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  1. Highest Energy Cosmic Rays

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    Frampton, Paul H

    1998-01-01

    It is proposed that the highest energy $\\sim 10^{20}$eV cosmic ray primaries are protons, decay products of a long-lived progenitor whose high kinetic energy arises from decay of a distant (cosmological) superheavy particle, G. Such a scenario can occur in e.g. SU(15) grand unification and in some preon models, but is more generic; if true, these unusual cosmic rays provide a window into new physics.

  2. Where do the highest energy CR's come from? and How does the Milky Way affect their arrival directions?

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    Kronberg Philipp

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available A “grand magnetic design” for the Milky Way disk clearly emerges within ~1.5 kpc of the Galactic mid-plane near the Sun [1], and reveals a pitch angle of −5.5°. directed inward from the Solar tangential. This pitch angle can be expected to differ for Galactic disc locations other than ours. Above ~1.5 kpc, the field geometry is completely different, and its 3-D structure is not yet completely specified. However it appears that the UHECR (> 5 · 1019 eV propagation to us is not much affected by the halo field, at least for protons. I discuss new multi-parameter analyses of UHECR deflections which provide a conceptual “template” for future interpretations of energy-species-direction data from AUGER, HiRes etc., and their successors [2]. I show how the strength and structure of the cosmologically nearby intergalactic magnetic field, BIGM, is now well-estimated out to D ~5 Mpc from the Milky Way: − 20nG. These are the first VHECR data-based estimates of BIGM on nearby supragalactic scales, and are also important for understanding and modeling CR propagation in the more distant Universe. CR Acceleration to the highest energies is probably a natural accompanying phenomenon of Supermassive Black Hole (SMBH-associated jets and lobes [3]. I briefly describe what we know about magnetic configurations in these candidate sites for UHECR acceleration, and the first direct estimate of an extragalactic Poynting flux current, ~3 · 1018 Amperes [4, 5]. This number connects directly to SMBH accretion disk physics, and leads directly to ideas of how VHECR acceleration in jets and lobes, possibly involving magnetic reconnection, is likely to be common in the Universe. It remains to be fully understood.

  3. The Highest Energy Neutrinos

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    Halzen, Francis

    2007-01-01

    Measurements of the arrival directions of cosmic rays have not revealed their sources. High energy neutrino telescopes attempt to resolve the problem by detecting neutrinos whose directions are not scrambled by magnetic fields. The key issue is whether the neutrino flux produced in cosmic ray accelerators is detectable. It is believed that the answer is affirmative, both for the galactic and extragalactic sources, provided the detector has kilometer-scale dimensions. We revisit the case for kilometer-scale neutrino detectors in a model-independent way by focussing on the energetics of the sources. The real breakthrough though has not been on the theory but on the technology front: the considerable technical hurdles to build such detectors have been overcome. Where extragalactic cosmic rays are concerned an alternative method to probe the accelerators consists in studying the arrival directions of neutrinos produced in interactions with the microwave background near the source, i.e. within a GZK radius. Their ...

  4. Astrophysics at the Highest Energy Frontiers

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    Stecker, F W

    2002-01-01

    I discuss recent advances being made in the physics and astrophysics of cosmic rays and cosmic gamma-rays at the highest observed energies as well as the related physics and astrophysics of very high energy cosmic neutrinos. I also discuss the connections between these topics.

  5. Longevity and Highest-Energy Cosmic Rays

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    Frampton, Paul H; Ng, Y J; Frampton, Paul H.; Keszthelyi, Bettina

    1999-01-01

    It is proposed that the highest energy $\\sim 10^{20}$eV cosmic ray primaries are protons, decay products of a long-lived progenitor which has propagated from typically $\\sim 100$Mpc. Such a scenario can occur in e.g. SU(15) grand unification and in some preon models, but is more generic; if true, these unusual cosmic rays provide a window into new physics.

