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  1. A cooperative fast annealing coevolutionary algorithm for protein motif extraction

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    CHEN Chao; TIAN YuanXin; ZOU XiaoYong; CAI PeiXiang; MO JinYuan

    2007-01-01

    By integrating the cooperative approach with the fast annealing coevolutionary algorithm (FAEA), a so-called cooperative fast annealing coevolutionary algorithm (CFACA) is presented in this paper for the purpose of solving high-dimensional problems. After the partition of the search space in CFACA, each smaller one is then searched by a separate FAEA. The fitness function is evaluated by combining sub-solutions found by each of the FAEAs. It demonstrates that the CFACA outperforms the FAEA in the domain of function optimization, especially in terms of convergence rate. The current algorithm is also applied to a real optimization problem of protein motif extraction. And a satisfactory result has been obtained with the accuracy of prediction achieving 67.0%, which is in agreement with the result in the PROSITE database.

  2. Defects in Fast-Neutron Irradiated Nitrogen-Doped Czochralski Silicon after Annealing at High Temperature

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    2006-01-01

    Fast-neutron irradiated nitrogen-doped Czochralski silicon (NCZ-Si) was annealed at 1100 ℃ for different time, then FTIR and optical microscope were used to study the behavior of oxygen. It is found that [Oi] increase at the early stage then decrease along with the increasing of anneal time. High density induced-defects can be found in the cleavage plane. By comparing NCZ-Si with Czochralski silicon (CZ-Si), [Oi] in NCZ-Si decrease more after anneal 24 h.

  3. Note: Development of fast heating inert gas annealing apparatus operated at atmospheric pressure

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    Das, S. C.; Majumdar, A.; Shripathi, T.; Hippler, R.

    2012-04-01

    Here, we report the development of a simple, small, fast heating, and portable, homemade, inert gas (Ar) atmospheric annealing setup. Instead of using a conventional heating element, a commercial soldering rod having an encapsulated fast heating heater is used here. The sample holder is made of a block of stainless steel. It takes 200 s to reach 700 °C, and 10 min to cool down. The probability of oxidation or surface contamination has been examined by means of x ray photoelectron spectroscopy of virgin Cu sample after annealing at 600 °C. In addition, we compare the annealing of a hydrogenated carbon nitride film (HCNx) in both a conventional vacuum and our newly developed ambient Ar atmosphere setup.

  4. Development of fast heating electron beam annealing setup for ultra high vacuum chamber

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    Das, Sadhan Chandra; Majumdar, Abhijit; Katiyal, Sumant; Shripathi, T.; Hippler, R.

    2014-02-01

    We report the design and development of a simple, electrically low powered and fast heating versatile electron beam annealing setup (up to 1000 °C) working with ultra high vacuum (UHV) chamber for annealing thin films and multilayer structures. The important features of the system are constant temperature control in UHV conditions for the temperature range from room temperature to 1000 °C with sufficient power of 330 W, at constant vacuum during annealing treatment. It takes approximately 6 min to reach 1000 °C from room temperature (˜10-6 mbar) and 45 min to cool down without any extra cooling. The annealing setup consists of a UHV chamber, sample holder, heating arrangement mounted on suitable UHV electrical feed-through and electronic control and feedback systems to control the temperature within ±1 °C of set value. The outside of the vacuum chamber is cooled by cold air of 20 °C of air conditioning machine used for the laboratory, so that chamber temperature does not go beyond 50 °C when target temperature is maximum. The probability of surface oxidation or surface contamination during annealing is examined by means of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of virgin Cu sample annealed at 1000 °C.

  5. Fast and accurate protein substructure searching with simulated annealing and GPUs

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    Stivala Alex D

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Searching a database of protein structures for matches to a query structure, or occurrences of a structural motif, is an important task in structural biology and bioinformatics. While there are many existing methods for structural similarity searching, faster and more accurate approaches are still required, and few current methods are capable of substructure (motif searching. Results We developed an improved heuristic for tableau-based protein structure and substructure searching using simulated annealing, that is as fast or faster and comparable in accuracy, with some widely used existing methods. Furthermore, we created a parallel implementation on a modern graphics processing unit (GPU. Conclusions The GPU implementation achieves up to 34 times speedup over the CPU implementation of tableau-based structure search with simulated annealing, making it one of the fastest available methods. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first application of a GPU to the protein structural search problem.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of Ar-annealed zinc oxide nanostructures

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    Narayanan Kuthirummal

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured zinc oxide samples were synthesized through CVD and annealed in argon. The samples were investigated using SEM, TEM, XRD, and UV/VIS/FTIR photoacoustic spectroscopy. The SEM/TEM images show relatively spherical particles that form elongated, connected domains post-anneal. XRD measurements indicate a typical wurtzite structure and reveal an increase in average grain size from 16.3 nm to 21.2 nm in Ar-annealed samples over pristine samples. Visible photoacoustic spectra reveal the contribution of defect levels on the absorption edge of the fundamental gap of zinc oxide. The steepness parameter of the absorption edge, which is inversely proportional to the width of the absorption edge, decreased from 0.1582 (pristine to 0.1539 (annealed for 90 minutes revealing increased density of defect states upon annealing. The FTIR photoacoustic spectra show an intense peak at 412 cm-1 and a shoulder at 504 cm-1 corresponding to the two transverse optical stretching modes of ZnO. These results may indicate a self-assembly mechanism upon anneal under Ar atmosphere leading to early-stage nanorod growth.

  7. Synthesis of ZnO nanocrystals in sapphire by ion implantation and vacuum annealing

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    Marques, C.; Franco, N.; Alves, L. C.; da Silva, R. C.; Alves, E.; Safran, G.; McHargue, C. J.

    2007-04-01

    The synthesis of embedded ZnO nanoparticles in m-cut sapphire was achieved through high fluence Zn ion implantation, 0.9 × 1017 cm-2 at room temperature, followed by annealing at 1000 °C in vacuum. In c-cut samples subjected to similar annealing conditions only buried precipitates of Zn form. TEM results in these samples show a high concentration of faceted precipitates distributed along the c-plane and the presence of Kirkendall voids distributed along the entire implanted region. In both cases a strong loss of Zn is observed upon annealing, which depends on the sapphire host orientation.

  8. Synthesis of ZnO nanocrystals in sapphire by ion implantation and vacuum annealing

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    Marques, C. [LFI, Dep. Fisica, Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Centro Fisica Nuclear da Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisbon (Portugal); Franco, N. [LFI, Dep. Fisica, Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Centro Fisica Nuclear da Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisbon (Portugal); Alves, L.C. [LFI, Dep. Fisica, Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Centro Fisica Nuclear da Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisbon (Portugal); Silva, R.C. da [LFI, Dep. Fisica, Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal) and Centro Fisica Nuclear da Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisbon (Portugal); Alves, E. [LFI, Dep. Fisica, Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal) and Centro Fisica Nuclear da Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisbon (Portugal)]. E-mail: ealves@itn.pt; Safran, G. [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); McHargue, C.J. [University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0750 (United States)

    2007-04-15

    The synthesis of embedded ZnO nanoparticles in m-cut sapphire was achieved through high fluence Zn ion implantation, 0.9 x 10{sup 17} cm{sup -2} at room temperature, followed by annealing at 1000 deg. C in vacuum. In c-cut samples subjected to similar annealing conditions only buried precipitates of Zn form. TEM results in these samples show a high concentration of faceted precipitates distributed along the c-plane and the presence of Kirkendall voids distributed along the entire implanted region. In both cases a strong loss of Zn is observed upon annealing, which depends on the sapphire host orientation.

  9. Annealing effects on the photoluminescence yield of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu nanoparticles produced by solution combustion synthesis

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    Jacobsohn, L.G., E-mail: luiz@clemson.ed [Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies, and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University, Anderson, SC 29625 (United States); Materials Science and Technology Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Tornga, S.C.; Bennett, B.L.; Muenchausen, R.E. [Materials Science and Technology Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Ugurlu, O. [Characterization Facility, Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Tseng, T.-K.; Choi, J.; Holloway, P.H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL 32611-6400 (United States)

    2010-03-15

    Post-synthesis annealing is commonly required to achieve intense luminescence from nanoparticles synthesized by means of the solution combustion synthesis (SCS) method. We carried out investigation to gain insight on the underpinning mechanisms related to this enhancement. Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu nanoparticles were prepared by SCS and characterized in their structure, crystallinity, crystallite size, photoluminescence (PL) and PL lifetime. After synthesis, samples were calcined at 500 {sup o}C for 4 h to eliminate organic residues, and annealed in air at 1000 {sup o}C for up to 180 min. The fast increase of PL intensity in the first {approx}15 min of annealing is understood by the decrease of the probability of non-radiative recombination through the elimination of quenching defects. This is in agreement with increasing crystallinity, as determined by the absolute intensity of the (222) and (440) diffraction peaks as a function of annealing time. The systematic measurements of crystallinity, crystallite size, PL intensity and lifetime as a function of annealing time carried out in this work supports the assignment of a major role to crystallization and the elimination of structural disorder on PL yield of SCS-prepared materials.

  10. Tunable cobalt nanoparticle synthesis by intense pulse flash annealing

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    Aaron Mosey

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Magnetically susceptible materials can serve as a basis for the directed assembly of nanoscale network devices which can be used to extract energy from phase change materials. So far, matrix production cost has been a prohibitive factor in the realization of real world applications. Here we report a cost-effective method to synthesize magnetic nanoparticles. Samples were fabricated by sputtering magnetic thin films on carbon nanotube substrates followed by xenon intense pulsed light flash annealing. The results indicate that spatially ordered magnetic spheres can be tuned by various parameters such as initial thin film thickness, xenon lamp exposure excitation energy, local surface geometries, and the presence of an external magnetic field during annealing.

  11. Tunable cobalt nanoparticle synthesis by intense pulse flash annealing

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    Mosey, Aaron; Gaire, Babu; Kim, Jeongwhan; Ryu, Jong Eun; Cheng, Ruihua

    2017-05-01

    Magnetically susceptible materials can serve as a basis for the directed assembly of nanoscale network devices which can be used to extract energy from phase change materials. So far, matrix production cost has been a prohibitive factor in the realization of real world applications. Here we report a cost-effective method to synthesize magnetic nanoparticles. Samples were fabricated by sputtering magnetic thin films on carbon nanotube substrates followed by xenon intense pulsed light flash annealing. The results indicate that spatially ordered magnetic spheres can be tuned by various parameters such as initial thin film thickness, xenon lamp exposure excitation energy, local surface geometries, and the presence of an external magnetic field during annealing.

  12. Nuclear techniques of analysis in diamond synthesis and annealing

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    Jamieson, D. N.; Prawer, S.; Gonon, P.; Walker, R.; Dooley, S.; Bettiol, A.; Pearce, J. [Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia). School of Physics

    1996-12-31

    Nuclear techniques of analysis have played an important role in the study of synthetic and laser annealed diamond. These measurements have mainly used ion beam analysis with a focused MeV ion beam in a nuclear microprobe system. A variety of techniques have been employed. One of the most important is nuclear elastic scattering, sometimes called non-Rutherford scattering, which has been used to accurately characterise diamond films for thickness and composition. This is possible by the use of a database of measured scattering cross sections. Recently, this work has been extended and nuclear elastic scattering cross sections for both natural boron isotopes have been measured. For radiation damaged diamond, a focused laser annealing scheme has been developed which produces near complete regrowth of MeV phosphorus implanted diamonds. In the laser annealed regions, proton induced x-ray emission has been used to show that 50 % of the P atoms occupy lattice sites. This opens the way to produce n-type diamond for microelectronic device applications. All these analytical applications utilize a focused MeV microbeam which is ideally suited for diamond analysis. This presentation reviews these applications, as well as the technology of nuclear techniques of analysis for diamond with a focused beam. 9 refs., 6 figs.

  13. Synthesis of copper nanoparticles in a fluoropolymer matrix by annealing in vacuum

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    Safonov, Alexey; Sulyaeva, Veronica; Timoshenko, Nikolay; Starinskiy, Sergey

    2017-07-01

    In this paper, a method for synthesizing copper nanoparticles in a fluoropolymer matrix is proposed which prevents the reduction in the plasmonic properties due to the oxidation of the metal. The basic idea of the proposed method of nanoparticle synthesis is to anneal of thin metal film coated with a thin layer of fluoropolymer. The morphology and optical properties of the resulting composites were determined. The optical properties remained unchanged after several months of storage under standard conditions.

  14. Synthesis of copper nanoparticles in a fluoropolymer matrix by annealing in vacuum

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    Safonov, Alexey, E-mail: safonov@itp.nsc.ru [Kutateladze Institute of Thermophysics SB RAS, Lavrentyev Ave. 1, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Sulyaeva, Veronica [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry SB RAS, Lavrentyev Ave. 3, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Timoshenko, Nikolay; Starinskiy, Sergey [Kutateladze Institute of Thermophysics SB RAS, Lavrentyev Ave. 1, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2017-07-12

    In this paper, a method for synthesizing copper nanoparticles in a fluoropolymer matrix is proposed which prevents the reduction in the plasmonic properties due to the oxidation of the metal. The basic idea of the proposed method of nanoparticle synthesis is to anneal of thin metal film coated with a thin layer of fluoropolymer. The morphology and optical properties of the resulting composites were determined. The optical properties remained unchanged after several months of storage under standard conditions. - Highlights: • The copper-fluoropolymer composites are obtained by a combination of GJD and HWCVD. • The annealing of thin Cu film covered with fluoropolymer leads to formation of NPs. • The dilution of the localized surface plasmon resonance due to oxidation was analyzed. • The plasmonic properties of the Cu NPs are saved in the fluoropolymer matrix. • The fluoropolymer matrix prevents oxidation of metal NPs.

  15. Photoluminescence profiles and fast/slow annealing effects of Eu(III)/Tb(III)-codoped silica phosphor materials.

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    Yoon, Hee Jung; Choi, Young In; Kang, Jun-Gill; Sohn, Youngku

    2016-05-01

    A silica (SiO2) nanoparticle matrix was codoped with luminescent Eu(III) and Tb(III) ions using a modified Stöber method. The effects of fast and slow thermal annealing on photoluminescence profile imaging were examined. Slow annealing treatment suppressed more quenching sites than fast thermal annealing to further increase the photoluminescence signals. The photoluminescence signals observed between 450 and 720 nm were assigned to the (5)D(0)  → (7)F(J) (J = 0,1,2,3,4) of Eu(III) and the (5)D(4)  → (7)F(J) (J = 6,5,4,3) transitions of Tb(III). Photoluminescence was largely sensitized by indirect excitation and was much stronger than that generated by direct excitation. The Eu(III) and Tb(III) ions were doped at lower symmetry sites in the silica matrix. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  16. A self-propagation high-temperature synthesis and annealing route to synthesis of wave-like boron nitride nanotubes

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    Wang, Jilin; Zhang, Laiping [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, 430073 (China); Gu, Yunle, E-mail: ncm@mail.wit.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, 430073 (China); Pan, Xinye; Zhao, Guowei; Zhang, Zhanhui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, 430073 (China)

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► Large quantities of wave-like BN nanotubes were synthesized by SHS-annealing method. ► The catalytic boron-containing porous precursor was produced by self-propagation high-temperature synthesis method. ► Three growth models were proposed to explain the growth mechanism of the wave-like BN nanotubes. - Abstract: Large quantities of boron nitride (BN) nanotubes were synthesized by annealing a catalytic boron-containing porous precursor in flowing NH{sub 3} gas at 1180 °C. The porous precursor was prepared by self-propagation high-temperature synthesis (SHS) method at 800 °C using Mg, B{sub 2}O{sub 3} and amorphous boron powder (α-B) as the starting materials. The porous precursor played an important role in large quantities synthesis of BN nanotubes. The as-synthesized product was characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR), Raman, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Characterization results indicated that the BN nanotubes displayed wave-like inner structures with diameters in the range of 50–300 nm and average lengths of more than 10 μm. The possible growth mechanism of the BN nanotubes was also discussed.

  17. Synthesis Mechanism and Strengthening Effects of Laminated NiAl by Reaction Annealing

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    Du, Yan; Fan, Guohua; Wang, Qingwei; Geng, Lin

    2017-01-01

    N iA l with a laminated microstructure has been fabricated by reaction annealing of Ni-Al system at 1473 K (1200 °C). The laminated NiAl shows heterogeneity of chemical gradient and bimodal grain size distribution. The objective of this study is to investigate the synthesis mechanism and the strengthening effect of this laminated NiAl, therefore to promote further application of NiAl as a high-temperature structural material. Heat treatments at 1473 K (1200 °C) and subsequent characterization were utilized to study the synthesis mechanism. It shows that in original Al regions NiAl nuclei precipitate from Al(Ni) liquid phase and form fine-grained NiAl layers, whereas in original Ni regions NiAl nuclei precipitate from Ni(Al) saturated solution through diffusion and form coarse-grained NiAl layers. Moreover, heterogeneity of chemical gradient is generated through diffusion during annealing. The mechanical properties of laminated NiAl have also been studied via nanoindentation method. It shows that both chemical gradient and bimodal grain size distribution could strengthen the laminated NiAl.

  18. The influence of ultra-fast annealing prior to quenching and partitioning on the microstructure and mechanical properties

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    De Knijf, Dorien, E-mail: doriendeknijf@hotmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, B-9052 Zwijnaarde, Ghent (Belgium); Puype, Athina [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, B-9052 Zwijnaarde, Ghent (Belgium); Föjer, Cecilia [ArcelorMittal Global R& D Gent, Pres. J. F. Kennedylaan 3, B-9060 Zelzate (Belgium); Petrov, Roumen [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, B-9052 Zwijnaarde, Ghent (Belgium); Department Material Science and Engineering, TUDelft, Mekelweg 2, NL-2628 CD Delft (Netherlands)

    2015-03-11

    The microstructural evolution of a Quenching and Partitioning (Q&P) steel after ultra-fast annealing (UFA) was studied and correlated with the obtained mechanical properties. The shift of the transformation temperatures with increasing heating rates was shown by dilatometric experiments. The influence of the heating rate on the carbide precipitation and texture was evaluated. A remarkable refinement of the prior austenite grain size is observed resulting in a better combination of strength, ductility and fracture behavior compared to conventionally used heating rates.

  19. Inkjet Printing With In Situ Fast Annealing For Patterned Multilayer Deposition

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    Boulfrad, Samir

    2013-12-05

    Patterned multilayer films, such as those used in electronic devices, solar cells, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), and solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) may be deposited and annealed in a single tool. The tool includes an inkjet printer head, a heater, and a laser. The inkjet printer head deposits on a substrate either suspended particles of a functional material or solvated precursors of a functional material. The head is mounted on a support that allows the head to scan the substrate by moving along the support in a first direction and moving the support along a second direction. After the head deposits the material the heater evaporates solvent from substrate, and the depositing and heating may be repeated one or more times to form a patterned multilayer material. Then, a laser, microwave, and/or Joule effect heating device may be used to anneal the multilayer material to a desired pattern and crystalline state.

  20. Study on Multi-stream Heat Exchanger Network Synthesis with Parallel Genetic/Simulated Annealing Algorithm

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    魏关锋; 姚平经; LUOXing; ROETZELWilfried

    2004-01-01

    The multi-stream heat exchanger network synthesis (HENS) problem can be formulated as a mixed integer nonlinear programming model according to Yee et al. Its nonconvexity nature leads to existence of more than one optimum and computational difficulty for traditional algorithms to find the global optimum. Compared with deterministic algorithms, evolutionary computation provides a promising approach to tackle this problem. In this paper, a mathematical model of multi-stream heat exchangers network synthesis problem is setup. Different from the assumption of isothermal mixing of stream splits and thus linearity constraints of Yee et al., non-isothermal mixing is supported. As a consequence, nonlinear constraints are resulted and nonconvexity of the objective function is added. To solve the mathematical model, an algorithm named GA/SA (parallel genetic/simulated annealing algorithm) is detailed for application to the multi-stream heat exchanger network synthesis problem. The performance of the proposed approach is demonstrated with three examples and the obtained solutions indicate the presented approach is effective for multi-stream HENS.

  1. Synthesis of graphene and graphene nanostructures by ion implantation and pulsed laser annealing

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    Wang, Xiaotie; Berke, Kara; Rudawski, Nicholas G.; Venkatachalam, Dinesh K.; Elliman, Robert G.; Fridmann, Joel; Hebard, Arthur F.; Ren, Fan; Gila, Brent P.; Appleton, Bill R.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, we report a systematic study that shows how the numerous processing parameters associated with ion implantation (II) and pulsed laser annealing (PLA) can be manipulated to control the quantity and quality of graphene (G), few-layer graphene (FLG), and other carbon nanostructures selectively synthesized in crystalline SiC (c-SiC). Controlled implantations of Si- plus C- and Au+ ions in c-SiC showed that both the thickness of the amorphous layer formed by ion damage and the doping effect of the implanted Au enhance the formation of G and FLG during PLA. The relative contributions of the amorphous and doping effects were studied separately, and thermal simulation calculations were used to estimate surface temperatures and to help understand the phase changes occurring during PLA. In addition to the amorphous layer thickness and catalytic doping effects, other enhancement effects were found to depend on other ion species, the annealing environment, PLA fluence and number of pulses, and even laser frequency. Optimum II and PLA conditions are identified and possible mechanisms for selective synthesis of G, FLG, and carbon nanostructures are discussed.

  2. Optimization of chemical compositions in low-carbon Al-killed enamel steel produced by ultra-fast continuous annealing

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    Dong, Futao, E-mail: dongft@sina.com [The State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Du, Linxiu; Liu, Xianghua [The State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Xue, Fei [College of Electrical Engineering, Hebei United University, Tangshan 063000 (China)

    2013-10-15

    The influence of Mn,S and B contents on microstructural characteristics, mechanical properties and hydrogen trapping ability of low-carbon Al-killed enamel steel was investigated. The materials were produced and processed in a laboratory and the ultra-fast continuous annealing processing was performed using a continuous annealing simulator. It was found that increasing Mn,S contents in steel can improve its hydrogen trapping ability which is attributed by refined ferrite grains, more dispersed cementite and added MnS inclusions. Nevertheless, it deteriorates mechanical properties of steel sheet. Addition of trace boron results in both good mechanical properties and significantly improved hydrogen trapping ability. The boron combined with nitrogen segregating at grain boundaries, cementite and MnS inclusions, provides higher amount of attractive hydrogen trapping sites and raises the activation energy for hydrogen desorption from them. - Highlights: • We study microstructures and properties in low-carbon Al-killed enamel steel. • Hydrogen diffusion coefficients are measured to reflect fish-scale resistance. • Manganese improves hydrogen trapping ability but decrease deep-drawing ability. • Boron improves both hydrogen trapping ability and deep-drawing ability. • Both excellent mechanical properties and fish-scale resistance can be matched.

  3. Impact of ink synthesis on processing of inkjet-printed silicon nanoparticle thin films: A comparison of Rapid Thermal Annealing and photonic sintering

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    Drahi, E.; Blayac, S. [Centre Microélectronique de Provence/Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, 880, avenue de Mimet Gardanne, 13541 (France); Borbely, A. [Science des Matériaux et des Structures/Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, 158, cours Fauriel Saint Etienne Cedex 2, 42023 (France); Benaben, P. [Centre Microélectronique de Provence/Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, 880, avenue de Mimet Gardanne, 13541 (France)

    2015-01-01

    Inkjet printing has a high potential for cost reduction in solar cell and thermoelectric industry. This study demonstrates that silicon thin films can be produced by inkjet-printing of silicon nanoparticles followed by subsequent drying and annealing steps. Ink formulation is crucial for the sintering of the silicon nanoparticles and control of the microstructure at low temperature. Upon heating, the microstructure is modified from porous layer made of juxtaposed silicon nanoparticles to denser layer with coarser grains. This evolution is monitored by scanning electron microscopy and by micro-Raman spectroscopy, which offer a fast and precise characterization of the microstructure and chemical composition of thin films. Above a threshold temperature of 800 °C cracks appear within thin film and substrate because of the stress induced by the oxidation of the surface. An innovative sintering method, photonic annealing, is studied in order to reduce both oxidation and stress in the thin films as well as reducing processing time. Evolution of the thermal conductivity is performed by micro-Raman spectroscopy and can be tailored in a large range between ~ 1 and ~ 100 W·m{sup −1}·K{sup −1} depending on the sintering method and atmosphere. Therefore control of the microstructure evolution with applied annealing process allows tailoring of both microstructure and thermal conductivity of the silicon thin films. - Highlights: • Impact of ink synthesis on sintering (Si nanoparticle surface chemistry) • Photonic annealing of inkjet printed Si nanoparticles • Micro-Raman spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction for thin film characterization.

  4. Adaptive synthesis of a wavelet transform using fast neural network

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    J. Stolarek

    2011-01-01

    This paper introduces a new method for an adaptive synthesis of a wavelet transform using a fast neural network with a topology based on the lattice structure. The lattice structure and the orthogonal lattice structure are presented and their properties are discussed. A novel method for unsupervised training of the neural network is introduced. The proposed approach is tested by synthesizing new wavelets with an expected energy distribution between low- and high-pass filters. Energy compactio...

  5. Flash chemistry: fast chemical synthesis by using microreactors.

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    Yoshida, Jun-ichi; Nagaki, Aiichiro; Yamada, Takeshi

    2008-01-01

    This concept article provides a brief outline of the concept of flash chemistry for carrying out extremely fast reactions in organic synthesis by using microreactors. Generation of highly reactive species is one of the key elements of flash chemistry. Another important element of flash chemistry is the control of extremely fast reactions to obtain the desired products selectively. Fast reactions are usually highly exothermic, and heat removal is an important factor in controlling such reactions. Heat transfer occurs very rapidly in microreactors by virtue of a large surface area per unit volume, making precise temperature control possible. Fast reactions often involve highly unstable intermediates, which decompose very quickly, making reaction control difficult. The residence time can be greatly reduced in microreactors, and this feature is quite effective in controlling such reactions. For extremely fast reactions, kinetics often cannot be used because of the lack of homogeneity of the reaction environment when they are conducted in conventional reactors such as flasks. Fast mixing using micromixers solves such problems. The concept of flash chemistry has been successfully applied to various organic reactions including a) highly exothermic reactions that are difficult to control in conventional reactors, b) reactions in which a reactive intermediate easily decomposes in conventional reactors, c) reactions in which undesired byproducts are produced in the subsequent reactions in conventional reactors, and d) reactions whose products easily decompose in conventional reactors. The concept of flash chemistry can be also applied to polymer synthesis. Cationic polymerization can be conducted with an excellent level of molecular-weight control and molecular-weight distribution control.

  6. Changes in radiation defects caused by annealing at 220 /sup 0/K of germanium irradiated with fast electrons at 77 /sup 0/K

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    Gerasimov, A.B.; Gogotishvili, M.K.; Dolidze, N.D.; Konovalenko, B.M.

    1978-07-01

    The present paper reports the results of a study of annealing of n-type germanium doped with P, As, Sb, and Bi in concentrations from 2 x 10/sup 14/ to 2 x 10/sup 16/ cm/sup -3/ and irradiated with fast electrons (2.5 and 4.5 MeV) at 77 /sup 0/K. The annealing stage stage near 220 /sup 0/K and the fraction of the carrier density reovered at this stage are independent of the nature and concentration of the donor impurity, indicating that the defects annealed at this stage do not include such impurities. These defects are of nonpoint nature and of pure radiation origin, and they represent one quarter of all the defects created in germanium by irradiation at T=77 /sup 0/K.

  7. Facile synthesis of calcium borate nanoparticles and the annealing effect on their structure and size.

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    Erfani, Maryam; Saion, Elias; Soltani, Nayereh; Hashim, Mansor; Abdullah, Wan Saffiey B Wan; Navasery, Manizheh

    2012-11-08

    Calcium borate nanoparticles have been synthesized by a thermal treatment method via facile co-precipitation. Differences of annealing temperature and annealing time and their effects on crystal structure, particle size, size distribution and thermal stability of nanoparticles were investigated. The formation of calcium borate compound was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Thermogravimetry (TGA). The XRD patterns revealed that the co-precipitated samples annealed at 700 °C for 3 h annealing time formed an amorphous structure and the transformation into a crystalline structure only occurred after 5 h annealing time. It was found that the samples annealed at 900 °C are mostly metaborate (CaB(2)O(4)) nanoparticles and tetraborate (CaB(4)O(7)) nanoparticles only observed at 970 °C, which was confirmed by FTIR. The TEM images indicated that with increasing the annealing time and temperature, the average particle size increases. TGA analysis confirmed the thermal stability of the annealed samples at higher temperatures.

  8. Facile Synthesis of Calcium Borate Nanoparticles and the Annealing Effect on Their Structure and Size

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    Manizheh Navasery

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Calcium borate nanoparticles have been synthesized by a thermal treatment method via facile co-precipitation. Differences of annealing temperature and annealing time and their effects on crystal structure, particle size, size distribution and thermal stability of nanoparticles were investigated. The formation of calcium borate compound was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and Thermogravimetry (TGA. The XRD patterns revealed that the co-precipitated samples annealed at 700 °C for 3 h annealing time formed an amorphous structure and the transformation into a crystalline structure only occurred after 5 h annealing time. It was found that the samples annealed at 900 °C are mostly metaborate (CaB2O4 nanoparticles and tetraborate (CaB4O7 nanoparticles only observed at 970 °C, which was confirmed by FTIR. The TEM images indicated that with increasing the annealing time and temperature, the average particle size increases. TGA analysis confirmed the thermal stability of the annealed samples at higher temperatures.

  9. Synthesis and annealing study of RF sputtered ZnO thin film

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    Singh, Shushant Kumar, E-mail: singhshushant86@gmail.com; Sharma, Himanshu [Department of Physics, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, JLN Marg, Malaviya Nagar, Jaipur-302017 (India); Singhal, R. [Department of Physics and Materials Research Centre, Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur, JLN Marg, Malaviya Nagar, Jaipur-302017 (India); Kumar, V. V. Siva; Avasthi, D. K. [Inter-University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi-110067 (India)

    2016-05-23

    In this paper, we have investigated the annealing effect on optical and structural properties of ZnO thin films, synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering. ZnO thin films were deposited on glass and silicon substrates simultaneously at a substrate temperature of 300 °C using Argon gas in sputtering chamber. Thickness of as deposited ZnO thin film was found to be ~155 nm, calculated by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). These films were annealed at 400 °C and 500 °C temperature in the continuous flow of oxygen gas for 1 hour in tube furnace. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO thin film along the c-axis (002) orientation. Transmittance of thin films was increased with increasing the annealing temperature estimated by UV-visible transmission spectroscopy. Quality and texture of the thin films were improved with annealing temperature, estimated by Raman spectroscopy.

  10. Synthesis and annealing study of RF sputtered ZnO thin film

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    Singh, Shushant Kumar; Sharma, Himanshu; Singhal, R.; Kumar, V. V. Siva; Avasthi, D. K.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we have investigated the annealing effect on optical and structural properties of ZnO thin films, synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering. ZnO thin films were deposited on glass and silicon substrates simultaneously at a substrate temperature of 300 °C using Argon gas in sputtering chamber. Thickness of as deposited ZnO thin film was found to be ~155 nm, calculated by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). These films were annealed at 400 °C and 500 °C temperature in the continuous flow of oxygen gas for 1 hour in tube furnace. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO thin film along the c-axis (002) orientation. Transmittance of thin films was increased with increasing the annealing temperature estimated by UV-visible transmission spectroscopy. Quality and texture of the thin films were improved with annealing temperature, estimated by Raman spectroscopy.

  11. Annealing Kinetic Model Using Fast and Slow Metastable Defects for Hydrogenated-Amorphous-Silicon-Based Solar Cells

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    Seung Yeop Myong

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The two-component kinetic model employing “fast” and “slow” metastable defects for the annealing behaviors in pin-type hydrogenated-amorphous-silicon- (a-Si:H- based solar cells is simulated using a normalized fill factor. Reported annealing data on pin-type a-Si:H-based solar cells are revisited and fitted using the model to confirm its validity. It is verified that the two-component model is suitable for fitting the various experimental phenomena. In addition, the activation energy for annealing of the solar cells depends on the definition of the recovery time. From the thermally activated and high electric field annealing behaviors, the plausible microscopic mechanism on the defect removal process is discussed.

  12. fastRESOLVE: fast Bayesian imaging for aperture synthesis in radio astronomy

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    Greiner, Maksim; Junklewitz, Henrik; Enßlin, Torsten A

    2016-01-01

    The standard imaging algorithm for interferometric radio data, CLEAN, is optimal for point source observations, but suboptimal for diffuse emission. Recently, RESOLVE, a new Bayesian algorithm has been developed, which is ideal for extended source imaging. Unfortunately, RESOLVE is computationally very expensive. In this paper we present fastRESOLVE, a modification of RESOLVE based on an approximation of the interferometric likelihood that allows us to avoid expensive gridding routines and consequently gain a factor of roughly 100 in computation time. Furthermore, we include a Bayesian estimation of the measurement uncertainty of the visibilities into the imaging, a procedure not applied in aperture synthesis before. The algorithm requires little to no user input compared to the standard method CLEAN while being superior for extended and faint emission. We apply the algorithm to VLA data of Abell 2199 and show that it resolves more detailed structures.

  13. Improved behavior of cooper-amine complexes during thermal annealing for conductive thin film synthesis

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    Ayag, Kevin Ray; Panama, Gustavo; Paul, Shrabani; Kim, Hong Doo [Dept. of Advanced Materials Engineering for Information and Electronics, Kyung Hee University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-02-15

    Previous studies successfully produced conductive thin films from organo-metallic-compounds-based inks. Some inks like those made from copper salt and amines, however, tend to move during thermal annealing and, thus, affect the conductive pattern on the substrate. In this study, conductive inks were synthesized by forming complexes of copper with amines and/or blended amines. To build-up an organo-metallic framework and preserve the pattern throughout the annealing period, diamine was added to the complex in different proportions. The prepared inks were coated on glass substrate and were annealed on a hot plate at 170°C under the gaseous mixture of formic acid and alcohol for 5 min. The metallic film was observed to retain the original pattern of the ink during and after annealing. Adhesion on the substrate was also improved. Inks with blended amines produced films with lower resistivities. The lowest electrical resistivity recorded was 4.99 μΩ cm, three times that of bulk copper.

  14. Application of FastSLAM based on simulated annealing variance reduction in navigation and localization of AUV%模拟退火方差缩减的FastSLAM算法在AUV导航定位中的应用

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    王宏健; 王晶; 曲丽萍; 刘振业

    2013-01-01

    The FastSLAM algorithm based on variance reduction of particle weight was presented in order to solve the decrease of estimated accuracy of AUV ( autonomous underwater vehicle) , location due to particles degeneracy and the sample impoverishment as a result of resampling in standard FastSLAM. The variance of particle weight was decreased by generating an adaptive exponential fading factor, which came from the thought of cooling function in simulated annealing. The effective particle number was increased by application of FastSLAM based on simulated annealing variance reduction in navigation and localization of AUV. Resampling in standard FastSLAM was replaced with it. Establish the kinematic model of AUV, feature model and measurement models of sensors, and make feature extraction with Hough transform. The experiment of AUV's simultaneous localization and mapping u-sing simulated annealing variance reduction FastSLAM was based on trial data. The results indicate that the method described in this paper maintains the diversity of the particles, however, weakens the degeneracy, while at the same time enhances the accuracy stability of AUV's navigation and localization system.%由于标准FastSLAM中存在粒子退化及重采样引起的粒子贫化,导致自主水下航行器(AUV)位置估计精度严重下降的问题,提出了一种基于粒子权值方差缩减的FastSLAM算法.利用模拟退火的降温函数产生自适应指数渐消因子来降低粒子权值的方差,进而增加有效粒子数,以此取代标准FastSLAM中的重采样步骤.建立AUV的运动学模型、特征模型及传感器的测量模型,通过霍夫变换进行特征提取.利用方差缩减FastSLAM算法,基于海试数据进行了AUV同步定位与构图仿真试验,结果表明所提方法能够保证粒子的多样性,并且降低粒子的退化程度,提高了AUV定位与地图构建系统的准确性及稳定性.

  15. A sonochemical-assisted synthesis and annealing temperature effect of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Cuong, Phan Van; Kim, Do-Hyung [Kyungpook National University, Nano Applied Physics Laboratory (NAPL), Department of Physics, Daegu (Korea); Dho, Joonghoe [Kyungpook National University, Spintronic Materials Laboratory, Department of Physics, Daegu (Korea); Park, Hyo Yeol [Ulsan College, Department of Semiconductor Applications, Ulsan (Korea)

    2009-05-15

    This paper reports on the sonochemical-assisted synthesis of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO) nanoparticles (NPs) which have a single-crystalline perovskite structure. The average particle size of LSMO NPs was controlled from about 40 to 120 nm by changing the annealing temperatures from 750 to 1050 C. The particle size, electrical resistivity, and ferromagnetic transition temperature of LSMO NPs were strongly dependent on the annealing temperature. A substantial decrease in resistivity and an enhancement in the insulator-metal transition temperature were found on increasing the annealing temperature. Furthermore, the enhancement in magnetization and paramagnetic-ferromagnetic (PM-FM) transition temperatures was observed as the annealing temperature increases. (orig.)

  16. Synthesis of Cu-Al-Zn-O nanocomposite: effect of annealing on the physical properties

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    Laya Dejam; Seyed Mohammad Elahi; Majid Mojtahedzade Larijani; Yousef Seyed Jalili

    2015-12-01

    We prepared Cu-Al-Zn-O (CAZO) nanocomposite thin films on quartz substrates by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method. The as-deposited CAZO film is amorphous in nature and annealing in air environment results in weak crystallization of the films and formation of CuAlO2 and CAZO. The surface morphology of the films was studied with atomic force microscopy images, while Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) was used to characterize material properties. The optical bandgap of films was found to be 3–4.2 eV depending on the annealing temperature. The photoluminescence (PL) of the samples was measured at room temperature. Violet, blue and green spectra peaks were observed from the PL spectra of the four samples. The emission spectrum indicates the suitability of CAZO nanocomposite for gas sensor applications and technology.

  17. Synthesis of optimal digital shapers with arbitrary noise using simulated annealing

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    Regadío, Alberto, E-mail: aregadio@srg.aut.uah.es [Department of Computer Engineering, Space Research Group, Universidad de Alcalá, 28805 Alcalá de Henares (Spain); Electronic Technology Area, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz (Spain); Sánchez-Prieto, Sebastián, E-mail: sebastian.sanchez@uah.es [Department of Computer Engineering, Space Research Group, Universidad de Alcalá, 28805 Alcalá de Henares (Spain); Tabero, Jesús, E-mail: taberogj@inta.es [Electronic Technology Area, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz (Spain)

    2014-02-21

    This paper presents the structure, design and implementation of a new way of determining the optimal shaping in time-domain for spectrometers by means of simulated annealing. The proposed algorithm is able to adjust automatically and in real-time the coefficients for shaping an input signal. A practical prototype was designed, implemented and tested on a PowerPC 405 embedded in a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). Lastly, its performance and capabilities were measured using simulations and a neutron monitor.

  18. Catalyst-free synthesis of nitrogen-doped graphene via thermal annealing graphite oxide with melamine and its excellent electrocatalysis.

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    Sheng, Zhen-Huan; Shao, Lin; Chen, Jing-Jing; Bao, Wen-Jing; Wang, Feng-Bin; Xia, Xing-Hua

    2011-06-28

    The electronic and chemical properties of graphene can be modulated by chemical doping foreign atoms and functional moieties. The general approach to the synthesis of nitrogen-doped graphene (NG), such as chemical vapor deposition (CVD) performed in gas phases, requires transitional metal catalysts which could contaminate the resultant products and thus affect their properties. In this paper, we propose a facile, catalyst-free thermal annealing approach for large-scale synthesis of NG using low-cost industrial material melamine as the nitrogen source. This approach can completely avoid the contamination of transition metal catalysts, and thus the intrinsic catalytic performance of pure NGs can be investigated. Detailed X-ray photoelectron spectrum analysis of the resultant products shows that the atomic percentage of nitrogen in doped graphene samples can be adjusted up to 10.1%. Such a high doping level has not been reported previously. High-resolution N1s spectra reveal that the as-made NG mainly contains pyridine-like nitrogen atoms. Electrochemical characterizations clearly demonstrate excellent electrocatalytic activity of NG toward the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline electrolytes, which is independent of nitrogen doping level. The present catalyst-free approach opens up the possibility for the synthesis of NG in gram-scale for electronic devices and cathodic materials for fuel cells and biosensors.

  19. Fast low-sidelobe synthesis for large planar array antennas utilizing successive fast fourier transforms of the array factor

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    Keizer, W.P.M.N.

    2007-01-01

    A new and very fast low-sidelobe pattern synthesis method for planar array antennas with periodic element spacing is described. The basic idea of the method is that since the array factor is related to the element excitations through an inverse Fourier transform, the element excitations can be deriv

  20. Investigation of the 300/sup 0/K annealing stage of germanium irradiated with fast electrons at 77/sup 0/K

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    Gerasimov, A.B.; Gogotishvili, M.K.; Dolidze, N.D.; Konovalenko, B.M.; Magradze, M.V.

    1978-08-01

    A study was made of the influence of the concentration and nature of the dopant on the 300/sup 0/K annealing stage of n-type germanium doped with As, Sb, or Bi (N/sub D/=2.1 x 10/sup 14/--2.8 x 10/sup 17/ cm/sup -3/) and irradiated with 4.5 MeV electrons at T=77/sup 0/K. The temperature of the annealing stage depended on the impurity concentration only in the range 5 x 10/sup 14/--5 x 10/sup 16/ cm/sup -3/ and this temperature shifted gradually along the Sb--Bi--As series. This was attributed to a reduction in the activation energy of radiation-defect annealing on increase in the degree of overlap of the wave functions between defects and impurity atoms. This mechanism should (in agreement with the observations) act only in a limited range of donor impurity concentrations and, for a given donor concentration, its influence should increase with the Bohr radius of the impurity. A study was also made of the influence of the concentration and nature of the impurity on the relationships governing the formation of the E/sub c/--0.21 eV level. It was found that, in the temperature range of the investigated stage, the density of the E/sub c/--0.21 eV level passed through a maximum, whose position depended on the donor concentration. During the investigated annealing stage, there were at least three processes. An analysis was made of the probable mechanisms of these processes which destroyed a defect with acceptor properties and produced VD/sub s/ and D/sub s/V/sub 2/ complexes and increased the amount of D/sub s/.

  1. Post-synthesis annealing effects on SrGa2Se4:Eu2+ phosphors with peak emission wavelength in the green gap

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    Zhu, Yiting; Dutta, Partha; Narendran, Nadarajah

    2010-08-01

    A high-quality white light source requires high luminous efficacy (lumens per input watt). Theoretically, in the "greenyellow" spectral region (with a peak wavelength at around 555 nm), the luminous efficiency (lumens per radiant watt) reaches a maximum based on the luminous efficiency function, V(λ), and can potentially generate high luminous efficacy. Unfortunately, the light-emitting diode (LED) suffers from low external quantum efficiency in the "greenyellow" region, thereby lowering the luminous efficacy value. Researchers have sought solutions such as nonpolar or semipolar InGaN/GaN LEDs. An alternative to generating green light is to use phosphor down-conversion by exciting a green emission phosphor with a near-UV or blue LED of higher external quantum efficiency. In this study, a SrGa2Se4:Eu2+ phosphor with peak emission wavelength at 555 nm was initially synthesized and followed by a systematic study of the post-synthesis annealing. The purpose of this study was to investigate how post-synthesis annealing conditions, including annealing temperature, annealing duration, and annealing ambient atmosphere, can affect phosphor performance. The phosphor performance was characterized in terms of external quantum efficiency and emission properties. How the external quantum efficiency of the phosphor can be further improved is also discussed.

  2. Rapid Hydrothermal Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanowires by Annealing Methods on Seed Layers

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    Jang Bo Shim

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Well-aligned zinc oxide (ZnO nanowire arrays were successfully synthesized on a glass substrate using the rapid microwave heating process. The ZnO seed layers were produced by spinning the precursor solutions onto the substrate. Among coatings, the ZnO seed layers were annealed at 100°C for 5 minutes to ensure particle adhesion to the glass surface in air, nitrogen, and vacuum atmospheres. The annealing treatment of the ZnO seed layer was most important for achieving the high quality of ZnO nanowire arrays as ZnO seed nanoparticles of larger than 30 nm in diameter evolve into ZnO nanowire arrays. Transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed a single-crystalline lattice of the ZnO nanowires. Because of their low power (140 W, low operating temperatures (90°C, easy fabrication (variable microwave sintering system, and low cost (90% cost reduction compared with gas condensation methods, high quality ZnO nanowires created with the rapid microwave heating process show great promise for use in flexible solar cells and flexible display devices.

  3. COLSS Axial Power Distribution Synthesis using Artificial Neural Network with Simulated Annealing

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    Shim, K. W.; Oh, D. Y.; Kim, D. S.; Choi, Y. J.; Park, Y. H. [KEPCO Nuclear Fuel Company, Inc., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    The core operating limit supervisory system (COLSS) is an application program implemented into the plant monitoring system (PMS) of nuclear power plants (NPPs). COLSS aids the operator in maintaining plant operation within selected limiting conditions for operation (LCOs), such as the departure from nucleate boiling ratio (DNBR) margin and the linear heat rate (LHR) margin. In order to calculate above LCOs, the COLSS uses core averaged axial power distribution (APD). 40 nodes of APD is synthesized by using the 5-level in-core neutron flux detector signals based on the Fourier series method in the COLSS. We proposed the artificial neural network (ANN) with simulated annealing (SA) method instead of Fourier series method to synthesize the axial power distribution (APD) of COLSS. The proposed method is more accurate than the current method as the results of the axial shape RMS errors.

  4. Synthesis of B–Sb by rapid thermal annealing of B/Sb multilayer films

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    S N Das; A K Pal

    2006-11-01

    Group III–V compound B–Sb films were synthesized from B/Sb/…/B multilayer films deposited by electron gun evaporation onto silicon substrate and subjecting the above multilayer to rapid thermal annealing at 773 K for 3 min. The films were characterized by XRD, TEM, XPS and optical studies. XPS studies indicated the ratio of B : Sb ∼1. XRD and electron diffraction patterns indicated the reflections from (100), (111), (102) and (112) planes of zinc blende BSb. Band gap evaluated from optical studies was ∼ 0.51 eV. Refractive index of the films varied between 1.65 and 2.18 with increasing energy of incident photon and plasma frequency (p) was estimated to be ∼ 2.378 × 10-14 s-1. The effective mass was computed to be ∼ 0.0845 m.

  5. Fast wettability transition from hydrophilic to superhydrophobic laser-textured stainless steel surfaces under low-temperature annealing

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    Ngo, Chi-Vinh; Chun, Doo-Man

    2017-07-01

    Recently, the fabrication of superhydrophobic metallic surfaces by means of pulsed laser texturing has been developed. After laser texturing, samples are typically chemically coated or aged in ambient air for a relatively long time of several weeks to achieve superhydrophobicity. To accelerate the wettability transition from hydrophilicity to superhydrophobicity without the use of additional chemical treatment, a simple annealing post process has been developed. In the present work, grid patterns were first fabricated on stainless steel by a nanosecond pulsed laser, then an additional low-temperature annealing post process at 100 °C was applied. The effect of 100-500 μm step size of the textured grid upon the wettability transition time was also investigated. The proposed post process reduced the transition time from a couple of months to within several hours. All samples showed superhydrophobicity with contact angles greater than 160° and sliding angles smaller than 10° except samples with 500 μm step size, and could be applied in several potential applications such as self-cleaning and control of water adhesion.

  6. Synthesis of CuInSe2 thin films from electrodeposited Cu11In9 precursors by two-step annealing

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    TSUNG-WEI CHANG

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study, copper indium selenide (CIS films were synthesized from electrodeposited Cu-In-Se precursors by two-step annealing. The agglomeration phenomenon of the electrodeposited In layer usually occurred on the Cu surface. A thermal process was adopted to turn Cu-In precursors into uniform Cu11In9 binary compounds. After deposition of the Se layer, annealing was employed to form chalcopyrite CIS. However, synthesis of CIS from Cu11In9 requires sufficient thermal energy. Annealing temperature and time were investigated to grow high quality CIS film. Various electrodeposition conditions were investigated to achieve the proper atomic ratio of CIS. The properties of the CIS films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray Diffraction (XRD, and Raman spectra.

  7. The Synthesis and Structural Properties of Crystalline Silicon Quantum Dots upon Thermal Annealing of Hydrogenated Amorphous Si-Rich Silicon Carbide Films

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    Wen, Guozhi; Zeng, Xiangbin; Li, Xianghu

    2016-08-01

    Silicon quantum dots (QDs) embedded in non-stoichiometric hydrogenated silicon carbide (SiC:H) thin films have been successfully synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition and post-annealing. The chemical composition analyses have been carried out by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The bonding configurations have been deduced from Fourier transform infrared absorption measurements (FTIR). The evolution of microstructure with temperature has been characterized by glancing incident x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman diffraction spectroscopy. XPS and FTIR show that it is in Si-rich feature and there are a few hydrogenated silicon clusters in the as-grown sample. XRD and Raman diffraction spectroscopy show that it is in amorphous for the as-grown sample, while crystalline silicon QDs have been synthesized in the 900°C annealed sample. Silicon atoms precipitation from the SiC matrix or silicon phase transition from amorphous SiC is enhanced with annealing temperature increase. The average sizes of silicon QDs are about 5.1 nm and 5.6 nm, the number densities are as high as 1.7 × 1012 cm-2 and 3.2 × 1012 cm-2, and the crystalline volume fractions are about 58.3% and 61.3% for the 900°C and 1050°C annealed samples, respectively. These structural properties analyses provide an understanding about the synthesis of silicon QDs upon thermal annealing for applications in next generation optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices.

  8. Low-haze, annealing-free, very long Ag nanowire synthesis and its application in a flexible transparent touch panel

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    Moon, Hyunjin; Won, Phillip; Lee, Jinhwan; Ko, Seung Hwan

    2016-07-01

    Since transparent conducting films based on silver nanowires (AgNWs) have shown higher transmittance and electrical conductivity compared to those of indium tin oxide (ITO) films, the electronics industry has recognized them as promising substitutes. However, due to the higher haze value of AgNW transparent conducting films compared to ITO films, the clarity is decreased when AgNW films are applied to optoelectronic devices. In this study, we develop a highly transparent, low-haze, very long AgNW percolation network. Moreover, we confirm that analyzed chemical roles can easily be applied to different AgNW synthesis methods, and that they have a direct impact on the nanowire shape. Consequently, the lengths of the wires are increased up to 200 μm and the diameters of the wires are decreased up to 45 nm. Using these results, we fabricate highly transparent (96%) conductors (100 Ω/sq) with low-haze (2%) without any annealing process. This electrode shows enhanced clarity compared to previous results due to the decreased diffusive transmittance and scattering. In addition, a flexible touchscreen using a AgNW network is demonstrated to show the performance of modified AgNWs.

  9. Low-haze, annealing-free, very long Ag nanowire synthesis and its application in a flexible transparent touch panel.

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    Moon, Hyunjin; Won, Phillip; Lee, Jinhwan; Ko, Seung Hwan

    2016-07-22

    Since transparent conducting films based on silver nanowires (AgNWs) have shown higher transmittance and electrical conductivity compared to those of indium tin oxide (ITO) films, the electronics industry has recognized them as promising substitutes. However, due to the higher haze value of AgNW transparent conducting films compared to ITO films, the clarity is decreased when AgNW films are applied to optoelectronic devices. In this study, we develop a highly transparent, low-haze, very long AgNW percolation network. Moreover, we confirm that analyzed chemical roles can easily be applied to different AgNW synthesis methods, and that they have a direct impact on the nanowire shape. Consequently, the lengths of the wires are increased up to 200 μm and the diameters of the wires are decreased up to 45 nm. Using these results, we fabricate highly transparent (96%) conductors (100 Ω/sq) with low-haze (2%) without any annealing process. This electrode shows enhanced clarity compared to previous results due to the decreased diffusive transmittance and scattering. In addition, a flexible touchscreen using a AgNW network is demonstrated to show the performance of modified AgNWs.

  10. Reactive-inspired ball-milling synthesis of an ODS steel: study of the influence of ball-milling and annealing; Synthese et caracterisation d'un acier ODS prepare par un procede inspiredu broyage reactif: etude de l'influence des conditions de broyage et recuit

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    Brocq, M.

    2010-10-15

    In the context of the development of new ODS (Oxide Dispersion Strengthened) steels as core materials in future nuclear reactors, we investigated a new process inspired by reactive ball-milling which consists in using YFe{sub 3} andFe{sub 2}O{sub 3} as starting reactants instead of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} to produce a dispersion of nano-oxides in a steel matrix and the influence of synthesis conditions on the nano-oxide characteristics were studied. For that aim, ODS steels were prepared by ball-milling and then annealed. Multi-scale characterizations were performed after each synthesis step, using notably atom probe tomography and small angle neutron scattering. The process inspired by reactive ball-milling was shown to be efficient for ODS steel synthesis, but it does not modify the nano-oxide characteristics as compared to those of oxides directly incorporated in the matrix by ball-milling. Broadly speaking, the nature of the starting oxygen bearing reactants has no influence on nano-oxide formation. Moreover, we showed that the nucleation of nano-oxides nucleation can start during milling and continues during annealing with a very fast kinetic. The final characteristics of nano-oxides formed in this way can be monitored through ball-milling parameters (intensity, temperature and atmosphere) and annealing parameters (duration and temperature). (author)

  11. Synthesis of stoichiometric Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanoparticles by high-energy ball milling and thermal annealing

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    Amorim, B.F.; Morales, M.A.; Bohn, F.; Carriço, A.S. [Departamento de Física Teórica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, 59078-900 Natal, RN (Brazil); Medeiros, S.N. de, E-mail: sndemedeiros@gmail.com [Departamento de Física Teórica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, 59078-900 Natal, RN (Brazil); Dantas, A.L. [Departamento de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte, 59610-210 Mossoró, RN (Brazil)

    2016-05-01

    We report the synthesis of Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanoparticles by high-energy ball milling and thermal annealing from α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CaCO{sub 3}. Magnetization measurements, Mössbauer and X-ray spectra reveal that annealing at high temperatures leads to better quality samples. Our results indicate nanoparticles produced by 10 h high-energy ball milling and thermal annealing for 2 h at 1100 °C achieve improved stoichiometry and the full weak ferromagnetic signal of Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5}. Samples annealed at lower temperatures show departure from stoichiometry, with a higher occupancy of Fe{sup 3+} in octahedral sites, and a reduced magnetization. Thermal relaxation for temperatures in the 700–1100 °C range is well represented by a Néel model, assuming a random orientation of the weak ferromagnetic moment of the Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanoparticles.

  12. Fast simulated annealing and adaptive Monte Carlo sampling based parameter optimization for dense optical-flow deformable image registration of 4DCT lung anatomy

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    Dou, Tai H.; Min, Yugang; Neylon, John; Thomas, David; Kupelian, Patrick; Santhanam, Anand P.

    2016-03-01

    Deformable image registration (DIR) is an important step in radiotherapy treatment planning. An optimal input registration parameter set is critical to achieve the best registration performance with the specific algorithm. Methods In this paper, we investigated a parameter optimization strategy for Optical-flow based DIR of the 4DCT lung anatomy. A novel fast simulated annealing with adaptive Monte Carlo sampling algorithm (FSA-AMC) was investigated for solving the complex non-convex parameter optimization problem. The metric for registration error for a given parameter set was computed using landmark-based mean target registration error (mTRE) between a given volumetric image pair. To reduce the computational time in the parameter optimization process, a GPU based 3D dense optical-flow algorithm was employed for registering the lung volumes. Numerical analyses on the parameter optimization for the DIR were performed using 4DCT datasets generated with breathing motion models and open-source 4DCT datasets. Results showed that the proposed method efficiently estimated the optimum parameters for optical-flow and closely matched the best registration parameters obtained using an exhaustive parameter search method.

  13. 快速退火化遗传MPPT算法的研究%A Research of MPPT Algorithms on Fast Annealing and Genetic Algorithms

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    陈宇宏; 张文生; 刘航

    2013-01-01

    In the photovoltaic system,MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) step is a very important loop and the MPPT algorithms have a decisive effect on the efficiency of MPPT output.The genetic algorithms overcome the problem of convergence too early and increase the speed of seek by searching solar panels array and Boost circuit to set up the MATLAB ' s simulation model and analyze each loop' s optimizing formula of fast annealing algorithms,and bring it in genetic algorithms to deal with each individual of population.%在光伏系统中,最大功率点跟踪(MPPT)是十分重要的环节,而MPPT算法对MPPT输出的效率具有决定性作用.通过对光伏电池板方阵和Boost电路的研究建立起MATLAB仿真模型,然后分析了快速退火算法的各个环节优化公式,并将其引入遗传算法中,用其处理种群个体.使遗传算法克服了过早收敛的问题,并加快了算法的搜索速度,最终实现MPPT功能.

  14. Synthesis of YSZ thin films by solar energy annealing of Zr-Y layered structures in solar furnace at PSA

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    Rodriquez, J.; Martinez, D.; Levinskas, R.; Dudonis, J.; Milcius, D.; Sirvinskaite, V.

    2002-07-01

    Zr-Y thin films were deposited using d.c. magnetron sputter deposition on Si and quartz substrates, A post deposition thermal annealing was performed in solar furnace. This film microstructure, composition and roughness was characterized using XRD, SIMS and AFM techniques. XRD showed formation of t-ysz after treatment at 600 degree centigree in solar furnace, AFM showed increase surface roughness after the thermal annealing. (Author) 10 refs.

  15. Fast synthesis of the Fredkin gate via quantum Zeno dynamics

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    Shao, Xiao-Qiang; Zheng, Tai-Yu; Zhang, Shou

    2012-12-01

    We propose a scheme for fast synthesizing the Fredkin gate with rf SQUID qubits. This scheme utilizes the quantum Zeno dynamics induced by continuous couplings and the non-identical couplings between SQUIDs and superconducting cavity. The effects of decoherence on the performance for the gate are analyzed in virtue of master equation and non-unitary evolution with full Hamiltonian. The strictly numerical simulation shows that the fidelity of this Fredkin gate is relatively high corresponding to current typical experimental parameters. Furthermore, an equivalent physical model is also constructed in an array of coupled cavities.

  16. Efficacy of very fast simulated annealing global optimization method for interpretation of self-potential anomaly by different forward formulation over 2D inclined sheet type structure

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    Biswas, A.; Sharma, S. P.

    2012-12-01

    Self-Potential anomaly is an important geophysical technique that measures the electrical potential due natural source of current in the Earth's subsurface. An inclined sheet type model is a very familiar structure associated with mineralization, fault plane, groundwater flow and many other geological features which exhibits self potential anomaly. A number of linearized and global inversion approaches have been developed for the interpretation of SP anomaly over different structures for various purposes. Mathematical expression to compute the forward response over a two-dimensional dipping sheet type structures can be described in three different ways using five variables in each case. Complexities in the inversion using three different forward approaches are different. Interpretation of self-potential anomaly using very fast simulated annealing global optimization has been developed in the present study which yielded a new insight about the uncertainty and equivalence in model parameters. Interpretation of the measured data yields the location of the causative body, depth to the top, extension, dip and quality of the causative body. In the present study, a comparative performance of three different forward approaches in the interpretation of self-potential anomaly is performed to assess the efficacy of the each approach in resolving the possible ambiguity. Even though each forward formulation yields the same forward response but optimization of different sets of variable using different forward problems poses different kinds of ambiguity in the interpretation. Performance of the three approaches in optimization has been compared and it is observed that out of three methods, one approach is best and suitable for this kind of study. Our VFSA approach has been tested on synthetic, noisy and field data for three different methods to show the efficacy and suitability of the best method. It is important to use the forward problem in the optimization that yields the

  17. Dual Effort to Correlate the Electron Field Emission Performance of Carbon Nanotubes with Synthesis As Well As Annealing Temperature: Theoretical Support of the Experimental Finding.

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    Maity, Supratim; Banerjee, Diptonil; Das, Nirmalya Sankar; Chattopadhyay, Kalyan Kumar

    2016-05-01

    Here a dual approach has been adopted to study the effect of both synthesis as well as annealing temperature on the electron field emission property of differently synthesized carbon nanotubes (CNTs) that include solid state chemical reaction as well as chemical vapour deposition (CVD). Experimental findings were supported by theoretical simulation. All the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). XRD as well as TEM study confirms the amorphous nature (aCNTs) of the samples for both the synthesis techniques which is attributed to lower synthesis temperature. Prominent morphological differences of these two types of aCNTs are clearly observed from both FESEM and TEM images. It is found that electron field emission characteristics of aCNTs synthesized by CVD shows better field emission properties as compared to aCNTs synthesized by solid state reaction. Finite element based simulation shows that temperature has prominent effect on morphology, screening effect or degree of graphitization that leads to improved field emission characteristics for the CVD synthesized aCNTs.

  18. Ultra-Fast Synthesis for Ag2Se and CuAgSe Thermoelectric Materials

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    DUAN, H. Z.; LI, Y. L.; ZHAO, K. P.; QIU, P. F.; SHI, X.; CHEN, L. D.

    2016-10-01

    Ag2Se and CuAgSe have been recently reported as promising thermoelectric materials at room temperature. The traditional melting-annealing-sintering processes are used to grow Ag2Se and CuAgSe materials with the disadvantages of high costs of energy and time. In this work, phase-pure polycrystalline Ag2Se and CuAgSe compounds were synthesized from raw elemental powders directly by manual mixing followed by spark plasma sintering (MM-SPS) in a few minutes. The influence of SPS heating rate on the phase composition, microstructure, and thermoelectric properties, including Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity, were investigated. The zTs of 0.8 at 390 K and 0.6 at 450 K are obtained for Ag2Se and CuAgSe, respectively, which is comparable with the values in the materials prepared by the traditional method. Furthermore, this ultrafast sample synthesis can significantly save material synthesis time and thus has the obvious advantage for large-scale production.

  19. Influence of synthesis conditions on microstructure and phase transformations of annealed Sr2FeMoO6-x nanopowders formed by the citrate-gel method.

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    Yarmolich, Marta; Kalanda, Nikolai; Demyanov, Sergey; Terryn, Herman; Ustarroz, Jon; Silibin, Maksim; Gorokh, Gennadii

    2016-01-01

    The sequence of phase transformations during Sr2FeMoO6-x crystallization by the citrate-gel method was studied for powders synthesized with initial reagent solutions with pH values of 4, 6 and 9. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the as-produced and annealed powders had the largest Sr2FeMoO6-x agglomerates with diameters in the range of 0.7-1.2 µm. The average grain size of the powders in the dispersion grows from 250 to 550 nm with increasing pH value. The X-ray diffraction analysis of the powders annealed at different temperatures between 770 and 1270 K showed that the composition of the initially formed Sr2FeMoO6-x changes and the molybdenum content increases with further heating. This leads to a change in the Sr2FeMoO6-x crystal lattice parameters and a contraction of the cell volume. An optimized synthesis procedure based on an initial solution of pH 4 allowed a single-phase Sr2FeMoO6-x compound to be obtained with a grain size in the range of 50-120 nm and a superstructural ordering of iron and molybdenum cations of 88%.

