WorldWideScience

Sample records for gd tb yb

  1. Preparation and characterization of ZnS:Tb,Gd and ZnS:Er,Yb,Gd nanoparticles for bimodal magnetic-fluorescent imaging.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wei, Xiaojun; Wang, Wei; Chen, Kezheng

    2013-02-07

    As bimodal magnetic-fluorescent imaging agents, the preparation of ZnS:Tb,Gd and ZnS:Er,Yb,Gd nanoparticles via a facile homogeneous precipitation method is reported. The results show that these nanoparticles are almost spherical in shape with a diameter of 100-200 nm approximately and a major phase of wurtzite-structured ZnS. The products can successfully label the human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells and present low toxicity even at concentrations up to 5 mg mL(-1). Additionally, for the ZnS:Er,Yb,Gd nanoparticles calcinated above 950 °C, NIR-to-visible up-conversion fluorescence were obtained, which is believed to be superior to traditional ZnS-based bioimaging agents with down conversion. In MRI studies, they reveal a longitudinal relaxivity rate (r(1)) of 39.46 mM(-1) s(-1) and 57.8 mM(-1) s(-1), respectively, which are much larger than the conventional Gd-DTPA and currently reported Gd-base nanoparticles, suggesting great potential as MRI agents.

  2. Syntheses, structure determination, magnetic and thermoelectric properties of quasicrystal approximants in RE-Au-SM systems (RE = Gd, Tb and Yb and SM = Si, Ge)

    OpenAIRE

    Gebresenbut, Girma Hailu

    2014-01-01

    In this study, new compositions of Tsai-type 1/1 quasicrystal approximants Gd(14)Au(70)Si(16), Gd(14)Au(67)Ge(19), Tb(14)Au(70)Si(16) and Yb(16)Au(65)Ge(19)are synthesized using both self-flux and arc-melting-annealing techniques. Both syntheses routes resulted single phase samples. The crystal structures of the compounds are determined by collecting single crystal X-ray and/or powder X-ray and powder neutron diffraction intensities.  The atomic structure refinements indicated that the compou...

  3. Quasicrystal Approximants in the RE-Au-SM systems (RE = Gd, Tb, Ho, Yb; SM = Si, Ge) : Syntheses, structures and properties

    OpenAIRE

    Gebresenbut, Girma Hailu

    2016-01-01

    In this study, new Tsai-type 1/1 quasicrystal approximants (ACs) in the RE-Au-SM systems (RE = Gd, Tb, Ho, Yb; SM = Si, Ge) were synthesized using high temperature synthesis techniques such as self-flux, arc-melting-annealing and novel arc-melting-self-flux methods. The syntheses not only provided appropriate samples for the intended structural and physical property measurements but could also be adapted to other systems, especially where crystal growth is a challenge. The newly developed arc...

  4. Transport properties in amorphous U/sub x/-T1/sub -//sub x/ films (T = Fe, Ni, Gd, Tb, and Yb) (invited)

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Freitas, P.P.; Plaskett, T.S.; Moreira, J.M.; Amaral, V.S.

    1988-01-01

    We describe the competing magnetic, localization, and phonon effects on the transport properties of amorphous magnetic U/sub x/T/sub 1-//sub x/ films, with T = Fe, Ni, Gd, Tb, and Yb. Amorphous U/sub x/Fe/sub 1-//sub x/ films change from collinear to random ferromagnetism as x increases, and the temperature dependence of the resistivity denotes the competing effects of spin-flip and non-spin-flip exchange scattering processes. The resistivity has a minimum at T/sub f/ rising sharply below this temperature. The sign of the magnetic resistivity and the magnetoresistance indicates >0, while the anisotropic magnetoresistance indicates a local exchange gap. Amorphous U/sub x/Gd/sub 1-//sub x/ and a-U/sub x/Tb/sub 1-//sub x/ are, respectively, spin glasses and random anisotropy dominated systems. The resistivity increases smoothly through T/sub f/ and has a slight upturn at low temperatures that we associate with weak localization. The magnetoresistance is negative in both systems and the anisotropic magnetoresistance is null, although the applied field induces anisotropic behavior in the Tb containing films (asperomagnets). All samples show quadratic and positive field dependence of magnetoresistance well inside the paramagnetic regime, and a linear regime below T/sub f/. At low temperatures and in the a-U/sub x/Gd/sub 1-//sub x/ films, negative (H)/sup 1/2/ and H 2 regimes occur and are associated with weak localization processes dominated by the inelastic mean free path

  5. Use of the ion exchange method for the determination of stability constants of trivalent metal complexes with humic and fulvic acids II. Tb3+, Yb3+ and Gd3+ complexes in weakly alkaline conditions

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Dong Wenming; Li Weijuan; Tao Zuyi

    2002-01-01

    The conditional stability constants for tracer concentrations of Tb(III), Yb(III), and Gd(III) with three soil humic acids, three soil fulvic acids and a fulvic acid from weathered coal were determined at pH 9.0-9.1 (these values are similar to those in calcareous soils) in the presence of NaHCO 3 by using the anion exchange method. It was found that 1 : 1 and 1 : 2 complexes were simultaneously formed in the weakly alkaline conditions. The conditional stability constants of these 1 : 1 and 1 : 2 complexes were calculated from the distribution coefficients of rare earth elements at various concentrations of humate or fulvate. The stability constants indicate the very high stability of trivalent Tb 3+ , Yb 3+ and Gd 3+ complexes with humic substances in weakly alkaline conditions. The key parameters necessary for the experimental determination of the conditional stability constants of metal ions with humic substances in the presence of NaHCO 3 by using an anion exchange method were discussed. The conditional stability constants of these 1 : 1 and 1 : 2 complexes were compared in this paper. It was found that stabilities of Tb 3+ 1 : 1 and 1 : 2 complexes with humic acid are greater than the corresponding ones with fulvic acid from the same soil. In addition, the effect of the presence of Ca 2+ as a competitor on the stabilities of 1 : 1 and 1 : 2 complexes of Yb was examined and no pronounced change of stabilities of 1 : 1 complex was found, even though Ca 2+ is in a 10 3 excess to Yb 3+

  6. Complexes of o-Vanillin oxime with La(III), Ce(III), Nd(III), Sm(III), Gd(III), Tb(III), Dy(III), Ho(III) and Yb(III)

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Dhar, M.L.; Gupta, V.K.; Singh, Onkar

    1988-01-01

    Ten complexes of lanthanides with o-vanillin oxime have been swynthesised and characterised. The composition of the complexes as determined by elemental and thermal analyses, infrared electronic spectral and magnetic moment studies is [Ln(C 8 H 8 NO 3 ) 3 .XH 2 O], where X=2 when Ln=La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm and X=3 when Ln=Gd, Dy, Tb, Ho, Yb; C 8 H 8 NO 3 - represents the anion of the ligand. (author). 16 refs., 2 figs., 2 tables

  7. The isothermal section at 500 deg. C of the Gd-Tb-Ga ternary system

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Li, J.Q.; Jian, Y.X.; Ao, W.Q.; Zhuang, Y.H.; He, W.

    2006-01-01

    Phase equilibria in the Gd-Tb-Ga ternary system at 500 deg. C were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. The binary compounds, Gd 5 Ga 3 , Gd 3 Ga 2 , GdGa, GdGa 2 , Tb 5 Ga 3 , TbGa, TbGa 2 and TbGa 3 have been confirmed at 500 deg. C. No ternary compound was found in this system. The isothermal section of this system at 500 deg. C was constructed. It is composed of 7 single-phase regions, 8 two-phase regions and 2 three-phase regions. Four ternary continuous solid solutions (Gd, Tb), (Gd, Tb) 5 Ga 3 , (Gd, Tb)Ga, (Gd, Tb)Ga 2 were formed in this isothermal section. The maximum solid solubilities of Ga in (Gd, Tb) at 500 deg. C is 5.0 at.%. The homogeneity range of (Gd, Tb)Ga 2 is from 20 to 33.3 at.% Ga in Gd-Ga side but limited in Tb-Ga side. The solid solubilities of Ga in the other phases cannot be detected. The Curie temperatures of the Gd 0.6 Tb 0.4-x Ga x alloys increase from 270 to 298 K as x increases from 0 to 0.03

  8. Study of quantitative analysis of rare earth elements (Sc, Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu) in soil samples by inductively couple plasma mass spectrometry

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Truong Duc Toan; Nguyen Giang; Vo Tran Quang Thai; Do Tam Nhan; Nguyen Le Anh; Nguyen Viet Duc; Luong Thi Tham; Truong Thi Phuong Mai

    2015-01-01

    Method for the determination of 16 rare earth elements (REEs) in soil samples without separating by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) has been studied at Dalat Nuclear Research Institute. The optimal conditions for ICP-MS NexION 300X with three modes: Standard, Collision (KED), and Reaction (DRC) have been studied on the Montana II soil reference material. The result analysis shows that: DRC mode only gives good analysis result for Sc, Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Tm, Yb, and Lu; Standard mode exhibits good analysis results for all elements with error from 1.2 - 29.0% and KED mode is the best one with error less than 15%. The concentrations of elements in the soil samples of Cau Dat, Bao Loc, and Da Lat were determined, which concentrations of REEs in soil samples of Cau Dat are higher than that of the other areas in Lam Dong Province. (author)

  9. Near infrared emission of TbAG:Ce{sup 3+},Yb{sup 3+} phosphor for solar cell applications

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Meshram, N. D., E-mail: meshramnileshsd@gmail.com [Shri. Mathuradas Mohota College of Science, Sakkardara Square, Nagpur-440009 (India); Yadav, P. J., E-mail: yadav.pooja75@yahoo.in [Department of Electronics, Nagpur University campus, Nagpur-440010 (India); Pathak, A. A., E-mail: aapathak@yahoo.com [National power Training Institute, South ambazari road, Nagpur-440022 (India); Joshi, C. P., E-mail: charusheela-4253@yahoo.co.in [Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Katol road, Gittikhadan Nagpur-440012 (India); Moharil, S. V., E-mail: svmoharil@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Nagpur University campus, Nagpur-440010 (India)

    2016-05-06

    Luminescent materials doped with rare earth ions are used for many devices such as optical amplifiers in telecommunication, phosphors for white light emitting diodes (LEDs), displays, and so on. Recently, they also have attracted a great interest for photovoltaic applications to improve solar cell efficiency by modifying solar spectrum. Crystal silicon (c-Si) solar cells most effectively convert photons of energy close to the semiconductor band gap. The mis-match between the incident solar spectrum and the spectral response of solar cells is one of the main reasons to limit the cell efficiency. The efficiency limit of the c-Si has been estimated to be 29% by Shockley and Queisser. However, this limit is estimated to be improved up to 38.4% by modifying the solar spectrum by a quantum cutting (down converting) phosphor which converts one photon of high energy into two photons of lower energy. The phenomenon such as the quantum cutting or the down conversion of rare earth ions have been investigated since Dexter reported the possibility of a luminescent quantum yield greater than unity in 1957. In the past, the quantum cutting from a vacuum ultraviolet photon to visible photons for Pr{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+},Gd{sup 3+}–Eu{sup 3+}, and Er{sup 3+}–Tb{sup 3+} had been studied. Recently, a new quantum cutting phenomenon from visible photon shorter than 500 nm to two infrared photons for Tb{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+}, Pr{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+}, and Tm{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+} has been reported. The Yb{sup 3+} ion is suitable as an acceptor and emitter because luminescent quantum efficiency of Yb{sup 3+} is close to 100% and the energy of the only excited level of Yb{sup 3+} (1.2 eV) is roughly in accordance with the band gap of Si (1.1 eV). In addition, the Ce{sup 3+}-doped Tb{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (TbAG), used as a phosphor for white LED, has broad absorption bands in the range of 300–500 nm due to strong ligand field and high luminescent quantum efficiency. Therefore, the

  10. Recent experiments at Brookhaven: level structure of N = 86 isotones 156Yb and 150Gd

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Sunyar, A.W.

    1980-01-01

    States of the N = 86 isotones 156 Yb and 150 Gd have been studied by means of the 144 Sm( 16 O,4n) 156 Yb, 113 In( 46 Ti,p2n) 156 Yb, and 124 Sn( 30 Si,4n) 150 Gd reactions. Levels have been established to spin 36 h-bar and over 12.5 MeV in excitation in 150 Gd and to beyond spin 25 h-bar in 156 Yb. The systematics of levels in the N = 86 isotones from 150 Gd to 156 Yb are described, and the near-spherical shell model description for states in this region to near spin 30 h-bar is discussed. A T/sub 1/2/ = 6 ns, 72-keV isomeric transition in 156 Yb has been discovered, and an E1 multipolarity is assigned to this transition. The spin-parity of the isomeric state is established as 11 - . 6 figures

  11. Multimodal emissions from Tb3+/Yb3+ co-doped lithium borate glass: Upconversion, downshifting and quantum cutting

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Bahadur, A.; Yadav, R.S.; Yadav, R.V.; Rai, S.B.

    2017-01-01

    This paper reports the optical properties of Tb 3+ /Yb 3+ co-doped lithium borate (LB) glass prepared by melt quench method. The absorption spectrum of the Yb 3+ doped LB glass contains intense NIR band centered at 976 nm due to 2 F 7/2 → 2 F 5/2 transition. The emission spectra of the prepared glasses have been monitored on excitation with 266, 355 and 976 nm. The Yb 3+ doped glass emits a broad NIR band centered at 976 nm whereas the Tb 3+ doped glass gives off visible bands on excitations with 266 and 355 nm. When the Tb 3+ and Yb 3+ ions are co-doped together, the emission intensity in the visible region decreases whereas it increases in the NIR region significantly. The increase in the emission intensity in the NIR region is due to efficient cooperative energy transfer (CET) from Tb 3+ to Yb 3+ ions. The quantum cutting efficiency for Tb 3+ /Yb 3+ co-doped glass has been calculated and compared for 266 and 355 nm excitations. The quantum cutting efficiency is larger for 355 nm excitation (137%). The Tb 3+ /Yb 3+ co-doped LB glass also emits upconverted visible bands on excitation with 976 nm. The mechanisms involved in the energy transfer have been discussed using schematic energy level diagram. The Tb 3+ /Yb 3+ co-doped LB glass may be used in the optical devices and in solar cell for solar spectral conversion and behaves as a multi-modal photo-luminescent material. - Graphical abstract: The Tb 3+ /Yb 3+ co-doped lithium borate (LB) glass prepared by melt quench method emits upconverted visible emissions through upconversion CET from Yb 3+ to Tb 3+ ions and quantum cutting emissions through downconversion CET from Tb 3+ to Yb 3+ ions. Therefore, the Tb 3+ /Yb 3+ co-doped LB glass may find applications in optical devices and solar cell and behaves as a multi-modal photo-luminescent material. - Highlights: • The Tb 3+ /Yb 3+ co-doped lithium borate (LB) glass prepared by melt quench method. • The Tb 3+ /Yb 3+ co-doped glass gives QC emissions upon 266 and

  12. Spin-flop and magnetodielectric reversal in Yb substituted GdMnO3

    Science.gov (United States)

    Pal, A.; Prellier, W.; Murugavel, P.

    2018-03-01

    The evolution of various spin structures in Yb doped GdMnO3 distorted orthorhombic perovskite system was investigated from their magnetic, dielectric and magnetodielectric characteristics. The Gd1-x Yb x MnO3 (0  ⩽  x  ⩽  0.15) revealed an enhanced magnetodielectric coupling when their magnetic structure is guided from ab to the bc-cycloidal spin structure upon Yb doping. The compounds exhibit magnetic field and temperature controlled spin-flop from c to a-axis. Additionally, magnetodielectric reversal is observed for the x  =  0.1 sample which depends on both magnetic field and temperature. The resultant correlation between magnetic and electric orderings is discussed in the frame of symmetric and antisymmetric exchange interaction models. These findings provide further insight in understanding the magnetoelectric materials and importantly show a way to tune the magnetic and magnetodielectric properties towards better application potential.

  13. Cross sections of proton-induced reactions on {sup 152}Gd, {sup 155}Gd and {sup 159}Tb with emphasis on the production of selected Tb radionuclides

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Steyn, G.F., E-mail: deon@tlabs.ac.za [iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West 7129 (South Africa); Vermeulen, C. [iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West 7129 (South Africa); Szelecsényi, F.; Kovács, Z. [Cyclotron Application Department, ATOMKI, P.O. Box 51, H-4001 Debrecen (Hungary); Hohn, A. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Centre Rostock, Rostock (Germany); Meulen, N.P. van der [Laboratory of Radiochemistry and Environmental Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen-PSI (Switzerland); Center of Radiopharmaceutical Science, Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen-PSI (Switzerland); Schibli, R. [Center of Radiopharmaceutical Science, Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen-PSI (Switzerland); Walt, T.N. van der [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, P.O. Box 1906, Bellville 7535 (South Africa)

    2014-01-15

    Cross sections are presented for various Dy, Tb and Gd radionuclides produced in the proton bombardment of {sup 159}Tb as well as for the reactions {sup 152}Gd(p,4n){sup 149}Tb and {sup 155}Gd(p,4n){sup 152}Tb up to 66 MeV. The experimental excitation functions are compared with theoretical predictions by means of the geometry-dependent hybrid (GDH) model as implemented in the code ALICE/ASH, as well as with values from the TENDL-2012 library and previous literature experimental data, where available. Physical yields have been derived for the production of some of the medically important radioterbiums, namely {sup 149}Tb (radionuclide therapy), {sup 152}Tb (PET) and {sup 155}Tb (SPECT). The indirect production of high-purity {sup 155}Tb via the decay of its precursor {sup 155}Dy is reported. The possibility of a large-scale production facility based on a commercial 70 MeV cyclotron is also discussed.

  14. Preparation of Yb{sup 3+} doped GdPO{sub 4} nanoparticles by solution-based processing

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Shimizu, T; Isobe, T, E-mail: isobe@applc.keio.ac.jp [Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan)

    2011-10-29

    Yb{sup 3+} doped GdPO{sub 4} (GdPO{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}) nanoparticles are prepared in glycol solvent by autoclave treatment at 230 deg. C for 120 min. According to X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, the sample prepared in ethylene glycol is monazite-type GdPO{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+} without crystal water, while the sample prepared in 1,4-butanediol is rhabdophane-type GdPO{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+} with crystal water. The former shows more intense near infrared photoluminescence due to the f-f transition of Yb{sup 3+} in comparison with the latter. These results indicate that quenching of Yb{sup 3+} emission is attributed to energy dissipation due to the O-H vibration of crystal water. When the samples are prepared in ethylene glycol by autoclave treatment at 230 deg. C for different aging time, the crystallization degree estimated from integrated intensities of XRD peaks increases with increasing aging time. At the same time, the Yb{sup 3+} emission becomes strong. We found out that the photoluminescence intensity is linearly related with the crystallization degree.

  15. Photocatalytic Water Splitting for Hydrogen Production with Novel M2YbSbO7 (M = In, Gd, Y by Using Visible Light Photoenergy

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Jingfei Luan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Novel photocatalysts M2YbSbO7 (M=In, Gd, Y were synthesized by solid state reaction method for the first time. A comparative study on the structural and photocatalytic properties of M2YbSbO7 M2YbSbO7 (M=In, Gd, Y was reported. The results showed that In2YbSbO7, Gd2YbSbO7, and Y2YbSbO7 crystallized with the pyrochlore-type structure, cubic crystal system and space group Fd3m. For the photocatalytic water splitting reaction, H2 or O2 evolution was observed from pure water with In2YbSbO7, Gd2YbSbO7, or Y2YbSbO7 as the photocatalyst under visible light irradiation. (wavelength>420 nm. Moreover, under visible light irradiation (>420 nm, H2 and O2 were also evolved by using In2YbSbO7, Gd2YbSbO7, or Y2YbSbO7 as catalyst from CH3OH/H2O and AgNO3/H2O solutions respectively. The In2YbSbO7 photocatalyst showed the highest activity compared with Gd2YbSbO7 or Y2YbSbO7. At the same time, The Y2YbSbO7 photocatalyst showed higher activity compared with Gd2YbSbO7. The photocatalytic activities were further improved under visible light irradiation with In2YbSbO7, Gd2YbSbO7, or Y2YbSbO7 being loaded by Pt, NiO, or RuO2. The effect of Pt was better than that of NiO or RuO2 for improving the photocatalytic activity of In2YbSbO7, Gd2YbSbO7, or Y2YbSbO7.

  16. Magnetocaloric effects of binary rare earth mononitrides, Gd {sub x}Tb{sub 1-x}N and Tb {sub x}Ho{sub 1-x}N

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Nakagawa, Takashi [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Yamadaoka 2-1, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)]. E-mail: nakagawa@mit.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp; Sako, Kengo [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Yamadaoka 2-1, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Arakawa, Takayuki [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Yamadaoka 2-1, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Tomioka, Naoto [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Yamadaoka 2-1, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Yamamoto, Takao A. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Yamadaoka 2-1, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Kamiya, Koji [Tsukuba Magnet Laboratory, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0003 (Japan); Numazawa, Takenori [Tsukuba Magnet Laboratory, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0003 (Japan)

    2006-02-09

    We have synthesized Gd {sub x}Tb{sub 1-x}N and Tb {sub x}Ho{sub 1-x}N (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1) by the carbothermic reduction performed in a nitrogen gas stream. GdN and TbN have been completely miscible with each other as well as TbN and HoN. As x was changed from 0 to 1, the Curie temperature increased monotonously from 18.5 to 43.8 K for Tb {sub x}Ho{sub 1-x}N and from 43.8 to 61.2 K for Gd {sub x}Tb{sub 1-x}N. The magnetocaloric effects have been evaluated by calculating the magnetic entropy changes from the magnetization data sets measured at different applied fields and temperatures. In any composition x, the magnetocaloric effects of Gd {sub x}Tb{sub 1-x}N and Tb {sub x}Ho{sub 1-x}N are larger than those of Gd {sub x}Dy{sub 1-x}N. Therefore, Gd {sub x}Tb{sub 1-x}N and Tb {sub x}Ho{sub 1-x}N are promising magnetic refrigerant materials for hydrogen liquefying system working below liquid nitrogen temperature.

  17. A novel magneto-optical crystal Yb:TbVO4

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhu, Xianchao; Tu, Heng; Hu, Zhanggui

    2018-04-01

    Highly transparent Yb:TbVO4 single crystal with dimensions of Ø27 × 41 mm3 alomost without scattering defects has been successfully grown by Czochralski technique. The spectra, thermal properties and laser-induced damage threshold were investigated in detailed. The Faraday rotation (FR) measurement was carried out by means of extinction method. The Verdet constant comes up to 80 rad m-1 T-1 at 1064 nm, significantly larger than TbVO4 (58 rad m-1 T-1) and TGG (40 rad m-1 T-1) reported. Meanwhile, the as-grown crystal presents lower absorption coefficient and higher magneto-optical figure of merit at measured wavelength in comparison with TGG. Moreover, the crystal exhibits a substantially improved extinction ratio (42 dB) in contrast with TbVO4 (29 dB), and exceeds the highest value of TGG (40 dB). These advantages make Yb:TbVO4 a highly promising magneto-optical material candidate for optical isolators in the visible-near infrared region.

  18. Magnetic behaviour of Tb impurities in Gd andY single crystals: a nuclear orientation study

    Science.gov (United States)

    Trhlík, M.; Brewer, W. D.; Kuriplach, J.; Sedlák, B.; Dupák, J.

    1993-03-01

    The low temperature nuclear orientation of160Tb impurities in Gd andY single crystals has been studied in the temperature range 7 40 mK andin the external magnetic field range 0 7.3 T applied along a-, b- and c-crystal axes. In the case of Tb in Gd we found a considerable noncollinearity of the Tb magnetic moment with respect to the magnetic external field direction even for high B ext. In the case of Tb in Y the results cannot be described by a simple model, taking into account the simultaneous influence of the crystal andexternal magnetic fields. Some new proposals for interpretation of the experimental dat are given.

  19. NaGdF4:Nd3+/Yb3+ Nanoparticles as Multimodal Imaging Agents

    Science.gov (United States)

    Pedraza, Francisco; Rightsell, Chris; Kumar, Ga; Giuliani, Jason; Monton, Car; Sardar, Dhiraj

    Medical imaging is a fundamental tool used for the diagnosis of numerous ailments. Each imaging modality has unique advantages; however, they possess intrinsic limitations. Some of which include low spatial resolution, sensitivity, penetration depth, and radiation damage. To circumvent this problem, the combination of imaging modalities, or multimodal imaging, has been proposed, such as Near Infrared Fluorescence imaging (NIRF) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Combining individual advantages, specificity and selectivity of NIRF with the deep penetration and high spatial resolution of MRI, it is possible to circumvent their shortcomings for a more robust imaging technique. In addition, both imaging modalities are very safe and minimally invasive. Fluorescent nanoparticles, such as NaGdF4:Nd3 +/Yb3 +, are excellent candidates for NIRF/MRI multimodal imaging. The dopants, Nd and Yb, absorb and emit within the biological window; where near infrared light is less attenuated by soft tissue. This results in less tissue damage and deeper tissue penetration making it a viable candidate in biological imaging. In addition, the inclusion of Gd results in paramagnetic properties, allowing their use as contrast agents in multimodal imaging. The work presented will include crystallographic results, as well as full optical and magnetic characterization to determine the nanoparticle's viability in multimodal imaging.

  20. A2TiO5 (A = Dy, Gd, Er, and Yb) at high pressure

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Park, Sulgiye; Rittman, Dylan; Tracy, Cameron L.; Chapman, Karena W.; Zhang, Fuxiang; Park, Changyong; Tkachev, Sergey N.; O' Quinn, Eric; Shamblin, Jacob; Lang, Maik; Mao, Wendy L.; Ewing, Rodney C.

    2018-02-01

    The structural evolution of lanthanide A2TiO5 (A = Dy, Gd, Yb, and Er) at high pressure is investigated using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. The effects of A-site cation size and of the initial structure are systematically examined by varying the composition of the isostructural lanthanide titanates, and the structure of dysprosium titanate polymorphs (orthorhombic, hexagonal and cubic), respectively. All samples undergo irreversible high pressure phase transformations, but with different onset pressures depending on the initial structure. While individual phase exhibits different phase transformation histories, all samples commonly experience a sluggish transformation to a defect cotunnite-like (Pnma) phase for a certain pressure range. Orthorhombic Dy2TiO5 and Gd2TiO5 form P21am at pressures below 9 GPa and Pnma above 13 GPa. Pyrochlore-type Dy2TiO5 and Er2TiO5 as well as defect-fluorite-type Yb2TiO5 form Pnma at ~ 21 GPa, followed by Im-3m. Hexagonal Dy2TiO5 forms Pnma directly, although a small amount of remnants of hexagonal Dy2TiO5 is observed even at the highest pressure (~ 55 GPa) reached, indicating a kinetic limitations in the hexagonal Dy2TiO5 phase transformations at high pressure. Decompression of these materials leads to different metastable phases. Most interestingly, a high pressure cubic X-type phase (Im-3m) is confirmed using highresolution transmission electron microscopy on recovered pyrochlore-type Er2TiO5. The kinetic constraints on this metastable phase yield a mixture of both the X-type phase and amorphous domains upon pressure release. This is the first observation of an X-type phase for an A2BO5 composition at high pressure.

  1. The phase transition of the incommensurate phases β-Ln(PO3)3(Ln=Y,Tb...Yb), crystal structures of α-Ln(PO3)3(Ln=Y,Tb...Yb) and Sc(PO3)3

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Hoeppe, Hennig A.

    2009-01-01

    The incommensurately modulated room-temperature phases β-Ln(PO 3 ) 3 (Ln=Y,Tb...Yb) undergo a topotactic phase transition monitored by vibrational spectroscopy below 180 K leading to α-Ln(PO 3 ) 3 (Ln=Y,Dy...Yb), above 200 K the incommensurate phases are reobtained. The low-temperature phases exhibit a new structure type (α-Dy(PO 3 ) 3 ,P2 1 /c,Z=12,a=14.1422(6),b=20.0793(9),c=10.1018(4)A, β=127.532(3) 0 ). α-Tb(PO 3 ) 3 is isotypic with Gd(PO 3 ) 3 (α-Tb(PO 3 ) 3 ,I2/a,Z=16,a=25.875(6),b=13.460(3),c=10.044(2)A, β=119.13(3) 0 ). The symmetry relations between the involved phases of the phase transition are discussed. The crystal structure of Sc(PO 3 ) 3 is isotypic with that of Lu(PO 3 ) 3 and C-type phosphates. The polyphosphates consist of infinite zig-zag chains of corner-sharing PO 4 tetrahedra, the cations are coordinated sixfold in an almost octahedral arrangement. To confirm the quality of the determined crystal structures the deviation of the phosphate tetrahedra from ideal symmetry was determined and discussed. - Abstract: Basic structure from which all crystal structures of the late lanthanoids' polyphosphates at room temperature and below can be derived.

  2. Structural, spectroscopic, and tunable laser properties of Yb3+ -doped NaGd(WO4)2

    Science.gov (United States)

    Cascales, C.; Serrano, M. D.; Esteban-Betegón, F.; Zaldo, C.; Peters, R.; Petermann, K.; Huber, G.; Ackermann, L.; Rytz, D.; Dupré, C.; Rico, M.; Liu, J.; Griebner, U.; Petrov, V.

    2006-11-01

    Single crystals of Yb3+ -doped NaGd(WO4)2 with up to 20mol% ytterbium content have been grown by the Czochralski technique in air or in N2+O2 atmosphere and cooled to room temperature at different rates (4-250°C/h) . Only the noncentrosymmetric tetragonal space group I4¯ accounts for all reflections observed in the single crystal x-ray diffraction analysis. The distortion of this symmetry with respect to the centrosymmetric tetragonal space group I41/a is much lower for crystals cooled at a fast rate. Na+ , Gd3+ , and Yb3+ ions share the two nonequivalent 2b and 2d sites of the I4¯ structure, but Yb3+ (and Gd3+ ) ions are found preferentially in the 2b site. Optical spectroscopy at low (5K) temperature provides additional evidence of the existence of these two sites contributing to the line broadening. The comparison with the F7/22(n) and F5/22(n') Stark energy levels calculated using the crystallographic Yb-O bond distances allows to correlate the experimental optical bands with the 2b and 2d sites. As a novel uniaxial laser host for Yb3+ , NaGd(WO4)2 is characterized also with respect to its transparency, band-edge, refractive indices, and main optical phonons. Continuous-wave Yb3+ -laser operation is studied at room temperature both under Ti:sapphire and diode laser pumping. A maximum slope efficiency of 77% with respect to the absorbed power is achieved for the π polarization by Ti:sapphire laser pumping in a three-mirror cavity with Brewster geometry. The emission is tunable in the 1014-1079nm spectral range with an intracavity Lyot filter. Passive mode locking of this laser produces 120fs long pulses at 1037.5nm with an average power of 360mW at ≈97MHz repetition rate. Using uncoated samples of Yb:NaGd(WO4)2 at normal incidence in simple two-mirror cavities, output powers as high as 1.45W and slope efficiencies as high as 51% are achieved with different diode laser pump sources.

  3. Magnetocaloric effect of Gd-Tb alloys: influence of the sample shape anisotropy

    Czech Academy of Sciences Publication Activity Database

    Kaštil, J.; Javorský, J.; Kamarád, Jiří; Šantavá, Eva

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 104, č. 1 (2011), s. 205-209 ISSN 0947-8396 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/09/0030 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : magnetic refrigeration * magnetization * specific heat * magnetocaloric effect * Gd-Tb alloy * shape anisotropy Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.630, year: 2011

  4. Electrical characteristics of hybrid detector based Gd2O2S:Tb-Selenium for digital radiation imaging

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Kang, Sang-Sik; Park, Ji-Koon; Choi, Jang-Yong; Cha, Byung-Yul; Cho, Sung-Ho; Nam, Sang-Hee

    2005-01-01

    Fine Gd 2 O 2 S:Tb powders were synthesized by using a solution-combustion method for a high-resolution digital X-ray imaging detector. The PL spectrum showed that the phosphor was fully crystallized and that the Tb 3+ ions substituted well for the Gd 3+ sites. To investigate the X-ray response of the phosphor, a uniform Gd 2 O 2 S:Tb film was grown using a screen-printing method. The X-ray sensitivities of the 100 μm-Gd 2 O 2 S:Tb/30 μm -Se and 200 μm -Se detector were 470 and 420 pC/cm 2 /mR, respectively, at an electric field of 10 V/μm. The results of the study suggest that the hybrid detector has a significant potential in the application of digital radiography and fluoroscopy systems

  5. Perpendicular exchange coupling effects in ferrimagnetic TbFeCo/GdFeCo hard/soft structures

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Ke; Wang, Yahong; Ling, Fujin; Xu, Zhan

    2018-04-01

    Bilayers consisting of magnetically hard TbFeCo and soft GdFeCo alloy were fabricated. Exchange-spring and sharp switching in a step-by-step fashion were observed in the TbFeCo/GdFeCo hard/soft bilayers with increasing GdFeCo thickness. A perpendicular exchange bias field of several hundred Oersteds is observed from the shift of minor loops pinned by TbFeCo layer. The perpendicular exchange energy is derived to be in the range of 0.18-0.30 erg/cm2. The exchange energy is shown to increase with the thickness of GdFeCo layer in the bilayers, which can be attributed to the enhanced perpendicular anisotropy of GdFeCo layer in our experimental range.

  6. Multifunctional hydroxyapatite/Na(Y/Gd)F4:Yb3+,Er3+ composite fibers for drug delivery and dual modal imaging.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liu, Min; Liu, Hui; Sun, Shufen; Li, Xuejiao; Zhou, Yanmin; Hou, Zhiyao; Lin, Jun

    2014-02-04

    Porous hydroxyapatite (HAp) composite fibers functionalized with up-conversion (UC) luminescent and magnetic Na(Y/Gd)F4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) nanocrystals (NCs) have been fabricated via electrospinning. After transferring hydrophobic oleic acid-capped Na(Y/Gd)F4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) NCs into aqueous solution, these water-dispersible NCs were dispersed into precursor electrospun solution containing CTAB. Na(Y/Gd)F4:Yb(3+),Er(3+)@HAp composite fibers were fabricated by the high temperature treatment of the electrospun Na(Y/Gd)F4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) NCs decorated precursor fibers. The biocompatibility test on MC 3T3-E1 cells using MTT assay shows that the HAp composite fibers have negligible cytotoxity, which reveals the HAp composite fibers could be a drug carrier for drug delivery. Because the contrast brightening is enhanced at increased concentrations of Gd(3+), the HAp composite fibers can serve as T1 magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents. In addition, the composites uptaken by MC 3T3-E1 cells present the UC luminescent emission of Er(3+) under the excitation of a 980 nm near-infrared laser. The above findings reveal Na(Y/Gd)F4:Yb(3+),Er(3+)@HAp composite fibers have potential applications in drug storage/release and magnetic resonance/UC luminescence imaging.

  7. Photoluminescence properties of the ZnO-CdO-TeO{sub 2} system doped with the Tb{sup 3+}and Yb{sup 3+} ions

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ruvalcaba-Cornejo, C. [Departamento de Investigacion en Polimeros y Materiales, Universidad de Sonora (Mexico); Flores-Acosta, M. [Universidad de Sonora, Centro de Investigacion en Fisica, Rosales y Luis Encinas s/n, colonia Centro 83000, Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico); Elena Zayas, Ma. [Departamento de C. Quimico-Biologicas y Agropecuarias, Universidad de Sonora, Unidad Regional Sur, Navojoa, Sonora (Mexico); Lozada-Morales, R. [Facultad de Ciencias Fisico-Matematicas, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (Mexico); Palomino-Merino, R. [Facultad de Ciencias Fisico-Matematicas, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (Mexico)], E-mail: palomino@fcfm.buap.mx; Espinosa, J.E. [Facultad de Ciencias Fisico-Matematicas, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (Mexico); Portillo-Moreno, O. [Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (Mexico); Martinez-Juarez, J. [Departamento de Dispositivos Semiconductores, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, 14 Av. Sur y Av. San Claudio, Col. San Manuel, Puebla (Mexico); Zelaya-Angel, O.; Tomas, S.A.; Soto, A.B. [Departamento de Fisica, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, P.O. Box 14-740, Mexico 07360 D.F. (Mexico)

    2008-02-15

    ZnO-CdO-TeO{sub 2} was employed as a host of Tb{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} ions. The matrix doped with Tb{sup 3+} presents a crystalline/amorphous structure, while the same matrix shows an amorphous structure when it is doped with Yb{sup 3+}. Optical absorption spectra, measured by using photoacoustic (PA) spectroscopy, allowed to determine the band gap, which is localized in the range 3.47-3.60 eV. Both kinds of ions Tb{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} in the ZnO-CdO-TeO{sub 2} matrix show emissions that are characteristic of such ions. For Tb{sup 3+} the signals were allocated in 548, 586, 622 nm, respectively, while for Yb{sup 3+} only one signal was registered at 1000 nm.

  8. Synthesis, phase evolution and optical properties of Tb(3+)-doped KF-YbF3 system materials.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Cao, Chunyan; Cao, Renping; Guo, Siling; Xie, An; Noh, Hyeon Mi; Jeong, Jung Hyun

    2015-08-01

    KF-YbF3 system materials have been synthesized by a hydrothermal method without any surfactant or template. By controlling the reactant ratios of KF:Yb(3+), the hydrothermal temperature and the pH of the prepared solutions, the final products can evolve among the orthorhombic phase of YbF3, the cubic phase of KYb3F10 and the cubic phase of KYbF4. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the samples prove the phase evolution of the final products. The morphologies of the samples were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) images and the evolution of the morphology is consistent with that of the crystalline phases. The optical properties of Tb(3+) in the samples were characterized by PL excitation and emission spectra, as well as luminescent decay curves. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  9. Multimodal emissions from Tb{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped lithium borate glass: Upconversion, downshifting and quantum cutting

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Bahadur, A.; Yadav, R.S.; Yadav, R.V.; Rai, S.B., E-mail: sbrai49@yahoo.co.in

    2017-02-15

    This paper reports the optical properties of Tb{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped lithium borate (LB) glass prepared by melt quench method. The absorption spectrum of the Yb{sup 3+} doped LB glass contains intense NIR band centered at 976 nm due to {sup 2}F{sub 7/2}→{sup 2}F{sub 5/2} transition. The emission spectra of the prepared glasses have been monitored on excitation with 266, 355 and 976 nm. The Yb{sup 3+} doped glass emits a broad NIR band centered at 976 nm whereas the Tb{sup 3+} doped glass gives off visible bands on excitations with 266 and 355 nm. When the Tb{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} ions are co-doped together, the emission intensity in the visible region decreases whereas it increases in the NIR region significantly. The increase in the emission intensity in the NIR region is due to efficient cooperative energy transfer (CET) from Tb{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 3+} ions. The quantum cutting efficiency for Tb{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped glass has been calculated and compared for 266 and 355 nm excitations. The quantum cutting efficiency is larger for 355 nm excitation (137%). The Tb{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped LB glass also emits upconverted visible bands on excitation with 976 nm. The mechanisms involved in the energy transfer have been discussed using schematic energy level diagram. The Tb{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped LB glass may be used in the optical devices and in solar cell for solar spectral conversion and behaves as a multi-modal photo-luminescent material. - Graphical abstract: The Tb{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped lithium borate (LB) glass prepared by melt quench method emits upconverted visible emissions through upconversion CET from Yb{sup 3+} to Tb{sup 3+} ions and quantum cutting emissions through downconversion CET from Tb{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 3+} ions. Therefore, the Tb{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped LB glass may find applications in optical devices and solar cell and behaves as a multi-modal photo-luminescent material. - Highlights: • The Tb{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3

  10. Electronic and Spectral Properties of RRhSn (R = Gd, Tb) Intermetallic Compounds

    Science.gov (United States)

    Knyazev, Yu. V.; Lukoyanov, A. V.; Kuz'min, Yu. I.; Gupta, S.; Suresh, K. G.

    2018-02-01

    The investigations of electronic structure and optical properties of GdRhSn and TbRhSn were carried out. The calculations of band spectrum, taking into account the spin polarization, were performed in a local electron density approximation with a correction for strong correlation effects in 4f shell of rare earth metal (LSDA + U method). The optical studies were done by ellipsometry in a wide range of wavelengths, and the set of spectral and electronic characteristics was determined. It was shown that optical absorption in a region of interband transitions has a satisfactory explanation within a scope of calculations of density of electronic states carried out.

  11. The effect of pressure on the magnetic susceptibility of RInCu4 (R = Gd, Er and Yb)

    Science.gov (United States)

    Svechkarev, I. V.; Panfilov, A. S.; Dolja, S. N.; Nakamura, H.; Shiga, M.

    1999-06-01

    The magnetic susceptibility of the intermetallic compounds RInCu4 (R = Gd, Er and Yb) was measured under helium gas pressure up to 2 kbar at the fixed temperatures 78, 150 and 300 K. For YbInCu4, which exhibits a first-order valence phase transition at TVicons/Journals/Common/simeq" ALT="simeq" ALIGN="TOP"/>40 K, the Grüneisen parameter for the Kondo energy, icons/Journals/Common/Omega" ALT="Omega" ALIGN="TOP"/>Kicons/Journals/Common/equiv" ALT="equiv" ALIGN="TOP"/>-dlnTK/dlnV = -32, is large and typical for Ce-based heavy-fermion systems in magnitude but opposite in sign. The effect of atomic disorder is discussed on the basis of the data for a chemically disordered sample; the pressure effect at T = 78 K is strongly enhanced due to the spatial dispersion of pressure-sensitive TV, and hence dTV/dP = -2.0 K kbar-1 is obtained by assuming a Gaussian distribution of TV. On the basis of an extrapolation of the experimental pressure dependence, a (P,T) phase diagram is proposed for YbInCu4. Reference compounds with stable f moments, GdInCu4 and ErInCu4, show negligible pressure dependences of the susceptibility.

  12. Magnetic properties of the filled skutterudite-type structure compounds GdRu4P12 and TbRu4P12 synthesized under high pressure

    OpenAIRE

    Sekine, C; Uchiumi, T; Shirotani, I; Matsuhira, kazuyuki; Sakakibara, T; Goto, T; Yagi, T

    2000-01-01

    We have succeeded in synthesizing filled skutterudite-type structure compounds GdRu4P12 and TbRu4P12 under high pressure. The magnetic properties of GdRu4P12 and TbRu4P12 have been studied by means of electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and magnetization measurements. Magnetic experiments suggest that the Gd and Tb ions in the compounds have trivalent state. The compound GdRu4P12 displays features that suggest the occurrence of antiferromagnetic ordering below TN=22 K. In TbRu4P1...

  13. Bimodal Fluorescence and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using Water-Soluble Hexagonal NaYF4:Ce,Tb,Gd Nanocrystals

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Wen Ting Ren

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study explored the feasibility of using hexagonal-phase NaYF4:Ce,Tb,Gd nanocrystals as bimodal probes for fluorescence and magnetic resonance (MR imaging. Using a facile and user-friendly strategy, the NaYF4:Ce,Tb,Gd nanocrystals were synthesized with good water dispensability, high quantum yield (26%, and decent MR T1 relaxivity (r1=2.87 mM−1 s−1. The NaYF4:Ce,Tb,Gd NCs conjugated by folic acid presented great efficiency in fluorescence imaging of C6 glioma cells in vitro. Meanwhile, in in vivo MR experiments on rats, the NaYF4:Ce,Tb,Gd NCs also significantly increased T1 signal in the liver, spleen, and kidney even with a low probe dose. The proposed NaYF4:Ce,Tb,Gd nanoprobes hold promise for simultaneous bimodal fluorescence and MR bioimaging.

  14. Phase transformations and indications for acoustic mode softening in Tb-Gd orthophosphate.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tschauner, O; Ushakov, S V; Navrotsky, A; Boatner, L A

    2016-01-27

    At ambient conditions the anhydrous rare earth orthophosphates assume either the xenotime (zircon) or the monazite structure, with the latter favored for the heavier rare earths and by increasing pressure. Tb0.5Gd0.5PO4 assumes the xenotime structure at ambient conditions but is at the border between the xenotime and monazite structures. Here we show that, at high pressure, Tb0.5Gd0.5PO4 does not transform directly to monazite but through an intermediate anhydrite-type structure. Axial deformation of the unit cell near the anhydrite- to monazite-type transition indicates softening of the (c1133  +  c1313) combined elastic moduli. Stress response of rare-earth orthophosphate ceramics can be affected by both formation of the anhydrite-type phase and the elastic softening in the vicinity of the monazite-phase. We report the first structural data for an anhydrite-type rare earth orthophosphate.

  15. Study of 57Fe Mössbauer effect in RFe2Zn20 (R = Lu, Yb, Gd)

    Science.gov (United States)

    Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Kong, Tai; Ma, Xiaoming; Canfield, Paul C.

    2015-08-01

    We report measurements of 57Fe Mössbauer spectra for RFe2Zn20 (R = Lu, Yb, Gd) from  ˜4.5 K to room temperature. The obtained isomer shift values are very similar for all three compounds, their temperature dependence was analyzed within the Debye model and resulted in an estimate of the Debye temperatures of 450-500 K. The values of quadrupole splitting at room temperature change with the cubic lattice constant a in a linear fashion. For GdFe2Zn20, ferromagnetic order is seen as an appearance of a sextet in the spectra. The 57Fe site hyperfine field for T\\to 0 was evaluated to be  ˜2.4 T.

  16. Growth, characterization, and waveguide lasing of Yb3+, Lu3+, Gd3+ co-doped KY(WO4)2 thin layers

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Aravazhi, S.; Geskus, D.; Günther, D.; Worhoff, Kerstin; Pollnau, Markus

    2009-01-01

    Monoclinic crystals of KY(WO4)2 (KYW) doped with different rare-earth ions are among the highly promising materials for building compact solid-state lasers. We report the liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) growth of 3-5 µm thick KYW:Gd3+, Lu3+, Yb3+ layers for Yb3+ concentrations of 1.2, 1.7, and 2.4 mol%

  17. Optical thermometry based on green upconversion emission in Er3+/Yb3+ codoped BaGdF5 glass ceramics

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wu, Ting; Zhao, Shilong; Lei, Ruoshan; Huang, Lihui; Xu, Shiqing

    2018-02-01

    Er3+/Yb3+ codoped BaGdF5 glass ceramics have been prepared and used to develop a portable all-fiber temperature sensor based on fluorescence intensity ratio technique. XRD and TEM results affirm the generation of BaGdF5 nanocrystals in the borosilicate glass. Eu3+ ions are used as spectral probe to investigate external environment around rare earth (RE) ions. Intense green upconversion emissions from Er3+ ions are detected in the BaGdF5 glass ceramics and their intensity are enhanced about three orders of magnitude after heat treatment, which is attributed to the enrichment of RE ions in the BaGdF5 phase. Based on green upconversion emission from Er3+ ions, the temperature sensing property of the portable all-fiber temperature sensor is studied. The maximum absolute sensitivity is 15.5 × 10‑4 K‑1 at 567 K and the relative sensitivity is 1.28% K‑1 at 298 K, respectively.

  18. Crystallization kinetics and spectroscopic investigations on Tb3+ and Yb3+ codoped glass ceramics containing CaF2 nanocrystals

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Huang Lihui; Qin Guanshi; Arai, Yusuke; Jose, Rajan; Suzuki, Takenobu; Ohishi, Yasutake; Yamashita, Tatsuya; Akimoto, Yusuke

    2007-01-01

    Transparent Tb 3+ and Yb 3+ codoped oxyfluoride glass ceramics containing CaF 2 nanocrystals were prepared by melt quenching and subsequent heat treatment. Crystallization kinetics of CaF 2 nanocrystals was investigated by differential scanning calorimetric method. The average apparent activation energy E a of the crystallization was ∼498 kJ/mol. Moreover, the value of the Avrami exponent n was 1.01. These results suggest that the crystallization mechanism of CaF 2 is a diffusion controlled growth process of needles and plates of finite long dimensions. X-ray diffraction patterns and transmission electron microscopy image confirmed the CaF 2 nanocrystals in the glass ceramic. Ultraviolet (UV) and visible emission spectra of the as-made glass and the glass ceramic with an excitation of a 974 nm laser diode were recorded at room temperature. An intense UV emission at 381 nm was observed in the glass ceramic. The origin of the enhancement of the emission at 381 nm was investigated using spectroscopic technique and Judd-Ofelt analysis. The enhancement of the emission at 381 nm could be attributed to the change of the ligand field of Tb 3+ ions due to the incorporation of some Tb 3+ and Yb 3+ ions into CaF 2 nanocrystals in the glass ceramic

  19. Spectral management and morphology evolution of β-NaGdF4:Yb3+,Er3+ by tuning the concentration of citric acid

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yao, Lu; Xu, Dekang; Lin, Hao; Yang, Shenghong; Zhang, Yueli

    2018-05-01

    β-NaGdF4:Yb3+,Er3+ upconversion (UC) particles were prepared by a facile hydrothermal process with assistance of citric acid (CA). The morphologies of β-NaGdF4 UC particles were controlled by changing the doses of CA in precursor. With an increase CA concentration in precursor, increase sizes of crystals were observed, resulting in the increasing of luminescence intensity. The energy transfer ET mechanism was analyzed in detail.

  20. Facile synthesis of intense green light emitting LiGdF4:Yb,Er-based upconversion bipyramidal nanocrystals and their polymer composites.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Na, Hyejin; Jeong, Jong Seok; Chang, Hye Jung; Kim, Hyun You; Woo, Kyoungja; Lim, Kipil; Mkhoyan, K Andre; Jang, Ho Seong

    2014-07-07

    A pathway for achieving intense green light emitting LiGdF4:Yb,Er upconversion nanophosphors (UCNPs) via Y(3+) doping is demonstrated. It was revealed that Y(3+) doping initiated the formation of a tetragonal phase and affected the particle size. Single tetragonal-phase LiGd0.4Y0.4F4:Yb(18%),Er(2%) (LGY0.4F:Yb,Er) UCNPs exhibited strong upconversion (UC) green luminescence and tetragonal bipyramidal morphologies. They showed 1325 and 325-fold higher photoluminescence intensity than the 0 and 80 mol% Y(3+)-doped LiGdF4:Yb,Er UCNPs, respectively. Additionally the particle size (edge length) of LiGdF4:Yb,Er-based upconversion tetragonal bipyramids (UCTBs) was controlled from 60.5 nm to an ultrasmall size of 9.3 nm with varying Y(3+) doping concentration. In an LGY0.4F:Yb,Er UCTB, uniform distribution of all constituent elements was directly confirmed by using high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy and energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) image analyses. In particular, existence of activator Er(3+) ions with extremely small quantity was clearly seen over a particle on the EFTEM image. Moreover, the LGY0.4F:Yb,Er UCTBs were successfully incorporated into the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymer and the highly transparent UCTB-PDMS composites showed bright green light under the excitation of 980 nm infrared light.

  1. X-ray excited photoluminescence near the giant resonance in solid-solution Gd(1-x)Tb(x)OCl nanocrystals and their retention upon solvothermal topotactic transformation to Gd(1-x)Tb(x)F3.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Waetzig, Gregory R; Horrocks, Gregory A; Jude, Joshua W; Zuin, Lucia; Banerjee, Sarbajit

    2016-01-14

    Design rules for X-ray phosphors are much less established as compared to their optically stimulated counterparts owing to the absence of a detailed understanding of sensitization mechanisms, activation pathways and recombination channels upon high-energy excitation. Here, we demonstrate a pronounced modulation of the X-ray excited photoluminescence of Tb(3+) centers upon excitation in proximity to the giant resonance of the host Gd(3+) ions in solid-solution Gd1-xTbxOCl nanocrystals prepared by a non-hydrolytic cross-coupling method. The strong suppression of X-ray excited optical luminescence at the giant resonance suggests a change in mechanism from multiple exciton generation to single thermal exciton formation and Auger decay processes. The solid-solution Gd1-xTbxOCl nanocrystals are further topotactically transformed with retention of a nine-coordinated cation environment to solid-solution Gd1-xTbxF3 nanocrystals upon solvothermal treatment with XeF2. The metastable hexagonal phase of GdF3 can be stabilized at room temperature through this topotactic approach and is transformed subsequently to the orthorhombic phase. The fluoride nanocrystals indicate an analogous but blue-shifted modulation of the X-ray excited optical luminescence of the Tb(3+) centers upon X-ray excitation near the giant resonance of the host Gd(3+) ions.

  2. Magnetic structures of rare earth intermetallic compounds RCuAs2 (R = Pr, Nd, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Yb)

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhao, Y.; Lynn, J. W.; Thakur, G. S.; Haque, Z.; Gupta, L. C.; Ganguli, A. K.

    2017-12-01

    Neutron scattering studies have been carried out on polycrystalline samples of a series of rare earth intermetallic compounds RCuAs2 (R = Pr, Nd, Dy, Tb, Ho and Yb) as a function of temperature to determine the magnetic structures and the order parameters. These compounds crystallize in the ZrCuSi2 type structure, which is similar to that of the RFeAsO (space group P4/nmm) class of iron-based superconductors. PrCuAs2 develops commensurate magnetic order with K = (0, 0, 0.5) below TN = 6.4(2) K, with the ordered moments pointing along the c-axis. The irreducible representation analysis shows either a Γ12 or Γ13 representation. NdCuAs2 and DyCuAs2 order below TN = 3.54(5) K and TN = 10.1(2) K, respectively, with the same ordering wave vector but the moments lying in the a-b plane (with a Γ29 or Γ210 representation). TbCuAs2 and HoCuAs2 exhibit incommensurate magnetic structures below TN = 9.44(7) and 4.41(2) K, respectively. For TbCuAs2, two separate magnetic ordering wave vectors are established as K1(Tb) = (0.240,0.155,0.48) and K2(Tb) = (0.205, 0.115, 0.28), whereas HoCuAs2 forms a single K(Ho) = (0.121, 0.041, 0.376) magnetic structure with 3rd order harmonic magnetic peaks. YbCuAs2 does not exhibit any magnetic Bragg peaks at 1.5 K, while susceptibility measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic-like transition at 4 K, suggesting that either the ordering is not long range in nature or the ordered moment is below the sensitivity limit of ≈0.2 μB.

  3. Photon up-conversion production in Tb{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+} co-doped CaF{sub 2} phosphors prepared by combustion synthesis

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Rakov, Nikifor, E-mail: nikifor.gomez@univasf.edu.br [PG—Ciência dos Materiais, Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco, 48902-300 Juazeiro, BA (Brazil); Guimarães, Renato B. [Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal Fluminense, 24210-346 Niterói, RJ (Brazil); Maciel, Glauco S., E-mail: glauco@if.uff.br [Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal Fluminense, 24210-346 Niterói, RJ (Brazil)

    2016-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Up-conversion luminescence from Tb{sup 3+} obtained by energy transfer from Yb{sup 3+} pairs in CaF{sub 2} powder prepared by combustion synthesis. - Highlights: • Calcium fluoride (CaF{sub 2}) powders were prepared by combustion synthesis. • Rare-earth ions doped in this material were found in interstitial sites. • Cooperative up-conversion was observed in Tb{sup 3+}:Yb{sup 3+}:CaF{sub 2} powder. • Energy transfer between Tb{sup 3+} and pairs of Yb{sup 3+} was analyzed using rate equations. - Abstract: Calcium fluoride (CaF{sub 2}) crystalline powders were successfully prepared by the combustion synthesis method. The powder material containing luminescent rare-earth ions, more specifically terbium (Tb{sup 3+}) and ytterbium (Yb{sup 3+}), was studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electronic microscopy and optical spectroscopy. These ions are allocated in charge compensated interstitial positions of tetragonal (C{sub 4v}) and trigonal (C{sub 3v}) symmetry sites of the cubic (O{sub h}) CaF{sub 2} lattice. Up-conversion (UC) luminescence in Tb{sup 3+} was achieved using a low power diode laser operating at 975 nm. Tb{sup 3+} is insensitive to near-infrared radiation but UC can be achieved via energy transfer from pairs of Yb{sup 3+} ions to Tb{sup 3+} ions. The UC luminescence dynamics of Tb{sup 3+} was used to study the energy transfer mechanism.

  4. Polarized spectral properties of Yb3+ : Li2Gd4(MoO4)7 crystal: a candidate for tunable and ultrashort pulse lasers

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Zhu Haomiao; Chen Yujin; Lin Yanfu; Gong Xinghong; Liao Jinsheng; Chen Xueyuan; Luo Zundu; Huang Yidong

    2007-01-01

    Detailed polarized spectral properties of a 3.2 at.% Yb 3+ : Li 2 Gd 4 (MoO 4 ) 7 crystal, including absorption cross-section, emission cross-section, up-conversion spectrum and intrinsic fluorescence lifetime, were investigated. The laser potentiality was also evaluated and the results show that this crystal is a good candidate for tunable and ultrashort pulse lasers

  5. Multifunctional MWCNTs-NaGdF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+),Eu(3+) hybrid nanocomposites with potential dual-mode luminescence, magnetism and photothermal properties.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liu, Wenjia; Liu, Guixia; Dong, Xiangting; Wang, Jinxian; Yu, Wensheng

    2015-09-21

    A novel dual-mode luminescence multifunctional hybrid nanomaterial has been successfully prepared by coating the NaGdF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+),Eu(3+) nanoparticles (NPs) on the surface of MWCNTs. The as-synthesized MWCNTs-NaGdF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+),Eu(3+) nanocomposites (NCs) can simultaneously take advantage of both magnetic and optical properties of NaGdF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+),Eu(3+) NPs and the photothermal conversion property of MWCNTs. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), UV-Vis absorption, luminescence spectroscopy and fluorescence lifetime measurements. Meanwhile, the photothermal conversion was examined under irradiation with a 980 nm laser. The results show that the MWCNTs-NaGdF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+),Eu(3+) NCs have preferably magnetic, dual-mode (up- and down-conversion) luminescence and photothermal properties. And the NCs have good biocompatibility, low toxicity and up-conversion luminescence for cell imaging. As a consequence, the dual-mode luminescence multifunctional nanomaterials have potential applications in environmental science fields and clinical fields for magnetic resonance imaging, fluorescence imaging, photothermal therapy, bioseparation and targeted drug delivery.

  6. The risk assessment of Gd2O3:Yb3+/Er3+ nanocomposites as dual-modal nanoprobes for magnetic and fluorescence imaging

    Science.gov (United States)

    Huang, Long; Tian, Xiumei; Liu, Jun; Zheng, Cunjing; Xie, Fukang; Li, Li

    2017-02-01

    Our group has synthesized Gd2O3:Yb3+/Er3+ nanocomposites as magnetic/fluorescence imaging successfully in the previous study, which exhibit good uniformity and monodispersibility with a mean size of 7.4 nm. However, their systematic risk assessment remains unknown. In this article, the in vitro biocompatibility of the Gd2O3:Yb3+/Er3+ was assessed on the basis of cell viability and apoptosis. In vivo immunotoxicity was evaluated by monitoring the product of reactive oxygen species (ROS), clusters of differentiation (CD) markers, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) in Balb/c mice. No significant differences were found in cell viability, apoptosis, and immunotoxicity between our Gd2O3:Yb3+/Er3+ and gadodiamide which are used commonly in clinical. Few nanoprobes were localized in the phagosomes of the liver, heart, lung, spleen, kidney, brain, and tumor under the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. In addition, our products reveal good T1-weighted contrast enhancement of xenografted murine tumor. Therefore, the above results may contribute to the effective application of Gd2O3:Yb3+/Er3+ as molecular imaging contrast agents and dual-modal nanoprobes for cancer detection.

  7. The risk assessment of Gd2O3:Yb3+/Er3+ nanocomposites as dual-modal nanoprobes for magnetic and fluorescence imaging

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Huang, Long; Tian, Xiumei; Liu, Jun; Zheng, Cunjing; Xie, Fukang; Li, Li

    2017-01-01

    Our group has synthesized Gd 2 O 3 :Yb 3+ /Er 3+ nanocomposites as magnetic/fluorescence imaging successfully in the previous study, which exhibit good uniformity and monodispersibility with a mean size of 7.4 nm. However, their systematic risk assessment remains unknown. In this article, the in vitro biocompatibility of the Gd 2 O 3 :Yb 3+ /Er 3+ was assessed on the basis of cell viability and apoptosis. In vivo immunotoxicity was evaluated by monitoring the product of reactive oxygen species (ROS), clusters of differentiation (CD) markers, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) in Balb/c mice. No significant differences were found in cell viability, apoptosis, and immunotoxicity between our Gd 2 O 3 :Yb 3+ /Er 3+ and gadodiamide which are used commonly in clinical. Few nanoprobes were localized in the phagosomes of the liver, heart, lung, spleen, kidney, brain, and tumor under the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. In addition, our products reveal good T 1 -weighted contrast enhancement of xenografted murine tumor. Therefore, the above results may contribute to the effective application of Gd 2 O 3 :Yb 3+ /Er 3+ as molecular imaging contrast agents and dual-modal nanoprobes for cancer detection.

  8. Synthesis and functionalization of NaGdF4:Yb,Er@NaGdF4 core–shell nanoparticles for possible application as multimodal contrast agents

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Dovile Baziulyte-Paulaviciene

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs are promising, new imaging probes capable of serving as multimodal contrast agents. In this study, monodisperse and ultrasmall core and core–shell UCNPs were synthesized via a thermal decomposition method. Furthermore, it was shown that the epitaxial growth of a NaGdF4 optical inert layer covering the NaGdF4:Yb,Er core effectively minimizes surface quenching due to the spatial isolation of the core from the surroundings. The mean diameter of the synthesized core and core–shell nanoparticles was ≈8 and ≈16 nm, respectively. Hydrophobic UCNPs were converted into hydrophilic ones using a nonionic surfactant Tween 80. The successful coating of the UCNPs by Tween 80 has been confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD, photoluminescence (PL spectra and magnetic resonance (MR T1 relaxation measurements were used to characterize the size, crystal structure, optical and magnetic properties of the core and core–shell nanoparticles. Moreover, Tween 80-coated core–shell nanoparticles presented enhanced optical and MR signal intensity, good colloidal stability, low cytotoxicity and nonspecific internalization into two different breast cancer cell lines, which indicates that these nanoparticles could be applied as an efficient, dual-modal contrast probe for in vivo bioimaging.

  9. Luminescence, Energy Transfer and Tunable Color of Ce3+- and Tb3+-Activated Na3Gd(BO3)2 Phosphors

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Xinguo; Pan, Jialiang; Mo, Fuwang

    2017-07-01

    A series of blue Na3Gd(BO3)2:Ce3+ and blue-to-green color-tunable Na3Gd (BO3)2:Ce3+,Tb3+ phosphors were synthesized by the solid-state method. The luminescence, concentration quenching and energy transfer (ET) process of Na3Gd(BO3)2:Ce3+,Tb3+ were investigated. Both Ce3+ and Tb3+ occupy the Gd3+ site in the Na3Gd(BO3)2 host. Na3Gd(BO3)2:Ce3+ exhibits strong ultraviolet absorption and broadband blue emission. The Ce3+ sensitization effect on Tb3+ has been verified by the variation of PL/PLE spectra, the Ce3+ decay lifetimes and the energy transfer efficiency of Na3Gd(BO3)2:Ce3+,Tb3+ phosphors. The maximum Ce3+-Tb3+ ET efficiency has been calculated to be 95%. The emitting color of the obtained phosphors can be modulated from blue (0.179, 0.204) through bluish-green (0.271, 0.391) to green (0.349, 0.551) by properly changing the ratio of Ce3+/Tb3+.

  10. Efficient three-photon luminescence with strong polarization dependence from a scintillating silicate glass co-doped with Gd3+ and Tb3+.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Guang-Can; Zhang, Cheng-Yun; Deng, Hai-Dong; Liu, Guang-Yin; Lan, Sheng; Qian, Qi-; Yang, Zhong-Min; Gopal, Achanta Venu

    2013-03-11

    Efficient three-photon luminescence (3PL) from a scintillating silicate glass co-doped with Gd(3+) and Tb(3+) was generated by using a focused femtosecond laser beam at 800 nm. Four emission bands centered at 496, 541, 583, and 620 nm were identified as the electronic transitions between the energy levels of Tb(3+) followed by three-photon absorption (3PA) in Gd(3+) and Tb(3+) and the resonant energy transfer from Gd(3+) to Tb(3+). More interestingly, a strong polarization dependence of the 3PL was observed and it is ascribed to the polarization dependent 3PA in Gd(3+) and Tb(3+) and/or the angular distribution of photogenerated electrons in the glass.

  11. The development of new phosphors of Tb3+/Eu3+ co-doped Gd3Al5O12 with tunable emission

    Science.gov (United States)

    Teng, Xin; Wang, Wenzhi; Cao, Zhentao; Li, Jinkai; Duan, Guangbin; Liu, Zongming

    2017-07-01

    The gadolinium aluminum garnets Gd3Al5O12 (GdAG) activated with Tb3+/Eu3+ were successfully prepared via co-precipitation method at 1500 °C in this work. The crystal structure stabilization, elements analysis, microphotograph, PL/PLE spectra, decay behavior and quantum efficiency were discussed in detail. The metastable GdAG compounds been effectively stabilized by doping with smaller 10 at.% Tb3+, which then allows the development of new phosphors of (Gd0.9-xTb0.1Eux)3Al5O12 (GdAG:Tb3+/Eu3+, x = 0-0.03) for opto-functionality explorations. The PLE/PL spectra displays that the strongest PLE peak was located at ∼276 nm, which overlaps the 8S7/2 → 6IJ transition of Gd3+. Under 276 nm excitation, the phosphors exhibited both Tb3+ and Eu3+ emissions at 548 nm (green, 5D4 → 7F5 transition of Tb3+) and 592 nm (orange-red, 5D0 → 7F1 transition of Eu3+), respectively. The emission intensities of Tb3+ and Eu3+ remarkably varied with the Eu3+ incorporation. As a consequence, the emission color can be readily tuned from approximately green to orange-red. Fluorescence decay analysis found that the lifetime for the Tb3+ emission rapidly decreased conforming to the Tb3+ → Eu3+ energy transfer, and the energy transfer efficiency was calculated. Owing to the Gd3+ → Eu3+ and Gd3+ → Tb3+ energy transfer, the emission intensities of Tb3+ and Eu3+ in (Gd0.9-xTb0.1Eux)AG phosphor were higher than (Y0.87Tb0.1Eu0.03)AG and (Lu0.87Tb0.1Eu0.03)AG system. The (Gd0.9-xTb0.1Eux)AG garnet phosphors developed in this work may serve as a new type of phosphor which hopefully meets the requirements of various lighting and optical display applications.

  12. Energy transfer and downconversion near-infrared material of Tb{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} doped Ca{sub 5}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}F

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Hou, Dejian; Li, Jin-Yan [School of Metallurgy and Chemistry Engineering, Jiangxi University of Science and Technology, Ganzhou 341000, Jiangxi (China); Lin, Huihong, E-mail: linhh@hstc.edu.cn [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Hanshan Normal University, Chaozhou 521041, Guangdong (China); Zhang, Jingxiang [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Hanshan Normal University, Chaozhou 521041, Guangdong (China)

    2016-11-01

    Yb{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} singly doped and Tb{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+} co-doped Ca{sub 5}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}F phosphors were prepared by a solid state reaction method. The luminescence emission and excitation spectra as well as the luminescence decay curves were investigated. The emission bands of Yb{sup 3+} ion are located around 1000 nm, matching well with the optimal response of Si-based solar cells. Tb{sup 3+} can be a sensitizer for Yb{sup 3+} in the host. The energy transfer from Tb{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 3+} was investigated, the energy transfer mechanism was proposed as cooperative energy transfer. Tb{sup 3+} concentration dependent quantum efficiency was calculated and the maximum efficiency approached 115.5%.

  13. Study of the R-(Zr,W)-(O,N) (R = Y, Nd, Sm, Gd, Yb) oxynitride system

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Tessier, Franck, E-mail: Franck.Tessier@univ-rennes1.fr [UMR CNRS 6226 ' Sciences Chimiques de Rennes' , equipe ' Verres et Ceramiques' , Universite de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes cedex (France); Maillard, Pascal [UMR CNRS 6226 ' Sciences Chimiques de Rennes' , equipe ' Verres et Ceramiques' , Universite de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes cedex (France); Orhan, Emmanuelle [Laboratoire Science des Procedes Ceramiques et Traitements de Surface, UMR CNRS 6638, Universite de Limoges, 123 Avenue Albert Thomas, 87060 Limoges cedex (France); Chevire, Francois [UMR CNRS 6226 ' Sciences Chimiques de Rennes' , equipe ' Verres et Ceramiques' , Universite de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes cedex (France)

    2010-02-15

    The replacement of tantalum by the couple Zr/W within the RTa-O-N systems (R = Y, Nd, Sm, Gd, Yb), enables the preparation of novel oxide and oxynitride phases in the R-Zr-W-O-N system. R{sub 2}Zr{sub 2-x}W{sub x}O{sub 7+x} oxides exhibit the fluorite-type (x < 0.9) and scheelite (x {approx} 1) structures. Corresponding oxynitride compositions are of the fluorite-type and show different colors, for example in the case of ytterbium: pale yellow (x = 0.2 or 0.25), green (x = 0.5-0.8) and brown for the tungsten-rich samples (x = 0.9, 1). Photocatalytic activity measurements have been performed to investigate the overall water splitting behavior of these colored phases.

  14. Effect of crystalline electric field on heat capacity of LnBaCuFeO5 (Ln = Gd, Ho, Yb)

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lal, Surender; Mukherjee, K.; Yadav, C. S.

