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  1. Influence of external potentials on heterogeneous diffusion processes

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    Kazakevičius, Rytis; Ruseckas, Julius

    2016-09-01

    In this paper we consider heterogeneous diffusion processes with the power-law dependence of the diffusion coefficient on the position and investigate the influence of external forces on the resulting anomalous diffusion. The heterogeneous diffusion processes can yield subdiffusion as well as superdiffusion, depending on the behavior of the diffusion coefficient. We assume that not only the diffusion coefficient but also the external force has a power-law dependence on the position. We obtain analytic expressions for the transition probability in two cases: when the power-law exponent in the external force is equal to 2 η -1 , where 2 η is the power-law exponent in the dependence of the diffusion coefficient on the position, and when the external force has a linear dependence on the position. We found that the power-law exponent in the dependence of the mean square displacement on time does not depend on the external force; this force changes only the anomalous diffusion coefficient. In addition, the external force having the power-law exponent different from 2 η -1 limits the time interval where the anomalous diffusion occurs. We expect that the results obtained in this paper may be relevant for a more complete understanding of anomalous diffusion processes.

  2. Oxygen diffusion in bilayer polymer films

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    Poulsen, Lars; Zebger, Ingo; Tofte, Jannik Pentti;

    2004-01-01

    Experiments to quantify oxygen diffusion have been performed on polymer samples in which a film of poly(ethylene-co-norbornene) was cast onto a film of polystyrene which, in turn, was cast onto an oxygen-impermeable substrate. In the technique employed, the time evolution of oxygen transport...... through the film of poly(ethylene-co-norbornene) and into the polystyrene film was monitored using the phosphorescence of singlet oxygen as a spectroscopic probe. To analyze the data, it was necessary to solve Fick's second law of diffusion for both polymer films. Tractable analytical and numerical...... solutions were obtained for the problem. Moreover, the numerical solution is sufficiently general that it can be used to simulate oxygen concentration profiles in films consisting of more than two layers. Data obtained from the bilayer films yield a diffusion coefficient for oxygen in poly...

  3. [The current views of the treatment of diffuse external otitis].

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    Fedorova, O V; Shadrin, G B

    2016-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and safety of the local application of triderm for the treatment of diffuse external otitis. The study included 68 patients presenting with bacterial and fungal diffuse external otitis. The treatment in the form of local empiric therapy was continued till the results of microbiological treatment became apparent. The beneficial outcome achieved in 91.2% of the patients was clinically manifest as the regression of the inflammatory process in the external auditory meatus. No complications, such as ototoxic events, either local or systemic allergic reactions, were documented. The authors substantiate the possibility of the application of the medication under consideration for the treatment of diffuse external otitis based on the knowledge of the mechanism of the actin of its constituent components, viz. betamethasone, dipropionate, gentamicin sulfate, and clotrimazole, taking into account the occurrence of the most common causative agents of diffuse external otitis. It is concluded that triderm is a safe medication for the local application and, probably, for the initial empiric therapy of diffuse external otitis to be continued till the results of the microbiological treatment become apparent.

  4. Titanium diffusion in gold thin films

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    Martinez, William E. [Materials Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050 (United States); Gregori, Giuliano, E-mail: g.gregori@fkf.mpg.d [California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050 (United States); Mates, Thomas [Materials Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050 (United States)

    2010-03-01

    In the present study, diffusion phenomena in titanium/gold (Ti/Au) thin films occurring at temperatures ranging between 200 and 400 {sup o}C are investigated. The motivation is twofold: the first objective is to characterize Ti diffusion into Au layer as an effect of different heat-treatments. The second goal is to prove that the implementation of a thin titanium nitride (TiN) layer between Ti and Au can remarkably reduce Ti diffusion. It is observed that Ti atoms can fully diffuse through polycrystalline Au thin films (260 nm thick) already at temperatures as a low as 250 {sup o}C. Starting from secondary ion mass spectroscopy data, the overall diffusion activation energy {Delta}E = 0.66 eV and the corresponding pre-exponential factor D{sub 0} = 5 x 10{sup -11} cm{sup 2}/s are determined. As for the grain boundary diffusivity, both the activation energy range 0.54 < {Delta}E{sub gb} < 0.66 eV and the pre-exponential factor s{sub 0}D{sub gb0} = 1.14 x 10{sup -8} cm{sup 2}/s are obtained. Finally, it is observed that the insertion of a thin TiN layer (40 nm) between gold and titanium acts as an effective diffusion barrier up to 400 {sup o}C.

  5. Diffusion Based Modeling of Human Brain Response to External Stimuli

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    Namazi, Hamidreza

    2012-01-01

    Human brain response is the overall ability of the brain in analyzing internal and external stimuli in the form of transferred energy to the mind/brain phase-space and thus, making the proper decisions. During the last decade scientists discovered about this phenomenon and proposed some models based on computational, biological, or neuropsychological methods. Despite some advances in studies related to this area of the brain research there was less effort which have been done on the mathematical modeling of the human brain response to external stimuli. This research is devoted to the modeling of human EEG signal, as an alert state of overall human brain activity monitoring, due to receiving external stimuli, based on fractional diffusion equation. The results of this modeling show very good agreement with the real human EEG signal and thus, this model can be used as a strong representative of the human brain activity.

  6. Magnetic Properties of Heisenberg Thin Films in an External Field

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    CHEN Hong; ZHANG Jing

    2004-01-01

    The magnetic properties of Heisenberg ferromagnetic films in an external magnetic field are investigated by means of the variational cumulant expansion (VCE). The magnetization can be in principle calculated analytically as the function of the temperature and the number of atomic layers in the film to an arbitrary order of accuracy in the VCE. We calculate the spontaneous magnetization and coercivity to the third order for spin-1/2 Heisenberg films with simple cubic lattices by using a graphic technique.

  7. Mesoscopic Simulation of Diffusion Characteristics in the Corrosion Film

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    Haitao Wang; En-Hou Han

    2012-01-01

    A cellular automata model was used to study the diffusion characteristics in the corrosion film at a mesoscopic scale. The model focused on a metal/film/electrolyte system, including a series of local evolution rules. The effect of diffusion rate on the film growth and metal corrosion was investigated. The result showed that the growth rate of the film followed a power law with the diffusion steps, and the corrosion rate had the same law as that of the film growth in the model with the feedback effect. There existed a diffusing plane in the film, where the concentration of the diffusing species did not depend on time. The diffusion steps were found to have a great influence on the position and species concentration of the diffusing plane.

  8. Determination of oxygen diffusion kinetics during thin film ruthenium oxidation

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    Coloma Ribera, R.; van de Kruijs, Robbert Wilhelmus Elisabeth; Yakshin, Andrey; Bijkerk, Frederik

    2015-01-01

    In situ X-ray reflectivity was used to reveal oxygen diffusion kinetics for thermal oxidation of polycrystalline ruthenium thin films and accurate determination of activation energies for this process. Diffusion rates in nanometer thin RuO2 films were found to show Arrhenius behaviour. However, a

  9. Tailoring diffuse reflectance of inhomogeneous films containing microplatelets

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    Slovick, Brian A., E-mail: brian.slovick@sri.com; Baker, John M.; Flom, Zachary; Krishnamurthy, Srini [Applied Optics Laboratory, SRI International, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States)

    2015-10-05

    We develop an analytical model for calculating the diffuse reflectance of inhomogeneous films containing aligned microplatelets with diameters much greater than the wavelength. The scattering parameters are derived by modeling the platelets as one-dimensional thin films, and the overall diffuse reflectance of the slab is calculated using the Kubelka-Munk model. Our model predicts that reflection minima and maxima arising from coherent interference within the platelets are preserved in the diffuse reflectance of the disordered slab. Experimental validation of the model is provided by reflectance measurements (0.3–15 μm) of a solid aerosol film of aligned hexagonal boron nitride platelets.

  10. Formation of Organized Protein Thin Films with External Electric Field.

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    Ferreira, Cecília Fabiana da G; Camargo, Paulo C; Benelli, Elaine M

    2015-10-01

    The effect of an external electric field on the formation of protein GlnB-Hs films and on its buffer solution on siliconized glass slides has been analyzed by current versus electric field curves and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The Herbaspirillum seropedicae GlnB protein (GlnB-Hs) is a globular, soluble homotrimer (36 kDa) with its 3-D structure previously determined. Concentrations of 10 nM native denatured GlnB-Hs protein were deposited on siliconized glass slides under ambient conditions. Immediately after solution deposition a maximum electric field of 30 kV/m was applied with rates of 3 V/s. The measured currents were surface currents and were analyzed as transport current. Electric current started to flow only after a minimum electric field (critical value) for the systems analyzed. The AFM images showed films with a high degree of directional organization only when the proteins were present in the solution. These results showed that the applied electric field favored directional organization of the protein GlnB-Hs films and may contribute to understand the formation of protein films under applied electric fields.

  11. Ion Diffusion Within Water Films in Unsaturated Porous Media.

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    Tokunaga, Tetsu K; Finsterle, Stefan; Kim, Yongman; Wan, Jiamin; Lanzirotti, Antonio; Newville, Matthew

    2017-04-05

    Diffusion is important in controlling local solute transport and reactions in unsaturated soils and geologic formations. Although it is commonly assumed that thinning of water films controls solute diffusion at low water contents, transport under these conditions is not well understood. We conducted experiments in quartz sands at low volumetric water contents (θ) to quantify ion diffusion within adsorbed films. At the lowest water contents, we employed fixed relative humidities to control water films at nm thicknesses. Diffusion profiles for Rb(+) and Br(-) in unsaturated sand packs were measured with a synchrotron X-ray microprobe, and inverse modeling was used to determine effective diffusion coefficients, De, as low as ∼9 × 10(-15) m(2) s(-1) at θ = 1.0 × 10(-4) m(3) m(-3), where the film thickness = 0.9 nm. Given that the diffusion coefficients (Do) of Rb(+) and Br(-) in bulk water (30 °C) are both ∼2.4 × 10(-9) m(2) s(-1), we found the impedance factor f = De/(θDo) is equal to 0.03 ± 0.02 at this very low saturation, in agreement with the predicted influence of interface tortuosity (τa) for diffusion along grain surfaces. Thus, reduced cross-sectional area (θ) and tortuosity largely accounted for the more than 5 orders of magnitude decrease in De relative to Do as desaturation progressed down to nanoscale films.

  12. THE KINETICS OF FILM-DIFFUSION-LIMITED ION-EXCHANGE

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    KRAAIJEVELD, G; WESSELINGH, JA

    1993-01-01

    The film-diffusion-limited ion exchange kinetics for the HCl-NaCl and HCl-CaCl2 systems on a Lewatit S100 ion exchanger are investigated. The ion exchange processes are modelled using the Maxwell-Stefan transport equations. The model uses only one fitting parameter. the film thickness, the Maxwell-S

  13. Oxide film assisted dopant diffusion in silicon carbide

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    Tin, Chin-Che, E-mail: cctin@physics.auburn.ed [Department of Physics, Auburn University, Alabama 36849 (United States); Mendis, Suwan [Department of Physics, Auburn University, Alabama 36849 (United States); Chew, Kerlit [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Atabaev, Ilkham; Saliev, Tojiddin; Bakhranov, Erkin [Physical Technical Institute, Uzbek Academy of Sciences, 700084 Tashkent (Uzbekistan); Atabaev, Bakhtiyar [Institute of Electronics, Uzbek Academy of Sciences, 700125 Tashkent (Uzbekistan); Adedeji, Victor [Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics, Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina 27909 (United States); Rusli [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

    2010-10-01

    A process is described to enhance the diffusion rate of impurities in silicon carbide so that doping by thermal diffusion can be done at lower temperatures. This process involves depositing a thin film consisting of an oxide of the impurity followed by annealing in an oxidizing ambient. The process uses the lower formation energy of silicon dioxide relative to that of the impurity-oxide to create vacancies in silicon carbide and to promote dissociation of the impurity-oxide. The impurity atoms then diffuse from the thin film into the near-surface region of silicon carbide.

  14. Thin-film diffusion brazing of titanium alloys

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    Mikus, E. B.

    1972-01-01

    A thin film diffusion brazing technique for joining titanium alloys by use of a Cu intermediate is described. The method has been characterized in terms of static and dynamic mechanical properties on Ti-6Al-4V alloy. These include tensile, fracture toughness, stress corrosion, shear, corrosion fatigue, mechanical fatigue and acoustic fatigue. Most of the properties of titanium joints formed by thin film diffusion brazing are equal or exceed base metal properties. The advantages of thin film diffusion brazing over solid state diffusion bonding and brazing with conventional braze alloys are discussed. The producibility advantages of this process over others provide the potential for producing high efficiency joints in structural components of titanium alloys for the minimum cost.

  15. Liquid Film Diffusion on Reaction Rate in Submerged Biofilters

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    Christiansen, Pia; Hollesen, Line; Harremoës, Poul

    1995-01-01

    Experiments were carried out in order to investigate the influence of liquid film diffusion on reaction rate in a submerged biofilter with denitrification and in order to compare with a theoretical study of the mass transfer coefficient. The experiments were carried out with varied flow, identified...... by the empty bed velocity of inflow and recirculation, respectively 1.3, 2.8, 5.6 and 10.9 m/h. The filter material consisted of 3 mm biostyren spheres. The results indicate that the influence of liquid film diffusion on reaction rate can be ignored....

  16. Anisotropic Diffusion of Polyelectrolyte Chains within Multi-layer Films

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    Xu, Li [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey; Kozlovskaya, Veronika [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Kharlampieva, Eugenia [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Ankner, John Francis [ORNL; Sukhishvili, Prof. Svetlana A. [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey

    2012-01-01

    We found diffusion of polyelectrolyte chains within multilayer films to be highly anisotropic, with the preferential chain motion parallel to the substrate. The degree of anisotropy was quantified by a combination of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching and neutron reflectometry, probing chain diffusion in directions parallel and perpendicular to the substrate, respectively. Chain mobility was controlled by ionic strength of annealing solutions and steric hindrance to ionic pairing of interacting polyelectrolytes.

  17. Diffusion dynamics in external noise-activated non-equilibrium open system-reservoir coupling environment

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    Wang Chun-Yang

    2013-01-01

    The diffusion process in an extemal noise-activated non-equilibrium open system-reservoir coupling environment is studied by analytically solving the generalized Langevin equation.The dynamical property of the system near the barrier top is investigated in detail by numerically calculating the quantities such as mean diffusion path,invariance,barrier passing probability,and so on.It is found that,comparing with the unfavorable effect of internal fluctuations,the external noise activation is sometimes beneficial to the diffusion process.An optimal strength of external activation or correlation time of the internal fluctuation is expected for the diffusing particle to have a maximal probability to escape from the potential well.

  18. Surface diffusion of a Brownian particle subjected to an external harmonic noise

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    Bai, Zhan-Wu; Ding, Li-Ping

    2017-05-01

    Langevin simulation is performed to investigate the diffusion coefficient of a Brownian particle subjected to an external harmonic noise in a two-dimensional coupled periodic potential. Resonant diffusion phenomenon is observed as a result of the coupling between the central frequency of the spectral density of the harmonic noise and the frequency of the potential well bottom. The diffusion coefficient presents approximately linear functions of the strengths of the internal and external noises for low values of the strengths, these functions can be understood by the local linearization approximation of the potential force. The damping coefficient dependence of the diffusion coefficient in lower damping is well fitted by a negative power function, as an internal Gaussian white noise case does, but with a power whose absolute value is larger than 1.

  19. Enhanced Diffusion of Molecular Motors in the Presence of Adenosine Triphosphate and External Force

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    Shinagawa, Ryota; Sasaki, Kazuo

    2016-06-01

    The diffusion of a molecular motor in the presence of a constant external force is considered on the basis of a simple theoretical model. The motor is represented by a Brownian particle moving in a series of parabolic potentials placed periodically on a line, and the potential is switched stochastically from one parabola to another by a chemical reaction, which corresponds to the hydrolysis or synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in motor proteins. It is found that the diffusion coefficient as a function of the force exhibits peaks. The mechanism of this diffusion enhancement and the possibility of observing it in F1-ATPase, a biological rotary motor, are discussed.

  20. Diffusion of external magnetic fields into the cone-in-shell target in the fast ignition

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    Sunahara, Atsushi; Johzaki, Tomoyui; Nagatomo, Hideo; Sakata, Shouhei; Matsuo, Kazuki; Lee, Seungho; Fujioka, Shinsuke; Shiraga, Hiroyuki; Azechi, Hiroshi; Firex-Project Team

    2016-10-01

    We simulated the diffusion of externally applied magnetic fields into cone-in-shell target in the fast ignition. In this ignition scheme, the externally magnetic fields up to kilo-Tesla is used to guide fast electrons to the high-dense imploded core, and understanding diffusion of the magnetic field is one of the key issues for increasing the coupling efficiency from the heating laser to the imploded core. In order to study the magnetic field, we have developed 2D cylindrical Maxwell equation solver with Ohm's law, and carried out simulations of diffusion of externally applied magnetic fields into a cone-in-shell target. Also, we estimated the conductivity of the cone and shell target based on the assumption of Saha-ionization equilibrium. We present our results of diffusion of magnetic fields. We also show that the target is heated by the eddy current. Because of the density and temperature dependence of the conductivity, the magnetic fields diffuse into the material with varying conductivity. Consequently, the magnetic fields into the cone-in-shell target depend on the temporal profile of the magnetic fields as well as the electrical and thermal properties of the material.

  1. The use of second-harmonic generation to study diffusion through films under a liquid phase.

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    van der Veen, Monique A; De Roeck, Marjan; Vankelecom, Ivo F J; De Vos, Dirk E; Verbiest, Thierry

    2010-03-15

    Knowledge of the diffusion of chemicals through buried films is important for a wide variety of systems--from sensing to drug delivery. Herein, we show that second-harmonic generation (SHG) can be used to follow the diffusion through a thin film buried under a liquid in situ. More specifically, the diffusion of 4-(4-diethylaminostyryl)-1-methylpyridinium iodide through zeolite precursor films of different thickness is followed. The diffusion coefficients are calculated according to Fick's law.

  2. Cu Films Deposited by Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering Enhanced by ICP and External Magnetic Field Confinement

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    QI Xuelian; REN Chunsheng; MA Tengcai; WANG Younian

    2008-01-01

    Metallic copper(Cu) films were deposited on a Si (100) substrate by unbalanced magnetron sputtering enhanced by radio-frequency plasma and external magnetic field confine-ment. The morphology and structure of the films were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The surface average rough-ness of the deposited Cu films was characterized by AFM data and resistivity was measured by a four-point probe. The results show that the Cu films deposited with radio-frequency discharge enhanced ionization and external magnetic field confinement have a smooth surface, low surface roughness and low resistivity. The reasons may be that the radio-frequency discharge and external magnetic field enhance the plasma density, which further improves the ion bombardment effect under the same bias voltage conditions. Ion bombardment can obviously influence the growth features and characteristics of the deposited Cu films.

  3. Film rupture in the diffuse interface model coupled to hydrodynamics.

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    Thiele, U; Velarde, M G; Neuffer, K; Pomeau, Y

    2001-09-01

    The process of dewetting of a thin liquid film is usually described using a long-wave approximation yielding a single evolution equation for the film thickness. This equation incorporates an additional pressure term-the disjoining pressure-accounting for the molecular forces. Recently a disjoining pressure was derived coupling hydrodynamics to the diffuse interface model [L. M. Pismen and Y. Pomeau, Phys. Rev. E 62, 2480 (2000)]. Using the resulting evolution equation as a generic example for the evolution of unstable thin films, we examine the thickness ranges for linear instability and metastability for flat films, the families of stationary periodic and localized solutions, and their linear stability. The results are compared to simulations of the nonlinear time evolution. From this we conclude that, within the linearly unstable thickness range, there exists a well defined subrange where finite perturbations are crucial for the time evolution and the resulting structures. In the remainder of the linearly unstable thickness range the resulting structures are controlled by the fastest flat film mode assumed up to now for the entire linearly unstable thickness range. Finally, the implications for other forms of disjoining pressure in dewetting and for spinodal decomposition are discussed.

  4. Effects of helium on titanium films and the helium diffusion

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    SONG YingMin; LUO ShunZhong; LONG XingGui; AN Zhu; LIU Ning; PANG HongChao; WU XingChun; YANG BenFu; ZHENG SiXiao

    2008-01-01

    Using direct current-magnetron sputtering, Helium-trapped Ti films with a He/Ar mixture was studied. The relative helium content, helium depth profiles for the Ti films and crystallization capacity were analyzed by Enhanced Proton Backscattering Spectrometry (EPBS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was found that helium diffusion enhanced as more helium trapping into Ti films, and the He holding ratios were 95.9%, 94.9%, 93.9%, 82.8% when the Ti films with the He/Ti of concentrations of 9.7 at.Q, 19.5 at.Q, 19.7 at.Q, 48.3 at.% were measured again 4 months later, respectively. The diffraction peaks be-came weak and wider, the peak of (002) plane was shifted to smaller diffraction angles and the relevant interplanar spacing d(hkl) increased gradually as more helium trapping into Ti films. The main peak was made trending to the (101) plane by both higher deposition temperature and more helium trapping.

  5. A continuum framework for grain boundary diffusion in thin film/substrate systems

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    Ayas, Can; van der Giessen, Erik

    2010-01-01

    A two-dimensional continuum model is developed for stress relaxation in thin films through grain boundary (GB) diffusion. When a thin film with columnar grains is subjected to thermal stress, stress gradients along the GBs are relaxed by diffusion of material from the film surface into the GBs. The

  6. Tailoring of in-plane magnetic anisotropy in polycrystalline cobalt thin films by external stress

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    Kumar, Dileep, E-mail: dkumar@csr.res.in [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientic Research, Khandwa Road, Indore 452001 (India); Singh, Sadhana [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientic Research, Khandwa Road, Indore 452001 (India); Vishawakarma, Pramod [School of Nanotechnology, RGPV, Bhopal 462036 (India); Dev, Arun Singh; Reddy, V.R. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientic Research, Khandwa Road, Indore 452001 (India); Gupta, Ajay [Amity Center for Spintronic Materials, Amity University, Sector 125, Noida 201303 (India)

    2016-11-15

    Polycrystalline Co films of nominal thickness ~180 Å were deposited on intentionally curved Si substrates. Tensile and compressive stresses of 100 MPa and 150 MPa were induced in the films by relieving the curvature. It has been found that, within the elastic limit, presence of stress leads to an in-plane magnetic anisotropy in the film and its strength increases with increasing stress. Easy axis of magnetization in the films is found to be parallel/ transverse to the compressive /tensile stresses respectively. The origin of magnetic anisotropy in the stressed films is understood in terms of magneto- elastic coupling, where the stress try to align the magnetic moments in order to minimize the magneto-elastic as well as anisotropy energy. Tensile stress is also found to be responsible for the surface smoothening of the films, which is attributed to the movement of the atoms associated with the applied stress. The present work provides a possible way to tailor the magnetic anisotropy and its direction in polycrystalline and amorphous films using external stress. - Highlights: • Tensile and compressive stresses were induced in Co films by removing the bending force from the substrates after film deposition. • Controlled external mechanical stress is found to be responsible for magnetic anisotropies in amorphous and polycrystalline thin films, where crystalline anisotropy is absent. • Tensile stress leads to surface smoothening of the polycrystalline Co films.

  7. A Study on Product Diffusion with Externality Introducing Consumers' Heterogeneity in Complex Networks

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    Eda, Takashi; Fujii, Nobutada; Kaihara, Toshiya

    In product market with network externalities, outperformed products do not always prevail. Therefore, the product market is often modeled and examined by simulations to clarify those phenomena. In previous researches, multiagent system simulations in complex networks are often used and the feasibilities are confirmed. In this paper, it is proposed that threshold models are introduced into the multiagent system simulations in complex networks to consider consumers' heterogeneity. Computer simulations are conducted to verify the relationship between consumer network structure and heterogeneity affect product diffusion. In the results, it is revealed that consumers tend to purchase a product followed by the network externality effect although the consumers have little preference for buying a product, and consumers with high betweenness play an important role to product diffusion.

  8. Influence of an External Magnetic Field on the Growth of Nanocrystalline Silicon Films Grown by MF Magnetron Sputtering

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    Junhua Gao; Lin Zhang; Jinquan Xiao; Jun Gong; Chao Sun; Lishi Wen

    2012-01-01

    The effects of an external magnetic field originating from two solenoid coils on the magnetic field configuration, plasma state of a dual unbalanced magnetron sputter system and the structure of nanocrystalline Si films were examined. Numerical simulations of the magnetic field configuration showed that increasing the coil current significantly changed the magnetic field distribution between the substrate and targets. The saturated ion current density Ji in the substrate position measured by using a circular flat probe increased from 0.18 to 0.55 mA/cm2 with the coil current ranging from 0 to 6 A. X-ray diffraction and Raman results revealed that increasing the ion density near the substrate would benefit crystallization of films and the preferential growth along [lI1] orientation. From analysis of the surface morphology and the microstructure of Si films grown under different plasma conditions, it is found that with increasing the Ji, the surface of the film was smoothed and the alteration in the surface roughness was mainly correlated to the localized surface diffusion of the deposited species and the crystallization behavior of the films.

  9. Effect of buffer layer and external stress on magnetic properties of flexible FeGa films

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    Zhang, Xiaoshan; Zhan, Qingfeng; Dai, Guohong; Liu, Yiwei; Zuo, Zhenghu; Yang, Huali; Chen, Bin; Li, Run-Wei

    2013-05-01

    We systematically investigated the effect of a Ta buffer layer and external stress on the magnetic properties of magnetostrictive Fe81Ga19 films deposited on flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates. The Ta buffer layers could effectively smoothen the rough surface of PET. As a result, the FeGa films grown on Ta buffer layers exhibit a weaker uniaxial magnetic anisotropy and lower coercivity, as compared to those films directly grown on PET substrates. By inward and outward bending the FeGa/Ta/PET samples, external in-plane compressive and tensile stresses were applied to the magnetic films. Due to the inverse magnetostrictive effect of FeGa, both the coercivity and squareness of hysteresis loops for FeGa/Ta films could be well tuned under various strains.

  10. Fractional Diffusion Based Modelling and Prediction of Human Brain Response to External Stimuli

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    Hamidreza Namazi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Human brain response is the result of the overall ability of the brain in analyzing different internal and external stimuli and thus making the proper decisions. During the last decades scientists have discovered more about this phenomenon and proposed some models based on computational, biological, or neuropsychological methods. Despite some advances in studies related to this area of the brain research, there were fewer efforts which have been done on the mathematical modeling of the human brain response to external stimuli. This research is devoted to the modeling and prediction of the human EEG signal, as an alert state of overall human brain activity monitoring, upon receiving external stimuli, based on fractional diffusion equations. The results of this modeling show very good agreement with the real human EEG signal and thus this model can be used for many types of applications such as prediction of seizure onset in patient with epilepsy.

  11. Characterization of a Bifacial Photovoltaic Panel Integrated with External Diffuse and Semimirror Type Reflectors

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    P. Ooshaksaraei

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Silicon wafer accounts for almost one-half the cost of a photovoltaic (PV panel. A bifacial silicon solar cell is attractive due to its potential of enhancing power generation from the same silicon wafer in comparison with a conventional monofacial solar cell. The bifacial PV cell is able to capture solar radiation by back surface. This ability requires a suitable reflector appropriately oriented and separated from the cell’s rear surface. In order to optimize the bifacial solar cell performance with respect to an external back surface reflector, diffuse and semimirror reflectors were investigated at various angles and separations from the back surface. A simple bifacial solar panel, consisting of four monocrystalline Si solar cells, was designed and built. Reflection from the rear surface was provided by an extended semimirror and a white-painted diffuse reflector. Maximum power generation was observed at 30° with respect to ground for the semimirror reflector and 10° for diffuse reflector at an optimized reflector-panel separation of 115 mm. Output power enhancement of 20% and 15% from semimirror and diffuse reflectors, respectively, were observed. This loss from diffuse reflector is attributed to scattering of light beyond the rear surface capture cross-section of the bifacial solar panel.

  12. Diffusion in multi-component polymeric systems: Diffusion of non-volatile species in thin films

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    Müller, M.; Kind, M.; Cairncross, R.; Schabel, W.

    2009-01-01

    Polymeric films for high-tech products like LCD-panels, transdermal patches or medical test strips typically consist of a polymer and one or more non-volatile additives. If during the production process a multi-component solution is coated and subsequently dried, the diffusion of solvents and non-volatile species in the polymeric systems plays an important role. Recent experiments revealed that the drying conditions can have a significant influence on the formation of inhomogeneous distribution of the non-volatile components in the final foil and therefore affects desired product properties. The distribution of the non-volatile components in the final film has an important impact on the physical and chemical properties, including mechanical and optical properties, wetting behavior or drug release rates i.e. the product quality of the polymeric system. To be able to describe the diffusion of non-volatile species in a multi-component polymeric system during drying correctly, reliable information about the influence of the solvent concentration on the mobility of the additive are essential. To obtain information about the mobility of the additive in the polymeric solution new experiments were performed and observed by means of Inverse-Micro-Raman-Spectroscopy (IMRS). By fitting simulated concentration profiles to the experimental data, the temperature and concentration dependent diffusion coefficient of the non-volatile additive in the polymer solution was determined. The investigations are part of a bilateral funding of NFG in the US and DFG in Germany. Diffusion of volatile species in multicomponent polymeric systems are investigated by the group of Richard Cairncross.

  13. Changes in cerebral hemodynamics in patients with posttraumatic diffuse brain swelling after external intraventricular drainage

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    Kefei Chen; Jirong Dong; Tian Xia; Chunlei Zhang; Wei Zhao; Qinyi Xu; Xuejian Cai

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To investigate the changes of cerebral hemodynamics pre-and post-ventricular drainage in patients with posttraumatic acute diffuse brain swelling.Methods: Twenty-four cases of traumatic diffuse brain swelling were analyzed retrospectively.Patients in nonsurgical group were treated by medicine therapy.Patients in surgical group were treated by external ventricular drainage plus medicine therapy.The first CT perfusion scan was completed within 4 -5 h after trauma and scanned again after 7 days.The changes of perfusion parameters in area-of-interest in two groups were analyzed and compared before and after treatment.Result: Compared with the nonsurgical group, the value of cerebral blood volume, cerebral blood flow and mean transit time in bilateral frontal temporopadetal grey matter, basal ganglia, cerebellum, and brain stem at pre-and post-therapy were increased significantly (p < 0.05) in surgical group, and consequently the prognosis of patients undergoing surgery was also better than that of nonsurgical group.Conclusion: External ventricular drainage can improve cerebral perfusion and increase survival quality for the patients with posttraumatic acute diffuse brain swelling.

  14. Effect of external stress on phase diagrams and dielectric properties of epitaxial ferroelectric thin films grown on orthorhombic substrates

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    L(U) Ye-gang; DENG Shui-feng; GONG Lun-jun; YANG Jian-tao

    2006-01-01

    A Landau-Ginsburg-Devonshire(LD)-type thermodynamic theory was used to describe the effect of external stress on phase diagrams and dielectric properties of epitaxial ferroelectric thin films grown on orthorhombic substrates which induce nonequally biaxial misfit strains in the films plane. The "misfit strain-external stress" and "external stress-temperature" phase diagrams were constructed for single-domain BaTiO3(BT) and PbTiO3(PT) thin films. It is shown that the external stress may lead to the rotation of the spontaneous polarization and a gradual change of its magnitude, which may result in phase transition. Nonequally biaxial misfit strains dependence of the stability of polarization states may be governed by external stress. At room temperature,stress-induced ferroelectric/paraelectric phase transition which occurs in film on cubic substrate does not take place in the ferroelectric thin film grown on orthorhombic substrate. It is also shown that the nonequally misfit strains in the film plane may lead to the appearance of new phases which do not form in films grown on cubic substrates under external stress. The dependence of the dielectric response on the external stress is also studied. It is shown that the dielectric constants of single-domain PT and BT films are very sensitive to the external stress under the given anisotropic misfit strains-temperature conditions. It presents theoretical evidence that the external stress and anisotropic misfit strains can be employed for improving the thin films physical properties.

  15. The effects of external stimuli on molecular organization in organic thin films by infrared spectroscopy

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    Hietpas, Geoffrey David

    The study of organic thin films has been an active field of research for nearly 100 years. Two general types of organic thin film systems have received considerable attention. The first of these is the field of self-assembled monolayers (SAM's), where a reactive adsorbate is spontaneously organized at a substrate through ionic or covalent bonding. The second area is comprised of thin films of polymeric materials which may also be ordered and chemically attached like SAM's, but also includes disordered systems pinned by random attachment, and purely physisorbed films held by Van der Waals forces. The incentive for research on these systems has focused on potential improvements in applications such as biocompatable implants, lithographic masks or resists, chromatographic coatings, biosensors, and providing corrosion protection for the underlying substrate. For virtually any application, an organic thin film must remain stable such that its structure is either unaltered or reversibly changed in a manner that does not affect performance. In this thesis, the technique of infrared spectroscopy is applied to the study of thin film stability in response to external stimuli. Both polymer thin films (thickness < 0.5 mum) and SAM systems are studied, and chemical as well as mechanical methods of structural perturbation are explored. Taken together, the studies in this thesis demonstrate that organic thin films are fragile systems, often more susceptible to external perturbation than the bulk material. For any thin film system the substrate/film and film/air interfaces as well as the extremely small quantities of film material, all affect the adsorbate material in a manner not present to a significant extent in the bulk state. All of these variables are also potential sources of failure in the film. Therefore, any organic thin film system is sensitive to its immediate surroundings, and an externally applied chemical and mechanical stimuli may 'attack' this structure on several

  16. Oscillations of composition near the external surface of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Bakunin, O. M.; Klotsman, S. M.; Matveev, S. A.; Stepanov, K. A.

    1989-07-03

    An Auger electron spectroscopy study has been made of the depth profiles of films of Y-Ba-Cu-O compounds. The films were produced by electron beam and ion plasma sputtering onto various substrate types. The specimens were annealed in air at temperatures ranging between 450 and 900 /degree/C. The effective diffusion coefficients for the film and substrate constituents have been estimated. The depth profiles of films annealed at 600 /degree/C reveal composition oscillations in the region adjacent to the surface. These composition oscillations are assumed to arise from the phase transformations that occur at 600 /degree/C in films of the Y-Ba-Cu-O system.

  17. Effect of external electric field on morphology of copper phthalocyanine-fullerene blended films during annealing

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    Parhi, Anukul Prasad; Iyer, S. Sundar Kumar

    2016-03-01

    The thin-film morphology and segregated phases of constituents in blends of organic semiconductors play an important role in determining the performance of devices fabricated with these constituents. In this study, we explored the effect of an external electric field applied during annealing on the morphology and phase of blended films of two popular organic semiconductors, copper pthalocyanine (CuPc) and buckminsterfullerene (C60). Films of different blend ratios annealed at various temperatures in both the presence and absence of an electric field were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. The characteristics of annealed pristine CuPc films were also included for comparison. The observed changes in the properties of the blended films following the annealing, including the abrupt phase segregation of the blended constituents in the films, are discussed. The polarizability of the molecules was calculated using density functional theory (DFT) to explain the interaction, stacking, and segregation of the molecules in the blend. The results showed that application of an electric field during annealing of the blended films is an additional control parameter that can help tune the properties of the blended film. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  18. EFFECT OF SMALL CLUSTER DIFFUSION DURING TWO-DIMENSIONAL THIN FILM GROWTH ON METAL SURFACE

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    WU FENG-MIN; LI QIAO-WEN; WU ZI-QIN

    2000-01-01

    The diffusion of small clusters such as dimers and trimers on metal surface and the growth of two-dimensional thin films are studied by Monte Carlo simulation, using realistic growth model and physical parameters. It is found that small cluster diffusion plays an important role in the process of thin film growth at not very low temperature. It affects not only the island density and the size of islands but also the critical value of saturation occurring during growth of thin films. The effect of small cluster diffusion depends on both the size of critical nucleus and the growth temperature.The simulation results also show that the larger the cluster allowed to diffuse, the easier the saturation that takes place,giving rise to the lower critical coverage of saturation occurring. It is suggested that the effect of small cluster diffusion should be included in establishing the growth models of thin films.

  19. Atomic Layer Deposition Films as Diffusion Barriers for Silver Artifacts

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    Marquardt, Amy; Breitung, Eric; Drayman-Weisser, Terry; Gates, Glenn; Rubloff, Gary W.; Phaneuf, Ray J.

    2012-02-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was investigated as a means to create transparent oxide diffusion barrier coatings to reduce the rate of tarnishing for silver objects in museum collections. Accelerated aging by heating various thicknesses (5 to 100nm) of ALD alumina (Al2O3) thin films on sterling and fine silver was used to determine the effectiveness of alumina as a barrier to silver oxidation. The effect of aging temperature on the thickness of the tarnish layer (Ag2S) created at the interface of the ALD coating and the bulk silver substrate was determined by reflectance spectroscopy and X-Ray Photoelectric Spectroscopy (XPS). Reflectance spectroscopy was an effective rapid screening tool to determine tarnishing rates and the coating's visual impact. X-Ray Photoelectric Spectroscopy (XPS), and Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS) analysis showed a phase transformation in the Ag2S tarnish layer at 177 C and saturation in the thickness of the silver sulfide layer, indicating possible self-passivation of the tarnish layer.

  20. Effect of the External Lubrication Method for a Rotary Tablet Press on the Adhesion of the Film Coating Layer.

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    Kondo, Hisami; Toyota, Hiroyasu; Kamiya, Takayuki; Yamashita, Kazunari; Hakomori, Tadashi; Imoto, Junko; Kimura, Shin-Ichiro; Iwao, Yasunori; Itai, Shigeru

    2017-01-01

    External lubrication is a useful method which reduces the adhesion of powder to punches and dies by spraying lubricants during the tableting process. However, no information is available on whether the tablets prepared using an external lubrication system can be applicable for a film coating process. In this study, we evaluated the adhesion force of the film coating layer to the surface of tablets prepared using an external lubrication method, compared with those prepared using internal lubrication method. We also evaluated wettability, roughness and lubricant distribution state on the tablet surface before film coating, and investigated the relationship between peeling of the film coating layer and these tablet surface properties. Increasing lubrication through the external lubrication method decreased wettability of the tablet surface. However, no change was observed in the adhesion force of the film coating layer. On the other hand, increasing lubrication through the internal lubrication method, decreased both wettability of the tablet surface and the adhesion force of the film coating layer. The magnesium stearate distribution state on the tablet surface was assessed using an X-ray fluorescent analyzer and lubricant agglomerates were observed in the case of the internal lubrication method. However, the lubricant was uniformly dispersed in the external lubrication samples. These results indicate that the distribution state of the lubricant affects the adhesion force of the film coating layer, and external lubrication maintained sufficient lubricity and adhesion force of the film coating layer with a small amount of lubricant.

  1. High atomic diffusivity during pulsed laser irradiation of TiON quasi-amorphous films

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    Teodorescu, V.S., E-mail: teoval@infim.ro [National Institute of Materials Physics, 105 bis Atomistilor Street, 077125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Maraloiu, A.V.; Negrea, R.F.; Ghica, D. [National Institute of Materials Physics, 105 bis Atomistilor Street, 077125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Scarisoreanu, N.D.; Dinescu, M. [National Institute of Lasers, Plasma and Radiation, 409 Atomistilor Street, 077125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Gartner, M. [Institute of Physical Chemistry, I.G. Murgulescu, Romanian Academy, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Blanchin, M.-G. [ILM – Université Claude Bernard Lyon1, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France)

    2016-06-30

    Highlights: • The evidence of the structure of the TiON quasi-amorphous structure by HRTEM. • The evidence of the laser induced phase transition in this film structure. • Fast atomic diffusion in the amorphous film during the laser pulse action. - Abstract: Quasi-amorphous titanium oxynitride (TiON) films were obtained by annealing sol–gel anatase TiO{sub 2} films in NH{sub 3} atmosphere at 600 °C. These films were irradiated with 50 laser pulses using the fourth harmonic (266 nm) radiation of the Nd-YAG laser, with an average fluence of 20 mJ/cm{sup 2}. HRTEM observations of the pulsed laser irradiated films evidenced the rutile TiO{sub 2} nanocrystallites formation. The rutile structure was not present either in the TiON films before the laser irradiation, or in the initial sol–gel anatase TiO{sub 2} films. During the laser irradiation, the film structure remains in the solid state phase, as it results from the temperature estimation and microscopic observations. For the rutile nanocrystals formation, the atomic diffusion length of the oxygen and titanium atoms should be in the nanometric range during the laser pulse action, which implies a diffusivity close to the values observed in the liquid phase. We consider that the rutile phase formation is a proof of the fast atomic diffusion in the solid amorphous matrix, during the laser irradiation.

  2. Thermal stability of nanocrystalline W-Ti diffusion barrier thin films

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    2010-01-01

    Nanocrystalline W-Ti diffusion barrier thin films with different phase structures and Cu/barrier/Si multilayer structures were deposited on p-type Si(100) substrates by DC magnetron sputtering.These films were annealed at different temperatures for 1 h.The diffusion barrier properties and thermal stability were studied using four-probe tester(FPP),XRD,AFM,XPS,FESEM,and HRTEM.The experimental results showed that the films were stable up to 700℃.When the annealing temperature was increased,the Cu and Ti atoms began to react and CuTi3 was formed.In addition,the high resistance Cu3Si was formed due to inter-diffusion between the Si and Cu atoms which made the surface rougher and caused the sheet resistance to increase abruptly.At the same time,failure mechanism of the nanocrystalline W-Ti diffusion barrier thin films during annealing process was also discussed.

  3. Crystalline polarity of ZnO thin films deposited under dc external bias on various substrates

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    Ohsawa, Takeo; Tsunoda, Kei; Dierre, Benjamin; Zellhofer, Caroline; Grachev, Sergey; Montigaud, Hervé; Ishigaki, Takamasa; Ohashi, Naoki

    2017-04-01

    Effects of the nature of substrates, either crystalline or non-crystalline, on the structure and properties of ZnO films deposited by sputtering were investigated. This study focuses mainly on the role of the external electric bias applied to substrates during magnetron sputtering deposition in controlling crystalline polarity, i.e., Zn-face or O-face, and the resulting film properties. It was found that polarity control was achieved on silica and silicon substrates but not on sapphire substrates. The substrate bias did influence the lattice parameters in the structural formation; however, the selection of the substrate type had a significant influence on the defect structures and the film properties.

  4. Vapor film collapse triggered by external pressure pulse and the fragmentation of melt droplet in FCIs

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    LIN Qian; TONG Lili; CAO Xuewu; KRIVENTSEV Vladimir

    2008-01-01

    The fragmentation process of high-temperature molten drop is a key factor to determine the ratio heat transferred to power in FCIs,which estimates the possible damage degree during the hypothetical severe accident in the nuclear reactors.In this paper,the fragmentation process of melt droplet in FCIs is investigated by theoretic analysis.The fragmentation mechanism is studied when an external pressure pulse applied to a melt droplet,which is surrounded by vapor film.The vapor film collapse which induces fragmentation of melt droplet is analyzed and modeled.And then the generated pressure is calculated.The vapor film collapse model is introduced to fragmentation correlation,and the predicted fragment size is calculated and compared with experimental data.The result shows that the developed model can predict the diameter of fragments and can be used to calculate the fragmentation process appreciatively.

  5. The role of oxygen in the deposition of copper–calcium thin film as diffusion barrier for copper metallization

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    Yu, Zhinong, E-mail: znyu@bit.edu.cn [School of Optoelectronics and Beijing Engineering Research Center of Mixed Reality and Advanced Display, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Ren, Ruihuang [School of Optoelectronics and Beijing Engineering Research Center of Mixed Reality and Advanced Display, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Xue, Jianshe; Yao, Qi; Li, Zhengliang; Hui, Guanbao [Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd, Beijing 100176 (China); Xue, Wei [School of Optoelectronics and Beijing Engineering Research Center of Mixed Reality and Advanced Display, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • The CuCa film as the diffusion barrier of Cu film improves the adhesion of Cu film. • The introduction of oxygen into the deposition of CuCa film is necessary to improve the adhesion of Cu film. • The CuCa alloy barrier layer deposited at oxygen atmosphere has perfect anti-diffusion between Cu film and substrate. - Abstract: The properties of copper (Cu) metallization based on copper–calcium (CuCa) diffusion barrier as a function of oxygen flux in the CuCa film deposition were investigated in view of adhesion, diffusion and electronic properties. The CuCa film as the diffusion barrier of Cu film improves the adhesion of Cu film, however, and increases the resistance of Cu film. The introduction of oxygen into the deposition of CuCa film induces the improvement of adhesion and crystallinity of Cu film, but produces a slight increase of resistance. The increased resistance results from the partial oxidation of Cu film. The annealing process in vacuum further improves the adhesion, crystallinity and conductivity of Cu film. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) show that the CuCa alloy barrier layer deposited at oxygen atmosphere has perfect anti-diffusion between Cu film and substrate due to the formation of Ca oxide in the interface of CuCa/substrate.

  6. Investigation of Top/bottom Electrode and Diffusion Barrier Layer for PZT thick film MEMS Sensors

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    Pedersen, Thomas; Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Lou-Møller, R.

    2007-01-01

    In this work screen printed piezoelectric Ferroperm PZ26 lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thick film is used for two MEMS devices. A test structure is used to investigate several aspects regarding bottom and top electrodes. 450 nm ZrO2 thin film is found to be an insufficient diffusion barrier layer...

  7. A voltammetry study on the diffusion of counter ions in polypyrrole films

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    Careem, M.A.; Velmurugu, Yogambigai; Skaarup, Steen;

    2006-01-01

    Polypyrrole (PPy) films doped with large immobile dodecyl benzene sulfonate (DBS) anions have been cycled in electrolytes of different concentration in an investigation of the diffusion of counter ions in this polymer complex. The diffusion of counter ions determines the speed of response of the ...

  8. ADSORPTION DYNAMICS OF MACROPOROUS POL YMERIC ADSORBENT Ⅱ.The Studies on the FIlm DIffusion Mass—Transfer Process

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    WANGChunhong; XUMingcheng; 等

    2000-01-01

    The film diffusion mass-transfer process of adsorption of phenol on macroporous polystyrene resin was investigated in detail.In order to revise the Boyd film diffusion kinetics equation,the out-surface structure of the macroporous resin and that of gel-type ion-exchange resin was compared and the new film diffusion equation was also suggested.These results showed that the film diffusion was influenced by porosity of the macroporous resin greatly,which differed from the film diffustion behavior of ion-exchange resin obviously.

  9. Kinetic pathways of diffusion and solid-state reactions in nanostructured thin films

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    Beke, D. L.; Langer, G. A.; Molnár, G.; Erdélyi, G.; Katona, G. L.; Lakatos, A.; Vad, K.

    2013-06-01

    Mass transport and solid-state reactions in nanocrystalline thin films are reviewed. It is illustrated that diffusion along different grain boundaries (GBs) can have important effects on the overall intermixing process between two pure films. These processes can be well characterized by a bimodal GB network, with different (fast and slow) diffusivities. First the atoms migrate along fast GBs and accumulate at the film surface. These accumulated atoms form a secondary diffusion source for back diffusion along slow boundaries. Thus the different GBs of the thin films can be gradually filled up with the diffusing atoms and composition depth profiles reflect the result of these processes. Similar processes can be observed in binary systems with intermetallic layers: instead of nucleation and growth of the reaction layer at the initial interface, the reaction takes place in the GBs and the amount of the product phase grows by the motion of its interfaces perpendicular to the GBs. Thus, the entire layer of the pure parent films can be consumed by this GB diffusion-induced solid-state reaction (GBDIREAC), and a fully homogeneous product layer can be obtained.

  10. Influence of external voltage on the reprotonated polyaniline films by Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy.

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    Zhou, Tieli; Xing, Shuangxi; Zhang, Chuanzhou; Wu, Yan; Zhao, Chun

    2009-07-01

    In this paper, we reported the electrical fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra measurements on the reprotonated polyaniline (PANI) thin films. Application of external voltage reduced the intensity in FT-IR spectra and resulted in the shift of band situation. The FT-IR spectra as a function of temperature were also conducted in order to investigate the effect of Joule heating. We found that the influence of CC of phenyl units and the CC of quinoid were quite different as a function of external voltage and temperature. The current-voltage (I-V) curves of the PANI film measured in the range of 0-175 V showed that the resistance kept constant at 0-75 V while it increased from 75 to 175 V. The I-V curves confirmed the presence of Joule heating effect during 75-175 V. According to the experiment results, we concluded that external voltage could produce large average hopping energy, which allowed the charge transfer by hopping between the conducting domains during 0-75 V. The deprotonation of PANI was caused by Joule heating effect, resulting in the decreasing conductivity from 75 to 175 V.

  11. Thermal Diffusivity of Film/Substrate Structures Characterized by Transient Thermal Grating Method

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    XU Xiao-Dong; MA Di; ZHANG Shu-Yi; LUO Ai-Hua; KIYOTAKA Wasa

    2008-01-01

    Transient thermal grating method is used to measure the thermal diffusivity of absorbing films deposited on transparent substrates.According to periodically modulated dielectric constant variations and thermoelastic deformations of the thin films caused by the transient thermal gratings,an improved optical diffraction theory is presented.In the experiment,the probing laser beam reflectively diffracted by the thermal grating is measured by a photomultipliar at different grating fringe spaces.The thermal diffusivity of the film can be evaluated by fitting the theoretical calculations of diffraction signals to the experimental measured data.The validity of the method is tested by measuring the thermal diffusivities of absorbing ZnO films deposited on glass substrates.

  12. Characterization upon electrical hysteresis and thermal diffusion of TiAl3O x dielectric film

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    Liu Zhiguo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this paper, we have investigated the electrical properties of TiAl3O x film as electrical gate insulator deposited by pulsed laser deposition and presented a simple method to describe the thermal diffusion behaviors of metal atoms at TiAl3O x /Si interfacial region in detail. The TiAl3O x films show obvious electrical hysteresis by the capacitance-voltage measurements after post-annealing treatment. By virtue of the diffusion models composed of TiAl3O x film and silicon, the diffusion coefficient and the diffusion activation energy of the Ti and Al atoms are extracted. It is valuable to further investigate the pseudobinary oxide system in practice. PACS: 77.55.-g; 81.15.Fg; 81.40.Gh.

  13. Correlation between iron self-diffusion and thermal stability in doped iron nitride thin films

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    Tayal, Akhil; Gupta, Mukul, E-mail: mgupta@csr.res.in, E-mail: dr.mukul.gupta@gmail.com; Kumar, D.; Reddy, V. R.; Gupta, Ajay [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452 001 (India); Amir, S. M. [Jülich Centre for Neutron Science, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Outstation at MLZ Lichtenbergstrasse 1, 85747 Garching (Germany); Korelis, Panagiotis; Stahn, Jochen [Laboratory for Neutron Scattering, Paul Scherrer Institute, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)

    2014-12-14

    Nanocrystalline Fe-X-N thin films (with doping X = 0, 3.1 at. % Al, 1.6 at. % Zr), were deposited using reactive ion beam sputtering. Magnetization study reveals that the deposited films exhibit a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Thermal stability of the films was investigated systematically and it was observed that the structural and the magnetic stability gets significantly enhanced with Al doping, whereas Zr doping has only a marginal effect. Fe self-diffusion, obtained using polarized neutron reflectivity, shows a suppression with both additives. A correlation between the thermal stability and the diffusion process gives a direct evidence that the enhancement in the thermal stability is primarily diffusion controlled. A combined picture of diffusion, structural, and magnetic stability has been drawn to understand the obtained results.

  14. Growth of superconducting SmFeAs(O, F) epitaxial films by F diffusion

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    Takeda, S.; Ueda, S.; Takano, S.; Yamamoto, A.; Naito, M.

    2012-03-01

    We report on our growth of superconducting SmFeAs(O, F) films by F diffusion. In our process, F-free SmFeAsO films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) first, and subsequently F was introduced to the films via F diffusion from an overlayer of SmF3. We compared the growth conditions and also the properties of resultant films for CaF2 and LaAlO3 substrates. The best films on CaF2 exhibited a high transition temperature, {T}_{{c}}^{{on}}~({T}_{{c}}^{{end}})=57.8 K (56.4 K) at the highest, which may exceed the highest Tc ever reported for bulk samples. Furthermore, the films on CaF2 also showed high critical current density over 1 MA cm-2 in self-field at 5 K. On the other hand, the {T}_{{c}}^{{on}}~({T}_{{c}}^{{end}}) of the film on LaAlO3 was 50.3 K (49.3 K). The deteriorated superconducting properties on LaAlO3 appear to be due to oxygen diffusion from LaAlO3 to films.

  15. Bending of Layer-by-Layer Films Driven by an External Magnetic Field

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    Osvaldo N. Oliveira Jr.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available We report on optimized architectures containing layer-by-layer (LbL films of natural rubber latex (NRL, carboxymethyl-chitosan (CMC and magnetite (Fe3O4 nanoparticles (MNPs deposited on flexible substrates, which could be easily bent by an external magnetic field. The mechanical response depended on the number of deposited layers and was explained semi-quantitatively with a fully atomistic model, where the LbL film was represented as superposing layers of hexagonal graphene-like atomic arrangements deposited on a stiffer substrate. The bending with no direct current or voltage being applied to a supramolecular structure containing biocompatible and antimicrobial materials represents a proof-of-principle experiment that is promising for tissue engineering applications in biomedicine.

  16. A method for the estimate of the wall diffusion for non-axisymmetric fields using rotating external fields

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    Frassinetti, L.; Olofsson, K. E. J.; Fridström, R.; Setiadi, A. C.; Brunsell, P. R.; Volpe, F. A.; Drake, J.

    2013-08-01

    A new method for the estimate of the wall diffusion time of non-axisymmetric fields is developed. The method based on rotating external fields and on the measurement of the wall frequency response is developed and tested in EXTRAP T2R. The method allows the experimental estimate of the wall diffusion time for each Fourier harmonic and the estimate of the wall diffusion toroidal asymmetries. The method intrinsically considers the effects of three-dimensional structures and of the shell gaps. Far from the gaps, experimental results are in good agreement with the diffusion time estimated with a simple cylindrical model that assumes a homogeneous wall. The method is also applied with non-standard configurations of the coil array, in order to mimic tokamak-relevant settings with a partial wall coverage and active coils of large toroidal extent. The comparison with the full coverage results shows good agreement if the effects of the relevant sidebands are considered.

  17. Measuring Exciton Diffusion in Conjugated Polymer Films with Super-resolution Microscopy

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    Penwell, Samuel; Ginsberg, Lucas; Noriega Manez, Rodrigo; Ginsberg, Naomi

    2015-03-01

    Conjugated polymers are highly tunable organic semiconductors, which can be solution processed to form thin films, making them prime candidates for organic photovoltaic devices. One of the most important parameters in a conjugated polymer solar cell is the exciton diffusion length, which depends on intermolecular couplings, and is typically on the order of 10 nm. This mean exciton migration can vary dramatically between films and within a single film due to heterogeneities in morphology on length scales of 10's to 100's nm. To study the variability of exciton diffusion and morphology within individual conjugated polymer films, we are adapting stimulated emission depletion microscopy. STED is typically used in biology with well-engineered fluorescent labels or on NV-centers in diamond. I will, however, describe how we have demonstrated STED in conjugated polymer films of MEH-PPV and CN-PPV by taking care to first understand the film's photophysical properties. This new approach provides a way to study exciton diffusion by utilizing subdiffraction optical excitation volumes. In this way, we will obtain a spatiotemporal map of exciton distributions that will help to correlate the energetic landscape to film morphology at the nanoscale. This research is supported in part by the Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program (DOE SCGF), made possible in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, administered by ORISE-ORAU under Contract No. DE-AC05-06.

  18. Preparation and characterization of GaN films grown on Ga-diffused Si(111) substrates

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    SUN Zhencui; CAO Wentian; WEI Qinqin; WANG Shuyun; XUE Chengshan; SUN Haibo

    2005-01-01

    Hexagonal GaN films were prepared by nitriding Ga2O3 films with flowing ammonia. Ga2O3 films were deposited on Ga-diffused Si (111) substrates by radio frequency (r.f.) magnetron sputtering. This paper have investigated the change of structural properties of GaN films nitrided in NH3 atmosphere at the temperatures of 850, 900, and 950℃ for 15min and nitrided at the temperature of 900℃ for 10, 15, and 20 min, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to analyze the structure, surface morphology and composition of synthesized samples. The results reveal that the as-grown films are polycrystalline GaN with hexagonal wurtzite structure and GaN films with the highest crystal quality can be obtained when nitrided at 900℃ for 15 min.

  19. The Effect of Diffusion Barrier and Bombardment on Adhesive Strength of CuCr Alloy Films

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    WANGJian-feng; SONGZhong-xiao; XUKe-wei; WANGYuan

    2004-01-01

    A novel co-sputtering method that combined magnetron sputtering (MS) with ion beam sputtering (IBS) was used to fabricate CuCr alloy films without breaking vacuum after depositing diffusion barrier with IBS. Different bombardment energies were used to improve the comprehensive properties of Cu alloy film. The results indicated that the effects of diffusion barriers and bombardment energy on adhesive strength could be evaluated by a rolling contact fatigue adhesion test. Diffusion barrier can enhance the adhesive strength, and the adhesion of CuCr/CrN was higher than that of CuCr/TiN. When bombarding energy was higher, the adhesive strength of CuCr/TiN films was higher due to the broader transition zone.

  20. High Curie temperature Mn5Ge3 thin films produced by non-diffusive reaction

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    Assaf, E.; Portavoce, A.; Hoummada, K.; Bertoglio, M.; Bertaina, S.

    2017-02-01

    Polycrystalline Mn5Ge3 thin films were produced on SiO2 using magnetron sputtering and reactive diffusion (RD) or non-diffusive reaction (NDR). In situ X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy were used to determine the layer structures, and magnetic force microscopy, superconducting quantum interference device, and ferromagnetic resonance were used to determine their magnetic properties. RD-mediated layers exhibit similar magnetic properties as molecular beam epitaxy-grown monocrystalline Mn5Ge3 thin films, while NDR-mediated layers show magnetic properties similar to monocrystalline C-doped Mn5Ge3Cx thin films with 0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.2. NDR appears as a complementary metal oxide semi-conductor-compatible efficient method to produce good magnetic quality high-Curie temperature Mn5Ge3 thin films.

  1. Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells with Thin Silicon Passivation Film Deposited prior to Phosphorous Diffusion

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    Ching-Tao Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate the performance improvement of p-type single-crystalline silicon (sc-Si solar cells resulting from front surface passivation by a thin amorphous silicon (a-Si film deposited prior to phosphorus diffusion. The conversion efficiency was improved for the sample with an a-Si film of ~5 nm thickness deposited on the front surface prior to high-temperature phosphorus diffusion, with respect to the samples with an a-Si film deposited on the front surface after phosphorus diffusion. The improvement in conversion efficiency is 0.4% absolute with respect to a-Si film passivated cells, that is, the cells with an a-Si film deposited on the front surface after phosphorus diffusion. The new technique provided a 0.5% improvement in conversion efficiency compared to the cells without a-Si passivation. Such performance improvements result from reduced surface recombination as well as lowered contact resistance, the latter of which induces a high fill factor of the solar cell.

  2. Scanning thermal probe microscope method for the determination of thermal diffusivity of nanocomposite thin films.

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    Varandani, Deepak; Agarwal, Khushboo; Brugger, Juergen; Mehta, Bodh Raj

    2016-08-01

    A commercial scanning thermal microscope has been upgraded to facilitate its use in estimating the radial thermal diffusivity of thin films close to room temperature. The modified setup includes a microcontroller driven microhotplate coupled with a Bluetooth module for wireless control. The microcontroller board (Arduino Leonardo) is used to generate a bias of suitable voltage amplitude and pulse duration which is applied across the microhotplate contact pads. A corresponding heat pulse from the Pt heating element (1 mm(2)) embedded within the microhotplate is delivered to the lower surface of the thin film (25 mm(2)) deposited over it. The large difference in the dimensions of the heating source and the thin film surface causes heat to flow radially outwards on the top surface of the latter. The decay of this radial heat wave as it flows outwards is recorded by the scanning thermal microscope in terms of temperature-time (T-t) profiles at varying positions around the central heating zone. A fitting procedure is suggested to extract the thermal diffusivity value from the array of T-t profiles. The efficacy of the above setup has been established by evaluating the thermal diffusivities of Bi2Te3 and Bi2Te3:Si thin film samples. Further, with only minor alterations in design the capabilities of the above setup can be extended to estimate the axial thermal diffusivity and specific heat of thin films, as a function of temperature.

  3. Scanning thermal probe microscope method for the determination of thermal diffusivity of nanocomposite thin films

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    Varandani, Deepak; Agarwal, Khushboo; Brugger, Juergen; Mehta, Bodh Raj

    2016-08-01

    A commercial scanning thermal microscope has been upgraded to facilitate its use in estimating the radial thermal diffusivity of thin films close to room temperature. The modified setup includes a microcontroller driven microhotplate coupled with a Bluetooth module for wireless control. The microcontroller board (Arduino Leonardo) is used to generate a bias of suitable voltage amplitude and pulse duration which is applied across the microhotplate contact pads. A corresponding heat pulse from the Pt heating element (1 mm2) embedded within the microhotplate is delivered to the lower surface of the thin film (25 mm2) deposited over it. The large difference in the dimensions of the heating source and the thin film surface causes heat to flow radially outwards on the top surface of the latter. The decay of this radial heat wave as it flows outwards is recorded by the scanning thermal microscope in terms of temperature-time (T-t) profiles at varying positions around the central heating zone. A fitting procedure is suggested to extract the thermal diffusivity value from the array of T-t profiles. The efficacy of the above setup has been established by evaluating the thermal diffusivities of Bi2Te3 and Bi2Te3:Si thin film samples. Further, with only minor alterations in design the capabilities of the above setup can be extended to estimate the axial thermal diffusivity and specific heat of thin films, as a function of temperature.

  4. Large format cylindrical lens films formed by roll-to-roll ultraviolet embossing and applications as diffusion films

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    Shan, X. C.; Liu, T.; Mohaime, M.; Salam, B.; Liu, Y. C.

    2015-03-01

    A roll-to-roll (R2R) ultraviolet (UV) embossing system has been developed for manufacturing micro features on continuous flexible films. The R2R UV embossing system, which has an embossing roller of 160 mm in diameter, can handle flexible polymer films with a width up to 500 mm and thickness ranging from 0.05 to 0.5 mm. A metal sheet template with micro features on its surface is mounted to the embossing roller and used as embossing mould. A slot die coating unit that has a coating width of 250 mm is used to deposit liquid UV curable resin on polymer films and coating thickness ranging from 10 to 50 µm has been achieved. Continuous roll-to-roll UV embossing is conducted and optical films with cylindrical lens arrays (curvature radius = 112  ±  2 µm, sag height = 28  ±  0.5 µm and pitch = 150  ±  2 µm) are formed. The optical films are used for diffusion to improve light uniformity of a printed lighting film that consists of lighting stripes and dark blank lines. The evaluation results show that the non-uniformity of light intensity can be reduced from 30% (with only lighting panel) to about 3% with the cylindrical lens films.

  5. Bifurcation and Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis of Externally Pressurized Double Air Films Bearing System

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    Cheng-Chi Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper studies the chaotic and nonlinear dynamic behaviors of a rigid rotor supported by externally pressurized double air films (EPDAF bearing system. A hybrid numerical method combining the differential transformation method and the finite difference method is used to calculate pressure distribution of EPDAF bearing system and bifurcation phenomenon of rotor center orbits. The results obtained for the orbits of the rotor center are in good agreement with those obtained using the traditional finite difference approach. The results presented summarize the changes which take place in the dynamic behavior of the EPDAF bearing system as the rotor mass and bearing number are increased and therefore provide a useful guideline for the bearing system.

  6. Stress relaxation in thin film/substrate systems by grain boundary diffusion : a discrete dislocation framework

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    Ayas, C; Van der Giessen, E

    2009-01-01

    The relaxation of stress in a thin film due to grain boundary diffusion is investigated in terms of a new discrete dislocation framework. Discrete dislocations along grain boundaries are nucleated from the free surface and are then driven to 'climb' by the Peach-Koehler force, with a mobility that i

  7. Stress relaxation in thin film/substrate systems by grain boundary diffusion : a discrete dislocation framework

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    Ayas, C; Van der Giessen, E

    The relaxation of stress in a thin film due to grain boundary diffusion is investigated in terms of a new discrete dislocation framework. Discrete dislocations along grain boundaries are nucleated from the free surface and are then driven to 'climb' by the Peach-Koehler force, with a mobility that

  8. A travelling photothermal technique employing pyroelectric detection to measure thermal diffusivity of films and coatings

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    Philip, J.; Manjusha, M. V.; Soumya, H.