  20. Synthesis of β-Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} microstructures with efficient photocatalytic activity by annealing of GaSe single crystal

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    Filippo, Emanuela, E-mail: emanuela.filippo@unisalento.it [Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Monteroni Street, Lecce I-73100 (Italy); Tepore, Marco [Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Monteroni Street, Lecce I-73100 (Italy); Baldassarre, Francesca; Siciliano, Tiziana; Micocci, Goacchino [Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Salento, Lecce I-73100 (Italy); Quarta, Gianluca; Calcagnile, Lucio [Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Monteroni Street, Lecce I-73100 (Italy); Tepore, Antonio [Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Salento, Lecce I-73100 (Italy)

    2015-05-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Novel β-Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} microstructures were achieved through annealing of GaSe single crystal. • Micro-flowers and leaves were characterized through XRD, SEM and Raman spectroscopy. • A possible growth mechanism was proposed. • Photocatalytic performance was evaluated. - Abstract: The synthesis of new β-Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} microstructures was achieved through rapid annealing of GaSe single crystal at 850 °C in oxygen–ammonia co-flow for 30–120 min duration. The obtained micro-flowers and micro-leaves were carefully characterized through X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. SEM images demonstrated that the product consisted of flower-shaped microstructures, which as time elapsed evolved into leaves-like dendritic microstructures. These microstructures started off directly from oxidized single crystal. A possible growth mechanism was also proposed. Experimental results evidenced that synthesized microstructures exhibited good photocatalytic activity, better than commercial TiO{sub 2} powder (Degussa P25)

  1. FAST

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    Zuidmeer-Jongejan, Laurian; Fernandez-Rivas, Montserrat; Poulsen, Lars K.

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT: The FAST project (Food Allergy Specific Immunotherapy) aims at the development of safe and effective treatment of food allergies, targeting prevalent, persistent and severe allergy to fish and peach. Classical allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT), using subcutaneous injections with aqu......ABSTRACT: The FAST project (Food Allergy Specific Immunotherapy) aims at the development of safe and effective treatment of food allergies, targeting prevalent, persistent and severe allergy to fish and peach. Classical allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT), using subcutaneous injections...... with aqueous food extracts may be effective but has proven to be accompanied by too many anaphylactic side-effects. FAST aims to develop a safe alternative by replacing food extracts with hypoallergenic recombinant major allergens as the active ingredients of SIT. Both severe fish and peach allergy are caused...... in depth serological and cellular immune analyses will be performed, allowing identification of novel biomarkers for monitoring treatment efficacy. FAST aims at improving the quality of life of food allergic patients by providing a safe and effective treatment that will significantly lower their threshold...

  2. Synthesis, characterization, and microwave absorption properties of Fe-40 wt%Ni alloy prepared by mechanical alloying and annealing

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    Liu Jun [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, No. 5 Xinmofan Road, Nanjing 210009 (China); Feng Yongbao, E-mail: fengyongbao@163.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, No. 5 Xinmofan Road, Nanjing 210009 (China); Qiu Tai [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, No. 5 Xinmofan Road, Nanjing 210009 (China)

    2011-12-15

    Fe-40 wt%Ni alloys with granular shape and flake shape were prepared by a mechanical alloying (MA) and annealing method. The phase composition and morphology of the FeNi alloys, electromagnetic parameters, and microwave absorbing properties of the silicone rubber composite absorbers filled with the as-prepared FeNi alloy particles were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and vector network analyzer. The XRD results indicate that the crystalline structures of the Fe-40 wt%Ni alloys prepared by both one-step and two-step MA processes are face-centered cubic (fcc) Ni (Fe) solid solutions, and the structures can be retained after annealing at 600 deg. C for 2 h. SEM images show that the FeNi alloy powders for one-step process have a granular shape; however the particles turned into flake form when they were sequentially milled with absolute ethyl alcohol. With the increase in thickness of composite absorber, the reflection loss (RL) decreases, and the peak for minimum reflection loss shifts towards the lower frequency range. Compared to the absorbers filled with the granular FeNi alloy, the absorbers filled with flaky FeNi alloys possess higher complex permittivities and permeabilities and have a lower RL and peak frequency under the same thickness. Microwave absorbing materials with a low reflection loss peak in the range of 1-4 GHz are obtained, and their microwave absorbing properties can be adjustable by changing their thicknesses. - Highlights: > We prepare face-centered cubic (FCC) Ni (Fe) solid solutions by mechanical alloying and annealing. > Shape of FeNi alloy powder changes from granular to flaky after wet-milling. > Absorbers containing flaky FeNi alloys possess higher electromagnetic parameters. > MAMs with low reflection loss peak in the range of 1-4 GHz are obtained. > Microwave absorbing properties can be adjustable by modifying the thickness of the absorbers.

  3. Laser oxidative pyrolysis synthesis and annealing of TiO2 nanoparticles embedded in carbon-silica shells/matrix

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    Fleaca, C. T.; Scarisoreanu, M.; Morjan, I.; Luculescu, C.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Badoi, A.; Vasile, E.; Kovacs, G.

    2015-05-01

    Titania nanoparticles containing a mixture of anatase and rutile phases (with mean crystalline sizes up to 24 nm) covered with/embedded in carbon/silica thin layers or matrix were obtained in a single step using laser oxidative pyrolysis. Titanium tetrachloride and hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) vapors were separately introduced into the reaction zone - both together with the laser-absorbing agent (sensitizer) ethylene - which acts also as carbon source - and the oxidant (air) - through the inner and the concentric nozzle, respectively. By increasing the air flow through the annular nozzle, while keeping constant the TiC4, inner air, HMDSO and C2H4 flows, the atomic carbon concentration as well as the rutile to anatase ratio in the resulted nanopowders decrease. A much brighter and extended flame was observed for the experiment involving the greatest air flow. The Ti/Si atomic ratio in the resulted nanocomposites was higher than that from the introduced precursors (1.8), indicating a partial siloxane conversion to silica. The annealed powders (at 450 °C to further carbon content reducing) exhibit a lower bandgap energy than those of the reference sample without silica (and also lower than the commercial Degussa P25 nano-TiO2).

  4. Fast and Straightforward Synthesis of Luminescent Titanium(IV Dioxide Quantum Dots

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    Václav Štengl

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The nucleus of titania was prepared by reaction of solution titanium oxosulphate with hydrazine hydrate. These titania nuclei were used for titania quantum dots synthesis by a simple and fast method. The prepared titanium(IV dioxide quantum dots were characterized by measurement of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, atomic force microscopy (AFM, high-resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM, and selected area electron diffraction (SAED. The optical properties were determined by photoluminescence (PL spectra. The prepared titanium(IV dioxide quantum dots have the narrow range of UV excitation (365–400 nm and also a close range of emission maxima (450–500 nm.

  5. Fast synthesis of dopamine-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles through ligand-exchange method

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    Peng An; Fang Zuo; Yuan Peng Wu; Jun Hua Zhang; Zhao Hui Zheng; Xiao Bin Ding; Yu Xing Peng

    2012-01-01

    A fast approach was described for the synthesis of water-dispersible monodisperse dopamine-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles (DA-Fe3O4) with uniform size and shape via ligand-exchange of oleic acid on Fe3O4 using only 2 min.The prepared DA-Fe3O4 nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy,Fourier transform infrared spectrometry,and vibrating sample magnetometer.The results indicated that the resulting DA-Fe3O4 nanoparticles had an average diameter of about 19.2 nm.The magnetic saturation value of the prepared DA-Fe3O4 nanoparticles was determined to be 72.87 emu/g,which indicating a wellestablished superparamagnetic property.

  6. Aroclor 1254 treatment and fasting influences on rat liver mitochondrial carbamoyl phosphate synthesis with ADP and ATP.

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    Ebner, K; Couri, D

    1988-10-01

    Previous studies have shown that the polychlorinated biphenyl mixture, Aroclor 1254 (ARO), -induced wasting in male rats is associated with increased permeability of hepatic mitochondria. This was correlated with hyperuremia and stimulated urea synthesis, hypoglycemia and suppressed glucogenesis after an ammonium acetate injection, and decreased retention of assimilated nitrogen and food intake. For ARO-toxic rats (100 mg/kg, ip, for 1, 2, and 4 days) versus Tween 80-treated, ad libitum-fed controls, mitochondrial carbamoyl phosphate (CP) formation (the initial step in urea synthesis from NH4+) was progressively stimulated for the duration of treatment from NH4+ and ATP but not from NH4+ and ADP. ARO maximal stimulation of CP formation also correlated with significant loss in body weight. Mitochondrial ornithine transcarbamoylase synthesis of citrulline from ornithine and carbamoyl phosphate was also stimulated. In comparison to fasted rats (24 hr), mitochondrial CP synthesis from NH4+ was enhanced with ADP but not with ATP. This ARO uncoupling of mitochondrial NH4+ metabolism and stimulation of CP formation with exogenous ATP and citrulline synthesis may have resulted from increased availability of substrates and cofactors in the matrix space, leakage of enzymes from the matrix, or a combination of these effects. These results are consistent with an increased inner membrane permeability and fragility during isolation and assays. In agreement with our previous studies, the data show that ARO exposure poises hepatic mitochondria toward the synthesis of urea intermediates.

  7. Fast ultrahigh-degree global spherical harmonic synthesis on nonequispaced grid points at irregular surfaces

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    Moazezi, Siamak; Zomorrodian, Hossein; Siahkoohi, Hamid Reza; Azmoudeh-Ardalan, Alireza; Gholami, Ali

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we presented a fast unified method to compute the gravity field functionals and their directional derivatives up to arbitrary orders on nonequispaced grid points at irregular surfaces using ultrahigh-degree models. The direct spherical harmonic synthesis (SHS) for computing the gravity field functionals at arbitrary locations through the Legendre functions is a time-consuming task for high-order and -degree models. Besides, to compute the derivatives of SHS in terms of latitude, the derivatives of the Legendre functions are needed. Therefore, we used Fourier coefficients of Wigner d-functions to compute the directional derivatives of SHS up to arbitrary orders. We also showed that these functions and their derivatives up to order 2 are stable up to ultrahigh-degree 2^{14} = 16{,}384 using extended double precision (i.e., 80 bits variables). Although 2D-FFT can accelerate the computation of global SHS (GSHS), it restricts the results on equispaced grid points. Hence, we used the nonequispaced FFT (NFFT) for computing GSHS on irregular grid points on the sphere that it is the fast nonequispaced GSHS (NGSHS). For maximum degree N and computing points of {{O}}(N^2) with arbitrary locations, the direct computation methods have the complexity of {{O}}(N^4). But the presented algorithm with and without precomputed Fourier coefficients of Wigner d-functions has the complexity of {{O}}(N^2 log ^2 N + N^2 s^2) and {{O}}(N^3 + N^2 s^2), respectively, where s is cutoff parameter of convolution in NFFT. Using a convolution technique in frequency domain, the NGSHS on the ellipsoid was computed. For computation the gravity field functionals by the NGSHS at irregular surfaces, we defined the Taylor expansion and the Padé approximation both on the sphere and on the ellipsoid. The results showed that the constructed Padé approximation on the ellipsoid provides better accuracy. Finally, we showed that the introduced unified algorithm achieves the required accuracy

  8. Fast architecture-level synthesis of fault-tolerant flow-based microfluidic biochips

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    Huang, Wei Lun; Gupta, Ankur; Roy, Sudip

    2017-01-01

    in turn results in wastage of expensive reagent fluids. In order to make the chip fault-tolerant, the state-of-the-art technique adopts simulated annealing (SA) based approach to synthesize a fault-tolerant architecture. However, the SA method is time consuming and non-deterministic with over...

  9. Synthesis and annealing effects on the properties of nanostructured Ti–Al–V–N coatings deposited by plasma enhanced magnetron sputtering

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    Abd El-Rahman, A.M., E-mail: ahmedphys96@hotmail.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, 82524 Sohag (Egypt); Mechanical and Materials Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238 (United States)

    2015-01-15

    In the present study, Ti–Al–V–N coatings were synthesized onto Ti–6Al–4V substrates by plasma enhanced magnetron sputtering (PEMS) of two commercial sputter targets of Ti–6Al–4V in an Ar/N{sub 2} gas mixture. After that, the as-synthesized coatings were annealed in air atmosphere at temperature ranging from 500 °C to 900 °C. The as-synthesized and annealed coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Vickers microhardness tester, ball-on-disk tribometer and potentiodynamic polarization tests. The as-synthesized coatings showed a surface hardness of about 2980 ± 80 HV{sub 0.3} and a friction coefficient of 0.36. It has been revealed with the increase of annealing temperature; the microhardness was gradually decreased and reached a minimum value of 1030 ± 30 HV{sub 0.3} at 900 °C. The coefficient of friction has a minimum value of 0.27 for coatings annealed at 600 °C. Potentiodynamic polarization test confirmed that thermally annealed samples (≤600 °C) exhibit a better corrosion performance compared to that of the as-synthesized one. However, at relatively higher annealing temperature (700–900 °C), a small degradation in the corrosion performance was observed with the formation of oxidized phases. Finally, the variation in the mechanical and tribological properties of this coating with annealing temperatures is attributed to changes in microstructure and chemical nature of the surface layer. - Highlights: • Ti–Al–V–N coating was synthesized using PEMS and annealed in air atmosphere. • The microstructural, mechanical and tribological properties were evaluated. • The as-synthesized coating showed surface hardness of about 30 GPa. • Grain size and microstrain were obtained from microstructural data. • The annealed samples (≤600 °C) exhibit good thermal stability and better corrosion performance.

  10. Fast synthesis and bioconjugation of (68) Ga core-doped extremely small iron oxide nanoparticles for PET/MR imaging.

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    Pellico, Juan; Ruiz-Cabello, Jesús; Saiz-Alía, Marina; Del Rosario, Gilberto; Caja, Sergio; Montoya, María; Fernández de Manuel, Laura; Morales, M Puerto; Gutiérrez, Lucia; Galiana, Beatriz; Enríquez, Jose A; Herranz, Fernando

    2016-05-01

    Combination of complementary imaging techniques, like hybrid PET/MRI, allows protocols to be developed that exploit the best features of both. In order to get the best of these combinations the use of dual probes is highly desirable. On this sense the combination of biocompatible iron oxide nanoparticles and 68Ga isotope is a powerful development for the new generation of hybrid systems and multimodality approaches. Our objective was the synthesis and application of a chelator-free 68Ga-iron oxide nanotracer with improved stability, radiolabeling yield and in vivo performance in dual PET/MRI. We carried out the core doping of iron oxide nanoparticles, without the use of any chelator, by a microwave-driven protocol. The synthesis allowed the production of extremely small (2.5 nm) 68Ga core-doped iron oxide nanoparticles. The microwave approach allowed an extremely fast synthesis with a 90% radiolabeling yield and T1 contrast in MRI. With the same microwave approach the nano-radiotracer was functionalized in a fast and efficient way. We finally evaluated these dual targeting nanoparticles in an angiogenesis murine model by PET/MR imaging. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  11. Synthesis of Cu/Cu2O nanoparticles by laser ablation in deionized water and their annealing transformation into CuO nanoparticles

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    Gondal, M. A.

    2013-08-01

    Nano-structured Cupric Oxide (CuO) has been synthesized using pulsed laser ablation of pure copper in water using Q-switched pulsed laser beam of 532 nm wavelength and, 5 nanosecond pulse duration and laser pulse energy of 100 mJ/pulse. In the initial unannealed colloidal suspension, the nanoparticles of Copper (Cu) and Cuprious oxide (Cu2O) were identified. Further the suspension was dried and annealed at different temperatures and we noticed the product (Cu/Cu2O) was converted predominantly into CuO at annealing temperature of 300 \\'C for 3 hours. As the annealing temperature was raised from 300 to 900 \\'C, the grain sizes of CuO reduced to the range of 9 to 26 nm. The structure and the morphology of the prepared samples were investigated using X-ray diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscope. Photoluminescence and UV absorption spectrometrystudies revealed that the band gap and other optical properties of nano-structured CuO were changed due to post annealing. Fourier transform spectrometry also confirmed the transformation of Cu/Cu2O into CuO. Copyright © 2013 American Scientific Publishers All rights reserved.

  12. Solvothermal synthesis of Cu2Zn1-x Fe x SnS4 nanoparticles and the influence of annealing conditions on drop-casted thin films

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    Shadrokh, Zohreh; Yazdani, Ahmad; Eshghi, Hosein

    2016-04-01

    Cu2Zn1-x Fe x SnS4 (CZFTS) semiconductor alloy sphere-like nanoparticles were synthesized by a solvothermal method and their thin films were fabricated using a facile drop casting route then annealed in Ar and/or sulfur atmosphere. The sphere-like CZFTS nanoparticles demonstrate promising morphological, structural, and optical properties for an absorber layer in thin film solar cells. X-ray diffraction patterns, Raman spectra and EDS measurements of the samples indicate that a phase transition from kesterite to stannite occurred by increasing the Fe content to Fe/Fe + Zn = 0.61 ratio. Moreover, the increase in Fe content (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) resulted in a variation of the band gap energies of CZFTS from ˜1.515 to 1.206 eV on the basis of a parabolic decreasing trend. From a band gap bowing model we derived a small bowing constant of b ˜ 0.2009 ± 0.02 eV, indicating suitable miscibility of alloyed constituents in the host crystal lattice. The films annealed in sulfur showed a dense, uniform, low-crack surface, high thickness and low transmission compared to the films annealed in Ar flow. The four-point probe analysis showed an increasing resistivity of samples annealed in Ar with increasing Fe content.

  13. Rate of protein synthesis and polyribosome formation in the frog pancreas after fasting and feeding

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    Venrooij, W.J. van; Poort, C.

    1972-01-01

    1. 1. The rate of incorporation of [14C]leucine into the proteins of the frog pancreas was measured after the animals had been fasted or fed. The incorporation rate increased after feeding, being maximal at about 4 h after the meal. 2. 2. In homogenates of pancreases from fasted frogs only monoribo

  14. Fast, microwave-assisted synthesis of monodisperse HfO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Roo, Jonathan De; Keukeleere, Katrien De; Feys, Jonas; Lommens, Petra [Ghent University, Sol-Gel Centre for Research on Inorganic Powders and Thin Films Synthesis (SCRiPTS) (Belgium); Hens, Zeger [Ghent University, Physics and Chemistry of Nanostructures (PCN) (Belgium); Driessche, Isabel Van, E-mail: Isabel.VanDriessche@ugent.be [Ghent University, Sol-Gel Centre for Research on Inorganic Powders and Thin Films Synthesis (SCRiPTS) (Belgium)

    2013-07-15

    A conventional solvothermal synthesis was compared to a microwave-assisted method for the synthesis of HfO{sub 2} nanoparticles. In a microwave, the reaction could be completed in 3 h, compared to 3 days in an autoclave. In the microwave synthesis, the ensemble of particles was found to have a better size dispersion and a smaller average size (4 nm). The reaction mechanism was investigated and proof for an ether elimination process was provided. Post-synthetic modification with dopamine or dodecanoic acid permitted the suspension of the synthesized particles in both polar and apolar solvents, which is an advantage for further processing.

  15. Ultra-fast synthesis of magnetic and luminescent silica beads for versatile bioanalytical applications

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    Mueller-Schulte, Detlef [MagnaMedics GmbH, Martelenberger Weg 8, D-52066 Aachen (Germany)]. E-mail: dms@magnamedics.de; Schmitz-Rode, T. [Clinic for Radiology, University Hospital, Aachen (Germany); Borm, Paul [Hogeschool Zuyd Centre of Expertise in Life Sciences, NL-6400 Heerlen (Netherlands)

    2005-05-15

    A method for the synthesis of both spherically shaped micro/nano silica particles and silica hybrid particles using a novel inverse sol-gel suspension technique was developed. The technique enables the synthesis of beads within seconds and provides a simple basis for quantum dot and biosubstances encapsulation. The carriers can be used as DNA adsorbents, individually addressable optical codes for bioassays and biomolecule library screening as well as photonic crystals.

  16. Ultra-fast synthesis of magnetic and luminescent silica beads for versatile bioanalytical applications

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    Müller-Schulte, Detlef; Schmitz-Rode, T.; Borm, Paul

    2005-05-01

    A method for the synthesis of both spherically shaped micro/nano silica particles and silica hybrid particles using a novel inverse sol-gel suspension technique was developed. The technique enables the synthesis of beads within seconds and provides a simple basis for quantum dot and biosubstances encapsulation. The carriers can be used as DNA adsorbents, individually addressable optical codes for bioassays and biomolecule library screening as well as photonic crystals.

  17. Fast and green synthesis of biologically important quinoxalines with high yields in water

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    Hossein Ghafuri

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Optimal method were developed for the green synthesis of quinoxaline derivatives based on the highly efficient and simple condensation reaction of various aromatic 1,2-diketones and 1,2-diamines in nearly quantitative yields in water. In this method we did not use any catalyst. The very mild reaction conditions, the high yields of the products, and the absence of any catalyst make this methodology an efficient and green route for synthesis of quinoxalines.

  18. Synthesis of GaNxAs1-x thin films by pulsed laser melting andrapid thermal annealing (PLM-RTA) of N+-implanted GaAs

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    Yu, K.M.; Walukiewicz, W.; Scarpulla, M.A.; Dubon, O.D.; Wu, J.; Jasinski, J.; Liliental-Weber, Z.; Beeman, J.W.; Pillai, M.R.; Aziz, M.J.

    2003-03-11

    We present a systematic investigation on the formation of the highly mismatched alloy GaN{sub x}As{sub 1-x} using N{sup +}-implantation followed by a combination of pulsed laser melting and rapid thermal annealing. Thin films of GaN{sub x}As{sub 1-x} with x as high as 0.016 and an activation efficiency of the implanted N up to 50% have been synthesized with structural and optical properties comparable to films grown by epitaxial deposition techniques with similar substitutional N content. The effects of N{sup +} implantation dose, laser energy fluence and rapid thermal annealing temperature on the N incorporation as well as optical and structural properties of the GaN{sub x}As{sub 1-x} films are discussed.

  19. Synthesis and microstructural studies of annealed Cu(2)O/Cu(x)S bilayer as transparent electrode material for photovoltaic and energy storage devices.

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    Taleatu, B A; Arbab, E A A; Omotoso, E; Mola, G T

    2014-10-01

    Cu2 O thin film and a transparent bilayer have been fabricated by electrodeposition method. The growths were obtained in potentiostatic mode with gradual degradation of anodic current. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study showed that the bilayer is polycrystalline and it possesses mixture of different crystallite phases of copper oxides. Surface morphology of the films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM images revealed that the films were uniformly distributed and the starting material (Cu2 O) had cubical structure. Grains agglomeration and crystallinity were enhanced by annealing. Optical studies indicated that all the samples have direct allowed transition. Energy band gap of the bilayer film was reduced by annealing treatment thus corroborating quantum confinement upshot. © 2014 The Authors Journal of Microscopy © 2014 Royal Microscopical Society.

  20. Effect of synthesis methods with different annealing temperatures on micro structure, cations distribution and magnetic properties of nano-nickel ferrite

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    El-Sayed, Karimat; Mohamed, Mohamed Bakr; Hamdy, Sh.; Ata-Allah, S. S.

    2017-02-01

    Nano-crystalline NiFe2O4 was synthesized by citrate and sol-gel methods at different annealing temperatures and the results were compared with a bulk sample prepared by ceramic method. The effect of methods of preparation and different annealing temperatures on the crystallize size, strain, bond lengths, bond angles, cations distribution and degree of inversions were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscope, Mössbauer effect spectrometer and vibrating sample magnetometer. The cations distributions were determined at both octahedral and tetrahedral sites using both Mössbauer effect spectroscopy and a modified Bertaut method using Rietveld method. The Mössbauer effect spectra showed a regular decrease in the hyperfine field with decreasing particle size. Saturation magnetization and coercivity are found to be affected by the particle size and the cations distribution.

  1. Ion-beam synthesis and characterization of narrow-gap A{sup 3}B{sup 5} nanocrystals in Si: Effect of implantation and annealing regimes

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    Komarov, F., E-mail: komarovf@bsu.by [Belarusian State University, Nezavisimosti Avenue 4, 220030 Minsk (Belarus); Vlasukova, L.; Milchanin, O. [Belarusian State University, Nezavisimosti Avenue 4, 220030 Minsk (Belarus); Wesch, W.; Wendler, E. [Institute for Solid State Physics, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, D-07743 Jena (Germany); Zuk, J. [Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, pl. M. Curie-Skłodowskiej 1, 20-031 Lublin (Poland); Parkhomenko, I. [Belarusian State University, Nezavisimosti Avenue 4, 220030 Minsk (Belarus)

    2013-11-01

    Highlights: • Ion implantation and annealing were used to synthesize InAs and GaSb nanocrystals (NCs) in Si. • Nanocrystal size is varied from 2 to 100 nm depending on implantation and annealing regimes and on getter layer presence. • Strain relaxation in A{sup 3}B{sup 5}/Si systems results in a misfit dislocation networks creation at A{sup 3}B{sup 5} nanoclusters/Si interfaces. • An anomalous bright “glowing” of nanocrystal/Si interfaces in dark-field TEM images is observed and discussed, too. -- Abstract: The process of InAs and GaSb nanoprecipitates creation in Si matrix using high-fluence ion implantation of species from groups V and III followed by thermal treatment has been investigated. We have studied in detail a complex system of defects and nanocrystals in implanted layers, have compared a damage level for both systems, evaluated the influence of implantation and annealing regimes on a size of A{sup 3}B{sup 5} nanocrystals and on a defect distribution in implanted layers. The crystalline nature of precipitates was identified by observing Moiré fringe patterns in TEM images, the Moiré period showing a tendency to increase with increasing size of inclusion. A “glowing” effect was observed at the nanocrystal/Si interfaces in the dark-field TEM images of the implanted and annealed samples, this being ascribed to the presence of misfit dislocation networks at the InAs/Si and GaSb/Si interfaces generated as a result of strain relaxation in the highly mismatched A{sup 3}B{sup 5}/Si systems. Also we compared our results on structural characterization of “A{sup 3}B{sup 5} nanocrystals–Si matrix” systems with other papers.

  2. A fast chemical route for the synthesis of TBHQ functionalized reduced graphene oxide and its electrochemical performances

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    Rana, Subhasis; Sen, Pintu, E-mail: psen@vecc.gov.in; Bandyopadhyay, S.K.

    2016-02-01

    A fast chemical route for the synthesis of tertiary butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ) functionalized reduced graphene oxide (FRGO) and their application as high performance electrode materials for supercapacitors have been reported. Reductions of chemically exfoliated graphene oxides (GO) in the presence of small amount of TBHQ (1–2 wt % with respect to GO) at various time periods were investigated through XRD, FTIR and Raman studies. Reappearance of broad diffraction peak close to graphite peak (002) reveals an efficient method of reduction of different oxygen containing functional groups present in GO/FGO resulting in a decrease of interlayer d-spacing (∼3.5 Å). Absence of the absorption peaks in FTIR for –C=O, t-O–H, epoxide and alkoxy groups supports the complete reduction of GO to FRGO by hydrazine hydrate within a short time period of 4 h reduction under reflux condition. A large red shift in UV spectrum of FRGO – 4 h (270 nm) reveals the complete reduction of graphene oxide. The average crystallite sp{sup 2} domains sizes have been estimated through Raman spectroscopy. Plausible mechanism of TBHQ assisted fast chemical reduction of FGO has been enumerated. 1.5 wt % TBHQ in FRGO shows the best electrochemical performance where TBHQ not only acts as a reducing agent during functionalization, but also plays as an active redox molecule for enhanced capacitance of 200 F/g. - Highlights: • A fast chemical route has been adopted for the synthesis of TBHQ functionalized RGO. • The kinetics of chemical reduction becomes faster in the presence of TBHQ. • The FTIR spectrum of functionalized RGO supports the complete reduction process. • TBHQ also plays a vital role for enhancing capacitance of functionalized RGO.

  3. Low Temperature Synthesis of Cubic-phase Fast-ionic Conducting Bi-doped Garnet Solid State Electrolytes

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    Schwanz, Derek K.; Marinero, Ernesto

    We report on the synthesis of cubic-phase fast ionic conducting garnet solid state electrolytes based on LiLaZrO (LLZO) at unprecedented low synthesis temperatures. Ionic conductivities around 1.2 x 10-4 S/cm are readily achieved. Bismuth aliovalent substitution into LLZO utilizing the Pechini processing method is successfully employed to synthesize LiLaZrBiO compounds. Cubic phase LiLaZrBiO powders are generated in the temperature range 650C to 900C in air. In contrast, in the absence of Bi and under identical synthesis conditions, the cubic phase of LiLaZrO is not formed below 750C and a transformation to the poor ionically conducting tetragonal phase is observed at 800C for the undoped compound. The critical role of Bi in lowering the formation temperature of the garnet cubic phase and the improvements in ionic conductivity are elucidated in this work through microstructural and electrochemical studies.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of (Lu{sub 1−x−y}Y{sub x}Ce{sub y}){sub 2}SiO{sub 5} luminescent powders with fast decay time

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    Aburto-Crespo, M. [Programa de Posgrado en Física de Materiales CICESE-UNAM, Km. 107 Carretera Tij-Ens, Ensenada, B. C. 22860, México (Mexico); Hirata, G.A., E-mail: hirata@cnyn.unam.mx [Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología-Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Km. 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, Ensenada, B. C. 22860, México (Mexico); McKittrick, J. [University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0411 (United States)

    2013-04-15

    The structural and luminescent properties of blue-emitting (Lu{sub 1−x−y}Y{sub x}Ce{sub y}){sub 2}SiO{sub 5} (0.1≤x≤0.4, y=0.05, 0.005) phosphors prepared by combustion synthesis and post-annealed at 1200 °C for different annealing times are reported. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed the formation of a (Lu,Y){sub 2}SiO{sub 5} solid solution as a majority phase with small traces of a residual phase that was identified as Lu{sub 2}SiO{sub 7}. Under long-UV excitation, the powders yield a very bright blue-emission consisting of two bands with maximum emissions located at λ=405 nm and λ=440 nm, both corresponding to the Ce{sup 3+} allowed transitions {sup 2}D{sub 3/2}→{sup 2}F{sub 5/2} and {sup 2}D{sub 5/2}→{sup 2}F{sub 7/2}, respectively. Moreover, luminescence decay times of 38–45 ns were measured, which depend on the composition, making these powders excellent candidates for application as scintillators in medical imaging. -- Highlights: ► A facile technique to fabricate (Lu,Y)-oxyorthosilicate nanophosphors is presented. ► The structural and excellent luminescent properties including excitation, emission and short decay times are reported. ► The Ce-doped oxyorthosilicates nanophosphors present a fast decay time of the order of 38–45 ns.

  5. The Effect of Prolonged Fasting on Total Lipid Synthesis and Enzyme Activities in the Liver of the European Eel (Anguilla anguilla)

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    Abraham, S. A.; Hansen, Heinz Johs. Max; Hansen, F.N.

    1984-01-01

    The extent of fatty acid synthesis from [1-14C]acetate in liver slices was reduced 6-fold when eels were fasted for 1-7 wk and 20-fold when fasted for 39 wk, thereafter hepatic lipogenesis seemed to remain constant for up to 95 wk of fasting. After a 1-3 wk fast some hepatic enzyme activities were...... total lipid synthesis and lipogenic enzyme activity in eel liver was 30.degree. C....... reduced (acetyl-CoA carboxylase decreased 2-fold and fatty acid synthetase declined 5-fold); others remained unchanged (G-6-P dehydrogenase, 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase, .alpha.-glycerol phosphate dehydrogenase as well as malic enzyme and ATP-citrate lyase). The optimum temperature for measuring both...

  6. Influence of synthesis conditions on microstructure and phase transformations of annealed Sr2FeMoO6−x nanopowders formed by the citrate–gel method

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    Marta Yarmolich

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The sequence of phase transformations during Sr2FeMoO6−x crystallization by the citrate–gel method was studied for powders synthesized with initial reagent solutions with pH values of 4, 6 and 9. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the as-produced and annealed powders had the largest Sr2FeMoO6−x agglomerates with diameters in the range of 0.7–1.2 µm. The average grain size of the powders in the dispersion grows from 250 to 550 nm with increasing pH value. The X-ray diffraction analysis of the powders annealed at different temperatures between 770 and 1270 K showed that the composition of the initially formed Sr2FeMoO6−x changes and the molybdenum content increases with further heating. This leads to a change in the Sr2FeMoO6−x crystal lattice parameters and a contraction of the cell volume. An optimized synthesis procedure based on an initial solution of pH 4 allowed a single-phase Sr2FeMoO6−x compound to be obtained with a grain size in the range of 50–120 nm and a superstructural ordering of iron and molybdenum cations of 88%.

  7. Influence of synthesis conditions on microstructure and phase transformations of annealed Sr2FeMoO6−x nanopowders formed by the citrate–gel method

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    Yarmolich, Marta; Kalanda, Nikolai; Demyanov, Sergey; Terryn, Herman; Ustarroz, Jon; Silibin, Maksim

    2016-01-01

    Summary The sequence of phase transformations during Sr2FeMoO6−x crystallization by the citrate–gel method was studied for powders synthesized with initial reagent solutions with pH values of 4, 6 and 9. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the as-produced and annealed powders had the largest Sr2FeMoO6−x agglomerates with diameters in the range of 0.7–1.2 µm. The average grain size of the powders in the dispersion grows from 250 to 550 nm with increasing pH value. The X-ray diffraction analysis of the powders annealed at different temperatures between 770 and 1270 K showed that the composition of the initially formed Sr2FeMoO6−x changes and the molybdenum content increases with further heating. This leads to a change in the Sr2FeMoO6−x crystal lattice parameters and a contraction of the cell volume. An optimized synthesis procedure based on an initial solution of pH 4 allowed a single-phase Sr2FeMoO6−x compound to be obtained with a grain size in the range of 50–120 nm and a superstructural ordering of iron and molybdenum cations of 88%. PMID:27826494

  8. An easy, green and ultra-fast synthesis of dicationic ionic liquids: From days to minutes

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    Leveque, J.-M.; Aminuddin, N. F.; Kermanioryani, M.; Mutalib, M. I. Abdul; Lethesh, K. C.; Mazlan, F. Afzal

    2016-11-01

    Ionic liquids are no longer a curiosity since they have shown tremendous potential in several key sectors of chemical sciences proven by the exponential number of publications in recent years. However, due to its toxicity and time-consuming synthesis route, these have become a technical hurdle of their use in pilot or industrial scales. Notably their syntheses not only time and energy consuming but also rather of dirty nature with the use of molecular solvents for synthesis and purification steps, leading to high production cost and impeding the possible further industrial outcome. In this preliminary work, we have developed a neat and quick synthesis pathway of di-cationic ionic liquids, reducing not only the necessary time from days to minutes but also the overall energy consumption resulted in high purity, increasing their potential as green alternative to common molecular organic solvents.

  9. Fast and efficient synthesis of microporous polymer nanomembranes via light-induced click reaction

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    An, Qi; Hassan, Youssef; Yan, Xiaotong; Krolla-Sidenstein, Peter; Mohammed, Tawheed; Lang, Mathias; Bräse, Stefan

    2017-01-01

    Conjugated microporous polymers (CMPs) are materials of low density and high intrinsic porosity. This is due to the use of rigid building blocks consisting only of lightweight elements. These materials are usually stable up to temperatures of 400 °C and are chemically inert, since the networks are highly crosslinked via strong covalent bonds, making them ideal candidates for demanding applications in hostile environments. However, the high stability and chemical inertness pose problems in the processing of the CMP materials and their integration in functional devices. Especially the application of these materials for membrane separation has been limited due to their insoluble nature when synthesized as bulk material. To make full use of the beneficial properties of CMPs for membrane applications, their synthesis and functionalization on surfaces become increasingly important. In this respect, we recently introduced the solid liquid interfacial layer-by-layer (LbL) synthesis of CMP-nanomembranes via Cu catalyzed azide–alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC). However, this process featured very long reaction times and limited scalability. Herein we present the synthesis of surface grown CMP thin films and nanomembranes via light induced thiol–yne click reaction. Using this reaction, we could greatly enhance the CMP nanomembrane synthesis and further broaden the variability of the LbL approach.

  10. Fast and efficient synthesis of microporous polymer nanomembranes via light-induced click reaction.

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    An, Qi; Hassan, Youssef; Yan, Xiaotong; Krolla-Sidenstein, Peter; Mohammed, Tawheed; Lang, Mathias; Bräse, Stefan; Tsotsalas, Manuel

    2017-01-01

    Conjugated microporous polymers (CMPs) are materials of low density and high intrinsic porosity. This is due to the use of rigid building blocks consisting only of lightweight elements. These materials are usually stable up to temperatures of 400 °C and are chemically inert, since the networks are highly crosslinked via strong covalent bonds, making them ideal candidates for demanding applications in hostile environments. However, the high stability and chemical inertness pose problems in the processing of the CMP materials and their integration in functional devices. Especially the application of these materials for membrane separation has been limited due to their insoluble nature when synthesized as bulk material. To make full use of the beneficial properties of CMPs for membrane applications, their synthesis and functionalization on surfaces become increasingly important. In this respect, we recently introduced the solid liquid interfacial layer-by-layer (LbL) synthesis of CMP-nanomembranes via Cu catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC). However, this process featured very long reaction times and limited scalability. Herein we present the synthesis of surface grown CMP thin films and nanomembranes via light induced thiol-yne click reaction. Using this reaction, we could greatly enhance the CMP nanomembrane synthesis and further broaden the variability of the LbL approach.

  11. Ultrafast synthesis of MoS2 or WS2-reduced graphene oxide composites via hybrid microwave annealing for anode materials of lithium ion batteries

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    Youn, Duck Hyun; Jo, Changshin; Kim, Jae Young; Lee, Jinwoo; Lee, Jae Sung

    2015-11-01

    An ultrafast and simple strategy to synthesize metal sulfides (MoS2 and WS2) anchored on reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composites is reported as anode materials for lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Metal sulfide nanocrystals with homogeneous dispersion onto conducting RGO sheets are obtained in only 45 s by hybrid microwave annealing (HMA) method. The synthesized materials, especially MoS2/RGO composite, exhibit a high Li capacity, an excellent rate capability, and a stable cycling performance, comparable to the reported best MS2/carbon composite electrodes. The results highlight the effectiveness of HMA method to fabricate the metal sulfide/RGO composites with excellent electric properties.

  12. Fast synthesis of nanocrystalline Mg2Si by microwave heating: a new route to nano-structured thermoelectric materials.

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    Savary, Etienne; Gascoin, Franck; Marinel, Sylvain

    2010-12-07

    The ultra fast synthesis of nanocrystalline Mg(2)Si was carried out using microwave radiation. The elemental precursors were first milled together under dry conditions to get fine particles. The resulting mixture of powders of Mg and Si was cold pressed before being heated by microwave irradiation. Precursors and products were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The high energy ball milling parameters utilized to prepare the reactive powders have quite an influence on the behavior of the mixture under irradiation. Moreover, SEM imaging demonstrates that the power and time of irradiation are crucial for the grain growth of the Mg(2)Si and must be adequately controlled in order to avoid the decomposition of the phase. Our results show that we successfully managed to easily and quickly synthesize homogeneous nanocrystalline Mg(2)Si with particle size smaller than 100 nm using a microwave power of only 175 W for two minutes on powders ball milled for two hours.

  13. Fast 3D Pattern Synthesis with Polarization and Dynamic Range Ratio Control for Conformal Antenna Arrays

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    Massimiliano Comisso

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes an iterative algorithm for the 3D synthesis of the electric far-field pattern of a conformal antenna array in the presence of requirements on both the polarization and the dynamic range ratio (DRR of the excitations. Thanks to the use of selectable weights, the algorithm allows a versatile control of the DRR and of the polarization in a given angular region and requires a low CPU time to provide the array excitations. Furthermore, a modified version of the algorithm is developed to enable the optimization of the polarization state by phase-only control. Numerical results are presented to verify the usefulness of the proposed approach for the joint pattern and polarization synthesis of conformal arrays with reduced or even unitary DRR.

  14. Ultra-fast mechanochemical synthesis of boron phosphides, BP and B12P2.

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    Mukhanov, Vladimir A; Vrel, Dominique; Sokolov, Petr S; Le Godec, Yann; Solozhenko, Vladimir L

    2016-06-21

    Here we propose a new approach to the synthesis of single-phase boron phosphides (BP and B12P2) by mechanochemical reactions between boron phosphate and magnesium/magnesium diboride in the presence of an inert diluent (sodium chloride). The proposed method is characterized by the simplicity of implementation, high efficiency, low cost of the product, and good perspectives for large-scale production.

  15. Low intensity-ultrasonic irradiation for highly efficient, eco-friendly and fast synthesis of graphene oxide.

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    Soltani, Tayyebeh; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2016-08-20

    High quality graphene oxide (GO) with low layer number (less than five layers) and large inter-layer space was produced via a new and efficient method using environmentally friendly, fast and economic ultrasonic radiation. The ultrasonic method neither generated any toxic gas nor required any NaNO3, which have been the main drawbacks of the Hummers methods. The major obstacles of the recently reported improved Hummers method for GO synthesis, such as high reaction temperature (50°C) and long reaction time (12h), were successfully solved using a low intensity-ultrasonic bath for 45min at 30°C, which significantly reduced the reaction time and energy consumption for GO synthesis. Furthermore, ultrasonic GO exhibited higher surface area, higher crystallinity and higher oxidation efficiency with many hydrophilic groups, fewer sheets with higher spaces between them, a higher sp(3)/sp(2) ratio, and more uniform size distribution than classically prepared GO. Therefore, the new ultrasonic method could be applicable for the sustainable and large-scale production of GO. The production yield of the ultrasonic-assisted GO was 1.25-fold greater than the GO synthesized with the improved Hummers method. Furthermore, the required production cost based on total energy consumption for ultrasonic GO was only 6.5% of that for classical GO.

  16. Fast and Large-Scale Anodizing Synthesis of Pine-Cone TiO2 for Solar-Driven Photocatalysis

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    Yan Liu

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Anodization has been widely used to synthesize nanostructured TiO2 films with promising photocatalytic performance for solar hydrogen production and pollution removal. However, it usually takes a few hours to obtain the right nanostructures even on a small scale (e.g., 10 mm × 20 mm. In order to attract interest for industrial applications, fast and large-scale fabrication is highly desirable. Herein, we demonstrate a fast and large-scale (e.g., 300 mm × 360 mm synthesis of pine-cone TiO2 nanostructures within two min. The formation mechanism of pine-cone TiO2 is proposed. The pine-cone TiO2 possesses a strong solar absorption, and exhibits high photocatalytic activities in photo-oxidizing organic pollutants in wastewater and producing hydrogen from water under natural sunlight. Thus, this study demonstrates a promising method for fabricating TiO2 films towards practical photocatalytic applications.

  17. Synthesis of Linear Array of Parallel Dipole Antennas with Minimum Standing Wave Ratio Using Simulated Annealing and Particle Swarm Optimization approach

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    Banani Basu

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we propose a technique based on two evolutionary algorithms simulated annealing and particle swarm optimization to design a linear array of half wavelength long parallel dipole antennas that will generate a pencil beam in the horizontal plane with minimum standing wave ratio (SWR and fixed side lobe level (SLL. Dynamic range ratio of current amplitude distribution is kept at a fixed value. Two different methods have been proposed withdifferent inter-element spacing but with same current amplitude distribution. First one uses a fixed geometry and optimizes the excitation distribution on it. In the second case further reduction of SWR is done via optimization of interelement spacing while keeping the amplitude distribution same as before. Coupling effect between the elements is analyzed using induced EMF method and minimized interms of SWR. Numerical results obtained from SA are validated by comparing with results obtained using PSO.

  18. Synthesis of a potential fast ionic conductor for Mg 2+ ions

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    Redko, Mikhail [Powermet Inc., Euclid, OH (United States)

    2013-11-30

    This report represents Powdermet’s attempts to synthesize a novel crystalline solid substance–Mg(B5C)2. This was expected to exhibit a high Mg2+ ionic conductivity, exceeding that of all known materials. The project was expected to consist of three major steps: 1) reproduction of a literature synthesis of a rare sodium compound NaB5C; 2) substitution of Na+ cations with Mg2+ cations, resulting in Mg(B5C)2; and 3) analysis of its Mg2+ conductivity. In course of the research, 15 attempts were made to reproduce the literature procedure on synthesis of NaB5C, a precursor to the Mg2+ conductor. The first nine attempts were unsuccessful, but later it was found that NaB5C formed when the synthesis was performed in pressurized Ar atmosphere. Powdermet performed partial exchange of Na+ to Mg2+ by heating NaB5C with magnesium triflate in sulfolane at 260°C. In another avenue, theoretical optimization of the Mg(B5C)2 structure have been performed with distant goal estimate the activation barrier for the Mg2+ diffusion and estimate the temperature at which the mobility of Mg2+ cations will be of the order of 10-2 S*cm.

  19. Fast Frequency-Weighted Formant Tracking Using Analysis by Synthesis Method

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    ZHANGJianping; YANYonghong

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, we present our current research on formant trajectory estimation using analysis by synthesis method for English Dysarthric speech. The algorithm is implemented in both frequency domain and time domain. Theoretic background and implementation issues are discussed in detail. Experiments show that the frequency-domain implementation is faster than the timedomain implementation. Our algorithm performance is comparable to those from LPC pole-zero analysis method using Esps/Xwaves+. The frequency domain algorithm is also applied to analyze speakers' vowel tri-angle properties using our dysarthria database.

  20. A chemical method for fast and sensitive detection of DNA synthesis in vivo

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    Salic, Adrian; Mitchison, Timothy J.

    2008-01-01

    We have developed a method to detect DNA synthesis in proliferating cells, based on the incorporation of 5-ethynyl-2′-deoxyuridine (EdU) and its subsequent detection by a fluorescent azide through a Cu(I)-catalyzed [3 + 2] cycloaddition reaction (“click” chemistry). Detection of the EdU label is highly sensitive and can be accomplished in minutes. The small size of the fluorescent azides used for detection results in a high degree of specimen penetration, allowing the staining of whole-mount ...

  1. Laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition setup for fast synthesis of graphene patterns

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    Zhang, Chentao; Zhang, Jianhuan; Lin, Kun; Huang, Yuanqing

    2017-05-01

    An automatic setup based on the laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition method has been developed for the rapid synthesis of graphene patterns. The key components of this setup include a laser beam control and focusing unit, a laser spot monitoring unit, and a vacuum and flow control unit. A laser beam with precision control of laser power is focused on the surface of a nickel foil substrate by the laser beam control and focusing unit for localized heating. A rapid heating and cooling process at the localized region is induced by the relative movement between the focalized laser spot and the nickel foil substrate, which causes the decomposing of gaseous hydrocarbon and the out-diffusing of excess carbon atoms to form graphene patterns on the laser scanning path. All the fabrication parameters that affect the quality and number of graphene layers, such as laser power, laser spot size, laser scanning speed, pressure of vacuum chamber, and flow rates of gases, can be precisely controlled and monitored during the preparation of graphene patterns. A simulation of temperature distribution was carried out via the finite element method, providing a scientific guidance for the regulation of temperature distribution during experiments. A multi-layer graphene ribbon with few defects was synthesized to verify its performance of the rapid growth of high-quality graphene patterns. Furthermore, this setup has potential applications in other laser-based graphene synthesis and processing.

  2. Microwaved assisted fast synthesis of n and p-doped Mg{sub 2}Si

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    Berthebaud, David, E-mail: david.berthebaud@ensicaen.fr; Gascoin, Franck

    2013-06-15

    Magnesium silicide based alloys fast syntheses have been carried out using microwave heating. Precursors were first ball milled powders together under inert gas. Resulting powders were then placed into a glassy carbon crucible before being heated by microwave irradiation. Sintering of the powder was performed by spark plasma method. XRD and SEM/EDS were used to investigate composition, structure and morphology. Thermoelectric performances of the samples were measured in the temperature range of 320–775 K. The doping effect of several elements such as silver, tin, antimony, cobalt and bismuth has been studied. n-Type and p-type Mg{sub 2}Si based materials have been successfully synthesized, with maximum ZT value up to 0.7 and 0.35 at 770 K for a n-type and a p-type sample, respectively. We demonstrate here that the use of microwave irradiation to prepare doped Mg{sub 2}Si is possible, and we discuss here the thermoelectric properties of such samples. - Schematic representation of microwave hybrid heating. - Highlights: • A promising method for fast production of Mg{sub 2}Si in the frame of heat harvesting applications is presented. • A novel technological approaches towards nanostructured materials is proposed. • Thermoelectric properties of Mg{sub 2}Si doped materials prepared under microwave irradiation are discussed.

  3. A chemical method for fast and sensitive detection of DNA synthesis in vivo.

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    Salic, Adrian; Mitchison, Timothy J

    2008-02-19

    We have developed a method to detect DNA synthesis in proliferating cells, based on the incorporation of 5-ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridine (EdU) and its subsequent detection by a fluorescent azide through a Cu(I)-catalyzed [3 + 2] cycloaddition reaction ("click" chemistry). Detection of the EdU label is highly sensitive and can be accomplished in minutes. The small size of the fluorescent azides used for detection results in a high degree of specimen penetration, allowing the staining of whole-mount preparations of large tissue and organ explants. In contrast to BrdU, the method does not require sample fixation or DNA denaturation and permits good structural preservation. We demonstrate the use of the method in cultured cells and in the intestine and brain of whole animals.

  4. Synthesis of fast response crosslinked PVA-g-NIPAAm nanohydrogels by very low radiation dose in dilute aqueous solution

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    Fathi, Marziyeh; Reza Farajollahi, Ali; Akbar Entezami, Ali

    2013-05-01

    Nanohydrogels of poly(vinyl alcohol)-g-N-isopropylacrylamide (PVA-g-NIPAAm) are synthesized by PVA and NIPAAm dilute aqueous solution using much less radiation dose of 1-20 Gy via intramolecular crosslinking at ambient temperature. The radiation synthesis of nanohydrogels is performed in the presence of tetrakis (hydroxymethyl) phosphonium chloride (THPC) due to its rapid oxygen scavenging abilities and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as a source of hydroxyl radicals. The effect of radiation dose, feed composition ratio of PVA and H2O2 is investigated on swelling properties such as temperature and pH dependence of equilibrium swelling ratio as well as deswelling kinetics. Experimental data exhibit high equilibrium swelling ratio and fast response time for the synthesized nanohydrogels. The average molecular weight between crosslinks (Mc) and crosslinking density (ρx) of the obtained nanohydrogels are calculated from swelling data as a function of radiation dose, H2O2 and PVA amount. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), elemental analysis of nitrogen content and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) are used to confirm the grafting reaction. Lower critical solution temperature (LCST) is measured around 33 °C by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) for PVA-g-NIPAAm nanohydrogels. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) data demonstrate that the increase of radiation dose leads to the decreasing in dimension of nanohydrogels. Also, rheological studies are confirmed an improvement in the mechanical properties of the nanohydrogels with increasing the radiation dose. A cytotoxicity study exhibits a good biocompatibility for the obtained nanohydrogels. The prepared nanohydrogels show fast swelling/deswelling behavior, high swelling ratio, dual sensitivity and good cytocompatibility, which may find potential applications as biomaterial.

  5. Fast Synthesis of Multilayer Carbon Nanotubes from Camphor Oil as an Energy Storage Material

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    Amin TermehYousefi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Among the wide range of renewable energy sources, the ever-increasing demand for electricity storage represents an emerging challenge. Utilizing carbon nanotubes (CNTs for energy storage is closely being scrutinized due to the promising performance on top of their extraordinary features. In this work, well-aligned multilayer carbon nanotubes were successfully synthesized on a porous silicon (PSi substrate in a fast process using renewable natural essential oil via chemical vapor deposition (CVD. Considering the influx of vaporized multilayer vertical carbon nanotubes (MVCNTs to the PSi, the diameter distribution increased as the flow rate decreased in the reactor. Raman spectroscopy results indicated that the crystalline quality of the carbon nanotubes structure exhibits no major variation despite changes in the flow rate. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectra confirmed the hexagonal structure of the carbon nanotubes because of the presence of a peak corresponding to the carbon double bond. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM images showed multilayer nanotubes, each with different diameters with long and straight multiwall tubes. Moreover, the temperature programmed desorption (TPD method has been used to analyze the hydrogen storage properties of MVCNTs, which indicates that hydrogen adsorption sites exist on the synthesized multilayer CNTs.

  6. Fast synthesis of multilayer carbon nanotubes from camphor oil as an energy storage material.

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    TermehYousefi, Amin; Bagheri, Samira; Shinji, Kawasaki; Rouhi, Jalal; Rusop Mahmood, Mohamad; Ikeda, Shoichiro

    2014-01-01

    Among the wide range of renewable energy sources, the ever-increasing demand for electricity storage represents an emerging challenge. Utilizing carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for energy storage is closely being scrutinized due to the promising performance on top of their extraordinary features. In this work, well-aligned multilayer carbon nanotubes were successfully synthesized on a porous silicon (PSi) substrate in a fast process using renewable natural essential oil via chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Considering the influx of vaporized multilayer vertical carbon nanotubes (MVCNTs) to the PSi, the diameter distribution increased as the flow rate decreased in the reactor. Raman spectroscopy results indicated that the crystalline quality of the carbon nanotubes structure exhibits no major variation despite changes in the flow rate. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra confirmed the hexagonal structure of the carbon nanotubes because of the presence of a peak corresponding to the carbon double bond. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) images showed multilayer nanotubes, each with different diameters with long and straight multiwall tubes. Moreover, the temperature programmed desorption (TPD) method has been used to analyze the hydrogen storage properties of MVCNTs, which indicates that hydrogen adsorption sites exist on the synthesized multilayer CNTs.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of thermo-sensitive poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogel with fast response rate

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    QIN Aixiang; LU Mangeng; LIU Qunfeng; ZHANG Ping

    2007-01-01

    Thermo-sensitive poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)(PNIPA) hydrogel with fast response rate was prepared by polymerizing N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPA) in an aqueous hydroxyl-propyl-methyl cellulose solution.The volume phase transition temperature of PNIPA hydrogels was characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC),and the surface morphology was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).The swelling ratios of the hydrogels at different temperatures were measured.Furthermore,the deswelling kinetics of the hydrogels was also studied by measuring their water retention capacity.In comparison with a conventional PNIPA hydrogel prepared in water,the hydrogel synthesized in aqueous hydroxyl-propyl-methyl cellulose solution has higher swelling ratios at temperatures below the lower critical solution temperature and exhibits a much faster response rate to temperature changes.For example,the hydrogel made in aqueous hydroxyl-propyl-methyl cellulose solution lost 89% water within 1 min and about 93% water in 4 min,whereas the conventional hydrogel lost only about 66% water in 15 min from the deswelling measurement in similar conditions.

  8. Laser oxidative pyrolysis synthesis and annealing of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles embedded in carbon–silica shells/matrix

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    Fleaca, C.T. [National Institute for Plasma, Laser and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, P.O. Box MG 36, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Physics Department, Independentei 313, Bucharest (Romania); Scarisoreanu, M., E-mail: monica.scarisoreanu@inflpr.ro [National Institute for Plasma, Laser and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, P.O. Box MG 36, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Morjan, I.; Luculescu, C.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Badoi, A. [National Institute for Plasma, Laser and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, P.O. Box MG 36, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Vasile, E. [“Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Department of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Gh. Polizu 1-7, Bucharest (Romania); Kovacs, G. [“Babes-Boyai” University, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Arany Janos 11, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2}-based nanocomposites were obtained by one-step laser oxidative pyrolysis. • Titania particles are surrounded by/embedded in carbon/silica shells/matrix. • They contain an anatase/rutile mixture with mean crystalline diameters up to 24 nm. • Their carbon content decreased with the increasing of introduced air coflow. • Their bandgap energy decreased due to the carbon incorporation. - Abstract: Titania nanoparticles containing a mixture of anatase and rutile phases (with mean crystalline sizes up to 24 nm) covered with/embedded in carbon/silica thin layers or matrix were obtained in a single step using laser oxidative pyrolysis. Titanium tetrachloride and hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) vapors were separately introduced into the reaction zone – both together with the laser-absorbing agent (sensitizer) ethylene – which acts also as carbon source – and the oxidant (air) – through the inner and the concentric nozzle, respectively. By increasing the air flow through the annular nozzle, while keeping constant the TiC{sub 4}, inner air, HMDSO and C{sub 2}H{sub 4} flows, the atomic carbon concentration as well as the rutile to anatase ratio in the resulted nanopowders decrease. A much brighter and extended flame was observed for the experiment involving the greatest air flow. The Ti/Si atomic ratio in the resulted nanocomposites was higher than that from the introduced precursors (1.8), indicating a partial siloxane conversion to silica. The annealed powders (at 450 °C to further carbon content reducing) exhibit a lower bandgap energy than those of the reference sample without silica (and also lower than the commercial Degussa P25 nano-TiO{sub 2})

  9. Green and fast synthesis of amino-functionalized graphene quantum dots with deep blue photoluminescence

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    Blanco, E., E-mail: eduardo.blanco@uca.es; Blanco, G.; Gonzalez-Leal, J. M.; Barrera, M. C.; Domínguez, M.; Ramirez-del-Solar, M. [University of Cádiz, Institute of Electron Microscopy and Materials (Spain)

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    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) were prepared using a top-down approach with a green microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis from ultrathin graphite, previously ultrasound delaminated. Results obtained by transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy indicate that the so-fabricated GQDs are plates with 6 nm of average diameter, mostly single- or bi-layered. Photoluminescence characterization shows that the strongest emission occurs at 410–415 nm wavelength when the samples are excited at 310–320 nm wavelength. In addition to these down-conversion features, GQDs also exhibit up-conversion photoluminescence when excited in the range 560–800 nm wavelength, with broad emission peaks at 410–450 nm wavelength. Analysis of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements indicates a higher proportion of C–C sp{sup 2} than sp{sup 3} bonds, with the sp{sup 3} ones mainly located at the GQD surfaces. Also evidences of C–O and C–N bonds at the GQD surface have been observed. The combination of these results with Raman and ultraviolet–visible absorption experiments allows envisaging the GQDs to be composed of amino-functionalized sp{sup 2} islands with a high degree of surface oxidation. This would explain the photoluminescent properties observed in the samples under study. The combined up- and down-conversion photoluminescence processes would made these GQDs a powerful energy-transfer component in GQDs–TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite systems, which could be used in photocatalyst devices with superior performance compared to simple TiO{sub 2} systems.

  10. Annealing-free synthesis of C-N co-doped TiO{sub 2} hierarchical spheres by using amine agents via microwave-assisted solvothermal method and their photocatalytic activities

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    Wu, Yu-Chun, E-mail: yuchunwu@mail.ncku.edu.tw; Ju, Lung-Shen

    2014-08-01

    Highlights: • The synthesis method for C-N co-doped TiO{sub 2} hierarchical spheres is proposed. • Microwave-assisted solvothermal method is applied. • C and N are doped into TiO{sub 2} via a direct chelating reaction of amine compounds. • The photodegradation rate is eightfold higher than the commercial P25 powders. - Abstract: The annealing-free synthesis of C-N co-doped TiO{sub 2} hierarchical spheres is proposed in this study. C and N were doped into the TiO{sub 2} structure via a direct chelating process to the Ti-precursor by using different amine agents, including hexadecylamine (HDA), diethylamine (DEA), trimethylamine (TMA), and diethylenetriamine (DETA). C-N co-doped TiO{sub 2} spheres (300 nm to 500 nm) composed of nanoparticles approximately 11 nm to 13 nm in size were obtained via an efficient microwave-assisted solvothermal reaction at 190 °C for 60 min. The effects of C and N doping by using different amine compounds on the bandgap energy and photocatalytic performance of TiO{sub 2} were investigated. Among the amine compounds, DETA provided the highest chelating efficiency because it provides two primary amine groups, which resulted in the highest C and N doping concentrations and the largest degree of bandgap narrowing (2.77 eV); nevertheless, the high chelating ratio of C and N restrained the crystallization of TiO{sub 2} and considerably decreased its photocatalytic activity. The use of TMA produced optimal C and N doping concentrations, which effectively reduced the bandgap of TiO{sub 2} to 2.85 eV without affecting its crystallization. Its photodecomposition activity to rhodamine B was eightfold of that of commercial Degussa P25 powders under visible light irradiation.

  11. Ultrasonics in isocyanide-based multicomponent reactions: a new, efficient and fast method for the synthesis of fully substituted 1,3,4-oxadiazole derivatives under ultrasound irradiation.

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    Rouhani, Morteza; Ramazani, Ali; Joo, Sang Woo

    2015-01-01

    A fast and convenient approach to the synthesis of fully substituted 1,3,4-oxadiazoles via three-component reaction of aromatic carboxylic acids, acenaphthoquinone, and (N-isocyanimino)triphenylphosphorane under ultrasound irradiation is described. Furthermore, a series of compounds were synthesized and characterized by melting point, IR, NMR and MS. Utilization of easy reaction conditions, very high to excellent yields, and short reaction times makes this manipulation potentially very useful.

  12. Hydrogen-bonding-mediated synthesis of atomically thin TiO2 films with exposed (001) facets and applications in fast lithium insertion/extraction.

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    Zhang, Hongye; Yang, Zhenzhen; Gan, Wei; Zhao, Yanfei; Yu, Bo; Xu, Huanjun; Ma, Zhishuang; Hao, Leiduan; Chen, Dechao; Miao, Shiding; Liu, Zhimin

    2015-10-05

    Ultrathin two-dimensional (2D) crystalline materials show high specific surface area (SA) of high energy (HE) facets, imparting a significant improvement in their performances. Herein we report a novel route to synthesize TiO2 nanofilms (NFs) with atomic thickness (TiO2 NFs have nearly 100 % exposed (001) facets and give an extremely high SA up to 487 m(2)  g(-1) . The synergistic effect of HQ and choline chloride plays a vital role in the formation of TiO2 NFs and in the exposure of HE (001) facets. Because of its ultrathin feature and exposed (001) facet, the N2 -annealled TiO2 NFs showed fast kinetics of lithium insertion/extraction, demonstrating foreseeable applications in the energy storage. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Defect evolution and dopant activation in laser annealed Si and Ge

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    Cristiano, F.; Shayesteh, M.; Duffy, R.;

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    Defect evolution and dopant activation are intimately related to the use of ion implantation and annealing, traditionally used to dope semiconductors during device fabrication. Ultra-fast laser thermal annealing (LTA) is one of the most promising solutions for the achievement of abrupt and highly...

  14. Fast microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis of metal nanoparticles (Pd, Ni, Sn) supported on sulfonated MWCNTs: Pd-based bimetallic catalysts for ethanol oxidation in alkaline medium

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    Ramulifho, T

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available M. Modibedi, Charl J. Jafta, Mkhulu K. Mathe PII: S0013-4686(11)01623-9 DOI: doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2011.10.071 Reference: EA 17813 To appear in: Electrochimica Acta Received date: 25-6-2011 Revised date: 21-10-2011 Accepted date: 23...-10-2011 Please cite this article as: T. Ramulifho, K.I. Ozoemena, R.M. Modibedi, C.J. Jafta, M.K. Mathe, Fast microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis of metal nanoparticles (Pd, Ni, Sn) supported on sulfonated MWCNTs: Pd-based bimetallic catalysts...

  15. Effects of truncated mutants of the ε subunit of chloroplast ATP synthase on the fast phase of millisecond delayed light emission of chloroplast and its ATP synthesis ability

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    ZENG Xiaomei; SHI Xiaobing; SHEN Yungang

    2004-01-01

    The ε subunit of the chloroplast ATP synthase and the truncated ε mutants which lack some amino acid residues from the N-terminus or C-terminus were overexpressed in E. coli. When the ε subunit or the truncated ε proteins was added to the spinach chloroplast suspension, both the intensity of the fast phase of millisecond delayed light emission (ms-DLE) and the cyclic and noncyclic photophosphorylation activity of chloroplast were enhanced. With an increase in the number of residues deleted from the N-terminus, the enhancement effect of the N-terminal truncated proteins decreased gradually. For the C-terminal truncated proteins, the enhancement effect increased gradually with an increase in the number of residues deleted from the C-terminus. Besides, the ATP synthesis activity of ε-deficient membrane reconstituted with the ε subunit or the truncated ε proteins was compared. The ATP synthesis activity of reconstituted membrane with the N-terminal truncated proteins decreased gradually as the number of residues deleted from the N-terminus increased. For the C-terminal truncated proteins, the ATP synthesis activity of reconstituted membrane increased gradually with an increase in the number of residues deleted from the C-terminus, but was still lower than that of the wild type ε protein. These results suggested that: (a) the N-terminal domain of the ε subunit of the chloroplast ATP synthase could affect the ATP synthesis activity of ATP synthase by regulating the efficiency of blocking proton leakage of ε subunit; and (b) the C-terminal domain of the ε subunit of the chloroplast ATP synthase had a subtle function in modulating the ATP synthesis ability of ATP synthase.

