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  1. Donor–Acceptor Copolymers of Relevance for Organic Photovoltaics: A Theoretical Investigation of the Impact of Chemical Structure Modifications on the Electronic and Optical Properties

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    Pandey, Laxman

    2012-08-28

    We systematically investigate at the density functional theory level how changes to the chemical structure of donor-acceptor copolymers used in a number of organic electronics applications influences the intrinsic geometric, electronic, and optical properties. We consider the combination of two distinct donors, where a central five-membered ring is fused on both sides by either a thiophene or a benzene ring, with 12 different acceptors linked to the donor either directly or through thienyl linkages. The interplay between the electron richness/deficiency of the subunits as well as the evolution of the frontier electronic levels of the isolated donors/acceptors plays a significant role in determining the electronic and optical properties of the copolymers. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  2. Relevant optical properties for direct restorative materials.

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    Pecho, Oscar E; Ghinea, Razvan; do Amaral, Erika A Navarro; Cardona, Juan C; Della Bona, Alvaro; Pérez, María M

    2016-05-01

    To evaluate relevant optical properties of esthetic direct restorative materials focusing on whitened and translucent shades. Enamel (E), body (B), dentin (D), translucent (T) and whitened (Wh) shades for E (WhE) and B (WhB) from a restorative system (Filtek Supreme XTE, 3M ESPE) were evaluated. Samples (1 mm thick) were prepared. Spectral reflectance (R%) and color coordinates (L*, a*, b*, C* and h°) were measured against black and white backgrounds, using a spectroradiometer, in a viewing booth, with CIE D65 illuminant and d/0° geometry. Scattering (S) and absorption (K) coefficients and transmittance (T%) were calculated using Kubelka-Munk's equations. Translucency (TP) and opalescence (OP) parameters and whiteness index (W*) were obtained from differences of CIELAB color coordinates. R%, S, K and T% curves from all shades were compared using VAF (Variance Accounting For) coefficient with Cauchy-Schwarz inequality. Color coordinates and optical parameters were statistically analyzed using one-way ANOVA, Tukey's test with Bonferroni correction (α=0.0007). Spectral behavior of R% and S were different for T shades. In addition, T shades showed the lowest R%, S and K values, as well as the highest T%, TP an OP values. In most cases, WhB shades showed different color and optical properties (including TP and W*) than their corresponding B shades. WhE shades showed similar mean W* values and higher mean T% and TP values than E shades. When using whitened or translucent composites, the final color is influenced not only by the intraoral background but also by the color and optical properties of multilayers used in the esthetic restoration. Copyright © 2016 Academy of Dental Materials. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Mathematical Properties Relevant to Geomagnetic Field Modeling

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    Sabaka, Terence J.; Hulot, Gauthier; Olsen, Nils

    2010-01-01

    Geomagnetic field modeling consists in converting large numbers of magnetic observations into a linear combination of elementary mathematical functions that best describes those observations.The set of numerical coefficients defining this linear combination is then what one refers to as a geomagn......Geomagnetic field modeling consists in converting large numbers of magnetic observations into a linear combination of elementary mathematical functions that best describes those observations.The set of numerical coefficients defining this linear combination is then what one refers...... be directly measured. In this chapter, the mathematical foundation of global (as opposed to regional) geomagnetic field modeling is reviewed, and the spatial modeling of the field in spherical coordinates is focussed. Time can be dealt with as an independent variable and is not explicitly considered.......The relevant elementary mathematical functions are introduced, their properties are reviewed, and how they can be used to describe the magnetic field in a source-free (such as the Earth’s neutral atmosphere) or source-dense (such as the ionosphere) environment is explained. Completeness and uniqueness...

  4. Mathematical Properties Relevant to Geomagnetic Field Modeling

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    Sabaka, Terence J.; Hulot, Gauthier; Olsen, Nils

    2014-01-01

    properties of those spatial mathematical representations are also discussed, especially in view of providing a formal justification for the fact that geomagnetic field models can indeed be constructed from ground-based and satellite-born observations, provided those reasonably approximate the ideal situation......Geomagnetic field modeling consists in converting large numbers of magnetic observations into a linear combination of elementary mathematical functions that best describes those observations. The set of numerical coefficients defining this linear combination is then what one refers...... be directly measured. In this chapter, the mathematical foundation of global (as opposed to regional) geomagnetic field modeling is reviewed, and the spatial modeling of the field in spherical coordinates is focused. Time can be dealt with as an independent variable and is not explicitly considered...

  5. Experimental determination of the electronic properties of application-relevant interfaces of organic semiconductors by means of photoelectron spectroscopy; Experimentelle Bestimmung der elektronischen Eigenschaften anwendungsrelevanter Grenzflaechen organischer Halbleiter mittels Photoelektronenspektroskopie

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    Grobosch, Mandy

    2009-07-01

    This thesis under the titel Experimental Determination of the Electronic Properties of Application-relevant Interfaces of Organic Semiconductors by means of Photoelectron Spectroscopy was drawn up at the Leibniz Institute for Solid-State and Materials Research (IFW) Dresden at the Institute for Solid-State Research (IFF) under the maintenance of Prof. Dr. B. Buechner. To the scientific study hereby came two types of application-relevant interfaces. On the one hand the influence of the electrode preparation under normal conditions by means of ex-situ purification procedures in comparison to in-situ prepared contacts on the electronic behaviour of the organic semiconductor sexithiophene on interfaces to metallic substrates was studied. As substrate materials hereby the metals silver, palladium, gold, and platinum came to application. In a second study the interfaces of the organic semiconductors sexithiophene and copper(II)-phthalocyanine in contact to thin films of the transition-metal oxide La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} were studied. Also here a comparing study for ex-situ and in-situ purificated La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} contacts was performed. The films applied for this were fabricated in the IWF Dresden at the Institute for Metallic Materials (IMW). Also in the framework of these studies the influence of oxygen on the electronic and chemical behaviour on the interfaces held the spotlight. [German] Diese Dissertation unter dem Titel Experimentelle Bestimmung der elektronischen Eigenschaften anwendungsrelevanter Grenzflaechen organischer Halbleiter mittels Photoelektronenspektroskopie wurde am Leibniz Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung (IFW) Dresden am Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung (IFF) unter der Betreuung von Prof. Dr. B. Buechner angefertigt. Zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung kamen hierbei zwei Typen anwendungsrelevanter Grenzflaechen. Zum einem wurde der Einfluss einer Elektrodenpraeparation unter Normalbedingungen mittels ex

  6. Electron scattering from molecules and molecular aggregates of biological relevance

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    Gorfinkiel, Jimena D.; Ptasinska, Sylwia

    2017-09-01

    In this Topical Review we survey the current state of the art in the study of low energy electron collisions with biologically relevant molecules and molecular clusters. We briefly describe the methods and techniques used in the investigation of these processes and summarise the results obtained so far for DNA constituents and their model compounds, amino acids, peptides and other biomolecules. The applications of the data obtained is briefly described as well as future required developments.

  7. Electronic properties of physisorbed helium

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    Kossler, Sarah

    2011-09-22

    This thesis deals with electronic excitations of helium physisorbed on metal substrates. It is studied to what extent the electronic properties change compared to the gas phase due to the increased helium density and the proximity of the metal. Furthermore, the influence of different substrate materials is investigated systematically. To this end, up to two helium layers were adsorbed onto Ru (001), Pt (111), Cu (111), and Ag (111) surfaces in a custom-made cryostat. These samples were studied spectroscopically using synchrotron radiation and a time-of-flight detector. The experimental results were then analyzed in comparison with extensive theoretical model calculations.

  8. Identifying the Electronic Properties Relevant to Improving the Performance of High Band-Gap Copper Based I-III-VI2 Chalcopyrite Thin Film Photovoltaic Devices: Final Subcontract Report, 27 April 2004-15 September 2007

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    Cohen, J. D.

    2008-08-01

    This report summarizes the development and evaluation of higher-bandgap absorbers in the CIS alloy system. The major effort focused on exploring suitable absorbers with significant sulfur alloying in collaboration with Shafarman's group at the Institute of Energy Conversion. Three series of samples were examined; first, a series of quaternary CuIn(SeS)2-based devices without Ga; second, a series of devices with pentenary Cu(InGa)(SeS)2 absorbers in which the Se-to-S and In-to-Ga ratios were chosen to keep the bandgap nearly constant, near 1.52 eV. Third, based on the most-promising samples in those two series, we examined a series of devices with pentenary Cu(InGa)(SeS)2 absorbers with roughly 25 at.% S/(Se+S) ratios and varying Ga fractions. We also characterized electronic properties of several wide-bandgap CuGaSe2 devices from both IEC and NREL. The electronic properties of these absorbers were examined using admittance spectroscopy, drive-level capacitance profiling, transient photocapacitance, and transient photocurrent optical spectroscopies. The sample devices whose absorbers had Ga fraction below 40 at.% and S fractions above 20 at.% but below 40% exhibited the best electronic properties and device performance.

  9. Identifying Electronic Properties Relevant to Improving the Performance and Stability of Amorphous Silicon Based Mid-Gap and Low-Gap Cells: Final Subcontract Report, 16 January 1998-15 October 2001

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    Cohen, J. D.

    2002-07-01

    This report describes our experimental studies which have been concentrated in roughly five areas. Specifically: (1) We have examined a?Si:H grown very close to the microcrystalline phase boundary, so-called''edge material,'' to help understand why such material is more stable with respect to light-induced degradation; (2) We have also studied the electronic properties, and degradation characteristics of mixed phase material that is mostly a?Si:H, but which contains a significant microcrystalline component; (3) We have examined the electronic properties of high deposition rate material. These studies have included both moderately high deposition rate material (up to 6/s) produced by the PECVD growth method, and extremely high deposition rate material (up to 130/s) produced by the HWCVD growth method. (4) We have examined series of a-Si,Ge:H alloys from several sources. In one extensive series of studies we examined low Ge fraction alloys in an attempt to learn more about the fundamentals of degradation in general. In a couple other studies we evaluated the properties of a-Si,Ge:H alloys produced by methods we had not previously examined. (5) Finally, for three different types of samples we compared basic material properties with companion cell performance data. This was carried out in each case on series of samples for which one or more specific deposition parameters were varied systematically.

  10. Electronic Properties of Semiconductor Interfaces.

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    1983-02-01

    AD-A130 745 ELECTRONIC PROPERTIES OF SEMICONDUCTOR INTERFACES(U) /; UNIVERSIDAD AUfONOMA DE MADRID (SPAIN) DEPT DE FISICA DEL ESTADO SOLIDO F FLORES...Estado Solido 6.11.02A Universidad Autonoma Cantoblanco, Madrid 34. Spain 1T161102BH57-03 11. CONTROLLING OFFICE NAME AND ADDRESS 12. REPORT DATE...different supe4layeru formed by the superlayers (0,1), (2,3), (4,5),... and so on. Note that the number of super - layers defined inside each 6upettayer

  11. some engineering properties of prosopis africana pods relevant to ...

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    Dr Obe

    Nigerian Journal of Technology; Vol. 19, No. 1, 2000. ADIGUN & ALONGE. 52. SOME ENGINEERING PROPERTIES OF PROSOPIS AFRICANA PODS. RELEVANT TO DEHULLING. Y.J. Adigun and A.F. Alonge ... The only known usage of these seeds, presently in Nigeria, is as food seasoning, which is particularly common ...

  12. Relevance Vector Machine for Prediction of Soil Properties | Samui ...

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    One of the first, most important steps in geotechnical engineering is site characterization. The ultimate goal of site characterization is to predict the in-situ soil properties at any half-space point for a site based on limited number of tests and data. In the present study, relevance vector machine (RVM) has been used to develop ...

  13. Electronic properties of complex nanostructures

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    Zhu, Zhen

    Nanostructured materials have brought an unprecedented opportunity for advancement in many fields of human endeavor and in applications. Nanostructures are a new research field which may revolutionize people's everyday life. In the Thesis, I have used theoretical methods including density functional theory (DFT), molecular dynamic simulations (MD) and tight-binding methods to explore the structural, mechanical and electronic properties of various nanomaterials. In all this, I also paid attention to potential applications of these findings. First, I will briefly introduce the scientific background of this Thesis, including the motivation for the study of a boron enriched aluminum surface, novel carbon foam structures and my research interest in 2D electronics. Then I will review the computational techniques I used in the study, mostly DFT methods. In Chapter 3, I introduce an effective way to enhance surface hardness of aluminum by boron nanoparticle implantation. Using boron dimers to represent the nanoparticles, the process of boron implantation is modeled in a molecular dynamics simulation of bombarding the aluminum surface by energetic B 2 molecules. Possible metastable structures of boron-coated aluminum surface are identified. Within these structures, I find that boron atoms prefer to stay in the subsurface region of aluminum. By modeling the Rockwell indentation process, boron enriched aluminum surface is found to be harder than the pristine aluminum surface by at least 15%. In Chapter 4, I discuss novel carbon structures, including 3D carbon foam and related 2D slab structures. Carbon foam contains both sp 2 and sp3 hybridized carbon atoms. It forms a 3D honeycomb lattice with a comparable stability to fullerenes, suggesting possible existence of such carbon foam structures. Although the bulk 3D foam structure is semiconducting, an sp2 terminated carbon surface could maintain a conducting channel even when passivated by hydrogen. To promote the experimental

  14. Modeling Electronic Properties of Complex Oxides

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    Krishnaswamy, Karthik

    Complex oxides are a class of materials that have recently emerged as potential candidates for electronic applications owing to their interesting electronic properties. The goal of this dissertation is to develop a fundamental understanding of these electronic properties using a combination of first-principles approaches based on density functional theory (DFT), and Schr odinger-Poisson (SP) simulation (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.

  15. Measuring snow properties relevant to slab avalanche release

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    Reuter, Benjamin; Proksch, Martin; Löwe, Henning; van Herwijnen, Alec; Schweizer, Jürg

    2014-05-01

    The release of a slab avalanche is preceded by a sequence of fractures. The main material properties relevant for the fracture processes are the specific fracture energy of the weak layer, as also the elastic modulus and the density of the overlying slab layers. The snow micro-penetrometer (SMP) is the method of choice for snow stratigraphy measurements in the field with high resolution. Recent advances in signal processing allow us to derive the most needed material properties to model the fracture behaviour of snow. On a smaller scale, the three dimensional structure of snow samples is obtained from snow micro-tomography (CT) providing snow density directly. By modelling the mechanical behaviour of the ice matrix the elastic properties of the snow sample can be calculated. At the macro-scale, fracture mechanical field tests with particle tracking velocimetry (PTV) allow observing the in-situ fracture behaviour. Specific fracture energy and slab stiffness are derived from PTV measurement by fitting an analytical beam equation to the observed deformation field. Over the past years we were able to generate two datasets of overlapping SMP and CT as well as SMP and PTV measurements. SMP measurements and micro-tomography of snow samples show that snow density is well reproduced with current SMP signal processing algorithms. Also the specific fracture energy as derived from the SMP signal is in agreement with PTV results. The effective modulus, however, being the most sensitive parameter in fracture covers three orders of magnitude depending on measurement method. The present work discusses observed similarities and differences arising from measurement methods, theoretical assumptions and process scales. Reliable methods to determine the parameters describing the fracture process are key to snow instability modelling based on either snow cover simulations or field measurements. Preliminary modelling results from ongoing spatial variability studies illustrate the

  16. The electronic properties of a Fibonacci chain

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    S. A. Ketabi

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available  Using a tight-binding model and transfer-matrix technique, as well as Lanczos algorithm, we numerically investigate the nature of the electronic states and electron transmission in site, bond and mixing Fibonacci model chains. We rely on the Landauer formalism as the basis for studying the conduction properties of these systems. Calculating the Lyapunov exponent, we also study the localization properties of electronic eigenstates in the Fibonacci chains. The focus is on the significance of the relationship between the transmission spectra and the nature of the electronic states. Our results show that, in contrast to Anderson’s localization theorem, in the Fibonacci chains the electronic states are non-localized and the transparent states occurr near the Fermi level.

  17. Electronic properties of organic/metal interfaces

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    Koch, N

    2000-01-01

    Conjugated organic materials are the promising class of materials for the application in new electronic and opto-electronic devices. The successful realization of highly efficient organic light emitting devices with oligomers and polymers as active electroluminescent layers has lead to a large number of investigations on such systems, the key point being to find means of increasing efficiency and performance of the devices. Intrinsically present in light emitting devices are interfaces, and it appears that the structural and electronic properties of those are of uttermost importance for the device quality. In the present work, ultraviolet and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, plus related surface sensitive experimental methods, were used to investigate the electronic properties of interfaces between conjugated organic materials (based on para-phenylene) and various metals. The observed interactions between the two different kinds of materials ranged from physisorption (aluminum and samarium), to the formation...

  18. Identifying electronic properties relevant to improving stability in a-Si:H-based cells and overall performance in a-Si,Ge:H-based cells. Annual subcontract report, April 18, 1994--April 17, 1995

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    Cohen, J D [Oregon Univ., Eugene, OR (United States)

    1995-11-01

    This report describes work performed by the University of Oregon focusing on the characterization and evaluation of amorphous semiconductor materials produced by novel deposition conditions and/or methods. The results are based on a variety of junction capacitance techniques: admittance spectroscopy, transient photocapacitance (and photocurrent), and drive-level capacitance profiling. These methods allow the determination of deep defect densities and their energy distributions, Urbach bandtail energies, and, in some cases, {mu}{tau} products for hole transport. During this phase, the authors completed several tasks: (1) they carried out measurements on a-Si, Ge:H alloy samples produced at Harvard University by a cathodic glow discharge process, measurement indicated a smaller value of ({mu}{tau}){sub h} for these samples than would have been expected given their lower defect densities; (2) they characterized several hot-wire a-Si:H samples produced with varying hydrogen levels, studies indicate that hot-wire-produced a-Si:H, with H levels between 2--5 at.% should lead to mid-gap devices with superior properties; (3) they reported some results on a-Si:H glow discharge material grown under hydrogen dilution conditions. Preliminary studies point to film strain as playing a primary role for the observed differences in behavior.

  19. Machine learning of molecular electronic properties in chemical compound space

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    Montavon, Grégoire; Rupp, Matthias; Gobre, Vivekanand; Vazquez-Mayagoitia, Alvaro; Hansen, Katja; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Müller, Klaus-Robert; Anatole von Lilienfeld, O.

    2013-09-01

    The combination of modern scientific computing with electronic structure theory can lead to an unprecedented amount of data amenable to intelligent data analysis for the identification of meaningful, novel and predictive structure-property relationships. Such relationships enable high-throughput screening for relevant properties in an exponentially growing pool of virtual compounds that are synthetically accessible. Here, we present a machine learning model, trained on a database of ab initio calculation results for thousands of organic molecules, that simultaneously predicts multiple electronic ground- and excited-state properties. The properties include atomization energy, polarizability, frontier orbital eigenvalues, ionization potential, electron affinity and excitation energies. The machine learning model is based on a deep multi-task artificial neural network, exploiting the underlying correlations between various molecular properties. The input is identical to ab initio methods, i.e. nuclear charges and Cartesian coordinates of all atoms. For small organic molecules, the accuracy of such a ‘quantum machine’ is similar, and sometimes superior, to modern quantum-chemical methods—at negligible computational cost.

  20. Properties of Trapped Electron Bunches in a Plasma Wakefield Accelerator

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    Kirby, Neil; /SLAC

    2009-10-30

    Plasma-based accelerators use the propagation of a drive bunch through plasma to create large electric fields. Recent plasma wakefield accelerator (PWFA) experiments, carried out at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), successfully doubled the energy for some of the 42 GeV drive bunch electrons in less than a meter; this feat would have required 3 km in the SLAC linac. This dissertation covers one phenomenon associated with the PWFA, electron trapping. Recently it was shown that PWFAs, operated in the nonlinear bubble regime, can trap electrons that are released by ionization inside the plasma wake and accelerate them to high energies. These trapped electrons occupy and can degrade the accelerating portion of the plasma wake, so it is important to understand their origins and how to remove them. Here, the onset of electron trapping is connected to the drive bunch properties. Additionally, the trapped electron bunches are observed with normalized transverse emittance divided by peak current, {epsilon}{sub N,x}/I{sub t}, below the level of 0.2 {micro}m/kA. A theoretical model of the trapped electron emittance, developed here, indicates that the emittance scales inversely with the square root of the plasma density in the non-linear 'bubble' regime of the PWFA. This model and simulations indicate that the observed values of {epsilon}{sub N,x}/I{sub t} result from multi-GeV trapped electron bunches with emittances of a few {micro}m and multi-kA peak currents. These properties make the trapped electrons a possible particle source for next generation light sources. This dissertation is organized as follows. The first chapter is an overview of the PWFA, which includes a review of the accelerating and focusing fields and a survey of the remaining issues for a plasma-based particle collider. Then, the second chapter examines the physics of electron trapping in the PWFA. The third chapter uses theory and simulations to analyze the properties of the trapped

  1. Electronic properties with and without electron-phonon coupling

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    Allen, Philip

    To decent approximation, electronic properties P of solids have a temperature dependence of the type ΔP(T) = Σ (dP/dωi) [ni(T) +1/2], where ωi is the frequency of the ith vibrational normal mode, and ni is the Bose-Einstein equilibrium occupation of the mode. The coupling constant (dP/dωi) comes from electron-phonon interactions. At T =0, the ``1/2'' gives the zero-point electron-phonon renormalization of the property P, and at T>ΘD, the total shift ΔP becomes linear in T, extrapolating toward ΔP =0 at T =0. This form of T-dependence arises from the adiabatic or Born-Oppenheimer approximation, where electrons essentially ``don't notice'' the time-dependence of thermal lattice fluctuations. In other words, the leading order theory for P is ΔP(T) = Σ (d2P/duiduj), responding to the thermal average mean square lattice displacement, as if it were static. There are two situations where non-adiabatic effects alter things. (1) In metals at low T, the thermal smearing kBT of the sharp Fermi edge gets small (ωi insulators with polar phonons, Froehlich polaron effects enter, and k-integrals diverge unless phonon energies are kept. Most non-adiabatic effects become unimportant by room temperature, but the low T consequences can be very interesting (e.g. superconductivity.) This talk will discuss the confusing history and predict some future developments in this field. invited session: ''Predictive Modeling of Electron-Phonon Coupling in Condensed-Matter Physics'' My talk will be coordinated with that of Xavier Gonze. It would be best to schedule them back-to-back.

  2. Electronic properties of graphene antidot lattices

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    Fürst, Joachim Alexander; Pedersen, Jesper Goor; Flindt, C.

    2009-01-01

    into a semiconductor. We calculate the electronic band structure of graphene antidot lattices using three numerical approaches with different levels of computational complexity, efficiency and accuracy. Fast finite-element solutions of the Dirac equation capture qualitative features of the band structure, while full......Graphene antidot lattices constitute a novel class of nano-engineered graphene devices with controllable electronic and optical properties. An antidot lattice consists of a periodic array of holes that causes a band gap to open up around the Fermi level, turning graphene from a semimetal...

  3. Oxides Surfaces and Novel Electronic Properties

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    Koirala, Pratik

    The scope of this thesis extends to the study of surface structures and electronic properties in a number of complex oxides. The c(6x2) surface reconstruction on SrTiO3 (001) was solved using a combination of plan view transmission electron microscopy imaging, atomic resolution secondary electron imaging, and density functional theory calculations. This work provided fundamental insights on the effects of dielectric screening in secondary electron generation. A thorough analysis on the limitation and functionality of transmission plan view imaging showed that the kinematical approximations used in the separation of top and bottom surfaces is only valid in thin samples (˜5 nm or less for SrTiO3). The presence of an inversion center in the surface structure also made separation of the top and bottom surfaces more robust. Surface studies of two other oxides, KTaO3 and NdGaO3, provided understanding on the mechanism of surface heterogeneity and segregation. In the case of KTaO3, selective ion sputtering and the loss of K resulted in large stoichiometric variations at the surface. Annealing of such samples led to the formation of a potassium deficient tetragonal phase (K 6Ta10.8O30) on the surface. A similar phenomenon was also observed in NdGaO3. Exploratory surface studies of the rare earth scandates (ReScO3 , Re = Gd, Tb, Dy) led to the observation of large flexoelectric bending inside an electron microscope. Thin rods of these scandates bent by up to 90 degree under a focused electron beam; the bending was fully reversible. Ex-situ measurements of flexoelectric coe cient performed by an- other graduate student, Christopher Mizzi, confirmed that the scandates have a large flexocoupling voltage (˜42 V). Electronic structure of the lanthanide scandates was studied using temperature depen- dent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and hybrid density functional theory calculations. The amount of charging under X-ray illumination was greatly reduced with increasing

  4. Luminescence properties of porcelain ceramics relevant to restrospective radiation dosimetry

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    Bøtter-Jensen, L.; Markey, B.G.; Poolton, N.R.J.

    1996-01-01

    . This appears to arise from the fact that OSL is potentially stimulated in a variety of component phases of the ceramic, and these phases vary from sample to sample. This article reports an initial attempt at characterising the luminescence properties of widely available porcelain wares manufactured under...

  5. Optical properties of nonspherical atmospheric particles and relevant applications

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    P. Yang

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Recent progress in the study of the single-scattering properties of nonspherical ice crystals within cirrus clouds and nonspherical dust particles is reviewed. We have been using the finite-difference time domain (FDTD method, the discrete dipole approximation (DDA, and an improved geometric optics method (IGOM to compute the single-scattering properties of nonspherical particles. We have incorporated the so-called edge effect associated with the surface wave into the IGOM extinction and absorption efficiencies. The simulation results in the solar and thermal infrared spectral regimes are presented. Furthermore, the impacts of particle nonsphericity on downstream remote sensing implementations and radiative transfer simulations involving ice clouds and dust aerosols are also summarized.

  6. Electron Density Determination, Bonding and Properties of Tetragonal Ferromagnetic Intermetallics

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    Wiezorek, Jorg [Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    2016-09-01

    The project developed quantitative convergent-beam electron diffraction (QCBED) methods by energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) and used them in combination with density functional theory (DFT) calculations to study the electron density distribution in metallic and intermetallic phases with different cubic and non-cubic crystal structures that comprise elements with d-electron shells. The experimental methods developed here focus on the bonding charge distribution as one of the quantum mechanical characteristics central for understanding of intrinsic properties and validation of DFT calculations. Multiple structure and temperature factors have been measured simultaneously from nano-scale volumes of high-quality crystal with sufficient accuracy and precision for comparison with electron density distribution calculations by DFT. The often anisotropic temperature factors for the different atoms and atom sites in chemically ordered phases can differ significantly from those known for relevant pure element crystals due to bonding effects. Thus they have been measured from the same crystal volumes from which the structure factors have been determined. The ferromagnetic ordered intermetallic phases FePd and FePt are selected as model systems for 3d-4d and 3d-5d electron interactions, while the intermetallic phases NiAl and TiAl are used to probe 3d-3p electron interactions. Additionally, pure transition metal elements with d-electrons have been studied. FCC metals exhibit well defined delocalized bonding charge in tetrahedral sites, while less directional, more distributed bonding charge attains in BCC metals. Agreement between DFT calculated and QCBED results degrades as d-electron levels fill in the elements, and for intermetallics as d-d interactions become prominent over p-d interactions. Utilizing the LDA+U approach enabled inclusion of onsite Coulomb-repulsion effects in DFT calculations, which can afford improved agreements with QCBED results

  7. Electronic properties of 8 -Pmmn borophene

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    Lopez-Bezanilla, Alejandro; Littlewood, Peter B.

    2016-06-01

    First-principles calculations on monolayer 8-Pmmn borophene are reported to reveal unprecedented electronic properties in a two-dimensional material. Based on a Born effective charge analysis, 8-Pmmn borophene is the first single-element-based monolayered material exhibiting two sublattices with substantial ionic features. The observed Dirac cones are actually formed by the pz orbitals of one of the inequivalent sublattices composed of uniquely four atoms, yielding an underlying hexagonal network topologically equivalent to distorted graphene. A significant physical outcome of this effect includes the possibility of converting metallic 8-Pmmn borophene into an indirect band gap semiconductor by means of external shear stress. The stability of the strained structures are supported by a phonon frequency analysis. The Dirac cones are sensitive to the formation of vacancies only in the inequivalent sublattice electronically active at the Fermi level.

  8. Electronic transport properties of (fluorinated) metal phthalocyanine

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    Fadlallah, M M

    2015-12-21

    The magnetic and transport properties of the metal phthalocyanine (MPc) and F16MPc (M = Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn and Ag) families of molecules in contact with S–Au wires are investigated by density functional theory within the local density approximation, including local electronic correlations on the central metal atom. The magnetic moments are found to be considerably modified under fluorination. In addition, they do not depend exclusively on the configuration of the outer electronic shell of the central metal atom (as in isolated MPc and F16MPc) but also on the interaction with the leads. Good agreement between the calculated conductance and experimental results is obtained. For M = Ag, a high spin filter efficiency and conductance is observed, giving rise to a potentially high sensitivity for chemical sensor applications.

  9. Electronic and optical properties of lead iodide

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    Ahuja, R.; Arwin, H.; Ferreira da Silva, A.

    2002-01-01

    The electronic properties and the optical absorption of lead iodide (PbI2) have been investigated experimentally by means of optical absorption and spectroscopic ellipsometry, and theoretically by a full-potential linear muffin-tin-orbital method. PbI2 has been recognized as a very promising...... detector material with a large technological applicability. Its band-gap energy as a function of temperature has also been measured by optical absorption. The temperature dependence has been fitted by two different relations, and a discussion of these fittings is given. ©2002 American Institute of Physics....

  10. Geometric properties of hydraulic-relevant tidal bedforms

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    Winter, Christian; Ferret, Yann; Lefebvre, Alice

    2013-01-01

    Large compound tidal bedforms (also termed dunes, sandwaves, megaripples by different authors) constitute prominent roughness elements in tidal channels and estuaries. Quantitative knowledge on their geometry, dynamics and hydraulic effect is crucial for coastal system understanding and process...... to technical constraints and data reduction the (historic) data bases mostly are restricted to information on mean geometrical states, whereas individual bedform properties are often not reported. Recently Lefebvre et al. (2011) showed that the hydraulic effect of asymmetric compound tidal bedforms depends...... on the tidal stage: Whereas the secondary bedforms act as roughness elements throughout the tidal cycle, the large primary bedforms dominate the hydraulics when the tidal flow is in the (dominant) direction of the bedform orientation (e.g. ebb-directed primary bedforms act during ebb currents) when...

  11. Optical, electronic and transport properties of tetrahedrites

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    Kohl, Simon; Vielma, Jason; Foster, David; Schneider, Guenter

    2014-03-01

    Doped Tetrahedrites Cu12-xTMxSb4S13 (TM=Fe,Mn,Zn) have recently attracted interest as thermoelectric materials. We present an ab-initio study based on density functional theory of the optical, electronic and transport properties of these materials. We find in Cu12-xZnxSb~4S13: 1. the band-gap can be tuned through chalcogenide substitution and the optical absorption is very large making tetrahedrites attractive also as solar absorber materials. A point defect study of the Zn rich tetrahedrite (x=2) based on supercell calculations indicates p-type conductivity and Cu-Zn antisite defects are the dominant acceptor defect with Cu-vacancies also contributing. The calculated hole concentration is much larger than what is expected from conductivity measurements. We discuss these results in the context of the observed unusual, variable range hoping like electronic transport properties. Finally we present results of thermopower calculations based on semiclassical Boltzmann theory and discuss the applicability of these approach for tetrahedrites.

  12. Electronic and transport properties of kinked graphene

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    Rasmussen, Jesper Toft; Gunst, Tue; Bøggild, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Local curvature, or bending, of a graphene sheet is known to increase the chemical reactivity presenting an opportunity for templated chemical functionalisation. Using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT), we investigate the reaction barrier reduction for the ads......Local curvature, or bending, of a graphene sheet is known to increase the chemical reactivity presenting an opportunity for templated chemical functionalisation. Using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT), we investigate the reaction barrier reduction...... for the adsorption of atomic hydrogen at linear bends in graphene. We find a significant barrier lowering (≈15%) for realistic radii of curvature (≈20 Å) and that adsorption along the linear bend leads to a stable linear kink. We compute the electronic transport properties of individual and multiple kink lines......, and demonstrate how these act as efficient barriers for electron transport. In particular, two parallel kink lines form a graphene pseudo-nanoribbon structure with a semimetallic/semiconducting electronic structure closely related to the corresponding isolated ribbons; the ribbon band gap translates...

  13. Electronic and conformational properties of 2,3-benzodiazepine derivates

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    Pelaggi, M.; Girlanda, R. [Messina Univ. (Italy). Dip. di Fisica della Materia e Fisica dell`Ambiente; Chimirri, A.; Gitto, R. [Messina Univ. (Italy). Dip. Farmaco-Chimico

    1996-04-01

    The molecular geometric and electronic structures of 2,3-benzodiazepine derivates have been studied by means of the MNDO-PM3 method. A number of electronic properties have been computed and examined in order to find indication of the role of the electronic characteristics of the different molecules and their pharmacological properties. Theoretical data indicate that both electronic and structural properties appear responsible for the varying degree of anticonvulsant activity exhibited by compounds 1-4.

  14. Electronic processes in organic electronics bridging nanostructure, electronic states and device properties

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    Kudo, Kazuhiro; Nakayama, Takashi; Ueno, Nobuo

    2015-01-01

    The book covers a variety of studies of organic semiconductors, from fundamental electronic states to device applications, including theoretical studies. Furthermore, innovative experimental techniques, e.g., ultrahigh sensitivity photoelectron spectroscopy, photoelectron yield spectroscopy, spin-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and a material processing method with optical-vortex and polarization-vortex lasers, are introduced. As this book is intended to serve as a textbook for a graduate level course or as reference material for researchers in organic electronics and nanoscience from electronic states, fundamental science that is necessary to understand the research is described. It does not duplicate the books already written on organic electronics, but focuses mainly on electronic properties that arise from the nature of organic semiconductors (molecular solids). The new experimental methods introduced in this book are applicable to various materials (e.g., metals, inorganic and organic mater...

  15. Revealing Optical Properties of Reduced-Dimensionality Materials at Relevant Length Scales.

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    Ogletree, D Frank; Schuck, P James; Weber-Bargioni, Alexander F; Borys, Nicholas J; Aloni, Shaul; Bao, Wei; Barja, Sara; Lee, Jiye; Melli, Mauro; Munechika, Keiko; Whitelam, Stephan; Wickenburg, Sebastian

    2015-10-14

    Reduced-dimensionality materials for photonic and optoelectronic applications including energy conversion, solid-state lighting, sensing, and information technology are undergoing rapid development. The search for novel materials based on reduced-dimensionality is driven by new physics. Understanding and optimizing material properties requires characterization at the relevant length scale, which is often below the diffraction limit. Three important material systems are chosen for review here, all of which are under investigation at the Molecular Foundry, to illustrate the current state of the art in nanoscale optical characterization: 2D semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides; 1D semiconducting nanowires; and energy-transfer in assemblies of 0D semiconducting nanocrystals. For each system, the key optical properties, the principal experimental techniques, and important recent results are discussed. Applications and new developments in near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and cathodoluminescence in the electron microscope are given detailed attention. Work done at the Molecular Foundry is placed in context within the fields under review. A discussion of emerging opportunities and directions for the future closes the review. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Electron Impact Ionization of SOx, NOx and H2 SO4 - The Aerosol Relevance

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    Vaishnav, B. G.; Patel, U. R.; Joshipura, K. N.; Pandya, S. H.

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports our theoretical studies on electron impact ionization of reactive molecules SOx, NOx (x = 1-3) and H2 SO4, at incident energies from threshold to 2000 eV. Motivation for this work derives from the relevance of these molecules in connection with atmospheric aerosols analysis through mass spectrometric studies and quantification of mass concentrations amongst the aerosol species. The ionization efficiency of a molecule is directly proportional to ionization cross section, which represents the efficiency on a per-molecule basis. Study of electron impact ionization cross sections of molecules, like H2 SO4, versus number of electrons in the molecule can lead to information about mass concentrations of aerosol species. We have employed in this work, the well-known spherical complex potential formalism (SCOP), which provides total elastic as well as inelastic cross sections, wherein the latter includes ionization cross sections. We have developed a method to extract ionization cross section from calculated inelastic cross section by introducing a ratio function, in a semi-empirical formalism known as CSP-ic method. For SOx and NOx targets single-centre scattering calculations are performed, while for H2 SO4, the additivity rule augmented with overlap or screening corrections, has been employed. The calculated cross sections are examined as functions of incident electron energy along with comparisons (theoretical or experimental) as available.

  17. Electron impact phenomena and the properties of gaseous ions

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    Field, F H; Massey, H S W; Brueckner, Keith A

    1970-01-01

    Electron Impact Phenomena and the Properties of Gaseous Ions, Revised Edition deals with data pertaining to electron impact and to molecular gaseous ionic phenomena. This book discusses electron impact phenomena in gases at low pressure that involve low-energy electrons, which result in ion formation. The text also describes the use of mass spectrometers in electron impact studies and the degree of accuracy obtained when measuring electron impact energies. This book also reviews relatively low speed electrons and the transitions that result in the ionization of the atomic system. This text the

  18. Structural and electronic properties of non-magnetic intermetallic ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 39; Issue 1. Structural and electronic properties of non-magnetic intermetallic YAuX (X = Ge and Si) in ... The calculated lattice parameters were in good agreement with experiment. Also, the structural and electronic properties of the non-magnetic half-Heusler YAuPb ...

  19. Opto-electronic properties of charged conjugated molecules

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    Fratiloiu, S.

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is to provide fundamental insight into the nature and opto-electronic properties of charge carriers on conjugated oligomers and polymers. Electronic structure, optical absorption properties and distribution of charge carriers along the chains of different conjugated materials

  20. Ab initio electronic properties of dual phosphorus monolayers in silicon

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    Drumm, Daniel W.; Per, Manolo C.; Budi, Akin

    2014-01-01

    , investigating the fundamental electronic properties of monolayer pairs. Quantitative band splittings and the electronic density are presented, along with effects of the layers’ relative alignment and comments on disordered systems, and for the first time, the effective electronic widths of such device...

  1. Strain Modulation of Electronic and Heat Transport Properties of Bilayer Boronitrene

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    Yang, Ming; Sun, Fang-Yuan; Wang, Rui-Ning; Zhang, Hang; Tang, Da-Wei

    2017-10-01

    Strain engineering has been proven as an effective approach to modify electronic and thermal properties of materials. Recently, strain effects on two-dimensional materials have become important relevant topics in this field. We performed density functional theory studies on the electronic and heat transport properties of bilayer boronitrene samples under an isotropic strain. We demonstrate that the strain will reduce the band gap width but keep the band gap type robust and direct. The strain will enhance the thermal conductivity of the system because of the increase in specific heat. The thermal conductivity was studied as a function of the phonon mean-free path.

  2. Computation of Electron Impact Ionization Cross sections of Iron Hydrogen Clusters - Relevance in Fusion Plasmas

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    Patel, Umang; Joshipura, K. N.

    2017-04-01

    Plasma-wall interaction (PWI) is one of the key issues in nuclear fusion research. In nuclear fusion devices, such as the JET tokamak or the ITER, first-wall materials will be directly exposed to plasma components. Erosion of first-wall materials is a consequence of the impact of hydrogen and its isotopes as main constituents of the hot plasma. Besides the formation of gas-phase atomic species in various charge states, di- and polyatomic molecular species are expected to be formed via PWI processes. These compounds may profoundly disturb the fusion plasma, may lead to unfavorable re-deposition of materials and composites in other areas of the vessel. Interaction between atoms, molecules as well transport of impurities are of interest for modelling of fusion plasma. Qion by electron impact are such process also important in low temperature plasma processing, astrophysics etc. We reported electron impact Qionfor iron hydrogen clusters, FeHn (n = 1 to 10) from ionization threshold to 2000 eV. A semi empirical approach called Complex Scattering Potential - Ionization Contribution (CSP-ic) has been employed for the reported calculation. In context of fusion relevant species Qion were reported for beryllium and its hydrides, tungsten and its oxides and cluster of beryllium-tungsten by Huber et al.. Iron hydrogen clusters are another such species whose Qion were calculated through DM and BEB formalisms, same has been compared with present calculations.

  3. Electronic properties of magnetically doped nanotubes

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    body of publications since their discovery in 1991 (Iijima. 1991). Recent experimental (Lee et al 1997; Rao et al. 1997; Grigorian et al 1998a, b) and theoretical (Miya- moto et al 1995; Esfarjani et al 1999) studies on doping nanotubes focused on doping by alkali metal or halogene elements as electron donors or acceptors, ...

  4. Electronic properties of magnetically doped nanotubes

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    Effect of doping of carbon nanotubes by magnetic transition metal atoms has been considered in this paper. In the case of semiconducting tubes, it was found that the system has zero magnetization, whereas in metallic tubes the valence electrons of the tube screen the magnetization of the dopants: the coupling to the tube ...

  5. Size-dependent electronic properties of metal nanostructures

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    First page Back Continue Last page Overview Graphics. Size-dependent electronic properties of metal nanostructures. G.U. Kulkarni. Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. Bangalore, India. kulkarni@jncasr.ac.in.

  6. Connecting Organic Aerosol Climate-Relevant Properties to Chemical Mechanisms of Sources and Processing

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    Thornton, Joel [Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)

    2015-01-26

    The research conducted on this project aimed to improve our understanding of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation in the atmosphere, and how the properties of the SOA impact climate through its size, phase state, and optical properties. The goal of this project was to demonstrate that the use of molecular composition information to mechanistically connect source apportionment and climate properties can improve the physical basis for simulation of SOA formation and properties in climate models. The research involved developing and improving methods to provide online measurements of the molecular composition of SOA under atmospherically relevant conditions and to apply this technology to controlled simulation chamber experiments and field measurements. The science we have completed with the methodology will impact the simulation of aerosol particles in climate models.

  7. Electron heat capacity and lattice properties of Americium

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    Povzner, A. A.; Filanovich, A. N.; Os'kina, V. A.; Volkov, A. G.

    2013-12-01

    The temperature dependence of the electron heat capacity of americium is calculated using the concepts on the electronic structure and magnetic properties of this element. The Debye temperature, the thermal expansion coefficient, and the bulk modulus of americium are determined on the basis of the results of calculations and experimental data on heat capacity.

  8. Transport properties of copper phthalocyanine based organic electronic divices

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    Opitz, Andreas

    2010-01-01

    Transport properties of copper phthalocyanine based organic electronic divices / W. Brütting ... - In: Cooperative phenomena in solids with electronic correlations / Ed. by: U. Eckern ... - Les Ulis : EDP Sciences, 2010. - S. 117-134. - (The European physical journal : special topics ; 180)

  9. Electronic structure and properties of Cu2O

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    Ruiz Sabín, Eliseo; Álvarez, Santiago (Álvarez Reverter); Alemany i Cahner, Pere; Evarestov, R. A. (Robert Aleksandrovich)

    1997-01-01

    The structural and electronic properties of Cu2O have been investigated using the periodic Hartree-Fock method and a posteriori density-functional corrections. The lattice parameter, bulk modulus, and elastic constants have been calculated. The electronic structure of and bonding in Cu2O are analyzed and compared with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy spectra, showing a good agreement for the valence-band states. To check the quality of the calculated electron density, static structure factors...

  10. EPR and DNP Properties of Certain Novel Single Electron Contrast Agents Intended for Oximetric Imaging

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    Ardenkjær-Larsen, J. H.; Laursen, I; Leunbach, I.

    1998-01-01

    Parameters of relevance to oximetry with Overhauser magnetic resonance imaging (OMRI) have been measured for three single electron contrast agents of the triphenylmethyl type. The single electron contrast agents are stable and water soluble. Magnetic resonance properties of the agents have been...... examined with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) at 9.5 mT in water, isotonic saline, plasma, and blood at 23 and 37°C. The relaxivities of the agents are about 0.2–0.4 mM−1s−1and the DNP enhancements extrapolate close...... than 1 μT in water at room temperature. The longitudinal electron spin relaxation rate is calculated from the DNP enhancement curves. The oxygen broadening in water is about 50 μT/mM O2at 37°C. These agents have good properties for oximetry with OMRI....

  11. Electronic Properties of Quantum Wire Networks

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    Kuzmenko, Igor

    2005-01-01

    Quantum wire networks (``quantum crossbars'', QCB) represent a 2D grid formed by superimposed crossing arrays of parallel conducting quantum wires, molecular chains or metallic single-wall carbon nanotubes. QCB coupled only by capacitive interaction in the crosses have similar low-energy, long-wave properties characterized as a crossed sliding Luttinger liquid (CSLL) phase. In this Thesis we develop a theory of interacting Bose excitations (plasmons) in QCB. We analyze spectrum of boson field...

  12. Structure and thermodynamic properties of relativistic electron gases.

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    Liu, Yu; Wu, Jianzhong

    2014-07-01

    Relativistic effect is important in many quantum systems but theoretically complicated from both fundamental and practical perspectives. Herein we introduce an efficient computational procedure to predict the structure and energetic properties of relativistic quantum systems by mapping the Pauli principle into an effective pairwise-additive potential such that the properties of relativistic nonquantum systems can be readily predicted from conventional liquid-state methods. We applied our theoretical procedure to relativistic uniform electron gases and compared the pair correlation functions with those for systems of nonrelativistic electrons. A simple analytical expression has been developed to correlate the exchange-correlation free energy of relativistic uniform electron systems.

  13. Electronic properties of doped gapped graphene

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    Mousavi, Hamze, E-mail: hamze.mousavi@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nano Science and Nano Technology Research Center, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-04-01

    One of the carbon atoms in each Bravais lattice unit cell of pristine graphene plane is substituted by a foreign atom leading to a band gap in the density of states of the system. Then, the gapped graphene is randomly doped by another impurity. The density of states, electronic heat capacity and electrical conductivity of the gapped and doped gapped graphene are investigated within random tight-binding Hamiltonian model and Green's function formalism. The results show that by presence of impurities in the gapped graphene the band gap moves towards lower (higher) values of energy when dopants act as acceptors (donors). The heat capacity decreases (increases) before (after) the Schottky anomaly as well. It is also found that the electrical conductivity of the doped gapped graphene reduces on all ranges of temperature.

  14. Relevance of magnetic properties for the characterisation of burnt clays and archaeological tiles

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    Beatrice, C.; Coïsson, M.; Ferrara, E.; Olivetti, E. S.

    The archaeomagnetism of pottery, bricks and tiles is typically employed for dating inferences, yet the magnetic properties of ancient ceramics can also be convenient for their characterisation, to evaluate the technological conditions applied for their production (temperature, atmosphere, and duration of firing), as well as to distinguish groups of sherds having different provenance. In this work, the measurement of hysteresis loops has been applied and combined with colour survey to characterise the magnetic properties of burnt clays and archaeological tiles. Four calcareous and non-calcareous clays, along with seventeen tile fragments excavated from the sites of the ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Gravina di Puglia, in Southern Italy, are examined. The ferrimagnetic character of the clays, in general, enhances with increasing firing temperatures until vitrification processes occur (900-1000 °C) dissolving iron oxides and dispersing the colour and magnetic properties they provide. High values of saturation magnetization are observed in clays with relevant calcareous content after firing above 900 °C, which results in the formation of Ca-silicates able to delay the onset of the vitrification processes. Magnetic properties of the tiles have been evaluated in terms of the high coercivity (i.e. mainly ferrimagnetic) or low coercivity behaviour (i.e. including relevant paramagnetic and superparamagnetic contributions). Enhanced ferrimagnetic character, mostly depending on the growth in number and volume of iron oxide particles, is associated with the development of an intense reddish hue.

  15. Electronic Stopping of Slow Protons in Oxides: Scaling Properties.

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    Roth, D; Bruckner, B; Undeutsch, G; Paneta, V; Mardare, A I; McGahan, C L; Dosmailov, M; Juaristi, J I; Alducin, M; Pedarnig, J D; Haglund, R F; Primetzhofer, D; Bauer, P

    2017-10-20

    Electronic stopping of slow protons in ZnO, VO_{2} (metal and semiconductor phases), HfO_{2}, and Ta_{2}O_{5} was investigated experimentally. As a comparison of the resulting stopping cross sections (SCS) to data for Al_{2}O_{3} and SiO_{2} reveals, electronic stopping of slow protons does not correlate with electronic properties of the specific material such as band gap energies. Instead, the oxygen 2p states are decisive, as corroborated by density functional theory calculations of the electronic densities of states. Hence, at low ion velocities the SCS of an oxide primarily scales with its oxygen density.

  16. Removing biofilms from stainless steel without changing surface properties relevant for bacterial attachment.

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    Huttenlochner, Katharina; Müller-Renno, Christine; Ziegler, Christiane; Merz, Rolf; Merz, Birgit; Kopnarski, Michael; Chodorski, Jonas; Schlegel, Christin; Ulber, Roland

    2017-04-26

    The influence of oxygen (and argon) plasma cleaning and a base-acid cleaning procedure on stainless steel surfaces was studied. The main aim was to clean stainless steel samples from Paracoccus seriniphilus biofilms without changing the surface properties which are relevant for bacterial attachment to allow reuse in a biofilm reactor. It is shown that oxygen plasma cleaning, which very successfully removes the same kind of biofilm from titanium surfaces, is not suitable for stainless steel. It largely influences the surface chemistry by producing thick metal oxide layers of varying compositions and changing phenomenological surface properties such as wettability. A promising method without changing surface properties while cleaning satisfactorily is a combination of base and acid reagents at elevated temperature.

  17. Structure and electronic properties of lead-selenide nanocrystal solids

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    Whitham, Kevin

    Recent advances in the controlled formation of nanocrystal superlattices have potential for creating materials with properties by design. The ability to tune nanocrystal size, shape and composition as well as symmetry of the superlattice opens routes to new materials. Calculations of such materials predict interesting electronic phenomena including topological states and Dirac cones, however experimental support is lacking. We have investigated electron localization in nanocrystal superlattices using a combination of advanced structural characterization techniques and charge transport measurements. Recent experimental efforts to improve the electronic properties of nanocrystal solids have focused on increasing inter-dot coupling. However, this approach only leads to electronic bands if the coupling energy can overcome energetic and translational disorder. We have investigated oriented-attachment as a method to create nanocrystal superlattices with increased coupling and translational order. We show that epitaxially connected superlattices form by a coherent phase transformation that is sensitive to structural defects and ligand length. In order to measure intrinsic electronic properties we demonstrate control over electronic defects by tailoring surface chemistry and device architecture. To probe charge transport in these structures we performed variable temperature field-effect measurements. By integrating structure analysis, surface chemistry, and transport measurements we find that carriers are localized to a few superlattice constants due to disorder. Importantly, our analysis shows that greater delocalization is possible by optimizing dot-to-dot bonding, thus providing a path forward to create quantum dot solids in which theoretically predicted properties can be realized.

  18. Ultrasmall Carbide Nanospheres - Formation and Electronic Properties

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    Reinke, Petra; Monazami, Ehsan; McClimon, John

    2015-03-01

    Metallic nanoparticles are highly coveted but are subject to rapid Ostwald ripening even at moderate temperatures limiting study of their properties. Ultrasmall transition metal carbide ``nanospheres'' are synthesized by a solid-state reaction between fullerene as carbon scaffold, and a W surface. This produces nanospheres with a narrow size distribution below 2.5 nm diameter. The nanosphere shape is defined by the scaffold and densely packed arrays can be achieved. The metal-fullerene reaction is temperature driven and progresses through an intermediate semiconducting phase until the fully metallic nanospheres are created at about 350 C. The reaction sequence is observed with STM, and STS maps yield the local density of states. The reaction presumably progresses by stepwise introduction of W-atoms in the carbon scaffold. The results of high resolution STM/STS in combination with DFT calculations are used to unravel the reaction mechanism. We will discuss the transfer of this specific reaction mechanism to other transition metal carbides. The nanospheres are an excellent testbed for the physics and chemistry of highly curved surfaces.

  19. Metaphor and the 'Emergent Property' Problem: A Relevance-Theoretic Approach

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    Robyn Carston

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available The interpretation of metaphorical utterances often results in the attribution of emergent properties; these are properties which are neither standardly associated with the individual constituents of the utterance in isolation nor derivable by standard rules of semantic composition. For example, an utterance of ‘Robert is a bulldozer’ may be understood as attributing to Robert such properties as single-mindedness, insistence on having things done in his way, and insensitivity to the opinions/feelings of others, although none of these is included in the encyclopaedic information associated with bulldozers (earth-clearing machines. An adequate pragmatic account of metaphor interpretation must provide an explanation of the processes through which emergent properties are derived. In this paper, we attempt to develop an explicit account of the derivation process couched within the framework of relevance theory. The key features of our account are: (a metaphorical language use is taken to lie on a continuum with other cases of loose use, including hyperbole; (b metaphor interpretation is a wholly inferential process, which does not require associative mappings from one domain (e.g. machines to another (e.g. human beings; (c the derivation of emergent properties involves no special interpretive mechanisms not required for the interpretation of ordinary, literal utterances.

  20. Structural and electronic properties of dense liquid and amorphous nitrogen

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    Boates, B; Bonev, S A

    2011-02-11

    We present first-principles calculations of the structural and electronic properties of liquid nitrogen in the pressure-temperature range of 0-200 GPa and 2000-6000 K. The molecular-polymerization and molecular-atomic liquid phase boundaries have been mapped over this region. We find the polymeric liquid to be metallic, similar to what has been reported for the higher-temperature atomic fluid. An explanation of the electronic properties is given based on the structure and bonding character of the transformed liquids. We discuss the structural and bonding differences between the polymeric liquid and insulating solid cubic-gauche nitrogen to explain the differences in their electronic properties. Furthermore, we discuss the mechanism responsible for charge transport in polymeric nitrogen systems to explain the conductivity of the polymeric fluid and the semi-conducting nature of low-temperature amorphous nitrogen.

  1. Marble wastes and pig slurry improve the environmental and plant-relevant properties of mine tailings.

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    Kabas, S; Faz, A; Acosta, J A; Arocena, J M; Zornoza, R; Martínez-Martínez, S; Carmona, D M

    2014-02-01

    Poor soil fertility is often the biggest challenge to the establishment of vegetation in mine wastes deposits. We conducted field trials in the El Gorguel and El Lirio sites in SE Spain, two representative tailing ponds of similar properties except for pH, to understand the environmental and plant-relevant benefits of marble waste (MW) and pig slurry (PS) applications to mine tailings. Low pH (5.4) tailings (El Lirio) exhibit reduction of up to fourfold in bio-availability of metals as shown by the DTPA-Zn, Pb, water-soluble Zn, Pb and up to 3× for water-soluble Cd. Tailings in El Gorguel have high pH (7.4) and did not exhibit significant trends in the reductions of water-extractable Zn, Pb, Cd and Cu. Improvements to the edaphic (plant-relevant) properties of tailings after the amendments are not as sensitive to pH compared to the environmental characteristics. The two sites had increases in aggregate stability, organic matter (total N and organic C) although total N is higher in the El Gorguel (up to 212 μg N kg(-1)) than the El Lirio (up to 26 μg N kg(-1)). However, cation exchange capacities are similar in both sites at 15.2 cmol(+) kg(-1). We conclude that the characteristics, especially pH, of tailing materials significantly influence the fate of metals but not improvements to plant-relevant properties such as cation exchange capacity and aggregate stability 1 year after the application of MW and PS amendments.

  2. Properties of Whistler Waves in Warm Electron Plasmas

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    Zhao, Jinsong

    2017-11-01

    Dispersion relation and electromagnetic properties of obliquely propagating whistler waves are investigated on the basis of a warm electron fluid model. The magnetic field of whistler waves is nearly circularly polarized with respect to the wave vector in a plasma where the electron plasma frequency {{{Ω }}}{pe} is much larger than the electron cyclotron frequency {{{Ω }}}{ce}, and the magnetic field polarization can become elliptical, or even linear, polarization as {{{Ω }}}{pe}≲ {{{Ω }}}{ce}. In the plasmas with {{{Ω }}}{pe}wave approximates a quasi-magnetostatic mode, not a quasi-electrostatic mode in the cold electron plasmas. Moreover, the detailed mode properties are given in Earth’s magnetosphere, the solar active region, and Jupiter’s polar cap. Furthermore, the study proposes that the ratio of the electrostatic to electromagnetic component of the electric field can be used to distinguish the whistler mode from the Z-mode in the frequency range of {{{Ω }}}{pe}polar cap.

  3. One-Electron Theory of Metals. Cohesive and Structural Properties

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    Skriver, Hans Lomholt

    by means of the Linear Muffin-Tin Orbital (LMTO) method. It has been the goal of the work to establish how well this one-electron approach describes physical properties such as the crystal structures of the transition metals, the structural phase transitions in the alkali, alkaline earth, and rare earth...... metals, and the localization of 3d, 4f, and 5f electrons in the 3d metal monoxides, the light lanthanides, and the actinides, respectively, as well as the cohesive properties of metals in general.!......The work described in the report r.nd the 16 accompanying publications is based upon a one-electron theory obtained within the local approximation to density-functional theory, and deals with the ground state of metals as obtained from selfconsistent electronic-structure calculations performed...

  4. Surface and interface properties of industrially relevant polymers Thin polymer films

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    Maccarini, M

    2002-01-01

    This thesis is concerned with the study of some important properties of thin polymer films focusing on two main aspects: the morphologies induced on spin coated polymer films, and swelling and absorption phenomena. Chapter 2 provides an introduction on the theoretical aspects relevant in the field of Polymer Physics: the mixing properties of polymers and solvent, the glass transition temperature, diffusion, surface effects and surface tension, and spin coating. Chapter 3 focuses on the experimental techniques used in this work: Ellipsometry, Quartz Crystal Microbalance, Optical Microscopy and Differential Scanning Calorimetry. Moreover, a description of the material studied is provided. In Chapter 4 a first characterisation of the system investigated is carried out: water absorption and glass transition temperature are measured for bulk material in different moist condition. The refracting indices and the densities of the polymer films are experimentally determined. In Chapter 5 we describe a systematic inves...

  5. Electronic properties of bromine-doped carbon nanotubes

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    Jhi, S H; Cohen, M L

    2002-01-01

    Intercalation of bromine molecules (Br2) into single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) ropes is studied using the ab initio pseudopotential density functional method. Electronic and vibrational properties of the SWNT and Br2 are studied for various bromine concentrations. A drastic change in the charge transfer, bromine stretching-mode, and bromine bond-length is observed when the bromine-bromine distance decreases. Calculated electronic structures show that, at high bromine concentrations, the bromine ppsigma level broadens due to the interbromine interaction. These states overlap with the electronic bands of the SWNT near the Fermi level which results in a substantial charge transfer from carbon to bromine.

  6. Specific heat properties of electrons in generalized Fibonacci quasicrystals

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    Mauriz, P. W.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Albuquerque, E. L.

    2003-11-01

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate the specific heat properties of electrons in one-dimensional quasiperiodic potentials, arranged in accordance with the generalized Fibonacci sequence. The electronic energy spectra are calculated using the one-dimensional Schrödinger equation in a tight-binding approximation. Both analytical and numerical results on the temperature dependence of the electron's specific heat associated with their multiscale fractal energy spectra are presented. We compare our numerical results with those found for the ordinary Fibonacci structure. A rich and varied behavior is found for the specific heat oscillations when T→0, with interesting physical consequences.

  7. Biologically relevant photoacoustic imaging phantoms with tunable optical and acoustic properties

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    Vogt, William C.; Jia, Congxian; Wear, Keith A.; Garra, Brian S.; Joshua Pfefer, T.

    2016-10-01

    Established medical imaging technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography rely on well-validated tissue-simulating phantoms for standardized testing of device image quality. The availability of high-quality phantoms for optical-acoustic diagnostics such as photoacoustic tomography (PAT) will facilitate standardization and clinical translation of these emerging approaches. Materials used in prior PAT phantoms do not provide a suitable combination of long-term stability and realistic acoustic and optical properties. Therefore, we have investigated the use of custom polyvinyl chloride plastisol (PVCP) formulations for imaging phantoms and identified a dual-plasticizer approach that provides biologically relevant ranges of relevant properties. Speed of sound and acoustic attenuation were determined over a frequency range of 4 to 9 MHz and optical absorption and scattering over a wavelength range of 400 to 1100 nm. We present characterization of several PVCP formulations, including one designed to mimic breast tissue. This material is used to construct a phantom comprised of an array of cylindrical, hemoglobin-filled inclusions for evaluation of penetration depth. Measurements with a custom near-infrared PAT imager provide quantitative and qualitative comparisons of phantom and tissue images. Results indicate that our PVCP material is uniquely suitable for PAT system image quality evaluation and may provide a practical tool for device validation and intercomparison.

  8. Biologically relevant photoacoustic imaging phantoms with tunable optical and acoustic properties.

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    Vogt, William C; Jia, Congxian; Wear, Keith A; Garra, Brian S; Joshua Pfefer, T

    2016-10-01

    Established medical imaging technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography rely on well-validated tissue-simulating phantoms for standardized testing of device image quality. The availability of high-quality phantoms for optical-acoustic diagnostics such as photoacoustic tomography (PAT) will facilitate standardization and clinical translation of these emerging approaches. Materials used in prior PAT phantoms do not provide a suitable combination of long-term stability and realistic acoustic and optical properties. Therefore, we have investigated the use of custom polyvinyl chloride plastisol (PVCP) formulations for imaging phantoms and identified a dual-plasticizer approach that provides biologically relevant ranges of relevant properties. Speed of sound and acoustic attenuation were determined over a frequency range of 4 to 9 MHz and optical absorption and scattering over a wavelength range of 400 to 1100 nm. We present characterization of several PVCP formulations, including one designed to mimic breast tissue. This material is used to construct a phantom comprised of an array of cylindrical, hemoglobin-filled inclusions for evaluation of penetration depth. Measurements with a custom near-infrared PAT imager provide quantitative and qualitative comparisons of phantom and tissue images. Results indicate that our PVCP material is uniquely suitable for PAT system image quality evaluation and may provide a practical tool for device validation and intercomparison.

  9. Structural, energetic and electronic properties of intercalated boron ...

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    Abstract. The effects of chirality and the intercalation of transitional metal atoms inside single walled BN nano- tubes on structural, energetic and electronic properties have been considered in this paper. The thermodynamic stability of BN nanotubes can be improved by the intercalation of cobalt or nickel. BN nanotubes can ...