    2018-02-01

    Structural, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of layered perovskite compounds LnBaCuFeO5 (Ln = Ho, Gd, Yb) have been investigated. Unlike the iso-structural compound YBaCuFeO5, which shows commensurate antiferromagnetic to incommensurate antiferromagnetic ordering below ∼200 K, the studied compounds do not show any magnetic transition in measured temperature range of 2-350 K. The high temperature heat capacity of the compounds is understood by employing contributions from both optical and acoustic phonons. At low temperature, the observed upturn in the heat capacity is attributed to the Schottky anomaly. The magnetic field dependent heat capacity shows the variation in position of the anomaly with temperature, which appears due to the removal of ground state degeneracy of the rare earth ions, by the crystalline electric field.

  15. Full-profile fitting of emission spectrum to determine transition intensity parameters of Yb3+:GdTaO4

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Zhang Qingli; Sun Guihua; Ning Kaijie; Liu Wenpeng; Sun Dunlu; Yin Shaotang; Shi Chaoshu

    2016-01-01

    The Judd–Ofelt theoretic transition intensity parameters of luminescence of rare-earth ions in solids are important for the quantitative analysis of luminescence. It is very difficult to determine them with emission or absorption spectra for a long time. A “full profile fitting” method to obtain in solids with its emission spectrum is proposed, in which the contribution of a radiative transition to the emission spectrum is expressed as the product of transition probability, line profile function, instrument measurement constant and transition center frequency or wavelength, and the whole experimental emission spectrum is the sum of all transitions. In this way, the emission spectrum is expressed as a function with the independent variables intensity parameters , full width at half maximum (FWHM) of profile functions, instrument measurement constant, wavelength, and the Huang–Rhys factor S if the lattice vibronic peaks in the emission spectrum should be considered. The ratios of the experimental to the calculated energy lifetimes are incorporated into the fitting function to remove the arbitrariness during fitting and other parameters. Employing this method obviates measurement of the absolute emission spectrum intensity. It also eliminates dependence upon the number of emission transition peaks. Every experiment point in emission spectra, which usually have at least hundreds of data points, is the function with variables and other parameters, so it is usually viable to determine and other parameters using a large number of experimental values. We applied this method to determine twenty-five of Yb 3+ in GdTaO 4 . The calculated and experiment energy lifetimes, experimental and calculated emission spectrum are very consistent, indicating that it is viable to obtain the transition intensity parameters of rare-earth ions in solids by a full profile fitting to the ions’ emission spectrum. The calculated emission cross sections of Yb 3+ :GdTaO 4 also indicate

  16. Superconducting Dy1-x(Gd,Yb)xBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films made by Chemical Solution Deposition

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Opata, Yuri Aparecido; Wulff, Anders Christian; Hansen, Jørn Otto Bindslev

    2016-01-01

    Dy1-x(Gd or Yb)xBa2Cu3O7-δ samples were prepared using chemical solution deposition (CSD), based on trifluoroacetate metal-organic decomposition (MOD) methods. X-ray diffraction results demonstrated the formation of the RE123 superconducting phase with a strong in-plane and out-of-plane texture. c......-lattice constants were observed to decrease for all samples doped with Gd or Yb. Measurements of the onset critical transition temperature (Tonsetc ) were found to decrease with increasing Yb content, while only minor changes were observed for samples with Gd. Critical current density (Jc) analysis demonstrated...

  17. Electron-hole recombination luminescence in LiYF4:U4+; Eu3+;Tb3+; Gd3+

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Page, A.G.; Godbole, S.V.; Sastry, M.D.; Sabharwal, S.C.

    2001-01-01

    Photoluminescence, photostimulated luminescence and electron paramagnetic resonance studies were carried out on LiYF 4 and LiYF 4 :U 4+ doped crystals. These investigations have identified presence of Eu 3+ , Tb 3+ and Gd 3+ ions being present in both the crystals arising due to their presence in starting material. On gamma irradiation, U 4+ ions were acting as electron trapping centre, and are responsible in introducing shallow traps in the material. In electron-hole recombination process, Tb 3+ ions were observed to be acting as luminescent centres. (author)

  18. Flux Crystal Growth of the RE2Ru3Ge5 (RE = La, Ce, Nd, Gd, Tb) Series and Their Magnetic and Metamagnetic Transitions

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Bugaris, Daniel E. [Materials Science; Malliakas, Christos D. [Materials Science; Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208, United States; Bud’ko, Sergey L. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011, United States; Division of Materials Science & amp, Engineering, Ames Laboratory, Ames, Iowa 50011, United States; Calta, Nicholas P. [Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208, United States; Chung, Duck Young [Materials Science; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G. [Materials Science; Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208, United States

    2017-11-16

    Previously synthesized only as powders, single crystals of the RE2Ru3Ge5 (RE = La, Ce, Nd, Gd, Tb) series of compounds have been now been obtained from molten In. These materials crystallize with the U2Co3Si5-type structure in orthorhombic space group Ibam with lattice parameters a ~ 10.00-9.77 Å (La-Tb), b ~ 12.51-12.35 Å, and c ~ 5.92-5.72 Å. The structure is a three-dimensional framework consisting of RuGe5 and RuGe6 units, as well as Ge-Ge zigzag chains. This structure type, along with the other five (Sc2Fe3Si5, Lu2Co3Si5, Y2Rh3Sn5, Yb2Ir3Ge5, and Yb2Pt3Sn5) to compose the RE2T3X5 phase space, are discussed in depth. For the three compounds with RE = Nd, Gd, and Tb, multiple magnetic transitions and metamagnetic behavior are observed. Electronic band structure calculations performed on La2Ru3Ge5 indicate that these materials have a negative band gap and are semimetallic in nature.

  19. Synthesis and Luminescence Properties of Water Soluble α-NaGdF4/β-NaYF4:Yb,Er Core-Shell Nanoparticles

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chen, Huan; Zhang, Peipei; Cui, Haining; Qin, Weiping; Zhao, Dan

    2017-09-01

    Hexagonal phase (β) sodium rare earth tetrafluorides (NaREF4, RE = Y, Gd, Lu, et al.) are considered the ideal matrices for lanthanide (Ln) ions doped upconversion (UC) luminescence materials, because they can provide favorable crystal lattice structures for the doped luminescent Ln ions to make intensive emissions. However, the cubic phase (α) NaREF4 always preferentially forms at low reaction temperature in short time as it is dynamically stable. Therefore, it is hard to obtain small sized β-NaREF4 via the traditional solvothermal method. In this paper, small sized β-NaYF4:Yb,Er nanoparticles were synthesized by a heterogeneous-core-induced method via the solvothermal reaction. The heterogeneous α-NaGdF4/β-NaYF4: Yb, Er core-shell structure was confirmed by the local elemental mapping. The formation mechanism of β-NaYF4:Yb,Er shell on the surface of α-NaGdF4 core was explained in detail. We reasoned that a hetero interface with a lower lattice symmetric structure was produced by cation exchanges between the core and shell, which caused the preferential growth of anisotropic hexagonal phase shell. The existence of this hetero interface has also been proven by observation of Gd3+ UC emission.

  20. Optical temperature sensing of Er3+/Yb3+ doped LaGdO3 based on fluorescence intensity ratio and lifetime thermometry

    Science.gov (United States)

    Siaï, A.; Haro-González, P.; Horchani Naifer, K.; Férid, M.

    2018-02-01

    The investigation of the fluorescence intensity ratio and the lifetime thermometry techniques for two rare earth perovskites-type oxide (LaGdO3:Er3+ and LaGdO3:Er3+/Yb3+) has been carried out. We have demonstrated that the intensity ratio of thermally coupled levels of erbium (2H11/2 and 4S3/2) is temperature dependant in the range from 283 to 393 K. The sensitivity parameter was found to reach a maximum value of 31 × 10-4 K-1 and 34 × 10-4 K-1 at 393 K and the temperature resolution to be equivalent to 1.61 and 3.1 K, for Er3+ and Er3+/Yb3+ doped oxide, respectively. By studying the temperature dependence of the normalized lifetimes in the range from 293 to 348 K, we proved that the sensitivity of the green emission (4S3/2) is higher than the red one (4F9/2) for both samples, and that it increases from 144 × 10-4 K-1 for LaGdO3:Er3+ to 179 × 10-4 K-1 for LaGdO3:Er3+/Yb3+. The thermal coefficients were quite large in comparison to those calculated for different luminescent materials and reported in literature. The repeatability of measurements was tested by performing heating and cooling cycles for both methods and the results show that these optical techniques have a good repeatability performance. Hence, the LaGdO3: Er3+, Yb3+ oxide has a precise and a satisfying sensitivity associated to a good thermal and chemical stability, suggesting that it can be a potential candidate in temperature sensing.

  1. Influence of Er3+/Yb3+ concentration ratio on the down-conversion and up-conversion luminescence and lifetime in GdVO4:Er3+/Yb3+ microcrystals

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Gavrilović T.V.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we studied the effects of Er3+/Yb3+ concentration ratio on structural, morphological and luminescence properties of GdVO4:Er3+/Yb3+ green phosphors prepared by a high-temperature solid state method. The samples with different concentrations (between 0.5 to 2 mol% of dopant Er3+ emitting ions and different concentrations (between 5 to 20 mol% of sensitizer ions (Yb3+ were studied. The phosphors were characterized by the X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and photoluminescence spectroscopy. For all samples, XRD diffraction patterns confirmed a formation of a pure GdVO4 phase, while the SEM showed that the materials are comprised of chunks of deformed particles with an average diameter ranging from approximately 2 μm to 8 μm. Both, down-conversion and up-conversion emission spectra of GdVO4:Er3+/Yb3+ samples, under near UV and IR excitations, exhibit two strong emission bands in the green spectral region at 525 nm and 552 nm wavelengths corresponding to 2H11/2 →4I15/2 and 4S3/2 → 4I15/2 electronic transitions of Er3+ ions. The intensity of the green emission was changed by changing the Er3+/Yb3+ concentration ratio. This dual-mode luminescence makes these materials ideal as green phosphors for a wide variety of applications in the fields of bioanalysis and biomedical. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 45020 i br. 172056

  2. Determination of Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Yb in ores and concentrates by ICP-OES method

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Kanicky, V.; Toman, J.; Malecek, M.

    1988-01-01

    Optical emission spectroscopy was used (OES) to analyse apatite from the Kola peninsula with a total content of 0.9% oxides of heavy rare earth elements, the hydroxide concentrate of apatite, the oxide concentrate of rare earth elements, bastnaesite minerals and raw materials containing monasite. Measurements were made with a PV 8210/8280 spectrometer (width of spectral interval in the 1st order of the spectrum 0.028 mm) and an ICP PV 8490 generator. The spectra were measured of 19 most sensitive analytical lines of heavy rare earth elements (8 Tb, 3 Dy, 1 Ho, 3 Er, 4 Yb). The mutual interferences of the different elements, detection limits and resolution limits were determined. The results of the determination of rare earth elements and of certain general elements in the analysed raw materials are tabulated. (E.S.). 2 figs., 11 tabs., 10 refs

  3. Rhodium-rich silicides RERh{sub 6}Si{sub 4} (RE=La, Nd, Tb, Dy, Er, Yb)

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Vosswinkel, Daniel; Poettgen, Rainer [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie

    2017-07-01

    Polycrystalline RERh{sub 6}Si{sub 4} (RE=La, Nd, Tb, Dy, Er, Yb) samples can be synthesized by arc-melting of the elements. Single crystals of LaRh{sub 6}Si{sub 4}, NdRh{sub 6}Si{sub 4} and YbRh{sub 6}Si{sub 4} were synthesized from the elements in bismuth fluxes (non-reactive flux medium). The structures were refined on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffractometer data: LiCo{sub 6}P{sub 4} type, P anti 6m2, a=700.56(3), c=380.55(1) pm, wR2=0.0257, 317 F{sup 2} values, 19 variables for LaRh{sub 6}Si{sub 4}, a=698.4(5), c=377.7(2) pm, wR2=0.0578, 219 F{sup 2} values, 19 variables for NdRh{sub 6}Si{sub 4} and a=696.00(3), c=371.97(1) pm, wR2=0.0440, 309 F{sup 2} values, 19 variables for YbRh{sub 6}Si{sub 4}. The rhodium and silicon atoms build up three-dimensional, covalently bonded [Rh{sub 6}Si{sub 4}]{sup δ-} polyanionic networks with Rh-Si distances ranging from 239 to 249 pm. The rare earth atoms fill larger cavities within channels of these networks and they are coordinated by six silicon and twelve rhodium atoms in the form of hexa-capped hexagonal prisms.

  4. Polarized spectroscopic properties of Er3+:Gd2SiO5 crystal and evaluation of Er3+:Yb3+:Gd2SiO5 crystal as a 1.55 μm laser medium

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Wang, H.; Huang, J.H.; Gong, X.H.; Chen, Y.J.; Lin, Y.F.; Luo, Z.D.; Huang, Y.D.

    2016-01-01

    An Er 3+ -doped Gd 2 SiO 5 single crystal with high optical quality has been grown by the Czochralski method. Polarized absorption and fluorescence spectra and fluorescence lifetime of the crystal were measured at room temperature. Intensity parameters, spontaneous emission probabilities, fluorescence branching ratios, and radiative lifetimes were estimated on the basis of the Judd–Ofelt theory. Besides, potentiality of 1.55 μm laser emission in an Er 3+ –Yb 3+ co-doped Gd 2 SiO 5 crystal was evaluated.

  5. Highly improved upconversion luminescence in NaGd(WO4)2:Yb3+/Tm3+ inverse opal photonic crystals

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Yunfeng; Xu, Wen; Cui, Shaobo; Xu, Sai; Yin, Ze; Song, Hongwei; Zhou, Pingwei; Liu, Xiaoyan; Xu, Lin; Cui, Haining

    2015-01-01

    The upconversion luminescence (UCL) of rare earth (RE) ions doped nanomaterials has attracted extensive interest because of its wide and great potential applications. However, the lower UCL efficiency is still an obstacle for real applications. Photonic modulation is a novel way to improve the efficiency of UCL. In this work, NaGd(WO4)2:Yb3+/Tm3+ inverse opal photonic crystals (IOPCs) were fabricated through the polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) template and the modification of the IOPC structure on the emission spectra and dynamics of Tm3+ ions was systemically studied. It is interesting to observe that in the IOPCs, the high-order UCL 1D2-3H6/3F4 was relatively enhanced. At the same time, the local thermal effect induced by laser irradiation was suppressed. Furthermore, the overall intensity ratio of visible UCL to near-infrared (NIR) down-conversion luminescence (DCL) was 2.8-8 times improved than that of the grinded reference (REF) and independent of the photonic stop band (PSB). The studies on UCL dynamics indicated that the nonradiative transition rate of Tm3+ was considerably suppressed. The facts above indicated that in the IOPCs the UCL efficiency of Tm3+ was largely improved due to the periodic macroporous structure.The upconversion luminescence (UCL) of rare earth (RE) ions doped nanomaterials has attracted extensive interest because of its wide and great potential applications. However, the lower UCL efficiency is still an obstacle for real applications. Photonic modulation is a novel way to improve the efficiency of UCL. In this work, NaGd(WO4)2:Yb3+/Tm3+ inverse opal photonic crystals (IOPCs) were fabricated through the polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) template and the modification of the IOPC structure on the emission spectra and dynamics of Tm3+ ions was systemically studied. It is interesting to observe that in the IOPCs, the high-order UCL 1D2-3H6/3F4 was relatively enhanced. At the same time, the local thermal effect induced by laser irradiation was

  6. Ultraviolet upconversion enhancement in triply doped NaYF4:Tm3+, Yb3+ particles: The role of Nd3+ or Gd3+ Co-doping

    Science.gov (United States)

    Pokhrel, Madhab; Valdes, Carolina; Mao, Yuanbing

    2016-08-01

    Upconversion (UC) particles are currently under intensive investigation, normally for their visible instead of ultraviolet (UV) light luminescence under near-infrared (NIR) irradiation. As a commonly studied host, NaYF4 in particular is known to have low phonon energy and high UC efficiency. Here, we present our work on enhancing UC luminescence in the UV region by adding a third dopant into a binary-doped NaYF4:Yb3+,Tm3+ host. More specifically, neodymium (Nd3+) or gadolinium (Gd3+) ions was co-doped into parent NaYF4:20mol%Yb3+,0.5mol%Tm3+ UC particles to enhance their UV UC luminescence. Experimental results demonstrated that these particles exhibited the highest degree of UV UC enhancements when co-doped with 0.05mol% Nd3+ or 2.0mol% Gd3+, expanding the potential of this type of materials into many possible applications by directly converting NIR irradiation into UV light. Fundamentally, the UV UC emission dependence of these triply doped NaYF4:Yb3+,Tm3+ particles with different Nd3+ and Gd3+ doping concentrations was investigated in terms of ground state absorption, excited state absorption and energy transfer UC mechanisms.

  7. Structural characterization of Er(3+),Yb(3+)-doped Gd2O3 phosphor, synthesized using the solid-state reaction method, and its luminescence behavior.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tamrakar, Raunak Kumar; Bisen, D P; Brahme, Nameeta

    2016-02-01

    We report the synthesis and structural characterization of Er(3+),Yb(3+)-doped Gd2O3 phosphor. The sample was prepared using the conventional solid-state reaction method, which is the most suitable method for large-scale production. The prepared phosphor sample was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermoluminescence (TL), photoluminescence (PL) and CIE techniques. For PL studies, the excitation and emission spectra of Gd2O3 phosphor doped with Er(3+) and Yb(3+) were recorded. The excitation spectrum was recorded at a wavelength of 551 nm and showed an intense peak at 276 nm. The emission spectrum was recorded at 276 nm excitation and showed peaks in all blue, green and red regions, which indicate that the prepared phosphor may act as a single host for white light-emitting diode (WLED) applications, as verified by International de I'Eclairage (CIE) techniques. From the XRD data, the calculated average crystallite size of Er(3+) and Yb(3+) -doped Gd2O3 phosphor is ~ 38 nm. A TL study was carried out for the phosphor using UV irradiation. The TL glow curve was recorded for UV, beta and gamma irradiations, and the kinetic parameters were also calculated. In addition, the trap parameters of the prepared phosphor were also studied using computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD). Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  8. Luminescent properties of (Y,Gd)BO3:Bi3+,RE3+ (RE=Eu, Tb) phosphor under VUV/UV excitation

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Zeng Xiaoqing; Im, Seoung-Jae; Jang, Sang-Hun; Kim, Young-Mo; Park, Hyoung-Bin; Son, Seung-Hyun; Hatanaka, Hidekazu; Kim, Gi-Young; Kim, Seul-Gi

    2006-01-01

    Bi 3+ - and RE 3+ -co-doped (Y,Gd)BO 3 phosphors were prepared and their luminescent properties under vacuum ultraviolet (VUV)/UV excitation were investigated. Strong red emission for (Y,Gd)BO 3 :Bi 3+ ,Eu 3+ and strong green emission for (Y,Gd)BO 3 :Bi 3+ ,Tb 3+ are observed under VUV excitation from 147 to 200 nm with a much broader excitation region than that of single Eu 3+ -doped or Tb 3+ -doped (Y,Gd)BO 3 phosphor. Strong emissions are also observed under UV excitation around 265 nm where as nearly no luminescence is observed for single Eu 3+ -doped or Tb 3+ -doped (Y,Gd)BO 3 . The luminescence enhancement of Bi 3+ - and RE 3+ -co-doped (Y,Gd)BO 3 phosphors is due to energy transfer from Bi 3+ ion to Eu 3+ or Tb 3+ ion not only in the VUV region but also in the UV region. Besides, host sensitization competition between Bi 3+ and Eu 3+ or Tb 3+ is also observed. The investigated phosphors may be preferable for devices with a VUV light 147-200 nm as an excitation source such as PDP or mercury-free fluorescent lamp

  9. Theoretical investigations on the magnetocaloric and barocaloric effects in Tb{sub y}Gd{sub (1−y)}Al{sub 2} series

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ribeiro, P.O.; Alho, B.P.; Alvarenga, T.S.T.; Nóbrega, E.P. [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 RJ (Brazil); Carvalho, A.Magnus G. [Instituto de Ciência e Tecnologia, Universidade Federal de São Paulo – UNIFESP, 12231-280 São José dos Campos, SP (Brazil); Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia – INMETRO, 25250-020 Duque de Caxias, RJ (Brazil); Sousa, V.S.R. de; Caldas, A.; Oliveira, N.A. de [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 RJ (Brazil); Ranke, P.J. von, E-mail: von.ranke@uol.com.br [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 RJ (Brazil)

    2013-06-25

    Highlights: ► Anisotropic magnetocaloric effect in in Tb{sub 0.4}Gd{sub 0.6}Al{sub 2}. ► Prediction of barocaloric effect in Tb{sub 0.4}Gd{sub 0.6}Al{sub 2}. ►An optimal hybrid magnetocaloric material using Tb{sub y}Gd{sub (1-y)}Al{sub 2} compounds. -- Abstract: We report the calculations on the magnetocaloric and barocaloric effects in ferromagnetic series Tb{sub y}Gd{sub (1−y)}Al{sub 2}. Our model includes the crystalline electrical field interaction, exchange interactions among Tb–Tb, Gd–Gd and Tb–Gd magnetic ions and the Zeeman effect for an anisotropic system. The lattice and electronic entropies were included in adiabatic processes. The magnetocaloric effect calculated for magnetic field changes along the easy magnetic direction 〈1 1 1〉 is in good agreement with the experimental data. Calculation along the hard magnetization direction 〈0 0 1〉 predicts anomalous magnetocaloric effect, which was ascribed to the spin reorientation processes. From the available experimental data of Curie temperature dependence on pressure, the exchange model parameters were scaled and the barocaloric effect was calculated.

  10. Magnetic remanence in Yb{sub 14−x}RE{sub x}MnSb{sub 11} (RE=Tb, Dy, Ho) single crystals

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Grebenkemper, Jason H.; Hu, Yufei [Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, 95616 CA (United States); Abdusalyamova, M.N.; Makhmudov, F.A. [The Institute of Chemistry of the Tajik Academy of Sciences, 229/2, Aini Street, 734063 Dushanbe (Tajikistan); Kauzlarich, Susan M. [Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, 95616 CA (United States)

    2016-06-15

    Single crystals of Yb{sub 14−x}RE{sub x}MnSb{sub 11} (x~0.1, 0.4; RE = Tb, Dy, Ho) have been prepared as a solid solution by Sn flux reactions of the elements. They crystallize in the Ca{sub 14}AlSb{sub 11} structure type in the I4{sub 1}/acd space group. The RE{sup 3+}preferentially substitutes on the Yb(1) site which is the smallest volume Yb containing polyhedron. In the case of Ho{sup 3+}, a small amount of Ho{sup 3+} also substitutes on the Yb(4) site. The ferromagnetic ordering temperature of Yb{sub 14}MnSb{sub 11} is reduced from 53 K to 41 K as x increases and dependent on the identity of the RE. This is attributed to the reduction in carriers and reduced screening of the Mn{sup 2+} local moment. The effective moments, μ{sub eff,} agree well with the calculated moments assuming the RE substitutes as a trivalent cation. The largest coercive field is observed for RE = Dy (1000 Oe). For the maximum x of Yb{sub 14−x}RE{sub x}MnSb{sub 11} there are enough carriers for the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) mechanism of magnetic coupling via conduction electrons to still be valid in describing the ferromagnetic ordering. - Graphical abstract: Field dependent susceptibility loops revealed magnetic remanence in these materials, which has not been previously observed in Yb{sub 14}MnSb{sub 11} compounds. The coercive field increases with the strength of the paramagnetic moment for the substituting rare earth and the amount of the rare earth that is substituted. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Yb{sub 14−x}RE{sub x}MnSb{sub 11} (RE=Tb, Dy, & Ho) were synthesized with x~0.2 and x~0.4. • Tb, Dy, & Ho preferentially substitute on the Yb(1) site. • Samples with the largest x and largest RE moment have the largest coercive field. • There is a split between zero field cooled and field cooled susceptibility.

  11. Enhanced luminescence of rare-earth Tb (III obtained by mixing of Gd (III in a fumarate complex and intra-molecular energy transfer

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Shah M.D.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Trivalent lanthanide ions display fascinating optical properties. Therefore, the rare-earth complexes of terbium fumarate heptahydrate and GdTb fumarate heptahydrate were grown by using a single gel diffusion technique. The crystals were characterized by different physicochemical techniques of characterization. UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectrophotometric experiments were carried out to study the optical properties of the grown crystals. Under various excitations (339 nm, 350 nm or 368 nm the terbium fumarate complex emitted characteristic (4f-4f green emission of Tb3+ (5D4-7FJ, J = 6, 5, 4 and 3, respectively. Luminescence spectra showed that Gd3+ ions in the mixed complex have not affected the luminescence emission peak positions, but remarkably increased the luminescent intensities of the terbium complex. The energy-transfer mechanism between the ligand and the central Tb3+ ions and from the Gd3+ to the Tb3+ was discussed.

  12. Magnetism and Raman spectroscopy of the dimeric lanthanide iodates Ln(IO3)3 (Ln=Gd, Er) and magnetism of Yb(IO3)3

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Sykora, Richard E.; Khalifah, Peter; Assefa, Zerihun; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.; Haire, Richard G.

    2008-01-01

    Colorless single crystals of Gd(IO 3 ) 3 or pale pink single crystals of Er(IO 3 ) 3 have been formed from the reaction of Gd metal with H 5 IO 6 or Er metal with H 5 IO 6 under hydrothermal reaction conditions at 180 deg. C. The structures of both materials adopt the Bi(IO 3 ) 3 structure type. Crystallographic data are (MoKα, λ=0.71073 A): Gd(IO 3 ) 3 , monoclinic, space group P2 1 /n, a=8.7615(3) A, b=5.9081(2) A, c=15.1232(6) A, β=96.980(1) o , V=777.03(5) Z=4, R(F)=1.68% for 119 parameters with 1930 reflections with I>2σ(I); Er(IO 3 ) 3 , monoclinic, space group P2 1 /n, a=8.6885(7) A, b=5.9538(5) A, c=14.9664(12) A, β=97.054(1) o , V=768.4(1) Z=4, R(F)=2.26% for 119 parameters with 1894 reflections with I>2σ(I). In addition to structural studies, Gd(IO 3 ) 3 , Er(IO 3 ) 3 , and the isostructural Yb(IO 3 ) 3 were also characterized by Raman spectroscopy and magnetic property measurements. The results of the Raman studies indicated that the vibrational profiles are adequately sensitive to distinguish between the structures of the iodates reported here and other lanthanide iodate systems. The magnetic measurements indicate that only in Gd(IO 3 ) 3 did the 3+ lanthanide ion exhibit its full 7.9 μ B Hund's rule moment; Er 3+ and Yb 3+ exhibited ground state moments and gap energy scales of 8.3 μ B /70 K and 3.8 μ B /160 K, respectively. Er(IO 3 ) 3 exhibited extremely weak ferromagnetic correlations (+0.4 K), while the magnetic ions in Gd(IO 3 ) 3 and Yb(IO 3 ) 3 were fully non-interacting within the resolution of our measurements (∼0.2 K). - Graphical abstract: Three f-element iodates Ln(IO 3 ) 3 (Ln=Gd, Er, Yb), all containing the Bi(IO 3 ) 3 structure type, were characterized by Raman spectroscopy and magnetic property measurements. The results of the Raman studies indicated that the vibrational profiles are adequately sensitive to distinguish between the structures of the iodates reported here and other lanthanide iodate systems. The magnetic

  13. Hyperfine interaction studies of the perovskite oxides of the type RCrO3 (R = Gd, Tb e Dy)

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Silva, Renilson Adriano da

    2009-01-01

    ABO 3 perovskite oxides have ideal cubic structure, however, some distortions in this type of structure may induce changes from cubic to orthorhombic or rhombroedric symmetry. The larger atoms A are located at the center of a cube, the B atoms are on 8 vertices and oxygen atoms occupy 12 positions in the middle of each side of the cube. Distortions in this structure may lead to new magnetic and electrical properties, with great scientific and technological interest. In this work RCrO 3 (R = Gd, Tb, Dγ) compounds (also known as orthocromites) were studied. The samples were produced by means of sol-gel chemical procedure and analyzed by X-Ray Diffraction. The results showed a single phase with Pbnm space group. The perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlation (PAC) measurements were carried out using 181 Hf( 181 Ta) and 111 In( 111 Cd) nuclear probes, which substitute 'A' and 'B' positions respectively. The probe nuclei were introduced in the samples during the chemical procedures for preparation. One of the objectives of this work's was to study the hyperfine magnetic field and its variation as a function of temperature, crystallographic structure as well as the antiferromagnetic transition temperature (T N ). The PAC Measurements were carried out in the temperature range of 20 to 300 K for R = Gd, Tb and 20 to 800 K in the case of R = Dγ from. Electric field gradient was also measured as a function of temperature. It was possible to observe the expected transition as well as the alignment of Cr spins, as found in literature. The Neel temperatures (TN) for investigated samples are ∼170 K, ∼164 K and ∼148 K for GdCrO 3 , TbCrO 3 and DyCrO 3 respectively. (author)

  14. Study of a new magnetic dipole mode in the heavy deformed nuclei 154Sm, 156Gd, 158Gd, 164Dy, 168Er, and 174Yb by high-resolution electron spectroscopy

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Bohle, D.

    1985-01-01

    By inelastic electron scattering with high energy resolution a new magnetic dipole mode in heavy, deformed nuclei could be detected. For this the nuclei 154 Sm, 156 Gd, 158 Gd, 164 Dy, 168 Er, and 174 Yb were studied at the Darmstadt electron linear accelerator (DALINAC) at small momentum transfer q ≤ 0.6 fm -1 and low excitation energies. A collective magnetic dipole excitation could be discovered in all nuclei at an excitation energy of E x ≅ 66 δA -1/3 MeV whereby δ means the mass deformation. The transition strength extends in the mean to B(M1)↑ ≅ 1.3 μ N 2 . A systematic study of the nucleus 156 Gd yielded hints to a strong fragmentation of the magnetic dipole strength. A comparison of electron scattering, proton scattering, and nuclear resonance fluorescence experiments shows that the new mode is a pure orbital mode. (orig./HSI) [de

  15. Thermodynamic studies on LnCoO{sub 3} (Ln = Eu, Gd, Tb) by solid-state electrochemical cells

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Patil, Abhay; Dash, Smruti; Parida, S.C.; Venugopal, V

    2004-12-14

    Ternary oxides in the systems Ln-Co-O (where Ln = Eu, Gd, Tb) have been prepared by citrate-nitrate gel combustion method and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction method. Appropriate equilibrium phase mixtures were prepared, sintered in high purity argon gas and used for e.m.f. measurement using solid oxide galvanic cell with yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte. The e.m.f. values were measured as a function of temperature in the range of 1000-1200 K. The standard molar Gibbs energy of formation of the ternary oxides were calculated from the e.m.f. data.

  16. Investigation of local magnetism in RZn (R = Ce, Gd, Tb, Dy) and GdCu intermetallic compounds using perturbed angular correlation gamma-gamma spectroscopy

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Santos, Brianna Bosch dos

    2010-01-01

    This work presents, from a microscopic point of view, a systematic study of the local magnetism in RZn (R = Ce, Gd, Tb, Dy) and GdCu intermetallic compounds through measurements of hyperfine interactions using the Perturbed Angular Correlation Gamma- Gamma Spectroscopy technique with 111 In → 111 Cd and 140 La → 140 Ce as probe nuclei. As the magnetism in these compounds originates from the 4f electrons of the rare-earth elements it is interesting to observe in a systematic study of RZn compounds the behavior of the magnetic hyperfine field with the variation of the number of 4f electrons in the R element. The use of probe nuclei 140 La → 140 Ce is interesting because Ce +3 ion posses one 4f electron which may contribute to the total hyperfine field, and the results showed anomalous behavior. The results for 111 Cd probe showed that the temperature dependence of the magnetic hyperfine field follows the Brillouin function, and the magnetic hyperfine field decreases linearly with increase of the atomic number of rare earth when plotted as a function of the rare-earth J spin projection, showing that the main contribution to the magnetic hyperfine field in RZn compounds comes from the polarization of the conduction electrons. The results for the electric field gradient measured with 111 Cd for all compounds showed a strong decrease with the atomic number of the rare-earth element. We have therefore assumed that the major contribution to the electric field gradient originates from the 4f electrons of the rare-earths. The measurements of the electric field gradient for GdCu with 111 Cd, after temperature decreases and increases again showed that two different structures, CsCl-type cubic and FeB-type orthorhombic structures co-exist. Finally, it is the first time that measurements of hyperfine parameters have been carried out with theses two probe nuclei in the studied RZn. (author)

  17. Single-step synthesis of Er3+ and Yb3+ ions doped molybdate/Gd2O3 core–shell nanoparticles for biomedical imaging

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kamińska, Izabela; Elbaum, Danek; Sikora, Bożena; Kowalik, Przemysław; Mikulski, Jakub; Felcyn, Zofia; Samol, Piotr; Wojciechowski, Tomasz; Minikayev, Roman; Paszkowicz, Wojciech; Zaleszczyk, Wojciech; Szewczyk, Maciej; Konopka, Anna; Gruzeł, Grzegorz; Pawlyta, Mirosława; Donten, Mikołaj; Ciszak, Kamil; Zajdel, Karolina; Frontczak-Baniewicz, Małgorzata; Stępień, Piotr; Łapiński, Mariusz; Wilczyński, Grzegorz; Fronc, Krzysztof

    2018-01-01

    Nanostructures as color-tunable luminescent markers have become major, promising tools for bioimaging and biosensing. In this paper separated molybdate/Gd2O3 doped rare earth ions (erbium, Er3+ and ytterbium, Yb3+) core–shell nanoparticles (NPs), were fabricated by a one-step homogeneous precipitation process. Emission properties were studied by cathodo- and photoluminescence. Scanning electron and transmission electron microscopes were used to visualize and determine the size and shape of the NPs. Spherical NPs were obtained. Their core–shell structures were confirmed by x-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy measurements. We postulated that the molybdate rich core is formed due to high segregation coefficient of the Mo ion during the precipitation. The calcination process resulted in crystallization of δ/ξ (core/shell) NP doped Er and Yb ions, where δ—gadolinium molybdates and ξ—molybdates or gadolinium oxide. We confirmed two different upconversion mechanisms. In the presence of molybdenum ions, in the core of the NPs, Yb3+–{{{{MoO}}}4}2- (∣2F7/2, 3T2〉) dimers were formed. As a result of a two 980 nm photon absorption by the dimer, we observed enhanced green luminescence in the upconversion process. However, for the shell formed by the Gd2O3:Er, Yb NPs (without the Mo ions), the typical energy transfer upconversion takes place, which results in red luminescence. We demonstrated that the NPs were transported into cytosol of the HeLa and astrocytes cells by endocytosis. The core–shell NPs are sensitive sensors for the environment prevailing inside (shorter luminescence decay) and outside (longer luminescence decay) of the tested cells. The toxicity of the NPs was examined using MTT assay.

  18. Single-step synthesis of Er3+and Yb3+ions doped molybdate/Gd2O3core-shell nanoparticles for biomedical imaging.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kamińska, Izabela; Elbaum, Danek; Sikora, Bożena; Kowalik, Przemysław; Mikulski, Jakub; Felcyn, Zofia; Samol, Piotr; Wojciechowski, Tomasz; Minikayev, Roman; Paszkowicz, Wojciech; Zaleszczyk, Wojciech; Szewczyk, Maciej; Konopka, Anna; Gruzeł, Grzegorz; Pawlyta, Mirosława; Donten, Mikołaj; Ciszak, Kamil; Zajdel, Karolina; Frontczak-Baniewicz, Małgorzata; Stępień, Piotr; Łapiński, Mariusz; Wilczyński, Grzegorz; Fronc, Krzysztof

    2018-01-12

    Nanostructures as color-tunable luminescent markers have become major, promising tools for bioimaging and biosensing. In this paper separated molybdate/Gd 2 O 3 doped rare earth ions (erbium, Er 3+ and ytterbium, Yb 3+ ) core-shell nanoparticles (NPs), were fabricated by a one-step homogeneous precipitation process. Emission properties were studied by cathodo- and photoluminescence. Scanning electron and transmission electron microscopes were used to visualize and determine the size and shape of the NPs. Spherical NPs were obtained. Their core-shell structures were confirmed by x-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy measurements. We postulated that the molybdate rich core is formed due to high segregation coefficient of the Mo ion during the precipitation. The calcination process resulted in crystallization of δ/ξ (core/shell) NP doped Er and Yb ions, where δ-gadolinium molybdates and ξ-molybdates or gadolinium oxide. We confirmed two different upconversion mechanisms. In the presence of molybdenum ions, in the core of the NPs, Yb 3+ -[Formula: see text] (∣ 2 F 7/2 , 3 T 2 〉) dimers were formed. As a result of a two 980 nm photon absorption by the dimer, we observed enhanced green luminescence in the upconversion process. However, for the shell formed by the Gd 2 O 3 :Er, Yb NPs (without the Mo ions), the typical energy transfer upconversion takes place, which results in red luminescence. We demonstrated that the NPs were transported into cytosol of the HeLa and astrocytes cells by endocytosis. The core-shell NPs are sensitive sensors for the environment prevailing inside (shorter luminescence decay) and outside (longer luminescence decay) of the tested cells. The toxicity of the NPs was examined using MTT assay.

  19. Spin transfer torque switching in exchange-coupled amorphous GdFeCo/TbFe bilayers for thermally assisted MRAM application

    Science.gov (United States)

    Dai, Bing; Guo, Yong; Zhu, Jiaqi; Kato, Takeshi; Iwata, Satoshi; Tsunashima, Shigeru; Yang, Lei; Han, Jiecai

    2017-04-01

    Exchange-coupled amorphous GdFeCo/TbFe memory layers in giant magneto-resistance (GMR) devices for spin transfer torque (STT) switching have been studied, and temperature dependence of the critical current density of the GMR devices was measured to discuss the effect of exchange-coupled bilayers as a memory layer of the thermally assisted magnetic random access memory (MRAM). The GMR devices having amorphous GdFeCo and TbFe memory bilayers with various thicknesses were prepared by magnetron sputtering and subsequent micro-fabrication processes. A pulsed current was applied to the GMR devices in order to investigate the spin transfer torque (STT) switching. The maximum magneto-resistance (MR) ratio was around 0.15%, and the coercivity of the memory bilayer increased with the TbFe thickness and decreased with elevating temperature. The critical current densities J c to switch the memory bilayer with structure of Gd21.4 (Fe90Co10)78.6(9 nm)/Tb16Fe84 (1 nm) as low as 2.2  ×  107 A cm-2 was obtained. The J c reduced with increasing the temperature and was found to scale with the effective anisotropy K eff of GdFeCo/TbFe bilayer, which is believed to be suitable for the application of thermally assisted STT-MRAM.

  20. Synthesis, structure and photoluminescence of novel lanthanide (Tb(III), Gd(III)) complexes with 6-diphenylamine carbonyl 2-pyridine carboxylate

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    An Baoli; Gong Menglian; Cheah, Kok-Wai; Wong, Wai-Kwok; Zhang Jiming

    2004-01-01

    A novel organic ligand, 6-diphenylamine carbonyl 2-pyridine carboxylic acid (HDPAP), and the corresponding lanthanide complexes, tris(6-diphenylamine carbonyl 2-pyridine carboxylato) terbium(III) (Tb-DPAP) and tris(6-diphenylamine carbonyl 2-pyridine carboxylato) gadolinium(III) (Gd-DPAP) have been designed and synthesized. The crystal structure and photoluminescence of Tb-DPAP and Gd-DPAP have been studied. The results showed that the lanthanide complexes have electroneutral structures, and the solid terbium complex emits characteristic green fluorescence of Tb(III) ions at room temperature while the gadolinium complex emits the DPAP ligand phosphorescence. The lowest triplet level of DPAP ligand was calculated from the phosphorescence spectrum of Gd-DPAP in N,N-dimethyl formamide (DMF) dilute solution determined at 77 K, and the energy transfer mechanisms in the lanthanide complexes were discussed. The lifetimes of the 5 D 4 levels of Tb 3+ ions in the terbium complex were examined using time-resolved spectroscopy, and the values are 0.0153±0.0001 ms for solid Tb(DPAP) 3 ·11.5H 2 O and 0.074±0.007 ms for 2.5x10 -5 mol/l Tb-DPAP ethanol solution

  1. Levels in Gd156 excited in the decay of 5.6 d Tb156

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Hansen, P.Gregers; Nielsen, O.B.; Sheline, R.K.

    1959-01-01

    The decay of 5.6 day Tb156 has been studied by means of a six gap β-ray spectrometer, scintillation spectrometers, and coincidence techniques. Conversion electron and γ-ray coincidence measurements have been used extensively for obtaining quantitative estimates of γ-ray intensities. A description...... of the electronic equipment is given, including a scaler and gate unit, which improves the performance of a relatively slow (τ = 700 μsec) multichannel analyzer. 24 transitions are assigned to Tb156. Multipole orders are given in most cases. The following levels are proposed and their quantum numbers (K, I, π...

  2. Electrical characteristics of hybrid detector based Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Tb-Selenium for digital radiation imaging

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Kang, Sang-Sik [Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Inje University, Kimhae, Kyungnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Ji-Koon [Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Inje University, Kimhae, Kyungnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Jang-Yong [Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Inje University, Kimhae, Kyungnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Cha, Byung-Yul [Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Inje University, Kimhae, Kyungnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Sung-Ho [Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Inje University, Kimhae, Kyungnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Nam, Sang-Hee [Medical Imaging Research Center, Inje University, Kimhae, Kyungnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-07-01

    Fine Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Tb powders were synthesized by using a solution-combustion method for a high-resolution digital X-ray imaging detector. The PL spectrum showed that the phosphor was fully crystallized and that the Tb{sup 3+} ions substituted well for the Gd{sup 3+} sites. To investigate the X-ray response of the phosphor, a uniform Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Tb film was grown using a screen-printing method. The X-ray sensitivities of the 100 {mu}m-Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Tb/30 {mu}m -Se and 200 {mu}m -Se detector were 470 and 420 pC/cm{sup 2}/mR, respectively, at an electric field of 10 V/{mu}m. The results of the study suggest that the hybrid detector has a significant potential in the application of digital radiography and fluoroscopy systems.

  3. Host sensitization of Tb3+ ions in tribarium lanthanide borates Ba3Ln (BO3)3 (Ln = Lu and Gd).

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, De-Yin; Chen, Teng-Ming; Cheng, Bing-Ming

    2012-03-05

    The vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) spectroscopic properties of undoped and Tb(3+)-doped borates Ba(3)Ln(BO(3))(3) (Ln = Lu and Gd) with different crystal structures were investigated by using synchrotron radiation. Ba(3)Lu(BO(3))(3) (BLB) crystallizes in a hexagonal structure, whereas Ba(3)Gd(BO(3))(3) (BGB) crystallizes in a trigonal structure. The maximum host absorption for BLB and BGB was found to locate at ~179 and ~195 nm, respectively. Upon host excitation, BLB exhibits an intrinsic broad UV emission centered at 339 nm, which is attributed to the recombination of self-trapped excitons that may presumably be associated with band-gap excitations or molecular transitions within the BO(3)(3-) group. In contrast to BLB, no broad emission but line emission ascribed to a Gd(3+)(6)P(J)-(8)S(7/2) transition was observed in the emission spectrum of BGB. Upon doping of Tb(3+) ions into the hosts of BLB and BGB, an efficient energy transfer from the host excitations to Tb(3+) via host/Gd(3+) emission was observed, showing that host sensitization of Tb(3+) occurs in these rare-earth borates.

  4. Study of the influence of the codopant over the photoluminescent properties of PAA doped with Eu3+, Gd3+, and Tb3+

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Flores, M.; Arroyo, R.

    2003-01-01

    The results are presented obtained about the synthesis of acrylic poly acid characterization (PAA) doped with Eu 3+ , Gd 3+ and Tb 3+ . They got ready materials with even of these ions and it was studied the influence of the co dopant in the processes of emission of Eu 3+ (λ em = 618 nm), Gd 3+ (λ em = 624 nm) and Tb 3+ (λ em = 546 nm), as well as their effect in the phosphorescence (λ em = 450 nm) of the polymeric matrix. It was found that the intensity of the emission of Eu 3+ diminishes substantially due to the presence of the ions Gd 3+ , contrary to what happens when the co dopant is Tb 3+ , which causes an increase. In the one case of the emission of Tb 3+ , this it increases with the presence of Gd 3+ but it diminishes when Eu 3+ is present. These results are consequence of the homogeneous distribution of those dopants and of the phenomena of energy transfer that happen in the materials synthesized. (Author)

  5. Thermal, Spectral and Laser Properties of Er3+:Yb3+:GdMgB₅O10: A New Crystal for 1.5 μm Lasers.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Huang, Yisheng; Yuan, Feifei; Sun, Shijia; Lin, Zhoubin; Zhang, Lizhen

    2017-12-25

    A novel laser crystal of Er 3+ :Yb 3+ :GdMgB₅O 10 with dimension of 26 × 16 × 12 mm³ was grown successfully from K₂Mo₃O 10 flux by the top seeded solution growth method. The thermal diffusivity and specific heat capacity were measured to calculate the thermal conductivity of the crystal. The absorption and fluorescence properties of the crystal at room temperature were investigated in detail. The Judd-Ofelt method was used to analyze the polarized absorption spectra. The emission cross-section of the ⁴I 13/2 →⁴I 15/2 transition was calculated by the Füchtbauer-Ladenburg formula and the relevant gain cross-sections were estimated. Continuous-wave laser output of 140 mW at 1569 nm with the slope efficiency of 17.8% was demonstrated in a plano-concave resonator. The results reveal that Er 3+ :Yb 3+ :GdMgB₅O 10 crystal is a promising material for 1.5 μm lasers.

  6. Thermal, Spectral and Laser Properties of Er3+:Yb3+:GdMgB5O10: A New Crystal for 1.5 μm Lasers

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Yisheng Huang

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available A novel laser crystal of Er3+:Yb3+:GdMgB5O10 with dimension of 26 × 16 × 12 mm3 was grown successfully from K2Mo3O10 flux by the top seeded solution growth method. The thermal diffusivity and specific heat capacity were measured to calculate the thermal conductivity of the crystal. The absorption and fluorescence properties of the crystal at room temperature were investigated in detail. The Judd-Ofelt method was used to analyze the polarized absorption spectra. The emission cross-section of the 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition was calculated by the Füchtbauer-Ladenburg formula and the relevant gain cross-sections were estimated. Continuous-wave laser output of 140 mW at 1569 nm with the slope efficiency of 17.8% was demonstrated in a plano-concave resonator. The results reveal that Er3+:Yb3+:GdMgB5O10 crystal is a promising material for 1.5 μm lasers.

  7. RNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} (R=Gd,Tb): Novel ternary ordered derivatives of the BaCd{sub 11} type

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Pani, M., E-mail: marcella@chimica.unige.it [Department of Chemistry, University of Genova, Via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Institute SPIN-CNR, Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Morozkin, A.V. [Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, House 1, Building 3, Moscow, GSP-2 119992 (Russian Federation); Yapaskurt, V.O. [Department of Petrology, Geological Faculty, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Provino, A.; Manfrinetti, P. [Department of Chemistry, University of Genova, Via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Institute SPIN-CNR, Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Nirmala, R. [Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Malik, S.K. [Departamento de Física Teórica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal 59082-970 (Brazil)

    2016-01-15

    The title compounds have been synthesized and characterized both from the structural and magnetic point of view. Both crystallize in a new monoclinic structure strictly related to the tetragonal BaCd{sub 11} type. The structure was solved by means of X-ray single-crystal techniques for GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} and confirmed for TbNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} on powder data; the corresponding lattice parameters (obtained from Guinier powder patterns) are a=6.3259(2), b=13.7245(5), c=7.4949(3) Å, β=113.522(3)°, V{sub cell}=596.64(3) Å{sup 3} and a=6.3200(2), b=13.6987(4), c=7.4923(2) Å, β=113.494(2)°, V{sub cell}=594.88(2) Å{sup 3}. The symmetry relationship between the tI48-I4{sub 1}/amd BaCd{sub 11} aristotype and the new ordered mS48-C2/c GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} derivative is described via the Bärnighausen formalism within the group theory. The large Gd–Gd (Tb–Tb) distances, mediated via Ni–Si network, likely lead to weak magnetic interactions. Low-field magnetization vs temperature measurements indicate weak and field-sensitive antiferromagnetic ground state, with ordering temperatures of 3 K in GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} and about 2–3 K in TbNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3}. On the other hand, the isothermal field-dependent magnetization data show the presence of competing interactions in both compounds, with a field-induced ferromagnetic behavior for GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} and a ferrimagnetic-like behavior in TbNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} at the ordering temperature T{sub C/N} of about (or slightly higher than) 3K. The magnetocaloric effect, quantified in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change ΔS{sub m}, has the maximum values of –19.8 J(kg K){sup −1} (at 4 K for 140 kOe field change) and −12.1 J(kg K){sup −1} (at 12 K for 140 kOe field change) in GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} and TbNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3}, respectively. - Graphical abstract: GdNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} and TbNi{sub 8}Si{sub 3} compounds are isostructural, and crystallize in a new monoclinic type strictly related to the tetragonal

  8. Theoretical investigations on magnetic entropy change in amorphous and crystalline systems: Applications to RAg (R=Tb, Dy, Ho) and GdCuAl

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ranke, P.J. von, E-mail: von.ranke@uol.com.br [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 RJ (Brazil); Nóbrega, E.P. [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 RJ (Brazil); Caldas, A. [Sociedade Unificada de Ensino Superior e Cultura, SUESC, 20211-351 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Alho, B.P. [Instituto de Aplicação Fernando Rodrigues da Silveira, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Santa Alexandrina, 288, 20260-232 RJ (Brazil); Ribeiro, P.O.; Alvarenga, T.S.T.; Lopes, P.H.O.; Sousa, V.S.R. de [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 RJ (Brazil); Carvalho, A. Magnus G. [Laboratório Nacional de Luz Síncrotron, CNPEM, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Oliveira, N.A. de [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 RJ (Brazil)

    2014-11-15

    We report theoretical investigations on the magnetic entropy changes in amorphous systems through two different assumptions. In the first assumption, the HPZ-anisotropic model is considered to deal with the random direction of magnetic moments, where the amorphous RAg (R=Tb, Dy and Ho) were used as prototypes systems. In the second assumption, the amorphisation is parameterized through the exchange interaction distribution and GdCuAl, in amorphous and crystalline structures, were considered as prototypes systems. Comparisons between the magnetic entropy changes under amorphisation and under the usual magnetic field variation were performed. The model reveals the dependence of refrigerant capacity on the amorphisation parameter, and an optimum amorphisation parameter was calculated. - Highlights: • Theoretical investigation on RAg (R=Tb, Dy and Ho) and GdCuAl amorphous alloys. • Magnetic entropy changes in GdCuAl in both amorphous and crystalline structures. • The refrigerant capacity was compared in both amorphous and crystalline phases.

  9. Luminescent and laser properties of Yb Er:GdCa4O(BO3)3: a new crystal for eye-safe 1.5-μm lasers

    Science.gov (United States)

    Denker, B.; Galagan, B.; Ivleva, L.; Osiko, V.; Sverchkov, S.; Voronina, I.; Hellstrom, J. E.; Karlsson, G.; Laurell, F.

    2004-09-01

    We present for the first time 1.5-μm laser emission in Yb Er:GdCa4O(BO3)3 (GdCOB). The crystals were grown by the Czochralski method from platinum crucibles. Spectroscopic and laser tests of the crystals are described. A continuous-wave output power of 80 mW was achieved in a monolithic microchip cavity under laser-diode pumping.

  10. Rare Earth Chalcogels NaLnSnS4 (Ln = Y, Gd, Tb) for Selective Adsorption of Volatile Hydrocarbons and Gases

    KAUST Repository

    Edhaim, Fatimah

    2017-06-28

    The synthesis and characterization of the rare earth chalcogenide aerogels NaYSnS4, NaGdSnS4, and NaTbSnS4 is reported. Rare earth metal ions like Y3+, Gd3+, and Tb3+ react with the chalcogenide clusters [SnS4]4– in aqueous formamide solution forming extended polymeric networks by gelation. Aerogels obtained after supercritical drying have BET surface areas of 649 m2·g–1 (NaYSnS4), 479 m2·g–1 (NaGdSnS4), and 354 m2·g–1 (NaTbSnS4). Electron microscopy and physisorption studies reveal that the new materials have pores in the macro (above 50 nm) and meso (2–50 nm) regions. These aerogels show higher adsorption of toluene vapor over cyclohexane vapor and CO2 over CH4 or H2. The notable adsorption capacity for toluene (NaYSnS4: 1108 mg·g–1; NaGdSnS4: 921 mg·g–1; and NaTbSnS4: 645 mg·g–1) and high selectivity for gases (CO2/H2: 172 and CO2/CH4: 50 for NaYSnS4, CO2/H2: 155 and CO2/CH4: 37 for NaGdSnS4, and CO2/H2: 75 and CO2/CH4: 28 for NaTbSnS4) indicate potential future use of chalcogels in adsorption-based gas or hydrocarbon separation processes.

  11. Magnetic properties of CaCu{sub 5}-type RNi{sub 3}TSi (R=Gd and Tb, T=Mn, Fe, Co and Cu) compounds

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Morozkin, A.V., E-mail: morozkin@tech.chem.msu.ru [Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, House 1, Building 3, GSP-2, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Knotko, A.V. [Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, House 1, Building 3, GSP-2, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Yapaskurt, V.O. [Department of Petrology, Geological Faculty, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Yao, Jinlei [Research Center for Solid State Physics and Materials, School of Mathematics and Physics, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Suzhou 215009 (China); Yuan, Fang; Mozharivskyj, Y. [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M1 (Canada); Nirmala, R. [Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Quezado, S.; Malik, S.K. [Departamento de Física Teórica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal 59082-970 (Brazil)

    2015-12-15

    Magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect of CaCu{sub 5}-type RNi{sub 3}TSi (R=Gd and Tb, T=Mn, Fe, Co and Cu) compounds have been investigated. Magnetic measurements of RNi{sub 3}TSi display the increasing of Curie temperature and the decreasing of magnetocaloric effect and saturated magnetic moment in the row of ‘RNi{sub 3}CuSi–RNi{sub 3}NiSi–RNi{sub 3}CoSi–RNi{sub 3}MnSi–RNi{sub 3}FeSi’. In contrast to GdNi{sub 3}{Mn, Fe, Co}Si, TbNi{sub 3}{Mn, Fe, Co}Si exhibit significant magnetic hysteresis. The coercive field increases from TbNi{sub 4}Si (~0.5 kOe) to TbNi{sub 3}CoSi (4 kOe), TbNi{sub 3}MnSi (13 kOe) and TbNi{sub 3}FeSi (16 kOe) in field of 50 kOe at 5 K, whereas TbNi{sub 3}CuSi exhibits a negligible coercive field. - Graphical abstract: Magnetic measurements of RNi{sub 3}TSi show the increasing of Curie temperature and the decreasing of magnetocaloric effect and saturated magnetic moment in the row of 'RNi{sub 3}CuSi–RNi{sub 3}NiSi–RNi{sub 3}CoSi–RNi{sub 3}MnSi–RNi{sub 3}FeSi'. In contrast to GdNi{sub 3}{Mn, Fe, Co}Si, TbNi{sub 3}{Mn, Fe, Co}Si exhibit significant magnetic hysteresis. The coercive field increases from TbNi{sub 4}Si (~0.5 kOe) to TbNi{sub 3}CoSi (4 kOe), TbNi{sub 3}MnSi (13 kOe) and TbNi{sub 3}FeSi (16 kOe) in field of 50 kOe at 5 K, whereas TbNi{sub 3}CuSi exhibits a negligible coercive field. - Highlights: • CaCu{sub 5}-type RNi{sub 3}TSi show ferromagnetic ordering (R=Gd, Tb, T=Mn–Co, Cu). • Curie point increases in ‘RNi{sub 3}CuSi–RNi{sub 3}NiSi–RNi{sub 3}CoSi–RNi{sub 3}MnSi–RNi{sub 3}FeSi’ row. • MCE decreases in ‘RNi{sub 3}CuSi–RNi{sub 3}NiSi–RNi{sub 3}CoSi–RNi{sub 3}MnSi–RNi{sub 3}FeSi’ row. • TbNi{sub 3}{Mn, Fe, Co}Si exhibit significant magnetic hysteresis. • The coercive field of TbNi{sub 3}MnSi and TbNi{sub 3}FeSi reach 13 kOe and 16 kOe at 5 K.

  12. The risk assessment of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} nanocomposites as dual-modal nanoprobes for magnetic and fluorescence imaging

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Huang, Long [Sun Yat-sen University, Department of Histology and Embryology, Zhongshan School of Medicine (China); Tian, Xiumei [Guangzhou Medical University, Department of Biomedical Engineering (China); Liu, Jun [Guangdong Ocean University, School of Electronics and Information Technology (China); Zheng, Cunjing; Xie, Fukang, E-mail: frankxie2000@yahoo.com [Sun Yat-sen University, Department of Histology and Embryology, Zhongshan School of Medicine (China); Li, Li, E-mail: li2@mail.sysu.edu.cn [Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Imaging Diagnosis and Interventional Center (China)

    2017-02-15

    Our group has synthesized Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} nanocomposites as magnetic/fluorescence imaging successfully in the previous study, which exhibit good uniformity and monodispersibility with a mean size of 7.4 nm. However, their systematic risk assessment remains unknown. In this article, the in vitro biocompatibility of the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} was assessed on the basis of cell viability and apoptosis. In vivo immunotoxicity was evaluated by monitoring the product of reactive oxygen species (ROS), clusters of differentiation (CD) markers, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) in Balb/c mice. No significant differences were found in cell viability, apoptosis, and immunotoxicity between our Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} and gadodiamide which are used commonly in clinical. Few nanoprobes were localized in the phagosomes of the liver, heart, lung, spleen, kidney, brain, and tumor under the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. In addition, our products reveal good T{sub 1}-weighted contrast enhancement of xenografted murine tumor. Therefore, the above results may contribute to the effective application of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} as molecular imaging contrast agents and dual-modal nanoprobes for cancer detection.

  13. Effect of rapid quenching on the magnetism and magnetocaloric effect of equiatomic rare earth intermetallic compounds RNi (R = Gd, Tb and Ho)

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Rajivgandhi, R. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Arout Chelvane, J. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500 058 (India); Quezado, S.; Malik, S.K. [Departamento de F’ısica Teorica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal 59072-970 (Brazil); Nirmala, R., E-mail: nirmala@physics.iitm.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India)

    2017-07-01

    Highlights: • Melt-spinning yields microcrystalline RNi (R = Gd, Tb and Ho) samples with texture. • The texture-induced anisotropy affects magnetic and magnetocaloric properties. • Melt-spinning helps one engineer magnetocaloric effect in rare-earth compounds. - Abstract: Magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in RNi (where R = Gd, Tb and Ho) compounds has been studied in their arc-melted and melt-spun forms. The compound GdNi has the orthorhombic CrB-type structure (Space group Cmcm, No. 63) and the compound HoNi has the orthorhombic FeB-type structure (Space group Pnma, No. 62) at room temperature regardless of their synthesis condition. However, arc-melted TbNi orders in a monoclinic structure (Space group P2{sub 1}/m, No. 11) and when it is rapidly quenched to a melt-spun form, it crystallizes in an orthorhombic structure (Space group Pnma, No. 62). The arc-melted GdNi, TbNi and HoNi compounds order ferromagnetically at ∼69 K, ∼67 K and ∼36 K (T{sub C}) respectively. While the melt-spun GdNi shows about 6 K increase in T{sub C}, the ordering temperature of TbNi remains nearly the same in both arc-melted and melt-spun forms. In contrast, a reduction in T{sub C} by about 8 K is observed in melt-spun HoNi, when compared to its arc-melted counterpart. Isothermal magnetic entropy change, ∆S{sub m}, calculated from the field dependent magnetization data indicates an enhanced relative cooling power (RCP) for melt-spun GdNi for field changes of 20 kOe and 50 kOe. A lowered RCP value is observed in melt-spun TbNi and HoNi. These changes could have resulted from the competing shape anisotropy and the granular microstructure induced by the melt-spinning process. Tailoring the MCE of rare earth intermetallic compounds by suitably controlled synthesis techniques is certainly one of the directions to go forward in the search of giant magnetocaloric materials.

  14. Optical characterization and the energy level scheme for NaYP{sub 2}O{sub 7}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln=Ce, Sm, Eu, Tb, Yb)

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Novais, S.M.V., E-mail: suellenvaleriano@yahoo.com.br [Laboratory of Advanced Ceramic Materials, Physics Department, Federal University of Sergipe, 49.100-000, São Cristóvão, SE (Brazil); Dobrowolska, A.; Bos, A.J.J.; Dorenbos, P. [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, 2629 JB Delft (Netherlands); Macedo, Z.S. [Laboratory of Advanced Ceramic Materials, Physics Department, Federal University of Sergipe, 49.100-000, São Cristóvão, SE (Brazil)

    2014-04-15

    Vacuum ultra-violet spectroscopy at low temperature was performed with undoped and Ln{sup 3+}-doped NaYP{sub 2}O{sub 7} (Ln=Ce, Sm, Eu, Tb and Yb). The emission observed from the NaYP{sub 2}O{sub 7} host was attributed to self-trapped exciton (STE) recombination. Dopant ions were well incorporated and responsible for characteristic luminescent emission in the doped samples. From excitation curves, 4f–5d transitions were identified for Ce{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} and charge transfer processes were noticed for Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+}. The experimental data obtained was used to determine the positions of the energy levels of divalent and trivalent lanthanides relative to the valence and conduction band of this compound. The experimentally derived levels are in good agreement with model predictions. The results are valuable to provide a better understanding on the performance of NaYP{sub 2}O{sub 7} and related diphosphates as luminescent materials. -- Highlights: • NaYP{sub 2}O{sub 7} polycrystalline samples were produced via the sol–gel method. • VUV excitation and emission spectra were successfully studied. • Luminescent properties were discussed. • The experimentally derived energy levels are in good agreement with model predictions.

  15. Upconversion luminescence in BaYF{sub 5}, BaGdF{sub 5} and BaLuF{sub 5} nanocrystals doped with Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} or Yb{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+} ions

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Grzyb, Tomasz, E-mail: tgrzyb@amu.edu.pl [Department of Rare Earths, Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89b, 61-614 Poznań (Poland); Balabhadra, Sangeetha [Department of Physics, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitario de Santiago, 3810-193, Aveiro (Portugal); Przybylska, Dominika; Węcławiak, Mariusz [Department of Rare Earths, Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89b, 61-614 Poznań (Poland)

    2015-11-15

    Nanomaterials based on BaREF{sub 5} fluorides (where RE = Y, Gd and Lu), doped with lanthanide ions Yb{sup 3+}/Ln{sup 3+} (Ln{sup 3+} = Er, Ho or Tm) were synthesized by microwave assisted hydrothermal method. The method of synthesis, structural and morphological properties are reported and discussed. The products obtained showed visible upconversion luminescence excited by the laser light of wavelength of 975 nm as a consequence of energy transfer between Yb{sup 3+} and remaining Ln{sup 3+} dopant ions. Their spectroscopic properties were characterized on the basis of excitation and emission spectra. Also luminescence decays and emission power dependences are presented and analysed. The materials compared revealed differences in their structural properties, reflected in their spectroscopic characteristics. The most intense luminescence was recorded for BaLuF{sub 5} based materials which exhibited upconversion also as water colloids. - Highlights: • BaREF{sub 5} nanomaterials (RE = Y, Gd or Lu) were synthesized by hydrothermal method. • Upconversion in BaREF{sub 5}:Yb{sup 3+}, Ln{sup 3+} (Ln = Ho, Er, Tm) nanocrystals was compared. • Mechanism of upconversion was analysed.

  16. Evaluating x-ray detectors for radiographic applications: A comparison of nSCdS:Ag with Gd sub 2 O sub 2 S:Tb and Y sub 2 O sub 2 S:Tb screens

    CERN Document Server

    Kandarakis, I; Panayiotakis, G S; Nomicos, C D

    1997-01-01

    ZnSCdS:Ag was evaluated as a radiographic image receptor and was compared with Gd sub 2 O sub 2 S:Tb and Y sub 2 O sub 2 S:Tb phosphors often used in radiography. The valuation of a radiographic receptor was modelled as a three-step process: i) determination of light output intensity as related to the input radiation dose, (ii) determination of visible light characteristics with respect to radiographic optical detectors, and (iii) determination of image information transfer efficiency. The light intensity emitted per unit of x-ray exposure rate was measured and theoretically calculated for laboratory prepared screens with coating thicknesses from 20 to 220 mg cm sup - sup 2 and tube voltages rom 50 to 250 kVp. ZnSCdS:Ag light intensity was higher than that of d sub 2 O sub 2 S:Tb or Y sub 2 O sub 2 S:Tb for tube voltages less than 70 and 80 kVp respectively. ZnSCdS:Ag displayed the highest x-ray to light conversion efficiency (0.207) and had optical properties close to those of Gd sub 2 O sub 2 S:Tb nd Y sub ...

  17. Core/shell structured NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+/Gd+3 nanorods with Au nanoparticles or shells for flexible amorphous silicon solar cells

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Li, Z Q; Li, X D; Liu, Q Q; Chen, X H; Sun, Z; Huang, S M; Liu, C; Ye, X J

    2012-01-01

    A simple approach for preparing near-infrared (NIR) to visible upconversion (UC) NaYF 4 :Yb/Er/Gd nanorods in combination with gold nanostructures has been reported. The grown UC nanomaterials with Au nanostructures have been applied to flexible amorphous silicon solar cells on the steel substrates to investigate their responses to sub-bandgap infrared irradiation. Photocurrent–voltage measurements were performed on the solar cells. It was demonstrated that UC of NIR light led to a 16-fold to 72-fold improvement of the short-circuit current under 980 nm illumination compared to a cell without upconverters. A maximum current of 1.16 mA was obtained for the cell using UC nanorods coated with Au nanoparticles under 980 nm laser illumination. This result corresponds to an external quantum efficiency of 0.14% of the solar cell. Mechanisms of erbium luminescence in the grown UC nanorods were analyzed and discussed. (paper)

  18. Spectrophotometric and pH-Metric Studies of Ce(III, Dy(III, Gd(III,Yb(III and Pr(III Metal Complexes with Rifampicin

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    A. N. Sonar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The metal-ligand and proton-ligand stability constant of Ce(III, Dy(III, Gd(III,Yb(III and Pr(III metals with substituted heterocyclic drug (Rifampicin were determined at various ionic strength by pH metric titration. NaClO4 was used to maintain ionic strength of solution. The results obtained were extrapolated to the zero ionic strength using an equation with one individual parameter. The thermodynamic stability constant of the complexes were also calculated. The formation of complexes has been studied by Job’s method. The results obtained were of stability constants by pH metric method is confirmed by Job’s method.

  19. Benefits of Silica Core-Shell Structures on the Temperature Sensing Properties of Er,Yb:GdVO4 Up-Conversion Nanoparticles.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Savchuk, Oleksandr A; Carvajal, Joan J; Cascales, C; Aguiló, M; Díaz, F

    2016-03-23

    We studied the temperature-dependent luminescence of GdVO4 nanoparticles co-doped with Er(3+) (1 mol %) and Yb(3+) (20 mol %) and determined their thermal sensing properties through the fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) technique. We also analyzed how a silica coating, in a core-shell structure, affects the temperature sensing properties of this material. Spectra were recorded in the range of biological temperatures (298-343 K). The absolute sensitivity for temperature determination calculated for the core-shell nanoparticles is double the one calculated for bare nanoparticles, achieving a thermal resolution of 0.4 K. Moreover, silica-coated nanoparticles show good dispersibility in different solvents, such as water, DMSO, and methanol. Also, they show good luminescence stability without interactions with solvent molecules. Furthermore, we also observed that the silica coating shell prevents progressive heating of the nanoparticles during prolonged excitation periods with the 980 nm laser, preventing effects on their thermometric applications.

  20. Cooperative down-conversion of UV light in disordered scheelitelike Yb-doped NaGd(MoO4)2 and NaLa(MoO4)2 crystals

    Science.gov (United States)

    Subbotin, K. A.; Osipova, Yu. N.; Lis, D. A.; Smirnov, V. A.; Zharikov, E. V.; Shcherbakov, I. A.

    2017-07-01

    Concentration series of disordered scheelitelike Yb:NaGd(MoO4)2 and Yb:NaLa(MoO4)2 single crystals are grown by the Czochralski method. The actual concentrations of Yb3+ ions in the crystals are determined by optical-absorption spectroscopy. The luminescence of Yb3+ ions in these crystals in the region of 1 μm is studied under UV and IR excitation. In the case of UV excitation, this luminescence appears as a result of nonradiative excited state energy transfer from donor centers of unknown nature to ytterbium. The character of the concentration dependence of Yb3+ luminescence indicates that the energy transfer at high Yb concentrations occurs with active participation of a cooperative mechanism, according to which the excitation energy of one donor center is transferred simultaneously to two Yb3+ ions. In other words, the quantum yield of this transfer exceeds unity, which can be used to increase the efficiency of crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells.

  1. Strong paramagnetic crystalline LnVO{sub 4} (Ln: Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er) nanoparticles synthesized by a fabricating method

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Bulbul, Berna; Beyaz, Seda, E-mail: sedacan@balikesir.edu.tr

    2016-04-15

    Strong paramagnetic lanthanide orthovanadate (LnVO{sub 4}, Ln: Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er) nanoparticles were synthesized under ambient conditions by a novel precipitation method that is economical and fabricating. To the X-ray diffraction patterns, all samples are well-crystallized zircon type orthovanadate and have pure tetragonal phase. Their crystal sizes increased from 12.58 to 15.12 nm with increasing the ionic radii of lanthanide. As confirmed with the surface observation by a transmission electron microscope, it was identified that their two-dimensional projection is an ellipse with the two major axes. It was seen that the sizes of nanoparticles (14.40nm-70.69 nm) were bigger than the crystal sizes because of their polycrystalline structures. Besides, the particle sizes increased with reduction of ionic radii of lanthanide. The magnetic properties obtained from a vibrating sample magnetometer revealed that all nanoparticles are strong paramagnetic at room temperature showing an increase in molar susceptibility up to 4.79 × 10{sup −1} cm{sup 3} mol{sup −1}. Such highly crystalline, small and paramagnetic nanoparticles could be thought to be convenient for biomedical applications. - Highlights: • A general fabricating method for lanthanide orthovanadate nanoparticles is proposed. • The method generates highly small and crystalline nanoparticles. • The reduction in ionic radius of lanthanide (Ln{sup 3+}) causes to increase particle size.