    2011-10-01

    A travelling thermal wave technique employing optical excitation and pyroelectric detection of thermal waves propagating along a material film/coating on a substrate is described. The method enables direct measurement of thermal diffusivity. The technique involves measurement of the phase lag undergone by an optically excited thermal wave as it propagates along the coating. The set up has been automated for convenient and fast data acquisition and analysis. The technique has been adapted to measurement of thermal diffusivity of a commercial paint sample coated on glass and copper substrates. It is found that thermal diffusivity of the coating is independent of the thermal conductivity of the substrate. Dependence of thermal diffusivity on coating thickness shows exponential increase, with value reaching a constant at a characteristic high thickness. Measurements have been carried out on a few other samples with wide variations in thermal diffusivity, and the results compared with available reports or results obtained following other techniques. Analyses of the results show that the technique allows measurement of thermal diffusivity of coatings and films with uncertainties better than ±2.5%.

  9. Laser-induced diffusion decomposition in Fe–V thin-film alloys

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    Polushkin, N.I., E-mail: nipolushkin@fc.ul.pt [Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Instituto de Ciência e Engenharia de Materiais e Superfícies, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Duarte, A.C.; Conde, O. [Departamento de Física, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal); Instituto de Ciência e Engenharia de Materiais e Superfícies, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Alves, E. [Associação Euratom/IST e Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Barradas, N.P. [Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 2695-066 Bobadela LRS (Portugal); García-García, A.; Kakazei, G.N.; Ventura, J.O.; Araujo, J.P. [Departamento de Física, Universidade do Porto e IFIMUP, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Oliveira, V. [Instituto de Ciência e Engenharia de Materiais e Superfícies, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, 1959-007 Lisboa (Portugal); Vilar, R. [Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Instituto de Ciência e Engenharia de Materiais e Superfícies, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • Irradiation of an Fe–V alloy by femtosecond laser triggers diffusion decomposition. • The decomposition occurs with strongly enhanced (∼4 orders) atomic diffusivity. • This anomaly is associated with the metallic glassy state achievable under laser quenching. • The ultrafast diffusion decomposition is responsible for laser-induced ferromagnetism. - Abstract: We investigate the origin of ferromagnetism induced in thin-film (∼20 nm) Fe–V alloys by their irradiation with subpicosecond laser pulses. We find with Rutherford backscattering that the magnetic modifications follow a thermally stimulated process of diffusion decomposition, with formation of a-few-nm-thick Fe enriched layer inside the film. Surprisingly, similar transformations in the samples were also found after their long-time (∼10{sup 3} s) thermal annealing. However, the laser action provides much higher diffusion coefficients (∼4 orders of magnitude) than those obtained under standard heat treatments. We get a hint that this ultrafast diffusion decomposition occurs in the metallic glassy state achievable in laser-quenched samples. This vitrification is thought to be a prerequisite for the laser-induced onset of ferromagnetism that we observe.

  10. Thermal diffusivity of aromatic polyimide thin films by temperature wave analysis

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    Morikawa, Junko; Hashimoto, Toshimasa

    2009-06-01

    The heat transport properties of aromatic polyimide thin films have become more important in the use for the electric insulation in the microelectronic devices with highly integrated circuits. The various kinds of measuring methods have been applied to obtain the anisotropic thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of thin films, however, if the specimens are soft and transparent, the conventional methodology requires highly advanced technology in preparing the specimens for the measurement and the results obtained vary widely. The purpose of this study is to apply the temperature wave analysis (TWA) method to measure the thermal diffusivity of thin films and spin-coated layers of aromatic polyimide in the thickness direction at various temperatures. The TWA is an absolute method to determine the thermal diffusivity by using the phase shift of temperature wave. We have performed measurements on the five different chemical structures of aromatic polyimide, including polyimide isoindoloquinazolinedione (PIQ), pyromellitic dianhydride and 4,4'-oxydianiline (PMDA/ODA), 3,3',4,4',-biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride and p-phenylenediamine (BPDA/PPDA), 3,3',4,4'-biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride and 4,4'-oxydianiline (BPDA/ODA), and 3,3',4,4'-benzophenonetetracarboxylic dianhydride and 3,3'-diaminobenzophenone (BTDA/DAB). As a result, thermal diffusivity of thin films in a thickness range from 0.1 to 300 μm at a temperature range from 10 to 570 K is obtained. The thickness dependence of thermal diffusivity of spin-coated layers of PIQ exhibits a good coincidence with the tendency of molecular anisotropy observed by attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. In the low temperature below 20 K the amorphous PMDA/ODA film exhibits a substantial increase, which can be understood by considering the phonon mean free path of amorphous systems as first noted by Kittel for inorganic glasses. The glass transition of BTDA/DAB is observed as a rapid

  11. A novel method for computing effective diffusivity: Application to helium implanted α-Fe thin films

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    Dunn, Aaron [George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, UMI 2958 Georgia Tech CNRS, 57070 Metz (France); Agudo-Merida, Laura; Martin-Bragado, Ignacio [IMDEA Materials Institute, C/ Eric Kandel, 2, Tecnogetafe, 28906 Getafe, Madrid (Spain); McPhie, Mathieu; Cherkaoui, Mohammed [George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, UMI 2958 Georgia Tech CNRS, 57070 Metz (France); Capolungo, Laurent, E-mail: laurent.capolungo@me.gatech.edu [George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, UMI 2958 Georgia Tech CNRS, 57070 Metz (France)

    2014-05-01

    The effective diffusivity of helium in thin iron films is quantified using spatially resolved stochastic cluster dynamics and object kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. The roles of total displacement dose (in DPA), damage rate, helium to DPA ratio, layer thickness, and damage type (cascade damage vs Frenkel pair implantation) on effective He diffusivity are investigated. Helium diffusivity is found to decrease with increasing total damage and decreasing damage rate. Arrhenius plots show strongly increased helium diffusivity at high temperatures, high total implantation, and low implantation rates due to decreased vacancy and vacancy cluster concentrations. At low temperatures, effective diffusivity is weakly dependent on foil thickness while at high temperatures, narrower foils prevent defect accumulation by releasing all defects at the free surfaces. Helium to DPA ratio is not shown to strongly change helium diffusivity in the range of irradiation conditions simulated. Frenkel pair implantation is shown to cause higher effective diffusivity and more complex diffusion mechanisms than cascade implantation. The results of these simulations indicate that the differences in damage rates between implantation experiments and fission or fusion environments may result in differences in the final microstructure.

  12. Liquid- and Gas-Phase Diffusion of Ferrocene in Thin Films of Metal-Organic Frameworks

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    Wencai Zhou

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The mass transfer of the guest molecules in nanoporous host materials, in particular in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs, is among the crucial features of their applications. By using thin surface-mounted MOF films in combination with a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM, the diffusion of ferrocene vapor and of ethanolic and hexanic ferrocene solution in HKUST-1 was investigated. For the first time, liquid- and gas-phase diffusion in MOFs was compared directly in the identical sample. The diffusion coefficients are in the same order of magnitude (~10−16 m2·s−1, whereas the diffusion coefficient of ferrocene in the empty framework is roughly 3-times smaller than in the MOF which is filled with ethanol or n-hexane.

  13. Liquid- and Gas-Phase Diffusion of Ferrocene in Thin Films of Metal-Organic Frameworks

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    Zhou, Wencai; Wöll, Christof; Heinke, Lars

    2015-01-01

    The mass transfer of the guest molecules in nanoporous host materials, in particular in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), is among the crucial features of their applications. By using thin surface-mounted MOF films in combination with a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), the diffusion of ferrocene vapor and of ethanolic and hexanic ferrocene solution in HKUST-1 was investigated. For the first time, liquid- and gas-phase diffusion in MOFs was compared directly in the identical sample. The diffusion coefficients are in the same order of magnitude (~10−16 m2·s−1), whereas the diffusion coefficient of ferrocene in the empty framework is roughly 3-times smaller than in the MOF which is filled with ethanol or n-hexane.

  14. Thin graphite films formation by carbon precipitation in metals: diffusion approach

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    Shvets, Petr V.; Obraztsov, Alexander N.

    2016-03-01

    Thin graphite films attract significant interest due to their unique physical properties and potential applications. Chemical vapor deposition in the presence of metal catalysts is one of the most promising and widely used techniques to produce these films. There are many experimental works devoted to the material synthesis; however, the results are usually obtained by the trial-and-error method without a proper understanding of the processes behind the experiment. We theoretically analyze the carbon diffusion processes inside a metal substrate during the deposition. The theory allows interconnection of the deposition parameters with the thickness of produced graphite films. Numerically solving the diffusion equations for the real systems, we obtained a good correlation between simulations and experimental data. Based on our simulations, we made some conclusions about the formation of graphite films by the precipitation process. The numerical simulations were mostly done for the popular nickel substrates, but we also made some calculations for iron, showing that it also could be used to form thin graphite films under certain conditions.

  15. Synthesis of metal-organic framework films by pore diffusion method

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    Murayama, Naohiro; Nishimura, Yuki; Kajiro, Hiroshi; Kishida, Satoru; Kinoshita, Kentaro; Tottori Univ Team; Nippon Steel; Sumitomo Metal Co. Collaboration; Tottori Integrated Frontier Resaerch Center (Tifrec) Collaboration; Tottori University Electronic Display Resaerch Center (Tedrec) Collaboration

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) presents high controllability in designing the nano-scale pore, and this enable molecular storages, catalysts, gas sensors, gas separation membranes, and electronic devices for next-generation. Therefore, a simple method for film synthesis of MOFs compared with conventional methods [1] is strongly required. In this paper, we provide pore diffusion method, in which a substrate containing constituent metals of MOF is inserted in solution that includes only linker molecules of MOF. As a result, 2D growth of MOF was effectively enhanced, and the formation of flat and dense MOF films was attained. The growth time, t, dependence of film thickness, d, can be expressed by the relation of d = Aln(t + 1) + B, where A and B are constants. It means that ionized coppers diffuse through the pores of MOFs and the synthesis reaction proceeds at the MOF/solvent interface. We demonstrated the fabrication of a HKUST-1/Cu-TPA hetero structure by synthesizing a Cu-TPA film continuously after the growth of a HKUST-1 film on the CuOx substrate.

  16. Diffusion barrier performance of nanoscale TaNx thin-film

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    2007-01-01

    TaNx nanoscale thin-films and Cu/TaNx multilayer structures were deposited on P-type Si(100) substrates by DC reactive magnetron sputtering. The characteristics of TaNx films and thermal stabilities of Cu/TaNx/Si systems annealed at various temperatures were studied by four-point probe(FPP) sheet resistance measurement, atomic force microscopy(AFM), scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive spectrum (SEM-EDS), Alpha-Step IQ Profilers and X-ray diffraction(XRD), respectively. The results show that the surfaces of deposited TaNx thin-films are smooth. With the increasing of N2 partial pressure, the deposition rate and root-mean-square(RMS) decrease, while the content of N and sheet resistance of the TaNx thin-films increase, and the diffusion barrier properties of TaNx thin-films is improved. TaN1.09 can prevent interdiffusion between Cu and Si effectively after annealing up to 650 ℃ for 60 s. The failure of TaNx is mainly attributed to the formation of Cu3Si on TaN/Si interface, which results from Cu diffusion along the grain boundaries of polycrystalline TaN.

  17. The role of oxygen in the deposition of copper-calcium thin film as diffusion barrier for copper metallization

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    Yu, Zhinong; Ren, Ruihuang; Xue, Jianshe; Yao, Qi; Li, Zhengliang; Hui, Guanbao; Xue, Wei

    2015-02-01

    The properties of copper (Cu) metallization based on copper-calcium (CuCa) diffusion barrier as a function of oxygen flux in the CuCa film deposition were investigated in view of adhesion, diffusion and electronic properties. The CuCa film as the diffusion barrier of Cu film improves the adhesion of Cu film, however, and increases the resistance of Cu film. The introduction of oxygen into the deposition of CuCa film induces the improvement of adhesion and crystallinity of Cu film, but produces a slight increase of resistance. The increased resistance results from the partial oxidation of Cu film. The annealing process in vacuum further improves the adhesion, crystallinity and conductivity of Cu film. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) show that the CuCa alloy barrier layer deposited at oxygen atmosphere has perfect anti-diffusion between Cu film and substrate due to the formation of Ca oxide in the interface of CuCa/substrate.

  18. An assessment of Saunderson corrections to the diffuse reflectance of paint films

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    Garcia-Valenzuela, A [Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 70-186, 04510 Mexico Distrito Federal (Mexico); Cuppo, F L S; Olivares, J A, E-mail: augusto.garcia@ccadet.unam.mx [Centro de Investigacion en PolImeros, COMEX, Marcos Achar Lobaton 2, 55885 Tepexpan (Mexico)

    2011-01-01

    We revise basic concepts behind the surface correction terms to the diffuse reflectance of a paint coating and its measurement with an integrating sphere. We question the validity of using the Fresnel relationships to calculate the surface reflectance terms in the case of paint films. Results of measurements on a white paint covered with an index-matched transparent slab are presented. From these results we infer the internal diffuse reflectance of the surface and obtain noticeable discrepancies from the prediction of Fresnel relationships.

  19. Density of capillaries and the oxygen diffusion model in the porous silk fibroin film

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    BAI Lun; XU Jianmei; SUN Qilong; DI Chuanxia; ZUO Baoqi; GUAN Guoping; WU Zhenyu

    2007-01-01

    In order to obtain porous silk fibroin films(PSFFs)fit for the repair of different tissues and organs and design the configuration of the PSFFs more rationally,a model of the oxygen diffusing system of the capillary was built,and also the equations of the model were solved.Moreover,the relationships between the distribution of the oxygen concentration and each affecting factors were discussed,a method was developed to estimate the density of the capillaries in the tissue,and hereby discussed the characteristics of the oxygen diffusion in the tissues around the open capillaries.

  20. Nanocrystal Diffusion in a Liquid Thin Film Observed by in situ Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Zheng, Haimei; Claridge, Shelley A.; Minor, Andrew M.; Alivisatos, A. Paul; Dahmen, Ulrich

    2009-04-17

    We have directly observed motion of inorganic nanoparticles during fluid evaporation using a Transmission Electron Microscope. Tracking real-time diffusion of both spherical (5-15 nm) and rod-shaped (5x10 nm) gold nanocrystals in a thin-film of water-15percentglycerol reveals complex movements, such as rolling motions coupled to large-step movements and macroscopic violations of the Stokes-Einstein relation for diffusion. As drying patches form during the final stages of evaporation, particle motion is dominated by the nearby retracting liquid front.

  1. An assessment of Saunderson corrections to the diffuse reflectance of paint films

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    García-Valenzuela, A.; Cuppo, F. L. S.; Olivares, J. A.

    2011-01-01

    We revise basic concepts behind the surface correction terms to the diffuse reflectance of a paint coating and its measurement with an integrating sphere. We question the validity of using the Fresnel relationships to calculate the surface reflectance terms in the case of paint films. Results of measurements on a white paint covered with an index-matched transparent slab are presented. From these results we infer the internal diffuse reflectance of the surface and obtain noticeable discrepancies from the prediction of Fresnel relationships.

  2. Diffusion during growth and annealing of Co/Cu (111) films

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    Su Run; Qian Hai Jie; Kurash

    2002-01-01

    Electronic structure of MBE-grown Co/Cu (111) films was studied by synchrotron radiation angular-resolved photoemission spectra and auger electron spectra during the process of growth and annealing. The experiment reveals that: the energy shift of s-d sub z sup 2 -hybridized band of copper increases with thickening of the coverage of cobalt, which proves that atomic intermixing occurs at the interface, and there is mainly surface diffusion, not bulk interdiffusion during annealing. The authors attribute the diffusion in the two different processes to one driving force, i.e. the surface free energy of cobalt is remarkably larger than that of copper

  3. Stress dependence of oxygen diffusion in ZrO{sub 2} film

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    Yamamoto, Yasunori, E-mail: yasu-yamamoto@iae.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Morishita, Kazunori [Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Iwakiri, Hirotomo [Faculty of Education, University of the Ryukyus, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa 903-0213 (Japan); Kaneta, Yasunori [Akita National College of Technology, Akita, Akita 011-8511 (Japan)

    2013-05-15

    First principles calculations were performed to evaluate the effect of stress on the diffusion process of oxygen atoms in monoclinic and tetragonal ZrO{sub 2}. The formation and migration energies of an oxygen vacancy were obtained as a function of applied stress. Our results show that the formation and migration energies increase when the compressive stress is applied, which causes a reduction in the diffusion coefficient of an oxygen atom in ZrO{sub 2}. This may explain the experimental observation that the oxide film grows in proportion to the cubic root of time.

  4. Single molecule studies of solvent-dependent diffusion and entrapment in poly(dimethylsiloxane) thin films.

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    Lange, Jeffrey J; Culbertson, Christopher T; Higgins, Daniel A

    2008-12-15

    Single molecule microscopic and spectroscopic methods are employed to probe the mobility and physical entrapment of dye molecules in dry and solvent-loaded poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) films. PDMS films of approximately 220 nm thickness are prepared by spin casting dilute solutions of Sylgard 184 onto glass coverslips, followed by low temperature curing. A perylene diimide dye (BPPDI) is used to probe diffusion and molecule-matrix interactions. Two classes of dye-loaded samples are investigated: (i) those incorporating dye dispersed throughout the films ("in film" samples) and (ii) those in which the dye is restricted primarily to the PDMS surface ("on film" samples). Experiments are performed under dry nitrogen and at various levels of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) loading from the vapor phase. A PDMS-coated quartz-crystal microbalance is employed to monitor solvent loading and drying of the PDMS and to ensure equilibrium conditions are achieved. Single molecules are shown to be predominantly immobile under dry conditions and mostly mobile under IPA-saturated conditions. Quantitative methods for counting the fluorescent spots produced by immobile single molecules in optical images of the samples demonstrate that the population of mobile molecules increases nonlinearly with IPA loading. Even under IPA saturated conditions, the population of fixed molecules is found to be greater than zero and is greatest for "in film" samples. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy is used to measure the apparent diffusion coefficient for the mobile molecules, yielding a mean value of D = 1.4(+/-0.4) x 10(-8) cm(2)/s that is virtually independent of IPA loading and sample class. It is concluded that a nonzero population of dye molecules is physically entrapped within the PDMS matrix under all conditions. The increase in the population of mobile molecules under high IPA conditions is attributed to the filling of film micropores with solvent, rather than by incorporation of molecularly

  5. The mediation reaction between the external couple Ferri/Ferrocyanide and Os(II) bipyridile poly-vinylpyridile films coated onto glassy carbon electrodes

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    Ybarra, Gabriel; Moina, Carlos [Centro de Investigacion sobre Electrodeposicion y Procesos Superficiales, Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Industrial, CC 157, 1650 San Martin (Argentina); Florit, M. Ines [INIFTA, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, UNLP, Suc. 4, CC 16, 1900 La Plata (Argentina); Posadas, Dionisio [INIFTA, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, UNLP, Suc. 4, CC 16, 1900 La Plata (Argentina)], E-mail: dposadas@inifta.unlp.edu.ar

    2008-05-30

    The oxidation-reduction of the Ferri/Ferrocyanide couple in solution onto modified glassy carbon Rotating Disk Electrodes (RDE) covered by Os(II) bipyridile poly-vinylpyridile (OsBPP) polymer was studied at room temperature. Steady state polarization curves were carried out as a function of the rotation speed, the polymer thickness and the concentration of redox centers within the polymer. This system has the characteristic that the formal redox potentials of both the external redox couple (E{sup 0}'(Fe(CN){sub 6}{sup 3-/4-}) = + 0.225 V vs. SCE) and the mediator polymer (E{sup 0}'(OsBPP) = 0.260 V vs. SCE) lie very close. It is demonstrated that diffusion of the Ferri/Ferrocyanide inside the polymer can be ruled out. Since the processes of charge transfer at the metal/polymer and the mediating reaction are fast, the experimental results can be interpreted in terms of a kinetics in which the charge transport in the polymer or the diffusion in the solution may be the rate determining step, according to the experimental conditions. A simple model is considered that allows interpreting the experimental results quantitatively. Application of this model allows the determination of the diffusion coefficient of the electrons within the film, D{sub e} {approx} 10{sup -10} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1}.

  6. Lithium diffusion in sputter-deposited Li4Ti5O12 thin films

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    Wunde, F.; Berkemeier, F.; Schmitz, G.

    2012-10-01

    Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) thin films are deposited by dc-ion beam sputtering at different oxygen partial pressures and different substrate temperatures. In order to investigate, how these two parameters influence the atomic structure, the specimens are characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Electrochemical characterization of the films is done by cyclic voltammetry and chrono-potentiometry. To determine an averaged chemical diffusion coefficient of lithium, a method is developed, evaluating c-rate tests. The results obtained by this method are compared to results obtained by the well established galvanostatic intermittent titration technique (GITT), which is used to determine a concentration dependent diffusion coefficient of lithium in LTO.

  7. Nanoscale Ta-based diffusion barrier thin-films and their resistance properties

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    2008-01-01

    Nanoscale Ta-based diffusion barrier thin-films and Cu/barrier/Si multilayer structures were deposited on p-type Si (100) substrates by DC magnetron sputtering. Then the samples were rapidly thermal-annealed (RTA) by tungsten halide lamp. The resistance properties, structure and surface morphology of the thin-films were investigated by four-point probe (FPP) sheet resistance measurement, AFM, SEM-EDS, Alpha-Step IQ Profilers and XRD. The experimental results showed that agglomeration, oxidation and stabilization effects are concurrent. And resistance increasing and decreasing are coexistent after RTA. The formation of high resistance Cu3Si due to inter-diffusion between Cu and Si and more intensive electron scattering resulting from rougher surface caused the sheet resistance to increase abruptly after high temperature RTA.

  8. Nanoscale Ta-based diffusion barrier thin-films and their resistance properties

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    ZHOU JiCheng; CHEN HaiBo; LI YouZhen

    2008-01-01

    Nanoscale Ta-based diffusion barrier thin-films and Cu/barrier/Si multilayer struc-tures were deposited on p-type Si (100) substrates by DC magnetron sputtering.Then the samples were rapidly thermal-annealed (RTA) by tungsten halide lamp.The resistance properties,structure and surface morphology of the thin-films were investigated by four-point probe (FPP) sheet resistance measurement,AFM,SEM-EDS,Alpha-Step IQ Profilers and XRD.The experimental results showed that agglomeration,oxidation and stabilization effects are concurrent.And resistance increasing and decreasing are coexistent after RTA.The formation of high resis-tance Cu3Si due to inter-diffusion between Cu and Si and more intensive electron scattering resulting from rougher surface caused the sheet resistance to increase abruptly after high temperature RTA.

  9. STOCHASTIC CRACKING AND HEALING BEHAVIORS OF THIN FILMS DURING REACTION-DIFFUSION GROWTH

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    S.L. Zhu; S.L. Yang; Y.M. Xiong; M.S. Li; S.J. Geng; C.S. Hu; Fuhui Wang; W. T. Wu

    2001-01-01

    The stochastic cracking and healing behaviors of reaction-diffusion growth of thin filmswere studied by means of Markov processes analysis. We chose the thermal growth ofoxide scales on metals as an example of reaction-diffusion growth. The thermal growthof oxide films follows power law when no cracking occurs. Our results showed that thegrowth kinetics under stochastic cracking and healing conditions was different fromthat without cracking. It might be altered to either pseudo-linear or pseudo-power lawsdependent upon the intensity and frequency of the cracking of the films. When thehoping items dominated, the growth followed pseudo-linear law; when the diffusionalitems dominated, it followed pseudo-power law with the exponentials lower than theintrinsical values. The numerical results were in good agreement with the meassuredkinetics of isothermal and cyclic oxidation of NiAl-0.1 Y (at. %) alloys in air at 1273K.

  10. Improved optical properties of silica/UV-cured polymer composite films made of hollow silica nanoparticles with a hierarchical structure for light diffuser film applications.

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    Suthabanditpong, W; Takai, C; Fuji, M; Buntem, R; Shirai, T

    2016-06-28

    This study successfully improved the optical properties of silica/UV-cured polymer composite films made of hollow silica nanoparticles having a hierarchical structure. The particles were synthesized by an inorganic particle method, which involves two steps of sol-gel silica coating around the template and acid dissolution removal of the template. The pH of the acid was varied to achieve different hierarchical structures of the particles. The morphologies and surface properties of the obtained particles were characterized before dispersing in a UV-curable acrylate monomer solution to prepare dispersions for fabricating light diffuser films. The optical properties and the light diffusing ability of the fabricated films were studied. The results revealed that the increased pH of the acid provides the particles with a thinner shell, a larger hollow interior and a higher specific surface area. Moreover, the films with these particles exhibit a better light diffusing ability and a higher diffuse transmittance value when compared to those without particles. Therefore, the composite films can be used as light diffuser films, which is an essential part of optical diffusers in the back-light unit of LCDs. In addition, utilizing the hierarchical particles probably reduces the number of back-light units in the LCDs leading to energy-savings and subsequently lightweight LCDs.

  11. A Model of the Growth of Copper Selenide Thin Films Controlled by Diffusion and Chemical Reaction

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    Bottecchia,Otávio Luiz

    1998-01-01

    A model of the growth of thin films of copper selenides is proposed. A mathematical equation that describes the kinetics of the growth is derived. Simulated results and a discussion on the results of the model are presented. A fitting procedure of literature data with the derived equation is carried out. The diffusion coefficient of copper(I) ions in copper selenide is roughly estimated.

  12. Diffusion in and around alginate and chitosan films with embedded sub-millimeter voids

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    Patra, Subhajit; Bal, Dharmendra Kumar; Ganguly, Somenath, E-mail: snganguly@che.iitkgp.ernet.in

    2016-02-01

    Hydrogel scaffolds from biopolymers have potential use in the controlled release of drugs, and as 3-D structure for the formation of tissue matrix. This article describes the solute release behavior of alginate and chitosan films with embedded voids of sub-millimeter dimensions. Nitrogen gas was bubbled in a fluidic arrangement to generate bubbles, prior to the crosslinking. The crosslinked gel was dried in a vacuum oven, and subsequently, soaked in Vitamin B-12 solution. The dimensions of the voids immediately after the cross-linking of gel, and also after complete drying were obtained using a digital microscope and scanning electron microscope respectively. The porosity of the gel was measured gravimetrically. The release of Vitamin B-12 in PBS buffer on a shaker was studied. The release experiments were repeated at an elevated temperature of 37 °C in the presence of lysozyme. The diffusion coefficient within the gel layer and the mass transfer coefficient at the interface with the bulk-liquid were estimated using a mathematical model. For comparison, the experiment was repeated with a film that does not have any embedded void. The enhancement in diffusion coefficient due to the presence of voids is discussed in this article. - Highlights: • Formation of sub-millimeter voids in biopolymer films using fluidic arrangement • The retention of self-assembled bubbles in films after crosslinking, and drying • The enhancement observed in release of model drug with introduction of voids • The diffusion coefficients in and around biopolymer films from model regression • Use of classical model in explaining release profiles from dual porosity media.

  13. Theory of activated glassy relaxation, mobility gradients, surface diffusion, and vitrification in free standing thin films.

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    Mirigian, Stephen; Schweizer, Kenneth S

    2015-12-28

    We have constructed a quantitative, force level, statistical mechanical theory for how confinement in free standing thin films introduces a spatial mobility gradient of the alpha relaxation time as a function of temperature, film thickness, and location in the film. The crucial idea is that relaxation speeds up due to the reduction of both near-surface barriers associated with the loss of neighbors in the local cage and the spatial cutoff and dynamical softening near the vapor interface of the spatially longer range collective elasticity cost for large amplitude hopping. These two effects are fundamentally coupled. Quantitative predictions are made for how an apparent glass temperature depends on the film thickness and experimental probe technique, the emergence of a two-step decay and mobile layers in time domain measurements, signatures of confinement in frequency-domain dielectric loss experiments, the dependence of film-averaged relaxation times and dynamic fragility on temperature and film thickness, surface diffusion, and the relationship between kinetic experiments and pseudo-thermodynamic measurements such as ellipsometry.

  14. Diffusion and photoswitching in nanoporous thin films of metal-organic frameworks

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    Heinke, Lars

    2017-05-01

    Nanoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are intensively investigated with respect to various applications such as in gas storage, in molecular separation and as sensors. In all these applications, the interaction with the guest molecules in the nanopores, as well as the diffusion properties, are crucial. In this topical review, thin MOF films, referred to as surface-mounted MOFs (SURMOFs), are discussed as a well-defined model system for detailed mass transfer studies. The origins of mass transport hindering surface barriers, which often slow down the mass transfer tremendously, and the slow diffusion of large molecules, are investigated by using thin MOF films. Another focus of this topical review is on photoswitchable MOF films. Azobenzene side groups in the MOF structure allow a remote control of the adsorption and diffusion properties. This is employed for demonstrating the remote-controlled release from a nanoporous container as well as for membrane separation where the separation factor can be continuously tuned by light irradiation.

  15. AlCu alloy films prepared by the thermal diffusion technique

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    Oliva, A.I., E-mail: oliva@mda.cinvestav.mx [Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Merida, Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Km. 6 Antigua Carretera a Progreso, CP 97310, Merida Yucatan (Mexico); Corona, J.E.; Sosa, V. [Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Merida, Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Km. 6 Antigua Carretera a Progreso, CP 97310, Merida Yucatan (Mexico)

    2010-07-15

    100-nm thick films of Al{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x} alloys were prepared on glass substrates by thermal diffusion technique. The Cu atomic concentration was varied from 10% to 90%. Alloys were prepared at different temperatures into a vacuum oven with Argon atmosphere. Two thermal processes were used: i) heating the film at 400 deg. C in a single step, and ii) heating the films in sequential steps at 100, 200, 300 and 400 deg. C. Morphology, electrical resistivity, and crystalline orientation of the alloys were studied. The electrical resistivity and surface roughness of the alloys were found to depend strongly on the atomic composition and the diffusion temperature. However, we did not find differences between samples prepared under the two thermal processes. Alloys prepared with x = 0.6 and x = 0.1-0.3 as Cu at concentration exhibited values on electrical resistivity and surface roughness lower than pure Al. Different phases of the Al{sub 1} {sub -} {sub x}Cu{sub x} films were observed as a function of Cu concentration showing a good agreement with the AlCu phase diagram.

  16. Large interface diffusion in endotaxial growth of MnP films on GaP substrates

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    Nateghi, N., E-mail: seyyed-nima.nateghi@polymtl.ca; Ménard, D.; Masut, R. A. [Regroupement québécoise sur les matériaux de pointe (RQMP), Département de Génie Physique, Polytechnique Montréal, C.P. 6079, succ. Centre-ville, Montréal, Québec H3C 3A7 (Canada)

    2014-10-07

    The metal organic vapor deposition of MnP films on GaP (100) substrates is shown to have a substantial endotaxial component. A study of the growth time evolution of the endotaxial depths of MnP grains reveals a diffusion-controlled growth with a relatively large diffusion coefficient of Mn in GaP. The value (2.2 ± 1.5) × 10⁻¹⁵ (cm²/s) obtained at 650 °C is at least two orders of magnitude larger than the reported Mn diffusion in bulk GaP. GaP surface mounds provide further indirect evidence that this large diffusion coefficient is concurrent with the out-diffusion of Ga atoms at the growing MnP/GaP interface. No trace of dislocations could be observed at or near this interface, which strongly suggests that Mn diffusion occurs through vacant sites generated by the difference between the crystallographic structures of MnP and GaP.

  17. Large interface diffusion in endotaxial growth of MnP films on GaP substrates

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    Nateghi, N.; Ménard, D.; Masut, R. A.

    2014-10-01

    The metal organic vapor deposition of MnP films on GaP (100) substrates is shown to have a substantial endotaxial component. A study of the growth time evolution of the endotaxial depths of MnP grains reveals a diffusion-controlled growth with a relatively large diffusion coefficient of Mn in GaP. The value (2.2 ± 1.5) × 10-15 (cm2/s) obtained at 650 °C is at least two orders of magnitude larger than the reported Mn diffusion in bulk GaP. GaP surface mounds provide further indirect evidence that this large diffusion coefficient is concurrent with the out-diffusion of Ga atoms at the growing MnP/GaP interface. No trace of dislocations could be observed at or near this interface, which strongly suggests that Mn diffusion occurs through vacant sites generated by the difference between the crystallographic structures of MnP and GaP.

  18. External Electro-optic Sampling Utilizing an Asymmetric Fabry-Pérot Film of Poled Electro-optical Polymer

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    陈开鑫; 杨罕; 张大明; 张红波; 衣茂斌

    2001-01-01

    External electro-optic sampling has been first demonstrated using a poled electro-optical polymer asymmetricFabry-Pérot film, placed freely on the indium-tin oxide coplanar waveguide transmission line and used as anelectro-optic probe tip. Only one laser beam is required due to the fact that the asymmetric Fabry-Pérot film isutilized to convert the phase modulation to amplitude modulation. A 1.2 GHz microwave signal is sampled, andthe voltage sensitivity of about 2 m V/Hz is obtained. The results are promising for technical applications inhigh-speed electronic devices and monolithic microwave integrated circuits research.

  19. Thin tantalum-silicon-oxygen/tantalum-silicon-nitrogen films as high-efficiency humidity diffusion barriers for solar cell encapsulation

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    Heuer, H. [Institut fuer Halbleiter-und Mikrosystemtechnik (IHM) Technische Universitaet Dresden, Helmholtzstrasse 10, 01062 Dresden (Germany)]. E-mail: Henning.Heuer@izfp-d.fraunhofer.de; Wenzel, C. [Institut fuer Halbleiter-und Mikrosystemtechnik (IHM) Technische Universitaet Dresden, Helmholtzstrasse 10, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Herrmann, D. [Institut fuer Halbleiter-und Mikrosystemtechnik (IHM) Technische Universitaet Dresden, Helmholtzstrasse 10, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Zentrum fuer Sonnenenergie-und Wasserstoff-Forschung (ZSW) Industriestrasse 6, 70565 Stuttgart (Germany); Huebner, R. [Institut fuer Halbleiter-und Mikrosystemtechnik (IHM) Technische Universitaet Dresden, Helmholtzstrasse 10, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Leibniz Institut fuer Festkoerper-und Werkstoffforschung Dresden (IFW) Helmholtzstrasse 20, 01069, Dresden (Germany); Zhang, Z.L. [Institut fuer Halbleiter-und Mikrosystemtechnik (IHM) Technische Universitaet Dresden, Helmholtzstrasse 10, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Max-Planck-Gesellschaft fuer Metallforschung (MPI) Heisenbergstrasse 3, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Bartha, J.W. [Institut fuer Halbleiter-und Mikrosystemtechnik (IHM) Technische Universitaet Dresden, Helmholtzstrasse 10, 01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2006-12-05

    Flexible thin-film solar cells require flexible encapsulation to protect the copper-indium-2 selenide (CIS) absorber layer from humidity and aggressive environmental influences. Tantalum-silicon-based diffusion barriers are currently a favorite material to prevent future semiconductor devices from copper diffusion. In this work tantalum-silicon-nitrogen (Ta-Si-N) and tantalum-silicon-oxygen (Ta-Si-O) films were investigated and optimized for thin-film solar cell encapsulation of next-generation flexible solar modules. CIS solar modules were coated with tantalum-based barrier layers. The performance of the thin-film barrier encapsulation was determined by measuring the remaining module efficiency after a 1000 h accelerated aging test. A significantly enhanced stability against humidity diffusion in comparison to non-encapsulated modules was reached with a reactively sputtered thin-film system consisting of 250 nm Ta-Si-O and 15 nm Ta-Si-N.

  20. Ion-bombardment-enhanced diffusion during the growth of sputtered superlattice thin films

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    Eltoukhy, A.H.; Greene, J.E.

    1978-08-15

    A technique is presented for determining the enhancement in solid-state diffusion caused by low-energy ion bombardment. In this technique, superlattice films are grown under varying conditions of ion bombardment and the amplitude of the resulting composition modulation wave is determined by analyzing x-ray diffraction satellite peaks surrounding the central Bragg peaks. The amplitude is in turn related to the enhanced diffusion coefficient D* (x) which may be expressed as D*/sub 0/ exp(-x/delta) where delta is a characteristic diffusion length of the ion-bombardment-produced defects. This approach was confirmed experimentally using InSb/GaSb superlattice structures grown by multitarget sputtering, each sample having equilayer thicknesses between 12 and 30 A. D* was found to increase as the sputtering pressure was decreased. Measured values of D* averaged over the enhanced diffusion region were on the order of 10/sup -17/ cm/sup 2//sec compared to a thermal interdiffusion coefficient of approximately 10/sup -22/ cm/sup 2//sec at the film growth temperature of 250 /sup 0/C.

  1. MULTIPLE CLUSTER GROWTH OF ULTRA-THIN FILMS WITH ANISOTROPIC EDGE DIFFUSION

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    WANG DAI-MU; WU ZI-QIN

    2001-01-01

    The multiple cluster growth of ultra-thin films on a hexagonal substrate with fractal, dendritic and compact morphology has been studied by computer simulation. The influence of the different diffusion processes along island edges on the island shape has been investigated. The results show that the anisotropic corner diffusion induces the dendritic growth, and the anisotropic step diffusion can promote the anisotropic growth and cause the ramified islands growing in three directions. In the case of compact growth, the island shape is mainly determined by the anisotropic corner crossing process. The nonuniform distribution of the multiple cluster formation can be described quantitatively by multifractal. With patterns changing from fractal to compact islands, the width and height of the bell-like or hook-like multifractal spectra increase, while the top f(α) decreases.

  2. Oxygen diffusion in c-textured epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films

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    李力; 周健; 董学斌; 袁润章

    2001-01-01

    Isothermal oxygen in-diffusion in c-textured epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films was studied by in situ X-ray diffraction. Thermal expansion coefficients of c-axis length with different oxygen contents are αc (6.91, O2)=19.1×10-6 K-1 and αc (6.0, N2)=19.3×10-6 K-1 respectively. Chemical diffusion process of oxygen was described by relaxation time. From the Arrhenius plot of relaxation time, an activation energy of lattice diffusion was obtained as 1.1eV, which is close to the results of SIMS (0.95eV) and internal friction (1.02eV).

  3. Defect chemistry and chalcogen diffusion in thin-film Cu2ZnSnSe4 materials

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    Harvey, Steven P.; Repins, Ingrid; Teeter, Glenn

    2015-02-01

    Selenium diffusion in polycrystalline thin-film Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSe) on molybdenum-coated soda-lime glass substrates was investigated by in situ monitoring of the molybdenum back-contact resistance during high-temperature selenization treatments. In these measurements, selenium diffusion through the CZTSe layer results in conversion of the molybdenum layer to MoSe2, increasing the sheet resistance of the film stack. By monitoring the rate of MoSe2 formation as a function of annealing temperature, an activation energy of 0.5 ± 0.1 eV has been measured for selenium diffusion in CZTSe. The partial pressure dependence of chalcogen diffusion suggests that chalcogen vacancies are not the defect controlling chalcogen diffusion in thin-film CZTSe.

  4. Defect chemistry and chalcogen diffusion in thin-film Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} materials

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    Harvey, Steven P.; Repins, Ingrid; Teeter, Glenn [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)

    2015-02-21

    Selenium diffusion in polycrystalline thin-film Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4} (CZTSe) on molybdenum-coated soda-lime glass substrates was investigated by in situ monitoring of the molybdenum back-contact resistance during high-temperature selenization treatments. In these measurements, selenium diffusion through the CZTSe layer results in conversion of the molybdenum layer to MoSe{sub 2}, increasing the sheet resistance of the film stack. By monitoring the rate of MoSe{sub 2} formation as a function of annealing temperature, an activation energy of 0.5 ± 0.1 eV has been measured for selenium diffusion in CZTSe. The partial pressure dependence of chalcogen diffusion suggests that chalcogen vacancies are not the defect controlling chalcogen diffusion in thin-film CZTSe.

  5. Effect of hydrogen plasma on electroless-plating Ni-B films and its Cu diffusion barrier property.

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    Choi, Kyeong-Keun; Kee, Jong; Kwon, Da-Jung; Kim, Deok-Kee

    2014-12-01

    Electroless-plating Ni-B films have been evaluated for the application as the diffusion barrier and metal cap for copper integration. The effect of post plasma treatment in a hydrogen environment on the characteristics of Ni-B films such as chemical composition, surface roughness, crystallinity, and resistivity was investigated. By treating electroless-plating Ni-B films with H2 plasma, the resistance and the roughness of the films decreased. The leakage current of Ni-B bottom electrode/30-nm-thick Al2O3/Al top electrode structures improved after the H2 plasma treatment on the Ni-B films. 40 nm-thick electroless-plating Ni-B film was able to block Cu diffusion up to 350 degrees C.

  6. Dynamics of a thin film flowing down a heated wall with finite thermal diffusivity

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    Dallaston, Michael C.; Tseluiko, Dmitri; Kalliadasis, Serafim

    2016-11-01

    Consider the dynamics of a thin film flowing down a heated substrate. The substrate heating generates a temperature distribution on the free surface, which in turn induces surface-tension gradients and corresponding thermocapillary stresses that affect the free surface and therefore the fluid flow. We study here the effect of finite substrate thermal diffusivity on the film dynamics. Linear stability analysis of the full Navier-Stokes and heat transport equations indicates if the substrate diffusivity is sufficiently small, the film becomes unstable at a finite wavelength and at a Reynolds number smaller than that predicted in the long-wavelength limit. This property is captured in a reduced-order system of equations derived using a weighted-residual integral-boundary-layer method. This reduced-order model is also used to compute the bifurcation diagrams of solution branches connecting the trivial flat film to traveling waves including solitary pulses. The effect of finite diffusivity is to separate a simultaneous Hopf-transcritical bifurcation into its individual component bifurcations. The appropriate Hopf bifurcation then connects only to the solution branch of negative-hump pulses, with wave speed less than the linear wave speed, while the branch of positive-single-hump pulses merges with the branch of positive-two-hump pulses at a supercritical Reynolds number. In the regime where finite-wavelength instability occurs, there exists a Hopf-bifurcation pair connected by a branch of periodic solutions, whose period cannot be increased indefinitely. Numerical simulation of the reduced-order system shows the development of a train of coherent structures, each of which resembles a stationary positive-hump pulse, and, in the regime of finite-wavelength instability, wavelength selection and saturation to periodic traveling waves.

  7. Structural modifications to enhance the exciton diffusion in bilayer porphyrin fullerene thin films

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    Kaushal, Meesha; Srinivasamurthy, Praveen; Walter, Michael G.

    2016-09-01

    The effects of peripheral alkyl groups and thermal annealing on the exciton quenching efficiency in bilayer porphyrinfullerene thin films has been investigated. The thin film UV-vis absorbance spectra, steady-state fluorescence emission, and thermal properties of three carboalkoxyphenyl porphyrin derivatives have been studied: tetra(4-carbohexoxyphenyl)porphyrin (TCH4PP), tetra(4-carbo-2-ethylhexoxyphenyl)porphyrin (TCEH4PP), and tetra(4-carbooctoxyphenyl)-porphyrin (TCO4PP). The quenching efficiencies of these three derivatives have been calculated from their steady-state emission using pristine spin cast films and films with an evaporated C60 bilayer. Structural analyses have been performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis spectroscopy, and thermal properties were studied using differential scanning calorimetry measurements (DSC). Annealing the films caused significant structural changes as was observed in the UV-vis absorbance spectra and XRD diffraction patterns. Prior to thermal annealing, quenching efficiencies are greatest for the TCH4PP and TCO4PP (hexyl and octyl derivatives), which is in agreement with previous bulk quenching experiments to calculate exciton diffusion lengths.1 After annealing, the hexyl derivative (TCH4PP) showed the lowest bilayer quenching efficiency and indicated evidence of significant molecular rearrangements.

  8. Theory of linear sweep voltammetry with diffuse charge: Unsupported electrolytes, thin films, and leaky membranes

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    Yan, David; Bazant, Martin Z.; Biesheuvel, P. M.; Pugh, Mary C.; Dawson, Francis P.

    2017-03-01

    Linear sweep and cyclic voltammetry techniques are important tools for electrochemists and have a variety of applications in engineering. Voltammetry has classically been treated with the Randles-Sevcik equation, which assumes an electroneutral supported electrolyte. In this paper, we provide a comprehensive mathematical theory of voltammetry in electrochemical cells with unsupported electrolytes and for other situations where diffuse charge effects play a role, and present analytical and simulated solutions of the time-dependent Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations with generalized Frumkin-Butler-Volmer boundary conditions for a 1:1 electrolyte and a simple reaction. Using these solutions, we construct theoretical and simulated current-voltage curves for liquid and solid thin films, membranes with fixed background charge, and cells with blocking electrodes. The full range of dimensionless parameters is considered, including the dimensionless Debye screening length (scaled to the electrode separation), Damkohler number (ratio of characteristic diffusion and reaction times), and dimensionless sweep rate (scaled to the thermal voltage per diffusion time). The analysis focuses on the coupling of Faradaic reactions and diffuse charge dynamics, although capacitive charging of the electrical double layers is also studied, for early time transients at reactive electrodes and for nonreactive blocking electrodes. Our work highlights cases where diffuse charge effects are important in the context of voltammetry, and illustrates which regimes can be approximated using simple analytical expressions and which require more careful consideration.

  9. Stochastic resonance of charge carrier diffusion in a nonhomogeneous medium in the presence of an harmonic external potential

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    Aragie, Berhanu

    2014-10-01

    The dynamics of charge carriers (electrons) hopping through a nonhomogeneous medium in semiconductor layer is investigated by changing a thermal noise of strength D and an external harmonic potential V(x). The nonhomogeneous medium exhibits denser trap distribution around the center, which biases the electrons to therein concentrate. Applying also a monostable potential at the center further enhances the accumulation of electrons. However, by applying a nonhomogeneous hot temperature in the vicinity of the potential minimum forced the electrons to diffuse away from the center and redistribute around two points. Thermally activated rate of hopping and diffusion of electrons in a nonhomogeneous medium, as a function of model parameters, is also considered in the high barrier limit. Using two states approximation, I have also studied the stochastic resonance (SR) of the electrons dynamics in the presence of a time-varying signal. I found a strong spectral amplification η and lower temperature occurrence of its peak as compared to previous works [M. Asfaw, B. Aragie and M. Bekele, Eur. Phys. J. B 79, 371 (2011); B. Aragie, Y. B. Tateka and M. Bekele, Eur. Phys. J. B 87, 101 (2014)].

  10. Heat-resistant thin film photoelectric converter with diffusion blocking layer

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    Takada, Jun; Yamaguchi, Minori; Tawada, Yoshihisa.

    1990-06-26

    The photoelectric converter of this invention comprises a semiconductor, an electrode, and a diffusion-blocking layer provided between the semiconductor and at least one electrode. An object of this invention is to provide a thin film photoelectric converter which has good heat resistance, in order to avoid the reduction in quality owing to the diffusion of metal or metallic compound from the electrode to the semiconductor layer, on the condition that the ohmic loss in the backing electrode and the reflection loss of light at the backing electrode are not increased. The component of the diffusion-blocking layer is selected from among such materials as metal silicides, silicide-forming metals, and metals from Groups IVA and VA of the periodic table. A preferable thickness of the diffusion-blocking layer is 5 to 500 angstroms. The semiconductor can be of the p-i-n, p-n, or Schottky type, and can be 0.02 to 100 {mu}m thick. For a semiconductor which comes into contact with the diffusion-blocking layer, n-type is preferable because it offers great improvements in the characteristics of the photoelectric converter. The electrode on the light-incident side is transparent and made of a metallic compound such as In{sub 2}O{sub 3}, SnO{sub 2}, Cd{sub x}SnO{sub y} (x=0.5 to 2, y=2 to 4) or the like. The backing electrode material is selected to have a suitable conductivity and reflectivity; such materials include Ag, Au, Al or Cu. The invention also discloses a method of preparing the thick film photoelectric converter, and examples are provided to illustrate the preparation of various embodiments of the invention. 2 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Diffusion of an Antifogging Agent in Polyethylene Film%防雾滴剂在聚乙烯农膜中的扩散过程研究

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    刘惠; 谢方友; 何潮洪; 申屠宝卿; 韩冬林

    2002-01-01

    The diffusion of an antifogging agent, EO/PO (epoxyethane/epoxypropane) copolymer, through apolyethylene PE film was studied using a simple experimental system. It was found that the temperature, concentration of antifogging agent, crystallinity of PE film and film thickness affect the diffusion process.

  12. Electroless deposition of NiCrB diffusion barrier layer film for ULSI-Cu metallization

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    Wang, Yuechun; Chen, Xiuhua; Ma, Wenhui; Shang, Yudong; Lei, Zhengtao; Xiang, Fuwei

    2017-02-01

    NiCrB films were deposited on Si substrates using electroless deposition as a diffusion barrier layer for Cu interconnections. Samples of the prepared NiCrB/SiO2/Si and NiCrB/Cu/NiCrB/SiO2/Si were annealed at temperatures ranging from 500 °C to 900 °C. The reaction mechanism of the electroless deposition of the NiCrB film, the failure temperature and the failure mechanism of the NiCrB diffusion barrier layer were investigated. The prepared samples were subjected to XRD, XPS, FPP and AFM to determine the phases, composition, sheet resistance and surface morphology of samples before and after annealing. The results of these analyses indicated that the failure temperature of the NiCrB barrier film was 900 °C and the failure mechanism led to crystallization and grain growth of the NiCrB barrier layer after high temperature annealing. It was found that this process caused Cu grains to reach Si substrate through the grain boundaries, and then the reaction between Cu and Si resulted in the formation of highly resistive Cu3Si.

  13. Characterization of the alumina film with cerium doped on the iron-aluminide diffusion coating

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    Zhan, Q., E-mail: zhanqin1983@163.com; Yang, H.G.; Zhao, W.W.; Yuan, X.M.; Hu, Y.

    2013-11-15

    An iron-aluminide layer with a thin alumina film on the top as a composite tritium permeation barrier (TPB) coating was characterized under different oxidation conditions. The TPB coating was prepared initially on a China Low Activation Ferritic-Martensitic (CLAM) steel by a pack cementation aluminizing process and then an alumina film was formed on the surface of this iron-aluminide diffusion layer by an oxidizing process. To modify the properties of the FeAl/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite TPB coatings, the rare earth element (cerium) was introduced as a dopant while oxidizing. Characterization showed that a continuous oxide scale with a thickness of about 300–400 nm was formed on the FeAl diffusion layer. The film was mainly composed of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped with a little CeO{sub 2}. In addition, the concentration of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} increased with elevated temperature while oxidizing. The phase transformation behavior of alumina scale on the surface of an iron-aluminide layer was studied in this paper.

  14. Study on AlxNiy Alloys as Diffusion Barriers in Flexible Thin Film Solar Cells%Study on AlxNiy Alloys as Diffusion Barriers in Flexible Thin Film Solar Cells

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    岳红云; 吴爱民; 秦福文; 李廷举

    2011-01-01

    Co-sputtered AlxNiy thin films were used as diffusion barriers between aluminum and hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H) for flexible thin film solar cells. The stoichiometric ratio of AlxNiy showed a significant effect on the structures of the films. The obtained Al3Ni2 film was amorphous, while polycrystalline films were obtained when the ratio of aluminum to nickel was 1:1 and 2:3. An auger electron spectroscope and four-point probe system were applied to test the resistance to the interdiffusion between aluminum and silicon, as well as the conductivities of the AlxNiy barriers. The data of auger depth profile showed that the content of silicon was the minimum in the aluminum layer after sputtering for 4 min using AlNi thin film as the barrier layer. Compared to other AlxNiy alloys, the AlNi thin film possessed the lowest sheet resistance.

  15. Grain Boundary Diffusion of Oxygen in c-Textured YBa2Cu3O7-δ Films

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    2001-01-01

    The dislocation structure in magnetron sputtered c-textured YBCO films deposited on (100)SrTiO3 substrates consists of vertical (//c axis) screw dislocation forests together with layered horizontal (|caxis) edge dislocation net-works. It is found that in the oxygenation process in YBCO films, oxygen diffusion is enhanced greatly by the short circuit paths which we suggest to be the horizontally ( c axis) layered edge dislocation net-works. Diffusion equation for oxygenation was solved with the help of Fishers theory of grain boundary diffusion, and an active energy 1.16 ev.``

  16. Tailoring the mechanical properties of steel sheets using FeC films and diffusion annealing

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    Cantergiani, Elisa [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5 (Canada); Fillon, Amélie [Université de Rouen, Groupe de Physique des Matériaux, UMR CNRS 6634, BP-12, 76801, Saint Etienne du Rouvray Cedex (France); Lawrence, Ben [The University of British Columbia, Dept. of Materials Engineering, 309-6350 Stores Road, Vancouver, Canada V6T1Z4 (Canada); Sauvage, Xavier [Université de Rouen, Groupe de Physique des Matériaux, UMR CNRS 6634, BP-12, 76801, Saint Etienne du Rouvray Cedex (France); Perez, Michel [Université de Lyon, MATEIS-INSA-Lyon, UMR CNRS 5510, 69621 Villeurbanne (France); Scott, Colin P. [Canmet MATERIALS, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8P0A5 (Canada); Weck, Arnaud, E-mail: aweck@uottawa.ca [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5 (Canada); Department of Physics, University of Ottawa, 150 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5 (Canada); Centre for Research in Photonics at the University of Ottawa, 800 King Edward Ave., Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5 (Canada)

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    In this work amorphous FeC films were deposited on thin sheets of interstitial free steel using physical vapor deposition. Annealing treatments were then carried out to diffuse C from the coating into the substrate at temperatures lower than those traditionally used in carburizing treatments. The yield stress was shown to significantly increase with annealing temperature from ~120 MPa at 25 °C up to a maximum of 300 MPa at 630 °C without any significant loss of ductility. At 710 °C, a decrease in yield strength was related to the coarsening of carbides inside the IF steel (confirmed by atom probe tomography), and the associated reduction in the matrix solid solution carbon concentration (confirmed by thermoelectric power measurements). The through-thickness carbon diffusion profile was predicted using Fick's law and validated by Knoop hardness measurements. Yield strength predictions were accurate if the crystallization of the FeC film was taken into account as it controls the amount of carbon available to be diffused in the interstitial free steel substrate.

  17. On diffusion-controlled interface microstructure of vapor deposited bilayer thin film of Sn/Cu

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    T B Ghosh; Sampa Dhabal

    2004-06-01

    Depth dependent concentration profiles for bilayer film of Sn (500 Å)/Cu (500 Å) are determined at di®erent temperatures by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Although the nature of the diffusion profile for the sample studied immediately after deposition could be explained by the existing laws, the profiles for others are found to be distinctly different and are not explained by the theories of nucleation and growth of the inter-metallic phases. Measured value of the inter-diffusion coefficient for Cu points out to the grain boundary as well as interstitial diffusion processes. It is also observed that the compositions across the bulk of the films become uniform on annealing at higher temperatures and the width of this region increases with annealing. However, the composition close to the surface is found to be entirely different from that of the bulk even on prolonged heating. The findings possibly demonstrate the importance of physical surface in influencing the solid-state reactions.

  18. Diffuse electroreflectance of thin-film solar cells: Suppression of interference-related lineshape distortions

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    Krämmer, Christoph; Huber, Christian; Redinger, Alex; Sperber, David; Rey, Germain; Siebentritt, Susanne; Kalt, Heinz; Hetterich, Michael

    2015-11-01

    Electroreflectance (ER) is a standard method to determine the band gap of semiconductor materials that has also been applied to thin-film solar cells (TFSCs). However, the lineshapes in typical ER spectra of TFSCs are significantly distorted compared to the model lineshapes, which are used for spectrum evaluation. These distortions are mainly due to thin-film interferences in the stratified system. In this letter, we demonstrate that these distortions are significantly suppressed in diffuse ER (D-ER) where the diffuse instead of the specular reflection of TFSCs is evaluated. The existence of an ER signal in the diffuse reflectance is shown by two-dimensional finite-difference time-domain simulations. Experimentally, the suppression of interference-related lineshape distortions is demonstrated on a series of Cu2ZnSnSe4 solar cells with different layer thicknesses and therefore different optical path lengths for interference. The same working principle is demonstrated for a Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 solar cell as well. The resulting lineshapes in D-ER can then be interpreted using standard analysis methods such as Aspnes' Third-Derivative Functional Form.

  19. A facile fabrication of light diffusing film with LDP/polyacrylates composites coating for anti-glare LED application

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    Song, Shisen; Sun, Yaojie; Lin, Yandan; You, Bo

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, we present a facile coating technique to fabricate the light diffusing film with hemispherical surface convex micro-structure. The coating was prepared by different ratio of light-diffusing particles (LDP)/polyacrylates composites via in situ radical polymerization, with the H2SO4 and vinyl triethoxysilane (A-151) pretreatment made the LDP better dispersed and incorporated with polyacrylate polymer chains. When the mass ratio (LDP/polyacrylate) was 0.5, the film obtained the highest light-diffusing effect and more than 90% transmittance due to the formation of hemispherical surface convex micro-structure. The light diffusing films have excellent anti-glare property if applied to LED light system.

  20. Atomic scale analysis of phase formation and diffusion kinetics in Ag/Al multilayer thin films

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    Aboulfadl, Hisham; Gallino, Isabella; Busch, Ralf; Mücklich, Frank

    2016-11-01

    Thin films generally exhibit unusual kinetics leading to chemical reactions far from equilibrium conditions. Binary metallic multilayer thin films with miscible elements show some similar behaviors with respect to interdiffusion and phase formation mechanisms. Interfacial density, lattice defects, internal stresses, layer morphologies and deposition conditions strongly control the mass transport between the individual layers. In the present work, Ag/Al multilayer thin films are used as a simple model system, in which the effects of the sputtering power and the bilayer period thickness on the interdiffusion and film reactions are investigated. Multilayers deposited by DC magnetron sputtering undergo calorimetric and microstructural analyses. In particular, atom probe tomography is extensively used to provide quantitative information on concentration gradients, grain boundary segregations, and reaction mechanisms. The magnitude of interdiffusion was found to be inversely proportional to the period thickness for the films deposited under the same conditions, and was reduced using low sputtering power. Both the local segregation at grain boundaries as well as pronounced non-equilibrium supersaturation effects play crucial roles during the early stages of the film reactions. For multilayers with small periods of 10 nm supersaturation of the Al layers with Ag precedes the polymorphic nucleation and growth of the hcp γ-Ag2Al phase. In larger periods the γ phase formation is triggered at junctions between grain boundaries and layers interfaces, where the pathway to heterogeneous nucleation is local supersaturation. Other Ag-rich phases also form as intermediate phases due to asymmetric diffusion rates of parent phases in the γ phase during annealing.

  1. Diffusion barrier performance of pulsed laser deposited amorphous tungsten carbide films

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    Ghaisas, Smita

    1991-12-01

    The performance of pulsed laser deposited tungsten carbide films as diffusion barriers between a Si substrate and an Al overlayer has been investigated. Four-point probe measurement of resistance is employed to monitor the electrical stability of the Al/WC/Si metallization schemes upon thermal annealing in a vacuum for 30 min in a temperature range from 100 to 500 °C. The Glancing angle x-ray diffraction technique has been used to characterize the as-deposited as well as annealed samples. To study the metallurgical interaction between Al overlayer and the barrier film, experiments on isothermal annealings are carried out. The data obtained have been used to estimate the activation energy for the formation of the intermetallic compound WAl12. Morphological features of the annealed samples have been obtained by employing the technique of scanning electron microscopy.

  2. Morphology and ion-conductivity of gelatin-LiClO4 films: fractional diffusion analysis.

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    Basu, Tania; Goswami, Minakshi Maitra; Middya, T R; Tarafdar, Sujata

    2012-09-13

    Biopolymers are expected to replace synthetic polymers in the quest for cost-effective, environment friendly, and pollution free technology. We report here a study on gelatin films with different concentrations of lithium perchlorate, which may be a candidate for electrolyte material in solid polymer batteries. Morphology studies and impedance spectroscopy both are done on the same set of samples. We study the microstructure of the film by SEM and try to see if a correlation between impedance spectroscopy results and features of gel morphology can be identified. A network structure is revealed in the SEM images where details of the network parameters appear to depend on the salt fraction. Analysis of the impedance measurements is done using a physically meaningful model based on material properties instead of the usual equivalent circuit formalism, where circuit elements are difficult to interpret. We find that anomalous diffusion of charge carriers plays an important role; this is incorporated through a fractional calculus approach.

  3. In-Situ Testing of the Thermal Diffusivity of Polysilicon Thin Films

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    Yi-Fan Gu

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an intuitive yet effective in-situ thermal diffusivity testing structure and testing method. The structure consists of two doubly clamped beams with the same width and thickness but different lengths. When the electric current is applied through two terminals of one beam, the beam serves as thermal resistor and the resistance R(t varies as temperature rises. A delicate thermodynamic model considering thermal convection, thermal radiation, and film-to-substrate heat conduction was established for the testing structure. The presented in-situ thermal diffusivity testing structure can be fabricated by various commonly used micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS fabrication methods, i.e., it requires no extra customized processes yet provides electrical input and output interfaces for in-situ testing. Meanwhile, the testing environment and equipment had no stringent restriction, measurements were carried out at normal temperatures and pressures, and the results are relatively accurate.

  4. Theory of linear sweep voltammetry with diffuse charge: unsupported electrolytes, thin films, and leaky membranes

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    Yan, David; Pugh, Mary C; Dawson, Francis P

    2016-01-01

    Linear sweep and cyclic voltammetry techniques are important tools for electrochemists and have a variety of applications in engineering. Voltammetry has classically been treated with the Randles-Sevcik equation, which assumes an electroneutral supported electrolyte. No general theory of linear-sweep voltammetry is available, however, for unsupported electrolytes and for other situations where diffuse charge effects play a role. In this paper, we provide a historical review of previous models and experiments and present a comprehensive mathematical theory of voltammetry in electrochemical cells with diffuse charge. We solve the time-dependent Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) equations with generalized Frumkin-Butler-Volmer (FBV) boundary conditions, and show theoretical and simulated current-voltage curves for liquid and solid thin films, cells with blocking electrodes, and membranes with fixed background charge. The full range of dimensionless parameters is considered, including the dimensionless Debye screening ...

  5. Nondestructive inspection of organic films on sandblasted metals using diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy

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    Powell, G.L. [Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant, TN (United States); Cox, R.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Barber, T.E. [Sam Houston State Univ., Huntsville, TX (United States); Neu, J.T. [Surface Optics Corp., San Diego, CA (United States)

    1996-07-08

    Diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy is a very useful tool for the determination of surface contamination and characterization of films in manufacturing applications. Spectral data from the surfaces of a host of practical materials may be obtained with sufficient insensitivity to characterize relatively thick films, such as paint, and the potential exists to detect very thin films, such as trace oil contamination on metals. The SOC 400 Surface Inspection Machine/InfraRed (SIMIR) has been developed as a nondestructive inspection tool to exploit this potential in practical situations. This SIMIR is a complete and ruggidized Fourier transform infrared spectrometer with a very efficient and robust barrel ellipse diffuse reflectance optical collection system and operating software system. The SIMIR weighs less than 8 Kg, occupies less than 14 L volume, and may be manipulated into any orientation during operation. The surface to be inspected is placed at the focal point of the SIMIR by manipulating the SIMIR or the surface. The SIMIR may or may not contact the surface being inspected. For flat or convex items, there are no size limits to items being inspected. For concave surfaces, the SIMIR geometry limits the surface to those having a radius of curvature greater than 0.2 m. For highly reflective metal surfaces, the SIMIR has a noise level approaching 1 {times} 10{sup {minus}4} absorbance units, which is sufficient for detecting nanometer thick organic film residues on metals. The use of this nondestructive inspection tool is demonstrated by the spatial mapping of organic stains on sand blasted metals in which organic stains such as silicone oils, mineral oils, and triglycerides are identified both qualitatively and quantitatively over the surface of the metal specimen.