  10. Understanding the structure and electronic properties of N-doped ...

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    Structures and electronic properties of zigzag graphene nanoribbon (ZGNR) with pyridine (3NVZGNR) functionalized by Scandium (Sc) at the edge were studied through quantum chemical calculations in the formalism of density-functional theory (DFT). Pyridine-like nitrogen defects is very crucial for enhancing the Sc atom ...

  11. Electronic structure and optical properties of prominent phases of ...

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    Jun 19, 2017 ... Home; Journals; Pramana – Journal of Physics; Volume 89; Issue 1. Electronic structure and optical properties of prominent phases of ... SINGH1 MADHVENDRA NATH TRIPATHI1. Department of Pure and Applied Physics, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya (Central University), Koni, Bilaspur 495 009, India ...

  12. Electronic properties of organic monolayers and molecular devices

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    Then, we move from monomers to oligomers: terthiophene and quaterthiophene and to fused oligoacenes: anthracene and pyrene. Our motivations are to establish a relationship between the electrical properties (electronic structure) of the starting π molecules first in vacuum, then when chemisorbed on the silicon substrate ...

  13. Effect of alloying on the electronic structure and magnetic properties ...

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    Abstract. We use the self-consistent, augmented space recursion technique to study the electronic structure and magnetic properties of alloys of the transition metals, Fe, Co and Ni with the noble metals, Ag and Au. We analyse the effect of local environment and the hybridization between the constituent bands on the elec-.

  14. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of MnB2

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    The self-consistent ab-initio calculations, based on density functional theory approach and using the full potential linear augmented plane wave method, are performed to investigate both electronic and magnetic properties of the MnB2 compounds. Polarized spin and spin–orbit coupling are included in calculations within ...

  15. Structural, energetic and electronic properties of intercalated boron ...

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    The effects of chirality and the intercalation of transitional metal atoms inside single walled BN nanotubes on structural, energetic and electronic properties have been considered in this paper. The thermodynamic stability of BN nanotubes can be improved by the intercalation of cobalt or nickel. BN nanotubes can behave ...

  16. Understanding the structure and electronic properties of N-doped ...

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    2014-11-12

    Nov 12, 2014 ... cut into rectangular slices, namely, graphene nanorib- bons (GNRs), depending on crystallographic orienta- tion of cutting edge of the nanoribbons they can become one-dimensional (1D) semiconductors. Graphene and nanoribbons due to its unique and unusual electronic properties1–8 opens up new ...

  17. Properties of Commercial PVC Films with Respect to Electron Dosimetry

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    Miller, Arne; Liqing, Xie

    The properties of three commercially available polyvinyl chloride (PVC) film supplies and one made without additives were tested with respect to their application as routine dose monitors at electron accelerators. Dose fractionation was found to increase the response and the post-irradiation heat...

  18. Electronic and optical properties of spodumene gemstone: A theoretical study

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    de Lima, A. F.; Souza, S. O.; Lalic, M. V.

    2008-03-01

    The spodumene (LiAlSi 2O 6) is a natural silicate with monoclinic structure, interesting for a jewel industry and possible application as a scintillator. In this paper we present the electronic structure and some of the basic optical properties of the pure spodumene crystal, as calculated by the first-principles, density functional based, full potential linear augmented plane wave method.

  19. Influence of electron injection on electron cyclotron resonance plasma properties and reflected mode electrons (abstract)

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    Ovsyannikov, V. P.; Ullmann, F.; Zschornack, G.

    2000-02-01

    The injection of an additional strong focused electron beam from a special designed electron gun into a magnetic electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) confinement field is studied. The electron gun uses a cathode with a long lifetime and resistiveness providing high emission current densities with electron currents up to 50 mA and voltages up to 4 keV. A sequence of aluminum foils is used to investigate the trajectories of the electrons in the magnetic field without plasma. The high density electron beam passes through the foils, welds them, and prints its image into the foils. Details of this technique are described in Ref. 1. Using this technique we see that before the electrons enter the sextupole region the beam moves along the magnetic straight lines preserving its structure. Only a central beam passes through the sextupole region, thereby changing its form due to the interaction with radial components of the magnetic field. A new operation method at our 14.5 GHz ECR ion source is based on so-called reflection mode electrons (RMEs) analogous to a known electron beam ion source operation regime.2 The basic idea is that electrons, which traveling from the cathode in a strong axial field, meet an anticathode potential, are reflected from it, move back to the cathode, and will be reflected again and so on. It can be supposed that the electrons will make reflections up to the moment when the anode aperture of the gun is fulfilled and the electrons will be collected on the anode electrode. Investigations are performed extracting nitrogen ions using the RME beam. As a result we got a clear increase in the beam current of the extracted ions (e.g., at 10 mA electron injection an increase of the current of N5+ ions up to 400%) and a shift of the measured ion charge state distribution to higher mean ionization stages. Measured x-ray spectra from a neon loaded plasma show for the case of RME operation increasing energy shifts to the high energy side of the spectra, i.e., the

  20. The electronic properties of superatom states of hollow molecules.

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    Feng, Min; Zhao, Jin; Huang, Tian; Zhu, Xiaoyang; Petek, Hrvoje

    2011-05-17

    Electronic and optical properties of molecules and molecular solids are traditionally considered from the perspective of the frontier orbitals and their intermolecular interactions. How molecules condense into crystalline solids, however, is mainly attributed to the long-range polarization interaction. In this Account, we show that long-range polarization also introduces a distinctive set of diffuse molecular electronic states, which in quantum structures or solids can combine into nearly-free-electron (NFE) bands. These NFE properties, which are usually associated with good metals, are vividly evident in sp(2) hybridized carbon materials, specifically graphene and its derivatives. The polarization interaction is primarily manifested in the screening of an external charge at a solid/vacuum interface. It is responsible for the universal image potential and the associated unoccupied image potential (IP) states, which are observed even at the He liquid/vacuum interface. The molecular electronic properties that we describe are derived from the IP states of graphene, which float above and below the molecular plane and undergo free motion parallel to it. Rolling or wrapping a graphene sheet into a nanotube or a fullerene transforms the IP states into diffuse atom-like orbitals that are bound primarily to hollow molecular cores, rather than the component atoms. Therefore, we named them the superatom molecular orbitals (SAMOs). Like the excitonic states of semiconductor nanostructures or the plasmonic resonances of metallic nanoparticles, SAMOs of fullerene molecules, separated by their van der Waals distance, can combine to form diatomic molecule-like orbitals of C(60) dimers. For larger aggregates, they form NFE bands of superatomic quantum structures and solids. The overlap of the diffuse SAMO wavefunctions in van der Waals solids provides a different paradigm for band formation than the valence or conduction bands formed by interaction of the more tightly bound

  1. Intellectual property in consumer electronics, software and technology startups

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    Halt, Jr , Gerald B; Stiles, Amber R; Fesnak, Robert

    2014-01-01

    This book provides a comprehensive guide to procuring, utilizing and monetizing intellectual property rights, tailored for readers in the high-tech consumer electronics and software industries, as well as technology startups.  Numerous, real examples, case studies and scenarios are incorporated throughout the book to illustrate the topics discussed.  Readers will learn what to consider throughout the various creative phases of a product’s lifespan from initial research and development initiatives through post-production.  Readers will gain an understanding of the intellectual property protections afforded to U.S. corporations, methods to pro-actively reduce potential problems, and guidelines for future considerations to reduce legal spending, prevent IP theft, and allow for greater profitability from corporate innovation and inventiveness. • Offers a comprehensive guide to intellectual property for readers in high-tech consumer electronics, software and technology startups; • Uses real case studies...

  2. Machine Learning for Silver Nanoparticle Electron Transfer Property Prediction.

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    Sun, Baichuan; Fernandez, Michael; Barnard, Amanda S

    2017-10-23

    Nanoparticles exhibit diverse structural and morphological features that are often interconnected, making the correlation of structure/property relationships challenging. In this study a multi-structure/single-property relationship of silver nanoparticles is developed for the energy of Fermi level, which can be tuned to improve the transfer of electrons in a variety of applications. By combining different machine learning analytical algorithms, including k-mean, logistic regression, and random forest with electronic structure simulations, we find that the degree of twinning (characterized by the fraction of hexagonal closed packed atoms) and the population of the {111} facet (characterized by a surface coordination number of nine) are strongly correlated to the Fermi energy of silver nanoparticles. A concise three layer artificial neural network together with principal component analysis is built to predict this property, with reduced geometrical, structural, and topological features, making the method ideal for efficient and accurate high-throughput screening of large-scale virtual nanoparticle libraries and the creation of single-structure/single-property, multi-structure/single-property, and single-structure/multi-property relationships in the near future.

  3. Morphology and Optical Properties of Black-Carbon Particles Relevant to Engine Emissions

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    Michelsen, H. A.; Bambha, R.; Dansson, M. A.; Schrader, P. E.

    2013-12-01

    Black-carbon particles are believed to have a large influence on climate through direct radiative forcing, reduction of surface albedo of snow and ice in the cryosphere, and interaction with clouds. The optical properties and morphology of atmospheric particles containing black carbon are uncertain, and characterization of black carbon resulting from engines emissions is needed. Refractory black-carbon particles found in the atmosphere are often coated with unburned fuel, sulfuric acid, water, ash, and other combustion by-products and atmospheric constituents. Coatings can alter the optical and physical properties of the particles and therefore change their optical properties and cloud interactions. Details of particle morphology and coating state can also have important effects on the interpretation of optical diagnostics. A more complete understanding of how coatings affect extinction, absorption, and incandescence measurements is needed before these techniques can be applied reliably to a wide range of particles. We have investigated the effects of coatings on the optical and physical properties of combustion-generated black-carbon particles using a range of standard particle diagnostics, extinction, and time-resolved laser-induced incandescence (LII) measurements. Particles were generated in a co-flow diffusion flame, extracted, cooled, and coated with oleic acid. The diffusion flame produces highly dendritic soot aggregates with similar properties to those produced in diesel engines, diffusion flames, and most natural combustion processes. A thermodenuder was used to remove the coating. A scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS) was used to monitor aggregate sizes; a centrifugal particle mass analyzer (CPMA) was used to measure coating mass fractions, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to characterize particle morphologies. The results demonstrate important differences in optical measurements between coated and uncoated particles.

  4. Tensile properties of explosively formed 316L(N)-IG stainless steel with and without an electron beam weld

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    Hegeman, J.B.J.; Luzginova, N.V.; Jong, M.; Groeneveld, H.D.; Borsboom, A.; Stuivinga, M.E.C.; Laan, J.G. van der

    2011-01-01

    The mechanical properties of two explosively formed saddle shaped 60 mm thick plates of 316L(N)-IG steel with and without an electron beam weld have been investigated. Two different conditions have been characterized: (1) Reference condition and (2) ITER relevant condition. The reference material

  5. Electron Generation and Transport in Intense Relativistic Laser-Plasma Interactions Relevant to Fast Ignition ICF

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    Ma, Tammy Yee Wing [Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States)

    2010-01-01

    The reentrant cone approach to Fast Ignition, an advanced Inertial Confinement Fusion scheme, remains one of the most attractive because of the potential to efficiently collect and guide the laser light into the cone tip and direct energetic electrons into the high density core of the fuel. However, in the presence of a preformed plasma, the laser energy is largely absorbed before it can reach the cone tip. Full scale fast ignition laser systems are envisioned to have prepulses ranging between 100 mJ to 1 J. A few of the imperative issues facing fast ignition, then, are the conversion efficiency with which the laser light is converted to hot electrons, the subsequent transport characteristics of those electrons, and requirements for maximum allowable prepulse this may put on the laser system. This dissertation examines the laser-to-fast electron conversion efficiency scaling with prepulse for cone-guided fast ignition. Work in developing an extreme ultraviolet imager diagnostic for the temperature measurements of electron-heated targets, as well as the validation of the use of a thin wire for simultaneous determination of electron number density and electron temperature will be discussed.

  6. Correlation of geometrical and electronic properties in metallic nanowires

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    Pfnuer, H.; Tegenkamp, C.; Czubanowski, M.; Luekermann, D.; Roenspies, J.; Wiessell, S. [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Abteilung Atomare und Molekulare Strukturen, Leibniz Universitaet Hannover (Germany)

    2010-10-15

    The structure on the atomic scale was found to be directly correlated with the electronic and transport properties of ultra-thin metallic wires. We present examples of both self-organized and artificially structured nanowires in the system Pb/Si(557). We demonstrate that artificial structuring on the nanoscale allows identification and determination of the electrical transport properties of atomic size defects, using Si(557) as a quasi-insulating substrate and a Si double step in a monolayer high Pb nanowire as an example. One-dimensional (1D) properties with strong electron correlation and various instabilities in metallic chains or ribbons generated by metal adsorption of sub-monolayers on insulating substrates like Si(111) or Si(557) turn out to always be modified by the unavoidable coupling to 2D and 3D. The wealth of new and partly unexpected phenomena is exemplified here again in monolayers of Pb on Si(557), which forms wire-like arrays. We identify structural self-stabilization as the origin of 1D electronic transport and show that a new 1D state is generated by step decoration. Magnetoconductance measurements yield even deeper insight into mechanisms of electronic transport, as also exemplified in this specific system. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  7. Electronic and optical properties of pristine and oxidized borophene

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    Lherbier, Aurélien; Botello-Méndez, Andrés Rafael; Charlier, Jean-Christophe

    2016-12-01

    Borophene, a two-dimensional monolayer of boron atoms, was recently synthesized experimentally and was shown to exhibit polymorphism. In its closed-packed triangular form, borophene is expected to exhibit anisotropic metallic character with relatively high electron velocities. At the same time, very low optical conductivities in the infrared-visible light region were predicted. Based on its promising electronic transport properties and its high transparency, borophene could become a genuine lego piece in the 2D materials assembling game known as the van der Waals heterocrystal approach. However, borophene is naturally degraded in ambient conditions and it is therefore important to assess the mechanisms and the effects of oxidation on borophene monolayers. Optical and electronic properties of pristine and oxidized borophene are here investigated by first-principles approaches. The transparent and conductive properties of borophene are elucidated by analyzing the electronic structure and its interplay with light. Optical response of borophene is found to be strongly affected by oxidation, suggesting that optical measurements can serve as an efficient probe for borophene surface contamination.

  8. Molecular simulation of the thermophysical properties and phase behaviour of impure CO2 relevant to CCS.

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    Cresswell, Alexander J; Wheatley, Richard J; Wilkinson, Richard D; Graham, Richard S

    2016-10-20

    Impurities from the CCS chain can greatly influence the physical properties of CO2. This has important design, safety and cost implications for the compression, transport and storage of CO2. There is an urgent need to understand and predict the properties of impure CO2 to assist with CCS implementation. However, CCS presents demanding modelling requirements. A suitable model must both accurately and robustly predict CO2 phase behaviour over a wide range of temperatures and pressures, and maintain that predictive power for CO2 mixtures with numerous, mutually interacting chemical species. A promising technique to address this task is molecular simulation. It offers a molecular approach, with foundations in firmly established physical principles, along with the potential to predict the wide range of physical properties required for CCS. The quality of predictions from molecular simulation depends on accurate force-fields to describe the interactions between CO2 and other molecules. Unfortunately, there is currently no universally applicable method to obtain force-fields suitable for molecular simulation. In this paper we present two methods of obtaining force-fields: the first being semi-empirical and the second using ab initio quantum-chemical calculations. In the first approach we optimise the impurity force-field against measurements of the phase and pressure-volume behaviour of CO2 binary mixtures with N2, O2, Ar and H2. A gradient-free optimiser allows us to use the simulation itself as the underlying model. This leads to accurate and robust predictions under conditions relevant to CCS. In the second approach we use quantum-chemical calculations to produce ab initio evaluations of the interactions between CO2 and relevant impurities, taking N2 as an exemplar. We use a modest number of these calculations to train a machine-learning algorithm, known as a Gaussian process, to describe these data. The resulting model is then able to accurately predict a much broader

  9. Inactivation of the antibacterial and cytotoxic properties of silver ions by biologically relevant compounds.

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    Geraldine Mulley

    Full Text Available There has been a recent surge in the use of silver as an antimicrobial agent in a wide range of domestic and clinical products, intended to prevent or treat bacterial infections and reduce bacterial colonization of surfaces. It has been reported that the antibacterial and cytotoxic properties of silver are affected by the assay conditions, particularly the type of growth media used in vitro. The toxicity of Ag+ to bacterial cells is comparable to that of human cells. We demonstrate that biologically relevant compounds such as glutathione, cysteine and human blood components significantly reduce the toxicity of silver ions to clinically relevant pathogenic bacteria and primary human dermal fibroblasts (skin cells. Bacteria are able to grow normally in the presence of silver nitrate at >20-fold the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC if Ag+ and thiols are added in a 1:1 ratio because the reaction of Ag+ with extracellular thiols prevents silver ions from interacting with cells. Extracellular thiols and human serum also significantly reduce the antimicrobial activity of silver wound dressings Aquacel-Ag (Convatec and Acticoat (Smith & Nephew to Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli in vitro. These results have important implications for the deployment of silver as an antimicrobial agent in environments exposed to biological tissue or secretions. Significant amounts of money and effort have been directed at the development of silver-coated medical devices (e.g. dressings, catheters, implants. We believe our findings are essential for the effective design and testing of antimicrobial silver coatings.

  10. Structural and electronic properties of arsenic nitrogen monolayer

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    Liu, Pei; Nie, Yao-zhuang, E-mail: yznie@csu.edu.cn; Xia, Qing-lin; Guo, Guang-hua, E-mail: guogh@mail.csu.edu.cn

    2017-03-26

    We present our first-principles calculations of a new two-dimensional material, arsenic nitrogen monolayer. The structural, electronic, and mechanical properties are investigated in detail by means of density functional theory computations. The calculated binding energy and the phonon spectra demonstrate that the AsN can form stable monolayer in puckered honeycomb structure. It is a semiconductor with indirect band gap of 0.73 eV, and displays highly anisotropic mechanical properties. Strain has obvious influence on the electronic properties of AsN monolayer. It is found that in the armchair direction, a moderate compression strain (−12%) can trigger an indirect to direct band gap transition and a tensile strain of 18% can make the AsN becoming a stable metal. In the zigzag direction, a rather smaller strain than armchair direction (12% for compression and 8% for stretch) can induce the indirect band gap to metal transition. - Highlights: • A new two-dimensional material, arsenic nitrogen monolayer is predicated by first-principles calculations. • Arsenic nitrogen monolayer displays highly anisotropic mechanical properties. • Electronic structures of arsenic nitrogen monolayer can be effectively manipulated by applied strains.

  11. Polymeric Thin Films for Organic Electronics: Properties and Adaptive Structures

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    Bruno Pignataro

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This review deals with the correlation between morphology, structure and performance of organic electronic devices including thin film transistors and solar cells. In particular, we report on solution processed devices going into the role of the 3D supramolecular organization in determining their electronic properties. A selection of case studies from recent literature are reviewed, relying on solution methods for organic thin-film deposition which allow fine control of the supramolecular aggregation of polymers confined at surfaces in nanoscopic layers. A special focus is given to issues exploiting morphological structures stemming from the intrinsic polymeric dynamic adaptation under non-equilibrium conditions.

  12. Visualization of electronic properties of molecules in chemical reactions.

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    Wei, S; Famini, G R

    1995-10-01

    Modern computational methods allow for the tracking of entire chemical reactions, ranging from initial reactants, through transition states, and to the final products. They also permit the computation of a variety of properties that can change as the reaction proceeds from start to finish. Visualization of these reactions is often difficult and usually limited to static displays of specific steps along the reaction paths. This article describes a program, Reaction Viewer, that we have developed to visualize a chemical reaction dynamically. The article also describes the use of this program to see the movement of electrons and other electronic effects, as well as steric ramifications during the reaction.

  13. Electronic properties of lithiated SnO-based anode materials

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    Bauer, Dominik; Bunjaku, Teutë; Pedersen, Andreas; Luisier, Mathieu

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, we use an ab-initio quantum transport approach to study the electron current flowing through lithiated SnO anodes for potential applications in Li-ion batteries. By investigating a set of lithiated structures with varying lithium concentrations, it is revealed that Lix SnO can be a good conductor, with values comparable to bulk β-Sn and Li. A deeper insight into the current distribution indicates that electrons preferably follow specific trajectories, which offer superior conducting properties than others. These channels have been identified and it is shown here how they can enhance or deteriorate the current flow in lithiated anode materials.

  14. The relevance of netnography to the harness of Romanian health care electronic word-of-mouth

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    Bratucu, R; Gheorghe, IR; Radu, A.; Purcarea, VL

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Nowadays, consumers use the computer mediated communication to make purchase decisions on a large variety of products and services. Since health care services are archetypal by nature, consumers in this field are one of the most encountered users of electronic word-of-mouth. The objective of this paper is to explain and support the necessity of adopting a different qualitative method when electronic word of mouth is harnessed on health care dedicated forums, that is, netnography.

  15. The relevance of netnography to the harness of Romanian health care electronic word-of-mouth.

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    Bratucu, R; Gheorghe, I R; Radu, A; Purcarea, V L

    2014-09-15

    Nowadays, consumers use the computer mediated communication to make purchase decisions on a large variety of products and services. Since health care services are archetypal by nature, consumers in this field are one of the most encountered users of electronic word-of-mouth. The objective of this paper is to explain and support the necessity of adopting a different qualitative method when electronic word of mouth is harnessed on health care dedicated forums, that is, netnography.

  16. Electronic structure and optical properties of Si, Ge and diamond in the lonsdaleite phase.

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    De, Amrit; Pryor, Craig E

    2014-01-29

    Crystalline semiconductors may exist in different polytypic phases with significantly different electronic and optical properties. In this paper, we calculate the electronic structure and optical properties of diamond, Si and Ge in the lonsdaleite (hexagonal diamond) phase using a transferable model empirical pseudopotential method with spin–orbit interactions. We calculate their band structures and extract various relevant parameters. Differences between the cubic and hexagonal phases are highlighted by comparing their densities of states. While diamond and Si remain indirect gap semiconductors in the lonsdaleite phase, Ge transforms into a direct gap semiconductor with a much smaller bandgap. We also calculate complex dielectric functions for different optical polarizations and find strong optical anisotropy. We further provide expansion parameters for the dielectric functions in terms of Lorentz oscillators.

  17. Characterization of Jatropha curcas L. Protein Cast Films with respect to Packaging Relevant Properties

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    Gabriele Gofferje

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available There is increasing research ongoing towards the substitution of petrochemical based plastics by more sustainable raw materials, especially in the field of bioplastics. Proteins of different types such as whey, casein, gelatine, or zein show potential beyond the food and feed industry as, for instance, the application in packaging. Protein based coatings provide different packaging relevant properties such as barrier against permanent gases, certain water vapour barrier, and mechanical resistance. The aim of this study was to explore the potential for packaging applications of proteins from Jatropha curcas L. and to compare the performance with literature data on cast films from whey protein isolate. As a by-product from oil extraction, high amounts of Jatropha meal are obtained requiring a concept for its sustainable utilization. Jatropha seed cake includes up to 40% (w/w of protein which is currently not utilized. The present study provides new data on the potential of Jatropha protein for packaging applications. It was shown that Jatropha protein cast films show suitable barrier and mechanical properties depending on the extraction and purification method as well as on the plasticiser content. Based on these findings Jatropha proteins own potential to be utilized as coating material for food packaging applications.

  18. Structural electronic and phonon properties of some transition metal aluminides

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    Fatima, Bushra; Pandit, Premlata; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2012-06-01

    The structural and electronic properties of some Transition metal Aluminides (TMAl) namely ruthenium aluminide (RuAl), nickel aluminide (NiAl) and cobalt aluminide (CoAl) have been studied using plane wave pseudopotential method (PWSCF) within the local density approximation (LDA). The three TMAl's crystallizes in the CsCl-type structure (B2 phase). From the analysis of band structure and density of state, we found that these TMAl's are metallic in nature. The vibrational properties in terms of phonon dispersion curves and density of state have also been reported for RuAl using density functional perturbation theory (DFPT).

  19. Electronic properties of a molecular system with Platinum

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    Ojeda, J. H.; Medina, F. G.; Becerra-Alonso, David

    2017-10-01

    The electronic properties are studied using a finite homogeneous molecule called Trans-platinum-linked oligo(tetraethenylethenes). This system is composed of individual molecules such as benzene rings, platinum, Phosphore and Sulfur. The mechanism for the study of the electron transport through this system is based on placing the molecule between metal contacts to control the current through the molecular system. We study this molecule based on the tight-binding approach for the calculation of the transport properties using the Landauer-Büttiker formalism and the Fischer-Lee relationship, based on a semi-analytic Green's function method within a real-space renormalization approach. Our results show a significant agreement with experimental measurements.

  20. Structural and electronic properties of InPBi alloys

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    Zhang, Xianlong; Lu, Pengfei; Han, Lihong; Yu, Zhongyuan; Chen, Jun; Wang, Shumin

    2014-06-01

    First-principle calculations have been performed to systematically investigate structural and electronic properties of InPBi alloys. The formation energy of seven different configurations is studied. The strength of covalent bonding largely depends on the strong s-p hybridization among In-5s, P-3p and Bi-6p states. The band gap of InPBi shrinks clearly with the increasing Bi concentration and the band edge shifts when spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is considered. The insertion of Bi atom leads to hybridization of In/P/Bi p states which contributes a lot around Fermi level. In addition, our results show that the biaxial strain is an effective method to tune the electronic properties of the system.

  1. Microscopical Studies of Structural and Electronic Properties of Semiconductors

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    2002-01-01

    The electronic and structural properties of point defects in semiconductors, e.g. radiation defects, impurities or passivating defects can excellently be studied by the hyperfine technique of Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC). The serious limitation of this method, the small number of chemically different radioactive PAC probe atoms can be widely overcome by means of ISOLDE. Providing shortliving isotopes, which represent common dopants as well as suitable PAC probe atoms, the ISOLDE facility enables a much broader application of PAC to problems in semiconductor physics.\\\\ Using the probe atom $^{111m}$ Cd , the whole class of III-V compounds becomes accessible for PAC investigations. First successful experiments in GaAs, InP and GaP have been performed, concerning impurity complex formation and plasma induced defects. In Si and Ge, the electronic properties~-~especially their influence on acceptor-donor interaction~-~could be exemplarily st...

  2. Effects of strain on mechanical and electronic properties of borophene

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    Shao, Li; Li, Yan; Yuan, Qingxin; Li, Mingyu; Du, Yinxiao; Zeng, Fanguang; Ding, Pei; Ye, Honggang

    2017-04-01

    We reported a first-principles study on the geometric, mechanical, and electronic properties of two structures of borophene (B1 and B2) under three types of strain. Our results show that the mechanical and electronic properties of B1 and B2 are both highly anisotropic. The Young’s modulus are calculated to be 354 and 145 N m-1 (147 and 123 N m-1) along two different directions for B1 (B2). Although B1 under different strains has similar metallic band structures, its pseudogaps at Γ point decrease linearly with compressive and tensile strain. The pseudogaps of B2 are non-monotonic when both uniaxial compressive strain along b direction and biaxial compressive strain increase from  -0.05 to  -0.08 for the deformation of the lattice structure in the c direction.

  3. Elastic properties and electron transport in InAs nanowires

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    Migunov, Vadim

    2013-02-22

    The electron transport and elastic properties of InAs nanowires grown by chemical vapor deposition on InAs (001) substrate were studied experimentally, in-situ in a transmission electron microscope (TEM). A TEM holder allowing the measurement of a nanoforce while simultaneous imaging nanowire bending was used. Diffraction images from local areas of the wire were recorded to correlate elastic properties with the atomic structure of the nanowires. Another TEM holder allowing the application of electrical bias between the nanowire and an apex of a metallic needle while simultaneous imaging the nanowire in TEM or performing electron holography was used to detect mechanical vibrations in mechanical study or holographical observation of the nanowire inner potential in the electron transport studies. The combination of the scanning probe methods with TEM allows to correlate the measured electric and elastic properties of the nanowires with direct identification of their atomic structure. It was found that the nanowires have different atomic structures and different stacking fault defect densities that impacts critically on the elastic properties and electric transport. The unique methods, that were applied in this work, allowed to obtain dependencies of resistivity and Young's modulus of left angle 111 right angle -oriented InAs nanowires on defect density and diameter. It was found that the higher is the defect density the higher are the resistivity and the Young's modulus. Regarding the resistivity, it was deduced that the stacking faults increase the scattering of the electrons in the nanowire. These findings are consistent with the literature, however, the effect described by the other groups is not so pronounced. This difference can be attributed to the significant incompleteness of the physical models used for the data analysis. Regarding the elastic modulus, there are several mechanisms affecting the elasticity of the nanowires discussed in the thesis. It

  4. Structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of bi-alkali ...

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    The structural parameters, elastic constants, electronic and optical properties of the bi-alkali antimonides (Na 2 KSb, Na 2 RbSb, Na 2 CsSb, K 2 RbSb, K 2 CsSb and Rb 2 CsSb) were calculated using state-of-the-art density functional theory. Different exchange-correlation potentials were adopted to predict the physical ...

  5. Electronic, adsorption, and transport properties of diamondoid-based complexes

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    Adhikari, Bibek

    2017-01-01

    Quantum simulation is an invaluable tool to researchers from various fields of scientific research. It allows the investigation of various complex condensed matter in the regimes of physics, chemistry, and biology. In this work, we focused our attention in unraveling the physical, chemical, electronic, transport, and optical properties of diamondoids and their complexes through quantum simulations. We have implemented a bottom-up approach where we move from the doping and functionalization of...

  6. Structural and electronic properties of hydrosilylated silicon surfaces

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    Baumer, A.

    2005-11-15

    The structural and electronic properties of alkyl-terminated Si surfaces prepared by thermallyinduced hydrosilylation have been studied in detail in the preceding chapters. Various surfaces have been used for the functionalization ranging from crystalline Si over amorphous hydrogenated Si to nanoscaled materials such as Si nanowires and nanoparticles. In each case, the alkyl-terminated surfaces have been compared to the native oxidized and H-terminated surfaces. (orig.)

  7. Precision electron-capture energy in {sup 202}Pb and its relevance for neutrino mass determination

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    Welker, A. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Technische Universitaet Dresden, Dresden (Germany); Filianin, P. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany); Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Gatchina (Russian Federation); Althubiti, N.A.S. [The University of Manchester, School of Physics and Astronomy, Manchester (United Kingdom); Atanasov, D.; Blaum, K.; Eliseev, S.; Kreim, S. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany); Cocolios, T.E. [The University of Manchester, School of Physics and Astronomy, Manchester (United Kingdom); KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Leuven (Belgium); Herfurth, F.; Neidherr, D. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany); Lunney, D. [CSNSM-IN2P3-CNRS, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay (France); Manea, V. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Novikov, Yu. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany); Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Gatchina (Russian Federation); Physics Faculty, St. Petersburg State University (Russian Federation); Rosenbusch, M.; Schweikhard, L.; Wienholtz, F. [Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universitaet, Institut fuer Physik, Greifswald (Germany); Wolf, R.N. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany); The University of Sydney, ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, Sydney (Australia); Zuber, K. [Technische Universitaet Dresden, Dresden (Germany)

    2017-07-15

    Within the framework of an extensive programme devoted to the search for alternative candidates for the neutrino mass determination, the atomic mass difference between {sup 202}Pb and {sup 202}Tl has been measured with the Penning trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP at the ISOLDE facility at CERN. The obtained value Q{sub EC} = 38.8(43) keV is three times more precise than the AME2012 value. While it will probably not lead to a replacement of {sup 163}Ho in modern experiments on the determination of the electron-neutrino mass, the electron capture in {sup 202}Pb would however allow a determination of the electron-neutrino mass on the few-eV level using a cryogenic micro-calorimeter. (orig.)

  8. Electron and phonon properties and gas storage in carbon honeycomb

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    Gao, Yan; Zhong, Chengyong; Zhang, Zhongwei; Xie, Yuee; Zhang, Shengbai

    2016-01-01

    A new kind of three-dimensional carbon allotropes, termed carbon honeycomb (CHC), has recently been synthesized [PRL 116, 055501 (2016)]. Based on the experimental results, a family of graphene networks are constructed, and their electronic and phonon properties are calculated by using first principles methods. All networks are porous metal with two types of electron transport channels along the honeycomb axis and they are isolated from each other: one type of channels is originated from the orbital interactions of the carbon zigzag chains and is topologically protected, while the other type of channels is from the straight lines of the carbon atoms that link the zigzag chains and is topologically trivial. The velocity of the electrons can reach ~106 m/s. Phonon transport in these allotropes is strongly anisotropic, and the thermal conductivities can be very low when compared with graphite by at least a factor of 15. Our calculations further indicate that these porous carbon networks possess high storage capa...

  9. Electronic and magnetic properties of pristine and hydrogenated borophene nanoribbons

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    Meng, Fanchen; Chen, Xiangnan; Sun, Songsong; He, Jian

    2017-07-01

    The groundbreaking works in graphene and graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) over the past decade, and the very recent discovery of borophene naturally draw attention to the yet-to-be-explored borophene nanoribbons (BNRs). We herein report a density functional theory (DFT) study of the electronic and magnetic properties of BNRs. The foci are the impact of orientation (denoted as BxNRs and ByNRs with their respective periodic orientations along x- and y-axis), ribbon width (Nx, Ny=4-15), and hydrogenation effects on the geometric, electronic and magnetic properties of BNRs. We found that the anisotropic quasi-planar geometric structure of BNR and the edge states largely govern its electronic and magnetic properties. In particular, pristine ByNRs adopt a magnetic ground state, either anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) or ferromagnetic (FM) depending on the ribbon width, while pristine BxNRs are non-magnetic (NM). Upon hydrogenation, all BNRs exhibit NM. Interestingly, both pristine and hydrogenated ByNRs undergo a metal-semiconductor-metal transition at Ny=7, while all BxNRs remain metallic.

  10. Sheared graphene: Electronic properties shaped by a mechanical instability

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    Concha, Andres; Cheng, Shengfeng; Covaci, Lucian; Mahadevan, L.

    2015-03-01

    We explore the effects of shearing graphene ribbons on its geometry, and electronic properties. Inspired by macroscopic experiments, we show that spontaneous patterns appear when a wide ribbon is subject to shear. We compared this pattern and different regimes obtained via MD simulations with macroscopic experiments, and find good agreement between them. Beyond the low shear regime a second generation of wrinkles emerge when the system relaxes trying to keep the bond lengths as close to the relaxed length as possible. Remarkably, for all shear ratios the induced superlattice generates a momentum kick when electronic excitations enter the deformed region, an effective pseudo-magnetic superlattice, and a strong Fermi velocity renormalization. These effects modify electronic properties and suggest a simple route to engineer electronic waveguides and switches at the nanoscale. Our proposal is a concrete realization of a quantum device that takes full advantage of an elastic instability that spans from the nano to macro -scales. AC was partially supported by Conicyt Grant 79112004, and Fondecyt under Grant 11130075. LC acknowledges individual support from FWO-Vlaanderen.

  11. Electronic guidance of behaviour relevant to migraine: a pilot in low back pain.

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    Kruise, D.A.; Sorbi, M.J.; Bensing, J.M.; Dulmen, A.M. van; Spreeuwenberg, P.M.M.

    2004-01-01

    The present paper covers a pilot study, which is being conducted at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) in collaboration with the Utrecht University Health Psychology Department, on the feasibility of linking an electronic diary (employed by patients to monitor

  12. Electronic properties of transition metal doped silicon clusters

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    Rittmann, Jochen; Langenberg, Andreas; Lau, Tobias [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie, Institut fuer Methoden und Instrumentierung der Synchrotronstrahlung, Albert-Einstein-Str. 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Hirsch, Konstantin; Kasigkeit, Christian; Klar, Philipp; Lofink, Fabian; Probst, Juergen; Vogel, Marlene; Wittich, Joerg; Zamudio-Bayer, Vicente; Moeller, Thomas [Technische Universitaet Berlin, Institut fuer Optik und Atomare Physik, Hardenbergstr. 36, 10623 Berlin (Germany); Issendorff, Bernd von [Universitaet Freiburg, Fakultaet fuer Physik, Stefan-Meier-Str. 21, 79104 Freiburg (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Size selected transition metal doped silicon clusters have been studied with resonant 2p x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Despite the different number of valence electrons, nearly identical local electronic structures are found at the dopant atoms in TiSi{sub 16}{sup +}, VSi{sub 16}{sup +}, and CrSi{sub 16}{sup +}. Additional measurements of the direct 2p photoionization as well as spectroscopy on the valence electrons of MSi{sub n}{sup +} clusters, (M=V,Ti,Cr; n=15-17) allow us to determine the band gap, which is predicted to be exceptional high for the very symmetric MSi{sub 16}{sup +} clusters (M=V,Ti,Cr). The experimental data can be understood in the spherical potential model. The data indicate strongly interlinked electronic and geometric properties: While the transition metal atoms impose a geometric rearrangement on the silicon cluster, the interaction with the highly symmetric silicon cage determines the electronic structure of the transition metal dopants.

  13. Manganites in Perovskite Superlattices: Structural and Electronic Properties

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    Jilili, Jiwuer

    2016-07-13

    Perovskite oxides have the general chemical formula ABO3, where A is a rare-earth or alkali-metal cation and B is a transition metal cation. Perovskite oxides can be formed with a variety of constituent elements and exhibit a wide range of properties ranging from insulators, metals to even superconductors. With the development of growth and characterization techniques, more information on their physical and chemical properties has been revealed, which diversified their technological applications. Perovskite manganites are widely investigated compounds due to the discovery of the colossal magnetoresistance effect in 1994. They have a broad range of structural, electronic, magnetic properties and potential device applications in sensors and spintronics. There is not only the technological importance but also the need to understand the fundamental mechanisms of the unusual magnetic and transport properties that drive enormous attention. Manganites combined with other perovskite oxides are gaining interest due to novel properties especially at the interface, such as interfacial ferromagnetism, exchange bias, interfacial conductivity. Doped manganites exhibit diverse electrical properties as compared to the parent compounds. For instance, hole doped La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 is a ferromagnetic metal, whereas LaMnO3 is an antiferromagnetic insulator. Since manganites are strongly correlated systems, heterojunctions composed of manganites and other perovskite oxides are sunject to complex coupling of the spin, orbit, charge, and lattice degrees of freedom and exhibit unique electronic, magnetic, and transport properties. Electronic reconstructions, O defects, doping, intersite disorder, magnetic proximity, magnetic exchange, and polar catastrophe are some effects to explain these interfacial phenomena. In our work we use first-principles calculations to study the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of manganite based superlattices. Firstly, we investigate the electronic

  14. Scanning Probe Evaluation of Electronic, Mechanical and Structural Material Properties

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    Virwani, Kumar

    2011-03-01

    We present atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies of a range of properties from three different classes of materials: mixed ionic electronic conductors, low-k dielectrics, and polymer-coated magnetic nanoparticles. (1) Mixed ionic electronic conductors are being investigated as novel diodes to drive phase-change memory elements. Their current-voltage characteristics are measured with direct-current and pulsed-mode conductive AFM (C-AFM). The challenges to reliability of the C-AFM method include the electrical integrity of the probe, the sample and the contacts, and the minimization of path capacitance. The role of C-AFM in the optimization of these electro-active materials will be presented. (2) Low dielectric constant (low-k) materials are used in microprocessors as interlayer insulators, a role directly affected by their mechanical performance. The mechanical properties of nanoporous silicate low-k thin films are investigated in a comparative study of nanomechanics measured by AFM and by traditional nanoindentation. Both methods are still undergoing refinement as reliable analytical tools for determining nanomechanical properties. We will focus on AFM, the faster of the two methods, and its developmental challenges of probe shape, cantilever force constant, machine compliance and calibration standards. (3) Magnetic nanoparticles are being explored for their use in patterned media for magnetic storage. Current methods for visualizing the core-shell structure of polymer-coated magnetic nanoparticles include dye-staining the polymer shell to provide contrast in transmission electron microscopy. AFM-based fast force-volume measurements provide direct visualization of the hard metal oxide core within the soft polymer shell based on structural property differences. In particular, the monitoring of adhesion and deformation between the AFM tip and the nanoparticle, particle-by-particle, provides a reliable qualitative tool to visualize core-shell contrast without the use

  15. Local Electronic And Dielectric Properties at Nanosized Interfaces

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    Bonnell, Dawn A. [Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (United States)

    2015-02-23

    Final Report to the Department of Energy for period 6/1/2000 to 11/30/2014 for Grant # DE-FG02-00ER45813-A000 to the University of Pennsylvania Local Electronic And Dielectric Properties at Nanosized Interfaces PI: Dawn Bonnell The behavior of grain boundaries and interfaces has been a focus of fundamental research for decades because variations of structure and composition at interfaces dictate mechanical, electrical, optical and dielectric properties in solids. Similarly, the consequence of atomic and electronic structures of surfaces to chemical and physical interactions are critical due to their implications to catalysis and device fabrication. Increasing fundamental understanding of surfaces and interfaces has materially advanced technologies that directly bear on energy considerations. Currently, exciting developments in materials processing are enabling creative new electrical, optical and chemical device configurations. Controlled synthesis of nanoparticles, semiconducting nanowires and nanorods, optical quantum dots, etc. along with a range of strategies for assembling and patterning nanostructures portend the viability of new devices that have the potential to significantly impact the energy landscape. As devices become smaller the impact of interfaces and surfaces grows geometrically. As with other nanoscale phenomena, small interfaces do not exhibit the same properties as do large interfaces. The size dependence of interface properties had not been explored and understanding at the most fundamental level is necessary to the advancement of nanostructured devices. An equally important factor in the behavior of interfaces in devices is the ability to examine the interfaces under realistic conditions. For example, interfaces and boundaries dictate the behavior of oxide fuel cells which operate at extremely high temperatures in dynamic high pressure chemical environments. These conditions preclude the characterization of local properties during fuel cell

  16. Design of materials configurations for enhanced phononic and electronic properties

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    Daraio, Chiara

    The discovery of novel nonlinear dynamic and electronic phenomena is presented for the specific cases of granular materials and carbon nanotubes. This research was conducted for designing and constructing optimized macro-, micro- and nano-scale structural configurations of materials, and for studying their phononic and electronic behavior. Variation of composite arrangements of granular elements with different elastic properties in a linear chain-of-sphere, Y-junction or 3-D configurations led to a variety of novel phononic phenomena and interesting physical properties, which can be potentially useful for security, communications, mechanical and biomedical engineering applications. Mechanical and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes with different atomic arrangements and microstructures were also investigated. Electronic properties of Y-junction configured carbon nanotubes exhibit an exciting transistor switch behavior which is not seen in linear configuration nanotubes. Strongly nonlinear materials were designed and fabricated using novel and innovative concepts. Due to their unique strongly nonlinear and anisotropic nature, novel wave phenomena have been discovered. Specifically, violations of Snell's law were detected and a new mechanism of wave interaction with interfaces between NTPCs (Nonlinear Tunable Phononic Crystals) was established. Polymer-based systems were tested for the first time, and the tunability of the solitary waves speed was demonstrated. New materials with transformed signal propagation speed in the manageable range of 10-100 m/s and signal amplitude typical for audible speech have been developed. The enhancing of the mitigation of solitary and shock waves in 1-D chains were demonstrated and a new protective medium was designed for practical applications. 1-D, 2-D and 3-D strongly nonlinear system have been investigated providing a broad impact on the whole area of strongly nonlinear wave dynamics and creating experimental basis for new

  17. Electronic structure and physicochemical properties of selected penicillins

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    Soriano-Correa, Catalina; Ruiz, Juan F. Sánchez; Raya, A.; Esquivel, Rodolfo O.

    Traditionally, penicillins have been used as antibacterial agents due to their characteristics and widespread applications with few collateral effects, which have motivated several theoretical and experimental studies. Despite the latter, their mechanism of biological action has not been completely elucidated. We present a theoretical study at the Hartree-Fock and density functional theory (DFT) levels of theory of a selected group of penicillins such as the penicillin-G, amoxicillin, ampicillin, dicloxacillin, and carbenicillin molecules, to systematically determine the electron structure of full ?-lactam antibiotics. Our results allow us to analyze the electronic properties of the pharmacophore group, the aminoacyl side-chain, and the influence of the substituents (R and X) attached to the aminoacyl side-chain at 6? (in contrast with previous studies focused at the 3? substituents), and to corroborate the results of previous studies performed at the semiempirical level, solely on the ?-lactam ring of penicillins. Besides, several density descriptors are determined with the purpose of analyzing their link to the antibacterial activity of these penicillin compounds. Our results for the atomic charges (fitted to the electrostatic potential), the bond orders, and several global reactivity descriptors, such as the dipole moments, ionization potential, hardness, and the electrophilicity index, led us to characterize: the active sites, the effect of the electron-attracting substituent properties and their physicochemical features, which altogether, might be important to understand the biological activity of these type of molecules.

  18. Clinical implementation of total skin electron beam (TSEB) therapy: a review of the relevant literature.

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    Diamantopoulos, S; Platoni, K; Dilvoi, M; Nazos, I; Geropantas, K; Maravelis, G; Tolia, M; Beli, I; Efstathopoulos, E; Pantelakos, P; Panayiotakis, G; Kouloulias, V

    2011-04-01

    Total skin electron beam therapy has been in medical service since the middle of the last century in order to confront rare skin malignancies. Since then various techniques have been developed, all aiming at better clinical results in conjunction with less post-irradiation complications. In this article every available technique is presented in addition to physical parameters of technique establishment and common dose fractionation. This study also revealed the preference of the majority of institutes the last 20 years in "six dual field technique" at a high dose rate, which is a safe and effective treatment. Copyright © 2010 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Locating relevant patient information in electronic health record data using representations of clinical concepts and database structures.

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    Pan, Xuequn; Cimino, James J

    2014-01-01

    Clinicians and clinical researchers often seek information in electronic health records (EHRs) that are relevant to some concept of interest, such as a disease or finding. The heterogeneous nature of EHRs can complicate retrieval, risking incomplete results. We frame this problem as the presence of two gaps: 1) a gap between clinical concepts and their representations in EHR data and 2) a gap between data representations and their locations within EHR data structures. We bridge these gaps with a knowledge structure that comprises relationships among clinical concepts (including concepts of interest and concepts that may be instantiated in EHR data) and relationships between clinical concepts and the database structures. We make use of available knowledge resources to develop a reproducible, scalable process for creating a knowledge base that can support automated query expansion from a clinical concept to all relevant EHR data.

  20. The adiabatic strictly-correlated-electrons functional: kernel and exact properties.

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    Lani, Giovanna; Di Marino, Simone; Gerolin, Augusto; van Leeuwen, Robert; Gori-Giorgi, Paola

    2016-08-03

    We investigate a number of formal properties of the adiabatic strictly-correlated electrons (SCE) functional, relevant for time-dependent potentials and for kernels in linear response time-dependent density functional theory. Among the former, we focus on the compliance to constraints of exact many-body theories, such as the generalised translational invariance and the zero-force theorem. Within the latter, we derive an analytical expression for the adiabatic SCE Hartree exchange-correlation kernel in one dimensional systems, and we compute it numerically for a variety of model densities. We analyse the non-local features of this kernel, particularly the ones that are relevant in tackling problems where kernels derived from local or semi-local functionals are known to fail.

  1. Structural and electronic properties of copper-doped chalcogenide glasses

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    Guzman, David M.; Strachan, Alejandro

    2017-10-01

    Using ab initio molecular dynamics based on density functional theory, we study the atomic and electronic structure, and transport properties of copper-doped germanium-based chalcogenide glasses. These mixed ionic-electronic conductor materials exhibit resistance or threshold switching under external electric field depending on slight variations of chemical composition. Understanding the origin of the transport character is essential for the functionalization of glassy chalcogenides for nanoelectronics applications. To this end, we generated atomic structures for GeX3 and GeX6 (X = S, Se, Te) at different copper concentrations and characterized the atomic origin of electronic states responsible for transport and the tendency of copper clustering as a function of metal concentration. Our results show that copper dissolution energies explain the tendency of copper to agglomerate in telluride glasses, consistent with filamentary conduction. In contrast, copper is less prone to cluster in sulfides and selenides leading to hysteresisless threshold switching where the nature of transport is dominated by electronic midgap defects derived from polar chalcogen bonds and copper atoms. Simulated I -V curves show that at least 35% by weight of copper is required to achieve the current demands of threshold-based devices for memory applications.

  2. Structural and electronic properties of monolayer group III monochalcogenides

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    Demirci, S.; Avazlı, N.; Durgun, E.; Cahangirov, S.

    2017-03-01

    We investigate the structural, mechanical, and electronic properties of the two-dimensional hexagonal structure of group III-VI binary monolayers, M X (M =B , Al, Ga, In and X =O , S, Se, Te) using first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory. The structural optimization calculations and phonon spectrum analysis indicate that all of the 16 possible binary compounds are thermally stable. In-plane stiffness values cover a range depending on the element types and can be as high as that of graphene, while the calculated bending rigidity is found to be an order of magnitude higher than that of graphene. The obtained electronic band structures show that M X monolayers are indirect band-gap semiconductors. The calculated band gaps span a wide optical spectrum from deep ultraviolet to near infrared. The electronic structure of oxides (M O ) is different from the rest because of the high electronegativity of oxygen atoms. The dispersions of the electronic band edges and the nature of bonding between atoms can also be correlated with electronegativities of constituent elements. The unique characteristics of group III-VI binary monolayers can be suitable for high-performance device applications in nanoelectronics and optics.

  3. Study of optical and electronic properties of nickel from reflection electron energy loss spectra

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    Xu, H.; Yang, L. H.; Da, B.; Tóth, J.; Tőkési, K.; Ding, Z. J.

    2017-09-01

    We use the classical Monte Carlo transport model of electrons moving near the surface and inside solids to reproduce the measured reflection electron energy-loss spectroscopy (REELS) spectra. With the combination of the classical transport model and the Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampling of oscillator parameters the so-called reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) method was developed, and used to obtain optical constants of Ni in this work. A systematic study of the electronic and optical properties of Ni has been performed in an energy loss range of 0-200 eV from the measured REELS spectra at primary energies of 1000 eV, 2000 eV and 3000 eV. The reliability of our method was tested by comparing our results with the previous data. Moreover, the accuracy of our optical data has been confirmed by applying oscillator strength-sum rule and perfect-screening-sum rule.

  4. Electronic properties of boron and nitrogen doped graphene nanoribbons and its application for graphene electronics

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    Huang Bing, E-mail: Bing.Huang@nrel.go [Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2011-01-24

    On the basis of density functional theory calculations, we have systematically investigated the electronic properties of armchair-edge graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) doped with boron (B) and nitrogen (N) atoms. B (N) atoms could effectively introduce holes (electrons) to GNRs and the system exhibits p- (n-) type semiconducting behavior after B (N) doping. According to the electronic structure calculations, Z-shape GNR-based field effect transistors (FETs) is constructed by selective doping with B or N atoms. Using first-principles quantum transport calculations, we demonstrate that the B-doped p-type GNR-FETs can exhibit high levels of performance, with high ON/OFF ratios and low subthreshold swing. Furthermore, the performance parameters of GNR-FETs could be controlled by the p-type semiconducting channel length.

  5. Electronic transport properties of carbon nanotube metal-semiconductor-metal

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    F Khoeini

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available  In this work, we study electronic transport properties of a quasi-one dimensional pure semi-conducting Zigzag Carbon Nanotube (CNT attached to semi-infinite clean metallic Zigzag CNT leads, taking into account the influence of topological defect in junctions. This structure may behave like a field effect transistor. The calculations are based on the tight-binding model and Green’s function method, in which the local density of states(LDOS in the metallic section to semi-conducting section, and muli-channel conductance of the system are calculated in the coherent and linear response regime, numerically. Also we have introduced a circuit model for the system and investigated its current. The theoretical results obtained, can be a base, for developments in designing nano-electronic devices.

  6. Impact of electron beam irradiation on fish gelatin film properties.

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    Benbettaïeb, Nasreddine; Karbowiak, Thomas; Brachais, Claire-Hélène; Debeaufort, Frédéric

    2016-03-15

    The objective of this work was to display the effect of electron beam accelerator doses on properties of plasticized fish gelatin film. Electron spin resonance indicates free radical formation during irradiation, which might induce intermolecular cross-linking. Tensile strength for gelatin film significantly increases after irradiation (improved by 30% for 60 kGy). The vapour permeability is weakly affected by irradiation. Surface tension and its polar component increase significantly and are in accordance with the increase of wettability. So, irradiation may change the orientation of polar groups of gelatin at the film surface and crosslink the hydrophobic amino acids. No modification of the crystallinity of the film is observed. These findings suggest that if structure changes, it only occurs in the amorphous phase of the gelatin matrix. It is also observed that irradiation enhances the thermal stability of the gelatin film, by increasing the glass transition temperature and the degradation temperature. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Electronic, magnetic, and magnetocrystalline anisotropy properties of light lanthanides

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    Hackett, Timothy A.; Baldwin, D. J.; Paudyal, D.

    2017-11-01

    Theoretical understanding of interactions between localized and mobile electrons and the crystal environment in light lanthanides is important because of their key role in much needed magnetic anisotropy in permanent magnet materials that have a great impact in automobile and wind turbine applications. We report electronic, magnetic, and magnetocrystalline properties of these basic light lanthanide elements studied from advanced density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We find that the inclusion of onsite 4f electron correlation and spin orbit coupling within the full-potential band structure is needed to understand the unique magnetocrystalline properties of these light lanthanides. The onsite electron correlation, spin orbit coupling, and full potential for the asphericity of charge densities must be taken into account for the proper treatment of 4f states. We find the variation of total energy as a function of lattice constants that indicate multiple structural phases in Ce contrasting to a single stable structure obtained in other light lanthanides. The 4f orbital magnetic moments are partially quenched as a result of crystalline electric field splitting that leads to magnetocrystalline anisotropy. The charge density plots have similar asphericity and environment in Pr and Nd indicating similar magnetic anisotropy. However, Ce and Sm show completely different asphericity and environment as both orbital moments are significantly quenched. In addition, the Fermi surface structures exemplified in Nd indicate structural stability and unravel a cause of anisotropy. The calculated magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE) reveals competing c-axis and in-plane anisotropies, and also predicts possibilities of unusual structural deformations in light lanthanides. The uniaxial magnetic anisotropy is obtained in the double hexagonal closed pack structures of the most of the light lanthanides, however, the anisotropy is reduced or turned to planar in the low symmetry

  8. Calculation of electric field-induced detachment rate of electrons from mononegative ions; relevance to gaseous dielectrics

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    Schweinler, H.C.; Christophorou, L.G.

    1980-01-01

    This model for the mononegative atomic or molecular ion in its effect on the most loosely bound electron is a spherical square well (constant positive inner potential within a sphere of radius r/sub 0/ and zero potential outside). From it we have calculated by quantum mechanics the emission rate w/sub ..nu..lm/ of electrons from the ..nu../sup th/ excited state (of orbital angular momentum and magnetic quantum numbers l and m and energy E/sub ..nu..l/ < 0) under the influence of a constant electric field F. The calculation is conceptionally simple (involving time-dependent perturbation theory) but technically complicated (requiring an eleven-fold integration), and leads to a surprisingly simple final expression. The relevance of our calculations to gaseous dielectrics is discussed.

  9. Electron ionization of open/closed chain isocarbonic molecules relevant in plasma processing: Theoretical cross sections

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    Patel, Umang R., E-mail: umangpatel193@yahoo.ca [Gandhinagar Institute of Technology, Moti Bhoyan, Gandhinagar-382721, Gujarat (India); Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar-388120, Gujarat (India); Joshipura, K. N.; Pandya, Siddharth H. [Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar-388120, Gujarat (India); Kothari, Harshit N. [Universal College of Engineering and Technology, Moti Bhoyan, Gandhinagar-382721, Gujarat (India)

    2014-01-28

    In this paper, we report theoretical electron impact ionization cross sections from threshold to 2000 eV for isocarbonic open chain molecules C{sub 4}H{sub 6}, C{sub 4}H{sub 8}, C{sub 4}F{sub 6} including their isomers, and closed chain molecules c-C{sub 4}H{sub 8} and c-C{sub 4}F{sub 8}. Theoretical formalism employed presently, viz., Complex Scattering Potential-ionization contribution method has been used successfully for a variety of polyatomic molecules. The present ionization calculations are very important since results available for the studied targets are either scarce or none. Our work affords comparison of C{sub 4} containing hydrocarbon versus fluorocarbon molecules. Comparisons of the present ionization cross sections are made wherever possible, and new ionization data are also presented.

  10. Electron-ion dissociative recombination rate constants relevant to the Titan atmosphere and the Interstellar Medium

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    Osborne, David; Lawson, Patrick; Adams, Nigel, E-mail: ngadams@uga.edu [University of Georgia, Department of Chemistry, 101 Cedar St., Athens, Georgia 30602 (United States)

    2014-01-21

    Following the arrival of Cassini at Titan in 2004, the Titan atmosphere has been shown to contain large complex polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons. Since Cassini has provided a great deal of data, there exists a need for kinetic rate data to help with modeling this atmosphere. One type of kinetic data needed is electron-ion dissociative recombination (e-IDR) rate constants. These data are not readily available for larger compounds, such as naphthalene, or oxygen containing compounds, such as 1,4 dioxane or furan. Here, the rate constants for naphthalene, 1,4 dioxane, and furan have been measured and their temperature dependencies are determined when possible, using the University of Georgia's Variable Temperature Flowing Afterglow. The rate constants are compared with those previously published for other compounds; these show trends which illustrate the effects which multi-rings and oxygen heteroatoms substitutions have upon e-IDR rate constants.

  11. Relevance of ferromagnetic correlations for the electron spin resonance in Kondo lattice systems.

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    Krellner, C; Förster, T; Jeevan, H; Geibel, C; Sichelschmidt, J

    2008-02-15

    Electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements of the ferromagnetic (FM) Kondo lattice system CeRuPO show a well defined ESR signal which is related to the Ce3+ magnetism. In contrast, no ESR could be observed in the antiferromagnetic (AFM) homologue CeOsPO. Additionally, we detect an ESR signal in ferromagnetic YbRh while it was absent in a number of Ce or Yb intermetallic compounds with dominant AFM exchange. Thus, the observation of an ESR signal in a Kondo lattice is neither specific to Yb nor to the proximity to a quantum critical point, but seems to be connected to the presence of FM fluctuations. These conclusions not only provide a basic concept to understand the ESR in Kondo lattice systems even well below the Kondo temperature (as observed in YbRh2Si2) but point out ESR as a prime method to investigate directly the spin dynamics of the Kondo ion.

  12. Stability and electronic properties of silicene on WSe2

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    Zhu, Jiajie

    2015-03-17

    Many semiconducting substrates, such as GaS and MgBr2, have been explored for silicene. However, large lattice mismatches, complicated control of terminal layers and small band gaps are critical limiting factors. First-principles results on the stability and electronic properties of silicene on WSe2 show that the energy barriers for lateral translation between the two subsystems are very small due to weak van der Waals interactions. For the same reason, the Dirac physics of silicene is preserved. It turns out that the induced band gap is sufficient to withstand thermal fluctuations. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015.

  13. Quantum theory of the optical and electronic properties of semiconductors

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    Haug, Hartmut

    1990-01-01

    The current technological revolution in the development of computing devices has created a demand for a textbook on the quantum theory of the electronic and optical properties of semiconductors and semiconductor devices. This book successfully fulfills this need. Based on lectures given by the authors, it is a comprehensive introduction for researchers or graduate-level students to the subject. Certain sections can also serve as a graduate-level textbook for use in solid state physics courses or for more specialized courses. The final chapters establish a direct link to current research in sem

  14. Study of electronic transport properties of doped 8AGNR

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    Sharma, Uma Shankar, E-mail: umashankar-rjit@yahoo.co.in [Rustamji Institute of Technology, BSF Academy Tekanpur, Gwalior-475005 (India); Srivastava, Anurag [Advanced Materials Research Group, Computational Nanoscience and Technology Lab, ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Gwalior-474015 (India); Verma, U. P. [School of Studies in Physics, Jiwaji University, Gwalior-474011 (India)

    2014-04-24

    The electronic and transport properties of 8-armchair graphene nanoribbon (8AGNR) with defect at different sites are investigated by performing first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). The calculated results show that the 8AGNR are semiconductor. The introduction of 3d transition metals, creates the nondegenerate states in the conduction band, makes 8AGNR metallic. The computed transmission spectrum confirms that AGNR are semiconducting in nature and their band gap remain unchanged and localized states appear when there is vacancy in their structures, and the conductance decreases due to defects compared with the pristine nanoribbon.

  15. Electronic properties of semiconducting silicides: fundamentals and recent predictions

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    Ivanenko, L.I.; Shaposhnikov, V.L.; Filonov, A.B.; Krivosheeva, A.V.; Borisenko, V.E.; Migas, D.B.; Miglio, L.; Behr, G.; Schumann, J

    2004-08-02

    This review emphasizes progress in theoretical simulation and experiments that have been performed in the past years for semiconducting silicides. New fundamental electronic and optical properties of Ca{sub 2}Si and BaSi{sub 2}, recently found RuSi{sub 2} phase, ternaries in Fe-Os-Si and Ru-Os-Si systems, {beta}-FeSi{sub 2}, Mg{sub 2}Si and CrSi{sub 2} with stretched and compressed lattices as well as transport properties of {beta}-FeSi{sub 2}, ReSi{sub 1.75}, Ru{sub 2}Si{sub 3} are presented. Prospects for practical applications of semiconducting silicides are discussed.

  16. Theory of electronic and optical properties of nanostructures

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    Hewageegana, Prabath S.

