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  1. Improvements on Signal Processing for HF Radar

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    LIU Yongtan; SHEN Yiying


    In this paper improvements on signalprocessing are achieved to enhance the performancesof H-F radar system, being unobtainable by the con-ventional signal processing. Using the improved sig-nal processing both high range resolution and longcoherent integration time may be obtained for goodbenefit to the target resolution and weak signal de-tection. Modification to the unmatched correspon-dence between range delay samples and range resolu-tion ceils saves an additional accumulation loss in therange processing. Finally, comparisons between theimproved and the conventional signal processing aregiven by numerical simulation.

  2. Vertically oriented few-layered HfS2 nanosheets: growth mechanism and optical properties (United States)

    Zheng, Binjie; Chen, Yuanfu; Wang, Zegao; Qi, Fei; Huang, Zhishuo; Hao, Xin; Li, Pingjian; Zhang, Wanli; Li, Yanrong


    For the first time, large-area, vertically oriented few-layered hafnium disulfide (V-{{{HfS}}}2) nanosheets have been grown by chemical vapor deposition. The individual {{{HfS}}}2 nanosheets are well [001] oriented, with highly crystalline quality. Far different from conventional van der Waals epitaxial growth mechanism for two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides, a novel dangling-bond-assisted self-seeding growth mechanism is proposed to describe the growth of V-{{{HfS}}}2 nanosheets: difficult migration of {{{HfS}}}2 adatoms on substrate surface results in {{{HfS}}}2 seeds growing perpendicularly to the substrate; V-{{{HfS}}}2 nanosheets inherit the growth direction of {{{HfS}}}2 seeds; V-{{{HfS}}}2 nanosheets further expand in the in-plane direction with time evolution. Moreover, the V-{{{HfS}}}2 nanosheets show strong and broadened photons absorption from near infrared to ultraviolet; the V-{{{HfS}}}2-based photodetector exhibits an ultrafast photoresponse time of 24 ms, and a high photosensitivity ca. 103 for 405 nm laser.

  3. Signal processing technique for randomly discontinuous spectra HF radar waveforms

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    张东坡; 刘兴钊


    A major problem with all high frequency (HF) radars is a relatively poor range resolution available due to many interference sources. To avoid the interferences in frequency domain and operate with wideband, the randomly discontinuous spectra (RDS) signal is employed. However, it results in high range sidelobes when matching the reflected echo, which is much more difficult for target detection. A new signal processing technique that is radically different from the conventional technique to lower range sidelobes is introduced. This method is based on suppressing the selfclutter of the radar range ambiguity function (AF) by mismatched filtering. An effective algorithm is adopted to solve the filter coefficients. Simulation results show that the peak sidelobe level can be reduced to -30dB and the achievable system bandwidth is about 400KHz. The technique is adaptable to practical radar systems and applicable for other realtime signal processing.

  4. Interface engineered HfO2-based 3D vertical ReRAM (United States)

    Hudec, Boris; Wang, I.-Ting; Lai, Wei-Li; Chang, Che-Chia; Jančovič, Peter; Fröhlich, Karol; Mičušík, Matej; Omastová, Mária; Hou, Tuo-Hung


    We demonstrate a double-layer 3D vertical resistive random access memory (ReRAM) stack implementing a Pt/HfO2/TiN memory cell. The HfO2 switching layer is grown by atomic layer deposition on the sidewall of a SiO2/TiN/SiO2/TiN/SiO2 multilayer pillar. A steep vertical profile was achieved using CMOS-compatible TiN dry etching. We employ in situ TiN bottom interface engineering by ozone, which results in (a) significant forming voltage reduction which allows for forming-free operation in AC pulsed mode, and (b) non-linearity tuning of low resistance state by current compliance during Set operation. The vertical ReRAM shows excellent read and write disturb immunity between vertically stacked cells, retention over 104 s and excellent switching stability at 400 K. Endurance of 107 write cycles was achieved using 100 ns wide AC pulses while fast switching speed using pulses of only 10 ns width is also demonstrated. The active switching region was evaluated to be located closer to the bottom interface which allows for the observed high endurance.

  5. Robustness of digitally modulated signal features against variation in HF noise model

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    Shoaib Mobien


    Full Text Available Abstract High frequency (HF band has both military and civilian uses. It can be used either as a primary or backup communication link. Automatic modulation classification (AMC is of an utmost importance in this band for the purpose of communications monitoring; e.g., signal intelligence and spectrum management. A widely used method for AMC is based on pattern recognition (PR. Such a method has two main steps: feature extraction and classification. The first step is generally performed in the presence of channel noise. Recent studies show that HF noise could be modeled by Gaussian or bi-kappa distributions, depending on day-time. Therefore, it is anticipated that change in noise model will have impact on features extraction stage. In this article, we investigate the robustness of well known digitally modulated signal features against variation in HF noise. Specifically, we consider temporal time domain (TTD features, higher order cumulants (HOC, and wavelet based features. In addition, we propose new features extracted from the constellation diagram and evaluate their robustness against the change in noise model. This study is targeting 2PSK, 4PSK, 8PSK, 16QAM, 32QAM, and 64QAM modulations, as they are commonly used in HF communications.

  6. A New Range Sidelobe Suppression Technique for Randomly Intermittent Spectra HF Radar Signal

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    ZHANG Dong-po; LIU Xing-zhao


    The randomly intermittent spectra (RIS) signal is employed to combat spectrum congestion in radar and other radio services to evade the external interferences in high-frequency (HF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF)bands. However, the spectra discontinuity of the signal gets rise to high range sidelobes when matching the refleeted echo, which is much more difficult for targets detection. So it is indispensable to investigate the technique for sidelobes suppression of the range profile when RIS signal is utilized, This paper introduced a new processing technique based on time domain filtering to lower the range sidelobes. A robust and effetive algorithm is adopted to solve the coefficients of the filter, and the restriction on the desired response of the filter is derived. The simulation results show that the peak range sidelobe can be reduced to -27 dB from -9.5 dB while the frequency band span (FBS) is 200 kHz.

  7. SIG-VISA: Signal-based Vertically Integrated Seismic Monitoring (United States)

    Moore, D.; Mayeda, K. M.; Myers, S. C.; Russell, S.


    Traditional seismic monitoring systems rely on discrete detections produced by station processing software; however, while such detections may constitute a useful summary of station activity, they discard large amounts of information present in the original recorded signal. We present SIG-VISA (Signal-based Vertically Integrated Seismic Analysis), a system for seismic monitoring through Bayesian inference on seismic signals. By directly modeling the recorded signal, our approach incorporates additional information unavailable to detection-based methods, enabling higher sensitivity and more accurate localization using techniques such as waveform matching. SIG-VISA's Bayesian forward model of seismic signal envelopes includes physically-derived models of travel times and source characteristics as well as Gaussian process (kriging) statistical models of signal properties that combine interpolation of historical data with extrapolation of learned physical trends. Applying Bayesian inference, we evaluate the model on earthquakes as well as the 2009 DPRK test event, demonstrating a waveform matching effect as part of the probabilistic inference, along with results on event localization and sensitivity. In particular, we demonstrate increased sensitivity from signal-based modeling, in which the SIGVISA signal model finds statistical evidence for arrivals even at stations for which the IMS station processing failed to register any detection.

  8. Signal processing techniques for phase-coded HF-VHF radars

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    J. A. Baskaradas


    Full Text Available HF-VHF radar techniques are easy to employ and commonly used in geophysical applications. They include deep radio soundings, used for probing the ionosphere, stratosphere-mesosphere measurement, weather forecast and radio-glaciology. Fast algorithms and powerful processors facilitate the development of several kinds of low power radars, but the reduction of the transmitted power has to be compensated by on-line processing of an encoded signal to maintain a favorable signal-to-noise ratio suitable for detection. Moreover, radars have to reconstruct return echoes with different travel times due to various origins (multi-path, adjacent objects, etc.. Such needs can be accomplished by means of signal phase coding and one of the most attractive is the reversal phase code. The composite echo signal must be processed to extract the physical information useful for the measurement considered. In this paper some algorithms used for on-line processing of phase-coded signals will be described, both in time and frequency domain.

  9. Nanohertz Frequency Determination for the Gravity Probe B HF SQUID Signal

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    Salomon, M; Kozaczuk, J; Berberian, J E; Santiago, D I; Keiser, G M; Silbergleit, A S; Worden, P


    In this paper, we present a method to measure the frequency and the frequency change rate of a digital signal. This method consists of three consecutive algorithms: frequency interpolation, phase differencing, and a third algorithm specifically designed and tested by the authors. The succession of these three algorithms allowed a 5 parts in 10^10 resolution in frequency determination. The algorithm developed by the authors can be applied to a sampled scalar signal such that a model linking the harmonics of its main frequency to the underlying physical phenomenon is available. This method was developed in the framework of the Gravity Probe B (GP-B) mission. It was applied to the High Frequency (HF) component of GP-B's Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) signal, whose main frequency fz is close to the spin frequency of the gyroscopes used in the experiment. A 30 nHz resolution in signal frequency and a 0.1 pHz/sec resolution in its decay rate were achieved out of a succession of 1.86 second-long...

  10. Observation of lightning-induced signals on the summit of La Grande Montagne: HF measurements

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    Kolmasova Ivana


    Full Text Available A ground-based version of the IME-HF analyzer, developed for the French TARANIS mission, was connected to a magnetic loop antenna and used for broadband measurements of lightning-induced signals in the frequency range from 5 kHz to 36 MHz. A sampling frequency of 80 MHz allows examining submicrosecond timing properties of recorded horizontal magnetic-field waveforms related to different lightning phenomena. The instrumentation is placed in a quiet electromagnetic environment of an external measurement site of the Laboratoire Souterrain à Bas Bruit (LSBB on the summit of La Grande Montagne (1028 m, 43.94N, 5.48E. We present results of measurements recorded during two years of operation. We concentrate our attention on signals radiated by in-cloud processes which are difficult to detect in situ or optically. We also analyze a fine structure of the magnetic-field waveforms from different types of return strokes in order to investigate currents flowing in the lightning channels. After the launch of the TARANIS satellite the ground-based measurements will complement the observations from space.

  11. Cluster observations of ELF/VLF signals generated by modulated heating of the lower ionosphere with the HAARP HF transmitter


    Platino, M.; Inan, U.S.; Bell, T. F.; Pickett, J; Kennedy, E J; Trotignon, J. G.; Rauch, J. L.; Canu, P.


    It is now well known that amplitude modulated HF transmissions into the ionosphere can be used to generate ELF/VLF signals using the so-called "electrojet antenna". Although most observations of the generated ELF/VLF signals have been made on the ground, several low and high-altitude satellite observations have also been reported (James et al., 1990). One of the important unknowns in the physics of ELF/VLF wave generation by ionospheric heating is the volume of the magnetosphere ill...

  12. Cluster observations of ELF/VLF signals generated by modulated heating of the lower ionosphere with the HAARP HF transmitter


    Platino, M.; U. S. Inan; Bell, T.F.; Pickett, J.; Kennedy, E.J.; J. G. Trotignon; Rauch, J.L.; P. Canu


    It is now well known that amplitude modulated HF transmissions into the ionosphere can be used to generate ELF/VLF signals using the so-called "electrojet antenna". Although most observations of the generated ELF/VLF signals have been made on the ground, several low and high-altitude satellite observations have also been reported (James et al., 1990). One of the important unknowns in the physics of ELF/VLF wave generation by ionospheric heating is the volume of the magnetosphere ill...

  13. Cluster observations of ELF/VLF signals generated by modulated heating of the lower ionosphere with the HAARP HF transmitter

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    M. Platino


    Full Text Available It is now well known that amplitude modulated HF transmissions into the ionosphere can be used to generate ELF/VLF signals using the so-called "electrojet antenna". Although most observations of the generated ELF/VLF signals have been made on the ground, several low and high-altitude satellite observations have also been reported (James et al., 1990. One of the important unknowns in the physics of ELF/VLF wave generation by ionospheric heating is the volume of the magnetosphere illuminated by the ELF/VLF waves. In an attempt to investigate this question further, ground-satellite conjunction experiments have recently been conducted using the four Cluster satellites and the HF heater of the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP facility in Gakona, Alaska. Being located on largely closed field lines at L≈4.9, HAARP is currently also being used for ground-to-ground type of ELF/VLF wave-injection experiments, and will be increasingly used for this purpose as it is now being upgraded for higher power operation. In this paper, we describe the HAARP installation and present recent results of the HAARP-Cluster experiments. We give an overview of the detected ELF/VLF signals at Cluster, and a possible explanation of the spectral signature detected, as well as the determination of the location of the point of injection of the HAARP ELF/VLF signals into the magnetosphere using ray tracing.

  14. HF Radar Signal Processing Based on Tomographic Imaging and CS Technique

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    Qiang Yang


    Full Text Available This study presents the application of a spotlight-mode synthetic aperture radar (SAR imaging technique to the problem of high probablity target detection in high frequency (HF radar system, attempting to improve its spatial resolution. The effects of finite aperture on resolution, sampling constraints and reconstruction over a complete angular range of 360 degrees are discussed. A Convolution Back Projection (CBP algorithm has been applied to image reconstruction. In order to solve the range limitation of aspect angle with one radar-carrying platform, we collect data over a larger azimuthal range by making multi-aspect observations. Each straight line is a sub aperture over which we can perform the CBP algorithm. When we demand higher resolution for stationary target, it will cause blur with longer data acquisition time. Thus the application of the traditional imaging algorithm is limited. Compressed Sensing (CS has recently attracted much interest as it can reduce the number of samples without compromising the imaging quality. Within this motivation, we discuss the applicability of CS and present the application constraint for HF radar system.

  15. Signal absorption effects on HF radio paths near Sodankyla observatory (Finland) (United States)

    Blagoveshchenskii, D. V.


    Studies were performed on three oblique ionospheric sounding (OIS) paths: Gor'kovskaya-Lovozero (St. Petersburg) with a length of 890 km, Sodankyla-Gor'kovskaya (800 km), and Sodankyla-Lovozero (360 km). The data for March 17 and April 14, 2012, the days during the recovery phase of the corresponding magnetic storms, have been analyzed. According to the observations performed at Sodankyla, riometer absorption in the morning-daytime hours was high against a background of very weak magnetic disturbances registered with a magnetometer; a high absorption level was also typical of the second day but during a substantial magnetic disturbance. The signal propagation mode structure and intensity on different paths were compared for the indicated days. The main results achieved are as follows. The OIS signal mode structure at weak (for April 14, 2012) and strong (for March 17, 2012) absorption substantially differed when magnetic disturbances were weak at the same instant. Diffuse reflections from the F2 layer were observed on the first two paths during a magnetic disturbance at night of April 14, 2012. At the same time, diffusivity was absent on the same paths under quiet magnetic conditions in the morning and daytime hours on March 17, 2012. A short-term abrupt increase in the maximum observed frequency of the Es layer (MOF Es) by 30-80% was registered half an hour before a substantial absorption burst on the first path. Signal reflections from the sporadic Es layer were observed only on the first path on March 17, 2012, and April 14, 2012, during the absorption maximum ( A = 6 dB) according to the Sodankyla data, and the signal characteristics differed on those days.

  16. Readout for intersatellite laser interferometry: Measuring low frequency phase fluctuations of HF signals with microradian precision

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    Gerberding, Oliver; Kullmann, Joachim; Tröbs, Michael; Bykov, Ioury; Barke, Simon; Brause, Nils Christopher; Delgado, Juan José Esteban; Schwarze, Thomas S; Reiche, Jens; Danzmann, Karsten; Rasmussen, Torben; Hansen, Torben Vendt; Engaard, Anders; Pedersen, Søren Møller; Jennrich, Oliver; Suess, Martin; Sodnik, Zoran; Heinzel, Gerhard


    Precision phase readout of optical beat note signals is one of the core techniques required for intersatellite laser interferometry. Future space based gravitational wave detectors like eLISA require such a readout over a wide range of MHz frequencies, due to orbit induced Doppler shifts, with a precision in the order of $\\mu \\textrm{rad}/\\sqrt{\\textrm{Hz}}$ at frequencies between $0.1\\,\\textrm{mHz}$ and $1\\,\\textrm{Hz}$. In this paper, we present phase readout systems, so-called phasemeters, that are able to achieve such precisions and we discuss various means that have been employed to reduce noise in the analogue circuit domain and during digitisation. We also discuss the influence of some non-linear noise sources in the analogue domain of such phasemeters. And finally, we present the performance that was achieved during testing of the elegant breadboard model of the LISA phasemeter, that was developed in the scope of an ESA technology development activity.

  17. 47 CFR 73.646 - Telecommunications Service on the Vertical Blanking Interval and in the Visual Signal. (United States)


    ... 47 Telecommunication 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Telecommunications Service on the Vertical Blanking Interval and in the Visual Signal. 73.646 Section 73.646 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS....646 Telecommunications Service on the Vertical Blanking Interval and in the Visual Signal....

  18. Grating-assisted vertical couplers for signal routing in multilayer integrated optical networks (United States)

    Calò, Giovanna; Petruzzelli, Vincenzo


    Grating-assisted vertical couplers, which behave as add-drop filters, are proposed for wavelength routing of the signal among the different layers of on-chip multilayer optical networks. The device implements a 2×2 wavelength router which can be assembled into higher-order three-dimensional matrices. In particular, simple design criteria are found through a rapid and efficient optimization approach based on the mode analysis and demonstrated by the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) simulations. The proposed numerical method is valid either for in-plane or for vertical grating-assisted couplers and it requires negligible computational effort. Different configurations of grating-assisted vertical couplers are designed and their spectral behavior is analyzed by the FDTD. The proposed devices achieve low values of the crosstalk between the different ports (below -20 dB) and of the input reflection (below -15 dB).

  19. Power—Law in Depth—Dependence of Signal Speed in Vertical Granular Chain

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    XUAi-Guo; HongJongbae


    The signal generated by an initial perturbation dispersively propagates in the vertical granular chain under gravity.For the power-law-type contact force,the signal speed follows power-law with the depth.When the perturbation is very weak,the exponent is 1/2(1-1/p).When the perturbation is very strong,the exponent approaches zero.The transition of the exponent from oscillatory regime with weak nonlinearity to quasi-solitary regime with strong nonlinearity is smooth.

  20. Vertical dipoles to detect self potential signals in a seismic area of southern Italy: Tito station

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    G. Colangelo


    Full Text Available Since 2000 the Institute of Methodologies for the Environmental Analysis (National Council of Research, Tito, Italy installed a geophysical monitoring network able to detect geoelectric, geochemic and seismometric parameters in seismic areas of southern Italy. During this period a very large data-base of geophysical time series has been organized and it is actually available to assess robust statistical methodologies to identify geophysical anomalous patterns linked with local seismicity. To better understand the influence of rain and cultural noise on geoelectrical signals (Self Potential, during May 2004 we drilled in Tito station a 20 m-depth hole to measure the SP vertical component. The array is characterized by five Pb-PbCl2 electrodes put at different depths. The common electrode is fixed at 20 m. In this work we present some electrical anomalies probably correlated with local seismic activity on vertical dipoles recorded in Tito station.  

  1. Illumination of the Air Environment Using Radiation of HF Broadcast Stations (United States)

    Lutsenko, V. I.; Lutsenko, I. V.; Popov, I. V.


    We consider the possibility of using illumination of the HF broadcast stations for location of air objects. The relationships for estimation of the detection range are obtained and requirements for the degree of suppression of a direct signal from the broadcast station are determined. Spectral characteristics of the signals from HF broadcast stations are studied experimentally for different polarizations of the received radiation. The possibility of air object detection using the Doppler effect is shown. Theoretical estimates of the radar cross section of air objects for different polarizations of the incident radiation are given. It is found experimentally that the radar cross section is about the same for the vertical and horizontal polarizations.

  2. Neutral temperature and electron-density measurements in the lower E region by vertical HF sounding in the presence of an acoustic wave (United States)

    Blanc, E.


    It is noted that an acoustic wave generated at ground level and propagating vertically through the lower ionosphere produces partial reflections of radio waves transmitted by a vertical sounder. The Doppler effect of the radio wave produced by the acoustic wave motion depends on the properties of the atmosphere and ionosphere. It is shown that this permits a determination of both the neutral-temperature and the electron-density profiles of the lower E region. The accuracy and the advantages offered by this method are discussed, and some experimental results are compared with those of other measurement techniques.

  3. Vertical Handoff with Predictive Received Signal Strength in Next Generation Wireless Network

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    Jyoti Madaan


    Full Text Available Since the last few decades, tremendous innovations and inventions have been observed in every field, but especially in wireless network technology. The prevailing demand curves and trends in this particular area of communication show the importance of real-time multimedia applications over several networks with guaranteed quality of service (QoS. The Next Generation Wireless Network (NGWN consists of heterogeneous wireless networks that will grant high data rate and bandwidth to mobile users. The primary aim of Next Generation Wireless Network (NGWN is to conceal heterogeneities and to achieve convergence of diverse networks to provide seamless mobility. So that mobile user can move freely between networks without losing the connection or changing the setting at any moment. When the mobile user moves between different networks, there is a requirement to handover the channel, from one network to another by considering its services, features and user preferences. Channel handover between two different networks is done with the help of vertical handoff (VHO. In a heterogeneous environment, numerous technologies co-exist with their unique characteristics. Therefore, it is very difficult to design efficient handoff decision algorithm. The poorly designed handoff algorithm tends to increase the traffic load and, thereby tend to dramatic decrease in quality of service. A mobile node equipped with multiple network interfaces will be able to access heterogeneous wireless access network. But the availability of alternatives give rise to a problem of unnecessary handoff. To avoid this, we have proposed a decision algorithm based on predictive received signal strength, hysteresis margin and dwell time to select an optimum target network. The handoff policies are designed using received signal strength (RSS, available bandwidth, service cost, user preference, type of application and network condition to reduce the number of handoffs, decision delay

  4. Power-Law Behavior in Signal Scattering Process in Vertical Granular Chain with Light Impurities

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    XU Ai-Guo


    We investigate the scattering process of impulse in vertical granular chain with light impurities. When the perturbation is weak, the quantities describing the reflection rate exhibit power-law behavior with the impurity depth. The exponent is nearly independent of vi. When the perturbation is very strong, the vertical chain shows similar behavior to that of the horizontal chain, so the exponent is nearly zero. Our numerical investigation begins from the weak perturbation region and extends to the nonlinear region and found a peak of the exponent. The difficulty in extending the numerical investigation to a stronger perturbation region is analyzed.PACS numbers: 45.70.-n, 43.25.+y, 46.40.Cd

  5. Multi-Scale Morphological Analysis of Conductance Signals in Vertical Upward Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow (United States)

    Lian, Enyang; Ren, Yingyu; Han, Yunfeng; Liu, Weixin; Jin, Ningde; Zhao, Junying


    The multi-scale analysis is an important method for detecting nonlinear systems. In this study, we carry out experiments and measure the fluctuation signals from a rotating electric field conductance sensor with eight electrodes. We first use a recurrence plot to recognise flow patterns in vertical upward gas-liquid two-phase pipe flow from measured signals. Then we apply a multi-scale morphological analysis based on the first-order difference scatter plot to investigate the signals captured from the vertical upward gas-liquid two-phase flow loop test. We find that the invariant scaling exponent extracted from the multi-scale first-order difference scatter plot with the bisector of the second-fourth quadrant as the reference line is sensitive to the inhomogeneous distribution characteristics of the flow structure, and the variation trend of the exponent is helpful to understand the process of breakup and coalescence of the gas phase. In addition, we explore the dynamic mechanism influencing the inhomogeneous distribution of the gas phase in terms of adaptive optimal kernel time-frequency representation. The research indicates that the system energy is a factor influencing the distribution of the gas phase and the multi-scale morphological analysis based on the first-order difference scatter plot is an effective method for indicating the inhomogeneous distribution of the gas phase in gas-liquid two-phase flow.

  6. Modern HF Communications. (United States)


    vertically directed pulRe,’ radar , measures the delay time of the reflected siqnals in the frequency ranqe 1-20 MHz. This delay time is converted to a...qensitive and sophisticated iH or UHF- radars which detect weak reflections from plasma irregularit ies. There are ooil a few such installations in operation...terms of a few measurable parameeprs, so that the raytracing through the simplified model ionosphere yields realistic signal characteristics, for

  7. ExtraHF survey

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    Piepoli, Massimo F; Binno, Simone; Corrà, Ugo


    AIMS: In heart failure (HF), exercise training programmes (ETPs) are a well-recognized intervention to improve symptoms, but are still poorly implemented. The Heart Failure Association promoted a survey to investigate whether and how cardiac centres in Europe are using ETPs in their HF patients...... of evidence on safety or benefit was cited. When implemented, an ETP was proposed to all HF patients in only 55% of the centres, with restriction according to severity or aetiology. CONCLUSIONS: With respect to previous surveys, there is evidence of increased availability of ETPs in HF in Europe, although too...

  8. Prompt signals and displaced vertices in sparticle searches for next-to-minimal gauge-mediated supersymmetric models

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    Allanach, B.C. [University of Cambridge, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Badziak, Marcin [University of Warsaw, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Physics, Warsaw (Poland); University of California, Department of Physics, Berkeley, CA (United States); University of California, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (United States); Cottin, Giovanna [University of Cambridge, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Desai, Nishita [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Heidelberg (Germany); Hugonie, Cyril [LUPM, UMR 5299, CNRS, Universite de Montpellier, Montpellier (France); Ziegler, Robert [Sorbonne Universites, UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7589, LPTHE, Paris (France); CNRS, UMR 7589, LPTHE, Paris (France)


    We study the LHC phenomenology of the next-to-minimal model of gauge-mediated supersymmetry breaking, both for Run I and Run II. The Higgs phenomenology of the model is consistent with observations: a 125 GeV standard model-like Higgs which mixes with singlet-like state of mass around 90 GeV that provides a 2σ excess at LEP II. The model possesses regions of parameter space where a longer-lived lightest neutralino decays in the detector into a gravitino and a b-jet pair or a tau pair resulting in potential displaced vertex signatures. We investigate current bounds on sparticle masses and the discovery potential of the model, both via conventional searches and via searches for displaced vertices. The searches based on promptly decaying sparticles currently give a lower limit on the gluino mass 1080 GeV and could be sensitive up to 1900 GeV with 100 fb{sup -1}, whereas the current displaced vertex searches cannot probe this model due to b-quarks in the final state. We show how the displaced vertex cuts might be relaxed in order to improve signal efficiency, while simultaneously applied prompt cuts reduce background, resulting in a much better sensitivity than either strategy alone and motivating a fully fledged experimental study. (orig.)

  9. Prompt Signals and Displaced Vertices in Sparticle Searches for Next-to-Minimal Gauge Mediated Supersymmetric Models

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    Allanach, B C; Cottin, Giovanna; Desai, Nishita; Hugonie, Cyril; Ziegler, Robert


    We study the LHC phenomenology of the next-to-minimal model of gauge-mediated supersymmetry breaking (NMGMSB), both for Run I and Run II. The Higgs phenomenology of the model is consistent with observations: a 125 GeV Standard Model-like Higgs which mixes with singlet-like state of mass around 90 GeV that provides a 2$\\sigma$ excess at LEP II. The model possesses regions of parameter space where a longer-lived lightest neutralino decays in the detector into a gravitino and a $b-$jet pair or a tau pair. We investigate current lower bounds on sparticle masses and the discovery potential of the model, both via conventional sparticle searches and via searches for displaced vertices. The strongest bound from searches for promptly decaying sparticles yields a lower limit on the gluino mass of 1080 GeV. An analysis of 100 fb$^{-1}$ from Run II, on the other hand, is expected to be sensitive up to 1900 GeV. The displaced vertex searches from Run I suffer from a very low signal efficiency, mainly due to the presence o...

  10. Digitally Driven Antenna for HF Transmission (United States)


    the 1-MHz carrier signal. This signal is then fed into the base terminals of an NPN/ PNP transistor pair arranged in a push–pull configura- tion. A dual...negative voltage connected to the collector terminal of the PNP transistor . Since it was not possible to explicitly simulate the radia- tion of the time...complementary pair of switching transistors is driven with a pulsewidth modulated HF signal, eliminating the requirement for a frequency-dependent

  11. Polarization diversity in a long-haul transequatorial HF link from Antarctica to Spain (United States)

    Bergadà, Pau; Alsina-Pagès, Rosa Ma; Hervás, Marcos


    This paper describes a set of experiments which examine the feasibility of applying polarization diversity to a 12,760 km ionospheric link from Livingston Island (62.6°S, 60.4°W), South Shetlands, to Cambrils (41.0°N, 1.0°E), Spain. A transmitting monopole and both a monopole and a dipole (inverted-V) at reception are the antennas used in this measurement campaign. Receiving antennas are orthogonal polarized to check whether wave polarization rotation causes differences between simultaneous signals. The results gathered in the paper indicate that there is a marked difference between simultaneous signals at vertical and horizontal polarized antennas, which depends on the hour of the day and the signal frequency. In this low-throughput HF data link, polarization diversity could be used to increase SNR and performance through smart combination of receiving signals, due to the low cross-correlation factor between them.

  12. Vertical triple-junction RGB optical sensor with signal processing based on the determination of the space-charge region borders. (United States)

    Tadić, Nikša; Schidl, Stefan; Zimmermann, Horst


    A triple-junction RGB optical sensor with vertically stacked photodiodes and signal processing that provides precise values of the currents generated by blue, green, and red light is presented. The signal processing is based on the determination of the border depths of the space-charge regions of all three photodiodes. A current-mode implementation using current conveyors and variable-gain current amplifiers is introduced. The responsivities of all three photodiodes calculated using the proposed approach are in very good agreement with the measured results.

  13. Frederiksberg HF kursus

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    Lindstrøm, Maria Duclos


    Notatet bygger på et interviewmateriale med dimitterede HF-kursister 3 måneder efter endt eksamen. Notatet undersøger dels, hvad der har hjulpet til at gennemføre, dels hvad der har været negativt og vanskeligt ved uddannelsen. Endvidere belyser notatet hvad kursisterne oplever at tage med fra de...

  14. Excitation of small-scale waves in the F region of the ionosphere by powerful HF radio waves (United States)

    Blagoveshchenskaya, N. F.; Chernyshev, M. Y.; Kornienko, V. A.


    Ionospheric small-scale waves in the F region, initiated by heating facilities in Nizhniy Novgorod, have been studied by the method of field-aligned scattering of diagnostic HF radio signals. Experimental data have been obtained on the radio path Kiev-N. Novgorod-St. Petersburg during heating campaigns with heater radiated power ERP = 20 MW and 100 MW. Observations of scattered HF signals have been made by a Doppler spectrum device with high temporal resolution. Analysis of the experimental data shows a relation between the heater power level and the parameters of ionospheric small-scale oscillations falling within the range of Pc 3-4 magnetic pulsations. It is found that the periods of wave processes in the F region of the ionosphere, induced by the heating facility, decrease with increasing heating power. The level of heating power also has an impact on the horizontal east-west component of the electric field E, the vertical component of the Doppler velocity Vd and the amplitude of the vertical displacements M of the heated region. Typical magnitudes of these parameters are the following: E = 1.25 mVm, Vd = 6 ms, M = 600-1500 m for ERP = 20 MW and E = 2.5-4.5 mVm, Vd = 11-25 ms, M = 1000-5000 m for ERP = 100 MW. The results obtained confirm the hypothesis of excitation of the Alfvén resonator by powerful HF radio waves which leads to the generation of magnetic field oscillations in the heated region giving rise to artificial Pc 3-4 magnetic pulsations and ionospheric small-scale wave processes. In this situation an increase of the heater power would lead to a growth of the electric field of hydromagnetic waves propagating in the ionosphere as well as the amplitude of the vertical displacements of the heated region.

  15. 100 Days of ELF/VLF Generation via HF Heating with HAARP (Invited) (United States)

    Cohen, M.; Golkowski, M.


    ELF/VLF radio waves are difficult to generate with conventional antennas. Ionospheric HF heating facilities generate ELF/VLF waves via modulated heating of the lower ionosphere. HF heating of the ionosphere changes the lower ionospheric conductivity, which in the presence of natural currents such as the auroral electrojet, creates an antenna in the sky when heating is modulated at ELF/VLF frequencies. We present a summary of nearly 100 days of ELF/VLF wave generation experiments at the 3.6 MW HAARP facility near Gakona, Alaska, and provide a baseline reference of ELF/VLF generation capabilities with HF heating. Between February 2007 and August 2008, HAARP was operated on close to 100 days for ELF/VLF wave generation experiments, at a variety of ELF/VLF frequencies, seasons and times of day. We present comprehensive statistics of generated ELF/VLF magnetic fields observed at a nearby site, in the 500-3500 Hz band. Transmissions with a specific HF beam configuration (3.25 MHz, vertical beam, amplitude modulation) are isolated so the data comparison is self-consistent, across nearly 5 million individual measurements of either a tone or a piece of a frequency-time ramp. There is a minimum in the average generation close to local midnight. It is found that generation during local nighttime is on average weaker, but more highly variable, with a small number of very strong generation periods. Signal amplitudes from day to day may vary by as much as 20-30 dB. Generation strengthens by ~5 dB during the first ~30 minutes of transmission, which may be a signature of slow electron density changes from sustained HF heating. Theoretical calculations are made to relate the amplitude observed to the power injected into the waveguide and reaching 250 km. The median power generated by HAARP and injected into the waveguide is ~0.05-0.1 W in this base-line configuration (vertical beam, 3.25 MHz, amplitude modulation), but may have generated hundreds of Watts for brief durations

  16. Pulsed inductive HF laser

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    Razhev, A M; Kargapol' tsev, E S [Institute of Laser Physics, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Churkin, D S; Demchuk, S V [Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)


    We report the results of experimentally investigated dependences of temporal, spectral and spatial characteristics of an inductive HF-laser generation on the pump conditions. Gas mixtures H{sub 2} – F{sub 2}(NF{sub 3} or SF6{sub 6}) and He(Ne) – H{sub 2} – F{sub 2}(NF{sub 3} or SF{sub 6}) were used as active media. The FWHM pulse duration reached 0.42 μs. This value corresponded to a pulsed power of 45 kW. For the first time, the emission spectrum of an inductive HF laser was investigated, which consisted of seven groups of bands with centres around the wavelengths of 2732, 2736, 2739, 2835, 2837, 2893 and 2913 nm. The cross section profile of the laser beam was a ring with a diameter of about 20 mm and width of about 5 mm. Parameters of laser operation in the repetitively pulsed regime were sufficiently stable. The amplitude instability of light pulses was no greater than 5% – 6%. (lasers)

  17. Aspects of HF radio propagation

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    radio systems. From the point of view Working Group 2 of the COST 296 Action, interest lies with effects associated

    with propagation via the ionosphere of signals within the HF band. Several aspects are covered in this paper:

    a The directions of arrival and times of flight of signals received over a path oriented along the trough have

    been examined and several types of propagation effects identified. Of particular note, combining the HF observations

    with satellite measurements has identified the presence of irregularities within the floor of the trough that

    result in propagation displaced from the great circle direction. An understanding of the propagation effects that

    result in deviations of the signal path from the great circle direction are of particular relevance to the operation

    of HF radiolocation systems.

    b Inclusion of the results from the above mentioned measurements into a propagation model of the northerly

    ionosphere (i.e. those regions of the ionosphere located poleward of, and including, the mid-latitude trough

    and the use of this model to predict the coverage expected from transmitters where the signals impinge on the

    northerly ionosphere

  18. Estimating the horizontal and vertical direction-of-arrival of water-borne seismic signals in the northern Philippine Sea. (United States)

    Freeman, Simon E; D'Spain, Gerald L; Lynch, Stephen D; Stephen, Ralph A; Heaney, Kevin D; Murray, James J; Baggeroer, Arthur B; Worcester, Peter F; Dzieciuch, Matthew A; Mercer, James A


    Conventional and adaptive plane-wave beamforming with simultaneous recordings by large-aperture horizontal and vertical line arrays during the 2009 Philippine Sea Engineering Test (PhilSea09) reveal the rate of occurrence and the two-dimensional arrival structure of seismic phases that couple into the deep ocean. A ship-deployed, controlled acoustic source was used to evaluate performance of the horizontal array for a range of beamformer adaptiveness levels. Ninety T-phases from unique azimuths were recorded between Yeardays 107 to 119. T-phase azimuth and S-minus-P-phase time-of-arrival range estimates were validated using United States Geological Survey seismic monitoring network data. Analysis of phases from a seismic event that occurred on Yearday 112 near the east coast of Taiwan approximately 450 km from the arrays revealed a 22° clockwise evolution of T-phase azimuth over 90 s. Two hypotheses to explain such evolution-body wave excitation of multiple sources or in-water scattering-are presented based on T-phase origin sites at the intersection of azimuthal great circle paths and ridge/coastal bathymetry. Propagation timing between the source, scattering region, and array position suggests the mechanism behind the evolution involved scattering of the T-phase from the Ryukyu Ridge and a T-phase formation/scattering location estimation error of approximately 3.2 km.

  19. Generation of polarization-resolved wideband unpredictability-enhanced chaotic signals based on vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers subject to chaotic optical injection. (United States)

    Chen, Jian-Jun; Wu, Zheng-Mao; Tang, Xi; Deng, Tao; Fan, Li; Zhong, Zhu-Qiang; Xia, Guang-Qiong


    A system framework is proposed and analyzed for generating polarization-resolved wideband unpredictability-enhanced chaotic signals based on a slave vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (S-VCSEL) driven by an injected optical chaos signal from a master VCSEL (M-VCSEL) under optical feedback. After calculating the time series outputs from the M-VCSEL under optical feedback and the S-VCSEL under chaotic optical injection by using the spin-flip model (SFM), the unpredictability degree (UD) is evaluated by permutation entropy (PE), and the bandwidth of the polarization-resolved outputs from the M-VCSEL and S-VCSEL are numerically investigated. The results show that, under suitable parameters, both the bandwidth and UD of two polarization components (PCs) outputs from the S-VCSEL can be enhanced significantly compared with that of the driving chaotic signals output from the M-VCSEL. By simulating the influences of the feedback and injection parameters on the bandwidth and UD of the polarization-resolved outputs from S-VCSEL, related operating parameters can be optimized.

  20. HF Interference, Procedures and Tools (Interferences HF, procedures et outils) (United States)


    such sources. The existing HF background noise possibly may be increased via ground wave and/or sky wave propagation. Increase of the existing HF...télécommunications filaires à large bande. Les télécommunications via le réseau électrique courant, dites PowerLine Communications (PLT ou PLC) et diverses...cumulative de nombreuses sources de même type. Le bruit de fond HF existant risque d’être augmenté par propagation de l’onde terrestre et/ou aérienne

  1. Improved Euler method for the interpretation of potential data based on the ratio of the vertical fi rst derivative to analytic signal

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    Guo Can-Can; Xiong Sheng-Qing; Xue Dian-Jun; Wang Lin-Fei


    We propose a new automatic method for the interpretation of potentialfi eld data, called the RDAS-Euler method, which is based on Euler’s deconvolution and analytic signal methods. The proposed method can estimate the horizontal and vertical extent of geophysical anomalies without prior information of the nature of the anomalies (structural index). It also avoids inversion errors because of the erroneous choice of the structural index N in the conventional Euler deconvolution method. The method was tested using model gravity anomalies. In all cases, the misfi t between theoretical values and inversion results is less than 10%. Relative to the conventional Euler deconvolution method, the RDAS-Euler method produces inversion results that are more stable and accurate. Finally, we demonstrate the practicability of the method by applying it to Hulin Basin in Heilongjiang province, where the proposed method produced more accurate data regarding the distribution of faults.

  2. Vertical Bisimulation

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    Rensink, Arend; Gorrieri, Roberto

    We investigate criteria to relate specifications and implementations belonging to conceptually different abstraction levels, and propose vertical bisimulation as a candidate relation for this purpose. Vertical bisimulation is indexed by a function mapping abstract actions onto concrete processes,

  3. Imaging HF-induced large-scale irregularities above HAARP (United States)

    Djuth, Frank T.; Reinisch, Bodo W.; Kitrosser, David F.; Elder, John H.; Snyder, A. Lee; Sales, Gary S.


    The University of Massachusetts-Lowell digisonde is used with the HAARP high-frequency (HF), ionospheric modification facility to obtain radio images of artificially-produced, large-scale, geomagnetic field-aligned irregularities. F region irregularities generated with the HAARP beam pointed in the vertical and geomagnetic field-aligned directions are examined in a smooth background plasma. It is found that limited large-scale irregularity production takes place with vertical transmissions, whereas there is a dramatic increase in the number of source irregularities with the beam pointed parallel to the geomagnetic field. Strong irregularity production appears to be confined to within ~5° of the geomagnetic zenith and does not fill the volume occupied by the HF beam. A similar effect is observed in optical images of artificial airglow.

  4. 100 days of ELF/VLF generation via HF heating with HAARP (United States)

    Cohen, M. B.; Gołkowski, M.


    Extremely low frequency/very low frequency (ELF/VLF) radio waves are difficult to generate with conventional antennas. Ionospheric high frequency (HF) heating facilities generate ELF/VLF waves via modulated heating of the lower ionosphere. HF heating of the ionosphere changes the lower ionospheric conductivity, which in the presence of natural currents such as the auroral electrojet creates an antenna in the sky when heating is modulated at ELF/VLF frequencies. We present a summary of nearly 100 days of ELF/VLF wave generation experiments at the 3.6 MW High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility near Gakona, Alaska, at a variety of ELF/VLF frequencies, seasons, and times of day. We present comprehensive statistics of generated ELF/VLF magnetic fields observed at a nearby site, in the 500-3500 Hz band. Transmissions with a specific HF beam configuration (3.25 MHz, vertical beam, amplitude modulation) are isolated so the data comparison is self-consistent, across nearly 5 million individual measurements of either a tone or a piece of a frequency-time ramp. There is a minimum in the average generation close to local midnight. It is found that generation during local nighttime is on average weaker but more highly variable, with a small number of very strong generation periods. Signal amplitudes from day to day may vary by as much as 20-30 dB. Generation strengthens by ˜5 dB during the first ˜30 min of transmission, which may be a signature of slow electron density changes from sustained HF heating. Theoretical calculations are made to relate the amplitude observed to the power injected into the waveguide and reaching 250 km. The median power generated by HAARP and injected into the waveguide is ˜0.05-0.1 W in this baseline configuration (vertical beam, 3.25 MHz, amplitude modulation) but may have generated hundreds of watts for brief durations. Several efficiency improvements have improved the ELF/VLF wave generation efficiency further.

  5. Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever (Marburg HF) (United States)

    ... CDC Cancel Submit Search The CDC Marburg hemorrhagic fever (Marburg HF) Note: Javascript is disabled or is ... first recognized in 1967, when outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever occurred simultaneously in laboratories in Marburg and Frankfurt, ...

  6. Hf Transition Probabilities and Abundances

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    Lawler, J E; Labby, Z E; Sneden, C; Cowan, J J; Ivans, I I


    Radiative lifetimes from laser-induced fluorescence measurements, accurate to about +/- 5 percent, are reported for 41 odd-parity levels of Hf II. The lifetimes are combined with branching fractions measured using Fourier transform spectrometry to determine transition probabilities for 150 lines of Hf II. Approximately half of these new transition probabilities overlap with recent independent measurements using a similar approach. The two sets of measurements are found to be in good agreement for measurements in common. Our new laboratory data are applied to refine the hafnium photospheric solar abundance and to determine hafnium abundances in 10 metal-poor giant stars with enhanced r-process abundances. For the Sun we derive log epsilon (Hf) = 0.88 +/- 0.08 from four lines; the uncertainty is dominated by the weakness of the lines and their blending by other spectral features. Within the uncertainties of our analysis, the r-process-rich stars possess constant Hf/La and Hf/Eu abundance ratios, log epsilon (Hf...

  7. Remote Geophysical Observatory in Antarctica with HF Data Transmission: A Review

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    Joan Lluis Pijoan


    Full Text Available The geophysical observatory in the Antarctic Spanish Station, Juan Carlos I (ASJI, on Livingston Island, has been monitoring the magnetic field in the Antarctic region for more than fifteen years. In 2004, a vertical incidence ionospheric sounder completed the observatory, which brings a significant added value in a region with low density of geophysical data. Although the ASJI is only operative during the austral summer, the geomagnetic station records the data throughout the year. A High Frequency (HF transmission system was installed in 2004 in order to have the geomagnetic data available during the whole year. As the power supply is very limited when the station is not operative, we had to design a low-power HF transceiver with a very simple antenna, due to environmental aspects. Moreover, the flow of information was unidirectional, so the modulation had to be extremely robust since there is no retransmission in case of error. This led us to study the main parameters of the ionospheric channel and to design new modulations specially adapted to very low signal to noise scenarios with high levels of interference. In this paper, a review of the results of our remote geophysical observatory and associated transmission system in Antarctica during the last decade is presented.

  8. HF omnidirectional spectral CW auroral radar (HF-OSCAR) at very high latitude. Part 1: Technique (United States)

    Olesen, J. K.; Jacobsen, K. E.; Stauning, P.; Henriksen, S.


    An HF system for studies of very high latitude ionospheric irregularities was described. Radio aurora from field-aligned E-region irregularities of the Slant E Condition type were discussed. The complete system combines an ionosonde, a 12 MHz pulse radar and a 12 MHz bistatic CW Doppler-range set-up. The two latter units use alternately a 360 deg rotating Yagi antenna. High precision oscillators secure the frequency stability of the Doppler system in which the received signal is mixed down to a center frequency of 500 Hz. The Doppler shift range is max + or - 500 Hz. The received signal is recorded in analog form on magnetic tape and may be monitored visually and audibly. Echo range of the CW Doppler signal is obtained by a 150 Hz amplitude modulation of the transmitted signal and phase comparison with the backscattered signal.

  9. TID measurement using oblique transmissions of HF pulses (United States)

    Galkin, Ivan; Reinisch, Bodo; Huang, Xueqin; Paznukhov, Vadym; Hamel, Ryan; Kozlov, Alexander; Belehaki, Anna


    The Traveling Ionospheric Disturbance (TID), a wave-like signature of moving plasma density modulation in the ionosphere, is widely acknowledged for its utility in backtracking the anomalous events responsible for the TID generation, and as a major inconvenience to high-frequency (HF) operational systems because of its deleterious impact on the accuracy of navigation and geolocation. The pilot project "Net-TIDE" for the real-time detection and evaluation of TIDs began its operation in 2016 based on the remote-sensing data from synchronized, network-coordinated HF sounding between pairs of DPS4D ionosondes at five participating observatories in Europe. Measurement of all signal properties (Doppler frequency, angle of arrival, and time-of-flight from transmitter to receiver) proved to be instrumental in detecting the TID and deducing the TID parameters: amplitude, wavelength, phase velocity, and direction of propagation. Processing of the measured HF signal data required a specialized signal processing technique that is capable of consistently extracting different signals that have propagated along different ionospheric paths. The multi-path signal environment proved to be the greatest challenge for the reliable TID specification by Net-TIDE, demanding the development of an intelligent system for "signal tracking". The intelligent system is based on a neural network model of a pre-attentive vision capable of extracting continuous signal tracks from the multi-path signal ensemble. Specific examples of the Net-TIDE algorithm suite operation and its suitability for a fully automated TID warning service are discussed.

  10. THE VERTICAL (United States)

    Albert, Stephen L.; Spencer, Jeffrey B.


    'THE VERTICAL' computer keyboard is designed to address critical factors which contribute to Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMI) (including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) in association with computer keyboard usage. This keyboard splits the standard QWERTY design into two halves and positions each half 90 degrees from the desk. In order to access a computer correctly. 'THE VERTICAL' requires users to position their bodies in optimal alignment with the keyboard. The orthopaedically neutral forearm position (with hands palms-in and thumbs-up) reduces nerve compression in the forearm. The vertically arranged keypad halves ameliorate onset occurrence of keyboard-associated RMI. By utilizing visually-reference mirrored mylar surfaces adjustable to the user's eye, the user is able to readily reference any key indicia (reversed) just as they would on a conventional keyboard. Transverse adjustability substantially reduces cumulative musculoskeletal discomfort in the shoulders. 'THE VERTICAL' eliminates the need for an exterior mouse by offering a convenient finger-accessible curser control while the hands remain in the vertically neutral position. The potential commercial application for 'THE VERTICAL' is enormous since the product can effect every person who uses a computer anywhere in the world. Employers and their insurance carriers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars per year as a result of RMI. This keyboard will reduce the risk.

  11. Generation of ionospheric ducts by the HAARP HF heater

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    Cohen, J A; Pradipta, R; Burton, L M; Labno, A; Lee, M C [Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States); Watkins, B J; Fallen, C [University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775 (United States); Kuo, S P [New York University, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (United States); Burke, W J [Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, MA 01731 (United States); Mabius, D; See, B Z, E-mail: [Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 (United States)


    We report an investigation of ionospheric ducts having the shape of large plasma sheets, generated by vertically transmitted HAARP HF heater waves in several experiments conducted in Gakona, Alaska. Theory predicts that O-mode heater wave-created ionospheric ducts form parallel-plate waveguides within the meridional plane, and those generated by the X-mode heater waves are orthogonal to the meridional plane. Our theoretical prediction is supported by measurements of ionosonde data (namely ionograms), range-time-intensity (RTI) plots of UHF and HF backscatter radars, as well as magnetometer data analyses. When these plasma sheets experienced ExB drifts, they were intercepted by the HAARP UHF radar and seen as slanted stripes in the RTI plots. This striking feature was also observed in our earlier experiments using the Arecibo UHF radar.

  12. HF Radar observations of the Dardanelles outflow current in North Eastern Aegean using validated WERA HF radar data

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    Full Text Available A two-site WERA HF radar station was installed in November 2009 at the eastern coast of Lemnos Island in North Aegean Sea, aiming to monitor the surface inflow of Black Sea waters exiting from the Dardanelles Strait, as well as to constitute a coastal management tool for incidents of oil-pollution or save-and-rescue operations. Strong interference by foreign transmissions is a source of noise deteriorating the quality of the backscattered signal, thus significantly reducing the HF radar’s effective data return rate. In order to ameliorate this problem, further quality-control and data gap interpolating procedures have been developed and applied, to be used in addition to the procedures incorporated and used by the manufacturer’s signal processing software. The second-level processing involves traditional despiking in the temporal domain, preceding Empirical Orthogonal Function analysis. The latter is used not only to filter high-frequency noise but also to fill data gaps in time and space. The data reconstruction procedure has been assessed via comparison of (a HF radial with CODE-type drifter radial velocities as well as (b HF-derived virtual drifter tracks with actual drifter tracks. The main circulation features and their variability, as revealed by the reconstructed fields, are presented.

  13. HF Radar observations of the Dardanelles outflow current in North Eastern Aegean using validated WERA HF radar data

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    Full Text Available A two-site WERA HF radar station was installed in November 2009 at the eastern coast of Lemnos Island in North Aegean Sea, aiming to monitor the surface inflow of Black Sea waters exiting from the Dardanelles Strait, as well as to constitute a coastal management tool for incidents of oil-pollution or save-and-rescue operations. Strong interference by foreign transmissions is a source of noise deteriorating the quality of the backscattered signal, thus significantly reducing the HF radar’s effective data return rate. In order to ameliorate this problem, further quality-control and data gap interpolating procedures have been developed and applied, to be used in addition to the procedures incorporated and used by the manufacturer’s signal processing software. The second-level processing involves traditional despiking in the temporal domain, preceding Empirical Orthogonal Function analysis. The latter is used not only to filter high-frequency noise but also to fill data gaps in time and space. The data reconstruction procedure has been assessed via comparison of (a HF radial with CODE-type drifter radial velocities as well as (b HF-derived virtual drifter tracks with actual drifter tracks. The main circulation features and their variability, as revealed by the reconstructed fields, are presented.

  14. Environmentally friendly HF (DF) lasers (United States)

    Apollonov, V. V.


    Dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Academician A M Prokhorov, this paper reviews the physics of self-sustained volume discharge without preionization—self-initiated volume discharge (SIVD)—in the working mixtures of non-chain hydrofluoride HF (deuterofluoride (DF)) lasers. The dynamics of SIVD in discharge gaps with different geometries is thoroughly described. The mechanisms for the restriction of current density in a diffuse channel in electric discharges in SF6 and SF6 based mixtures (which determines whether SIVD is possible) are proposed and analyzed using simple models. The most probable mechanisms are the electron impact dissociation of SF6 and other mixture components, electron-ion recombination and electron attachment to vibrationally excited SF6 molecules. Starting from a comparative analysis of the rate coefficients of these processes, it is shown that electron-ion recombination is capable of compensating for electron detachment from negative ions via electron impact. It is also established that SIVD is not only observed in SF6, but also in other strongly electronegative gases. The factors that determine the uniformity of the active medium in non-chain HF (DF) lasers are analyzed. Some special features of non-chain HF (DF) lasers with different apertures operating are carefully examined. Consideration is given to the problem of increasing the aperture and discharge volume of non-chain HF (DF) lasers. Based on our experimental results, the possibility of increasing the energy of such lasers to ~1 kJ and above is shown.

  15. Artificial Ionization and UHF Radar Response Associated with HF Frequencies near Electron Gyro-Harmonics (Invited) (United States)

    Watkins, B. J.; Fallen, C. T.; Secan, J. A.


    We present new results from O-mode ionospheric heating experiments at the HAARP facility in Alaska to demonstrate that the magnitude of artificial ionization production is critically dependent on the choice of HF frequency near gyro-harmonics. For O-mode heating in the lower F-region ionosphere, typically about 200 km altitude, artificial ionization enhancements are observed in the lower ionosphere (about 150 - 220 km) and also in the topside ionosphere above about 500 km. Lower ionosphere density enhancements are inferred from HF-enhanced ion and plasma-line signals observed with UHF radar. Upper ionospheric density enhancements have been observed with TEC (total electron content) experiments by monitoring satellite radio beacons where signal paths traverse the HF-modified ionosphere. Both density enhancements and corresponding upward plasma fluxes have also been observed in the upper ionosphere via in-situ satellite observations. The data presented focus mainly on observations near the third and fourth gyro-harmonics. The specific values of the height-dependent gyro-harmonics have been computed from a magnetic model of the field line through the HF heated volume. Experiments with several closely spaced HF frequencies around the gyro-harmonic frequency region show that the magnitude of the lower-ionosphere artificial ionization production maximizes for HF frequencies about 1.0 - 1.5 MHz above the gyro-harmonic frequency. The response is progressively larger as the HF frequency is increased in the frequency region near the gyro-harmonics. For HF frequencies that are initially greater than the gyro-harmonic value the UHF radar scattering cross-section is relatively small, and non-existent or very weak signals are observed; as the signal returns drop in altitude due to density enhancements the HF interaction region passes through lower altitudes where the HF frequency is less than the gyro-harmonic value, for these conditions the radar scattering cross-section is

  16. Vertical Implementation

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    Rensink, Arend; Gorrieri, Roberto


    We investigate criteria to relate specifications and implementations belonging to conceptually different levels of abstraction. For this purpose, we introduce the generic concept of a vertical implementation relation, which is a family of binary relations indexed by a refinement function that maps

  17. A thirty second isomer in Hf-171

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    Campbell, P; Billowes, J; Cochrane, ECA; Cooke, JL; Cooper, TG; Dendooven, P; Evans, DE; Grant, IS; Griffith, JAR; Honkanen, A; Huhta, M; Oinonen, M; Pearson, MR; Penttila, H; Persson, B.L.; Richardson, DS; Tungate, G; Wheeler, PD; Zybert, L; Aysto, J


    An isomer has been detected in Hf-171 with a half-life of T-1/2 = 29.5(9) s. The state was populated in the Yb-170(alpha,3n)Hf-171m reaction at a beam energy of E-alpha = 50 MeV in an on-line ion guide isotope separator. The isomeric Hf-17lm(+) beam was extracted from the ion guide, mass-analysed an

  18. A new wideband HF technique for MHz-bandwidth spread-spectrum radio communications (United States)

    Perry, B. D.


    The one-way results are seen as demonstrating that equalized MHz-bandwidth skywave HF channels can be achieved using long-range one-hop F-layer propagation paths. It has thus become possible to use direct-sequence pseudo-noise or coherent fast-frequency-hop signaling at HF with processing gains of several orders of magnitude for teletype data rates. Possibilities are seen for using the spread spectrum in covert and/or jam-resistant communications. What is more, the equalized wideband HF channel is not subject to the fading caused by multiple propagation modes; as a consequence, it is substantially more reliable than the traditional narrow-band HF channel. Conversely, reliability comparable to traditional HF can be attained at greatly reduced signal margins. Since the time stability of the wideband HF channel is of the order of 10 s, very little channel-transmission time is needed for initializing and maintaining the equalizer. It is noted that probe signals similar to the channel-measuring waveform described here or spread-spectrum training sequences at the beginning of each message are adequate. Results from the 1982 two-way experimentation show that N(omega) is not reciprocal between terminals 2000 km apart.

  19. Ionospheric heating with oblique HF waves (United States)

    Field, Edward C., Jr.; Bloom, Ron M.


    Calculations of ionospheric electron density perturbations and ground-level signal changes produce by intense oblique high frequency (HF) transmitters are presented. This analysis considers radio field focusing at caustics, the consequent joule-heating of the surrounding plasma, heat conduction, diffusion, and recombination processes: these being the effects of a powerful oblique 'modifying' wave. It neglects whatever plasma instabilities might occur. Then effects on a secondary 'test' wave that is propagated along the same path as the first are investigated. Calculations predict ground-level field-strength reductions of several dB in the test wave for modifying waves having ERP in the 85 to 90 dBW range. These field-strength changes are similar in sign, magnitude, and location to ones measured in Soviet experiments. The results are sensitive to the model ionosphere assumed, so future experiments should employ the widest possible range of frequencies and propagation conditions. An effective power of 90 dBW seems to be a sort of threshold that, if exceeded, results in substantial rather than small signal changes. The conclusions are based solely on joule-heating and subsequent defocusing of waves passing through caustic regions.

  20. Finland HF and Esrange MST radar observations of polar mesosphere summer echoes

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    T. Ogawa

    Full Text Available Peculiar near range echoes observed in summer with the SuperDARN HF radar in Finland are presented. The echoes were detected at four frequencies of 9, 11, 13 and 15 MHz at slant ranges of 105–250 km for about 100 min. Interferometer measurements indicate that the echoes are returned from 80–100 km altitudes with elevation angles of 20°–60°. Echo power (< 16 dB, Doppler velocity (between –30 and + 30 ms-1 and spectral width (< 60 ms-1 fluctuate with periods of several to 20 min, perhaps due to short–period atmospheric gravity waves. When the HF radar detected the echoes, a vertical incidence MST radar, located at Esrange in Sweden (650 km north of the HF radar site, observed polar mesosphere summer echoes (PMSE at altitudes of 80–90 km. This fact suggests that the near range HF echoes are PMSE at HF band, although both radars did not probe a common volume. With increasing radar frequency, HF echo ranges are closer to the radar site and echo power becomes weaker. Possible mechanisms to explain these features are discussed.

    Key words. Meteorology and atmospheric dynamics (middle atmosphere dynamics; thermospheric dynamics; waves and tides; instruments and techniques

  1. Graphene contacts to a HfSe2/SnS2 heterostructure (United States)

    Su, Shanshan; Das, Protik; Ge, Supeng; Lake, Roger K.


    Two-dimensional (2D) heterostructures and all-2D contacts are of high interest for electronic device applications, and the SnS2/HfSe2 bilayer heterostructure with graphene contacts has some unique, advantageous properties. The SnS2/HfSe2 heterostructure is interesting because of the strong intermixing of the two conduction bands and the large work function of the SnS2. The band lineup of the well separated materials indicates a type II heterostructure, but the conduction band minimum of the SnS2/HfSe2 bilayer is a coherent superposition of the orbitals from the two layers with a spectral weight of 60% on the SnS2 and 40% on the HfSe2 for AA stacking. These relative weights can be either increased or reversed by an applied vertical field. A 3 ×3 supercell of graphene and a 2 ×2 supercell of SnS2/HfSe2 have a lattice mismatch of 0.1% and both the SnS2/HfSe2 conduction band at M and the graphene Dirac point at K are zone-folded to Γ . Placing graphene on the SnS2/HfSe2 bilayer results in large n-type charge transfer doping of the SnS2/HfSe2 bilayer, on the order of 1013/cm2, and the charge transfer is accompanied by a negative Schottky barrier contact for electron injection from the graphene into the SnS2/HfSe2 bilayer conduction band. Binding energies and the anti-crossing gaps of the graphene and the SnS2/HfSe2 electronic bands both show that the coupling of graphene to the HfSe2 layer is significantly larger than its coupling to the SnS2 layer. A tunneling Hamiltonian estimate of the contact resistance of the graphene to the SnS2/HfSe2 heterostructure predicts an excellent low-resistance contact.

  2. The study of multilayers Fe/Hf and Ni/Hf by slow positron beam technique (United States)

    Tashiro, Mutsumi; Nakajyo, Terunobu; Murashige, Yusuke; Koizumi, Tomoya; Kanazawa, Ikuzo; Komori, Fumio; Soe, We-Hyo; Yamamoto, Ryoichi; Ito, Yasuo


    The S-parameters versus the incident positron energy are measured in the Ni/Hf multilayer, thin Hf film, thin Fe film and the bilayer Fe/Hf. We have analyzed the change in vacancy-type defects in these multilayers and thin films with the deposition temperature in the MBE system.

  3. Use of GPS network data for HF Doppler measurements interpretation

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    Petrova, Inna R; Latypov, Ruslan R


    The method of measurement of Doppler frequency shift of ionospheric signal - HF Doppler technique - is one of well-known and widely used methods of ionosphere research. It allows to research various disturbances in the ionosphere. There are some sources of disturbances in the ionosphere. These are geomagnetic storms, solar flashes, metrological effects, atmospheric waves. This method allows to find out the influence of earthquakes, explosions and other processes on the ionosphere, which occur near to the Earth. HF Doppler technique has the high sensitivity to small frequency variations and the high time resolution, but interpretation of results is difficult. In this work we make an attempt to use GPS data for Doppler measurements interpretation. Modeling of Doppler frequency shift variations with use of TEC allows to separate ionosphere disturbances of medium scale.

  4. HF radiation emitted by chaotic leader processes (United States)

    Mäkelä, J. S.; Edirisinghe, M.; Fernando, M.; Montaño, R.; Cooray, V.


    This paper presents direct measurements of narrowband 10 MHz HF radiation from so-called “chaotic leaders” associated with subsequent return strokes. Although the term is controversial and poorly defined, we find that more than 30% of subsequent strokes in close lightning flashes contain electric field characteristics that are best described as “chaotic”. In earlier studies, return strokes have consistently been observed to be the strongest sources of HF radiation, but the results for leader processes are less consistent. We also observe return strokes to be the main HF emitter, and the leaders before the first return stroke in a flash sequence also emit HF though somewhat less intensely. The leaders preceding subsequent strokes typically emit little or no HF radiation, whether they are dart or dart-stepped leaders. However, it was observed that the presence of a chaotic component increases the leader HF intensity dramatically Defining the HF intensity unequivocally can be problematic for processes like chaotic leaders which have a combination of continuous and impulsive phenomena. Two time-domain methods were used to measure the HF intensity, the peak energy and the RMS energy. In the frequency domain these correspond to the energy spectral density (ESD) and power spectral density (PSD), respectively. It was found that the methods are not necessarily compatible. Thus, it is suggested that to clarify future work, leader processes should be characterized by the PSD rather than the ESD.