  6. Longevity and Highest-Energy Cosmic Rays

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    Frampton, Paul H.; Keszthelyi, Bettina; Ng, Y. Jack

    It is proposed that the highest energy ~1020 eV cosmic ray primaries are protons which are decay products of a superheavy particle, G. The protons may be decay products either directly of a nearby (galactic) G or of a long-lived intermediate particle X which arises from decay of a distant (cosmological) G, then decays in or near our Galaxy. Such scenarios can occur in e.g. SU(15) grand unification and in some preon models.

  7. Ultra high energy cosmic rays: the highest energy frontier

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    Neto, João R T de Mello

    2015-01-01

    Ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) are the highest energy messengers of the present universe, with energies up to $10^{20}$ eV. Studies of astrophysical particles (nuclei, electrons, neutrinos and photons) at their highest observed energies have implications for fundamental physics as well as astrophysics. The primary particles interact in the atmosphere and generate extensive air showers. Analysis of those showers enables one not only to estimate the energy, direction and most probable mass of the primary cosmic particles, but also to obtain information about the properties of their hadronic interactions at an energy more than one order of magnitude above that accessible with the current highest energy human-made accelerator. In this contribution we will review the state-of-the-art in UHECRs detection. We will present the leading experiments Pierre Auger Observatory and Telescope Array and discuss the cosmic ray energy spectrum, searches for directional anisotropy, studies of mass composition, the determ...

  8. Highest Energy Neutrino Showers in EUSO

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    Fargion, D

    2002-01-01

    EUSO experiment, while monitoring the downward Earth atmosphere layers, may observe among common Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays, UHECR, also High Energy Neutrino-Induced Showers either blazing upward to the detectors at high (PeVs) energies or at much higher GZK E >= 10^19 eV energies, showering horizontally in air or vertically downward. A small fraction of these upward, horizontal and vertical Shower maybe originated by direct astrophysical UHE neutrino interacting on terrestrial air layers itself; however the dominant UHE neutrino signal are Upward and Horizontal Tau Air-Showers, UPTAUS and HORTAUs (or Earth skimming neutrinos), born within widest Earth Crust Crown (Sea or Rock) Areas, by UHE nu_tau + Nuclei--> tau interactions, respectively at PeVs and GZK energies: their rate and signatures are shown in a neutrino fluence map for EUSO thresholds versus other UHE air interacting neutrino signals and backgrounds. The effective target Masses originating HORTAUs seen by EUSO may exceed (on sea) a wide and hug...

  9. Challenges for highest energy circular colliders

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    Benedikt, M; Wenninger, J; Zimmermann, F

    2014-01-01

    A new tunnel of 80–100 km circumference could host a 100 TeV centre-of-mass energy-frontier proton collider (FCC-hh/VHE-LHC), with a circular lepton collider (FCCee/TLEP) as potential intermediate step, and a leptonhadron collider (FCC-he) as additional option. FCC-ee, operating at four different energies for precision physics of the Z, W, and Higgs boson and the top quark, represents a significant push in terms of technology and design parameters. Pertinent R&D efforts include the RF system, topup injection scheme, optics design for arcs and final focus, effects of beamstrahlung, beam polarization, energy calibration, and power consumption. FCC-hh faces other challenges, such as high-field magnet design, machine protection and effective handling of large synchrotron radiation power in a superconducting machine. All these issues are being addressed by a global FCC collaboration. A parallel design study in China prepares for a similar, but smaller collider, called CepC/SppC.

  10. Ultra high energy cosmic rays: the highest energy frontier

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    de Mello Neto, João R. T.

    2016-04-01

    Ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) are the highest energy messengers of the present universe, with energies up to 1020 eV. Studies of astrophysical particles (nuclei, electrons, neutrinos and photons) at their highest observed energies have implications for fundamental physics as well as astrophysics. The primary particles interact in the atmosphere and generate extensive air showers. Analysis of those showers enables one not only to estimate the energy, direction and most probable mass of the primary cosmic particles, but also to obtain information about the properties of their hadronic interactions at an energy more than one order of magnitude above that accessible with the current highest energy human-made accelerator. In this contribution we will review the state-of-the-art in UHECRs detection. We will present the leading experiments Pierre Auger Observatory and Telescope Array and discuss the cosmic ray energy spectrum, searches for directional anisotropy, studies of mass composition, the determination of the number of shower muons (which is sensitive to the shower hadronic interactions) and the proton-air cross section.