  16. Interferometric Studies for the Annealing Effects on the Necking Deformation along Polypropylene Fibers

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    T.Z.N. Sokkar

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available An automated multiple-beam Fizeau fringes in transmission technique was used with a fiber-drawing device to detect necking deformation along polypropylene (PP fibers axis under different conditions of annealing process. The refractive indices, refractive index profiles and crystallinity were calculated along the annealed PP fibers at different draw ratios. The annealing temperature controls the propagation of necking deformation along PP fibers axis that stretched at low draw ratios (D< 2. The necking deformations along PP fibers axis due to fast drawing process could be avoided when PP fibers were annealed at the temperature of 120oC. Microinterferograms are given for illustrations.

  17. multicast utilizando Simulated Annealing

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    Yezid Donoso

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se presenta un método de optimización multiobjetivo para la solución del problema de balanceo de carga en redes de transmisión multicast, apoyándose en la aplicación de la meta-heurística de Simulated Annealing (Recocido Simulado. El método minimiza cuatro parámetros básicos para garantizar la calidad de servicio en transmisiones multicast: retardo origen destino, máxima utilización de enlaces, ancho de banda consumido y número de saltos. Los resultados devueltos por la heurística serán comparados con los resultados arrojados por el modelo matemático propuesto en investigaciones anteriores.

  18. Increased renal sodium absorption by inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis during fasting in healthy man. A possible role of the epithelial sodium channels

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    Graffe Carolina C

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Treatment with prostaglandin inhibitors can reduce renal function and impair renal water and sodium excretion. We tested the hypotheses that a reduction in prostaglandin synthesis by ibuprofen treatment during fasting decreased renal water and sodium excretion by increased absorption of water and sodium via the aquaporin2 water channels and the epithelial sodium channels. Methods The effect of ibuprofen, 600 mg thrice daily, was measured during fasting in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded crossover study of 17 healthy humans. The subjects received a standardized diet on day 1, fasted at day 2, and received an IV infusion of 3% NaCl on day 3. The effect variables were urinary excretions of aquaporin2 (u-AQP2, the beta-fraction of the epithelial sodium channel (u-ENaCbeta, cyclic-AMP (u-cAMP, prostaglandin E2 (u-PGE2. Free water clearance (CH2O, fractional excretion of sodium (FENa, and plasma concentrations of vasopressin, angiotensin II, aldosterone, atrial-, and brain natriuretic peptide. Results Ibuprofen decreased u-AQP2, u-PGE2, and FENa at all parts of the study. During the same time, ibuprofen significantly increased u-ENaCbeta. Ibuprofen did not change the response in p-AVP, u-c-AMP, urinary output, and free water clearance during any of these periods. Atrial-and brain natriuretic peptide were higher. Conclusion During inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis, urinary sodium excretion decreased in parallel with an increase in sodium absorption and increase in u-ENaCbeta. U-AQP2 decreased indicating that water transport via AQP2 fell. The vasopressin-c-AMP-axis did not mediate this effect, but it may be a consequence of the changes in the natriuretic peptide system and/or the angiotensin-aldosterone system Trial Registration Clinical Trials Identifier: NCT00281762

  19. DNA-Pairing and Annealing Processes in Homologous Recombination and Homology-Directed Repair

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    Morrical, Scott W.

    2015-01-01

    The formation of heteroduplex DNA is a central step in the exchange of DNA sequences via homologous recombination, and in the accurate repair of broken chromosomes via homology-directed repair pathways. In cells, heteroduplex DNA largely arises through the activities of recombination proteins that promote DNA-pairing and annealing reactions. Classes of proteins involved in pairing and annealing include RecA-family DNA-pairing proteins, single-stranded DNA (ssDNA)-binding proteins, recombination mediator proteins, annealing proteins, and nucleases. This review explores the properties of these pairing and annealing proteins, and highlights their roles in complex recombination processes including the double Holliday junction (DhJ) formation, synthesis-dependent strand annealing, and single-strand annealing pathways—DNA transactions that are critical both for genome stability in individual organisms and for the evolution of species. PMID:25646379

  20. Effect of weight loss on the rate of muscle protein synthesis during fasted and fed conditions in obese older adults.

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    Villareal, Dennis T; Smith, Gordon I; Shah, Krupa; Mittendorfer, Bettina

    2012-09-01

    Although weight loss ameliorates many of the metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity, there has been reluctance to prescribe weight loss in obese, older individuals because of the fear that it will cause debilitating loss of muscle mass and impair physical function. To gain insight into the mechanisms responsible for the weight loss-induced changes in muscle mass, we measured the rate of muscle protein synthesis (by using stable isotope labeled tracer methodology) during basal, postabsorptive conditions and during mixed meal ingestion in eight obese, older adults: (i) before weight loss therapy, (ii) ~3 months after starting the weight loss intervention (i.e., during the active weight loss phase), when subjects had lost ~7% of their initial body weight, and (iii) after they had lost ~10% of their body weight and maintained this new body weight for ~6 months (~12 months after starting the weight loss intervention). The basal muscle protein fractional synthesis rate (FSR) was not affected by weight loss. Mixed meal ingestion stimulated the rate of muscle protein synthesis, and the anabolic response (i.e., increase in the protein synthesis rate above basal values) was greater (P weight loss at 3 months (0.033 ± 0.012%·per hour, mean ± s.e.m.) than during weight maintenance before and at 12 months of weight loss therapy (0.003 ± 0.003 and 0.008 ± 0.012%·per hour, respectively). We conclude that during dietary calorie restriction and weight loss in older adults, the rate of muscle protein synthesis is not impaired. Thus, the loss of muscle mass must be mediated predominately by adverse effects of dietary calorie restriction on muscle proteolysis.

  1. Effects of Supplementation of Branched-Chain Amino Acids to Reduced-Protein Diet on Skeletal Muscle Protein Synthesis and Degradation in the Fed and Fasted States in a Piglet Model

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    Liufeng Zheng

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Supplementation of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA has been demonstrated to promote skeletal muscle mass gain, but the mechanisms underlying this observation are still unknown. Since the regulation of muscle mass depends on a dynamic equilibrium (fasted losses–fed gains in protein turnover, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of BCAA supplementation on muscle protein synthesis and degradation in fed/fasted states and the related mechanisms. Fourteen 26- (Experiment 1 and 28-day-old (Experiment 2 piglets were fed reduced-protein diets without or with supplemental BCAA. After a four-week acclimation period, skeletal muscle mass and components of anabolic and catabolic signaling in muscle samples after overnight fasting were determined in Experiment 1. Pigs in Experiment 2 were implanted with carotid arterial, jugular venous, femoral arterial and venous catheters, and fed once hourly along with the intravenous infusion of NaH13CO3 for 2 h, followed by a 6-h infusion of [1-13C]leucine. Muscle leucine kinetics were measured using arteriovenous difference technique. The mass of most muscles was increased by BCAA supplementation. During feeding, BCAA supplementation increased leucine uptake, protein synthesis, protein degradation and net transamination. The greater increase in protein synthesis than in protein degradation resulted in elevated protein deposition. Protein synthesis was strongly and positively correlated with the intramuscular net production of α-ketoisocaproate (KIC and protein degradation. Moreover, BCAA supplementation enhanced the fasted-state phosphorylation of protein translation initiation factors and inhibited the protein-degradation signaling of ubiquitin-proteasome and autophagy-lysosome systems. In conclusion, supplementation of BCAA to reduced-protein diet increases fed-state protein synthesis and inhibits fasted-state protein degradation, both of which could contribute to the elevation of skeletal muscle

  2. Effects of Supplementation of Branched-Chain Amino Acids to Reduced-Protein Diet on Skeletal Muscle Protein Synthesis and Degradation in the Fed and Fasted States in a Piglet Model.

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    Zheng, Liufeng; Wei, Hongkui; He, Pingli; Zhao, Shengjun; Xiang, Quanhang; Pang, Jiaman; Peng, Jian

    2016-12-28

    Supplementation of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) has been demonstrated to promote skeletal muscle mass gain, but the mechanisms underlying this observation are still unknown. Since the regulation of muscle mass depends on a dynamic equilibrium (fasted losses-fed gains) in protein turnover, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of BCAA supplementation on muscle protein synthesis and degradation in fed/fasted states and the related mechanisms. Fourteen 26- (Experiment 1) and 28-day-old (Experiment 2) piglets were fed reduced-protein diets without or with supplemental BCAA. After a four-week acclimation period, skeletal muscle mass and components of anabolic and catabolic signaling in muscle samples after overnight fasting were determined in Experiment 1. Pigs in Experiment 2 were implanted with carotid arterial, jugular venous, femoral arterial and venous catheters, and fed once hourly along with the intravenous infusion of NaH(13)CO₃ for 2 h, followed by a 6-h infusion of [1-(13)C]leucine. Muscle leucine kinetics were measured using arteriovenous difference technique. The mass of most muscles was increased by BCAA supplementation. During feeding, BCAA supplementation increased leucine uptake, protein synthesis, protein degradation and net transamination. The greater increase in protein synthesis than in protein degradation resulted in elevated protein deposition. Protein synthesis was strongly and positively correlated with the intramuscular net production of α-ketoisocaproate (KIC) and protein degradation. Moreover, BCAA supplementation enhanced the fasted-state phosphorylation of protein translation initiation factors and inhibited the protein-degradation signaling of ubiquitin-proteasome and autophagy-lysosome systems. In conclusion, supplementation of BCAA to reduced-protein diet increases fed-state protein synthesis and inhibits fasted-state protein degradation, both of which could contribute to the elevation of skeletal muscle mass in

  3. Austenite formation during intercritical annealing

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    A. Lis; J. Lis

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: of this paper is the effect of the soft annealing of initial microstructure of the 6Mn16 steel on the kinetics of the austenite formation during next intercritical annealing.Design/methodology/approach: Analytical TEM point analysis with EDAX system attached to Philips CM20 was used to evaluate the concentration of Mn, Ni and Cr in the microstructure constituents of the multiphase steel and mainly Bainite- Martensite islands.Findings: The increase in soft annealing time from 1-60 hou...

  4. A Personified Annealing Algorithm for Circles Packing Problem

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    ZHANGDe-Fu; LIXin

    2005-01-01

    Circles packing problem is an NP-hard problem and is difficult to solve. In this paper, a hybrid search strategy for circles packing problem is discussed. A way of generating new configuration is presented by simulating the moving of elastic objects, which can avoid the blindness of simulated annealing search and make iteration process converge fast. Inspired by the life experiences of people,an effective personified strategy to jump out of local minima is given. Based on the simulated annealing idea and personification strategy, an effective personified annealing algorithm for circles packing problem is developed. Numerical experiments on benchmark problem instances show that the proposed algorithm outperforms the best algorithm in the literature.

  5. Radiation annealing in cuprous oxide

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    Vajda, P.

    1966-01-01

    Experimental results from high-intensity gamma-irradiation of cuprous oxide are used to investigate the annealing of defects with increasing radiation dose. The results are analysed on the basis of the Balarin and Hauser (1965) statistical model of radiation annealing, giving a square-root relati......-root relationship between the rate of change of resistivity and the resistivity change. The saturation defect density at room temperature is estimated on the basis of a model for defect creation in cuprous oxide....

  6. Synthesis of Nano-Scale Fast Ion Conducting Cubic Li7La3Zr2O12

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    2013-09-25

    0.24 moles of aluminum was added using aluminum oxide (50 nm, Merck) to the precursor solution before gelation occurs. The process flow diagram...cubic Li A solution-based process was investigated for synthesizing cubic Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO), which is known to exhibit the unprecedented combination of...Park, NC 27709-2211 batteries, solution based process , synthesizing cubic LLZO, fast ionic conductivity REPORT DOCUMENTATION PAGE 11. SPONSOR

  7. Quantum annealing with manufactured spins.

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    Johnson, M W; Amin, M H S; Gildert, S; Lanting, T; Hamze, F; Dickson, N; Harris, R; Berkley, A J; Johansson, J; Bunyk, P; Chapple, E M; Enderud, C; Hilton, J P; Karimi, K; Ladizinsky, E; Ladizinsky, N; Oh, T; Perminov, I; Rich, C; Thom, M C; Tolkacheva, E; Truncik, C J S; Uchaikin, S; Wang, J; Wilson, B; Rose, G

    2011-05-12

    Many interesting but practically intractable problems can be reduced to that of finding the ground state of a system of interacting spins; however, finding such a ground state remains computationally difficult. It is believed that the ground state of some naturally occurring spin systems can be effectively attained through a process called quantum annealing. If it could be harnessed, quantum annealing might improve on known methods for solving certain types of problem. However, physical investigation of quantum annealing has been largely confined to microscopic spins in condensed-matter systems. Here we use quantum annealing to find the ground state of an artificial Ising spin system comprising an array of eight superconducting flux quantum bits with programmable spin-spin couplings. We observe a clear signature of quantum annealing, distinguishable from classical thermal annealing through the temperature dependence of the time at which the system dynamics freezes. Our implementation can be configured in situ to realize a wide variety of different spin networks, each of which can be monitored as it moves towards a low-energy configuration. This programmable artificial spin network bridges the gap between the theoretical study of ideal isolated spin networks and the experimental investigation of bulk magnetic samples. Moreover, with an increased number of spins, such a system may provide a practical physical means to implement a quantum algorithm, possibly allowing more-effective approaches to solving certain classes of hard combinatorial optimization problems.

  8. Stochastic seismic inversion using greedy annealed importance sampling

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    Xue, Yang; Sen, Mrinal K.

    2016-10-01

    A global optimization method called very fast simulated annealing (VFSA) inversion has been applied to seismic inversion. Here we address some of the limitations of VFSA by developing a new stochastic inference method, named greedy annealed importance sampling (GAIS). GAIS combines VFSA and greedy importance sampling (GIS), which uses a greedy search in the important regions located by VFSA, in order to attain fast convergence and provide unbiased estimation. We demonstrate the performance of GAIS with application to seismic inversion of field post- and pre-stack datasets. The results indicate that GAIS can improve lateral continuity of the inverted impedance profiles and provide better estimation of uncertainties than using VFSA alone. Thus this new hybrid method combining global and local optimization methods can be applied in seismic reservoir characterization and reservoir monitoring for accurate estimation of reservoir models and their uncertainties.

  9. Adaptive Simulated Annealing Based Protein Loop Modeling of Neurotoxins

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    陈杰; 黄丽娜; 彭志红

    2003-01-01

    A loop modeling method, adaptive simulated annealing, for ab initio prediction of protein loop structures, as an optimization problem of searching the global minimum of a given energy function, is proposed. An interface-friendly toolbox-LoopModeller in Windows and Linux systems, VC++ and OpenGL environments is developed for analysis and visualization. Simulation results of three short-chain neurotoxins modeled by LoopModeller show that the method proposed is fast and efficient.

  10. Morphology and structural development of reduced anatase-TiO{sub 2} by pure Ti powder upon annealing and nitridation: Synthesis of TiO{sub x} and TiO{sub x}N{sub y} powders

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    Bolokang, A.S., E-mail: Sylvester.Bolokang@transnet.net [Department of Physics, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag x 17, Bellville 7535 (South Africa); DST/CSIR National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria 0001 (South Africa); Transnet Engineering, Product Development, Private Bag X 528, Kilnerpark 0127 (South Africa); Motaung, D.E., E-mail: dmotaung@csir.co.za [DST/CSIR National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria 0001 (South Africa); Arendse, C.J.; Muller, T.F.G. [Department of Physics, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag x 17, Bellville 7535 (South Africa)

    2015-02-15

    It is well known that nitriding of titanium is suitable for surface coating of biomaterials and in other applications such as anti-reflective coating, while oxygen-rich titanium oxynitride has been applied in thin film resistors and photocatalysis. Thus in this work anatase was reduced with pure titanium powder during annealing in argon. This was done to avoid any metallic contamination and unwanted residual metal doping. As a result, interesting and different types of particle morphology were synthesized when the pre-milled elemental anatase and titanium powders were mixed. The formation of metastable face centred cubic and monoclinic titanium monoxide was detected by the X-ray diffraction technique. The phases were confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis. Raman analysis revealed weak intensity peaks for samples annealed in argon as compared to those annealed under nitrogen. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Reaction of TiO{sub 2} and Ti induced metastable FCC and monoclinic TiO{sub x}. • Compositions of mixed powder were prepared from the unmilled and pre-milled powders. • Nitridation of TiO{sub x} yielded TiO{sub x}N{sub y} phase. • Mixed morphology was observed on all three powder samples.

  11. The fast method of Cu-porphyrin complex synthesis for potential use in positron emission tomography imaging.

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    Kilian, Krzysztof; Pęgier, Maria; Pyrzyńska, Krystyna

    2016-04-15

    Porphyrin based photosensitizers are useful agents for photodynamic therapy and fluorescence imaging of cancer. Additionally, porphyrins are excellent metal chelators, forming stable metalo-complexes and (64)Cu isotope can serve as a positron emitter (t1/2=12.7h). The other advantage of (64)Cu is its decay characteristics that facilitates the use of (64)Cu-porphyrin complex as a therapeutic agent. Thus, (64)Cu chelation with porphyrin photosensitizer may become a simple and versatile labeling strategy for clinical positron emission tomography. The present study reports a convenient method for the synthesis of Cu complex with tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (TCPP). The experimental conditions for labeling, such as the metal-to-ligand molar ratio, pH and time of reaction were optimized to achieve a high complexation efficiency in a short period of time as possible. In order to accelerate the metallation, the use of substitution reactions of cadmium or lead porphyrin and the presence of reducing agent, such as ascorbic acid, hydroxylamine and flavonoid - morin, were evaluated. The optimum conditions for the synthesis of the copper complex were borate buffer at pH9 with the addition of 10-fold molar excess, with respect to Cu(2+) ions and TCPP and ascorbic acid which resulted in reduction of the reaction time from 30 min to below 1 min.

  12. The fast method of Cu-porphyrin complex synthesis for potential use in positron emission tomography imaging

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    Kilian, Krzysztof; Pęgier, Maria; Pyrzyńska, Krystyna

    2016-04-01

    Porphyrin based photosensitizers are useful agents for photodynamic therapy and fluorescence imaging of cancer. Additionally, porphyrins are excellent metal chelators, forming stable metalo-complexes and 64Cu isotope can serve as a positron emitter (t1/2 = 12.7 h). The other advantage of 64Cu is its decay characteristics that facilitates the use of 64Cu-porphyrin complex as a therapeutic agent. Thus, 64Cu chelation with porphyrin photosensitizer may become a simple and versatile labeling strategy for clinical positron emission tomography. The present study reports a convenient method for the synthesis of Cu complex with tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (TCPP). The experimental conditions for labeling, such as the metal-to-ligand molar ratio, pH and time of reaction were optimized to achieve a high complexation efficiency in a short period of time as possible. In order to accelerate the metallation, the use of substitution reactions of cadmium or lead porphyrin and the presence of reducing agent, such as ascorbic acid, hydroxylamine and flavonoid - morin, were evaluated. The optimum conditions for the synthesis of the copper complex were borate buffer at pH 9 with the addition of 10-fold molar excess, with respect to Cu2 + ions and TCPP and ascorbic acid which resulted in reduction of the reaction time from 30 min to below 1 min.

  13. Selective aspect ratio of CNTs based on annealing temperature by TCVD method

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    Yousefi, Amin Termeh; Mahmood, Mohamad Rusop; Ikeda, Shoichiro

    2016-07-01

    Various aspect ratios of CNTs reported based on alteration of annealing temperature using thermal-chemical vapor deposition (TCVD) method. Also the growth dependent and independent parameters of the carbon nanotube (CNTs) array were studied as a function of synthesis method. The FESEM images indicate that the nanotubes are approximately perpendicular to the surface of the silicon substrate and form carbon nanotubes in different aspect ratios according to the applied annealing temperature. Furthermore, due to the optimized results it can be observed that, the mechanism of the CNTs growth is still present in the annealing step as well as deposition process and the most CNTs with crystalline aspect, produced in the annealing temperature, which was optimized at 700 - 900 ˚C. This result demonstrates that the growth rate, mass production, diameter, density, and crystallinity of CNT can be controlled by the annealing temperature.

  14. One-pot synthesis of magnetic graphene nanocomposites decorated with core@double-shell nanoparticles for fast chromium removal.

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    Zhu, Jiahua; Wei, Suying; Gu, Hongbo; Rapole, Sowjanya B; Wang, Qiang; Luo, Zhiping; Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Young, David P; Guo, Zhanhu

    2012-01-17

    A facile thermodecomposition process to synthesize magnetic graphene nanocomposites (MGNCs) is reported. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and energy filtered elemental mapping revealed a core@double-shell structure of the nanoparticles with crystalline iron as the core, iron oxide as the inner shell and amorphous Si-S-O compound as the outer shell. The MGNCs demonstrate an extremely fast Cr(VI) removal from the wastewater with a high removal efficiency and with an almost complete removal of Cr(VI) within 5 min. The adsorption kinetics follows the pseudo-second-order model and the novel MGNC adsorbent exhibits better Cr(VI) removal efficiency in solutions with low pH. The large saturation magnetization (96.3 emu/g) of the synthesized nanoparticles allows fast separation of the MGNCs from liquid suspension. By using a permanent magnet, the recycling process of both the MGNC adsorbents and the adsorbed Cr(VI) is more energetically and economically sustainable. The significantly reduced treatment time required to remove the Cr(VI) and the applicability in treating the solutions with low pH make MGNCs promising for the efficient removal of heavy metals from the wastewater.

  15. Manipulation of magnetic properties of glass-coated microwires by annealing

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    Zhukov, A., E-mail: arkadi.joukov@ehu.es [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Fac. Quimicas, UPV/EHU, 20009 San Sebastian (Spain); IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48011 Bilbao (Spain); Chichay, K. [Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, 236041 Kaliningrad (Russian Federation); Talaat, A. [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Fac. Quimicas, UPV/EHU, 20009 San Sebastian (Spain); Rodionova, V. [Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, 236041 Kaliningrad (Russian Federation); National University of Science and Technology (MISIS), 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Blanco, J.M. [Dpto. Física Aplicada, EUPDS Basque Country University UPV/EHU (Spain); Ipatov, M.; Zhukova, V. [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Fac. Quimicas, UPV/EHU, 20009 San Sebastian (Spain)

    2015-06-01

    We demonstrated that magnetic properties (hysteresis loops, domain wall propagation and giant magnetoimpedance effect) of Fe and Co-rich amorphous microwires can be tailored by stress and conventional annealing. Observed dependences discussed considering stress relaxation, back stresses and change of the magnetostriction after samples annealing. These considerations have been proved by experimental observation of the change of the magnetostriction coefficient sign induced by annealing. - Highlights: • Manipulation of hysteresis loop of amorphous Co–Fe- rich microwires by annealing. • Coexistence of Giant magnetoimpedance effect and fast domain wall propagation in the same sample. • Evidence of annealing dependence of the magnetostriction coefficient. • Effect of stress induced anisotropy on magnetic properties and GMI effect.

  16. Effect of annealing on the mechanical and scratch properties of BCN films obtained by magnetron sputtering deposition

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    Xu, Shuyan, E-mail: xsynefu@126.com [Key Laboratory of Forest Sustainable Management and Environmental Microorganism Engineering of Heilongjiang Province, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040 (China); Ma, Xinxin [School of Material Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Wen, Huiying [Key Laboratory of Forest Sustainable Management and Environmental Microorganism Engineering of Heilongjiang Province, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040 (China); Tang, Guangze [School of Material Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Li, Chunwei [Key Laboratory of Forest Sustainable Management and Environmental Microorganism Engineering of Heilongjiang Province, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040 (China)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • The amorphous BCN films were annealed at different temperatures under vacuum condition. • The order degree increases with the annealing temperature increasing, and the films do not decompose even the annealing temperature rise to 1000 °C. • The nano-hardness and modulus of the films decrease with the increasing of annealing temperatures. • The critical load of BCN films is not affected by the annealing temperature, and the films have good interfacial adhesion. • The scratch resistance properties of BCN film are improved by annealing at 600 °C. - Abstract: Boron-carbon-nitride (BCN) films have been fabricated by direct current unbalanced magnetron sputtering. Boron carbide/graphite compound and a mixture of nitrogen and argon are used as target and carrier gas, respectively, during BCN synthesis. The obtained BCN films are annealed at different temperatures under vacuum condition. The effect of annealing temperature on the structure, mechanical properties and scratch behavior of the BCN films has been investigated. The results indicate that no decomposition products are found even the BCN films are annealed at 1000 °C. The hardness and elastic modulus of the films decrease with the increase of annealing temperatures. The BCN film annealed at 600 °C has the strongest scratch resistance. The friction coefficient of all BCN films is in range of 0.05 to 0.15.

  17. Fast synthesis of ultrathin ZnO nanowires by oxidation of Cu/Zn stacks in low-pressure afterglow

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    Altaweel, A.; Imam, A.; Ghanbaja, J.; Mangin, D.; Miska, P.; Gries, T.; Belmonte, T.

    2017-02-01

    The synthesis of ultrathin, single-crystalline zinc oxide nanowires was achieved by treating in a flowing microwave plasma oxidation process, zinc films coated beforehand by a sputtered thin buffer layer of copper. The aspect ratio of the nanowires can be controlled by the following experimental parameters: treatment duration, furnace temperature, oxygen concentration. An average diameter of 6 nm correlated with a mean length of 750 nm can be reached with a fairly high surface number density for very short treatments, typically less than 1 min. The oxidized samples are characterized by means of SEM, XRD, SIMS, HRTEM and EDX techniques. Structural characterization reveals that these nanowires are single-crystalline, with the wurtzite phase of ZnO. Nanowires are only composed of ZnO without copper particles inside or at the end of the nanowires. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence measurements confirm that ZnO nanowires are of high crystalline quality and thin enough to produce quantum confinement.

  18. Fast and Convenient Synthesis of Amine-Terminated Polylactide as a Macroinitiator for ω-Benzyloxycarbonyl-L-Lysine-N-Carboxyanhydrides

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    Mingjie Ju

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Amine-terminated poly (L-lactide (NH2-PLLA with various chain lengths were successfully synthesized by sequential tert-butyl-N-(3-hydroxypropyl carbamate initiated bulk ring-opening polymerization (ROP of L-lactide (L-LA in the presence of Stannous(II 2-ethylhexanoate (Sn(Oct2 and deprotection of the N-tert-butoxycarbonyl (Boc group at the end of the polymer chain. The polymers obtained were characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, and GPC method. NH2-PLLA thus prepared was used to initiate the polymerization of ω-benzyloxycarbonyl-L-lysine-N-carboxyanhydride (Lys (Z-NCA, and the result confirmed the high nucleophilicity of the terminal amine group. This method was not only suitable for the preparation of low molecular weight NH2-PLLA, but also quite efficient in the synthesis of high molecular weight samples.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of a porous and hydrophobic cellulose-based composite for efficient and fast oil-water separation.

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    Wang, Xiangyun; Xu, Shimei; Tan, Yun; Du, Juan; Wang, Jide

    2016-04-20

    Oily wastewater is generated in diverse industrial processes, and its treatment has become crucial due to increasing environmental concerns. Herein, silanized cellulose was prepared by sol-gel reaction between microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (HDTMS) using for oil-water separation. The silanized cellulose was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). A higher mass ratio of HDTMS to MCC made silanized cellulose become looser, and showed lower water absorbency. The silanized cellulose exhibited specific separation performance towards vegetable oil-water mixture (not for mineral oil-water mixture) with separation efficiency of 99.93%. Moreover, the separation was fast with a water flux of 4628.5Lm(-2)h(-1). The separation efficiency still remained at 99.77% even after recycling for 10 times.

  20. Thermal Annealing of Exfoliated Graphene

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    Wang Xueshen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Monolayer graphene is obtained by mechanical exfoliation using scotch tapes. The effects of thermal annealing on the tape residues and edges of graphene are researched. Atomic force microscope images showed that almost all the residues could be removed in N2/H2 at 400°C but only agglomerated in vacuum. Raman spectra of the annealed graphene show both the 2D peak and G peak blueshift. The full width at half maximum (FWHM of the 2D peak becomes larger and the intensity ratio of the 2D peak to G peak decreases. The edges of graphene are completely attached to the surface of the substrate after annealing.

  1. Coexisting role of fasting or feeding and dietary lipids in the control of gene expression of enzymes involved in the synthesis of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

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    Rodríguez-Cruz, Maricela; Sánchez González, Raúl; Sánchez García, Apolos M; Lòpez-Alarcòn, Mardia

    2012-03-15

    In the liver, maintaining lipid homeostasis is regulated by physiological and exogenous factors. These lipids are synthesized by Fasn, elongases and desaturases. Interactions in an organism among these factors are quite complex and, to date, relatively little is known about them. The aim of this study was to evaluate the coexisting role of physiological (insulin, fasting and feeding) and exogenous (dietary lipids) factors in the control of gene expression of Fasn, elongases and desaturases via Srebf-1c in liver from rats. Gene expression of encoding enzymes for fatty acid synthesis and fatty acid composition was evaluated in liver from rats in fasting and feeding (at 30, 60, 90 and 120 min after feeding) when food intake (adequate or high-lipid diet) was synchronized to a restricted period of 7h. Fasn, Scd and Fads2 were induced during 120 min after initial feeding in both dietary groups. This induction may be activated in part by insulin via Srebf-1c. Also, we showed for the first time that Elovl7 may be regulated by insulin and dietary lipids. The failure to synthesize saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids is consistent with a downregulation of Fasn and Scd, respectively, by dietary lipids. A higher content of LC-PUFAs was observed due to a high expression of Elovl2 and Elovl5, although Fads2 was suppressed by dietary lipids. Therefore, elongases may have a mechanism that is Srebf-1c-independent. This study suggests that a high-lipid diet triggers, during 120 min after initial feeding, a tight coordination among de novo lipogenesis, elongation, and desaturation and may not always be regulated by Srebf-1c. Finally, upregulation by feeding (insulin) of Fasn, Scd, Fads2 and Srebf-1c is insufficient to compensate for the inhibitory effect of dietary lipids. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. A simple fast microwave-assisted synthesis of thermoelectric bismuth telluride nanoparticles from homogeneous reaction-mixture

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    Pradhan, Susmita; Das, Rashmita; Bhar, Radhaballabh; Bandyopadhyay, Rajib; Pramanik, Panchanan

    2017-02-01

    A new simple chemical method for synthesis of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) has been developed by microwave assisted reduction of homogeneous tartrate complexes of bismuth and tellurium metal ions with hydrazine. The reaction is performed at pH 10. The nano-crystallites have rhombohedral phase identified by XRD. The size distribution of nanoparticle is narrow and it ranges between 50 to 70 nm. FESEM shows that the fine powders are composed of small crystallites. The TEM micrographs show mostly deformed spherical particles and the lattice fringes are found to be 0.137 nm. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis shows the atomic composition ratio between bismuth and tellurium is 2:3. Thermoelectric properties of the materials are studied after sintering by spark plasma sintering method (SPS). The grain size of the material after sintering is in the nanometer range. The material shows enhanced Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity value at 300 K. The figure of merit is found to be 1.18 at 300 K.

  3. Fast and facile preparation of CTAB based gels and their applications in Au and Ag nanoparticles synthesis

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    Upadhyay, Ravi Kant, E-mail: rkupadhyay85@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Budh Nagar, 201314 Uttar Pradesh (India); Soin, Navneet, E-mail: n.soin@bolton.ac.uk [Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC), Institute for Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI), University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB (United Kingdom); Saha, Susmita, E-mail: ssaha@bose.res.in [Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Sciences, S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Block JD, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700 098 (India); Barman, Anjan, E-mail: abarman@bose.res.in [Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Sciences, S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Block JD, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700 098 (India); Sinha Roy, Susanta, E-mail: susanta.roy@snu.edu.in [Department of Physics, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Budh Nagar, 201314 Uttar Pradesh (India)

    2015-04-15

    We have demonstrated that the gel-like mesophase of Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) can be synthesized by judicial adjustment of water to surfactant molar ratio (W{sub 0}), without using any additional salts, gelating agents or co-surfactants. Gel formation was found to be highly dependent on the water to surfactant molar ratio (W{sub 0}), with the lowest value of W{sub 0} (41.5) resulting in rapid gel formation. Environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) analysis revealed that the gel was comprised of interconnected cylindrical structures. The presence of hydrogen bonding in the gel-like mesophase was confirmed by Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis. Rheology measurements revealed that all the gel samples were highly viscoelastic in nature. Furthermore, Au and Ag containing CTAB gels were explored as precursors for the preparation of spherical Gold (Au) and Silver (Ag) nanoparticles using Sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) as reducing agent. The effects of NaBH{sub 4} concentration on the particle size and morphology of the Au and Ag nanoparticles have also been studied. - Highlights: • A facile synthesis of CTAB based gel-like mesophase is reported. • CTAB gels were obtained by adjusting water to surfactant molar ratio (W{sub 0}). • FTIR analysis revealed that hydrogen bonding plays a key role in gel formation. • Au, Ag nanoparticles were synthesized by using CTAB gel and NaBH{sub 4}.

  4. Pure monoclinic La(1-x)Eu(x)PO₄ micro-/nano-structures: fast synthesis, shape evolution and optical properties.

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    Chen, Huanhuan; Ni, Yonghong; Ma, Xiang; Hong, Jianming

    2014-08-15

    Rare-earth-doped LaPO4 crystals have been attracting considerable interest. In this work, we reported the fast syntheses of LaPO4 and Eu-doped LaPO4 crystals via a simple oil-bath route, employing La(NO3)3 and KH2PO4 as the original reactants, Eu2O3 as the dopant. The reaction was carried out in ethylene glycol system at 120°C for 30 min without any assistance of surfactants or templates. X-ray powder diffraction analyses showed that pure monoclinic LaPO4 form was obtained in the system without Eu(3+) ions, and the above phase was not changed after integrating Eu(3+) ions into LaPO4 matrix. However, electron microscopy observations discovered that the integration of Eu(3+) ions into LaPO4 matrix obviously changed the morphology and size of the final La(1-x)Eu(x)PO4 crystals. With the increase in Eu(3+) amount from 0 to 0.35, the shape of the final product varied from homogeneous egg-like nanospheroids, to irregular grains with microscales, and to homogeneous microspheroids. Also, the Eu(3+) ion content in La(1-x)Eu(x)PO4 markedly affected the photoluminescence properties of the final product. When x=0.2, the product exhibited the strongest PL emission.

  5. Synthesis of nano-scale fast ion conducting cubic Li7La3Zr2O12

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    Sakamoto, Jeff; Rangasamy, Ezhiylmurugan; Kim, Hyunjoung; Kim, Yunsung; Wolfenstine, Jeff

    2013-10-01

    A solution-based process was investigated for synthesizing cubic Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO), which is known to exhibit the unprecedented combination of fast ionic conductivity, and stability in air and against Li. Sol-gel chemistry was developed to prepare solid metal-oxide networks consisting of 10 nm cross-links that formed the cubic LLZO phase at 600 ° C. Sol-gel LLZO powders were sintered into 96% dense pellets using an induction hot press that applied pressure while heating. After sintering, the average LLZO grain size was 260 nm, which is 13 times smaller compared to LLZO prepared using a solid-state technique. The total ionic conductivity was 0.4 mS cm-1 at 298 K, which is the same as solid-state synthesized LLZO. Interestingly, despite the same room temperature conductivity, the sol-gel LLZO total activation energy is 0.41 eV, which 1.6 times higher than that observed in solid-state LLZO (0.26 eV). We believe the nano-scale grain boundaries give rise to unique transport phenomena that are more sensitive to temperature when compared to the conventional solid-state LLZO.

  6. Annealing properties of rice starch.

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    Thermal properties of starch can be modified by annealing, i.e., a pre-treatment in excessive amounts of water at temperatures below the gelatinization temperatures. This treatment is known to improve the crystalline properties, and is a useful tool to gain a better control of the functional proper...

  7. A fast transfer-free synthesis of high-quality monolayer graphene on insulating substrates by a simple rapid thermal treatment.

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    Wu, Zefei; Guo, Yanqing; Guo, Yuzheng; Huang, Rui; Xu, Shuigang; Song, Jie; Lu, Huanhuan; Lin, Zhenxu; Han, Yu; Li, Hongliang; Han, Tianyi; Lin, Jiangxiazi; Wu, Yingying; Long, Gen; Cai, Yuan; Cheng, Chun; Su, Dangsheng; Robertson, John; Wang, Ning

    2016-02-07

    The transfer-free synthesis of high-quality, large-area graphene on a given dielectric substrate, which is highly desirable for device applications, remains a significant challenge. In this paper, we report on a simple rapid thermal treatment (RTT) method for the fast and direct growth of high-quality, large-scale monolayer graphene on a SiO2/Si substrate from solid carbon sources. The stack structure of a solid carbon layer/copper film/SiO2 is adopted in the RTT process. The inserted copper film does not only act as an active catalyst for the carbon precursor but also serves as a "filter" that prevents premature carbon dissolution, and thus, contributes to graphene growth on SiO2/Si. The produced graphene exhibits a high carrier mobility of up to 3000 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at room temperature and standard half-integer quantum oscillations. Our work provides a promising simple transfer-free approach using solid carbon sources to obtain high-quality graphene for practical applications.

  8. Fast synthesis of porous NiCo2O4 hollow nanospheres for a high-sensitivity non-enzymatic glucose sensor

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    Huang, Wei; Cao, Yang; Chen, Yong; Peng, Juan; Lai, Xiaoyong; Tu, Jinchun

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, we report the fast synthesis of porous NiCo2O4 hollow nanospheres via a polycrystalline Cu2O-templated route based on the elaborately designed "coordinating etching and precipitating" process. The composition and morphology of the porous NiCo2O4 hollow nanospheres were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The electron-transfer capability and electrocatalytic activity of the materials were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. NiCo2O4 was endowed with superior electron-transfer capability, large surface area, and abundant intrinsic redox couples of Ni2+/Ni3+ and Co2+/Co3+ ions; thus, the modified electrode exhibited excellent glucose-sensing properties, with a high sensitivity of 1917 μA·mM-1·cm-2 at a low concentration, a good linear range from 0.01 mM to 0.30 mM and from 0.30 mM to 2.24 mM, and a low detection limit of 0.6 μM (S/N = 3).

  9. Ultra-fast preparation of high-performance thermoelectric bulk TiNiSb0.05Sn0.95 by microwave synthesis.

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    Li, Y; Cheng, C; Lei, Y; Wang, M; Wan, R D

    2016-12-20

    The antimony-doped half-Heusler thermoelectric bulk TiNiSb0.05Sn0.95 was prepared via ultra-fast 4.5 min microwave synthesis, cold-press forming and 20 min microwave pressureless sintering. The electrical properties i.e. the Seebeck coefficient (S), electrical resistivity (ρ), and carrier concentration (n) and mobility (μ) were measured on a Seebeck coefficient/resistance analysis system (S/RAs) and Hall effect measurement system (HEMS), respectively. The thermal conductivity (κ) was measured on a laser flash thermal analyzer (LFA). The results show that a high purity single phase was obtained after microwave sintering. The electrical resistivity is 2.70-5.33 μΩ m at temperatures ranging from ∼300 to 773 K. The highest power factor of 4042 μW m(-1) K(-2) was achieved at 473 K. The microstructure analyses show that numerous circular intercrystalline pores caused by microwave sintering are present within the TiNiSn grains. The lattice and total thermal conductivity are 1.76-3.77 and 4.66-5.98 W m(-1) K(-1). The highest thermoelectric figure of merit of 0.44 was achieved at 623 K.

  10. Miktoarms hyperbranched polymer brushes:One-step fast synthesis by parallel click chemistry and hierarchical self-assembly

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    2010-01-01

    Spherical molecular brushes with amphiphilic heteroarms were facilely synthesized by grafting the arms of hydrophobic 2-azidoethyle palmitate and hydrophilic monoazide-terminated poly(ethylene glycol) onto the core of alkyne-modified hyperbranched polyglycerol (HPG) with high molecular weight (Mn=122 kDa) via one-pot parallel click chemistry.The parallel click grafting strategy was demonstrated to be highly efficient (~100%),very fast (~ 2 h) and well controllable to the amphilicity of molecular brushes.Through adjusting the feeding ratio of hydrophobic and hydrophilic arms,a series of brushes with different arm ratios were readily obtained.The resulting miktoarms hyperbranched polymer brushes (HPG-g-C16/PEG350) were characterized by hydrogen-nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR),Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy,gel permeation chromatography (GPC),and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements.The spherical molecular brushes showed high molecular weights up to 230 kDa,and thus could be visualized by atomic force microscopy (AFM).AFM and dynamic laser light scattering (DLS) were employed to investigate the self-assembly properties of amphiphilic molecular brushes with closed proportion of hydrophobic and hydrophilic arms.The brushes could self-assemble hierarchically into spherical micelles,and network-like fibre structures,and again spherical micelles by addition of n-hexane into the dichloromethane or chloroform solution of brushes.In addition,this kind of miktoarms polymer brush also showed the ability of dye loading via host-guest encapsulation,which promises the potential application of spherical molecular brushes in supramolecular chemistry.

  11. Post annealing investigations of thin praseodymia films on Si(111)

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    Gevers, Sebastian; Bruns, Daniel; Weisemoeller, Thomas; Deiter, Carsten; Wollschlaeger, Joachim [Fachbereich Physik, Universitaet Osnabrueck (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Due to its large oxygen capacity and oxygen mobility praseodymia is interesting for applications in modern heterogenous catalysis. For instance the selectivity of praseodymia for carbon compounds is advantageous in olefiant gas synthesis. The investigation of annealing processes leads to a better understanding of the oxygen transport in the praseodymia films. In this context thin PrO{sub 2} films were annealed at temperatures from 300 C up to 600 C under UHV conditions before they were analysed with spot analysis profile low electron energy diffraction (SPALEED). The diffraction pattern indicates a phase transition to Pr{sub 2}O{sub 3} at the surface. Furthermore X-ray diffraction experiments (XRD) show a partial subsurface phase transition from PrO{sub 2} into various oxidation states including Pr{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  12. Feasibility of Simulated Annealing Tomography

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    Vo, Nghia T; Moser, Herbert O

    2014-01-01

    Simulated annealing tomography (SAT) is a simple iterative image reconstruction technique which can yield a superior reconstruction compared with filtered back-projection (FBP). However, the very high computational cost of iteratively calculating discrete Radon transform (DRT) has limited the feasibility of this technique. In this paper, we propose an approach based on the pre-calculated intersection lengths array (PILA) which helps to remove the step of computing DRT in the simulated annealing procedure and speed up SAT by over 300 times. The enhancement of convergence speed of the reconstruction process using the best of multiple-estimate (BoME) strategy is introduced. The performance of SAT under different conditions and in comparison with other methods is demonstrated by numerical experiments.

  13. Recursive simulation of quantum annealing

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    Sowa, A P; Samson, J H; Savel'ev, S E; Zagoskin, A M; Heidel, S; Zúñiga-Anaya, J C

    2015-01-01

    The evaluation of the performance of adiabatic annealers is hindered by lack of efficient algorithms for simulating their behaviour. We exploit the analyticity of the standard model for the adiabatic quantum process to develop an efficient recursive method for its numerical simulation in case of both unitary and non-unitary evolution. Numerical simulations show distinctly different distributions for the most important figure of merit of adiabatic quantum computing --- the success probability --- in these two cases.

  14. Residual entropy and simulated annealing

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    Ettelaie, R.; Moore, M. A.

    1985-01-01

    Determining the residual entropy in the simulated annealing approach to optimization is shown to provide useful information on the true ground state energy. The one-dimensional Ising spin glass is studied to exemplify the procedure and in this case the residual entropy is related to the number of one-spin flip stable metastable states. The residual entropy decreases to zero only logarithmically slowly with the inverse cooling rate.

  15. Simulated annealing model of acupuncture

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    Shang, Charles; Szu, Harold

    2015-05-01

    The growth control singularity model suggests that acupuncture points (acupoints) originate from organizers in embryogenesis. Organizers are singular points in growth control. Acupuncture can cause perturbation of a system with effects similar to simulated annealing. In clinical trial, the goal of a treatment is to relieve certain disorder which corresponds to reaching certain local optimum in simulated annealing. The self-organizing effect of the system is limited and related to the person's general health and age. Perturbation at acupoints can lead a stronger local excitation (analogous to higher annealing temperature) compared to perturbation at non-singular points (placebo control points). Such difference diminishes as the number of perturbed points increases due to the wider distribution of the limited self-organizing activity. This model explains the following facts from systematic reviews of acupuncture trials: 1. Properly chosen single acupoint treatment for certain disorder can lead to highly repeatable efficacy above placebo 2. When multiple acupoints are used, the result can be highly repeatable if the patients are relatively healthy and young but are usually mixed if the patients are old, frail and have multiple disorders at the same time as the number of local optima or comorbidities increases. 3. As number of acupoints used increases, the efficacy difference between sham and real acupuncture often diminishes. It predicted that the efficacy of acupuncture is negatively correlated to the disease chronicity, severity and patient's age. This is the first biological - physical model of acupuncture which can predict and guide clinical acupuncture research.

  16. Formation of light-emitting Si nanostructures in SiO(2) by pulsed anneals.

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    Kachurin, G A; Cherkova, S G; Marin, D V; Yankov, R A; Deutschmann, M

    2008-09-03

    Intense excimer laser pulses, flash lamp annealing and rapid thermal annealing were used to form Si nanocrystals in thin SiO(2) layers implanted with high doses of Si ions. The pulse durations were 20 ns, 20 ms and 1 s, respectively. Laser annealing produced light sources luminescing in the wavelength range of 400-600 nm. They were attributed to the Si clusters formed as a result of the fast segregation of Si atoms from the SiO(2) network. There were no indications of nanocrystal formation in the as-implanted layers after 20 ns laser pulses; however, nanocrystals formed when, before the laser annealing, the amorphous Si nanoprecipitates were prepared in the oxide layers. Evaluations show that the crystallization may proceed via melting. A photoluminescence band near 800 nm, typical of Si nanocrystals, was found after 20 ms and 1 s anneals. Calculations revealed that the annealing times in both cases were too short to provide the diffusion-limited crystal growth if one uses the values of stationary Si diffusivity in SiO(2). This points toward the existence of a transient rapid growth process at the very beginning of the anneals.

  17. Formation of light-emitting Si nanostructures in SiO{sub 2} by pulsed anneals

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    Kachurin, G A; Cherkova, S G; Marin, D V [Institute of Semiconductor Physics SO RAN, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Yankov, R A [Forschungszentrum Rossendorf, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Deutschmann, M [Laser Zentrum Hannover, 30419 Hannover (Germany)

    2008-09-03

    Intense excimer laser pulses, flash lamp annealing and rapid thermal annealing were used to form Si nanocrystals in thin SiO{sub 2} layers implanted with high doses of Si ions. The pulse durations were 20 ns, 20 ms and 1 s, respectively. Laser annealing produced light sources luminescing in the wavelength range of 400-600 nm. They were attributed to the Si clusters formed as a result of the fast segregation of Si atoms from the SiO{sub 2} network. There were no indications of nanocrystal formation in the as-implanted layers after 20 ns laser pulses; however, nanocrystals formed when, before the laser annealing, the amorphous Si nanoprecipitates were prepared in the oxide layers. Evaluations show that the crystallization may proceed via melting. A photoluminescence band near 800 nm, typical of Si nanocrystals, was found after 20 ms and 1 s anneals. Calculations revealed that the annealing times in both cases were too short to provide the diffusion-limited crystal growth if one uses the values of stationary Si diffusivity in SiO{sub 2}. This points toward the existence of a transient rapid growth process at the very beginning of the anneals.

  18. Formation of light-emitting Si nanostructures in SiO2 by pulsed anneals

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    Kachurin, G. A.; Cherkova, S. G.; Marin, D. V.; Yankov, R. A.; Deutschmann, M.

    2008-09-01

    Intense excimer laser pulses, flash lamp annealing and rapid thermal annealing were used to form Si nanocrystals in thin SiO2 layers implanted with high doses of Si ions. The pulse durations were 20 ns, 20 ms and 1 s, respectively. Laser annealing produced light sources luminescing in the wavelength range of 400-600 nm. They were attributed to the Si clusters formed as a result of the fast segregation of Si atoms from the SiO2 network. There were no indications of nanocrystal formation in the as-implanted layers after 20 ns laser pulses; however, nanocrystals formed when, before the laser annealing, the amorphous Si nanoprecipitates were prepared in the oxide layers. Evaluations show that the crystallization may proceed via melting. A photoluminescence band near 800 nm, typical of Si nanocrystals, was found after 20 ms and 1 s anneals. Calculations revealed that the annealing times in both cases were too short to provide the diffusion-limited crystal growth if one uses the values of stationary Si diffusivity in SiO2. This points toward the existence of a transient rapid growth process at the very beginning of the anneals.

  19. Investigation of solvent annealing time dependence on morphology formation in polystyrene-block-polylactide thin films

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    Gnabasik, Ryan; Nelson, Gunnar; Baruth, Andrew

    2015-03-01

    Solvent vapor annealing exposes a block polymer film to the vapors of one or more solvents, swelling the film. This process increases polymer mobility and can direct a self-assembly process by tuning the surface energy. Despite its efficacy to produce well-ordered, periodic nanostructures, no standardized production scheme exists. This is primarily due to a lack of understanding the intricate role multiple, incommensurate parameters play. By analogy to thermal annealing of elemental solids, the time a thin film spends in an equilibrium solvent concentration is one factor that will dictate the degree of ordering. To elucidate, optimized annealing conditions for perpendicular cylinder forming polystyrene-block-polylactide exist at solvent concentrations just below the order-disorder transition, where the kinetic and thermal processes required for recrystallization and crystal growth are optimally fast (similar to thermal annealing). By use of a purpose-built, climate-controlled solvent annealing chamber, we map out the annealing time dependence for non-optimized solvent concentrations. Namely, at lower solvent concentrations, where mobility is limited, longer times are required for large lateral correlation lengths. In situ spectral reflectance monitors solvent concentration, regulated viaa mass-flow controlled solvent inlet, offering precision control over annealing. Atomic force microscopy, in conjunction with O2 plasma etching, provides 3-dimensional imaging of the nanoscale morphology. This work was funded by NASA Nebraska Space Grant.

  20. Strong white photoluminescence from annealed zeolites

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    Bai, Zhenhua, E-mail: baizh46@gmail.com [School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637457 (Singapore); Fujii, Minoru; Imakita, Kenji; Hayashi, Shinji [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan)

    2014-01-15

    The optical properties of zeolites annealed at various temperatures are investigated for the first time. The annealed zeolites exhibit strong white photoluminescence (PL) under ultraviolet light excitation. With increasing annealing temperature, the emission intensity of annealed zeolites first increases and then decreases. At the same time, the PL peak red-shifts from 495 nm to 530 nm, and then returns to 500 nm. The strongest emission appears when the annealing temperature is 500 °C. The quantum yield of the sample is measured to be ∼10%. The PL lifetime monotonously increases from 223 μs to 251 μs with increasing annealing temperature. The origin of white PL is ascribed to oxygen vacancies formed during the annealing process. -- Highlights: • The optical properties of zeolites annealed at various temperatures are investigated. • The annealed zeolites exhibit strong white photoluminescence. • The maximum PL enhancement reaches as large as 62 times. • The lifetime shows little dependence on annealing temperature. • The origin of white emission is ascribed to the oxygen vacancies.

  1. Pulse combustion reactor as a fast and scalable synthetic method for preparation of Li-ion cathode materials

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    Križan, Gregor; Križan, Janez; Dominko, Robert; Gaberšček, Miran

    2017-09-01

    In this work a novel pulse combustion reactor method for preparation of Li-ion cathode materials is introduced. Its advantages and potential challenges are demonstrated on two widely studied cathode materials, LiFePO4/C and Li-rich NMC. By exploiting the nature of efficiency of pulse combustion we have successfully established a slightly reductive or oxidative environment necessary for synthesis. As a whole, the proposed method is fast, environmentally friendly and easy to scale. An important advantage of the proposed method is that it preferentially yields small-sized powders (in the nanometric range) at a fast production rate of 2 s. A potential disadvantage is the relatively high degree of disorder of synthesized active material which however can be removed using a post-annealing step. This additional step allows a further tuning of materials morphology as shown and commented in some detail.

  2. Loviisa Unit One: Annealing - healing

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    Kohopaeae, J.; Virsu, R. [ed.; Henriksson, A. [ed.

    1997-11-01

    Unit 1 of the Loviisa nuclear powerplant was annealed in connection with the refuelling outage in the summer of 1996. This type of heat treatment restored the toughness properties of the pressure vessel weld, which had been embrittled be neutron radiation, so that it is almost equivalent to a new weld. The treatment itself was an ordinary metallurgical procedure that took only a few days. But the material studies that preceded it began over fifteen years ago and have put IVO at the forefront of world-wide expertise in the area of radiation embrittlement

  3. Keystream Generator Based On Simulated Annealing

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    Ayad A. Abdulsalam

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Advances in the design of keystream generator using heuristic techniques are reported. A simulated annealing algorithm for generating random keystream with large complexity is presented. Simulated annealing technique is adapted to locate these requirements. The definitions for some cryptographic properties are generalized, providing a measure suitable for use as an objective function in a simulated annealing algorithm, seeking randomness that satisfy both correlation immunity and the large linear complexity. Results are presented demonstrating the effectiveness of the method.

  4. Rayleigh wave inversion using heat-bath simulated annealing algorithm

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    Lu, Yongxu; Peng, Suping; Du, Wenfeng; Zhang, Xiaoyang; Ma, Zhenyuan; Lin, Peng

    2016-11-01

    The dispersion of Rayleigh waves can be used to obtain near-surface shear (S)-wave velocity profiles. This is performed mainly by inversion of the phase velocity dispersion curves, which has been proven to be a highly nonlinear and multimodal problem, and it is unsuitable to use local search methods (LSMs) as the inversion algorithm. In this study, a new strategy is proposed based on a variant of simulated annealing (SA) algorithm. SA, which simulates the annealing procedure of crystalline solids in nature, is one of the global search methods (GSMs). There are many variants of SA, most of which contain two steps: the perturbation of model and the Metropolis-criterion-based acceptance of the new model. In this paper we propose a one-step SA variant known as heat-bath SA. To test the performance of the heat-bath SA, two models are created. Both noise-free and noisy synthetic data are generated. Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) algorithm and a variant of SA, known as the fast simulated annealing (FSA) algorithm, are also adopted for comparison. The inverted results of the synthetic data show that the heat-bath SA algorithm is a reasonable choice for Rayleigh wave dispersion curve inversion. Finally, a real-world inversion example from a coal mine in northwestern China is shown, which proves that the scheme we propose is applicable.

  5. DOE`s annealing prototype demonstration projects

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    Warren, J.; Nakos, J.; Rochau, G.

    1997-02-01

    One of the challenges U.S. utilities face in addressing technical issues associated with the aging of nuclear power plants is the long-term effect of plant operation on reactor pressure vessels (RPVs). As a nuclear plant operates, its RPV is exposed to neutrons. For certain plants, this neutron exposure can cause embrittlement of some of the RPV welds which can shorten the useful life of the RPV. This RPV embrittlement issue has the potential to affect the continued operation of a number of operating U.S. pressurized water reactor (PWR) plants. However, RPV material properties affected by long-term irradiation are recoverable through a thermal annealing treatment of the RPV. Although a dozen Russian-designed RPVs and several U.S. military vessels have been successfully annealed, U.S. utilities have stated that a successful annealing demonstration of a U.S. RPV is a prerequisite for annealing a licensed U.S. nuclear power plant. In May 1995, the Department of Energy`s Sandia National Laboratories awarded two cost-shared contracts to evaluate the feasibility of annealing U.S. licensed plants by conducting an anneal of an installed RPV using two different heating technologies. The contracts were awarded to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Center for Research and Technology Development (CRTD) and MPR Associates (MPR). The ASME team completed its annealing prototype demonstration in July 1996, using an indirect gas furnace at the uncompleted Public Service of Indiana`s Marble Hill nuclear power plant. The MPR team`s annealing prototype demonstration was scheduled to be completed in early 1997, using a direct heat electrical furnace at the uncompleted Consumers Power Company`s nuclear power plant at Midland, Michigan. This paper describes the Department`s annealing prototype demonstration goals and objectives; the tasks, deliverables, and results to date for each annealing prototype demonstration; and the remaining annealing technology challenges.

  6. Chemical Annealing of Zinc Tetraphenylporphyrin Films: Effects on Film Morphology and Organic Photovoltaic Performance

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    Trinh, Cong

    2012-07-10

    We present a chemical annealing process for organic thin films. In this process, a thin film of a molecular material, such as zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP), is exposed to a vapor of nitrogen-based ligand (e.g., pyrazine, pz, and triazine, tz), forming a film composed of the metal-ligand complex. Fast and quantitative formation of the complex leads to marked changes in the morphology and optical properties of the film. X-ray diffraction studies show that the chemical annealing process converts amorphous ZnTPP films to crystalline ZnTPP•ligand films, whose porphryin planes lie nearly parallel to the substrate (average deviation is 8° for the ZnTPP•pz film). Organic solar cells were prepared with ZnTPP donor and C 60 acceptor layers. Devices were prepared with and without chemical annealing of the ZnTPP layer with a pyrazine ligand. The devices with chemically annealed ZnTPP donor layer show an increase in short-circuit current (J SC) and fill factor (FF) relative to analogous unannealed devices, presumably because of enhanced exciton diffusion length and improved charge conductivity. The open circuit voltages (V OC) of the chemically annealed devices are lower than their unannealed counterpart because of enhanced polaron pair recombination at the donor/acceptor heterojunction. A net improvement of 5-20% in efficiency has been achieved, after chemical annealing of ZnTPP films with pyrazine. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  7. Modernizing quantum annealing using local searches

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    Chancellor, Nicholas

    2017-02-01

    I describe how real quantum annealers may be used to perform local (in state space) searches around specified states, rather than the global searches traditionally implemented in the quantum annealing algorithm (QAA). Such protocols will have numerous advantages over simple quantum annealing. By using such searches the effect of problem mis-specification can be reduced, as only energy differences between the searched states will be relevant. The QAA is an analogue of simulated annealing, a classical numerical technique which has now been superseded. Hence, I explore two strategies to use an annealer in a way which takes advantage of modern classical optimization algorithms. Specifically, I show how sequential calls to quantum annealers can be used to construct analogues of population annealing and parallel tempering which use quantum searches as subroutines. The techniques given here can be applied not only to optimization, but also to sampling. I examine the feasibility of these protocols on real devices and note that implementing such protocols should require minimal if any change to the current design of the flux qubit-based annealers by D-Wave Systems Inc. I further provide proof-of-principle numerical experiments based on quantum Monte Carlo that demonstrate simple examples of the discussed techniques.

  8. Understanding the microwave annealing of silicon

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    Chaochao Fu

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Though microwave annealing appears to be very appealing due to its unique features, lacking an in-depth understanding and accurate model hinder its application in semiconductor processing. In this paper, the physics-based model and accurate calculation for the microwave annealing of silicon are presented. Both thermal effects, including ohmic conduction loss and dielectric polarization loss, and non-thermal effects are thoroughly analyzed. We designed unique experiments to verify the mechanism and extract relevant parameters. We also explicitly illustrate the dynamic interaction processes of the microwave annealing of silicon. This work provides an in-depth understanding that can expedite the application of microwave annealing in semiconductor processing and open the door to implementing microwave annealing for future research and applications.

  9. Annealing of natural metamict zircons: II high degree of radiation damage

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    Colombo, M

    1998-01-01

    In situ time-dependent high-temperature X-ray powder diffraction was used to study the amorphous to crystalline transition in natural zircons which are characterized by a high degree of radiation damage. It was possible to distinguish two stages of the annealing process: (i) the recovery of the heavily disturbed but still crystalline domains and (ii) the recrystallization of the amorphous regions. The first stage is very fast under the chosen experimental conditions and, at least apparently, is not thermally activated. The second stage is a diffusion-controlled process, whose products (zircon or zircon and zirconia phases) are strongly correlated to the annealing temperature.

  10. Room-temperature Fast Synthesis of Composition-adjustable Pt–Pd Alloy Sub-10-nm Nanoparticle Networks with Improved Electrocatalytic Activities

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    Hou, Shuangxia; Xu, You; Liu, Yang; Xu, Rui; Zhang, Bin

    2012-01-01

    Pt–Pd alloy nanoparticle networks (Pt–Pd NN) with adjustable composition have been fast synthesized through a one-step room-temperature coreduction method in a water/ethylene glycol (EG) system...

  11. Cylinder packing by simulated annealing

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    M. Helena Correia

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper is motivated by the problem of loading identical items of circular base (tubes, rolls, ... into a rectangular base (the pallet. For practical reasons, all the loaded items are considered to have the same height. The resolution of this problem consists in determining the positioning pattern of the circular bases of the items on the rectangular pallet, while maximizing the number of items. This pattern will be repeated for each layer stacked on the pallet. Two algorithms based on the meta-heuristic Simulated Annealing have been developed and implemented. The tuning of these algorithms parameters implied running intensive tests in order to improve its efficiency. The algorithms developed were easily extended to the case of non-identical circles.Este artigo aborda o problema de posicionamento de objetos de base circular (tubos, rolos, ... sobre uma base retangular de maiores dimensões. Por razões práticas, considera-se que todos os objetos a carregar apresentam a mesma altura. A resolução do problema consiste na determinação do padrão de posicionamento das bases circulares dos referidos objetos sobre a base de forma retangular, tendo como objetivo a maximização do número de objetos estritamente posicionados no interior dessa base. Este padrão de posicionamento será repetido em cada uma das camadas a carregar sobre a base retangular. Apresentam-se dois algoritmos para a resolução do problema. Estes algoritmos baseiam-se numa meta-heurística, Simulated Annealling, cuja afinação de parâmetros requereu a execução de testes intensivos com o objetivo de atingir um elevado grau de eficiência no seu desempenho. As características dos algoritmos implementados permitiram que a sua extensão à consideração de círculos com raios diferentes fosse facilmente conseguida.

  12. Precision Laser Annealing of Focal Plane Arrays

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    Bender, Daniel A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); DeRose, Christopher [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Starbuck, Andrew Lea [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Verley, Jason C. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Jenkins, Mark W. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-09-01

    We present results from laser annealing experiments in Si using a passively Q-switched Nd:YAG microlaser. Exposure with laser at fluence values above the damage threshold of commercially available photodiodes results in electrical damage (as measured by an increase in photodiode dark current). We show that increasing the laser fluence to values in excess of the damage threshold can result in annealing of a damage site and a reduction in detector dark current by as much as 100x in some cases. A still further increase in fluence results in irreparable damage. Thus we demonstrate the presence of a laser annealing window over which performance of damaged detectors can be at least partially reconstituted. Moreover dark current reduction is observed over the entire operating range of the diode indicating that device performance has been improved for all values of reverse bias voltage. Additionally, we will present results of laser annealing in Si waveguides. By exposing a small (<10 um) length of a Si waveguide to an annealing laser pulse, the longitudinal phase of light acquired in propagating through the waveguide can be modified with high precision, <15 milliradian per laser pulse. Phase tuning by 180 degrees is exhibited with multiple exposures to one arm of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer at fluence values below the morphological damage threshold of an etched Si waveguide. No reduction in optical transmission at 1550 nm was found after 220 annealing laser shots. Modeling results for laser annealing in Si are also presented.