  5. HfS, Hyperfine Structure Fitting Tool

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    Estalella, Robert


    HfS is a tool to fit the hyperfine structure of spectral lines, with multiple velocity components. The HfS_nh3 procedures included in HfS fit simultaneously the hyperfine structure of the NH$_3$ (J,K)= (1,1) and (2,2) transitions, and perform a standard analysis to derive $T_\\mathrm{ex}$, NH$_3$ column density, $T_\\mathrm{rot}$, and $T_\\mathrm{k}$. HfS uses a Monte Carlo approach for fitting the line parameters. Especial attention is paid to the derivation of the parameter uncertainties. HfS includes procedures that make use of parallel computing for fitting spectra from a data cube.

  6. Dry etching of poly-Si/TaN/HfSiON gate stack for advanced complementarymetal-oxide-semiconductor devices

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    Li Yongliang; Xu Qiuxia


    A novel dry etching process of a poly-Si/TaN/HfSiON gate stack for advanced complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) devices is investigated.Our strategy to process a poly-Si/TaN/HfSiON gate stack is that each layer of gate stack is selectively etched with a vertical profile.First,a three-step plasma etching process is developed to get a vertical poly-Si profile and a reliable etch-stop on a TaN metal gate.Then different BCl3-based plasmas are applied to etch the TaN metal gate and find that BC13/Cl2/O2/Ar plasma is a suitable choice to get a vertical TaN profile.Moreover,considering that C12 almost has no selectivity to Si substrate,BCl3/Ar plasma is applied to etch HfSiON dielectric to improve the selectivity to Si substrate after the TaN metal gate is vertically etched off by the optimized BCl3/Cl2/O2/Ar plasma.Finally,we have succeeded in etching a poly-Si/TaN/HfSiON stack with a vertical profile and almost no Si loss utilizing these new etching technologies.

  7. Phase1 upgrade of the CMS-HF Calorimeter

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    Gulmez, Erhan


    In this presentation, results of the Phase I upgrade of the CMS Hadron Forward Calorimeter (HF) are discussed. The CMS-HF Calorimeter was using regular PMTs. Cherenkov light produced in the quartz fibers embedded in the iron absorber was read out with the PMTs. However, occasionally, stray muons hitting the PMT windows cause Cherenkov radiation in the PMT itself and produce large signals. These large signals mimic a very high-energy particle and are tagged as important by the trigger. To reduce this problem, PMTs had to be replaced. The four-anode PMTs that were chosen have thinner windows; thereby reducing the Cherenkov radiation in the PMT window. As part of the upgrade, the read-out electronics is to be replaced so that the PMTs are read out in two channels by connecting each pair of anodes to a single channel. Information provided by these two channels will help us reject the false signals due to the stray muons since the Cherenkov radiation in the PMT window is more likely to produce a signal only in one...

  8. Self-healing structural properties of thermoplastics in HF field

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    N. G. Filippenko


    Full Text Available The article concerns one of the possible ways for safe operation of polymer products with initiating a process of their self-healing. This is especially true for products from polymer materials, used in hard-to-reach areas and units of machines and mechanisms. In this regard, the aim of this study was to develop techniques for a self-healing process of the mechanical properties of products from polymer materials.To achieve this goal, the author has solved problems to define a complex method of HF self-healing of polymer material: damage detection in products from polymer materials, determination of signal initiating the recovery process, determining the efficiency of material regeneration. The present study uses proposed and developed by the author methods for the determination of necessary and sufficient indicators of the strength characteristics of products under realmeteorological and climatic conditions of their operation.To determine the practical results of the developed algorithm for self-healing the polymer products in the HF field, a series of experimental studies has been conducted to regenerate the polyamide cage fatigue destruction of the rolling stock axle equipment of Russian Railways JSC.The obtained results of the strength characteristics of the material under investigation prove the self-healing process of polymer materials in HF field.According to research results, the conclusion is drawn that it is required to provide a technological HF self-healing process of products from polymer materials. The created algorithm of regeneration enables a new approach to study the effects of electromagnetic fields on polymer and polymer-based composite materials when solving the practical tasks to improve the quality of repairing parts from thermoplastics.

  9. 33 CFR 118.85 - Lights on vertical lift bridges. (United States)


    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Lights on vertical lift bridges... BRIDGES BRIDGE LIGHTING AND OTHER SIGNALS § 118.85 Lights on vertical lift bridges. (a) Lift span lights. The vertical lift span of every vertical lift bridge shall be lighted so that the center of the...


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    Yang Lei; Zhang You'ai


    In this letter, a kind of associated synchronization algorithm which is suitable for HF (High Frequency) broadband OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) system is presented based on describing and constructing the GMW (Gorden, Mills and Welch) sequence. The algorithm is based on the Schmidl and Minn's symbol timing principle, the constructed GMW sequence is transmitted and disposed, and the synchronization is adjudicated using the correlation of GMW sequence. The simulation result indicates that this algorithm has high performance synchronization ability under the low SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) at two different kinds of channel models.

  11. HF Transverse Segmentation and Tagging Jet Capability

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    Doroshkevich, E A; Kuleshov, Sergey


    So called tagging jets and pile-up were simulated for the optimisation of the HF segmentation. The energy resolution, angular resolution and efficiency of jet reconstruction are defined for different calorimeter segmentation.

  12. Collisional quenching of highly rotationally excited HF

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    Yang, Benhui; Forrey, R C; Stancil, P C; Balakrishnan, N


    Collisional excitation rate coefficients play an important role in the dynamics of energy transfer in the interstellar medium. In particular, accurate rotational excitation rates are needed to interpret microwave and infrared observations of the interstellar gas for nonlocal thermodynamic equilibrium line formation. Theoretical cross sections and rate coefficients for collisional deexcitation of rotationally excited HF in the vibrational ground state are reported. The quantum-mechanical close-coupling approach implemented in the nonreactive scattering code MOLSCAT was applied in the cross section and rate coefficient calculations on an accurate 2D HF-He potential energy surface. Estimates of rate coefficients for H and H$_2$ colliders were obtained from the HF-He collisional data with a reduced-potential scaling approach. The calculation of state-to-state rotational quenching cross sections for HF due to He with initial rotational levels up to $j=20$ were performed for kinetic energies from 10$^{-5}$ to 15000...

  13. Microhardness evaluation alloys Hf-Si-B; Avaliacao de microdureza de ligas Hf-Si-B

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    Gigolotti, Joao Carlos Janio; Costa, Eliane Fernandes Brasil [Centro Universitario de Volta Redonda (UNIFOA), Volta Redonda, RJ (Brazil); Nunes, Carlos Angelo; Rocha, Elisa Gombio; Coelho, Gilberto Carvalho, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Lorena, SP (Brazil)


    The technological advance has generated increasing demand for materials that can be used under high temperature, what includes intermetallic MR-Si-B (MR = refractory metal) alloys with multiphase structures, that can also be applied in oxide environments. Thus, this work had for objective the micro hardness study of the Hf-Si-B system alloys, heat treated at 1600 deg C, in the Hf rich region. Hf-Si-B alloys had been produced with blades of Hf (min. 99.8%), Si (min. 99.998%) and B (min. 99.5%), in the voltaic arc furnace and heat treated at 1600 deg C under argon atmosphere. The relationship of the phases had been previously identified by X-ray diffraction and contrast in backscattered electron imaging mode. The alloys had their hardness analyzed by method Vickers (micro hardness) with load of 0.05 kgf and 0.2 kgf and application time of 20 s. The results, obtained from the arithmetic mean of measurements for each alloy on the heterogeneous region, showed a mean hardness of 11.08 GPA, with small coefficient of variation of 3.8%. The borides HfB2 (19.34 GPa) e HfB - 11.76 GPa, showed the hardness higher than the silicides Hf2Si (8.57 GPa), Hf5Si3 (9.63 GPa), Hf3Si2 (11.66 GPa), Hf5Si4 (10.00 GPa), HfSi (10.02 GPa) e HfSi2 (8.61 GPa). (author)

  14. ELF/VLF wave generation from the beating of two HF ionospheric heating sources (United States)

    Cohen, M. B.; Moore, R. C.; Golkowski, M.; Lehtinen, N. G.


    It is well established that Extremely Low Frequency (ELF, 0.3-3 kHz) and Very Low Frequency (VLF, 3-30 kHz) radio waves can be generated via modulated High Frequency (HF, 3-10 MHz) heating of the lower ionosphere (60-100 km). The ionospheric absorption of HF power modifies the conductivity of the lower ionosphere, which in the presence of natural currents such as the auroral electrojet, creates an `antenna in the sky.' We utilize a theoretical model of the HF to ELF/VLF conversion and the ELF/VLF propagation, and calculate the amplitudes of the generated ELF/VLF waves when two HF heating waves, separated by the ELF/VLF frequency, are transmitted from two adjacent locations. The resulting ELF/VLF radiation pattern exhibits a strong directional dependence (as much as 15 dB) that depends on the physical spacing of the two HF sources. This beat wave source can produce signals 10-20 dB stronger than those generated using amplitude modulation, particularly for frequencies greater than 5-10 kHz. We evaluate recent suggestions that beating two HF waves generates ELF/VLF waves in the F-region (>150 km), and conclude that those experimental results may have misinterpreted, and can be explained strictly by the much more well established D region mechanism.

  15. Power-Stepped HF Cross-Modulation Experiments: Simulations and Experimental Observations (United States)

    Greene, S.; Moore, R. C.


    High frequency (HF) cross modulation experiments are a well established means for probing the HF-modified characteristics of the D-region ionosphere. The interaction between the heating wave and the probing pulse depends on the ambient and modified conditions of the D-region ionosphere. Cross-modulation observations are employed as a measure of the HF-modified refractive index. We employ an optimized version of Fejer's method that we developed during previous experiments. Experiments were performed in March 2013 at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) observatory in Gakona, Alaska. During these experiments, the power of the HF heating signal incrementally increased in order to determine the dependence of cross-modulation on HF power. We found that a simple power law relationship does not hold at high power levels, similar to previous ELF/VLF wave generation experiments. In this paper, we critically compare these experimental observations with the predictions of a numerical ionospheric HF heating model and demonstrate close agreement.

  16. Phenomenology of new physics beyond the Standard Model: signals of Supersymmetry with displaced vertices and an extended Higgs sector at colliders

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    Our current understanding of matter and its interactions is summarised in the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics. Many experiments have tested the predictions of the SM with great success, but others have brought our ignorance into focus by showing us there are new phenomena that we can not describe within the framework of the SM. These include the experimental observations of neutrino masses and dark matter, which confirms there must be new physics. What this new physics may look like at colliders motivates the original work in this thesis, which comprises three studies: the prospects of future electron-positron colliders in testing a model with an extended Higgs sector with a scalar triplet, doublet and singlet; the discovery potential at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of a non-minimal Supersymmetric model via conventional sparticle searches and via searches for displaced vertices; and the experimental search for long-lived massive particles via a displaced vertex signature using data of proton-proton...



    ムラタ, イサオ; キタ, カズユキ; イワガミ, ナオモト; オガワ, トシヒロ; Isao, MURATA; Kazuyuki, KITA; Naomoto, IWAGAMI; Toshihiro, OGAWA


    Vertical column densities of HCl, HF, and N_2O were observed using solar infrared absorption technique at Syowa Station (69.006°S, 39.590°E), to study the chemistry and dynamics of Antarctic ozone depletion. The solar spectra were taken by using a 1.5m double-pass grating monochromator with wavenumber resolution of 0.075(cm)^-0.137(cm)^, and the measurements were carried out from July to December 1991. HCl vertical column densities were observed to be (1.65±0.43)×(10)^(cm)^ in winter and to i...

  18. Tristatic EISCAT-UHF measurements of the HF modified ionosphere for low background electron temperatures

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    Westman, A.; Leyser, T.B. [Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna (Sweden); Wannberg, G. [EISCAT Scientific Association, Kiruna (Sweden)] [and others


    The authors report measurements from one of the first tristatic EISCAT-UHF incoherent scatter experiments, where powerful HF beams were transmitted to the daytime F region. Scattered signals were monitored to study spectral structure and time dependence of the excited plasma. The observed plasma turbulence varied considerably, with conditions of low T{sub e} as starting conditions.

  19. Arctic and Antarctic polar mesosphere summer echoes observed with oblique incidence HF radars: analysis using simultaneous MF and VHF radar data

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    T. Ogawa


    Full Text Available Polar mesosphere summer echoes (PMSEs have been well studied using vertical incidence VHF radars at northern high-latitudes. In this paper, two PMSE events detected with the oblique incidence SuperDARN HF radars at Hankasalmi, Finland (62.3° N and Syowa Station, Antarctica (69.0° S, are analyzed, together with simultaneous VHF and medium-frequency (MF radar data. Altitude resolutions of the HF radars in the mesosphere and the lower thermosphere are too poor to know exact PMSE altitudes. However, a comparison of Doppler velocity from the HF radar and neutral wind velocity from the MF radar shows that PMSEs at the HF band appeared at altitudes within 80-90km, which are consistent with those from previous vertical incidence HF-VHF radar results. The HF-VHF PMSE occurrences exhibit a semidiurnal behavior, as observed by other researchers. It is found that in one event, PMSEs occurred when westward semidiurnal winds with large amplitude at 85-88km altitudes attained a maximum. When the HF-VHF PMSEs were observed at distances beyond 180km from MF radar sites, the MF radars detected no appreciable signatures of echo enhancement.

    Key words. Meteorology and atmospheric dynamics (middle atmosphere dynamics; thermospheric dynamics; waves and tides

  20. Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (United States)

    ... sleeve; Gastrectomy - greater curvature; Gastrectomy - parietal; Gastric reduction; Vertical gastroplasty ... together using surgical staples. This creates a long vertical tube or banana-shaped stomach. The surgery does ...

  1. Lidar measured vertical atmospheric scattering profiles

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    Kunz, G.J.


    The vertical structure of the atmosphere, which is of invaluable interest to meteorologists, geo-physicists and environmental researchers, can be measured with LIDAR. A method has been proposed and applied to invert lidar signals from vertical soundings to height resolved scattering coefficients. In

  2. Lidar measured vertical atmospheric scattering profiles

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    Kunz, G.J.


    The vertical structure of the atmosphere, which is of invaluable interest to meteorologists, geo-physicists and environmental researchers, can be measured with LIDAR. A method has been proposed and applied to invert lidar signals from vertical soundings to height resolved scattering coefficients. In

  3. Modification of polarization filtering technique in HF ground wave radar

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    Zhang Guoyi; Tan Zhongji; Wang Jiantao


    The polarization filter using three orthogonal linear polarization antennas can suppress more disturbances than the polarization filter using two orthogonal linear polarization antennas in HF ground wave radar. But the algorithm of the threedimension filter is relatively complicated and not suitable for real-time processing. It can't use linear and nonlinear polarization vector translation technique directly. A modified polarization filter which is simple and has same suppressing ability as the three-dimension polarization filter is given. It only has half parameters of the primary one. Some problems about estimation of polarization parameters and selection of disturbances are discussed. A method of holding the phase of radar backscatter signal constantly is put forward so that unstationary disturbance signal can be processed.

  4. General concepts of modern HF communications (United States)

    Aarons, Jules

    Both conceptual and hardware advancements have led to substantial systems developments in military HF communications; the former encompass coding and error correction techniques for security, in order to minimize propagation and interference, while the latter prominently include digital equipment permitting the selection of a frequency for a particular path and propagation mode, as well as modulation selection. Propagation-related advancements involve better statistical models as well as advancements in short-term forecasting methods responsive to changes in solar-geophysical parameters. Adaptive HF systems have been developed for meteor-scatter radio communications.

  5. Research on Multi-Layer Distributed HF Radio Network Structure

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    Hui Dai; Chun-Jiang Wang; Quan Yu


    High frequency (HF) transmission is an important communication techniques. However, conventional point-to-point transmission can be easily destroyed, which limits its utilization in practice. HF networking communication has the capability against demolishment. The network structure is one of the key factors for HF networking communication. In this paper, a novel analysis method of the network connectedness based on the eigenvalue is derived, and a multi-layer distributed HF radio network structure is proposed. Both the theore tical analysis and the computer simulation results verify that the application of the proposed network structure in the HF radio communication can improve the anti demolishment ability of the HF network efficiently.

  6. HF Communication Network Signals Using Channel Evaluation Data. (United States)


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  7. Preliminary Investigation of an Integrated Optic Sampler for HF Signals (United States)


    fibre optic links). The response is reasonably flat out to -3 GHz, dropping to -3 dBc at -4.8 GHz. The S1 1 reflection coefficient rapidly approaches 0...sampling rate can probably be extended to -8 GHz by using a 1 GHz SRD to gain-switch the laser, followed by a fibre optic multiplexing system to split...and the possibility of causing optical instability. This problem is easily avoided by inserting an optical isolator into the fibre optic line. 5

  8. Improving Navigation information for the Rotterdam Harbour access through a 3D Model and HF radar (United States)

    Schroevers, Marinus


    The Port of Rotterdam is one of the largest harbours in the world and a gateway to Europe. For the access to Rotterdam harbour, information on hydrodynamic and meteorological conditions is of vital importance for safe and swift navigation. This information focuses on the deep navigation channel in the shallow foreshore, which accommodates large seagoing vessels. Due to a large seaward extension of the Port of Rotterdam area in 2011, current patterns have changed. A re-evaluation of the information needed, showed a need for an improved accuracy of the cross channel currents and swell, and an extended forecast horizon. To obtain this, new information system was designed based on a three dimensional hydrodynamic model which produces a 72 hour forecast. Furthermore, the system will assimilate HF radars surface current to optimize the short term forecast. The project has started in 2013 by specifying data needed from the HF radar. At the same time (temporary) buoys were deployed to monitor vertical current profiles. The HF radar will be operational in July 2015, while the model development starts beginning 2015. A pre operational version of the system is presently planned for the end of 2016. A full operational version which assimilates the HF radar data is planned for 2017.

  9. Systematic Comparison of HF CMOS Transconductors

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    Klumperink, Eric A.M.; Nauta, Bram


    Transconductors are commonly used as active elements in high-frequency (HF) filters, amplifiers, mixers, and oscillators. This paper reviews transconductor design by focusing on the V-I kernel that determines the key transconductor properties. Based on bandwidth considerations, simple V-I kernels wi

  10. Electron impact on vibrationally cold {{HF}}^{+} (United States)

    Cristian Stroe, Marius; Fifirig, Magda


    The dissociative recombination and vibrational excitation processes induced by electron impact on vibrationally cold {{HF}}+ are investigated in the framework of the multichannel quantum defect theory for electron energies below 1 eV. The thermal rate coefficients for the electron temperature range from 10 to 5000 K are reported.


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    Thrane, Kristine; Connelly, James Norman; Bizzarro, Martin


    After considerable controversy regarding the (176)Lu decay constant (lambda(176)Lu), there is now widespread agreement that (1.867 +/- 0.008) x 10(-11) yr(-1) as confirmed by various terrestrial objects and a 4557 Myr meteorite is correct. This leaves the (176)Hf excesses that are correlated with...

  12. New Adaptive Data Transmission Scheme Over HF Radio

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    Adil H. Ahmad


    Full Text Available Acceptable Bit Error rate can be maintained by adapting some of the design parameters such as modulation, symbol rate, constellation size, and transmit power according to the channel state.An estimate of HF propagation effects can be used to design an adaptive data transmission system over HF link. The proposed system combines the well known Automatic Link Establishment (ALE together with variable rate transmission system. The standard ALE is modified to suite the required goal of selecting the best carrier frequency (channel for a given transmission. This is based on measuring SINAD (Signal plus Noise plus Distortion to Noise plus Distortion, RSL (Received Signal Level, multipath phase distortion and BER (Bit Error Rate for each channel in the frequency list. Channel condition evaluation is done by two arrangements. In the first an FFT analysis is used where a pilot signal is transmitted over the channel, while the data itself is used in the second arrangement. Passive channel assessment is used to avoid bad channels hence limiting the frequency pool size to be used in the point to point communication and the time required for scanning and linking. An exchange of channel information between the transmitting and receiving stations is considered to select the modulation scheme for transmission. Mainly MPSK and MFSK are considered with different levels giving different data rate according to the channel condition. The results of the computer simulation have shown that when transmitting at a fixed channel symbol rate of 1200 symbol/sec, the information rate ranges from 2400 bps using 4FSK up to 3600 bps using 8PSK for SNR ranges from 11dB up to 26dB.

  13. HF-enhanced 4278-Å airglow: evidence of accelerated ionosphere electrons? (United States)

    Fallen, C. T.; Watkins, B. J.


    aurora maintained by HF-accelerated (non-thermal) electrons. The numerical results presented here do not necessarily rule out the presence of HF-accelerated electrons with energies exceeding 18 eV. However, vertical or field-aligned airglow intensity measurements made during twilight conditions do not provide definitive evidence of energetic HF-accelerated electrons. Consequently, artificial blue-line airglow measurements should not be used to estimate N2+ ionization rates without also accounting for temperature-dependent chemistry and diffusion. Future experiments that make simultaneous measurements of N2+ ion airglow emissions from both the first negative bands and the Meinel bands can potentially resolve the relative contributions of accelerated electron and resonant scattering mechanisms. Airglow emission rates from these bands are expected to be in strict proportion when the emissions result from electron impact ionization of N2 molecules. Side-view altitude-resolved 4278-Å airglow measurements may also indicate the presence of energetic HF-accelerated electrons if the blue-line emissions are determined to occur below the shadow height.

  14. Dissociated Vertical Deviation (United States)

    ... Frequently Asked Questions Español Condiciones Chinese Conditions Dissociated Vertical Deviation En Español Read in Chinese What is Dissociated Vertical Deviation (DVD)? DVD is a condition in which ...

  15. Vertical bounce of two vertically aligned balls (United States)

    Cross, Rod


    When a tennis ball rests on top of a basketball and both drop to the floor together, the tennis ball is projected vertically at high speed. A mass-spring model of the impact, as well as air track data, suggest that the tennis ball should be projected at relatively low speed. Measurements of the forces on each ball and the bounce of vertically aligned superballs are used to resolve the discrepancy.

  16. Vertical axis wind turbines (United States)

    Krivcov, Vladimir [Miass, RU; Krivospitski, Vladimir [Miass, RU; Maksimov, Vasili [Miass, RU; Halstead, Richard [Rohnert Park, CA; Grahov, Jurij [Miass, RU


    A vertical axis wind turbine is described. The wind turbine can include a top ring, a middle ring and a lower ring, wherein a plurality of vertical airfoils are disposed between the rings. For example, three vertical airfoils can be attached between the upper ring and the middle ring. In addition, three more vertical airfoils can be attached between the lower ring and the middle ring. When wind contacts the vertically arranged airfoils the rings begin to spin. By connecting the rings to a center pole which spins an alternator, electricity can be generated from wind.

  17. REMPI Spectroscopy of HfF

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    Loh, Huanqian; Yahn, Tyler S; Looser, Herbert; Field, Robert W; Cornell, Eric A


    The spectrum of electronic states at 30000--33000 cm$^{-1}$ in hafnium fluoride has been studied using (1+1) resonance-enhanced multi-photon ionization (REMPI) and (1+1$'$) REMPI. Six $\\Omega' = 3/2$ and ten $\\Pi_{1/2}$ vibronic bands have been characterized. We report the molecular constants for these bands and estimate the electronic energies of the excited states using a correction derived from the observed isotope shifts. When either of two closely spaced $\\Pi_{1/2}$ electronic states is used as an intermediate state to access autoionizing Rydberg levels, qualitatively distinct autoionization spectra are observed. The intermediate state-specificity of the autoionization spectra bodes well for the possibility of using a selected $\\Pi_{1/2}$ state as an intermediate state to create ionic HfF$^+$ in various selected quantum states, an important requirement for our electron electric dipole moment (eEDM) search in HfF$^+$.

  18. RFID UHF i HF w bibliotekach

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    Gładysz Bartłomiej


    Full Text Available The potential of the innovative Radio Frequency Identification (RFID technology to be applied for support, acceleration and automation of the circulation process of library collection is presented. Technology basics, and hardware and software components are described. Two different radio standards used in libraries are compared. The goal is to present the potential of RFID technology for libraries, to highlight the differences and to build a basis for further consideration of UHF and HF alternatives.

  19. A chilling perspective on Greenland's early Cenozoic climate from coupled Hf-Nd isotopes (United States)

    Scher, H. D.; Bizimis, M.; Buckley, W. P., Jr.; Duggan, B.; Bohaty, S. M.; Wilson, P. A.


    The prevailing view of northern hemisphere glaciation has been of ice sheets forming on Greenland after 2.7 Ma, with iceberg rafting as early as 15 Ma. This view is incompatible with recent results from global climate/ice sheet models that predict northern hemisphere glaciation only after CO2 falls below ~280 ppmv (occurring at 25 Ma) and with recent sediment evidence for Arctic iceberg rafting as early as the middle Eocene. However, the amount of northern hemisphere ice represented by these sediments is ambiguous and global ice budget calculations for the early Cenozoic are controversial. Here we use coupled Hf-Nd isotopes of oxyhydroxides in sediments from the upper Eocene to lower Oligocene section in ODP Site U1411 (Newfoundland Ridge) to determine when the circum-North Atlantic came under the influence of a mechanical weathering regime. Leached oxyhydroxide Hf-Nd isotopes are an indicator of weathering intensity because mechanical weathering by ice sheets mobilizes the zircon-bound Hf reservoir in the crust, which has extreme unradiogenic eHf values. Chemical weathering produces a distinct seawater array on Hf-Nd diagrams, while seawater exposed to the products of mechanical weathering plot on divergent arrays closer to the Terrestrial Array. Hf-Nd isotopes of Site U1411 leachates are grouped in a near vertical trend between the seawater and terrestrial global reference arrays. Within this group there are four distinct arrays that can be delineated by age. Samples that are late Eocene in age fall along an array that is slightly divergent from the seawater array. The aspect of the Hf-Nd isotope data changes permanently after the first step of the EOT, falling along arrays that are systematically offset in the direction of the terrestrial arrays. The steepest array, most proximal to the terrestrial array, is comprised of samples deposited between 33.7 and 32.2 Ma. These results indicate a circum-North Atlantic weathering regime appeared in the earliest Oligocene.

  20. Multiservice Vertical Handoff Decision Algorithms

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    Zhu Fang


    Full Text Available Future wireless networks must be able to coordinate services within a diverse-network environment. One of the challenging problems for coordination is vertical handoff, which is the decision for a mobile node to handoff between different types of networks. While traditional handoff is based on received signal strength comparisons, vertical handoff must evaluate additional factors, such as monetary cost, offered services, network conditions, and user preferences. In this paper, several optimizations are proposed for the execution of vertical handoff decision algorithms, with the goal of maximizing the quality of service experienced by each user. First, the concept of policy-based handoffs is discussed. Then, a multiservice vertical handoff decision algorithm (MUSE-VDA and cost function are introduced to judge target networks based on a variety of user- and network-valued metrics. Finally, a performance analysis demonstrates that significant gains in the ability to satisfy user requests for multiple simultaneous services and a more efficient use of resources can be achieved from the MUSE-VDA optimizations.

  1. Anomalous phenomena on HF radio paths during geomagnetic disturbances (United States)

    Blagoveshchenskii, D. V.


    We analyze ionospheric oblique sounding data on three high-latitude and one high-latitude-midlatitude HF radio paths for February 15 and 16, 2014, when two substorms and one magnetic storm occurred. We investigate cases of anomalous propagation of signals: their reflection from sporadic layer Es, lateral reflections, type "M" or "N" modes, the presence of traveling ionospheric disturbances, and the diffusivity of signals and triplets. The most significant results are the following. In geomagnetically undisturbed times, sporadic Es-layers with reduced maximum observed frequencies (MOF Es) on three high-latitude paths were observed in both days. The values of MOF Es during disturbances are large, which leads to the screening of other oblique sounding signals reflected from the ionosphere. On all four paths, the most frequently traveling ionospheric disturbances due to the terminator were observed in quiet hours from 03:00 to 15:00 UT on the first day and from 06:00 to 13:00 UT on the second day of the experiment. In addition, both the sunset terminator and the magnetic storm on the high-latitude-mid-latitude path were found to generate traveling ionospheric disturbances jointly. No such phenomenon was found on high-latitude paths.

  2. Equatorial ionospheric disturbance observed through a transequatorial HF propagation experiment

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    T. Maruyama


    Full Text Available A transequatorial radio-wave propagation experiment at shortwave frequencies (HF-TEP was done between Shepparton, Australia, and Oarai, Japan, using the radio broadcasting signals of Radio Australia. The receiving facility at Oarai was capable of direction finding based on the MUSIC (Multiple Signal Classification algorithm. The results were plotted in azimuth-time diagrams (AT plots. During the daytime, the propagation path was close to the great circle connecting Shepparton and Oarai, thus forming a single line in the AT plots. After sunset, off-great-circle paths, or satellite traces in the AT plot, often appeared abruptly to the west and gradually returned to the great circle direction. However, there were very few signals across the great circle to the east. The off-great-circle propagation was very similar to that previously reported and was attributed to reflection by an ionospheric structure near the equator. From the rate of change in the direction, we estimated the drift velocity of the structure to range mostly from 100 to 300 m/s eastward. Multiple instances of off-great-circle propagation with a quasi-periodicity were often observed and their spatial distance in the east-west direction was within the range of large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances (LS-TIDs. Off-great-circle propagation events were frequently observed in the equinox seasons. Because there were many morphological similarities, the events were attributed to the onset of equatorial plasma bubbles.

  3. Geolocation of RF signals

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    Progri, Ilir


    ""Geolocation of RF Signals - Principles and Simulations"" offers an overview of the best practices and innovative techniques in the art and science of geolocation over the last twenty years. It covers all research and development aspects including theoretical analysis, RF signals, geolocation techniques, key block diagrams, and practical principle simulation examples in the frequency band from 100 MHz to 18 GHz or even 60 GHz. Starting with RF signals, the book progressively examines various signal bands - such as VLF, LF, MF, HF, VHF, UHF, L, S, C, X, Ku, and, K and the corresponding geoloca

  4. UHF Radar observations at HAARP with HF pump frequencies near electron gyro-harmonics and associated ionospheric effects (United States)

    Watkins, Brenton; Fallen, Christopher; Secan, James

    Results for HF modification experiments at the HAARP facility in Alaska are presented for experiments with the HF pump frequency near third and fourth electron gyro-harmonics. A UHF diagnostic radar with range resolution of 600 m was used to determine time-dependent altitudes of scattering from plasma turbulence during heating experiments. Experiments were conducted with multiple HF frequencies stepped by 20 kHz above and below the gyro-harmonic values. During times of HF heating the HAARP facility has sufficient power to enhance large-scale ionospheric densities in the lower ionosphere (about 150-200 km altitude) and also in the topside ionosphere (above about 350 km). In the lower ionosphere, time-dependent decreases of the altitude of radar scatter result from electron density enhancements. The effects are substantially different even for relatively small frequency steps of 20 kHz. In all cases the time-varying altitude decrease of radar scatter stops about 5-10 km below the gyro-harmonic altitude that is frequency dependent; we infer that electron density enhancements stop at this altitude where the radar signals stop decreasing with altitude. Experiments with corresponding total electron content (TEC) data show that for HF interaction altitudes above about 170 km there is substantial topside electron density increases due to upward electron thermal conduction. For lower altitudes of HF interaction the majority of the thermal energy is transferred to the neutral gas and no significant topside density increases are observed. By selecting an appropriate HF frequency a little greater than the gyro-harmonic value we have demonstrated that the ionospheric response to HF heating is a self-oscillating mode where the HF interaction altitude moves up and down with a period of several minutes. If the interaction region is above about 170 km this also produces a continuously enhanced topside electron density and upward plasma flux. Experiments using an FM scan with the HF

  5. Signatures of Currency Vertices (United States)

    Holme, Petter


    Many real-world networks have broad degree distributions. For some systems, this means that the functional significance of the vertices is also broadly distributed, in other cases the vertices are equally significant, but in different ways. One example of the latter case is metabolic networks, where the high-degree vertices — the currency metabolites — supply the molecular groups to the low-degree metabolites, and the latter are responsible for the higher-order biological function, of vital importance to the organism. In this paper, we propose a generalization of currency metabolites to currency vertices. We investigate the network structural characteristics of such systems, both in model networks and in some empirical systems. In addition to metabolic networks, we find that a network of music collaborations and a network of e-mail exchange could be described by a division of the vertices into currency vertices and others.

  6. Space, composition, vertical wall ...


    Despot, Katerina; Sandeva, Vaska


    The space in which it is an integral segment of our life is nourished with many functional and decorative elements. One aspect for consideration of vertical walls or The vertical gardens and their aesthetic impact in space called function. Vertical gardens bordering the decoration to totally functional garden in areas where there is little oxygen and space, ideal for residential buildings and public spaces where missing greenery, special place occupies in interior design where their expres...

  7. Multipath Separation-Direction of Arrival (MS-DOA) with Genetic Search Algorithm for HF channels (United States)

    Arikan, Feza; Koroglu, Ozan; Fidan, Serdar; Arikan, Orhan; Guldogan, Mehmet B.


    Direction-of-Arrival (DOA) defines the estimation of arrival angles of an electromagnetic wave impinging on a set of sensors. For dispersive and time-varying HF channels, where the propagating wave also suffers from the multipath phenomena, estimation of DOA is a very challenging problem. Multipath Separation-Direction of Arrival (MS-DOA), that is developed to estimate both the arrival angles in elevation and azimuth and the incoming signals at the output of the reference antenna with very high accuracy, proves itself as a strong alternative in DOA estimation for HF channels. In MS-DOA, a linear system of equations is formed using the coefficients of the basis vector for the array output vector, the incoming signal vector and the array manifold. The angles of arrival in elevation and azimuth are obtained as the maximizers of the sum of the magnitude squares of the projection of the signal coefficients on the column space of the array manifold. In this study, alternative Genetic Search Algorithms (GA) for the maximizers of the projection sum are investigated using simulated and experimental ionospheric channel data. It is observed that GA combined with MS-DOA is a powerful alternative in online DOA estimation and can be further developed according to the channel characteristics of a specific HF link.

  8. Diagnostics of the ionospheric turbulence by wide band radio signals (United States)

    Sergeev, Evgeny; Shindin, Alexey; Grach, Savely

    Results of the investigations of the time-space structure of the HF-pumped ionospheric volume above the SURA heating facility are presented. The method of investigations is based on mea-surements of the amplitude and phase of pulsed (pulse duration diagnostics, technical capabilities of SURA transmitter-receiver system, specially elaborated time-frequency modes of transmitter operation, space diversity three point reception, wide band signal recording, digital filtering, spectral and correlation analysis of the short radio pulses reflected from ionosphere were used. As a result of numerically solved in-verse problem of vertical sounding of the HF-perturbed ionosphere, dynamic behavior of the electron plasma density variations was obtained in the regions close to plasma resonance and upper hybrid resonance of the pump wave. In our experiments the pumping usually leaded to plasma expulsion from the resonance regions. A magnitude of artificial plasma density pertur-bations achieved 0.8% from the background density for pump power about P 60 MW ERP. The methods of a similarity and full correlation analysis were used for pulse signal amplitude processing, which were obtained by diversity three point reception with the receiving aerial separation of 84 m. As a result, novel data on fine structure of the space field of the vertical and horizontal velocities of plasma in the perturbed ionosphere volume with high time (up to 20 ms) and frequency (˜ 1 kHz) resolution are obtained. This frequency resolution can be translated into altitude resolution (˜ 50-100 m) in the ionosphere. The work was supported by RFBR grants 10-02-00642, 09-02-01150 and Federal Special-purpose Program "Scientific and pedagogical personnel of innovative Russia".

  9. Detection and Analysis of Partial Reflections of HF Waves from the Lower Ionosphere (United States)

    Erdman, A.; Moore, R. C.


    On the afternoon of August 27, 2011, the western half of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program's (HAARP's) HF transmitter repeatedly broadcast a low-power (1 kW/Tx), 4.5-MHz, X-mode polarized, 10 microsecond pulse. The HF beam was directed vertically, and the inter-pulse period was 20 milliseconds. HF observations were performed at Oasis (62° 23' 30" N, 145° 9' 03" W) using two crossed 90-foot folded dipoles. Observations clearly indicate the detection of a ground wave and multiple reflections from different sources at F-region altitudes, which is consistent with digisonde measurements at 4.5 MHz. Additional reflections were detected at a virtual altitude of 90-110 km, and we interpret these reflections as partial reflections from the rapid conductivity change at the base of the ionosphere. We compare these observations with the predictions of a new finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) plasma model. The model is a one-dimensional, second-order accurate, cold plasma FDTD model of the ionosphere extending from ground through the lower F-region. The model accounts for a spatially varying plasma frequency, cyclotron frequency, and electron-neutral collision frequency. We discuss the possibility to analyze partial reflections from the base of the ionosphere as a function of frequency to characterize the reflecting plasma.

  10. Approximating ambient D-region electron densities using dual-beam HF heating experiments at the high-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) (United States)

    Agrawal, Divya

    Dual-beam ELF/VLF wave generation experiments performed at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) HF transmitter in Gakona, Alaska are critically compared with the predictions of a newly developed ionospheric high frequency (HF) heating model that accounts for the simultaneous propagation and absorption of multiple HF beams. The dual-beam HF heating experiments presented herein consist of two HF beams transmitting simultaneously: one amplitude modulated (AM) HF beam modulates the conductivity of the lower ionosphere in the extremely low frequency (ELF, 30 Hz to 3 kHz) and/or very low frequency (VLF, 3 kHz to 30 kHz) band while a second HF beam broadcasts a continuous waveform (CW) signal, modifying the efficiency of ELF/VLF conductivity modulation and thereby the efficiency of ELF/VLF wave generation. Ground-based experimental observations are used together with the predictions of the theoretical model to identify the property of the received ELF/VLF wave that is most sensitive to the effects of multi-beam HF heating, and that property is determined to be the ELF/VLF signal magnitude. The dependence of the generated ELF/VLF wave magnitude on several HF transmission parameters (HF power, HF frequency, and modulation waveform) is then experimentally measured and analyzed within the context of the multi-beam HF heating model. For all cases studied, the received ELF/VLF wave magnitude as a function of transmission parameter is analyzed to identify the dependence on the ambient D-region electron density (Ne) and/or electron temperature ( Te), in turn identifying the HF transmission parameters that provide significant independent information regarding the ambient conditions of the D-region ionosphere. A theoretical analysis is performed to determine the conditions under which the effects of Ne and Te can be decoupled, and the results of this analysis are applied to identify an electron density profile that can reproduce the unusually high level of ELF

  11. Modulation of auroral electrojet currents using dual modulated HF beams with ELF phase offset, a potential D-region ionospheric diagnostic (United States)

    GołKowski, M.; Cohen, M. B.; Moore, R. C.


    Experiments at the ionospheric heating facility of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) are performed employing dual HF beams amplitude modulated at ELF/VLF with a phase offset between the two modulation waveforms. The amplitude of the observed ELF/VLF waves is strongly dependent on the imposed ELF/VLF phase offset, the modulation waveform, and the orientation of the HF beams. Data from two ground stations are interpreted using simulations of modulated heating power envelopes as well as a comprehensive model of ionospheric ELF/VLF generation. It is found that two colocated vertical beams HF beams excite a single ionospheric ELF/VLF source, but independent ELF/VLF sources can be induced in the ionospheric region above the heater if the HF beams are offset from zenith to intersect at their 3 dB points. Furthermore, the use of two vertical HF beams with ELF phase offset is found to be a potential diagnostic method for the ionospheric D region.

  12. Systematic Study on Triaxial Superdeformed Bands of Hf Isotopes

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    ZHANG Da-Li; DING Bin-Gang


    Properties of the triaxial superdeformed (TSD) bands of Hf isotopes are investigated systematically within the supersymmetry scheme including many-body interactions and a perturbation possessing the SO(5) (or SU(5)) symmetry on the rotational symmetry. Quantitatively good results of the γ-ray energies, the dynamical moments of inertia,and the spin of the TSD bands in Hf isotopes are obtained. It shows that this approach is quite powerful in describing the properties of the triaxial superdeformation in Hf isotopes.

  13. Determining Energy Distributions of HF-Accelerated Electrons at HAARP (United States)


    AFRL-AFOSR-VA-TR-2015-0383 Determining energy distributions of HF-accelerated electrons at HAARP Christopher Fallen University of Alaska Fairbanks...2012 - 11/14/2015 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Determining energy distributions of HF-accelerated electrons at HAARP 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA9550-12-1-0424...transmitted from the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program ( HAARP ) transmitter in Alaska. For a given fixed HF-plasma interaction altitude

  14. Physics of the Geospace Response to Powerful HF Radio Waves (United States)


    studies of the response of the Earth’s space plasma to high-power HF radio waves from the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program ( HAARP ...of HF heating and explored to simulate artificial ducts. DMSP- HAARP experiments revealed that HF-created ion outflows and artificial density the topside ionosphere appeared faster than predicted by the models, pointing to kinetic (suprathermal) effects. CHAMP/GRACE- HAARP experiments

  15. Traumatic vertical atlantoaxial dislocation. (United States)

    Payer, M; Wetzel, S; Kelekis, A; Jenny, B


    We present a case of traumatic vertical atlantoaxial dislocation of 16 millimetres with a fatal outcome. We hypothesize that this extremely rare traumatic vertical atlantoaxial dislocation results from insufficiency of the C1/C2 facet capsules after rupture of the tectorial membrane and the alar ligaments.


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    Full Text Available ABSTRAK PEMISAHAN Zr – Hf SECARA SINAMBUNG MENGGUNAKANMIXER SETTLER. Telah dilakukan pemisahanZr – Hf secara sinambung menggunakan pengaduk pengenap (mixer settler 16 stage. Larutan umpan adalah zirkon nitrat dengan kadar Zr = 30786 ppm dan Hf = 499 ppm. Ekstraktan dipakai adalah solven 60 % TBP dalam kerosen dan larutan scrubbingyang dipakai adalah asam nitrat 1 M. Umpan masuk pada stageke 5 dikontakkan secara berlawanan arah dengan solven masuk pada stage ke 16 dan larutan scrubbing masuk pada stage ke 1. Tujuan penelitian ini adalah memisahkan unsur Zr dan Hf dari hasil olah pasir zirkon menggunakan solven TBP dengan alat mixer settler16 stage. Analisis umpan dan hasil proses pemisahan untuk zirkonium (Zr dilakukan dengan menggunakan alat pendar sinar-X, sedangkananalisis unsur hafnium (Hf menggunakan Analisis Pengaktifan Neutron (APN. Parameter penelitian dilakukan dengan variasi keasaman asam nitrat dalam umpan dan variasi waktu pada berbagai laju pengadukan. Hasil penelitian pemisahan unsur Zr dengan Hf diperolehkondisi optimum pada keasaman umpan 4 N HNO3, keseimbangan dicapai setelah 3jam dan laju pengadukan 3300 rpm. Hasil ekstrak  unsur zirkon (Zr diperoleh kadar sebesar 28577 ppm dengan efisiensi 92,76 % serta kadar pengotor hafnium (Hf sebesar 95 ppm. Kata Kunci: pemisahan Zr, Hf, ekstraksi, mixer settler, alat pendar sinar-X, APN. ABSTRACT SEPARATION of Zr - Hf CONTINUOUSLY USE THE MIXER SETTLER. Separation of Zr - Hf continuously using mixer settler 16 stage has been done. The feed solution is zircon nitrate concentration of Zr = 30786 ppm  and Hf = 499 ppm. As the solvent used extractant 60 % TBP in 40 % kerosene. Nitric acid solution used srubbing 1 M. The feed entered into stage to 5 is contacted with solvents direction on the stage to 16 and the scrubbing solution enter the stage to 1. The purpose of this study is to separate Zr and Hf of the results from the process of zircon sand using solvent TBP using 16 stage

  17. Mitigating Doppler shift effect in HF multitone data modem (United States)

    Sonlu, Yasar


    Digital communications over High Frequency (HF) radio channels are getting important in recent years. Current HF requirements are for data transmission at rates 2.4 kbps or more to accommodate computer data links and digital secure voice. HF modems which were produced to meet these speeds are, serial modems and parallel modems. On the other hand, the HF sky-wave communication medium, the ionosphere, has some propagation problems such as multipath and Doppler shift. The effect of Doppler shift in a parallel modem which employs Differential Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (DQPSK) modulation is considered and a correction method to mitigate the Doppler Shift effect is introduced.

  18. Epitaxial Thin Films of Y doped HfO2 (United States)

    Serrao, Claudy; Khan, Asif; Ramamoorthy, Ramesh; Salahuddin, Sayeef

    Hafnium oxide (HfO2) is one of a few metal oxides that is thermodynamically stable on silicon and silicon oxide. There has been renewed interest in HfO2 due to the recent discovery of ferroelectricity and antiferroelectricity in doped HfO2. Typical ferroelectrics - such as strontium bismuth tantalate (SBT) and lead zirconium titanate (PZT) - contain elements that easily react with silicon and silicon oxide at elevated temperatures; therefore, such ferroelectrics are not suited for device applications. Meanwhile, ferroelectric HfO2 offers promise regarding integration with silicon. The stable phase of HfO2 at room temperature is monoclinic, but HfO2 can be stabilized in the tetragonal, orthorhombic or even cubic phase by suitable doping. We stabilized Y-doped HfO2 thin films using pulsed laser deposition. The strain state can be controlled using various perovskite substrates and controlled growth conditions. We report on Y-doped HfO2 domain structures from piezo-response force microscopy (PFM) and structural parameters via X-ray reciprocal space maps (RSM). We hope this work spurs further interest in strain-tuned ferroelectricity in doped HfO2.

  19. Microstructural characterization of as-cast hf-b alloys

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    Full Text Available An accurate knowledge of several metal-boron phase diagrams is important to evaluation of higher order systems such as metal-silicon-boron ternaries. The refinement and reassessment of phase diagram data is a continuous work, thus the reevaluation of metal-boron systems provides the possibility to confirm previous data from an investigation using higher purity materials and better analytical techniques. This work presents results of rigorous microstructural characterization of as-cast hafnium-boron alloys which are significant to assess the liquid composition associated to most of the invariant reactions of this system. Alloys were prepared by arc melting high purity hafnium (minimum 99.8% and boron (minimum 99.5% slices under argon atmosphere in water-cooled copper crucible with non consumable tungsten electrode and titanium getter. The phases were identified by scanning electron microscopy, using back-scattered electron image mode and X-ray diffraction. In general, a good agreement was found between our data and those from the currently accepted Hafnium-Boron phase diagram. The phases identified are αHfSS and B-RhomSS, the intermediate compounds HfB and HfB2 and the liquide L. The reactions are the eutectic L ⇔ αHfSS + HfB and L ⇔ HfB2 + B-Rhom, the peritectic L + HfB2 ⇔ HfB and the congruent formation of HfB2.

  20. A DFT study of temperature dependent dissociation mechanism of HF in HF(H2O)7 cluster

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    Swatantra K Yadav; Hirdyesh Mishra; Ashwani K Tiwari


    We report a Density Functional Theoretical (DFT) study of dissociation of Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) in HF(H2O)7 cluster, using B3LYP functional and empirical exchange correlation functional M06-2X along with 6-31+G(d,p) basis set. Dissociation constant, KRP, of HF dissociation and pKa values of HF in cluster at various temperatures have been reported. It has been found that both KRP and pKa are highly dependent on temperature. The variation of pKa with temperature suggests that HF is strong acid at lower temperatures. Our study also reveals that HF is a stronger acid in water cluster than in bulk water. Further, the results obtained by DFT calculations have been compared with the earlier reported results obtained from Monte Carlo (MC) simulation. It is found that DFT results are qualitatively consistent with the results of MC simulation but quantitatively different.

  1. Hf-W chronometry of primitive achondrites (United States)

    Schulz, T.; Münker, C.; Mezger, K.; Palme, H.


    Metal segregation and silicate melting on asteroids are the most incisive differentiation events in the early evolution of planetary bodies. The timing of these events can be constrained using the short-lived 182Hf- 182W radionuclide system. Here we present new 182Hf- 182W data for major types of primitive achondrites including acapulcoites, winonaites and one lodranite. These meteorites are of particular interest because they show only limited evidence for partial melting of silicates and are therefore intermediate between chondrites and achondrites. For acapulcoites we derived a 182Hf- 182W age of Δ tCAI = 4.1 +1.2/ -1.1 Ma. A model age for winonaite separates calculated from the intercept of the isochron defines an age of Δ tCAI = 4.8 +3.1/ -2.6 Ma (assuming a bulk Hf/W ratio of ˜1.2). Both ages most likely define primary magmatic events on the respective parent bodies, such as melting of metal, although metal stayed in place and did not segregate to form a core. A later thermal event is responsible for resetting of the winonaite isochron, yielding an age of Δ tCAI = 14.3 +2.7/ -2.2 Ma, significantly younger than the model age. Assuming a co-genetic relationship between winonaites and silicates present in IAB iron meteorites (based on oxygen isotope composition) and including data by Schulz et al. (2009), a common parent body chronology can be established. Magmatic activity occurred between ˜1.5 and 5 Ma after CAIs. More than 5 Ma later, intensive thermal metamorphism has redistributed Hf-W. Average cooling rates calculated for the winonaite/IAB parent asteroid range between ˜35 and ˜4 K/Ma, most likely reflecting different burial depths. Cooling rates obtained for acapulcoites were ˜40 K/Ma to ˜720 K and then ˜3 K/Ma to ˜550 K. Accretion and subsequent magmatism on the acapulcoite parent body occurred slightly later if compared to most achondrite parent bodies (e.g., angrites, ureilites and eucrites), in this case supporting the concept of an inverse

  2. Pressure induced novel compounds in the Hf-O system from first-principles calculations



    Using first-principles evolutionary simulations, we have systematically investigated phase stability in the Hf-O system at pressure up to 120 GPa. New compounds Hf5O2, Hf3O2, HfO and HfO3 are discovered to be thermodynamically stable at certain pressure ranges and a new stable high-pressure phase is found for Hf2O with space group Pnnm and anti-CaCl2-type structure. Both P62m-HfO and P4m2-Hf2O3 show semimetallic character. Pnnm-HfO3 shows interesting structure, simultaneously containing oxide...

  3. Ferroelectricity of nondoped thin HfO2 films in TiN/HfO2/TiN stacks (United States)

    Nishimura, Tomonori; Xu, Lun; Shibayama, Shigehisa; Yajima, Takeaki; Migita, Shinji; Toriumi, Akira


    We report on the impact of TiN interfaces on the ferroelectricity of nondoped HfO2. Ferroelectric properties of nondoped HfO2 in TiN/HfO2/TiN stacks are shown in capacitance-voltage and polarization-voltage characteristics. The Curie temperature is also estimated to be around 500 °C. The ferroelectricity of nondoped HfO2 clearly appears by thinning HfO2 film down to ˜35 nm. We directly revealed in thermal treatments that the ferroelectric HfO2 film on TiN was maintained by covering the top surface of HfO2 with TiN, while it was followed by a phase transition to the paraelectric phase in the case of the open surface of HfO2. Thus, it is concluded that the ferroelectricity in nondoped HfO2 in this study was mainly driven by both of top and bottom TiN interfaces.

  4. Plasmonic Properties of Vertically Aligned Nanowire Arrays

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    Hua Qi


    Full Text Available Nanowires (NWs/Ag sheath composites were produced to investigate plasmonic coupling between vertically aligned NWs for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS applications. In this investigation, two types of vertical NW arrays were studied; those of ZnO NWs grown on nanosphere lithography patterned sapphire substrate via vapor-liquid-solid (VLS mechanism and Si NW arrays produced by wet chemical etching. Both types of vertical NW arrays were coated with a thin layer of silver by electroless silver plating for SERS enhancement studies. The experimental results show extremely strong SERS signals due to plasmonic coupling between the NWs, which was verified by COMSOL electric field simulations. We also compared the SERS enhancement intensity of aligned and random ZnO NWs, indicating that the aligned NWs show much stronger and repeatable SERS signal than those grown in nonaligned geometries.

  5. Experimental Research of HF Passive Radar Based on DRM Digital AM Broadcasting

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    Wan Xian-rong


    Full Text Available This paper gives the experimental research of HF Passive Bistatic Radar (HFPBR based on Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM digital AM broadcasting that have been first carried out in China, using the newly-developed all-digital active/passive integrated HF surface wave radar system. The principle, key techniques, experimental equipment, and preliminary results are introduced about this new radar system. Based on analysis of the measurement data, experimental results under different scenarios including surface-wave, sky-wave, and hybrid sky-surface propagation modes are presented, which have proved, for the first time worldwide, the technical feasibility of using DRM broadcasting signal for over-the-horizon detection by field experiment and formed the theoretical and experimental basis for the further development of HFPBR.

  6. Synthesis of Freestanding HfO2 Nanostructures (United States)


    Tang J, Fabbri J, Robinson RD, Zhu Y, Herman IP, Steigerwald ML, Brus LE: Solid-solution nanoparticles:use of a nonhydrolytic sol-gel synthesis to...colloidal HfO2 nanorods. Adv Mater 2007, 19:2608-2612. Page 21 5. Qiu X, Howe JY, Cardoso MB, Polat O, Heller W: Size control of highly ordered HfO2

  7. Parametric excitation of whistler waves by HF heater (United States)

    Kuo, S. P.; Lee, M. C.


    Possible generation of whistler waves by Tromso HF heater is investigated. It is shown that the HF heater wave can parametrically decay into a whistler wave and a Langmuir wave. Since whistler waves may have a broad range of frequency, the simultaneously excited Langmuir waves can have a much broader frequency bandwidth than those excited by the parametric decay instability.

  8. Study of {sup 179}Hf{sup m2} excitation

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    Vishnevsky, I. N.; Zheltonozhsky, V. A., E-mail:; Savrasov, A. N. [National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute for Nuclear Research (Ukraine); Mazur, V. M. [National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Electronic Physics (Ukraine)


    Isomeric ratios of {sup 179}Hf{sup m2,g} yields in the (γ, n) reaction and the cross section for the {sup 179}Hf{sup m2} population in the (α, p) reaction are measured for the first time at the end-point energies of 15.1 and 17.5 MeV for bremsstrahlung photons and 26 MeV for alpha particles. The results are σ = (1.1 ± 0.11) × 10{sup −27} cm{sup 2} for the {sup 176}Lu(α, p){sup 179}Hf{sup m2} reaction and Y{sub m2}/Y{sub g} = (6.1 ± 0.3) × 10{sup −6} and (3.7 ± 0.2) × 10{sup −6} for the {sup 180}Hf(γ, n){sup 179}Hf{sup m22} reaction at E{sub ep} =15.1 and 17.5 MeV, respectively. The experimental data on the relative {sup 179}Hf{sup m2} yield indicate a single-humped shape of the excitation function for the {sup 180}Hf(γ, n){sup 179}Hf{sup m2} reaction. Simulation is performed using the TALYS-1.4 and EMPIRE-3.2 codes.

  9. Diffusion of Hf and Nb in Zr-19%Nb

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    Zou, H. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.; Hood, G.M. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.; Schultz, R.J. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.; Matsuura, N. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.; Roy, J.A. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.; Jackman, J.A. [CANMET, Ottawa, Ont. (Canada). Met. Sci. and Technol.


    Diffusion of Hf and Nb in large-grained bcc Zr-19%Nb has been studied. Diffusion coefficients of Hf, D(Hf), were measured in the range 620-1173 K and D(Nb) was measured at 920 and 1167 K. The Hf diffusion profiles were determined by SIMS and the Nb profiles by microtome sectioning and radio-tracer counting. The Hf data show a smooth, temperature-dependent behaviour through the monotectoid temperature, 875 K, and may be characterised by D{approx}10{sup -9}.exp-1.4 (eV/kT) m{sup 2}/s. D(Nb) tends to be lower than the corresponding values for D(Hf). Overall, diffusion of Hf and Nb are characteristic of diffusion in bcc Zr. Surface hold-up (oxide film) at low temperatures was overcome by using ion-implanted Hf diffusion sources. The results are compared with earlier work and discussed in terms of diffusion mechanisms and the {beta}-phase transformation of commercial Zr-2.5Nb. (orig.).

  10. Composition of vertical gardens


    Sandeva, Vaska; Despot, Katerina


    Vertical gardens are fully functional gardens in areas where there is less oxygen and space, ideal for residential and urban cities where there is no vegetation; occupy a special place in interiors furniture. The gardens occupy an important aesthetic problem. Aesthetic task in vertical gardens can be achieved by forming sectors of identification in the urban landscape through the choice of a particular plant spatial composition and composition, to create comfort and representation in commu...

  11. Hybrid vertical cavity laser

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    Chung, Il-Sug; Mørk, Jesper


    A new hybrid vertical cavity laser structure for silicon photonics is suggested and numerically investigated. It incorporates a silicon subwavelength grating as a mirror and a lateral output coupler to a silicon ridge waveguide.......A new hybrid vertical cavity laser structure for silicon photonics is suggested and numerically investigated. It incorporates a silicon subwavelength grating as a mirror and a lateral output coupler to a silicon ridge waveguide....

  12. Oxygen Recovery in Hf Oxide Films Fabricated by Sputtering

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    JIANG Ran; LI Zi-Feng


    The chemical structure of ultrathin Hf oxide films (< 10 nm) fabricated by a standard sputtering method is investigated using x-ray spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. According to the experiments,oxygen species are impacted to the HfO2/Si interface during the initial sputtering, and then released back to the upper Hf02 region driven by the oxygen concentration grads. A vacuum annealing can greatly enhance this recovery process. Additionally, significant SiO2 reduction in the interface is observed after the vacuum annealing for the thick HfO2 films in our experiment. It might be an effective method to confine the interracial layer thickness by sputtering thick HfO2 in no-oxygen ambient.

  13. Crystal structure of Si-doped HfO2 (United States)

    Zhao, Lili; Nelson, Matthew; Aldridge, Henry; Iamsasri, Thanakorn; Fancher, Chris M.; Forrester, Jennifer S.; Nishida, Toshikazu; Moghaddam, Saeed; Jones, Jacob L.


    Si-doped HfO2 was prepared by solid state synthesis of the starting oxides. Using Rietveld refinement of high resolution X-ray diffraction patterns, a substitutional limit of Si in HfO2 was determined as less than 9 at. %. A second phase was identified as Cristobalite (SiO2) rather than HfSiO4, the latter of which would be expected from existing SiO2-HfO2 phase diagrams. Crystallographic refinement with increased Si-dopant concentration in monoclinic HfO2 shows that c/b increases, while β decreases. The spontaneous strain, which characterizes the ferroelastic distortion of the unit cell, was calculated and shown to decrease with increasing Si substitution.

  14. The (178m2)Hf Controversy

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    Becker, J A; Gemmell, D S; Schiffer, J P; Wilhelmy, J B


    Since its discovery in the 1960's the {sup 178m2}Hf isomer has garnered high attention from both the basic and applied communities in nuclear science. It's combination of high spin (16+), long half life (31 yrs), and high excitation energy (2.446 MeV) offer unique possibilities as an energy storage medium. Interest in the isomer was rekindled beginning in 1999 when a series of publications began to appear from a group (referred to here as the ''Texas collaboration'') primarily based at the University of Texas, Dallas [1]. They reported observations that some of the stored energy could be released (''triggered'') when the isomer was exposed to a fluence of photons in the energy range {approx}10 to {approx}60 keV. The implications of this observation are profound. Even though the claimed cross section for the process was {approx}7 orders of magnitude greater than would be predicted from the known systematics of photon absorption by nuclei in this mass range [2], such a highly efficient method for triggering the isomeric deexcitation immediately suggested applications utilizing the explosive or the controlled gradual energy release from a very compact source. The prospect of such applications has focused considerable interest on realizing the promise that is implicit in the reported observations. However, two experiments performed by a group from ANL/LANL/LLNL at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne (the ''APS collaboration'') reported negative results for the observation of any photon-triggered deexcitation of the {sup 178m2}Hf isomer [3]. This has led to a continued controversy, where both sides have adamantly defended their observations. At this point an outsider has difficulty determining whether there is indeed a triggering effect that should be pursued energetically with substantial resources, or whether the phenomenon consists of overly optimistic interpretation of data.

  15. Ferroelectricity-modulated resistive switching in Pt/Si:HfO2/HfO2-x /Pt memory (United States)

    Ran, Jiang; Xianghao, Du; Zuyin, Han


    It is investigated for the effect of a ferroelectric Si:HfO2 thin film on the resistive switching in a stacked Pt/Si:HfO2/highly-oxygen-deficient HfO2-x /Pt structure. Improved resistance performance was observed. It was concluded that the observed resistive switching behavior was related to the modulation of the width and height of a depletion barrier in the HfO2-x layer, which was caused by the Si:HfO2 ferroelectric polarization field effect. Reliable switching reproducibility and long data retention were observed in these memory cells, suggesting their great potential in non-volatile memories applications with full compatibility and simplicity. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11374182), the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (No. ZR2012FQ012), and the Jinan Independent Innovation Projects of Universities (No. 201303019).

  16. Large ionospheric disturbances produced by the HAARP HF facility (United States)

    Bernhardt, Paul A.; Siefring, Carl L.; Briczinski, Stanley J.; McCarrick, Mike; Michell, Robert G.


    The enormous transmitter power, fully programmable antenna array, and agile frequency generation of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility in Alaska have allowed the production of unprecedented disturbances in the ionosphere. Using both pencil beams and conical (or twisted) beam transmissions, artificial ionization clouds have been generated near the second, third, fourth, and sixth harmonics of the electron gyrofrequency. The conical beam has been used to sustain these clouds for up to 5 h as opposed to less than 30 min durations produced using pencil beams. The largest density plasma clouds have been produced at the highest harmonic transmissions. Satellite radio transmissions at 253 MHz from the National Research Laboratory TACSat4 communications experiment have been severely disturbed by propagating through artificial plasma regions. The scintillation levels for UHF waves passing through artificial ionization clouds from HAARP are typically 16 dB. This is much larger than previously reported scintillations at other HF facilities which have been limited to 3 dB or less. The goals of future HAARP experiments should be to build on these discoveries to sustain plasma densities larger than that of the background ionosphere for use as ionospheric reflectors of radio signals.

  17. SOX9: a stem cell transcriptional regulator of secreted niche signaling factors. (United States)

    Kadaja, Meelis; Keyes, Brice E; Lin, Mingyan; Pasolli, H Amalia; Genander, Maria; Polak, Lisa; Stokes, Nicole; Zheng, Deyou; Fuchs, Elaine


    Hair follicles (HFs) undergo cyclical periods of growth, which are fueled by stem cells (SCs) at the base of the resting follicle. HF-SC formation occurs during HF development and requires transcription factor SOX9. Whether and how SOX9 functions in HF-SC maintenance remain unknown. By conditionally targeting Sox9 in adult HF-SCs, we show that SOX9 is essential for maintaining them. SOX9-deficient HF-SCs still transition from quiescence to proliferation and launch the subsequent hair cycle. However, once activated, bulge HF-SCs begin to differentiate into epidermal cells, which naturally lack SOX9. In addition, as HF-SC numbers dwindle, outer root sheath production is not sustained, and HF downgrowth arrests prematurely. Probing the mechanism, we used RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) to identify SOX9-dependent transcriptional changes and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and deep sequencing (ChIP-seq) to identify SOX9-bound genes in HF-SCs. Intriguingly, a large cohort of SOX9-sensitive targets encode extracellular factors, most notably enhancers of Activin/pSMAD2 signaling. Moreover, compromising Activin signaling recapitulates SOX9-dependent defects, and Activin partially rescues them. Overall, our findings reveal roles for SOX9 in regulating adult HF-SC maintenance and suppressing epidermal differentiation in the niche. In addition, our studies expose a role for SCs in coordinating their own behavior in part through non-cell-autonomous signaling within the niche.