    "There is plenty of room at the bottom." This bold and prophetic statement from Nobel laureate Richard Feynman back in 1950s at Cal Tech launched the Nano Age and predicted, quite accurately, the explosion in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Now this is a fast developing area in both science and technology. Many think this would bring the greatest technological revolution in the history of mankind. To understand electronic and optical properties of nanostructures, the following problems have been studied. In particular, intensity of mid-infrared light transmitted through a metallic diffraction grating has been theoretically studied. It has been shown that for s-polarized light the enhancement of the transmitted light is much stronger than for p-polarized light. By tuning the parameters of the diffraction grating enhancement can be increased by a few orders of magnitude. The spatial distribution of the transmitted light is highly nonuniform with very sharp peaks, which have the spatial widths about 10 nm. Furthermore, under the ultra fast response in nanostructures, the following two related goals have been proved: (a) the two-photon coherent control allows one to dynamically control electron emission from randomly rough surfaces, which is localized within a few nanometers. (b) the photoelectron emission from metal nanostructures in the strong-field (quasistationary) regime allows coherent control with extremely high contrast, suitable for nanoelectronics applications. To investigate the electron transport properties of two dimensional carbon called graphene, a localization of an electron in a graphene quantum dot with a sharp boundary has been considered. It has been found that if the parameters of the confinement potential satisfy a special condition then the electron can be strongly localized in such quantum dot. Also the energy spectra of an electron in a graphene quantum ring has been analyzed. Furthermore, it has been shown that in a double dot system some

  17. PROPERTIES AND BEHAVIOR OF 238PU RELEVANT TO DECONTAMINATION OF BUILDING 235-F

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    Duncan, A.; Kane, M.

    2009-11-24

    This report was prepared to document the physical, chemical and radiological properties of plutonium oxide materials that were processed in the Plutonium Fuel Form Facility (PuFF) in building 235-F at the Savannah River Plant (now known as the Savannah River Site) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. An understanding of these properties is needed to support current project planning for the safe and effective decontamination and deactivation (D&D) of PuFF. The PuFF mission was production of heat sources to power Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) used in space craft. The specification for the PuO{sub 2} used to fabricate the heat sources required that the isotopic content of the plutonium be 83 {+-} 1% Pu-238 due to its high decay heat of 0.57 W/g. The high specific activity of Pu-238 (17.1 Ci/g) due to alpha decay makes this material very difficult to manage. The production process produced micron-sized particles which proved difficult to contain during operations, creating personnel contamination concerns and resulting in the expenditure of significant resources to decontaminate spaces after loss of material containment. This report examines high {sup 238}Pu-content material properties relevant to the D&D of PuFF. These relevant properties are those that contribute to the mobility of the material. Physical properties which produce or maintain small particle size work to increase particle mobility. Early workers with {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} felt that, unlike most small particles, Pu-238 oxide particles would not naturally agglomerate to form larger, less mobile particles. It was thought that the heat generated by the particles would prevent water molecules from binding to the particle surface. Particles covered with bound water tend to agglomerate more easily. However, it is now understood that the self-heating effect is not sufficient to prevent adsorption of water on particle surfaces and thus would not prevent agglomeration of particles. Operational

  18. Electronic structure, magnetic and superconducting properties of co-doped iron-arsenide superconductors

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    Rosner, Helge; Schnelle, Walter; Nicklas, Michael; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas [MPI CPfS Dresden (Germany); Weikert, Franziska [Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico (United States); HLD Dresden Rossendorf (Germany); Wosnitza, Joachim [HLD Dresden Rossendorf (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    We present a joint experimental and theoretical study of co-doped iron-arsenide superconductors of the 122 family A{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2-y}T{sub y}As{sub 2} (A = Ba,Sr,Eu; T = Co,Ru,Rh). In these systems, the co-doping enables the separation of different parameters - like electron count, disorder or the specific geometry of the FeAs layer - with respect to the position of the respective compounds in the general 122 phase diagram. For a series of compounds, we investigate the relevance of the different parameters for the magnetic, thermodynamic and superconducting properties. Our experimental investigations are supported by density functional electronic structure calculations applying different approximations for doping and disorder.

  19. Stability and electronic properties of low-dimensional nanostructures

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    Guan, Jie

    As the devices used in daily life become smaller and more concentrated, traditional three-dimensional (3D) bulk materials have reached their limit in size. Low-dimensional nanomaterials have been attracting more attention in research and getting widely applied in many industrial fields because of their atomic-level size, unique advanced properties, and varied nanostructures. In this thesis, I have studied the stability and mechanical and electronic properties of zero-dimensional (0D) structures including carbon fullerenes, nanotori, metallofullerenes and phosphorus fullerenes, one-dimensional (1D) structures including carbon nanotubes and phosphorus nanotubes, as well as two-dimensional (2D) structures including layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), phosphorene and phosphorus carbide (PC). I first briefly introduce the scientific background and the motivation of all the work in this thesis. Then the computational techniques, mainly density functional theory (DFT), are reviewed in Chapter 2. In Chapter 3, I investigate the stability and electronic structure of endohedral rare-earth metallofullerene La C60 and the trifluoromethylized La C60(CF3)n with n ≤ 5. Odd n is preferred due to the closed-shell electronic configuration or large HOMO-LUMO gap, which is also meaningful for the separation of C 60-based metallofullerenes. Mechanical and electronic properties of layered materials including TMDs and black phosphorus are studied in Chapter 4 and 5. In Chapter 4, a metallic NbSe2/semiconducting WSe2 bilayer is investigated and besides a rigid band shift associated with charge transfer, the presence of NbSe2 does not modify the electronic structure of WSe2. Structural similarity and small lattice mismatch results in the heterojunction being capable of efficiently transferring charge acrossthe interface. In Chapter 5, I investigate the dependence of stability and electronic band structure on the in-layer strain in bulk black phosphorus. In Chapters 6, 7 and

  20. Physical properties of neem (Azadirachta indica seeds and kernels relevant in the design of processing machineries

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    A. A. Balami

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available This study was undertaken to determine some physical properties of neem seeds and kernels such as axial dimensions, true density, bulk density, surface area, sphericity, moisture content, coefficient of friction, angle of repose and porosity that are relevant in the design of processing machineries. Results shows that the seeds and kernels have major, intermediate and minor diameter values of 13.641.15 mm, 6.800.41 mm and 5.540.44 mm and 9.321.13 mm, 4.320.63 mm and 3.380.35 mm respectively. The true density, bulk density, surface areas and the sphericity determined were 379.0015.16 kg/m3, 39.2930.001 kg/m3, 169.9331.15 mm2, 0.640.043 for the seed while for the kernel were 930.038.53 kg/m3, 534.8910.99 kg/m3, 70.6313.98 mm2, 0.610.044 respectively at an average moisture content of 13.80 % for the seed and 11.9 % for the kernel on wet basis. The coefficient of friction determined on three different structural surfaces namely plywood, glass and mild steel for the seeds were 0.38, 0.42 and 0.33 respectively at an angle of repose of 34.52o while that of the kernels were 0.49, 0.56 and 0.43 respectively at an angle of repose of 42.47°. The mean porosity obtained for the seed and kernel were 89.62 % and 42.47 % respectively.

  1. Study of Monotonic Properties' Relevance for Estimation of Cyclic Yield Stress and Ramberg-Osgood Parameters of Steels

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    Marohnić, Tea; Basan, Robert

    2016-11-01

    Most of existing methods for estimation of cyclic stress-strain parameters have been developed for steels in general with no regard to the peculiarities of individual steel subgroups. Also, proposed models were commonly developed and evaluated without systematically determining if, and to what extent, individual monotonic properties contribute to their accuracy. In this work, a thorough statistical analysis of experimental datasets of 116 different steels obtained from literature was performed in order to determine which monotonic properties might be relevant for the estimation of cyclic yield stress and cyclic Ramberg-Osgood parameters of unalloyed, low-alloy and high-alloy steels. Only certain monotonic properties used in existing methods were found to be suitable for estimation purposes, while for a number of monotonic properties used in those references no such conclusion can be given. Furthermore, obtained results indicate that steels should not be treated as a single group since different sets of monotonic properties proved to be relevant for unalloyed, low- and high-alloy steel subgroups. Provided list of specific monotonic properties relevant for estimation of individual cyclic parameters of particular steel subgroups can be used for improving the accuracy of existing or development of new estimation methods.

  2. Mechanical properties and electronic structures of Fe-Al intermetallic

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    Liu, YaHui; Chong, XiaoYu; Jiang, YeHua, E-mail: jiangyehua@kmust.edu.cn; Zhou, Rong; Feng, Jing, E-mail: jingfeng@kmust.edu.cn

    2017-02-01

    Using the first-principles calculations, the elastic properties, anisotropy properties, electronic structures, Debye temperature and stability of Fe-Al (Fe{sub 3}Al, FeAl, FeAl{sub 2}, Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5} and FeAl{sub 3}) binary compounds were calculated. The formation enthalpy and cohesive energy of these Fe-Al compounds are negative, and show they are thermodynamically stable structures. Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5} has the lowest formation enthalpy, which shows the Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5} is the most stable of Fe-Al binary compounds. These Fe-Al compounds display disparate anisotropy due to the calculated different shape of the 3D curved surface of the Young’s modulus and anisotropic index. Fe{sub 3}Al has the biggest bulk modulus with the value 233.2 GPa. FeAl has the biggest Yong’s modulus and shear modulus with the value 296.2 GPa and 119.8 GPa, respectively. The partial density of states, total density of states and electron density distribution maps of the binary Fe-Al binary compounds are analyzed. The bonding characteristics of these Fe-Al binary compounds are mainly combination by covalent bond and metallic bonds. Meanwhile, also exist anti-bond effect. Moreover, the Debye temperatures and sound velocity of these Fe-Al compounds are explored.

  3. Electronic properties of Fibonacci and random Si-Ge chains

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    Vasconcelos, M S [Escola de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, 59072-970 Natal-RN (Brazil); Azevedo, David L; Hadad, A [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Maranhao 65080-040, Sao LuIs-MA (Brazil); Galvao, D S, E-mail: mvasconcelos@ect.ufrn.br [Instituto de Fisica Gleb Wataghin, Universidade Estadual de Campinas CP 6165, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    2011-10-12

    In this paper we address a theoretical calculation of the electronic spectra of an Si-Ge atomic chain that is arranged in a Fibonacci quasi-periodic sequence, by using a semi-empirical quantum method based on the Hueckel extended model. We apply the Fibonacci substitutional sequences in the atomic building blocks A(Si) and B(Ge) through the inflation rule or a recursion relation. In our ab initio calculations we use only a single point, which is sufficient for considering all the orbitals and charge distribution across the entire system. Although the calculations presented here are more complete than the models adopted in the literature which take into account the electronic interaction only up to the second and third neighbors, an interesting property remains in their electronic spectra: the fractality (which is the main signature of this kind of system). We discuss this fractality of the spectra and we compare them with the random arrangement of the Si-Ge atomic chain, and with previous results based on the tight-binding approximation of the Schroedinger equation considering up to the nearest neighbor. (paper)

  4. Superconducting properties of niobium after electron beam welding

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    Prakash N. Potukuchi

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available One of the major criteria for designing superconducting niobium resonant cavities is to minimize the peak surface electric and magnetic fields to maximize the achievable accelerating electric gradient. Even after addressing the extrinsic effects adequately, a large number of cavities perform below the theoretical gradient limit. The peak magnetic field for the first flux-line penetration in the superconducting state of niobium, which either severely degrades the cavity quality factor or results in complete thermal breakdown, is an important limitation. The flux-line penetration is known to depend on the microstructural properties of niobium which may get altered in the process of cavity fabrication. The most common technique of fabricating niobium cavities is to form their components using standard sheet metal techniques and join them by electron beam welding in vacuum. We present results of a study on the superconducting response through magnetization measurements in the electron beam welded region of niobium to understand the limitations (if any posed by the welding in achieving the highest gradient. We also present and discuss results on the performance of niobium quarter wave resonators incorporating such electron beam welds in the high magnetic field region.

  5. Structural and electronic properties of SnO{sub 2}

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    Akgul, Funda Aksoy, E-mail: fundaaksoy01@gmail.com [Physics Department, Nigde University, 51240 Nigde (Turkey); Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Gumus, Cebrail, E-mail: cgumus@cu.edu.tr [Physics Department, Cukurova University, 01330 Adana (Turkey); Er, Ali O. [Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, CA 92612 (United States); Farha, Ashraf H. [Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529 (United States); Physics Department, Ain Shams University, Cairo 11566 (Egypt); Akgul, Guvenc [Bor Vocational School, Nigde University, 51700 Nigde (Turkey); Ufuktepe, Yuksel [Physics Department, Cukurova University, 01330 Adana (Turkey); Liu, Zhi [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)

    2013-12-05

    Highlights: •Structural and electronic properties of SnO{sub 2} films were determined. •Oxidation states of the SnO{sub 2} thin films were confirmed by XPS analysis. •Chemical component is non-stoichiometric and ratio of oxygen to tin was 1.85. -- Abstract: Highly transparent polycrystalline thin film of SnO{sub 2} (tin dioxide) was deposited using a simple and low cost spray pyrolysis method. The film was prepared from an aqueous solution of tin tetrachloride (stannic chloride) onto glass substrates at 400 °C. A range of diagnostic techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–visible absorption, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and synchrotron-based X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to investigate structural, optical, and electronic properties of the resulting film. Deposited film was found to be polycrystalline. A mixture of SnO and SnO{sub 2} phases was observed. The average crystallite size of ∼21.3 nm for SnO{sub 2} was calculated by Rietveld method using XRD data. The oxidation states of the SnO{sub 2} thin film were confirmed by the shape analysis of corresponding XPS O 1s, Sn 3d, and Sn 4d peaks using the decomposition procedure. The analysis of the XPS core level peaks showed that the chemical component is non-stoichiometric and the ratio of oxygen to tin (O/Sn) is 1.85 which is slightly under stoichiometry.

  6. ELECTRON IRRADIATION AND THERMAL PROCESSING OF MIXED-ICES OF POTENTIAL RELEVANCE TO JUPITER TROJAN ASTEROIDS

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    Mahjoub, Ahmed; Poston, Michael J.; Hand, Kevin P.; Hodyss, Robert; Blacksberg, Jordana; Carlson, Robert W.; Ehlmann, Bethany L.; Choukroun, Mathieu [Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109 (United States); Brown, Michael E.; Eiler, John M., E-mail: Mahjoub.Ahmed@jpl.nasa.gov [California Institute of Technology, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States)

    2016-04-01

    In this work we explore the chemistry that occurs during the irradiation of ice mixtures on planetary surfaces, with the goal of linking the presence of specific chemical compounds to their formation locations in the solar system and subsequent processing by later migration inward. We focus on the outer solar system and the chemical differences for ice mixtures inside and outside the stability line for H{sub 2}S. We perform a set of experiments to explore the hypothesis advanced by Wong and Brown that links the color bimodality in Jupiter's Trojans to the presence of H{sub 2}S in the surface of their precursors. Non-thermal (10 keV electron irradiation) and thermally driven chemistry of CH{sub 3}OH–NH{sub 3}–H{sub 2}O (“without H{sub 2}S”) and H{sub 2}S–CH{sub 3}OH–NH{sub 3}–H{sub 2}O (“with H{sub 2}S”) ices were examined. Mid-IR analyses of ice and mass spectrometry monitoring of the volatiles released during heating show a rich chemistry in both of the ice mixtures. The “with H{sub 2}S” mixture experiment shows a rapid consumption of H{sub 2}S molecules and production of OCS molecules after a few hours of irradiation. The heating of the irradiated “with H{sub 2}S” mixture to temperatures above 120 K leads to the appearance of new infrared bands that we provisionally assign to SO{sub 2}and CS. We show that radiolysis products are stable under the temperature and irradiation conditions of Jupiter Trojan asteroids. This makes them suitable target molecules for potential future missions as well as telescope observations with a high signal-to-noise ratio. We also suggest the consideration of sulfur chemistry in the theoretical modeling aimed at understanding the chemical composition of Trojans and KOBs.

  7. Structure-property relationships in cubic cuprous iodide: A novel view on stability, chemical bonding, and electronic properties

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    Pishtshev, A.; Karazhanov, S. Zh.

    2017-02-01

    Based on the combination of density functional theory and theory-group methods, we performed systematic modeling of γ-CuI structural design at the atomistic level. Being started from the metallic copper lattice, we treated a crystal assembly as a stepwise iodination process characterized in terms of a sequence of intermediate lattice geometries. These geometries were selected and validated via screening of possible structural transformations. The genesis of chemical bonding was studied for three structural transformations by analyzing the relevant changes in the topology of valence electron densities. We determined structural trends driven by metal-ligand coupling. This allowed us to suggest the improved scenario of chemical bonding in γ-CuI. In particular, the unconventional effect of spatial separation of metallic and covalent interactions was found to be very important with respect to the preferred arrangements of valence electrons in the iodination process. We rigorously showed that useful electronic and optical properties of γ-CuI originate from the combination of two separated bonding patterns—strong covalency established in I-Cu tetrahedral connections and noncovalent interactions of copper cores is caused by the 3d10 closed-shell electron configurations. The other finding of ours is that the self-consistency of the GW calculations is crucial for correctly determining the dynamic electronic correlations in γ-CuI. Detail reinvestigation of the quasi-particle energy structure by means of the self-consistent GW approach allowed us to explain how p-type electrical conductivity can be engineered in the material.

  8. Efficient Density Functional Approximation for Electronic Properties of Conjugated Systems

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    Caldas, Marília J.; Pinheiro, José Maximiano, Jr.; Blum, Volker; Rinke, Patrick

    2014-03-01

    There is on-going discussion about reliable prediction of electronic properties of conjugated oligomers and polymers, such as ionization potential IP and energy gap. Several exchange-correlation (XC) functionals are being used by the density functional theory community, with different success for different properties. In this work we follow a recent proposal: a fraction α of exact exchange is added to the semi-local PBE XC aiming consistency, for a given property, with the results obtained by many-body perturbation theory within the G0W0 approximation. We focus the IP, taken as the negative of the highest occupied molecular orbital energy. We choose α from a study of the prototype family trans-acetylene, and apply this same α to a set of oligomers for which there is experimental data available (acenes, phenylenes and others). Our results indicate we can have excellent estimates, within 0,2eV mean ave. dev. from the experimental values, better than through complete EN - 1 -EN calculations from the starting PBE functional. We also obtain good estimates for the electrical gap and orbital energies close to the band edge. Work supported by FAPESP, CNPq, and CAPES, Brazil, and DAAD, Germany.

  9. Organic/metal interfaces. Electronic and structural properties

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    Duhm, Steffen

    2008-07-17

    This work addresses several important topics of the field of organic electronics. The focus lies on organic/metal interfaces, which exist in all organic electronic devices. Physical properties of such interfaces are crucial for device performance. Four main topics have been covered: (i) the impact of molecular orientation on the energy levels, (ii) energy level tuning with strong electron acceptors, (iii) the role of thermodynamic equilibrium at organic/ organic homo-interfaces and (iv) the correlation of interfacial electronic structure and bonding distance. To address these issues a broad experimental approach was necessary: mainly ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy was used, supported by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, metastable atom electron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and X-ray standing waves, to examine vacuum sublimed thin films of conjugated organic molecules (COMs) in ultrahigh vacuum. (i) A novel approach is presented to explain the phenomenon that the ionization energy in molecular assemblies is orientation dependent. It is demonstrated that this is due to a macroscopic impact of intramolecular dipoles on the ionization energy in molecular assemblies. Furthermore, the correlation of molecular orientation and conformation has been studied in detail for COMs on various substrates. (ii) A new approach was developed to tune hole injection barriers ({delta}{sub h}) at organic/metal interfaces by adsorbing a (sub-) monolayer of an organic electron acceptor on the metal electrode. Charge transfer from the metal to the acceptor leads to a chemisorbed layer, which reduces {delta}{sub h} to the COM overlayer. This concept was tested with three acceptors and a lowering of {delta}{sub h} of up to 1.2 eV could be observed. (iii) A transition from vacuum-level alignment to molecular level pinning at the homo-interface between a lying monolayer and standing multilayers of a COM was observed, which depended on the amount of a pre-deposited acceptor. The

  10. Electronic properties of antiferromagnetic UBi2 metal by exact exchange for correlated electrons method

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    E Ghasemikhah

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated the electronic properties of antiferromagnetic UBi2 metal by using ab initio calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT, employing the augmented plane waves plus local orbital method. We used the exact exchange for correlated electrons (EECE method to calculate the exchange-correlation energy under a variety of hybrid functionals. Electric field gradients (EFGs at the uranium site in UBi2 compound were calculated and compared with the experiment. The EFGs were predicted experimentally at the U site to be very small in this compound. The EFG calculated by the EECE functional are in agreement with the experiment. The densities of states (DOSs show that 5f U orbital is hybrided with the other orbitals. The plotted Fermi surfaces show that there are two kinds of charges on Fermi surface of this compound.

  11. Synthesis Properties and Electron Spin Resonance Properties of Titanic Materials (abstract)

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    Cho, Jung Min; Lee, Jun; Kim, Tak Hee; Sun, Min Ho; Jang, Young Bae; Cho, Sung June

    2009-04-01

    Titanic materials were synthesized by hydrothermal method of TiO2 anatase in 10M LiOH, 10M NaOH, and 14M KOH at 130° C for 30 hours. Alkaline media were removed from the synthesized products using 0.1N HCl aqueous solution. The as-prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller isotherm, and electron spin resonance. Different shapes of synthesized products were observed through the typical electron microscope and indicated that the formation of the different morphologies depends on the treatment conditions of highly alkaline media. Many micropores were observed in the cubic or octahedral type of TiO2 samples through the typical electron microscope and Langmuir adsorption-desorption isotherm of liquid nitrogen at 77° K. Electron spin resonance studies have also been carried out to verify the existence of paramagnetic sites such as oxygen vacancies on the titania samples. The effect of alkali metal ions on the morphologies and physicochemical properties of nanoscale titania are discussed.

  12. Electronic properties of semiconductor surfaces and metal/semiconductor interfaces

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    Tallarida, M.

    2005-05-15

    This thesis reports investigations of the electronic properties of a semiconductor surface (silicon carbide), a reactive metal/semiconductor interface (manganese/silicon) and a non-reactive metal/semiconductor interface (aluminum-magnesium alloy/silicon). The (2 x 1) reconstruction of the 6H-SiC(0001) surface has been obtained by cleaving the sample along the (0001) direction. This reconstruction has not been observed up to now for this compound, and has been compared with those of similar elemental semiconductors of the fourth group of the periodic table. This comparison has been carried out by making use of photoemission spectroscopy, analyzing the core level shifts of both Si 2p and C 1s core levels in terms of charge transfer between atoms of both elements and in different chemical environments. From this comparison, a difference between the reconstruction on the Si-terminated and the C-terminated surface was established, due to the ionic nature of the Si-C bond. The growth of manganese films on Si(111) in the 1-5 ML thickness range has been studied by means of LEED, STM and photoemission spectroscopy. By the complementary use of these surface science techniques, two different phases have been observed for two thickness regimes (<1 ML and >1 ML), which exhibit a different electronic character. The two reconstructions, the (1 x 1)-phase and the ({radical}3 x {radical}3)R30 -phase, are due to silicide formation, as observed in core level spectroscopy. The growth proceeds via island formation in the monolayer regime, while the thicker films show flat layers interrupted by deep holes. On the basis of STM investigations, this growth mode has been attributed to strain due to lattice mismatch between the substrate and the silicide. Co-deposition of Al and Mg onto a Si(111) substrate at low temperature (100K) resulted in the formation of thin alloy films. By varying the relative content of both elements, the thin films exhibited different electronic properties

  13. Mechanical Properties of Organic Semiconductors for Stretchable, Highly Flexible, and Mechanically Robust Electronics.

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    Root, Samuel E; Savagatrup, Suchol; Printz, Adam D; Rodriquez, Daniel; Lipomi, Darren J

    2017-05-10

    Mechanical deformability underpins many of the advantages of organic semiconductors. The mechanical properties of these materials are, however, diverse, and the molecular characteristics that permit charge transport can render the materials stiff and brittle. This review is a comprehensive description of the molecular and morphological parameters that govern the mechanical properties of organic semiconductors. Particular attention is paid to ways in which mechanical deformability and electronic performance can coexist. The review begins with a discussion of flexible and stretchable devices of all types, and in particular the unique characteristics of organic semiconductors. It then discusses the mechanical properties most relevant to deformable devices. In particular, it describes how low modulus, good adhesion, and absolute extensibility prior to fracture enable robust performance, along with mechanical "imperceptibility" if worn on the skin. A description of techniques of metrology precedes a discussion of the mechanical properties of three classes of organic semiconductors: π-conjugated polymers, small molecules, and composites. The discussion of each class of materials focuses on molecular structure and how this structure (and postdeposition processing) influences the solid-state packing structure and thus the mechanical properties. The review concludes with applications of organic semiconductor devices in which every component is intrinsically stretchable or highly flexible.

  14. Distinct Properties Underlie Flavin-Based Electron Bifurcation in a Novel Electron Transfer Flavoprotein FixAB from Rhodopseudomonas palustris

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    King, Paul W [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Lubner, Carolyn E [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Duan, H. Diessel [University of Kentucky; Tokmina-Lukaszewska, Monika [Montana State University; Gauss, George H. [Montana State University; Bothner, Brian [Montana State University; Peters, John W. [Washington State University; Miller, Anne-Frances [University of Kentucky

    2018-02-09

    A newly-recognized third fundamental mechanism of energy conservation in biology, electron bifurcation, uses free energy from exergonic redox reactions to drive endergonic redox reactions. Flavin-based electron bifurcation furnishes low potential electrons to demanding chemical reactions such as reduction of dinitrogen to ammonia. We employed the heterodimeric flavoenzyme FixAB from the diazotrophic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris to elucidate unique properties that underpin flavin-based electron bifurcation.

  15. Electronic Properties of Graphene–PtSe2 Contacts

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    Sattar, Shahid

    2017-04-26

    In this article, we study the electronic properties of graphene in contact with monolayer and bilayer PtSe2 using first-principles calculations. It turns out that there is no charge transfer between the components because of the weak van der Waals interaction. We calculate the work functions of monolayer and bilayer PtSe2 and analyze the band bending at the contact with graphene. The formation of an n-type Schottky contact with monolayer PtSe2 and a p-type Schottky contact with bilayer PtSe2 is demonstrated. The Schottky barrier height is very low in the bilayer case and can be reduced to zero by 0.8% biaxial tensile strain.

  16. Growth-induced electronic properties of epitaxial graphene

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    First, Phillip

    2012-02-01

    The growth of epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide is challenging to understand and control, yet rife with scientific and technological opportunities. This is due in part to different growth-induced structures such as the ``moire'' alignment of graphene layers in multilayer epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) and the formation of sidewall ribbons at natural and lithographically-defined SiC(0001) step-bunches (nanofacets). We apply scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) to probe the local energy bands of such growth-induced structures. STS at cryogenic temperatures and large magnetic fields creates a comb of discrete Landau level energies that we use to quantitatively characterize the local electronic properties.

  17. Electronic transport properties of a quinone-based molecular switch

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    Zheng, Ya-Peng; Bian, Bao-An; Yuan, Pei-Pei

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we carried out first-principles calculations based on density functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's function to investigate the electronic transport properties of a quinone-based molecule sandwiched between two Au electrodes. The molecular switch can be reversibly switched between the reduced hydroquinone (HQ) and oxidized quinone (Q) states via redox reactions. The switching behavior of two forms is analyzed through their I- V curves, transmission spectra and molecular projected self-consistent Hamiltonian at zero bias. Then we discuss the transmission spectra of the HQ and Q forms at different bias, and explain the oscillation of current according to the transmission eigenstates of LUMO energy level for Q form. The results suggest that this kind of a quinone-based molecule is usable as one of the good candidates for redox-controlled molecular switches.

  18. Surface electronic excitations and dynamic spectral properties of adsorbates

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    Gumhalter, B.

    Many-body aspects of screening and relaxation mechanisms encountered in spectroscopic studies of the electronic structure of adsorbates have recently attracted considerable attention from both experimental and theoretical physicists. Interest in these phenomena has also been augmented by the rapid improvement of experimental techniques which have enabled better resolution and analysis of various subtile components of the adsorbate spectra. Many of these spectral features have until recently been ascribed to purely chemical and initial state effects. One of the first major advances of the theoretical development in this field was to seek and attribute the origin of these structures to the many-body properties of adsorption systems and, secondly, to predict how the many-body effects would manifest themselves in surface spectroscopies. We start with a rather detailed description of the formalism of the surface electronic response and discuss the properties of the surface excitation spectrum of idealized and real metals. This formalism is then successively applied to set up a model of screening firstly in the nonbonding levels of mainly physisorbed adsorbates and later in the core and valence levels of chemisorbed species. Various modifications of the model enable a dynamic description of the final state relaxation and shake-up effects typical of spectroscopic measurements. To treat the particularly complicated problem of dynamic relaxation in the adsorbate valence levels a special perturbational approach based on Mayer's cluster expansion is developed in §5. The characteristics, and some limitations of this approach, which may also prove useful in other physical problems, are described in detail and discussed within the context of the interaction of localized adsorbate charge fluctuations with bosonic surface excitations. Experimental support for the presented theoretical framework and its applications has been very important. A qualitative comparison with the

  19. Electronic transport properties of copper and gold at atomic scale

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    Mohammadzadeh, Saeideh

    2010-11-23

    The factors governing electronic transport properties of copper and gold atomic-size contacts are theoretically examined in the present work. A two-terminal conductor using crystalline electrodes is adopted. The non-equilibrium Green's function combined with the density functional tight-binding method is employed via gDFTB simulation tool to calculate the transport at both equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions. The crystalline orientation, length, and arrangement of electrodes have very weak influence on the electronic characteristics of the considered atomic wires. The wire width is found to be the most effective geometric aspect determining the number of conduction channels. The obtained conductance oscillation and linear current-voltage curves are interpreted. To analyze the conduction mechanism in detail, the transmission channels and their decomposition to the atomic orbitals are calculated in copper and gold single point contacts. The presented results offer a possible explanation for the relation between conduction and geometric structure. Furthermore, the results are in good agreement with available experimental and theoretical studies. (orig.)

  20. Optical properties of Dirac electrons in a parabolic well.

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    Kim, S C; Lee, J W; Yang, S-R Eric

    2013-09-01

    A single electron transitor may be fabricated using qunatum dots. A good model for the confinement potential of a quantum dot is a parabolic well. Here we consider such a parabolic dot made of graphene. Recently, we found counter intuitively that resonant quasi-boundstates of both positive and negative energies exist in the energy spectrum. The presence of resonant quasi-boundstates of negative energies is a unique property of massless Dirac fermions. As magnetic field B gets smaller the energy width of these states become broader and for sufficiently weak value of B resonant quasi-bound states disappear into a quasi-continuum. In the limit of small B resonant and nonresonant states transform into discrete anomalous states with a narrow probability density peak inside the well and another broad peak under the potential barrier. In this paper we compute the optical strength between resonant quasi-bound states as a function of B, and investigate how the signature of resonant quasi-bound states of Dirac electrons may appear in optical measurements.

  1. Optical and electronic properties of semiconducting Sn2S3

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    Singh, David J.

    2016-07-01

    We report the electronic and optical properties of Sn2S3 as obtained from first principles calculations with the modified Becke-Johnson potential. The electronic structure shows that Sn occurs in both divalent and tetravalent forms. The fundamental band gap of 0.82 eV is indirect. The direct gap is 0.97 eV, but the onset of strong optical absorption is much higher at ˜1.75 eV. This is as a consequence of the Sn2+ s and Sn4+ s characters of the valence and conduction band extrema, respectively. We also find strong and different anisotropies for conduction in p- and n-type Sn2S3. This should be taken into account in device structures in order to obtain efficient charge collection. The thermopowers are reasonably high for both p- and n-type materials. p-type Sn2S3 shows complex corrugated isosurface sections, while the n-type material shows multiple band extrema.

  2. Energetic Electrons in Dipolarization Events: Spatial Properties and Anisotropy

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    Birn, J.; Runov, A.; Hesse, M.

    2014-01-01

    Using the electromagnetic fields of an MHD simulation of magnetotail reconnection, flow bursts, and dipolarization, we further investigate the acceleration of electrons to suprathermal energies. Particular emphasis is on spatial properties and anisotropies as functions of energy and time. The simulation results are compared with Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms observations. The test particle approach successfully reproduces several observed injection features and puts them into a context of spatial maps of the injection region(s): a dominance of perpendicular anisotropies farther down the tail and closer to the equatorial plane, an increasing importance of parallel anisotropy closer to Earth and at higher latitudes, a drop in energy fluxes at energies below approximately 10 keV, coinciding with the plasma density drop, together with increases at higher energy, a triple peak structure of flux increases near 0 deg, 90 deg, and 180 deg, and a tendency of flux increases to extend to higher energy closer to Earth and at lower latitudes. We identified the plasma sheet boundary layers and adjacent lobes as a main source region for both increased and decreased energetic electron fluxes, related to the different effects of adiabatic acceleration at high and low energies. The simulated anisotropies tend to exceed the observed ones, particularly for perpendicular fluxes at high energies. The most plausible reason is that the MHD simulation lacks the effects of anisotropy-driven microinstabilities and waves, which would reduce anisotropies.

  3. Physico-chemical properties of manufactured nanomaterials - Characterisation and relevant methods. An outlook based on the OECD Testing Programme.

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    Rasmussen, Kirsten; Rauscher, Hubert; Mech, Agnieszka; Riego Sintes, Juan; Gilliland, Douglas; González, Mar; Kearns, Peter; Moss, Kenneth; Visser, Maaike; Groenewold, Monique; Bleeker, Eric A J

    2018-02-01

    Identifying and characterising nanomaterials require additional information on physico-chemical properties and test methods, compared to chemicals in general. Furthermore, regulatory decisions for chemicals are usually based upon certain toxicological properties, and these effects may not be equivalent to those for nanomaterials. However, regulatory agencies lack an authoritative decision framework for nanomaterials that links the relevance of certain physico-chemical endpoints to toxicological effects. This paper investigates various physico-chemical endpoints and available test methods that could be used to produce such a decision framework for nanomaterials. It presents an overview of regulatory relevance and methods used for testing fifteen proposed physico-chemical properties of eleven nanomaterials in the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials' Testing Programme, complemented with methods from literature, and assesses the methods' adequacy and applications limits. Most endpoints are of regulatory relevance, though the specific parameters depend on the nanomaterial and type of assessment. Size (distribution) is the common characteristic of all nanomaterials and is decisive information for classifying a material as a nanomaterial. Shape is an important particle descriptor. The octanol-water partitioning coefficient is undefined for particulate nanomaterials. Methods, including sample preparation, need to be further standardised, and some new methods are needed. The current work of OECD's Test Guidelines Programme regarding physico-chemical properties is highlighted. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Electronic, mechanical, and thermodynamic properties of americium dioxide

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    Lu, Yong; Yang, Yu; Zheng, Fawei; Wang, Bao-Tian; Zhang, Ping

    2013-10-01

    By performing density functional theory (DFT) +U calculations, we systematically study the electronic, mechanical, tensile, and thermodynamic properties of AmO2. It is found that the chemical bonding character in AmO2 is similar to that in PuO2, with smaller charge transfer and stronger covalent interactions between americium and oxygen atoms. The stress-strain relationship of AmO2 is examined along the three low-index directions, showing that the [1 0 0] and [1 1 1] directions are the strongest and weakest tensile directions, respectively, but the theoretical tensile strengths of AmO2 are smaller than those of PuO2. The phonon dispersion curves of AmO2 are calculated and the heat capacities as well as lattice expansion curve are subsequently determined. The lattice thermal conductivity of AmO2 is further evaluated and compared with attainable experiments. Our present work integrally reveals various physical properties of AmO2 and can be referenced for technological applications of AmO2 based materials.

  5. Structural, electronic, vibrational and optical properties of Bin clusters

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    Liang, Dan; Shen, Wanting; Zhang, Chunfang; Lu, Pengfei; Wang, Shumin

    2017-10-01

    The neutral, anionic and cationic bismuth clusters with the size n up to 14 are investigated by using B3LYP functional within the regime of density functional theory and the LAN2DZ basis set. By analysis of the geometries of the Bin (n = 2-14) clusters, where cationic and anionic bismuth clusters are largely similar to those of neutral ones, a periodic effect by adding units with one to four atoms into smaller cluster to form larger cluster is drawn for the stable structures of bismuth clusters. An even-odd alteration is shown for the properties of the clusters, such as the calculated binding energies and dissociation energies, as well as frontier orbital energies, electron affinities, ionization energies. All the properties indicate that the Bi4 cluster is the most possible existence in bismuth-containing materials, which supports the most recent experiment. The orbital compositions, infrared and Raman activities and the ultraviolet absorption of the most possible tetramer bismuth cluster are given in detail to reveal the periodic tendency of adding bismuth atoms and the stability of tetramer bismuth cluster.

  6. Magnetic and electronic properties of porphyrin-based molecular nanowires

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    Jia-Jia Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations, we performed theoretical investigations on the electronic and magnetic properties of transition metal embedded porphyrin-based nanowires (TM-PNWs, TM = Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn. Our results indicate that Ni-PNW and Zn-PNW are nonmagnetic while the rest species are magnetic, and the magnetic moments in TM-PNWs and their corresponding isolated monomer structures are found to be the same. In addition, the spin coupling in the magnetic nanowires can be ignored leading to their degenerate AFM and FM states. These results can be ascribed to the weak intermetallic interactions because of the relatively large distances between neighbor TM atoms. Among all TM-PNW structures considered here, only Mn-PNW shows a half-metallic property while the others are predicted to be semiconducting. The present work paves a new way of obtaining ferromagnetic porphyrin-based nanowires with TM atoms distributed separately and orderly, which are expected to be good candidates for catalysts, energy storage and molecular spintronics.

  7. Magnetic and electronic properties of porphyrin-based molecular nanowires

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    Zheng, Jia-Jia; Li, Qiao-Zhi; Dang, Jing-Shuang; Zhao, Xiang, E-mail: xzhao@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Institute for Chemical Physics & Department of Chemistry, MOE Key Laboratory for Non-equilibrium Condensed Matter and Quantum Engineering, School of Science, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); Wang, Wei-Wei [Research Center for Computational Science, Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Aichi 444-8585 (Japan)

    2016-01-15

    Using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations, we performed theoretical investigations on the electronic and magnetic properties of transition metal embedded porphyrin-based nanowires (TM-PNWs, TM = Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn). Our results indicate that Ni-PNW and Zn-PNW are nonmagnetic while the rest species are magnetic, and the magnetic moments in TM-PNWs and their corresponding isolated monomer structures are found to be the same. In addition, the spin coupling in the magnetic nanowires can be ignored leading to their degenerate AFM and FM states. These results can be ascribed to the weak intermetallic interactions because of the relatively large distances between neighbor TM atoms. Among all TM-PNW structures considered here, only Mn-PNW shows a half-metallic property while the others are predicted to be semiconducting. The present work paves a new way of obtaining ferromagnetic porphyrin-based nanowires with TM atoms distributed separately and orderly, which are expected to be good candidates for catalysts, energy storage and molecular spintronics.

  8. Stability and electronic properties of Gex(BN)y monolayers

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    Freitas, A.; Machado, L. D.; Tromer, R. M.; Bezerra, C. G.; Azevedo, S.

    2017-10-01

    In this work, we employ ab initio simulations to propose a new class of monolayers with stoichiometry Gex(BN)y . These monolayers belong to a family of 2D materials combining B, N and group IV atoms, such as BxCyNz and SixByNz . We calculated the formation energy for ten atomic arrangements, and found that it increases when the number of Bsbnd Ge and Nsbnd Ge bonds increases, and decreases when the number of Bsbnd N and Gesbnd Ge bonds increases. We found that the lowest energy monolayer presented a Ge2 BN stoichiometry, and maximized the number of Bsbnd N and Gesbnd Ge bonds. This structure also presented mixed sp2 and sp3 bonds and out-of-plane buckling. Moreover, it remained stable in our ab initio molecular dynamics simulations carried out at T = 300 K. The calculated electronic properties revealed that Gex(BN)y monolayers might present conductor or semiconductor behavior, with band gaps ranging from 0.0 to 0.74 eV, depending on atomic arrangement. Tunable values of band gap can be useful in applications. In optoelectronics, for instance, this property might be employed to control absorbed light wavelengths. Our calculations add a new class of monolayers to the increasing library of 2D materials.

  9. Psychometric properties and clinical relevance of the Adolescent Sleep Hygiene Scale in Dutch adolescents

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    de Bruin, E.J.; van Kampen, R.K.A.; van Kooten, T.; Meijer, A.M.

    2014-01-01

    Objective: This study investigated reliability, validity, and clinical relevance of the Adolescent Sleep Hygiene Scale (ASHS) in Dutch adolescents. Methods: The Dutch translation of the ASHS was administered to 186 normal-sleeping adolescents and 112 adolescents with insomnia. Their sleep variables

  10. Electronic, Optical, and Thermal Properties of Reduced-Dimensional Semiconductors

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    Huang, Shouting

    Reduced-dimensional materials have attracted tremendous attention because of their new physics and exotic properties, which are of great interests for fundamental science. More importantly, the manipulation and engineering of matter on an atomic scale yield promising applications for many fields including nanoelectronics, nanobiotechnology, environments, and renewable energy. Because of the unusual quantum confinement and enhanced surface effect of reduced-dimensional materials, traditional empirical models suffer from necessary but unreliable parameters extracted from previously-studied bulk materials. In this sense, quantitative, parameter-free approaches are highly useful for understanding properties of reduced-dimensional materials and, furthermore, predicting their novel applications. The first-principles density functional theory (DFT) is proven to be a reliable and convenient tool. In particular, recent progress in many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) makes it possible to calculate excited-state properties, e.g., quasiparticle (QP) band gap and optical excitations, by the first-principles approach based on DFT. Therefore, during my PhD study, I employed first-principles calculations based on DFT and MBPT to systematically study fundamental properties of typical reduced-dimensional semiconductors, i.e., the electronic structure, phonons, and optical excitations of core-shell nanowires (NWs) and graphene-like two-dimensional (2D) structures of current interests. First, I present first-principles studies on how to engineer band alignments of nano-sized radial heterojunctions, Si/Ge core-shell NWs. Our calculation reveals that band offsets in these one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures can be tailored by applying axial strain or varying core-shell sizes. In particular, the valence band offset can be efficiently tuned across a wide range and even be diminished via applied strain. Two mechanisms contribute to this tuning of band offsets. Furthermore, varying the

  11. The Electrical and Optical Properties of Organometal Halide Perovskites Relevant to Optoelectronic Performance

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    Adinolfi, Valerio

    2017-10-12

    Organometal halide perovskites are under intense study for use in optoelectronics. Methylammonium and formamidinium lead iodide show impressive performance as photovoltaic materials; a premise that has spurred investigations into light-emitting devices and photodetectors. Herein, the optical and electrical material properties of organometal halide perovskites are reviewed. An overview is given on how the material composition and morphology are tied to these properties, and how these properties ultimately affect device performance. Material attributes and techniques used to estimate them are analyzed for different perovskite materials, with a particular focus on the bandgap, mobility, diffusion length, carrier lifetime, and trap-state density.

  12. Mechanical, electronic, and optical properties of Bi₂S₃ and Bi₂Se₃ compounds: first principle investigations.

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    Koc, Husnu; Ozisik, Hacı; Deligöz, Engin; Mamedov, Amirullah M; Ozbay, Ekmel

    2014-04-01

    The structural, mechanical, electronic, and optical properties of orthorhombic Bi₂S₃ and Bi₂Se₃ compounds have been investigated by means of first principles calculations. The calculated lattice parameters and internal coordinates are in very good agreement with the experimental findings. The elastic constants are obtained, then the secondary results such as bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, anisotropy factor, and Debye temperature of polycrystalline aggregates are derived, and the relevant mechanical properties are also discussed. Furthermore, the band structures and optical properties such as real and imaginary parts of dielectric functions, energy-loss function, the effective number of valance electrons, and the effective optical dielectric constant have been computed. We also calculated some nonlinearities for Bi₂S₃ and Bi₂Se₃ (tensors of elasto-optical coefficients) under pressure.

  13. First-principles study of electronic structure, optical and phonon properties of α-ZrW2O8

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    Li, Jinping; Meng, Songhe; Qin, Liyuan; Lu, Hantao

    2016-12-01

    ZrW2O8 exhibits isotropic negative thermal expansions over its entire temperature range of stability, yet so far its physical properties and mechanism have not been fully addressed. In this article, the electronic structure, elastic, thermal, optical and phonon properties of α-ZrW2O8 are systematically investigated from first principles. The agreements between the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) calculation and experiments are found to be quite satisfactory. The calculation results can be useful in relevant material designs, e.g., when ZrW2O8 is employed to adjust the thermal expansion coefficient of ceramic matrix composites.

  14. The electronic and transport properties of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides: a complex band structure analysis

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    Szczesniak, Dominik

    Recently, monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides have attracted much attention due to their potential use in both nano- and opto-electronics. In such applications, the electronic and transport properties of group-VIB transition metal dichalcogenides (MX2 , where M=Mo, W; X=S, Se, Te) are particularly important. Herein, new insight into these properties is presented by studying the complex band structures (CBS's) of MX2 monolayers while accounting for spin-orbit coupling effects. By using the symmetry-based tight-binding model a nonlinear generalized eigenvalue problem for CBS's is obtained. An efficient method for solving such class of problems is presented and gives a complete set of physically relevant solutions. Next, these solutions are characterized and classified into propagating and evanescent states, where the latter states present not only monotonic but also oscillatory decay character. It is observed that some of the oscillatory evanescent states create characteristic complex loops at the direct band gaps, which describe the tunneling currents in the MX2 materials. The importance of CBS's and tunneling currents is demonstrated by the analysis of the quantum transport across MX2 monolayers within phase field matching theory. Present work has been prepared within the Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute (QEERI) grand challenge ATHLOC project (Project No. QEERI- GC-3008).

  15. Interfacial Properties of an Ir/TiO2 System and Their Relevance in Crotonaldehyde Hydrogenation

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    López Granados, M.; Melián-Cabrera, I.; Aguirre, M.C.; Reyes, P.; Fierro, J.L.G.

    2002-01-01

    Titania-supported iridium catalysts were prereduced in a hydrogen flow at 473 K (LT) and 723 K (HT). Metal particle sizes determined by H2 chemisorption and by direct observation of metal particles by transmission electron microscopy were quite similar for LT treatment, and close to 3.0 nm. For the

  16. Electronic and Thermal Properties of Puckered Orthorhombic Materials

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    Fei, Ruixiang

    Puckered orthorhombic crystals, such as black phosphorus and group IV monochalcogenides, are attracting tremendous attention because of their new exotic properties, which are of great interests for fundamental science and novel applications. Unlike those well studied layered hexagonal materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides, the puckered orthorhombic crystals possess highly asymmetrical in-plane crystal structures. Understanding the unique properties emerginge from their low symmetries is an intriguing and useful process, which gives insight into experimental observation and sheds light on manipulating their properties. In this thesis, we study and predict various properties of orthorhombic materials by using appropriate theoretical techniques such as first-principles calculations, Monte-Carlo simulations, and k · p models. In the first part of the thesis, we deal with the anisotropic electric and thermal properties of a typical puckered orthorhombic crystal, black phosphorus. We first study the electric properties in monolayer and few-layer black phosphorus, where the unique, anisotropic electrical conductance is founded. Furthermore, we find that the anisotropy of the electrical conductance can be rotated by 90° through applying appropriate uniaxial or biaxial strain. Beyond electrical conductance, we, for the first time, predict that the thermal conductance of black phosphorus is also anisotropic and, particularly, the preferred conducting direction is perpendicular to the preferred electrical conducting direction. Within the reasonable estimation regime, the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) ultimately reaches 1 at room temperature using only moderate doping. The second part of this thesis focuses on the electronic polarization of non-centrosymmetric puckered materials-group IV monochalcogenide. We propose that monolayer group IV monochalcogenides are a new class of two-dimensional (2D) ferroelectric materials with spontaneous in

  17. Structure and electronic properties of a benzene-water solution.

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    Mateus, Margarida P S; Galamba, Nuno; Cabral, Benedito J Costa

    2012-01-07

    Electronic properties of benzene in water were investigated by a sequential quantum mechanical/molecular dynamics approach. Emphasis was placed on the analysis of the structure, polarization effects, and ionization spectrum. By adopting a polarizable model for both benzene and water the structure of the benzene-water solution is in good agreement with data from first principles molecular dynamics. Further, strong evidence that water molecules acquire enhanced orientational order near the benzene molecule is found. Upon hydration, the quadrupole moment of benzene is not significantly changed in comparison with the gas-phase value. We are also reporting results for the dynamic polarizability of benzene in water. Our results indicate that the low energy behaviour of the dynamic polarizability of gas-phase and hydrated benzene is quite similar. Outer valence Green's function calculations for benzene in liquid water show a splitting of the gas-phase energy levels associated with the 1e(1g)(π), 2e(2g), and 2e(1u) orbitals upon hydration. Lifting of the orbitals degeneracy and redshift of the outer valence bands is related to symmetry breaking of the benzene structure in solution and polarization effects from the surrounding water molecules.

  18. Phonon spectra, electronic, and thermodynamic properties of WS2nanotubes.

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    Evarestov, Robert A; Bandura, Andrei V; Porsev, Vitaly V; Kovalenko, Alexey V

    2017-11-15

    Hybrid density functional theory calculations are performed for the first time on the phonon dispersion and thermodynamic properties of WS 2 -based single-wall nanotubes. Symmetry analysis is presented for phonon modes in nanotubes using the standard (crystallographic) factorization for line groups. Symmetry and the number of infra-red and Raman active modes in achiral WS 2 nanotubes are given for armchair and zigzag chiralities. It is demonstrated that a number of infrared and Raman active modes is independent on the nanotube diameter. The zone-folding approach is applied to find out an impact of curvature on electron and phonon band structure of nanotubes rolled up from the monolayer. Phonon frequencies obtained both for layers and nanotubes are used to compute the thermal contributions to their thermodynamic functions. The temperature dependences of energy, entropy, and heat capacity of nanotubes are estimated with respect to those of the monolayer. The role of phonons in the stability estimation of nanotubes is discussed based on Helmholtz free energy calculations. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Magnetostructural, mechanical and electronic properties of manganese tetraboride

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    Yongcheng Liang

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Magnetostructural stabilities, mechanical behaviors and electronic structures of various phases of manganese tetraboride (MnB4 have been investigated systematically by density functional theory (DFT based first-principles methods. It is found that MnB4 undergoes temperature-induced phase transitions from the nonmagnetic (NM monoclinic mP20 structure to the ferromagnetic (FM orthorhombic oP10 structure at 438 K, then to the antiferromagnetic (AFM orthorhombic oP10 structure at 824 K. We reveal that the NM insulating mP20 phase stabilizes by the Peierls distortion breaking the structural degeneracy, while the FM and AFM metallic oP10 phases stabilize by the Stoner magnetism lifting the spin degeneracy. Furthermore, the calculated mechanical properties show that the NM mP20, FM oP10, and AFM oP10 phases exhibit low compressibility and high hardness, which originate from their three-dimensional covalent boron networks. Therefore, this unique temperature-assisted insulator-metal transition, strong stiffness and high hardness suggest that MnB4 may find promising technological applications as thermoelectric switches and field effect transistors at the extreme conditions.

  20. Ab-intitio studies of electronic properties of chalcogenide spinels.

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    Chshiev, Mairbek; Wang, Y.-H. A.; Gupta, Arunava; Bettinger, Joanna; Suzuki, Yuri; Butler, William H.

    2007-03-01

    CuCr2Se4 is a normal chalcogenide spinel which exhibits ferromagnetic properties including a relatively high Curie temperature of 450 K [1] which makes it a promising candidate for use in spintronics devices. Another chalcogenide spinel of enhanced interest for spintronics is CdCr2Se4 which seems to be a promising ferromagnetic semiconductor for electrical spin injection into III-V device heterostructures [2]. We report first principles calculations of the electronic structure of substoichiometric CuCr2Se4-x and CuxCd1-xCrSe4 spinels. The calculations were performed using the Vienna ab-initio simulation program (VASP) within the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) of Density Functional Theory (DFT). Our calculations indicate that both Se deficient CuCr2Se4-x as well as CuxCd1-xCrSe4 show half-metallic behavior over a wide range of x with a gap around the Fermi level in the minority density of states. [1] F.K. Lotgering, Solid State Commun. 2 (1964) 55 [2] G. Kioseoglou et al., Nature Materials 3 (2004) 799

  1. Magnetostructural, mechanical and electronic properties of manganese tetraboride

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    Liang, Yongcheng; Wu, Zhaobing; Wang, Shiming

    2015-11-01

    Magnetostructural stabilities, mechanical behaviors and electronic structures of various phases of manganese tetraboride (MnB4) have been investigated systematically by density functional theory (DFT) based first-principles methods. It is found that MnB4 undergoes temperature-induced phase transitions from the nonmagnetic (NM) monoclinic mP20 structure to the ferromagnetic (FM) orthorhombic oP10 structure at 438 K, then to the antiferromagnetic (AFM) orthorhombic oP10 structure at 824 K. We reveal that the NM insulating mP20 phase stabilizes by the Peierls distortion breaking the structural degeneracy, while the FM and AFM metallic oP10 phases stabilize by the Stoner magnetism lifting the spin degeneracy. Furthermore, the calculated mechanical properties show that the NM mP20, FM oP10, and AFM oP10 phases exhibit low compressibility and high hardness, which originate from their three-dimensional covalent boron networks. Therefore, this unique temperature-assisted insulator-metal transition, strong stiffness and high hardness suggest that MnB4 may find promising technological applications as thermoelectric switches and field effect transistors at the extreme conditions.

  2. Carbon nanotubes--electronic/electrochemical properties and application for nanoelectronics and photonics.

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    Sgobba, Vito; Guldi, Dirk M

    2009-01-01

    The fundamental chemical, redox, electrochemical, photoelectrochemical, optical and optoelectronic features of carbon nanotubes are surveyed with particular emphasis on the most relevant applications as electron donor/electron acceptor or as electron conductor/hole conductor materials, in solutions and in the solid state. Methods that aim at p- and n-doping as a means to favor hole or electron injection/transport are covered as well (critical review, 208 references).

  3. Thermal and electrical properties of porphyrin derivatives and their relevance for molecule interferometry

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    Deachapunya, S.; Stefanov, A.; Berninger, M.; Ulbricht, H.; Reiger, E.; Doltsinis, N.L.; Arndt, M.

    2007-01-01

    The authors present new measurements of thermal and electrical properties for two porphyrin derivatives. They determine their sublimation enthalpy from the temperature dependence of the effusive beam intensity. The authors study H2TPP and Fe(TPP)Cl in matter-wave interferometry. Both molecules have

  4. Effect of sterilization procedures on properties of plasma polymers relevant to biomedical applications

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    Artemenko, A. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Kylian, O., E-mail: ondrej.kylian@gmail.com [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Choukourov, A.; Gordeev, I.; Petr, M. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Vandrovcova, M. [Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Department of Growth and Differentiation of Cell Populations, Videnska 1083, 142 20, Prague 4 (Czech Republic); Polonskyi, O. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Bacakova, L. [Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Department of Growth and Differentiation of Cell Populations, Videnska 1083, 142 20, Prague 4 (Czech Republic); Slavinska, D.; Biederman, H. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague (Czech Republic)

    2012-10-01

    This study is focused on the evaluation of resistance of plasma polymers toward common sterilization techniques, i.e. property important for possible use of such materials in biomedical applications. Three kinds of plasma polymers having different bioadhesive natures were studied: plasma polymerized poly(ethylene oxide), fluorocarbon plasma polymers, and nitrogen-rich plasma polymers. These plasma polymers were subjected to dry heat, autoclave and UV radiation treatment. Their physical, chemical and bioresponsive properties were determined by means of different techniques (ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy, wettability measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and biological tests with osteoblast-like cells MG63). The results clearly show that properties of thin films of plasma polymers may be significantly altered by a sterilization process. Moreover, observed changes induced by selected sterilization methods were found to depend strongly on the sterilized plasma polymer. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Effect of common sterilization methods on three kinds of plasma polymers is studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Physical, chemical and bioresponsive properties of plasma polymers are analyzed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Changes induced by sterilization depend strongly on type of the plasma polymer.

  5. Electronic properties of interfaces produced by silicon wafer hydrophilic bonding

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    Trushin, Maxim

    2011-07-15

    The thesis presents the results of the investigations of electronic properties and defect states of dislocation networks (DNs) in silicon produced by wafers direct bonding technique. A new insight into the understanding of their very attractive properties was succeeded due to the usage of a new, recently developed silicon wafer direct bonding technique, allowing to create regular dislocation networks with predefined dislocation types and densities. Samples for the investigations were prepared by hydrophilic bonding of p-type Si (100) wafers with same small misorientation tilt angle ({proportional_to}0.5 ), but with four different twist misorientation angles Atw (being of < , 3 , 6 and 30 , respectively), thus giving rise to the different DN microstructure on every particular sample. The main experimental approach of this work was the measurements of current and capacitance of Schottky diodes prepared on the samples which contained the dislocation network at a depth that allowed one to realize all capabilities of different methods of space charge region spectroscopy (such as CV/IV, DLTS, ITS, etc.). The key tasks for the investigations were specified as the exploration of the DN-related gap states, their variations with gradually increasing twist angle Atw, investigation of the electrical field impact on the carrier emission from the dislocation-related states, as well as the establishing of the correlation between the electrical (DLTS), optical (photoluminescence PL) and structural (TEM) properties of DNs. The most important conclusions drawn from the experimental investigations and theoretical calculations can be formulated as follows: - DLTS measurements have revealed a great difference in the electronic structure of small-angle (SA) and large-angle (LA) bonded interfaces: dominating shallow level and a set of 6-7 deep levels were found in SA-samples with Atw of 1 and 3 , whereas the prevalent deep levels - in LA-samples with Atw of 6 and 30 . The critical twist

  6. Structural, electronic and transport properties of armorphous/crystalline silicon heterojunctions

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    Schulze, Tim Ferdinand

    2011-06-15

    The present dissertation is concerned with the physical aspects of the a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction in the context of PV research. In a first step, the technological development which took place in the framework of the thesis is summarized. Its main constituent was the development and implementation of ultrathin ({<=}10 nm) undoped a-Si:H[(i)a-Si:H] layers to improve the passivation of the c-Si surface with the goal of increasing the open-circuit voltage of the solar cell. It is shown that the effect of (i)a-Si:H interlayers depends on the c-Si substrate doping type, and that challenges exist particularly on the technologically more relevant (n)c-Si substrate. A precise optimization of (i)a-Si:H thickness and the doping level of the following a-Si:H top layers is required to realize an efficiency gain in the solar cell. In this chapter, the key scientific questions to be tackled in the main part of the thesis are brought up by the technological development. In the next chapter, the charge carrier transport through a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunctions is investigated making use of current-voltage (I/V) characteristics taken at different temperatures. The dominant transport mechanisms in a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunctions are identified, and the relevance for solar cell operation is discussed. It is found that in the bias regime relevant for solar cell operation, the theoretical framework for the description of carrier transport in classical c-Si solar cells applies as well, which enables to use I/V curves for a simple characterization of a-Si:H/c-Si structures. The next chapter deals with the microscopic characterization of ultrathin a-Si:H layers. Employing infrared spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, photoelectron spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectroscopy, the structural, electronic and optical properties of (i)a-Si:H are analyzed. It is found that ultrathin a-Si:H essentially behaves like layers of 10..100 times the thickness. This represents the basis for the

  7. Quasiparticle properties of a coupled quantum-wire electron-phonon system

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    Hwang, E. H.; Hu, Ben Yu-Kuang; Sarma, S. Das

    1996-01-01

    We study leading-order many-body effects of longitudinal-optical phonons on electronic properties of one-dimensional quantum-wire systems. We calculate the quasiparticle properties of a weakly polar one-dimensional electron gas in the presence of both electron-phonon and electron-electron...... interactions, The leading-order dynamical screening approximation (GW approximation) is used to obtain the electron self-energy, the quasiparticle spectral function, and the quasiparticle damping rate in our calculation by treating electrons and phonons on an equal footing. Our theory includes effects (within...... the random-phase approximation) of Fermi statistics, Landau damping, plasmon-phonon mode coupling, phonon renormalization, dynamical screening, and impurity scattering. In general, electron-electron and electron-phonon many-body renormalization effects are found to be nonmultiplicative and nonadditive in our...

  8. Research of the Electron Cyclotron Emission with Vortex Property excited by high power high frequency Gyrotron

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    Goto, Yuki; Kubo, Shin; Tsujimura, Tohru; Takubo, Hidenori

    2017-10-01

    Recently, it has been shown that the radiation from a single electron in cyclotron motion has vortex property. Although the cyclotron emission exists universally in nature, the vortex property has not been featured because this property is normally cancelled out due to the randomness in gyro-phase of electrons and the development of detection of the vortex property has not been well motivated. In this research, we are developing a method to generate the vortex radiation from electrons in cyclotron motion with controlled gyro-phase. Electron that rotates around the uniform static magnetic field is accelerated by right-hand circular polarized (RHCP) radiation resonantly when the cyclotron frequency coincides with the applied RHCP radiation frequency. A large number of electrons can be coherently accelerated in gyro-phase by a RHCP high power radiation so that these electrons can radiate coherent emission with vortex feature. We will show that vortex radiation created by purely rotating electrons for the first time.

  9. Dielectric Properties of Zinc Oxide Leach Residues Relevant to Microwave Drying

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    Zhang, Weifeng; Luo, Zhumei; Chen, Junruo; Zhang, Libo; Liu, Peng

    2017-09-01

    This paper presents the first study on dielectric properties of zinc oxide leach residues (ZOLR) relating to microwave drying. Dielectric properties of ZOLR were measured by cylindrical cavity perturbation method. The three-dimensional response surface plots show that both the dielectric constant and the loss factor of ZOLR tend to decline while the penetration depth of the microwave energy in ZOLR increases in the process of microwave drying. The largest penetration depth of microwave energy in ZOLR is 50 mm. The results obtained from the experiments are useful not only in developing large-scale industrial microwave drying system but also in numerical simulating of the distribution of the temperature field of ZOLR.

  10. Clinically relevant CNT dispersions with exceptionally high dielectric properties for microwave theranostic applications.