  11. AstroParticle Physics at the Highest Energies

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    Olinto, Angela V

    2012-01-01

    Recent international efforts have brought us closer to unveiling the century old mystery of the origin of cosmic rays. Cosmic ray, gamma ray, and neutrino observatories are reaching the necessary sensitivity to study the highest energy cosmic accelerators and to begin the use of cosmic particles to study particle interactions above laboratory energies. The number of known gamma-ray sources has increased by orders of magnitude. Possible cosmic ray sources have narrowed down with the confirmation of an ankle and the GZK-like spectral feature at the highest energies. Anisotropies in the distribution of arrival directions of cosmic rays at intermediate energies show a complex local neighborhood of the Galaxy. At the highest energies the dawn of particle astronomy is still challenging while composition related measurements point to a change in the composition or the interaction of cosmic rays at ultrahigh energies. A clear resolution of the ultrahigh energy mystery calls for a significant increase in statistics of...

  12. The energy spectrum of cosmic rays at the highest energies

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    Tsunesada Yoshiki

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available One of several working groups established for this workshop was charged with examining results and methods associated with the UHECR energy spectrum. We summarize the results of our discussions, which include a better understanding of the analysis choices made by groups and their motivation. We find that the energy spectra determined by the larger experiments are consistent in normalization and shape after energy scaling factors are applied. Those scaling factors are within systematic uncertainties in the energy scale, and we discuss future work aimed at reducing these systematics.

  13. Testing chemical composition of highest energy comic rays

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    Nosek, D; Noskova, J; Ebr, J

    2013-01-01

    We study basic characteristics of distributions of the depths of shower maximum in air showers caused by cosmic rays with the highest energies. The consistency between their average values and widths, and their energy dependences are discussed within a simple phenomenological model of shower development independently of assumptions about detailed features of high--energy interactions. It is shown that reliable information on primary species can be derived within a partition method. We present examples demonstrating implications for the changes in mass composition of primary cosmic rays.

  14. On the Origin of the Highest Energy Cosmic Rays

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    Stecker, F W

    1998-01-01

    We present the results of a new estimation of the photodisintegration and propagation of ultrahigh energy cosmic ray (UHCR) nuclei in intergalactic space. The critical interactions for photodisintegration and energy loss of UHCR nuclei occur with photons of the infrared background radiation (IBR). We have reexamined this problem making use of a new determination of the IBR based on empirical data, primarily from IRAS galaxies, and also collateral information from TeV gamma-ray observations of two nearby BL Lac objects. Our results indicate that a 200 EeV Fe nucleus can propagate apx. 100 Mpc through the IBR. We argue that it is possible that the highest energy cosmic rays observed may be heavy nuclei.

  15. Z-Burst Scenario for the Highest Energy Cosmic Rays

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    Fodor, Z; Ringwald, Andreas

    2002-01-01

    The origin of highest energy cosmic rays is yet unknown. An appealing possibility is the so-called Z-burst scenario, in which a large fraction of these cosmic rays are decay products of Z bosons produced in the scattering of ultrahigh energy neutrinos on cosmological relic neutrinos. The comparison between the observed and predicted spectra constrains the mass of the heaviest neutrino. The required neutrino mass is fairly robust against variations of the presently unknown quantities, such as the amount of relic neutrino clustering, the universal photon radio background and the extragalactic magnetic field. Considering different possibilities for the ordinary cosmic rays the required neutrino masses are determined. In the most plausible case that the ordinary cosmic rays are of extragalactic origin and the universal radio background is strong enough to suppress high energy photons, the required neutrino mass is 0.08 eV < m_nu < 0.40 eV. The required ultrahigh energy neutrino flux should be detected in th...