  18. Power-Stepped HF Cross Modulation Experiments at HAARP (United States)

    Greene, S.; Moore, R. C.; Langston, J. S.


    High frequency (HF) cross modulation experiments are a well established means for probing the HF-modified characteristics of the D-region ionosphere. In this paper, we apply experimental observations of HF cross-modulation to the related problem of ELF/VLF wave generation. HF cross-modulation measurements are used to evaluate the efficiency of ionospheric conductivity modulation during power-stepped modulated HF heating experiments. The results are compared to previously published dependencies of ELF/VLF wave amplitude on HF peak power. The experiments were performed during the March 2013 campaign at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) Observatory. HAARP was operated in a dual-beam transmission format: the first beam heated the ionosphere using sinusoidal amplitude modulation while the second beam broadcast a series of low-power probe pulses. The peak power of the modulating beam was incremented in 1-dB steps. We compare the minimum and maximum cross-modulation effect and the amplitude of the resulting cross-modulation waveform to the expected power-law dependence of ELF/VLF wave amplitude on HF power.

  19. HF dissociation in water clusters by computer simulations


    Elena, Alin Marin


    We perform Restrained hybrid Monte Carlo simulations to compute the equilibrium constant of the dissociation reaction of HF in HF(H2O)7. We find that, like in the bulk, hydrofluoric acid, is a weak acid also in the cubic HF(H2O)7 cluster, and that its acidity is higher at lower T. This latter phenomenon has a (vibrational) entropic origin, namely it is due to the reduction of the (negative) T∆S contribution to the variation of free energy between the reactant and product. We found also ...

  20. [Duane vertical surgical treatment]. (United States)

    Merino, M L; Gómez de Liaño, P; Merino, P; Franco, G


    We report 3 cases with a vertical incomitance in upgaze, narrowing of palpebral fissure, and pseudo-overaction of both inferior oblique muscles. Surgery consisted of an elevation of both lateral rectus muscles with an asymmetrical weakening. A satisfactory result was achieved in 2 cases, whereas a Lambda syndrome appeared in the other case. The surgical technique of upper-insertion with a recession of both lateral rectus muscles improved vertical incomitance in 2 of the 3 patients; however, a residual deviation remains in the majority of cases. Copyright © 2011 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  1. Effect of Different Instrumentation Techniques on Vertical Root Fracture Re-sistance of Endodontically Treated Teeth

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    Saeid Tavanafar


    Full Text Available Statement of the Problem: Vertical root fractures are catastrophic events that often result in tooth extraction. Many contributing factor are associated with increasing incidence of vertical root fracture. Root canal preparation is one of the predisposing factors which can increase the root susceptibility to vertical fracture. Purpose: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of three different instrumentation techniques on vertical root fracture resistance of endodontically treated teeth. Materials and Methods: In this study, 120 freshly extracted mandibular premolar teeth of similar dimensions were decoronated and randomly divided into control (n=30, nickel-titanium hand K-file (HF, n=30, BioRaCe rotary file (BR, n=30, and WaveOne reciprocating single-file (WO, n=30 groups. After cleaning and shaping the root canals, AH26 was used as canal sealer, and obturation was completed using the continuous wave technique. The root canals were embedded vertically in standardised autopolymerising acrylic resin blocks, and subjected to a vertical load to cause vertical root fracture. The forces required to induce fractures were measured using a universal testing machine. ANOVA and Tukey’s post-hoc test were used to analyse the data. Results: All experimental groups showed statistically significant reductions in fracture resistance as compared with the control group. There was a statistically significant difference between the HF and BR groups. The WO group did not differ significantly from the HF group or the BR group. Conclusion: All three instrumentation techniques caused weakening of the structure of the roots, and rendered them susceptible to fracture under lesser load than unprepared roots. The fracture resistance of roots prepared with the single-file reciprocating technique was similar to that of those prepared with NiTi hand and rotary instrumentation techniques.

  2. Process Simulation Analysis of HF Stripping

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    Thaer A. Abdulla


    Full Text Available    HYSYS process simulator is used for the analysis of existing HF stripping column in LAB plant (Arab Detergent Company, Baiji-Iraq. Simulated column performance and profiles curves are constructed. The variables considered are the thermodynamic model option, bottom temperature, feed temperature, and column profiles for the temperature, vapor flow rate, liquid flow rate and composition. The five thermodynamic models options used (Margules, UNIQUAC, van laar, Antoine, and Zudkevitch-Joffee, affecting the results within (0.1-58% variation for the most cases.        The simulated results show that about 4% of paraffin (C10 & C11 presents at the top stream, which may cause a problem in the LAB production plant. The major variations were noticed for the total top vapor flow rate with bottom temperature and with feed composition. The column profiles maintain fairly constants from tray 5 to tray 18. The study gives evidence about a successful simulation with HYSYS because the results correspond with the real plant operation data.

  3. The (178m2) Hf Controversy

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    Becker, J A; Schiffer, J P; Wilhelmy, J


    Since its discovery in the 1960's the sup 1 sup 7 sup 8 sup m sup 2 Hf isomer has garnered high attention from both the basic and applied communities in nuclear science. It's combination of high spin (16+), long half life (31 yrs), and high excitation energy (2.446 MeV) offer unique possibilities as an energy storage medium. Interest in the isomer was rekindled beginning in 1999 when a series of publications began to appear from a group (referred to here as the ''Texas collaboration'') primarily based at the University of Texas, Dallas [1]. They reported observations that some of the stored energy could be released (''triggered'') when the isomer was exposed to a fluence of photons in the energy range approx 10 to approx 60 keV. The implications of this observation are profound. Even though the claimed cross section for the process was approx 7 orders of magnitude greater than would be predicted from the known systematics of photon absorption by nuclei in this mass range [2], such a highly efficient method fo...

  4. Grindability of cast Ti-Hf alloys. (United States)

    Kikuchi, Masafumi; Takahashi, Masatoshi; Sato, Hideki; Okuno, Osamu; Nunn, Martha E; Okabe, Toru


    As part of our systematic studies characterizing the properties of titanium alloys, we investigated the grindability of a series of cast Ti-Hf alloys. Alloy buttons with hafnium concentrations up to 40 mass% were made using an argon-arc melting furnace. Each button was cast into a magnesia-based mold using a dental titanium casting machine; three specimens were made for each metal. Prior to testing, the hardened surface layer was removed. The specimens were ground at five different speeds for 1 min at 0.98 N using a carborundum wheel on an electric dental handpiece. Grindability was evaluated as the volume of metal removed per minute (grinding rate) and the volume ratio of metal removed compared to the wheel material lost (grinding ratio). The data were analyzed using ANOVA. A trend of increasing grindability was found with increasing amounts of hafnium, although there was no statistical difference in the grindability with increasing hafnium contents. We also found that hafnium may be used to harden or strengthen titanium without deteriorating the grindability.

  5. Vertical Protocol Composition

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    Groß, Thomas; Mödersheim, Sebastian Alexander


    The security of key exchange and secure channel protocols, such as TLS, has been studied intensively. However, only few works have considered what happens when the established keys are actually used—to run some protocol securely over the established “channel”. We call this a vertical protocol com...

  6. Vertical cavity laser

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    The present invention provides a vertical cavity laser comprising a grating layer comprising an in-plane grating, the grating layer having a first side and having a second side opposite the first side and comprising a contiguous core grating region having a grating structure, wherein an index...

  7. Vertical market participation

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    Schrader, Alexander; Martin, Stephen


    Firms that operate at both levels of vertically related Cournot oligopolies will purchase some input supplies from independent rivals, even though they can produce the good at a lower cost, driving up input price for nonintegrated firms at the final good level. Foreclosure, which avoids this stra...... this strategic behavior, yields better market performance than Cournot beliefs...

  8. The magnetic properties of $^{\\rm 177}$Hf and $^{\\rm 180}$Hf in the strong coupling deformed model


    Muto, S.; Stone, N. J.; Bingham, C. R.; STONE, J.R; Walker, P. M.; Audi, G.; Gaulard, C.; Köster, U.(Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), Grenoble, France); Nikolov, J.; Nishimura,K; Ohtsubo, T.; Podolyak, Z.; Risegari, L.; Simpson, G.S.; Veskovic, M.


    This paper reports NMR measurements of the magnetic dipole moments of two high-K isomers, the 37/2$^-$, 51.4 m, 2740 keV state in $^{\\rm 177}$Hf and the 8$^-$, 5.5 h, 1142 keV state in $^{\\rm 180}$Hf by the method of on-line nuclear orientation. Also included are results on the angular distributions of gamma transitions in the decay of the $^{\\rm 177}$Hf isotope. These yield high precision E2/M1 multipole mixing ratios for transitions in bands built on the 23/2$^+$, 1.1 s, isomer at 1315 keV ...

  9. An examination of man-made radio noise at 37HF receiving sties


    Vincent, Wilbur R.; Adler, Richard William; Munsch, George F.


    Man-made radio noise was examined at 37 HF receiving sites spaced at wide intervals around the world. The measurements were made with the goal of understanding the temporal and spectral structure of each example of man-made noise, determining the sources involved, and developing procedures to minimize the impact of man-made noise on signal reception. All measurements were made at the input terminals of receivers at each site as contrasted to the more traditional field-strength measurement of ...

  10. A thirty second isomer in {sup 171}Hf

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    Campbell, P.; Billowes, J.; Cooper, T.G.; Grant, I.S.; Pearson, M.R.; Wheeler, P.D. [Schuster Laboratory, University of Manchester, M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Cochrane, E.C.A.; Cooke, J.L.; Evans, D.E.; Griffith, J.A.R.; Persson, J.R.; Richardson, D.S.; Tungate, G.; Zybert, L. [School of Physics and Space Research, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Dendooven, P.; Honkanen, A.; Huhta, M.; Oinonen, M.; Penttilae, H.; Aeystoe, J. [Accelerator Laboratory, University of Jyvaeskylae, PL 35 Jyvaeskylae SF-403 51 (Finland)


    An isomer has been detected in {sup 171}Hf with a half-life of T{sub 1/2} 29.5(9) s. The state was populated in the {sup 170}Yb({alpha},3n){sup 171m}Hf reaction at a beam energy of E{sub {alpha}} = 50 MeV in an on-line ion guide isotope separator. The isomeric {sup 171m}Hf{sup +} beam was extracted from the ion guide, mass-analysed and implanted in the surface of a microchannel-plate. The half-life of the collected activity was measured from the decay of the microchannel-plate count rate. We associate the isomer with the first excited state in {sup 171}Hf with spin 1/2{sup -} at an excitation energy of 22(2) keV. (author)

  11. HF fiber stuffing in building 186 at CERN

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    Tiziano Camporesi


    Each of the 36 HF wedges comprise ca 12000 quartz fibers which are the active element of the calorimeter. The fibers are produced by Polymicro (USA), cleaved and bundled at KFKI, Budapest, Hungary and inserted at CERN.

  12. Low-Frequency Waves in HF Heating of the Ionosphere (United States)

    Sharma, A. S.; Eliasson, B.; Milikh, G. M.; Najmi, A.; Papadopoulos, K.; Shao, X.; Vartanyan, A.


    Ionospheric heating experiments have enabled an exploration of the ionosphere as a large-scale natural laboratory for the study of many plasma processes. These experiments inject high-frequency (HF) radio waves using high-power transmitters and an array of ground- and space-based diagnostics. This chapter discusses the excitation and propagation of low-frequency waves in HF heating of the ionosphere. The theoretical aspects and the associated models and simulations, and the results from experiments, mostly from the HAARP facility, are presented together to provide a comprehensive interpretation of the relevant plasma processes. The chapter presents the plasma model of the ionosphere for describing the physical processes during HF heating, the numerical code, and the simulations of the excitation of low-frequency waves by HF heating. It then gives the simulations of the high-latitude ionosphere and mid-latitude ionosphere. The chapter also briefly discusses the role of kinetic processes associated with wave generation.

  13. Near-infrared LIF spectroscopy of HfF

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    Grau, Matt; Loh, Huanqian; Sinclair, Laura C; Stutz, Russel P; Yahn, Tylser S; Cornell, Eric A


    The molecular ion HfF$^+$ is the chosen species for a JILA experiment to measure the electron electric dipole moment (eEDM). Detailed knowledge of the spectrum of HfF is crucial to prepare HfF$^+$ in a state suitable for performing an eEDM measurement\\cite{Leanhardt}. We investigated the near-infrared electronic spectrum of HfF using laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) of a supersonic molecular beam. We discovered eight unreported bands, and assign each of them unambiguously, four to vibrational bands belonging to the transition $[13.8]0.5 \\leftarrow X1.5$, and four to vibrational bands belonging to the transition $[14.2]1.5 \\leftarrow X1.5$. Additionally, we report an improved measurement of vibrational spacing of the ground state, as well as anharmonicity $\\omega_e x_e$.

  14. Theoretical Assessment of 178m2Hf De-Excitation

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    Hartouni, E P; Chen, M; Descalle, M A; Escher, J E; Loshak, A; Navratil, P; Ormand, W E; Pruet, J; Thompson, I J; Wang, T F


    This document contains a comprehensive literature review in support of the theoretical assessment of the {sup 178m2}Hf de-excitation, as well as a rigorous description of controlled energy release from an isomeric nuclear state.

  15. A polar cap absorption model optimization based on the vertical ionograms analysis (United States)

    Zaalov, N. Y.; Moskaleva, E. V.


    Space weather events significantly affect the high frequency (HF) radio wave propagation. The now-casting and forecasting of HF radio wave absorption is important for the HF communication industries. This paper assimilates vertical sounding data into an absorption model to improve its performance as a now-casting tool. The approach is a modification of the algorithm elaborated by Sauer and Wilkinson, which is based on the riometer data. The optimization is focused on accounting for short timescale variation of the absorption. It should be noted that the expression of the frequency dependence of absorption induced by the energetic particle precipitation employed in Sauer and Wilkinson model is based on the riometer data at frequencies of 20, 30, and 50 MHz. The approach suggested in this paper provides an opportunity for expanding the frequency dependence of the absorption for frequencies below 10 MHz. The simulation of the vertical ionograms in the polar cap region uses a computational model designed to overcome the high frequency wave propagation problem in high latitude of the Earth. HF radio wave absorption induced by solar UV illumination, X-ray flares and energetic particles precipitation is taken into consideration in our model. The absorption caused by the energetic particle precipitation is emphasized, because the study is focused on HF wave propagation in polar cap region. A comparison of observed and simulated vertical ionograms enables the coefficients, which relate absorption (day-time and night-time) to integral proton flux to be refined. The values of these coefficients determined from evaluation of the data recorded by any reliable ionosonde are valid for absorption calculation in high-latitude region.

  16. Integrated magnetics design for HF-link power converters

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    Ljusev, Petar; Andersen, Michael Andreas E.


    This paper deals with the design of integrated magnetics for HF-link converters, where the integrated magnetic components do not necessarily belong to the same voltage loop. Depending on the specific HF-link converter topology, the proposed integrated magnetics can either alleviate the derivation...... of independent auxiliary supply voltages from the main transformer or integrate other magnetic structures, thus saving board space and cutting costs....

  17. Integrated magnetics design for HF-link power converters

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    Ljusev, P.; Andersen, Michael A.E.


    This paper deals with the design of integrated magnetics for HF-link converters, where the two integrated magnetic components on the same core do not necessarily belong to the same voltage loop. Depending on the specific HF-link converter topology, the proposed integrated magnetics can either alleviate the derivation of independent auxiliary supply voltages from the main transformer or integrate other magnetic structures, thus saving board space and cutting costs. (au)

  18. Twin peak HF QPOs as a spectral imprint of dual oscillation modes of accretion tori

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    Bakala, Pavel; Török, Gabriel; Šrámková, Eva; Abramowicz, Marek A; Vincent, Frederic H; Mazur, Grzegorz P


    High frequency (millisecond) quasi-periodic oscillations (HF QPOs) are observed in the X-ray power-density spectra of several microquasars and low mass X-ray binaries. Two distinct QPO peaks, so-called twin peak QPOs, are often detected simultaneously exhibiting their frequency ratio close or equal to 3/2. Following the analytic theory and previous studies of observable spectral signatures, we aim to model the twin peak QPOs as a spectral imprint of specific dual oscillation regime defined by a combination of the lowest radial and vertical oscillation mode of optically thick slender tori with constant specific angular momentum. We examined power spectra and fluorescent K$\\alpha$ iron line profiles for two different simulation setups with the mode frequency relations corresponding to the epicyclic resonance HF QPOs model and modified relativistic precession QPOs model. We use relativistic ray-tracing implemented in parallel simulation code LSDplus. In the background of the Kerr spacetime geometry, we analyze t...

  19. Validation of the CUTLASS HF radar gravity wave observing capability using EISCAT CP-1 data

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    N. F. Arnold

    Full Text Available Quasi-periodic fluctuations in the returned ground-scatter power from the SuperDARN HF radars have been linked to the passage of medium-scale gravity waves. We have applied a technique that extracts the first radar range returns from the F-region to study the spatial extent and characteristics of these waves in the CUTLASS field-of-view. Some ray tracing was carried out to test the applicability of this method. The EISCAT radar facility at Tromsø is well within the CUTLASS field-of-view for these waves and provides a unique opportunity to assess independently the ability of the HF radars to derive gravity wave information. Results from 1st March, 1995, where the EISCAT UHF radar was operating in its CP-1 mode, demonstrate that the radars were in good agreement, especially if one selects the electron density variations measured by EISCAT at around 235 km. CUTLASS and EISCAT gravity wave observations complement each other; the former extends the spatial field of view considerably, whilst the latter provides detailed vertical information about a range of ionospheric parameters.

    Key words. Ionosphere (ionosphere – atmosphere interactions · Meteorology and atmospheric dynamics (thermospheric dynamics · Radio science (ionospheric propagations

  20. Noise Filter Studies for CMS Forward Hadron Calorimeter (HF) Between Old and New PMT's Using Data in 2012

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    Dumanoglu, Isa; Gurpinar, Emine; Kunori, Shuichi; Lezki, Samet; Tali, Bayram


    During the data taking before 2012 some abnormal events which have higher signals than expected were observed. Most of these were due to muons. When a muon hits the PMT glass window it creates a huge signal. To eliminate this kind of events 24 old HF PMTs (Hamamatsu R7525) in HF Minus at iphi 43 (corresponds to one sector) were replaced with new multi anode PMTs (Hamamatsu multi anode R7600) which have thin glass windows. These new PMTs were installed and tested in H2 test beam area in 2009 [1]. To check whether these new PMTs perform better than the old ones data taken in 2012 were analyzed using various predefined noise filters. Noisy rechits percentage was found to be around 6-7 \\% for the new PMTs while it varies between 29-66 \\% for the old PMTs for various trigger selections and for HFLongShortFilter after an energy cut of 500GeV [2].

  1. Decoration of vertical graphene with aerosol nanoparticles for gas sensing (United States)

    Cui, Shumao; Guo, Xiaoru; Ren, Ren; Zhou, Guihua; Chen, Junhong


    A facile method was demonstrated to decorate aerosol Ag nanoparticles onto vertical graphene surfaces using a mini-arc plasma reactor. The vertical graphene was directly grown on a sensor electrode using a plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) method. The aerosol Ag nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple vapor condensation process using a mini-arc plasma source. Then, the nanoparticles were assembled on the surface of vertical graphene through the assistance of an electric field. Based on our observation, nonagglomerated Ag nanoparticles formed in the gas phase and were assembled onto vertical graphene sheets. Nanohybrids of Ag nanoparticle-decorated vertical graphene were characterized for ammonia gas detection at room temperature. The vertical graphene served as the conductance channel, and the conductance change upon exposure to ammonia was used as the sensing signal. The sensing results show that Ag nanoparticles significantly improve the sensitivity, response time, and recovery time of the sensor.

  2. Synthesis of freestanding HfO2 nanostructures

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    Boyle Kayla


    Full Text Available Abstract Two new methods for synthesizing nanostructured HfO2 have been developed. The first method entails exposing HfTe2 powders to air. This simple process resulted in the formation of nanometer scale crystallites of HfO2. The second method involved a two-step heating process by which macroscopic, freestanding nanosheets of HfO2 were formed as a byproduct during the synthesis of HfTe2. These highly two-dimensional sheets had side lengths measuring up to several millimeters and were stable enough to be manipulated with tweezers and other instruments. The thickness of the sheets ranged from a few to a few hundred nanometers. The thinnest sheets appeared transparent when viewed in a scanning electron microscope. It was found that the presence of Mn enhanced the formation of HfO2 by exposure to ambient conditions and was necessary for the formation of the large scale nanosheets. These results present new routes to create freestanding nanostructured hafnium dioxide. PACS: 81.07.-b, 61.46.Hk, 68.37.Hk.

  3. The isobutylene-isobutane alkylation process in liquid HF revisited. (United States)

    Esteves, P M; Araújo, C L; Horta, B A C; Alvarez, L J; Zicovich-Wilson, C M; Ramírez-Solís, A


    Details on the mechanism of HF catalyzed isobutylene-isobutane alkylation were investigated. On the basis of available experimental data and high-level quantum chemical calculations, a detailed reaction mechanism is proposed taking into account solvation effects of the medium. On the basis of our computational results, we explain why the density of the liquid media and stirring rates are the most important parameters to achieve maximum yield of alkylate, in agreement with experimental findings. The ab initio Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics calculations show that isobutylene is irreversibly protonated in the liquid HF medium at higher densities, leading to the ion pair formation, which is shown to be a minimum on the potential energy surface after optimization using periodic boundary conditions. The HF medium solvates preferentially the fluoride anion, which is found as solvated [FHF](-) or solvated F(-.)(HF)(3). On the other hand, the tert-butyl cation is weakly solvated, where the closest HF molecules appear at a distance of about 2.9 Angstrom with the fluorine termination of an HF chain.

  4. Hf impurity and defect interactions in helium-implanted NiHf

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    Govindaraj, R. E-mail:; Gopinathan, K.P.; Viswanathan, B


    TDPAC measurements on the reference and untreated sample indicate a loss in anisotropy which is attributed mainly to the association of probe atoms with defects produced by (n,{gamma}) reactions with isotopes of Ni and experiencing combined magnetic and quadrupole interactions of comparable strengths. Evolution of defect free and substitutional fraction of probe atoms experiencing Larmor frequency characteristic of Ni matrix has been studied as a function of isochronal annealing temperature in helium free {alpha}-irradiated and homogeneously helium-implanted samples. No defect associated Larmor precession frequency and/or quadrupole frequency could be deduced in these uncorrelated damage studies. Comparison of recovery stages in {alpha}-irradiated and helium-implanted samples indicates the binding of helium associated defects by Hf impurities. Segregation of Hf atoms is observed in the helium free {alpha}-irradiated sample for annealing treatment at 973 K, while no such effect is observed in the helium-implanted sample for isochronal annealing treatments up to 1273 K.

  5. Reconciliation of the excess 176Hf conundrum in meteorites: Recent disturbances of the Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd isotope systematics (United States)

    Bast, Rebecca; Scherer, Erik E.; Sprung, Peter; Mezger, Klaus; Fischer-Gödde, Mario; Taetz, Stephan; Böhnke, Mischa; Schmid-Beurmann, Hinrich; Münker, Carsten; Kleine, Thorsten; Srinivasan, Gopalan


    The long-lived 176Lu-176Hf and 147Sm-143Nd radioisotope systems are commonly used chronometers, but when applied to meteorites, they can reveal disturbances. Specifically, Lu-Hf isochrons commonly yield dates up to ∼300 Myr older than the solar system and varying initial 176Hf/177Hf values. We investigated this problem by attempting to construct mineral and whole rock isochrons for eucrites and angrites. Meteorites from different parent bodies exhibit similar disturbance features suggesting that a common process is responsible. Minerals scatter away from isochron regressions for both meteorite classes, with low-Hf phases such as plagioclase and olivine typically being most displaced above (or left of) reference isochrons. Relatively Hf-rich pyroxene is less disturbed but still to the point of steepening Lu-Hf errorchrons. Using our Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd data, we tested various Hf and Lu redistribution scenarios and found that decoupling of Lu/Hf from 176Hf/177Hf must postdate the accumulation of significant radiogenic 176Hf. Therefore early irradiation or diffusion cannot explain the excess 176Hf. Instead, disturbed meteorite isochrons are more likely caused by terrestrial weathering, contamination, or common laboratory procedures. The partial dissolution of phosphate minerals may predominantly remove rare earth elements including Lu, leaving relatively immobile and radiogenic Hf behind. Robust Lu-Hf (and improved Sm-Nd) meteorite geochronology will require the development of chemical or physical methods for removing unsupported radiogenic Hf and silicate-hosted terrestrial contaminants without disturbing parent-daughter ratios.

  6. Tracking magmatic processes through Zr/Hf ratios in rocks and Hf and Ti zoning in zircons: An example from the Spirit Mountain batholith, Nevada (United States)

    Lowery, Claiborne L.E.; Miller, C.F.; Walker, B.A.; Wooden, J.L.; Mazdab, F.K.; Bea, F.


    Zirconium and Hf are nearly identical geochemically, and therefore most of the crust maintains near-chondritic Zr/Hf ratios of ???35-40. By contrast, many high-silica rhyolites and granites have anomalously low Zr/Hf (15-30). As zircon is the primary reservoir for both Zr and Hf and preferentially incorporates Zr, crystallization of zircon controls Zr/ Hf, imprinting low Zr/Hf on coexisting melt. Thus, low Zr/Hf is a unique fingerprint of effective magmatic fractionation in the crust. Age and compositional zonation in zircons themselves provide a record of the thermal and compositional histories of magmatic systems. High Hf (low Zr/ Hf) in zircon zones demonstrates growth from fractionated melt, and Ti provides an estimate of temperature of crystallization (TTiZ) (Watson and Harrison, 2005). Whole-rock Zr/Hf and zircon zonation in the Spirit Mountain batholith, Nevada, document repeated fractionation and thermal fluctuations. Ratios of Zr/Hf are ???30-40 for cumulates and 18-30 for high-SiO2 granites. In zircons, Hf (and U) are inversely correlated with Ti, and concentrations indicate large fluctuations in melt composition and TTiZ (>100??C) for individual zircons. Such variations are consistent with field relations and ion-probe zircon geochronology that indicate a >1 million year history of repeated replenishment, fractionation, and extraction of melt from crystal mush to form the low Zr/Hf high-SiO2 zone. ?? 2006 The Mineralogical Society.

  7. Determination of isothermal section of Ni-Re-Hf ternary system at 1173 K

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    王日初; 柳春雷; 金展鹏


    The phase equilibriua in the Ni-Re-Hf ternary system at 1173K were investigated by means of diffusion triple technique and electron microprobe analysis(EMPA). The experimental results indicate that two ternary intermetallics (α and β) and five binary intermetallics (Ni3Hf, Ni10Hf7, Ni11Hf9, NiHf and NiHf2) exist in the Ni-Re-Hf system at 1173 K. A tentative isothermal section of this system at 1173 K was constructed on the basis of experimental results. The isothermal section consists of nine three-phase regions, five of which are supported by the experimental data.

  8. Vertical orbital dystopia. (United States)

    Tan, S T; Ashworth, G; Czypionka, S; Poole, M D; Briggs, M


    Many pathologic processes may lead to vertical orbital dystopia. We reviewed 47 consecutive cases seen over a 13-year period. Twenty-nine patients underwent eye leveling procedures to improve cosmesis, 2 of these by camouflage procedures and 27 by orbital translocation. Ten patients had 16 secondary operations. There was one death, serious complications occurred in 3 patients, and nuisance complications occurred in 20 others. Seven patients developed diplopia postoperatively, and in 6 patients it was troublesome. In these, it resolved fully in 2 patients, improved to be of no consequence in 2, and in the remaining 2 troublesome symptoms persisted requiring inferior oblique muscle recession in 1. Binocular vision was never restored when not present preoperatively, and in 3 patients temporary loss occurred. There was an overall modest but significant improvement in appearance after surgery. It is concluded that vertical orbital translocation is rewarding and worthwhile.

  9. Spallation and fission products in the (p+{sup 179}Hf) and (p+{sup nat}Hf) reactions

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    Karamian, S.A. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Moscow Region, Dubna 141980 (Russian Federation); Ur, C.A. [Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, P.O. Box MG-6, Bucharest 077125 (Romania); Induced Gamma Emission Foundation, P.O. Box 34-81, Bucharest 010044 (Romania)], E-mail:; Adam, J. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Moscow Region, Dubna 141980 (Russian Federation); Institute of Nuclear Physics, Rez, Prague CZ-25068 (Czech Republic); Kalinnikov, V.G.; Lebedev, N.A.; Vostokin, G.K. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Moscow Region, Dubna 141980 (Russian Federation); Collins, C.B. [Center for Quantum Electronics, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75083 (United States); Popescu, I.I. [Induced Gamma Emission Foundation, P.O. Box 34-81, Bucharest 010044 (Romania)


    Production of Hf and Lu high-spin isomers has been experimentally studied in spallation reactions induced by intermediate energy protons. Targets of enriched {sup 179}Hf (91%) and {sup nat}Hf were bombarded with protons of energy in the range from 90 to 650 MeV provided by the internal beam of the Dubna Phasotron synchrocyclotron. The activation yields of the reaction products were measured by using the {gamma}-ray spectroscopy and radiochemistry methods. The production cross-sections obtained for the {sup 179m2}Hf, {sup 178m2}Hf and {sup 177m}Lu isomers are similar to the previously measured values from the spallation of Ta, Re and W targets. Therefore, the reactions involving emission of only a few nucleons, like (p,p'), (p,p'n) and (p,2pn), can transfer high enough angular momentum to the final residual nuclei with reasonable large cross-sections. A significant gain in the isomeric yields was obtained when enriched {sup 179}Hf targets were used. The mass distribution of the residual nuclei was measured over a wide range of masses and the fission-to-spallation ratio could be deduced as a function of the projectile energy. Features of the reaction mechanism are briefly discussed.

  10. Investigation into the problem of characterization of the HF ionospheric fluctuating channel of propagation: construction of a physically based HF channel simulator

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    H. J. Strangeways


    Full Text Available A wideband HF simulator has been constructed that is based on a detailed physical model. It can generate an output giving a time realization of the HF wideband channel for any HF carrier frequency and bandwidth and for any given transmitter receiver path, time of day, month and year and for any solar activity/geomagnetic conditions. To accomplish this, a comprehensive solution has been obtained to the problem of HF wave propagation for the most general case of a 3D inhomogeneous ionosphere with time-varying electron density fluctuations. The solution is based on the complex phase method (Rytov s method, which has been extended to the case of an inhomogeneous medium and a point source of the field. Results of simulation obtained according to the technique developed have been presented, calculated for a single-hop path 1000 km long oriented to the south from St. Petersburg and including a horizontal electron density gradient present in the IRI model used as the basis of the ionosphere model. The fluctuations of the ionospheric electron density were characterized by an inverse power law anisotropic spatial spectrum. For this model, the random walk of the phasor at the receiver is determined and shown both for paths reflected in the E- and Fregions, being significantly larger for the latter. The oblique sounding ionogram is constructed and reveals three propagation modes: the E-mode and low and high angle F-mode paths. The time-varying field due to each of these paths is then summed at the receiving location enabling the calculation of the scattering function and also the time realization of the received signal shown as a function of both fast and slow time. This is performed both with and without the presence of the geomagnetic field; in the former case the splitting of the F2-mode into both e- and o-modes is seen. It is also shown how the scattering function can be obtained from the time realization of the channel in a way akin to experimental

  11. Space weather and HF propagation along different paths of the Russian chirp sounders network (United States)

    Kurkin, V. I.; Litovkin, G. I.; Matyushonok, S. M.; Vertogradov, G. G.; Ivanov, V. A.; Poddelsky, I. N.; Rozanov, S. V.; Uryadov, V. P.

    This paper presents experimental data obtained on long paths (from 2200 km to 5700 km range) of Russian frequency modulated continues wave (chirp) sounders network for the period from 1998 to 2003. Four transmitters (near Magadan, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Norilsk) and four receivers (near Irkutsk, Yoshkar-Ola, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don) were combined into single network to investigate a influence of geomagnetic storms and substorms on HF propagation in Asian region of Russia. In this region the geographic latitudes are in greatest excess of magnetic latitudes. As a consequence, elements of the large-scale structure, such as the main ionospheric trough, and the zone of auroral ionization, are produced in the ionosphere at the background of a low electron ionization. Coordinated experiments were carried out using 3-day Solar-Geophysical activity forecast presented by NOAA Space Environment Center in Internet. Sounding operations were conducted in the frequency band 4 -- 30 MHz on a round-the-clock basis at 15-min intervals. Oblique-incidence sounding (OIS) ionograms were recorded during 5-7 days every season for some years. The comparison between experimental data and simulation of OIS ionograms using International Reference Ionospheric model (IRI-2001) allowed to estimate the forecast of HF propagation errors both under quiet condition and during geomagnetic disturbances. Strong deviations from median values of maximum observed frequencies on mid-latitude paths in daytime present a real challenge to ionospheric forecast. Subauroral and mid-latitude chirp-sounding paths run, respectively, near the northward and southward walls of the main ionospheric trough. This make sit possible to study the dynamics of the trough's boundaries under different geophysical conditions and assess the influence of ionization gradients and small-scale turbulence on HF signal characteristics. The signals off-great circle propagation were registered over a wide frequency range and for

  12. Hf-Nd isotope and trace element constraints on subduction inputs at island arcs: Limitations of Hf anomalies as sediment input indicators (United States)

    Handley, Heather K.; Turner, Simon; Macpherson, Colin G.; Gertisser, Ralf; Davidson, Jon P.


    New Nd-Hf isotope and trace element data for Javanese volcanoes are combined with recently published data to place constraints on subduction inputs at the Sunda arc in Indonesia and assess the value of Hf anomalies (expressed as Hf/Hf* and Sm/Hf ratios) as tracers of such inputs. Hf anomaly does not correlate with Hf isotope ratio in Javanese lavas, however, Hf/Hf* and Sm/Hf ratios do correlate with SiO 2. Contrary to previous work, we show that Hf anomaly variation may be controlled by fractionation of clinopyroxene and/or amphibole during magmatic differentiation and does not represent the magnitude or type of subduction input in some arcs. Correlation of Sm/Hf with indices of differentiation for other arcs (e.g., Vanuatu, New Britain, and Mariana) suggests that differentiation control on Sm/Hf ratios in volcanic arc rocks may be a relatively common phenomenon. This study corroborates the use of Nd-Hf isotope co-variations in arc volcanic rocks to ascertain subduction input characteristics. The trajectories of regional volcano groups (East, Central and West Java) in Nd-Hf isotope space reveal heterogeneity in the subducted sediment input along Java, which reflects present-day spatial variations in sediment compositions on the down-going plate in the Java Trench. The high Sm/Hf ratio required in the sediment end-member for some Javanese basalts suggests that partial melting of subducted sediment occurs in the presence of residual zircon, and is inconsistent with residual monazite or allanite.

  13. Investigation and Development of Data-Driven D-Region Model for HF Systems Impacts (United States)

    Eccles, J. V.; Rice, D.; Sojka, J. J.; Hunsucker, R. D.


    Space Environment Corporation (SEC) and RP Consultants (RPC) are to develop and validate a weather-capable D region model for making High Frequency (HF) absorption predictions in support of the HF communications and radar communities. The weather-capable model will assimilate solar and earth space observations from NASA satellites. The model will account for solar-induced impacts on HF absorption, including X-rays, Solar Proton Events (SPE's), and auroral precipitation. The work plan includes: I . Optimize D-region model to quickly obtain ion and electron densities for proper HF absorption calculations. 2. Develop indices-driven modules for D-region ionization sources for low, mid, & high latitudes including X-rays, cosmic rays, auroral precipitation, & solar protons. (Note: solar spectrum & auroral modules already exist). 3. Setup low-cost monitors of existing HF beacons and add one single-frequency beacon. 4. Use PENEX HF-link database with HF monitor data to validate D-region/HF absorption model using climatological ionization drivers. 5. Develop algorithms to assimilate NASA satellite data of solar, interplanetary, and auroral observations into ionization source modules. 6. Use PENEX HF-link & HF-beacon data for skill score comparison of assimilation versus climatological D-region/HF absorption model. Only some satellites are available for the PENEX time period, thus, HF-beacon data is necessary. 7. Use HF beacon monitors to develop HF-link data assimilation algorithms for regional improvement to the D-region/HF absorption model.

  14. Serpentinization Changes Nd, but not Hf Isotopes of Abyssal Peridotites (United States)

    Bizimis, M.; Frisby, C. P.; Mallick, S.


    Serpentinization of the oceanic lithosphere is a known sink for fluid mobile elements (B, Cl, Li, Sr, etc.), while high field strength elements (HFSE: e.g., Hf, Zr, Ti, Nb) are thought to be unaffected by it. In contrast, the fate of REE during serpentinization is equivocal. Correlations between REE and HFSE concentrations in abyssal peridotites suggest control by magmatic processes (Niu, 2004, J. Pet), while some LREE enrichments in serpentinized peridotites compared to their clinopyroxene (cpx) and Nd, Sr isotope data (Delacour et al., 2008, Chem. Geol.) imply seawater-derived REE addition to the mantle protolith (Paulick et al., 2006, Chem. Geol). To further constrain peridotite-seawater interaction during serpentinization we compare bulk rock and cpx Hf and Nd isotope data in partially (up to ~70%) serpentinized abyssal peridotites (9-16°E South West Indian Ridge). We also present a new method that improves yields in Hf, Nd and Pb separations from depleted (90% of Hf, Zr, Ti are retained in the residue. LA-ICPMS data shows that serpentine after olivine typically has higher LREE/HREE ratios than cpx, pronounced negative Ce anomalies, high U, Sr concentrations and low HFSE, unlike the coexisting cpx. These data are consistent with some seawater-derived LREE addition to peridotite during serpentinization, localized in the serpentine and other secondary phases, while cpx retains the magmatic value. This process will lower the Sm/Nd relative to Lu/Hf ratio in the peridotite and can lead to decoupled radiogenic Hf and unradiogenic Nd isotopes upon recycling and aging. Our data further testifies to the fidelity of Hf isotopes in tracing mantle processes, even in serpentinized rocks.

  15. Joint Efforts Towards European HF Radar Integration (United States)

    Rubio, A.; Mader, J.; Griffa, A.; Mantovani, C.; Corgnati, L.; Novellino, A.; Schulz-Stellenfleth, J.; Quentin, C.; Wyatt, L.; Ruiz, M. I.; Lorente, P.; Hartnett, M.; Gorringe, P.


    During the past two years, significant steps have been made in Europe for achieving the needed accessibility to High Frequency Radar (HFR) data for a pan-European use. Since 2015, EuroGOOS Ocean Observing Task Teams (TT), such as HFR TT, are operational networks of observing platforms. The main goal is on the harmonization of systems requirements, systems design, data quality, improvement and proof of the readiness and standardization of HFR data access and tools. Particular attention is being paid by HFR TT to converge from different projects and programs toward those common objectives. First, JERICO-NEXT (Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory - Novel European eXpertise for coastal observaTories, H2020 2015 Programme) will contribute on describing the status of the European network, on seeking harmonization through exchange of best practices and standardization, on developing and giving access to quality control procedures and new products, and finally on demonstrating the use of such technology in the general scientific strategy focused by the Coastal Observatory. Then, EMODnet (European Marine Observation and Data Network) Physics started to assemble HF radar metadata and data products within Europe in a uniform way. This long term program is providing a combined array of services and functionalities to users for obtaining free of charge data, meta-data and data products on the physical conditions of European sea basins and oceans. Additionally, the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) delivers from 2015 a core information service to any user related to 4 areas of benefits: Maritime Safety, Coastal and Marine Environment, Marine Resources, and Weather, Seasonal Forecasting and Climate activities. INCREASE (Innovation and Networking for the integration of Coastal Radars into EuropeAn marine SErvices - CMEMS Service Evolution 2016) will set the necessary developments towards the integration of existing European

  16. First-principles study of the Hf-based Heusler alloys: Hf2CoGa and Hf2CoIn (United States)

    Hu, Yan; Zhang, Jian-Min


    The electronic structures and magnetic properties of the new Heusler alloys Hf2CoGa and Hf2CoIn have been studied by using the first-principles projector augmented wave (PAW) potential within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Both Hf2CoGa and Hf2CoIn Heusler alloys have the half-metallic character and completely (100%) spin polarization at the Fermi level (EF) and the indirect band gaps of 0.733 eV and 0.654 eV, respectively, in the minority spin channel. The total magnetic moments μt are all 2μB per formula unit, linearly scaled with the total number of valence electrons (Zt) by μt=Zt-18 and the atomic magnetic moments have localized character due to less affected by deformations. The origin of the indirect band gaps for these two new Heusler alloys is well understood. These two new Heusler alloys are the ideal candidates for spintronic devices.

  17. Influence of X-ray and polar cap absorptions on vertical and oblique sounding ionograms on different latitudes (United States)

    Zaalov, N. Y.; Moskaleva, E. V.; Rogov, D. D.; Zernov, N. N.


    High frequency (HF) radio band is important for the long-range communications and over-the-horizon surveillance, particularly in the polar cap region where the ground infrastructure may be limited. However, the space weather events drastically affect the high frequency radio wave propagation so that the ability to provide now-casting and forecasting of HF radio wave absorption is important for users relying on the HF communications. During the space weather events such as solar proton events and X-ray flares the high-latitude ionosphere becomes a particularly efficient absorber of HF radio waves. There is therefore a need to develop accurate HF propagation prediction services. Absorption of the HF field caused by the X-ray flux, Solar Ultra-Violet flux and proton precipitations is investigated in this paper for the event of the solar flare observed on 11 April 2013. The effects of the X-ray flux and proton precipitations on the structure of the vertical and oblique ionograms for different latitudes are estimated. The simulation of the vertical and oblique ionograms was performed on the basis of the computational model of the ionosphere oriented to applications into the high frequency wave propagation problems. The absorption effects induced by the proton precipitations and X-ray flux are calculated according to the algorithm elaborated by Sauer and Wilkinson and D-region Absorption Model (D-RAP) available from the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center. The simulated vertical and oblique ionograms with the absorption effects taken into account and the measured ionograms exhibit a fairly good similarity.

  18. High-latitude propagation studies using a meridional chain of LF/MF/HF receivers

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    J. LaBelle


    Full Text Available For over a decade, Dartmouth College has operated programmable radio receivers at multiple high-latitude sites covering the frequency range 100-5000kHz with about a 1-s resolution. Besides detecting radio emissions of auroral origin, these receivers record characteristics of the ionospheric propagation of natural and man-made signals, documenting well-known effects, such as the diurnal variation in the propagation characteristics of short and long waves, and also revealing more subtle effects. For example, at auroral zone sites in equinoctial conditions, the amplitudes of distant transmissions on MF/HF frequencies are often enhanced by a few dB just before they fade away at dawn. The polarization and/or direction of the arrival of ionospherically propagating signals in the lower HF range (3-5MHz show a consistent variation between pre-midnight, post-midnight, and pre-dawn conditions. As is well known, magnetic storms and substorms dramatically affect ionospheric propagation; data from multiple stations spanning the invariant latitude range 67-79° reveal spatial patterns of propagation characteristics associated with magnetic storms and substorms. For example, in the hours preceding many isolated substorms, favorable propagation conditions occur at progressively lower latitudes as a function of time preceding the substorm onset. For some of these effects, explanations follow readily from elementary ionospheric physics, but understanding others requires further investigation.

    Key words. Magnetospheric physics (annual phenomena – Radio science (ionosphere propagation; radio-wave propagation6

  19. Pulse-shape discrimination with Cs2HfCl6 crystal scintillator (United States)

    Cardenas, C.; Burger, A.; Goodwin, B.; Groza, M.; Laubenstein, M.; Nagorny, S.; Rowe, E.


    The results of investigation into cesium hafnium chloride (Cs2HfCl6) scintillating crystals as a promising detector to search for rare nuclear processes occurring in Hf isotopes is reported. The light output, quenching factor, and pulse-shape characteristics have been investigated at room temperature. The scintillation response of the crystal induced by α-particles and γ-quanta were studied to determine possibility of particle discrimination. Using the optimal filter method we obtained clear separation between signals with a factor of merit (FOM) = 9.3. This indicates that we are able to fully separate signals originating from α-particles and γ-quanta. Similar fruitful discrimination power was obtained by applying the mean time method (FOM = 7) and charge integration method (FOM = 7.5). The quenching factor for collimated 4 MeV α-particles is found to be 0.36, showing that α-particles generate more than a third of the light compared to γ-quanta at the same energy.

  20. Effect of Surface Passivation on Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Performance of WO3 Vertical Plate-Like Films

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    Yahui Yang


    Full Text Available WO3 vertical plate-like arrays provide a direct pathway for charge transport, and thus hold great potential as working electrodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC water splitting. However, surface recombination due to surface defects hinders the performance improvement. In this work, WO3 vertical plate-like arrays films with HfO2 passivation layer were fabricated via a simple dip-coating method. In the images of transmission electron microscope, a fluffy layer and some small sphere particles existed on the surface of WO3 plate. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS showed a higher concentration of Hf element than the result of energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX, which means that HfO2 is rich on the surface of WO3 plates. A higher photocurrent under visible light irradiation was gained with surface passivation. Meanwhile, the results of intensity modulated photocurrent spectrum (IMPS and incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE indicate that HfO2 passivation layer, acting as a barrier for the interfacial recombination, is responsible for the improved photoelectrochemical performance of WO3 vertical plate-like arrays film.

  1. Comparison of HfAlO, HfO2/Al2O3, and HfO2 on n-type GaAs using atomic layer deposition (United States)

    Lu, Bin; Lv, Hongliang; Zhang, Yuming; Zhang, Yimen; Liu, Chen


    Different high-permittivity (high-k) gate dielectric structures of HfO2, HfAlO, and HfO2/Al2O3 deposited on HF-etched n-GaAs using ALD have been investigated. It has been demonstrated that the stacked structure of HfO2/Al2O3 has the lowest interface state density of 8.12 × 1012eV-1 cm-2 due to the "self-cleaning" reaction process, but the sample of HfAlO shows much better frequency dispersion and much higher dielectric permittivity extracted from the C-V curves. The investigation reveals that the electrical properties of gate dielectrics are improved by introducing alumina into HfO2.

  2. Mechanical properties of cast Ti-Hf alloys. (United States)

    Sato, Hideki; Kikuchi, Masafumi; Komatsu, Masashi; Okuno, Osamu; Okabe, Toru


    This study examined the mechanical properties of a series of Ti-Hf alloys. Titanium alloys with 10 to 40 mass % Hf were made with titanium and hafnium sponge in an argon-arc melting furnace. Specimens cast into magnesia-based investment molds were tested for yield strength, tensile strength, percentage elongation, and modulus of elasticity. Vickers microhardness was determined at 25 to 600 microm from the cast surface. X-ray diffractometry was also performed. Commercially pure Ti (CP Ti) and pure Ti prepared from titanium sponge were used as controls. The data (n = 5) were analyzed with a one-way ANOVA and the Student-Newman-Keuls test (alpha = 0.05). The diffraction peaks of all the metals matched those for alpha Ti; no beta phase peaks were found. Alloys with Hf > or = 25% had significantly (p 0.05) in elongation among all the Ti-Hf alloys and CP Ti, whereas the elongation of alloys with Hf > or = 30% was significantly (p alloys tested can be considered viable alternatives to CP Ti because they were stronger than CP Ti and had similar elongation.

  3. GPS, su datum vertical.

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    Esteban Dörries


    Full Text Available La introducción de la metodología GPS en aplicaciones topográficas y geodésicas pone en notoria evidencia la clásica separación de sistemas de referencia en horizontal y vertical. Con GPS el posicionamiento es tridimensional, pero el concepto de altura difiere del clásico. Si se desea utilizar la información altimétrica debe contemplarse la ondulación del geoide.

  4. Estimation of detection threshold in multiple ship target situations with HF ground wave radar

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    Li Hongbo; Shen Yiying; Liu Yongtan


    A credible method of calculating the detection threshold is presented for the multiple target situations,which appear frequently in the lower Doppler velocity region during the surveillance of sea with HF ground wave radar. This method defines a whole-peak-outlier elimination (WPOE) criterion, which is based on in-peak-samples correlation of each target echo spectra, to trim off the target signals and abnormal disturbances with great amplitude from the complex spectra. Therefore, cleaned background noise samples are obtained to improve the accuracy and reliability of noise level estimation. When the background noise is nonhomogeneous, the detection samples are limited and often occupied heavily with outliers. In this case, the problem that the detection threshold is overvalued can be solved. In applications on experimental data, it is verified that this method can reduce the miss alarm rate of signal detection effectively in multiple target situations as well as make the adaptability of the detector better.

  5. HfO2 Gate Dielectrics for Future Generation of CMOS Device Application

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    H.Y.Yu; J.F.Kang; Ren Chi; M.F.Li; D.L.Kwong


    The material and electrical properties of HfO2 high-k gate dielectric are reported.In the first part,the band alignment of HfO2 and (HfO2)x(Al2O3)1-x to (100)Si substrate and their thermal stability are studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and TEM.The energy gap of (HfO2)x(Al2O3)1-x,the valence band offset,and the conduction band offset between (HfO2)x(Al2O3)1-x and the Si substrate as functions of x are obtained based on the XPS results.Our XPS results also demonstrate that both the thermal stability and the resistance to oxygen diffusion of HfO2 are improved by adding Al to form Hf aluminates.In the second part,a thermally stable and high quality HfN/HfO2 gate stack is reported.Negligible changes in equivalent oxide thickness (EOT),gate leakage,and work function (close to Si mid-gap) of HfN/HfO2 gate stack are demonstrated even after 1000℃ post-metal annealing(PMA),which is attributed to the superior oxygen diffusion barrier of HfN as well as the thermal stability of the HfN/HfO2 interface.Therefore,even without surface nitridation prior to HfO2 deposition,the EOT of HfN/HfO2 gate stack has been successfully scaled down to less than 1nm after 1000℃ PMA with excellent leakage and long-term reliability.The last part demonstrates a novel replacement gate process employing a HfN dummy gate and sub-1nm EOT HfO2 gate dielectric.The excellent thermal stability of the HfN/HfO2 gate stack enables its use in high temperature CMOS processes.The replacement of HfN with other metal gate materials with work functions adequate for n- and p-MOS is facilitated by a high etch selectivity of HfN with respect to HfO2,without any degradation to the EOT,gate leakage,or TDDB characteristics of HfO2.

  6. Pressure-induced novel compounds in the Hf-O system from first-principles calculations (United States)

    Zhang, Jin; Oganov, Artem R.; Li, Xinfeng; Xue, Kan-Hao; Wang, Zhenhai; Dong, Huafeng


    Using first-principles evolutionary simulations, we have systematically investigated phase stability in the Hf-O system at pressure up to 120 GPa. New compounds Hf5O2,Hf3O2 , HfO, and HfO3 are discovered to be thermodynamically stable at certain pressure ranges. Two new high-pressure phases are found for Hf2O : one with space group Pnnm and anti-CaCl2-type structure, another with space group I 41/amd. Pnnm-HfO3 shows interesting structure, simultaneously containing oxide O2 - and peroxide [O-O]2 - anions. Remarkably, it is P 6 ¯2 m -HfO rather than OII-HfO2 that exhibits the highest mechanical characteristics among Hf-O compounds. Pnnm-Hf2O , Imm2-Hf5O2 ,P 3 ¯1 m -Hf2O , and P 4 ¯m 2 -Hf2O3 phases also show superior mechanical properties; theoretically these phases become metastable phases to ambient pressure and their properties can be exploited.

  7. Polarization Diversity for HF Ground Wave Radar

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    QIAO Xiaolin; JIN Ming


    A new method of single sample polar-ization filtering is proposed.The algorithm is fast andsuitable for the polarization processing of stationaryor nonstationary polarized disturbed signals with oneor more independent sources of disturbance.An HFground wave polarimetric radar with the ability of ra-dio disturbance suppression is then introduced.Somenumerical results demonstrate the effectiveness of sin-gle sample polarization filtering method for groundwave polarimetric radar.

  8. Depth Profiling of La2O3 ∕ HfO2 Stacked Dielectrics for Nanoelectronic Device Applications

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    Alshareef, Husam N.


    Nanoscale La2O3 /HfO2 dielectric stacks have been studied using high resolution Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. The measured distance of the tail-end of the La signal from the dielectric/Si interface suggests that the origin of the threshold voltage shifts and the carrier mobility degradation may not be the same. Up to 20% drop in mobility and 500 mV shift in threshold voltage was observed as the La signal reached the Si substrate. Possible reasons for these changes are proposed, aided by depth profiling and bonding analysis. © 2011 The Electrochemical Society.

  9. Effect of HF leaching on 14C dates of pottery (United States)

    Goslar, Tomasz; Kozłowski, Janusz; Szmyt, Marzena; Czernik, Justyna


    This paper presents the experiments with 14C dating of two potsherds, which contained carbon dispersed rather homogeneously in their clay fabric. After AAA treatment, the potsherds still appeared to be contaminated with young carbon, presumably connected with humic acids. To make removal of humic acids more effective, we treated the sherds with HF acid of different concentration. The 14C results obtained demonstrate that HF treatment indeed helps to remove humic contaminants, but it also mobilizes carbon bound to raw clay, which may make 14C dates too old. We conclude therefore, that using a simple combination of HF and AAA treatment seems insufficient in reliable 14C dating of carbon homogeneously dispersed in the volume of potsherds.

  10. Experimental analysis of ultrasonic signals in air-water vertical upward for void fraction measurement using neural networks; Analise experimental dos sinais ultra-sonicos em escoamentos verticais bifasicos para medicao da fracao de vazios atraves de redes neurais

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    Nishida, Milton Y.; Massignan, Joao P.D.; Daciuk, Rafael J.; Neves Junior, Flavio; Arruda, Lucia V.R. [Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana (UTFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil)


    Rheology of emulsion mixtures and void fraction measurements of multiphase flows requires proper instrumentation. Sometimes it is not possible to install this instrumentation inside the pipe or view the flow. Ultrasound technology has characteristics compatible with the requirements of the oil industry. It can assist the production of heavy oil. This study provides important information for an analysis of the feasibility of developing non-intrusive equipment. These probes can be used for measurement of multiphase void fraction and detect the flow pattern using ultrasound. Experiments using simulated upward air-water vertical two-phase flow show that there is a correlation between the acoustic attenuation and the concentration of the gas phase. Experimental data were obtained through the prototype developed for ultrasonic data acquisition. This information was processed and used as input parameters for a neural network classifier. Void fractions ({proportional_to}) were analyzed between 0% - 16%, in increments of 1%. The maximum error of the neural network for the classification of the flow pattern was 6%. (author)

  11. Impact of Vertical Wind Shear on Tropical Cyclone Rainfall (United States)

    Cecil, Dan; Marchok, Tim


    While tropical cyclone rainfall has a large axisymmetric component, previous observational and theoretical studies have shown that environmental vertical wind shear leads to an asymmetric component of the vertical motion and precipitation fields. Composites consistently depict a precipitation enhancement downshear and also cyclonically downwind from the downshear direction. For consistence with much of the literature and with Northern Hemisphere observations, this is subsequently referred to as "Downshear-Left". Stronger shear magnitudes are associated with greater amplitude precipitation asymmetries. Recent work has reinforced the prior findings, and explored details of the response of the precipitation and kinematic fields to environmental vertical wind shear. Much of this research has focused on tropical cyclones away from land, to limit the influence of other processes that might distort the signal related to vertical wind shear. Recent evidence does suggest vertical wind shear can also play a major role in precipitation asymmetries during and after landfall.

  12. Vertical and horizontal seismometric observations of tides (United States)

    Lambotte, S.; Rivera, L.; Hinderer, J.


    Tidal signals have been largely studied with gravimeters, strainmeters and tiltmeters, but can also be retrieved from digital records of the output of long-period seismometers, such as STS-1, particularly if they are properly isolated. Horizontal components are often noisier than the vertical ones, due to sensitivity to tilt at long periods. Hence, horizontal components are often disturbed by local effects such as topography, geology and cavity effects, which imply a strain-tilt coupling. We use series of data (duration larger than 1 month) from several permanent broadband seismological stations to examine these disturbances. We search a minimal set of observable signals (tilts, horizontal and vertical displacements, strains, gravity) necessary to reconstruct the seismological record. Such analysis gives a set of coefficients (per component for each studied station), which are stable over years and then can be used systematically to correct data from these disturbances without needing heavy numerical computation. A special attention is devoted to ocean loading for stations close to oceans (e.g. Matsushiro station in Japon (MAJO)), and to pressure correction when barometric data are available. Interesting observations are made for vertical seismometric components; in particular, we found a pressure admittance between pressure and data 10 times larger than for gravimeters for periods larger than 1 day, while this admittance reaches the usual value of -3.5 nm/s 2/mbar for periods below 3 h. This observation may be due to instrumental noise, but the exact mechanism is not yet understood.

  13. The Status of Rotational Nonequilibrium in HF Chemical Lasers (United States)


    later study from the same laboratory, Copeland et al. 5 3 used a NdYAG dye laser to pump HF into v = 2, j, and an HF pulsed laser to probe various P 2(J... Weston , Jr., J. Chem. Phys. 77, 4776 (1982). 51. J. J. Hinchen and R. H. Hobbs, Appl. Phys. 50, 628 (1979). 52. j. K. Lambert, G. M. Jursich, and F. F...Crim, Chem. Phys. Lett. 71, 258 (1980). 53. R. A. Copeland , D. J. Pearson, and F. F. Crim, Chem. Phys. Lett. 81, 541 (1981). 54. T. J. Foster and F. F

  14. New active load voltage clamp for HF-link converters

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    Ljusev, P.; Andersen, M.A.E.


    This paper proposes a new active clamp for HF-link converters, which features very high efficiency by returning the clamped energy back to the primary side through a small auxiliary converter. It also increases the reliability of HF-link converters by providing an alternative load current path during malfunctions of the secondary bidirectional bridge. The feasibility of the approach is shown on audio power amplifier prototype. New integrated magnetics design is presented that incorporates both the main power and auxiliary transformer on the same magnetic core. (au)

  15. HF-induced airglow at magnetic zenith: theoretical considerations

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    E. V. Mishin


    Full Text Available Observations of airglow at 630nm (red line and 557.7nm (green line during HF modification experiments at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP heating facility are analyzed. We propose a theoretical framework for understanding the generation of Langmuir and ion acoustic waves during magnetic zenith injections. We show that observations of HF-induced airglow in an underdense ionosphere as well as a decrease in the height of the emitting volume are consistent with this scenario.

  16. HF-hash : Hash Functions Using Restricted HFE Challenge-1

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    Dey, Dhananjoy; Gupta, Indranath Sen


    Vulnerability of dedicated hash functions to various attacks has made the task of designing hash function much more challenging. This provides us a strong motivation to design a new cryptographic hash function viz. HF-hash. This is a hash function, whose compression function is designed by using first 32 polynomials of HFE Challenge-1 with 64 variables by forcing remaining 16 variables as zero. HF-hash gives 256 bits message digest and is as efficient as SHA-256. It is secure against the differential attack proposed by Chabaud and Joux as well as by Wang et. al. applied to SHA-0 and SHA-1.

  17. Hf--Co--B alloys as permanent magnet materials

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    McGuire, Michael Alan; Rios, Orlando; Ghimire, Nirmal Jeevi


    An alloy composition is composed essentially of Hf.sub.2-XZr.sub.XCo.sub.11B.sub.Y, wherein 0Hf.sub.2-XZr.sub.XCo.sub.11B.sub.Y, wherein 0.ltoreq.X<2 and 0

  18. First HF radar measurements of summer mesopause echoes at SURA

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    A. N. Karashtin

    Full Text Available HF sounding of the mesosphere was first carried out at SURA in summer 1994 at frequencies in the range 8–9 MHz using one of the sub-arrays of the SURA heating facility. The observations had a range resolution of 3 km. Almost all measurements indicated the presence of strong radar returns from altitudes between 83 and 90 km with features very similar to VHF measurements of mesopause summer echoes at mid-latitudes and polar mesopause summer echoes. In contrast to VHF observations, HF mesopause echoes are almost always present.

  19. New active load voltage clamp for HF-link converters

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    Ljusev, Petar; Andersen, Michael Andreas E.


    This paper proposes a new active clamp for HF-link converters, which features very high efficiency by returning the clamped energy back to the primary side through a small auxiliary converter. It also increases the reliability of HF-link converters by providing an alternative load current path du...... during malfunctions of the secondary bidirectional bridge. The feasibility of the approach is shown on audio power amplifier prototype. New integrated magnetics design is presented that incorporates both the main power and auxiliary transformer on the same magnetic core....

  20. First HF radar measurements of summer mesopause echoes at SURA (United States)

    Karashtin, A. N.; Shlyugaev, Y. V.; Abramov, V. I.; Belov, I. F.; Berezin, I. V.; Bychkov, V. V.; Eryshev, E. B.; Komrakov, G. P.


    HF sounding of the mesosphere was first carried out at SURA in summer 1994 at frequencies in the range 8-9 MHz using one of the sub-arrays of the SURA heating facility. The observations had a range resolution of 3 km. Almost all measurements indicated the presence of strong radar returns from altitudes between 83 and 90 km with features very similar to VHF measurements of mesopause summer echoes at mid-latitudes and polar mesopause summer echoes. In contrast to VHF observations, HF mesopause echoes are almost always present.