  13. Laser annealing and defect study of chalcogenide photovoltaic materials

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    Bhatia, Ashish

    Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe), CuZnSn(S,Se)4(CZTSSe), etc., are the potential chalcogenide semiconductors being investigated for next-generation thin film photovoltaics (TFPV). While the champion cell efficiency of CIGSe has exceeded 20%, CZTSSe has crossed the 10% mark. This work investigates the effect of laser annealing on CISe films, and compares the electrical characteristics of CIGSe (chalcopyrite) and CZTSe (kesterite) solar cells. Chapter 1 through 3 provide a background on semiconductors and TFPV, properties of chalcopyrite and kesterite materials, and their characterization using deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and thermal admittance spectroscopy (TAS). Chapter 4 investigates electrochemical deposition (nonvacuum synthesis) of CISe followed by continuous wave laser annealing (CWLA) using a 1064 nm laser. It is found that CWLA at ≈ 50 W/cm2 results in structural changes without melting and dewetting of the films. While Cu-poor samples show about 40% reduction in the full width at half maximum of the respective x-ray diffraction peaks, identically treated Cu-rich samples register more than 80% reduction. This study demonstrates that an entirely solid-phase laser annealing path exists for chalcopyrite phase formation and crystallization. Chapter 5 investigates the changes in defect populations after pulse laser annealing in submelting regime of electrochemically deposited and furnace annealed CISe films. DLTS on Schottky diodes reveal that the ionization energy of the dominant majority carrier defect state changes nonmonotonically from 215+/-10 meV for the reference sample, to 330+/-10 meV for samples irradiated at 20 and 30 mJ/cm2, and then back to 215+/-10 meV for samples irradiated at 40 mJ/cm2. A hypothesis involving competing processes of diffusion of Cu and laser-induced generation of In vacancies may explain this behavior. Chapter 6 compares the electrical characteristics of chalcopyrite and kesterite materials. Experiments reveal CZTSe cell has an

  14. Fast and low-cost synthesis of 1D ZnO–TiO{sub 2} core–shell nanoarrays: Characterization and enhanced photo-electrochemical performance for water splitting

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    Hernández, Simelys, E-mail: simelys.hernandez@iit.it [Center for Space Human Robotics (IIT-POLITO), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy); Cauda, Valentina; Hidalgo, Diana; Farías Rivera, Vivian; Manfredi, Diego; Chiodoni, Angelica [Center for Space Human Robotics (IIT-POLITO), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy); Pirri, Fabrizio C. [Center for Space Human Robotics (IIT-POLITO), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy); Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Simple, fast and low-cost synthesis of 1-D ZnO–TiO{sub 2} core–shell heterostructures. • ZnO NWs completely covered with a shell of anatase TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals in only 3 min. • The TiO{sub 2} shell thickness depends on the impregnation time in the titania synthesis bath. • 2-fold enhancement of photo-electrochemical activity and better stability of ZnONWs. • Forty- times higher photocurrent densities than TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles film. - Abstract: We report on a simple, fast and low-cost synthesis procedure for the complete covering of zinc oxide (ZnO) 1D nanostructures with a protective shell of titania (TiO{sub 2}) nanoparticles. ZnO nanowires (NWs) were grown on transparent F-doped Tin Oxide (FTO) conductive layer on glass by seed layer-assisted hydrothermal route in aqueous media, while the titania shell was deposited on the ZnO NWs through an in situ non-acid sol–gel synthesis. The nanowires impregnation time in the titania sol was varied from 3 to 10 min. The resulting core–shell ZnO–TiO{sub 2} structures were characterized by different techniques, including Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-ray diffraction and UV–Vis spectroscopy, confirming the uniform coverage of the wurzite ZnO NWs with anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (NPs), with a shell thickness dependent on the impregnation time in the titania synthesis bath. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) tests of the ZnO–TiO{sub 2} material, used as anode for the water splitting reaction, confirmed the formation of the heterojunction by the enhanced photocurrent densities, reaching values of about 0.7 mA/cm{sup 2} under simulated solar light (AM1.5G, 100mW/cm{sup 2}). The core–shell photo-anodes performance was about twice and forty- times better than the ones with a film of equivalent thickness of bare ZnO NWs and TiO{sub 2} NPs, respectively. Steady-state measures of the photocurrent over the time and FESEM analysis confirmed that this procedure could be

  15. Cathodo- and photoluminescence increase in amorphous hafnium oxide under annealing in oxygen

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    Ivanova, E. V., E-mail: ivanova@mail.ioffe.ru; Zamoryanskaya, M. V. [Ioffe Physical Technical Institute (Russian Federation); Pustovarov, V. A. [Ural State Technical University (Russian Federation); Aliev, V. Sh.; Gritsenko, V. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Siberian Branch (Russian Federation); Yelisseyev, A. P. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch (Russian Federation)

    2015-04-15

    Cathodo- and photoluminescence of amorphous nonstoichiometric films of hafnium oxide are studied with the aim to verify the hypothesis that oxygen vacancies are responsible for the luminescence. To produce oxygen vacancies, hafnium oxide was enriched in surplus metal during synthesis. To reduce the oxygen concentration, the film was annealed in oxygen. A qualitative control of the oxygen concentration was carried out by the refractive index. In the initial, almost stoichiometric films we observed a 2.7-eV band in cathodoluminescence. Annealing in oxygen results in a considerable increase in its intensity, as well as in the appearance of new bands at 1.87, 2.14, 3.40, and 3.6 eV. The observed emission bands are supposed to be due to single oxygen vacancies and polyvacancies in hafnium oxide. The luminescence increase under annealing in an oxygen atmosphere may be a result of the emission quenching effect.

  16. Systematical investigation on the luminescence enhancement of PbWO4 crystals by doping and annealing

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    Huang, Yanlin

    2004-01-01

    PbWO4 crystal has been chosen for a scintillating detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in CERN due to its high density, short radiation length and fast decay time. Extensive investigations have been done around the world to improve the scintillation performance by annealing treatment and aliavalent ion doping in the crystals. The works in this report are focused on the enhancement of light yield in PbWO4 crystals by doping and annealing, and excellent scintillation performance still are kept for this material. The doping ions in the crystal include monovalent ions, trivalent ions and co-doping between different aliavalent ions. Many results were first report in the material. Meanwhile, the annealing mechanism and aliavalent ion doping mechanism from viewpoint of microstructure were also discussed. Besides, these results reveal also that PWO might have potential use in the PET material, even in the optoelectronic application.

  17. Global warming: Temperature estimation in annealers

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    Jack Raymond

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Sampling from a Boltzmann distribution is NP-hard and so requires heuristic approaches. Quantum annealing is one promising candidate. The failure of annealing dynamics to equilibrate on practical time scales is a well understood limitation, but does not always prevent a heuristically useful distribution from being generated. In this paper we evaluate several methods for determining a useful operational temperature range for annealers. We show that, even where distributions deviate from the Boltzmann distribution due to ergodicity breaking, these estimates can be useful. We introduce the concepts of local and global temperatures that are captured by different estimation methods. We argue that for practical application it often makes sense to analyze annealers that are subject to post-processing in order to isolate the macroscopic distribution deviations that are a practical barrier to their application.

  18. Study on Microwave Catalytic Fast Synthesis of 10-acetoxy Decanonic Acid%微波催化快速合成10-乙酰氧基癸酸的研究

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    黎彧; 黄利

    2011-01-01

    [目的] 探索用微波催化技术快速合成10-乙酰氧基癸酸的工艺.[方法] 研制了用微波催化快速合成蜂王酸的中间体10-乙酰氧基癸酸的新工艺:原料为10-羟基癸酸8 9,乙酸酐40ml;微波功率为400W,并对产品进行熔点测定、元素分析和红外谱图分析.[结果] 微波催化快速合成10-乙酰氧癸酸的新工艺在反应物用量不变的条件下,产率为87.8%,比传统合成工艺增加9.8%,微波合成的每次反应时间由6h减小为20 min,反应速度是传统合成法的18倍.该产品经过熔点测定、元素分析和红外光谱表征证实为10-乙酰氧基癸酸.[结论] 采用微波体加热方式能使反应物快速有效地吸收热能,从而明显加快了反应速度.%[Objective] The study aimed to explore the fast synthesis of 10-acetoxy decanonic acid by the microwave catalytic technology. [ Method] A new technology for the fast synthesis of the royal jelly acid intermediate as 10- acetoxy decanonic acid by the microwave catalytic technology was developed as follows;, the reagents were 10-hydroxy decanonic acid of 8 g and acetic anhydride of 40 mL and the microwave power was 400 W. The product was made for the melting point detection, element analysis and infrared spectrum diagram analysis. [Result] The new technology of fast synthesis of 10- acetoxy decanonic acid by the microwave catalytic technology had the yield of 87. 8% under the condition of constant reactant dosage, increasing 9. 8% than that by the traditional synthesis method and the every reaction time in the microwave synthesis was reduced from 6 h to 16 min, with the reaction speed being 18 times of that by the traditional synthesis method. The product was confirmed as the 10-acetoxy decanonic acid through the melting point detection, element analysis and infrared spectrum diagram characterization. [ Conclusion] Using the microwave heating mode could quickly and effectively absorb the heat energy, which obviously

  19. Quantum Adiabatic Evolution Algorithms versus Simulated Annealing

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    Farhi, E; Gutmann, S; Farhi, Edward; Goldstone, Jeffrey; Gutmann, Sam

    2002-01-01

    We explain why quantum adiabatic evolution and simulated annealing perform similarly in certain examples of searching for the minimum of a cost function of n bits. In these examples each bit is treated symmetrically so the cost function depends only on the Hamming weight of the n bits. We also give two examples, closely related to these, where the similarity breaks down in that the quantum adiabatic algorithm succeeds in polynomial time whereas simulated annealing requires exponential time.

  20. Development of titania nanotube arrays: The roles of water content and annealing atmosphere

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    Ratnawati, E-mail: rnwt63@yahoo.co.id [Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424 (Indonesia); Chemical Engineering Department, Institut Teknologi Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan 15320 (Indonesia); Gunlazuardi, Jarnuzi, E-mail: jarnuzi@ui.ac.id [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424 (Indonesia); Slamet, E-mail: slamet@che.ui.ac.id [Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424 (Indonesia)

    2015-06-15

    The effect of water content in the electrolyte solution during annealing process in the synthesis and modification of titania nanotube arrays (TNTAs) by anodic oxidation process has been investigated. Variations in annealing technique that leading to some specific properties of the TNTAs produced have been examined. Doped-TNTAs were obtained by the in-situ anodic oxidation method in glycerol containing fluoride solution followed by annealing to induce crystallization. FESEM and SEM results indicated that TNTAs with inner diameters of 49–80 nm, wall thicknesses from 28 to 42 nm and lengths from 1407 to 1570 nm were synthesized. At water content of 25 v% in the electrolyte solution, self-organized with vertical, ordered of TNTAs with relatively uniform diameter was observed. Suitable morphology of TNTAs such as well developed tubes, vertically oriented, highly ordered, long with optimal diameter and wall thickness of TNTAs could suppress recombination of electrons–holes and, therefore, increase photoelectrochemical properties. Annealing with H{sub 2}/Ar is found to be efficient for introducing dopant C and N into the lattice of TNTAs to form Ti–O–C and N–Ti–O (FTIR analysis). Therefore, the reducing band gap can be obtained (UV–Vis DRS analysis). Annealing under H{sub 2}/Ar of as-synt TNTAs with water content of 25 v% in the electrolyte solution produced anatase phase (XRD analysis) and showed optimal condition in producing the highest photocurrent density. - Highlights: • Water content of 25 v%, annealing with 20% H{sub 2} produced highest photocurrent of TNTAs. • Vertically oriented, long with optimal wall thickness of TNTAs increase photocurrent. • Annealing with H{sub 2}/Ar plays an effective role in reducing the band gap.

  1. Influence of alloying and secondary annealing on anneal hardening effect at sintered copper alloys

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    Svetlana Nestorovic

    2005-08-01

    This paper reports results of investigation carried out on sintered copper alloys (Cu, 8 at%; Zn, Ni, Al and Cu–Au with 4 at%Au). The alloys were subjected to cold rolling (30, 50 and 70%) and annealed isochronally up to recrystallization temperature. Changes in hardness and electrical conductivity were followed in order to investigate the anneal hardening effect. This effect was observed after secondary annealing also. Au and Al have been found to be more effective in inducing anneal hardening effect.

  2. Comparative study of the performance of quantum annealing and simulated annealing.

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    Nishimori, Hidetoshi; Tsuda, Junichi; Knysh, Sergey

    2015-01-01

    Relations of simulated annealing and quantum annealing are studied by a mapping from the transition matrix of classical Markovian dynamics of the Ising model to a quantum Hamiltonian and vice versa. It is shown that these two operators, the transition matrix and the Hamiltonian, share the eigenvalue spectrum. Thus, if simulated annealing with slow temperature change does not encounter a difficulty caused by an exponentially long relaxation time at a first-order phase transition, the same is true for the corresponding process of quantum annealing in the adiabatic limit. One of the important differences between the classical-to-quantum mapping and the converse quantum-to-classical mapping is that the Markovian dynamics of a short-range Ising model is mapped to a short-range quantum system, but the converse mapping from a short-range quantum system to a classical one results in long-range interactions. This leads to a difference in efficiencies that simulated annealing can be efficiently simulated by quantum annealing but the converse is not necessarily true. We conclude that quantum annealing is easier to implement and is more flexible than simulated annealing. We also point out that the present mapping can be extended to accommodate explicit time dependence of temperature, which is used to justify the quantum-mechanical analysis of simulated annealing by Somma, Batista, and Ortiz. Additionally, an alternative method to solve the nonequilibrium dynamics of the one-dimensional Ising model is provided through the classical-to-quantum mapping.

  3. Nanocrystalline magnetic materials obtained by flash annealing

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    R.K. Murakami

    1999-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present work was to produce enhanced-remanence nanocrystalline magnetic material by crystallizing amorphous or partially amorphous Pr4.5Fe77B18.5 alloys by the flash annealing process, also known as the dc-Joule heating process, and to determine the optimal conditions for obtaining good magnetic coupling between the magnetic phases present in this material. Ribbons of Pr4.5Fe77B18.5 were produced by melt spinning and then annealed for 10-30 s at temperatures 500 - 640 °C by passing current through the sample to develop the enhanced-remanence nanocrystalline magnetic material. These materials were studied by X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis and magnetic measurements. Coercivity increases of up to 15% were systematically observed in relation to furnace-annealed material. Two different samples were carefully examined: (i a sample annealed at 600 °C which showed the highest coercive field Hc and remanence ratio Mr/Ms and (ii a sample annealed at 520 °C which showed phase separation in the second quadrant demagnetization curve. Our results are in agreement with other studies which show that flash annealing improves the magnetic properties of some amorphous ferromagnetic ribbons.

  4. Reduced-Complexity Deterministic Annealing for Vector Quantizer Design

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    Ortega Antonio

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a reduced-complexity deterministic annealing (DA approach for vector quantizer (VQ design by using soft information processing with simplified assignment measures. Low-complexity distributions are designed to mimic the Gibbs distribution, where the latter is the optimal distribution used in the standard DA method. These low-complexity distributions are simple enough to facilitate fast computation, but at the same time they can closely approximate the Gibbs distribution to result in near-optimal performance. We have also derived the theoretical performance loss at a given system entropy due to using the simple soft measures instead of the optimal Gibbs measure. We use thederived result to obtain optimal annealing schedules for the simple soft measures that approximate the annealing schedule for the optimal Gibbs distribution. The proposed reduced-complexity DA algorithms have significantly improved the quality of the final codebooks compared to the generalized Lloyd algorithm and standard stochastic relaxation techniques, both with and without the pairwise nearest neighbor (PNN codebook initialization. The proposed algorithms are able to evade the local minima and the results show that they are not sensitive to the choice of the initial codebook. Compared to the standard DA approach, the reduced-complexity DA algorithms can operate over 100 times faster with negligible performance difference. For example, for the design of a 16-dimensional vector quantizer having a rate of 0.4375 bit/sample for Gaussian source, the standard DA algorithm achieved 3.60 dB performance in 16 483 CPU seconds, whereas the reduced-complexity DA algorithm achieved the same performance in 136 CPU seconds. Other than VQ design, the DA techniques are applicable to problems such as classification, clustering, and resource allocation.

  5. Multiphase Simulated Annealing Based on Boltzmann and Bose-Einstein Distribution Applied to Protein Folding Problem

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    Juan Frausto-Solis

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A new hybrid Multiphase Simulated Annealing Algorithm using Boltzmann and Bose-Einstein distributions (MPSABBE is proposed. MPSABBE was designed for solving the Protein Folding Problem (PFP instances. This new approach has four phases: (i Multiquenching Phase (MQP, (ii Boltzmann Annealing Phase (BAP, (iii Bose-Einstein Annealing Phase (BEAP, and (iv Dynamical Equilibrium Phase (DEP. BAP and BEAP are simulated annealing searching procedures based on Boltzmann and Bose-Einstein distributions, respectively. DEP is also a simulated annealing search procedure, which is applied at the final temperature of the fourth phase, which can be seen as a second Bose-Einstein phase. MQP is a search process that ranges from extremely high to high temperatures, applying a very fast cooling process, and is not very restrictive to accept new solutions. However, BAP and BEAP range from high to low and from low to very low temperatures, respectively. They are more restrictive for accepting new solutions. DEP uses a particular heuristic to detect the stochastic equilibrium by applying a least squares method during its execution. MPSABBE parameters are tuned with an analytical method, which considers the maximal and minimal deterioration of problem instances. MPSABBE was tested with several instances of PFP, showing that the use of both distributions is better than using only the Boltzmann distribution on the classical SA.

  6. Effect of Whole-Body X-Irradiation of the Synthesis of Individual Fatty Acids in Liver Slices from Normal and Fasted Rats

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    Hansen, Heinz Johs. Max; Hansen, Lisbeth Grænge; Faber, M.

    1965-01-01

    (1) Using (2-14C) acetate and (1-14C) butyrate as precursors, rat-liver fatty acids were synthesized in vitro and assayed by paper chromatography. (2) Whole-body x-irradiation induced a change in the synthetic pattern of hepatic fatty acids towards a relatively enhanced synthesis of palmitic acid...

  7. An Application of Simulated Annealing to Scheduling Army Unit Training

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    1986-10-01

    Simulated annealing operates by analogy to the metalurgy process which strengthens metals through successive heating and cooling. The method is highly...diminishing returns is observed. The simulated annealing heuristic operates by analogy to annealing in physical systems. Annealing in a physical

  8. Dissipative Landau-Zener problem and thermally assisted Quantum Annealing

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    Arceci, Luca; Barbarino, Simone; Fazio, Rosario; Santoro, Giuseppe E.

    2017-08-01

    We revisit here the issue of thermally assisted Quantum Annealing by a detailed study of the dissipative Landau-Zener problem in the presence of a Caldeira-Leggett bath of harmonic oscillators, using both a weak-coupling quantum master equation and a quasiadiabatic path-integral approach. Building on the known zero-temperature exact results [Wubs et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 200404 (2006), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.200404], we show that a finite temperature bath can have a beneficial effect on the ground-state probability only if it couples also to a spin direction that is transverse with respect to the driving field, while no improvement is obtained for the more commonly studied purely longitudinal coupling. In particular, we also highlight that, for a transverse coupling, raising the bath temperature further improves the ground-state probability in the fast-driving regime. We discuss the relevance of these findings for the current quantum-annealing flux qubit chips.

  9. Origin of reverse annealing effect in hydrogen-implanted silicon

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    Di, Zengfeng [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Nastasi, Michael A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Wang, Yongqiang [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    In contradiction to conventional damage annealing, thermally annealed H-implanted Si exhibits an increase in damage or reverse annealing behavior, whose mechanism has remained elusive. On the basis of quantitative high resolution transmission electron microscopy combined with channeling Rutherford backscattering analysis, we conclusively elucidate that the reverse annealing effect is due to the nucleation and growth of hydrogen-induce platelets. Platelets are responsible for an increase in the height and width the channeling damage peak following increased isochronal anneals.

  10. Effect of annealing prior to cold rolling on magnetic and mechanical properties of low carbon non-oriented electrical steels

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    Gutierrez-Castaneda, E.J., E-mail: emmanuel.gutierrez@yahoo.com.mx [Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional (CINVESTAV-IPN), Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Carretera Saltillo-Monterrey, Km 13.5, 25900 Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, P.O. Box 663, Saltillo Coahuila, 25000 (Mexico); Salinas-Rodriguez, A., E-mail: armando.salinas@cinvestav.edu.mx [Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional (CINVESTAV-IPN), Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Carretera Saltillo-Monterrey, Km 13.5, 25900 Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, P.O. Box 663, Saltillo Coahuila, 25000 (Mexico)

    2011-10-15

    The effects of annealing prior to cold rolling on the microstructure, magnetic and mechanical properties of low-C grain non-oriented (GNO) electrical steels have been investigated. The grain structure of hot-rolled electrical steel strips is modified by annealing at temperatures between 700 and 1050 deg. C. Annealing at temperatures less than the ferrite to austenite+ferrite transformation temperature on heating (Ac{sub 1}) causes a marginal effect on the grain size. However, annealing in the intercritical region at temperatures between Ac{sub 1} and Ac{sub 3} (the ferrite+austenite to austenite transformation temperature on heating) causes rapid decarburization and development of large columnar ferrite grains free of carbide particles. This microstructure leads, after cold rolling and a fast annealing treatment, to carbide free, large ferrite grain microstructures with magnetic and mechanical properties superior to those observed typically in the same steel in the industrially fully processed condition. These results are attributed to the increment in grain size and to the {l_brace}1 0 0{r_brace} fiber texture developed during the final annealing at temperatures up to 850 deg. C. Annealing at higher temperatures, T>Ac{sub 3}, results in a strong {l_brace}1 1 1{r_brace} fiber texture and an increase of the quantity of second phase particles present in the microstructure, which lead to a negative effect on the final properties. The results suggest that annealing prior to cold rolling offers an attractive alternative processing route for the manufacture of fully processed low C GNO electrical steels strips. - Highlights: > Electrical steels are produced by an alternative processing route. > Annealing of the hot rolled electrical steel strips causes rapid decarburization. > Development of the <1 0 0>//ND texture results in better magnetic properties. > Magnetic properties of electrical steels depend on the grain size and texture. > Second phase particles and grain

  11. Stochastic annealing simulation of cascades in metals

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    Heinisch, H.L.

    1996-04-01

    The stochastic annealing simulation code ALSOME is used to investigate quantitatively the differential production of mobile vacancy and SIA defects as a function of temperature for isolated 25 KeV cascades in copper generated by MD simulations. The ALSOME code and cascade annealing simulations are described. The annealing simulations indicate that the above Stage V, where the cascade vacancy clusters are unstable,m nearly 80% of the post-quench vacancies escape the cascade volume, while about half of the post-quench SIAs remain in clusters. The results are sensitive to the relative fractions of SIAs that occur in small, highly mobile clusters and large stable clusters, respectively, which may be dependent on the cascade energy.

  12. Structural relaxation in annealed hyperquenched basaltic glasses

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    Guo, Xiaoju; Mauro, John C.; Potuzak, M.

    2012-01-01

    The enthalpy relaxation behavior of hyperquenched (HQ) and annealed hyperquenched (AHQ) basaltic glass is investigated through calorimetric measurements. The results reveal a common onset temperature of the glass transition for all the HQ and AHQ glasses under study, indicating that the primary r...... relaxation is activated at the same temperature regardless of the initial departure from equilibrium. The analysis of secondary relaxation at different annealing temperatures provides insights into the enthalpy recovery of HQ glasses.......The enthalpy relaxation behavior of hyperquenched (HQ) and annealed hyperquenched (AHQ) basaltic glass is investigated through calorimetric measurements. The results reveal a common onset temperature of the glass transition for all the HQ and AHQ glasses under study, indicating that the primary...

  13. Quantum annealing correction with minor embedding

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    Vinci, Walter; Albash, Tameem; Paz-Silva, Gerardo; Hen, Itay; Lidar, Daniel A.

    2015-10-01

    Quantum annealing provides a promising route for the development of quantum optimization devices, but the usefulness of such devices will be limited in part by the range of implementable problems as dictated by hardware constraints. To overcome constraints imposed by restricted connectivity between qubits, a larger set of interactions can be approximated using minor embedding techniques whereby several physical qubits are used to represent a single logical qubit. However, minor embedding introduces new types of errors due to its approximate nature. We introduce and study quantum annealing correction schemes designed to improve the performance of quantum annealers in conjunction with minor embedding, thus leading to a hybrid scheme defined over an encoded graph. We argue that this scheme can be efficiently decoded using an energy minimization technique provided the density of errors does not exceed the per-site percolation threshold of the encoded graph. We test the hybrid scheme using a D-Wave Two processor on problems for which the encoded graph is a two-level grid and the Ising model is known to be NP-hard. The problems we consider are frustrated Ising model problem instances with "planted" (a priori known) solutions. Applied in conjunction with optimized energy penalties and decoding techniques, we find that this approach enables the quantum annealer to solve minor embedded instances with significantly higher success probability than it would without error correction. Our work demonstrates that quantum annealing correction can and should be used to improve the robustness of quantum annealing not only for natively embeddable problems but also when minor embedding is used to extend the connectivity of physical devices.

  14. Enhanced piecewise regression based on deterministic annealing

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    ZHANG JiangShe; YANG YuQian; CHEN XiaoWen; ZHOU ChengHu

    2008-01-01

    Regression is one of the important problems in statistical learning theory. This paper proves the global convergence of the piecewise regression algorithm based on deterministic annealing and continuity of global minimum of free energy w.r.t temperature, and derives a new simplified formula to compute the initial critical temperature. A new enhanced piecewise regression algorithm by using "migration of prototypes" is proposed to eliminate "empty cell" in the annealing process. Numerical experiments on several benchmark datasets show that the new algo-rithm can remove redundancy and improve generalization of the piecewise regres-sion model.

  15. Synthesis of kaolin supported nanoscale zero-valent iron and its degradation mechanism of Direct Fast Black G in aqueous solution

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    Jin, Xiaoying; Chen, Zhengxian [Fujian Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350007, Fujian Province (China); Zhou, Rongbing [Institute of Environ Sci and Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310018 (China); Chen, Zuliang, E-mail: Zuliang.chen@unisa.edu.au [Fujian Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350007, Fujian Province (China); Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095 (Australia)

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: UV–visible spectra of DFBG solution using K-nZVI (1:1) nanoparticles. (a) Before reaction; (b) during reaction; (c) after reaction. - Highlights: • Kaolin-supported Fe{sup 0} nanoparticle (K-nZVI) was synthesized. • Degradation of Direct Fast Black by K-nZVI was studied. • K-nZVI was characterized by SEM, XRD, UV and FIIR. • Degradation mechanism of Direct Fast Black was proposed. - Abstract: Calcinated kaolin supported nanoscale zero-valent iron (K-nZVI) was synthesized and used for the removal of tetrad azo-group dye-Direct Fast Black G (DFBG) from aqueous solution. The results demonstrated that after reacting for 10 min with an initial concentration of DFBG 100 mg L{sup −1} (pH 9.49), 78.60% of DFBG was removed using K-nZVI, while only 41.39% and 12.56% of DFBG were removed using nZVI and kaolin, respectively. K-nZVI with a mass ratio of nZVI nanoparticles versus kaolin at 1:1 was found to have a high degree of reactivity. Furthermore, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) confirmed that nZVI was better dispersed when kaolin was present. XRD patterns indicated that iron oxides were formed after reaction. Fourier transforms infrared spectra (FTIR) and UV–visible demonstrated that the peak in the visible light region of DFBG was degraded and new bands were observed. Kinetics studies showed that the degradation of DFBG fitted well to the pseudo first-order model. The degradation of DFBG by K-nZVI was based on its adsorption onto kaolin and iron oxides, and subsequently reduction using nZVI was proposed. A significant outcome emerged in that 99.84% of DFBG in wastewater was removed using K-nZVI after reacting for 60 min.

  16. Fast and convenient synthesis of new symmetric pyrano[2,3-d:6,5-d']dipyrimidinones by an organocatalyzed annulation reaction

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    Mehdi Rimaz

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available A fast and facile one-pot procedure for the preparation of symmetric 5-Aryloyl-1,9-dimethyl-5,9-dihydro-2H-pyrano[2,3-d:6,5-d']dipyrimidine-2,4,6,8(1H,3H,7H-tetraone derivatives by two-component reaction of N-methylbarbituric acid and arylglyoxalmonohydrates catalyzed by DABCO in ethanol at 50 ºC is described. This protocol has the advantages of environmental friendless, very simple operation, high regio- and chemoselectivity and moderate to excellent yields.

  17. Annealing study of a bistable cluster defect

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    Junkes, Alexandra, E-mail: alexandra.junkes@desy.d [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); Eckstein, Doris [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); Pintilie, Ioana [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); NIMP Bucharest-Margurele (Romania); Makarenko, Leonid F. [Belarusian State University, Minsk (Belarus); Fretwurst, Eckhart [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany)

    2010-01-11

    This work deals with the influence of neutron and proton induced cluster related defects on the properties of n-type silicon detectors. Defect concentrations were obtained by means of Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) and Thermally Stimulated Current (TSC) technique, while the full depletion voltage and the reverse current were extracted from capacitance-voltage (C-V) and current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. The annealing behaviour of the reverse current can be correlated with the annealing of the cluster related defect levels labeled E4a and E4b by making use of their bistability. This bistability was characterised by isochronal and isothermal annealing studies and it was found that the development with increasing annealing temperature is similar to that of divacancies. This supports the assumption that E4a and E4b are vacancy related defects. In addition we observe an influence of the disordered regions on the shape and height of the DLTS or TSC signals corresponding to point defects like the vacancy-oxygen complex.

  18. Thermal annealing in neutron-irradiated tribromobenzenes

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    Siekierska, K.E.; Halpern, A.; Maddock, A. G.

    1968-01-01

    The distribution of 82Br among various products in neutron-irradiated isomers of tribromobenzene has been investigated, and the effect of thermal annealing examined. Reversed-phase partition chromatography was employed for the determination of radioactive organic products, and atomic bromine...

  19. Novel route for rapid sol-gel synthesis of hydroxyapatite, avoiding ageing and using fast drying with a 50-fold to 200-fold reduction in process time.

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    Ben-Arfa, Basam A E; Salvado, Isabel M Miranda; Ferreira, José M F; Pullar, Robert C

    2017-01-01

    We have developed an innovative, rapid sol-gel method of producing hydroxyapatite nanopowders that avoids the conventional lengthy ageing and drying processes (over a week), being 200 times quicker in comparison to conventional aqueous sol-gel preparation, and 50 times quicker than ethanol based sol-gel synthesis. Two different sets of experimental conditions, in terms of pH value (5.5 and 7.5), synthesis temperature (45 and 90°C), drying temperature (60 and 80°C) and calcination temperature (400 and 700°C) were explored. The products were characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD) Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and specific surface area (SSA) measurements. Pure hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, HAp) was obtained for the powders synthesised at pH7.5 and calcined at 400°C, while biphasic mixtures of HAp/β-tricalcium phosphate (β-Ca3(PO4)2, TCP) were produced at pH5.5 and (pH7.5 at elevated temperature). The novel rapid drying was up to 200 times faster than conventional drying, only needing 1h with no prior ageing step, and favoured the formation of smaller/finer nanopowders, while producing pure HAp or phase mixtures virtually identical to those obtained from the slow conventional drying method, despite the absence of a slow ageing process. The products of this novel rapid process were actually shown to have smaller crystallite sizes and larger SSA, which should result in increased bioactivity.

  20. Characterization of Annealed, Proton Exchange Optical Waveguides in Y-cut MgO∶LiNbO3 Crystal

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    CAO Xia; XIA Yuxing; YANG Yi; WANG Pinghe; CHEN Xianfeng

    2000-01-01

    It is reported the results of a systematic study on planar waveguides fabricated in Y-cut MgO∶LiNbO3 crystal. The index profile of the as-exchanged waveguide can be modeled as a step-like one. It is deduced the diffusion coefficient and the activation energy for the proton exchange process. The surface index increases Δne of around 0.127 after proton exchange can be reduced by post thermal annealing. The effects of the annealing on the index profile and guide depth were found not as fast as it does on a pure LiNbO3 crystal.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of MnWO4 nanoparticles encapsulated in mesoporous silica SBA-15 by fast microwave-assisted method

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    Hoang, Luc Huy; Hanh, Pham Van; Phu, Nguyen Dang; Chen, Xiang-Bai; Chou, Wu Ching

    2015-02-01

    The MnWO4 nanoparticles encapsulated in mesoporous silica (MnWO4/SBA-15) was successfully synthesized by a fast microwave-assisted method. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen absorption-desorption isotherm, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Our results showed that the MnWO4/SBA-15 nanocomposites have the ordered hexagonal meso-structure of SBA-15, indicating MnWO4 nanoparticles were successfully distributed into the channels of SBA-15. The size of MnWO4 nanoparticles in SBA-15 is significantly smaller than the size of MnWO4 nanoparticles prepared without SBA-15, indicating that the MnWO4/SBA15 nanocomposites would be very promising for improving photocatalytic activity of MnWO4 nanoparticles.

  2. NULL SYNTHESIS OF SCANNED LINEAR ARRAY ANTENNA WITH MINIMUM SIDE LOBE LEVEL AND FIXED DYNAMIC RANGE RATIO USING ITERATIVE FAST FOURIER TRANSFORM

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    B.C. Mahato

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a method based on iterative fast fourier technique for placing nulls in prescribed directions by amplitude-only control method in the radiation pattern of scanned linear array of uniformly spaced isotropic antennas with fixed dynamic range ratio of amplitude distribution and minimum peak side lobe level. Two examples have been presented, one with 20 isotropic antennas for placing two nulls and another with 22 isotropic antennas for placing wide null. Dynamic range ratio in both the cases has been fixed at 4.0.The method uses the property that for a linear array with uniform element spacing, an inverse Fourier transform relationship exists between the array factor and the element excitations.

  3. Influence of time of annealing on anneal hardening effect of a cast CuZn alloy

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    Nestorović Svetlana

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Investigated cast copper alloy containing 8at%Zn of a solute. For comparison parallel specimens made from cast pure copper. Copper and copper alloy were subjected to cold rolling with different a final reduction of 30,50 and 70%. The cold rolled copper and copper alloy samples were isochronally and isothermally annealed up to recrystallization temperature. After that the values of hardness, strength and electrical conductivity were measured and X-ray analysis was performed. These investigations show that anneal hardening effect at alloys was attained under recrystallization temperature in the temperature range of 180-3000C, followed with an increase in hardness. The amount of strengthening increase with increasing degree of prior cold work. Also the X-ray analysis show the change of lattice parameter during annealing when anneal hardening effect was attained.

  4. Fast frequency invariant transmit beampattern synthesis for wideband MIMO radar%宽带MIMO雷达频率不变发射方向图快速综合方法

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    杨涛; 苏涛; 张旺; 朱文涛

    2013-01-01

    A waveform diversity of multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar possesses flexible transmit beampattern synthesis. A fast wideband transmit beampattern synthesis algorithm based on frequency invariant beamformer (FIB) is proposed, the spectrum of wideband MIMO radar transmit waveforms is computed by the FIB, then an alternating matrix fitting method is used to design unimodular sequences. The proposed method does not require matrix inversion operation and has a much lower computation complexity compared with wideband beampattern formation via iterative techniques (WBFIT) due to the significant reduction of iteration order. The numerical results indicate that the proposed method performs similarly as WBFIT, but with only 10% of the computational costs.%多输入多输出(multiple-input multiple-output,MIMO)雷达的波形分集能力带来了灵活的发射波束方向图设计方法.针对均匀线阵提出了一种基于频率不变波束形成法快速综合宽带MIMO雷达发射方向图的方法,该方法利用频率不变波束形成法求解宽带MIMO雷达发射波形的频谱,采用交替矩阵匹配法设计恒模的发射波形.与基于两级迭代的宽带方向图综合方法(wideband beampattern formation via iterative techniques,WBFIT)相比,该方法无需矩阵求逆且迭代次数明显减少,大大降低了计算复杂度.计算机仿真结果表明,该方法具有与WBFIT法相近的宽带方向图综合性能,计算时间只有WBFIT方法的10%左右.

  5. An Effect of Annealing on Shielding Properties of Shungite

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    Belousova, E. S.; Mahmoud, M. Sh.; Lynkou, L. M.

    2013-05-01

    Annealing of shungite is studied in oxidizing conditions in a chamber with NH4Cl, and in vacuum at 900 °C for 2h. Frequency dependencies of transmission and reflection coefficients of annealed shungite are measured in the frequency range of 8-12 GHz. The minimum reflection at 8-10 GHz was shown for shungite annealed in the oxidizing atmosphere.

  6. Effect of ultra-fast mixing in a microchannel due to a soft wall on the room temperature synthesis of gold nanoparticles

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    M K S Verma; V Kumaran

    2015-05-01

    The room-temperature synthesis of mono-dispersed gold nanoparticles, by the reduction of chlorauric acid (HAuCl4) with tannic acid as the reducing and stabilizing agent, is carried out in a microchannel. The microchannel is fabricated with one soft wall, so that there is a spontaneous transition to turbulence, and thereby enhanced mixing, when the flow Reynolds number increases beyond a critical value. The objective of the study is to examine whether the nanoparticle size and polydispersity can be modified by enhancing the mixing in the microchannel device. The flow rates are varied in order to study nanoparticle formation both in laminar flow and in the chaotic flow after transition, and the molar ratio of the chlorauric acid to tannic acid is also varied to study the effect of molar ratio on nanoparticle size. The formation of gold nanoparticles is examined by UV-visual spectroscopy and the size distribution is determined using scanning electron microscopy. The synthesized nanoparticles size decreases from ≥6 nm to ≤4 nm when the molar ratio of chlorauric acid to tannic acid is increased from 1 to 20. It is found that there is no systematic variation of nanoparticle size with flow velocity, and the nanoparticle size is not altered when the flow changes from laminar to turbulent. However, the standard deviation of the size distribution decreases by about 30% after transition, indicating that the enhanced mixing results in uniformity of particle size.

  7. Nickel-based xerogel catalysts: Synthesis via fast sol-gel method and application in catalytic hydrogenation of p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol

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    Feng, Jin; Wang, Qiang; Fan, Dongliang; Ma, Lirong; Jiang, Deli; Xie, Jimin; Zhu, Jianjun

    2016-09-01

    In order to investigate the roles of three-dimensional network structure and calcium on Ni catalysts, the Ni, Ni-Al2O3, Ni-Ca-Al2O3 xerogel catalysts were successfully synthesized via the fast sol-gel process and chemical reduction method. The crystal structure of three different catalysts was observed with X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption were employed to investigate the role of network structure of xerogel catalysts and the size distribution of Ni nanoparticles. The catalyst composition was determined by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) measurement and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) experiments were carried out to investigate the reducibility of nickel species and the interaction between nickel species and alumina. The catalytic hydrogenation of p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol was investigated over the prepared nickel-based xerogel catalysts. The conversion of p-nitrophenol was monitored by UV spectrophotometry and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The results show that the catalysts are highly selective for the conversion of p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol and the order of catalytic activities of the catalysts is Ni < Ni-Al2O3 < Ni-Ca-Al2O3. The catalysts were recycled and were used to evaluate the reutilization.

  8. A fast synthesis of near-infrared emitting CdTe/CdSe quantum dots with small hydrodynamic diameter for in vivo imaging probes.

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    Hu, Dehong; Zhang, Pengfei; Gong, Ping; Lian, Shuhong; Lu, Yangyang; Gao, Duyang; Cai, Lintao

    2011-11-01

    Highly luminescent near-infrared (NIR) emitting CdTe/CdSe quantum dots (QDs) were prepared through a fast and convenient method, and a new type of multivalent polymer ligands was used as the surface substituents to prepare highly stable hydrophilic QDs with small sizes. The well-defined CdTe/CdSe QDs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, respectively. The as-prepared CdTe/CdSe QDs were photostable with high PL quantum yields (QYs) (up to 66% at room temperature), low toxicity to cells at experimental dosages, and the QDs' fluorescence emissions were tunable between 700 and 820 nm. Furthermore, fluorescence imaging using CdTe/CdSe QDs conjugated with the AS1411 aptamer (targeting nucleolin) probe in cancer cells was reported, and the CdTe/CdSe QDs were also successfully applied for the fluorescence imaging of living animals. Our preliminary results illustrated that the CdTe/CdSe NIR-QDs with small sizes would be an alternative probe for ultrasensitive, multicolor, and multiplex applications, especially for in vivo imaging applications.

  9. A fast synthesis of near-infrared emitting CdTe/CdSe quantum dots with small hydrodynamic diameter for in vivo imaging probes

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    Hu, Dehong; Zhang, Pengfei; Gong, Ping; Lian, Shuhong; Lu, Yangyang; Gao, Duyang; Cai, Lintao

    2011-11-01

    Highly luminescent near-infrared (NIR) emitting CdTe/CdSe quantum dots (QDs) were prepared through a fast and convenient method, and a new type of multivalent polymer ligands was used as the surface substituents to prepare highly stable hydrophilic QDs with small sizes. The well-defined CdTe/CdSe QDs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, respectively. The as-prepared CdTe/CdSe QDs were photostable with high PL quantum yields (QYs) (up to 66% at room temperature), low toxicity to cells at experimental dosages, and the QDs' fluorescence emissions were tunable between 700 and 820 nm. Furthermore, fluorescence imaging using CdTe/CdSe QDs conjugated with the AS1411 aptamer (targeting nucleolin) probe in cancer cells was reported, and the CdTe/CdSe QDs were also successfully applied for the fluorescence imaging of living animals. Our preliminary results illustrated that the CdTe/CdSe NIR-QDs with small sizes would be an alternative probe for ultrasensitive, multicolor, and multiplex applications, especially for in vivo imaging applications.

  10. Microwave-assisted synthesis of Fe-doped NiO nanofoams assembled by porous nanosheets for fast response and recovery gas sensors

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    Li, Xiu; Tan, Jian-Feng; Hu, Yan-E.; Huang, Xin-Tang

    2017-04-01

    Fe-doped NiO, a type of p-type gas sensor, has received wide attention for its low cost, environmentally friendliness and excellent gas-sensing performance. However, the operating temperature of Fe-doped NiO is too high (300 °C -500 °C). This study attempts to investigate the possibility of Fe-doped NiO working in relatively low temperature regions. A type of NiO nanofoam assembled by porous nanosheets was synthesized through a normal pressure microwave solvent thermal method by a domestic microwave oven, and Fe doping with different doping concentrations was investigated systematically. The gas-sensing performance was tested at a relatively low temperature (200 °C -280 °C). We found that the Fe-doped NiO still had a good gas-sensing performance, even at a relatively low temperature. In detail, the NiO nanofoams with 3 at% Fe-doping concentration were proven to have the best gas sensing characteristics (the response was 12-100 ppm ethanol at 280 °C), and an especially fast response and recovery (the response time and the recovery time was 1 s and 3.6 s, respectively). The study promoted the research regarding the gas sensing characteristics of Fe-doped NiO at a relatively low temperature.

  11. A hybrid hopfield network-simulated annealing approach for frequency assignment in satellite communications systems.

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    Salcedo-Sanz, Sancho; Santiago-Mozos, Ricardo; Bousoño-Calzón, Carlos

    2004-04-01

    A hybrid Hopfield network-simulated annealing algorithm (HopSA) is presented for the frequency assignment problem (FAP) in satellite communications. The goal of this NP-complete problem is minimizing the cochannel interference between satellite communication systems by rearranging the frequency assignment, for the systems can accommodate the increasing demands. The HopSA algorithm consists of a fast digital Hopfield neural network which manages the problem constraints hybridized with a simulated annealing which improves the quality of the solutions obtained. We analyze the problem and its formulation, describing and discussing the HopSA algorithm and solving a set of benchmark problems. The results obtained are compared with other existing approaches in order to show the performance of the HopSA approach.

  12. A simple, fast and cost-effective method of synthesis of cupric oxide nanoparticle with promising antibacterial potency: Unraveling the biological and chemical modes of action.

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    Chakraborty, Ruchira; Sarkar, Raj Kumar; Chatterjee, Arijit Kumar; Manju, Unnikrishnan; Chattopadhyay, Asoke Prasun; Basu, Tarakdas

    2015-04-01

    Gradual attainment of bacterial resistance to antibiotics led us to develop a robust method of synthesis of stable, colloidal cupric oxide nanoparticle of physiological pH with potential antibacterial action. Cu(II) oxide NP was synthesized by reduction-oxidation of CuCl2, using polyvinyl alcohol as stabilizer. Characteristics and antibacterial activity of the particles were investigated by techniques like UV-Vis spectrophotometry, DLS, AFM, TEM, EDS, FTIR, AAS, agar plating, FACS, gel electrophoresis and XPS. The NPs were about 50 nm in size and cubic in shape with two surface plasmon peaks at 266 and 370 nm and had semi-conducting behavior with a band gap of 3.40 and 3.96 eV. About 80% of precursor CuCl2 was converted to NP. The minimum inhibitory and the minimum bactericidal concentrations of CuO-NP were respectively 120 and 160 μg/mL for Escherichia coli and 180 and 195 μg/mL for Staphylococcus aureus in Luria-Bertani medium. In growth media, the NPs got modified by media organics with displacement of the stabilizer PVA molecules. This modified NP (around 240 nm) killed cells by generating ROS, which finally caused membrane lipid per-oxidation and chromosomal DNA degradation in NP-treated cells. Reports indicate that we are among the few who had prepared CuO-NP in colloidal form. The antibacterial potency of our particle in growth media was much promising than other reports. Our findings demonstrated that 'particle-specific' effect, not 'ion-specific' one, was responsible for the NP action. The NP may be used as a sterilizing agent in various bioprocesses and as substituent of antibiotics, after thorough toxicological study. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Nickel-based xerogel catalysts: Synthesis via fast sol-gel method and application in catalytic hydrogenation of p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol

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    Feng, Jin; Wang, Qiang; Fan, Dongliang; Ma, Lirong; Jiang, Deli; Xie, Jimin, E-mail: xiejm391@sohu.com; Zhu, Jianjun, E-mail: zhjj029@sina.com

    2016-09-30

    Graphical abstract: In order to investigate the roles of three-dimensional network structure and calcium on Ni catalysts, the Ni, Ni-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ni-Ca-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} xerogel catalysts were successfully synthesized via the fast sol-gel process and chemical reduction method. - Highlights: • Epoxide-driven sol-gel and chemical reduction method subsequently were used to prepare Ni, Ni-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Ni-Ca-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts. • Three-dimensional network structure of the gel was employed to adjust the size and distribution of Ni nanoparticles. • Calcium was employed to shorten the gelation time, improve the nickel dispersion, decrease thenickel particle size and strengthen the Ni-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interaction. • The rate constants of Ni-Ca-Al2O3 catalysts (2.85 × 10{sup −3} s{sup −1}) is 2.8 times higher than the Ni catalysts (1.02 × 10{sup −3} s{sup −1}) and 2 times higher than the Ni-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts(1.42 × 10{sup −3} s{sup −1}). • After 5 cycles, the conversion of PNP to PAP catalyzed by Ni, Ni-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ni-Ca-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} remained 85%, 82%, 80%, respectively. - Abstract: In order to investigate the roles of three-dimensional network structure and calcium on Ni catalysts, the Ni, Ni-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ni-Ca-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} xerogel catalysts were successfully synthesized via the fast sol-gel process and chemical reduction method. The crystal structure of three different catalysts was observed with X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption were employed to investigate the role of network structure of xerogel catalysts and the size distribution of Ni nanoparticles. The catalyst composition was determined by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) measurement and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) experiments were carried

  14. Synthesis and characterization of novel ion-imprinted polymeric nanoparticles for very fast and highly selective recognition of copper(II) ions.

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    Shamsipur, Mojtaba; Besharati-Seidani, Abbas; Fasihi, Javad; Sharghi, Hashem

    2010-12-15

    This work reports the preparation of new Cu(2+) ion-imprinted polymeric nanoparticles using 1-hydroxy-4-(prop-2'-enyloxy)-9,10-anthraquinone (AQ) as a vinylated chelating agent. The Cu(2+) ion found to form a stable 1:1 complex with AQ in methanol solution. The resulting Cu(2+)-AQ complex was copolymerized with ethyleneglycol dimethacrylate, as a cross-linking monomer, via precipitation polymerization method. The imprint copper ion was removed from the polymeric matrix using a 0.1 mol L(-1) HNO(3) solution. The Cu(2+)-imprinted polymeric nanoparticles were characterized by IR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and N(2) adsorption-desorption isotherms. The SEM micrographs showed colloidal nanoparticles of 60-100 nm in diameter and slightly irregular in shape. Optimum pH for maximum sorption was 7.0. Sorption and desorption of Cu(2+) ion on the IIP nanoparticles were quite fast and achieved completely over entire investigated time periods of 2-30 min. Maximum sorbent capacity and enrichment factor of the prepared IIP for Cu(2+) were 73.8 μmol g(-1) and 56.5, respectively. The relative standard deviation and limit of detection (C(LOD)=3S(b)/m) of the method were evaluated as 2.6% and 0.1 ng mL(-1), using inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry, respectively. It was found that the imprinting technology results in increased affinity of the prepared material toward Cu(2+) ion over other metal ions with the same charge and close ionic radius. The relative standard deviations for six and twenty replicates with the same nanoparticles were found to be 1.7% and 2.1%, respectively. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Optimization Via Open System Quantum Annealing

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    2016-01-07

    Error corrected quantum annealing with hundreds of qubits, (07 2013) Siddhartha Santra, Gregory Quiroz , Greg Ver Steeg, Daniel Lidar. MAX 2-SAT...Zhihui Wang, Tameem Albash, Iman Marvian, and Walter Vinci Graduate Students: Gregory Quiroz , Kristen Pudenz, Anurag Mishra, Milad Marvian... Quiroz , G. Ver Steeg, D.A. Lidar, “MAX 2-SAT with up to 108 qubits”, New J. Phys. 16, 045006 (2014). 20. S. Boixo, T. Ronnow, S. Isakov, Z. Wang

  16. Simulated annealing algorithm for optimal capital growth

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    Luo, Yong; Zhu, Bo; Tang, Yong

    2014-08-01

    We investigate the problem of dynamic optimal capital growth of a portfolio. A general framework that one strives to maximize the expected logarithm utility of long term growth rate was developed. Exact optimization algorithms run into difficulties in this framework and this motivates the investigation of applying simulated annealing optimized algorithm to optimize the capital growth of a given portfolio. Empirical results with real financial data indicate that the approach is inspiring for capital growth portfolio.

  17. Annealing free magnetic tunnel junction sensors

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    Knudde, S.; Leitao, D. C.; Cardoso, S.; Freitas, P. P.

    2017-04-01

    Annealing is a major step in the fabrication of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). It sets the exchange bias between the pinned and antiferromagnetic layers, and helps to increase the tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) in both amorphous and crystalline junctions. Recent research on MTJs has focused on MgO-based structures due to their high TMR. However, the strict process control and mandatory annealing step can limit the scope of the application of these structures as sensors. In this paper, we present AlOx-based MTJs that are produced by ion beam sputtering and remote plasma oxidation and show optimum transport properties with no annealing. The microfabricated devices show TMR values of up to 35% and using NiFe/CoFeB free layers provides tunable linear ranges, leading to coercivity-free linear responses with sensitivities of up to 5.5%/mT. The top-pinned synthetic antiferromagnetic reference shows a stability of about 30 mT in the microfabricated devices. Sensors with linear ranges of up to 60 mT are demonstrated. This paves the way for the integration of MTJ sensors in heat-sensitive applications such as flexible substrates, or for the design of low-footprint on-chip multiaxial sensing devices.

  18. Simulated annealing with probabilistic analysis for solving traveling salesman problems

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    Hong, Pei-Yee; Lim, Yai-Fung; Ramli, Razamin; Khalid, Ruzelan

    2013-09-01

    Simulated Annealing (SA) is a widely used meta-heuristic that was inspired from the annealing process of recrystallization of metals. Therefore, the efficiency of SA is highly affected by the annealing schedule. As a result, in this paper, we presented an empirical work to provide a comparable annealing schedule to solve symmetric traveling salesman problems (TSP). Randomized complete block design is also used in this study. The results show that different parameters do affect the efficiency of SA and thus, we propose the best found annealing schedule based on the Post Hoc test. SA was tested on seven selected benchmarked problems of symmetric TSP with the proposed annealing schedule. The performance of SA was evaluated empirically alongside with benchmark solutions and simple analysis to validate the quality of solutions. Computational results show that the proposed annealing schedule provides a good quality of solution.

  19. Fast Surface Dynamics of Metallic Glass Enable Superlatticelike Nanostructure Growth

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    Chen, L.; Cao, C. R.; Shi, J. A.; Lu, Z.; Sun, Y. T.; Luo, P.; Gu, L.; Bai, H. Y.; Pan, M. X.; Wang, W. H.

    2017-01-01

    Contrary to the formation of complicated polycrystals induced by general crystallization, a modulated superlatticelike nanostructure, which grows layer by layer from the surface to the interior of a Pd40Ni10Cu30P20 metallic glass, is observed via isothermal annealing below the glass transition temperature. The generation of the modulated nanostructure can be solely controlled by the annealing temperature, and it can be understood based on the fast dynamic and liquidlike behavior of the glass surface. The observations have implications for understanding the glassy surface dynamics and pave a way for the controllable fabrication of a unique and sophisticated nanostructure on a glass surface to realize the properties' modification.

  20. Synthesis and effect of annealing temperature on the structural, magnetic and photocatalytic properties of (La{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.2}Ba{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 0.1})FeO{sub (3−δ)}

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    Abdulkadir, Ibrahim [School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Private Bag X54001, Durban, 4000 (South Africa); Department of Chemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru, Zaria (Nigeria); Jonnalagadda, Sreekantha B. [School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Private Bag X54001, Durban, 4000 (South Africa); Martincigh, Bice S., E-mail: martinci@ukzn.ac.za [School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Private Bag X54001, Durban, 4000 (South Africa)

    2016-08-01

    Novel La{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.2}Ba{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3−δ}, with a perovskite-like structure, was synthesized by using the citric acid sol-gel route. The powder was precalcined at 400 °C and then separate portions were annealed at temperatures of 500, 600, 700, 800 and 900 °C. Transmission electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction analysis of the powders showed that they contain crystalline rhombohedral perovskite-type nanoparticles. The BET specific surface areas ranged between 4.19 and 27.8 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}, decreasing with increasing annealing temperature. Vibrating sample magnetometer analysis of the hysteresis loops showed an increase in coercive field with increasing annealing temperature. Very large coercive fields of about 5.60 kOe were obtained for samples annealed at 900 °C. This could prove useful in making magnetic recording materials. Photoluminescence spectroscopy showed that all the powders were active in the visible region and could be useful for visible light photodegradation of pollutants. The powders were all screened for photocatalytic activity against an organic dye (rhodamine B) in the visible region of the solar spectrum and the photocatalytic activities were good particularly for powders annealed at 900 °C. - Highlights: • A novel perovskite-type ferrite La{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.2}Ba{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3−δ} was synthesized. • An increase in annealing temperature (T{sub A}) caused a decrease in surface area. • Coercive fields increased with increase in T{sub A} but magnetization decreased. • The materials showed photoluminescence activity in the visible region. • Powders showed good photocatalytic activity for rhodamine B photodegradation.

  1. Comparing Monte Carlo methods for finding ground states of Ising spin glasses: Population annealing, simulated annealing, and parallel tempering

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    Wang, Wenlong; Machta, Jonathan; Katzgraber, Helmut G.

    2015-07-01

    Population annealing is a Monte Carlo algorithm that marries features from simulated-annealing and parallel-tempering Monte Carlo. As such, it is ideal to overcome large energy barriers in the free-energy landscape while minimizing a Hamiltonian. Thus, population-annealing Monte Carlo can be used as a heuristic to solve combinatorial optimization problems. We illustrate the capabilities of population-annealing Monte Carlo by computing ground states of the three-dimensional Ising spin glass with Gaussian disorder, while comparing to simulated-annealing and parallel-tempering Monte Carlo. Our results suggest that population annealing Monte Carlo is significantly more efficient than simulated annealing but comparable to parallel-tempering Monte Carlo for finding spin-glass ground states.

  2. Comparing Monte Carlo methods for finding ground states of Ising spin glasses: Population annealing, simulated annealing, and parallel tempering.

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    Wang, Wenlong; Machta, Jonathan; Katzgraber, Helmut G

    2015-07-01

    Population annealing is a Monte Carlo algorithm that marries features from simulated-annealing and parallel-tempering Monte Carlo. As such, it is ideal to overcome large energy barriers in the free-energy landscape while minimizing a Hamiltonian. Thus, population-annealing Monte Carlo can be used as a heuristic to solve combinatorial optimization problems. We illustrate the capabilities of population-annealing Monte Carlo by computing ground states of the three-dimensional Ising spin glass with Gaussian disorder, while comparing to simulated-annealing and parallel-tempering Monte Carlo. Our results suggest that population annealing Monte Carlo is significantly more efficient than simulated annealing but comparable to parallel-tempering Monte Carlo for finding spin-glass ground states.

  3. Optical Design of Multilayer Achromatic Waveplate by Simulated Annealing Algorithm

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    Jun Ma; Jing-Shan Wang; Carsten Denker; Hai-Min Wang

    2008-01-01

    We applied a Monte Carlo method-simulated annealing algorithm-to carry out the design of multilayer achromatic waveplate. We present solutions for three-, six-and ten-layer achromatic waveplates. The optimized retardance settings are found to be 89°51'39"±0°33'37" and 89°54'46"±0°22'4" for the six-and ten-layer waveplates, respectively, for a wavelength range from 1000nm to 1800nm. The polarimetric properties of multilayer waveplates are investigated based on several numerical experiments. In contrast to previously proposed three-layer achromatic waveplate, the fast axes of the new six-and ten-layer achromatic waveplate remain at fixed angles, independent of the wavelength. Two applications of multilayer achromatic waveplate are discussed, the general-purpose phase shifter and the birefringent filter in the Infrared Imaging Magnetograph (IRIM) system of the Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO). We also checked an experimental method to measure the retardance of waveplates.

  4. Architecture of 3D ZnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} marigold flowers: Influence of annealing on cold emission and photocatalytic behavior

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    Kokane, Sanjay B.; Suryawanshi, Sachin R. [Center for Advanced Studies in Material Science and Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India); Sasikala, R., E-mail: sasikala@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 411085 (India); More, Mahendra A., E-mail: mam@physics.unipune.ac.in [Center for Advanced Studies in Material Science and Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India); Sartale, Shrikrishna D., E-mail: sdsartale@physics.unipune.ac.in [Center for Advanced Studies in Material Science and Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India)

    2017-06-15

    The present work demonstrates the field emission characteristics and photocatalytic behavior of ZnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} marigold flowers synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method. The effect of annealing of these 3D porous hierarchical nanostructures on field emission and photocatalytic performances is studied. When compared with the as-synthesized sample, annealed ZnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} exhibits a ∼2-fold improvement in photocatalytic activity for methylene blue (MB) degradation under visible light irradiation. The turn-on, threshold fields and high emission current densities are also strongly influenced as a result of annealing. The turn on field required to draw an emission current density of ∼1 μA/cm{sup 2} is found to be ∼2.4 and ∼1.8 V/μm for as-synthesized and annealed ZnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} marigold flowers, respectively. Field-emission measurements demonstrate remarkably large field enhancement and better stability for annealed samples. The X-ray diffraction and Raman analysis reveal that annealing improves the crystallinity and also help to remove the structural defects in ZnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The enhancement in the field emission and photocatalytic activity of annealed ZnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} marigold flowers is attributed to the modification of electronic properties as a result of dehydration, crystallite growth and reduced surface defects/impurity phases. - Highlights: • 3D hierarchical porous ZnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} marigold flowers synthesis by hydrothermal method. • Roles of CTAB as capping agent and thermal annealing are investigated. • Thermal annealing improves photocatalysis and field emission behavior drastically.

  5. Shortcuts to adiabaticity for quantum annealing

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    Takahashi, Kazutaka

    2017-01-01

    We study the Ising Hamiltonian with a transverse field term to simulate the quantum annealing. Using shortcuts to adiabaticity, we design the time dependence of the Hamiltonian. The dynamical invariant is obtained by the mean-field ansatz, and the Hamiltonian is designed by the inverse engineering. We show that the time dependence of physical quantities such as the magnetization is independent of the speed of the Hamiltonian variation in the infinite-range model. We also show that rotating transverse magnetic fields are useful to achieve the ideal time evolution.

  6. Computational Multiqubit Tunnelling in Programmable Quantum Annealers

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    2016-08-25

    annealing of a 16-qubit problem. Nat. Commun. 4, 1903 (2013). 13. McGeoch, C. C. & Wang, C. in Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on...Computing Frontiers 23 ( ACM , 2013). 14. Dash, S. A note on qubo instances defined on chimera graphs. Preprint at http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.1202 (2013...B. W. in Proceedings of the Thirty-Sixth Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing 502–510 (New York, NY, USA, 2004). 33. Somma, R. D., Boixo, S

  7. Binary Sparse Phase Retrieval via Simulated Annealing

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    Wei Peng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the Simulated Annealing Sparse PhAse Recovery (SASPAR algorithm for reconstructing sparse binary signals from their phaseless magnitudes of the Fourier transform. The greedy strategy version is also proposed for a comparison, which is a parameter-free algorithm. Sufficient numeric simulations indicate that our method is quite effective and suggest the binary model is robust. The SASPAR algorithm seems competitive to the existing methods for its efficiency and high recovery rate even with fewer Fourier measurements.

  8. Interference Alignment Using Variational Mean Field Annealing

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    Badiu, Mihai Alin; Guillaud, Maxime; Fleury, Bernard Henri

    2014-01-01

    We study the problem of interference alignment in the multiple-input multiple- output interference channel. Aiming at minimizing the interference leakage power relative to the receiver noise level, we use the deterministic annealing approach to solve the optimization problem. In the corresponding...... for interference alignment. We also show that the iterative leakage minimization algorithm by Gomadam et al. and the alternating minimization algorithm by Peters and Heath, Jr. are instances of our method. Finally, we assess the performance of the proposed algorithm through computer simulations....

  9. Fast synthesis of rare-earth (Pr{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+}) doped bismuth ferrite powders with enhanced magnetic properties

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    Iorgu, A.I. [Department of Chemical Thermodynamics, “Ilie Murgulescu” Institute of Physical Chemistry, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Maxim, F., E-mail: fmaxim@icf.ro [Department of Chemical Thermodynamics, “Ilie Murgulescu” Institute of Physical Chemistry, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Matei, C. [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Ferreira, Liliana Pires [Centro de Física da Matéria Condensada, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal); Department of Physics, University of Coimbra, 3004-516 Coimbra (Portugal); Ferreira, P. [Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering, CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Cruz, M.M. [Centro de Física da Matéria Condensada, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal); Departamento de Física, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal); Berger, D., E-mail: danaberger01@yahoo.com [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, 011061 Bucharest (Romania)

    2015-04-25

    Highlights: • Synthesis of rare earth doped bismuth ferrite powders by combustion method. • SEM and TEM were used to investigate the morphology and size of particles. • Effect of Bi substitution with Pr, Sm, Eu and Gd on magnetic properties of powders. - Abstract: Rare-earth (Pr{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+}) doped bismuth ferrite powders were synthesized for the first time by solution combustion method, which is a fast soft chemistry route for obtaining oxide powders. The materials were investigated by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, as well as scanning and transmission electron microscopy. A distortion from rhombohedral R3c symmetry, specific to pure bismuth ferrite, to orthorhombic symmetry was observed for all doped samples. The SEM analysis of pure and doped bismuth ferrite powders showed the formation of sintered grains, with faceted cuboids-shaped particles with different size and lower average dimension in the case of doped samples. Magnetic properties were analyzed using SQUID magnetometry, M–H hysteresis loops being measured at 10 K and 300 K. All studied pure and doped bismuth ferrite samples presented high susceptibility values for high magnetic fields indicating strong antiferromagnetic interactions, whereas the behavior at low magnetic field demonstrates the existence of ferromagnetic coupling. Compared to BiFeO{sub 3}, Bi{sub 0.9}RE{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} (RE = Pr, Sm, Eu and Gd) powders exhibit higher susceptibility, remanence and coercivity values, Bi{sub 0.9}Eu{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} sample displaying the highest remanence and coercivity at room temperature.