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    Xie, Shawn X; Gao, Fuqiang; Patel, Sunny C; Booske, John H; Hagness, Susan C; Sitharaman, Balaji

    2014-11-01

    We present a formulation for achieving stable high-concentration (up to 20 mg/ml) aqueous dispersions of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with exceptionally high microwave-frequency (0.5-6 GHz) dielectric properties. The formulation involves functionalizing CVD-synthesized CNTs via sonication in nitric and sulfuric acid. The overall chemical integrity of the CNTs is largely preserved, as demonstrated via physical and chemical characterizations, despite significant shortening and functionalization with oxygen-containing groups. This is attributed to the protected inner walls of double-walled CNTs in the samples. The resulting CNT dispersions show greatly enhanced dielectric properties compared to a CNT-free control. For example, at 3 GHz, the average relative permittivity and effective conductivity across several 20 mg/ml CNT samples were increased by ∼ 70% and ∼ 400%, respectively, compared to the control. These CNT dispersions exhibit the stability and extraordinary microwave properties desired in systemically administered theranostic agents for microwave diagnostic imaging and/or thermal therapy.

  11. Psychometric properties and clinical relevance of the adolescent sleep hygiene scale in Dutch adolescents.

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    de Bruin, Eduard J; van Kampen, Ris K A; van Kooten, Tamar; Meijer, Anne Marie

    2014-07-01

    This study investigated reliability, validity, and clinical relevance of the Adolescent Sleep Hygiene Scale (ASHS) in Dutch adolescents. The Dutch translation of the ASHS was administered to 186 normal-sleeping adolescents and 112 adolescents with insomnia. Their sleep variables were measured using sleep logs and questionnaires. From the insomnia group, scores were also obtained after six weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (n=58) or waiting list (n=22). The full scale of the ASHS had acceptable internal consistency. The results showed moderate to strong correlations of the ASHS (domains) with sleep quality, sleep duration and chronic sleep reduction. Furthermore, the Dutch ASHS was able to discriminate between normal sleepers and adolescents with insomnia, and scores of adolescents with insomnia improved after treatment. These findings confirm the importance of sleep hygiene in adolescent sleep, and contribute to the validity of the ASHS and its applicability in research and clinical practice. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Optical properties in the UV and visible spectral region of organic acids relevant to tropospheric aerosols

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    C. E. Lund Myhre

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Refractive and absorption indices in the UV and visible region of selected aqueous organic acids relevant to tropospheric aerosols are reported. The acids investigated are the aliphatic dicarboxylic acids oxalic, malonic, tartronic, succinic and glutaric acid. In addition we report data for pyruvic, pinonic, benzoic and phthalic acid. To cover a wide range of conditions we have investigated the aqueous organic acids at different concentrations spanning from highly diluted samples to concentrations close to saturation. The density of the investigated samples is reported and a parameterisation of the absorption and refractive index that allows the calculation of the optical constants of mixed aqueous organic acids at different concentrations is presented. The single scattering albedo is calculated for two size distributions using measured and a synthetic set of optical constants. The results show that tropospheric aerosols consisting of only these organic acids and water have a pure scattering effect.

  13. Electronic and vibronic properties of a discotic liquid-crystal and its charge transfer complex

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    Haverkate, Lucas A.; Zbiri, Mohamed; Johnson, Mark R.; Carter, Elizabeth; Kotlewski, Arek; Picken, S.; Mulder, Fokko M.; Kearley, Gordon J.

    2014-01-01

    Discotic liquid crystalline (DLC) charge transfer (CT) complexes combine visible light absorption and rapid charge transfer characteristics, being favorable properties for photovoltaic (PV) applications. We present a detailed study of the electronic and vibrational properties of the prototypic 1:1 mixture of discotic 2,3,6,7,10,11-hexakishexyloxytriphenylene (HAT6) and 2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone (TNF). It is shown that intermolecular charge transfer occurs in the ground state of the complex: a charge delocalization of about 10-2 electron from the HAT6 core to TNF is deduced from both Raman and our previous NMR measurements [L. A. Haverkate, M. Zbiri, M. R. Johnson, B. Deme, H. J. M. de Groot, F. Lefeber, A. Kotlewski, S. J. Picken, F. M. Mulder, and G. J. Kearley, J. Phys. Chem. B 116, 13098 (2012)], implying the presence of permanent dipoles at the donor-acceptor interface. A combined analysis of density functional theory calculations, resonant Raman and UV-VIS absorption measurements indicate that fast relaxation occurs in the UV region due to intramolecular vibronic coupling of HAT6 quinoidal modes with lower lying electronic states. Relatively slower relaxation in the visible region the excited CT-band of the complex is also indicated, which likely involves motions of the TNF nitro groups. The fast quinoidal relaxation process in the hot UV band of HAT6 relates to pseudo-Jahn-Teller interactions in a single benzene unit, suggesting that the underlying vibronic coupling mechanism can be generic for polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Both the presence of ground state CT dipoles and relatively slow relaxation processes in the excited CT band can be relevant concerning the design of DLC based organic PV systems.

  14. Electronic and vibronic properties of a discotic liquid-crystal and its charge transfer complex

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    Haverkate, Lucas A.; Mulder, Fokko M. [Reactor Institute Delft, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, 2629JB Delft (Netherlands); Zbiri, Mohamed, E-mail: zbiri@ill.fr; Johnson, Mark R. [Institut Laue Langevin, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Carter, Elizabeth [Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, NSW 2008 (Australia); Kotlewski, Arek; Picken, S. [ChemE-NSM, Faculty of Chemistry, Delft University of Technology, 2628BL/136 Delft (Netherlands); Kearley, Gordon J. [Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Menai, NSW 2234 (Australia)

    2014-01-07

    Discotic liquid crystalline (DLC) charge transfer (CT) complexes combine visible light absorption and rapid charge transfer characteristics, being favorable properties for photovoltaic (PV) applications. We present a detailed study of the electronic and vibrational properties of the prototypic 1:1 mixture of discotic 2,3,6,7,10,11-hexakishexyloxytriphenylene (HAT6) and 2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone (TNF). It is shown that intermolecular charge transfer occurs in the ground state of the complex: a charge delocalization of about 10{sup −2} electron from the HAT6 core to TNF is deduced from both Raman and our previous NMR measurements [L. A. Haverkate, M. Zbiri, M. R. Johnson, B. Deme, H. J. M. de Groot, F. Lefeber, A. Kotlewski, S. J. Picken, F. M. Mulder, and G. J. Kearley, J. Phys. Chem. B 116, 13098 (2012)], implying the presence of permanent dipoles at the donor-acceptor interface. A combined analysis of density functional theory calculations, resonant Raman and UV-VIS absorption measurements indicate that fast relaxation occurs in the UV region due to intramolecular vibronic coupling of HAT6 quinoidal modes with lower lying electronic states. Relatively slower relaxation in the visible region the excited CT-band of the complex is also indicated, which likely involves motions of the TNF nitro groups. The fast quinoidal relaxation process in the hot UV band of HAT6 relates to pseudo-Jahn-Teller interactions in a single benzene unit, suggesting that the underlying vibronic coupling mechanism can be generic for polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Both the presence of ground state CT dipoles and relatively slow relaxation processes in the excited CT band can be relevant concerning the design of DLC based organic PV systems.

  15. Investigation of structural, electronic and anisotropic elastic properties of Ru-doped WB{sub 2} compound by increased valence electron concentration

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    Surucu, Gokhan, E-mail: g_surucu@yahoo.com [Ahi Evran University, Department of Electric and Energy, 40100, Kirsehir (Turkey); Gazi University, Photonics Application and Research Center, 06500, Ankara (Turkey); Kaderoglu, Cagil [Ankara University, Department of Engineering Physics, 06100, Ankara (Turkey); Deligoz, Engin; Ozisik, Haci [Aksaray University, Department of Physics, 68100, Aksaray (Turkey)

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    First principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been used to investigate the structural, anisotropic elastic and electronic properties of ruthenium doped tungsten-diboride ternary compounds (W{sub 1−x}Ru{sub x}B{sub 2}) for an increasing molar fraction of Ru atom from 0.1 to 0.9 by 0.1. Among the nine different compositions, W{sub 0.3}Ru{sub 0.7}B{sub 2} has been found as the most stable one due to the formation energy and band filling theory calculations. Moreover, the band structures and partial density of states (PDOS) have been computed for each x composition. After obtaining the elastic constants for all x compositions, the secondary results such as Bulk modulus, Young’s modulus, Poisson’s ratio, Shear modulus, and Vickers Hardness of polycrystalline aggregates have been derived and the relevant mechanical properties have been discussed. In addition, the elastic anisotropy has been visualized in detail by plotting the directional dependence of compressibility, Poisson ratio, Young’s and Shear moduli. - Highlights: • Effects of Ru substitution in WB{sub 2} using increased valence electron concentration. • Structural, electronic, mechanic and elastic properties for increasing Ru content. • Considered alloys are incompressible, brittle, stiffer and high hard materials.

  16. Electronic properties of electron-doped [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester and silylmethylfullerene

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    Furutani, Sho; Okada, Susumu

    2017-06-01

    Electronic properties of electron-doped chemically decorated C60 fullerenes, [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) and silylmethylfullerene (SIMEF), by a planar electrode were studied using density functional theory combined with the effective screening medium method to simulate the heterointerface between the chemically decorated C60 and cationic counter materials. We find that the distribution of accumulated electrons and induced electric field depend on the molecular arrangement with respect to the external electric field of the electrode. We also show that the quantum capacitance of the molecule is sensitive to molecular arrangement owing to the asymmetric distribution of the accumulated electrons.

  17. Synthesis, electronic and optical properties of Si nanostructures

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    Dinh, L.N.

    1996-09-01

    Silicon and silicon oxide nanostructures have been deposited on solid substrates, in an ultra high vacuum (UHV) chamber, by laser ablation or thermal vaporization. Laser ablation followed by substrate post annealing produced Si clusters with average size of a few nanometers, on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surfaces. This technique, which is based on surface diffusion, is limited to the production of less than one layer of clusters on a given surface. The low coverage of Si clusters and the possibility of nonradiative decay of excitation in the Si cores to the HOPG substrates in these samples rendered them unsuitable for many optical measurements. Thermal vaporization of Si in an Ar buffer gas, on the contrary, yielded multilayer coverage of Si nanoclusters with a fairly narrow size distribution of about 2 nm, full width at half maximum (FWHM). As a result, further study was performed only on Si nanoclusters synthesized by thermal vaporization in a buffer gas. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed that these nanoclusters were crystalline. However, during synthesis, if oxygen was the buffer gas, a network of amorphous Si oxide nanostructures (an-SiO{sub x}) with occasional embedded Si dots was formed. All samples showed strong infrared and/or visible photoluminescence (PL) with varying decay times from nanoseconds to microseconds depending on synthesis conditions. There were differences in PL spectra for hydrogen and oxygen passivated nc-Si, while many common PL properties between oxygen passivated nc-Si and an SiO{sub x} were observed. The observed experimental results can be best explained by a model involving absorption between quantum confined states in the Si cores and emission for which the decay times are very sensitive to surface and/or interface states.

  18. Literature Survey of Crude Oil Properties Relevant to Handling and Fire Safety in Transport.

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    Lord, David [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Luketa, Anay [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Wocken, Chad [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Schlasner, Steve [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Aulich, Ted [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Allen, Ray [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Rudeen, David Keith [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-03-01

    Several fiery rail accidents in 2013-2015 in the U.S. and Canada carrying crude oil produced from the Bakken region of North Dakota have raised questions at many levels on the safety of transporting this, and other types of crude oil, by rail. Sandia National Laboratories was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate the material properties of crude oils, and in particular the so-called "tight oils" like Bakken that comprise the majority of crude oil rail shipments in the U.S. at the current time. The current report is a literature survey of public sources of information on crude oil properties that have some bearing on the likelihood or severity of combustion events that may occur around spills associated with rail transport. The report also contains background information including a review of the notional "tight oil" field operating environment, as well a basic description of crude oils and potential combustion events in rail transport. This page intentionally blank

  19. Melatonin and male reproductive health: relevance of darkness and antioxidant properties.

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    Rocha, C S; Rato, L; Martins, A D; Alves, M G; Oliveira, P F

    2015-01-01

    The pineal hormone melatonin controls several physiological functions that reach far beyond the regulation of the circadian rhythm. Moreover, it can be produced in extra-pineal organs such as reproductive organs. The role of melatonin in the mammalian seasonal and circadian rhythm is well known. Nevertheless, its overall effect in male reproductive physiology remains largely unknown. Melatonin is a very powerful endogenous antioxidant that can also be exogenously taken safely. Interestingly, its antioxidant properties have been consistently reported to improve the male reproductive dysfunctions associated with pathological conditions and also with the exposure to toxicants. Nevertheless, the exact molecular mechanisms by which melatonin exerts its action in the male reproductive system remain a matter of debate. Herein, we propose to present an up-to-date overview of the melatonin effects in the male reproductive health and debate future directions to disclose possible sites of melatonin action in male reproductive system. We will discuss not only the role of melatonin during darkness and sleep but also the importance of the antioxidant properties of this hormone to male fertility. Since melatonin readily crosses the physiological barriers, such as the blood-testis barrier, and has a very low toxicity, it appears as an excellent candidate in the prevention and/or treatment of the multiple male reproductive dysfunctions associated with various pathologies.

  20. Climate-Relevant Properties of Atmospheric Aerosols Over Megacity Regions in China

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    Andreae, M. O.; Garland, R.; Gunthe, S.; Poeschl, U.; Rose, D.; Schmid, O.; Yang, H.; Zhang, Y.; Zhu, T.

    2007-12-01

    We conducted measurements of optical and cloud-nucleating properties of the atmospheric aerosol over urban and peri-urban regions in northern and southern China (Beijing and Guangzhou areas). We measured light scattering with a nephelometer at several wavelengths and light absorption with a photoacoustic spectrometer at 532 nm. Because the latter instrument measures the absorption on airborne particles, it is free from filter artefacts and provides high accuracy. The cloud-nucleating properties of size-selected aerosol were determined with a DMT CCN counter. Urban aerosols were found to be highly absorbing, as a result of strong emissions of soot particles mostly from vehicular sources. Regional aerosols were somewhat less absorbing due to the continued production of secondary inorganic (sulfate, nitrate) and organic aerosol. Aerosol from biomass burning also made substantial contributions to the atmospheric burden. Absolute values of the scattering and absorption coefficients were very high, especially during the northeastern monsoon in Guangzhou. A negative correlation between single scattering albedo and backscatter fraction was observed and found to have a strong non-linear effect on aerosol radiative forcing efficiency. High CCN concentrations were present over both regions. In spite of the relatively young age of the aerosols, most of the particles contained enough soluble material to be able to activate at intermediate supersaturations. The hygroscopicity of the particles was in general similar or higher than that observed in regional aerosol from Europe or other polluted regions.

  1. Relevance of the Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Curcumin in Neurodegenerative Diseases and Depression

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    Yousef Tizabi

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This review is an attempt to summarize our current understanding of curcumin’s potential as a neuroprotectant and an antidepressant. This dual property confers a unique advantage to this herbal medication, believed to be devoid of any major side effects, to combat commonly observed co-morbid conditions of a neurodegenerative and a neuropsychiatric disorder. Moreover, in line with the theme of this series, the role of inflammation and stress in these diseases and possible anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin, as well as its interaction with signal transduction proteins as a common denominator in its varied mechanisms of action, are also discussed. Thus, following a brief introduction of curcumin’s pharmacology, we present research suggesting how its anti-inflammatory properties have therapeutic potential in treating a devastating neurological disorder (Parkinson’s disease = PD and a debilitating neuropsychiatric disorder (major depressive disorder = MDD. It is concluded that curcumin, or better yet, an analog with better and longer bioavailability could be of important therapeutic potential in PD and/or major depression.

  2. Relevance of the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin in neurodegenerative diseases and depression.

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    Tizabi, Yousef; Hurley, Laura L; Qualls, Zakiya; Akinfiresoye, Luli

    2014-12-12

    This review is an attempt to summarize our current understanding of curcumin's potential as a neuroprotectant and an antidepressant. This dual property confers a unique advantage to this herbal medication, believed to be devoid of any major side effects, to combat commonly observed co-morbid conditions of a neurodegenerative and a neuropsychiatric disorder. Moreover, in line with the theme of this series, the role of inflammation and stress in these diseases and possible anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin, as well as its interaction with signal transduction proteins as a common denominator in its varied mechanisms of action, are also discussed. Thus, following a brief introduction of curcumin's pharmacology, we present research suggesting how its anti-inflammatory properties have therapeutic potential in treating a devastating neurological disorder (Parkinson's disease = PD) and a debilitating neuropsychiatric disorder (major depressive disorder = MDD). It is concluded that curcumin, or better yet, an analog with better and longer bioavailability could be of important therapeutic potential in PD and/or major depression.

  3. Electronic Structure and Optical Properties Of EuIn2P2

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    Singh, Nirpendra

    2011-10-25

    The electronic structures and, optical and magneto‐optical properties of a newly found Zintl compound EuIn2P2 have been investigated within the density‐functional theory using the highly precise full‐potential linear‐augmented‐plane‐wave method. Results of detailed investigation of the electronic structure and related properties are reported.

  4. Deducing Electron Properties from Hard X-Ray Observations

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    Kontar, E. P.; Brown, J. C.; Emslie, A. G.; Hajdas, W.; Holman, G. D.; Hurford, G. J.; Kasparova, J.; Mallik, P. C. V.; Massone, A. M.; McConnell, M. L.; hide

    2011-01-01

    X-radiation from energetic electrons is the prime diagnostic of flare-accelerated electrons. The observed X-ray flux (and polarization state) is fundamentally a convolution of the cross-section for the hard X-ray emission process(es) in question with the electron distribution function, which is in turn a function of energy, direction, spatial location and time. To address the problems of particle propagation and acceleration one needs to infer as much information as possible on this electron distribution function, through a deconvolution of this fundamental relationship. This review presents recent progress toward this goal using spectroscopic, imaging and polarization measurements, primarily from the Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI). Previous conclusions regarding the energy, angular (pitch angle) and spatial distributions of energetic electrons in solar flares are critically reviewed. We discuss the role and the observational evidence of several radiation processes: free-free electron-ion, free-free electron-electron, free-bound electron-ion, photoelectric absorption and Compton backscatter (albedo), using both spectroscopic and imaging techniques. This unprecedented quality of data allows for the first time inference of the angular distributions of the X-ray-emitting electrons and improved model-independent inference of electron energy spectra and emission measures of thermal plasma. Moreover, imaging spectroscopy has revealed hitherto unknown details of solar flare morphology and detailed spectroscopy of coronal, footpoint and extended sources in flaring regions. Additional attempts to measure hard X-ray polarization were not sufficient to put constraints on the degree of anisotropy of electrons, but point to the importance of obtaining good quality polarization data in the future.

  5. Might axial myofascial properties and biomechanical mechanisms be relevant to ankylosing spondylitis and axial spondyloarthritis?

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    Masi, Alfonse T

    2014-01-01

    inflammatory mechanisms operate in both ankylosing spondylitis and degenerative disc disease but differ in relative degrees. The hypothesized biomechanical properties raised in this commentary require documentation of their association with the onset risk and course of ankylosing spondylitis and axial spondyloarthritis. If particular subsets of ankylosing spondylitis and axial spondyloarthritis patients are confirmed to have altered axial myofascial properties, their biological basis and underlying biomechanical mechanisms promise to become clarified. Understanding how biomechanical and physical properties can affect symptomatic and structural manifestations of these disorders could also improve their management.

  6. Electronic properties of asymmetrical quantum dots dressed by laser field

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    Kibis, O.V. [Department of Applied and Theoretical Physics, Novosibirsk State Technical University, Karl Marx Avenue 20, 630092 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Slepyan, G.Ya.; Maksimenko, S.A. [Institute for Nuclear Problems, Belarus State University, Bobruyskaya St. 11, 220050 Minsk (Belarus); Hoffmann, A. [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Hardenbergstrasse 36, 10623 Berlin (Germany)

    2012-05-15

    In the present paper, we demonstrate theoretically that the strong non-resonant interaction between asymmetrical quantum dots (QDs) and a laser field results in harmonic oscillations of their band gap. It is shown that such oscillations change the spectrum of elementary electron excitations in QDs: in the absence of the laser pumping there is only one resonant electron frequency, but QDs dressed by the laser field have a set of electron resonant frequencies. One expects that this modification of elementary electron excitations in QDs can be observable in optical experiments. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  7. Properties of the FDTD method relevant to the analysis of microwave power problems.

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    Celuch, Małgorzata; Gwarek, Wojciech K

    2007-01-01

    The objective of the paper is to provide a systematic consideration and generalization of properties and features of the FDTD method in the context of its use in solving microwave power problems. This is aimed at filling the gap between the general theory of the FDTD method and the specific practice of its applications by microwave power engineers. The paper starts with a comparison of FDTD to other methods like FEM, from the perspective of microwave power simulations. It then discusses FDTD-specific models of lossy and dispersive media, conformal boundaries, field singularities, and modal excitation as well as error bounds due to numerical dispersion. Theoretical overview is illustrated with examples. References are provided to the literature where more details and application notes can be found.

  8. Prion-like properties of disease-relevant proteins in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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    Bräuer, S; Zimyanin, V; Hermann, A

    2018-02-08

    The hallmark of age-related neurodegenerative diseases is the appearance of cellular protein deposits and spreading of this pathology throughout the central nervous system. Growing evidence has shown the involvement and critical role of proteins with prion-like properties in the formation of these characteristic cellular aggregates. Prion-like domains of such proteins with their proposed function in the organization of membraneless organelles are prone for misfolding and promoting further aggregation. Spreading of these toxic aggregates between cells and across tissues can explain the progression of clinical phenotypes and pathology in a stereotypical manner, characteristic for almost every neurodegenerative disease. Here, we want to review the current evidence for the role of prion-like mechanisms in classical neurodegenerative diseases and ALS in particular. We will also discuss an intriguingly central role of the protein TDP-43 in the majority of cases of this devastating disease.

  9. Electronic properties of Mn-phthalocyanine–C{sub 60} bulk heterojunctions: Combining photoemission and electron energy-loss spectroscopy

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    Roth, Friedrich [Center for Free-Electron Laser Science/DESY, Notkestraße 85, D-22607 Hamburg (Germany); Herzig, Melanie; Knupfer, Martin [FW Dresden, P.O. Box 270116, D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Lupulescu, Cosmin [Institute of Optics and Atomic Physics, TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin (Germany); Darlatt, Erik; Gottwald, Alexander [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Abbestraße 2-12, D-10587 Berlin (Germany); Eberhardt, Wolfgang [Center for Free-Electron Laser Science/DESY, Notkestraße 85, D-22607 Hamburg (Germany); Institute of Optics and Atomic Physics, TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin (Germany)

    2015-11-14

    The electronic properties of co-evaporated mixtures (blends) of manganese phthalocyanine and the fullerene C{sub 60} (MnPc:C{sub 60}) have been studied as a function of the concentration of the two constituents using two supplementary electron spectroscopic methods, photoemission spectroscopy (PES) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) in transmission. Our PES measurements provide a detailed picture of the electronic structure measured with different excitation energies as well as different mixing ratios between MnPc and C{sub 60}. Besides a relative energy shift, the occupied electronic states of the two materials remain essentially unchanged. The observed energy level alignment is different compared to that of the related CuPc:C{sub 60} bulk heterojunction. Moreover, the results from our EELS investigations show that, despite the rather small interface interaction, the MnPc related electronic excitation spectrum changes significantly by admixing C{sub 60} to MnPc thin films.

  10. Electronic and magnetic properties of UPdSn: the itinerant 5f electrons approach

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    Sandratskii, L M

    1997-01-01

    Density functional theory, modified to include spin-orbit coupling and an effective orbital field to simulate Hound's second rule, is applied to investigate the magnetic structure and electronic properties of the compound Upends. Our theoretical results are in overall good agreement with experiment. Thus both theory and experiment find the magnetic structure of Upends to be non collinear, the calculated magnetic U-moments being in very good agreement with the measurements. Also, the calculated density of states is found to simulate closely the photoemission spectrum and the very low experimental value of 5 mJ mol sup - sup 1 K sup - sup 2 for the specific heat gamma is reproduced reasonably well by the calculated value of 7.5 mJ mol sup - sup 1 K sup - sup 2. Furthermore, the interconnection of the magnetic structure with the crystal structure is investigated. Here theory and experiment agree concerning the planar non collinear antiferromagnetic configuration in the orthorhombic crystal structure and for the ...

  11. Structures and electronic properties of germanium-doped Ni n clusters, n = 13-23

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    Song, Wei; Li, Hua-qiang; He, Chao-zheng; Zhang, Wei

    2017-11-01

    The magnetic property and electronic properties such as binding energy, charge transfer, ionization potential and electron affinity of the Ni n-1Ge ( n = 13-23) neutral and ionic clusters have been studied using the density functional theory calculations with the PBE exchange-correlation energy functional. The calculated total magnetic moments decrease with the addition of Ge atom. Both the calculated ionization potential and electron affinity exhibit an oscillating behavior as the cluster size increases.

  12. Animal models of nicotine exposure: relevance to second-hand smoking, electronic cigarette use and compulsive smoking

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    Ami eCohen

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Much evidence indicates that individuals use tobacco primarily to experience the psychopharmacological properties of nicotine and that a large proportion of smokers eventually become dependent on nicotine. In humans, nicotine acutely produces positive reinforcing effects, including mild euphoria, whereas a nicotine abstinence syndrome with both somatic and affective components is observed after chronic nicotine exposure. Animal models of nicotine self-administration and chronic exposure to nicotine have been critical in unveiling the neurobiological substrates that mediate the acute reinforcing effects of nicotine and emergence of a withdrawal syndrome during abstinence. However, important aspects of the transition from nicotine abuse to nicotine dependence, such as the emergence of increased motivation and compulsive nicotine intake following repeated exposure to the drug, have only recently begun to be modeled in animals. Thus, the neurobiological mechanisms that are involved in these important aspects of nicotine addiction remain largely unknown. In this review, we describe the different animal models available to date and discuss recent advances in animal models of nicotine exposure and nicotine dependence. This review demonstrates that novel animal models of nicotine vapor exposure and escalation of nicotine intake provide a unique opportunity to investigate the neurobiological effects of second-hand nicotine exposure, electronic cigarette use and the mechanisms that underlie the transition from nicotine use to compulsive nicotine intake.

  13. Electronic structure and optical properties of thorium monopnictides

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    We have calculated the electronic density of states (DOS) and dielectric function for the ThX (X = P, As and Sb) using the linear muffin tin orbital method within atomic sphere approximation (LMTO–ASA) including the combined correction terms. The calculated electronic DOS of ThSb has been compared with the available ...

  14. Electronic structure and equilibrium properties of hcp titanium and ...

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    The electronic structures of hexagonal-close-packed divalent titanium (3-d) and zirconium (4-d) transition metals are studied by using a non-local model potential method. From the present calculation of energy bands, Fermi energy, density of states and the electronic heat capacity of these two metals are determined and ...

  15. Spectroscopic Properties of Tc(I) Tricarbonyl Species Relevant to the Hanford Tank Waste

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    Levitskaia, Tatiana G. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Andersen, Amity [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Chatterjee, Sayandev [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Hall, Gabriel B. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Walter, Eric D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Washton, Nancy M. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2015-12-04

    Technetium-99 (Tc) exists predominately in soluble forms in the liquid supernatant and salt cake fractions of the nuclear tank waste stored at the U.S. DOE Hanford Site. In the strongly alkaline environments prevalent in the tank waste, its dominant chemical form is pertechnetate (TcO4-, oxidation state +7). However, attempts to remove Tc from the Hanford tank waste using ion-exchange processes specific to TcO4- only met with limited success, particularly processing tank waste samples containing elevated concentrations of organic complexants. This suggests that a significant fraction of the soluble Tc can be present as non-pertechnetate low-valent Tc (oxidation state < +7) (non-pertechnetate). The chemical identities of these non-pertechnetate species are poorly understood. Previous analysis of the SY-101 and SY-103 tank waste samples provided strong evidence that non-pertechnetate can be comprised of [Tc(CO)3]+ complexes containing Tc in oxidation state +1 (Lukens et al. 2004). During the last two years, our team has expanded this work and demonstrated that high-ionic-strength solutions typifying tank waste supernatants promote oxidative stability of the [Tc(CO)3]+ species (Rapko et al. 2013; Levitskaia et al. 2014). It also was observed that high-ionic-strength alkaline matrices stabilize Tc(VI) and potentially Tc(IV) oxidation states, particularly in presence organic chelators, suggesting that the relevant Tc compounds can serve as important redox intermediates facilitating the reduction of Tc(VII) to Tc(I). Designing strategies for effective Tc processing, including separation and immobilization, necessitates understanding the molecular structure of these non-pertechnetate species and their identification in the actual tank waste samples. To-date, only limited information exists regarding the nature and characterization of the Tc(I), Tc(IV), and Tc(VI) species. One objective of this project is to

  16. Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Trans-Polyacetylene

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    Cruz-Cruz, Luis R.

    In the first part of this work we present a study of the stability of soliton and polaron excitations in a single strand of trans-polyacetylene. We proceed by first solving exactly the continuum version of the SSH Hamiltonian for the single particle states that arise when n-doped electrons are added to a single polymer chain. The role of on-site (U), nearest-neighbor (V), and bond repulsion (W) Coulomb interactions are obtained from a first-order perturbative calculation with the exact single-particle states. By minimizing the total energy we show that, at a fixed doping level, a polaron lattice is favored over a soliton configuration provided that U and V exceed critical values. However, as the doping level is increased, we show that these critical values increase beyond experimentally -accepted estimates. Our work then supports the view of a soliton lattice that persists into the metallic phase of polyacetylene. In addition, we show that the bound state soliton levels merge to fill the gap sufficiently that the magnetic susceptibility becomes non-zero and comparable to the corresponding experimental values. This picture also accounts for the onset of a Pauli susceptibility at a doping level of 6% in terms of the rate of closure of the gap. In the second part, the transport properties in the highly doped regime are analyzed considering the density of states of an impurity in the chain. It is calculated as a function of the atomic impurity level and the hybridization energy. The inclusion of a gap in the spectrum of the chain takes into account the remaining charge alternation pattern observed in this high doping regime. It is shown that a Kondo-like resonance exists at the top of the gap and that a logT behavior should be exhibited in the resistivity of the sample, as experiments have revealed. It is shown that in order to observe the Kondo resonance, the gap must be smaller than the Kondo Temperature of the system without the gap. (Copies available exclusively

  17. Stability and properties of electron-driven fishbones in tokamaks

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    Merle, Antoine

    2013-01-01

    In tokamaks, the stability of magneto-hydrodynamic modes can be modified by populations of energetic particles. In ITER-type fusion reactors, such populations can be generated by fusion reactions or auxiliary heating. The electron-driven fishbone mode results from the resonant interaction of the internal kink mode with the slow toroidal precessional motion of energetic electrons and is frequently observed in present-day tokamaks with Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating or Lower Hybrid Current Drive. In Tore Supra, electron-driven fishbones are observed during LHCD-powered discharges in which a high-energy tail of the electronic distribution function is created. Although the destabilization of those modes is related to the existence of a fast particle population, the modes are observed at a frequency that is lower than expected. The linear stability analysis of electron-driven fishbone modes is the main focus of this thesis. The fishbone dispersion relation is derived in a form that accounts for the contribution of the parallel motion of passing particles to the resonance condition. The MIKE code is developed to compute and solve the dispersion relation of electron-driven fishbones. The code is successfully benchmarked against theory using simple analytical distributions. Using the code MIKE with parametric distributions and equilibria, we show that both barely trapped and barely passing electrons resonate with the mode and can drive it unstable. More deeply trapped and passing electrons have a non-resonant effect on the mode that is, respectively, stabilizing and destabilizing. MIKE simulations using complete ECRH-like distribution functions show that energetic barely passing electrons can contribute to drive a mode unstable at a relatively low frequency. This observation could provide some insight to the understanding of Tore Supra experiments.

  18. Spent nuclear fuel. A review of properties of possible relevance to corrosion processes

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    Forsyth, R. [Caledon Consult AB, Nykoeping (Sweden)

    1995-04-01

    The report reviews the properties of spent fuel which are considered to be of most importance in determining the corrosion behaviour in groundwaters. Pellet cracking and fragment size distribution are discussed, together with the available results of specific surface area measurements on spent fuel. With respect to the importance of fuel microstructure, emphasis is placed on recent work on the so called structural rim effect, which consists of the formation of a zone of high porosity, and the polygonization of fuel grains to form many sub-grains, at the pellet rim, and appears to be initiated when the average pellet burnup exceeds a threshold of about 40 MWd/kgU. Due to neutron spectrum effects, the pellet rim is also associated with the buildup of plutonium and other actinides, which results in an enhanced local burnup and specific activity of both beta-gamma and alpha radiation, thus representing a greater potential for radiolysis effects in ingressed groundwater. The report presents and discusses the results of quantitative determination of the radial profiles of burnup and alpha activity on spent fuel with average burnups from 21.2 to 49 MWd/kgU. In addition to the radial variation of fission product and actinide inventories due to the effects mentioned above, migration, redistribution and release of some fission products can occur during reactor irradiation and the report concludes with a short review of these processes.

  19. The relevance of low-frequency sound properties for performance and pleasantness

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    Persson Waye, Kerstin; Bengtsson, Johanna

    2004-05-01

    The sound environment in the workplace has been found to influence performance, stress, mood, and well-being after work. However few studies can provide dose-response relationships and little is known of the importance of sound-quality aspects for adverse effects on critical tasks or task requirements. We have, during the last 8 years, been engaged in studies investigating the critical performance effects due to the presence of low frequencies (20-200 Hz) in sounds. The main hypotheses on critical effects derived from studies in the general environment were that low-frequency noise induced great annoyance, concentration difficulties, and was difficult to filter out or habituate to. On the other hand, results from truck drivers indicated that low-frequency sounds may lead to reduced alertness and increased sleepiness. In total, three studies were designed with regard to these hypotheses, all of them with the intention to be applicable to office and control room environment, using equivalent A-weighted sound-pressure levels of 40 and 45 dB. The fourth study investigated the importance of sound properties in low-frequency sounds for the perception of pleasantness. The results will be presented and discussed in relation to noise assessment aspects. [Work supported by Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research.

  20. The utilization of physisorption analyzer for studying the hygroscopic properties of atmospheric relevant particles.

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    Ma, Qingxin; Liu, Yongchun; He, Hong

    2010-04-01

    The hygroscopic behavior of atmospheric aerosols has a significant effect on the global climate change. In this study, a physisorption analyzer was used to measure the water adsorption capacity of Al(2)O(3), NaCl, NH(4)NO(3), and (NH(4))(2)SO(4) particles at 273.6 K. Qualitative and quantitative information about water adsorption on these particles was obtained with changing the temperature and/or relative humidity (RH). Uptake of water on Al(2)O(3) showed a type-II BET adsorption isotherm with the monolayer formed at approximately 18% relative humidity (RH). The hygroscopic properties of NaCl, (NH(4))(2)SO(4), and NH(4)NO(3), including the deliquescence relative humidities (DRH), the temperature dependence of the DRH for NH(4)NO(3), and the growth factors of NaCl and (NH(4))(2)SO(4) were determined. All these results were in good agreement with the results obtained by other methods and/or theoretical prediction with a deviation less than 2%. For NaCl, the water adsorption amount increase rate exhibits three stages (65% RH) in the predeliquescence process and monolayer thin film water was formed at about 30% RH. It demonstrated that this instrument was practicable for studying the hygroscopic behavior of both soluble and insoluble but wettable atmospheric nonviolate aerosol particles.

  1. Wet flue gas desulphurisation procedures and relevant solvents thermophysical properties determination

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    Živković Nikola V.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to mitigate climate change, the priority task is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, including sulfur oxides, from stationary power plants. The legal framework of the European Union has limited the allowable emissions of gases with harmful effects and fulfillment of this obligation is also ahead of the Republic of Serbia in the following years. In this paper categorization of wet procedures for sulfur oxides removal is given. Wet procedure with the most widespread industrial application, lime/limestone process, has been described in detail. In addition, the procedures with chemical and physical absorption and solvent thermal regeneration, which recently gained more importance, have been presented. Experimentally determined thermophysical and transport properties of commercially used and alternative solvents, necessary for the equipment design and process optimization, are also given in the paper. The obtained values of densities and viscosities of pure chemicals - solvents, polyethylene glycol 200 (PEG 200, polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400, tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether (TEGDMA, N-methyl-2-pyrolidon (NMP and dimethylaniline (DMA, measured at the atmospheric pressure, are presented as a function of temperature. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 172063

  2. Differential immunomodulatory properties of Bifidobacterium logum strains: relevance to probiotic selection and clinical applications

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    Medina, M; Izquierdo, E; Ennahar, S; Sanz, Y

    2007-01-01

    Modulation of host immunity is one of the proposed benefits of the consumption of probiotics. Nonetheless, comparative studies on the immunological properties that support the selection of strains of the same species for specific health benefits are limited. In this study, the ability of different strains of Bifidobacterium longum to induce cytokine production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) has been evaluated. Live cells of all B. longum strains greatly stimulated regulatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-10 and proinflammatory cytokine tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α production. Strains of the same species also induced specific cytokine patterns, suggesting that they could drive immune responses in different directions. The probiotic strain B. longum W11 stimulated strongly the production of T helper 1 (Th1) cytokines while B. longum NCIMB 8809 and BIF53 induced low levels of Th1 cytokines and high levels of IL-10. The effects of cell-surface components obtained by sonication of B. longum strains overall confirm the effects detected by stimulation of PBMCs with live cells, indicating that these components are important determinants of the immunomodulatory activity of B. longum. Genomic DNA of some strains stimulated the production of the Th1 and pro-inflammatory cytokines, interferon (IFN)-γ and TNF-α, but not that of IL-10. None of the cell-free culture supernatants of the studied strains was able to induce TNF-α production, suggesting that the proinflammatory component of these strains is associated mainly with structural cell molecules. The results suggest that despite sharing certain features, some strains can perform a better functional role than others and their careful selection for therapeutic use is desirable. PMID:17956582

  3. Stability, electronic and thermodynamic properties of aluminene from first-principles calculations

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    Yuan, Junhui [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China); Yu, Niannian [School of Science, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430070 (China); Xue, Kanhao, E-mail: xkh@hust.edu.cn [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China); Miao, Xiangshui [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China)

    2017-07-01

    Highlights: • We have predicted two NEW stable phases of atomic layer aluminum, buckled and 8-Pmmn aluminene. • We have revealed the electronic structures and bonding characteristics of aluminene. • Thermodynamic properties of aluminene were investigated based on phonon properties. - Abstract: Using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT), we have investigated the structure stability and electronic properties of both buckled and 8-Pmmn phase aluminene. Phonon dispersion analysis reveals that the buckled and 8-Pmmn aluminene are dynamically stable. The band structure shows that both the buckled and 8-Pmmn aluminene exhibit metallic behavior. Finally, the thermodynamic properties are investigated based on phonon properties.

  4. Structural, Dynamical, and Electronic Transport Properties of Modified DNA Duplexes Containing Size-Expanded Nucleobases

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    Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel A [ORNL; Orozco, Modesto [Institut de Recerca Biomedica, Parc Cientific de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; Luque, Javier [Universitat de Barcelona; Sumpter, Bobby G [ORNL; Blas, Jose [Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha; Ordejon, Pablo J [ORNL; Huertas, Oscar [Universitat de Barcelona; Tabares, Carolina [Universitat de Barcelona

    2011-01-01

    Among the distinct strategies proposed to expand the genetic alphabet, sizeexpanded nucleobases are promising for the development of modified DNA duplexes with improved biotechnological properties. In particular, duplexes built up by replacing canonical bases with the corresponding benzo-fused counterparts could be valuable as molecular nanowires. In this context, this study reports the results of classical molecular dynamics simulations carried out to examine the structural and dynamical features of size-expanded DNAs, including both hybrid duplexes containing mixed pairs of natural and benzo-fused bases (xDNA) and pure size-expanded (xxDNA) duplexes. Furthermore, the electronic structure of both natural and size-expanded duplexes is examined by means of density functional computations. The results confirm that the structural and flexibility properties of the canonical DNA are globally little affected by the presence of benzo-fused bases. Themost relevant differences are found in the enhanced size of the grooves, and the reduction in the twist. However, the analysis also reveals subtle structural effects related to the nature and sequence of benzo-fused bases in the duplex. On the other hand, electronic structure calculations performed for xxDNAs confirm the reduction in the HOMOLUMO gap predicted from the analysis of the natural bases and their size-expanded counterparts, which suggests that pure size-expanded DNAs can be good conductors. A more complex situation is found for xDNAs, where fluctuations in the electrostatic interaction between base pairs exerts a decisive influence on the modulation of the energy gap.

  5. Electronic and optical properties of radiated oxide films on valve metals

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    Schultze, J.W.; Elfenthal, L.; Hansen, G.; Patzelt, T.; Siemensmeyer, B.; Thietke, J. (Duesseldorf Univ. (Germany, F.R.). Inst. fuer Physikalische Chemie und Elektrochemie)

    1990-01-01

    The electronic and optical properties of passive films are changed by radiation in different ways. Nuclear and electronic interaction must be discussed for heavy particles but only electronic interaction for {beta}- and {gamma}-radiation. Nuclear interaction means defect production and amorphization of the solid which can be detected by measurements of capacity, electron transfer reactions, photocurrents, UPS and XPS and reflection spectra. Various electrode reactions are enhanced which change the passive behavior. The electronic effect of radiation can be simulated by a focussed laser beam. Electron hole pairs are generated and separated in the electric field. Hole accumulation near the surface causes radiation induced oxide growth. (author).

  6. Influence of the substitution on the electronic properties of perylene ...

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    dicarboximides): density functional theory study. ... Taking into account the calculated electron affinities (EA), the air stability and ambipolar behavior of the materials under study can be expected. KEY WORDS: Organic field effect transistors, ...

  7. Soil properties relevant to land degradation in abandoned sloping fields in Aisa valley, Central Pyrenees (Spain

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    Pardini, G.

    1991-06-01

    Full Text Available A multi-approach characterization of soil properties in abandoned fields in the Aisa valley, at mid mountain in the Central Spanish Pyrenees, demonstrated that the soil's own peculiar characteristics are concerned with conservation problems. Aggregate stability and shrinkage tests pointed to a relatively good soil performance due to the aggregating role of organic matter and calcium carbonates, although calcium ions, in some instances, may exert and additional antagonistic role for a sealed surface, increasing runoff. On the other hand, soil micromorphology suggests that the poor condition of the soils is in some contradiction to paedogenic activity. These findings, together with the presence of ashes, support the hypothesis that land degradation in these areas is mainly related to human activity thought unsuitable management after land abandonment.

    [es] La caracterización de diversas propiedades del suelo en campos abandonados del valle de Aisa, montaña media del Pirineo Central, ha mostrado que dichos suelos presentan algunos caracteres de interés desde el punto de vista de la conservación. La estabilidad de los agregados y los test de agrietamiento evidencian un comportamiento aceptable, gracias al papel agregante de la materia orgánica y carbonatos de calcio, a pesar que los iones calcio, en algunas ocasiones, pueden ejercer un papel antagonista adicional y favorecer el sellado de la superficie del suelo, aumentando la escorrentía superficial. Por otra parte, la micromorfología sugiere que el estado de degradación de los suelos contrasta con la actividad pedogénica. Estos resultados, juntamente con la presencia de cenizas, apoyan la hipótesis de que el estado de degradación en estas áreas es consecuencia principalmente de una utilización incorrecta después del abandono de los cultivos.
    [fr] Un étude des propriétés des sois dans une zone à cultures en pente abandonnées dans la vallée d'Aisa (Pyr

  8. Electronic structure and biologically relevant reactivity of low-spin {FeNO}8 porphyrin model complexes: new insight from a bis-picket fence porphyrin.

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    Goodrich, Lauren E; Roy, Saikat; Alp, E Ercan; Zhao, Jiyong; Hu, Michael Y; Lehnert, Nicolai

    2013-07-01

    Because of HNO's emerging role as an important effector molecule in biology, there is great current interest in the coordination chemistry of HNO and its deprotonated form, the nitroxyl anion (NO(-)), with hemes. Here we report the preparation of four new ferrous heme-nitroxyl model complexes, {FeNO}(8) in the Enemark-Feltham notation, using three electron-poor porphyrin ligands and the bis-picket fence porphyrin H2[3,5-Me-BAFP] (3,5-Me-BAFP(2-) = 3,5-methyl-bis(aryloxy)-fence porphyrin dianion). Electrochemical reduction of [Fe(3,5-Me-BAFP)(NO)] (1-NO) induces a shift of ν(N-O) from 1684 to 1466 cm(-1), indicative of formation of [Fe(3,5-Me-BAFP)(NO)](-) (1-NO(-)), and similar results are obtained with the electron-poor hemes. These results provide the basis to analyze general trends in the properties of ferrous heme-nitroxyl complexes for the first time. In particular, we found a strong correlation between the electronic structures of analogous {FeNO}(7) and {FeNO}(8) complexes, which we analyzed using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. To further study their reactivity, we have developed a new method for the preparation of bulk material of pure heme {FeNO}(8) complexes via corresponding [Fe(porphyrin)](-) species. Reaction of [Fe(To-F2PP)(NO)](-) (To-F2PP(2-) = tetra(ortho-difluorophenyl)porphyrin dianion) prepared this way with acetic acid generates the corresponding {FeNO}(7) complex along with the release of H2. Importantly, this disproportionation can be suppressed when the bis-picket fence porphyrin complex [Fe(3,5-Me-BAFP)(NO)](-) is used, and excitingly, with this system we were able to generate the first ferrous heme-NHO model complex reported to date. The picket fence of the porphyrin renders this HNO complex very stable, with a half-life of ~5 h at room temperature in solution. Finally, with analogous {FeNO}(8) and {FeNHO}(8) complexes in hand, their biologically relevant reactivity toward NO was then explored.

  9. Enhanced Electronic Properties of SnO2 via Electron Transfer from Graphene Quantum Dots for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Xie, Jiangsheng; Huang, Kun; Yu, Xuegong; Yang, Zhengrui; Xiao, Ke; Qiang, Yaping; Zhu, Xiaodong; Xu, Lingbo; Wang, Peng; Cui, Can; Yang, Deren

    2017-09-26

    Tin dioxide (SnO2) has been demonstrated as an effective electron-transporting layer (ETL) for attaining high-performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs). However, the numerous trap states in low-temperature solution processed SnO2 will reduce the PSCs performance and result in serious hysteresis. Here, we report a strategy to improve the electronic properties in SnO2 through a facile treatment of the films with adding a small amount of graphene quantum dots (GQDs). We demonstrate that the photogenerated electrons in GQDs can transfer to the conduction band of SnO2. The transferred electrons from the GQDs will effectively fill the electron traps as well as improve the conductivity of SnO2, which is beneficial for improving the electron extraction efficiency and reducing the recombination at the ETLs/perovskite interface. The device fabricated with SnO2:GQDs could reach an average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 19.2 ± 1.0% and a highest steady-state PCE of 20.23% with very little hysteresis. Our study provides an effective way to enhance the performance of perovskite solar cells through improving the electronic properties of SnO2.

  10. An electron microscopy based method for the detection and quantification of nanomaterial number concentration in environmentally relevant media.

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    Prasad, A; Lead, J R; Baalousha, M

    2015-12-15

    Improved detection and characterization of nanomaterials (NMs) in complex environmental media requires the development of novel sampling approaches to improve the detection limit to be close to environmentally realistic concentrations. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is an indispensable metrological tool in nanotechnology and environmental nanoscience due to its high spatial resolution and analytical capabilities when coupled to spectroscopic techniques. However, these capabilities are hampered by the conventional sample preparation methods, which suffer from low NM recovery. The current work presents a validated, fully quantitative sampling technique for TEM that overcomes conventional sample preparation shortcomings, and thus enables the use of TEM for measurement of particle number concentration and their detection in complex media at environmentally realistic concentrations. This sampling method is based on ultracentrifugation of NMs from suspension onto a poly-l-lysine (PLL) functionalized TEM grid, using active deposition (by ultracentrifugation) and retention (by PLL interactions with NM surface) of NMs on the substrate, enabling fully quantitative analysis. Similar analysis with AFM was satisfactory in simple media but the lack of chemical-selectivity of AFM limits its applicability for the detection of NMs in complex environmental samples. The sampling approach was validated using both citrate- and PVP-coated AuNMs in pure water, which demonstrated an even distribution of NM on the TEM grid and high NM recovery (80-100%) at environmentally relevant NM concentrations (ca. 0.20-100 μg L(-1)). The applicability of the sampling method to complex environmental samples was demonstrated by the quantification of particle number concentration of AuNMs in EPA soft water (with and without Suwannee River fulvic acid) and lake water. This sample preparation approach is also applicable to other types of NMs with some modifications (e.g. centrifugation force and

  11. An electron microscopy based method for the detection and quantification of nanomaterial number concentration in environmentally relevant media

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    Prasad, A. [School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Lead, J.R., E-mail: jlead@mailbox.sc.edu [School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health, University South Carolina, Columbia 29208, SC (United States); Baalousha, M., E-mail: mbaalous@mailbox.sc.edu [Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health, University South Carolina, Columbia 29208, SC (United States)

    2015-12-15

    Improved detection and characterization of nanomaterials (NMs) in complex environmental media requires the development of novel sampling approaches to improve the detection limit to be close to environmentally realistic concentrations. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is an indispensable metrological tool in nanotechnology and environmental nanoscience due to its high spatial resolution and analytical capabilities when coupled to spectroscopic techniques. However, these capabilities are hampered by the conventional sample preparation methods, which suffer from low NM recovery. The current work presents a validated, fully quantitative sampling technique for TEM that overcomes conventional sample preparation shortcomings, and thus enables the use of TEM for measurement of particle number concentration and their detection in complex media at environmentally realistic concentrations. This sampling method is based on ultracentrifugation of NMs from suspension onto a poly-L-lysine (PLL) functionalized TEM grid, using active deposition (by ultracentrifugation) and retention (by PLL interactions with NM surface) of NMs on the substrate, enabling fully quantitative analysis. Similar analysis with AFM was satisfactory in simple media but the lack of chemical-selectivity of AFM limits its applicability for the detection of NMs in complex environmental samples. The sampling approach was validated using both citrate- and PVP-coated AuNMs in pure water, which demonstrated an even distribution of NM on the TEM grid and high NM recovery (80–100%) at environmentally relevant NM concentrations (ca. 0.20–100 μg L{sup −1}). The applicability of the sampling method to complex environmental samples was demonstrated by the quantification of particle number concentration of AuNMs in EPA soft water (with and without Suwannee River fulvic acid) and lake water. This sample preparation approach is also applicable to other types of NMs with some modifications (e.g. centrifugation

  12. Strain Effect on the Electronic and Optical Properties of CdSe Nanowires.

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    Huan, Hao; Chen, Li; Ye, Xiang

    2017-12-01

    First-principles density functional theory (DFT) simulations were carried out to study the strain dependence on the electronic and optical properties of cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanowires (NWs). The band structures, effective masses of electron and holes, dielectric properties, and other optical properties (such as extinction coefficient, optical reflectivity, and absorption coefficient) were calculated under both compressive and tensile uniaxial strains. Size-dependence was also discussed by comparing results among CdSe wires with various diameters. Simulation results show that an interesting band-switch behavior occurs at the valence bands regardless of size. The cause and the consequences of such band-switch behavior were also studied. Further strain dependence on corresponding electronic and optical properties were examined as well. Our results provide insights to possible mechanical tuning via strain on the electronic and optical properties of CdSe NWs.

  13. Electronic and plasmonic properties of nano-sized gold/strontium titanate interface

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    Hou, Jiechang

    In this thesis, nano-sized metal/oxide interfaces are fabricated to determine the size dependence of electronic and resistive switching properties, effect of atomic structure on the orientation dependence of electronic properties, and mechanisms of plasmon-induced current enhancement. A combination of drop-casting and high temperature annealing enables orientation control over nano-sized metal/oxide interfaces. To examine the electronic properties, individual Au nanoparticle/SrTiO3 interfaces with sizes ranging from 20 to 150 nm are characterized via conductive atomic force microscopy, for two distinct interface orientations. Current-voltage characterization enables the determination of dominant electron transport mechanisms. The development of a depletion region results in the transition of electron transport mechanism from edge-effect-induced tunneling to inhomogeneity-induced statistical variations, as the interface decreases below a critical size. The resultant size-dependent Schottky properties dictate the size dependence of interface-controlled resistive switching behaviors, in addition to geometrical scaling of resistance. The effect of atomic structure on electronic properties is also investigated, via correlation of atomic structure characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy, electronic structure probed by electron energy loss spectroscopy, and measured electronic properties. The observed orientation dependence of reverse tunneling is attributed to interface defects induced by different atomic structures. Nanofabrication procedures are optimized to develop Au nano-antenna arrays on SrTiO3 substrate, to determine the photocurrent dependence on illumination condition and mechanisms of hot electron effect. Device design is assisted by finite-difference time-domain simulation of optical properties, targeted at near-infrared working range. Plasmon resonance frequency and intensity are demonstrated to be systematically tunable by varying

  14. Quantum mechanical computation of structural, electronic, and thermoelectric properties of AgSbSe2

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    M Salimi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, density functional calculations and Boltzmann semiclassical theory of transport are used to investigate structural, electronic, and thermoelectric properties of AgSbSe2 crystal. According to the published experimental measurements, five more likely structures of this compound are considered and their structural and electronic properties are calculated and compared together. Then, thermoelectric properties (electrical conductivity, electronic contribution to the thermal conductivity, power factor, and Seebeck coefficient of three more stable structures are investigated in the constant relaxation time approximation. Finally, the calculated temperature dependence of Seebeck coefficient is compared with the corresponding experimental measurements of others.

  15. DFT study of bridged oligo(bithiophene)s. Conformational analysis and opto-electronic properties

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    Si Mohamed Bouzzine; Mohamed Hamidi; Mohammed Bouachrine

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we have studied the conformational and opto-electronic properties of several oligomers of bridged oligo(bithiophene)s (BTX)n , n=1 to 4 with (X: CH2, SiH2, C=O, C=S and C=C(CN)2). The conformational analysis shows that the most stable conformation is anti-planar conformation. The opto-electronic properties of the octamer (OTX) lead us to suggest that this oligomer is a good model to reflect opto-electronic properties for the parent polymer.

  16. DFT study of bridged oligo(bithiophenes. Conformational analysis and opto-electronic properties

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    Si Mohamed Bouzzine

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we have studied the conformational and opto-electronic properties of several oligomers of bridged oligo(bithiophenes (BTXn , n=1 to 4 with (X: CH2, SiH2, C=O, C=S and C=C(CN2. The conformational analysis shows that the most stable conformation is anti-planar conformation. The opto-electronic properties of the octamer (OTX lead us to suggest that this oligomer is a good model to reflect opto-electronic properties for the parent polymer.

  17. On the electronic and magnetic properties of nanostructures, solids and cold atomic gases

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    Sau, Jay Deep

    In this work we calculate the properties of several condensed matter systems using a combination of empirical model Hamiltonian approaches and methods from computational condensed matter physics such as density functional theory and numerical solutions of the mean-field Gross-Pitaevskii equations. This work has been organized into 7 chapters as follows. (1) In the first chapter we motivate the discussion for the rest of the thesis and discuss the theoretical ideas that underly the work. (2) In the second chapter we discuss the approaches and approximations such as density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory that have been used in this research to make the many-electron problem a tractable one. (3) In the third chapter we discuss the application of density functional theory calculations to the analysis of scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images of boron nitride nanotubes. It is found experimentally and confirmed theoretically that the electric field of the STM can be used to lower the gap of the nanotube in a controllable fashion and also the modify the shape of the electronic states on the nanotube. (4) In the fourth chapter we extend the idea of modifying electronic properties of boron nitride nanotubes with an STM and apply the principle to carbon nanotube bundles. In this study a combination of density functional theory and model Hamiltonian calculations is used to derive a theoretical prediction where the application of an electric field through an STM can drive a transition of a nanotube bundle from a semiconductor to an excitonic system where the ground state is populated with a density of excitons that is tunable by the electric field strength. (5) In the fifth chapter we discuss another class of nanosystems, and focus on molecules on metallic substrates. These systems have been the subject of a large number of studies because of their technological relevance to solar-cells and molecular electronic devices. In this chapter we develop a

  18. Electronic transport properties of graphene doped by gallium

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    Mach, J.; Procházka, P.; Bartošík, M.; Nezval, D.; Piastek, J.; Hulva, J.; Švarc, V.; Konečný, M.; Kormoš, L.; Šikola, T.

    2017-10-01

    In this work we present the effect of low dose gallium (Ga) deposition (graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition. In situ graphene transport measurements performed with a graphene field-effect transistor structure show that at low Ga coverages a graphene layer tends to be strongly n-doped with an efficiency of 0.64 electrons per one Ga atom, while the further deposition and Ga cluster formation results in removing electrons from graphene (less n-doping). The experimental results are supported by the density functional theory calculations and explained as a consequence of distinct interaction between graphene and Ga atoms in case of individual atoms, layers, or clusters.

  19. Shape dependent electronic properties of wurzite GaN nanowire

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    Srivastava, Pankaj, E-mail: pankajs@iiitm.ac.in; Kumar, Avaneesh, E-mail: avaneeshk7@ymail.com; Sharma, Varun, E-mail: sunny2013@gmail.com [Nanomaterials Research Group, ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM), Gwalior-474015 (India); Jaiswal, Neeraj K., E-mail: neerajkumar.phd@gmail.com [Discipline of Physics, PDPM-Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM), Jabalpur-482005 (India)

    2016-05-06

    In the present work, energetic stability and electronic behavior of triangular and square shaped wurzite GaN NW oriented along [1100] and [11 2 0] direction has been investigated by employing ab-initio DFT calculation. Structural analysis suggests that triangular shaped NW undergoes strong surface reconstruction compared to square shaped NW. However, binding energy reveals that square shaped NW is energetically more feasible than triangular NW. Further, from electronic band structure we observe that both structures are metallic with higher metallicity for triangular shaped NW.

  20. Electronic structure and physical properties of 13C carbon composite

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    Zhmurikov, Evgenij

    2015-01-01

    This review is devoted to the application of graphite and graphite composites in science and technology. Structure and electrical properties, as so technological aspects of producing of high-strength artificial graphite and dynamics of its destruction are considered. These type of graphite are traditionally used in the nuclear industry. Author was focused on the properties of graphite composites based on carbon isotope 13C. Generally, the review relies on the original results and concentrates...

  1. Noncovalent Intermolecular Interactions in Organic Electronic Materials: Implications for the Molecular Packing vs Electronic Properties of Acenes

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    Sutton, Christopher

    2015-10-30

    Noncovalent intermolecular interactions, which can be tuned through the toolbox of synthetic chemistry, determine not only the molecular packing but also the resulting electronic, optical, and mechanical properties of materials derived from π-conjugated molecules, oligomers, and polymers. Here, we provide an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of noncovalent intermolecular interactions and briefly discuss the computational chemistry approaches used to understand the magnitude of these interactions. These methodologies are then exploited to illustrate how noncovalent intermolecular interactions impact important electronic properties-such as the electronic coupling between adjacent molecules, a key parameter for charge-carrier transport-through a comparison between the prototype organic semiconductor pentacene with a series of N-substituted heteropentacenes. Incorporating an understanding of these interactions into the design of organic semiconductors can assist in developing novel materials systems from this fascinating molecular class. © 2015 American Chemical Society.

  2. Innovation and development of exhibition electronic-commerce based on the properties of electronic-commerce

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    Zhang, Jiankang

    2017-06-01

    There are two roadmaps of accomplishing exhibition electronic-commerce innovation and development. The first roadmap is that the exhibition organizers should seek mutual benefit cooperation with professional electronic-commerce platform of correspondent area with exhibition projects, thus help exhibitors realize their market object. The second roadmap is to promote innovation and development of electronic-commerce (Business-to-Customer) between both exhibitors and purchasers. Exhibition electronic-commerce must focus on innovative development in the following functions: market research and information service; advertising and business negotiation; online trading and online payment. With the aid of electronic-commerce, exhibition enterprise could have distinctive strengths such as transactions with virtualization, transparency, high efficiency and low cost, enhancing market link during enterprise research and development, promoting the efficiency of internal team collaboration and the individuation of external service, and optimizing resource allocation.

  3. Structure and electronic properties of amorphous WO3

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    Wijs, G.A. de; Groot, R.A. de

    1999-01-01

    The structure and electronic structure of amorphous WO3 were studied with first-principles density-functional calculations. Upon amorphization, a large increase of the band gap is observed. The empty states exhibit a tendency towards localization. We studied the filling of these states as induced by

  4. Thermal and optical properties of electron beam irradiated cellulose triacetate

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    Nouh, S. A.; Mohamed, Amal; El Hussieny, H. M.

    2009-06-01

    Samples from Cellulose triacetate (CTA) sheets were irradiated with electron beam in the dose range 10-200 kGy. Non-isothermal studies were carried out using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) to obtain the activation energy of thermal decomposition for CTA polymer. The CTA samples decompose in one main break down stage. The results indicate that the irradiation by electron beam in the dose range 80-200 kGy increases the thermal stability of the polymer samples. Also, the variation of melting temperatures with the electron dose has been determined using differential thermal analysis (DTA). The CTA polymer is characterized by the appearance of one endothermic peak due to melting. It is found that the irradiation in the dose range 10-80 kGy causes defects generation that splits the crystals depressing the melting temperature, while at higher doses (80-200 kGy), the thickness of crystalline structure (lamellae) is increased, thus the melting temperature increases. In addition, the transmission of these samples in the wavelength range 200-2500 nm, as well as any color changes, were studied. The color intensity Δ E* was greatly increased on increasing the electron beam dose, and accompanied by a significant increase in the blue color component.

  5. Electronic and Magnetic Properties of High Temperature Electrolytes.

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    Measurements are reported on the electrical conductance in the Cs-CsCl and Rb- RbCl molten systems as a function of composition and temperature. The...in salt are evaluated from freezing point data, and are large and positive for the Cs-CsCl and Rb- RbCl systems. Electron spin resonance has been

  6. DFT study on structure, electronic properties, and reactivity of cis ...

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    DFT global chemical reactivity descriptors (chemical hardness, total energy, electronic chemical potential, and electrophilicity) are calculated for the isomers and used to predict their relative stability and reactivity. The chemical reactivity indices are found to be related to the bond angle defined by the cis carbonyls and the ...