  1. European coordination for coastal HF radar data in EMODnet Physics (United States)

    Mader, Julien; Novellino, Antonio; Gorringe, Patrick; Griffa, Annalisa; Schulz-Stellenfleth, Johannes; Montero, Pedro; Montovani, Carlo; Ayensa, Garbi; Vila, Begoña; Rubio, Anna; Sagarminaga, Yolanda


    Historically, joint effort has been put on observing open ocean, organizing, homogenizing, sharing and reinforcing the impact of the acquired information based on one technology: ARGO with profilers Argo floats, EuroSites, ESONET-NoE, FixO3 for deep water platforms, Ferrybox for stations in ships of opportunities, and GROOM for the more recent gliders. This kind of networking creates synergies and makes easier the implementation of this source of data in the European Data exchange services like EMODnet, ROOSs portals, or any applied services in the Blue economy. One main targeted improvement in the second phase of EMODnet projects is the assembling of data along coastline. In that sense, further coordination is recommended between platform operators around a specific technology in order to make easier the implementation of the data in the platforms (4th EuroGOOS DATAMEQ WG). HF radar is today recognized internationally as a cost-effective solution to provide high spatial and temporal resolution current maps (depending on the instrument operation frequency, covering from a few kilometres offshore up to 200 km) that are needed for many applications for issues related to ocean surface drift or sea state characterization. Significant heterogeneity still exists in Europe concerning technological configurations, data processing, quality standards and data availability. This makes more difficult the development of a significant network for achieving the needed accessibility to HF Radar data for a pan European use. EuroGOOS took the initiative to lead and coordinate activities within the various observation platforms by establishing a number of Ocean Observing Task Teams such as HF-Radars. The purpose is to coordinate and join the technological, scientific and operational HF radar communities at European level. The goal of the group is on the harmonization of systems requirements, systems design, data quality, improvement and proof of the readiness and standardization of

  2. The Effects of Arms and Countermovement on Vertical Jumping (United States)


    result from potcntiation, during the oertilc stretching phase, of myoelectric activity during the subsequent concentric contraction phase. However...The output signal representing vertical ground reaction force (VGRF) was fed into a Hewlett-Packard (Lexington MA) 310 microcomputer via an Infotek...BOSCO, C., and J.T. VIITASALO. Potentiation of myoelectric activity of human muscles in vertical jumps. Electromyogr clin Neurophysiol 22:549-562, 1982

  3. Study of HF-induced plasma turbulence by SEE and ISR technique during 2011 HAARP experimental campaign (United States)

    Grach, Savely; Bernhardt, Paul; Sergeev, Evgeny; Shindin, Alexey; Broughton, Matt; Labelle, James; Bricinsky, Stanley; Mishin, Evgeny; Isham, Brett; Watkins, Brenton

    A concise review of the results of the 20 March - 4 April 2011 experimental campaign at the HAARP heating facility, Gakona, Alaska is presented. The campaign goals were to study the physical processes that determine the interaction of high-power HF radio waves with the F-region ionosphere. The stimulated electromagnetic emission (SEE) observational sites A/B/C were located along the magnetic meridian to the south of the HAARP facility at about 11/83/113 km distant. Site A (B) was nearly under the region during injections at vertical (Magnetic Zenith, MZ). Enhanced plasma line (PL) radar echoes were measured by the modular UHF incoherent scatter radar (MUIR) located at HAARP. Specially designed 'diagnostic' regimes of the pump wave radiation were used to account for the characteristic times of the excitation and fading of the plasma waves (Delta t_w ˜ 1-10 ms) and small-scale field-aligned irregularities (FAI, Delta t_{fai} ˜ 1-10 s). They include mainly (I) alternation low-duty cycles consisting of short (a few Delta t_w) pulses with long (Delta t_{fai}) pauses between them and high duty cycles, i.e. long injection pulses (≫ t_w) with a short pauses of 20-30 ms. The low-duty regime is aimed to study the excited Langmuir turbulence and at to specify the evolution of FAI and their scale-lengths related to different SEE spectral features. The main objective of the high-duty regime is to explore the excitation and fading of upper-hybrid and electron Bernstein plasma waves, with FAI fixed. (II) Concurrent injection of the pump wave f_0 in the regime I, and another wave at a frequency f_1≠q f_0 in the low duty cycle. Since these waves reflect/refract at different altitudes, the altitudinal distribution of FAI can be obtained. (III) Fast (within some seconds) sweeping the pump frequency about electron gyroharmonics s f_c (s=2,3,4) in order to determine the contribution of various nonlinear interaction processes to the excitation of the HF part of the pump

  4. Observation of picometer vertical emittance with a vertical undulator. (United States)

    Wootton, K P; Boland, M J; Dowd, R; Tan, Y-R E; Cowie, B C C; Papaphilippou, Y; Taylor, G N; Rassool, R P


    Using a vertical undulator, picometer vertical electron beam emittances have been observed at the Australian Synchrotron storage ring. An APPLE-II type undulator was phased to produce a horizontal magnetic field, which creates a synchrotron radiation field that is very sensitive to the vertical electron beam emittance. The measured ratios of undulator spectral peak heights are evaluated by fitting to simulations of the apparatus. With this apparatus immediately available at most existing electron and positron storage rings, we find this to be an appropriate and novel vertical emittance diagnostic.

  5. Direct Observation of Ultralow Vertical Emittance using a Vertical Undulator

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    Wootton, Kent


    In recent work, the first quantitative measurements of electron beam vertical emittance using a vertical undulator were presented, with particular emphasis given to ultralow vertical emittances [K. P. Wootton, et al., Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams, 17, 112802 (2014)]. Using this apparatus, a geometric vertical emittance of 0.9 ± 0.3 pm rad has been observed. A critical analysis is given of measurement approaches that were attempted, with particular emphasis on systematic and statistical uncertainties. The method used is explained, compared to other techniques and the applicability of these results to other scenarios discussed.

  6. HPEM protection on HF transmission lines

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    R. Krzikalla


    Full Text Available Traditional protection concepts against electromagnetic interferences are combinations of nonlinear elements like spark gaps, varistors or suppressor diodes. Due to parasitic capacitances and inductivities and the general behavior of the elements, a trade off has to be made between the frequency bandwidth and the energy absorption capability of the protection circuit. For high frequency applications with signal frequencies above about 500MHz a sufficient protection can not be given without changing the transmitted signals itself. Additionally this kind of protection concept is designed and optimized against transient interferences with rise times down to some nanoseconds, for example the LEMP, the NEMP or the ESD. Current researches focus on transient interferences with rise times in the picosecond range and pulse widths of a few nanoseconds, the so called ultra wideband (UWB pulses, combined with a significant voltage amplitude of some kilovolts. In this paper investigations on nonlinear protection elements and linear filters against line-coupled UWB pulses with high voltage amplitudes will be done with special focus on the protection of high frequency data-lines.

  7. Evolution of E2 transition strength in deformed hafnium isotopes from new measurements on $^{172}$Hf, $^{174}$Hf, and $^{176}$Hf

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    Rudigier, M; Dannhoff, M; Gerst, R-B; Jolie, J; Saed-Samii, N; Stegemann, S; Régis, J-M; Robledo, L M; Rodríguez-Guzmán, R; Blazhev, A; Fransen, Ch; Warr, N; Zell, K O


    The available data for E2 transition strengths in the region between neutron-deficient Hf and Pt isotopes are far from complete. More and precise data are needed to enhance the picture of structure evolution in this region and to test state-of-the-art nuclear models. In a simple model, the maximum collectivity is expected at the middle of the major shell. However, for actual nuclei, this picture may no longer be the case, and one should use a more realistic nuclear-structure model. We address this point by studying the spectroscopy of Hf. We remeasure the 2^+_1 half-lives of 172,174,176Hf, for which there is some disagreement in the literature. The main goal is to measure, for the first time, the half-lives of higher-lying states of the rotational band. The new results are compared to a theoretical calculation for absolute transition strengths. The half-lives were measured using \\gamma-\\gamma and conversion-electron-\\gamma delayed coincidences with the fast timing method. For the determination of half-lives i...

  8. Comparative study of atomic-layer-deposited HfO2/Al2O3, Hf0.8Al0.2Ox and Hf0.5Al0.5Ox on N-GaAs (United States)

    Yu, Xinjiang; Lv, Hongliang; Zhang, Yuming; Zhang, Yimen; Qin, Zaiyang


    Interfacial properties of n-GaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOSCAPs) with the gate dielectrics of HfO2/Al2O3, Hf0.8Al0.2Ox and Hf0.5Al0.5Ox are investigated. The results reveal that Hf0.5Al0.5Ox has larger permittivity and lower interface trap density than that of HfO2/Al2O3. In order to explain the result from the physical perspective, the XPS tests of all three samples are performed. It is found that the main reason to form interface trap of three samples treated with 500 °C post-deposition annealing, is attributed to the interfacial component of Ga2O3 and The Hf0.5Al0.5Ox dielectric is beneficial to reducing the formation of Ga2O3.

  9. The State of GPS Vertical Positioning Precision : Separation of Earth Processes by Space Geodesy

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    Observed signals in GPS data are the sum of noise and real crustal motions. Interpretation of the data depends on our ability to extract a signal of interest from the total signal. This workshop will highlight the difficulties associated with extracting a signal such as post-glacial rebound, plate tectonics or loading, from vertical geodetic data.

  10. First 100 ms of HF modification at Tromso, Norway (United States)

    Djuth, F. T.; Isham, B.; Rietveld, M. T.; Hagfors, T.; La Hoz, C.

    Experiments were performed with the high-power high-frequency HF facility at Troms o Norway to test theoretical predictions for the excitation of ion and Langmuir oscillations in the ionosphere The principal diagnostic of wave-plasma interactions was the VHF radar at the European Incoherent Scatter EISCAT facility High resolution radar techniques were used to monitor the temporal development of the ion and Langmuir oscillations HF pulses 100 ms in duration were periodically transmitted into a smooth background F region plasma Measurements of the radar backscatter spectra show that all key spectral features predicted by strong Langmuir turbulence SLT theory modified Zakharov model are simultaneously present in the plasma and that their evolution is in agreement with theoretical expectations However several new features have been observed that cannot be anticipated by current theory because of limitations in the electric field strength within the simulations The experimental results reinforce the notion that new theoretical developments are needed to accommodate the large HF electric fields produced at Troms o and HAARP Gakona Alaska and to treat the electron acceleration process in a self-consistent fashion The F region response to two HF effective radiated power levels sim 58 MW and sim 125 MW was investigated at Troms o These ERP values include absorptive losses resulting from the sunlit D region In general the results at 58 MW ERP and 125 MW ERP are consistent with many of the SLT

  11. The multilayer Fe/Hf studied with slow positron beam (United States)

    Murashige, Y.; Tashiro, M.; Nakajyo, T.; Koizumi, T.; Kanazawa, I.; Komori, F.; Ito, Y.


    The positron annihilation parameter versus the incident positron energy is measured in the thin Fe films and the Fe/Hf bilayer on silica substrate, by means of the variable energetic slow-positron beam technique. We have analyzed the change in open-volume spaces and vacancy-type defects among the Fe microcrystals in these thin films with the deposition temperature.

  12. A CMOS OTA for HF filters with programmable transfer function

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    van de Zwan, Eric J.; Klumperink, Eric A.M.; Seevinck, E.; Seevinck, Evert


    A CMOS operational transconductance amplifier (OTA) for programmable HF filters is presented. When used in an OTA-C integrator, the unity-gain frequency phase error remains less than 0.3° for frequencies up to more than one tenth of the OTA bandwidth. The OTA has built-in phase compensation, which

  13. Hf isotope evidence for a hidden mantle reservoir

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    Bizzarro, Martin; Simonetti, A.; Stevenson, R.K.


    High-precision Hf isotopic analyses and U-Pb ages of carbonatites and kimberlites from Greenland and eastern North America, including Earth's oldest known carbonatite (3 Ga), indicate derivation from an enriched mantle source. This previously unidentified mantle reservoir-marked by an unradiogeni...

  14. Origin of excess 176Hf in meteorites

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    Thrane, Kristine; Connelly, James; Bizzarro, Martin


    After considerable controversy regarding the (176)Lu decay constant (lambda(176)Lu), there is now widespread agreement that (1.867 +/- 0.008) x 10(-11) yr(-1) as confirmed by various terrestrial objects and a 4557 Myr meteorite is correct. This leaves the (176)Hf excesses that are correlated with...

  15. Coupled resonator vertical cavity laser

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    Choquette, K.D.; Chow, W.W.; Hou, H.Q.; Geib, K.M.; Hammons, B.E.


    The monolithic integration of coupled resonators within a vertical cavity laser opens up new possibilities due to the unique ability to tailor the interaction between the cavities. The authors report the first electrically injected coupled resonator vertical-cavity laser diode and demonstrate novel characteristics arising from the cavity coupling, including methods for external modulation of the laser. A coupled mode theory is used model the output modulation of the coupled resonator vertical cavity laser.

  16. Self-diffusion of Er and Hf inpure and HfO/sub 2/-doped polycrystalline Er/sub 2/O/sub 3/. [Hf-175 and Er-169

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    Scheidecker, R.W.


    Using a tracer technique, self-diffusion of Er and Hf was measured over the approximate temperature interval of 1600 to 1970/sup 0/C in pure and HfO/sub 2/-doped polycryatalline Er/sub 2/O/sub 3/. Up to about 10 m/o HfO/sub 2/ dopant level, the Er self-diffusion coefficients followed a relationship based on cation vacancies. Above 10 m/o HfO/sub 2/, deviation from this relationship occurred, apparently due to clustering of cation vacancies and oxygen interstitials around the dopant hafnia ion. The activation energy for the self-diffusion of Er in pure Er/sub 2/O/sub 3/ was 82.2 Kcal/mole and increased with the HfO/sub 2/ dopant level present. Self-diffusion of Hf was measured in pure Er/sub 2/O/sub 3/ having two impurity levels, and a separation of the grain boundary. The volume diffusion of Hf showed both extrinsic and intrinsic behavior with the transition temperature increasing with the impurity level present in Er/sub 2/O/sub 3/. The activation energy for Hf volume diffusion in the intrinsic region was high, i.e. 235 -+ 9.5 Kcal/mole. The grain boundary diffusion was apparently extrinsic over the entire temperature interval Very low Hf self diffusion rates were found in both pure and HfO/sub 2/ doped Er/sub 2/O/sub 3/ compositions. Despite a clustering effect, the HfO/sub 2/ dopant increased the Hf volume diffusion coefficients.

  17. Trade Liberalisation and Vertical Integration

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    Bache, Peter Arendorf; Laugesen, Anders

    -good producers face decisions on exporting, vertical integration of intermediate-input production, and whether the intermediate-input production should be offshored to a low-wage country. We find that the fractions of final-good producers that pursue either vertical integration, offshoring, or exporting are all...... increasing when intermediate-input or final-goods trade is liberalised and when the fixed cost of vertical integration is reduced. At the same time, one observes firms that shift away from either vertical integration, offshoring, or exporting. Further, we provide guidance for testing the open...

  18. Vertical allometry: fact or fiction? (United States)

    Mahmood, Iftekhar; Boxenbaum, Harold


    In pharmacokinetics, vertical allometry is referred to the clearance of a drug when the predicted human clearance is substantially higher than the observed human clearance. Vertical allometry was initially reported for diazepam based on a 33-fold higher human predicted clearance than the observed human clearance. In recent years, it has been found that many other drugs besides diazepam, can be classified as drugs which exhibit vertical allometry. Over the years, many questions regarding vertical allometry have been raised. For example, (1) How to define and identify the vertical allometry? (2) How much difference should be between predicted and observed human clearance values before a drug could be declared 'a drug which follows vertical allometry'? (3) If somehow one can identify vertical allometry from animal data, how this information can be used for reasonably accurate prediction of clearance in humans? This report attempts to answer the aforementioned questions. The concept of vertical allometry at this time remains complex and obscure but with more extensive works one can have better understanding of 'vertical allometry'. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  19. Helium implanted $\\rm\\underline{Al}$Hf as studied by 181Ta TDPAC

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    R Govindaraj; K P Gopinathan; B Viswanathan


    Time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) measurement on $\\rm\\underline{Al}$Hf reference sample has shown that a fraction 0.88 of probe nuclei are defect free and are occupying the substitutional sites in fcc Al matrix, and the remaining are associated with Hf solute clusters. Measurements on helium implanted sample indicate the binding of helium associated defects by Hf solute clusters. Isochronal annealing measurements indicate the dissociation of the helium implantation induced defects from Hf solute clusters for annealing treatments beyond 650 K. On comparison of the present results with that reported in $\\rm\\underline{Cu}$Hf subjected to identical helium implantation, it is inferred that the Hf solute clusters in $\\rm\\underline{Al}$Hf bind less strongly the helium associated defects than in $\\rm\\underline{Cu}$Hf.

  20. Processing and crystallographic structure of non-equilibrium Si-doped HfO{sub 2}

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    Hou, Dong; Fancher, Chris M.; Esteves, Giovanni; Jones, Jacob L., E-mail: [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 (United States); Zhao, Lili [School of Information Science and Technology, Northwest University, Xi' an 710127 (China)


    Si-doped HfO{sub 2} was confirmed to exist as a non-equilibrium state. The crystallographic structures of Si-doped HfO{sub 2} were studied using high-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction and the Rietveld refinement method. Incorporation of Si into HfO{sub 2} and diffusion of Si out of (Hf,Si)O{sub 2} were determined as a function of calcination temperature. Higher thermal energy input at elevated calcination temperatures resulted in the formation of HfSiO{sub 4}, which is the expected major secondary phase in Si-doped HfO{sub 2}. The effect of SiO{sub 2} particle size (nano- and micron-sized) on the formation of Si-doped HfO{sub 2} was also determined. Nano-crystalline SiO{sub 2} was found to incorporate into HfO{sub 2} more readily.

  1. Data of evolutionary structure change: 1CLMA-2HF5A [Confc[Archive

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  2. Vertical air motions over the Tropical Western Pacific for validating cloud resolving and regional models

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    Williams, Christopher R. [Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)


    The objective of this project was to estimate the vertical air motion using Doppler velocity spectra from two side-by-side vertically pointing radars. The retrieval technique was applied to two different sets of radars. This first set was 50- and 920-MHz vertically pointing radars near Darwin, Australia. The second set was 449-MHz and 2.8-GHz vertically pointing radars deployed at SGP for MC3E. The retrieval technique uses the longer wavelength radar (50 or 449 MHz) to observe both the vertical air motion and precipitation motion while the shorter wavelength radar (920 MHz or 2.8 GHz) observes just the precipitation motion. By analyzing their Doppler velocity spectra, the precipitation signal in the 920 MHz or 2.8 GHz radar is used to mask-out the precipitation signal in the 50 or 449 MHz radar spectra, leaving just the vertical air motion signal.

  3. Geographic variations in the PARADIGM-HF heart failure trial. (United States)

    Kristensen, Søren Lund; Martinez, Felipe; Jhund, Pardeep S; Arango, Juan Luis; Bĕlohlávek, Jan; Boytsov, Sergey; Cabrera, Walter; Gomez, Efrain; Hagège, Albert A; Huang, Jun; Kiatchoosakun, Songsak; Kim, Kee-Sik; Mendoza, Iván; Senni, Michele; Squire, Iain B; Vinereanu, Dragos; Wong, Raymond Ching-Chiew; Gong, Jianjian; Lefkowitz, Martin P; Rizkala, Adel R; Rouleau, Jean L; Shi, Victor C; Solomon, Scott D; Swedberg, Karl; Zile, Michael R; Packer, Milton; McMurray, John J V


    The globalization of clinical trials has highlighted geographic variations in patient characteristics, event rates, and treatment effects. We investigated these further in PARADIGM-HF, the largest and most globally representative trial in heart failure (HF) to date. We looked at five regions: North America (NA) 602 (8%), Western Europe (WE) 1680 (20%), Central/Eastern Europe/Russia (CEER) 2762 (33%), Latin America (LA) 1433 (17%), and Asia-Pacific (AP) 1487 (18%). Notable differences included: WE patients (mean age 68 years) and NA (65 years) were older than AP (58 years) and LA (63 years) and had more coronary disease; NA and CEER patients had the worst signs, symptoms, and functional status. North American patients were the most likely to have a defibrillating-device (54 vs. 2% AP) and least likely prescribed a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (36 vs. 65% LA). Other evidence-based therapies were used most frequently in NA and WE. Rates of the primary composite outcome of cardiovascular (CV) death or HF hospitalization (per 100 patient-years) varied among regions: NA 13.6 (95% CI 11.7-15.7) WE 9.6 (8.6-10.6), CEER 12.3 (11.4-13.2), LA 11.2 (10.0-12.5), and AP 12.5 (11.3-13.8). After adjustment for prognostic variables, relative to NA, the risk of CV death was higher in LA and AP and the risk of HF hospitalization lower in WE. The benefit of sacubitril/valsartan was consistent across regions. There were many regional differences in PARADIGM-HF, including in age, symptoms, comorbidity, background therapy, and event-rates, although these did not modify the benefit of sacubitril/valsartan. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION URL: Unique identifier: NCT01035255. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology.

  4. Mid-Latitude Mobile Wideband HF- NVIS Channel Analysis: Part 1 (United States)


    communications (SATCOM) for beyond line-of- sight (LOS) links. However, standard HF systems operating over a 3-kHz bandwidth do not provide sufficient...wideband mid-latitude HF channel soundings and three-dimensional (3-D) ray-tracing simulations to develop a statistical model of a particular nearly...46 5 THE HF-NVIS CHANNEL SOUNDING SYSTEM ...................................................................... 47 5.1 TRANSMIT AND RECEIVE HF

  5. The SPARC Data Initiative: comparisons of CFC-11, CFC-12, HF and SF6 climatologies from international satellite limb sounders (United States)

    Tegtmeier, S.; Hegglin, M. I.; Anderson, J.; Funke, B.; Gille, J.; Jones, A.; Smith, L.; von Clarmann, T.; Walker, K. A.


    A quality assessment of the CFC-11 (CCl3F), CFC-12 (CCl2F2), HF, and SF6 products from limb-viewing satellite instruments is provided by means of a detailed intercomparison. The climatologies in the form of monthly zonal mean time series are obtained from HALOE, MIPAS, ACE-FTS, and HIRDLS within the time period 1991-2010. The intercomparisons focus on the mean biases of the monthly and annual zonal mean fields and aim to identify their vertical, latitudinal and temporal structure. The CFC evaluations (based on MIPAS, ACE-FTS and HIRDLS) reveal that the uncertainty in our knowledge of the atmospheric CFC-11 and CFC-12 mean state, as given by satellite data sets, is smallest in the tropics and mid-latitudes at altitudes below 50 and 20 hPa, respectively, with a 1σ multi-instrument spread of up to ±5 %. For HF, the situation is reversed. The two available data sets (HALOE and ACE-FTS) agree well above 100 hPa, with a spread in this region of ±5 to ±10 %, while at altitudes below 100 hPa the HF annual mean state is less well known, with a spread ±30 % and larger. The atmospheric SF6 annual mean states derived from two satellite data sets (MIPAS and ACE-FTS) show only very small differences with a spread of less than ±5 % and often below ±2.5 %. While the overall agreement among the climatological data sets is very good for large parts of the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (CFCs, SF6) or middle stratosphere (HF), individual discrepancies have been identified. Pronounced deviations between the instrument climatologies exist for particular atmospheric regions which differ from gas to gas. Notable features are differently shaped isopleths in the subtropics, deviations in the vertical gradients in the lower stratosphere and in the meridional gradients in the upper troposphere, and inconsistencies in the seasonal cycle. Additionally, long-term drifts between the instruments have been identified for the CFC-11 and CFC-12 time series. The evaluations as a

  6. Kinetic modelling of nitrogen and organics removal in vertical and horizontal flow wetlands. (United States)

    Saeed, Tanveer; Sun, Guangzhi


    This paper provides a comparative evaluation of the kinetic models that were developed to describe the biodegradation of nitrogen and organics removal in wetland systems. Reaction kinetics that were considered in the model development included first order kinetics, Monod and multiple Monod kinetics; these kinetics were combined with continuous-stirred tank reactor (CSTR) or plug flow pattern to produce equations to link inlet and outlet concentrations of each key pollutants across a single wetland. Using three statistical parameters, a critical evaluation of five potential models was made for vertical and horizontal flow wetlands. The results recommended the models that were developed based on Monod models, for predicting the removal of nitrogen and organics in a vertical and horizontal flow wetland system. No clear correlation was observed between influent BOD/COD values and kinetic coefficients of BOD(5) in VF and HF wetlands, illustrating that the removal of biodegradable organics was insensitive to the nature of organic matter. Higher effluent COD/TN values coincided with greater denitrification kinetic coefficients, signifying the dependency of denitrification on the availability of COD in VF wetland systems. In contrast, the trend was opposite in HF wetlands, indicating that availability of NO(3)-N was the main limiting step for nitrogen removal. Overall, the results suggested the possible application of the developed alternative predictive models, for understanding the complex biodegradation routes of nitrogen and organics removal in VF and HF wetland systems.

  7. Intelligent Vertical Handoffs between Heterogeneous Communication Networks

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    ZHANG Qi; WANG Yi-hong; VICTOR O.K.; WANG Ying; ZHANG Ping


    This paper proposes an intelligent vertical handoff algorithm to maintain an ongoing call between a cellular mobile network and a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), based on the Received Signal Strength (RSS) threshold and an adaptive RSS hysteresis generated by fuzzy logic. In addition, the proposed algorithm accounts for the WLAN traffic loading and the direction of movement and speed of the Mobile Station (MS). Simulation results indicate that the proposed algorithm offers better system performance in terms of number of handoffs and probability of call dropping.

  8. The stability of the bifluoride ion (HF - 2) in the gas phase (United States)

    Heni, Martin; Illenberger, Eugen


    The bifluoride ion (HF-2) has been generated by dissociative electron attachment to trans-1,2-difluorethylene and cis-1,2-difluoroethylene. Evaluation of the energetics for these reactions leads to ΔH0f (HF-2) ≤-6.9 eV and E. A. (HF2)≥4.8 eV.

  9. Photon strength function in the Hf-181 nucleus by method of two-step cascade

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    Le Hong Khiem


    The applicability of sum-coincidence measurements of two-step cascade gamma ray spectra determining Photon Strength Function (PSF) of Hf-181 induced from Hf-180 (n,2 gamma) Hf-181 reaction is presented. Up to 80% intensity of the primary gamma ray transitions in a wide energy range have been deduced and compared to model calculation.

  10. Suppression Factor of ~(182)W for ~(182)Hf AMS at CIAE

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    Suppression factor of 182W is an important index in the measurement of 182Hf with AMS method. This factor is defined as the value of 182W/180Hf in blank samples divised by the measured value of 182 W/180Hf with AMS method. In order to satisfy a

  11. 40 CFR 180.1273 - Beauveria bassiana HF23; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. (United States)


    ... 40 Protection of Environment 23 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Beauveria bassiana HF23; exemption... FOOD Exemptions From Tolerances § 180.1273 Beauveria bassiana HF23; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Residues of Beauveria bassiana HF23 are exempt from the requirement of a tolerance on all...

  12. Two-dimensional semiconductor HfSe{sub 2} and MoSe{sub 2}/HfSe{sub 2} van der Waals heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Aretouli, K. E.; Tsipas, P.; Tsoutsou, D.; Marquez-Velasco, J.; Xenogiannopoulou, E.; Giamini, S. A.; Vassalou, E.; Kelaidis, N.; Dimoulas, A., E-mail: [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos,” 15310, Aghia Paraskevi, Athens (Greece)


    Using molecular beam epitaxy, atomically thin 2D semiconductor HfSe{sub 2} and MoSe{sub 2}/HfSe{sub 2} van der Waals heterostructures are grown on AlN(0001)/Si(111) substrates. Details of the electronic band structure of HfSe{sub 2} are imaged by in-situ angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy indicating a high quality epitaxial layer. High-resolution surface tunneling microscopy supported by first principles calculations provides evidence of an ordered Se adlayer, which may be responsible for a reduction of the measured workfunction of HfSe{sub 2} compared to theoretical predictions. The latter reduction minimizes the workfunction difference between the HfSe{sub 2} and MoSe{sub 2} layers resulting in a small valence band offset of only 0.13 eV at the MoSe{sub 2}/HfSe{sub 2} heterointerface and a weak type II band alignment.

  13. The School Library Vertical File. (United States)

    Smallwood, Carol


    Discusses the maintenance of vertical files in the school library. Topics covered include circulation, weeding, using materials for special displays, acquiring materials, policies on advertising and controversial issues, cross-references, subject headings, introducing students to vertical files, beginning a collection, and preservation. (MES)

  14. Low-temperature photoluminescence for polycrystalline SrZrO{sub 3} and SrHfO{sub 3}

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    Park, Jin Won; Lee, Dong Jae; Kim, Dong Hwan; Lee, Yun Sang [Soongsil University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    We measured the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectra of polycrystalline 4d SrZrO{sub 3} and 5d SrHfO{sub 3} synthesized by using the solid state reaction method. While the bandgap energies of both materials are higher than the light excitation energy (325 nm) we observed distinct PL signals near 1.75 eV and 2.5 eV at the lowest temperatures, which should be associated with localized states in the fairly wide bandgap. According to the literature, these peaks could be related to defect states originating from structural disorder or oxygen vacancies. The blue emission near 2.5 eV for our samples is quite similar to that observed in various 3d oxides such as SrTiO{sub 3}. Interestingly, the blue emission of SrHfO{sub 3} is stronger than that of SrZrO{sub 3}, which suggests that SrHfO{sub 3} could be a new optoelectronic material.

  15. Water mass circulation and weathering inputs in the Labrador Sea based on coupled Hf-Nd isotope compositions and rare earth element distributions (United States)

    Filippova, Alexandra; Frank, Martin; Kienast, Markus; Rickli, Jörg; Hathorne, Ed; Yashayaev, Igor M.; Pahnke, Katharina


    .1), although their source waters have essentially the same ɛNd signature. This most likely reflects different weathering signals of hafnium delivered to Denmark Strait Overflow Water and North East Atlantic Deep Water (incongruent weathering of old rocks from Greenland versus basaltic rocks from Iceland). In addition, the ɛHf data resolve two layers within the main body of Labrador Sea Water not visible in the ɛNd distribution, which are shallow Labrador Sea Water (ɛHf ∼ -2) and deep Labrador Sea Water (ɛHf ∼ -4.5). The latter layer was formed between the late 1980's and mid 1990's during the last cold state of the Labrador Sea and underwent substantial modification since its formation through the admixture of Irminger Water, Iceland Slope Water and North East Atlantic Deep Water, which is reflected in its less radiogenic ɛHf signature. The overall behavior of Hf in the water column suggests its higher sensitivity to local changes in weathering inputs on annual to decadal timescales. Although application of Hf isotopes as a tracer for global water mass mixing is complicated by their susceptibility to incongruent weathering inputs they are a promising tracer of local processes in restricted basins such as the Labrador Sea.

  16. De-noising of Vertical Wheel-rail Contact Force Signals Using Wavelet Transform%基于小波变换的轮轨垂向力信号降噪

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    黄辉; 雷晓燕; 刘庆杰


    轮轨力应变信号在采集过程中,由于噪声干扰的存在,将严重影响所采集数据的准确性。针对轮轨力应变信号中存在的基线漂移和随机白噪声,提出基于小波变换的去噪方法:采用db 6小波基,根据小波多分辨率分析理论,以大尺度分解的逼近分量估计基线漂移成分,从而消除基线漂移;对于随机白噪声则是运用小波阈值去噪法,先根据离散有限序列的自相关函数确定小波分解的最优分解层数,然后采用最小最大阈值以及硬阈值函数,从而实现对白噪声的滤除。仿真与实测数据分析都表明该去噪法能达到比较理想的效果。%The accuracy of the wheel-rail strain signals can be seriously ruined by the disturbance of noise. In this paper, a denoising method based on wavelet transform was proposed for elimination of baseline drift and random white noise. The baseline drift was eliminated by using db6 wavelet bases and the estimation of high-1evel approximation based on wavelet multi-resolution analysis. While the random white noise was eliminated by applying wavelet threshold denoising method. First of all, the optimal decomposition level of the wavelet transformation was determined by applying the self-correlation function of discrete finite sequence. Then, the minimum and maximum thresholds and hard shrinking function were adopted to filter the white noise. The analysis of simulation and the measured data show that this denoising method can achieve ideal effect.

  17. Application of ESPRIT in Broad Beam HF Ground Wave Radar Sea Surface Current Mapping

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    Liu Dan-hong; Wu Xiong-bin; Wen Bi-yang; Cheng Feng


    HF surface wave radar system OSMAR2000 is a broad-beam sea-state detecting radar. ESPRIT (Estimation of Signal Parameters via Rotational Invariance Technique) algorithm is proposed to apply in DOA (direction of arrival) determination of sea echoes. The algorithm of ESPRIT is briefly introduced first. Then discussions are made on the technique for application in the OSMAR2000 framework. Numerical simulation results are presented to demonstrate the feasibility of radial current mapping based on this method. The algorithm manifests significant performance and computational advantages compared with that of MUSIC. Data acquired by OSMAR2000 are processed to give radial current map and the synthesized vector currents are compared with the in-situ measurement with traditional means. The results show the validity of ESPRIT application in DOA determination for broad-beam radar.

  18. Rotation of vertically oriented objects during earthquakes (United States)

    Hinzen, Klaus-G.


    Vertically oriented objects, such as tombstones, monuments, columns, and stone lanterns, are often observed to shift and rotate during earthquake ground motion. Such observations are usually limited to the mesoseismal zone. Whether near-field rotational ground motion components are necessary in addition to pure translational movements to explain the observed rotations is an open question. We summarize rotation data from seven earthquakes between 1925 and 2009 and perform analog and numeric rotation testing with vertically oriented objects. The free-rocking motion of a marble block on a sliding table is disturbed by a pulse in the direction orthogonal to the rocking motion. When the impulse is sufficiently strong and occurs at the `right' moment, it induces significant rotation of the block. Numeric experiments of a free-rocking block show that the initiation of vertical block rotation by a cycloidal acceleration pulse applied orthogonal to the rocking axis depends on the amplitude of the pulse and its phase relation to the rocking cycle. Rotation occurs when the pulse acceleration exceeds the threshold necessary to provoke rocking of a resting block, and the rocking block approaches its equilibrium position. Experiments with blocks subjected to full 3D strong motion signals measured during the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake confirm the observations from the tests with analytic ground motions. Significant differences in the rotational behavior of a monolithic block and two stacked blocks exist.

  19. Adaptive vertical handoff algorithm in heterogeneous networks

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    XIE Sheng-dong; WU Meng


    The integration of cellular network (CN) and wireless local area network (WLAN) is the trend of the next generation mobile communication systems, and nodes will handoff between the two kinds of networks. The received signal strength (RSS) is the dominant factor consijered when handoff occurs. In order to improve the handoff efficiency, this study proposes an adaptive decision algorithm for vertical handoff on the basis of fast Fourier transform (FFT). The algorithm makes handoff decision after analyzing the signal strength fluctuation which is caused by slow fading through FFT. Simulations show that the algorithm reduces the number of handoff by 35%, shortens the areas influenced by slow fading, and enables the nodes to make full use of WLAN in communication compared with traditional algorithms.

  20. Substorm correlated absorption on a 3200 km trans-auroral HF propagation path

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    S. E. Milan

    Full Text Available A high-frequency transmitter located at Clyde River, NWT, Canada, and a receiver located near Boston, USA, provide a 3200 km trans-auroral, near-meridional propagation path over which the propagation characteristics have been measured. Out of the fourteen frequencies in the HF band sampled every hour for the duration of the experimental campaign (16 January–8 February 1989, the signal level measurements of 6.800 MHz transmissions were selected in order to determine the extent and occurrence of auroral absorption. The median level of auroral absorption along the path is found to increase with geomagnetic activity, quantified by the index Kp, with the increase being greater in the post-midnight sector than in the pre-midnight sector. This asymmetric behaviour is attributed to the precipitation of high energy electrons into the midnight and morning sector auroral D region. The measured diurnal variation in the median level of absorption is consistent with previous models describing the extent and magnitude of auroral absorption and electron precipitation. Individual substorms, identified from geosynchronous satellite data, are found to cause short-lived absorption events in the HF signal level of ~30 dB at 6.800 MHz. The occurrence of substorm correlated auroral absorption events is confined to the midnight and morning sectors, consistent with the location of the electron precipitation. The magnitude of absorption is related to the magnetotail stress during the substorm growth phase and the magnetotail relaxation during the substorm expansion phase onset. The absorption magnitude and the occurrence of substorms during the period of the campaign increase at times of high Kp , leading to an increase in median auroral absorption during disturbed periods.

  1. Beam Forming HF Radar Beam Pattern Measurements and Phase Offset Calibration Using a UAV (United States)

    Cahl, D.; Voulgaris, G.


    It has been shown that measuring antenna patterns for direction finding radars improves surface current measurements. For beam forming radars, the beam pattern of the receive array is assumed to be similar to that derived using theoretical calculations. However, local environmental conditions may lead to deviations (i.e., larger sidelobes and beamwidth) from this idealized beam pattern. This becomes particularly important for wave measurements that are sensitive to interference from sidelobes. Common techniques for beam forming HF radar phase calibration include "cross calibration", using a secondary beam forming site as the signal source, or calibration using a ship. The former method is limited to only one direction; on straight coastlines this is often at a large angle from the radar bore site where the beam width and uncertainty in phase calibration might be large. The latter technique requires chartering a ship with an appropriate reflector or transmitter, or the identification of ships of opportunity. Recent advances in UAV technology combined with an easement of FAA restrictions (Part 107) allows phase calibrations and beam pattern measurements to be completed on an HF radar site using a small transmitter attached to a UAV. This presentation describes the use of a UAV and the development of a method for beam forming phase calibration and beam pattern measurements. This method uses the UAV as a moving signal source to provide true sidelobe and beamwidth measurements. Results are shown from a calibration carried out at a beam forming (WERA) radar site (8.3 MHz) located in Georgetown, SC and are compared with results from a cross calibration. Phase calibrations acquired by the UAV showed a dependence on azimuthal angle from the radar bore site. Also, the beam patterns obtained were found to be narrower than those derived using the stationary source method. The effect of the new phase values derived using this method on the accuracy of radial velocities will be

  2. Charge storage characteristics and tunneling mechanism of amorphous Ge-doped HfOx films (United States)

    Qiu, X. Y.; Zhang, S. Y.; Zhang, T.; Wang, R. X.; Li, L. T.; Zhang, Y.; Dai, J. Y.


    Amorphous Ge-doped HfOx films have been deposited on p-Si(100) substrates by means of RF magnetron sputtering. Microstructural investigations reveal the partial oxidation of doped Ge atoms in the amorphous HfOx matrix and the existence of HfSiOx interfacial layer. Capacitance-voltage hysteresis of the Ag-/Ge-doped HfOx/Si/Ag memory capacitor exhibits a memory window of 3.15 V which can maintain for >5 × 104 cycles. Current-voltage characteristics reveal that Poole-Frenkel tunneling is responsible for electron transport in the Ge-doped HfOx film.

  3. Clinical trials update from the Heart Failure Society of America Meeting 2009: FAST, IMPROVE-HF, COACH galectin-3 substudy, HF-ACTION nuclear substudy, DAD-HF, and MARVEL-1. (United States)

    Lainscak, Mitja; Coletta, Alison P; Sherwi, Nasser; Cleland, John G F


    This article presents findings and a commentary on late-breaking trials presented during the meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America in September 2009. Unpublished reports should be considered as preliminary, since analyses may change in the final publication. The FAST trial showed somewhat better performance of intrathoracic impedance for prediction of deterioration in patients with heart failure (HF) when compared with daily weighing. The IMPROVE-HF study reported the benefits of education on the management of patients with systolic HF. Galectin-3 appeared a useful method for improving risk stratification of patients with chronic HF in a substudy of the COACH trial. A nuclear substudy of the HF-ACTION trial failed to demonstrate that resting myocardial perfusion imaging, a measure of myocardial scar and viability, was clinically useful. A small randomized controlled trial (DAD-HF) suggested that the use of low-dose dopamine in patients with acutely decompensated HF was associated with less deterioration in renal function and less hypokalaemia. The MARVEL-1 trial raises further concerns about the safety of myoblast transplantation in ischaemic HF.

  4. The anisotropy of Hf diffusion in {alpha}-Zr

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    Hood, G.M. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.]|[Metals Technology Laboratory, CANMET, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Zou, H. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.]|[Metals Technology Laboratory, CANMET, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Roy, J.A. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.]|[Metals Technology Laboratory, CANMET, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Schultz, R.J. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.]|[Metals Technology Laboratory, CANMET, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Matsuura, N. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.]|[Metals Technology Laboratory, CANMET, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Jackman, J.A. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.]|[Metals Technology Laboratory, CANMET, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)


    Hf diffusion coefficients (D) have been measured ({proportional_to}870-1100 K) in directions parallel (D{sub pa}) and perpendicular (D{sub pe}) to the c-axis of double-faced, single-crystal specimens of both high purity (HP) and nominally pure (NP) {alpha}-Zr. The diffusion profiles were measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry. Hf diffusion in HP {alpha}-Zr is characterised by an activation energy of about 3.0 eV and a pre-exponential factor of about 10{sup -5} m{sup 2}/s. The anisotropy ratio, D{sub pa}/D{sub pe}, is {proportional_to}<1.0 for the HP specimens and mostly >1.0 for the NP specimens. A dependence of D on diffusion time/depth is indicated for some experiments on NP Zr. (orig.).

  5. Photodetachment of HF-in an Electric Field

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    WANG De-Hua


    @@ Photdetachment of a negative HF-ion in an electric field is studied by using the two-centre model and the closed orbit theory.An analytic formula is presented for the electron flux of HF- in the presence of an electric field.The results show that the oscillation in the electron flux distribution is caused by the rescattering effect of the molecular ion core and the interference betweed the two nuclei.In addition,the interference between the orbits passing through the given spatial point also plays an important role in the electron flux distribution.This study provides a new understanding of the photodetachment of polar molecules in the presence of external field.

  6. Performance Analysis of HF Band FB-MC-SS

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    Hussein Moradi; Stephen Andrew Laraway; Behrouz Farhang-Boroujeny


    Abstract—In a recent paper [1] the filter bank multicarrier spread spectrum (FB-MC-SS) waveform was proposed for wideband spread spectrum HF communications. A significant benefit of this waveform is robustness against narrow and partial band interference. Simulation results in [1] demonstrated good performance in a wideband HF channel over a wide range of conditions. In this paper we present a theoretical analysis of the bit error probably for this system. Our analysis tailors the results from [2] where BER performance was analyzed for maximum ration combining systems that accounted for correlation between subcarriers and channel estimation error. Equations are give for BER that closely match the simulated performance in most situations.

  7. Investigation of new type Cu-Hf-Al bulk glassy alloys (United States)

    Nagy, E.; Rontó, V.; Sólyom, J.; Roósz, A.


    In the last years new type Cu-Hf-Al ternary alloys were developed with high glass forming ability and ductility. The addition of Al to Cu-Hf alloys results in improvements in glass formation, thermal stability and mechanical properties of these alloys. We have investigated new Cu-based bulk amorphous alloys in Cu-Hf-Al ternary system. The alloys with Cu49Hf42Al9, Cu46Hf45Al9, Cu50Hf42.5Al7.5 and Cu50Hf45Al5 compositions were prepared by arc melting. The samples were made by centrifugal casting and were investigated by X-ray diffraction method. Thermodynamic properties were examined by differential scanning calorimetry and the structure of the crystallising phases by scanning electron microscopy. The determination of liquidus temperatures of alloys were measured by differential thermal analysis.

  8. First-principles studies of HF molecule adsorption on intrinsic graphene and Al-doped graphene (United States)

    Sun, Yuanyuan; Chen, Li; Zhang, Feiwu; Li, Daoyong; Pan, Hongzhe; Ye, Jun


    In the search for a high-sensitivity sensor for HF gas, the adsorption of HF molecules on both intrinsic and Al-doped graphene sheets is studied by first-principles calculations. We find that the adsorption mechanisms of HF molecules are different for intrinsic graphene and Al-doped graphene. Al-doped graphene has higher adsorption energy and shorter connecting distance to the HF molecule than intrinsic graphene. The calculated net electron transfers, electronic density difference images and densities of states give evidence that the adsorption of HF molecules on Al-doped graphene is by chemisorption, while there is weak physisorption on intrinsic graphene. Therefore, Al-doped graphene can be expected to have applications as a novel sensor for the detection of HF gas. The HF molecules adsorbed on Al-doped graphene material can be reactivated by applying an external electric field of 0.013 a.u.

  9. Ferroelectric HfO2 for Emerging Ferroelectric Semiconductor Devices (United States)

    Florent, Karine

    The spontaneous polarization in ferroelectrics (FE) makes them particularly attractive for non-volatile memory and logic applications. Non-volatile FRAM memories using perovskite structure materials, such as Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) and Strontium Bismuth Tantalate (SBT) have been studied for many years. However, because of their scaling limit and incompatibility with CMOS beyond 130 nm node, floating gate Flash memory technology has been preferred for manufacturing. The recent discovery of ferroelectricity in doped HfO2 in 2011 has opened the door for new ferroelectric based devices compatible with CMOS technology, such as Ferroelectric Field Effect Transistor (FeFET) and Ferroelectric Tunnel Junctions (FTJ). This work began with developing ferroelectric hysteresis characterization capabilities at RIT. Initially reactively sputtered aluminum doped HfO 2 films were investigated. It was observed that the composition control using co-sputtering was not achievable within the existing capabilities. During the course of this study, collaboration was established with the NaMLab group in Germany to investigate Si doped HfO2 deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). Metal Ferroelectric Metal (MFM) devices were fabricated using TiN as the top and bottom electrode with Si:HfO2 thickness ranging from 6.4 nm to 22.9 nm. The devices were electrically tested for P-E, C-V and I-V characteristics. Structural characterizations included TEM, EELS, XRR, XRD and XPS/Auger spectroscopy. Higher remanant polarization (Pr) was observed for films of 9.3 nm and 13.1 nm thickness. Thicker film (22.9 nm) showed smaller Pr. Devices with 6.4 nm thick films exhibit tunneling behavior showing a memristor like I-V characteristics. The tunnel current and ferroelectricity showed decrease with cycling indicating a possible change in either the structure or the domain configurations. Theoretical simulations using the improved FE model were carried out to model the ferroelectric behavior of

  10. Centrifugal stretching of 170Hf in the interacting boson model

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    Werner V.


    Full Text Available We present the results of a recent experiment to deduce lifetimes of members of the ground state rotational band of 170Hf, which show the effect of centrifugal stretching in this deformed isotope. Results are compared to the geometrical confined beta-soft(CBS rotor model, as well as to the interacting boson model (IBM. Two methods to correct for effects due to the finite valence space within the IBM are proposed.

  11. Electrochemical characterization of cast Ti-Hf binary alloys. (United States)

    Cai, Z; Koike, M; Sato, H; Brezner, M; Guo, Q; Komatsu, M; Okuno, O; Okabe, T


    This study characterized the electrochemical behavior of Ti-Hf binary alloys in a simulated oral environment. Ti-Hf alloys (10, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 mass% Hf) were prepared by arc-melting titanium sponge and hafnium sponge. Specimens of each alloy (n = 4) were prepared using a dental titanium casting system with a MgO-based investment. Specimens were inspected with X-ray radiography to ensure minimal internal porosity. Castings (n = 4) made from pure titanium and commercially pure titanium were used as controls. The ground flat surface (10 mm x 10 mm) on each specimen where approximately 30 microm was removed was used for the characterization. Sixteen-hour open-circuit potential (OCP) measurement, linear polarization and potentiodynamic cathodic polarization were performed sequentially in aerated (air + 10% CO2) MTZ synthetic saliva at 37 degrees C. Potentiodynamic anodic polarization was conducted in the same medium but deaerated (N2 + 10% CO2) 2 h before and during testing. Polarization resistance (R(P)) and Tafel slopes were determined, as were corrosion current density (I(CORR)) and passive current density (I(PASS)). Results were subjected to nonparametric statistical analysis (alpha = 0.05). The OCP stabilized (mean values -229 mV to -470 mV vs. SCE) for all specimens after the 16-h immersion. Similar passivation was observed for all the metals on their anodic polarization diagrams. The Kruskal-Wallis test showed significant differences in OCP among the test groups (p = 0.006). No significant differences were found in R(P), I(CORR) or I(PASS) among all the metals (p>0.3). Results indicate that the electrochemical behavior of the Ti-Hf alloys examined resembles that of pure titanium.

  12. Hf--Co--B alloys as permanent magnet materials (United States)

    McGuire, Michael Alan; Rios, Orlando; Ghimire, Nirmal Jeevi


    An alloy composition is composed essentially of Hf.sub.2-XZr.sub.XCo.sub.11B.sub.Y, wherein 0B.sub.Y, wherein 0.ltoreq.X<2 and 0

  13. Ionizing wave via high-power HF acceleration

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    Mishin, Evgeny


    Recent ionospheric modification experiments with the 3.6 MW transmitter at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility in Alaska led to discovery of artificial ionization descending from the nominal interaction altitude in the background F-region ionosphere by ~60 km. This paper presents a physical model of an ionizing wavefront created by suprathermal electrons accelerated by the HF-excited plasma turbulence.

  14. Study on Preparation of 182Hf AMS Standards

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    YINXin-yi; JIANGShan; HEMing; ZHANGChun-hua; ZHANGSheng-dong


    The neutron-rich isotope 182Hf with its half-life of (9±2)×106 a produced by neutron activation can be used to determine the neutron flux of some places, in order to study the transport of radioactive nuclides and the safe disposal of nuclear waste. AMS is a kind of relative measurement method with high sensitivity (10-15), it requires corresponding standard samples.

  15. Ionizing wave via high-power HF acceleration


    Mishin, Evgeny; Pedersen, Todd


    Recent ionospheric modification experiments with the 3.6 MW transmitter at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility in Alaska led to discovery of artificial ionization descending from the nominal interaction altitude in the background F-region ionosphere by ~60 km. This paper presents a physical model of an ionizing wavefront created by suprathermal electrons accelerated by the HF-excited plasma turbulence.

  16. On the Onset of HF-Induced Airglow at HAARP (United States)


    AFRL-VS-HA-TR-2005-1061 JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 109, A02305, doi:10.1029/2003JA010205, 2004 On the onset of HF-induced airglow at HAARP ...line) during the February 2002 campaign at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program ( HAARP ) heating facility are analyzed. We find that... HAARP , J. Geophys. Res., 109, A02305, doi: 10.1029/2003JA010205. 1. Introduction known as the parametric decay (PDI) or oscillating two- [2] A

  17. HF Over-the-Horizon Radar System Performance Analysis (United States)


    target detection technique and radar equations are applied. Chapter V uses PROPLAB model simulation to bring in the principle of raytracing and... RADAR SYSTEM PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS by Bin-Yi Liu September 2007 Thesis Co-Advisors: Phillip E. Pace Jeffrey B. Knorr THIS PAGE...Thesis 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE HF Over-the-Horizon Radar System Performance Analysis 6. AUTHOR(S) Bin-Yi Liu 5. FUNDING NUMBERS 7. PERFORMING

  18. Wideband high frequency (HF) skywave channel parameters from narrowband measurements (United States)

    Hausman, Cynthia L.; Uffelman, Donald R.; Walton, Thomas L.

    The HF wideband channel allow the use of spread-spectrum techniques to provide covert communications with low probability of intercept (LPI) and antijam protection. The objective of this work is to determine the extent to which oblique narrowband channel measurements can be used to infer effects in the wideband skywave channel. If oblique narrowband channel measurements can be used as a basis for developing wideband channel models, a large number of existing narrowband measurements can be made available for this task.

  19. Vertical Collective Action: Addressing Vertical Asymmetries in Watershed Management



    Watersheds and irrigation systems have the characteristic of connecting people vertically by water flows. The location of users along these systems defines their role in the provision and appropriation of water which adds complexity to the potential for cooperation. Verticality thus imposes a challenge to collective action. This paper presents the results of field experiments conducted in four watersheds of Colombia (South America) and Kenya (East Africa) to study the role that location plays...

  20. [Vertical control and orthopedic therapy]. (United States)

    Bardinet, E; Bazert, C; Boileau, M J; Carat, T; Darqué, F; de Brondeau, F; Dorignac, D; Duhart, A M; El Amrani Darqué, K; Pujol, A; Rzadkiewicz, A; Sampeur, M


    Control of the vertical development of the face is a key element in assuring the success of orthopedic treatment, as much for its effects on anterior vertical dimension as for its influence on correction of the sagittal discrepancy between the jaws. An effective management of this control demands respect for the equilibrium between posterior and anterior face, as described by Schudy. The authors review the details of the application of orthopedic therapy on the different elements of this equilibrium and then, present the modalities of vertical control appropriate to each appliance.

  1. Vertical deformation at western part of Sumatra

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    Febriyani, Caroline, E-mail:; Prijatna, Kosasih, E-mail:; Meilano, Irwan, E-mail:


    This research tries to make advancement in GPS signal processing to estimate the interseismic vertical deformation field at western part of Sumatra Island. The data derived by Continuous Global Positioning System (CGPS) from Badan Informasi Geospasial (BIG) between 2010 and 2012. GPS Analyze at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (GAMIT) software and Global Kalman Filter (GLOBK) software are used to process the GPS signal to estimate the vertical velocities of the CGPS station. In order to minimize noise due to atmospheric delay, Vienna Mapping Function 1 (VMF1) is used as atmospheric parameter model and include daily IONEX file provided by the Center for Orbit Determination in Europe (CODE) as well. It improves GAMIT daily position accuracy up to 0.8 mm. In a second step of processing, the GLOBK is used in order to estimate site positions and velocities in the ITRF08 reference frame. The result shows that the uncertainties of estimated displacement velocity at all CGPS stations are smaller than 1.5 mm/yr. The subsided deformation patterns are seen at the northern and southern part of west Sumatra. The vertical deformation at northern part of west Sumatra indicates postseismic phase associated with the 2010 and 2012 Northern Sumatra earthquakes and also the long-term postseismic associated with the 2004 and 2005 Northern Sumatra earthquakes. The uplifted deformation patterns are seen from Bukit Tinggi to Seblat which indicate a long-term interseismic phase after the 2007 Bengkulu earthquake and 2010 Mentawai earthquake. GANO station shows a subsidence at rate 12.25 mm/yr, indicating the overriding Indo-Australia Plate which is dragged down by the subducting Southeast Asian Plate.

  2. Assimilative model for ionospheric dynamics employing delay, Doppler, and direction of arrival measurements from multiple HF channels (United States)

    Fridman, Sergey V.; Nickisch, L. J.; Hausman, Mark; Zunich, George


    We describe the development of new HF data assimilation capabilities for our ionospheric inversion algorithm called GPSII (GPS Ionospheric Inversion). Previously existing capabilities of this algorithm included assimilation of GPS total electron content data as well as assimilation of backscatter ionograms. In the present effort we concentrated on developing assimilation tools for data related to HF propagation channels. Measurements of propagation delay, angle of arrival, and the ionosphere-induced Doppler from any number of known propagation links can now be utilized by GPSII. The resulting ionospheric model is consistent with all assimilated measurements. This means that ray tracing simulations of the assimilated propagation links are guaranteed to be in agreement with measured data within the errors of measurement. The key theoretical element for assimilating HF data is the raypath response operator (RPRO) which describes response of raypath parameters to infinitesimal variations of electron density in the ionosphere. We construct the RPRO out of the fundamental solution of linearized ray tracing equations for a dynamic magnetoactive plasma. We demonstrate performance and internal consistency of the algorithm using propagation delay data from multiple oblique ionograms (courtesy of Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia) as well as with time series of near-vertical incidence sky wave data (courtesy of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity HFGeo Program Government team). In all cases GPSII produces electron density distributions which are smooth in space and in time. We simulate the assimilated propagation links by performing ray tracing through GPSII-produced ionosphere and observe that simulated data are indeed in agreement with assimilated measurements.

  3. Detection of HCl and HF by TTFMS and WMS. (United States)

    De Luca, Anna Chiara; Pesce, Giuseppe; Rusciano, Giulia; Sasso, Antonio


    In this work we discuss on a compact spectrometer based on DFB diode lasers for detection of chloridric and fluoridric acids. HCl and HF concentrations are determined through optical absorption of the P(4) line (lambda=1.7 microm) and the R(3) line (lambda=1.3 microm), respectively. Both lines belong to first overtone vibrational bands and their line strengths are 7.8 x 10(-21)cm/molecule for HCl and 2.8 x 10(-20)cm/molecule for HF. We chose these lines for their relative high intensities and because they are quite far from water vapour lines which represent the main interfering gas for trace-gases analysis. To detect these species we used two different high frequency modulation techniques: two-tone frequency modulation spectroscopy (f(1)=800 MHz and f(2)=804 MHz) was used for HCl while for HF we followed a simpler approach based on wavelength modulation spectroscopy (f=600 kHz). We demonstrate that the two techniques provide comparable detection limit of about 80 ppbV at atmospheric pressure. Positive testing of our spectrometer makes it suitable for in situ measurements of exhaust gases coming from waste incinerators.

  4. Multiple excitation modes in 163Hf

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    Yadav, Rachita; Ma, J.C.; Marsh, J.C.


    Excited states of Hf163 were populated using the Zr94(Ge74,5n) reaction and the decay γ rays were measured with the Gammasphere spectrometer. Two previously known bands were extended to higher spins, and nine new bands were identified. In addition to bands associated with three- and five-quasipar......Excited states of Hf163 were populated using the Zr94(Ge74,5n) reaction and the decay γ rays were measured with the Gammasphere spectrometer. Two previously known bands were extended to higher spins, and nine new bands were identified. In addition to bands associated with three- and five......-quasiparticle configurations, two γ−vibrational bands coupled to the i13/2 excitation were also observed. The lowest level of a newly identified, negative-parity band is proposed to be the ground state of the nucleus. A systematic delay of the high-spin proton crossing frequency with increasing quadrupole deformation from Hf...

  5. Electronic structures and properties of Ti, Zr and Hf metals

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    The electronic structures of pure Ti, Zr and Hf metals with hcp structure were determined by one-atom (OA) theory. According to the electronic structures of these metals,their potential curves, cohesive energies, lattice constants, elasticities and the temperature dependence of linear thermal expansion coefficients were calculated. The electronic structures and characteristic properties of these metals with bcc and fcc structures and liquids were also studied. The results show that the electronic structures of Ti, Zr and Hf metals are respectively [Ar](3dn)0.481 0(3dc)2.085 7(4sc)1.000 0(4sf)0.433 3, [Kr](4dn)0.396 8(4dc)2.142 8(5sc)1.262 0(5sf)0.198 4, [Xe](5dn)0.368 0(5dc)2.041 4(6sc)1.406 6(6sf)0.184 0. It is explained why the pure Ti, Zr and Hf metals with hcp and bcc structures can exist naturally, while those with fcc structure can not.

  6. Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd garnet geochronology

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    Smit, Matthijs Arjen; Scherer, Erik E.; Mezger, Klaus


    are similar among grains having radii larger than 1.3 mm (weighted mean: 2714±6 Ma2714±6 Ma; 2 s.d.) and up to 20 Myr younger for finer fractions. In contrast, Sm–Nd dates are equal to or younger than the 2641–2637 Ma age of peak metamorphism. The roles of concurrently digested inclusions and core–rim Lu......To investigate the systematics of the 176Lu–176Hf and 147Sm–143Nd garnet chronometers, we performed REE and isotope analyses on garnet crystals of different size (0.55–3.1 mm radius) from a single granulite specimen (Archean Pikwitonei Granulite Domain, Manitoba, Canada). The Lu–Hf dates....../Sm fractionation are quantitatively evaluated and excluded as causes for the observed age heterogeneity. Instead, the isotope dates are interpreted to reflect partial loss of radiogenic 176Hf and 143Nd, and are used to constrain the systematics of the garnet chronometers at high temperature. The data constrain...

  7. High-spin positive-parity states in 179Hf studied by the 180Hf(τ, α) 179Hf reaction AT 32 MeV (United States)

    Thorsteinsen, T. F.; Løvhøiden, G.; Vaagen, J. S.; Bjørnberg, A.; Burke, D. G.


    Full angular distributions are presented for states populated in the reaction 180Hf(τ, α) 179Hf at 32 MeV beam energy. Positive-parity states associated with the i {13}/{2} unique parity intruder orbital are given special attention. Thus, angular distributions for the five first members of the [624 {9}/{2}] groundstate sequence are given, as well as for a number of more highly excited states, some being new assignments. The distribution of l = 6 transfer strength is quite characteristic, two {13}/{2}+ states being substantially more populated than the rest. The characteristic features of the data are explained by a quasiparticle-rotor calculation employing deformed Woods-Saxon orbitals, but only if the hexadecapole shape parameter of the nuclear potential is β 4 ˜ -0.08. The often anomalous differential cross sections for I π ≠ {13}/{2}+ band members are well accounted for by a rotor model CCBA calculation employing transfer form factors extracted from the orbitals of the deformed Woods-Saxon field, and including non-adiabatic Coriolis mixing effects.

  8. Hf isotopic compositions of the standard zircons for U-Pb dating

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    XU Ping; WU Fuyuan; XIE Liewen; YANG Yueheng


    Using the newly published Yb isotopic abundances and the mass bias relationship between Yb and Hf, we carried out an analysis of Hf isotopes in the standard zircon 91500 by means of 193 nm laser attached to Neptune multi-collector ICP-MS (LA-MC-ICPMS). The obtained Hf isotopic data, in either in situ or line scan modes, are not only identical for different spot sizes, but also are consistent with previously published results obtained on TIMS or other MC-ICPMS machines within errors. This indicates that it is possible to obtain reliable 176Hf/177Hf isotopic ratios for zircon in either in situ or line scan conditions on LA-MC-ICPMS machine, and the applied procedures in our study for elemental interfering correction are appropriate for the purpose of acquiring satisfactory accuracy for Hf isotope analyses. The Hf isotopic compositions of four zircon standards in high spatial resolution U-Pb dating, 91500, CZ3,CN92-1 and TEMORA, are measured, respectively. The obtained 176Hf/177Hf ratios are 0.282316+4 (n = 34, 2σ) for 91500, 0.281704±6 (n = 16, 2σ) for CZ3, 0.282200±6 (n = 20,2σ-) for CN92-1 and 0.282684±14 (n = 24, 2σ) for TEMORA,respectively, with 176Lu/177Hf ratios of ~0.00031, 0.000036,0.00083 and 0.00127. Zircons 91500 and CZ3 show narrower variations in 176Hf/177Hf and 176Lu/177Hf ratios than those of zircons CN92-1 and TEMORA, and thus are appropriate standards for the Hf isotope analysis.

  9. Electrical characteristics of MOS capacitor with HfTiON gate dielectric and HfTiSiON interlayer

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    Chen Wei-Bing; Xu Jing-Ping; Lai Pui-To; Li Yan-Ping; Xu Sheng-Guo; Chan Chu-Lok


    The paper reports that HfTiO dielectric is deposited by reactive co-sputtering of Hf and Ti targets in an Ar/O2 ambience, followed by an annealing in different gas ambiences of N2, NO and NHa at 600°C for 2 min. Capacitance-voltage and gate-leakage properties are characterized and compared. The results indicate that the NO-annealed sample exhibits the lowest interface-state and dielectric-charge densities and best device reliability. This is attributed to the fact that nitridation can create strong Si≡N bonds to passivate dangling Si bonds and replace strained Si- O bonds, thus the sample forms a hardened dielectric/Si interface with high reliability.

  10. Vertical Beam Polarization at MAMI (United States)

    Schlimme, B. S.; Achenbach, P.; Aulenbacher, K.; Baunack, S.; Bender, D.; Beričič, J.; Bosnar, D.; Correa, L.; Dehn, M.; Distler, M. O.; Esser, A.; Fonvieille, H.; Friščić, I.; Gutheil, B.; Herrmann, P.; Hoek, M.; Kegel, S.; Kohl, Y.; Kolar, T.; Kreidel, H.-J.; Maas, F.; Merkel, H.; Mihovilovič, M.; Müller, J.; Müller, U.; Nillius, F.; Nuck, A.; Pochodzalla, J.; Schoth, M.; Schulz, F.; Sfienti, C.; Širca, S.; Spruck, B.; Štajner, S.; Thiel, M.; Tioukine, V.; Tyukin, A.; Weber, A.