  2. Synthesis and magnetism of μ-oxamido-bridged Cu2IILnIII - type heterotrinuclear complexes (Ln = Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Er)

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Li, Y.T.; Yan, C.W.

    2001-01-01

    Eight new Cu 2 II Ln III - type (Ln = Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Er) heterotrinuclear complexes bridged by N,N'-bis (2-aminopropyl)oxamidocopper(II) [Cu(oxdn)], namely Cu 2 (oxdn)Ln(NO 3 ) 3 , have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, molar conductivity measurements and spectroscopic (IR, UV, ESR) studies. Magnetic susceptibility measurements (4.2 ∼300 K) and studies of Cu 2 (oxdn)Gd(NO 3 ) 3 complex have revealed that the central gadolinium(III) and terminal copper(II) ions are ferromagnetically coupled with the exchange integral J (Cu-Gd) = +2.98 cm -1 , while an antiferromagnetic coupling is detected between the terminal copper(II) metal ions with the exchange integral J' (Cu-Gd) = -0.75 cm -1 , on the basis of the spin Hamiltonian operator [H -2J(S Cu1 -S Gd +S Cu2 +S Gd )-2J'(S Cu1 S Cu2 )]. (author)

  3. Predictions of thermomagnetic properties of Laves phase compounds: TbAl2, GdAl2 and SmAl2 performed with ATOMIC MATTERS MFA computation system

    Science.gov (United States)

    Michalski, Rafał; Zygadło, Jakub

    2018-04-01

    Recent calculations of properties of TbAl2 GdAl2 and SmAl2 single crystals, performed with our new computation system called ATOMIC MATTERS MFA are presented. We applied localized electron approach to describe the thermal evolution of Fine Electronic Structure of Tb3+, Gd3+ and Sm3+ ions over a wide temperature range and estimate Magnetocaloric Effect (MCE). Thermomagnetic properties of TbAl2, GdAl2 and SmAl2 were calculated based on the fine electronic structure of the 4f8, 4f7 and 4f5 electronic configuration of the Tb3+ and Gd3+ and Sm3+ ions, respectively. Our calculations yielded: magnetic moment value and direction; single-crystalline magnetization curves in zero field and in external magnetic field applied in various directions m(T,Bext); the 4f-electronic components of specific heat c4f(T,Bext); and temperature dependence of the magnetic entropy and isothermal entropy change with external magnetic field - ΔS(T,Bext). The cubic universal CEF parameters values used for all CEF calculations was taken from literature and recalculated for universal cubic parameters set for the RAl2 series: A4 = +7.164 Ka04 and A6 = -1.038 Ka06. Magnetic properties were found to be anisotropic due to cubic Laves phase C15 crystal structure symmetry. These studies reveal the importance of multipolar charge interactions when describing thermomagnetic properties of real 4f electronic systems and the effectiveness of an applied self-consistent molecular field in calculations for magnetic phase transition simulation.

  4. Study of the influence of the codopant over the photoluminescent properties of PAA doped with Eu{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}, and Tb{sup 3+}; Estudio de la influencia del codopante sobre las propiedades fotoluminiscentes de PAA dopado con Eu{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+} y Tb{sup 3+}

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Flores, M.; Arroyo, R. [Departamento de Fisica, UAM-I, A.P. 55-534, 09820 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    The results are presented obtained about the synthesis of acrylic poly acid characterization (PAA) doped with Eu{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}. They got ready materials with even of these ions and it was studied the influence of the co dopant in the processes of emission of Eu{sup 3+} ({lambda}{sub em} = 618 nm), Gd{sup 3+} ({lambda}{sub em} = 624 nm) and Tb{sup 3+} ({lambda}{sub em} = 546 nm), as well as their effect in the phosphorescence ({lambda}{sub em} = 450 nm) of the polymeric matrix. It was found that the intensity of the emission of Eu{sup 3+} diminishes substantially due to the presence of the ions Gd{sup 3+}, contrary to what happens when the co dopant is Tb{sup 3+} , which causes an increase. In the one case of the emission of Tb{sup 3+}, this it increases with the presence of Gd{sup 3+} but it diminishes when Eu{sup 3+} is present. These results are consequence of the homogeneous distribution of those dopants and of the phenomena of energy transfer that happen in the materials synthesized. (Author)

  5. Investigation of local magnetism in RZn (R = Ce, Gd, Tb, Dy) and GdCu intermetallic compounds using perturbed angular correlation gamma-gamma spectroscopy; Investigacao do magnetismo local em compostos intermetalicos do tipo RZn (R = Ce, Gd, Tb, Dy) e GdCu pela espectroscopia de correlacao angular gama-gama perturbada

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Santos, Brianna Bosch dos

    2010-07-01

    This work presents, from a microscopic point of view, a systematic study of the local magnetism in RZn (R = Ce, Gd, Tb, Dy) and GdCu intermetallic compounds through measurements of hyperfine interactions using the Perturbed Angular Correlation Gamma- Gamma Spectroscopy technique with {sup 111}In {yields} {sup 111}Cd and {sup 140}La {yields} {sup 140}Ce as probe nuclei. As the magnetism in these compounds originates from the 4f electrons of the rare-earth elements it is interesting to observe in a systematic study of RZn compounds the behavior of the magnetic hyperfine field with the variation of the number of 4f electrons in the R element. The use of probe nuclei {sup 140}La {yields} {sup 140}Ce is interesting because Ce{sup +3} ion posses one 4f electron which may contribute to the total hyperfine field, and the results showed anomalous behavior. The results for {sup 111}Cd probe showed that the temperature dependence of the magnetic hyperfine field follows the Brillouin function, and the magnetic hyperfine field decreases linearly with increase of the atomic number of rare earth when plotted as a function of the rare-earth J spin projection, showing that the main contribution to the magnetic hyperfine field in RZn compounds comes from the polarization of the conduction electrons. The results for the electric field gradient measured with {sup 111}Cd for all compounds showed a strong decrease with the atomic number of the rare-earth element. We have therefore assumed that the major contribution to the electric field gradient originates from the 4f electrons of the rare-earths. The measurements of the electric field gradient for GdCu with {sup 111}Cd, after temperature decreases and increases again showed that two different structures, CsCl-type cubic and FeB-type orthorhombic structures co-exist. Finally, it is the first time that measurements of hyperfine parameters have been carried out with theses two probe nuclei in the studied RZn. (author)

  6. Síntesis hidrotermal de monocristales LnMn2O5 (Ln= Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho y Er

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Señarís Rodríguez, M. A.

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Ten single crystals of the series LnMn2O5 (Ln= Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho and Er were synthesized by hydrothermal synthesis in a single step and without subsequent thermal treatments from aqueous solutions of metals salts at 240 ºC. The obtained single crystals have a size of various micrometers and their morphology changes throughout the serie: they are polygonal in the case of the compounds with Ln= Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu and Gd and needle-like in the case of the compounds with Ln= Y, Tb, Dy, Ho and Er. After the analysis of the obtained products employing different conditions of synthesis we attributed the different morphology to a greater growth rate along the c axis when the smaller ions (Y, Tb, Dy, Ho y Er are involved, due to their better adaptation to the compound’s crystal structure.Se han conseguido preparar monocristales de 10 óxidos mixtos de la serie LnMn2O5 (Ln= Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho y Er mediante síntesis hidrotermal optimizada, en un único paso y sin tratamientos térmicos posteriores partiendo de las correspondientes sales metálicas en disolución acuosa a 240 ºC. Los monocristales obtenidos son relativamente grandes, de varias micras y su morfología varía a lo largo de la serie: es poligonal en el caso de los compuestos de los lantánidos del inicio de la serie (Ln= Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu y Gd y acicular en el caso de los compuestos de Y y de los lantánidos del final de la serie (Ln= Tb, Dy, Ho y Er. Tras el análisis de los productos obtenidos empleando distintas condiciones de síntesis atribuimos la diferente morfología a una mayor velocidad de crecimiento cristalino a lo largo del eje c cuando intervienen los iones más pequeños (Y, Tb, Dy, Ho y Er debido a la mejor adaptación de éstos últimos a la estructura cristalina del compuesto.

  7. Facile synthesis and luminescence properties of Y2O3:Ln(3+) (Ln(3+) = Eu(3+), Tb(3+), Dy(3+), Sm(3+), Er(3+), Ho(3+), Tm(3+), Yb(3+)/Er(3+), Yb(3+)/Tm(3+), Yb(3+)/Ho(3+)) microspheres.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Xu, Zhenhe; Zhao, Qian; Ren, Baoyi; You, Lixin; Sun, Yaguang

    2014-08-01

    Multicolor and monodisperse Y2O3:Ln(3+) (Ln(3+) = Eu(3+), Tb(3+), Dy(3+), Sm(3+), Er(3+), Ho(3+), Tm(3+), Yb(3+)/Er(3+), Yb(3+)/Ho(3+)) microspheres were prepared through a facile urea-assisted homogeneous precipitation method followed by a subsequent calcination process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDS), Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra were employed to characterize the samples. The XRD results reveal that the as-prepared spheres can be well indexed to cubic Y2O3 phase with high purity. The SEM and TEM images show the obtained Y2O3:Ln(3+) samples consist of regular nanospheres with the mean diameter of 350 nm. And the possible formation mechanism is also proposed. Upon ultraviolet and low-voltage electron beams excitation, Y2O3:Ln(3+) (Ln(3+) = Eu(3+), Tb(3+), Dy(3+), Sm(3+), Er(3+), Ho(3+), Tm(3+)) samples exhibit respective bright red (Eu(3+), (5)D0 --> (7)F2), green (Tb(3+), (5)D4 --> (7)F5), blue (Dy(3+), (4)F9/2 --> (6)H13/2), yellow (Sm(3+), (4)G5/2 --> (6)H7/2), green (Er(3+), (4)S3/2 --> (4)I15/2), green (Ho(3+), (5)S2 --> (5)I8), blue (Tm(3+), (1)D2 --> (3)F4) down-conversion (DC) emissions. Under 980 nm NIR irradiation, Y2O3:Ln(3+) (Ln(3+) = Yb(3+)/Er(3+), Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) and Yb(3+)/Ho(3+)) exhibit characteristic up-conversion (UC) emissions of green (Er(3+), (2)H11/2, (4)S3/2, (2)H11/2 --> (4)I5/2), blue (Tm(3+), (1)G4 --> (3)H6) and green (Ho(3+), (5)F4, (5)S2 --> (5)I8), respectively. These merits of multicolor emissions in the visible region endow this kind of material with potential applications in the field of light display systems, lasers, and optoelectronic devices.

  8. Ultrasmall, water dispersible, TWEEN80 modified Yb:Er:NaGd(WO4)2 nanoparticles with record upconversion ratiometric thermal sensitivity and their internalization by mesenchymal stem cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Cascales, Concepción; Paíno, Carlos L.; Bazán, Eulalia; Zaldo, Carlos

    2017-05-01

    This work presents the synthesis by coprecipitation of diamond shaped Yb:Er:NaGd(WO4)2 crystalline nanoparticles (NPs) with diagonal dimensions in the 5-7 nm × 10-12 nm range which have been modified with TWEEN80 for their dispersion in water, and their interaction with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) proposed as cellular NP vehicles. These NPs belong to a large family of tetragonal Yb:Er:NaT(XO4)2 (T = Y, La, Gd, Lu; X = Mo, W) compounds with green (2H11/2 + 4S3/2 → 4I15/2) Er-related upconversion (UC) efficiency comparable to that of Yb:Er:β-NaYF4 reference compound, but with a ratiometric thermal sensitivity (S) 2.5-3.5 times larger than that of the fluoride. At the temperature range of interest for biomedical applications (˜293-317 K/20-44 °C) S = 108-118 × 10-4 K-1 for 20 at%Yb:5 at%Er:NaGd(WO4)2 NPs, being the largest values so far reported using the 2H11/2/4S3/2 Er intensity ratiometric method. Cultured MSCs, incubated with these water NP emulsions, internalize and accumulate the NPs enclosed in endosomes/lysosomes. Incubations with up to 10 μg of NPs per ml of culture medium maintain cellular metabolism at 72 h. A thermal assisted excitation path is discussed as responsible for the UC behavior of Yb:Er:NaT(XO4)2 compounds.

  9. Crystal structure of RCoIn5 (R - Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Y) and R2CoIn8 (R - Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Y) compounds

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Kalychak, Ya.M.; Zaremba, V.I.; Baranyak, V.M.; Bruskov, V.A.; Zavalij, P.Yu.

    1989-01-01

    Usng X-ray diffraction method of monocrystal, crystal structure of HoCoIn 5 compound belonging to the HoCoGa 5 structural type is determined. Using the method of powder belonging of CeCoIn 5 structure to the HoCoGa 5 structural type is confirmed. Isostructural compounds with Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy are detected. Their lattice periods are determined. Using the method of powder belonging of Ce 2 CoIn 8 compound structure to Ho 2 CoGa 8 structural type is determined. Isostructural compounds with Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm are detected and their lattice periods are determined

  10. Tune color of single-phase LiGd(MoO4)2-X(WO4)X: Sm3+, Tb3+ via adjusting the proportion of matrix and energy transfer to create white-light phosphor

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wu, Hongyue; Yang, Junfeng; Wang, Xiaoxue; Gan, Shucai; Li, Linlin

    2018-03-01

    A series of LiGd(MO4)2: Sm3+, Tb3+ (M = Mo, W) phosphors was prepared by a conventional solid state reaction method. Powder X-Ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that the compounds are of the same structure type. Their luminescent properties have been studied. The optimal doping concentrations are 8% for Sm3+ and 18% for Tb3+ in the LiGd(MoO4)2 host. Sm3+ and Tb3+ have different sensitivity to the Mo/W ratio. For LiGd(MoO4)2-X(WO4)X: Sm3+ (X = 0, 0.4, 0.8, 1.2, 1.6, 2.0), the strongest emission intensity is 1.766 times than that of the weakest, while 171 times for LiGd(MoO4)2-X(WO4)X: Tb3+. The experimental results show that Mo/W ratio strong influences on the properties of LiGd(MoO4)2-X(WO4)X: Tb3+. With the increasing of WO42- groups concentration, the shape of characteristic excitation peaks of Tb3+ is almost the same and the excitation intensity gradually increase. Moreover, the energy transfer from Tb3+ to Sm3+ has been realized in the co-doped phosphors. The experimental analysis and theoretical calculations reveal that the quadrupole-quadrupole interaction is the dominant mechanism for the Tb3+→Sm3+ energy transfer. Therefore, luminous intensity can be adjusted by different sensitivities to matrix composition and energy transfer from Tb3+→Sm3+. By this tuning color method, white-light-emitting phosphor has been prepared. The excitation wavelength is 378 nm, and this indicates that the white-light-emitting phosphor could be pumped by near-UV light.

  11. Monodisperse REPO4 (RE = Yb, Gd, Y) hollow microspheres covered with nanothorns as affinity probes for selectively capturing and labeling phosphopeptides.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Cheng, Gong; Zhang, Ji-Lin; Liu, Yan-Lin; Sun, De-Hui; Ni, Jia-Zuan

    2012-02-13

    Rare-earth phosphate microspheres with unique structures were developed as affinity probes for the selective capture and tagging of phosphopeptides. Prickly REPO(4) (RE = Yb, Gd, Y) monodisperse microspheres, that have hollow structures, low densities, high specific surface areas, and large adsorptive capacities were prepared by an ion-exchange method. The elemental compositions and crystal structures of these affinity probes were confirmed by energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The morphologies of these compounds were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nitrogen-adsorption isotherms. The potential ability of these microspheres for selectively capturing and labeling target biological molecules was evaluated by using protein-digestion analysis and a real sample as well as by comparison with the widely used TiO(2) affinity microspheres. These results show that these porous rare-earth phosphate microspheres are highly promising probes for the rapid purification and recognition of phosphopeptides. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Controllable upconversion luminescence and temperature sensing behavior in NaGdF4:Yb3+/Ho3+/Ce3+ nano-phosphors

    Science.gov (United States)

    Pang, Tao; Wang, Jiajun

    2018-01-01

    The hexagonal NaGdF4:Yb3+/Ho3+/Ce3+ nano-phosphors are synthesized by a hydrothermal method. Under 980 nm excitation, the phosphor emits green, red and far-red light in the visible wavelength region, corresponding to the 5S2/5F4 → 5I8, 5F5 → 5I8 and 5S2/5F4 → 5I7 transitions of Ho3+ ions, respectively. When adjusting the Ce3+ concentration from 0% to 16%, the dominant wavelength shifts ∼43 nm toward the longer wavelength. Two cross-relaxation processes between Ho3+ and Ce3+ are responsible for the change in chromaticity. Also, the ability of the Ce3+ concentration to regulate the luminescence color depends on the pumping power and temperature of samples. More interestingly, the phosphors are potentially applicable as the optical thermometric materials. In the case of 16% Ce3+ doping, the maximum sensitivity (0.1446 K‑1) about 4–35 times as high as the reported values of several typical thermometric materials is obtained.

  13. Preparation, Characterization, and Ionic Transport Properties of Nanoscale Ln2Zr2O7 (Ln = Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Dy, Er, and Yb) Energy Materials

    Science.gov (United States)

    Solomon, Sam; George, Aneesh; Thomas, Jijimon Kumpakkattu; John, Annamma

    2015-01-01

    Nanoparticles of lanthanide (Ln)-based zirconates have been prepared through the autoignited combustion technique. The structure of the system was analyzed by powder x-ray diffraction and vibrational spectroscopic tools. The compounds with Ln = Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, and Gd have pyrochlore cubic structure, whereas those with Ln = Dy, Er, and Yb possess anion-deficient disordered cubic fluorite structure. The optical properties of the powder were analyzed using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. Pellets of the compounds were sintered in the range from 1325°C to 1530°C for 2 h. The surface morphology of sintered Nd2Zr2O7 was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. Impedance spectroscopic studies of the samples were carried out at different temperatures. The conductivity increased to the order of 10-2 S/m at 750°C, and the highest conductivity of 13.21 × 10-2 S/m was obtained for Er2Zr2O7. All samples of this system are suitable candidates for fabrication of electrolytes for use in solid oxide fuel cells, particularly at moderate temperatures.

  14. A facile synthesis approach and impact of shell formation on morphological structure and luminescent properties of aqueous dispersible NaGdF{sub 4}:Yb/Er upconversion nanorods

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ansari, Anees A., E-mail: aneesaansari@gmail.com [King Saud University, King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology (Saudi Arabia); Yadav, Ranvijay; Rai, S. B. [Banaras Hindu University, Department of Physics (India)

    2016-12-15

    A general facile synthesis approach was used for fabrication of highly emissive aqueous dispersible hexagonal phase upconversion luminescent NaGdF{sub 4}:Yb/Er nanorods (core NRs) through metal complex decomposition process. An inert NaGdF{sub 4} and porous silica layers were grafted surrounding the surface of each and every NRs to enhance their luminescence efficiency and colloidal dispersibility in aqueous environment. Optical properties in terms of band gap energy of core, core/shell, and silica-coated core/shell/SiO{sub 2} nanorods were observed to investigate the influence of surface coating, which was gradually decreased after surface coating because of increase crystalline size after growth of inert and silica shells. The inert shell formation before silica surface grafting, upconversion luminescence intensity was greatly improved by about 20 times, owing to the effective surface passivation of the seed core and, therefore, protection of Er{sup 3+} ion in the core from the nonradiative decay caused by surface defects. Moreover, after silica coating, core/shell nanorods shows strong upconversion luminescence property similar to the hexagonal upconversion core NRs. It is expected that these NaGdF{sub 4}:Yb/Er@NaGdF{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2} (core/shell/SiO{sub 2}) NRs including highly upconversion emissive and aqueous dispersible properties make them an ideal materials for various photonic-based potential applications such as in upconversion luminescent bioimaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and photodynamic therapy.

  15. Luminescence of Sm, Eu and Tb in compounds with heptafluoroheptanedione and possibility to use in analysis

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Kononenko, L.I.; Kravchenko, T.B.; Bel'tyukova, S.V.; Kuz'min, V.E.; Suprinovich, E.S.

    1980-01-01

    Proposed is heptafluoroheptanedione - 2.4 (HFHD) as a luminescent reagent on Eu 3+ , Sm 3+ , Tb 3+ . Complex formation of rare earths with HFHD approaches maximum at 7.5-8.5 pH. The formed complex compounds of rare earths with HFHD are well extracted from aqueous solutions by a number of organic solvents, Isub(lum) of the extracts is the same as that of the complex in aqueous-ethanol solution. The given method permits to determine Eu, Sm, Tb microquantities in Y, La, Sm, Gd, Tb, Yb and Lu oxides. Variation coefficient does not exceed 6.5 %

  16. Photoluminescence study in Ho3+/Tm3+/Yb3+/Li+:Gd2(MoO4)3 nanophosphors for near white light emitting diode and security ink applications

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kumari, Anita; Mondal, Manisha; Rai, Vineet Kumar; Narayan Singh, Satyendra

    2018-01-01

    Ho3+/Yb3+/Tm3+/Li+:Gd2(MoO4)3 nanophosphors successfully synthesised via solid state reaction method have been structurally and optically characterised. Under 980 nm diode laser excitation the nanophosphors emit intense blue, green, red and NIR emissions peaking at ∼476 nm, ∼543 nm, ∼646 nm and ∼798 nm corresponding to the 1G4 → 3H6 (Tm3+), 5F4, 5S2 → 5I8 (Ho3+), 5F 5 → 5I8 (Ho3+) and 3H4 → 3H6 (Tm3+) transitions respectively. The upconversion emission intensity enhancement in the Ho3+–Yb3+–Tm3+–Li+:Gd2(MoO4)3 nanophosphors for the green band is found to be ∼367, ∼50 and ∼9 times compared to the singly Ho3+ doped, Ho3+–Yb3+ co-doped and Ho3+–Yb3+–Tm3+ tri-doped Gd2(MoO4)3 nanophosphors. The enhancement observed has been explained on the basis of energy transfer process and local field modifications around the rare earth ions. The energy transfer efficiency ∼5% is determined in the tridoped nanophosphors. The interaction involved between rare earth ions for energy transfer process is found to be dipole–dipole type. On changing the Tm3+ ions concentration the colour emitted from the tridoped nanophosphors is tuned from near white to blue region. In the tridoped nanophosphors, on varying the pump power the colour tunability has been observed.

  17. Magnetic and electrical properties of the stannides RE sub 3 Co sub 6 Sn sub 5 (RE Sm, Gd, Tb and Dy)

    CERN Document Server

    Kaczorowski, D; Rogl, P; Romaka, L; Gorelenko, Y

    2003-01-01

    Polycrystalline samples of the ternary intermetallics RE sub 3 Co sub 6 Sn sub 5 (RE Sm, Gd, Tb and Dy) were studied by means of magnetization, dc magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity measurements. All these stannides were found to order magnetically at low temperatures. Sm sub 3 Co sub 6 Sn sub 5 is antiferromagnetic below T sub N = 8 K, while Tb sub 3 Co sub 6 Sn sub 5 exhibits ferromagnetic ordering below T sub C = 16 K. The other two compounds show more complex magnetic behaviour with subsequent phase transitions in the ordered regions. For Gd sub 3 Co sub 6 Sn sub 5 one observes the onset of ferromagnetism at T sub C = 25 K, which is followed by a change in the magnetic structure at T sub 1 = 12 K. In the case of Dy sub 3 Co sub 6 Sn sub 5 an antiferromagnetic type of order sets in at T sub N = 7 K, and then a spin structure rearrangement occurs at T sub 1 = 3 K that yields a ferromagnetic component at lower temperatures. All the ternaries studied exhibit metallic-like conductivity with pro...

  18. Critical evaluation and thermodynamic optimisation of the Si-RE systems: Part II. Si-RE system (RE = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Lu and Y)

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Kim, Junghwan; Jung, In-Ho

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • The (Si-RE) (RE = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Lu and Y) systems have been reviewed. • The thermodynamic optimization of the (Si-RE) systems have been performed. • Systematic changes and similarities in the (Si-RE) systems were found. • The systematic approach resolved inconsistencies in the experimental data. • The systematic approach was used to assess the unexplored phase diagrams. - Abstract: A critical evaluation and optimisation of all available phase diagrams and thermodynamic data of the (Si-RE) (RE = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Lu and Y) systems was conducted to obtain reliable thermodynamic functions of all the phases in the system. In the thermodynamic modelling, a systematic analysis involving the similarity and periodicity observed in the lanthanide series was applied to resolve inconsistencies in the experimental data and to estimate the unknown thermodynamic properties and phase equilibria data. In particular, the phase diagrams and thermodynamic properties of (Si-Tm) and (Si-Lu) systems which are rarely investigated can be predicted from this approach. Systematic trends in thermodynamic properties of solid and liquid phases and phase diagram of the entire (Si-RE) systems were summarized

  19. Structural and optical properties of Tb-doped Na-Gd metaphosphate glasses and glass-ceramics

    Czech Academy of Sciences Publication Activity Database

    Moretti, F.; Vedda, A.; Nikl, Martin; Nitsch, Karel

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 21, č. 15 (2009), 155103/1-155103/7 ISSN 0953-8984 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA200100626 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : Na-Gd metaphosphate glass * glass -ceramics * NaGd(PO 3 ) 4 * optical properties * structural properties * Raman spectroscopy Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.964, year: 2009

  20. Luminescence characteristic of RE (RE = Pr, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy) and energy levels of lanthanide ions in Gd5Si3O12N

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Zhi-Jun; Yang, Woochul

    2017-10-01

    Polycrystalline Gd5Si3O12N: RE (RE = Pr, Sm, Eu, Tb and Dy) phosphors have been synthesized via a solid-state reaction method at high temperature, and their photoluminescence properties were studied. The absorption peak at about 230 nm is attributed to the host absorption. For the Pr3+-doped sample, the typical excitation lines located at 273 nm originating from the 8S7/2 → 6IJ (J = 5/2, 7/2) transitions of the Gd3+ ions were observed in the excitation spectra. Upon excitation at 227 nm UV light, the 4f15d → 4f2 emission band (350-450 nm) and typical 4f2 → 4f2 emission lines (450-700 nm) assigned to Pr3+ were observed. The Sm3+-doped sample exhibits a bright red emission owing to the 4G5/2 → 6HJ (J = 5/2, 7/2 and 9/2) transitions. However, the charge transfer band of Sm3+ was not observed in the excitation spectrum. There is a broad band from 200 to 350 nm originating from the charge transfer transition (CT) of the Eu3+ (O2-/N3- → Eu3+) in the excitation spectra, and the strongest peak in the emission spectra located at 615 nm is due to the electric-dipole 5D0 → 7F2 transition of Eu3+. For the Tb3+-doped sample, it shows 5D3 →7FJ (J = 5, 4, 3, 2) blue line emissions and 5D4 → 7FJ (J = 6, 5, 4, 3) green line emissions under the excitation of Tb3+. The Dy3+-activated sample upon excitation at 349 and 386 nm UV light shows blue-green and orange-red emission lines originating from 4F9/2 → 6HJ (J = 15/2, 13/2) transitions. In addition, the energy transfer from the host lattice to the luminescence activators (i.e. Pr3+, Sm3+, Eu3+, Tb3+, Dy3+) has been confirmed. In addition, the energy level diagram including the 4f and 5d energy levels of all Ln2+ and Ln3+ ions relative to the valence and conduction band of Gd5Si3O12N were constructed and discussed.

  1. Optical emission, vibrational feature, and shear-thinning aspect of Tb3+-doped Gd2O3 nanoparticle-based novel ferrofluids irradiated by gamma photons

    Science.gov (United States)

    Paul, Nibedita; Hazarika, Samiran; Saha, Abhijit; Mohanta, Dambarudhar

    2013-10-01

    The present work reports on the spectroscopic and rheological properties of un-exposed and gamma (γ-) irradiated rare earth (RE) oxide nanoparticle-based ferrofluids (FFs). The FFs were produced by dispersing surfactant coated terbium (Tb3+)-doped gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) nanoparticles in the ethanol medium and later on they were subjected to energetic γ-irradiation (1.25 MeV) at select doses (97 Gy and 2.635 kGy). The synthesized RE oxide nanoparticles were of ˜7 nm size and having a cubic crystal structure, as predicted from transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction studies. Fourier transformed infra-red (FT-IR) spectra showed an adequate blue shift of the Gd-O vibrational stretching mode from a wavenumber value of ˜558 cm-1, for the un-irradiated sample to a value of ˜540 cm-1 corresponding to the irradiated sample (2.635 kGy). In contrast, photoluminescence spectra have revealed modification of defect states along with Tb3+ assisted radiative transitions. The rheology measurements have illustrated unusual shear thinning behavior of the FFs, with an apparently improved power index (s) value from 0.34 to 0.50, obtained for increasing γ-dose cases. The variation of the decay parameter with irradiation dose, as predicted from the nature of apparent viscosity curves, is attributed to the defect formation, role of impurity ions (Tb3+), and weakening of inter nanoparticle bonding. The unusual properties of the novel RE oxide based FFs may find scope in sealing and shielding elements in the radiation environment including accelerator and other related zones.

  2. A novel tunable blue-green-emitting CaGdGaAl2O7:Ce(3+),Tb(3+) phosphor via energy transfer for UV-excited white LEDs.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liang, Chao; You, Hongpeng; Fu, Yibing; Teng, Xiaoming; Liu, Kai; He, Jinhua

    2015-05-07

    CaGdGaAl2O7 and CaGdGaAl2O7:Ce(3+),Tb(3+) have been synthesized by a traditional solid state reaction for the first time. The Rietveld refinement confirmed that CaGdGaAl2O7 has a tetragonal crystal system with the space group P4[combining macron]21m. The photoluminescence properties show that the obtained phosphors can be efficiently excited in the range from 330 to 400 nm, which matches perfectly with commercial UV LED chips. A tunable blue-green emitting CaGdGaAl2O7:Ce(3+),Tb(3+) phosphor has been obtained, by codoping Ce(3+) and Tb(3+) ions into the host and varying their relative ratios, and may be a good candidate for blue-green components in UV white LEDs. The luminescence properties and lifetimes reveal an efficient energy transfer from the Ce(3+) to Tb(3+) ions. The energy transfer is demonstrated to be a dipole-quadrupole mechanism, and the critical distance for Ce(3+) to Tb(3+) calculated by the concentration quenching is 12.25 Å.

  3. Preparation and characterization of electroluminescent devices based on complexes of β-diketonates of Tb3+, Eu3+, Gd3+ ions with macrocyclic ligands and UO22+ films

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Gibelli, Edison Bessa

    2010-01-01

    Complexes containing Rare Earth ions are of great interest in the manufacture of electro luminescent devices as organic light emitting devices (OLED). These devices, using rare earth trivalent ions (TR 3+ ) as emitting centers, show high luminescence with extremely fine spectral bands due to the structure of their energy levels, long life time and high quantum efficiency. This work reports the preparation of Rare Earth β-diketonate complexes (Tb 3+ , Eu 3+ and Gd 3+ ) and (tta - thenoyltrifluoroacetonate and acac - acetylacetonate) containing a ligand macrocyclic crown ether (DB18C6 - dibenzo18coroa6) and polymer films of UO 2 2+ . The materials were characterized by complexometric titration with EDTA, CH elemental analysis, near infrared absorption spectroscopy, thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction (powder method) and luminescence spectroscopy. For manufacturing the OLED it was used the technique of deposition of thin films by physical vapor (PVD, Physical Vapor Deposition). (author)

  4. Raman and Fluorescence Spectroscopy of CeO2, Er2O3, Nd2O3, Tm2O3, Yb2O3, La2O3, and Tb4O7

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Jianlan Cui

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To better understand and ascertain the mechanisms of flotation reagent interaction with rare earth (RE minerals, it is necessary to determine the physical and chemical properties of the constituent components. Seven rare earth oxides (CeO2, Er2O3, Nd2O3, Tm2O3, Yb2O3, La2O3, and Tb4O7 that cover the rare earth elements (REEs from light to heavy REEs have been investigated using Raman spectroscopy. Multiple laser sources (wavelengths of 325 nm, 442 nm, 514 nm, and 632.8 nm for the Raman shift ranges from 100 cm−1 to 5000 cm−1 of these excitations were used for each individual rare earth oxide. Raman shifts and fluorescence emission have been identified. Theoretical energy levels for Er, Nd, and Yb were used for the interpretation of fluorescence emission. The experimental results showed good agreement with the theoretical calculation for Er2O3 and Nd2O3. Additional fluorescence emission was observed with Yb2O3 that did not fit the reported energy level diagram. Tb4O7 was observed undergoing laser induced changes during examination.

  5. Thermal decomposition of RE(C2H5CO2)3·H2O (RE = Dy, Tb, Gd, Eu and Sm)

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Grivel, Jean-Claude

    2014-01-01

    The thermal decomposition of Dy(III), Tb(III), Gd(III), Eu(III), and Sm(III) propionate monohydrates was studied in argon by means of simultaneous differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetry, infrared-spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and optical microscopy. After dehydration, which takes p...

  6. Platinum triangles in the Pt/Al framework of the intermetallic REPt{sub 6}Al{sub 3} (RE = Ce-Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb) series

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Eustermann, Fabian; Stegemann, Frank; Renner, Konstantin [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (Germany); Janka, Oliver [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (Germany); Institut fuer Chemie, Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet Oldenburg (Germany)

    2017-12-13

    The compounds of the REPt{sub 6}Al{sub 3} series (RE = Ce-Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb) were obtained by reaction of the elements via arc-melting. They were characterized by powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction (NdPt{sub 6}Al{sub 3}: wR = 0.0432, 759 F{sup 2} values, 33 variables) as well as by magnetic susceptibility measurements. The isostructural compounds crystallize with a new structure type in the trigonal crystal system with space group R anti 3c, twelve formula units in the unit cell, and lattice parameters of a = 752-755 and c = 3882-3945 pm. The crystal structure can be described by different slabs stacked along [001]. One layer features Pt{sub 3} triangles, centering the cavities of a flat honeycomb RE layer that are arranged in a..ABCA{sup '}B{sup '}C{sup '}.. sequence. The other layer consists of condensed hexagonal [Pt{sub 6}Al{sub 6}] prisms, centered by Pt atoms, separating the before mentioned slabs. Magnetic measurements revealed that all rare-earth atoms are in the trivalent oxidation state, however, due to the low lanthanoide content magnetic ordering phenomena were observed only at low temperatures [SmPt{sub 6}Al{sub 3}: T{sub C} = 5.0(1) K; GdPt{sub 6}Al{sub 3}: T{sub C} = 7.3(1) K; TbPt{sub 6}Al{sub 3}: T{sub N} = 3.6(1) K]. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  7. Synthesis and luminescence investigation of Tb{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+} codoped CdF{sub 2} single crystals

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Cheddadi, A.; Boubekri, H.; Labbaci, K. [Laboratory of Laser Physics, Optical Spectroscopy and Optoelectronics (LAPLASO), Badji Mokhtar Annaba University, POB 12, 23000 Annaba (Algeria); Diaf, M., E-mail: diafma@yahoo.fr [Laboratory of Laser Physics, Optical Spectroscopy and Optoelectronics (LAPLASO), Badji Mokhtar Annaba University, POB 12, 23000 Annaba (Algeria); Guerbous, L. [Laser Department, Nuclear Technique Division, Nuclear Research Center of Algiers, 02 Bd Frantz Fanon, 16000 Algiers (Algeria); Duvaut, T.; Jouart, J.P. [ECATHERM/GRESPI, Reims Champagne-Ardenne University (France)

    2014-03-01

    Tb{sup 3+} (1%), Yb{sup 3+} (5%):CdF{sub 2} single crystals with good optical quality are grown by the standard Bridgman method. The crystal structure is checked by means of X-ray diffraction analysis. Absorption, excitation and fluorescence spectra are carried out at room temperature. The standard Judd–Ofelt (JO) model is applied to absorption intensities of Tb{sup 3+} to obtain the three phenomenological intensity parameters by the least square fit procedure. The values obtained are Ω{sub 2}=2.40, Ω{sub 4}=2.03 and Ω{sub 6}=3.60 in 10{sup –20} cm{sup 2} units, with root mean square of δ=0.1×10{sup –20} cm{sup 2}. These JO intensity parameters are then applied to determine the radiative transition probabilities (A{sub JJ'}), radiative lifetimes (τ{sub rad}) and branching ratios (β{sub JJ'}) of Tb{sup 3+} transitions. We focused on the blue and green transitions from {sup 5}D{sub 3} and {sup 5}D{sub 4} levels which occur with relatively high transition probabilities and branching ratios. The fluorescence spectrum exhibits two groups of lines well resolved from {sup 5}D{sub 3} and {sup 5}D{sub 4} manifolds ({sup 5}D{sub 3}, {sup 5}D{sub 4}→{sup 7}F{sub J}, J=6, 5, 4, 3, 2). This spectrum is characterized by two strong lines corresponding to {sup 5}D{sub 3}→{sup 7}F{sub 5} (violet/blue line) and {sup 5}D{sub 4}→{sup 7}F{sub 5} (green line) transitions. For the main transitions, there is a good agreement between the fluorescence spectrum and the spontaneous emission probabilities given by the JO analysis. We also performed fluorescence decay spectra and measured the lifetime of {sup 5}D{sub 3} and {sup 5}D{sub 4} levels. This have led us to obtain the quantum efficiency of the two transitions {sup 5}D{sub 3}, {sup 5}D{sub 4}→{sup 7}F{sub 5}. For the green transition, the value of radiative quantum efficiency obtained is high, which reflects that multiphonon relaxation is limited. The reduced quantum efficiency of the transition from

  8. Role of Gd{sup 3+} ion on downshifting and upconversion emission properties of Pr{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+} co-doped YNbO{sub 4} phosphor and sensitization effect of Bi{sup 3+} ion

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Dwivedi, A.; Rai, S. B., E-mail: sbrai49@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Mishra, Kavita [Department of Physics, University of Lucknow, Lucknow 226007 (India)

    2016-07-28

    Dual-mode luminescence (downshifting-DS and upconversion-UC) properties of Pr{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped Y{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}NbO{sub 4} (x = 0.0, 0.5, and 1.0) phosphors synthesized by solid state reaction technique have been explored with and without Gd{sup 3+} ion. The structural characterizations (XRD, SEM, and FTIR) confirm the pure phase of YNbO{sub 4} phosphor. Further, with the Gd{sup 3+} ion co-doping, the YNbO{sub 4} phosphors having a random shape and the large particle size are found to be transformed into nearly spherical shape particles with the reduced particle size. The optical band gaps (E{sub g}) of Y{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}NbO{sub 4} (x = 0.00, 0.25, 0.50, and 1.00) calculated from UV-Vis-NIR measurements are ∼3.69, 4.00, 4.38, and 4.44 eV, respectively. Moreover, YNbO{sub 4} phosphor is a promising blue emitting material, whereas Y{sub 1−x−y−z}Pr{sub y}Yb{sub z}Gd{sub x}NbO{sub 4} phosphor gives intense green, blue, and red emissions via dual-mode optical processes. The broad blue emission arises due to (NbO{sub 4}){sup 3−} group of the host with λ{sub ex} = 264 nm, whereas Pr{sup 3+} doped YNbO{sub 4} phosphor gives dominant red and blue emissions along with comparatively weak green emission on excitation with λ{sub ex} = 300 nm and 491 nm. The concentration dependent variation in emission intensity at 491 nm ({sup 3}P{sub 0}→{sup 3}H{sub 4} transition) and 612 nm ({sup 1}D{sub 2}→{sup 3}H{sub 4} transition); at 612 nm ({sup 1}D{sub 2}→{sup 3}H{sub 4} transition) and 658 nm ({sup 3}P{sub 0}→{sup 3}F{sub 2} transition) of Pr{sup 3+} ion in YNbO{sub 4} phosphor with λ{sub ex} = 300 nm and 491 nm excitations, respectively, has been thoroughly explored and explained by the cross-relaxation process through different channels. The sensitization effect of Bi{sup 3+} ion co-doping on DS properties of the phosphor has also been studied. The observed DS results have been optimized by varying the

  9. Folic acid-conjugated GdPO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2} Nanoprobe for folate receptor-targeted optical and magnetic resonance bi-modal imaging

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Xu, Xianzhu [Jiangxi Normal University, College of Life Science, Jiangxi Provincial Key Laboratory of Protection and Utilization of Subtropical Plant Resources of Jiangxi Province (China); Zhang, Xiaoying; Wu, Yanli, E-mail: Wanny118@126.com [Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University, Jiangxi Key Laboratory of Organic Chemistry (China)

    2016-11-15

    Both fluorescent and magnetic nanoprobes have great potential applications for diagnostics and therapy. In the present work, a folic acid-conjugated and silica-modified GdPO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+} (GdPO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2}-FA) dual nanoprobe was strategically designed and synthesized for the targeted dual-modality optical and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging via a facile aqueous method. Their structural, optical, and magnetic properties were determined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible spectra (UV-Vis), photoluminescence (PL), and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). These results indicated that GdPO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2}-FA were uniform monodisperse core-shell structured nanorods (NRs) with an average length of ~200 nm and an average width of ~25 nm. The paramagnetic property of the synthesized GdPO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2}-FA NRs was confirmed with its linear hysteresis plot (M-H). In addition, the NRs displayed an obvious T{sub 1}-weighted effect and thus it could potentially serve as a T{sub 1}-positive contrast agent. The NRs emitted green lights due to the {sup 5}D{sub 4} → {sup 7}F{sub 5} transition of the Tb{sup 3+}. The in vitro assays with NCI-H460 lung cancer cells and human embryonic kidney cell line 293T cells indicated that the GdPO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2}-FA nanoprobe could specifically bind the cells bearing folate receptors (FR). The MTT assay of the NRs revealed that its cytotoxicity was very low. Further in vivo MRI experiments distinctively depict enhanced anatomical features in a xenograft tumor. These results suggest that the GdPO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2}-FA NPs have excellent imaging and cell-targeting abilities for the folate receptor-targeted dual-modality optical and MR imaging and can be potentially used as the nanoprobe for bioimaging.

  10. Structural elucidation and magnetic behavior evaluation of rare earth (La, Nd, Gd, Tb, Dy) doped BaCoNi-X hexagonal nano-sized ferrites

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Majeed, Abdul, E-mail: abdulmajeed2276@gmail.com [Department of Physics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan); Khan, Muhammad Azhar, E-mail: azhar.khan@iub.edu.pk [Department of Physics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan); Raheem, Faseeh ur; Hussain, Altaf; Iqbal, F. [Department of Physics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan); Murtaza, Ghulam [Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics, Government College University, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Akhtar, Majid Niaz [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Shakir, Imran [Deanship of Scientific Research, College of Engineering, King Saud University, PO Box 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Warsi, Muhammad Farooq [Department of Chemistry, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan)

    2016-06-15

    Rare-earth (RE=La{sup 3+}, Nd{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}) doped Ba{sub 2}NiCoRE{sub x}Fe{sub 28−x}O{sub 46} (x=0.25) hexagonal ferrites were synthesized for the first time via micro-emulsion route, which is a fast chemistry route for obtaining nano-sized ferrite powders. These nanomaterials were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), as well as vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The XRD analysis exhibited that all the samples crystallized into single X-type hexagonal phase. The crystalline size calculated by Scherrer's formula was found in the range 7–19 nm. The variations in lattice parameters elucidated the incorporation of rare-earth cations in these nanomaterials. FTIR absorption spectra of these X-type ferrites were investigated in the wave number range 500–2400 cm{sup −1.} Each spectrum exhibited absorption bands in the low wave number range, thereby confirming the X-type hexagonal structure. The enhancement in the coercivity was observed with the doping of rare-earth cations. The saturation magnetization was lowered owing to the redistribution of rare-earth cations on the octahedral site (3b{sub VI}). The higher values of coercivity (664–926 Oe) of these nanomaterials suggest their use in longitudinal recording media. - Graphical abstract: Nano-sized rare-earth (RE=La{sup 3+}, Nd{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}) doped Ba{sub 2}NiCoRE{sub x}Fe{sub 28−x}O{sub 46} (x=0.25) hexagonal ferrites were synthesized for the first time via micro-emulsion route and the crystallite size was found in the range 7–19 nm. The enhancement in the coercivity was observed with the doping of rare-earth cations. The higher values of coercivity (664–926 Oe) of these nanomaterials suggest their use in longitudinal recording media. - Highlights: • Micro-emulsion route was used to synthesize Ba{sub 2}NiCoRE{sub x}Fe{sub 28−x}O{sub 46} ferrites. • The crystallite size was found

  11. Impact of firing temperature on multi-wavelength selective Stokes and anti-Stokes luminescent behavior by Gd2O2S:Er,Yb phosphor and its application in solar energy harvesting

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kataria, V.; Mehta, D. S.

    2018-04-01

    Erbium (Er3+)-ytterbium (Yb3+) doped gadolinium oxysulphide (Gd2O2S) phosphor has been developed via a facile method of solid-state flux fusion, and offers two-fold spectrum modification with highly intense Stokes and anti-Stokes shift. The effect of the firing cycle on the photoluminescent response and morphology of Gd2O2S:Er,Yb is scrutinized, wherein the firing temperature was varied (1000 °C-1250 °C), keeping firing time and all other parameters constant. Interestingly, the nanostructures fired below 1150 °C showed nanorods of diameter ~200 nm and length ~1-2 µm, whereas firing at 1150 °C and above rendered nanospheres with small diameter, ~350 nm. Highly bright upconversion (UC) emission was achieved even under an extremely low excitation power density of 800 µW cm-2 from a 980 nm laser, and was comfortably visible to the naked eye. The incident power dependent studies disclosed increase in UC-emission intensity with increasing excitation power and a quasi-linear dependence on excitation power density. Intense characteristic UC-emission of Er3+ excited states at 525 nm, 556 nm and 668 nm were observed, and the green emission band was found to be dominant over the red band in intensity. Concurrently, downconversion (DC) emission at 556 nm and 669 nm was also exhibited under ultraviolet excitation (285 nm and 380 nm), with the red band being more powerful than the green, unlike UC-emission. Firing temperature dependent studies divulged the dependence of luminescence intensity on the firing cycle of the luminophore and formation of the respective luminescent phase. The UC-emission intensity was found to be maximum for samples fired at 1150 °C, whereas samples fired at 1000 °C showed the highest DC-emission intensity. The excitation and emission profile of single Gd2O2S:Er,Yb phosphor lying in the desired spectral region and as a dual spectral converter marks its possible application for enhanced harvesting of sunlight.

  12. Hyperfine interaction study in RCoO3 (R = Gd and Tb) and HfO2 thin film oxides by perturbed angular correlation technique

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Cavalcante, Fabio Henrique de Moraes

    2009-01-01

    In the present work, the Perturbed Angular Gamma-Gamma Correlation technique (PAC) was used to measure the Electric Field Gradient (EFG) in two oxide systems: RCoO 3 (R = Gd, Tb) perovskite oxide and HfO 2 in order to study the behavior of the EFG as a function of temperature. Electric quadrupole hyperfine interaction measurements were carried out using 111 In → 111 Cd and 181 Hf → 181 Ta radioactive probe nuclei. The samples were prepared through a chemical route known as Sol-Gel technique and analyzed with x-ray diffraction. Both nuclei were introduced in to the perovskite samples during the chemical procedure. The thin films were provided by the Laboratory of Hyperfine Interactions at the University of 181 Hf Lisbon and the probe nuclei was activated by the irradiation of the thin film in the reactor of IPEN IEA-R1 at an appropriate time regarding the thickness of the film. The measurements were taken in the temperature range from 4 K to 1560 K. The results for the perovskite oxides measurements show a site-dependence of the EFG with probe-nuclei occupation and a temperature dependence of EFG that can be explained if spins transitions in Co are considered. The results of EFG measurements in the 25 nm thin film of HfO 2 show a second fraction besides that corresponding to bulk. (author)

  13. Crystal structure, magnetization, {sup 125}Te NMR, and Seebeck coefficient of Ge{sub 49}Te{sub 50}R{sub 1} (R = La, Pr, Gd, Dy, and Yb)

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Levin, E.M., E-mail: levin@iastate.edu [Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, US Department of Energy Ames Laboratory, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Cooling, C. [Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, US Department of Energy Ames Laboratory, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Bud’ko, S.L. [Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, US Department of Energy Ames Laboratory, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Straszheim, W.E. [Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, US Department of Energy Ames Laboratory, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Lograsso, T.A. [Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, US Department of Energy Ames Laboratory, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States)

    2017-05-01

    GeTe, a self-doping semiconductor, is a well-known base compound for thermoelectric and phase-change materials. It is known, that replacement of Ge in Ag{sub 6.5}Sb{sub 6.5}Ge{sub 37}Te{sub 50} (TAGS-85) material by rare earth Dy significantly enhances both the power factor and thermoelectric figure of merit. Here we demonstrate how replacement of Ge in GeTe by rare earths with different atomic size and localized magnetic moments affect XRD patterns, magnetization, {sup 125}Te NMR spectra and spin-lattice relaxation, and the Seebeck coefficient of the alloys with a nominal composition of Ge{sub 49}Te{sub 50}R{sub 1} (R = La, Pr, Gd, Dy, and Yb). SEM, EDS and WDS data show that rare earth atoms in the matrix are present at smaller extent compared to a nominal composition, whereas rare earth also is present in inclusions. Rare earths affect the Seebeck coefficient, which is a result of interplay between the reduction due to higher carrier concentration and enhancement due to magnetic contribution. The effect of replacement of Ge in GeTe by Dy on the Seebeck coefficient is smaller than that observed in Ag{sub 6.5}Sb{sub 6.5}Ge{sub 36} Te{sub 50}Dy{sub 1}. This can be explained by larger amount of rare earth, which can be embedded into the lattice of materials containing [Ag + Sb] atomic pairs and possible effect from these pairs. - Highlights: • The effects of rare earth in Ge{sub 49}Te{sub 50}R{sub 1} (R = La, Pr, Gd, Dy, and Yb) are studied. • Rare earth atoms in the matrix are present at smaller extent compared to a nominal composition. • The effect on the Seebeck coefficient is a result from carrier concentration and magnetic contribution.

  14. Preparation and studies of Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} co-doped Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} sol-gel scintillating films

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Morales Ramirez, A. de J, E-mail: amoralesra@ipn.m [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada (CICATA) Unidad Altamira Instituto Politecnico Nacional Km. 14.5 Carr. Tampico-Puerto Industrial, C.P. 89600, Altamira, Tamaulipas (Mexico); Depto. de Ingenieria Metalurgica, ESIQIE-Instituto Politecnico Nacional UPALM C.P. 07738, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Garcia Murillo, A.; Carrillo Romo, F. de J [Depto. de Ingenieria Metalurgica, ESIQIE-Instituto Politecnico Nacional UPALM C.P. 07738, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Ramirez Salgado, J. [Programa de Ingenieria Molecular, Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Lazaro Cardenas No. 152, CP 07730, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Le Luyer, C. [LPCML, CNRS-UMR 5620/Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1/69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Chadeyron, G.; Boyer, D. [Laboratoire des Materiaux Inorganiques, CNRS-UMR 6002, Universite Blaise Pascal, 24 Ave des Landais F 63177 Aubiere Cedex (France); Moreno Palmerin, J. [Depto. de Ingenieria Metalurgica, ESIQIE-Instituto Politecnico Nacional UPALM C.P. 07738, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2009-10-30

    Eu{sup 3+} (2.5 at.%) and Tb{sup 3+} (0.005-0.01 at.%) co-doped gadolinium and yttrium oxide (Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) powders and films have been prepared using the sol-gel process. High density and optical quality thin films were prepared with the dip-coating technique. Gadolinium (III) 2,4-pentadionate and yttrium (III) 2,4-pentadionate were used as precursors, and europium and terbium in their nitrate forms were used as doping agents. Chemical and structural analyses (infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy) were conducted on both sol-gel precursor powders and dip-coated films. The morphology of thin films heat-treated at 700 {sup o}C was studied by means of atomic force microscopy. It was shown that the highly dense and very smooth films had a root mean roughness (RMS) of 2 nm {+-} 0.2 (A = 0.0075 Tb{sup 3+}) and 24 nm {+-} 3.0 (B = 0.01 Tb{sup 3+}). After treatment at 700 {sup o}C, the crystallized films were in the cubic phase and presented a polycrystalline structure made up of randomly oriented crystallites with grain sizes varying from 20 to 60 nm. The X-ray induced emission spectra of Eu{sup 3+}- and Tb{sup 3+}-doped Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders showed that Tb{sup 3+} contents of 0.005, 0.0075 and 0.01 at.% affected their optical properties. Lower Tb{sup 3+} concentrations (down to 0.005 at.%) in both systems enhanced the light yield.

  15. Ion-irradiation resistance of the orthorhombic Ln2TiO5 (Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb and Dy) series

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Aughterson, Robert D.; Lumpkin, Gregory R.; Ionescu, Mihail; Reyes, Massey de los; Gault, Baptiste; Whittle, Karl R.; Smith, Katherine L.; Cairney, Julie M.

    2015-01-01

    The response of Ln 2 TiO 5 (where Ln is a lanthanide) compounds exposed to high-energy ions was used to test their suitability for nuclear-based applications, under two different but complementary conditions. Eight samples with nominal stoichiometry Ln 2 TiO 5 (Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb and Dy), of orthorhombic (Pnma) structure were irradiated, at various temperatures, with 1 MeV Kr 2+ ions in-situ within a transmission electron microscope. In each case, the fluence was increased until a phase transition from crystalline to amorphous was observed, termed critical dose D c . At certain elevated temperatures, the crystallinity was maintained irrespective of fluence. The critical temperature for maintaining crystallinity, T c , varied non-uniformly across the series. The T c was consistently high for La, Pr, Nd and Sm 2 TiO 5 before sequential improvement from Eu to Dy 2 TiO 5 with T c 's dropping from 974 K to 712 K. In addition, bulk Dy 2 TiO 5 was irradiated with 12 MeV Au + ions at 300 K, 723 K and 823 K and monitored via grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD). At 300 K, only amorphisation is observed, with no transition to other structures, whilst at higher temperatures, specimens retained their original structure. The improved radiation tolerance of compounds containing smaller lanthanides has previously been attributed to their ability to form radiation-induced phase transitions. No such transitions were observed here. - Highlights: • First ion-irradiation studies on a number of novel compounds including Pr 2 TiO 5 , Eu 2 TiO 5 and Tb 2 TiO 5 . • Systematic in-situ ion-irradiation study of almost complete Ln 2 TiO 5 series (Ln = lanthanides) with orthorhombic crystal structure type. • The first grazing incidence study of bulk irradiated Dy 2 TiO 5 looking for irradiation induced phase transition.

  16. Study of hyperfine interactions in intermetallic compounds Gd(Ni,Pd,Cu)In, Tb(Ni,Pd)In, Dy(Ni,Pd)In and Ho(Ni,Pd)In; Estudo de interacoes hiperfinas em compostos intermetalicos Gd(Ni,Pd,Cu)In, Tb(Ni,Pd)In, Dy(Ni,Pd)In e Ho(Ni,Pd)In

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Lapolli, Andre Luis

    2006-07-01

    Systematic behavior of magnetic hyperfine field (B{sub hf}) in the intermetallic compounds Gd(Ni,Pd,Cu)In Tb(Ni,Pd)In, Dy(Ni,Pd)In and Ho(Ni,Pd)In was studied by Perturbed Gamma-Gamma Angular Correlation spectroscopy. The measurements of B{sub hf} were carried out at the rare earth atom and in sites using the nuclear probes {sup 140}Ce and {sup 11}'1Cd respectively. The variation of hyperfine field with temperature, in most cases, follows the Brillouin function predicted from the molecular field theory. The hyperfine field values at rare earth atom sites obtained from {sup 140}Ce probe as well as at in sites obtained from {sup 111}Cd probe for each series of compounds were extrapolated to zero Kelvin B{sub hf}(T=0) from these curves. These values were compared with the values of the literature for other compounds containing the same rare earth element and all of them show a linear relationship with the ordering temperature. This indicates that the main contribution to B{sub hf} comes from the conduction electron polarization (CEP) through Fermi contact interaction and the principal mechanism of magnetic interaction in these compounds can be described by the RKKY type interaction. The values of B{sub hf}(T=0) for each family of intermetallic compounds RNiIn and RPdIn when plotted as a function of 4f spin projection of rare earth element also shows a linear relationship. Exceptions are the results for the compounds RNiIn obtained with {sup 111}Cd probe where a small deviation from linearity is observed. The results of the measurements carried out with the {sup 111}Cd probe were also analyzed to obtain the hyperfine parameters of the quadrupole interaction as a function of temperature for RPdln and GdNiIn compounds. The results show that for the compound GdPdIn there might be some Gd-In disorder at high temperature. (author)

  17. Hydrothermal synthesis and photoluminescent properties of hierarchical GdPO4·H2O:Ln3+ (Ln3+ = Eu3+, Ce3+, Tb3+) flower-like clusters

    Science.gov (United States)

    Amurisana, Bao.; Zhiqiang, Song.; Haschaolu, O.; Yi, Chen; Tegus, O.

    2018-02-01

    3D hierarchical GdPO4·H2O:Ln3+ (Ln3+ = Eu3+, Ce3+, Tb3+) flower clusters were successfully prepared on glass slide substrate by a simple, economical hydrothermal process with the assistance of disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (Na2H2L, where L4- = (CH2COO)2N(CH2)2N(CH2COO)24-). In this process, Na2H2L was used as both a chelating agent and a structure-director. The hierarchical flower clusters have an average diameter of 7-12 μm and are composed of well-aligned microrods. The influence of the molar ratio of Na2H2L/Gd3+ and reaction time on the morphology was systematically studied. A possible crystal growth and formation mechanism of hierarchical flower clusters is proposed based on the evolution of morphology as a function of reaction time. The self-assembled GdPO4·H2O:Ln3+ superstructures exhibit strong orange-red (Eu3+, 5D0 → 7F1), green (Tb3+, 5D4 → 7F5) and near ultraviolet emissions (Ce3+, 5d → 7F5/2) under ultraviolet excitation, respectively. This study may provide a new channel for building hierarchically superstructued oxide micro/nanomaterials with optical and new properties.

  18. Local Bi-O bonds correlated with infrared emission properties in triply doped Gd2.95Yb0.02Bi0.02Er0.01Ga5O12 via temperature-dependent Raman spectra and x-ray absorption fine structure analysis.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tong, Liping; Saito, Katsuhiko; Guo, Qixin; Zhou, Han; Guo, Xingmei; Fan, Tongxiang; Zhang, Di

    2018-03-28

    A correlation function between the Raman intensities and the nearest-neighbor mean-square relative displacement (MSRD) [Formula: see text] of local Bi-O bonds is successfully established based on x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and temperature-dependent Raman spectra in the temperature range 77-300 K in amorphous and crystalline Gd 2.95 Yb 0.02 Bi 0.02 Er 0.01 Ga 5 O 12 . The structural symmetries of Gd 2.95 Yb 0.02 Bi 0.02 Er 0.01 Ga 5 O 12 are described by using [Formula: see text] of local Bi-O bonds. More importantly, Gd 2.95 Yb 0.02 Bi 0.02 Er 0.01 Ga 5 O 12 is found to show excellent infrared (IR) emission properties due to changes in Bi-O bonds, and the IR emission intensities are found to depend on [Formula: see text], by using temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectroscopy. The maximum emission intensity at 1533 nm is obtained when [Formula: see text] [Formula: see text] at the lowest symmetry. This work shows that temperature-dependent Raman intensities can be used effectively to analyze the local covalent bonds around absorbing atoms as well as to study the emission properties of this visible-light-activated IR luminophor.

  19. Local Bi–O bonds correlated with infrared emission properties in triply doped Gd2.95Yb0.02Bi0.02Er0.01Ga5O12 via temperature-dependent Raman spectra and x-ray absorption fine structure analysis

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tong, Liping; Saito, Katsuhiko; Guo, Qixin; Zhou, Han; Guo, Xingmei; Fan, Tongxiang; Zhang, Di

    2018-03-01

    A correlation function between the Raman intensities and the nearest-neighbor mean-square relative displacement (MSRD) σ2 of local Bi–O bonds is successfully established based on x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and temperature-dependent Raman spectra in the temperature range 77–300 K in amorphous and crystalline Gd2.95Yb0.02Bi0.02Er0.01Ga5O12. The structural symmetries of Gd2.95Yb0.02Bi0.02Er0.01Ga5O12 are described by using σ2 of local Bi–O bonds. More importantly, Gd2.95Yb0.02Bi0.02Er0.01Ga5O12 is found to show excellent infrared (IR) emission properties due to changes in Bi–O bonds, and the IR emission intensities are found to depend on σ2 , by using temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectroscopy. The maximum emission intensity at 1533 nm is obtained when σ^2∼0.003 {\\mathringA} at the lowest symmetry. This work shows that temperature-dependent Raman intensities can be used effectively to analyze the local covalent bonds around absorbing atoms as well as to study the emission properties of this visible-light-activated IR luminophor.

  20. Syntheses, structures, and properties of a series of novel high-nuclear 3d-4f clusters with mixed amino acids as ligands: {Ln6Cu24}(Ln = Gd, Tb, Pr and Sm).

    Science.gov (United States)

    Shen, Chao-Jun; Hu, Sheng-Min; Sheng, Tian-Lu; Xue, Zhen-Zhen; Wu, Xin-Tao

    2015-04-14

    The first examples of high-nuclear 3d-4f heterometallic clusters with mixed amino acid ligands are reported. Four 30-nuclear clusters {Ln6Cu24}(Ln = Gd, Tb, Pr and Sm) were obtained through the self-assembly of Ln(III), Cu(II) and mixed amino acid ligands of glycine (HGly) and β-alanine (HAla). The metal skeleton of clusters may be described as a huge {Ln6Cu12} octahedron connected with 12 additional Cu(II) ions. The temperature dependence of magnetic susceptibilities of compounds were also studied.

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticles Doped with Ytterbium and Gadolinium: ZrO2 9.5Y2O3 5.6Yb2O3 5.2Gd2O3

    Science.gov (United States)

    Bahamirian, M.; Hadavi, S. M. M.; Rahimipour, M. R.; Farvizi, M.; Keyvani, A.

    2018-03-01

    Defect cluster thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are attractive alternatives to Yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) in advanced applications. In this study, YSZ nanoparticles doped with ytterbium and gadolinium (ZrO2 9.5Y2O3 5.6Yb2O3 5.2Gd2O3 (ZGYbY)) were synthesized through a chemical co-precipitation and calcination method, and characterized by in situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction analysis in the temperature range of 25 °C to 1000 °C (HTK-XRD), thermogravimetric analysis, differential thermal analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Precise cell parameters of t-prime phase and the best zirconia phase for TBC applications were calculated by Cohen's and Rietveld refinement methods. Optimum crystallization temperature of the precursor powder was found to be 1000 °C. Furthermore, FE-SEM results for the calcined ZGYbY powders indicated orderly particles of uniform shape and size with a small tendency toward agglomeration. Average lattice thermal expansion coefficient in the temperature range of 25 °C to 1000 °C was determined to be 31.71 × 10-6 K-1.

  2. Environmental Stability and Oxidation Behavior of HfO2-Si and YbGd(O) Based Environmental Barrier Coating Systems for SiCSiC Ceramic Matrix Composites

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhu, Dongming; Farmer, Serene; McCue, Terry R.; Harder, Bryan; Hurst, Janet B.

    2017-01-01

    Ceramic environmental barrier coatings (EBC) and SiCSiC ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) will play a crucial role in future aircraft propulsion systems because of their ability to significantly increase engine operating temperatures, improve component durability, reduce engine weight and cooling requirements. Advanced EBC systems for SiCSiC CMC turbine and combustor hot section components are currently being developed to meet future turbine engine emission and performance goals. One of the significant material development challenges for the high temperature CMC components is to develop prime-reliant, environmental durable environmental barrier coating systems. In this paper, the durability and performance of advanced Electron Beam-Physical Vapor Deposition (EB-PVD) NASA HfO2-Si and YbGdSi(O) EBC bond coat top coat systems for SiCSiC CMC have been summarized. The high temperature thermomechanical creep, fatigue and oxidation resistance have been investigated in the laboratory simulated high-heat-flux environmental test conditions. The advanced NASA EBC systems showed promise to achieve 1500C temperature capability, helping enable next generation turbine engines with significantly improved engine component temperature capability and durability.

  3. Fabrication and evaluation of a Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Tb phosphor screen film for development of a CMOS-based X-ray imaging detector

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Park, Ji Koon; Choi, Su Rim; Noh, Si Cheol; Jung, Bong Jae; Choi, Il Hong; Kang, Sang Sik [International University of Korea, Jinju (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-15

    In this study, Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Tb phosphor screen films were fabricated by using a special particle-inbinder sedimentation method. The phosphor particles used in this study were manufactured in two sizes, 2.5-μm and 5-μm. To evaluate luminescence efficiency and the spatial resolution according to the thickness, we fabricated screen films with thicknesses of 120, 150, 170, and 210-μm. The spatial resolution of the fabricated films was assessed by using an edge method to measure the modulation transfer function (MTF). From the experimental results, the spatial resolution of the mammography exposures (low-energy X-ray quality) was better than that of dental radiography (high-energy X-ray quality). Also, with the same film thickness, the screen with 2.5-μm particles had better resolution than the screen with 5.0-μm particles, but it showed about 20% lower resolution than a commercial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Tb screen. In the evaluation of the results for the dependence of the spatial resolution on the film's thickness, the 120-μm-thick screen showed the highest resolution, which was similar to that of a commercial screen.

  4. Investigation on the magnetocaloric effect in DyNi{sub 2}, DyAl{sub 2} and Tb{sub 1-n}Gd{sub n}Al{sub 2} (n=0, 0.4, 0.6) compounds

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Sousa, V.S.R. de [Instituto de Fisica Armando Dias Tavares, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Sao Francisco Xavier 524, 20550-900 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)], E-mail: vinidesousa@gmail.com; Plaza, E.J.R. [Instituto de Fisica Armando Dias Tavares, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Sao Francisco Xavier 524, 20550-900 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Reis, M.S. [CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Alho, B.P. [Instituto de Fisica Armando Dias Tavares, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Sao Francisco Xavier 524, 20550-900 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Carvalho, A. Magnus G. [Divisao de Metrologia de Materiais, Inmetro, Duque de Caxias (Brazil); Gama, S. [Departamento de Ciencias Exatas e da Terra, Unifesp, Diadema (Brazil); Oliveira, N.A. de; Ranke, P.J. von [Instituto de Fisica Armando Dias Tavares, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Sao Francisco Xavier 524, 20550-900 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    2009-10-15

    The magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in the DyNi{sub 2}, DyAl{sub 2} and Tb{sub 1-n}Gd{sub n}Al{sub 2} (n=0, 0.4, 0.6) was theoretically investigated in this work. The DyNi{sub 2} and DyAl{sub 2} compounds are described considering a model Hamiltonian which includes the crystalline electrical field anisotropy. The anisotropic MCE was calculated changing the magnetic field direction from <1 1 1> to <0 0 1> in DyNi{sub 2} and from <1 0 0> to <0 1 1> in DyAl{sub 2}. The influence of the second- and first-order spin-reorientation phase transitions on the MCE that occurs in these systems is discussed. For the calculations of the MCE thermodynamic quantities in the Tb{sub 1-n}Gd{sub n}Al{sub 2} systems we take into account a two sites magnetic model, and good agreement with the available experimental data was obtained.

  5. Comparative thermometric properties of bi-functional Er3+–Yb3+ doped rare earth (RE = Y, Gd and La) molybdates

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sinha, Shriya; Mahata, Manoj Kumar; Kumar, Kaushal

    2018-02-01

    The molybdate compounds as luminescent medium have received great attention of recent research due to their excellent intrinsic optical properties. Therefore, the investigation on the optical thermometry and nanoheating effect in Er3+–Yb3+ doped molybdates of yttrium (EYYMO), gadolinium (EYGMO) and lanthanum (EYLMO) nanophosphors is reported herein. The temperature dependent fluorescence intensity ratio of green (525 and 548 nm) emission bands of Er3+ ions were analyzed within 300–500 K temperature range to determine the thermal behavior. The comparative temperature sensitivity of the materials has been found to depend on the phonon energy of their own. The thermal sensitivity is higher in the materials with low phonon energy. The intensity ratio of the green emission bands has been found to alter with the laser excitation density, which can be used to estimate the induced temperature in the materials. Furthermore, the photothermal conversion efficiency is calculated in the water dispersed samples and the maximum photothermal conversion efficiency of 49.6% is achieved for EYGMO nanophosphor. Comparative experimental results explore unequal thermal sensing and induced optical heating in the three rare earth molybdates. The optical properties of the green emitting molybdates are interesting for temperature sensing and optical heating applications.