  7. Electronic structure and equilibrium properties of hcp titanium and ...

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    -d) and zirco- nium (4-d) transition metals are studied by using a non-local model potential method. From the present calculation of energy bands, Fermi energy, density of states and the electronic heat capacity of these two metals are ...

  8. Molecular fingerprints in the electronic properties of crystalline organic semiconductors

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    Ciuchi, S.; Hatch, R.C.; Höchst, H.

    2012-01-01

    By comparing photoemission spectroscopy with a non-perturbative dynamical mean field theory extension to many-body ab initio calculations, we show in the prominent case of pentacene crystals that an excellent agreement with experiment for the bandwidth, dispersion and lifetime of the hole carrier...... of electronic interactions cannot reproduce the experimental photoemission data in this important class of materials....

  9. Electronic properties and Compton profiles of silver iodide

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    calculations is listed in table 1. In the present calculations, all-electron basis sets of Gaussian-type orbitals. (GTOs) for Ag and I have been taken from ref. [34]. These basis sets were opti- mized using BILLY software. For a faster convergence of self-consistent-field (SCF) cycles, the BROYDEN scheme [35] was applied for all ...

  10. Thermoelectric performance and electronic properties of transition metal monosilicides

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    Ou-Yang, T. Y.; Shu, G. J.; Fuh, H. R.

    2017-10-01

    We have performed a comprehensive series of lattice structure, band structure, electrical transport, and thermoelectric performances measurements for MnSi, FeSi, and CoSi single crystals. The band structure of this family of compounds demonstrates significant changes across the Fermi level as the number of 3d-electron is increased with transition metal substitution. In particular, a crossover from metal to semiconductor and back to semimetal has been observed in this series of compounds. Practical measurements (electrical transport and thermoelectric performances) are combined with theoretical calculations to qualify the reliability of band structures. By means of standard thermal activation simulations of electrical resistivity for FeSi, we identify a narrow band gap ∼57 meV, which is well consistent with our band calculation result. A double sign reversal of the Seebeck coefficient for FeSi suggests that both electrons and holes are contributed to electrical transport, indicating that the electronic structure of FeSi is substantially influenced by hole-doped (MnSi) and electron-doped (CoSi) effects.

  11. Ab-initio investigations of the electronic properties of bulk wurtzite Beryllia and its derived nanofilms

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    Goumri-Said, Souraya

    2010-08-01

    In this Letter we investigate the electronic properties of the bulk and the nanofilm BeO in wurtzite structure. We performed a first-principles pseudo-potential method within the generalized gradient approximation. We will give more importance to the changes in band structure and density of states between the bulk structure and its derived nanofilms. The bonding characterization will be investigated via the analysis Mulliken population and charge density contours. It is found that the nanofilm retains the same properties as its bulk structure with slight changes in electronic properties and band structure which may offer some unusual transport properties. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Super heavy element Copernicium: Cohesive and electronic properties revisited

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    Gyanchandani, Jyoti; Mishra, Vinayak; Dey, G. K.; Sikka, S. K.

    2018-01-01

    First principles scalar relativistic (SR) calculations with and without including the spin orbit (SO) interactions have been performed for solid Copernicium (Cn) to determine its ground state equilibrium structure, volume, bulk modulus, pressure derivative of the bulk modulus, density of states and band structure. Both SR and SR+SO calculations have been performed with 6p levels treated as part of core electrons and also as part of valence electrons. These calculations have been performed for the rhombohedral, BCT, FCC, HCP, BCC and SC structures. Results have been compared with the results for Hg which is lighter homologue of Cn in the periodic table. We find hcp to be the stable crystal structure at SR level of theory and also at SR+SO level of theory when the 6p electrons are treated as part of core electrons. With 6p as part of valence electrons, SR+SO level of computations, however, yield bcc structure to be the most stable structure. Equilibrium volume (V0) of the most stable crystal structure at SR level of theory viz. hcp structure is 188.66 a.u.3whereas its value for the bcc structure, the equilibrium ground state structure at SR+SO level of theory is 165.71 a.u.3 i.e a large change due to relativistic effects is seen. The density of states at Fermi level is much smaller in Cn than in Hg, making it a poorer metal than mercury. In addition the cohesive energy of Cn is computed to be almost two times that of Hg for SR+SO case.

  13. Silicon-germanium (Sige) nanostructures production, properties and applications in electronics

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    Usami, N

    2011-01-01

    Nanostructured silicon-germanium (SiGe) provides the prospect of novel and enhanced electronic device performance. This book reviews the materials science and technology of SiGe nanostructures, including crystal growth, fabrication of nanostructures, material properties and applications in electronics.$bNanostructured silicon-germanium (SiGe) opens up the prospects of novel and enhanced electronic device performance, especially for semiconductor devices. Silicon-germanium (SiGe) nanostructures reviews the materials science of nanostructures and their properties and applications in different electronic devices. The introductory part one covers the structural properties of SiGe nanostructures, with a further chapter discussing electronic band structures of SiGe alloys. Part two concentrates on the formation of SiGe nanostructures, with chapters on different methods of crystal growth such as molecular beam epitaxy and chemical vapour deposition. This part also includes chapters covering strain engineering and mo...

  14. Electronic structures and optical properties for Ag-N-codoped ZnO nanotubes

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    Feng, Xian-Yang; Zhang, Chang-Wen; Xu, Xi-Jin; Wang, Pei-Ji

    2013-01-01

    The structural and electronic/optical properties of pure and Ag-N-codoped (8,0) ZnO nanotubes have been studied using first-principles calculations in the framework of the local spin density approximation...

  15. Electron transport and electrocatalytic properties of MWCNT/nickel nanocomposites: hydrazine and diethylaminoethanethiol as analytical probes

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    Adekunle, AS

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This work describes the electron transport and electrocatalytic properties of chemically-synthesized nickel (Ni) and nickel oxide (NiO) nanoparticles supported on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) platforms. Successful modification...

  16. Detailed investigation of the low energy secondary electron yield of technical Cu and its relevance for the LHC

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    R. Cimino

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The detailed study of the low energy secondary electron yield (LE-SEY of technical Cu for low electron energies (from 0 to 20 eV is very important for electron cloud build up in high intensity accelerators and in many other fields of research. Different devices base their functionalities on the number of electrons produced by a surface when hit by other electrons, namely its SEY, and, in most cases, on its very low energy behavior. However, LE-SEY has been rarely addressed due to the intrinsic experimental complexity to control very low energy electrons. Furthermore, several results published in the past have been recently questioned, allegedly suffering from experimental systematics. Here, we critically review the experimental method used to study LE-SEY and precisely define the energy region in which the experimental data can be considered valid. By analyzing the significantly different behavior of LE-SEY in clean polycrystalline Cu (going toward zero at zero impinging energies and in its as received technical counterpart (maintaining a significant value in the entire region, we solve most, if not all, of the apparent controversy present in the literature, producing important inputs for better understanding the device performances related to their LE-SEY. Simulations are then performed to address the impact of such results on electron cloud predictions in the LHC.

  17. Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of the Lonsdaleite Phase of Si, Ge and diamond

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    De, Amrit; Pryor, Craig E.

    2012-01-01

    Crystalline semiconductors may exist in different polytypic phases with significantly different electronic and optical properties. In this paper, we calculate the electronic structure and optical properties of diamond, Si and Ge in the lonsdaleite (hexagonal-diamond) phase. We use an empirical pseudopotentials method based on transferable model potentials, including spin-orbit interactions. We obtain band structures, densities of states and complex dielectric functions calculated in the dipol...

  18. Electronic Properties of Antiperovskite Materials from State-of-the-Art Density Functional Theory

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    Bilal, M.; Jalali-Asadabadi, S.; Ahmad, Rashid; Ahmad, Iftikhar

    2015-01-01

    We present a review on the research developments on the theoretical electronic properties of the antiperovskite materials. The antiperovskite materials have perovskite type structure with the positions of cations and anions interchanged. The electronic structures are used to explain different physical properties of materials; therefore it is crucial to understand band structures and densities of states of materials for their effective use in technology. The theoretical results of ...

  19. Effect of Carbon Doping on the Electronic Structure and Elastic Properties of Boron Suboxide

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    2015-06-01

    of Boron Suboxide by Amol B Rahane, Jennifer S Dunn, and Vijay Kumar Approved for public release; distribution unlimited...Laboratory Effect of Carbon Doping on the Electronic Structure and Elastic Properties of Boron Suboxide by Amol B Rahane and Vijay Kumar Dr...SUBTITLE Effect of Carbon Doping on the Electronic Structure and Elastic Properties of Boron Suboxide 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c

  20. A comparative computational study of the electronic properties of planar and buckled silicene

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    Behera, Harihar; Mukhopadhyay, Gautam

    2012-01-01

    Using full potential density functional calculations within local density approximation (LDA), we report our investigation of the structural electronic properties of silicene (the graphene analogue of silicon), the strips of which has been synthesized recently on Ag(110) and Ag(100) surfaces. An assumed planar and an optimized buckled two dimensional (2D) hexagonal structures have been considered for comparisons of their electronic properties. Planar silicene shows a gapless band structure an...

  1. Protonated serotonin: Geometry, electronic structures and photophysical properties

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    Omidyan, Reza; Amanollahi, Zohreh; Azimi, Gholamhassan

    2017-07-01

    The geometry and electronic structures of protonated serotonin have been investigated by the aim of MP2 and CC2 methods. The relative stabilities, transition energies and geometry of sixteen different protonated isomers of serotonin have been presented. It has been predicted that protonation does not exhibit essential alteration on the S1 ← S0 electronic transition energy of serotonin. Instead, more complicated photophysical nature in respect to its neutral analogue is suggested for protonated system owing to radiative and non-radiative deactivation pathways. In addition to hydrogen detachment (HD), hydrogen/proton transfer (H/PT) processes from ammonium to indole ring along the NH+⋯ π hydrogen bond have been predicted as the most important photophysical consequences of SERH+ at S1 excited state. The PT processes is suggested to be responsible for fluorescence of SERH+ while the HD driving coordinate is proposed for elucidation of its nonradiative deactivation mechanism.

  2. Determination of electronic properties of nanostructures using reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy: Nano-metalized polymer as case study

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    Deris, Jamileh [Department of Physics, Yasouj University, Yasouj 75918-74831 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hajati, Shaaker, E-mail: Hajati@mail.yu.ac.ir [Department of Physics, Yasouj University, Yasouj 75918-74831 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tougaard, Sven [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, 5230 Odense M (Denmark); Zaporojtchenko, Vladimir [Lehrstuhl fur Materialverbunde, Technische Fakultat der CAU, Kaiserstr 2, D-24143 Kiel (Germany)

    2016-07-30

    Highlights: • Application of reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy. • Determination of electron inelastic cross section of Nano-metalized Polymer. • Determination of energy loss function of Nano-metalized Polymer. • Determination of electron inelastic mean free path of Nano-metalized Polymer. • Determination of surface excitation parameters of Nano-metalized Polymer. - Abstract: In this work, Au was deposited with nominal effective thickness of 0.8 nm on polystyrene (PS) at room temperature. According to previous study, using XPS peak shape analysis [S. Hajati, V. Zaporojtchenko, F. Faupel, S. Tougaard, Surf. Sci. 601 (2007) 3261–3267], Au nanoparticles (Au-NPs) of sizes 5.5 nm were formed corresponding to such effective thickness (0.8 nm). Then the sample was annealed to 200 °C, which is far above the glass transition of PS. At this temperature, the Au-NPs were diffused within the depth 0.5 nm–6.5 nm as found using nondestructive XPS peak shape analysis. Electrons with primary energy 500 eV were used because the electronic properties will then be probed in utmost surface (∼1 IMFP range of depths that is 1.8 nm for PS). By using QUEELS software, theoretical and experimental electron inelastic cross section, energy loss function, electron inelastic mean free path and surface excitation parameters were obtained for the sample. The information obtained here, does not rely on any previously known information on the sample. This means that the method, applied here, is suitable for the determination of the electronic properties of new and unknown composite nanostructures.

  3. influence of the substitution on the electronic properties of perylene ...

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    ABSTRACT. Geometries of the substituted perylene-3,4:9,10-bis(dicarboximides) (PDI) and their radical anions have been optimized at the B3LYP/6-31G** level of theory. The adiabatic and vertical electron affinities have been computed at the B3LYP/6-31+G*//B3LYP/6-31G** level. Substitution of the PDI with COOCF3.

  4. Electronic structure and optical properties of thorium monopnictides

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    ASA) including the combined correction terms. The calculated electronic DOS of ThSb has been compared with the available experimental data and we find a good agreement. The calculated optical conductivity for. ThP and ThAs is increasing monotonically, while for ThSb a sharp peak has been found at 6⋅⋅5 eV. Unfortu ...

  5. Local electronic properties of graphene flakes on noble metal surfaces

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    Leicht, Philipp

    2015-01-01

    This thesis examines possible routes for the preparation of graphene nanostructures on metal substrates and performs structural and electronic characterizations using scanning tunneling microcopy and spectroscopy. Investigations of graphene nanostructures necessitate the use of a suitable graphene-substrate combination, which allows for a controlled in situ preparation of small and well-shaped graphene nanostructures. The choice of a graphene-substrate combination with weak interaction in or...

  6. Low-energy electron and positron transport in gases and soft-condensed systems of biological relevance.

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    White, R D; Tattersall, W; Boyle, G; Robson, R E; Dujko, S; Petrovic, Z Lj; Bankovic, A; Brunger, M J; Sullivan, J P; Buckman, S J; Garcia, G

    2014-01-01

    We present a study of electron and positron transport in water in both the gaseous and liquid states using a Boltzmann equation analysis and a Monte-Carlo simulation technique. We assess the importance of coherent scattering processes when considering transport of electrons/positrons in dense gases and liquids. We highlight the importance of electron and positron swarm studies and experiments as a test of the accuracy and completeness of cross-sections, as well as a technique for benchmarking Monte-Carlo simulations. The thermalization of low-energy positrons (energy region, and assumptions in the microscopic processes, is considered. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Electronic and chemical properties of graphene-based structures:

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    Vanin, Marco

    In the present thesis several aspects of graphene-based structures have been investigated using density functional theory calculations to solve the electronic structure problem. A review of the implementation of a localized basis-set within the projector augmented wave method - the way of describ......In the present thesis several aspects of graphene-based structures have been investigated using density functional theory calculations to solve the electronic structure problem. A review of the implementation of a localized basis-set within the projector augmented wave method - the way...... of describing the core electrons employed - is also presented. The investigation of the binding of graphene on metallic model surfaces is presented comparing the results from traditional exchange and correlation functionals to the results obtained with a new type of non-local functional, which includes van der...... are easier to remove and therefore only zigzag edges are left. Finally, functionalized graphene has been investigated as catalyst for the electrochemical reduction of CO2 to chemical fuels and comparisons are made with traditional transition-metal surfaces. The investigated porphyrin-like structures...

  8. TECHNIQUES FOR THE STUDY OF THE ELECTRONIC PROPERTIES.

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    FERNANDEZ-GARCIA, M.; RODRIGUEZ, J.A.

    2006-06-30

    The electronic structure of a solid is affected by size and altered from the continuous electronic levels forming a band, characteristic of bulk or microsized solids, to discrete-like or quantized levels. This is drastically observed when the particle size goes down to the nano-meter range and is the origin of the so-called ''quantum confinement'' terminology referring to this phenomenon. From a solid state point of view, electronic states of confined materials can be considered as being a superposition of bulk-like states with a concomitant increase of the oscillator strength. The valence/conduction band-width and position observables of a solid oxide are functions of the crystal potential and this, in turn, is perturbed by effect of the size in two ways; a short-range effect induced by the presence of ions with a different coordination number and bond distance, and a large-range one, induced by changes in the Madelung potential of the oxide. Theoretical analyses for oxides show a redistribution of charge when going from large periodic structures to small clusters which is roughly considered small for ionic solids and significantly important for covalent ones. Chapter 1 of this book describes the most recent theoretical frameworks employed to deal with these physical phenomena while here we will describe their influence in physico-chemical observables obtained by spectroscopical techniques.

  9. Structural and electronic properties of non-magnetic intermetallic ...

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    heavy Fermion behaviour [3,4], half-metallic properties [5,6], mixed valent behaviour in Eu, Yb and Ce compounds [7–12], giant magnetoresistance [13] superconductivity [8,14], etc. Approximately 50 hexagonal RETX compounds crystal- lize in the LiGaGe structure, which can be thought of as a. REn+ ion stuffing a wurtzite ...

  10. DFT study on structure, electronic properties, and reactivity of cis ...

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    bases (HSAB) principle. HSAB principle states that,. 'hard acids prefer to coordinate with hard bases and soft acids prefer to coordinate with soft bases for both their thermodynamic and kinetic properties'.24,25. The relationship between OC–Fe–CO bond angles and backbonding to CO for the isomers discussed above.

  11. Density functional study of : Electronic and optical properties

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    K C Bhamu

    2017-06-20

    Jun 20, 2017 ... the refractive index in zero frequency limits is 2.42. The absorption coefficient predicts the applicability of AgScO2 in solar cells and flat panel liquid crystal display as a transparent top window layer. Keywords. Density functional theory; band structure; optical properties. PACS Nos 71.15.Mb; 71.20.−b; 78.20.

  12. Frustrated Magnetism and Electronic Properties of Hollandite Oxide Materials

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    Larson, Amber Marie

    Microporous transition metal oxides with the hollandite structure type have been prepared by standard solid-state techniques with varying compositions. With a nominal formula of Ax M8O16 and a framework of edge and corner-sharing MO6 octahedra, hollandites feature a pseudo-one dimensional tunnel occupied loosely by cation A. The metastability of these open-framework materials, combined with the ability of accommodating a variety of redox-active transition metals leads to unique and indispensable properties. Inherent to the triangular connectivity of the M cations in the hollandite framework, these materials frequently exhibit frustrated magnetic behavior. This thesis demonstrates that it is possible to significantly affect the magnetic and transport properties of these microporous materials through tuning of their chemical compositions. We have shown that it is possible to synthesize polycrystalline and single crystal hollandite materials under ambient conditions utilizing salt flux techniques. Our efforts to characterize the structure-property relationships provide some of the first magnetic structure determinations of these complex frameworks. The interesting behavior of these materials is a result of the interplay between charge, orbital, and spin degrees of freedom. This work shows that the hollandite framework is quite versatile, leading to the real possibility of tuning the material properties to achieve desired effects and opening up many potential applications for these microporous oxides.

  13. Electronic absorption spectra and nonlinear optical properties of ...

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    New Chemistry Unit,. Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research Jakkur Campus, Bangalore 560 064 e-mail: pati@jncasr.ac.in. Abstract. We have investigated the structural aspects of several carbon dioxide molecular aggregates and their spectroscopic and nonlinear optical properties within the quantum ...

  14. Lorentz Covariance of Dirac Electrons in Solids: Dielectric and Diamagnetic Properties

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    Maebashi, Hideaki; Ogata, Masao; Fukuyama, Hidetoshi

    2017-08-01

    We study the electrodynamics of Dirac electrons in solids (e.g., bismuth) by comparing it with quantum electrodynamics (QED). It is shown that Lorentz covariance associated with the Dirac electrons in solids results in a remarkable correlation between the dielectric and diamagnetic properties, leading to a significant enhancement in the permittivity directly linked to the well-known phenomenon of large diamagnetism.

  15. Electronic properties of diphenyl-s-tetrazine and some related oligomers. An spectroscopic and theoretical study

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    Moral, Monica; Garcia, Gregorio [Departamento de Quimica Fisica y Analitica, Facultad de Ciencias Experimentales, Universidad de Jaen, Campus las Lagunillas, E23071 Jaen (Spain); Penas, Antonio [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica y Organica, Facultad de Ciencias Experimentales, Universidad de Jaen, Campus las Lagunillas, E23071 Jaen (Spain); Garzon, Andres; Granadino-Roldan, Jose M. [Departamento de Quimica Fisica y Analitica, Facultad de Ciencias Experimentales, Universidad de Jaen, Campus las Lagunillas, E23071 Jaen (Spain); Melguizo, Manuel [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica y Organica, Facultad de Ciencias Experimentales, Universidad de Jaen, Campus las Lagunillas, E23071 Jaen (Spain); Fernandez-Gomez, Manuel, E-mail: mfg@ujaen.es [Departamento de Quimica Fisica y Analitica, Facultad de Ciencias Experimentales, Universidad de Jaen, Campus las Lagunillas, E23071 Jaen (Spain)

    2012-10-26

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We study properties of Ph{sub 2}Tz and (PhTz){sub n}Ph as candidates for organic electronics. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The synthesis of Ph{sub 2}Tz was performed through a modified Pinner-type reaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer IR/Raman spectra allowed to conclude that Ph{sub 2}Tz is nearly planar in liquid phase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electronic structure was studied by UV-Vis/TD-DFT methods in different solvents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bandgap, E{sub LUMO}, electron mobility predict some n-type character for limit polymer. -- Abstract: This work presents a theoretical and spectroscopic study on the electronic and structural properties of the diphenyl-s-tetrazine molecule (Ph{sub 2}Tz) and some oligomeric derivatives. Ph{sub 2}Tz was synthesized through a variation of Pinner-type reaction which uses N-acetylcysteine as catalyst. Insight into the structure and electronic properties of the title compound was obtained through IR, Raman, UV-Vis spectra in different solvents, and theoretical calculations. Theoretical studies have been extended to different n-mers derivatives up to an ideal molecular wire through the oligomeric approximation, predicting this way electronic properties such as LUMO energy levels, electron affinity and reorganization energy in order to assess their possible applications in molecular electronics.

  16. Electronic properties and orbital-filling mechanism in Rb-intercalated copper phthalocyanine

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    Evangelista, F.; Gotter, R.; Mahne, N.; Nannarone, S.; Ruocco, A.; Rudolf, P.

    2008-01-01

    The evolution of the electronic properties of a thin film of copper phthalocyanine deposited on Al(100) and progressively intercalated with rubidium atoms was followed by photoemission and X-ray absorption spectroscopies. Electron donation from the Rb atoms to the C32H16N8Cu molecules results in the

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

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

    1989-01-01

    The electronic structure and magnetic properties of some yttrium and uranium Laves-phase pseudobinary alloys with 3d elements have been calculated. The calculations were done by simulating the electronic structure of the alloy by that of an ordered compound with the same stoichiometry. In general...

  18. Mechanical properties and the electronic structure of transition metal alloys. Final report

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    Arsenault, R.J.; Drew, H.D.

    1977-01-01

    This interdiscipline research program was undertaken in an effort to investigate the relationship between the mechanical strength of Mo-based alloys with their electronic structure. Electronic properties of these alloys were examined through optical studies, and the classical solid solution strengthening mechanisms were considered, based on size and molecular differences to determine if these mechanisms could explain the hardness data.

  19. Mechanical properties and the electronic structure of transition of metal alloys

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    Arsenault, R. J.; Drew, H. D.

    1977-01-01

    This interdiscipline research program was undertaken in an effort to investigate the relationship between the mechanical strength of Mo based alloys with their electronic structure. Electronic properties of these alloys were examined through optical studies, and the classical solid solution strengthening mechanisms were considered, based on size and molecular differences to determine if these mechanisms could explain the hardness data.

  20. Electron irradiation-induced mechanical property changes in reactor pressure vessel alloys

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    Alexander, D.E.; Rehn, L.E. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Odette, G.R.; Lucas, G.E. [California Univ., Santa Barbara, CA (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    1995-11-01

    High-energy electrons were used to study tensile property changes in simple Fe-Cu and Fe-Cu-Mn alloys irradiated at 288C. A comparison was made with neutron irradiation data on the same alloys. An apparent effect of alloy chemistry was observed in which the presence of Mn affected embrittlement differently for electron and neutron irradiation. Comparison of previous experimental studies with the present experimental results indicates that electrons may be more efficient than fast neutrons at producing embrittlement.

  1. Optical and Optoelectronic Property Analysis of Nanomaterials inside Transmission Electron Microscope.

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    Fernando, Joseph F S; Zhang, Chao; Firestein, Konstantin L; Golberg, Dmitri

    2017-12-01

    In situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) allows one to investigate nanostructures at high spatial resolution in response to external stimuli, such as heat, electrical current, mechanical force and light. This review exclusively focuses on the optical, optoelectronic and photocatalytic studies inside TEM. With the development of TEMs and specialized TEM holders that include in situ illumination and light collection optics, it is possible to perform optical spectroscopies and diverse optoelectronic experiments inside TEM with simultaneous high resolution imaging of nanostructures. Optical TEM holders combining the capability of a scanning tunneling microscopy probe have enabled nanomaterial bending/stretching and electrical measurements in tandem with illumination. Hence, deep insights into the optoelectronic property versus true structure and its dynamics could be established at the nanometer-range precision thus evaluating the suitability of a nanostructure for advanced light driven technologies. This report highlights systems for in situ illumination of TEM samples and recent research work based on the relevant methods, including nanomaterial cathodoluminescence, photoluminescence, photocatalysis, photodeposition, photoconductivity and piezophototronics. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Addressing the electronic properties of III-V nanowires by photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy

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    De Luca, M.

    2017-02-01

    Semiconductor nanowires (NWs) have been attracting an increasing interest in the scientific community. This is due to their peculiar filamentary shape and nanoscale diameter, which renders them versatile and cost-effective components of novel technological devices and also makes them an ideal platform for the investigation of a variety of fascinating physical effects. Absorption spectroscopy is a powerful and non-destructive technique able to provide information on the physical properties of the NWs. However, standard absorption spectroscopy is hard to perform in NWs, because of their small volume and the presence of opaque substrates. Here, we demonstrate that absorption can be successfully replaced by photoluminescence excitation (PLE). First, the use of polarization-resolved PLE to address the complex and highly-debated electronic band structure of wurtzite GaAs and InP NWs is shown. Then, PLE is used as a statistically-relevant method to localize the presence of separate wurtzite and zincblende NWs in the same InP sample. Finally, a variety of resonant exotic effects in the density of states of In x Ga1-x As/GaAs core/shell NWs are highlighted by high-resolution PLE. , which features invited work from the best early-career researchers working within the scope of J. Phys. D. This project is part of the Journal of Physics’ series 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017. Marta De Luca was selected by the Editorial Board of J. Phys. D as a Leader.

  3. Effect of Holstein phonons on the electronic properties of graphene

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    Stauber, T [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Peres, N M R [Center of Physics and Department of Physics, University of Minho, P-4710-057, Braga (Portugal)

    2008-02-06

    We obtain the self-energy of the electronic propagator due to the presence of Holstein polarons within the first Born approximation. This leads to a renormalization of the Fermi velocity of 1%. We further compute the optical conductivity of the system at the Dirac point and at finite doping within the Kubo formula. We argue that the effects due to Holstein phonons are negligible and that the Boltzmann approach, which does not include inter-band transitions and can thus not treat optical phonons due to their high energy of {Dirac_h}{omega}{sub 0} {approx} 0.1-0.2 eV, remains valid.

  4. Vacuum ultraviolet electronic properties of liquids. Progress report

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    Painter, L.R.

    1980-06-01

    A program to study the electronic structure of liquids over the energy range from 2 to 25 eV was carried out from November, 1968 to October 1980. These studies basically consisted of measuring the reflectance, transmittance, photoionization, and photoemission of liquids in the vacuum ultraviolet spectral region as a function of angle of incidence and photon energy. Such measurements are analyzed to yield the optical and dielectric functions of the liquid as functions of photon energy. A summary of the progress in the program is presented. (GHT)

  5. Electric field gradient and electronic properties of crown thioether compounds

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    Camargo Dalmatti Alves Lima, Filipe, E-mail: flima@if.usp.br; Rodrigues do Nascimento, Rafael; Brown Goncalves, Marcos [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Instituto de Fisica (Brazil); Cottenier, Stefaan [Ghent University, Center for Molecular Modeling (Belgium); Caldas, Marilia Junqueira; Petrilli, Helena Maria [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Instituto de Fisica (Brazil)

    2010-04-15

    We compare published TDPAC experiments on {sup 111}Cd in the crown thioether C{sub 6}H{sub 12}S{sub 3}AgCl with ab-initio electronic structure calculations performed within the framework of the Density Functional Theory using the Projector Augmented Wave method. We conclude from this comparison that the Cd atom at the very moment of the TDPAC experiment is positively charged, and we point out to a methodological difference between reproducing experimental electric-field gradients in molecules versus solid metals.

  6. Density functional study of AgScO 2: Electronic and optical properties

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    2017-06-20

    Jun 20, 2017 ... Electronic properties deal with energy bands and density of states (DOSs), while optical properties describe refractive index and absorption coefficient.The energy bands are interpreted in terms of DOSs. The computed value of band gap is in agreement with that reported in the literature. Our results predict ...

  7. Theory of the electronic and structural properties of solid state oxides

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    Chelikowsky, J.R.

    1990-01-01

    Studies on electronic and structural properties of solid state oxides continued. This quarter, studies have concentrated on silica. Progress is discussed in the following sections: interatomic potentials and the structural properties of silica; chemical reactivity and covalent/metallic bonding on Si clusters; and surface and thermodynamic interatomic forces fields for silicon. 64 refs., 20 figs., 5 tabs. (CBS)

  8. Electronic properties of core-shell nanowire resonant tunneling diodes

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    2014-01-01

    The electronic sub-band structure of InAs/InP/InAs/InP/InAs core-shell nanowire resonant tunneling diodes has been investigated in the effective mass approximation by varying the core radius and the thickness of the InP barriers and InAs shells. A top-hat, double-barrier potential profile and optimal energy configuration are obtained for core radii and surface shells >10 nm, InAs middle shells barriers. In this case, two sub-bands exist above the Fermi level in the InAs middle shell which belongs to the m = 0 and m = 1 ladder of states that have similar wave functions and energies. On the other hand, the lowest m = 0 sub-band in the core falls below the Fermi level but the m = 1 states do not contribute to the current transport since they reside energetically well above the Fermi level. We compare the case of GaAs/AlGaAs/GaAs/AlGaAs/GaAs which may conduct current with smaller applied voltages due to the larger effective mass of electrons in GaAs and discuss the need for doping. PMID:25288912

  9. Mn/Cu(111): alloying, electronic and magnetic properties

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    Kralj, Marko; Krajinovic, Sanja; Pervan, Petar [Institute of Physics, Bijenicka 46, HR-10000 Zagreb (Croatia); Breinlich, Christian; Becker, Conrad; Wandelt, Klaus [Institut fuer Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Universitaet Bonn, Wegelerstr. 12, 53115 Bonn (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Spin-split two-dimensional (2D) states which can, for instance, be realized in magnetically stabilized surface alloys, are of immense technological interest for new spintronic devices. For example, Mn/Cu(100)-c(2 x 2) is considered as a prototypical 2D magnetic alloy. We have studied the interaction of manganese with a Cu(111) surface using different surface sensitive techniques. While the electronic structure and perfectness of a periodic root-3 alloy were characterized by ARPES and LEED, the electronic characteristics of the surface occupied by single Mn atoms were studied by STM and STS. STS at low temperature indicates no observable Kondo-effect for single Mn atoms. Increasing the temperature, leads to incorporation of Mn atoms into and below the surface layer and the appearance of very specific surface defect structures. Formation of this surface alloy first leads to the quenching of the Cu(111) surface state. Only after annealing higher than 500 K, when Mn atoms are incorporated several layers deep, leading to complex changes in the LEED pattern, ARPES indicates the appearance of a modified surface state. All this seems to indicate none or very weak magnetic and spin-splitting effects for Mn/Cu(111).

  10. Influence of electron irradiation on the structural and thermal properties of silk fibroin films

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    Asha, S.; Sangappa,; Sanjeev, Ganesh, E-mail: ganeshanjeev@rediffmail.com [Department of Studies in Physics, Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri, Mangalore - 574 199 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Radiation-induced changes in Bombyx mori silk fibroin (SF) films under electron irradiation were investigated and correlated with dose. SF films were irradiated in air at room temperature using 8 MeV electron beam in the range 0-150 kGy. Various properties of the irradiated SF films were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA). Electron irradiation was found to induce changes in the physical and thermal properties, depending on the radiation dose.

  11. The effect of electron induced hydrogenation of graphene on its electrical transport properties

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    Woo, Sung Oh [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States); Teizer, Winfried [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States); WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan)

    2013-07-22

    We report a deterioration of the electrical transport properties of a graphene field effect transistor due to energetic electron irradiation on a stack of Poly Methyl Methacrylate (PMMA) on graphene (PMMA/graphene bilayer). Prior to electron irradiation, we observed that the PMMA layer on graphene does not deteriorate the carrier transport of graphene but improves its electrical properties instead. As a result of the electron irradiation on the PMMA/graphene bilayer, the Raman “D” band appears after removal of PMMA. We argue that the degradation of the transport behavior originates from the binding of hydrogen generated during the PMMA backbone secession process.

  12. Computation and analysis of the electron transport properties for nitrogen and air inductively-coupled plasmas

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    Yu, Minghao; Kihara, Hisashi; Abe, Ken-ichi; Takahashi, Yusuke

    2015-06-01

    A relatively simple method for calculating accurately the third-order electron transport properties of nitrogen and air thermal plasmas is presented. The electron transport properties, such as the electrical conductivity and the electron thermal conductivity, were computed with the best and latest available collision cross-section data in the temperature and pressure ranges of T = 300 - 15000 K and p = 0.01 - 1.0 atm, respectively. The results obtained under the atmospheric pressure condition showed good agreements with the experimental and the high-accuracy theoretical results. The presently-introduced method has good application potential in numerical simulations of nitrogen and air inductively-coupled plasmas.

  13. Electronic and optical properties of 2D graphene-like ZnS: DFT calculations

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    Lashgari, Hamed [Department of Physics, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Boochani, Arash, E-mail: arash_bch@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shekaari, Ashkan [Department of Physics, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Solaymani, Shahram [Young Researchers and Elite Club, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sartipi, Elmira [Department of Physics, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mendi, Rohollah Taghavi [Department of Physics, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-04-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • DFT has been applied to investigate the optical properties of 2D-ZnS and 3D-ZnS. • The electronic and the optical properties of 3D-ZnS and 2D-ZnS are compared. • At visible range of energies the transparency of 2D-ZnS is more than the 3D. - Abstract: Density-functional theory has been applied to investigate the electronic and optical properties of graphene-like two-dimensional ZnS in the (0001) direction of its Wurtzite phase. A comparison with 3D-ZnS has been carried out within the PBE- and EV-GGA. The electronic properties of 2D- and 3D-ZnS have been derived by the examination of the electronic band structures and density of states. The optical properties have been determined through the study of the dielectric function, reflectivity, electron loss function, refractive and extinction indices, the absorption index and optical conductivity. It is found that the transparency of 2D-ZnS is greater than the 3D over the visible range. A thorough study of the dielectric function has been performed so that the peaks and the transition bands have been specified. The electron loss function demonstrates that the plasmonic frequency for 2D- and 3D-ZnS is accrued at 11.22 and 19.93 eV within the PBE-GGA, respectively.

  14. Controlling the electronic properties of the graphene nanoflakes by BN impurities

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    Mohammed, Mohammed H.

    2018-01-01

    Electronic properties of the graphene nanoflakes (GNFs) can be controlled by using chemical doping method. First-principle of the density functional theory (DFT) method, which is implemented in the Gaussian 09W program are used to investigate the electronic properties, such as electronic band gap, DOS, total energy, dipole moment, HOMO, and LOMO energies of the GNFs with and without various concentrations of the BN impurities in various sites. There are very significant results. My founding results show that these properties of the GNFs depend on the concentrations of BN impurities and the geometrical pattern of the BN impurities in the GNFs. By increasing the distance between these impurities, the electronic band gap and the shape of the DOS are reduced and altered, respectively. So, the results offer that the electronic band gap value depends on the concentrations of BN impurities and sites of these impurities in the GNFs. The electronic dipole moments value is increased by increased the concentrations of the BN impurities. All structures became more stable due to the total energy is increased, excepted B, BN and B2N impurities, which is reduced and make GNFs structure unstable. Then, GNFs can be used in various applications because the electronic properties of the GNFs are controlled and modified with BN impurities.

  15. Information Functional Theory: Electronic Properties as Functionals of Information for Atoms and Molecules.

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    Zhou, Xia-Yu; Rong, Chunying; Lu, Tian; Zhou, Panpan; Liu, Shubin

    2016-05-26

    How to accurately predict electronic properties of a Columbic system with the electron density obtained from experiments such as X-ray crystallography is still an unresolved problem. The information-theoretic approach recently developed in the framework of density functional reactivity theory is one of the efforts to address the issue. In this work, using 27 atoms and 41 molecules as illustrative examples, we present a study to demonstrate that one is able to satisfactorily describe such electronic properties as the total energy and its components with information-theoretic quantities like Shannon entropy, Fisher information, Ghosh-Berkowitz-Parr entropy, and Onicescu information energy. Closely related to the earlier attempt of expanding density functionals using simple homogeneous functionals, this work not only confirms Nagy's proof that Shannon entropy alone should contain all the information needed to adequately describe an electronic system but also provides a feasible pathway to map the relationship between the experimentally available electron density and various electronic properties for Columbic systems such as atoms and molecules. Extensions to other electronic properties are straightforward.

  16. Study on the Electronic Transport Properties of Zigzag GaN Nanotubes

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    Li Enling; Wang Xiqiang; Hou Liping; Zhao Danna; Dai Yuanbin [Sciences School, Xi' an University of Technology, Xi' an, China 710054 (China); Wang Xuewen [Electronic Information Science and Technology, Northwest University, Xi' an, China 710068 (China)

    2011-02-01

    The electronic transport properties of zigzag GaN nanotubes (n, 0) (4 {<=} n {<=} 9) have been calculated using the density functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's functions method. Firstly, the density functional theory (DFT) is used to optimize and calculate the electronic structure of GaNNTs (n, 0) (4{<=}n{<=}9). Secondly, DFT and non-equilibrium Green function (NEGF) method are also used to predict the electronic transport properties of GaNNTs two-probe system. The results showed: there is a corresponding relation between the electronic transport properties and the valley of state density of each GaNNT. In addition, the volt-ampere curve of GaNNT is approximately linear.

  17. Experimental Investigation of Charging Properties of Interstellar Type Silica Dust Grains by Secondary Electron Emissions

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    Tankosic, D.; Abbas, M. M.

    2013-01-01

    The dust charging by electron impact is an important dust charging processes in astrophysical and planetary environments. Incident low energy electrons are reflected or stick to the grains charging the dust grains negatively. At sufficiently high energies electrons penetrate the grains, leading to excitation and emission of electrons referred to as secondary electron emission (SEE). Available classical theoretical models for calculations of SEE yields are generally applicable for neutral, planar, or bulk surfaces. These models, however, are not valid for calculations of the electron impact charging properties of electrostatically charged micron/submicron-size dust grains in astrophysical environments. Rigorous quantum mechanical models are not yet available, and the SEE yields have to be determined experimentally for development of more accurate models for charging of individual dust grains. At the present time, very limited experimental data are available for charging of individual micron-size dust grains, particularly for low energy electron impact. The experimental results on individual, positively charged, micron-size lunar dust grains levitated carried out by us in a unique facility at NASA-MSFC, based on an electrodynamic balance, indicate that the SEE by electron impact is a complex process. The electron impact may lead to charging or discharging of dust grains depending upon the grain size, surface potential, electron energy, electron flux, grain composition, and configuration (Abbas et al, 2010, 2012). In this paper, we discuss SEE charging properties of individual micron-size silica microspheres that are believed to be analogs of a class of interstellar dust grains. The measurements indicate charging of the 0.2m silica particles when exposed to 25 eV electron beams and discharging when exposed to higher energy electron beams. Relatively large size silica particles (5.2-6.82m) generally discharge to lower equilibrium potentials at both electron energies

  18. Structure and Electronic Properties of Transition Metal Doped Kaolinite Nanoclay

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    Fu, Liangjie; Yang, Huaming

    2017-06-01

    In this work, a series of transition metal (Cr, Mn, Fe, and Co) doped kaolinite nanoclays were investigated by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The influence of metal doping on geometric structure and electronic structure of kaolinite was analyzed. The ferromagnetic (FM), antiferromagnetic (AFM), and nonmagnetic (NM) states of transition metal (TM) doped kaolinite structures were studied. The crystal volume, lattice parameters, bond length, charge, and spin were calculated by dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D2). The results indicated that Cr3+ and Fe3+ dopants showed more stable under AFM state, while Mn3+ preferred both AFM and FM states, and Co3+ dopant preferred NM state. Also, the transition metal doping could induce lattice volume expansion and some dopant states in the band gap.

  19. Electronic and magnetic properties of 3D transition-metal atom adsorbed arsenene

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    Liu, Ming-Yang; Chen, Qing-Yuan; Huang, Yang; Li, Ze-Yu; Cao, Chao; He, Yao

    2018-03-01

    To utilize arsenene as the electronic and spintronic material, it is important to enrich its electronic properties and induce useful magnetic properties in it. In this paper, we theoretically studied the electronic and magnetic properties of arsenene functionalized by 3D transition-metal (TM) atoms (TM@As). Although pristine arsenene is a nonmagnetic material, the dilute magnetism can be produced upon TM atoms chemisorption, where the magnetism mainly originates from TM adatoms. We find that the magnetic properties can be tuned by a moderate external strain. The chemisorption of 3D TM atoms also enriches the electronic properties of arsenene, such as metallic, half-metallic, and semiconducting features. Interestingly, we can classify the semiconducting feature into three types according to the band-gap contribution of spin channels. On the other hand, the chemisorption properties can be modified by introducing monovacancy defect in arsenene. Present results suggest that TM-adsorbed arsenene may be a promising candidate for electronic and spintronic applications.

  20. Substrate Effects on Electronic Properties of Atomic Chains

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    Yamada, Toshishige; Saini, Subhash (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    When the device size is reduced down to 0.07 micrometers, the number of dopant atoms in the channel will no longer be macroscopic, typically less than a hundred. A spatial distribution of these dopant atoms will fluctuate statistically from device to device even in identically designed devices, and this places a serious limitation for integration. It is, however, impractical to control dopant positions within atomic dimension. One fundamental solution to this problem is to create electronics with atomically precise, but preferably simple structures. Atomic chains, precise structures of adatoms created on an atomically regulated surface, are candidates for constituent components in future electronics. All the adatoms will be placed at designated positions on the substrate, and all the device structures will be precise, free from any deviations. It was predicted using the tight-binding calculation with universal parameters that silicon chains were metallic and magnesium chains were semiconducting regardless of the lattice spacing, and a possible doping method was also proposed. In these treatments, the substrate was assumed to serve as a non-interacting template holding the adatoms without a formation of chemical bonding with substrate atoms. However, this scheme may not be easy to implement experimentally. Adatoms will have to be fixed with a van der Waals force on the substrate, but the force is generally weak and an extremely low temperature environment has to be prepared to suppress their unwanted thermal displacement. It may be logical to seek a scheme to allow the adatoms to form chemical bonding with the substrate atoms and secure their positions. The substrate effects are studied in detail.

  1. Synthesis and electrical properties of silver nanoplates for electronic applications

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    Xiong Nana

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, silver nanoplates of 100 to 500 nm size were synthesized by reduction of silver nitrate with N,Ndimethylformamide, using poly(vinylpyrolidone as a surfactant and ferric chloride as a controlling agent, at 120 to 160 °C for 5 to 24 hours. The influence of the concentration of ferric chloride, the reaction temperature and reaction time on the morphology of the product has been investigated by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The results indicated that the products obtained at the low reaction temperature and short reaction time in the presence of FeCl3 in the reaction solution were in the form of silver nanoplates, whose morphology was mainly triangular and hexagonal. In addition, the size and thickness of the nanoplates increased with increasing of the FeCl3 concentration. At a high reaction temperature and long reaction time, the truncated triangle and hexagonal nanoplates were mainly produced. Furthermore, the sintering behavior of nanoplates was studied and the results showed that sintering of the silver nanoplates started at 180 °C, and a typical sintering behavior was observed at higher temperatures. The incorporation of the silver nanoplates into the polymer matrix with micro-sized silver flakes led to an increase in the matrix resistivity in almost all cases, especially at high fractions and low curing temperatures. The curing temperature had an influence on the resistivity of the conductive adhesives filled with micro-sized silver flakes and silver nanoplates due to sintering of the silver nanoplates.

  2. Electronic Properties of Random Polymers: Modelling Optical Spectra of Melanins

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    Bochenek, Kinga; Gudowska-Nowak, Ewa

    2003-05-01

    Melanins are a group of complex pigments of biological origin, widely spread in all species from fungi to man. Among diverse types of melanins, the human melanins, eumelanins, are brown or black nitrogen-containing pigments, mostly known for their photoprotective properties in human skin. We have undertaken theoretical studies aimed to understand absorption spectra of eumelanins and their chemical precursors. The structure of the biopigment is poorly defined, although it is believed to be composed of cross-linked heteropolymers based on indolequinones. As a basic model of the eumelanin structure, we have chosen pentamers containing hydroquinones (HQ) and/or 5,6-indolequinones (IQ) and/or semiquinones (SQ) often listed as structural melanin monomers. The eumelanin oligomers have been constructed as random compositions of basic monomers and optimized for the energy of bonding. Absorption spectra of model assemblies have been calculated within the semiempirical intermediate neglect of differential overlap (INDO) approximation. Model spectrum of eumelanin has been further obtained by sum of independent spectra of singular polymers. By comparison with experimental data it is shown that the INDO/CI method manages to reproduce well characteristic properties of experimental spectrum of synthetic eumelanins.

  3. Mechanical and thermal properties of electron beam-irradiated polypropylene reinforced with Kraft lignin

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    Sugano-Segura, A. T. R.; Tavares, L. B.; Rizzi, J. G. F.; Rosa, D. S.; Salvadori, M. C.; dos Santos, D. J.

    2017-10-01

    Polypropylene reinforced with Kraft lignin composites (0, 2.5, 5.0 and 10.0 wt% lignin) were submitted to electron beam (EB) irradiation at doses of 0, 50, 100 and 250 kGy. Kraft lignin incorporation maintained Young´s modulus values, even at electron beam doses up to 100 kGy (10 wt% lignin). The yield stress losses were also reduced by the addition of lignin to polypropylene. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results showed low formation of carboxyl and hydroxyl groups for composites containing lignin. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) curves indicated a synergistic effect between Kraft lignin and electron beam irradiation on the storage modulus (E´). Several properties evolved as a function of the Kraft lignin content. Synergistic effects between Kraft lignin incorporation and electron beam radiation contribute to applications that require the mechanical and thermal properties of iPP to be maintained, even after high doses of electron beam radiation.

  4. Theoretical study of electronic transport properties of a graphene-silicene bilayer

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    Berdiyorov, G. R. [Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Qatar Foundation, P.O. Box 5825, Doha (Qatar); Bahlouli, H. [Department of Physics, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, 31261 Dhahran (Saudi Arabia); Saudi Center for Theoretical Physics, 31261 Dhahran (Saudi Arabia); Peeters, F. M. [Departement Fysica, Universiteit Antwerpen, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerpen (Belgium)

    2015-06-14

    Electronic transport properties of a graphene-silicene bilayer system are studied using density-functional theory in combination with the nonequilibrium Green's function formalism. Depending on the energy of the electrons, the transmission can be larger in this system as compared to the sum of the transmissions of separated graphene and silicene monolayers. This effect is related to the increased electron density of states in the bilayer sample. At some energies, the electronic states become localized in one of the layers, resulting in the suppression of the electron transmission. The effect of an applied voltage on the transmission becomes more pronounced in the layered sample as compared to graphene due to the larger variation of the electrostatic potential profile. Our findings will be useful when creating hybrid nanoscale devices where enhanced transport properties will be desirable.

  5. Electronic and magnetic properties of Ga, Ge, P and Sb doped monolayer arsenene

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    Bai, M.; Zhang, W. X.; He, C.

    2017-07-01

    In this paper, the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of Ga, Ge, P and Sb doped monolayer arsenene have been systematically investigated by first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. The properties of monolayer arsenene can be effectively tuned by substitutional doping. Especially, the dopant Ga could lead to an indirect-to-direct bandgap transition and doping a Ge atom could exhibit dilute magnetic semiconductor property. In addition, the second Ge atom slightly prefers to occupy the next nearest-neighbor site of As atom to form the complex substituted defect (GeAs - As - GeAs) in As30Ge2 system and is found to be anti-ferromagnetic coupling. The diverse electronic and magnetic properties highlight the potential applications of monolayer arsenene in electronics, optoelectronics and spintronics.

  6. Electronic properties of tantalum pentoxide polymorphs from first-principles calculations

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    Lee, J.; Lu, W.; Kioupakis, E.

    2014-11-01

    Tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) is extensively studied for its attractive properties in dielectric films, anti-reflection coatings, and resistive switching memory. Although various crystalline structures of tantalum pentoxide have been reported, its structural, electronic, and optical properties still remain a subject of research. We investigate the electronic and optical properties of crystalline and amorphous Ta2O5 structures using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory and the GW method. The calculated band gaps of the crystalline structures are too small to explain the experimental measurements, but the amorphous structure exhibits a strong exciton binding energy and an optical band gap (˜4 eV) in agreement with experiment. We determine the atomic orbitals that constitute the conduction band for each polymorph and analyze the dependence of the band gap on the atomic geometry. Our results establish the connection between the underlying structure and the electronic and optical properties of Ta2O5.

  7. Mechanical properties of SiC composites neutron irradiated under light water reactor relevant temperature and dose conditions

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    Koyanagi, Takaaki; Katoh, Yutai

    2017-10-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) fiber-reinforced SiC matrix (SiC/SiC) composites are being actively investigated for use in accident-tolerant core structures of light water reactors (LWRs). Owing to the limited number of irradiation studies previously conducted at LWR-coolant temperature, this study examined SiC/SiC composites following neutron irradiation at 230-340 °C to 2.0 and 11.8 dpa in the High Flux Isotope Reactor. The investigated materials were chemical vapor infiltrated (CVI) SiC/SiC composites with three different reinforcement fibers. The fiber materials were monolayer pyrolytic carbon (PyC) -coated Hi-Nicalon™ Type-S (HNS), Tyranno™ SA3 (SA3), and SCS-Ultra™ (SCS) SiC fibers. The irradiation resistance of these composites was investigated based on flexural behavior, dynamic Young's modulus, swelling, and microstructures. There was no notable mechanical properties degradation of the irradiated HNS and SA3 SiC/SiC composites except for reduction of the Young's moduli by up to 18%. The microstructural stability of these composites supported the absence of degradation. In addition, no progressive swelling from 2.0 to 11.8 dpa was confirmed for these composites. On the other hand, the SCS composite showed significant mechanical degradation associated with cracking within the fiber. This study determined that SiC/SiC composites with HNS or SA3 SiC/SiC fibers, a PyC interphase, and a CVI SiC matrix retain their properties beyond the lifetime dose for LWR fuel cladding at the relevant temperature.

  8. Ab initio study of structural, electronic, and thermal properties of Ir1-xRhx alloys

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    Sh. Ahmed

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The structural, electronic, mechanical and thermal properties of Ir1-xRhx alloys was studied systematically using ab initio density functional theory at different concentration (x = 0.00, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.00. The Special Quasirandom Structure method was used to make the alloys with FCC structure with four atoms per unit cell. The ground state properties such as lattice constant and bulk modulus were calculated to find the equilibrium atomic position for stable alloys. The calculated ground state properties are in good agreement with the experimental and previously presented other theoretical data. The electronic band structure and density of states were calculated to study the electronic properties for these alloys at different concentration. The electronic properties substantiate metallic behavior of alloys. The first principle density functional perturbation theory as implemented in quasiharmonic approximation was used for the calculation of thermal properties. We have calculated the thermal properties such the Debye temperatures, vibration energy, entropy, constant-volume specific heat and internal energy. The ab initio linear-response method was used for phonon densities of states calculations.

  9. Physical characterization of functionalized spider silk: electronic and sensing properties

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    Eden Steven, Jin Gyu Park, Anant Paravastu, Elsa Branco Lopes, James S Brooks, Ongi Englander, Theo Siegrist, Papatya Kaner and Rufina G Alamo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This work explores functional, fundamental and applied aspects of naturally harvested spider silk fibers. Natural silk is a protein polymer where different amino acids control the physical properties of fibroin bundles, producing, for example, combinations of β-sheet (crystalline and amorphous (helical structural regions. This complexity presents opportunities for functional modification to obtain new types of material properties. Electrical conductivity is the starting point of this investigation, where the insulating nature of neat silk under ambient conditions is described first. Modification of the conductivity by humidity, exposure to polar solvents, iodine doping, pyrolization and deposition of a thin metallic film are explored next. The conductivity increases exponentially with relative humidity and/or solvent, whereas only an incremental increase occurs after iodine doping. In contrast, iodine doping, optimal at 70 °C, has a strong effect on the morphology of silk bundles (increasing their size, on the process of pyrolization (suppressing mass loss rates and on the resulting carbonized fiber structure (that becomes more robust against bending and strain. The effects of iodine doping and other functional parameters (vacuum and thin film coating motivated an investigation with magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR to monitor doping-induced changes in the amino acid-protein backbone signature. MAS-NMR revealed a moderate effect of iodine on the helical and β-sheet structures, and a lesser effect of gold sputtering. The effects of iodine doping were further probed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, revealing a partial transformation of β-sheet-to-amorphous constituency. A model is proposed, based on the findings from the MAS-NMR and FTIR, which involves iodine-induced changes in the silk fibroin bundle environment that can account for the altered physical properties. Finally, proof

  10. Physical characterization of functionalized spider silk: electronic and sensing properties

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    Steven, Eden; Brooks, James S [Department of Physics and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, 1800 East Paul Dirac, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Park, Jin Gyu [FAMU-FSU Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, High-Performance Materials Institute, Florida State University, 2005 Levy Ave., Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Paravastu, Anant; Siegrist, Theo; Kaner, Papatya; Alamo, Rufina G [FAMU-FSU Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, 1800 East Paul Dirac, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Branco Lopes, Elsa [Departamento de Quimica, Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear/CFMC-UL, P-2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Englander, Ongi, E-mail: esteven@magnet.fsu.edu [FAMU-FSU Department of Mechanical Engineering and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, 1800 East Paul Dirac, Tallahassee, Florida 32310 (United States)

    2011-10-15

    This work explores functional, fundamental and applied aspects of naturally harvested spider silk fibers. Natural silk is a protein polymer where different amino acids control the physical properties of fibroin bundles, producing, for example, combinations of {beta}-sheet (crystalline) and amorphous (helical) structural regions. This complexity presents opportunities for functional modification to obtain new types of material properties. Electrical conductivity is the starting point of this investigation, where the insulating nature of neat silk under ambient conditions is described first. Modification of the conductivity by humidity, exposure to polar solvents, iodine doping, pyrolization and deposition of a thin metallic film are explored next. The conductivity increases exponentially with relative humidity and/or solvent, whereas only an incremental increase occurs after iodine doping. In contrast, iodine doping, optimal at 70 deg. C, has a strong effect on the morphology of silk bundles (increasing their size), on the process of pyrolization (suppressing mass loss rates) and on the resulting carbonized fiber structure (that becomes more robust against bending and strain). The effects of iodine doping and other functional parameters (vacuum and thin film coating) motivated an investigation with magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR) to monitor doping-induced changes in the amino acid-protein backbone signature. MAS-NMR revealed a moderate effect of iodine on the helical and {beta}-sheet structures, and a lesser effect of gold sputtering. The effects of iodine doping were further probed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, revealing a partial transformation of {beta}-sheet-to-amorphous constituency. A model is proposed, based on the findings from the MAS-NMR and FTIR, which involves iodine-induced changes in the silk fibroin bundle environment that can account for the altered physical properties. Finally, proof

  11. Electronic transport properties of tungsten silicide thin films

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    Martin, T. L.; Malhotra, V.; Mahan, J. E.

    1984-03-01

    Tungsten suicide thin films have been prepared by neutralized ion beam sputtering of the metal onto a polycrystalline silicon layer followed by furnace annealing. The films appear to be essentially sing le-phase disilicide with the possibility of a percent or so carbon and oxygen content. The material behaves as a classical metallic conductor, with a temperature-independent residual resistivity of 16 μΩ-cm and a room temperature intrinsic resistivity of 7 μΩ-cm. Hall effect measurements indicate the material is predominantly a hole conductor, with a room temperature Hall mobility of 30cm2/V-s and an apparent free carrier concentration of 8.9×1021 cm-3. The effective one-carrier mobility derived from geometrical magnetoresistance data, on the other hand, is ≈95 cm2/V-s; this difference, taken together with the effect of temperature on the transport properties, suggests there is mixed conduction.

  12. Electronic and magnetic properties of MoSe2 armchair nanoribbons controlled by the different edge structures

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    Zhang, Hui; Zhao, Xu; Gao, Yonghui; Wang, Haiyang; Wang, Tianxing; Wei, Shuyi

    2018-03-01

    Tow-dimensional materials obviously have potential applications in next-generation nanodevices because of their extraordinary physical and chemical properties and the demands of the market. Using first-principle calculation based on density functional theory, we explore electronic and magnetic properties of the different nanoribbons with various edge structures, namely, with hydrogenation or not. In addition, we also calculate the binding energy to analyze the stability of the nanoribbon. Our calculations tell us that the passivated nanoribbons have the positive binding energies, which indicates the passivated nanoribbons are relative stable and hydrogenation can improve the stability of the bare nanoribbons due to the reduction of the dangling bonds. Among of them, full hydrogenation has the highest stability. We find all the nanoribbons with full and without hydrogenation are nonmagnetic semiconductors. It is worth mentioning that hydrogenation can induce the bare nanoribbons to transform gradually from indirect band gap semiconductor to direct band gap semiconductor, even to half-metal. In addition, the magnetic moment of the bare nanoribbon change bit by bit as the rate of hydrogenation increases. When the edge atoms are fully hydrogenated, the magnetic moment return to zero. What's more, our research results still confirm that electronic and magnetic properties of the nanorribons without and with different edge passivation are mainly contributed by the atoms at the edges. These studies about MoSe2 nanoribbons will shed light on the further development of the relevant nanodevices in versatile applications, such as spintronics and energy harvesting.

  13. Structural, electrical, electronic and optical properties of melanin films

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    Abbas, M.; D'Amico, F.; Morresi, L.; Pinto, N.; Ficcadenti, M.; Natali, R.; Ottaviano, L.; Passacantando, M.; Cuccioloni, M.; Angeletti, M.; Gunnella, R.

    2009-03-01

    We present thick, uniform and rather flat melanin films obtained using spray deposition. The morphology of the films was investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Temperature-dependent electrical resistance of melanin thin films evidenced a semiconductor-like character and a hysteretic behavior linked to an irreversible process of water molecule desorption from the melanin film. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was carried out to analyze the role of the functional groups in the primary and secondary structure of the macromolecule, showing that the contribution of the 5,6-dihydroxyindole-2-carboxylic acid (DHICA) subunit to the molecule is about 35%. Comparison of the optical absorption of the thick (800nm) and thin (80nm) films showed a spectral change when the thickness increases. From in vacuum photoconductivity (PC) measured at controlled temperatures, we suggest that the melanin films exhibit a possible charge transport mechanism by means of delocalized π states along the stacked planar secondary structure.

  14. Transmission properties of Dirac electrons through Cantor monolayer graphene superlattices

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    R. Rodríguez-González

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo usamos el método de la matriz de transferencia para estudiar el tunelamiento de los electrones de Dirac a través de superredes aperiodicas en grafeno. Consideramos una hoja de grafeno depositada encima de bloques de sustratos de Óxido de Silicio (SiO2 y Carburo de Silicio (SiC, en los cuales aplicamos la serie de Cantor. Calculamos la transmitancia para diferentes parámetros fundamentales tales como: ancho de partida, energía de incidencia, ángulo de incidencia y número de generación de la serie de Cantor. En este caso, la transmitancia como función de la energía presenta rasgos autosimilares al variar el número de generación. También computamos la distribución angular de la transmitancia para energías fijas econtrando un patrón autosimilar entre generaciones. Por último, calculamos los factores de escala para algunos espectros de la transmitancia, los cuales efectivamente muestran escalabilidad.

  15. Electron Microscopy Studies on Structure-property Relationships of Nanoparticulate Transparent Electrodes for Printed Electronics

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    Spallek, Stefanie

    2016-01-01

    The fast and complex developments in the field of optoelectronics especially concerning renewable energies and mobile devices result in extraordinary requirements for transparent electrode materials. Since the devices have to be cheap along with their excellent performance, new categories of substrates as well as functional layers are requested. Polymers as substrates can lead to low price flexible electronics, but require low process temperatures as well as flexible functional layers. Exempl...

  16. Interface engineering for oxide electronics: tuning electronic properties by atomically controlled growth

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    Huijben, Mark

    2006-01-01

    The main aim of this thesis is to develop a controlled growth with atomic precision for the realization of artificial perovskite structures, to exploit the exceptional physical properties of complex oxide materials such as high-temperature superconductors and conducting interfaces between band

  17. Thermophysical and Electronic Properties Information Analysis Center (TEPIAC): A Continuing Systematic Program on Data Tables of Thermophysical and Electronic Properties of Materials.

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    1980-03-01

    desired information; this is in contrast to our previous system which performed all operations in a batch sequential mode . As a result we can more easily...volume in the old TPRC Data Series. In presenting the property data in each volume, all possible steps will be taken to reduce the buck of the pre...Corp. E.G. & G. Idaho Inc. Woodridge, NJ Idaho Falls, ID Daniel Construction Co. Electric Furnace Co. Greenville, SC Salem, OH DCM Associates Electronic

  18. GGA+U investigations of impurity d-electrons effects on the electronic and magnetic properties of ZnO

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    Ul Haq, Bakhtiar

    2014-08-01

    Stimulation of novel features in ZnO by impurity electrons has attracted a remarkable attention of researchers from the past decade. Consequently, ZnO has found several applications in the field of spintronics and optoelectronics. We report, the effect of 3d-(V, Ag) electrons on the properties of ZnO in stable wurtzite (WZ) and metastable zincblende (ZB) phase using the density functional theory. Introduction of V-3d electrons was found to induce a high magnetic moment value of 5.22 in WZ and 3.26 in the ZB phase, and moreover transform the semiconductor character of ZnO into a metallic nature. Ag-d electrons result in the p-type half-metallic nature of ZnO with a weak ferromagnetic background. Our calculations for ground-state magnetic ordering show that ZnO in the presence of impure 3d-(V, Ag) electrons favors ferromagnetic ordering, and obey the double exchange mechanism. However, impurity atoms have very marginal effect on the lattice parameters of ZnO, thereby exposing its potential to absorb the impurity atoms in high concentration. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Engineering electronic properties of layered transition-metal dichalcogenide compounds through alloying

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    Kutana, Alex; Penev, Evgeni S.; Yakobson, Boris I.