    For the first time a vertically polarized electron beam has been used for physics experiments at MAMI in the energy range between 180 and 855 MeV. The beam-normal single-spin asymmetry An, which is a direct probe of higher-order photon exchange beyond the first Born approximation, has been measured in the reaction 12C (e → , e ‧)12C . Vertical polarization orientation was necessary to measure this asymmetry with the existing experimental setup. In this paper we describe the procedure to orient the electron polarization vector vertically, and the concept of determining both its magnitude and orientation with the available setup. A sophisticated method has been developed to overcome the lack of a polarimeter setup sensitive to the vertical polarization component.

  11. Vertical axis wind turbine airfoil (United States)

    Krivcov, Vladimir; Krivospitski, Vladimir; Maksimov, Vasili; Halstead, Richard; Grahov, Jurij Vasiljevich


    A vertical axis wind turbine airfoil is described. The wind turbine airfoil can include a leading edge, a trailing edge, an upper curved surface, a lower curved surface, and a centerline running between the upper surface and the lower surface and from the leading edge to the trailing edge. The airfoil can be configured so that the distance between the centerline and the upper surface is the same as the distance between the centerline and the lower surface at all points along the length of the airfoil. A plurality of such airfoils can be included in a vertical axis wind turbine. These airfoils can be vertically disposed and can rotate about a vertical axis.

  12. Horizontal and Vertical Line Designs. (United States)

    Johns, Pat


    Presents an art lesson in which students learn about the artist Piet Mondrian and create their own abstract artworks. Focuses on geometric shapes using horizontal and vertical lines. Includes background information about the artist. (CMK)

  13. Nightside studies of coherent HF Radar spectral width behaviour

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    E. E. Woodfield

    Full Text Available A previous case study found a relationship between high spectral width measured by the CUTLASS Finland HF radar and elevated electron temperatures observed by the EISCAT and ESR incoherent scatter radars in the post-midnight sector of magnetic local time. This paper expands that work by briefly re-examining that interval and looking in depth at two further case studies. In all three cases a region of high HF spectral width (>200 ms-1 exists poleward of a region of low HF spectral width (<200 ms-1. Each case, however, occurs under quite different geomagnetic conditions. The original case study occurred during an interval with no observed electrojet activity, the second study during a transition from quiet to active conditions with a clear band of ion frictional heating indicating the location of the flow reversal boundary, and the third during an isolated sub-storm. These case studies indicate that the relationship between elevated electron temperature and high HF radar spectral width appears on closed field lines after 03:00 magnetic local time (MLT on the nightside. It is not clear whether the same relationship would hold on open field lines, since our analysis of this relationship is restricted in latitude. We find two important properties of high spectral width data on the nightside. Firstly the high spectral width values occur on both open and closed field lines, and secondly that the power spectra which exhibit high widths are both single-peak and multiple-peak. In general the regions of high spectral width (>200 ms-1 have more multiple-peak spectra than the regions of low spectral widths whilst still maintaining a majority of single-peak spectra. We also find that the region of ion frictional heating is collocated with many multiple-peak HF spectra. Several mechanisms for the generation of high spectral width have been proposed which would produce multiple-peak spectra, these are discussed in relation to

  14. Development of vertical electropolishing process applied on 1300 and 704 MHz superconducting niobium resonators

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    F. Eozénou


    Full Text Available An advanced setup for vertical electropolishing of superconducting radio-frequency niobium elliptical cavities has been installed at CEA Saclay. Cavities are vertically electropolished with circulating standard HF-HF-H_{2}SO_{4} electrolytes. Parameters such as voltage, cathode shape, acid flow, and temperature have been investigated. A low voltage (between 6 and 10 V depending on the cavity geometry, a high acid flow (25  L/min, and a low acid temperature (20° C are considered as promising parameters. Such a recipe has been tested on single-cell and nine-cell International Linear Collider (ILC as well as 704 MHz five-cell Super Proton Linac (SPL cavities. Single-cell cavities showed similar performances at 1.6 K being either vertically or horizontally electropolished. The applied baking process provides similar benefit. An asymmetric removal is observed with faster removal in the upper half-cells. Multicell cavities (nine-cell ILC and five-cell SPL cavities exhibit a standard Q_{0} value at low and medium accelerating fields though limited by power losses due to field emitted electrons.

  15. The magnetic properties of $^{\\rm 177}$Hf and $^{\\rm 180}$Hf in the strong coupling deformed model

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    Muto, S; Bingham, C R; Stone, J R; Walker, P M; Audi, G; Gaulard, C; Köster, U; Nikolov, J; Nishimura, K; Ohtsubo, T; Podolyak, Z; Risegari, L; Simpson, G S; Veskovic, M; Walters, W B


    This paper reports NMR measurements of the magnetic dipole moments of two high-K isomers, the 37/2$^-$, 51.4 m, 2740 keV state in $^{\\rm 177}$Hf and the 8$^-$, 5.5 h, 1142 keV state in $^{\\rm 180}$Hf by the method of on-line nuclear orientation. Also included are results on the angular distributions of gamma transitions in the decay of the $^{\\rm 177}$Hf isotope. These yield high precision E2/M1 multipole mixing ratios for transitions in bands built on the 23/2$^+$, 1.1 s, isomer at 1315 keV and on the 9/2$^+$, 0.663 ns, isomer at 321 keV. The new results are discussed in the light of the recently reported finding of systematic dependence of the behavior of the g$_{\\rm R}$ parameter upon the quasi-proton and quasi-neutron make up of high-K isomeric states in this region.

  16. Geometric Aspects of Artificial Ionospheric Layers Driven by High-Power HF-Heating (United States)

    Milikh, G. M.; Eliasson, B.; Shao, X.; Djordjevic, B.; Mishin, E. V.; Zawdie, K.; Papadopoulos, K.


    We have generalized earlier developed multi-scale dynamic model for the creation and propagation of artificial plasma layers in the ionosphere [Eliasson et al, 2012] by including two dimensional effects in the horizontal direction. Such layers were observed during high-power high frequency HF heating experiments at HAARP [Pedersen et al., 2010]. We have numerically investigated the importance of different angles of incidence of ordinary mode waves on the Langmuir turbulence and the resulting electron acceleration that leads to the formation of artificial ionospheric layers. It was shown that the most efficient electron acceleration and subsequent ionization is obtained at angles between magnetic zenith and the vertical, where strong Langmuir turbulence dominates over weak turbulence. A role played by the heating wave propagation near caustics was also investigated. Eliasson, B. et al. (2012), J. Geophys. Res. 117, A10321, doi:10.1029/2012JA018105. Pedersen, T., et al. (2010), Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L02106, doi:10.1029/2009GL041895.

  17. Polarity reversion of the operation mode of HfO2-based resistive random access memory devices by inserting Hf metal layer. (United States)

    Peng, Ching-Shiang; Chang, Wen-Yuan; Lin, Ming-Ho; Chen, Wei-Su; Chen, Frederick; Tsai, Ming-Jinn


    The reversion of polarity within bipolar resistive switching operation occurs in Pt/HfO2/TiN and Pt/Hf/HfO2/TiN resistive random access memory devices. This reversion of voltage polarity is the result of interface generation which induces a conduction mechanism transformation from Poole-Frenkel emission to space charge limited current mechanism. To prove the reversion of polarity, this study uses curve fitting of I-V relations to verify the conduction mechanism theoretically and physical analysis to verify the oxygen ion distribution practically. The proposed Pt/Hf/HfO2/TiN devices exhibit good resistive switching characteristics, such as good uniformity, low voltage operation, robust endurance (10(3) dc sweep), and long retention (3 x 10(4) s at 85 degrees C).

  18. Empirical Study of the Multiaxial, Thermomechanical Behavior of NiTiHf Shape Memory Alloys (United States)

    Shukla, Dhwanil; Noebe, Ronald D.; Stebner Aaron P.


    An empirical study was conducted to characterize the multiaxial, thermomechanical responses of new high temperature NiTiHf alloys. The experimentation included loading thin walled tube Ni(sub 50.3)Ti(sub 29.7)Hf(sub 20) alloy samples along both proportional and nonproportional axial-torsion paths at different temperatures while measuring surface strains using stereo digital image correlation. A Ni(sub 50.3)Ti(sub 33.7)Hf(sub 16) alloy was also studied in tension and compression to document the effect of slightly depleting the Hf content on the constitutive responses of NiTiHf alloys. Samples of both alloys were made from nearly texture free polycrystalline material processed by hot extrusion. Analysis of the data shows that very small changes in composition significantly alter NiTiHf alloy properties, as the austenite finish (Af) temperature of the 16-at Hf alloy was found to be approximately 60 C less than the 20-at Hf alloy (approximately 120 C vs. 180 C). In addition, the 16-at Hf alloy exhibited smaller compressive transformation strains (2 vs. 2.5 percent). Multi-axial characterization of the 20-at % Hf alloy showed that while the random polycrystal transformation strains in tension (4 percent) and compression (2.5 percent) are modest in comparison with binary NiTi (6 percent, 4 percent), the torsion performance is superior (7 vs. 4 shear strain width to the pseudoelastic plateau).

  19. Effects of HfB2 and HfN Additions on the Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of TiB2-Based Ceramic Tool Materials

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    Jing An


    Full Text Available The effects of HfB2 and HfN additions on the microstructures and mechanical properties of TiB2-based ceramic tool materials were investigated. The results showed that the HfB2 additive not only can inhibit the TiB2 grain growth but can also change the morphology of some TiB2 grains from bigger polygons to smaller polygons or longer ovals that are advantageous for forming a relatively fine microstructure, and that the HfN additive had a tendency toward agglomeration. The improvement of flexural strength and Vickers hardness of the TiB2-HfB2 ceramics was due to the relatively fine microstructure; the decrease of fracture toughness was ascribed to the formation of a weaker grain boundary strength due to the brittle rim phase and the poor wettability between HfB2 and Ni. The decrease of the flexural strength and Vickers hardness of the TiB2-HfN ceramics was due to the increase of defects such as TiB2 coarse grains and HfN agglomeration; the enhancement of fracture toughness was mainly attributed to the decrease of the pore number and the increase of the rim phase and TiB2 coarse grains. The toughening mechanisms of TiB2-HfB2 ceramics mainly included crack bridging and transgranular fracture, while the toughening mechanisms of TiB2-HfN ceramics mainly included crack deflection, crack bridging, transgranular fracture, and the core-rim structure.

  20. Crystallography of the NiHfSi Phase in a NiAl (0.5 Hf) Single-Crystal Alloy (United States)

    Garg, A.; Noebe, R. D.; Darolia, R.


    Small additions of Hf to conventionally processed NiAl single crystals result in the precipitation of a high density of cuboidal G-phase along with a newly identified silicide phase. Both of these phases form in the presence of Si which is not an intentional alloying addition but is a contaminant resulting from contact with the ceramic shell molds during directional solidification of the single-crystal ingots. The morphology, crystal structure and Orientation Relationship (OR) of the silicide phase in a NiAl (0.5 at.%Hf) single-crystal alloy have been determined using transmission electron microscopy, electron microdiffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Qualitative elemental analysis and indexing of the electron microdiffraction patterns from the new phase indicate that it is an orthorhombic NiHfSi phase with unit cell parameters, a = 0.639 nm, b = 0.389 nm and c = 0.72 nm, and space group Pnma. The NiHfSi phase forms as thin rectangular plates on NiAl/111/ planes with an OR that is given by NiHfSi(100))(parallel) NiAl(111) and NiHfSi zone axes(010) (parallel) NiAl zone axes (101). Twelve variants of the NiHfSi phase were observed in the alloy and the number of variants and rectangular morphology of NiHfSi plates are consistent with symmetry requirements. Quenching experiments indicate that nucleation of the NiHfSi phase in NiAI(Hf) alloys is aided by the formation of NiAl group of zone axes (111) vacancy loops that form on the NiAl /111/ planes.

  1. An ab initio study of the C2H2-HF, C2H(CH3)-HF and C2(CH3)2-HF hydrogen-bonded complexes. (United States)

    Ramos, Mozart N; Lopes, Kelson C; Silva, Washington L V; Tavares, Alessandra M; Castriani, Fátima A; do Monte, Silmar A; Ventura, Elizete; Araújo, Regiane C M U


    MP2/6-31++G** and B3LYP/6-31++G** ab initio molecular orbital calculations have been performed in order to obtain molecular geometries, binding energies and vibrational properties of the C2H2-HF, C2H(CH3)-HF and C2(CH3)2-HF H-bonded complexes. As expected, the more pronounced effects on the structural properties of the isolated molecules due to complexation was verified for the C[triple bond]C and H-F bond lengths, which are directly involved in the H-bond formation. These bond distances increased after complexation. BSSE uncorrected B3LYP binding energies are always lower than the corresponding MP2 values. However, the opposite trend has been verified after BSSE correction by the counterpoise method since it is much lower at B3LYP than at MP2 level. The binding energies for these complexes as well as for the HF acid submolecule modes (the HF stretching and vibrational frequency modes) showed an increasing hydrogen-bonding strength with increasing methyl substitution. The splitting in the HF in-plane and out-of-plane bending modes reflects the anisotropy in the hydrogen-bonding interaction with the pi system of the C[triple bond]C bond. The H-F stretching frequency is shifted downward after complexation and it increases with the methyl substitution. The IR intensities of the HF acid submolecule fundamentals are adequately interpreted through the atomic polar tensor of the hydrogen atom using the charge-charge flux-overlap model. The skeletal stretching modes of the Alkyne submolecule are decreased in the complex. The new vibrational modes arising from complexation show several interesting features.

  2. Vertical motions of the midlatitude F2 layer during magnetospheric substorms. (United States)

    Park, C. G.; Meng, C.


    Use of ground-based ionosonde records from midlatitude stations during winter nights to study vertical motions of the F2 layer associated with magnetospheric substorms. The results show that during substorms the F2 layer is lifted upward in the premidnight sector and pushed downward in the postmidnight sector. These motions are interpreted in terms of E x B drifts, the electric field being eastward on the eveningside and westward on the morningside. The results emphasize the importance of substorm effects on the midlatitude F region and the potential of ground-based hf sounding techniques in studying magnetospheric substorms.

  3. Turbulent mixing of metal and silicate during planet accretion — And interpretation of the Hf-W chronometer (United States)

    Dahl, Tais W.; Stevenson, David J.


    In the current view of planet formation, the final assembly of the Earth involved giant collisions between proto-planets (> 1000 km radius), with the Moon formed as a result of one such impact. At this stage the colliding bodies had likely differentiated into a metallic core surrounded by a silicate mantle. During the Moon-forming impact, nearly all metal sank into the Earth's core. We investigate to what extent large self-gravitating iron cores can mix with surrounding silicate and how this influences the short-lived chronometer, Hf-W, used to infer the age of the Moon. We present fluid dynamical models of turbulent mixing in fully liquid systems, attempting to place constraints on the degree of mixing. Erosion of sinking cores driven by Rayleigh-Taylor instability does lead to intimate mixing and equilibration, but large blobs (> 10 km diameter) do not emulsify entirely. Emulsification is enhanced if most of the accreting metal cores deform into thin structures during descent through the Earth's mantle. Yet, only 1-20% of Earth's core would equilibrate with silicate during Earth's accretion. The initial speed of the impactor is of little importance. We proceed to evaluate the mixing potential for shear instabilities where silicate entrainment across vertical walls causes mixing. The turbulent structure indicates that vortices remain at the largest scale and do not mix to centimeter length scale, where diffusion operates and isotopes can equilibrate. Thus, incomplete emulsification and equilibration of accreting iron cores is likely to occur. The extent of metal-silicate equilibration provides key information for interpretation of siderophile budgets and the timing of core formation using the Hf-W chronometer. The time scale of core formation derived from the Hf-W chronometer is usually tied to the last major metal-silicate re-equilibration, believed to coincide with time of the Moon-forming impact. However, we show that large cores have limited ability to reset

  4. Dementia-related adverse events in PARADIGM-HF and other trials in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. (United States)

    Cannon, Jane A; Shen, Li; Jhund, Pardeep S; Kristensen, Søren L; Køber, Lars; Chen, Fabian; Gong, Jianjian; Lefkowitz, Martin P; Rouleau, Jean L; Shi, Victor C; Swedberg, Karl; Zile, Michael R; Solomon, Scott D; Packer, Milton; McMurray, John J V


    Inhibition of neprilysin, an enzyme degrading natriuretic and other vasoactive peptides, is beneficial in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), as shown in PARADIGM-HF which compared the angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (ARNI) sacubitril/valsartan with enalapril. As neprilysin is also one of many enzymes clearing amyloid-β peptides from the brain, there is a theoretical concern about the long-term effects of sacubitril/valsartan on cognition. Therefore, we have examined dementia-related adverse effects (AEs) in PARADIGM-HF and placed these findings in the context of other recently conducted HFrEF trials. In PARADIGM-HF, patients with symptomatic HFrEF were randomized to sacubitril/valsartan 97/103 mg b.i.d. or enalapril 10 mg b.i.d. in a 1:1 ratio. We systematically searched AE reports, coded using the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA), using Standardized MedDRA Queries (SMQs) with 'broad' and 'narrow' preferred terms related to dementia. In PARADIGM-HF, 8399 patients aged 18-96 years were randomized and followed for a median of 2.25 years (up to 4.3 years). The narrow SMQ search identified 27 dementia-related AEs: 15 (0.36%) on enalapril and 12 (0.29%) on sacubitril/valsartan [hazard ratio (HR) 0.73, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.33-1.59]. The broad search identified 97 (2.30%) and 104 (2.48%) AEs (HR 1.01, 95% CI 0.75-1.37), respectively. The rates of dementia-related AEs in both treatment groups in PARADIGM-HF were similar to those in three other recent trials in HFrEF. We found no evidence that sacubitril/valsartan, compared with enalapril, increased dementia-related AEs, although longer follow-up may be necessary to detect such a signal and more sensitive tools are needed to detect lesser degrees of cognitive impairment. Further studies to address this question are warranted. © 2016 The Authors. European Journal of Heart Failure published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of European Society of

  5. HF Propagation Directions Observed by the e-POP Radio Receiver Instrument (United States)

    James, H. G.; Perry, G. W.


    We have investigated high-frequency (HF) propagation direction measurements by the e-POP Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI) on the CASSIOPE spacecraft. The measurement of the direction of arrival (DOA) of electromagnetic waves propagating in the ionosphere is a desirable technique for the analysis of both spontaneous emissions and waves emitted by ground transmitters. In the case of detection of waves launched by HF radars, DOA evidence at low earth orbit close to regions of (coherent) backscatter may help to understand the details of the physics of scatter of radar waves, by the examination of waves both incident on and scattered by irregularities of density. The RRI has been used to observe direct transmissions from the ground for evaluation of a DOA detection algorithm. Signals are detected with two orthogonal 6-m distributed dipoles on RRI working at frequencies up to about 18 MHz. When ground sources emit electric-field polarisation of one of the Ordinary (O) and Extraordinary (X) cold-plasma modes, the DOA of transmissions propagating near the bore sight of the RRI crossed dipoles can be determined. In the instance of transversely polarized transmissions from a SuperDARN source, the emissions are the sum of the two cold-plasma modes and we depend on differential refraction to temporally resolve the pulsed transmissions into two modes for DOA measurement by the RRI. DOA information can help to confirm the existence of horizontal density gradients that can bend rays away from the great-circle beam paths traditionally assumed in the SuperDARN fields of view.

  6. Polarization of molecular angular momentum in the chemical reactions Li + HF and F + HD. (United States)

    Krasilnikov, Mikhail B; Popov, Ruslan S; Roncero, Octavio; De Fazio, Dario; Cavalli, Simonetta; Aquilanti, Vincenzo; Vasyutinskii, Oleg S


    The quantum mechanical approach to vector correlation of angular momentum orientation and alignment in chemical reactions [G. Balint-Kurti and O. S. Vasyutinskii, J. Phys. Chem. A 113, 14281 (2009)] is applied to the molecular reagents and products of the Li + HF [L. Gonzalez-Sanchez, O. S. Vasyutinskii, A. Zanchet, C. Sanz-Sanz, and O. Roncero, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 13656 (2011)] and F + HD [D. De Fazio, J. Lucas, V. Aquilanti, and S. Cavalli, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 8571 (2011)] reactions for which accurate scattering information has become recently available through time-dependent and time-independent approaches. Application of the theory to two important particular cases of the reactive collisions has been considered: (i) the influence of the angular momentum polarization of reactants in the entrance channel on the spatial distribution of the products in the exit channel and (ii) angular momentum polarization of the products of the reaction between unpolarized reactants. In the former case, the role of the angular momentum alignment of the reactants is shown to be large, particularly when the angular momentum is perpendicular to the reaction scattering plane. In the latter case, the orientation and alignment of the product angular momentum was found to be significant and strongly dependent on the scattering angle. The calculation also reveals significant differences between the vector correlation properties of the two reactions under study which are due to difference in the reaction mechanisms. In the case of F + HD reaction, the branching ratio between HF and DF production points out interest in the insight gained into the detailed dynamics, when information is available either from exact quantum mechanical calculations or from especially designed experiments. Also, the geometrical arrangement for the experimental determination of the product angular momentum orientation and alignment based on a compact and convenient spherical tensor expression for

  7. Coalescence of silver clusters by immersion in diluted HF solution

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    Milazzo, R. G.; Mio, A. M.; D’Arrigo, G.; Spinella, C. [CNR-IMM Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, I-95121 Catania (Italy); Grimaldi, M. G. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Università di Catania, I-95123 Catania (Italy); MATIS IMM-CNR, I-95123 Catania (Italy); Rimini, E. [CNR-IMM Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, I-95121 Catania (Italy); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Università di Catania, I-95123 Catania (Italy)


    The galvanic displacement deposition of silver on H-terminated Si (100) in the time scale of seconds is instantaneous and characterized by a cluster density of 10{sup 11}-10{sup 12} cm{sup −2}. The amount of deposited Ag follows a t{sup 1/2} dependence in agreement with a Cottrell diffusion limited mechanism. At the same time, during the deposition, the cluster density reduces by a factor 5. This behavior is in contrast with the assumption of immobile clusters. We show in the present work that coalescence and aggregation occur also in the samples immersed in the diluted hydrofluoric acid (HF) solution without the presence of Ag{sup +}. Clusters agglomerate according to a process of dynamic coalescence, typical of colloids, followed by atomic redistribution at the contact regions with the generation of multiple internal twins and stacking-faults. The normalized size distributions in terms of r/r{sub mean} follow also the prediction of the Smoluchowski ripening mechanism. No variation of the cluster density occurs for samples immersed in pure H{sub 2}O solution. The different behavior might be associated to the strong attraction of clusters to oxide-terminated Si surface in presence of water. The silver clusters are instead weakly bound to hydrophobic H-terminated Si in presence of HF. HF causes then the detachment of clusters and a random movement on the silicon surface with mobility of about 10{sup −13} cm{sup 2}/s. Attractive interaction (probably van der Waals) among particles promotes coarsening.

  8. Strong photoluminescence of the porous silicon with HfO2-filled microcavities (United States)

    Jiang, Ran; Wu, Zhengran; Du, Xianghao; Han, Zuyin; Sun, Weideng


    Greatly enhanced blue emission was observed at room temperature in the single-crystal silicon with HfO2 filled into its microcavities. The broad blue band light was emitted from both the HfO2 dielectric and the porous Si. The ferroelectricity of HfO2 enhances the blue emission from Si by its filling into the microcaivities. At the same time, HfO2 contributes to the light emission for the transitions of the defect levels for oxygen vacancy. The observation of greatly enhanced blue light emission of the porous Si filled with HfO2 dielectric is remarkable as both HfO2 and Si are highly compatible with Si-based electronic industry.

  9. Ozone Treatment Improved the Resistive Switching Uniformity of HfAlO2 Based RRAM Devices

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    Lifeng Liu


    Full Text Available HfAlO2 based resistive random access memory (RRAM devices were fabricated using atomic layer deposition by modulating deposition cycles for HfO2 and Al2O3. Effect of ozone treatment on the resistive switching uniformity of HfAlO2 based RRAM devices was investigated. Compared to the as-fabricated devices, the resistive switching uniformity of HfAlO2 based RRAM devices with the ozone treatment is significantly improved. The uniformity improvement of HfAlO2 based RRAM devices is related to changes in compositional and structural properties of the HfAlO2 resistive switching film with the ozone treatment.

  10. Medium-Range Order Structure and Fragility of Superheated Melts of Amorphous CuHf Alloys

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    BIAN Xiu-Fang; SUN Bao-An; HU Li-Na


    @@ The structural factors of amorphous CuHf alloys at different temperatures are determined by using a high temperature x-ray diffractometer. It is found that not only the short-range order structure but also the medium-range order structure exists in amorphous CuHf alloys. The dynamic viscosities of CuHf alloy melts are measured by a torsional oscillation viscometer. The fragility of superheated melts of CuHf alloys is calculated based on the viscosity data. The experimental results show that the glass-forming ability of the CuHf alloys is closely related to the fragility of their superheated melt. The relationship between the medium-range order structures and the fragility of superheated melts has also been established in amorphous CuHf alloys. In contrast to the fragility of supercooled liquids, the fragility of superheated liquids promises a better approach to reflecting the dynamics of glass forming liquids.

  11. Lateropulsion, pushing and verticality perception in hemisphere stroke: a causal relationship? (United States)

    Pérennou, D A; Mazibrada, G; Chauvineau, V; Greenwood, R; Rothwell, J; Gresty, M A; Bronstein, A M


    The relationships between perception of verticality by different sensory modalities, lateropulsion and pushing behaviour and lesion location were investigated in 86 patients with a first stroke. Participants sat restrained in a drum-like framework facing along the axis of rotation. They gave estimates of their subjective postural vertical by signalling the point of feeling upright during slow drum rotation which tilted them rightwards-leftwards. The subjective visual vertical was indicated by setting a line to upright on a computer screen. The haptic vertical was assessed in darkness by manually setting a rod to the upright. Normal estimates ranged from -2.5 degrees to 2.5 degrees for visual vertical and postural vertical, and from -4.5 degrees to 4.5 degrees for haptic vertical. Of six patients with brainstem stroke and ipsilesional lateropulsion only one had an abnormal ipsilesional postural vertical tilt (6 degrees ); six had an ipsilesional visual vertical tilt (13 +/-.4 degrees ); two had ipsilesional haptic vertical tilts of 6 degrees . In 80 patients with a hemisphere stroke (35 with contralesional lateropulsion including 6 'pushers'), 34 had an abnormal contralesional postural vertical tilt (average -8.5 +/- 4.7 degrees ), 44 had contralesional visual vertical tilts (average -7 +/- 3.2 degrees ) and 26 patients had contralesional haptic vertical tilts (-7.8 +/- 2.8 degrees ); none had ipsilesional haptic vertical or postural vertical tilts. Twenty-one (26%) showed no tilt of any modality, 41 (52%) one or two abnormal modality(ies) and 18 (22%) a transmodal contralesional tilt (i.e. PV + VV + HV). Postural vertical was more tilted in right than in left hemisphere strokes and specifically biased by damage to neural circuits centred around the primary somatosensory cortex and thalamus. This shows that thalamo-parietal projections have a functional role in the processing of the somaesthetic graviceptive information. Tilts of the postural vertical were more

  12. Ionosphere research with a HF/MF cubesat radio instrument (United States)

    Kallio, Esa; Aikio, Anita; Alho, Markku; Fontell, Mathias; Harri, Ari-Matti; Kauristie, Kirsti; Kestilä, Antti; Koskimaa, Petri; Mäkelä, Jakke; Mäkelä, Miika; Turunen, Esa; Vanhamäki, Heikki; Verronen, Pekka


    New technology provides new possibilities to study geospace and 3D ionosphere by using spacecraft and computer simulations. A type of nanosatellites, CubeSats, provide a cost effective possibility to provide in-situ measurements in the ionosphere. Moreover, combined CubeSat observations with ground-based observations gives a new view on auroras and associated electromagnetic phenomena. Especially joint and active CubeSat - ground based observation campaigns enable the possibility of studying the 3D structure of the ionosphere. Furthermore using several CubeSats to form satellite constellations enables much higher temporal resolution. At the same time, increasing computation capacity has made it possible to perform simulations where properties of the ionosphere, such as propagation of the electromagnetic waves in the medium frequency, MF (0.3-3 MHz) and high frequency, HF (3-30 MHz), ranges is based on a 3D ionospheric model and on first-principles modelling. Electromagnetic waves at those frequencies are strongly affected by ionospheric electrons and, consequently, those frequencies can be used for studying the plasma. On the other hand, even if the ionosphere originally enables long-range telecommunication at MF and HF frequencies, the frequent occurrence of spatiotemporal variations in the ionosphere disturbs communication channels, especially at high latitudes. Therefore, study of the MF and HF waves in the ionosphere has both a strong science and technology interests. We introduce recently developed simulation models as well as measuring principles and techniques to investigate the arctic ionosphere by a polar orbiting CubeSat whose novel AM radio instrument measures HF and MF waves. The cubesat, which contains also a white light aurora camera, is planned to be launched in late 2017 ( The new models are (1) a 3D ray tracing model and (2) a 3D full kinetic electromagnetic simulation. We also introduce how combining of the

  13. HF beacon network for ionospheric specification in Peru (United States)

    Hysell, D. L.; Milla, M. A.; Vierinen, J.


    A growing network of HF beacon transmitters and receivers is being deployed in Peru for specifying the F region ionosphere regionally. The effort is motivated by ionospheric disturbances associated with equatorial spread F (ESF), especially disturbances arising under inauspicious ESF conditions. The beacons use dual frequencies (2.72 and 3.64 MHz). They incorporate PRN coding to afford group-delay measurements. Scatered power, Doppler shift, bearing, and polarization are also measured. An algorithm for inverting the beacon data combined with electron density profiles from Jicamarca is described. Data and representative solutions from recent campaigns will be reviewed.

  14. RF-DC converter for HF RFID sensing applications powered by a near-field loop antenna (United States)

    Colella, R.; Pasca, M.; Catarinucci, L.; Tarricone, L.; D'Amico, S.


    In this paper, an RF-DC converter operating at 13.56 MHz (HF radio frequency identification (RFID) frequency band) is presented. Its architecture provides RF to load isolation, reducing the losses due to the reverse saturation current and improving the sensitivity. Fed by a loop antenna, the RF-DC converter is made by a Dickson's RF-DC rectifier and an additional Pelliconi's charge pump driven by a fully integrated 50 kHz ring oscillator realized using an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The input RF signal from the reader is converted to DC supply voltage and stored on a 1 μF capacitor. Mathematical model of the converter is developed and verified through measurements. Silicon prototypes of the ASIC have been realized in 350 nm complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technology. Measurements have been done on 10 different samples showing an output voltage in the range of 0.5 V-3.11 V in correspondence of an RF input signal power in the range of -19 dBm-0 dBm. These output voltage levels are suitable to power HF RFID sensing platforms and sensor nodes of body sensor networks.

  15. Noise Filter Performance studies for CMS HF by comparing new and old PMTs using Collection of data taken in 2012

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    During the data taking before 2012 some abnormal events which have higher signals than expected were observed. Most of these were due to muons. When a muon hits the glass window of photomultiplier tubes (PMTs), it creates a huge signal. To eliminate this kind of events 24 old HF PMTs (Hamamatsu R7525) in HF Minus at iphi 43 (corresponds to one sector) were replaced with new multi anode PMTs (Hamamatsu multi anode R7600) which have thin glass windows. These new PMTs were installed and tested in H2 test beam area in 2009 [1]. To check whether these new PMTs perform better than the old ones, data taken in 2012 were analyzed using various predefined noise filters. The percentage of the noisy rechits was found to be around 6-7 % for the new PMTs while it varies between 29-66 % for the old PMTs for various trigger selections and for HFLongShortFilter after an energy cut of 500 GeV [2]. Presented at 6th Internationally Participated Congress on Particle Accelerators and Applications

  16. Meteorite zircon constraints on the bulk Lu-Hf isotope composition and early differentiation of the Earth. (United States)

    Iizuka, Tsuyoshi; Yamaguchi, Takao; Hibiya, Yuki; Amelin, Yuri


    Knowledge of planetary differentiation is crucial for understanding the chemical and thermal evolution of terrestrial planets. The (176)Lu-(176)Hf radioactive decay system has been widely used to constrain the timescales and mechanisms of silicate differentiation on Earth, but the data interpretation requires accurate estimation of Hf isotope evolution of the bulk Earth. Because both Lu and Hf are refractory lithophile elements, the isotope evolution can be potentially extrapolated from the present-day (176)Hf/(177)Hf and (176)Lu/(177)Hf in undifferentiated chondrite meteorites. However, these ratios in chondrites are highly variable due to the metamorphic redistribution of Lu and Hf, making it difficult to ascertain the correct reference values for the bulk Earth. In addition, it has been proposed that chondrites contain excess (176)Hf due to the accelerated decay of (176)Lu resulting from photoexcitation to a short-lived isomer. If so, the paradigm of a chondritic Earth would be invalid for the Lu-Hf system. Herein we report the first, to our knowledge, high-precision Lu-Hf isotope analysis of meteorite crystalline zircon, a mineral that is resistant to metamorphism and has low Lu/Hf. We use the meteorite zircon data to define the Solar System initial (176)Hf/(177)Hf (0.279781 ± 0.000018) and further to identify pristine chondrites that contain no excess (176)Hf and accurately represent the Lu-Hf system of the bulk Earth ((176)Hf/(177)Hf = 0.282793 ± 0.000011; (176)Lu/(177)Hf = 0.0338 ± 0.0001). Our results provide firm evidence that the most primitive Hf in terrestrial zircon reflects the development of a chemically enriched silicate reservoir on Earth as far back as 4.5 billion years ago.

  17. Thermodynamic modeling of the Co–Hf system supported by key experiments and first-principles calculations

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    Lu, Xingxu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Liu, Shuhong, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Sino-German Cooperation Group “Microstructure in Al alloys”, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Cheng, Kaiming; Tang, Ying [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Ou, Pengfei [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Nash, Philip [Thermal Processing Technology Center, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), 10 West 32nd Street, Chicago, IL 60616 (United States); Sundman, Bo [INSTN, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-Sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Du, Yong [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Sino-German Cooperation Group “Microstructure in Al alloys”, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Zheng, Feng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China)


    Highlights: • Heat contents of Co{sub 2}Hf and CoHf{sub 2} were measured by drop calorimetry. • Enthalpy of formation for Co{sub 23}Hf{sub 6} was computed via first-principles calculations. • Co–Hf system was assessed by means of CALPHAD approach. • Order–disorder model is used to describe B2 (CoHf) and A2 (βHf). • Glass forming range of the Co–Hf amorphous alloys was predicted. - Abstract: Phase equilibria and thermodynamic properties of the Co–Hf system were investigated via calorimetric measurements, first-principles calculations and thermodynamic modeling. Heat contents of Co{sub 2}Hf and CoHf{sub 2} were measured by drop calorimetry from 300 to 1200 °C. The enthalpy of formation for Co{sub 23}Hf{sub 6} at 0 K was computed via first-principles calculations. Based on the experimental measurements and first-principles calculations from the present work and the literature, the Co–Hf system was assessed by means of CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagram) approach. The excess Gibbs energy of solution phases was modeled with Redlich–Kister polynomial. Sublattice models were employed to describe the homogeneity ranges of Co{sub 2}Hf, CoHf and CoHf{sub 2}. The order–disorder transition between B2 (CoHf) and A2 (βHf) phases was taken into account in the current optimization. Using the optimized parameters, glass forming range (GFR) of the Co–Hf amorphous alloys was predicted to be 15–75 at.% Hf, which is in satisfactory agreement with the experimental observation.

  18. Description of $^{178}$Hf$^{m2}$ in the constrained relativistic mean field theory

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    Wei, Zhang; Shuang-Quan, Zhang


    The properties of the ground state of $^{178}$Hf and the isomeric state $^{178}$Hf$^{m2}$ are studied within the adiabatic and diabatic constrained relativistic mean field (RMF) approaches. The RMF calculations reproduce well the binding energy and the deformation for the ground state of $^{178}$Hf. Using the ground state single-particle eigenvalues obtained in the present calculation, the lowest excitation configuration with $K^\\pi=16^+$ is found to be $\

  19. Assembly of the CMS HF (hadron forward) calorimeter, April 2003 to June 2005

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    Tejinder S. Virdee, CERN


    The forward calorimeters (HF) of the CMS hadron calorimeter system are located 11.2 m from the interaction point. Each HF module is composed by 18 wedges, made of steel absorbers and radiation-hard quartz fibers. The photogallery shows the wedges (Figs. 1-3, April 2003), the assembly of one HF module (Figs. 4-9, May and June 2004) and the assembly of the other (Figs. 10-11, June 2005)

  20. Far-Field Testing Method of Spurious Emission Produced by HF RFID


    Nikola Gvozdenovic; Ralph Prestros; Mecklenbräuker, Christoph F.


    We present measurements of spurious emission produced by high-frequency radio frequency identification (HF RFID) using carrier frequency of 13.56 MHz. HF RFID tags produce unwanted emission due to rectification and more generally due to nonlinearity of analog front end. Depending on the conducting material of an HF RFID coil and surrounding dielectric material, the coil behaves as more or less good antenna on some harmonic frequencies. Exact characterization and analysis of unwanted emission ...

  1. Enhanced resistive switching and multilevel behavior in bilayered HfAlO/HfAlO{sub x} structures for non-volatile memory applications

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    Faita, F. L., E-mail: [Centre of Physics, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Campus Trindade, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC (Brazil); Silva, J. P. B., E-mail: [Centre of Physics, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); IFIMUP and IN-Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Departamento de Física e Astronomia, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Pereira, M.; Gomes, M. J. M. [Centre of Physics, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal)


    In this work, hafnium aluminum oxide (HfAlO) thin films were deposited by ion beam sputtering deposition technique on Si substrate. The presence of oxygen vacancies in the HfAlO{sub x} layer deposited in oxygen deficient environment is evidenced from the photoluminescence spectra. Furthermore, HfAlO(oxygen rich)/HfAlO{sub x}(oxygen poor) bilayer structures exhibit multilevel resistive switching (RS), and the switching ratio becomes more prominent with increasing the HfAlO layer thickness. The bilayer structure with HfAlO/HfAlO{sub x} thickness of 30/40 nm displays the enhanced multilevel resistive switching characteristics, where the high resistance state/intermediate resistance state (IRS) and IRS/low resistance state resistance ratios are ≈10{sup 2} and ≈5 × 10{sup 5}, respectively. The switching mechanisms in the bilayer structures were investigated by the temperature dependence of the three resistance states. This study revealed that the multilevel RS is attributed to the coupling of ionic conduction and the metallic conduction, being the first associated to the formation and rupture of conductive filaments related to oxygen vacancies and the second with the formation of a metallic filament. Moreover, the bilayer structures exhibit good endurance and stability in time.

  2. Verticality Perception During Off-Vertical Axis Rotation

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    Vingerhoets, R.A.A.; Gisbergen, J.A.M. van; Medendorp, W.P.


    During prolonged rotation about a tilted yaw axis, often referred to as off-vertical axis rotation (OVAR), a percept of being translated along a conical path slowly emerges as the sense of rotation subsides. Recently, we found that these perceptual changes are consistent with a canal-otolith interac

  3. Verticality perception during off-vertical axis rotation

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    Vingerhoets, R.A.A.; Gisbergen, J.A.M. van; Medendorp, W.P.


    During prolonged rotation about a tilted yaw axis, often referred to as off-vertical axis rotation (OVAR), a percept of being translated along a conical path slowly emerges as the sense of rotation subsides. Recently, we found that these perceptual changes are consistent with a canal-otolith interac

  4. Ferroelectric phase stabilization of HfO2 by nitrogen doping (United States)

    Xu, Lun; Nishimura, Tomonori; Shibayama, Shigehisa; Yajima, Takeaki; Migita, Shinji; Toriumi, Akira


    We report that nitrogen (N) doping can drive the ferroelectricity of HfO2. It was found that N doping can cause the transition from a monoclinic phase to a highly symmetric phase. The role of N doping is discussed from the viewpoints of charge balance and bond-constraining effects. The former is responsible for the structural transformation from a paraelectric phase to a ferroelectric phase by forming an oxygen vacancy. In addition, Hf-N and N-O bonds with covalent characteristics have strong effects on HfO2 structural and electrical properties, and thus contribute to a marked HfO2 para-/ferroelectric transition.

  5. Efficient noble metal nanocatalysts supported on HfC(001 for O2 dissociation

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    Shiyan Wang


    Full Text Available The adsorption and dissociation of O2 on the M4 (M=Au, Pd, Pt clusters supported on HfC(001 (Hafnium Carbide are investigated using ab initio density functional theory calculations. The geometric and electronic structures are analyzed in detail. It is found that the dissociation barriers of O2 on Au4/HfC(001 (0.26 eV, Pd4/HfC(001 (0.49 eV and Pt4/HfC(001 (0.09 eV are much smaller than those on the clean surfaces of HfC(001 (1.60 eV, Au(111 (1.37 eV, Pd(111 (1.0 and 0.91 eV and Pt(111 (0.27–0.7 eV, respectively. The low dissociation barriers imply that the Pt4/HfC(001 exhibits the highest catalytic activity for O2 dissociation, and the Au4/HfC(001 and Pd4/HfC(001 may also be possible substitutes with lower cost for the current Pt/C catalyst for O2 dissociation. The present study is conductive to designing new efficient noble metal catalyst using HfC support for efficiently promoting O2 dissociation.

  6. Efficient noble metal nanocatalysts supported on HfC(001) for O2 dissociation (United States)

    Wang, Shiyan; Zhang, Xilin; Zhang, Yanxing; Mao, Jianjun; Yang, Zongxian


    The adsorption and dissociation of O2 on the M4 (M=Au, Pd, Pt) clusters supported on HfC(001) (Hafnium Carbide) are investigated using ab initio density functional theory calculations. The geometric and electronic structures are analyzed in detail. It is found that the dissociation barriers of O2 on Au4/HfC(001) (0.26 eV), Pd4/HfC(001) (0.49 eV) and Pt4/HfC(001) (0.09 eV) are much smaller than those on the clean surfaces of HfC(001) (1.60 eV), Au(111) (1.37 eV), Pd(111) (1.0 and 0.91 eV) and Pt(111) (0.27-0.7 eV), respectively. The low dissociation barriers imply that the Pt4/HfC(001) exhibits the highest catalytic activity for O2 dissociation, and the Au4/HfC(001) and Pd4/HfC(001) may also be possible substitutes with lower cost for the current Pt/C catalyst for O2 dissociation. The present study is conductive to designing new efficient noble metal catalyst using HfC support for efficiently promoting O2 dissociation.

  7. Study of Direct-Contact HfO2/Si Interfaces

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    Noriyuki Miyata


    Full Text Available Controlling monolayer Si oxide at the HfO2/Si interface is a challenging issue in scaling the equivalent oxide thickness of HfO2/Si gate stack structures. A concept that the author proposes to control the Si oxide interface by using ultra-high vacuum electron-beam HfO2 deposition is described in this review paper, which enables the so-called direct-contact HfO2/Si structures to be prepared. The electrical characteristics of the HfO2/Si metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors are reviewed, which suggest a sufficiently low interface state density for the operation of metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistors (MOSFETs but reveal the formation of an unexpected strong interface dipole. Kelvin probe measurements of the HfO2/Si structures provide obvious evidence for the formation of dipoles at the HfO2/Si interfaces. The author proposes that one-monolayer Si-O bonds at the HfO2/Si interface naturally lead to a large potential difference, mainly due to the large dielectric constant of the HfO2. Dipole scattering is demonstrated to not be a major concern in the channel mobility of MOSFETs.

  8. Structural degradation of thin HfO2 film on Ge during the postdeposition annealing (United States)

    Miyata, Noriyuki; Yasuda, Tetsuji; Abe, Yasuhiro


    Securing the thermal robustness of thin hafnium oxide (HfO2) film on the semiconductor surface is an important technical issue in the fabrication of the metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor devices, as the HfO2-based high-k gate stacks usually undergo high-temperature processes. In this study, the structural development of thin HfO2 film on a Ge surface during postdeposition annealing in an ultrahigh vacuum was examined to explore the origin for the initial degradation of thin HfO2 film. Void nucleation and subsequent two-dimensional void growth take place at 780-840 °C, while the chemical composition of the remaining Hf oxide is virtually stable. Both the void nucleation and growth processes show similar larger activation energy of about 10 eV. Based on the observed manner of void growth and the estimated activation energies, the authors propose that mass transport on the HfO2 surface is responsible for void nucleation in the HfO2 films on Ge. The authors also compare the present results with the previous studies on HfO2/Si structures, and suggest that similar surface process leads to the local Hf silicidation.

  9. The effect of Cu doping concentration on resistive switching of HfO{sub 2} film

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    Guo, Tingting; Tan, Tingting, E-mail:; Liu, Zhengtang


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The Cu doped and undoped HfO{sub 2} films were fabricated. • The improved RS behaviors were observed for Cu doped HfO{sub 2} film with BRS. • The 9.7% doped HfO{sub 2}:Cu film showed both BRS and URS behaviors. • The related switching mechanisms were illustrated. - Abstract: The Cu-doped and undoped HfO{sub 2} films were fabricated and the effect of Cu doping concentration on resistive switching (RS) of HfO{sub 2} film was demonstrated. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was carried out to investigate the chemical bonding states of Cu in HfO{sub 2}:Cu film. The improved RS behaviors in terms of ON/OFF ratio and switching parameters were observed for Cu-doped HfO{sub 2} film with bipolar resistive switching (BRS) behavior. With the increase of Cu doping concentration, the 9.7% Cu-doped HfO{sub 2} film showed both BRS and unipolar resistive switching (URS) behaviors with large operating voltages. The space charge limited current (SCLC) effect was proposed to interpret the switching mechanism of HfO{sub 2}:Cu films with BRS behavior and the URS behavior can be explained by the migration of Cu ions.

  10. Lu-hf total-rock isochron for the eucrite meteorites (United States)

    Patchett, P.J.; Tatsumoto, M.


    The isotope 176Lu (2.6% of natural lutetium) decays by ??- to 176Hf, with a long half life. We present here the first Lu-Hf isochron. The eucrite meteorites, a suite of planetary igneous rocks of known age, 4,550 Myr, define a 10-point total-rock isochron with a slope of 0.0934 ?? 40, leading to a value of 3.53 ?? 0.14 ??1010yr for the ??--decay half life of 176Lu. The isochron intercept of 0.27973 ?? 12 gives the initial 176Hf/177Hf for the inner Solar System at the time of accretion. ?? 1980 Nature Publishing Group.

  11. Chemical stability and defect formation in CaHfO3

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    Alay-E-Abbas, Syed Muhammad


    Defects in CaHfO3 are investigated by ab initio calculations based on density functional theory. Pristine and anion-deficient CaHfO 3 are found to be insulating, whereas cation-deficient CaHfO 3 is hole-doped. The formation energies of neutral and charged cation and anion vacancies are evaluated to determine the stability in different chemical environments. Moreover, the energies of the partial and full Schottky defect reactions are computed. We show that clustering of anion vacancies in the HfO layers is energetically favorable for sufficiently high defect concentrations and results in metallicity. © 2014 EPLA.

  12. Alligning vertical collection relevance with user intent

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    Zhou, Ke; Demeester, Thomas; Nguyen, Dong; Hiemstra, Djoerd; Trieschnigg, Dolf


    Selecting and aggregating different types of content from multiple vertical search engines is becoming popular in web search. The user vertical intent, the verticals the user expects to be relevant for a particular information need, might not correspond to the vertical collection relevance, the vert

  13. Alligning Vertical Collection Relevance with User Intent

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    Zhou, Ke; Demeester, Thomas; Nguyen, Dong-Phuong; Hiemstra, Djoerd; Trieschnigg, Rudolf Berend

    Selecting and aggregating different types of content from multiple vertical search engines is becoming popular in web search. The user vertical intent, the verticals the user expects to be relevant for a particular information need, might not correspond to the vertical collection relevance, the

  14. Anticooperativity of FHF hydrogen bonds in clusters of the type F- × (HF)n, RF × (HF)n and XF × (HF)n, R = alkyl and X = H, Br, Cl, F (United States)

    Kucherov, S. Yu.; Bureiko, S. F.; Denisov, G. S.


    Properties of twenty five hydrogen-bonded complexes, namely, F- × (HF)n (n = 1-6), RF × (HF)n (R = t-Bu, i-Pr, Et, Me; n = 1-3), XF × (HF)n (X = H, Br, Cl; n = 1-2), and FF…HF with the hydrogen bond energy varying in a wide range have been calculated using ab initio methods at the MP2/6-31++G** level. For the first time, the energies, geometrical parameters and vibrational frequencies are obtained for the series of clusters, where the bonding character changes from covalent to van der Waals on the variation of proton-acceptor ability of the base, and the energies are in the range of 45-1 kcal/mol. The mutual influence of multiple hydrogen bonds of F…HF type in clusters, in which a fluorine anion or an atom participates in hydrogen bond formation as the acceptor, is systematically investigated. The relative changes in the values of the considered parameters on the sequential addition of an HF molecule (anticooperativity) were determined. It was shown that non-additivity of the interaction is most strongly pronounced in the energy and vibrational frequency values, geometrical parameters of hydrogen bonds are less sensitive to the mutual influence. The anticooperative effect is more pronounced on the hydrogen bridge length R(F...F) than on the geometry of proton donor r(HF). The hydrogen bond formation and the increase of the number n of ligands lead to successive lengthening of the r(XF) bond adjacent to the hydrogen bridge. The length of an XF bond changes stronger on formation of each hydrogen bond than the HF bond length.

  15. Effects of Hf Incorporation on Negative Bias-Illumination Stress Stability in Hf-In-Zn-O Thin-Film Transistors (United States)

    Kim, Sangwook; Park, Jae Chul; Kim, Dae Hwan; Lee, Jang-Sik


    In this study, highly reliable amorphous oxide semiconductor-based thin-film transistors (TFTs) were developed. The Hf concentration was systematically changed in the Hf-incorporated In-Zn-O (HIZO) TFTs, and Hf played an important role in determining the negative bias-illumination instability. The process parameters were optimized in order to obtain HIZO TFTs with an excellent stability. HIZO can be processed on a 6-in. wafer at low temperatures and is almost transparent in the visible range. Thus this material is promising for use in current TFTs as well as future transparent electronic device components with good electrical performance and excellent stability.

  16. Reversible spin texture in ferroelectric Hf O2 (United States)

    Tao, L. L.; Paudel, Tula R.; Kovalev, Alexey A.; Tsymbal, Evgeny Y.


    Spin-orbit coupling effects occurring in noncentrosymmetric materials are known to be responsible for nontrivial spin configurations and a number of emergent physical phenomena. Ferroelectric materials may be especially interesting in this regard due to reversible spontaneous polarization making possible a nonvolatile electrical control of the spin degrees of freedom. Here, we explore a technologically relevant oxide material, Hf O2 , which has been shown to exhibit robust ferroelectricity in a noncentrosymmetric orthorhombic phase. Using theoretical modelling based on density-functional theory, we investigate the spin-dependent electronic structure of the ferroelectric Hf O2 and demonstrate the appearance of chiral spin textures driven by spin-orbit coupling. We analyze these spin configurations in terms of the Rashba and Dresselhaus effects within the k .p Hamiltonian model and find that the Rashba-type spin texture dominates around the valence-band maximum, while the Dresselhaus-type spin texture prevails around the conduction band minimum. The latter is characterized by a very large Dresselhaus constant λD= 0.578 eV Å, which allows using this material as a tunnel barrier to produce tunneling anomalous and spin Hall effects that are reversible by ferroelectric polarization.

  17. Radiation effects in Zr and Hf containing garnets

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    Whittle, Karl R. [Institute of Materials Engineering, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, PMB1, Menai, NSW 2234 (Australia); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD (United Kingdom); Blackford, Mark G.; Smith, Katherine L. [Institute of Materials Engineering, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, PMB1, Menai, NSW 2234 (Australia); Zaluzec, Nestor J. [Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Weyland, Matthew [Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia); Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia); Lumpkin, Gregory R. [Institute of Materials Engineering, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, PMB1, Menai, NSW 2234 (Australia)


    Garnets have been considered as host phases for the safe immobilisation of high-level nuclear waste, as they have been shown to accommodate a wide range of elements across three different cation sites, such as Ca, Y, Mn on the a-site, Fe, Al, U, Zr, and Ti on the b-site, and Si, Fe, Al on the c-site. Garnets, due to their ability to have variable composition, make ideal model materials for the examination of radiation damage and recovery in nuclear materials, including as potential waste forms. Kimzeyite, Ca{sub 3}Zr{sub 2}FeAlSiO{sub 12}, has been shown naturally to contain up to 30 wt% Zr, and has previously been examined to elucidate both the structure and ordering within the lattice. This study examines the effects of radiation damage and recovery using in-situ ion beam irradiation with 1 MeV Kr ions at the IVEM-TANDEM facility, Argonne National Laboratory. The complementary Hf containing system Ca{sub 3}Hf{sub 2}FeAlSiO{sub 12} was also examined, and found to have a different response to irradiation damage. A sample of irradiated Ca{sub 3}Zr{sub 2}FeAlSiO{sub 12}, at 1000 K, was characterised using aberration corrected (S)TEM and found to contain discreet, nano-sized, crystalline Fe rich particles, indicating a competing process during recovery is occurring.

  18. Observations of HF backscatter decay rates from HAARP generated FAI (United States)

    Bristow, W. A.; Hysell, D. L.


    Suitable experiments at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facilities in Gakona, Alaska, create a region of ionospheric Field-Aligned Irregularities (FAI) that produces strong radar backscatter observed by the SuperDARN radar on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Creation of FAI in HF ionospheric modification experiments has been studied by a number of authors who have developed a rich theoretical background. The decay of the irregularities, however, has not been so widely studied yet it has the potential for providing estimates of the parameters of natural irregularity diffusion, which are difficult measure by other means. Hysell, et al. [1996] demonstrated using the decay of radar scatter above the Sura heating facility to estimate irregularity diffusion. A large database of radar backscatter from HAARP generated FAI has been collected over the years. Experiments often cycled the heater power on and off in a way that allowed estimates of the FAI decay rate. The database has been examined to extract decay time estimates and diffusion rates over a range of ionospheric conditions. This presentation will summarize the database and the estimated diffusion rates, and will discuss the potential for targeted experiments for aeronomy measurements. Hysell, D. L., M. C. Kelley, Y. M. Yampolski, V. S. Beley, A. V. Koloskov, P. V. Ponomarenko, and O. F. Tyrnov, HF radar observations of decaying artificial field aligned irregularities, J. Geophys. Res. , 101, 26,981, 1996.

  19. Observations of HF backscatter decay rates from HAARP generated FAI (United States)

    Bristow, William; Hysell, David


    Suitable experiments at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facilities in Gakona, Alaska, create a region of ionospheric Field-Aligned Irregularities (FAI) that produces strong radar backscatter observed by the SuperDARN radar on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Creation of FAI in HF ionospheric modification experiments has been studied by a number of authors who have developed a rich theoretical background. The decay of the irregularities, however, has not been so widely studied yet it has the potential for providing estimates of the parameters of natural irregularity diffusion, which are difficult measure by other means. Hysell, et al. [1996] demonstrated using the decay of radar scatter above the Sura heating facility to estimate irregularity diffusion. A large database of radar backscatter from HAARP generated FAI has been collected over the years. Experiments often cycled the heater power on and off in a way that allowed estimates of the FAI decay rate. The database has been examined to extract decay time estimates and diffusion rates over a range of ionospheric conditions. This presentation will summarize the database and the estimated diffusion rates, and will discuss the potential for targeted experiments for aeronomy measurements. Hysell, D. L., M. C. Kelley, Y. M. Yampolski, V. S. Beley, A. V. Koloskov, P. V. Ponomarenko, and O. F. Tyrnov, HF radar observations of decaying artificial field aligned irregularities, J. Geophys. Res. , 101, 26,981, 1996.

  20. Interrogation zone determination in HF RFID systems with multiplexed antennas*

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    Jankowski-Mihułowicz Piotr


    Full Text Available The operation of an anti-collision RFID system is characterized by the interrogation zone which should be estimated in any direction of 3D space for a group of electronic transponders. The interrogation zone should be as large as possible. However, the many problems in this area are due to the fact that energy can be transferred to transponders only on a limited distance. The greatest flexibility in developing RFID applications and shaping the interrogation zone can be achieved using the system with an antenna multiplexer. Therefore the problem of the interrogation zone determination in HF RFID systems with two orthogonal RWD antennas is presented in the paper. The perceived issues have been effectively dealt with and the solution has been proposed on the basis of the elaborated model. Conducted studies have been used to develop the software tool JankoRFIDmuxHF in the Mathcad environment. The research results are analysed in an example system configuration. The specialized measuring stand has been used for experimental verification of the identification efficiency. The convergence of the measurements and calculations confirms a practical usefulness of the presented concept of interrogation zone determination in anti-collision systems. It also shows the practical utility of the developed model and software tools.

  1. The role of Upper Hybrid Turbulence on HF Artificial Ionization (United States)

    Papadopoulos, Konstantinos Dennis; Najmi, Amir; Eliasson, Bengt; Milikh, Gennady


    One of the most fascinating and scientifically interesting phenomena of active space experiments is the discovery of artificial ionization by Todd Pedersen when the HAARP ERP reached the GW level. The phenomenon has been well documented experimentally. A theoretical model based on ionization by energetic electrons accelerated by 50-100 V/m localized electric fields due to Strong Langmuir Turbulence (SLT) near the reflection surface of the HF pump wave, reproduced the observed dynamics of the descending plasma layer quite accurately. A major defect of the model was that the electron temperature in the SLT region was a free parameter. When taken as the 2000 K representing the ambient electron temperature the SLT driven electron flux was insufficient to produce ionization. An equivalent electron temperature of 5000 K or higher was necessary to reproduce the observations. The needed electron heating was attributed to the interaction of the HF at the Upper Hybrid (UH) resonant layer, approximately 5 Km below the reflection region where the HF electric field is perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field. The heated electrons expanded upwards along the magnetic field line and interacted with SLT fields near the resonance region. A consequence of this defect was that the theory could not explain the puzzling double resonance effect. Namely the observation that the ionization level was much stronger when the HF frequency and the UH resonance were a multiple of the electron cyclotron frequency. To remedy this we used a series of Vlasov simulations to explore the HF-plasma interaction in the vicinity of the UH resonance. The simulations followed the evolution of the spectral density of the electric field over a 7.5 MHz frequency band and cm scale lengths and of the electron distribution function over one millisecond for both double resonant and non-resonant cases. Many new features were revealed by the analysis of the simulations such as: 1. Broadening of the wave

  2. Spatial Distribution of Vertical Shear (United States)


    Gulf Stream ring. The dotted line is at 150 dbars ... A-31 V’ i LIST OF FIGURES (Continued) Page Figure A.31 As in Figure A.. except for YVETE sta...of mean N(solid lne) and mean S 2 ’(+ marks) for selected YVETE stations. The indvidual points represent non- ?verlap ing 50in vertical a~erages of the

  3. Autonomous vertical profiler data management

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    Afzulpurkar, S.; Navelkar, G.S.; Desa, E.S.; Madhan, R.; Dabholkar, N.; Prabhudesai, S.P.; Mascarenhas, A.A.M.Q.

    The Autonomous Vertical Profiler (AVP), developed at NIO [1] [2], collects position and water column data over a period of 3 days and transmits through a satellite modem which is collated and stored on a PC. Data includes GPS positions, water column...

  4. Vertical integration and market power

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    Maddigan, R.J.


    One of the continuing debates of industrial organization surrounds the importance of market structure in determining a firm's performance. This controversy develops naturally from the difficulties in measuring the relevant variables and the hazards of statistical analysis. The focus of this empirical study is the relationship between vertical integration, as an element of market structure, and market power, as a component of a firm's performance. The model presented in this paper differs from previous efforts because vertical integration is measured by the Vertical Industry Connections (VIC) index. VIC is defined as a function of the relative net interactions among the industries in which a firm operates, and is calculated by use of the national input-output tables. A linear regression model is estimated by means of a random sample of firms selected from the Standard and Poor's COMPUSTAT data base for 1963, 1967, and 1972. Combined cross-sectional, time-series methods are employed. The dependent variable is the price-cost margin; the independent variables include not only VIC, but also the concentration ratio, diversification index, value of assets, capital-output ratio, and sales growth. The results indicate that VIC is significant in increasing the price-cost margin, and thus support the hypothesis that vertical integration is a strategy to enhance market power. 1 figure, 3 tables.

  5. Hybrid Vertical-Cavity Laser

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    The present invention provides a light source (2) for light circuits on a silicon platform (3). A vertical laser cavity is formed by a gain region (101) arranged between a top mirror (4) and a bottom grating-mirror (12) in a grating region (11) in a silicon layer (10) on a substrate. A waveguide...

  6. Trade Liberalisation and Vertical Integration

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    Bache, Peter Arendorf; Laugesen, Anders Rosenstand

    We build a three-country model of international trade in final goods and intermediate inputs and study the relation between four different types of trade liberalisation and vertical integration. Firms are heterogeneous with respect to both productivity and factor (headquarter) intensity. Final-go...

  7. Performance Analysis of Vertical Handover Strategy for Heterogeneous Overlay Network

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    BINGHongyan; HEChen; JIANGLingge


    Future wireless networks are envisioned to integrate cellular network and hot spots (e.g. ultrawideband network, UWB) in virtue of the individual coverage and capacity complementary characteristics. In this heterogeneous overlay network, seamless Vertical handover (VHO) is one of the important issues because users expect to be provided with continuous service at anytime, anywhere. This paper presents an analytical vertical handover initiation model based on Received signal strength(RSS) criterion and network blocking probability criterion. Meanwhile, the handover performance criteria of interest are: the handover probability and call-dropping probability. The analytical formulas are derived in details and the handover performance is evaluated by computer simulations. The simulation results show that our model can give improved performance compared with vertical HO algorithm only based on RSS criterion and can perform well when UWB hot spot is in heavy network load.

  8. Electron Microprobe Analysis of Hf in Zircon: Suggestions for Improved Accuracy of a Difficult Measurement (United States)

    Fournelle, J.; Hanchar, J. M.