  6. Structural Characterization and Absolute Luminescence Efficiency Evaluation of Gd2O2S High Packing Density Ceramic Screens Doped with Tb3+ and Eu3+ for further Applications in Radiology

    Science.gov (United States)

    Dezi, Anna; Monachesi, Elenasophie; D'Ignazio, Michela; Scalise, Lorenzo; Montalto, Luigi; Paone, Nicola; Rinaldi, Daniele; Mengucci, Paolo; Loudos, George; Bakas, Athanasios; Michail, Christos; Valais, Ioannis; Fountzoula, Christine; Fountos, George; David, Stratos

    2017-11-01

    Rare earth activators are impurities added in the phosphor material to enhance probability of visible photon emission during the luminescence process. The main activators employed are rare earth trivalent ions such as Ce+3, Tb+3, Pr3+ and Eu+3. In this work, four terbium-activated Gd2O2S (GOS) powder screens with different thicknesses (1049 mg/cm2, 425.41 mg/cm2, 313 mg/cm2 and 187.36 mg/cm2) and one europium-activated GOS powder screen (232.18 mg/cm2) were studied to investigate possible applications for general radiology detectors. Results presented relevant differences in crystallinity between the GOS:Tb doped screens and GOS:Eu screens in respect to the dopant agent present. The AE (Absolute efficiency) was found to rise (i) with the increase of the X-ray tube voltage with the highest peaking at 110kVp and (ii) with the decrease of the thickness among the four GOS:Tb. Comparing similar thickness values, the europium-activated powder screen showed lower AE than the corresponding terbium-activated.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of heterobinuclear (La-Zn, Pr-Zn, Nd-Zn, Sm-Zn, Eu-Zn, Gd-Zn, Tb-Zn, Dy-Zn) azine-bridged complexes

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Singh, Bachcha; Srivastav, A.K.; Singh, P.K.

    1997-01-01

    Zinc(II) complex of 2-acetylpyridine salicyl aldazine (Haps) of the type Zn(aps) 2 (H 2 O) 2 has been synthesised. The reaction of Zn(aps) 2 (H 2 O) 2 with lanthanide chlorides, LnCl 3 (where Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb and Dy) yields azine-bridged heterobinuclear complexes of the formulae LnCl 3 Zn(aps) 2 (H 2 O) 2 . These complexes have been characterized by elemental analyses, molecular weight, conductance (solid and solution) and magnetic susceptibility measurements, mass, IR and electronic spectral data. X-ray powder diffraction data indicate the tetragonal unit lattice for Zn(aps) 2 (H 2 O) 2 and PrCl 3 Zn(aps) 2 (H 2 O) 2 . (author)

  8. Theoretical and experimental spectroscopic studies of the first highly luminescent binuclear hydrocinnamate of Eu(III), Tb(III) and Gd(III) with bidentate 2,2'-bipyridine ligand

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Marques, Lippy F.; Correa, Charlane C.; Garcia, Humberto C. [Departamento de Química-ICE, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora-MG 36036-330 (Brazil); Martins Francisco, Thiago [Departamento de Física-ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte-MG 30123-970 (Brazil); Ribeiro, Sidney J.L. [Instituto de Química, Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho-UNESP, CP 355, Araraquara-SP 14801-970 (Brazil); Dutra, José Diogo L.; Freire, Ricardo O. [Pople Computational Chemistry Laboratory, Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, São Cristóvão-SE 49100-000 (Brazil); Machado, Flávia C., E-mail: flavia.machado@ufjf.edu.br [Departamento de Química-ICE, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora-MG 36036-330 (Brazil)

    2014-04-15

    In this paper, the synthesis of three new binuclear lanthanide (III) complexes [Ln{sub 2}(cin){sub 6}(bpy){sub 2}] (Ln=Eu (1), Tb (2), Gd (3), cin=hydrocinnamate anion; bpy=2,2'-bipyridine), and their complete characterization, including single crystal X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy and thermal analysis (TGA/DTA) are reported. In especial, photophysical properties of Eu(III) complex have been studied in detail via both theoretical and experimental approaches. Crystal structures of 1–3 reveal that all compounds are isostructural and that each lanthanide ion is nine-coordinated by oxygen and nitrogen atoms in an overall distorted tricapped trigonal-prismatic geometry. Eu(III) complex structure was also calculated using the Sparkle model for lanthanide complexes and the intensity parameters (Ω{sub 2}, Ω{sub 4}, and Ω{sub 6}), calculated from the experimental data and from Sparkle/PM3 model. The theoretical emission quantum efficiencies obtained for Sparkle/PM3 structures are in excellent agreement with the experimental values, clearly attesting to the efficacy of the theoretical models. The theoretical procedure applied here shows that the europium binuclear compound displays a quantum yield about 65% suggesting that the system can be excellent for the development of efficient luminescent devices. Highlights: • First binuclear Ln{sup 3+}-hydrocinnamate have been synthesized and characterized. • Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+} complexes photoluminescence properties were investigated. • Theoretical approaches for Eu{sup 3+} complex luminescence has been performed. • An energy level diagram is used to establish the ligand-to-metal energy transfer. • 65% Quantum yield suggests an excellent system for luminescent devices.

  9. Preparation and characterization of electroluminescent devices based on complexes of {beta}-diketonates of Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+} ions with macrocyclic ligands and UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} films; Preparacao e caracterizacao de dispositivos eletroluminescentes de complexos de {beta}-dicetonados de ions Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+} com ligantes macrociclicos e filmes de UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Gibelli, Edison Bessa

    2010-07-01

    Complexes containing Rare Earth ions are of great interest in the manufacture of electro luminescent devices as organic light emitting devices (OLED). These devices, using rare earth trivalent ions (TR{sup 3+}) as emitting centers, show high luminescence with extremely fine spectral bands due to the structure of their energy levels, long life time and high quantum efficiency. This work reports the preparation of Rare Earth {beta}-diketonate complexes (Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+}) and (tta - thenoyltrifluoroacetonate and acac - acetylacetonate) containing a ligand macrocyclic crown ether (DB18C6 - dibenzo18coroa6) and polymer films of UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}. The materials were characterized by complexometric titration with EDTA, CH elemental analysis, near infrared absorption spectroscopy, thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction (powder method) and luminescence spectroscopy. For manufacturing the OLED it was used the technique of deposition of thin films by physical vapor (PVD, Physical Vapor Deposition). (author)

  10. Angle-resolved photoemission study of the evolution of band structure and charge density wave properties in RTe3 (R= Y, La, Ce, Sm, Gd, Tb and Dy)

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Brouet, V.; Yang, W.L.; Zhou, X.J.; Hussain, Z.; Moore, R.G.; He, R.; Lu, D.H.; Shen, Z.X.; Laverock, J.; Dugdale, S.; Ru, N.; Fisher, I.R.

    2010-02-15

    We present a detailed ARPES investigation of the RTe{sub 3} family, which sets this system as an ideal 'textbook' example for the formation of a nesting driven Charge Density Wave (CDW). This family indeed exhibits the full range of phenomena that can be associated to CDW instabilities, from the opening of large gaps on the best nested parts of Fermi Surface (FS) (up to 0.4eV), to the existence of residual metallic pockets. ARPES is the best suited technique to characterize these features, thanks to its unique ability to resolve the electronic structure in k-space. An additional advantage of RTe{sub 3} is that the band structure can be very accurately described by a simple 2D tight-binding (TB) model, which allows one to understand and easily reproduce many characteristics of the CDW. In this paper, we first establish the main features of the electronic structure, by comparing our ARPES measurements with Linear Muffin-Tin Orbital band calculations. We use this to define the validity and limits of the TB model. We then present a complete description of the CDW properties and, for the first time, of their strong evolution as a function of R. Using simple models, we are able to reproduce perfectly the evolution of gaps in k-space, the evolution of the CDW wave vector with R and the shape of the residual metallic pockets. Finally, we give an estimation of the CDW interaction parameters and find that the change in the electronic density of states n(Ef), due to lattice expansion when different R ions are inserted, has the correct order of magnitude to explain the evolution of the CDW properties.

  11. ARPES study of the evolution of band structure and charge density wave properties in RTe3 ( R=Y , La, Ce, Sm, Gd, Tb, and Dy)

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Hussain, Zahid; Brouet, Veronique; Yang, Wanli; Zhou, Xingjiang; Hussain, Zahid; Moore, R.G.; He, R.; Lu, D. H.; Shen, Z.X.; Laverock, J.; Dugdale, S.B.; Ru, N.; Fisher, R.

    2008-01-16

    We present a detailed angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) investigation of the RTe3 family, which sets this system as an ideal"textbook" example for the formation of a nesting driven charge density wave (CDW). This family indeed exhibits the full range of phenomena that can be associated to CDWinstabilities, from the opening of large gaps on the best nested parts of Fermi surface (up to 0.4 eV), to the existence of residual metallic pockets. ARPES is the best suited technique to characterize these features, thanks to its unique ability to resolve the electronic structure in k space. An additional advantage of RTe3 is that theband structure can be very accurately described by a simple two dimensional tight-binding (TB) model, which allows one to understand and easily reproduce many characteristics of the CDW. In this paper, we first establish the main features of the electronic structure by comparing our ARPES measurements with the linear muffin-tinorbital band calculations. We use this to define the validity and limits of the TB model. We then present a complete description of the CDW properties and of their strong evolution as a function of R. Using simple models, we are able to reproduce perfectly the evolution of gaps in k space, the evolution of the CDW wave vector with R, and the shape of the residual metallic pockets. Finally, we give an estimation of the CDWinteraction parameters and find that the change in the electronic density of states n (EF), due to lattice expansion when different R ions are inserted, has the correct order of magnitude to explain the evolution of the CDW properties.

  12. Synthesis, magnetism and Mössbauer studies of tetranuclear heterometallic {Fe(III)2Ln2}(Ln = Gd, Dy, Tb) complexes: evidence of slow relaxation of magnetization in the terbium analogue.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Bag, Prasenjit; Goura, Joydeb; Mereacre, Valeriu; Novitchi, Ghenadie; Powell, Annie K; Chandrasekhar, Vadapalli

    2014-11-21

    A new family of tetranuclear heterometallic assemblies, [Fe(III)2Gd2(H2L)4(η(2)-NO3)2]·2ClO4·2CH3OH·2H2O (1), [Fe(III)2Dy2(H2L)4(η(2)-NO3)2]·2ClO4·2CH3OH·2H2O (2), [Fe(III)2Tb2(H2L)4(η(2)-NO3)2]·2ClO4·2CH3OH·2H2O (3), have been synthesized employing a multi-dentate Schiff-base ligand, (E)-2,2'-(2-hydroxy-3-((2-hydroxyphenylimino)methyl)-5-methylbenzylazanediyl)-diethanol (H4L), Fe(ClO4)2·6H2O, and Ln(III) nitrate salts. These compounds have been structurally characterized by various analytical and spectroscopic techniques. The molecular structures of 1-3 have been confirmed by single crystal X-ray crystallography. All the three complexes contain two Fe(III) ions at the periphery and two Ln(III) ions in the centre. The entire assembly is held together by four doubly deprotonated [LH2](2-) ligands. All the three complexes (1-3) are dicationic in nature and possess an overall Z-type topology. Magnetic measurements reveal the presence of predominant ferromagnetic coupling for all the three compounds at low temperature. The presence of a frequency-dependent out-of-phase signal in the imaginary part of the ac susceptibility plot suggests a slow relaxation of magnetization for 3 (Fe(III)2Tb2). Furthermore, the magnetization dynamics of all the three complexes have been corroborated by Mössbauer spectroscopy.

  13. Spontaneous polarization and pyroelectric effect in improper ferroelectrics-ferroelastics Gd2(MoO4)3 and Tb2(MoO4)3 at low temperature

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Matyjasik, S; Shaldin, Yu.V.

    2013-01-01

    Experimental dependencies for spontaneous polarization ΔP s (T) and pyroelectric coefficient γ s (T)for Gd 2 (MoO 4 ) 3 (GMO) and Tb 2 (MoO 4 ) 3 (TMO) reported here differs from those for intrinsic ferroelectrics. We found fundamental distinction in GMO and TMO samples behavior at their repolarization at the fixed temperatures 300 and 4.2 K. In TMO monodomainization temperature does not affect experimental data, while in GMO monodomainization at 4.2 K results in increase of ΔP s (T) by order of magnitude at 85 K and γ s (T) dependence shows well-defined anomalies, reaching a record magnitude of 3 centre dot 10 -4 C/(m 2 centre dot K) at T = 25 K. At T = 200 K the pyroelectric coefficients values are -1.45 centre dot 10 -6 C/(m 2 centre dot K) and-1.8 centre dot 10 -6 C/(m 2 centre dot K). Taking into account our data, results related to transformation of structure in (001) plane and symmetry reasons we suggested crystallographic model of GMO type improper ferroelectric. It is formed by four meso-tetrahedrons constructed of three coordination tetrahedrons MO 4 (a, b and c types). In the framework of this model we discuss the physical meaning of pseudodeviator Q 12 *, coefficient, that initiate the phase transition at T > 433 K from noncentrosymmetric phase (mm2) to another one (4-bar2m).

  14. Crystallographic and magnetic properties of R sub 3 Fe sub 2 sub 9 sub - sub x V sub x N sub 4 (R=Y, Ce, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, and Dy)

    CERN Document Server

    Han Xiu Feng; Li Qi; Zhang Mao Cai; Zhou Shou Zeng

    1998-01-01

    A systematic investigation of crystallographic and magnetic properties of nitride R sub 3 Fe sub 2 sub 9 sub - sub x V sub x N sub 4 (R = Y, Ce, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, and Dy) has been performed. Nitrogenation leads to a relative volume expansion of about 6%. The lattice constants and unit cell volume decrease with increasing rare-earth atomic number from Nd to Dy, reflecting the lanthanide contraction. On average, the Curie temperature increases due to the nitrogenation to about 200 K compared with its parent compound. Generally speaking, nitrogenation also results in a remarkable improvement of the saturation magnetization and anisotropy fields at 4.2 K and room temperature for R sub 3 Fe sub 2 sub 9 sub - sub x V sub x N sub 4 compared with their parent compounds. The transition temperature indicates the spin reorientations of R sub 3 Fe sub 2 sub 9 sub - sub x V sub x N sub 4 for R Nd and Sm are at around 375 and 370 K which are higher than that of R sub 3 Fe sub 2 sub 9 sub - sub x V sub x for R = Nd and Sm 145...

  15. TB Terms

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Studies Consortium Research Projects Publications TB Trials Consortium Study Descriptions Background Behavioral & Social Science Research Infection Control TB in Specific Populations African-American Community Stop TB in the African-American ...

  16. Crystal growth and luminescence properties of Yb-doped Gd.sub.3./sub.Al.sub.2./sub.Ga.sub.3./sub.O.sub.12./sub. infra-red scintillator

    Czech Academy of Sciences Publication Activity Database

    Suzuki, A.; Kurosawa, S.; Nagata, S.; Yamamura, T.; Pejchal, Jan; Yamaji, A.; Yokota, Y.; Shirasaki, K.; Homma, Y.; Aoki, D.; Shikama, T.; Yoshikawa, A.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 36, č. 9 (2014), s. 1484-1487 ISSN 0925-3467 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : infra-red scintillator * radiation therapy * Yb:GAGG * bulk crystal Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.981, year: 2014

  17. Spontaneous polarization and pyroelectric effect in the improper ferroelectrics-ferroelastics Gd2(MoO4)3 and Tb2(MoO4)3 at low temperatures

    Science.gov (United States)

    Matyjasik, S.; Shaldin, Yu. V.

    2013-11-01

    The experimental variations in the spontaneous polarization ΔPs(T) and pyroelectric coefficient γs(T) for Gd2(MoO4)3 (GMO) and Tb2(MoO4)3 (TMO) at low temperatures reported here differ from those for intrinsic ferroelectrics. A fundamental difference is found in the repolarization behavior of samples of GMO and TMO at fixed temperatures of 300 and 4.2 K. While the single domain formation temperature essentially has no effect on the measurements for TMO, a fundamental difference is observed in the case of GMO: single domain formation in the latter at 4.2 K leads to an order of magnitude increase in ΔPs at T > 85 K and distinct anomalies are observed in γs(T), at one of which the pyroelectric coefficient reaches a record peak of 3 × 10-4 C/(m2.K) at T = 25 K. At T = 200 K the pyroelectric coefficients equal -1.45 and -1.8 in units of 10-6 C/(m2.K). Based on these results and taking published data on the rotational structural transformation in the (001) plane and symmetry considerations into account, we propose a crystal physical model for GMO-type improper ferroelectrics consisting of four mesotetrahedra, each of which is made up of three different types (a, b, c) of MoO4 coordination tetrahedra. The physical significance of the pseudodeviator coefficient Q12*, which initiates the phase transition at T > 433 K from one non-centrally symmetric phase (mm2) into another (4¯2m), is discussed in terms of this model.

  18. Ternary gallides RE{sub 4}Rh{sub 9}Ga{sub 5}, RE{sub 5}Rh{sub 12}Ga{sub 7} and RE{sub 7}Rh{sub 18}Ga{sub 11} (RE=Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb). Intergrowth structures with MgCu{sub 2} and CaCu{sub 5} related slabs

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Seidel, Stefan; Rodewald, Ute C.; Poettgen, Rainer [Univ. Muenster (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie; Janka, Oliver [Univ. Oldenburg (Germany). Inst. fuer Chemie

    2017-07-01

    Fourteen ternary gallides RE{sub 4}Rh{sub 9}Ga{sub 5}, RE{sub 5}Rh{sub 12}Ga{sub 7} and RE{sub 7}Rh{sub 18}Ga{sub 11} (RE=Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb) were synthesized from the elements by arc-melting, followed by different annealing sequences either in muffle or induction furnaces. The samples were characterized through Guinier powder patterns and the crystal structures of Ce{sub 4}Rh{sub 9}Ga{sub 5}, Ce{sub 5}Rh{sub 12}Ga{sub 7}, Ce{sub 7}Rh{sub 18}Ga{sub 11}, Nd{sub 5}Rh{sub 10.44(4)}Ga{sub 8.56(4)}, Nd{sub 4}Rh{sub 9}Ga{sub 5} and Gd{sub 4}Rh{sub 9}Ga{sub 5} were refined from single crystal X-ray diffractometer data. The new gallides are the n=2, 3 and 5 members of the RE{sub 2+n} Rh{sub 3+3n} Ga{sub 1+2n} structure series in the Parthe intergrowth concept. The slabs of these intergrowth structures derive from the cubic Laves phase MgCu{sub 2} (Mg{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}Si as ternary variant) and CaCu{sub 5} (CeCo{sub 3}B{sub 2} as ternary variant). Only the Nd{sub 5}Rh{sub 10.44(4)}Ga{sub 8.56(4)} crystal shows Rh/Ga mixing within the Laves type slabs. Magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal Pauli paramagnetism for Y{sub 4}Rh{sub 9}Ga{sub 5} and Curie-Weiss paramagnetism for Gd{sub 4}Rh{sub 9}Ga{sub 5} and Tb{sub 4}Rh{sub 9}Ga{sub 5}. Low-temperature data show ferromagnetic ordering at T{sub C}=78.1 (Gd{sub 4}Rh{sub 9}Ga{sub 5}) and 55.8 K (Tb{sub 4}Rh{sub 9}Ga{sub 5}).

  19. The phase transition of the incommensurate phases β-Ln(PO3)3(Ln=Y,Tb…Yb), crystal structures of α-Ln(PO3)3(Ln=Y,Tb…Yb) and Sc(PO3)3

    Science.gov (United States)

    Höppe, Hennig A.

    2009-07-01

    The incommensurately modulated room-temperature phases β-Ln(PO3)3(Ln=Y,Tb…Yb) undergo a topotactic phase transition monitored by vibrational spectroscopy below 180 K leading to α-Ln(PO3)3(Ln=Y,Dy…Yb), above 200 K the incommensurate phases are reobtained. The low-temperature phases exhibit a new structure type (α-Dy(PO3)3, P21/c, Z=12,a=14.1422(6), b=20.0793(9),c=10.1018(4) A˚, β=127.532(3)∘). α-Tb(PO3)3 is isotypic with Gd(PO3)3(α-Tb(PO3)3, I2/a,Z=16,a=25.875(6), b=13.460(3), c=10.044(2) A˚, β=119.13(3)∘). The symmetry relations between the involved phases of the phase transition are discussed. The crystal structure of Sc(PO3)3 is isotypic with that of Lu(PO3)3 and C-type phosphates. The polyphosphates consist of infinite zig-zag chains of corner-sharing PO4 tetrahedra, the cations are coordinated sixfold in an almost octahedral arrangement. To confirm the quality of the determined crystal structures the deviation of the phosphate tetrahedra from ideal symmetry was determined and discussed.

  20. Temperature influence on diode pumped Yb:GGAG laser

    Science.gov (United States)

    Veselský, Karel; Boháček, Pavel; Šulc, Jan; Jelínková, Helena; Trunda, Bohumil; Havlák, Lubomír.; Jurek, Karel; Nikl, Martin

    2017-05-01

    We present temperature influence (in range from 78 up to 400,K) on spectroscopic properties and laser performance of new Yb-doped mixed garnet Gd3GaxAl5-xO12 (Yb:GGAG). The sample was 2.68 mm thick plane-parallel face-polished Yb:GGAG single-crystal plate which was AR coated for pump (930 nm) and generated (1030 nm) laser radiation wavelength. The composition of sample was Gd3.098Yb0:0897Ga2:41Al2.41O12 (3 at % Yb/Gd). The Yb:GGAG crystal was mounted in temperature controlled copper holder of the liquid nitrogen cryostat. The 138 mm long semi-hemispherical laser resonator consisted of a flat pumping mirror (T > 90 % @ 930 nm, HR @ 1030 nm) placed inside cryostat, and a curved output coupler (r = 150 mm, R = 94.5 % @ 1030 nm) placed outside cryostat. For longitudinal pumping a fiber coupled laser diode was used. The diode was operating in the pulse regime (5 ms pulse length, 20 Hz repetition rate) at wavelength 928.5 nm. The absorption spectrum was measured for the temperatures from 78 to 400 K, and absorption lines narrowing was observed with temperature decrease. Zero-phonon line at 970 nm has width 1 nm (FWHM) at 100 K. The fluorescence intensity decay time was measured and it increased linearly with temperature from 864 μs @ 78 K to 881 μs @ 300 K. The temperature of active medium has strong influence mainly on laser threshold which was 5 times lower at 100 K than at 300 K, and on slope efficiency which was 3 times higher at 100 K than at 300 K.

  1. Tuberculosis (TB)

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... with facebook share with twitter share with linkedin Tuberculosis Go to Information for Researchers ► Tuberculosis (TB) is ... are drug resistant. Why Is the Study of Tuberculosis a Priority for NIAID? Tuberculosis is one of ...

  2. Tunable magneto-caloric effect in Gd1-xTbx heterostructures thin film

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lambert, C. H.; El Hadri, M. S.; Hamedoun, M.; Benyoussef, A.; Mounkachi, O.; Mangin, S.

    2017-12-01

    The magnetic and magneto-caloric properties of (Gd1-xTbx) alloy thin films and [Gd/Tb] multilayers have been investigated. All the samples had a total thickness of 100 nm and were deposited by DC sputtering. By changing the composition of the system, the ordering temperature (Tc) and the magnetic entropy changes of the compounds could be tuned. The results show that the Tc of the alloy thin films is close to 270 K for x = 0.2. Moreover, creating [Gd/Tb] multilayers with the same thickness and concentration of the studied Gd80Tb20 alloy film enables to strongly increase the relative cooling power, and reach values twice as big as from the corresponding alloys. These results suggest that nanostructuring of [Gd/Tb] multilayers may be a promising route to tailor the magnetocaloric response of materials.

  3. resistant TB

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    2014-01-24

    Jan 24, 2014 ... Background. Symptomatic symmetrical peripheral neuropathy (SSPN) is common in patients with HIV infection. It is also a common adverse event associated with both tuberculosis (TB) treatment and antiretroviral therapy (ART), particularly stavudine. While tenofovir is the one of recommended first-line ...

  4. Half Life Measurements in {sup 155}Gd

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Malmskog, S.G.

    1966-08-15

    In the literature there exists a definite difference for the half life of the 86.5 keV level in Gd depending on whether {sup 155}Eu or {sup 155}Tb sources have been used. Using a good energy resolution electron-electron coincidence spectrometer and a {sup 155}Eu source, a half life of 6.48 {+-} 0.26 nsec was obtained for the 86.5 keV level. This is in agreement with the values previously measured with {sup 155}Tb sources. The half life of the 105.4 keV level was measured to be 1.12 {+-} 0.05 nsec.

  5. Half Life Measurements in 155Gd

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Malmskog, S.G.

    1966-08-01

    In the literature there exists a definite difference for the half life of the 86.5 keV level in Gd depending on whether 155 Eu or 155 Tb sources have been used. Using a good energy resolution electron-electron coincidence spectrometer and a 155 Eu source, a half life of 6.48 ± 0.26 nsec was obtained for the 86.5 keV level. This is in agreement with the values previously measured with 155 Tb sources. The half life of the 105.4 keV level was measured to be 1.12 ± 0.05 nsec

  6. Angle-Resolved Photoemission Study of the Evolution of Band Structure And Charge Density Wave Properties in Rte (3) (R=Y, La, Ce, Sm, Gd, Tb, And Dy)

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Brouet, V.; Yang, W.L.; Zhou, X.J.; Hussain, Z.; Moore, R.G.; He, R.; Lu, D.H.; Shen, Z.X.; Laverock, J.; Dugdale, S.B.; Ru, N.; Fisher, I.R.

    2009-05-12

    We present a detailed angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) investigation of the RTe{sub 3} family, which sets this system as an ideal 'textbook' example for the formation of a nesting driven charge density wave (CDW). This family indeed exhibits the full range of phenomena that can be associated to CDW instabilities, from the opening of large gaps on the best nested parts of Fermi surface (up to 0.4 eV), to the existence of residual metallic pockets. ARPES is the best suited technique to characterize these features, thanks to its unique ability to resolve the electronic structure in k space. An additional advantage of RTe{sub 3} is that the band structure can be very accurately described by a simple two dimensional tight-binding (TB) model, which allows one to understand and easily reproduce many characteristics of the CDW. In this paper, we first establish the main features of the electronic structure by comparing our ARPES measurements with the linear muffin-tin orbital band calculations. We use this to define the validity and limits of the TB model. We then present a complete description of the CDW properties and of their strong evolution as a function of R. Using simple models, we are able to reproduce perfectly the evolution of gaps in k space, the evolution of the CDW wave vector with R, and the shape of the residual metallic pockets. Finally, we give an estimation of the CDW interaction parameters and find that the change in the electronic density of states n(E{sub F}), due to lattice expansion when different R ions are inserted, has the correct order of magnitude to explain the evolution of the CDW properties.

  7. 155Gd Moessbauer spectroscopic investigation of 3d-4f and 4f-4f' dinuclear complexes containing Gd (III)

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Ayabe, T.; Takahashi, M.; Takeda, M.; Costes, J.P.

    2006-01-01

    155 Gd Moessbauer spectra for dinuclear complexes of Gd 3+ and lanthanide (III) ion having a Schiff base ligand (L) derived from tren and 3-ethoxysalicylaldehyde were measured at 12 K. Moessbauer spectra of these complexes showed quadrupole split spectra. Two kinds of isomer shift values are observed; i.e, δ=0.57 - 0.60 mm s -1 for LGdLn' (Ln' = Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd) and δ=0.64-0.66 mm s -1 for LLnGd (Ln=Dy, Er, Yb). The former values are very close to those of nitrogen-containing Gd (III) complexes (δ=0.59-0.62 mm s -1 ) such as edta and cyano-bridged complexes. The latter values are on the other hand, in the range of oxygen-coordinating Gd (III) complexes (δ=0.64-0.65 mm s -1 ) such as polyethylene glycol Gd (III) complexes. 155 Gd Moessbauer spectra for LLnLn' complexes indicate that the smaller lanthanide ion Ln is in the N 4 O 3 site and the larger ion Ln' in the O 10 site. (author)

  8. YB0 HAS LANDED

    CERN Multimedia

      On Feb 28th after a majestic descent of 90m taking 11 hours, the 2000t YB0 central wheel of CMS, containing the superconducting solenoid, gently touched down on the floor of the experimental cavern UXC55.

  9. The simplest representative of a complex series. The Hg-rich amalgam Yb11Hg54

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Tambornino, Frank; Hoch, Constantin

    2017-01-01

    Yb 11 Hg 54 is a new member of a series of amalgams with composition close to MHg 5 . Its crystal structure was solved and refined on the basis of single crystal data. The structure model was confirmed with a Rietveld refinement. Yb 11 Hg 54 has the first crystal structure in this family in which no disorder effects such as mixed occupation, split positions or superstructure formation is observed. It therefore can be regarded as a parent structure for all other amalgams. The crystal structure of Yb 11 Hg 54 can be derived from the Gd 14 Ag 51 structure type, the aristotype of this family. We give a detailed crystal structure description for Yb 11 Hg 54 and discuss it in the context of the further known crystal structures closely related. A ranking within this structure family can be established by calculating features for the structural complexity for all structures, including the individual disorder phenomena.

  10. Testing for TB Infection

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Studies Consortium Research Projects Publications TB Trials Consortium Study Descriptions Background Behavioral & Social Science Research Infection Control TB in Specific Populations African-American Community Stop TB in the African-American ...

  11. Quantum criticality and emergence of the T/B scaling in strongly correlated metals

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Watanabe, Shinji; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2016-01-01

    A new type of scaling observed in heavy-electron metal β-YbAlB 4 , where the magnetic susceptibility is expressed as a single scaling function of the ratio of temperature T and magnetic field B over four decades, is examined theoretically. We develop the mode-coupling theory for critical Yb-valence fluctuations under a magnetic field, verifying that the T/B scaling behavior appears near the QCP of the valence transition. Emergence of the T/B scaling indicates the presence of the small characteristic temperature of the critical Yb-valence fluctuation due to the strong local correlation effect. It is discussed that the T/B scaling as well as the unconventional criticality is explained from the viewpoint of the quantum valence criticality in a unified way.

  12. Diffusion of Excitation in GGG:Yb3+ Laser Crystal

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kisialiou, I. G.; Ivakin, E. V.

    2015-01-01

    The excitation diffusion coefficient DE is measured directly in laser crystals by the optical method of high-frequency dynamic gratings. DE for Gd3Ga5O12:Yb3+ (21 at.%) crystal is found to be 3·10-9 cm3/s at room temperature and 1.2·10-8 cm3/s at 190°C. In KYW:Yb3+ (20 at.%) crystal no excitation diffusion is observed under the same experimental conditions. It is shown that DE is affected by the activator concentration, the temperature, and the probability of radiationless energy exchange between neighboring active impurity ions, which depends on the minimal distance between donor and acceptor.

  13. Tuberculosis Facts - Exposure to TB

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tuberculosis (TB) Facts Exposure to TB What is TB? “TB” is short for a disease called tuberculosis. TB is spread through the air from one ... Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

  14. Tuberculosis Facts - Testing for TB

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tuberculosis (TB) Facts Testing for TB What is TB? “TB” is short for a disease called tuberculosis. TB is spread through the air from one ... Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

  15. Multi-quasiparticle excitations in 145Tb

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Zheng Yong; Zhou Xiaohong; Zhang Yuhu; Liu Minliang; Guo Yingxiang; Lei Xiangguo; Kusakari, H.; Sugawara, M.

    2004-01-01

    High-spin states in 145 Tb have been populated using the 118 Sn( 32 S, 1p4n) reaction at a beam energy of 165 MeV. The level scheme of 145 Tb has been established for the first time. The level scheme shows characteristics of spherical or slightly oblate nucleus. Based on the systematic trends of the level structure in the neighboring N=80 isotones, the level structure in 145 Tb below 2 MeV excitation is well explained by coupling an h 11/2 valence proton to the even-even 144 Gd core. Above 2 MeV excitation, most of the yrast levels are interpreted with multi-quasiparticle shell-model configurations. (authors)

  16. Synthesis, structural characterization and Mössbauer study of LnV{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} perovskites (Ln = Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho and Er)

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ivashita, Flávio F.; Biondo, Valdecir; Bellini, Jusmar V.; Paesano, Andrea [Departamento de Física, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Av. Colombo 5790, 87.020-900 Maringá, PR (Brazil); Blanco, M. Cecilia; Fuertes, Valeria C.; Pannunzio-Miner, Elisa V. [INFIQC-CONICET, Departamento de Fisicoquímica, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, X5000HUA Córdoba (Argentina); Carbonio, Raúl E., E-mail: carbonio@fcq.unc.edu.ar [INFIQC-CONICET, Departamento de Fisicoquímica, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, X5000HUA Córdoba (Argentina)

    2012-09-15

    Graphical abstract: Mössbauer spectra taken at 200 K for the Y(V{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} orthoferrivanadate synthesized by arc-melting. Highlights: ► LnFe{sub 0.5}V{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} were synthesized by the first time for most of the rare-earth elements. ► These orthoferrivanadates crystallize metastably with the perovskite structure. ► Iron and vanadium are trivalent stabilized in these solid solutions. ► The Mössbauer quadrupolar splitting is correlated with the tolerance factor. ► Below 100 K, these perovskites undergo a crystallographic phase transformation. -- Abstract: Perovskites LnV{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} (Ln = Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho and Er) were synthesized by rapid solidification from arc-melted samples and characterized by the study of their crystal structure and hyperfine properties. These metastable solid solutions crystallized in the Pbnm symmetry, with the iron and vanadium cations randomly distributed in the transition metal octahedral sites. Depending on the lanthanide present at the A site of the perovskite, iron is present with two valences (i.e., Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+}). The volume of the unit cell for these perovskites increases linearly with the lanthanide ionic radius, as the perovskite approaches its ideal structure. At room temperature, the quadrupolar splitting of the trivalent paramagnetic Mössbauer component works as an indirect measurement for the Goldshmidt tolerance factor. Close to or below 100 K, these perovskites undergo a crystallographic phase transformation, probably due to orbital ordering of the V{sup 3+} cations, originating two different magnetic iron sites.

  17. Synthesis, structures, and luminescent properties of sodium rare-earth metal(III) chloride oxotellurates(IV), Na{sub 2}Ln{sub 3}Cl{sub 3}[TeO{sub 3}]{sub 4} (Ln = Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, and Ho)

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Charkin, Dmitri O.; Dorofeev, Sergey G.; Berdonosov, Peter S.; Dolgikh, Valery A. [Department of Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russian Federation); Zitzer, Sabine; Greiner, Stefan; Schleid, Thomas [Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie, Universitaet Stuttgart (Germany); Olenev, Andrei V. [Department of Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russian Federation); Sine Theta Ltd., Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2017-11-17

    Six sodium rare-earth metal(III) chloride oxotellurates(IV), Na{sub 2}Ln{sub 3}Cl{sub 3}[TeO{sub 3}]{sub 4}, isostructural to Na{sub 2}Y{sub 3}Cl{sub 3}[TeO{sub 3}]{sub 4}, were synthesized by flux techniques and characterized by single-crystal XRD. The compounds crystallize in the monoclinic space group C2/c with lattice constants a = 23.967(1), b = 5.6342(3), c = 16.952(1) Aa, β = 134.456(5) for Ln = Sm, a = 23.932(2), b = 5.6044(5), c = 17.134(1) Aa, β = 135.151(6) for Ln = Eu, a = 23.928(1), b = 5.5928(1), c = 17.1133(8) Aa, β = 135.366(3) for Ln = Gd, a = 23.907(1), b = 5.569(3), c = 16.745(1) Aa, β = 134.205(3) for Ln = Tb, a = 23.870(1), b = 5.547(3), c = 16.665(1) Aa, β = 134.102(3) for Ln = Dy, and a = 23.814(1), b = 5.526(3), c = 16.626(1) Aa, β = 134.016(3) for Ln = Ho and Z = 4. Their crystal structure can be considered as a framework built of intergrowing Ln-O and Na-(O,Cl) slabs with channel walls decorated by tellurium atoms of [TeO{sub 3}]{sup 2-} groups. The luminescent properties of the new compounds due to the Ln{sup 3+} cations are described and discussed. We also discuss the crystal chemistry of various alkali-metal rare-earth metal(III) halide oxochalcogenates(IV). (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  18. YB0 SERVICES INSTALLATION COMPLETED

    CERN Document Server

    The beauty of the completed YB0 was briefly visible at P5 as preparations continue for Tracker installation. A tremendous effort, lasting 7 months and involving more than 100 workers on the busiest days, resulted in 5700 electrical cables, 780 optical cables with 65k fibre channels, and 550 pipes laid on YB0 for HB, EB and Tracker.

  19. Find TB. Treat TB. Working together to eliminate TB.

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Podcasts

    2014-02-26

    In this podcast, Dr. Sundari Mase, Medical Team Lead in the Field Services and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, discusses World TB Day and the 2014 theme.  Created: 2/26/2014 by National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).   Date Released: 2/26/2014.

  20. Absorption Spectra Of Rbcl:Yb Rbbr:Yb And Rbi:Yb Crystals ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    Single crystals of rubidium chloride, bromide and iodide were doped with substitutional divalent ytterbium, Yb ions, by heating them in ytterbium atmosphere. The absorption spectra of the Yb doped crystals were measured at room and liquid nitrogen temperatures. The spectra were found to consist of intense broad ...

  1. The low-energy β(-) and electron emitter (161)Tb as an alternative to (177)Lu for targeted radionuclide therapy.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lehenberger, Silvia; Barkhausen, Christoph; Cohrs, Susan; Fischer, Eliane; Grünberg, Jürgen; Hohn, Alexander; Köster, Ulli; Schibli, Roger; Türler, Andreas; Zhernosekov, Konstantin

    2011-08-01

    The low-energy β(-) emitter (161)Tb is very similar to (177)Lu with respect to half-life, beta energy and chemical properties. However, (161)Tb also emits a significant amount of conversion and Auger electrons. Greater therapeutic effect can therefore be expected in comparison to (177)Lu. It also emits low-energy photons that are useful for gamma camera imaging. The (160)Gd(n,γ)(161)Gd→(161)Tb production route was used to produce (161)Tb by neutron irradiation of massive (160)Gd targets (up to 40 mg) in nuclear reactors. A semiautomated procedure based on cation exchange chromatography was developed and applied to isolate no carrier added (n.c.a.) (161)Tb from the bulk of the (160)Gd target and from its stable decay product (161)Dy. (161)Tb was used for radiolabeling DOTA-Tyr3-octreotate; the radiolabeling profile was compared to the commercially available n.c.a. (177)Lu. A (161)Tb Derenzo phantom was imaged using a small-animal single-photon emission computed tomography camera. Up to 15 GBq of (161)Tb was produced by long-term irradiation of Gd targets. Using a cation exchange resin, we obtained 80%-90% of the available (161)Tb with high specific activity, radionuclide and chemical purity and in quantities sufficient for therapeutic applications. The (161)Tb obtained was of the quality required to prepare (161)Tb-DOTA-Tyr3-octreotate. We were able to produce (161)Tb in n.c.a. form by irradiating highly enriched (160)Gd targets; it can be obtained in the quantity and quality required for the preparation of (161)Tb-labeled therapeutic agents. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Mycobacteria and TB

    National Research Council Canada - National Science Library

    Kaufmann, S. H. E. (Stephan H. E.); Hahn, Helmut

    2003-01-01

    .... Scientists investigating the epidemiology, immunology and molecular biology of TB or engaged in vaccine and drug development as well as physicians and social workers treating TB patients will benefit...

  3. CsI:Tl.sup.+./sup.,Yb.sup.2+./sup.: ultra-high light yield scintillator with reduced afterglow

    Czech Academy of Sciences Publication Activity Database

    Wu, Y.; Ren, G.; Nikl, Martin; Chen, X.; Ding, D.; Li, H.; Pan, S.; Yang, F.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 16, č. 16 (2014), s. 3312-3317 ISSN 1466-8033 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LH12185 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : scintillator * CsI:Tb, Yb codoping * afterglow Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 4.034, year: 2014

  4. Heat capacity measurements on Ybx Gd2–x Zr2 O7 (x= 0, 1, 2 ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 32; Issue 6. Heat capacity measurements on YbGd2–Zr2O7 ( = 0, 1, 2) ceramics by differential scanning calorimetry. Zhan-Guo Liu Jia-Hu Ouyang Yu Zhou. Ceramics and Glasses Volume 32 Issue 6 December 2009 pp 603-606 ...

  5. Phosphors doped with Dy3+ and Gd3+ for lighting

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Su, Q; Pei, Z.; Zeng, Q.; Chi, L.

    1998-01-01

    Full text: Some heavy lanthanide ions with even atomic number such as Dy 3+ and Gd 3+ are abundant in the ion adsorption type deposit of China. Their price is cheap and they have specific spectroscopic properties which can be used as phosphors. Dy 3i on has two dominant bands in the emission spectrum. The yellow band (575 nm) corresponds to the hypersensitive transition 4 F 9/2 → 6 H 13/2 (ΔL=2, ΔJ=2), and the blue band (485 nm) corresponds to the 4 F 9/2 → 6 H 15/2 transition. Factors which influence on the yellow- to-blue intensity ratio (Y/B) were investigated. Adjusting to a suitable Y/B, Dy 3+ will emit white light with high colour temperature and can be used for lighting. But Dy 3+ ion has only narrow excitation bands of f-f transitions ranging from 300-500 nm, no broad excitation band such as charge transfer band or f-d transition band exists in the UV region 200-300 nm. Hence its luminescent efficiency is low when it is excited by UV radiation emitted from the mercury plasma. This is one of the drawbacks to its use as lamp phosphor. However, this can be overcome by sensitisation with Gd 3+ , Pb 2+ or other sensitisers such as vanadate shown in this report. Gd 3+ is not only a good matrix, but also a good sensitiser. Using its 8 S 7/2 → 6 D, 6 I and 6 P transitions, the UV excitation energy can be absorbed and transferred to the activator such as Dy 3+ . Therefore, in some cases Gd 3+ is better than Y 3+ which is optical inert as a matrix. For the phosphor Ca 1.96 Pb 0.04 RE 7.9 Dy 0.1 (SiO 4 ) 6 O 2 prepared by sol-gel method, the intensity of Dy 3+ in the Gd 3+ compound (RE=Gd 3+ ) is six times that in the Y 3+ compound. Some new phosphors doped with Dy 3+ and Gd 3+ prepared in our laboratory are reported

  6. Origin of quantum criticality in Yb-Al-Au approximant crystal and quasicrystal

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Watanabe, Shinji; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2016-01-01

    To get insight into the mechanism of emergence of unconventional quantum criticality observed in quasicrystal Yb 15 Al 34 Au 51 , the approximant crystal Yb 14 Al 35 Au 51 is analyzed theoretically. By constructing a minimal model for the approximant crystal, the heavy quasiparticle band is shown to emerge near the Fermi level because of strong correlation of 4f electrons at Yb. We find that charge-transfer mode between 4f electron at Yb on the 3rd shell and 3p electron at Al on the 4th shell in Tsai-type cluster is considerably enhanced with almost flat momentum dependence. The mode-coupling theory shows that magnetic as well as valence susceptibility exhibits χ ∼ T -0.5 for zero-field limit and is expressed as a single scaling function of the ratio of temperature to magnetic field T/B over four decades even in the approximant crystal when some condition is satisfied by varying parameters, e.g., by applying pressure. The key origin is clarified to be due to strong locality of the critical Yb-valence fluctuation and small Brillouin zone reflecting the large unit cell, giving rise to the extremely-small characteristic energy scale. This also gives a natural explanation for the quantum criticality in the quasicrystal corresponding to the infinite limit of the unit-cell size. (author)

  7. Treatment: Latent TB Infection (LTBI) and TB Disease

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Studies Consortium Research Projects Publications TB Trials Consortium Study Descriptions Background Behavioral & Social Science Research Infection Control TB in Specific Populations African-American Community Stop TB in the African-American ...

  8. TB in Captive Elephants

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Podcasts

    2017-04-27

    Dr. Barry Kreiswirth, founding director of the Public Health Research Institute, TB Center, at Rutgers University, discusses TB in three captive elephants.  Created: 4/27/2017 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).   Date Released: 4/27/2017.

  9. Structural and Magnetothermal Properties of Compounds: Yb5SixGe4-x,Sm5SixGe4-x, EuO, and Eu3O4

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ahn, Kyunghan [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2007-01-01

    The family of R5SixGe4-x alloys demonstrates a variety of unique physical phenomena related to magneto-structural transitions associated with reversible breaking and reforming of specific bonds that can be controlled by numerous external parameters such as chemical composition, magnetic field, temperature, and pressure. Therefore, R5SixGe4-x systems have been extensively studied to uncover the mechanism of the extraordinary magneto-responsive properties including the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) and colossal magnetostriction, as well as giant magnetocaloric effect (GMCE). Until now, more than a half of possible R5SixGe4-x pseudobinary systems have been completely or partially investigated with respect to their crystallography and phase relationships (R = La, Pr, Nd, Gd, Tb, Dy, Er, Lu, Y). Still, there are other R5SixGe4-x systems (R = Ce, Sm, Ho, Tm, and Yb) that are not studied yet. Here, we report on phase relationships and structural, magnetic, and thermodynamic properties in the Yb5SixGe4-xand Sm5SixGe4-x pseudobinary systems, which may exhibit mixed valence states. The crystallography, phase relationships, and physical properties of Yb5SixGe4-x alloys with 0 ≤ x ≤ 4 have been examined by using single crystal and powder x-ray diffraction at room temperature, and dc magnetization and heat capacity measurements between 1.8 K and 400 K in magnetic fields ranging from 0 to 7 T. Unlike the majority of R5SixGe4-x systems studied to date, where R is the rare earth metal, all Yb-based germanide-silicides with the 5:4 stoichiometry crystallize in the same Gd5Si4-type structure. The magnetic properties of Yb5SixGe4-x materials are nearly composition

  10. Spectroscopic study of radiative intra-configurational 4f→4f transitions in Yb{sup 3+}-doped materials using high hydrostatic pressure

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Kaminska, A., E-mail: kaminska@ifpan.edu.pl [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Kozanecki, A. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Ramirez, M.O.; Bausa, L.E. [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales and Instituto Nicolas Cabrera, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Boulon, G. [Institute Light Matter (ILM), UMR5306 CNRS-University Lyon1, University of Lyon, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Bettinelli, M. [Luminescent Materials Laboratory, DB, University of Verona and INSTM, UdR Verona, Ca' Vignal, Strada Le Grazie 15, 37134 Verona (Italy); Boćkowski, M. [Institute of High Pressures Physics ‘Unipress’, Polish Academy of Sciences, 01-142 Warsaw (Poland); Suchocki, A. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)

    2016-01-15

    The influence of the hydrostatic pressure on the radiative intra-configurational 4f→4f transitions of several Yb{sup 3+} ions doped dielectrics and semiconductors with different energy gaps and crystal structures is presented. A thorough analysis of ambient pressure spectra and the pressure behavior of the Yb{sup 3+} luminescence lines in InP, GaN, LiNbO{sub 3}, YPO{sub 4}, GdPO{sub 4} and Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12} allowed to determine the ambient pressure and pressure dependence of the Yb{sup 3+} energy level positions in crystal fields of different symmetries. The comparison of the Yb{sup 3+} luminescence decay times in different crystal hosts and their pressure dependencies have also been carried out. The results revealed the significant effect of interaction between the band states and the dopant states, as well as the local symmetry of ytterbium dopant on its radiative transition rate, a relevant parameter when considering the potential applications of ytterbium as optically active ion in different crystal hosts. - Highlights: • We the pressure dependence of spectroscopic properties of Yb{sup 3+} dopant in various crystal matrices. • Energies of f–f transitions of Yb{sup 3+} ions are weakly dependent on the applied pressure. • The influence of pressure on transition probabilities is very pronounced. • The ytterbium dopant symmetry and band-gap energy of host crystal influences significantly the radiative transition rate.

  11. Questions and Answers about TB

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Studies Consortium Research Projects Publications TB Trials Consortium Study Descriptions Background Behavioral & Social Science Research Infection Control TB in Specific Populations African-American Community Stop TB in the African-American ...

  12. An intense charge transfer broadband sensitized near-infrared emitting CaLaGa3S3O:Yb3+ phosphor suitable for solar spectral convertor.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Gongguo; Liu, Chunmeng; Wang, Jing; Kuang, Xiaojun; Su, Qiang

    2011-11-21

    A near-infrared (NIR) phosphor, CaLaGa(3)S(6)O:Yb(3+), is developed as a promising solar spectral convertor for Si solar cells. The structure, photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra, concentration effect are investigated. The results show that CaLaGa(3)S(6)O:Yb(3+) has an efficient broad absorption band dominating around the 345 nm ascribing to the charge transfer state (CTS) of Yb(3+)-S(2-) and exhibits an intense NIR emission of Yb(3+) between 920 and 1150 nm, perfectly matching the maximum spectral response of Si solar cells. The NIR emission intensity of CaLaGa(3)S(6)O:Yb(3+) is 12 times as intense as that of a NIR quantum cutting phosphor Ca(2)BO(3)Cl:Ce(3+), Tb(3+), Yb(3+) (CBC) upon 4f-5d excitation of Ce(3+). These results demonstrate that the allowed CTS of Yb(3+)-S(2-) with high absorption cross-section can be an efficient and direct sensitizer harvesting UV-blue photons and greatly enhancing the NIR emission of Yb(3+) ion. © 2011 Optical Society of America

  13. Diode-pumped Er3+:Yb3+:NaCe0.43Gd0.57(WO4)2 pulse laser passively Q -switched with a Co2+:Mg0.4Al2.4O4 saturable absorber at 1.53 μ m

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Chen, Y J; Huang, J H; Lin, Y F; Luo, Z D; Huang, Y D; Zou, Y Q

    2014-01-01

    Based on the long fluorescence lifetime of upper laser level 4 I 13/2 of Er 3+ ions and high 1.5−1.6 μm laser operation efficiency, an Er 3+ :Y b 3+ :NaCe 0.43 Gd 0.57 (WO 4 ) 2 crystal was used to generate a Q-switched pulse laser with high energy and low threshold. End-pumped by a 970 nm diode laser, a passively Q-switched 1.5−1.6 μm pulse laser was first realized in an Er 3+ and Y b 3+ co-doped tungstate crystal, when a Co 2+ :Mg 0.4 Al 2.4 O 4 spinel crystal was used as saturable absorber. A 1.53 μm pulse laser with about 22 μJ energy, 76 ns duration and 21 kHz repetition rate was obtained at an absorbed pump power of 12 W in a c-cut 1.7-mm-thick Er 3+ :Y b 3+ :NaCe 0.43 Gd 0.57 (WO 4 ) 2 crystal. (paper)

  14. Kondo effect and heavy fermions in Yb compounds

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Bonville, P.

    1987-01-01

    The Kondo properties of Yb dilute alloys and intermetallics have been investigated using Moessbauer spectroscopy on 170 Yb. In the dilute alloys AuYb and LaBe 13 Yb, the Kondo logarithmic anomaly of the impurity relaxation rate has been detected, and in the concentrated Yb compounds YbBe 13 , YbP and YbAs, and YbCuAl, the manifestations of the interplay between the Kondo effect and the magnetic ordering due to the RKKY interaction have been characterized

  15. Tuberculosis Facts - TB and HIV/AIDS

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tuberculosis (TB) Facts TB and HIV/AIDS What is TB? “TB” is short for a disease called tuberculosis. TB is spread through the air from one ... Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

  16. Tuberculosis (TB): Treatment

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Education & Training Home Conditions Tuberculosis (TB) Tuberculosis: Treatment Tuberculosis: Treatment Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask ... or bones is treated longer. NEXT: Preventive Treatment Tuberculosis: Diagnosis Tuberculosis: History Clinical Trials For more than ...

  17. HIV and Tuberculosis (TB)

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... AIDS Drugs Clinical Trials Apps skip to content HIV and Opportunistic Infections, Coinfections, and Conditions Home Understanding ... 4 p.m. ET) Send us an email HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) Last Reviewed: July 26, 2017 ...

  18. Synthesis and luminescence properties of BaTiO3: RE (RE= Gd 3 ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Gd3+, Dy3+, Tb3+ and Lu3+ doped BaTiO3-based phosphors were synthesized with modified solidstate technique at 1000 °C. The optimization of reaction conditions were carried out by thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis methods (DTA/TG). The reaction products obtained in an air atmosphere were ...

  19. Luminescence properties of barium--gadolinium-titanate ceramics doped with rare-earth ions (Eu3+ and Tb3+).

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hemasundara Raju, S; Muni Sudhakar, B; Sudhakar Reddy, B; Dhoble, S J; Thyagarajan, K; Nageswara Raju, C

    2014-11-01

    Barium-gadolinium-titanate (BaGd2 Ti4 O12) powder ceramics doped with rare-earth ions (Eu(3+) and Tb(3+)) were synthesized by a solid-state reaction method. From the X-ray diffraction spectrum, it was observed that Eu(3+) and Tb(3+):BaGd2 Ti4 O12 powder ceramics are crystallized in the form of an orthorhombic structure. Scanning electron microscopy image shows that the particles are agglomerated and the particle size is about 200 nm. Eu(3+) - and Tb(3+) -doped BaGd2 Ti4 O12 powder ceramics were examined by energy dispersive X-ray analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, photoluminescence and thermoluminescence (TL) spectra. Emission spectra of Eu(3+)-doped BaGd2 Ti4 O12 powder ceramics showed bright red emission at 613 nm ((5)D0 →(7)F2) with an excitation wavelength λ(exci)  = 408 nm ((7)F0 → (5)D3) and Tb(3+):BaGd2 Ti4 O12 ceramic powder has shown green emission at 534 nm ((5)D4 → (7)F5) with an excitation wavelength λ(exci)  = 331 nm (((7)F6 → (5)D1). TL spectra show that Eu(3+) and Tb(3+) ions affect TL sensitivity. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  20. Alloying of Yb-Cu and Yb-Ag utilizing liquid ammonia metal solutions of ytterbium

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Imamura, H.; Yoshimura, T.; Sakata, Y.

    2003-01-01

    In the course of the studies on preparation of novel compounds using the dissolution of Eu or Yb metals in liquid ammonia, the formation of Yb-Cu and Yb-Ag intermetallic films has been found. When Cu or Ag metal powders were placed in a reactor containing a solution of Yb metal in liquid ammonia, the dissolved Yb readily react with the Cu or Ag metal particles to form surface alloy compounds. X-ray diffraction of Yb-Cu showed that upon thermal treatment above 673 K, the Yb metal deposited on the Cu particles reacted together to be transformed into the YbCu 6.5 intermetallic compound. A characteristic endothermic peak at 749 K, due to alloying of Yb-Cu, was observed by the differential scanning calorimeter measurements. By use of the high reactivity of liquid ammonia metal solutions of ytterbium, it was found that the ytterbium intermetallic films were readily formed under mild conditions. Yb-Cu and Yb-Ag exhibited enhanced catalytic activity for the hydrogenation of ethene as a result of alloying

  1. Study of Gd lattices

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Vidovsky, I.; Kereszturi, A.

    1991-11-01

    The results of experiments and calculations on Gd lattices are presented, and a comparison of experimental and calculational data is given. This latter can be divided into four groups. The first belongs to the comparison of criticality parameters, the second group is related with the comparison of 2D distributions, the third one relates the comparison of intra-macrocell distributions, whereas the fourth group is devoted for the comparison of spectral parameters. For comparison, the computer code RFIT based on strict statistical criteria has been used. The calculated and measured results agree, in most cases, sufficiently. (R.P.) 11 refs.; 13 figs.; 9 tabs

  2. Tuning Magnetism of [MnSb4](9-) Cluster in Yb14MnSb11 through Chemical Substitutions on Yb Sites: Appearance and Disappearance of Spin Reorientation.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hu, Yufei; Chen, Chih-Wei; Cao, Huibo; Makhmudov, F; Grebenkemper, Jason H; Abdusalyamova, M N; Morosan, Emilia; Kauzlarich, Susan M

    2016-09-28

    Single crystals of Yb14-xRExMnSb11 (0 iso-structural with Ca14AlSb11 (I41/acd), and their compositions were determined by wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy. Yb14MnSb11 is described as a partially screened d-metal Kondo system with the isolated [MnSb4](9-) tetrahedral cluster having a d(5) + hole configuration that results in four unpaired electrons measured in the ferromagnetically ordered phase. All of the Yb atoms in Yb14MnSb11 are present as Yb(2+), and the additional RE in Yb14-xRExMnSb11 is trivalent, contributing one additional electron to the structure and altering the magnetic properties. All compounds show ferromagnetic ordering in the range of 39-52 K attributed to the [MnSb4](9-) magnetic moment. Temperature-dependent DC magnetization measurements of Yb14-xPrxMnSb11 (0.44 ≤ x ≤ 0.56) show a sharp downturn right below the ferromagnetic transition temperature. Single-crystal neutron diffraction shows that this downturn is caused by a spin reorientation of the [MnSb4](9-) magnetic moments from the ab-plane to c-axis. The spin reorientation behavior, caused by large anisotropy, is also observed for similar x values of RE = Nd but not for RE = Sm or Gd at any value of x. In Pr-, Nd-, and Sm-substituted crystals, the saturation moments are consistent with ∼4 unpaired electrons attributed to [MnSb4](9-), indicating that local moments of Pr, Nd, and Sm do not contribute to the ferromagnetic order. In the case of RE = Pr, this is confirmed by neutron diffraction. In contrast, the magnetic measurements of RE = Gd show that the moments of Gd ferromagnetically order with the moments of [MnSb4](9-), and reduced screening of moments on Mn(2+) is evident. The sensitive variation of magnetic behavior is attributed to the various RE substitutions resulting in different interactions of the 4f-orbitals with the 3d-orbitals of Mn in the [MnSb4](9-) cluster conducted through 5p-orbitals of Sb.

  3. Tuberculosis Facts - You Can Prevent TB

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tuberculosis (TB) Facts You Can Prevent TB What is TB? “TB” is short for a disease called tuberculosis. TB is spread through the air from one ... Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Division of Tuberculosis Elimination TB Facts: You Can Prevent TB What ...

  4. Tuberculosis Facts - TB Can Be Treated

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tuberculosis (TB) Facts TB Can Be Treated What is TB? “TB” is short for a disease called tuberculosis. TB is spread through the air from one ... Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Division of Tuberculosis Elimination Page 1 of 2 TB Facts: TB ...

  5. The temperature dependence studies of rare-earth (Dy.sup.3+./sup., Sm.sup.3+./sup., Eu.sup.3+./sup. and Tb.sup.3+./sup.) activated Gd.sub.3./sub.Ga.sub.3./sub.Al.sub.2./sub.O.sub.12./sub. garnet single crystals

    Czech Academy of Sciences Publication Activity Database

    Bartosiewicz, Karol; Babin, Vladimir; Beitlerová, Alena; Boháček, Pavel; Jurek, Karel; Nikl, Martin

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 189, Sep (2017), s. 126-139 ISSN 0022-2313 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA16-15569S EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 316906 - LUMINET Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : Gd3Ga3Al2O12 * rare earth dopants * energy transfer * thermal quenching * single crystal Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers OBOR OECD: Optics (including laser optics and quantum optics) Impact factor: 2.686, year: 2016

  6. Infrared scintillation of Yb(10%): YAG crystal

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Antonini, P; Belogurov, S.; Bressi, G; Carugno, G.; Iannuzzi, D

    2002-01-01

    Ytterbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnets (Yb:YAG) are known as IR laser crystals. Previously, we have shown that they are also fast scintillators in the near UV region. In this work we report on the measurements of I R scintillation properties of Yb(10%):YAG crystal. It emits at room temperature at

  7. Multicolor Tunable Luminescence Based on Tb3+/Eu3+ Doping through a Facile Hydrothermal Route.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Chao; Zhou, Ting; Jiang, Jing; Geng, Huiyuan; Ning, Zhanglei; Lai, Xin; Bi, Jian; Gao, Daojiang

    2017-08-09

    Ln 3+ -doped fluoride is a far efficient material for realizing multicolor emission, which plays an important part in full-color displays, biolabeling, and MRI. However, studies on the multicolor tuning properties of Ln 3+ -doped fluoride are mainly concentrated on a complicated process using three or more dopants, and the principle of energy transfer mechanism is still unclear. Herein, multicolor tunable emission is successfully obtained only by codoping with Tb 3+ and Eu 3+ ions in β-NaGdF 4 submicrocrystals via a facile hydrothermal route. Our work reveals that various emission colors can be obtained and tuned from red, orange-red, pink, and blue-green to green under single excitation energy via codoping Tb 3+ and Eu 3+ with rationally changed Eu 3+ /Tb 3+ molar ratio due to the energy transfer between Tb 3+ and Eu 3+ ions in the β-NaGdF 4 host matrix. Meanwhile, the energy transfer mechanism in β-NaGdF 4 : x Eu 3+ /y Tb 3+ (x + y = 5 mol %) submicrocrystals is investigated. Our results evidence the potential of the dopants' distribution density as an effective way for analyzing energy transfer and multicolor-controlled mechanism in other rare earth fluoride luminescence materials. Discussions on the multicolor luminescence under a certain dopant concentration based on single host and wavelength excitation are essential toward the goal of the practical applications in the field of light display systems and optoelectronic devices.

  8. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of Tb-doped Ru-1222 ruthenocuprates

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Lee, H.K.; Kim, K.W.; Lee, M.S.; Kim, Y.I.

    2014-01-01

    The effects of Tb doping on the structural, superconducting, and magnetic properties of (Ru 0.9 Nb 0.1 )Sr 2 (Gd 1.34−x Tb x Ce 0.66 )Cu 2 O z and RuSr 2 (Eu 1.34−x Tb x Ce 0.66 )Cu 2 O z (x=0, 0.34) systems were investigated. It was found that Tb doping in both systems results in a significant suppression of superconductivity and an enhancement of the magnetic ordering temperature, as well as an enhancement of the weak-ferromagnetic component of field-cooled magnetization. The Rietveld refinements of the X-ray diffraction data at room temperature showed that both a and c lattice parameters decrease and the rotation angle of the RuO 6 octahedron around the crystallographic c-axis decreases by Tb doping in both systems. The superconducting and magnetic behaviors induced by the Tb doping are discussed in conjunction with the change in hole concentration and the local structural changes in the Ru sublattice induced by Tb doping. - Highlights: • Study on (Ru 0.9 Nb 0.1 )Sr 2 (Gd 1.34−x Tb x Ce 0.66 )Cu 2 O z and RuSr 2 (Eu 1.34−x Tb x Ce 0.66 )Cu 2 O z . • Tb doping enhances weak-ferromagnetic ordering and suppresses superconductivity. • We report correlations between magnetic properties and structural changes

  9. Search for tetrahedral in 156Gd nucleus by γ spectroscopy

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Doan, Q.T.

    2009-11-01

    Theoretical calculations using realistic mean-field method suggest the existence of nuclear shapes with tetrahedral and/or octahedral symmetries in some rare earth nuclei around 156 Gd and 160 Yb. In nuclei with exact tetrahedral symmetry, the E2 intra-band transitions are predicted to vanish completely or to be very weak. This work is devoted to an experimental research of the tetrahedral symmetry in the nucleus 156 Gd. An experiment has been carried out with the JUROGAM γ-rays detector at Jyvaskyla (Finland) by using the fusion-evaporation reaction 154 Sm(α,2n) 156 Gd. In analysis, the branching ratios of two parity negative bands were determined, the angular distribution has been analyzed to determine the nature of one inter-band transition between these two bands. The transitions strength ratios determined are of the same order of magnitude as previous experiments, and some upper limits have been established for the lowest spin. The missing of the E2 transitions below the I π = 9 - states in the odd spin parity negative band were confirmed. The results of this work reinforced the hypothesis of the tetrahedral symmetry in the nucleus 156 Gd. γ-ray spectroscopy is the major tool used for this work. Detection principles and γ-ray simulations are detailed in the document. The simulation, based on realistic events, has been realised to compare the response function of two multi-detectors EUROBALL and AGATA. The results show that under certain conditions the first phase of AGATA (demonstrator) is also a tool to search for rare events. (author)

  10. Co-operative energy transfer in Yb3+-Er3+ co-doped SrGdxOy upconverting phosphor

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kumar, Ashwini; Pathak, Trilok K.; Dhoble, S. J.; . Terblans, J. J.; Swart, H. C.

    2018-04-01

    Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) have shown considerable interest in many fields; however, low upconversion efficiency of UCNPs is still the most severe limitation of their applications. Yb3+ and Er3+ co-doped SrGd4O7/Gd2O3(SGO) upconversion (UC) phosphors were synthesized by a modified co-precipitation process. The UC properties were investigated by direct excitation with a 980 nm laser. It was observed that the as prepared materials showed relatively strong green emission, while upon the incorporation of the Er3+ ion, there was an increase in the upconversion luminescence intensity for the red component. The effect of different doping concentration of Er3+on the emission spectra and X-ray diffraction patterns of the UC materials have also been studied. The luminescence lifetimes and Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage coordinates for these as prepared samples were determined to understand the energy transfer (ET) mechanisms occurring between Yb3+ and Er3+ in the SGO host matrix. The UC luminescence intensity as a function of laser pump power was monitored and it was confirmed that the UC process in SGO:Yb3+/Er3+is a two-photon absorption process. The findings reported here are expected to provide a better approach for understanding of the ET mechanisms in the oxide based Yb3+/Er3+ co-doped UC phosphors. This study might be helpful in precisely defined applications where optical transitions are essential criterion and this can be easily achieved by smart tuning of the emission properties of Yb3+/Er3+ co-doped UC phosphors.

  11. Fabrication of NaYF4:Yb,Er Nanoprobes for Cell Imaging Directly by Using the Method of Hydrion Rivalry Aided by Ultrasonic

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Zhihua; Miao, Haixia; Fu, Ying; Liu, Yuxiang; Zhang, Ran; Tang, Bo

    2016-10-01

    A novel method of fabricating water-soluble bio-probes with ultra-small size such as NaYF4:Yb,Er (18 nm), NaGdF4:Yb,Er (8 nm), CaF2:Yb,Er (10 nm), PbS (7 nm), and ZnS (12 nm) has been developed to provide for the solubility switch of nanoparticles from oil-soluble to water-soluble in terms of hydrion rivalry aided by ultrasonic. Using NaYF4:Yb,Er (18 nm) as an example, we evaluate the properties of as-prepared water-soluble nanoparticles (NPs) by using thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), zeta potential ( ζ) testing, and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (1HNMR). The measured ζ value shows that the newly prepared hydrophilic NaYF4:Yb,Er NPs are the positively charged particles. Acting as reactive electrophilic moiety, the freshly prepared hydrophilic NaYF4:Yb,Er NPs have carried out the coupling with amino acids and fluorescence labeling and imaging of HeLa cells directly. Experiments indicate that the method of hydrion rivalry aided by ultrasonic provides a simple and novel opportunity to transform hydrophobic NPs into hydrophilic NPs with good reactivity, which can be imaging some specific biological targets directly.

  12. Fabrication of NaYF4:Yb,Er Nanoprobes for Cell Imaging Directly by Using the Method of Hydrion Rivalry Aided by Ultrasonic.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Zhihua; Miao, Haixia; Fu, Ying; Liu, Yuxiang; Zhang, Ran; Tang, Bo

    2016-12-01

    A novel method of fabricating water-soluble bio-probes with ultra-small size such as NaYF 4 :Yb,Er (18 nm), NaGdF 4 :Yb,Er (8 nm), CaF 2 :Yb,Er (10 nm), PbS (7 nm), and ZnS (12 nm) has been developed to provide for the solubility switch of nanoparticles from oil-soluble to water-soluble in terms of hydrion rivalry aided by ultrasonic. Using NaYF 4 :Yb,Er (18 nm) as an example, we evaluate the properties of as-prepared water-soluble nanoparticles (NPs) by using thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), zeta potential (ζ) testing, and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance ( 1 HNMR). The measured ζ value shows that the newly prepared hydrophilic NaYF 4 :Yb,Er NPs are the positively charged particles. Acting as reactive electrophilic moiety, the freshly prepared hydrophilic NaYF 4 :Yb,Er NPs have carried out the coupling with amino acids and fluorescence labeling and imaging of HeLa cells directly. Experiments indicate that the method of hydrion rivalry aided by ultrasonic provides a simple and novel opportunity to transform hydrophobic NPs into hydrophilic NPs with good reactivity, which can be imaging some specific biological targets directly.

  13. 111Cd PAC Study of Gd-Ni Intermetallic Compounds

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Presa, P. de la; Forker, M.

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents a perturbed angular correlation study of the magnetic and electric hyperfine interactions of 111 Cd on Gd sites of the Gd-Ni intermetallic compounds GdNi, GdNi 2 , GdNi 3 , Gd 2 Ni 7 , GdNi 5 and Gd 2 Ni 17 .

  14. TB or not TB?: a case of isolated testicular TB with scrotal involvement.

    LENUS (Irish Health Repository)

    Bhargava, A

    2009-06-01

    Despite the genitourinary tract being the most common site affected by extrapulmonary TB, isolated testicular TB remains a rare clinical entity. In patients with co-morbidities such as hepatic impairment, treatment proves a challenge, as first-line hepatotoxic pharmaceuticals are contraindicated. Here, we report a case of isolated testicular TB with scrotal involvement, on a background of hepatic dysfunction.

  15. Compensation scheme for online neutron detection using a Gd-covered CdZnTe sensor

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Dumazert, Jonathan, E-mail: jonathan.dumazert@cea.fr; Coulon, Romain; Kondrasovs, Vladimir; Boudergui, Karim

    2017-06-11

    The development of portable and personal neutron dosimeters requires compact and efficient radiation sensors. Gd-157, Gd-155 and Cd-113 nuclei present the highest cross-sections for thermal neutron capture among natural isotopes. In order to allow for the exploitation of the low and medium-energy radiative signature of the said captures, the contribution of gamma background radiation, falling into the same energy range, needs to be cancelled out. This paper introduces a thermal neutron detector based on a twin-dense semiconductor scheme. The neutron-sensitive channel takes the form of a Gd-covered CdZnTe crystal, a high density and effective atomic number detection medium. The background compensation will be carried out by means of an identical CdZnTe sensor with a Tb cover. The setting of a hypothesis test aims at discriminating the signal generated by the signature of thermal neutron captures in Gd from statistical fluctuations over the compensation of both independent channels. The measurement campaign conducted with an integrated single-channel chain and two metal Gd and Tb covers, under Cs-137 and Cf-252 irradiations, provides first quantitative results on gamma-rejection and neutron sensitivity. The described study of concept gives grounds for a portable, online-compatible device, operable in conventional to controlled environments.

