    XIE DeZheng; YANG WanNian

    2009-01-01

    The total chromatic number XT (G) of a graph G is the minimum number of colors needed to color the edges and the vertices of G so that incident or adjacent elements have distinct colors.We show that if G is a regular graph and d(G)≥2/3|V(G)|+23/6,where d(G) denotes the degree of a vertex in G,then xT(G)≤d(G) + 2.

  8. Chromate abatement in the Y-12 Plant's New Hope Pond

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    Results are reported from a 15-months field study that utilized four nonchromate-based water-treatment programs in 16 low-temperature (less than 1000F) cooling towers using corrosion and deposition studies, microbiological control, and plant effluent creek analyses as evaluation parameters. The study succeeded in bringing the chromate content of effluent of the New Hope Pond at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant to the limits established by the Environmental Protection Agency. (auth)

  9. Chromaticity Gamut Enhancement by Heptatone Multi-Color Printing

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    Ostromoukhov, V.

    1993-01-01

    The present paper studies the chromaticity gamut of multi-color printing processes. Heptatone (7-color) printing - the most promising variant of multi-color printing - offers a significantly larger gamut than a conventional CMYK printing process, approaching CRT and film gamuts. The behavior of the process in the device-independent CIE-XYZ and CIE-L*u*v* colorimetric spaces is explored using the compound Neugebauer model developped for this purpose. A simple and straightforward Moiri-free sep...

  10. English Perceptions and Representations of Venetian Chromatic Variations

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    Geoffroy, Anne

    2015-01-01

    While Newton was the first to split white light using a triangular prism in 1671, thus putting an end to the linear system of the Aristotelian chromatic scale, previous experiments using the prism as an optical instrument had been made a hundred years before by the Venetian Filipo Mocenigo, Archbishop of Nicosia. These attempts at understanding colours need to be linked to the uniqueness of the Venetian environment and to the quality of light in the lagoon where refraction is a daily phenomen...

  11. On the quantum chromatic number of a graph

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    Cameron, P. J.; Montanaro, A.; Newman, M. W.; Severini, S.; Winter, A.

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the notion of quantum chromatic number of a graph, which is the minimal number of colours necessary in a protocol in which two separated provers can convince an interrogator with certainty that they have a colouring of the graph. After discussing this notion from first principles, we go on to establish relations with the clique number and orthogonal representations of the graph. We also prove several general facts about this graph parameter and find large separations between th...

  12. The total chromatic number of regular graphs of high degree

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    2009-01-01

    The total chromatic number χT (G) of a graph G is the minimum number of colors needed to color the edges and the vertices of G so that incident or adjacent elements have distinct colors. We show that if G is a regular graph and d(G) 32 |V (G)| + 263 , where d(G) denotes the degree of a vertex in G, then χT (G) d(G) + 2.

  13. Correction of the Chromaticity up to Second Order for MEIC

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    H. K. Sayed, S.A. Bogacz, P. Chevtsov

    2010-03-01

    The proposed electron collider lattice exhibits low β- functions at the Interaction Point (IP) (βx∗100mm − βy∗ 20 mm) and rather large equilibrium momentum spread of the collider ring (δp/p = 0.00158). Both features make the chromatic corrections of paramount importance. Here the chromatic effects of the final focus quadruples are cor- rected both locally and globally. Local correction features symmetric sextupole families around the IP, the betatron phase advances from the IP to the sextupoles are chosen to eliminate the second order chromatic aberration. Global interleaved families of sextupoles are placed in the figure-8 arc sections, and non-interleaved families at straight sec- tion making use of the freely propagated dispersion wave from the arcs. This strategy minimizes the required sex- tupole strength and eventually leads to larger dynamic aper- ture of the collider. The resulting spherical aberrations induced by the sextupoles are mitigated by design; the straight and arc sections optics features an inverse identity transformation between sextupoles in each pair.

  14. Speed and the coherence of superimposed chromatic gratings.

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    Bosten, J M; Smith, L; Mollon, J D

    2016-05-01

    On the basis of measurements of the perceived coherence of superimposed drifting gratings, Krauskopf and Farell (1990) proposed that motion is analysed independently in different chromatic channels. They found that two gratings appeared to slip if each modulated one of the two 'cardinal' color mechanisms S/(L+M) and L/(L+M). If the gratings were defined along intermediate color directions, observers reported a plaid, moving coherently. We hypothesised that slippage might occur in chromatic gratings if the motion signal from the S/(L+M) channel is weak and equivalent to a lower speed. We asked observers to judge coherence in two conditions. In one, S/(L+M) and L/(L+M) gratings were physically the same speed. In the other, the two gratings had perceptually matched speeds. We found that the relative incoherence of cardinal gratings is the same whether gratings are physically or perceptually matched in speed. Thus our hypothesis was firmly contradicted. In a control condition, observers were asked to judge the coherence of stationary gratings. Interestingly, the difference in judged coherence between cardinal and intermediate gratings remained as strong as it was when the gratings moved. Our results suggest a possible alternative interpretation of Krauskopf and Farell's result: the processes of object segregation may precede the analysis of the motion of chromatic gratings, and the same grouping signals may prompt object segregation in the stationary and moving cases. PMID:27059617

  15. Tailoring chromatic dispersion in chalcogenide-tellurite microstructured optical fiber

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    Kohoutek, Tomas; Duan, Zhongchao; Kawashima, Hiroyasu; Cheng, Tonglei; Suzuki, Takenobu; Matsumoto, Morio; Misumi, Takashi; Ohishi, Yasutake

    2014-08-01

    We report fabrication of a highly nonlinear hybrid microstructured optical fiber composed of chalcogenide glass core and tellurite glass cladding. The flattened chromatic dispersion can be achieved in such an optical fiber with near zero dispersion wavelength at telecommunication wavelengths λ = 1.35-1.7 μm, which cannot be achieved in chalcogenide glass optical fibers due to their high refractive index, i.e. n > 2.1. We demonstrate a hybrid 4-air hole chalcogenide-tellurite optical fiber (Δn = 0.25) with flattened chromatic dispersion around λ = 1.55 μm. In optimized 12-air hole optical fiber composed of the same glasses, the chromatic dispersion values were achieved between -20 and 32 ps/nm/km in a broad wavelength range of 1.5-3.8 μm providing the fiber with extremely high nonlinear coefficient 86,000 km-1W-1. Hybrid chalcogenide/tellurite fibers pumped with the near infrared lasers give good promise for broadband optical amplification, wavelength conversion, and supercontinuum generation in the near- to mid-infrared region.

  16. Chemical Effects following Thermal Neutron Capture in Potassium Chromate

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    The chemical effects accompanying radiative thermal neutron capture in potassium chromate have been extensively studied in the past few years. The presence of radioactive chromic ions formed upon dissolving neutron irradiated potassium chromate and the reactions from heating the material above 150°C have been explained by reactions involving the presence of CrO4+ ions in the crystal lattice. A new analytical method, based on the slow rate of exchange between chromo and chromic ions, has been used to show that more than 90% of the reduced chromium ions are present in the +2 valence state. The results obtained, using the new analytical method, indicate that the processes taking place during dissolution are hydration processes while the reduction of chromium fragments takes place in the crystal. Isothermal and isochronical annealing experiments carried out on crystals irradiated at room temperature show that three annealing reactions occur between 60° and 275°C. The influence of quenching and foreign ions on the three annealing reactions has been studied. Investigations made in parallel with chemical changes of Cr51 recoil species and electronic changes in irradiated potassium chromate during post-irradiation treatment have been carried out measuring the thermoluminescence spectrum, the electrical conductivity and the chemical distribution of Cr51 fragments. The results show that the chemical annealing reactions are associated with electronic changes indicating a close relation between chemical annealing and the disappearance of charge carriers. (author)

  17. Color Discrimination Is Affected by Modulation of Luminance Noise in Pseudoisochromatic Stimuli

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    Cormenzana Méndez, Iñaki; Martín, Andrés; Charmichael, Teaire L.; Jacob, Mellina M.; Lacerda, Eliza M. C. B.; Gomes, Bruno D.; Fitzgerald, Malinda E. C.; Ventura, Dora F.; Silveira, Luiz C. L.; O'Donell, Beatriz M.; Souza, Givago S.

    2016-01-01

    Pseudoisochromatic stimuli have been widely used to evaluate color discrimination and to identify color vision deficits. Luminance noise is one of the stimulus parameters used to ensure that subject's response is due to their ability to discriminate target stimulus from the background based solely on the hue between the colors that compose such stimuli. We studied the influence of contrast modulation of the stimulus luminance noise on threshold and reaction time color discrimination. We evaluated color discrimination thresholds using the Cambridge Color Test (CCT) at six different stimulus mean luminances. Each mean luminance condition was tested using two protocols: constant absolute difference between maximum and minimum luminance of the luminance noise (constant delta protocol, CDP), and constant contrast modulation of the luminance noise (constant contrast protocol, CCP). MacAdam ellipses were fitted to the color discrimination thresholds in the CIE 1976 color space to quantify the color discrimination ellipses at threshold level. The same CDP and CCP protocols were applied in the experiment measuring RTs at three levels of stimulus mean luminance. The color threshold measurements show that for the CDP, ellipse areas decreased as a function of the mean luminance and they were significantly larger at the two lowest mean luminances, 10 cd/m2 and 13 cd/m2, compared to the highest one, 25 cd/m2. For the CCP, the ellipses areas also decreased as a function of the mean luminance, but there was no significant difference between ellipses areas estimated at six stimulus mean luminances. The exponent of the decrease of ellipse areas as a function of stimulus mean luminance was steeper in the CDP than CCP. Further, reaction time increased linearly with the reciprocal of the length of the chromatic vectors varying along the four chromatic half-axes. It decreased as a function of stimulus mean luminance in the CDP but not in the CCP. The findings indicated that visual

  18. Chromate Reduction in Serratia marcescens Isolated from Tannery Effluent and Potential Application for Bioremediation of Chromate Pollution

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    M.A. Mondaca

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Pollution of aquatic systems by heavy metals has resulted in increasing environmental concern because they cannot be biodegraded. One metal that gives reason for concern due to its toxicity is chromium. Cr(VI and Cr(III are the principal forms of chromium found in natural waters. A chromate-resistant strain of the bacterium S. marcescens was isolated from tannery effluent. The strain was able to reduce Cr(VI to Cr(III, and about 80% of chromate was removed from the medium. The reduction seems to occur on the cell surface. Transmission electron microscopic examination of cells revealed that particles were deposited on the outside of bacterial cells. A stable biofilm was formed in less than 10 h, reaching around 1010 cfu attached per milligram of activated carbon. These findings demonstrate that immobilized S. marcescens might be used in industrial waste treatment processes.

  19. Detection, discrimination, and sensation of visceral stimuli

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    Hölzl, Rupert; Erasmus, Lutz-Peter; Möltner, Andreas; Samay, Sebastian; Waldmann, Hans-Christian; Neidig, Claus W.

    1994-01-01

    Examines the interoception of gastrointestinal stimuli. A total of 48 subjects participated in the study that used an adaptive up-down tracking method of threshold determination of distensions to the colon wall. Subjects were presented with two temporal intervals, and the stimulus was applied to one of the intervals. Then they were required to give behavioral and subjective responses to perceived distension stimuli in the lower bowel segments. It is concluded that detection of stimuli is poss...

  20. Stellar granulation as the source of high-frequency flicker in Kepler light curves

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    A large fraction of cool, low-mass stars exhibit brightness fluctuations that arise from a combination of convective granulation, acoustic oscillations, magnetic activity, and stellar rotation. Much of the short-timescale variability takes the form of stochastic noise, whose presence may limit the progress of extrasolar planet detection and characterization. In order to lay the groundwork for extracting useful information from these quasi-random signals, we focus on the origin of the granulation-driven component of the variability. We apply existing theoretical scaling relations to predict the star-integrated variability amplitudes for 508 stars with photometric light curves measured by the Kepler mission. We also derive an empirical correction factor that aims to account for the suppression of convection in F-dwarf stars with magnetic activity and shallow convection zones. So that we can make predictions of specific observational quantities, we performed Monte Carlo simulations of granulation light curves using a Lorentzian power spectrum. These simulations allowed us to reproduce the so-called flicker floor (i.e., a lower bound in the relationship between the full light-curve range and power in short-timescale fluctuations) that was found in the Kepler data. The Monte Carlo model also enabled us to convert the modeled fluctuation variance into a flicker amplitude directly comparable with observations. When the magnetic suppression factor described above is applied, the model reproduces the observed correlation between stellar surface gravity and flicker amplitude. Observationally validated models like these provide new and complementary evidence for a possible impact of magnetic activity on the properties of near-surface convection.

  1. Fast entrainment of human electroencephalogram to a theta-band photic flicker during successful memory encoding

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    Naoyuki Sato

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Theta band power (4-8Hz in the scalp electroencephalogram (EEG is thought to be stronger during memory encoding for subsequently remembered items than for forgotten items. According to simultaneous EEG-functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI measurements, the memory-dependent EEG theta is associated with multiple regions of the brain. This suggests that the multiple regions cooperate with EEG theta synchronization during successful memory encoding. However, a question still remains: What kind of neural dynamic organizes such a memory-dependent global network? In this study, the modulation of the EEG theta entrainment property during successful encoding was hypothesized to lead to EEG theta synchronization among a distributed network. Then, a transient response of EEG theta to a theta-band photic flicker with a short duration was evaluated during memory encoding. In the results, flicker-induced EEG power increased and decreased with a time constant of several hundred milliseconds following the onset and the offset of the flicker, respectively. Importantly, the offset response of EEG power was found to be significantly decreased during successful encoding. Moreover, the offset response of the phase locking index was also found to associate with memory performance. According to computational simulations, the results are interpreted as a smaller time constant (i.e., faster response of a driven harmonic oscillator rather than a change in the spontaneous oscillatory input. This suggests that the fast response of EEG theta forms a global EEG theta network among memory-related regions during successful encoding, and it contributes to a flexible formation of the network along the time course.

  2. Critical flicker frequency and continuous reaction times for the diagnosis of minimal hepatic encephalopathy

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    Lauridsen, Mette Enok Munk; Jepsen, Peter; Vilstrup, Hendrik

    2011-01-01

    -to-perform reproducible bedside methods: the critical flicker frequency (CFF) and continuous reaction times (CRT) tests. A CFF times) indicates cerebral dysfunction. 154 patients with acute or chronic liver disease with out overt hepatic......Abstract Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is intermittently present in up to 2/3 of patients with chronic liver disease. It impairs their daily living and can be treated. However, there is no consensus on diagnostic criteria except that psychometric methods are required. We compared two easy...

  3. Eclipse mapping the flickering sources in the dwarf nova HT Cassiopeia

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    Baptista, R; Kolokotronis, V; Giannakis, O; Papadimitriou, C J

    2011-01-01

    We report results of the eclipse mapping analysis of an ensemble of light curves of HT Cas. The fast response of the white dwarf to the increase in mass transfer rate, the expansion rate of the accretion disc at the same time, and the relative amplitude of the high-frequency flickering indicate that the quiescent disc of HT Has has high viscosity, alpha ~ 0.3-0.7. This is in marked disagreement with the disc-instability model and implies that the outbursts of HT Cas are caused by bursts of enhanced mass-transfer rate from its donor star.

  4. Boson peak, flickering noise, backscattering processes and radiative transfer in random media

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    The method of matrix Green's functions in the classical theory of electromagnetic waves is stated. This method allows to obtain a closed equation system in the presence of the random media for the calculation both coherent, and incoherent (fluctuating) components of radiation. The density and heterogeneity of scattering media can be arbitrary. The coherent channel is calculated independently. The fluctuating radiation distribution in the medium is developed initially by an interference pattern generated by the coherent channel. The limitations of the processes speed are absent. The theory embraces such phenomena as the boson peak, flickering noise, memory effect, backscattering processes and also conventional radiative transfer equation and Fresnel's formulae.

  5. Flicker noise of magneto-dependent component of SHF power of resonator with epitaxial HTSC film

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    The methodology of studies on the flicker noise (FN) of magneto-dependent component of the SHF power of the resonator with HTSC film is described. The methodology consists in registration of the FN low-frequency intensity of the magneto-dependent component of the SHF power of the resonator. The analysis was carried out for radio-frequency range. Dependence of the absorbed power value, its magneto-dependent part and the FN intensity on the temperature is obtained. The proposed method is effective by studies of the FN sources in the neighborhood and essentially lower Tkr

  6. Self-organized complex space charge configurations at the origin of flicker noise

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    Based on experimental results obtained from a plasma diode we explain the fluctuations of the voltage supported by a non-linear gaseous conductor by the dynamical behavior of spatiotemporal patterns, in the form of moving double layers, formed after self-organization. Such phenomena appear when the system is subjected to an external constraint that creates and maintains a local gradient of electron kinetic energy. The described phenomenology suggests a plausible explanation for the appearance of flicker noise also in other physical systems, as for example semiconductors and, implicitly, offers a new model for the so-called self-organized criticality concept

  7. Theory of polymer translocation through a flickering nanopore under an alternating driving force

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    Sarabadani, Jalal; Ikonen, Timo; Ala-Nissila, Tapio

    2015-01-01

    We develop a theory for polymer translocation driven by a time-dependent force through an oscillating nanopore. To this end, we extend the iso-flux tension propagation theory (IFTP) [Sarabadani \\textit{et al., J. Chem. Phys.}, 2014, \\textbf{141}, 214907] for such a setup. We assume that the external driving force in the pore has a component oscillating in time, and the flickering pore is similarly described by an oscillating term in the pore friction. In addition to numerically solving the mo...

  8. Flickering characteristics and temperature field of premixed methane/air flame under the influence of co-flow

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    Highlights: • Flickering characteristics and temperature field of premixed methane/air flame are studied in co-flow. • The temperature is measured by improved flame reaction technique by correcting the number density of metal atoms. • The temperature calibration is conducted by sodium D-line reversal method. • The oscillation amplitude of flame decreases and the frequency increases with co-flow velocity. • The oscillation amplitude increases with equivalence ratio. - Abstract: The flickering characteristics and the temperature field of an axisymmetric premixed methane/air flame under the influence of co-flow are studied experimentally using the image analysis and the flame reaction technique. The premixed flame is visualized by the alkali metal solution of sodium (Na) for characterizing the flickering characteristics. The temperature measurement of the flame is carried out using the flame reaction technique combined with the relationship between the local intensity of the flame and the temperature from the sodium D-line reversal method, and the influence of the number density distribution of Na on the measured temperature field is corrected by the measurement integrated analysis of the flame with the iterative procedure. This technique is validated by the local temperature measurement in the steady flame under the influence of co-flow using the thermocouple calibrated by the sodium D-line reversal method. The flame visualization and temperature measurement in the flickering flame of the premixed methane/air flame indicates that the flame contour and the temperature field oscillate periodically with the flickering frequency due to the Kelvin–Helmholtz instability of the flame. The oscillation amplitude decreases and the frequency increases gradually with the co-flow velocity increases similar to the observation in the diffusion flame in literature, while the oscillation amplitude grows with the equivalence ratio increases. These changes in the flickering

  9. An Examination of the Relationship between Visual Fatigue Symptoms with Flicker Value Variations in Video Display Terminal Users

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    Ehsanollah Habibi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In most sensitive occupations such as nuclear, military and chemical industries closed circuit systems and visual display terminals (VDTs are used to carefully control and assess sensitive processes. Visual fatigue is one of the factors decreasing accuracy and concentration in operators causing faulty perception. This study aimed to find out a relationship between visual fatigue symptoms (VFS of Flicker value variations in video display terminal (VDT operators. This cross-sectional study, conducted in 2011, aimed to examine visual fatigue and determine the relationship between its symptoms and visual flicker value changes in 248 operators of VDTs in several occupations. The materials used in this study were a visual fatigue questionnaire of VDTs and a VFM-90.1 device. Visual fatigue was measured in two stages (prior to beginning to work and 60 min later. The data were analyzed by SPSS11.5, using descriptive statistics, paired t-test, simple and multiple linear regressions, correlation and recognition coefficients. Then regression equations of changes in flicker value depending on the changes in the main domains and the changes in final score before the questionnaire were obtained. Paired t-test indicated significant differences in the mean score of visual fatigue symptoms and the mean score of flicker value between the two stages, respectively (P ≤ 0.001. Simple and multiple regressions of flicker value variations, for the last visual fatigue changes in questionnaire score and the four main domains of the questionnaire were obtained R2 = 0.851 and R2 = 0.853, respectively. Correlation coefficient in the above tests indicated reverse and significant relationships among flicker value changes with changes in questionnaire score and visual fatigue symptoms. Diagnosing the first symptoms of visual fatigue could be an appropriate warning for VDTs operators in sensitive occupations to react suitably, in behavior and management, to control or treat

  10. MULTISCALE GUIDED DEBLURRING: CHROMATIC ABERRATION CORRECTION IN COLOR AND NEAR-INFRARED IMAGING

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    Sadeghipoor Kermani, Zahra; Lu, Yue; Mendez, Erick; Süsstrunk, Sabine

    2015-01-01

    Chromatic aberration, caused by photographic lens imperfections, results in the image of only one spectral channel being sharp, while the other channels are blurred depending on their wavelengths difference with the sharp channel. We study chromatic aberration for a system that jointly records color and near-infrared (NIR) images on a single sensor. Chromatic aberration in such a system leads to a blurred NIR image when the color image is in-focus and sharp. We propose an algorithm that deblu...

  11. Removal of chromate in a permeable reactive barrier using zero-valent iron

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    Kjeldsen, Peter; Locht, T

    2002-01-01

    precipitation of chromate and other groundwater constituents, the barrier may have a limited capacity for chromate removal. By performing a column experiment with iron filings it was shown that the capacity was slightly lower at high chromate concentration (500 ppm) in comparison to low concentration (20 ppm......). Mixing in sand had no significant enhancing effect on the removal capacity, in contrast to a pH adjustment of the groundwater to pH 4, which significantly increased the removal capacity....

  12. Preventing potential mixed waste generation by replacing CCW potassium chromate corrosion inhibitor

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    Wisconsin Public Service Corporation personnel at the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant decided to replace their potassium chromate inhibitor in the component cooling water (CCW) system in order to eliminate the possibility of needing to dispose of radioactively contaminated chromate solution in the future. This paper discusses the replacement effort, which included identifying an environmentally acceptable replacement inhibitor that was as effective as chromate for corrosion inhibition and implementing the inhibitor changeover program

  13. EVALUATION OF CORRECTION METHODS OF CHROMATIC ABERRATION IN DIGITAL CAMERA IMAGES

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    Matsuoka, R; Asonuma, K.; Takahashi, G; Danjo, T.; Hirana, K.

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports an experiment conducted to evaluate correction methods of chromatic aberrations in images acquired by a nonmetric digital camera. The chromatic aberration correction methods evaluated in the experiment are classified into two kinds. One is the method to correct image coordinates by using camera calibration results of color-separated images. The other is the method based on the assumption that the magnitude of chromatic aberrations can be expressed by a function of ...

  14. Photopic 30 Hz flicker ERG as a predictor for rubeosis in central retinal vein occlusion

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    Larsson, J.; Andreasson, S.

    2001-01-01

    AIMS—To investigate the predictive value of the cone b-wave implicit time in the photopic compared with the scotopic 30 Hz flicker ERG for rubeosis in central retinal vein occlusion.
METHODS—44 patients with a central retinal vein occlusion were examined with full field electroretinogram (ERG).
RESULTS—The average implicit time in the photopic 30 Hz flicker ERG in patients who developed rubeosis (n=15) was 38.3 ms. In the patients who did not develop rubeosis (n=29) it was 31.3. The differenc...

  15. Rod-Driven OFF Pathway Responses in the Distal Retina: Dark-Adapted Flicker Electroretinogram in Mouse

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    Lei, Bo

    2012-01-01

    Purpose The rodent retina does not exhibit a positive OFF-response in the electroretinogram (ERG), which makes it difficult to evaluate its OFF-pathway functions in vivo. We studied the rod-driven OFF pathway responses by using a dark-adapted 10-Hz flicker ERG procedure in mouse. Materials and Methods Conventional ERGs and 10-Hz dark-adapted flicker ERGs were obtained in wild-type mice (C57BL/6), in mice with pure rod (cpfl1) or pure cone (rho−/− ) function, and in nob1 mice which have a sele...

  16. Adaptación de redes de distribución a las normas de Flicker

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    Issouribehere, Pedro; Barbera, Gustavo Ariel

    2001-01-01

    Se describe la normativa Argentina y se muestran resultados estadísticos del grado de contaminación actual encontrado en las redes de Buenos Aires. Se comparan las impedancias normalizadas IEC utilizadas en pruebas de emisión con las reales de las redes de distribución. Se estudia la distribución del flicker en un alimentador genérico y se determina analíticamente la influencia del flicker en el diseño de redes, por comparación con el dimensionamiento clásico por caídas de tensión. Finalmente...