  6. Activated charcoal based diffusive gradients in thin films for in situ monitoring of bisphenols in waters.

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    Zheng, Jian-Lun; Guan, Dong-Xing; Luo, Jun; Zhang, Hao; Davison, William; Cui, Xin-Yi; Wang, Lian-Hong; Ma, Lena Q

    2015-01-06

    Widespread use of bisphenols (BPs) in our daily life results in their elevated concentrations in waters and the need to study their environmental impact, which demands reliable and robust measurement techniques. Diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) is an in situ passive sampling approach which provides time-integrated data. In this study we developed a new methodology, based on DGT with activated charcoal (AC) as a binding agent, for measuring three BPs (BPA, BPB, and BPF) which incorporated and tested its performance characteristics. Consistent elution efficiencies were obtained using methanol when concentrations of BPs were low and a methanol-NaOH mixture at high concentrations. The diffusion coefficients of BPA, BPB, and BPF in the diffusive gel, measured using an independent diffusion cell, were 5.03 × 10(-6), 5.64 × 10(-6), and 4.44 × 10(-6) cm(2) s(-1) at 25 °C, respectively. DGT with an AC binding gel had a high capacity for BPA, BPB, and BPF at 192, 140, and 194 μg/binding gel disk, respectively, and the binding performance did not deteriorate with time, up to 254 d after production. Time-integrated concentrations of BPs measured in natural waters using DGT devices with AC gels deployed in situ for 7 d were comparable to concentrations measured by an active sampling method. This study demonstrates that AC-based DGT is an effective tool for in situ monitoring of BPs in waters.

  7. Probing Cu Diffusion Barrier Layers on Porous Low-Dielectric-Constant Films by Posireonium Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    HU Yi-Fan; SUN Jia-Ning; Gidley D.W.

    2005-01-01

    @@ Two kinds of Cu diffusion barrier layers, sealedfilms and capped fi1ms, on nanoporous low-dielectric-constant filmsare investigated by positronium annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). We have found that the minimumthickness of Ta to form an effective diffusion barrier is affected by the pore size. The films with large poresrequire thick barrier layers to form effective diffusion barriers. In addition, a possible ultra-thin diffusion barrier,i.e. a plasma-induced densification layer, has also been investigated. The PALS data confirm that a porouslow-dielectric-constant thin film can be shrunk by exposure to plasma. This shrinkage is confined to a surfacelayer of collapsed pores and forms a dense layer. The dense layer tends to behave as Ps (positronium) diffusionbarriers. Indeed, the controlled thin "skin" layer could prevent Cu diffusion into the underlying dielectrics.

  8. 3D-printed concentrator arrays for external light trapping on thin film solar cells

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    van Dijk, Lourens; Marcus, E. A. Pepijn; Oostra, A. Jolt; Schropp, Ruud E. I.; Di Vece, Marcel

    After our recent demonstration of a 3D-printed external light trap on a small solar cell, we now consider its potential for large solar panels. An external light trap consists of a parabolic concentrator and a spacer that redirects the photons that are reflected by the solar cell back towards the

  9. 3D-printed concentrator arrays for external light trapping on thin film solar cells

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    van Dijk, Lourens; Marcus, E. A. Pepijn; Oostra, A. Jolt; Schropp, Ruud E. I.; Di Vece, Marcel

    2015-01-01

    After our recent demonstration of a 3D-printed external light trap on a small solar cell, we now consider its potential for large solar panels. An external light trap consists of a parabolic concentrator and a spacer that redirects the photons that are reflected by the solar cell back towards the so

  10. 3D-printed concentrator arrays for external light trapping on thin film solar cells

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    van Dijk, Lourens; Marcus, E. A. Pepijn; Oostra, A. Jolt; Schropp, Ruud E. I.; Di Vece, Marcel

    2015-01-01

    After our recent demonstration of a 3D-printed external light trap on a small solar cell, we now consider its potential for large solar panels. An external light trap consists of a parabolic concentrator and a spacer that redirects the photons that are reflected by the solar cell back towards the so

  11. Translational diffusion across a free-standing smectic film above the bulk smectic-A-isotropic transition temperature.

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    Śliwa, Izabela; Zakharov, A V

    2017-01-01

    Calculations of translational self-diffusion coefficient in free-standing smectic films during a series of layer-thinning transitions as the temperature is raised above the bulk smectic-A-isotropic transition have been carried out. A molecular model based upon the random walk theory is applied for calculating the translational diffusion coefficient (TDC) D_{∥} across the smectic film both in the bulk of the film, as well as in the vicinity of the bounding surfaces. Calculations of D_{∥} require the set of the orientational and translational order parameters (OPs) which have been obtained by using the extended McMillan approach with anisotropic forces. The effect of E on the orientational and translational OPs, as well as on the TDC of smectic films has been investigated. A reasonable agreement between the theoretically predicted and the experimentally obtained data on the TDC in the bulk of the partially fluorinated H10F5MOPP film has been obtained. We also found, in agreement with the experimentally observed behavior of D_{∥}(N)(N=25,13,11,10), that the translational diffusion coefficient in the bulk of the film gradually increases as the film thickness N is decreased.

  12. Correlation of Magnetic Properties of Co/Cr Bilayer Thin Films with Grain Boundary Diffusion

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    Gaowu Qin; Bo Yang; Wenli Pei; Yuping Ren

    2009-01-01

    The microstructure and magnetic properties of Co/Cr bilayer films were examined before and after post-deposition annealing by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). A model of grain boundary (GB) Cr-rich phase growth involving GB diffusion derived from the Cr underlayer was proposed to elucidate the kinetics of the paramagnetic Cr-rich phase growth along Co GBs within the Co layer. The correlation of the GB Cr-rich phase formation with the magnetic Co grain isolation and accordingly, improvement of magnetic properties was experimentally investigated and discussed in detail. Our analysis results are well consistent with previous micromagnetic simulations on the improvement of magnetic properties by the magnetic grain isolation. The results provide some insights into the processing-structure-property relationships of the Co/Cr bilayer films, and thus suggest that the magnetic grain isolation be feasible not only in longitudinal recording media, but also be effective in tuning the exchange coupling of magnetic grains in perpendicular recording media via the GB diffusion from underlayer and/or overlayer.

  13. Orientation dependent Ti diffusion in YNMO/STO thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition

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    Coy, L. E.; Yate, L.; Ventura, J.; Załęski, K.; Tadyszak, K.; Ferrater, C.; Polo, M. C.; Varela, M.

    2016-11-01

    Epitaxial thin films of double perovskite Y(Ni0.5Mn0.5)O3(001) and Y(Ni0.5Mn0.5)O3(101) grown on SrTiO3(001) and SrTiO3(111), respectively, were studied by XPS and SQUID magnetometer. Temperature dependent Ti diffusion was detected in the Y(Ni0.5Mn0.5)O3(101)/SrTiO3(111) samples, while no diffusion was observed in Y(Ni0.5Mn0.5)O3(001)/SrTiO3(001) samples. It was observed that the use of a low ablation rate promoted ionic migrations, mainly due to the associated annealing time that samples undergo when grown at lower rates. The migration speed was determined by XPS analysis and its influence on the magnetic properties of the Y(Ni0.5Mn0.5)O3 (101) films was characterized and discussed.

  14. Study of 44Ti grain boundary self-diffusion in thin nanocrystalline TiO2 films

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    Straumal, Petr [Institut fuer Materialphysik, Universitaet Muenster, D-48149 Muenster (Germany); National University of Science and Technology, MISIS, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Divinski, Sergiy; Wilde, Gerhard [Institut fuer Materialphysik, Universitaet Muenster, D-48149 Muenster (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Titanium dioxide is known for its photo-catalytic properties and enhanced corrosion resistance in aqueous environments. Due to these properties TiO2 is very attractive material for light-induced self-cleaning glass, water-cleaning and producing hydrogen from water applications. Numerous works are dedicated to the diffusion of various dopants like niobium or chromium in TiO2 but so far, none studied the self-diffusion of titanium in nanocrystalline TiO2. The grain boundary self-diffusion in thin nanocrystalline TiO2 films is investigated. The oxide films are produced using a novel deposition method from metal-organic precursors at relatively low (400-500 C) temperatures. A relaxation annealing at 800 C was performed. The diffusion was measured in temperature interval between 200 C and 600 C by means of the radiotracer technique applying the 44Ti isotope and utilizing ion beam sputtering for sectioning. The diffusion was measured at different oxygen pressures. In addition, the microstructure and its possible evaluation during diffusion annealing was investigated using TEM. The results are discussed with respect of the relationship between grain boundary self-diffusion and the synthesis pathway, the oxygen pressure and resulting microstructure of the nanoscale functional oxide films.

  15. An On-Line Method for Thermal Diffusivity Detection of Thin Films Using Infrared Video

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    Dong Huilong

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available A novel method for thermal diffusivity evolution of thin-film materials with pulsed Gaussian beam and infrared video is reported. Compared with common pulse methods performed in specialized labs, the proposed method implements a rapid on-line measurement without producing the off-centre detection error. Through mathematical deduction of the original heat conduction model, it is discovered that the area s, which is encircled by the maximum temperature curve rTMAX(θ, increases linearly over elapsed time. The thermal diffusivity is acquired from the growth rate of the area s. In this study, the off-centre detection error is avoided by performing the distance regularized level set evolution formulation. The area s was extracted from the binary images of temperature variation rate, without inducing errors from determination of the heat source centre. Thermal diffusivities of three materials, 304 stainless steel, titanium, and zirconium have been measured with the established on-line detection system, and the measurement errors are: −2.26%, −1.07%, and 1.61% respectively.

  16. Carbon film coating on gas diffusion layer for proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Lin, Jui-Hsiang; Chen, Wei-Hung; Su, Shih-Hsuan; Liao, Yuan-Kai; Ko, Tse-Hao

    This study discusses a novel process to increase the performance of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC). In order to improve the electrical conductivity and reduce the surface indentation of the carbon fibers, we modified the carbon fibers with pitch-based carbon materials (mesophase pitch and coal tar pitch). Compared with the gas diffusion backing (GDB), GDB-A240 and GDB-MP have 32% and 33% higher current densities at 0.5 V, respectively. Self-made carbon paper with the addition of a micro-porous layer (MPL) (GDL-A240 and GDL-MP) show improved performance compared with GDB-A240 and GDB-MP. The current densities of GDL-A240 and GDL-MP at 0.5 V increased by 37% and 31% compared with GDL, respectively. This study combines these two effects (carbon film and MPL coating) to promote high current density in a PEMFC.

  17. Electrokinetics of diffuse soft interfaces. IV. Analysis of streaming current measurements at thermoresponsive thin films.

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    Duval, Jérôme F L; Zimmermann, Ralf; Cordeiro, Ana L; Rein, Nelly; Werner, Carsten

    2009-09-15

    Streaming current measurements were performed on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-co-N-(1-phenylethyl) acrylamide [P(NIPAAm-co-PEAAm)] thermoresponsive thin films above and below the transition temperature of the polymer (i.e., at 22 and 4 degrees C, respectively). Electrokinetic measurements (ionic strength 0.01-10 mM KCl, pH 2.5-9.5 in 1 mM KCl) revealed that the charging of the polymer/aqueous solution interface is determined by unsymmetrical adsorption of hydroxide and hydronium ions onto the Teflon AF substrate that supports the hydrogel film. The magnitude of the streaming current significantly decreased with decreasing temperature, that is, when the hydrogel was swelling. The pH- and ionic strength-dependent data for unswollen and swollen films were interpreted on the basis of the here-reported general theory for the electrokinetics of diffuse soft gel layers. The formalism based on the Debye-Brinkman equation for hydrodynamics and the nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann equation for electrostatics extends previous theoretical studies by considering the most general situation of a charged gel layer supported by a charged rigid surface. Full analytical expression is provided for the streaming current in the limit of homogeneous distribution of segments under low potential conditions. Numerical analysis of the governing transport and electrostatic equations allows for the computation of streaming current for cases where analytical developments are not possible. The theory successfully reproduces the electrokinetic data for the P(NIPAAm-co-PEAAm) copolymer film at 22 and 4 degrees C over the whole range of pH and ionic strength examined. It is found that the 3-fold increase of the hydrogel film thickness with decreasing temperature from 22 to 4 degrees C (i.e., from 23 to 70 nm as measured by ellipsometry), is in line with homogeneous swelling and an increase of the hydrodynamic penetration length (1/lambdao) by a factor of approximately 1.6. Additionally, the hydrodynamic

  18. Influence of Na diffusion on thermochromism of vanadium oxide films and suppression through mixed-alkali effect

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    Miller, Mark J.; Wang, Junlan, E-mail: junlan@u.washington.edu

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Vanadium oxide films were reactively sputtered on three types of glass substrates. • Na diffusion from soda-lime glass undesirably inhibited thermochromism. • Na diffusion was suppressed by replacing half of sodium in glass with potassium. • Mixed-alkali effect promotes thermochromic VO{sub 2} films on glass substrates. - Abstract: Vanadium(IV) oxide possesses a reversible first-order phase transformation near 68 °C. Potential applications of the material include advanced optical devices and thermochromic smart windows. In this study, vanadium oxide films were grown on three types of glass substrates using reactive DC magnetron sputtering and were then annealed in air. The substrates were characterized with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and the films were characterized with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometry. The results show that the composition of the substrate has a major impact on the microstructure and optical properties of the deposited films. Sodium (Na) in the glass can undesirably inhibit thermochromism; however, replacing half of the Na with potassium (K) suppresses the Na diffusion and promotes the nucleation of pure VO{sub 2} with superior thermochromic functionality. The improved performance is attributed to the mixed-alkali effect between Na and K. These findings are both scientifically and technologically important since soda (Na{sub 2}O) is an essential flux material in glass products such as windows.

  19. Speciation and Bioavailability Measurements of Environmental Plutonium Using Diffusion in Thin Films.

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    Cusnir, Ruslan; Steinmann, Philipp; Christl, Marcus; Bochud, François; Froidevaux, Pascal

    2015-11-09

    The biological uptake of plutonium (Pu) in aquatic ecosystems is of particular concern since it is an alpha-particle emitter with long half-life which can potentially contribute to the exposure of biota and humans. The diffusive gradients in thin films technique is introduced here for in-situ measurements of Pu bioavailability and speciation. A diffusion cell constructed for laboratory experiments with Pu and the newly developed protocol make it possible to simulate the environmental behavior of Pu in model solutions of various chemical compositions. Adjustment of the oxidation states to Pu(IV) and Pu(V) described in this protocol is essential in order to investigate the complex redox chemistry of plutonium in the environment. The calibration of this technique and the results obtained in the laboratory experiments enable to develop a specific DGT device for in-situ Pu measurements in freshwaters. Accelerator-based mass-spectrometry measurements of Pu accumulated by DGTs in a karst spring allowed determining the bioavailability of Pu in a mineral freshwater environment. Application of this protocol for Pu measurements using DGT devices has a large potential to improve our understanding of the speciation and the biological transfer of Pu in aquatic ecosystems.

  20. Neutron Diffuse Reflectometry of Magnetic Thin Films with a 3He Analyzer

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    Chen, Wangchun; O'Donovan, Kevin; Borchers, Julie

    2005-03-01

    Polarized neutron reflectometry (PNR) is a powerful probe that characterizes the magnetization depth profile and magnetic domains in magnetic thin films. Although the conventionally used supermirrors are well-matched for specular PNR, they have limited angular acceptance and hence are impractical for complete characterization of the magnetic off-specular scattering where polarization analysis for diffusely reflected neutrons is required. Polarized ^3He gas, produced by optical pumping, can be used to polarize or analyze neutron beams because of the strong spin dependence of the neutron absorption cross section for ^3He. Here we report efficient polarization analysis of diffusely reflected neutrons in a reflectometry geometry using a polarized ^3He analyzer in conjunction with a position-sensitive detector (PSD). We obtained spin-resolved two-dimensional Qx-Qz reciprocal space maps for a patterned array of Co antidots in both the saturated and the demagnetized states. The preliminary results for a patterned amorphous bilayer, Gd40Fe60/ Tb55Fe45, measured with a ^3He analyzer and a PSD will also be discussed. Using the spin exchange optical pumping method we have achieved record high ^3He polarizations of 76% on the neutron beam line where we measured an initial analyzing efficiency of 0.97 and a neutron transmission for the desired spin state of 0.45.

  1. Sorption and Diffusion Behavior of Carbon Dioxide into Poly(l-lactic acid) Films at Elevated Pressures

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    余金鹏; 唐川; 关怡新; 姚善泾; 朱自强

    2013-01-01

    Equilibrium sorption amount, desorption diffusion coefficients and sorption diffusion coefficients of CO2 in poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) films at elevated pressures were determined by the gravimetric method, in which the Fick’s diffusion model was applied to analyze both the desorption and sorption processes. The equilibrium sorp-tion amount of CO2 in PLLA increased with lowering temperature and elevating pressure at the temperature range from 40 to 60 °C and pressure from 104 to 2×104 kPa. Desorption diffusion coefficients were greatly influenced by the equilibrium sorption amount, and they were in the same order of magnitude as the sorption diffusion coeffi-cients. The scan electron microscope (SEM) photos demonstrated that there was no foaming phenomenon of the PLLA film during desorption and sorption processes. The XRD spectra implied that the crystalline degree of PLLA film decreased after CO2 processing. It was concluded that PLLA polymer could be well swollen and plasticized by supercritical CO2.

  2. APPLICATION OF MULTILAYER FILM CONFIGURATION TO PROTECT PHOTOMULTIPLIER AGAINST EXTERNAL STATIC MAGNETIC FIELDS

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    A. G. Batische

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The effectiveness of the screening constant magnetic field is multi-layered film screens system of NiFe/Cu, formed on the cylindrical housing of photomultiplier tubes, and compared with screen-based steel material – brand 80NHS permalloy. It is shown that the most effective is the screen on the basis of the multilayered film screens, which provide shielding effectiveness value 8–10 in magnetic fields with induction of 0,1–1 mT, and 80–100 – in magnetic fields with induction of 2–4 mT , which is 4–5 times higher than for the screen of the material 80NHS.

  3. Investigation of trace metal binding properties of lignin by diffusive gradients in thin films.

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    Hojaji, Elahe

    2012-09-01

    The binding behavior of lignin for Pb, Cu, Co, Mn, Cd and Ni was studied using the diffusive gradients in thin films technique (DGT). Samplers with different structures of diffusive gel were used in the well-stirred systems containing known concentrations of metals along with (a) 10, 20 and 40 μM lignin and; (b) 0.64 and 6.47 μM Suwannee river fulvic acid+40 μM lignin at an ionic strength of 0.01 M (NaNO(3)) and pH=7. Diffusion coefficients of lignin complexes in acrylamide gels were estimated and found to be less than 5% of the equivalent coefficients for the uncomplexed metal ions. These values were used to calculate concentrations of labile metals from DGT measurements in solutions, where lignin could discriminate metals in the order of Pb(+2)>Cu(+2)>Cd(+2)>Ni(+2)>Co(+2)>Mn(+2). Stability constants (LogK) were calculated using Visual MINTEQ II and WHAM V software. The K values were compared with the stability constants from titration of Pb and Cd with 10 μM lignin aqueous samples and with those of humic substances in natural waters. The constants obtained from measurement of complexing capacities might bias the real corresponding values unless two line regression analyses on titration data are considered. The DGT study of fractionation of metal species at varying ratios indicated that the proportion of organic complexes decreased with increasing ratios and gradually more metals were exchanged with inorganic phases. Speciation of Pb and Cd is affected by the concentrations of FA, Cd is dominantly bound with FA while Pb is evenly partitioned between the ligands. The comprehensive knowledge of metal-lignin complexes sheds some light on in situ operational speciation information that can be achieved by DGT.

  4. Enhanced coercivity thermal stability realized in Nd-Fe-B thin films diffusion-processed by Nd-Co alloys

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    Zhong, Hui; Fu, Yanqing; Li, Guojian; Liu, Tie; Cui, Weibin; Liu, Wei; Zhang, Zhidong; Wang, Qiang

    2017-03-01

    A proposed Nd2Fe14B-core/Nd2(Fe, Co)14B-shell microstructure was realized by diffusion-processing textured Nd14Fe77B9 single-layer film with Nd100-xCox (x=10, 20 and 40) alloys to improve the coercivity thermal stability. The ambient coercivity was increased from around 1 T in single-layer film to nearly 2 T in diffusion-processed films, which was due to the Nd-rich grain boundaries as seen from transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. The coercivity thermal stability was improved by the core/shell microstructure because Nd-rich grain boundaries provided the high ambient coercivity and Co-rich shell provided the improved coercivity stability.

  5. Flow visualisation of the external flow from a converging slot-hole film-cooling geometry

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    Sargison, J. E.; Oldfield, M. L. G.; Guo, S. M.; Lock, G. D.; Rawlinson, A. J.

    2005-03-01

    This paper presents flow visualisation experiments for a novel film-cooling hole, the converging slot-hole or console for short. Previously published experimental results have demonstrated that the console improved both the heat transfer and the aerodynamic performance of turbine vane and rotor blade cooling systems. Flow visualisation data for a row of consoles were compared with that of cylindrical and fan-shaped holes and a slot at the same inclination angle of 35° to the surface, on a large-scale, flat-plate model at engine-representative Reynolds numbers in a low speed tunnel with ambient temperature mainstream flow. In the first set of experiments, the flow was visualised by using a fine nylon mesh covered with thermochromic liquid crystals, allowing the measurement of gas temperature contours in planes perpendicular to the flow. This data demonstrated that the console film was similar to a slot film, and remained thin and attached to the surface for the coolant-to-mainstream momentum flux ratios of 1.1 to 40 and for a case with no crossflow (infinite momentum flux ratio). A second set of flow visualisation experiments using water/dry-ice fog have confirmed these results and have shown that the flow through all coolant geometries is unsteady.

  6. Oscillations of critical superconducting current in thin doubly-connected Sn films in an external perpendicular magnetic field

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    Sivakov, A. G.; Pokhila, A. S.; Glukhov, A. M.; Kuplevakhsky, S. V.; Omelyanchouk, A. N.

    2014-05-01

    We report the results of experimental and theoretical studies of critical current oscillations in thin doubly-connected Sn films in an external perpendicular magnetic field. The experiments were performed on samples that consisted of two wide electrodes joined together by two narrow channels. The length of the channels l satisfied the condition l ≫ ξ (ξ is the Ginzburg-Landau coherence length). At temperatures close to the critical temperature Tc, the dependence of the critical current Ic on average external magnetic flux Φ¯e has the form of a piecewise linear function, periodic with respect to the flux quantum Φ0. The amplitude of the Ic oscillation at a given temperature is proportional to the factor ξ/l. Moreover, the dependence Ic=Ic(Φ ¯e) is found to be multivalued, hence indicating the presence of metastable states. Based on the Ginzburg-Landau approximation, a theory was constructed that explains the above features of the oscillation phenomenon taking a perfectly symmetric system as an example. Further, the experiments displayed the effects related to the critical currents imbalance between the superconducting channels, i.e., shift of the maxima of the dependence Ic=Ic(Φ ¯e) accompanied by an asymmetry with respect to the transport current direction.

  7. Non-uniform oxygen diffusion in epitaxial La0.7Sr0.3MnO3-δ film on SrTiO3 substrate

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    Nikolaenko, Yu M.; Artemov, A. N.; Medvedev, Yu V.; Efros, N. B.; Zhikharev, I. V.; Reshidova, I. Yu; Tikhii, A. A.; Kara-Murza, S. V.

    2016-09-01

    The diffusion mechanism of oxygen transport in the epitaxial La0.7Sr0.3MnO3-δ films was examined for different practically significant conditions of annealing. An indirect method based on the interrelation between the phase transition temperature and the oxygen index was used for stepwise monitoring of the oxygen content in the film. Using a serial procedure of film annealing at different temperatures, we have revealed the abnormal behavior of diffusion transport of oxygen. The analysis of experimental data using numerical simulations demonstrates non-uniformity of the diffusion coefficient across the film thickness. The nature of the spatial dependence of the diffusion coefficient is associated with the lattice distortions of the film material.

  8. Out-diffused silver island films for surface-enhanced Raman scattering protected with TiO2 films using atomic layer deposition

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    2014-01-01

    We fabricated self-assembled silver nanoisland films using a recently developed technique based on out-diffusion of silver from an ion-exchanged glass substrate in reducing atmosphere. We demonstrate that the position of the surface plasmon resonance of the films depends on the conditions of the film growth. The resonance can be gradually shifted up to 100 nm towards longer wavelengths by using atomic layer deposition of titania, from 3 to 100 nm in thickness, upon the film. Examination of the nanoisland films in surface-enhanced Raman spectrometry showed that, in spite of a drop of the surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) signal after the titania spacer deposition, the Raman signal can be observed with spacers up to 7 nm in thickness. Denser nanoisland films show slower decay of the SERS signal with the increase in spacer thickness. PACS 78.67.Sc (nanoaggregates; nanocomposites); 81.16.Dn (self-assembly); 74.25.nd (Raman and optical spectroscopy) PMID:25170333

  9. Influence of thermal diffusion and shear thinning during the leveling of nanoimprinted patterns in a polystyrene thin film

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    Teyssèdre, Hubert; Landis, Stefan; Gilormini, Pierre; Régnier, Gilles

    2015-11-01

    When capillary forces prevail, the leveling of the free surface of a fluid film is a natural phenomenon that has already found applicative interest with brushmarks either for paint coatings or for rheology on polymeric thin films. Among many parameters, the material behavior influences notably this phenomenon and its characterization still arouses curiosity at the nanoscale. In this article, the nanoscale properties of a polystyrene film are derived from the leveling rate of nanoimprinted patterns and are compared to bulk values obtained with a parallel plate rheometer. In particular, the focus is made on the isothermal assumption during the process and the consequences of an anisothermal state on the material behavior. Both points are investigated by using numerical simulations based on the natural element method. First, we demonstrate experimentally that the leveling rate is influenced by the heat exchange at the air-polymer interface and that thermal diffusion should be taken into account within the film and its underlying substrate. Then, we numerically investigate the influence of thermal diffusion and shear thinning on the leveling rate. Finally, we show that the bulk properties can represent particularly closely the behavior of the polymer at the nanoscale if adequate thermal boundary conditions are used and if shear thinning is taken into account. This agreement postulates a decrease by 7 °C of the mean temperature of the polystyrene film coated on silicon when experiments are carried out on a hot plate at 100 °C in a clean-room environment.

  10. Externalizing Tacit Knowledge in Independent Documentary Film Production via Pattern Language

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    Ming-Shu Yuan

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Recently, Taiwan locally made documentary has been received high regards at international movie festivals and by domestic reviewers. The independent documentary producers in Taiwan are different from the commercial documentary producers in other countries. Since these producers in Taiwan don’t have enough funds to have a big production team, they have to possess whole knowledge in documentary production. The knowledge is hidden in the producers’ mind which is difficult to express, share, and disseminate. It will be helpful for the dissemination and application of the knowledge, if we can extract the valued tacit knowledge and express it systematically. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore the types and characteristics of tacit knowledge from 12 independent documentary producers through the in-depth interview based on the process of the documentary production in Taiwan. An “IF-THEN-BECAUSE” framework of coding was used to identify the tacit knowledge, and twenty types of tacit knowledge were identified by the study. This study uses the concepts of pattern languages to express the tacit knowledge through “material”, “viewpoint” , “production”, “post-production” and “distribution and miscellaneous” classified from the literature, and integrate with the coding framework of “IF-THEN-BECAUSE” to display the tacit knowledge and to form the pattern language of independent documentary production. The study finds out that to utilize “IF-THEN-BECAUSE” as a coding framework and expression the outcome of knowledge extraction helps interviewer to identify tacit knowledge context of interviewee how they using the knowledge. This process is also good for tacit knowledge extraction. The outcome of tacit knowledge extractioncan systematically display the whole knowledge structure and context of documentary film-producing process. It is helpful for readers to have a comprehensive tacit knowledge that enables novice

  11. Gel for simultaneous chemical imaging of anionic and cationic solutes using diffusive gradients in thin films.

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    Kreuzeder, Andreas; Santner, Jakob; Prohaska, Thomas; Wenzel, Walter W

    2013-12-17

    We report on a novel gel based on diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) for the simultaneous measurement of cations and anions and its suitability for high resolution chemical imaging by using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS). The new high resolution mixed binding gel (HR-MBG) is based on zirconium-hydroxide and suspended particulate reagent-iminodiacetate (SPR-IDA) as resin materials which are embedded in an ether-based urethane polymer hydrogel. The use of this polymer hydrogel material allows the production of ultrathin, highly stable and tear-proof resin gel layers with superior handling properties compared to existing ultrathin polyacrylamide gels. The gel was characterized regarding its uptake kinetics, the anion and cation capacities, and the effects of pH, ionic strength, and aging on the performance of the HR-MBG. Our results demonstrate the capability of this novel gel for concomitant sampling of anions and cations. The suitability of this new gel type for DGT chemical imaging at submm spatial resolution in soils using LA-ICPMS is shown. 2D images of P, As, Co, Cu, Mn, and Zn distributions around roots of Zea mays L. demonstrate the new opportunities offered by the HR-MBG for high-resolution mapping of solute dynamics in soil and sediment hotspots, such as the rhizosphere, by simultaneous observation of anionic and cationic solute species.

  12. HOT WIRE MEASUREMENT OF TURBULENT BOUNDARY LAYER ON A FILM COOLING PLATE WITH DIFFUSION HOLES

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    2001-01-01

    This study experimentally investigated the film cooling flowfield of a single row of diffusion holes, from which the secondary air flow was injected into a turbulent boundary layer with zero pressure gradient on a flat plate. Circular-shaped holes were also tested as a basis for comparison. All the holes were inclined downstream at 35° with respect to the surface and the lateral spacing between the holes was 3 diameters of the hole. The mainstream velocity was maintained at 17 m/s and the Reynolds number based on the injection hole diameter was almost 11000. The density ratio of the jet to mainstream was 1.0, and the jet-to-mainstream velocity ratios M were 0.5 and 1.5. Normal-type and X-type hot wire anemometries were used to measure the streamwise mean velocity and its components, the normal and shear turbulent Reynolds stress components at the locations from the backward edge of the injection hole to 25 diameters downstream.

  13. Applicability of diffusive gradients in thin films for measuring Mn in soils and freshwater sediments.

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    Mundus, Simon; Tandy, Susan; Cheng, Hao; Lombi, Enzo; Husted, Søren; Holm, Peter E; Zhang, Hao

    2011-12-01

    Manganese (Mn) is an essential plant nutrient, receiving increased attention due to significant deficiency problems in modern crop production. In aquatic sediments, Mn plays an important role in controlling the mobility of other elements due to its high redox sensitivity. Diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) is recognized as one of the most promising techniques to assess plant availability of nutrients in soils and mobility in sediments. However, the appropriate conditions where DGT can be used to measure Mn in soils and sediments have not been thoroughly investigated. We deployed DGTs in soil, sediment, and solution to investigate the effect of pH and competition from Ca and Fe ions. We found that by using DGT it is possible to accurately measure Mn in soils at pH levels and Ca and Fe concentrations resembling those of normal and fertile agricultural soils. However, in acid soils at pH below 5.5, Mn measurements might be biased due to potential competition effects caused by Ca. Soil deployments showed that changes in soil redox conditions were closely reflected by the DGT based Mn measurements. This might enable a novel approach of using DGT to predict Mn mobility and plant availability in soils. In reducing aquatic sediments, high concentrations of ferrous ions can displace Mn from the resin-gel of the DGT device. We found this to be a significant problem with longer deployment times.

  14. Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Film Coated Silver Nanorods: An Effective Carrier System for Externally Activated Drug Delivery

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    Paramasivam, Gokul; Sharma, Varsha; Sundaramurthy, Anandhakumar

    2017-08-01

    Nanoparticle anisotropy offers unique functions and features in comparison with spherical nanoparticles (NPs) and makes anisotropic nanoparticles (ANPs) promising candidates in applications like drug delivery, imaging, biosensing and theranostics. Presence of surface active groups (e.g. amine, and carboxylate groups) on their surface provides binding sites for ligands or other biomolecules, and hence, this could be targeted for specific part or cells in our body. In the quest of such surface modification, functionalization of ANPs along Layer-by-Layer (LbL) coating of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes (PE) reduces cellular toxicity and promotes easy encapsulation of drugs. In this work, we report the silver nanorods (AgNRs) synthesis by adsorbate directed synthetic approach using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). The formed ANPs is investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and UV-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy revealing the shaping of AgNRs of 3-16 nm aspect ratio with some presence of triangles. These NRs were further coated with bio polymers of chitosan (CH) and dextran sulphate (DS) through LbL approach and used for encapsulation of water soluble anti-bacterial drugs like ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (CFH). The encapsulation of drugs and profiles of drug release were investigated and compared to that of spherical silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The added advantages of the proposed drug delivery system (DDS) can be externally activated to release the loaded drug and used as contrast agents for biological imaging under exposure to NIR light. Such system shows unique and attractive characteristics required for drug delivery and bioimaging thus offering the scope for further development as theranostic material.

  15. Formation and 2D-patterning of silver nanoisland film using thermal poling and out-diffusion from glass

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    Chervinskii, S.; Sevriuk, V.; Reduto, I.; Lipovskii, A.

    2013-12-01

    We fabricated silver nanoisland films and patterned silver nanoisland films using out-diffusion of silver from glass in the course of the ion-exchanged glass substrate annealing in reducing hydrogen atmosphere. The choice of the annealing conditions allows to provide prevailing of silver nanoisland formation over the formation of silver nanoparticles in the bulk of the glass. The procedure of the patterned film formation includes (i) silver-sodium ion exchange in the glass, (ii) thermal poling of the ion-exchanged glass with a profiled anodic electrode, and (iii) annealing the glass in hydrogen. The formation of silver nanoislands in unpoled regions on the glass surface allowed us to avoid any post-processing of very fragile silver island film in formation of 2D-patterned nanoisland structures. Poling of the glass with properly profiled electrode was used for the formation of random chains and ordered arrays of separate silver nanoislands. Depending on processing parameters, a typical island size in the films and chains varied from several to tens of nanometers, and was down to 200 nm in the arrays.

  16. Temperature-induced transition of the diffusion mechanism of n-hexane in ultra-thin polystyrene films, resolved by in-situ Spectroscopic Ellipsometry

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    Ogieglo, W.; Wormeester, H.; Wessling, M.; Benes, N.E.

    2013-01-01

    In-situ Spectroscopic Ellipsometry is used to study diffusion of liquid n-hexane in silicon wafer supported 150 nm thick polystyrene films, in the temperature range 16e28 C. In the higher part of this temperature range Case II diffusion is shown to be dominant. In this case the temporal evolution o

  17. A systematic determination of diffusion coefficients of trace elements in open and restricted diffusive layers used by the diffusive gradients in a thin film technique

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    Shiva, Amir Houshang; Teasdale, Peter R., E-mail: p.teasdale@griffith.edu.au; Bennett, William W.; Welsh, David T.

    2015-08-12

    A systematic comparison of the diffusion coefficients of cations (Al, Cd, Co, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn) and oxyanions (Al, As, Mo, Sb, V, W) in open (ODL) and restricted (RDL) diffusive layers used by the DGT technique was undertaken. Diffusion coefficients were measured using both the diffusion cell (D{sub cell}) method at pH 4.00 and the DGT time-series (D{sub DGT}) method at pH 4.01 and 7.04 (pH 8.30 was used instead of 7.04 for Al) using the Chelex-Metsorb mixed binding layer. The performance of Chelex-Metsorb as a new DGT binding layer for Al uptake was also evaluated for the first time. Reasonable agreement was observed between D{sub cell} and D{sub DGT} measurements for both ODL and RDL, except for V and W. The ratios of D{sub cell}/D{sub DGT} for V of 0.44 and 0.39, and for W of 0.66 and 0.63 with ODL and RDL respectively, were much lower due to the formation of a high proportion of polyoxometalate species at the higher concentrations required with the D{sub cell} measurements. This is the first time that D values have been reported for several oxyanions using RDL. Except for Al at pH 8.30 with ODL, all D{sub DGT} measurements were retarded relative to diffusion coefficients in water (D{sub W}) for both diffusive hydrogels. Diffusion in RDL was further retarded compared with ODL, for all elements (0.66–0.78) with both methods. However, the degree of retardation observed changed for cations and anions at each pH. At pH 7.04 cations had a slightly higher D{sub DGT} and oxyanions had a slightly lower D{sub DGT} than at pH 4.01 for both ODL and RDL. It is proposed that this is due to partial formation of acrylic acid functional groups (pK{sub a} ≈4.5), which would be fully deprotonated at pH 7.04 (negative) and mostly protonated at pH 4.01 (neutral). As Al changes from being cationic at pH 4.01 to anionic at pH 8.30 the results were more complex. - Highlights: • Determining elemental diffusion coefficients in open and restricted diffusive gels. • The DGT

  18. Far-infrared conductivity measurements of pair breaking in superconducting Nb 0.5 Ti 0.5 N thin films induced by an external magnetic field.

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    Xi, Xiaoxiang; Hwang, J; Martin, C; Tanner, D B; Carr, G L

    2010-12-17

    We report the complex optical conductivity of a superconducting thin film of Nb 0.5 Ti 0.5 N in an external magnetic field. The field was applied parallel to the film surface and the conductivity extracted from far-infrared transmission and reflection measurements. The real part shows the superconducting gap, which we observe to be suppressed by the applied magnetic field. We compare our results with the pair-breaking theory of Abrikosov and Gor'kov and confirm directly the theory's validity for the optical conductivity.

  19. Effect of Biofilm on Passive Sampling of Dissolved Orthophosphate Using the Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films Technique.

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    Feng, Zhongmin; Zhu, Peng; Fan, Hongtao; Piao, Shanshan; Xu, Liang; Sun, Ting

    2016-07-05

    We evaluated the possibility of sampling dissolved orthophosphate using the diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT) technique with a phosphate ion-imprinted polymer (PIP)-based adsorbent and assessed the effect of biofilm on the DGT measurement. The composition of biofilm formed on the DGT surface was analyzed, and the effect of biofouling on the diffusion coefficient of the analyte was investigated. The corrected diffusion coefficient for the biofouled DGT was estimated and used for the calculation of the DGT equation. PIP-binding gels had a higher adsorption affinity for orthophosphate than for the other anions, indicating its selectivity for orthophosphate. The concentrations predicted via DGT agreed well with the concentrations determined in the bulk solutions. Sampling of orthophosphate using PIP-DGT was consistent over a pH range of 3-9 and ionic strength range of 0.01-10 000 μM. Other P compounds cannot be measured using the PIP-DGT technique. The diffusion coefficient of the orthophosphate linearly decreased with increasing thickness of the biofilm. This sampling method performed predictably in freshwater when the biofilm was not formed or when value for the biofilm interference was reduced by using the corrected diffusion coefficient.

  20. Cu Diffusion in Co/Cu/TiN Films for Cu Metallization

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    Xiuhua CHEN; Xinghui WU; Jinzhong XIANG; Zhenlai ZHOU; Heyun ZHAO; Liqiang CHEN

    2006-01-01

    Some information on how to use in-situ determined diffusion coefficient of Cu to make barrier layer of Cu metallization in ultra large scale integrations (ULSIs) was provided. Diffusion coefficients of Cu in Co at low temperature were determined to analyze Cu migration to Co surface layer. The diffusion depths were analyzed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profile to investigate the diffusion effect of Cu in Co at different temperatures. The possible pretreatment temperature and time of barrier layer can be predicted according to the diffusion coefficients of Cu in Co.

  1. Diffusion length in nanoporous TiO2 films under above-band-gap illumination

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    J. D. Park

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available We determined the carrier diffusion lengths in TiO2 nanoporous layers of dye-sensitized solar cells by using scanning photocurrent microscopy using an ultraviolet laser. Here, we excited the carrier directly in the nanoporous layers where the diffusion lengths were found to 140 μm as compared to that of visible illumination measured at 90 μm. The diffusion length decreased with increasing laser modulation frequency, in which we determined the electron lifetimes and the diffusion coefficients for both visible and UV illuminations. The diffusion lengths have been studied in terms of the sintering temperatures for both cells with and without binding molecules. We found a strong correlation between the diffusion length and the overall light-to-current conversion efficiency, proving that improving the diffusion length and hence the interparticle connections, is key to improving cell efficiency.

  2. Diffusion length in nanoporous TiO{sub 2} films under above-band-gap illumination

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    Park, J. D.; Son, B. H.; Park, J. K.; Kim, Sang Yong; Park, Ji-Yong; Lee, Soonil; Ahn, Y. H., E-mail: ahny@ajou.ac.kr [Department of Physics and Division of Energy Systems Research, Ajou University, Suwon 443-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    We determined the carrier diffusion lengths in TiO{sub 2} nanoporous layers of dye-sensitized solar cells by using scanning photocurrent microscopy using an ultraviolet laser. Here, we excited the carrier directly in the nanoporous layers where the diffusion lengths were found to 140 μm as compared to that of visible illumination measured at 90 μm. The diffusion length decreased with increasing laser modulation frequency, in which we determined the electron lifetimes and the diffusion coefficients for both visible and UV illuminations. The diffusion lengths have been studied in terms of the sintering temperatures for both cells with and without binding molecules. We found a strong correlation between the diffusion length and the overall light-to-current conversion efficiency, proving that improving the diffusion length and hence the interparticle connections, is key to improving cell efficiency.

  3. A systematic determination of diffusion coefficients of trace elements in open and restricted diffusive layers used by the diffusive gradients in a thin film technique.

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    Shiva, Amir Houshang; Teasdale, Peter R; Bennett, William W; Welsh, David T

    2015-08-12

    A systematic comparison of the diffusion coefficients of cations (Al, Cd, Co, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn) and oxyanions (Al, As, Mo, Sb, V, W) in open (ODL) and restricted (RDL) diffusive layers used by the DGT technique was undertaken. Diffusion coefficients were measured using both the diffusion cell (Dcell) method at pH 4.00 and the DGT time-series (D(DGT)) method at pH 4.01 and 7.04 (pH 8.30 was used instead of 7.04 for Al) using the Chelex-Metsorb mixed binding layer. The performance of Chelex-Metsorb as a new DGT binding layer for Al uptake was also evaluated for the first time. Reasonable agreement was observed between D(cell) and D(DGT) measurements for both ODL and RDL, except for V and W. The ratios of D(cell)/D(DGT) for V of 0.44 and 0.39, and for W of 0.66 and 0.63 with ODL and RDL respectively, were much lower due to the formation of a high proportion of polyoxometalate species at the higher concentrations required with the D(cell) measurements. This is the first time that D values have been reported for several oxyanions using RDL. Except for Al at pH 8.30 with ODL, all D(DGT) measurements were retarded relative to diffusion coefficients in water (DW) for both diffusive hydrogels. Diffusion in RDL was further retarded compared with ODL, for all elements (0.66-0.78) with both methods. However, the degree of retardation observed changed for cations and anions at each pH. At pH 7.04 cations had a slightly higher D(DGT) and oxyanions had a slightly lower D(DGT) than at pH 4.01 for both ODL and RDL. It is proposed that this is due to partial formation of acrylic acid functional groups (pKa ≈4.5), which would be fully deprotonated at pH 7.04 (negative) and mostly protonated at pH 4.01 (neutral). As Al changes from being cationic at pH 4.01 to anionic at pH 8.30 the results were more complex.

  4. Recrystallization and sulfur diffusion in CdCl{sub 2}-treated CdTe/CdS thin films

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    McCandless, B.E.; Moulton, L.V.; Birkmire, R.W. [University of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States). Inst. of Energy Conversion

    1997-08-01

    The role of CdCl{sub 2} in prompting recrystallization, grain growth and interdiffusion between CdS and CdTe layers in physical vapor-deposited CdS/CdTe thin-film solar cells is presented. Several CdTe/CdS thin-film samples with different CdTe film thicknesses were treated in air at 415{sup o}C for different times with and without a surface coating of CdCl{sub 2}. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray diffractometry and optical absorption. The results show that CdCl{sub 2} treatment enhances the recrystallization and diffusion processes, leading to a compositional variation within the CdTe layer due to diffusion of sulfur from the CdS. The highest sulfur concentrations observed after 30 min treatments with CdCl{sub 2} at 415{sup o}C are near the solubility limit for sulfur in CdTe. The compositional distributions indicated by x-ray diffraction measurements of samples with different CdTe thickness show that the S-rich CdTe{sub 1-x}S{sub x} region lies near the CdTe/CdS interface. A multiple-step mixing process must be inferred to account for the diffraction profiles obtained. (author)

  5. Direct Observation of Long Electron-Hole Diffusion Distance in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Thin Film

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    Li, Yu; Yan, Weibo; Li, Yunlong; Wang, Shufeng; Wang, Wei; Bian, Zuqiang; Xiao, Lixin; Gong, Qihuang

    2015-09-01

    In high performance perovskite based solar cells, CH3NH3PbI3 is the key material. We carried out a study on charge diffusion in spin-coated CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite thin film by transient fluorescent spectroscopy. A thickness-dependent fluorescent lifetime was found. By coating the film with an electron or hole transfer layer, [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) or 2,2‧,7,7‧-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9‧-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD) respectively, we observed the charge transfer directly through the fluorescence quenching. One-dimensional diffusion model was applied to obtain long charge diffusion distances in thick films, which is ~1.7 μm for electrons and up to ~6.3 μm for holes. Short diffusion distance of few hundreds of nanosecond was also observed in thin films. This thickness dependent charge diffusion explained the formerly reported short charge diffusion distance (~100 nm) in films and resolved its confliction to thick working layer (300-500 nm) in real devices. This study presents direct support to the high performance perovskite solar cells and will benefit the devices’ design.

  6. On revealing the vertical structure of nanoparticle films with elemental resolution: A total external reflection X-ray standing waves study

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    Zargham, Ardalan, E-mail: zargham@ifp.uni-bremen.d [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Bremen, Otto-Hahn-Allee 1, 28359 Bremen (Germany); Schmidt, Thomas; Flege, Jan Ingo; Sauerbrey, Marc; Hildebrand, Radowan [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Bremen, Otto-Hahn-Allee 1, 28359 Bremen (Germany); Roehe, Sarah; Baeumer, Marcus [Applied and Physical Chemistry, University of Bremen, Leobener Str. 2, 28359, Bremen (Germany); Falta, Jens [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Bremen, Otto-Hahn-Allee 1, 28359 Bremen (Germany)

    2010-02-15

    We present a promising combination of methods to precisely determine the morphology of nanostructures, drawing on the example of monodisperse CoPt{sub 3} nanoparticle films deposited by spin coating and dip coating techniques on functionalized Au substrates. Ex-situ X-ray standing waves in total external reflection combined with X-ray reflectivity measurements were employed to determine element-specific atomic-density distributions in vertical direction.

  7. Selenium extraction: development on extraction chromatographic resins compatible with Diffusive Gradient in Thin film (DGT)

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    Rad, S.; Dirks-Fandrei, C.; Happel, S. A.; Bombard, A.; Cary, L.

    2016-12-01

    Measurement of Selenium is of importance regarding public health as the ratio between beneficial daily intake and toxicity is rather low [1], [2]. Also from the radiological perspective, Se-79 as a long-lived fission nuclide (T1/2=2.8x105y) with high mobility in environment, is of concern regarding waste management and decommissioning [3], [4]. Due to the existence of different oxidation states Selenium has a complex speciation chemistry which makes extraction and separation schemes not straightforward. The aim of this research is to develop extraction methods for Selenium based on extraction chromatographic resins allowing for the extraction of Se(VI), as well as Se(IV), from water samples for later use on DGT (Diffusive Gradients in Thin films) devices. Extraction chromatographic resins have been tested and characterized for Se and other elements. For Se(VI) a commercially available Aliquat 336 based extraction chromatographic resin (TEVA resin[5]) was found to be most suitable, for Se(IV) a newly developed extraction chromatographic resin based on Piazselenol chemistry was found to be most effective, data on the selectivity of this resin will be presented. The extraction of Se(IV) and Se(VI) by these resins was tested on water sampled in Lille City, where a high Se spatial variability has been observed. Concentrations in groundwater can reach 30µg/L as a consequence; most Se-contaminated wells are no longer exploited by the water operators. One of the applications of this development is to be able to measure Se concentrations insitu in contaminated areas including very complex object such as hyporheic zone. [1] Cary L. et al. Applied Geochemistry 48 (2014) 70-82 [2] Chen C. et al. Biological Trace Element Research Vols. 71-72 (1999) 131-138 [3] http://www.irsn.fr/FR/Larecherche/publications-documentation/fiches-radionucleides/Documents/environnement/Selenium_Se79_v2.pdf last access 03/03/2016 [4] Uchida et al. WM2009 Conference, March 1-5, 2009, Phoenix, AZ [5

  8. Investigation of Top/Bottom electrode and Diffusion Barrier Layer for PZT Thick Film MEMS Sensors

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    Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Pedersen, Thomas; Thomsen, Erik Vilain

    2008-01-01

    Top and bottom electrodes for screen printed piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate, Pb(ZrxTi1 - x)O3 (PZT) thick film are investigated with respect to future MEMS devices. Down to 100 nm thick E-beam evaporated Al and Pt films are patterned as top electrodes on the PZT using a lift-off process...

  9. External Electric Field Effects on Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer in 4'-N,N-Dimethylamino-3-hydroxyflavone in Poly(methyl methacrylate) Films.

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    Furukawa, Kazuki; Hino, Kazuyuki; Yamamoto, Norifumi; Awasthi, Kamlesh; Nakabayashi, Takakazu; Ohta, Nobuhiro; Sekiya, Hiroshi

    2015-09-17

    The external electric field effects on the steady-state electronic spectra and excited-state dynamics were investigated for 4'-N,N-(dimethylamino)-3-hydroxyflavone (DMHF) in a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) film. In the steady-state spectrum, dual emission was observed from the excited states of the normal (N*) and tautomer (T*) forms. Application of an external electric field of 1.0 MV·cm(-1) enhanced the N* emission and reduced the T* emission, indicating that the external electric field suppressed the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT). The fluorescence decay profiles were measured for the N* and T* forms. The change in the emission intensity ratio N*/T* induced by the external electric field is dominated by ESIPT from the Franck-Condon excited state of the N* form and vibrational cooling in potential wells of the N* and T* forms occurring within tens of picoseconds. Three manifolds of fluorescent states were identified for both the N* and T* forms. The excited-state dynamics of DMHF in PMMA films has been found to be very different from that in solution due to intermolecular interactions in a rigid environment.

  10. Ex- and in-situ investigations of sulfur diffusion into Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin films

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    Mueller, B.J., E-mail: bjm.mueller@web.de [Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Research and Advance Engineering, Advanced Functional Materials and Microsystems, D-70839 Gerlingen (Germany); Institute of Micro- and Nanomaterials, University of Ulm, Albert-Einstein-Allee 47, D-89081 Ulm (Germany); Mock, M.; Haug, V. [Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Research and Advance Engineering, Advanced Functional Materials and Microsystems, D-70839 Gerlingen (Germany); Hergert, F. [Bosch Solar CISTech GmbH, D-14772 Brandenburg (Germany); Koehler, T.; Zweigart, S. [Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Research and Advance Engineering, Advanced Functional Materials and Microsystems, D-70839 Gerlingen (Germany); Herr, U., E-mail: ulrich.herr@uni-ulm.de [Institute of Micro- and Nanomaterials, University of Ulm, Albert-Einstein-Allee 47, D-89081 Ulm (Germany)

    2015-05-01

    In this article we investigate the incorporation of sulfur into Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin films by controlled diffusion. For this purpose, the conventional stacked elemental layer process has been extended by a subsequent sulfur diffusion step. The sulfur gradient is desirable for achieving a graded band gap of the absorber layer which allows to optimize the absorption properties. The sulfur incorporation can be influenced by the sulfurization temperature, the sulfur supply (partial pressure) and the temperature of the Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} pre-treatment. The presence of binary selenides and small grains enhances the speed of sulfur incorporation. A combination of Raman spectroscopy and in-situ as well as ex-situ X-ray diffraction has been used in order to obtain detailed information about the diffusion process. The sulfur incorporation occurs at sulfurization temperatures in the range of 575 °C in step 1. By decreasing the selenization temperature in step 2 the amount of sulfur incorporation is enhanced. Furthermore an additional defect spinel phase CuIn{sub 5}S{sub 8} is obtained when sulfur is supplied in excess. - Highlights: • Controllable sulfur incorporation into Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} • Diffusion coefficients were determined with the help of in-situ XRD. • When providing sulfur in excess the defect spinel phase is formed.

  11. Transport dynamics of self-consistent, near-marginal drift-wave turbulence. I. Investigation of the ability of external flows to tune the non-diffusive dynamics

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    Ogata, D.; Newman, D. E.; Sánchez, R.

    2017-07-01

    The reduction of turbulent transport across sheared flow regions has been known for a long time in magnetically confined toroidal plasmas. However, details of the dynamics are still unclear, in particular, in what refers to the changes caused by the flow on the nature of radial transport itself. In Paper II, we have shown in a simplified model of drift wave turbulence that, when the background profile is allowed to evolve self-consistently with fluctuations, a variety of transport regimes ranging from superdiffusive to subdiffusive open up depending on the properties of the underlying turbulence [D. Ogata et al., Phys. Plasmas 24, 052307 (2017)]. In this paper, we show that externally applied sheared flows can, under the proper conditions, cause the transport dynamics to be diffusive or subdiffusive.

  12. Otite externa difusa aguda: um estudo prospectivo no verão do Rio de Janeiro Acute diffuse external otitis: a prospective study in Rio de Janeiro's summer

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    Ricardo R. Figueiredo

    2004-04-01

    predisposing factors. CONCLUSION: The acute external otitis is a very common disease in tropical countries, especially in summer. Sea and pools water contamination, although rejected by many authors as a predisposing factor, may have a role the patogenesis of the acute diffuse external otitis.

  13. Prediction of external corrosion for steel cylinders at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant: Application of an empirical method

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    Lyon, B.F.

    1996-02-01

    During the summer of 1995, ultrasonic wall thickness data were collected for 100 steel cylinders containing depleted uranium (DU) hexafluoride located at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) in Paducah, Kentucky. The cylinders were selected for measurement to assess the condition of the more vulnerable portion of the cylinder inventory at PGDP. The purpose of this report is to apply the method used in Lyon to estimate the effects of corrosion for larger unsampled populations as a function of time. The scope of this report is limited and is not intended to represent the final analyses of available data. Future efforts will include continuing analyses of available data to investigate defensible deviations from the conservative assumptions made to date. For each cylinder population considered, two basic types of analyses were conducted: (1) estimates were made of the number of cylinders as a function of time that will have a minimum wall thickness of either 0 mils (1 mil = 0.00 1 in.) or 250 mils and (2) the current minimum wall thickness distributions across cylinders were estimated for each cylinder population considered. Additional analyses were also performed investigating comparisons of the results for F and G yards with the results presented in Lyon (1995).

  14. One-step diffusion membrane assisted CBD synthesis and characterization of Cu2SnS3 thin films

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    Becerra, R. A.; Correa, J. M.; Suarez, H.; Gordillo, G.

    2014-04-01

    This paper present a novel method for growing thin films of Cu2SnS3 (CTS) using a solution-based chemical route consisting of simultaneous precipitation of Cu2-xS and SnS2 performed by diffusion membranes assisted CBD technique. Diffusion membranes are used to optimize the kinetic growth through a moderate control of the releasing metal into the solution. The conditions in terms of concentration of metal species, sulfide anion and temperature required for the precipitation of the Cu2SnS3 compound were determined through a study of chemical equilibrium of the system SnCl2, Na3C6H5O7·2H2O, CuCl2 and Na2S2O3·5H2O. These conditions were obtained solving the equilibrium equations with the help of the Visual MINTEQ 3.0 package, supported on the program MINTEQA2. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the structural properties of the CTS films. Optical, morphological and electrical properties were also studied by spectral transmittance, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and resistivity vs temperature measurements. XRD and Raman measurements confirmed the formation of the Cu2SnS3 phase.

  15. Real-time observation on surface diffusion and molecular orientations for phthalocyanine thin films at nanometer spacial resolution

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    Baba, Yuji; Sekiguchi, Tetsuhiro; Shimoyama, Iwao; Honda, Mitsunori; Hirao, Norie; Narita, Ayumi; Deng, Juzhi

    2009-08-01

    The morphology, electronic structure and ordering of the phthalocyanine thin films have been investigated at nanometer scale by photoelectron emission microscopy (PEEM) excited by polarized soft X-rays from synchrotron light source. The sample investigated was micropattern of silicon phthalocyanine deposited on gold surface. The incident angle dependences of the X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra at the silicon K-edge revealed that the molecules of 5-layered films are lying nearly flat on the surface. Clear image of the micropattern was observed by PEEM, showing that the molecules are deposited via Volmer-Weber (VW) mode at room temperature. While, the surface diffusion was observed upon heating, and the micropattern image almost disappeared at 240 °C, representing the deposition mode changes from VW-mode to Frank-van der Merwe (FM)-one. On the basis of the photon-energy dependences of the brightnesses in the PEEM images, it was found that the molecules diffusing to the fresh gold surface rather stand-up at 240 °C. The observed changes in the molecular orientations at nanometer domains are discussed on the basis of the strengths of the molecule-molecule and molecule-surface interactions.

  16. Influence of boron diffusion on the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Ta|CoFeB|MgO ultrathin films

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    Sinha, Jaivardhan; Gruber, Maria; Kodzuka, Masaya; Ohkubo, Tadakatsu; Mitani, Seiji; Hono, Kazuhiro; Hayashi, Masamitsu, E-mail: hayashi.masamitsu@nims.go.jp [National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan)

    2015-01-28

    We have studied structural and magnetic properties of Ta|CoFeB|MgO heterostructures using cross-section transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron energy loss spectrum (EELS) imaging, and vibrating sample magnetometry. From the TEM studies, the CoFeB layer is found to be predominantly amorphous for as deposited films, whereas small crystallites, diameter of ∼5 nm, are observed in films annealed at 300 °C. We find that the presence of such nanocrystallites is not sufficient for the occurrence of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Using EELS, we find that boron diffuses into the Ta underlayer upon annealing. The Ta underlayer thickness dependence of the magnetic anisotropy indicates that ∼0.2 nm of Ta underlayer is enough to absorb the boron from the CoFeB layer and induce perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Boron diffusion upon annealing becomes limited when the CoFeB layer thickness is larger than ∼2 nm, which coincides with the thickness at which the saturation magnetization M{sub S} and the interface magnetic anisotropy K{sub I} drop by ∼20%. These results show the direct role which boron plays in determining the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in CoFeB|MgO heterostructures.

  17. Diffusion of hydrogen interstitials in the near-surface region of Pd(111) under the influence of surface coverage and external static electric fields

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    Blanco-Rey, M. [Departamento de Física de Materiales, Facultad de Químicas UPV/EHU, Apartado 1072, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain); Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal 4, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain); Tremblay, J. C. [Institute for Chemistry and Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin, Takustrasse 3, D-14195 Berlin (Germany)

    2015-04-21

    Past scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments of H manipulation on Pd(111), at low temperature, have shown that it is possible to induce diffusion of surface species as well as of those deeply buried under the surface. Several questions remain open regarding the role of subsurface site occupancies. In the present work, the interaction potential of H atoms with Pd(111) under various H coverage conditions is determined by means of density functional theory calculations in order to provide an answer to two of these questions: (i) whether subsurface sites are the final locations for the H impurities that attempt to emerge from bulk regions, and (ii) whether penetration of the surface is a competing route of on-surface diffusion during depletion of surface H on densely covered Pd(111). We find that a high H coverage has the effect of blocking resurfacing of H atoms travelling from below, which would otherwise reach the surface fcc sites, but it hardly alters deeper diffusion energy barriers. Penetration is unlikely and restricted to high occupancies of hcp hollows. In agreement with experiments, the Pd lattice expands vertically as a consequence of H atoms being blocked at subsurface sites, and surface H enhances this expansion. STM tip effects are included in the calculations self-consistently as an external static electric field. The main contribution to the induced surface electric dipoles originates from the Pd substrate polarisability. We find that the electric field has a non-negligible effect on the H-Pd potential in the vicinity of the topmost Pd atomic layer, yet typical STM intensities of 1-2 VÅ{sup −1} are insufficient to invert the stabilities of the surface and subsurface equilibrium sites.

  18. Photocatalytic degradation of formaldehyde by diffuser of solar light pipe coated with nanometer titanium dioxide thin films

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    2010-01-01

    The even and transparent nanometer TiO2 thin films named DegussaP25 as photocatalysis deposited on the surface of diffusers of solar light pipe were prepared by sol-gel processing.The rugged side of the diffusers of solar light pipe was coated evenly with DegussaP25 solution for the quality of 1.75 g.The experiments had showed that when the coated side was away from the sun the lighting degree may be reduced compared with that facing the sun.The average reduction was only 3.03%,which would not have a significant impact on lighting.Diffusers are important parts of a light pipe which can diffuse light evenly to the place needed to be illuminated.The experiments showed that in a sunny summer day under the direct sunlight,the solar light pipe combined with photocatalysis could reduce the formaldehyde volume fraction in a box of 0.1 m3 from 1.0×10-6 to 0.16×10-6.After 1 h of photodegradation the formaldehyde volume changed from 1.0×10-6 down to 0.1×10-6 with faster and more complete degradation of formaldehyde.The rate of degradation under cloudy and partly cloudy conditions was slower than that under sunny conditions.It was slower in winter than in summer under sunny conditions.The experimental results also showed that the performance of photocatalysis combined with diffusers of light pipe had better effect in a small space.The performance in large space,such as open space,will be the next work in the future,which will be a great challenge.

  19. Diffusion in phthalocyanine thin film layers: study by AES, EELS, EPES and electrical measurements

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    Gamoudi, M.; El Beqqali, O.; Benkaddour, M.; Sadoun, M. Al; Guillaud, G.; Miloua, F.; Khelifa, B.; El Ourzaz, L.; Jardin, C.

    1991-12-01

    Diffusion studies are necessary to the feasibility of molecular pn junctions. Electrical and spectroscopic measurements have been done in two superimposed phthalocyanine thin layers: Zinc phthaiocyanine (PcZn) (p material) and Lutetium bisphthalocyanine (PC2Lu) (n material). These measurements are in a good agreement. In spite of the very large dimensions of these molecules, diffusion and doping of PcZn by PC2Lu occur. Moreover, elastic peak electron spectroscopy (EPES) seems more available than Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) to follow the diffusion in such samples. Les études de diffusion sont nécessaires pour utiliser pratiquement les semiconducteurs organiques en particulier pour la réalisation de jonctions pn. Des mesures électriques et spectroscopiques ont été faites sur des couches minces de phtalocyanines superposées : phtalocyanine de Zinc(PcZn) (matériau de type p) et bisphtalocyanine de Lutetium (PC2Lu) (matériau de type n). L'ensemble de ces mesures est en bon accord, la diffusion et le dopage de PcZn par PC2Lu se produisent malgré la taille importante de ces molécules. De plus la spectroscopie de pic élastique (EPES) semble être plus adaptée à ces mesures que la spectroscopie d'électrons Auger (AES) pour suivre la diffusion dans ces échantillons.

  20. Lithium ion diffusion measurements in high quality LiCoO{sub 2} thin film battery cathodes

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    Bahn, C.S.; McGraw, J.M.; Perkins, J.D.; Parilla, P.A.; Ginley, D.S.

    2000-07-01

    Highly crystalline, textured thin films of LiCo{sub x}Al{sub 1{minus}x}O{sub 2} (x = 0, 0.5) have been grown by pulsed laser deposition. Films of both stoichiometries were dense and uniaxially textured with Li, Co (or Co,Al) layers parallel to the substrate. It was found that crystal quality depended strongly on oxygen partial pressure, substrate temperature, and substrate material. The deposition of LiCo{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} is also highly dependent upon laser fluence, requiring at least 12.8 J/cm{sup 2} for high quality films. Chemical diffusion measurements were performed over a wide range of lithium contents using the potentiostatic intermittent titration technique. Maximum and minimum effective {tilde D} for LiCoO{sub 2} were 4.0 x 10{sup {minus}11} and 1.2 x 10{sup {minus}12}/s, respectively, and for LiCo{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5}O{sub 2}, 2.2 x 10{sup {minus}12} and 8.0 x 10{sup {minus}17} cm{sup 2}/s, respectively.

  1. Phonons spreading from laser-heated gold nanoparticle array accelerate diffusion of excitons in an underlying polythiophene thin film.