  10. Preparation and Thermal Characterization of Annealed Gold Coated Porous Silicon

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    Afarin Bahrami

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Porous silicon (PSi layers were formed on a p-type Si wafer. Six samples were anodised electrically with a 30 mA/cm2 fixed current density for different etching times. The samples were coated with a 50–60 nm gold layer and annealed at different temperatures under Ar flow. The morphology of the layers, before and after annealing, formed by this method was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS measurements were carried out to measure the thermal diffusivity (TD of the PSi and Au/PSi samples. For the Au/PSi samples, the thermal diffusivity was measured before and after annealing to study the effect of annealing. Also to study the aging effect, a comparison was made between freshly annealed samples and samples 30 days after annealing.

  11. Study on thermal annealing of cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) crystals

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    Yang, G.; Bolotnikov, A.E.; Fochuk, P.M.; Camarda, G.S.; Cui, Y.; Hossain, A.; Kim, K.; Horace, J.; McCall, B.; Gul, R.; Xu, L.; Kopach, O.V.; and James, R.B.

    2010-08-01

    Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) has attracted increasing interest with its promising potential as a room-temperature nuclear-radiation-detector material. However, different defects in CZT crystals, especially Te inclusions and dislocations, can degrade the performance of CZT detectors. Post-growth annealing is a good approach potentially to eliminate the deleterious influence of these defects. At Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), we built up different facilities for investigating post-growth annealing of CZT. Here, we report our latest experimental results. Cd-vapor annealing reduces the density of Te inclusions, while large temperature gradient promotes the migration of small-size Te inclusions. Simultaneously, the annealing lowers the density of dislocations. However, only-Cd-vapor annealing decreases the resistivity, possibly reflecting the introduction of extra Cd in the lattice. Subsequent Te-vapor annealing is needed to ensure the recovery of the resistivity after removing the Te inclusions.

  12. Effect of current annealing on electronic properties of multilayer graphene

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    Tanaka, S; Goto, H; Tomori, H; Kanda, A [Institute of Physics, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8571 (Japan); Ootuka, Y [Tsukuba Research Center for Interdisciplinary Materials Science (TIMS), University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8571 (Japan); Tsukagoshi, K, E-mail: tanaka@lt.px.tsukuba.ac.j [MANA, NIMS, Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)

    2010-06-01

    While ideal graphene has high mobility due to the relativistic nature of carriers, it is known that the carrier transport in actual graphene samples is dominated by the influence of scattering from charged impurities, which almost conceals the intrinsic splendid properties of this novel material. The common techniques to improve the graphene mobility include the annealing in hydrogen atmosphere and the local annealing by imposing a large biasing current. Although annealing is quite important technique for the experimental study of graphene, detailed evaluation of the annealing effect is lacking at present. In this paper, we study the effect of the current annealing in multilayer graphene devices quantitatively by investigating the change in the mobility and the carrier density at the charge neutrality point. We find that the current annealing sometimes causes degradation of the transport properties.

  13. Controllably annealed CuO-nanoparticle modified ITO electrodes: Characterisation and electrochemical studies

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    Wang, Tong; Su, Wen; Fu, Yingyi; Hu, Jingbo

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we report a facile and controllable two-step approach to produce indium tin oxide electrodes modified by copper(II) oxide nanoparticles (CuO/ITO) through ion implantation and annealing methods. After annealing treatment, the surface morphology of the CuO/ITO substrate changed remarkably and exhibited highly electroactive sites and a high specific surface area. The effects of annealing treatment on the synthesis of CuO/ITO were discussed based on various instruments' characterisations, and the possible mechanism by which CuO nanoparticles were generated was also proposed in this work. Cyclic voltammetric results indicated that CuO/ITO electrodes exhibited effective catalytic responses toward glucose in alkaline solution. Under optimal experimental conditions, the proposed CuO/ITO electrode showed sensitivity of 450.2 μA cm-2 mM-1 with a linear range of up to ∼4.4 mM and a detection limit of 0.7 μM (S/N = 3). Moreover, CuO/ITO exhibited good poison resistance, reproducibility, and stability properties.

  14. Thin film design using simulated annealing and study of the filter robustness

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    Boudet, Thierry; Chaton, Patrick

    1996-08-01

    Modern optical components require sophisticated coatings with tough specifications and the design of optical multilayers has become a key activity of most laboratories and factories. A synthesis technique based on the simulated annealing algorithm is presented here. In this stochastic minimization, no starting solution is required, only the materials and technological constraints need to be specified. Moreover, the algorithm will always reach the final result. As simulated annealing is a stochastic algorithm, a great amount of state transitions is needed in order to reach a global minimum of the merit function used to evaluate the difference between the optical target and the calculated filter. Anyway the computing time remains reasonable on a work-station. A few examples will show the performances of our program. It also has to be pointed out that no refinement is needed at the end of the annealing because the solution is already highly optimized. Nowadays the design of robust filters with low sensitivity to technological variations remains a key factor for manufacturers. This is why we have established some criteria that quantify the robustness of the stacks. It also enables comparison of multilayers synthesized by different methods and corresponding to the same target.

  15. Annealing effect and stability of carbon nanotubes in hydrogen flame

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    2009-01-01

    Annealing of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by the hydrogen flame in air was investigated in this study. Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the products. The peak width of Raman spectra decreased with the increase in the annealing time. The CNTs were not stable in the hydrogen flame and the etching rate of the CNTs by hydrogen flame was very high. The hydrogen flame annealing had some effects on improving the crystallinity of CNTs.

  16. Annealing-induced Grain Refinement in a Nanostructured Ferritic Steel

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    Limin Wang; Zhenbo Wangt; Sheng Guo; Ke Lu

    2012-01-01

    A nanostructured surface layer with a mean ferrite grain size of -8 nm was produced on a Fe-gCr steel by means of surface mechanical attrition treatment. Upon annealing, ferrite grains coarsen with increasing temperature and their sizes increase to -40 nm at 973 K. Further increasing annealing temperature leads to an obvious reduction of ferrite grain sizes, to -14 nm at 1173 K. The annealing-induced grain refinement is analyzed in terms of phase transformations in the nanostructured steel.

  17. Partial substitution of Mo{sup 6+} by S{sup 6+} in the fast oxide ion conductor La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9}: Synthesis, structure and sulfur depletion

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    Mhadhbi, Noureddine [LUNAM Universite, Universite du Maine, CNRS UMR 6283, Institut des Molecules et des Materiaux du Mans, Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans Cedex 9 (France); Corbel, Gwenaeel, E-mail: gwenael.corbel@univ-lemans.fr [LUNAM Universite, Universite du Maine, CNRS UMR 6283, Institut des Molecules et des Materiaux du Mans, Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans Cedex 9 (France); Lacorre, Philippe; Bulou, Alain [LUNAM Universite, Universite du Maine, CNRS UMR 6283, Institut des Molecules et des Materiaux du Mans, Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans Cedex 9 (France)

    2012-06-15

    Powder-solid state reaction route using La{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} as sulfur source was used to prepare compositions of the solid solution La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2-y}S{sub y}O{sub 9}. Single phases were only obtained in the substitution range extending up to y=0.8 (40 mol% S) at the annealing temperature of 850 Degree-Sign C with regard to the limit of stability of the lanthanum sulphate reactant. Within the synthesis conditions, a stabilization of the high temperature {beta}-form is observed from and above y=0.1 (5 mol% S). Temperature-controlled X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analyses have shown that La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2-y}S{sub y}O{sub 9} raw powders undergo thermal decompositions in two steps. Heating above 900 Degree-Sign C, a sulfur depletion to the benefit of molybdenum in La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2-y}S{sub y}O{sub 9} raw powders leads to the formation of La{sub 2}SO{sub 6}. At higher temperature, the exsolved La{sub 2}SO{sub 6} phase then decomposes into La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, which in turn reacts with the sulfur-depleted La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9} phase to form La{sub 2}MoO{sub 6}. The present study also reveals that depending on the substitution rate y, the sulfur depletion can be induced by ball-milling of raw powders. Along the La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2-y}S{sub y}O{sub 9} series, the isovalent substitution of molybdenum by sulfur tends to restrict in magnitude, or even to suppress above 400 Degree-Sign C, the distortive thermal expansion of the cubic {beta}-type structure, thus strongly decreasing the conductance at high temperature. - Graphical abstract: La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-MoO{sub 3}-'SO{sub 3}' ternary phase diagram showing the exsolution path at low temperature (white arrows) and the total decomposition path at high temperature (black arrows) of {beta}-La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2-y}S{sub y}O{sub 9} raw powders. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Isovalent substitution of molybdenum by sulfur in La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9} up to 40 mol%. Black

  18. Multi-Objective Memetic Algorithm for FPGA Placement Using Parallel Genetic Annealing

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    Praveen T.

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Due to advancement in reconfigurable computing, Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA has gained significance due to its low cost and fast prototyping. Parallelism, specialization, and hardware level adaptation, are the key features of reconfigurable computing. FPGA is a programmable chip that can be configured or reconfigured by the designer, to implement any digital circuit. One major challenge in FPGA design is the Placement problem. In this placement phase, the logic functions are assigned to specific cells of the circuit. The quality of the placement of the logic blocks determines the overall performance of the logic implemented in the circuits. The Placement of FPGA is a Multi-Objective Optimization problem that primarily involves minimization of three or more objective functions. In this paper, we propose a novel strategy to solve the FPGA placement problem using Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm (NSGA-II and Simulated Annealing technique. Experiments were conducted in Multicore Processors and metrics such as CPU time were measured to test the efficiency of the proposed algorithm. From the experimental results, it is evident that the proposed algorithm reduces the CPU consumption time to an average of 15% as compared to the Genetic Algorithm, 12% as compared to the Simulated Annealing, and approximately 6% as compared to the Genetic Annealing algorithm.

  19. Protein turnover in adipose tissue from fasted or diabetic rats

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    Tischler, Marc E.; Ost, Alan H.; Coffman, Julia

    1986-01-01

    Protein synthesis and degradation in vitro were compared in epididymal fat pads from animals deprived of food for 48 h or treated 6 or 12 days prior with streptozotocin to induce diabetes. Although both fasting and diabetes led to depressed (-24 to -57 percent) protein synthesis, the diminution in protein degradation (-63 to -72 percent) was even greater, so that net in vitro protein balance improved dramatically. Insulin failed to inhibit protein degradation in fat pads of these rats as it does for fed animals. Although insulin stimulated protein synthesis in fat pads of fasted and 12 day diabetic rats, the absolute change was much smaller than that seen in the fed state. The inhibition of protein degradation by leucine also seems to be less in fasted animals, probably because leucine catabolism is slower in fasting. These results show that fasting and diabetes may improve protein balance in adipose tissue but diminish the regulatory effects of insulin.

  20. Protein turnover in adipose tissue from fasted or diabetic rats

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    Tischler, Marc E.; Ost, Alan H.; Coffman, Julia

    1986-01-01

    Protein synthesis and degradation in vitro were compared in epididymal fat pads from animals deprived of food for 48 h or treated 6 or 12 days prior with streptozotocin to induce diabetes. Although both fasting and diabetes led to depressed (-24 to -57 percent) protein synthesis, the diminution in protein degradation (-63 to -72 percent) was even greater, so that net in vitro protein balance improved dramatically. Insulin failed to inhibit protein degradation in fat pads of these rats as it does for fed animals. Although insulin stimulated protein synthesis in fat pads of fasted and 12 day diabetic rats, the absolute change was much smaller than that seen in the fed state. The inhibition of protein degradation by leucine also seems to be less in fasted animals, probably because leucine catabolism is slower in fasting. These results show that fasting and diabetes may improve protein balance in adipose tissue but diminish the regulatory effects of insulin.

  1. Human pose tracking by parametric annealing

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    Kaliamoorthi, Prabhu

    2012-01-01

    Model based methods to marker-free motion capture have a very high computational overhead that make them unattractive. In this paper we describe a method that improves on existing global optimization techniques to tracking articulated objects. Our method improves on the state-of-the-art Annealed Particle Filter (APF) by reusing samples across annealing layers and by using an adaptive parametric density for diffusion. We compare the proposed method with APF on a scalable problem and study how the two methods scale with the dimensionality, multi-modality and the range of search. Then we perform sensitivity analysis on the parameters of our algorithm and show that it tolerates a wide range of parameter settings. We also show results on tracking human pose from the widely-used Human Eva I dataset. Our results show that the proposed method reduces the tracking error despite using less than 50% of the computational resources as APF. The tracked output also shows a significant qualitative improvement over APF as dem...

  2. MEDICAL STAFF SCHEDULING USING SIMULATED ANNEALING

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    Ladislav Rosocha

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The efficiency of medical staff is a fundamental feature of healthcare facilities quality. Therefore the better implementation of their preferences into the scheduling problem might not only rise the work-life balance of doctors and nurses, but also may result into better patient care. This paper focuses on optimization of medical staff preferences considering the scheduling problem.Methodology/Approach: We propose a medical staff scheduling algorithm based on simulated annealing, a well-known method from statistical thermodynamics. We define hard constraints, which are linked to legal and working regulations, and minimize the violations of soft constraints, which are related to the quality of work, psychic, and work-life balance of staff.Findings: On a sample of 60 physicians and nurses from gynecology department we generated monthly schedules and optimized their preferences in terms of soft constraints. Our results indicate that the final value of objective function optimized by proposed algorithm is more than 18-times better in violations of soft constraints than initially generated random schedule that satisfied hard constraints.Research Limitation/implication: Even though the global optimality of final outcome is not guaranteed, desirable solutionwas obtained in reasonable time. Originality/Value of paper: We show that designed algorithm is able to successfully generate schedules regarding hard and soft constraints. Moreover, presented method is significantly faster than standard schedule generation and is able to effectively reschedule due to the local neighborhood search characteristics of simulated annealing.

  3. Energy conservation in cupolas and annealing furnaces

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    Takeno, S.; Kumagaya, M.; Azuma, T.

    1984-01-01

    Successive reductions in the amount of coke and fuel oil used in cupolas and annealing furnaces are reported. In the cupolas, 2% oxygen enrichment resulted in a 0.9% drop in coke ratio and a 13.3% increase in output of pig iron. Coke ratios of 9.3-9.5% were obtained by tuyere blow-in of inexpensive carbon materials instead of expensive coke, by the use of formed coke, and by employing a dehumidified blast. In the case of the fuel oil-fired annealing furnaces, fuel oil consumption rates were reduced by treating two charges per heat instead of one. Energy consumption was successively reduced by 25-71% by 1) adopting a ceramic fibre heat-insulating material, 2) changing to low-oxygen combustion by increasing the number of burners, 3) lengthening the time during which the furnace high-temperature zone is maintained, 4) raising the combustion chamber load by using ceramic fibres in the furnace casing. 3 references.

  4. A coherent quantum annealer with Rydberg atoms

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    Glaetzle, A. W.; van Bijnen, R. M. W.; Zoller, P.; Lechner, W.

    2017-06-01

    There is a significant ongoing effort in realizing quantum annealing with different physical platforms. The challenge is to achieve a fully programmable quantum device featuring coherent adiabatic quantum dynamics. Here we show that combining the well-developed quantum simulation toolbox for Rydberg atoms with the recently proposed Lechner-Hauke-Zoller (LHZ) architecture allows one to build a prototype for a coherent adiabatic quantum computer with all-to-all Ising interactions and, therefore, a platform for quantum annealing. In LHZ an infinite-range spin-glass is mapped onto the low energy subspace of a spin-1/2 lattice gauge model with quasi-local four-body parity constraints. This spin model can be emulated in a natural way with Rubidium and Caesium atoms in a bipartite optical lattice involving laser-dressed Rydberg-Rydberg interactions, which are several orders of magnitude larger than the relevant decoherence rates. This makes the exploration of coherent quantum enhanced optimization protocols accessible with state-of-the-art atomic physics experiments.

  5. A coherent quantum annealer with Rydberg atoms.

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    Glaetzle, A W; van Bijnen, R M W; Zoller, P; Lechner, W

    2017-06-22

    There is a significant ongoing effort in realizing quantum annealing with different physical platforms. The challenge is to achieve a fully programmable quantum device featuring coherent adiabatic quantum dynamics. Here we show that combining the well-developed quantum simulation toolbox for Rydberg atoms with the recently proposed Lechner-Hauke-Zoller (LHZ) architecture allows one to build a prototype for a coherent adiabatic quantum computer with all-to-all Ising interactions and, therefore, a platform for quantum annealing. In LHZ an infinite-range spin-glass is mapped onto the low energy subspace of a spin-1/2 lattice gauge model with quasi-local four-body parity constraints. This spin model can be emulated in a natural way with Rubidium and Caesium atoms in a bipartite optical lattice involving laser-dressed Rydberg-Rydberg interactions, which are several orders of magnitude larger than the relevant decoherence rates. This makes the exploration of coherent quantum enhanced optimization protocols accessible with state-of-the-art atomic physics experiments.

  6. Magnetic field annealing for improved creep resistance

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    Brady, Michael P.; Ludtka, Gail M.; Ludtka, Gerard M.; Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Nicholson, Don M.; Rios, Orlando; Yamamoto, Yukinori

    2015-12-22

    The method provides heat-resistant chromia- or alumina-forming Fe-, Fe(Ni), Ni(Fe), or Ni-based alloys having improved creep resistance. A precursor is provided containing preselected constituents of a chromia- or alumina-forming Fe-, Fe(Ni), Ni(Fe), or Ni-based alloy, at least one of the constituents for forming a nanoscale precipitate MaXb where M is Cr, Nb, Ti, V, Zr, or Hf, individually and in combination, and X is C, N, O, B, individually and in combination, a=1 to 23 and b=1 to 6. The precursor is annealed at a temperature of 1000-1500.degree. C. for 1-48 h in the presence of a magnetic field of at least 5 Tesla to enhance supersaturation of the M.sub.aX.sub.b constituents in the annealed precursor. This forms nanoscale M.sub.aX.sub.b precipitates for improved creep resistance when the alloy is used at service temperatures of 500-1000.degree. C. Alloys having improved creep resistance are also disclosed.

  7. Annealing effects on deuterium retention behavior in damaged tungsten

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    S. Sakurada

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Effects of annealing after/under iron (Fe ion irradiation on deuterium (D retention behavior in tungsten (W were studied. The D2 TDS spectra as a function of heating temperature for 0.1dpa damaged W showed that the D retention was clearly decreased as the annealing temperature was increased. In particular, the desorption of D trapped by voids was largely reduced by annealing at 1173K. The TEM observation indicated that the size of dislocation loops was clearly grown, and its density was decreased by the annealing above 573K. After annealing at 1173K, almost all the dislocation loops were recovered. The results of positron annihilation spectroscopy suggested that the density of vacancy-type defects such as voids, was decreased as the annealing temperature was increased, while its size was increased, indicating that the D retention was reduced by the recovery of the voids. Furthermore, it was found that the desorption temperature of D trapped by the voids for damaged W above 0.3dpa was shifted toward higher temperature side. These results lead to a conclusion that the D retention behavior is controlled by defect density. The D retention in the samples annealed during irradiation was less than that annealed after irradiation. This result shows that defects would be quickly annihilated before stabilization by annealing during irradiation.

  8. Structure and magnetism of Ni/Ti multilayers on annealing

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    Surendra Singh; Saibal Basu; P Bhatt

    2008-11-01

    Neutron reflectometry study has been carried out in unpolarized (NR) and polarized (PNR) mode to understand the structure and magnetic properties of alloy formation at the interfaces of Ni/Ti multilayers on annealing. The PNR data from annealed sample shows a noticeable change with respect to the as-deposited sample. These changes are: a prominent shift of the multilayer Bragg peak to a higher angle and a decrease in the intensity of the Bragg peak. The PNR data from annealed sample revealed the formation of magnetically dead alloy layers at the interfaces. Changes in roughness parameters of the interfaces on annealing were also observed in the PNR data.

  9. A Parallel Genetic Simulated Annealing Hybrid Algorithm for Task Scheduling

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    SHU Wanneng; ZHENG Shijue

    2006-01-01

    In this paper combined with the advantages of genetic algorithm and simulated annealing, brings forward a parallel genetic simulated annealing hybrid algorithm (PGSAHA) and applied to solve task scheduling problem in grid computing .It first generates a new group of individuals through genetic operation such as reproduction, crossover, mutation, etc, and than simulated anneals independently all the generated individuals respectively.When the temperature in the process of cooling no longer falls, the result is the optimal solution on the whole.From the analysis and experiment result, it is concluded that this algorithm is superior to genetic algorithm and simulated annealing.

  10. Temperature distribution study in flash-annealed amorphous ribbons

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    Moron, C. E-mail: cmoron@eui.upm.es; Garcia, A.; Carracedo, M.T

    2003-01-01

    Negative magnetrostrictive amorphous ribbons have been locally current annealed with currents from 1 to 8 A and annealing times from 14 ms to 200 s. In order to obtain information about the sample temperature during flash or current annealing, a study of the temperature dispersion during annealing in amorphous ribbons was made. The local temperature variation was obtained by measuring the local intensity of the infrared emission of the sample with a CCD liquid nitrogen cooled camera. A distribution of local temperature has been found in spite of the small dimension of the sample.

  11. Dielectric response of capacitor structures based on PZT annealed at different temperatures

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    Kamenshchikov, Mikhail V.; Solnyshkin, Alexander V.; Pronin, Igor P.

    2016-12-01

    Dielectric response of thin-film capacitor structures of Pt/PZT/Pt deposited by the RF magnetron sputtering method and annealed at temperatures of 540-570 °C was investigated. It was found that dielectric properties of these structures depend on the synthesis temperature. Stability of a polarized state is considered on the basis of the analysis of hysteresis loops and capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics. The contribution of the domain mechanism in the dielectric response of the capacitor structure comprising a ferroelectric is discussed. Extreme dependences of electrophysical characteristics of PZT films on their synthesis temperature were observed. Correlation of dielectric properties with microstructure of these films is found out.

  12. Evolution of weld metals nanostructure and properties under irradiation and recovery annealing of VVER-type reactors

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    Gurovich, B.; Kuleshova, E.; Shtrombakh, Ya.; Fedotova, S.; Zabusov, O.; Prikhodko, K.; Zhurko, D.

    2013-03-01

    The results of VVER-440 steel Sv-10KhMFT and VVER-1000 steel SV-10KhGNMAA investigations by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Auger-electron spectroscopy and mechanical tests are presented in this paper. The both types of weld metals with different content of impurities and alloying elements were studied after irradiations to fast neutron (E > 0.5 MeV) fluences in the wide range below and beyond the design values, after recovery annealing procedures and after re-irradiation following the annealing. The distinctive features of embrittlement kinetics of VVER-440 and VVER-1000 RPV weld metals conditioned by their chemical composition differences were investigated. It is shown that the main contribution into radiation strengthening within the design fluence can be attributed to radiation-induced precipitates, on reaching the design or beyond design values of fast neutron fluencies the main contribution into VVER-440 welds strengthening is made by radiation-induced dislocation loops, and in case of VVER-1000 welds - radiation-induced precipitates and grain-boundary phosphorous segregations. Recovery annealing of VVER-440 welds at 475 °C during 100 h causes irradiation-induced defects disappearance, transformation of copper enriched precipitates into bigger copper-rich precipitates with lower number density and leads to almost full recovery of mechanical properties followed by comparatively slow re-embrittlement rate. The recovery annealing temperature of VVER-1000 welds was higher - 565 °C during 100 h - to avoid temper brittleness. The annealing of VVER-1000 welds leads to almost full recovery of mechanical properties due to irradiation-induced defects disappearance and decrease in precipitates number density and grain-boundary segregation of phosphorus. The re-embrittlement rate of VVER-1000 weld during subsequent re-irradiation is at least not higher than the initial rate.

  13. Suppression of slow capacitance relaxation phenomenon in Pt/Ba0.3Sr0.7TiO3/Pt thin film ferroelectric structures by annealing in oxygen atmosphere

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    Altynnikov, A. G.

    2014-01-27

    The impact of oxygen annealing on the switching time of ferroelectric thin film capacitor structures Pt/Ba0.3Sr0.7TiO3/Pt was investigated. The response of their capacitance on pulsed control voltages before and after annealing was experimentally measured. It was demonstrated that the annealing results in suppression of the capacitance slow relaxation processes and increase of the threshold control voltages. These structures can therefore be attractive for fabrication of fast acting microwave devices. © 2014 Author(s).

  14. Recognition of partially occluded threat objects using the annealed Hopefield network

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    Kim, Jung H.; Yoon, Sung H.; Park, Eui H.; Ntuen, Celestine A.

    1992-01-01

    Recognition of partially occluded objects has been an important issue to airport security because occlusion causes significant problems in identifying and locating objects during baggage inspection. The neural network approach is suitable for the problems in the sense that the inherent parallelism of neural networks pursues many hypotheses in parallel resulting in high computation rates. Moreover, they provide a greater degree of robustness or fault tolerance than conventional computers. The annealed Hopfield network which is derived from the mean field annealing (MFA) has been developed to find global solutions of a nonlinear system. In the study, it has been proven that the system temperature of MFA is equivalent to the gain of the sigmoid function of a Hopfield network. In our early work, we developed the hybrid Hopfield network (HHN) for fast and reliable matching. However, HHN doesn't guarantee global solutions and yields false matching under heavily occluded conditions because HHN is dependent on initial states by its nature. In this paper, we present the annealed Hopfield network (AHN) for occluded object matching problems. In AHN, the mean field theory is applied to the hybird Hopfield network in order to improve computational complexity of the annealed Hopfield network and provide reliable matching under heavily occluded conditions. AHN is slower than HHN. However, AHN provides near global solutions without initial restrictions and provides less false matching than HHN. In conclusion, a new algorithm based upon a neural network approach was developed to demonstrate the feasibility of the automated inspection of threat objects from x-ray images. The robustness of the algorithm is proved by identifying occluded target objects with large tolerance of their features.

  15. On the analysis of the activation mechanisms of sub-melt laser anneals

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    Clarysse, T. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)], E-mail: trudo.clarysse@imec.be; Bogdanowicz, J.; Goossens, J.; Moussa, A.; Rosseel, E. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Vandervorst, W. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); KU Leuven, Department of Physics-IKS, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Petersen, D.H. [DTU Nanotech - Department of Micro and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); CAPRES A/S, Scion-DTU, Building 373, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Lin, R.; Nielsen, P.F. [CAPRES A/S, Scion-DTU, Building 373, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Hansen, Ole [DTU Nanotech - Department of Micro and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); CINF - Centre for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality, NanoDTU, DTU, b-345 East, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Merklin, G. [AMS, Advanced Metrology Systems LLC, 12 Michigan Drive, Natick, MA 01760 (United States); Bennett, N.S.; Cowern, N.E.B. [School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU (United Kingdom)

    2008-12-05

    In order to fabricate carrier profiles with a junction depth ({approx}15 nm) and sheet resistance value suited for sub-32 nm Si-CMOS technology, the usage of sub-melt laser anneal is a promising route to explore. As laser annealed junctions seem to outperform standard anneal approaches, a detailed assessment of the basics of laser induced activation seem appropriate. In this work the electrical activation is studied from a comparison between the dopant profiles as measured by Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, and the electrically active fraction as extracted from sheet resistance and mobility measurements. The latter is based on a large variety of techniques. For the sheet resistance we use conventional Four-Point Probe (FPP), Variable Probe Spacing (VPS), contactless junction photo voltage (JPV), Micro Four-Point Probe (M4PP) and an optical technique, namely Model Based Infra-red spectroscopic Reflectrometry (MBIR). For the sheet carrier density and sheet mobility extraction we use conventional Hall (without cloverleaf van der Pauw patterning, to reflect the need for fast turn-round sheet measurements), MBIR, and a recently developed new Hall-like capability using M4PP. By recognizing the interaction between the various parameters as they are not completely independent, it is possible to test the consistency of the various methods and to identify potential short comings. This concept is applied to the activation behavior of low and high implanted Boron doses and indicates that the obtained electrically active concentration level as well as the concurrent mobility is dependent on the dopant concentration level. This implies that the activation of B through the laser anneal process in the explored temperature-time space is governed by kinetic processes (i.e. the dissolution of B-I pairs) and not by the (temperature related) solid solubility.

  16. Elevated temperature annealing of the neutron induced leakage current and corresponding defect levels in low and high resistivity silicon detectors

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    Eremin, V.; Ivanov, A.; Verbitskaya, E. [A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of Academy of Sciences of Russia, St. Petersburg, (Russian Federation); Li, Z.; Kraner, H.W. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)

    1994-03-01

    The leakage current (I{sub L}) annealing at the elevated temperatures and the corresponding changes of the DLTS spectra of defects for fast neutron irradiated Silicon detectors, fabricated on high (4--6 k{Omega}-cm), moderate (0.5--1.0 k{Omega}-cm), and low(<100 {Omega}-cm) resistivity silicon material, have been investigated. For all the resistivities, three annealing stages have been observed: (1) The transformation of carbon related defects at 72{degree}C; (2) slight decrease of the peak E{sub c} {minus} 0.4 eV at 150{degree}C; and (3) significant decrease of the peak E{sub c} {minus} 0.4 eV at 350{degree}C. The leakage current has been found to decrease monotonously in the temperature range of 20--150{degree}C. A sharp decrease of I{sub L} was observed at 350 {degree}C due to the annealing of the V-V{sup {minus}} center for heavily irradiated detectors, whereas I{sub L} showed a slight saturation tendency for detectors irradiated to low neutron fluence. The V-V{sup {minus}} center has been found to be dominant in the formation of the E{sub c} {minus} 0.4 eV peak and in the annealing of the leakage current. For low resistivity detectors, an anneal at 72{degree}C was needed to stimulate the decrease of the effective impurity concentration (N{sub eff}) of the detectors irradiated by high neutron fluence (1--2) {times} 10{sup 14} n/cm{sup 2}. In addition, low resistivity detectors have been found to be tolerant in terms of N{sub eff} stability to the 350{degree}C anneal, favorable to the recovery of I{sub L} after irradiation with high neutron fluence.

  17. FAST: FAST Analysis of Sequences Toolbox.

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    Lawrence, Travis J; Kauffman, Kyle T; Amrine, Katherine C H; Carper, Dana L; Lee, Raymond S; Becich, Peter J; Canales, Claudia J; Ardell, David H

    2015-01-01

    FAST (FAST Analysis of Sequences Toolbox) provides simple, powerful open source command-line tools to filter, transform, annotate and analyze biological sequence data. Modeled after the GNU (GNU's Not Unix) Textutils such as grep, cut, and tr, FAST tools such as fasgrep, fascut, and fastr make it easy to rapidly prototype expressive bioinformatic workflows in a compact and generic command vocabulary. Compact combinatorial encoding of data workflows with FAST commands can simplify the documentation and reproducibility of bioinformatic protocols, supporting better transparency in biological data science. Interface self-consistency and conformity with conventions of GNU, Matlab, Perl, BioPerl, R, and GenBank help make FAST easy and rewarding to learn. FAST automates numerical, taxonomic, and text-based sorting, selection and transformation of sequence records and alignment sites based on content, index ranges, descriptive tags, annotated features, and in-line calculated analytics, including composition and codon usage. Automated content- and feature-based extraction of sites and support for molecular population genetic statistics make FAST useful for molecular evolutionary analysis. FAST is portable, easy to install and secure thanks to the relative maturity of its Perl and BioPerl foundations, with stable releases posted to CPAN. Development as well as a publicly accessible Cookbook and Wiki are available on the FAST GitHub repository at https://github.com/tlawrence3/FAST. The default data exchange format in FAST is Multi-FastA (specifically, a restriction of BioPerl FastA format). Sanger and Illumina 1.8+ FastQ formatted files are also supported. FAST makes it easier for non-programmer biologists to interactively investigate and control biological data at the speed of thought.

  18. FAST: FAST Analysis of Sequences Toolbox

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    Travis J. Lawrence

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available FAST (FAST Analysis of Sequences Toolbox provides simple, powerful open source command-line tools to filter, transform, annotate and analyze biological sequence data. Modeled after the GNU (GNU’s Not Unix Textutils such as grep, cut, and tr, FAST tools such as fasgrep, fascut, and fastr make it easy to rapidly prototype expressive bioinformatic workflows in a compact and generic command vocabulary. Compact combinatorial encoding of data workflows with FAST commands can simplify the documentation and reproducibility of bioinformatic protocols, supporting better transparency in biological data science. Interface self-consistency and conformity with conventions of GNU, Matlab, Perl, BioPerl, R and GenBank help make FAST easy and rewarding to learn. FAST automates numerical, taxonomic, and text-based sorting, selection and transformation of sequence records and alignment sites based on content, index ranges, descriptive tags, annotated features, and in-line calculated analytics, including composition and codon usage. Automated content- and feature-based extraction of sites and support for molecular population genetic statistics makes FAST useful for molecular evolutionary analysis. FAST is portable, easy to install and secure thanks to the relative maturity of its Perl and BioPerl foundations, with stable releases posted to CPAN. Development as well as a publicly accessible Cookbook and Wiki are available on the FAST GitHub repository at https://github.com/tlawrence3/FAST. The default data exchange format in FAST is Multi-FastA (specifically, a restriction of BioPerl FastA format. Sanger and Illumina 1.8+ FastQ formatted files are also supported. FAST makes it easier for non-programmer biologists to interactively investigate and control biological data at the speed of thought.

  19. Effect of thermal annealing on nonvolatile memory structures containing a high-k La{sub 2}O{sub 3} charge-trapping layer

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    Kim, D. H.; Park, J. W.; Kim, C. O.; Chung, H. Y.; Choi, S. H.; Lim, D. [Kyung Hee University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-02-15

    We investigated the effect of thermal annealing on the memory properties of metal-oxide-high-k-oxide-silicon (MOHOS)-type structures using high-k La{sub 2}O{sub 3} as a charge-trapping layer. When a MOHOS memory capacitor underwent rapid thermal annealing (RTA), the memory window reached a maximum at an intermediate RTA temperature and then decreased with increasing annealing temperature. The oxide stack also broke down more easily with increasing RTA temperature. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy revealed that high-temperature annealing led to the diffusion of La and the formation of crystalline lanthanum silicate, resulting in a smaller breakdown field and an increased leakage current. Our experimental result indicates that the MOHOS memory can be optimized near an RTA temperature of {approx} 600 .deg. C. On the other hand, laser spike annealing (LSA), with its high peak temperature and fast heating/cooling led to a good memory property by suppressing silicate formation while creating high-density charge trapping defects in the La{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer. Our results show that LSA can be an alternative choice for MOHOS memory devices when a high-temperature annealing process is needed for device applications.

  20. Accelerated oxygen precipitation in fast neutron irradiated Czochralski silicon

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    Ma Qiao-Yun; Li Yang-Xian; Chen Gui-Feng; Yang Shuai; Liu Li-Li; Niu Ping-Juan; Chen Dong-Feng; Li Hong-Tao

    2005-01-01

    Annealing effect of the oxygen precipitation and the induced defects have been investigated on the fast neutron irradiated Czochralski silicon (CZ-Si) by infrared absorption spectrum and the optical microscopy. It is found that the fast neutron irradiation greatly accelerates the oxygen precipitation that leads to a sharp decrease of the interstitial oxygen with the annealing time. At room temperature (RT), the 1107cm-1 infrared absorption band of interstitial oxygen becomes weak and broadens to low energy side. At low temperature, the infrared absorption peaks appear at 1078cm-1, 1096cm-1, and 1182cm-1, related to different shapes of the oxygen precipitates. The bulk microdefects,including stacking faults, dislocations and dislocation loops, were observed by the optical microscopy. New or large stacking faults grow up when the silicon self-interstitial atoms are created and aggregate with oxygen precipitation.

  1. Hierarchical Network Design Using Simulated Annealing

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    Thomadsen, Tommy; Clausen, Jens

    2002-01-01

    The hierarchical network problem is the problem of finding the least cost network, with nodes divided into groups, edges connecting nodes in each groups and groups ordered in a hierarchy. The idea of hierarchical networks comes from telecommunication networks where hierarchies exist. Hierarchical...... networks are described and a mathematical model is proposed for a two level version of the hierarchical network problem. The problem is to determine which edges should connect nodes, and how demand is routed in the network. The problem is solved heuristically using simulated annealing which as a sub......-algorithm uses a construction algorithm to determine edges and route the demand. Performance for different versions of the algorithm are reported in terms of runtime and quality of the solutions. The algorithm is able to find solutions of reasonable quality in approximately 1 hour for networks with 100 nodes....

  2. Thermoelectric properties by high temperature annealing

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    Ren, Zhifeng (Inventor); Chen, Gang (Inventor); Kumar, Shankar (Inventor); Lee, Hohyun (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    The present invention generally provides methods of improving thermoelectric properties of alloys by subjecting them to one or more high temperature annealing steps, performed at temperatures at which the alloys exhibit a mixed solid/liquid phase, followed by cooling steps. For example, in one aspect, such a method of the invention can include subjecting an alloy sample to a temperature that is sufficiently elevated to cause partial melting of at least some of the grains. The sample can then be cooled so as to solidify the melted grain portions such that each solidified grain portion exhibits an average chemical composition, characterized by a relative concentration of elements forming the alloy, that is different than that of the remainder of the grain.

  3. Coupled Quantum Fluctuations and Quantum Annealing

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    Hormozi, Layla; Kerman, Jamie

    We study the relative effectiveness of coupled quantum fluctuations, compared to single spin fluctuations, in the performance of quantum annealing. We focus on problem Hamiltonians resembling the the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model of Ising spin glass and compare the effectiveness of different types of fluctuations by numerically calculating the relative success probabilities and residual energies in fully-connected spin systems. We find that for a small class of instances coupled fluctuations can provide improvement over single spin fluctuations and analyze the properties of the corresponding class. Disclaimer: This research was funded by ODNI, IARPA via MIT Lincoln Laboratory under Air Force Contract No. FA8721-05-C-0002. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of ODNI, IARPA, or the US Government.

  4. Rapid thermal anneal of arsenic implanted silicon

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    Feygenson, A.

    1985-01-01

    The distribution of arsenic implanted into silicon during rapid thermal anneal (RTA) was investigated. Secondary ion mass spectrometry, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, and channeling techniques were used for the measurement of the total (chemical) dopant profile. The electrically active dopant profiles were measured with sheet resistance, sheet-resistance maps, spreading resistance and pinch resistors. It was found that arsenic profile after RTA is influenced by many parameters including crystallographic orientation of the sample, temperature gradient, and defect structure in the surface part affected by heavy arsenic implant. A diffusion model based on inhomogeneous medium was examined. Exact solutions of the diffusion equation were obtained for the rectangular and Gaussian initial dopant profiles. Calculated results are compared to the measured profiles. It is concluded that model satisfactory predicts the major features of the arsenic diffusion into silicon during RTA.

  5. Rapid Thermal Anneal of Arsenic Implanted Silicon.

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    Feygenson, Anatoly

    1985-12-01

    The distribution of arsenic implanted into silicon during rapid thermal anneal (RTA) has been investigated. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and channeling techniques were used for the measurement of the total (chemical) dopant profile. The electrically active dopant profiles were measured with sheet resistance, sheet resistance maps, spreading resistance, and pinch resistors. It has been found that arsenic profile after RTA is influenced by many parameters including crystallographic orientation of the sample, temperature gradient, and defect structure in the surface part affected by heavy arsenic implant. A diffusion model based on inhomogeneous medium was examined. Exact solutions of the diffusion equation were obtained for the rectangular and Gaussian initial dopant profiles. Calculated results are compared to the measured profiles. It is concluded that model satisfactory predicts the major features of the arsenic diffusion into silicon during RTA.

  6. Influence of phosphate esters on the annealing properties of starch

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    Wischmann, Bente; Muhrbeck, Per

    1998-01-01

    The effects of annealing on native potato, waxy maize, and phosphorylated waxy maize starches were compared. Phosphorylated waxy maize starch responded to annealing in a manner between that of the naturally phosphorylated potato starch and that of the native waxy maize starch. The gelatinisation ...

  7. Annealing Behavior of Si1-xGex/Si Heterostructures

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    2000-01-01

    The behavior of Si1-xGex/Si heterostructures under different annealing conditions has been studied. It is found that while RTA treatment diminishes the point defects, it introduces the misfit dislocations into Si1-xGex layers at same time. Higher annealing temperature will result in the propagation of misfit dislocations and then the total destruction of the crystal quality.

  8. Parameters Optimization of Low Carbon Low Alloy Steel Annealing Process

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    Maoyu ZHAO; Qianwang CHEN

    2013-01-01

    A suitable match of annealing process parameters is critical for obtaining the fine microstructure of material.Low carbon low alloy steel (20CrMnTi) was heated for various durations near Ac temperature to obtain fine pearlite and ferrite grains.Annealing temperature and time were used as independent variables,and material property data were acquired by orthogonal experiment design under intercritical process followed by subcritical annealing process (IPSAP).The weights of plasticity (hardness,yield strength,section shrinkage and elongation) of annealed material were calculated by analytic hierarchy process,and then the process parameters were optimized by the grey theory system.The results observed by SEM images show that microstructure of optimization annealing material are consisted of smaller lamellar pearlites (ferrite-cementite)and refining ferrites which distribute uniformly.Morphologies on tension fracture surface of optimized annealing material indicate that the numbers of dimple fracture show more finer toughness obviously comparing with other annealing materials.Moreover,the yield strength value of optimization annealing material decreases apparently by tensile test.Thus,the new optimized strategy is accurate and feasible.

  9. Remote sensing of atmospheric duct parameters using simulated annealing

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    Zhao Xiao-Feng; Huang Si-Xun; Xiang Jie; Shi Wei-Lai

    2011-01-01

    Simulated annealing is one of the robust optimization schemes. Simulated annealing mimics the annealing process of the slow cooling of a heated metal to reach a stable minimum energy state. In this paper,we adopt simulated annealing to study the problem of the remote sensing of atmospheric duct parameters for two different geometries of propagation measurement. One is from a single emitter to an array of radio receivers (vertical measurements),and the other is from the radar clutter returns (horizontal measurements). Basic principles of simulated annealing and its applications to refractivity estimation are introduced. The performance of this method is validated using numerical experiments and field measurements collected at the East China Sea. The retrieved results demonstrate the feasibility of simulated annealing for near real-time atmospheric refractivity estimation. For comparison,the retrievals of the genetic algorithm are also presented. The comparisons indicate that the convergence speed of simulated annealing is faster than that of the genetic algorithm,while the anti-noise ability of the genetic algorithm is better than that of simulated annealing.

  10. Mechanism of Annealing Softening of Rolled or Forged Tool Steel

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    2003-01-01

    In order to reduce hardness of rolled or forged steels after annealing and improve processability, the diameter and dispersity of carbides were measured by SEM and quantitative metallography. The microstructure of annealed steel was analyzed by TEM. The effects of the factors such as solute atoms, carbides, grain boundary and interphase boundary were studied. The mechanism of annealing softening of steels was analyzed on the examples of steels H13, S5, S7, X45CrNiMo4, which are treated with new technology. The results showed that the softening of H13, S7, S5 is easier obtained by isothermal or slow cooling annealing from slightly below A1, but hardness of X45CrNiMo4 after annealing is reduced effectively by obtaining coarse lamellar pearlite. Economic results can be obtained from good processability.

  11. Quantum annealing with all-to-all connected nonlinear oscillators

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    Puri, Shruti; Andersen, Christian Kraglund; Grimsmo, Arne L.

    2017-01-01

    Quantum annealing aims at solving combinatorial optimization problems mapped to Ising interactions between quantum spins. Here, with the objective of developing a noise-resilient annealer, we propose a paradigm for quantum annealing with a scalable network of two-photon-driven Kerr......-nonlinear resonators. Each resonator encodes an Ising spin in a robust degenerate subspace formed by two coherent states of opposite phases. A fully connected optimization problem is mapped to local fields driving the resonators, which are connected with only local four-body interactions. We describe an adiabatic...... annealing protocol in this system and analyse its performance in the presence of photon loss. Numerical simulations indicate substantial resilience to this noise channel, leading to a high success probability for quantum annealing. Finally, we propose a realistic circuit QED implementation of this promising...

  12. Annealing of ion-implanted GaN

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    Burchard, A; Stötzler, A; Weissenborn, R; Deicher, M

    1999-01-01

    $^{111m}$Cd and $^{112}$Cd ions have been implanted into GaN. With photoluminescence spectroscopy and perturbed $\\gamma-\\gamma$-angular correlation spectroscopy (PAC) the reduction of implantation damage and the optical activation of the implants have been observed as a function of annealing temperature using different annealing methods. The use of N$_{2}$ or NH$_{3}$ atmosphere during annealing allows temperatures up to 1323k and 1373 K, respectively, but above 1200 K a strong loss of Cd from the GaN has been observed. Annealing GaN together with elementary Al forms a protective layer on the GaN surface allowing annealing temperatures up to 1570 K for 10 min. (11 refs).

  13. Influence of time of annealing on anneal hardening effect of a cast CuZn alloy

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    Nestorović Svetlana; Ivanić Lj.; Marković Desimir

    2003-01-01

    Investigated cast copper alloy containing 8at%Zn of a solute. For comparison parallel specimens made from cast pure copper. Copper and copper alloy were subjected to cold rolling with different a final reduction of 30,50 and 70%. The cold rolled copper and copper alloy samples were isochronally and isothermally annealed up to recrystallization temperature. After that the values of hardness, strength and electrical conductivity were measured and X-ray analysis was performed. These investigatio...

  14. Ion Beam Synthesis of embedded SiC

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    Katharria, Y. S.; BAranwal, V.; Agarwal, D. C.; Krishna, R.; Kumar, P.; F. Singh; Kanjilal, D.

    2005-01-01

    The synthesis of embedded silicon carbide was carried out in N type silicon samples having (100) and (111) orientations using high dose implantation of carbon ions at room temperature. The variation of dose was employed to get dose dependence of silicon carbide formation. Postimplant annealing at 1000 C in order to anneal out the implantion induced defects and to get silicon carbide precipitates in silicon matrix. Detailed Fourier tarnsform infrared spectroscopy analysis and x-ray diffraction...

  15. Chemistry of post-annealing of epitaxial CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films

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    Axelsson, Anna-Karin, E-mail: a.k.axelsson@imperial.ac.u [Imperial College London, Department of Materials, Exhibition Road, SW7 2AZ, London (United Kingdom); Valant, Matjaz, E-mail: matjaz.valant@p-ng.s [Imperial College London, Department of Materials, Exhibition Road, SW7 2AZ, London (United Kingdom); University of Nova Gorica, Materials Research Laboratory, Vipavska 13, 5000 Nova Gorica (Slovenia); Fenner, Laura, E-mail: laura.fenner@ucl.ac.u [University College London, Department of Chemistry, Christopher Ingold Laboratories, 20 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AJ, London (United Kingdom); Wills, Andrew S., E-mail: a.s.wills@ucl.ac.u [University College London, Department of Chemistry, Christopher Ingold Laboratories, 20 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AJ, London (United Kingdom); Alford, Neil McN, E-mail: n.alford@imperial.ac.u [Imperial College London, Department of Materials, Exhibition Road, SW7 2AZ, London (United Kingdom)

    2009-05-01

    CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films of different thicknesses were grown on SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. The X-ray diffraction analysis and atomic force microscopy indicated both epitaxy and a granular microstructure. We studied the magnetic properties of these films as a function of oxygen post-annealing and film thickness. All as-deposited films exhibited similar magnetic properties with saturated magnetization (M{sub s}) of approximately 50% of the bulk M{sub s}, (80 Am{sup 2} kg{sup -1}). After the post-annealing the M{sub s} changes as a consequence of crystallographic restructuring of the film. Cation ordering in 100 nm thick films reduces M{sub s}, whereas re-oxidation increases M{sub s} for thinner films. 13 nm films, annealed for 1 h, reach the bulk M{sub s}. For even thinner films the quantum-size effect reduces M{sub s}. For a synthesis of {>=} 30 nm films an annealing cycle after deposition of every 15 nm layer is recommended.

  16. Effect of Annealing Temperature on Flowerlike Cu3BiS3 Thin Films Grown by Chemical Bath Deposition

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    Deshmukh, S. G.; Patel, S. J.; Patel, K. K.; Panchal, A. K.; Kheraj, Vipul

    2017-10-01

    For widespread application of thin-film photovoltaic solar cells, synthesis of inexpensive absorber material is essential. In this work, deposition of ternary Cu3BiS3 absorber material, which contains abundant and environmentally benign elements, was carried out on glass substrate. Flowerlike Cu3BiS3 thin films with nanoflakes as building block were formed on glass substrate by chemical bath deposition. These films were annealed at 573 K and 673 K in sulfur ambient for structural improvement. Their structure was characterized using Raman spectroscopy, as well as their surface morphological and optical properties. The x-ray diffraction profile of as-deposited Cu3BiS3 thin film revealed amorphous structure, which transformed to orthorhombic phase after annealing. The Raman spectrum exhibited a characteristic peak at 290 cm-1. Scanning electron microscopy of as-deposited Cu3BiS3 film confirmed formation of nanoflowers with diameter of around 1052 nm. Wettability testing of as-deposited Cu3BiS3 thin film demonstrated hydrophobic nature, which became hydrophilic after annealing. The measured ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectra of the Cu3BiS3 thin films gave an absorption coefficient of 105 cm-1 and direct optical bandgap of about 1.42 eV after annealing treatment. Based on all these results, such Cu3BiS3 material may have potential applications in the photovoltaic field as an absorber layer.

  17. Effect of annealing on the sub-bandgap, defects and trapping states of ZnO nanostructures

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    Wahyuono, Ruri Agung; Hermann-Westendorf, Felix; Dellith, Andrea; Schmidt, Christa; Dellith, Jan; Plentz, Jonathan; Schulz, Martin; Presselt, Martin; Seyring, Martin; Rettenmeyer, Markus; Dietzek, Benjamin

    2017-02-01

    Annealing treatment was applied to different mesoporous ZnO nanostructures prepared by wet chemical synthesis, i.e. nanoflowers (NFs), spherical aggregates (SPs), and nanorods (NRs). The sub-bandgap, defect properties as well as the trapping state characteristics after annealing were characterized spectroscopically, including ultrasensitive photothermal deflection spectroscopy (PDS), photoluminescence and photo-electrochemical methods. The comprehensive experimental analysis reveals that annealing alters both the bandgap and the sub-bandgap. The defect concentration and the density of surface traps in the ZnO nanostructures are suppressed upon annealing as deduced from photoluminescence and open-circuit voltage decay analysis. The photo-electrochemical investigations reveal that the surface traps dominate the near conduction band edge of ZnO and, hence, lead to high recombination rates when used in DSSCs. The density of bulk traps in ZnO SPs is higher than that in ZnO NFs and ZnO NRs and promote lower recombination loss between photoinjected electrons with the electrolyte-oxidized species on the surface. The highest power conversion efficiency of ZnO NFs-, ZnO SPs-, and ZnO NRs-based DSSC obtained in our system is 2.0, 4.5, and 1.8%, respectively.

  18. A Homotopy—Controlled Mean Field Annealing Partially—Connected Neural Equalizer for Pan—European GSM Syst5em

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    XueJianjun; YouXiaohu

    1997-01-01

    Channel equalization is essential in the Pan-European GSM mobile communication system.The maximum likelihood sequence estimation(MLSE) using the Viterbi algorithm(VA)iscommonly recommended for the dqualization,which can only accommodate the channels with limited time delay spread.In[1],we presented a mean field annealing(MFA)partially connected neural equalizer for the GSM system,in which the complexity is linearly proportional to the time delay spread and therefore relatively fast convergence speed is achieved.But the annealing coefficient of the MFA equalizer is fixed,which is not flexible in timing-varying circumstance such as mobile communications.To decrease the computation of MFA approach so as to make it more easy for practical use,the MFA approach is reated as a homotopy problem.The ordinary equations which the MFA approach should obey are derived.These equations can be used to reflect the deviation of the iteration result from the track of MFA approach.Based on this tesult,an adaptive annealing control algorithm is proposed,which can dynamically control the annealing coefficient according to the iteration deviation.Computer simulations show that our approach can provide a much higher convergence speed and performance improvement over 16-state and 32-state VA's which are usually suggested for practical applications.

  19. Facile Synthesis of V2O5 Hollow Spheres as Advanced Cathodes for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Xingyuan Zhang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Three-dimensional V2O5 hollow structures have been prepared through a simple synthesis strategy combining solvothermal treatment and a subsequent thermal annealing. The V2O5 materials are composed of microspheres 2–3 μm in diameter and with a distinct hollow interior. The as-synthesized V2O5 hollow microspheres, when evaluated as a cathode material for lithium-ion batteries, can deliver a specific capacity as high as 273 mAh·g−1 at 0.2 C. Benefiting from the hollow structures that afford fast electrolyte transport and volume accommodation, the V2O5 cathode also exhibits a superior rate capability and excellent cycling stability. The good Li-ion storage performance demonstrates the great potential of this unique V2O5 hollow material as a high-performance cathode for lithium-ion batteries.

  20. Facile Synthesis of V₂O₅ Hollow Spheres as Advanced Cathodes for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Zhang, Xingyuan; Wang, Jian-Gan; Liu, Huanyan; Liu, Hongzhen; Wei, Bingqing

    2017-01-18

    Three-dimensional V₂O₅ hollow structures have been prepared through a simple synthesis strategy combining solvothermal treatment and a subsequent thermal annealing. The V₂O₅ materials are composed of microspheres 2-3 μm in diameter and with a distinct hollow interior. The as-synthesized V₂O₅ hollow microspheres, when evaluated as a cathode material for lithium-ion batteries, can deliver a specific capacity as high as 273 mAh·g(-1) at 0.2 C. Benefiting from the hollow structures that afford fast electrolyte transport and volume accommodation, the V₂O₅ cathode also exhibits a superior rate capability and excellent cycling stability. The good Li-ion storage performance demonstrates the great potential of this unique V₂O₅ hollow material as a high-performance cathode for lithium-ion batteries.

  1. Field-Activated, Pressure-Assisted Synthesis of Ultra-hard, Super-Abrasive AlMgB14

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    Liu, Wen; Wu, Yin-tao; Mao, Shu-hong; Pan, Rui-li; Zhang, Jing; Zhang, Tie-ming

    2013-04-01

    Mechanical alloying (MA) and the field-activated and pressure-assisted in situ synthesis (FAPAS) were combined to prepare the ultra-hard and super-abrasive AlMgB14 with the characteristics of fast heating-up, high efficiency, and low energy cost. Such preparations using the elemental constituents, such as Al, Mg, and B, were performed at a vacuum annealed temperature of 1500 °C under a pressure of 60 MPa. The resultant ceramics were characterized by SEM, EDS, and XRD. It was shown that the samples contained uniform AlMgB14, and the maximum hardness on the sample surface may reach 32.5 GPa. Furthermore, a second experiment was performed, in which MgH2 was used as one of the starting materials instead of elemental Mg, but this approach did not produce AlMgB14.

  2. Annealed Scaling for a Charged Polymer

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    Caravenna, F.; den Hollander, F.; Pétrélis, N.; Poisat, J.

    2016-03-01

    This paper studies an undirected polymer chain living on the one-dimensional integer lattice and carrying i.i.d. random charges. Each self-intersection of the polymer chain contributes to the interaction Hamiltonian an energy that is equal to the product of the charges of the two monomers that meet. The joint probability distribution for the polymer chain and the charges is given by the Gibbs distribution associated with the interaction Hamiltonian. The focus is on the annealed free energy per monomer in the limit as the length of the polymer chain tends to infinity. We derive a spectral representation for the free energy and use this to prove that there is a critical curve in the parameter plane of charge bias versus inverse temperature separating a ballistic phase from a subballistic phase. We show that the phase transition is first order. We prove large deviation principles for the laws of the empirical speed and the empirical charge, and derive a spectral representation for the associated rate functions. Interestingly, in both phases both rate functions exhibit flat pieces, which correspond to an inhomogeneous strategy for the polymer to realise a large deviation. The large deviation principles in turn lead to laws of large numbers and central limit theorems. We identify the scaling behaviour of the critical curve for small and for large charge bias. In addition, we identify the scaling behaviour of the free energy for small charge bias and small inverse temperature. Both are linked to an associated Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue problem. A key tool in our analysis is the Ray-Knight formula for the local times of the one-dimensional simple random walk. This formula is exploited to derive a closed form expression for the generating function of the annealed partition function, and for several related quantities. This expression in turn serves as the starting point for the derivation of the spectral representation for the free energy, and for the scaling theorems

  3. Annealed Scaling for a Charged Polymer

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    Caravenna, F., E-mail: francesco.caravenna@unimib.it [Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Dipartimento di Matematica e Applicazioni (Italy); Hollander, F. den, E-mail: denholla@math.leidenuniv.nl [Leiden University, Mathematical Institute (Netherlands); Pétrélis, N., E-mail: nicolas.petrelis@univ-nantes.fr [Université de Nantes, Laboratoire de Mathématiques Jean Leray UMR 6629 (France); Poisat, J., E-mail: poisat@ceremade.dauphine.fr [Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL Research University, CEREMADE, UMR 7534 (France)

    2016-03-15

    This paper studies an undirected polymer chain living on the one-dimensional integer lattice and carrying i.i.d. random charges. Each self-intersection of the polymer chain contributes to the interaction Hamiltonian an energy that is equal to the product of the charges of the two monomers that meet. The joint probability distribution for the polymer chain and the charges is given by the Gibbs distribution associated with the interaction Hamiltonian. The focus is on the annealed free energy per monomer in the limit as the length of the polymer chain tends to infinity. We derive a spectral representation for the free energy and use this to prove that there is a critical curve in the parameter plane of charge bias versus inverse temperature separating a ballistic phase from a subballistic phase. We show that the phase transition is first order. We prove large deviation principles for the laws of the empirical speed and the empirical charge, and derive a spectral representation for the associated rate functions. Interestingly, in both phases both rate functions exhibit flat pieces, which correspond to an inhomogeneous strategy for the polymer to realise a large deviation. The large deviation principles in turn lead to laws of large numbers and central limit theorems. We identify the scaling behaviour of the critical curve for small and for large charge bias. In addition, we identify the scaling behaviour of the free energy for small charge bias and small inverse temperature. Both are linked to an associated Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue problem. A key tool in our analysis is the Ray-Knight formula for the local times of the one-dimensional simple random walk. This formula is exploited to derive a closed form expression for the generating function of the annealed partition function, and for several related quantities. This expression in turn serves as the starting point for the derivation of the spectral representation for the free energy, and for the scaling theorems

  4. Surface Morphology of Annealed Lead Phthalocyanine Thin Films

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The thin films of Lead Phthalocyanine (PbPc on glass substrates were prepared by Vacuum deposition. The thickness of the films was 450 nm. The sample annealed in high vacuum at 373 K temperature. The sample has been analysed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy in order to get structural and surface morphology of the PbPc thin film. The formation of XRD patterns of PbPc shows a triclinic grains (T seen along with monoclinic (M forms of PbPc. The sample is annealed at 373 K temperatures; the film shows peaks that assigned to the triclinic phase. SEM and AFM are the best tools to investigate the surface smoothness and to find the grain size of the particles. The grain size is calculated for all films of different thicknesses. The annealed AFM micrograph shows that the surface of the films consists of large holes. The annealed AFM image indicates a smooth surface. It is very clear that the grain size decreases with increase in the annealing temperature. The roughness also decreases with the increase in film annealing temperature. Annealed film leads to the oxidation of the hthalocyanine with oxygen absorbed or diffused. Therefore, the heat is responsible for the increase in film thickness. Since the films expand, it is believed that the porosity is increased.

  5. The changes of ADI structure during high temperature annealing

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    A. Krzyńska

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of structure investigations of ADI during it was annealing at elevated temperature are presented. Ductile iron austempered at temperature 325oC was then isothermally annealed 360 minutes at temperature 400, 450, 500 and 550oC. The structure investigations showed that annealing at these temperatures caused substantial structure changes and thus essential hardness decrease, which is most useful property of ADI from point of view its practical application. Degradation advance of the structure depends mainly on annealing temperature, less on the time of the heat treatment. It was concluded that high temperature annealing caused precipitation of Fe3C type carbides, which morphology and distribution depend on temperature. In case of 400oC annealing the carbides precipitates inside bainitic ferrite lath in specific crystallographic planes and partly at the grain boundaries. The annealing at the temperature 550oC caused disappearing of characteristic for ADI needle or lath – like morphology, which is replaced with equiaxed grains. In this case Fe3C carbides take the form very fine precipitates with spheroidal geometry.

  6. Grain coarsening mechanism of Cu thin films by rapid annealing

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    Sasajima, Yasushi, E-mail: sasajima@mx.ibaraki.ac.jp; Kageyama, Junpei; Khoo, Khyoupin; Onuki, Jin

    2010-09-30

    Cu thin films have been produced by an electroplating method using nominal 9N anode and nominal 6N CuSO{sub 4}.5H{sub 2}O electrolyte. Film samples were heat-treated by two procedures: conventional isothermal annealing in hydrogen atmosphere (abbreviated as H{sub 2} annealing) and rapid thermal annealing with an infrared lamp (abbreviated as RTA). After heat treatment, the average grain diameters and the grain orientation distributions were examined by electron backscattering pattern analysis. The RTA samples (400 {sup o}C for 5 min) have a larger average grain diameter, more uniform grain distribution and higher ratio of (111) orientation than H{sub 2} annealed samples (400 {sup o}C for 30 min). This means that RTA can produce films with coarser and more uniformly distributed grains than H{sub 2} annealing within a short time, i.e. only a few minutes. To clarify the grain coarsening mechanism, grain growth by RTA was simulated using the phase field method. The simulated grain diameter reaches its maximum at a heating rate which is the same order as that in the actual RTA experiment. The maximum grain diameter is larger than that obtained by H{sub 2} annealing with the same annealing time at the isothermal stage as in RTA. The distribution of the misorientation was analyzed which led to a proposed grain growth model for the RTA method.

  7. On fast iterative mapping algorithms for stripe based coarse-grained reconfigurable architectures

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    Mehta, Gayatri; Patel, Krunalkumar; Pollard, Nancy S.

    2015-01-01

    Reconfigurable devices have potential for great flexibility/efficiency, but mapping algorithms onto these architectures is a long-standing challenge. This paper addresses this challenge for stripe based coarse-grained reconfigurable architectures (CGRAs) by drawing on insights from graph drawing. We adapt fast, iterative algorithms from hierarchical graph drawing to the problem of mapping to stripe based architectures. We find that global sifting is 98 times as fast as simulated annealing and produces very compact designs with 17% less area on average, at a cost of 5% greater wire length. Interleaving iterations of Sugiyama and global sifting is 40 times as fast as simulated annealing and achieves somewhat more compact designs with 1.8% less area on average, at a cost of only 1% greater wire length. These solutions can enable fast design space exploration, rapid performance testing, and flexible programming of CGRAs "in the field."