  16. The simplest representative of a complex series. The Hg-rich amalgam Yb{sub 11}Hg{sub 54}

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Tambornino, Frank; Hoch, Constantin [LMU Muenchen (Germany). Dept. Chemie

    2017-09-01

    Yb{sub 11}Hg{sub 54} is a new member of a series of amalgams with composition close to MHg{sub 5}. Its crystal structure was solved and refined on the basis of single crystal data. The structure model was confirmed with a Rietveld refinement. Yb{sub 11}Hg{sub 54} has the first crystal structure in this family in which no disorder effects such as mixed occupation, split positions or superstructure formation is observed. It therefore can be regarded as a parent structure for all other amalgams. The crystal structure of Yb{sub 11}Hg{sub 54} can be derived from the Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type, the aristotype of this family. We give a detailed crystal structure description for Yb{sub 11}Hg{sub 54} and discuss it in the context of the further known crystal structures closely related. A ranking within this structure family can be established by calculating features for the structural complexity for all structures, including the individual disorder phenomena.

  17. Triple energy transfer and color tuning in Tb3+ and Eu3+-coactivated apatite-type gadolinium-containing phosphors

    Science.gov (United States)

    Guo, Ning; Liang, Qimeng; Li, Shuo; Ouyang, Ruizhuo; Lü, Wei

    2017-11-01

    A family of apatite-type fluorophosphate phosphors with general formula Sr3Gd(1-m-n)Na(PO4)3F:mTb3+,nEu3+ (SGN:mTb3+,nEu3+) have been synthesized via the high-temperature solid-state reaction method. Triple energy transfer processes from Gd3+ in the host to both Tb3+ and Eu3+, as well as from Tb3+ to Eu3+ have been verified by the photoluminescence spectra. Under the excitation of UV light, both green line from the transitions of Tb3+ and red line origin from the transitions of Eu3+ have been simultaneously observed in a single phase phosphor, which makes a promise for tunable color emissions from yellowish-green through yellow and ultimately to reddish-orange by simply adjusting the Eu3+ content (n) in SGN:0.20Tb3+,nEu3+ phosphors. Additionally, the energy transfer from the Tb3+ to the Eu3+ ions has been demonstrated to be a resonant type via a quadrupole-quadrupole mechanism based on the Dexter's theoretical model, and the energy transfer efficiency increases with an increase in Eu3+ concentration.

  18. Difference Between Latent TB Infection and Active TB Disease

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... ATS) and CDC. Diagnostic standards and classification of tuberculosis in adults and children. (PDF) Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2000 ; 161. http: / / ajrccm. atsjournals. org/ cgi/ content/ full/ 161/ 4/ 1376 2. ... Tuberculosis (MDR TB) . http: / / www. cdc. gov/ tb/ publications/ ...

  19. Synthesis and luminescence properties of BaTiO3:RE (RE = Gd3+, Dy3+, Th3+, Lu3+) phosphors

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Korkmaz, Esra; Kalaycioglu, Nilgun Ozpozan

    2012-01-01

    Gd 3+ , Dy 3+ , Tb 3+ and Lu 3+ doped BaTiO 3 -based phosphors were synthesized with modified solid-state technique at 1000 deg C. The optimization of reaction conditions were carried out by thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis methods (DTA/TG). The reaction products obtained in an air atmosphere were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). Surface and elemental analyses were performed by using an SEM instrument. The excitation and emission spectra were recorded by photoluminescence spectrophotometer (PL). The thermoluminescence (TL) properties of BaTiO 3 samples doped with Gd 3+ , Dy 3+ , Tb 3+ , Lu 3+ were investigated. (author)

  20. X-ray excited photoluminescence near the giant resonance in solid-solution Gd1-xTbxOCl nanocrystals and their retention upon solvothermal topotactic transformation to Gd1-xTbxF3

    Science.gov (United States)

    Waetzig, Gregory R.; Horrocks, Gregory A.; Jude, Joshua W.; Zuin, Lucia; Banerjee, Sarbajit

    2015-12-01

    Design rules for X-ray phosphors are much less established as compared to their optically stimulated counterparts owing to the absence of a detailed understanding of sensitization mechanisms, activation pathways and recombination channels upon high-energy excitation. Here, we demonstrate a pronounced modulation of the X-ray excited photoluminescence of Tb3+ centers upon excitation in proximity to the giant resonance of the host Gd3+ ions in solid-solution Gd1-xTbxOCl nanocrystals prepared by a non-hydrolytic cross-coupling method. The strong suppression of X-ray excited optical luminescence at the giant resonance suggests a change in mechanism from multiple exciton generation to single thermal exciton formation and Auger decay processes. The solid-solution Gd1-xTbxOCl nanocrystals are further topotactically transformed with retention of a nine-coordinated cation environment to solid-solution Gd1-xTbxF3 nanocrystals upon solvothermal treatment with XeF2. The metastable hexagonal phase of GdF3 can be stabilized at room temperature through this topotactic approach and is transformed subsequently to the orthorhombic phase. The fluoride nanocrystals indicate an analogous but blue-shifted modulation of the X-ray excited optical luminescence of the Tb3+ centers upon X-ray excitation near the giant resonance of the host Gd3+ ions.Design rules for X-ray phosphors are much less established as compared to their optically stimulated counterparts owing to the absence of a detailed understanding of sensitization mechanisms, activation pathways and recombination channels upon high-energy excitation. Here, we demonstrate a pronounced modulation of the X-ray excited photoluminescence of Tb3+ centers upon excitation in proximity to the giant resonance of the host Gd3+ ions in solid-solution Gd1-xTbxOCl nanocrystals prepared by a non-hydrolytic cross-coupling method. The strong suppression of X-ray excited optical luminescence at the giant resonance suggests a change in mechanism

  1. Magnetic properties of Gd intermetallics

    Science.gov (United States)

    Petit, L.; Szotek, Z.; Jackson, J.; Lüders, M.; Paudyal, D.; Mudryk, Y.; Pecharsky, V.; Gschneidner, K. A.; Staunton, J. B.

    2018-02-01

    Using first-principles calculations, based on disordered local moment theory, combined with the self-interaction corrected local spin density approximation, we study magnetic interactions in GdX intermetallics for X = Cu, Zn, Ga, Cd, and Mg. Our predicted magnetic orders and ordering temperatures both at zero and other pressures agree well with experiments including the large increase in the Curie temperature of GdCd under pressure that is shown by our own experimental measurements. From our results it emerges that the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction on its own can not explain the observed behaviour under pressure, and that the magnetic ordering mechanism is strongly influenced by the occupations of both Gd and anion d-bands.

  2. TB in Children in the United States

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Studies Consortium Research Projects Publications TB Trials Consortium Study Descriptions Background Behavioral & Social Science Research Infection Control TB in Specific Populations African-American Community Stop TB in the African-American ...

  3. Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB)

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Studies Consortium Research Projects Publications TB Trials Consortium Study Descriptions Background Behavioral & Social Science Research Infection Control TB in Specific Populations African-American Community Stop TB in the African-American ...

  4. Growth and laser action of Yb: YVO4 crystals with low Yb doping concentration

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhong, Degao; Teng, Bing; Li, Jianhong; Zhang, Shiming; Zhang, Bingtao; Wang, Chao; Tian, Xueping; Liu, Junhai

    2012-11-01

    Yb: YVO4 single crystals with low doping concentrations of Yb3+ less than 0.3 at% were grown using the Czochralski method. The polarized absorption spectra were measured at room temperature. Strong anisotropy exists in the absorption spectra, resulting in almost entirely different features for π-polarization and σ-polarization. The laser emission spectrum and relationship curve between the output power and absorbed pump power (Pabs) were measured. The continuous-wave laser action of Yb: YVO4 single crystal in a range of 1020.4-1026.3 nm was realized by using a high-power diode laser as the pump source.

  5. Investigation of 155Gd, 157Gd and 159Gd nuclear deformation

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Araujo, J.M.R. de.

    1979-01-01

    Theoretical calculations of Transition Probabilities, Quadrupole Moments and Differential Inelastic Electron Cross-Sections for 155 Gd, 157 Gd and 159 Gd, for the first and second energy levels of the fundamental rotational band are presented. Electrons are described as distorted waves and the even-odd nuclei by means of the rotational model, with one particle strongly coupled to the even-even core. The intrinsic charge distribution of the core is deacribed by the Deformed Fermi Distribution and the extra particle by a single particle in a deformed harmonic potential produced by the core (Nilsson model). The inelastic electron cross-sections results show the possibility of a precise determination of deformation of the even-odd nuclei if measurements are carried. (author) [pt

  6. Spectroscopic and laser investigations of Nd3+ and Yb3+ in rare-earth oxyborates

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Lupei, A.; Lupei, V.; Gheorghe, L.; Aka, G.; Vivien, D.; Antic- Fidancev, E.

    2002-01-01

    Since 1997 a new class of non-linear crystals have been intensively investigated, the rare-earth and calcium oxyborates RECa 4 O(BO 3 ) 4 -RECOB (especially with RE 3+ = Y 3+ or Gd 3+ ). These crystals can be grown from melt and have large effective non-linear coefficients; they present a large transparence range from 0.2-5 mm, are non-hygroscopic, have a high damage threshold, can be doped with large concentrations of laser active ions, etc. Undoped these crystals are good doublers and doped with Nd 3+ or Yb 3+ they can be used in the self - conversion regime for transformation of the infrared radiation into green, blue or red. A series of fundamental structural, spectroscopic and laser emission characteristics of Nd 3+ or Yb 3+ doped RECOB are still under study. Thus, one important aspect discussed in literature is the degree of disorder of RECOB crystals. The research performed in the frame of CERES project was devoted to the growth of the of RECOB crystals doped with Nd 3+ or Yb 3+ , structural investigations and high-resolution optical spectral investigations and Nd 3+ laser emission. The growth of RECa 4 O(BO) 3 (Y 3+ and Gd 3+ ) single crystals was performed with an ADL furnace by using Czochralski method. Good optical crystals were obtained on direction; X-ray structural studies were also performed. The low temperatures high-resolution optical spectral measurements on Nd 3+ and Yb 3+ doped GdCOB and YCOB allowed the clarification of some structural characteristics of these crystals. Two problems were studied: the intrinsic structure of undoped crystals and the doping effects. Studies revealed for the first time by optical spectroscopy essential differences between GdCOB and YCOB crystals; they refer to the satellite structure of Yb 3+ or Nd 3+ and inhomogeneous broadening, indicating a disordered structure much larger for YCOB, qualitatively in accord with recent X-ray results. Based on spectral, emission decay and structural investigations, models for

  7. Growth of multiferroic Gd1-xYxMnO3 single crystals by optical floating zone technique

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Sarguna, R.M.; Ganesamoorthy, S.; Sridharan, V.; Subramanian, N.

    2014-01-01

    Rare earth manganites RMnO 3 with distorted perovskite structure are excellent multiferroic materials. The discovery of magnetic spin driven ferroelectricity in orthorhombic manganites (TbMnO 3 ) has sparked a surge in research into understanding the fundamental mechanism of multiferroic behavior. These systems fall under the category of type-2 multiferroics, the change of spatially modulated magnetic moment from sinusoidal to cycloidal gives rise to electric polarization. The magnetic structure depends upon the Mn-O-Mn bond angle. GdMnO 3 shows multiferroic properties only in the presence of applied magnetic field. When a magnetic field is applied along the b-axis, GdMnO 3 enters a ferroelectric state with an electric polarisation along the c-axis. By altering the Mn-O-Mn angle it is expected that GdMnO 3 will show multiferroic property even in the absence of magnetic field like TbMnO 3 . To alter the Mn-O-Mn bond angle GdMnO 3 was substituted with Y having lower ionic radius at Gd site. The effect of Y doping at the rare-earth site in GdMnO 3 investigated on polycrystalline samples of Gd 1-x Y x MnO 3 demonstrated a magneto-electric coupling in x=0.1-0.4. Single crystals are expected to give much amplified signal in respect of ferroelectric and magnetic properties. In this work we have grown Y substituted Gd 1-x Y x MnO 3 (x = 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4) by optical floating zone technique under different gas atmosphere. Growth rate of 1-2 mm/h yielded crack free crystals. Quality of the crystals was checked using Laue diffraction. Effect of growth rate and atmosphere pressure will be presented in this talk. (author)

  8. Thermodynamic optimization of the Al-Yb binary system

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Meng, F.G.; Zhang, L.G.; Liu, H.S.; Liu, L.B. [School of Materials Sciecne and Engineering, Central South University, ChangSha, HuNan 410083 (China); Jin, Z.P. [School of Materials Sciecne and Engineering, Central South University, ChangSha, HuNan 410083 (China)], E-mail: jin@mail.csu.edu.cn

    2008-03-20

    A thermodynamic description of the Al-Yb binary system was developed based on critically evaluated experimental data by using CALculation of PHAse Diagram (CALPHAD) approach. Liquid ({gamma}Yb) and ({beta}Yb) were modeled as substitutional solution phases. Al{sub 2}Yb and Al{sub 3}Yb were treated as stoichiometric compounds. A set of self-consistent parameters for describing various phases in this system was obtained, with which most of the experimental data reported in the literatures were well reproduced.

  9. Detectemos la TB. Tratemos la TB. Trabajemos juntos para eliminar la TB. (Find TB. Treat TB. Working together to eliminate TB.)

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Podcasts

    2014-02-26

    Este podcast trata sobre el Día Mundial de la Tuberculosis y el tema de los CDC para el año 2014.  Created: 2/26/2014 by National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).   Date Released: 2/26/2014.

  10. Deuteron induced Tb-155 production, a theranostic isotope for SPECT imaging and auger therapy.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Duchemin, C; Guertin, A; Haddad, F; Michel, N; Métivier, V

    2016-12-01

    Several terbium isotopes are suited for diagnosis or therapy in nuclear medicine. Tb-155 is of interest for SPECT imaging and/or Auger therapy. High radionuclide purity is mandatory for many applications in medicine. The quantification of the activity of the produced contaminants is therefore as important as that of the radionuclide of interest. The experiments performed at the ARRONAX cyclotron (Nantes, France), using the deuteron beam delivered up to 34MeV, provide an additional measurement of the excitation function of the Gd-nat(d,x)Tb-155 reaction and of the produced terbium and gadolinium contaminants. In this study, we investigate the achievable yield for each radionuclide produced in natural gadolinium as a function of the deuteron energy. Other reactions are discussed in order to define the production route that could provide Tb-155 with a high yield and a high radionuclide purity. This article aims to improve data for the Gd-nat(d,x) reaction and to optimize the irradiation conditions required to produce Tb-155. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Dopant-mediated structural and magnetic properties of TbMnO3

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sharma, Vinit; McDannald, A.; Staruch, M.; Ramprasad, R.; Jain, M.

    2015-07-01

    Structural and magnetic properties of the doped terbium manganites (Tb,A)MnO3 (A = Gd, Dy, and Ho) have been investigated using first-principles calculations and further confirmed by subsequent experimental studies. Both computational and experimental studies suggest that compared to the parent material, namely, TbMnO3 (with a magnetic moment of 9.7 μ B for Tb3+) Dy- and Ho-ion substituted TbMnO3 results in an increase in the magnetic susceptibility at low fields ( ≤ 10.6 μ B for Dy3+ and Ho3+). The observed spiral-spin AFM order in TbMnO3 is stable with respect to the dopant substitutions, which modify the Mn-O-Mn bond angles and lead to stronger the ferromagnetic component of the magnetic moment. Given the fact that magnetic ordering in TbMnO3 causes the ferroelectricity, this is an important step in the field of the magnetically driven ferroelectricity in the class of magnetoelectric multiferroics, which traditionally have low magnetic moments due to the predominantly antiferromagnetic order. In addition, the present study reveals important insights on the phenomenological coupling mechanism in detail, which is essential in order to design new materials with enhanced magneto-electric effects at higher temperatures.

  12. Double dimethylammonium sulphates of Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu and Y

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Jordanovska, V.B.; Siftar, J.

    1986-01-01

    Double sulfates of rare earths with dimethylammonium were studied by means of thermogravimetry, derivative thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis from 20 to 700 deg C. Quantitative gravimetric analysis was used for the determination of rare earths and sulfate. The mechanism of thermal decomposition is also suggested. (author)

  13. Implantation sites of Ce and Gd in diamond

    CERN Document Server

    Bharuth-Ram, K; Hofsäss, H C; Ronning, C; Dietrich, M

    2002-01-01

    The implantation sites of rare earth (RE) probes /sup 141/Ce (t/sub 1 /2/=32 d) and /sup 149/Gd (t/sub 1/2/=9.28 d) in diamond have been investigated using the emission channeling (EC) technique. Parent isotopes /sup 141/Cs and /sup 149/Dy were implanted into type IIa, diamond samples at an energy of 60 keV at the online isotope separator ISOLDE at CERN. /sup 141/Cs decays through the chain /sup 141/Cs-/sup 141/Ba-/sup 141/La-/sup 141/Ce-/sup 141/ Pr. EC measurements were made on the 102 keV conversion electrons emitted in the decay of /sup 141/Pr to its ground state. The decay of /sup 149 /Dy follows the chain /sup 149/Dy-/sup 149/Tb-/sup 149/Gd-/sup 149 /Eu-/sup 149/Sm. EC measurements were made on the 101 keV electrons emitted in the decay of /sup 149/Eu. Two-dimensional channeling patterns of the conversion electrons were obtained along and axial directions by raster scans with a Si surface barrier detector. Comparison of the observed patterns with simulated spectra show that in diamond 45-50% of the RE...

  14. Suppression of superconductivity in GdPr-123 system

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Akhavan, M.; Yamani, Z.

    1997-01-01

    Fourteen single phase polycrystalline ceramic Gd/sub 1-x/ Pr/sub x/ Ba/sub 2/, Cu/sub 3/ O/sub 7-y/ (Gd Pr-123) samples with different Pr doping concentration, x, have been prepared by the standard sintering technique and characterized by FXRD, SEM, TGA, and DT. The electrical resistivity measurements show that at X/sub cr/ = 0.45 superconductivity disappears. These data show that the T/sub c/(x) curve has two plate aux which appear at a 0-0.05 and x = 0.15-0.25. hence T/sub c/ (x) in this system does not follow the prediction of the Abrijkosov- Gorkov (AG) magnetic pair breaking theory. Based on the qualitative similarities among the physical properties of this system and the oxygen depleted RBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-y/ (R-123) (R:Y or rare earth except Ce, Pr, Tb, Pm) system, such as T/sub c/(x) to T/sub c/(y) rho (T,x) to rho (T,y), we suggest that the increasing band filling and localization of states due to the disorder effects, together with Pr doping, could cause an 'effective' increasing of the oxygen deficiency in this system. This implies that a chain-plain correlation (CPC) effect is responsible for the high-T/sub c/ superconductivity. (author)

  15. Gd3+-ESR and magnetic susceptibility of GdCu4Al8 and GdMn4Al8

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Coldea, R.; Coldea, M.; Pop, I.

    1994-01-01

    Gd ESR of GdCu 4 Al 8 and GdMn 4 Al 8 and magnetic susceptibility of GdCu 4 Al 8 , GdMn 4 Al 8 , and YMn 4 Al 8 were measured in the temperature range of 290K--460K and 90K--1050K, respectively. The occurrence of the Mn moment in YMn 4 Al 8 and GdMn 4 Al 8 is strongly correlated with the critical value of d∼2.6 angstrom of the Mn-Mn distance below which the Mn moment is not stable. The experimental data for GdMn 4 Al 8 , compared with the data for the isostructural compounds GdCu 4 Al 8 and YMn 4 Al 8 , show that near the critical value of d, the existence of Mn moment depends not only on the value of d, but also on the local magnetic surroundings. It has been revealed that the magnetic character of Mn moment in YMn 4 Al 8 and GdMn 4 Al 8 changes from an itinerant electron type to a local-moment type with increasing temperature

  16. Litigation as TB Rights Advocacy

    Science.gov (United States)

    2016-01-01

    Abstract One thousand people die every day in India as a result of TB, a preventable and treatable disease, even though the Constitution of India, government schemes, and international law guarantee available, accessible, acceptable, quality health care. Failure to address the spread of TB and to provide quality treatment to all affected populations constitutes a public health and human rights emergency that demands action and accountability. As part of a broader strategy, health activists in India employ Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to hold the state accountable for rights violations and to demand new legislation, standards for patient care, accountability for under-spending, improvements in services at individual facilities, and access to government entitlements in marginalized communities. Taking inspiration from right to health PIL cases (PILs), lawyers in a New Delhi-based rights organization used desk research, fact-findings, and the Right To Information Act to build a TB PIL for the Delhi High Court, Sanjai Sharma v. NCT of Delhi and Others (2015). The case argues that inadequate implementation of government TB schemes violates the Constitutional rights to life, health, food, and equality. Although PILs face substantial challenges, this paper concludes that litigation can be a crucial advocacy and accountability tool for people living with TB and their allies. PMID:27781000

  17. TB deaths reach historic levels. International (global).

    Science.gov (United States)

    More tuberculosis (TB)-related deaths occurred in 1995 than in any other year in history (almost 3 million, vs. 2.1 million for the TB epidemic around 1990). In the next 50 years, as many as 500 million people may develop TB if current rates continue. More and more of these people will develop multidrug resistant TB. TB affects all social groups. It is the leading fatal infection in youth and adults. HIV positive people are more likely to die from TB than any other condition. More women die from TB than all causes of maternal mortality combined. Almost 50% of the world's refugees may have TB. All people are at risk of TB since TB bacteria, which enter the air via coughing or sneezing, can be suspended in the air for hours. Increased air travel and migration have brought TB back to industrialized countries. Multi-drug resistant TB has emerged in New York City, London, Milan, Paris, Atlanta, Chicago, and cities in developing countries. Governments of industrialized and developing countries have been slow to understand the effects of multi-drug resistant TB for public health. During the 1970s and 1980s, TB was greatly neglected resulting in the current multi-drug resistant TB epidemic. Policy makers have not applied the tools discovered by scientists to help eliminate TB. The World Health Organization recommends directly observed treatment, short-course (DOTS) to fight TB. DOTS can increase the number of cured TB patients two-fold. It can cure almost 95% of TB patients with medicines costing less than $11 in some areas of the world. Yet DOTS is being used to cure only 10% of all TB patients in the world. If it were used in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, South Africa, and Zaire, about 75% of all TB cases would be cured. In DOTS, health workers, not the TB patient, are responsible for curing the TB patient. Poor patient compliance is responsible for the current TB epidemic because TB patients remain

  18. Efficient up-conversion in Yb:Er:NaT(XO42 thermal nanoprobes. Imaging of their distribution in a perfused mouse.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Carlos Zaldo

    Full Text Available Yb and Er codoped NaT(XO42 (T = Y, La, Gd, Lu and X = Mo, W disordered oxides show a green (Er3+ related up-conversion (UC efficiency comparable to that of Yb:Er:β-NaYF4 compound and unless 3 times larger UC ratiometric thermal sensitivity. The similar UC efficiency of Yb:Er doped NaT(XO42 and β-NaYF4 compounds allowed testing equal subcutaneous depths of ex-vivo chicken tissue in both cases. This extraordinary behavior for NaT(XO42 oxides with large cutoff phonon energy (ħω≈ 920 cm-1 is ascribed to 4F9/2 electron population recycling to higher energy 4G11/2 level by a phonon assisted transition. Crystalline nanoparticles of Yb:Er:NaLu(MoO42 have been synthesized by sol-gel with sizes most commonly in the 50-80 nm range, showing a relatively small reduction of the UC efficiency with regards to bulk materials. Fluorescence lifetime and multiphoton imaging microscopies show that these nanoparticles can be efficiently distributed to all body organs of a perfused mouse.

  19. Me-3,2-HOPO Complexes of Near Infra-Red (NIR) Emitting Lanthanides: Efficient Sensitization of Yb(III) and Nd(III) in Aqueous Solution

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Moore, Evan G.; Xu, Jide; Dodani, Sheel; Jocher, Christoph; D' Aleo, Anthony; Seitz, Michael; Raymond, Kenneth

    2009-11-10

    The synthesis, X-ray structure, solution stability, and photophysical properties of several trivalent lanthanide complexes of Yb(III) and Nd(III) using both tetradentate and octadentate ligand design strategies and incorporating the 1-methyl-3-hydroxy-pyridin-2-one (Me-3,2-HOPO) chelate group are reported. Both the Yb(III) and Nd(III) complexes have emission bands in the Near Infra-Red (NIR) region, and this luminescence is retained in aqueous solution ({Phi}{sub tot}{sup Yb} {approx} 0.09-0.22%). Furthermore, the complexes demonstrate very high stability (pYb {approx} 18.8-21.9) in aqueous solution, making them good candidates for further development as probes for NIR imaging. Analysis of the low temperature (77 K) photophysical measurements for a model Gd(III) complex were used to gain an insight into the electronic structure, and were found to agree well with corresponding TD-DFT calculations at the B3LYP/6-311G{sup ++}(d,p) level of theory for a simplified model monovalent sodium complex.

  20. Melt processing of Yb-123 tapes

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Athur, S. P.; Balachandran, U.; Salama, K.

    2000-01-01

    The innovation of a simple, scalable process for manufacturing long-length conductors of HTS is essential to potential commercial applications such as power cables, magnets, and transformers. In this paper the authors demonstrate that melt processing of Yb-123 tapes made by the PIT route is an alternative to the coated conductor and Bi-2223 PIT tape fabrication techniques. Ag-clad Yb-123 tapes were fabricated by groove rolling and subsequently, melt processed in different oxygen partial pressures in a zone-melting furnace with a gradient of 140 C/cm. The transition temperatures measured were found to be around 81 K undermost processing conditions. EPMA of the tapes processed under different conditions show the 123 phase to be Ba deficient and Cu and Yb rich. Critical current was measured at various temperatures from 77 K to 4.2 K. The J c increased with decrease in pO 2 . The highest I c obtained was 52 A at 4.2 K

  1. Excited negative parity bands in 160Yb

    Science.gov (United States)

    Saha, A.; Bhattacharjee, T.; Curien, D.; Dedes, I.; Mazurek, K.; Banerjee, S. R.; Rajbanshi, S.; Bisoi, A.; de Angelis, G.; Bhattacharya, Soumik; Bhattacharyya, S.; Biswas, S.; Chakraborty, A.; Das Gupta, S.; Dey, B.; Goswami, A.; Mondal, D.; Pandit, D.; Palit, R.; Roy, T.; Singh, R. P.; Saha Sarkar, M.; Saha, S.; Sethi, J.

    2018-03-01

    Negative parity rotational bands in {} 70160Yb{}90 nucleus have been studied. They were populated in the 148Sm(16O, 4n)160Yb reaction at 90 MeV. The gamma-coincidence data have been collected using Indian National Gamma Array composed of twenty Compton suppressed clover germanium (Ge) detectors. Double gating on triple gamma coincidence data were selectively used to develop the decay scheme for these negative parity bands by identifying and taking care of the multiplet transitions. The even- and odd-spin negative parity bands in 160Yb have been studied by comparing the reduced transition probability ratios with the similar bands in neighbouring even-even rare earth nuclei. It is concluded that the concerned odd-spin and even-spin bands are not signature partners and that their structures are compatible with those of the ‘pear-shape’ and ‘pyramid-shape’ oscillations, respectively, the octupole shapes superposed with the quadrupole shape of the ground-state.

  2. Power scaling of cryogenic Yb:LiYF(4) lasers.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zapata, Luis E; Ripin, Daniel J; Fan, Tso Yee

    2010-06-01

    We demonstrate a cryogenically cooled Yb:LiYF(4) (Yb:YLF) laser with 224W linearly polarized output power (pump-power limited) and a slope efficiency of 68%. The beam quality is characterized by an M(2) approximately 1.1 at 60W output and M(2) approximately 2.6 at 180W output. This level of average laser power is approximately 2 orders of magnitude higher than demonstrated previously in cryogenic Yb:YLF. Yb:YLF is attractive for femtosecond pulse generation because of its wide gain bandwidth, and this demonstration shows the potential for high-average-power subpicosecond pulse lasers.

  3. Development of Yb-169 radiation source for new nondestructive inspection

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Yamabayashi, Hisamichi

    1994-01-01

    As the nondestructive inspection method for large structures, there has been radiography, and X-ray and γ-ray have been used as the radiation. The transmissivity of radiation through materials changes by the energy of the radiation and the density and thickness of the materials. At present about 880 γ-ray radiography apparatuses are used in Japanese private enterprises, and about 70% of them use 192 Ir γ-ray sources, and about 30% use 60 Co or 137 Cs sources. Recently the defect inspection for the worlded parts of thin wall small tubes and so on have become to be regarded as important, and the 169 Yb source that emits lower energy γ-ray is suitable to the purpose. There are many reports that 169 Yb radiography was applied successfully. As the 169 Yb radiation source, pellets and balls are on the market. 169 Yb is made by the neutron irradiation of 168 Yb in nuclear reactors. The characteristics of 169 Yb, the manufacture of 169 Yb radiation sources and the applicability of 169 Yb radiation sources to nondestructive inspection are reported. Also in Japan, many basic experiments on 169 Yb radiation sources have been carried out, and the irradiation apparatuses are small and light, and the control area can be set small. (K.I.)

  4. Development of separation process of Dy, Y, Tm and Yb from heavier rare earth residue by solvent impregnated resin

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Shibata, J.; Matsumoto, S.

    1998-01-01

    Full text: Heavier rare earth which is contained in a small amount in ores such as bastnesite and monazite has been accumulated as heavier rare earth residue without doing separation and purification due to lack of suitable methods. The heavier rare earth residue includes seven rare earth elements such as Tb, Dy, Ho, Y, Er, Tm and Yb. Separation and recovery process of Dy, Y, Tm and Yb from leached solution of the heavier rare earth residue was investigated by using a column method with a solvent impregnated resin. The solvent impregnated resin was prepared by impregnation of organophosphorous extractant whose trade name is PC-88A into a macro porous resin, Amberlite XAD-7. It was almost impossible to separate them in simple adsorption and elution steps. However, we attained to individually separate Dy, Y, Tm and Yb from the leached solution first by changing eluent concentration gradually from pH 2 to 2mol/ l HCl in the elution step, and secondly by using a development column and changing eluent concentration in the elution step. The separation process flow was proposed for heavier rare earth residue by using the solvent impregnated resin method

  5. Biomarkers of latent TB infection

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Ruhwald, Morten; Ravn, Pernille

    2009-01-01

    For the last 100 years, the tuberculin skin test (TST) has been the only diagnostic tool available for latent TB infection (LTBI) and no biomarker per se is available to diagnose the presence of LTBI. With the introduction of M. tuberculosis-specific IFN-gamma release assays (IGRAs), a new area...... of in vitro immunodiagnostic tests for LTBI based on biomarker readout has become a reality. In this review, we discuss existing evidence on the clinical usefulness of IGRAs and the indefinite number of potential new biomarkers that can be used to improve diagnosis of latent TB infection. We also present...... early data suggesting that the monocyte-derived chemokine inducible protein-10 may be useful as a novel biomarker for the immunodiagnosis of latent TB infection....

  6. Radiation characteristics of GD-2 fuel

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Chrapciak, V.

    2008-01-01

    The assembly WWER-440 type Gd-2 has radial profile of enrichment and has 6 pins with Gd 2 O 3 . The maximal enrichment is 4.4%. Some analyses are done for assembly with flat enrichment (4.4%) and without Gd 2 O 3 . In this article are compared some characteristics (decay heat, some nuclide concentration, photon and gamma sources) for real Gd-2 assembly and for flat 4.4% assembly. The TRITON module (in SCALE 5.1) was used. (Author)

  7. Screening contacts of patients with extrapulmonary TB for latent TB infection.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Humphreys, Anna; Abbara, Aula; Williams, Sion; John, Laurence; Corrah, Tumena; McGregor, Alastair; Davidson, Robert N

    2018-03-01

    2016 TB National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines imply that contacts of extrapulmonary TB do not require screening for latent TB infection. At our high TB prevalence site, we identified 189 active cases of TB for whom there were 698 close contacts. 29.1% of the contacts of pulmonary TB and 10.7% of the contacts of extrapulmonary TB had active or latent TB infection. This supports screening contacts of extrapulmonary TB at our site and presents a way to access high-risk individuals. We propose to continue to screen the contacts of our patients with extrapulmonary TB and recommend other TB units audit their local results. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  8. TB in Wild Asian Elephants

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Podcasts

    2017-05-10

    Dr. Susan Mikota, co-founder of Elephant Care International, discusses TB in wild Asian elephants.  Created: 5/10/2017 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).   Date Released: 5/10/2017.

  9. Community Involvement in TB Research

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    M. van der Werf (Marloes); S.G. Heumann (Silke); E.M.H. Mitchell

    2011-01-01

    textabstractWhile communities at risk have been both drivers and partners in HIV research, their important role in TB research is yet to be fully realized. Involvement of communities in tuberculosis care and prevention is currently on the international agenda. This creates opportunities and

  10. Extensively Drug-Resistant TB

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Podcasts

    2016-12-16

    Dr. Charlotte Kvasnovsky, a surgery resident and Ph.D. candidate in biostatistics, discusses various types of drug resistance in TB patients in South Africa.  Created: 12/16/2016 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).   Date Released: 12/16/2016.

  11. Direct observation of heterogeneous valence state in Yb-based quasicrystalline approximants

    Science.gov (United States)

    Matsunami, M.; Oura, M.; Tamasaku, K.; Ishikawa, T.; Ideta, S.; Tanaka, K.; Takeuchi, T.; Yamada, T.; Tsai, A. P.; Imura, K.; Deguchi, K.; Sato, N. K.; Ishimasa, T.

    2017-12-01

    We study the electronic structure of Tsai-type cluster-based quasicrystalline approximants, Au64Ge22Yb14 (AGY-I), Au63.5Ge20.5Yb16 (AGY-II), and Zn85.4Yb14.6 (Zn-Yb), by means of photoemission spectroscopy. In the valence band hard x-ray photoemission spectra of AGY-II and Zn-Yb, we separately observe a fully occupied Yb 4 f state and a valence fluctuation derived Kondo resonance peak, reflecting two inequivalent Yb sites, a single Yb atom in the cluster center and its surrounding Yb icosahedron, respectively. The fully occupied 4 f signal is absent in AGY-I containing no Yb atom in the cluster center. The results provide direct evidence for a heterogeneous valence state in AGY-II and Zn-Yb.

  12. TB control: challenges and opportunities for India.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Pai, Madhukar; Daftary, Amrita; Satyanarayana, Srinath

    2016-03-01

    India's TB control programme has treated over 19 million patients, but the incidence of TB continues to be high. TB is a major killer and drug-resistant TB is a growing threat. There are several likely reasons, including social conditions and co-morbidities that fuel the TB epidemic: under-investment by the government, weak programme implementation and management, suboptimal quality of care in the private sector, and insufficient advocacy around TB. Fortunately, India possesses the technical know-how, competence and resources to address these challenges. The End TB Strategy by WHO offers India an excellent blueprint to advance the agenda of TB control. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  13. The Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type and its relation to some complex amalgam structures

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Tambornino, Frank; Sappl, Jonathan; Hoch, Constantin, E-mail: constantin.hoch@cup.uni-muenchen.de

    2015-01-05

    Highlights: • The Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type has been revisited on the basis of single crystal diffraction data. • Symmetry analysis from electron density and TEM shows the space group P6/m to be true. • Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} shows good metallic behaviour. • Structure relations to alkali, alkaline-earth and rare-earth metal amalgams can be established. • Complexity values for the RE{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure family were calculated. - Abstract: A plethora of binary and ternary intermetallic compounds has been assigned to the Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type, crystallising in the hexagonal system (space group P6/m, a = 1264.30(18) pm, c = 933.58(11) pm for Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51}). Starting in the late 1960s, much work has been invested in the structural elucidation of these crystal structures. However, reliable single crystal data are scarce, and most structure type assignments have been performed merely on the basis of powder data. We have redetermined four representatives of the binary RE{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type (RE = Y, Ce, Gd, Tb) with modern high-precision single crystal X-ray methods. The assignment of the Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type to space group P6/m was additionally verified by careful analysis of high resolution transmission electron micrographs. We emphasise the close relation of the Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51} structure type to the structures of some recently described amalgams of similar composition focussing on disorder phenomena and structural complexity. Furthermore, we provide detailed information on synthesis as well as electrical and magnetic properties for Gd{sub 14}Ag{sub 51}, the parent compound of this structure family.

  14. Investigation of Gd compounds using synchrotron radiation

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Tyszka, B.; Szade, J.; Burian, W.; Skorek, G.; Deniszczyk, J.; Sikora, M.; Zajac, D.; Kapusta, Cz.; Matteucci, M.; Bondino, F.; Zacchigna, M.; Zangrando, M.

    2005-01-01

    The electronic structure of ferromagnetic compound GdTiGe has been investigated using element sensitive methods-X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS). Additionally, another ferromagnet GdTiSi has been studied using XMCD. XMCD revealed a strong dichroic signal at Gd L 2 and L 3 edges, which can be related to polarisation of Gd 5d band. XAS at Ti L 2,3 edges has exhibited a structure which appeared to be in general agreement with the LAPW calculations. RIXS spectra have shown some resonance features for photon energies close to Ti L 2 and Gd M 5 edges

  15. Magnetism at the V/Gd interface

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Mouketo, L; M'Passi-Mabiala, B; Binggeli, N

    2010-01-01

    Recent experimental investigations into the magnetic properties of V/Gd bilayers have shown that vanadium, which is nonmagnetic in the bulk, can acquire a magnetic moment in such systems. We have performed ab initio pseudopotential calculations to examine the magnetic behavior of V(110)/Gd(0001) bilayers for V layers with thicknesses up to 4 monolayers (ML). We considered both abrupt and atomic intermixed V/Gd interfaces. In both cases, the magnetic moment of the V layer is found to align antiparallel to the moment of the Gd layer, consistent with the experimental observation. However, the magnitude of the V moment at the abrupt interface is considerably smaller than the moments reported experimentally. In the presence of atomic intermixing, instead, substantially larger V moments are found, closer to the experimentally reported moments. On the basis of the calculated atomic and spin resolved density of states, we discuss the possible mechanism responsible for the observed Gd-V antiferromagnetic coupling.

  16. The elastic and magnetic properties of a single-crystal Gd-40%Y alloy

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Palmer, S.B.; Isci, C.; Hukin, D.

    1977-01-01

    The five independent single-crystal elastic constants of hexagonal Gd-40%Y have been measured in the temperature range 4.2 to 300 K and in magnetic fields of up to 7 T. This temperature and magnetic field range covers the different magnetic states of the material and has allowed the magnetic phase diagram to be constructed from the anomalies present in the elastic constants and associated ultrasonic attenuation. At low temperatures and low fields the material does not follow Dy and Tb-50%Ho in transforming from an antiferromagnetic to a ferromagnetic phase, but exhibits a variety of more complicated magnetic structures. (author)

  17. (Gd1−xErx)5Si2Ge2 compounds

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    (RE = Ce, Pr, Sm, Tb, Dy, Er, Ho, Y) compounds (Tegus and Dagula 2002; Yang et al 2003; ..... 161K. 164K. 167K. 170K. 173K. 176K. 179K. 182K. 185K. 188K. 191K. 194K. 197K. 200K. Figure 5. Magnetization isotherm curves of (Gd1−x Erx )5Si2Ge2 compounds measured under field of 0–2 T: (a) x = 0, (b) x = 0·05, (c) x ...

  18. Staying on Track with TB Medicine

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... will help show if your TB medicines are working the right way and how your body is handling the medicine. If you are being treated for TB disease, you may also get additional chest x-rays. • If you have TB disease along with other ...

  19. Measurement of 160Tb and 161Tb in nuclear forensics samples

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Jiang, J.; Davies, A.V.; Britton, R.E.

    2017-01-01

    160 Tb and 161 Tb are important radionuclides to measure when analysing a Nuclear Forensics sample. An analytical method for the measurement of both 160 Tb and 161 Tb was developed in this study. Terbium was separated and purified using exchange resin and TrisKem LN Resin. The purified fraction containing 160 Tb and 161 Tb was measured by gamma spectrometry and liquid scintillation counting. The counting efficiencies of 160 Tb and 161 Tb were determined using the CIEMAT/NIST efficiency tracing method. The LSC count rate ratio, R160 Tb /R161 Tb , on the reference date was determined by sequential counting and calculated using a custom script based on their half-lives. (author)

  20. Inorganic photosensitizer coupled Gd-based upconversion luminescent nanocomposites for in vivo magnetic resonance imaging and near-infrared-responsive photodynamic therapy in cancers.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Ling'e; Zeng, Leyong; Pan, Yuanwei; Luo, Song; Ren, Wenzhi; Gong, An; Ma, Xuehua; Liang, Hongze; Lu, Guangming; Wu, Aiguo

    2015-03-01

    Inorganic photosensitizer coupled Gd-based upconversion luminescent (UCL) nanocomposites have potential application for both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancers using the light stability and biocompatibility of TiO2 inorganic photosensitizer. However, TiO2 inorganic photosensitizer could only be excited by ultraviolet (UV) light, which was harmful and weakly penetrable in tissues. In this work, folic acid (FA)-targeted NaGdF4:Yb/Tm@SiO2@TiO2 nanocomposites (FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs) were constructed and synthesized for both in vivo MRI and near infrared (NIR)-responsive inorganic PDT, in which TiO2 component could be excited by NIR light due to the UCL performance of NaGdF4:Yb/Tm component converting NIR to UV light. The results showed the as-prepared FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs had good biocompatibility in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, MR study indicated that FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs were good T1-weighted MRI contrast agents with high longitudinal relaxivity (r1) of 4.53 mm(-1) s(-1), also in vivo MRI of nude mice showed "bright" signal in MCF-7 tumor. Under the irradiation of 980 nm laser at the power density of 0.6 W/cm(2) for 20 min, the viability of HeLa and MCF-7 cells incubated with FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs could decrease from about 90 % to 35 % and 31%, respectively. Furthermore, in vivo PDT of MCF-7 tumor-bearing nude mice model showed that the inhibition ratio of tumors injected with FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs reached up to 88.6% after 2-week treatment, compared with that of nude mice in control group. Based on the deep penetration of NIR light and the good biocompatibility of TiO2 inorganic photosensitizer, the as-prepared FA-Gd-Si-Ti NPs could have potential applications in both MRI and NIR-responsive PDT of cancers in deep tissues. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Defect induced visible-light-activated near-infrared emissions in Gd3-x-y-zYbxBiyErzGa5O12

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tong, Liping; Saito, Katsuhiko; Guo, Qixin; Zhou, Han; Fan, Tongxiang; Zhang, Di

    2017-11-01

    Visible-light-activated near-infrared luminescent materials are promising photoluminescent materials due to their convenience and low cost. Crystal defects can seriously affect the performance of luminescent materials, and better understanding of the complexity of the structural disorder and electronic structures of such materials opens up new possibilities in luminescent material development. In this work, we successfully design a novel, effective, visible-light-activated near-infrared luminescent Gd3Ga5O12: 4.2%Yb3+, 8.4%Er3+, and 4.2%Bi3+ system based on first principles. This exhibits strong emission intensity and high luminous efficiency (0.993) and also has a lifetime (7.002 ms) that is at least twice as long as the longest lifetime reported in published papers. We utilize density functional theory with an effective LSDA + U method to study the structural properties of Gd3-x-y-zGa5O12: xYb3+, yBi3+, zEr3+ (GGG: Yb3+, Bi3+, Er3+). The d and f electron orbits of rare-earth ions are considered for an effective Hund exchange. Detailed analysis reveals that GGG: 4.2%Yb3+, 8.4%Er3+, 4.2%Bi3+ has the smallest cell volume because of the strong covalent bonds of Bi-O, Er-O, and Yb-O. Bi 3d is a hybridized state that acts as sensitizing ions during the process of luminescence in GGG: Yb3+, Bi3+, Er3+. Together with experimental and theoretical results, we analyze the influence of defects on emission intensity. The locations of Yb3+, Er3+, and Bi3+ are determined by X-ray absorption fine structure measurements, which are in agreement with the model constructed using first principles. This work may provide innovative guidance for the design of high-performance visible-light-activated near-infrared luminophores based on calculations and a new methodology for application of coherent laser radar and optical communication.

  2. Relationship between National TB program and prevalence of TB drug resistance in Algeria, 1965 to 2013

    OpenAIRE

    Fadila Boulahbal

    2015-01-01

    The Algerian National TB program was first implemented in Algeria in 1965. Since 1965, the Ministry of Health has endorsed many instructions which have given important improvements in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) in the country. The government has actively participated in the fight against TB as expressed in its endorsement of many decisions to this end, such as the withdrawal of TB medications from the private pharmacies, the free-of-charge diagnostics and the treatment for TB pati...

  3. Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of partially disordered RFeAl (R = Gd, Tb) intermetallic

    Czech Academy of Sciences Publication Activity Database

    Kaštil, Jiří; Javorský, P.; Kamarád, Jiří; Diop, L.V.B.; Isnard, O.; Arnold, Zdeněk

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 54, Nov (2014), s. 15-19 ISSN 0966-9795 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : magnetic properties * thermodynamic properties * energy systems Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.131, year: 2014

  4. NMR measurements in milled GdCo2 and GdFe2 intermetallic compounds

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Tribuzy, C.V.B.; Guimaraes, A.P.; Biondo, A.; Larica, C.; Alves, K.M.B.

    1998-12-01

    We have used the nuclear magnetic resonance technique to study the magnetic and structural properties of the Gd-Co and Gd-Fe metallic systems, starting with the C15 laves phase intermetallic compounds, and submitting them to a high energy milling process. This leads to the amorphization of the samples, as determined by the X-ray diffraction spectra. For the Gd-Co system the NMR study used the 59 Co nucleus; in the Gd-Fe system, 155,157 Gd and 57 Fe were used. Both systems showed segregation of the pure elements, after a few hours of milling. In the Gd-Co system, a single line, of increasing width, was observed in the 59 Co spectrum. In the Gd-Fe system, the 155 Gd and 157 Gd resonances show three lines, arising from electrical quadrupole interaction. With increasing milling time, the lines broaden, and extra lines appear attributed to a cubic phase of Gd; this interpretation is supported by the X-ray analysis of the samples. The 57 Fe NMR spectrum of this system also informs on the direction of magnetization of the samples in the early stages of milling. From 1 h to 7 h of milling, a spectrum of α-Fe was observed. The study of the NMR line intensity as a function of radio frequency (r.f.) power in Gd Co 2 suggests the existence of regions of the samples with different degrees of disorder. We have observed the persistence of NMR signals from the original intermetallic compounds in the samples with up to 10 h and 7 h of milling, respectively, for Gd Co 2 and Gd Fe 2 . (author)

  5. Level Densities and Radiative Strength Functions in 170,171Yb

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Agvaanluvsan, U.; Schiller, A.; Becker, J.A.; Berstein, L.A.; Guttormsen, M.; Mitchell, G.E.; Rekstad, J.; Siem, S.; Voinov, A.

    2003-01-01

    Level densities and radiative strength functions in 171 Yb and 170 Yb nuclei have been measured with the 171 Yb( 3 He, 3 He(prime) γ) 171 Yb and 171 Yb( 3 He, αγ) 170 Yb reactions. A simultaneous determination of the nuclear level density and the radiative strength function was made. The present data adds to and is consistent with previous results for several other rare earth nuclei. The method will be briefly reviewed and the result from the analysis will be presented. The radiative strength function for 171 Yb is compared to previously published work.

  6. Electronic structure of YbN

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Degiorgi, L.; Bacsa, W.; Wachter, P.

    1990-01-01

    Large single crystals of cubic and stoichiometric YbN have been grown. On these crystals we measured the optical reflectivity for photon energies between 1 meV and 12 eV, also at helium temperatures, and performed a Kramers-Kronig analysis to obtain the optical constants. In addition, we measured the Raman effect to obtain further information on the phonon spectra. The electrical conductivity at room and at low temperature and the Hall effect at 300 K served to obtain also the effective mass of the carriers. Also the magnetization and initial susceptibility have been measured. The main important results are that YbN is a self-compensated semimetal with about 10 20 carriers per cm -3 , the occupied 4f 13 state is about 6 eV below E F , the empty 4f 14 state is about 0.2 eV above E F , and the effective mass of the carriers is about 2.2m e . In other words the material definitely is not a heavy fermion---but more probably a Kondo system. Nonstoichiometric samples tend to show stronger Kondo features

  7. Measurement of formation cross sections of short-lived nuclei by 14 MeV neutron. Nd, Sm, Dy, Er, Yb

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Sakane, H.; Yamamoto, H.; Kawade, K. [Nagoya Univ. (Japan). School of Engineering; Iida, T.; Takahashi, A.

    1997-03-01

    Eight neutron activation cross sections producing the nuclei with half-lives between 3 min and 24 min were obtained at the energy range between 13.4 and 14.9 MeV by activation method. The cross sections were {sup 146}Nd(n,p){sup 146}Pr, {sup 154}Sm(n,{alpha}){sup 151}Nd, {sup 162}Dy(n,p){sup 162}Tb, {sup 163}Dy(n,np){sup 162}Tb, {sup 163}Dy(n,p){sup 163}Tb, {sup 164}Dy(n,p){sup 164}Tb, {sup 170}Er(n,{alpha}){sup 167}Dy, {sup 174}Yb(n,p){sup 170}Tm. {sup 163}Dy(n,np){sup 162}Tb (T{sub 1/2}=7.7 min) was obtained for the first time. Present results are compared with previous results and the evaluated data of JENDL-3 and ENDF/B-VI. There are some discrepancies between present results and the JENDL-3 and ENDF/B-VI. (author)

  8. Neutron-scattering studies of Yb-bearing silicate glasses

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ellison, A.J.G.; Loong, C.K.; Wagner, J.

    1993-09-01

    The static and dynamic magnetic response of the Yb{sup 3+} ions in 2Na{sub 2}O{center_dot}Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3}{center_dot}6SiO{sub 2} glass and the isochemical crystalline silicate Na{sub 3}YbSi{sub 3}O{sub 9} has been studied by neutron diffraction, inelastic magnetic-scattering, and magnetic susceptibility measurements. The rare earth sites in the glass have an average coordination number of 5.6 {plus_minus} 0.5 and give a mean rare earth-oxygen bond length of 2.23 {Angstrom}; average Si-O and O-O coordination numbers and bond distances are comparable to those in vitreous SiO{sub 2}. The magnetic excitation spectrum of the Na{sub 3}YbSi{sub 3}O{sub 9} material was analyzed by a crystal-field model using a method of descending symmetry. The magnetic susceptibility and the excitation spectrum of the Yb glasses can be described by a distribution of ligand-field effects on the Yb{sup 3+} ions that are similar to the nominal crystal field in crystalline Na{sub 3}YbSi{sub 3}O{sub 9}.

  9. Enrichment of rare-earth elements (REE) and Gd-DTPA in surface water samples by means of countercurrent chromatography (CCC)

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Hennebrueder, Kristina; Engewald, Werner; Staerk, Hans-Joachim; Wennrich, Rainer

    2005-01-01

    An analytical scheme was developed for the determination of rare-earth elements and gadolinium diethylenetriaminepentaacetate (Gd-DTPA) in river water by ICP-MS. Since the concentration of Gd-DTPA and the rare-earth elements in river water is often lower than the limits of detection in quadrupole ICP-MS applying pneumatic nebulization, a preconcentration procedure is essential. In this work, the capabilities of countercurrent chromatography (CCC) for preconcentration of REE were investigated. For preconcentration ethylhexylphosphates as stationary phase had been used. Acidified aqueous samples (pH 2) and river water spiked with REE and Gd-DTPA were under study. The procedure was compared with solid phase extraction (SPE) using the same samples and ethylhexylphosphates as stationary phase. The recovery of the light and middle REE was found to be at about 100%, which was found to be more efficient than applying SPE. In contrast, the recovery rates for Yb and Lu were low (and poorly reproducible) using CCC (57% and 73%, respectively) while significant better results were obtained with SPE (89% and 84%, respectively). The recoveries of Gd applying Gd-DTPA were 80 ± 4% in the investigation of river water samples

  10. Physico-chemical characterization of terbium-161-chloride (161TbCl3) radioisotope from irradiated natural gadolinium oxide target

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Azmairit Aziz; Nana Suherman

    2015-01-01

    Currently cancer patients are increasing every year in Indonesia and become the third leading cause of death after heart disease and high blood pressure. Terbium-161 ( 161 Tb) is a low β- emitter (E β - = 0.155 MeV, T 1/2 = 6.9 d) and very similar to 177 Lu in terms of half-life, E β - energy and chemical properties.However, 161 Tb also ejects internal conversion electrons and Auger electrons which can provide a greater therapeutic effect than 177 Lu. Radioisotope of 161 Tb can be produced as a carrier-free for use in labeling of biomolecules as a targeted radiopharmaceutical for cancer therapy. 161 Tb was obtained through 160 Gd(n,γ) 161 Tb nuclear reaction by thermal neutron bombardment on 100 mg of natural gadolinium oxide target in RSG-G.A. Siwabessy at a thermal neutron flux of ~10 14 n.cm -2 .s -1 and followed by radiochemical separation of 161 Tb from Gd isotopes using extraction chromatography method. The physico-chemical characterization of 161 TbCl 3 solution was studied by determination of its radionuclide purity by means of a γ-rays spectrometry with HP-Ge detector coupled to a multichannel analyzer (MCA). Radiochemical purity was determined using paper chromatography and paper electrophoresis methods. The results showed that 161 TbCl 3 radioisotope has a pH of 2, radiochemical purity of 99.64 ± 0.34%, radionuclide purity of 99.69 ± 0.20%, specific activity and radioactive concentration at the end of irradiation (EOI) of 2.26 – 5.31 Ci/mg and 3.84 – 9.03 mCi/mL, respectively. 161 TbCl 3 solution stable for 3 weeks at room temperature with a radiochemical purity of 98.41 ± 0.42%. 161 TbCl 3 solution from irradiated natural gadolinium oxide target has the physico-chemical characteristic that meets the requirements for use as a precursor in preparation of radiopharmaceuticals. (author)

  11. Preparation and spectral analysis of a new Tb3+-doped CaO-MgO-SiO2 glass ceramics

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Cheng Jinshu; Tian Peijing; Zheng Weihong; Xie Jun; Chen Zhenxia

    2009-01-01

    Tb 3+ -doped CaO-MgO-SiO 2 glass ceramics have been prepared and characterized. The structure and optical properties of the glass ceramics were studied by XRD, SEM, Raman, and fluorescence spectra. The precipitated crystalline phase in the glass ceramics was columnar CaMgSi 2 O 6 . Raman spectra showed the introduction of rare earth nearly had no influence on the sample structure. Fluorescence measurements showed that Tb 3+ ions entered into the diopside crystalline phase and induced a much stronger emission in the glass ceramics than that in the corresponding glass. With increase of Tb 3+ content and the introduction of Gd 3+ , the fluorescence intensity of the luminescent glass ceramic increased

  12. TB Anywhere Is TB Everywhere: The Intersection of U.S. Immigration Enforcement Policy and TB

    Science.gov (United States)

    2016-09-01

    is not the primary goal (e.g., in high turnover jails or in some homeless shelters ).316 The ACET does not define a “high turnover jail,” but the...conflicts with religious practices, a stigma associated with TB infection, lack of financial resources, poor access to healthcare, frequently changing...residences, and an inability to attend DOT sessions due to lack of transportation or work schedule.125 D. TUBERCULOSIS IN SELECTED COUNTRIES OF INTEREST

  13. Time domain simulation of Gd3+-Gd3+ distance measurements by EPR

    Science.gov (United States)

    Manukovsky, Nurit; Feintuch, Akiva; Kuprov, Ilya; Goldfarb, Daniella

    2017-07-01

    Gd3+-based spin labels are useful as an alternative to nitroxides for intramolecular distance measurements at high fields in biological systems. However, double electron-electron resonance (DEER) measurements using model Gd3+ complexes featured a low modulation depth and an unexpected broadening of the distance distribution for short Gd3+-Gd3+ distances, when analysed using the software designed for S = 1/2 pairs. It appears that these effects result from the different spectroscopic characteristics of Gd3+—the high spin, the zero field splitting (ZFS), and the flip-flop terms in the dipolar Hamiltonian that are often ignored for spin-1/2 systems. An understanding of the factors affecting the modulation frequency and amplitude is essential for the correct analysis of Gd3+-Gd3+ DEER data and for the educated choice of experimental settings, such as Gd3+ spin label type and the pulse parameters. This work uses time-domain simulations of Gd3+-Gd3+ DEER by explicit density matrix propagation to elucidate the factors shaping Gd3+ DEER traces. The simulations show that mixing between the |+½, -½> and |-½, +½> states of the two spins, caused by the flip-flop term in the dipolar Hamiltonian, leads to dampening of the dipolar modulation. This effect may be mitigated by a large ZFS or by pulse frequency settings allowing for a decreased contribution of the central transition and the one adjacent to it. The simulations reproduce both the experimental line shapes of the Fourier-transforms of the DEER time domain traces and the trends in the behaviour of the modulation depth, thus enabling a more systematic design and analysis of Gd3+ DEER experiments.

  14. Energies, Wavelengths, and Transition Rates for Ga-Like Ions (Nd XXX-Tb XXXV)

    Science.gov (United States)

    El-Sayed, Fatma; Attia, S. M.

    2016-03-01

    Energies, wavelengths, transition probabilities, oscillator strengths, and line strengths have been calculated for 4s24p-4s4p2 and 4s24p-4s24d transitions in gallium-like ions from Z = 60 to 65, for Nd XXX, Pm XXXI, Sm XXXII, Eu XXXIII, Gd XXXIV, and Tb XXXV using the fully relativistic multiconfi guration Dirac-Fock method. The correlation with the n = 4 complex and the quantum electrodynamic effects have been considered in the calculations. The obtained results have been compared with the available experimental and other theoretical results.

  15. Strongly coupled band in 140Gd

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Falla-Sotelo, F.; Oliveira, J.R.B.; Rao, M.N.

    2005-01-01

    Several high-K states are known to exist in the mass 130-140 region. For the N=74 even-even isotopes, Kπ = 8 - isomers, with lifetimes ranging from ns to ms, are known in 128 Xe, 130 Ba, 132 Ce, 134 Nd, 136 Sm, and 138 Gd[. In 140 Gd, we have observed for the first time a band also based on an Iπ = 8 - state. This could be the first case of a Kπ = 8 - state observed in an N=76 even-even isotope. The systematics of the Kπ = 8 - isomeric states in N=74 isotopes has been studied by A.M. Bruce et al. These states decay towards the K = 0 ground state band, and the transitions are K-forbidden. The 140 Gd case presents strong similarities but also some significant differences with relation to the N=74 isotopes. We propose the same configuration but with larger deformation in 140 Gd

  16. Energy transfer processes in Tb(III)-dibenzoylmethanate complexes with phosphine oxide ligands

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Silva Junior, Francisco A.; Nascimento, Helenise A.; Pereira, Dariston K.S.; Teotonio, Ercules E.S.; Espinola, Jose Geraldo P.; Faustino, Wagner M., E-mail: teotonioees@quimica.ufpb.br [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil). Departamento de Quimica; Brito, Hermi F. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Instituto de Quimica. Departamento de Quimica Fundamental; Felinto, Maria Claudia F.C. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), SP (Brazil); Sa, Gilberto F. [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE/CCEN), Recife, PE (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Exatas e da Natureza. Departamento de Quimica Fundamental

    2013-04-15

    The Tb{sup 3+}-{beta}-diketonate complexes [Tb(DBM){sub 3}L], [Tb(DBM){sub 2}(NO{sub 3})L{sub 2}] and [Tb(DBM)(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} (HMPA){sub 2}] (DBM = dibenzoylmethanate; L: TPPO triphenylphosphine oxide or HMPA=hexamethylphosphine oxide) were prepared and characterized by elemental analysis (CHN), complexometric titration with EDTA and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and the photoluminescence properties evaluated. The triplet state energies of the coordinated DBM ligands were determined using time-resolved phosphorescence spectra of analogous Gd{sup 3+} complexes. The results show that the energies increase along with the number of coordinated nitrate anions replacing the DBM ligand in the complexes. The luminescence spectra and emission lifetime measurements revealed that the ligand-to-metal energy transfer efficiency follows the same tendency. Unlike the tris-DBM complexes, bis- and mono-DBM presented high luminescence, and may act as promising candidates for preparation of the emitting layer of light converting molecular devices (LCMDs). (author)

  17. TB

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    Tuberculous spondylitis/spondylodiscitis is caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacillus. The features of the disease were first described by. Percival Pott. The disease has potentially serious morbidity with severe neurological impairment and disfiguring deformity. Also known as Pott's disease, spinal infection follows ...

  18. Evaluation of Gd and Gd{sup 159} as new approaches for cancer treatment

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Galvao, I.; Neves, M.J., E-mail: nevesmj@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Grupo de Desenvolvimento de Radiofarmacos; Santos, R.G., E-mail: santosr@cdtn.br [Instituto Nacional de Ciencia e Tecnologia em Medicina Molecular (INCT-MM), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Metal compounds have shown many biological activities and have been successfully used as anticancer agents such cisplatin. Actually gadolinium (Gd) complexed with a porphyrin Motexafin (MGd) has been investigated as redox-active compound for treatment of cancer. 1{sup 59G}d decays by beta emission with an energy of 970 keV and half-life of 18.59 hours. The de-excitation can be via gamma ray and internal conversion electron emission followed by auger electrons and x rays. Considering all of this 1{sup 59G}d could be a interesting radionuclide to be as a radio therapeutical agent. The aims of this works were to evaluate the cytotoxicity of Gd and 1{sup 59G}d on malignant brain tumors such as glioblastoma multiform, the most frequent brain tumors which has a very poor prognosis. For this purpose, it was used human glioblastoma cell lines T98 (mutant p53) and U87 (wild-type p53) to investigate the cytotoxicity of gadolinium on cell metabolism by MTT assay and also morphological changes, chromatin condensation by DAPI assay and ROS generation. Gadolinium was able to decrease cell viability, the cells presented morphological changes like round shapes and blebs formation after cell treatment with 5x10{sup -6}M of Gd. Nuclear changing and ROS generation occurred in a dose dependent way indicating the cytotoxic effect of Gd. Treatment with 1{sup 59G}d increased all of changes observed with treatment with Gd. These results state for an additive effect of metal toxicity and radioactivity inducing ROS generation as the main mechanism of anti tumoral action of 1{sup 59G}d. The results obtained indicated that the radioactive analogues of Gd have increased cytotoxic effects and gadolinium can be a metal of choice for development of new drugs for cancer treatment. (author)

  19. Why healthcare workers are sick of TB

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Arne von Delft

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Dr Thato Mosidi never expected to be diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB, despite widely prevalent exposure and very limited infection control measures. The life-threatening diagnosis of primary extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB came as an even greater shock. The inconvenient truth is that, rather than being protected, Dr Mosidi and thousands of her healthcare colleagues are at an increased risk of TB and especially drug-resistant TB. In this viewpoint paper we debunk the widely held false belief that healthcare workers are somehow immune to TB disease (TB-proof and explore some of the key factors contributing to the pervasive stigmatization and subsequent non-disclosure of occupational TB. Our front-line workers are some of the first to suffer the consequences of a progressively more resistant and fatal TB epidemic, and urgent interventions are needed to ensure the safety and continued availability of these precious healthcare resources. These include the rapid development and scale-up of improved diagnostic and treatment options, strengthened infection control measures, and focused interventions to tackle stigma and discrimination in all its forms. We call our colleagues to action to protect themselves and those they care for.

  20. Macrocyclic Gd(3+) complexes with pendant crown ethers designed for binding zwitterionic neurotransmitters.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Oukhatar, Fatima; Meudal, Hervé; Landon, Céline; Logothetis, Nikos K; Platas-Iglesias, Carlos; Angelovski, Goran; Tóth, Éva

    2015-07-27

    A series of Gd(3+) complexes exhibiting a relaxometric response to zwitterionic amino acid neurotransmitters was synthesized. The design concept involves ditopic interactions 1) between a positively charged and coordinatively unsaturated Gd(3+) chelate and the carboxylate group of the neurotransmitters and 2) between an azacrown ether appended to the chelate and the amino group of the neurotransmitters. The chelates differ in the nature and length of the linker connecting the cyclen-type macrocycle that binds the Ln(3+) ion and the crown ether. The complexes are monohydrated, but they exhibit high proton relaxivities (up to 7.7 mM(-1)  s(-1) at 60 MHz, 310 K) due to slow molecular tumbling. The formation of ternary complexes with neurotransmitters was monitored by (1) H relaxometric titrations of the Gd(3+) complexes and by luminescence measurements on the Eu(3+) and Tb(3+) analogues at pH 7.4. The remarkable relaxivity decrease (≈80 %) observed on neurotransmitter binding is related to the decrease in the hydration number, as evidenced by luminescence lifetime measurements on the Eu(3+) complexes. These complexes show affinity for amino acid neurotransmitters in the millimolar range, which can be suited to imaging concentrations of synaptically released neurotransmitters. They display good selectivity over non-amino acid neurotransmitters (acetylcholine, serotonin, and noradrenaline) and hydrogenphosphate, but selectivity over hydrogencarbonate was not achieved. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Two-step gamma cascades following thermal neutron capture in Gd-155,Gd-157

    Czech Academy of Sciences Publication Activity Database

    Valenta, S.; Bečvář, F.; Kroll, J.; Krtička, M.; Tomandl, Ivo

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 92, č. 6 (2015), s. 064321 ISSN 0556-2813 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-07117S; GA MŠk(CZ) LM2011019 Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : Ge detector * scattering * Gd-158 * Gd-157 Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 3.146, year: 2015

  2. Electronic and ionic transport in Ce0.8PrxTb0.2-xO2-δ and evaluation of performance as oxygen permeation membranes

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Chatzichristodoulou, Christodoulos; Hendriksen, Peter Vang

    2012-01-01

    is significantly enhanced relative to that of a Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95-δ membrane at high oxygen activities of the permeate gas (aO2 an > 10-15) due to the enhanced electronic conductivity of the Ce0.8PrxTb0.2-xO2-δ compounds. Interference between the ionic and electronic flows has a significant positive effect......The electronic conductivity of Ce0.8PrxTb0.2-xO2-δ (x = 0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20) was determined in the oxygen activity range aO2 ≈ 103 to aO2 ≈ 10-17 at 700- 900 °C by means of Hebb-Wagner polarisation. The electronic conductivity of all the Ce0.8PrxTb0.2-xO2-δ compositions was significantly...... enhanced as compared to that of Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95-δ, and its value was found to increase with increasing Pr/Tb ratio. The ionic mobility of Ce0.8PrxTb0.2-xO2-δ is similar to that of Ce1- 2δGd2δO2-δ at the same oxygen vacancy concentration. The calculated oxygen flux of a Ce0.8PrxTb0.2-xO2-δ membrane...

  3. Relationship between National TB program and prevalence of TB drug resistance in Algeria, 1965 to 2013

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Fadila Boulahbal

    2015-01-01

    The different steps will be presented of the development of the National TB program in Algeria between 1964 and 2014, and in the same way the variations of the prevalence rate of TB drug resistance to demonstrate that the drug resistance surveillance is an acceptable indicator of the performance of TB control program in the country.

  4. Studies on fractionation of ytterbium isotopes in Yb(III)-acetate/Yb-amalgam system. Even-odd effect

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Dembinski, W.; Poninski, M.; Fiedler, R.

    1997-12-31

    The fractionation of ytterbium isotopes with the even and odd numbers of neutrons was investigated in a Yb(III)-acetate/Yb-amalgam exchange systems. The light isotope was preferentially fractionated to the amalgam phase. The values of the unit separation gain per mass difference,{epsilon}, were found to be -0.00054 for {sup 176/171}Yb and -0.00069 for {sup 176/174}Yb The difference which amounted to 0.00015 is an evidence for the occurrence of the so called `even-odd` effect. It was also found that the chemical isotope shift of ytterbium was monitored by optical isotope shift its atomic spectra. (author). 23 refs, 7 figs, 4 tabs.

  5. TB incidence in an adolescent cohort in South Africa

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Mahomed, Hassan; Ehrlich, Rodney; Hawkridge, Tony; Hatherill, Mark; Geiter, Lawrence; Kafaar, Fazlin; Abrahams, Deborah Ann; Mulenga, Humphrey; Tameris, Michele; Geldenhuys, Hennie; Hanekom, Willem Albert; Verver, Suzanne; Hussey, Gregory Dudley

    2013-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem globally. Little is known about TB incidence in adolescents who are a proposed target group for new TB vaccines. We conducted a study to determine the TB incidence rates and risk factors for TB disease in a cohort of school-going adolescents in a

  6. Detection of Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) among ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    A.I. Aminu, A.D. Tukur. Abstract. The Emergence of drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains especially multidrug resistant-TB (MDR-TB) and indeed extensively drug resistant TB (XDR-TB) is considered a real threat to achieving TB control. Thus, the WHO identified the need for accelerated access to rapid testing ...

  7. Stop TB in My Lifetime: A Call for a World Free of TB - World TB Day 2013

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Podcasts

    2012-03-12

    In this podcast Dr. Kenneth Castro, Director of the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, discusses World TB Day, the 2013 slogan and theme.  Created: 3/12/2012 by National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).   Date Released: 3/13/2012.