    It is not commonly recognized as such, but the accurate measurement of Hf in zircon is not a trivial analytical issue. This is important to assess because Hf is often used as an internal standard for trace element analyses of zircon by LA-ICPMS. The issues pertaining to accuracy revolve around: (1) whether the Hf Ma or the La line is used; (2) what accelerating voltage is applied if Zr La is also measured, and (3) what standard for Hf is used. Weidenbach, et al.'s (2004) study of the 91500 zircon demonstrated the spread (in accuracy) of possible EPMA values for six EPMA labs, 2 of which used Hf Ma, 3 used Hf La, and one used Hf Lb, and standards ranged from HfO2, a ZrO2-HfO2 compound, Hf metal, and hafnon. Weidenbach, et al., used the ID-TIMS values as the correct value (0.695 wt.% Hf.), for which not one of the EPMA labs came close to that value (3 were low and 3 were high). Those data suggest: (1) that there is a systematic underestimation error of the 0.695 wt% Hf (ID-TIMS Hf) value if Hf Ma is used; most likely an issue with the matrix correction, as the analytical lines and absorption edges of Zr La, Si Ka and Hf Ma are rather tightly packed in the electromagnetic spectrum. Mass absorption coefficients are easily in error (e.g., Donovan's determination of the MAC of Hf by Si Ka of 5061 differs from the typically used Henke value of 5449 (Donovan et al, 2002); and (2) For utilization of the Hf La line, however, the second order Zr Ka line interferes with Hf La if the accelerating voltage is greater than 17.99 keV. If this higher keV is used and differential mode PHA is applied, only a portion of the interference is removed (e.g., removal of escape peaks), causing an overestimation of Hf content. Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to apply an interference correction in this case, as it is impossible to locate Hf-free Zr probe standard. We have examined many of the combinations used by those six EPMA labs and concluded that the optimal EPMA is done with Hf

  9. A simple and inexpensive vertical deformation measurement system for soil compression tests (United States)

    Ekawita, Riska; Nawir, Hasbullah; Suprijadi, Khairurrijal


    A simple and low cost system to measure vertical deformations during soil compression tests was successfully developed. It consisted of a vertical deformation sensor, a signal conditioner, an analog to digital converter (ADC), a microcontroller, and a display. The vertical deformation sensor was made from a rotary potentiometer. The deformation was converted to an analog voltage output by the rotary potentiometer. A signal conditioner was required to make the analog voltage output ready for being used by the ADC. The ADC then converts the analog voltage output into digital one. The digital data was later processed by the microcontroller and finally readout by the display. The resolution of the developed system was about 0.038 mm. The calibration was done by comparing the vertical deformations obtained from the potentiometer with those measured by a micrometer. It was found that the developed system can measure a maximum vertical deformation of about 40 mm.

  10. Atomic scale engineering of HfO{sub 2}-based dielectrics for future DRAM applications

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    Dudek, Piotr


    Modern dielectrics in combination with appropriate metal electrodes have a great potential to solve many difficulties associated with continuing miniaturization process in the microelectronic industry. One significant branch of microelectronics incorporates dynamic random access memory (DRAM) market. The DRAM devices scaled for over 35 years starting from 4 kb density to several Gb nowadays. The scaling process led to the dielectric material thickness reduction, resulting in higher leakage current density, and as a consequence higher power consumption. As a possible solution for this problem, alternative dielectric materials with improved electrical and material science parameters were intensively studied by many research groups. The higher dielectric constant allows the use of physically thicker layers with high capacitance but strongly reduced leakage current density. This work focused on deposition and characterization of thin insulating layers. The material engineering process was based on Si cleanroom compatible HfO{sub 2} thin films deposited on TiN metal electrodes. A combined materials science and dielectric characterization study showed that Ba-added HfO{sub 2} (BaHfO{sub 3}) films and Ti-added BaHfO{sub 3} (BaHf{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}) layers are promising candidates for future generation of state-of-the-art DRAMs. In especial a strong increase of the dielectric permittivity k was achieved for thin films of cubic BaHfO{sub 3} (k{proportional_to}38) and BaHf{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} (k{proportional_to}90) with respect to monoclinic HfO{sub 2} (k{proportional_to}19). Meanwhile the CET values scaled down to 1 nm for BaHfO{sub 3} and {proportional_to}0.8 nm for BaHf{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} with respect to HfO{sub 2} (CET=1.5 nm). The Hf{sup 4+} ions substitution in BaHfO{sub 3} by Ti{sup 4+} ions led to a significant decrease of thermal budget from 900 C for BaHfO{sub 3} to 700 C for BaHf{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}. Future studies need to focus

  11. Evolution of continental crust and mantle heterogeneity: Evidence from Hf isotopes (United States)

    Jonathan, Patchett P.; Kouvo, O.; Hedge, C.E.; Tatsumoto, M.


    We present initial 176Hf/177 Hf ratios for many samples of continental crust 3.7-0.3 Gy old. Results are based chiefly on zircons (1% Hf) and whole rocks: zircons are shown to be reliable carriers of essentially the initial Hf itself when properly chosen on the basis of U-Pb studies. Pre-3.0 Gy gneisses were apparently derived from an unfractionated mantle, but both depleted and undepleted mantle are evident as magma sources from 2.9 Gy to present. This mantle was sampled mainly from major crustal growth episodes 2.8, 1.8 and 0.7 Gy ago, all of which show gross heterogeneity of 176Hf/177Hf in magma sources from ??Hf=0 to +14, or about 60% of the variability of the present mantle. The approximate ??Hf=2??Nd relationship in ancient and modern igneous rocks shows that 176Lu/177Hf fractionates in general twice as much as 147Sm/144Nd in mantle melting processes. This allows an estimation of the relative value of the unknown bulk solid/liquid distribution coefficient for Hf. DLu/DHf=??? 2.3 holds for most mantle source regions. For garnet to be an important residual mantle phase, it must hold Hf strongly in order to preserve Hf-Nd isotopic relationships. The ancient Hf initials are consistent with only a small proportion of recycled older cratons in new continental crust, and with quasi-continuous, episodic growth of the continental crust with time. However, recycling of crust less than 150 My old cannot realistically be detected using Hf initials. The mantle shows clearly the general positive ??Hf resulting from a residual geochemical state at least back to 2.9 Gy ago, and seems to have repeatedly possessed a similar degree of heterogeneity, rather than a continuously-developing depletion. This is consistent with a complex dynamic disequilibrium model for the creation, maintenance and destruction of heterogeneity in the mantle. ?? 1981 Springer-Verlag.

  12. What Hf isotopes in zircon tell us about crust-mantle evolution (United States)

    Iizuka, Tsuyoshi; Yamaguchi, Takao; Itano, Keita; Hibiya, Yuki; Suzuki, Kazue


    The 176Lu-176Hf radioactive decay system has been widely used to study planetary crust-mantle differentiation. Of considerable utility in this regard is zircon, a resistant mineral that can be precisely dated by the U-Pb chronometer and record its initial Hf isotope composition due to having low Lu/Hf. Here we review zircon U-Pb age and Hf isotopic data mainly obtained over the last two decades and discuss their contributions to our current understanding of crust-mantle evolution, with emphasis on the Lu-Hf isotope composition of the bulk silicate Earth (BSE), early differentiation of the silicate Earth, and the evolution of the continental crust over geologic history. Meteorite zircon encapsulates the most primitive Hf isotope composition of our solar system, which was used to identify chondritic meteorites best representative of the BSE (176Hf/177Hf = 0.282793 ± 0.000011; 176Lu/177Hf = 0.0338 ± 0.0001). Hadean-Eoarchean detrital zircons yield highly unradiogenic Hf isotope compositions relative to the BSE, providing evidence for the development of a geochemically enriched silicate reservoir as early as 4.5 Ga. By combining the Hf and O isotope systematics, we propose that the early enriched silicate reservoir has resided at depth within the Earth rather than near the surface and may represent a fractionated residuum of a magma ocean underlying the proto-crust, like urKREEP beneath the anorthositic crust on the Moon. Detrital zircons from world major rivers potentially provide the most robust Hf isotope record of the preserved granitoid crust on a continental scale, whereas mafic rocks with various emplacement ages offer an opportunity to trace the Hf isotope evolution of juvenile continental crust (from εHf[4.5 Ga] = 0 to εHf[present] = + 13). The river zircon data as compared to the juvenile crust composition highlight that the supercontinent cycle has controlled the evolution of the continental crust by regulating the rates of crustal generation and intra

  13. Trans-Ionospheric High Frequency Signal Ray Tracing (United States)

    Wright, S.; Gillespie, R. J.


    All electromagnetic radiation undergoes refraction as it propagates through the atmosphere. Tropospheric refraction is largely governed by interaction of the radiation with bounded electrons; ionospheric refraction is primarily governed by free electron interactions. The latter phenomenon is important for propagation and refraction of High Frequency (HF) through Extremely High Frequency (EHF) signals. The degree to which HF to EHF signals are bent is dependent upon the integrated refractive effect of the ionosphere: a result of the signal's angle of incidence with the boundaries between adjacent ionospheric regions, the magnitude of change in electron density between two regions, as well as the frequency of the signal. In the case of HF signals, the ionosphere may bend the signal so much that it is directed back down towards the Earth, making over-the-horizon HF radio communication possible. Ionospheric refraction is a major challenge for space-based geolocation applications, where the ionosphere is typically the biggest contributor to geolocation error. Accurate geolocation requires an algorithm that accurately reflects the physical process of a signal transiting the ionosphere, and an accurate specification of the ionosphere at the time of the signal transit. Currently implemented solutions are limited by both the algorithm chosen to perform the ray trace and by the accuracy of the ionospheric data used in the calculations. This paper describes a technique for adapting a ray tracing algorithm to run on a General-Purpose Graphics Processing Unit (GPGPU or GPU), and using a physics-based model specifying the ionosphere at the time of signal transit. This technique allows simultaneous geolocation of significantly more signals than an equivalently priced Central Processing Unit (CPU) based system. Additionally, because this technique makes use of the most widely accepted numeric algorithm for ionospheric ray tracing and a timely physics-based model of the ionosphere

  14. Influence of Hf contents on interface state properties in a-HfInZnO thin-film transistors with SiNx/SiOx gate dielectrics (United States)

    Choi, Hyun-Sik; Jeon, Sanghun; Kim, Hojung; Shin, Jaikwang; Kim, Changjung; Chung, U.-In


    We evaluated the interface properties of amorphous hafnium-indium-zinc-oxide (a-HIZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) with respect to various Hf contents. To this end, the subthreshold swing and the low-frequency noise (LFN) of the a-HIZO TFTs were measured and compared. From LFNs providing more accurate information, we quantitatively analyzed the interface trap densities and found that they decrease with increasing Hf contents. Although the acceptor-like tail state densities in bulk channel increase with Hf contents, higher Hf contents show lower threshold voltage shift under bias stress, implying that reliability characteristics of a-HIZO TFTs are more sensitive to interface quality rather than bulk property.

  15. Distribution of p-process 174Hf in early solar system materials and the origin of nucleosynthetic Hf and W isotope anomalies in Ca-Al rich inclusions (United States)

    Peters, Stefan T. M.; Münker, Carsten; Pfeifer, Markus; Elfers, Bo-Magnus; Sprung, Peter


    Some nuclides that were produced in supernovae are heterogeneously distributed between different meteoritic materials. In some cases these heterogeneities have been interpreted as the result of interaction between ejecta from a nearby supernova and the nascent solar system. Particularly in the case of the oldest objects that formed in the solar system - Ca-Al rich inclusions (CAIs) - this view is confirm the hypothesis that a nearby supernova event facilitated or even triggered solar system formation. We present Hf isotope data for bulk meteorites, terrestrial materials and CAIs, for the first time including the low-abundance isotope 174Hf (∼0.16%). This rare isotope was likely produced during explosive O/Ne shell burning in massive stars (i.e., the classical "p-process"), and therefore its abundance potentially provides a sensitive tracer for putative heterogeneities within the solar system that were introduced by supernova ejecta. For CAIs and one LL chondrite, also complementary W isotope data are reported for the same sample cuts. Once corrected for small neutron capture effects, different chondrite groups, eucrites, a silicate inclusion of a IAB iron meteorite, and terrestrial materials display homogeneous Hf isotope compositions including 174Hf. Hafnium-174 was thus uniformly distributed in the inner solar system when planetesimals formed at the system composition, and also variable r-process (or s-process) Hf and W contributions. Based on combined Hf and W isotope compositions, we show that CAIs sampled at least one component in which the proportion of r- and s-process derived Hf and W deviates from that of supernova ejecta. The Hf and W isotope anomalies in CAIs are therefore best explained by selective processing of presolar carrier phases prior to CAI formation, and not by a late injection of supernova materials. Likewise, other isotope anomalies in additional elements in CAIs relative to the bulk solar system may reflect the same process. The isotopic

  16. Impaired striatal Akt signaling disrupts dopamine homeostasis and increases feeding.

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    Nicole Speed

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity has increased dramatically worldwide. The obesity epidemic begs for novel concepts and therapeutic targets that cohesively address "food-abuse" disorders. We demonstrate a molecular link between impairment of a central kinase (Akt involved in insulin signaling induced by exposure to a high-fat (HF diet and dysregulation of higher order circuitry involved in feeding. Dopamine (DA rich brain structures, such as striatum, provide motivation stimuli for feeding. In these central circuitries, DA dysfunction is posited to contribute to obesity pathogenesis. We identified a mechanistic link between metabolic dysregulation and the maladaptive behaviors that potentiate weight gain. Insulin, a hormone in the periphery, also acts centrally to regulate both homeostatic and reward-based HF feeding. It regulates DA homeostasis, in part, by controlling a key element in DA clearance, the DA transporter (DAT. Upon HF feeding, nigro-striatal neurons rapidly develop insulin signaling deficiencies, causing increased HF calorie intake. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We show that consumption of fat-rich food impairs striatal activation of the insulin-activated signaling kinase, Akt. HF-induced Akt impairment, in turn, reduces DAT cell surface expression and function, thereby decreasing DA homeostasis and amphetamine (AMPH-induced DA efflux. In addition, HF-mediated dysregulation of Akt signaling impairs DA-related behaviors such as (AMPH-induced locomotion and increased caloric intake. We restored nigro-striatal Akt phosphorylation using recombinant viral vector expression technology. We observed a rescue of DAT expression in HF fed rats, which was associated with a return of locomotor responses to AMPH and normalization of HF diet-induced hyperphagia. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Acquired disruption of brain insulin action may confer risk for and/or underlie "food-abuse" disorders and the recalcitrance of obesity. This molecular

  17. Air sensitivity of MoS2, MoSe2, MoTe2, HfS2, and HfSe2 (United States)

    Mirabelli, Gioele; McGeough, Conor; Schmidt, Michael; McCarthy, Eoin K.; Monaghan, Scott; Povey, Ian M.; McCarthy, Melissa; Gity, Farzan; Nagle, Roger; Hughes, Greg; Cafolla, Attilio; Hurley, Paul K.; Duffy, Ray


    A surface sensitivity study was performed on different transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) under ambient conditions in order to understand which material is the most suitable for future device applications. Initially, Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy studies were carried out over a period of 27 days on mechanically exfoliated flakes of 5 different TMDs, namely, MoS2, MoSe2, MoTe2, HfS2, and HfSe2. The most reactive were MoTe2 and HfSe2. HfSe2, in particular, showed surface protrusions after ambient exposure, reaching a height and width of approximately 60 nm after a single day. This study was later supplemented by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) cross-sectional analysis, which showed hemispherical-shaped surface blisters that are amorphous in nature, approximately 180-240 nm tall and 420-540 nm wide, after 5 months of air exposure, as well as surface deformation in regions between these structures, related to surface oxidation. An X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of atmosphere exposed HfSe2 was conducted over various time scales, which indicated that the Hf undergoes a preferential reaction with oxygen as compared to the Se. Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy showed that the blisters are Se-rich; thus, it is theorised that HfO2 forms when the HfSe2 reacts in ambient, which in turn causes the Se atoms to be aggregated at the surface in the form of blisters. Overall, it is evident that air contact drastically affects the structural properties of TMD materials. This issue poses one of the biggest challenges for future TMD-based devices and technologies.

  18. In pursuit of perspective: does vertical perspective disambiguate depth from motion parallax? (United States)

    George, Jonathon M; Johnson, Joshua I; Nawrot, Mark


    Motion parallax provides a dynamic, unambiguous, monocular visual depth cue. However, the lateral image motion in computer-generated motion parallax displays is depth-sign ambiguous. While mounting evidence indicates that the visual system uses an extra-retinal signal from the pursuit system to disambiguate depth, vertical perspective is a potential confound because it co-varies with the stimulus translation that produces the pursuit signal. Here the role of an extra-retinal pursuit signal and the role of vertical perspective in disambiguating depth from motion parallax were investigated. Through the careful isolation of each cue, the results indicate that observers have excellent depth discrimination with an extra-retinal pursuit cue alone, but have poor discrimination with vertical perspective alone. The conclusion is that vertical perspective does not play a role in the disambiguation of depth in small computer-generated motion parallax displays.

  19. Endoplasmic reticulum stress increases brain MAPK signaling, inflammation and renin-angiotensin system activity and sympathetic nerve activity in heart failure. (United States)

    Wei, Shun-Guang; Yu, Yang; Weiss, Robert M; Felder, Robert B


    We previously reported that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is induced in the subfornical organ (SFO) and the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of heart failure (HF) rats and is reduced by inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling. The present study further examined the relationship between brain MAPK signaling, ER stress, and sympathetic excitation in HF. Sham-operated (Sham) and HF rats received a 4-wk intracerebroventricular (ICV) infusion of vehicle (Veh) or the ER stress inhibitor tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA, 10 μg/day). Lower mRNA levels of the ER stress biomarkers GRP78, ATF6, ATF4, and XBP-1s in the SFO and PVN of TUDCA-treated HF rats validated the efficacy of the TUDCA dose. The elevated levels of phosphorylated p44/42 and p38 MAPK in SFO and PVN of Veh-treated HF rats, compared with Sham rats, were significantly reduced in TUDCA-treated HF rats as shown by Western blot and immunofluorescent staining. Plasma norepinephrine levels were higher in Veh-treated HF rats, compared with Veh-treated Sham rats, and were significantly lower in the TUDCA-treated HF rats. TUDCA-treated HF rats also had lower mRNA levels for angiotensin converting enzyme, angiotensin II type 1 receptor, tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-1β, cyclooxygenase-2, and NF-κB p65, and a higher mRNA level of IκB-α, in the SFO and PVN than Veh-treated HF rats. These data suggest that ER stress contributes to the augmented sympathetic activity in HF by inducing MAPK signaling, thereby promoting inflammation and renin-angiotensin system activity in key cardiovascular regulatory regions of the brain.

  20. EURObservational Research Programme : The Heart Failure Pilot Survey (ESC-HF Pilot)

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    Maggioni, Aldo P.; Dahlstrom, Ulf; Filippatos, Gerasimos; Chioncel, Ovidiu; Crespo Leiro, Marisa; Drozdz, Jaroslaw; Fruhwald, Friedrich; Gullestad, Lars; Logeart, Damien; Metra, Marco; Parissis, John; Persson, Hans; Ponikowski, Piotr; Rauchhaus, Mathias; Voors, Adriaan A.; Nielsen, Olav Wendelboe; Zannad, Faiez; Tavazzi, Luigi


    The primary objective of the new ESC-HF Pilot Survey was to describe the clinical epidemiology of outpatients and inpatients with heart failure (HF) and the diagnostic/therapeutic processes applied across 12 participating European countries. This pilot study was specifically aimed at validating the

  1. EURObservational Research Programme: the Heart Failure Pilot Survey (ESC-HF Pilot)

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    Maggioni, Aldo P; Dahlström, Ulf; Filippatos, Gerasimos;


    The primary objective of the new ESC-HF Pilot Survey was to describe the clinical epidemiology of outpatients and inpatients with heart failure (HF) and the diagnostic/therapeutic processes applied across 12 participating European countries. This pilot study was specifically aimed at validating...... the structure, performance, and quality of the data set, for continuing the survey into a permanent registry....

  2. Effects of sol aging on resistive switching behaviors of HfO{sub x} resistive memories

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    Hsu, Chih-Chieh, E-mail: [Graduate School of Engineering Science and Technology, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliu 64002, Taiwan, ROC (China); Department of Electronic Engineering, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliu 64002, Taiwan, ROC (China); Graduate School of Electronic Engineering, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliu 64002, Taiwan, ROC (China); Sun, Jhen-Kai; Tsao, Che-Chang; Chen, Yu-Ting [Graduate School of Electronic Engineering, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliu 64002, Taiwan, ROC (China)


    This work investigates effects of long-term sol-aging time on sol-gel HfO{sub x} resistive random access memories (RRAMs). A nontoxic solvent of ethanol is used to replace toxic 2-methoxyethanol, which is usually used in sol-gel processes. The top electrodes are fabricated by pressing indium balls onto the HfO{sub x} surface rather than by using conventional sputtering or evaporation processes. The maximum process temperature is limited to be 100 ℃. Therefore, influences of plasma and high temperature on HfO{sub x} film can be avoided. Under this circumstance, effects of sol aging time on the HfO{sub x} films can be more clearly studied. The current conduction mechanisms in low and high electric regions of the HfO{sub x} RRAM are found to be dominated by Ohmic conduction and trap-filled space charge limited conduction (TF-SCLC), respectively. When the sol aging time increases, the resistive switching characteristic of the HfO{sub x} layer becomes unstable and the transition voltage from Ohmic conduction to TF-SCLC is also increased. This suggests that an exceedingly long aging time will give a HfO{sub x} film with more defect states. The XPS results are consistent with FTIR analysis and they can further explain the unstable HfO{sub x} resistive switching characteristic induced by sol aging.

  3. The effects of composition on mechanical properties of W-4Re-Hf-C alloys (United States)

    Witzke, W. R.


    Studies were made of the effects of alloy composition on the mechanical behavior of as-worked W-4Re-Hf-C alloys containing up to about 0.8 mol % Hfc. Extracted second-phase particles were analyzed and related to alloy composition and creep strength. While strengthening is attributed to HfC particles, the presence of excess hafnium or carbon (above the calculated amounts for stoichiometric HfC) in swaged W-4Re-Hf-C alloys generally causes a reduction of the high-temperature (1930 C) tensile strength; maximum creep strength is, however, indicated for alloys with a slight (about 0.05 to 0.1 at. %) excess of hafnium. Particle strengthening is reduced by WC in solid solution with HfC for allow compositions with an excess of carbon. The low-temperature ductility of worked W-4Re-Hf-C alloys appears to be far more dependent on the amount of excess C or Hf present than on the HfC particle content in the range studies.

  4. First results on the sorption behaviour of Rutherfordium from HCl/HF containing aqueous solution

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    Schumann, D.; Nitsche, H. [Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany); Taut, S. [Forschungszentrum Rossendorf e.V. (FZR), Dresden (Germany); Jost, D.T.; Gaeggeler, H.W. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Yakushev, A.B.; Buklanov, G.V.; Domanov, V.P.; Lien Din Thi [Joint Inst. for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russian Federation); Kubica, B.; Misiak, R.; Szeglowski, Z. [NINP Cracow (Poland)


    Rutherfordium shows strong sorption on the cation exchanger DOWEX 50x8 at a concentration of 0.1 M HCl/10{sup -2} M HF. This shows that Rf behaves under these conditions differently from Hf and Zr and more like Th under these conditions. (author) 1 fig., 5 refs.

  5. Effects of sol aging on resistive switching behaviors of HfOx resistive memories (United States)

    Hsu, Chih-Chieh; Sun, Jhen-Kai; Tsao, Che-Chang; Chen, Yu-Ting


    This work investigates effects of long-term sol-aging time on sol-gel HfOx resistive random access memories (RRAMs). A nontoxic solvent of ethanol is used to replace toxic 2-methoxyethanol, which is usually used in sol-gel processes. The top electrodes are fabricated by pressing indium balls onto the HfOx surface rather than by using conventional sputtering or evaporation processes. The maximum process temperature is limited to be 100 ℃. Therefore, influences of plasma and high temperature on HfOx film can be avoided. Under this circumstance, effects of sol aging time on the HfOx films can be more clearly studied. The current conduction mechanisms in low and high electric regions of the HfOx RRAM are found to be dominated by Ohmic conduction and trap-filled space charge limited conduction (TF-SCLC), respectively. When the sol aging time increases, the resistive switching characteristic of the HfOx layer becomes unstable and the transition voltage from Ohmic conduction to TF-SCLC is also increased. This suggests that an exceedingly long aging time will give a HfOx film with more defect states. The XPS results are consistent with FTIR analysis and they can further explain the unstable HfOx resistive switching characteristic induced by sol aging.

  6. The Modulation of Ionospheric Alfven Resonator on Heating HF Waves and the Doppler Effect

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    NiBin-bin; ZhaoZheng-yu; XieShu-guo


    The propagation of HF waves in IAR can produce many nonlinear effects, including the modulation effect of IAR on HF waves and the Doppler effect. To start with the dependence of the ionospheric electron temperature varia-tions on the Alfven resonant field, We discuss the mechanism of the modulation effect and lucubrate possible reasons for the Doppler effect. The results show that the Alfven resonant field can have an observable modulation effect on HF waves while its mechanism is quite different from that of Schumann resonant field on HF waves. The depth of modulation of IAR on HF waves has a quasi-quadratic relation with the Alfven field, which directly inspires the formation of cross-spectrum between ULF waves and HF waves and results in spectral peaks at some gyro-frequencies of IAR. With respect to the Doppler effect during the propagation of HF waves in IAR, it is mainly caused by the motion of the high-speed flyer and the drifting electrons and the frequency shift from the phase vari-ation of the reflected waves can be neglected when the frequency of HF incident wave is high enough.

  7. New PWM method and commutation strategy for HF-link converters for fuel cells and photovoltaics

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    Ljusev, Petar; Andersen, Michael Andreas E.


    This paper presents a new PWM method and commutation strategy for HF-link converters, which leads to safe commutation of the load current in the output bidirectional bridge. The proposed implementation is independent of the particular HF-link converter topology and bidirectional switch selection...

  8. The first HF table, after heat treatment and ready to be machined in HEPCO, Arak (IRAN)

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    Tiziano Camporesi


    The first HF support table 'load' tested by the team of people who have contributed to it from design to welding. This table will support the 240 tons of 1 HF detector and will integrate the raisers which will push it up to the beam line level. It is the first Iranian contribution to an HEP experiment.

  9. 47 CFR 73.758 - System specifications for digitally modulated emissions in the HF broadcasting service. (United States)


    ... emissions in the HF broadcasting service. 73.758 Section 73.758 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS... § 73.758 System specifications for digitally modulated emissions in the HF broadcasting service. (a... digital audio broadcasting and datacasting are authorized. The RF requirements for the DRM system...

  10. Computed tomographic coronary angiography for patients with heart failure (CTA-HF): a randomized controlled trial (IMAGE HF Project 1-C). (United States)

    Chow, Benjamin J W; Green, Rachel E; Coyle, Doug; Laine, Mika; Hanninen, Helena; Leskinen, Hanna; Rajda, Miroslav; Larose, Eric; Hartikainen, Juha; Hedman, Marja; Mielniczuk, Lisa; O'Meara, Eileen; deKemp, Robert A; Klein, Ran; Paterson, Ian; White, James A; Yla-Herttuala, Seppo; Leber, Alex; Tandon, Vikas; Lee, Ting; Al-Hesayen, Abdul; Hessian, Renee; Dowsley, Taylor; Kass, Malek; Kelly, Cathy; Garrard, Linda; Tardif, Jean-Claude; Knuuti, Juhani; Beanlands, Rob S; Wells, George A


    The prevalence of heart failure (HF) is rising in industrialized and developing countries. Though invasive coronary angiography (ICA) remains the gold standard for anatomical assessment of coronary artery disease in HF patients, alternatives are being sought. Computed tomographic coronary angiography (CTA) has emerged as an accurate non-invasive diagnostic tool for coronary artery disease (CAD) and has been demonstrated to have prognostic value. Whether or not CTA can be used in HF patients is unknown. Acknowledging the aging population, the growing prevalence of HF and the increasing financial burden of healthcare, we need to identify non-invasive diagnostic tests that are available, safe, accurate and cost-effective. The proposed study aims to provide insight into the efficacy of CTA in HF patients. A multicenter randomized controlled trial will enroll 250 HF patients requiring coronary anatomical definition. Enrolled patients will be randomized to either CTA or ICA (n = 125 per group) as the first test to define coronary anatomy. The primary outcomes will be collected to determine downstream resource utilization. Secondary outcomes will include the composite clinical events and major adverse cardiac events. In addition, the accuracy of CTA for detecting coronary anatomy and obstruction will be assessed in patients who subsequently undergo both CTA and ICA. It is expected that CTA will be a more cost-effective strategy for diagnosis: yielding similar outcomes with fewer procedural risks and improved resource utilization., NCT01283659. Team grant #CIF 99470.

  11. Toward an european Med HF-radar coastal monitoring (United States)

    Molcard, A.; Fraunie, P.


    The monitoring of coastal areas through HF radar is developping in the european Mediterranean coasts, through national and international projects. Surface current maps may be used for process studies, forecast correction through assimilation, or for practical applications in transport studies (jellyfish, oil-spill, search-and-rescue operations). Results of radar campaigns in the North-western Mediterranean (evidence of mesoscale eddy in the Gulf of Lions and identification of dynamical structures by FSLE in the Ligurian Sea) are shown, as well as techniques for current reconstruction using a single site. A new inter-regional european project started in summer 2010, regrouping 5 countries for an integrated oil-spill coastal awarness network is presented.

  12. Vertically Integrated Circuits at Fermilab

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    Deptuch, Grzegorz; Demarteau, Marcel; Hoff, James; Lipton, Ronald; Shenai, Alpana; Trimpl, Marcel; Yarema, Raymond; Zimmerman, Tom; /Fermilab


    The exploration of the vertically integrated circuits, also commonly known as 3D-IC technology, for applications in radiation detection started at Fermilab in 2006. This paper examines the opportunities that vertical integration offers by looking at various 3D designs that have been completed by Fermilab. The emphasis is on opportunities that are presented by through silicon vias (TSV), wafer and circuit thinning and finally fusion bonding techniques to replace conventional bump bonding. Early work by Fermilab has led to an international consortium for the development of 3D-IC circuits for High Energy Physics. The consortium has submitted over 25 different designs for the Fermilab organized MPW run organized for the first time.


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    Furia Donatella


    Full Text Available During the last decades, market segmentation and intra-industry trade have become increasingly relevant. The underlying hypothesis of our work is that distinct articles have heterogeneous potential for vertical differentiation, implying that different patterns of international specialization should be identifiable. We carry out an analysis on revealed comparative advantage (through the Lafay Index in specific sectors of interest. Then we highlight the emergence of diverse degrees of product quality differentiation among sectors (through the Relative Quality Index. Results confirm our hypothesis. Indeed it appears that only certain goods, for which the pace of either creative or technological innovation (or both is particularly fast, present a high degree of vertical differentiation and market segmentation. This allows countries to specialize in a particular product variety and gain market power position for that variety. These findings should be taken in due consideration when designing trade policies.

  14. Kinematic Fitting of Detached Vertices

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    Mattione, Paul [Rice Univ., Houston, TX (United States)


    The eg3 experiment at the Jefferson Lab CLAS detector aims to determine the existence of the $\\Xi_{5}$ pentaquarks and investigate the excited $\\Xi$ states. Specifically, the exotic $\\Xi_{5}^{--}$ pentaquark will be sought by first reconstructing the $\\Xi^{-}$ particle through its weak decays, $\\Xi^{-}\\to\\pi^{-}\\Lambda$ and $\\Lambda\\to\\pi^{-}$. A kinematic fitting routine was developed to reconstruct the detached vertices of these decays, where confidence level cuts on the fits are used to remove background events. Prior to fitting these decays, the exclusive reaction $\\gamma D\\rightarrow pp\\pi^{-}$ was studied in order to correct the track measurements and covariance matrices of the charged particles. The $\\Lambda\\rightarrow p\\pi^{-}$ and $\\Xi^{-}\\to\\pi^{-}\\Lambda$ decays were then investigated to demonstrate that the kinematic fitting routine reconstructs the decaying particles and their detached vertices correctly.

  15. Coexistence of Strategic Vertical Separation and Integration

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    Jansen, Jos


    This paper gives conditions under which vertical separation is chosen by some upstream firms, while vertical integration is chosen by others in the equilibrium of a symmetric model. A vertically separating firm trades off fixed contracting costs against the strategic benefit of writing a (two......-part tariff, exclusive dealing) contract with its retailer. Coexistence emerges when more than two vertical Cournot oligopolists supply close substitutes. When vertical integration and separation coexist, welfare could be improved by reducing the number of vertically separating firms. The scope...

  16. Telemonitoring Adherence to Medications in Heart Failure Patients (TEAM-HF): A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. (United States)

    Gallagher, Benjamin D; Moise, Nathalie; Haerizadeh, Mytra; Ye, Siqin; Medina, Vivian; Kronish, Ian M


    Medication nonadherence contributes to hospitalizations in recently discharged patients with heart failure (HF). We aimed to test the feasibility of telemonitoring medication adherence in patients with HF. We randomized 40 patients (1:1) hospitalized for HF to 30 days of loop diuretic adherence monitoring with telephonic support or to passive adherence monitoring alone. Eighty-three percent of eligible patients agreed to participate. The median age of patients was 64 years, 25% were female, and 45% were Hispanic. Overall, 67% of patients were nonadherent (percentage of days that the correct number of doses were taken telemonitoring was acceptable to most patients with HF. Diuretic nonadherence was common even when patients knew they were being monitored. Future studies should assess whether adherence telemonitoring can improve adherence and reduce readmissions among patients with HF. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. The electronic structure of HfF5- and WF5- (United States)

    Chen, Hongshan; Andersson, Pontus; Lindahl, Anton O.; Hanstorp, Dag


    The electronic structure of HfF5-, WF5- and the related species HfF n and WF n is studied using ab initio methods. Computation reveals that the hafnium fluorides are much more stable than the corresponding tungsten fluorides. The detachment energy of HfF5- is 8.8 eV, whereas the corresponding quantity of WF5- is only 3.9 eV. These results show that WF5- can be photodetached while HfF5- is unaffected, and so it is possible by using photodetachment to suppress the interfering isobar 182W in the ion beam of 182Hf. Such information is the precondition for the successful implementation of a future photodetachment process in Accelerator Mass Spectrometry.

  18. Effect of hydrofluoric acid (HF) concentration to pores size diameter of silicon membrane. (United States)

    Burham, Norhafizah; Hamzah, Azrul Azlan; Majlis, Burhanuddin Yeop


    This paper studies parameters which affect the pore size diameter of a silicon membrane. Electrochemical etching is performed in characterise the parameter involved in this process. The parameter has been studied is volume ratio of hydrofluoric acid (HF) and ethanol as an electrolyte aqueous for electrochemical etch. This electrolyte aqueous solution has been mixed between HF and ethanol with volume ratio 3:7, 5:5, 7:3 and 9:1. As a result, the higher volume of HF in this electrolyte gives the smallest pore size diameter compared to the lower volume of HF. These samples have been dipped into HF and ethanol electrolyte aqueous with supplied 25 mA/cm2 current density for 20, 30, 40, and 50 minutes. The samples will inspect under Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to execute the pore formations on silicon membrane surface.

  19. Suspended HfO{sub 2} photonic crystal slab on III-nitride/Si platform

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    Wang, Yongjin; Feng, Jiao; Cao, Ziping; Zhu, Hongbo [Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Grueenberg Research Centre, Nanjing, Jiang-Su (China)


    We present here the fabrication of suspended hafnium oxide (HfO{sub 2}) photonic crystal slab on a III-nitride/Si platform. The calculations are performed to model the suspended HfO{sub 2} photonic crystal slab. Aluminum nitride (AlN) film is employed as the sacrificial layer to form air gap. Photonic crystal patterns are defined by electron beam lithography and transferred into HfO{sub 2} film, and suspended HfO{sub 2} photonic crystal slab is achieved on a III-nitride/Si platform through wet-etching of AlN layer in the alkaline solution. The method is promising for the fabrication of suspended HfO{sub 2} nanostructures incorporating into a III-nitride/Si platform, or acting as the template for epitaxial growth of III-nitride materials. (orig.)

  20. Crystal structure of Si-doped HfO{sub 2}

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    Zhao, Lili [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 (United States); School of Information Science and Technology, Northwest University, Xi' an 710127 (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States); Nelson, Matthew; Fancher, Chris M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 (United States); Aldridge, Henry [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States); Iamsasri, Thanakorn; Forrester, Jennifer S.; Jones, Jacob L., E-mail: [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States); Nishida, Toshikazu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States); Moghaddam, Saeed [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States)


    Si-doped HfO{sub 2} was prepared by solid state synthesis of the starting oxides. Using Rietveld refinement of high resolution X-ray diffraction patterns, a substitutional limit of Si in HfO{sub 2} was determined as less than 9 at. %. A second phase was identified as Cristobalite (SiO{sub 2}) rather than HfSiO{sub 4}, the latter of which would be expected from existing SiO{sub 2}-HfO{sub 2} phase diagrams. Crystallographic refinement with increased Si-dopant concentration in monoclinic HfO{sub 2} shows that c/b increases, while β decreases. The spontaneous strain, which characterizes the ferroelastic distortion of the unit cell, was calculated and shown to decrease with increasing Si substitution.

  1. Tsunami Arrival Detection with High Frequency (HF Radar

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    Donald Barrick


    Full Text Available Quantitative real-time observations of a tsunami have been limited to deep-water, pressure-sensor observations of changes in the sea surface elevation and observations of sea level fluctuations at the coast, which are essentially point measurements. Constrained by these data, models have been used for predictions and warning of the arrival of a tsunami, but to date no system exists for local detection of an actual incoming wave with a significant warning capability. Networks of coastal high frequency (HF-radars are now routinely observing surface currents in many countries. We report here on an empirical method for the detection of the initial arrival of a tsunami, and demonstrate its use with results from data measured by fourteen HF radar sites in Japan and USA following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Sendai, Japan, on 11 March 2011. The distance offshore at which the tsunami can be detected, and hence the warning time provided, depends on the bathymetry: the wider the shallow continental shelf, the greater this time. We compare arrival times at the radars with those measured by neighboring tide gauges. Arrival times measured by the radars preceded those at neighboring tide gauges by an average of 19 min (Japan and 15 min (USA The initial water-height increase due to the tsunami as measured by the tide gauges was moderate, ranging from 0.3 to 2 m. Thus it appears possible to detect even moderate tsunamis using this method. Larger tsunamis could obviously be detected further from the coast. We find that tsunami arrival within the radar coverage area can be announced 8 min (i.e., twice the radar spectral time resolution after its first appearance. This can provide advance warning of the tsunami approach to the coastline locations.

  2. Industrial Chain: Industrial Vertical Definition

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    YifeiDu; GuojunJiang; ShimingLi


    Like value chain and supply chain, “industrial chain” becomes the focus of attention. The implication of “industrial chain” has gained a large range of extension. It not only expresses the industrial “chain” structure and relationship of “back and forward”in order or “up and down” in direction, but also it represents a cluster of large scale of firms in an area or colony. It is a network, or a community. Consequently, we conclude that “industrial chain” is a synthesis of industrial chain, industrial cluster, or industrial network.In this article, firstly we will distinguish industry chain from industry. An industry is the collection of firms that have the same attribute, so an industry can be defined by firm collection of certain attribute. We indicate that industrial chain is a kind of vertical and orderly industrial link. It is defined according to a series of specific product or service created. Secondly we analyze the vertical orderly defiinition process from the aspects of social division of labor and requirement division, self-organization system, and value analysis.Non-symmetry and depending on system or community of large scale of industrial units lead to entire industry to “orderly” structure. On the other hand, the draught of diversity and complexity of requirement simultaneously lead to entire industry to be more “orderly”. Along with processes of self-organization, industrial will appi'oach the state of more orderly and steady, and constantly make industrial chain upgrade. Each firm or unit, who will gain the value, has to establish channels of value, which we called “industrial value chain”. Lastly,we discuss the consequence of vertical and orderly definition, which is exhibited by a certain relationship body. The typical forms of industrial chain include industrial cluster, strategy alliance and vertical integration etc.

  3. Poligonación Vertical

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    Esteban Dörries


    Full Text Available La poligonación vertical es un método de medición de diferencias de altura que aprovecha las posibilidades de las estaciones totales. Se presta fundamentalmente para líneas de nivelación entre nodos formando red. El nombre se debe a que las visuales sucesivas se proyectan sobre aristas verticales en lugar de un plano horizontal, como ocurre en la poligonación convencional.

  4. Film boiling on vertical surfaces. (United States)

    Suryanarayana, N. V.; Merte, H., Jr.


    Film boiling of a saturated liquid on a vertical surface is analyzed to determine the local heat-transfer rates as a function of height and heater-surface superheat. Experiments show that the laminar-flow model is inadequate. A turbulent-vapor-flow model is used, and the influence of the interfacial oscillations is incorporated on a semiempirical basis. Measurements of local film boiling were obtained with a transient technique using saturated liquid nitrogen.

  5. Bimanual-vertical hand movements. (United States)

    Kwon, Jay C; Cohen, Matthew L; Williamson, John; Burtis, Brandon; Heilman, Kenneth M


    Patients often demonstrate attentional and action-intentional biases in both the transverse and coronal planes. In addition, when making forelimb movements in the transverse plane, normal participants also have spatial and magnitude asymmetries, but forelimb spatial asymmetries have not been studied in coronal space. Thus, to learn if when normal people make vertical movements they have right-left spatial and magnitude biases, seventeen healthy, blindfolded volunteers had their hands (holding pens) placed vertically in their midsagittal plane, 10 inches apart, on pieces of paper positioned above, below, and at eye-level. Participants were asked to move their hands together vertically and meet in the middle. Participants demonstrated less angular deviation in the below-eye condition than in the other spatial conditions, when moving down than up, and with their right than left hand. Movements toward eye level from upper or lower space were also more accurate than movements in the other directions. Independent of hand, lines were longer with downward than upward movements and the right hand moved more distance than the left. These attentional-intentional asymmetries may be related to gravitational force, hand-hemispheric dominance, and spatial "where" asymmetries; however, the mechanisms accounting for these asymmetries must be ascertained by future research.

  6. The Thermodynamic Characterization of ZrCo–H, HfCo−H, HfNi−H and Zr{sub 1–x}HfxNi(Co) Alloy–H Systems

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    Flanagan, Ted B., E-mail:; Noh, Hak; Luo, Suifang


    ZrCo and HfCo intermetallic compounds have the same cubic (CsCl-type) structure and their ternary (Zr{sub 1−x}Hf{sub x})Co alloys are also cubic. ZrNi and HfNi intermetallic compounds have the orthorhombic structure (CrB-type) and the ternary (Zr{sub 1−x}Hf{sub x})Ni alloys also have this structure. Thermodynamic data for hydride formation and decomposition in ZrCo, HfCo and HfNi intermetallic compounds have been determined from reaction calorimetry and from pressure-composition isotherms. Thermodynamic data have been determined for the three ternary alloys: (Zr{sub 0.75}Hf{sub 0.25})Co, (Zr{sub 0.50}Hf{sub 0.50})Co, and (Zr{sub 0.25}Hf{sub 0.75})Co and the four ternary alloys: (Zr{sub 0.875}Hf{sub 0.125})Ni, (Zr{sub 0.75}Hf{sub 0.25})Ni, (Zr{sub 0.50}Hf{sub 0.50})Ni, and (Zr{sub 0.25}Hf{sub 0.75})Ni. This offers the opportunity to learn how the thermodynamic properties of the ternary alloy-H systems change with the stoichiometry of alloys with the same structure. - Highlights: • Calorimetric enthalpies determined for H absorption by ZrCo, HfCo, HfNi are determined. • Ternary alloys, e.g., Zr{sub 1−x}Hf{sub x}Ni, prepared and characterized by x-ray diffraction. • Isotherms for the ternary alloys give thermodynamic parameters for H solution.

  7. Single layer of Ge quantum dots in HfO2 for floating gate memory capacitors. (United States)

    Lepadatu, A M; Palade, C; Slav, A; Maraloiu, A V; Lazanu, S; Stoica, T; Logofatu, C; Teodorescu, V S; Ciurea, M L


    High performance trilayer memory capacitors with a floating gate of a single layer of Ge quantum dots (QDs) in HfO2 were fabricated using magnetron sputtering followed by rapid thermal annealing (RTA). The layer sequence of the capacitors is gate HfO 2/floating gate of single layer of Ge QDs in HfO 2/tunnel HfO 2/p-Si wafers. Both Ge and HfO2 are nanostructured by RTA at moderate temperatures of 600-700 °C. By nanostructuring at 600 °C, the formation of a single layer of well separated Ge QDs with diameters of 2-3 nm at a density of 4-5 × 10(15) m(-2) is achieved in the floating gate (intermediate layer). The Ge QDs inside the intermediate layer are arranged in a single layer and are separated from each other by HfO2 nanocrystals (NCs) about 8 nm in diameter with a tetragonal/orthorhombic structure. The Ge QDs in the single layer are located at the crossing of the HfO2 NCs boundaries. In the intermediate layer, besides Ge QDs, a part of the Ge atoms is segregated by RTA at the HfO2 NCs boundaries, while another part of the Ge atoms is present inside the HfO2 lattice stabilizing the tetragonal/orthorhombic structure. The fabricated capacitors show a memory window of 3.8 ± 0.5 V and a capacitance-time characteristic with 14% capacitance decay in the first 3000-4000 s followed by a very slow capacitance decrease extrapolated to 50% after 10 years. This high performance is mainly due to the floating gate of a single layer of well separated Ge QDs in HfO2, distanced from the Si substrate by the tunnel oxide layer with a precise thickness.

  8. Garnet effect on Nd-Hf isotope decoupling: Evidence from the Jinfosi batholith, Northern Tibetan Plateau (United States)

    Huang, Hui; Niu, Yaoling; Mo, Xuanxue


    The initial Nd and Hf isotope ratios of a 420 Ma post-collisional dioritic-granitic batholith from the Northern Tibetan plateau define a negative trend above and orthogonal to the ԐHf(t)-ԐNd(t) terrestrial array. This uncommon trend offers an insight into the origin of the puzzling Nd-Hf isotope decoupling in the crustal rocks. On this trend, samples depleted in heavy rare earth elements (HREEs, i.e., [Dy/Yb]N ≫ 1) deviate most from the terrestrial array whereas samples with flat HREEs (i.e., [Dy/Yb]N ≥ 1) deviate less or plot within the terrestrial array, pointing to the controlling effect of garnet in the magma source. Ancient garnet-bearing residues after melt extraction will have elevated Lu/Hf ratios and can evolve with time to produce high ԐHf(t) at a low ԐNd(t) value. Mixing of melts derived from such source lithologies (high Lu/Hf) with melts possessing a within-terrestrial array Nd-Hf isotopic composition (low Lu/Hf) best explains the observed trend orthogonal to the terrestrial array. The samples from the Jinfosi batholith with the most decoupled Nd-Hf isotope compositions require a larger degree (> 40%) and ancient (i.e., ≥ 1.8 Gyr) previous melt extraction from their source. It follows that the ancient melts with depleted HREEs complementary to those garnet-bearing residues should have low ԐHf values and plot below the terrestrial array, which is indeed shown by some Archean/Paleoproterozic TTGs.

  9. Hardness and Second Phase Percentage of Ni-Ti-Hf Compounds After Heat Treatment at 700C (United States)

    Stanford, Malcolm K.


    The Vickers hardness and second phase precipitation of three ternary intermetallic Ni-Ti-Hf compounds containing either 1, 3 or 5 at.% Hf were compared to 60-Nitinol (55 at.% Ni - 45 at.% Ti). Heat treatment either at 700 C or with a subsequent aging step, hardened the 3 and 5 at.% Hf-containing ternaries to approximately 620 HV (56 HRC). Heat treatment increased the hardness of the 1 at.% Hf compound by more than 25 percent. Average hardness of the 3 and 5 at.% Hf ternaries, though higher than that of the binary Ni-Ti or the Ni-Ti-Hf compound containing 1 at.% Hf, appeared to be fairly insensitive to the different heat treatments. There was a drastic reduction of fatigue-enhancing second phase precipitates for the 5 at.% Hf ternaries compared to the other compounds. These results should guide materials selection for development of aerospace componentry.

  10. Electrical properties and noise characterization of HfO{sub 2} gate dielectrics on strained SiGe layers

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    Mallik, S., E-mail: [Dept. of Electronics and ECE, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India); Mukherjee, C.; Mahata, C.; Hota, M.K.; Das, T. [Dept. of Electronics and ECE, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Dalapati, G.K.; GaO, H.; Kumar, M.K.; Chi, D.Z. [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A-STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 3 Research Link, Singapore 117602 (Singapore); Sarkar, C.K. [Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India); Maiti, C.K. [Dept. of Electronics and ECE, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India)


    Ultra thin HfO{sub 2} high-k gate dielectric has been deposited directly on strained Si{sub 0.81}Ge{sub 0.19} by atomic layer deposition process. Important electrical properties such as, interface trap density, charge trapping behavior, and low-frequency noise characteristics have been studied in detail. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the conversion from amorphous to crystalline phase start to appear in the HfO{sub 2} films when annealed between 400 and 500 Degree-Sign C. Interface trap density was found to be in the range of 4.0-5.6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 11} eV{sup -1} cm{sup -2}. Results of internal photoemission studies on pre-existing charge trapping for different processing conditions; without annealing and annealed in O{sub 2}, N{sub 2} and mixed (O{sub 2} and N{sub 2}) ambient are presented. Low-frequency noise characteristics of HfO{sub 2}/Si0{sub .81}Ge{sub 0.19} stacks annealed in different gas ambient have been measured using metal-insulator-semiconductor capacitors (contact area {approx} 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} cm{sup 2}). It is found that the sample annealed in N{sub 2} gas ambient shows better electrical properties in general compared to samples annealed in O{sub 2} and/or mixed (O{sub 2} and N{sub 2}) gas ambient. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrical characterization of ultra thin HfO{sub 2} high-k gate dielectric stacks Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Study of interface trap density, charge trapping behavior, and low-frequency noise Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Comparison of electrical properties of samples annealed in N{sub 2}, N{sub 2} + O{sub 2}, O{sub 2} gas Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Trap locations are estimated from bias dependency of random telegraph signal. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Superiority of N{sub 2} annealed sample is demonstrated from electrical characterization.

  11. Mixing and melt sources in the Miocene Aztec Wash pluton (Nevada, USA) as revealed by zircon Hf and O and whole rock Sr, Nd, and Hf isotopes (United States)

    Ryan, M.; Miller, J. S.; Miller, C. F.; Bromley, S.; Davies, G. R.; Schmitt, A. K.


    The 15.6 Ma Aztec Wash Pluton (AWP) is one of several Miocene intrusions located within the northern Colorado River extensional corridor. Extensive E-W tilting of fault blocks has exposed the pluton from the roof to 5 km structural depth. Earlier field and petrologic studies subdivided the AWP into two distinct zones: (1) a Granite Zone (GZ) comprised of relatively homogeneous granite with subtle differences in textures and mineralogy; (2) a Heterogeneous Zone (HZ), which interfingers the GZ, contains evidence for mafic and felsic magma input with a wide compositional range (42-78 wt% SiO2), and abundant field evidence for hybridization. Previous whole rock geochemistry and zircon trace element analyses indicated that compositional variation was produced by multi-component mixing between mafic and felsic melts within the HZ. New whole rock Sr, Nd, and Hf isotope data from the HZ show that all rocks (including high-silica granites) formed by mixing Precambrian crust and enriched mantle, with mixtures having a large mantle fraction (≥50%). New Hf (n=189) and O (n=241) isotope analyses of zircon from samples in the HZ confirm these melt sources and provide a broader perspective on hybridization processes within the AWP. Zircon grains from all samples show heterogeneous Hf and O isotopic compositions (-5 to -18 ɛHf; 4.5-7.5% δ18O), but despite the clear signature of Precambrian crust in the whole rock data, obvious Precambrian zircons (or cores) were mostly absent; only one zircon was clearly Precambrian (ɛHf = -25). Resolvable intragrain variability is relatively limited (including the Precambrian grain, which is unzoned). Zircons from hand samples and from compositional groups also show heterogeneous ɛHf and δ18O values, although the spreads are more restricted than in the whole data set (6-10 ɛHf in granites, 5-7 ɛHf in intermediate "hybrids", 5-6 ɛHf in gabbro/diorite sheets). Oxygen isotope values for the zircons also show intra-handsample heterogeneity

  12. Effects of Continental Weathering and Sedimentary Sorting on the Hf, Nd, and Pb Isotopic Composition of Sediments and Implications for Dissolved Input to the Ocean (United States)

    van de Flierdt, T.; Hemming, S. R.; Goldstein, S. L.


    . Hafnium and Pb show the lowest isotopic ratios in sands and the highest ratios in clays, while Nd isotopes display the opposite trend. This grain size specific fractionation of the isotopic ratios is in line with known partitioning of Lu-Hf, Sm-Nd, and U-Th-Pb in main and trace minerals (e.g. apatite, zircon, monazite, garnet, feldspar). In Nd vs. Hf isotope space the new data describe a trend vertical to the terrestrial array with a 20 ɛ unit range in Hf isotopes and a 8 ɛ unit range in Nd isotopes, proving that sedimentary sorting could be responsible for deflection of points from the terrestrial array. This suggests that the combined effect of sedimentary sorting and incongruent weathering may be of major importance for understanding and interpreting the glacial-interglacial radiogenic isotope composition of North Atlantic deep water.

  13. Computational-Experimental Processing of Boride/Carbide Composites by Reactive Infusion of Hf Alloy Melts into B4C (United States)


    elements from the Hf family (i.e., Hf, Ti and Zr ) into a capillary to understand the effects of surface tension and viscosity during processing of melts...project primarily investigated computationally the infusion of liquid elements from the Hf family (i.e., Hf, Ti and Zr ) into a capillary to understand the... effects of surface tension and viscosity during processing of melts with a packed bed of B4C to form boride-carbide precipitates. Although the

  14. Structure, optical properties and thermal stability of HfErO films deposited by simultaneous RF and VHF magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang, H.Y. [Soochow University, College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Suzhou (China); Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, School of Tongda, Nanjing (China); Soochow University, Key Lab of Advanced Optical Manufacturing Technologies of Jiangsu Province and Key Lab of Modern Optical Technologies of Education Ministry of China, Suzhou (China); He, H.J.; Zhang, Z.; Jin, C.G.; Yang, Y.; Wang, Y.Y.; Ye, C. [Soochow University, College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Suzhou (China); Soochow University, Key Lab of Advanced Optical Manufacturing Technologies of Jiangsu Province and Key Lab of Modern Optical Technologies of Education Ministry of China, Suzhou (China); Zhuge, L.J. [Soochow University, Key Lab of Advanced Optical Manufacturing Technologies of Jiangsu Province and Key Lab of Modern Optical Technologies of Education Ministry of China, Suzhou (China); Soochow University, Analysis and Testing Center, Suzhou (China); Wu, X.M. [Soochow University, College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Suzhou (China); Soochow University, Key Lab of Advanced Optical Manufacturing Technologies of Jiangsu Province and Key Lab of Modern Optical Technologies of Education Ministry of China, Suzhou (China); Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Shanghai (China)


    HfErO films are deposited on Si substrates by simultaneous radio frequency (RF) and very high frequency (VHF) magnetron sputtering technique. The content of the doped ingredient of Er and the body composition of HfO{sub x} are, respectively, controlled through the VHF and RF powers. Low content of Er doping in the HfErO films can be achieved, because the VHF source of 27.12 MHz has higher ion energy and lower ion flux than the RF source resulting in low sputtering rate in the magnetron sputtering system. The structure, optical properties and thermal stability of the HfErO films are investigated in this work. Results show that the doped content of Er is independently controlled by the VHF power. The oxygen vacancies are created by the Er incorporation. The hafnium in the HfErO films forms mixed valence of Hf{sup 2+} and Hf{sup 4+}. The HfErO films are composed with the structures of HfO{sub 2}, HfO and ErO{sub x}, which can be optimized through the VHF power. At high VHF power, the Hf-Er-O bonds are formed, which demonstrates that the Er atoms are doped into the lattice of HfO{sub 2} in the HfErO films. The HfErO films have bad thermal stability as the crystallization temperature decreases from 900 to 800 C. After thermal annealing, cubic phase of HfO{sub 2} are stabilized, which is ascribed to the oxygen vacancies creation by the Er incorporation. The optical properties such as the refractive index and the optical band gap of the HfErO films are optimized by the VHF power. (orig.)

  15. [Vertical fractures: apropos of 2 clinical cases]. (United States)

    Félix Mañes Ferrer, J; Micò Muñoz, P; Sánchez Cortés, J L; Paricio Martín, J J; Miñana Laliga, R


    The aim of the study is to present a clinical review of the vertical root fractures. Two clinical cases are presented to demonstrates the criteria for obtaining a correct diagnosis of vertical root fractures.

  16. Investigation of an Airborne Concealed HF Antenna%机载隐蔽式短波天线设计

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    王乃志; 李建周; 许家栋


    As an important module of aircraft navigation and correspondence systems, the remote distance communication depends mainly on the airborne High Frequency (HF) antenna. With the use of new materials and larger size of aircraft, HF antennas tend to be problematic for a number of reasons. In this paper, a novel HF antenna is designed which could be used on a large aircraft. It can be located on the front edge of the vertical wing and is well conformal with the configuration of the plane without degenerating the reasonable shape of the aircraft.Based on the simulation utilizing the software Ansoft HFSS, the impedance and radiation pattern of the antenna are calculated, and based on the simulation results, impedance matching and efficiency of the antenna are analyzed.A scaling test-piece has been made to authenticate the simulation results. It can be tuned satisfactorily with transceivers such as the KHF950 through the band. All indicate that this kind antenna can be used for remote communication on aeroplane.%机载天线是飞机导航、通信等系统的重要组件:实现远距离通信主要依靠机载短波天线.新型复合材料的使用以及飞机尺寸的增大,是国际飞机发展的潮流.针对这一问题,该文利用电小天线及传输线相关理论设计一种新型大型飞机机载隐蔽式短波天线,设计过程中使用电磁仿真软件Ansoft HFSS建模计算天线输入阻抗及方向图并优化天线尺寸;在此基础上,制作缩比模型并在微波暗室中对其进行实测,所得数据与仿真结果相符.除此之外,对天线的阻抗匹配及效率进行分析并给出计算结果.计算及测试结果表明,此天线可与天线调谐系统(例如KHF950)良好调谐,方向图为水平全向,符合应用要求,可用于整个机身或仅垂尾为复合材料的大型飞机.

  17. Physical Layer Definition for a Long-Haul HF Antarctica to Spain Radio Link

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    Rosa Ma Alsina-Pagès


    Full Text Available La Salle and the Observatori de l’Ebre (OE have been involved in a remote sensing project in Antarctica for the last 11 years. The OE has been monitoring the geomagnetic activity for more than twenty years and also the ionospheric activity of the last ten years in the Spanish Antarctic Station Juan Carlos I (ASJI (62.7 ° S, 299.6 ° E. La Salle is finishing the design and testing of a low-power communication system between the ASJI and Cambrils (41.0 ° N, 1.0 ° E with a double goal: (i the transmission of data from the sensors located at the ASJI and (ii the performance of an oblique ionospheric sounding of a 12,760 km HF link. Previously, La Salle has already performed sounding and modulation tests to describe the channel performance in terms of availability, Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR, Doppler spread and delay spread. This paper closes the design of the physical layer, by means of the channel error study and the synchronization performance, and concludes with a new physical layer proposal for the Oblique Ionosphere Sounder. Narrowband and wideband frames have been defined to be used when the oblique sounder performs as an ionospheric sensor. Finally, two transmission modes have been defined for the modem performance: the High Robustness Mode (HRM for low SNR hours and the High Throughput Mode (HTM for the high SNR hours.

  18. Archean Lithosphere Beneath Arctic Canada: Lu-Hf Isotope Systematics for Kimberlite-Hosted Garnet-Peridotites From Somerset Island (United States)

    Schmidberger, S. S.; Simonetti, A.; Francis, D.; Gariepy, C.


    Knowledge of the age of lithospheric mantle underlying the continents provides valuable constraints for the timing of formation and stabilization of Archean cratons. This study reports Lu-Hf isotopic data for garnet-peridotites, and their constituent garnets, from the Nikos kimberlite (100 Ma) on Somerset Island in the Canadian Arctic obtained using a Micromass IsoProbe multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICP-MS) at GEOTOP-UQAM. The low temperature peridotites (1100 C; 160-190 km) and their 176Hf/177Hf(0.1Ga) isotopic compositions (0.28265-0.28333; \\epsilonHf(0.1Ga)=-2 to +22) are less radiogenic than those of the shallow xenoliths. A Lu-Hf isochron for six peridotites yields a mid Archean age of 3.4\\pm0.3 Ga and an initial 176Hf/177Hf ratio of 0.28101\\pm24. The remaining peridotites (n=9), in contrast, are characterized by extremely high (+35) initial \\epsilonHf(3.4Ga) values, which correlate negatively with their 176Lu/177Hf ratios, suggesting addition of Hf as a result of metasomatic interaction with the host kimberlite. The garnets from the low temperature (3.4 Ga old) peridotites are characterized by high 176Lu/177Hf ratios and define an errorchron age of 1.4\\pm0.2 Ga, which may reflect re-equilibration of Hf during kimberlite magmatism.

  19. Design for human factors (DfHF): a grounded theory for integrating human factors into production design processes. (United States)

    Village, Judy; Searcy, Cory; Salustri, Filipo; Patrick Neumann, W


    The 'design for human factors' grounded theory explains 'how' human factors (HF) went from a reactive, after-injury programme in safety, to being proactively integrated into each step of the production design process. In this longitudinal case study collaboration with engineers and HF Specialists in a large electronics manufacturer, qualitative data (e.g. meetings, interviews, observations and reflections) were analysed using a grounded theory methodology. The central tenet in the theory is that when HF Specialists acclimated to the engineering process, language and tools, and strategically aligned HF to the design and business goals of the organisation, HF became a means to improve business performance. This led to engineers 'pulling' HF Specialists onto their team. HF targets were adopted into engineering tools to communicate HF concerns quantitatively, drive continuous improvement, visibly demonstrate change and lead to benchmarking. Senior management held engineers accountable for HF as a key performance indicator, thus integrating HF into the production design process. Practitioner Summary: Research and practice lack explanations about how HF can be integrated early in design of production systems. This three-year case study and the theory derived demonstrate how ergonomists changed their focus to align with design and business goals to integrate HF into the design process.

  20. Vertically aligned nanostructure scanning probe microscope tips (United States)

    Guillorn, Michael A.; Ilic, Bojan; Melechko, Anatoli V.; Merkulov, Vladimir I.; Lowndes, Douglas H.; Simpson, Michael L.


    Methods and apparatus are described for cantilever structures that include a vertically aligned nanostructure, especially vertically aligned carbon nanofiber scanning probe microscope tips. An apparatus includes a cantilever structure including a substrate including a cantilever body, that optionally includes a doped layer, and a vertically aligned nanostructure coupled to the cantilever body.

  1. Polarization of molecular angular momentum in the chemical reactions Li + HF and F + HD (United States)

    Krasilnikov, Mikhail B.; Popov, Ruslan S.; Roncero, Octavio; De Fazio, Dario; Cavalli, Simonetta; Aquilanti, Vincenzo; Vasyutinskii, Oleg S.