  8. Embrittlement recovery due to annealing of reactor pressure vessel steels

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    Eason, E.D.; Wright, J.E.; Nelson, E.E. [Modeling and Computing Services, Boulder, CO (United States); Odette, G.R.; Mader, E.V. [Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA (United States)

    1996-03-01

    Embrittlement of reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) can be reduced by thermal annealing at temperatures higher than the normal operating conditions. Although such an annealing process has not been applied to any commercial plants in the United States, one US Army reactor, the BR3 plant in Belgium, and several plants in eastern Europe have been successfully annealed. All available Charpy annealing data were collected and analyzed in this project to develop quantitative models for estimating the recovery in 30 ft-lb (41 J) Charpy transition temperature and Charpy upper shelf energy over a range of potential annealing conditions. Pattern recognition, transformation analysis, residual studies, and the current understanding of the mechanisms involved in the annealing process were used to guide the selection of the most sensitive variables and correlating parameters and to determine the optimal functional forms for fitting the data. The resulting models were fitted by nonlinear least squares. The use of advanced tools, the larger data base now available, and insight from surrogate hardness data produced improved models for quantitative evaluation of the effects of annealing. The quality of models fitted in this project was evaluated by considering both the Charpy annealing data used for fitting and the surrogate hardness data base. The standard errors of the resulting recovery models relative to calibration data are comparable to the uncertainty in unirradiated Charpy data. This work also demonstrates that microhardness recovery is a good surrogate for transition temperature shift recovery and that there is a high level of consistency between the observed annealing trends and fundamental models of embrittlement and recovery processes.

  9. Large recovery strain in Fe-Mn-Si-based shape memory steels obtained by engineering annealing twin boundaries.

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    Wen, Y H; Peng, H B; Raabe, D; Gutierrez-Urrutia, I; Chen, J; Du, Y Y

    2014-09-17

    Shape memory alloys are a unique class of materials that can recover their original shape upon heating after a large deformation. Ti-Ni alloys with a large recovery strain are expensive, while low-cost conventional processed Fe-Mn-Si-based steels suffer from a low recovery strain (twin boundaries. Reducing the density of twin boundaries is thus a critical factor for obtaining a large recovery strain in these steels. By significantly suppressing the formation of twin boundaries, we attain a tensile recovery strain of 7.6% in an annealed cast polycrystalline Fe-20.2Mn-5.6Si-8.9Cr-5.0Ni steel (weight%). Further attractiveness of this material lies in its low-cost alloying components and simple synthesis-processing cycle consisting only of casting plus annealing. This enables these steels to be used at a large scale as structural materials with advanced functional properties.

  10. Composition dependent thermal annealing behaviour of ion tracks in apatite

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    Nadzri, A., E-mail: allina.nadzri@anu.edu.au [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601 (Australia); Schauries, D.; Mota-Santiago, P.; Muradoglu, S. [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601 (Australia); Trautmann, C. [GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Planckstrasse 1, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Gleadow, A.J.W. [School of Earth Science, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010 (Australia); Hawley, A. [Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton, VIC 3168 (Australia); Kluth, P. [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601 (Australia)

    2016-07-15

    Natural apatite samples with different F/Cl content from a variety of geological locations (Durango, Mexico; Mud Tank, Australia; and Snarum, Norway) were irradiated with swift heavy ions to simulate fission tracks. The annealing kinetics of the resulting ion tracks was investigated using synchrotron-based small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) combined with ex situ annealing. The activation energies for track recrystallization were extracted and consistent with previous studies using track-etching, tracks in the chlorine-rich Snarum apatite are more resistant to annealing than in the other compositions.

  11. Excimer laser annealing for low-voltage power MOSFET

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    Chen, Yi; Okada, Tatsuya; Noguchi, Takashi; Mazzamuto, Fulvio; Huet, Karim

    2016-08-01

    Excimer laser annealing of lumped beam was performed to form the P-base junction for high-performance low-voltage-power MOSFET. An equivalent shallow-junction structure for the P-base junction with a uniform impurity distribution is realized by adopting excimer laser annealing (ELA). The impurity distribution in the P-base junction can be controlled precisely by the irradiated pulse energy density and the number of shots of excimer laser. High impurity activation for the shallow junction has been confirmed in the melted phase. The application of the laser annealing technology in the fabrication process of a practical low-voltage trench gate MOSFET was also examined.

  12. A NEW GENETIC SIMULATED ANNEALING ALGORITHM FOR FLOOD ROUTING MODEL

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    KANG Ling; WANG Cheng; JIANG Tie-bing

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, a new approach, the Genetic Simulated Annealing (GSA), was proposed for optimizing the parameters in the Muskingum routing model. By integrating the simulated annealing method into the genetic algorithm, the hybrid method could avoid some troubles of traditional methods, such as arduous trial-and-error procedure, premature convergence in genetic algorithm and search blindness in simulated annealing. The principle and implementing procedure of this algorithm were described. Numerical experiments show that the GSA can adjust the optimization population, prevent premature convergence and seek the global optimal result.Applications to the Nanyunhe River and Qingjiang River show that the proposed approach is of higher forecast accuracy and practicability.

  13. Kriging-approximation simulated annealing algorithm for groundwater modeling

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    Shen, C. H.

    2015-12-01

    Optimization algorithms are often applied to search best parameters for complex groundwater models. Running the complex groundwater models to evaluate objective function might be time-consuming. This research proposes a Kriging-approximation simulated annealing algorithm. Kriging is a spatial statistics method used to interpolate unknown variables based on surrounding given data. In the algorithm, Kriging method is used to estimate complicate objective function and is incorporated with simulated annealing. The contribution of the Kriging-approximation simulated annealing algorithm is to reduce calculation time and increase efficiency.

  14. Kinetics of the austenite formation during intercritical annealing

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    J. Lis; A. Lis

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: of this paper is the effect of the microstructure of the 6Mn16 steel after soft annealing on the kinetics of the austenite formation during next intercritical annealing.Design/methodology/approach: Analytical TEM point analysis with EDAX system attached to Philips CM20 was used to evaluate the concentration of Mn in the microstructure constituents of the multiphase steel,Findings: The increase in soft annealing time from 1-60 hours at 625 °C increases Mn partitioning between ferrite ...

  15. Exploring first-order phase transitions with population annealing

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    Barash, Lev Yu.; Weigel, Martin; Shchur, Lev N.; Janke, Wolfhard

    2017-03-01

    Population annealing is a hybrid of sequential and Markov chain Monte Carlo methods geared towards the efficient parallel simulation of systems with complex free-energy landscapes. Systems with first-order phase transitions are among the problems in computational physics that are difficult to tackle with standard methods such as local-update simulations in the canonical ensemble, for example with the Metropolis algorithm. It is hence interesting to see whether such transitions can be more easily studied using population annealing. We report here our preliminary observations from population annealing runs for the two-dimensional Potts model with q > 4, where it undergoes a first-order transition.

  16. X-ray excited luminescence of Ga- and In-doped ZnO microrods by annealing treatment

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    Li, Qianli; Liu, Xiaolin; Gu, Mu; Huang, Shiming; Zhang, Juannan; Ni, Chen; Liu, Bo; Hu, Yahua; Wu, Qiang; Zhao, Shuning

    2016-10-01

    Ga- and In-doped ZnO microrods were prepared by low temperature hydrothermal process, and the effect of annealing temperature on morphology, crystallization, photoluminescence and X-ray excited luminescence were deeply researched. The results showed that both Ga- and In-doped ZnO microrods were possessed of a good crystalline quality and exhibited an intense visible emission band with a blue-shift under X-ray excitation. This blue-shift of the visible luminescence could be ascribed to the different contributions of the defect emissions, i.e. the increase in the oxygen vacancy (VO) emission and the decrease of the oxygen interstitial (Oi) emission. Moreover, a strong ultraviolet luminescence was also obtained by further hydrogen annealing. It is expected that Ga- and In-doped microrods are promising candidates for development of fast and high-spatial-resolution X-ray imaging detectors.

  17. Investigation of high temperature annealing effectiveness for recovery of radiation-induced structural changes and properties of 18Cr-10Ni-Ti austenitic stainless steels

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    Gurovich, B. A.; Kuleshova, E. A.; Frolov, A. S.; Maltsev, D. A.; Prikhodko, K. E.; Fedotova, S. V.; Margolin, B. Z.; Sorokin, A. A.

    2015-10-01

    A complex study of structural state and properties of 18Cr-10Ni-Ti austenitic stainless steel after irradiation in BOR-60 fast research reactor (in the temperature range 330-400 °C up to damaging doses of 145 dpa) and in VVER-1000 light water reactor (at temperature ∼320 °C and damaging doses ∼12-14 dpa) was performed. The possibility of recovery of structural-phase state and mechanical properties to the level almost corresponding to the initial state by the recovery annealing was studied. The principal possibility of the recovery annealing of pressurized water reactor internals that ensures almost complete recovery of its mechanical properties and microstructure was shown. The optimal mode of recovery annealing was established: 1000 °C during 120 h.

  18. A Personified Annealing Algorithm for Circles Packing Problem%求解圆形packing问题的拟人退火算法

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    张德富; 李新

    2005-01-01

    Circles packing problem is an NP-hard problem and is difficult to solve. In this paper, a hybrid search strategy for circles packing problem is discussed. A way of generating new configuration is presented by simulating the moving of elastic objects, which can avoid the blindness of simulated annealing search and make iteration process converge fast. Inspired by the life experiences of people,an effective personified strategy to jump out of local minima is given. Based on the simulated annealing idea and personification strategy, an effective personified annealing algorithm for circles packing problem is developed. Numerical experiments on benchmark problem instances show that the proposed algorithm outperforms the best algorithm in the literature.

  19. An adaptive approach to the physical annealing strategy for simulated annealing

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    Hasegawa, M.

    2013-02-01

    A new and reasonable method for adaptive implementation of simulated annealing (SA) is studied on two types of random traveling salesman problems. The idea is based on the previous finding on the search characteristics of the threshold algorithms, that is, the primary role of the relaxation dynamics in their finite-time optimization process. It is shown that the effective temperature for optimization can be predicted from the system's behavior analogous to the stabilization phenomenon occurring in the heating process starting from a quenched solution. The subsequent slow cooling near the predicted point draws out the inherent optimizing ability of finite-time SA in more straightforward manner than the conventional adaptive approach.

  20. Effects of thermal annealing on electrical characteristics of Cd/CdS/n-Si/Au-Sb sandwich structure

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    Saglam, M., E-mail: msaglam@atauni.edu.t [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences and Arts, University of Atatuerk, 25240 Erzurum (Turkey); Ates, A.; Guezeldir, B.; Astam, A. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences and Arts, University of Atatuerk, 25240 Erzurum (Turkey); Yildirim, M.A. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Education, University of Erzincan, Erzincan (Turkey)

    2009-09-18

    In general, at the metal-semiconductor contacts, interfacial layers have been fabricated by different methods such as molecular beam epitaxy, metal organic chemical vapor deposition, sputtering and vacuum evaporation. However, all of these techniques have encountered various difficulties in the deposited films. Instead of these methods, since Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR) method is simple, fast, sensitive, and less costly to prepare interfacial layer, we have first employed this method in order to prepare Cd/CdS/n-Si/Au-Sb sandwich structure. For this reason, the CdS thin film has been directly formed on n-type Si substrate by means of SILAR method. The Cd/CdS/n-Si/Au-Sb sandwich structure has demonstrated clearly rectifying behaviour by the current-voltage (I-V) curves studied at room temperature. In order to observe the effect of the thermal annealing, this structure has been annealed at temperatures from 50 to 300 deg. C for 3 min in N{sub 2} atmosphere. The characteristic parameters such as barrier height, ideality factor and series resistance of this structure have been calculated from the forward bias I-V characteristics as a function of annealing temperature with different methods. The values of n, PHI{sub b} and mean R{sub s} of the initial Cd/CdS/n-Si/Au-Sb sandwich structure were found to be 2.31, 0.790 eV and 1.86 kOMEGA respectively. After annealing at 300 deg. C, these values were changed to 1.89, 0.765 eV and 0.48 kOMEGA. It has been seen that the barrier height, ideality factor and series resistance have slightly changed with increasing annealing temperature up to 300 deg. C.

  1. Thermal annealing effects on vanadium pentoxide xerogel films

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    G. N. Barbosa; C. F.O. Graeff; H. P. Oliveira

    2005-01-01

    The effect of water molecules on the conductivity and electrochemical properties of vanadium pentoxide xerogel was studied in connection with changes of morphology upon thermal annealing at different temperatures...

  2. Solvent vapor annealing of an insoluble molecular semiconductor

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    Amassian, Aram

    2010-01-01

    Solvent vapor annealing has been proposed as a low-cost, highly versatile, and room-temperature alternative to thermal annealing of organic semiconductors and devices. In this article, we investigate the solvent vapor annealing process of a model insoluble molecular semiconductor thin film - pentacene on SiO 2 exposed to acetone vapor - using a combination of optical reflectance and two-dimensional grazing incidence X-ray diffraction measurements performed in situ, during processing. These measurements provide valuable and new insight into the solvent vapor annealing process; they demonstrate that solvent molecules interact mainly with the surface of the film to induce a solid-solid transition without noticeable swelling, dissolving or melting of the molecular material. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  3. Evidence for quantum annealing with more than one hundred qubits

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    Boixo, Sergio; Rønnow, Troels F.; Isakov, Sergei V.; Wang, Zhihui; Wecker, David; Lidar, Daniel A.; Martinis, John M.; Troyer, Matthias

    2014-03-01

    Quantum technology is maturing to the point where quantum devices, such as quantum communication systems, quantum random number generators and quantum simulators may be built with capabilities exceeding classical computers. A quantum annealer, in particular, solves optimization problems by evolving a known initial configuration at non-zero temperature towards the ground state of a Hamiltonian encoding a given problem. Here, we present results from tests on a 108 qubit D-Wave One device based on superconducting flux qubits. By studying correlations we find that the device performance is inconsistent with classical annealing or that it is governed by classical spin dynamics. In contrast, we find that the device correlates well with simulated quantum annealing. We find further evidence for quantum annealing in the form of small-gap avoided level crossings characterizing the hard problems. To assess the computational power of the device we compare it against optimized classical algorithms.

  4. Improved mapping of the travelling salesman problem for quantum annealing

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    Troyer, Matthias; Heim, Bettina; Brown, Ethan; Wecker, David

    2015-03-01

    We consider the quantum adiabatic algorithm as applied to the travelling salesman problem (TSP). We introduce a novel mapping of TSP to an Ising spin glass Hamiltonian and compare it to previous known mappings. Through direct perturbative analysis, unitary evolution, and simulated quantum annealing, we show this new mapping to be significantly superior. We discuss how this advantage can translate to actual physical implementations of TSP on quantum annealers.

  5. Structural and magnetic changes on annealing permalloy/copper multilayers

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    Fulthorpe, B.D.; Hase, T.P.A. E-mail: t.p.a.hase@dur.ac.uk; Tanner, B.K.; Marrows, C.H.; Hickey, B.J

    2001-05-01

    Thin-film powder diffraction and in situ grazing incidence X-ray scattering have been used to determine the structural changes that occur during annealing of permalloy/copper multilayers. We show that the enhanced stability in the magnetotransport properties of multilayers doped with cobalt at the interfaces correlates with reduced interdiffusion. The development of a long correlation length conformal roughness during annealing is observed.

  6. Precise annealing of focal plane arrays for optical detection

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    Bender, Daniel A.

    2015-09-22

    Precise annealing of identified defective regions of a Focal Plane Array ("FPA") (e.g., exclusive of non-defective regions of the FPA) facilitates removal of defects from an FPA that has been hybridized and/or packaged with readout electronics. Radiation is optionally applied under operating conditions, such as under cryogenic temperatures, such that performance of an FPA can be evaluated before, during, and after annealing without requiring thermal cycling.

  7. A simulated annealing technique for multi-objective simulation optimization

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    Mahmoud H. Alrefaei; Diabat, Ali H.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we present a simulated annealing algorithm for solving multi-objective simulation optimization problems. The algorithm is based on the idea of simulated annealing with constant temperature, and uses a rule for accepting a candidate solution that depends on the individual estimated objective function values. The algorithm is shown to converge almost surely to an optimal solution. It is applied to a multi-objective inventory problem; the numerical results show that the algorithm ...

  8. Stored energy and annealing behavior of heavily deformed aluminium

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    Kamikawa, Naoya; Huang, Xiaoxu; Kondo, Yuka

    2012-01-01

    followed by 0.5 h annealing at 200-600°C, where the former treatment leads to discontinuous recrystallization and the latter to uniform structural coarsening. This behavior has been analyzed in terms of the relative change during annealing of energy stored as elastic energy in the dislocation structure...... and as boundary energy in the high-angle boundaries. © (2012) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland....

  9. 利用水热-后煅烧方法制备Sr5(PO4)3Cl∶Ce3+磷光体%Synthesis of Sr5(PO4)3Cl∶ Ce3+ Phosphors by Hydrothermal and Post-annealing Method

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    谢东华; 陈祥迎; 陈崇

    2013-01-01

    利用一种简单有效的水热-后煅烧方法合成了Sr5(PO4)3Cl∶ Ce3+磷光体.实验结果表明,通过调节水热条件的溶剂类型和组成可以得到球形/橄榄球形Sr5(PO4)3Cl∶ Ce3+磷光体.橄榄球形Sr5(PO4)3Cl∶ Ce3+磷光体的内在生长方向为[001],空间群为P63/m.更为重要的是,可以利用后煅烧方法来研究Sr5(PO4)3Cl∶ Ce3+磷光体的光学性能,发光强度的主要影响因素包括Ce3+含量、煅烧温度、H2O-三乙醇胺体系中的体积比.Sr5(PO4)3Cl∶ Ce3+磷光体的发光谱以及CIE色温图表明,该产物具有蓝光发射的特性.%A simple and efficacious hydrothermal and post-annealing method has been developed to prepare Sr5 (PO4)3Cl∶ Ce3+ phosphors.The experimental results reveal that modulating the solvent species as well as the solvent composition (i.e.solvent effect) can give rise to Sr5 (PO4)3Cl∶ Ce3+ phosphors with granular/rugby-like shapes and various sizes under hydrothermal conditions.The driving force for rugby-like Sr5 (PO4)3Cl∶ Ce3+ phosphor growing along [001] direction originates from its intrinsic symmetry of P63/m.More importantly,post-annealing method was further carried out to investigate the luminescent properties of Sr5 (PO4)3Cl∶ Ce3 + phosphors.Ce3 + doping content,calcination temperature,volume ratio in H2O-triethyleneamine and two different synthetic methods play important roles in determining the emission intensity.The PL,PLE spectra and CIE chromaticity coordinates illustrate the excellent blue emission feature of Sr5 (PO4)3Cl∶ Ce3 + phosphors.

  10. Study of annealing effects on structural and sorption properties of low energy mechanically alloyed AB{sub 5}'s

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    Talaganis, B.A., E-mail: talaganb@ib.cnea.gov.a [Instituto Balseiro (UNCu) and CNEA, Av. Bustillo Km. 9.5 (R8402AGP), Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); Esquivel, M.R. [Instituto Balseiro (UNCu) and CNEA, Av. Bustillo Km. 9.5 (R8402AGP), Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina); Centro Atomico Bariloche, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica (CNEA) (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); C.R.U.B.-U.N.Co. Quintral 1250 (R8400FRF), Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina); Meyer, G. [Instituto Balseiro (UNCu) and CNEA, Av. Bustillo Km. 9.5 (R8402AGP), Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina); Centro Atomico Bariloche, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica (CNEA) (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET) (Argentina)

    2010-04-16

    In this work, various AB{sub 5}'s were mechanically alloyed using a low energy mill until final or completion milling stages were reached. This process leaves micro- and nano-structured materials with highly distorted microstructures. Then, further annealing is needed to obtain an intermetallic suitable for hydrogen thermal compression process. After milling, the samples were annealed and analyzed by X-ray diffraction and Differential Scanning Calorimetry. Hydriding properties were studied using volumetric methods. After annealing at 200 {sup o}C for 24 h no changes occur in neither structural nor hydriding properties. For samples annealed at 400 {sup o}C, relaxation effects of the structure were observed. It occurs due to the release of strain produced by annealing on the microstructure. It leads to the improvements in both structural and hydriding properties. Strong recrystallization effect was present between 400 and 600 {sup o}C. At 600 {sup o}C, the main improvements were larger crystallite size, lower strain values and pressure-composition isotherms with well-defined plateaus. Despite this behavior, no evidence of crystallization was observed by Differential Scanning Calorimetry measurements from room temperature up to 500 {sup o}C. These topics, the amount of energy supplied during mechanical alloying and the correlation between the structural and sorption properties are discussed according to the governing mechanisms of recrystallization observed in each temperature range. From these results, an improved synthesis-thermal treatment method is outlined.

  11. Analysis of silicon nanocrystals in silicon-rich SiO II synthesized by CO II laser annealing

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    Lin, Chun-Jung; Lin, Gong-Ru; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Chou, Li-Jen

    2005-11-01

    The localized synthesis of 4.2-5.6 nm-Si nanocrystals (nc-Si) in Si-rich SiO II (SRSO) by CO 2 laser annealing at laser intensity of below ablation-threshold (6 kW/cm2) is demonstrated. Since the SRSO exhibits a high absorption coefficient of up to 0.102 cm -1 at wavelength of 10.6 μm, a direct-writing CO II laser annealing system with focusing spot size of 0.2 mm2 is used to locally anneal the SRSO and precipitate the nc-Si. A thermophysical model reveals that the surface temperature of SRSO ranging from 130 °C to 3350 °C is achieved by varying the laser power densities from 1.5 to 13.5 kW/cm2. The CO II laser-ablation-threshold power density is about 6 kW/cm2, corresponding to the optimized annealing temperature 1285 °C at the ablation threshold. The CO IIlaser annealing is capable of the precise control on power density and spot size, which benefits from the in-situ and localized annealing temperature control of SRSO film, and also prevents from the eternal damage of the other electronic devices nearby the annealing site. The nc-Si dependent photoluminescence (PL) were observed at 806 nm or longer, whereas the laser-ablation damaged SRSO film exhibits significant blue PL at 410 nm due to the oxygen-related structural defects. The refractive index of the lasertreated SRSO film is increasing from 1.57 to 2.31 as the laser intensity increases from 1.5 to 6.0 kW/cm2 which is mainly attributed to the increasing density of nc-Si embedded in SRSO. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analysis reveals that the average size of nc-Si embedded in SRSO film is about 5.3 nm, which correlates well with the theoretical prediction of a corresponding PL at 806 nm. The HRTEM estimated square density of the nc-Si in SRSO film under the laser intensity of 6 kW/cm2 is about 10 18 cm -3.

  12. HCUP Fast Stats

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — HCUP Fast Stats provides easy access to the latest HCUP-based statistics for health information topics. HCUP Fast Stats uses visual statistical displays in...

  13. Fast food (image)

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    Fast foods are quick, reasonably priced, and readily available alternatives to home cooking. While convenient and economical for a busy lifestyle, fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated ...

  14. Fast food tips (image)

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    ... challenge to eat healthy when going to a fast food place. In general, avoiding items that are deep ... challenge to eat healthy when going to a fast food place. In general, avoiding items that are deep ...

  15. Population annealing simulations of a binary hard-sphere mixture

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    Callaham, Jared; Machta, Jonathan

    2017-06-01

    Population annealing is a sequential Monte Carlo scheme well suited to simulating equilibrium states of systems with rough free energy landscapes. Here we use population annealing to study a binary mixture of hard spheres. Population annealing is a parallel version of simulated annealing with an extra resampling step that ensures that a population of replicas of the system represents the equilibrium ensemble at every packing fraction in an annealing schedule. The algorithm and its equilibration properties are described, and results are presented for a glass-forming fluid composed of a 50/50 mixture of hard spheres with diameter ratio of 1.4:1. For this system, we obtain precise results for the equation of state in the glassy regime up to packing fractions φ ≈0.60 and study deviations from the Boublik-Mansoori-Carnahan-Starling-Leland equation of state. For higher packing fractions, the algorithm falls out of equilibrium and a free volume fit predicts jamming at packing fraction φ ≈0.667 . We conclude that population annealing is an effective tool for studying equilibrium glassy fluids and the jamming transition.

  16. Ultrafast Flame Annealing of TiO2 Paste for Fabricating Dye-Sensitized and Perovskite Solar Cells with Enhanced Efficiency.

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    Kim, Jung Kyu; Chai, Sung Uk; Cho, Yoonjun; Cai, Lili; Kim, Sung June; Park, Sangwook; Park, Jong Hyeok; Zheng, Xiaolin

    2017-09-20

    Mesoporous TiO2 nanoparticle (NP) films are broadly used as electrodes in photoelectrochemical cells, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), and perovskite solar cells (PSCs). State-of-the-art mesoporous TiO2 NP films for these solar cells are fabricated by annealing TiO2 paste-coated fluorine-doped tin oxide glass in a box furnace at 500 °C for ≈30 min. Here, the use of a nontraditional reactor, i.e., flame, is reported for the high throughput and ultrafast annealing of TiO2 paste (≈1 min). This flame-annealing method, compared to conventional furnace annealing, exhibits three distinct benefits. First, flame removes polymeric binders in the initial TiO2 paste more completely because of its high temperature (≈1000 °C). Second, flame induces strong interconnections between TiO2 nanoparticles without affecting the underlying transparent conducting oxide substrate. Third, the flame-induced carbothermic reduction on the TiO2 surface facilitates charge injection from the dye/perovskite to TiO2 . Consequently, when the flame-annealed mesoporous TiO2 film is used to fabricate DSSCs and PSCs, both exhibit enhanced charge transport and higher power conversion efficiencies than those fabricated using furnace-annealed TiO2 films. Finally, when the ultrafast flame-annealing method is combined with a fast dye-coating method to fabricate DSSC devices, its total fabrication time is reduced from over 3 h to ≈10 min. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Is fast food addictive?

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    Garber, Andrea K; Lustig, Robert H

    2011-09-01

    Studies of food addiction have focused on highly palatable foods. While fast food falls squarely into that category, it has several other attributes that may increase its salience. This review examines whether the nutrients present in fast food, the characteristics of fast food consumers or the presentation and packaging of fast food may encourage substance dependence, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. The majority of fast food meals are accompanied by a soda, which increases the sugar content 10-fold. Sugar addiction, including tolerance and withdrawal, has been demonstrated in rodents but not humans. Caffeine is a "model" substance of dependence; coffee drinks are driving the recent increase in fast food sales. Limited evidence suggests that the high fat and salt content of fast food may increase addictive potential. Fast food restaurants cluster in poorer neighborhoods and obese adults eat more fast food than those who are normal weight. Obesity is characterized by resistance to insulin, leptin and other hormonal signals that would normally control appetite and limit reward. Neuroimaging studies in obese subjects provide evidence of altered reward and tolerance. Once obese, many individuals meet criteria for psychological dependence. Stress and dieting may sensitize an individual to reward. Finally, fast food advertisements, restaurants and menus all provide environmental cues that may trigger addictive overeating. While the concept of fast food addiction remains to be proven, these findings support the role of fast food as a potentially addictive substance that is most likely to create dependence in vulnerable populations.

  18. Fast dynamics of 1.5 μm photoluminescence in Er-doped SiO2 sensitized with Si nanocrystals

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    Timmerman, D.; Saeed, S.; Gregorkiewicz, T.

    2011-01-01

    In order to investigate origin of fast photoluminescence at 1.5 μm reported to appear in Er-doped SiO2 sensitized with silicon nanocrystals, time-resolved photoluminescence measurements were compared between high temperature annealed Er-doped and Er-free samples. We confirm that this fast

  19. Rapid hardening induced by electric pulse annealing in nanostructured pure aluminum

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    Zeng, Wei; Shen, Yao; Zhang, Ning

    2012-01-01

    Nanostructured pure aluminum was fabricated by heavy cold-rolling and then subjected to recovery annealing either by applying electric pulse annealing or by traditional air furnace annealing. Both annealing treatments resulted in an increase in yield strength due to the occurrence of a “dislocation...

  20. Raman and XPS analyses of pristine and annealed N-doped double-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Shi, Lei; Sauer, Markus; Domanov, Oleg; Rohringer, Philip; Ayala, Paola; Pichler, Thomas

    2015-11-01

    N-doped single/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were studied for long time from synthesis to properties. However, the stability of N in the CNT lattice still needs further developments. In this work, to obtain more stable N-doped CNTs, concentric double-walled (DW) CNTs with more N were synthesized using benzylamine as C and N source. In order to test the stability of N-doped DWCNTs, high-temperature annealing in vacuum was performed. By XPS and Raman spectroscopic measurements, we found that the N-doped DWCNTs are still stable under 1500 $\\,^{\\circ}\\mathrm{C}$: the graphitic N does not change at all, the molecular N is partly removed, and the pyridinic N ratio greatly increases by more than two times. The reason could be that the N atoms from the surrounded N-contained materials combine into the CNT lattice during the annealing. Compared with the undoped DWCNTs, no Raman frequency shift was observed for the RBM, the G-band, and the G'-band of the N-doped DWCNTs.

  1. An effective Mixed Annealing/Heuristic Algorithm for problems in kinematic mechanical design

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    Ogot, Madara M.; Alag, Satnam S.

    1993-04-01

    The wide application of stochastic optimization methods in mechanical design has been partially hindered due to (a) the relatively long computation time required, and (b) discretization of the design space at the onset of the optimization process. This work proposes a new stochastic algorithm, the Mixed Annealing/Heuristic Algorithm (MAH), which addresses both these issues. It is based on the Simulated Annealing algorithm (SA) and the Heuristic Optimization Technique (HOT). Both these algorithms have been successfully applied to problems in mechanical design and up to now have been considered as competing algorithms. MAH capitalizes on each of their individual strengths and addresses their weaknesses, thereby considerably reducing the computational effort required to attain the final solution. A pseudo-continuous approach for configuration generation is employed, making the discretization of the design space no longer necessary. The effectiveness of MAH is demonstrated via three problems in kinematic synthesis. Comparison of the results with other stochastic optimization methods illustrates the potential of this technique.

  2. Raman and XPS analyses of pristine and annealed N-doped double-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Shi, Lei; Domanov, Oleg; Rohringer, Philip; Ayala, Paola; Pichler, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    N-doped single/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were studied for long time from synthesis to properties. However, the stability of N in the CNT lattice still needs further developments. In this work, to obtain more stable N-doped CNTs, concentric double-walled (DW) CNTs with more N were synthesized using benzylamine as C and N source. In order to test the stability of N-doped DWCNTs, high-temperature annealing in vacuum was performed. By XPS and Raman spectroscopic measurements, we found that the N-doped DWCNTs are still stable under 1500 $\\,^{\\circ}\\mathrm{C}$: the graphitic N does not change at all, the molecular N is partly removed, and the pyridinic N ratio greatly increases by more than two times. The reason could be that the N atoms from the surrounded N-contained materials combine into the CNT lattice during the annealing. Compared with the undoped DWCNTs, no Raman frequency shift was observed for the RBM, the G-band, and the G'-band of the N-doped DWCNTs.

  3. Annealing effects on strain and stress sensitivity of polymer optical fibre based sensors

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    Pospori, A.; Marques, C. A. F.; Zubel, M. G.

    2016-01-01

    The annealing effects on strain and stress sensitivity of polymer optical fibre Bragg grating sensors after their photoinscription are investigated. PMMA optical fibre based Bragg grating sensors are first photo-inscribed and then they were placed into hot water for annealing. Strain, stress...... and force sensitivity measurements are taken before and after annealing. Parameters such as annealing time and annealing temperature are investigated. The change of the fibre diameter due to water absorption and the annealing process is also considered. The results show that annealing the polymer optical...... fibre tends to increase the strain, stress and force sensitivity of the photo-inscribed sensor....

  4. Kinetics of Isothermal Annealing of Gamma-irradiation Damage in Thallous Nitrate

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    Jadu Samuel

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Thallous nitrate, TlNO3 was irradiated with 60Co γ-rays to 7x102 KGy at a dose rate of 2 kGy h-1. The FT-IR spectrum was used to confirm the existence of damage nitrite while crystal transformations in TlNO3 were established by TG/DTA analysis.The annealing data in the temperature range, 393-433 K was analysed using Fletcher-Brown, Waite and Conventional chemical kinetic methods in order to determine the order of the recovery process, the energy of activation and the fraction recovered as a function of temperature. Thermal annealing is found to be a combination of a fast first order process affecting a greater proportion of the fragments, followed by a predominantly slow second order process, with a higher energy of activation, governing the behaviour of the remainder. It is considered that the first order process is the combination of close-correlated pairs of O and NO2- fragments and the second order process involves the single reaction of random recombination of the fragments throughout the crystal.

  5. Annealing effects on luminescent properties of Eu3+ doped Gd2Zr2O7 nanopowders

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    Rabasović M.S.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this report presented are structure, morphology and luminescence properties of nanopowders based on gadolinium zirconium oxide (Gd2Zr2O7 doped by europium ions (Eu3+. The nanopowders were prepared using a flame combustion method, the most frequently used process due to the simplicity and low cost of the synthesis procedures and also due to the possibility of tailoring the size and morphology of particles. The produced material is suitable for various optical devices. The luminescence properties of synthesized nanopowders were characterized by emission spectra and luminescence lifetimes obtained by using the streak camera system. Moreover, emission spectra were obtained and compared for powders as-obtained and after additional annealing at 1200o C. Luminescence emission spectra clearly show peaks characteristic for the strong emission lines at 611 nm and 630 nm corresponding to the 5D0 → 7F2 long lived transition. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. OI 171020

  6. Parameter discovery in stochastic biological models using simulated annealing and statistical model checking.

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    Hussain, Faraz; Jha, Sumit K; Jha, Susmit; Langmead, Christopher J

    2014-01-01

    Stochastic models are increasingly used to study the behaviour of biochemical systems. While the structure of such models is often readily available from first principles, unknown quantitative features of the model are incorporated into the model as parameters. Algorithmic discovery of parameter values from experimentally observed facts remains a challenge for the computational systems biology community. We present a new parameter discovery algorithm that uses simulated annealing, sequential hypothesis testing, and statistical model checking to learn the parameters in a stochastic model. We apply our technique to a model of glucose and insulin metabolism used for in-silico validation of artificial pancreata and demonstrate its effectiveness by developing parallel CUDA-based implementation for parameter synthesis in this model.

  7. Ramadan, fasting and pregnancy

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    Ahmed, Urfan Zahoor; Lykke, Jacob Alexander

    2014-01-01

    In Islam, the month of Ramadan is a period of fasting lasting 29 or 30 days. Epidemiological studies among Muslims in Denmark have not been conducted, but studies show, that fasting among pregnant Muslim women is common. Fasting does not increase the risk of growth restriction or preterm delivery......, but there are reports of decreased foetal movements. Furthermore, the fasting may have long-term health consequences for the offspring, especially when they reach their middle age. According to Islam and the interpretation, pregnant and breast-feeding women are allowed to postpone the fasting of the month of Ramadan...

  8. Integrative Physiology of Fasting.

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    Secor, Stephen M; Carey, Hannah V

    2016-03-15

    Extended bouts of fasting are ingrained in the ecology of many organisms, characterizing aspects of reproduction, development, hibernation, estivation, migration, and infrequent feeding habits. The challenge of long fasting episodes is the need to maintain physiological homeostasis while relying solely on endogenous resources. To meet that challenge, animals utilize an integrated repertoire of behavioral, physiological, and biochemical responses that reduce metabolic rates, maintain tissue structure and function, and thus enhance survival. We have synthesized in this review the integrative physiological, morphological, and biochemical responses, and their stages, that characterize natural fasting bouts. Underlying the capacity to survive extended fasts are behaviors and mechanisms that reduce metabolic expenditure and shift the dependency to lipid utilization. Hormonal regulation and immune capacity are altered by fasting; hormones that trigger digestion, elevate metabolism, and support immune performance become depressed, whereas hormones that enhance the utilization of endogenous substrates are elevated. The negative energy budget that accompanies fasting leads to the loss of body mass as fat stores are depleted and tissues undergo atrophy (i.e., loss of mass). Absolute rates of body mass loss scale allometrically among vertebrates. Tissues and organs vary in the degree of atrophy and downregulation of function, depending on the degree to which they are used during the fast. Fasting affects the population dynamics and activities of the gut microbiota, an interplay that impacts the host's fasting biology. Fasting-induced gene expression programs underlie the broad spectrum of integrated physiological mechanisms responsible for an animal's ability to survive long episodes of natural fasting.

  9. Real-time shape evolution of nanoimprinted polymer structures during thermal annealing.

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    Jones, Ronald L; Hu, Tengjiao; Soles, Christopher L; Lin, Eric K; Reano, Ronald M; Pang, Stella W; Casa, Diego M

    2006-08-01

    The real-time shape evolution of nanoimprinted polymer patterns is measured as a function of annealing time and temperature using critical dimension small-angle X-ray scattering (CD-SAXS). Periodicity, line width, line height, and sidewall angle are reported with nanometer resolution for parallel line/space patterns in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) both below and above the bulk glass transition temperature (T(G)). Heating these patterns below T(G) does not produce significant thermal expansion, at least to within the resolution of the measurement. However, above T(G) the fast rate of loss in pattern size at early times transitions to a reduced rate in longer time regimes. The time-dependent rate of polymer flow from the pattern into the underlying layer, termed pattern "melting", is consistent with a model of elastic recovery from stresses induced by the molding process.

  10. Note: Improving long-term stability of hot-wire anemometer sensors by means of annealing

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    Lundström, H.

    2015-08-01

    Annealing procedures for hot-wire sensors of platinum and platinum-plated tungsten have been investigated experimentally. It was discovered that the two investigated sensor metals behave quite differently during the annealing process, but for both types annealing may improve long-term stability considerably. Measured drift of sensors both without and with prior annealing is presented. Suggestions for suitable annealing temperatures and times are given.

  11. Note: Improving long-term stability of hot-wire anemometer sensors by means of annealing.

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    Lundström, H

    2015-08-01

    Annealing procedures for hot-wire sensors of platinum and platinum-plated tungsten have been investigated experimentally. It was discovered that the two investigated sensor metals behave quite differently during the annealing process, but for both types annealing may improve long-term stability considerably. Measured drift of sensors both without and with prior annealing is presented. Suggestions for suitable annealing temperatures and times are given.

  12. Note: Improving long-term stability of hot-wire anemometer sensors by means of annealing

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    Lundström, H., E-mail: hans.lundstrom@hig.se [Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Gävle, SE-801 76 Gävle (Sweden)

    2015-08-15

    Annealing procedures for hot-wire sensors of platinum and platinum-plated tungsten have been investigated experimentally. It was discovered that the two investigated sensor metals behave quite differently during the annealing process, but for both types annealing may improve long-term stability considerably. Measured drift of sensors both without and with prior annealing is presented. Suggestions for suitable annealing temperatures and times are given.

  13. Annealing behaviors of vacancy in varied neutron irradiated Czochralski silicon

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    CHEN Gui-feng; LI Yang-xian; LIU Li-li; NIU Ping-juan; NIU Sheng-li; CHEN Dong-feng

    2006-01-01

    The difference of annealing behaviors of vacancy-oxygen complex (VO) in varied dose neutron irradiated Czochralski silicon: (S1 5×1017 n/cm3 and S2 1.07×1019 n/cm3) were studied. The results show that the VO is one of the main defects formed in neutron irradiated Czochralski silicon (CZ-Si). In this defect,oxygen atom shares a vacancy,it is bonded to two silicon neighbors. Annealed at 200 ℃,divacancies are trapped by interstitial oxygen(Oi) to form V2O (840 cm-1). With the decrease of the 829 cm-1 (VO) three infrared absorption bands at 825 cm-1 (V2O2),834 cm-1 (V2O3) and 840 cm-1 (V2O) will rise after annealed at temperature range of 200-500 ℃. After annealed at 450-500 ℃ the main absorption bands in S1 sample are 834 cm-1,825 cm-1 and 889 cm-1 (VO2),in S2 is 825 cm-1. Annealing of A-center in varied neutron irradiated CZ-Si is suggested to consist of two processes. The first is due to trapping of VO by Oi in low dose neutron irradiated CZ-Si (S1) and the second is due to capture the wandering vacancy by VO,etc,in high dose neutron irradiated CZ-Si (S2),the VO2 plays an important role in the annealing of A-center. With the increase of the irradiation dose,the annealing behavior of A-center is changed.

  14. FAST User Guide

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    Walatka, Pamela P.; Clucas, Jean; McCabe, R. Kevin; Plessel, Todd; Potter, R.; Cooper, D. M. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    The Flow Analysis Software Toolkit, FAST, is a software environment for visualizing data. FAST is a collection of separate programs (modules) that run simultaneously and allow the user to examine the results of numerical and experimental simulations. The user can load data files, perform calculations on the data, visualize the results of these calculations, construct scenes of 3D graphical objects, and plot, animate and record the scenes. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) visualization is the primary intended use of FAST, but FAST can also assist in the analysis of other types of data. FAST combines the capabilities of such programs as PLOT3D, RIP, SURF, and GAS into one environment with modules that share data. Sharing data between modules eliminates the drudgery of transferring data between programs. All the modules in the FAST environment have a consistent, highly interactive graphical user interface. Most commands are entered by pointing and'clicking. The modular construction of FAST makes it flexible and extensible. The environment can be custom configured and new modules can be developed and added as needed. The following modules have been developed for FAST: VIEWER, FILE IO, CALCULATOR, SURFER, TOPOLOGY, PLOTTER, TITLER, TRACER, ARCGRAPH, GQ, SURFERU, SHOTET, and ISOLEVU. A utility is also included to make the inclusion of user defined modules in the FAST environment easy. The VIEWER module is the central control for the FAST environment. From VIEWER, the user can-change object attributes, interactively position objects in three-dimensional space, define and save scenes, create animations, spawn new FAST modules, add additional view windows, and save and execute command scripts. The FAST User Guide uses text and FAST MAPS (graphical representations of the entire user interface) to guide the user through the use of FAST. Chapters include: Maps, Overview, Tips, Getting Started Tutorial, a separate chapter for each module, file formats, and system

  15. Spall response of annealed copper to direct explosive loading

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    Finnegan, S. G.; Burns, M. J.; Markland, L.; Goff, M.; Ferguson, J. W.

    2017-01-01

    Taylor wave spall experiments were conducted on annealed copper targets using direct explosive loading. The targets were mounted on the back of an explosive disc which was being used for a shock to detonation transition (SDT) test in a gas gun. This technique allows two experiments to be conducted with one piece of explosive. Explosive loading creates a high stress state within the target with a lower strain rate than an equivalent plate impact experiment, although the shock front will also have some curvature. Three shots were performed on two differently annealed batches of copper to investigate the viability of the technique and the effect of annealing on the spall response. One pair of targets was annealed at 850°C for four hours and the other target was annealed at 600°C for one hour. The free surface velocity (FSV) profiles were recorded using a Photonic Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) probe focused on the center of the target. The profiles were compared to predictions from the CREST reactive burn model. One profile recorded a significantly lower peak velocity which was attributed to the probe being located off center. Despite this, all three calculated spall strengths closely agreed and it was concluded that the technique is a viable one for loading an inert target.

  16. High pressure annealing of Europium implanted GaN

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    2012-02-09

    GaN epilayers were implanted with Eu to fluences of 1×10^13 Eu/cm2 and 1×10^15 Eu/cm2. Post-implant thermal annealing was performed in ultra-high nitrogen pressures at temperatures up to 1450 ºC. For the lower fluence effective structural recovery of the crystal was observed for annealing at 1000 ºC while optical activation could be further improved at higher annealing temperatures. The higher fluence samples also reveal good optical activation; however, some residual implantation damage remains even for annealing at 1450 ºC which leads to a reduced incorporation of Eu on substitutional sites, a broadening of the Eu luminescence lines and to a strongly reduced fraction of optically active Eu ions. Possibilities for further optimization of implantation and annealing conditions are discussed.© (2012) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

  17. Experimental quantum annealing: case study involving the graph isomorphism problem.

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    Zick, Kenneth M; Shehab, Omar; French, Matthew

    2015-06-08

    Quantum annealing is a proposed combinatorial optimization technique meant to exploit quantum mechanical effects such as tunneling and entanglement. Real-world quantum annealing-based solvers require a combination of annealing and classical pre- and post-processing; at this early stage, little is known about how to partition and optimize the processing. This article presents an experimental case study of quantum annealing and some of the factors involved in real-world solvers, using a 504-qubit D-Wave Two machine and the graph isomorphism problem. To illustrate the role of classical pre-processing, a compact Hamiltonian is presented that enables a reduced Ising model for each problem instance. On random N-vertex graphs, the median number of variables is reduced from N(2) to fewer than N log2 N and solvable graph sizes increase from N = 5 to N = 13. Additionally, error correction via classical post-processing majority voting is evaluated. While the solution times are not competitive with classical approaches to graph isomorphism, the enhanced solver ultimately classified correctly every problem that was mapped to the processor and demonstrated clear advantages over the baseline approach. The results shed some light on the nature of real-world quantum annealing and the associated hybrid classical-quantum solvers.

  18. Laser annealing heals radiation damage in avalanche photodiodes

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    Lim, Jin Gyu [University of Waterloo, Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo, ON (Canada); University of Waterloo, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Waterloo, ON (Canada); Anisimova, Elena; Higgins, Brendon L.; Bourgoin, Jean-Philippe [University of Waterloo, Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo, ON (Canada); University of Waterloo, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Waterloo, ON (Canada); Jennewein, Thomas [University of Waterloo, Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo, ON (Canada); University of Waterloo, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Waterloo, ON (Canada); Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Quantum Information Science Program, Toronto, ON (Canada); Makarov, Vadim [University of Waterloo, Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo, ON (Canada); University of Waterloo, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Waterloo, ON (Canada); University of Waterloo, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    2017-12-15

    Avalanche photodiodes (APDs) are a practical option for space-based quantum communications requiring single-photon detection. However, radiation damage to APDs significantly increases their dark count rates and thus reduces their useful lifetimes in orbit. We show that high-power laser annealing of irradiated APDs of three different models (Excelitas C30902SH, Excelitas SLiK, and Laser Components SAP500S2) heals the radiation damage and several APDs are restored to typical pre-radiation dark count rates. Of nine samples we test, six APDs were thermally annealed in a previous experiment as another solution to mitigate the radiation damage. Laser annealing reduces the dark count rates further in all samples with the maximum dark count rate reduction factor varying between 5.3 and 758 when operating at -80 C. This indicates that laser annealing is a more effective method than thermal annealing. The illumination power to reach these reduction factors ranges from 0.8 to 1.6 W. Other photon detection characteristics, such as photon detection efficiency, timing jitter, and afterpulsing probability, fluctuate but the overall performance of quantum communications should be largely unaffected by these variations. These results herald a promising method to extend the lifetime of a quantum satellite equipped with APDs. (orig.)

  19. Photoluminescence evolution in self-ion-implanted and annealed silicon

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    Yang Yu; Wang Chong; Yang Rui-Dong; Li Liang; Xiong Fei; Bao Ji-Ming

    2009-01-01

    Si+ ion-implanted silicon wafers are annealed at different temperatures from room temperature to 950℃ and then characterized by using the photoluminescence (PL) technique at different recorded temperatures (RETs). Plentiful optical features are observed and identified clearly in these PL curves. The PL spectra of these samples annealed in different temperature ranges are correspondingly dominated by different emission peaks. Several characteristic features, such as an R line, S bands, a W line, the phonon-assistant W~(TA) and Si~(TO) peaks, can be detected in the PL spectra of samples annealed at different temperatures. For the samples annealed at 800 ℃, emission peaks from the dislocations bounded at the deep energy levels of the forbidden band, such as D_1 and D_2 bands, can be observed at a temperature as high as 280 K. These data strongly indicate that a severe transformation of defect structures could be manipulated by the annealing and recorded temperatures. The deactivation energies of the main optical features are extracted from the PL data at different temperatures.

  20. Annealing-induced shape recovery in thin film metallic glass

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    Negussie, Alemu Tesfaye; Diyatmika, Wahyu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 10607, Taiwan (China); Chu, J.P., E-mail: jpchu@mail.ntust.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 10607, Taiwan (China); Shen, Y.L. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (United States); Jang, J.S.C. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Chung-Li 32001, Taiwan (China); Hsueh, C.H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Annealing-induced shape recovery of thin film metallic glass is examined. • Shape recovery becomes obvious with increasing temperature and holding time. • Minimum roughness is obtained when annealed within supercooled liquid region. • The amount of free volume in the film plays a role for the shape recovery. • The numerical simulation confirms the shape recovery upon annealing. - Abstract: The shape recovery property of a sputtered Zr{sub 50.3}Cu{sub 28.1}Al{sub 14}Ni{sub 7.6} (in at.%) thin film metallic glass upon heating is examined. Due to the surface tension-driven viscous flow, the shape of indentation appears to recover to different extents at various temperatures and holding times. It is found that a maximum of 59.8% indentation depth recovery is achieved after annealing within the supercooled liquid region (SCLR). The amount of free volume in the film is found to play a role in the recovery. Atomic force microscopy results reveal a decrease in film roughness to a minimum value within SCLR. To elucidate the experimentally observed shape recovery, a numerical modeling has been employed. It is evident that the depressed region caused by indentation is elevated after annealing.

  1. Laser annealing of silicon surface defects for photovoltaic applications

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    Sun, Zeming; Gupta, Mool C.

    2016-10-01

    High power lasers are increasingly used for low cost fabrication of solar cell devices. High power laser processes generate crystal defects, which lower the cell efficiency. This study examines the effect of low power laser annealing for the removal of high power laser induced surface defects. The laser annealing behavior is demonstrated by the significant decrease of photoluminescence generated from dislocation-induced defects and the increase of band-to-band emission. This annealing effect is further confirmed by the X-ray diffraction peak reversal. The dislocation density is quantified by observing etch pits under the scanning electron microscope (SEM). For as-melted samples, the dislocation density is decreased to as low as 1.01 × 106 cm- 2 after laser annealing, resulting in an excellent surface carrier lifetime of 920 μs that is comparable to the value of 1240 μs for the silicon starting wafer. For severely defective samples, the dislocation density is decreased by 4 times and the surface carrier lifetime is increased by 5 times after laser annealing.

  2. On simulated annealing phase transitions in phylogeny reconstruction.

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    Strobl, Maximilian A R; Barker, Daniel

    2016-08-01

    Phylogeny reconstruction with global criteria is NP-complete or NP-hard, hence in general requires a heuristic search. We investigate the powerful, physically inspired, general-purpose heuristic simulated annealing, applied to phylogeny reconstruction. Simulated annealing mimics the physical process of annealing, where a liquid is gently cooled to form a crystal. During the search, periods of elevated specific heat occur, analogous to physical phase transitions. These simulated annealing phase transitions play a crucial role in the outcome of the search. Nevertheless, they have received comparably little attention, for phylogeny or other optimisation problems. We analyse simulated annealing phase transitions during searches for the optimal phylogenetic tree for 34 real-world multiple alignments. In the same way in which melting temperatures differ between materials, we observe distinct specific heat profiles for each input file. We propose this reflects differences in the search landscape and can serve as a measure for problem difficulty and for suitability of the algorithm's parameters. We discuss application in algorithmic optimisation and as a diagnostic to assess parameterisation before computationally costly, large phylogeny reconstructions are launched. Whilst the focus here lies on phylogeny reconstruction under maximum parsimony, it is plausible that our results are more widely applicable to optimisation procedures in science and industry.

  3. The effects of fast neutron irradiation on oxygen in Czochralski silicon

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    Chen Gui-Feng; Yan Wen-Bo; Chen Hong-Jian; Li Xing-Hua; Li Yang-Xian

    2009-01-01

    The effects of fast neutron irradiation on oxygen atoms in Czochralski silicon (CZ-Si) are investigated systemically by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer and positron annihilation technique (PAT). Through isochronal annealing, it is found that the trend of variation in interstitial oxygen concentration ([Oi]) in fast neutrons irradiated CZ-Si fluctuates largely with temperature increasing, especially between 500 and 700℃. After the CZ-Si is annealed at 600℃, the V4 appearing as three-dimensional vacancy clusters causes the formation of the molecule-like oxygen clusters, and more importantly these dimers with small binding energies (0.1-1.0eV) can diffuse into the Si lattices more easily than single oxygen atoms, thereby leading to the strong oxygen agglomerations. When the CZ-Si is annealed at temperature increasing up to 700℃, three-dimensional vacancy clusters disappear and the oxygen agglomerations decompose into single oxygen atoms (O) at interstitial sites. Results from FTIR spectrometer and PAT provide an insight into the nature of the [Oi] at temperatures between 500 and 700℃. It turns out that the large fluctuation of [Oi] after short-time annealing from 500 to 700℃ results from the transformation of fast neutron irradiation defects.

  4. Growth and characterization of air annealing Tb-doped YAG:Ce single crystal for white-light-emitting diode

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    Gong, Maogao [College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035 (China); Xiang, Weidong, E-mail: xiangweidong001@126.com [College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035 (China); Liang, Xiaojuan [College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035 (China); Zhong, Jiasong; Chen, Daqin [College of Materials & Environmental Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Huang, Jun; Gu, Guorui; Yang, Cheng; Xiang, Run [College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035 (China)

    2015-08-05

    Highlights: • We report preparation of transparent Ce,Tb:YAG single crystal by Czochralski method. • The effect of annealing on Ce,Tb:YAG single crystal had been investigated. • The Ce,Tb:YAG single crystal after annealing exhibited better optical performance. • The Ce,Tb:YAG single crystal could be used as an ideal candidate for WLED. - Abstract: We report the preparation of transparent Ce and Tb co-doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} single crystal by the Czochralski method. The characterization of the resulting single crystal was accomplished by using X-ray powder diffractometer, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Absorption peak of the single crystal at about 460 nm has been obtained from ultraviolet–visible absorption spectrometer and their intensity is changed with different annealing condition. Its optical properties also have been investigated using fluorescence spectrometer. What’s more, its photoelectric parameters were studied by LED fast spectrometer. The constructed single crystal based white-light-emitting diode exhibits a high luminous efficiency of 140.89 lm/W, and a correlated color temperature of 4176 K as well as a color rendering index of 56.7, which reveal the prominent feasibility of the present single crystal material in white-light-emitting diode application.

  5. Rapid thermal annealing of InAs/GaAs quantum dots under a GaAs proximity cap

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    Babinski, Adam; Jasinski, J.; Boz(overdot)ek, R.; Szepielow, A.; Baranowski, J. M.

    2001-10-15

    The effect of postgrowth rapid thermal annealing (RTA) on GaAs proximity-capped structures with self-assembled InAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) is investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photoluminescence (PL). As can be seen from the TEM images, QDs increase their lateral sizes with increasing annealing temperature (up to 700 C). QDs cannot be distinguished after RTA at temperature 800 C or higher, and substantial thickening of the wetting layer can be seen instead. The main PL peak blueshifts as a result of RTA. We propose that in the as-grown sample as well, as in samples annealed at temperatures up to 700 C, the peak is due to the QDs. After RTA at 800 C and higher the PL peak is due to a modified wetting layer. Relatively fast dissolution of QDs is explained in terms of strain-induced lateral Ga/In interdiffusion. It is proposed that such a process may be of importance in proximity-capped RTA, when no group-III vacancy formation takes place at the sample/capping interface.

  6. Red shift of the band-edge photoluminescence emission and effects of annealing and capping agent on structural and optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Verma, D.; Kole, A.K.; Kumbhakar, P., E-mail: pathik.kumbhakar@phy.nitdgp.ac.in

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Effect of annealing and capping on structural/optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles. • Red shifting in absorption and photoluminescence emission spectra is observed. • Tensile (compressive) strain is present in capped (uncapped) sample. • Synthesized low-toxic ZnO nanoparticles may find their application in bio-imaging. - Abstract: Use of nontoxic and biodegradable capping agents during the synthesis of nanomaterials has drawn a lot of research attention due to their potential applicability in biophotonic and bio-imaging devices. However, here we have reported the synthesis of an uncapped and biodegradable polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) capped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs), by using a simple chemical precipitation method at room temperature, followed by isochronal annealing of the as-synthesized sample at 200, 400, 500 and 600 °C for 2 h in air. The effects of using PVA and thermal annealing on the structural and optical properties of synthesized ZnO NPs have been reported. From the X-ray diffraction data analyses it has been observed that the use of PVA caused tensile strain in the annealed samples, whereas the samples synthesized without PVA capping showed compressive strain. For an estimation of strain and sizes of the NPs, three different models namely, uniform deformation model (UDM), uniform stress deformation model (USDM) and uniform deformation energy density model (UDEDM) have been used. The photoluminescence (PL) emission characteristics of the samples have been reported and they are found to consist of a strong near band-edge UV emission, which is systematically red shifted due to annealing from 371 to 383 nm for the capped and from 372 to 385 nm for the uncapped samples. Such biodegradable capped nanoparticles having UV PL emission might find potential applications as biophotonic materials.

  7. Solving Set Cover with Pairs Problem using Quantum Annealing

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    Cao, Yudong; Jiang, Shuxian; Perouli, Debbie; Kais, Sabre

    2016-09-01

    Here we consider using quantum annealing to solve Set Cover with Pairs (SCP), an NP-hard combinatorial optimization problem that plays an important role in networking, computational biology, and biochemistry. We show an explicit construction of Ising Hamiltonians whose ground states encode the solution of SCP instances. We numerically simulate the time-dependent Schrödinger equation in order to test the performance of quantum annealing for random instances and compare with that of simulated annealing. We also discuss explicit embedding strategies for realizing our Hamiltonian construction on the D-wave type restricted Ising Hamiltonian based on Chimera graphs. Our embedding on the Chimera graph preserves the structure of the original SCP instance and in particular, the embedding for general complete bipartite graphs and logical disjunctions may be of broader use than that the specific problem we deal with.

  8. Thermally induced native defect transform in annealed GaSb

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    Jie, Su; Tong, Liu; Jing-Ming, Liu; Jun, Yang; Yong-Biao, Bai; Gui-Ying, Shen; Zhi-Yuan, Dong; Fang-Fang, Wang; You-Wen, Zhao

    2016-07-01

    Undoped p-type GaSb single crystals were annealed at 550-600 °C for 100 h in ambient antimony. The annealed GaSb samples were investigated by Hall effect measurement, glow discharge mass spectroscopy (GDMS), infrared (IR) optical transmission and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Compared with the as-grown GaSb single crystal, the annealed GaSb samples have lower hole concentrations and weak native acceptor related PL peaks, indicating the reduction of the concentration of gallium antisite related native acceptor defects. Consequently, the below gap infrared transmission of the GaSb samples is enhanced after the thermal treatment. The mechanism about the reduction of the native defect concentration and its influence on the material property were discussed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61474104 and 61504131).

  9. Reduction of Annealing Times for Energy Conservation in Aluminum

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    Anthony D. Rollett; Hasso Weiland; Mohammed Alvi; Abhijit Brahme

    2005-08-31

    Carnegie Mellon University was teamed with the Alcoa Technical Center with support from the US Dept. of Energy (Office of Industrial Technology) and the Pennsylvania Technology Investment Authority (PTIA) to make processing of aluminum less costly and more energy efficient. Researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have investigated how annealing processes in the early stages of aluminum processing affect the structure and properties of the material. Annealing at high temperatures consumes significant amounts of time and energy. By making detailed measurements of the crystallography and morphology of internal structural changes they have generated new information that will provide a scientific basis for shortening processing times and consuming less energy during annealing.

  10. Microstructural evolution of aluminum alloy 3003 during annealing

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    WU Wen-xiang; ZHANG Xin-ming; SUN De-qin; HU Guo-qiang; LIU Guo-jin

    2006-01-01

    The microstructural evolution of cold-rolled aluminum alloy 3003 during annealing was investigated by means of micro-hardness measurement, electrical resistivity measurement, optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The interaction of recrystallization and precipitation of aluminum alloy 3003 was also discussed. The results show that the recrystallized grain size of cold-rolled aluminum alloy 3003 is strongly affected by precipitation during annealing. When precipitation occurs prior to recrystallization at low temperature(300 ℃), the grain structure becomes coarse, and the precipitation process is affected by the presence of lattice defects, i.e. high cold reduction results in a large number of precipitates. When annealing at 500 ℃, however, for the recrystallization is prior to precipitation, the precipitation is independent of cold deformation reduction and a fine, equiaxed grain structure is obtained.

  11. Five-fold twin formation during annealing of nanocrystalline Cu

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    Bringa, E M; Farkas, D; Caro, A; Wang, Y M; McNaney, J; Smith, R

    2009-05-20

    Contrary to the common belief that many-fold twins, or star twins, in nanophase materials are due to the action of significant external stresses, we report molecular dynamics simulations of annealing in 5 nm grain size samples annealed at 800 K for nearly 0.5 nsec at 0 external pressure showing the formation of five-fold star twins during annealing under the action of the large internal stresses responsible for grain growth and microstructural evolution. The structure of the many-fold twins is remarkably similar to those we have found to occur under uniaxial shock loading, of samples of nanocrystalline NiW with a grain size of {approx}5-30 nm. The mechanism of formation of the many-fold twins is discussed in the light of the simulations and experiments.

  12. 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.

  13. NRC assessment of the Department of Energy annealing demonstration project

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    Jackson, D.A.; Malik, S.N. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC (United States)

    1997-02-01

    Thermal annealing is the only known method for mitigating the effects of neutron irradiation embrittlement in reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels. In May 1996, the US Department of Energy (DOE) in conjunction with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Westinghouse, Cooperheat, Electric Power Research Institute (with participating utilities), Westinghouse Owner`s Group, Consumers Power, Electricite` de France, Duquesne Light and the Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry (Japan) sponsored an annealing demonstration project (ADP) at Marble Hill. The Marble Hill Plant, located in Madison, Indiana, is a Westinghouse 4 loop design. The plant was nearly 70% completed when the project was canceled. Hence, the RPV was never irradiated. The paper will present highlights from the NRCs independent evaluation of the Marble Hill Annealing Demonstration Project.

  14. A flexible annealing chaotic neural network to maximum clique problem.

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    Yang, Gang; Tang, Zheng; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Zhu, Yunyi

    2007-06-01

    Based on the analysis and comparison of several annealing strategies, we present a flexible annealing chaotic neural network which has flexible controlling ability and quick convergence rate to optimization problem. The proposed network has rich and adjustable chaotic dynamics at the beginning, and then can converge quickly to stable states. We test the network on the maximum clique problem by some graphs of the DIMACS clique instances, p-random and k random graphs. The simulations show that the flexible annealing chaotic neural network can get satisfactory solutions at very little time and few steps. The comparison between our proposed network and other chaotic neural networks denotes that the proposed network has superior executive efficiency and better ability to get optimal or near-optimal solution.

  15. SIMULATED ANNEALING BASED POLYNOMIAL TIME QOS ROUTING ALGORITHM FOR MANETS

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    Liu Lianggui; Feng Guangzeng

    2006-01-01

    Multi-constrained Quality-of-Service (QoS) routing is a big challenge for Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) where the topology may change constantly. In this paper a novel QoS Routing Algorithm based on Simulated Annealing (SA_RA) is proposed. This algorithm first uses an energy function to translate multiple QoS weights into a single mixed metric and then seeks to find a feasible path by simulated annealing. The paper outlines simulated annealing algorithm and analyzes the problems met when we apply it to Qos Routing (QoSR) in MANETs. Theoretical analysis and experiment results demonstrate that the proposed method is an effective approximation algorithms showing better performance than the other pertinent algorithm in seeking the (approximate) optimal configuration within a period of polynomial time.

  16. Incoherent-light-flash annealing of phosphorus-implanted silicon

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    Correra, L.; Pedulli, L.

    1980-07-01

    Incoherent light pulses emitted from a xenon flash lamp were used to anneal radiation damage in (100) silicon implanted with 2×1015 31P+/cm2 at 100 keV. Electrical carrier concentration has been determined by means of differential sheet resistivity and Hall effect together with the anodic oxidation stripping technique; the surface photovoltage technique has been used to evaluate bulk lifetime and Rutherford backscattering and transmission electron microscopy for analysis of radiation damage. Damage recovery appears to take place via a solid phase epitaxial process. Electrical activity and carrier mobility values of samples annealed by incoherent light are similar to those obtained by laser, electron beam, and furnace annealing. The bulk lifetime of minority carriers is not degraded.

  17. Coordination Hydrothermal Interconnection Java-Bali Using Simulated Annealing

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    Wicaksono, B.; Abdullah, A. G.; Saputra, W. S.