  8. Giant magnetocaloric effect in Gd5(Si2Ge2 alloy with low purity Gd

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Cleber Santiago Alves

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Gd5(Ge1-xSi x, x < 4 based alloys are potential candidates for magnetic refrigeration in the range ~20 - ~290 K. However, one of the greatest obstacles for the use of that technology in large scale is the utilization of high pure Gd metal (99.99 wt. (% to produce the GdGeSi alloys, since the impurity elements decrease the intensity of the magnetocaloric effect (EMC¹. In this work, we prove that annealing of the Gd5Ge2Si2 can promote remarkable values for the EMC in comparison to those obtained for the alloy with high pure Gd. Also, the as cast alloy and the annealed alloy are not monophasic, but have at least two crystalline phases in their microstructure. Results for X-ray analysis, optical and electronic microscopy and magnetization measurements are reported.

  9. Assessment of effect of Yb3+ ion pairs on a highly Yb-doped double-clad fibre laser

    Science.gov (United States)

    Vallés, J. A.; Martín, J. C.; Berdejo, V.; Cases, R.; Álvarez, J. M.; Rebolledo, M. Á.

    2018-03-01

    Using a previously validated characterization method based on the careful measurement of the characteristic parameters and fluorescence emission spectra of a highly Yb-doped double-clad fibre, we evaluate the contribution of ion pair induced processes to the output power of a double-clad Yb-doped fibre ring laser. This contribution is proved to be insignificant, contrary to analysis by other authors, who overestimate the role of ion pairs.

  10. Magnetic linear dichroism in x-ray emission spectroscopy: Yb in Yb3 Fe5 O12

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Groot, F.M.F. de; Krisch, M.H.; Sette, F.; Vogel, J.

    2000-01-01

    A magnetic linear dichroism MLD effect of up to 5% has been observed in the 2p 1/2 4d x-ray emission spectrum of Yb in Yb 3 Fe 5 O 12 . The spectral shape is well reproduced with an atomic multiplet calculation of the 4d to 2p decay. It is shown that the details of the spectral shapes are

  11. Synthesis and up-conversion emissions of Yb3+/Er3+, Yb3+/Tm3+ ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    42

    microscopy (FE-SEM) results suggested the additive adding had effects on the size and the morphology of the material, which affected the UC emissions further. Green/Red UC emissions of Er3+, UV/blue/IR UC emissions of Tm3+, and UV UC emissions of Gd3+ were observed in the orthorhombic phase of KLu2F7 ...

  12. Magnetic ordering of GdMn2

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Ouladdiaf, B.; Ritter, C.; Ballou, R.; Deportes, J.

    1999-01-01

    Complete text of publication follows. GdMn 2 crystallizes in the C15 cubic Laves phase structure. Within this structure Mn atoms lie at the vertices of regular tetrahedra stacked in the diamond arrangement connected by sharing vertices, leading to a strong geometric frustration. An antiferromagnetic magnetic order sets in below T N ∼ 105 K. It gives rise to a large magnetovolume effect (ΔV/V ∼ 1%). Thermal expansion data show two anomalies at 105 K and 35 K. The second anomaly was often interpreted as the ferromagnetic ordering of Gd sublattice. Moessbauer data indicate however, that Gd sublattice orders at T N ∼ 105 K as the Mn moments. Elastic neutron scattering measurements were performed using short wavelength neutron beam (λ = 0.5 A) on D9 at ILL. No magnetic contribution to the nuclear peaks was found excluding thereby any K = [0 0 0] component. However antiferromagnetic peaks indexed by a propagation vector [2/3 2/3 0] were observed leading to a non collinear magnetic arrangement of both Mn and Gd sublattices. The results are discussed by invoking the geometric frustration associated with the Mn atomic packing and the singlet state of the Gd ions. (author)

  13. TB Testing for People Living with HIV

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Podcasts

    2012-07-23

    Dr. Kenneth Castro, Director of the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, explains why it is important for people living with HIV to be tested for TB.  Created: 7/23/2012 by National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).   Date Released: 7/23/2012.

  14. Luminescence of YAG:Tm, Tb

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Scholl, M.S.; Trimmier, J.R.

    1986-01-01

    Two rare earth cations, thulium (Tm) and terbium (Tb) have been incorporated into a yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) host material to obtain a blue phosphor. Thulium concentrations of up to 5% yield a saturated dark blue phosphor which exhibits a low efficiency. The highest efficiency for YAG:Tm occurs at a Tm concentration of 2%. A 0.5% concentration of terbium yields an unsaturated blue phosphor with an efficiency of approximately a factor of 15 times greater than that of Tm. The cathodoluminescence spectrum of YAG:Tm, Tb depicts features identifiable with YAG:Tb even at low Tb concentrations (0.5%). The light emitted by a Tb, Tm coactivated phosphor exhibits a clear shift toward the green region of the spectrum. There appears to be a resonant energy transfer from the 1 D 2 Tm 3+ state to the 5 D 4 Tb 3+ state. In the case of small concentrations of Tb in YAG, thulium behaves as a sensitizer for Tb cathodoluminescence

  15. Diagnosis of active TB using aptamers

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    Khati, M

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available ) and the 6-kDa early secreted antigen target (ESAT-6), which are potent T-cell antigens that are recognised by over 70% of TB patients. We then used these aptamers to develop a TB diagnostic tool that can be used at point-of-care for early and rapid detection...

  16. Thermal properties of UO2 - Gd2O3 fuel

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Kim, G. S.; Yang, J. H.; Kang, K. W.; Kim, Y. M.; Song, G. W.

    2000-01-01

    The thermal properties (thermal conductivity, oxygen potential and thermal expansion) of UO 2 -Gd 2 O 3 fuels were measured by the laser-flash, TGA and dilatometry method. The thermal conductivity decreased with Gd content, but the oxygen potential and thermal expansion increased with Gd content. Substitution of Gd +3 ion in UO 2 structure increases the scattering site for thermal phonon propagation and thereby decreases the thermal conductivity. The oxygen potential of Gd-doped UO 2 increase mainly because the Gd +3 ions, which are inert to oxidation, make it difficult for oxygen interstitials to access just near them

  17. Gd(III)-nanodiamond conjugates for MRI contrast enhancement

    Science.gov (United States)

    Manus, Lisa M.; Mastarone, Daniel J.; Waters, Emily A.; Zhang, Xue-Qing; Schultz-Sikma, Elise A.; MacRenaris, Keith W.; Ho, Dean

    2010-01-01

    A Gd(III)-nanodiamond conjugate [Gd(III)-ND] was prepared and characterized, enabling detection of nanodiamonds by MR imaging. The Gd(III)-ND particles significantly reduced the T1 of water protons with a per-Gd(III) relaxivity of 58.82 ± 1.18 mM−1s−1 at 1.5 Tesla (60 MHz). This represents a tenfold increase compared to the monomer Gd(III) complex (r1 = 5.42 ± 0.20 mM−1s−1) and is among the highest per-Gd(III) relaxivities reported. PMID:20038088

  18. Tuberculosis: The Connection between TB and HIV (the AIDS Virus)

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... Studies Consortium Research Projects Publications TB Trials Consortium Study Descriptions Background Behavioral & Social Science Research Infection Control TB in Specific Populations African-American Community Stop TB in the African-American ...

  19. High-pressure structural behavior of GdAlO3 and GdFeO3 perovskites

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Ross, N.L.; Zhao, J.; Angel, R.J.

    2004-01-01

    The orthorhombic perovskites, GdAlO 3 and GdFeO 3 , have been studied using single-crystal X-ray diffraction up to 8.52 and 8.13GPa, respectively, in a diamond anvil cell at 298K. The evolution of the structures of GdAlO 3 and GdFeO 3 involves compression of both the GdO 12 and the octahedral (AlO 6 and FeO 6 ) sites. The compression of the GdO 12 site is anisotropic in both perovskites, with the four longest Gd-O distances compressing more than the eight shorter Gd-O bond lengths, resulting in a decrease in the distortion of GdO 12 with pressure. In GdAlO 3 , the GdO 12 site is less compressible than the AlO 6 site, resulting in an increase of both the interoctahedral Al-O1-Al and Al-O2-Al angles with increasing pressure. Thus GdAlO 3 perovskite becomes less distorted with increasing pressure. In GdFeO 3 , the GdO 12 site displays a similar compressibility as the FeO 6 site, with little change in the Fe-O2-Fe angle with pressure but an increase of the Fe-O1-Fe tilting angle. Thus GdFeO 3 perovskite becomes less distorted with increasing pressure, but the change is not as pronounced as GdAlO 3 . The high-pressure behavior of GdAlO 3 and GdFeO 3 is similar to orthorhombic YAlO 3 perovskite but contrasts with orthorhombic CaSnO 3 , which becomes more distorted with increasing pressure

  20. Unoccupied surface electronic structure of Gd(0001)

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Li, D.; Dowben, P.A.; Ortega, J.E.; Himpsel, F.J.

    1994-01-01

    The unoccupied surface electronic structure of Gd(0001) was investigated with high-resolution inverse-photoemission spectroscopy. An empty surface state near E F is observed at bar Γ. Two other surface-sensitive features are also revealed at 1.2 and 3.1 eV above the Fermi level. Hydrogen adsorption on Gd surfaces was used to distinguish the surface-sensitive features from the bulk features. The unoccupied bulk-band critical points are determined to be Γ 3 + at 1.9 eV and A 1 at 0.8 eV

  1. Lanthanide-activated Na5Gd9F32 nanocrystals precipitated from a borosilicate glass: Phase-separation-controlled crystallization and optical property

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Chen, Daqin; Wan, Zhongyi; Zhou, Yang; Chen, Yan; Yu, Hua; Lu, Hongwei; Ji, Zhenguo; Huang, Ping

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • Na 5 Gd 9 F 32 nanocrystals embedded glass ceramics were fabricated for the first time. • Such glass ceramics were achieved by phase-separation-controlled crystallization. • Elemental mapping evidenced the segregation of activators into the Na 5 Gd 9 F 32 lattice. • Luminescent color could be tuned by controlling glass crystallization temperature. - Abstract: Lanthanide-activated cubic Na 5 Gd 9 F 32 nanocrystals were precipitated from a borosilicate glass with a specifically designed composition. The precursor glass is already phase-separated after melt-quenching, which is beneficial to the realization of the controllable glass crystallization for affording desirable size, morphology and activator partition. Elemental mapping in the scanning transmission electron microscopy evidenced that the segregation of lanthanide ions into the Na 5 Gd 9 F 32 lattice was in situ formed without the requirement of long-range ionic diffusion. Impressively, such fabricated glass ceramic co-doped with Yb 3+ /Er 3+ ions exhibited intense upconversion luminescence, which was about 500 times higher than that of the precursor glass, and its luminescent color could be easily tuned from red to green by controlling glass crystallization temperature. It is anticipated that such phase-separation synthesis strategy with precise control over nanostructure of glass ceramics offer a great opportunity to design other highly transparent nanocomposites with a wide range of tunable optical properties

  2. Synthesis of Uniform Rare Earth Doped Gd2O2S Sub-micron Sized Spheres Using Gas-Aided Sulfurization and their Optical Characteristics.

    Science.gov (United States)

    He, Shuqing; Zhao, Xinyu; Tan, Mei Chee

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we report a detailed study of the synthesis of sub-micron sized Gd 2 O 2 S spheres using a two-step process: (1) amorphous precursor synthesis using the solvothermal method where a surfactant was used to control particle morphology, followed by (2) crystallization to form Gd 2 O 2 S polycrystalline spheres in a sulfur-rich environment. The crystallization and sulfurization processes are investigated by monitoring the crystal growth at different temperatures and under different environments using mainly x-ray diffraction and analysis of the precursor's thermal decomposition profile. The optical emissions of the Er and Yb-Er doped Gd 2 O 2 S upon excitation at 975 nm were investigated to identify the optimal dopant concentrations, optimal heat treatment temperature as well as to further elucidate any fine structure changes. Our results also show that the maximum emission intensities were obtained for a heat treatment temperature of 800 °C, where increased dopant diffusion coupled with non-uniform surface segregation at much higher temperatures led to non-uniform dopant distribution and reduced emission intensities. Our findings from these studies would be useful towards the synthesis of brightly-emitting Gd 2 O 2 S based luminescent materials as well as for the controlled gas-aided sulfurization of other metal oxysulfides.

  3. Experimental MR imaging with Gd-DOTA: Preliminary results

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Schouman-Claeys, E.; Kien, P.; Caille, J.M.; Bonnemain, B.; Frija, G.

    1986-01-01

    To evaluate the paramagnetic properties of a new gadolinium chelate, Gd-DOTA, in vitro and in vivo MR imaging was performed with a 0.5-T supraconductive magnet. The in vitro study consisted in measuring the MR signal obtained with various concentrations of Gd-DOTA and Gd-DTPA in different solutions. Potentialization of the paramagnetic properties of both DOTA and DTPA can be achieved by deuterium, glycerol, and protein solutions. The in vivo study was performed in rabbits with various experimental lesions. Enhancement of anatomic details was obtained with both Gd-DOTA and Gd-DTPA. There was no significant difference between Gd-DOTA and Gd-DTPA, both for in vitro and in vivo experiments. Gd-DOTA appears to be a potential paramagnetic agent for MR imaging

  4. Thermometry properties of Er, Yb–Gd2O2S microparticles: dependence on the excitation mode (cw versus pulsed excitation) and excitation wavelength (980 nm versus 1500 nm)

    Science.gov (United States)

    Avram, Daniel; Tiseanu, Carmen

    2018-04-01

    Herein, we present a first report on the luminescence thermometry properties of Er, Yb doped Gd2O2S microparticles under near infrared up-conversion excitation at 980 and 1500 nm measured in the 280–800 K interval. The thermometry properties are assessed using both cw and ns pulsed excitation as well as tuning the excitation wavelength across Yb and Er absorption profiles. For low cw (300 mW cm‑1) and pulsed ns (400 ÷ 550 mW cm‑1) excitation modes, no thermal load is observed. At room-temperature (280 K), the maximum relative sensitivity values are comparable under pulsed excitation at 980 and 1500 nm, around ∼0.01 and ∼0.008% K‑1, respectively. In addition, a relative intense up-conversion emission at 980 nm under excitation at 1500 nm is measured. Our findings evidence attractive up-conversion and thermometry properties Er, Yb doped Gd2O2S under near-infrared excitation and highlight the need to explore further these properties in the nanoparticulate regime.

  5. Progress and challenges in TB vaccine development.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Voss, Gerald; Casimiro, Danilo; Neyrolles, Olivier; Williams, Ann; Kaufmann, Stefan H E; McShane, Helen; Hatherill, Mark; Fletcher, Helen A

    2018-01-01

    The Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) vaccine can provide decades of protection against tuberculosis (TB) disease, and although imperfect, BCG is proof that vaccine mediated protection against TB is a possibility. A new TB vaccine is, therefore, an inevitability; the question is how long will it take us to get there? We have made substantial progress in the development of vaccine platforms, in the identification of antigens and of immune correlates of risk of TB disease. We have also standardized animal models to enable head-to-head comparison and selection of candidate TB vaccines for further development.  To extend our understanding of the safety and immunogenicity of TB vaccines we have performed experimental medicine studies to explore route of administration and have begun to develop controlled human infection models. Driven by a desire to reduce the length and cost of human efficacy trials we have applied novel approaches to later stage clinical development, exploring alternative clinical endpoints to prevention of disease outcomes. Here, global leaders in TB vaccine development discuss the progress made and the challenges that remain. What emerges is that, despite scientific progress, few vaccine candidates have entered clinical trials in the last 5 years and few vaccines in clinical trials have progressed to efficacy trials. Crucially, we have undervalued the knowledge gained from our "failed" trials and fostered a culture of risk aversion that has limited new funding for clinical TB vaccine development. The unintended consequence of this abundance of caution is lack of diversity of new TB vaccine candidates and stagnation of the clinical pipeline. We have a variety of new vaccine platform technologies, mycobacterial antigens and animal and human models.  However, we will not encourage progression of vaccine candidates into clinical trials unless we evaluate and embrace risk in pursuit of vaccine development.

  6. The TB epidemic from 1992 to 2002.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Raviglione, Mario C

    2003-01-01

    In 1992, less than 20 countries were implementing a sound TB control strategy. At the same time, TB was being resurrected as a major public health problem world-wide after two decades of neglect. Awareness of upward trends in the industrialized countries and MDR-TB outbreaks in large cities were driving forces behind the re-emergence of TB in the international health agenda. New evidence, and consequent estimates, suggested that the situation in developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, was deteriorating rapidly. Similarly, major increases were observed in the former USSR. It was estimated that some 7-8 million new cases and 2-3 million deaths were occurring annually in the world. The global targets of reaching 85% cure rates and 70% case detection among infectious cases were established by the World Health Assembly in 1991. Both the WHO declaration of TB as a global emergency in 1993 and the launch of the five-element DOTS strategy in 1994-1995 resulted in countries adopting DOTS in encouraging numbers. In fact, in 2000, 148 countries including all 22 highest burden countries (HBC) responsible for 80% of cases world-wide, had adopted the new DOTS strategy. Nevertheless, progress in case detection remained slow due to incomplete geographical coverage or need to widen detection and notification capacity with innovative schemes. The major constraints to TB control became increasingly clear, and a global Stop TB Partnership was eventually established to address such constraints. A Global DOTS Expansion Plan revealed the needs and the gaps to achieve the global targets in 2005. Today, in 2002, the top priority remains that of expanding DOTS, as rapidly as possible, using a number of new approaches to increase case detection and notification while maintaining high cure rates. These must involve collaboration with the private sector and communities, as well as strengthening of primary care services. Similarly, crucial is the rapid identification of

  7. Strongly coupled band in {sup 140}Gd

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Falla-Sotelo, F.; Oliveira, J.R.B.; Rao, M.N. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (Brazil)] (and others)

    2005-07-01

    Several high-K states are known to exist in the mass 130-140 region. For the N=74 even-even isotopes, K{pi} = 8{sup -} isomers, with lifetimes ranging from ns to ms, are known in {sup 128}Xe, {sup 130}Ba, {sup 132}Ce, {sup 134}Nd, {sup 136}Sm, and {sup 138}Gd[. In {sup 140}Gd, we have observed for the first time a band also based on an I{pi} = 8{sup -} state. This could be the first case of a K{pi} = 8{sup -} state observed in an N=76 even-even isotope. The systematics of the K{pi} = 8{sup -} isomeric states in N=74 isotopes has been studied by A.M. Bruce et al. These states decay towards the K = 0 ground state band, and the transitions are K-forbidden. The {sup 140}Gd case presents strong similarities but also some significant differences with relation to the N=74 isotopes. We propose the same configuration but with larger deformation in {sup 140}Gd.

  8. GdNCT of spontaneous canine melanoma

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Mitin, V.N.; Kulakov, V.N.; Khokhlov, V.F.

    2006-01-01

    The effectiveness of GdNCT has been studied in dogs with spontaneous melanoma of the mucousmembrane of the oral cavity patients on the NCT base at the IRT MEPhI reactor. The control group with melanomas was treated with neutrons. Fourteen canine patients were selected in the Clinic of Experimental Therapy affiliated with the RCRC RAMS. The calculation of doses has shown that the total dose of energy release depending on Gd concentration in the target can be several times higher than the dose produced by the reactor neutron beam. The calculations were carried out using the diffusion pharmacokinetic model. The gadolinium drug dipentast was administered intratumorally immediately prior to irradiation. The tumor size was estimated by measuring it in three projections. The tumor was irradiated for 60-90 minutes with a thermal neutron flux of 0.7x10 9 n/cm 2 s. The dose on tumor was 80-120 Gy, on surrounding tissues - 12-15 Gy. The treatment plan included immunotherapy with Roncoleikin in a dose of (15-10)x10 3 IE/kg. The results of GdNCT are still under observation. The results conform to those obtained by us earlier in cell cultures and inoculated experimental tumors. GdNCT is also effective in combination with immunotherapy. (author)

  9. Theoretical Magnon Dispersion Curves for Gd

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Lindgård, Per-Anker; Harmon, B. N.; Freeman, A. J.

    1975-01-01

    The magnon dispersion curve of Gd metal has been determined from first principles by use of augmented-plane-wave energy bands and wave functions. The exchange matrix elements I(k⃗, k⃗′) between the 4f electrons and the conduction electrons from the first six energy bands were calculated under...

  10. Magnetic short range order in Gd

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Child, H.R.

    1976-01-01

    Quasielastic neutron scattering has been used to investigate magnetic short range order in Gd for 80 0 K 0 K. Short range order exists throughout this range from well below T/sub C/ = 291 0 K to well above it and can be reasonably well described by an anisotropic Orstein-Zernike form for chi

  11. Gd-substituted Bi-2223 superconductor

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    The effects of gadolinium doping at calcium site on the normal and super- conducting properties of Bi-2223 system were ... quantities of the metal oxides and the carbonates were taken and thoroughly mixed. The calcination of the mixture after .... Therefore, Gd has higher solubility in (BiPb)-2223 as compared to Pr, and is, ...

  12. Sensitisation of Eu(III)- and Tb(III)-based luminescence by Ir(III) units in Ir/lanthanide dyads: evidence for parallel energy-transfer and electron-transfer based mechanisms.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sykes, Daniel; Cankut, Ahmet J; Ali, Noorshida Mohd; Stephenson, Andrew; Spall, Steven J P; Parker, Simon C; Weinstein, Julia A; Ward, Michael D

    2014-05-07

    A series of blue-luminescent Ir(III) complexes with a pendant binding site for lanthanide(III) ions has been synthesized and used to prepare Ir(III)/Ln(III) dyads (Ln = Eu, Tb, Gd). Photophysical studies were used to establish mechanisms of Ir→Ln (Ln = Tb, Eu) energy-transfer. In the Ir/Gd dyads, where direct Ir→Gd energy-transfer is not possible, significant quenching of Ir-based luminescence nonetheless occurred; this can be ascribed to photoinduced electron-transfer from the photo-excited Ir unit (*Ir, (3)MLCT/(3)LC excited state) to the pendant pyrazolyl-pyridine site which becomes a good electron-acceptor when coordinated to an electropositive Gd(III) centre. This electron transfer quenches the Ir-based luminescence, leading to formation of a charge-separated {Ir(4+)}˙-(pyrazolyl-pyridine)˙(-) state, which is short-lived possibly due to fast back electron-transfer (transfer pathway is again operative and leads to sensitisation of Eu-based and Tb-based emission using the energy liberated from the back electron-transfer process. In addition direct Dexter-type Ir→Ln (Ln = Tb, Eu) energy-transfer occurs on a similar timescale, meaning that there are two parallel mechanisms by which excitation energy can be transferred from *Ir to the Eu/Tb centre. Time-resolved luminescence measurements on the sensitised Eu-based emission showed both fast and slow rise-time components, associated with the PET-based and Dexter-based energy-transfer mechanisms respectively. In the Ir/Tb dyads, the Ir→Tb energy-transfer is only just thermodynamically favourable, leading to rapid Tb→Ir thermally-activated back energy-transfer and non-radiative deactivation to an extent that depends on the precise energy gap between the *Ir and Tb-based (5)D4 states. Thus, the sensitised Tb(iii)-based emission is weak and unusually short-lived due to back energy transfer, but nonetheless represents rare examples of Tb(III) sensitisation by a energy donor that could be excited using visible

  13. World TB Day 2018: The Challenge of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Gupta-Wright, Ankur; Tomlinson, Gillian S; Rangaka, Molebogeng X; Fletcher, Helen A

    2018-01-01

    On 24th March, the world commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Over 130 years later, tuberculosis (TB) continues to affect individuals, communities, and entire health systems and economies. Koch unsuccessfully tried to 'cure' TB, and despite major advances in other areas of medicine, control of TB remains elusive- in 2016 TB was the leading infectious cause of death. The STOP TB partnership and World Health Organization (WHO) have announced their theme for World TB Day 2018 "Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World. You can make history. End TB." This theme recognizes that TB is much larger than any one person, institute or discipline of research, and provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the major challenges and consider how we, as a scientific community, can work together and take the lead to address the global crisis of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB).

  14. Phase precipitation of Yb 2+ ions in RbCl monocrystals monitored ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    Optical absorption spectra of RbCl:Yb2+ crystals have been measured at several elevated temperatures up to 300C. Results showed that in hot RbCl:Yb2+ crystals, the Yb2+ ions occupied lattice sites with effective octahedral, O, point symmetry. Values of an energy parameter , which is an approximate measure of the ...

  15. Growth of Yb3+, Lu3+, Gd3+ co-doped KY(WO4)2 thin layers

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Aravazhi, S.; Geskus, D.; Pollnau, Markus; Worhoff, Kerstin; Agazzi, L.; Ismail, N.; Leijtens, X

    2008-01-01

    Rare-earth-ion-doped $KY(WO_4)_2 (KYW)$ is an important candidate for solid-state lasers. Its high refractive indices of the order of 2.0 make it attractive also for applications as integrated optical devices. Liquid phase epitaxy was employed for growing mono-crystalline KYW thin films co-doped

  16. Yb:YAG Lasers for Space Based Remote Sensing

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ewing, J.J.; Fan, T. Y.

    1998-01-01

    Diode pumped solid state lasers will play a prominent role in future remote sensing missions because of their intrinsic high efficiency and low mass. Applications including altimetry, cloud and aerosol measurement, wind velocity measurement by both coherent and incoherent methods, and species measurements, with appropriate frequency converters, all will benefit from a diode pumped primary laser. To date the "gold standard" diode pumped Nd laser has been the laser of choice for most of these concepts. This paper discusses an alternate 1 micron laser, the YB:YAG laser, and its potential relevance for lidar applications. Conceptual design analysis and, to the extent possible at the time of the conference, preliminary experimental data on the performance of a bread board YB:YAG oscillator will be presented. The paper centers on application of YB:YAG for altimetry, but extension to other applications will be discussed.

  17. Upconversion dynamics in Yb3+-Ho3+-doped fluoroindate glasses

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Martin, I.R.; Rodriguez, V.D.; Lavin, V.; Rodriguez-Mendoza, U.R.

    1998-01-01

    The mechanisms and dynamics of the upconversion emissions in Yb 3+ -Ho 3+ -doped fluoroindate glasses by exciting at 975 nm have been analysed. The upconversion efficiencies have been measured as a function of temperature in the range from 12 to 295 K. The temporal evolution of the 545- and 650-nm upconversion emissions obtained under flash excitation at 975 nm in codoped samples with 2.25 mol.% of Yb 3+ and 0.75 mol.% of Ho 3+ cannot be described using the energy migration model. This indicates that at this concentration of Yb 3+ the rapid migration regimen between these ions has not been reached. A model is proposed in order to explain the temporal evolution of these emissions taking into account energy migration between donors and backtransfer processes. (orig.)

  18. Polyamorphism in Yb-based metallic glass induced by pressure

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Liangliang; Luo, Qiang; Li, Renfeng; Zhao, Haiyan; Chapman, Karena W.; Chupas, Peter J.; Wang, Luhong; Liu, Haozhe

    2017-04-01

    The Yb62.5Zn15Mg17.5Cu5 metallic glass is investigated using synchrotron x-ray total scattering method up to 38.4 GPa. The polyamorphic transformation from low density to high density with a transition region between 14.1 and 25.2 GPa is observed, accompanying with a volume collapse reflected by a discontinuousness of isothermal bulk modulus. This collapse is caused by that distortional icosahedron short range order precedes to perfect icosahedron, which might link to Yb 4f electron delocalization upon compression, and match the result of in situ electrical resistance measurement under high pressure conditions. This discovery in Yb-based metallic glass, combined with the previous reports on other metallic glass systems, demonstrates that pressure induced polyamorphism is the general behavior for typical lanthanide based metallic glasses.

  19. Luminescent properties of Tb doped gadolinium aluminate nanophosphors for display and forensic applications

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    P.K. Jisha

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available A novel green light emitting GdAlO3:Tb3+ (1–11 mol% nanophosphor has been synthesized by the solution combustion method and the final products were characterized. The energy band gap of the samples was estimated in the range of 5.13–5.88 eV from diffuse reflectance spectra. The effect of the added Tb3+ ions on the electronic structure was considered based on the absolute electronegativity. The characteristic photoluminescence emission corresponding to the transition 5D4→7Fj (j = 6, 5, 4, 3 of the Tb3+ ions was observed in the wavelength range of 500–650 nm, and assigned due to the f–f transitions upon the 378 nm excitation. The optimized nanophosphor was found suitable for applications in the latent fingerprint detection. The photometric characterization has revealed the excellent color chromaticity coordinates and the correlated color temperature levels. They are on the same level of commercial phosphors and quite useful for green WLEDs, solid state displays and forensic applications as well.

  20. Direct measurement of the magnetocaloric effect of microstructured Gd eutectic compounds using a new fast automatic device

    Science.gov (United States)

    Canepa, Fabio; Cirafici, Salvino; Napoletano, Myrta; Ciccarelli, Carlo; Belfortini, Claudio

    2005-01-01

    A newly designed experimental device for direct measurement of the magnetocaloric effect has been assembled and tested. Details about calibration and preliminary measurements performed on Gd as a standard reference material are reported together with results concerning the magnetocaloric effect of three different Gd eutectic compositions (Gd-Gd 7Pd 3, Gd-GdZn, Gd-GdCd).

  1. Functional conservation of rice OsNF-YB/YC and Arabidopsis AtNF-YB/YC proteins in the regulation of flowering time

    KAUST Repository

    Hwang, Yoon-Hyung

    2016-01-11

    Plant NUCLEAR FACTOR Y (NF-Y) transcription factors play important roles in plant development and abiotic stress. In Arabidopsis thaliana, two NF-YB (AtNF-YB2 and AtNF-YB3) and five NF-YC (AtNF-YC1, AtNF-YC2, AtNF-YC3, AtNF-YC4, and AtNF-YC9) genes regulate photoperiodic flowering by interacting with other AtNF-Y subunit proteins. Three rice NF-YB (OsNF-YB8, OsNF-YB10, and OsNF-YB11) and five rice OsNF-YC (OsNF-YC1, OsNF-YC2, OsNF-YC4, OsNF-YC6, and OsNF-YC7) genes are clustered with two AtNF-YB and five AtNF-YC genes, respectively. To investigate the functional conservation of these NF-YB and NF-YC genes in rice and Arabidopsis, we analyzed the flowering phenotypes of transgenic plants overexpressing the respective OsNF-YB and OsNF-YC genes in Arabidopsis mutants. Overexpression of OsNF-YB8/10/11 and OsNF-YC2 complemented the late flowering phenotype of Arabidopsis nf-yb2 nf-yb3 and nf-yc3 nf-yc4 nf-yc9 mutants, respectively. The rescued phenotype of 35S::OsNF-YC2 nf-yc3 nf-yc4 nf-yc9 plants was attributed to the upregulation of FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) and SUPPRESSOR OF OVEREXPRESSION OF CONSTANS 1 (SOC1). In vitro and in planta protein–protein analyses revealed that OsNF-YB8/10/11 and OsNF-YC1/2/4/6/7 interact with AtNF-YC3/4/9 and AtNF-YB2/3, respectively. Our data indicate that some OsNF-YB and OsNF-YC genes are functional equivalents of AtNF-YB2/3 and AtNF-YC3/4/9 genes, respectively, and suggest functional conservation of Arabidopsis and rice NF-Y genes in the control of flowering time.

  2. Host markers in Quantiferon supernatants differentiate active TB from latent TB infection: preliminary report

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Walzl Gerhard

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Interferon gamma release assays, including the QuantiFERON® TB Gold In Tube (QFT have been shown to be accurate in diagnosing Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. These assays however, do not discriminate between latent TB infection (LTBI and active TB disease. Methods We recruited twenty-three pulmonary TB patients and 34 household contacts from Cape Town, South Africa and performed the QFT test. To investigate the ability of new host markers to differentiate between LTBI and active TB, levels of 29 biomarkers in QFT supernatants were evaluated using a Luminex multiplex cytokine assay. Results Eight out of 29 biomarkers distinguished active TB from LTBI in a pilot study. Baseline levels of epidermal growth factor (EGF soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L, antigen stimulated levels of EGF, and the background corrected antigen stimulated levels of EGF and macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP-1β were the most informative single markers for differentiation between TB disease and LTBI, with AUCs of 0.88, 0.84, 0.87, 0.90 and 0.79 respectively. The combination of EGF and MIP-1β predicted 96% of active TB cases and 92% of LTBIs. Combinations between EGF, sCD40L, VEGF, TGF-α and IL-1α also showed potential to differentiate between TB infection states. EGF, VEGF, TGF-α and sCD40L levels were higher in TB patients. Conclusion These preliminary data suggest that active TB may be accurately differentiated from LTBI utilizing adaptations of the commercial QFT test that includes measurement of EGF, sCD40L, MIP-1β, VEGF, TGF-α or IL-1α in supernatants from QFT assays. This approach holds promise for development as a rapid diagnostic test for active TB.

  3. HIV-Associated TB: Facts 2013

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... 2012 . Around 75% of these people live in sub-Saharan Africa.  TB is the leading cause of death among ... adopted by policy makers and implemented by all health facilities offering HIV care services.  The number of ...

  4. Is YbAs a heavy Fermion system?

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Monnier, R.; Degiorgi, L.; Delley, B.; Koelling, D.D.

    1989-08-01

    Using parameters extracted from a tight binding fit to an ab initio band structure, the specific heat anomaly observed in YbAs around 5 K is computed within the infinite U limit of the degenerate Anderson impurity model. Applying the renormalization procedure derived in variational treatments of the periodic Anderson model, a quasiparticle Fermi surface with strong nesting features and small mass enhancements is obtained. The results suggest that YbAs is not a ''classical'' heavy Fermion system. 28 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  5. Identification and characterization of NF-YB family genes in tung tree.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yang, Susu; Wang, Yangdong; Yin, Hengfu; Guo, Haobo; Gao, Ming; Zhu, Huiping; Chen, Yicun

    2015-12-01

    The NF-YB transcription factor gene family encodes a subunit of the CCAAT box-binding factor (CBF), a highly conserved trimeric activator that strongly binds to the CCAAT box promoter element. Studies on model plants have shown that NF-YB proteins participate in important developmental and physiological processes, but little is known about NF-YB proteins in trees. Here, we identified seven NF-YB transcription factor-encoding genes in Vernicia fordii, an important oilseed tree in China. A phylogenetic analysis separated the genes into two groups; non-LEC1 type (VfNF-YB1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13) and LEC1-type (VfNF-YB 14). A gene structure analysis showed that VfNF-YB 5 has three introns and the other genes have no introns. The seven VfNF-YB sequences contain highly conserved domains, a disordered region at the N terminus, and two long helix structures at the C terminus. Phylogenetic analyses showed that VfNF-YB family genes are highly homologous to GmNF-YB genes, and many of them are closely related to functionally characterized NF-YBs. In expression analyses of various tissues (root, stem, leaf, and kernel) and the root during pathogen infection, VfNF-YB1, 5, and 11 were dominantly expressed in kernels, and VfNF-YB7 and 9 were expressed only in the root. Different VfNF-YB family genes showed different responses to pathogen infection, suggesting that they play different roles in the pathogen response. Together, these findings represent the first extensive evaluation of the NF-YB family in tung tree and provide a foundation for dissecting the functions of VfNF-YB genes in seed development, stress adaption, fatty acid synthesis, and pathogen response.

  6. Standards for TB care in India: A tool for universal access to TB care.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Nair, Sreenivas Achuthan; Sachdeva, K S; Malik, Parmar; Chandra, S; Ramachandran, R; Kulshrestha, N; Chopra, K K; Khaparde, S D

    2015-10-01

    In 2014, Government of India in collaboration with World Health Organization Country Office for India released the policy document on Standards for tuberculosis (TB) care in India after in-depth deliberation with national and international experts. The standards for TB care represent what is expected for quality TB care from the Indian healthcare system including both public and private systems. The details of each standard have been compiled in this review article. It is envisioned that the standards detailed in the manuscript are adapted by all TB care providers across the country. Copyright © 2015 Tuberculosis Association of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Properties of the divalent-Yb compound YbAu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} under extreme conditions

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Kaštil, J.; Míšek, M.; Kamarád, J.; Arnold, Z. [Institute of Physics AS CR, v.v.i., Na Slovance 1999/2, 182 21 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Vlášková, K. [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Ke Karlovu 5, 12116 Prague 2 (Czech Republic); Prchal, J., E-mail: prchal@karlov.mff.cuni.cz [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Ke Karlovu 5, 12116 Prague 2 (Czech Republic); Diviš, M.; Doležal, P.; Prokleška, J.; Valenta, J.; Fikáček, J.; Rudajevová, A.; Kriegner, D. [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Ke Karlovu 5, 12116 Prague 2 (Czech Republic)

    2017-01-15

    Polycrystalline YbAu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} has been prepared by arc melting and a non-standard anisotropic thermal expansion is observed at low temperatures. A non-magnetic Yb{sup 2+} valence state is derived from magnetization, magnetic-susceptibility, heat-capacity and electrical-conductivity measurements in the temperature range from 0.3 to 300 K and at external pressures up to 3.2 GPa. By both experimental and theoretical investigations, YbAu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} is confirmed to be a system with a weak electron-electron correlations and a small electron-phonon interaction. Application of hydrostatic pressure does not reveal any change of state in the range of applied pressures.

  8. The effects of Tb 3+ doping concentration on luminescence ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Engineering Research Center of Optoelectronic Functional Materials of the Ministry of Education,. Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun 130022, PR China .... which are dependent on the distance among Tb3+ ions. The interaction of Tb3+–Tb3+ is dependent on the dis- tance among Tb3+ ions.

  9. Migration, TB control and elimination: Whom to screen and treat.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Rendon, A; Centis, R; Zellweger, J-P; Solovic, I; Torres-Duque, C A; Robalo Cordeiro, C; de Queiroz Mello, F C; Manissero, D; Sotgiu, G

    Tuberculosis (TB) in migrants represents an important clinical and public health threat, particularly in low TB incidence countries. The current review is aimed to assess issues related to screening and treatment of migrants with latent TB infection or TB disease. Copyright © 2017 Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  10. The effects of Tb 3 doping concentration on luminescence properties ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    This paper is aimed at explaining the effects of Tb3+ concentration on structure and luminescence properties and clarifying the concentration quenching mechanism of Tb3+. The lattice of BaF2 decreases with the increase of Tb3+ ions concentration. The emission spectrum of BaF2:Tb3+ consists of blue emission band and ...

  11. Mass fabrication of homogeneously Yb-doped silica nanoparticles and their spectroscopic properties

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Xiong Liangming; Sekiya, Edson H; Saito, Kazuya

    2009-01-01

    A large number of homogeneously Yb-doped silica nanoparticles were continually fabricated in a vapor synthesis route, in which the Yb doping level can be well controlled by varying either the heating temperature or the carrier gas flow rate of the Yb precursor. The sizes, shapes, and morphologies of the nanoparticles were examined, and no crystallites and no Yb 2 O 3 clusters were observed in the nanoparticles. These nanoparticles exhibit a clear Yb 3+ -derived absorption at around 973-975 nm and a dependence of the emission intensity and decay time on the doping level, much different from that of sintered pellets.

  12. Calculation of the band structure of GdCo2, GdRh2 e GdIr2 by the APW method

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Carvalho, J.A.B. de.

    1974-03-01

    The band structure of GdCo 2 , GdRh 2 , GdIr 2 has been calculated by the APW method. A histogram of the density of states is presented for each compound. The bands are transition-metal-like, with s-d hybridization near the Fermi level. The 5d character near the Fermi level increases as one goes from Co to Ir

  13. Electron spin resonance in Yb-based Kondo-lattice systems; Elektronenspinresonanz in Yb-basierten Kondogitter-Systemen

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Wykhoff, Jan

    2010-07-07

    The systems Yb{sub 1-w}A{sub 1-w}(Rh{sub 1-x}Co{sub x})(Si{sub 1-y}Ge{sub y}){sub 2} with A=La respectively Lu, as well as YbIr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} are studied. The measurements are presented sortedly for systems, dopings, and external parameters. Beside these external parameters furthermore the orientation of the sample related to the quasistatic magnetic field and the microwave magnetic field was varied.

  14. Sequential growth of sandwiched NaYF{sub 4}:Yb/Er@NaYF{sub 4}:Yb@NaNdF{sub 4}:Yb core–shell–shell nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Peng, Huang-Yong; Ding, Bin-Bin; Ma, Yin-Chu [Department of Medical Materials and Rehabilitation Engineering, School of Medical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009 (China); Sun, Shi-Qi [State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Etiological Biology and Key Laboratory of Animal Virology of Ministry of Agriculture, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Xujiaping 1, Lanzhou, Gansu 730046 (China); Tao, Wei [Department of Medical Materials and Rehabilitation Engineering, School of Medical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009 (China); Guo, Yan-Chuan [Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Guo, Hui-Chen, E-mail: ghch-2004@hotmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Etiological Biology and Key Laboratory of Animal Virology of Ministry of Agriculture, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Xujiaping 1, Lanzhou, Gansu 730046 (China); Yang, Xian-Zhu, E-mail: yangxz@hftu.edu.cn [Department of Medical Materials and Rehabilitation Engineering, School of Medical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009 (China); Qian, Hai-Sheng, E-mail: shqian@hfut.edu.cn [Department of Medical Materials and Rehabilitation Engineering, School of Medical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009 (China)

    2015-12-01

    Graphical abstract: The monodisperse elliptical NaYF{sub 4}:Yb/Er@NaYF{sub 4}:Yb@NaNdF{sub 4}:Yb core–shell–shell nanoparticles have been synthesized successfully by a facile sequential growth process, which can be used as transducer for photodynamic therapy of cancer cells. - Highlights: • The NaYF{sub 4}:Yb/Er@NaYF{sub 4}:Yb@NaNdF{sub 4}:Yb nanoparticles have been fabricated successfully. • The as-prepared nanoparticles show strong fluorescence excited at 980 or 808 nm. • The nanoparticles were transferred into the aqueous phase via a facile process. • Photosensitizers were loaded into the composites for photodynamic therapy. - Abstract: Upconversion (UC) nanostructures have attracted much interest for their extensive biological applications. In this work, we describe a sequential synthetic route to prepare sandwiched NaYF{sub 4}:Yb/Er@NaYF{sub 4}:Yb@NaNdF{sub 4}:Yb core–shell upconversion nanoparticles. The as-prepared products were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM, JEM 2100F), respectively. The as-prepared core–shell nanoparticles of NaYF{sub 4}:Yb/Er@NaYF{sub 4}:Yb@NaNdF{sub 4}:Yb are composed of elliptical nanoparticles with a length of 80 nm and width of 42 nm, which show efficient upconversion fluorescence excited at 808 nm indicating the formation of core–shell–shell sandwiched nanostructures. In addition, the as-prepared sandwiched NaYF{sub 4}:Yb/Er@NaYF{sub 4}:Yb@NaNdF{sub 4}:Yb core–shell upconversion nanoparticles also show strong upconversion fluorescence excited at 980 nm. Amphiphilic mPEG{sub 2k}-b-PEBEP{sub 6K} copolymers (denoted as PPE) were chosen to transfer these hydrophobic UCNPs into the aqueous phase for biological application. In vitro photodynamic therapy of cancer cells show that the viability of cells incubated with the nanoparticles loaded with MC 540 was significantly lower as compared to the nanoparticles without photosensitizers exposed to NIR laser.

  15. Muramyl peptides activate innate immunity conjointly via YB1 and NOD2.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Laman, Alexander G; Lathe, Richard; Shepelyakovskaya, Anna O; Gartseva, Alexandra; Brovko, Feodor A; Guryanova, Svetlana; Alekseeva, Ludmila; Meshcheryakova, Elena A; Ivanov, Vadim T

    2016-11-01

    Bacterial cell wall muramyl dipeptide (MDP) and glucosaminyl-MDP (GMDP) are potent activators of innate immunity. Two receptor targets, NOD2 and YB1, have been reported; we investigated potential overlap of NOD2 and YB1 pathways. Separate knockdown of NOD2 and YB1 demonstrates that both contribute to GMDP induction of NF-κB expression, a marker of innate immunity, although excess YB1 led to induction in the absence of NOD2. YB1 and NOD2 co-migrated on sucrose gradient centrifugation, and GMDP addition led to the formation of higher molecular mass complexes containing both YB1 and NOD2. Co-immunoprecipitation demonstrated a direct interaction between YB1 and NOD2, a major recombinant fragment of NOD2 (NACHT-LRR) bound to YB1, and complex formation was stimulated by GMDP. We also report subcellular colocalization of NOD2 and YB1. Although YB1 may have other binding partners in addition to NOD2, maximal innate immunity activation by muramyl peptides is mediated via an interaction between YB1 and NOD2.

  16. CW laser properties of Nd:GdYAG, Nd:LuYAG, and Nd:GdLuAG mixed crystals

    Science.gov (United States)

    Di, J. Q.; Xu, X. D.; Li, D. Z.; Zhou, D. H.; Wu, F.; Zhao, Z. W.; Xu, J.; Tang, D. Y.

    2011-10-01

    Three mixed crystals, Nd:GdYAG, Nd:LuYAG, and Nd:GdLuAG, were grown by Czochralski method. We report the continuous-wave (CW) Nd:GdYAG, Nd:LuYAG, and Nd:GdLuAG laser operation under laser diode pumping. The maximum output powers are 4.11, 5.31, and 7.47 W, with slope efficiency of 73.0, 55.3, and 57.1%, respectively. With replacing Lu3+ or Y3+ ions with large Gd3+ ions, the pump efficiency increases.

  17. A multiplexed and miniaturized serological tuberculosis assay identifies antigens that discriminate maximally between TB and non-TB sera

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Tong, Miao; Jacobi, Catharina E.; van de Rijke, Frans M.; Kuijper, Sjoukje; van de Werken, Sjaak; Lowary, Todd L.; Hokke, Cornelis H.; Appelmelk, Ben J.; Nagelkerke, Nico J. D.; Tanke, Hans J.; van Gijlswijk, Rob P. M.; Veuskens, Jacques; Kolk, Arend H. J.; Raap, Anton K.

    2005-01-01

    We have developed a multiplexed and miniaturized TB serological assay with the aim of identifying (combinations of) antigens that maximally discriminate between TB and non-TB patients. It features a microarray accommodating 54 TB antigens, less than 1 microl serum consumption and an indirect

  18. Genome-Wide Analysis of the NF-YB Gene Family in Gossypium hirsutum L. and Characterization of the Role of GhDNF-YB22 in Embryogenesis.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chen, Yanli; Yang, Zhaoen; Xiao, Yanqing; Wang, Peng; Wang, Ye; Ge, Xiaoyang; Zhang, Chaojun; Zhang, Xianlong; Li, Fuguang

    2018-02-06

    Members of the NF-YB transcription factor gene family play important roles in diverse processes related to plant growth and development, such as seed development, drought tolerance, and flowering time. However, the function of NF-YB genes in cotton remains unclear. A total of 23, 24, and 50 NF-YB genes were identified in Gossypium arboreum ( G. arboreum ), Gossypium raimondii ( G. raimondii ), and G. hirsutum , respectively. A systematic phylogenetic analysis was carried out in G. arboretum , G. raimondii , G. hirsutum , Arabidopsis thaliana , cacao, rice and, sorghum, where the 150 NF-YB genes were divided into five groups (α-ε). Of these groups, α is the largest clade, and γ contains the LEC1 type NF-YB proteins. Syntenic analyses revealed that paralogues of NF-YB genes in G. hirsutum exhibited good collinearity. Owing to segmental duplication within the A sub-genome (A t ) and D sub-genome (D t ), there was an expanded set of NF-YB genes in G. hirsutum . Furthermore, we investigated the structures of exons, introns, and conserved motifs of NF-YB genes in upland cotton. Most of the NF-YB genes had only one exon, and the genes from the same clade exhibited a similar motif pattern. Expression data show that most NF-YB genes were expressed ubiquitously, and only a few genes were highly expressed in specific tissues, as confirmed by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) analysis. The overexpression of GhDNF-YB22 gene, predominantly expressed in embryonic tissues, indicates that GhDNF-YB22 may affect embryogenesis in cotton. This study is the first comprehensive characterization of the GhNF-YB gene family in cotton, and showed that NF-YB genes could be divided into five clades. The duplication events that occurred over the course of evolution were the major impetus for NF-YB gene expansion in upland cotton. Collectively, this work provides insight into the evolution of NF-YB in cotton and further our knowledge of this commercially important species.

  19. Effects of Yb on the mechanical properties and microstructures of an Al-Mg alloy

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Song Min; Wu Zhenggang; He Yuehui

    2008-01-01

    This paper reported a first study of the effects of Yb on the microstructures and mechanical properties of an extruded Al-Mg alloy. It has been shown that the addition of 0.3 wt.% Yb decreases the mechanical properties of the alloy since Mg- and Yb-containing constituents decrease the concentration of Mg solute atoms in Al matrix, and thus the solution strengthening effect. However, the addition of 1 wt.% Yb substantially improves the mechanical behavior of the alloy because the concentration of Yb solute atoms in Al matrix is high enough to generate solution strengthening effect. The improvement in the mechanical properties is due to the large work-hardening and high dislocation density caused by the interaction between dislocations and Yb and Mg solute atoms. The Yb and Mg atoms inhibit the dynamic recovery and recrystallization of the alloy, thus provide a uniformly distributed dislocation structure with high density

  20. Crystal growth, optical properties, and laser operation of Yb3+-doped NYW single crystal

    Science.gov (United States)

    Cheng, Y.; Xu, X. D.; Yang, X. B.; Xin, Z.; Cao, D. H.; Xu, J.

    2009-11-01

    Laser crystal Yb3+-doped NaY(WO4)2 (Yb:NYW) with excellent quality has been grown by Czochralski technique. The rocking curves from (400) plane of as-grown Yb:NYW crystal was measured and the full-width value at half-maximum was 19.92″. The effective segregation coefficients were measured by the X-ray fluorescence method. The polarized absorption spectra and the fluorescence spectra of Yb:NYW crystal were measured at room temperature. The fluorescence decay lifetime of Yb3+ ion in NYW crystal has been investigated. The spectroscopic parameters of Yb:NYW crystal are calculated and compared with those of Yb:YAG crystal. A continuous wave output power of 3.06 W at 1031 nm was obtained with a slope efficiency of 42% by use of diode pumping.

  1. Gd-substituted Bi-2223 superconductor

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    resistivity with a view to study metal-to-insulator transition, (2) the XRD patterns of the specimens with a view to study the .... values [4] of the transition temperatures for Gd-substituted (BiPb)-2212 specimens. The specimens of Batches I and II with x > 0.4 .... (retd) P N Dheer and Dr R G Sharma. 540. Pramana – J. Phys., Vol.

  2. TB incidence in an adolescent cohort in South Africa.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Hassan Mahomed

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB is a major public health problem globally. Little is known about TB incidence in adolescents who are a proposed target group for new TB vaccines. We conducted a study to determine the TB incidence rates and risk factors for TB disease in a cohort of school-going adolescents in a high TB burden area in South Africa. METHODS: We recruited adolescents aged 12 to 18 years from high schools in Worcester, South Africa. Demographic and clinical information was collected, a tuberculin skin test (TST performed and blood drawn for a QuantiFERON TB Gold assay at baseline. Screening for TB cases occurred at follow up visits and by surveillance of registers at public sector TB clinics over a period of up to 3.8 years after enrolment. RESULTS: A total of 6,363 adolescents were enrolled (58% of the school population targeted. During follow up, 67 cases of bacteriologically confirmed TB were detected giving an overall incidence rate of 0.45 per 100 person years (95% confidence interval 0.29-0.72. Black or mixed race, maternal education of primary school or less or unknown, a positive baseline QuantiFERON assay and a positive baseline TST were significant predictors of TB disease on adjusted analysis. CONCLUSION: The adolescent TB incidence found in a high burden setting will help TB vaccine developers plan clinical trials in this population. Latent TB infection and low socio-economic status were predictors of TB disease.

  3. Graphene Q-switched Yb:KYW planar waveguide laser

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Kim, Jun Wan; Choi, Sun Young; Aravazhi, S.; Pollnau, Markus; Griebner, Uwe; Petrov, Valentin; Bae, Sukang; Ahn, Kwang Jun; Yeom, Dong-Il; Rotermund, Fabian

    A diode-pumped Yb:KYW planar waveguide laser, single-mode Q-switched by evanescent-field interaction with graphene, is demonstrated for the first time. Few-layer graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition is transferred onto the top of a guiding layer, which initiates stable Q-switched operation in

  4. Synthesis and characterisation of YbPdSb

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Haines, Charles R.S.; Brown, Philip A.C.; Grosche, Friedrich M. [Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

    2016-07-01

    The intermetallic compound YbPdSb can form in two structures: the low temperature (LT) half-Heusler phase, in which the Yb atoms form a frustrated fcc structure, and the high temperature (HT) Pnma modification. We have prepared phase pure samples of both structures and report resistivity, magnetisation and heat capacity measurements on both. The LT phase is a Kondo lattice system showing large-moment Curie-Weiss paramagnet behaviour without any phase transition anomalies down to the lowest temperatures measured. The resistivity is rather insensitive to temperature from room temperature down to ∝50 K where it decreases steeply with further cooling. By contrast, in the HT phase the magnetic susceptibility displays weak temperature dependence and the resistivity falls with decreasing temperature in the way expected of a weakly correlated metal. These findings suggest that in contrast to the electronic state in the LT structure, the 4f-shell of Yb is completely filled in the HT structure of YbPdSb, presenting an interesting opportunity to study the interplay between lattice and electronic structure within the same compound.

  5. Linearly polarized intracavity passive Q-switched Yb-doped ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    2014-02-14

    Feb 14, 2014 ... ratio of active core area to inner cladding area, the pump light absorption is improved and smaller fibre length becomes possible. There are reports on the passive Q-switching in. Yb-doped LMA fibre lasers by using Cr4+:YAG crystal as a saturable absorber. Huang et al have reported maximum average ...

  6. Ultraviolet and near-infrared luminescence of LaBO3:Ce3+,Yb3+

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wei, Heng-Wei; Shao, Li-Ming; Jiao, Huan; Jing, Xi-Ping

    2018-01-01

    Ce3+ or Yb3+ singly doped LaBO3 and Ce3+-Yb3+ co-doped LaBO3 were prepared by conventional solid state reactions at 1100 °C and their photoluminescence (PL) properties were investigated. The emission spectrum of LaBO3:Ce3+,Yb3+ contains both the Ce3+ ultraviolet (UV) emissions (355 nm and 380 nm) and the Yb3+ near infrared (NIR) emission (975 nm) when excited by the UV light at 270 nm. By using the data of the Ce3+ decay curves and the PL intensities of both Ce3+ and Yb3+, the energy transfer efficiency (η) from Ce3+ to Yb3+, the actual energy transfer efficiency (AE) and the quantum efficiency (Q) of the Yb3+ emission were calculated. In the Ce3+-Yb3+ co-doped LaBO3, Ce3+ can transfer its absorbed energy to Yb3+ efficiently (η can be over 60%), and Yb3+ shows the Q value over 50% when it accepts the energy from Ce3+, which results in the low AE value ∼30%. The energy transfer process from Ce3+ to Yb3+ may be understood by the charge transfer mechanism: Ce3+ + Yb3+ ↔ Ce4+ + Yb2+. Particularly the Ce3+-Yb3+ co-doped LaBO3 phosphor gives the emissions mainly in the UV range and the NIR range with a portion of visible emissions in eye-insensitive range. This unique property may be suitable for applications in anti-counterfeiting techniques and public security affairs.

  7. GD SDR Automatic Gain Control Characterization Testing

    Science.gov (United States)

    Nappier, Jennifer M.; Briones, Janette C.

    2013-01-01

    The General Dynamics (GD) S-Band software defined radio (SDR) in the Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN) Testbed on the International Space Station (ISS) will provide experimenters an opportunity to develop and demonstrate experimental waveforms in space. The GD SDR platform and initial waveform were characterized on the ground before launch and the data will be compared to the data that will be collected during on-orbit operations. A desired function of the SDR is to estimate the received signal to noise ratio (SNR), which would enable experimenters to better determine on-orbit link conditions. The GD SDR does not have an SNR estimator, but it does have an analog and a digital automatic gain control (AGC). The AGCs can be used to estimate the SDR input power which can be converted into a SNR. Tests were conducted to characterize the AGC response to changes in SDR input power and temperature. This purpose of this paper is to describe the tests that were conducted, discuss the results showi ng how the AGCs relate to the SDR input power, and provide recommendations for AGC testing and characterization.

  8. Luminescence Properties of Self-Aggregating TbIII-DOTA-Functionalized Calix[4]arenes

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Florian Mayer

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Self-aggregating calix[4]arenes carrying four DOTA ligands on the upper rim for stable complexation of paramagnetic GdIII-ions have already been proposed as MRI probes. In this work, we investigate the luminescence properties of TbIII-DOTA-calix[4]arene-4OPr containing four propyl-groups and compare them with those of the analog substituted with a phthalimide chromophore (TbIII-DOTA-calix[4]arene-3OPr-OPhth. We show that, given its four aromatic rings, the calix[4]arene core acts as an effective sensitizer of Tb-centered luminescence. Substituents on the lower rim can modulate the aggregation behavior, which in turn determines the luminescence properties of the compounds. In solid state, the quantum yield of the phthalimide derivative is almost three times as high as that of the propyl-functionalized analog demonstrating a beneficial role of the chromophore on Tb-luminescence. In solution, however, the effect of the phthalimide group vanishes, which we attribute to the large distance between the chromophore and the lanthanide, situated on the opposite rims of the calix[4]arene. Both quantum yields and luminescence lifetimes show clear concentration dependence in solution, related to the strong impact of aggregation on the luminescence behavior. We also evidence the variability in the values of the critical micelle concentration depending on the experimental technique. Such luminescent calix[4]arene platforms accommodating stable lanthanide complexes can be considered valuable building blocks for the design of dual MR/optical imaging probes.

  9. Luminescence Properties of Self-Aggregating TbIII-DOTA-Functionalized Calix[4]arenes

    Science.gov (United States)

    Mayer, Florian; Tiruvadi Krishnan, Sriram; Schühle, Daniel T.; Eliseeva, Svetlana V.; Petoud, Stéphane; Tóth, Éva; Djanashvili, Kristina

    2018-01-01

    Self-aggregating calix[4]arenes carrying four DOTA ligands on the upper rim for stable complexation of paramagnetic GdIII-ions have already been proposed as MRI probes. In this work, we investigate the luminescence properties of TbIII-DOTA-calix[4]arene-4OPr containing four propyl-groups and compare them with those of the analog substituted with a phthalimide chromophore (TbIII-DOTA-calix[4]arene-3OPr-OPhth). We show that, given its four aromatic rings, the calix[4]arene core acts as an effective sensitizer of Tb-centered luminescence. Substituents on the lower rim can modulate the aggregation behavior, which in turn determines the luminescence properties of the compounds. In solid state, the quantum yield of the phthalimide derivative is almost three times as high as that of the propyl-functionalized analog demonstrating a beneficial role of the chromophore on Tb-luminescence. In solution, however, the effect of the phthalimide group vanishes, which we attribute to the large distance between the chromophore and the lanthanide, situated on the opposite rims of the calix[4]arene. Both quantum yields and luminescence lifetimes show clear concentration dependence in solution, related to the strong impact of aggregation on the luminescence behavior. We also evidence the variability in the values of the critical micelle concentration depending on the experimental technique. Such luminescent calix[4]arene platforms accommodating stable lanthanide complexes can be considered valuable building blocks for the design of dual MR/optical imaging probes. PMID:29441345

  10. tb diagnostics challenges of tb diagnosis and treatment in south africa

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    2007-06-01

    Jun 1, 2007 ... resultant 8 - 9 million cases of active tuberculosis (TB) and 1.6 million deaths annually.1 The tools used for diagnosis of TB have .... memory. We have shown that the 3-day INF- secretion from. PBMCs co-incubated with Mtb antigens is similar in both HIV- negative and HIV-positive controls, but the secretion ...

  11. Integration of TB and ART services fails to improve TB treatment ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    The median CD4+ count of HIV-positive patients was 152 cells/μl (interquartile range (IQR) 71 - 277) for integrated facilities and 148 cells/μl (IQR 67 - 260) for single-service facilities. There was no statistical difference in the TB treatment outcome profile between integrated and single-service facilities for all TB patients (p=0.

  12. The performance and limitation of T-SPOT.TB for the diagnosis of TB in a high prevalence setting.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhu, Changtai; Liu, Zhonghua; Li, Zhiqiang; Mei, Shencong; Hu, Zhongyi

    2014-06-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis remains difficulty. The previous reports have shown that the T-SPOT.TB assay may be a more promising diagnostic tool for TB, however, it needs a further study to evaluate the diagnostic value of T-SPOT.TB for the specific populations in a high prevalence setting. In this present study, we conducted stratified and comparable analyses to explore the clinical value and the limitation of T-SPOT.TB assay in TB diagnosis in a high TB prevalence setting, Southern China. A total of 413 subjects including 163 pulmonary TB (PTB), 39 extrapulmonary TB (EPTB), 106 non-TB pulmonary diseases (NTBPDs), 20 medical staff and 85 healthy controls were included in the study. According to T-SPOT.TB, there had a high incidence of latent TB infection (LTBI) in general population in Southern China, especially in the NTBPDS and medical staff. The T-SPOT.TB had a high performance in the diagnosis of active TB (ATB) in a lower risk of TB infection population such as the general population, however, the T-SPOT.TB for the diagnosis of ATB in the high risk of TB infection populations involving close contacts such as the patients with pulmonary diseases (PD) or medical staff isn't reliable due to the interference by LTBI. Under this condition, the value of rule-out of the assay was seemed to be better than that of rule-in. We believed that the T-SPOT.TB is suitable for screening both the EPTB and the ATB combined with diabetes mellitus (DM). However, we found that the sensitivity of T-SPOT.TB in sputum smear-negative population wasn't as high as that in smear-positive population. The T-SPOT.TB testing results should be interpreted with caution combined with subject's characteristics in a high prevalence setting.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of Gd-doped magnetite nanoparticles

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Zhang, Honghu; Malik, Vikash; Mallapragada, Surya; Akinc, Mufit

    2017-01-01

    Synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles has attracted increasing interest due to their importance in biomedical and technological applications. Tunable magnetic properties of magnetite nanoparticles to meet specific requirements will greatly expand the spectrum of applications. Tremendous efforts have been devoted to studying and controlling the size, shape and magnetic properties of magnetite nanoparticles. Here we investigate gadolinium (Gd) doping to influence the growth process as well as magnetic properties of magnetite nanocrystals via a simple co-precipitation method under mild conditions in aqueous media. Gd doping was found to affect the growth process leading to synthesis of controllable particle sizes under the conditions tested (0–10 at% Gd 3+ ). Typically, undoped and 5 at% Gd-doped magnetite nanoparticles were found to have crystal sizes of about 18 and 44 nm, respectively, supported by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Our results showed that Gd-doped nanoparticles retained the magnetite crystal structure, with Gd 3+ randomly incorporated in the crystal lattice, probably in the octahedral sites. The composition of 5 at% Gd-doped magnetite was Fe (3−x) Gd x O 4 (x=0.085±0.002), as determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. 5 at% Gd-doped nanoparticles exhibited ferrimagnetic properties with small coercivity (~65 Oe) and slightly decreased magnetization at 260 K in contrast to the undoped, superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles. Templation by the bacterial biomineralization protein Mms6 did not appear to affect the growth of the Gd-doped magnetite particles synthesized by this method. - Highlights: • Gd-doped magnetite nanoparticles are synthesized via aqueous co-precipitation method under mild conditions. • Gd doping affects growth of magnetite nanoparticles leading to tunable particle size. • Gd-doped magnetite nanoparticles exhibit ferrimagnetic properties.

  14. Magnetocaloric properties and solid solution strengthening of Gd-C and Gd-Dy-C alloys

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Chen Yungui; Wu Jinping; Xiao Sufen; Zhang Tiebang; Tang Yongbai; Tu Mingjing

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, the near room temperature magnetic refrigerating solid solution alloys, Gd 1-x -C x (x ≤ 5 at.%) and Gd 0.98-x Dy x C 0.02 (x ≤ 20 at.%), were investigated together with a consideration of mechanical properties required by the container of the refrigerant material in a magnetic refrigerator. The results show that the micro-hardness of pure gadolinium metal can be much improved by adding carbon. The Curie temperature and adiabatic temperature changes of the Gd 1-x C x (x 0.98-x Dy x C 0.02 alloys can be tuned by adding dysprosium and their adiabatic temperature changes do not change much in a magnetic field change of 0-1 T

  15. Evaluation of Gd and Gd159 as new approaches for cancer treatment

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Galvao, I.; Neves, M.J.

    2011-01-01

    Metal compounds have shown many biological activities and have been successfully used as anticancer agents such cisplatin. Actually gadolinium (Gd) complexed with a porphyrin Motexafin (MGd) has been investigated as redox-active compound for treatment of cancer. 1 59G d decays by beta emission with an energy of 970 keV and half-life of 18.59 hours. The de-excitation can be via gamma ray and internal conversion electron emission followed by auger electrons and x rays. Considering all of this 1 59G d could be a interesting radionuclide to be as a radio therapeutical agent. The aims of this works were to evaluate the cytotoxicity of Gd and 1 59G d on malignant brain tumors such as glioblastoma multiform, the most frequent brain tumors which has a very poor prognosis. For this purpose, it was used human glioblastoma cell lines T98 (mutant p53) and U87 (wild-type p53) to investigate the cytotoxicity of gadolinium on cell metabolism by MTT assay and also morphological changes, chromatin condensation by DAPI assay and ROS generation. Gadolinium was able to decrease cell viability, the cells presented morphological changes like round shapes and blebs formation after cell treatment with 5x10 -6 M of Gd. Nuclear changing and ROS generation occurred in a dose dependent way indicating the cytotoxic effect of Gd. Treatment with 1 59G d increased all of changes observed with treatment with Gd. These results state for an additive effect of metal toxicity and radioactivity inducing ROS generation as the main mechanism of anti tumoral action of 1 59G d. The results obtained indicated that the radioactive analogues of Gd have increased cytotoxic effects and gadolinium can be a metal of choice for development of new drugs for cancer treatment. (author)

  16. Post-adsorption process of Yb phosphate nano-particle formation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae

    Science.gov (United States)

    Jiang, MingYu; Ohnuki, Toshihiko; Tanaka, Kazuya; Kozai, Naofumi; Kamiishi, Eigo; Utsunomiya, Satoshi

    2012-09-01

    In this study, we have investigated the post-adsorption process of ytterbium (Yb) phosphate nano-particle formation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast). The yeast grown in P-rich medium were exposed to 1.44 × 10-4 mol/L Yb(III) solution for 2-120 h, and 2 months at 25 ± 1 °C at an initial pH of 3, 4, or 5, respectively. Ytterbium concentrations in solutions decreased as a function of exposure time. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and synchrotron-based extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analyses revealed that nano-sized blocky Yb phosphate with an amorphous phase formed on the yeast cells surfaces in the solutions with Yb. These nano-sized precipitates that formed on the cell surfaces remained stable even after 2 months of exposure at 25 ± 1 °C around neutral pHs. The EXAFS data revealed that the chemical state of the accumulated Yb on the cell surfaces changed from the adsorption on both phosphate and carboxyl sites at 30 min to Yb phosphate precipitates at 5 days, indicating the Yb-phosphate precipitation as a major post-adsorption process. In addition, the precipitation of Yb phosphate occurred on cell surfaces during 7 days of exposure in Yb-free solution after 2 h of exposure (short-term Yb adsorption) in Yb solution. These results suggest that the released P from the inside of yeast cells reacted with adsorbed Yb on cell surfaces, resulting in the formation of Yb precipitates, even though no P was added to the exposure solution. In an abiotic system, the EXAFS data showed that the speciation of sorbed Yb on the reference materials, carboxymethyl cellulose and Ln resin, did not change even when the Yb was exposed to P solution, without forming Yb phosphate precipitates. This result strongly suggests that the cell surface of the yeast plays an important role in the Yb-phosphate precipitation process, not only as a carrier of the

  17. Ab initio study of the structural, electronic, elastic and magnetic properties of Cu2GdIn, Ag2GdIn and Au2GdIn

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Berri, Saadi; Maouche, Djamel; Zerarga, Fares; Medkour, Youcef

    2012-01-01

    We preformed first-principle calculations for the structural, electronic, elastic and magnetic properties of Cu 2 GdIn, Ag 2 GdIn and Au 2 GdIn using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) scheme within the generalized gradient approximation by Wu and Cohen (GGA-WC), GGA+U, the local spin density approximation (LSDA) and LSDA+U. The lattice parameters, the bulk modulus and its pressure derivative and the elastic constants were determined. Also, we present the band structures and the densities of states. The electronic structures of the ferromagnetic configuration for Heusler compounds (X 2 GdIn) have a metallic character. The magnetic moments were mostly contributed by the rare-earth Gd 4f ion.

  18. Electronic and Ionic Transport in Ce0.8PrxTb0.2−xO2−δ and Evaluation of Performance as Oxygen Permeation Membranes

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Chatzichristodoulou, Christodoulos; Hendriksen, Peter Vang

    2012-01-01

    to that of Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95−δ, and was found to increase with increasing Pr/Tb ratio. The oxide ion mobility in Ce0.8PrxTb0.2−xO2−δ is similar to that in Ce1−2δGd2δO2−δ at the same oxygen vacancy concentration. Based on the measured ionic and electronic conductivities, fluxes through thin film Ce0.8PrxTb0.2−xO2......The electronic conductivity of Ce0.8PrxTb0.2−xO2−δ (x = 0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20) was determined in the oxygen activity range aO2 ≈ 103 – 10−17 at 700–900°C by Hebb-Wagner polarization. The electronic conductivity of all the Ce0.8PrxTb0.2−xO2−δ compositions was significantly enhanced as compared......−δ membranes were calculated. Calculated fluxes exceed 10 Nml min−1 cm−2 under oxyfuel relevant conditions (T = 800°C, aO2,permeate side = 10−3). Hence, in terms of transport properties, these materials are promising for this application. Interference between the ionic and electronic flows has...