  16. Origin of the highest energy cosmic rays observed

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    Biermann, P L; Medina-Tanco, G A; Stanev, T

    2000-01-01

    Introducing a simple Galactic wind model patterned after the solar wind we show that back-tracing the orbits of the highest energy cosmic events suggests that they may all come from the Virgo cluster, and so probably from the active radio galaxy M87. This confirms a long standing expectation. Those powerful radio galaxies that have their relativistic jets stuck in the interstellar medium of the host galaxy, such as 3C147, will then enable us to derive limits on the production of any new kind of particle, expected in some extensions of the standard model in particle physics. New data from HIRES will be crucial in testing the model proposed here.

  17. Academic Training - Tevatron: studying pp collisions at the highest energy

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    2006-01-01

    ACADEMIC TRAINING LECTURE SERIES 15, 16, 17, 18 May Main Auditorium, bldg. 500 on 15, 16, 17 May - Council Chamber on 18 May Physics at the Tevatron B. HEINEMANN, Univ. of Liverpool, FERMILAB Physics Results from the Tevatron The Tevatron proton-antiproton collider at Fermilab in the US is currently the world's highest energy collider. At the experiments CDF and D0 a broad physics programme is being pursued, ranging from flavour physics via electroweak precision measurements to searches for the Higgs boson and new particles beyond the Standard Model. In my lecture I will describe some of the highlight measurements in the flavour, electroweak and searches sectors, and the experimental techniques that are used. ENSEIGNEMENT ACADEMIQUE ACADEMIC TRAINING Françoise Benz 73127 academic.training@cern.ch If you wish to participate in one of the following courses, please tell to your supervisor and apply electronically from the course description pages that can be found on the Web at: http://www.cern.ch/...

  18. Extensive Air Shower Simulations at the Highest Energies

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    Knapp, J; Sciutto, S J; Dova, M T; Risse, M

    2003-01-01

    Air shower simulation programs are essential tools for the analysis of data from cosmic ray experiments and for planning the layout of new detectors. They are used to estimate the energy and mass of the primary particle. Unfortunately the model uncertainties translate directly into systematic errors in the energy and mass determination. Aiming at energies $> 10^{19}$ eV, the models have to be extrapolated far beyond the energies available at accelerators. On the other hand, hybrid measurement of ground particle densities and calorimetric shower energy, as will be provided by the Pierre Auger Observatory, will strongly constrain shower models. While the main uncertainty of contemporary models comes from our poor knowledge of the (soft) hadronic interactions at high energies, also electromagnetic interactions, low-energy hadronic interactions and the particle transport influence details of the shower development. We review here the physics processes and some of the computational techniques of air shower models ...

  19. Highest energy particle physics with the Pierre Auger Observatory

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    2014-01-01

    Astroparticles offer a new path for research in the field of particle physics, allowing investigations at energies above those accesible with accelerators. Ultra-high energy cosmic rays can be studied via the observation of the showers they generate in the atmosphere. The Pierre Auger Observatory is a hybrid detector for ultra-high energy cosmic rays, combining two complementary measurement techniques used by previous experiments, to get the best possible measurements of these air showers. Shower observations enable one to not only estimate the energy, direction and most probable mass of the primary cosmic particles but also to obtain some information about the properties of their hadronic interactions. Results that are most relevant in the context of determining hadronic interaction characteristics at ultra-high energies will be presented.