    2014-05-01

    Binary alloys present a promising venue for band gap engineering and tuning of other mechanical and electronic properties of materials. Here we use the density-functional theory and cluster expansion to investigate the thermodynamic stability and electronic properties of 2D transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) binary alloys. We find that mixing electron-accepting or electron-donating transition metals with 2D TMD semiconductors leads to degenerate p- or n-doping, respectively, effectively rendering them metallic. We then proceed to investigate the electronic properties of semiconductor-semiconductor alloys. The exploration of the configurational space of the 2D molybdenum-tungsten disulfide (Mo1-xWxS2) alloy beyond the mean field approximation yields insights into anisotropy of the electron and hole effective masses in this material. The effective hole mass in the 2D Mo1-xWxS2 is nearly isotropic and is predicted to change almost linearly with the tungsten concentration x. In contrast, the effective electron mass shows significant spatial anisotropy. The values of the band gap in 2D Mo1-xWxS2 and MoSe2(1-x)S2x are found to be configuration-dependent, exposing the limitations of the mean field approach to band gap analysis in alloys.

  20. Polyimide-Epoxy Composites with Superior Bendable Properties for Application in Flexible Electronics

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    Lee, Sangyoup; Yoo, Taewon; Han, Youngyu; Kim, Hanglim; Han, Haksoo

    2017-08-01

    The need for flexible electronics with outstanding bending properties is increasing due to the demand for wearable devices and next-generation flexible or rollable smartphones. In addition, the requirements for flexible or rigid-flexible electronics are sharply increasing to achieve the design of space-saving electronic devices. In this regard, coverlay (CL) film is a key material used in the bending area of flexible electronics, albeit infrequently. Because flexible electronics undergo folding and unfolding numerous times, CL films with superior mechanical and bending properties are required so that the bending area can endure such severe stress. However, because current CL films are only used for a designated bending area in the flexible electronics panel, their highly complicated and expensive manufacturing procedure is a disadvantage. In addition, the thickness of CL films must be decreased to satisfy the ongoing requirement for increasingly thin products. However, due to the limitations of the two-layer structure of existing CL films, the manufacturing process cannot be made more cost effective by simply applying more thin film onto the board. To address this problem, we have developed liquid coverlay inks (LCIs) with superior bendable properties, in comparison with CL films, when applied onto flexible electronics using a screen-printing method. The results show that LCIs have the potential to become one of the leading candidates to replace existing CL films because of their lower cost and faster manufacturing process.

  1. Opto-electronic and quantum transport properties of semiconductor nanostructures

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    Sabathil, M.

    2005-01-01

    In this work a novel and efficient method for the calculation of the ballistic transport properties of open semiconductor nanostructures connected to external reservoirs is presented. It is based on the Green's function formalism and reduces the effort to obtain the transmission and the carrier density to a single solution of a hermitian eigenvalue problem with dimensions proportional to the size of the decoupled device and the multiple inversion of a small matrix with dimensions proportional to the size of the contacts to the leads. Using this method, the 4-band GaAs hole transport through a 2-dimensional three-terminal T-junction device, and the resonant tunneling current through a 3-dimensional InAs quantum dot molecule embedded into an InP heterostructure have been calculated. The further extension of the method into a charge self-consistent scheme enables the efficient prediction of the IV-characteristics of highly doped nanoscale field effect transistors in the ballistic regime, including the influence of quasi bound states and the exchange-correlation interaction. Buettiker probes are used to emulate the effect of inelastic scattering on the current for simple 1D devices, systematically analyzing the dependence of the density of states and the resulting self-consistent potential on the scattering strength. The second major topic of this work is the modeling of the optical response of quantum confined neutral and charged excitons in single and coupled self-assembled InGaAs quantum dots. For this purpose the existing device simulator nextnano{sup 3} has been extended to incorporate particle-particle interactions within the means of density functional theory in local density approximation. In this way the exciton transition energies for neutral and charged excitons as a function of an externally applied electric field have been calculated, revealing a systematic reduction of the intrinsic dipole with the addition of extra holes to the exciton, a finding

  2. Electronic and chemical properties of a surface-terminated screw dislocation in MgO.

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    McKenna, Keith P

    2013-12-18

    Dislocations represent an important and ubiquitous class of topological defect found at the surfaces of metal oxide materials. They are thought to influence processes as diverse as crystal growth, corrosion, charge trapping, luminescence, molecular adsorption, and catalytic activity; however, their electronic and chemical properties remain poorly understood. Here, through a detailed first-principles investigation into the properties of a surface-terminated screw dislocation in MgO we provide atomistic insight into these issues. We show that surface dislocations can exhibit intriguing electron trapping properties which are important for understanding the chemical and electronic characteristics of oxide surfaces. The results presented in this article taken together with recent experimental reports show that surface dislocations can be equally as important as more commonly considered surface defects, such as steps, kinks, and vacancies, but are now just beginning to be understood.

  3. The interplay of mutations and electronic properties in disease-related genes

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    Shih, Chi-Tin; Wells, Stephen A.; Hsu, Ching-Ling; Cheng, Yun-Yin; Römer, Rudolf A.

    2012-02-01

    Electronic properties of DNA are believed to play a crucial role in many phenomena in living organisms, for example the location of DNA lesions by base excision repair (BER) glycosylases and the regulation of tumor-suppressor genes such as p53 by detection of oxidative damage. However, the reproducible measurement and modelling of charge migration through DNA molecules at the nanometer scale remains a challenging and controversial subject even after more than a decade of intense efforts. Here we show, by analysing 162 disease-related genes from a variety of medical databases with a total of almost 20,000 observed pathogenic mutations, a significant difference in the electronic properties of the population of observed mutations compared to the set of all possible mutations. Our results have implications for the role of the electronic properties of DNA in cellular processes, and hint at the possibility of prediction, early diagnosis and detection of mutation hotspots.

  4. Modulation of the electron transport properties in graphene nanoribbons doped with BN chains

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    Wu Liu

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Using density-functional theory and the non-equilibrium Green's function method, the electron transport properties of zigzag graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs doped with BN chains are studied by systematically calculating the energy band structure, density of states and the transmission spectra for the systems. The BN chains destroyed the electronic transport properties of the ZGNRs, and an energy gap appeared for the ZGNRs, and displayed variations from a metal to a wide-gap semiconductor. With an increase in the number of BN chains, the band gap increased gradually in the band structure and the transmission coefficient decreased near the Fermi surface. Additionally, the doping position had a significant effect on the electronic properties of the ZGNRs.

  5. Electronic structures and magnetic/optical properties of metal phthalocyanine complexes

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    Baba, Shintaro; Suzuki, Atsushi, E-mail: suzuki@mat.usp.ac.jp; Oku, Takeo [Department of Materials Science, The University of Shiga Prefecture. 2500 Hassaka, Hikone, Shiga 522-8533 (Japan)

    2016-02-01

    Electronic structures and magnetic / optical properties of metal phthalocyanine complexes were studied by quantum calculations using density functional theory. Effects of central metal and expansion of π orbital on aromatic ring as conjugation system on the electronic structures, magnetic, optical properties and vibration modes of infrared and Raman spectra of metal phthalocyanines were investigated. Electron and charge density distribution and energy levels near frontier orbital and excited states were influenced by the deformed structures varied with central metal and charge. The magnetic parameters of chemical shifts in {sup 13}C-nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 13}C-NMR), principle g-tensor, A-tensor, V-tensor of electric field gradient and asymmetry parameters derived from the deformed structures with magnetic interaction of nuclear quadruple interaction based on electron and charge density distribution with a bias of charge near ligand under crystal field.

  6. Electronic properties of HBr, O2 and Cl2 used in Si etching

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    Hayashi, Toshio; Ishikawa, Kenji; Sekine, Makoto; Hori, Masaru

    2015-06-01

    Si gate etching is usually performed using HBr, Cl2, and O2 gases. However, the electronic properties of these gases have not been fully discussed. Therefore, we investigated the electronic properties using computational chemistry. The results show that electron-attached negative ions of these compounds tend to dissociate into atoms, and negative ions, except O2 (H+Br-, Cl+Cl-, and O2-), and ionized positive ions form the molecular ions in the threshold region without dissociation (HBr+, Cl2+, and O2+). Some of the excited states of these molecules are dissociative; therefore, these molecules favorably dissociate into atoms (H+Br, Cl+Cl, and O+O) upon electron excitation in the process plasma.

  7. Investigation of Thermal and Viscoelastic Properties of Polymers Relevant to Hot Melt Extrusion, IV: Affinisol™ HPMC HME Polymers.

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    Gupta, Simerdeep Singh; Solanki, Nayan; Serajuddin, Abu T M

    2016-02-01

    Most cellulosic polymers cannot be used as carriers for preparing solid dispersion of drugs by hot melt extrusion (HME) due to their high melt viscosity and thermal degradation at high processing temperatures. Three HME-grade hydroxypropyl methylcelluloses, namely Affinisol™ HPMC HME 15 cP, Affinisol™ HPMC HME 100 cP, and Affinisol™ HPMC HME 4 M, have recently been introduced by The Dow Chemical Co. to enable the preparation of solid dispersion at lower and more acceptable processing temperatures. In the present investigation, physicochemical properties of the new polymers relevant to HME were determined and compared with that of Kollidon(®) VA 64. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), modulated differential scanning calorimetry (mDSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), moisture sorption, rheology, and torque analysis by melt extrusion were applied. PXRD and mDSC showed that the Affinisol™ polymers were amorphous in nature. According to TGA, the onset of degradation for all polymers was >220°C. The Affinisol™ polymers exhibited less hygroscopicity than Kollidon(®) VA 64 and another HPMC polymer, Methocel™ K100LV. The complex viscosity profiles of the Affinisol™ polymers as a function of temperature were similar. The viscosity of the Affinisol™ polymers was highly sensitive to the shear rate applied, and unlike Kollidon(®) VA 64, the viscosity decreased drastically when the angular frequency was increased. Because of the very high shear rate encountered during melt extrusion, Affinisol™ polymers showed capability of being extruded at larger windows of processing temperatures as compared to that of Kollidon(®) VA 64.

  8. Ether-bond-containing ionic liquids and the relevance of the ether bond position to transport properties.

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    Monteiro, Marcelo J; Camilo, Fernanda F; Ribeiro, Mauro C C; Torresi, Roberto M

    2010-10-07

    The ionic liquids (ILs) 1-ethoxyethyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, [EtO(CH(2))(2)MMI][Tf(2)N], and N-(ethoxyethyl)-N-methylmorpholinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, [EtO(CH(2))(2)MMor][Tf(2)N] were synthesized, and relevant properties, such as thermal stability, density, viscosity, electrochemical behavior, ionic conductivity, and self-diffusion coefficients for both ionic species, were measured and compared with those of their alkyl counterparts, 1-n-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, [BMMI][Tf(2)N], and N-n-butyl-N-methylpiperidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, [BMP][Tf(2)N] and N-n-butyl-N-methylmorpholinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide [BMMor][Tf(2)N]. This comparison was done to evaluate the effects caused by the presence of the ether bond in either the side chain or in the organic cation ring. The salt, LiTf(2)N, was added to the systems to estimate IL behavior with regard to lithium cation transport. Pure [EtO(CH(2))(2)MMI][Tf(2)N] and their LiTf(2)N solutions showed low viscosity and the highest conductivity among the ILs studied. The H(R) (AC conductivity/NMR calculated conductivity ratio) values showed that, after addition of LiTf(2)N, ILs containing the ether bond seemed to have a greater number of charged species. Structural reasons could explain these high observed H(R) values for [EtO(CH(2))(2)MMor][Tf(2)N].

  9. Bremsstrahlung and K(alpha) fluorescence measurements for inferring conversion efficiencies into fast ignition relevant hot electrons

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    Chen, C D; Patel, P K; Hey, D S; Mackinnon, A J; Key, M H; Akli, K U; Bartal, T; Beg, F N; Chawla, S; Chen, H; Freeman, R R; Higginson, D P; Link, A; Ma, T Y; MacPhee, A G; Stephens, R B; Van Woerkom, L D; Westover, B; Porkolab, M

    2009-07-24

    The Bremsstrahlung and K-shell emission from 1 mm x 1 mm x 1 mm planar targets irradiated by a short-pulse 3 x 10{sup 18}-8 x 10{sup 19} W/cm{sup 2} laser were measured. The Bremsstrahlung was measured using a filter stack spectrometer with spectral discrimination up to 500 keV. K-shell emission was measured using a single photon counting charge coupled device (CCD). From Monte Carlo modeling of the target emission, conversion efficiencies into 1-3 MeV electrons of 3-12%, representing 20-40% total conversion efficiencies were inferred for intensities up to 8 x 10{sup 19} W/cm{sup 2}. Comparisons to scaling laws using synthetic energy spectra generated from the intensity distribution of the focal spot imply slope temperatures less than the ponderomotive potential of the laser. Resistive transport effects may result in potentials of a few hundred kV in the first few tens of microns in the target. This would lead to higher total conversion efficiencies than inferred from Monte Carlo modeling but lower conversion efficiencies into 1-3 MeV electrons.

  10. Nonlinear and Nonsymmetric Single-Molecule Electronic Properties Towards Molecular Information Processing.

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    Tamaki, Takashi; Ogawa, Takuji

    2017-09-05

    This review highlights molecular design for nonlinear and nonsymmetric single-molecule electronic properties such as rectification, negative differential resistance, and switching, which are important components of future single-molecule information processing devices. Perspectives on integrated "molecular circuits" are also provided. Nonlinear and nonsymmetric single-molecule electronics can be designed by utilizing (1) asymmetric molecular cores, (2) asymmetric anchoring groups, (3) an asymmetric junction environment, and (4) asymmetric electrode materials. This review mainly focuses on the design of molecular cores.

  11. High-Resolution Structural and Electronic Properties of Epitaxial Topological Crystalline Insulator Films

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    Dagdeviren, Omur; Zhou, Chao; Zou, Ke; Simon, Georg; Albright, Stephen; Mandal, Subhasish; Morales-Acosta, Mayra; Zhu, Xiaodong; Ismail-Beigi, Sohrab; Walker, Frederick; Ahn, Charles; Schwarz, Udo; Altman, Eric

    Revealing the local electronic properties of surfaces and their link to structural properties is an important problem for topological crystalline insulators (TCI) in which metallic surface states are protected by crystal symmetry. The microstructure and electronic properties of TCI SnTe film surfaces grown by molecular beam epitaxy were characterized using scanning probe microscopy. These results reveal the influence of various defects on the electronic properties: tilt boundaries leading to dislocation arrays that serve as periodic nucleation sites for pit growth; screw dislocations, and point defects. These features have varying length scale and display variations in the electronic structure of the surface, which are mapped with scanning tunneling microscopy images as standing waves superimposed on atomic scale images of the surface topography that consequently shape the wave patterns. Since the growth process results in symmetry breaking defects that patterns the topological states, we propose that the scanning probe tip can pattern the surface and electronic structure and enable the fabrication of topological devices on the SnTe surface. Financial support from the National Science Foundation through the Yale Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (Grant No. MRSEC DMR-1119826) and FAME.

  12. Electronic and Optical Properties of Aluminum Oxide Before and After Surface Reduction by Ar+ Bombardment

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    D. Tahir

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The electronic and optical properties of a-Al2O3 after induced by 3-keV Ar+ sputtering have been studied quantitatively by use of reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy (REELS spectra. The band gap values of a-Al2O3 was determined from the onset values of the energy loss spectrum to the background level of REELS spectra as a function of time Ar+ bombardment. The bandgap changes from 8.4 eV before sputtering to 6.2 eV after 4 minutes of sputtering.The optical properties of α-Al2O3 thin films have been determined by comparing the experimental cross section obtained from reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy with the theoretical inelastic scattering cross section, deduced from the simulated energy loss function (ELF by using QUEELS-ε(k-REELS software. The peak assignments are based on ELF and compared with reported data on the electronic structure of α-Al2O3 obtained using different techniques. The results demonstrate that the electronic and optical properties before and after surface reduction will provide further understanding in the fundamental properties of α-Al2O3 which will be useful in the design, modeling and analysis of devices applications performance.

  13. Particular electronic properties of F{sub 16}CoPc: A decent electron acceptor material

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    Rückerl, Florian, E-mail: f.rueckerl@ifw-dresden.de; Waas, Daniel; Büchner, Bernd; Knupfer, Martin, E-mail: m.knupfer@ifw-dresden.de

    2017-02-15

    Highlights: • Hole doping of various surfaces by F{sub 16}CoPc. • Reduction of Cobalt center. • Potential surface functionalization by F{sub 16}CoPc in many other cases. - Abstract: Various interfaces with F{sub 16}CoPc as one of the partners are characterized by a charge transfer across the interface and a concomitant reduction of the Co central atom in these molecules. We summarize recent photoemission spectroscopy results and compare those to the data from equivalent interfaces comprising F{sub 16}CuPc. In the latter, the Cu center remains unchanged indicating the particular role of Co in F{sub 16}CoPc as the electron accepting site.

  14. Spinel ferrite nanocrystals embedded inside ZnO: magnetic, electronic andmagneto-transport properties

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    Zhou, Shengqiang; Potzger, K.; Xu, Qingyu; Kuepper, K.; Talut, G.; Marko, D.; Mucklich, A.; Helm, M.; Fassbender, J.; Arenholz, E.; Schmidt, H.

    2009-08-21

    In this paper we show that spinel ferrite nanocrystals (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) can be texturally embedded inside a ZnO matrix by ion implantation and post-annealing. The two kinds of ferrites show different magnetic properties, e.g. coercivity and magnetization. Anomalous Hall effect and positive magnetoresistance have been observed. Our study suggests a ferrimagnet/semiconductor hybrid system for potential applications in magneto-electronics. This hybrid system can be tuned by selecting different transition metal ions (from Mn to Zn) to obtain various magnetic and electronic properties.

  15. First-principles study on the electronic structure and optical properties of CrSi2

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    Zhou, Shiyun; Xie, Quan; Yan, Wanjun; Chen, Qian

    2009-01-01

    Using the first principle methods based on the plane-wave pseudo-potential theory, band structure, density of states and optical properties of CrSi2 were studied. The calculation of band structure shows that CrSi2 is an indirect semiconductor whose band gap is 0.353 eV. Density of states is mainly composed of 3d electron of Cr and 3p electron of Si. Dielectric function, refractive index, reflectivity, and absorption coefficient of CrSi2 are also calculated. The calculation results of optical properties are in agreement with the experiments.

  16. Effects of gas adsorption on the electronic properties of graphene nanoribbons

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    Fathalian, Ali, E-mail: a.fathalian@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Computational Physical Science Research Laboratory, Department of Nano-Science, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), PO Box 19395-1795 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jalilian, Jaafar [Young Researchers Club, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah, Iran. (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahidi, Sahar [Department of Chemistry, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    We have investigated the effects of O{sub 2} molecule gas adsorption on the electronic properties of semiconductor armchair hydrogenated edges graphene nanoribbons (AHEGN) via density functional theory as implemented in the code WIEN2k. The energy adsorption and electronic properties are calculated for different positions of O{sub 2}. It is found that adsorption energy in the edges is lower than in the other positions. By increasing adsorption of gas concentration, the energy gap of AHEGN decreases and at a critical concentration a semiconducting-metallic phase transition takes place. This system could be used for detection of oxygen molecule gas.

  17. Structural, Electronic, Magnetic, and Vibrational Properties of Graphene and Silicene: A First-Principles Perspective

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    Kaloni, Thaneshwor P.

    2013-11-01

    This thesis covers the structural, electronic, magnetic, and vibrational properties of graphene and silicene. In Chapter I, we will start with an introduction to graphene and silicene. In Chapter II, we will briefly discuss about the methodology (i. e. density functional theory)In Chapter III, we will introduce band gap opening in graphene either by introducing defects/doping or by creating superlattices with h-BN substrate. In Chapter IV, we will focus on the structural and electronic properties of K and Ge-intercalated graphene on SiC(0001). In addition, the enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature in Li-decorated graphene supported by h-BN substrate will be discussed. In Chapter V, we will discuss the vibrational properties of free-standing silicene. In addition, superlattices of silicene with h-BN as well as the phase transition in silicene by applying an external electric field will be discussed. The electronic and magnetic properties transition metal decorated silicene will be discussed, in particular the realization of the quantum anomalous Hall effect will be addressed. Furthermore, the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of Mn decorated silicene supported by h-BN substrate will be discussed. The conclusion is included in Chapters VI. Finally, we will end with references and a list of publications for this thesis.

  18. A comparison of non-local electron transport models for laser-plasmas relevant to inertial confinement fusion

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    Sherlock, M.; Brodrick, J. P.; Ridgers, C. P.

    2017-08-01

    We compare the reduced non-local electron transport model developed by Schurtz et al. [Phys. Plasmas 7, 4238 (2000)] to Vlasov-Fokker-Planck simulations. Two new test cases are considered: the propagation of a heat wave through a high density region into a lower density gas, and a one-dimensional hohlraum ablation problem. We find that the reduced model reproduces the peak heat flux well in the ablation region but significantly over-predicts the coronal preheat. The suitability of the reduced model for computing non-local transport effects other than thermal conductivity is considered by comparing the computed distribution function to the Vlasov-Fokker-Planck distribution function. It is shown that even when the reduced model reproduces the correct heat flux, the distribution function is significantly different to the Vlasov-Fokker-Planck prediction. Two simple modifications are considered which improve agreement between models in the coronal region.

  19. Effect of protonation, composition and isomerism on the redox properties and electron (de)localization of classical polyoxometalates

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    López, Xavier

    2017-10-01

    This publication reviews some relevant features related with the redox activity of two inorganic compounds: [XM12O40]q- (Keggin structure) and [X2M18O62]q- (Wells-Dawson structure). These are two well-known specimens of the vast Polyoxometalate (POM) family, which has been the subject of extensive experimental and theoretical research owing to their unmatched properties. In particular, their redox activity focus a great deal of attention from scientists due to their prospective related applications. POMs are habitually seen as `electron sponges' since many of them accept several electrons without losing their chemical identity. This makes them excellent models to study mechanisms of electrochemical nature. Their redox properties depend on: (i) the type and number of transition metal atoms in the structure, (ii) the basicity of the first reduced species and, occasionally, of the fully oxidized species; (iii) the size of the molecule, (iv) the overall negative charge of the POM, and (v) the size of the central heteroatom. In the last years, important collaboration between the experimental and theoretical areas has been usual on the development of POM science. In the present chapter three of these synergies are highlighted: the influence of the internal heteroatom upon the redox potentials of Keggin anions; the dependence of the redox waves of Fe-substituted Wells-Dawson compounds with pH; and the role of electron delocalization and pairing in mixed-metal Mo/W Wells-Dawson compounds in their ability to accept electrons. In these three cases, a complete understanding of the problem would not have been possible without the mutual benefit of experimental and computational data.

  20. Electronic and optical properties of beryllium sulfide monolayer: Under stress and strain conditions

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    Jalilian, Jaafar; Safari, Mandana

    2016-10-01

    Electronic and optical properties of two-dimensional graphene-like structure of beryllium sulfide (BeS) have been studied in the framework of the density functional theory. Different values of stress and strain are exerted for tuning electronic and optical parameters. The electronic results show that both biaxial stress and strain effects cause band gap reduction with different rates. Also, we have red and blue shifts in the optical absorption spectrum peaks by applying strain and stress, respectively. Our results express that BeS monolayer can be the promising candidate for the future nano-devices.

  1. Electronic, structural and optical properties of hydrogenated silicon nanocrystals: the role of the excited states

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    Cantele, G.; Ninno, D.; Iadonisi, G. [Coherentia-INFM and Universita di Napoli ' ' Federico II' ' - Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Complesso Universitario Monte S. Angelo, Via Cintia, 80126 Napoli (Italy); Degoli, Elena; Bisi, O.; Ossicini, Stefano [INFM-S' ' 3 and Dipartimento di Scienze e Metodi dell' Ingegneria, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via Fogliani, 42100 Reggio Emilia (Italy); Luppi, Eleonora; Magri, Rita [INFM-S' ' 3 and Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via Campi 213/A, 41100 Modena (Italy)

    2005-06-01

    In this paper we report on a first-principle calculation of the electronic and structural properties of hydrogenated silicon nanocrystals both in the ground- and in an excited-state configuration. The presence of an electron-hole pair created under excitation is taken into account and its effects on both the electronic spectrum and the cluster geometry are pointed out. The interpretation of the results is done within a four-level model, which also allows the explanation of the experimentally observed Stokes shift. Size-related aspects are also analysed and discussed. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Characterization of the Structural, Mechanical, and Electronic Properties of Fullerene Mixtures: A Molecular Simulations Description

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    Tummala, Naga Rajesh

    2017-10-06

    We investigate mixtures of fullerenes and fullerene derivatives, the most commonly used electron accepting materials in organic solar cells, by using a combination of molecular dynamics and density functional theory methods. Our goal is to describe how mixing affects the molecular packing, mechanical properties, and electronic parameters (site energy disorder, electronic couplings) of interest for solar-cell applications. Specifically, we consider mixtures of: (i) C60 and C70; (ii) C60, C70, and C84, and (iii) PC61BM and PC71BM.

  3. Electron irradiation effects on optical properties of semiorganic antimony thiourea bromide monohydrate single crystals

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    Mahesha Upadhya, K., E-mail: mahesh.upadhya@yahoo.co [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, P.O. Srinivasnagar, Karnataka 575025 (India); Udayashankar, N.K. [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, P.O. Srinivasnagar, Karnataka 575025 (India)

    2010-12-15

    Antimony thiourea bromide monohydrate (ATBM) single crystals were grown by solution growth technique at room temperature for the first time. The UV-vis, FT-IR and fluorescence spectra were recorded and electron irradiation effects on these properties were studied. The optical absorption edge of the UV-vis spectrum shifts towards lower wavelength with the increase of irradiation. The fluorescence quantum yield is increased for electron irradiated ATBM crystals. The FT-IR analysis shows that the water of crystallization is weakly bonded in as-grown and electron irradiated ATBM crystals.

  4. Electronic and Chemical Properties of a Surface-Terminated Screw Dislocation in MgO

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    McKenna, Keith P.

    2013-01-01

    Dislocations represent an important and ubiquitous class of topological defect found at the surfaces of metal oxide materials. They are thought to influence processes as diverse as crystal growth, corrosion, charge trapping, luminescence, molecular adsorption, and catalytic activity; however, their electronic and chemical properties remain poorly understood. Here, through a detailed first-principles investigation into the properties of a surface-terminated screw dislocation in MgO we provide ...

  5. Geometric and electronic properties of graphene-related systems: Chemical bondings

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    Tran, Ngoc Thanh Thuy; Lin, Shih-Yang; Lin, Chiun-Yan; Lin, Ming-Fa

    2017-01-01

    This work presents a systematic review of the feature-rich essential properties in graphene-related systems using the first-principles method. The geometric and electronic properties are greatly diversified by the number of layers, the stacking configurations, the sliding-created configuration transformation, the rippled structures, and the distinct adatom adsorptions. The top-site adsorptions can induce the significantly buckled structures, especially for hydrogen and fluorine adatoms. The e...

  6. ELECTRON-CAPTURE AND β-DECAY RATES FOR sd-SHELL NUCLEI IN STELLAR ENVIRONMENTS RELEVANT TO HIGH-DENSITY O–NE–MG CORES

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    Suzuki, Toshio [Department of Physics and Graduate School of Integrated Basic Sciences, College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University Sakurajosui 3-25-40, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-8550 (Japan); Toki, Hiroshi [Research Center for Nuclear Physics (RCNP), Osaka University, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Nomoto, Ken’ichi, E-mail: suzuki@phys.chs.nihon-u.ac.jp [Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (WPI), The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8583 (Japan)

    2016-02-01

    Electron-capture and β-decay rates for nuclear pairs in the sd-shell are evaluated at high densities and high temperatures relevant to the final evolution of electron-degenerate O–Ne–Mg cores of stars with initial masses of 8–10 M{sub ⊙}. Electron capture induces a rapid contraction of the electron-degenerate O–Ne–Mg core. The outcome of rapid contraction depends on the evolutionary changes in the central density and temperature, which are determined by the competing processes of contraction, cooling, and heating. The fate of the stars is determined by these competitions, whether they end up with electron-capture supernovae or Fe core-collapse supernovae. Since the competing processes are induced by electron capture and β-decay, the accurate weak rates are crucially important. The rates are obtained for pairs with A = 20, 23, 24, 25, and 27 by shell-model calculations in the sd-shell with the USDB Hamiltonian. Effects of Coulomb corrections on the rates are evaluated. The rates for pairs with A = 23 and 25 are important for nuclear Urca processes that determine the cooling rate of the O–Ne–Mg core, while those for pairs with A = 20 and 24 are important for the core contraction and heat generation rates in the core. We provide these nuclear rates at stellar environments in tables with fine enough meshes at various densities and temperatures for studies of astrophysical processes sensitive to the rates. In particular, the accurate rate tables are crucially important for the final fates of not only O–Ne–Mg cores but also a wider range of stars, such as C–O cores of lower-mass stars.

  7. Effects of deformation on the electronic properties of B-C-N nanotubes

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    Azevedo, S., E-mail: sazevedo@fisica.ufpb.br [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Caixa Postal 5008, 58059-900 Joao Pessoa-PB (Brazil); Rosas, A. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Caixa Postal 5008, 58059-900 Joao Pessoa-PB (Brazil); Machado, M. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Caixa Postal 354, 96010-900 Pelotas-RS (Brazil); Kaschny, J.R. [Instituto Federal da Bahia-Campus Vitoria da Conquista, Av. Amazonas 3150, 45030-220 Vitoria da Conquista-BA (Brazil); Chacham, H. [Departamento de Fisica, ICEX, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Caixa Postal 702, 30123-970 Belo Horizonte-MG (Brazil)

    2013-01-15

    We apply first-principles methods, using density functional theory, to investigate the effects of flattening deformation on the electronic properties of BC{sub 2}N and C-doped BNNTs. Four different types of BC{sub 2}N structures are considered. Two of them are semiconductors, and the radial compression produces a significant reduction of the energy band gap. The other two types of structures are metallic, and the effect of radial compression is quite distinct. For one of them it is found the opening of a small band gap, and for the other one no changes are observed. For C-doped tubes, it is also found that the electronic properties undergo significant modifications when subjected to radial compression. - Graphical Abstract: We apply first-principles methods, using density functional theory, to investigate the effects of flattening deformation on the electronic properties of BC{sub 2}N and C-doped BNNTs. Four different types of BC{sub 2}N structures are considered. Two of them are semiconductors, and the radial compression produces a significant reduction of the energy band gap. The other two types of structures are metallic, and the effect of radial compression is quite distinct. For one of them it is found the opening of a small band gap, and for the other one no changes are observed. For C-doped tubes, it is also found that the electronic properties undergo significant modifications when subjected to radial compression. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We investigated electronic properties of flattened BC{sub 2}N nanotubes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The electronic states depend strongly on compression. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It is studied flattened BN nanotubes doped with a carbon atom. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The flattened C-doped structures, presents a significant reduction of the gap.

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Fe-doped Aluminosilicate Nanotubes with Enhanced Electron Conductive Properties.

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    Shafia, Ehsan; Esposito, Serena; Bahadori, Elnaz; Armandi, Marco; Manzoli, Maela; Bonelli, Barbara

    2016-11-15

    The goal of the protocol is to synthesize Fe-doped aluminosilicate nanotubes of the imogolite type with the formula (OH)3Al2-xFexO3SiOH. Doping with Fe aims at lowering the band gap of imogolite, an insulator with the chemical formula (OH)3Al2O3SiOH, and at modifying its adsorption properties towards azo-dyes, an important class of organic pollutants of both wastewater and groundwater. Fe-doped nanotubes are obtained in two ways: by direct synthesis, where FeCl3 is added to an aqueous mixture of the Si and Al precursors, and by post-synthesis loading, where preformed nanotubes are put in contact with a FeCl3•6H2O aqueous solution. In both synthesis methods, isomorphic substitution of Al(3+) by Fe(3+) occurs, preserving the nanotube structure. Isomorphic substitution is indeed limited to a mass fraction of ~1.0% Fe, since at a higher Fe content (i.e., a mass fraction of 1.4% Fe), Fe2O3 clusters form, especially when the loading procedure is adopted. The physicochemical properties of the materials are studied by means of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), N2 sorption isotherms at -196 °C, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), diffuse reflectance (DR) UV-Vis spectroscopy, and ζ-potential measurements. The most relevant result is the possibility to replace Al(3+) ions (located on the outer surface of the nanotubes) by post-synthesis loading on preformed imogolite without perturbing the delicate hydrolysis equilibria occurring during nanotube formation. During the loading procedure, an anionic exchange occurs, where Al(3+) ions on the outer surface of the nanotubes are replaced by Fe(3+) ions. In Fe-doped aluminosilicate nanotubes, isomorphic substitution of Al(3+) by Fe(3+) is found to affect the band gap of doped imogolite. Nonetheless, Fe(3+) sites on the outer surface of nanotubes are able to coordinate organic moieties, like the azo-dye Acid Orange 7, through a ligand-displacement mechanism occurring in an aqueous solution.

  9. On the Effect of Antimony Segregation to the Electronic Properties of InAs/InAsSb Superlattices (Preprint)

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    2017-01-03

    AFRL-RX-WP-JA-2017-0231 ON THE EFFECT OF ANTIMONY SEGREGATION TO THE ELECTRONIC PROPERTIES OF INAS/INASSB SUPERLATTICES (PREPRINT...18 1 On the effect of antimony segregation to the electronic properties of InAs/InAsSb Superlattices H. J. Haugan * , F. Szmulowicz, J. J...optimized and study how Sb segregation affects the electronic properties of Ga-free SLs. The advantages and disadvantages of utilizing the Ga-free over

  10. Predicting the Electronic Properties of 3D, Million-atom Semiconductor nanostructure Architectures

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    Jack Dongarra; Stanimire Tomov

    2012-03-15

    This final report describes the work done by Jack Dongarra (University Distinguished Professor) and Stanimire Tomov (Research Scientist) related to the DOE project entitled Predicting the Electronic Properties of 3D, Million-Atom Semiconductor Nanostructure Architectures. In this project we addressed the mathematical methodology required to calculate the electronic and transport properties of large nanostructures with comparable accuracy and reliability to that of current ab initio methods. This capability is critical for further developing the field, yet it is missing in all the existing computational methods. Additionally, quantitative comparisons with experiments are often needed for a qualitative understanding of the physics, and for guiding the design of new nanostructures. We focused on the mathematical challenges of the project, in particular on solvers and preconditioners for large scale eigenvalue problems that occur in the computation of electronic states of large nanosystems. Usually, the states of interest lie in the interior of the spectrum and their computation poses great difficulties for existing algorithms. The electronic properties of a semiconductor nanostructure architecture can be predicted/determined by computing its band structure. Of particular importance are the 'band edge states' (electronic states near the energy gap) which can be computed from a properly defined interior eigenvalue problem. Our primary mathematics and computational challenge here has been to develop an efficient solution methodology for finding these interior states for very large systems. Our work has produced excellent results in terms of developing both new and extending current state-of-the-art techniques.

  11. Calculation of properties of the electron-hole liquid in uniaxially stressed Ge and Si

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    Kelso, S.M.

    1982-06-15

    We present a detailed theoretical study of the stress dependence of properties of the electron-hole liquid, both at zero and finite temperatures, in <111>-stressed Ge and <100>-stressed Si. These properties include the ground-state equilibrium density, pair energy, electron and hole Fermi energies, sign of the electron-hole drop charge, luminescence linewidth, and liquid compressibility. The results are compared at T = 0 to the calculations of Kirczenow and Singwi and at Troughly-equal2 K to the available data. We discuss the possibility of a phase transition associated with the depopulation of the upper electron valleys in Ge. We also discuss methods of extrapolating from finite to infinite stress. The importance of the nonparabolicity of the valence bands is emphasized throughout. We discuss ranges of validity for a low-temperature expansion of the free energy. Results are presented for the systematic low-temperature variation of the liquid density, Fermi energy, and chemical potential and for the critical temperature and density. These theoretical results are found to be in reasonably good agreement with available data. Finally, we discuss scaling relations for combinations of electron-hole--liquid properties.

  12. Structural and optical properties of electron beam evaporated CdSe ...

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    Abstract. Thin films of cadmium selenide (CdSe) as a semiconductor is well suited for opto-electronic appli- cations such as photo detection or solar energy conversion, due to its optical and electrical properties, as well as its good chemical and mechanical stability. In order to explore the possibility of using this in ...

  13. Nonequilibrium interpretation of DC properties of NbN superconducting hot electron bolometers

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    Shcherbatenko, M; Tretyakov, I; Lobanov, Yu; Maslennikov, S. N.; Kaurova, N; Finkel, M.; Voronov, B; Goltsman, G; Klapwijk, T.M.

    2016-01-01

    We present a physically consistent interpretation of the dc electrical properties of niobiumnitride (NbN)-based superconducting hot-electron bolometer mixers, using concepts of nonequilibrium superconductivity. Through this, we clarify what physical information can be extracted from the resistive

  14. Electronic properties of poly[3-(2”,5”-diheptyloxyphenyl)-2,2 ...

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    This suggests that the device is a metal-semiconductor (M-S) type. Capacitance per unit area as well as the width of the depletion layer are obtained from the complex impedance analysis. The built-in potential and the charge carrier concentration are also calculated from C-V curves. Keywords/phrases: Electronic properties ...

  15. Alkylenesulfanyl-bridged bithienyl cores for simultaneous tuning of electronic, filming, and thermal properties of oligothiophenes.

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    Navacchia, Maria Luisa; Melucci, Manuela; Favaretto, Laura; Zanelli, Alberto; Gazzano, Massimo; Bongini, Alessandro; Barbarella, Giovanna

    2008-09-04

    DPY and DPE alkylenesulfanyl-bridged bithienyls were prepared by a highly effective ring-closing reaction via arylalkylsulfonium intermediate and used as inner cores in oligothiophenes. HOMO-LUMO energy levels, conformational flexibility, and intrinsic asymmetry of the cores are reflected in the electronic, film-forming, and thermal properties of the corresponding oligomers.

  16. Structural and electronic properties of lithium intercalated graphite LiC6

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    Kganyago, KR

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available The lattice properties and electronic structure of graphite and LiC6 within the most widely used density-functional theory implementation, the local density approximation (LDA) are calculated. Improvements to the LDA in the form of a generalized...

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

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    Eriksson, O.; Johansson, B.; Brooks, M. S. S.

    1989-01-01

    The electronic structure of the isostructural AIr2 systems (A=Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, and Am) has been obtained by means of the scalar relativistic and fully relativistic linear muffin-tin orbital techniques. Ground-state properties such as lattice constants and onset of magnetic order have been...

  18. Structural and electronic properties of Au induced nanowires on Ge(001)

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    Kockmann, D.; Mocking, T.F.; van Houselt, Arie; Poelsema, Bene; Zandvliet, Henricus J.W.

    2009-01-01

    The structural and electronic properties of Au induced self-organized nanowires on Ge(001), prepared by different procedures, are investigated with scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy at room temperature and 77 K. We find that the Au induced nanostructures are identical for the different

  19. Influence of electron beam irradiation on physicochemical properties of poly(trimethylene carbonate)

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    Jozwiakowska, Joanna; Wach, Radoslaw A.; Rokita, Bozena; Ulanski, Piotr; Nalawade, Sameer P.; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Feijen, Jan; Rosiak, Janusz M.

    Electron beam (EB) irradiation of poly(trimethylene carbonate) (PTMC), an amorphous, biodegradable polymer used in the field of biomaterials, results in predominant cross-linking and finally in the formation of gel fraction, thus enabling modification of physicochemical properties of this material

  20. Electrochemical gating: a method to tune and monitor the (opto)electronic properties of functional materials

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    Vanmaekelbergh, D.A.M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304829137; Houtepen, A.J.; Kelly, J.J.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304829129

    2007-01-01

    Electrochemical polarization of a crystalline, polymeric or nanoporous system or a single molecule may change the density of charge carriers in a controlled way, and hence the optical and electrical properties. If the system has two contacts, its electronic conductivity can be measured in situ as a

  1. Optical properties, electronic structure and magnetism of alpha '-NaxV2O5

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    Konstantinovic, MI; Popovic, ZV; Presura, C; Gajic, R; Isobe, M; Ueda, Y; Moshchalkov, VV

    2002-01-01

    The optical properties of sodium-deficient alpha'-NaxV2O5 (0.85 less than or equal to x less than or equal to 1.00) single crystals are analyzed using ellipsometry, and infrared reflectivity techniques. In sodium deficient samples, the optical absorption peak associated to the fundamental electronic

  2. Vacancy Effects on the Electronic Properties of Silicene Nanoribbons under Uniaxial Tension

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    Hernández-Tecorralco, J.; Chávez-Castillo, M. R.; Meza-Montes, L.

    During the recent emergence of two-dimensional materials, scientists have shown great interest in graphene-like systems. Silicene, the silicon counterpart of graphene, has gained much attention due to its similarity to graphene. As a result, silicene could be used for applications not only in nano-electronics but also in nano-electromechanical systems. Nanoribbons (NRs) exhibit different edge geometries, i. e., armchair and zig-zag chiralities, their properties could be determined by the width and chirality of the NR. Moreover, properties could also be manipulated by doping, strain and defects. In this work, we study the response of electronic and mechanical properties of silicene-NRs to the presence of a monovacancy defect. The Quantum Espresso package is employed to perform calculations. The structural parameters, band structure, and electronic density of states are analyzed in pristine and vacancy-defective silicene-NRs without strain, for both chirality directions. Since the electronic properties could be affected by strain, we also performed calculations when tensile strain is applied. We found our results are in good agreement with previous results for the pristine case. Partially supported by VIEP-BUAP. We also thank LNS where the calculations were performed.

  3. Formation, Energetics, and Electronic Properties of Graphene Monolayer and Bilayer Doped with Heteroatoms

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    Yoshitaka Fujimoto

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Doping with heteroatoms is one of the most effective methods to tailor the electronic properties of carbon nanomaterials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, and such nanomaterials doped with heteroatom dopants might therefore provide not only new physical and chemical properties but also novel nanoelectronics/optoelectronics device applications. The boron and nitrogen are neighboring elements to carbon in the periodic table, and they are considered to be good dopants for carbon nanomaterials. We here review the recent work of boron and nitrogen doping effects into graphene monolayer as well as bilayer on the basis of the first-principles electronic structure calculations in the framework of the density-functional theory. We show the energetics and the electronic properties of boron and nitrogen defects in graphene monolayer and bilayer. As for the nitrogen doping, we further discuss the stabilities, the growth processes, and the electronic properties associated with the plausible nitrogen defect formation in graphene which is suggested by experimental observations.

  4. Conformational, IR spectroscopic and electronic properties of conium alkaloids and their adducts with C60 fullerene

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    Zabolotnyi, M. A.; Prylutskyy, Yu I.; Poluyan, N. A.; Evstigneev, M. P.; Dovbeshko, G. I.

    2016-08-01

    Conformational, IR spectroscopic and electronic properties of the components of Conium alkaloids (Conium maculatum) in aqueous environment were determined by model calculations and experiment. With the help of FT-IR spectroscopy the possibility of formation of an adduct between γ-coniceine alkaloid and C60 fullerene was demonstrated, which is important for further application of conium analogues in biomedical purposes.

  5. Electronic transport properties of fullerene functionalized carbon nanotubes: Ab initio and tight-binding calculations

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    Fürst, Joachim Alexander; Hashemi, J.; Markussen, Troels

    2009-01-01

    techniques and tight-binding calculations to illustrate these materials' transmission properties and give physical arguments to interpret the numerical results. Specifically, above the Fermi energy we find a strong reduction in electron transmission due to localized states in certain regions of the structure...

  6. Local investigation of the optical properties of subwavelength rectangular holes with a focused beam of electrons

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    Prangsma, J.C.; van Oosten, D.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/269286470; Kuipers, L.

    2011-01-01

    The optical properties of rectangular subwavelength holes in a gold film are investigated using the light generated when a focused beam of electrons impinges on the sample close to the hole. Using this technique, multi-spectral maps of the holes are obtained with a resolution beyond the optical

  7. Colloidal PbSe/CdSe Heteronanocrystals. Atomic configuration, electronic structure and optical properties

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    Grodzinska, D.

    2012-01-01

    This thesis focuses on the structural characterization and the opto-electronic properties of PbSe/CdSe core/shell QDs and on the structural and morphological evolution of PbSe/CdSe core/shell QDs upon thermal annealing under vacuum.

  8. Transition metal impurities in fluorides: Role of electronic structure of fluorine on spectroscopic properties

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    Trueba, A.; Garcia-Fernandez, P.; García Lastra, Juan Maria

    2011-01-01

    This work examines the relation between optical properties of a MF6q− complex (M=transition–metal cation) and the chemical bonding paying especial attention to the role played by the electronic structure of fluorine. A main goal of the present study is to understand why if the effective Racah par...

  9. The impact of size and shape distributions on the electron charge transfer properties of silver nanoparticles.

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    Sun, Baichuan; Barnard, Amanda S

    2017-08-31

    Many applications of silver nanoparticles are moderated by the electron charge transfer properties, such as the ionization potential, electron affinity and Fermi energy, which may be tuned by controlling the size and shape of individual particles. However, since producing samples of silver nanoparticles that are perfectly monodispersed in terms of both size and shape can be prohibitive, it is important to understand how these properties are impacted by polydispersivity, and ideally be able to predict the tolerance for variation of different geometric features. In this study, we use straightforward statistical methods, together with electronic structure simulations, to predict the electron charge transfer properties of different types of ensembles of silver nanoparticles and how restricting the structural diversity in different ways can improve or retard performance. In agreement with previous reports, we confirm that restricting the shape distribution will tune the charge transfer properties toward specific reactions, but by including the quality factors for each case we go beyond this assessment and show how targeting specific classes of morphologies and restricting the distribution of size can impact sensitivity.

  10. Structural, optical and electronic properties of LaMgHx switchable mirrors.

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    Isidorsson, J.; Giebels, I.A.M.E.; Kooij, E.S.; Koeman, N.J.; Rector, J.H.; van Gogh, A.T.M.; Griessen, R.P.

    2001-01-01

    Structural, optical and electronic properties of lanthanum magnesium alloy thin films are studied in situ in real time during hydrogenation. X-ray data show that the as-deposited films contain the intermetallic phase LaMg with CsCl structure as well as fcc β-La and fcc LaH

  11. Structural, optical and electronic properties of LaMgHx switchable mirrors

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    Isidorsson, J.; Giebels, I.A.M.E.; Kooij, Ernst S.; Koeman, N.J.; Rector, J.H.; van Gogh, A.T.M.; Griessen, R.

    2001-01-01

    Structural, optical and electronic properties of lanthanum magnesium alloy thin films are studied in situ in real time during hydrogenation. X-ray data show that the as-deposited films contain the intermetallic phase LaMg with CsCl structure as well as fcc β-La and fcc LaHx. Hydrogenation initiates

  12. Study of structural and electronic transport properties of Ce-doped ...

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    Home; Journals; Pramana – Journal of Physics; Volume 58; Issue 5-6. Study of structural and electronic transport properties of Ce-doped LaMnO3. Shahid Husain R J Choudhary Ravi Kumar S I Patil J P Srivastava. Colossal Magnetoresistance & Other Materials Volume 58 Issue 5-6 May-June 2002 pp 1045-1049 ...

  13. Electron beam induced modifications in flexible biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate sheets: Improved mechanical and electrical properties

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    Chaudhary, N. [Accelerator & Pulse Power Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400 085 (India); Koiry, S.P. [Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400 085 (India); Singh, A., E-mail: asb_barc@yahoo.com [Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400 085 (India); Tillu, A.R. [Accelerator & Pulse Power Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400 085 (India); Jha, P.; Samanta, S.; Debnath, A.K. [Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400 085 (India); Aswal, D.K., E-mail: dkaswal@yahoo.com [Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400 085 (India); Mondal, R.K. [Radiation Technology Development Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400 085 (India); Acharya, S.; Mittal, K.C. [Accelerator & Pulse Power Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400 085 (India)

    2017-03-01

    In the present work, we have studied the effects of electron beam irradiation (with dose ranging from 2 to 32 kGy) on mechanical and electrical properties of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) sheets. The sol-gel analysis, Fourier transformation infra-red (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) characterizations of the irradiated BOPET sheets suggest partial cross-linking of PET chains through the diethylene glycol (DEG). The mechanical properties of BOPET, such as, tensile strength, Young's modulus and electrical resistivity shows improvement with increasing dose and saturate for doses >10 kGy. The improved mechanical properties and high electrical resistivity of electron beam modified BOPET sheets may have additional advantages in applications, such as, packaging materials for food irradiation, medical product sterilization and electronic industries. - Graphical abstract: Irradiation of BOPET by electron beam leads to the formation of diethylene glycol that crosslink's the PET chains, resulting in improved mechanical properties and enhanced electrical resistivity. - Highlights: • BOPET exhibit improved tensile strength/Young's modulus after e-beam exposure. • Electrical resistivity of BOPET increases after e-beam exposure. • Cross-linking of PET chains through diethylene glycol was observed after e-beam exposure.

  14. Quasi-particle properties in a quasi-two-dimensional electron liquid

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    Abstract. We consider the quasi-particle properties such as the effective mass and spin susceptibility of quasi-two-dimensional electron systems. The finite quantum well width effects are incorporated into the local-field factors that describe the charge and spin correla- tions. We employ the Fermi-hypernetted chain formalism ...

  15. Electron microscopy of human peripheral nerves of clinical relevance to the practice of nerve blocks. A structural and ultrastructural review based on original experimental and laboratory data.

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    Reina, M A; Arriazu, R; Collier, C B; Sala-Blanch, X; Izquierdo, L; de Andrés, J

    2013-12-01

    The goal is to describe the ultrastructure of normal human peripheral nerves, and to highlight key aspects that are relevant to the practice of peripheral nerve block anaesthesia. Using samples of sciatic nerve obtained from patients, and dural sac, nerve root cuff and brachial plexus dissected from fresh human cadavers, an analysis of the structure of peripheral nerve axons and distribution of fascicles and topographic composition of the layers that cover the nerve is presented. Myelinated and unmyelinated axons, fascicles, epineurium, perineurium and endoneurium obtained from patients and fresh cadavers were studied by light microscopy using immunohistochemical techniques, and transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Structure of perineurium and intrafascicular capillaries, and its implications in blood-nerve barrier were revised. Each of the anatomical elements is analyzed individually with regard to its relevance to clinical practice to regional anaesthesia. Routine practice of regional anaesthetic techniques and ultrasound identification of nerve structures has led to conceptions, which repercussions may be relevant in future applications of these techniques. In this regard, the ultrastructural and histological perspective accomplished through findings of this study aims at enlightening arising questions within the field of regional anaesthesia. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapéutica del Dolor. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  16. Electrochemical gating: A method to tune and monitor the (opto)electronic properties of functional materials

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    Vanmaekelbergh, D.; Houtepen, A.J.; Kelly, J.J. [Condensed Matter and Interfaces, Debye Institute, Utrecht University, Princetonplein 1, 3508 TA Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2007-12-20

    Electrochemical polarization of a crystalline, polymeric or nanoporous system or a single molecule may change the density of charge carriers in a controlled way, and hence the optical and electrical properties. If the system has two contacts, its electronic conductivity can be measured in situ as a function of the charge carrier density that is varied by the electrochemical potential. This is called electrochemical gating. Such investigations can reveal the nature of the charge carriers (mobile or localized) and the mechanism of electronic conduction. Here, we present a brief review of a number of systems including inorganic crystals, polymers, nanoporous quantum-dot solids, and single molecules for which electrochemical gating was used successfully in the study of the electronic properties. (author)

  17. Electrical, optical, and electronic properties of Al:ZnO films in a wide doping range

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    Valenti, Ilaria; Valeri, Sergio [CNR, Istituto Nanoscienze, S3, Via G. Campi 213/a, 41125 Modena (Italy); Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Informatiche e Matematiche, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via G. Campi 213/a, 41125 Modena (Italy); Benedetti, Stefania, E-mail: stefania.benedetti@unimore.it; Bona, Alessandro di [CNR, Istituto Nanoscienze, S3, Via G. Campi 213/a, 41125 Modena (Italy); Lollobrigida, Valerio [Dipartimento di Scienze, Università Roma Tre, I-00146 Rome, Italy and Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università Roma Tre, I-00146 Rome (Italy); Perucchi, Andrea; Di Pietro, Paola [INSTM Udr Trieste-ST and Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., Area Science Park, I-34012 Trieste (Italy); Lupi, Stefano [CNR-IOM and Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma Sapienza, P.le Aldo Moro 2, I-00185 Roma (Italy); Torelli, Piero [Laboratorio TASC, IOM-CNR, S.S. 14 km 163.5, Basovizza, I-34149 Trieste (Italy)

    2015-10-28

    The combination of photoemission spectroscopies, infrared and UV-VIS absorption, and electric measurements has allowed to clarify the mechanisms governing the conductivity and the electronic properties of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films in a wide doping range. The contribution of defect-related in-gap states to conduction has been excluded in optimally doped films (around 4 at. %). The appearance of gap states at high doping, the disappearance of occupied DOS at Fermi level, and the bands evolution complete the picture of electronic structure in AZO when doped above 4 at. %. In this situation, compensating defects deplete the conduction band and increase the electronic bandgap of the material. Electrical measurements and figure of merit determination confirm the high quality of the films obtained by magnetron sputtering, and thus allow to extend their properties to AZO films in general.

  18. Electronic properties and mechanical strength of β-phosphorene nano-ribbons

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    Swaroop, Ram; Bhatia, Pradeep; Kumar, Ashok, E-mail: ashok@cup.ac.in [Centre for Physical Sciences, School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, India-151001 (India)

    2016-05-06

    We have performed first principles calculations to find out the effect of mechanical strain on the electronic properties of zig-zag edged nano ribbons of β-phosphorene. It is found that electronic band-gap get opened-up to 2.61 eV by passivation of the edges of ribbons. Similarly, the mechanical strength is found to be increase from 1.75 GPa to 2.65 GPa on going from unpassivated nano ribbons to passivated ones along with the 2% increase in ultimate tensile strain. The band-gap value of passivated ribbon gets decreased to 0.43 eV on applying strain up to which the ribbon does not break. These tunable properties of β-phospherene with passivation with H-atom and applying mechanical strain offer its use in tunable nano electronics.

  19. Tuning the electronic transport properties of graphene through functionalisation with fluorine

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    Dubois Marc

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We demonstrate the possibility to tune the electronic transport properties of graphene mono-layers and multi-layers by functionalisation with fluorine. For mono-layer samples, with increasing the fluorine content, we observe a transition from electronic transport through Mott variable range hopping (VRH in two dimensions to Efros-Shklovskii VRH. Multi-layer fluorinated graphene with high concentration of fluorine show two-dimensional Mott VRH transport, whereas CF0.28 multi-layer flakes exhibit thermally activated transport through near neighbour hopping. Our experimental findings demonstrate that the ability to control the degree of functionalisation of graphene is instrumental to engineer different electronic properties in graphene materials.

  20. Recent Advancements in Liquid Metal Flexible Printed Electronics: Properties, Technologies, and Applications

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    Xuelin Wang

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available This article presents an overview on typical properties, technologies, and applications of liquid metal based flexible printed electronics. The core manufacturing material—room-temperature liquid metal, currently mainly represented by gallium and its alloys with the properties of excellent resistivity, enormous bendability, low adhesion, and large surface tension, was focused on in particular. In addition, a series of recently developed printing technologies spanning from personal electronic circuit printing (direct painting or writing, mechanical system printing, mask layer based printing, high-resolution nanoimprinting, etc. to 3D room temperature liquid metal printing is comprehensively reviewed. Applications of these planar or three-dimensional printing technologies and the related liquid metal alloy inks in making flexible electronics, such as electronical components, health care sensors, and other functional devices were discussed. The significantly different adhesions of liquid metal inks on various substrates under different oxidation degrees, weakness of circuits, difficulty of fabricating high-accuracy devices, and low rate of good product—all of which are challenges faced by current liquid metal flexible printed electronics—are discussed. Prospects for liquid metal flexible printed electronics to develop ending user electronics and more extensive applications in the future are given.

  1. Influences of water molecules on the electronic properties of atomically thin molybdenum disulfide

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    Zhang, Kang; Wang, Xingli; Sun, Leimeng; Zou, Jianping; Wang, Jingyuan; Liu, Zheng; Chen, Tupei; Tay, Beng Kang; Zhang, Qing

    2017-07-01

    Although it is well known that the performances of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide (2D-TMD) based devices are strongly affected by humidity, the roles of water molecules in the electronic properties of 2D-TMDs are still unclear. In this work, the influence of water molecules on the electrical properties of monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is studied systemically using the dielectric force microscopy (DFM) technique. Taking the advantage of the DFM technique and other nondestructive characterization techniques, the electronic properties (surface potential, dielectrics, and carrier mobility) of atomically thin MoS2 exposed to different levels of humidity are investigated. Furthermore, Raman spectroscopy manifested the correlation between the optical phonon and the mobility drop of MoS2 flakes when subjected to humidity variations. Our results provide an in-depth understanding of the mechanism of water molecules interacting with MoS2.

  2. Fine-tuning of electronic properties in donor–acceptor conjugated polymers based on oligothiophenes

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    Imae, Ichiro; Sagawa, Hitoshi; Harima, Yutaka

    2018-03-01

    A novel series of donor–acceptor conjugated polymers having oligothiophenes with well-defined structures were synthesized and their optical, electrochemical, and photovoltaic properties were investigated. It was found that the absorption bands of polymers were red-shifted with increasing number of ethylenedioxy groups added to each oligothiophene unit and that their band edges reached over 1000 nm. The systematical fine-tuning of the electronic properties was achieved using the chemical structures of oligothiophene units. Photovoltaic cells based on polymer/(6,6)-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) exhibited power conversion efficiencies in the range from 0.004 to 1.10%, reflecting the electronic properties of the polymers.

  3. Magnetic, electronic and optical properties of different graphene, BN and BC2N nanoribbons

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    Guerra, T.; Leite, L.; Azevedo, S.; de Lima Bernardo, B.

    2017-04-01

    Graphene nanoribbons are predicted to be essential components in future nanoelectronics. The size, edge type, form, arrangement of atoms and width of nanoribbons drastically change their properties. However, magnetic, electronic and optical properties of armchair, chevron and sawtooth of graphene, BN and BC2N nanoribbons are not fully understood so far. Here, we make use of first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) to investigate the structural, magnetic, electronic and optical properties of nanoribbons of graphene, boron nitride and BC2N with armchair edge, chevron-type and sawtooth forms. The lowest formation energies were found for the armchair and chevron nanoribbons of graphene and boron nitride. We have shown that the imbalance of carbon atoms between different sublattices generates a net magnetic moment. Chevron-type nanoribbons of BC2N and graphene showed a band gap comparable with silicon, and a high light absorption in the visible spectrum when compared to the other configurations.

  4. Density functional study of AgScO_2: Electronic and optical properties

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    Bhamu, K. C.; Sahariya, Jagrati; Vyas, Rishi; Priolkar, K. R.

    2017-07-01

    This paper focusses on the electronic and optical properties of scandium-based silver delafossite (AgScO_2) semiconductor. The density functional theory (DFT) in the framework of full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) scheme has been used for the present calculations with local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Electronic properties deal with energy bands and density of states (DOSs), while optical properties describe refractive index and absorption coefficient. The energy bands are interpreted in terms of DOSs. The computed value of band gap is in agreement with that reported in the literature. Our results predict AgScO_2 as indirect band-gap semiconductor. Our calculated value of the refractive index in zero frequency limits is 2.42. The absorption coefficient predicts the applicability of AgScO_2 in solar cells and flat panel liquid crystal display as a transparent top window layer.

  5. Electronic and magnetic properties of the graphene/Eu/Ni(111) hybrid system

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    Voloshina, Elena N. [Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Chemie; Dedkov, Yuriy S. [SPECS Surface Nano Analysis GmbH, Berlin (Germany)

    2014-07-15

    The electronic and magnetic properties of the graphene/Eu/Ni(111) intercalation-like system are studied in the framework of the general gradient approximation with the effective Coulomb potential (GGA+U) and dispersive interactions taken into account. Intercalation of monoatomic europium layer underneath graphene on Ni(111) leads to the drastic changes of the electronic structure of graphene compared to free-standing graphene as well as graphene/Ni(111). The strong influence of the spin-polarized europium 4f states, crossing the graphene-derived π states, on magnetic properties of graphene and on spin-filtering properties of the graphene/Eu/Ni(111) trilayer is discussed. (orig.)

  6. Unique properties of graphene quantum dots and their applications in photonic/electronic devices

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    Choi, Suk-Ho

    2017-03-01

    In recent years, graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have been recognized as an attractive building block for electronic, photonic, and bio-molecular device applications. This paper reports the current status of studies on the novel properties of GQDs and their hybrids with conventional and low-dimensional materials for device applications. In this review, more emphasis is placed on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of GQDs, and device structures based on the combination of GQDs with various semiconducting/insulating materials such as graphene, silicon dioxide, Si quantum dots, silica nanoparticles, organic materials, and so on. Because of GQDs’ unique properties, their hybrid structures are employed in high-efficiency devices, including photodetectors, solar cells, light-emitting diodes, flash memory, and sensors.