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    Rais, David; Menšík, Miroslav; Paruzel, Bartosz; Kurunthu, Dharmalingam; Pfleger, Jiří

    2017-04-10

    Localized surface plasmon (LSP) photophysical phenomena occurring in metal nanostructures are often presented as a method to effectively couple light into photovoltaic devices of sub-wavelength-scale thickness. However, the excitation of LSP is also associated with rapid energy dissipation leading to local heating, which affects the excitation energy pathway. We studied a system consisting of a planar gold nanoparticle (AuNP) array deposited at the surface of a semiconducting polymer thin film (P3HT). We observed heat transfer from laser pulse excited AuNPs into the P3HT, which was evidenced as a long-living thermochromic effect on transient optical absorption. By modeling of the ultrafast kinetics of exciton population evolution, we determined that their decay was caused by their mutual annihilation. The decay rate was controlled by a phonon-assisted one-dimensional diffusion mechanism with a diffusion constant of 2.2 nm(2) ps(-1). The transferred heat resulted in an increase of the diffusion constant by a factor of almost 2, compared to the control system of P3HT without AuNPs. These results are of practical use for the design of plasmon-enhanced optoelectronic devices.

  2. Estimate of the thermal diffusivity of films with a sandwich structure by using pulsed transient analysis and AC calorimetry

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    Choi, M H; Park, C H; Kim, S W; Hahn, S H; Seong, D J; Kim, J C

    1999-01-01

    The thermal diffusivity in a direction perpendicular to an epoxy resin film sandwiched between two identical metal layers was measured not only by using a pulsed transient analysis but also by using AC calorimetry. The pulsed transient analysis utilized the surface-temperature decay of the heating pulse from a Q-switched, 2nd harmonic generated Nd:YAG laser. The temperature decay was measured with a HgCdTe infrared detector. After data collection, a nonlinear least-squares regression was performed to estimate the optimal values of several separate thermal parameters by fitting the data to the solutions. Additionally, the thermal diffusivity of the samples was obtained by using the AC calorimetric method which measured the frequency-dependent phase changes of the samples. The thermal diffusivities obtained by the two methods were in the range of 0.07 approx 0.09 x 10 sup - sup 2 cm sup 2 /s, agreed within 8 %, but were lower than the literature values. To improve the results, the contact heat resistance from t...

  3. Breaking through the Glass Ceiling: The Correlation Between the Self-Diffusivity in and Krypton Permeation through Deeply Supercooled Liquid Nanoscale Methanol Films

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    Smith, R. Scott; Matthiesen, Jesper; Kay, Bruce D.

    2010-03-28

    Molecular beam techniques, temperature-programmed desorption (TPD), and reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) are used to explore the relationship between krypton permeation through and the self-diffusivity of supercooled liquid methanol at temperatures near (100-115 K) the glass transition temperature, Tg (103 K). Layered films, consisting of CH3OH and CD3OH, are deposited ontop of a monolayer of Kr on a graphene covered Pt(111) substrate at 25 K. Concurrent Kr TPD and RAIRS spectra are acquired during the heating of the composite film to temperatures above Tg. The CO vibrational stretch is sensitive to the local molecular environment and is used to determine the supercooled liquid diffusivity from the intermixing of the isotopic layers. We find that the Kr permeation and the diffusivity of the supercooled liquid are directly and quantitatively correlated. These results validate the rare gas permeation technique as a tool for probing the diffusivity of supercooled liquids.

  4. Breaking through the glass ceiling: The correlation between the self-diffusivity in and krypton permeation through deeply supercooled liquid nanoscale methanol films

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    Smith, R. Scott; Matthiesen, Jesper; Kay, Bruce D.

    2010-03-01

    Molecular beam techniques, temperature-programmed desorption (TPD), and reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) are used to explore the relationship between krypton permeation through and the self-diffusivity of supercooled liquid methanol at temperatures (100-115 K) near the glass transition temperature, Tg (103 K). Layered films, consisting of CH3OH and CD3OH, are deposited on top of a monolayer of Kr on a graphene covered Pt(111) substrate at 25 K. Concurrent Kr TPD and RAIRS spectra are acquired during the heating of the composite film to temperatures above Tg. The CO vibrational stretch is sensitive to the local molecular environment and is used to determine the supercooled liquid diffusivity from the intermixing of the isotopic layers. We find that the Kr permeation and the diffusivity of the supercooled liquid are directly and quantitatively correlated. These results validate the rare-gas permeation technique as a tool for probing the diffusivity of supercooled liquids.

  5. Direct Observation of Long Electron-Hole Diffusion Distance beyond 1 Micrometer in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Thin Film

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    Li, Yu; Li, Yunlong; Wang, Wei; Bian, Zuqiang; Xiao, Lixin; Wang, Shufeng; Gong, Qihuang

    2015-01-01

    In high performance perovskite based on CH3NH3PbI3, the formerly reported short charge diffusion distance is a confliction to thick working layer in solar cell devices. We carried out a study on charge diffusion in spin-coated CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite thin film by transient fluorescent spectroscopy. A thickness-dependent fluorescent lifetime was found. This effect correlates to the defects at crystal grain boundaries. By coating the film with electron or hole transfer layer, PCBM or Spiro-OMeTAD respectively, we observed the charge transfer directly through the fluorescent decay. One-dimensional diffusion model was applied to obtain long charge diffusion distances, which is ~1.3 micron for electrons and ~5.2 micron for holes. This study gives direct support to the high performance of perovskite solar cells.

  6. Tensile lattice strain accelerates oxygen surface exchange and diffusion in La1-xSrxCoO3-δ thin films.

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    Kubicek, Markus; Cai, Zhuhua; Ma, Wen; Yildiz, Bilge; Hutter, Herbert; Fleig, Jürgen

    2013-04-23

    The influence of lattice strain on the oxygen exchange kinetics and diffusion in oxides was investigated on (100) epitaxial La1-xSrxCoO3-δ (LSC) thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition. Planar tensile and compressively strained LSC films were obtained on single-crystalline SrTiO3 and LaAlO3. 18O isotope exchange depth profiling with ToF-SIMS was employed to simultaneously measure the tracer surface exchange coefficient k* and the tracer diffusion coefficient D* in the temperature range 280-475 °C. In accordance with recent theoretical findings, much faster surface exchange (∼4 times) and diffusion (∼10 times) were observed for the tensile strained films compared to the compressively strained films in the entire temperature range. The same strain effect--tensile strain leading to higher k* and D*--was found for different LSC compositions (x=0.2 and x=0.4) and for surface-etched films. The temperature dependence of k* and D* is discussed with respect to the contributions of strain states, formation enthalpy of oxygen vacancies, and vacancy mobility at different temperatures. Our findings point toward the control of oxygen surface exchange and diffusion kinetics by means of lattice strain in existing mixed conducting oxides for energy conversion applications.

  7. Li diffusion in LiNi{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} thin film electrodes prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Xia Hui [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117576 (Singapore); Lu Li [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117576 (Singapore)], E-mail: mpeluli@nus.edu.sg; Lai, M.O. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117576 (Singapore)

    2009-10-30

    Kinetic and transport parameters of Li ion during its extraction/insertion into thin film LiNi{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} free of binder and conductive additive were provided in this work. LiNi{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} thin film electrodes were grown on Au substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and post-annealed. The annealed films exhibit a pure layered phase with a high degree of crystallinity. Surface morphology and thin film thickness were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The charge/discharge behavior and rate capability of the thin film electrodes were investigated on Li/LiNi{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} cells at different current densities. The kinetics of Li diffusion in these thin film electrodes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic intermittent titration technique (GITT). CV was measured between 2.5 and 4.5 V at different scan rates from 0.1 to 2 mV/s. The apparent chemical diffusion coefficients of Li in the thin film electrode were calculated to be 3.13 x 10{sup -13} cm{sup 2}/s for Li intercalation and 7.44 x 10{sup -14} cm{sup 2}/s for Li deintercalation. The chemical diffusion coefficients of Li in the thin film electrode were determined to be in the range of 10{sup -12}-10{sup -16} cm{sup 2}/s at different cell potentials by GITT. It is found that the Li diffusivity is highly dependent on the cell potential.

  8. Use of anodic oxide films to control the diffusion of zinc in GaAs

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    Cutlerywala, H.; Roedel, R. J.

    1994-06-01

    Experiments were performed to diffuse zinc into GaAs through anodic oxide layers of varying thickness and density. Using electrochemical profiling to determine both the electrically active zinc concentration and the diffusion depth with high resolution, the following results were found. The depth of the junction varies inversely with the thickness and the density of the oxide. However, the surface concentration appears to be independent of oxide thickness or density, attaining a value identical to that found for diffusion into a bare GaAs sample. These results demonstrate that the most significant impact of the oxide is to delay the introduction of the zinc into the GaAs lattice. In short, the anodic oxide cannot be used as either a mask or as a zinc concentration attenuator.

  9. Thin-film metallic glass: an effective diffusion barrier for Se-doped AgSbTe2 thermoelectric modules

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    Yu, Chia-Chi; Wu, Hsin-Jay; Deng, Ping-Yuan; Agne, Matthias T.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Chu, Jinn P.

    2017-03-01

    The thermal stability of joints in thermoelectric (TE) modules, which are degraded during interdiffusion between the TE material and the contacting metal, needs to be addressed in order to utilize TE technology for competitive, sustainable energy applications. Herein, we deposit a 200 nm-thick Zr-based thin-film metallic glass (TFMG), which acts as an effective diffusion barrier layer with low electrical contact resistivity, on a high-zT Se-doped AgSbTe2 substrate. The reaction couples structured with TFMG/TE are annealed at 673 K for 8-360 hours and analyzed by electron microscopy. No observable IMCs (intermetallic compounds) are formed at the TFMG/TE interface, suggesting the effective inhibition of atomic diffusion that may be attributed to the grain-boundary-free structure of TFMG. The minor amount of Se acts as a tracer species, and a homogeneous Se-rich region is found nearing the TFMG/TE interface, which guarantees satisfactory bonding at the joint. The diffusion of Se, which has the smallest atomic volume of all the elements from the TE substrate, is found to follow Fick’s second law. The calculated diffusivity (D) of Se in TFMG falls in the range of D~10-20-10-23(m2/s), which is 106~107 and 1012~1013 times smaller than those of Ni [10-14-10-17(m2/s)] and Cu [10-8-10-11(m2/s)] in Bi2Te3, respectively.

  10. Thin-film metallic glass: an effective diffusion barrier for Se-doped AgSbTe2 thermoelectric modules

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    Yu, Chia-Chi; Wu, Hsin-jay; Deng, Ping-Yuan; Agne, Matthias T.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Chu, Jinn P.

    2017-01-01

    The thermal stability of joints in thermoelectric (TE) modules, which are degraded during interdiffusion between the TE material and the contacting metal, needs to be addressed in order to utilize TE technology for competitive, sustainable energy applications. Herein, we deposit a 200 nm-thick Zr-based thin-film metallic glass (TFMG), which acts as an effective diffusion barrier layer with low electrical contact resistivity, on a high-zT Se-doped AgSbTe2 substrate. The reaction couples structured with TFMG/TE are annealed at 673 K for 8–360 hours and analyzed by electron microscopy. No observable IMCs (intermetallic compounds) are formed at the TFMG/TE interface, suggesting the effective inhibition of atomic diffusion that may be attributed to the grain-boundary-free structure of TFMG. The minor amount of Se acts as a tracer species, and a homogeneous Se-rich region is found nearing the TFMG/TE interface, which guarantees satisfactory bonding at the joint. The diffusion of Se, which has the smallest atomic volume of all the elements from the TE substrate, is found to follow Fick’s second law. The calculated diffusivity (D) of Se in TFMG falls in the range of D~10−20–10−23(m2/s), which is 106~107 and 1012~1013 times smaller than those of Ni [10−14–10−17(m2/s)] and Cu [10−8–10−11(m2/s)] in Bi2Te3, respectively.

  11. A Diffusion Model of Field-Induced Aggregation in Ferrofluid Film

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    FANG Wen-Xiao; HE Zhen-Hui; CHEN Di-Hu; ZHAO Yan-E

    2008-01-01

    By introducing Arrhenius behaviour to the ferroparticles on the surface of the aggregated columnar structure in a diffusion model, equilibrium equations are set up. The solution of the equations shows that to keep the aggregated structures stable, a characteristic fleld is needed. The aggregation is enhanced by magnetic fields, yet suppressed as the temperature increases. Analysing the influence of the magnetic field on the interaction energy between the dipolar particles, we estimate the portion of the diffusing particles, and provide the agreeable ratio of the column radius over the centre-to-centre spacing between columns in a hexagonal columnar structure formed under a perpendicular magnetic field.

  12. Texture formation in Ag thin films: Effect of W-Ti diffusion barriers

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    Bhagat, S. K.; Alford, T. L.

    2008-11-01

    Pure Ag films were deposited on SiO2/Si with and without introduction of W0.7Ti0.3 barrier layers. The films were annealed in vacuum for 1 h at temperatures up to 650 °C. X-ray diffraction pole figure analysis was used to investigate the texture information in as-deposited and annealed films. After annealing, the {111} texture in Ag films increased; however, the degree of increase was significantly higher in Ag/W-Ti/SiO2. In Ag/SiO2 structures, the {200} texture also increased. In Ag/W-Ti/SiO2 structures, no significant increase in {200} texture was observed; however, {111} twin related {511} texture evolved. In as-deposited samples, {111} pole figure revealed that {111} absolute intensity was higher in Ag/SiO2 than in Ag/W-Ti/SiO2. After annealing, Ag {111} intensity was always higher in Ag/W-Ti/SiO2. Sources for the texture evolution were discussed in detail. Field emission scanning electron microscope showed the presence of twins and abnormal grain growth. After annealing at 650 °C, both the roughness and resistivity of Ag increased significantly.

  13. Diffusion-controlled Solid State Reactions in Alloys, Thin-Films, and Nanosystems

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    Gusak, Andriy M; Lyashenko, Yu O; Kornienko, SV; Pasichnyy, MO; Shirinyan, AS

    2011-01-01

    Written by an outstanding group of applied theoreticians with comprehensive expertise and a wide spectrum of international contacts headed by Prof. A. M. Gusak, this monograph coherently presents the approaches and results hitherto only available in various journal papers. A must-have for all those involved with the public or corporate science of nano systems, thin films and electrical engineering.

  14. Magnetic and electronic properties for ultrathin BiFeO{sub 3} film under external electric field

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    Feng, Hong-Jian, E-mail: fenghongjian@126.com [Department of Physics, Northwest University, Xi' an 710069 (China)

    2013-03-01

    First-principals calculations show that the magnetization reversal of BiFeO{sub 3} film can be observed in y component with reversal of electric field more than ±0.001 V/Å. The charge distribution and hybridization is determined by the surface atomic distortions in plane. Bi-6s stereochemically active lone pair is still able to contribute to the electronic localization and thus the electric polarization in the film.

  15. Effect of external turbulence on the efficiency of film cooling with coolant injection into a transverse trench

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    Khalatov, A. A.; Panchenko, N. A.; Severin, S. D.

    2017-09-01

    Film cooling is among the basic methods used for thermal protection of blades in modern high-temperature gas turbines. Results of computer simulation of film cooling with coolant injection via a row of conventional inclined holes or a row of holes in a trench are presented in this paper. The ANSYS CFX 14 commercial software package was used for CFD-modeling. The effect is studied of the mainstream turbulence on the film cooling efficiency for the blowing ratio range between 0.6 and 2.3 and three different turbulence intensities of 1, 5, and 10%. The mainstream velocity was 150 and 400 m/s, while the temperatures of the mainstream and the injected coolant were 1100 and 500°C, respectively. It is demonstrated that, for the coolant injection via one row of trenched holes, an increase in the mainstream turbulence intensity reduces the film cooling efficiency in the entire investigated range of blowing ratios. It was revealed that freestream turbulence had varied effects on the film cooling efficiency depending on the blowing ratio and mainstream velocity in a blade channel. Thus, an increase in the mainstream turbulence intensity from 1 to 10% decreases the surface-averaged film cooling efficiency by 3-10% at a high mainstream velocity (400 m/s) in the blade channel and by 12-23% at a moderate velocity (of 150 m/s). Here, lower film cooling efficiencies correspond to higher blowing ratios. The effect of mainstream turbulence intensity on the film cooling efficiency decreases with increasing the mainstream velocity in the modeled channel for both investigated configurations.

  16. In situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy study of formaldehyde adsorption and reactions on nano γ-Fe2O3 films

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    Huang, Kaijin; Kong, Lingcong; Yuan, Fangli; Xie, Changsheng

    2013-04-01

    The nano γ-Fe2O3 films gas sensor was fabricated by the screen printing technology. The phase structures and morphologies of nano γ-Fe2O3 films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), respectively. The gas sensitivity of the films to 100 ppm formaldehyde was investigated. The surface adsorption and reaction process between nano γ-Fe2O3 films and formaldehyde was studied by in situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) method at different temperatures. DRIFTS results showed that dioxymethylene, formate ions, polyoxymethylene and molecularly formaldehyde surface species were detected when the nano γ-Fe2O3 films exposed to 100 ppm formaldehyde at different temperatures. A possible mechanism of the reaction process was discussed.

  17. In situ diffuse reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (DRIFTS) study of formaldehyde adsorption and reactions on Pd-doped nano-γ-Fe₂O₃ films.

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    Huang, Kaijin; Kong, Lingcong; Yuan, Fangli; Xie, Changsheng

    2013-08-01

    Palladium-doped nano-γ-Fe₂O₃ films were printed on Al₂O₃ substrates by screen printing-injecting hybrid technology. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used to characterize the phase structures and morphologies of the films, respectively. The sensitivity of the films to 100 ppm formaldehyde in air was investigated. The surface adsorption and reaction process between Pd-doped nano-γ-Fe₂O₃ films and formaldehyde was studied by in situ diffuse reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (DRIFTS) at different temperatures. Dioxymethylene, formate ions, polyoxymethylene, and adsorbed formaldehyde were detected when the Pd-doped nano-γ-Fe₂O₃ films were exposed to 100 ppm formaldehyde at different temperatures. A possible mechanism of the reaction process is discussed.

  18. Diffusive gradient in thin FILMS (DGT) compared with soil solution and labile uranium fraction for predicting uranium bioavailability to ryegrass.

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    Duquène, L; Vandenhove, H; Tack, F; Van Hees, M; Wannijn, J

    2010-02-01

    The usefulness of uranium concentration in soil solution or recovered by selective extraction as unequivocal bioavailability indices for uranium uptake by plants is still unclear. The aim of the present study was to test if the uranium concentration measured by the diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT) technique is a relevant substitute for plant uranium availability in comparison to uranium concentration in the soil solution or uranium recovered by ammonium acetate. Ryegrass (Lolium perenne L. var. Melvina) is grown in greenhouse on a range of uranium spiked soils. The DGT-recovered uranium concentration (C(DGT)) was correlated with uranium concentration in the soil solution or with uranium recovered by ammonium acetate extraction. Plant uptake was better predicted by the summed soil solution concentrations of UO(2)(2+), uranyl carbonate complexes and UO(2)PO(4)(-). The DGT technique did not provide significant advantages over conventional methods to predict uranium uptake by plants.

  19. Rounding of Negative Dry Film Resist by Diffusive Backside Exposure Creating Rounded Channels for Pneumatic Membrane Valves

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    Philipp Frank

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Processing of dry film resist is an easy, low-cost, and fast way to fabricate microfluidic structures. Currently, common processes are limited to creating solely rectangular channels. However, it has shown that rounded channels are necessary to ensure proper closing of pneumatic membrane valves for microfluidic devices. Here, we introduce a modification to the standard lithography process, in order to create rounded channels for microfluidic structures. Therefore, a diffuser element was inserted into in the optical path between the light source and glass substrate, which is then exposed through the backside, hence altering the exposure to the dry resist spatially. Characterization of the process was carried out with different exposure times, features sizes, and substrate thickness. The process modification is almost effortless and can be integrated in any lithography process.

  20. Combining cross flow ultrafiltration and diffusion gradients in thin-films approaches to determine trace metal speciation in freshwaters

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    Liu, Ruixia; Lead, Jamie R.; Zhang, Hao

    2013-05-01

    Cross flow ultrafiltration (CFUF) and diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) with open pore gel (OP) and restricted pore gel (RP) were used to measure trace metal speciation in selected UK freshwaters. The proportions of metals present in particulate forms (>1 μm) varied widely between 40-85% Pb, 60-80% Al, 7-56% Mn, 10-49% Cu, 0-55% Zn, 20-38% Cr, 20-30% Fe, 6-25% Co, 5-22% Cd and complexing ligands with smaller size for the metals to form kinetically inert species or thermodynamically stable complexes. Observed discrepancies in metal speciation between metals and within sampling sites were related to the differences in the characteristics of the metals and the nature of water sources.

  1. Diffusive gradient in thin films technique for assessment of cadmium and copper bioaccessibility to radish (Raphanus sativus).

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    Dočekalová, Hana; Škarpa, Petr; Dočekal, Bohumil

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this study was to assess cadmium and copper uptake by radish (Raphanus sativus) and to test the capability of the diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT) technique to predict bioaccessibility of the metals for this plant. Radish plants were grown in pots filled with uncontaminated control and artificially contaminated soils differing in cadmium and copper contents. Metal concentrations in plants were compared with free ion metal concentrations in soil solution, and concentrations measured by DGT. Significant correlation was found between metal fluxes to plant and metal fluxes into DGT. Pearson correlation coefficient for cadmium was 0.994 and for copper 0.998. The obtained results showed that DGT offers the possibility of simple test procedure for soils and can be used as a physical surrogate for plant uptake.

  2. Microstructure and properties of liquid film solution-diffusion welding interface for ZCuBe2.5 Alloy

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    徐锦锋; 翟秋亚; 钱翰城

    2004-01-01

    The microstructures and properties of liquid film solution-diffusion welding interface for ZCuBe2.5 alloy have been studied using Cu-base powder. It reveals that the welding joint has high tensile strength up to 278 MPa,rational distribution of hardness and better matches with base materials in properties. Weld metal consists of the uniform and fine α-Cu equiaxed grain and intergranular Cu5.6 Sn phase. The weld is well combined with base materials. The transition solid solution combination interface with a thickness of 150 μm has been formed. In the processof stable welding, the thickness of interface appears to have an increase linearly with bonding time. In the cases of same bonding time, the thickness of interface increases with an increase of temperature gradient, which will become even more apparent with the increase of bonding time.

  3. Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of NdFeB Films through Nd Surface Diffusion Process

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    Wenfeng Liu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Ta/Nd/NdFeB/Nd/Ta films were deposited by magnetron sputtering on Si (100 substrates and subsequently annealed for 30 min at 923 K in vacuum. It was found that the microstructure and magnetic properties of Ta/Nd/NdFeB/Nd/Ta films strongly depend on the NdFeB layer thickness. With NdFeB layer thickness increasing, both the grain size and the strain firstly reduce and then increase. When NdFeB layer thickness is 750 nm, the strain reaches the minimum value. Meanwhile, both the in-plane and perpendicular coercivities firstly drastically increase and then slowly decrease with NdFeB layer thickness increasing. The highest in-plane and perpendicular coercivities can be obtained at NdFeB layer thickness of 750 nm, which are 21.2 kOe and 19.5 kOe, respectively. In addition, the high remanence ratio (remanent magnetization/saturation magnetization of 0.87 can also be achieved in Ta/Nd/NdFeB (750 nm/Nd/Ta film.

  4. Sulfur diffusion in polycrystalline thin-film CdTe solar cells

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    Aslan, M.H.; Song, W.; Tang, T.; Mao, D.; Collins, R.T. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States). Physics Dept.; Levi, D.H.; Ahrenkiel, R.K. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States); Lindstrom, S.C.; Johnson, M.B. [Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (United States)

    1998-12-31

    X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence measurements have been used to characterize the diffusion of S into CdTe during post growth annealing of CdTe solar cells. For anneals at 410 C in the presence of CdCl{sub 2}, evidence that both a CdTe{sub 1{minus}x}S{sub x} phase and nearly-pure CdTe are present near the back contact is observed. The ternary phase becomes more prominent and the S concentration increases with depth reaching roughly 4--5% near the CdS interface. Much less diffusion is observed at 350 C while for a 460 C anneal, CdTe{sub 1{minus}x}S{sub x} with a S concentration near 5% is found throughout the layer. The presence of CdCl{sub 2} during the anneal enhances the interdiffusion.

  5. Diffusive Spin Dynamics in Ferromagnetic Thin Films with a Rashba Interaction

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    Wang, Xuhui

    2012-03-13

    In a ferromagnetic metal layer, the coupled charge and spin diffusion equations are obtained in the presence of both Rashba spin-orbit interaction and magnetism. The misalignment between the magnetization and the nonequilibrium spin density induced by the Rashba field gives rise to Rashba spin torque acting on the ferromagnetic order parameter. In a general form, we find that the Rashba torque consists of both in-plane and out-of-plane components, i.e., T=T Sy×m+T Sm×(y×m). Numerical simulations on a two-dimensional nanowire consider the impact of diffusion on the Rashba torque and reveal a large enhancement to the ratio T/T S for thin wires. Our theory provides an explanation for the mechanism driving the magnetization switching in a single ferromagnet as observed in the recent experiments. © 2012 American Physical Society.

  6. Solid state diffusion and reaction in ZnO/SiO{sub 2} in thin films

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    Jakob, A.; Stucki, S.; Schnyder, B.; Koetz, R. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-06-01

    Detoxification of fly ash from waste incineration by evaporating harmful heavy metals is limited by the formation of stable heavy metal-matrix compounds. To study the rate of these heavy metal-matrix reactions, experiments were performed with the diffusion couple ZnO (heavy metal)-SiO{sub 2} (matrix). The atomic concentration profiles after different annealing treatments were analysed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). (author) 3 figs., 4 refs.

  7. Structural, electrical and optical properties of p-type transparent conducting SnO{sub 2}:Al film derived from thermal diffusion of Al/SnO{sub 2}/Al multilayer thin films

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    Zhao, J. [Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials Science and Engineering (Wuhan University of Technology), Ministry of Education, 122 Luoshi Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan, Hubei 430070 (China); Zhao, X.J., E-mail: opluse@whut.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials Science and Engineering (Wuhan University of Technology), Ministry of Education, 122 Luoshi Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan, Hubei 430070 (China); Ni, J.M.; Tao, H.Z. [Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials Science and Engineering (Wuhan University of Technology), Ministry of Education, 122 Luoshi Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan, Hubei 430070 (China)

    2010-11-15

    Highly transparent, p-type conducting SnO{sub 2}:Al films derived from thermal diffusion of a sandwich structure Al/SnO{sub 2}/Al multilayer thin films deposited on quartz substrate have been prepared by direct current and radio-frequency magnetron sputtering using Al and SnO{sub 2} targets. The deposited films were annealed at various temperatures for different durations. The effect of thermal diffusing temperature and time on the structural, electrical and optical performances of SnO{sub 2}:Al films has been studied. X-ray diffraction results show that all p-type conducting films possessed polycrystalline SnO{sub 2} with tetragonal rutile structure. Hall-effect results indicate that 450 deg. C for 4 h were the optimum annealing parameters for p-type SnO{sub 2}:Al films, resulting in a relatively high hole concentration of 7.2 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} and a low resistivity of 0.81 {Omega} cm. The transmission of the p-type SnO{sub 2}:Al films was above 80%.

  8. Enhancement of the magnetocapacitance effect in an external electric field in La{sub x}Bi{sub 1-x}FeO{sub 3} films

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    Aplesnin, S. S., E-mail: apl@iph.krasn.ru; Kretinin, V. V. [Reshetnikov Siberian State Aerospace University (Russian Federation); Panasevich, A. M.; Yanushkevich, K. I. [National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Scientific and Practical Materials Research Center (Belarus)

    2015-09-15

    The goal of the study is to determine the value of magnetocapacitance under the substitution of lanthanum for bismuth in thin La{sub x}Bi{sub 1-x}FeO{sub 3} films and to find out the effect of an external bias electric field on the magnetocapacitance effect. To solve this task, the dielectric permittivity, the magnetic permeability, and the loss tangent are measured in La{sub x}Bi{sub 1-x}FeO{sub 3} films in magnetic fields of up to 8 kOe in the range of temperatures 100 K < T < 1000 K. Maxima of the permittivity and permeability at low temperatures and the dependence of the permeability on the prehistory of a sample are found. An increase in the magnetocapacitance due to the substitution of lanthanum for bismuth is observed. A giant enhancement of magnetocapacitance in an external electric bias field is revealed. These phenomena are attributed to the rearrangement of the domain structure.

  9. Misfit strain driven cation inter-diffusion across an epitaxial multiferroic thin film interface

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    Sankara Rama Krishnan, P. S.; Morozovska, Anna N.; Eliseev, Eugene A.; Ramasse, Quentin M.; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Liang, Wen-I.; Chu, Ying-Hao; Munroe, Paul; Nagarajan, V.

    2014-02-01

    Cation intermixing at functional oxide interfaces remains a highly controversial area directly relevant to interface-driven nanoelectronic device properties. Here, we systematically explore the cation intermixing in epitaxial (001) oriented multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BFO) grown on a (001) lanthanum aluminate (LAO) substrate. Aberration corrected dedicated scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy reveal that the interface is not chemically sharp, but with an intermixing of ˜2 nm. The driving force for this process is identified as misfit-driven elastic strain. Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire-based phenomenological theory was combined with the Sheldon and Shenoy formula in order to understand the influence of boundary conditions and depolarizing fields arising from misfit strain between the LAO substrate and BFO film. The theory predicts the presence of a strong potential gradient at the interface, which decays on moving into the bulk of the film. This potential gradient is significant enough to drive the cation migration across the interface, thereby mitigating the misfit strain. Our results offer new insights on how chemical roughening at oxide interfaces can be effective in stabilizing the structural integrity of the interface without the need for misfit dislocations. These findings offer a general formalism for understanding cation intermixing at highly strained oxide interfaces that are used in nanoelectronic devices.

  10. The influence of external dynamic loads on the lifetime of rolling element bearings: Experimental analysis of the lubricant film and surface wear

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    Jacobs, William; Van Hooreweder, Brecht; Boonen, Rene; Sas, Paul; Moens, David

    2016-06-01

    Precise prediction of the lifetime of rolling element bearings is a crucial step towards a reliable design of many rotating machines. For bearings subjected to highly varying loads, recent research emphasises a strong reduction of the actual bearing lifetime w.r.t. the classically calculated bearing lifetime. This paper experimentally analyses the influence of external dynamic loads on the lifetime of rolling element bearings. A novel bearing test rig is introduced. The test rig is able to apply a fully controlled multi-axial static and dynamic load on a single test bearing. Also, different types and sizes of bearings can be tested. Two separate investigations are conducted. First, the behaviour of the lubricant film between the rolling elements and raceways is analysed. Increased metallic contact or breakdown of the film during dynamic excitation is investigated based on the measured electrical resistance through the bearing. The study shows that the lubricant film thickness follows the imposed variations of the load. Variations of the lubricant film thickness are similar to the variations when the magnitude of the static bearing load is changed. Second, wear of the raceway surfaces is analysed. Surface wear is investigated after a series of accelerated lifetime tests under high dynamic load. Due to sliding motion between asperities of the contacting surfaces in the bearing, polishing of the raceway honing structure occurs. This polishing is clearly observed on SEM images of the inner raceway after a test duration of only 0.5% of the calculated L10 life. Polishing wear of the surfaces, such as surface induced cracks and material delamination, is expected when the bearing is further exposed to the high dynamic load.

  11. Comprehensive analysis of the diffuse-to-near-normal-viewing reflectance factor of paint films

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    García-Valenzuela, Augusto; Cuppo, Fabio Luiz Sant'anna; Olivares, Jose Alberto; Galván-Miyoshi, Julián M.

    2011-05-01

    We present a comprehensive derivation of the so-called diffuse to near-normal-viewing reflectance factor of an architectural paint coating and its measurement with an integrating sphere. We focus our attention to the surface correction terms and consider the case when the surface is rough. We point out limits of the standard formula with the so-called Saunderson corrections commonly used for paint coatings. We provide and discuss a corrected definition of the roughness-dependent ``gloss factor'' needed to describe specular-component excluded measurements. We show that as the roughness of the surface increases, the specular-excluded reflectance-factor increases, approaching its value with the specular-component included.

  12. Passive sampling of anionic pesticides using the Diffusive Gradients in Thin films technique (DGT).

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    Guibal, Robin; Buzier, Rémy; Charriau, Adeline; Lissalde, Sophie; Guibaud, Gilles

    2017-05-08

    DGT passive samplers using Oasis(®) HLB or Oasis(®) MAX sorbent were developed for anionic pesticides sampling. They were tested using four model compounds (i.e. bentazon, chlorsulfuron, ioxynil and mecoprop). Polyacrylamide diffusive gel was found to be more suitable than agarose gel for most anionic pesticides sampling. An elution procedure was optimized and diffusion coefficients were determined for quantitative use of the samplers. Depending on the DGT configuration used (HLB or MAX), accuracies better than 30% were demonstrated in laboratory for pH from 3 to 8 and ionic strengths from 10(-2) to 1 M. Combined with the effective binding capacities of samplers (≥9 μg for each pesticide) and limits of quantification of the method (≤13 ng.L(-1) using Q-TOF detector) monitoring of numerous aquatic systems can be expected. Except for ioxynil, accurate quantifications were demonstrated in laboratory using a spiked natural water for HLB-DGT whereas MAX-DGT did not give satisfactory results. A further in situ validation was performed in two rivers and showed identical detection frequency between HLB-DGT and POCIS of anionic pesticides (bentazon and mesotrione) whereas calculated concentrations, although within the same order of magnitude, could differ (<70%). HLB-DGT could therefore constitute an interesting alternative to other passive samplers for the monitoring of several anionic pesticides in aquatic systems but more work is required for quantification of molecules from hydroxybenzonitrile chemical group (ioxynil). Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Effect of External Forced Flow and Boiling Film on Heat Transfer of AISI 4140 Steel Horizontal Rod During Direct Quenching%Effect of External Forced Flow and Boiling Film on Heat Transfer of AISI 4140 Steel Horizontal Rod During Direct Quenching

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    A H Meysami; R Ghasemzadeh; S H Seyedein; M R Aboutalebi

    2011-01-01

    The effects of rod falling and moving, external flow field, boiling film and radiation were investigated on fluid flow and heat transfer of AISI 4140 steel horizontal rod during direct quenching by mathematical modeling. The flow field and heat transfer in quenching tank were simulated by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method considering falling and moving of rods during process. Therefore, modeling of flow field was done by a fixed-mesh method for general moving objects equations, and then, energy equation was solved with a numerical approach so that effeet of boiling film heat flux was considered as a source term in energy equation for solid-liquid boundary. Simulated results were verified by comparing with published and experimental data and there was a good agreement between them. Also, the effects of external forced flow and film boiling were investigated on heat flux output, temperature distribution and heat transfer coefficient of rod. Also simulated results determined optimum quenching time for this process.

  14. Electron-stimulated reactions in layered CO/H{sub 2}O films: Hydrogen atom diffusion and the sequential hydrogenation of CO to methanol

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    Petrik, Nikolay G.; Kimmel, Greg A., E-mail: gregory.kimmel@pnnl.gov [Physical Sciences Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, MSIN K8-88, P.O. Box 999, Richland, Washington 99352 (United States); Monckton, Rhiannon J.; Koehler, Sven P. K. [School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Photon Science Institute, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); UK Dalton Cumbrian Facility, The University of Manchester, Moor Row, Whitehaven CA24 3HA (United Kingdom)

    2014-05-28

    Low-energy (100 eV) electron-stimulated reactions in layered H{sub 2}O/CO/H{sub 2}O ices are investigated. For CO layers buried in amorphous solid water (ASW) films at depths of 50 monolayers (ML) or less from the vacuum interface, both oxidation and reduction reactions are observed. However, for CO buried more deeply in ASW films, only the reduction of CO to methanol is observed. Experiments with layered films of H{sub 2}O and D{sub 2}O show that the hydrogen atoms participating in the reduction of the buried CO originate in the region that is 10–50 ML below the surface of the ASW films and subsequently diffuse through the film. For deeply buried CO layers, the CO reduction reactions quickly increase with temperature above ∼60 K. We present a simple chemical kinetic model that treats the diffusion of hydrogen atoms in the ASW and sequential hydrogenation of the CO to methanol to account for the observations.

  15. Release mechanism and kinetic exchange for phosphorus (P) in lake sediment characterized by diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT).

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    Wu, Zhihao; Wang, Shengrui

    2017-06-05

    Diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique has been newly designed for the identification of formation mechanisms of "internal phosphorus (P)-loading" and the numerical simulation of P exchange at DGT/sediment interface in Lake Dianchi. The primary mechanism was Fe-redox controlled P release from Fe-bound P in sediments, which was revealed by CDGT (P and Fe), total P (Fe) and P (Fe) fractions in NH4Cl and BD phases in sediments and their relationships at sites (N-T). The breakdown of algae biomass in the top layer of sediments at sites (O-T) and the coupled P/Fe/sulfur reactions at two depths at site N played a minor role in P release. The "internal P-loading" was calculated to be 19.23ta(-1), which was 3.0% of the "entering P-loading". At sites (1-9), DGT induced flux in sediments (DIFS) model for P was used to derive curves (i) the resupply parameter (R) against deployment time and (ii) the dissolved/sorbed concentrations against the distance at DGT/sediment interface, the variation characters of which were controlled by kinetics and sediment-P pool. Sulfide microniches in sediments related to P release were evaluated by computer imaging densitometry (CID). DGT-DIFS-CID should be a reliable method to reveal P mobilization in lake sediments.

  16. Determination of Ni2+ in Waters with Sodium Polyacrylate as a Binding Phase in Diffusive Gradients in Thin-films

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    CHEN Hong; DONG Jia; NIU Yong-xin; SUN Ting

    2011-01-01

    An aqueous solution containing sodium polyacrylate(PAAS) was used in diffusive gradient in thin-films technique(DGT) to measure DGT-labile Ni2+ concentrations.The DGT devices(PAAS DGT) were validated in four types of solutions,including synthetic river water containing metal ions with complexing EDTA or that without complexing EDTA,natural river water(Ling River,Jinzhou,China) spiked with Ni2+,and an industrial wastewater (Jinzhou,China).Results show that only free metal ions were measured by PAAS DGT,recovery=97.36% in the solutions containing only free metal ions,recovery=49.62% in a solution with metal/EDTA molar ratio of 2:1 and recovery=0 in the solutions with metal/EDTA molar ratios of 1:1 and 1:2.These indicated that the complexes of Ni-EDTA were DGT-inert.The DGT performance in spiked river water(recovery=18.24%) and in industrial wastewater(recovery=l2.25%) were investigated,which indicated that the measurement of metals by this DGT device did not include the humic substances complexed fractions of metals.The binding properties of PAAS DGT for Ni2+ were investigated under different conditions of pH value and ionic strength.Conditional stability constants(lgK) of PAAS-Ni complexes were also evaluated.

  17. A Facile and Low-Cost Method to Enhance the Internal Quantum Yield and External Light-Extraction Efficiency for Flexible Light-Emitting Carbon-Dot Films

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    Jiang, Z. C.; Lin, T. N.; Lin, H. T.; Talite, M. J.; Tzeng, T. T.; Hsu, C. L.; Chiu, K. P.; Lin, C. A. J.; Shen, J. L.; Yuan, C. T.

    2016-01-01

    Solution-processed, non-toxic carbon dots (CDs) have attracted much attention due to their unique photoluminescence (PL) properties. They are promising emissive layers for flexible light-emitting devices. To this end, the CDs in pristine aqueous solutions need to be transferred to form solid-state thin films without sacrificing their original PL characteristics. Unfortunately, solid-state PL quenching induced by extra non-radiative (NR) energy transfer among CDs would significantly hinder their practical applications in optoelectronics. Here, a facile, low-cost and effective method has been utilized to fabricate high-performance CD/polymer light-emitting flexible films with submicron-structured patterns. The patterned polymers can serve as a solid matrix to disperse and passivate CDs, thus achieving high internal quantum yields of 61%. In addition, they can act as an out-coupler to mitigate the waveguide-mode losses, approximately doubling the external light-extraction efficiency. Such CD/polymer composites also exhibit good photo-stability, and thus can be used as eco-friendly, low-cost phosphors for solid-state lighting.

  18. Insights into cadmium diffusion mechanisms in two-stage diffusion profiles in solar-grade Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin films

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    Biderman, N. J.; Sundaramoorthy, R.; Haldar, Pradeep [Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany, New York 12203 (United States); U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, Albany, New York 12203 (United States); Novak, Steven W.; Lloyd, J. R. [Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany, New York 12203 (United States)

    2015-12-07

    Cadmium diffusion experiments were performed on polished copper indium gallium diselenide (Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} or CIGS) samples with resulting cadmium diffusion profiles measured by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy. Experiments done in the annealing temperature range between 275 °C and 425 °C reveal two-stage cadmium diffusion profiles which may be indicative of multiple diffusion mechanisms. Each stage can be described by the standard solutions of Fick's second law. The slower cadmium diffusion in the first stage can be described by the Arrhenius equation D{sub 1} = 3 × 10{sup −4} exp (− 1.53 eV/k{sub B}T) cm{sup 2} s{sup −1}, possibly representing vacancy-meditated diffusion. The faster second-stage diffusion coefficients determined in these experiments match the previously reported cadmium diffusion Arrhenius equation of D{sub 2} = 4.8 × 10{sup −4} exp (−1.04 eV/k{sub B}T) cm{sup 2} s{sup −1}, suggesting an interstitial-based mechanism.

  19. Effect of ultrasonic cavitation on the diffusivity of a point defect in the passive film on formed Nb in 0.5 M HCl solution.

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    Li, D G

    2015-11-01

    This work primarily focused on the influence of ultrasonic cavitation on the transport property of the point defect in the passive film on formed Nb in 0.5M HCl solution via electrochemical techniques based on the point defect model (PDM). The influence of ultrasonic cavitation on the composition and structure of the passive film was detected by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). The transport property of a point defect in the passive film was characterized by the diffusivity of the point defect (D0). The influences of the ultrasonic cavitation power, passivated time and the distance between horn bottom and sample surface on D0 were analyzed. The results demonstrated that the passive film formed on Nb was an n-type semiconductor with a donor density (ND) ranging from 10(19) cm(-3) to 10(20) cm(-3) in the case of static state, while the order of ND increased one to two times by applying ultrasonic cavitation during film formation. The diffusivity of the point defect (D0) in the passive film formed on Nb at 0.5 V for 1 h in a 0.5 M HCl solution in the static state was calculated to be 9.704×10(-18) cm(2) s(-1), and it increased to 1.255×10(-16) cm(2) s(-1), 7.259×10(-16) cm(2) s(-1) and 7.296×10(-15) cm(2) s(-1) when applying the 180 W, 270 W and 450 W ultrasonic cavitation powers during film formation. D0 increased with the increment of the ultrasonic cavitation power, and decreased with the increased in formation time and distance between the horn bottom and sample surface. AES results showed the film structure and composition were changed by applying the ultrasonic cavitation. XPS results revealed that the passive film was mainly composed of Nb2O5 in the static state, and the low valence Nb-oxide (NbO) appeared in the passive film except Nb2O5 in the case of applying a 270 W ultrasonic cavitation power.

  20. Li ion diffusion measurements in crystalline and amorphous V{sub 2}O{sub 5} thin-film battery cathodes

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    McGraw, J.M.; Bahn, C.S.; Parilla, P.A.; Perkins, J.D.; Readey, D.W.; Ginley, D.S.

    2000-07-01

    Thin films of crystalline and amorphous V{sub 2}O{sub 5} were deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and the chemical diffusion coefficients, {tilde D}, were measured by the potentiostatic intermittent titration technique (PITT). In crystalline V{sub 2}O{sub 5} films, the maximum and minimum {tilde D} were found to be 1.7 x 10{sup {minus}12} cm{sup 2}/s and 5.8 x 10{sup {minus}15} cm{sup 2}/s respectively, with a general trend for {tilde D} to rise in single-phase regions. The changes in {tilde D} correlated well to the known phases in Li{sub x}V{sub 2}O{sub 5}. In amorphous V{sub 2}O{sub 5} films, {tilde D} exhibited a smooth, continuous decrease as the Li concentration increased.

  1. Growth of Pt thin films on Cu(111) and formation of Pt/Cu surface alloys: growth mechanism and diffusion barrier

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    Boo, J H; Lee, S B; Kwak, H T; Schröder, U; Linke, R; Wandelt, K

    1999-01-01

    Ultra-thin-platinum films evaporated on Cu(111) at 100 K and at room temperature were investigated by using in situ Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED). A growth mechanism of the layer-by layer type was evidenced up to at least 5-ML of Pt. Over the first Pt monolayer, the Pt-Pt bond distances were strained about 7 % beyond the equilibrium bond distances found for bulk platinum. Surface alloys were formed by diffusing the Pt adatoms into the Cu(111) substrate at temperatures above 500 K with a diffusion barrier of 0.85 eV. For higher annealing temperatures, the Pt concentration got smaller. From an Auger depth profile, the diffusion barrier for surface alloy formation was estimated using Fick's second law.

  2. Quantitative determination of optical and recombination losses in thin-film photovoltaic devices based on external quantum efficiency analysis

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    Nakane, Akihiro; Tamakoshi, Masato; Fujimoto, Shohei; Fujiwara, Hiroyuki, E-mail: fujiwara@gifu-u.ac.jp [Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Gifu University, 1-1 Yanagido, Gifu 501-1193 (Japan); Tampo, Hitoshi; Kim, Kang Min; Kim, Shinho; Shibata, Hajime; Niki, Shigeru [Research Center for Photovoltaics, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 2, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan)

    2016-08-14

    In developing photovoltaic devices with high efficiencies, quantitative determination of the carrier loss is crucial. In conventional solar-cell characterization techniques, however, photocurrent reduction originating from parasitic light absorption and carrier recombination within the light absorber cannot be assessed easily. Here, we develop a general analysis scheme in which the optical and recombination losses in submicron-textured solar cells are evaluated systematically from external quantum efficiency (EQE) spectra. In this method, the optical absorption in solar cells is first deduced by imposing the anti-reflection condition in the calculation of the absorptance spectrum, and the carrier extraction from the light absorber layer is then modeled by considering a carrier collection length from the absorber interface. Our analysis method is appropriate for a wide variety of photovoltaic devices, including kesterite solar cells [Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4}, Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4}, and Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4}], zincblende CdTe solar cells, and hybrid perovskite (CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3}) solar cells, and provides excellent fitting to numerous EQE spectra reported earlier. Based on the results obtained from our EQE analyses, we discuss the effects of parasitic absorption and carrier recombination in different types of solar cells.

  3. Quantitative determination of optical and recombination losses in thin-film photovoltaic devices based on external quantum efficiency analysis

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    Nakane, Akihiro; Tampo, Hitoshi; Tamakoshi, Masato; Fujimoto, Shohei; Kim, Kang Min; Kim, Shinho; Shibata, Hajime; Niki, Shigeru; Fujiwara, Hiroyuki

    2016-08-01

    In developing photovoltaic devices with high efficiencies, quantitative determination of the carrier loss is crucial. In conventional solar-cell characterization techniques, however, photocurrent reduction originating from parasitic light absorption and carrier recombination within the light absorber cannot be assessed easily. Here, we develop a general analysis scheme in which the optical and recombination losses in submicron-textured solar cells are evaluated systematically from external quantum efficiency (EQE) spectra. In this method, the optical absorption in solar cells is first deduced by imposing the anti-reflection condition in the calculation of the absorptance spectrum, and the carrier extraction from the light absorber layer is then modeled by considering a carrier collection length from the absorber interface. Our analysis method is appropriate for a wide variety of photovoltaic devices, including kesterite solar cells [Cu2ZnSnSe4, Cu2ZnSnS4, and Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4], zincblende CdTe solar cells, and hybrid perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) solar cells, and provides excellent fitting to numerous EQE spectra reported earlier. Based on the results obtained from our EQE analyses, we discuss the effects of parasitic absorption and carrier recombination in different types of solar cells.

  4. Diffusion and emissions of 1,3-dichloro propene in Florida sandy soil in microplots affected by soil moisture, organic matter, and plastic film.

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    Thomas, John E; Allen, L Hartwell; McCormack, Leslie A; Vu, Joseph C; Dickson, Donald W; Ou, Li-Tse

    2004-04-01

    The main objective of this study was to determine the influence of soil moisture, organic matter amendment and plastic cover (a virtually impermeable film, VIF) on diffusion and emissions of (Z)- and (E)-1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D) in microplots of Florida sandy soil (Arredondo fine sand). Upward diffusion of the two isomers in the Arredondo soil without a plastic cover was greatly influenced by soil-water content and (Z)-1,3-D diffused faster than (E)-1,3-D. In less than 5 h after 1,3-D injection to 30 cm depth, (Z)- and (E)-1,3-D in air dry soil had diffused to a 10 cm depth, whereas diffusion for the two isomers was negligible in near-water-saturated soil, even 101 h after injection. The diffusion rate of (Z)- and (E)-1,3-D in near-field-capacity soil was between the rates in the two water regimes. Yard waste compost (YWC) amendment greatly reduced diffusion of (Z)- and (E)-1,3-D, even in air-dry soil. Although upward diffusion of (Z)- and (E)-1,3-D in soil with VIF cover was slightly less than in the corresponding bare soil; the cover promoted retention of vapors of the two isomers in soil pore air in the shallow subsurface. More (Z)-1,3-D vapor was found initially in soil pore air than (E)-1,3-D although the difference declined thereafter. As a result of rapid upward movement in air-dry bare soil, (Z)- and (E)-1,3-D were rapidly volatilized into the atmosphere, but emissions from the near-water-saturated soil were minimal. Virtually impermeable film and YWC amendment retarded emissions. This study indicated that adequate soil water in this sandy soil is needed to prevent rapid emissions, but excess soil water slows diffusion of (Z)- and (E)-1,3-D. Thus, management for optimum water in soil is critical for pesticidal efficacy and the environment.

  5. Critical temperature determination of detectable Cr diffusion enhancement by nanostructure through structural evolution analysis of the oxide films at 25-450 °C on 304 stainless steel

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    Gui, Y.; Meng, X. B.; Zheng, Z. J.; Gao, Y.

    2017-10-01

    The structural evolution of the oxide films at 25-450 °C on nanocrystalline (NC) and coarse crystalline (CC) 304 stainless steels (SS) was investigated. The structure of the oxide film on both NC and CC SSs was observed to undergo transient processes from a bi-layer to a single-layer and then back to a bi-layer when the temperature changed from the low range (25-150 °C) to the medium range (150-300 °C) and subsequently to the high range (300-450 °C), respectively. These formation mechanisms of the oxide films on SS were attributed to the different diffusion properties of Cr and Fe in the three temperature ranges. The thickness of the oxide films was similar between the NC and CC SSs below 300 °C due to their similar Crox/Feox concentration ratios in their oxide films at this temperature. Above 300 °C, Cr diffusion enhancement in the NC matrix led to a higher Crox/Feox ratio and better compactness of the oxide film, which resulted in a slower atomic diffusion rate in the oxide film and a thinner oxide film. Therefore, the temperature of 300 °C was concluded to be the critical temperature of the detectable Cr diffusion enhancement in the NC SS compared to the CC SS.

  6. Li-ion diffusion kinetics in LiCoPO{sub 4} thin films deposited on NASICON-type glass ceramic electrolytes by magnetron sputtering

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    Xie, J.; Imanishi, N.; Zhang, T.; Hirano, A.; Takeda, Y.; Yamamoto, O. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Mie University, 1577 Kurimamachiya-cho, Tsu, Mie 514-8507 (Japan)

    2009-07-15

    LiCoPO{sub 4} thin films were deposited on Li{sub 1+x+y}Al{sub x}Ti{sub 2-x}Si{sub y}P{sub 3-y}O{sub 12} (LATSP) solid electrolyte by radio frequency magnetron sputtering and were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. The films show a (1 1 1) preferred orientation upon annealing and are chemically stable with LATSP up to 600 C in air. An all-solid-state Li/PEO{sub 18}-Li(CF{sub 3}SO{sub 2}){sub 2}N/LATSP/LiCoPO{sub 4}/Au cell was fabricated to investigate the electrochemical performance and Li-ion chemical diffusion coefficients, D{sub Li}, of the LiCoPO{sub 4} thin films. The potential dependence of D{sub Li} values of the LiCoPO{sub 4} thin film was investigated by potentiostatic intermittent titration technique and was compared with those of the LiFePO{sub 4} thin film. These results showed that the intercalation mechanism of Li-ion in LiCoPO{sub 4} is different from that in LiFePO{sub 4}. (author)

  7. CHLORIDE DIFFUSIVITY IN SATURATED CEMENT PASTE SUBJECTED TO EXTERNAL LOADINGS%荷载作用下饱和水泥浆体中氯离子扩散性能研究

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    金浏; 杜修力; 张仁波

    2015-01-01

    混凝土类水泥浆复合材料中各种尺度的孔隙,如凝胶孔、毛细孔、掺入的气体气泡以及微裂纹等影响着氯离子的扩散性能.孔隙结构参数(如孔隙率)在外荷载作用下会产生变化,进而影响了水泥浆体中氯离子扩散性能.外荷载作用对氯离子扩散行为的影响,可以等效为外荷载所引起的孔隙率的改变对氯离子扩散性能的影响.从微观角度出发,将饱和水泥浆体看作由水泥浆体基质(其孔隙率为零)和孔隙水夹杂相所组成的两相复合材料介质.基于弹性力学理论推导并获得了饱和水泥浆体达到其强度前(即未产生新裂纹前)当前孔隙率与材料初始孔隙率及体应变之间的定量关系,得到了水泥浆体中氯离子扩散系数与这些参数的定量关系.基于Fick第二定律分析了外荷载(体应变)和孔隙率变化对氯离子扩散性能的影响.研究表明:氯离子在饱和砂浆中的扩散系数随孔隙率增大而显著增大;氯离子在砂浆中的扩散系数随压缩体应变的增大而减小,随拉应变增大而增大.%The chloride diffusivity in cement-based composite materials is affected by multi-scale pores,including gel pores,capillary pores,entrained and entrapped voids,micro-cracks,etc.The pore-structure parameters (e.g.porosity) will change when subjected to external loadings,resulting in the change of the chloride diffusivity in cement paste.The effect of the external loadings on the chloride diffusivity can be assumed as the change of porosity on the chloride diffusivity induced by external loadings.In the present study,saturated cement paste is regarded as a two-phase composite composed of instinct cement matrix (with zero porosity) and pore-water inclusion.Based on the theory of elasticity,the quantitative relationship between current porosity of mortar and initial porosity as well as volumetric strain before reaching the strength of mortar (i.e.before the appearance of new

  8. 4.0-nm-thick amorphous Nb–Ni film as a conducting diffusion barrier layer for integrating ferroelectric capacitor on Si

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    Dai, X.H. [Hebei Key Lab of Optic-electronic Information and Materials, College of Physics Science & Technology, Hebei University, Hebei 071002 (China); College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China); Guo, J.X.; Zhang, L.; Jia, D.M.; Qi, C.G.; Zhou, Y.; Li, X.H.; Shi, J.B.; Fu, Y.J.; Wang, Y.L.; Lou, J.Z. [Hebei Key Lab of Optic-electronic Information and Materials, College of Physics Science & Technology, Hebei University, Hebei 071002 (China); Ma, L.X. [Department of Physics, Blinn College, Bryan, TX 77805 (United States); Zhao, H.D. [College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China); Liu, B.T., E-mail: btliu@hbu.cn [Hebei Key Lab of Optic-electronic Information and Materials, College of Physics Science & Technology, Hebei University, Hebei 071002 (China)

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • 4-nm-thick amorphous Nb–Ni film is first used as the conducting barrier layer. • No obvious interdiffusion/reaction can be found from the LSCO/PZT/LSCO/Nb–Ni/Si. • The LSCO/PZT/LSCO capacitor, measured at 5 V, possesses very good properties. • Ultrathin amorphous Nb–Ni film is ideal to fabricate silicon-based FRAM. - Abstract: We have successfully integrated La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}CoO{sub 3}/PbZr{sub 0.4}Ti{sub 0.6}O{sub 3}/La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}CoO{sub 3} (LSCO/PZT/LSCO) capacitors on silicon substrate using a ∼4.0-nm-thick amorphous Nb–Ni film as the conducting diffusion barrier layer. Transmission electron microscopy technique confirms that the Nb–Ni film is still amorphous after fabrication of the capacitors, and the interfaces related to Nb–Ni are clean and sharp without any findable interdiffusion/reaction. The LSCO/PZT/LSCO capacitor, measured at 5 V, possesses very good properties, such as large remanent polarization of ∼22.1 μC/cm{sup 2}, small coercive voltage of ∼1.27 V, good fatigue-resistance, and small pulse width dependence, implying that ultrathin amorphous Nb–Ni film is ideal as the conducting diffusion barrier layer to fabricate high-density silicon-based ferroelectric random access memories.

  9. Analysis of Cu Diffusion in ZnTe-Based Contacts for Thin-Film CdS/CdTe Solar Cells

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    Narayanswamy, C. (Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Toledo); Gessert, T. A. and Asher, S. E. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    1998-10-27

    Ohmic contacts to thin-film CdS/CdTe photovoltaic devices have been formed using a two-layer contact interface of undoped ZnTe (ZnTe) and Cu-doped ZnTe (ZnTe:Cu), followed by Ni or Ti as an outer metallization. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) is used to study Cu diffusion within this back-contact structure, and also, to monitor Cu diffusion from the contact into the CdTe. When Ni metallization is used, the ZnTe:Cu layer becomes increasingly depleted of Cu, and Ni diffusion into the ZnTe:Cu increases as the contact deposition temperature increases from 100 C to 300 C. Cu depletion is not observed when Ni is replaced with Ti. Diffusion of Cu from the ZnTe:Cu layer into the ZnTe layer also increases with contact deposition temperature, and produces a buildup of Cu at the ZnTe/CdTe interface. High-mass resolution SIMS indicates that, although Cu levels in the CdTe remain low, Cu diffusion from the contact proceeds into the CdTe layer and toward the CdTe/CdS junction region.

  10. Effect of annealing on the structural and optical properties of indium-diffused Cd0.7Zn0.3Se thin films

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    Chavhan, S. D.; Senthilarasu, S.; Lee, J.; Lee, Soo-Hyoung

    2008-08-01

    Cadmium zinc-selenide (Cd0.7Zn0.3Se) thin films were deposited on the ITO substrate using chemical bath deposition techniques by optimizing the deposition parameters. The as-deposited films were annealed in air at 200, 300 and 400 °C for 1 h. The composition, surface morphology and structural properties of the as-deposited and annealed Cd0.7Zn0.3Se thin films were studied using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction techniques. The as-deposited films exhibited the hexagonal phase of CdSe and ZnSe. The films annealed at 200 °C showed the dominant cubic phase of CdSe and the hexagonal phase of ZnSe. However, the cubic structure of Cd0.7Zn0.3Se was transformed into a hexagonal structure after annealing at 300 and 400 °C. The lattice parameter a for the cubic structure was 6.0865 Å, whereas for the hexagonal structure a varied from 4.3035 to 4.2938 Å and c varied from 7.0916 to 6.9868 Å. The optical absorption spectra were recorded within the range 350-800 nm. The optical band gaps were 2.08 eV, 2.03 eV, 1.91 eV and 1.72 eV for the as-deposited films and those annealed at 200 °C, 300 °C and 400 °C, respectively. The drastic decrease in the optical band gap at 300 and 400 °C was due to the indium diffusion into the Cd0.7Zn0.3Se matrix.

  11. Coherency strain and its effect on ionic conductivity and diffusion in solid electrolytes--an improved model for nanocrystalline thin films and a review of experimental data.

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    Korte, C; Keppner, J; Peters, A; Schichtel, N; Aydin, H; Janek, J

    2014-11-28

    A phenomenological and analytical model for the influence of strain effects on atomic transport in columnar thin films is presented. A model system consisting of two types of crystalline thin films with coherent interfaces is assumed. Biaxial mechanical strain ε0 is caused by lattice misfit of the two phases. The conjoined films consist of columnar crystallites with a small diameter l. Strain relaxation by local elastic deformation, parallel to the hetero-interface, is possible along the columnar grain boundaries. The spatial extent δ0 of the strained hetero-interface regions can be calculated, assuming an exponential decay of the deformation-forces. The effect of the strain field on the local ionic transport in a thin film is then calculated by using the thermodynamic relation between (isostatic) pressure and free activation enthalpy ΔG(#). An expression describing the total ionic transport relative to bulk transport of a thin film or a multilayer as a function of the layer thickness is obtained as an integral average over strained and unstrained regions. The expression depends only on known material constants such as Young modulus Y, Poisson ratio ν and activation volume ΔV(#), which can be combined as dimensionless parameters. The model is successfully used to describe own experimental data from conductivity and diffusion studies. In the second part of the paper a comprehensive literature overview of experimental studies on (fast) ion transport in thin films and multilayers along solid-solid hetero-interfaces is presented. By comparing and reviewing the data the observed interface effects can be classified into three groups: (i) transport along interfaces between extrinsic ionic conductors (and insulator), (ii) transport along an open surface of an extrinsic ionic conductor and (iii) transport along interfaces between intrinsic ionic conductors. The observed effects in these groups differ by about five orders of magnitude in a very consistent way. The

  12. A Study of Trimethylsilane (3MS and Tetramethylsilane (4MS Based α-SiCN:H/α-SiCO:H Diffusion Barrier Films

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    Sheng-Wen Chen

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Amorphous nitrogen-doped silicon carbide (α-SiCN:H films have been used as a Cu penetration diffusion barrier and interconnect etch stop layer in the below 90-nanometer ultra-large scale integration (ULSI manufacturing technology. In this study, the etching stop layers were deposited by using trimethylsilane (3MS or tetramethylsilane (4MS with ammonia by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD followed by a procedure for tetra-ethoxyl silane (TEOS oxide. The depth profile of Cu distribution examined by second ion mass spectroscopy (SIMs showed that 3MS α-SiCN:H exhibited a better barrier performance than the 4MS film, which was revealed by the Cu signal. The FTIR spectra also showed the intensity of Si-CH3 stretch mode in the α-SiCN:H film deposited by 3MS was higher than that deposited by 4MS. A novel multi structure of oxygen-doped silicon carbide (SiC:O substituted TEOS oxide capped on 4MS α-SiC:N film was also examined. In addition to this, the new multi etch stop layers can be deposited together with the same tool which can thus eliminate the effect of the vacuum break and accompanying environmental contamination.

  13. Ultrahigh coercivity and core-shell microstructure achieved in oriented Nd-Fe-B thin films diffusion-processed with Dy-based alloys

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    Zhang, Tongbo; Zhou, Xiaoqian; Yu, Dedong; Fu, Yanqing; Cui, Weibin [Northeastern University, Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Processing of Materials (EPM), Ministry of Education, Shenyang (China); Northeastern University, Department of Physics and Chemistry of Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenyang (China); Li, Guojian; Wang, Qiang [Northeastern University, Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Processing of Materials (EPM), Ministry of Education, Shenyang (China)

    2017-01-15

    Ultrahigh ambient coercivities of ∝4 T were achieved in Nd-Fe-B benchmark thin film with coercivity of 1.06 T by diffusion-processing with Dy, Dy{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} and Dy{sub 80}Ag{sub 20} alloy layer. High texture and good squareness were obtained. In triple-junction regions, Dy element was found to be immiscible with Nd element. Microstructure observation indicated the typical gradient elementary distribution. Unambiguous core/shell microstructure was characterized by transition electron microscopy. Due to the enhanced ambient coercivity, the coercivity temperature stability was also substantially increased. (orig.)

  14. Ultrahigh coercivity and core-shell microstructure achieved in oriented Nd-Fe-B thin films diffusion-processed with Dy-based alloys

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    Zhang, Tongbo; Zhou, Xiaoqian; Yu, Dedong; Fu, Yanqing; Li, Guojian; Cui, Weibin; Wang, Qiang

    2017-01-01

    Ultrahigh ambient coercivities of 4 T were achieved in Nd-Fe-B benchmark thin film with coercivity of 1.06 T by diffusion-processing with Dy, Dy70Cu30 and Dy80Ag20 alloy layer. High texture and good squareness were obtained. In triple-junction regions, Dy element was found to be immiscible with Nd element. Microstructure observation indicated the typical gradient elementary distribution. Unambiguous core/shell microstructure was characterized by transition electron microscopy. Due to the enhanced ambient coercivity, the coercivity temperature stability was also substantially increased.