  17. Performance Comparison of Steam-Based and Chromate Conversion Coatings on Aluminum Alloy 6060

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    Din, Rameez Ud; Jellesen, Morten Stendahl; Ambat, Rajan

    2015-01-01

    In this study, oxide layers generated on aluminum alloy 6060(UNS A96060) using a steam-based process were compared with conventional chromate and chromate-phosphate conversion coatings. Chemical composition and microstructure of the conversion coatings were investigated and their corrosion...... performance was evaluated using potentio dynamic polarization, acetic acid salt spray, and filiform corrosion testing of powder coated specimens. The steam-based process resulted in homogenous growth of oxide layer and superior coverageover intermetallic particles when compared to chromate-based conversion...... coatings. The coating formed by steam showed improved corrosion resistance, while adhesion to powder coatingand filiform corrosion was comparable with chromate conversion coatings....

  18. Electrochemical Behavior of 2205 Duplex Stainless Steel in NaCl Solution with Different Chromate Contents

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    Luo, H.; Dong, C. F.; Cheng, X. Q.; Xiao, K.; Li, X. G.

    2012-07-01

    The electrochemical behavior of 2205 duplex stainless steel in NaCl solution with different chromate contents were investigated by potentiodynamic polarization curves, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), Mott-Schottky analysis, and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The effect of chromate on passivity and pitting behavior of stainless steel was also studied. The results showed that pitting susceptibility as well as semiconducting properties of passive film is heavily dependent on the chromate concentration. There exists a critical chromate value (about 0.03 M in 1 M NaCl solutions) below which the pitting corrosion on the stainless steel would be inhibited and above which it would be accelerated.

  19. Definition and measurement of the beam propagation factor M2 for chromatic laser beams

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    Tao Fang; Xin Ye; Jinfu Niu; Jianqiu Xu

    2006-01-01

    The concept of the beam propagation factor M2 is extended for chromatic laser beams. The definition of the beam propagation factor can be generalized with the weighted effective wavelength. Using the new definition of factor M2, the propagation of chromatic beams can be analyzed by the beam propagation factor M2 as same as that of monochromatic beams. A simple method to measure the chromatic beam factor M2 is demonstrated. The chromatic factor M2 is found invariable while the laser beam propagates through the dispersion-free ABCD system.

  20. On the flicker noise of ferrite circulators for ultra-stable oscillators.

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    Rubiola, Enrico; Gruson, Yannick; Giordano, Vincent

    2004-08-01

    The flicker noise of the ferrite circulator is a critical element in ultra-stable microwave oscillators, in which the signal reflected from the input of the reference cavity is exploited to stabilize the frequency. This paper explains why the circulator noise must be measured in isolation mode, proposes a measurement scheme, and provides experimental results. The observed flicker spans from -162 to -170 dB[rad2]/Hz at 1 Hz off the 9.2 GHz carrier, and at +19 dBm of input power. In the same conditions, the instrument limit is below -180 dB[rad2]/Hz. Experiments also give information on the mechanical stability of the microwave assembly, which is in the range of 10(-11) m. The measurement method can be used as the phase detector of a corrected oscillator; and, in the field of solid-state physics, it can be used for the measurement of random fluctuations in magnetic materials. PMID:15344401

  1. Larger Planet Radii Inferred from Stellar "Flicker" Brightness Variations of Bright Planet Host Stars

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    Bastien, Fabienne A; Pepper, Joshua

    2014-01-01

    Most extrasolar planets have been detected by their influence on their parent star, typically either gravitationally (the Doppler method) or by the small dip in brightness as the planet blocks a portion of the star (the transit method). Therefore, the accuracy with which we know the masses and radii of extrasolar planets depends directly on how well we know those of the stars, the latter usually determined from the measured stellar surface gravity, logg. Recent work has demonstrated that the short-timescale brightness variations ("flicker") of stars can be used to measure logg to a high accuracy of ~0.1-0.2 dex (Bastien et al. 2013). Here, we use flicker measurements of 289 bright (Kepmag<13) candidate planet-hosting stars with Teff=4500-6650 K to re-assess the stellar parameters and determine the resulting impact on derived planet properties. This re-assessment reveals that for the brightest planet-host stars, an astrophysical bias exists that contaminates the stellar sample with evolved stars: nearly 50%...

  2. Equilibrium physics breakdown reveals the active nature of red blood cell flickering

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    Turlier, H.; Fedosov, D. A.; Audoly, B.; Auth, T.; Gov, N. S.; Sykes, C.; Joanny, J.-F.; Gompper, G.; Betz, T.

    2016-05-01

    Red blood cells, or erythrocytes, are seen to flicker under optical microscopy, a phenomenon initially described as thermal fluctuations of the cell membrane. But recent studies have suggested the involvement of non-equilibrium processes, without definitively ruling out equilibrium interpretations. Using active and passive microrheology to directly compare the membrane response and fluctuations on single erythrocytes, we report here a violation of the fluctuation-dissipation relation, which is a direct demonstration of the non-equilibrium nature of flickering. With an analytical model of the composite erythrocyte membrane and realistic stochastic simulations, we show that several molecular mechanisms may explain the active fluctuations, and we predict their kinetics. We demonstrate that tangential metabolic activity in the network formed by spectrin, a cytoskeletal protein, can generate curvature-mediated active membrane motions. We also show that other active membrane processes represented by direct normal force dipoles may explain the observed membrane activity. Our findings provide solid experimental and theoretical frameworks for future investigations of the origin and function of active motion in cells.

  3. Colors of the pulsations and flickering of Sy Cancri during outburst

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    The spectra of the short period (approx.30 s) oscillations and flickering of the dwarf nova Sy Cnc have been determined by simultaneous measuring the optical flux in three broad, contiguous spectral bands during an optical outburst of the star. The spectrum of the oscillation rises too rapidly toward short wavelengths to be consistent with any simple thermal model. The colors of the flickering are even more extreme (i.e., more ultraviolet) than those of the pulsations. No timing differences were detected to a fraction of a second between the ultraviolet (U), cyan (B+V, or C) and red (R, to 9000 A) bands of the pulsations; thus, the optical oscillations appear to arise from a single physical location in the binary system. Without a detailed study of a more complicated class of models, which may include recombination radiation from H I, He I, and He II in addition to a thermal model, it is impossible to assign a temperature to the oscillations and thereby determine whether they are produced directly on the white dwarf or in the accretion disk

  4. Flicker-Driven Responses in Visual Cortex Change during Matched-Frequency Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation

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    Ruhnau, Philipp; Keitel, Christian; Lithari, Chrysa; Weisz, Nathan; Neuling, Toralf

    2016-01-01

    We tested a novel combination of two neuro-stimulation techniques, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) and frequency tagging, that promises powerful paradigms to study the causal role of rhythmic brain activity in perception and cognition. Participants viewed a stimulus flickering at 7 or 11 Hz that elicited periodic brain activity, termed steady-state responses (SSRs), at the same temporal frequency and its higher order harmonics. Further, they received simultaneous tACS at 7 or 11 Hz that either matched or differed from the flicker frequency. Sham tACS served as a control condition. Recent advances in reconstructing cortical sources of oscillatory activity allowed us to measure SSRs during concurrent tACS, which is known to impose strong artifacts in magnetoencephalographic (MEG) recordings. For the first time, we were thus able to demonstrate immediate effects of tACS on SSR-indexed early visual processing. Our data suggest that tACS effects are largely frequency-specific and reveal a characteristic pattern of differential influences on the harmonic constituents of SSRs. PMID:27199707

  5. Visual Contextual Effects of Orientation, Contrast, Flicker, and Luminance: All Are Affected by Normal Aging

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    Nguyen, Bao N.; McKendrick, Allison M.

    2016-01-01

    The perception of a visual stimulus can be markedly altered by spatial interactions between the stimulus and its surround. For example, a grating stimulus appears lower in contrast when surrounded by a similar pattern of higher contrast: a phenomenon known as surround suppression of perceived contrast. Such center–surround interactions in visual perception are numerous and arise from both cortical and pre-cortical neural circuitry. For example, perceptual surround suppression of luminance and flicker are predominantly mediated pre-cortically, whereas contrast and orientation suppression have strong cortical contributions. Here, we compare the perception of older and younger observers on a battery of tasks designed to assess such visual contextual effects. For all visual dimensions tested (luminance, flicker, contrast, and orientation), on average the older adults showed greater suppression of central targets than the younger adult group. The increase in suppression was consistent in magnitude across all tasks, suggesting that normal aging produces a generalized, non-specific alteration to contextual processing in vision. PMID:27148047

  6. Automated selection of LEDs by luminance and chromaticity coordinate

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    Fischer, Ulrich H P; Reinboth, Christian

    2010-01-01

    The increased use of LEDs for lighting purposes has led to the development of numerous applications requiring a pre-selection of LEDs by their luminance and / or their chromaticity coordinate. This paper demonstrates how a manual pre-selection process can be realized using a relatively simple configuration. Since a manual selection service can only be commercially viable as long as only small quantities of LEDs need to be sorted, an automated solution suggests itself. This paper introduces such a solution, which has been developed by Harzoptics in close cooperation with Rundfunk Gernrode. The paper also discusses current challenges in measurement technology as well as market trends.

  7. Chromatic Dispersion Compensation Using Photonic Crystal Fibers with Hexagonal Distribution

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    Erick E. Reyes-Vera

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we show various configurations of photonic crystal fiber with hexagonal holes distribution for compensation of chromatic dispersion in optical communications links. The vectorial finite element method with scattering boundary condition was used for the analysis of the fibers. From these results it was estimated variation of the dispersion and the dispersion slope with respect to change in the diameter of the holes in the microstructure. With the above was possible to obtain values of dispersion in the C and L bands of telecommunications close to -850 ps / nm * km, with confinement losses 10-3 dB / km

  8. Leaching of chromated copper arsenate wood preservatives: a review.

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    Hingston, J A; Collins, C D; Murphy, R J; Lester, J N

    2001-01-01

    Recent studies have generated conflicting data regarding the bioaccumulation and toxicity of leachates from preservative-treated wood. Due to the scale of the wood preserving industry, timber treated with the most common preservative, chromated copper arsenate (CCA), may form a significant source of metals in the aquatic environment. The existing literature on leaching of CCA is reviewed, and the numerous factors affecting leaching rates, including pH, salinity, treatment and leaching test protocols are discussed. It is concluded from the literature that insufficient data exists regarding these effects to allow accurate quantification of leaching rates, and also highlights the need for standardised leaching protocols. PMID:11202715

  9. Field demonstration project experience on the distribution systems` DSTATCOM (distribution static compensator) used to mitigate voltage flicker

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    Clouston, J.R.; Armanini, G. [British Columbia Hydro, Vancouver, BC (Canada); Abi-Samra, N.C.; Edwards, C.W. [Westinghouse Electric Corp., (United States); Sundaram, A. [Electric Power Research Inst., (United States)

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    The proposed installation of a 1200 Hp whole log chipper at Adams Lake Lumber in British Columbia posed some serious problems for BC Hydro on account of voltage flicker. Detailed studies were conducted to determine the running voltage flicker which would occur with the addition of the new chipper. In addition, BC Hydro, the Electric Power Research Institute, Westinghouse Electric Corp., and Adams Lumber agreed to test the prototype DSTATCOM (distribution static compensator) which is a fast response, inverter based power controller which provides flexible voltage control at the point of connection for improving the power quality in distribution systems. The DSTATCOM is an alternating synchronous voltage source connected in parallel to the distribution three-phase feeder circuit via a coupling transformer. It provides instantaneous power factor correction to improve line utilization and minimize energy losses. Field test results conducted on the prototype model were discussed. Results of the test showed that the DSTATCOM was very effective in reducing running voltage flicker caused by noisy electrical loads connected to the distribution system. A voltage flicker level of 7-8 per cent was reduced to an acceptable level of 4 per cent. An improved power factor, improved voltage levels and cleaner electrical supply are some of the additional benefits to installing DSTATCOM. 3 refs., 16 figs.

  10. In-Depth Functional Diagnostics of Mouse Models by Single-Flash and Flicker Electroretinograms without Adapting Background Illumination.

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    Tanimoto, Naoyuki; Michalakis, Stylianos; Weber, Bernhard H F; Wahl-Schott, Christian A; Hammes, Hans-Peter; Seeliger, Mathias W

    2016-01-01

    Electroretinograms (ERGs) are commonly recorded at the cornea for an assessment of the functional status of the retina in mouse models. Full-field ERGs can be elicited by single-flash as well as flicker light stimulation although in most laboratories flicker ERGs are recorded much less frequently than singleflash ERGs. Whereas conventional single-flash ERGs contain information about layers, i.e., outer and inner retina, flicker ERGs permit functional assessment of the vertical pathways of the retina, i.e., rod system, cone ON-pathway, and cone OFF-pathway, when the responses are evoked at a relatively high luminance (0.5 log cd s/m(2)) with varying frequency (from 0.5 to 30 Hz) without any adapting background illumination. Therefore, both types of ERGs complement an in-depth functional characterization of the mouse retina, allowing for a discrimination of an underlying functional pathology. Here, we introduce the systematic interpretation of the single-flash and flicker ERGs by demonstrating several different patterns of functional phenotype in genetic mouse models, in which photoreceptors and/or bipolar cells are primarily or secondarily affected. PMID:26427467

  11. CALiPER Retail Lamps Study 3.1: Dimming, Flicker, and Power Quality Characteristics of LED A Lamps

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    This CALiPER report examines the characteristics of a subset of lamps from CALiPER Retail Lamps Study 3 in more detail. Specifically, it focuses on the dimming, power quality, and flicker characteristics of 14 LED A lamps, as controlled by four different retail-available dimmers.

  12. Dependence of image flickering of negative dielectric anisotropy liquid crystal on the flexoelectric coefficient ratio and the interdigitated electrode structure

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    We experimentally measured the splay (e s) and the bend flexoelectric coefficients (e b) of liquid crystal (LC) mixtures with negative dielectric anisotropy and investigated their effect on the image flicker of the LC mixtures driven with a low frequency electric field. Using the experimentally measured e s and e b, we simulated the transmittance (TR) response with the continuum model. First, we confirmed that the TR simulation results were approximated to the experimental data with only small variation. Second, we varied the simulation parameters of e s , e b, the separation (S), and the width (W) of the interdigitated electrodes and tried to find the optimum condition showing the least image flicker. Given W  =  3.0 μm and e b  =  5.7 pC m−1, it was found that the image flicker could be minimized when the e s /e b value was about 2.4 and the S/W ratio was about 1.5. Because the e s /e b value of the rod-like LC material is generally less than 1, it is desirable to design an interdigitated electrode structure to minimize the image flicker effect. (paper)

  13. Dependence of image flickering of negative dielectric anisotropy liquid crystal on the flexoelectric coefficient ratio and the interdigitated electrode structure

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    Lee, Hyojin; Kim, Hyungmin; Kim, Jongyoon; Lee, Ji-Hoon

    2016-02-01

    We experimentally measured the splay (e s) and the bend flexoelectric coefficients (e b) of liquid crystal (LC) mixtures with negative dielectric anisotropy and investigated their effect on the image flicker of the LC mixtures driven with a low frequency electric field. Using the experimentally measured e s and e b, we simulated the transmittance (TR) response with the continuum model. First, we confirmed that the TR simulation results were approximated to the experimental data with only small variation. Second, we varied the simulation parameters of e s , e b, the separation (S), and the width (W) of the interdigitated electrodes and tried to find the optimum condition showing the least image flicker. Given W  =  3.0 μm and e b  =  5.7 pC m-1, it was found that the image flicker could be minimized when the e s /e b value was about 2.4 and the S/W ratio was about 1.5. Because the e s /e b value of the rod-like LC material is generally less than 1, it is desirable to design an interdigitated electrode structure to minimize the image flicker effect.

  14. Sources of the flicker noise and technology of superconducting microstrips on the basis of yttrium-barium cuprate

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    Modeling of the YBa2Cu3O7 epitaxial films annealing process showed that oxygen transitions near the low-angular block boundaries are the prevailing flicker noise sources in the superconducting microstrips. The technology of magnetron scattering and etching by chemical and ion-beam methods was applied by manufacture of the superconducting microstrips ∼ 1μm in size

  15. Effective stimuli for constructing reliable neuron models.

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    Shaul Druckmann

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The rich dynamical nature of neurons poses major conceptual and technical challenges for unraveling their nonlinear membrane properties. Traditionally, various current waveforms have been injected at the soma to probe neuron dynamics, but the rationale for selecting specific stimuli has never been rigorously justified. The present experimental and theoretical study proposes a novel framework, inspired by learning theory, for objectively selecting the stimuli that best unravel the neuron's dynamics. The efficacy of stimuli is assessed in terms of their ability to constrain the parameter space of biophysically detailed conductance-based models that faithfully replicate the neuron's dynamics as attested by their ability to generalize well to the neuron's response to novel experimental stimuli. We used this framework to evaluate a variety of stimuli in different types of cortical neurons, ages and animals. Despite their simplicity, a set of stimuli consisting of step and ramp current pulses outperforms synaptic-like noisy stimuli in revealing the dynamics of these neurons. The general framework that we propose paves a new way for defining, evaluating and standardizing effective electrical probing of neurons and will thus lay the foundation for a much deeper understanding of the electrical nature of these highly sophisticated and non-linear devices and of the neuronal networks that they compose.

  16. Flicker Mitigation by Active Power Control of Variable-Speed Wind Turbines With Full-Scale Back-to-Back Power Converters

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    Hu, Weihao; Chen, Zhe; Wang, Zhaoan; Wang, Yue

    2009-01-01

    Grid-connected wind turbines are fluctuating power sources that may produce flicker during continuous operation.This paper presents a simulation model of a megawatt-level variablespeed wind turbine with a full-scale back-to-back power converter developed in the simulation tool of PSCAD/EMTDC. Fli......Grid-connected wind turbines are fluctuating power sources that may produce flicker during continuous operation.This paper presents a simulation model of a megawatt-level variablespeed wind turbine with a full-scale back-to-back power converter developed in the simulation tool of PSCAD....../EMTDC. Flicker emission of this system is investigated. Reactive power compensation is mostly adopted for flicker mitigation. However, the flicker mitigation technique shows its limits, when the grid impedance angle is low in some distribution networks. A new method of flicker mitigation by controlling active...... power is proposed. It smoothes the 3p active power oscillations from wind shear and tower shadow effects of the wind turbine by varying the dc-link voltage of the full-scale converter. Simulation results show that damping the 3p active power oscillation by using the flicker mitigation controller is an...

  17. Fluctuations in the prevalence of chromate allergy in Denmark and exposure to chrome-tanned leather

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    Carøe, Caroline; Andersen, Klaus E; Thyssen, Jacob P;

    2010-01-01

    A recent Danish study showed a significant increase in the prevalence of chromate contact allergy after the mid-1990s, probably as a result of exposure to leather products.......A recent Danish study showed a significant increase in the prevalence of chromate contact allergy after the mid-1990s, probably as a result of exposure to leather products....

  18. Chromatic dispersion of liquid crystal infiltrated capillary tubes and photonic crystal fibers

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    Rasmussen, Per Dalgaard; Lægsgaard, Jesper; Bang, Ole

    2006-01-01

    We consider chromatic dispersion of capillary tubes and photonic crystal fibers infiltrated with liquid crystals. A perturbative scheme for inclusion of material dispersion of both liquid crystal and the surrounding waveguide material is derived. The method is used to calculate the chromatic...

  19. Flexible OFDM-based access systems with intrinsic function of chromatic dispersion compensation

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    Konishi, Tsuyoshi; Murakawa, Takuya; Nagashima, Tomotaka; Hasegawa, Makoto; Shimizu, Satoshi; Hattori, Kuninori; Okuno, Masayuki; Mino, Shinji; Himeno, Akira; Uenohara, Hiroyuki; Wada, Naoya; Cincotti, Gabriella

    2015-12-01

    Cost-effective and tunable chromatic dispersion compensation in a fiber link are still an open issue in metro and access networks to cope with increasing costs and power consumption. Intrinsic chromatic dispersion compensation functionality of optical fractional orthogonal frequency division multiplexing is discussed and experimentally demonstrated using dispersion-tunable transmitter and receiver based on wavelength selective switching devices.

  20. Generalized Ramsey numbers for paths in 2-chromatic graphs

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    R. Meenakshi

    1986-01-01

    Full Text Available Chung and Liu have defined the d-chromatic Ramsey number as follows. Let 1≤d≤c and let t=(cd. Let 1,2,…,t be the ordered subsets of d colors chosen from c distinct colors. Let G1,G2,…,Gt be graphs. The d-chromatic Ramsey number denoted by rdc(G1,G2,…,Gt is defined as the least number p such that, if the edges of the complete graph Kp are colored in any fashion with c colors, then for some i, the subgraph whose edges are colored in the ith subset of colors contains a Gi. In this paper it is shown that r23(Pi,Pj,Pk=[(4k+2j+i−2/6] where i≤j≤k

  1. High Chromaticity Aluminum Plasmonic Pixels for Active Liquid Crystal Displays.

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    Olson, Jana; Manjavacas, Alejandro; Basu, Tiyash; Huang, Da; Schlather, Andrea E; Zheng, Bob; Halas, Naomi J; Nordlander, Peter; Link, Stephan

    2016-01-26

    Chromatic devices such as flat panel displays could, in principle, be substantially improved by incorporating aluminum plasmonic nanostructures instead of conventional chromophores that are susceptible to photobleaching. In nanostructure form, aluminum is capable of producing colors that span the visible region of the spectrum while contributing exceptional robustness, low cost, and streamlined manufacturability compatible with semiconductor manufacturing technology. However, individual aluminum nanostructures alone lack the vivid chromaticity of currently available chromophores because of the strong damping of the aluminum plasmon resonance in the visible region of the spectrum. In recent work, we showed that pixels formed by periodic arrays of Al nanostructures yield far more vivid coloration than the individual nanostructures. This progress was achieved by exploiting far-field diffractive coupling, which significantly suppresses the scattering response on the long-wavelength side of plasmonic pixel resonances. In the present work, we show that by utilizing another collective coupling effect, Fano interference, it is possible to substantially narrow the short-wavelength side of the pixel spectral response. Together, these two complementary effects provide unprecedented control of plasmonic pixel spectral line shape, resulting in aluminum pixels with far more vivid, monochromatic coloration across the entire RGB color gamut than previously attainable. We further demonstrate that pixels designed in this manner can be used directly as switchable elements in liquid crystal displays and determine the minimum and optimal numbers of nanorods required in an array to achieve good color quality and intensity. PMID:26639191

  2. Detection of chromatic microlensing in Q 2237+0305 A

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    Mosquera, A M; Mediavilla, E

    2008-01-01

    We present narrow band images of the gravitational lens system Q~2237+0305 made with the Nordic Optical Telescope in eight different filters covering the wavelength interval 3510-8130 \\AA. Using PSF photometry fitting we have derived the difference in magnitude vs. wavelength between the 4 images of Q~2237+0305. At $\\lambda=4110$ \\AA, the wavelength range covered by the Str\\"omgren-v filter coincides with the position and width of the CIV emission line. This allows us to determine the existence of microlensing in the continuum and not in the emission lines for two images of the quasar. Moreover the brightness of image A shows a significant variation with wavelength which can only be explained as consequence of chromatic microlensing. To perform a complete analysis of this chromatic event our observations were used together with OGLE light curves. Both data sets can not be reproduced by the simple phenomenology described under the caustic crossing approximation; using more realistic representations of microlen...

  3. Chromatic alteration on marble surfaces analysed by molecular biology tools

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    Franco Palla

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available The patina represents a superficial natural alteration of the constituting matter of the work of art. It emerges from the natural and usual stabilization process that the materials of the surface undergo because of the interaction with outdoor agents characterizing the surrounding environment. Besides, it is not linked to an obvious phenomenon of degradation that can be noticed through the change in the original colour of the matter. This is what we intend when we talk about biological patina usually generated by macro and/or micro-organic colonization (fungi, bacteria, alga which contributes to surface bio-deterioration and thus lead to the formation of orange, red or even brown and dark pigmented areas. The presence of chromatic alterations (rose-coloured areas, as a consequence of bacterial colonization, was most particularly pointed out in different sites, such as in the marble slabs on the facades of both the Cathedral of Siena (Duomo di Siena and the Certosa of Pavia. The present study shows an example of chromatic alteration of the surface of marble works due to bacterial colonization.

  4. Retail Lamps Study 3.1: Dimming, Flicker, and Power Quality Characteristics of LED A Lamps.

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    Royer, Michael P.; Poplawski, Michael E.; Brown, Charles C.