  7. Electron Emission Properties of Insulator Materials Pertinent to the International Space Station

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    Thomson, C. D.; Zavyalov, V.; Dennison, J. R.; Corbridge, Jodie

    2004-01-01

    We present the results of our measurements of the electron emission properties of selected insulating and conducting materials used on the International Space Station (ISS). Utah State University (USU) has performed measurements of the electron-, ion-, and photon-induced electron emission properties of conductors for a few years, and has recently extended our capabilities to measure electron yields of insulators, allowing us to significantly expand current spacecraft material charging databases. These ISS materials data are used here to illustrate our various insulator measurement techniques that include: i) Studies of electron-induced secondary and backscattered electron yield curves using pulsed, low current electron beams to minimize deleterious affects of insulator charging. ii) Comparison of several methods used to determine the insulator 1st and 2nd crossover energies. These incident electron energies induce unity total yield at the transition between yields greater than and less than one with either negative or positive charging, respectively. The crossover energies are very important in determining both the polarity and magnitude of spacecraft surface potentials. iii) Evolution of electron emission energy spectra as a function of insulator charging used to determine the surface potential of insulators. iv) Surface potential evolution as a function of pulsed-electron fluence to determine how quickly insulators charge, and how this can affect subsequent electron yields. v) Critical incident electron energies resulting in electrical breakdown of insulator materials and the effect of breakdown on subsequent emission, charging and conduction. vi) Charge-neutralization techniques such as low-energy electron flooding and UV light irradiation to dissipate both positive and negative surface potentials during yield measurements. Specific ISS materials being tested at USU include chromic and sulfuric anodized aluminum, RTV-silicone solar array adhesives, solar cell

  8. Modulating the electronic and optical properties of monolayer arsenene phases by organic molecular doping

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    Singh, Deobrat; Gupta, Sanjeev K.; Sonvane, Yogesh; Sahoo, Satyaprakash

    2017-12-01

    Recently, arsenene monolayer structure of the arsenic with two phases has displayed semiconducting behavior. We have systematically investigated the electronic and optical properties of single-layer arsenene with two types of functionalized organic molecules; an electrophilic molecule [tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ)] and a nucleophilic molecule [tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)], as an electron acceptor and electron donor, respectively. The interfacial charge transfer between the arsenene monolayer and TCNQ/TTF molecules extensively reduces the band gap of arsenene and accordingly resulted in a p- or n-type semiconducting behavior, respectively. We have also performed the interfacial charge transfer from organic molecules to monolayer arsenene and vice versa. The interfacial surface molecular modification has established an efficient way to develop the light harvesting of arsenene in different polarization directions. Our theoretical investigation suggests that such n- and p-type arsenene semiconductors would broaden the applications in the field of nanoelectronic and optoelectronic devices such as photodiodes and it is also useful for constructing functional electronic systems.

  9. The effects of transverse magnetic field and local electronic interaction on thermoelectric properties of monolayer graphene

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    Rezania, Hamed; Azizi, Farshad

    2018-02-01

    We study the effects of a transverse magnetic field and electron doping on the thermoelectric properties of monolayer graphene in the context of Hubbard model at the antiferromagnetic sector. In particular, the temperature dependence of thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient has been investigated. Mean field approximation has been employed in order to obtain the electronic spectrum of the system in the presence of local electron-electron interaction. Our results show the peak in thermal conductivity moves to higher temperatures with increase of both chemical potential and Hubbard parameter. Moreover the increase of magnetic field leads to shift of peak in temperature dependence of thermal conductivity to higher temperatures. Finally the behavior of Seebeck coefficient in terms of temperature has been studied and the effects of magnetic field and Hubbard parameter on this coefficient have been investigated in details.

  10. Study of electronic and optical properties of two-layered hydrogenated aluminum nitrate nanosheet

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    Faghihzadeh, Somayeh; Shahtahmasebi, Nasser; Rezaee Roknabadi, Mahmood

    2017-09-01

    First principle calculations based on density functional theory using GW approximation and two particle Bethe-Salpeter equation with electron-hole effect were performed to investigate electronic structure and optical properties of two-layered hydrogenated AlN. According to many body green function due to decrease in dimension and considering electron-electron effect, direct (indirect) band gap change from 2 (1.01) eV to 4.83 (3.62) eV. The first peak in imaginary part of dielectric function was observed in parallel direction to a plane obtaining 3.4 was achieved by bound exciton states possess 1.39 eV. The first absorption peak was seen in two parallel and perpendicular directions to a plane which are in UV region.

  11. Zn induced in-gap electronic states in La214 probed by uniform magnetic susceptibility: relevance to the suppression of superconducting T c

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    Islam, R. S.; Naqib, S. H.

    2018-02-01

    Substitution of isovalent non-magnetic defects, such as Zn, in the CuO2 plane strongly modifies the magnetic properties of strongly electron correlated hole doped cuprate superconductors. The reason for enhanced uniform magnetic susceptibility, χ, in Zn substituted cuprates is debatable. Generally the defect induced magnetic behavior has been analyzed mainly in terms of two somewhat contrasting scenarios. The first one is due to independent localized moments appearing in the vicinity of Zn arising because of the strong electronic/magnetic correlations present in the host compound and the second one is due to transfer of quasiparticle (QP) spectral weight and creation of weakly localized low-energy electronic states associated with each Zn atom in place of an in-plane Cu. If the second scenario is correct, one should expect a direct correspondence between Zn induced suppression of the superconducting transition temperature, T c, and the extent of the enhanced magnetic susceptibility at low temperature. In this case, the low-T enhancement of χ would be due to weakly localized QP states at low energy and these electronic states will be precluded from taking part in Cooper pairing. We explore this second possibility by analyzing the χ(T) data for La2‑x Sr x Cu1‑y Zn y O4 with different hole contents, p (=x), and Zn concentrations (y) in this paper. The results of our analysis support this scenario.

  12. Tunable electronic properties of CdS nanoribbons by edge effects

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    Ma, Ruican; Zhao, Hui; Wang, Yaping; Ji, Weixiao; Li, Ping

    2017-08-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, the electronic properties of Cadmium Sulfide nanoribbons (CdSNRs) have been studied with both zigzag (Z-CdSNRs) and armchair shaped edges (A-CdSNRs). For Z-CdSNRs, the structures with both edges decorated by H or F atoms show half-metallic or semiconducting properties, respectively. Only S-dominated edge decorated by H/F atoms, Z-CdSNRs show metallic properties. Only Cd-dominated edge is hydrogenated, Z-CdSNRs can be observed from a metallic to half metallic transition. But instead of fluorinated, the structures show the metallic properties. However, either edge or both edges are hydrogenated or fluorinated, A-CdSNRs exhibit semiconducting properties, and their band gap decreases monotonically with increasing ribbons width (n). When a stress is applied on the half-hydrogenated A-CdSNRs, their band gap displays a steady decrease trend. Moreover, A-CdSNRs are more stable than Z-CdSNRs, while the hydrogenated systems are more stable than fluorinated systems. The results show that different structures of CdSNRs decorated with the different edges can play different nature as semiconducting - half-metallic - metallic properties. The research has important theoretical significance for the electronic design and assembly of CdSNRs structures, and provides a new perspective for the potential application of CdSNRs in nanoelectronics.

  13. Blue emitting 1,8-naphthalimides with electron transport properties for organic light emitting diode applications

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    Ulla, Hidayath; Kiran, M. Raveendra; Garudachari, B.; Ahipa, T. N.; Tarafder, Kartick; Adhikari, Airody Vasudeva; Umesh, G.; Satyanarayan, M. N.

    2017-09-01

    In this article, the synthesis, characterization and use of two novel naphthalimides as electron-transporting emitter materials for organic light emitting diode (OLED) applications are reported. The molecules were obtained by substituting electron donating chloro-phenoxy group at the C-4 position. A detailed optical, thermal, electrochemical and related properties were systematically studied. Furthermore, theoretical calculations (DFT) were performed to get a better understanding of the electronic structures. The synthesized molecules were used as electron transporters and emitters in OLEDs with three different device configurations. The devices with the molecules showed blue emission with efficiencies of 1.89 cdA-1, 0.98 lmW-1, 0.71% at 100 cdm-2. The phosphorescent devices with naphthalimides as electron transport materials displayed better performance in comparison to the device without any electron transporting material and were analogous with the device using standard electron transporting material, Alq3. The results demonstrate that the naphthalimides could play a significant part in the progress of OLEDs.

  14. On the impact of indium distribution on the electronic properties in InGaN nanodisks

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    Benaissa, M., E-mail: benaissa.um5@gmail.com, E-mail: benaissa@fsr.ac.ma [LMPHE, Physics Department, Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V, 4 Avenue Ibn Batouta, B.P. 1014 RP, 10000 Rabat (Morocco); Sigle, W.; Aken, P. A. van [Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Heisenbergstraße 3, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Ng, T. K.; Ooi, B. S. [Photonics Laboratory, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal 23955-6900 (Saudi Arabia); El Bouayadi, R. [LPMR, Université Mohammed Premier, B.P. 717, 60000 Oujda (Morocco); Jahangir, S.; Bhattacharya, P. [Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2122 (United States)

    2015-03-09

    We analyze an epitaxially grown heterostructure composed of InGaN nanodisks inserted in GaN nanowires in order to relate indium concentration to the electronic properties. This study was achieved with spatially resolved low-loss electron energy-loss spectroscopy using monochromated electrons to probe optical excitations—plasmons—at nanometer scale. Our findings show that each nanowire has its own indium fluctuation and therefore its own average composition. Due to this indium distribution, a scatter is obtained in plasmon energies, and therefore in the optical dielectric function, of the nanowire ensemble. We suppose that these inhomogeneous electronic properties significantly alter band-to-band transitions and consequently induce emission broadening. In addition, the observation of tailing indium composition into the GaN barrier suggests a graded well-barrier interface leading to further inhomogeneous broadening of the electro-optical properties. An improvement in the indium incorporation during growth is therefore needed to narrow the emission linewidth of the presently studied heterostructures.

  15. Electronic and optical properties of single excitons and biexcitons in type-II quantum dot nanocrystals

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    Koc, Fatih, E-mail: fatih.koc@msn.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Selcuk University, 42075 Konya (Turkey); Sahin, Mehmet, E-mail: mehmet.sahin@agu.edu.tr, E-mail: mehsahin@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Selcuk University, 42075 Konya (Turkey); Department of Material Science and Nanotechnology Engineering, Abdullah Gül University, Kayseri (Turkey)

    2014-05-21

    In this study, a detailed investigation of the electronic and optical properties (i.e., binding energies, absorption wavelength, overlap of the electron-hole wave functions, recombination oscillator strength, etc.) of an exciton and a biexciton in CdTe/CdSe core/shell type-II quantum dot heterostructures has been carried out in the frame of the single band effective mass approximation. In order to determine the electronic properties, we have self-consistently solved the Poisson-Schrödinger equations in the Hartree approximation. We have considered all probable Coulomb interaction effects on both energy levels and also on the corresponding wave functions for both single exciton and biexciton. In addition, we have taken into account the quantum mechanical exchange-correlation effects in the local density approximation between same kinds of particles for biexciton. Also, we have examined the effect of the ligands and dielectric mismatch on the electronic and optical properties. We have used a different approximation proposed by Sahin and Koc [Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 183103 (2013)] for the recombination oscillator strength of the biexciton for bound and unbound cases. The results obtained have been presented comparatively as a function of the shell thicknesses and probable physical reasons in behind of the results have been discussed in a detail.

  16. Tuning of electronic properties and dynamical stability of graphene oxide with different functional groups

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    Dabhi, Shweta D.; Jha, Prafulla K.

    2017-09-01

    The structural, electronic and vibrational properties of graphene oxide (GO) with varying proportion of epoxy and hydroxyl functional groups have been studied using density functional theory. The functional groups and oxygen density have an obvious influence on the electronic and vibrational properties. The dependence of band gap on associated functional groups and oxygen density shows a possibility of tuning the band gap of graphene by varying the functional groups as well as oxidation level. The absorption of high oxygen content in graphene leads to the gap opening and resulting in a transition from semimetal to semiconductor. Phonon dispersion curves show no imaginary frequency or no softening of any phonon mode throughout the Brillouin zone which confirms the dynamical stability of all considered GO models. Different groups and different oxygen density result into the varying characteristics of phonon modes. The computed results show good agreement with the experimental observations. Our results present interesting possibilities for engineering the electronic properties of graphene and GO and impact the fabrication of new electronics.

  17. Electronic structure and transport properties of quasi-one-dimensional carbon nanomaterials

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    Wu, Y. N.; Cheng, P.; Wu, M. J.; Zhu, H.; Xiang, Q.; Ni, J.

    2017-09-01

    Based on the density functional theory combined with the nonequilibrium Green's function, the influence of the wrinkle on the electronic structures and transport properties of quasi-one-dimensional carbon nanomaterials have been investigated, in which the wrinkled armchair graphene nanoribbons (wAGNRs) and the composite of AGNRs and single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were considered with different connection of ripples. The wrinkle adjusts the electronic structures and transport properties of AGNRs. With the change of the strain, the wAGNRs for three width families reveal different electrical behavior. The band gap of AGNR(6) increases in the presence of the wrinkle, which is opposite to that of AGNR(5) and AGNR(7). The transport of AGNRs with the widths 6 or 7 has been modified by the wrinkle, especially by the number of isolated ripples, but it is insensitive to the strain. The nanojunctions constructed by AGNRs and SWCNTs can form the quantum wells, and some specific states are confined in wAGNRs. Although these nanojunctions exhibit the metallic, they have poor conductance due to the wrinkle. The filling of C20 into SWCNT has less influence on the electronic structure and transport of the junctions. The width and connection type of ripples have greatly influenced on the electronic structures and transport properties of quasi-one-dimensional nanomaterials.

  18. On the impact of indium distribution on the electronic properties in InGaN nanodisks

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    Benaissa, M.

    2015-03-09

    We analyze an epitaxially grown heterostructure composed of InGaN nanodisks inserted in GaN nanowires in order to relate indium concentration to the electronic properties. This study was achieved with spatially resolved low-loss electron energy-loss spectroscopy using monochromated electrons to probe optical excitations - plasmons - at nanometer scale. Our findings show that each nanowire has its own indium fluctuation and therefore its own average composition. Due to this indium distribution, a scatter is obtained in plasmon energies, and therefore in the optical dielectric function, of the nanowire ensemble. We suppose that these inhomogeneous electronic properties significantly alter band-to-band transitions and consequently induce emission broadening. In addition, the observation of tailing indium composition into the GaN barrier suggests a graded well-barrier interface leading to further inhomogeneous broadening of the electro-optical properties. An improvement in the indium incorporation during growth is therefore needed to narrow the emission linewidth of the presently studied heterostructures.

  19. Electronic structure and transport properties of quasi-one-dimensional carbon nanomaterials

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    Y. N. Wu

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Based on the density functional theory combined with the nonequilibrium Green’s function, the influence of the wrinkle on the electronic structures and transport properties of quasi-one-dimensional carbon nanomaterials have been investigated, in which the wrinkled armchair graphene nanoribbons (wAGNRs and the composite of AGNRs and single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs were considered with different connection of ripples. The wrinkle adjusts the electronic structures and transport properties of AGNRs. With the change of the strain, the wAGNRs for three width families reveal different electrical behavior. The band gap of AGNR(6 increases in the presence of the wrinkle, which is opposite to that of AGNR(5 and AGNR(7. The transport of AGNRs with the widths 6 or 7 has been modified by the wrinkle, especially by the number of isolated ripples, but it is insensitive to the strain. The nanojunctions constructed by AGNRs and SWCNTs can form the quantum wells, and some specific states are confined in wAGNRs. Although these nanojunctions exhibit the metallic, they have poor conductance due to the wrinkle. The filling of C20 into SWCNT has less influence on the electronic structure and transport of the junctions. The width and connection type of ripples have greatly influenced on the electronic structures and transport properties of quasi-one-dimensional nanomaterials.

  20. Enhancement of electronic and charge transport properties of NiPc by potassium-tetrasulpho group

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    Ahmad, Zubair, E-mail: zubairtarar@gmail.com [Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre, Department of Physics, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Sayyad, M.H.; Wahab, F. [Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi 23640 (Pakistan); Sulaiman, Khaulah [Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre, Department of Physics, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Shahid, M.; Chaudry, J.A.; Munawar, M.A. [Institute of Chemistry, University of the Punjab, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Aziz, Fakhra [Department of Electronics, Jinnah College for Women, University of Peshawar, Peshawar 25120 (Pakistan)

    2013-03-15

    We report significant enhancement in the electronic properties of nickel phthalocyanine (NiPc) by attaching a potassium-tetrasulpho functional group to synthesize its water soluble derivative nickel (II)4,4′,4″,4'″potassium-tetrasulphophthalocyanine (K{sub 4}NiTSPc). To study the potential of this organic compound for electronics applications, Au/K4NiTSPc/Ag diodes have been fabricated and their electronic parameters have been calculated. The mobility and conductivity of the device have been found to be 1.5×10{sup −4} cm{sup 2} V{sup −2} S{sup −1} and 2.5×10{sup −4} Ω{sup −1} cm{sup −1}. The K{sub 4}NiTSPc has shown much better electronic properties as compared to NiPc reported in the literature, which makes it a promising candidate for its potential use in electronics applications.

  1. Specific heat, Electrical resistivity and Electronic band structure properties of noncentrosymmetric Th7Fe3superconductor.

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    Tran, V H; Sahakyan, M

    2017-11-17

    Noncentrosymmetric superconductor Th 7 Fe 3 has been investigated by means of specific heat, electrical resisitivity measurements and electronic properties calculations. Sudden drop in the resistivity at 2.05 ± 0.15 K and specific heat jump at 1.98 ± 0.02 K are observed, rendering the superconducting transition. A model of two BCS-type gaps appears to describe the zero-magnetic-field specific heat better than those based on the isotropic BCS theory or anisotropic functions. A positive curvature of the upper critical field H c2 (T c ) and nonlinear field dependence of the Sommerfeld coefficient at 0.4 K qualitatively support the two-gap scenario, which predicts H c2 (0) = 13 kOe. The theoretical densities of states and electronic band structures (EBS) around the Fermi energy show a mixture of Th 6d- and Fe 3d-electrons bands, being responsible for the superconductivity. Furthermore, the EBS and Fermi surfaces disclose significantly anisotropic splitting associated with asymmetric spin-orbit coupling (ASOC). The ASOC sets up also multiband structure, which presumably favours a multigap superconductivity. Electron Localization Function reveals the existence of both metallic and covalent bonds, the latter may have different strengths depending on the regions close to the Fe or Th atoms. The superconducting, electronic properties and implications of asymmetric spin-orbit coupling associated with noncentrosymmetric structure are discussed.

  2. Defect and structural imperfection effects on the electronic properties of BiTeI surfaces

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    Fiedler, Sebastian; El-Kareh, Lydia; Eremeev, Sergey V.; Tereshchenko, Oleg E.; Seibel, Christoph; Lutz, Peter; Kokh, Konstantin A.; Chulkov, Evgueni V.; Kuznetsova, Tatyana V.; Grebennikov, Vladimir I.; Bentmann, Hendrik; Bode, Matthias; Reinert, Friedrich

    2014-07-01

    The surface electronic structure of the narrow-gap seminconductor BiTeI exhibits a large Rashba-splitting which strongly depends on the surface termination. Here we report on a detailed investigation of the surface morphology and electronic properties of cleaved BiTeI single crystals by scanning tunneling microscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES, XPS), electron diffraction (SPA-LEED) and density functional theory calculations. Our measurements confirm a previously reported coexistence of Te- and I-terminated surface areas originating from bulk stacking faults and find a characteristic length scale of ˜100 nm for these areas. We show that the two terminations exhibit distinct types of atomic defects in the surface and subsurface layers. For electronic states resided on the I terminations we observe an energy shift depending on the time after cleavage. This aging effect is successfully mimicked by depositon of Cs adatoms found to accumulate on top of the I terminations. As shown theoretically on a microscopic scale, this preferential adsorbing behaviour results from considerably different energetics and surface diffusion lengths at the two terminations. Our investigations provide insight into the importance of structural imperfections as well as intrinsic and extrinsic defects on the electronic properties of BiTeI surfaces and their temporal stability.

  3. Tuning the electronic properties at the surface of BaBiO3 thin films

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    C. Ferreyra

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The presence of 2D electron gases at surfaces or interfaces in oxide thin films remains a hot topic in condensed matter physics. In particular, BaBiO3 appears as a very interesting system as it was theoretically proposed that its (001 surface should become metallic if a Bi-termination is achieved (Vildosola et al., PRL 110, 206805 (2013. Here we report on the preparation by pulsed laser deposition and characterization of BaBiO3 thin films on silicon. We show that the texture of the films can be tuned by controlling the growth conditions, being possible to stabilize strongly (100-textured films. We find significant differences on the spectroscopic and transport properties between (100-textured and non-textured films. We rationalize these experimental results by performing first principles calculations, which indicate the existence of electron doping at the (100 surface. This stabilizes Bi ions in a 3+ state, shortens Bi-O bonds and reduces the electronic band gap, increasing the surface conductivity. Our results emphasize the importance of surface effects on the electronic properties of perovskites, and provide strategies to design novel oxide heterostructures with potential interface-related 2D electron gases.

  4. Tuning the electronic properties at the surface of BaBiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Ferreyra, C. [GIyA y INN, CNEA, Av.Gral Paz 1499, (1650), San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Departamento de Física, Facultad Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Guller, F.; Llois, A. M.; Vildosola, V. [GIyA y INN, CNEA, Av.Gral Paz 1499, (1650), San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); Marchini, F.; Williams, F. J. [Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Analítica y Química-Física, INQUIMAE-CONICET, Facultad Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pabellón 2, Ciudad Universitaria, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Lüders, U. [CRISMAT, CNRS UMR 6508, ENSICAEN, 6 Boulevard Maréchal Juin, 14050 Caen Cedex 4 (France); Albornoz, C. [GIyA y INN, CNEA, Av.Gral Paz 1499, (1650), San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Leyva, A. G. [GIyA y INN, CNEA, Av.Gral Paz 1499, (1650), San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Escuela de Ciencia y Tecnología, UNSAM, Campus Miguelete, (1650), San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); and others

    2016-06-15

    The presence of 2D electron gases at surfaces or interfaces in oxide thin films remains a hot topic in condensed matter physics. In particular, BaBiO{sub 3} appears as a very interesting system as it was theoretically proposed that its (001) surface should become metallic if a Bi-termination is achieved (Vildosola et al., PRL 110, 206805 (2013)). Here we report on the preparation by pulsed laser deposition and characterization of BaBiO{sub 3} thin films on silicon. We show that the texture of the films can be tuned by controlling the growth conditions, being possible to stabilize strongly (100)-textured films. We find significant differences on the spectroscopic and transport properties between (100)-textured and non-textured films. We rationalize these experimental results by performing first principles calculations, which indicate the existence of electron doping at the (100) surface. This stabilizes Bi ions in a 3+ state, shortens Bi-O bonds and reduces the electronic band gap, increasing the surface conductivity. Our results emphasize the importance of surface effects on the electronic properties of perovskites, and provide strategies to design novel oxide heterostructures with potential interface-related 2D electron gases.

  5. Role of vacancies in tuning the electronic properties of Au-MoS{sub 2} contact

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    Su, Jie, E-mail: sujie0105@mail.nwpu.edu.cn, E-mail: lpfeng@nwpu.edu.cn; Li, Ning; Zhang, Yingying; Feng, Liping, E-mail: sujie0105@mail.nwpu.edu.cn, E-mail: lpfeng@nwpu.edu.cn; Liu, Zhengtang [State Key Lab of Solidification Processing, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, 710072 (China)

    2015-07-15

    Understanding the electronic properties between molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2}) and metal electrodes is vital for the designing and realization of nanoelectronic devices. In this work, influence of intrinsic vacancies in monolayer MoS{sub 2} on the electronic structure and electron properties of Au-MoS{sub 2} contacts is investigated using first-principles calculations. Upon formation of vacancies in monolayer MoS{sub 2}, both tunnel barriers and Schottky Barriers between metal Au and monolayer MoS{sub 2} are decreased. Perfect Au-MoS{sub 2} top contact exhibits physisorption interface with rectifying character, whereas Au-MoS{sub 2} contact with Mo-vacancy shows chemisorption interface with Ohmic character. Partial density of states and electron density of defective Au-MoS{sub 2} top contacts are much higher than those of perfect one, indicating the lower contact resistance and higher electron injection efficiency of defective Au-MoS{sub 2} top contacts. Notably, Mo-vacancy in monolayer MoS{sub 2} is beneficial to get high quality p-type Au-MoS{sub 2} top contact, whereas S-vacancy in monolayer MoS{sub 2} is favorable to achieve high quality n-type Au-MoS{sub 2} top contact. Our results provide guidelines for designing and fabrication of novel 2D nanoelectronic devices.

  6. Role of vacancies in tuning the electronic properties of Au-MoS2 contact

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    Jie Su

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Understanding the electronic properties between molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 and metal electrodes is vital for the designing and realization of nanoelectronic devices. In this work, influence of intrinsic vacancies in monolayer MoS2 on the electronic structure and electron properties of Au-MoS2 contacts is investigated using first-principles calculations. Upon formation of vacancies in monolayer MoS2, both tunnel barriers and Schottky Barriers between metal Au and monolayer MoS2 are decreased. Perfect Au-MoS2 top contact exhibits physisorption interface with rectifying character, whereas Au-MoS2 contact with Mo-vacancy shows chemisorption interface with Ohmic character. Partial density of states and electron density of defective Au-MoS2 top contacts are much higher than those of perfect one, indicating the lower contact resistance and higher electron injection efficiency of defective Au-MoS2 top contacts. Notably, Mo-vacancy in monolayer MoS2 is beneficial to get high quality p-type Au-MoS2 top contact, whereas S-vacancy in monolayer MoS2 is favorable to achieve high quality n-type Au-MoS2 top contact. Our results provide guidelines for designing and fabrication of novel 2D nanoelectronic devices.

  7. Robust Two-Dimensional Electronic Properties in Three-Dimensional Microstructures of Rotationally Stacked Turbostratic Graphene

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    Richter, Nils; Hernandez, Yenny R.; Schweitzer, Sebastian; Kim, June-Seo; Patra, Ajit Kumar; Englert, Jan; Lieberwirth, Ingo; Liscio, Andrea; Palermo, Vincenzo; Feng, Xinliang; Hirsch, Andreas; Müllen, Klaus; Kläui, Mathias

    2017-02-01

    We report on the electronic properties of turbostratic graphitic microdisks, rotationally stacked systems of graphene layers, where interlayer twisting leads to electronic decoupling resulting in charge-transport properties that retain the two dimensionality of graphene, despite the presence of a large number of layers. A key fingerprint of this reduced dimensionality is the effect of weak charge-carrier localization that we observe at low temperatures. The disks' resistivity measured as a function of magnetic field changes its shape from parabolic at room temperature to linear at a temperature of 2.7 K indicating further this type of two-dimensional transport. Compared to Bernal stacked graphite, turbostratic graphene is mechanically much more robust, and it exhibits almost negligible variations of the electrical properties between samples. We demonstrate a reproducible resistivity of (3.52 ±0.11 ) ×10-6 Ω m , which is a particularly low value for graphitic systems. Combined with large charge-carrier mobilities demonstrated at low temperatures of up to 7 ×104 cm2/V s , typical for carbon-based crystalline conductors, such disks are highly interesting from a scientific point of view and, in particular, for applications where robust electronic properties are required.

  8. Electronic and Optical Properties of Two-Dimensional GaN from First-Principles.

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    Sanders, Nocona; Bayerl, Dylan; Shi, Guangsha; Mengle, Kelsey A; Kioupakis, Emmanouil

    2017-11-07

    Gallium nitride (GaN) is an important commercial semiconductor for solid-state lighting applications. Atomically thin GaN, a recently synthesized two-dimensional material, is of particular interest because the extreme quantum confinement enables additional control of its light-emitting properties. We performed first-principles calculations based on density functional and many-body perturbation theory to investigate the electronic, optical, and excitonic properties of monolayer and bilayer two-dimensional (2D) GaN as a function of strain. Our results demonstrate that light emission from monolayer 2D GaN is blueshifted into the deep ultraviolet range, which is promising for sterilization and water-purification applications. Light emission from bilayer 2D GaN occurs at a similar wavelength to its bulk counterpart due to the cancellation of the effect of quantum confinement on the optical gap by the quantum-confined Stark shift. Polarized light emission at room temperature is possible via uniaxial in-plane strain, which is desirable for energy-efficient display applications. We compare the electronic and optical properties of freestanding two-dimensional GaN to atomically thin GaN wells embedded within AlN barriers in order to understand how the functional properties are influenced by the presence of barriers. Our results provide microscopic understanding of the electronic and optical characteristics of GaN at the few-layer regime.

  9. Structural and electronic properties of XSi{sub 2} (X = Cr, Mo, and W)

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    Shugani, Mani, E-mail: shugani.mani@gmail.com [Sadhu Vaswani College, Bairagarh, Department of Physics (India); Aynyas, Mahendra [C. S. A. Govt. P. G. College, Department of Physics (India); Sanyal, S. P. [Barkatullah University, Department of Physics (India)

    2015-07-15

    The structural and electronic properties of metal silicides XSi{sub 2} (X = Cr, Mo, and W), which crystallize in tetragonal structure, are investigated systematically using the first-principle density functional theory. The total energies are computed as a function of volume and fitted to the Birch equation of state. The ground-state properties such as equilibrium lattice constants a{sub 0} and c{sub 0}, bulk modulus B, its pressure derivative B, B′, and the density of states at the Fermi level, N(E{sub F}), are calculated and compared with other experimental and theoretical results, showing good agreement. The calculated band structure indicates that XSi{sub 2} compounds are semimetallic in nature. From the present study, we predict the structural and electronic properties of CrSi{sub 2} in the tetragonal phase and indicate that CrSi{sub 2} is energetically more stable than MoSi{sub 2} and WSi{sub 2}. Analyzing the bonding properties of the three metal silicides, we observe that WSi{sub 2} has a strong covalent bonding due to W 5d electrons.

  10. Metallurgical Mechanisms Controlling Mechanical Properties of Aluminum Alloy 2219 Produced by Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

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    Domack, Marcia S.; Tainger, Karen M.

    2006-01-01

    The electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) layer-additive manufacturing process has been developed to directly fabricate complex geometry components. EBF3 introduces metal wire into a molten pool created on the surface of a substrate by a focused electron beam. Part geometry is achieved by translating the substrate with respect to the beam to build the part one layer at a time. Tensile properties demonstrated for electron beam deposited aluminum and titanium alloys are comparable to wrought products, although the microstructures of the deposits exhibit cast features. Understanding the metallurgical mechanisms controlling mechanical properties is essential to maximizing application of the EBF3 process. Tensile mechanical properties and microstructures were examined for aluminum alloy 2219 fabricated over a range of EBF3 process variables. Unique microstructures were observed within the deposited layers and at interlayer boundaries, which varied within the deposit height due to microstructural evolution associated with the complex thermal history experienced during subsequent layer deposition. Microstructures exhibited irregularly shaped grains with interior dendritic structures, described based on overall grain size, morphology, distribution, and dendrite spacing, and were correlated with deposition parameters. Fracture features were compared with microstructural elements to define fracture paths and aid in definition of basic processing-microstructure-property correlations.

  11. Electronic and optical properties of tantalum pentoxide polymorphs from first principles calculations

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    Lee, Jihang; Kioupakis, Emmanouil; Lu, Wei

    2014-03-01

    Tantalum oxide has been extensively studied due to its attractive properties as dielectric films, anti-reflection coatings, and resistive switching memory. Although various crystalline structures of tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) have been reported, the structural and electronic/optical properties still remain a controversial issue. We investigate the electronic and optical properties of crystalline and amorphous Ta2O5 structures using first-principles calculations in the GW approximation. The calculated band gaps of the crystalline structures are too small to explain the experimental measurements. The amorphous structure exhibits a strong exciton binding energy and an optical band gap (~ 4eV) similar to experiment. We determine the atomic orbitals that form the conduction band of each polymorph and analyze the dependence of the band gap on the atomic geometry. Our results establish the connection between the underlying structure and the electronic and optical properties of Ta2O5. This work was supported in part by the AFOSR through MURI grant FA9550-12-1-0038. Jihang Lee is supported in part by Kwanjeong Scholarship. Computational resources were provided by the DOE NERSC facility.

  12. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of chevron-type graphene, BN and BC2N nanoribbons

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    Guerra, T.; Azevedo, S.; Kaschny, J. R.

    2017-04-01

    Graphene nanoribbons are predicted to be essential components in future nanoelectronics. The size, edge type, arrangement of atoms and width of nanoribbons drastically change their properties. Boronnitrogencarbon nanoribbons properties are not fully understood so far. In the present contribution it was investigated the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of chevron-type carbon, boron nitride and BC2N nanoribbons, using first-principles calculations. The results indicate that the structural stability is closely related to the discrepancies in the bond lengths, which can induce structural deformations and stress. Such nanoribbons present a wide range of electronic behaviors, depending on their composition and particularities of the atomic arrangement. A net magnetic moment is found for structures that present carbon atoms at the nanoribbon borders. Nevertheless, the calculated magnetic moment depends on the peculiarities of the symmetric arrangement of atoms and imbalance of carbon atoms between different sublattices. It was found that all structures which have a significant energy gap do not present magnetic moment, and vice-versa. Such result indicates the strong correlation between the electronic and magnetic properties of the chevron-type nanoribbons.

  13. Electronic Structures and Optical Properties of Phenyl C71 Butyric Acid Methyl Esters

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    Cai-Rong Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM has been adopted as electron acceptor materials in bulk heterojunction solar cells with relatively higher power conversion efficiency. The understanding of the mechanism and performance for the devices based upon PC71BM requires the information of conformations, electronic structures, optical properties, and so forth. Here, the geometries, IR and Raman, electronic structures, polarizabilities, and hyperpolarizabilities of PC71BM isomers are studied by using density functional theory (DFT; the absorption and excitation properties are investigated via time-dependent DFT with B3LYP, PBE0, and CAM-B3LYP functionals. The calculated results show that [6,6]PC71BM is more stable than [5,6]PC71BM due to the lower total energy. The vibrational modes of the isomers at IR and Raman peaks are quite similar. As to absorption properties, CAM-B3LYP functional is the suitable functional for describing the excitations of PC71BM because the calculated results with CAM-B3LYP functional agree well with that of the experiment. The analysis of transition configurations and molecular orbitals demonstrated that the transitions at the absorption maxima in UV/Vis region are localized π-π* transitions in fullerenes cages. Furthermore, the larger isotropic polarizability of PC71BM indicates that the response of PC71BM to applied external electric field is stronger than that of PC61BM, and therefore resulting into better nonlinear optical properties.

  14. Dynamics, magnetic properties, and electron binding energies of H2O2 in water.

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    C Cabral, Benedito J

    2017-06-21

    Results for the magnetic properties and electron binding energies of H2O2 in liquid water are presented. The adopted methodology relies on the combination of Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics and electronic structure calculations. The Keal-Tozer functional was applied for predicting magnetic shieldings and H2O2 intramolecular spin-spin coupling constants. Electron binding energies were calculated with electron propagator theory. In water, H2O2 is a better proton donor than proton acceptor, and the present results indicate that this feature is important for understanding magnetic properties in solution. In comparison with the gas-phase, H2O2 atoms are deshielded in water. For oxygen atoms, the deshielding is mainly determined by structural/conformational changes. Hydrogen-bond interactions explain the deshielding of protons in water. The predicted chemical shift for the H2O2 protons in water (δ∼11.8 ppm) is in good agreement with experimental information (δ=11.2 ppm). The two lowest electron binding energies of H2O2 in water (10.7±0.5 and 11.2±0.5 eV) are in reasonable agreement with experiment. In keeping with data from photoelectron spectroscopy, an ∼1.6 eV red-shift of the two first ionisation energies relative to the gas-phase is observed in water. The strong dependence of magnetic properties on changes of the electronic density in the nuclei environment is illustrated by a correlation between the σ(17O) magnetic shielding constant and the energy gap between the [2a] lowest valence and [1a] core orbitals of H2O2.

  15. Ionic liquids influence on the surface properties of electron beam irradiated wood

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    Croitoru, Catalin [“Transilvania” University of Brasov, Product Design and Environment Department, 29 Eroilor Str., 500036, Brasov (Romania); Patachia, Silvia, E-mail: st.patachia@unitbv.ro [“Transilvania” University of Brasov, Product Design and Environment Department, 29 Eroilor Str., 500036, Brasov (Romania); Doroftei, Florica; Parparita, Elena; Vasile, Cornelia [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Physical Chemistry of Polymers Department, 41A Gr. Ghica Voda Alley, Iasi (Romania)

    2014-09-30

    Highlights: • Wood veneers impregnated with three imidazolium-based ionic liquids and irradiated with electron beam were studied by FTIR-ATR, SEM/EDX, AFM, contact angle and image analysis. • ILs preserve the surface properties of the wood (surface energy, roughness, color) upon irradiation, in comparison with the reference wood, but the surface composition is changed by treatment with IL-s, mainly with 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate. • Under electron beam irradiation covalent bonding of the imidazolium moiety to wood determines a higher resistance to water penetration and spreading on the surface. - Abstract: In this paper, the influence of three imidazolium-based ionic liquids (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate and 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride) on the structure and surface properties of sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) veneers submitted to electron beam irradiation with a dose of 50 kGy has been studied by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, as well as image, scanning electron microscopy/SEM/EDX, atomic force microscopy and contact angle analysis. The experimental results have proven that the studied ionic liquids determine a better preservation of the structural features of wood (cellulose crystallinity index and lignin concentration on the surface) as well as some of surface properties such as surface energy, roughness, color upon irradiation with electron beam, in comparison with the reference wood, but surface composition is changed by treatment with imidazolium-based ionic liquids mainly with 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate. Also, under electron beam irradiation covalent bonding of the imidazolium moiety to wood determines a higher resistance to water penetration and spreading on the surface.

  16. Dynamics, magnetic properties, and electron binding energies of H2O2 in water

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    C. Cabral, Benedito J.

    2017-06-01

    Results for the magnetic properties and electron binding energies of H2O2 in liquid water are presented. The adopted methodology relies on the combination of Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics and electronic structure calculations. The Keal-Tozer functional was applied for predicting magnetic shieldings and H2O2 intramolecular spin-spin coupling constants. Electron binding energies were calculated with electron propagator theory. In water, H2O2 is a better proton donor than proton acceptor, and the present results indicate that this feature is important for understanding magnetic properties in solution. In comparison with the gas-phase, H2O2 atoms are deshielded in water. For oxygen atoms, the deshielding is mainly determined by structural/conformational changes. Hydrogen-bond interactions explain the deshielding of protons in water. The predicted chemical shift for the H2O2 protons in water (δ ˜11.8 ppm) is in good agreement with experimental information (δ =11.2 ppm). The two lowest electron binding energies of H2O2 in water (10.7 ±0.5 and 11.2 ±0.5 eV) are in reasonable agreement with experiment. In keeping with data from photoelectron spectroscopy, an ˜1.6 eV red-shift of the two first ionisation energies relative to the gas-phase is observed in water. The strong dependence of magnetic properties on changes of the electronic density in the nuclei environment is illustrated by a correlation between the σ(17O) magnetic shielding constant and the energy gap between the [2a] lowest valence and [1a] core orbitals of H2O2.

  17. Surface magnetism Correlation of structural, electronic and chemical properties with magnetic behavior

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    Getzlaff, Mathias

    2010-01-01

    This volume reviews on selected aspects related to surface magnetism, a field of extraordinary interest during the last decade. The special emphasis is set to the correlation of structural, electronic and magnetic properties in rare earth metal systems and ferromagnetic transition metals. This is made possible by the combination of electron emission techniques (spin polarized photoelectron spectroscopy, magnetic dichroism in photoemission and spin polarized metastable deexcitation spectroscopy) and local probes with high lateral resolution down to the atomic scale (spin polarized scanning tunneling microscopy / spectroscopy).

  18. Ground-state properties and density response of quasi-one-dimensional electron systems

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    Agosti, Daniele; Pederiva, Francesco; Lipparini, Enrico; Takayanagi, Kazuo

    1998-06-01

    Ground-state properties of the quasi-one-dimensional electron gas in a quantum wire are calculated in the random-phase approximation (RPA), the ladder approximation, and the Singwi-Tosi-Land-Sjölander approximation. Numerical results are given for the exchange-correlation energy and the compressibility as a function of the electron density and the width of the wire. The dielectric response of the system has been calculated in the local field approximation and compared with the RPA result.

  19. Structure and properties of parts produced by electron-beam additive manufacturing

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    Klimenov, Vasilii; Klopotov, Anatolii; Fedorov, Vasilii; Abzaev, Yurii; Batranin, Andrey; Kurgan, Kirill; Kairalapov, Daniyar

    2017-12-01

    The paper deals with the study of structure, microstructure, composition and microhardness of a tube processed by electron-beam additive manufacturing using optical and scanning electron microscopy. The structure and macrodefects of a tube made of Grade2 titanium alloy is studied using the X-ray computed tomography. The principles of layer-by-layer assembly and boundaries after powder sintering are set out in this paper. It is found that the titanium alloy has two phases. Future work will involve methods to improve properties of created parts.

  20. Pressure Effect on Magnetic Properties of Weak Itinerant Electron Ferromagnet CrAlGe

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    Yoshinaga, Soshi; Mitsui, Yoshifuru; Umetsu, Rie Y.; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Koyama, Keiichi

    2018-01-01

    The Pressure effect on the magnetic properties of the weak itinerant electron ferromagnet CrAlGe was investigated at pressures up to 1.0 GPa. The spontaneous magnetic moment ps and Curie temperature TC decreased with increasing applied pressure P. The pressure derivatives of ps and TC were dps/dP = -3.98 × 10-5 μB/MPa and dTC/dP = -6.58 × 10-3 K/MPa, respectively. These obtained results are discussed on the basis of Takahashi's spin fluctuation theory for weak itinerant electron ferromagnets. The characteristic parameters T0 and TA increased with pressure.

  1. Unravelling the interplay of geometrical, magnetic and electronic properties of metal-doped graphene nanomeshes

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    Fadlallah, Mohamed M.

    2016-12-02

    Graphene nanomeshes (GNMs), formed by creating a superlattice of pores in graphene, possess rich physical and chemical properties. Many of these properties are determined by the pore geometry. In this work, we use first principles calculations to study the magnetic and electronic properties of metal-doped nitrogen-passivated GNMs. We find that the magnetic behaviour is dependent on the pore shape (trigonal versus hexagonal) as dictated by the number of covalent bonds formed between the 3d metal and the passivating N atoms. We also find that Cr and V doped trigonal-pore GNMs, and Ti doped GNMs are the most favourable for spintronic applications. The calculated magnetic properties of Fe-doped GNMs compare well with recent experimental observations. The studied systems are useful as spin filters and chemical sensors.

  2. Tunable electronic and magnetic properties of two‐dimensional materials and their one‐dimensional derivatives

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    Zhang, Zhuhua; Liu, Xiaofei; Yu, Jin; Hang, Yang; Li, Yao; Guo, Yufeng; Xu, Ying; Sun, Xu; Zhou, Jianxin

    2016-01-01

    Low‐dimensional materials exhibit many exceptional properties and functionalities which can be efficiently tuned by externally applied force or fields. Here we review the current status of research on tuning the electronic and magnetic properties of low‐dimensional carbon, boron nitride, metal‐dichalcogenides, phosphorene nanomaterials by applied engineering strain, external electric field and interaction with substrates, etc, with particular focus on the progress of computational methods and studies. We highlight the similarities and differences of the property modulation among one‐ and two‐dimensional nanomaterials. Recent breakthroughs in experimental demonstration of the tunable functionalities in typical nanostructures are also presented. Finally, prospective and challenges for applying the tunable properties into functional devices are discussed. WIREs Comput Mol Sci 2016, 6:324–350. doi: 10.1002/wcms.1251 For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website. Conflict of interest: The authors have declared no conflicts of interest for this article. PMID:27818710

  3. Ab initio study of (Fe, Ni) doped GaAs: Magnetic, electronic properties and Faraday rotation

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    Sbai, Y.; Ait Raiss, A.; Bahmad, L.; Benyoussef, A.

    2017-06-01

    The interesting diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS), Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), was doped with the transition metals magnetic impurities: iron (Fe) and Nickel (Ni), in one hand to study the magnetic and magneto-optical properties of the material Ga(Fe, Ni) As, in the other hand to investigate the effect of the doping on the properties of this material, the calculations were performed within the spin polarized density functional theory (DFT) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) with AKAI KKR-CPA method, the density of states (DOS) for different doping concentrations were calculated, giving the electronical properties, as well as the magnetic state and magnetic states energy, also the effect of these magnetic impurities on the Faraday rotation as magneto-optical property. Furthermore, we found the stable magnetic state for our doped material GaAs.

  4. Measurements of Electrical and Electron Emission Properties of Highly Insulating Materials

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    Dennison, J. R.; Brunson, Jerilyn; Hoffman, Ryan; Abbott, Jonathon; Thomson, Clint; Sim, Alec

    2005-01-01

    Highly insulating materials often acquire significant charges when subjected to fluxes of electrons, ions, or photons. This charge can significantly modify the materials properties of the materials and have profound effects on the functionality of the materials in a variety of applications. These include charging of spacecraft materials due to interactions with the severe space environment, enhanced contamination due to charging in Lunar of Martian environments, high power arching of cables and sources, modification of tethers and ion thrusters for propulsion, and scanning electron microscopy, to name but a few examples. This paper describes new techniques and measurements of the electron emission properties and resistivity of highly insulating materials. Electron yields are a measure of the number of electrons emitted from a material per incident particle (electron, ion or photon). Electron yields depend on incident species, energy and angle, and on the material. They determine the net charge acquired by a material subject to a give incident flu. New pulsed-beam techniques will be described that allow accurate measurement of the yields for uncharged insulators and measurements of how the yields are modified as charge builds up in the insulator. A key parameter in modeling charge dissipation is the resistivity of insulating materials. This determines how charge will accumulate and redistribute across an insulator, as well as the time scale for charge transport and dissipation. Comparison of new long term constant-voltage methods and charge storage methods for measuring resistivity of highly insulating materials will be compared to more commonly used, but less accurate methods.

  5. Opto-electronic properties of adamantane and hydrogen-terminated sila- and germa-adamantane: A comparative study

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    Marsusi, Farah; Mirabbaszadeh, Kavoos; Ali Mansoori, G.

    2009-06-01

    We present the opto-electronic properties of adamantane (C 10H 16) compared to hydrogen-terminated sila- and germa-adamantane (Si 10H 16 and Ge 10H 16) as calculated by the density functional theory. We have shown that the electronic properties of adamantane in comparison to sila- and germa-adamantane are more affected by hydrogen atoms. Our calculations show that the electron affinity of C 10H 16 is negative, while those of Si 10H 16 and Ge 10H 16 are positive. Electronic properties and optical gaps resulting from hybrid functionals are in close agreement with quantum Monte Carlo results.

  6. Electronic properties of polyoxometalates: electron and proton affinity of mixed-addenda Keggin and Wells-Dawson anions.

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    López, Xavier; Bo, Carles; Poblet, Josep M

    2002-10-23

    A series of systematic DFT calculations were conducted on Keggin [SiW(9)M(3)O(40)](n-), M = Mo, V, and Nb; and Wells-Dawson anions [P(2)M(18)O(62)],(6-) M = W and Mo; [P(2)M(15)M(3)'O(62)](m-), M = W and Mo, M' = W, Mo, and V to analyze the redox properties and the basicity of the external oxygen sites in polyoxometalates with nonequivalent addenda metals. The energy and composition of the lowest unoccupied orbitals, formally delocalized over the addenda atoms, determine the redox properties of a polyoxometalate. When a Mo(6+) substitutes one W(6+) in the 1:12 tungstate, the energy of the LUMO decreases and the cluster is more easily reduced. The tungstoniobates behave differently because the niobium orbitals insert into the tungsten band and the reduction of [SiW(9)Nb(3)O(40)](7-) yields the blue species SiW(9)Nb(3) 1e and not the cluster SiW(9)Nb(2)Nb(IV). In Wells-Dawson structures, the polar and equatorial sites have different electron affinities and the reduction preferentially occurs in the equatorial sites. Inserting ions with larger electron affinities into the polar sites can modify this traditional conduct. Hence, the trisubstituted [P(2)W(15)V(3)O(62)](9-) anion is reduced in the vanadium polar sites. By means of molecular electrostatic potential maps and the relative energy of the various protonated forms of [SiW(9)V(3)O(40)](7-) and [SiW(9)Mo(3)O(40)](4-), we established the basicity scale: OV(2) > OMo(2) > OW(2) > OV > OW > OMo. Finally, a continuum model for the solvent enabled us to compare anions with different total charges.

  7. Electronic and optical properties of strained graphene and other strained 2D materials: a review

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    Naumis, Gerardo G.; Barraza-Lopez, Salvador; Oliva-Leyva, Maurice; Terrones, Humberto

    2017-09-01

    This review presents the state of the art in strain and ripple-induced effects on the electronic and optical properties of graphene. It starts by providing the crystallographic description of mechanical deformations, as well as the diffraction pattern for different kinds of representative deformation fields. Then, the focus turns to the unique elastic properties of graphene, and to how strain is produced. Thereafter, various theoretical approaches used to study the electronic properties of strained graphene are examined, discussing the advantages of each. These approaches provide a platform to describe exotic properties, such as a fractal spectrum related with quasicrystals, a mixed Dirac-Schrödinger behavior, emergent gravity, topological insulator states, in molecular graphene and other 2D discrete lattices. The physical consequences of strain on the optical properties are reviewed next, with a focus on the Raman spectrum. At the same time, recent advances to tune the optical conductivity of graphene by strain engineering are given, which open new paths in device applications. Finally, a brief review of strain effects in multilayered graphene and other promising 2D materials like silicene and materials based on other group-IV elements, phosphorene, dichalcogenide- and monochalcogenide-monolayers is presented, with a brief discussion of interplays among strain, thermal effects, and illumination in the latter material family.

  8. Electronic and optical properties of strained graphene and other strained 2D materials: a review.

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    Naumis, Gerardo G; Barraza-Lopez, Salvador; Oliva-Leyva, Maurice; Terrones, Humberto

    2017-09-01

    This review presents the state of the art in strain and ripple-induced effects on the electronic and optical properties of graphene. It starts by providing the crystallographic description of mechanical deformations, as well as the diffraction pattern for different kinds of representative deformation fields. Then, the focus turns to the unique elastic properties of graphene, and to how strain is produced. Thereafter, various theoretical approaches used to study the electronic properties of strained graphene are examined, discussing the advantages of each. These approaches provide a platform to describe exotic properties, such as a fractal spectrum related with quasicrystals, a mixed Dirac-Schrödinger behavior, emergent gravity, topological insulator states, in molecular graphene and other 2D discrete lattices. The physical consequences of strain on the optical properties are reviewed next, with a focus on the Raman spectrum. At the same time, recent advances to tune the optical conductivity of graphene by strain engineering are given, which open new paths in device applications. Finally, a brief review of strain effects in multilayered graphene and other promising 2D materials like silicene and materials based on other group-IV elements, phosphorene, dichalcogenide- and monochalcogenide-monolayers is presented, with a brief discussion of interplays among strain, thermal effects, and illumination in the latter material family.

  9. Graphene and related two-dimensional materials: Structure-property relationships for electronics and optoelectronics

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    Li, Xinming; Tao, Li; Chen, Zefeng; Fang, Hui; Li, Xuesong; Wang, Xinran; Xu, Jian-Bin; Zhu, Hongwei

    2017-06-01

    The exfoliation and identification of the two-dimensional (2D) single atomic layer of carbon have opened the opportunity to explore graphene and related 2D materials due to their unique properties. 2D materials are regarded as one of the most exciting solutions for next generation electronics and optoelectronics in the technological evolution of semiconductor technology. In this review, we focus on the core concept of "structure-property relationships" to explain the state-of-the-art of 2D materials and summarize the unique electrical and light-matter interaction properties in 2D materials. Based on this, we discuss and analyze the structural properties of 2D materials, such as defects and dopants, the number of layers, composition, phase, strain, and other structural characteristics, which could significantly alter the properties of 2D materials and hence affect the performance of semiconductor devices. In particular, the building blocks principles and potential electronic and optoelectronic applications based on 2D materials are explained and illustrated. Indeed, 2D materials and related heterostructures offer the promise for challenging the existing technologies and providing the chance to have social impact. More efforts are expected to propel this exciting field forward.

  10. Electronic and Optical Properties of Borophene, a Two-dimensional Transparent Metal.

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    Adamska, Lyudmyla; Sadasivam, Sridhar; Darancet, Pierre; Sharifzadeh, Sahar

    Borophene is a recently synthesized metallic sheet that displays many similarities to graphene and has been predicted to be complimentary to graphene as a high density of states, optically transparent 2D conductor. The atomic arrangement of boron in the monolayer strongly depends on the growth substrate and significantly alters the optoelectronic properties. Here, we report a first-principles density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory study aimed at understanding the optoelectronic properties of two likely allotropes of monolayer boron that are consistent with experimental scanning tunneling microscopy images. We predict that despite both systems are metallic, the two allotropes have substantially different bandstructure and optical properties, with one structure being transparent up to 3 eV and the second weakly absorbing in the UV/Vis region. We demonstrate that this strong structure-dependence of optoelectronic properties is present with the application of strain. Lastly, we discuss the strength of electron-phonon and electron-hole interactions within these materials. Overall, we determine that precise control of the growth conditions in necessary for controlled optical properties. This research used resources of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, which is a DOE Office of Science User Facility supported under Contract DE-AC02-06CH11357, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin.

  11. Effects of electron-withdrawing group and electron-donating core combinations on physical properties and photovoltaic performance in D-pi-A star-shaped small molecules

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    Luponosov, Yuriy N.; Min, Jie; Solodukhin, Alexander N.; Kozlov, Oleg V.; Obrezkova, Marina A.; Peregudova, Svetlana M.; Ameri, Tayebeh; Chvalun, Sergei N.; Pshenichnikov, Maxim S.; Brabec, Christoph J.; Ponomarenko, Sergei A.

    The first representatives of star-shaped molecules having 3-alkylrhodanine (alkyl-Rh) electron-withdrawing groups, linked through bithiophene pi-spacer with electron-donating either triphenylamine (TPA) or tris(2-methoxyphenyl)amine (m-TPA) core were synthesized. The physical properties and

  12. Electronic structure and optical properties of Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} crystal

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    Ben Nasr, T., E-mail: tarek.ben-nasr@laposte.ne [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Campus Universitaire, 2092 Tunis El Manar (Tunisia); Maghraoui-Meherzi, H. [Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique et Electrochimie, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Campus Universitaire, 2092 Tunis El Manar (Tunisia); Ben Abdallah, H.; Bennaceur, R. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Campus Universitaire, 2092 Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)

    2011-01-15

    The electronic and optical properties of Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} are studied using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method as implemented in Wien2k. In this approach, the alternative form of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) proposed by Engel and Vosko (EV-GGA) was used for the exchange correlation potential. The calculated band structure shows a direct band gap. The contribution of different bands was analyzed from total and partial density of states curves. Moreover, the optical properties, including the dielectric function, absorption spectrum, refractive index, extinction coefficient, reflectivity and energy-loss spectrum are all obtained and analyzed in detail.

  13. First Principles Calculations of Electronic and Thermal Properties of AIRE (RE = La, Ce and Pr) Compounds

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    Srivastava, Vipul; Aynyas, M.; Rajagopalan, M.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2008-04-01

    Electronic properties of non-magnetic cubic B2-type AIRE (RE = La, Ce and Pr) compounds have been derived from self-consistent tight binding linear muffin tin orbital method at ambient pressure. These compounds show metallic behaviour under ambient conditions. While thermal properties like Debye temperature and Grüneisen constant are calculated at T = 0 K within the Debye-Grüneisen model and compared with the others theoretical results. We have also performed a pressure induced variation of Debye temperature. We have found a decrease in Debye temperature around 40 kbar in all the AIRE compounds.

  14. Properties of Silicon Dioxide Amorphous Nanopowder Produced by Pulsed Electron Beam Evaporation

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    Vladislav G. Il’ves

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available SiO2 amorphous nanopowder (NP is produced with the specific surface area of 154 m2/g by means of evaporation by a pulsed electron beam aimed at Aerosil 90 pyrogenic amorphous NP (90 m2/g as a target. SiO2 NP nanoparticles showed improved magnetic, thermal, and optical properties in comparison to Aerosil 90 NP. Possible reasons of emergence of d0 ferromagnetism at the room temperature in SiO2 amorphous NP are discussed. Photoluminescent and cathode luminescent properties of the SiO2 NP were investigated.

  15. A comparative first-principles study of structural and electronic properties among memantine, amantadine and rimantadine

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    Middleton, Kirsten; Zhang, G. P.; Nichols, Michael R.; George, Thomas F.

    2012-05-01

    Memantine, amantadine and rimantadine are structurally derived from the same diamondoid, adamantane. These derivatives demonstrate therapeutic efficacy in human diseases: memantine for Alzheimer's disease and amantadine and rimantadine for influenza. In order to better understand some of the properties that distinguish these three compounds, we conduct first-principles calculations on their structure and electronic properties. Our results indicate that protonation has a significant effect on the dipole moment, where the dipole moment in protonated memantine is over eight times larger than in the deprotonated form.

  16. Synthesis and Physical Property of Multi-Functional Siloxane Protective Coating Materials Applicable for Electronic Components

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    Kim, Cheol Hyun; Cho, Hyeon Mo; Lee, Myong Euy [Yonsei Univ., Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    Four multialkoxy-functionalized siloxane base-polymers were synthesized through either hydro-silylation or condensation reactions in order to prepare multi-networked siloxane polymers having appropriate physical properties for protective coating in fabrications of electronics. Formulations of 4 base-polymers gave coating materials and. Product A showed well-controlled flowing and leveling properties, and product A-2 was successfully applied to protective insulating coating for junction areas of connectors and chips in PDP controller. Tack free time, extrusion rate, dielectric breakdown voltage, hardness, thermal stability, water resistance and flame resistance of products and were examined.

  17. First-principles study of structural & electronic properties of pyramidal silicon nanowire

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    Jariwala, Pinank; Thakor, P. B. [Department of Physics, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat 395 007, Gujarat (India); Singh, Deobrat; Sonvane, Y. A., E-mail: yasonvane@gmail.com [Department of Applied Physics, S. V. National Institute of Technology, Surat 395 007 (India); Gupta, Sanjeev K. [Department of Physics, St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad 38 0009 (India)

    2016-05-23

    We have investigated the stable structural and electronic properties of Silicon (Si) nanowires having different cross-sections with 5-7 Si atoms per unit cell. These properties of the studied Si nanowires were significantly changed from those of diamond bulk Si structure. The binding energy increases as increasing atoms number per unit cell in different SiNWs structures. All the nanowires structures are behave like metallic rather than semiconductor in bulk systems. In general, the number of conduction channels increases when the nanowire becomes thicker. The density of charge revealed delocalized metallic bonding for all studied Si nanowires.

  18. Effect of Source, Surfactant, and Deposition Process on Electronic Properties of Nanotube Arrays

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    Dheeraj Jain

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The electronic properties of arrays of carbon nanotubes from several different sources differing in the manufacturing process used with a variety of average properties such as length, diameter, and chirality are studied. We used several common surfactants to disperse each of these nanotubes and then deposited them on Si wafers from their aqueous solutions using dielectrophoresis. Transport measurements were performed to compare and determine the effect of different surfactants, deposition processes, and synthesis processes on nanotubes synthesized using CVD, CoMoCAT, laser ablation, and HiPCO.

  19. Hydrogen storage and stability properties of Pd-Pt solid-solution nanoparticles revealed via atomic and electronic structure.

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    Kumara, Loku Singgappulige Rosantha; Sakata, Osami; Kobayashi, Hirokazu; Song, Chulho; Kohara, Shinji; Ina, Toshiaki; Yoshimoto, Toshiki; Yoshioka, Satoru; Matsumura, Syo; Kitagawa, Hiroshi

    2017-11-06

    Bimetallic Pd1-x Pt x solid-solution nanoparticles (NPs) display charging/discharging of hydrogen gas, which has relevance for fuel cell technologies; however, the constituent elements are immiscible in the bulk phase. We examined these material systems using high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption fine structure and hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques. Recent studies have demonstrated the hydrogen storage properties and catalytic activities of Pd-Pt alloys; however, comprehensive details of their structural and electronic functionality at the atomic scale have yet to be reported. Three-dimensional atomic-scale structure results obtained from the pair distribution function (PDF) and reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) methods suggest the formation of a highly disordered structure with a high cavity-volume-fraction for low-Pt content NPs. The NP conduction band features, as extracted from X-ray absorption near-edge spectra at the Pd and Pt L III -edge, suggest that the Pd conduction band is filled by Pt valence electrons. This behaviour is consistent with observations of the hydrogen storage capacity of these NPs. The broadening of the valence band width and the down-shift of the d-band centre away from the Fermi level upon Pt substitution also provided evidence for enhanced stability of the hydride (ΔH) features of the Pd1-x Pt x solid-solution NPs with a Pt content of 8-21 atomic percent.

  20. Study of structural, optical properties and electronic structure of PTCDI-C5 organic nanostructure

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    Kurban, Mustafa; Gündüz, Bayram

    2018-01-01

    This work reports the change in the structural, electronic, spectroscopic and optical properties of N,N‧-Dipentyl-3,4,9,10-perylenedicarboximide (PTCDI-C5) small molecule via experimental and theoretical techniques. Experimental and simple models were taken into consideration to calculate the refractive index (n) of PTCDI-C5 from its energy gap (Eg) data. Electrical conductance was recorded. UV, FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra characteristics and the electronic properties of PTCDI-C5 were also recorded time-dependent (TD) DFT approach based on optimized structure with different solvent environments. The results herein obtained reveal that PTCDI-C5 material is suitable for UV and chemical sensors due to its good optoelectronic paramaters.