  15. Lithium diffusion in spinel Li4Ti5O12 and LiTi2O4 films detected with 8Liβ -NMR

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    Sugiyama, Jun; Umegaki, Izumi; Uyama, Takeshi; McFadden, Ryan M. L.; Shiraki, Susumu; Hitosugi, Taro; Salman, Zaher; Saadaoui, Hassan; Morris, Gerald D.; MacFarlane, W. Andrew; Kiefl, Robert F.

    2017-09-01

    Diffusion of Li+ in (111) oriented thin films of the spinels Li4Ti5O12 and LiTi2O4 has been studied with 8Liβ -detected NMR in the temperature range between 5 and 310 K. In Li4Ti5O12 , the spin-lattice relaxation rate (1 /T1 ) versus temperature shows a clear maximum around 100 K (=Tmax ) which we attribute to magnetic freezing of dilute Ti3 + local magnetic moments, consistent with the results of magnetization and muon spin relaxation (μ+SR ) measurements. The decrease in 1 /T1 with temperature above Tmax indicates that Li+ starts to diffuse with a thermal activation energy (Ea) of 0.11(1) eV. In LiTi2O4 , on the contrary, as temperature increases from 200 K, 1 /T1 increases monotonically up to 310 K. This suggests that Li also starts to diffuse above 200 K with Ea=0.16 (2 ) eV in LiTi2O4 . Comparison with conventional Li-NMR on Li4Ti5O12 implies that both β -NMR and μ+SR sense short-range Li motion, i.e., a jump diffusion of Li+ to the nearest neighboring sites.

  16. Water-evaporation reduction by duplex films: application to the human tear film.

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    Cerretani, Colin F; Ho, Nghia H; Radke, C J

    2013-09-01

    Water-evaporation reduction by duplex-oil films is especially important to understand the physiology of the human tear film. Secreted lipids, called meibum, form a duplex film that coats the aqueous tear film and purportedly reduces tear evaporation. Lipid-layer deficiency is correlated with the occurrence of dry-eye disease; however, in-vitro experiments fail to show water-evaporation reduction by tear-lipid duplex films. We review the available literature on water-evaporation reduction by duplex-oil films and outline the theoretical underpinnings of spreading and evaporation kinetics that govern behavior of these systems. A dissolution-diffusion model unifies the data reported in the literature and identifies dewetting of duplex films into lenses as a key challenge to obtaining significant evaporation reduction. We develop an improved apparatus for measuring evaporation reduction by duplex-oil films including simultaneous assessment of film coverage, stability, and temperature, all under controlled external mass transfer. New data reported in this study fit into the larger body of work conducted on water-evaporation reduction by duplex-oil films. Duplex-oil films of oxidized mineral oil/mucin (MOx/BSM), human meibum (HM), and bovine meibum (BM) reduce water evaporation by a dissolution-diffusion mechanism, as confirmed by agreement between measurement and theory. The water permeability of oxidized-mineral-oil duplex films agrees with those reported in the literature, after correction for the presence of mucin. We find that duplex-oil films of bovine and human meibum at physiologic temperature reduce water evaporation only 6-8% for a 100-nm film thickness pertinent to the human tear film. Comparison to in-vivo human tear-evaporation measurements is inconclusive because evaporation from a clean-water surface is not measured and because the mass-transfer resistance is not characterized.

  17. Effect of SiNx diffusion barrier thickness on the structural properties and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 films obtained by sol–gel dip coating and reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Mohamed Nawfal Ghazzal

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the effect of the thickness of the silicon nitride (SiNx diffusion barrier on the structural and photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films obtained with different processes. We show that the structural and photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films produced using soft chemistry (sol–gel and physical methods (reactive sputtering are affected differentially by the intercalating SiNx diffusion barrier. Increasing the thickness of the SiNx diffusion barrier induced a gradual decrease of the crystallite size of TiO2 films obtained by the sol–gel process. However, TiO2 obtained using the reactive sputtering method showed no dependence on the thickness of the SiNx barrier diffusion. The SiNx barrier diffusion showed a beneficial effect on the photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films regardless of the synthesis method used. The proposed mechanism leading to the improvement in the photocatalytic efficiency of the TiO2 films obtained by each process was discussed.

  18. Effect of SiN x diffusion barrier thickness on the structural properties and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 films obtained by sol-gel dip coating and reactive magnetron sputtering.

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    Ghazzal, Mohamed Nawfal; Aubry, Eric; Chaoui, Nouari; Robert, Didier

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the effect of the thickness of the silicon nitride (SiN x ) diffusion barrier on the structural and photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films obtained with different processes. We show that the structural and photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films produced using soft chemistry (sol-gel) and physical methods (reactive sputtering) are affected differentially by the intercalating SiN x diffusion barrier. Increasing the thickness of the SiN x diffusion barrier induced a gradual decrease of the crystallite size of TiO2 films obtained by the sol-gel process. However, TiO2 obtained using the reactive sputtering method showed no dependence on the thickness of the SiN x barrier diffusion. The SiN x barrier diffusion showed a beneficial effect on the photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films regardless of the synthesis method used. The proposed mechanism leading to the improvement in the photocatalytic efficiency of the TiO2 films obtained by each process was discussed.

  19. Density relative change and interface zone mutual diffusion of BiFeO3 films prepared on Si (1 0 0), SiO2 and SiO2/Si (1 0 0)

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    Xiao, RenZheng; Wang, ZeSong; Yuan, XianBao; Zhou, JianJun; Mao, ZhangLiang; Su, HuaShan; Li, Bo; Fu, DeJun

    2016-10-01

    The mutual diffusion taken place in the interface zone between BiFeO3 (BFO) films and substrates (Si (1 0 0), SiO2 and SiO2/Si (1 0 0)) has been revealed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS). RBS spectra provide the relative atomic concentrations of Bi, Fe, Si, and O elements changed with the samples' depth as analyzed by RBS spectra fitting SIMNRA software. A certain width of the intermixing layer is probably formed between BFO films and individual substrate which is attributed to mutual diffusion in the interface zone during annealing process. The mechanism of concerted exchange component can explain the interface zone mutual diffusion phenomenon between BFO films and substrates. The width of the interface zone between BFO film and Si (1 0 0), SiO2, and SiO2/Si (1 0 0) substrate is about 1.94 × 1017, 2.01 × 1017 and 3.05 × 1017 atoms/cm2, respectively, which are equivalent to 30.9, 36.7, and 52.9 nm, respectively. It has been declared that the effect on density relative to BFO film is loosen or attenuation is presented in the interface zone, which can be interpreted as a migration or diffusion of various atoms during the annealing. This can also provide an evidence of atomic dynamics and defect engineering on interface diffusion.

  20. Effects of Pt diffusion barrier layer on the interface reaction and electric properties of PZT film/Si ( 111 ) sample

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    ZHU, Yong-Fa(朱永法); CAO, Li-Li(曹立礼); YAN, Pei-Yu(阎培渝); LI, Long-Tu(李龙土); YI, Tao(易涛)

    2000-01-01

    The effects of the Pt diffusion barrier layer on the interface diffusion and reaction, crystallization, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of the PZT/Si(111) sample have been studied using XPS, AES and XRD techniques. The results indicate that the Pt diffusion barrier layer between the PZT layer and the Si substrate prohibits the formation of TiCx, TiSix and SiO2 species in the PZT layer. The Pt barrier layer also completely interrupts the diffusion of Si from the Si substrate into the PZT layer and impedes the diffusion of oxygen from air to the Si substrate greatly. Although the Pt layer can not prevent completely the diffusion and reaction between oxygen and silicon, it can prevent the formation of a stable SiO2 interface layer on the interface of PZT/Si. The Pt layer reacts with silicon to form PtSix species on the interface of Pt/Si, which can intensify the chemical binding strength between the Pt layer and the Si substrate. To play a good role as a diffusion barrier layer, the Pt barrier layer must be not thinner than 140 nm. The existence of the Pt layer not only promotes the crystallization of PZT layer to form a perovskite phase but also improves dielectric and ferroelectric performances of the PZT layer.

  1. Optical detection of ion diffusion in electrochromic poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy)thiophene film using microcantilever electrodes

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    Lin, Rong; Stokbro, Kurt; Madsen, Dorte Nørgaard;

    2005-01-01

    potential of the film induced dark (light-absorbing) rings, which spread out from the anode on a time scale of seconds. The rate of expansion of the rings as well as the final diameter depended on the bias voltage. Using two micro four-point probes simultaneously, we measured with one probe the conductance......We present measurements of microscale electrochromic switching of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy)thiophene doped with poly(4-styrene sulfonate), thin film using microfabricated multi-point probe electrodes. After treatment with a dilute hydrochloric acid, a voltage bias above 3 V with respect to the ground...... of the film outside, near and inside a dark ring induced by a voltage applied to another probe and found the resistivity to be directly related to the observed absorbance of the film. The standard electrochromic mechanism of ion insertion was used to explain the observations. We anticipate this experimental...

  2. Fe diffusion in polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se2 layers for thin-film solar cells

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    Stolwijk, N. A.; Obeidi, Sh.; Bastek, J.; Wuerz, R.; Eicke, A.

    2010-06-01

    Diffusion of Fe in solar-grade Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) layers was investigated over the temperature range from 200 to 600 °C. Either natural or radioactive iron was diffused from the front-surface of CIGSe/Mo/soda lime glass samples. Penetration profiles of stable F56e and radioactive F59e were measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and ion-beam sputtering in conjunction with activity counting, respectively. The Fe diffusivity can be described by the Arrhenius equation D=1.6×10-4 exp(-0.97 eV/kBT) cm2 s-1. Taking into account Fe solubility data obtained from the SIMS profiles, we provide evidence that D is representative of diffusion along grain boundaries.

  3. Implantation damage and anomalous diffusion of implanted boron in silicon through SiO[sub 2] films

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    Kaabi, L. (Lab. de Physique de la Matiere, Inst. National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon, 69 - Villeurbanne (France)); Gontrand, C. (Lab. de Physique de la Matiere, Inst. National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon, 69 - Villeurbanne (France)); Lemiti, M. (Lab. de Physique de la Matiere, Inst. National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon, 69 - Villeurbanne (France)); Balland, B. (Lab. de Physique de la Matiere, Inst. National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon, 69 - Villeurbanne (France))

    1993-07-16

    Boron is implanted in crystalline silicon through oxide layers with different thicknesses. The implantation is carried out at various doses and energies of interest in ultra large scale integration (ULSI) application. Rapid thermal annealings (RTA) are used to obtain shallow junctions and electrical activation of the B atoms. However, transient enhanced diffusion induced by implantation damage can be observed. The boron concentration profiles before and after annealing are obtained with secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). It is found that the diffusion transient in the tail region of the boron profile increases with decreasing oxide thickness. Even more, if the implantation damage concerns mostly the oxide, i.e. when the concentration peak is located in this oxide, the oxygen knocked into the silicon substrate could play this way an important role in restricting the boron diffusion, which is good to obtain very shallow junctions. On the other hand, for thinner oxide, boron enhanced diffusion is attributed to the implantation induced damage into silicon at high doses. The diffusion process of boron in oxide and moncrystalline silicon during rapid thermal annealing is investigated. The boron diffusion profiles obtained by computer simulation are compared with the measured results. It is shown by this comparison that the intrinsic coefficient cannot be considered as constant along all the silicon depth. (orig.)

  4. Mg diffusion in K(Ta{sub 0.65}Nb{sub 0.35})O{sub 3} thin films grown on MgO evidenced by Auger electron spectroscopy investigation

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    Simon, Q.; Bouquet, V.; Demange, V.; Deputier, S. [Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, UMR 6226 CNRS/Universite de Rennes 1, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes Cedex (France); Universite Europeenne de Bretagne (France); Wyczisk, F.; Garry, G.; Ziaie, A. [Thales Research and Technology, rd. 128, 91767 Palaiseau Cedex (France); Guilloux-Viry, M., E-mail: maryline.guilloux-viry@univ-rennes1.fr [Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, UMR 6226 CNRS/Universite de Rennes 1, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes Cedex (France); Universite Europeenne de Bretagne (France)

    2011-09-01

    The diffusion of Mg in pulsed laser deposited K(Ta{sub 0.65}Nb{sub 0.35})O{sub 3} thin films epitaxially grown on (1 0 0) MgO single crystal substrate were investigated by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). A diffusion of Mg from the substrate into the whole thickness (400 nm) of the as-deposited K(Ta{sub 0.65}Nb{sub 0.35})O{sub 3} films was observed with an accumulation of Mg at the surface. Ex situ post-annealing (750 deg. C/2 h) has led to a homogeneous distribution of Mg in all the ferroelectric coating. This strong reaction between film and substrate promotes a doping effect, responsible for the reduction of K(Ta{sub 0.65}Nb{sub 0.35})O{sub 3} dielectric losses in comparison with films grown on other substrates.

  5. Pattern formation due to non-linear vortex diffusion

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    Wijngaarden, Rinke J.; Surdeanu, R.; Huijbregtse, J. M.; Rector, J. H.; Dam, B.; Einfeld, J.; Wördenweber, R.; Griessen, R.

    Penetration of magnetic flux in YBa 2Cu 3O 7 superconducting thin films in an external magnetic field is visualized using a magneto-optic technique. A variety of flux patterns due to non-linear vortex diffusion is observed: (1) Roughening of the flux front with scaling exponents identical to those observed in burning paper including two distinct regimes where respectively spatial disorder and temporal disorder dominate. In the latter regime Kardar-Parisi-Zhang behavior is found. (2) Fractal penetration of flux with Hausdorff dimension depending on the critical current anisotropy. (3) Penetration as ‘flux-rivers’. (4) The occurrence of commensurate and incommensurate channels in films with anti-dots as predicted in numerical simulations by Reichhardt, Olson and Nori. It is shown that most of the observed behavior is related to the non-linear diffusion of vortices by comparison with simulations of the non-linear diffusion equation appropriate for vortices.

  6. Band-gap determination from diffuse reflectance measurements of semiconductor films, and application to photoelectrochemical water-splitting

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    Murphy, A.B. [CSIRO Industrial Physics, P.O. Box 218, Lindfield, NSW 2070 (Australia); CSIRO Energy Transformed National Research Flagship, PO Box 330, Newcastle, NSW 2300 (Australia)

    2007-09-06

    Measurements of the diffuse reflectance of TiO{sub 2} semiconductor coatings, such as are used for water splitting, are analysed using the Kubelka-Munk radiative transfer model. The widely used practice of determining the band gap of the coating directly from the diffuse reflectance is found to be inaccurate, since the diffuse reflectance depends on parameters such as the thickness, refractive index and surface roughness of the coating. However, it is shown that the absorption coefficient can be derived from the diffuse reflectance using an inversion method; the band gap can then be obtained from the absorption coefficient. Finally, the diffuse reflectance of carbon-doped TiO{sub 2} presented by Khan et al. [Science 297 (2002) 2243-2245] is analysed; it is found that while the band-gap wavelength is extended into the visible region, it is overestimated. Moreover, light at visible wavelengths is only very weakly absorbed, and is expected to make only a minor contribution to the water-splitting efficiency. (author)

  7. Kinetically Controlled Vapor-Diffusion Synthesis of Novel Nanostructured Metal Hydroxide and Phosphate Films using no Organic Reagents

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    2005-11-01

    conducting thin films in electro-optical devices,3 solar cell technology4 or gas sensors5 requires high purity, defect-free material. Most thin films are...product were transferred to a platinum interdigitated array of electrodes (IDE) with a width and spacing of 5 mm. The material on the electrode was dried...The calculated unit cell parameters for I, II, and III are aI,II,III = 3.14 Å; cI = 8.12 Å; cII = 9.19 Å; and cIII = 11.26 Å, which are in perfect

  8. Impact of proton diffusion and the hydrogen photospillover upon the photochromic sensitivity of the WO{sub 3} films and the WO{sub 3} double-layer structures

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    Gavrilyuk, A.I., E-mail: gavrilyuk@mail.ioffe.ru

    2013-05-15

    It has been shown that the hydrogen photochromism, i.e., photochromism arising in WO{sub 3} films due to hydrogen atoms detached from hydrogen donor molecules under the action of light, is massively impacted by proton diffusion. The control of the diffusion can be established by the combined use of two types of hydrogen-containing molecules; one (organic) playing the role of the hydrogen donor, whereas the other (water) provides pathways for the proton diffusion. The film morphology highly influences formation of the proton conducting water wires in pores of the WO{sub 3} films. The spirit is that the hydrogen photospillover is used here: the hydrogen atoms detached from the hydrogen donor molecules adsorbed on the surface of the highly disordered WO{sub 3} films flow to the polycrystalline WO{sub 3} films along the special water pathways that are formed in the highly disordered films. The hydrogen spillover triggered by light makes it possible to create the photochromic systems with enhanced photochromic sensitivity and special optical characteristics of the photochromic state.

  9. Photon diffusion in a homogeneous medium bounded externally or internally by an infinitely long circular cylindrical applicator. V. Steady-state fluorescence.

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    Piao, Daqing; Zhang, Anqi; Xu, Guan

    2013-04-01

    As Part V in our series, this paper examines steady-state fluorescence photon diffusion in a homogenous medium that contains a homogenous distribution of fluorophores, and is enclosed by a "concave" circular cylindrical applicator or is enclosing a "convex" circular cylindrical applicator, both geometries being infinite in the longitudinal dimension. The aim is to predict by analytics and examine with the finite-element method the changing characteristics of the fluorescence-wavelength photon-fluence rate and the ratio (sometimes called the Born ratio) of it versus the excitation-wavelength photon-fluence rate, with respect to the source-detector distance. The analysis is performed for a source and a detector located on the medium-applicator interface and aligned either azimuthally or longitudinally in both concave and convex geometries. When compared to its steady-state counterparts on a semi-infinite medium-applicator interface with the same line-of-sight source-detector distance, the fluorescence-wavelength photon-fluence rate reduces faster along the longitudinal direction and slower along the azimuthal direction in the concave geometry, and conversely in the convex geometry. However, the Born ratio increases slower in both azimuthal and longitudinal directions in the concave geometry and faster in both directions in the convex geometry, respectively, when compared to that in the semi-infinite geometry.

  10. Gas sensing properties and in situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy study of trichloroethylene adsorption and reactions on SnO2 films

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    Zhang, Zhenxin; Huang, Kaijin; Yuan, Fangli; Xie, Changsheng

    2014-05-01

    The detection of trichloroethylene has attracted much attention because it has an important effect on human health. The sensitivity of the SnO2 flat-type coplanar gas sensor arrays to 100 ppm trichloroethylene in air was investigated. The adsorption and surface reactions of trichloroethylene were investigated at 100-200 °C by in-situ diffuse reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (DIRFTS) on SnO2 films. Molecularly adsorbed trichloroethylene, dichloroacetyl chloride (DCAC), phosgene, HCl, CO, H2O, CHCl3, Cl2 and CO2 surface species are formed during trichloroethylene adsorption at 100-200 °C. A possible mechanism of the reaction process is discussed.

  11. Strong dependency of lithium diffusion on mechanical constraints in high-capacity Li-ion battery electrodes

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    Yi-Fan Gao; Min Zhou

    2012-01-01

    The effect of external constraints on Li diffusion in high-capacity Li-ion battery electrodes is investigated using a coupled finite deformation theory.It is found that thinfilm electrodes on rigid substrates experience much slower diffusion rates compared with free-standing films with the same material properties and geometric dimensions.More importantly,the study reveals that mechanical driving forces tend to retard diffusion in highly-constrained thin films when lithiation-induced softening is considered,in contrast to the fact that mechanical driving forces always enhance diffusion when deformation is fully elastic.The results provide further proof that nano-particles are a better design option for nextgeneration alloy-based electrodes compared with thin films.

  12. 康复新液治疗急性弥漫性外耳道炎的效疗观察%Clinical Analysis of Acute Diffuse External Otitis with Kangfuxin Liquid

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    段中宁; 张书嘉; 关瑞; 李利; 韩加辉; 邹经纬

    2016-01-01

    目的探讨康复新液治疗急性弥漫性外耳道炎的临床效疗。方法选取2014年1月~2016年1月于我科门诊就诊并诊断为急性弥漫性外耳道炎的286例患者为研究对象,按初诊顺序将患者随机分成两组,治疗组146例,用康复新液治疗,对照组140例,用硼酸酒精治疗。治疗1 w后,统计分析两组患者治疗效果。结果治疗组总有效率为86.3%,而对照组为67.9%,两组的总有效率具有统计学差异(<0.05)。结论康复新液治疗急性弥漫性外耳道炎的临床疗效显著。%Objective The study of Kangfuxin Liquid in treatment of acute diffuse external otitis clinical curative effect.Methods January 2014 to 2016 January in our outpatient clinic and diagnosis for acute diffuse otitis externa 286 cases of patients as the research object,according to the order of newly diagnosed,the patients were randomly divided into 2 groups,146 cases of the treatment group,with Kangfuxin Liquid in treatment,140 cases in the control group,with boric acid alcohol treatment.After 1 week of treatment,statistical analysis of two groups of patients with curative effect.Results In the treatment group total effective rate was 86.3%,while the control group was 67.9%,two groups of the total efficiency and the difference is statistically significant(<5).Conclusion The clinical curative effect of Kangfuxin Liquid in treatment of acute diffuse external otitis is significant.

  13. Kinetics of both defects and electron and hole diffusion lengths during light-soaking in a-Si:H films

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    Abramov, A.S.; Kosarev, A.I.; Vinogradov, A.J. [Ioffe Physical-Technical Inst., St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Roca i Cabarrocas, P. [Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (France). Lab. de Physique des interfaces et des Couches Minces

    1996-12-31

    Light induced degradation of electronic properties observed in amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) remains a serious impediment to the achievement of stable high efficiency p-i-n solar cells. Concomitant studies of kinetics of defects N{sub D}(t), photoconductivity {sigma}{sub ph}(t), electron and hole diffusion lengths L{sub e}(t), L{sub h}(t) during light soaking have been carried out. The data have been fitted by stretched exponential expressions and characteristic parameters of kinetics have been determined. Correlation between the kinetics is discussed. In contrast to N{sub d}(t), {sigma}{sub ph}(t) and L{sub e}(t), the hole diffusion length L{sub h}(t) was observed to remain constant during initial time ({approximately}10{sup 3}s) and then decreased with characteristic time {approximately}10{sup 4}s.

  14. Speciation and Lability of Ag-, AgCl- and Ag2S-Nanoparticles in Soil Determined by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films

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    Long-term speciation and lability of silver (Ag-), silver chloride (AgCl-) and silver sulfide nanoparticles (Ag2S-NPs) in soil were studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and newly developed "nano" Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films (DGT) devices. These nano-D...

  15. Speciation and Lability of Ag-, AgCl- and Ag2S-Nanoparticles in Soil Determined by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films

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    Long-term speciation and lability of silver (Ag-), silver chloride (AgCl-) and silver sulfide nanoparticles (Ag2S-NPs) in soil were studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and newly developed "nano" Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films (DGT) devices. These nano-D...

  16. Thin film flow and heat transfer over an unsteady stretching sheet with thermal radiation, internal heating in presence of external magnetic field

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    Metri, Prashant G; Abel, M Subhash

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we present a mathematical analysis of thin film flow and heat transfer to a laminar liquid film from a horizontal stretching sheet. The flow of thin liquid film and subsequent heat transfer from the stretching surface is investigated with the aid of similarity transformations. Similarity transformations are used to convert unsteady boundary layer equations to a system of non-linear ordinary differential equations. The resulting non-linear differential equations are solved numerically using Runge-kutta-Fehlberg and Newton-Raphson schemes. A relationship between film thickness $\\beta$ and the unsteadiness parameter $S$ is found, the effect of unsteadiness parameter $S$, and the Prandtl number $Pr$, Magnetic field parameter $Mn$, Radiation parameter $Nr$ and viscous dissipation parameter $Ec$ and heat source parameter $\\gamma$ on the temperature distributions are presented and discussed in detail. Present analysis shows that the combined effect of magnetic field, thermal radiation, heat source and ...

  17. Hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of As and Ga out-diffusion in In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} film systems

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    Weiland, C.; Woicik, J. C. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (United States); Lysaght, P.; Price, J.; Huang, J. [SEMATECH, 257 Fuller Rd., Albany, New York 12203 (United States)

    2012-08-06

    Hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) was performed on In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} gate stacks as deposited and annealed at 400 Degree-Sign C, 500 Degree-Sign C, and 700 Degree-Sign C to test for out-diffusion of substrate elements. Ga and As core-level intensities increase with increasing anneal temperature, while the In intensity decreases. HAXPES was performed at two different beam energies to vary the surface sensitivity; results demonstrate Ga and As out-diffuse into the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} film. Analysis suggests the presence of an interlayer containing Ga and As oxides, which thickens with increasing anneal temperature. Further diffusion, especially of Ga, into the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} film is also observed with increasing anneal temperature.

  18. In Situ Ramp Anneal X-ray Diffraction Study of Atomic Layer Deposited Ultrathin TaN and Ta 1-x Al x N y Films for Cu Diffusion Barrier Applications

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    Consiglio, S.; Dey, S.; Yu, K.; Tapily, K.; Clark, R. D.; Hasegawa, T.; Wajda, C. S.; Leusink, G. J.; Diebold, A. C.

    2016-01-01

    Ultrathin TaN and Ta1-xAlxNy films with x = 0.21 to 0.88 were deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and evaluated for Cu diffusion barrier effectiveness compared to physical vapor deposition (PVD) grown TaN. Cu diffusion barrier effectiveness was investigated using in-situ ramp anneal synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) on Cu/1.8 nm barrier/Si stacks. A Kissinger-like analysis was used to assess the kinetics of Cu3Si formation and determine the effective activation energy (Ea) for Cu silicidation. Compared to the stack with a PVD TaN barrier, the stacks with the ALD films exhibited a higher crystallization temperature (Tc) for Cu silicidation. The Ea values of Cu3Si formation for stacks with the ALD films were close to the reported value for grain boundary diffusion of Cu whereas the Ea of Cu3Si formation for the stack with PVD TaN is closer to the reported value for lattice diffusion. For 3 nm films, grazing incidence in-plane XRD showed evidence of nanocrystallites in an amorphous matrix with broad peaks corresponding to high density cubic phase for the ALD grown films and lower density hexagonal phase for the PVD grown film further elucidating the difference in initial failure mechanisms due to differences in barrier crystallinity and associated phase.

  19. Preparation of Anti-Scratch Optical Light Diffusing Film Via Thermal/UV Dual Curing Method%热/UV双重固化制备耐划伤光学扩散膜

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    杨柱; 夏萍; 邓康清; 龚露露; 常征; 施文芳

    2013-01-01

    采用热/UV双重固化方式制备高透光率、高雾度光学扩散膜扩散涂层.分别研究了不同树脂/粒子比例(以热固化树脂为参考)、双重固化树脂比例(UV固化树脂/热固化树脂),以及相同树脂/粒子比例条件下不同粒子粒径等参数对光学扩散膜扩散涂层力学性能、光学性能的影响.对制备的光学扩散膜扩散涂层力学、光学性能及表观形貌进行表征.测试结果表明:使用合适比例的热/UV混合固化树脂,能够制备出具有耐划伤性能且翘曲度较低的光学扩散膜扩散涂层.%A kind of high light transmittance and high haze diffusion optical light diffusion film was prepared using thermal/UV dual curing methods.The influence of the different resin/ particle ratio(base on the thermosetting resin),the ratio of dual curing resin(UV Curing resin/thermosetting resin) and different size particles with the same resin/particle ratio on the mechanical properties and optical performance of optical diffusion film diffusion coating were studied,respectively.The particle size and its distribution was tested,optical properties and surface morphology of the optical light diffusion coating were characterized.The test results showed that,a kind of anti-scratch diffusion coating of optical light diffusion film which possesses low curl value could be produced when using proper ratio of dual curing resin.

  20. Determination of mercury species by the diffusive gradient in thin film technique and liquid chromatography – atomic fluorescence spectrometry after microwave extraction

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    Pelcová, Pavlína, E-mail: pavlina.pelcova@mendelu.cz; Dočekalová, Hana, E-mail: hana.docekalova@mendelu.cz; Kleckerová, Andrea, E-mail: andrea.kleckerova@mendelu.cz

    2015-03-25

    Highlights: • DGT–MAE–LC–CV-AFS method was developed for determination of four mercury species. • The microwave extraction was used for isolation of mercury species from resin gels. • Optimized DGT–MAE–LC–CV-AFS method provides low detection limits (13–38 ng L{sup −1}). • The diffusion coefficients of four mercury species were simultaneously determined. - Abstract: A diffusive gradient in thin films technique (DGT) was combined with liquid chromatography (LC) and cold vapor atomic fluorescence spectrometry (CV-AFS) for the simultaneous quantification of four mercury species (Hg{sup 2+}, CH{sub 3}Hg{sup +}, C{sub 2}H{sub 5}Hg{sup +}, and C{sub 6}H{sub 5}Hg{sup +}). After diffusion through an agarose diffusive layer, the mercury species were accumulated in resin gels containing thiol-functionalized ion-exchange resins (Duolite GT73, and Ambersep GT74). A microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) in the presence of 6 M HCl and 5 M HCl (55 °C, 15 min) was used for isolation of mercury species from Ambersep and Duolite resin gels, respectively. The extraction efficiency was higher than 95.0% (RSD 3.5%). The mercury species were separated with a mobile phase containing 6.2% methanol + 0.05% 2-mercaptoethanol + 0.02 M ammonium acetate with a stepwise increase of methanol content up to 80% in the 16th min on a Zorbax C18 reverse phase column. The LODs of DGT–MAE–LC–CV-AFS method were 38 ng L{sup −1} for CH{sub 3}Hg{sup +}, 13 ng L{sup −1} for Hg{sup 2+}, 34 ng L{sup −1} for C{sub 2}H{sub 5}Hg{sup +} and 30 ng L{sup −1} for C{sub 6}H{sub 5}Hg{sup +} for 24 h DGT accumulation at 25 °C.

  1. A Synchrotron Radiation Study of the Formation of CuxSey and NaxCuySez Thin Films on Cu Substrates; Cl2-Induced Out-Diffusion of Na

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    Saltas, V.; Papageorgopoulos, C. A.; Papageorgopoulos, D. C.; Tonti, D.; Pettenkofer, C.; Jaegermann, W.

    In this paper we study the growth of CuxSey and NaxCuySez thin films on polycrystalline Cu substrates. The investigation took place in situ by means of photoemission spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation, in UHV. Deposition of elemental Se with a dense flux on a polycrystalline Cu substrate at RT and subsequent heating to 100°C causes the formation of a thick Cu2-xSe film (with x equal or very close to zero). A phase transition of this copper selenide occurs by annealing at 200°C. Deposited Na on the Cu2-xSe film is diffused into the bulk, resulting in the formation of a NaxCuySez compound. Exposure to Cl2 at 120°C causes the out-diffusion of Na to the surface, where NaCl is formed. The Na diffusion in and out of the copper selenide film is analogous to alkali intercalation-deintercalation from TX2 layer compounds.

  2. Relativistic diffusion.

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    Haba, Z

    2009-02-01

    We discuss relativistic diffusion in proper time in the approach of Schay (Ph.D. thesis, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1961) and Dudley [Ark. Mat. 6, 241 (1965)]. We derive (Langevin) stochastic differential equations in various coordinates. We show that in some coordinates the stochastic differential equations become linear. We obtain momentum probability distribution in an explicit form. We discuss a relativistic particle diffusing in an external electromagnetic field. We solve the Langevin equations in the case of parallel electric and magnetic fields. We derive a kinetic equation for the evolution of the probability distribution. We discuss drag terms leading to an equilibrium distribution. The relativistic analog of the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process is not unique. We show that if the drag comes from a diffusion approximation to the master equation then its form is strongly restricted. The drag leading to the Tsallis equilibrium distribution satisfies this restriction whereas the one of the Jüttner distribution does not. We show that any function of the relativistic energy can be the equilibrium distribution for a particle in a static electric field. A preliminary study of the time evolution with friction is presented. It is shown that the problem is equivalent to quantum mechanics of a particle moving on a hyperboloid with a potential determined by the drag. A relation to diffusions appearing in heavy ion collisions is briefly discussed.

  3. A MONTÉ CARLO MODEL FOR SIMULATING THE NITROGEN DIFFUSION EFFECT INTO B-LPCVD-NIDOS POLYCRYSTALLINE THIN FILMS

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    S ALLAG

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The principal objective of our current work, is to study the influence of different treatment from surface which makes it possible to improve the properties of materials by technique of beam of ions (diffusion – implantation, on the distribution of the particles in a semiconductor the prone polycrystalline Silicon of our study, largely used in micro-electronics.  The interest of this study is related to the ceaseless requirements in industry for increasingly reduced, powerful materials and with the weakest possible cost price.       We thus have, makes a nitriding in gas phase during the phase of deposit LPCVD of polycrystalline Silicon, then one made an ionic implantation with the Bore ions.  The results obtained, starting from a simulation based on the Monte Carlo method, although they are carried out with amounts much lower than the really introduced amounts, being given the limitation of the machine used, satisfied the predictions established at the beginning and encourage us to continue this study from the point of view of the use of this material in particular in varied fields.

  4. A Diffusive Gradient-in-Thin-Film Technique for Evaluation of the Bioavailability of Cd in Soil Contaminated with Cd and Pb

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    Peifang Wang

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Management of heavy metal contamination requires accurate information about the distribution of bioavailable fractions, and about exchange between the solid and solution phases. In this study, we employed diffusive gradients in thin-films (DGT and traditional chemical extraction methods (soil solution, HOAc, EDTA, CaCl2, and NaOAc to determine the Cd bioavailability in Cd-contaminated soil with the addition of Pb. Two typical terrestrial species (wheat, Bainong AK58; maize, Zhengdan 958 were selected as the accumulation plants. The results showed that the added Pb may enhance the efficiency of Cd phytoextraction which is indicated by the increasing concentration of Cd accumulating in the plant tissues. The DGT-measured Cd concentrations and all the selected traditional extractants measured Cd concentrations all increased with increasing concentration of the addition Pb which were similar to the change trends of the accumulated Cd concentrations in plant tissues. Moreover, the Pearson regression coefficients between the different indicators obtained Cd concentrations and plants uptake Cd concentrations were further indicated significant correlations (p < 0.01. However, the values of Pearson regression coefficients showed the merits of DGT, CaCl2, and Csol over the other three methods. Consequently, the in situ measurement of DGT and the ex situ traditional methods could all reflect the inhibition effects between Cd and Pb. Due to the feature of dynamic measurements of DGT, it could be a robust tool to predict Cd bioavaiability in complex contaminated soil.

  5. A Diffusive Gradient-in-Thin-Film Technique for Evaluation of the Bioavailability of Cd in Soil Contaminated with Cd and Pb.

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    Wang, Peifang; Wang, Teng; Yao, Yu; Wang, Chao; Liu, Cui; Yuan, Ye

    2016-06-02

    Management of heavy metal contamination requires accurate information about the distribution of bioavailable fractions, and about exchange between the solid and solution phases. In this study, we employed diffusive gradients in thin-films (DGT) and traditional chemical extraction methods (soil solution, HOAc, EDTA, CaCl₂, and NaOAc) to determine the Cd bioavailability in Cd-contaminated soil with the addition of Pb. Two typical terrestrial species (wheat, Bainong AK58; maize, Zhengdan 958) were selected as the accumulation plants. The results showed that the added Pb may enhance the efficiency of Cd phytoextraction which is indicated by the increasing concentration of Cd accumulating in the plant tissues. The DGT-measured Cd concentrations and all the selected traditional extractants measured Cd concentrations all increased with increasing concentration of the addition Pb which were similar to the change trends of the accumulated Cd concentrations in plant tissues. Moreover, the Pearson regression coefficients between the different indicators obtained Cd concentrations and plants uptake Cd concentrations were further indicated significant correlations (p < 0.01). However, the values of Pearson regression coefficients showed the merits of DGT, CaCl₂, and Csol over the other three methods. Consequently, the in situ measurement of DGT and the ex situ traditional methods could all reflect the inhibition effects between Cd and Pb. Due to the feature of dynamic measurements of DGT, it could be a robust tool to predict Cd bioavaiability in complex contaminated soil.

  6. Assessing cadmium and vanadium accumulation using diffusive gradient in thin-films (DGT) and phytoplankton in the Churchill River estuary, Manitoba.

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    Mangal, V; Zhu, Y; Shi, Y X; Guéguen, C

    2016-11-01

    Diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT) and phytoplankton communities were evaluated for the measurement of Cd and V at environmentally relevant concentrations in laboratory settings and in the Churchill River estuary (Manitoba, Canada) during an annual spring melt. Despite rapid changes in hydrology and water quality, DGT samplers and intracellular Cd and V concentrations were positively correlated (0.79  0.99). Principal component analysis (PCA) reinforced similarities between both metal monitoring techniques and assessed how changing environmental variables during the river discharge period influenced each monitoring technique. Cd accumulation was influenced by DOC concentrations and protein-like DOM whereas ionic strength (i.e. conductivity) and humic-like DOM influenced V accumulation. The present findings suggest that (1) DGT is a versatile tool for monitoring bioaccumulation of Cd and V in highly dynamic environmental systems and (2) DOC concentration, DOM composition, conductivity, pH, and river discharge influence the bioavailability of Cd and V in estuarine and riverine waters.

  7. Selective sampling and measurement of Cr (VI) in water with polyquaternary ammonium salt as a binding agent in diffusive gradients in thin-films technique.

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    Chen, Hong; Zhang, Yang-Yang; Zhong, Ke-Li; Guo, Lian-Wen; Gu, Jia-Li; Bo, Le; Zhang, Meng-Han; Li, Jian-Rong

    2014-04-30

    A diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) device with polyquaternary ammonium salt (PQAS) as a novel binding agent (PQAS DGT) combined with graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) was developed for the selective sampling and measurement of Cr (VI) in water. The performance of PQAS DGT was independent of pH 3-12 and ionic strength from 1 × 10(-3) to 1 molL(-1). DGT validation experiments showed that Cr (VI) was measured accurately as well as selectively by PQAS DGT, whereas Cr (III) was not determined quantitatively. Compared with diphenylcarbazide spectrophotometric method (DPC), the measurement of Cr (VI) with PQAS DGT was agreement with that of DPC method in the industrial wastewater. PQAS-DGT device had been successfully deployed in local freshwater. The concentrations of Cr (VI) determined by PQAS DGT coupled with GFAAS in Nuer River, Ling River and North Lake were 0.73 ± 0.09 μg L(-1), 0.50 ± 0.07 μg L(-1) and 0.61 ± 0.07 μg L(-1), respectively. The results indicate that PQAS DGT device can be used for the selective sampling and measurement Cr (VI) in water and its detection limit is lower than that of DPC method. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Mercury Distribution in the Deûle River (Northern France) Measured by the Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films Technique and Conventional Methods.

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    Diviš, Pavel; Kadlecová, Milada; Ouddane, Baghdad

    2016-05-01

    The distribution of mercury in surface water and in sediment from Deûle River in Northern France was studied by application of conventional sampling methods and by diffusive gradients in thin films technique (DGT). Concentration of total dissolved mercury in surface water was 20.8 ± 0.8 ng l(-1). The particulate mercury concentration was 6.2 ± 0.6 µg g(-1). The particulate mercury was accumulated in sediment (9.9 ± 2.3 mg kg(-1)), and it was transformed by methylating bacteria to methylmercury, mainly in the first 2-cm layer of the sediment. Total dissolved concentration of mercury in sediment pore water obtained by application of centrifugation extraction was 17.6 ± 4.1 ng l(-1), and it was comparable with total dissolved pore water mercury concentration measured by DGT probe containing Duolite GT-73 resin gel (18.2 ± 4.3 ng l(-1)), taking the sediment heterogeneity and different principles of the applied methods into account. By application of two DGT probes with different resin gels specific for mercury, it was found that approximately 30% of total dissolved mercury in sediment pore water was present in labile forms easy available for biota. The resolution of mercury DGT depth profiles was 0.5 cm, which allows, unlike conventional techniques, to study the connection of the geochemical cycle of mercury with geochemical cycles of iron and manganese.

  9. Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy of Hidden Objects, Part I: Interpretation of the Reflection-Absorption-Scattering Fractions in Near-Infrared (NIR) Spectra of Polyethylene Films.

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    Pomerantsev, Alexey L; Rodionova, Oxana Ye; Skvortsov, Alexej N

    2017-01-01

    Investigation of a sample covered by an interfering layer is required in many fields, e.g., for process control, biochemical analysis, and many other applications. This study is based on the analysis of spectra collected by near-infrared (NIR) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Each spectrum is a composition of a useful, target spectrum and a spectrum of an interfering layer. To recover the target spectrum, we suggest using a new phenomenological approach, which employs the multivariate curve resolution (MCR) method. In general terms, the problem is very complex. We start with a specific problem of analyzing a system, which consists of several layers of polyethylene (PE) film and underlayer samples with known spectral properties. To separate information originating from PE layers and the target, we modify the system versus both the number of the PE layers as well as the reflectance properties of the target sample. We consider that the interfering spectrum of the layer can be modeled using three components, which can be tentatively called transmission, absorption, and scattering contributions. The novelty of our approach is that we do not remove the reflectance and scattering effects from the spectra, but study them in detail aiming to use this information to recover the target spectrum.

  10. Analysis of intermediate pressure SiH4/He capacitively coupled plasma for deposition of an amorphous hydrogenated silicon film in consideration of thermal diffusion effects

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    Kim, Ho Jun; Lee, Hae June

    2017-08-01

    To achieve rapid, uniform deposition of an amorphous hydrogenated silicon (a-Si:H) film, a capacitively coupled plasma (CCP) is often used at an intermediate pressure (>100 Pa), with a silane (SiH4)-based mixture. At these pressures, heavy particle interactions (such as ion-ion, ion-neutral, and neutral-neutral reactions) contribute significantly to the formation of precursor radicals. By adding a consideration of the thermal diffusion effects to the neutral transport equation, the chemical processes have been numerically analyzed with variation in the number fraction of SiH4 and electrode spacing using a two-dimensional fluid model of radio frequency discharges in a cylindrically symmetric CCP reactor. The non-uniformity of the deposition rate profiles increases consistently as electrode spacing increases, although the non-uniformity of the plasma parameters decreases with the increase of electrode spacing. The simulated deposition rate profiles match well with the experimental data for the change of electrode spacing. Based on the validation of our model, we propose predictive designs to potentially improve the reactor and process by modifying the thermal and electrical surface conditions.

  11. [Predicting the cadmium bioavailability in the soil of sugarcane field based on the diffusive gradients in thin films with binding phase of sodium polyacrylate].

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    Wang, Fang-Li; Song, Ning-Ning; Zhao, Yu-Jie; Zhang, Chang-Bo; Shen, Yue; Liu, Zhong-Qi

    2012-10-01

    The diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique with solid-state binding phases has been widely used for in situ collection and measurement of available heavy metals in waters, soils or sediments, whereas DGT with liquid binding phase is primarily used in the in situ analysis of heavy metals in waters. In this paper, rhizosphere soils of sugarcane were collected in Guangxi and the concentrations of cadmium (Cd) were determined by DGT with a solid-state binding phase of chelex100 (chelex100-DGT) and modified DGT with a liquid binding phase of sodium polyacrylate (CDM-PAAS-DGT). The result showed that the Cd contents in soils measured by DGT with both binding phases and Cd in the roots, leaves and unpolished stems of sugarcane had significant positive correlation. The extraction ability of the CDM-PAAAS-DGT was much higher than that of the chelex100-DGT. In addition, multivariate analyses were used to assess the impact of pH, cation exchange capacity (CEC), soil organic matter (OM) and texture. Two principal components were extracted and the linear regression models were established. The Cd bioavailability in soils could be accurately predicted by the CDM-PAAAS-DGT technique, which expanded its applicable area.

  12. Simulation of levulinic acid adsorption in packed beds using parallel pore/surface diffusion model

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    Zeng, L.; Mao, J. [Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory for Chemical and Biological Processing Technology of Farm Products, Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, Hangzhou (China); Ren, Q. [National Laboratory of Secondary Resources Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou (China); Liu, B.

    2010-07-15

    The adsorption of levulinic acid in fixed beds of basic polymeric adsorbents at 22 C was studied under various operating conditions. A general rate model which considers pore diffusion and parallel pore/surface diffusion was solved numerically by orthogonal collocation on finite elements to describe the experimental breakthrough data. The adsorption isotherms, and the pore and surface diffusion coefficients were determined independently in batch adsorption studies. The external film resistance and the axial dispersion coefficient were estimated by the Wilson-Geankoplis equation and the Chung-Wen equation, respectively. Simulation elucidated that the model which considers parallel diffusion successfully describes the breakthrough behavior and gave a much better prediction than the model which considers pore diffusion. The results obtained in this work are applicable to design and optimizes the separation process. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  13. Implementation of a diffusion-limited aggregation model in the simulation of fractals in PVDF-HFP/PEMA-NH4CF3SO3-Cr2O3 nanocomposite polymer electrolyte films

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    Amir, S.; Hashim Ali, S. A.; Mohamed, N. S.

    2011-10-01

    We initially prepared films of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)/poly(ethyl methacrylate)-ammonium trifluorome-thanesulfonate dispersed with various wt.% of chromium oxide to study their properties and potential application in electrochemical devices. However, a few months later the nanocomposite polymer electrolyte membranes were found to become a sort of medium for fractal growth. This discovery led to a simulation of the fractals observed in these polymer electrolyte films using a diffusion-limited aggregation model that is based on Brownian motion theory (random walk). The fractal dimensions, D, of the fractal patterns obtained from experimental and simulation work were calculated using the box-counting method. The fractal patterns and dimensions of the simulated fractal patterns were comparable with those obtained from the original fractals observed in the polymer electrolyte films.

  14. Impact of solution phase behaviour and external fields on thin film morphology: PCBM and RRa-P3HT model system.

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    Guilbert, A A Y; Cabral, J T

    2017-01-25

    We report the impact of the ternary solution phase behaviour on the film morphology and crystallization of a model polymer:fullerene system. We employ UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, combined with sequential filtration and dilution, to establish the phase diagram for regio-random poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) in chlorobenzene. Films are systematically cast from one- and two-phase regions decoupling homogeneous and heterogenous nucleation, and the role of pre-formed aggregates from solutions. Increasing annealing temperature from 120 to 200 °C reveals a highly non-monotonic nucleation profile with a maximum at 170 °C, while the crystal growth rate increases monotonically. UV ozonolysis is employed to vary substrate energy, and found to increase nucleation rate and to promote a binary crystallization process. As previously found, exposure to light, under an inert atmosphere, effectively suppresses homogeneous nucleation; however, it has a considerably smaller effect on heterogeneous nucleation, either from solution aggregates or substrate-driven. Our results establish a quantitative link between solution thermodynamics, crystallization and provide insight into morphological design based on processing parameters in a proxy organic photovoltaic system.

  15. Speciation of lead in seawater and river water by using Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel as a binding agent in the diffusive gradients in thin films technique

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    Pescim, Guilherme Favoreto; Marrach, Gabriela; Vannuci-Silva, Monizze; Souza, Lais Alves; Menegario, Amauri Antonio [Universidade Estadual Paulista, Centro de Estudos Ambientais, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil)

    2012-09-15

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel is proposed as a binding agent for the diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique for determination of Pb in river water and seawater. DGT samplers were assembled with the proposed binding agent (25-mm disk containing 20 %, m/v, S. cerevisiae and 3.0 %, m/v, agarose) and a diffusive layer of cellulose (3MM Chr chromatography paper of 25-mm diameter). The effects of some DGT parameters (e.g., immersion time, ionic strength, and pH) were evaluated. Elution of Pb from the binding agent was effectively done with 1.75 mol L{sup -1} HNO{sub 3}. The deployment curve (between 2 and 24 h) was characterized by a significant uptake of Pb (346 ng Pb h{sup -1}) and good linear regression (R {sup 2} = 0.9757). The experimental results are in excellent agreement with the predicted theoretical curve for mass uptake. Consistent results were found for solutions with ionic strengths of 0.005 mol L{sup -1} or greater and within a pH range of 4.5-8.5. Interferences from Cu (20:1), Mn (20:1), Fe (20:1), Zn (20:1), Ca (250:1), and Mg (250:1) in Pb retention were negligible. Determination of Pb in spiked river water samples (from the Corumbatai and Piracicaba rivers) performed using the proposed device was in agreement with total dissolved Pb, whereas measurements in seawater suggest that of the various species of Pb present in the samples, only cationic Pb species are adsorbed by the agarose-yeast gel disks. The in situ concentration of Pb obtained at two different sites of the Rio Claro stream (Corumbatai basin) were 1.13 {+-} 0.01 and 1.34 {+-} 0.04 {mu}g L{sup -1}. For 72-h deployments, a detection limit of 0.75 {mu}g L{sup -1} was calculated. The combination of inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy and in situ deployments of DGT samplers during the 72-h period makes possible the determination of labile Pb in river water. (orig.)

  16. Determination of in situ speciation of manganese in treated acid mine drainage water by using multiple diffusive gradients in thin films devices.

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    de Oliveira, Rodrigo Lopes F; Pedrobom, Jorge H; Menegário, Amauri A; Domingos, Roberto N; Py Júnior, Delcy A; Kiang, Chang Hung

    2013-10-17

    Acid mine drainage (AMD) is a serious environmental problem that creates acidic solution with high Mn concentrations. The speciation of residual Mn from AMD after an active treatment involving the addition of a neutralizing agent can reliably evaluate the treatment efficiency and provide knowledge of the Mn species being inputted into the environment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the in situ lability and speciation of Mn using the diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique with treated drainage water from a uranium mine (TAMD). DGT devices with different binding phases (Chelex-100 and P81 and DE81 membranes) were used to perform the in situ speciation of Mn. A comparison of the results from deploying DGT in the laboratory and in situ shows that the speciation of Mn in TAMD should be performed in situ. Linear deployment curves (from in situ experiments) indicate that the DGT device containing the Chelex-100 binding phase can be used to evaluate Mn lability in TAMD. The labile Mn fraction (from in situ measurements) obtained using the device containing the Chelex-100 resin ranged from 63 to 81% of the total Mn concentration and, when compared to the speciation obtained using the CHEAQS software, indicated that this device was capable of uptaking the free Mn(2+) and a portion of the MnSO4(aq). The values obtained using the DGT technique were compared to those from on site solid phase extraction, and a good agreement was found between the results. The amount of negative Mn species sampled by DE81 device was insignificant (speciation obtained using the CHEAQS software indicated that the concentrations of positive Mn species were underestimated for sites with relatively high Ca concentrations (>150 mg L(-1)), which take place due to the saturation of binding sites in the P81 membrane.

  17. Analysis of polyacrylamide gels for trace metals using diffusive gradients in thin films and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

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    Warnken, Kent W; Zhang, Hao; Davison, William

    2004-10-15

    A simple method for the analysis of polyacrylamide diffusive gradients in thin film (DGT) gels by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS), employing a novel use of (115)In internal standardization, has been developed. This method allows the determination of Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, and Pb concentrations (at the DGT filter face) or fluxes in sediments at a spatial resolution of 100 microm. Single-layered gels, using an optimized laser defocus of 4000 microm at 400 mJ power, showed high precision (generally approximately 10%) and a linear response during solution deployment. Of the elements Sc, In, Ba, La, Ce, and Tb, Ba most closely tracked variations in laser energy and showed the highest analytical precision but could not be used as an internal standard due to its elevated presence in natural sediments. Therefore, internal standardization, necessary to normalize data collected on different days, was carried out using (115)In contained within a second layer of backing gel and dried along with the analyte layer as a dual-gel disk. This multilayered gel standard required a laser defocus setting of 1000 microm and a laser power of approximately 800 mJ. Analytical precision for a 64-spot ablation grid at 100-microm spacing was approximately 10%. Verification of this method was carried out on DGT sediment probes deployed in Priest Pot (English Lake District). Results obtained by conventional slicing techniques and aqueous elution agreed with laser ablation results when the different sampling areas were considered. The elution results varied by a factor of laser ablation technique showed a variability of approximately 4, indicating localized elevated concentrations of Co. This higher resolution LA-ICPMS method could ultimately lead to an improved understanding of the geochemical processes responsible for metal uptake and release in sediments.

  18. Monitoring trace metals in seawater using a diffusive gradient in thin film probe in Ulsan Bay, East Sea, Korea: Comparison with transplanted mussels

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    Kim, Mi Seon; Choi, Man Sik; Kim, Chan-Kook

    2016-03-01

    To evaluate the applicability of a diffusive gradient in thin film (DGT) probe for monitoring dissolved metals in coastal seawater, DGT-labile metal concentrations were compared with total dissolved metal concentrations using spiked and natural seawater samples in the laboratory and transplanted mussels ( Mytilus galloprovincialis). This was achieved through the simultaneous deployment of DGT probes and transplanted mussels in Ulsan Bay during winter and summer. DGT-labile metal concentrations were 45% (Cu) ~ 90% (Zn) of total dissolved concentrations, and the order of non-labile concentrations was Cu > Pb > Co ~ Ni > Cd ~ Zn in both metal-contaminated and non-contaminated seawater samples, which was similar to the order of stability of metal complexes in the Irving-Williams series. The overall variability of the DGT probe results within and between tanks was less than 10% (relative standard deviation: RSD) for all the metals tested during a 48-h deployment. The accumulation of metals, as determined by DGT probes, represented the spatial gradients better than the transplanted mussels did for all of the metals tested, and the extent of metal accumulation in mussels differed depending on the metal. The comparison of results for the DGT probe and the transplanted mussels in two seasons (winter and summer) suggested that metal accumulation in mussels was controlled by the physiological factors of mussels and partly by their diet (particulate metal loadings). The DGT probe could be used as a monitoring tool for dissolved metals in coastal seawater because its results explained only labile species. When using the DGT probe, slightly more than half of the total dissolved concentration in seawater samples for all the metals investigated displayed timeintegrated properties and distinct spatial gradients from pristine to metal-contaminated seawater.

  19. Diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) for the prediction of bioavailability of heavy metals in contaminated soils to earthworm (Eisenia foetida) and oral bioavailable concentrations.

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    Bade, Rabindra; Oh, Sanghwa; Shin, Won Sik

    2012-02-01

    The applicability of diffusive gradients in thin-films (DGT) as a biomimic surrogate was investigated to determine the bioavailable heavy metal concentrations to earthworm (Eisenia foetida). The relationships between the amount of DGT and earthworm uptake; DGT uptake and the bioavailable concentrations of heavy metals in soils were evaluated. The one-compartment model for the dynamic uptake of heavy metals in the soil fitted well to both the earthworm (R(2)=0.641-0.990) and DGT (R(2)=0.473-0.998) uptake data. DGT uptake was linearly correlated with the total heavy metal concentrations in the soil (aqua regia), the bioavailable heavy metal concentrations estimated by fractions I+II of the standard measurements and testing (SM&T) and physiologically based extraction test (PBET, stomach+intestine). The coefficients of determination (R(2)) of DGT uptake vs. aqua regia were 0.433, 0.929 and 0.723; vs. SM&T fractions (I+II) were 0.901, 0.882 and 0.713 and vs. PBET (stomach+intestine) were 0.913, 0.850 and 0.649 for Pb, Zn and Cu, respectively. These results imply that DGT can be used as a biomimic surrogate for the earthworm uptake of heavy metals in contaminated soils as well as predict bioavailable concentrations of heavy metals estimated by SM&T (I+II) and PBET as a human oral bioavailable concentrations of heavy metals. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Diffusive gradients in thin films, Rhizon soil moisture samplers, and indicator plants to predict the bioavailabilities of potentially toxic elements in contaminated technosols.

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    Qasim, Bashar; Motelica-Heino, Mikael; Joussein, Emmanuel; Soubrand, Marilyne; Gauthier, Arnaud

    2016-05-01

    The phytoavailabilities and potential remobilization of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) such as Zn, Pb, Cd, As, and Sb were assessed in contaminated technosols from former mining and smelting sites. The PTE concentrations in soil pore water (SPW) and diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT)-measured concentration (C DGT) methods were used to assess the bioavailabilities of PTE and their remobilization in this study. Together with classical Chelex-100 DGT probes to measure Zn, Cd, and Pb, novel ferrihydrite-backed DGT were used for As and Sb measurements alongside with Rhizon soil moisture sampler method for SPW sampling. To assess the phytoavailabilities of PTE, a germination test with dwarf beans as a plant indicator was used for this purpose. Dwarf bean primary leaves showed high Zn concentrations in contrast to Pb and Cd which showed low phytoavailabilities. Despite As and Sb are present in high concentrations in the mine tailings, their phytoavailabilities indicate very low bioavailabilities. The amounts of Zn, Pb, Cd, As, and Sb extracted with DGT devices correlated well with the total dissolved PTE concentrations in the SPW. The highest R values were observed for Zn, followed by Cd and Pb, indicating the ability of the soil to sustain SPW concentrations, which decreased in that order. Good correlations were also observed between each of dissolved PTE concentrations in SPW, DGT-measured PTE concentrations (C DGT), and the accumulation of PTE in dwarf bean primary leaves. It could be concluded that the use of Rhizon soil moisture samplers and DGT methods may be considered to be a good methods to predict the PTE bioavailabilities in contaminated technosols.

  1. Selective sampling and measurement of Cr (VI) in water with polyquaternary ammonium salt as a binding agent in diffusive gradients in thin-films technique

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    Chen, Hong, E-mail: redastar@163.com [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Food Safety, Bohai University (China); Research Institute of Food Science, Bohai University (China); Food Safety Key Lab of Liaoning Province, Jinzhou 121013 (China); Zhang, Yang-Yang; Zhong, Ke-Li; Guo, Lian-Wen [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Food Safety, Bohai University (China); Research Institute of Food Science, Bohai University (China); Food Safety Key Lab of Liaoning Province, Jinzhou 121013 (China); Gu, Jia-Li [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Food Safety, Bohai University (China); Bo, Le; Zhang, Meng-Han [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Food Safety, Bohai University (China); Research Institute of Food Science, Bohai University (China); Food Safety Key Lab of Liaoning Province, Jinzhou 121013 (China); Li, Jian-Rong, E-mail: lijianrong@zjgsu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Food Safety, Bohai University (China); Research Institute of Food Science, Bohai University (China); Food Safety Key Lab of Liaoning Province, Jinzhou 121013 (China)

    2014-04-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • We develop a new DGT device for in situ sampling Cr (VI) in water. • Polyquaternary ammonium salt (PQAS) was used as binding agent of DGT device. • Cr (VI) can be accumulated in the PQAS binding phase whereas Cr (III) cannot. • The DGT performance was independent of pH 3–12 and ionic strength 1 × 10{sup −3}–1 mol L{sup −1}. - Abstract: A diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) device with polyquaternary ammonium salt (PQAS) as a novel binding agent (PQAS DGT) combined with graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) was developed for the selective sampling and measurement of Cr (VI) in water. The performance of PQAS DGT was independent of pH 3–12 and ionic strength from 1 × 10{sup −3} to 1 mol L{sup −1}. DGT validation experiments showed that Cr (VI) was measured accurately as well as selectively by PQAS DGT, whereas Cr (III) was not determined quantitatively. Compared with diphenylcarbazide spectrophotometric method (DPC), the measurement of Cr (VI) with PQAS DGT was agreement with that of DPC method in the industrial wastewater. PQAS-DGT device had been successfully deployed in local freshwater. The concentrations of Cr (VI) determined by PQAS DGT coupled with GFAAS in Nuer River, Ling River and North Lake were 0.73 ± 0.09 μg L{sup −1}, 0.50 ± 0.07 μg L{sup −1} and 0.61 ± 0.07 μg L{sup −1}, respectively. The results indicate that PQAS DGT device can be used for the selective sampling and measurement Cr (VI) in water and its detection limit is lower than that of DPC method.

  2. Determination of in situ speciation of manganese in treated acid mine drainage water by using multiple diffusive gradients in thin films devices

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    Lopes F de Oliveira, Rodrigo; Pedrobom, Jorge H. [Centro de Estudos Ambientais - CEA, UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista, Avenida 24-A, 1515, CEP 13506-900 Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Menegário, Amauri A., E-mail: amenega@rc.unesp.br [Centro de Estudos Ambientais - CEA, UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista, Avenida 24-A, 1515, CEP 13506-900 Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Domingos, Roberto N. [Centro de Estudos Ambientais - CEA, UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista, Avenida 24-A, 1515, CEP 13506-900 Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Py, Delcy A. [INB - Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil, Estrada Poços – Andradas Km 20,6, CEP 37780-000 Caldas, MG (Brazil); Kiang, Chang Hung [Laboratório de Estudos de Bacias - LEBAC, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas - IGCE, UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista, Avenida 24-A, 1515, CEP 13506-900 Rio Claro, SP (Brazil)

    2013-10-17

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •In situ speciation of Mn by using multiple DGT devices was evaluated. •Chelex resin, DE81 and P81 membranes were used as binding phases in the DGT devices. •The proposed approach was applied to analyze treated acid mine drainage. •Good results were found for speciation of Mn in site containing <40 mg Ca L{sup −1}. DGT speciation were in agreement with speciation by software and by on site SPE. -- Abstract: Acid mine drainage (AMD) is a serious environmental problem that creates acidic solution with high Mn concentrations. The speciation of residual Mn from AMD after an active treatment involving the addition of a neutralizing agent can reliably evaluate the treatment efficiency and provide knowledge of the Mn species being inputted into the environment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the in situ lability and speciation of Mn using the diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique with treated drainage water from a uranium mine (TAMD). DGT devices with different binding phases (Chelex-100 and P81 and DE81membranes) were used to perform the in situ speciation of Mn. A comparison of the results from deploying DGT in the laboratory and in situ shows that the speciation of Mn in TAMD should be performed in situ. Linear deployment curves (from in situ experiments) indicate that the DGT device containing the Chelex-100 binding phase can be used to evaluate Mn lability in TAMD. The labile Mn fraction (from in situ measurements) obtained using the device containing the Chelex-100 resin ranged from 63 to 81% of the total Mn concentration and, when compared to the speciation obtained using the CHEAQS software, indicated that this device was capable of uptaking the free Mn{sup 2+} and a portion of the MnSO{sub 4(aq)}. The values obtained using the DGT technique were compared to those from on site solid phase extraction, and a good agreement was found between the results. The amount of negative Mn species sampled by DE81

  3. Novel speciation method based on Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films for in situ measurement of uranium in the vicinity of the former uranium mining sites.

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    Drozdzak, Jagoda; Leermakers, Martine; Gao, Yue; Phrommavanh, Vannapha; Descostes, Michael

    2016-07-01

    The Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films (DGT) technique using PIWBA resin (The Dow Chemical Company) was developed and validated for the measurement of uranium (U) concentration in natural and uranium mining influenced waters. The U uptake on the PIWBA resin gel was 97.3 ± 0.4% (batch method; Vsol = 5 mL; [U] = 20 μg L(-1); 0.01 M NaNO3; pH = 7.0 ± 0.2). The optimal eluent was found to be HNO3conc/70 °C with an elution efficiency of 88.9 ± 1.4%. The laboratory DGT investigation demonstrated that the PIWBA resin gel exhibits a very good performance across a wide range of pH (3-9) and ionic strength (0.001-0.7 M NaNO3) at different time intervals. Neither effect of PO4(3-) (up to 1.72 × 10(-4) M), nor of HCO3(-) (up to 8.20 × 10(-3) M) on the quantitative measurement of uranium by DGT-PIWBA method were observed. Only at very high Ca(2+) (2.66 × 10(-4) M), and SO4(2-) (5.55 × 10(-4) M) concentration, the U uptake on DGT-PIWBA was appreciably lessened. In-situ DGT field evaluation was carried out in the vicinity of three former uranium mining sites in France (Loire-Atlantique and Herault departments), which employ different water treatment technologies and have different natural geochemical characteristics. There was a similar or inferior U uptake on DGT-Chelex(®)-100 in comparison with the U accumulation on a DGT-PIWBA sampler. Most likely, the performance of Chelex(®)-100 was negatively affected by a highly complex matrix of mining waters. The high concentration and identity of co-accumulating analytes, typical for the mining environment, did not have a substantial impact on the quantitative uptake of labile U species on DGT- PIWBA. The use of the polyphenol impregnated anion exchange resin leads to a significant advancement in the application and development of the DGT technique for determination of U in the vicinity of the former uranium mining sites.