    2016-04-01

    Hydrothermal power plant coordination aims to minimize the total cost of operating system that is represented by fuel costand constraints during optimization. To perform the optimization, there are several methods that can be used. Simulated Annealing (SA) is a method that can be used to solve the optimization problems. This method was inspired by annealing or cooling process in the manufacture of materials composed of crystals. The basic principle of hydrothermal power plant coordination includes the use of hydro power plants to support basic load while thermal power plants were used to support the remaining load. This study used two hydro power plant units and six thermal power plant units with 25 buses by calculating transmission losses and considering power limits in each power plant unit aided by MATLAB software during the process. Hydrothermal power plant coordination using simulated annealing plants showed that a total cost of generation for 24 hours is 13,288,508.01.

  18. Chaotic Multiquenching Annealing Applied to the Protein Folding Problem

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    Liñan-García, Ernesto; Sánchez-Pérez, Mishael; Sánchez-Hernández, Juan Paulo

    2014-01-01

    The Chaotic Multiquenching Annealing algorithm (CMQA) is proposed. CMQA is a new algorithm, which is applied to protein folding problem (PFP). This algorithm is divided into three phases: (i) multiquenching phase (MQP), (ii) annealing phase (AP), and (iii) dynamical equilibrium phase (DEP). MQP enforces several stages of quick quenching processes that include chaotic functions. The chaotic functions can increase the exploration potential of solutions space of PFP. AP phase implements a simulated annealing algorithm (SA) with an exponential cooling function. MQP and AP are delimited by different ranges of temperatures; MQP is applied for a range of temperatures which goes from extremely high values to very high values; AP searches for solutions in a range of temperatures from high values to extremely low values. DEP phase finds the equilibrium in a dynamic way by applying least squares method. CMQA is tested with several instances of PFP. PMID:24790563

  19. Enhancement of GMI Effect in Silicon Steels by Furnace Annealing

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    C.Sirisathitkul; P. Jantaratana

    2009-01-01

    The ratio and sensitivity of giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) in grain oriented silicon steels (Fe-4.5%Si) are improved after furnace annealing in air for 20 min. By annealing at 800℃, the GMI sensitivity rises from 1.29%/Oe to 1.91%/Oe and the ratio increases from 237% to 294% with decreasing characteristic frequency. The results are attributable to an increase in the transverse magnetic permeability during the heat treatment. From simulation by finite element method, the GMI effect can be interpreted as the modification of the current distribution by the applied magnetic field via the transverse permeability. In the case of annealed samples, the larger transverse permeability allows a higher GMI ratio and sensitivity.

  20. Annealing behavior of rolled AZ31 alloy sheet

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    PENG Wei-ping; LI Pei-jie; ZENG Pan

    2006-01-01

    The annealed microstructures of the rolled AZ31 alloy sheets were examined by using light optical microscopy. The mechanical properties were measured by tensile testing, with their crystal orientations analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). After the annealing treatment, the elongated grains were transformed to equiaxed grains with uniform and homogeneous structures. The changes of microstructure decreased the yield strength and enhanced the elongation. The analysis of XRD shows that the AZ31 alloy sheet possesses intense basal-texture, which is weakened during the recrystallization while reinforced during the grain growth. The intense basal-texture induces low ductility, which hence makes the further rolling more difficult. The results indicate that the optimum annealing treatment during AZ31 alloys sheet rolling is at about 300 ℃ for 60-120 min.

  1. Phosphorus diffusion in germanium following implantation and excimer laser annealing

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    Wang, Chen; Li, Cheng; Huang, Shihao; Lu, Weifang; Yan, Guangming; Zhang, Maotian; Wu, Huanda; Lin, Guangyang; Wei, Jiangbin; Huang, Wei; Lai, Hongkai; Chen, Songyan

    2014-05-01

    We focus our study on phosphorus diffusion in ion-implanted germanium after excimer laser annealing (ELA). An analytical model of laser annealing process is developed to predict the temperature profile and the melted depth in Ge. Based on the heat calculation of ELA, a phosphorus diffusion model has been proposed to predict the dopant profiles in Ge after ELA and fit SIMS profiles perfectly. A comparison between the current-voltage characteristics of Ge n+/p junctions formed by ELA at 250 mJ/cm2 and rapid thermal annealing at 650 °C for 15 s has been made, suggesting that ELA is promising for high performance Ge n+/p junctions.

  2. Annealing Effect on Photovoltages of Quartz Single Crystals

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    TIAN Lu; ZHAO Song-Qing; ZHAO Kun

    2010-01-01

    @@ We investigate the photovoltaic effects of quartz single crystals annealed at high temperatures in ambient atmosphere.The open-circuit photovoltages and surface morphologies strongly depend on the heating treatments.When the annealing temperature increases from room temperature to 900℃,the rms roughness of quartz single crystal wafers increases from 0.207 to 1.011 nm.In addition,the photovoltages decrease from 1.994#V at room temperature to 1.551 μ V after treated at 500℃,and then increase up to 9.8μV after annealed at 900℃.The inner mechanism of the present photovoltaic response and surface morphologies is discussed.

  3. Toward understanding dynamic annealing processes in irradiated ceramics

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    Myers, Michael Thomas [Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)

    2013-05-01

    High energy particle irradiation inevitably generates defects in solids. The ballistic formation and thermalization of the defect creation process occur rapidly, and are believed to be reasonably well understood. However, knowledge of the evolution of defects after damage cascade thermalization, referred to as dynamic annealing, is quite limited. Unraveling the mechanisms associated with dynamic annealing is crucial since such processes play an important role in the formation of stable postirradiation disorder in ion-beam-processing of semiconductors, and determines the “radiation tolerance” of many nuclear materials. The purpose of this dissertation is to further our understanding of the processes involved in dynamic annealing. In order to achieve this, two main tasks are undertaken.

  4. Molecular dynamics simulation of annealed ZnO surfaces

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    Min, Tjun Kit; Yoon, Tiem Leong [School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang (Malaysia); Lim, Thong Leng [Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, Melaka Campus, 75450 Melaka (Malaysia)

    2015-04-24

    The effect of thermally annealing a slab of wurtzite ZnO, terminated by two surfaces, (0001) (which is oxygen-terminated) and (0001{sup ¯}) (which is Zn-terminated), is investigated via molecular dynamics simulation by using reactive force field (ReaxFF). We found that upon heating beyond a threshold temperature of ∼700 K, surface oxygen atoms begin to sublimate from the (0001) surface. The ratio of oxygen leaving the surface at a given temperature increases as the heating temperature increases. A range of phenomena occurring at the atomic level on the (0001) surface has also been explored, such as formation of oxygen dimers on the surface and evolution of partial charge distribution in the slab during the annealing process. It was found that the partial charge distribution as a function of the depth from the surface undergoes a qualitative change when the annealing temperature is above the threshold temperature.

  5. Chaotic Multiquenching Annealing Applied to the Protein Folding Problem

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    Juan Frausto-Solis

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The Chaotic Multiquenching Annealing algorithm (CMQA is proposed. CMQA is a new algorithm, which is applied to protein folding problem (PFP. This algorithm is divided into three phases: (i multiquenching phase (MQP, (ii annealing phase (AP, and (iii dynamical equilibrium phase (DEP. MQP enforces several stages of quick quenching processes that include chaotic functions. The chaotic functions can increase the exploration potential of solutions space of PFP. AP phase implements a simulated annealing algorithm (SA with an exponential cooling function. MQP and AP are delimited by different ranges of temperatures; MQP is applied for a range of temperatures which goes from extremely high values to very high values; AP searches for solutions in a range of temperatures from high values to extremely low values. DEP phase finds the equilibrium in a dynamic way by applying least squares method. CMQA is tested with several instances of PFP.

  6. Effect of Annealing on Rare Earth Based Hydrogen Storage Alloys

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    Li Jinhua

    2004-01-01

    Rare earth-based hydrogen storage alloy used as negative electrode materials for nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries are used commercially.The effect of annealing treatment with different annealing temperature and time on the MLNi3.68 Co0.78 Mn0.35 Al0.27 and MMNi3.55 Co0.75 Mn0.40 Al0.30 alloys were investigated.The crystal microstructure,pressure-composition-isotherms (p-C-T) and electrochemical properties of alloys were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), automatic PCI monitoring system and electrical performance testing instruments.The optimum annealing treatment conditions of two kinds of alloys were determined.

  7. The effect of different annealing temperatures on tin and cadmium telluride phases obtained by a modified chemical route

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    Mesquita, Anderson Fuzer [Departamento de Química, CCE, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Campus Goiabeiras, 29075-910 Vitória, Espírito Santo (Brazil); Porto, Arilza de Oliveira, E-mail: arilzaporto@yahoo.com.br [Departamento de Química, ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Magela de Lima, Geraldo [Departamento de Química, ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Paniago, Roberto [Departamento de Física, ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Ardisson, José Domingos [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear, CDTN/CNEN, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Synthesis of cadmium and tin telluride. ► Chemical route to obtain pure crystalline cadmium and tin telluride. ► Effect of the annealing temperature on the crystalline phases. ► Removal of tin oxide as side product through thermal treatment. -- Abstract: In this work tin and cadmium telluride were prepared by a modification of a chemical route reported in the literature to obtain metallacycles formed by oxidative addition of tin-tellurium bonds to platinum (II). Through this procedure it was possible to obtain tin and cadmium telluride. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to identify the crystalline phases obtained as well as the presence of side products. In the case of tin telluride it was identified potassium chloride, metallic tellurium and tin oxide as contaminants. The tin oxidation states were also monitored by {sup 119}Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy. The annealing in hydrogen atmosphere was chosen as a strategy to reduce the tin oxide and promote its reaction with the excess of tellurium present in the medium. The evolution of this tin oxide phase was studied through the annealing of the sample at different temperatures. Cadmium telluride was obtained with high degree of purity (98.5% relative weight fraction) according to the Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction data. The modified procedure showed to be very effective to obtain amorphous tin and cadmium telluride and the annealing at 450 °C has proven to be useful to reduce the amount of oxide produced as side product.

  8. Synthesis Method and Absorption Application of Nanocrystalline Alloy Flakes

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    Pei-Heng Zhou; Long-Jiang Deng

    2007-01-01

    The soft magnetic FeSiB nanocrystalline/amorphous flakes were fabricated by ball milling from the elemental powders and annealing the amorphous precursor, respectively. The microstructure, magnetic and microwave properties were evaluated by different synthesis methods. By computation, ballmilled Fe78Si13B9 flakes demonstrated potential application in absorption.

  9. Thermal annealing of K(+)-Na(+) ion-exchanged waveguides.

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    Giorgetti, E; Grando, D; Palchetti, L; Sottini, S

    1995-06-15

    The process of thermal annealing of K(+)(-)Na(+) ion-exchanged waveguides in soda lime glass is characterized and compared with a simple theoretical model. The discrepancies between theory and experiments in the case of initially thick guides disappear if the existence of a stress-induced contribution to the refractive index is assumed that is not proportional to the concentration of the doping ions. The results obtained for initially thin guides are exploited for the design of annealed single-mode channel waveguides: 0.4-dB coupling losses with commercial single-mode fibers at lambda = 1.321 microm were measured.

  10. Electron trap annealing in neutron transmutation doped silicon

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    Guldberg, J.

    1977-01-01

    Silicon doped by neutron transmutation to 1.2×1014 phosphorus atoms/cm3 was investigated with deep level transient spectroscopy using evaporated Au/n-Si diodes. Seven bulk electron traps were identified which appear after 30 min N2 anneal at temperatures between 425 and 725 °C. Five of these anne......Silicon doped by neutron transmutation to 1.2×1014 phosphorus atoms/cm3 was investigated with deep level transient spectroscopy using evaporated Au/n-Si diodes. Seven bulk electron traps were identified which appear after 30 min N2 anneal at temperatures between 425 and 725 °C. Five...

  11. Population Annealing: Theory and Application in Spin Glasses

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    Machta, Jonathan; Wang, Wenlong; Katzgraber, Helmut G.

    Population annealing is an efficient sequential Monte Carlo algorithm for simulating equilibrium states of systems with rough free energy landscapes. The theory of population annealing is presented, and systematic and statistical errors are discussed. The behavior of the algorithm is studied in the context of large-scale simulations of the three-dimensional Ising spin glass and the performance of the algorithm is compared to parallel tempering. It is found that the two algorithms are similar in efficiency though with different strengths and weaknesses. Supported by NSF DMR-1151387, DMR-1208046 and DMR-1507506.

  12. Coplanar waveguide flux qubit suitable for quantum annealing

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    Quintana, Chris; Chen, Yu; Sank, D.; Kafri, D.; Megrant, A.; White, T. C.; Shabani, A.; Barends, R.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Fowler, A.; Jeffrey, E.; Kelly, J.; Lucero, E.; Mutus, J. Y.; Neeley, M.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Roushan, P.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; Martinis, J. M.

    We introduce the ''fluxmon'' flux qubit, designed with the goal of practical quantum annealing. The qubit's capacitance and linear inductance are provided by a coplanar waveguide on a low loss substrate, minimizing dielectric dissipation and in principle allowing for GHz-scale inter-qubit coupling in a highly connected tunable architecture. Utilizing a dispersive microwave readout scheme, we characterize single-qubit noise and dissipation, and present a simple tunable inter-qubit coupler. We discuss tradeoffs between coherence and coupling in a quantum annealing architecture. This work was supported by Google Inc. and by the NSF GRFP.

  13. Magnetoimpedance effect in current annealed Co-based amorphous wires

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    Ghanaatshoar, M.; Tehranchi, M. M.; Mohseni, S. M.; Parhizkari, M.; Roozmeh, S. E.; Jazayeri Gharehbagh, A.

    2006-09-01

    Current-annealing of Co68.15Fe4.35Si12.5B15 amorphous wires has been studied at various vacuum orders. Structure-sensitive properties such as the electrical resistance during Joule heating treatment have been monitored to investigate the structural changes. Different driving currents have been flowed through the samples at different vacuums between 6×10-2 and 6×10-5 mbar. Regarding the giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) effect, annealing at different vacuums but with the same current can lead to various responses.

  14. Adiabatic quantum computation and quantum annealing theory and practice

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    McGeoch, Catherine C

    2014-01-01

    Adiabatic quantum computation (AQC) is an alternative to the better-known gate model of quantum computation. The two models are polynomially equivalent, but otherwise quite dissimilar: one property that distinguishes AQC from the gate model is its analog nature. Quantum annealing (QA) describes a type of heuristic search algorithm that can be implemented to run in the ``native instruction set'''' of an AQC platform. D-Wave Systems Inc. manufactures {quantum annealing processor chips} that exploit quantum properties to realize QA computations in hardware. The chips form the centerpiece of a nov

  15. A theoretical comparison of evolutionary algorithms and simulated annealing

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    Hart, W.E.

    1995-08-28

    This paper theoretically compares the performance of simulated annealing and evolutionary algorithms. Our main result is that under mild conditions a wide variety of evolutionary algorithms can be shown to have greater performance than simulated annealing after a sufficiently large number of function evaluations. This class of EAs includes variants of evolutionary strategie and evolutionary programming, the canonical genetic algorithm, as well as a variety of genetic algorithms that have been applied to combinatorial optimization problems. The proof of this result is based on a performance analysis of a very general class of stochastic optimization algorithms, which has implications for the performance of a variety of other optimization algorithm.

  16. An Adaptive Filtering Algorithm using Mean Field Annealing Techniques

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    Persson, Per; Nordebo, Sven; Claesson, Ingvar

    2002-01-01

    We present a new approach to discrete adaptive filtering based on the mean field annealing algorithm. The main idea is to find the discrete filter vector that minimizes the matrix form of the Wiener-Hopf equations in a least-squares sense by a generalized mean field annealing algorithm. It is indicated by simulations that this approach, with complexity O(M^2) where M is the filter length, finds a solution comparable to the one obtained by the recursive least squares (RLS) algorithm but withou...

  17. An Overview of Approaches to Modernize Quantum Annealing Using Local Searches

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    Nicholas Chancellor

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available I describe how real quantum annealers may be used to perform local (in state space searches around specified states, rather than the global searches traditionally implemented in the quantum annealing algorithm. The quantum annealing algorithm is an analogue of simulated annealing, a classical numerical technique which is now obsolete. Hence, I explore strategies to use an annealer in a way which takes advantage of modern classical optimization algorithms, and additionally should be less sensitive to problem mis-specification then the traditional quantum annealing algorithm.

  18. Mechanism of Thin Layers Graphite Formation by 13C Implantation and Annealing

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    Gaelle Gutierrez

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The mechanism of thin layers graphite (TLG synthesis on a polycrystalline nickel film deposited on SiO2 (300 nm thick/Si(100 has been investigated by 13C implantation of four equivalent graphene monolayers and annealing at moderate temperatures (450–600 °C. During this process, the implanted 13C segregates to the surface. Nuclear Reaction Analyses (NRA are used for the first time in the topic of graphene synthesis to separate the isotopes and to determine the 12C and 13C concentrations at each step. Indeed, a significant part of carbon in the TLG also comes from residual 12C carbon absorbed into the metallic matrix. Raman spectroscopy and imaging are used to determine the main location of each carbon isotope in the TLG. The Raman mappings especially emphasize the role of 12C previously present at the surface that first diffuses along grain boundaries. They play the role of nucleation precursors. Around them the implanted 13C or a mixture of bulk 12C–13C aggregate and further precipitate into graphene-like fragments. Graphenization is effective at around 600 °C. These results point out the importance of controlling carbon incorporation, as well as the importance of preparing a uniform nickel surface, in order to avoid heterogeneous nucleation.

  19. Fast growth in control

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    Z. Rico (Zulay)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractThe focus of this paper is on the influence of the fast growth of organizations on the design process of management control systems. What are the management accounting and control problems that a fast growth organization encounters that can be ascribed to this growth. What are the circum

  20. Fast protein folding kinetics

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    Gelman, Hannah; Gruebele, Martin

    2014-01-01

    Fast folding proteins have been a major focus of computational and experimental study because they are accessible to both techniques: they are small and fast enough to be reasonably simulated with current computational power, but have dynamics slow enough to be observed with specially developed experimental techniques. This coupled study of fast folding proteins has provided insight into the mechanisms which allow some proteins to find their native conformation well less than 1 ms and has uncovered examples of theoretically predicted phenomena such as downhill folding. The study of fast folders also informs our understanding of even “slow” folding processes: fast folders are small, relatively simple protein domains and the principles that govern their folding also govern the folding of more complex systems. This review summarizes the major theoretical and experimental techniques used to study fast folding proteins and provides an overview of the major findings of fast folding research. Finally, we examine the themes that have emerged from studying fast folders and briefly summarize their application to protein folding in general as well as some work that is left to do. PMID:24641816

  1. Ramadan, faste og graviditet

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    Ahmed, Urfan Zahoor; Lykke, Jacob Alexander

    2014-01-01

    , but there are reports of decreased foetal movements. Furthermore, the fasting may have long-term health consequences for the offspring, especially when they reach their middle age. According to Islam and the interpretation, pregnant and breast-feeding women are allowed to postpone the fasting of the month of Ramadan...

  2. Fast protein folding kinetics.

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    Gelman, Hannah; Gruebele, Martin

    2014-05-01

    Fast-folding proteins have been a major focus of computational and experimental study because they are accessible to both techniques: they are small and fast enough to be reasonably simulated with current computational power, but have dynamics slow enough to be observed with specially developed experimental techniques. This coupled study of fast-folding proteins has provided insight into the mechanisms, which allow some proteins to find their native conformation well fast folders also informs our understanding of even 'slow' folding processes: fast folders are small; relatively simple protein domains and the principles that govern their folding also govern the folding of more complex systems. This review summarizes the major theoretical and experimental techniques used to study fast-folding proteins and provides an overview of the major findings of fast-folding research. Finally, we examine the themes that have emerged from studying fast folders and briefly summarize their application to protein folding in general, as well as some work that is left to do.

  3. Interpretation of microstructure evolution during self-annealing and thermal annealing of nanocrystalline electrodeposits—A comparative study

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    Pantleon, Karen; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2010-01-01

    Electrodeposition results in a non-equilibrium state of the as-deposited nanocrystalline microstructure, which evolves towards an energetically more favorable state as a function of time and/or temperature upon deposition. Real-time investigation of the evolving microstructure in copper, silver......-annealing kinetics of copper and silver electrodeposits as well as the annealing kinetics of electrodeposited nickel. Similarities and characteristic differences of the kinetics and mechanisms of microstructure evolution in the various electrodeposits are discussed and the experimental results are attempted...

  4. Fast ejendom III

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    Munk-Hansen, Carsten

    Bogen er det tredje bind af tre planlagte bind om fast ejendom: I Overdragelsen, II Bolighandlen og III Ejerbeføjelsen. Fremstillingens giver et grundigt overblik over centrale områder af en omfattende regulering af fast ejendom, med angivelse af litteratur, hvor læseren kan søge yderligere...... oplysning. En ejer af fast ejendom er på særdeles mange områder begrænset i sin råden sammenlignet med ejeren af et formuegode i almindelighed. Fremstillingen tager udgangspunkt i ejerens perspektiv (fremfor samfundets eller myndighedernes). Både den privatretlige og offentligretlige regulering behandles......, eksempelvis ejendomsdannelsen, servitutter, naboretten, hævd, zoneinddelingen, den fysiske planlægning, beskyttelse af natur, beskyttelse af kultur, forurening fra fast ejendom, erstatning for forurening, jordforurening, ekspropriation, byggeri og adgang til fast ejendom....

  5. Islamic Fasting and Diabetes

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    Fereidoun Azizi

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this article is to review health-related aspects of Ramadan fasting in normal individuals and diabetics. During fasting days of Ramadan, glucose homeostasis is maintained by meal taken bepore dawn and by liver glycogen stores. Changes in serum lipids are variable and defend on the quality and quantity of food consumption and changes in weight. Compliant, well controlled type 2 diabetics may observe Ramadan fasting; but fasting is not recommended for type 1, non complaint, poorly controlled and pregnant diabetics. Although Ramadan fasting is safe for all healthy individuals and well controlled diabetics, those with uncontrolled diabetics and diabetics with complications should consult physicians and follow scientific recommendations.

  6. Fast Spectrum Reactors

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    Todd, Donald; Tsvetkov, Pavel

    2012-01-01

    Fast Spectrum Reactors presents a detailed overview of world-wide technology contributing to the development of fast spectrum reactors. With a unique focus on the capabilities of fast spectrum reactors to address nuclear waste transmutation issues, in addition to the well-known capabilities of breeding new fuel, this volume describes how fast spectrum reactors contribute to the wide application of nuclear power systems to serve the global nuclear renaissance while minimizing nuclear proliferation concerns. Readers will find an introduction to the sustainable development of nuclear energy and the role of fast reactors, in addition to an economic analysis of nuclear reactors. A section devoted to neutronics offers the current trends in nuclear design, such as performance parameters and the optimization of advanced power systems. The latest findings on fuel management, partitioning and transmutation include the physics, efficiency and strategies of transmutation, homogeneous and heterogeneous recycling, in addit...

  7. TEM and EELS studies of microwave-irradiation synthesis of bimetallic platinum nanocatalysts

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    Mathe, NR

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Microwave-irradiation (MW) synthesis of nanostructured materials provides for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles, using fast and uniform heating rates. This procedure affords better control of the shape and size of the nanoparticles when compared...

  8. Saw1 Localizes to Repair Sites but is not Required for Recruitment of Rad10 to Repair Intermediates Bearing Short Non-Homologous 3′ Flaps during Single-Strand Annealing in S. cerevisiae

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    Mardirosian, Melina; Nalbandyan, Linette; Miller, Aaron D.; Phan, Claire; Kelson, Eric P.; Fischhaber, Paula L.

    2015-01-01

    SAW1 is required for efficient removal by the Rad1-Rad10 nuclease of 3′ non-homologous DNA ends (flaps) formed as intermediates during two modes of double-strand break repair in S. cerevisiae, single-strand annealing (SSA) and synthesis-dependent strand annealing (SDSA). Saw1 was shown in vitro to bind flaps with high affinity, but displayed diminished affinity when flaps were short (< 30 deoxynucleotides [nt]), consistent with it not being required for short flap cleavage. Accordingly, this ...

  9. Effects of neutron irradiation on the microstructure of alpha-annealed zircaloy-4

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    Bajaj, R.; Kammenzind, B.F. [Bettis Atomic Power Lab., West Mifflin, PA (United States); Farkas, D.M. [General Electric Co., Pleasanton, CA (United States). Vallecitos Nuclear Center

    2002-07-01

    Analytical electron microscopy (AEM) was used to study the separate effects of the irradiation parameters on the evolution of the microstructure in recrystallized alpha-annealed Zircaloy-4 under controlled irradiation conditions. The effects of fast neutron flux from {approx} 4 x 10{sup 13} n/cm{sup 2}-s to {approx} 1.5 x 10{sup 14} n/cm{sup 2}-s (E > 1 MeV){sup 3} neutron fluence in the range of {approx} 15 x 10{sup 20} n/cm{sup 2} to {approx} 50 x 10{sup 20} n/cm{sup 2} and temperature from {approx} 270 to {approx} 330 deg C were studied. The completeness of the test matrix and the exposure in the controlled environment of the advanced test reactor permitted the separate effects of fast neutron flux, fluence, and irradiation temperature to be delineated for the first time. It was found that an increase in the neutron flux increases the degree of amorphization of the second-phase precipitates but retards the redistribution of iron out of the amorphous region (neutron fluence and irradiation temperature remaining the same), whereas increasing temperature (neutron flux and neutron fluence remaining the same) has a reverse effect. Overall, the rate of amorphization of the second-phase precipitates observed in this work was larger than that predicted by many existing literature models. Finally, neither segregation of alloying elements to grain boundaries nor precipitation of any new phases were encountered. (authors)

  10. Thermal annealing of protocrystalline a-Si:H

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    Muller, T.F.G.; Arendse, C.J.; Halindintwali, S.; Knoesen, D.; Schropp, R.E.I.

    2011-01-01

    It proves difficult to obtain a set of protocrystalline silicon materials with different characteristics from the same deposition chamber to study the exact nature of these transition region materials. Hot-wire deposited protocrystalline silicon was thus isochronically annealed at different

  11. Electrochemically induced annealing of stainless-steel surfaces

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    Burstein, G. T.; Hutchings, I. M.; Sasaki, K.

    2000-10-01

    Modification of the surface properties of metals without affecting their bulk properties is of technological interest in demanding applications where surface stability and hardness are important. When austenitic stainless steel is heavily plastically deformed by grinding or rolling, a martensitic phase transformation occurs that causes significant changes in the bulk and surface mechanical properties of the alloy. This martensitic phase can also be generated in stainless-steel surfaces by cathodic charging, as a consequence of lattice strain generated by absorbed hydrogen. Heat treatment of the steel to temperatures of several hundred degrees can result in loss of the martensitic structure, but this alters the bulk properties of the alloy. Here we show that martensitic structures in stainless steel can be removed by appropriate electrochemical treatment in aqueous solutions at much lower temperature than conventional annealing treatments. This electrochemically induced annealing process allows the hardness of cold-worked stainless steels to be maintained, while eliminating the brittle martensitic phase from the surface. Using this approach, we are able to anneal the surface and near-surface regions of specimens that contain rolling-induced martensite throughout their bulk, as well as those containing surface martensite induced by grinding. Although the origin of the electrochemical annealing process still needs further clarification, we expect that this treatment will lead to further development in enhancing the surface properties of metals.

  12. Blue thermoluminescence emission of annealed lithium rich aluminosilicates

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    Correcher, V.; Rodriguez-Lazcano, Y., E-mail: v.correcher@ciemat.e [CIEMAT, Madrid (Spain); Garcia-Guinea, J.; Crespo-Feo, E. [Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid (Spain)

    2010-09-15

    The blue thermoluminescence (TL) emission of different thermally annealed {beta}-eucryptite (LiAlSiO{sub 4}), virgilite-petalite (LiAlSi{sub 5}O{sub 12}) and virgilite-petalite-bikitaite (LiAlSi{sub 10}O{sub 22}) mixed crystals have been studied. The observed changes in the TL glow curves could be linked to simultaneous processes taking place in the lithium aluminosilicate lattice structure (phase transitions, consecutive breaking linking of bonds, alkali self-diffusion, redox reactions, etc). The stability of the TL signal after four months of storage performed at RT under red light, shows big differences between annealed (12 hours at 1200 deg C) and non-annealed samples. The fading process in non-annealed samples can be fitted to a first-order decay mathematical expression; however preheated samples could not be reasonably fitted due to the highly dispersion detected. The changes observed in the X-ray diffractograms are in the intensity of the peaks that denote modifications in the degree of crystallinity and, in addition, there are some differences in the appearance of new peaks that could suppose new phases (e.g. b-spodumene). (author)

  13. EPR of ion-implanted, laser-annealed silicon

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    Brower, K.L.; Peercy, P.S.

    1979-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance and ion backscattering measurements were made on ion-implanted, pulsed laser-annealed silicon. For phosphorus-implanted silicon (3 x 10/sup 13/ 200 keV P/sup +//cm/sup 2/) the electrical activity of the implanted donors is restored after laser annealing with greater than or equal to 1.8 J/cm/sup 2/. Silicon made amorphous with 2 x 10/sup 15/ 200 keV Si/sup +//cm/sup 2/ and implanted with 3 x 10/sup 13/ 200 keV P/sup +//cm/sup 2/ can be restored to crystallinity after laser annealing, but electrical activity of the P was not restored due to residual defects for laser energies less than or equal to 3 J/cm/sup 2/. Electrical activity can be restored, at least in part, for amorphous silicon implanted at lower energies (approx. = 50 keV). We also observed that N/sub 2/ reacts with amorphous silicon surfaces to form silicon-nitride. Under laser annealing the N is redistributed and exists as an N interstitial within the implanted layer.

  14. HAFNIUM IMPLANTED IN IRON .1. LATTICE LOCATION AND ANNEALING BEHAVIOR

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    DEBAKKER, JMGJ; PLEITER, F; SMULDERS, PJM

    1993-01-01

    Perturbed angular correlation, Rutherford backscattering and channelling experiments were conducted to study the lattice location and annealing behaviour of 110 keV hafnium ions implanted into iron single crystals. It was found that a fraction of 11-25% of the implanted hafnium atoms are located at

  15. Hafnium implanted in iron 1. Lattice location and annealing behavior

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    de Bakker, J.M.G.J.; Pleiter, F; Smulders, P.J M

    1993-01-01

    Perturbed angular correlation, Rutherford backscattering and channelling experiments were conducted to study the lattice location and annealing behaviour of 110 keV hafnium ions implanted into iron single crystals. It was found that a fraction of 11-25% of the implanted hafnium atoms are located at

  16. Annealing properties of potato starches with different degrees of phosphorylation

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    Muhrbeck, Per; Svensson, E

    1996-01-01

    Changes in the gelatinization temperature interval and gelatinization enthalpy with annealing time at 50 degrees C were followed for a number of potato starch samples, with different degrees of phosphorylation, using differential scanning calorimetry. The gelatinization temperature increased with...... and crystalline structure of amylopectin helices. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd....

  17. Hafnium implanted in iron 1. Lattice location and annealing behavior

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    de Bakker, J.M.G.J.; Pleiter, F; Smulders, P.J M

    1993-01-01

    Perturbed angular correlation, Rutherford backscattering and channelling experiments were conducted to study the lattice location and annealing behaviour of 110 keV hafnium ions implanted into iron single crystals. It was found that a fraction of 11-25% of the implanted hafnium atoms are located at

  18. Raman scattering from rapid thermally annealed tungsten silicide

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    Kumar, Sandeep; Dasgupta, Samhita; Jackson, Howard E.; Boyd, Joseph T.

    1987-01-01

    Raman scattering as a technique for studying the formation of tungsten silicide is presented. The tungsten silicide films have been formed by rapid thermal annealing of thin tungsten films sputter deposited on silicon substrates. The Raman data are interpreted by using data from resistivity measurements, Auger and Rutherford backscattering measurements, and scanning electron microscopy.

  19. Impacts of excimer laser annealing on Ge epilayer on Si

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    Huang, Zhiwei; Mao, Yichen; Yi, Xiaohui; Lin, Guangyang; Li, Cheng; Chen, Songyan; Huang, Wei; Wang, Jianyuan

    2017-02-01

    The impacts of excimer laser annealing on the crystallinity of Ge epilayers on Si substrate grown by low- and high-temperature two-step approach in an ultra-high vacuum chemical vapor deposition system were investigated. The samples were treated by excimer laser annealing (ELA) at various laser power densities with the temperature above the melting point of Ge, while below that of Si, resulting in effective reduction of point defects and dislocations in the Ge layer with smooth surface. The full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of X-ray diffraction patterns of the low-temperature Ge epilayer decreases with the increase in laser power density, indicating the crystalline improvement and negligible effect of Ge-Si intermixing during ELA processes. The short laser pulse time and large cooling rate cause quick melting and recrystallization of Ge epilayer on Si in the non-thermal equilibrium process, rendering tensile strain in Ge epilayer as calculated quantitatively with thermal mismatch between Si and Ge. The FWHM of X-ray diffraction patterns is significantly reduced for the two-step grown samples after treated by a combination of ELA and conventional furnace thermal annealing, indicating that the crystalline of Ge epilayer is improved more effectively with pre- annealing by excimer laser.

  20. Computer simulation of laser annealing of a nanostructured surface

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    Ivanov, D.; Marinov, I.; Gorbachev, Y.; Smirnov, A.; Krzhizhanovskaya, V.

    2010-01-01

    Laser annealing technology is used in mass production of new-generation semiconductor materials and nano-electronic devices like the MOS-based (metal-oxide-semiconductor) integrated circuits. Manufacturing sub-100 nm MOS devices demands application of ultra-shallow doping (junctions), which requires

  1. Meta-Modeling by Symbolic Regression and Pareto Simulated Annealing

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    Stinstra, E.; Rennen, G.; Teeuwen, G.J.A.

    2006-01-01

    The subject of this paper is a new approach to Symbolic Regression.Other publications on Symbolic Regression use Genetic Programming.This paper describes an alternative method based on Pareto Simulated Annealing.Our method is based on linear regression for the estimation of constants.Interval arithm

  2. Self-Organization and Annealed Disorder in a Fracturing Process

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    Caldarelli, Guido; Di Tolla, Francesco; Petri, Alberto

    1996-01-01

    We show that a vectorial model for inhomogeneous elastic media self-organizes under external stress. An onset of crack avalanches of every duration and length scale compatible with the lattice size is observed. The behavior is driven by the introduction of annealed disorder, i.e., by lowering the...

  3. A Deterministic Annealing Approach to Clustering AIRS Data

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    Guillaume, Alexandre; Braverman, Amy; Ruzmaikin, Alexander

    2012-01-01

    We will examine the validity of means and standard deviations as a basis for climate data products. We will explore the conditions under which these two simple statistics are inadequate summaries of the underlying empirical probability distributions by contrasting them with a nonparametric, method called Deterministic Annealing technique

  4. Thermally assisted quantum annealing of a 16-qubit problem.

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    Dickson, N G; Johnson, M W; Amin, M H; Harris, R; Altomare, F; Berkley, A J; Bunyk, P; Cai, J; Chapple, E M; Chavez, P; Cioata, F; Cirip, T; Debuen, P; Drew-Brook, M; Enderud, C; Gildert, S; Hamze, F; Hilton, J P; Hoskinson, E; Karimi, K; Ladizinsky, E; Ladizinsky, N; Lanting, T; Mahon, T; Neufeld, R; Oh, T; Perminov, I; Petroff, C; Przybysz, A; Rich, C; Spear, P; Tcaciuc, A; Thom, M C; Tolkacheva, E; Uchaikin, S; Wang, J; Wilson, A B; Merali, Z; Rose, G

    2013-01-01

    Efforts to develop useful quantum computers have been blocked primarily by environmental noise. Quantum annealing is a scheme of quantum computation that is predicted to be more robust against noise, because despite the thermal environment mixing the system's state in the energy basis, the system partially retains coherence in the computational basis, and hence is able to establish well-defined eigenstates. Here we examine the environment's effect on quantum annealing using 16 qubits of a superconducting quantum processor. For a problem instance with an isolated small-gap anticrossing between the lowest two energy levels, we experimentally demonstrate that, even with annealing times eight orders of magnitude longer than the predicted single-qubit decoherence time, the probabilities of performing a successful computation are similar to those expected for a fully coherent system. Moreover, for the problem studied, we show that quantum annealing can take advantage of a thermal environment to achieve a speedup factor of up to 1,000 over a closed system.

  5. Annealing effects of chemically synthesized FePt nanocrystal films

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    Hyun, Changbae; Lee, Doh C.

    2005-03-01

    Chemically synthesized FePt nanocrystals can exhibit room temperature ferromagnetism after being annealed at temperatures above ˜500^oC[1]. The thermal annealing changes the crystal structure from face-centered cubic to the hard magnetic face-centered tetragonal phase. In thick nanocrystal films, the coercivity can be quite large, however, the coercivity of thin films has been found to decrease significantly with decreasing thickness, even losing the room temperature ferromagnetism in some cases[2]. In order to help determine how the microscopic magnetic structure in these thin films evolves with film thickness, we studied using magnetic force microscopy (MFM), under external applied fields, films consisting of 4 to 15 nanocrystal monolayers. We cast smooth films of 4 nm diameter FePt nanocrystals and annealed them at temperatures ranging from 400 to 650^oC, acquiring MFM images as a function of annealing temperature. Thin FePt films showed lower coercivity than thick films. To help interpret the MFM images, complementary magnetic and structural data was obtained using SQUID magnetometry, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). [1] S. Sun et al., Science 287, 1989 (2000). [2] G. A. Held et al., Journal of Applied Physics 95, 1481 (2004)

  6. High temperature annealing studies of strontium ion implanted glassy carbon

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    Odutemowo, O.S., E-mail: u12052613@tuks.co.za [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002 (South Africa); Malherbe, J.B.; Prinsloo, L.; Langa, D.F. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002 (South Africa); Wendler, E. [Institut für Festkörperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena (Germany)

    2016-03-15

    Glassy carbon samples were implanted with 200 keV strontium ions to a fluence of 2 × 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. Analysis with Raman spectroscopy showed that ion bombardment amorphises the glassy carbon structure. Partial recovery of the glassy carbon structure was achieved after the implanted sample was vacuum annealed at 900 °C for 1 h. Annealing the strontium ion bombarded sample at 2000 °C for 5 h resulted in recovery of the glassy carbon substrate with the intensity of the D peak becoming lower than that of the pristine glassy carbon. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) showed that the implanted strontium diffused towards the surface of the glassy carbon after annealing the sample at 900 °C. This diffusion was also accompanied by loss of the implanted strontium. Comparison between the as-implanted and 900 °C depth profiles showed that less than 30% of the strontium was retained in the glassy carbon after heat treatment at 900 °C. The RBS profile after annealing at 2000 °C indicated that no strontium ions were retained after heat treatment at this temperature.

  7. Ball milling and annealing of Co-50 at% W Powders

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    Bolokang, AS

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available annealing of unmilled compacts yielded metastable phases. Upon 10 and 20 h ball milling of Co-W powder, no alloying was obtained. Although milling did not yield significant crystal changes in W and Co ground state struc- tures, its effect is evident during...

  8. Competitive annealing of multiple DNA origami: formation of chimeric origami

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    Majikes, Jacob M.; Nash, Jessica A.; LaBean, Thomas H.

    2016-11-01

    Scaffolded DNA origami are a robust tool for building discrete nanoscale objects at high yield. This strategy ensures, in the design process, that the desired nanostructure is the minimum free energy state for the designed set of DNA sequences. Despite aiming for the minimum free energy structure, the folding process which leads to that conformation is difficult to characterize, although it has been the subject of much research. In order to shed light on the molecular folding pathways, this study intentionally frustrates the folding process of these systems by simultaneously annealing the staple pools for multiple target or parent origami structures, forcing competition. A surprising result of these competitive, simultaneous anneals is the formation of chimeric DNA origami which inherit structural regions from both parent origami. By comparing the regions inherited from the parent origami, relative stability of substructures were compared. This allowed examination of the folding process with typical characterization techniques and materials. Anneal curves were then used as a means to rapidly generate a phase diagram of anticipated behavior as a function of staple excess and parent staple ratio. This initial study shows that competitive anneals provide an exciting way to create diverse new nanostructures and may be used to examine the relative stability of various structural motifs.

  9. Hydrogen permeability of Nb membrane annealed under ultra high vacuum

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    Uchida, Helmut T.; Pundt, Astrid; Kirchheim, Reiner [Institut fuer Materialphysik, Goettingen (Germany); Yamazaki, Yoshihiro [California Institute of Technology, California (United States); Kamegawa, Atsunori; Takamura, Hitoshi; Koike, Junichi; Okada, Masuo [Department of Materials Science, School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan)

    2007-07-01

    In this research, hydrogen permeability of Pd-free Nb membrane using hydrogen annealing process by ultra high vacuum equipment was investigated. Pure Nb (99.85 percent) was used as membrane. The hydrogen permeation experiment was carried out in the temperature range of 773-1173 K, and the H{sub 2} pressure range of 1-3.5 atm in the inlet side. Hydrogen flux and hydrogen pressures in the inlet side and outlet side of chamber were measured using mass flow meter and capacitance manometer, respectively. Hydrogen permeability was determined by Fick's first low. Effects of annealing conditions and heat treatment under hydrogen atmosphere on hydrogen permeability were investigated. It is supposed that the surface oxidation of Nb is reduced by the hydrogen annealing. Moreover, it is found that the value of hydrogen permeability becomes almost equivalent to the theoretical value when the sample preparation was optimized by an extension of the evacuating time. The best hydrogen permeability is obtained in metal membranes using the annealing under ultra-high vacuum and pure hydrogen atmosphere.

  10. Thermal annealing of protocrystalline a-Si:H

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    Muller, T.F.G.; Arendse, C.J.; Halindintwali, S.; Knoesen, D.; Schropp, R.E.I.

    2011-01-01

    It proves difficult to obtain a set of protocrystalline silicon materials with different characteristics from the same deposition chamber to study the exact nature of these transition region materials. Hot-wire deposited protocrystalline silicon was thus isochronically annealed at different temperat

  11. Deep level defects in high temperature annealed InP

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    DONG Zhiyuan; ZHAO Youwen; ZENG Yiping; DUAN Manlong; LIN Lanying

    2004-01-01

    Deep level defects in high temperature annealed semi-conducting InP have been studied by deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). There is obvious difference in the deep defects between as-grown InP, InP annealed in phosphorus ambient and iron phosphide ambient, as far as their quantity and concentration are concerned. Only two defects at 0.24 and 0.64 eV can be detected in InP annealed iniron phosphide ambient,while defects at 0.24, 0.42, 0.54 and 0.64 eV have been detected in InP annealed in phosphorus ambient, in contrast to two defects at 0.49 and 0.64 eV or one defect at 0.13eV in as-grown InP. A defect suppression phenomenon related to iron diffusion process has been observed. The formation mechanism and the nature of the defects have been discussed.

  12. High temperature annealing studies of strontium ion implanted glassy carbon

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    Odutemowo, O. S.; Malherbe, J. B.; Prinsloo, L.; Langa, D. F.; Wendler, E.

    2016-03-01

    Glassy carbon samples were implanted with 200 keV strontium ions to a fluence of 2 × 1016 ions/cm2 at room temperature. Analysis with Raman spectroscopy showed that ion bombardment amorphises the glassy carbon structure. Partial recovery of the glassy carbon structure was achieved after the implanted sample was vacuum annealed at 900 °C for 1 h. Annealing the strontium ion bombarded sample at 2000 °C for 5 h resulted in recovery of the glassy carbon substrate with the intensity of the D peak becoming lower than that of the pristine glassy carbon. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) showed that the implanted strontium diffused towards the surface of the glassy carbon after annealing the sample at 900 °C. This diffusion was also accompanied by loss of the implanted strontium. Comparison between the as-implanted and 900 °C depth profiles showed that less than 30% of the strontium was retained in the glassy carbon after heat treatment at 900 °C. The RBS profile after annealing at 2000 °C indicated that no strontium ions were retained after heat treatment at this temperature.

  13. Analysis of Trivium by a Simulated Annealing variant

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    Borghoff, Julia; Knudsen, Lars Ramkilde; Matusiewicz, Krystian

    2010-01-01

    . A characteristic of equation systems that may be efficiently solvable by the means of such algorithms is provided. As an example, we investigate equation systems induced by the problem of recovering the internal state of the stream cipher Trivium. We propose an improved variant of the simulated annealing method...

  14. Annealing in sulfur of CZTS nanoparticles deposited through doctor blading

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    Engberg, Sara Lena Josefin; Crovetto, Andrea

    ). A photovoltaic device of the structure soda lime glass (SLG)/Mo/CZTSSe/CdS/ZnO:Al/Ag has been built, and our preliminary results show a power conversion efficiency of 1.41% for the nanoparticles annealed in selenium. This work has been supported by a grant from the Danish Council for Strategic Research...

  15. The phase diagram of annealed Ge(111)/Ga

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    Molinàs-Mata, P.; Böhringer, M.; Artacho, E.;

    1995-01-01

    A study of the annealed phases of Ge(111)/Ga for coverages above 0.05 ML is presented. The surfaces are investigated by low-energy electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy, and partly by photoemission and surface X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation. For Ga coverages beyond 0....

  16. Influence of temperature on the behaviour of INTEGRAL n-type HPGe detectors irradiated with fast neutrons

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    Kandel, B; Albernhe, F; Frabel, P; Cordier, B; Tauzin, G; Crespin, S; Coszach, R; Denis, J M; Leleux, P

    1999-01-01

    Several INTEGRAL n-type HPGe detectors have been irradiated by fast neutrons at different temperatures and their performances have been evaluated. Their behaviour during warm-up and cool-down cycles following the irradiations show evidence for irreversible temperature effects above 100 K. The detectors recovery after annealing was also studied.

  17. Aqueous chemical growth of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) thin films: Air annealing and photoelectrochemical properties

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    Shinde, N.M.; Deshmukh, P.R.; Patil, S.V. [Thin Film Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, M.S. (India); Lokhande, C.D., E-mail: l_chandrakant@yahoo.com [Thin Film Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, M.S. (India)

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► Facile and efficient route for synthesis of CZTS film. ► Effect of annealing on structural, morphological and electrical properties of CZTS films. ► Solar cell study. - Abstract: In present investigation, Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) thin films have been deposited on to glass substrates by novel chemical successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The effect of air annealing in the temperature range between 573 and 773 K on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties has been studied. The X-ray diffraction studies revealed the formation of polycrystalline CZTS films. The surface morphological study showed smooth, compact and uniform film formation after annealing formation. The band gap was in between range from 1.5 to 1.8 eV depending on annealing temperature. The thermo emf measurement revealed that the CZTS exhibits p-type electrical conductivity. Further, photoactivity of CZTS thin films was tested by forming the photoelectrochemical cell.

  18. Post annealing effects on structural, optical and electrical properties of CuSbS2 thin films fabricated by combinatorial thermal evaporation technique

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    Hussain, Arshad; Ahmed, R.; Ali, N.; Butt, Faheem K.; Shaari, A.; Shamsuri, W. N. Wan; Khenata, R.; Prakash, Deo; Verma, K. D.

    2016-01-01

    Copper antimony sulfide (CuSbS2) thin films were fabricated by combinatorial thermal evaporation technique on well cleaned glass substrates. The deposited thin films were annealed in argon gas atmosphere for 1 h at temperature range of 150-350 °C. The effect of annealing temperature on structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties was studied using the different characterization techniques. The XRD analysis confirmed the crystallinity of the obtained samples with CuSbS2 phase in chalcostibite structure. Optical properties of the deposited samples showed good response in the visible and NIR region, envisaging the potential of CuSbS2 as an efficient solar cell material. The optical band gap of CuSbS2 thin films was measured to be 1.5 eV. A decrease (12.5-1.43 KΩ-cm) was observed for the resistivity of samples with the increase in annealing temperature. The plot of sheet resistance with annealing temperature confirmed the uniformity of samples. These thin films were found as a sustainable substitute material for the absorber layer in conventional thin film solar cell system, because of the abundance and low cost of its constituent elements. This study opens new avenue of research for scalable synthesis of CuSbS2 thin films for solar cell and photovoltaic applications.

  19. Toward understanding dynamic annealing processes in irradiated ceramics

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    Myers, Michael Thomas

    High energy particle irradiation inevitably generates defects in solids in the form of collision cascades. The ballistic formation and thermalization of cascades occur rapidly and are believed to be reasonably well understood. However, knowledge of the evolution of defects after damage cascade thermalization, referred to as dynamic annealing, is quite limited. Unraveling the mechanisms associated with dynamic an- nealing is crucial since such processes play an important role in the formation of stable post-irradiation disorder in ion-beam-processed semiconductors and determines the "radiation tolerance" of many nuclear materials. The purpose of this dissertation is to further our understanding of the processes involved in dynamic annealing. In order to achieve this, two main tasks are undertaken. First, the effects of dynamic annealing are investigated in ZnO, a technologically relevant material that exhibits very high dynamic defect annealing at room temper- ature. Such high dynamic annealing leads to unusual defect accumulation in heavy ion bombarded ZnO. Through this work, the puzzling features that were observed more than a decade ago in ion-channeling spectra have finally been explained. We show that the presence of a polar surface substantially alters damage accumulation. Non-polar surface terminations of ZnO are shown to exhibit enhanced dynamic an- nealing compared to polar surface terminated ZnO. Additionally, we demonstrate one method to reduce radiation damage in polar surface terminated ZnO by means of a surface modification. These results advance our efforts in the long-sought-after goal of understanding complex radiation damage processes in ceramics. Second, a pulsed-ion-beam method is developed and demonstrated in the case of Si as a prototypical non-metallic target. Such a method is shown to be a novel experimental technique for direct extraction of dynamic annealing parameters. The relaxation times and effective diffusion lengths of mobile defects

  20. Optical study of annealed cobalt–porous silicon nanocomposites

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    Bouzourâa, M.-B. [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Rahmani, M., E-mail: rahmanimehdi79@yahoo.com [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Zaïbi, M.-A. [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Techniques de Tunis, 5 Avenue Taha Hussein, 1008 Tunis (Tunisia); Lorrain, N.; Hajji, L. [Université Européenne de Bretagne, CNRS FOTON-UMR 6082, 6 rue de Kérampont, BP 80518, 22305 Lannion, Cedex (France); Oueslati, M. [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia)

    2013-11-15

    We report Raman and photoluminescence studies of cobalt–porous silicon nanocomposites (PS/Co). Cobalt was introduced in porous silicon (PS) by immersion method using CoCl{sub 2} aqueous solution. The presence of cobalt in PS matrix was identified by FTIR spectroscopy and EDX analyses. The Raman spectroscopy revealed the presence of Si bonded to cobalt oxide in PS/Co. We discuss also the Raman spectra of PS and PS/Co samples under different annealing temperatures ranging from room temperature (RT) to 600 °C. The optical properties of PS and PS/Co were studied by photoluminescence (PL). The highest PL intensity was observed for an immersion time of 60 min. For long duration, the deposited cobalt quantity acts as energy trap and promotes the non-radiative energy transfer; it is the autoextinction phenomenon. We have studied also the effect of the annealing temperature on the PL of both PS and PS/Co samples. For PS, the annealing process leads to a rapid oxidation of the Si nanocrystallites (nc-Si). In the case of PS/Co sample, two different mechanisms are proposed; one is the desorption of Si–H{sub x(x=2,3)} with the formation of cobalt oxide for annealing temperature less than 450 °C which causes the increasing of PL intensity and the stability of PL energy, the other mechanism is the transformation of the porous silicon to silica at high temperatures (≻450°C) which leads to the decreasing of the PL intensity and the blue shift of the PL curve. -- Highlights: • Introduction of cobalt ions into porous silicon (PS) layer using immersion method. • The Co ions influence the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of PS. • Annealing the PS/Co sample leads to an improvement of the PL intensity. • The increase of the PL is due to the formation of different cobalt oxides on the PS surface.

  1. Radiation and annealing response of WWER 440 beltline welding seams

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    Viehrig, Hans-Werner; Houska, Mario; Altstadt, Eberhard

    2015-01-01

    The focus of this paper is on the irradiation response and the effect of thermal annealing in weld materials extracted from decommissioned WWER 440 reactor pressure vessels of the nuclear power plant Greifswald. The characterisation is based on the measurement of the hardness, the yield stress, the Master Curve reference temperature, T0, and the Charpy-V transition temperature through the thickness of multi-layer beltline welding seams in the irradiated and the thermally annealed condition. Additionally, the weld bead structure was characterised by light microscopic studies. We observed a large variation in the through thickness T0 values in the irradiated as well as in thermally annealed condition. The T0 values measured with the T-S-oriented Charpy size SE(B) specimens cut from different thickness locations of the multilayer welding seams strongly depend on the intrinsic weld bead structure along the crack tip. The Master Curve, T0, and Charpy-V, TT47J, based ductile-to-brittle transition temperature progressions through the thickness of the multi-layer welding seam do not correspond to the forecast according to the Russian code. In general, the fracture toughness values at cleavage failure, KJc, measured on SE(B) specimens from the irradiated and large-scale thermally annealed beltline welding seams follow the Master Curve description, but more than the expected number lie outside the curves for 2% and 98% fracture probability. In this case the test standard ASTM E1921 indicates the investigated multi-layer weld metal as not uniform. The multi modal Master Curve based approach describes the temperature dependence of the specimen size adjusted KJc-1T values well. Thermal annealing at 475 °C for 152 h results in the expected decrease of the hardness and tensile strength and the shift of Master Curve and Charpy-V based ductile-to-brittle transition temperatures to lower values.

  2. FAST Construction Progress

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    Nan, R. D.; Zhang, H. Y.; Zhang, Y.; Yang, L.; Cai, W. J.; Liu, N.; Xie, J. T.; Zhang, S. X.

    2016-11-01

    The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is a Chinese mega-science project to build the largest single dish radio telescope in the world. A unique karst depression in Guizhou province has been selected as the site to build an active reflector radio telescope with a diameter of 500 m and three outstanding aspects, which enables FAST to have a large sky coverage and the ability of observing astronomical targets with a high precision. Chinese Academy of Sciences and Guizhou province are in charge of FAST construction. The first light of the telescope was expected on September 25, 2016.

  3. Fast Breeder Reactor studies

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    Till, C.E.; Chang, Y.I.; Kittel, J.H.; Fauske, H.K.; Lineberry, M.J.; Stevenson, M.G.; Amundson, P.I.; Dance, K.D.

    1980-07-01

    This report is a compilation of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) resource documents prepared to provide the technical basis for the US contribution to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation. The eight separate parts deal with the alternative fast breeder reactor fuel cycles in terms of energy demand, resource base, technical potential and current status, safety, proliferation resistance, deployment, and nuclear safeguards. An Annex compares the cost of decommissioning light-water and fast breeder reactors. Separate abstracts are included for each of the parts.

  4. Gas cooled fast reactor

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    1972-06-01

    Although most of the development work on fast breeder reactors has been devoted to the use of liquid metal cooling, interest has been expressed for a number of years in alternative breeder concepts using other coolants. One of a number of concepts in which interest has been retained is the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GCFR). As presently envisioned, it would operate on the uranium-plutonium mixed oxide fuel cycle, similar to that used in the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR), and would use helium gas as the coolant.

  5. MoO3 Thickness, Thermal Annealing and Solvent Annealing Effects on Inverted and Direct Polymer Photovoltaic Solar Cells

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    Guillaume Wantz

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Several parameters of the fabrication process of inverted polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells based on titanium oxide as an electron selective layer and molybdenum oxide as a hole selective layer were tested in order to achieve efficient organic photovoltaic solar cells. Thermal annealing treatment is a common process to achieve optimum morphology, but it proved to be damageable for the performance of this kind of inverted solar cells. We demonstrate using Auger analysis combined with argon etching that diffusion of species occurs from the MoO3/Ag top layers into the active layer upon thermal annealing. In order to achieve efficient devices, the morphology of the bulk heterojunction was then manipulated using the solvent annealing technique as an alternative to thermal annealing. The influence of the MoO3 thickness was studied on inverted, as well as direct, structure. It appeared that only 1 nm-thick MoO3 is enough to exhibit highly efficient devices (PCE = 3.8% and that increasing the thickness up to 15 nm does not change the device performance. 

  6. Discrepancy between ambient annealing and H{sup +} implantation in optical absorption of ZnO

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    Lv, Jinpeng, E-mail: hitljp@gmail.com [College of Astronautics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu (China); Li, Chundong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, Heilongjiang (China)

    2016-05-15

    The discrepancy between sub-bandgap absorption in ZnO induced by thermal annealing and H{sup +} implantation is investigated in this study for the first time. Results indicate that nonreductive annealing-induced optical absorption is independent of annealing ambient, and can be assigned to V{sub O}, whereas the absorption centers caused by H{sup +} implantation and H{sub 2} annealing are primarily associated with V{sub O} and ionized Zn{sub i}.

  7. Process check of annealing process of coiled sheets by indirect measurement

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    K. Kostúr

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The contribution deals with a possibility of increasing quality production and decreasing costs in annealing furnaces by process check of annealing temperatures. The lowest temperature of annealed coiled sheets is very important. The information about this inner temperature is unknown during annealing. It is possible to obtain this information by indirect measurement. The indirect measurement uses two types of mathematical models. In this paper, the structure of both models and its verification is described.

  8. Effects of annealing temperature on the physicochemical, optical and photoelectrochemical properties of nanostructured hematite thin films prepared via electrodeposition method

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    Phuan, Yi Wen [School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering Discipline, Monash University Malaysia, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway 46150 Selangor DE (Malaysia); Chong, Meng Nan, E-mail: Chong.Meng.Nan@monash.edu [School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering Discipline, Monash University Malaysia, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway 46150 Selangor DE (Malaysia); Sustainable Water Alliance, Advanced Engineering Platform, Monash University Malaysia, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway 46150 Selangor DE (Malaysia); Zhu, Tao; Yong, Siek-Ting [School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering Discipline, Monash University Malaysia, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway 46150 Selangor DE (Malaysia); Chan, Eng Seng [School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering Discipline, Monash University Malaysia, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway 46150 Selangor DE (Malaysia); Sustainable Water Alliance, Advanced Engineering Platform, Monash University Malaysia, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway 46150 Selangor DE (Malaysia)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Nanostructured hematite thin films were synthesized via electrodeposition method. • Effects of annealing on size, grain boundary and PEC properties were examined. • Photocurrents generation was enhanced when the thin films were annealed at 600 °C. • The highest photocurrent density of 1.6 mA/cm{sup 2} at 0.6 V vs Ag/AgCl was achieved. - Abstract: Hematite (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) is a promising photoanode material for hydrogen production from photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting due to its wide abundance, narrow band-gap energy, efficient light absorption and high chemical stability under aqueous environment. The key challenge to the wider utilisation of nanostructured hematite-based photoanode in PEC water splitting, however, is limited by its low photo-assisted water oxidation caused by large overpotential in the nominal range of 0.5–0.6 V. The main aim of this study was to enhance the performance of hematite for photo-assisted water oxidation by optimising the annealing temperature used during the synthesis of nanostructured hematite thin films on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-based photoanodes prepared via the cathodic electrodeposition method. The resultant nanostructured hematite thin films were characterised using field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) for their elemental composition, average nanocrystallites size and morphology; phase and crystallinity; UV-absorptivity and band gap energy; and the functional groups, respectively. Results showed that the nanostructured hematite thin films possess good ordered nanocrystallites array and high crystallinity after annealing treatment at 400–600 °C. FE-SEM images illustrated an increase in the average hematite nanocrystallites size from 65 nm to 95 nm when the annealing temperature was varied from 400 °C to 600

  9. Interface reactions between Pd thin films and SiC by thermal annealing and SHI irradiation

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    Njoroge, E.G., E-mail: eric.njoroge@up.ac.za [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria (South Africa); Theron, C.C. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria (South Africa); Skuratov, V.A. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russian Federation); Wamwangi, D. [School of Physics, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa); Hlatshwayo, T.T. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria (South Africa); Comrie, C.M. [MRD, iThemba LABS, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West 7129 (South Africa); Malherbe, J.B. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria (South Africa)

    2016-03-15

    The solid-state reactions between Pd thin films and 6H-SiC substrates induced by thermal annealing, room temperature swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation and high temperature SHI irradiation have been investigated by in situ and real-time Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD). At room temperature, no silicides were detected to have formed in the Pd/SiC samples. Two reaction growth zones were observed in the samples annealed in situ and analysed by real time RBS. The initial reaction growth region led to formation of Pd{sub 3}Si or (Pd{sub 2}Si + Pd{sub 4}Si) as the initial phase(s) to form at a temperature of about 450 °C. Thereafter, the reaction zone did not change until a temperature of 640 °C was attained where Pd{sub 2}Si was observed to form in the reaction zone. Kinetic analysis of the initial reaction indicates very fast reaction rates of about 1.55 × 10{sup 15} at cm{sup −2}/s and the Pd silicide formed grew linear with time. SHI irradiation of the Pd/SiC samples was performed by 167 MeV Xe{sup 26+} ions at room temperature at high fluences of 1.07 × 10{sup 14} and 4 × 10{sup 14} ions/cm{sup 2} and at 400 °C at lower fluences of 5 × 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. The Pd/SiC interface was analysed by RBS and no SHI induced diffusion was observed for room temperature irradiations. The sample irradiated at 400 °C, SHI induced diffusion was observed to occur accompanied with the formation of Pd{sub 4}Si, Pd{sub 9}Si{sub 2} and Pd{sub 5}Si phases which were identified by GIXRD analysis.

  10. Effect of air annealing on structural and magnetic properties of Ni/NiO nanoparticles

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    Nadeem, K.; Ullah, Asmat; Mushtaq, M.; Kamran, M.; Hussain, S. S.; Mumtaz, M.

    2016-11-01

    We reported systematic study on structural and magnetic properties of nickel/nickel oxide (Ni/NiO) nanoparticles annealed under air atmosphere at different temperatures in the range 400-800 °C. The XRD spectra revealed two phases such as Ni and NiO. The average crystallite size increases with increasing annealing temperature. A phase diagram was developed between two phases versus annealing temperature using XRD analysis. At lower annealing temperatures, Ni phase is dominant which does not easily undergo oxidation to form NiO. The NiO phase increases with increasing annealing temperature. FTIR spectroscopy revealed an increase in the NiO phase content at higher annealing temperature, which is in agreement with the XRD analysis. SEM images showed that nanoparticles are well separated at lower annealing temperatures but get agglomerated at higher annealing temperatures. The ferromagnetic (FM) Ni phase content and saturation magnetization (Ms) showed nearly the same trend with increasing annealing temperature. The nanoparticles annealed at 500 °C and 800 °C revealed highest and lowest Ms values, respectively, which is in accordance with the XRD phase diagram. Coercivity showed an overall decreasing trend with increasing annealing temperature due to decreased concentration of FM Ni phase and increasing average crystallite size. All these measurements indicate that the structural and magnetic properties of Ni/NiO nanoparticles are strongly influenced by the annealing temperature.

  11. The effect of humidity on annealing of polymer optical fibre bragg gratings

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    Woyessa, Getinet; Nielsen, Kristian; Bang, Ole

    2015-01-01

    The effect of humidity on annealing of PMMA based microstructured polymer optical fiber (mPOF) Bragg gratings is studied. Polymer optical fibers (POFs) are annealed in order to release stress formed during the fabrication process. Un-annealed fibers will have high hysteresis and low sensitivity...