    2014-12-14

    To date, all three reports in the retail lamps series have focused on basic performance parameters, such as lumen output, efficacy, and color quality. This report goes a step further, examining the photoelectric characteristics (i.e., dimming and flicker) of a subset of lamps from CALiPER Retails Lamps Study 3. Specifically, this report focuses on the dimming, power quality, and flicker characteristics of 14 LED A lamps, as controlled by four different retail-available dimmers. The results demonstrate notable variation across the various lamps, but little variation between the four dimmers. Overall, the LED lamps: ~tended to have higher relative light output compared to the incandescent and halogen benchmark at the same dimmer output signal (RMS voltage). The lamps’ dimming curves (i.e., the relationship between control signal and relative light output) ranged from linear to very similar to the square-law curve typical of an incandescent lamp. ~generally exhibited symmetrical behavior—the same dimming curve—when measured proceeding from maximum to minimum or minimum to maximum control signal. ~mostly dimmed below 10% of full light output, with some exceptions for specific lamp and dimmer combinations ~exhibited a range of flicker characteristics, with many comparing favorably to the level typical of a magnetically-ballasted fluorescent lamp through at least a majority of the dimming range. ~ always exceeded the relative (normalized) efficacy over the dimming range of the benchmark lamps, which rapidly decline in efficacy when they are dimmed. This report generally does not attempt to rank the performance of one product compared to another, but instead focuses on the collective performance of the group versus conventional incandescent or halogen lamps, the performance of which is likely to be the baseline for a majority of consumers. Undoubtedly, some LED lamps perform better—or more similar to conventional lamps—than others. Some perform desirably for one

  5. Impaired visuocortical discrimination learning of socially conditioned stimuli in social anxiety.

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    Ahrens, Lea M; Mühlberger, Andreas; Pauli, Paul; Wieser, Matthias J

    2015-07-01

    In search of causative factors of social anxiety disorder (SAD), classical conditioning has been discussed as a potential trigger mechanism for many years. Recent findings suggest that the social relevance of the unconditioned stimulus (US) might play a major role in learning theories of SAD. Thus, this study applied a social conditioning paradigm with disorder-relevant US to examine the electrocortical correlates of affective learning. Twenty-four high socially anxious (HSA) and 23 age- and gender-matched low socially anxious (LSA) subjects were conditioned to 3 different faces flickering at a frequency of 15 Hz which were paired with auditory insults, compliments or neutral comments (US). The face-evoked electrocortical response was measured via steady-state visually evoked potentials and subjective measures of valence and arousal were obtained. Results revealed a significant interaction of social anxiety and conditioning, with LSA showing highest cortical activity to faces paired with insults and lowest activity to faces paired with compliments, while HSA did not differentiate between faces. No group differences were discovered in the affective ratings. The findings indicate a potentially impaired ability of HSA to discriminate between relevant and irrelevant social stimuli, which may constitute a perpetuating factor of SAD. PMID:25338634

  6. Cortical Gating of Oropharyngeal Sensory Stimuli

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    2010-01-01

    Somatosensory evoked potentials provide a measure of cortical neuronal activation in response to various types of sensory stimuli. In order to prevent flooding of the cortex with redundant information various sensory stimuli are gated cortically such that response to stimulus 2 (S2) is significantly reduced in amplitude compared to stimulus 1 (S1). Upper airway protective mechanisms, such as swallowing and cough, are dependent on sensory input for triggering and modifying their motor output. ...

  7. Effective stimuli for constructing reliable neuron models.

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    Shaul Druckmann; Berger, Thomas K.; Felix Schürmann; Sean Hill; Henry Markram; Idan Segev

    2011-01-01

    Author Summary Neurons perform complicated non-linear transformations on their input before producing their output - a train of action potentials. This input-output transformation is shaped by the specific composition of ion channels, out of the many possible types, that are embedded in the neuron's membrane. Experimentally, characterizing this transformation relies on injecting different stimuli to the neuron while recording its output; but which of the many possible stimuli should one apply...

  8. Binocular combination of second-order stimuli.

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    Zhou, Jiawei; Liu, Rong; Zhou, Yifeng; Hess, Robert F

    2014-01-01

    Phase information is a fundamental aspect of visual stimuli. However, the nature of the binocular combination of stimuli defined by modulations in contrast, so-called second-order stimuli, is presently not clear. To address this issue, we measured binocular combination for first- (luminance modulated) and second-order (contrast modulated) stimuli using a binocular phase combination paradigm in seven normal adults. We found that the binocular perceived phase of second-order gratings depends on the interocular signal ratio as has been previously shown for their first order counterparts; the interocular signal ratios when the two eyes were balanced was close to 1 in both first- and second-order phase combinations. However, second-order combination is more linear than previously found for first-order combination. Furthermore, binocular combination of second-order stimuli was similar regardless of whether the carriers in the two eyes were correlated, anti-correlated, or uncorrelated. This suggests that, in normal adults, the binocular phase combination of second-order stimuli occurs after the monocular extracting of the second-order modulations. The sensory balance associated with this second-order combination can be obtained from binocular phase combination measurements. PMID:24404180

  9. Binocular combination of second-order stimuli.

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    Full Text Available Phase information is a fundamental aspect of visual stimuli. However, the nature of the binocular combination of stimuli defined by modulations in contrast, so-called second-order stimuli, is presently not clear. To address this issue, we measured binocular combination for first- (luminance modulated and second-order (contrast modulated stimuli using a binocular phase combination paradigm in seven normal adults. We found that the binocular perceived phase of second-order gratings depends on the interocular signal ratio as has been previously shown for their first order counterparts; the interocular signal ratios when the two eyes were balanced was close to 1 in both first- and second-order phase combinations. However, second-order combination is more linear than previously found for first-order combination. Furthermore, binocular combination of second-order stimuli was similar regardless of whether the carriers in the two eyes were correlated, anti-correlated, or uncorrelated. This suggests that, in normal adults, the binocular phase combination of second-order stimuli occurs after the monocular extracting of the second-order modulations. The sensory balance associated with this second-order combination can be obtained from binocular phase combination measurements.

  10. Traditional use of the Andean flicker (Colaptes rupicola as a galactagogue in the Peruvian Andes

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    Froemming Steve

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This paper explores the use of the dried meat and feathers of the Andean Flicker (Colaptes rupicola to increase the milk supply of nursing women and domestic animals in the Andes. The treatment is of preColumbian origin, but continues to be used in some areas, including the village in the southern Peruvian highlands where I do ethnographic research. I explore the factors giving rise to and sustaining the practice, relate it to other galactagogues used in the Andes and to the use of birds in ethnomedical and ethnoveterinary treatments in general, and situate it within the general tendency in the Andes and elsewhere to replicate human relations in the treatment of valuable livestock. The bird's use as a galactagogue appears to be motivated by both metaphorical associations and its perceived efficacy, and conceptually blends human and animal healthcare domains.

  11. Dynamics of stainless steel turning: Analysis by flicker-noise spectroscopy

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    Litak, Grzegorz; Timashev, Serge F; Rusinek, Rafal

    2013-01-01

    We use flicker-noise spectroscopy (FNS), a phenomenological method for the analysis of time and spatial series operating on structure functions and power spectrum estimates, to identify and study harmful chatter vibrations in a regenerative turning process. The 3D cutting force components experimentally measured during stainless steel turning are analyzed, and the parameters of their stochastic dynamics are estimated. Our analysis shows that the system initially exhibiting regular vibrations associated with spindle rotation becomes unstable to high-frequency noisy oscillations (chatter) at larger cutting depths. We suggest that the chatter may be attributed to frictional stick-and-slip interactions between the contact surfaces of cutting tool and workpiece. We compare our findings with previously reported results obtained by statistical, recurrence, multifractal, and wavelet methods. We discuss the potential of FNS in monitoring the turning process in manufacturing practice.

  12. From stroboscope to dream machine: a history of flicker-induced hallucinations.

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    ter Meulen, B C; Tavy, D; Jacobs, B C

    2009-01-01

    When early neurophysiologists, like William Grey Walter (1910-1977), started using intermittent photic driving in electroencephalography, they were struck by a wide range of visual hallucinations that were reported. In current neuroscience, the phenomenon is used mainly to model hallucinations that are related to altered neuronal activity between the thalamus and the visual cortex, such as the Charles Bonnet syndrome. However, during the psychedelic 1960s, Brion Gysin (1916-1986), a painter and a poet, became interested in the hallucinations and designed his own stroboscope or dream machine, as a means for spiritual enlightenment. This article traces back the history of flicker-induced hallucinations from the early use of stroboscopes in neurophysiology to the dream machine. PMID:19729929

  13. Reducing flicker noise in chemical vapor deposition graphene field-effect transistors

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    Arnold, Heather N.; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Schmucker, Scott W.; Cress, Cory D.; Luck, Kyle A.; Friedman, Adam L.; Robinson, Jeremy T.; Marks, Tobin J.; Hersam, Mark C.

    2016-02-01

    Single-layer graphene derived from chemical vapor deposition (CVD) holds promise for scalable radio frequency (RF) electronic applications. However, prevalent low-frequency flicker noise (1/f noise) in CVD graphene field-effect transistors is often up-converted to higher frequencies, thus limiting RF device performance. Here, we achieve an order of magnitude reduction in 1/f noise in field-effect transistors based on CVD graphene transferred onto silicon oxide substrates by utilizing a processing protocol that avoids aqueous chemistry after graphene transfer. Correspondingly, the normalized noise spectral density (10-7-10-8 μm2 Hz-1) and noise amplitude (4 × 10-8-10-7) in these devices are comparable to those of exfoliated and suspended graphene. We attribute the reduction in 1/f noise to a decrease in the contribution of fluctuations in the scattering cross-sections of carriers arising from dynamic redistribution of interfacial disorder.

  14. Ocular-following responses to white noise stimuli in humans reveal a novel nonlinearity that results from temporal sampling.

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    Sheliga, Boris M; Quaia, Christian; FitzGibbon, Edmond J; Cumming, Bruce G

    2016-01-01

    White noise stimuli are frequently used to study the visual processing of broadband images in the laboratory. A common goal is to describe how responses are derived from Fourier components in the image. We investigated this issue by recording the ocular-following responses (OFRs) to white noise stimuli in human subjects. For a given speed we compared OFRs to unfiltered white noise with those to noise filtered with band-pass filters and notch filters. Removing components with low spatial frequency (SF) reduced OFR magnitudes, and the SF associated with the greatest reduction matched the SF that produced the maximal response when presented alone. This reduction declined rapidly with SF, compatible with a winner-take-all operation. Removing higher SF components increased OFR magnitudes. For higher speeds this effect became larger and propagated toward lower SFs. All of these effects were quantitatively well described by a model that combined two factors: (a) an excitatory drive that reflected the OFRs to individual Fourier components and (b) a suppression by higher SF channels where the temporal sampling of the display led to flicker. This nonlinear interaction has an important practical implication: Even with high refresh rates (150 Hz), the temporal sampling introduced by visual displays has a significant impact on visual processing. For instance, we show that this distorts speed tuning curves, shifting the peak to lower speeds. Careful attention to spectral content, in the light of this nonlinearity, is necessary to minimize the resulting artifact when using white noise patterns undergoing apparent motion. PMID:26762277

  15. Cloning, nucleotide sequence, and expression of the chromate resistance determinant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa plasmid pUM505.

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    Cervantes, C.; Ohtake, H; Chu, L.; Misra, T K; Silver, S

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    The chromate resistance determinant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa plasmid pUM505 was cloned into broad-host-range vector pSUP104. The hybrid plasmid containing an 11.1-kilobase insert conferred chromate resistance and reduced uptake of chromate in P. aeruginosa PAO1. Resistance to chromate was not expressed in Escherichia coli. Contiguous 1.6- and 6.3-kilobase HindIII fragments from this plasmid hybridized to pUM505 but not to P. aeruginosa chromosomal DNA and only weakly to chromate resistance p...

  16. Chromatic Shadow Detection and Tracking for Moving Foreground Segmentation

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    Huerta, Ivan; Holte, Michael Boelstoft; Moeslund, Thomas B.;

    2015-01-01

    Advanced segmentation techniques in the surveillance domain deal with shadows to avoid distortions when detecting moving objects. Most approaches for shadow detection are still typically restricted to penumbra shadows and cannot cope well with umbra shadows. Consequently, umbra shadow regions are...... usually detected as part of moving objects, thus affecting the performance of the final detection. In this paper we address the detection of both penumbra and umbra shadow regions. First, a novel bottom-up approach is presented based on gradient and colour models, which successfully discriminates between...... chromatic moving cast shadow regions and those regions detected as moving objects. In essence, those regions corresponding to potential shadows are detected based on edge partitioning and colour statistics. Subsequently (i) temporal similarities between textures and (ii) spatial similarities between...

  17. Some relations between rank, chromatic number and energy of graphs

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    The energy of a graph G is defined as the sum of the absolute values of all eigenvalues of G and denoted by E(G). Let G be a graph and rank(G) be the rank of the adjacency matrix of G. In this paper we characterize all the graphs with E(G) = rank(G). Among other results we show that apart from a few families of graphs, E(G) ≥ 2max(χ(G), n - χ(G--bar)), where G-bar and χ(G) are the complement and the chromatic number of G, respectively. Moreover some new lower bounds for E(G) in terms of rank(G) are given. (author)

  18. Transverse Mode Coupling Instability with chromaticity and space charge

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    Balbekov, V. [Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL (United States)

    2014-10-29

    Transverse mode coupling instability is considered in the paper at different bunch and wake shapes. Exact solution for “hollow” bunch is arrived at and used to develop a proper technique for more realistic distributions. The three-modes approach is proposed for arbitrary bunch with chromaticity included. It is shown that the TMCI threshold and rate depend only slightly on the bunch model used being rather sensitive to the wake shape. Resistive wall wake is considered in detail, and a comparison of the TMCI and collective mode instability with this wake is performed. Space charge tune shift of arbitrary value is included in the consideration providing a firm bridge between the known cases of absent and dominating space charge

  19. A generalization of the Birthday problem and the chromatic polynomial

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    Fadnavis, Sukhada

    2011-01-01

    The birthday paradox states that there is at least half a chance that some two out of twenty-three randomly chosen people will share the same birth date. The calculation for this problem assumes that all birth dates are equally likely. We consider the following two modifications of this question. What if the distribution of birth dates is non-uniform and possibly even unknown? Further, what if we focus on birthdays shared by two friends rather than any two people? In this paper we present some of our results and conjectures in this generalized setting. We will also show how these results are related to the Stanley-Stembridge poset chain chromatic conjecture and the `shameful conjecture', two famous conjectures in combinatorics.

  20. Short term memory for tactile stimuli.

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    Gallace, Alberto; Tan, Hong Z; Haggard, Patrick; Spence, Charles

    2008-01-23

    Research has shown that unreported information stored in rapidly decaying visual representations may be accessed more accurately using partial report than using full report procedures (e.g., [Sperling, G., 1960. The information available in brief visual presentations. Psychological Monographs, 74, 1-29.]). In the 3 experiments reported here, we investigated whether unreported information regarding the actual number of tactile stimuli presented in parallel across the body surface can be accessed using a partial report procedure. In Experiment 1, participants had to report the total number of stimuli in a tactile display composed of up to 6 stimuli presented across their body (numerosity task), or else to detect whether or not a tactile stimulus had previously been presented in a position indicated by a visual probe given at a variable delay after offset of a tactile display (i.e., partial report). The results showed that participants correctly reported up to 3 stimuli in the numerosity judgment task, but their performance was significantly better than chance when up to 5 stimuli were presented in the partial report task. This result shows that short-lasting tactile representations can be accessed using partial report procedures similar to those used previously in visual studies. Experiment 2 showed that the duration of these representations (or the time available to consciously access them) depends on the number of stimuli presented in the display (the greater the number of stimuli that are presented, the faster their representation decays). Finally, the results of a third experiment showed that the differences in performance between the numerosity judgment and partial report tasks could not be explained solely in terms of any difference in task difficulty. PMID:18083147

  1. Using chromate to investigate the impact of natural organics on the surface reactivity of nanoparticulate magnetite.

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    Swindle, Andrew L; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M; Elwood Madden, Andrew S

    2015-02-17

    Chromate was used as a chemical probe to investigate the size-dependent influence of organics on nanoparticle surface reactivity. Magnetite-chromate sorption experiments were conducted with ∼ 90 and ∼ 6 nm magnetite nanoparticles in the presence and absence of fulvic acid (FA), natural organic matter (NOM), and isolated landfill leachate (LL). Results indicated that low concentrations (1 mg/L) of organics had no noticeable impact on chromate sorption, whereas concentrations of 50 mg/L or more resulted in decreased amounts of chromate sorption. The adsorption of organics onto the magnetite surfaces interfered equally with the ability of the 6 and 90 nm particles to sorb chromate from solution, despite the greater surface area of the smaller particles. Results indicate the presence of organics did not impact the redox chemistry of the magnetite-chromate system over the duration of the experiments (8 h), nor did the organics interact with the chromate in solution. Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results indicate that the organics blocked the surface reactivity by occupying surface sites on the particles. The similarity of results with FA and NOM suggests that coverage of the reactive mineral surface is the main factor behind the inhibition of surface reactivity in the presence of organics. PMID:25607467

  2. Chromate reduction and heavy metal fixation in soil

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    In situ reduction of chromates and the fixation of the metals Cr, Pb, Zn, Cu, Cd and Ni in soil was investigated using Fe II and soluble silica. Fe II fulfills two functions. It reduces chromates (CrVI) at soil pH to CrIII and the reaction products, Fe(OH)3 and Cr(OH)3, coprecipitate/adsorb heavy metals. In the absence of CrVI iron is added as FeIII. Destabilized silica also fulfills two functions. It reacts with the metal and metal hydroxides and reduces the soil permeability. The leaching rate (mg/m2s) of a metal is the product of leachate flow rate (ell/M2s) and the leachate concentration (mg/ell). The leachate flow rate is directly proportional to the hydraulic coefficient (Darcy's Law). Treatment with destabilized silica reduces the hydraulic coefficient of virgin soil (Kh = 10-2...10-4) to Kh=10-7 (cm/s) resulting in a flow rate reduction of 3--5 orders of magnitude. Iron plus silica treatment results in a leachate concentration reduction of up to 2 orders of magnitude (Cr:95--99%;Pb:99%;Zn 95--99%; Cd:93--99%; Ni:75--94%). Combined effect of flow rate reduction and leachate concentration reduction results in a potential leaching rate reduction of five to seven orders of magnitude. Iron-silica treatment may be developed into an efficient containment technology, provided the silica gel integrity does not change with time

  3. Recall and recognition hypermnesia for Socratic stimuli.

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    Kazén, Miguel; Solís-Macías, Víctor M

    2016-01-01

    In two experiments, we investigate hypermnesia, net memory improvements with repeated testing of the same material after a single study trial. In the first experiment, we found hypermnesia across three trials for the recall of word solutions to Socratic stimuli (dictionary-like definitions of concepts) replicating Erdelyi, Buschke, and Finkelstein and, for the first time using these materials, for their recognition. In the second experiment, we had two "yes/no" recognition groups, a Socratic stimuli group presented with concrete and abstract verbal materials and a word-only control group. Using signal detection measures, we found hypermnesia for concrete Socratic stimuli-and stable performance for abstract stimuli across three recognition tests. The control group showed memory decrements across tests. We interpret these findings with the alternative retrieval pathways (ARP) hypothesis, contrasting it with alternative theories of hypermnesia, such as depth of processing, generation and retrieve-recognise. We conclude that recognition hypermnesia for concrete Socratic stimuli is a reliable phenomenon, which we found in two experiments involving both forced-choice and yes/no recognition procedures. PMID:25523628

  4. Attentional Disengagement from Emotional Stimuli in Schizophrenia

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    Strauss, Gregory P.; Llerena, Katiah; Gold, James M.

    2011-01-01

    Previous research indicates that abnormal attention-emotion interactions are related to symptom presentation in individuals with schizophrenia. However, the individual components of attention responsible for this dysfunction are unclear. In the current study we examined the possibility that schizophrenia patients with higher levels of negative symptoms (HI-NEG: n = 14) have greater difficulty disengaging attention from unpleasant stimuli than patients with low negative symptoms (LOW-NEG: n = 18) or controls (CN: n = 27). Participants completed an exogenous emotional cueing task that required them to focus on an initial emotional or neutral cue and subsequently shift attention to a separate location outside of foveal vision to detect a target stimulus (letter). Results indicated that HI-NEG patients had greater difficulty disengaging attention from unpleasant stimuli than CN or LOW-NEG patients; however, behavioral performance did not differ among the groups for pleasant stimuli. Higher self-reported trait negative affect was also associated with greater difficulty disengaging attention from unpleasant stimuli. Abnormalities in disengaging attention from unpleasant stimuli may thus play a critical role in the formation and maintenance of both negative symptoms and trait negative affect in individuals with schizophrenia. PMID:21703824

  5. Explicit and probabilistic constructions of distance graphs with small clique numbers and large chromatic numbers

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    Kupavskii, A. B.

    2014-02-01

    We study distance graphs with exponentially large chromatic numbers and without k-cliques, that is, complete subgraphs of size k. Explicit constructions of such graphs use vectors in the integer lattice. For a large class of graphs we find a sharp threshold for containing a k-clique. This enables us to improve the lower bounds for the maximum of the chromatic numbers of such graphs. We give a new probabilistic approach to the construction of distance graphs without k-cliques, and this yields better lower bounds for the maximum of the chromatic numbers for large k.

  6. Flat Supercontinuum Generated in a Single-Mode Optical Fibre with a New Chromatic Dispersion Profile

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    XU Yong-Zhao; REN Xiao-Min; ZHANG Xia; HUANG Yong-Qing; XU Wen-Cheng

    2005-01-01

    @@ A new chromatic dispersion profile of a single-mode opticalfibre is proposed for generating a supercontinuum with a flatly broadened spectrum. The chromatic dispersion D( λ, z) is a convex function of wavelengths and has no zero-dispersion wavelengths over the whole part of thefibre as D(λ, z) is negative. It is shown that the flat supercontinuum spectrum is obtained when the pump wavelength is set in the vicinity of the wavelength at which the peak chromatic dispersion is near zero and the strong residual pump component is eliminated.

  7. A Genetic Algorithm for Chromaticity Correction in Diffraction Limited Storage Rings

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    Ehrlichman, Michael

    2016-01-01

    An multi-objective genetic algorithm is developed for optimizing nonlinearities in diffraction limited storage rings. This algorithm determines sextupole and octupole strengths for chromaticity correction that deliver optimized dynamic aperture and beam lifetime. The algorithm makes use of dominance constraints to breed desirable properties into the early generations. The momentum aperture is optimized indirectly by constraining the chromatic tune footprint and optimizing the off-energy dynamic aperture. The result is an effective and computationally efficient technique for correcting chromaticity in a storage ring while maintaining optimal dynamic aperture and beam lifetime. This framework was developed for the Swiss Light Source (SLS) upgrade project.

  8. Characterization and genomic analysis of chromate resistant and reducing Bacillus cereus strain SJ1

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    He Minyan

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chromium is a toxic heavy metal, which primarily exists in two inorganic forms, Cr(VI and Cr(III. Chromate [Cr(VI] is carcinogenic, mutational, and teratogenic due to its strong oxidizing nature. Biotransformation of Cr(VI to less-toxic Cr(III by chromate-resistant and reducing bacteria has offered an ecological and economical option for chromate detoxification and bioremediation. However, knowledge of the genetic determinants for chromate resistance and reduction has been limited so far. Our main aim was to investigate chromate resistance and reduction by Bacillus cereus SJ1, and to further study the underlying mechanisms at the molecular level using the obtained genome sequence. Results Bacillus cereus SJ1 isolated from chromium-contaminated wastewater of a metal electroplating factory displayed high Cr(VI resistance with a minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC of 30 mM when induced with Cr(VI. A complete bacterial reduction of 1 mM Cr(VI was achieved within 57 h. By genome sequence analysis, a putative chromate transport operon, chrIA1, and two additional chrA genes encoding putative chromate transporters that likely confer chromate resistance were identified. Furthermore, we also found an azoreductase gene azoR and four nitroreductase genes nitR possibly involved in chromate reduction. Using reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR technology, it was shown that expression of adjacent genes chrA1 and chrI was induced in response to Cr(VI but expression of the other two chromate transporter genes chrA2 and chrA3 was constitutive. In contrast, chromate reduction was constitutive in both phenotypic and gene expression analyses. The presence of a resolvase gene upstream of chrIA1, an arsenic resistance operon and a gene encoding Tn7-like transposition proteins ABBCCCD downstream of chrIA1 in B. cereus SJ1 implied the possibility of recent horizontal gene transfer. Conclusion Our results indicate that expression of the chromate

  9. Explicit and probabilistic constructions of distance graphs with small clique numbers and large chromatic numbers

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    We study distance graphs with exponentially large chromatic numbers and without k-cliques, that is, complete subgraphs of size k. Explicit constructions of such graphs use vectors in the integer lattice. For a large class of graphs we find a sharp threshold for containing a k-clique. This enables us to improve the lower bounds for the maximum of the chromatic numbers of such graphs. We give a new probabilistic approach to the construction of distance graphs without k-cliques, and this yields better lower bounds for the maximum of the chromatic numbers for large k

  10. The Star Chromatic Numbers of Some Planar Graphs Derived from Wheels

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    LI De Ming

    2002-01-01

    The notion of the star chromatic number of a graph is a generalization of the chromaticnumber. In this paper, we calculate the star chromatic numbers of three infinite families of planargraphs. The first two families are derived from a 3-or 5-wheel by subdivisions, their star chromaticnumbers being 2+2/(2n + 1), 2+3/(3n + 1) and 2+3/(3n - 1), respectively. The third family of planargraphs are derived from n odd wheels by Hajos construction with star chromatic numbers 3 + 1/n,which is a generalization of one result of Gao et al.