  20. Correlation of the highest-energy cosmic rays with the positions of nearby active galactic nuclei

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    Abraham, J.; Abreu, P.; Aglietta, M.; Aguirre, C.; Allard, D.; Allekotte, I.; Allen, J.; Allison, P.; Alvarez-Muniz, J.; Ambrosio, M.; Anchordoqui, L.; Andringa, S.; Anzalone, A.; Aramo, C.; Argiro, S.; Arisaka, K.; Armengaud, E.; Arneodo, F.; Arqueros, F.; Asch, T.; Asorey, H.; Assis, P.; Atulugama, B. S.; Aublin, J.; Ave, M.; Avila, G.; Baecker, T.; Badagnani, D.; Barbosa, A. F.; Barnhill, D.; Barroso, S. L. C.; Bauleo, P.; Beatty, J. J.; Beau, T.; Becker, B. R.; Becker, K. H.; Bellido, J. A.; BenZvi, S.; Berat, C.; Bergmann, T.; Bernardini, P.; Bertou, X.; Biermann, P. L.; Billoir, P.; Blanch-Bigas, O.; Blanco, F.; Blasi, P.; Bleve, C.; Bluemer, H.; Bohacova, M.; Bonifazi, C.; Bonino, R.; Brack, J.; Brogueira, P.; Brown, W. C.; Buchholz, P.; Bueno, A.; Burton, R. E.; Busca, N. G.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Cai, B.; Camin, D. V.; Caramete, L.; Caruso, R.; Carvalho, W.; Castellina, A.; Catalano, O.; Cataldi, G.; Cazon, L.; Cester, R.; Chauvin, J.; Chiavassa, A.; Chinellato, J. A.; Chou, A.; Chye, J.; Clay, R. W.; Colombo, E.; Conceicao, R.; Connolly, B.; Contreras, F.; Coppens, J.; Cordier, A.; Cotti, U.; Coutu, S.; Covault, C. E.; Creusot, A.; Criss, A.; Cronin, J.; Curutiu, A.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; Daumiller, K.; Dawson, B. R.; de Almeida, R. M.; De Donato, C.; Bg, S. J. de Jong; De La Vega, G.; de Mello, W. J. M.; de Mello Neto, J. R. T.; De Mitri, I.; de Souza, V.; del Peral, L.; Deligny, O.; Della Selva, A.; Delle Fratte, C.; Dembinski, H.; Di Giulio, C.; Diaz, J. C.; Diep, P. N.; Dobrigkeit, C.; D'Olivo, J. C.; Dong, P. N.; Dornic, D.; Dorofeev, A.; dos Anjos, J. C.; Dova, M. T.; D'Urso, D.; Dutan, I.; DuVernois, M. A.; Engel, R.; Epele, L.; Escobar, C. O.; Etchegoyen, A.; Luis, P. Facal San; Falcke, H.; Farrar, G.; Fauth, A. C.; Fazzini, N.; Ferrer, F.; Ferry, S.; Fick, B.; Filevich, A.; Filipcic, A.; Fleck, I.; Fracchiolla, C. E.; Fulgione, W.; Garcia, B.; Gaimez, D. Garcia; Garcia-Pinto, D.; Garrido, X.; Geenen, H.; Gelmini, G.; Gemmeke, H.; Ghia, P. L.; Giller, M.; Glass, H.; Gold, M. S.; Golup, G.; Albarracin, F. Gomez; Berisso, M. Gomez; Herrero, R. Gomez; Goncalves, P.; do Amaral, M. Goncalves; Gonzalez, D.; Gonzalezc, J. G.; Gonzalez, M.; Gora, D.; Gorgi, A.; Gouffon, P.; Grassi, V.; Grillo, A. F.; Grunfeld, C.; Guardincerri, Y.; Guarino, F.; Guedes, G. P.; Gutierrez, J.; Hague, J. D.; Hamilton, J. C.; Hansen, P.; Harari, D.; Harmsma, S.; Harton, J. L.; Haungs, A.; Hauschildt, T.; Healy, M. D.; Hebbeker, T.; Hebrero, G.; Heck, D.; Hojvat, C.; Holmes, V. C.; Homola, P.; Hoerandel, J.; Horneffer, A.; Horvat, M.; Hrabovsky, M.; Huege, T.; Hussain, M.; Larlori, M.; Insolia, A.; Ionita, F.; Italiano, A.; Kaducak, M.; Kampert, K. H.; Karova, T.; Kegl, B.; Keilhauer, B.; Kemp, E.; Kieckhafer, R. M.; Klages, H. 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A.; Mussa, R.; Navarra, G.; Navarro, J. L.; Navas, S.; Necesal, P.; Nellen, L.; Newman-Holmes, C.; Newton, D.; Nhung, P. T.; Nierstenhoefer, N.; Nitz, D.; Nosek, D.; Nozka, L.; Oehlschlaeger, J.; Ohnuki, T.; Olinto, A.; Olmos-Gilbaja, V. M.; Ortiz, M.; Ortolani, F.; Ostapchenko, S.; Otero, L.; Pacheco, N.; Selmi-Dei, D. Pakk; Palatka, M.; Pallotta, J.; Parente, G.; Parizot, E.; Parlati, S.; Pastor, S.; Patel, M.; Paul, T.; Pavlidou, V.; Payet, K.; Pech, M.; Pekala, J.; Pelayo, R.; Pepe, I. M.; Perrone, L.; Petrera, S.; Petrinca, P.; Petrov, Y.; Pichel, A.; Piegaia, R.; Pierog, T.; Pimenta, M.; Pinto, T.; Pirronello, V.; Pisanti, O.; Platino, M.; Pochon, J.; Privitera, P.; Prouza, M.; Quel, E. J.; Rautenberg, J.; Redondo, A.; Reucroft, S.; Revenu, B.; Rezende, F. A. S.; Ridky, J.; Riggi, S.; Risse, M.; Riviere, C.; Rizi, V.; Roberts, M.; Robledo, C.; Rodriguez, G.; Martino, J. Rodriguez; Rojo, J. Rodriguez; Rodriguez-Cabo, I.; Rodriguez-Frias, M. 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    2008-01-01