  19. The role of antiretroviral therapy in reducing TB incidence and mortality in high HIV-TB burden countries

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Anthony D Harries

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available With the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals in 2016, all countries have committed to end the tuberculosis (TB epidemic by 2030, defined as dramatic reductions in TB incidence and mortality combined with zero TB-induced catastrophic costs for families. This paper explores how antiretroviral therapy (ART in high HIV-TB burden countries may help in reducing TB incidence and mortality and thus contribute to the ambitious goal of ending TB. ART in people living with HIV has a potent TB preventive effect, with this being most apparent in those with the most advanced immunodeficiency. Early ART also significantly reduces the risk of TB, and with new World Health Organization guidance released in 2015 about initiating ART in all persons living with HIV irrespective of CD4 count, there is the potential for enormous benefit at the population level. Already, several countries with high HIVTB burdens have seen dramatic declines in TB case notification rates since ART scale up started in 2004. In patients already diagnosed with HIV-associated TB, mortality can be significantly decreased by ART, especially if started within 2–8 weeks of anti-TB treatment. The benefits of ART on TB incidence and TB mortality can be further augmented respectively by the addition of isoniazid preventive therapy and cotrimoxazole preventive therapy. These interventions must be effectively implemented and scaled up in order to end the TB epidemic by 2030.

  20. Combination of Cytokine Responses Indicative of Latent TB and Active TB in Malawian Adults

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hur, Yun-Gyoung; Gorak-Stolinska, Patricia; Ben-Smith, Anne; Lalor, Maeve K.; Chaguluka, Steven; Dacombe, Russell; Doherty, T. Mark; Ottenhoff, Tom H.; Dockrell, Hazel M.; Crampin, Amelia C.

    2013-01-01

    Background An IFN-γ response to M. tuberculosis-specific antigens is an effective biomarker for M. tuberculosis infection but it cannot discriminate between latent TB infection and active TB disease. Combining a number of cytokine/chemokine responses to M. tuberculosis antigens may enable differentiation of latent TB from active disease. Methods Asymptomatic recently-exposed individuals (spouses of TB patients) were recruited and tuberculin skin tested, bled and followed-up for two years. Culture supernatants, from a six-day culture of diluted whole blood samples stimulated with M. tuberculosis-derived PPD or ESAT-6, were measured for IFN-γ, IL-10, IL-13, IL-17, TNF-α and CXCL10 using cytokine ELISAs. In addition, 15 patients with sputum smear-positive pulmonary TB were recruited and tested. Results Spouses with positive IFN-γ responses to M. tuberculosis ESAT-6 (>62.5 pg/mL) and TB patients showed high production of IL-17, CXCL10 and TNF-α. Higher production of IL-10 and IL-17 in response to ESAT-6 was observed in the spouses compared with TB patients while the ratios of IFN-γ/IL-10 and IFN-γ/IL-17 in response to M. tuberculosis-derived PPD were significantly higher in TB patients compared with the spouses. Tuberculin skin test results did not correlate with cytokine responses. Conclusions CXCL10 and TNF-α may be used as adjunct markers alongside an IFN-γ release assay to diagnose M. tuberculosis infection, and IL-17 and IL-10 production may differentiate individuals with LTBI from active TB. PMID:24260295

  1. Combination of cytokine responses indicative of latent TB and active TB in Malawian adults.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Yun-Gyoung Hur

    Full Text Available An IFN-γ response to M. tuberculosis-specific antigens is an effective biomarker for M. tuberculosis infection but it cannot discriminate between latent TB infection and active TB disease. Combining a number of cytokine/chemokine responses to M. tuberculosis antigens may enable differentiation of latent TB from active disease.Asymptomatic recently-exposed individuals (spouses of TB patients were recruited and tuberculin skin tested, bled and followed-up for two years. Culture supernatants, from a six-day culture of diluted whole blood samples stimulated with M. tuberculosis-derived PPD or ESAT-6, were measured for IFN-γ, IL-10, IL-13, IL-17, TNF-α and CXCL10 using cytokine ELISAs. In addition, 15 patients with sputum smear-positive pulmonary TB were recruited and tested.Spouses with positive IFN-γ responses to M. tuberculosis ESAT-6 (>62.5 pg/mL and TB patients showed high production of IL-17, CXCL10 and TNF-α. Higher production of IL-10 and IL-17 in response to ESAT-6 was observed in the spouses compared with TB patients while the ratios of IFN-γ/IL-10 and IFN-γ/IL-17 in response to M. tuberculosis-derived PPD were significantly higher in TB patients compared with the spouses. Tuberculin skin test results did not correlate with cytokine responses.CXCL10 and TNF-α may be used as adjunct markers alongside an IFN-γ release assay to diagnose M. tuberculosis infection, and IL-17 and IL-10 production may differentiate individuals with LTBI from active TB.

  2. YB-1 overexpression promotes a TGF-β1-induced epithelial–mesenchymal transition via Akt activation

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ha, Bin; Lee, Eun Byul; Cui, Jun; Kim, Yosup [Department of Molecular Medicine, Lee Gil Ya Cancer and Diabetes Institute, Gachon University, Incheon 406-799 (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Ho Hee, E-mail: hhjang@gachon.ac.kr [Department of Molecular Medicine, Lee Gil Ya Cancer and Diabetes Institute, Gachon University, Incheon 406-799 (Korea, Republic of); Gachon Medical Research Institute, Gil Medical Center, Gachon University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-03-06

    The Y-box binding protein-1 (YB-1) is a transcription/translation regulatory protein, and the expression thereof is associated with cancer aggressiveness. In the present study, we explored the regulatory effects of YB-1 during the transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in lung adenocarcinoma cells. Downregulation of YB-1 increased E-cadherin promoter activity, and upregulation of YB-1 decreased promoter activity, suggesting that the YB-1 level may be correlated with the EMT. TGF-β1 induced YB-1 expression, and TGF-β1 translocated cytosolic YB-1 into the nucleus. YB-1 overexpression promoted TGF-β1-induced downregulation of epithelial markers, upregulation of mesenchymal markers, and cell migration. Moreover, YB-1 overexpression enhanced the expression of E-cadherin transcriptional repressors via TGF-β1-induced Akt activation. Our findings afford new insights into the role played by YB-1 in the TGF-β1 signaling pathway. - Highlights: • YB-1 regulates E-cadherin expression in A549 cells. • TGF-β1 induces upregulating and nuclear localization of YB-1. • YB-1 overexpression accelerates TGF-β1-induced EMT and cell migration. • YB-1 regulates Snail and Slug expression via Akt activation.

  3. Gd3Fe5O12 near the compensation temperature

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Hansen, Britt Rosendahl; Kuhn, Luise Theil; Bahl, Christian Robert Haffenden

    2010-01-01

    Applying a magnetic eld to a magnetic material will usually cause a change in the magnetic entropy of the material. If done adiabatically, the temperature of the material will change - this is the magnetocaloric eect. Gadolinium Iron Garnet (GdIG, Gd3Fe5O12) is a complex magnetic system with three...... magnetic sublattices, one Gd and two Fe. The Fe sites are strongly coupled antiferromagnetically, i.e. the magnetic moments are anti-parallel, while the Gd magnetic moment is weakly coupled antiferromagnetically to the resulting Fe moment. This results in a compensation temperature, where the total...

  4. Anomalous Hall effect in Fe/Gd bilayers

    KAUST Repository

    Xu, W. J.

    2010-04-01

    Non-monotonic dependence of anomalous Hall resistivity on temperature and magnetization, including a sign change, was observed in Fe/Gd bilayers. To understand the intriguing observations, we fabricated the Fe/Gd bilayers and single layers of Fe and Gd simultaneously. The temperature and field dependences of longitudinal resistivity, Hall resistivity and magnetization in these films have also been carefully measured. The analysis of these data reveals that these intriguing features are due to the opposite signs of Hall resistivity/or spin polarization and different Curie temperatures of Fe and Gd single-layer films. Copyright (C) EPLA, 2010

  5. Optical studies and crystal field calculation of GaN nanorods doped with Yb{sup 3+} ions

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Kallel, T., E-mail: kaltarak@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquée, Groupe des Matériaux Luminescents, Université de Sfax, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Département de Physique, Route de Soukra, Km 3.5, B.P. 1171 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Dammak, M. [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquée, Groupe des Matériaux Luminescents, Université de Sfax, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Département de Physique, Route de Soukra, Km 3.5, B.P. 1171 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Wang, J.; Jadwisienczak, W.M. [School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701 (United States); Wu, J.; Palai, R. [Department of Physics, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR 00936 (United States)

    2014-10-01

    Highlights: • GaN:Yb{sup 3+} NRs grown on different substrates are obtained by rf Plasma assisted MBE. • Optical characterization and crystal field calculation of GaN:Yb{sup 3+} NRs are established. • CL spectra of GaN:Yb{sup 3+} NRs show the presence of two main Yb{sup 3+} optical centers. • The effect of the nano structure on the Yb{sup 3+} optical centers was investigated. • The dominant Yb{sup 3+} optical center in the GaN NRs is the complex V{sub N}–Yb center. - Abstract: Optical properties of Yb-doped GaN single crystalline nanorods (NRs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) under different growth conditions on silicon (1 1 1) substrates were investigated. High resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM) was used to study the shape and size of GaN:Yb{sup 3+} NRs which are found to be about 25 nm diameter and 300–500 nm long. The low temperature cathodoluminescence spectra (CL) of GaN:Yb{sup 3+} NRs were examined. The GaN:Yb{sup 3+} NRs CL spectra show visible broad emission due to GaN host defects and near infrared emission associated with Yb{sup 3+} ions. Comparative investigations of the luminescent properties of GaN:Yb{sup 3+} NRs with those of GaN:Yb{sup 3+} thin films show the presence of some similarities between the lattice locations of Yb{sup 3+} ions in these hosts with a broadening of the emission lines which can be explained by the defect surface effect. Assuming the presence of two sites occupied by Yb{sup 3+} ions, the majority of CL emission lines was attributed. The experimental Stark energy levels of the two Yb{sup 3+} ion manifolds are established for the Yb-doped GaN NRs.

  6. Development of side-pumped Yb:YAG laser

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Miura, Akihiko; Hagiwara, Masayoshi; Uehara, Norifumi; Miyamoto, Yasuaki; Funasaka, Hideyuki [Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Works; Suzuki, Mitsutoshi; Suto, Osamu

    1999-09-01

    LD pumped Yb: YAG laser has been developed, which can be applied to monochromatic gamma laser for use in laser decontamination or transmutation. Yb:YAG crystal successfully lased by side-pumping. A scattering board was used instead of reflector. Microcylindrical lenses were settled instead of using composite lens systems. As a result, lasing power of 150 mW (wavelength 1048 nm) was obtained. From the spectral study, the peak intensity was found in 1048 nm. The measurement by the beam profiler indicates that the fitting ratio to the Gauss distribution was no less than 95%, both in perpendicular and horizontal directions, which implies that TEM{sub 00} mode composition is over 95%. (A. Yamamoto)

  7. Spectroscopy of ^161Yb with ATLAS/Gammasphere

    Science.gov (United States)

    Gaison, J.; Carroll, J.; Litz, M.; Wang, X.; Riley, M.; Baron, J.; Miller, S.; Simpson, J.; Paul, E.; Boston, A.; Boston, H.; Nolan, J.; Rees, M.; Revill, J.; Janssens, R.; Carpenter, M.; Kondev, F.; Lauritsen, T.; Zhu, S.; Riedinger, L.; Hartley, D.; Ayangeakaa, A.; Garg, U.; Chiara, C.

    2012-10-01

    An experiment was performed at Argonne National Laboratory's ATLAS accelerator using the Gammasphere array (˜100 HPGe detectors) whose primary aim was to investigate the collective bands beyond band termination in ^160Yb via the ^120Sn(^44Ca,4n) fusion-evaporation reaction. The high spin yield of the 4n channel was enhanced significantly by selecting a beam energy of 222 MeV and a considerable amount of data of 3n and 5n channels were also obtained. Here is presented the preliminary result of an initial spectroscopic analysis of ^161Yb, the product of the 3n channel. The RadWare (coincidence analysis) software package was utilized and the possibility of revised level placements has been suggested by the analysis, in comparison with previous level schemes.

  8. High Field Magnetization of Tb Single Crystals

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Roeland, L. W.; Cock, G. J.; Lindgård, Per-Anker

    1975-01-01

    The magnetization of Tb single crystals was measured in magnetic fields to 34T along the hard direction at temperature of 1.8, 4.2, 65.5 and 77K, and along with easy direction at 4.2 and 77K. The data are compared with the results of a self-consistent spin wave calculation using a phenomenological...

  9. Two-step quantum cutting efficiency in Pr3+-Yb3+ codoped KY3F10

    Science.gov (United States)

    Serrano, D.; Braud, A.; Doualan, J. L.; Bolaños, W.; Moncorgé, R.; Camy, P.

    2013-11-01

    The efficiency of a two-step quantum cutting (QC) mechanism for solar downconversion via two consecutive energy transfers from Pr3+ to Yb3+ is investigated in Pr3+-Yb3+ codoped KY3F10 crystals. The efficiency of the QC second energy transfer involving the Pr3+ (1G4) and Yb3+ (2F5/2) levels is particularly difficult to determine in a precise manner since these two levels are coupled by reciprocal energy transfer. We present a specific rate equation modeling that accurately describes Pr3+ and Yb3+ dynamics and intensity ratios measured as a function of the Yb3+ concentration. The modeling enables to calculate energy transfer rates for all the processes and shows the competition between the two-step QC mechanism and parasitic processes. The first-step of the QC mechanism is, as expected, particularly efficient reaching 96.9% and is not challenged by competing processes. The second step of the QC, while reaching an intrinsic efficiency of 75.9%, is plagued by backtransfers from Yb3+ (2F5/2) to Pr3+ (1G4) along with efficient concentration quenching mechanisms draining the Yb3+ excited-state. In addition, the investigation of intensity ratios with the Yb3+ concentration shows the importance of energy migration among Yb3+ ions that further enhances the detrimental effect of the Yb3+ quenching processes. As a result, the intrinsic QC efficiency (QCE) of the QC first and second energy transfers increases with the Yb3+ doping level up to 173% in KY3F10: 0.5%Pr3+-20%Yb3+, while the real QCE reduced by migration-assisted quenching processes is only 6.2% in this sample. These results clarify apparently conflicting reports found in the literature showing, on one hand, very high QCEs derived from spectroscopic experiments and, on the other hand, very low efficiency values obtained from integrating sphere measurements.

  10. Synthesis and molecular structure of YbI(bipy)(DME)2 complex

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Petrovskaya, T.V.; Fedyushkin, I.L.; Nevodchikov, V.I.; Bochkarev, M.N.; Borodina, N.V.; Eremenko, I.L.; Nefedov, S.E.

    1998-01-01

    The reaction of the ytterbium naphthaline complex [Yb(DME) 2 ] 2 (μ-C 10 H 8 ) with 2,2 ' -bipyridine in DME is found to lead to the formation of the complex with the Yb 2+ atom, YbI(bipy)(DME) 2 (1) containing 2,2 ' -bipyridine radical anion. Complex 1 is characterized by IR and UV spectroscopy, magnetic methods and X-ray analysis [ru

  11. Spectroscopic properties and quenching processes of Yb3+ in Fluoride single crystals for laser applications

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Bensalah, A.; Ito, M.; Guyot, Y.; Goutaudier, C.; Jouini, A.; Brenier, A.; Sato, H.; Fukuda, T.; Boulon, G.

    2007-01-01

    Spectroscopic characterization is carried out to identify Stark's levels of Yb 3+ transitions in several fluoride crystals grown either by the Czochralski technique or by the laser-heated pedestal growth method. Yb 3+ concentration dependence of the decay time is analyzed in order to understand involved concentration quenching mechanisms. Laser tests under saphire:Ti pumping are presented for all our materials as well as under diode pumping for Yb:CaF 2

  12. Application of the radiotracer method for studying the complex formation of the Yb-acetate system

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Mihailov, M.H.; Strezov, A.S.

    1984-01-01

    The distibution coefficients of Yb labelled with 169 Yb between Dowex 50 W x 8 cation exchange resin and acetate buffer solutions have been obtained by the radiotracer method. The stability constants of the mononuclear Yb complexes at μ = 1 M NaClO 4 and 20 0 C were also obtained and the validity of Van Panthaleon van Eck's equation has been proved, which allows the description of the system's behaviour to be achieved with a smaller number of parameters. (author)

  13. Electronic structure and X-ray spectroscopic properties of YbNi2P2

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Shcherba, I.D.; Bekenov, L.V.; Antonov, V.N.; Noga, H.; Uskokovic, D.; Zhak, O.; Kovalska, M.V.

    2016-01-01

    Highlights: • We present new experimental and theoretical data for YbNi 2 P 2 . • The presence of divalent and trivalent Yb ion found in YbNi 2 P 2 . • The calculation show good agreement with the experimental measurements. - Abstract: X-ray absorption spectrum at the Yb L 3 edge and X-ray emission spectra of Ni and P at the K and L 2,3 edges have been studied experimentally and theoretically in the mixed valent compound YbNi 2 P 2 with ThCr 2 Si 2 type crystal structure. The electronic structure of YbNi 2 P 2 is investigated using the fully relativistic Dirac linear muffin-tin orbital (LMTO) band-structure method. The effect of the spin–orbit (SO) interaction and Coulomb repulsion U on the electronic structure of YbNi 2 P 2 is examined in the frame of the LSDA + SO + U method. The core-hole effect in the final states as well as the effect of the electric quadrupole E 2 transitions have been investigated. A good agreement between the theory and the experiment was found. Both the trivalent and the divalent Yb ions in YbNi 2 P 2 are reflected in the experimentally measured Yb L 3 X-ray absorption spectrum simultaneously. We found that the best agreement between the experimental spectrum and sum of the theoretically calculated Yb 2+ and Yb 3+ spectra is achieved with 73% ytterbium ions in 2+ state and 27% ions in 3+ state.

  14. Tuberculosis: Learn the Signs and Symptoms of TB Disease

    Science.gov (United States)

    ... this? Submit What's this? Submit Button Past Emails Tuberculosis (TB) Disease: Symptoms and Risk Factors Language: English ( ... Español (Spanish) Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that ...

  15. Combination of TB lymphadenitis and metastatic LAP in breast cancer

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Abdolhassan Talaiezadeh

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculosis (TB may present as pulmonary and extra-pulmonary. TB lymphadenitis is the most common presentation of extra-pulmonary TB. TB lymphadenitis should be taken into account in the differential diagnosis of different disorders such as metastatic lymphadenopathy. The reported patient was a 65-year-old lady with breast cancer and conglomerated and matted axillary lymphadenopathy who received chemotherapy. She presented with more extensive axillary LAP contrary to our expectation. Modified radical mastectomy was done and pathology analysis reported TB lymphadenitis associated with metastatic LAP. Under cover of anti-TB therapy adjuvant chemoradiation therapy was started. Accordingly, we recommend TB be ruled out in every patient who needs chemotherapy in the endemic region because chemotherapy may cause the extension of TB in the body.

  16. Thermoelectric nanocrystalline YbCoSb laser prepared layers

    Czech Academy of Sciences Publication Activity Database

    Jelínek, Miroslav; Zeipl, Radek; Kocourek, Tomáš; Remsa, Jan; Navrátil, Jiří

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 122, č. 3 (2016), s. 1-5, č. článku 155. ISSN 0947-8396 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA13-33056S Institutional support: RVO:68378271 ; RVO:61389013 Keywords : nanocrystalline YbCoSb * thermoelectric layers * pulsed laser deposition Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism; CA - Inorganic Chemistry (UMCH-V) Impact factor: 1.455, year: 2016

  17. Synthesis and Characterization of Hollow Magnetic Alloy (GdNi2, Co5Gd Nanospheres Coated with Gd2O3

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Wang Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Uniform magnetic hollow nanospheres (GdNi2, Co5Gd coated with Gd2O3 have been successfully prepared on a large scale via a urea-based homogeneous precipitation method using silica (SiO2 spheres as sacrificed templates, followed by subsequent heat treatment. Nitrogen sorption measurements and scanning electron microscope reveal that these hollow-structured magnetic nanospheres have the mesoporous shells that are composed of a large amount of uniform nanoparticles. After reduction treatment, these nanoparticles exhibit superparamagnetism that might have potential applications in medicine. Furthermore, the developed synthesis route may provide an important guidance for the preparation of other multifunctional hollow spherical materials.

  18. A new unconventional antiferromagnet, Yb3Pt4

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Bennett, M.C.; Khalifah, P.; Sokolov, D.A.; Gannon, W.J.; Yiu, Y.; Kim, M.S.; Henderson, C.; Aronson, M.C.

    2009-01-01

    We report the synthesis and basic properties of single crystals of a new binary compound, Yb 3 Pt 4 . The Yb ions in this compound are fully trivalent, and heat capacity measurements show that the crystal field scheme involves a doublet ground state, well separated from the excited states, which are fully occupied above ∼150K. The heat capacity displays a large, weakly first order anomaly at 2.4 K, where a cusp is observed in the magnetic susceptibility signalling the onset of antiferromagnetic order. The entropy associated with this order is the full Rln2 of the doublet ground state, however, the magnetic susceptibility in the ordered phase is dominated by a large and temperature independent component below the Neel temperature. The heat capacity in the ordered state originates with ferromagnetic spin waves, giving evidence for the inherently local moment character of the ordered state. The electrical resistivity is unusually large, and becomes quadratic in temperature exactly at the Neel temperature. The absence of analogous Fermi liquid behavior in the heat capacity and the magnetic susceptibility implies that Yb 3 Pt 4 is a low electron density system, where the Fermi surface is further gapped by the onset of magnetic order.

  19. Composite Yb:YAG/SiC-prism thin disk laser.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Newburgh, G A; Michael, A; Dubinskii, M

    2010-08-02

    We report the first demonstration of a Yb:YAG thin disk laser wherein the gain medium is intracavity face-cooled through bonding to an optical quality SiC prism. Due to the particular design of the composite bonded Yb:YAG/SiC-prism gain element, the laser beam impinges on all refractive index interfaces inside the laser cavity at Brewster's angles. The laser beam undergoes total internal reflection (TIR) at the bottom of the Yb(10%):YAG thin disk layer in a V-bounce cavity configuration. Through the use of TIR and Brewster's angles, no optical coatings, either anti-reflective (AR) or highly reflective (HR), are required inside the laser cavity. In this first demonstration, the 936.5-nm diode pumped laser performed with approximately 38% slope efficiency at 12 W of quasi-CW (Q-CW) output power at 1030 nm with a beam quality measured at M(2) = 1.5. This demonstration opens up a viable path toward novel thin disk laser designs with efficient double-sided room-temperature heatsinking via materials with the thermal conductivity of copper on both sides of the disk.

  20. Yb-based heavy fermion compounds and field tuned quantum chemistry

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Mun, Eundeok [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2010-01-01

    The motivation of this dissertation was to advance the study of Yb-based heavy fermion (HF) compounds especially ones related to quantum phase transitions. One of the topics of this work was the investigation of the interaction between the Kondo and crystalline electric field (CEF) energy scales in Yb-based HF systems by means of thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements. In these systems, the Kondo interaction and CEF excitations generally give rise to large anomalies such as maxima in ρ(T) and as minima in S(T). The TEP data were use to determine the evolution of Kondo and CEF energy scales upon varying transition metals for YbT2Zn20 (T = Fe, Ru, Os, Ir, Rh, and Co) compounds and applying magnetic fields for YbAgGe and YbPtBi. For YbT2Zn20 and YbPtBi, the Kondo and CEF energy scales could not be well separated in S(T), presumably because of small CEF level splittings. A similar effect was observed for the magnetic contribution to the resistivity. For YbAgGe, S(T) has been successfully applied to determine the Kondo and CEF energy scales due to the clear separation between the ground state and thermally excited CEF states. The Kondo temperature, TK, inferred from the local maximum in S(T), remains finite as magnetic field increases up to 140 kOe. In this dissertation we have examined the heavy quasi-particle behavior, found near the field tuned AFM quantum critical point (QCP), with YbAgGe and YbPtBi. Although the observed nFL behaviors in the vicinity of the QCP are different between YbAgGe and YbPtBi, the constructed H-T phase diagram including the two crossovers are similar. For both YbAgGe and YbPtBi, the details of the quantum criticality turn out to be complicated. We expect that YbPtBi will provide an additional example of field tuned quantum criticality, but clearly there are further experimental investigations left and more ideas needed to understand the basic physics of field-induced quantum

  1. X-RAY ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY OF YB3+-DOPED OPTICAL FIBERS

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Citron, Robert; Kropf, A.J.

    2008-01-01

    Optical fibers doped with Ytterbium-3+ have become increasingly common in fiber lasers and amplifiers. Yb-doped fibers provide the capability to produce high power and short pulses at specific wavelengths, resulting in highly effective gain media. However, little is known about the local structure, distribution, and chemical coordination of Yb3+ in the fibers. This information is necessary to improve the manufacturing process and optical qualities of the fibers. Five fibers doped with Yb3+ were studied using Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES), in addition to Yb3+ mapping. The Yb3+ distribution in each fiber core was mapped with 2D and 1D intensity scans, which measured X-ray fluorescence over the scan areas. Two of the five fibers examined showed highly irregular Yb3+ distributions in the core center. In four of the five fibers Yb3+ was detected outside of the given fiber core dimensions, suggesting possible Yb3+ diffusion from the core, manufacturing error, or both. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) analysis has so far proven inconclusive, but did show that the fibers had differing EXAFS spectra. The Yb3+ distribution mapping proved highly useful, but additional modeling and examination of fiber preforms must be conducted to improve XAS analysis, which has been shown to have great potential for the study of similar optical fi bers.

  2. The Cold Shock Domain of YB-1 Segregates RNA from DNA by Non-Bonded Interactions.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Vladislav Kljashtorny

    Full Text Available The human YB-1 protein plays multiple cellular roles, of which many are dictated by its binding to RNA and DNA through its Cold Shock Domain (CSD. Using molecular dynamics simulation approaches validated by experimental assays, the YB1 CSD was found to interact with nucleic acids in a sequence-dependent manner and with a higher affinity for RNA than DNA. The binding properties of the YB1 CSD were close to those observed for the related bacterial Cold Shock Proteins (CSP, albeit some differences in sequence specificity. The results provide insights in the molecular mechanisms whereby YB-1 interacts with nucleic acids.

  3. Interplay between YB-1 and IL-6 promotes the metastatic phenotype in breast cancer cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Castellana, Bàrbara; Aasen, Trond; Moreno-Bueno, Gema; Dunn, Sandra E.; Ramón y Cajal, Santiago

    2015-01-01

    Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) induces cell plasticity and promotes metastasis. The multifunctional oncoprotein Y-box binding protein-1 (YB-1) and the pleiotropic cytokine interleukin 6 (IL-6) have both been implicated in tumor cell metastasis and EMT, but via distinct pathways. Here, we show that direct interplay between YB-1 and IL-6 regulates breast cancer metastasis. Overexpression of YB-1 in breast cancer cell lines induced IL-6 production while stimulation with IL-6 increased YB-1 expression and YB-1 phosphorylation. Either approach was sufficient to induce EMT features, including increased cell migration and invasion. Silencing of YB-1 partially reverted the EMT and blocked the effect of IL-6 while inhibition of IL-6 signaling blocked the phenotype induced by YB-1 overexpression, demonstrating a clear YB-1/IL-6 interdependence. Our findings describe a novel signaling network in which YB-1 regulates IL-6, and vice versa, creating a positive feed-forward loop driving EMT-like metastatic features during breast cancer progression. Identification of signaling partners or pathways underlying this co-dependence may uncover novel therapeutic opportunities. PMID:26512918

  4. Magnetic structure of the YbMn2SbBi compound

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Morozkin, A.V.; Manfrinetti, P.

    2011-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Research highlights: → A neutron diffraction investigation in zero applied field of La 2 O 2 S-type YbMn 2 SbBi shows antiferromagnetic ordering below 138(3) K and ferrimagnetic ordering below 112(3) K. → Between 138 and 112 K, the magnetic structure of YbMn 2 SbBi consists of antiferromagnetically coupled ab-plane magnetic moments of the manganese atoms (D 1d magnetic point group). → Below 112(3) K, the magnetic structure of YbMn 2 SbBi becames the sum antiferromagnetic component with D 1d magnetic point group and ferromagnetic one with C 2 magnetic point group. → The magnitude of Yb and Mn magnetic moments in YbMn 2 SbBi at 2 K (M Yb = 3.6(2) μ B , M Mn = 3.5(2) μ B ) correspond to the trivalent state of the Yb ions and tetravalent state of the Mn ions. - Abstract: A neutron diffraction investigation has been carried out on the trigonal La 2 O 2 S-type (hP5, space group P3-bar ml, No. 164; also CaAl 2 Si 2 -type) YbMn 2 SbBi intermetallic compound. The YbMn 2 SbBi presents antiferromagnetic ordering below 138(3) K and ferrimagnetic ordering below 112(3) K. Between 138 and 112 K, the magnetic structure of YbMn 2 SbBi consists of antiferromagnetically coupled ab-plane magnetic moments of the manganese atoms (D 1d magnetic point group). Below 112(3) K, the ferromagnetic components of Yb and Mn begin to develop, and the magnetic structure of YbMn 2 SbBi becames the sum antiferromagnetic component with D 1d magnetic point group and ferromagnetic one with C 2 magnetic point group. The magnitude of Yb and Mn magnetic moments in YbMn 2 SbBi at 2 K (M Yb = 3.6(2) μ B , M Mn = 3.5(2) μ B ) correspond to the trivalent state of the Yb ions and tetravalent state of the Mn ions.

  5. Synthesis, properties, and crystal structure of complex Cp2Yb(DAD)

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Trifonov, A.A.; Kirillov, E.N.; Bochkarev, M.N.; Shumani, G.; Myule, S.

    1999-01-01

    Diazadiene complex of trivalent ytterbium Cp 2 Yb(DAD) (1) (DAD = Bu 1 -N CH-CH = N-Bu 1 ) was obtained by three routes: the oxidation of Cp 2 Yb(THF) 2 by diazadiene in tetrahydrofuran (THF), the reaction of Cp 2 YbCl with DAD 2- Na 2 + (2:1), and the reaction of Cp 2 YbCl(THF) with DAD - K + in the 1:1 ratio. Complex 1 was characterized by microanalysis, IR spectroscopy, magnetochemistry, and X-ray structural analysis [ru

  6. Influence of dopant concentration on spectroscopic properties of Sr2CeO4:Yb nanocrystals

    Science.gov (United States)

    Stefanski, M.; Kędziorski, A.; Hreniak, D.; Strek, W.

    2017-12-01

    Optical properties of Sr2CeO4:Yb nanocrystals synthesized via Pechini's method are reported. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction data measurements. The unit cell parameters were determined using Rietveld refinement. It was found that they decreased with increasing amount of Yb ions. The absorption, excitation, emission spectra and luminescence decay profiles of the Sr2CeO4:Yb nanocrystals were investigated. It was observed that optical properties were strongly dependent on Yb concentration. It was found that Yb3+-O2- charge transfer transitions have great influence on the absorption spectra. It can be seen in the emission spectra that in addition to standard bands/lines corresponding to Ce-O metal-to-ligand charge transfer of Sr2CeO4 and f-f transitions of Yb3+, there is emission band centered at 744 nm. Its intensity depends on the concentration of the dopant. Recorded decay times become shorter with increasing dopant concentration due to the Yb3+ concentration quenching. Excitation spectra indicate the energy transfer from Ce-O charge transfer states to Yb3+2F5/2 state. The issue of appearance of down-conversion process in Sr2CeO4:Yb nanocrystals is considered.

  7. Chest Radiographs for Pediatric TB Diagnosis: Interrater Agreement and Utility

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Kaguthi, G.; Nduba, V.; Nyokabi, J.; Onchiri, F.; Gie, R.; Borgdorff, M.

    2014-01-01

    The chest radiograph (CXR) is considered a key diagnostic tool for pediatric tuberculosis (TB) in clinical management and endpoint determination in TB vaccine trials. We set out to compare interrater agreement for TB diagnosis in western Kenya. A pediatric pulmonologist and radiologist (experts), a

  8. Assessment of the Diagnostic Potential of Clinotech TB Screen Test ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    The Clinotech TB Screen test, a 3rd generation multi-antigen rapid chromatographic immunoassay for detection of IgG antibodies in serum against recombinant protein antigens 38kDa, 16kDa and 6kDa, was assessed for its diagnostic potential for diagnosis of active pulmonary TB in routine TB control programme in Abia ...

  9. Antiretroviral treatment uptake in patients with HIV- associated TB ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    ART results in a 64 - 95% reduction in mortality risk 5 and is an essential component of care. How soon to start. ART after TB treatment initiation has become clearer from randomised controlled trials. These show that integration of ART and TB treatment in all HIV-associated TB patients regardless of CD4 count significantly.

  10. Antiretroviral treatment uptake in patients with HIV associated TB ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    Background. Delivery of integrated care for patients with HIV-associated TB is challenging. We assessed the uptake and timing of antiretroviral treatment (ART) among eligible patients attending a primary care service with co-located ART and TB clinics. Methods. In a retrospective cohort study, all HIV-associated TB patients ...

  11. Updated level scheme of 172Yb from 171Yb(nth, γ) reaction studied via gamma-gamma coincidence spectrometer

    Science.gov (United States)

    Nguyen, Ngoc Anh; Nguyen, Xuan Hai; Pham, Dinh Khang; Nguyen, Quang Hung; Ho, Huu Thang

    2017-08-01

    This paper provides the updated information on the level scheme of 172Yb nucleus studied via 171Yb(nth, γ) reaction using the gamma-gamma coincidence spectrometer at Dalat Nuclear Research Institute (Viet Nam). The latter is used because of its advantages in achieving the low Compton background as well as in identifying the correlated gamma transitions. We have detected in total the energies and intensities of 128 two-step gamma cascades corresponding to 79 primary transitions. By comparing the measured data with those extracted from the ENSDF library, 61 primary gamma transitions and corresponding energy levels together with 20 secondary gamma transitions are found to be the same as the ENSDF data. Beside that, 18 additional primary gamma transitions and corresponding energy levels plus 108 secondary ones are not found to currently exist in this library and they are therefore considered as the new data.

  12. Comparison of PPD test in household contacts of smear-positive and -negative tuberculosis (TB

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Zohreh Azarkar

    2015-01-01

    Conclusions: The most important way to prevent TB is omission of the disease transmission sources (TB patients by anti-TB treatment. Extensive studies are needed to ensure that contacts of patients with pulmonary TB are identified and appropriately screened.

  13. Prism inside. Spectroscopic and magnetic properties of the lanthanide(III) chloride oxidotungstates(VI) Ln{sub 3}Cl{sub 3}[WO{sub 6}] (Ln = La - Nd, Sm - Tb)

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Dorn, Katharina V.; Blaschkowski, Bjoern; Hartenbach, Ingo [Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stuttgart (Germany); Foerg, Katharina; Netzsch, Philip; Hoeppe, Henning A. [Institute for Physics, University of Augsburg (Germany)

    2017-11-17

    The lanthanide(III) chloride oxidotungstates(VI) with the formula Ln{sub 3}Cl{sub 3}[WO{sub 6}] for Ln = La - Nd, Sm - Tb were synthesized by solid-state reactions utilizing the respective lanthanide trichloride, lanthanide sesquioxide (where available), and tungsten trioxide together with lithium chloride as flux. The title compounds crystallize hexagonally in space group P6{sub 3}/m (no. 176, a = 941-909, c = 543-525 pm, Z = 2). The structures comprise crystallographically unique Ln{sup 3+} cations surrounded by six O{sup 2-} and four Cl{sup -} anions (C.N. = 10) forming distorted tetracapped trigonal prisms as well as rather uncommon trigonal prismatic [WO{sub 6}]{sup 6-} units, whose edges are coordinated by nine Ln{sup 3+} cations. Thus, a {sup 3}{sub ∞}{([WO_6]Ln"e_9_/_3)"3"+} framework (e = edge-sharing) is created, which contains tube-shaped channels along [001] lined with chloride anions. To elucidate the spectroscopic and magnetic properties of the obtained pure phase samples, single-crystal Raman (for Ln = La - Nd, Sm-Tb), diffuse reflectance (for Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Gd), and luminescence spectroscopy (for bulk Ln{sub 3}Cl{sub 3}[WO{sub 6}] (Ln = La, Eu, Gd, Tb) and Eu{sup 3+}- or Tb{sup 3+}-doped derivatives of La{sub 3}Cl{sub 3}[WO{sub 6}] and Gd{sub 3}Cl{sub 3}[WO{sub 6}], respectively) were performed and their temperature-dependent magnetic moments (for Ln = Pr, Nd, Gd) were determined. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  14. Spectroscopic characterization and temporal dynamics of energy transfer process between Tm3+ -Ho3+ and Yb3+ -Tm3+ ions in LiYF4 and LiLuF4 crystals

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Tarelho, Luiz Vicente Gomes

    2001-01-01

    In this work, we perform spectroscopic studies to characterize the energy transfer processes occurring in rare-earth doped lithium fluoride systems, aiming the optimization of the population inversion of these media. Yb 3+ ion was used in order to probe the electron-phonon coupling in LiYF 4 , LiGdF 4 and LiLuF 4 matrices. In these systems it was obtained the average phononenergy, the vibronic transition probability and Huang-Rhys coupling constant. These parameters are dependent on the crystal host and the LiLuF 4 system presents excluded correlation effects, an electronic repulsion that weakens the vibronic coupling. The Tm:Ho:LiYF 4 system was studied under diode laser pumping at 796 nm, aiming the 2 μm emission optimization. The ideal conditions of concentration and laser power were determined favouring the latter emission. Upconversion processes of two photons were identified besides the energy transfer among ions. The dynamic processes of luminescence of donors and acceptors allowed one to classify the energy transfer process as an energy transfer process assisted by fast diffusion among donors. The spectroscopic study of the Yb:Tm:LiYF 4 allowed the determination of efficient non resonant transfer mechanisms between ( 2 F 5/2 ) Ytterbium level and ( 3 H 5 ) Thulium level, assisted by two phonon with hopping migration among donors ( Foerster-Burshtein model). The repopulation process of the Yb donor level is due to a cooperative sensitization between Yb-Tm pairs followed by an energy transfer process. (author)

  15. TB diagnostic process management of patients in a referral hospital in Mozambique in comparison with the 2007 WHO recommendations for the diagnosis of smear-negative pulmonary TB and extrapulmonary TB

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Bos, Jeannet C.; Smalbraak, Lisette; Macome, Augusto C.; Gomes, Ermelinda; van Leth, Frank; Prins, Jan M.

    2013-01-01

    In sub-Saharan African countries, the high proportion of smear-negative pulmonary TB (SNTB) and extrapulmonary TB (EPTB) contributes to a delay in TB diagnosis and treatment. We evaluated the TB diagnostic process of adult patients with presumptive TB in a referral hospital in Mozambique according

  16. Enhanced room temperature multiferroicity in Gd doped BFO

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    Pradhan, SK

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available deficient Gd doped multiferroic BFO system. At particular doping level of Gd, this bulk ceramics showed spectacular M~H behavior at room temperature which is likely to open a new avenue for the potential applications in information storing technology as well...

  17. The magnetic anisotropy of Gd-Y alloys

    Science.gov (United States)

    Phu Thuy, Nguyen; Verdonk, H. J.; Menovsky, A.; Franse, J. J. M.; Gersdorf, R.

    1983-02-01

    Magnetic torque curves on single crystals of Gd 1- xY x ( x ⩽ 0.1) show a reduction of the anomalous contribution that was observed in pure Gd, with increasing Y-content. Several explanations of this phenomenon are indicated in this paper.

  18. Synthesis and upconversion luminescence properties of YF3:Yb3+/Er3+ hollow nanofibers derived from Y2O3:Yb3+/Er3+ hollow nanofibers

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Dan; Dong, Xiangting; Yu, Wensheng; Wang, Jinxian; Liu, Guixia

    2013-06-01

    YF3:Yb3+/Er3+ hollow nanofibers were successfully fabricated via fluorination of the relevant Y2O3:Yb3+/Er3+ hollow nanofibers which were obtained by calcining the electrospun PVP/[Y(NO3)3 + Yb(NO3)3 + Er(NO3)3] composite nanofibers. The morphology and properties of the products were investigated in detail by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, and fluorescence spectrometer. YF3:Yb3+/Er3+ hollow nanofibers were pure orthorhombic phase with space group Pnma and were hollow-centered structure with mean diameter of 174 ± 22 nm, and YF3:Yb3+/Er3+ hollow nanofibers are composed of nanoparticles with size in the range of 30-60 nm. Upconversion emission spectrum analysis manifested that YF3:Yb3+/Er3+ hollow nanofibers emitted strong green and weak red upconversion emissions centering at 523, 545, and 654 nm, respectively. The green and red emissions were, respectively, originated from 2H11/2/4S3/2 → 4I15/2 and 4F9/2 → 4Il5/2 energy levels transitions of the Er3+ ions. Moreover, the emitting colors of YF3:Yb3+/Er3+ hollow nanofibers were located in the green region in CIE chromaticity coordinates diagram. This preparation technique could be applied to prepare other rare earth fluoride upconversion luminescence hollow nanofibers.

  19. Spectral properties of hydrothermally-grown Nd:LuAG, Yb:LuAG, and Yb:Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} laser materials

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Brown, David C., E-mail: DBrown@snakecreeklasers.com [Snake Creek Lasers LLC, Friendsville, PA 18818 (United States); McMillen, Colin D.; Moore, Cheryl; Kolis, Joseph W. [Department of Chemistry and Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0973 (United States); Envid, Victoria [Snake Creek Lasers LLC, Friendsville, PA 18818 (United States)

    2014-04-15

    We have investigated the hydrothermal growth of, and spectrally characterized, the lutetium based laser materials Nd:LuAG, Yb:LuAG, and Yb:Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Absorption cross-section data are presented for Nd:LuAG at 83, 175, and 295 K. Absorption cross-section data was also obtained for Yb:LuAG at 83, 175, and 295 K; the 295 K data was used to generate emission cross-sections using the method of reciprocity. For Yb:Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}, we present absorption cross-sections at 295 K as well as emission cross-sections derived using reciprocity. -- Highlights: • We present spectral properties for hydrothermally-grown laser crystals. • Absorption cross-section data are presented for Nd:LuAG and Yb:LuAG at 83, 175, and 295 K. • Emission cross-sections are presented for Yb:LuAG at 295 K derived by reciprocity. • We present absorption cross-sections at 295 K as well as emission cross-sections derived using reciprocity for the laser material Yb:Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  20. Propiedades estructurales y magnéticas de aleaciones Gd0.257 -xTbxFe0.743 obtenidas por aleamiento mecánico

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Mauricio Galvis-Patiño

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se reporta el estudio de las propiedades estructurales y magnéticas de la composición en forma de polvo de Gd0.257-xTbxFe0.743 con x=0,  0.1285,  0.257,preparados por Aleamiento Mecánico (AM en atmosfera de argón durante 72 horas mediante un molino planetario de alta energía ;la caracterización estructural se realizó por medio de Difractometría de rayos X(DRX, para la caracterización magnética se utilizó la espectroscopía Mössbauer, los ciclos de histéresis se llevaron a cabo a través de  PPMS (Physical Property Measurement System, Sistema de Medidas de Propiedades Físicas. La fase de α-Fe se presenta en los tres difractogramas mediante un pico característico cuya  intensidad disminuye al reemplazar el Tb por el Gd, presentándose la menor en x= 0 así mismo se observa un aumento de su ancho atribuible a la presencia de átomos de Gd en lugares propios del Fe. Los espectros Mössbauer (EM fueron ajustados con sextetos, dobletes, singletes y distribuciones de campo hiperfino lo que señala que el orden magnético se ve alterado al sustituir el Tb por el Gd en la composición. Las propiedades magnéticas extrínsecas de la composición en estudio, la caracterizan como materiales magnéticamente semiduros.

  1. Magnetic behavior of metallic kagome lattices, Tb3Ru4Al12 and Er3Ru4Al12

    Science.gov (United States)

    Upadhyay, Sanjay Kumar; Iyer, Kartik K.; Sampathkumaran, E. V.

    2017-08-01

    We report the magnetic behavior of two intermetallic-based kagome lattices, Tb3Ru4Al12 and Er3Ru4Al12, crystallizing in the Gd3Ru4Al2-type hexagonal crystal structure, by measurements in the range 1.8-300 K with bulk experimental techniques (ac and dc magnetization, heat capacity, and magnetoresistance). The main finding is that the Tb compound, known to order antiferromagnetically below (T N =) 22 K, shows glassy characteristics at lower temperatures (\\ll 15 K), thus characterizing this compound as a re-entrant spin-glass. The data reveal that the glassy phase is quite complex and is of a cluster type. Since glassy behavior was not seen for the Gd analog in the past literature, this finding on the Tb compound emphasizes that this kagome family could provide an opportunity to explore the role of higher-order interactions (such as quadrupole) in bringing out magnetic frustration. Additional findings reported here for this compound are: (i) The plots of temperature dependence of magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity data in the range 12-20 K, just below T N , are found to be hysteretic leading to a magnetic phase in this intermediate temperature range, mimicking disorder-broadened first-order magnetic phase transitions; (ii) features attributable to an interesting magnetic phase co-existence phenomenon in the isothermal magnetoresistance in zero field, after travelling across metamagnetic transition fields, are observed. With respect to the Er compound, we do not find any evidence for long-range magnetic ordering down to 2 K, but this compound appears to be on the verge of magnetic order at 2 K.

  2. Inverse effect of morphotropic phase boundary on the magnetostriction of ferromagnetic Tb1-xGdxCo2

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhou, Chao; Ren, Shuai; Bao, Huixin; Yang, Sen; Yao, Yonggang; Ji, Yuanchao; Ren, Xiaobing; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Katsuya, Yoshio; Tanaka, Masahiko; Kobayashi, Keisuke

    2014-03-01

    The morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) has been utilized extensively in ferroelectrics and recently has attracted interest in ferromagnets [S. Yang, H. Bao, C. Zhou, Y. Wang, X. Ren, Y. Matsushita, Y. Katsuya, M. Tanaka, K. Kobayashi, X. Song, and J. Gao, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 197201 (2010), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.197201; R. Bergstrom, M. Wuttig, J. Cullen, P. Zavalij, R. Briber, C. Dennis, V. O. Garlea, and M. Laver, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 017203 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.017203] for obtaining enhanced large field-induced strain. Here we report that the MPB can also lead to weakening (the inverse effect as compared to the known MPB materials) of field-induced strain, as exhibited in the Tb1-xGdxCo2 system. With synchrotron x-ray diffractometry, the structure symmetry of TbCo2-rich compositions is detected to be rhombohedral below TC and that of GdCo2-rich compositions is tetragonal. The MPB composition Tb0.1Gd0.9Co2, corresponding to the two phases (rhombohedral and tetragonal) of coexistence, shows the exotic minimum (near zero) magnetostriction as well as the largest magnetic susceptibility among all samples. Further analysis suggests that whether MPB can enhance or weaken magnetostriction is determined by the degree of magnetic ordering of two end members that form ferromagnetic MPBs, which was not considered previously. Our work not only reveals a new type of ferromagnetic MPB, but also provides a new recipe for designing functional high-susceptibility and low-strain magnetic materials.

  3. Interconversion between KSc2F7:Yb/Er and K2NaScF6:Yb/Er nanocrystals: the role of chemistry.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Yangbo; Yang, Bingxiao; Chen, Kun; Zhou, Enlong; Zhang, Qinghua; Yin, Lisha; Xie, Xiaoji; Gu, Lin; Huang, Ling

    2018-04-03

    Scandium (Sc) sits at a unique position in the periodic table, i.e., the junction of the top of the rare earth column and the beginning of the transition metal row. Studies have shown that Sc-based nanomaterials are very sensitive to the surrounding chemical environment. A simple adjustment of the chemical reaction conditions such as temperature, surfactant molecules, and solvents (e.g., oleic acid (OA) or 1-octadecene (OD)) can easily lead to different products in terms of chemical composition and phase structure. Herein, under purposely adjusted reaction conditions, we have investigated the interconversion process between two representative Sc-based nanomaterials, that is, nanocrystals of orthorhombic KSc2F7:Yb/Er and cubic K2NaScF6:Yb/Er, both of which have characteristic red upconversion luminescence and high similarity in chemical composition and phase structure. Experimental results have indicated that conversion from KSc2F7:Yb/Er to K2NaScF6:Yb/Er may start from the edge of the nanocrystal where K+ in KSc2F7:Yb/Er was gradually substituted by the post-introduced Na+ in the solution and finally KSc2F7:Yb/Er nanorods were broken and K2NaScF6:Yb/Er nanocubes were formed. On the other hand, a simple variation of the OA : OD ratio facilitates the dissolution of K2NaScF6:Yb/Er and subsequent crystallization of KSc2F7:Yb/Er during the opposite conversion process. Possible chemical reaction mechanisms were further developed to elucidate the interconversion details. Meanwhile, the variation of the upconversion luminescence such as emission intensity, red to green ratio, and lifetime is interpreted to monitor the conversion progress at corresponding stages, which is highly consistent with the scenario discussed above.

  4. Gd-DTPA-enhanced dynamic MR imaging of the kidney

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Choyke, P.L.; Frank, J.A.; Carvlin, M.J.; Austin, H.; Girton, M.J.; Inscoe, S.; Black, J.

    1988-01-01

    Dynamic Gd-DTPA-enhanced MR imaging potentially can provide both anatomic and physiologic information about the kidneys. The authors performed 42 animal imaging studies with 1.5-T MR imaging after a bolus of Gd-DTPA (0.1 mmol/kg) was given. A reproducible pattern of enhancement was observed that could be divided into three phases. In phase I a cortical blush was seen, representing intravascular contrast. Phase II represented the tubular concentration of Gd-DTPA and was depicted as a centrally migrating band that reversed direction in the inner medulla. Phase III was a gradual darkening of the inner medulla caused by concentration in the collecting ducts. This pattern was predictably altered by hydration status. The patterns observed reflected alterations in concentration of Gd-DTPA occurring in the renal tubules and collecting ducts. Gd-DTPA-enhanced renal MR imaging is promising as a renal imaging technique

  5. Ferrimagnetic properties of Co/(Gd-Co) multilayers

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Svalov, A.V.; Fernandez, A.; Vas'kovskiy, V.O.; Tejedor, M.; Barandiaran, J.M.; Orue, I.; Kurlyandskaya, G.V.

    2006-01-01

    Co/(Gd-Co) multilayers have been prepared by rf-sputtering and investigated by means of Transverse Magnetooptic Kerr Effect (TMOKE), SQUID and VSM magnetometry. The composition of amorphous Gd 0.36 Co 0.64 layers was chosen so that their saturation magnetization was dominated by Gd moments in all the temperature range. Co and Gd-Co layers formed a macroscopic ferrimagnetically coupled system displaying a compensation temperature. Complete magnetic moment compensation was found at such point. An inversion of TMOKE hysteresis loops and a divergent behaviour of coercivity were also observed. By changing the layers thickness it has been possible to control the magnetic characteristics of the Co/(Gd-Co) structures, in particular the compensation takes place at different temperatures

  6. Fabrication of (U,Gd)O{sub 2} pellets and development of method for Gd content measurement

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Kim, K. S.; Song, K. W.; Kang, K. W.; Yang, J. H.; Kim, J. H.; Lee, C. B. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea)

    2002-05-01

    The goals of the investigation reported herein are to develope the recycling process of defective (U,Gd)O{sub 2} pellets and quality analysis method of sintered (U,Gd)O{sub 2} pellet. (U,Gd){sub 3}O{sub 8} powder is produced by oxidizing defective pellet then mixed with UO{sub 2} and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder. The mixed powder is milled, pressed and sintered to fabricate (U,Gd)O{sub 2} pellet. In above recycling process, (U,Gd){sub 3}O{sub 8} powder properties and milling condition are greatly affect the final sintered pellet quality of (U,Gd)O{sub 2}. The effects of oxidation temperature and time on powder property of recycled (U,Gd){sub 3}O{sub 8}, and milling method and time of powder mixture on sintered pellet property were investigated. The mixture had Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} contents of 6 and 10wt% and also had recycled (U,Gd){sub 3}O{sub 8} contents of between 0 to 20wt%, respectively. The properties of sintered pellet such as density, grain size, fraction of cluster, Gd homogeneity are analysed and compared with those of pellets produced by foreign companies. The result shows that our pellet quality is compatible with or better than imported pellets. The more simple and effective way to measure the Gd contents in (U,Gd)O{sub 2} sintered pellet was invented. In first, we oxidized a certain amount of (U{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2+z} pellet to (U{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}){sub 3}O{sub 8} powder by annealing between 400{approx}950 .deg. C in air and measured the weight of it(W{sub 1}). And then annealing temperature raised to higher than 950 .deg. C and measured the weight of specimen(W{sub 2}). We found that (U{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}){sub 3}O{sub 8} phase separated into (U{sub 1-y}Gd{sub y}){sub 4}O{sub 9} and U{sub 3}O{sub 8} in this annealing stage. In addition, the Gd atomic fraction in (U{sub 1-y}Gd{sub y}){sub 4}O{sub 9}, that is y, is independent of initial Gd contents x and has a fixed value. Using above described relations, we can finally found that {chi} in (U{sub 1-x}Gd

  7. Benefits of Gd for High Energy Neutrinos in SuperK-Gd

    Science.gov (United States)

    Fernández, Pablo; Super-Kamiokande Collaboration

    2017-09-01

    The SuperK-Gd project is the approved upgrade of the Super-Kamiokande (SK) detector in order to enable it to efficiently (> 80%) detect thermal neutrons by dissolving 0.2% of gadolinium sulphate (Gd2(SO4)3) into its water. This ability has also significant advantages in the analysis of high energy (> 102 MeV) neutrinos in SK, namely atmospheric and long baseline neutrinos from T2K. Here we present the improvements due to the use of the tagged final state neutrons in the separation of the interacting neutrinos and antineutrinos, the distinction between Neutral Current and Charged Current neutrino interactions, and the neutrino energy reconstruction. We study the impact of those features on both, atmospheric and long baseline neutrino oscillation analyses.

  8. Yellow phosphors doping with Gd 3, Tb 3 and Lu 3 in MTiO3 (M= Mg ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Esra Korkmaz1 Nilgun Ozpozan Kalaycioglu2 V Emir Kafadar3. Faculty of Science and Arts, Department of Chemistry, Bozok University, Yozgat 66900, Turkey; Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Erciyes University, Kayseri 38039, Turkey; Department of Engineering Physics, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep ...

  9. Search for superdeformation in 144Gd

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Vivien, J.P.; Nourreddine, A.; Beck, F.A.; Byrski, T.; Gehringer, C.; Haas, B.; Merdinger, J.C.; Dudek, J.; Nazarewicz, W.

    1986-01-01

    Quasi-continuum γ-decay studies of 144 Gd have been performed using the 120 Sn( 28 Si,4n)reaction at 125, 135, 145 and 155 MeV bombarding energies. Angular distribution and multiplicity measurements have been done at the above energies. At 145 MeV bombarding energy a lifetime measurement has also been performed. Although a collective behaviour has been observed, the present data do not give evidence for population of superdeformed rotational bands. Theoretical interpretation using the cranking model with the Woods-Saxon field is given. The effects of temperature and pairing on the superdeformed configuration are discussed; superdeformation effects are predicted to disappear below I ∼ 60-70 ℎ when temperature exceeds ∼ 500 KeV

  10. New perspective for GdNCT. Gd-DTPA reaches the nucleus of glioblastoma cells in culture and in vivo

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Stasio, G. de; Gilbert, B.; Frazer, B.H.

    2000-01-01

    We investigated the prospects of gadolinium as a neutron capture therapy agent by combining three independent techniques to study the uptake of Gd-DTPA in vitro, in cultured glioblastoma cells, and in vivo, in the glioblastoma tissue sections after injection of Gd-DTPA and tumor extraction. We show that gadolinium not only penetrates the plasma membrane of glioblastoma cells grown in culture, but we also observe a statistically significant higher concentration of Gd in the nucleus relative to the cytoplasm. For the in vivo experiments, Gd-DTPA was administered to 6 glioblastoma patients before neurosurgery. The extracted bioptic tissue was then analyzed with spectromictroscopy, showing Gd localized in the nuclei of glioblastoma cells in 5 patients out of the 6 analyzed. (author)

  11. Synthesis, characterization and thermal behavior: Gd(NO3)3.6H2O to Gd2O3

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Ghonge, Darshana K.; Sheelvantra, Smita S.; Kalekar, Bhupesh B.; Raje, Naina

    2015-01-01

    Gadolinium oxide finds its application in nuclear as well as medical industry. It has been prepared from the thermal decomposition of gadolinium nitrate hexahydrate. Surface area of the synthesized compound was measured as 19 m 2 /g. EDS data shows only the presence of gadolinium and oxygen in the synthesized compound with the Gd to O ratio as calculated for Gd 2 O 3 , suggests the formation of pure Gd 2 O 3 . XRD analysis confirms the formation of pure cubic phase Gd 2 O 3 . In the absence of any report on the thermal behavior of GdNH, present studies have been carried out to understand the decomposition mechanism using simultaneous TG - DTA - EGA measurements

  12. Test of E1-radiative strength function and level density models by 155 Gd (n,2γ) 156 Gd reaction

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Voinov, A.V.

    1996-01-01

    The information about the level density of 156 Gd nucleus and strength functions of γ transitions extracted from two γ-cascade spectra of the 155 Gd (n,2γ) 156 Gd reaction is analyzed. The method of statistical simulation of γ-cascade intensity is applied for calculation of the main parameters of experimental spectra. The method is used to extract the information on the E1-radiative strength function of γ transitions and level density in the 156 Gd nucleus. It is shown that at an excitation energy above 3 MeV the level density of 156 Gd nucleus must decrease in comparison with that calculated within the Fermi gas model. Its is concluded that possible explanation of the observed effect is connected with the influence of pairing correlations on the level density in nuclei

  13. New TB treatments hiding in plain sight

    OpenAIRE

    Olive, Andrew J; Sassetti, Christopher M

    2014-01-01

    As tuberculosis (TB) toll is revised upward according to the WHO's last estimates, the lack of vaccine strategy and the lengthy antibiotic treatments that unfortunately promote the emergence of drug resistance are a major set back in the fight against this pathogen. In this issue of EMBO Molecular Medicine, Schiebler et?al (Mtb) propose a novel and compelling new approach to target Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) by pharmacologically stimulating intracellular mycobacteria clearance through a...

  14. Incidence of TB and HIV in Prospectively Followed Household Contacts of TB Index Patients in South Africa

    OpenAIRE

    van Schalkwyk, Cari; Variava, Ebrahim; Shapiro, Adrienne E.; Rakgokong, Modiehi; Masonoke, Katlego; Lebina, Limakatso; Welte, Alex; Martinson, Neil

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To report the incidence rates of TB and HIV in household contacts of index patients diagnosed with TB. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study in the Matlosana sub-district of North West Province, South Africa. METHODS: Contacts of index TB patients received TB and HIV testing after counseling at their first household visit and were then followed up a year later, in 2010. TB or HIV diagnoses that occurred during the period were determined. RESULTS: For 2,377 household contacts, the over...

  15. Need for more TB vaccine field sites.

    Science.gov (United States)

    McShane, Helen

    2009-06-01

    Efforts to control the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic have been challenged by both the geographical overlap with the HIV pandemic, and the emergence of multi - and extensively - drug-resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. There is, therefore, an urgent global need for an improved vaccine. However, the development of an improved vaccine is scientifically and logistically challenging. Immunological correlates or biomarkers of protection are not known and there is no perfect preclinical animal model with which to predict success in humans. Indeed, vaccine development in general is time-consuming and costly. One of the many road-blocks to the development of new TB vaccines is the availability of field sites that are suitable for large scale Phase IIb/III efficacy testing. Because disease incidence is low, even though prevalence is high, Phase IIb efficacy trials involve several thousand subjects, and require lengthy follow-up. Phase III licensure trials will need to be even larger, and are likely to require the involvement of multiple field sites. There is currently inadequate capacity within high-burden TB countries to conduct these essential trials. We need to invest now to expand current capacity if we are to reduce the time taken to develop new vaccines.

  16. Lattice dynamics and magneto-elastic coupling in Kondo-insulator YbB12

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Rybina, A V; Alekseev, P A; Mignot, J M; Nefeodova, E V; Nemkovski, K S; Bewley, R I; Shitsevalova, N Yu; Paderno, Yu B; Iga, F; Takabatake, T

    2007-01-01

    Lattice dynamics and magneto-elastic coupling effects have been studied in the Kondo insulator YbB 12 by means of inelastic neutron scattering. The analysis of the phonon density of states, dispersion, and symmetry properties is presented in connection with a possible magneto-elastic coupling. Manifestation of such effects was found for the phonons corresponding to the vibrations of Yb atoms

  17. Hybridisation and crystal field in YbPd2Si2

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Bonville, P.; Hammann, J.; Hodges, J.A.; Imbert, P.; Jehanno, G.

    1990-01-01

    Experimental data in the Kondo lattice YbPd 2 Si 2 is compared with the results of a hybridisation model, based on the large-degeneracy expansion approximation, which takes into account the crystal field level splittings of the Yb ion. We show that satisfactory agreement is obtained with a unique set of crystal field and hybridisation parameters

  18. Yb and Er co-doped Y2Ce2O7 nanoparticles: synthesis and ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    In order to improve the pumping efficiency of upconversion, another ion is usually introduced into the host materials as a sensitizer. Yb3+ ion is an excellent candidate for sensitizer because it has a broad and high absorption band around the 980 nm pump wave- length. In the Yb3+ and Er3+ co-doped systems, the pump-.

  19. Cold beam of isotopically pure Yb atoms by deflection using 1D ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    We demonstrate the selective deflection of the bosonic isotope 174Yb and the fermionic isotope 171Yb. Using a transient measurement after the molasses beams are turned on, we find a longitudinal temperature of 41 mK. Keywords. Laser cooling; cold atoms; atomic beam; optical molasses. PACS Nos 37.10.De; 42.50.

  20. Optical and magnetic properties of Yb ion-doped cobalt-based ZnO ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 38; Issue 5. Optical and magnetic properties of Yb ... Magnetic characterizations have shown that the sample with 1% Yb co-doped ZnO: Co nanoparticles exhibited a clear ferromagnetic (FM) behaviour at room temperature. The X-ray photoelectron spectral peaks for ...

  1. Magnetocaloric effect in In doped YbMnO{sub 3}

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Sattibabu, Bhumireddi, E-mail: bsb.satti@gmail.com [School of Engineering Sciences and Technology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046 (India); Department of Electronics and Physics, Institute of Science, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam 530045 (India); Bhatnagar, A.K., E-mail: anilb42@gmail.com [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046 (India); Vinod, K.; Mani, Awadhesh [Condensed Matter Physics Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India)

    2017-06-01

    Magnetic and magnetocaloric (MCE) properties of Yb{sub 0.9}In{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} and Yb{sub 0.8}In{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} polycrystalline samples are presented in this paper. Isothermal magnetization measurements reveal a field induced magnetic transition. Magnetic entropy change of 2.34±0.35 J/mole-K for Yb{sub 0.9}In{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} and 2.64±0.38 J/mole-K for Yb{sub 0.8}In{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} field change ΔH =10 KOe is observed around the ferromagnetic ordering temperature of Yb{sup 3+}. Values of relative cooling power for the same field change are found to be 38.03±9 J /mol, and 40.90±10 J/mol for Yb{sub 0.9}In{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} and Yb{sub 0.8}In{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3}, respectively. These values suggest In doped YbMnO{sub 3} may be a potential candidate for magnetic refrigerant at low temperatures.

  2. Enhanced exciton emission from ZnO nano-phosphor induced by Yb3+ ions

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    Kabongo, GL

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the sol–gel method was used to prepare Ytterbium (Yb(sup3+)) doped ZnO nano-phosphors with different concentrations of Yb(sup3+) ions. Their structural, morphological, photoluminescence, electronic states and the chemical composition...

  3. Preparation, Biological Evaluation and Dosimetry Studies of 175Yb-Bis-Phosphonates for Palliative Treatment of Bone Pain

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Ashraf Fakhari

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Optimized production and quality control of ytterbium-175 (Yb-175 labeled pamidronate and alendronate complexes as efficient agents for bone pain palliation has been presented. Methods: Yb-175 labeled pamidronate and alendronate (175Yb-PMD and 175Yb-ALN complexes were prepared successfully at optimized conditions with acceptable radiochemical purity, stability and significant hydroxyapatite absorption. The biodistribution of complexes were evaluated up to 48 h, which demonstrated significant bone uptake ratios for 175Yb-PAM at all-time intervals. It was also detected that 175Yb-PAM mostly washed out and excreted through the kidneys. Results: The performance of 175Yb-PAM in an animal model was better or comparable to other 175Yb-bone seeking complexes previously reported. Conclusion: Based on calculations, the total body dose for 175Yb-ALN is 40% higher as compared to 175Yb-PAM (especially kidneys indicating that 175Yb-PAM is probably a safer agent than 175Yb-ALN.

  4. Extensively Drug-resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB): A daunting challenge to the current End TB Strategy and policy recommendations.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Rahman, Md Arifur; Sarkar, Atanu

    2017-07-01

    Extensively Drug-resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB) has emerged as one of the most formidable challenges to the End TB Strategy that has targeted a 95% reduction in TB deaths and 90% reduction in cases by 2035. Globally, there were an estimated 55,100 new XDR-TB cases in 2015 in 117 countries. However, only one in 30 XDR-TB cases had been reported so far. Drug susceptibility test (DST) is the mainstay for diagnosing XDR-TB, but the lack of laboratory facilities in the resource-limited endemic countries limit its uses. A few new drugs including bedaquiline and delamanid, have the potential to improve the efficiency of XDR-TB treatment, but the drugs have been included in 39 countries only. The costs of XDR-TB treatment are several folds higher than that of the MDR-TB. Despite the financing from the donors, there is an urgent need to fill the current funding gap of US$ 2 billion to ensure effective treatment and robust surveillance. In the review article we have addressed current update on XDR-TB, including surveillance, diagnosis and the interventions needed to treat and limit its spread, emphasis on extensive financial support for implementing of current recommendations to meet the goals of End TB Strategy. Copyright © 2017 Tuberculosis Association of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. The study on the interaction between Tb(III) and ligand in Tb-acetylsalicylic acid complex and fluorescence mechanism

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Wu Wenru; Rong Yuzhi; Zhao Bo [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofunctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, 210097 (China); Sun Peipei, E-mail: sunpeipei@njnu.edu.c [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofunctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, 210097 (China); Huang Xiaohua, E-mail: huangxiaohua@njnu.edu.c [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofunctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, 210097 (China)

    2010-01-15

    In this paper, a luminescent complex of terbium-acetylsalicylic acid (Tb-ASA) was studied for the first time using combination of the quantum chemical calculation, fluorescence spectroscopic method and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results from the quantum chemical calculation indicated that it is possible for the energy-transfer from ASA to Tb (III); Fluorescence spectroscopy demonstrated that there is an intramolecular energy-transfer from ASA to Tb with the efficiency (III) of about 87.9% under an excitation at 308 nm. The XPS indicated that the coordinate covalent bond between Tb and O existed in the complex of Tb-ASA leads to the effective energy transfer from ASA to Tb (III) because the energy transfer rate may be improved with reducing the distance between the ligand and Tb (III). The results will have important values for the studies of this type of complexes.

  6. Synthesis and Downconversion Emission Property of Yb2O3:Eu3+ Nanosheets and Nanotubes

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Chao Qian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Ytterbium oxide (Yb2O3 nanocrystals with different Eu3+ (1%, 2%, 5%, and 10% doped concentrations were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method, subsequently by calcination at 700°C. The crystal phase, size, and morphology of prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The results show that the as-prepared Yb2O3 nanocrystals with sheet- and tube-like shape have cubic phase structure. The Eu3+ doped Yb2O3 nanocrystals were revealed to have good down conversion (DC property and intensity of the DC luminescence can be modified by Eu3+ contents. In our experiment the 1% Eu3+ doped Yb2O3 nanocrystals showed the strongest DC luminescence among the obtained Yb2O3 nanocrystals.

  7. Thermodynamic description of the Al-Cu-Yb ternary system supported by first-principles calculations

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Huang G.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Phase relationships of the ternary Al-Cu-Yb system have been assessed using a combination of CALPHAD method and first principles calculations. A self-consistent thermodynamic parameter was established based on the experimental and theoretical information. Most of the binary intermetallic phases, except Al3Yb, Al2Yb, Cu2Yb and Cu5Yb, were assumed to be zero solubility in the ternary system. Based on the experimental data, eight ternary intermetallic compounds were taken into consideration in this system. Among them, three were treated as line compounds with large homogeneity ranges for Al and Cu. The others were treated as stoichiometric compounds. The calculated phase diagrams were in agreement with available experimental and theoretical data.

  8. Simulation of 4f-5d transitions of Yb2+ in potassium and sodium halides

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Duan Changkui; Tanner, P A

    2008-01-01

    The free ion energy level parameters of Yb 2+ are obtained by fitting the 4f 13 5d Yb 2+ free ion energy levels. A model is proposed for scaling these parameters so that they are appropriate for Yb 2+ in crystals. Treating the scaling factor, the barycenter energy E exc of the 4f 13 5d configuration, and the crystal-field splitting parameter B 4 (dd) as free parameters and adopting the 4f crystal-field parameters of the 4f 13 configuration Yb 3+ ion in other hosts with the same ligands, the absorption spectra of Yb 2+ in MX (M = K, Na; X = F, Cl, Br, I) hosts are well simulated. A model is proposed for taking the effect of charge compensation into account and this shows that the inclusion of charge compensation effects does not significantly alter the calculated electronic absorption spectra but may considerably change the dynamics of the system

  9. Structural and magnetic study of Yb3+ in the perovskites Sr2YbMO6 (M=Nb, Ta, Sb)

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Coomer, Fiona C.; Campbell, John; Giordano, Nico; Collins, Oonagh M.; Cussen, Edmund J.