  4. External Otitis (Swimmer's Ear)

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    ... to Pneumococcal Vaccine Additional Content Medical News External Otitis (Swimmer's Ear) By Bradley W. Kesser, MD, Associate ... the Outer Ear Ear Blockages Ear Tumors External Otitis (Swimmer's Ear) Malignant External Otitis Perichondritis External otitis ...

  5. Influence of charged microenvironment on redox potential and diffusion coefficient of [Fe4S4(SPh)4](NBu4)2 in DMF and inside CTAB film on electrode surface

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    Raben Ch Roy; Diganta Kumar Das

    2005-11-01

    Redox potential of [Fe4S4(SPh)4]2-/3-, a model of the active centre of ferredoxin, in DMF solution shows a 90-mV positive shift, when the charged microenvironment provided by the surfactant is changed from negative to positive. Inside the positive surfactant film on GC electrode there is a 235-mV positive shift in redox potential compared to that in neutral DMF solution. Diffusion coefficient of the reduced cluster onto the electrode surface is also found to be 102 times greater in the presence of negative surfactant compared to that in positive surfactant.

  6. First principles calculations of point defect diffusion in CdS buffer layers: Implications for Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 and Cu2ZnSn(Se,S)4-based thin-film photovoltaics

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    Varley, J. B.; Lordi, V.; He, X.; Rockett, A.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate point defects in CdS buffer layers that may arise from intermixing with Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) or Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe) absorber layers in thin-film photovoltaics (PV). Using hybrid functional calculations, we characterize the migration barriers of Cu, In, Ga, Se, Sn, Zn, Na, and K impurities and assess the activation energies necessary for their diffusion into the bulk of the buffer. We find that Cu, In, and Ga are the most mobile defects in CIGS-derived impurities, with diffusion expected to proceed into the buffer via interstitial-hopping and cadmium vacancy-assisted mechanisms at temperatures ˜400 °C. Cu is predicted to strongly favor migration paths within the basal plane of the wurtzite CdS lattice, which may facilitate defect clustering and ultimately the formation of Cu-rich interfacial phases as observed by energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopic elemental maps in real PV devices. Se, Zn, and Sn defects are found to exhibit much larger activation energies and are not expected to diffuse within the CdS bulk at temperatures compatible with typical PV processing temperatures. Lastly, we find that Na interstitials are expected to exhibit slightly lower activation energies than K interstitials despite having a larger migration barrier. Still, we find both alkali species are expected to diffuse via an interstitially mediated mechanism at slightly higher temperatures than enable In, Ga, and Cu diffusion in the bulk. Our results indicate that processing temperatures in excess of ˜400 °C will lead to more interfacial intermixing with CdS buffer layers in CIGSe devices, and less so for CZTSSe absorbers where only Cu is expected to significantly diffuse into the buffer.

  7. First principles calculations of point defect diffusion in CdS buffer layers: Implications for Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S){sub 2} and Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(Se,S){sub 4}-based thin-film photovoltaics

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    Varley, J. B.; Lordi, V. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550 (United States); He, X.; Rockett, A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States)

    2016-01-14

    We investigate point defects in CdS buffer layers that may arise from intermixing with Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGSe) or Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4} (CZTSSe) absorber layers in thin-film photovoltaics (PV). Using hybrid functional calculations, we characterize the migration barriers of Cu, In, Ga, Se, Sn, Zn, Na, and K impurities and assess the activation energies necessary for their diffusion into the bulk of the buffer. We find that Cu, In, and Ga are the most mobile defects in CIGS-derived impurities, with diffusion expected to proceed into the buffer via interstitial-hopping and cadmium vacancy-assisted mechanisms at temperatures ∼400 °C. Cu is predicted to strongly favor migration paths within the basal plane of the wurtzite CdS lattice, which may facilitate defect clustering and ultimately the formation of Cu-rich interfacial phases as observed by energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopic elemental maps in real PV devices. Se, Zn, and Sn defects are found to exhibit much larger activation energies and are not expected to diffuse within the CdS bulk at temperatures compatible with typical PV processing temperatures. Lastly, we find that Na interstitials are expected to exhibit slightly lower activation energies than K interstitials despite having a larger migration barrier. Still, we find both alkali species are expected to diffuse via an interstitially mediated mechanism at slightly higher temperatures than enable In, Ga, and Cu diffusion in the bulk. Our results indicate that processing temperatures in excess of ∼400 °C will lead to more interfacial intermixing with CdS buffer layers in CIGSe devices, and less so for CZTSSe absorbers where only Cu is expected to significantly diffuse into the buffer.

  8. Li ion diffusion measurements in V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and Li(Co{sub 1-x}Al{sub x})O{sub 2} thin-film battery cathodes

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    McGraw, J.M.; Bahn, C.S.; Parilla, P.A.; Perkins, J.D.; Ginley, D.S. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States); Readey, D.W. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)

    1999-07-01

    Thin films of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and LiCoO{sub 2} were deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and the chemical diffusion coefficients, D-tilde were measured by potentiostatic intermittent titration technique (PITT). The PLD-grown V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and LiCoO{sub 2} films are electrochemically similar to bulk powders and thin films produced by other techniques. In crystalline V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, the maximum and minimum D-tilde were found to be 1.7 x 10{sup -12} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1} and 5.8 x 10{sup -15} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1} respectively, with a general trend for D-tilde to rise in single-phase regions. In amorphous V{sub 2}O{sub 5} films, D-tilde was initially 5 x 10{sup -13} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1} and decreased steadily to 1.2 x 10{sup -13}cm{sup 2} s{sup -1} at Li{sub 0.4}V{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The decrease in D-tilde then became more gradual with a final value of 5.52 x 10{sup -14} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1} at Li{sub 1.5}V{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The chemical diffusion coefficient of Li in LiCoO{sub 2} films ranged from 1 x 10{sup -12}-4 x 10{sup -11} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1} with a pronounced minimum at Li{sub 0.7}CoO{sub 2}. Thin films of LiCo{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} also deposited by PLD exhibited limited cycling capabilities and an upper bound of D-tilde = 9 x 10{sup -13} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1}. (Author)

  9. Effect of electrical field on crystallization and ferroelectric properties of Ge:Sb:Te films

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    Gervacio Arciniega, J.J.; Prokhorov, E.; Espinoza Beltran, F.J.; Trapaga Martinez, L.G. [CINVESTAV, Unidad Queretaro (Mexico); Gonzalez-Hernandez, J. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, S.C. and Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia, Chihuahua (Mexico)

    2011-11-15

    In this work impedance spectroscopy has been used to investigate of the NaCl type-hexagonal transition in stoichiometric Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} and in non-stoichiometric (Ge{sub 24}Sb{sub 15}Te{sub 61}) films. The temperature dependence of capacitance in all films shows an abrupt change (about 4-6 times) at the temperature corresponding to the end of the NaCl type-hexagonal transition. Additional, impedance measurements were carried out in films which have been crystallized with an external DC electric field. Comparing the results in the films crystallized with and without the external electric field, it is observed that in films crystallized with an external electric field, the capacitance increases during the NaCl type-hexagonal transition for about 9-15 times and that the piezoresponse force microscopy measurements have shown ferroelectric domains in the NaCl type phase. External electrical field changes significantly the onset of amorphous-NaCl type crystallization temperature which could be related with an increase in atomic diffusion, promoting the growth of the crystalline phase. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Comparison of optimised endovaginal vs external array coil T2-weighted and diffusion-weighted imaging techniques for detecting suspected early stage (IA/IB1) uterine cervical cancer

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    Downey, Kate; Morgan, Veronica A.; Giles, Sharon L.; MacDonald, A.; DeSouza, Nandita M. [The Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, CRUK Cancer Imaging Centre, Surrey (United Kingdom); Attygalle, Ayoma D. [The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Histopathology, London (United Kingdom); Davis, M. [Kingston Hospital, Department of Gynaecology, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey (United Kingdom); Ind, Thomas E.J.; Shepherd, John H. [The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Gynecology Unit, London (United Kingdom)

    2016-04-15

    To compare sensitivity and specificity of endovaginal versus external-array coil T2-W and T2-W + DWI for detecting and staging small cervical tumours. Optimised endovaginal and external array coil MRI at 3.0-T was done prospectively in 48 consecutive patients with stage Ia/Ib1 cervical cancer. Sensitivity/specificity for detecting tumour and parametrial extension against histopathology for a reading radiologist were determined on coronal T2-W and T2W + DW images. An independent radiologist also scored T2-W images without and with addition of DWI for the external-array and endovaginal coils on separate occasions >2 weeks apart. Cohen's kappa assessed inter- and intra-observer agreement. Median tumour volume in 19/38 cases positive on subsequent histology was 1.75 cm{sup 3}. Sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV were: reading radiologist 91.3 %, 89.5 %, 91.3 %, 89.5 %, respectively; independent radiologist T2-W 82.6 %, 73.7 %, 79.1 %, 77.8 % for endovaginal, 73.9 %, 89.5 %, 89.5 %, 73.9 % for external-array coil. Adding DWI improved sensitivity and specificity of endovaginal imaging (78.2 %, 89.5 %); adding DWI to external-array imaging improved specificity (94.7 %) but reduced sensitivity (66.7 %). Inter- and intra-observer agreement on T2-W + DWI was good (kappa = 0.67 and 0.62, respectively). Endovaginal coil T2-W MRI is more sensitive than external-array coil for detecting tumours <2 cm{sup 3}; adding DWI improves specificity of endovaginal imaging but reduces sensitivity of external-array imaging. (orig.)

  11. Modeling and sensitivity analysis of mass transfer in active multilayer polymeric film for food applications

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    Bedane, T.; Di Maio, L.; Scarfato, P.; Incarnato, L., E-mail: lincarnato@unisa.it; Marra, F. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università degli studi di Salerno Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132- 84084, Fisciano (Italy)

    2015-12-17

    The barrier performance of multilayer polymeric films for food applications has been significantly improved by incorporating oxygen scavenging materials. The scavenging activity depends on parameters such as diffusion coefficient, solubility, concentration of scavenger loaded and the number of available reactive sites. These parameters influence the barrier performance of the film in different ways. Virtualization of the process is useful to characterize, design and optimize the barrier performance based on physical configuration of the films. Also, the knowledge of values of parameters is important to predict the performances. Inverse modeling and sensitivity analysis are sole way to find reasonable values of poorly defined, unmeasured parameters and to analyze the most influencing parameters. Thus, the objective of this work was to develop a model to predict barrier properties of multilayer film incorporated with reactive layers and to analyze and characterize their performances. Polymeric film based on three layers of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), with a core reactive layer, at different thickness configurations was considered in the model. A one dimensional diffusion equation with reaction was solved numerically to predict the concentration of oxygen diffused into the polymer taking into account the reactive ability of the core layer. The model was solved using commercial software for different film layer configurations and sensitivity analysis based on inverse modeling was carried out to understand the effect of physical parameters. The results have shown that the use of sensitivity analysis can provide physical understanding of the parameters which highly affect the gas permeation into the film. Solubility and the number of available reactive sites were the factors mainly influencing the barrier performance of three layered polymeric film. Multilayer films slightly modified the steady transport properties in comparison to net PET, giving a small reduction

  12. Anomalous diffusion of Ga and As from semi-insulating GaAs substrate into MOCVD grown ZnO films as a function of annealing temperature and its effect on charge compensation

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    Pranab Biswas

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The diffusion behavior of arsenic (As and gallium (Ga atoms from semi-insulating GaAs (SI-GaAs into ZnO films upon post-growth annealing vis-à-vis the resulting charge compensation was investigated with the help of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and secondary ion mass spectroscopy. The films, annealed at 600 ºC and 700 ºC showed p-type conductivity with a hole concentration of 1.1 × 1018 cm−3 and 2.8 × 1019 cm−3 respectively, whereas those annealed at 800 ºC showed n-type conductivity with a carrier concentration of 6.5 × 1016 cm−3. It is observed that at lower temperatures, large fraction of As atoms diffused from the SI-GaAs substrates into ZnO and formed acceptor related complex, (AsZn–2VZn, by substituting Zn atoms (AsZn and thereby creating two zinc vacancies (VZn. Thus as-grown ZnO which was supposed to be n-type due to nonstoichiometric nature showed p-type behavior. On further increasing the annealing temperature to 800 ºC, Ga atoms diffused more than As atoms and substitute Zn atoms thereby forming shallow donor complex, GaZn. Electrons from donor levels then compensate the p-type carriers and the material reverts back to n-type. Thus the conversion of carrier type took place due to charge compensation between the donors and acceptors in ZnO and this compensation is the possible origin of anomalous conduction in wide band gap materials.

  13. Deteriorated superconductivity of MgB{sub 2} films due to Al diffusion from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates: Thermodynamic perspective

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    Yamazaki, Keisuke; Naito, Michio, E-mail: minaito@cc.tuat.ac.jp

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: •The intrinsic problem of interdiffusion between MgB2 films and Al2O3 substrates was pointed out. •Mg is a stronger reductant than Al and takes out oxygen from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. •Thermodynamics predicts appropriate choice of substrate and barrier materials for MgB2 films. -- Abstract: Recently we reported the growth of MgB{sub 2} films by pyrolysis of decaborane (B{sub 10}H{sub 14}) in Mg vapor. In this article, we discuss the intrinsic problem at the MgB{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface, which was encountered during our optimization of the growth temperature. Mg is a stronger reductant than Al, and takes out oxygen from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Increasing the growth temperature, this reaction becomes noticeable and leads to the formation of MgO and Mg{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}B{sub 2}, which deteriorates the properties of resultant MgB{sub 2} films. Our observations present a general issue in the choice of substrate and barrier materials in thin film growth and/or junction fabrication of compounds containing reactive cations such as Mg.

  14. Apparent Oxygen Uphill Diffusion in La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 Thin Films upon Cathodic Polarization.

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    Huber, Tobias M; Navickas, Edvinas; Friedbacher, Gernot; Hutter, Herbert; Fleig, Jürgen

    2015-10-01

    The impact of cathodic bias on oxygen transport in La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 (LSM) thin films was investigated. Columnar-grown LSM thin films with different microstructures were deposited by pulsed laser deposition. (18)O tracer experiments were performed on thin film microelectrodes with an applied cathodic bias of -300 or -450 mV, and the microelectrodes were subsequently analyzed by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. The (18)O concentration in the cathodically polarized LSM microelectrodes was strongly increased relative to that in the thermally annealed film (without bias). Most remarkable, however, was the appearance of a pronounced (18)O fraction maximum in the center of the films. This strongly depended on the applied bias and on the microstructure of the LSM thin layers. The unusual shape of the (18)O depth profiles was caused by a combination of Wagner-Hebb-type stoichiometry polarization of the LSM bulk, fast grain boundary transport and voltage-induced modification of the oxygen incorporation kinetics.

  15. Lung Cancer Mortality among Uranium Gaseous Diffusion Plant Workers: A Cohort Study 1952–2004

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: 9%–15% of all lung cancers are attributable to occupational exposures. Reports are disparate regarding elevated lung cancer mortality risk among workers employed at uranium gaseous diffusion plants. Objective: To investigate whether external radiation exposure is associated with lung cancer mortality risk among uranium gaseous diffusion workers. Methods: A cohort of 6820 nuclear industry workers employed from 1952 to 2003 at the Paducah uranium gaseous diffusion plant (PGDP was assembled. A job-specific exposure matrix (JEM was used to determine likely toxic metal exposure categories. In addition, radiation film badge dosimeters were used to monitor cumulative external ionizing radiation exposure. International Classification for Disease (ICD codes 9 and 10 were used to identify 147 lung cancer deaths. Logistic and proportional hazards regression were used to estimate lung cancer mortality risk. Results: Lung cancer mortality risk was elevated among workers who experienced external radiation >3.5 mrem and employment duration >12 years. Conclusion: Employees of uranium gaseous diffusion plants carry a higher risk of lung cancer mortality; the mortality is associated with increased radiation exposure and duration of employment.

  16. Photoconductivity of CdTe Nanocrystal-Based Thin Films: Te(2-) Ligands Lead To Charge Carrier Diffusion Lengths Over 2 μm.

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    Crisp, Ryan W; Callahan, Rebecca; Reid, Obadiah G; Dolzhnikov, Dmitriy S; Talapin, Dmitri V; Rumbles, Garry; Luther, Joseph M; Kopidakis, Nikos

    2015-12-03

    We report on photoconductivity of films of CdTe nanocrystals (NCs) using time-resolved microwave photoconductivity (TRMC). Spherical and tetrapodal CdTe NCs with tunable size-dependent properties are studied as a function of surface ligand (including inorganic molecular chalcogenide species) and annealing temperature. Relatively high carrier mobility is measured for films of sintered tetrapod NCs (4 cm(2)/(V s)). Our TRMC findings show that Te(2-) capped CdTe NCs show a marked improvement in carrier mobility (11 cm(2)/(V s)), indicating that NC surface termination can be altered to play a crucial role in charge-carrier mobility even after the NC solids are sintered into bulk films.

  17. Photoconductivity of CdTe Nanocrystal-Based Thin Films. Te2- Ligands Lead To Charge Carrier Diffusion Lengths Over 2 Micrometers

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    Crisp, Ryan W. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Callahan, Rebecca [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Reid, Obadiah G. [Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States); Dolzhnikov, Dmitriy S. [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States); Talapin, Dmitri V. [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States); Rumbles, Garry [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Luther, Joseph M. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Kopidakis, Nikos [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

    2015-11-16

    We report on photoconductivity of films of CdTe nanocrystals (NCs) using time-resolved microwave photoconductivity (TRMC). Spherical and tetrapodal CdTe NCs with tunable size-dependent properties are studied as a function of surface ligand (including inorganic molecular chalcogenide species) and annealing temperature. Relatively high carrier mobility is measured for films of sintered tetrapod NCs (4 cm2/(V s)). Our TRMC findings show that Te2- capped CdTe NCs show a marked improvement in carrier mobility (11 cm2/(V s)), indicating that NC surface termination can be altered to play a crucial role in charge-carrier mobility even after the NC solids are sintered into bulk films.

  18. Diffusion of Zn in solar-grade Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} and single-crystal CuInSe{sub 2} thin films

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    Bastek, Jens; Stolwijk, Nico [Universitaet Muenster, Institut fuer Materialphysik, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Wuerz, Roland [Zentrum fuer Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Wuerttemberg, 70565 Stuttgart (Germany); Albert, Juergen; Sadewasser, Sascha [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, 14109 Berlin (Germany)

    2012-07-01

    The diffusion behaviour of Zn in polycrystalline CIGSe is found to be very similar to that in monocrystalline CISe, which indicates that grain boundaries only play a minor role as segregation sites and fast-transport pathways. The Zn diffusion coefficient shows a slightly stronger temperature dependence than Cd in CIGSe while its values are lower by about one order of magnitude. Surprisingly, the diffusion profiles exhibit peculiar shapes with a second maximum near the CI(G)Se-substrate interface. Zn may be relevant to CIGS technology as it is a major component of the transparent oxide layer. In addition, Zn may penetrate into the active zone during solar-cell processing when the CdS buffer layer is replaced by ZnS. The present results were obtained from diffusion experiments with the radiotracer Zn-65 using lamp-oven annealing followed by ion-beam sputter-sectioning. We discuss possible implications with regard to diffusion mechanisms and site occupancy.

  19. Light induced diffusion driven self assembly of Ag nanoparticles in a-Se/Ag bi-layer thin film with ultrafast optical response

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    Bapna, Mukund; Sharma, Rituraj; Barik, A. R.; Khan, Pritam; Ranjan Kumar, Rakesh; Adarsh, K. V.

    2013-05-01

    In this Letter, we demonstrate that femtosecond light-induced interdiffusion of Ag driven by the electrostatic attraction between photo-excited Ag+ ions and negatively charged amorphous layer can act as an efficient single step method for hybrid integration of spatially ordered and interconnected nanoparticles on the surface of amorphous films. Such self assembled complex hybrid structures of silver nanoparticles via bottom-up nano-construction method on a-Se thin film show an ultrafast optical response over an unusually broad wavelength range that can be used to construct optical modulators operating at switching speed of ˜5 ps.

  20. In-Plane Thermal Diffusivity Measurement of Thin Films Based on the Alternating-Current Calorimetric Method Using an Optical Reflectivity Technique

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    黄正兴; 唐祯安; 许自强; 丁海涛; 顾毓沁

    2004-01-01

    An advanced ac calorimetric method to measure thermal diffusivity of a thin sample is developed by using an optical reflectivity technique. A modulated infrared laser is used to heat the front surface ofa foil specimen. The reflectivity of a continuous-wave He-Ne laser at the rear surface of the specimen is detected by a photoreceiver.According to the temperature dependence of reflectivity, the ac temperature response is obtained. Thermal diffusivity is deduced from a one-dimensional heat conduction equation. A stainless-steel foil and a copper foil are chosen as the samples. The present results agree well with the data in the literature.

  1. Study on Inter-Diffusion Barrier Layer between PZT Pyroelectric Thick Film and Si Substrate%PZT厚膜与Si衬底互扩散阻挡层研究

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    陈冲; 吴传贵; 彭强祥; 罗文博; 张万里; 王书安

    2013-01-01

    在Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si基片上,利用电泳沉积制备PZT热释电厚膜材料.为防止Pb和Si互扩散,在Pt底电极与SiO2/Si衬底间通过直流磁控溅射制备了TiOx薄膜阻挡层.对具有0、300 nm和500 nm TiOx阻挡层的PZT厚膜材料用SEM和能量色散谱仪(EDS)表征了Pb和Si互扩散情况,用动态热释电系数测量仪测试了热释电系数.结果表明,当TiOx阻挡层为500 nm时,可阻挡Pb和Si互扩散,热释电性能最好.热释电系数p=1.5×10-8 C·cm-2·K-1,相对介电常数εr=170,损耗角正切tanδ=0.02,探测度优值因子Fd=1.05×10-5pa-0.5.%PZT thick film as pyroelectric material has been prepared on the Pt/Ti/SiCK/Si substrate by using the electrophoresis deposition (EPD) method. In order to prevent the inter-diffusion between Pb and Si,a TiOx film barrier layer between Pt bottom electrode and SiO2/Si substrate has been prepared by using the DC magnetron sputtering method. The inter-diffusion between Pb and Si in PZT thick film material with TiO, barrier layer thickness of 0, 300 nm and 500 nm respectively have been characterized by SEM and EDS. The pyroelectric coefficient has been measured by the dynamic pyroelectric coefficient instrument. The results show that the inter-diffusion between Pb and Si can be blocked when the thickness of TiOx barrier layer is 500 nm and have the best pyroelectric properties. The pyroelectric coefficient, relative dielectric constant,dielectric loss and detectivity figure of merit are p=1. 5 × 10-8C · cm-2k-1 ,εr = 170,tan 8=0. 02 and Fd = 1. 05 × 10-5 Pa-0.5 respectively.

  2. Structural features of reconstituted wheat wax films.

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    Pambou, Elias; Li, Zongyi; Campana, Mario; Hughes, Arwel; Clifton, Luke; Gutfreund, Philipp; Foundling, Jill; Bell, Gordon; Lu, Jian R

    2016-07-01

    Cuticular waxes are essential for the well-being of all plants, from controlling the transport of water and nutrients across the plant surface to protecting them against external environmental attacks. Despite their significance, our current understanding regarding the structure and function of the wax film is limited. In this work, we have formed representative reconstituted wax film models of controlled thicknesses that facilitated an ex vivo study of plant cuticular wax film properties by neutron reflection (NR). Triticum aestivum L. (wheat) waxes were extracted from two different wheat straw samples, using two distinct extraction methods. Waxes extracted from harvested field-grown wheat straw using supercritical CO2 are compared with waxes extracted from laboratory-grown wheat straw via wax dissolution by chloroform rinsing. Wax films were produced by spin-coating the two extracts onto silicon substrates. Atomic force microscopy and cryo-scanning electron microscopy imaging revealed that the two reconstituted wax film models are ultrathin and porous with characteristic nanoscale extrusions on the outer surface, mimicking the structure of epicuticular waxes found upon adaxial wheat leaf surfaces. On the basis of solid-liquid and solid-air NR and ellipsometric measurements, these wax films could be modelled into two representative layers, with the diffuse underlying layer fitted with thicknesses ranging from approximately 65 to 70 Å, whereas the surface extrusion region reached heights exceeding 200 Å. Moisture-controlled NR measurements indicated that water penetrated extensively into the wax films measured under saturated humidity and under water, causing them to hydrate and swell significantly. These studies have thus provided a useful structural basis that underlies the function of the epicuticular waxes in controlling the water transport of crops.

  3. The External Degree.

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    Houle, Cyril O.

    This book examines the external degree in relation to the extremes of attitudes, myths, and data. Emphasis is placed on the emergence of the American external degree, foreign external-degree programs, the purpose of the external degree, the current scene, institutional issues, and problems of general policy. (MJM)

  4. Diffusion MRI

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    Fukuyama, Hidenao

    Recent advances of magnetic resonance imaging have been described, especially stressed on the diffusion sequences. We have recently applied the diffusion sequence to functional brain imaging, and found the appropriate results. In addition to the neurosciences fields, diffusion weighted images have improved the accuracies of clinical diagnosis depending upon magnetic resonance images in stroke as well as inflammations.

  5. Research Update: Reactively sputtered nanometer-thin ZrN film as a diffusion barrier between Al and boron layers for radiation detector applications

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    Golshani, Negin; Mohammadi, V.; Schellevis, H.; Beenakker, C. I. M.; Ishihara, R.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, optimization of the process flow for PureB detectors is investigated. Diffusion barrier layers between a boron layer and the aluminum interconnect can be used to enhance the performance and visual appearance of radiation detectors. Few nanometers-thin Zirconium Nitride (ZrN) layer deposited by reactive sputtering in a mixture of Ar/N2, is identified as a reliable diffusion barrier with better fabrication process compatibility than others. The barrier properties of this layer have been tested for different boron layers deposited at low and high temperatures with extensive optical microscopy analyses, electron beam induced current, SEM, and electrical measurements. This study demonstrated that spiking behavior of pure Al on Si can be prevented by the thin ZrN layer thus improving the performance of the radiation detectors fabricated using boron layer.

  6. Research Update: Reactively sputtered nanometer-thin ZrN film as a diffusion barrier between Al and boron layers for radiation detector applications

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    Golshani, Negin, E-mail: negingolshani@gmail.com; Mohammadi, V.; Schellevis, H.; Beenakker, C. I. M.; Ishihara, R. [ECTM, DIMES, Faculty of Electrical Engineering (EWI), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Feldmannweg 17, P.O. Box 5053, 2628 CT Delft (Netherlands)

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, optimization of the process flow for PureB detectors is investigated. Diffusion barrier layers between a boron layer and the aluminum interconnect can be used to enhance the performance and visual appearance of radiation detectors. Few nanometers-thin Zirconium Nitride (ZrN) layer deposited by reactive sputtering in a mixture of Ar/N{sub 2}, is identified as a reliable diffusion barrier with better fabrication process compatibility than others. The barrier properties of this layer have been tested for different boron layers deposited at low and high temperatures with extensive optical microscopy analyses, electron beam induced current, SEM, and electrical measurements. This study demonstrated that spiking behavior of pure Al on Si can be prevented by the thin ZrN layer thus improving the performance of the radiation detectors fabricated using boron layer.

  7. Research Update: Reactively sputtered nanometer-thin ZrN film as a diffusion barrier between Al and boron layers for radiation detector applications

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    Negin Golshani

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, optimization of the process flow for PureB detectors is investigated. Diffusion barrier layers between a boron layer and the aluminum interconnect can be used to enhance the performance and visual appearance of radiation detectors. Few nanometers-thin Zirconium Nitride (ZrN layer deposited by reactive sputtering in a mixture of Ar/N2, is identified as a reliable diffusion barrier with better fabrication process compatibility than others. The barrier properties of this layer have been tested for different boron layers deposited at low and high temperatures with extensive optical microscopy analyses, electron beam induced current, SEM, and electrical measurements. This study demonstrated that spiking behavior of pure Al on Si can be prevented by the thin ZrN layer thus improving the performance of the radiation detectors fabricated using boron layer.

  8. 鸭绿江公路大桥溢油漂移扩散三维数值模拟%Three-dimensional numerical simulation of the drift and diffusion of oil film at the highway bridge in the Yalu River

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    陈士谦; 朱建荣

    2012-01-01

    An improved 3D numerical model ECOM-si, coupled with the drift and diffusion module of oil film, was adopted to simulate the thickness and trace of the oil film after an oil spill accident (100 tons leakage) is occurred at the main pier of the highway bridge in the Yalu River. The model results show that the oil film reaches the water intakes of Sidaogou and Dandong Paper Mill at 0. 9 h and 1. 5 h after the oil spill, experiencing duration of 0. 6 h and 1. 7 h in summer, respectively. The oil film reaches the two places at 1. 2 h and 1. 7 h after the oil spill, experiencing duration of 0. 6 h and 2. 5 h in winter, respectively. No matter in summer or in winter, the oil film will not reach the water intake of Yanwo. Although the river discharge in summer is much larger than the one in winter, the oil film drifts upstream farther in summer than in winter during flood current. The numerical experiment results show that the stronger flood current in summer is only the second reason for the pheonomena, while the wind is its principal reason. The orientation of the river is north-west near upstream the bridge which results in the oil film blocked by the northwest wind in winter, and is almost north-south farer upstream the bridge which results in the oil film pushed forward by the south wind in summer.%应用三维河口海岸海洋数值模式ECOM-si,加入油膜计算模块,模拟在鸭绿江公路大桥主跨航道处溢油事故(溢油量为100 t)发生后油膜的漂移扩散.模拟结果显示,夏季溢油事故发生后油膜分别于0.9h、1.5h后到达四道沟取水口和丹东造纸厂取水口,持续影响时间分别为0.6h和1.7h;冬季溢油事故发生后油膜分别于1.2h、1.7h后到达两地取水口,持续影响时间分别为0.6h和2.5h.冬夏季,油膜均没有到达燕窝取水口.鸭绿江夏季径流量远比冬季径流量大,但涨潮期间油膜上溯距离反而更远.数值试验结果表明,夏季较强的涨潮流是该现象的次要原

  9. 薄膜梯度扩散技术在重金属形态分析中的应用%Application of Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films to the Analysis of Heavy Metal Speciation

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    陈宏; 刘玉静; 包德才; 刘连利

    2012-01-01

    介绍了一种新型原位被动采样技术——薄膜梯度扩散(DGT)技术。重点阐述了DGT技术在分析水、沉积物、土壤环境中重金属有效态和水中重金属特定形态方面的应用,展望了DGT技术在重金属形态分析中的发展趋势,提出了离子选择性薄膜梯度扩散(ISDGT)技术及建立路径。%In this paper, a new in-situ passive sampling technique, the diffusive gradients in thin-fihns (DGT) technique was introduced. The determination of heavy metal speciation by DGT, including the determination of labile speciation of heavy metal in waters, sediments and soils, and the determination of specific species of heavy metal in waters were focused on. The prospects of measuring heavy metal speciation by DGT were evaluated. The concept of ion selected diffusive gradients in thin-films (ISDGT) technique and the approach to establishing ISDGT were also proposed.

  10. Regulating multiple externalities

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    Waldo, Staffan; Jensen, Frank; Nielsen, Max

    2016-01-01

    Open access is a well-known externality problem in fisheries causing excess capacity and overfishing. Due to global warming, externality problems from CO2 emissions have gained increased interest. With two externality problems, a first-best optimum can be achieved by using two regulatory instrume......Open access is a well-known externality problem in fisheries causing excess capacity and overfishing. Due to global warming, externality problems from CO2 emissions have gained increased interest. With two externality problems, a first-best optimum can be achieved by using two regulatory...

  11. Optical diffusers based on silicone emulsions

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    Wang, Jui-Hao; Lien, Shui-Yang; Ho, Jeng-Rong; Shih, Teng-Kai; Chen, Chia-Fu; Chen, Chien-Chung; Whang, Wha-Tzong

    2009-12-01

    The present study provides an experimental approach for fabricating optical diffuser films based on silicone emulsions. The silicone emulsion consisting of silicone polymer (Sylgard 184) and NaCl aq. solution was used as the optical material of diffusers, wherein NaCl aq. solution was severed as surfactant to stabilize the emulsions. After stirring mechanically, microscaled water drop with various sizes distributed randomly in silicone polymer, wherein water drop was used as scattering diffusion particles. To modulate the volume of NaCl aq. solution, the diffusing performance of diffusers could be change by different amount drop particles. Thereafter, an optical examination was carried out to characterize optical properties, transmittance, and light diffusivity of volumetric diffuser films.

  12. Research of Diffusion of Cu in CoN and CoSiN Thin Films%Cu 在 CoN 和 CoSiN 薄膜中的扩散研究

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    张在玉; 陈秀华

    2013-01-01

      The thin films of Cu/CoN/Si and Cu/CoSiN/Si were prepared on n - type silicon substrate by magnetron sputtering and annealed at different temperature .Their surface morphology were tested by atomic force microscopy (AFM) .Cu content with diffusion distance changes under different temperature were obtained by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis methods . Then calculation and analysis were done on the diffusion of Cu in Cu/CoN/Si and Cu/CoSiN/Si systems via the Second Law of Fick . It can be obtained that the diffusion coefficient expression of Cu in CoN and CoSiN film are 8.98 × 10 - 11 exp ( - 0.45 eV/kT) cm2/s and 5.39 × 10 - 11 exp ( - 0.49 eV/kT) cm2/s during medium temperature (300 ℃ ~ 700 ℃ ) , respectively .%  利用磁控溅射的方法在 n 型硅基底制备了 Cu/CoN/Si (100)和 Cu/CoSiN/Si (100)薄膜,并对它们进行了不同温度的退火.用原子力显微镜观察了它们的表面形貌.用扫描透射电镜能谱分析法得到了在不同退火温度下铜在上面两种薄膜中浓度与表面距离的分布,然后利用菲克第二定律对 Cu/CoN/Si 和 Cu/CoSiN/Si 体系中 Cu 的扩散进行了计算和分析,得出中温条件(300℃~700℃)下 Cu 在 CoN 和 CoSiN 两种薄膜中的扩散系数表达式分别为8.98×10-11 exp (-0.45 eV/kT) cm 2/s 和5.39×10-11 exp (-0.49 eV/kT) cm 2/s.

  13. ExternE National Implementation Finland

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    Pingoud, K.; Maelkki, H.; Wihersaari, M.; Pirilae, P. [VTT Energy, Espoo (Finland); Hongisto, M. [Imatran Voima Oy, Vantaa (Finland); Siitonen, S. [Ekono Energy Ltd, Espoo (Finland); Johansson, M. [Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki (Finland)

    1999-07-01

    ExternE National Implementation is a continuation of the ExternE Project, funded in part by the European Commission's Joule III Programme. This study is the result of the ExternE National Implementation Project for Finland. Three fuel cycles were selected for the Finnish study: coal, peat and wood-derived biomass, which together are responsible for about 40% of total electricity generation in Finland and about 75% of the non-nuclear fuel based generation. The estimated external costs or damages were dominated by the global warming (GW) impacts in the coal and peat fuel cycles, but knowledge of the true GW impacts is still uncertain. From among other impacts that were valued in monetary terms the human health damages due to airborne emissions dominated in all the three fuel cycles. Monetary valuation for ecosystem impacts is not possible using the ExternE methodology at present. The Meri-Pori power station representing the coal fuel cycle is one of the world's cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power plants with a condensing turbine. The coal is imported mainly from Poland. The estimated health damages were about 4 mECU/kWh, crop damages an order of magnitude lower and damages caused to building materials two orders of magnitude lower. The power stations of the peat and biomass fuel cycles are of CHP type, generating electricity and heat for the district heating systems of two cities. Their fuels are of domestic origin. The estimated health damages allocated to electricity generation were about 5 and 6 mECU/kWh, respectively. The estimates were case-specific and thus an generalisation of the results to the whole electricity generation in Finland is unrealistic. Despite the uncertainties and limitations of the methodology, it is a promising tool in the comparison of similar kinds of fuel cycles, new power plants and pollution abatement technologies and different plant locations with each other. (orig.)

  14. ASH External Web Portal (External Portal) -

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    Department of Transportation — The ASH External Web Portal is a web-based portal that provides single sign-on functionality, making the web portal a single location from which to be authenticated...

  15. Study of magnetic thin films by polarized neutron reflectivity. Off-specular diffusion on periodical structures; Etude de couches minces magnetiques par reflectivite de neutrons polarises. Diffusion non speculaire sur des structures periodiques

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    Ott, F

    1998-11-26

    Theoretical (Zeeman energy effects) and experimental (beam polarisation problems) progress have been made in the understanding of polarized neutron reflectivity with polarisation analysis. It has been shown that modelization and numerical simulations makes it possible to avoid to have to systematically measure a full set of reflectivity curves for each field and temperature condition. It has been possible to determine a magnetic profile as a function of the field in a magnetic bilayer system by using only a few points in the reciprocal space. This technique allows to considerable reduce the experiment time. In single nickel layer systems, we have shown that it is possible to induce magnetic rotation inhomogeneities when these systems are subjects to deformation strains. The effect are related to magneto-elastic constants gradients. In trilayer systems, with a ME constant modulation, we have been able to induce large magnetic rotation gradients. A new magneto-optic technique to measure the magnetization direction without rotating the magnetic field has been developed. The field of neutron reflectivity has been extended to off-specular studies. It has been possible to account quantitatively of the off-specular diffusion on 2-D model systems (prepared by optical lithography). This new technique should make it possible in the future to determine magnetic structures with a in-depth as well as lateral resolution. (author)

  16. Three-dimensional reduced graphene oxide/polyaniline nanocomposite film prepared by diffusion driven layer-by-layer assembly for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Hong, Xiaodong; Zhang, Binbin; Murphy, Elizabeth; Zou, Jianli; Kim, Franklin

    2017-03-01

    As a simple and versatile method, diffusion driven Layer-by-Layer assembly (dd-LbL) is developed to assemble graphene oxide (GO) into three-dimensional (3D) structure. The assembled GO macrostructure can be reduced through a hydrothermal treatment and used as a high volumetric capacitance electrode in supercapacitors. In this report we use rGO framework created from dd-LbL as a scaffold for in situ polymerization of aniline within the pores of the framework to form rGO/polyaniline (rGO/PANI) composite. The rGO/PANI composite affords a robust and porous structure, which facilitates electrolyte diffusion and exhibits excellent electrochemical performance as binder-free electrodes in a sandwich-configuration supercapacitor. Combining electric double layer capacitance and pseudo-capacitance, rGO/PANI electrodes exhibit a specific capacitance of 438.8 F g-1 at discharge rate of 5 mA (mass of electrodes were 10.0 mg, 0.5 A g-1) in 1 mol L-1 H2SO4 electrolyte; furthermore, the generated PANI nanoparticles in rGO template achieve a higher capacitance of 763 F g-1. The rGO/PANI composite electrodes also show an improved recyclability, 76.5% of capacitance retains after recycled 2000 times.

  17. In situ selective determination of methylmercury in river water by diffusive gradient in thin films technique (DGT) using baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) immobilized in agarose gel as binding phase

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    Tafurt-Cardona, Makenly [Programa de Pós-graduação em Geociências e Meio Ambiente, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Eismann, Carlos Eduardo; Suárez, Carlos Alfredo [Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Menegário, Amauri Antonio, E-mail: amenega@rc.unesp.br [Programa de Pós-graduação em Geociências e Meio Ambiente, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Silva Luko, Karen [Programa de Pós-graduação em Geociências e Meio Ambiente, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); and others

    2015-08-05

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel as binding phase and polyacrylamide as diffusive layer in the diffusive gradient in thin films technique (DGT) was used for selective determination of methylmercury (MeHg). Deployment tests showed good linearity in mass uptake up to 48 h (3276 ng). When coupling the DGT technique with Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry, the method has a limit of detection of 0.44 ng L{sup −1} (pre concentration factor of 11 for 48 h deployment). Diffusion coefficient of 7.03 ± 0.77 × 10{sup −6} cm{sup 2} s{sup −1} at 23 °C in polyacrylamide gel (pH = 5.5 and ionic strength = 0.05 mol L{sup −1} NaCl) was obtained. Influence of ionic strength (from 0.0005 mol L{sup −1} to 0.1 mol L{sup −1} NaCl) and pH (from 3.5 to 8.5) on MeHg uptake were evaluated. For these range, recoveries of 84–105% and 84–98% were obtained for ionic strength and pH respectively. Potential interference due to presence of Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn was also assessed showing good recoveries (70–87%). The selectivity of the proposed approach was tested by deployments in solutions containing MeHg and Hg(II). Results obtained showed recoveries of 102–115 % for MeHg, while the uptake of Hg(II) was insignificant. The proposed approach was successfully employed for in situ measurements in the Negro River (Manaus-AM, Brazil). - Highlights: • A method for in situ selective determination of MeHg by DGT technique is proposed. • Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel was used as binding agent. • Effects of pH, ionic strength and concomitant ions on uptake of MeHg were evaluated. • DGT device containing polyacrylamide gel as diffusive layer showed better selectivity. • The proposed approach was successfully applied for analysis of river water.

  18. Near-critical fluid boiling: overheating and wetting films.

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    Hegseth, J; Oprisan, A; Garrabos, Y; Lecoutre-Chabot, C; Nikolayev, V S; Beysens, D

    2008-08-01

    The heating of coexisting gas and liquid phases of pure fluid through its critical point makes the fluid extremely compressible, expandable, slows the diffusive transport, and decreases the contact angle to zero (perfect wetting by the liquid phase). We have performed experiments on near-critical fluids in a variable volume cell in the weightlessness of an orbiting space vehicle, to suppress buoyancy-driven flows and gravitational constraints on the liquid-gas interface. The high compressibility, high thermal expansion, and low thermal diffusivity lead to a pronounced adiabatic heating called the piston effect. We have directly visualized the near-critical fluid's boundary layer response to a volume quench when the external temperature is held constant. We have found that when the system's temperature T is increased at a constant rate past the critical temperature T(c), the interior of the fluid gains a higher temperature than the hot wall (overheating). This extends previous results in temperature quenching experiments in a similarly prepared system when the gas is clearly isolated from the wall. Large elliptical wetting film distortions are also seen during these ramps. By ray tracing through the elliptically shaped wetting film, we find very thick wetting film on the walls. This wetting film is at least one order of magnitude thicker than films that form in the Earth's gravity. The thick wetting film isolates the gas bubble from the wall allowing gas overheating to occur due to the difference in the piston effect response between gas and liquid. Remarkably, this overheating continues and actually increases when the fluid is ramped into the single-phase supercritical phase.

  19. Spectral and Color Changes of Ag/TiO2 Photochromic Films Deposited on Diffusing Paper and Transparent Flexible Plastic Substrates.

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    Diop, Daouda K; Simonot, Lionel; Martínez-García, Juan; Hébert, Mathieu; Lefkir, Yaya; Abadias, Grégory; Guérin, Philippe; Babonneau, David; Destouches, Nathalie

    2016-12-12

    Giving paper and polymer photochromic properties under laser irradiation is challenging due to the low resistance of these materials to heat, their flexibility, and their possibly irregular structure. However, we could successfully deposit TiO2/Ag/TiO2 layers stacking on flexible white glossy paper and transparent polyethylene terephalate (PET) substrates using a reactive magnetron sputtering technique, and tailor coloration changes after laser irradiation, alternating visible and ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths. The sample colors are characterized by a panel of chromas depending on the irradiation conditions. We demonstrate that these chroma changes are due to morphological changes of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) after visible laser irradiation of the colored as-deposited sample. The process exhibits a good reversibility after subsequent UV irradiation due to the growth of new metallic Ag NPs. The colors displayed in diffuse reflection by the paper samples are more saturated than the ones displayed in regular transmission by PET samples. We demonstrate the efficiency of the photochromic process on such support by printing high resolution patterns exhibiting different colors depending on the observation conditions.

  20. Vaneless diffusers

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    Senoo, Y.

    The influence of vaneless diffusers on flow in centrifugal compressors, particularly on surge, is discussed. A vaneless diffuser can demonstrate stable operation in a wide flow range only if it is installed with a backward leaning blade impeller. The circumferential distortion of flow in the impeller disappears quickly in the vaneless diffuser. The axial distortion of flow at the diffuser inlet does not decay easily. In large specific speed compressors, flow out of the impeller is distorted axially. Pressure recovery of diffusers at distorted inlet flow is considerably improved by half guide vanes. The best height of the vanes is a little 1/2 diffuser width. In small specific speed compressors, flow out of the impeller is not much distorted and pressure recovery can be predicted with one-dimensional flow analysis. Wall friction loss is significant in narrow diffusers. The large pressure drop at a small flow rate can cause the positive gradient of the pressure-flow rate characteristic curve, which may cause surging.

  1. External radiation surveillance

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    Antonio, E.J.

    1995-06-01

    This section of the 1994 Hanford Site Environmental Report describes how external radiation was measured, how surveys were performed, and the results of these measurements and surveys. External radiation exposure rates were measured at locations on and off the Hanford Site using thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD). External radiation and contamination surveys were also performed with portable radiation survey instruments at locations on and around the Hanford Site.

  2. Diffusion in barred-spiral galaxies

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    Brunetti, Maura; Pfenniger, Daniel

    2010-01-01

    We characterize the radial migration of stars in the disk plane by calculating the diffusion coefficient and the diffusion time-scale for a bulge-disk N-body self-consistent system with a marginally-stable Toomre-Q parameter. We find that diffusion is not constant in time, but follows the evolution of the bar, and becomes maximum near the corotation region and in the external disk region, where asymmetric patterns develop.

  3. Acoustic Detection of the Magnetocaloric Effect in Gadolinium Thin Films: Influence of the Substrate

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    Nogal, U.; Mansanares, A. M.; Gandra, F. C. G.; Soffner, M. E.; Guimarães, A. O.; da Silva, E. C.; Vargas, H.; Marín, E.; Calderón, A.

    2015-06-01

    The magnetocaloric effect (temperature change) in gadolinium thin films is investigated as a function of the external magnetic field using the magnetoacoustic technique. The measured signal evidences the magnetic anisotropy of the sample, and it is in good agreement with results obtained from magnetization measurements. The thermal coupling of the film with the substrate invalidates the adiabatic condition usually achieved when measuring bulk magnetic samples using the magnetoacoustic technique. The influence of the substrate on the temperature of the film is therefore investigated using a simple model for the heat diffusion within the sample. The temperature distribution is calculated as a function of the thermal parameters of the substrate and the results compared to the magnetoacoustic measurements.

  4. Size effects in thin films

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    Tellier, CR; Siddall, G

    1982-01-01

    A complete and comprehensive study of transport phenomena in thin continuous metal films, this book reviews work carried out on external-surface and grain-boundary electron scattering and proposes new theoretical equations for transport properties of these films. It presents a complete theoretical view of the field, and considers imperfection and impurity effects.

  5. Multidisciplinary design optimization of film-cooled gas turbine blades

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    Talya Shashishekara S.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Design optimization of a gas turbine blade geometry for effective film cooling toreduce the blade temperature has been done using a multiobjective optimization formulation. Three optimization formulations have been used. In the first, the average blade temperature is chosen as the objective function to be minimized. An upper bound constraint has been imposed on the maximum blade temperature. In the second, the maximum blade temperature is chosen as the objective function to be minimized with an upper bound constraint on the average blade temperature. In the third formulation, the blade average and maximum temperatures are chosen as objective functions. Shape optimization is performed using geometric parameters associated with film cooling and blade external shape. A quasi-three-dimensional Navier–Stokes solver for turbomachinery flows is used to solve for the flow field external to the blade with appropriate modifications to incorporate the effect of film cooling. The heat transfer analysis for temperature distribution within the blade is performed by solving the heat diffusion equation using the finite element method. The multiobjective Kreisselmeier–Steinhauser function approach has been used in conjunction with an approximate analysis technique for optimization. The results obtained using both formulations are compared with reference geometry. All three formulations yield significant reductions in blade temperature with the multiobjective formulation yielding largest reduction in blade temperature.

  6. Thermal Hysteresis in La2/3 Ca1/3 MnO3 Films Grown on Tilted SrTiO3 Substrates and Influence of External Magnetic Field

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    GUAN Dong-Yi; ZHOU Qing-Li; ZHAO Kun; SUN Jia-Xing; JIN Kui-Juan; CHEN Zheng-Hao; LU Hui-Bin; YANG Guo-Zhen

    2006-01-01

    @@ Thermal hysteresis in the resistivity of La2/3 Ca1/3MnO3 thin films grown on tilted SrTiO3 substrates is simulated by using the random network model on the basis of mixed-phase percolation between metallic and insulating domains.

  7. Quasiparticle diffusion over several mm in cryogenic detectors

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    Loidl, M. E-mail: loidl@hep.saclay.cea.fr; Cooper, S.; Meier, O.; Proebst, F.; Safran, G.; Seidel, W.; Sisti, M.; Stodolsky, L.; Uchaikin, S

    2001-06-11

    The use of quasiparticle diffusion in a superconducting film has the potential to allow an increase in the size of a cryogenic detector without proportional loss of energy resolution. The quasiparticle lifetime and the diffusion constant are critical parameters which have limited this development. Using W superconducting phase transition thermometers as the sensors and a W/Al bilayer as the diffusion film, we have measured quasiparticle diffusion over a distance of 2 mm and deduced a diffusion constant of D=2.5x10{sup -4} m{sup 2}/s and a quasiparticle lifetime of {tau}=9.0 ms, which is, to our knowledge, by far the longest ever observed. With Ir/Au thermometers and an Ir/Au/Al diffusion film we found D=4.6x10{sup -3} m{sup 2}/s and {tau}=0.43 ms with diffusion over 4 mm, the longest distance observed to date.

  8. Neutron scattering techniques for betaine calcium chloride dihydrate under applied external field (temperature, electric field and hydrostatic pressure); Etude par diffusion de neutrons du chlorure de calcium et de betaine dihydrate sous champ externe applique (temperature, champ electrique et pression hydrostatique)

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    Hernandez, O

    1997-11-17

    We have studied with neutron scattering techniques betaine calcium chloride dihydrate (BCCD), a dielectric aperiodic crystal which displays a Devil`s staircase type phase diagram made up of several incommensurate and commensurate phases, having a range of stability very sensitive to temperature, electric field and hydrostatic pressure. We have measured a global hysteresis of {delta}(T) of about 2-3 K in the two incommensurate phases. A structural study of the modulated commensurate phases 1/4 and 1/5 allows us to evidence that the atomic modulation functions are anharmonic. The relevance of the modelization of the modulated structure by polar Ising pseudo-spins is then directly established. On the basis of group theory calculation in the four dimensional super-space, we interpret this anharmonic modulation as a soliton regime with respect to the lowest-temperature non modulated ferroelectric phase. The continuous character of the transition to the lowest-temperature non modulated phase and the diffuse scattering observed in this phase are accounted for the presence of ferroelectric domains separated by discommensurations. Furthermore, we have shown that X-rays induce in BCCD a strong variation with time of irradiation of the intensity of satellite peaks, and more specifically for third order ones. This is why the `X-rays` structural model is found more harmonic than the `neutron` one. Under electric field applied along the vector b axis, we confirm that commensurate phases with {delta} = even/odd are favoured and hence are polar along this direction. We have evidenced at 10 kV / cm two new higher order commensurate phases in the phase INC2, corroborating the idea of a `complete` Devil`s air-case phase diagram. A phenomenon of generalized coexistence of phases occurs above 5 kV / cm. We have characterized at high field phase transitions between `coexisting` phases, which are distinguishable from classical lock-in transitions. Under hydrostatic pressure, our results

  9. Diffusion of Ca and Mg in Calcite

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    Cygan, R.T.; Fisler, D.K.

    1999-02-10

    The self-diffusion of Ca and the tracer diffusion of Mg in calcite have been experimentally measured using isotopic tracers of {sup 25}Mg and {sup 44}Ca. Natural single crystals of calcite were coated with a thermally-sputtered oxide thin film and then annealed in a CO{sub 2} gas at one atmosphere total pressure and temperatures from 550 to 800 C. Diffusion coefficient values were derived from the depth profiles obtained by ion microprobe analysis. The resultant activation energies for Mg tracer diffusion and Ca self-diffusion are respectively: E{sub a}(Mg) = 284 {+-} 74 kJ/mol and E{sub a}(Ca) = 271 {+-} 80 kJ/mol. For the temperature ranges in these experiments, the diffusion of Mg is faster than Ca. The results are generally consistent in magnitude with divalent cation diffusion rates obtained in previous studies and provide a means of interpreting the thermal histories of carbonate minerals, the mechanism of dolomitization, and other diffusion-controlled processes. The results indicate that cation diffusion in calcite is relatively slow and cations are the rate-limiting diffusing species for the deformation of calcite and carbonate rocks. Application of the calcite-dolomite geothermometer to metamorphic assemblages will be constrained by cation diffusion and cooling rates. The direct measurement of Mg tracer diffusion in calcite indicates that dolomitization is unlikely to be accomplished by Mg diffusion in the solid state but by a recrystallization process.

  10. Implementation of a diffusion-limited aggregation model in the simulation of fractals in PVDF-HFP/PEMA-NH{sub 4}CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}-Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite polymer electrolyte films

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    Amir, S; Mohamed, N S [Center for Foundation Studies in Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Hashim Ali, S A, E-mail: shahizat@um.edu.my [Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2011-10-15

    We initially prepared films of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)/poly(ethyl methacrylate)-ammonium trifluorome-thanesulfonate dispersed with various wt.% of chromium oxide to study their properties and potential application in electrochemical devices. However, a few months later the nanocomposite polymer electrolyte membranes were found to become a sort of medium for fractal growth. This discovery led to a simulation of the fractals observed in these polymer electrolyte films using a diffusion-limited aggregation model that is based on Brownian motion theory (random walk). The fractal dimensions, D, of the fractal patterns obtained from experimental and simulation work were calculated using the box-counting method. The fractal patterns and dimensions of the simulated fractal patterns were comparable with those obtained from the original fractals observed in the polymer electrolyte films.

  11. Film boiling of mercury droplets

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    Baumeister, K. J.; Schoessow, G. J.; Chmielewski, C. E.

    1975-01-01

    Vaporization times of mercury droplets in Leidenfrost film boiling on a flat horizontal plate are measured in an air atmosphere. Extreme care was used to prevent large amplitude droplet vibrations and surface wetting; therefore, these data can be compared to film boiling theory. For these data, diffusion from the upper surface of the drop is a dominant mode of mass transfer from the drop. A closed-form analytical film boiling theory is developed to account for the diffusive evaporation. Reasonable agreement between data and theory is seen.

  12. Oxygen diffusion process in a Ba{sub 0.96}La{sub 0.04}SnO{sub 3} thin film on SrTiO{sub 3}(001) substrate as investigated by time-dependent Hall effect measurements

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    Lee, Woong-Jhae; Kim, Hyung Joon; Sohn, Egon; Kim, Tai Hoon [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Center for Novel States of Complex Materials Research, Seoul National University, Seoul, 151-747 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hoon Min; Char, Kookrin [Institute of Applied Physics, Seoul National University, Seoul, 151-747 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jin Hyeok [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Kee Hoon [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Center for Novel States of Complex Materials Research, Seoul National University, Seoul, 151-747 (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Applied Physics, Seoul National University, Seoul, 151-747 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-15

    We investigate the oxygen diffusion phenomena in a Ba{sub 0.96}La{sub 0.04}SnO{sub 3} (BLSO) thin film on SrTiO{sub 3}(001) substrate by measurements of time-dependent Hall effect at high temperatures around 500 C under different gas atmosphere. Under the Ar (O{sub 2}) atmosphere, carrier density (n) and electrical conductivity (σ) are increased (decreased) while electron mobility (μ) is slightly reduced (enhanced). This observation supports that although both n and μ are affected by the oxygen diffusion process, the change of n is a major factor of determining σ in the BLSO film. Detailed analyses of the time-dependent n exhibit fast and slow dynamics that possibly correspond to the oxygen exchange reaction at the surface and oxygen diffusion into the BLSO grains, respectively. Fitting the time dependence of n reveals that the chemical diffusion coefficient of oxygen in the BLSO grains becomes ∝10{sup -16} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1}. This coefficient marks the lowest value among perovskite oxides around 500 C, directly proving excellent thermal stability of oxygen in BLSO. The present results support that the donor-doped BaSnO{sub 3} system could be useful for realizing transparent semiconductor devices at high temperatures. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  13. Impact of internal transport on the convective mass transfer from a droplet into a submerging falling film

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    Landel, Julien R.; Thomas, Amalia; McEvoy, Harry; Dalziel, Stuart B.

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the convective mass transfer of dilute passive tracers contained in small viscous drops into a submerging falling film. This problem has applications in industrial cleaning, domestic dishwashers, and decontamination of hazardous material. The film Peclet number is very high, whereas the drop Peclet number varies from 0.1 to 1. The characteristic transport time in the drop is much larger than in the film. We model the mass transfer using an analogy with Newton's law of cooling. This empirical model is supported by an analytical model solving the quasi-steady two-dimensional advection-diffusion equation in the film that is coupled with a time-dependent one-dimensional diffusion equation in the drop. We find excellent agreement between our experimental data and the two models, which predict an exponential decrease in time of the drop concentration. The transport characteristic time is related to the drop diffusion time scale, as diffusion within the drop is the limiting process. Our theoretical model not only predicts the well-known relationship between the Sherwood number and the external Reynolds number in the case of a well-mixed drop Sh ~ Re1/3, it also predicts a correction in the case of a non-uniform drop concentration. The correction depends on Re, the film Schmidt number, the drop aspect ratio and the diffusivity ratio between the two phases. This prediction is in good agreement with experimental data. This material is based upon work supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency under Contract No. HDTRA1-12-D-0003-0001.

  14. In situ determination of V(V) by diffusive gradients in thin films and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry techniques using amberlite IRA-410 resin as a binding layer.

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    Luko, Karen Silva; Menegário, Amauri Antonio; Suárez, Carlos Alfredo; Tafurt-Cardona, Makenly; Pedrobom, Jorge Henrique; Rolisola, Ana Marta Cavinato Marchini; Sulato, Everton Tiago; Kiang, Chang Hung

    2017-01-15

    Amberlite IRA-410 anionic exchange resin was evaluated as the binding layer for sampling V(V) by using Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films (DGT). V(V) was determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Mass vs. time DGT deployments (ionic strength = 0.03 mol L(-1) NaNO3, pH = 5.6 and T = 23.5 ± 0.5 °C) was characterized by excellent linear relationship (R(2) = 0.9993) and a significant retention of V(V) by the binding layer. An exchange capacity of at least 40 μg V g(-1) resin was achieved for the proposed binding layer. The diffusion coefficient obtained (7.13 ± 0.6 10(-6) cm(2) s(-1)) agrees with the literature. The accumulation rate of V(V) was not significantly affected by ionic strength of solutions up to 0.03 mol L(-1) and for the entire studied pH range (from 3 to 9). Furthermore, when comparing the concentrations obtained using IRA-410-DGT and those obtained by direct measurement of the solution concentrations, the proposed approach provided a reduction of the (35)Cl(16)O interference on V(V) determination by ICP-MS. Determination of V in normal mode (without collision cell) in solutions containing analyte:Cl(-) concentration ratio up to 1:500,000 was not affected by interference of (35)Cl(16)O(+) polyatomic ion even when normal mode ICP-MS was used. Potential interfering ions on sampling V(V) by DGT (PO4(3-) and SO4(2-)) showed no significant effects on the accumulation rate of V(V). Laboratory tests performed using synthetic samples, natural freshwater and acid drainage water showed an excellent performance (recoveries from 93% to 110%). For in situ deployment, measurements of V(V) by the proposed approach was not significantly different (95.5%) from the value of dissolved V concentration.

  15. Diffuse scattering

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    Kostorz, G. [Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule, Angewandte Physik, Zurich (Switzerland)

    1996-12-31

    While Bragg scattering is characteristic for the average structure of crystals, static local deviations from the average lattice lead to diffuse elastic scattering around and between Bragg peaks. This scattering thus contains information on the occupation of lattice sites by different atomic species and on static local displacements, even in a macroscopically homogeneous crystalline sample. The various diffuse scattering effects, including those around the incident beam (small-angle scattering), are introduced and illustrated by typical results obtained for some Ni alloys. (author) 7 figs., 41 refs.

  16. Film Reviews.

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    Lance, Larry M.; Atwater, Lynn

    1987-01-01

    Reviews four Human Sexuality films and videos. These are: "Personal Decisions" (Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 1985); "The Touch Film" (Sterling Production, 1986); "Rethinking Rape" (Film Distribution Center, 1985); "Not A Love Story" (National Film Board of Canada, 1981). (AEM)

  17. Externally Verifiable Oblivious RAM

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    Gancher Joshua

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available We present the idea of externally verifiable oblivious RAM (ORAM. Our goal is to allow a client and server carrying out an ORAM protocol to have disputes adjudicated by a third party, allowing for the enforcement of penalties against an unreliable or malicious server. We give a security definition that guarantees protection not only against a malicious server but also against a client making false accusations. We then give modifications of the Path ORAM [15] and Ring ORAM [9] protocols that meet this security definition. These protocols both have the same asymptotic runtimes as the semi-honest original versions and require the external verifier to be involved only when the client or server deviates from the protocol. Finally, we implement externally verified ORAM, along with an automated cryptocurrency contract to use as the external verifier.

  18. External Beam Therapy (EBT)

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    ... Esophageal Cancer Treatment Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Lung Cancer Treatment Prostate Cancer Treatment Brain Tumor Treatment Why is ... Radiation Oncology) Breast Cancer Treatment Esophageal Cancer Treatment Lung Cancer Treatment Images related to External Beam Therapy (EBT) Sponsored ...

  19. MALIGNANT EXTERNAL OTITIS

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    Massoud Moghaddam

    1993-01-01

    Two case reports of malignant external otitis in the elderly diabetics and their complications and management with regard to our experience at Amir Alam Hospital, Department of ENT will be discussed here.

  20. Checklists for external validity

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    Dyrvig, Anne-Kirstine; Kidholm, Kristian; Gerke, Oke;

    2014-01-01

    RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The quality of the current literature on external validity varies considerably. An improved checklist with validated items on external validity would aid decision-makers in judging similarities among circumstances when transferring evidence from a study setting...... to an implementation setting. In this paper, currently available checklists on external validity are identified, assessed and used as a basis for proposing a new improved instrument. METHOD: A systematic literature review was carried out in Pubmed, Embase and Cinahl on English-language papers without time restrictions....... The retrieved checklist items were assessed for (i) the methodology used in primary literature, justifying inclusion of each item; and (ii) the number of times each item appeared in checklists. RESULTS: Fifteen papers were identified, presenting a total of 21 checklists for external validity, yielding a total...

  1. Migration with fiscal externalities.

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    Hercowitz, Z; Pines, D

    1991-11-01

    "This paper analyses the distribution of a country's population among regions when migration involves fiscal externalities. The main question addressed is whether a decentralized decision making [by] regional governments can produce an optimal population distribution...or a centralized intervention is indispensable, as argued before in the literature.... It turns out that, while with costless mobility the fiscal externality is fully internalized by voluntary interregional transfers, with costly mobility, centrally coordinated transfers still remain indispensable for achieving the socially optimal allocation."

  2. Sen cycles and externalities

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    Piggins, Ashley; Salerno, Gillian

    2016-01-01

    It has long been understood that externalities of some kind are responsible for Sen’s (1970) theorem on the impossibility of a Paretian liberal. However, Saari and Petron (2006) show that for any social preference cycle generated by combining the weak Pareto principle and individual decisiveness, every decisive individual must suffer at least one strong negative externality. We show that this fundamental result only holds when individual preferences are strict. Building on their contribution,...

  3. Behavior of fractional diffusion at the origin.

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    Ryabov, Ya E

    2003-09-01

    The present work discusses the fractional diffusion equation based on the Riemann-Liouville fractional time derivatives. It was shown that the normalization conservation constraint leads to the divergency of diffusive agent concentration at the origin. This divergency implies an external source of the diffusive agent at r-->0. Thus, the Riemann-Liouville fractional time derivative implies a loss of diffusive agent mass, which is compensated for by the source of this agent at the origin. In contrast, the absence of the normalization conservation constraint does not lead to any divergences in the limit r-->0 and at the same time provides the decay of normalization.

  4. Alginate-magnesium aluminum silicate composite films: effect of film thickness on physical characteristics and permeability.