  1. Organic ambipolar conjugated molecules for electronics: synthesis and structure-property relationships.

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    Jiang, Hongji

    2010-12-01

    The field of organic electronics has been developed vastly in the past two decades, and the performance and lifetime of these devices are critically dependent on the materials development, device design, deposition processes, and modeling, among which the active materials of organic semiconductor play a crucial role. The unique properties of organic semiconductor are largely based on the versatility to synthesize multifunctional organic conjugated materials by judicious molecular design. To effectively adjust the optoelectronic properties, especially energy levels, of organic semiconductor, the scientists have presented a synthesis methodology of organic ambipolar conjugated molecules, in which typical p-dope type and n-dope type segments are incorporated into one molecule. The present review summarizes the progress on organic ambipolar conjugated molecules for electronics in the past few years. Some issues to be addressed are also highlighted and discussed. Copyright © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Lithium halide monolayers: Structural, electronic and optical properties by first principles study

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    Safari, Mandana; Maskaneh, Pegah; Moghadam, Atousa Dashti; Jalilian, Jaafar

    2016-09-01

    Using first principle study, we investigate the structural, electronic and optical properties of lithium halide monolayers (LiF, LiCl, LiBr). In contrast to graphene and other graphene-like structures that form hexagonal rings in plane, these compounds can form and stabilize in cubic shape interestingly. The type of band structure in these insulators is identified as indirect type and ionic nature of their bonds are illustrated as well. The optical properties demonstrate extremely transparent feature for them as a result of wide band gap in the visible range; also their electron transitions are indicated for achieving a better vision on the absorption mechanism in these kinds of monolayers.

  3. Metalated Ylides: A New Class of Strong Donor Ligands with Unique Electronic Properties

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    2017-01-01

    The development and design of new ligand systems with special donor properties has been essential for crucial advances made in main-group-element and transition-metal chemistry over the years. This Forum Article focuses on metalated ylides as novel ligand systems. These anionic congeners of bisylides possess likewise two lone pairs of electrons at the central carbon atom and can thus function as X,L-type ligands with strong donor abilities. This article highlights recent efforts in the isolation and application of metalated ylides with a focus on work from this laboratory. We summarize structural and electronic properties and their use in organic synthesis as well as main-group-element and transition-metal chemistry. PMID:28240888

  4. Metalated Ylides: A New Class of Strong Donor Ligands with Unique Electronic Properties.

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    Scharf, Lennart T; Gessner, Viktoria H

    2017-08-07

    The development and design of new ligand systems with special donor properties has been essential for crucial advances made in main-group-element and transition-metal chemistry over the years. This Forum Article focuses on metalated ylides as novel ligand systems. These anionic congeners of bisylides possess likewise two lone pairs of electrons at the central carbon atom and can thus function as X,L-type ligands with strong donor abilities. This article highlights recent efforts in the isolation and application of metalated ylides with a focus on work from this laboratory. We summarize structural and electronic properties and their use in organic synthesis as well as main-group-element and transition-metal chemistry.

  5. Nonmetal doping induced electronic and magnetic properties in MoSe2 monolayer

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    Li, Hongping; Huang, Songlei; Zhang, Quan; Zhu, Zhipeng; Li, Changsheng; Meng, Jian; Tian, Yi

    2018-01-01

    We have systematically investigated the electronic structures and magnetic properties of nonmetal doped MoSe2 monolayer by using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations. Formation energies reveal that all doped systems are thermodynamically preferred under Mo-rich conditions than Se-rich conditions, and the incorporation of O atom into MoSe2 monolayer is most favorable. Electronic structure analysis elucidates that Cl, Br and I doped systems exhibit half-metallic properties, while the band gap has been significantly tuned by H, B, C, N, and F doping. More importantly, H, B, N, F, Cl, Br, and I doping can induce pronounced magnetic moments in host MoSe2 monolayer.

  6. Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Rare-Earth Metals Doped ZnO Monolayer

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    Changlong Tan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of rare-earth metals doped ZnO monolayer have been investigated using the first-principles calculations. The induced spin polarization is confirmed for Ce, Eu, Gd, and Dy dopings while the induced spin polarization is negligible for Y doping. The localized f states of rare-earth atoms respond to the introduction of a magnetic moment. ZnO monolayer undergoes transition from semiconductor to metal in the presence of Y, Ce, Gd, and Dy doping. More interestingly, Eu doped ZnO monolayer exhibits half-metallic behavior. Our result demonstrates that the RE-doping is an efficient route to modify the magnetic and electronic properties in ZnO monolayer.

  7. Calculation of electrical transport properties and electron entanglement in inhomogeneous quantum wires

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    A A Shokri

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we have investigated the spin-dependent transport properties and electron entanglement in a mesoscopic system, which consists of two semi-infinite leads (as source and drain separated by a typical quantum wire with a given potential. The properties studied include current-voltage characteristic, electrical conductivity, Fano factor and shot noise, and concurrence. The calculations are based on the transfer matrix method within the effective mass approximation. Using the Landauer formalism and transmission coefficient, the dependence of the considered quantities on type of potential well, length and width of potential well, energy of transmitted electron, temperature and the voltage have been theoretically studied. Also, the effect of the above-mentioned factors has been investigated in the nanostructure. The application of the present results may be useful in designing spintronice devices.

  8. Structural, electronic and elastic properties of REIr2 (RE=La and Ce) Laves phase compounds

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    Shrivastava, Deepika; Fatima, Bushra; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2016-05-01

    REIr2 (RE = La and Ce) Laves phase intermetallic compounds were investigated with respect to their structural, electronic and elastic properties using full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within generalized gradient approximation (GGA) as implemented in WIEN2k code. The ground state properties such as lattice constants (a0), bulk modulus (B), pressure derivative of bulk modulus (Bꞌ) and density of state at Fermi level N(EF) have been obtained by optimization method. The electronic structure (BS, TDOS and PDOS) reveals that these Laves phase compounds are metallic in nature. The calculated elastic constants indicate that these compounds are mechanically stable at ambient pressure and found to be ductile in nature.

  9. Atomic structure and electronic properties of MgO grain boundaries in tunnelling magnetoresistive devices

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    Bean, Jonathan J.; Saito, Mitsuhiro; Fukami, Shunsuke; Sato, Hideo; Ikeda, Shoji; Ohno, Hideo; Ikuhara, Yuichi; McKenna, Keith P.

    2017-04-01

    Polycrystalline metal oxides find diverse applications in areas such as nanoelectronics, photovoltaics and catalysis. Although grain boundary defects are ubiquitous their structure and electronic properties are very poorly understood since it is extremely challenging to probe the structure of buried interfaces directly. In this paper we combine novel plan-view high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and first principles calculations to provide atomic level understanding of the structure and properties of grain boundaries in the barrier layer of a magnetic tunnel junction. We show that the highly [001] textured MgO films contain numerous tilt grain boundaries. First principles calculations reveal how these grain boundaries are associated with locally reduced band gaps (by up to 3 eV). Using a simple model we show how shunting a proportion of the tunnelling current through grain boundaries imposes limits on the maximum magnetoresistance that can be achieved in devices.

  10. The study of electronic structure and properties of silicene for gas sensor application

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    Wella, Sasfan A.; Syaputra, Marhamni; Wungu, Triati D. K., E-mail: triati@fi.itb.ac.id; Suprijadi [Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Teknologi Bandung Jl. Ganesha 10 Bandung 40132, West Java (Indonesia)

    2016-03-11

    In this study, we investigated the adsorption of gas molecules (H{sub 2}S, CO) on pristine silicene using first principles calculation. The structure, electronic properties, and adsorption energy of H{sub 2}S,CO/silicene are discussed thoroughly. We found that the pristine silicenewith low buckling structure is the most stable as compared with planar and high buckling structures. Silicene was able to detect a gas molecule which can be observed according tothe density of states analysis. Though a gas molecule adsorbed weakly, the electronic properties of the low buckling pristine silicene changed from semi-metal (zero band gap) to semiconductor. The adsorption energy of H{sub 2}S and CO on silicene is 0.075 eV and 0.06 eV, respectively.

  11. Electronic and optical properties of new multifunctional materials via half-substituted hematite: First principles calculations

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    Yang, Hua

    2012-01-01

    Electronic structure and optical properties of α-FeMO 3 systems (M = Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Cu, Cd or In) have been investigated using first principles calculations. All of the FeMO 3 systems have a large net magnetic moment. The ground state of pure α-Fe 2O 3 is an antiferromagnetic insulator. For M = Cu or Cd, the systems are half-metallic. Strong absorption in the visible region can be observed in the Cu and Cd-doped systems. Systems with M = Sc, Ti, V, Cr or In are not half-metallic and are insulators. The strongest peaks shift toward shorter wavelengths in the absorption spectra. It is concluded that transition metal doping can modify the electronic structure and optical properties of α-FeMO 3 systems. This journal is © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  12. Statistical and coherence properties of radiation from X-ray free electron lasers

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    Saldin, E.L.; Schneidmiller, E.A.; Yurkov, M.V.

    2009-12-15

    We describe statistical and coherence properties of the radiation from X-ray free electron lasers (XFEL). It is shown that the X-ray FEL radiation before saturation is described with gaussian statistics. Particularly important is the case of the optimized X-ray FEL, studied in detail. Applying similarity techniques to the results of numerical simulations allowed us to find universal scaling relations for the main characteristics of an X-ray FEL operating in the saturation regime: efficiency, coherence time and degree of transverse coherence. We find that with an appropriate normalization of these quantities, they are functions of only the ratio of the geometrical emittance of the electron beam to the radiation wavelength. Statistical and coherence properties of the higher harmonics of the radiation are highlighted as well. (orig.)

  13. Stacking-dependent electronic property of trilayer graphene epitaxially grown on Ru(0001)

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    Que, Yande; Xiao, Wende, E-mail: wdxiao@iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: hjgao@iphy.ac.cn; Chen, Hui; Wang, Dongfei; Du, Shixuan; Gao, Hong-Jun, E-mail: wdxiao@iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: hjgao@iphy.ac.cn [Institute of Physics and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2015-12-28

    The growth, atomic structure, and electronic property of trilayer graphene (TLG) on Ru(0001) were studied by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy in combined with tight-binding approximation (TBA) calculations. TLG on Ru(0001) shows a flat surface with a hexagonal lattice due to the screening effect of the bottom two layers and the AB-stacking in the top two layers. The coexistence of AA- and AB-stacking in the bottom two layers leads to three different stacking orders of TLG, namely, ABA-, ABC-, and ABB-stacking. STS measurements combined with TBA calculations reveal that the density of states of TLG with ABC- and ABB-stacking is characterized by one and two sharp peaks near to the Fermi level, respectively, in contrast to the V-shaped feature of TLG with ABA-stacking. Our work demonstrates that TLG on Ru(0001) might be an ideal platform for exploring stacking-dependent electronic properties of graphene.

  14. Evidence of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) relevant substances in polymeric food-contact articles sold on the European market.

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    Puype, Franky; Samsonek, Jiří; Knoop, Jan; Egelkraut-Holtus, Marion; Ortlieb, Markus

    2015-01-01

    In order to confirm the possibility that recycled fractions from the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) stream were illegally entering the European market in black polymeric food-contact articles (FCAs), bromine quantification, brominated flame retardant (BFR) identification combined with WEEE-relevant elemental analysis and polymer impurity analysis were performed. From the 10 selected FCAs, seven samples contained a bromine level ranging from 57 to 5975 mg kg(-)(1), which is lower than expected to achieve flame retardancy. The BFRs that were present were tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), decabromodiphenylether (decaBDE), decabromodiphenylethane (DBDPE) and 1,2-bis(2,4,6-tribromophenoxy)ethane (BTBPE). Typical elements used in electronic equipment and present in WEEE were detected either at trace level or at elevated concentrations. In all cases when bromine was detected at higher concentrations, concurrently antimony was also detected, which confirms the synergetic use of antimony in combination with BFRs. This study describes also the measurement of rare earth elements where combinations of cerium, dysprosium, lanthanum, neodymium, praseodymium and yttrium were detected in four of the seven BFR-positive samples. Additionally, polymer purity was investigated where in all cases foreign polymer fractions were detected. Despite the fact that this study was carried out on a very small amount of samples, there is a significant likelihood that WEEE has been used for the production of FCAs.

  15. Electronic theoretical study of the influences of O adsorption on the electronic structure and optical properties of graphene

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    Shuang, Zhou; Guili, Liu, E-mail: LGL63@sina.cn; Dazhi, Fan

    2017-02-01

    The electronic structure and optical properties of adsorbing O atoms on graphene with different O coverage are researched using the density functional theory based upon the first-principle study to obtain further insight into properties of graphene. The adsorption energies, band structures, the density of states, light absorption coefficient and reflectivity of each system are calculated theoretically after optimizing structures of each system with different O coverage. Our calculations show that adsorption of O atoms on graphene increases the bond length of C-C which adjacent to the O atoms. When the O coverage is 9.4%, the adsorption energy (3.91 eV) is the maximum, which only increases about 1.6% higher than that of 3.1% O coverage. We find that adsorbed O atoms on pristine graphene opens up indirect gap of about 0.493–0.952 eV. Adsorbing O atoms make pristine graphene from metal into a semiconductor. When the O coverage is 9.4%, the band gap (0.952 eV) is the maximum. Comparing with pristine graphene, we find the density of states at Fermi level of O atoms adsorbing on graphene with different coverage are significantly increased. We also find that light absorption coefficient and reflectivity peaks are significantly reduced, and the larger the coverage, the smaller the absorption coefficient and reflectivity peaks are. And the blue shift phenomenon appears.

  16. Investigations on electronic, Fermi surface, Curie temperature and optical properties of Zr2CoAl

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    Wei, Xiao-Ping; Sun, Weiwei; Zhang, Ya-Ling; Sun, Xiao-Wei; Song, Ting; Wang, Ting; Zhang, Jia-Liang; Su, Hao; Deng, Jian-Bo; Zhu, Xing-Feng

    2017-03-01

    Using full-potential local-orbital minimum-basis along with spin-polarized relativistic Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker methods, we study the electronic, Fermi surface, Curie temperature and optical properties of Zr2CoAl alloy. The alloy with Li2AgSb and Cu2MnAl structures are compared in terms of magnetic properties, and the electronic structures in two structures are also discussed. According to the calculated electronic states, it finds that the Zr2CoAl with Li2AgSb structure is half-metallic ferromagnet with an integral magnetic moment of 2.00μB , meanwhile we also notice the d-d and p-d hybridizations are responsible for the formation of minority-spin gap, furthermore, the fat-bands are applied to discuss the mixture between d and p electrons in the vicinity of the Fermi level. The Fermi surfaces related to the valence bands are constructed, and it is found that the spin-up valence bands 26, 27 and 28 across the Fermi energy dominate the nature of electrons. By mapping the system onto a Heisenberg Hamiltonian, we obtain the exchange coupling parameters, and observe that the Zr(A)-Co(C) and Zr(A)-Zr(B) interactions provide a major contribution for exchange interactions. Based on the calculated exchange coupling parameters, the Curie temperature is estimated to be 287.86 K at equilibrium, and also the dependence of Curie temperature on lattice constant related to the tunable Curie temperature in Zr2CoAl alloy is studied. Finally, we report the optical properties of Zr2CoAl alloy, and present the photon energy dependence of the absorption, the optical conductivity and the loss function.

  17. Structural, electronic and optical properties of well-known primary explosive: Mercury fulminate

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    Yedukondalu, N.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2015-11-01

    Mercury Fulminate (MF) is one of the well-known primary explosives since 17th century and it has rendered invaluable service over many years. However, the correct molecular and crystal structures are determined recently after 300 years of its discovery. In the present study, we report pressure dependent structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of MF. Non-local correction methods have been employed to capture the weak van der Waals interactions in layered and molecular energetic MF. Among the non-local correction methods tested, optB88-vdW method works well for the investigated compound. The obtained equilibrium bulk modulus reveals that MF is softer than the well known primary explosives Silver Fulminate (SF), silver azide and lead azide. MF exhibits anisotropic compressibility (b > a > c) under pressure, consequently the corresponding elastic moduli decrease in the following order: C22 > C11 > C33. The structural and mechanical properties suggest that MF is more sensitive to detonate along c-axis (similar to RDX) due to high compressibility of Hg⋯O non-bonded interactions along that axis. Electronic structure and optical properties were calculated including spin-orbit (SO) interactions using full potential linearized augmented plane wave method within recently developed Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson (TB-mBJ) potential. The calculated TB-mBJ electronic structures of SF and MF show that these compounds are indirect bandgap insulators. Also, SO coupling is found to be more pronounced for 4d and 5d-states of Ag and Hg atoms of SF and MF, respectively. Partial density of states and electron charge density maps were used to describe the nature of chemical bonding. Ag—C bond is more directional than Hg—C bond which makes SF to be more unstable than MF. The effect of SO coupling on optical properties has also been studied and found to be significant for both (SF and MF) of the compounds.

  18. Structural, electronic and optical properties of well-known primary explosive: Mercury fulminate

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    Yedukondalu, N.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2016-01-01

    Mercury Fulminate (MF) is one of the well-known primary explosives since 17th century and it has rendered invaluable service over many years. However, the correct molecular and crystal structures are determined recently after 300 years of its discovery. In the present study, we report pressure dependent structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of MF. Non-local correction methods have been employed to capture the weak van der Waals interactions in layered and molecular energetic ...

  19. Study of structural and electronic transport properties of Ce-doped ...

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    Abstract. The structural and electronic transport properties of La1−x Cex MnO3 (x =0.0–1.0) have been studied. All the samples exhibit orthorhombic crystal symmetry and the unit cell volume de- creases with Ce doping. They also make a metal–insulator transition (MIT) and transition temper- ature increases with increase in ...

  20. A first principles study of the electronic structure, elastic and thermal properties of UB2

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    Jossou, Ericmoore; Malakkal, Linu; Szpunar, Barbara; Oladimeji, Dotun; Szpunar, Jerzy A.

    2017-07-01

    Uranium diboride (UB2) has been widely deployed for refractory use and is a proposed material for Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF) due to its high thermal conductivity. However, the applicability of UB2 towards high temperature usage in a nuclear reactor requires the need to investigate the thermomechanical properties, and recent studies have failed in highlighting applicable properties. In this work, we present an in-depth theoretical outlook of the structural and thermophysical properties of UB2, including but not limited to elastic, electronic and thermal transport properties. These calculations were performed within the framework of Density Functional Theory (DFT) + U approach, using Quantum ESPRESSO (QE) code considering the addition of Coulomb correlations on the uranium atom. The phonon spectra and elastic constant analysis show the dynamic and mechanical stability of UB2 structure respectively. The electronic structure of UB2 was investigated using full potential linear augmented plane waves plus local orbitals method (FP-LAPW+lo) as implemented in WIEN2k code. The absence of a band gap in the total and partial density of states confirms the metallic nature while the valence electron density plot reveals the presence of covalent bond between adjacent B-B atoms. We predicted the lattice thermal conductivity (kL) by solving Boltzmann Transport Equation (BTE) using ShengBTE. The second order harmonic and third-order anharmonic interatomic force constants required as input to ShengBTE was calculated using the Density-functional perturbation theory (DFPT). However, we predicted the electronic thermal conductivity (kel) using Wiedemann-Franz law as implemented in Boltztrap code. We also show that the sound velocity along 'a' and 'c' axes exhibit high anisotropy, which accounts for the anisotropic thermal conductivity of UB2.

  1. Electronic, optical, and thermodynamic properties of borophene from first-principle calculations

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    Peng, Bo; Zhang, Hao; Shao, Hezhu; Xu, Yuanfeng; Zhang, Rongjun; Zhu, Heyuan

    2016-01-01

    Borophene (two-dimensional boron sheet) is a new type of two-dimensional material, which was recently grown successfully on single crystal Ag substrates. In this paper, we investigate the electronic structure and bonding characteristics of borophene by first-principle calculations. The band structure of borophene shows highly anisotropic metallic behaviour. The obtained optical properties of borophene exhibit strong anisotropy as well. The combination of high optical transparency and high ele...

  2. Chalcopyrite Magnetic Semiconductors: An Ab-Initio Study of Their Structural, Electronic and Magnetic Properties

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    STRUCTURAL, ELECTRONIC AND MAGNETIC PROPERTIES S. PICOZZIt, A. CONTINENZAf, W. T. GENG§, Y. J. ZHAO5 and A. J. FREEMANW t INFM - Dip. Fisica , Univ...U.S.A.) ABSTRACT Stimulated by recent experimental observations of room temperature ferromagnetism of MnCdi_-GeP 2, we investigate the structural...alignment is the most stable ordering for all the systems studied, at variance with that experimentally reported. Moreover, we find that there is a

  3. Electronic properties and charge density of BexZn1−xTe alloys

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    Mater. Sci., Vol. 34, No. 3, June 2011, pp. 499–506. c Indian Academy of Sciences. Electronic properties and charge density of BexZn1−xTe alloys. C B SWARNKAR†, U PALIWAL, N N PATEL‡ and K B JOSHI. ∗. Department of Physics, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur 313 001, India. †Department of Physics, S.G.G. Govt.

  4. Properties and Implications of Radial Transport in the Outer Electron Belt

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    Ukhorskiy, A. Y.; Sitnov, M. I.; Millan, R. M.; Kress, B. T.

    2011-12-01

    Earth's outer radiation belt extends above approximately 3.5 Re and is populated by relativistic electrons trapped in the geomagnetic field. Radiation levels across the belt can vary by multiple orders of magnitude on the time scales ranging from minutes to days. One of the basic processes leading to global variability of radiation levels in the belt is radial transport of electrons across their drift shell. The inward radial diffusion followed by "adiabatic" acceleration was the first mechanism put forward to explain creation of the outer belt. This paper reviews the results of recent analysis of basic properties of radial transport and discusses their implications to the global state of the belt. We will focus on stochastic transport which traditionally is referred to as radial diffusion. Stochastic radial transport is driven by interactions of the gradient curvature motion of the electron guiding center with ULF waves. Long-term electron motion can become stochastic due to non-linearity of electron interaction with the waves as well as to the random nature of their solar-wind driver. In spite of the underlying stochasticity the radial diffusion limit is not fully attainable in the outer radiation belt. This is attributed to the fact that phase correlations in electron motion do not have time to decay due to finite size of the system. As a result collective motion of the outer belt electrons can exhibit large deviations from radial diffusion. We will also discuss how the electron belt is affected by drift orbit bifurcations (DOBs). In a day-side compressed geomagnetic field electron orbits around Earth can exhibit bifurcations which violate their second adiabatic invariant and produce complex non-diffusive radial transport. Consequently, the third invariant is undefined for the bifurcating orbits, which means that electron motion can no not be analyzed in terms of adiabatic invariants. Even during quiet solar wind conditions DOBs affect a broad region of the belt

  5. Electronic properties, low-energy Hamiltonian, and superconducting instabilities in CaKFe4As4

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    Lochner, Felix; Ahn, Felix; Hickel, Tilmann; Eremin, Ilya

    2017-09-01

    We analyze the electronic properties of the recently discovered stoichiometric superconductor CaKFe4As4 by combining an ab initio approach and a projection of the band structure to a low-energy tight-binding Hamiltonian, based on the maximally localized Wannier orbitals of the 3 d Fe states. We identify the key symmetries as well as differences and similarities in the electronic structure between CaKFe4As4 and the parent systems CaFe2As2 and KFe2As2 . In particular, we find CaKFe4As4 to have a significantly more quasi-two-dimensional electronic structure than the latter systems. Finally, we study the superconducting instabilities in CaKFe4As4 by employing the leading angular harmonics approximation and find two potential A1 g-symmetry representations of the superconducting gap to be the dominant instabilities in this system.

  6. Structural, elastic, electronic and magnetic properties of Fe3AC; A = Al, Ga and In

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available We report first principle calculations on the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of antiperovskite Fe3AC; A = Al, Ga and In. Calculations show that these compounds are more stable in the magnetic states, the estimated equilibrium lattice parameters (a and V are in agreement with the experimental data. From the single crystal elastic constants, the polycrystalline elastic moduli is estimated. Similar to previous studies on carbides antiperovskite, these compounds are good electrical conductors. The analysis of the total and partial densities of states shows that the conductivity is assured by d electrons of the transition metal atoms. The magnetic character in these compounds is mainly related to the spin polarization of Fe-d electrons. The magnetic moment per unit formula is found to decrease from 3.52 μB to 3.06 μB corresponding to Fe3InC and Fe3AlC respectively.

  7. Investigation of the influence of electron irradiation on the properties of cobalt nanotubes

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    Shlimas, D. I.; Kozlovskiy, A. L.; Zdorovets, M. V.; Kadyrzhanov, K. K.; Uglov, V. V.; Shumskaya, E. E.; Kaniukov, E. Y.

    2017-09-01

    Cobalt nanotubes have been synthesized by electrochemical deposition in pores of ion track membranes. The structures obtained have been studied by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis, and gas permeability method. The influence of electron irradiation on the cobalt nanotube structure has been investigated. It is shown that an increase in the irradiation dose leads to the transformation of the sample crystal structure. This fact can be explained by the simultaneous reduction of the β-Co metastable phase and relaxation of the microstress formed by the fcc phase in the lattice. The degree of sample texturing along the [100] direction increases under electron irradiation. The dependences of the resistive and magnetic properties of cobalt nanotubes on the irradiation dose have been analyzed.

  8. Changes in mechanical and chemical wood properties by electron beam irradiation

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    Schnabel, Thomas, E-mail: thomas.schnabel@fh-salzburg.ac.at [Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Department of Forest Products Technology and Wood Constructions, Marktstraße 136a, 5431 Kuchl (Austria); Huber, Hermann [Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Department of Forest Products Technology and Wood Constructions, Marktstraße 136a, 5431 Kuchl (Austria); Grünewald, Tilman A. [BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Institute of Physics and Materials Science, Peter Jordan Straße 82, 1190 Vienna (Austria); Petutschnigg, Alexander [Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Department of Forest Products Technology and Wood Constructions, Marktstraße 136a, 5431 Kuchl (Austria); BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Konrad Lorenzstraße 24, 3430 Tulln (Austria)

    2015-03-30

    Highlights: • Changes in wood due to electron beam irradiations (EBI) were evaluated. • Wood components undergo different altering mechanisms due to the irradiation. • Chemical reactions in wood lead to better surface hardness of low irradiated wood. - Abstract: This study deals with the influence of various electron beam irradiation (EBI) dosages on the Brinell hardness of Norway spruce. The results of the hardness measurements and the FT-IR spectroscopic analysis show different effects of the EBI at dosages of 25, 50, 100 and 200 kGy. It was assumed that the lignin and carbohydrates undergo different altering mechanisms due to the EBI treatment. New cleavage products and condensation reactions of lignin and carbohydrates lead to better surface hardness of low irradiated wood samples. These results provide a useful basis for further investigations on the changes in wood chemistry and material properties due to electron beam irradiations.

  9. Modulation of Electronic and Optical Anisotropy Properties of ML-GaS by Vertical Electric Field

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    Guo, Fei; Wu, Yaping; Wu, Zhiming; Ke, Congming; Zhou, Changjie; Chen, Ting; Li, Heng; Zhang, Chunmiao; Fu, Mingming; Kang, Junyong

    2017-06-01

    We investigate the electric-field-dependent optical properties and electronic behaviors of GaS monolayer by using the first-principles calculations. A reversal of the dipole transition from E//c to E⊥c anisotropy is found with a critical external electric field of about 5 V/nm. Decomposed projected band contributions exhibit asymmetric electronic structures in GaS interlayers under the external electric field, which explains the evolution of the absorption preference. Spatial distribution of the partial charge and charge density difference reveal that the strikingly reversed optical anisotropy in GaS ML is closely linked to the additional crystal field originated from the external electric field. These results pave the way for experimental research and provide a new perspective for the application of the monolayer GaS-based two-dimensional electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  10. Electronic properties of a grain boundary in Sb-doped ZnO

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    Carlsson, J.M.; Hellsing, B. [Experimental Physics, Chalmers and Goeteborg University, Gothenburg (Sweden); Domingos, H.S.; Bristowe, P.D. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: pdb1000@cus.cam.ac.uk

    2001-11-05

    The electronic properties of a {sigma}=13 32.2 deg. [0001] tilt grain boundary in ZnO have been investigated using first-principles calculations. Two atomic models for the boundary have been considered, one of which contains structural units that are consistent with those observed for this orientation using electron microscopy. Doping both the grain boundary models with antimony reveals a strong driving force for segregation. Analysis of the electronic densities of states, bond populations and Mulliken charges shows that antimony creates a localized impurity state in the grain boundary and acts as a donor dopant. The resulting charge accumulation at the grain boundary together with the presence of local bonds that are metallic in character, will influence the mechanism for charge transport across the interface and this is discussed in relation to varistor applications. (author)

  11. Electronic properties of a grain boundary in Sb-doped ZnO

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    Carlsson, J. M.; Hellsing, B.; Domingos, H. S.; Bristowe, P. D.

    2001-11-01

    The electronic properties of a Σ = 13 32.2° [0001] tilt grain boundary in ZnO have been investigated using first-principles calculations. Two atomic models for the boundary have been considered, one of which contains structural units that are consistent with those observed for this orientation using electron microscopy. Doping both the grain boundary models with antimony reveals a strong driving force for segregation. Analysis of the electronic densities of states, bond populations and Mulliken charges shows that antimony creates a localized impurity state in the grain boundary and acts as a donor dopant. The resulting charge accumulation at the grain boundary together with the presence of local bonds that are metallic in character, will influence the mechanism for charge transport across the interface and this is discussed in relation to varistor applications.

  12. Engineering magnetism and electronic properties of silicene by changing adsorption coverage

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    Ju, Weiwei; Li, Tongwei, E-mail: litjww@126.com; Su, Xiangying; Cui, Hongling; Li, Haisheng

    2016-10-30

    Highlights: • Electronic and magnetic properties of silicene adsorbed by H, C, and F atoms are investigated. • The H adsorption could induce the magnetism in silicene regardless of the concentration of H atoms. • Only low C adsorption concentration can trigger the spin splitting, and F adsorption mainly changes the site of Fermi level. • The abundant electronic and magnetic properties are available in silicene with H, C, and F adsorption. - Abstract: Electronic and magnetic properties of silicene functionalized by H, C, and F atoms at different coverages are studied based on density functional theory. For H and F adatoms, the most stable adsorption sites are top sites. The situation is different for C adatom, and its most preferable adsorption site is valley site. Among the three kinds of adatoms, the magnetism can always be induced by H adsorption, while spin polarization is triggered only in silicene with low C concentration. The F adsorption mainly changes sites of Fermi level. The various band structures of metal, spin gapless semiconductor, and semiconductor can be obtained.

  13. Vibrational and electronic properties of 4‧-halomethyl-2-biphenylcarbonitrile compounds

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    Shankar Rao, Y. B.; Veeraiah, V.; Sundius, Tom; Chaitanya, Kadali

    2017-09-01

    In this paper we studied the structural, vibrational and electronic properties of the 4‧-bromomethyl-2-biphenylcarbonitrile (BMBP) 4‧-chloromethyl-2-biphenylcarbonitrile (CMBP) and 4‧-fluoromethyl-2-biphenylcarbonitrile (FMBP) compounds using experimental and theoretical methods. The FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra of BMBP in solid phase were recorded in the region 4000-400 cm-1 and 4000-50 cm-1, respectively. The UV absorption spectrum of BMBP was recorded in dichloromethane and methanol solvents in the range 180-400 nm. The theoretical spectral properties of title compounds were simulated using density functional theory (DFT) and time dependent DFT methods. Scaling of the vibrational frequencies was carried out with the MOLVIB program using multiple scaling factors and assignment to each vibrational frequency was consigned on the basis of potential energy distribution (PED). The electronic spectrum of BMBP in two different solvents (methanol and dichloromethane), calculated at the CAM-B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level compares well with the experimental data and validates the current method for predicting the absorption spectrum of CMBP and FMBP. Furthermore, the electronic, nonlinear optical and thermodynamics properties of the three compounds were discussed in detailed.

  14. Structural phase transition, electronic and superconducting properties of ScBi and YBi

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    Acharya, Nikita; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2017-10-01

    The structural, electronic, lattice dynamic and superconducting properties of ScBi and YBi compounds are investigated using density functional theory. The calculated values of structural phase transition pressure from NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) phase and ground state properties such as lattice constant (a0), bulk modulus (B) and its pressure derivative (B') are compared with the available theoretical data. The electronic and bonding properties are discussed in terms of band structure, density of states and charge density difference plots. The phonon dispersion curves and phonon density of states are also discussed for both the compounds and calculated for the first time for ScBi compound. The phonon frequencies are positive at ambient and high pressure throughout the Brillouin zone in rock-salt structure revealing the stability in that phase. Eliashberg spectral function, electron-phonon coupling constant and superconducting transition temperature of ScBi and YBi are discussed in detail. The values of Tc are 0.97 K for ScBi and 1.29 K for YBi at ambient pressure.

  15. Electronic and optical properties of warm dense lithium: strong coupling effects

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    Dai, Jiayu; Gao, Cheng; Sun, Huayang; Kang, Dongdong

    2017-09-01

    The optical properties of atoms in a hot and dense environment are of critical importance and a great challenge. In a warm dense matter, strong coupling effects between ions induce new physics which is difficult to be included in statistical isolated atom models such as the average atom model or the detailed level accounting model. Here we study the optical properties of warm dense Li from ab initio molecular dynamics with Kubo-Greenwood relations. We compare the absorption coefficients with those from detailed level accounting methods, which can show a significant difference. The analyses of ionic structures and charge density distribution show that the strongly coupled ions induce local ordered structures and redistributions of the electrons away from the homogeneous electron gases. Also, we study the electronic structures of warm dense Li within the same theoretical framework, and we discover how the local environment of different atoms affects the density of states of the system, which will directly alter the optical properties of warm dense matter.

  16. Electronic and Thermoelectric Properties of Ternary Chalcohalide Semiconductors: First Principles Study

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    Khan, Wilayat; Hussain, Sajjad; Minar, Jan; Azam, Sikander

    2018-02-01

    Ternary chalcohalides have been widely utilized for different device applications. The thermoelectric properties of SbSI, SbSeI and SbSBr have been investigated by theoretical simulations, and the findings have been performed using BoltzTraP code, based on semi-classical Boltzmann transport theory. In this study, we simulated the electronic structures using the Englo-Vosko generalized gradient approximation employed in the WIEN2k program. From the electronic band structures, we found a combination of light and heavy bands around the Fermi level in the valence band, which strongly affect the effective masses of the carriers. The entire thermoelectric parameters, like the electrical, the electronic part of the thermal conductivities, the Seebeck coefficient and the power factor have been analysed as functions of temperature and chemical potential. The correlation between the effective masses and the thermoelectric properties is also included in the discussion because the effective mass reveals the mobility of the carriers which in turn affect the thermoelectric properties. The substitution of sulfur reveals high electrical conductivity and a smaller Seebeck coefficient based on effective mass leads to the increase in the power factor.

  17. Edge magnetism and electronic structure properties of zigzag nanoribbons of arsenene and antimonene

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    Abid, M.; Shoaib, Anwer; Farooq, M. Hassan; Wu, Hongbo; Ma, Dashuai; Fu, Botao

    2017-11-01

    We have investigated the electronic and magnetic properties of zigzag nanoribbons (ZNRs) of arsenene and antimonene both in black phosphorene (BP) phase and hexagonal phase by using first principles calculations. Firstly, a novel metallic edge state emerges in the mid of the bulk band gap for ZNRs of all the systems. Secondly, edge magnetism have also been systematically studied for these systems by considering different magnetic configurations. An intra-edge antiferromagnetic semiconducting state is found to be the ground state for the ZNRs of arsenene and antimonene. Since the edges of ZNRs are easily saturated by Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms when the samples are exposed to the air in the experiment, we further investigate influence of edge passivation of Hydrogen or Oxygen atoms and find the edge magnetism vanished under H-passivation but still restored under O-atoms passivation. Thus the electronic and magnetic properties of the ZNRs can be effectively controlled by intentionally passivation with various elements. We hope these interesting electronic and magnetic properties of the ZNRs of arsenene/antimonene are useful for future applications in nanoelectronic and spintronic devices.

  18. Pressure-Dependent Electronic and Transport Properties of Bulk Platinum Oxide by Density Functional Theory

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    Kansara, Shivam; Gupta, Sanjeev K.; Sonvane, Yogesh; Nekrasov, Kirill A.; Kichigina, Natalia V.

    2018-02-01

    The structural, electronic, and vibrational properties of bulk platinum oxide (PtO) at compressive pressures in the interval from 0 GPa to 35 GPa are investigated using the density functional theory. The calculated electronic band structure of PtO shows poor metallicity at very low density of states on the Fermi level. However, the hybrid pseudopotential calculation yielded 0.78 eV and 1.30 eV direct band and indirect gap, respectively. Importantly, our results predict that PtO has a direct band gap within the framework of HSE06, and it prefers equally zero magnetic order at different pressures. In the Raman spectra, peaks are slightly shifted towards higher frequency with the decrease in pressure. We have also calculated the thermoelectric properties, namely the electronic thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity, with respect to temperature and thermodynamic properties such as entropy, specific heat at constant volume, enthalpy and Gibbs free energy with respect to pressure. The result shows that PtO is a promising candidate for use as a catalyst, in sensors, as a photo-cathode in water electrolysis, for thermal decomposition of inorganic salt and fuel cells.

  19. Structural analysis, electronic properties, and band gaps of a graphene nanoribbon: A new 2D materials

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    Dass, Devi

    2018-03-01

    Graphene nanoribbon (GNR), a new 2D carbon nanomaterial, has some unique features and special properties that offer a great potential for interconnect, nanoelectronic devices, optoelectronics, and nanophotonics. This paper reports the structural analysis, electronic properties, and band gaps of a GNR considering different chirality combinations obtained using the pz orbital tight binding model. In structural analysis, the analytical expressions for GNRs have been developed and verified using the simulation for the first time. It has been found that the total number of unit cells and carbon atoms within an overall unit cell and molecular structure of a GNR have been changed with the change in their chirality values which are similar to the values calculated using the developed analytical expressions thus validating both the simulation as well as analytical results. Further, the electronic band structures at different chirality values have been shown for the identification of metallic and semiconductor properties of a GNR. It has been concluded that all zigzag edge GNRs are metallic with very small band gaps range whereas all armchair GNRs show both the metallic and semiconductor nature with very small and high band gaps range. Again, the total number of subbands in each electronic band structure is equal to the total number of carbon atoms present in overall unit cell of the corresponding GNR. The semiconductors GNRs can be used as a channel material in field effect transistor suitable for advanced CMOS technology whereas the metallic GNRs could be used for interconnect.

  20. First-principles studies on electronic properties of Oligo-p-phenylene molecular device

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    Nagarajan, V.; Chandiramouli, R.

    2018-01-01

    The electronic properties of Oligo-p-phenylene molecular device are studied through density functional theory (DFT) in combination with non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF). The electronic transport properties of Oligo-p-phenylene molecular device are investigated in terms of I-V characteristics, transmission spectrum and total density of states (TDOS). The TDOS gets modified with the number of phenyl units present in the device and also the applied bias voltage influence Oligo-p-phenylene molecular device. The density of charge along Oligo-p-phenylene molecular device is observed in both the conduction band and in the valence band upon increasing bias voltage. The transmission spectrum of Oligo-p-phenylene molecular device provides the insights on the transition of electrons across various energy intervals. The results of the present work clearly show that Oligo-p-phenylene molecular device can be utilized as negative differential resistance (NDR) device and its NDR property can be fine-tuned with the bias voltage and also by the number of phenyl units.

  1. Activating "Invisible" Glue: Using Electron Beam for Enhancement of Interfacial Properties of Graphene-Metal Contact.

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    Kim, Songkil; Russell, Michael; Kulkarni, Dhaval D; Henry, Mathias; Kim, Steve; Naik, Rajesh R; Voevodin, Andrey A; Jang, Seung Soon; Tsukruk, Vladimir V; Fedorov, Andrei G

    2016-01-26

    Interfacial contact of two-dimensional graphene with three-dimensional metal electrodes is crucial to engineering high-performance graphene-based nanodevices with superior performance. Here, we report on the development of a rapid "nanowelding" method for enhancing properties of interface to graphene buried under metal electrodes using a focused electron beam induced deposition (FEBID). High energy electron irradiation activates two-dimensional graphene structure by generation of structural defects at the interface to metal contacts with subsequent strong bonding via FEBID of an atomically thin graphitic interlayer formed by low energy secondary electron-assisted dissociation of entrapped hydrocarbon contaminants. Comprehensive investigation is conducted to demonstrate formation of the FEBID graphitic interlayer and its impact on contact properties of graphene devices achieved via strong electromechanical coupling at graphene-metal interfaces. Reduction of the device electrical resistance by ∼50% at a Dirac point and by ∼30% at the gate voltage far from the Dirac point is obtained with concurrent improvement in thermomechanical reliability of the contact interface. Importantly, the process is rapid and has an excellent insertion potential into a conventional fabrication workflow of graphene-based nanodevices through single-step postprocessing modification of interfacial properties at the buried heterogeneous contact.

  2. Structural and electronic properties of Eu- and Pd-doped ZnO

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    Zhang Yuebin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Doping ZnO with rare earth and 4d transition elements is a popular technique to manipulate the optical properties of ZnO systems. These systems may also possess intrinsic ferromagnetism due to their magnetic moment borne on 4f and 4d electrons. In this work, the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of Eu- and Pd-doped ZnO were investigated by the ab initio density functional theory methods based on generalized gradient approximation. The relative stability of incorporation sites of the doped elements in the ZnO host lattice was studied. The ground state properties, equilibrium bond lengths, and band structures of both the ZnO:Eu and ZnO:Pd systems were also investigated. The total and partial densities of electron states were also determined for both systems. It was found that in the ZnO:Eu system, ambient ferromagnetism can be induced by introducing Zn interstitial which leads to a carrier-mediated ferromagnetism while the ZnO:Pd system possesses no ferromagnetism. PACS 31.15.E-, 75.50.Pp, 75.30Hx

  3. Effect of HF Concentration on Physical and Electronic Properties of Electrochemically Formed Nanoporous Silicon

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    Pushpendra Kumar

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The most common fabrication technique of porous silicon (PS is electrochemical etching of a crystalline silicon wafer in a hydrofluoric (HF acid-based solution. The electrochemical process allows for precise control of the properties of PS such as thickness of the porous layer, porosity, and average pore diameter. The effect of HF concentration in the used electrolyte on physical and electronic properties of PS was studied by visual color observation, measuring nitrogen sorption isotherm, field emission type scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. It was found that with decrease in HF concentration, the pore diameter increased. The PS sample with large pore diameter, that is, smaller nanocrystalline size of Si between the pores, was found to lead to a pronounced photoluminescence peak. The systematic rise of photoluminescence peak with increase of pore diameter and porosity of PS was attributed to quantum confinement. The changes in nanocrystalline porous silicon were also clearly observed by an asymmetric broadening and shift of the optical silicon phonons in Raman spectra. The change in electronic properties of PS with pore diameter suggests possibilities of use of PS material as a template for fundamental physics as well as an optical material for technological applications.

  4. Pressure-Dependent Electronic and Transport Properties of Bulk Platinum Oxide by Density Functional Theory

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    Kansara, Shivam; Gupta, Sanjeev K.; Sonvane, Yogesh; Nekrasov, Kirill A.; Kichigina, Natalia V.

    2017-11-01

    The structural, electronic, and vibrational properties of bulk platinum oxide (PtO) at compressive pressures in the interval from 0 GPa to 35 GPa are investigated using the density functional theory. The calculated electronic band structure of PtO shows poor metallicity at very low density of states on the Fermi level. However, the hybrid pseudopotential calculation yielded 0.78 eV and 1.30 eV direct band and indirect gap, respectively. Importantly, our results predict that PtO has a direct band gap within the framework of HSE06, and it prefers equally zero magnetic order at different pressures. In the Raman spectra, peaks are slightly shifted towards higher frequency with the decrease in pressure. We have also calculated the thermoelectric properties, namely the electronic thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity, with respect to temperature and thermodynamic properties such as entropy, specific heat at constant volume, enthalpy and Gibbs free energy with respect to pressure. The result shows that PtO is a promising candidate for use as a catalyst, in sensors, as a photo-cathode in water electrolysis, for thermal decomposition of inorganic salt and fuel cells.

  5. Real structure influence on the electron-phonon coupling properties of niobium

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    Schierning, G.; Fendrich, M. [Nanostrukturtechnik, Faculty of Engineering and Center for NanoIntegration, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg (Germany); Theissmann, R. [Research Services/Analytical Intelligence, Kronos International, Inc., Leverkusen (Germany)

    2015-07-15

    We performed density functional theory calculations using niobium (Nb) as a model system of a conventional superconductor, to correlate the distortion of twin defects with the electron-phonon coupling properties. Calculations using different settings of the Nb elementary cell (relaxed, distorted, super cell with zig-zag twin defect) showed that only by including real structure elements into the setting, the Eliashberg spectral function representing the electron-phonon coupling properties was derived convincingly. Based on these density functional theory calculations of the electron-phonon coupling properties of Nb, we suggest a model for a combined superconducting/charge density wave ground state which uses a lattice distortion induced into the crystal by two-dimensional defects as modulated background potential of the charge density wave phase. The coexistence of both phases is hereby necessary for a fine-tuning of the Fermi surface within the small local domain of the defect to match the wavelength of the lattice distortion and the Fermi wavelength by pairing fermions to bosons. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. Atomistic calculation of electronic and optical properties of a single InAs quantum dots

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    Zielinski, M.; Korkusinski, M.; Sheng, W.; Hawrylak, P.

    2008-03-01

    We present an atomistic tight-binding (TB) theory of electronic structure and optical properties of a single self-assembled InAs quantum dot (SAD). In previous work an effective-bond-orbital model (EBOM) was used to calculate electron and hole states of the SAD. The strain distribution was calculated using the continuum elasticity theory and EBOM was coupled to the strain via the Bir-Pikus Hamiltonian. However, the properties of these multimillion-atom systems are influenced by the presence of crystal facets and the symmetry of underlying zinc-blende lattice. In current work we present a fully atomistic TB model, accounting for the atomistic symmetry, and extended to include d-orbitals for proper treatment of interband/intervalley couplings. Strain is included in the Hamiltonian via Slater-Koster rules and a generalized Harrison law, with the equilibrium positions of atoms calculated using the valence force field method. Coulomb matrix elements are found using the TB functions, and electronic properties of N confined excitons (N=1-6) are determined in the CI approach. Emission spectra of multiexcitons are also obtained. Comparison with the previous approach and the experimental results is presented.

  7. Synthetic control of spectroscopic and photophysical properties of triarylborane derivatives having peripheral electron-donating groups.

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    Ito, Akitaka; Kawanishi, Kazuyoshi; Sakuda, Eri; Kitamura, Noboru

    2014-04-01

    The spectroscopic and photophysical properties of triarylborane derivatives were controlled by the nature of the triarylborane core (trixylyl- or trianthrylborane) and peripheral electron-donating groups (N,N-diphenylamino or 9H-carbazolyl groups). The triarylborane derivatives with and without the electron-donating groups showed intramolecular charge-transfer absorption/fluorescence transitions between the π orbital of the aryl group (π(aryl)) and the vacant p orbital on the boron atom (p(B), π(aryl)-p(B) CT), and the fluorescence color was tunable from blue to red by the combination of peripheral electron-donating groups and a triarylborane core. Detailed electrochemical, spectroscopic, and photophysical studies of the derivatives, including solvent dependences of the spectroscopic and photophysical properties, demonstrated that the HOMO and LUMO of each derivative were determined primarily by the nature of the peripheral electron-donating group and the triarylborane core, respectively. The effects of solvent polarity on the fluorescence quantum yield and lifetime of the derivatives were also tunable by the choice of the triarylborane core. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Electronic, vibrational, superconducting and thermodynamic properties of cubic antiperovskite ZnNNi3

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    Tütüncü, H. M.; Srivastava, G. P.

    2013-12-01

    We present results of ab initio theoretical investigations of the structural and electronic properties of the cubic superconductor ZnNNi? by employing the plane wave pseudopotential method within the generalized gradient approximation. The density of states at the Fermi level is found to be governed by the Ni 3d electrons. A linear-response approach to the density functional theory is used to derive the phonon dispersion curves, vibrational density of states and the electron-phonon coupling parameter. The calculated electron-phonon coupling constant ? and the logarithmically averaged phonon frequency are calculated to be 0.654 and 169.89 K, respectively, giving the superconducting transition temperature T?=2.925 K according to the Allen-Dynes formula. Our calculated value of T? is in excellent accord with the corresponding experimental value of 3 K. Using the phonon dispersion results, we further present an assessment of important thermodynamical properties such as internal energy (E), Helmholtz free energy (F), constant-volume specific heat (C?), entropy (S) and Debye temperature (?) in the framework of quasi harmonic approximation theory.

  9. Effect of oxygen deficiency on electronic properties and local structure of amorphous tantalum oxide thin films

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    Denny, Yus Rama [Department of Physics Education, University of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Banten 42435 (Indonesia); Firmansyah, Teguh [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Banten 42435 (Indonesia); Oh, Suhk Kun [Department of Physics, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 28644 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Hee Jae, E-mail: hjkang@cbu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 28644 (Korea, Republic of); Yang, Dong-Seok [Department of Physics Education, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 28644 (Korea, Republic of); Heo, Sung; Chung, JaeGwan; Lee, Jae Cheol [Analytical Engineering Center, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Suwon 16678 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-15

    Highlights: • The effect of oxygen flow rate on electronic properties and local structure of tantalum oxide thin films was studied. • The oxygen deficiency induced the nonstoichiometric state a-TaOx. • A small peak at 1.97 eV above the valence band side appeared on nonstoichiometric Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} thin films. • The oxygen flow rate can change the local electronic structure of tantalum oxide thin films. - Abstract: The dependence of electronic properties and local structure of tantalum oxide thin film on oxygen deficiency have been investigated by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Reflection Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (REELS), and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). The XPS results showed that the oxygen flow rate change results in the appearance of features in the Ta 4f at the binding energies of 23.2 eV, 24.4 eV, 25.8, and 27.3 eV whose peaks are attributed to Ta{sup 1+}, Ta{sup 2+}, Ta{sup 3+}/Ta{sup 4+}, and Ta{sup 5+}, respectively. The presence of nonstoichiometric state from tantalum oxide (TaOx) thin films could be generated by the oxygen vacancies. In addition, XAS spectra manifested both the increase of coordination number of the first Ta-O shell and a considerable reduction of the Ta-O bond distance with the decrease of oxygen deficiency.

  10. Size-dependent structural and electronic properties of Bi(111) ultrathin nanofilms from first principles

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    Cantele, Giovanni; Ninno, Domenico

    2017-06-01

    Few layer bismuth nanofilms with (111) orientation have shown striking electronic properties, especially as building blocks of novel two-dimensional heterostructures. In this paper we present state-of-the-art first principles calculations, based on both density functional theory and maximally localized Wannier functions, that encompass electronic and structural properties of free-standing Bi(111) nanofilms. We accurately evaluate both the in-plane lattice constant and, by including the van der Waals interaction between bismuth bilayers, the intra/interlayer distances. Interestingly and somehow unexpectedly, the in-plane lattice constant is predicted to shrink by about 5% going from the thickest investigated nanofilm (˜80 Å ) to single bilayer Bi(111), entailing a thickness dependent lattice mismatch in complex heterostructures involving ultrathin Bi(111). Moreover, quantum confinement effects, that would be expected to rule the electronic structure at this size range, compete with surface states that appear close to and across the Fermi level. The implication is that not only all but the thinnest films have a metallic band structure but also that such surface states might play a role in either the formation of interfaces with other materials or for sensing applications. Finally, the calculated electronic structure compares extremely well with ARPES measurements.

  11. Electronic and optical properties of 2H-perovskite related tantalum/niobium oxides

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    Yang, H. Y.; Li, Q. F.; Liu, Z. H.

    2017-12-01

    Quasi-one-dimensional oxides A3A‧BO 6 (A = Ba, Sr; A‧ = Na, Li and B = Ta, Nb) have been synthesized and found to display efficient photoluminescence. Their electronic and optical properties are calculated by using first-principles calculations. The modified Becke-Johnson exchange potential has been used to obtain accurate band gap. Our results reveal that alkali metal and alkaline-earth metal ions have very small contribution to the states around Fermi level, and for these compounds, the top valence bands and the conduction band bottom are dominated by O-2p and Nb/Ta-d states, respectively. All of these compounds have indirect band gap, with valence band maximum at K point and conduction band minimum at Γ point. Optical absorption spectrum is characterized by two prominent peaks. The lower energy peak originates from electron transitions between Ta/Nb-t2g and O-2p states, while the higher energy peak is determined by electron transitions between Ta/Nb-eg and O-2p. Despite the one-dimensional feature of the lattice structure, the electronic band structure and optical properties show three-dimensional character. We find that the band gap and optical absorption threshold are considerably larger than the energy of excitation light in the luminescence measurement. This indicates the important role of the in-gap states, which may be induced by the impurity or vacancy.

  12. Electronic properties of blue phosphorene/graphene and blue phosphorene/graphene-like gallium nitride heterostructures.

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    Sun, Minglei; Chou, Jyh-Pin; Yu, Jin; Tang, Wencheng

    2017-07-05

    Blue phosphorene (BlueP) is a graphene-like phosphorus nanosheet which was synthesized very recently for the first time [Nano Lett., 2016, 16, 4903-4908]. The combination of electronic properties of two different two-dimensional materials in an ultrathin van der Waals (vdW) vertical heterostructure has been proved to be an effective approach to the design of novel electronic and optoelectronic devices. Therefore, we used density functional theory to investigate the structural and electronic properties of two BlueP-based heterostructures - BlueP/graphene (BlueP/G) and BlueP/graphene-like gallium nitride (BlueP/g-GaN). Our results showed that the semiconducting nature of BlueP and the Dirac cone of G are well preserved in the BlueP/G vdW heterostructure. Moreover, by applying a perpendicular electric field, it is possible to tune the position of the Dirac cone of G with respect to the band edge of BlueP, resulting in the ability to control the Schottky barrier height. For the BlueP/g-GaN vdW heterostructure, BlueP forms an interface with g-GaN with a type-II band alignment, which is a promising feature for unipolar electronic device applications. Furthermore, we discovered that both G and g-GaN can be used as an active layer for BlueP to facilitate charge injection and enhance the device performance.

  13. Electronic properties and optical absorption of graphene-polyvinylidene fluoride nanocomposites: A theoretical study

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    Chopra, Siddheshwar, E-mail: schopra1@amity.edu

    2017-01-15

    Graphene/polyvinylidene fluoride (graphene/PVDF) nanocomposites were studied using Density functional theory (DFT)/Time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations. Five nanocomposite configurations were constructed. Electronic properties like binding energy, electronic gap and work function were calculated. The most stable structure was determined. The electronic gap of graphene shifts from semiconducting to conducting, on nanocomposite formation. Workfunction of the most stable nanocomposite was 4.34eV ± 0.05eV, close to that of the pristine graphene (4.33eV ± 0.05eV). Thermochemical analysis showed that the adsorption is spontaneous above ∼870 K, and endothermic in nature. TDDFT calculations were performed for B3LYP, LSDA, BHHLYP and PBE0 functionals. B3LYP and PBE0 are suitable in describing optical absorption. Optical gap of graphene shrinks, and light absorption gets enhanced on nanocomposite formation. - Highlights: • Various properties of graphene-PVDF nanocomposites were studied theoretically. • Electronic gap of graphene shifts to conducting nature, on composite formation. • Adsorption is spontaneous above ∼870 K, and endothermic in nature. • B3LYP and PBE0 functionals are suitable in describing absorption. • Optical absorption gets enhanced on nanocomposite formation.

  14. Influence of the Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of CeO2 and UO2 for Characterization with UV-Laser Assisted Atom Probe Tomography

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    Billy Valderrama; H.B. Henderson; C. Yablinsky; J. Gan; T.R. Allen; M.V. Manuel

    2015-09-01

    Oxide materials are used in numerous applications such as thermal barrier coatings, nuclear fuels, and electrical conductors and sensors, all applications where nanometer-scale stoichiometric changes can affect functional properties. Atom probe tomography can be used to characterize the precise chemical distribution of individual species and spatially quantify the oxygen to metal ratio at the nanometer scale. However, atom probe analysis of oxides can be accompanied by measurement artifacts caused by laser-material interactions. In this investigation, two technologically relevant oxide materials with the same crystal structure and an anion to cation ratio of 2.00, pure cerium oxide (CeO2) and uranium oxide (UO2) are studied. It was determined that electronic structure, optical properties, heat transfer properties, and oxide stability strongly affect their evaporation behavior, thus altering their measured stoichiometry, with thermal conductance and thermodynamic stability being strong factors.

  15. Single Nanostructure Electrochemical Devices for Studying Electronic Properties and Structural Changes in Lithiated Si Nanowires

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    McDowell, Matthew T.

    2011-07-19

    Nanostructured Si is a promising anode material for the next generation of Li-ion batteries, but few studies have focused on the electrical properties of the Li-Si alloy phase, which are important for determining power capabilities and ensuring sufficient electrical conduction in the electrode structure. Here, we demonstrate an electrochemical device framework suitable for testing the electrical properties of single Si nanowires (NWs) at different lithiation states and correlating these properties with structural changes via transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We fi nd that single Si NWs usually exhibit Ohmic I - V response in the lithiated state, with conductivities two to three orders of magnitude higher than in the delithiated state. After a number of sequential lithiation/delithiation cycles, the single NWs show similar conductivity after each lithiation step but show large variations in conductivity in the delithiated state. Finally, devices with groups of NWs in physical contact were fabricated, and structural changes in the NWs were observed after lithiation to investigate how the electrical resistance of NW junctions and the NWs themselves affect the lithiation behavior. The results suggest that electrical resistance of NW junctions can limit lithiation. Overall, this study shows the importance of investigating the electronic properties of individual components of a battery electrode (single nanostructures in this case) along with studying the nature of interactions within a collection of these component structures. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Role of lattice inhomogeneities on the electronic properties of selenium deficient Bi2Se3

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    Tayal, Akhil; Kumar, Devendra; Lakhani, Archana

    2017-11-01

    Inter-layer coupling is widely considered to play a crucial role in tuning electronic properties of 3D topological insulators. The aim of this study is to evaluate the role of crystallographic defects on inter-layer coupling in the Se deficient Bi2Se3 (0 0 3) crystal using extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) technique. EXAFS measurements at Se-K and Bi-L3 edges reveal distinct local geometry around these atomic sites. It has been observed that short inter-layer Bi-Se and Se-Se bonds emerge in the sample. This additional structural motif coexists with the conventional crystallographic arrangement. Within the quintuple layer Bi-Se bonds are preserved with slight compression in intra-planer Bi-Bi and Se-Se distance and overall reduction in c/a ratio. These findings suggest formation of deformed lattice region, localized and dispersed inhomogeneously within the sample. Such inhomogeneities have also resulted in interesting transport properties such as quantum Hall effect (QHE), large linear magnetoresistance and π-Berry phase in Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) oscillations of bulk crystals. Detailed analyses of magnetotransport measurements suggest that tuning of inter-layer coupling by local lattice deformation is the key factor for unusual transport properties. Role of axial strain, and stacking faults generated due to defects and charged Se vacancies are discussed to understand the observed electronic properties.

  17. Precise finite-temperature properties of disordred strongly-correlated electronic systems

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    Khatami, Ehsan

    The interplay between disorder and electronic interactions in quantum many-body systems is not well understood. Experiments with ultracold atoms on optical lattices hold a great promise for exploring the different competing phases that arise in these systems by simulating disordered quantum lattice models in the presence of interactions. However, these experiments often rely on precise and approximate-free results from numerical calculations for various static and dynamic properties of these models in order to characterize the experimental systems. In this talk, I will present recently obtained data for the thermodynamic properties and magnetic correlations of the disordered three-dimensional Hubbard model using the determinant quantum Monte Carlo. I will also discuss new techniques within the numerical linked-cluster expansions that allow for fast and precise calculation of finite-temperature properties of disordered systems in the thermodynamic limit.

  18. Electronic and lattice dynamical properties of II-IV-N{sub 2} semiconductors

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    Punya, Atchara; Paudel, Tula R.; Lambrecht, Walter R.L. [Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 444106-7079 (United States)

    2011-07-15

    The II-IV-N2 semiconductors constitute a family of heterovalent ternary semiconductors with properties closely related to those of the III-Nitrides. We here focus on Zn-IV-N2 semiconductors with the group IV-element Si, Ge and Sn. We present results on their electronic band structures obtained with the quasiparticle self-consistent GW method and the full-potential linearized muffin-tin orbital method. The latter is also used to calculate the energies of formation of these compounds from the constituent elements. The lattice dynamical properties were presented earlier in a series of papers and the main properties are briefly reviewed here. We emphasize the trends in the family of materials compared to those of the III-N and discuss the experimental data for the phonons. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  19. Theoretical Study on Electronic, Optical Properties and Hardness of Technetium Phosphides under High Pressure

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    Shiquan Feng

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the structural properties of technetium phosphides Tc3P and TcP4 are investigated by first principles at zero pressure and compared with the experimental values. In addition, the electronic properties of these two crystals in the pressure range of 0–40 GPa are investigated. Further, we discuss the change in the optical properties of technetium phosphides at high pressures. At the end of our study, we focus on the research of the hardness of TcP4 at different pressures by employing a semiempirical method, and the effect of pressure on the hardness is studied. Results show that the hardness of TcP4 increases with the increasing pressure, and the influence mechanism of pressure effect on the hardness of TcP4 is also discussed.

  20. Electronic structure, ferroelectricity and optical properties of CaBi2Ta2O9

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    Xu, B.; Li, X.; Sun, J.; Yi, L.

    2008-12-01

    Using first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory in its local-density approximation, we investigated the Electronic structure, ferroelectricity and optical properties of CaBi2Ta2O9 (CBT) for the first time. It is found that CBT compound has an indirect band gap of 3.114 eV and the O 2s and 2p states are strongly hybridized with the 6s states of Bi which belong to the (Bi2O2)2+ planes. The quite strong Ta-O and Bi-O hybridization is the primary source for ferroelectricity. Our results imply that the interaction between Bi and O is highly covalent. The anisotropy occurs mainly above 4 eV in the optical properties. The different optical properties have been discussed.