    Data collected by the Pierre Auger Observatory provide evidence for anisotropy in the arrival directions of the cosmic rays with the highest-energies, which are correlated with the positions of relatively nearby active galactic nuclei (AGN) [Pierre Auger Collaboration, Science 318 (2007) 938]. The c

  1. Correlation of the highest-energy cosmic rays with the positions of nearby active galactic nuclei

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    Abraham, J.; Abreu, P.; Aglietta, M.; Aguirre, C.; Allard, D.; Allekotte, I.; Allen, J.; Allison, P.; Alvarez-Muniz, J.; Ambrosio, M.; Anchordoqui, L.; Andringa, S.; Anzalone, A.; Aramo, C.; Argiro, S.; Arisaka, K.; Armengaud, E.; Arneodo, F.; Arqueros, F.; Asch, T.; Asorey, H.; Assis, P.; Atulugama, B. S.; Aublin, J.; Ave, M.; Avila, G.; Baecker, T.; Badagnani, D.; Barbosa, A. F.; Barnhill, D.; Barroso, S. L. C.; Bauleo, P.; Beatty, J. J.; Beau, T.; Becker, B. R.; Becker, K. H.; Bellido, J. A.; BenZvi, S.; Berat, C.; Bergmann, T.; Bernardini, P.; Bertou, X.; Biermann, P. L.; Billoir, P.; Blanch-Bigas, O.; Blanco, F.; Blasi, P.; Bleve, C.; Bluemer, H.; Bohacova, M.; Bonifazi, C.; Bonino, R.; Brack, J.; Brogueira, P.; Brown, W. C.; Buchholz, P.; Bueno, A.; Burton, R. E.; Busca, N. G.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Cai, B.; Camin, D. V.; Caramete, L.; Caruso, R.; Carvalho, W.; Castellina, A.; Catalano, O.; Cataldi, G.; Cazon, L.; Cester, R.; Chauvin, J.; Chiavassa, A.; Chinellato, J. A.; Chou, A.; Chye, J.; Clay, R. W.; Colombo, E.; Conceicao, R.; Connolly, B.; Contreras, F.; Coppens, J.; Cordier, A.; Cotti, U.; Coutu, S.; Covault, C. E.; Creusot, A.; Criss, A.; Cronin, J.; Curutiu, A.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; Daumiller, K.; Dawson, B. R.; de Almeida, R. M.; De Donato, C.; Bg, S. J. de Jong; De La Vega, G.; de Mello, W. J. M.; de Mello Neto, J. R. T.; De Mitri, I.; de Souza, V.; del Peral, L.; Deligny, O.; Della Selva, A.; Delle Fratte, C.; Dembinski, H.; Di Giulio, C.; Diaz, J. C.; Diep, P. N.; Dobrigkeit, C.; D'Olivo, J. C.; Dong, P. N.; Dornic, D.; Dorofeev, A.; dos Anjos, J. C.; Dova, M. T.; D'Urso, D.; Dutan, I.; DuVernois, M. A.; Engel, R.; Epele, L.; Escobar, C. O.; Etchegoyen, A.; Luis, P. Facal San; Falcke, H.; Farrar, G.; Fauth, A. C.; Fazzini, N.; Ferrer, F.; Ferry, S.; Fick, B.; Filevich, A.; Filipcic, A.; Fleck, I.; Fracchiolla, C. E.; Fulgione, W.; Garcia, B.; Gaimez, D. 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    2008-04-01