    The quantum mechanical approach to vector correlation of angular momentum orientation and alignment in chemical reactions [G. Balint-Kurti and O. S. Vasyutinskii, J. Phys. Chem. A 113, 14281 (2009)], 10.1021/jp902796v is applied to the molecular reagents and products of the Li + HF [L. Gonzalez-Sanchez, O. S. Vasyutinskii, A. Zanchet, C. Sanz-Sanz, and O. Roncero, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 13656 (2011)], 10.1039/c0cp02452j and F + HD [D. De Fazio, J. Lucas, V. Aquilanti, and S. Cavalli, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 8571 (2011)], 10.1039/c0cp02738c reactions for which accurate scattering information has become recently available through time-dependent and time-independent approaches. Application of the theory to two important particular cases of the reactive collisions has been considered: (i) the influence of the angular momentum polarization of reactants in the entrance channel on the spatial distribution of the products in the exit channel and (ii) angular momentum polarization of the products of the reaction between unpolarized reactants. In the former case, the role of the angular momentum alignment of the reactants is shown to be large, particularly when the angular momentum is perpendicular to the reaction scattering plane. In the latter case, the orientation and alignment of the product angular momentum was found to be significant and strongly dependent on the scattering angle. The calculation also reveals significant differences between the vector correlation properties of the two reactions under study which are due to difference in the reaction mechanisms. In the case of F + HD reaction, the branching ratio between HF and DF production points out interest in the insight gained into the detailed dynamics, when information is available either from exact quantum mechanical calculations or from especially designed experiments. Also, the geometrical arrangement for the experimental determination of the product angular momentum orientation and alignment based

  2. STRING: A new drifter for HF radar validation. (United States)

    Rammou, Anna-Maria; Zervakis, Vassilis; Bellomo, Lucio; Kokkini, Zoi; Quentin, Celine; Mantovani, Carlo; Kalampokis, Alkiviadis


    High-Frequency radars (HFR) are an effective mean of remotely monitoring sea-surface currents, based on recording the Doppler-shift of radio-waves backscattered on the sea surface. Validation of HFRs' measurements takes place via comparisons either with in-situ Eulerian velocity data (usually obtained by surface current-meters attached on moorings) or to Lagrangian velocity fields (recorded by surface drifters). The most common surface drifter used for this purpose is the CODE-type drifter (Davis, 1985), an industry-standard design to record the vertical average velocity of the upper 1 m layer of the water column. In this work we claim that the observed differences between the HFR-derived velocities and Lagrangian measurements can be attributed not just to the different spatial scales recorded by the above instruments but also due to the fact that while the HFR-derived velocity corresponds to exponentially weighted vertical average of the velocity field from the surface to 1 m depth (Stewart and Joy, 1974) the velocity estimated by the CODE drifters corresponds to boxcar-type weighted vertical average due to the orthogonal shape of the CODE drifters' sails. After analyzing the theoretical behavior of a drifter under the influence of wind and current, we proceed to propose a new design of exponentially-shaped sails for the drogues of CODE-based drifters, so that the HFR-derived velocities and the drifter-based velocities will be directly comparable, regarding the way of vertically averaging the velocity field.The new drifter, codenamed STRING, exhibits identical behavior to the classical CODE design under relatively homogeneous conditions in the upper 1 m layer, however it is expected to follow a significantly different track in conditions of high vertical shear and stratification. Thus, we suggest that the new design is the instrument of choice for validation of HFR installations, as it can be used in all conditions and behaves identically to CODEs when vertical

  3. Photocurrent generation in carbon nanotube/cubic-phase HfO2 nanoparticle hybrid nanocomposites

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    Protima Rauwel


    Full Text Available A hybrid material consisting of nonfunctionalized multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs and cubic-phase HfO2 nanoparticles (NPs with an average diameter of 2.6 nm has been synthesized. Free standing HfO2 NPs present unusual optical properties and a strong photoluminescence emission in the visible region, originating from surface defects. Transmission electron microscopy studies show that these NPs decorate the MWCNTs on topological defect sites. The electronic structure of the C K-edge in the nanocomposites was probed by electron energy loss spectroscopy, highlighting the key role of the MWCNT growth defects in anchoring HfO2 NPs. A combined optical emission and absorption spectroscopy approach illustrated that, in contrast to HfO2 NPs, the metallic MWCNTs do not emit light but instead expose their discrete electronic structure in the absorption spectra. The hybrid material manifests characteristic absorption features with a gradual merger of the MWCNT π-plasmon resonance band with the intrinsic defect band and fundamental edge of HfO2. The photoluminescence of the nanocomposites indicates features attributed to combined effects of charge desaturation of HfO2 surface states and charge transfer to the MWCNTs with an overall reduction of radiative recombination. Finally, photocurrent generation under UV–vis illumination suggests that a HfO2 NP/MWCNT hybrid system can be used as a flexible nanodevice for light harvesting applications.

  4. Superelasticity and Shape Memory Behavior of NiTiHf Alloys (United States)

    Sehitoglu, H.; Wu, Y.; Patriarca, L.; Li, G.; Ojha, A.; Zhang, S.; Chumlyakov, Y.; Nishida, M.


    The NiTiHf high-temperature shape memory alloys represent a significant advancement in extending the functionality of binary NiTi to elevated temperatures above 100 °C. Despite this potential, the previous results in the literature point to a disappointingly low shape memory strains with addition of Hf. On the other hand, based on theoretical analysis using the lattice constants, the transformation strains should increase substantially with increase in Hf content. The present paper addresses this discrepancy, and using atomistic simulations, determination of twinning modes in martensite with transmission electron microscopy, digital image measurements of habit plane orientation, and strains in single-crystal specimens show that the experimental transformation strains in NiTiHf indeed increase with increasing Hf to unprecedented strain levels near 20%. The Hf contents considered were in the range 6.25-25 at.%, and NiTi (0% Hf) results are provided as the baseline. The current work represents more than 60 experiments representing an extremely thorough study on single crystals and polycrystals.

  5. Isolation and Characterization of a Virulent Bacteriophage φPA-HF17 of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Fang Han


    Full Text Available Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an important causative agent of nosocomial infection, is found throughout the hospital environment in moist reservoirs, and multidrug-resistant strains of P. aeruginosa have been increasingly reported worldwide. Bacteriophages are often considered potential therapeutic candidates in treating infectious diseases. In this study, a novel virulent bacteriophage φPA-HF17, specific infecting clinical isolates of P. aeruginosa, was isolated and characterized from environmental sewage. Transmission electron microscopy showed that phage φPA-HF17 had an icosahedral head with a very short tail, and exhibited characteristics typical of a podovirus. Restriction analysis indicated that phage φPA-HF17 was a double-stranded DNA virus, which might be digested by some restriction endonucleases. Phage φPA-HF17 was highly infectious with a rapid adsorption (>90% adsorbed in 4 min. In a one-step growth experiment, phage φPA-HF17 was shown having a latent period of 10 minute, with corresponding burst sizes of 200 PFU/cell. Furthermore, when φPA-HF17 alone was incubated at different pHs and different temperatures, the phage was stable over a wide pH range (4 to 10 and at extreme temperature (50°C. These results suggest that φPA-HF17 may be candidate therapeutic phage to control P. aeruginosa infection.

  6. In-situ atomic layer deposition growth of Hf-oxide

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    Karavaev, Konstantin


    We have grown HfO{sub 2} on Si(001) by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using HfCl{sub 4}, TEMAHf, TDMAHf and H{sub 2}O as precursors. The early stages of the ALD were investigated with high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. We observed the changes occurring in the Si 2p, O 1s, Hf 4f, Hf 4d, and Cl 2p (for HfCl{sub 4} experiment) core level lines after each ALD cycle up to the complete formation of two layers of HfO{sub 2}. The investigation was carried out in situ giving the possibility to determine the properties of the grown film after every ALD cycle or even after a half cycle. This work focused on the advantages in-situ approach in comparison with ex-situ experiments. The study provides to follow the evolution of the important properties of HfO{sub 2}: contamination level, density and stoichiometry, and influence of the experimental parameters to the interface layer formation during ALD. Our investigation shows that in-situ XPS approach for ALD gives much more information than ex-situ experiments. (orig.)

  7. Linear Trimeric Hafnium Clusters in Hf0.86(1I3

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    Jan Beekhuizen


    Full Text Available The reduction of hafnium tetraiodide, HfI4, with aluminum at 600 °C or 850 °C in the presence of a NaI flux resulted in black single crystals of Hf0.86(1I3. This composition corresponds well to the upper end of the non-stoichiometry range 0.89 ≤ x ≤ 1.00 previously reported for HfxI3. The crystal structure (a = 1250.3(2, c = 1999.6(3 pm, R-3m, Z = 18 is made up of hexagonal closest packed layers of iodide ions. One third of the octahedral holes would be filled as in TiI3 or ZrI3 if it were Hf1.00I3. In Hf0.86(1I3, one out of six octahedral holes along [001] are, however, only occupied by 16%. In contrast to TiI3-I and ZrI3, one striking structural feature is in the formation of linear hafnium trimers with identical Hf―Hf distances of 318.3(2 pm rather than the formation of dimers. These may be associated with Hf―Hf bonding although only 2.64 electrons are available for one Hf5.16I18 column.

  8. Binocular responses and vertical strabismus

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    Risović Dušica


    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Elevation in adduction is the most common pattern of vertical strabismus, and it is mostly treated with surgery. The results of weaking of inferior oblique muscle are very changeable. The aim of this study was to evaluate binocular vision using sensory tests before and one and six months after the surgery. Methods. A total of 79 children were divided in two groups: the first, with inferior oblique muscle of overaction (n = 52, and the second with dissociated vertical deviation (DVD, and primary inferior oblique muscle overaction (n = 27. We tested them by polaroid mirror test (PMT, Worth test at distance and near, fusion amplitudes on sinoptofore, Lang I stereo test and Wirt-Titmus stereo test. We examined our patients before and two times after the surgery for vertical strabismus. Results. Foveal suppression in the group I was found in 60.5% of the patients before, and in 56.4% after the surgery. In group II Foveal suppression was detected in 64.7% of the patients before, but in 55.6% 6 months after the surgery with PMT. Worth test revealed suppression in 23.5% of the patients before, and in 40.7% after the vertical muscle surgery. Parafoveal fussion persisted in about 1/3 of the patients before the surgery, and their amplitudes were a little larger after the surgery in the group I patients. Lang I stereo test was negative in 53.9% before and 51.9% after the surgery in the group I, and in 48.2% of the patients before and after the surgery in the group II patients. Wirt-Titmus stereo test was negative in 74.5% of the patients before and in 72.9% after the surgery in the group I, but in the group II it was negative in 70.8% before and in 68.0% of the patients 6 months after the surgery. Conclusion. Binocular responses were found after surgery in 65.7% of the patients the group I and in 55.6% patients the group II. There was no significant difference between these two groups, but binocular responses were more often in the patients

  9. Generation of Vertically Incident Seismograms, (United States)


    p. 106, equation 3.38.) %lPHASE Flag: If set, Minimum- phase filter required; otherwise, Zero phase %ILNR Counter of model file input lines, used in... PHASE ) FILTER -TYPE DB SLOPE CUT-OFF FREQUENCY 1 72 70 2 72 30 4’ 4 GENERATION OF VERTICALLY INCIDENT SEISMOGRAMS VISP; PLOTS OF PARAMETERS TEST I...FILTER PHASE 1 (MINIMUM PHASE ) FILTER -TYPE DB SLOPE CUT-OFF FREQUENCY 1 96 50 2 96 10 Table 6. Input data used to test a high-cult filter with zero phase



    Lama Ramirez, R.; Universidad Nacional Mayor De San Marcos Facultad de Química e Ingeniería Química Departamento de Operaciones Unitarias Av. Venezuela cdra. 34 sin, Lima - Perú; Condorhuamán Ccorimanya, C.; Universidad Nacional Mayor De San Marcos Facultad de Química e Ingeniería Química Departamento de Operaciones Unitarias Av. Venezuela cdra. 34 sin, Lima - Perú


    lt has been studied the batch sedimentation of aqueous suspensions of precipitated calcium carbonate, barium sulphate and lead oxide , in vertical thickeners of rectangular and circular cross sectional area. Suspensions vary in concentration between 19.4 and 617.9 g/I and the rate of sedimentation obtained between 0.008 and 7.70 cm/min. The effect of the specific gravity of the solid on the rate of sedimentation is the same for all the suspensions, that is, the greater the value of the specif...

  11. Microstructure and Phase Stability of Single Crystal NiAl Alloyed with Hf and Zr (United States)

    Locci, I. E.; Dickerson, R. M.; Garg, A.; Noebe, R. D.; Whittenberger, J. D.; Nathal, M. V.; Darolia, R.


    Six near stoichiometric, NiAl single-crystal alloys, with 0.05-1.5 at.% of Hf and Zr additions plus Si impurities, were microstructurally analyzed in the as-cast, homogenized, and aged conditions. Hafnium-rich interdendritic regions, containing the Heusler phase (Ni2AlHf), were found in all the as-cast alloys containing Hf. Homogenization heat treatments partially reduced these interdendritic segregated regions. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations of the as-cast and homogenized microstructures revealed the presence of a high density of fine Hf (or Zr) and Si-rich precipitates. These were identified as G-phase, Nil6X6Si7, or as an orthorhombic NiXSi phase, where X is Hf or Zr. Under these conditions the expected Heusler phase (beta') was almost completely absent. The Si responsible for the formation of the G and NiHfSi phases is the result of molten metal reacting with the Si-containing crucible used during the casting process. Varying the cooling rates after homogenization resulted in the refinement or complete suppression of the G and NiHfSi phases. In some of the alloys studied, long-term aging heat treatments resulted in the formation of Heusler precipitates, which were more stable at the aging temperature and coarsened at the expense of the G-phase. In other alloys, long-term aging resulted in the formation of the NiXSi phase. The stability of the Heusler or NiXSi phases can be traced to the reactive element (Hf or Zr) to silicon ratio. If the ratio is high, then the Heusler phase appears stable after long time aging. If the ratio is low, then the NiHfSi phase appears to be the stable phase.

  12. Vibrational relaxation of hydrogen fluoride by HF dimers in a laser excited nozzle beam

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    Knuth, E.L.; Rubahn, H.; Toennies, J.P.; Wanner, J.


    An HF nozzle beam and a cw HF laser beam in a coaxial and antiparallel arrangement facilitated exciting HF molecules vibrationally in v-italic = 1,J-italic up to the saturation limit. A beam consisting exclusively of monomeric HF was generated by heating the beam source to 600 K and was confirmed using a mass spectrometer. Energy-flux measurements made using a bolometer indicate that the vibrational energy distribution initiated by the laser is conserved, confirming that V--T energy transfer to monomers is slow. The maximum measured flux of HF(v-italic = 1,J-italic) molecules was 1.5 x 10/sup 17/ molecules s/sup -1/ sr/sup -1/ at 670 mbar stagnation pressure. Beams consisting of a mixture of monomeric and polymeric HF were generated using appropriate combinations of source temperature and pressure. In the presence of dimers, the excited monomers relax rapidly by a fast V--V transfer and subsequent predissociation of the metastable dimers. The loss of beam energy due to energy transport by the departing dimer fragments was detected bolometrically. The laser-induced depletion of dimers was determined over a wide source pressure range at T-italic/sub 0/ = 300 K using a mass spectrometer. From a kinetic model of these dimer-depletion data, the product of cross section and transfer probability for V--V energy transfer from HF (v-italic = 1) monomers to dimers was deduced to be 14 A-circle/sup 2/. The terminal-dimer-concentration equation for HF nozzle beams was refined. An analysis of the energy fluxes measured by the bolometer with no laser excitation of the beam revealed that, for an HF nozzle beam, the flow from the source to the detector is, in general, nonisenthalpic due to the onset of dimerization. Mach-number focusing enriches the dimer mole fractions detected by the bolometer.

  13. Properties of HfAlO film deposited by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition

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    Cao, Duo [State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Micro-system and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changning Road 865, Shanghai 200050 (China); Cheng, Xinhong, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Micro-system and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changning Road 865, Shanghai 200050 (China); Jia, Tingting; Zheng, Li; Xu, Dawei; Wang, Zhongjian; Xia, Chao; Yu, Yuehui [State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Micro-system and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changning Road 865, Shanghai 200050 (China)


    Plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) method can reduce film growing temperature, and allow in situ plasma treatment. In this work, HfAlO and HfO{sub 2} films were deposited with PEALD at 160 °C. Microstructure analysis showed that both films were amorphous after rapid thermal annealing (RTA) treatment, and HfAlO sample showed better interfacial structure than HfO{sub 2}. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra indicated that main component of the interfacial layer of HfAlO sample was Hf–Si–O and Al–Si–O bonds, the valence band offset value between the HfAlO film and Si substrate was calculated to be 2.5 eV. The dominant leakage current mechanism of the samples was Schottky emission at a low electric field (<1.4 MV/cm), and Poole–Frenkel emission mechanism at a higher electric field (>1.4 MV/cm). The equivalent oxide thicknesses (EOT) of the HfAlO samples were 1.0 nm and 1.3 nm, respectively. The density of interface states between dielectric and substrate were calculated to be 1.2 × 10{sup 12} eV{sup −1}cm{sup −2} and 1.3 × 10{sup 12} eV{sup −1}cm{sup −2}, respectively. In comparison with HfO{sub 2} film, HfAlO film has good interfacial structure and electrical performance.

  14. Signal Words (United States)

    SIGNAL WORDS TOPIC FACT SHEET NPIC fact sheets are designed to answer questions that are commonly asked by the ... making decisions about pesticide use. What are Signal Words? Signal words are found on pesticide product labels, ...

  15. Ti insertion in the MTe5 (M = Zr, Hf structure type: Hf0.78Ti0.22Te5

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    Hoseop Yun


    Full Text Available The group 5 mixed-metal telluride, Hf0.78Ti0.22Te5 (hafnium titanium pentatelluride, is isostructural with the binary phases HfTe5 and ZrTe5 and forms a layered structure extending parallel to (010. The layers are made up from chains of bicapped metal-centered trigonal prisms and zigzag Te chains. The metal site (site symmetry m2m is occupied by statistically disordered Hf [78.1 (5%] and Ti [21.9 (5%]. In addition to the regular Te—Te pair [2.7448 (13 Å] forming the short base of the equilateral triangle of the trigonal prism, an intermediate Te...Te separation [2.9129 (9 Å] is also found. The classical charge balance of the compound can be described as [M4+][Te2−][Te22−][Te20] (M = Hf, Ti. The individual metal content can vary in different crystals, apparently forming a random substitutional solid solution (Hf1-xTixTe5, with 0.15 ≤ x ≤ 0.22.

  16. First-principles calculated spin-gapless semiconducting behavior in quaternary VCoHfGa and CrFeHfGa Heusler compounds

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    Yang, Xiude; Wu, Xiaolin [Institute of Theoretical Physics, Zunyi Normal College, Zunyi 563002 (China); Wu, Bo, E-mail: [Institute of Theoretical Physics, Zunyi Normal College, Zunyi 563002 (China); School of Marine Science and Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xian 710072 (China); Feng, Yu [School of Physical Science and Technology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Li, Ping [Institute for Clean Energy & Advanced Materials (ICAEM), Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Huang, Haishen [Institute of Theoretical Physics, Zunyi Normal College, Zunyi 563002 (China)


    Highlights: • Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of quaternary Heusler alloy [VCo,CrFe]HfGa were detected theoretically. • The quaternary Heusler alloy [VCo,CrFe]HfGa are (or are nearly) spin gapless semiconductors at the lowest energy state. • The ferromagnetic coupling plays an important role in magnetism. - Abstract: By using generalized gradient approximation (GGA) scheme within the density functional theory (DFT), the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of LiMgPdSn-type quaternary Heusler alloy CrFeHfGa and VCoHfGa were detected compressively. The results reveal that the two alloys are (or are nearly) potential spin gapless semiconductors with a magnetic moment of 3 μ{sub B} per primitive cell and the minority-spin gap of 0.8 eV and 0.6 eV at Fermi level (ε{sub F}) during the rate of lattice change of about −5%, respectively. We deduce that the ferromagnetic coupling among transitional metals plays an important role in magnetism of Heusler alloy [CrFe,VCo]HfGa.

  17. First-principles study of the (001) surface of cubic PbHfO3 and BaHfO3

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    Ni Guang-Xin; Wang Yuan-Xu


    Using first-principles techniques, we investigate the (001) surfaces of cubic PbHfO3 (PHO) and BaHfO3 (BHO) terminated with both AO (A=Pb and Ba) and HfO2- Surface structure, partial density of states, band structure, and surface energy are obtained. The BaO surface is found to be similar to its counterpart in BHO. For the HfO2-terminated surface of cubic PHO, the largest relaxation appears on the second-layer atoms but not on the first-layer ones. The analysis of the structure relaxation parameters reveals that the rumpling of the (001) surface for PHO is stronger than that for BHO. The surface thermodynamic stability is explored, and it is found that both the PbO- and the BaO-terminated surfaces are more stable than the HfO2-terminated surfaces for PHO and BHO, respectively. The surface energy calculations show that the (001) surface of PHO is more easily constructed than that of BHO.

  18. Recent progress in AMS measurement of 182Hf at the CIAE

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    LI Zhen-Yu; LI Heng; WU Shao-Yong; YUAN Jian; JIANG Shan; HE Ming; DONG Ke-Jun; HE Guo-Zhu; LI Chao-Li; HE Xian-Wen; ZHANG Wei; HU Hao; ZHENG Guo-Wen


    In order to improve the accuracy of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) measurement for 182Hf/180Hf,a series of measurements have been taken in the AMS laboratory at the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE).The major ones include the instantaneous monitoring of 180HfF-5current,testing the stability of transmission,the alternate measurements of an unknown sample and standard,and the origin identification and minimization of background 182W.The experimental details and the improvement in the measurement accuracy,as well as some useful suggestions for better satisfying the requirements of certain practical applications,are presented in this paper.

  19. Crystal structure of Na2HfSi2O7 by Rietveld refinement

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    Nicolas Massoni


    Full Text Available The structure of triclinic disodium hafnium disilicate, Na2HfSi2O7, has been determined by laboratory powder X-ray diffraction and refined by the Rietveld refinement. The structure is a framework made of alternate layers of HfO6 octahedra and SiO4 tetrahedra linked by common O atoms. Sodium atoms are located in the voids of the framework, aligned into tunnels along the [010] direction. Na2HfSi2O7 is isostructural with the parakeldyshite Na2ZrSi2O7 phase.

  20. Structural and thermal properties of Cu-Hf-Ti bulk amorphous alloys (United States)

    Rontó, V.; Nagy, E.; Svéda, M.; Roósz, A.; Tranta, F.


    Cu-Hf-Ti amorphous alloys are high strength and wear resistant materials. Master alloys of Cu57.5Hf27.5Ti15 and Cu57.5Hf25Ti17.5 ternary alloys have been prepared by arc melting, and wedge and rod shaped samples have been cast by centrifugal casting. Liquidus and solidus temperatures of the alloys were determined by DTA. The fully amorphous size was determined by X-ray diffraction. Thermodynamic properties of the amorphous alloys were studied by DSC measurements and Kissinger analyses were performed.

  1. Control of photoassociation reaction F+H→HF with ultrashort laser pulse

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    The laser-induced vibrational state-selectivity of product HF in photoassociation reaction H+F→HF is theoretically investigated by using the time-dependent quantum wave packet method. The population transfer process from the continuum state down to the bound vibrational states can be controlled by the driving laser. The effects of laser pulse parameters and the initial momentum of the two collision atoms on the vibrational population of the product HF are discussed in detail. Photodissociation accompanied with the photoassociation process is also described.

  2. [18F]Fluoride recovery via gaseous [18F]HF

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    Mathiessen, Bente; Jensen, Mikael; Zhuravlev, Fedor


    Acidification of target water with H2SO4 in a specially constructed glassy carbon/polyethylene apparatus allowed for recovery of up to 82% of [18F]fluoride as [18F]HF gas. The [18F]HF distillate was found to be acid-free but moist; when passed through a solution of tBuPh2SiOTf, it yielded [18F......]tBuPh2SiF. The multivariate design of experiment showed that the key to high yield of [18F]HF was the efficient degassing of the reaction mixture....

  3. The role of phosphates for the Lu-Hf chronology of meteorites (United States)

    Debaille, Vinciane; Van Orman, James; Yin, Qing-Zhu; Amelin, Yuri


    The 176Lu-176Hf isotopic system is widely used for dating and tracing cosmochemical and geological processes, but still suffers from two uncertainties. First, Lu-Hf isochrons for some early Solar System materials have excess slope of unknown origin that should not be expected for meteorites with ages precisely determined with other isotopic chronometers. This observation translates to an apparent Lu decay constant higher than the one calculated by comparing ages obtained with various dating methods on terrestrial samples. Second, unlike the well constrained Sm/Nd value (to within 2%) for the chondritic uniform reservoir (CHUR), the Lu/Hf ratios in chondrites vary up to 18% when considering all chondrites, adding uncertainty to the Lu/Hf CHUR value. In order to better understand the Lu-Hf systematics of chondrites, we analyzed mineral fractions from the Richardton H5 chondrite to construct an internal Lu-Hf isochron, and set up a numerical model to investigate the effect of preferential diffusion of Lu compared to Hf from phosphate, the phase with the highest Lu-Hf ratio in chondrites, to other minerals. The isochron yields an age of 4647 ± 210 million years (Myr) using the accepted 176Lu decay constant of 1.867 ± 0.008 ×10-11yr-1. Combining this study with the phosphate fractions measured in a previous study yields a slope of 0.08855 ± 0.00072, translating to a 176Lu decay constant of 1.862 ± 0.016 ×10-11yr-1 using the Pb-Pb age previously obtained, in agreement with the accepted value. The large variation of the Lu/Hf phosphates combined with observations in the present study identify phosphates as the key in perturbing Lu-Hf dating and generating the isochron slope discrepancy. This is critical as apatite has substantially higher diffusion rates of rare earth elements than most silicate minerals that comprise stony meteorites. Results of numerical modeling depending of temperature peak, size of the grains and duration of the metamorphic event, show that

  4. Interaction of La2O3 capping layers with HfO2 gate dielectrics (United States)

    Copel, M.; Guha, S.; Bojarczuk, N.; Cartier, E.; Narayanan, V.; Paruchuri, V.


    We report the effect of La2O3 capping layers on HfO2/SiO2/Si dielectrics, proposed for use in threshold voltage tuning of field effect transistors. Depth profiling with medium energy ion scattering shows that an initial surface layer of La2O3 diffuses through the HfO2 at elevated temperatures, ultimately converting some of the thin interfacial SiO2 into a silicate. Core-level photoemission measurements indicate that the additional band-bending induced by the La2O3 only appears after diffusion, and the added charge resides between the HfO2 and the substrate.

  5. GNSS Vertical Coordinate Time Series Analysis Using Single-Channel Independent Component Analysis Method (United States)

    Peng, Wei; Dai, Wujiao; Santerre, Rock; Cai, Changsheng; Kuang, Cuilin


    Daily vertical coordinate time series of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) stations usually contains tectonic and non-tectonic deformation signals, residual atmospheric delay signals, measurement noise, etc. In geophysical studies, it is very important to separate various geophysical signals from the GNSS time series to truthfully reflect the effect of mass loadings on crustal deformation. Based on the independence of mass loadings, we combine the Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition (EEMD) with the Phase Space Reconstruction-based Independent Component Analysis (PSR-ICA) method to analyze the vertical time series of GNSS reference stations. In the simulation experiment, the seasonal non-tectonic signal is simulated by the sum of the correction of atmospheric mass loading and soil moisture mass loading. The simulated seasonal non-tectonic signal can be separated into two independent signals using the PSR-ICA method, which strongly correlated with atmospheric mass loading and soil moisture mass loading, respectively. Likewise, in the analysis of the vertical time series of GNSS reference stations of Crustal Movement Observation Network of China (CMONOC), similar results have been obtained using the combined EEMD and PSR-ICA method. All these results indicate that the EEMD and PSR-ICA method can effectively separate the independent atmospheric and soil moisture mass loading signals and illustrate the significant cause of the seasonal variation of GNSS vertical time series in the mainland of China.

  6. Convection in a vertical channel

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    Tisserand, J-C; Creyssels, M; Gibert, M; Castaing, B; Chilla, F, E-mail: Francesca.Chilla@ens-lyon.f [Universite de Lyon, ENS Lyon, UMR 5672 CNRS, 46 Allee d' Italie, 69364 Lyon Cedex 7 (France)


    The flow generated by heat convection in a long, vertical channel is studied by means of particle imagery velocimetry techniques, with the help of the thermal measurements from a previous paper (Gibert et al 2009 Phys. Fluids 21 035109). We analyse the mean velocity profiles and the Reynolds stresses, and compare the present results with the previous ones obtained in a larger cell and at a larger Reynolds number. We calculate the horizontal temperature profile and the related horizontal heat flux. The pertinence of effective turbulent diffusivity and viscosity is confirmed by the low value of the associated mixing length. We study the one-point and two-point statistics of both velocity components. We show how the concept of turbulent viscosity explains the relations between the local probability density functions (pdf) of fluctuations for temperature, vertical and horizontal velocity components. Despite the low Reynolds number values explored, some conclusions can be drawn about the small scale velocity differences and the related energy cascade.

  7. ERK1/2 MAPK signaling in hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus contributes to sympathetic excitation in rats with heart failure after myocardial infarction. (United States)

    Yu, Yang; Wei, Shun-Guang; Zhang, Zhi-Hua; Weiss, Robert M; Felder, Robert B


    Brain MAPK signaling pathways are activated in heart failure (HF) induced by myocardial infarction and contribute to augmented sympathetic nerve activity. We tested whether decreasing ERK1/2 (also known as p44/42 MAPK) signaling in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN), a forebrain source of presympathetic neurons, would reduce the upregulation of sympathoexcitatory mediators in the PVN and augmented sympathetic nerve activity in rats with HF. Sprague-Dawley rats underwent left anterior descending coronary artery ligation to induce HF, with left ventricular dysfunction confirmed by echocardiography. One week after coronary artery ligation or sham operation, small interfering (si)RNAs targeting ERK1/2 or a nontargeting control siRNA was microinjected bilaterally into the PVN. Experiments were conducted 5-7 days later. Confocal images revealed reduced phosphorylated ERK1/2 immunofluorescence in the PVN of HF rats treated with ERK1/2 siRNAs compared with HF rats treated with control siRNA. Western blot analysis confirmed significant reductions in both total and phosphorylated ERK1/2 in the PVN of HF rats treated with ERK1/2 siRNAs along with reduced expression of renin-angiotensin system components and inflammatory mediators. HF rats treated with ERK1/2 siRNAs also had reduced PVN neuronal excitation (fewer Fos-related antigen-like-immunoreactive neurons), lower plasma norepinephrine levels, and improved peripheral manifestations of HF compared with HF rats treated with control siRNAs. These results demonstrate that ERK1/2 signaling in the PVN plays a pivotal role in mediating sympathetic drive in HF induced by myocardial infarction and may be a novel target for therapeutic intervention.

  8. A first-principles high-pressure study of Hf2PX (X=B, C, N) (United States)

    Li, Hui; Luo, Zhili; Liu, Zhe; Sun, Guodong; Wang, Zhenjun


    New members of MAX family Hf2PX (X=B, C, N) were studied by first-principles calculations under pressure range of 0-100 GPa. Their structural, elastic and electronic properties were reported. The results show that they are energetically stable at zero pressure and mechanically stable under pressure range from 0 to 100 GPa. It reveals that Hf2PB>Hf2PC>Hf2PN for the structural parameters of a and V, and Hf2PBpressure environments.

  9. Fabrication and characteristics of high-K HfO2 gate dielectrics on n-germanium

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    Han De-Dong; Kang Jin-Feng; Liu Xiao-Yan; Sun Lei; Luo Hao; Han Ru-Qi


    This paper reports that the high-K HfO2 gate dielectrics are fabricated on n-germanium substrates by sputtering Hf on Ge and following by a furnace annealing. The impacts of sputtering ambient, annealing ambient and annealing temperature on the electrical properties of high-K HfO2 gate dielectrics on germanium substrates are investigated.Experimental results indicate that high-K HfO2 gate dielectrics on germanium substrates with good electrical characteristics are obtained, the electrical properties of high-K HfO2 gate dielectrics is strongly correlated with sputtering ambient, annealing ambient and annealing temperature.

  10. Vertical nystagmus: clinical facts and hypotheses. (United States)

    Pierrot-Deseilligny, C; Milea, D


    The pathophysiology of spontaneous upbeat (UBN) and downbeat (DBN) nystagmus is reviewed in the light of several instructive clinical findings and experimental data. UBN due to pontine lesions could result from damage to the ventral tegmental tract (VTT), originating in the superior vestibular nucleus (SVN), coursing through the ventral pons and transmitting excitatory upward vestibular signals to the third nerve nucleus. A VTT lesion probably leads to relative hypoactivity of the drive to the motoneurons of the elevator muscles with, consequently, an imbalance between the downward and upward systems, resulting in a downward slow phase. The results observed in internuclear ophthalmoplegia suggest that the medial longitudinal fasciculus (MLF) is involved in the transmission of both upward and downward vestibular signals. Since no clinical cases of DBN due to focal brainstem damage have been reported, it may be assumed that the transmission of downward vestibular signals depends only upon the MLF, whereas that of upward vestibular signals involves both the MLF and the VTT. The main focal lesions resulting in DBN affect the cerebellar flocculus and/or paraflocculus. Apparently, this structure tonically inhibits the SVN and its excitatory efferent tract (i.e. the VTT) but not the downward vestibular system. Therefore, a floccular lesion could result in a disinhibition of the SVN-VTT pathway with, consequently, relative hyperactivity of the drive to the motoneurons of the elevator muscles, resulting in an upward slow phase. UBN also results from lesions affecting the caudal medulla. An area in this region could form part of a feedback loop involved in upward gaze-holding, originating in a collateral branch of the VTT and comprising the caudal medulla, the flocculus and the SVN, successively. Therefore, it is suggested that the main types of spontaneous vertical nystagmus due to focal central lesions result from a primary dysfunction of the SVN-VTT pathway, which becomes

  11. The vertical fingerprint of earthquake cycle loading in southern California (United States)

    Howell, Samuel; Smith-Konter, Bridget; Frazer, Neil; Tong, Xiaopeng; Sandwell, David


    The San Andreas Fault System, one of the best-studied transform plate boundaries on Earth, is well known for its complex network of locked faults that slowly deform the crust in response to large-scale plate motions. Horizontal interseismic motions of the fault system are largely predictable, but vertical motions arising from tectonic sources remain enigmatic. Here we show that when carefully treated for spatial consistency, global positioning system-derived vertical velocities expose a small-amplitude (+/-2 mm yr-1), but spatially considerable (200 km), coherent pattern of uplift and subsidence straddling the fault system in southern California. We employ the statistical method of model selection to isolate this vertical velocity field from non-tectonic signals that induce velocity variations in both magnitude and direction across small distances (less than tens of kilometres; ref. ), and find remarkable agreement with the sense of vertical motions predicted by physical earthquake cycle models spanning the past few centuries. We suggest that these motions reveal the subtle, but identifiable, tectonic fingerprint of far-field flexure due to more than 300 years of fault locking and creeping depth variability. Understanding this critical component of interseismic deformation at a complex strike-slip plate boundary will better constrain regional mechanics and crustal rheology, improving the quantification of seismic hazards in southern California and beyond.

  12. Coupled zircon Lu-Hf and U-Pb isotopic analyses of the oldest terrestrial crust, the >4.03 Ga Acasta Gneiss Complex (United States)

    Bauer, Ann M.; Fisher, Christopher M.; Vervoort, Jeffrey D.; Bowring, Samuel A.


    The Acasta Gneiss Complex of the Northwest Territories, Canada, contains some of the earliest terrestrial continental crust and thus provides a critical sample set for characterization of crust-forming processes on the early Earth. Here we report the results of a combined Lu-Hf and U-Pb isotopic study of zircons from predominantly felsic orthogneisses from the Acasta Gneiss Complex that crystallized between ∼4.0 and 2.9 Ga, many of which contain complex zoning and therefore require an analytical treatment suited to distinguish amongst compositionally distinct age and Hf isotopic domains. To ensure the reliability of the analyses and of subsequent geologic interpretations, we employed the laser ablation split-stream (LASS) technique to concurrently measure the Lu-Hf and U-Pb isotopic systems in zircon. Our results confirm prior findings of precursor Hadean crust (>4.0 Ga) in the source of these rocks and the continued involvement of this reservoir until ∼3.6 Ga. We present evidence for the input of relatively more juvenile material at ∼3.6 Ga, which we suggest corresponds to a fundamental change in the source of the magmas. This study extends the lower bound of the published Acasta Hf isotopic record from 3.6 Ga to 2.9 Ga and demonstrates that the ∼3.6 Ga-2.9 Ga interval is largely represented by reworking of relatively juvenile ∼3.6 Ga crust and the diminution of the >4.0 Ga crustal signal. Significantly, there is no evidence that rocks within the Acasta Gneiss Complex were derived from a strongly depleted mantle.

  13. Low modulus Ti-Nb-Hf alloy for biomedical applications. (United States)

    González, M; Peña, J; Gil, F J; Manero, J M


    β-Type titanium alloys with a low elastic modulus are a potential strategy to reduce stress shielding effect and to enhance bone remodeling in implants used to substitute failed hard tissue. For biomaterial application, investigation on the mechanical behavior, the corrosion resistance and the cell response is required. The new Ti25Nb16Hf alloy was studied before and after 95% cold rolling (95% C.R.). The mechanical properties were determined by tensile testing and its corrosion behavior was analyzed by potentiostatic equipment in Hank's solution at 37°C. The cell response was studied by means of cytotoxicity evaluation, cell adhesion and proliferation measurements. The stress-strain curves showed the lowest elastic modulus (42GPa) in the cold worked alloy and high tensile strength, similar to that of Ti6Al4V. The new alloy exhibited better corrosion resistance in terms of open circuit potential (EOCP), but was similar in terms of corrosion current density (iCORR) compared to Ti grade II. Cytotoxicity studies revealed that the chemical composition of the alloy does not induce cytotoxic activity. Cell studies in the new alloy showed a lower adhesion and a higher proliferation compared to Ti grade II presenting, therefore, mechanical features similar to those of human cortical bone and, simultaneously, a good cell response.

  14. Formation of Al2O3-HfO2 Eutectic EBC Film on Silicon Carbide Substrate

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    Kyosuke Seya


    Full Text Available The formation mechanism of Al2O3-HfO2 eutectic structure, the preparation method, and the formation mechanism of the eutectic EBC layer on the silicon carbide substrate are summarized. Al2O3-HfO2 eutectic EBC film is prepared by optical zone melting method on the silicon carbide substrate. At high temperature, a small amount of silicon carbide decomposed into silicon and carbon. The components of Al2O3 and HfO2 in molten phase also react with the free carbon. The Al2O3 phase reacts with free carbon and vapor species of AlO phase is formed. The composition of the molten phase becomes HfO2 rich from the eutectic composition. HfO2 phase also reacts with the free carbon and HfC phase is formed on the silicon carbide substrate; then a high density intermediate layer is formed. The adhesion between the intermediate layer and the substrate is excellent by an anchor effect. When the solidification process finished before all of HfO2 phase is reduced to HfC phase, HfC-HfO2 functionally graded layer is formed on the silicon carbide substrate and the Al2O3-HfO2 eutectic structure grows from the top of the intermediate layer.

  15. Proposed standardized definitions for vertical resolution and uncertainty in the NDACC lidar ozone and temperature algorithms - Part 1: Vertical resolution (United States)

    Leblanc, Thierry; Sica, Robert J.; van Gijsel, Joanna A. E.; Godin-Beekmann, Sophie; Haefele, Alexander; Trickl, Thomas; Payen, Guillaume; Gabarrot, Frank


    A standardized approach for the definition and reporting of vertical resolution of the ozone and temperature lidar profiles contributing to the Network for the Detection for Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) database is proposed. Two standardized definitions homogeneously and unequivocally describing the impact of vertical filtering are recommended. The first proposed definition is based on the width of the response to a finite-impulse-type perturbation. The response is computed by convolving the filter coefficients with an impulse function, namely, a Kronecker delta function for smoothing filters, and a Heaviside step function for derivative filters. Once the response has been computed, the proposed standardized definition of vertical resolution is given by Δz = δz × HFWHM, where δz is the lidar's sampling resolution and HFWHM is the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the response, measured in sampling intervals. The second proposed definition relates to digital filtering theory. After applying a Laplace transform to a set of filter coefficients, the filter's gain characterizing the effect of the filter on the signal in the frequency domain is computed, from which the cut-off frequency fC, defined as the frequency at which the gain equals 0.5, is computed. Vertical resolution is then defined by Δz = δz/(2fC). Unlike common practice in the field of spectral analysis, a factor 2fC instead of fC is used here to yield vertical resolution values nearly equal to the values obtained with the impulse response definition using the same filter coefficients. When using either of the proposed definitions, unsmoothed signals yield the best possible vertical resolution Δz = δz (one sampling bin). Numerical tools were developed to support the implementation of these definitions across all NDACC lidar groups. The tools consist of ready-to-use "plug-in" routines written in several programming languages that can be inserted into any lidar data processing software and

  16. Effects of Modified Precursor Solution on Microstructure of (Y,Yb)MnO3/HfO2/Si (United States)

    Suzuki, Kazuyuki; Kato, Kazumi


    Ferroelectric/insulator/silicon structures were prepared using (Y,Yb)MnO3 films as ferroelectrics and HfO2 thin films as insulators through alkoxy-derived precursor solutions. The HfO2 solution was chemically modified in order to decrease the number of heating cycles required. The HfO2 films prepared using a partially hydrolyzed alkoxide solution had a uniform structure. From the results of measurements of the roughness level and refractive index of the HfO2 films, the partial hydrolysis of the HfO2 solution was found to be effective for the formation of a uniform microstructure in a thin insulator film. (Y,Yb)MnO3/HfO2/Si structures were constructed using the resultant HfO2 thin films prepared using the modified solutions.

  17. Effects of C and Hf concentration on phase relations and microstructure of a wrought powder-metallurgy superalloy (United States)

    Miner, R. V., Jr.


    NASA IIB-11, a candidate alloy for advanced temperature turbine engine disks, and four modifications with varying C and Hf concentrations were produced from prealloyed powders. Several notable effects of C and Hf concentration in the alloys were observed. Both the amount of the gamma-prime phase and its solvus temperature increased with decreasing C, but only the gamma-prime solvus was affected by Hf, increasing with increasing Hf. Hf also promoted a cellular gamma-prime precipitation. Hf was, however, about equally distributed between gamma-prime and gamma. Hf and C both affected the carbides formed. Increasing both promoted formation of an MC relative to that of an M6C.

  18. The Modulation of Ionospheric Alfvén Resonator on Heating HF Waves and the Doppler Effect

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    Ni Bin-bin; Zhao Zheng-yu; Xie Shu-guo


    Abstract: The propagation of HF waves in IAR can produce many nonlinear effects, including the modulation effect of IAR on HF waves and the Doppler effect. To start with the dependence of the ionospheric electron temperature variaof the modulation effect and lucubrate possible reasons for the field can have an observable modulation effect on HF waves while its mechanism is quite different from that of Schumann resonant field on HF waves. The depth of modulation of IAR field, which directly inspires the formation of cross-spectrum between ULF waves and HF waves and results in spectral peaks at some gyro-frequencies of IAR. With respect to the Doppler effect during the propagation of HF waves in IAR, it is mainly caused by the motion of the high-speed flyer and the drifting electrons and the frequency shift from the phase variation of the reflected waves can be neglected when the frequency of HF incident wave is high enough.

  19. Myostatin signaling is up-regulated in female patients with advanced heart failure. (United States)

    Ishida, Junichi; Konishi, Masaaki; Saitoh, Masakazu; Anker, Markus; Anker, Stefan D; Springer, Jochen


    Myostatin, a negative regulator of skeletal muscle mass, is up-regulated in the myocardium of heart failure (HF) and increased myostatin is associated with weight loss in animal models with HF. Although there are disparities in pathophysiology and epidemiology between male and female patients with HF, it remains unclear whether there is gender difference in myostatin expression and whether it is associated with weight loss in HF patients. Heart tissue samples were collected from patients with advanced heart failure (n=31, female n=5) as well as healthy control donors (n=14, female n=6). Expression levels of myostatin and its related proteins in the heart were evaluated by western blotting analysis. Body mass index was significantly lower in female HF patients than in male counterparts (20.0±4.2 in female vs 25.2±3.8 in male, p=0.04). In female HF patients, both mature myostatin and pSmad2 were significantly up-regulated by 1.9 fold (p=0.05) and 2.5 fold (p<0.01) respectively compared to female donors, while expression of pSmad2 was increased by 2.8 times in male HF patients compared to male healthy subjects, but that of myostatin was not. There was no significant difference in protein expression related to myostatin signaling between male and female patients. In this study, myostatin and pSmad2 were significantly up-regulated in the failing heart of female patients, but not male patients, and female patients displayed lower body mass index. Enhanced myostatin signaling in female failing heart may causally contribute to pathogenesis of HF and cardiac cachexia. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. A Survey on Vertical Handover Decision Framework In Heterogenious Wireless Networks


    Narayana Srivyshnavi; R.China Appala Naidu


    The wireless network of future will consists different radio access technologies. The transfer of mobile terminal from one point to another point in an active communication needs a handover decision. Due to which vertical handover decision will be a priority. The vertical handover decision can be based on different criteria such as bandwidth, signal strength, cost etc., in order for network selection decision we use two algorithms such as customer surplus value and fuzzy selection...

  1. Ferroelectric modulation of terahertz waves with graphene/ultrathin-Si:HfO2/Si structures (United States)

    Jiang, Ran; Han, Zuyin; Sun, Weideng; Du, Xianghao; Wu, Zhengran; Jung, Hyung-Suk


    Ferroelectric-field-effect-tunable modulation of terahertz waves in graphene/Si:HfO2/Si stack structure was observed. The modulation shows distinct behaviors when the samples under different gate polarities. At a negative voltage, a transmission modulation depth up to ˜74% was present without depending on the photo illumination power, whereas, at a positive voltage, the modulation of Thz wave shows dependence on the illumination power, which is ascribed to the creation/elimination of an extra barrier in Si layer in response to the polarization in the ferroelectric Si:HfO2 layer. Considering the good compatibility of HfO2 on Si-based semiconductor process, the ferroelectricity layer of Si:HfO2 may open up an avenue for the tunable modulation of Thz wave.

  2. Modulation of auroral electrojet currents using dual HF beams with ELF phase offset (United States)

    Golkowski, M.; Cohen, M.; Moore, R. C.


    The modulation of naturally occuring ionospheric currents with high power radio waves in the high frequency (HF, 3-10 MHz) band is a well known technique for generation of extremely low frequency (ELF, 3-3000 Hz) and very low frequency (VLF, 3-30 kHz) waves. We use the heating facility of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) to investigate the effect of using dual HF beams with an ELF/VLF phase offset between the modulation waveforms. Experiments with offset HF beams confirm the model of independent ELF/VLF sources. Experiments with co-located HF beams exhibit interaction between the first and second harmonics of the modulated tones when square and sine wave modulation waveforms are employed. Using ELF/VLF phase offsets for co-loacted beams is also shown to be a potential diagnostic for the D-region ionospheric profile.

  3. Hf diffusion in dilute Fe-free Zr(Nb) alloys

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    Zou, H.; Hood, G.M.; Roy, J.A.; Schultz, R.J. [Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.; Jackman, J.A. [Canada Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology, Ottawa, ON (Canada)


    Hf diffusion coefficients D have been measured in the {alpha}-phase of the Fe-free binary alloys Zr-1.0 at.% Nb and Zr-2.5 at.% Nb in the temperature range 830-1100 K. The D values for the two alloys are essentially indistinguishable and little different from extant Hf diffusion coefficients measured in Fe-free polycrystalline {alpha}-Zr. The temperature dependence of D in the alloys is characteristic of intrinsic {alpha}-Zr bulk behaviour. The present hf D values are much lower than corresponding values measured in commercial Zr-2.5 Nb. The difference is attributable to the influence of solid-solution Fe. In addition, the absence of a strong enhancement of Hf diffusion in {alpha}-Zr by Nb suggests that intrinsic Nb diffusion in {alpha}-Zr may not be controlled by a normal vacancy mechanism. (author).

  4. HF183/BFDrev and HumM2 qPCR data (United States)

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Concentration estimates for HF183/BFDrev and HumM2 qPCR genetic markers in raw sewage collected from 54 geographic locations across the United States. This dataset...

  5. Phase Transformation and Thermal Stability of Aged Ti-Ni-Hf High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys

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    Xianglong MENG; Wei CAI; K.T.Lau; L.M.Zhou; Liancheng ZHAO


    The use of Ni-rich TiNiHf alloys as high temperature shape memory alloys(SMAs)through aging has been presented. For Ni-rich Ti80-xNixHf20 alloys, their phase transformation temperatures are averagely increased more than 100 K by aging at 823 K for 2 h. Especially for the alloys with Ni-content of 50.4 at. pct and 50.6 at. pct, their martensitic transformation start temperatures(Ms)are more than 473 K after aging. TEM observation confirmed that some fine particles precipitate from the matrix during aging. The aged Ni-rich TiNiHf SMAs show the better thermal stability of phase transformation temperatures than the solutiontreated TiNiHf alloys. The fine particles precipitated during aging should be responsible for the increase of phase transformation temperatures and its high stability.

  6. Luminescence and scintillation properties of Rb2HfCl6 crystals (United States)

    Saeki, Keiichiro; Wakai, Yuki; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Koshimizu, Masanori; Yanagida, Takayuki; Nakauchi, Daisuke; Asai, Keisuke


    We developed a scintillator based on a Rb2HfCl6 crystal as a ternary halide crystal with intrinsic luminescence. In the photoluminescence spectra, two emission bands are observed at 383 and 434 nm. The 434 nm emission band for Rb2HfCl6 may be attributed to [HfCl6]2- complex ion or [ZrCl6]2- impurity, since the Rb2HfCl6 contained Zr as impurity at 0.62 mol %. The radioluminescence band is observed at 420 nm and can be attributed to the same origin as the photoluminescence band at 434 nm. The scintillation decay-time constants were 0.84 and 5.4 µs. The light yield was estimated to be 24,100 photons/MeV.

  7. Development of Hf(4+)-immobilized polydopamine-coated magnetic graphene for highly selective enrichment of phosphopeptides. (United States)

    Lin, Haizhu; Deng, Chunhui


    In this work, we first designed and synthesized an IMAC material with Hf(4+) immobilized on polydopamine-coated magnetic graphene and applied it to phosphopeptides enrichment successfully. The newly prepared material gathered the advantages of large specific surface area of graphene, good hydrophilicity and biocompatibility of polydopamine and superparamagnetism of Fe3O4. We investigated the performance of Hf(4+)-immobilized polydopamine-coated magnetic graphene (denoted as magG@PDA-Hf(4+)) in phosphopeptides enrichment and the results showed high selectivity and sensitivity of the new material. Finally, we successfully applied magG@PDA-Hf(4+) to phosphopeptides enrichment from non-fat milk digests and human serum, further demonstrating excellent performance of this new material in phosphopeptides enrichment. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Capillary holdup between vertical spheres

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    S. Zeinali Heris


    Full Text Available The maximum volume of liquid bridge left between two vertically mounted spherical particles has been theoretically determined and experimentally measured. As the gravitational effect has not been neglected in the theoretical model, the liquid interface profile is nonsymmetrical around the X-axis. Symmetry in the interface profile only occurs when either the particle size ratio or the gravitational force becomes zero. In this paper, some equations are derived as a function of the spheres' sizes, gap width, liquid density, surface tension and body force (gravity/centrifugal to estimate the maximum amount of liquid that can be held between the two solid spheres. Then a comparison is made between the result based on these equations and several experimental results.

  9. Vertical distribution of sediment concentration

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    Sai-hua HUANG; Zhi-lin SUN; Dan XU; Shan-shan XIA


    A simple formula is proposed to predict the vertical distribution of a suspended load concentration in a 2D steady turbulent flow.The proposed formula significantly improves the well-known Rouse formula where sediment concentration has an infinitely large value at the channel bottom and a zero value at the water surface.Based on this formula and the logarithmic ve-locity profile,a theoretical elementary function for the transport rate of a suspended load is developed.This equation improves the Einstein equation in which the unit-width suspended sediment discharge must be solved by numerical integration and a contra-diction between the lower limit of the integral and that of velocity distribution exists.

  10. 5-foot Vertical Wind Tunnel (United States)


    The researcher is sitting above the exit cone of the 5-foot Vertical Wind Tunnel and is examining the new 6-component spinning balance. This balance was developed between 1930 and 1933. It was an important advance in the technology of rotating or rolling balances. As M.J. Bamber and C.H. Zimmerman wrote in NACA TR 456: 'Data upon the aerodynamic characteristics of a spinning airplane may be obtained in several ways; namely, flight tests with full-scale airplanes, flight tests with balanced models, strip-method analysis of wind-tunnel force and moment tests, and wind-tunnel tests of rotating models.' Further, they note: 'Rolling-balance data have been of limited value because it has not been possible to measure all six force and moment components or to reproduce a true spinning condition. The spinning balance used in this investigation is a 6-component rotating balance from which it is possible to obtain wind-tunnel data for any of a wide range of possible spinning conditions.' Bamber and Zimmerman described the balance as follows: 'The spinning balance consists of a balance head that supports the model and contains the force-measuring units, a horizontal turntable supported by streamline struts in the center of the jet and, outside the tunnel, a direct-current driving motor, a liquid tachometer, an air compressor, a mercury manometer, a pair of indicating lamps, and the necessary controls. The balance head is mounted on the turntable and it may be set to give any radius of spin between 0 and 8 inches.' In an earlier report, NACA TR 387, Carl Wenzinger and Thomas Harris supply this description of the tunnel: 'The vertical open-throat wind tunnel of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics ... was built mainly for studying the spinning characteristics of airplane models, but may be used as well for the usual types of wind-tunnel tests. A special spinning balance is being developed to measure the desired forces and moments with the model simulating the actual

  11. Integrated shell approach to vertical position control on PBX-M

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    Hatcher, R.E.; Okabayashi, M.


    The PBX-M device produces highly shaped discharges that, because of the negative external magnetic field decay index required, are vertically unstable. Vertical positional stability in PBX-M has been achieved by directly controlling the n = 0 component of the eddy current in the passive shell instead of the commonly used function of magnetic flux signals. Because the active coil is controlled via currents in the passive shell we call this an ``integrated shell`` approach to vertical position control. We present results of these experiments and make comparisons between the two methods of control.

  12. Intergrowth Structure in U- and Hf-Bearing Pyrochlore and Zirconolite: TEM Investigation

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    Xu, H; Wang, Y; Zhao, P; Bourcier, W L; Van Konynenburg, R; Shaw, H F


    Transmission electron microscopy results from a sintered ceramics with stoichiometry of Ca(U{sub 0.5}Ce{sub 0.25}Hf{sub 0.25})Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} show the material contains both pyrochlore and zirconolite phases and structural intergrowth of zirconolite lamellae within pyrochlore. (001) plane of zirconolite is parallel to (111) plane of pyrochlore because of their structural similarities. The pyrochlore is relatively rich in U, Ce, and Ca with respect to the coexisting zirconolite. Average compositions for the coexisting pyrochlore and zirconolite produced by sintering at 1350 C are (Ca{sub 1.01}Ce{sub 0.13}{sup 3+}Ce{sub 0.19}{sup 4+}U{sub 0.52}Hf{sub 0.18})(Ti{sub 1.95}Hf{sub 0.05})O{sub 7} (with U/(U+Hf) (in the AB sites) = 0.74) and (Ca{sub 0.91}Ce{sub 0.09})(Ce{sub 0.08}{sup 3+}U{sub 0.26}Hf{sub 0.66}Ti{sub 0.01})Ti{sub 2.00}O{sub 7} (with U/(U+Hf) = 0.28) respectively. A single pyrochlore ((Ca,U,Hf){sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}) phase may be synthesized at 1350 C if the ratio of U/(U+Hf) is greater than 0.72, and a single zirconolite (Ca(Hf,U)Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}) phase may be synthesized at 1350 C if the ratio of U/(U+Hf) is less than 0.28. An amorphous leached layer that is rich in Ti and Hf forms on the surface after the ceramics has been leached in pH 4 buffered solution. The thickness of the layer ranges from 5 nm to 15 nm. It is suggested that under these conditions, the leached layer functions as a protective layer, and reduces the leaching rate over time.

  13. Subduction Controls of Hf and Nd Isotopes in Lavas of the Aleutian Island Arc

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    Yogodzinski, Gene; Vervoort, Jeffery; Brown, Shaun Tyler; Gerseny, Megan


    The Hf and Nd isotopic compositions of 71 Quaternary lavas collected from locations along the full length of the Aleutian island arc are used to constrain the sources of Aleutian magmas and to provide insight into the geochemical behavior of Nd and Hf and related elements in the Aleutian subduction-magmatic system. Isotopic compositions of Aleutian lavas fall approximately at the center of, and form a trend parallel to, the terrestrial Hf-Nd isotopic array with {var_epsilon}{sub Hf} of +12.0 to +15.5 and {var_epsilon}{sub Nd} of +6.5 to +10.5. Basalts, andesites, and dacites within volcanic centers or in nearby volcanoes generally all have similar isotopic compositions, indicating that there is little measurable effect of crustal or other lithospheric assimilation within the volcanic plumbing systems of Aleutian volcanoes. Hafnium isotopic compositions have a clear pattern of along-arc increase that is continuous from the eastern-most locations near Cold Bay to Piip Seamount in the western-most part of the arc. This pattern is interpreted to reflect a westward decrease in the subducted sediment component present in Aleutian lavas, reflecting progressively lower rates of subduction westward as well as decreasing availability of trench sediment. Binary bulk mixing models (sediment + peridotite) demonstrate that 1-2% of the Hf in Aleutian lavas is derived from subducted sediment, indicating that Hf is mobilized out of the subducted sediment with an efficiency that is similar to that of Sr, Pb and Nd. Low published solubility for Hf and Nd in aqueous subduction fluids lead us to conclude that these elements are mobilized out of the subducted component and transferred to the mantle wedge as bulk sediment or as a silicate melt. Neodymium isotopes also generally increase from east to west, but the pattern is absent in the eastern third of the arc, where the sediment flux is high and increases from east to west, due to the presence of abundant terrigenous sediment in the

  14. Microstructure and Elevated Temperature Properties of a Refractory TaNbHfZrTi Alloy (United States)


    alloy was prepared by vacuum arc melting of the equimolar mixtures of the corresponding elements. Titanium, zirconium, and hafnium were in the form of...AND ELEVATED TEMPERATURE PROPERTIES OF A REFRACTORY TaNbHfZrTi ALLOY (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM...6260-2. 14. ABSTRACT Compression properties of a refractory multicomponent alloy , Ta20Nb20Hf20Zr20Ti20, were determined in the temperature range

  15. The Instagram: A Novel Sounding Technique for Enhanced HF Propagation Advice (United States)


    The Instagram : A Novel Sounding Technique for Enhanced HF Propagation Advice Rod I. Barnes, G. Fred Earl Riverside Research Organization Rosslyn...low transmit powers, is reduced over conventional methods by up to three orders of magnitude leading to the term ‘ Instagram ’. The technique is...TYPE 3. DATES COVERED 00-00-2010 to 00-00-2010 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE The Instagram : A Novel Sounding Technique for Enhanced HF Propagation Advice

  16. High-reflectivity HfO2/SiO2 ultraviolet mirrors. (United States)

    Torchio, Philippe; Gatto, Alexandre; Alvisi, Marco; Albrand, Gérard; Kaiser, Norbert; Amra, Claude


    High-reflectivity dense multilayer coatings were produced for the ultraviolet spectral region. Thin-film single layers and UV mirrors were deposited by ion plating and plasma ion-assisted deposition high-energetic technologies. Optical characterizations of HfO2 and SiO2 single layers are made. The optical constants obtained for these two materials are presented. HfO2 and SiO2 mirrors with a reflectance of approximately 99% near 250 nm are reported.

  17. Soft Magnetic Thin Films FeCoHfO for High-Frequency Noise Suppression Applications

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    LU Guang-Duo; ZHANG Huai-Wu; TANG Xiao-Li


    @@ A series of FeCoHfO films were fabricated by dc magnetron reactive sputtering at varying partial pressure of oxygen(Po2)from 0 to 11.7%,and the electrical and magnetic properties of films have been studied.It is shown that optimal Fe43.29 Co19.51 Hf7.49O29.71 films with desired properties can be obtained when the films were prepared under Po2 = 5.1%.

  18. Creation of Artificial Ionospheric Layers Using High-Power HF Waves (United States)


    Program ( HAARP ) transmitter in Gakona, Alaska. The HF- driven ionization process is initiated near the 2nd electron gyroharmonic at 220 km altitude in...the 3.6 MW High-Frequency Active Auroral Program ( HAARP ) transmitter in Gakona, Alaska. The HF-driven ionization process is initiated near the 2nd...Maine. USA. Copyright 2010 by the American Geophysical Union. 0094-8276/I0/2009GLO41895SO5.0O Research Program ( HAARP ) transmitter facility, however

  19. Characterization of Ionosphere Waveguide Propagation by Monitoring HAARP HF Transmissions in Antarctica (United States)



  20. Longitudinal Plasmoid in High-Speed Vortex Gas Flow Created by Capacity HF Discharge (United States)


    instrumentation will be used in this Project to study plasma and gas flow parameters, including new shadow device with excimer KrF laser, MW...vortex decay (attenuation) by HF plasma. The additional experiments with small helium jet injection prove the conclusion about vortex attenuation by a...equilibrium HF plasma. Plasma and airflow parameters are measured by different diagnostic instrumentation including shadow optical device with excimer

  1. Electron scattering cross sections with HF, OH, NH and CH molecules

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    Joshipura, K.N. [Sardar Patel Univ., Vallabh Vidyanagar (India). Dept. of Physics; Vinodkumar, M. [Sardar Patel Univ., Vallabh Vidyanagar (India). Dept. of Physics


    Total cross sections including elastic scattering, electronic excitation-ionisation and the dipole rotational excitation are calculated for electron impact on HF, OH, NH, and CH molecules. The additivity rules as well as single-centre expansion are employed for this purpose. A comparison was possible for the e-HF system only. Our results are expected to be good at intermediate to high energies (>50 eV). (orig.).

  2. Embryonic hair follicle fate change by augmented beta-catenin through Shh and Bmp signaling. (United States)

    Suzuki, Kentaro; Yamaguchi, Yuji; Villacorte, Mylah; Mihara, Kenichiro; Akiyama, Masashi; Shimizu, Hiroshi; Taketo, Makoto M; Nakagata, Naomi; Tsukiyama, Tadasuke; Yamaguchi, Terry P; Birchmeier, Walter; Kato, Shigeaki; Yamada, Gen


    beta-catenin signaling is one of the key factors regulating the fate of hair follicles (HFs). To elucidate the regulatory mechanism of embryonic HF fate determination during epidermal development/differentiation, we analyzed conditional mutant mice with keratinocytes expressing constitutively active beta-catenin (K5-Cre Catnb(ex3)fl/+). The mutant mice developed scaly skin with a thickened epidermis and showed impaired epidermal stratification. The hair shaft keratins were broadly expressed in the epidermis but there was no expression of the terminal differentiation markers K1 and loricrin. Hair placode markers (Bmp2 and Shh) and follicular dermal condensate markers (noggin, patched 1 and Pdgfra) were expressed throughout the epidermis and the upper dermis, respectively. These results indicate that the embryonic epidermal keratinocytes have switched extensively to the HF fate. A series of genetic studies demonstrated that the epidermal switching to HF fate was suppressed by introducing the conditional mutation K5-Cre Catnb(ex3)fl/+Shhfl/- (with additional mutation of Shh signaling) or K5-Cre Catnb(ex3)fl/+BmprIAfl/fl (with additional mutation of Bmp signaling). These results demonstrate that Wnt/beta-catenin signaling relayed through Shh and Bmp signals is the principal regulatory mechanism underlying the HF cell fate change. Assessment of Bmp2 promoter activities suggested a putative regulation by beta-catenin signaling relayed by Shh signaling towards Bmp2. We also found that Shh protein expression was increased and expanded in the epidermis of K5-Cre Catnb(ex3)fl/+BmprIAfl/fl mice. These results indicate the presence of growth factor signal cross-talk involving beta-catenin signaling, which regulates the HF fate.