  11. Verbal Establishing Stimuli: Testing the Motivative Effect of Stimuli in a Derived Relation with Consequences

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    Ju, Winifred C.; Hayes, Steven C.

    2008-01-01

    The present study examined whether the presentation of stimuli in equivalence relations with consequences increases the operant behavior that produces these consequences. In Experiment 1, both normal words and experimentally trained equivalence stimuli did so with young children. In Experiment 2, results were similar with college students. Here, a…

  12. Anàlisi i mitigació del flicker en un parc eòlic

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    Girbau Llistuella, Francesc

    2012-01-01

    Aquest projecte està emmarcat dins el camp de les energies renovables, en concret l’energia eòlica. Ja que en els darrers anys el sector eòlic ha experimentat un notable creixement i la Unió Europea s’ha fixat que pel 2030 la potència eòlica instal·lada sigui tres vegades la potència eòlica instal·lada actualment. Els objectius d’aquest projecte, com el propi títol indica, s´on analitzar i mitigar el fenomen del flicker en un parc eòlic. Per analitzar el fenomen del flicker, en...

  13. Active galactic nuclei flicker: an observational estimate of the duration of black hole growth phases of ~1e5 years

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    Schawinski, Kevin; Berney, Simon; Sartori, Lia

    2015-01-01

    We present an observational constraint for the typical active galactic nucleus (AGN) phase lifetime. The argument is based on the time lag between an AGN central engine switching on and becoming visible in X-rays, and the time the AGN then requires to photoionize a large fraction of the host galaxy. Based on the typical light travel time across massive galaxies, and the observed fraction of X-ray selected AGN without AGN-photoionized narrow lines, we estimate that the AGN phase typically lasts $\\sim10^{5}$ years. This lifetime is short compared to the total growth time of $10^{7}-10^{9}$ years estimated from e.g. the Soltan argument and implies that black holes grow via many such short bursts and that AGN therefore "flicker" on and off. We discuss some consequences of this flickering behavior for AGN feedback and the analogy of X-ray binaries and AGN lifecycles.

  14. Active galactic nuclei flicker: an observational estimate of the duration of black hole growth phases of ˜105 yr

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    Schawinski, Kevin; Koss, Michael; Berney, Simon; Sartori, Lia F.

    2015-08-01

    We present an observational constraint for the typical active galactic nucleus (AGN) phase lifetime. The argument is based on the time lag between an AGN central engine switching on and becoming visible in X-rays, and the time the AGN then requires to photoionize a large fraction of the host galaxy. Based on the typical light travel time across massive galaxies, and the observed fraction of X-ray-selected AGN without AGN-photoionized narrow lines, we estimate that the AGN phase typically lasts ˜105 yr. This lifetime is short compared to the total growth time of 107-109 yr estimated from e.g. the Soltan argument and implies that black holes grow via many such short bursts and that AGN therefore `flicker' on and off. We discuss some consequences of this flickering behaviour for AGN feedback and the analogy of X-ray binaries and AGN lifecycles.

  15. Calculation of Booster power requirements and power line flicker for 1.5 GeV proton operation

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    The Booster power requirements and power line flicker has been previously calculated for the 1 GEV proton cycle. Since then the maximum proton energy has been increased to 1.5 GEV, and the cycle period increased from 100 to 133 millisec. the design manual lists the peak magnet current as 2220A (previous value of 1672A). The maximum stored energy is increased by a factor of 1.763 and the power swing is increased by a factor of 1.32; increasing the flicker approximately by this factor. The required magnet voltage has been calculated and is given for the dipole and quadrupole strings. The total power at the AC bus bar isgiven. To calculate the reactive power, the dipole excitation is assumed to consist of 5--1000 volt supplies in series and sequentially switched. The quadrupole supply consist of 5--175 volt supplies in series and sequentially switched

  16. Stimuli responsive nanomaterials for controlled release applications

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    2012-01-01

    The controlled release of therapeutics has been one of the major challenges for scientists and engineers during the past three decades. Coupled with excellent biocompatibility profiles, various nanomaterials have showed great promise for biomedical applications. Stimuli-responsive nanomaterials guarantee the controlled release of cargo to a given location, at a specific time, and with an accurate amount. In this review, we have combined the major stimuli that are currently used to achieve the ultimate goal of controlled and targeted release by "smart" nanomaterials. The most heavily explored strategies include (1) pH, (2) enzymes, (3) redox, (4) magnetic, and (5) light-triggered release.

  17. An Examination of the Relationship between Visual Fatigue Symptoms with Flicker Value Variations in Video Display Terminal Users

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    Ehsanollah Habibi; Hassan Rajabi; Mohsen Arbabi

    2015-01-01

    In most sensitive occupations such as nuclear, military and chemical industries closed circuit systems and visual display terminals (VDTs) are used to carefully control and assess sensitive processes. Visual fatigue is one of the factors decreasing accuracy and concentration in operators causing faulty perception. This study aimed to find out a relationship between visual fatigue symptoms (VFS) of Flicker value variations in video display terminal (VDT) operators. This cross-sectional st...

  18. What has driven the evolution of multiple cone classes in visual systems: object contrast enhancement or light flicker elimination?

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    Sabbah, Shai; Hawryshyn, Craig W

    2013-01-01

    Background Two competing theories have been advanced to explain the evolution of multiple cone classes in vertebrate eyes. These two theories have important, but different, implications for our understanding of the design and tuning of vertebrate visual systems. The ‘contrast theory’ proposes that multiple cone classes evolved in shallow-water fish to maximize the visual contrast of objects against diverse backgrounds. The competing ‘flicker theory’ states that multiple cone classes evolved t...

  19. Correction of chromatic aberrations at television registration of image through protective viewing systems

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    Kulyas, Oleg L.; Nikitin, Konstantin A.

    2016-03-01

    Ways of chromatic aberration in images are examined and analyzed which are generated at television supervision through protective glasses of a considerable thickness. The results of experimental check up of the given method of correction is introduced and described.

  20. Distance graphs having large chromatic numbers and containing no cliques or cycles of a given size

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    It is established that there exist sequences of distance graphs Gn subset of Rn, with chromatic numbers which grow exponentially, but, at the same time, without cliques or cycles of a given size. Bibliography: 42 titles.

  1. Measuring chromatic aberrations in imaging systems using plasmonic nano-particles

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    Gennaro, Sylvain D; Maier, Stefan A; Oulton, Rupert F

    2015-01-01

    Chromatic aberration in optical systems arises from the wavelength dependence of a glass's refractive index. Polychromatic rays incident upon an optical surface are refracted at slightly different angles and in traversing an optical system follow distinct paths creating images displaced according to color. Although arising from dispersion, it manifests as a spatial distortion correctable only with compound lenses with multiple glasses and accumulates in complicated imaging systems. While chromatic aberration is measured with interferometry, simple methods are attractive for their ease of use and low cost. In this letter we retrieve the longitudinal chromatic focal shift of high numerical aperture (NA) microscope objectives from the extinction spectra of metallic nanoparticles within the focal plane. The method is accurate for high NA objectives with apochromatic correction, and enables rapid assessment of the chromatic aberration of any complete microscopy systems, since it is straightforward to implement

  2. First- and Second-Order Stimuli Reaction Time Measures Are Highly Sensitive to Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries.

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    Piponnier, Jean-Claude; Forget, Robert; Gagnon, Isabelle; McKerral, Michelle; Giguère, Jean-François; Faubert, Jocelyn

    2016-01-15

    Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has subtle effects on several brain functions that can be difficult to assess and follow up. We investigated the impact of mTBI on the perception of sine-wave gratings defined by first- and second-order characteristics. Fifteen adults diagnosed with mTBI were assessed at 15 days, 3 months, and 12 months postinjury. Fifteen matched controls followed the same testing schedule. Reaction times (RTs) for flicker detection and motion direction discrimination were measured. Stimulus contrast of first- and second-order patterns was equated to control for visibility, and correct-response RT means, standard deviations (SDs), medians, and interquartile ranges (IQRs) were calculated. The level of symptoms was also evaluated to compare it to RT data. In general in mTBI, RTs were longer, and SDs as well as IQRs larger, than those of controls. In addition, mTBI participants' RTs to first-order stimuli were shorter than those to second-order stimuli, and SDs as well as IQRs larger for first- than for second-order stimuli in the motion condition. All these observations were made over the three sessions. The level of symptoms observed in mTBI was higher than that of control participants, and this difference did also persist up to 1 year after the brain injury, despite an improvement. The combination of RT measures with particular stimulus properties is a highly sensitive method for measuring mTBI-induced visuomotor anomalies and provides a fine probe of the underlying mechanisms when the brain is exposed to mild trauma. PMID:25950948

  3. Suppression of mutants aberrant in light intensity responses of complementary chromatic adaptation.

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    Casey, E S; Kehoe, D M; Grossman, A R

    1997-01-01

    Complementary chromatic adaptation is a process in which cyanobacteria alter the pigment protein (phycocyanin and phycoerythrin) composition of their light-harvesting complexes, the phycobilisomes, to help optimize the absorbance of prevalent wavelengths of light in the environment. Several classes of mutants that display aberrant complementary chromatic adaptation have been isolated. One of the mutant classes, designated "blue" or FdB, accumulates high levels of the blue chromoprotein phycoc...

  4. Characterisation of Vranec, Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot wines based on their chromatic and anthocyanin profiles

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    Dimitrovska Maja; Tomovska Elena; Bocevska Mirjana

    2013-01-01

    Wines of three different grape varieties, Vranec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were examined for their characterisation in terms of anthocyanin and chromatic profiles, total polyphenols and antioxidant potential. Total, monomeric, polymeric and copigmented anthocyanins were determined by spectrophotometry and the individual anthocyanin compounds were quantified using HPLC-DAD. Chromatic profile was evaluated according to colour density, hue, % red, % blue, % yellow and brilliance (% dA...

  5. Psychophysical Evaluation of Achromatic and Chromatic Vision of Workers Chronically Exposed to Organic Solvents

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    Luiz Carlos de Lima Silveira; Dora Fix Ventura; Lauro José Barata de Lima; Cláudio Eduardo Correa Teixeira; Anderson Raiol Rodrigues; Eliza Maria da Costa Brito Lacerda; Monica Gomes Lima

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this paper was to evaluate achromatic and chromatic vision of workers chronically exposed to organic solvents through psychophysical methods. Thirty-one gas station workers (31.5 ± 8.4 years old) were evaluated. Psychophysical tests were achromatic tests (Snellen chart, spatial and temporal contrast sensitivity, and visual perimetry) and chromatic tests (Ishihara's test, color discrimination ellipses, and Farnsworth-Munsell 100 hue test—FM100). Spatial contrast sensitivities of...

  6. A human spatial-chromatic vision model for evaluating electronic displays

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    Lloyd, Charles J. C.

    1990-01-01

    This dissertation examines those attributes of full-color display systems (particularly color matrix displays) which degrade image quality. Based on this analysis, it is suggested that a comprehensive metric should measure image quality in terms of transmitted signal and noise modulation, both achromatic and chromatic. Moreover, it is suggested that these signal and noise measurements be weighted in terms of human spatial-chromatic visual characteristics. A review of extant...

  7. The sandstone's chromatic alteration of the florentine cultural heritage

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    Vettori, S.; Pecchioni, E.; Cantisani, E.; Ricci, M.; Fratini, F.; Garzonio, C. A.

    2012-04-01

    Pietra Serena is one of the materials more used in Florentine architecture. It is a sandstone that outcrops in the hills north of the city in the municipality of Fiesole and it has been employed mainly for ornamental purposes. This litotype belongs to the the Macigno Formation (Oligocene Upper- Miocene Lower) which consists of beds of turbiditic sandstones separated by pelitic levels which are the finest components of each single turbidity layer. Petrographically, Pietra Serena can be defined as a medium-coarse-grained greywacke made of quartz, feldspars, micas, fragments of metamorphic and magmatic rocks. The clayey matrix is quite abundant, mainly composed by illite, kaolinite and chlorite-vermiculite (present only in some quarries). It is well known that the processes of decay of the sandstones are related to the type of matrix, the amount of cement, the kind of clay minerals and to the pore size distribution, which lead to water infiltrations, swelling of the clay minerals, separation of the clayey matrix, with resulting exfoliation and peeling of the stone artefacts. Pietra Serena has a bluish-grey colour in fresh cut, but many times it is easily oxidized acquiring an ochraceous-reddish brown colour on buildings. Such changes in colour, appear to be due in part to the oxidation of iron, proceeding very quickly from the surface to the inside, though the cohesion is not affected. It is possible to hypothesize that the chromatic changes not necessarily involve a progressive state of alteration of the artefact, but they may often to represents a natural patina acquired with the time. Nevertheless it is necessary to remember that the oxidized layer and its hardness could also be the result of treatments performed in the past. In Florence, several monuments and buildings are affected by such phenomenon, in particular it is possible to note an intense and diffuse reddish colouring on the Pietra Serena utilized for columns and for façade's decorations. In this work

  8. Categorization of Multidimensional Stimuli by Pigeons

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    Berg, Mark E.; Grace, Randolph C.

    2011-01-01

    Six pigeons responded in a visual category learning task in which the stimuli were dimensionally separable Gabor patches that varied in frequency and orientation. We compared performance in two conditions which varied in terms of whether accurate performance required that responding be controlled jointly by frequency and orientation, or…

  9. Stimuli-responsive polymers for nanobiotechnologies

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    Horák, Daniel; Rittich, B.; Španová, A.

    Nagaoka: Nagaoka University of Technology , 2008, s. 71-74. [International Symposium: Global Renaissance by Green Energy Revolution /8./. Nagaoka (JP), 22.01.2008-23.01.2008] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 2B06053 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : stimuli-responsive * nanobiotechnologies * microspheres Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  10. Musicians' Perception of Beat in Monotonic Stimuli.

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    Duke, Robert A.

    1989-01-01

    Assesses musicians' perceptions of beat in monotonic stimuli and attempts to define empirically the range of perceived beat tempo in music. Subjects performed a metric pulse in response to periodic stimulus tones. Results indicate a relatively narrow range within which beats are perceived by trained musicians. (LS)

  11. Cortical Gating of Oropharyngeal Sensory Stimuli

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    KarenWheeler-Hegland

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Somatosensory evoked potentials provide a measure of cortical neuronal activation in response to various types of sensory stimuli. In order to prevent flooding of the cortex with redundant information various sensory stimuli are gated cortically such that response to stimulus 2 (S2 is significantly reduced in amplitude compared to stimulus 1 (S1. Upper airway protective mechanisms, such as swallowing and cough, are dependent on sensory input for triggering and modifying their motor output. Thus, it was hypothesized that central neural gating would be absent for paired air puff stimuli applied to the oropharynx. Twenty-three healthy adults (18-35 years served as research participants. Pharyngeal sensory evoked potentials (PSEPs were measured via 32 electrode cap (10-20 system connected to SynAmps2 Neuroscan EEG System. Paired-pulse air puffs were delivered with an inter stimulus interval of 500ms to the oropharynx using a thin polyethylene tube connected to a flexible laryngoscope. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and a repeated measures analysis of variance. There were no significant differences found for the amplitudes S1 and S2 for any of the 4 component PSEP peaks. Mean gating ratios were above 0.90 for each peak. Results supports our hypothesis that sensory central neural gating would be absent for component PSEP peaks with paired-pulse stimuli delivered to the oropharynx. This may be related to the need for constant sensory monitoring necessary for adequate airway protection associated with swallowing and coughing.

  12. 健康照明与无频闪护眼灯%Health Lighting and Eye Protection Lamp with No Flicker

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    牛占彪

    2015-01-01

    This paper introduce the harm of lamp with flicker, the reason of lamp with flicker and improving methods. Expounds depth of modulation, flicker index and judgment standard of flicker, focusing on the flick⁃er test evaluation of lighting products in the present market. Though flicker test with the Stroboscopic tester, found that most of lighting products on the present market have flicker of different level, even eye protection desk lamp is no exception which always claimed to protect our eyes. Thus, under the background of advoca⁃ting green lighting and the healthy lighting, promote lamp with no flicker and make it popularity has important meaning.%文章比较全面地介绍了光源频闪的危害、产生的原因以及改善方法,阐述了频闪的性能指标和判定准则,对目前市场的照明产品进行全面的频闪测试评价。通过仪器测试,发现目前市场上大部分照明产品都存在不同程度的频闪,甚至护眼灯也不例外。由此可见,在倡导绿色照明、健康照明的背景下,大力推动无频闪照明灯的普及具有重要现实意义。

  13. The effect factors on flicker perimetry%闪烁视野检查影响因素探讨

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    于丰萁; 刘战; 王大博

    2014-01-01

    Objective To study the influence of age,gender,learning effect and short-term fluctuation for healthy subjects using flicker perimetry.Methods Research one,39 healthy subjects had taken flicker perimetry (critical flicker perimetry,CFF) by using Octopus-900 perimeter (Haag-Streit-Switzerland) during July,2011 to March,2013 in West coast medical center of Qingdao university medical college.Mean CFF values were compared between genders,and the influence of age was evaluated by linear regression analysis.Research two,14 healthy adults had taken flicker perimetry (critical flicker fusion frequency,CFF) by using Octopus-900 perimeter (Switzerland Haag-Streit Company) during September to October 2012 in West coast medical center of Qingdao university medical college.All subjects were taken flicker perimetry in one eye 5 times in one month.First three sessions were taken per 15 days.Last three sessions were taken in the same day per 15 minutes.Mean CFF values were compared among the five times,then the influence of learning effect and short-term fluctuation were evaluated.Result Research 1:There were no statistically significant differences in mean critical flicker fusion frequency values between males and females (P >0.05).Linear regression analysis demonstrated that critical fusion frequency significantly decreased with age (P <0.05).Research 2:Examination time,false positive response and reliable factor in first time were significantly different from the other times.By leaming,subjects could shorten the examination time,reduce the RF,and improve the mean CFF values.Conclusions Flicker perimetry is influenced by age,learning-effect and short-term fluctuation,so all the above factors need to be considered when checking the result of perimetry.No influence on flicker perimetry is occurred by gender.More research conclusions should be obtained to describe flicker perimetry whether other factors could influence,and of value in diagnosing diseases.%目的 研究年龄

  14. Refractive and diffractive neutron optics with reduced chromatic aberration

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    Poulsen, S.O., E-mail: stefan.poulsen@northwestern.edu [NEXMAP, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Anker Engelunds Vej 1, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States); Poulsen, H.F. [NEXMAP, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Anker Engelunds Vej 1, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Bentley, P.M. [European Spallation Source ESS AB, Box 176, 221 00 Lund (Sweden)

    2014-12-11

    Thermal neutron beams are an indispensable tool in physics research. The spatial and the temporal resolution attainable in experiments are dependent on the flux and collimation of the neutron beam which remain relatively poor, even for modern neutron sources. These difficulties may be mitigated by the use of optics for focusing and imaging. Refractive and diffractive optical elements, e.g. compound refractive lenses and Fresnel zone plates, are attractive due to their low cost, and simple alignment. These optical elements, however, suffer from chromatic aberration, which limit their effectiveness to highly monochromatic beams. This paper presents two novel concepts for focusing and imaging non-monochromatic thermal neutron beams with well-known optical elements: (1) a fast mechanical transfocator based on a compound refractive lens, which actively varies the number of individual lenses in the beam path to focus and image a time-of-flight beam, and (2) a passive optical element consisting of a compound refractive lens, and a Fresnel zone plate, which may focus and image both continuous and pulsed neutron beams.

  15. Refractive and diffractive neutron optics with reduced chromatic aberration

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    Thermal neutron beams are an indispensable tool in physics research. The spatial and the temporal resolution attainable in experiments are dependent on the flux and collimation of the neutron beam which remain relatively poor, even for modern neutron sources. These difficulties may be mitigated by the use of optics for focusing and imaging. Refractive and diffractive optical elements, e.g. compound refractive lenses and Fresnel zone plates, are attractive due to their low cost, and simple alignment. These optical elements, however, suffer from chromatic aberration, which limit their effectiveness to highly monochromatic beams. This paper presents two novel concepts for focusing and imaging non-monochromatic thermal neutron beams with well-known optical elements: (1) a fast mechanical transfocator based on a compound refractive lens, which actively varies the number of individual lenses in the beam path to focus and image a time-of-flight beam, and (2) a passive optical element consisting of a compound refractive lens, and a Fresnel zone plate, which may focus and image both continuous and pulsed neutron beams

  16. Effect of the gamma radiation in hydrotalcite with chromates

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    At the moment the generation of radioactive wastes is topic of numerous studies. In this work was retained anionic material, chromates, in hydrotalcite that are anionic exchangers. It was proposed to warm the HT at different temperatures of 600 C up to 1200 C with the purpose of immobilizing the chromium inside the hydrotalcite. To high temperatures (1000 and 1200 C) it was formed one spinel (MgCr2O4) that is a very stable compound. It was found that when increasing the heating temperature, the anions are retained strongly. The immobilization of the Cr was determined through the chromium lixiviation with solutions 1N and 5N of NaCl. Also it was studied the effect of the radiation on the heated materials. The radiation dose used for it was of 1000 and 6000 kGy. The results show that for the calcined samples at 1000 and 1200 C irradiated or no irradiated, the chromium is strongly retained in form of spinels that is the structure formed after the calcination of the material. (Author)

  17. Pigment chromatic adaptation in Cyclotella caspia Grunow (Bacillariophyta

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    Donato Seiji Abe

    1991-01-01

    Full Text Available The diatom Cyclotella caspia Grunow, isolated from surface waters of the Ubatuba region (São Paulo State, Brazil was submitted to different light spectral distributions for examination of its adaptative response. Growth rate and the photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll a, chlorophyll c, carotenoids and phaeopigments were measured under white, blue and red light of the same intensity (8 and 20 µE.cm-2.s-1. Growth rate increased under blue light while red light increased chl a concentration. The relative proportion of chl a and carotenoids did not change, demonstrating the absence of complementary chromatic adaptation.A diatomácea Cyclotella caspia Grunow, isolada de águas superficiais da região de Ubatuba (Estado de São Paulo, Brasil, foi submetida a diferentes intervalos espectrais de luz com a finalidade de se examinar sua resposta adaptativa. Foram medidos a taxa de crescimento e os pigmentos fotossintéticos clorofila a, clorofila c, carotenóides e feopigmentos, sob luz branca, azul e vermelha de mesmas intensidades (8 e 20 µE.cm-2.s-1. A taxa de crescimento aumentou sob luz azul, sendo que a concentração de clorofila a aumentar sob luz vermelha. A proporção relativa de clα e carotenóides não variou, demonstrando a ausência de adapatação cromática complementar.

  18. The rotation of accretion-disks and the power spectra of X-rays 'flickering'

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    The X-ray producing, inner region of the accretion disk in Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) is likely to be non-stationary and non-axisymmetric. This non-stationarity and non-axisymmetry in disk surface brightness may be modeled by considering the pre-sense of many 'hot spots' on a steady, axisymmetric disk. As long as a 'spot' can survive for a few orbital periods, its orbital frequency can be introduced into the light curve either by relativistic orbital motion or by eclipsing of the spot by the disk. These rotational effects vary with the local properties of the spot population. Depending on the radial variation of spot brightness, lifetime and number density, the observed variability power spectrum may differ from that due to the intrinsic variability of spots alone, within the orbital frequency range in which these spots occur. In this paper, we explore the relation between properties assumed for the spot population and the resulting predictions for the observed variability. The implications of our results for the 'flickering' of X-ray sources powered by accretion disks (both AGN and galactic sources) are also discussed. (author). 24 refs, 6 figs

  19. Emotion has no impact on attention in a change detection flicker task

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    Robert Colin Alan Bendall

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Past research provides conflicting findings regarding the influence of emotion on visual attention. Early studies suggested a broadening of attentional resources in relation to positive mood. However, more recent evidence indicates that positive emotions may not have a beneficial impact on attention, and that the relationship between emotion and attention may be mitigated by factors such as task demand or stimulus valence. The current study explored the effect of emotion on attention using the change detection flicker paradigm. Participants were induced into positive, neutral, and negative mood states and then completed a change detection task. A series of neutral scenes were presented and participants had to identify the location of a disappearing item in each scene. The change was made to the centre or the periphery of each scene and it was predicted that peripheral changes would be detected quicker in the positive mood condition and slower in the negative mood condition, compared to the neutral condition. In contrast to previous findings emotion had no influence on attention and whilst central changes were detected faster than peripheral changes, change blindness was not affected by mood. The findings suggest that the relationship between emotion and visual attention is influenced by the characteristics of a task, and any beneficial impact of positive emotion may be related to processing style rather than a broadening of attentional resources.