  12. Influence of Microwave and Conventional Annealing Processes in Improving an Electrodeposited Nickel Interlayer Characteristics

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    Hassan, Abdelkarim; Noordin, Mohd Yusof; Izman, Sudin; Denni, Kurniawan

    2016-10-01

    Nickel interlayer was coated on tungsten carbide substrate by electrodeposition process for the purpose of diamond deposition. Conventional and microwave annealing processes were used to improve the adhesion strength and modify the surface composition of the electroplated nickel interlayer. The conventional annealing was conducted in a high-temperature tube furnace at 1323.15 K (1050 °C) for 20 and 60 minutes annealing durations. The microwave annealing was carried out in 2.45 GHz microwave furnace at 1303.15 K (1030 °C) for the same annealing durations as the conventional process. The annealed specimens were characterized by electron microscopy, Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction technique. Adhesion of the annealed nickel interlayer was assessed by the scratch test. The results revealed significant changes in the nickel coating composition, adhesion, and appearance. The adhesion strength of nickel interlayer annealed for the longer duration of the two processes is similar. For shorter annealing duration, the microwave-annealed coating showed better adhesion. The surface composition of the nickel interlayer was modified by the diffusion of carbon and tungsten during the microwave and conventional annealing, respectively. The microwave annealing is a promising process for producing good quality treated nickel-coated tungsten carbide specimens.

  13. 10 CFR 50.66 - Requirements for thermal annealing of the reactor pressure vessel.

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    2010-01-01

    ... Requirements for thermal annealing of the reactor pressure vessel. (a) For those light water nuclear power... life of these components. (B) The effects of localized high temperatures on degradation of the concrete... thermal annealing or to operate the nuclear power reactor following the annealing must be identified....

  14. 78 FR 31577 - Diffusion-Annealed, Nickel-Plated Flat-Rolled Steel Products From Japan

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    2013-05-24

    ...)] Diffusion-Annealed, Nickel-Plated Flat-Rolled Steel Products From Japan Determination On the basis of the... reason of imports from Japan of diffusion-annealed, nickel-plated flat-rolled steel products, provided... diffusion-annealed, nickel-plated flat-rolled steel products from Japan. Accordingly, effective March...

  15. Effect of prolonged annealing on the performance of coaxial Ge gamma-ray detectors

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    Owens, A.; Brandenburg, S.; Buis, E. -J.; Kozorezov, A. G.; Kraft, S.; Ostendorf, R. W.; Quarati, F.

    2007-01-01

    The effects of prolonged annealing at elevated temperatures have been investigated in a 53 cm(3) closed-end coaxial high purity germanium detector in the reverse electrode configuration. The detector was multiply annealed at 100 degrees C in block periods of 7 days. After each anneal cycle it was co

  16. FAST joins Breakthrough programme

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    Banks, Michael

    2016-11-01

    The 180m Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) - the world's largest single-aperture radio receiver - has become part of the Breakthrough Listen programme, which launched in July 2015 to look for intelligent life beyond Earth.

  17. CMS Fast Facts

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — CMS has developed a new quick reference statistical summary on annual CMS program and financial data. CMS Fast Facts includes summary information on total program...

  18. Tritium release from neutron irradiated beryllium: Kinetics, long-time annealing and effect or crack formation

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    Scaffidi-Argentina, F.; Werle, H. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, (Germany)

    1995-09-01

    Since beryllium is considered as one of the best neutron multiplier materials in the blanket of the next generation fusion reactors, several studies have been started to evaluate its behaviour under irradiation during both operating and accidental conditions. Based on safety considerations, tritium produced in beryllium during neutron irradiation represents one important issue, therefore it is necessary to investigate tritium transport processes by using a comprehensive mathematical model and comparing its predictions with well characterized experimental tests. Because of the difficulties in extrapolating the short-time tritium release tests to a longer time scale, also long-time annealing experiments with beryllium samples from the SIBELIUS irradiation. have been carried out at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. Samples were annealed up to 12 months at temperatures up to 650{degrees}C. The inventory after annealing was determined by heating the samples up to 1050{degrees}C with a He+0.1 vo1% H{sub 2} purge gas. Furthermore, in order to investigate the likely effects of cracks formation eventually causing a faster tritium release from beryllium, the behaviour of samples irradiated at low temperature (40-50{degrees}C) but up to very high fast neutron fluences (0.8-3.9{center_dot}10{sup 22} cm{sup -2}, E{sub n}{ge}1 MeV) in the BR2 reactor has been investigated. Tritium was released by heating the beryllium samples up to 1050{degrees}C and purging them with He+0.1 vo1% H{sub 2}. Tritium release from high-irradiated beryllium samples showed a much faster kinetics than from the low-irradiated ones, probably because of crack formation caused by thermal stresses in the brittle material and/or by helium bubbles migration. The obtained experimental data have been compared with predictions of the code ANFIBE with the goal to better understand the physical mechanisms governing tritium behaviour in beryllium and to assess the prediction capabilities of the code.

  19. Minimizing distortion and internal forces in truss structures by simulated annealing

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    Kincaid, Rex K.

    1989-01-01

    Inaccuracies in the length of members and the diameters of joints of large truss reflector backup structures may produce unacceptable levels of surface distortion and member forces. However, if the member lengths and joint diameters can be measured accurately it is possible to configure the members and joints so that root-mean-square (rms) surface error and/or rms member forces is minimized. Following Greene and Haftka (1989) it is assumed that the force vector f is linearly proportional to the member length errors e(sub M) of dimension NMEMB (the number of members) and joint errors e(sub J) of dimension NJOINT (the number of joints), and that the best-fit displacement vector d is a linear function of f. Let NNODES denote the number of positions on the surface of the truss where error influences are measured. The solution of the problem is discussed. To classify, this problem was compared to a similar combinatorial optimization problem. In particular, when only the member length errors are considered, minimizing d(sup 2)(sub rms) is equivalent to the quadratic assignment problem. The quadratic assignment problem is a well known NP-complete problem in operations research literature. Hence minimizing d(sup 2)(sub rms) is is also an NP-complete problem. The focus of the research is the development of a simulated annealing algorithm to reduce d(sup 2)(sub rms). The plausibility of this technique is its recent success on a variety of NP-complete combinatorial optimization problems including the quadratic assignment problem. A physical analogy for simulated annealing is the way liquids freeze and crystallize. All computational experiments were done on a MicroVAX. The two interchange heuristic is very fast but produces widely varying results. The two and three interchange heuristic provides less variability in the final objective function values but runs much more slowly. Simulated annealing produced the best objective function values for every starting configuration and

  20. FAST Maser Surveys

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    J. S. Zhang

    2014-09-01

    FAST, the Five-hundred meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope, will become the largest operating single-dish telescope in the coming years. It has many advantages: much better sensitivity for its largest collecting area; large sky coverage due to its innovative design of the active primary surface; extremely radio quiet from its unique location, etc. In this work, I will highlight the future capabilities of FAST to discover and observe both galactic and extragalactic masers.

  1. Fasting and Urinary Stones

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    Ali Shamsa

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Fasting is considered as one of the most important practices of Islam, and according to Prophet Mohammad, fasting is obligatory upon Muslims. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of fasting on urinary stones. Materials and Methods: Very few studies have been carried out on urinary stones and the effect of Ramadan fasting. The sources of the present study are Medline and articles presented by local and Muslim researchers. Meanwhile, since we are acquainted with three well-known researchers in the field of urology, we contacted them via email and asked for their professional opinions. Results: The results of studies about the relationship of urinary stones and their incidence in Ramadan are not alike, and are even sometimes contradictory. Some believe that increased incidence of urinary stones in Ramadan is related not to fasting, but to the rise of weather temperature in hot months, and an increase in humidity. Conclusion: Numerous biological and behavioral changes occur in people who fast in Ramadan and some researchers believe that urinary stone increases during this month.

  2. Fasting and urinary stones

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    Ali Shamsa

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Fasting is considered as one of the most important practices of Islam, and according to Prophet Mohammad, fasting is obligatory upon Muslims. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of fasting on urinary stones. Materials and Methods:Very few studies have been carried out on urinary stones and the effect of Ramadan fasting. The sources of the present study are Medline and articles presented by local and Muslim researchers. Meanwhile, since we are acquainted with three well-known researchers in the field  of urology, we contacted them via email and asked for their professional opinions. Results:The results of studies about the relationship of urinary stones and their incidence in Ramadan are not alike, and are even sometimes contradictory. Some believe that increased incidence of urinary stones in Ramadan is related not to fasting, but to the rise of weather temperature in hot months, and an increase in humidity. Conclusion: Numerous biological and behavioral changes occur in people who fast in Ramadan and some researchers believe that urinary stone increases during this month.

  3. First application of quantum annealing to IMRT beamlet intensity optimization

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    Nazareth, Daryl P.; Spaans, Jason D.

    2015-05-01

    Optimization methods are critical to radiation therapy. A new technology, quantum annealing (QA), employs novel hardware and software techniques to address various discrete optimization problems in many fields. We report on the first application of quantum annealing to the process of beamlet intensity optimization for IMRT. We apply recently-developed hardware which natively exploits quantum mechanical effects for improved optimization. The new algorithm, called QA, is most similar to simulated annealing, but relies on natural processes to directly minimize a system’s free energy. A simple quantum system is slowly evolved into a classical system representing the objective function. If the evolution is sufficiently slow, there are probabilistic guarantees that a global minimum will be located. To apply QA to IMRT-type optimization, two prostate cases were considered. A reduced number of beamlets were employed, due to the current QA hardware limitations. The beamlet dose matrices were computed using CERR and an objective function was defined based on typical clinical constraints, including dose-volume objectives, which result in a complex non-convex search space. The objective function was discretized and the QA method was compared to two standard optimization methods, simulated annealing and Tabu search, run on a conventional computing cluster. Based on several runs, the average final objective function value achieved by the QA was 16.9 for the first patient, compared with 10.0 for Tabu and 6.7 for the simulated annealing (SA) method. For the second patient, the values were 70.7 for the QA, 120.0 for Tabu and 22.9 for the SA. The QA algorithm required 27-38% of the time required by the other two methods. In this first application of hardware-enabled QA to IMRT optimization, its performance is comparable to Tabu search, but less effective than the SA in terms of final objective function values. However, its speed was 3-4 times faster than the other two methods

  4. Radiation and annealing response of WWER 440 beltline welding seams

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    Viehrig, Hans-Werner, E-mail: h.w.viehrig@hzdr.de; Houska, Mario; Altstadt, Eberhard

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Investigation of the beltline welding seam from decommissioned reactor pressure vessels. • The Master Curve based reference temperature varies strongly through the thickness. • This variation is mainly caused by the intrinsic weld bead structure. • The Charpy-V based ductile-to-brittle temperature shift does not correspond to the prediction. • The mitigation of the irradiation induced embrittlement by annealing has been confirmed. - Abstract: The focus of this paper is on the irradiation response and the effect of thermal annealing in weld materials extracted from decommissioned WWER 440 reactor pressure vessels of the nuclear power plant Greifswald. The characterisation is based on the measurement of the hardness, the yield stress, the Master Curve reference temperature, T{sub 0}, and the Charpy-V transition temperature through the thickness of multi-layer beltline welding seams in the irradiated and the thermally annealed condition. Additionally, the weld bead structure was characterised by light microscopic studies. We observed a large variation in the through thickness T{sub 0} values in the irradiated as well as in thermally annealed condition. The T{sub 0} values measured with the T–S-oriented Charpy size SE(B) specimens cut from different thickness locations of the multilayer welding seams strongly depend on the intrinsic weld bead structure along the crack tip. The Master Curve, T{sub 0}, and Charpy-V, TT{sub 47J}, based ductile-to-brittle transition temperature progressions through the thickness of the multi-layer welding seam do not correspond to the forecast according to the Russian code. In general, the fracture toughness values at cleavage failure, K{sub Jc}, measured on SE(B) specimens from the irradiated and large-scale thermally annealed beltline welding seams follow the Master Curve description, but more than the expected number lie outside the curves for 2% and 98% fracture probability. In this case the test standard ASTM

  5. Structural and photoluminescence properties of ZrO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} SiO{sub 2} nanophosphors as a function of annealing temperature

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    Parma, Alvise; Freris, Isidora [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica, Universita Ca' Foscari di Venezia e INSTM, via Torino 155/b, 30170 Mestre (Italy); Riello, Pietro, E-mail: riellop@unive.i [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica, Universita Ca' Foscari di Venezia e INSTM, via Torino 155/b, 30170 Mestre (Italy); Enrichi, Francesco [CIVEN (Coordinamento Interuniversitario Veneto per le Nanotecnologie), via delle Industrie 5, 30175 Marghera (Italy); Cristofori, Davide; Benedetti, Alvise [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica, Universita Ca' Foscari di Venezia e INSTM, via Torino 155/b, 30170 Mestre (Italy)

    2010-12-15

    The synthesis, morphology and luminescence properties of two systems comprising luminescent Eu{sup 3+}-doped zirconium oxide nanocrystals embedded in an amorphous silica matrix are reported. The two systems, prepared with the same overall wt% composition of silica (75%) and Eu{sub x}Zr{sub (1-x)}O{sub (2-x/2)} solid solution (25%), have been annealed in the range 135-1000 {sup o}C and subsequently functionalized with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane. Detailed X-ray diffraction analyses and transmission electron micrographs, combined with infrared spectroscopy and luminescence spectroscopy data, have been used to demonstrate the influence of annealing temperature on the: (i) nanostructure, (ii) luminescence properties and (iii) availability of superficial -OH groups for efficient surface functionalization. The optimum calcination temperature was found to be 700 {sup o}C for each series in terms of luminescence lifetime efficiency and post-functionalization efficiency with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane.

  6. Differences between glycogen biogenesis in fast- and slow-twitch rabbit muscle

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    Cussó, R; Lerner, L R; Cadefau, J;

    2003-01-01

    Skeletal muscle glycogen is an essential energy substrate for muscular activity. The biochemical properties of the enzymes involved in de novo synthesis of glycogen were analysed in two types of rabbit skeletal muscle fiber (fast- and slow-twitch). Glycogen concentration was higher in fast...

  7. Controlling preferred orientation and electrical conductivity of zinc oxide thin films by post growth annealing treatment

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    Kennedy, J., E-mail: J.Kennedy@gns.cri.nz [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Murmu, P.P.; Leveneur, J. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); Markwitz, A. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Futter, J. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand)

    2016-03-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Annealing dependent microstructural evolution and change in conductivity of ZnO films. • Preferential growth along (0 0 2) and (1 0 0) planes in air and vacuum annealed films. • Resistivity varied between 10{sup 6} and 10{sup −2} Ω cm depending on annealing conditions. • Hydrogen interstitials, and hydrogen-oxygen vacancy complexes affect the conductivity. • Narrow ZnO bandgap assigned to band tail effect related to intrinsic defects states. - Abstract: We report the microstructural evolution of the preferred orientation and electrical conductivity of zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films prepared by ion beam sputtering. Elastic recoil detection analysis results showed 0.6 at% H in as-deposited film which decreased to 0.35 at% in air annealed film due to H diffusion. XRD results showed that the preferred orientation can be tuned by selecting annealing conditions. Vacuum annealed films exhibited (1 0 0) orientation, whereas air annealed film showed (0 0 2) orientation. The annealing conditions caused a dramatic increase in the resistivity of air annealed films (∼10{sup 6} Ω cm), whereas vacuum annealed films showed lower resistivity (∼10{sup −2} Ω cm). High resistivity in air annealed film is attributed to the lack of hydrogen interstitials and hydrogen-oxygen vacancy complexes. Raman results supported the XRD results which demonstrated that annealing assisted in recovery of the crystalline disorder in as-deposited films. Air annealed film exhibited the highest optical transmission (89.7%) in the UV–vis region compared to as-deposited and vacuum annealed films (∼85%). Optical bandgap was found to vary between 3.11 eV and 3.18 eV in as-deposited and annealed films, respectively. The bandgap narrowing is associated with the intrinsic defects which introduced defect states resulting in band tail in ZnO films.

  8. Improvement on the electrical characteristics of Pd/HfO2/6H-SiC MIS capacitors using post deposition annealing and post metallization annealing

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    Esakky, Papanasam; Kailath, Binsu J.

    2017-08-01

    HfO2 as a gate dielectric enables high electric field operation of SiC MIS structure and as gas sensor HfO2/SiC capacitors offer higher sensitivity than SiO2/SiC capacitors. The issue of higher density of oxygen vacancies and associated higher leakage current necessitates better passivation of HfO2/SiC interface. Effect of post deposition annealing in N2O plasma and post metallization annealing in forming gas on the structural and electrical characteristics of Pd/HfO2/SiC MIS capacitors are reported in this work. N2O plasma annealing suppresses crystallization during high temperature annealing thereby improving the thermal stability and plasma annealing followed by rapid thermal annealing in N2 result in formation of Hf silicate at the HfO2/SiC interface resulting in order of magnitude lower density of interface states and gate leakage current. Post metallization annealing in forming gas for 40 min reduces interface state density by two orders while gate leakage current density is reduced by thrice. Post deposition annealing in N2O plasma and post metallization annealing in forming gas are observed to be effective passivation techniques improving the electrical characteristics of HfO2/SiC capacitors.

  9. Effect of argon-annealing and subsequent oxygen-annealing on the superconductivity and structure of Tl 2CaBa 2Cu 2O 8- x

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    Gopalakrishnan, I. K.; Sastry, P. V. P. S. S.; Rajagopal, H.; Sequeira, A.; Yakhmi, J. V.; Iyer, R. M.

    1989-08-01

    Annealing the single-phase Tl 2CaBa 2Cu 2O 8 superconductor ( Tc=108 K) in argon environment at 950 K for 24 h brings the Tc down to ≅80 K. Re-annealing the samples in oxygen under similar conditions restores the Tc to 105±5 K. Rietveld profile refinement of the neutron diffraction spectra of the argon-annealed samples indicates that some Tl-ions, presumably Tl 1+, move from the Tl double-layers to occupy Ca-sites. Upon subsequent annealing in oxygen, however, these Tl-ions escape from the lattice. Implications of this and other structural features are described.

  10. Fast creation of dense MgB2 phase in wires made by IMD process

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    Kováč, P.; Hušek, I.; Melišek, T.; Kopera, L.; Kulich, M.

    2016-10-01

    Single-core MgB2 wires have been made by internal magnesium diffusion (IMD) into boron process. Heat treatments were performed at variable periods (4-90 min) for two adjusted temperatures 635 °C and 650 °C, with an overshoot of ≈20 °C after 5 min. Critical currents of differently treated MgB2/Ti/GlidCop wires have been measured and related with the MgB2 layers. The fast creation MgB2 compound has been observed after 8 min annealing at both temperatures and showing the critical current maxima. The less uniform MgB2 containing cracks was created for longer annealing periods (≥10 min), which resulted in lowered critical currents and worsened thermal stability. The fast creation of dense MgB2 allows it to utilize a continual and short heat treatment process for high current density wires made by IMD.

  11. Structure and Spatial Distribution of Ge Nanocrystals Subjected to Fast Neutron Irradiation

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    Alexander N. Ionov

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The influence of fast neutron irradiation on the structure and spatial distribution of Ge nanocrystals (NC embedded in an amorphous SiO2 matrix has been studied. The investigation was conducted by means of laser Raman Scattering (RS, High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HR-TEM and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. The irradiation of Ge- NC samples by a high dose of fast neutrons lead to a partial destruction of the nanocrystals. Full reconstruction of crystallinity was achieved after annealing the radiation damage at 8000C, which resulted in full restoration of the RS spectrum. HR-TEM images show, however, that the spatial distributions of Ge-NC changed as a result of irradiation and annealing. A sharp decrease in NC distribution towards the SiO2 surface has been observed. This was accompanied by XPS detection of Ge oxides and elemental Ge within both the surface and subsurface region.

  12. List-Based Simulated Annealing Algorithm for Traveling Salesman Problem.

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    Zhan, Shi-hua; Lin, Juan; Zhang, Ze-jun; Zhong, Yi-wen

    2016-01-01

    Simulated annealing (SA) algorithm is a popular intelligent optimization algorithm which has been successfully applied in many fields. Parameters' setting is a key factor for its performance, but it is also a tedious work. To simplify parameters setting, we present a list-based simulated annealing (LBSA) algorithm to solve traveling salesman problem (TSP). LBSA algorithm uses a novel list-based cooling schedule to control the decrease of temperature. Specifically, a list of temperatures is created first, and then the maximum temperature in list is used by Metropolis acceptance criterion to decide whether to accept a candidate solution. The temperature list is adapted iteratively according to the topology of the solution space of the problem. The effectiveness and the parameter sensitivity of the list-based cooling schedule are illustrated through benchmark TSP problems. The LBSA algorithm, whose performance is robust on a wide range of parameter values, shows competitive performance compared with some other state-of-the-art algorithms.

  13. Temperature-dependent permittivity of annealed and unannealed gold films

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    Shen, Po-Ting; Lin, Cheng-Wei; Liu, Hsiang-Lin; Chang, Chih-Wei; Chu, Shi-Wei

    2016-01-01

    Due to local field enhancement and subwavelength confinements, nano-plasmonics provide numerous novel applications. Simultaneously, as an efficient nanoscale heat generator from inherent absorption, thermo-plasmonics is emerging as an important branch. However, although significant temperature increase is involved in applications, detailed characterization of metal permittivity at different temperatures is lacking. In this work, we extract the permittivity of gold film from 300K to the annealing temperature of 570K. By comparing annealed and unannealed films, more than one-order difference in thermo-derivative of permittivity is revealed, resulting in unexpectedly large variation of plasmonic properties. Our result is valuable not only for characterizing extensively used unannealed nanoparticles, but also for designing future thermo-nano-plasmonic systems.

  14. Ranking important nodes in complex networks by simulated annealing

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    Sun, Yu; Yao, Pei-Yang; Wan, Lu-Jun; Shen, Jian; Zhong, Yun

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, based on simulated annealing a new method to rank important nodes in complex networks is presented. First, the concept of an importance sequence (IS) to describe the relative importance of nodes in complex networks is defined. Then, a measure used to evaluate the reasonability of an IS is designed. By comparing an IS and the measure of its reasonability to a state of complex networks and the energy of the state, respectively, the method finds the ground state of complex networks by simulated annealing. In other words, the method can construct a most reasonable IS. The results of experiments on real and artificial networks show that this ranking method not only is effective but also can be applied to different kinds of complex networks. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61573017) and the Natural Science Foundation of Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2016JQ6062).

  15. Annealing free, clean graphene transfer using alternative polymer scaffolds

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    Wood, Joshua D.; Doidge, Gregory P.; Carrion, Enrique A.; Koepke, Justin C.; Kaitz, Joshua A.; Datye, Isha; Behnam, Ashkan; Hewaparakrama, Jayan; Aruin, Basil; Chen, Yaofeng; Dong, Hefei; Haasch, Richard T.; Lyding, Joseph W.; Pop, Eric

    2015-02-01

    We examine the transfer of graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) with polymer scaffolds of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), poly(lactic acid) (PLA), poly(phthalaldehyde) (PPA), and poly(bisphenol A carbonate) (PC). We find that optimally reactive PC scaffolds provide the cleanest graphene transfers without any annealing, after extensive comparison with optical microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy. Comparatively, films transferred with PLA, PPA, PMMA/PC, and PMMA have a two-fold higher roughness and a five-fold higher chemical doping. Using PC scaffolds, we demonstrate the clean transfer of CVD multilayer graphene, fluorinated graphene, and hexagonal boron nitride. Our annealing free, PC transfers enable the use of atomically-clean nanomaterials in biomolecule encapsulation and flexible electronic applications.

  16. Variable neighbourhood simulated annealing algorithm for capacitated vehicle routing problems

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    Xiao, Yiyong; Zhao, Qiuhong; Kaku, Ikou; Mladenovic, Nenad

    2014-04-01

    This article presents the variable neighbourhood simulated annealing (VNSA) algorithm, a variant of the variable neighbourhood search (VNS) combined with simulated annealing (SA), for efficiently solving capacitated vehicle routing problems (CVRPs). In the new algorithm, the deterministic 'Move or not' criterion of the original VNS algorithm regarding the incumbent replacement is replaced by an SA probability, and the neighbourhood shifting of the original VNS (from near to far by k← k+1) is replaced by a neighbourhood shaking procedure following a specified rule. The geographical neighbourhood structure is introduced in constructing the neighbourhood structures for the CVRP of the string model. The proposed algorithm is tested against 39 well-known benchmark CVRP instances of different scales (small/middle, large, very large). The results show that the VNSA algorithm outperforms most existing algorithms in terms of computational effectiveness and efficiency, showing good performance in solving large and very large CVRPs.

  17. Effect of hydrogen annealing on characteristics of polycrystalline silicon

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    GOU Xianfang; XU Ying; LI Xudong; HENG Yang; MA Lifen; REN Bingyan

    2006-01-01

    The characteristics of mc-Si used for solar cells during H2 ambient annealing at 800-1200 ℃ were investigated by means of FTIR and QSSPCD. The results reveal that grain boundaries or defects in mc-Si may facilitate the formation of oxygen precipitates, and the formation of oxygen precipitates has deleterious effect on the lifetime of mc-Si. Decreasing lifetime could result from the formation of new recombination during annealing. Additionally, It is found that hydrogen may facilitate the formation of oxygen precipitates in mc-Si. On the other hand, the diffusion of hydrogen may passivate the defects/boundaries and it is beneficial to the lifetime of mc-Si.

  18. Multi-Objective Simulating Annealing for Permutation Flow Shop Problems

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    Mokotoff, E.; Pérez, J.

    2007-09-01

    Real life scheduling problems require more than one criterion. Nevertheless, the complex nature of the Permutation Flow Shop problem has prevented the development of models with multiple criteria. Considering only one regular criterion, this scheduling problem was shown to be NP-complete. The Multi-Objective Simulated Annealing (MOSA) methods are metaheuristics based on Simulated Annealing to solve Multi-Objective Combinatorial Optimization (MOCO) problems, like the problem at hand. Starting from the general MOSA method introduced by Loukil et al. [1], we developed MOSA models to provide the decision maker with efficient solutions for the Permutation Flow Shop problem (common in the production of ceramic tiles). In this paper we present three models: two bicriteria models and one based on satisfaction levels for the main criterion.

  19. Hardening by annealing and softening by deformation in nanostructured metals

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    Huang, X.; Hansen, N.; Tsuji, N.

    2006-01-01

    -dislocation and dislocation-interface reactions, such that heat treatment reduces the generation and interaction of dislocations, leading to an increase in strength and a reduction in ductility. A subsequent deformation step may restore the dislocation structure and facilitate the yielding process when the metal is stressed......We observe that a nanostructured metal can be hardened by annealing and softened when subsequently deformed, which is in contrast to the typical behavior of a metal. Microstructural investigation points to an effect of the structural scale on fundamental mechanisms of dislocation....... As a consequence, the strength decreases and the ductility increases. These observations suggest that for materials such as the nanostructured aluminum studied here, deformation should be used as an optimizing procedure instead of annealing....

  20. Radiation annealing of gallium arsenide implanted with sulphur

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    Ardyshev, V M

    2002-01-01

    Sulfur ions were implanted in a semi-insulating GaAs. Photon annealing (805 deg C/(10-12) s) and the thermal one (800 deg C/30 min) were conducted under SiO sub 2 -films coating obtained by different ways. Contents of GaAs components in films were determined from Rutherford backscattering spectra; concentration profiles of electrons were measured by the voltage-capacitance method. Diffusion of sulfur was shown to go in two directions - to the surface and into bulk of GaAs. The first process was induced by vacancies that had been formed near the surface of semiconductors during the dielectric coating. The coefficient of the bulk-diffusion and diffusion-to-surface of sulfur ions under photon annealing was twice as much as that under thermal one. The doping efficiency was also larger

  1. Thermal Performance of an Annealed Pyrolytic Graphite Solar Collector

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Hornacek, Jennifer

    2002-01-01

    A solar collector having the combined properties of high solar absorptance, low infrared emittance, and high thermal conductivity is needed for applications where solar energy is to be absorbed and transported for use in minisatellites. Such a solar collector may be used with a low temperature differential heat engine to provide power or with a thermal bus for thermal switching applications. One concept being considered for the solar collector is an Al2O3 cermet coating applied to a thermal conductivity enhanced polished aluminum substrate. The cermet coating provides high solar absorptance and the polished aluminum provides low infrared emittance. Annealed pyrolytic graphite embedded in the aluminum substrate provides enhanced thermal conductivity. The as-measured thermal performance of an annealed pyrolytic graphite thermal conductivity enhanced polished aluminum solar collector, coated with a cermet coating, will be presented.

  2. Effects of Primary Annealing Condition on Recrystallization Texture in a Grain Oriented Silicon Steel

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    Yuhui SHA; Fang ZHANG; Song LI; Xiaoyu GAO; Jiazhen XU; Liang ZUO

    2004-01-01

    The recrystallization texture in grain oriented silicon steel sheets, which were annealed at different primary annealing temperatures with and without an electric field, was investigated. An automated electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) technique was used to analyze the recrystallization texture. It was found that recovery and application of electric field in primary annealing lead to an increase of {001} component and a decrease of {111} component after annealing at 900℃. The development of recrystallization texture can be explained in terms of the effects of electric field and primary annealing temperature on recovery.

  3. Influences of Annealing on Residual Stress and Structure of HfO2 Films

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    SHEN Yan-Ming; SHAO Shu-Ying; DENG Zhen-Xia; HE Hong-Bo; SHAO Jian-Da; FAN Zheng-Xiu

    2007-01-01

    HfO2 films are deposited on BK7 glass substrates by electron beam evaporation. The influences of annealing between 100℃ and 400℃ on residual stresses and structures of HfO2 films are studied. It is found that little differences of spectra, residual stresses and structures are obtained after annealing at lower temperatures. After annealing at higher temperatures, the spectra shift to short wavelength, the residual stress increases with the increasing annealing temperature. At the same time, the crystallite size increases and interplanar distance decreases. The variations of optical spectra and residual stress correspond to the evolutions of structures induced by annealing.

  4. Annealing-induced evolution of transformation characteristics in TiNi shape memory alloys

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    Wang, Z. G.; Zu, X. T.; Feng, X. D.; Zhu, S.; Zhou, J. M.; Wang, L. M.

    2004-11-01

    The effect of annealing on transformation characteristics of TiNi shape memory alloys (SMAs) was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and the evolution of the microstructure was studied using positron annihilation technology (PAT) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that transformation characteristics depend on the annealing temperature. The R-phase transformation appeared at low annealing temperature. The R-phase disappeared and austensite transformed into martensite directly as the annealing temperature exceeded 550 °C. With increasing annealing temperature, the vacancy cluster and dislocation related positron lifetime decreased. Changes in transformation characteristics can be attributed to the evolution of the microstructrue of the TiNi specimen.

  5. Effect of thermal-annealing on the magnetoresistance of manganite-based junctions

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    Xie Yan-Wu; Shen Bao-Gen; Sun Ji-Rong

    2008-01-01

    Thermal-annealing has been widely used in modulating the oxygen content of manganites. In this work, we have studied the effect of annealing on the transport properties and magnetoresistance of junctions composed of a La0.9Ca0.1MnO3+δ film and a Nb-doped SrTiO3 substrate. We have demonstrated that the magnetoresistance of junctions is strongly dependent on the annealing conditions: From the junction annealed-in-air to the junction annealed-in-vacuum, the magnetoresistance near 0-V bias can vary from ~-60% to~0. A possible mechanism accounting for this phenomenon is discussed.

  6. The effect of post annealing treatment on the citrate sol–gel derived nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 powder: structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties

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    B. C. Brightlin

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 powders were obtained from citrate sol–gel combustion-derived powder upon annealing at 800–1100 °C, and explored their structural, micro-structural, optical and magnetic properties. The thermal decomposition of citrate sol–gel combustion product was verified by means of thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis. Structural identification of the citrate sol–gel combustion powder and annealed samples were investigated by powder X-ray diffraction. Though the combustion product exhibits cubic spinel phase material, the annealed powder yields good quality nanocrystalline hexagonal BaFe12O19 phase materials. The thin plate-like flakes morphology with random particle sizes of ~100–200 nm with slightly agglomerated particles of BaFe12O19 phase is analyzed by high resolution scanning electron microscopy for the good quality annealed sample. Photoluminescence emission spectrum of BaFe12O19 material reveals broad emission peak at ~360 nm under the excitation wavelength of 270 nm. Interestingly, the near infrared relative reflectivity of the nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 materials obtained by citrate sol-gel synthesis method is higher than the nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 materials obtained by mechano-thermal and co-precipitation method. The present dark brown colored BaFe12O19 materials can be applied as a ceramic color pigment which includes several applications. The room temperature magnetic hysteresis loop of the annealed BaFe12O19 sample exhibits a ferromagnetic saturation magnetization, M s of 55.774 emu/g at 15 kOe.

  7. Physical characterization of Cu{sub 2}ZnGeSe{sub 4} thin films from annealing of Cu-Zn-Ge precursor layers

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    Buffière, M., E-mail: buffiere@imec.be [Imec—Partner in Solliance, Leuven (Belgium); Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), KU Leuven, Heverlee (Belgium); ElAnzeery, H. [Imec—Partner in Solliance, Leuven (Belgium); KACST-Intel Consortium Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications (CENA), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Microelectronics System Design department, Nile University, Cairo (Egypt); Oueslati, S.; Ben Messaoud, K. [Imec—Partner in Solliance, Leuven (Belgium); KACST-Intel Consortium Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications (CENA), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, El Manar (Tunisia); Brammertz, G.; Meuris, M. [Imec Division IMOMEC — Partner in Solliance, Diepenbeek (Belgium); Institute for Material Research (IMO) Hasselt University, Diepenbeek (Belgium); Poortmans, J. [Imec—Partner in Solliance, Leuven (Belgium); Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), KU Leuven, Heverlee (Belgium)

    2015-05-01

    Cu{sub 2}ZnGeSe{sub 4} (CZGeSe) can be considered as a potential alternative for wide band gap thin film devices. In this work, CZGeSe thin films were deposited on Mo-coated soda lime glass substrates by sequential deposition of sputtered Cu, Zn and e-beam evaporated Ge layers from elemental targets followed by annealing at high temperature using H{sub 2}Se gas. We report on the effect of the precursor stack order and composition and the impact of the annealing temperature on the physical properties of CZGeSe thin films. The optimal layer morphology was obtained when using a Mo/Cu/Zn/Ge precursor stack annealed at 460 °C. We have observed that the formation of secondary phases such as ZnSe can be prevented by tuning the initial composition of the stack, the stack order and the annealing conditions. This synthesis process allows synthesizing CZGeSe absorber with an optical band gap of 1.5 eV. - Highlights: • Cu{sub 2}ZnGeSe{sub 4} (CZGeSe) thin films were deposited using a two-step process. • CZGeSe dense layers were obtained using a Mo/Cu/Zn/Ge precursor annealed at 460 °C. • Formation of ZnSe can be avoided by tuning the composition and order of the initial stack. • P-type CZGeSe absorber with an optical band gap of 1.5 eV was obtained.

  8. The effect of post annealing treatment on the citrate sol-gel derived nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 powder: structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties

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    Brightlin, B. C.; Balamurugan, S.

    2016-11-01

    The nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 powders were obtained from citrate sol-gel combustion-derived powder upon annealing at 800-1100 °C, and explored their structural, micro-structural, optical and magnetic properties. The thermal decomposition of citrate sol-gel combustion product was verified by means of thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis. Structural identification of the citrate sol-gel combustion powder and annealed samples were investigated by powder X-ray diffraction. Though the combustion product exhibits cubic spinel phase material, the annealed powder yields good quality nanocrystalline hexagonal BaFe12O19 phase materials. The thin plate-like flakes morphology with random particle sizes of 100-200 nm with slightly agglomerated particles of BaFe12O19 phase is analyzed by high resolution scanning electron microscopy for the good quality annealed sample. Photoluminescence emission spectrum of BaFe12O19 material reveals broad emission peak at 360 nm under the excitation wavelength of 270 nm. Interestingly, the near infrared relative reflectivity of the nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 materials obtained by citrate sol-gel synthesis method is higher than the nanocrystalline BaFe12O19 materials obtained by mechano-thermal and co-precipitation method. The present dark brown colored BaFe12O19 materials can be applied as a ceramic color pigment which includes several applications. The room temperature magnetic hysteresis loop of the annealed BaFe12O19 sample exhibits a ferromagnetic saturation magnetization, M s of 55.774 emu/g at 15 kOe.

  9. Estimation of the parameters of ETAS models by Simulated Annealing

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    Lombardi, Anna Maria

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a new algorithm to estimate the maximum likelihood parameters of an Epidemic Type Aftershock Sequences (ETAS) model. It is based on Simulated Annealing, a versatile method that solves problems of global optimization and ensures convergence to a global optimum. The procedure is tested on both simulated and real catalogs. The main conclusion is that the method performs poorly as the size of the catalog decreases because the effect of the correlation of the ETAS parameters is...

  10. Reverse degradation of nickel graphene junction by hydrogen annealing

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    Zhang, Zhenjun; Agnihotri, Pratik; Lee, Ji Ung; Lloyd, Jim R

    2016-01-01

    Metal contacts are fundamental building components for graphene based electronic devices and their properties are greatly influenced by interface quality during device fabrication, leading to resistance variation. Here we show that nickel graphene junction degrades after air exposure, due to interfacial oxidation, thus creating a tunneling barrier. Most importantly, we demonstrate that hydrogen annealing at moderate temperature (300 0C) is an effective technique to reverse the degradation.

  11. Reverse degradation of nickel graphene junction by hydrogen annealing

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    Zhenjun Zhang

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Metal contacts are fundamental building components for graphene based electronic devices and their properties are greatly influenced by interface quality during device fabrication, leading to resistance variation. Here we show that nickel graphene junction degrades after air exposure, due to interfacial oxidation, thus creating a tunneling barrier. Most importantly, we demonstrate that hydrogen annealing at moderate temperature (300 0C is an effective technique to reverse the degradation.

  12. Reverse degradation of nickel graphene junction by hydrogen annealing

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    Zhang, Zhenjun; Yang, Fan; Agnihotri, Pratik; Lee, Ji Ung; Lloyd, J. R., E-mail: jlloyd@sunypoly.edu [College of Nanoscience and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany, NY USA 12203 (United States)

    2016-02-15

    Metal contacts are fundamental building components for graphene based electronic devices and their properties are greatly influenced by interface quality during device fabrication, leading to resistance variation. Here we show that nickel graphene junction degrades after air exposure, due to interfacial oxidation, thus creating a tunneling barrier. Most importantly, we demonstrate that hydrogen annealing at moderate temperature (300 {sup 0}C) is an effective technique to reverse the degradation.

  13. Dating thermal events at Cerro Prieto using fission track annealing

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    Sanford, S.J.; Elders, W..

    1981-01-01

    Data from laboratory experiments and geologic fading studies were compiled from published sources to produce lines of iso-annealing for apatite in time-temperature space. Fission track ages were calculated for samples from two wells at Cerro Prieto, one with an apparently simple and one with an apparently complex thermal history. Temperatures were estimated by empirical vitrinite reflectance geothermometry, fluid inclusion homogenization and oxygen isotope equilibrium. These estimates were compared with logs of measured borehole temperatures.

  14. Simulated Annealing for the 0/1 Multidimensional Knapsack Problem

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    Fubin Qian; Rui Ding

    2007-01-01

    In this paper a simulated annealing (SA) algorithm is presented for the 0/1 multidimensional knapsack problem. Problem-specific knowledge is incorporated in the algorithm description and evaluation of parameters in order to look into the performance of finite-time implementations of SA. Computational results show that SA performs much better than a genetic algorithm in terms of solution time, whilst having a modest loss of solution quality.

  15. Solving geometric constraints with genetic simulated annealing algorithm

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    刘生礼; 唐敏; 董金祥

    2003-01-01

    This paper applies genetic simulated annealing algorithm (SAGA) to solving geometric constraint problems. This method makes full use of the advantages of SAGA and can handle under-/over- constraint problems naturally. It has advantages (due to its not being sensitive to the initial values) over the Newton-Raphson method, and its yielding of multiple solutions, is an advantage over other optimal methods for multi-solution constraint system. Our experiments have proved the robustness and efficiency of this method.

  16. Thermal annealing of laser damage precursors on fused silica surfaces

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    Shen, N; Miller, P E; Bude, J D; Laurence, T A; Suratwala, T I; Steele, W A; Feit, M D; Wang, L L

    2012-03-19

    Previous studies have identified two significant precursors of laser damage on fused silica surfaces at fluenes below {approx} 35 J/cm{sup 2}, photoactive impurities in the polishing layer and surface fractures. In the present work, isothermal heating is studied as a means of remediating the highly absorptive, defect structure associated with surface fractures. A series of Vickers indentations were applied to silica surfaces at loads between 0.5N and 10N creating fracture networks between {approx} 10{micro}m and {approx} 50{micro}m in diameter. The indentations were characterized prior to and following thermal annealing under various times and temperature conditions using confocal time-resolved photo-luminescence (CTP) imaging, and R/1 optical damage testing with 3ns, 355nm laser pulses. Significant improvements in the damage thresholds, together with corresponding reductions in CTP intensity, were observed at temperatures well below the glass transition temperature (T{sub g}). For example, the damage threshold on 05.N indentations which typically initiates at fluences <8 J/cm{sup 2} could be improved >35 J/cm{sup 2} through the use of a {approx} 750 C thermal treatment. Larger fracture networks required longer or higher temperature treatment to achieve similar results. At an annealing temperature > 1100 C, optical microscopy indicates morphological changes in some of the fracture structure of indentations, although remnants of the original fracture and significant deformation was still observed after thermal annealing. This study demonstrates the potential of using isothermal annealing as a means of improving the laser damage resistance of fused silica optical components. Similarly, it provides a means of further understanding the physics associated with optical damage and related mitigation processes.

  17. Transient Crystallization of an Aromatic Polyetherimide: Effect of Annealing

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    1991-01-01

    on the annealing behavior of an aromatic polyetherimide ( Ultem 5001). Although crystallization from the melt did not occur, crystallinity was easily...in LARC-TPI. 10-’ 3 Ultem aromatic polyetherimide, first reported by Serfaty, 15 is an amorphous thermoplastic with the following structure for a...commercially available Ultem 1000. 0 0 0n Our studies have been carried out on Ultem 5001-based materials which is a new aro- matic polyetherimide with

  18. Dating thermal events at Cerro Prieto using fission track annealing

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    Sanford, S.J.; Elders, W..

    1981-01-01

    Data from laboratory experiments and geologic fading studies were compiled from published sources to produce lines of iso-annealing for apatite in time-temperature space. Fission track ages were calculated for samples from two wells at Cerro Prieto, one with an apparently simple and one with an apparently complex thermal history. Temperatures were estimated by empirical vitrinite reflectance geothermometry, fluid inclusion homogenization and oxygen isotope equilibrium. These estimates were compared with logs of measured borehole temperatures.

  19. Prime factorization using quantum annealing and computational algebraic geometry

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    Dridi, Raouf; Alghassi, Hedayat

    2017-02-01

    We investigate prime factorization from two perspectives: quantum annealing and computational algebraic geometry, specifically Gröbner bases. We present a novel autonomous algorithm which combines the two approaches and leads to the factorization of all bi-primes up to just over 200000, the largest number factored to date using a quantum processor. We also explain how Gröbner bases can be used to reduce the degree of Hamiltonians.

  20. Prime factorization using quantum annealing and computational algebraic geometry

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    Dridi, Raouf; Alghassi, Hedayat

    2017-01-01

    We investigate prime factorization from two perspectives: quantum annealing and computational algebraic geometry, specifically Gröbner bases. We present a novel autonomous algorithm which combines the two approaches and leads to the factorization of all bi-primes up to just over 200000, the largest number factored to date using a quantum processor. We also explain how Gröbner bases can be used to reduce the degree of Hamiltonians. PMID:28220854

  1. Thin tungsten telluride layer preparation by thermal annealing

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    Lu, Wei; Zhang, Yudao; Zhu, Zusong; Lai, Jiawei; Zhao, Chuan; Liu, Xuefeng; Liu, Jing; Sun, Dong

    2016-10-01

    We report a simple method to prepare a thin Tungsten Telluride (WTe2) flake with accurate thickness control, which allows preparing and studying this two dimensional material conveniently. First, the WTe2 flake, which is relatively thick due to its strong interlayer van der Waals forces, is obtained by a conventional mechanical exfoliation method. Then, the exfoliated flake is annealed at 600 °C under a constant Ar protecting flow. Raman and atomic force spectroscopy characterizations demonstrate that thermal annealing can effectively thin down the WTe2 flake and retain its original lattice structure, though its surface smoothness is slightly deteriorated. Additionally, systematical study indicates that the thinning process strongly depends on the initial thickness of the WTe2 flake before annealing: the thinning rate increases from 0.12 nm min-1 to 0.36 nm min-1 as the initial thickness increases from 10 nm to 45 nm, while the roughness of the final product also increases with the increase of its initial thickness. However, the method fails when it is applied to WTe2 flakes thicker than 100 nm, resulting in uneven or burnt surface, which is possibly caused by big cavities formed by a large amount of defects gathered at the top surface.

  2. Maximum-Entropy Inference with a Programmable Annealer.

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    Chancellor, Nicholas; Szoke, Szilard; Vinci, Walter; Aeppli, Gabriel; Warburton, Paul A

    2016-03-03

    Optimisation problems typically involve finding the ground state (i.e. the minimum energy configuration) of a cost function with respect to many variables. If the variables are corrupted by noise then this maximises the likelihood that the solution is correct. The maximum entropy solution on the other hand takes the form of a Boltzmann distribution over the ground and excited states of the cost function to correct for noise. Here we use a programmable annealer for the information decoding problem which we simulate as a random Ising model in a field. We show experimentally that finite temperature maximum entropy decoding can give slightly better bit-error-rates than the maximum likelihood approach, confirming that useful information can be extracted from the excited states of the annealer. Furthermore we introduce a bit-by-bit analytical method which is agnostic to the specific application and use it to show that the annealer samples from a highly Boltzmann-like distribution. Machines of this kind are therefore candidates for use in a variety of machine learning applications which exploit maximum entropy inference, including language processing and image recognition.

  3. Vacuum annealing temperature on spray In2S3 layers

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    Bouguila, Nourredine; Timoumi, Abdelmajid; Bouzouita, Hassen

    2014-02-01

    Indium sulfide In2S3 thick films are deposited on glass substrates using spray technique over the optimum conditions experiments (Ts = 340 °C, S/In = 2). The films are polycrystalline and have thickness of about 1.8 μm. These films are annealed in a vacuum sealed pyrex tubes (10-5 torr). Physico-chemical characterizations by SEM observation, X-ray diffraction and EDX analysis are undertaked on these films. This treatment has improved crystallinity of samples. It has allowed thus to stabilize β and γ varieties of In2S3 material. In2O3 and In6S7 phases have appeared with very weak intensities at high temperatures. The best structure quality are obtained at 300 °C for the optimum annealed temperature (Ts = 340 °C, S/In = 2), for which samples are constituted in dominance by γ phase oriented preferentially towards (1 0 2). The grain size is 42 nm of this phase. Chemical composition of such films has changed relatively to non-treated film but it seems not be affected by treatment temperature. Atomic molar ratio S/In is obtained for 0.9. Optical study shows that these layers are transparent in the visible and optical direct band gap increases as function of annealed temperature.

  4. Microstructure Evolution and Grain Growth Kinetics in Annealed Nanocrystalline Chromium

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    Chojnowski, Grzegorz [Warsaw University; Przenioslo, Radoslaw [Warsaw University; Sosnowska, Izabela [Warsaw University; Bukowski, Mirko [University of Saarbrucken, Saarbrucken, Germany; Natter, Harald [University of Saarbrucken, Saarbrucken, Germany; Hempelmann, Rolf [University of Saarbrucken, Saarbrucken, Germany; Fitch, Andrew [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF); Urban, Volker S [ORNL

    2007-01-01

    The kinetics of thermal evolution of the microstructure of nanocrystalline chromium (nano-Cr) has been studied by time-resolved synchrotron radiation techniques: high-resolution powder diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The as-prepared electrodeposited nano-Cr with average grain size of 27 nm shows the same bcc structure as {alpha}-Cr. The nano-Cr cubic lattice parameter thermal expansion is the same as that of reference polycrystalline {alpha}-Cr. Annealing of nano-Cr at temperatures above 400 C leads to a grain growth process with the final grain size not exceeding 125 nm even at a temperature of 700 C. The single power-law behavior is observed by SAXS in as-prepared nano-Cr changes during annealing above 400 C. In nano-Cr samples annealed at temperatures between 400 and 700 C, the low-q part of the SAXS signal shows a Porod-type behavior while the high-q part shows a power-law Q-{alpha} with the exponent {alpha} < 4. This effect is probably due to changes of the grain surface roughness during grain growth.

  5. CDF Run II Silicon Vertex Detector Annealing Study

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    Stancari, M; Behari, S; Christian, D; Di Ruzza, B; Jindariani, S; Junk, T R; Mattson, M; Mitra, A; Mondragon, M N; Sukhanov, A

    2013-01-01

    Between Run II commissioning in early 2001 and the end of operations in September 2011, the Tevatron collider delivered 12~fb$^{-1}$ of $p\\bar{p}$ collisions at $\\sqrt{s}=1.96$ TeV to the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF). During that time, the CDF silicon vertex detector was subject to radiation doses of up to 12 Mrad. After the end of operations, the silicon detector was annealed for 24 days at $18^{\\circ}$C. In this paper, we present a measurement of the change in the bias currents for a subset of sensors during the annealing period. We also introduce a novel method for monitoring the depletion voltage throughout the annealing period. The observed bias current evolution can be characterized by a falling exponential term with time constant $\\tau_I=17.88\\pm0.36$(stat.)$\\pm0.25$(syst.) days. We observe an average decrease of $(27\\pm3)\\%$ in the depletion voltage, whose evolution can similarly be described by an exponential time constant of $\\tau_V=6.21\\pm0.21$ days. These results are consistent with the Ham...

  6. Excimer laser annealing to fabricate low cost solar cells

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    1984-01-01

    The objective is to show whether or not pulsed excimer laser annealing (PELA) of ion-implanted junctions is a cost effective replacement for diffused junctions in fabricating crystalline silicon solar cells. The preliminary economic analysis completed shows that the use of PELA to fabricate both the front junction and back surface field (BSF) would cost approximately 35 cents per peak watt (Wp), compared to a cost of 15 cents/Wp for diffusion, aluminum BSF and an extra cleaning step in the baseline process. The cost advantage of the PELA process depends on improving the average cell efficiency from 14% to 16%, which would lower the overall cost of the module by about 15 cents/Wp. An optimized PELA process compatible with commercial production is to be developed, and increased cell efficiency with sufficient product for adequate statistical analysis demonstrated. An excimer laser annealing station was set-up and made operational. The first experiment used 248 nm radiation to anneal phosphorus implants in polished and texture-etched silicon.

  7. Simulated annealing spectral clustering algorithm for image segmentation

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    Yifang Yang; and Yuping Wang

    2014-01-01

    The similarity measure is crucial to the performance of spectral clustering. The Gaussian kernel function based on the Euclidean distance is usual y adopted as the similarity mea-sure. However, the Euclidean distance measure cannot ful y reveal the complex distribution data, and the result of spectral clustering is very sensitive to the scaling parameter. To solve these problems, a new manifold distance measure and a novel simulated anneal-ing spectral clustering (SASC) algorithm based on the manifold distance measure are proposed. The simulated annealing based on genetic algorithm (SAGA), characterized by its rapid conver-gence to the global optimum, is used to cluster the sample points in the spectral mapping space. The proposed algorithm can not only reflect local and global consistency better, but also reduce the sensitivity of spectral clustering to the kernel parameter, which improves the algorithm’s clustering performance. To efficiently ap-ply the algorithm to image segmentation, the Nystr¨om method is used to reduce the computation complexity. Experimental re-sults show that compared with traditional clustering algorithms and those popular spectral clustering algorithms, the proposed algorithm can achieve better clustering performances on several synthetic datasets, texture images and real images.

  8. Effect of Annealing Atmosphere on the Mechanical Property of Free-cutting Phosphor Bronze Alloy

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    2008-01-01

    The present work is focused on the influence of annealing atmosphere on the microstructure and mechanical property of free-cutting phosphor bronze alloy. The annealing of the alloy was conducted in the three kinds of annealing atmosphere such as air, vacuum and nitrogen. After annealing, a discernable difference in recystallized grain size and lead particle size was not appeared with different annealing atmosphere. The tensile strength of the alloy annealed in air or nitrogen atmosphere was higher than that of those annealed in vacuum atmosphere. In thecase of the alloy annealed in vacuum atmosphere, the mechanical strength was reduced by vaporization of zinc. In the case of annealing in nitrogen and in air atmosphere, the sweating of lead was occurred. However, the inverse segregation of lead was suppressed by copper oxide layer on the surface annealed in air. This copper oxide layer leads to a decrease of the yield during fabrication process. Therefore, annealing of the alloy in nitrogen atmosphere is favorable in terms of the mechanical strength and yield.

  9. Effect of post annealing temperatures on microstructures and mechanical properties of cryorolled 5052 aluminium sheet alloy

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    Anas, N. M.; Umar, Z. A. A.; Zuhailawati, H.; Anasyida, A. S.

    2017-07-01

    The effect of post annealing temperature of cryorolled 5052 Al alloy after cryorolling process at 30% thickness reduction was investigated, focusing on the evolution of microstructures and mechanical properties. The evolution of microstructure was investigated using optical microscopy (OM). The mechanical behaviour of the samples have been evaluated through Vickers hardness and tensile test performed at room temperature. The results showed that the post annealing on cryorolled 5052 Al alloy have enhanced the ductility with sacrificing the hardness and strength. The lattice strain of post annealed 5052 Al alloy decreased with increasing of annealing temperatures. The evolution of microstructure of the post annealed 5052 Al alloy showed equiaxed grains at 200°C and grain coarsening as post annealing temperature increases to 350°C. The result of crystallite size confirmed the grain size increased as the post annealing temperature rises.

  10. NiMn/FeNi exchange biasing systems-magnetic and structural characteristics after short annealing close to the phase transition point of the AFM layer

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    Groudeva-Zotova, S. E-mail: s.zotova@ifw-dresden.de; Elefant, D.; Kaltofen, R.; Thomas, J.; Schneider, C.M

    2004-07-01

    This work addresses the issue of acceleration of the long post-deposition annealing procedures typically used for obtaining the antiferromagnetic (AFM) state of the pinning film in NiMn-based spin-valve systems. It presents results on exchange biasing (EB) bi-layers NiMn(50 nm)/Ni{sub 19}Fe{sub 81}(5 nm) grown on a permalloy seed layer after annealing for a very short time at temperatures in the vicinity of the phase transition of the NiMn film. Both the magnetic and the structural characteristics measured after the short annealing procedure reveal clear differences between the samples annealed below and above a specific temperature T* which is lower than the phase transition temperature in the equilibrium NiMn phase diagram. The absence of an EB in the samples short annealed at T{sub an}annealed at T{sub an}>T* and the saturation found in H{sub EB} for T{sub an}{>=}375 deg. C are connected with the existence of a dominant stable face centered tetragonal (FCT) AFM NiMn phase. This shows that for the investigated sputter-deposited NiMn pinning films a specific temperature T* exists above which a fast FCC implies FCT (paramagnetic implies AFM) phase transition occurs. The unidirectional EB effect surprisingly found in samples cooled without magnetic field can be explained with a two-step generation model: (i) the formation of specific magnetic anisotropy in the as-deposited permalloy films strongly depending on the phase composition of the NiMn pinning film, on its surface morphology and the stresses in the AFM/FM interface, respectively, and (ii) recording ('burning in') of the existing magnetic anisotropy through the described fast paramagnetic implies AFM phase transition.

  11. The fast code

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    Freeman, L.N.; Wilson, R.E. [Oregon State Univ., Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Corvallis, OR (United States)

    1996-09-01

    The FAST Code which is capable of determining structural loads on a flexible, teetering, horizontal axis wind turbine is described and comparisons of calculated loads with test data are given at two wind speeds for the ESI-80. The FAST Code models a two-bladed HAWT with degrees of freedom for blade bending, teeter, drive train flexibility, yaw, and windwise and crosswind tower motion. The code allows blade dimensions, stiffnesses, and weights to differ and models tower shadow, wind shear, and turbulence. Additionally, dynamic stall is included as are delta-3 and an underslung rotor. Load comparisons are made with ESI-80 test data in the form of power spectral density, rainflow counting, occurrence histograms, and azimuth averaged bin plots. It is concluded that agreement between the FAST Code and test results is good. (au)

  12. A fast friend

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    高怡

    2010-01-01

    我们都知道fast food的意思是“快餐”。那fast friend能解释为“快速或速成的朋友”吗?也许你会说:“什么是速成朋友呀?It doesn’t make sense.”没错,交朋友怎么会有速成的呢?原来;fast还有一个意思是“忠实的、牢固的”,所以a fast friend的真正意思是“可靠、忠实的朋友”。

  13. Fast Distributed Gradient Methods

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    Jakovetic, Dusan; Moura, Jose M F

    2011-01-01

    The paper proposes new fast distributed optimization gradient methods and proves convergence to the exact solution at rate O(\\log k/k), much faster than existing distributed optimization (sub)gradient methods with convergence O(1/\\sqrt{k}), while incurring practically no additional communication nor computation cost overhead per iteration. We achieve this for convex (with at least one strongly convex,) coercive, three times differentiable and with Lipschitz continuous first derivative (private) cost functions. Our work recovers for distributed optimization similar convergence rate gains obtained by centralized Nesterov gradient and fast iterative shrinkage-thresholding algorithm (FISTA) methods over ordinary centralized gradient methods. We also present a constant step size distributed fast gradient algorithm for composite non-differentiable costs. A simulation illustrates the effectiveness of our distributed methods.

  14. SnS absorber thin films by co-evaporation: Optimization of the growth rate and influence of the annealing

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    Robles, Víctor, E-mail: victor.robles@ciemat.es; Trigo, Juan Francisco; Guillén, Cecilia; Herrero, José

    2015-05-01

    Tin sulfide thin films were prepared by co-evaporation on soda-lime glass substrates, for use as absorber layers. The synthesis was carried out at 350 °C substrate temperature and varying the growth rate in the 2-6 Å/s range, adjusting the deposition time in order to obtain thicknesses in the 700-1500 nm range. After evaporation, the samples were heated at 400 °C and 500 °C under various atmospheres. The evolution of the morphological, structural and optical properties has been analyzed as a function of the thickness and deposition rate, before and after annealing. For the samples grown at the lowest rate, SnS and Sn{sub 2}S{sub 3} phase mixing has been observed by X-ray diffraction. Samples with reduced thickness preferably crystallize in the SnS phase, whereas thicker layers become richer in the Sn{sub 2}S{sub 3} phase. The sulfur treatment of samples prepared at the lowest rate results in the formation of SnS{sub 2} phase. Otherwise, the samples obtained at the highest rates show single-phase SnS after heating at 400 °C in sulfur atmosphere, with gap energy values around 1.24 eV. - Highlights: • Tin sulfide thin films were deposited by co-evaporation at different growth rates. • The influence of the growth rate and post-annealing at different conditions was studied. • The SnS phase was obtained by optimizing the growth rate and the annealing process. • The SnS phase presented properties for use as absorber layer.

  15. Effect of annealing temperature on the structural and magnetic properties of CTAB-capped SrFe12O19 platelets

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    Harikrishnan, V.; Saravanan, P.; Ezhil Vizhi, R.; Babu, D. Rajan; Vinod, V. T. P.; Kejzlar, Pavel; Černík, Miroslav

    2016-03-01

    The use of surfactant such as cetyl-trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) in producing highly coercive SrFe12O19 platelets is presented in this study. The synthesis of SrFe12O19 was accomplished by co-precipitation in presence of 1 wt% CTAB. The CTAB-coated precipitant thus obtained was subjected to annealing at different temperatures: 700, 800, 900 and 1000 °C. The annealed counterparts were characterized with respect to their structural and magnetic properties and the results are compared with that of those processed without CTAB. Thermogravimetry analysis was employed to study the thermo-chemical behavior for the SrFe12O19 samples. The evolution of crystalline phases as a function of annealing temperature was studied using x-ray diffraction. For the SrFe12O19 samples without CTAB, formation of α-Fe2O3 secondary phases are noticed at annealing temperatures of 700 and 800 °C; while such a secondary phase formation is not evident for the CTAB-capped SrFe12O19. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy of the samples annealed at 1000 °C showed deformation in the structure due to the splitting of the bands. Both morphology and composition of the samples were examined by a field-emission scanning electron microscope attached with energy dispersive x-ray analysis. The morphology of CTAB-capped SrFe12O19 samples showed the presence of hexagonal platelets at higher annealing temperatures. The magnetic parameters such as saturation magnetization, MS and coercivity, HC were evaluated from the magnetic hysteresis loops obtained by vibrating sample magnetometer. Maximum values of HC (6.3 kOe) and MS (42.7 emu/g) were obtained for the CTAB-capped SrFe12O19 samples annealed at 900 °C. The possible mechanism on the formation of M-type hexagonal phase with platelet morphology using minimal amount of CTAB (1 wt%) in achieving high the HC values for the SrFe12O19 is discussed.

  16. Nanostructured materials for soft magnetic applications produced by fast dc Joule heating

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    Allia, P.; Tiberto, P. (Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Dipt. di Fisica); Baricco, M. (Univ. di Torino (Italy). Dipt. di Chimica I.F.M.); Knobel, M.; Vinai, F. (Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris, Torino (Italy))

    1994-11-01

    Amorphous Fe[sub 73.5]Nb[sub 3]Cu[sub 1]Si[sub 13.5]B[sub 9] ribbons were submitted to fast direct current (dc) Joule-heating treatment in vacuum. The electrical resistance in the course of fast Joule heating displays distinctive features during the development of the nanocrystalline phase, which are explained using a recently developed theoretical model. The experimental parameters of the current annealing were optimized in order to obtain ductile soft magnetic materials using very high heating rates.

  17. Fast ejendom II

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    Munk-Hansen, Carsten

    Fremstillingen påviser, at lov om forbrugerbeskyttelse ved erhvervelse af fast ejendom mv. lider af en række svagheder og at ankenævnspraksis bevæger sig væk fra retspraksis på en række områder.......Fremstillingen påviser, at lov om forbrugerbeskyttelse ved erhvervelse af fast ejendom mv. lider af en række svagheder og at ankenævnspraksis bevæger sig væk fra retspraksis på en række områder....

  18. Moms og fast ejendom

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    Edlund, Hans Henrik

    1999-01-01

    I artiklen gives et overblik over, hvorledes fast ejendom behandles momsmæssigt. Derfor findes en kort skitsering af reglerne for moms på byggearbejder, afgrænsningen mellem momspligtig og momsfri udlejning, muligheden for frivillig registrering af udlejning samt opgørelse af reguleringsforpligte......I artiklen gives et overblik over, hvorledes fast ejendom behandles momsmæssigt. Derfor findes en kort skitsering af reglerne for moms på byggearbejder, afgrænsningen mellem momspligtig og momsfri udlejning, muligheden for frivillig registrering af udlejning samt opgørelse af...

  19. Fast Josephson vortex

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    Malishevskii, A.S.; Silin, V.P.; Uryupin, S.A

    2002-12-30

    For the magnetically coupled waveguide and long Josephson junction we gave the analytic description of two separate velocity domains where the free motion of traveling vortex (2{pi}-kink) exists. The role of the mutual influence of waveguide and long Josephson junction is discussed. It is shown the possibility of the fast vortex motion with the velocity much larger than Swihart velocity of Josephson junction and close to the speed of light in the waveguide. The excitation of motion of such fast Josephson vortex is described.

  20. ATLAS fast physics monitoring

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    Karsten Köneke; on behalf of the ATLAS Collaboration

    2012-11-01

    The ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider is recording data from proton–proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 7 TeV since the spring of 2010. The integrated luminosity has grown nearly exponentially since then and continues to rise fast. The ATLAS Collaboration has set up a framework to automatically process the rapidly growing dataset and produce performance and physics plots for the most interesting analyses. The system is designed to give fast feedback. The histograms are produced within hours of data reconstruction (2–3 days after data taking). Hints of potentially interesting physics signals obtained this way are followed up by physics groups.