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    Pongjanyakul, Thaned; Puttipipatkhachorn, Satit

    2008-01-04

    The different film thicknesses of the sodium alginate-magnesium aluminum silicate (SA-MAS) microcomposite films were prepared by varying volumes of the composite dispersion for casting. Effect of film thickness on thermal behavior, solid-state crystallinity, mechanical properties, water uptake and erosion, and water vapor and drug permeability of the microcomposite films were investigated. The film thickness caused a small change in thermal behavior of the films when tested using DSC and TGA. The crystallinity of the thin films seemed to increase when compared with the thick films. The thin films gave higher tensile strength than the thick films, whereas % elongation of the films was on the contrary resulted in the lower Young's modulus of the films when the film thickness was increased. This was due to the weaker of the film bulk, suggesting that the microscopic matrix structure of the thick films was looser than that of the thin films. Consequently, water uptake and erosion, water vapor permeation and drug diffusion coefficient of the thick films were higher than those of the thin films. The different types of drug on permeability of the films also showed that a positive charge and large molecule of drug, propranolol HCl, had higher lag time and lower diffusion coefficient that acetaminophen, a non-electrolyte and small molecule. This was because of a higher affinity of positive charge drug on MAS in the films. The findings suggest that the evaporation rate of solvent in different volumes of the composite dispersion used in the preparation method could affect crystallinity and strength of the film surface and film bulk of the microcomposite films. This led to a change in water vapor and drug permeability of the films.

  5. In situ speciation of dissolved inorganic antimony in surface waters and sediment porewaters: development of a thiol-based diffusive gradients in thin films technique for Sb(III).

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    Bennett, William W; Arsic, Maja; Welsh, David T; Teasdale, Peter R

    2016-08-10

    Antimony is a priority environmental contaminant typically present as either the trivalent (Sb(III)) or the pentavalent (Sb(V)) oxidation state in aquatic systems. Both the toxicity and mobility of antimony are affected by its speciation, and thus the accurate measurement of antimony speciation is essential for investigating the behaviour of this contaminant in aquatic systems. Here we present a diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique, which utilises a binding layer containing a thiol-based adsorbent (3-mercaptopropyl functionalised silica gel), for the selective measurement of Sb(III) in surface waters and sediment porewaters. We also evaluated the Metsorb DGT technique, which has been previously reported to accurately measure Sb(V), for its ability to accumulate Sb(III) and thus allow the measurement of total inorganic antimony. Both the mercapto-silica and Metsorb DGT techniques showed a high affinity for Sb(III), with uptake efficiencies >97%. Elution efficiencies of 86.9 ± 2.6% and 88.1 ± 1.2% were obtained for mercapto-silica and Metsorb, respectively, with 1 mol L(-1) H2O2 in 1 mol L(-1) NaOH. The accumulation of Sb(III) by these DGT techniques was linear with time (R(2) > 0.99) and unaffected by pH (4.07-8.05), ionic strength (0.001-1.0 mol L(-1) NaCl), bicarbonate (1-15 mmol L(-1)), and an artificial seawater matrix (pH 8.34; salinity 34.8). Finally, the mercapto-silica DGT technique was applied to measure porewater concentrations of Sb(III) and As(III) in a contaminated freshwater sediment at high resolution.

  6. Speciation analysis of inorganic arsenic in river water by Amberlite IRA 910 resin immobilized in a polyacrylamide gel as a selective binding agent for As(V) in diffusive gradient thin film technique.

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    Rolisola, Ana M C M; Suárez, Carlos A; Menegário, Amauri A; Gastmans, Didier; Kiang, Chang H; Colaço, Camila D; Garcez, Daniel L; Santelli, Ricardo E

    2014-09-07

    In this study, a method is proposed for the selective retention of As(V) using diffusive gradient in thin film (DGT) samplers containing a strongly basic anion exchange resin (Amberlite IRA 910) supported on a polyacrylamide gel. In addition, the total arsenic content is determined by ferrihydrite gel discs. Subsequently, the concentration of As(III) was obtained by determining the difference between the total As and As(V). DGT experiments showed linear accumulation of As(V) (up to 280 ng) until a deployment time of 8 h deployment (R(2) > 0.99). The retention of As(V) was appropriate (97.9-112.3%) between pH 5 and 9. For a solution with an ionic strength ranging from 0.001 to 0.05 mol L(-1), the As(V) uptake ranged from 90-120%. The proposed method was applied for the speciation of arsenic in river water. For the analysis of spiked samples collected at the Furnas stream, the recoveries of total arsenic content ranged between 103.9% and 118.8%. However, the recoveries of As(III) and As(V) were 43.3-75.2% and 147.3-153.4%, respectively. These differences were probably because of the oxidation of As(III) to As(V) during deployments. For spiked samples collected at the Ribeirão Claro, the recoveries of dissolved As(III), As(V) and As(T) were 103.1%, 108.0% and 106.3%, respectively. Thus, the DGT technique with Amberlite IRA 910 resin as the binding phase can be employed for the in situ redox speciation of inorganic arsenic.

  7. Characterization and antimicrobial properties of food packaging methylcellulose films containing stem extract of Ginja cherry.

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    Campos, Débora; Piccirillo, Clara; Pullar, Robert C; Castro, Paula Ml; Pintado, Maria M E

    2014-08-01

    Food contamination and spoilage is a problem causing growing concern. To avoid it, the use of food packaging with appropriate characteristics is essential; ideally, the packaging should protect food from external contamination and exhibit antibacterial properties. With this aim, methylcellulose (MC) films containing natural extracts from the stems of Ginja cherry, an agricultural by-product, were developed and characterized. The antibacterial activity of films was screened by the disc diffusion method and quantified using the viable cell count assay. The films inhibited the growth of both Gram-positive and Gram-negative strains (Listeria innocua, methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant S. aureus, Salmonella Enteritidis, Escherichia coli). For the films with lower extract content, effectiveness against the microorganisms depended on the inoculum concentration. Scanning electron microscope images of the films showed that those containing the extracts had a smooth and continuous structure. UV-visible spectroscopy showed that these materials do not transmit light in the UV. This study shows that MC films containing agricultural by-products, in this case Ginja cherry stem extract, could be used to prevent food contamination by relevant bacterial strains and degradation by UV light. Using such materials in food packaging, the shelf life of food products could be extended while utilizing an otherwise wasted by-product. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry.

  8. Environmental external effects from wind power based on the EU ExternE methodology

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    Ibsen, Liselotte Schleisner; Nielsen, Per Sieverts

    1998-01-01

    The European Commission has launched a major study project, ExternE, to develop a methodology to quantify externalities. A “National Implementation Phase”, was started under the Joule II programme with the purpose of implementing the ExternE methodology in all member states. The main objective...

  9. Externality or sustainability economics?

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    Bergh, Jeroen C.J.M. van den [ICREA, Barcelona (Spain); Department of Economics and Economic History and Institute for Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)

    2010-09-15

    In an effort to develop 'sustainability economics' Baumgaertner and Quaas (2010) neglect the central concept of environmental economics-'environmental externality'. This note proposes a possible connection between the concepts of environmental externality and sustainability. In addition, attention is asked for other aspects of 'sustainability economics', namely the distinction weak/strong sustainability, spatial sustainability and sustainable trade, distinctive sustainability policy, and the ideas of early 'sustainability economists'. I argue that both sustainability and externalities reflect a systems perspective and propose that effective sustainability solutions require that more attention is given to system feedbacks, notably other-regarding preferences and social interactions, and energy and environmental rebound. The case of climate change and policy is used to illustrate particular statements. As a conclusion, a list of 20 insights and suggestions for research is offered. (author)

  10. Metasurface external cavity laser

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    Xu, Luyao, E-mail: luyaoxu.ee@ucla.edu; Curwen, Christopher A.; Williams, Benjamin S. [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Hon, Philip W. C.; Itoh, Tatsuo [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Chen, Qi-Sheng [Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California 90278 (United States)

    2015-11-30

    A vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser is demonstrated in the terahertz range, which is based upon an amplifying metasurface reflector composed of a sub-wavelength array of antenna-coupled quantum-cascade sub-cavities. Lasing is possible when the metasurface reflector is placed into a low-loss external cavity such that the external cavity—not the sub-cavities—determines the beam properties. A near-Gaussian beam of 4.3° × 5.1° divergence is observed and an output power level >5 mW is achieved. The polarized response of the metasurface allows the use of a wire-grid polarizer as an output coupler that is continuously tunable.

  11. Stochastic Control - External Models

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    Poulsen, Niels Kjølstad

    2005-01-01

    This note is devoted to control of stochastic systems described in discrete time. We are concerned with external descriptions or transfer function model, where we have a dynamic model for the input output relation only (i.e.. no direct internal information). The methods are based on LTI systems...

  12. Productivity Change and Externalities

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    Kravtsova, Victoria

    2014-01-01

    firms and the economy as a whole. The approach used in the current research accounts for different internal as well as external factors that individual firms face and evaluates the effect on changes in productivity, technology as well as the efficiency of domestic firms. The empirical analysis focuses...... change in different types of firms and sectors of the economy...

  13. Multiple external root resorption.

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    Yusof, W Z; Ghazali, M N

    1989-04-01

    Presented is an unusual case of multiple external root resorption. Although the cause of this resorption was not determined, several possibilities are presented. Trauma from occlusion, periodontal and pulpal inflammation, and resorption of idiopathic origin are all discussed as possible causes.

  14. Diffuse interstellar absorption bands

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    XIANG FuYuan; LIANG ShunLin; LI AiGen

    2009-01-01

    The diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) are a large number of absorption bands that are superposed on the interstellar extinction curve and are of interstellar origin. Since the discovery of the first two DIBs in the 1920s, the exact nature of DIBs still remains unclear. This article reviews the history of the detec-tions of DIBs in the Milky Way and external galaxies, the major observational characteristics of DIBs, the correlations or anti-correlations among DIBs or between DIBs and other interstellar features (e.g. the prominent 2175 Angstrom extinction bump and the far-ultraviolet extinction rise), and the proposed candidate carriers. Whether they are also present in circumstellar environments is also discussed.

  15. Diffuse interstellar absorption bands

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    2009-01-01

    The diffuse interstellar bands(DIBs) are a large number of absorption bands that are superposed on the interstellar extinction curve and are of interstellar origin. Since the discovery of the first two DIBs in the 1920s,the exact nature of DIBs still remains unclear. This article reviews the history of the detections of DIBs in the Milky Way and external galaxies,the major observational characteristics of DIBs,the correlations or anti-correlations among DIBs or between DIBs and other interstellar features(e.g. the prominent 2175 Angstrom extinction bump and the far-ultraviolet extinction rise),and the proposed candidate carriers. Whether they are also present in circumstellar environments is also discussed.

  16. Film/NotFilm

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    Willems, Gertjan

    2016-01-01

    Although Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) showed a genuine interest in audio-visual media in his fascinating and innovative radio plays and television works, and in 1936 even wrote a letter to Sergei Eisenstein to be accepted to the famous Soviet film school VGIK, the 22-minute Film (1965) was his only venture into cinema. Beckett conceived the film, wrote the screenplay, supervised the production and, as one of the film’s crew members recalled and as the director Alan Schneider himself acknowledge...

  17. Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer

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    ... Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer Request Permissions Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board , 11/2015 What is hereditary diffuse gastric cancer? Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC) is an inherited ...

  18. Problems with plastered external heat insulation. Probleme mit verputzter Aussenwaermedaemmung

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    Epple, H.; Foglia, A.; Preisig, H.; Pfefferkorn, J.

    1984-01-01

    Concerning execution, maintenance and service life, walls with plastered external heat insulation constitute an economic method. Owing to experience gained with plastered external heat insulation, it is possible today to provide reliable information on requirements made on ground material and operational execution. The author intends to contribute to a prevention of defects by giving concise examples. A survey on different types of external heat insulation is followed by a treatment of the problem areas of roof-edge connection, base end under ground, modernization of old buildings and cracks in plaster. Principal statements are made concerning steam diffusion, planning, materials and execution.

  19. films using atomic layer deposition

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    Chervinskii, Semen; Matikainen, Antti; Dergachev, Alexey; Lipovskii, Andrey A.; Honkanen, Seppo

    2014-08-01

    We fabricated self-assembled silver nanoisland films using a recently developed technique based on out-diffusion of silver from an ion-exchanged glass substrate in reducing atmosphere. We demonstrate that the position of the surface plasmon resonance of the films depends on the conditions of the film growth. The resonance can be gradually shifted up to 100 nm towards longer wavelengths by using atomic layer deposition of titania, from 3 to 100 nm in thickness, upon the film. Examination of the nanoisland films in surface-enhanced Raman spectrometry showed that, in spite of a drop of the surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) signal after the titania spacer deposition, the Raman signal can be observed with spacers up to 7 nm in thickness. Denser nanoisland films show slower decay of the SERS signal with the increase in spacer thickness.

  20. Thin Films

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    M. Benmouss

    2003-01-01

    the optical absorption are consistent with the film color changes. Finally, the optical and electrochromic properties of the films prepared by this method are compared with those of our sputtered films already studied and with other works.

  1. ExternE transport methodology for external cost evaluation of air pollution

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    Jensen, S. S.; Berkowicz, R.; Brandt, J.

    The report describes how the human exposure estimates based on NERI's human exposure modelling system (AirGIS) can improve the Danish data used for exposure factors in the ExternE Transport methodology. Initially, a brief description of the ExternE Tranport methodology is given and it is summaris...

  2. The External Mind

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    The External Mind: an Introduction by Riccardo Fusaroli, Claudio Paolucci pp. 3-31 The sign of the Hand: Symbolic Practices and the Extended Mind by Massimiliano Cappuccio, Michael Wheeler pp. 33-55 The Overextended Mind by Shaun Gallagher pp. 57-68 The "External Mind": Semiotics, Pragmatism......, Extended Mind and Distributed Cognition by Claudio Paolucci pp. 69-96 The Social Horizon of Embodied Language and Material Symbols by Riccardo Fusaroli pp. 97-123 Semiotics and Theories of Situated/Distributed Action and Cognition: a Dialogue and Many Intersections by Tommaso Granelli pp. 125-167 Building...... Action in Public Environments with Diverse Semiotic Resources by Charles Goodwin pp. 169-182 How Marking in Dance Constitutes Thinking with the Body by David Kirsh pp. 183-214 Ambiguous Coordination: Collaboration in Informal Science Education Research by Ivan Rosero, Robert Lecusay, Michael Cole pp. 215-240...

  3. External-Memory Multimaps

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    Angelino, Elaine; Mitzenmacher, Michael; Thaler, Justin

    2011-01-01

    Many data structures support dictionaries, also known as maps or associative arrays, which store and manage a set of key-value pairs. A \\emph{multimap} is generalization that allows multiple values to be associated with the same key. For example, the inverted file data structure that is used prevalently in the infrastructure supporting search engines is a type of multimap, where words are used as keys and document pointers are used as values. We study the multimap abstract data type and how it can be implemented efficiently online in external memory frameworks, with constant expected I/O performance. The key technique used to achieve our results is a combination of cuckoo hashing using buckets that hold multiple items with a multiqueue implementation to cope with varying numbers of values per key. Our external-memory results are for the standard two-level memory model.

  4. Diffusion coefficient in photon diffusion theory

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    Graaff, R; Ten Bosch, JJ

    2000-01-01

    The choice of the diffusion coefficient to be used in photon diffusion theory has been a subject of discussion in recent publications on tissue optics. We compared several diffusion coefficients with the apparent diffusion coefficient from the more fundamental transport theory, D-app. Application to

  5. Diffusion coefficient in photon diffusion theory

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    Graaff, R; Ten Bosch, JJ

    2000-01-01

    The choice of the diffusion coefficient to be used in photon diffusion theory has been a subject of discussion in recent publications on tissue optics. We compared several diffusion coefficients with the apparent diffusion coefficient from the more fundamental transport theory, D-app. Application to

  6. Lead diffusion in monazite; Diffusion du plomb dans la monazite

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    Gardes, E

    2006-06-15

    Proper knowledge of the diffusion rates of lead in monazite is necessary to understand the U-Th-Pb age anomalies of this mineral, which is one of the most used in geochronology after zircon. Diffusion experiments were performed in NdPO{sub 4} monocrystals and in Nd{sub 0.66}Ca{sub 0.17}Th{sub 0.17}PO{sub 4} polycrystals from Nd{sub 0.66}Pb{sub 0.17}Th{sub 0.17}PO{sub 4} thin films to investigate Pb{sup 2+} + Th{sup 4+} {r_reversible} 2 Nd{sup 3+} and Pb{sup 2+} {r_reversible} Ca{sup 2+} exchanges. Diffusion annealings were run between 1200 and 1500 Celsius degrees, at room pressure, for durations ranging from one hour to one month. The diffusion profiles were analysed using TEM (transmission electronic microscopy) and RBS (Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy). The diffusivities extracted for Pb{sup 2+} + Th{sup 4+} {r_reversible} 2 Nd{sup 3+} exchange follow an Arrhenius law with parameters E equals 509 {+-} 24 kJ mol{sup -1} and log(D{sub 0} (m{sup 2}s{sup -1})) equals -3.41 {+-} 0.77. Preliminary data for Pb{sup 2+} {r_reversible} Ca{sup 2+} exchange are in agreement with this result. The extrapolation of our data to crustal temperatures yields very slow diffusivities. For instance, the time necessary for a 50 {mu}m grain to lose all of its lead at 800 Celsius degrees is greater than the age of the Earth. From these results and other evidence from the literature, we conclude that most of the perturbations in U-Th-Pb ages of monazite cannot be attributed to lead diffusion, but rather to interactions with fluids. (author)

  7. Data compilation diffusion in ferrous alloys

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    Fisher, David J

    2006-01-01

    This issue comprises an extensive body of selected data, on diffusion in iron-based materials, gleaned from research published in leading journals during the past 70 years. The materials covered range from the almost-pure metal, to high-alloy steels (including metallic glasses) and the data reflect the effect of special conditions (thin films, strain, etc.) upon bulk, surface and pipe diffusion.This publication will constitute an invaluable first port-of-call for anyone looking for a quick guide as to the extent of diffusion which is to be expected to occur during any research project or indus

  8. Diffusion in the special theory of relativity.

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    Herrmann, Joachim

    2009-11-01

    The Markovian diffusion theory is generalized within the framework of the special theory of relativity. Since the velocity space in relativity is a hyperboloid, the mathematical stochastic calculus on Riemanian manifolds can be applied but adopted here to the velocity space. A generalized Langevin equation in the fiber space of position, velocity, and orthonormal velocity frames is defined from which the generalized relativistic Kramers equation in the phase space in external force fields is derived. The obtained diffusion equation is invariant under Lorentz transformations and its stationary solution is given by the Jüttner distribution. Besides, a nonstationary analytical solution is derived for the example of force-free relativistic diffusion.

  9. Influences of non-uniformities and anisotropies on the flux avalanche behaviors of type-II superconducting films

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    Jing, Ze; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, the anisotropic flux avalanche processes in thin square-shaped type-II superconducting films are numerically investigated by solving the coupled nonlinear Maxwell’s equations and the thermal diffusion equations. Influences of the non-uniformities and intrinsic critical current density anisotropies originate from the manufacturing process are considered in the simulation. In addition, we also studied the effect of the extrinsic anisotropy induced by the in-plane magnetic field. The results demonstrate that the non-uniformities and anisotropies of the critical current density play significant roles in the flux avalanche process of the thin film superconductors. Slight anisotropy (either intrinsic or extrinsic) can dramatically change the propagation direction of avalanches in the superconducting film, which is consistent with the experimental results. Simulations on the thin square-shaped isotropic superconducting films show that the threshold magnetic field for the flux avalanches increases with the angle between the applied field and the superconducting film-plane. In addition, the flux avalanche patterns change with the angular variation of the in-plane component of external magnetic field. When the in-plane magnetic field component is along the diagonal lines of the superconducting square, symmetric flux avalanche penetration patterns occur to the film.

  10. Comment on "Observation of mutual diffusion of macromolecules in PS/PMMA binary films by confocal Raman microscopy" by C. Hu, X. Chen, J. Chen, W. Zhang and M. Q. Zhang, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 4780.

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    Tomba, J Pablo

    2016-05-18

    A paper by Hu et al. (Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 4780) reports on the use of confocal Raman microscopy to resolve mutual diffusion between polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). In-depth optical sectioning is employed to measure the diffusive broadening of the originally planar PS-PMMA interface, from which tracer and mutual diffusion coefficients and values for the PS-PMMA thermodynamic interaction parameter are extracted. Here, a reinterpretation of Hu's data that leads to a completely different scenario is presented, as apparent diffusive broadening can be mostly attributed to optical distortions inherent to the probe methodology. It also explains the lack of consistency of kinetic and thermodynamic parameters obtained by the authors from their diffusion analysis in comparison with earlier published data on this system. Overall, it highlights the importance of carrying out appropriate data analysis when confocal Raman microscopy is applied in dry depth-profiling investigations.

  11. How External Institutions Penetrate Schools through Formal and Informal Leaders

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    Sun, Min; Frank, Kenneth A.; Penuel, William R.; Kim, Chong Min

    2013-01-01

    Purposes: This study investigates the role of formal and informal leaders in the diffusion of external reforms into schools and to teachers' practices. Formal leaders are designated by their roles in the formal organization of the school (e.g., principals, department chairs, and instructional coaches) and informal leaders refer to those who…

  12. Holographic gratings in photorefractive polymers without external electric field

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    Kukhtarev, N.; Lyuksyutov, S.; Buchhave, Preben

    1997-01-01

    Using anomalous large diffusion we report a recording of reflection type gratings in a PVK-based photorefractive polymer without any external electric field. The diffraction efficiency of the gratings was measured to be 7%. An efficient modulation of beams during two-beam coupling up to 12...

  13. Daylight Redirecting Window Films

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    2013-09-01

    a range of solar altitudes but their effectiveness has not been proven. Even more complex solutions involve roof mounted, sun tracking heliostats ...electricity rates and climate (range of 3-35 years). NPV was positive and SIR ranged from 1.4 to 2.58 Potential to reduce lighting energy use...and more cheerful. E. It was necessary to position an optically diffusing surface in front of microstructured film adhered to the glazing surface to

  14. Excitation of anodized alumina films with a light source

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    Aggerbeck, Martin; Canulescu, Stela; Rechendorff, K.;

    . The UV-VIS reflectance of Ti-doped anodized aluminium films was measured over the wavelength range of 200 nm to 900 nm. Titanium doped-anodized aluminium films with 5-15 wt% Ti were characterized. Changes in the diffuse light scattering of doped anodized aluminium films, and thus optical appearance......Optical properties of anodized aluminium alloys were determined by optical diffuse reflectance spectroscopy of such films. Samples with different concentrations of dopants were excited with a white-light source combined with an integrating sphere for fast determination of diffuse reflectance...

  15. Erosion of POSS-polyimide films under hypervelocity impact and atomic oxygen: The role of mechanical properties at elevated temperatures

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    Verker, R. [Space Environment Group, Soreq NRC, Yavne 81800 (Israel); School of Mechanical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Tel-Aviv 69978 (Israel)], E-mail: rverker@soreq.gov.il; Grossman, E. [Space Environment Group, Soreq NRC, Yavne 81800 (Israel); Eliaz, N. [School of Mechanical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Tel-Aviv 69978 (Israel)

    2009-02-15

    Low Earth orbital debris impacts on the external surfaces of satellites have increased dramatically in recent years. Polyimides are used as the outer layer of thermal control insulation blankets, covering most of the external spacecraft surfaces that are exposed to the space environment. A recently developed material, named polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-polyimide, shows significant enhancement in withstanding the space environment. In this work, the combined effect of ground-simulated hypervelocity space debris impacts and atomic oxygen (AO) on the erosion of POSS-containing polyimide films was investigated. During such hypervelocity impacts, elevated temperatures, on the order of hundreds degrees, are formed. A laser-driven flyer system was used to accelerate aluminum flyers to impact velocities of up to 3 km s{sup -1}. The impacted films were exposed to an oxygen RF plasma environment, simulating the effect of AO in the low Earth orbit. Impacted polyimide films exposed to AO revealed synergistic erosion effect, while impacted POSS-containing samples showed improved erosion resistance. The increased erosion rate of the impacted polyimide film is explained by formation of residual stresses that affect the oxidation mainly by increasing the diffusivity of oxygen into the subsurface layers. Mechanical properties of the POSS-containing samples performed at 450 deg. C and fractographic examination supports the above hypothesis.

  16. Electromodulation of photoluminescence in vacuum-evaporated films of bathocuproine

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    Misnik, Maciej; Falkowski, Karol [Department of Electronic Phenomena, Gdansk University of Technology, Narutowicza 11/12, 80-952 Gdansk (Poland); Mroz, Wojciech [Department of Electronic Phenomena, Gdansk University of Technology, Narutowicza 11/12, 80-952 Gdansk (Poland); Istituto per lo Studio delle Macromolecole (ISMAC), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Via Bassini 15, 20133 Milano (Italy); OPTOTEC S.p.A., Via G. Zenale 44, 20024 Garbagnate Milanese (Italy); Stampor, Waldemar, E-mail: waldek@mif.pg.gda.pl [Department of Electronic Phenomena, Gdansk University of Technology, Narutowicza 11/12, 80-952 Gdansk (Poland)

    2013-01-02

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We report on optical properties of thin films of bathocuproine (BCP). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We apply electromodulation of photoluminescence (EML) spectroscopy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The green photoluminescence band is attributed to the formation of dimers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The EML quenching effect for dimers is due to exciton dissociation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The EML results are explained in terms of the Onsager theory. -- Abstract: Electric field-modulated photoluminescence (EML) was measured in vacuum-evaporated films of bathocuproine (BCP), electron-transporting material commonly used in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The external electric field of 10{sup 6} V/cm strength decreases long-wavelength photoluminescence (PL) up to 10% but the same effect on short-wavelength PL is above one order of magnitude smaller. The distinctive difference between the EML characteristics for the short-wavelength (mono-molecular) and long-wavelength (associative species) emission of BCP films is a result of the different nature of relevant emissive states. Absorption, PL, EML and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements can be consistently explained assuming existence of dimer species in solid BCP with their population increasing during aging process of the films. Besides ground state absorption dimer states are assumed to be populated indirectly from molecular (Frenkel type) excitons diffusing to defected domains of the films where dissociate through an intermediate stage of geminate (e-h) pairs. The EML data are analyzed applying various models of (e-h) pair dissociation based on Poole-Frenkel, Braun, Onsager and Sano-Tachiya-Noolandi-Hong (STNH) theories. The Onsager theory explains satisfactorily the observed EML quenching effect for dimer-type PL. The Stark effect on fluorescence quantum yield should be possibly invoked to explain the EML characteristics of monomolecular emission of BCP.

  17. Regularization by External Variables

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    Bossolini, Elena; Edwards, R.; Glendinning, P. A.

    2016-01-01

    Regularization was a big topic at the 2016 CRM Intensive Research Program on Advances in Nonsmooth Dynamics. There are many open questions concerning well known kinds of regularization (e.g., by smoothing or hysteresis). Here, we propose a framework for an alternative and important kind of regula...... of regularization, by external variables that shadow either the state or the switch of the original system. The shadow systems are derived from and inspired by various applications in electronic control, predator-prey preference, time delay, and genetic regulation....

  18. Metallic Thin-Film Bonding and Alloy Generation

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    Fryer, Jack Merrill (Inventor); Campbell, Geoff (Inventor); Peotter, Brian S. (Inventor); Droppers, Lloyd (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    Diffusion bonding a stack of aluminum thin films is particularly challenging due to a stable aluminum oxide coating that rapidly forms on the aluminum thin films when they are exposed to atmosphere and the relatively low meting temperature of aluminum. By plating the individual aluminum thin films with a metal that does not rapidly form a stable oxide coating, the individual aluminum thin films may be readily diffusion bonded together using heat and pressure. The resulting diffusion bonded structure can be an alloy of choice through the use of a carefully selected base and plating metals. The aluminum thin films may also be etched with distinct patterns that form a microfluidic fluid flow path through the stack of aluminum thin films when diffusion bonded together.

  19. Molecular weight dependence of exciton diffusion in poly(3-hexylthiophene)

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    Masri, Zarifi; Ruseckas, Arvydas; Emelianova, Evguenia V.

    2013-01-01

    A joint experimental and theoretical study of singlet exciton diffusion in spin-coated poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) films and its dependence on molecular weight is presented. The results show that exciton diffusion is fast along the co-facial π–π aggregates of polymer chromophores and about 100...

  20. Argon diffusion from biotite at high temperature and pressure

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    陈道公; 贾命命; 李彬贤; 陆全明; 谢鸿森; 侯渭

    1995-01-01

    t The experiments of argon diffusion dynamics for biotite were carried out at 700 -1000℃ and 0.5 - 2,0 GPa and the diffusion coefficient and activation energy using different models have been calculated. The results indicate that the pressure does affect the argon diffusion and its effect is opposite to that of temperature. When p increases, the activation energy increases and diffusion coefficient decreases. The relation between pressure, closure temperature and cooling rate has been obtained. It is postulated that in low T and high p conditions, the argon diffusion from the environment to the system could occur and incur the appearance of the external argon in minerals.

  1. Quantum Arnol'd Diffusion in a Simple Nonlinear System

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    Demikhovskii, V Y; Malyshev, A I

    2002-01-01

    We study the fingerprint of the Arnol'd diffusion in a quantum system of two coupled nonlinear oscillators with a two-frequency external force. In the classical description, this peculiar diffusion is due to the onset of a weak chaos in a narrow stochastic layer near the separatrix of the coupling resonance. We have found that global dependence of the quantum diffusion coefficient on model parameters mimics, to some extent, the classical data. However, the quantum diffusion happens to be slower that the classical one. Another result is the dynamical localization that leads to a saturation of the diffusion after some characteristic time. We show that this effect has the same nature as for the studied earlier dynamical localization in the presence of global chaos. The quantum Arnol'd diffusion represents a new type of quantum dynamics and can be observed, for example, in 2D semiconductor structures (quantum billiards) perturbed by time-periodic external fields.

  2. Pulsed laser deposition and characterization of Alnico5 magnetic films

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    Butt, M.Z., E-mail: mzbutt49@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, GC University, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Ali, Dilawar [Department of Physics, GC University, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Ahmad, Fayyaz [Department of Physics, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore 54890 (Pakistan); Magnetophotonics Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-09-01

    Alnico5 films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition on glass substrate at room temperature under a vacuum ∼10{sup −3} Torr in the absence and in the presence of 500 Oe external transverse magnetic field applied on the plasma plume during film deposition. For this purpose, Nd:YAG laser was employed to ablate the Alnico5 target. The ablated material was deposited on glass substrate placed at a distance of 2 cm from the target. The structural and magnetic properties of the film were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscope, and vibrating sample magnetometer. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that the Alnico5 films were amorphous in nature. Atomic force microscopy revealed that the Alnico5 film deposited in absence of external magnetic field has larger root-mean-square roughness value (60.2 nm) than the magnetically deposited film (42.9 nm). Vibrating sample magnetometer measurements showed that the in-plane saturation magnetization of Alnico5 film deposited in the presence of external magnetic field increases by 32% as compared to that for the film deposited in the absence of external magnetic field. However, the out-of-plane saturation magnetization was almost independent of the external magnetic field. In magnetically deposited film, there is in-plane anisotropy parallel to the applied external magnetic field.

  3. Diffusion archeology for diffusion progression history reconstruction.

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    Sefer, Emre; Kingsford, Carl

    2016-11-01

    Diffusion through graphs can be used to model many real-world processes, such as the spread of diseases, social network memes, computer viruses, or water contaminants. Often, a real-world diffusion cannot be directly observed while it is occurring - perhaps it is not noticed until some time has passed, continuous monitoring is too costly, or privacy concerns limit data access. This leads to the need to reconstruct how the present state of the diffusion came to be from partial diffusion data. Here, we tackle the problem of reconstructing a diffusion history from one or more snapshots of the diffusion state. This ability can be invaluable to learn when certain computer nodes are infected or which people are the initial disease spreaders to control future diffusions. We formulate this problem over discrete-time SEIRS-type diffusion models in terms of maximum likelihood. We design methods that are based on submodularity and a novel prize-collecting dominating-set vertex cover (PCDSVC) relaxation that can identify likely diffusion steps with some provable performance guarantees. Our methods are the first to be able to reconstruct complete diffusion histories accurately in real and simulated situations. As a special case, they can also identify the initial spreaders better than the existing methods for that problem. Our results for both meme and contaminant diffusion show that the partial diffusion data problem can be overcome with proper modeling and methods, and that hidden temporal characteristics of diffusion can be predicted from limited data.

  4. External Conference: Geneva University

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    2006-01-01

    Ecole de physique Département de physique nucléaire et corspusculaire 24, Quai Ernest-Ansermet 1211 Genève 4 Tél: (022) 379 62 73 Fax: (022) 379 69 92 Wednesday 14 June 2006 PARTICLE PHYSICS SEMINAR at 17.00 hrs - Stückelberg Auditorium Violation de parité en diffusion Moller et tests précis du modèle standard à basse énergie by Dr David Lhuillier - CEA Saclay Les mesures du courant faible neutre à basse énergie, loin du pôle du Z0, permettent de tester le secteur électrofaible du modèle standard d'une manière complémentaire aux collisionneurs de haute énergie. La très faible intensité du courant neutre aux cinématiques étudiées est compensée par une très grande précision de mesure qui permet de tester indirectement l'existence d'une nouvelle physique jusqu'à l'échelle du TeV. L'essentiel de l'exposé sera consacré à la présentation de l'expérience E158 qui isole la contribution du courant faible dans la diffusion Møller (e-e- à e-e-) par l'intermédiaire de la viol...

  5. Control of External Kink Instability

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    Navratil, Gerald

    2004-11-01

    A fundamental pressure and current limiting phenomenon in magnetically confined plasmas for fusion energy is the long wavelength ideal-MHD kink mode. These modes have been extensively studied in tokamak and reversed field pinch (RFP) devices. They are characterized by significant amplitude on the boundary of the confined plasma and can therefore be controlled by manipulation of the external boundary conditions. In the past ten years, the theoretically predicted stabilizing effect of a nearby conducting wall has been documented in experiments, which opens the possibility of a significant increase in maximum stable plasma pressure. While these modes are predicted to remain unstable when the stabilizing wall is resistive, their growth rates are greatly reduced from the hydrodynamic time scale to the time scale of magnetic diffusion through the resistive wall. These resistive wall slowed kink modes have been identified as limiting phenomena in tokamak (DIII-D, PBX-M, HBT-EP, JT-60U, JET, NSTX) and RFP (HBTX, Extrap, T2R) devices. The theoretical prediction of stabilization to nearly the ideal wall pressure limit by toroidal plasma rotation and/or active feedback control using coils has recently been realized experimentally. Sustained, stable operation at double the no-wall pressure limit has been achieved. Discovery of the phenomenon of resonant field amplification by marginally stable kink modes and its role in the momentum balance of rotationally stabilized plasmas has emerged as a key feature. A theoretical framework, based on an extension of the very successful treatment of the n=0 axisymmetric mode developed in the early 1990's, to understand the stabilization mechanisms and model the performance of active feedback control systems is now established. This allows design of kink control systems for burning plasma experiments like ITER.

  6. ELECTROCHEMICAL STUDIES ON CONDUCTING COMPOSITE FILMS FROM POLYURETHANE AND POLYPYRROLE

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    BI Xiantong; PEI Qibing; LI Yongfang

    1988-01-01

    A study on the electrooxidative polymerization of pyrrole onto polyurethane-coated platinum electrodes and the electrochemical properties of the composite polyurethane/polypyrrole films (PU/PPy) as-prepared is presented. It is found that polypyrrole grows layer by layer from the polyurethane/platinum interface through the polyurethane matrix, and ca. 20 wt.% of polypyrrole will fill up the matrix. Cyclic voltammograms show that the composite films are porous, and the reduction-reoxidation (redox) rate of the composite films is limited by the diffusion ofcounteranions through the films. Larger anion size leads to slower diffusion process.The composite films can also act as modified electrodes.

  7. Ellipsometry of anodic film growth

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    Smith, C.G.

    1978-08-01

    An automated computer interpretation of ellisometer measurements of anodic film growth was developed. Continuous mass and charge balances were used to utilize more fully the time dependence of the ellipsometer data and the current and potential measurements. A multiple-film model was used to characterize the growth of films which proceeds via a dissolution--precipitation mechanism; the model also applies to film growth by adsorption and nucleation mechanisms. The characteristic parameters for film growth describe homogeneous and heterogeneous crystallization rates, film porosities and degree of hydration, and the supersaturation of ionic species in the electrolyte. Additional descriptions which may be chosen are patchwise film formation, nonstoichiometry of the anodic film, and statistical variations in the size and orientation of secondary crystals. Theories were developed to describe the optical effects of these processes. An automatic, self-compensating ellipsometer was used to study the growth in alkaline solution of anodic films on silver, cadmium, and zinc. Mass-transport conditions included stagnant electrolyte and forced convection in a flow channel. Multiple films were needed to characterize the optical properties of these films. Anodic films grew from an electrolyte supersatuated in the solution-phase dissolution product. The degree of supersaturation depended on transport conditions and had a major effect on the structure of the film. Anodic reaction rates were limited by the transport of charge carriers through a primary surface layer. The primary layers on silver, zinc, and cadmium all appeared to be nonstoichiometric, containing excess metal. Diffusion coefficients, transference numbers, and the free energy of adsorption of zinc oxide were derived from ellipsometer measurements. 97 figures, 13 tables, 198 references.

  8. Ellipsometry of anodic film growth

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    Smith, C.G.

    1978-08-01

    An automated computer interpretation of ellisometer measurements of anodic film growth was developed. Continuous mass and charge balances were used to utilize more fully the time dependence of the ellipsometer data and the current and potential measurements. A multiple-film model was used to characterize the growth of films which proceeds via a dissolution--precipitation mechanism; the model also applies to film growth by adsorption and nucleation mechanisms. The characteristic parameters for film growth describe homogeneous and heterogeneous crystallization rates, film porosities and degree of hydration, and the supersaturation of ionic species in the electrolyte. Additional descriptions which may be chosen are patchwise film formation, nonstoichiometry of the anodic film, and statistical variations in the size and orientation of secondary crystals. Theories were developed to describe the optical effects of these processes. An automatic, self-compensating ellipsometer was used to study the growth in alkaline solution of anodic films on silver, cadmium, and zinc. Mass-transport conditions included stagnant electrolyte and forced convection in a flow channel. Multiple films were needed to characterize the optical properties of these films. Anodic films grew from an electrolyte supersatuated in the solution-phase dissolution product. The degree of supersaturation depended on transport conditions and had a major effect on the structure of the film. Anodic reaction rates were limited by the transport of charge carriers through a primary surface layer. The primary layers on silver, zinc, and cadmium all appeared to be nonstoichiometric, containing excess metal. Diffusion coefficients, transference numbers, and the free energy of adsorption of zinc oxide were derived from ellipsometer measurements. 97 figures, 13 tables, 198 references.

  9. Diffusion of long-lived quasiparticles over long distances

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    Loidl, M. E-mail: loidl@mppmu.mpg.de; Bravin, M.; Bruckmayer, M.; Stefano, P. Di; Frank, T.; Meier, O.; Meunier, P.; Proebst, F.; Safran, G.; Seidel, W.; Sergeyev, I.; Sisti, M.; Stodolsky, L.; Uchaikin, S.; Zerle, L

    2000-04-07

    Diffusion of quasiparticles over distances up to 4 mm has been observed in various superconducting films. The quasiparticles were created by X-ray absorption in film strips with critical temperatures near 1 K and were detected in two superconducting phase transition thermometers at the ends of each strip. Position and energy of the absorbed X-rays as well as diffusion constants and lifetimes of the quasiparticles were determined. Very long lifetimes up to 9 ms allow the realization of large area phonon collector films on massive cryogenic particle detectors. Recently, with a first such detector a high efficiency of the phonon collection could be demonstrated.

  10. External Measures of Cognition

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    Osvaldo eCairo

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The human brain is undoubtedly the most impressive, complex and intricate organ that has evolved over time. It is also probably the least understood, and for that reason, the one that is currently attracting the most attention. In fact, the number of comparative analyses that focus on the evolution of brain size in Homo sapiens and other species has increased dramatically in recent years. In neuroscience, no other issue has generated so much interest and been the topic of so many heated debates as the difference in brain size between socially defined population groups, both its connotations and implications. For over a century, external measures of cognition have been related to intelligence. However, it is still unclear whether these measures actually correspond to cognitive abilities. In summary, this paper must be reviewed with this premise in mind.

  11. Measuring and overcoming limits of the Saffman-Delbrück model for soap film viscosities.

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    Vivek, Skanda; Weeks, Eric R

    2015-01-01

    We observe tracer particles diffusing in soap films to measure the two-dimensional (2D) viscous properties of the films. Saffman-Delbrück type models relate the single-particle diffusivity to parameters of the film (such as thickness h) for thin films, but the relation breaks down for thicker films. Notably, the diffusivity is faster than expected for thicker films, with the crossover at h/d = 5.2 ± 0.9 using the tracer particle diameter d. This indicates a crossover from purely 2D diffusion to diffusion that is more three-dimensional. We demonstrate that measuring the correlations of particle pairs as a function of their separation overcomes the limitations of the Saffman-Delbrück model and allows one to measure the viscosity of a soap film for any thickness.

  12. Thin-film metal hydrides.

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    Remhof, Arndt; Borgschulte, Andreas

    2008-12-01

    The goal of the medieval alchemist, the chemical transformation of common metals into nobel metals, will forever be a dream. However, key characteristics of metals, such as their electronic band structure and, consequently, their electric, magnetic and optical properties, can be tailored by controlled hydrogen doping. Due to their morphology and well-defined geometry with flat, coplanar surfaces/interfaces, novel phenomena may be observed in thin films. Prominent examples are the eye-catching hydrogen switchable mirror effect, the visualization of solid-state diffusion and the formation of complex surface morphologies. Thin films do not suffer as much from embrittlement and/or decrepitation as bulk materials, allowing the study of cyclic absorption and desorption. Therefore, thin-metal hydride films are used as model systems to study metal-insulator transitions, for high throughput combinatorial research or they may be used as indicator layers to study hydrogen diffusion. They can be found in technological applications as hydrogen sensors, in electrochromic and thermochromic devices. In this review, we discuss the effect of hydrogen loading of thin niobium and yttrium films as archetypical examples of a transition metal and a rare earth metal, respectively. Our focus thereby lies on the hydrogen induced changes of the electronic structure and the morphology of the thin films, their optical properties, the visualization and the control of hydrogen diffusion and on the study of surface phenomena and catalysis.

  13. Engineering Topological Surface State of Cr-doped Bi2Se3 under external electric field

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    Zhang, Jian-Min; Lian, Ruqian; Yang, Yanmin; Xu, Guigui; Zhong, Kehua; Huang, Zhigao

    2017-03-01

    External electric field control of topological surface states (SSs) is significant for the next generation of condensed matter research and topological quantum devices. Here, we present a first-principles study of the SSs in the magnetic topological insulator (MTI) Cr-doped Bi2Se3 under external electric field. The charge transfer, electric potential, band structure and magnetism of the pure and Cr doped Bi2Se3 film have been investigated. It is found that the competition between charge transfer and spin-orbit coupling (SOC) will lead to an electrically tunable band gap in Bi2Se3 film under external electric field. As Cr atom doped, the charge transfer of Bi2Se3 film under external electric field obviously decreases. Remarkably, the band gap of Cr doped Bi2Se3 film can be greatly engineered by the external electric field due to its special band structure. Furthermore, magnetic coupling of Cr-doped Bi2Se3 could be even mediated via the control of electric field. It is demonstrated that external electric field plays an important role on the electronic and magnetic properties of Cr-doped Bi2Se3 film. Our results may promote the development of electronic and spintronic applications of magnetic topological insulator.

  14. Thermal annealing and magnetic anisotropy of NiFe thin films on n{sup +}-Si for spintronic device applications

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    Lu, Q.H. [School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Department of Physics, Semiconductor Photonics Research Center, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, People’s Republic of China (China); Gansu Key Laboratory of Sensor and Sensor Technology, Institute of Sensor Technology, Gansu Academy of Science, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Huang, R. [Department of Physics, Semiconductor Photonics Research Center, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, People’s Republic of China (China); Wang, L.S. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Wu, Z.G., E-mail: zgwu@lzu.edu.cn [School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Li, C., E-mail: lich@xmu.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Semiconductor Photonics Research Center, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, People’s Republic of China (China); Luo, Q. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Zuo, S.Y. [School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Li, J. [Department of Physics, Semiconductor Photonics Research Center, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, People’s Republic of China (China); Peng, D.L. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Han, G.L. [Gansu Key Laboratory of Sensor and Sensor Technology, Institute of Sensor Technology, Gansu Academy of Science, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Yan, P.X. [School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2015-11-15

    To ensure that the magnetic metal electrodes can meet the requirements of the spin injection, NiFe films prepared both on HfO{sub 2} dielectric layer and n{sup +}-Si directly by sputtering deposition, and treated by conventional furnace annealing and/or high vacuum magnetic field annealing were investigated. It was found that thermal annealing at 250 °C improved the crystalline quality and reduced surface roughness of the NiFe films, thus enhancing its saturation magnetization intensity. The 100 nm thick NiFe films had too large coercive force and saturation magnetization intensity in vertical direction to meet the requirements of Hanle curve detection. While, 30 nm thick NiFe films showed paramagnetic hysteresis loops in vertical direction, and the magnetization intensity of the sample after annealing at 250 °C for 30 min was less than 2% to the parallel when the external magnetic field was given between ±10 Oe. This was preferred to Hanle curve detection. The thin HfO{sub 2} dielectric layer between metal and Si partially suppressed the diffusion of Ni in NiFe into Si substrate and formation of NiSi, greatly enhancing the saturation magnetization intensity of the Al/NiFe/HfO{sub 2}/Si sample by thermal annealing. Those results suggest that Al/NiFe/HfO{sub 2}/Si structure, from the point view of magnetic electrodes, would be suitable for spin injection and detection applications. - Highlights: • The saturation magnetization intensity of NiFe thin-film was enhanced by thermal annealing. • A paramagnetic hysteresis loop of NiFe thin-film was observed in vertical direction. • The thin HfO{sub 2} dielectric layer between NiFe and Si partially suppressed the diffusion of Ni into Si.

  15. Can disorder enhance incoherent exciton diffusion?

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    Lee, Elizabeth M Y; Willard, Adam P

    2015-01-01

    Recent experiments aimed at probing the dynamics of excitons have revealed that semiconducting films composed of disordered molecular subunits, unlike expectations for their perfectly ordered counterparts, can exhibit a time-dependent diffusivity in which the effective early time diffusion constant is larger than that of the steady state. This observation has led to speculation about what role, if any, microscopic disorder may play in enhancing exciton transport properties. In this article, we present the results of a model study aimed at addressing this point. Specifically, we present a general model, based upon F\\"orster theory, for incoherent exciton diffusion in a material composed of independent molecular subunits with static energetic disorder. Energetic disorder leads to heterogeneity in molecule-to-molecule transition rates which we demonstrate has two important consequences related to exciton transport. First, the distribution of local site-specific diffusivity is broadened in a manner that results i...

  16. Structure-Diffusion Relationship of Magnetron-Sputtered WTi Barriers Used in Indium Interconnections

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    Le Priol, A.; Le Bourhis, E.; Renault, P.-O.; Muller, P.; Sik, H.

    2013-11-01

    Tungsten-titanium (WTi) thin films are known as potential adhesion promoters and diffusion barriers. The barrier efficiency of WTi thin films against indium (In) diffusion was experimentally studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements during in situ annealing. Specific multilayered samples were designed to estimate the diffusion barrier properties using the Ni/In system. These diffusion samples were made up of a 100-nm-thick WTi layer prepared by magnetron sputtering from an alloyed target (W:Ti ≈ 70:30 at.%), sandwiched between Ni and Au/In layers. WTi film microstructures were observed to depend on the working pressure. Diffusion barrier breakdown was monitored upon annealing by the formation of intermetallic compounds (IMC) (intermixing between Ni and In). Annealing was performed at temperatures of 573 K, 623 K, and 673 K (homologous temperatures T/T_m^In ˜eq 1.34, 1.45, and 1.57, respectively) and under primary vacuum. The diffusion coefficients of In in WTi were determined. The correlation between WTi film microstructure and diffusion barrier efficiency was established. Better diffusion barrier performance was obtained for WTi films with dense microstructure associated with a compressive residual stress state. Hence, tuning the sputtering conditions allows significant improvement of barrier performance against diffusion through a change of the film microstructure.

  17. Detecting lung cancer symptoms with analogic CNN algorithms based on a constrained diffusion template

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    Hirakawa, Satoshi; Nishio, Yoshifumi; Ushida, Akio; Ueno, Junji; Kasem, I.; Nishitani, Hiromu [Tokushima Univ. (Japan); Rekeczky, C.; Roska, T.

    1997-07-01

    In this article, a new type of diffusion template and an analogic CNN algorithm using this diffusion template for detecting some lung cancer symptoms in X-ray films are proposed. The performance of the diffusion template is investigated and our CNN algorithm is verified to detect some key lung cancer symptoms, successfully. (author)

  18. External fixators in haemophilia.

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    Lee, V; Srivastava, A; PalaniKumar, C; Daniel, A J; Mathews, V; Babu, N; Chandy, M; Sundararaj, G D

    2004-01-01

    External fixators (EF) are not commonly used for patients with haemophilia. We describe the use of EF (Ilizarov, AO- uni- and bi-planar fixators and Charnley clamp) in nine patients (mean age: 19.2 years; range: 9-37) with haemophilia for the following indications - arthrodesis of infected joints, treatment of open fractures and osteoclasis. EF required an average of nine skin punctures [range: 4-17 were maintained for a period of 15 weeks (range: 8-29.5), without regular factor replacement, till bone healing was adequate and were removed with a single dose of factor infusion]. The mean preoperative factor level achieved was 85% (range: 64-102%). Much lower levels were subsequently maintained till wound healing. The average total factor consumption was 430 IU kg(-1) (range: 240-870), administered over a period of 17 days (range: 9-44). There were no major complications related to EF except in a patient who developed inhibitors. In conclusion, EF can be used safely in haemophilic patients who do not have inhibitors and does not require prolonged factor replacement.

  19. Influence of external source location in the reactivity calculation

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    Silva, Adilson Costa da; Silva, Fernando Carvalho da; Martinez, Aquilino Senra, E-mail: asilva@con.ufrj.b, E-mail: fernando@con.ufrj.b, E-mail: Aquilino@lmp.ufrj.b [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia (PEN/COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear

    2011-07-01

    We used the neutron diffusion equation with external neutron sources, in cartesian geometry and the two groups of energy, to verify the influence of external neutron source locations in the reactivity calculation. For this, a coarse mesh finite difference method was developed for the adjoint flux calculation and simplifies reactivity calculation in PWR type reactor, which uses the output of the nodal expansion method. The results were obtained for different locations on the two-dimensional plane, as well as for different types of fuel elements in the reactor core. (author)

  20. Skepticism, contextualism, externalism and modality

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    Ron Wilburn

    2006-01-01

    .... However, because efforts to contextualize externalism via subjunctive conditional analysis court circularity, it is only on an internalistic interpretation that contextualist strategies can even be motivated...

  1. Dynamics of film. [two dimensional continua theory

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    Zak, M.

    1979-01-01

    The general theory of films as two-dimensional continua are elaborated upon. As physical realizations of such a model this paper examines: inextensible films, elastic films, and nets. The suggested dynamic equations have enabled us to find out the characteristic speeds of wave propagation of the invariants of external and internal geometry and formulate the criteria of instability of their shape. Also included herein is a detailed account of the equation describing the film motions beyond the limits of the shape stability accompanied by the formation of wrinkles. The theory is illustrated by examples.

  2. Insect thin films as solar collectors.

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    Heilman, B D; Miaoulis, L N

    1994-10-01

    A numerical method for simulation of microscale radiation effects in insect thin-film structures is described. Accounting for solar beam and diffuse radiation, the model calculates the reflectivity and emissivity of such structures. A case study examines microscale radiation effects in butterfuly wings, and results reveal a new function of these multilayer thin films: thermal regulation. For film thicknesses of the order of 0.10 µm, solar absorption levels vary by as much as 25% with small changes in film thickness; for certain existing structures, absorption levels reach 96%., This is attributed to the spectral distribution of the reflected radiation, which consists of a singular reflectance peak within the solar spectrum.

  3. Thin films for emerging applications v.16

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    Francombe, Maurice H

    1992-01-01

    Following in the long-standing tradition of excellence established by this serial, this volume provides a focused look at contemporary applications. High Tc superconducting thin films are discussed in terms of ion beam and sputtering deposition, vacuum evaporation, laser ablation, MOCVD, and other deposition processes in addition to their ultimate applications. Detailed treatment is also given to permanent magnet thin films, lateral diffusion and electromigration in metallic thin films, and fracture and cracking phenomena in thin films adhering to high-elongation substrates.

  4. Film condensation of steam on externally finned horizontal tubes.

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    Flook, Frederick A.

    1985-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited Filmwise condensation measurements of steam were made on horizontal finned tubes under vacuum and near-atmospheric conditions. Data were obtained for copper tubes with fins of rectangular, triangular, trapezoidal, and parabolic cross sections, and for a commercially-available finned tube. A stainless steel finned tube was also tested to investigate the effect of thermal conductivity. Maximum enhancements of about 4.8 were obtained...

  5. Film Condensation of Steam on Externally Finned Horizontal Tubes.

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    1985-03-01

    Area Based on the Fin Diameter b - Experimentally Determined Constant B - Constant Used in the Sieder -Tate-Type Equation c - Experimentally Determined...Constant C - Leading Coefficient for the Sieder -Tate-Type Equation C1 - Constant of Proportionality d - Experimentally Determined Constant De...leading constants for the Sieder -Tate equation used to determine the water-side heat-transfer coefficient. Data taken on smooth tubes were used to

  6. Film Condensation of Steam on Externally Enhanced Horizontal Tubes.

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    1986-03-01

    all the runs were collected, the data were reprocessed using a new Sieder -Tate Coefficient found by the modified Wilson method. E. TUBES TESTED For... Sieder -Tate constant 16 for the inside heat-transfer coefficient. The separation of the individual thermal resistances (water-side, wall, and vapor...overall heat-transfer resistance is given by equation (4.1), while the inside heat-transfer coefficient is given by a Sieder -Tate type equation (equation

  7. ExternE transport methodology for external cost evaluation of air pollution

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    Jensen, S. S.; Berkowicz, R.; Brandt, J.

    The report describes how the human exposure estimates based on NERI's human exposure modelling system (AirGIS) can improve the Danish data used for exposure factors in the ExternE Transport methodology. Initially, a brief description of the ExternE Tranport methodology is given and it is summaris...... how the methodology has been applied so far in a previous Danish study. Finally, results of a case study are reported. Exposure factors have been calculated for various urban categories in the Greater Copenhagen Area...

  8. ExternE transport methodology for external cost evaluation of air pollution (DK)

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    Solvang Jensen, S.; Berkowicz, R.; Brandt, J. [National Environmental Research Inst., Dept. of Atmospheric Environment (Denmark); Willumsen, E.; Kristensen, N.B. [COWI (Denmark)

    2004-07-01

    The report describes how the human exposure estimates based on NERI's human exposure modelling system (AiGIS) can improve the Danish data used for exposure factors in the ExternE Transport methodology. Inititally, a brief description of the ExternE Transport methodology is given and it is summarised how the methodology has been applied so far in a previous Danish study. Finally, results of a case study are reported. Exposure factors have been calculated for various urban categories in the Greater Copenhagen Area. (au)

  9. Diffusion dynamics in microfluidic dye lasers

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    Gersborg-Hansen, Morten; Balslev, Søren; Mortensen, Niels Asger

    2007-01-01

    We have investigated the bleaching dynamics that occur in opto-fluidic dye lasers, where the liquid laser dye in a channel is locally bleached due to optical pumping. Our studies suggest that for micro-fluidic devices, the dye bleaching may be compensated through diffusion of dye molecules alone....... By relying on diffusion rather than convection to generate the necessary dye replenishment, our observation potentially allows for a significant simplification of opto-fluidic dye laser device layouts, omitting the need for cumbersome and costly external fluidic handling or on-chip micro-fluidic pumping...

  10. External coating of colonic anastomoses

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    Pommergaard, Hans-Christian; Achiam, Michael Patrick; Rosenberg, Jacob

    2012-01-01

    Colon anastomotic leakage remains both a frequent and serious complication in gastrointestinal surgery. External coating of colonic anastomoses has been proposed as a means to lower the rate of this complication. The aim of this review was to evaluate existing studies on external coating of colonic...

  11. Retrofitting Systems for External Walls

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    Rose, Jørgen

    1997-01-01

    In this report, 9 different external and internal retrofitting systems are analyzed using numerical calculations. The analysis focuses on the thermal bridge effects in the different systems, and on this basis it is discussed whether internal or external retrofitting has the most advantages...

  12. Organic solar cells based on liquid crystalline and polycrystalline thin films

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    Yoo, Seunghyup

    This dissertation describes the study of organic thin-film solar cells in pursuit of affordable, renewable, and environmentally-friendly energy sources. Particular emphasis is given to the molecular ordering found in liquid crystalline or polycrystalline films as a way to leverage the efficiencies of these types of cells. Maximum efficiencies estimated based on excitonic character of organic solar cells show power conversion efficiencies larger than 10% are possible in principle. However, their performance is often limited due to small exciton diffusion lengths and poor transport properties which may be attributed to the amorphous nature of most organic semiconductors. Discotic liquid crystal (DLC) copper phthalocyanine was investigated as an easily processible building block for solar cells in which ordered molecular arrangements are enabled by a self-organization in its mesophases. An increase in photocurrent and a reduction in series resistance have been observed in a cell which underwent an annealing process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements suggest that structural and morphological changes induced after the annealing process are related to these improvements. In an alternative approach, p-type pentacene thin films prepared by physical vapor deposition were incorporated into heterojunction solar cells with C60 as n-type layers. Power conversion efficiencies of 2.7% under broadband illumination (350--900 nm) with a peak external quantum efficiency of 58% have been achieved with the broad spectral coverage across the visible spectrum. Analysis using an exciton diffusion model shows this efficient carrier generation is mainly due to the large exciton diffusion length of pentacene films. Joint XRD and AFM studies reveal that the highly crystalline nature of pentacene films can account for the observed large exciton diffusion length. In addition, the electrical characteristics are studied as a function of light intensity using

  13. Performance Targets and External Benchmarking

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    Friis, Ivar; Hansen, Allan; Vámosi, Tamás S.

    Research on relative performance measures, transfer pricing, beyond budgeting initiatives, target costing, piece rates systems and value based management has for decades underlined the importance of external benchmarking in performance management. Research conceptualises external benchmarking...... the conditions upon which the market mechanism is performing within organizations. This paper aims to contribute to research by providing more insight to the conditions for the use of external benchmarking as an element in performance management in organizations. Our study explores a particular type of external...... towards the conditions for the use of the external benchmarks we provide more insights to some of the issues and challenges that are related to using this mechanism for performance management and advance competitiveness in organizations....

  14. Porous photonic crystal external cavity laser biosensor

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    Huang, Qinglan; Peh, Jessie; Hergenrother, Paul J.; Cunningham, Brian T.

    2016-08-01

    We report the design, fabrication, and testing of a photonic crystal (PC) biosensor structure that incorporates a porous high refractive index TiO2 dielectric film that enables immobilization of capture proteins within an enhanced surface-area volume that spatially overlaps with the regions of resonant electromagnetic fields where biomolecular binding can produce the greatest shifts in photonic crystal resonant wavelength. Despite the nanoscale porosity of the sensor structure, the PC slab exhibits narrowband and high efficiency resonant reflection, enabling the structure to serve as a wavelength-tunable element of an external cavity laser. In the context of sensing small molecule interactions with much larger immobilized proteins, we demonstrate that the porous structure provides 3.7× larger biosensor signals than an equivalent nonporous structure, while the external cavity laser (ECL) detection method provides capability for sensing picometer-scale shifts in the PC resonant wavelength caused by small molecule binding. The porous ECL achieves a record high figure of merit for label-free optical biosensors.

  15. Porous photonic crystal external cavity laser biosensor

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    Huang, Qinglan [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Peh, Jessie; Hergenrother, Paul J. [Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Cunningham, Brian T. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States)

    2016-08-15

    We report the design, fabrication, and testing of a photonic crystal (PC) biosensor structure that incorporates a porous high refractive index TiO{sub 2} dielectric film that enables immobilization of capture proteins within an enhanced surface-area volume that spatially overlaps with the regions of resonant electromagnetic fields where biomolecular binding can produce the greatest shifts in photonic crystal resonant wavelength. Despite the nanoscale porosity of the sensor structure, the PC slab exhibits narrowband and high efficiency resonant reflection, enabling the structure to serve as a wavelength-tunable element of an external cavity laser. In the context of sensing small molecule interactions with much larger immobilized proteins, we demonstrate that the porous structure provides 3.7× larger biosensor signals than an equivalent nonporous structure, while the external cavity laser (ECL) detection method provides capability for sensing picometer-scale shifts in the PC resonant wavelength caused by small molecule binding. The porous ECL achieves a record high figure of merit for label-free optical biosensors.

  16. Thermally activated reaction–diffusion-controlled chemical bulk reactions of gases and solids

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    S. Möller

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The chemical kinetics of the reaction of thin films with reactive gases is investigated. The removal of thin films using thermally activated solid–gas to gas reactions is a method to in-situ control deposition inventory in vacuum and plasma vessels. Significant scatter of experimental deposit removal rates at apparently similar conditions was observed in the past, highlighting the need for understanding the underlying processes. A model based on the presence of reactive gas in the films bulk and chemical kinetics is presented. The model describes the diffusion of reactive gas into the film and its chemical interaction with film constituents in the bulk using a stationary reaction–diffusion equation. This yields the reactive gas concentration and reaction rates. Diffusion and reaction rate limitations are depicted in parameter studies. Comparison with literature data on tokamak co-deposit removal results in good agreement of removal rates as a function of pressure, film thickness and temperature.

  17. Flow fields in soap films: Relating viscosity and film thickness

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    Prasad, V.; Weeks, Eric R.

    2009-08-01

    We follow the diffusive motion of colloidal particles in soap films with varying h/d , where h is the thickness of the film and d is the diameter of the particles. The hydrodynamics of these films are determined by looking at the correlated motion of pairs of particles as a function of separation R . The Trapeznikov approximation [A. A. Trapeznikov, Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Surface Activity (Butterworths, London, 1957), p. 242] is used to model soap films as an effective two-dimensional (2D) fluid in contact with bulk air phases. The flow fields determined from correlated particle motions show excellent agreement with what is expected for the theory of 2D fluids for all our films where 0.6≤h/d≤14.3 , with the 2D shear viscosity matching that predicted by Trapeznikov. However, the parameters of these flow fields change markedly for thick films (h/d>7±3) . Our results indicate that three-dimensional effects become important for these thicker films, despite the flow fields still having a 2D character.

  18. External costs related to power production technologies. ExternE national implementation for Denmark

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    Schleisner, L.; Sieverts Nielsen, P.

    1997-12-01

    The objective of the ExternE National Implementation project has been to establish a comprehensive and comparable set of data on externalities of power generation for all EU member states and Norway. The tasks include the application of the ExternE methodology to the most important fuel cycles for each country as well as to update the already existing results; to aggregate these site- and technology-specific results to more general figures. The current report covers the results of the national implementation for Denmark. Three different fuel cycles have been chosen as case studies. These are fuel cycles for an offshore wind farm and a wind farm on land, a decentralised CHP plant based on natural gas and a decentralised CHP plant based on biogas. The report covers all the details of the application of the methodology to these fuel cycles aggregation to a national level. (au) EU-JOULE 3. 59 tabs., 25 ills., 61 refs.

  19. Diffusion on spatial network

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    Hui, Zi; Tang, Xiaoyue; Li, Wei; Greneche, Jean-Marc; Wang, Qiuping A.