  20. Reliability of Heterochromatic Flicker Photometry in Measuring Macular Pigment Optical Density among Preadolescent Children

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    Sasha M. McCorkle

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Macular pigment optical density (MPOD—assessed using customized heterochromatic flicker photometry (cHFP—is related to better cognition and brain lutein among adults. However, the reliability of MPOD assessed by cHFP has not been investigated in children. We assessed inter-session reliability of MPOD using modified cHFP. 7–10-year-olds (n = 66 underwent cHFP over 2 visits using 11 examiners. Reliability was also assessed in a subsample (n = 46 with only 2 examiners. Among all participants, there was no significant difference between the two sessions (p = 0.59—session 1: 0.61 ± 0.28; session 2: 0.62 ± 0.27. There was no significant difference in the MPOD of boys vs. girls (p = 0.56. There was a significant correlation between sessions (Y = 0.52x + 0.31; R2 = 0.29, p ≤ 0.005, with a reliability of 0.70 (Cronbach’s α. Among the subsample with 2 examiners, there was a significant correlation between sessions (Y = 0.54x + 0.31; R2 = 0.32, p < 0.005, with a reliability of 0.72 (Cronbach’s α. In conclusion, there is moderate reliability for modified cHFP to measure MPOD in preadolescents. These findings provide support for future studies aiming to conduct noninvasive assessments of retinal xanthophylls and study their association with cognition during childhood.

  1. FPGA Design and Implementation of Multi-Filtering Techniques Using Flag-Bit and Flicker Clock

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    M. H. Al-Doori

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Real time system is a condition where the processor is required to perform its tasks within a certain time constraints of some processes or simultaneously with the system it is assisting. Typically, it suffers from two main problems; delay in data processing and complexity of the decision-making process. The delay is caused by reasons such as computational power, processor unit architecture, and synchronization signals in the system. To improve the performance of these systems in term of processing power, a new architecture and clocking technique is realized in this paper. This new architecture design called Embedded Parallel Systolic Filters (EPSF that process data gathered from sensors and landmarks are proposed in our study using a high-density reconfigurable device (FPGA chip. The results expose that EPSF architecture and bit-flag with a flicker clock achieve appreciably better in multiple input sensors signal under both incessant and interrupted conditions. Unlike the usual processing units in current tracking and navigation systems used in robots, this system permits autonomous control of the robot through a multiple technique of filtering and processing. Furthermore, it offers fast performance and a minimal size for the entire system that minimizing the delay about 50%.

  2. Flicker Test as a Load Measurement During the Combined Effect of Heat and Noise.

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    Luczak; Kurkus-Rozowska; Sobolewski

    1995-01-01

    This study was a joint physiological and psychological experiment undertaken in order to determine changes in physiological and psychological human functions under the combined influence of heat, noise and physical activity. Seven experimental situations were simulated in a climatic chamber, with different configurations of three independent variables: heat (40 degrees C), noise (98 dB) and physical effort (30% of maximum volume of oxygen uptake--V0&inf2; max). Five psychological variables (critical flicker fusion--CFF, hand tremor, reaction time, subjective climate evaluation and subjective evaluation of the given condition load) and two physiological variables (heart rate and rectal temperature) were monitored. Results indicate that CFF changed (increased) significantly when more than one experimental variable was applied. These changes coincided with significant changes in both subjective climate evaluation and subjective evaluation of a given condition load. There were no significant changes in psychomotor functions (hand tremor and reaction time). None of the observed physiological parameters were above the critical value. The results obtained let us suggest that CFF can be treated as a psychophysical load indicator. PMID:10603547

  3. Flickering of accreting white dwarfs: the remarkable amplitude - flux relation and disc viscocity

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    Zamanov, R K; Latev, G; Sokoloski, J L; Stoyanov, K A; Genkov, V; Tsvetkova, S V; Tomov, T; Antov, A; Bode, M F

    2015-01-01

    We analyze optical photometric data of short term variability (flickering) of accreting white dwarfs in cataclysmic variables (KR Aur, MV Lyr, V794 Aql, TT Ari, V425 Cas), recurrent novae (RS Oph and T CrB) and jet-ejecting symbiotic stars (CH Cyg and MWC 560). We find that the amplitude-flux relationship is visible over four orders of magnitude, in the range of fluxes from $10^{29}$ to $10^{33}$ erg s$^{-1}$ \\AA$^{-1}$, as a "statistically perfect" correlation with correlation coefficient 0.96 and p-value $ \\sim 10^{-28}$. In the above range, the amplitude of variability for any of our 9 objects is proportional to the flux level with (almost) one and the same factor of proportionality for all 9 accreting white dwarfs with $\\Delta F = 0.36 (\\pm 0.05) F_{av}$, $\\sigma_{rms} = 0.086(\\pm 0.011) F_{av}$, and $\\sigma_{rms} / \\Delta F = 0.24 \\pm 0.02$. Over all, our results indicate that the viscosity in the accretion discs is practically the same for all 9 objects in our sample, in the mass accretion rate range $2...

  4. Robust spatial memory maps in flickering neuronal networks: a topological model

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    Dabaghian, Yuri; Babichev, Andrey; Memoli, Facundo; Chowdhury, Samir; Rice University Collaboration; Ohio State University Collaboration

    It is widely accepted that the hippocampal place cells provide a substrate of the neuronal representation of the environment--the ``cognitive map''. However, hippocampal network, as any other network in the brain is transient: thousands of hippocampal neurons die every day and the connections formed by these cells constantly change due to various forms of synaptic plasticity. What then explains the remarkable reliability of our spatial memories? We propose a computational approach to answering this question based on a couple of insights. First, we propose that the hippocampal cognitive map is fundamentally topological, and hence it is amenable to analysis by topological methods. We then apply several novel methods from homology theory, to understand how dynamic connections between cells influences the speed and reliability of spatial learning. We simulate the rat's exploratory movements through different environments and study how topological invariants of these environments arise in a network of simulated neurons with ``flickering'' connectivity. We find that despite transient connectivity the network of place cells produces a stable representation of the topology of the environment.

  5. Flickering of accreting white dwarfs: the remarkable amplitude-flux relation and disc viscosity

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    Zamanov, R. K.; Boeva, S.; Latev, G.; Sokoloski, J. L.; Stoyanov, K. A.; Genkov, V.; Tsvetkova, S. V.; Tomov, T.; Antov, A.; Bode, M. F.

    2016-03-01

    We analyse optical photometric data of short term variability (flickering) of accreting white dwarfs in cataclysmic variables (KR Aur, MV Lyr, V794 Aql, TT Ari, V425 Cas), recurrent novae (RS Oph and T CrB) and jet-ejecting symbiotic stars (CH Cyg and MWC 560). We find that the amplitude-flux relationship is visible over four orders of magnitude, in the range of fluxes from 1029 to 1033 erg s-1 Å-1, as a `statistically perfect correlation with correlation coefficient 0.96 and p-value ˜10-28. In the above range, the amplitude of variability for any of our 9 objects is proportional to the flux level with (almost) one and the same factor of proportionality for all nine accreting white dwarfs with ΔF = 0.36(±0.05)Fav, σrms = 0.086(±0.011)Fav, and σrms/ΔF = 0.24 ± 0.02. Overall, our results indicate that the viscosity in the accretion discs is practically the same for all nine objects in our sample, in the mass accretion rate range 2 × 10-11 - 2 × 10-7 M⊙ yr-1.

  6. Theory of polymer translocation through a flickering nanopore under an alternating driving force

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    Sarabadani, Jalal; Ikonen, Timo; Ala-Nissila, Tapio

    2015-08-01

    We develop a theory for polymer translocation driven by a time-dependent force through an oscillating nanopore. To this end, we extend the iso-flux tension propagation theory [Sarabadani et al., J. Chem. Phys. 141, 214907 (2014)] for such a setup. We assume that the external driving force in the pore has a component oscillating in time, and the flickering pore is similarly described by an oscillating term in the pore friction. In addition to numerically solving the model, we derive analytical approximations that are in good agreement with the numerical simulations. Our results show that by controlling either the force or pore oscillations, the translocation process can be either sped up or slowed down depending on the frequency of the oscillations and the characteristic time scale of the process. We also show that while in the low and high frequency limits, the translocation time τ follows the established scaling relation with respect to chain length N0, in the intermediate frequency regime small periodic, fluctuations can have drastic effects on the dynamical scaling. The results can be easily generalized for non-periodic oscillations and elucidate the role of time dependent forces and pore oscillations in driven polymer translocation.

  7. Radiology reading-caused fatigue and measurement of eye strain with critical flicker fusion frequency

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    The aim of this study was to investigate eye fatigue that could impair diagnostic accuracy by measuring the critical flicker fusion frequency (CFFF) before and after reading. CFFF was measured before and after about 4 h of health checkup reading in seven healthy volunteer radiologists. A questionnaire was also completed on duration of sleep the night before the experiment, average duration of sleep, and subjective fatigue using a visual analog scale (corrected to a 0-1 scale, 0 indicating the worst fatigue ever experienced). After-reading subjective fatigue was significantly greater (before 0.52±0.15, after 0.42±0.15), and CFFF was significantly lower (before 40.9±2.4, after 39.9±2.0). There was no significant correlation between subjective fatigue and CFFF, either before or after or between before- and after-reading differences in subjective fatigue and CFFF. Shorter duration of sleep the night before significantly correlated with lower CFFF (Pearson's correlation coefficient): before 0.42, P=0.0047; after 0.52, P=0.0003. CFFF declines after reading and can be considered useful as an indicator of fatigue induced by radiology reading. CFFF declines significantly when sleep is reduced the day before reading without correlation with subjective fatigue, meaning that sleep deprivation can cause an unaware decline in visual function. (author)

  8. Electrical conduction mechanism in conjugated polymers studied using Flicker noise spectroscopy

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    We have performed detailed analysis of the fluctuations of the electrical current in electrochemically deposited conductive polymers (CP) using as example polyaniline and poly(3-methylthiophene). These heterogeneous and disordered materials cannot be analyzed in terms of classical conduction mechanisms (like Schottky or Poole-Frenkel emission). Instead, the electrical transport in CPs is to be considered as a stochastic process with large component of noise. We have been able to distinguish several modes of the conduction process in CPs by applying Flicker noise spectroscopy. Thus, we have established that the transport of charge carriers in highly doped CPs is much less correlated than in non-doped ones at the same electric field strength. While applied electric field increases, correlations become lower in a sequence of elementary events contributing to the conductivity of CP. Apparently, the change in the correlation length corresponds to changing mechanism of the electrical conduction. The lower correlation in highly doped sample can be attributed to various factors including change in CP conformation, enhancement in interchain charge transfer and generation of polaron lattice

  9. Macular pigment and lens optical density measurements-evaluating a flicker machine with novel features

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    Mukherjee, Anirbaan

    Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness amongst the elderly. Macular pigment (MP) in the retina has been established to protect individuals against AMD. Improving levels of MP by diet or supplements is the constant quest of clinical practitioners and researchers, thus necessitating development of instruments capable of repeatable and reliable MP measurement. Cataract, a consequence of the rising opacity levels of the lens with age is one of the other major causes of blindness in the world. Mapcatsf, a LED-based microprocessor-controlled heterochromatic flicker photometer (HFP) using photopic vision is capable of measuring the levels of MP and the opacity of the lens in terms of optical density. Test-retest measurements conducted on 83 subjects were analyzed for repeatability in macular pigment optical density (MPOD) measurements. Reliability of the lens optical density (LOD) measurements were tested and compared with those obtained at absolute scotopic thresholds for 25 individuals. A supplement study with 32 individuals both in the young (50) age groups for 6 months further established Mapcatsf's capacity to monitor changing levels of MP in individuals. As an overall outcome, high levels of repeatability and reliability were obtained in MPOD and LOD measurements establishing Mapcatsf as an instrument for use in clinical settings in the future.

  10. The temporal primacy of self-related stimuli and negative stimuli: an ERP-based comparative study.

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    Zhu, Min; Luo, Junlong; Zhao, Na; Hu, Yinying; Yan, Lingyue; Gao, Xiangping

    2016-10-01

    Numerous studies have shown there exist attention biases for self-related and negative stimuli. Few studies, however, have been carried out to compare the effects of such stimuli on the neural mechanisms of early attentional alertness and subsequent cognitive processing. The purpose of the present study was to examine the temporal primacy of both self-related stimuli and negative stimuli in the neurophysiologic level. In a modified oddball task, event-related potentials of the deviant stimuli (i.e., self-face, negative face and neutral face) were recorded. Results revealed that larger P2 amplitudes were elicited by self-related and negative stimuli than by neutral stimuli. Negative stimuli, however, elicited shorter P2 latencies than self-related and neutral stimuli. As for the N2 component, self-related and negative stimuli elicited smaller amplitudes and shorter latencies than neutral stimuli, but otherwise did not differ. Self-related stimuli also elicited larger P3 and late positive component (LPC) amplitudes than negative and neutral stimuli. The pattern of results suggests that the primacy of negative stimuli occurred at an early attention stage of processing, while the primacy of self-related stimuli occurred at the subsequent cognitive evaluation and memory stage. PMID:26513485

  11. TREATMENT TESTS FOR EX SITU REMOVAL OF CHROMATE & NITRATE & URANIUM (VI) FROM HANFORD (100-HR-3) GROUNDWATER FINAL REPORT

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    BECK MA; DUNCAN JB

    1994-01-03

    This report describes batch and ion exchange column laboratory scale studies investigating ex situ methods to remove chromate (chromium [VI]), nitrate (NO{sub 3}{sup -}) and uranium (present as uranium [VI]) from contaminated Hanford site groundwaters. The technologies investigated include: chemical precipitation or coprecipitation to remove chromate and uranium; and anion exchange to remove chromate, uranium and nitrate. The technologies investigated were specified in the 100-HR-3 Groundwater Treatability Test Plan. The method suggested for future study is anion exchange.

  12. Photonic water dynamically responsive to external stimuli.

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    Sano, Koki; Kim, Youn Soo; Ishida, Yasuhiro; Ebina, Yasuo; Sasaki, Takayoshi; Hikima, Takaaki; Aida, Takuzo

    2016-01-01

    Fluids that contain ordered nanostructures with periodic distances in the visible-wavelength range, anomalously exhibit structural colours that can be rapidly modulated by external stimuli. Indeed, some fish can dynamically change colour by modulating the periodic distance of crystalline guanine sheets cofacially oriented in their fluid cytoplasm. Here we report that a dilute aqueous colloidal dispersion of negatively charged titanate nanosheets exhibits structural colours. In this 'photonic water', the nanosheets spontaneously adopt a cofacial geometry with an ultralong periodic distance of up to 675 nm due to a strong electrostatic repulsion. Consequently, the photonic water can even reflect near-infrared light up to 1,750 nm. The structural colour becomes more vivid in a magnetic flux that induces monodomain structural ordering of the colloidal dispersion. The reflective colour of the photonic water can be modulated over the entire visible region in response to appropriate physical or chemical stimuli. PMID:27572806

  13. Preparation of stimuli for timbre perception studies.

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    Labuschagne, Ilse B; Hanekom, Johan J

    2013-09-01

    Stimuli used in timbre perception studies must be controlled carefully in order to yield meaningful results. During psychoacoustic testing of individual timbre properties, (1) it must be ensured that timbre properties do not co-vary, as timbre properties are often not independent from one another, and (2) the potential influence of loudness, pitch, and perceived duration must be eliminated. A mathematical additive synthesis method is proposed which allows complete control over two spectral parameters, the spectral centroid (corresponding to brightness) and irregularity, and two temporal parameters, log rise-time (LRT) and a parameter characterizing the sustain/decay segment, while controlling for covariation in the spectral centroid and irregularity. Thirteen musical instrument sounds were synthesized. Perceptual data from six listeners indicate that variation in the four timbre properties mainly influences loudness and that perceived duration and pitch are not influenced significantly for the stimuli of longer duration (2 s) used here. Trends across instruments were found to be similar. PMID:23967955

  14. ANION EXCHANGE CAPACITY OF CHROMATE ON MODIFIED ZEOLITE CLINOPTILOLITE WITH HDTMA-Br AND ITS REGENERATION

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    Widajanti Wibowo

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Zeolite Clinoptilolite from Lampung, located in South of Sumatra, had been modified with surfactanthexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HDTMA-Br as chromate anion exchanger. Surfactant modified zeolite (SMZClinoptilolite in particle size range of 1.5 - 2.0 mm, which contained 196.7 mmol HDTMA-Br/kg zeolite, was used foranion exchange of chromate at neutral pH. This experiment was conducted in a glass column filled with 5 gram SMZ.The breakthrough chromate exchange capacity was found 1.262 mg/g SMZ, while the total capacity was found 2.107mg/g SMZ. The regeneration of SMZ saturated with chromate was conducted using a mixed solutions of 0.28 MNa2CO3 and 0.5 M NaOH, compared with using a solution of 0.01 M Na2S2O4. The desorption of chromate achieved92% with the mixed solutions of Na2CO3 and NaOH and 90% with the Na2S2O4 solution. The regenerated SMZ withNa2CO3-NaOH solutions was prior washed with HCl solution to remove the carbonate from SMZ, before being used forchromate sorption again. Its breakthrough capacity was reduced to 1.074 mg/g SMZ, and to 0.724 mg/g SMZ whenregenerated with Na2S2O4 solution. These results indicated that regeneration of SMZ affected its exchange capacity foranion chromate. However, it is still could be acceptable, when Na2CO3/NaOH solutions were used for the regenerationof SMZ saturated with anion chromate.

  15. Cognitive Interpretations of Ambiguous Visual Stimuli

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    2012-01-01

    Brains can sense and distinguish signals from background noise in physical environments, and recognize and classify them as distinct entities. Ambiguity is an inherent part of this process. It is a cognitive property that is generated by the noisy character of the signals, and by the design of the sensory systems that process them. Stimuli can be ambiguous if they are noisy, incomplete, or only briefly sensed. Such conditions may ...

  16. Cortical gating of oropharyngeal sensory stimuli.

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    Wheeler-Hegland, Karen; Pitts, Teresa; Davenport, Paul W

    2010-01-01

    Somatosensory evoked potentials provide a measure of cortical neuronal activation in response to various types of sensory stimuli. In order to prevent flooding of the cortex with redundant information various sensory stimuli are gated cortically such that response to stimulus 2 (S2) is significantly reduced in amplitude compared to stimulus 1 (S1). Upper airway protective mechanisms, such as swallowing and cough, are dependent on sensory input for triggering and modifying their motor output. Thus, it was hypothesized that central neural gating would be absent for paired-air puff stimuli applied to the oropharynx. Twenty-three healthy adults (18-35 years) served as research participants. Pharyngeal sensory evoked potentials (PSEPs) were measured via 32-electrode cap (10-20 system) connected to SynAmps(2) Neuroscan EEG System. Paired-pulse air puffs were delivered with an inter-stimulus interval of 500 ms to the oropharynx using a thin polyethylene tube connected to a flexible laryngoscope. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and a repeated measures analysis of variance. There were no significant differences found for the amplitudes S1 and S2 for any of the four component PSEP peaks. Mean gating ratios were above 0.90 for each peak. Results supports our hypothesis that sensory central neural gating would be absent for component PSEP peaks with paired-pulse stimuli delivered to the oropharynx. This may be related to the need for constant sensory monitoring necessary for adequate airway protection associated with swallowing and coughing. PMID:21423402

  17. Remindings influence the interpretation of ambiguous stimuli

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    Tullis, Jonathan G.; Braverman, Michael; Ross, Brian H; Benjamin, Aaron S.

    2014-01-01

    Remindings–stimulus-guided retrievals of prior events–may help us interpret ambiguous events by linking the current situation to relevant prior experiences. Evidence suggests that remindings play an important role in interpreting complex ambiguous stimuli (Ross & Bradshaw, 1994); here we evaluate whether remindings influence word interpretation and memory in a new paradigm. Learners studied words on distinct visual backgrounds and generated a sentence for each word. Homographs were either pre...

  18. Simulation of Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Networks

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    Thomas Gruhn

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The structure and material properties of polymer networks can depend sensitively on changes in the environment. There is a great deal of progress in the development of stimuli-responsive hydrogels for applications like sensors, self-repairing materials or actuators. Biocompatible, smart hydrogels can be used for applications, such as controlled drug delivery and release, or for artificial muscles. Numerical studies have been performed on different length scales and levels of details. Macroscopic theories that describe the network systems with the help of continuous fields are suited to study effects like the stimuli-induced deformation of hydrogels on large scales. In this article, we discuss various macroscopic approaches and describe, in more detail, our phase field model, which allows the calculation of the hydrogel dynamics with the help of a free energy that considers physical and chemical impacts. On a mesoscopic level, polymer systems can be modeled with the help of the self-consistent field theory, which includes the interactions, connectivity, and the entropy of the polymer chains, and does not depend on constitutive equations. We present our recent extension of the method that allows the study of the formation of nano domains in reversibly crosslinked block copolymer networks. Molecular simulations of polymer networks allow the investigation of the behavior of specific systems on a microscopic scale. As an example for microscopic modeling of stimuli sensitive polymer networks, we present our Monte Carlo simulations of a filament network system with crosslinkers.

  19. Anagrus breviphragma Soyka Short Distance Search Stimuli

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    Chiappini, Elisabetta; Berzolla, Alessia; Oppo, Annalisa

    2015-01-01

    Anagrus breviphragma Soyka (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) successfully parasitises eggs of Cicadella viridis (L.) (Homoptera: Cicadellidae), embedded in vegetal tissues, suggesting the idea of possible chemical and physical cues, revealing the eggs presence. In this research, three treatments were considered in order to establish which types of cue are involved: eggs extracted from leaf, used as a control, eggs extracted from leaf and cleaned in water and ethanol, used to evaluate the presence of chemicals soluble in polar solvents, and eggs extracted from leaf and covered with Parafilm (M), used to avoid physical stimuli due to the bump on the leaf surface. The results show that eggs covered with Parafilm present a higher number of parasitised eggs and a lower probing starting time with respect to eggs washed with polar solvents or eggs extracted and untreated, both when the treatments were singly tested or when offered in sequence, independently of the treatment position. These results suggest that the exploited stimuli are not physical due to the bump but chemicals that can spread in the Parafilm, circulating the signal on the whole surface, and that the stimuli that elicit probing and oviposition are not subjected to learning. PMID:26543865

  20. Anagrus breviphragma Soyka Short Distance Search Stimuli

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    Elisabetta Chiappini

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Anagrus breviphragma Soyka (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae successfully parasitises eggs of Cicadella viridis (L. (Homoptera: Cicadellidae, embedded in vegetal tissues, suggesting the idea of possible chemical and physical cues, revealing the eggs presence. In this research, three treatments were considered in order to establish which types of cue are involved: eggs extracted from leaf, used as a control, eggs extracted from leaf and cleaned in water and ethanol, used to evaluate the presence of chemicals soluble in polar solvents, and eggs extracted from leaf and covered with Parafilm (M, used to avoid physical stimuli due to the bump on the leaf surface. The results show that eggs covered with Parafilm present a higher number of parasitised eggs and a lower probing starting time with respect to eggs washed with polar solvents or eggs extracted and untreated, both when the treatments were singly tested or when offered in sequence, independently of the treatment position. These results suggest that the exploited stimuli are not physical due to the bump but chemicals that can spread in the Parafilm, circulating the signal on the whole surface, and that the stimuli that elicit probing and oviposition are not subjected to learning.

  1. CLASSIFICATION OF COMPLETE 5-PARTITE GRAPHS AND CHROMATICITY OF 5-PARTITE GRAPHSWITH 5n VERTICES

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    ZhaoHaixing; LiuRuying; ZhangShenggui

    2004-01-01

    For a graph G,P(G,λ)denotes the chromatic polynomial of G. Two graphs G and H are said to be chromatically equivalent,denoted by G-H,if P(G,λ)=p(H,λ). Let[G]= {H|H-G}. If [G]={G},then G is said to be chromatically unique. For a complete 5-partite graph G with 5n vertices, define θ(G)=(a(G,6)-2n+1-2n-1+5)/2n-2,where a(G,6) denotes the number of 6-independent partitions of G. In this paper, the authors show that θ(G)≥0 and determine all graphs with θ(G)= 0, 1, 2, 5/2, 7/2, 4, 17/4. By using these results the chromaticity of 5-partite graphs of the form G-S with θ(G)=0,1,2,5/2,7/2,4,17/4 is investigated,where S is a set of edges of G. Many new chromatically unique 5-partite graphs are obtained.