    Data collected by the Pierre Auger Observatory provide evidence for anisotropy in the arrival directions of the cosmic rays with the highest-energies, which are correlated with the positions of relatively nearby active galactic nuclei (AGN) [Pierre Auger Collaboration, Science 318 (2007) 938]. The correlation has maximum significance for cosmic rays with energy greater than ˜6 × 1019 eV and AGN at a distance less than ˜75 Mpc. We have confirmed the anisotropy at a confidence level of more than 99% through a test with parameters specified a priori, using an independent data set. The observed correlation is compatible with the hypothesis that cosmic rays with the highest-energies originate from extra-galactic sources close enough so that their flux is not significantly attenuated by interaction with the cosmic background radiation (the Greisen Zatsepin Kuz’min effect). The angular scale of the correlation observed is a few degrees, which suggests a predominantly light composition unless the magnetic fields are very weak outside the thin disk of our galaxy. Our present data do not identify AGN as the sources of cosmic rays unambiguously, and other candidate sources which are distributed as nearby AGN are not ruled out. We discuss the prospect of unequivocal identification of individual sources of the highest-energy cosmic rays within a few years of continued operation of the Pierre Auger Observatory.

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    2007-12-01

    Data collected by the Pierre Auger Observatory provide evidence for anisotropy in the arrival directions of the cosmic rays with the highest energies, which are correlated with the positions of relatively nearby active galactic nuclei (AGN) [1]. The correlation has maximum significance for cosmic rays with energy greater than {approx} 6 x 10{sup 19} eV and AGN at a distance less than {approx} 75 Mpc. We have confirmed the anisotropy at a confidence level of more than 99% through a test with parameters specified a priori, using an independent data set. The observed correlation is compatible with the hypothesis that cosmic rays with the highest energies originate from extra-galactic sources close enough so that their flux is not significantly attenuated by interaction with the cosmic background radiation (the Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuzmin effect). The angular scale of the correlation observed is a few degrees, which suggests a predominantly light composition unless the magnetic fields are very weak outside the thin disk of our galaxy. Our present data do not identify AGN as the sources of cosmic rays unambiguously, and other candidate sources which are distributed as nearby AGN are not ruled out. We discuss the prospect of unequivocal identification of individual sources of the highest-energy cosmic rays within a few years of continued operation of the Pierre Auger Observatory.

  4. On heavy Majorana neutrinos as a source of the highest energy cosmic rays

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    Palle, D

    2002-01-01

    Cosmic ray events beyond the Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuzmin cut-off represent a great challenge for particle physics and cosmology. We show that the physics of heavy Majorana neutrinos, well defined by their masses, cross sections and lifetimes, could explain the highest energy cosmic rays as a consequence of the galactic annihilation of heavy neutrinos as cold dark matter particles. Galactic nuclei accelerators, colliding neutron stars (black holes) or shocks from the collapsed objects could produce ultra high energy cosmic rays as heavy neutrinos beyond the mass threshold at an arbitrary cosmic distance. We comment and also analyse the DAMA results with regard to heavy neutrinos as galactic halo CDM particles.

  5. Does Galactic Magnetic Field Disturb the Correlation of the Highest Energy Cosmic Rays with their Sources?

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    Takami, Hajime

    2009-01-01

    The propagation trajectories of the highest energy cosmic rays can be deflected by Galactic magnetic field (GMF) and expected correlation between their arrival directions and the positions of their sources can be disturbed. In order to explore whether the possible correlation is disturbed or not, we simulate the arrival distribution of the highest energy protons (HEPs) with energies above $6 \\times 10^{19}$ eV taking 4 different GMF models into account and investigate the cross-correlation between the protons and sources assumed in the simulation. We show that the error of cross-correlation function adopted in this study is sufficiently small by accumulating 200 events. We also find that the correlation is not disturbed largely in many cases after 200 events accumulation and positive signals of the correlation are significantly expected at angular scale of 3-5$^{\\circ}$. Only in the cases of the northern sky with axisymmetric spiral structures of GMF, the cross-correlation functions are consistent with no cor...