    2015-04-01

    In this work, we study the problem of diffusing a product (idea, opinion, disease etc.) among agents on spatial network. The network is constructed by random addition of nodes on the planar. The probability for a previous node to be connected to the new one is inversely proportional to their spatial distance to the power of α. The diffusion rate between two connected nodes is inversely proportional to their spatial distance to the power of β as well. Inspired from the Fick's first law, we introduce the diffusion coefficient to measure the diffusion ability of the spatial network. Using both theoretical analysis and Monte Carlo simulation, we get the fact that the diffusion coefficient always decreases with the increasing of parameter α and β, and the diffusion sub-coefficient follows the power-law of the spatial distance with exponent equals to -α-β+2. Since both short-range diffusion and long-range diffusion exist, we use anomalous diffusion method in diffusion process. We get the fact that the slope index δ in anomalous diffusion is always smaller that 1. The diffusion process in our model is sub-diffusion.

  20. Plasmonic modes in thin films: quo vadis?

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    Antonio ePolitano

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Herein, we discuss the status and the prospect of plasmonic modes in thin films. Plasmons are collective longitudinal modes of charge fluctuation in metal samples excited by an external electric field. Surface plasmons (SPs are waves that propagate along the surface of a conductor with applications in magneto-optic data storage, optics, microscopy, and catalysis. In thin films the electronic response is influenced by electron quantum confinement. Confined electrons modify the dynamical screening processes at the film/substrate interface by introducing novel properties with potential applications and, moreover, they affect both the dispersion relation of SP frequency and the damping processes of the SP.Recent calculations indicate the emergence of acoustic surface plasmons (ASP in Ag thin films exhibiting quantum well states and in graphene films. The slope of the dispersion of ASP decreases with film thickness. We also discuss open issues in research on plasmonic modes in graphene/metal interfaes.

  1. External fuel thermionic reactor system.

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    Mondt, J. F.; Peelgren, M. L.

    1971-01-01

    Thermionic reactors are prime candidates for nuclear electric propulsion. The national thermionic reactor effort is concentrated on the flashlight concept with the external-fuel concept as the backup. The external-fuel concept is very adaptable to a completely modular power subsystem which is attractive for highly reliable long-life applications. The 20- to 25-cm long, externally-fueled converters have been designed, fabricated, and successfully tested with many thermal cycles by electrical heating. However, difficulties have been encountered during encapsulation for nuclear heated tests and none have been started to date. These nuclear tests are required to demonstrate the concept feasibility.

  2. Combination of external loads

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    Frandsen, S.; Tarp Johansen, N.J.; Joergensen, H. [Forskningscenter Risoe, Roskilde (Denmark); Gravesen, H.; Soerensen, S.L. [Carl Bro, Glostrup (Denmark); Pedersen, J. [Elsam Engineering, Fredericia (Denmark); Zorn, R.; Hvidberg Knudsen, M. [DHI Water and Environment, Hoersholm (Denmark); Voelund, P. [Energi E2, Koebenhavn (Denmark)

    2003-09-01

    The project onbectives have been: To improve and consequently opimise the basis for design of offshore wind turbines. This is done through 1) mapping the wind, wave ice and current as well as correlations of these, and 2) by clarifyring how these external conditions transform into loads. A comprehensive effort has been made to get a thorough understanding of the uncertainties that govern the reliability of wind turbines with respect to wind and wave loading. One of the conclusions is that the reliability of wind turbines is generally lower, than the average reliability of building structures that are subject not only to environmental loads, which are very uncertain, but also imposed loads and self weight, which are less uncertain than the environmental loads. The implication is that, at the moment lower load partial safety factors for onshore wind turbines cannot be recommended. For the combination of wind and wave design loads the problem is twofold: 1). A very conservative design will be generated by simply adding the individual wind and wave design loads disregarding the independence of the short-term fluctuations of wind and wave loads. 2). Characteristic values and partial safety factors for wind and wave loads are not defined similarly. This implies that the reliability levels of turbine support structures subject to purely aerodynamic loads and subject to purely hydrodynamic loads are not identical. For the problem of combining aerodynamic design loads and hydrodynamic design loads two results have been obtained in the project: 1). By simple means a site specific wave load safety factor rendering the same safety level for hydrodynamic loads as for aerodynamic loads is derived, and next, by direct square summation of extreme fluctuations, the wind and wave load safety factors are weighted. 2). Under the assumptions that a deep water site is considered and that the wave loading is a fifty-fifty mix of drag and inertia the same wind and wave load safety factor

  3. Silk film biomaterials for cornea tissue engineering.

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    Lawrence, Brian D; Marchant, Jeffrey K; Pindrus, Mariya A; Omenetto, Fiorenzo G; Kaplan, David L

    2009-03-01

    Biomaterials for corneal tissue engineering must demonstrate several critical features for potential utility in vivo, including transparency, mechanical integrity, biocompatibility and slow biodegradation. Silk film biomaterials were designed and characterized to meet these functional requirements. Silk protein films were used in a biomimetic approach to replicate corneal stromal tissue architecture. The films were 2 microm thick to emulate corneal collagen lamellae dimensions, and were surface patterned to guide cell alignment. To enhance trans-lamellar diffusion of nutrients and to promote cell-cell interaction, pores with 0.5-5.0 microm diameters were introduced into the silk films. Human and rabbit corneal fibroblast proliferation, alignment and corneal extracellular matrix expression on these films in both 2D and 3D cultures were demonstrated. The mechanical properties, optical clarity and surface patterned features of these films, combined with their ability to support corneal cell functions suggest that this new biomaterial system offers important potential benefits for corneal tissue regeneration.

  4. Reaction diffusion in Ni–Al diffusion couples in steady magnetic fields

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    Li, Chuanjun, E-mail: cjli21@shu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Yuan, Zhaojing; Guo, Rui; Xuan, Weidong; Ren, Zhongming; Zhong, Yunbo; Li, Xi [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Wang, Hui; Wang, Qiuliang [Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2015-08-25

    Highlights: • The Ni–Al diffusion couples were prepared by the electrodeposition technique. • The magnetic field reduced the growth rates of product layers in diffusion couples. • The effect of the magnetic field on diffusion depends on its intensity and direction. • The spiral motion of an atom in the magnetic field reduces diffusivity. - Abstract: The effect of a steady magnetic field on reactive diffusion in Ni–Al diffusion couples was investigated. The diffusion couples prepared by the electrodeposition technique were annealed in the temperature range of 530–590 °C with and without the magnetic field of 6 T. Regardless of the magnetic field, two intermetallic compounds, i.e., Ni{sub 2}Al{sub 3} and NiAl{sub 3}, were present in the product layers of diffusion couples. NiAl{sub 3} phase shows island-like structures at relatively lower temperatures while the Ni{sub 2}Al{sub 3} phase forms a typical layered structure. The growth of Ni{sub 2}Al{sub 3} layer was found to be parabolic. When the diffusion direction was perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field, the external magnetic field reduced the growth rate of the Ni{sub 2}Al{sub 3} phase. Whereas the magnetic field had no obvious effect on the growth rate of Ni{sub 2}Al{sub 3} layers in the diffusion configuration of mutually parallel directions. The magnetic field intensity and direction dependence of growth rate of Ni{sub 2}Al{sub 3} intermetallic layers can be attributed to the change in number of collision of an atom with neighbors during diffusion due to spiral motion under the action of the Lorentz force, which leads to change the frequency factor, not activation energy, for layer growth.

  5. Emergence of Film Industries in Small Countries

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    Vang, Jan; Brambini, Annalisa; Maher, Sean

    of the challenges faced by small countries aimed at building up a film industry in the context of global dominance by media conglomerates located in major audio-visual hubs such as Hollywood, New York and Paris. The conventional cluster and regional innovation systems-literature highlight respectively reduced...... transaction costs, cluster-based learning and knowledge externalities, tax incentives and systemic effects in explaining the spatial distribution of film activities. These factors are all supply factors. We illustrate how the supply factor based explanations need to integrate demand side factors...... for explaining emergence of film clusters located in small countries. Based on an original case study on the emergence of the Copenhagen film cluster, we document how the co-evolution of cluster externalities and shared branding (i.e. demand side) paved the way for its successful transformation emergence...

  6. External costs related to power production technologies. ExternE national implementation for Denmark

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    Schleisner, L.; Sieverts Nielsen, P. [eds.

    1997-12-01

    The objective of the ExternE National Implementation project has been to establish a comprehensive and comparable set of data on externalities of power generation for all EU member states and Norway. The tasks include the application of the ExternE methodology to the most important fuel cycles for each country as well as to update the already existing results, to aggregate these site- and technology-specific results to more general figures. The current report covers the detailed information concerning the ExternE methodology. Importance is attached to the computer system used in the project and the assessment of air pollution effects on health, materials and ecological effects. Also the assessment of global warming damages are described. Finally the report covers the detailed information concerning the national implementation for Denmark for an offshore wind farm and a wind farm on land, a decentralised CHP plant based on natural gas and a decentralised CHP plant base on biogas. (au) EU-JOULE 3. 79 tabs., 11 ills., 201 refs.

  7. A Student Diffusion Activity

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    Kutzner, Mickey; Pearson, Bryan

    2017-01-01

    Diffusion is a truly interdisciplinary topic bridging all areas of STEM education. When biomolecules are not being moved through the body by fluid flow through the circulatory system or by molecular motors, diffusion is the primary mode of transport over short distances. The direction of the diffusive flow of particles is from high concentration…

  8. Acoustic diffusers III

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    Bidondo, Alejandro

    2002-11-01

    This acoustic diffusion research presents a pragmatic view, based more on effects than causes and 15 very useful in the project advance control process, where the sound field's diffusion coefficient, sound field diffusivity (SFD), for its evaluation. Further research suggestions are presented to obtain an octave frequency resolution of the SFD for precise design or acoustical corrections.

  9. A Student Diffusion Activity

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    Kutzner, Mickey; Pearson, Bryan

    2017-02-01

    Diffusion is a truly interdisciplinary topic bridging all areas of STEM education. When biomolecules are not being moved through the body by fluid flow through the circulatory system or by molecular motors, diffusion is the primary mode of transport over short distances. The direction of the diffusive flow of particles is from high concentration toward low concentration.

  10. Biodegradation of Methyl Orange by alginate-immobilized Aeromonas sp. in a packed bed reactor: external mass transfer modeling.

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    Kathiravan, Mathur Nadarajan; Praveen, Siluvai Antony; Gim, Geun Ho; Han, Gui Hawn; Kim, Si Wouk

    2014-11-01

    Azo dyes are recalcitrant and xenobiotic nature makes these compounds a challenging task for continuous biodegradation up to satisfactorily levels in large-scale. In the present report, the biodegradation efficiency of alginate immobilized indigenous Aeromonas sp. MNK1 on Methyl Orange (MO) in a packed bed reactor was explored. The experimental results were used to determine the external mass transfer model. Complete MO degradation and COD removal were observed at 0.20 cm bead size and 120 ml/h flow rate at 300 mg/l of initial dye concentration. The degradation of MO decreased with increasing bead sizes and flow rates, which may be attributed to the decrease in surface of the beads and higher flux of MO, respectively. The experimental rate constants (k ps) for various beads sizes and flow rates were calculated and compared with theoretically obtained rate constants using external film diffusion models. From the experimental data, the external mass transfer effect was correlated with a model J D = K Re (-(1 - n)). The model was tested with K value (5.7) and the Colburn factor correlation model for 0.20, 0.40 and 0.60 bead sizes were J D = 5.7 Re (-0.15), J D = 5.7 Re (-0.36) and J D = 5.7 Re (-0.48), respectively. Based on the results, the Colburn factor correlation models were found to predict the experimental data accurately. The proposed model was constructive to design and direct industrial applications in packed bed reactors within acceptable limits.

  11. Fracture-Flow-Enhanced Solute Diffusion into Fractured Rock

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    Wu, Yu-Shu; Ye, Ming; Sudicky, E.A.

    2007-12-15

    We propose a new conceptual model of fracture-flow-enhanced matrix diffusion, which correlates with fracture-flow velocity, i.e., matrix diffusion enhancement induced by rapid fluid flow within fractures. According to the boundary-layer or film theory, fracture flow enhanced matrix diffusion may dominate mass-transfer processes at fracture-matrix interfaces, because rapid flow along fractures results in large velocity and concentration gradients at and near fracture-matrix interfaces, enhancing matrix diffusion at matrix surfaces. In this paper, we present a new formulation of the conceptual model for enhanced fracture-matrix diffusion, and its implementation is discussed using existing analytical solutions and numerical models. In addition, we use the enhanced matrix diffusion concept to analyze laboratory experimental results from nonreactive and reactive tracer breakthrough tests, in an effort to validate the new conceptual model.

  12. Externality and burnout among dentists.

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    St-Yves, A; Freeston, M H; Godbout, F; Poulin, L; St-Amand, C; Verret, M

    1989-12-01

    This study investigates the relationship between burnout as measured by the Maslach Burnout Inventory and locus of control as measured by the Adult Nowicki-Strickland Internal-External Locus of Control (ANS-IE) for 82 dentists. Significant Pearson correlations between two Maslach subscales and locus of control show Personal Accomplishment to be negatively associated -.31 and Emotional Exhaustion to be positively correlated .21 to externality.

  13. Relatie interne en externe audit

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    Ghys, Emelie

    2011-01-01

    In het eerste hoofdstuk wordt de probleemstelling van deze eindverhandeling besproken. Interne en externe audit worden de laatste jaren internationaal en nationaal meer en meer erkend in het bedrijfsleven. Aanleiding voor de toenemende belangstelling van de interne en externe auditfunctie zijn de verschillende boekhoudschandalen rond corporate governance of deugdelijk bestuur. Deze financiële mislukkingen leidden wereldwijd tot diverse wetten, nieuwe regels en verbeterde standaarden om zo een...

  14. Performance Targets and External Benchmarking

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    Friis, Ivar; Hansen, Allan; Vámosi, Tamás S.

    as a market mechanism that can be brought inside the firm to provide incentives for continuous improvement and the development of competitive advances. However, whereas extant research primarily has focused on the importance and effects of using external benchmarks, less attention has been directed towards...... towards the conditions for the use of the external benchmarks we provide more insights to some of the issues and challenges that are related to using this mechanism for performance management and advance competitiveness in organizations....

  15. Parallel External Memory Graph Algorithms

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    Arge, Lars Allan; Goodrich, Michael T.; Sitchinava, Nodari

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we study parallel I/O efficient graph algorithms in the Parallel External Memory (PEM) model, one o f the private-cache chip multiprocessor (CMP) models. We study the fundamental problem of list ranking which leads to efficient solutions to problems on trees, such as computing lowest...... an optimal speedup of ¿(P) in parallel I/O complexity and parallel computation time, compared to the single-processor external memory counterparts....

  16. Critical current density enhancement by ion irradiation for thick YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} films prepared by diffusion reaction technique

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    Kujur, A. [Department of Physics, NIT, Rourkela, Odisha 769 008 (India); Asokan, K. [IUAC, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110 067 (India); Behera, D., E-mail: dhrubananda_behera@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, NIT, Rourkela, Odisha 769 008 (India)

    2015-01-15

    In the present work we have investigated the effect of 200 MeV Ag ions on YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (5 wt.% and 10 wt.%) composite thick films. The samples were characterized using temperature dependent resistivity and magnetization measurements. The residual resistivity, mean field transition temperature and the zero resistance state are appreciably modified due to swift heavy ion irradiation (SHI). With the increase in defect density for 10 wt.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} added samples irradiated with Φ ⩾ 5 × 10{sup 11} ions/cm{sup 2} shows semiconducting behavior above the transition temperature marked by broadening of transition width. Pseudogap temperature regime estimated from the deviation of linear behaviour from resistivity data indicates a shift to lower temperature zone. Synergetic effect of SHI and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} show enhancement of critical current density and flux pinning at 40 K for 5 wt.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} inclusions. However, 10 wt.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} added films after ion bombardment records lower values of critical current density and flux pinning. The results are explained on the basis of interplay of defect density and pinning of vortices in the YBCO matrix.

  17. The Voter Model and Jump Diffusion

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    Majmudar, Jimit; Baumgaertner, Bert O; Tyson, Rebecca C

    2015-01-01

    Opinions, and subsequently opinion dynamics, depend not just on interactions among individuals, but also on external influences such as the mass media. The dependence on local interactions, however, has received considerably more attention. In this paper, we use the classical voter model as a basis, and extend it to include external influences. We show that this new model can be understood using the theory of jump diffusion processes. We derive results pertaining to fixation probability and expected consensus time of the process, and find that the contribution of an external influence significantly dwarfs the contribution of the node-to-node interactions in terms of driving the social network to eventual consensus. This result suggests the potential importance of ``macro-level'' phenomena such as the media influence as compared to the ``micro-level'' local interactions, in modelling opinion dynamics.

  18. Local measurement of thermal conductivity and diffusivity

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    Hurley, David H.; Schley, Robert S. [Materials Science and Engineering Department, Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415-2209 (United States); Khafizov, Marat [Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, The Ohio State University, 201 W. 19th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43210 (United States); Wendt, Brycen L. [Nuclear Science and Engineering, Idaho State University, 921 S. 8th Ave., Pocatello, Idaho 83209-8060 (United States)

    2015-12-15

    Simultaneous measurement of local thermal diffusivity and conductivity is demonstrated on a range of ceramic samples. This was accomplished by measuring the temperature field spatial profile of samples excited by an amplitude modulated continuous wave laser beam. A thin gold film is applied to the samples to ensure strong optical absorption and to establish a second boundary condition that introduces an expression containing the substrate thermal conductivity. The diffusivity and conductivity are obtained by comparing the measured phase profile of the temperature field to a continuum based model. A sensitivity analysis is used to identify the optimal film thickness for extracting the both substrate conductivity and diffusivity. Proof of principle studies were conducted on a range of samples having thermal properties that are representatives of current and advanced accident tolerant nuclear fuels. It is shown that by including the Kapitza resistance as an additional fitting parameter, the measured conductivity and diffusivity of all the samples considered agreed closely with the literature values. A distinguishing feature of this technique is that it does not require a priori knowledge of the optical spot size which greatly increases measurement reliability and reproducibility.

  19. Local measurement of thermal conductivity and diffusivity

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    Hurley, David H.; Schley, Robert S.; Khafizov, Marat; Wendt, Brycen L.

    2015-12-01

    Simultaneous measurement of local thermal diffusivity and conductivity is demonstrated on a range of ceramic samples. This was accomplished by measuring the temperature field spatial profile of samples excited by an amplitude modulated continuous wave laser beam. A thin gold film is applied to the samples to ensure strong optical absorption and to establish a second boundary condition that introduces an expression containing the substrate thermal conductivity. The diffusivity and conductivity are obtained by comparing the measured phase profile of the temperature field to a continuum based model. A sensitivity analysis is used to identify the optimal film thickness for extracting the both substrate conductivity and diffusivity. Proof of principle studies were conducted on a range of samples having thermal properties that are representatives of current and advanced accident tolerant nuclear fuels. It is shown that by including the Kapitza resistance as an additional fitting parameter, the measured conductivity and diffusivity of all the samples considered agreed closely with the literature values. A distinguishing feature of this technique is that it does not require a priori knowledge of the optical spot size which greatly increases measurement reliability and reproducibility.

  20. Numerical Analysis of Transient Temperature Response of Soap Film

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    Tanaka, Seiichi; Tatesaku, Akihiro; Dantsuka, Yuki; Fujiwara, Seiji; Kunimine, Kanji

    2015-11-01

    Measurements of thermophysical properties of thin liquid films are important to understand interfacial phenomena due to film structures composed of amphiphilic molecules in soap film, phospholipid bilayer of biological cell and emulsion. A transient hot-wire technique for liquid films less than 1 \\upmu m thick such as soap film has been proposed to measure the thermal conductivity and diffusivity simultaneously. Two-dimensional heat conduction equations for a solid cylinder with a liquid film have been solved numerically. The temperature of a thin wire with liquid film increases steeply with its own heat generation. The feasibility of this technique is verified through numerical experiments for various thermal conductivities, diffusivities, and film thicknesses. Calculated results indicate that the increase in the volumetric average temperature of the thin wire sufficiently varies with the change of thermal conductivity and diffusivity of the soap film. Therefore, the temperature characteristics could be utilized to evaluate both the thermal conductivity and diffusivity using the Gauss-Newton method.

  1. Influence of Cu diffusion conditions on the switching of Cu-SiO{sub 2}-based resistive memory devices

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    Thermadam, S. Puthen, E-mail: spchandr@asu.ed [Center for Applied Nanoionics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-6206 (United States); Bhagat, S.K.; Alford, T.L. [School of Materials, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ 85287-8706 (United States); Sakaguchi, Y. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725-2075 (United States); Kozicki, M.N. [Center for Applied Nanoionics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-6206 (United States); Mitkova, M. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725-2075 (United States)

    2010-04-02

    This paper presents a study of Cu diffusion at various temperatures in thin SiO{sub 2} films and the influence of diffusion conditions on the switching of Programmable Metallization Cell (PMC) devices formed from such Cu-doped films. Film composition and diffusion products were analyzed using secondary ion mass spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy methods. We found a strong dependence of the diffused Cu concentration, which varied between 0.8 at.% and 10{sup -3} at.%, on the annealing temperature. X-ray diffraction and Raman studies revealed that Cu does not react with the SiO{sub 2} network and remains in elemental form after diffusion for the annealing conditions used. PMC resistive memory cells were fabricated with such Cu-diffused SiO{sub 2} films and device performance, including the stability of the switching voltage, is discussed in the context of the material characteristics.

  2. Investigation of a metal-ionic conductor interface in thin film samples using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electrical measurements

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    Couturier, G.; Danto, Y.; Barriere, A.S.; Duc, T.M.; Garaud, Y.

    1982-03-26

    The surface of an evaporated thin film of the ionic conductor ..beta..-PbF/sub 2/ was analysed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results were compared with those obtained from nuclear and secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements. An analysis of the Au-..beta..-PbF/sub 2/ interface shows the presence of a thin layer of partly oxidized metallic lead. Part of this interfacial lead diffused across the gold film towards the external surface where it became bound to oxygen. An electrical analysis of the interface was performed by studying the capacitance as a function of the surface potential. The differences between experimental and calculated values are discussed in the light of the XPS measurements.

  3. Photoluminescence study of Cu diffusion in CdTe

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    Grecu, D.; Compaan, A.D. [Department of Physics, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio (United States)

    1999-03-01

    We report changes in the photoluminescence spectra associated with the diffusion of Cu in CdTe thin films used in CdTe/CdS solar cells. Films grown by vapor transport deposition and radio-frequency sputtering as well as single crystal CdTe were included in the study. The main effects of Cu diffusion appear to be the quenching of a donor-acceptor transition associated with Cd vacancies and the increase in intensity of a lower energy broad-band transition. The PL is subsequently used to explore the effects of electric fields on Cu diffusion. The role of Te as a diffusion barrier for Cu is investigated. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  4. Electronic Devices With Diffusion Barrier and Process for Making Same

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    2000-05-03

    protective oxide surface film. Also, the electrochemical activity of copper is conducive to corrosion. As a consequence, adequate precautions are needed...to -12- V . provide complete coverage thereof. Deoxidation annealing, chemical-mechanical-planarization ( CMP ) polishing or ion milling can be used...a single crystalline (epitaxial) Cu film and the same as FIG. 7B (Image (B). Characterization of Formed Cu/BaF2/Ba/Si structure: 20 The diffusion

  5. Texture control and growth mechanism of WSe2 film prepared by rapid selenization of W film

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    Li, Hongchao; Gao, Di; Li, Kun; Pang, Mengde; Xie, Senlin; Liu, Rutie; Zou, Jianpeng

    2017-02-01

    The tungsten diselenide (WSe2) films with different orientation present unique properties suitable for specific applications, such as WSe2 with a C-axis⊥substrate for optoelectronics and WSe2 with a C-axis // substrate for electrocatalysts. Orientation control of WSe2 is essential for realizing the practical applications. In this letter, a WSe2 film has been prepared via rapid selenization of a magnetron-sputtered tungsten (W) film. The influence of the magnetron-sputtered W film on WSe2 film growth was studied systematically. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy were used to evaluate the morphology, microstructure and phase composition of the W and WSe2 films. The substrate temperature has a significant effect on the W film phase composition, but little effect on the WSe2 film orientation. The WSe2 orientation can be controlled by changing the W film microstructure. A dense W film that is deposited at low pressure is conducive to the formation of WSe2 with a C-axis⊥substrate, whereas a porous W film deposited at high pressure favors the formation of WSe2 with a C-axis // substrate. A growth model for the WSe2 film with different texture has been proposed based on the experimental results. The direction of selenium (Se) vapor diffusion differs at the top and side surfaces. This is a key factor for the preparation of anisotropic WSe2 films. Highly oriented WSe2 films with a C-axis⊥substrate grow from the dense W film deposited at low pressure because Se vapor can only diffuse into the W film from the top surface where it is converted into selenide. Highly oriented WSe2 with a C-axis // substrate can be achieved for the porous W film that is deposited at high pressure because the nanopores provide a fast transmission tunnel for Se vapor diffusion. These findings will contribute to the controlled fabrication of WSe2 film and provide a theoretical basis for its application.

  6. Diffuse Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis of the Knee: Case Report

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    Choi, Sang Gyu [Dankook University Hospital, Cheonan (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-12-15

    Diffuse pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) is an uncommon aggressive synovial proliferative disorder of unknown etiology affecting the joint linings. Though a histologically benign inflammatory process, because of its aggressive growth with bone destruction or recurrence, it is frequently suggested to occur as a low malignant neoplasm. Optimal treatment is surgery, but the local recurrence rate after radical synovectomy for diffuse PVNS is relatively high due to the infiltrative growth pattern. External beam radiotherapy with moderate doses or intra-articular instillation of radioactive isotopes may improve the likelihood of local control and long-term function in patients with incompletely resected or recurrent diffuse PVNS. I report one case of diffuse PVNS of the right knee joint treated with arthroscopic synovectomy and external beam radiotherapy is presented.

  7. Manifestation of the Arnol'd Diffusion in Quantum Systems

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    Demikhovskii, V Y; Malyshev, A I

    2002-01-01

    We study an analog of the classical Arnol'd diffusion in a quantum system of two coupled non-linear oscillators one of which is governed by an external periodic force with two frequencies. In the classical model this very weak diffusion happens in a narrow stochastic layer along the coupling resonance, and leads to an increase of total energy of the system. We show that the quantum dynamics of wave packets mimics, up to some extent, global properties of the classical Arnol'd diffusion. This specific diffusion represents a new type of quantum dynamics, and may be observed, for example, in 2D semiconductor structures (quantum billiards) perturbed by time-periodic external fields.

  8. External Costs Related to Power Production Technologies

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    Ibsen, Liselotte Schleisner; Nielsen, Per Sieverts

    1997-01-01

    The European Commission has launched a major study project, ExternE, to develop a methodology to quantify externalities. A “National Implementation Phase”, was started under the Joule II programme with the purpose of implementing the ExternE methodology in all member states. The main objective...

  9. External Costs Related to Power Production Technologies

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    Ibsen, Liselotte Schleisner; Nielsen, Per Sieverts

    1997-01-01

    The European Commission has launched a major study project, ExternE, to develop a methodology to quantify externalities. A “National Implementation Phase”, was started under the Joule II programme with the purpose of implementing the ExternE methodology in all member states. The main objective of...

  10. Stratification of a Foam Film Formed from a Nonionic Micellar Solution: Experiments and Modeling.

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    Lee, Jongju; Nikolov, Alex; Wasan, Darsh

    2016-05-17

    Thin liquid films containing surfactant micelles or other nanocolloidal particles are considered to be the key structural elements of foams containing gas and liquid. We report here the experimental results and theoretical modeling for the phenomenon of the stratification (stepwise thinning) of a foam film formed from a nonionic micellar solution. The film stratification phenomenon was experimentally observed by reflected light microinterferometry. We observed that the stepwise layer-by-layer decrease of the film thickness is due to the appearance and growth of a dark spot of one layer less than the film thickness in the film. The dark spot expansion is driven by the diffusion of the dislocation (or vacancy) in the micellar lattice. The vacancies from the meniscus diffuse and condense into the dark spot, leading to its expansion inside the film. We experimentally observed the expansion of the dark spot at various film thicknesses (i.e., the number of micellar layers) and at different film sizes. We also measured the contact angle between the film and the meniscus; we used the data to estimate the structural film interaction energy barrier and the apparent diffusion coefficient. We used the two-dimensional diffusion model to model the dynamics of the dark spot expansion with consideration to the apparent diffusion coefficient and the film size. The model predictions are in good agreement with the experimental observations. On the basis of this model, we carried out a parametric study depicting the effects of the film thickness (or the number of micellar layers) and film area on the rate of the dark spot expansion. We also generalized the model previously proposed by Kralchevsky et al. [ Langmuir 1990 , 6 , 1180 - 1189 ], incorporating the effects of the film size, film thickness, and apparent diffusion coefficient to predict the dark spot expansion rate.

  11. Antimicrobial edible films and coatings.

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    Cagri, Arzu; Ustunol, Zeynep; Ryser, Elliot T

    2004-04-01

    Increasing consumer demand for microbiologically safer foods, greater convenience, smaller packages, and longer product shelf life is forcing the industry to develop new food-processing, cooking, handling, and packaging strategies. Nonfluid ready-to-eat foods are frequently exposed to postprocess surface contamination, leading to a reduction in shelf life. The food industry has at its disposal a wide range of nonedible polypropylene- and polyethylene-based packaging materials and various biodegradable protein- and polysaccharide-based edible films that can potentially serve as packaging materials. Research on the use of edible films as packaging materials continues because of the potential for these films to enhance food quality, food safety, and product shelf life. Besides acting as a barrier against mass diffusion (moisture, gases, and volatiles), edible films can serve as carriers for a wide range of food additives, including flavoring agents, antioxidants, vitamins, and colorants. When antimicrobial agents such as benzoic acid, sorbic acid, propionic acid, lactic acid, nisin, and lysozyme have been incorporated into edible films, such films retarded surface growth of bacteria, yeasts, and molds on a wide range of products, including meats and cheeses. Various antimicrobial edible films have been developed to minimize growth of spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms, including Listeria monocytogenes, which may contaminate the surface of cooked ready-to-eat foods after processing. Here, we review the various types of protein-based (wheat gluten, collagen, corn zein, soy, casein, and whey protein), polysaccharide-based (cellulose, chitosan, alginate, starch, pectin, and dextrin), and lipid-based (waxes, acylglycerols, and fatty acids) edible films and a wide range of antimicrobial agents that have been or could potentially be incorporated into such films during manufacture to enhance the safety and shelf life of ready-to-eat foods.

  12. Development of solid state thick film zirconia oxygen gas sensors.

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    Ioannou, Andreas Stylianou

    1992-01-01

    Aspects relating to and including the development of thick film amperometric zirconia oxygen sensors were investigated. These devices, which were operated in the range 550-950°C, had a laminated structure in which a cathode, an electrolyte and an anode were printed, in that order, onto a planar alumina substrate. The anode and electrolyte were porous and during sensor Operation also acted as a diffusion barrier, restricting the rate of oxygen diffusion to the cathode. A thick film platinum he...

  13. GRAFT COPOLYMERIZATION OF ACRYLAMIDE ONTO POLYPROPYLENE FILMS BY PLASMA TECHNIQUE

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    WANG Shicai; YE Mu; LU Lizhen; CHEN Jie

    1988-01-01

    The graft copolymerization of acrylamide onto polypropylene (PP) film was carried out by using a capacitively coupled rf plasma apparatus with external plate electrodes. The relationship between the surface structure of the Ar plasma-treated PP films and the extent of grafting of acrylamide on the films was studied through observing the effects of discharge power and exposure time on the relative content of free-radical on the film surface. Meanwhile, the wettability and surface energy of the PP film were measured.

  14. Magneto-Seebeck effect in an ITO/PEDOT:PSS/Au thin-film device

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    Hongfeng Wang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This article reports giant magnetic field effects on the Seebeck coefficient by exerting a Lorentz force on charge diffusion based on vertical multi-layer ITO/PEDOT:PSS/Au thin-film devices. The Lorentz force, induced by an external magnetic field, changes the charge transport and consequently generates angular dependent magnetoresistance. The proposed mechanism of the magneto-Seebeck effect is proved by measuring the magnetoresistance at a parallel, 45o and perpendicular angle to the temperature gradient. The gradual change of the magnetoresistance from a parallel to perpendicular angle indicates that the Lorentz force is a key driving force to develop the magneto-Seebeck effect. Therefore, our experimental results demonstrate a magnetic approach to control the thermoelectric properties in organic materials.

  15. Magneto-Seebeck effect in an ITO/PEDOT:PSS/Au thin-film device

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    Wang, Hongfeng; Liu, Qing; Tisdale, Jeremy; Xu, Ling; Liu, Yuchun; Hu, Bin

    2016-04-01

    This article reports giant magnetic field effects on the Seebeck coefficient by exerting a Lorentz force on charge diffusion based on vertical multi-layer ITO/PEDOT:PSS/Au thin-film devices. The Lorentz force, induced by an external magnetic field, changes the charge transport and consequently generates angular dependent magnetoresistance. The proposed mechanism of the magneto-Seebeck effect is proved by measuring the magnetoresistance at a parallel, 45o and perpendicular angle to the temperature gradient. The gradual change of the magnetoresistance from a parallel to perpendicular angle indicates that the Lorentz force is a key driving force to develop the magneto-Seebeck effect. Therefore, our experimental results demonstrate a magnetic approach to control the thermoelectric properties in organic materials.

  16. Release Kinetics of Nisin from Chitosan-Alginate Complex Films.

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    Chandrasekar, Vaishnavi; Coupland, John N; Anantheswaran, Ramaswamy C

    2016-10-01

    Understanding the release kinetics of antimicrobials from polymer films is important in the design of effective antimicrobial packaging films. The release kinetics of nisin (30 mg/film) from chitosan-alginate polyelectric complex films prepared using various fractions of alginate (33%, 50%, and 66%) was investigated into an aqueous release medium. Films containing higher alginate fractions showed significantly lower (P alginate concentration. The mechanism of diffusion of nisin from all films was found to be Fickian, and diffusion coefficients varied from 0.872 × 10(-9) to 8.034 ×10(-9) cm(2) /s. Strong complexation was confirmed between chitosan and alginate polymers within the films using isothermal titration calorimetry and viscosity studies, which affects swelling of films and subsequent nisin release. Complexation was also confirmed between nisin and alginate, which limited the amount of free nisin available for diffusion from films. These low-swelling biopolymer complexes have potential to be used as antimicrobial packaging films with sustained nisin release characteristics. © 2016 Institute of Food Technologists®.

  17. IMPEDANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF POLYFURAN FILMS

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    Liang Li; Xiao-bo Wan; Gi Xue

    2002-01-01

    Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was first used for the characterization of polyfuran (PFu) films that had been formed electrochemically on an Au electrode. The polyfuran was measured in high oxidation state, intermediate oxidation state and reduction state, respectively. As the oxidation level is increased, the ionic conductivity of PFu/BF4-increases. And impedance studies on PFu show that the anion BF4- appears to be mobile with a high diffusion coefficient of approximately 10-8 cm2 @ s-1.

  18. Control of an interfacial MoSe2 layer in Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin film solar cells: 8.9% power conversion efficiency with a TiN diffusion barrier

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    Shin, Byungha; Zhu, Yu; Bojarczuk, Nestor A.; Jay Chey, S.; Guha, Supratik

    2012-07-01

    We have examined Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) solar cells prepared by thermal co-evaporation on Mo-coated glass substrates followed by post-deposition annealing under Se ambient. We show that the control of an interfacial MoSe2 layer thickness and the introduction of an adequate Se partial pressure (PSe) during annealing are essential to achieve high efficiency CZTSe solar cells—a reverse correlation between device performance and MoSe2 thickness is observed, and insufficient PSe leads to the formation of defects within the bandgap as revealed by photoluminescence measurements. Using a TiN diffusion barrier, we demonstrate 8.9% efficiency CZTSe devices with a long lifetime of photo-generated carriers.

  19. Modeling Tear Film Evaporation and Breakup with Duplex Films

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    Stapf, Michael; Braun, Richard; Begley, Carolyn; Driscoll, Tobin; King-Smith, Peter Ewen

    2015-11-01

    Tear film thinning, hyperosmolarity, and breakup can irritate and damage the ocular surface. Recent research hypothesizes deficiencies in the lipid layer may cause locally increased evaporation, inducing conditions for breakup. We consider a model for team film evolution incorporating two mobile fluid layers, the aqueous and lipid layers. In addition, we include the effects of salt concentration, osmosis, evaporation as modified by the lipid layer, and the polar portion of the lipid layer. Numerically solving the resulting model, we explore the conditions for tear film breakup and analyze the response of the system to changes in our parameters. Our studies indicate sufficiently fast peak values or sufficiently wide areas of evaporation promote TBU, as does diffusion of solutes. In addition, the Marangoni effect representing polar lipids dominates viscous dissipation from the non-polar lipid layer in the model. This work was supported in part by NSF grant 1412085 and NIH grant 1R01EY021794.

  20. Chitosan–silver oxide nanocomposite film: Preparation and antimicrobial activity

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    Shipra Tripathi; G K Mehrotra; P K Dutta

    2011-02-01

    The chitosan–silver oxide encapsulated nanocomposite film was prepared by solution casting method. The prepared film was characterized by FTIR, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermal studies, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The elemental composition of the film was studied by energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX). The antibacterial activity of the composite film against pathogenic bacteria viz. Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa was measured by agar diffusion method. Our observations suggest that chitosan as biomaterial based nanocomposite film containing silver oxide has an excellent antibacterial ability for food packaging applications.

  1. International Film Festivals for the Benefit for Whom?

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    Strandgaard Pedersen, Jesper; Mazza, Carmelo

    2011-01-01

    of these cities establish their own film festivals in an lready saturated field of international film festivals? The focus is on the strategic responses and work made by two late adopters of film festivals – Copenhagen and Rome and their international film festivals, CIFF and ‘Festa del Cinema di Roma’ (FCR......). The comparative case study is based on qualitative data and methods. It investigates how the two festivals establish, legitimate and position themselves within the existing, institutionalised field of international film festivals. Combining the classical work on early and late adopters in the diffusion of ideas...

  2. Diffusion of limonene in polyethylene.

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    Limm, W; Begley, T H; Lickly, T; Hentges, S G

    2006-07-01

    Diffusion coefficients of limonene in various linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) resins have been determined from sorption data using a thermogravimetric methodology. From these data, one can determine whether polymer synthesis parameters such as the choice of catalytic process or co-monomer result in substantial differences in how much food packaging additives might migrate to food. For example, LLDPE is currently manufactured using either one of two distinct catalytic processes: Ziegler-Natta (ZN) and metallocene, a single-site catalyst. ZN catalysis is a heterogeneous process that has dominated polyolefin synthesis over the last half-century. It involves a transition metal compound containing a metal-carbon bond that can handle repeated insertion of olefin units. In contrast, metallocene catalysis has fewer than 20 years of history, but has generated much interest due to its ability to produce highly stereospecific polymers at a very high yield. In addition to high stereospecificity, metallocene-catalysed polymers are significantly lower in polydispersity than traditional ZN counterparts. Absorption and desorption testing of heat-pressed films made from LLDPE and LDPE resins of varying processing parameters indicates that diffusion coefficients of limonene in these resins do not change substantially.

  3. Photoacoustic ultrasound sources from diffusion-limited aggregates

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    Patel, Krutik; Brubaker, Morgan; Kotlerman, Alexander; Salazar, Robert; Wolf, Eli; Weld, David M.

    2016-10-01

    Metallic diffusion-limited aggregate (DLA) films are well-known to exhibit near-perfect broadband optical absorption. We demonstrate that such films also manifest a substantial and relatively material-independent photoacoustic response, as a consequence of their random nanostructure. We theoretically and experimentally analyze the photoacoustic phenomena in DLA films and show that they can be used to create broadband air-coupled acoustic sources. These sources are inexpensive and simple to fabricate and work into the ultrasonic regime. We illustrate the device possibilities by building and testing an optically addressed acoustic phased array capable of producing virtually arbitrary acoustic intensity patterns in air.

  4. Direct induction of molecular alignment in liquid crystal polymer network film by photopolymerization

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    Hisano, K.; Aizawa, M.; Ishizu, M.; Kurata, Y.; Shishido, A.

    2016-09-01

    Liquid crystal (LC) is the promising material for the fabrication of high-performance soft, flexible devices. The fascinating and useful properties arise from their cooperative effect that inherently allows the macroscopic integration and control of molecular alignment through various external stimuli. To date, light-matter interaction is the most attractive stimuli and researchers developed photoalignment through photochemical or photophysical reactions triggered by linearly polarized light. Here we show the new choice based on molecular diffusion by photopolymerization. We found that photopolymerization of a LC monomer and a crosslinker through a photomask enables to direct molecular alignment in the resultant LC polymer network film. The key generating the molecular alignment is molecular diffusion due to the difference of chemical potentials between irradiated and unirradiated regions. This concept is applicable to various shapes of photomask and two-dimensional molecular alignments can be fabricated depending on the spatial design of photomask. By virtue of the inherent versatility of molecular diffusion in materials, the process would shed light on the fabrication of various high-performance flexible materials with molecular alignment having controlled patterns.

  5. Thermodynamic cost of external control

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    Barato, Andre C.; Seifert, Udo

    2017-07-01

    Artificial molecular machines are often driven by the periodic variation of an external parameter. This external control exerts work on the system of which a part can be extracted as output if the system runs against an applied load. Usually, the thermodynamic cost of the process that generates the external control is ignored. Here, we derive a refined second law for such small machines that include this cost, which is, for example, generated by free energy consumption of a chemical reaction that modifies the energy landscape for such a machine. In the limit of irreversible control, this refined second law becomes the standard one. Beyond this ideal limiting case, our analysis shows that due to a new entropic term unexpected regimes can occur: the control work can be smaller than the extracted work and the work required to generate the control can be smaller than this control work. Our general inequalities are illustrated by a paradigmatic three-state system.

  6. Leveraging External Sources of Innovation

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    West, Joel; Bogers, Marcel

    2014-01-01

    This paper reviews research on open innovation that considers how and why firms commercialize external sources of innovations. It examines both the “outside-in” and “coupled” modes of open innovation. From an analysis of prior research on how firms leverage external sources of innovation...... cited work beyond those journals. A review of 291 open innovation-related publications from these sources shows that the majority of these articles indeed address elements of this inbound open innovation process model. Specifically, it finds that researchers have front-loaded their examination...... external innovations create value rather than how firms capture value from those innovations. Finally, the interaction phase considers both feedback for the linear process and reciprocal innovation processes such as cocreation, network collaboration, and community innovation. This review and synthesis...

  7. Demens Film

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    Ridder, Hanne Mette Ochsner

    2012-01-01

    I forbindelse med opstarten af Demens Film projektet har der været nedsat en ekspertgruppe, som er kommet med en række anbefalinger omkring film til mennesker med demens. Anbefalingerne skal bruges i de næste faser af projektet. Deltagerne i ekspertgruppen var sammensat af en bred gruppe...... fagpersoner inde for forskellige fagområder. Læs mere om gruppens anbefalinger og sammensætning af ekspertgruppen i den kort rapport som er offentlig tilgængelig. Læs Ekspertgruppe anbefalingerne til Demens Film projekt....

  8. Structure evolution on annealing of copper-doped carbon film

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    Onoprienko, A.A. [Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 3 Krzhyzhanovsky St., 03142 Kiev (Ukraine)]. E-mail: onopr@ipms.kiev.ua; Danilenko, N.I. [Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 3 Krzhyzhanovsky St., 03142 Kiev (Ukraine); Kossko, I.A. [Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 3 Krzhyzhanovsky St., 03142 Kiev (Ukraine)

    2007-06-13

    Thin copper-doped (8 at.% Cu) carbon film was deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering of composite graphite/copper target in argon plasma. The evolution of film structure on annealing at 600 deg. C in a vacuum has been studied by transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction. The as-deposited film was amorphous with copper atoms uniformly distributed over the film volume. Annealing resulted in precipitation of copper particles within carbon film followed by the decrease in the density of copper particles and increase in particle average size with annealing time due to diffusion coalescence within the ensemble of copper particles. The coalescence occurred by the mixed mechanism of bulk and surface diffusion of copper atoms within carbon film that contained a large number of structural defects. As a result, the mean radius of copper particles in ensemble changed as R-bar {sup 5} {approx} t.

  9. Stress in and texture of PVD deposited metal nitride films

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    Machunze, R.

    2010-01-01

    Thin metal nitride films deposited by Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) are used amongst many other applications as wear protective coatings in tool industry or as diffusion barriers in integrated circuit technology. Typically these films exhibit a residual in-plane stress when deposited onto rigid su

  10. Sliding drops in the diffuse interface model coupled to hydrodynamics.

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    Thiele, U; Velarde, M G; Neuffer, K; Bestehorn, M; Pomeau, Y

    2001-12-01

    Using a film thickness evolution equation derived recently combining long-wave approximation and diffuse interface theory [L. M. Pismen and Y. Pomeau, Phys. Rev. E 62, 2480 (2000)] we study one-dimensional surface profiles for a thin film on an inclined plane. We discuss stationary flat film and periodic solutions including their linear stability. Flat sliding drops are identified as universal profiles, whose main properties do not depend on mean film thickness. The flat drops are analyzed in detail, especially how their velocity, advancing and receding dynamic contact angles and plateau thicknesses depend on the inclination of the plane. A study of nonuniversal drops shows the existence of a dynamical wetting transition with hysteresis between droplike solutions and a flat film with small amplitude nonlinear waves.

  11. Metric diffusion along foliations

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    Walczak, Szymon M

    2017-01-01

    Up-to-date research in metric diffusion along compact foliations is presented in this book. Beginning with fundamentals from the optimal transportation theory and the theory of foliations; this book moves on to cover Wasserstein distance, Kantorovich Duality Theorem, and the metrization of the weak topology by the Wasserstein distance. Metric diffusion is defined, the topology of the metric space is studied and the limits of diffused metrics along compact foliations are discussed. Essentials on foliations, holonomy, heat diffusion, and compact foliations are detailed and vital technical lemmas are proved to aide understanding. Graduate students and researchers in geometry, topology and dynamics of foliations and laminations will find this supplement useful as it presents facts about the metric diffusion along non-compact foliation and provides a full description of the limit for metrics diffused along foliation with at least one compact leaf on the two dimensions.

  12. Polymer surfaces, interfaces and thin films

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    Stamm, M. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Polymerforschung, Mainz (Germany)

    1996-11-01

    Neutron reflectometry can be used in various ways to investigate surfaces, interfaces and thin films of polymers. Its potential comes mostly from the possibilities offered by selective deuteration, where a particular component can be made visible with respect to its activity at the interface. In addition the depth resolution is much better than with most other direct techniques, and details of the profiles may be resolved. Several examples will be discussed including the segment diffusion at the interface between two polymer films, the determination of the narrow interfaces between incompatible polymer blends and the development of order in thin diblock copolymer films. (author) 10 figs., 2 tabs., 38 refs.

  13. Piezoelectric Film.

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    Garrison, Steve

    1992-01-01

    Presents activities that utilize piezoelectric film to familiarize students with fundamental principles of electricity. Describes classroom projects involving chemical sensors, microbalances, microphones, switches, infrared sensors, and power generation. (MDH)

  14. Polymer films

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    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2004-05-25

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  15. Polymer films

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    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2008-12-30

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  16. Relaxation in Thin Polymer Films Mapped across the Film Thickness by Astigmatic Single-Molecule Imaging

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    Oba, Tatsuya

    2012-06-19

    We have studied relaxation processes in thin supported films of poly(methyl acrylate) at the temperature corresponding to 13 K above the glass transition by monitoring the reorientation of single perylenediimide molecules doped into the films. The axial position of the dye molecules across the thickness of the film was determined with a resolution of 12 nm by analyzing astigmatic fluorescence images. The average relaxation times of the rotating molecules do not depend on the overall thickness of the film between 20 and 110 nm. The relaxation times also do not show any dependence on the axial position within the films for the film thickness between 70 and 110 nm. In addition to the rotating molecules we observed a fraction of spatially diffusing molecules and completely immobile molecules. These molecules indicate the presence of thin (<5 nm) high-mobility surface layer and low-mobility layer at the interface with the substrate. (Figure presented) © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  17. Phosphorous and aluminum gettering in Silicon-Film{trademark} Product II material

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    Cotter, J.E.; Barnett, A.M.; Hall, R.B. [AstroPower, Inc., Newark, DE (United States)] [and others

    1995-08-01

    Gettering processes are being developed for the Silicon-Film{trademark} Product II solar cell structure. These processes have been developed specifically for films of silicon grown on dissimilar substrates with barrier layers. Gettering with both phosphorous- and aluminum-based processing sequences has resulted in enhancement of minority carrier diffusion length. Long diffusion lengths have allowed the characterization of light trapping in thin films of silicon grown on barrier-coated substrates.

  18. Preparation and characterization of gelatin/cerium(Ⅲ) film

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    黄崇军; 黄雅钦; 田娜; 童元建; 殷瑞贤

    2010-01-01

    A novel gelatin film with antibacterial activity was prepared by electrostatic crosslinking using cerium (Ⅲ) nitrate hexahydrate as the crosslinking agent. The structure and properties of the films were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectra, tensile tests, thermogravimetric analysis, static drop contact angle and disc diffusion method. The results showed that cross-linking could not only improve the thermal and mechanical properties and lower the hydrophilic property of the films, but also make...

  19. Diffusion formalism and applications

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    Dattagupta, Sushanta

    2013-01-01

    Within a unifying framework, Diffusion: Formalism and Applications covers both classical and quantum domains, along with numerous applications. The author explores the more than two centuries-old history of diffusion, expertly weaving together a variety of topics from physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology. The book examines the two distinct paradigms of diffusion-physical and stochastic-introduced by Fourier and Laplace and later unified by Einstein in his groundbreaking work on Brownian motion. The author describes the role of diffusion in probability theory and stochastic calculus and

  20. Inpainting using airy diffusion

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    Lorduy Hernandez, Sara

    2015-09-01

    One inpainting procedure based on Airy diffusion is proposed, implemented via Maple and applied to some digital images. Airy diffusion is a partial differential equation with spatial derivatives of third order in contrast with the usual diffusion with spatial derivatives of second order. Airy diffusion generates the Airy semigroup in terms of the Airy functions which can be rewritten in terms of Bessel functions. The Airy diffusion can be used to smooth an image with the corresponding noise elimination via convolution. Also the Airy diffusion can be used to erase objects from an image. We build an algorithm using the Maple package ImageTools and such algorithm is tested using some images. Our results using Airy diffusion are compared with the similar results using standard diffusion. We observe that Airy diffusion generates powerful filters for image processing which could be incorporated in the usual packages for image processing such as ImageJ and Photoshop. Also is interesting to consider the possibility to incorporate the Airy filters as applications for smartphones and smart-glasses.

  1. Antimicrobial activity of nisin incorporated in pectin and polylactic acid composite films against Listeria monocytogenes

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    Extruded composite films from 20% pectin and 80% polylactic acids (PLA) were developed and nisin was loaded into films by a diffusion post extrusion. Inhibitory activities of the films against Listeria monocytogenes were evaluated in brain heart infusion (BHI) broth, liquid egg white and orange juic...

  2. Optimal Auctions with Financial Externalities

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    Maasland, E.; Onderstal, A.M.

    2002-01-01

    We construct optimal auctions when bidders face financial externalities.In a Coasean World, in which the seller cannot prevent a perfect resale market, nor withhold the object, the lowest-price all-pay auction is optimal.In a Myersonean World, in which the seller can both prevent resale after the au

  3. Organizing for External Knowledge Sourcing

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    Rabbiosi, Larissa; Reichstein, Toke

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this article is to provide an introduction to the special issue. We briefly consider the external knowledge sourcing and organizing for innovation literatures, which offer a background for the special issue, and we highlight their mutual dialogue. We then illustrate the main findings...

  4. Measuring Externalities in Program Evaluation

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    Janssens, Wendy

    2005-01-01

    Impact evaluations of development programmes usually focus on a comparison of participants with a control group. However, if the programme generates externalities for non-participants such an approach will capture only part of the programme's impact. Based on a unique large-scale quantitative survey

  5. Lupus vulgaris of external nose.

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    Bhandary, Satheesh Kumar; Ranganna, B Usha

    2008-12-01

    Lupus vulgaris is the commonest form of cutaneous tuberculosis which commonly involve trunk and buttocks. Lupus vulgaris affecting nose and face, are rarely reported in India. This study reports an unusual case of lupus vulgaris involving the external nose that showed dramatic outcome after six months of anti- tubercular treatment.

  6. [Treatment by external insulin pump].

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    Clavel, Sylvaine

    2010-12-01

    Since the recent recommendations by the French speaking association for research on diabetes and metabolic illnesses (Alfediam), treatment by insulin pump has found itself in competition with basal-bolus, a procedure using similar injections of insulin which has become a benchmark treatment. The latest Alfediam guidelines focus on defining ways of treating diabetics with an external insulin pump.

  7. Matchings with Externalities and Attitudes

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    Branzei, Simina; Michalak, Tomasz; Rahwan, Talal;

    2013-01-01

    Two-sided matchings are an important theoretical tool used to model markets and social interactions. In many real-life problems the utility of an agent is influenced not only by their own choices, but also by the choices that other agents make. Such an influence is called an externality. Whereas ...

  8. Post-external dacryocystorhinostomy lagophthalmos.

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    Odat, Thabit A; Odat, Haitham A; Khraisat, Heba; Odat, Mohannad A; Alzoubi, Firas Q

    2015-06-01

    To describe lagophthalmos and eyelid closure abnormality after external dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). A retrospective review of medical records and postoperative photographs of 79 patients who underwent external DCR for nasolacrimal duct obstruction and developed eyelid closure abnormality and lagophthalmos with or without exposure keratopathy was conducted. Collected data included age, sex, indication for surgery, laterality, length and type of incision, length of follow-up duration, presence of punctate epithelial keratopathy, and time for resolution of eyelid closure abnormalities. Twenty-seven patients with 28 external dacryocystorhinostomy had postoperative eyelid closure abnormalities. Male to female ratio was 1:6. The mean age was 40.1 years (range 9-80 years). All surgeries were performed through diagonal skin incision. Lagophthalmos involving the medial third of the palpebral fissure was noticed in 28.6 % of cases. All patients had hypometric blink mainly of the upper eyelid. One patient had punctate epithelial keratopathy. Resolution of lagophthalmos was noticed over a period of 1-5 weeks with an average of 3 weeks. None of the patients continued to have residual hypometric blink or punctate keratopathy at the last follow-up time. The mean follow-up period was 4.2 months (range 3-6 months). Eyelid closure abnormality and lagophthalmos after external DCR are underestimated problems. Spontaneous resolution is seen in all cases weeks to months after surgery.

  9. Femoral Reconstruction Using External Fixation

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    Yevgeniy Palatnik

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The use of an external fixator for the purpose of distraction osteogenesis has been applied to a wide range of orthopedic problems caused by such diverse etiologies as congenital disease, metabolic conditions, infections, traumatic injuries, and congenital short stature. The purpose of this study was to analyze our experience of utilizing this method in patients undergoing a variety of orthopedic procedures of the femur. Methods. We retrospectively reviewed our experience of using external fixation for femoral reconstruction. Three subgroups were defined based on the primary reconstruction goal lengthening, deformity correction, and repair of nonunion/bone defect. Factors such as leg length discrepancy (LLD, limb alignment, and external fixation time and complications were evaluated for the entire group and the 3 subgroups. Results. There was substantial improvement in the overall LLD, femoral length discrepancy, and limb alignment as measured by mechanical axis deviation (MAD and lateral distal femoral angle (LDFA for the entire group as well as the subgroups. Conclusions. The Ilizarov external fixator allows for decreased surgical exposure and preservation of blood supply to bone, avoidance of bone grafting and internal fixation, and simultaneous lengthening and deformity correction, making it a very useful technique for femoral reconstruction.

  10. Solution-diffusion with defects model for pressure-assisted forward osmosis

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    Duan, Jintang

    2014-11-01

    An osmosis transport model is presented that combines the standard internal and external concentration polarization equations in the forward osmosis (FO) field with the selective layer transport equations first proposed by Sherwood in 1967. The Sherwood model describes water flux as the sum of a solute-selective, diffusive component driven by the sum of osmotic pressure and hydraulic pressure differences, and a nonselective, convective component driven by hydraulic pressure difference only. This solution-diffusion with defects (SDWD) model and the solution-diffusion (SD) model were compared against data collected using polyamide thin-film-composite (PA-TFC) and integrally-skinned asymmetric cellulose triacetate (CTA) membranes, evaluated in various configurations. When tested with pure water on the porous support side and 1.5. M (π=72.7. bar) sodium chloride solution on the selective layer side, applying 1.25. bar of hydraulic pressure to the porous support side increased water flux by an order of magnitude for PA-TFC membranes, but had negligible effect on CTA membrane flux. These large flux variations can be explained by the SDWD model, but not the SD model. To confirm the existence of defects, a PA-TFC membrane was coated with a uniform, highly water-permeable, nonselective polymer. After coating to block convection through defects, the influence of hydraulic pressure on water flux through this membrane essentially disappeared. Water flux through these defects is low (<1% of total water flux for PA-TFC membranes) and of little consequence in practical FO or reverse osmosis (RO) applications. But in pressure-assisted forward osmosis (PAFO) or pressure-retarded osmosis (PRO), convective transport through defects affects the solute concentration difference across the membrane selective layer, increasing or decreasing water flux through defect-free regions. The presence of defects may explain why membrane power density in PRO is lower than that predicted based on

  11. Diffusion Dynamics of Cux Cluster on Cu(111) Surface

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    Jian-feng Tang; Mai-chang Xu; Xue-song Li; Wo-yun Long

    2008-01-01

    The diffusion dynamics of small two-dimensional atomic clusters Cux(1≤x≤8) on Cu(111) surface were studied using the molecular dynamics simulations and a modified analytic embedded-atom method in the temperature range from 200 K to 800 K.The cluster size and temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficients and migration energies are presented.Our simulations show that the diffusion migration energy of the Cu7 cluster is the highest and the prefactor for the CuT cluster is almost three orders of magnitude larger than that for single atom diffusion.This conclusion is consistent with the experimental results for similar metals.In addition,the dependence of cluster diffusion on film growth is also discussed.

  12. Physarum machines: encapsulating reaction-diffusion to compute spanning tree

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2007-12-01

    The Physarum machine is a biological computing device, which employs plasmodium of Physarum polycephalum as an unconventional computing substrate. A reaction-diffusion computer is a chemical computing device that computes by propagating diffusive or excitation wave fronts. Reaction-diffusion computers, despite being computationally universal machines, are unable to construct certain classes of proximity graphs without the assistance of an external computing device. I demonstrate that the problem can be solved if the reaction-diffusion system is enclosed in a membrane with few ‘growth points’, sites guiding the pattern propagation. Experimental approximation of spanning trees by P. polycephalum slime mold demonstrates the feasibility of the approach. Findings provided advance theory of reaction-diffusion computation by enriching it with ideas of slime mold computation.

  13. Direct Measurement of the Triplet Exciton Diffusion Length in Organic Semiconductors

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    Mikhnenko, Oleksandr V.; Ruiter, Roald; Blom, Paul W. M.; Loi, Maria Antonietta

    2012-01-01

    We present a new method to measure the triplet exciton diffusion length in organic semiconductors. N,N'-di-[(1-naphthyl)-N,N'-diphenyl]-1,1'-biphenyl-4,4'-diamine (NPD) has been used as a model system. Triplet excitons are injected into a thin film of NPD by a phosphorescent thin film, which is opti

  14. Thermal design of the Space Shuttle External Tank

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    Warmbrod, J. D.; Vaniman, J. L.; Elam, B. F.

    1981-01-01

    The history of the engineering and manufacturing requirements leading to the final Thermal Protection System (TPS) for the External Tank (ET) is presented. The thermal design for the ET must be optimized, based on considerations of cost, weight, and application of the TPS. The significant thermal requirements include the structural and component temperature limits, the propellant quality, the minimization of ice and frost, no air liquefaction, and no film boiling. The TPS materials selected to meet the requirements are a low density closed cell foam (CPR-488) and two light-weight ablators (SLA-56 and MA-25s). The first four flights of the Space Shuttle (1981) will measure and evaluate external environmental, structural, propulsion, electrical, and engine performance data. The ET will be instrumented to measure acoustics, pressures, heat transfer, vibration, temperatures, and structural strains. TPS weight reductions are planned for future ETs through the use of a comprehensive thermal instrumentation system.

  15. Teeth characterization using external PIGE-PIXE measurements

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    Rizzutto, M.A.; Added, N.; Liguori Neto, R.; Machado, L.P.; Tabacniks, M.H.; Acquadro, J.C. [Universidade de Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Vilela, M.M. [Universidade de Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Eletrotecnica; Oliveira, T.R.C.F.; Markarian, R.A.; Mori, M. [Universidade de Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Odontologia

    2001-07-01

    An external PIGE-PIXE setup was installed in the Open Nuclear Physics Laboratory (LAFN) at the 8 MV tandem Pelletron accelerator, aiming to use a proton beam to probe samples. Specific characteristics of the accelerator allowed to set the beam energy high enough as to get an acceptable gamma ray yield but not too high as to prevent from measuring X-rays. The energetic proton beam also allowed to use a thick aluminium exit window (0.5 mm) instead of the usual thin plastic windows, since there is no need for a true monoenergetic beam or even keeping beam straggling low. A crossed laser beam was used for positioning the samples on a XYZ table. The external PIXE-PIGE system is being used to analyse archaeological, biological, thin films and thick metallic samples. Results for the characterization of cattle, swine and human teeth show significant differences in the composition of the trace elements (author)

  16. Phase diffusion in a Bose-Einstein condensate of light

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    De Leeuw, A. W.; Van Der Wurff, E. C I; Duine, R. A.; Stoof, H. T C

    2014-01-01

    We study phase diffusion in a Bose-Einstein condensate of light in a dye-filled optical microcavity, i.e., the spreading of the probability distribution for the condensate phase. To observe this phenomenon, we propose an interference experiment between the condensed photons and an external laser. We

  17. Impurity Diffusion Coefficients of Al and Zn in Mg Determined from Solid-to-Solid Diffusion Couples

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    Kammerer, Catherine [University of Central Florida, Orlando; Kulkarni, Nagraj S [ORNL; Warmack, Robert J Bruce [ORNL; Perry, Kelly A [ORNL; Belova, Irina [University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia; Murch, Prof. Graeme [University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia; Sohn, Yong Ho [University of Central Florida

    2013-08-01

    Increasing use and development of lightweight Mgalloys have led to the desire for more fundamental research in and understanding of Mg-based systems. As property enhancing components, Al and Zn are two of the most important and common alloying elements for Mg-alloys. We have investigated the concentration dependent interdiffusion of Al and Zn in Mg using diffusion couples of pure polycrystalline Mg mated to Mg solid solutions containing either <9 at.% Al or <3 at.% Zn. Concentration profiles were determined by electron micro-probe microanalysis of the diffusion zone. The interdiffusion coefficients were determined by the classical Boltzmann-Matano method within the Mg solid solution. As the concentration of Al or Zn approaches the dilute ends, we employ an analytical approach based on the Hall method to estimate the impurity diffusion coefficients. Results of Al and Zn impurity diffusion in Mg are reported and compared to published impurity diffusion coefficients typically determined by thin film techniques.

  18. Diffusion Based Photon Mapping

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    Schjøth, Lars; Olsen, Ole Fogh; Sporring, Jon

    2006-01-01

    . To address this problem we introduce a novel photon mapping algorithm based on nonlinear anisotropic diffusion. Our algorithm adapts according to the structure of the photon map such that smoothing occurs along edges and structures and not across. In this way we preserve the important illumination features......, while eliminating noise. We call our method diffusion based photon mapping....

  19. Diffusion Based Photon Mapping

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    Schjøth, Lars; Fogh Olsen, Ole; Sporring, Jon

    2007-01-01

    . To address this problem we introduce a novel photon mapping algorithm based on nonlinear anisotropic diffusion. Our algorithm adapts according to the structure of the photon map such that smoothing occurs along edges and structures and not across. In this way we preserve the important illumination features......, while eliminating noise. We call our method diffusion based photon mapping....

  20. Bronnen van diffuse bodembelasting

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    Lijzen JPA; Ekelenkamp A; LBG; DGM/BO

    1995-01-01

    Ten behoeve van het preventieve bodembeleid was onvoldoende duidelijk welke bijdrage diverse bronnen leveren aan diffuse bodembelasting. Doel van deze inventarisatie was beschikbare kennis over diffuse bodembelasting te bundelen en kennis-lacunes aan te geven. Nevendoel is het beschrijven van de