  2. An elementary chromatic reduction for gain graphs and special hyperplane arrangements

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    Berthome, Pascal; Forge, David; Ventos, Veronique; Zaslavsky, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    A gain graph is a graph whose edges are labelled invertibly by "gains" from a group. "Switching" is a transformation of gain graphs that generalizes conjugation in a group. A "weak chromatic function" of gain graphs with gains in a fixed group satisfies three laws: deletion-contraction for links with neutral gain, invariance under switching, and nullity on graphs with a neutral loop. The laws lead to the "weak chromatic group" of gain graphs, which is the universal domain for weak chromatic functions. We find expressions, valid in that group, for a gain graph in terms of minors without neutral-gain edges, or with added complete neutral-gain subgraphs, that generalize the expression of an ordinary chromatic polynomial in terms of monomials or falling factorials. These expressions imply relations for chromatic functions of gain graphs. We apply our relations to some special integral gain graphs including those that correspond to the Shi, Linial, and Catalan arrangements, thereby obtaining new evaluations of and...

  3. Kochen-Specker Sets and the Rank-1 Quantum Chromatic Number

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    Scarpa, Giannicola

    2011-01-01

    The quantum chromatic number of a graph $G$ is sandwiched between its chromatic number and its clique number, which are well known NP-hard quantities. We restrict our attention to the rank-1 quantum chromatic number $\\chi_q^{(1)}(G)$, which upper bounds the quantum chromatic number, but is defined under stronger constraints. We study its relation with the chromatic number $\\chi(G)$ and the minimum dimension of orthogonal representations $\\xi(G)$. It is known that $\\xi(G) \\leq \\chi_q^{(1)}(G) \\leq \\chi(G)$. We answer three open questions about these relations: we give a necessary and sufficient condition to have $\\xi(G) = \\chi_q^{(1)}(G)$, we exhibit a class of graphs such that $\\xi(G) < \\chi_q^{(1)}(G)$, and we give a necessary and sufficient condition to have $\\chi_q^{(1)}(G) < \\chi(G)$. Our main tools are Kochen-Specker sets, collections of vectors with a traditionally important role in the study of noncontextuality of physical theories, and more recently in the quantification of quantum zero-error ca...

  4. Localized chromaticity correction of low-beta insertions in storage rings

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    The correction of the chromaticity of low-beta insertions in the storage rings is usually made with sextupole lenses in the ring's arcs. When decreasing the beta functions at the insertion point (IP), this technique becomes fairly ineffective, since it fails to properly correct the higher order chromatic aberrations. Here the authors consider the approach where the chromatic effects of the quadrupole lenses generating low beta functions at the IP are corrected locally with two families of sextupoles, one family for each plane. Each family has two pairs of sextupoles which are located symmetrically on both sides of the IP. The sextupole-like aberrations of individual sextupoles are eliminated by utilizing optics forming a -I transformation between sextupoles in the pair. The optics also includes bending magnets which preserve equal dispersion functions at the two sextupoles in each pair. At sextupoles in one family, the vertical beta function is made large and the horizontal is made small. The situation is reversed in the sextupoles of the other family. The betatron phase advances from the IP to the sextupoles are chosen to eliminate a second order chromatic aberration. The application of the localized chromatic correction is demonstrated using as an example the lattice design for the Low Energy Ring of the SLAC/LBL/LLNL PEP-II B Factory

  5. Localized chromaticity correction of low-beta insertions in storage rings

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    The correction of the chromaticity of low-beta insertions in the storage rings is usually made with sextupole lenses in the ring's arcs. When decreasing the beta functions at the insertion point (IP), this technique becomes fairly ineffective, since it fails to properly correct the higher order chromatic aberrations. Here we consider the approach where the chromatic effects of the quadrupole lenses generating low beta functions at the IP are corrected locally with two families of sextupoles, one family for each plane. Each family has two pairs of sextupoles which are located symmetrically on both sides of the IP. The sextupole-like aberrations of individual sextupoles are eliminated by utilizing optics forming a -I transformation between sextupoles in the pair. The optics also includes bending magnets which preserve equal dispersion functions at the two sextupoles in each pair. At sextupoles in one family, the vertical beta function is made large and the horizontal is made small. The situation is reversed in the sextupoles of the other family. The betatron phase advances from the IP to the sextupoles are chosen to eliminate a second order chromatic aberration. The application of the localized chromatic correction is demonstrated using as an example the lattice design for the Low Energy Ring of the SLAC/LBL/LLNL PEP-II B Factory

  6. [Chromaticity analysis for colorants in dye-based ink-jet ink].

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    Zhu, Pu-xin; Yao, Yong-yi; Wang, Luo-xin; Wu, Da-cheng

    2004-07-01

    For ink-jet color inks used for the well-known printers, taking Canon, EPSON, HEWLETT PACKARD and LEXMARK as samples, transmittances of the ink solutions were determined, and then the chromaticity analyses were made, in order to calculate the tristimulus values and the chromatic coordinate of each color sample. Also, the gamuts, chroma values, dominant wavelengths and complementary wavelengths were obtained by using the chromatic method for the samples. In this paper, an empirical formula was suggested for the relationship between the complementary wavelengths of the three primary colors: lambda compl, M approximately equal 10/9 (lambda compl, Y) + 10 and lambda compl, M approximately equal 10/9 (lambda compl, Y) - 20. It was found that the empirical formula is well suited for matching the complementary wavelengths of the three primary colors for ink sets of the samples studied. PMID:15766097

  7. Contradictory effect of chromate inhibitor on corrosive wear of aluminium alloy

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    Research highlights: → Corrosive wear of aluminium alloy in inhibited artificial acid rain was studied. → Tribometer with linear reciprocating ball-on-flat geometry was used.→ Corrosion potential, polarization current and friction coefficient were measured. → Chromate decreases corrosion of aluminium alloy under wear conditions. → Chromate in general accelerates corrosive wear of the alloy in acid rain. - Abstract: The corrosive wear of D16T aluminium alloy in artificial acid rain was studied. A special tribometer with the linear reciprocating ball-on-flat geometry was used. The setup allows to measure simultaneously an open circuit potential, to carry out potentiostatic and potentiodynamic polarization studies of the alloy corrosion and to record the friction coefficient. It was established that the addition of strontium chromate inhibitor to the working environment decreases an electrochemical corrosion of the aluminium alloy under wear conditions, but in general accelerates its destruction due to insufficient wear resistance of a formed surface film.

  8. A new method of chromaticity inspection for evaluating quality of passive film on stainless steel

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    A new method based on chromaticity reaction and color measurement was studied for passive film inspection during stainless steel manufacturing. The role of ferroxyl solution and phenanthroline solution during the inspection was compared and the relationship between the chromaticity measurement and electrochemical corrosion was explored. It is found that the lower the chromaticity measurement value, the compacter the passive film is. The ferroxyl solution is sensitive to identify the passive films on different types of stainless steels, but it degrades the surface quality of stainless steels and is not stable during storage. The phenanthroline solution can effectively identify the passive film under various passive conditions, while it has no influence on the surface of stainless steel and also it is stable enough for long term storage. A good corrosion resistance of stainless steel is realized when the measured a* is below 3 by using phenanthroline solution, while relative low corrosion resistance is exposed at the range of a”* >3. (authors)

  9. Tune and Chromaticity Control During Snapback and Ramp in 2015 LHC Operation

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    Schaumann, Michaela; Lamont, Mike; Solfaroli Camillocci, Matteo; Todesco, Ezio; Wenninger, Jorg

    2016-01-01

    Because of current redistribution on the superconducting cables, the harmonic components of the magnetic fields of the superconducting magnets in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) show decay during the low field injection plateau. This results in tune and chromaticity variations for the beams. In the first few seconds of the ramp the original hysteresis state of the magnetic field is restored - the field snaps back. These fast dynamic field changes lead to strong tune and chromaticity excursions that, if not properly controlled, induce beam losses and potentially trigger a beam dump. A feed-forward system applies predicted corrections during the injection plateau and to the first part of the ramp to avoid violent changes of beam conditions. This paper discusses the snapback of tune and chromaticity as observed in 2015, as well as the control of beam parameters during the ramp. It also evaluates the quality of the applied feed-forward corrections and their reproducibility.

  10. REMOVAL OF CHROMATE ION FROM CONTAMINATED SYNTHETIC WATER USING MCM-41/ZSM-5 COMPOSITE

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    H. Kazemian, M. H. Mallah

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present study removal of chromate anion (CrO42- from a synthetic aqueous solution by a synthesized MCM-41/ZSM-5 composite and its modified form with the anionic surfactant of hexadecyl-teri methyl ammonium bromide; (surfactant modified composite was investigated. According to the data obtained from batch test of MCM-41/ZSM-5 composite and surfactant modified composite, it is obvious that modification of the composite with anionic surfactant improves its affinity toward the oxyanion (917mL/g for MCM-41/ZSM-5 composite in comparison to 1870mL/g for surfactant modified composite. It was concluded that sorption capacity and selectivity of the composite will be remarkly improve toward chromate anion by modification of its surface by a surfactant; therefore surfactant modified composite is a suitable candidate for removal of chromate anion from contaminated solutions.

  11. Obstructions to the realization of distance graphs with large chromatic numbers on spheres of small radii

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    We investigate in detail some properties of distance graphs constructed on the integer lattice. Such graphs find wide applications in problems of combinatorial geometry, in particular, such graphs were employed to answer Borsuk's question in the negative and to obtain exponential estimates for the chromatic number of the space. This work is devoted to the study of the number of cliques and the chromatic number of such graphs under certain conditions. Constructions of sequences of distance graphs are given, in which the graphs have unit length edges and contain a large number of triangles that lie on a sphere of radius 1/√3 (which is the minimum possible). At the same time, the chromatic numbers of the graphs depend exponentially on their dimension. The results of this work strengthen and generalize some of the results obtained in a series of papers devoted to related issues. Bibliography: 29 titles

  12. Stimuli-responsive chromism in organophosphorus chemistry.

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    Reus, Christian; Baumgartner, Thomas

    2016-02-01

    Changes in color are one of the most obvious and easily followed responses that can be induced by an external stimulus. π-Conjugated organophosphorus compounds are on the rise to challenge established systems by opening up new and simple pathways to diversely modified optoelectronic properties--the main challenge for the development of new chromic materials. Relevant stimuli highlighted in this Frontier article include electronic current (electrochromism), light (photochromism), solvent polarity (solvatochromism), aggregation formation (aggregation induced emission, AIE), mechanical force (mechanochromism), temperature (thermochromism), organic solvent vapor (vapochromism), and pH (halochromism). PMID:26286166

  13. Structure Determination and Functional Analysis of a Chromate Reductase from Gluconacetobacter hansenii

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    Jin, Hongjun; Zhang, Yanfeng; Buchko, Garry W.; Varnum, Susan M.; Robinson, Howard; Squier, Thomas C.; Long, Philip E.

    2012-08-06

    Environmental protection through biological mechanisms that aid in the reductive immobilization of toxic metals (e.g.,chromate and uranyl) has been identified to involve specific NADH-dependent flavoproteins that promote cell viability. To understand the enzyme mechanisms responsible for metal reduction, the enzyme kinetics of a putative chromate reductasefrom Gluconacetobacter hansenii (Gh-ChrR) was measured and the crystal structure of the protein determined at 2.25 A°resolution. Gh-ChrR catalyzes the NADH-dependent reduction of chromate, ferricyanide, and uranyl anions under aerobic conditions. Kinetic measurements indicate that NADH acts as a substrate inhibitor; catalysis requires chromate binding prior to NADH association. The crystal structure of Gh-ChrR shows the protein is a homotetramer with one bound flavin mononucleotide (FMN) per subunit. A bound anion is visualized proximal to the FMN at the interface between adjacentsubunits within a cationic pocket, which is positioned at an optimal distance for hydride transfer. Site-directed substitutions of residues proposed to involve in both NADH and metal anion binding (N85A or R101A) result in 90–95% reductions in enzyme efficiencies for NADH-dependent chromate reduction. In comparison site-directed substitution of a residue (S118A) participating in the coordination of FMN in the active site results in only modest (50%) reductions in catalytic efficiencies, consistent with the presence of a multitude of side chains that position the FMN in the active site. The proposed proximity relationships between metal anion binding site and enzyme cofactors is discussed in terms of rational design principles for the use of enzymes in chromate and uranyl bioremediation.

  14. Structure determination and functional analysis of a chromate reductase from Gluconacetobacter hansenii.

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    Full Text Available Environmental protection through biological mechanisms that aid in the reductive immobilization of toxic metals (e.g., chromate and uranyl has been identified to involve specific NADH-dependent flavoproteins that promote cell viability. To understand the enzyme mechanisms responsible for metal reduction, the enzyme kinetics of a putative chromate reductase from Gluconacetobacter hansenii (Gh-ChrR was measured and the crystal structure of the protein determined at 2.25 Å resolution. Gh-ChrR catalyzes the NADH-dependent reduction of chromate, ferricyanide, and uranyl anions under aerobic conditions. Kinetic measurements indicate that NADH acts as a substrate inhibitor; catalysis requires chromate binding prior to NADH association. The crystal structure of Gh-ChrR shows the protein is a homotetramer with one bound flavin mononucleotide (FMN per subunit. A bound anion is visualized proximal to the FMN at the interface between adjacent subunits within a cationic pocket, which is positioned at an optimal distance for hydride transfer. Site-directed substitutions of residues proposed to involve in both NADH and metal anion binding (N85A or R101A result in 90-95% reductions in enzyme efficiencies for NADH-dependent chromate reduction. In comparison site-directed substitution of a residue (S118A participating in the coordination of FMN in the active site results in only modest (50% reductions in catalytic efficiencies, consistent with the presence of a multitude of side chains that position the FMN in the active site. The proposed proximity relationships between metal anion binding site and enzyme cofactors is discussed in terms of rational design principles for the use of enzymes in chromate and uranyl bioremediation.

  15. 40 CFR 721.9577 - Chromate(3-), bis[7-[(aminohydroxyphenyl)azo]-3-[[5-(aminosulfonyl)-2-hydroxyphenyl] azo]-4...

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Chromate(3-), bis -3- azo]-4-hydroxy-2-naphthalene sulfonato (3-)]-,- azo]-4-hydroxy-7- -1-propenyl]azo]-2-naphthalenesulfonato(3-)]-, trisodium (9CI... Substances § 721.9577 Chromate(3-), bis -3- azo]-4-hydroxy-2-naphthalene sulfonato (3-)]-,-...

  16. Longitudinal measurement of chromatic dispersion along an optical fiber transmission system with a new correction factor

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    At present existence OTDR based techniques have become a standard practice for measuring chromatic dispersion distribution along an optical fiber transmission link. A constructive measurement technique has been offered in this paper, in which a four wavelength bidirectional optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) has been used to compute the chromatic dispersion allocation beside an optical fiber transmission system. To improve the correction factor a novel formulation has been developed, which leads to an enhanced and defined measurement. The investigational outcomes obtained are in good harmony

  17. Rare earth and silane as chromate replacers for corrosion protection on galvanized steel

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    PENG Tianlan; MAN Ruilin

    2009-01-01

    The present work aimed at using rare earth lanthanum salt and trimethoxy(viny)silance as chromate substitutes for galvanized steel passivation, in contrast to zinc coating samples treated with chromate. The corrosion resistance was assessed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and neutral salt spray tests (NSS). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to characterize the sample surfaces. The organic coating adhesion on the panel was also investigated via varnishes-cross cut tests. The results indicated that rare earth and silane two-step treatment gave more effective anticorrosion performance than Cr, which also provided good paint adhesion. The coating formation mechanism was also discussed.

  18. On Chromatic no. of 3K1-free graphs and R(3, k)

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    2012-01-01

    Here we prove that if G has independence no. 2 and clique size omega with omega less than or equal to 11, then (1) chromatic no. is less than or equal to (omega2+12omega-13)/8, if omega is odd, and (2) chromatic no. is less than or equal to (omega2+10omega)/8, if omega is even. We further conjecture that the results are true in general for all omega. We also conjecture that (A) if omega is odd and R(3, omega) is even, then R(3, omega) = (omega2+8omega-9)/4, (B) if omega and R(3, omega) are bo...

  19. Molybdate based Alternatives to Chromating as a Passivation Treatment for Zinc

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    Tang, Peter Torben; Bech-Nielsen, G.; Møller, Per

    1994-01-01

    Zinc-plated parts are typically passivated with chromate-based solutions to reduce corrosion. Chromates, however, are a cause of environmental concern, for their toxic effects on plants and wildlife, and allergic effects on workers who come in contact with them. A molybdate-based alternative has...... tests, but not as good in neutral tests, such as salt spray. This edited version of a presentation from the joint AESF/EAST Session at SUR/FIN(R) '94-Indianapolis, discusses the effectiveness, cost, stability, chemistry, layer composition, and performance of this alternative process....

  20. Novel High Negative Chromatic Dispersion Photonic Crystal Fiber with Low Confinement Loss

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    OUADAH Mohammed Chamse Eddine

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we propose a novel dual core concentric photonic crystal fiber with high negative chromatic dispersion and low confinement loss. Finite element method with perfectly matched layers (PMLS is used to investigate the guiding properties. In order to achieve a high negative chromatic dispersion, small air holes are added in the inner core as well as the liquid filling the outer core. The numerical results show a negative dispersion coefficient and confinement loss of -78010ps/nm/km, 0.05dB/km respectively at λ=155μm, which make the proposed design an excellent device in high transmission system for dispersion compensation.

  1. Continuum Models of Stimuli-responsive Gels

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    Hong, Wei

    Immersed in a solution of small molecules and ions, a network of long-chain polymers may imbibe the solution and swell, resulting in a polymeric gel. Depending on the molecular structure of the polymers, the amount of swelling can be regulated by moisture, mechanical forces, ionic strength, electric field, pH value, and many other types of stimuli. Starting from the basic principles of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, this chapter formulates a field theory of the coupled large deformation and mass transportation in a neutral polymeric gel. The theory is then extended to study polyelectrolyte gels with charge-carrying networks by accounting for the electromechanical coupling and migration of solute ions. While the theoretical framework is adaptable to various types of material models, some representative ones are described through specific free-energy functions and kinetic laws. A specific material law for pH-sensitive gels—a special type of polyelectrolyte gels—is introduced as an example of incorporating chemical reactions in modeling stimuli-responsive gels. Finally, a simplified theory for the equilibrium but inhomogeneous swelling of a polymeric gel is deduced. The theory and the specific material models are illustrated through several examples.

  2. Remindings influence the interpretation of ambiguous stimuli.

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    Tullis, Jonathan G; Braverman, Michael; Ross, Brian H; Benjamin, Aaron S

    2014-02-01

    Remindings-stimulus-guided retrievals of prior events-may help us interpret ambiguous events by linking the current situation to relevant prior experiences. Evidence suggests that remindings play an important role in interpreting complex ambiguous stimuli (Ross & Bradshaw Memory & Cognition, 22, 591-605, 1994); here, we evaluate whether remindings will influence word interpretation and memory in a new paradigm. Learners studied words on distinct visual backgrounds and generated a sentence for each word. Homographs were preceded by a biasing cue on the same background three items earlier, preceded by a biasing cue on a different background three items earlier, or followed by a biasing cue on the same background three items later. When biasing cues preceded the homographs on the same backgrounds as the homographs, the meanings of the homographs in learner-generated sentences were consistent with the biasing cues more often than in the other two conditions. These results show that remindings can influence word interpretation. In addition, later memory for the homographs and cues was greater when the meaning of the homograph in the sentence was consistent with the earlier biasing cue, suggesting that remindings enhanced mnemonic performance. Remindings play an important role in how we interpret ambiguous stimuli and enhance memory for the involved material. PMID:23835617

  3. Mimicking biophysical stimuli within bone tumor microenvironment*

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    Marturano-Kruik, A.; Yeager, K.; Bach, D.; Villasante, A.; Cimetta, E.; Vunjak-Novakovic, G.

    2016-01-01

    In vivo, cells reside in a complex environment regulating their fate and function. Most of this complexity is lacking in standard in vitro models, leading to readouts falling short of predicting the actual in vivo situation. The use of engineering tools, combined with deep biological knowledge, leads to the development and use of bioreactors providing biologically sound niches. Such bioreactors offer new tools for biological research, and are now also entering the field of cancer research. Here we present the development and validation of a modular bioreactor system providing: (i) high throughput analyses, (ii) a range of biological conditions, (iii) high degree of control, and (iv) application of physiological stimuli to the cultured samples. The bioreactor was used to engineer a three-dimensional (3D) tissue model of cancer, where the effects of mechanical stimulation on the tumor phenotype were evaluated. Mechanical stimuli applied to the engineered tumor model activated the mechanotransduction machinery and resulted in measurable changes of mRNA levels towards a more aggressive tumor phenotype. PMID:26737062

  4. LARGER PLANET RADII INFERRED FROM STELLAR ''FLICKER'' BRIGHTNESS VARIATIONS OF BRIGHT PLANET-HOST STARS

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    Most extrasolar planets have been detected by their influence on their parent star, typically either gravitationally (the Doppler method) or by the small dip in brightness as the planet blocks a portion of the star (the transit method). Therefore, the accuracy with which we know the masses and radii of extrasolar planets depends directly on how well we know those of the stars, the latter usually determined from the measured stellar surface gravity, log g. Recent work has demonstrated that the short-timescale brightness variations (flicker) of stars can be used to measure log g to a high accuracy of ∼0.1-0.2 dex. Here, we use flicker measurements of 289 bright (Kepmag < 13) candidate planet-hosting stars with T eff = 4500-6650 K to re-assess the stellar parameters and determine the resulting impact on derived planet properties. This re-assessment reveals that for the brightest planet-host stars, Malmquist bias contaminates the stellar sample with evolved stars: nearly 50% of the bright planet-host stars are subgiants. As a result, the stellar radii, and hence the radii of the planets orbiting these stars, are on average 20%-30% larger than previous measurements had suggested

  5. Estimating annoyance to calculated wind turbine shadow flicker is improved when variables associated with wind turbine noise exposure are considered.

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    Voicescu, Sonia A; Michaud, David S; Feder, Katya; Marro, Leonora; Than, John; Guay, Mireille; Denning, Allison; Bower, Tara; van den Berg, Frits; Broner, Norm; Lavigne, Eric

    2016-03-01

    The Community Noise and Health Study conducted by Health Canada included randomly selected participants aged 18-79 yrs (606 males, 632 females, response rate 78.9%), living between 0.25 and 11.22 km from operational wind turbines. Annoyance to wind turbine noise (WTN) and other features, including shadow flicker (SF) was assessed. The current analysis reports on the degree to which estimating high annoyance to wind turbine shadow flicker (HAWTSF) was improved when variables known to be related to WTN exposure were also considered. As SF exposure increased [calculated as maximum minutes per day (SFm)], HAWTSF increased from 3.8% at 0 ≤ SFm wind turbine-related features, concern for physical safety, and noise sensitivity. Reported dizziness was also retained in the final model at p = 0.0581. Study findings add to the growing science base in this area and may be helpful in identifying factors associated with community reactions to SF exposure from wind turbines. PMID:27036286

  6. CALiPER Report 20.2: Dimming, Flicker, and Power Quality Characteristics of LED PAR38 Lamps

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    None, None

    2014-03-31

    This report focuses on the flicker and power quality performance of the Series 20 lamps at full output and various dimmed levels. All of the Series 20 PAR38 lamps that manufacturers claimed to be dimmable (including all halogen lamps) were evaluated individually (one lamp at a time) both on a switch and under the control of a phase-cut dimmer designed for use with "all classes of bulbs." Measurements of luminous flux, flicker, and power quality were taken at 10 target dimmed settings and compared with operation on a switch. Because only a single unit of each product was evaluated on a single dimmer that may or may not have been recommended by its manufacturer, this report focuses on the performance of the products relative to each other, rather than the best-case performance of each lamp or variation in performance delivered from each lamp. Despite these limitations, the results suggest that LED performance is improving, and performance trends are beginning to emerge, perhaps due in part to the identification of preferred LED driver strategies for lamp products.

  7. EVALUATION OF CRITICAL FLICKER FREQUENCY IN DETECTING AND MONITORING MINIMAL HEPATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE is defined as presence of abnormal neuropsychological and/or neurophysiological tests in cirrhotic patients without clinical signs of overt HE. Detecting MHE with available tests is time consuming, semi - objective, depen dent on psychomotor skills of the patient and requires qualified personnel for administering test. Of late Critical Flicker Frequency (CFF has emerged as a new diagnostic test for detecting MHE which obviates the above problem. AIM: To find out the preval ence of MHE in a group of adult cirrhotic patients with no overt HE, at a tertiary health care center using CFF analysis and assess changes in the same after four weeks of oral L - ornithine L - aspartate (LOLA administration in subset with abnormal CFF. METH ODS: 25 adult patients with cirrhosis, diagnosed on basis of clinical parameters & lab investigations, were invited to participate in the study. In patients without signs of overt encephalopathy (N=20 CFF analysis was done by HEPAtonorm analyzer. Cut off of 39 Hz was used, below which result was taken as abnormal and diagnostic of MHE. Patients with abnormal result (n=10 were given oral LOLA 30gm/day for 4 weeks. Repeat CFF analysis was done after 4 weeks in 13 patients, comprising 10 patients with abnorm al and 3 patients with normal result in first study. Results were analyzed using non - parametric statistical tests. RESULTS: Of 20 patients without overt HE (M: F - 12:8 (Median age 43 years [25 - 73y rs ] etiology was alcohol/cryptogenic/viral (B/C in 4/7/9 ( 3/6, Child’s status A/B/C in 5/7/8 respectively. The prevalence of MHE in cirrhotic patients was found to be 50% (10/20 and all of them had advanced cirrhosis (Child B/C. Subgroup of patients with MHE treated with LOLA for 4 weeks showed improvement in CFF test results repeated after 4 weeks (p=0.008 while those with no MHE showed insignificant change in their CFF after 4 weeks (p=0.85, signifying reproducibility

  8. 40 CFR 721.9576 - Chromate(3-), bis[7-[(aminohydroxyphenyl)azo]-3-[[5-(aminosulfonyl)-2-hydroxyphenyl]azo]-4...