    2015-01-01

    The compounds Sr 2 YbNbO 6 , Sr 2 YbTaO 6 and Sr 2 YbSbO 6 have been prepared using solid state methods by heating pelleted reagents in air at temperatures up to 1400 °C. Rietveld refinement against room temperature neutron powder diffraction data show that all three compounds crystallise with a cation-ordered variant of the perovskite structure in the P2 1 /n space group. Complete cation ordering occurs between M 5+ and Yb 3+ over two octahedrally-coordinated sites in the structure and all compounds are stoichiometric in oxygen. The Sb–O bond lengths are similar to related perovskite compounds but differ slightly from those indicated by bond valence sums. Magnetic susceptibility data resemble Curie–Weiss paramagnetic behaviour, but can be better understood as arising from the effect of the octahedral crystal field on the 2 F 5/2 ground state of Yb 3+ leading to a temperature dependent magnetic moment on this ion below 100 K. - Graphical abstract: The magnetic susceptibility of the face-centred cubic Yb 3+ lattice is dominated by the temperature dependent single-ion moment below 100 K. - Highlights: • Cation-ordered perovskites are studied using neutron diffraction and magnetometry. • Yb 3+ cations form a pseudo face centred cubic lattice in a distorted structure. • Sb 5+ cation is slightly overbonded as observed in related perovskites. • Crystal field splitting of 4f 13 Yb 3+ giving a temperature dependent moment. • Magnetic susceptibility reproduces theoretical predictions below 100 K

  10. Outcomes of TB treatment in HIV co-infected TB patients in Ethiopia: a cross-sectional analytic study

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Solomon Ahmed Ali

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background TB and HIV are the most prevalent communicable diseases of major public health importance in the populations of sub-Saharan African countries, and an estimated 30 % of HIV infected persons have dual infection with TB. TB is the leading cause of death in HIV infected individuals, and HIV co-infected TB patients have multiple individual, disease specific and treatment related factors that can adversely affect their treatment outcomes. There is lack of evidence on the individual patient outcomes of HIV co-infected TB patients who receive anti-TB treatment. It is relevant to understand the differential patient outcomes of HIV co-infected TB patients and identify the factors that are associated with these outcomes. Methods A comparative analysis was done on the data from a random sample of 575 TB patients who were enrolled for TB treatment from January 2013 to December 2013 at eight health facilities in Ethiopia. A descriptive analysis was done on the data, and chi-square test and logistic regression analysis was conducted to compare TB treatment outcomes based on HIV status and to identify factors associated with these outcomes. Results Out of a total of 575 TB patients enrolled into the study, 360 (62.6 % were non-HIV infected, 169 (29.4 % were HIV co-infected, and 46 (8 % had no documented HIV status. The overall treatment success rate was 91.5 % for all the study participants. HIV co-infected TB patients have a treatment success rate of 88.2 % compared with 93.6 % for non-HIV infected study participants (P = 0.03. HIV co-infected TB patients had a significantly higher rate (11.8 % versus 6.4 %, P = 0.03 of unfavourable outcomes. The cure rate was significantly lower (10.1 % versus 24.2 %, P = 0.001 and the death rate higher in HIV co-infected TB patients (8.3 % versus 2.5 %, P = 0.014. Age and TB classification were significantly associated with treatment outcome. No association was found with starting ART

  11. Role of Pr substitution as deoxygenation in suppression of superconductivity in GdPr-123 system

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yamani, Z.; Akhavan, M.

    1996-02-01

    Predominantly single phase polycrystalline Gd 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7- y (GdPr-123) samples with 0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0 have been prepared by standard solid state reaction technique and characterized by XRD. The electrical resistivity measurements show the suppression of superconductivity with increasing x. Two plateaus appear in the Tc versus x curve at x ≈ 0-0.05 and at x ≈ 0.15-0.25 followed by a decrease to zero at xcr ≈ 0.45, similar to the plateaus of Tc versus 7 - y curve at 7 - y ≈ 6.8 -7 and at 7 - y ≈ 6.55-6.75 in RBa 2Cu 3O 7 - y ( R-123) ( R: Y or rare earth except Ce, Pr, Pm, Tb) systems. The valency of Pr was determined by magnetization measurements in the temperature range 100 K to 250 K. This data indicates a mixed valence state for Pr ions with an effective magnetic moment μ ≈ 2.69 μB per Pr ion, which yields a valency for Pr of ≈ 3.86 +. For these systems, Tc( x) does not follow the Abrikosov-Gor'kov pair breaking theory. We suggest that the suppression of superconductivity by Pr-substitution can be explained by means of an effective increasing of the oxygen deficiency in the structure, in a similar way to what happens in an R-123 system, when 7 - y is decreased in a controlled manner. This implies that CuO 2 planes are responsible for superconductivity through the effect of chains.

  12. Magnetoelastic behaviour of Gd sub 5 Ge sub 4

    CERN Document Server

    Magen, C; Algarabel, P A; Marquina, C; Ibarra, M R

    2003-01-01

    A complete investigation of the complex magnetic behaviour of Gd sub 5 Ge sub 4 by means of linear thermal expansion and magnetostriction measurements (5-300 K, 0-120 kOe) has been carried out. Our results support the suggested existence in this system of a coupled crystallographic-magnetic transition from a Gd sub 5 Ge sub 4 -type Pnma (antiferromagnetic) to a Gd sub 5 Si sub 4 -type Pnma (ferromagnetic) state. Strong magnetoelastic effects are observed at the field-induced first-order magnetic-martensitic transformation. A revised magnetic and crystallographic H- T phase diagram is proposed.

  13. Magnetic transitions and thermomagnetic properties of GdCu6

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Chattopadhyay, M.K.; Arora, P.; Mondal, P.; Roy, S.B.

    2010-01-01

    We report results of dc magnetization and specific heat studies focusing on the paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition in GdCu 6 . These results clearly reveal the evidences of multiple magnetic transitions in GdCu 6 . In addition, a marked thermomagnetic irreversibility is observed in the temperature dependence of magnetization in low ( 6 is quite large in the temperature regime below 20 K, which indicates to the potential of GdCu 6 as a magnetic regenerator material for cryocooler related applications. Isothermal magnetic entropy change estimated from the results of magnetization and specific heat measurements shows a change in sign at the antiferromagnetic ordering temperature.

  14. p-Wave Optical Feshbach Resonances in Yb-171

    OpenAIRE

    Goyal, Krittika; Reichenbach, Iris; Deutsch, Ivan

    2010-01-01

    We study the use of an optical Feshbach resonance to modify the p-wave interaction between ultracold polarized Yb-171 spin-1/2 fermions. A laser exciting two colliding atoms to the 1S_0 + 3P_1 channel can be detuned near a purely-long-range excited molecular bound state. Such an exotic molecule has an inner turning point far from the chemical binding region and thus three-body-recombination in the Feshbach resonance will be highly suppressed in contrast to that typically seen in a ground stat...

  15. Phantom and animal studies of a new hepatobiliary agent for MR imaging: comparison of Gd-DTPA-DeA with Gd-EOB-DTPA.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yoshikawa, Kohki; Inoue, Yusuke; Akahane, Masaaki; Shimada, Morio; Itoh, Sayaka; Seno, Atsushi; Hayashi, Sanshin

    2003-08-01

    To investigate the characteristics of Gd-DTPA-DeA as a hepatobiliary contrast agent for MR imaging in comparison with those of Gd-EOB-DTPA. We undertook phantom experiments to assess T1 relaxivity for Gd-DTPA-DeA, Gd-EOB-DTPA, and Gd-DTPA in human plasma. For Gd-DTPA-DeA and Gd-EOB-DTPA, we evaluated the contrast effect in rats using an SPGR sequence. The contrast ratios of liver and abdominal aorta were measured up to 21 minutes after intravenous administration of the agents. Visualization of the bile duct and renal pelvis was also assessed. In human plasma, T1 relaxivity was similar for Gd-DTPA-DeA and Gd-EOB-DTPA, and higher than those for Gd-DTPA. Whereas the contrast ratio of liver peaked about five minutes after the injection of Gd-EOB-DTPA and was followed by a subsequent decline, a continuous rise was shown for Gd-DTPA-DeA, resulting in a larger maximal contrast effect. Contrast ratios of the abdominal aorta were larger for Gd-DTPA-DeA. Biliary excretion was observed for both agents but occurred earlier with Gd-EOB-DTPA. While renal excretion was shown for all rats three minutes after the injection of Gd-EOB-DTPA, it was not observed for Gd-DTPA-DeA. Gd-DTPA-DeA may be used as a hepatobiliary contrast agent and shows different pharmacokinetics from Gd-EOB-DTPA. Copyright 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  16. Near-infrared quantum cutting of Dy3+, Ho3+-Yb3+ and Er3+-Yb3+-doped Ca10K(PO4)7 phosphors

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Jia; Jiang, Cheng

    2014-05-01

    Dy3+, Ho3+-Yb3+ and Er3+-Yb3+-doped Ca10K(PO4)7 phosphors were prepared by solid-state reaction method, and their luminescence properties of near-infrared (NIR) quantum cutting (QC) were investigated for the first time. The Rietveld refinement performed for the X-ray diffractometer (XRD) data indicates the obtained samples are single-phase. From the excitation spectra, it can be seen that the energy transfers from Ho3+ to Yb3+, and from Er3+ to Yb3+ occur. The Dy3+, Ho3+-Yb3+ and Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped Ca10K(PO4)7 samples all exhibit NIR emission peaks in the QC processes, and their spectral characteristics are agreement with the corresponding NIR QC mechanisms. The NIR QC properties of the as-prepared samples indicate the potential applications in modifying the solar spectrum to enhance the efficiency of silicon solar cells.

  17. Thermodynamic calculation of Al-Gd and Al-Gd-Mg phase equilibria checked by key experiments

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Groebner, J.; Kevorkov, D.; Schmid-Fetzer, R.

    2001-01-01

    The binary Al-Gd and the ternary Al-Gd-Mg systems were calculated using the Calphad method. It is demonstrated that previous interpretation of ternary liquidus temperatures below 700 C must be related to other phase equilibria. The actual ternary liquidus temperatures are much higher, up to some 600 C above the previous interpretation in literature. They are widely governed by the high-melting compounds Al 2 Gd and Al 3 Gd with liquidus surfaces stretching far into the ternary system. A small number of key experiments in this work confirmed the calculated liquidus temperature and the phase relations. The available experimental data in literature fit excellently with the calculation in the binary Al-Gd system. In the ternary Al-Gd-Mg system, which is shown in several sections of the phase diagram, a good agreement can be observed too, considering the necessary reinterpretation of the liquidus temperatures suggested by Rokhlin et al. Ternary solubilities were not found experimentally. The ternary compound Al 4 GdMg (τ) forms in a ternary peritectic reaction at 761 C. (orig.)

  18. Optimization of TB/HIV co-treatment in Ethiopian patients

    OpenAIRE

    Degu, Wondwossen Amogne

    2015-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV infection act with deadly synergy. HIV is the most important risk factor for latent TB reactivation and active TB progression following exposure or reinfection while TB accelerates HIV progression. TB is the most frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in HIV infection. Anti-TB therapy (ATT) must precede initiation of combination Antiretroviral Therapy (cART), TB being the most immediate threat. Undoubtedly cART benefits; however, important clinical ...

  19. Molecular detection of multi drug resistant tuberculosis (mdr-tb) in mdr-tb patients' attendant in north western pakistan

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Shah, T.; Hayat, A.; Shah, Z.; Hayat, A.; Khan, S.B.

    2017-01-01

    Objective: To determine the drugs susceptibility pattern of mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.TB) in multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patients' attendants in North Western, Pakistan. Study Design: Cross sectional study. Place and Duration of Study: This study was conducted at Peshawar Tuberculosis Research Laboratory (PTRL), Provincial TB Control Program Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar, (KP) from August 2013 to March 2014. Material and Methods: A cross sectional study in which four hundred and eighty sputum samples from MDR-TB patients' attendants were processed for the detection of M.TB through Ziehl-Neelsen staining, Lowenstein-Jensen, BACTEC MGIT-960 culture and line probe assay. Results: Out of 480 samples, 06 (2.1%) were found positive for M.TB through Ziehl-Neelsen staining while 10 (2.8%) were positive through LJ and BACTEC MGIT-960 culture. The 10 positive samples were further subjected to drugs susceptibility testing and line probes assay test to find out rifampicin, isoniazid, streptomycin and ethambutol resistant and it was found that 6 M.TB isolates were resistant while 4 were sensitive to rifampicin and isoniazid. Among the 6 resistant M.TB strains, 4 showed mutation in rpoB gene at 531, 516 and 526 codons. Conclusion: Majority of MDR-TB patients' attendants had drug-resistant tuberculosis and the rate of drug susceptible TB was low. (author)

  20. Incidence of TB and HIV in prospectively followed household contacts of TB index patients in South Africa.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Cari van Schalkwyk

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To report the incidence rates of TB and HIV in household contacts of index patients diagnosed with TB. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study in the Matlosana sub-district of North West Province, South Africa. METHODS: Contacts of index TB patients received TB and HIV testing after counseling at their first household visit and were then followed up a year later, in 2010. TB or HIV diagnoses that occurred during the period were determined. RESULTS: For 2,377 household contacts, the overall observed TB incidence rate was 1.3 per 100 person years (95% CI 0.9-1.9/100py and TB incidence for individuals who were HIV-infected and HIV seronegative at baseline was 5.4/100py (95% CI 2.9-9.0/100py and 0.7/100py (95% CI 0.3-1.4/100py, respectively. The overall HIV incidence rate was 2.2/100py (95% CI 1.3-8.4/100py. CONCLUSIONS: In the year following a household case finding visit when household contacts were tested for TB and HIV, the incidence rate of both active TB and HIV infection was found to be extremely high. Clearly, implementing proven strategies to prevent HIV acquisition and preventing TB transmission and progression to disease remains a priority in settings such as South Africa.

  1. Neutronic analysis of Gd2O3 as burnable poison

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Lecot, C.A.

    1990-01-01

    For the reactors core design, the use of burnable poisons is one of the options for the control of in excess reactivity and the power form factor. As alternative procedures, the absorbing material may be included in pellets of an inert material or in fuel pellets. Besides, a cladding material and the locations of the fuel elements must be chosen for the first case. The CAREM reactor core design foresees the use of gadolinium oxide (Gd 2 O 3 ) as burnable poison. In this work, a comparative study was made, from the neutronic point of view, among the following alternatives for the poisons location: a) Gd 2 O 3 bars supports in alumina (Al 2 O 3 ), sheathed in steel; b) Gd 2 O 3 bars supports in alumina sheathed in Zry-4; c) Gd 2 O 3 in uranium dioxide (UO 2 ) fuel pellets. (Author) [es

  2. Electronic Structure of GdCuGe Intermetallic Compound

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lukoyanov, A. V.; Knyazev, Yu. V.; Kuz'min, Yu. I.

    2018-04-01

    The electronic structure of GdCuGe intermetallic compound has been studied. Spin-polarized energy spectrum calculations have been performed by the band method with allowance for strong electron correlations in the 4 f-shell of gadolinium ions. Antiferromagnetic ordering of GdCuGe at low temperatures has been obtained in a theoretical calculation, with the value of the effective magnetic moment of gadolinium ions reproduced in fair agreement with experimental data. The electronic density of states has been analyzed. An optical conductivity spectrum has been calculated for GdCuGe; it reveals specific features that are analogous to the ones discovered previously in the GdCuSi compound with a similar hexagonal structure.

  3. Treatment Outcomes of Patients with Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR- TB) Compared with Non-MDR-TB Infections in Peninsular Malaysia.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Elmi, Omar Salad; Hasan, Habsah; Abdullah, Sarimah; Mat Jeab, Mat Zuki; Ba, Zilfalil; Naing, Nyi Nyi

    2016-07-01

    Treating patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) strains is more complicated, complex, toxic, expensive, than treating patients with susceptible TB strains. This study aims to compare the treatment outcomes and potential factors associated between patients with MDR-TB and non MDR TB infections in peninsular Malaysia. This study was a retrospective cohort study. Data were collected from the medical records of all registered MDR-TB patients and Non-MDR-TB patients at five TB hospitals in peninsular Malaysia from January 2010 to January 2014. A total of 314 subjects were studied, including 105 MDR-TB cases and 209 non-MDR-TB. After TB treatment, 24.8% of the MDR-TB patients and 17.7% of non MDR TB relapsed; 17.1% of the MDR-TB patients and 16.3% of non MDR TB defaulted from TB treatment. A significant difference seen in treatment success rate 17.1% for MDR-TB; 63.1% for non MDR TB (P history of TB treatment, and presence of HIV infection.

  4. Linkage to care and treatment for TB and HIV among people newly diagnosed with TB or HIV-associated TB at a large, inner city South African hospital.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Yara Voss De Lima

    Full Text Available To assess the outcomes of linkage to TB and HIV care and identify risk factors for poor referral outcomes.Cohort study of TB patients diagnosed at an urban hospital.Linkage to care was determined by review of clinic files, national death register, and telephone contact, and classified as linked to care, delayed linkage to care (>7 days for TB treatment, >30 days for HIV care, or failed linkage to care. We performed log-binomial regression to identify patient and referral characteristics associated with poor referral outcomes.Among 593 TB patients, 23% failed linkage to TB treatment and 30.3% of the 77.0% who linked to care arrived late. Among 486 (86.9% HIV-infected TB patients, 38.3% failed linkage to HIV care, and 32% of the 61.7% who linked to care presented late. One in six HIV-infected patients failed linkage to both TB and HIV care. Only 20.2% of HIV-infected patients were referred to a single clinic for integrated care. A referral letter was present in 90.3%, but only 23.7% included HIV status and 18.8% CD4 cell count. Lack of education (RR 1.85 and low CD4 count (CD4≤50 vs. >250cells/mm(3; RR 1.66 were associated with failed linkage to TB care. Risk factors for failed linkage to HIV care were antiretroviral-naïve status (RR 1.29, and absence of referral letter with HIV or CD4 cell count (RR1.23.Linkage to TB/HIV care should be strengthened by communication of HIV and CD4 results, ART initiation during hospitalization and TB/HIV integration at primary care.

  5. Electron impact excitation of Gd XXXVII

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Aggarwal, K.M.; Keenan, F.P. [Dept. of Pure and Applied Physics, Queen' s Univ., Belfast (United Kingdom); Norrington, P.H.; Bell, K.L. [Dept of Applied Maths. and Theoretical Physics, Queen' s Univ., Belfast (United Kingdom); Pert, G.J. [Dept. of Physics, York Univ., York (United Kingdom); Rose, S.J. [Plasma Physics Group, Rutherford Appleton Lab., Oxon (United Kingdom)

    2000-01-01

    Energy levels and radiative rates for transitions among the 107 fine-structure levels belonging to the (1s{sup 2}2s{sup 2}2p{sup 6}) 3s{sup 2}3p{sup 6}3d{sup 10}, 3s{sup 2}3p{sup 6}3d{sup 9}4l, 3s{sup 2}3p{sup 5}3d{sup 10}4l, and 3s3p{sup 6}3d{sup 10}4l configurations of Ni-like Gd XXXVII have been calculated using the GRASP code. The collision strengths have also been computed but among the lowest 59 levels only, at 4 representative energies of 200, 400, 600 and 800 Ryd, using the Dirac Atomic R-matrix code. Detailed calculations for collision strengths and rate coefficients are in progress. (author)

  6. p-wave optical Feshbach resonances in 171Yb

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Goyal, Krittika; Deutsch, Ivan; Reichenbach, Iris

    2010-01-01

    We study the use of an optical Feshbach resonance to modify the p-wave interaction between ultracold polarized 171 Yb spin-1/2 fermions. A laser exciting two colliding atoms to the 1 S 0 + 3 P 1 channel can be detuned near a purely-long-range excited molecular bound state. Such an exotic molecule has an inner turning point far from the chemical binding region, and thus, three-body recombination in the Feshbach resonance will be highly suppressed in contrast to that typically seen in a ground-state p-wave magnetic Feshbach resonance. We calculate the excited molecular bound-state spectrum using a multichannel integration of the Schroedinger equation, including an external perturbation by a magnetic field. From the multichannel wave functions, we calculate the Feshbach resonance properties, including the modification of the elastic p-wave scattering volume and inelastic spontaneous scattering rate. The use of magnetic fields and selection rules for polarized light yields a highly controllable system. We apply this control to propose a toy model for three-color superfluidity in an optical lattice for spin-polarized 171 Yb, where the three colors correspond to the three spatial orbitals of the first excited p band. We calculate the conditions under which tunneling and on-site interactions are comparable, at which point quantum critical behavior is possible.

  7. GHz Yb:KYW oscillators in time-resolved spectroscopy

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Changxiu; Krauß, Nico; Schäfer, Gerhard; Ebner, Lukas; Kliebisch, Oliver; Schmidt, Johannes; Winnerl, Stephan; Hettich, Mike; Dekorsy, Thomas

    2018-02-01

    A high-speed asynchronous optical sampling system (ASOPS) based on Yb:KYW oscillators with 1-GHz repetition rate is reported. Two frequency-offset-stabilized diode-pumped Yb:KYW oscillators are employed as pump and probe source, respectively. The temporal resolution of this system within 1-ns time window is limited to 500 fs and the noise floor around 10-6 (ΔR/R) close to the shot-noise level is obtained within an acquisition time of a few seconds. Coherent acoustic phonons are investigated by measuring multilayer semiconductor structures with multiple quantum wells and aluminum/silicon membranes in this ASOPS system. A wavepacket-like phonon sequence at 360 GHz range is detected in the semiconductor structures and a decaying sequence of acoustic oscillations up to 200 GHz is obtained in the aluminum/silicon membranes. Coherent acoustic phonons generated from semiconductor structures are further manipulated by a double pump scheme through pump time delay control.

  8. High temperature luminescence of ZnSe:Yb crystals

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Makhniy V. P.

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The problem of obtaining of effective edge luminescence with high temperature stability in the zinc selenide crystals is discussed. This task is solved by using as the dopant rare-earth element yttrium, which is introduced into the undoped ZnSe crystal by diffusion method. Doping was carried out in an evacuated to 10 -4 Torr. and a sealed quartz ampoule, in the opposite ends of which is a sample and a mixture of the crushed Yb and Se. It has been found that the diffusion coefficient of yttrium at a temperature of 1400 K is about 5⋅10 -7 cm 2/sec. It is shown that in the luminescence spectra of ZnSe:Yb samples in the temperature range 295-470 K only blue band is observed. Dependencies of parameters of this band from the excitation level are typical for the annihilation of excitons at their inelastic scattering by free carriers. The efficacy of blue radiation at 300 K is about 30% and does not fall more than twice with increasing temperature up to 470 K, indicating its high thermal stability.

  9. Trial of MR cholangiopancreatography combined with Gd-DTPA

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ikeda, Koshi; Ha-Kawa, S.K.; Kurokawa, Hiroaki; Nakano, Yoshihisa; Tanaka, Yoshimasa [Kansai Medical Univ., Moriguchi, Osaka (Japan); Asakura, Tamaki; Maeda, Toshihiko; Ohshima, Taichi

    1997-08-01

    Gd-DTPA can be used as a negative contrast agent on T2-weighted images because of T2 shortening effect. Fast asymmetric spin echo (FASE) sequences were used on magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP). Precontrast images showed high signal intensity in choledochalpancreatic venous plexus, which aggravated visualization of the bile duct and pancreatic duct. Intravenous administration of Gd-DTPA reduced signal intensity in pericholedochal or peripancreatic small veins, and improved image quality of MRCP. (author)

  10. GdF in Hungary: the East in progress

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Anon.

    1996-01-01

    After Germany and the Czech Republic, Gaz de France (GdF) has decided to export its know-how and technologies about natural gas into Hungary. Thanks to the Hungarian privatization program started in 1995, GdF could obtain the major participation in the Degaz and Egaz companies, two out of the five local distribution companies, and controls 22% of the natural gas distribution in Hungary. (J.S.)

  11. Evaluation of hypothetical (153)Gd source for use in brachytherapy.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ghorbani, Mahdi; Behmadi, Marziyeh

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this work is to evaluate the dosimetric parameters of a hypothetical (153)Gd source for use in brachytherapy and comparison of the dosimetric parameters with those of (192)Ir and (125)I sources. Dose rate constant, the radial dose function and the two dimensional (2D) anisotropy function data for the hypothetical (153)Gd source were obtained by simulation of the source using MCNPX code and then were compared with the corresponding data reported by Enger et al. A comprehensive comparison between this hypothetical source and a (192)Ir source with similar geometry and a (125)I source was performed as well. Excellent agreement was shown between the results of the two studies. Dose rate constant values for the hypothetical (153)Gd, (192)Ir, (125)I sources are 1.173 cGyh(-1) U(-1), 1.044 cGyh(-1) U(-1), 0.925 cGyh(-1) U(-1), respectively. Radial dose function for the hypothetical (153)Gd source has an increasing trend, while (192)Ir has more uniform and (125)I has more rapidly falling off radial dose functions. 2D anisotropy functions for these three sources indicate that, except at 0.5 cm distance, (192)Ir and (125)I have more isotropic trends as compared to the (153)Gd source. A more uniform radial dose function, and 2D anisotropy functions with more isotropy, a much higher specific activity are advantages of (192)Ir source over (153)Gd. However, a longer half-life of (153)Gd source compared to the other two sources, and lower energy of the source with respect to (192)Ir are advantages of using (153)Gd in brachytherapy versus (192)Ir source.

  12. Fixed Dose Combination for TB treatment

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Tjandra Y. Aditama

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available According to the World Health Organization, a third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis. The disease is responsible for nearly 2 million deaths each year and over 8 million were developing active diseases. Moreover, according to WHO (2000, tuberculosis deaths are estimated to increase to 35 million between 2000-2020. The majority of tuberculosis patients worldwide are still treated with single drugs, or with 2-drug fixed-dose combinations (FDCs. To improve tuberculosis treatment, 2- and 3-drug FDCs were recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO as part of the DOTS strategy. Since 1999 a 4-drug FDC was included on the WHO Model List of Essential Drugs. Today, FDCs are important tools to further improve the quality of care for people with TB, and accelerate DOTS expansion to reach the global TB control targets. Fixed dose combination TB drugs could simplifies both treatment and management of drug supply, and may prevent the emergence of drug resistance .Prevention of drug resistance is just one of the potential benefits of the use of FDCs. FDCs simplify administration of drugs by reducing the number of pills a patient takes each day and decreasing the risk of incorrect prescriptions. Most tuberculosis patients need only take 3–4 FDCs tablets per day during the intensive phase of treatment, instead of the 15–16 tablets per day that is common with single-drug formulations It is much simpler to explain to patients that they need to take four tablets of the same type and colour, rather than a mixture of tablets of different shapes, colours and sizes. Also, the chance of taking an incomplete combination of drugs is eliminated, since the four essential drugs are combined into one tablet. FDCs are also simpler for care-givers as they minimize the risk of confusion. Finally, drug procurement, in all its components (stock management, shipping, distribution, is simplified by FDCs. Adverse reactions to drugs are not more

  13. Photodarkening in Tb(3+)-doped phosphosilicate and germanosilicate optical fibers.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Atkins, G R; Carter, A L

    1994-06-15

    The presence of Tb(3+) is found to sensitize greatly phosphosilicate and germanosilicate optical fibers to photodarkening when they are exposed to 488-nm light. The darkening is a three-photon process and may involve the photoionization of Tb(3+) to Tb(4+). This sensitivity raises the possibility of side writing refractive-index gratings into silica-based optical fibers with 488-nm light.

  14. Radiation damage in CaF2: Gd

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Prado, L.

    1979-01-01

    Calcium fluoride crystals doped with Gd 3+ at four different concentrations were irradiated at room temperature. The damage produced by radiation and the primary and secondary effects as well were studied by optical spectroscopy. The increase in optical absorption (with loss of transparency) varied from sample as a function of concentration and dose. The coloration curves showed an evolution from two to three radiation damage steps when going from a pure to the most Gd 3+ concentrated sample. The obtained spectra were analysed at characteristic wave lenghts of electronic defects (photochromic centers, F and its aggregates) and of Gd 3+ and Gd 2+ defects. As a result of the radiation damage the valence change (Gd 3+ →Gd 2+ ) and its reversible character under thermal activation were directly observed. These effects were correlated with other observed effects such as the room temperature luminescence after the irradiation ceased. The non radiative F centers formation from the interaction of holes and photochromic centers was also observed and analysed. A thermal activation study of the several defects responsible for the different absorption bands was made. Values of activation energies were obtained as expected for the kind of defects involved in these processes [pt

  15. Investigation of nanocrystalline Gd films loaded with hydrogen

    KAUST Repository

    Hruška, Petr

    2015-01-01

    The present work reports on microstructure studies of hydrogen-loaded nanocrystalline Gd films prepared by cold cathode beam sputtering on sapphire (112¯0) substrates. The Gd films were electrochemically step-by-step charged with hydrogen and the structural development with increasing concentration of absorbed hydrogen was studied by transmission electron microscopy and in-situ   X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation. The relaxation of hydrogen-induced stresses was examined by acoustic emission measurements. In the low concentration range absorbed hydrogen occupies preferentially vacancy-like defects at GBs typical for nanocrystalline films. With increasing hydrogen concentration hydrogen starts to occupy interstitial sites. At the solid solution limit the grains gradually transform into the ββ-phase (GdH2). Finally at high hydrogen concentrations xH>2.0xH>2.0 H/Gd, the film structure becomes almost completely amorphous. Contrary to bulk Gd specimens, the formation of the γγ-phase (GdH3) was not observed in this work.

  16. A new entry in GdNCT. The nanodosimetry

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Cerullo, Nicola; Bufalino, Domenico; Esposito, Juan

    2006-01-01

    The GdNCT is a recently proposed therapy, mainly based on the action of Auger and IC electrons, generated by 157 Gd after neutron activation. The energy carried out by these electrons is limited to about 1% of total energy of the reaction, but due to high electron LET, if the emitter is bound to DNA, their action is very effective. Some Gd compounds have the property to be bound to DNA. Therefore the evaluation of the DNA damage caused by the Gd-emitted electrons is a key issue. The DNA damage is due to almost double strand breaks (DSB) in the DNA double helix chain. The dimensions concerned are of the order of 2 to 3 nm. Therefore, in the study of GdNCT, besides macro and micro, we must use the new 'nanodosimetry', based on particle interactions in the nanometric sites. A general review on GdNCT state of the art and on the nanometric Monte Carlo computing techniques, applied to a DNA model, is here presented. (author)

  17. ALnS2:RE (A=K, Rb; Ln=La, Gd, Lu, Y): New optical materials family

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Jarý, V.; Havlák, L.; Bárta, J.; Mihóková, E.; Buryi, M.; Nikl, M.

    2016-01-01

    In the presented review paper, new potentially interesting material family, RE-doped ternary sulfides ALnS 2 (RE=Ce, Pr, Sm, Eu, Tb, Tm; A=Rb, K; Ln=La, Gd, Lu, Y) is discussed. Their synthesis is described and the structural and optical properties, characterized by methods of X-ray diffraction, time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance, are summarized and reviewed especially with respect to the influence of their composition. All samples discussed were synthesized in the form of transparent crystalline hexagonal platelets by chemical reaction under the flow of hydrogen sulfide. Their luminescence characteristics, including absorption, radioluminescence, photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra and decay kinetics, were measured and evaluated in a broad temperature (8–800 K) and concentration (0.002–20% of dopants) range. The application potential of mentioned compounds in the field of white LED solid state lightings or X-ray phosphors is thoroughly discussed. - Highlights: • RE-doped ALnS 2 (A=K, Rb; Ln=La, Gd, Lu, Y) were synthesized. • Their optical characteristics are summarized. • Concentration and temperature dependences of luminescence features investigated. • EPR technique is employed to explain Eu 2+ incorporation into KLuS 2 host. • The application potential in white LED and X-ray phosphors is discussed.

  18. Non-adherence to anti-TB drugs among TB/HIV co-infected patients ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    Background: Non-adherence to treatment remains a major obstacle to efficient tuberculosis control in developing countries. The dual infection of Tuberculosis and HIV presents further adherence problems because of high pill burden and adverse effects. This poses a risk of increased multi-drug resistant TB. However, the ...

  19. Delay in commencing treatment for MDR TB at a specialised TB ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    Culture and drug sensitivity testing (DST) takes 8 weeks or longer to obtain results while line probe assays (LPAs) can give a result in hours. LPAs and the GeneXpert MTB/Rif (GX) are ground-breaking discoveries for TB diagnosis. However, they are not easily accessible or available to those needing it, so culture and ...

  20. Magnetic Interactions in Tb and Tb-10% Ho from Inelastic Neutron Scattering

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Bjerrum Møller, Hans; Houmann, Jens Christian Gylden; Mackintosh, A.R.

    1968-01-01

    The magnon dispersion relations and lifetimes have been measured in Tb and a Tb‐10% Ho alloy by inelastic neutron scattering, in regions of both ferromagnetic and spiral ordering. In the ferromagnetic phase, the magnon energy is generally finite at zero wavevector and rises quadratically at low q...

  1. Intermediate Valence Tuning and Seebeck Coefficient Optimization in Yb-based Low-Temperature Thermoelectric Materials

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lehr, Gloria; Morelli, Donald; Jin, Hyungyu; Heremans, Joseph

    2014-03-01

    Several Yb-based intermediate valence compounds have unique thermoelectric properties at low temperatures. These materials are interesting to study for niche applications such as cryogenic Peltier cooling of infrared sensors on satellites. Elements of different sizes, which form isostructural compounds, are used to form solid solutions creating a chemical pressure (smaller atoms - Sc) or relaxation (larger atoms - La) to alter the volume of the unit cell and thereby manipulate the average Yb valence. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show a strong correlation between the Seebeck coefficient and the ratio of trivalent to divalent Yb in these compounds. Two different Yb-based solid solution systems, Yb1-xScxAl2 and Yb1-xLaxCu2Si2, demonstrate that the concentration of Yb can be used to tune both the magnitude of the Seebeck coefficient as well as the temperature at which its absolute maximum occurs. This work is supported by Michigan State University and AFOSR-MURI ``Cryogenic Peltier Cooling'' Contract #FA9550-10-1-0533.

  2. Yb-doped aluminophosphosilicate ternary fiber with high efficiency and excellent laser stability

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Yuwei; Peng, Kun; Zhan, Huan; Liu, Shuang; Ni, Li; Wang, Yuying; Yu, Juan; Wang, Xiaolong; Wang, Jianjun; Jing, Feng; Lin, Aoxiang

    2018-03-01

    By using chelate precursor doping technique and traditional modified chemical vapor deposition system, we fabricated Yb-doped aluminophosphosilicate (Al2O3-P2O5-SiO2, ternary Yb-APS) large-mode-area fiber and reported on its laser performance. The fiber preform was doped with Al, P and Yb with concentration of ∼8000 ppm, ∼1700 ppm and ∼400 ppm in molar percent, respectively. Tested with master oscillator power amplifier system, the home-made Yb-APS fiber was found to present 1.02 kW at 1061.1 nm with a high slope efficiency of 81.2% and excellent laser stability with power fluctuation less than ±1.1% for over 10 h. Compared with Yb-doped aluminosilicate (Al2O3-SiO2, binary Yb-AS) fiber, the introduction of P2O5 effectively suppressed photodarkening effect even the P/Al ratio is much less than 1, indicating that Yb-APS fiber is a better candidate for high power fiber lasers.

  3. [Isolation and identification of a Bacillus amyloliquefaciens YB-3 against Rhizoctonia solani].

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhu, Xiaofei; Zhang, Xiaoxia; Niu, Yongchun; Hu, Yuansen; Yan, Yanchun; Wang, Haisheng

    2011-08-01

    An antagonistic bacterial strain YB-3 against Rhizoctonia solani was isolated from soils. Antagonistic strains were isolated by a reporter strain method. YB-3 was identified based on morphology observation, physiological and biochemical characterizations, Biolog, G + C content and 16S rDNA sequence analysis. The antagonistic spectrum and the properties of the inhibitor produced by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens YB-3 against plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria were investigated by means of plate two-way cultivation and disc diffusion method. The strain YB-3 against Rhizoctonia solani was identified as Bacillus amyloliquefaciens. The antagonistic results showed that it had distinctively inhibitive effects on 14 pathogenic fungi and 7 bacteria. In addition, it also had inhibitive effects on strains from genus Bacillus to which YB-3 belongs. Antagonistic properties of B. amyloliquefaciens YB-3 was thermostable, acid resistant, and protease sensitive. Bacillus amyloliquefaciens YB-3 was isolated and characterized which had distinctively inhibitive effects on Rhizoctonia solani and had broad-spectrum, highly efficient to plant pathogens.

  4. Clusterin is a critical downstream mediator of stress-induced YB-1 transactivation in prostate cancer.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Shiota, Masaki; Zoubeidi, Amina; Kumano, Masafumi; Beraldi, Eliana; Naito, Seiji; Nelson, Colleen C; Sorensen, Poul H B; Gleave, Martin E

    2011-12-01

    Clusterin is a stress-activated, cytoprotective chaperone that confers broad-spectrum treatment resistance in cancer. However, the molecular mechanisms mediating CLU transcription following anticancer treatment stress remain incompletely defined. We report that Y-box binding protein-1 (YB-1) directly binds to CLU promoter regions to transcriptionally regulate clusterin expression. In response to endoplasmic reticulum stress inducers, including paclitaxel, YB-1 is translocated to the nucleus to transactivate clusterin. Furthermore, higher levels of activated YB-1 and clusterin are seen in taxane-resistant, compared with parental, prostate cancer cells. Knockdown of either YB-1 or clusterin sensitized prostate cancer cells to paclitaxel, whereas their overexpression increased resistance to taxane. Clusterin overexpression rescued cells from increased paclitaxel-induced apoptosis following YB-1 knockdown; in contrast, however, YB-1 overexpression did not rescue cells from increased paclitaxel-induced apoptosis following clusterin knockdown. Collectively, these data indicate that YB-1 transactivation of clusterin in response to stress is a critical mediator of paclitaxel resistance in prostate cancer.

  5. Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in Morocco.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ennassiri, Wifak; Jaouhari, Sanae; Cherki, Wafa; Charof, Reda; Filali-Maltouf, Abdelkarim; Lahlou, Ouafae

    2017-12-01

    Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) has recently been identified as a major global health threat. The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of XDR-TB among Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates in Morocco and its association with demographic, clinical and epidemiological features. A total of 524 patients from the Moroccan National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory, representative of all of the geographic regions, were subject to first-line drug susceptibility testing (DST). Subsequently, 155 isolates found to be multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) underwent second-line DST. Moreover, to enhance our understanding of the genetic basis of these drug-resistant strains, drug resistance-associated mutations were investigated in isolates either identified as pre-XDR- and XDR-TB or suspected resistant using the GenoType ® MTBDRsl V1.0 assay. In this study, 4 (2.6%) XDR-TB and 18 (11.6%) pre-XDR-TB isolates were identified. Agreement between the MTBDRsl assay results and phenotypic DST was 95.2% for ofloxacin, 81.0% for kanamycin and 95.2% for amikacin. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate the frequency of XDR-TB in Morocco. These results highlight the need to reinforce the TB management policy in Morocco with regard to control and detection strategies in order to prevent further spread of XDR-TB isolates. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  6. Chest Radiographs for Pediatric TB Diagnosis: Interrater Agreement and Utility

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    G. Kaguthi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The chest radiograph (CXR is considered a key diagnostic tool for pediatric tuberculosis (TB in clinical management and endpoint determination in TB vaccine trials. We set out to compare interrater agreement for TB diagnosis in western Kenya. A pediatric pulmonologist and radiologist (experts, a medical officer (M.O, and four clinical officers (C.Os with basic training in pediatric CXR reading blindly assessed CXRs of infants who were TB suspects in a cohort study. C.Os had access to clinical findings for patient management. Weighted kappa scores summarized interrater agreement on lymphadenopathy and abnormalities consistent with TB. Sensitivity and specificity of raters were determined using microbiologically confirmed TB as the gold standard (n=8. A total of 691 radiographs were reviewed. Agreement on abnormalities consistent with TB was poor; k=0.14 (95% CI: 0.10–0.18 and on lymphadenopathy moderate k=0.26 (95% CI: 0.18–0.36. M.O [75% (95% CI: 34.9%–96.8%] and C.Os [63% (95% CI: 24.5%–91.5%] had high sensitivity for culture confirmed TB. TB vaccine trials utilizing expert agreement on CXR as a nonmicrobiologically confirmed endpoint will have reduced specificity and will underestimate vaccine efficacy. C.Os detected many of the bacteriologically confirmed cases; however, this must be interpreted cautiously as they were unblinded to clinical features.

  7. Rotating disk atomization of Gd and Gd-Y for hydrogen liquefaction via magnetocaloric cooling

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Slinger, Tyler [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2016-12-17

    In order to enable liquid hydrogen fuel cell technologies for vehicles the cost of hydrogen liquefaction should be lowered. The current method of hydrogen liquefaction is the Claude cycle that has a figure of merit (FOM) of 0.3-0.35. New magnetocaloric hydrogen liquefaction devices have been proposed with a FOM>0.5, which is a significant improvement. A significant hurdle to realizing these devices is the synthesis of spherical rare earth based alloy powders of 200μm in diameter. In this study a centrifugal atomization method that used a rotating disk with a rotating oil quench bath was developed to make gadolinium and gadolinium-yttrium spheres. The composition of the spherical powders included pure Gd and Gd0.91Y0.09. The effect of atomization parameters, such as superheat, melt properties, disk shape, disk speed, and melt system materials and design, were investigated on the size distribution and morphology of the resulting spheres. The carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen impurity levels also were analyzed and compared with the magnetic performance of the alloys. The magnetic properties of the charge material as well as the resulting powders were measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer. The saturation magnetization and Curie temperature were the target properties for the resulting spheres. These values were compared with measurements taken on the charge material in order to investigate the effect of atomization processing on the alloys.

  8. The isothermal section (500 C) of the Gd-Cu-Ni ternary phase diagram

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Zhou Huaiying [Guangxi Univ., Nanning (China). Mater. Sci. Inst.; Zhuang Yinghong [Guangxi Univ., Nanning (China). Mater. Sci. Inst.; Gu Zhengfei [Guilin Electrical Equipment Scientific Research Institute, Guilin (China)

    1995-04-15

    The isothermal section (500 C) of the Gd-Cu-Ni ([Gd]{<=}33.3 at.%) ternary phase diagram was determined using differential thermal analysis, optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron microprobe techniques. This partial isothermal section consists of 12 single-phase regions, 24 two-phase regions and 12 three-phase regions. The 12 single-phase regions include one ternary compound (Gd(Cu{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}){sub 3}, x=0.2-0.46), four Gd-Cu compounds (GdCu{sub 2}, Gd{sub 2}Cu{sub 9}, GdCu{sub 5}, GdCu{sub 6}), six Gd-Ni compounds (GdNi{sub 2}, GdNi{sub 3}, Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 7}, GdNi{sub 4}, GdNi{sub 5}, Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 17}) and the {alpha}-(Cu,Ni) solid solution. ((orig.))

  9. Patients direct costs to undergo TB diagnosis.

    Science.gov (United States)

    de Cuevas, Rachel M Anderson; Lawson, Lovett; Al-Sonboli, Najla; Al-Aghbari, Nasher; Arbide, Isabel; Sherchand, Jeevan B; Nnamdi, Emenyonu E; Aseffa, Abraham; Yassin, Mohammed A; Abdurrahman, Saddiq T; Obasanya, Joshua; Olanrewaju, Oladimeji; Datiko, Daniel; Theobald, Sally J; Ramsay, Andrew; Squire, S Bertel; Cuevas, Luis E

    2016-03-24

    A major impediment to the treatment of TB is a diagnostic process that requires multiple visits. Descriptions of patient costs associated with diagnosis use different protocols and are not comparable. We aimed to describe the direct costs incurred by adults attending TB diagnostic centres in four countries and factors associated with expenditure for diagnosis. Surveys of 2225 adults attending smear-microscopy centres in Nigeria, Nepal, Ethiopia and Yemen. Adults >18 years with cough >2 weeks were enrolled prospectively. Direct costs were quantified using structured questionnaires. Patients with costs >75(th) quartile were considered to have high expenditure (cases) and compared with patients with costs <75(th) quartile to identify factors associated with high expenditure. The most significant expenses were due to clinic fees and transport. Most participants attended the centres with companions. High expenditure was associated with attending with company, residing in rural areas/other towns and illiteracy. The costs incurred by patients are substantial and share common patterns across countries. Removing user fees, transparent charging policies and reimbursing clinic expenses would reduce the poverty-inducing effects of direct diagnostic costs. In locations with limited resources, support could be prioritised for those most at risk of high expenditure; those who are illiterate, attend the service with company and rural residents.

  10. Characteristics and programme-defined treatment outcomes among childhood tuberculosis (TB patients under the national TB programme in Delhi.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Srinath Satyanarayana

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Childhood tuberculosis (TB patients under India's Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP are managed using diagnostic algorithms and directly observed treatment with intermittent thrice-weekly short-course treatment regimens for 6-8 months. The assignment into pre-treatment weight bands leads to drug doses (milligram per kilogram that are lower than current World Health Organization (WHO guidelines for some patients. OBJECTIVES: The main aim of our study was to describe the baseline characteristics and treatment outcomes reported under RNTCP for registered childhood (age <15 years TB patients in Delhi. Additionally, we compared the reported programmatic treatment completion rates between children treated as per WHO recommended anti-TB drug doses with those children treated with anti-TB drug doses below that recommended in WHO guidelines. METHODS: For this cross-sectional retrospective study, we reviewed programme records of all 1089 TB patients aged <15 years registered for TB treatment from January to June, 2008 in 6 randomly selected districts of Delhi. WHO disease classification and treatment outcome definitions are used by RNTCP, and these were extracted as reported in programme records. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Among 1074 patients with records available, 651 (61% were females, 122 (11% were <5 years of age, 1000 (93% were new cases, and 680 (63% had extra-pulmonary TB (EP-TB--most commonly peripheral lymph node disease [310 (46%]. Among 394 pulmonary TB (PTB cases, 165 (42% were sputum smear-positive. The overall reported treatment completion rate was 95%. Similar reported treatment completion rates were found in all subgroups assessed, including those patients whose drug dosages were lower than that currently recommended by WHO. Further studies are needed to assess the reasons for the low proportion of under-5 years of age TB case notifications, address challenges in reaching all childhood TB patients by RNTCP, the

  11. Y-box-binding protein-1 (YB-1) promotes cell proliferation, adhesion and drug resistance in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Miao, Xiaobing; Wu, Yaxun [Department of Pathology, Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong 226361, Jiangsu (China); Wang, Yuchan [Department of Pathogen, Medical College, Nantong University, Nantong 226001, Jiangsu (China); Jiangsu Province Key Laboratory for Inflammation and Molecular Drug Target, Nantong University, Nantong 226001, Jiangsu (China); Zhu, Xinghua; Yin, Haibing [Department of Pathology, Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong 226361, Jiangsu (China); He, Yunhua [Jiangsu Province Key Laboratory for Inflammation and Molecular Drug Target, Nantong University, Nantong 226001, Jiangsu (China); Li, Chunsun; Liu, Yushan; Lu, Xiaoyun; Chen, Yali; Shen, Rong [Department of Pathology, Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong 226361, Jiangsu (China); Xu, Xiaohong, E-mail: xuxiaohongnantong@126.com [Department of Oncology, Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong 226361, Jiangsu (China); He, Song, E-mail: hesongnt@126.com [Department of Pathology, Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong 226361, Jiangsu (China)

    2016-08-15

    YB-1 is a multifunctional protein, which has been shown to correlate with resistance to treatment of various tumor types. This study investigated the expression and biologic function of YB-1 in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Immunohistochemical analysis showed that the expression statuses of YB-1 and pYB-1{sup S102} were reversely correlated with the clinical outcomes of DLBCL patients. In addition, we found that YB-1 could promote the proliferation of DLBCL cells by accelerating the G1/S transition. Ectopic expression of YB-1 could markedly increase the expression of cell cycle regulators cyclin D1 and cyclin E. Furthermore, we found that adhesion of DLBCL cells to fibronectin (FN) could increase YB-1 phosphorylation at Ser102 and pYB-1{sup S102} nuclear translocation. In addition, overexpression of YB-1 could increase the adhesion of DLBCL cells to FN. Intriguingly, we found that YB-1 overexpression could confer drug resistance through cell-adhesion dependent and independent mechanisms in DLBCL. Silencing of YB-1 could sensitize DLBCL cells to mitoxantrone and overcome cell adhesion-mediated drug resistance (CAM-DR) phenotype in an AKT-dependent manner. - Highlights: • The expression statuses of YB-1 and pYB-1{sup S102} are reversely correlated with outcomes of DLBCL patients. • YB-1 promotes cell proliferation by accelerating G1/S transition in DLBCL. • YB-1 confers drug resistance to mitoxantrone in DLBCL.

  12. Optical properties of Yb{sup 3+}-doped phosphate laser glasses

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Venkatramu, V. [Department of Physics, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa 516 003 (India); Vijaya, R. [Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517 502, Andhra Pradesh (India); Leon-Luis, S.F. [MALTA Consolider Team, Departamento de Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, E-38200 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain); Babu, P. [Department of Physics, Govt. Degree and P.G. College, Wanaparthy 509 103 (India); Jayasankar, C.K., E-mail: ckjaya@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517 502, Andhra Pradesh (India); Lavin, V. [MALTA Consolider Team, Departamento de Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, E-38200 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain); Instituto Universitario de Estudios Avanzados en Atomica, Molecular y Fotonica (IUdEA), Universidad de La Laguna, E-38200 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain); Dhareshwar, L.J. [Laser and Neutron Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2011-04-21

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Research highlights: > The optical properties of Yb{sup 3+}-doped phosphate glasses exhibit better laser performance parameters. > The OH{sup -} concentration in glasses increases with increase of Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentration. > The quenching of lifetime is purely diffusion limited at lower Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentration. > The lifetime of {sup 2}F{sub 5/2} is proportional to inter-ionic distance between Yb{sup 3+} ions. - Abstract: Ytterbium-doped phosphate glasses have been prepared and studied their spectroscopic properties through absorption, emission and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral studies and time-resolved luminescence decay curves. The absorption cross-section has been found to vary with the variation of Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentration. The results of the FTIR spectra show that the OH{sup -} content is increasing with increase of the Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentration in these glasses. The decay curves of the {sup 2}F{sub 5/2} level of Yb{sup 3+} ions exhibit a single exponential nature for all the concentrations. The lifetimes of the {sup 2}F{sub 5/2} level of Yb{sup 3+} ions decreases from 1.04 to 0.27 ms when the Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentration is increased from 0.1 to 6.0 mol%. The quenching of lifetimes has been found to vary directly with the inter-ionic distance between the Yb{sup 3+} ions. The concentration quenching of the lifetime has been analyzed using different energy transfer processes and no evidence of cooperative luminescence of Yb{sup 3+} ions has been found in these glasses, which reveals that the present glasses are useful for photonic device applications. The laser performance properties have also been evaluated for these glasses and compared with those of other reported Yb{sup 3+}-doped glass systems.

  13. Modeling of Yb3+-sensitized Er3+-doped silica waveguide amplifiers

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Lester, Christian; Bjarklev, Anders Overgaard; Rasmussen, Thomas

    1995-01-01

    A model for Yb3+-sensitized Er3+-doped silica waveguide amplifiers is described and numerically investigated in the small-signal regime. The amplified spontaneous emission in the ytterbium-band and the quenching process between excited erbium ions are included in the model. For pump wavelengths...... between 860 and 995 nm, the amplified spontaneous emission in the ytterbium-band is found to reduce both the gain and the optimum length of the amplifier significantly. The achievable gain of the Yb3+-sensitized amplifier is found to be higher than in an Er3+-doped silica waveguide without Yb 3+ (18 d...

  14. Coupling of frustrated ising spins to the magnetic cycloid in multiferroic TbMnO3

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Prokhnenko, O.; Feyerherm, R.; Mostovoy, M.; Aliouane, N.; Dudzik, E.; Maljuk, A.; Argyriou, D. N.

    2007-01-01

    We report on diffraction measurements on multiferroic TbMnO3 which demonstrate that the Tb- and Mn-magnetic orders are coupled below the ferroelectric transition T-FE = 28 K. For T Tb and Mn are locked so that tau(Tb) = tau(Mn), while below T-N(Tb) =

  15. Production and spectroscopy of ultracold YbRb* molecules

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Nemitz, Nils

    2008-11-01

    This thesis describes the formation of electronically excited but translationally cold molecules formed from rubidium atoms and two isotopes of ytterbium ( 176 Yb and 174 Yb) by means of photoassociation. The experiments were performed in a combined MOT with 10 9 rubidium atoms and 2.10 6 ytterbium atoms at temperatures of less than 1 mK. Photoassociation lines were found by trap loss spectroscopy throughout a wavelength range of 2 nm near the 795 nm D1 transition in rubidium. The majority of lines belong to two vibrational series in the excited YbRb * molecule, converging on a system of a ground state ytterbium atom and an excited rubidium atom. The strong variation of line strength between different vibrational lines is explained through the Franck-Condon principle. An improved version of the Leroy-Bernstein equation was used to extract the leading dispersion coefficient of the potential from the vibrational progression. Most of the observed lines show a resolved rotational structure as expected from a basic quantum mechanical model. The series terminates with the third or forth rotational component due to the ground state centrifugal barrier.The measured rotational constants agree very well with calculations based on the C 6 coefficient. The discovery of a splitting of the rotational components into subcomponents indicates an uncommon angular momentum coupling described by Hund's case. Variations in the depth of the subcomponents indicates a similar splitting in the ground state, with the energies of the substates based on the alignment of the rubidium atom's magnetic dipole moment relative to the angular momentum carried by an approaching ytterbium atom. This creates an additional ground state barrier, partially suppressing some of the subcomponents. Using a rate equation model developed for this purpose, a maximum formation rate of 2.5.10 6 molecules per second was calculated over the volume of the entire trap. The work presented here is an important step on

  16. Production and spectroscopy of ultracold YbRb{sup *} molecules

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Nemitz, Nils

    2008-11-15

    This thesis describes the formation of electronically excited but translationally cold molecules formed from rubidium atoms and two isotopes of ytterbium ({sup 176}Yb and {sup 174}Yb) by means of photoassociation. The experiments were performed in a combined MOT with 10{sup 9} rubidium atoms and 2.10{sup 6} ytterbium atoms at temperatures of less than 1 mK. Photoassociation lines were found by trap loss spectroscopy throughout a wavelength range of 2 nm near the 795 nm D1 transition in rubidium. The majority of lines belong to two vibrational series in the excited YbRb{sup *} molecule, converging on a system of a ground state ytterbium atom and an excited rubidium atom. The strong variation of line strength between different vibrational lines is explained through the Franck-Condon principle. An improved version of the Leroy-Bernstein equation was used to extract the leading dispersion coefficient of the potential from the vibrational progression. Most of the observed lines show a resolved rotational structure as expected from a basic quantum mechanical model. The series terminates with the third or forth rotational component due to the ground state centrifugal barrier.The measured rotational constants agree very well with calculations based on the C{sub 6} coefficient. The discovery of a splitting of the rotational components into subcomponents indicates an uncommon angular momentum coupling described by Hund's case. Variations in the depth of the subcomponents indicates a similar splitting in the ground state, with the energies of the substates based on the alignment of the rubidium atom's magnetic dipole moment relative to the angular momentum carried by an approaching ytterbium atom. This creates an additional ground state barrier, partially suppressing some of the subcomponents. Using a rate equation model developed for this purpose, a maximum formation rate of 2.5.10{sup 6} molecules per second was calculated over the volume of the entire trap. The

  17. X-ray Excitation Triggers Ytterbium Anomalous Emission in CaF 2 :Yb but Not in SrF 2 :Yb

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Hughes-Currie, Rosa B.; Ivanovskikh, Konstantin V.; Wells, Jon-Paul R.; Reid, Michael F.; Gordon, Robert A.; Seijo, Luis; Barandiarán, Zoila

    2017-02-27

    Materials that luminesce after excitation with ionizing radiation are extensively applied in physics, medicine, security, and industry. Lanthanide dopants are known to trigger crystal scintillation through their fast d–f emissions; the same is true for other important applications as lasers or phosphors for lighting. However, this ability can be seriously compromised by unwanted anomalous emissions often found with the most common lanthanide activators. We report high-resolution X-ray-excited optical (IR to UV) luminescence spectra of CaF2:Yb and SrF2:Yb samples excited at 8949 eV and 80 K. Ionizing radiation excites the known anomalous emission of ytterbium in the CaF2 host but not in the SrF2 host. Wave function-based ab initio calculations of host-to-dopant electron transfer and Yb2+/Yb3+ intervalence charge transfer explain the difference. The model also explains the lack of anomalous emission in Yb-doped SrF2 excited by VUV radiation.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of Nd3+: Yb3+ co-doped near infrared sensitive fluorapatite nanoparticles as a bioimaging probe

    Science.gov (United States)

    Karthi, S.; Kumar, G. A.; Sardar, D. K.; Santhosh, C.; Girija, E. K.

    2018-03-01

    Trivalent Nd and Yb co-doped rod shaped hexagonal phase fluorapatite (FAP) nanoparticles of length and width about 32 and 13 nm, respectively were prepared by hydrothermal method and investigated the ability for 980 nm emission via Nd3+ → Yb3+ energy transfer with the objective of utilizing them in biomedical imaging. Nd3+ → Yb3+ energy transfer in FAP was studied as a function of both Nd3+ and Yb3+ concentrations and found that when Yb3+ concentration was 10 mol% the FAP phase has partially turned in to YbPO4 phase. The Yb3+ emission intensity at 980 nm significantly increased up to 5 mol% Yb3+ doping and then reduced drastically for further increase in its concentration. Nd3+ →Yb3+ energy transfer rates were evaluated from the decay curves and found that a transfer rate of 71% for 2 mol% Nd3+ co-doped with 5 mol% Yb3+. The cytocompatibility test with fibroblast like cells using MTT assay revealed that the nanoparticles are compatible with the cells.

  19. Coaxial monitoring of keyhole during Yb:YAG laser welding

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kim, Cheol-Hee; Ahn, Do-Chang

    2012-09-01

    In laser remote welding using a scanner, high-speed welding can be achieved by using a 6-axial robot and a galvanometric mirror. In this system, because the laser projection point changes depending on the mirror's position, coaxial monitoring is required to track welding phenomena. This paper presents coaxial monitoring of the keyhole generated by an Yb:YAG laser beam during laser lap welding of steel and Al sheets. A coaxial image camera and a coaxial illumination laser are integrated into the proposed monitoring system. The areas of the keyhole and the full penetration hole were calculated by image processing, and their behaviours were investigated under various welding conditions. The keyhole was monitored using various band-pass filters and a coaxial illumination laser. Adequate filters were suggested for steel and Al alloy welding.

  20. Transition probabilities up to I = 36+ in 160Yb

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Johnson, N.R.; McGowan, F.K.; Winchell, D.F.; Baktash, C.; Garrett, J.D.; Lee, I.Y.; Wells, J.C.; Chaturvedi, L.; Gao, W.B.; Ma, W.C.; Pilotte, S.; Yu, C.H.

    1992-01-01

    During the past dozen years or so, numerous groups have worked on the properties of the ytterbium nuclei and we at Oak Ridge have been actively involved in the study of many of these nuclei. We have concentrated on lifetime measurements of their high-spin states because it is from the lifetime of a state that one can determine Q t , the transition quadrupole moment. The importance of obtaining a Q t value is in that it reflects the intrinsic part of the wave function and, hence, provides an indicator of the collectivity. This paper presents the results from recent Doppler broadened line shape measurements in 16O Yb at very large rotational frequencies of bar Hω∼0.36 - 0.50 MeV (I = 22 + -36 + )

  1. Management of MDR-TB in HIV co-infected patients in Eastern Europe: Results from the TB:HIV study.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Efsen, A M W; Schultze, A; Miller, R F; Panteleev, A; Skrahin, A; Podlekareva, D N; Miro, J M; Girardi, E; Furrer, H; Losso, M H; Toibaro, J; Caylà, J A; Mocroft, A; Lundgren, J D; Post, F A; Kirk, O

    2018-01-01

    Mortality among HIV patients with tuberculosis (TB) remains high in Eastern Europe (EE), but details of TB and HIV management remain scarce. In this prospective study, we describe the TB treatment regimens of patients with multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB and use of antiretroviral therapy (ART). A total of 105 HIV-positive patients had MDR-TB (including 33 with extensive drug resistance) and 130 pan-susceptible TB. Adequate initial TB treatment was provided for 8% of patients with MDR-TB compared with 80% of those with pan-susceptible TB. By twelve months, an estimated 57.3% (95%CI 41.5-74.1) of MDR-TB patients had started adequate treatment. While 67% received ART, HIV-RNA suppression was demonstrated in only 23%. Our results show that internationally recommended MDR-TB treatment regimens were infrequently used and that ART use and viral suppression was well below the target of 90%, reflecting the challenging patient population and the environment in which health care is provided. Urgent improvement of management of patients with TB/HIV in EE, in particular for those with MDR-TB, is needed and includes widespread access to rapid TB diagnostics, better access to and use of second-line TB drugs, timely ART initiation with viral load monitoring, and integration of TB/HIV care. Copyright © 2017 The British Infection Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. HIV screening among TB patients and level of antiretroviral therapy ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of HIV among TB patients and initiation of ART and provision of CPT for TB/HIV co-infected patients in Hawassa university referral hospital. Methods: A five year document ... Data analysis was done by using SPSS version 20 software. Bivariate and multivariate logistic ...

  3. The effects of Tb 3+ doping concentration on luminescence ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    reported that the particle size, shape, crystallinity, etc., sig- nificantly affect the luminescence properties of Tb3+ ion.16. In 2014, the authors present ab initio theoretical study of the 4f8 and 4f75d manifolds of Tb3+-doped BaF2 cubic sites, gives the calculated electronic structure and spectro- scopic parameters.12 On the ...

  4. 46 CFR 30.10-11 - Coastwise-TB/C.

    Science.gov (United States)

    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Coastwise-TB/C. 30.10-11 Section 30.10-11 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TANK VESSELS GENERAL PROVISIONS Definitions § 30.10-11 Coastwise—TB/C. Under this designation shall be included all tank vessels normally navigating the waters of any...

  5. 46 CFR 30.10-61 - Rivers-TB/R.

    Science.gov (United States)

    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Rivers-TB/R. 30.10-61 Section 30.10-61 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TANK VESSELS GENERAL PROVISIONS Definitions § 30.10-61 Rivers—TB/R. Under this designation shall be included all tank vessels whose navigation is restricted to...

  6. When students become patients: TB disease among medical ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    Background. Medical students acquire latent tuberculosis (TB) infection at a rate of 23 cases/100 person-years. The frequency and impact of occupational TB disease in this population are unknown. Methods. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed via email and social media to current medical students and ...

  7. EDITORIAL South Africa and national TB control: Are we making ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    The analysis of the ten leading underlying natural causes of death showed that six of the top ten ... A systematic review on TB and poverty identified the contribution of patient costs in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors reported that. TB patients in sub-Saharan Africa incur both substantial direct and indirect costs before, during ...

  8. Prevalence and management out comes of anti TB drugs induced ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    Patients and Methods: All TB patients admitted in the Hospital during the study period are the source of population, the study groups were been selected by detecting the possible confounding factors for jaundice. Base line LFT before anti TB initiation was determined before developed jaundice. Those patients, whom the ...

  9. 46 CFR 31.20-1 - Waters-TB/ALL.

    Science.gov (United States)

    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Waters-TB/ALL. 31.20-1 Section 31.20-1 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TANK VESSELS INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION Waters Operated Over § 31.20-1 Waters—TB/ALL. The certificate of inspection shall show the waters over which the tank vessel...

  10. When students become patients: TB disease among medical ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    access article is distributed under. Creative Commons licence CC-BY-NC 4.0. Background. Medical students acquire latent tuberculosis (TB) infection at a rate of 23 cases/100 person-years. The frequency and impact of occupational TB disease ...

  11. The social determinants of tuberculosis and their association with TB ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    Progress made in TB control through the implementation of the DOTS strategy, has been retarded by factors such as poverty, the HIV pandemic and the advent of multidrug resistant tuberculosis. There is currently an increasing shift in TB control ...

  12. 8__Aisha_Detection ofMDR-TB

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    User

    Among the MDR-TB cases rifampicin resistance was associated with rpoB WT gene and rpoB MUT gene in 100% and 62% of the ... diagnosis of TB patients, and proper treatment and management of the infected cases to minimize the spread and ..... in an amino acid change and concluded that this is one of the reasons ...

  13. 46 CFR 30.10-45 - Ocean-TB/O.

    Science.gov (United States)

    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Ocean-TB/O. 30.10-45 Section 30.10-45 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TANK VESSELS GENERAL PROVISIONS Definitions § 30.10-45 Ocean—TB/O. Under this designation shall be included all tank vessels normally navigating the waters of any ocean or...

  14. Rapid assessment of a National Tuberculosis (TB) Control ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    infectious activities. Such activities include smoking, large alcohol intake which weakens immunity, spraying of cars and handling various chemicals. The incidence of TB amongst children and teenagers from 1 to 20 years are low: TB cases was 2.2% in age group 0-10 years and 9.9% in 11-20 years. This may suggest that.

  15. Antiferromagnetism in a 20% Ho-80% Tb alloy single crystal

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Lebech, Bente

    1968-01-01

    20% Ho-80% Tb exhibits two magnetic phases, similar to those of Tb. The spiral turn angle varies from 31.1° to 21.4°. A minimum effective spin for the occurrence of stable simple ferromagnetic structure at low temperatures is predicted....

  16. Not just pretty pictures: Geographical Information Systems in TB ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is becoming a useful tool in disease control by health planners. However little is known about its potential in tuberculosis (TB) control. In 2000 the National TB Programme (NTP) in Malawi assessed its usefulness. Routinely collected case-finding data from the 3 previous years (1997 ...

  17. Confinement in the management of drug-resistant TB: The ...

    African Journals Online (AJOL)

    In the context of expanding TB and HIV epidemics in South Africa, the decision to enforce non-voluntary admission for XDR TB raises many ethical and human rights dilemmas, principally because it trades off the human rights of individuals against the public good. However, the dichotomy may also involve competing rights ...

  18. Synergistic effect of Al and Gd on enhancement of mechanical properties of magnesium alloys

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Bita Pourbahari

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The effect of Gd/Al ratio on the properties of as-cast Mg-Gd-Al-Zn alloys was investigated by changing the chemical composition from that of AZ61 to GZ61. At the ratio of 1, the Al2Gd phase becomes predominant and Mg17Al12 is hardly seen in the microstructure. As a potent inoculant, the Al2Gd phase resulted in intense grain refinement and enhancement of strength, ductility and toughness. For instance, the tensile strength and elongation to failure of Mg-3Gd-3Al-1Zn alloy were enhanced by ~4% and 180% compared with those of AZ61 alloy, respectively. However, at high Gd/Al ratios, the Al2Gd phase was replaced by (Mg,Al3Gd and Mg5Gd phases and very large grain sizes were achieved, which led to poor tensile properties and the appearance of cleavage facets on the fracture surfaces. Therefore, it can be deduced that the presence of Gd and Al, in appropriate amounts to reach Gd/Al ratio of ~ 1, is required for the achievement of grain refinement, good ductility, high strength, and the appearance of ductile fracture surfaces in the Mg-Gd-Al-Zn system. Conclusively, the Mg-Gd-Al-Zn alloys can be considered as a new class of structural magnesium alloy and it is superior to both AZ (Mg-Al-Zn and GZ (Mg-Gd-Zn series of alloys.

  19. Powerful visible (530???770 nm) luminescence in Yb,Ho:GGG with IR diode pumping.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kir'yanov, Alexander; Aboites, V; Belovolov, A; Timoshechkin, M; Belovolov, M; Damzen, M; Minassian, A

    2002-08-12

    Powerful visible luminescence in a Gadolinium Gallium Garnet (GGG) crystal, co-activated with Yb3+ (~15 at.%) and Ho3+ (~0.1 at.%) ions, is investigated under CW laser diode pumping (lambda = 938 and 976 nm). The main visible emission band is observed in the green with its peak at lambda ~540 nm) and measured to be about 10% with respect to Yb3+ IR luminescence (lambda ~1000 nm). Red (lambda ~650 nm) and near-IR (lambda ~755 nm) emission bands are also observed but are weaker (about 3-5%). Analysis of the crystal absorption and luminescence spectra allows one to conclude that Yb3+ - Ho3+ stepwise up-conversion is the mechanism explaining the phenomenon. Ho3+ ions embedded in the crystal in small concentration are shown to form an effective reservoir for energy transferred from the excited Yb3+ subsystem and to be an efficient source of the visible emission.

  20. Instability of Yb3+ and Pr3+ low-symmetry luminescence centers in gallium phosphide

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Kasatkin, V.A.

    1985-01-01

    The stability of γb 3+ and Pr 3+ low-symmetry luminescence centers formed in gallium phosphide during quenching were studied in the process of durable storage and annealing. Observation of the Yb 3+ and Pr 3+ centrer states was accomplished by the photoluminescence spectra at 18 K. It has been established that annealing in the dark under normal conditions results in a reduced integral luminescence intensity of all low-symmetry Yb 3+ and Pr 3+ centers. Annealing of quenched GaP and GaP saples at 400 K results in complete disappearance of intracenter luminescence of Pr 3+ and low-symmetry Yb 3+ centers. Decomposition during storage and low anealing temperature point to the instability of low-symmetry centers of Pr 3+ and Yb 3+ luminescence