  3. Analysis of an Underground Vertical Electrically Small Wire Antenna

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    Shuwei Dong


    Full Text Available The problem considered is a vertical electrically small wire antenna located underground, which transmits electromagnetic signals to the ground. Getting Green’s function of the vertical dipole underground was the first step to calculate this issue. A quasistatic situation was considered to make an approximation on Sommerfeld integral for easy solution. The method of moments was used to solve the current distribution on the antenna surface at different frequencies, which laid a good foundation for obtaining the electric field of the antenna. Then the axial and radial components of the electric field with the radial distance on the ground were investigated, as well as the voltage received on the ground. Furthermore, the influence of the frequency and stratum parameters on current and electric field was studied to understand the variation clearly.

  4. Ultrathin Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 Ferroelectric Films on Si. (United States)

    Chernikova, Anna; Kozodaev, Maksim; Markeev, Andrei; Negrov, Dmitrii; Spiridonov, Maksim; Zarubin, Sergei; Bak, Ohheum; Buragohain, Pratyush; Lu, Haidong; Suvorova, Elena; Gruverman, Alexei; Zenkevich, Andrei


    Because of their immense scalability and manufacturability potential, the HfO2-based ferroelectric films attract significant attention as strong candidates for application in ferroelectric memories and related electronic devices. Here, we report the ferroelectric behavior of ultrathin Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films, with the thickness of just 2.5 nm, which makes them suitable for use in ferroelectric tunnel junctions, thereby further expanding the area of their practical application. Transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction analysis of the films grown on highly doped Si substrates confirms formation of the fully crystalline non-centrosymmetric orthorhombic phase responsible for ferroelectricity in Hf0.5Zr0.5O2. Piezoresponse force microscopy and pulsed switching testing performed on the deposited top TiN electrodes provide further evidence of the ferroelectric behavior of the Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films. The electronic band lineup at the top TiN/Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 interface and band bending at the adjacent n(+)-Si bottom layer attributed to the polarization charges in Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 have been determined using in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. The obtained results represent a significant step toward the experimental implementation of Si-based ferroelectric tunnel junctions.

  5. Superconductivity in HfTe5 across weak to strong topological insulator transition induced via pressures. (United States)

    Liu, Y; Long, Y J; Zhao, L X; Nie, S M; Zhang, S J; Weng, Y X; Jin, M L; Li, W M; Liu, Q Q; Long, Y W; Yu, R C; Gu, C Z; Sun, F; Yang, W G; Mao, H K; Feng, X L; Li, Q; Zheng, W T; Weng, H M; Dai, X; Fang, Z; Chen, G F; Jin, C Q


    Recently, theoretical studies show that layered HfTe5 is at the boundary of weak &strong topological insulator (TI) and might crossover to a Dirac semimetal state by changing lattice parameters. The topological properties of 3D stacked HfTe5 are expected hence to be sensitive to pressures tuning. Here, we report pressure induced phase evolution in both electronic &crystal structures for HfTe5 with a culmination of pressure induced superconductivity. Our experiments indicated that the temperature for anomaly resistance peak (Tp) due to Lifshitz transition decreases first before climbs up to a maximum with pressure while the Tp minimum corresponds to the transition from a weak TI to strong TI. The HfTe5 crystal becomes superconductive above ~5.5 GPa where the Tp reaches maximum. The highest superconducting transition temperature (Tc) around 5 K was achieved at 20 GPa. Crystal structure studies indicate that HfTe5 transforms from a Cmcm phase across a monoclinic C2/m phase then to a P-1 phase with increasing pressure. Based on transport, structure studies a comprehensive phase diagram of HfTe5 is constructed as function of pressure. The work provides valuable experimental insights into the evolution on how to proceed from a weak TI precursor across a strong TI to superconductors.

  6. Resistive switching characteristics of Pt/TaOx/HfNx structure and its performance improvement

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    Qigang Zhou


    Full Text Available The refractory transition metal nitride (TMN film Hafnium nitride (HfNx was successfully prepared on silicon-based substrates as bottom electrodes for resistive random access memory (RRAM cells in Pt (top/metal oxide/ HfNx (bottom sandwich structure. The reproducible resistive switching (RS characteristics of the memory cells were studied systematically for RRAM applications. The advantages of adopting HfNx instead of Pt as bottom electrode material were demonstrated, including the improvement of the low resistive state value, the RS endurance and the uniformity of RS parameters. The composition and chemical bonding states of the prepared HfNx was analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS technique. The nitrogen content in the HfNx and the Gibbs free energy of the corresponding metal oxide formation has great influences on the RS properties. The oxygen reservoir ability and diffusion barrier effect of the HfNx play a key role in the RS performance improvement of the RRAM devices.

  7. First-principles calculations of adhesion, bonding and magnetism of the Fe/HfC interface

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    Si Abdelkader, H., E-mail: [Laboratoire d' Etude et Prediction des Materiaux, Unite de Recherche Materiaux et Energies Renouvelables. LEPM-URMER. Universite de Tlemcen, Tlemcen 13000 (Algeria); Faraoun, H.I. [Laboratoire d' Etude et Prediction des Materiaux, Unite de Recherche Materiaux et Energies Renouvelables. LEPM-URMER. Universite de Tlemcen, Tlemcen 13000 (Algeria)


    First-principles plane-wave pseudopotential calculations of the adhesion, bonding and magnetism of the interface between the ferromagnetic bcc Fe and non-magnetic HfC are performed. The work of adhesion for C- and Hf-site Fe/HfC interfaces is calculated. High adhesion at C-site interface is found and Fe-C polar covalent bonds are formed across the interface. The magnetic moments of Fe atoms at interface are increased in both interfaces. The effect of the magnetism on the electronic structure of Fe/HfC interface is also investigated. It is shown that the change in band of majority-spin leads to enhance the magnetic moment of Fe. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adhesion, electronic and magnetism of Fe(110)/HfC(100) interface are studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High adhesion at C-site interface is found and Fe-C polar covalent bonds are formed across the interface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The magnetic moments of interfacial Fe atoms are increased in both C-site and Hf-site interfaces.

  8. Hf, Zr, and REE partition coefficients between ilmenite and liquid - Implications for lunar petrogenesis (United States)

    Nakamura, Y.; Fujimaki, H.; Nakamura, N.; Tatsumoto, M.; Mckay, G. A.


    Partition coefficients (D) between ilmenite and coexisting liquid were determined under near-lunar conditions for Hf, Zr, and REE. Through isotope dilution analysis, ilmenite D values of 0.41 and 0.33 were obtained for Hf and Zr respectively, values significantly lower than those of ilmenite from a kimberlite megacryst. Partition coefficients of REE for the synthesized ilmenite are slightly smaller than those of ilmenite from the kimberlite megacryst, and the lunar (Lu) partition coefficient is 0.056. These results suggest that ilmenite was significant in the lunar-Hf evolution of lunar mare basalts. Using lunar and Hf D values for ilmenite, the Lu-Hf evolution of lunar cumulates and the coexisting magma was examined for various crystallization sequences. The Lu-Hf variation trend of most high-Ti mare basalts is explained by a small degree of partial cumulate melting, though a higher degree is required to explain the variation of very low-Ti basalts, green glass, and Apollo 12 low-Ti basalts. Apollo 15 low-Ti basalts may require chromite crystallization as well.

  9. Partition coefficients of Hf, Zr, and REE between phenocrysts and groundmasses (United States)

    Fujimaki, H.; Tatsumoto, M.; Aoki, K.-I.


    Partition coefficients of Hf, Zr, and REE between olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, plagioclase, garnet, amphibole, ilmenite, phlogopite, and liquid are presented. Samples consist of megacrysts in kimberlite, phenocrysts in alkaline basalts, tholeiitic basalts and andesitic to dacitic rocks, and synthetic garnet and clinopyroxene in Hawaiian tholeiites. The Hf-Lu and Zr-Lu elemental fractionations are as large as the Lu-Sm or Lu-Nd fractionation. The Hf and Zr partition coefficients between mafic phenocrysts and liquids are smaller than the Lu partition coefficients, but are similar to the Nd or Sm partition coefficients. The Hf and Zr partition coefficients between ilmenite, phlogopite, and liquid are larger than the Lu partition coefficients for these minerals and their corresponding liquids. The Hf-Zr elemental fractionation does not occur except for extreme fractionation involving Zr-minerals and extremely low fO2. These data have an important bearing on chronological and petrogenetic tracer studies involving the Lu-Hf isotopic system.

  10. Ergonomics action research II: a framework for integrating HF into work system design. (United States)

    Neumann, W P; Village, J


    This paper presents a conceptual framework that can support efforts to integrate human factors (HF) into the work system design process, where improved and cost-effective application of HF is possible. The framework advocates strategies of broad stakeholder participation, linking of performance and health goals, and process focussed change tools that can help practitioners engage in improvements to embed HF into a firm's work system design process. Recommended tools include business process mapping of the design process, implementing design criteria, using cognitive mapping to connect to managers' strategic goals, tactical use of training and adopting virtual HF (VHF) tools to support the integration effort. Consistent with organisational change research, the framework provides guidance but does not suggest a strict set of steps. This allows more adaptability for the practitioner who must navigate within a particular organisational context to secure support for embedding HF into the design process for improved operator wellbeing and system performance. There has been little scientific literature about how a practitioner might integrate HF into a company's work system design process. This paper proposes a framework for this effort by presenting a coherent conceptual framework, process tools, design tools and procedural advice that can be adapted for a target organisation.

  11. Influence of cointercalated HF on the electrochemical behavior of highly fluorinated graphite (United States)

    Nakajima, Tsuyoshi; Gupta, Vinay; Ohzawa, Yoshimi; Groult, Henri; Mazej, Zoran; Žemva, Boris

    Highly fluorinated graphite was prepared at room temperature using high oxidation state transition metal complex fluoride (K 2PdF 6, K 2MnF 6, K 2NiF 6 or KAgF 4) and elemental fluorine under pressure ((5.9-11.8) ×10 5 Pa) in anhydrous liquid HF (aHF). The composition of the fluorinated graphite samples ranged from C 1.1F to C 1.9F containing small amounts of HF. IR absorption spectra revealed that stage 1 phase of C xF contained several different phases with planar (sp 2) and puckered (sp 3) graphene layers. Electrochemical discharge of the fluorinated graphite showed that profile of discharge potential and discharge capacity varied depending on the amount of cointercalated HF. The C xF samples with less amounts of HF and HF 2δ- had relatively flat discharge potentials and large discharge capacities. The discharge capacity reached 500-600 mAh/g in 1 mol/dm 3 LiClO 4-propylene carbonate solution at 25 °C. Chemical diffusion coefficients of Li + ion in the intermediate discharge products were (4.4-13) ×10 -12 cm 2/s from impedance measurement.

  12. Experimental and numerical investigation of the refinement of Hf by EBM (United States)

    Donchev, Veliko; Vutova, Katia; Vassileva, Vania


    Electron beam melting (EBM) in vacuum is one of the most promising technologies for refining and recycling of metals that react with oxygen when heated. Hf is such a metal. Pure Hf (with a small content of gas and metal impurities) is needed for a variety of applications in the aerospace industry and metallurgy, in the production of components of nuclear reactors, microprocessors, optical components etc. We conducted experiments with the ELIT-60 equipment on Hf ingots at electron beam powers of 12, 15, 17 kW and obtained data about the concentration of impurities by the ICP-MS method. For further understanding and optimizing the Hf refining processes, a non-stationary heat model was applied for numerical simulation of the heat transfer processes. Simulation data about the liquid pool variation during the e-beam treatment was thus obtained. The flatness of the crystallization front shape, which is connected to the structure quality, was investigated by optimization criteria related to the curvature of the liquid/solid boundary curve. We also describe an algorithm for calculation of the criteria. One of the criteria was applied to EBM of Hf for different electron beam powers; the results obtained were confirmed by the experimental data. Combining experimental, theoretical and simulation results, a proper technological regime is proposed for better Hf refining.

  13. Finishing and Commissioning the New Arecibo HF Facility (United States)

    Sulzer, M. P.; Gonzalez, S. A.


    The imminent completion of the major tasks in the construction of the New Arecibo HF facility means that we must verify that the components are working as intended. The antenna system and the transmitters must be separately commissioned before they can be connected together so that we an be sure it will provide 83 dbW at 8.175 MHz, and 80 dbW at 5.1 MHz. The antenna system will be ready for initial testing in September. It Illuminates the 305 meter dish using dipoles near the surface of the dish transmitting upward to a wire mesh sub-reflector. There are three crossed dipoles for each of the two frequencies. The dipoles are supported on towers mounted on concrete pads underneath the dish. Each dipole element is connected to a transmitter through a three inch coax line. The tower foundations are nearly complete, and the towers will be erected in early September, and we expect to have at least one crossed dipole in place for initial testing by the end of September. We will need to make some measurements on the antenna system to ensure that it meets our requirements. One requirement is to match the antenna impedance to the transmission line and the transmitter closely enough to meet the transmitter specifications, the closer, the better. We have additional requirements; for example, it is necessary for efficient use of the facility that the polarization be close to circular. In most experiments, we want O mode excitation. If we were to transmit linear only half the power would reach the reflection height. The symmetry of the system assures that most of the conditions for achieving accurate circular polarization are met, but one condition is not: that exciting the transmitters driving the orthogonal elements at 90 degrees assures 90 degree separation in the corresponding antenna currents. One of the dipoles of each pair points toward the center of the array. If we think of the three crossed dipoles as consisting of a reference and two that are excited relative to it

  14. Low Threshold Voltage and High Mobility N-Channel Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor Using Hf-Si/HfO2 Gate Stack Fabricated by Gate-Last Process (United States)

    Ando, Takashi; Hirano, Tomoyuki; Tai, Kaori; Yamaguchi, Shinpei; Yoshida, Shinichi; Iwamoto, Hayato; Kadomura, Shingo; Watanabe, Heiji


    Systematic characterization of Hf-Si/HfO2 gate stacks revealed two mobility degradation modes. One is carrier scattering by fixed charges and/or trapped charges induced by the crystallization in the thick HfO2 case (inversion oxide thickness, Tinv> 1.6 nm). The other is the Hf penetration into the interfacial layer with the Si substrate in the thin HfO2 case (Tinv< 1.6 nm) for the Hf-rich electrode. It was demonstrated that careful optimization of the HfO2 thickness and the Hf-Si composition can suppress both modes. As a result, a high electron mobility equivalent to that of n+polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si)/SiO2 (248 cm2 V-1 s-1 at Eeff=1 MV/cm) was obtained at Tinv of 1.47 nm. Moreover, the effective work function of the optimized Hf-Si/HfO2 gate stack is located within 50 mV from the Si band edge (Ec). An extremely high Ion of 1165 µA/µm (at Ioff = 81 nA/µm) at Vdd=1.0 V was demonstrated for a 45 nm gate n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (n-MOSFET) without strain enhanced technology.

  15. [Occlusal vertical dimension in removable complete dentures]. (United States)

    den Haan, R; Witter, D J


    In removable complete dentures, the occlusal vertical dimension is an important factor for patients' satisfaction with aesthetics. An excessively reduced occlusal vertical dimension is especially likely to lead to complaints about aesthetics, whereas an increased occlusal vertical dimension may lead to discomfort and a decision not to wear the complete dentures. There are various methods for determining the occlusal vertical dimension in complete dentures, based on the vertical dimension in the rest position of the mandible or on phonetics. However, none of the methods have proven to be clearly superior, in terms of reliability, than the others. The assessment of the occlusal vertical dimension will become more reliable if several methods are used simultaneously. Moreover, knowledge of the characteristics of the ageing face is essential.

  16. Computational prediction for emission energy of iridium (III) complexes based on TDDFT calculations using exchange-correlation functionals containing various HF exchange percentages. (United States)

    Xu, Shengxian; Wang, Jinglan; Xia, Hongying; Zhao, Feng; Wang, Yibo


    The accurate prediction for the emission energies of the phosphorescent Ir (III) complexes is very useful for the realizing of full-color displays and large-area solid-state lighting in OLED fields. Quantum chemistry calculations based on TDDFT methods are most widely used to directly compute the triplet vertical excitation energies, yet sometimes the universality of these calculations can be limited because of the lack of experimental data for the relative family of structural analogues. In this letter, 16 literature emission energies at low temperature are linearly correlated with their theoretical values computed by TDDFT using exchange-correlation functionals containing various HF exchange percentage with the relation of E exp (em)  = 1.2Ē calc (em). The relation is proven to be robust across a wide range of structures for Ir (III) complexes. These theoretical studies should be expected to provide some guides for the design and synthesis of efficient emitting materials.

  17. Low modulus Ti–Nb–Hf alloy for biomedical applications

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    González, M., E-mail: [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Avda. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Materials Science, Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona, La Rambla 30-32, 08002 Barcelona (Spain); Peña, J. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Avda. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Materials Science, Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona, La Rambla 30-32, 08002 Barcelona (Spain); Gil, F.J.; Manero, J.M. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Avda. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Ciber-BBN (Spain)


    β-Type titanium alloys with a low elastic modulus are a potential strategy to reduce stress shielding effect and to enhance bone remodeling in implants used to substitute failed hard tissue. For biomaterial application, investigation on the mechanical behavior, the corrosion resistance and the cell response is required. The new Ti25Nb16Hf alloy was studied before and after 95% cold rolling (95% C.R.). The mechanical properties were determined by tensile testing and its corrosion behavior was analyzed by potentiostatic equipment in Hank's solution at 37 °C. The cell response was studied by means of cytotoxicity evaluation, cell adhesion and proliferation measurements. The stress–strain curves showed the lowest elastic modulus (42 GPa) in the cold worked alloy and high tensile strength, similar to that of Ti6Al4V. The new alloy exhibited better corrosion resistance in terms of open circuit potential (E{sub OCP}), but was similar in terms of corrosion current density (i{sub CORR}) compared to Ti grade II. Cytotoxicity studies revealed that the chemical composition of the alloy does not induce cytotoxic activity. Cell studies in the new alloy showed a lower adhesion and a higher proliferation compared to Ti grade II presenting, therefore, mechanical features similar to those of human cortical bone and, simultaneously, a good cell response. - Highlights: • Presents low elastic modulus and high strength and elastic deformability. • Exhibits good biocompatibility in terms of cytotoxicity and cell response. • Corrosion resistance of this alloy is good, similar to that of Ti grade II. • Potential candidate for implants used to substitute failed hard tissue.

  18. Surface tension profiles in vertical soap films

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    Adami, N


    Surface tension profiles in vertical soap films are experimentally investigated. Measurements are performed introducing deformable elastic objets in the films. The shape adopted by those objects set in the film can be related to the surface tension value at a given vertical position by numerical solving of adapted elasticity equations. We show that the observed dependency of the surface tension versus the vertical position in the soap film can be reproduced by simple modeling taking into account film thickness measurements.

  19. The green building envelope: vertical greening


    Ottelé, M.


    Planting on roofs and façades is one of the most innovative and fastest developing fields of green technologies with respect to the built environment and horticulture. This thesis is focused on vertical greening of structures and to the multi-scale benefits of vegetation. Vertical green can improve the environment in urban areas and is becoming a key design consideration in modern building developments. Vertical greening of structures offers large surfaces with vegetation and at the same time...

  20. Microscanner with Vertical out of Plane Combdrive


    Sandner, Thilo; Jung, Denis; Kallweit, David; Grasshoff, T.; Schenk, Harald


    This paper reports a new concept of quasi-static micro scanning mirrors enabling large static deflections and linearized scanning using vertical out-of-plane comb drives. The vertical combs are realized from a planar scanner substrate by a functionalized wafer bonding process The new device concept is highly flexible by design; different kinds of vertical combs (e. g. staggered and angular) can be realized without changing the process flow. First demonstrator devices are presented: a) quasi-s...

  1. Investigation of switching mechanism in HfOx-ReRAM under low power and conventional operation modes (United States)

    Feng, Wei; Shima, Hisashi; Ohmori, Kenji; Akinaga, Hiroyuki


    Low-power resistive random access memory (LP-ReRAM) devices have attracted increasing attention owing to their advantages of low operation power. In this study, a vertical-type LP-ReRAM consisting of TiN/Ti/HfO2/TiN structure was fabricated. The switching mechanism for LP-ReRAM was elucidated as the conductive filament mechanism for conventional mode, and an interface-type switching mechanism for low power mode was proposed. The analysis of low frequency noise shows that power spectral density (PSD) is approximately proportional to 1/f for conventional operation mode. Nevertheless, for low power mode, the PSD of low resistance state (LRS) is proportional to 1/f, while that of high resistance state (HRS) is clear proportional to 1/f2. The envelope of multiple Lorentzian spectra of 1/f2 characteristics due to different traps reveals the characteristics of 1/f. For HRS of low power mode, a limited number of traps results in a characteristic of 1/f2. During the set process, the number of oxygen vacancies increases for LRS. Therefore, the PSD value is proportional to 1/f. Owing to the increase in the number of traps when the operation mode changes to conventional mode, the PSD value is proportional to 1/f. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study that reveals the different noise characteristics in the low power operation mode from that in the conventional operation mode.

  2. Interstitial solid solution Hf{sub 5}Ga{sub x}Sn{sub 3} (x = 0-1)

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    Voznyak, I., E-mail: [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Kyryla i Mefodiya St. 6, 79005 Lviv (Ukraine); Tokaychuk, Ya. [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Kyryla i Mefodiya St. 6, 79005 Lviv (Ukraine); Hlukhyy, V.; Faessler, T.F. [Department of Chemistry, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Lichtenbergstr. 4, 85747 Garching (Germany); Gladyshevskii, R. [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Kyryla i Mefodiya St. 6, 79005 Lviv (Ukraine)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of an interstitial solid solution Hf{sub 5}Ga{sub x}Sn{sub 3} (x = 0-1) based on the binary compound Hf{sub 5}Sn{sub 3} was established at 600 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Ga atoms occupy [Hf{sub 6}] octahedral interstices (Wyckoff position 2b) up to the composition Hf{sub 5}GaSn{sub 3}, which represents a Hf{sub 5}CuSn{sub 3}-type structure (ordered derivative of Ti{sub 5}Ga{sub 4}). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The cell parameters and cell volume increase with increasing gallium content. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The coordination number of the hafnium atoms in Wyckoff position 6g is reduced from 15 (Hf1Sn{sub 5}Hf{sub 10} for Hf{sub 5}Sn{sub 3}) to 11 (Hf1Sn{sub 5}Ga{sub 2}Hf{sub 4} for Hf{sub 5}GaSn{sub 3}). - Abstract: Formation of an interstitial solid solution Hf{sub 5}Ga{sub x}Sn{sub 3} (x = 0-1) based on the binary compound Hf{sub 5}Sn{sub 3} (structure type Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3}, Pearson symbol hP16, space group P6{sub 3}/mcm, a = 8.36562(6), c = 5.70775(4) Angstrom-Sign from X-ray powder diffraction) was established at 600 Degree-Sign C. The crystal structure (structure type Hf{sub 5}CuSn{sub 3}, ordered derivative of Ti{sub 5}Ga{sub 4}, hP18, P6{sub 3}/mcm) was refined on X-ray single-crystal diffraction data for three compositions: Hf{sub 5}Ga{sub 0.16(3)}Sn{sub 3} (a = 8.3288(12), c = 5.6988(11) Angstrom-Sign ), Hf{sub 5}Ga{sub 0.53(2)}Sn{sub 3} (a = 8.4205(12), c = 5.7655(12) Angstrom-Sign ) and Hf{sub 5}GaSn{sub 3} (a = 8.5564(12), c = 5.7859(12) Angstrom-Sign ). The Ga atoms occupy Wyckoff position 2b at the centres of Hf{sub 6} octahedral interstices.

  3. On the Vertical Gradient in CO2 (United States)

    Stine, A. R.; Fung, I. Y.


    Attempts to constrain surface fluxes of carbon from atmospheric measurements of carbon dioxide have primarily focused on surface boundary layer measurements, because information about surface fluxes is least diluted close to the locations where the fluxes occur. However, errors in model ventilation of air in the vertical can be misinterpreted as local surface fluxes. Satellites which measure column integrated CO2 are expected to represent a major advance in part because they observe the entire atmospheric column. Recent work has highlighted the fact that vertical gradients in carbon concentrations can give us information about where vertical mixing errors are likely to be misinterpreted as local surface fluxes, but passive tracer evidence suggests that models that capture vertical profiles on the ocean do poorly on the land (and vice versa), suggesting that the problem of correctly treating vertical mixing in inverse studies is more fundamental than picking the "best" model. We consider observations of the vertical gradient in CO2 from aircrafts and from a comparison of satellites that observe in the near infrared (which observe the column integrated CO2 field) and the thermal infrared (which observe the upper troposphere). We evaluate the feasibility of using these satellites for determining the vertical gradient in CO2. We examine how observations of the vertical gradient of CO2 allow us to differentiate the imprint of vertical mixing and the imprint in surface fluxes on the observed field of atmospheric CO2.

  4. The fundamental formulas for vertices of convex hull

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    Md. Kazi Salimullah


    Full Text Available This paper represents four formulas for solution of convex hull problem. It aims to analyze how many points are vertices out of total input points, how many vertices lie on a horizontal or vertical lines, position of vertices and number of vertices on lower and higher lines(horizontal or vertical.

  5. Synthesis of metallic glasses and metallic glass based composites in the Cu-Mo-Hf system by ion beam mixing

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    BAI Xue; WANG TongLe; CUI YuanYuan; DING Ning; LI JiaHao; LIU BaiXin


    Single-phase and dual-phase metallic glasses as well as metallic glass based composites were synthesized in the Cu-Mo-Hf ternary metal system by 200 keV xenon ion beam mixing of far-from-equilibrium.It was found that Mo-Hf-based and Cu-Mo-based single-phase metallic glasses could be obtained at compositions around Cu17Mo20Hf63 and Cu34Mo57Hf9,respectively.Interestingly,at the nearly equal-atomic stoichiometry of Cu38Mo31Hf31,a dual-phase Cu-Mo-Hf metallic glass,consisting both of the Mo-Hf-based and Cu-Mo-based phases,was first obtained at relatively low irradiation doses ranging from (1-5)×1015 Xe+/cm2,and a single-phase metallic glass was eventually obtained at a dose of 7×1015 Xe+/cm2.In addition,two glass-based composites were obtained at the compositions of Cu14Mo62Hf24 and Cu77Mo14Hf9,and they consisted of the Mo-Hf based and Cu-Mo based metallic glasses,dissolved with some uniformly distributed BCC Mo-based and FCC Cu-based crystalline solid solutions,respectively.The formation mechanism of the above described non-equilibrium alloy phases was also discussed in terms of the atomic collision theory.

  6. Tracing Proterozoic arc mantle Hf isotope depletion of southern Fennoscandia through coupled zircon U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopes (United States)

    Petersson, Andreas; Bjärnborg, Karolina; Scherstén, Anders; Gerdes, Axel; Næraa, Tomas


    Constraints on the composition of the depleted mantle Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf crust formation ages have a long history of scientific debate. When calculating mantle extraction ages, and constructing crustal growth models, a linear evolution of incompatible trace elements in a depleted mantle since > 4 Ga is routinely used. Mantle depletion however varies regionally and over time and subduction of sediments and oceanic crust renders a mantle-wedge variously enriched relative to a modelled depleted mantle. Here we show that primitive mantle-derived subduction related gabbroic intrusions from southern Fennoscandia have Hf isotope compositions that are enriched relative to a MORB-like linear depleted mantle evolution curve. Extrapolation of primitive Paleoproterozoic gabbro suites enables the construction of a regional mantle evolution curve, providing improved constraints on model ages, crustal residence times and the fraction of juvenile versus reworked continental crust. Convergent margins are assumed to be one of the main sites of continental crust growth, and using an overly depleted mantle source yield model ages that are too old, and hence cumulative crustal growth models show too much crust generation early in the Earth's history. The approach of using the Hf isotope composition of zircon from primitive subduction related gabbroic intrusions as a proxy for mantle Hf isotope composition, piloted in this study, can be applied to other convergent margins.

  7. HfO{sub 2} dielectric thickness dependence of electrical properties in graphene field effect transistors with double conductance minima

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    Zhang, Cheng; Xie, Dan, E-mail:; Xu, Jian-Long; Sun, Yi-Lin; Dai, Rui-Xuan; Li, Xian [Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology (TNList), Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Li, Xin-Ming [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Zhongguancun, Beijing 100190 (China); Zhu, Hong-Wei [School of Materials Science and Engineering, State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Key Laboratory of Materials Processing Technology of MOE, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)


    We investigate the electrical properties in back-gated graphene field effect transistors (GFETs) with SiO{sub 2} dielectric and different thickness of high-k HfO{sub 2} dielectric. The results show that transform characteristic (I{sub ds}–V{sub gs}) curves of GFETs are uniquely W-shaped with two charge neutrality point (left and right) in both SiO{sub 2} and HfO{sub 2} dielectric (SiO{sub 2}-GFETs and HfO{sub 2}-GFETs). The gate voltage reduces drastically in HfO{sub 2}-GFETs compared with that in SiO{sub 2}-GFETs, and it becomes much smaller with the decline of HfO{sub 2} thickness. The left charge neutrality point in I{sub d}–V{sub g} curves of all HfO{sub 2}-GFETs is negative, compared to the positive ones in SiO{sub 2}-GFETs, which means that there exists n-doping in graphene with HfO{sub 2} as bottom dielectric. We speculate that this n-doping comes from the HfO{sub 2} layer, which brings fixed charged impurities in close proximity to graphene. The carrier mobility is also researched, demonstrating a decreasing trend of hole mobility in HfO{sub 2}-GFETs contrast to that in SiO{sub 2}-GFETs. In a series of HfO{sub 2}-GFETs with different HfO{sub 2} dielectric thickness, the hole mobility shows a tendency of rise when the thickness decreases to 7 nm. The possible reason might be due to the introduced impurities into HfO{sub 2} film from atomic layer deposition process, the concentration of which varies from the thickness of HfO{sub 2} layer.

  8. Quality assurance and control issues for HF radar wave and current measurements (United States)

    Wyatt, Lucy


    HF radars are now widely used to provide surface current measurements over wide areas of the coastal ocean for scientific and operational applications. In general data quality is acceptable for these applications but there remain issues that impact on the quantity and quality of the data. These include problems with calibration and interference which impact on both phased array (e.g. WERA, Pisces) and direction-finding (e.g. SeaSonde) radars. These same issues and others (e.g. signal-to-noise, in-cell current variability, antenna sidelobes) also impact on the quality and quantity of wave data that can be obtained. These issues will be discussed in this paper, illustrated with examples from deployments of WERA, Pisces and SeaSonde radars in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. These issues involve both quality assurance (making sure the radars perform to spec and the software is fully operational) and in quality control (identifying problems with the data due to radar hardware or software performance issues and flagging these in the provided data streams). Recommendations for the former, and current practice (of the author and within the Australian Coastal Ocean Radar Network, ACORN*) for the latter, will be discussed. The quality control processes for wave measurement are not yet as well developed as those for currents and data from some deployments can be rather noisy. Some new methods, currently under development by SeaView Sensing Ltd and being tested with ACORN data, will be described and results presented. *ACORN is a facility of the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System, IMOS. IMOS is a national collaborative research infrastructure, supported by Australian Government. It is led by University of Tasmania in partnership with the Australian marine and climate science community.

  9. Horizontal versus vertical plate motions

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    M. Cuffaro


    Full Text Available We review both present and past motions at major plate boundaries, which have the horizontal component in average 10 to 100 times faster (10–100 mm/yr than the vertical component (0.01–1 mm/yr in all geodynamic settings. The steady faster horizontal velocity of the lithosphere with respect to the upward or downward velocities at plate boundaries supports dominating tangential forces acting on plates. This suggests a passive role of plate boundaries with respect to far field forces determining the velocity of plates. The forces acting on the lithosphere can be subdivided in coupled and uncoupled, as a function of the shear at the lithosphere base. Higher the asthenosphere viscosity, more significant should be the coupled forces, i.e., the mantle drag and the trench suction. Lower the asthenosphere viscosity, more the effects of uncoupled forces might result determinant, i.e., the ridge push, the slab pull and the tidal drag. Although a combination of all forces acting on the lithosphere is likely, the decoupling between lithosphere and mantle suggests that a torque acts on the lithosphere independently of the mantle drag. Slab pull and ridge push are candidates for generating this torque, but, unlike these boundary forces, the advantage of the tidal drag is to be a volume force, acting simultaneously on the whole plates, and being the decoupling at the lithosphere base controlled by lateral variations in viscosity of the low-velocity layer.

  10. Freezing in a vertical tube

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    Sparrow, E.M.; Broadbent, J.A.


    Fundamental heat transfer experiments were performed for freezing of an initially superheated or nonsuperheated liquid in a cooled vertical tube. Measurements were made which yielded information about the freezing front and the frozen mass, about the various energy components extracted from the tube, and about the decay of the initial liquid superheat. Four component energies were identified and evaluated from the experimental data, including the latent energy released by the phase change and sensibly energies released from the subcooled frozen solid and the superheated liquid. Initial superheating of the liquid tended to moderately diminish the frozen mass and latent energy extraction at short freezing times but had little effect on these quantitites at longer times. The extracted sensible energies associated with the superheating more than compensated for the aforementioned decrease in the latent energy. Although the latent energy is the largest contributor to the total extracted energy, the aggregate sensible energies can make a significant contribution, especially at large tube wall subcooling, large initial liquid superheating, and short freezing time. Natural convection effects in the superheated liquid were modest and were confined to short freezing times.

  11. Stability of vertical magnetic chains. (United States)

    Schönke, Johannes; Fried, Eliot


    A linear stability analysis is performed for a pair of coaxial vertical chains made from permanently magnetized balls under the influence of gravity. While one chain rises from the ground, the other hangs from above, with the remaining ends separated by a gap of prescribed length. Various boundary conditions are considered, as are situations in which the magnetic dipole moments in the two chains are parallel or antiparallel. The case of a single chain attached to the ground is also discussed. The stability of the system is examined with respect to three quantities: the number of balls in each chain, the length of the gap between the chains, and a single dimensionless parameter which embodies the competition between magnetic and gravitational forces. Asymptotic scaling laws involving these parameters are provided. The Hessian matrix is computed in exact form, allowing the critical parameter values at which the system loses stability and the respective eigenmodes to be determined up to machine precision. A comparison with simple experiments for a single chain attached to the ground shows good agreement.

  12. Stability of vertical magnetic chains (United States)


    A linear stability analysis is performed for a pair of coaxial vertical chains made from permanently magnetized balls under the influence of gravity. While one chain rises from the ground, the other hangs from above, with the remaining ends separated by a gap of prescribed length. Various boundary conditions are considered, as are situations in which the magnetic dipole moments in the two chains are parallel or antiparallel. The case of a single chain attached to the ground is also discussed. The stability of the system is examined with respect to three quantities: the number of balls in each chain, the length of the gap between the chains, and a single dimensionless parameter which embodies the competition between magnetic and gravitational forces. Asymptotic scaling laws involving these parameters are provided. The Hessian matrix is computed in exact form, allowing the critical parameter values at which the system loses stability and the respective eigenmodes to be determined up to machine precision. A comparison with simple experiments for a single chain attached to the ground shows good agreement. PMID:28293135

  13. ATP signals

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    Novak, Ivana


    The Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen explains the function of ATP signalling in the pancreas......The Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen explains the function of ATP signalling in the pancreas...

  14. Early Differentiation of the Crust-Mantle System: a Hf Isotope Perspective (United States)

    Scherer, E.; Munker, C.; Mezger, K.


    The Lu decay constant recently determined by Scherer et al. 2001 (i.e., 1.865 x 10-11 yr-1) agrees with the results of the two latest physical counting experiments (1.86 x 10-11 yr-1; Dalmasso et al 1992, Nir-El and Lavi 1998), but is ca. 4 percent lower than the decay constants that have been used throughout the Hf isotope literature (e.g., 1.94 x 10-11, Tatsumoto et al., 1981; 1.93 x 10-11 Sguigna et al, 1982). In addition to making Lu-Hf ages older by ca. 4 percent, the revised decay constant also shifts the calculated initial epsilon Hf values of early Archean and Hadean rocks and zircons that are used to constrain crust-mantle differentiation in the early Earth. The initial epsilon Hf values for low-Lu/Hf samples such as zircons and evolved felsic rocks shift downward by 2-4 epsilon units, primarily due to the shift in the position of the CHUR evolution curve rather than that of the samples themselves. Mafic rocks, such as komatiites have higher Lu/Hf ratios that are closer to that of CHUR and therefore their initial epsilon Hf values do not shift as much (up to 1.3 epsilon units lower or 0.4 epsilon units higher). Using the old decay constant, some early Archean rocks (e.g., Amitsoq gneisses; Vervoort et al., 1996, Vervoort and Blichert-Toft, 1999) seemed to have very high initial epsilon Hf values (up to +6), implying that the upper mantle was moderately depleted in the early Archean and that a substantial volume of crust was produced in the Hadean. However, when recalculated with the new decay constant, the data suggest that the mantle was only slightly depleted, requiring less early crust extraction, and allowing a later date for the onset of significant crust production. In contrast, the extremely low recalculated epsilon Hf values of Earth's oldest zircons (Amelin et al., 1999, Amelin et al., 2000) indicate that Earth's first crust formed at or before 4.3 Ga, and that this crust remained intact long enough (>200 million years) to evolve to such low

  15. Magnetism of coexisting rhombohedral and orthorhombic Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11} phases in rapidly quenched Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11}B

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    Musiał, A. [Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, M. Smoluchowskiego 17, Poznań 60-179 (Poland); Nanobiomedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Umultowska 85, Poznań 61-614 (Poland); Śniadecki, Z., E-mail: [Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, M. Smoluchowskiego 17, Poznań 60-179 (Poland); Marcin, J.; Kováč, J.; Škorvánek, I. [Institute of Experimental Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 47, Košice 040 01 (Slovakia); Idzikowski, B. [Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, M. Smoluchowskiego 17, Poznań 60-179 (Poland)


    Evolution of crystalline structure caused by heat treatment and its influence on magnetic properties of two melt-spun Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11}B alloys in fully amorphous and partially crystalline states have been investigated. The as-cast ribbons were annealed in order to improve the hard magnetic properties by inducing the formation of nanocrystalline phases with high anisotropy. The X-ray diffraction and magnetic measurements confirmed the coexistence of two Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11} phases, crystallizing in different structures, with the rhombohedral one showing hard magnetic properties. Annealing of fully amorphous alloy resulted in the lower coercive field in comparison to that of annealed partially crystalline ribbon. From the point of view of exchange coupling between magnetic phases and magnetic hardening, the optimum annealing temperature and time were determined to be 570 °C and 60 min, for partially crystalline sample. Annealing at 650 °C for 1 h leads to excess of the HfCo{sub 3}B{sub 2} phase above the critical value and results in a decrease in the coercive field. Isothermal annealing increases the magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant K{sub 1} from 7.52 for the as-quenched sample to 12.11 Merg/cm{sup 3} for the partially crystalline ribbon. The existence of quenched-in nanocrystals resulted in higher coercive fields, up to 3.23 kOe, after annealing. - Highlights: • Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11}B rapidly quenched in two states: (i) amorphous, (ii) partially crystalline. • formation of nanocrystalline phases with high magnetic anisotropy. • high magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant K{sub 1} > 10 Merg/cm{sup 3} • coexistence of two Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11} phases: (i) rhombohedral and (ii) orthorhombic.

  16. High frequency based detection of TIDs in the Net-TIDE project: challenges and opportunities for long HF paths (United States)

    Verhulst, Tobias


    Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances (TIDs) are the ionospheric signatures of atmospheric gravity waves. TIDs carry along information about their sources of excitations which may be either natural (energy input from the auroral region, earthquakes/tsunamis, hurricanes, solar terminator, and others) or artificial (ionospheric modification experiments, nuclear explosions, and other powerful blasts like industrial accidents). TIDs contribute to the energy and momentum exchange between different regions of the ionosphere, especially during geomagnetic storms. Their tracking is important because the TIDs affect all services that rely on predictable ionospheric radio wave propagation. Although a number of methods have been proposed to measure TID characteristics, none is able to operate in real time for monitoring purposes. In the framework of a new NATO Science for Peace and Security multi-year project (2014--2017) we are exploiting for the first time the European network of high precision ionospheric DPS4D sounders and the related software to directly identify TIDs over Europe and specify in real-time the gravity wave parameters based on measuring the variations of the angles-of-arrival and Doppler frequencies of ionospherically reflected HF radio signals. The project will run until 2017 and is expected to result in a pilot network of DPS4D ionospheric sounders in Europe, enhanced with a system to process the TID observations for real-time diagnostics and issue warnings for TIDs and the potential disturbance over the area. Based on these warnings the end-users can put in action specific mitigation techniques to protect their systems. The technical challenges of operating long distance ionospheric HF radio links for the detection of TIDs will be discussed.

  17. Curative effect of HF10 on liver and peritoneal metastasis mediated by host antitumor immunity (United States)

    Hotta, Yoshihiro; Kasuya, Hideki; Bustos, Itzel; Naoe, Yoshinori; Ichinose, Toru; Tanaka, Maki; Kodera, Yasuhiro


    Background HF10 is a highly attenuated type 1 herpes simplex virus (HSV) with proven effective oncolytic effect. Previous investigations have demonstrated that colon cancer mice model treated with HF10 not only had better survival but were also resistant to the reimplantation of the antitumor effect mediated by host antitumor immunity. Importantly, it has also been noted that in mice with antitumors implanted on both sides of the back, an injection of HF10 on only one side strongly restrains not only the injected antitumor but also the non-injected ones. Materials and methods MC26 colon cancer cells were injected subcutaneously into the back, spleen, and intraperitoneal region of metastasis model mice. Antitumor volume and survival rate were monitored. To measure cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) cytotoxicity against MC26, lymphocytes were extracted from the spleens of the peritoneal metastasis model mice as well as from the thymus of the liver metastasis model mice. The expression of interferon gamma was examined by enzyme-linked immunospot assay. Samples from the liver metastasis model mice were subjected to polymerase chain reaction to quantify the level of HSV genomes. Results HF10 was injected only on the back antitumor; however, a antitumor-suppressor effect was observed against liver and peritoneal metastases. When HF10 genome was measured, we observed lower genome on liver metastases compared to back antitumor genome quantity. CTL activity against MC26 was also observed. These results indicate that local administration of HF10 exerts a curative effect on systemic disease, mediated by host antitumor immunity. Conclusion HF10 local administration stimulates antitumor immunity to recognize antitumor-specific antigen, which then improves systemic disease. Metastatic antitumors lysis, on the other hand, appears to be mediated by the host immune system, rather than by virus-mediated direct oncolysis. PMID:28331843

  18. Effects of biased irradiation on charge trapping in HfO2 dielectric thin films (United States)

    Mu, Yifei; Zhao, Ce Zhou; Lu, Qifeng; Zhao, Chun; Qi, Yanfei; Lam, Sang; Mitrovic, Ivona Z.; Taylor, Stephen; Chalker, Paul R.


    This paper reports the low-dose-rate radiation response of Al-HfO2/SiO2-Si MOS devices, in which the gate dielectric was formed by atomic layer deposition (ALD) with 5-nm equivalent oxide thickness. The degradation of the devices was characterized by a pulse capacitance-voltage (CV) and on-site radiation response technique under continuous gamma (γ) ray exposure at a relatively low dose rate of 0.116 rad (HfO2)/s. Compared with conventional CV measurements, the proposed measurements extract significant variations of flat-band voltage shift of the hafnium based MOS devices. The large flat-band voltage shift is mainly attributed to the radiation-induced oxide trapped charges, which are not readily compensated by bias-induced charges produced over the measurement timescales (for timescales less than 5 ms). A negative flat-band voltage shift up to -1.02 V was observed under a positive biased irradiation with the total dose up to 40 krad (HfO2) and with the electric field of 0.5 MV/cm. This is attributed to net positive charge generation in the HfO2 oxide layer. The generated charges are transported towards the HfO2/SiO2 interface, and then form effective trapped holes in the HfO2. Similarly, a positive flat-band voltage shift up to 1.1 V was observed from irradiation under negative bias with an electric field of -0.5 MV/cm. The positive shift is mainly due to the accumulation of trapped electrons. Analyses of the experimental results suggest that both hole and electron trapping can dominate the radiation response performance of the HfO2-based MOS devices depending upon the applied bias. It was also found there was no distinct border traps with irradiation in all cases.

  19. Early Postdischarge STOP-HF-Clinic Reduces 30-day Readmissions in Old and Frail Patients With Heart Failure. (United States)

    Pacho, Cristina; Domingo, Mar; Núñez, Raquel; Lupón, Josep; Moliner, Pedro; de Antonio, Marta; González, Beatriz; Santesmases, Javier; Vela, Emili; Tor, Jordi; Bayes-Genis, Antoni


    Heart failure (HF) is associated with a high rate of readmissions within 30 days postdischarge. Strategies to lower readmission rates generally show modest results. To reduce readmission rates, we developed a STructured multidisciplinary outpatient clinic for Old and frail Postdischarge patients hospitalized for HF (STOP-HF-Clinic). This prospective all-comers study enrolled patients discharged from internal medicine or geriatric wards after HF hospitalization. The intervention involved a face-to-face early visit (within 7 days), HF nurse education, treatment titration, and intravenous medication when needed. Thirty-day readmission risk was calculated using the CORE-HF risk score. We also studied the impact of 30-day readmission burden on regional health care by comparing the readmission rate in the STOP-HF-Clinic Referral Area (∼250000 people) with that of the rest of the Catalan Health Service (CatSalut) (∼7.5 million people) during the pre-STOP-HF-Clinic (2012-2013) and post-STOP-HF-Clinic (2014-2015) time periods. From February 2014 to June 2016, 518 consecutive patients were included (age, 82 years; Barthel score, 70; Charlson index, 5.6, CORE-HF 30-day readmission risk, 26.5%). The observed all-cause 30-day readmission rate was 13.9% (47.5% relative risk reduction) and the observed HF-related 30-day readmission rate was 7.5%. The CatSalut registry included 65131 index HF admissions, with 9267 all-cause and 6686 HF-related 30-day readmissions. The 30-day readmission rate was significantly reduced in the STOP-HF-Clinic Referral Area in 2014-2015 compared with 2012-2013 (P < .001), mainly driven by fewer HF-related readmissions. The STOP-HF-Clinic, an approach that could be promptly implemented elsewhere, is a valuable intervention for reducing the global burden of early readmissions among elder and vulnerable patients with HF. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  20. Dual HF radar study of the subauroral polarization stream

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    R. A. Makarevich


    Full Text Available The dual HF radars comprising the Tasman International Geophysical Environment Radar (TIGER system often observe localized high-velocity F-region plasma flows (≥1500 m/s in the midnight sector (20:00–02:00 MLT at magnetic latitudes as low as Λ=60° S. The flow channels exhibit large variability in the latitudinal extent and electric field strength, and are similar to the subauroral polarization stream or SAPS, a plasma convection feature thought to be related to the polarization electric field due to the charge separation during substorm and storm development. In this study, the 2-D plasma drift velocity within the channel is derived for each of the two TIGER radars from the maximum velocities measured in all 16 radar beams within the latitudinally narrow channel, and the time variation of the subauroral electric field is examined near substorm onset. It is demonstrated that the flow channel often does not have a clear onset, rather it manifests differently in different phases of its evolution and can persist for at least two substorm cycles. During the growth phase the electric fields within the flow channel are difficult to distinguish from those of the background auroral convection but they start to increase near substorm onset and peak during the recovery phase, in contrast to what has been reported previously for auroral convection which peaks just before the substorm onset and falls sharply at the substorm onset. The response times to substorm onset range from −5 to +40 min and show some dependence on the substorm location with longer delays observed for substorms eastward of the radars' viewing area. The propagation velocity of the high-velocity region is also investigated by comparing the observations from the two closely-spaced TIGER radars. The observations are consistent with the notion that the polarization electric field is established with the energetic ions drifting westward and equatorward from the initial substorm

  1. Vertical Files in Midlands Academic Libraries. (United States)

    Lillis, John G.


    Reviews survey responses from 127 nonmedical academic libraries in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas regarding their vertical files (e.g., acquisitions, weeding, size, nature, collection management, frequency of use, maintenance of statistics, types of users, circulation, and security), reporting that 109 had vertical files, with most emphasizing topics…

  2. Silicon Micromachined Vertical Structures for Nanoparticle Separation

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    Shen, C.


    In this thesis we described a new approach to design, fabricate, package and test three silicon based porous vertical structures for nanoparticle separations. These vertical structures stand in between two microfluidic channels. In these walls nano channels that connect the two adjacent microchannel

  3. Teaching Students the Verticality of Technical Documentation. (United States)

    Hager, Peter J.


    Advocates making technical writing courses more vertical in structure by including an extensive study of at least one specific form of technical documentation. Examines how students can gain experience in the vertical process by designing, writing, testing, and producing user manuals for on-campus cooperative education clients. Lists the benefits…

  4. The green building envelope: vertical greening

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    Ottelé, M.


    Planting on roofs and façades is one of the most innovative and fastest developing fields of green technologies with respect to the built environment and horticulture. This thesis is focused on vertical greening of structures and to the multi-scale benefits of vegetation. Vertical green can improve

  5. Triangle-intersecting families on eight vertices

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    Filmus, Yuval


    Simonovits and S\\'{o}s conjectured that the maximal size of a triangle-intersecting family of graphs on $n$ vertices is $2^{\\binom{n}{2}-3}$. Their conjecture has recently been proved using spectral methods. We provide an elementary proof of the special case of $8$ vertices using a partition argument.

  6. Updated Vertical Extent of Collision Damage

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    Tagg, R.; Bartzis, P.; Papanikolaou, P.


    The probabilistic distribution of the vertical extent of collision damage is an important and somewhat controversial component of the proposed IMO harmonized damage stability regulations for cargo and passenger ships. The only pre-existing vertical distribution, currently used in the international...

  7. Reliability Analysis of Existing Vertical Wall Breakwaters

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    Burcharth, H. F.; Sørensen, John Dalsgaard


    Vertical wall breakwaters are used under quite different conditions where failure of the breakwater or a part of it will have very different consequences. Further a number of existing vertical wall breakwaters have been subjected to significant wave loads which have caused partial failures...

  8. Safety Aspects for Vertical Wall Breakwaters

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    Sørensen, John Dalsgaard; Burcharth, H. F.; Christiani, E.


    In this appendix some safety aspects in relation to vertical wall breakwaters are discussed. Breakwater structures such as vertical wall breakwaters are used under quite different conditions. The expected lifetime can be from 5 years (interim structure) to 100 years (permanent structure...

  9. Vertical Integration, Monopoly, and the First Amendment. (United States)

    Brennan, Timothy J.

    This paper addresses the relationship between the First Amendment, monopoly of transmission media, and vertical integration of transmission and content provision. A survey of some of the incentives a profit-maximizing transmission monopolist may have with respect to content is followed by a discussion of how vertical integration affects those…

  10. [Vertical dimension in the Begg technic]. (United States)

    Demange, C; Dion, J G


    This data of 25 treated cases in BEGG technic show, with RICKETTS analysis, a small augmentation of vertical dimensions during treatment. During retention, four of five factors improved. No correlation have been found between increase rate of vertical dimensions, treatment duration, and initial typology.

  11. Luminescence and scintillation properties of Tl- and Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6 crystals (United States)

    Saeki, Keiichiro; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Koshimizu, Masanori; Nakauchi, Daisuke; Tanaka, Hironori; Yanagida, Takayuki; Asai, Keisuke


    The luminescence and scintillation properties of Tl- and Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6 crystals were investigated by photoluminescence and radioluminescence spectroscopy. In the photoluminescence spectra, emission bands of the activators were observed at 500 nm for Tl-doped Cs2HfCl6, and at 340 and 380 nm for Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6. The radioluminescence bands were observed at 405 and 430 nm for Tl- and Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6, respectively. Scintillation decay time constants for the Tl- and Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6 were smaller than those for the corresponding undoped crystals. Scintillation light yields for Tl- and Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6 were estimated to be 23,700 and 15,700 photons/MeV, respectively.

  12. The atomic structure and chemical composition of HfOx (x < 2) films prepared by ion-beam sputtering deposition (United States)

    Aliev, V. S.; Gerasimova, A. K.; Kruchinin, V. N.; Gritsenko, V. A.; Prosvirin, I. P.; Badmaeva, I. A.


    Non-stoichiometric HfOx films of different chemical composition (x partial pressure in a chamber. An effect of chemical composition on the atomic structure of the films was studied by reflection high-energy electron diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy methods. The films were found to be amorphous, consisting only of three components: Hf-metal clusters, Hf4O7 suboxide and stoichiometric HfO2. The relative concentration of these components varies with changing x. The surface of the films contains the increased oxygen content compared to the bulk. It was found that the Hf4O7 suboxide concentration is maximal at x = 1.8. The concept of hafnium oxide film growth by the IBSD method is proposed to explain the lack of suboxides variety in the films and the instability of HfO2, when annealed at high temperature.

  13. The study of single station inverting the sea surface current by HF ground wave radar based on adjoint assimilation technology (United States)

    Han, Shuzong; Yang, Hua; Xue, Wenhu; Wang, Xingchi


    This paper introduces the assimilation technology in an ocean dynamics model and discusses the feasibility of inverting the sea surface current in the detection zone by assimilating the sea current radial velocity detected by single station HF ground wave radar in ocean dynamics model. Based on the adjoint assimilation and POM model, the paper successfully inverts the sea surface current through single station HF ground wave radar in the Zhoushan sea area. The single station HF radar inversion results are also compared with the bistatic HF radar composite results and the fixed point measured results by Annderaa current meter. The error analysis shows that acquisition of flow velocity and flow direction data from the single station HF radar based on adjoint assimilation and POM model is viable and the data obtained have a high correlation and consistency with the flow field observed by HF radar.

  14. Microstructure and Corrosion Behavior of Hf-40 Wt Pct Ti Alloy in Nitric Acid Medium for Reprocessing Applications (United States)

    Jayaraj, J.; Ravi, K. R.; Mallika, C.; Kamachi Mudali, U.


    The Hf-40 wt pct Ti (Hf-Ti) alloy was developed for neutron poison application in the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. The furnace-cooled Hf-Ti sample exhibited the microstructure comprising equiaxed-α, lamellar-α, and feathery-α. The water-quenched Hf-Ti sample confirmed the presence of lath and internally twinned martensite. In comparison to the furnace-cooled sample, low corrosion current density and passivation current density values obtained for the water-quenched Hf-Ti in 6 M HNO3 at 298 K (25 °C) indicated better passivation ability. The martensitic structure exhibited high hardness (660 HV) and negligible corrosion rate in 6 M nitric acid at 298 K (25 °C). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) analysis confirmed that passivation behavior of this alloy was due to the protective passive film composed of TiO2 and HfO2.

  15. Ferroelectric-field-effect-enhanced resistance performance of TiN/Si:HfO2/oxygen-deficient HfO2/TiN resistive switching memory cells (United States)

    Jiang, Ran; Wu, Zhengran; Du, Xianghao; Han, Zuyin; Sun, Weideng


    Greatly improved resistance performance, including high resistance ratio between the high resistance state and the low resistance state, long-time retention, and reliable endurance, was observed in TiN/Si:HfO2/oxygen-deficient HfO2/TiN memory cells. The enhanced resistance ratio is ascribed to the creation/elimination of an extra barrier in oxygen-deficient HfO2 layer in response to the polarization reversal in the ferroelectric Si:HfO2 layer. Along with the enhanced resistance ratio, the long retention and good endurance make the proposed device a promising candidate for non-volatile resistive memories.

  16. Investigation of VLF and HF waves showing seismo-ionospheric anomalies induced by the 29 September 2009 Samoa earthquake (Mw=8.1

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    M. Parrot


    Full Text Available In Samoa Islands, a powerful earthquake took place at 17:48:10.99 UTC (06:48:10.99 LT on 29 September 2009 with a magnitude Mw=8.1. Using ICE (Instrument Champ Electrique and IMSC (Instrument Magnetic Search Coil experiments onboard the DEMETER (Detection of Electromagnetic Emissions Transmitted from Earthquake Regions satellite we have surveyed possible variations in electromagnetic signals transmitted by the ground-based VLF transmitter NPM in Hawaii and in HF plasma waves close to the Samoa earthquake during the seismic activity. The indices Dst and Kp were used to distinguish pre-earthquake anomalies from the other anomalies related to the geomagnetic activities. In a previous study we have shown that anomalies in IAP (plasma analyzer and ISL (Langmuir probe experiments onboard the DEMETER and also TEC (Total Electron Content data appear 1 to 5 days before the Samoa earthquake. In this paper we show that the anomalies in the VLF transmitter signal and in the HF range appear with the same time scale. The lack of significant geomagnetic activities indicates that these anomalous behaviors could be regarded as seismo-ionospheric precursors. It is also shown that comparative analysis is more effective in seismo-ionospheric studies.

  17. Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (United States)

    Wilmsen, Carl W.; Temkin, Henryk; Coldren, Larry A.


    1. Introduction to VCSELs L. A. Coldren, C. W. Wilmsen and H. Temkin; 2. Fundamental issues in VCSEL design L. A. Coldren and Eric R. Hegblom; 3. Enhancement of spontaneous emission in microcavities E. F. Schubert and N. E. J. Hunt; 4. Epitaxy of vertical-cavity lasers R. P. Schneider Jr and Y. H. Young; 5. Fabrication and performance of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers Kent D. Choquette and Kent Geib; 6. Polarization related properties of vertical cavity lasers Dmitri Kuksenkov and Henryk Temkin; 7. Visible light emitting vertical cavity lasers Robert L. Thornton; 8. Long-wavelength vertical-cavity lasers Dubrakovo I. Babic, Joachim Piprek and John E. Bowers; 9. Overview of VCSEL applications Richard C. Williamson; 10. Optical interconnection applications and required characteristics Kenichi Kasahara; 11. VCSEL-based fiber-optic data communications Kenneth Hahn and Kirk Giboney; 12. VCSEL-based smart pixels for free space optoelectronic processing C. W. Wilmsen.

  18. The Quasi-Biennial Vertical Oscillations at Global GPS Stations: Identification by Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition

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    Yuanjin Pan


    Full Text Available Modeling nonlinear vertical components of a GPS time series is critical to separating sources contributing to mass displacements. Improved vertical precision in GPS positioning at stations for velocity fields is key to resolving the mechanism of certain geophysical phenomena. In this paper, we use ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD to analyze the daily GPS time series at 89 continuous GPS stations, spanning from 2002 to 2013. EEMD decomposes a GPS time series into different intrinsic mode functions (IMFs, which are used to identify different kinds of signals and secular terms. Our study suggests that the GPS records contain not only the well-known signals (such as semi-annual and annual signals but also the seldom-noted quasi-biennial oscillations (QBS. The quasi-biennial signals are explained by modeled loadings of atmosphere, non-tidal and hydrology that deform the surface around the GPS stations. In addition, the loadings derived from GRACE gravity changes are also consistent with the quasi-biennial deformations derived from the GPS observations. By removing the modeled components, the weighted root-mean-square (WRMS variation of the GPS time series is reduced by 7.1% to 42.3%, and especially, after removing the seasonal and QBO signals, the average improvement percentages for seasonal and QBO signals are 25.6% and 7.5%, respectively, suggesting that it is significant to consider the QBS signals in the GPS records to improve the observed vertical deformations.

  19. A Vertical Differential Configuration in GPR prospecting (United States)

    Persico, Raffaele; Pochanin, Gennadiy; Varianytsia-Roshchupkina, Liudmyla; Catapano, Ilaria; Gennarelli, Gianluca; Soldovieri, Francesco


    The rejection of the direct coupling between the antennas is an issue of interest in several GPR applications, especially when it is important to distinguish the targets of interest from the clutter and the signal reflected from the air soil interface. Therefore, in this framework several hardware and software strategies have been proposed. Among the software strategies, probably the most common one is the background removal [1], whereas as an hardware strategy the differential configuration has been introduced in [2-3] and then further on studied in [4] with respect to the spatial filtering properties of the relevant mathematical operator. In particular, the studies proposed in [1] and [4] have shown that, in general, all the strategies for the rejection of the direct coupling have necessarily some drawback, essentially because it is not possible to erase all and only the undesired contributions leaving "untouched" the contributions of the targets of interest to the gathered signal. With specific regard to the differential configuration, in [2-3], the differential configuration consisted in a couple of receiving antennas symmetrically placed around the transmitting one, being the three antennas placed along the same horizontal segment. Therefore, we might define that configuration as a "horizontal differential configuration". Here, we propose a novel differential GPR configuration, where the two receiving antennas are still symmetrically located with respect to the transmitting one, but are placed piled on each other at different heights from the air-soil interface, whereas the transmitting antenna is at the medium height between the two receiving one (however, it is not at the same abscissa but at a fixed horizontal offset from the receiving antennas). Such a differential configuration has been previously presented in [5-6] and allows a good isolation between the antennas, while preserving the possibility to collect backscattered signals from both electrically

  20. Gas-phase reaction studies of dipositive hafnium and hafnium oxide ions: generation of the peroxide HfO2(2+). (United States)

    Lourenço, Célia; Michelini, Maria del Carmen; Marçalo, Joaquim; Gibson, John K; Oliveira, Maria Conceição


    Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry was used to characterize the gas-phase reactivity of Hf dipositive ions, Hf(2+)and HfO(2+), toward several oxidants: thermodynamically facile O-atom donor N(2)O, ineffective donor CO, and intermediate donors O(2), CO(2), NO, and CH(2)O. The Hf(2+) ion exhibited electron transfer with N(2)O, O(2), NO, and CH(2)O, reflecting the high ionization energy of Hf(+). The HfO(2+) ion was produced by O-atom transfer to Hf(2+) from N(2)O, O(2), and CO(2), and the HfO(2)(2+) ion by O-atom transfer to HfO(2+) from N(2)O; these reactions were fairly efficient. Density functional theory revealed the structure of HfO(2)(2+) as a peroxide. The HfO(2)(2+) ion reacted by electron transfer with N(2)O, CO(2), and CO to give HfO(2)(+). Estimates were made for the second ionization energies of Hf (14.5 ± 0.5 eV), HfO (14.3 ± 0.5 eV), and HfO(2) (16.2 ± 0.5 eV), and also for the bond dissociation energies, D[Hf(2+)-O] = 686 ± 69 kJ mol(-1) and D[OHf(2+)-O] = 186 ± 98 kJ mol(-1). The computed bond dissociation energies, 751 and 270 kJ mol(-1), respectively, are within these experimental ranges. Additionally, it was found that HfO(2)(2+) oxidized CO to CO(2) and is thus a catalyst in the oxidation of CO by N(2)O and that Hf(2+) activates methane to produce a carbene, HfCH(2)(2+).