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Chromate(3-), bis -3- azo]-4-hydroxy-2... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9576 Chromate(3-), bis -3- azo]-4... subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as chromate(3-), bis -3-...

  9. 40 CFR 721.2095 - Chromate(3-), bis 2-[[substituted-3-[(5-sulfo-1-naphthalenyl)azo] phenyl]azo]substituted...

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Chromate(3-), bis 2- phenyl]azo... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.2095 Chromate(3-), bis 2- phenyl]azo... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as chromate(3-), bis 2-...

  10. Flicker noise comparison of direct conversion mixers using Schottky and HBT dioderings in SiGe:C BiCMOS technology

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    Michaelsen, Rasmus Schandorph; Johansen, Tom Keinicke; Tamborg, Kjeld; Squartecchia, Michele

    In this paper, we present flicker noise measurements of two X-band direct conversion mixers implemented in a SiGe:C BiCMOS technology. Both mixers use a ring structure with either Schottky diodes or diode-connected HBTs for double balanced operation. The mixers are packaged in a metal casing on an...

  11. On the chromatic number of a space with forbidden equilateral triangle

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    Zvonarev, A E; Raigorodskii, A M; Kharlamova, A A [M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Moscow (Russian Federation); Samirov, D V [Department of Innovations and High Technology, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Dolgoprudnyi, Moskovskaya obl. (Russian Federation)

    2014-09-30

    We improve the Frankl-Rödl estimate for the product of the numbers of edges in uniform hypergraphs with forbidden cardinalities of the intersection of edges. By using this estimate, we obtain explicit bounds for the chromatic number of a space with forbidden monochromatic equilateral triangles. Bibliography: 31 titles.

  12. SIMULTANEOUS DTERMINATION OF CHROMATE AND AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLES BY CAPILLARY ELECTROPHORESIS

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    An analytical method was developed to determine simultaneously, the inorganic anion CrO2-4, and organic aromatic compounds including benzoate, 2-Cl-benzoate, phenol, m-cresol and o-/p-cresol by capillary electrophoresis (CE). Chromate and the aromatics were separated in a relativ...

  13. Accurate chromatic control and color rendering optimization in LED lighting systems using junction temperature feedback

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    Sisto, Marco Michele; Gauvin, Jonny

    2014-09-01

    Accurate color control of LED lighting systems is a challenging task: noticeable chromaticity shifts are commonly observed in mixed-color and phosphor converted LEDs due to intensity dimming. Furthermore, the emitted color varies with the LED temperature. We present a novel color control method for tri-chromatic and tetra-chromatic LEDs, which enable to set and maintain the LED emission at a target color, or combination of correlated color temperature (CCT) and intensity. The LED color point is maintained over variations in the LED junctions' temperatures and intensity dimming levels. The method does not require color feedback sensors, so to minimize system complexity and cost, but relies on estimation of the LED junctions' temperatures from the junction voltages. If operated with tetra-chromatic LEDs, the method allows meeting an additional optimization criterion: for example, the maximization of a color rendering metric like the Color Rendering Index (CRI) or the Color Quality Scale (CQS), thus providing a high quality and clarity of colors on the surface illuminated by the LED. We demonstrate the control of a RGBW LED at target D65 white point with CIELAB color difference metric triangle;a,bE temperature from 25°C to 58°C. In the same conditions, we demonstrate a CCT error <1%. Furthermore, the method allows varying the LED CCT from 5500K to 8000K while maintaining luminance within 1% of target. Further work is ongoing to evaluate the stability of the method over LED aging.

  14. Chromatic aberration elimination for digital rear projection television L-type lens by genetic algorithms

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    Fang, Yi-Chin; Liu, Tung-Kuan; Wu, Bo-Wen; Chou, Jyh-Horng; MacDonald, John

    2008-05-01

    Following the development of a digitalized image optics system, chromatic aberration has become increasingly important especially in lateral color aberration. For rear projection television L-type lens, chromatic aberration plays the significant role because it is easily seen when facing bright screen. Basically, the elimination of axial chromatic and lateral color aberration for an optical lens depends on the choice of optical glass. DLS (damped least squares), a Ray-tracing-based method, is limited, owing to its inability to identify an enhanced optical system configuration. Genetic algorithms were applied to so-called global optimization but unfortunately so far the results show little success. Additionally, L-type optics with aspherical surface might complicate optimization due to being nonlinear response during optimization. As an alternative, this research proposes a new feasible chromatic aberration optimization process by using algorithms involving theories of geometric optics in a lens, real encoding, multiple dynamic crossover and random gene mutation techniques. In this research, rear projection television lens with aspherical surface and L-type lens are mainly discussed. Results and conclusions show that attempts to eliminate difficult axial and lateral color aberration are successful.

  15. Light harvesting complexes and chromatic adaptation of Eustigmatophyte alga \\kur{Trachydiscus minutus}

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    PAZDERNÍK, Marek

    2015-01-01

    The chromatic adaptation of Trachydiscus minutus was investigated by separation of light harvesting complexes (antennae and photosystems) on a sucrose gradient using variety of detergents and their concentrations, further complex purification and characterization was done using biochemical separation and spectroscopic techniques.

  16. On the chromatic number of triangle-free graphs of large minimum degree

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    Thomassen, Carsten

    2002-01-01

    We prove that, for each. fixed real number c > 1/3, the triangle-free graphs of minimum degree at least cn (where n is the number of vertices) have bounded chromatic number. This problem was raised by Erdos and Simonovits in 1973 who pointed out that there is no such result for c <1/3....

  17. On the chromatic number of pentagon-free graphs of large minimum degree

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    Thomassen, Carsten

    2007-01-01

    We prove that, for each fixed real number c > 0, the pentagon-free graphs of minimum degree at least cn (where n is the number of vertices) have bounded chromatic number. This problem was raised by Erdős and Simonovits in 1973. A similar result holds for any other fixed odd cycle, except the...

  18. Spatial and temporal aspects of chromatic adaptation and their functional significance for colour constancy.

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    Werner, Annette

    2014-11-01

    Illumination in natural scenes changes at multiple temporal and spatial scales: slow changes in global illumination occur in the course of a day, and we encounter fast and localised illumination changes when visually exploring the non-uniform light field of three-dimensional scenes; in addition, very long-term chromatic variations may come from the environment, like for example seasonal changes. In this context, I consider the temporal and spatial properties of chromatic adaptation and discuss their functional significance for colour constancy in three-dimensional scenes. A process of fast spatial tuning in chromatic adaptation is proposed as a possible sensory mechanism for linking colour constancy to the spatial structure of a scene. The observed middlewavelength selectivity of this process is particularly suitable for adaptation to the mean chromaticity and the compensation of interreflections in natural scenes. Two types of sensory colour constancy are distinguished, based on the functional differences of their temporal and spatial scales: a slow type, operating at a global scale for the compensation of the ambient illumination; and a fast colour constancy, which is locally restricted and well suited to compensate region-specific variations in the light field of three dimensional scenes. PMID:25449338

  19. Measurement of chromatic dispersion of microstructured polymer fibers by white-light spectral interferometry

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    Hlubina, Petr; Ciprian, Dalibor; Frosz, Michael Henoch;

    2009-01-01

    We present a white-light spectral interferometric method for measuring the chromatic dispersion of microstructured fibers made of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). The method uses an unbalanced Mach-Zehnder interferometer with the fiber of known length placed in one of the interferometer arms and t...

  20. Commissioning of the nonlinear chromaticity at injection for LHC Run II

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    AUTHOR|(CDS)2080608; Tomas Garcia, Rogelio; Carlier, Felix Simon; Langner, Andy Sven; Malina, Lukas; Persson, Tobias Hakan Bjorn; Coello De Portugal - Martinez Vazquez, Jaime Maria; Skowronski, Piotr Krzysztof; Garcia-Tabares Valdivieso, Ana; CERN. Geneva. ATS Department

    2016-01-01

    For the first time, correction of nonlinear chromaticity and amplitude detuning was included in the LHC commissioning for Run II. The corrections found during the nonlinear optics commissioning have been deployed operationally at injection in the LHC. This note summarizes the relevant measurements and corrections performed during the first commissioning of the LHC in Run II

  1. Chromatic variation of aberration: the role of induced aberrations and raytrace direction

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    Berner, A.; Nobis, T.; Shafer, D.; Gross, H.

    2015-09-01

    The design and optimization process of an optical system contains several first order steps. The definition of the appropriate lens type and the fixation of the raytrace direction are some of them. The latter can be understood as a hidden assumption rather than an aware design step. This is usually followed by the determination of the paraxial lens layout calculated for the primary wavelength. It is obvious, that for this primary wavelength the paraxial calculations are independent of raytrace direction. Today, most of the lens designs are specified not to work only for one wavelength, but in a certain wavelength range. Considering such rays of other wavelengths, one can observe that depending on the direction there will already occur differences in the first order chromatic aberrations and additionally in the chromatic variation of the third-order aberrations. The reason for this effect are induced aberrations emerging from one surface to the following surfaces by perturbed ray heights and ray angles. It can be shown, that the total amount of surface-resolved first order chromatic aberrations and the chromatic variation of the five primary aberrations can be split into an intrinsic part and an induced part. The intrinsic part is independent of the raytrace direction whereas the induced part is not.

  2. Orbit, optics and chromaticity correction for PS2 negative momentum compaction lattices

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    Papaphilippou,Y.; Barranco, J.; Bartmann, W.; Benedikt, M.; Carli, C.; de Maria, R.; Peggs, S.; Trbojevic, D.

    2009-05-04

    The effect of magnet misalignments in the beam orbit and linear optics functions are reviewed and correction schemes are applied to the negative momentum compaction lattice of PS2. Chromaticity correction schemes are also proposed and tested with respect to off-momentum optics properties. The impact of the correction schemes in the dynamic aperture of the lattice is finally evaluated.

  3. Chromate reduction by waste iron from electroplating wastewater using plug flow reactor

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    Waste iron was used to treat high concentration chromate (534 mg/L as Cr) from electroplating wastewater by plug flow reactor (PFR) due to the following reasons: (1) two wastes are treated simultaneously, (2) low pH of the electroplating wastewater (∼2) benefits the reaction between these two wastes, (3) effluent pH is elevated in the PFR, reducing the base requirement to meet the pH discharge standard for wastewater (pH 6-9). Complete chromate reductions were achieved at pH 1.7 for hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 98 min, pH 1.5 for HRT of 40 min and pH 1.3 for HRT of 20 min. Consequently, optimum HRT for complete chromate reduction was obtained for different pHs. Although more acids were used to lower influent pH to reduce HRT, effluent pH was higher due to more hydrogen ion reacting with chromate. Eventually, fewer bases are required to fulfill the discharge pH requirement of wastewater. Effluent pH 3-5 was observed with high turbidity, indicating the precipitations of chromium oxide and hydroxide were enhanced by the dissolved iron coagulation. X-ray diffraction was conducted to examine the remaining species. Other than chromium oxide and hydroxide species, an iron-chromium complex (Cr2FeO4) was also observed

  4. Implementation of fluidized granulated iron reactors in a chromate remediation process

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    A new approach concerning in-situ remediation on source (‘hot-spot’) decontamination of a chromate damage in connection with an innovative pump-and-treat-technique has been developed. Iron granulates show significant higher reduction rates, using fluidized bed conditions, than a literature study with a fixed bed installation of small-sized iron granules. First results from an abandoned tannery site concerning injections of sodium dithionite as a chromate reductant for the vadose zone in combination with a pump-and-treat-method, allying the advantages of granulated zero valent iron (ZVI), are reported. Reduction amounts of chromate have been found up to 88% compared with initial values in the soil after a soil water exchange of 8 pore volumes within 2.5 months. Chromate concentrations in the pumped effluent have been reduced to under the detection limit of 0.005 mg/L by treatment with ZVI in the pilot plant. - Highlights: • Fe-granules show high Cr(VI)-reduction rates using fluidized bed conditions. • No respective negligible passivation effects on the surface of the iron granulates. • P and T-method by using ZVI in a FBR is very effective for Cr(VI) remediation. • The process provides no increase in salinity of the treated effluent

  5. On the chromatic number of a space with forbidden equilateral triangle

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    We improve the Frankl-Rödl estimate for the product of the numbers of edges in uniform hypergraphs with forbidden cardinalities of the intersection of edges. By using this estimate, we obtain explicit bounds for the chromatic number of a space with forbidden monochromatic equilateral triangles. Bibliography: 31 titles

  6. 100-D Area In Situ Redox Treatability Test for Chromate-Contaminated Groundwater

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    Williams, Mark D.; Vermeul, Vincent R.; Szecsody, James E.; Fruchter, Jonathan S.

    2000-10-12

    A treatability test was conducted for the In Situ Redox Manipulation (ISRM) technology at the 100 D Area of the U. S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site. The target contaminant was dissolved chromate in groundwater. The ISRM technology creates a permeable subsurface treatment zone to reduce mobile chromate in groundwater to an insoluble form. The ISRM permeable treatment zone is created by reducing ferric iron to ferrous iron within the aquifer sediments, which is accomplished by injecting aqueous sodium dithionite into the aquifer and then withdrawing the reaction products. The goal of the treatability test was to create a linear ISRM barrier by injecting sodium dithionite into five wells. Well installation and site characterization activities began in spring 1997; the first dithionite injection took place in September 1997. The results of this first injection were monitored through the spring of 1998. The remaining four dithionite injections were carried out in May through July of 1998.These five injections created a reduced zone in the Hanford unconfined aquifer approximately 150 feet in length (perpendicular to groundwater flow) and 50 feet wide. The reduced zone extended over the thickness of the unconfined zone. Analysis of post-emplacement groundwater samples showed concentrations of chromate, in the reduced zone decreased from approximately 1.0 mg/L before the tests to below analytical detection limits (<0.007 mg/L). Chromate concentrations also declined in downgradient monitoring wells to as low as 0.020 mg/L. These data, in addition to results from pre-test reducible iron characterization, indicate the barrier should be effective for 20 to 25 years. The 100-D Area ISRM barrier is being expanded to a length of up to 2,300 ft to capture a larger portion of the chromate plume.

  7. Assessing chromate availability in tropical ultramafic soils using isotopic exchange kinetics

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    Garnier, Jeremie; Quantin, Cecile [Univ. Paris Sud CNRS, Orsay (France); Echevarria, Guillaume [ENSAIA-INPL-INRA, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France); Becquer, Thierry [IRD - Univ. Paris VI and XII, Montpellier (France)

    2009-10-15

    Background, aim, and scope The presence of labile chromate in the soils is an environmental problem because of its high toxicity. The isotopic exchange kinetics (IEK) methods have been shown to be a useful tool to measure the phytoavailability of major (P, K) and trace elements (Cd, Zn, Ni, Pb) in soils. This study focused on the potential of applying IEK for chromate to characterize its availability in two tropical ultramafic Ferralsols. Materials and methods Two Ferralsols (NIQ II and NIQ III) of the ultramafic complex of Niquelandia (Goias, Brazil), known to have a high content of extractable chromate, were investigated. We adapted IEK for chromate in order to distinguish different pools of available chromate according to their rate of exchange kinetic. Results The extractable Cr(III) ranged from 9 to 132 mg kg{sup -1}, whereas extractable Cr(VI) ranged from 64 to 1,014 mg kg{sup -1}. The intensity factor, i.e., concentration of soluble Cr, ranged from 78 to 231 {mu}g L{sup -1} in profile NIQ II and from 6 to 141 {mu}g L{sup -1} in profile NIQ III. The highest concentrations were found in both topsoils and in the NIQ II-5 horizon. Most of the Cr(VI) was labile in short (E{sub 0-1} {sub min}) or medium-term (E{sub 1} {sub min-24} {sub h}) in both soils. The E{sub 0-1} {sub min} and E{sub 1} {sub min-24} {sub h} represented 39 to 83% of labile Cr (VI) in NIQ II and 69 to 80% in NIQ III. A high quantity of Cr(VI) was thus extremely labile and highly available, particularly in NIQ II. Moreover, both soils had a high buffering capacity of soluble Cr(VI) by labile pools. (orig.)

  8. Surface-enhanced Raman imaging of intracellular bioreduction of chromate in Shewanella oneidensis.

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    Full Text Available This proposed research aims to use novel nanoparticle sensors and spectroscopic tools constituting surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS and Fluorescence Lifetime imaging (FLIM to study intracellular chemical activities within single bioremediating microorganism. The grand challenge is to develop a mechanistic understanding of chromate reduction and localization by the remediating bacterium Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 by chemical and lifetime imaging. MR-1 has attracted wide interest from the research community because of its potential in reducing multiple chemical and metallic electron acceptors. While several biomolecular approaches to decode microbial reduction mechanisms exist, there is a considerable gap in the availability of sensor platforms to advance research from population-based studies to the single cell level. This study is one of the first attempts to incorporate SERS imaging to address this gap. First, we demonstrate that chromate-decorated nanoparticles can be taken up by cells using TEM and Fluorescence Lifetime imaging to confirm the internalization of gold nanoprobes. Second, we demonstrate the utility of a Raman chemical imaging platform to monitor chromate reduction and localization within single cells. Distinctive differences in Raman signatures of Cr(VI and Cr(III enabled their spatial identification within single cells from the Raman images. A comprehensive evaluation of toxicity and cellular interference experiments conducted revealed the inert nature of these probes and that they are non-toxic. Our results strongly suggest the existence of internal reductive machinery and that reduction occurs at specific sites within cells instead of at disperse reductive sites throughout the cell as previously reported. While chromate-decorated gold nanosensors used in this study provide an improved means for the tracking of specific chromate interactions within the cell and on the cell surface, we expect our single cell imaging

  9. Cloning, nucleotide sequence, and expression of the chromate resistance determinant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa plasmid pUM505.

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    Cervantes, C; Ohtake, H; Chu, L; Misra, T K; Silver, S

    1990-01-01

    The chromate resistance determinant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa plasmid pUM505 was cloned into broad-host-range vector pSUP104. The hybrid plasmid containing an 11.1-kilobase insert conferred chromate resistance and reduced uptake of chromate in P. aeruginosa PAO1. Resistance to chromate was not expressed in Escherichia coli. Contiguous 1.6- and 6.3-kilobase HindIII fragments from this plasmid hybridized to pUM505 but not to P. aeruginosa chromosomal DNA and only weakly to chromate resistance plasmids pLHB1 and pMG6. Further subcloning produced a plasmid with an insert of 2,145 base pairs, which was sequenced. Analysis of deletions revealed that a single open reading frame was sufficient to determine chromate resistance. This open reading frame encodes a highly hydrophobic polypeptide, ChrA, of 416 amino acid residues that appeared to be expressed in E. coli under control of the T7 promoter. No significant homology was found between ChrA and proteins in the amino acid sequence libraries, but 29% amino acid identity was found with the ChrA amino acid sequence for another chromate resistance determinant sequenced in this laboratory from an Alcaligenes eutrophus plasmid (A. Nies, D. Nies, and S. Silver, submitted for publication). Images FIG. 3 FIG. 5 PMID:2152903

  10. Vestibular rehabilitation with visual stimuli in peripheral vestibular disorders

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    Andréa Manso; Mauricio Malavasi Ganança; Heloisa Helena Caovilla

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Visual stimuli can induce vestibular adaptation and recovery of body balance. OBJECTIVE: To verify the effect of visual stimuli by digital images on vestibular and body balance rehabilitation of peripheral vestibular disorders. METHODS: Clinical, randomized, prospective study. Forty patients aged between 23 and 63 years with chronic peripheral vestibular disorders underwent 12 sessions of rehabilitation with visual stimuli using digital video disk (DVD) (experimental...

  11. Simultaneous and independent adaptive correction of spherical and chromatic aberration using an electron mirror and lens combination.

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    Fitzgerald, J P S; Word, R C; Könenkamp, R

    2012-04-01

    We present a theoretical analysis of an electrostatic triode mirror combined with an einzel lens for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration. We show that this device adaptively corrects spherical and chromatic aberration simultaneously and independently. Chromatic aberration can be compensated over a relative range of -38% to +100%, and spherical aberration over ±100% range. We compare the analytic calculation with a numerical simulation and show that the two descriptions agree to within 5% in the relevant operating regime of the device. PMID:22459116

  12. Identification of earthquake precursors in the hydrogeochemical and geoacoustic data for the Kamchatka peninsula by flicker-noise spectroscopy

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    Ryabinin, G V; Gavrilov, V A; Timashev, S F

    2011-01-01

    A phenomenological systems approach for identifying potential precursors in multiple signals of different types for the same local seismically active region is proposed based on the assumption that a large earthquake may be preceded by a system reconfiguration (preparation) at different time and space scales. A nonstationarity factor introduced within the framework of flicker-noise spectroscopy, a statistical physics approach to the analysis of time series, is used as the dimensionless criterion for detecting qualitative (precursory) changes within relatively short time intervals in arbitrary signals. Nonstationarity factors for chlorine-ion concentration variations in the underground water of two boreholes on the Kamchatka peninsula and geacoustic emissions in a deep borehole within the same seismic zone are studied together in the time frame around a large earthquake on October 8, 2001. It is shown that nonstationarity factor spikes (potential precursors) take place in the interval from 70 to 50 days before...

  13. Modality switching in a property verification task: an ERP study of what happens when candles flicker after high heels click

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    JenniferCollins

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The perceptual modalities associated with property words, such as flicker or click, have previously been demonstrated to affect subsequent property verification judgments (Pecher et al., 2003. Known as the conceptual modality switch effect, this finding supports the claim that brain systems for perception and action help subserve the representation of concepts. The present study addressed the cognitive and neural substrate of this effect by recording event-related potentials (ERPs as participants performed a property verification task with visual or auditory properties in key trials. We found that for visual property verifications, modality switching was associated with an increased amplitude N400. For auditory verifications, switching led to a larger late positive complex (LPC. Observed ERP effects of modality switching suggest property words access perceptual brain systems. Moreover, the timing and pattern of the effects suggest perceptual systems impact the decision-making stage in the verification of auditory properties, and the semantic stage in the verification of visual properties.

  14. Investigation of the flickering of La2O3 and ThO2 doped tungsten cathodes

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    Short-arc lamps are equipped with tungsten electrodes due to their ability to withstand a high thermal load during operation. Nominal currents of more than one hundred amperes lead to a cathode tip temperature near the melting point of tungsten. To reduce the electrode temperature and, thereby, to increase the maintenance of such lamps, ThO2 or tentatively La2O3 are added to the electrode material. They generate a reduced work function by establishing a monolayer of emitter atoms on the tungsten surface. Emitter enrichments on the lateral surface of doped cathodes are formed. They are traced back to transport mechanisms of emitter oxides in the interior of the electrode and on the electrode surface in dependence of the electrode temperature and to the redeposition of vaporized and ionized emitter atoms onto the cathode tip by the electric field in front. The investigation is undertaken by means of glow discharge mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscope images, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and through measurements of the optical surface emissivity. The effect of emitter enrichments on the stability of the arc attachment is presented by means of temporally resolved electrode temperature measurements and by measurements of the luminous flux from the cathode-near plasma. They show that the emitter enrichments on the lateral surface of the cathode are attractive for the arc attachment if the emitter at the cathode tip is depleted. In this case, it moves along the lateral surface from the cathode tip to sections of the cathode with a reduced work function. It induces a temporary variation of the cathode tip temperature and of the light intensity from the cathode-near plasma, a so-called flickering. In particular, in case of lanthanated cathodes, strong flickering is observed

  15. Investigation of the flickering of La2O3 and ThO2 doped tungsten cathodes

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    Hoebing, T.; Hermanns, P.; Bergner, A.; Ruhrmann, C.; Traxler, H.; Wesemann, I.; Knabl, W.; Mentel, J.; Awakowicz, P.

    2015-07-01

    Short-arc lamps are equipped with tungsten electrodes due to their ability to withstand a high thermal load during operation. Nominal currents of more than one hundred amperes lead to a cathode tip temperature near the melting point of tungsten. To reduce the electrode temperature and, thereby, to increase the maintenance of such lamps, ThO2 or tentatively La2O3 are added to the electrode material. They generate a reduced work function by establishing a monolayer of emitter atoms on the tungsten surface. Emitter enrichments on the lateral surface of doped cathodes are formed. They are traced back to transport mechanisms of emitter oxides in the interior of the electrode and on the electrode surface in dependence of the electrode temperature and to the redeposition of vaporized and ionized emitter atoms onto the cathode tip by the electric field in front. The investigation is undertaken by means of glow discharge mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscope images, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and through measurements of the optical surface emissivity. The effect of emitter enrichments on the stability of the arc attachment is presented by means of temporally resolved electrode temperature measurements and by measurements of the luminous flux from the cathode-near plasma. They show that the emitter enrichments on the lateral surface of the cathode are attractive for the arc attachment if the emitter at the cathode tip is depleted. In this case, it moves along the lateral surface from the cathode tip to sections of the cathode with a reduced work function. It induces a temporary variation of the cathode tip temperature and of the light intensity from the cathode-near plasma, a so-called flickering. In particular, in case of lanthanated cathodes, strong flickering is observed.

  16. Spectrum analysis of the power line flicker induced by the electrical test of the prototype Booster dipole

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    Testing of the prototype Booster dipole magnet at full current produced measurable disturbances of the beam position at the National Synchrotron Light Source. Power for the magnet and the NSLS are distributed from three substation transformers at Temple Place. Normally the substation configuration is for two independent 13.8 KV buses, derived from the 69 KV LILCO distribution. The buses are connected through a circuit breaker that is normally open circuited. Power for the magnet test is derived from one of the 13.8 KV buses and power for the NSLS is derived from the second bus. Coupling of the pulsating magnet load and the NSLS is at the 69 KV level. However, on the days that the interference was first observed at the NSLS only one-half of the substation transformers at Temple Place were in service. The 13.8 KV tie breaker was closed and the full substation load was supplied from this common bus. Thus the coupling between the pulsating magnet load and the NSLS was at the 13.8 KV level. Establishing the normal two bus configurations at Temple Place appeared to reduce the disturbance. These events suggested a controlled experiment to measure the magnet power swing and the induced powerline flicker; and from these measurements project the flicker on the lab site generated by the Booster operating at full energy. This experiment could corroborate the validity of the electrical models used in analyzing the power flow from the LILCO power grid and its distribution on the Lab site described in Accelerator Division Technical Note 220

  17. Anchoring in numeric judgments of visual stimuli

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    Linda eLangeborg

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This article investigates effects of anchoring in age estimation and estimation of quantities, two tasks which to different extents are based on visual stimuli. The results are compared to anchoring in answers to classic general knowledge questions that rely on semantic knowledge. Cognitive load was manipulated to explore possible differences between domains. Effects of source credibility, manipulated by differing instructions regarding the selection of anchor values (no information regarding anchor selection, information that the anchors are randomly generated or information that the anchors are answers from an expert on anchoring were also investigated. Effects of anchoring were large for all types of judgments but were not affected by cognitive load or by source credibility in either one of the researched domains. A main effect of cognitive load on quantity estimations and main effects of source credibility in the two visually based domains indicate that the manipulations were efficient. Implications for theoretical explanations of anchoring are discussed. In particular, because anchoring did not interact with source credibility or cognitive load, the results imply that the process behind anchoring in visual tasks is predominantly automatic and unconscious.

  18. Relating tribological stimuli to somatosensory electroencephalographic responses.

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    Oezguen, Novaf; Schubert, Kristof J; Bergmann, Ronny; Bennewitz, Roland; Strauss, Daniel J

    2015-08-01

    The present study deals with the extraction of neural correlates evoked by tactile stimulation of the human fingertip. A reciprocal sliding procedure was performed using a home-built tribometer while simultaneously electroencephalographic (EEG) data from the somatosensory cortex was recorded. The tactile stimuli were delivered by a sliding block with equidistant, perpendicular ridges. The experiments were designed and performed in a fully passive way to prevent attentional locked influences from the subjects. In order to improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of event related single-trials (ERPs), nonlocal means in addition to 2D-anisotropic denoising schemes based on tight Gabor frames were applied. This novel approach allowed for an easier extraction of ERP alternations. A negative correlation between the latency of the P100 component of the resulting brain responses and the intensity of the underlying lateral forces was found. These findings lead to the conclusion that an increasing stimulus intensity results in a decreasing latency of the brain responses. PMID:26738177

  19. The Search for Optimal Visual Stimuli

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    Watson, Andrew B.; Ellis, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    In 1983, Watson, Barlow and Robson published a brief report in which they explored the relative visibility of targets that varied in size, shape, spatial frequency, speed, and duration (referred to subsequently here as WBR). A novel aspect of that paper was that visibility was quantified in terms of threshold contrast energy, rather than contrast. As they noted, this provides a more direct measure of the efficiency with which various patterns are detected, and may be more edifying as to the underlying detection machinery. For example, under certain simple assumptions, the waveform of the most efficiently detected signal is an estimate of the receptive field of the visual system's most efficient detector. Thus one goal of their experiment Basuto search for the stimulus that the 'eye sees best'. Parenthetically, the search for optimal stimuli may be seen as the most general and sophisticated variant of the traditional 'subthreshold summation' experiment, in which one measures the effect upon visibility of small probes combined with a base stimulus.

  20. Stimuli-responsive cement-reinforced rubber.

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    Musso, Simone; Robisson, Agathe; Maheshwar, Sudeep; Ulm, Franz-Josef

    2014-05-14

    In this work, we report the successful development of a cement-rubber reactive composite with reversible mechanical properties. Initially, the composite behaves like rubber containing inert filler, but when exposed to water, it increases in volume and reaches a stiffness that is intermediate between that of hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) and hydrated cement, while maintaining a relatively large ductility characteristic of rubber. After drying, the modulus increases even further up to 400 MPa. Wet/drying cycles prove that the elastic modulus can reversibly change between 150 and 400 MPa. Utilizing attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), we demonstrate that the high pH produced by the hydration of cement triggers the hydrolysis of the rubber nitrile groups into carboxylate anions. Thus, the salt bridges, generated between the carboxylate anions of the elastomer and the cations of the filler, are responsible for the reversible variations in volume and elastic modulus of the composite as a consequence of environmental moisture exposure. These results reveal that cement nanoparticles can successfully be used to accomplish a twofold task: (a) achieve an original postpolymerization modification that allows one to work with carboxylate HNBR (HXNBR) not obtained by direct copolymerization of carboxylate monomers with butadiene, and (b) synthesize a stimuli-responsive polymeric composite. This new type of material, having an ideal behavior for sealing application, could be used as an alternative to cement for oil field zonal isolation applications. PMID:24734968

  1. Stereotypic vision: how stereotypes disambiguate visual stimuli.

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    Correll, Joshua; Wittenbrink, Bernd; Crawford, Matthew T; Sadler, Melody S

    2015-02-01

    Three studies examined how participants use race to disambiguate visual stimuli. Participants performed a first-person-shooter task in which Black and White targets appeared holding either a gun or an innocuous object (e.g., a wallet). In Study 1, diffusion analysis (Ratcliff, 1978) showed that participants rapidly acquired information about a gun when it appeared in the hands of a Black target, and about an innocuous object in the hands of a White target. For counterstereotypic pairings (armed Whites, unarmed Blacks), participants acquired information more slowly. In Study 2, eye tracking showed that participants relied on more ambiguous information (measured by visual angle from fovea) when responding to stereotypic targets; for counterstereotypic targets, they achieved greater clarity before responding. In Study 3, participants were briefly exposed to targets (limiting access to visual information) but had unlimited time to respond. In spite of their slow, deliberative responses, they showed racial bias. This pattern is inconsistent with control failure and suggests that stereotypes influenced identification of the object. All 3 studies show that race affects visual processing by supplementing objective information. PMID:25603373

  2. Psychophysiological response patterns to affective film stimuli.

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    Full Text Available Psychophysiological research on emotion utilizes various physiological response measures to index activation of the defense system. Here we tested 1 whether acoustic startle reflex (ASR, skin conductance response (SCR and heart rate (HR elicited by highly arousing stimuli specifically reflect a defensive state and 2 the relation between resting heart rate variability (HRV and affective responding. In a within-subject design, participants viewed film clips with a positive, negative and neutral content. In contrast to SCR and HR, we show that ASR differentiated between negative, neutral and positive states and can therefore be considered as a reliable index of activation of the defense system. Furthermore, resting HRV was associated with affect-modulated characteristics of ASR, but not with SCR or HR. Interestingly, individuals with low-HRV showed less differentiation in ASR between affective states. We discuss the important value of ASR in psychophysiological research on emotion and speculate on HRV as a potential biological marker for demarcating adaptive from maladaptive responding.

  3. Happiness increases distraction by auditory deviant stimuli.

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    Pacheco-Unguetti, Antonia Pilar; Parmentier, Fabrice B R

    2016-08-01

    Rare and unexpected changes (deviants) in an otherwise repeated stream of task-irrelevant auditory distractors (standards) capture attention and impair behavioural performance in an ongoing visual task. Recent evidence indicates that this effect is increased by sadness in a task involving neutral stimuli. We tested the hypothesis that such effect may not be limited to negative emotions but reflect a general depletion of attentional resources by examining whether a positive emotion (happiness) would increase deviance distraction too. Prior to performing an auditory-visual oddball task, happiness or a neutral mood was induced in participants by means of the exposure to music and the recollection of an autobiographical event. Results from the oddball task showed significantly larger deviance distraction following the induction of happiness. Interestingly, the small amount of distraction typically observed on the standard trial following a deviant trial (post-deviance distraction) was not increased by happiness. We speculate that happiness might interfere with the disengagement of attention from the deviant sound back towards the target stimulus (through the depletion of cognitive resources and/or mind wandering) but help subsequent cognitive control to recover from distraction. PMID:26302716

  4. Anchoring in Numeric Judgments of Visual Stimuli.

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    Langeborg, Linda; Eriksson, Mårten

    2016-01-01

    This article investigates effects of anchoring in age estimation and estimation of quantities, two tasks which to different extents are based on visual stimuli. The results are compared to anchoring in answers to classic general knowledge questions that rely on semantic knowledge. Cognitive load was manipulated to explore possible differences between domains. Effects of source credibility, manipulated by differing instructions regarding the selection of anchor values (no information regarding anchor selection, information that the anchors are randomly generated or information that the anchors are answers from an expert) on anchoring were also investigated. Effects of anchoring were large for all types of judgments but were not affected by cognitive load or by source credibility in either one of the researched domains. A main effect of cognitive load on quantity estimations and main effects of source credibility in the two visually based domains indicate that the manipulations were efficient. Implications for theoretical explanations of anchoring are discussed. In particular, because anchoring did not interact with cognitive load, the results imply that the process behind anchoring in visual tasks is predominantly automatic and unconscious. PMID:26941684

  5. Test-retest repeatability of the pupil light response to blue and red light stimuli in normal human eyes using a novel pupillometer

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    Herbst, Kristina; Sander, Birgit; Milea, Dan; Lund-Andersen, Henrik; Kawasaki, Aki

    2011-01-01

    In this study, we evaluated the repeatability of pupil responses to colored light stimuli in healthy subjects using a prototype chromatic pupillometer. One eye of 10 healthy subjects was tested twice in the same day using monochromatic light exposure at two selected wavelengths (660 and 470 nm......, we have developed a novel prototype of color pupillometer which demonstrates good repeatability in evoking and recording the pupillary response to a bright blue and red light stimulus......., intensity 300 cd/m(2)) presented continuously for 20 s. Pupil responses were recorded in real-time before, during, and after light exposure. Maximal contraction amplitude and sustained contraction amplitude were calculated. In addition, we quantified the summed pupil response during continuous light...

  6. Test-retest repeatability of the pupil light response to blue and red light stimuli in normal human eyes using a novel pupillometer

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    Herbst, Kristina; Sander, Birgit; Milea, Dan; Lund-Andersen, Henrik; Kawasaki, Aki

    2011-01-01

    In this study, we evaluated the repeatability of pupil responses to colored light stimuli in healthy subjects using a prototype chromatic pupillometer. One eye of 10 healthy subjects was tested twice in the same day using monochromatic light exposure at two selected wavelengths (660 and 470¿nm......, we have developed a novel prototype of color pupillometer which demonstrates good repeatability in evoking and recording the pupillary response to a bright blue and red light stimulus......., intensity 300¿cd/m(2)) presented continuously for 20¿s. Pupil responses were recorded in real-time before, during, and after light exposure. Maximal contraction amplitude and sustained contraction amplitude were calculated. In addition, we quantified the summed pupil response during continuous light...

  7. Exploring Visuomotor Priming Following Biological and Non-Biological Stimuli

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    Gowen, E.; Bradshaw, C.; Galpin, A.; Lawrence, A.; Poliakoff, E.

    2010-01-01

    Observation of human actions influences the observer's own motor system, termed visuomotor priming, and is believed to be caused by automatic activation of mirror neurons. Evidence suggests that priming effects are larger for biological (human) as opposed to non-biological (object) stimuli and enhanced when viewing stimuli in mirror compared to…

  8. Logical Rules and the Classification of Integral-Dimension Stimuli

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    Little, Daniel R.; Nosofsky, Robert M.; Donkin, Christopher; Denton, Stephen E.

    2013-01-01

    A classic distinction in perceptual information processing is whether stimuli are composed of separable dimensions, which are highly analyzable, or integral dimensions, which are processed holistically. Previous tests of a set of logical-rule models of classification have shown that separable-dimension stimuli are processed serially if the…

  9. Simultaneous and independent adaptive correction of spherical and chromatic aberration using an electron mirror and lens combination

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    We present a theoretical analysis of an electrostatic triode mirror combined with an einzel lens for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration. We show that this device adaptively corrects spherical and chromatic aberration simultaneously and independently. Chromatic aberration can be compensated over a relative range of −38% to +100%, and spherical aberration over ±100% range. We compare the analytic calculation with a numerical simulation and show that the two descriptions agree to within 5% in the relevant operating regime of the device. -- Highlights: ► Analytic model of three-electrode electrostatic mirror and lens. ► Wide-range, dynamic correction of spherical and chromatic aberration in electron optics. ► Optimized model for aberration correction. ► Comparison between analytic expression and numerical simulation.

  10. Optimal Decision Stimuli for Risky Choice Experiments: An Adaptive Approach.

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    Cavagnaro, Daniel R; Gonzalez, Richard; Myung, Jay I; Pitt, Mark A

    2013-02-01

    Collecting data to discriminate between models of risky choice requires careful selection of decision stimuli. Models of decision making aim to predict decisions across a wide range of possible stimuli, but practical limitations force experimenters to select only a handful of them for actual testing. Some stimuli are more diagnostic between models than others, so the choice of stimuli is critical. This paper provides the theoretical background and a methodological framework for adaptive selection of optimal stimuli for discriminating among models of risky choice. The approach, called Adaptive Design Optimization (ADO), adapts the stimulus in each experimental trial based on the results of the preceding trials. We demonstrate the validity of the approach with simulation studies aiming to discriminate Expected Utility, Weighted Expected Utility, Original Prospect Theory, and Cumulative Prospect Theory models. PMID:24532856

  11. Emotional attention for erotic stimuli: Cognitive and brain mechanisms.

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    Sennwald, Vanessa; Pool, Eva; Brosch, Tobias; Delplanque, Sylvain; Bianchi-Demicheli, Francesco; Sander, David

    2016-06-01

    It has long been posited that among emotional stimuli, only negative threatening information modulates early shifts of attention. However, in the last few decades there has been an increase in research showing that attention is also involuntarily oriented toward positive rewarding stimuli such as babies, food, and erotic information. Because reproduction-related stimuli have some of the largest effects among positive stimuli on emotional attention, the present work reviews recent literature and proposes that the cognitive and cerebral mechanisms underlying the involuntarily attentional orientation toward threat-related information are also sensitive to erotic information. More specifically, the recent research suggests that both types of information involuntarily orient attention due to their concern relevance and that the amygdala plays an important role in detecting concern-relevant stimuli, thereby enhancing perceptual processing and influencing emotional attentional processes. PMID:26179894

  12. Chronic Exposure to Zinc Chromate Induces Centrosome Amplification and Spindle Assembly Checkpoint Bypass in Human Lung Fibroblasts

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    Holmes, Amie L.; Wise, Sandra S.; Pelsue, Stephen C.; Aboueissa, AbouEl-Makarim; Lingle, Wilma; Salisbury, Jeffery; Gallagher, Jamie; Wise, John Pierce

    2010-01-01

    Hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) compounds are known human lung carcinogens. Solubility plays an important role in its carcinogenicity with the particulate or insoluble form being the most potent. Of the particulate Cr(VI) compounds, zinc chromate appears to be the most potent carcinogen, however, very few studies have investigated its carcinogenic mechanism. In this study, we investigated the ability of chronic exposure to zinc chromate to induce numerical chromosome instability. We found no inc...

  13. The Effects of Macerating Enzyme Treat Treatments and Aging on Phenolic Content and Chromatic Characteristics in Vranec Wines

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    Mojsov, Kiro; Janevski, Aco; Andronikov, Darko; Jordeva, Sonja

    2014-01-01

    This study evaluates the effect of using of pectolytic enzyme preparations on the phenolic content and chromatic characteristics of young red wines produced from Vranec (Vitis vinifera L.), the important grape variety in Macedonia. Phenolic compounds and chromatic characteristics of young red wines were investigated by means of enzyme treatments with diverse enzyme preparations (Vinozym Vintage FCE, Rohapect), with urdoses and time of aging (6 months).Enzyme treatments and maceration time inf...

  14. Chromate Reductase YieF from Escherichia coli Enhances Hexavalent Chromium Resistance of Human HepG2 Cells

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    Xuan Liu

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI is a serious environmental pollutant and human toxicant. Mammalian cells are very sensitive to chromate as they lack efficient chromate detoxifying strategy, e.g., chromate-reducing genes that are widely present in prokaryotes. To test whether introduction of prokaryotic chromate-reducing gene into mammalian cells could render higher chromate resistance, an Escherichia coli chromate-reducing gene yieF was transfected into human HepG2 cells. The expression of yieF was measured in stably transfected cells HepG2-YieF by quantitative RT-PCR and found up-regulated by 3.89-fold upon Cr(VI induction. In chromate-reducing ability test, HepG2-YieF cells that harbored the reductase showed significantly higher reducing ability of Cr(VI than HepG2 control cells. This result was further supported by the evidence of increased Cr(VI-removing ability of crude cell extract of HepG2-YieF. Moreover, HepG2-YieF demonstrated 10% higher viability and decreased expression of GSH synthesizing enzymes under Cr(VI stress. Subcellular localization of YieF was determined by tracing GFP-YieF fusion protein that was detected in both nucleus and cytoplasm by laser confocal microscopy. Altogether, this study successfully demonstrated that the expression of a prokaryotic Cr(VI-reducing gene yieF endowed mammalian cell HepG2 with enhanced chromate resistance, which brought new insight of Cr(VI detoxification in mammalian cells.

  15. Hexavalent chromium reduction by chromate-resistant haloalkaliphilic Halomonas sp. M-Cr newly isolated from tannery effluent

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    Mabrouk, Mona E.M.; Arayes, Mervat A.; Sabry, Soraya A.

    2014-01-01

    The current study aimed to isolate and characterize a chromate-resistant bacterium from tannery effluent, able to reduce Cr(VI) aerobically at high pH and salinity. Environmental contamination by hexavalent chromium, Cr(VI), presents a serious public health problem. Enrichment led to the isolation of 12 bacteria displaying different degrees of chromate reduction. Phenotypic characterization and phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rDNA sequence comparison indicated that the most potent strain b...

  16. Oxalic acid as an assisting agent for the electrodialytic remediation of chromated copper arsenate treated timber waste

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    Ribeiro, Alexandra B.; Mateus, Eduardo P.; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.

    1999-01-01

    The electrodialytic process is proposed as a technique for the remediation of chromated copper arsenate treated timber waste, using oxalic acid as assisting agent. The method prowed succesfull 93% Cu, 95% Cr and 99% As was removed from the timber.......The electrodialytic process is proposed as a technique for the remediation of chromated copper arsenate treated timber waste, using oxalic acid as assisting agent. The method prowed succesfull 93% Cu, 95% Cr and 99% As was removed from the timber....

  17. Mutations in FMN Binding Pocket Diminish Chromate Reduction Rates for Gh-ChrR Isolated from Gluconacetobacter hansenii

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    Khaleel, Janin A.; Gong, Chunhong; Zhang, Yanfeng; Tan, Ruimin; Squier, Thomas C.; Jin, Hongjun

    2013-06-01

    A putative chromate ion binding site was identified proximal to a rigidly bound FMN from electron densities in the crystal structure of the quinone reductase from Gluconacetobacter hansenii (Gh-ChrR) (3s2y.pdb). To clarify the location of the chromate binding site, and to understand the role of FMN in the NADPH-dependent reduction of chromate, we have expressed and purified four mutant enzymes involving the site-specific substitution of individual side chains within the FMN binding pocket that form non-covalent bonds with the ribityl phosphate (i.e., S15A and R17A in loop 1 between β1 sheet and α1 helix) or the isoalloxanzine ring (E83A or Y84A in loop 4 between the β3 sheet and α4 helix). Mutations that selectively disrupt hydrogen bonds between either the N3 nitrogen on the isoalloxanzine ring (i.e., E83) or the ribitylphos- phoate (i.e., S15) respectively result in 50% or 70% reductions in catalytic rates of chromate reduction. In comparison, mutations that disrupt π-π ring stacking interactions with the isoal-loxanzine ring (i.e., Y84) or a salt bridge with the ribityl phosphate result in 87% and 97% inhibittion. In all cases there are minimal alterations in chromate binding affinities. Collectively, these results support the hypothesis that chromate binds proximal to FMN, and implicate a structural role for FMN positioning for optimal chromate reduction rates. As side chains proximal to the β3/α4 FMN binding loop 4 contribute to both NADH and metal ion binding, we propose a model in which structural changes around the FMN binding pocket couples to both chromate and NADH binding sites.

  18. A "Green" Passivation of Zinc containing surfaces as an alternative to chromate

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    Montgomery, Melanie; Maahn, Ernst emanuel; Møller, Per;

    1996-01-01

    With view to a replacement for chromate passivation, Molyphos was developed under the Danish Materials Programme I (MUP I). In the Danish Materials Programme II(MUP II), the further development of Molyphos a molybdate phosphate conversion coating has been undertaken by application of a sealer to...... give added protection against white rust formation of zinc coated components. Various coating systems have been investigated: The types of zinc plated coating include acid zinc, cyanide zinc, and Zn/Fe. Many types of sealer have been employed both water and solvent based. The coating systems have been...... exposed in salt spray tests, humidity tests, prohesion tests and field tests. The results show that a) barrel plated acid zinc specimens coated with Molyphos + sealer give comparable performance to chromate in field tests and b) a Zn/Fe substrate and Molyphos coating (plus selected sealer) gives...

  19. Detection and Removal of Chromatic Moving Shadows in Surveillance Scenarios

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    Casado, Ivan Huerta; Holte, Michael Boelstoft; Moeslund, Thomas B.;

    2009-01-01

      Segmentation in the surveillance domain has to deal with shadows to avoid distortions when detecting moving objects. Most segmentation approaches dealing with shadow detection are typically restricted to penumbra shadows. Therefore, such techniques cannot cope well with umbra shadows....... Consequently, umbra shadows are usually detected as part of moving objects. In this paper we present a novel technique based on gradient and colour models for separating chromatic moving cast shadows from detected moving objects. Firstly, both a chromatic invariant colour cone model and an invariant gradient...... model are built to perform automatic segmentation while detecting potential shadows. In a second step, regions corresponding to potential shadows are grouped by considering "a bluish effect" and an edge partitioning. Lastly, (i) temporal similarities between textures and (ii) spatial similarities...

  20. Psychophysical Evaluation of Achromatic and Chromatic Vision of Workers Chronically Exposed to Organic Solvents

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    The purpose of this paper was to evaluate achromatic and chromatic vision of workers chronically exposed to organic solvents through psychophysical methods. Thirty-one gas station workers (31.5 ± 8.4 years old) were evaluated. Psychophysical tests were achromatic tests (Snellen chart, spatial and temporal contrast sensitivity, and visual perimetry) and chromatic tests (Ishihara's test, color discrimination ellipses, and Farnsworth-Munsell 100 hue test FM100). Spatial contrast sensitivities of exposed workers were lower than the control at spatial frequencies of 20 and 30 cpd whilst the temporal contrast sensitivity was preserved. Visual field losses were found in 10-30 degrees of eccentricity in the solvent exposed workers. The exposed workers group had higher error values of FM100 and wider color discrimination ellipses area compared to the controls. Workers occupationally exposed to organic solvents had abnormal visual functions, mainly color vision losses and visual field constriction