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Martello, D; Martínez, J; Martinez Bravo, O; Mathes, H J; Matthews, J; Matthews, ii J A J; Matthiae, Giorgio; Maurizio, D; Mazur, P O; McCauley, T; McEwen, M; McNeil, R R; Medina, M C; Medina-Tanco, G; Meli, A; Melo, D; Menichetti, E; Menschikov, A; Meurer, Chr; Meyhandan, R; Micheletti, M I; Miele, G; Miller, W; Mollerach, S; Monasor, M; Monnier Ragaigne, D; Montanet, F; Morales, B; Morello, C; Moreno, E; Moreno, J C; Morris, C; Mostaf, M; Muller, M A; Mussa, R; Navarra, G; Navarro, J L; Navas, a S; Necesal, P; Nellen, L; Newman-Holmes, C; Newton, D; Nguyen Thi, T; Nierstenhoefer, N; Nitz, D; Nosek, D; Noka, L; Oehlschläger, J; Ohnuki, T; Olinto, A; Olmos-Gilbaja, V M; Ortiz, M; Ortolani, F; Ostapchenko, S; Otero, L; Pacheco, N; Pakk Selmi-Dei, D; Palatka, M; Pallotta, J; Parente, G; Parizot, E; Parlati, S; Pastor, S; Patel, M; Paul, T; Pavlidou, V; Payet, K; Pech, M; Pkala, J; Pelayo, R; Pepe, I M; Perrone, L; Petrera, S; Petrinca, P; Petrov, Y; Diep Pham Ngoc Dong Pham Ngoc; Pham Thi, T N; Pichel, A; Piegaia, R; Pierog, T; Pimenta, M; Pinto, T; Pirronello, V; Pisanti, O; Platino, M; Pochon, J; Porter, T A; Privitera, P; Prouza, M; Quel, E J; Rautenberg, J; Redondo, A; Reucroft, S; Revenu, B; Rezende, F A S; Rídky, J; Riggi, S; Risse, M; Rivi`re, C; Rizi, V; Roberts, M; Robledo, C; Rodríguez, G; Rodrguez Fras, D; Rodríguez-Martino, J; RodrigueziiRojo, J; Rodriguez-Cabo, I; Ros, G; Rosado, J; Roth, M; Rouill-d'Orfeuil, B; Roulet, E; Rovero, A C; Salamida, F; Salazar, H; Salina, G; Sánchez, F; Santander, M; Santo, C E; Santos, E M; Sarazin, F; Sarkar, S; Sato, R; Scherini, V; Schieler, H; Schmidt, A; Schmidt, F; Schmidt, T; Scholten, O; Schovnek, P; Schussler, F; Sciutto, S J; Scuderi, M; Segreto, A; Semikoz, D; Settimo, M; Shellard, R C; Sidelnik, I; Siffert, B B; Sigl, i G; Smetniansky De Grande, N; Smialkowski, A; Smda, R; Smith, A G K; Smith, B E; Snow, G R; Sokolsky, P; Sommers, P; Sorokin, J; Spinka, H; Squartini, R; Strazzeri, E; Stutz, A; Suárez, F; Suomijärvi, T; Supanitsky, A D; Sutherland, M S; Swain, J; Szadkowski, Z; Takahashi, J; Tamashiro, A; Tamburro, A; Tacu, O; Tcaciuc, R; Thomas, D; Ticona, R; Tiffenberg, J; Timmermans, C; Tkaczyk, W; Todero Peixoto, C J; Tom, B; Tonachini, A; Torres, I; Torresi, D; Travnicek, P; Tripathi, A; Tristram, G; Tscherniakhovski, D; Tueros, M; Tunnicliffe, V; Ulrich, R; Unger, M; Urban, M; Valds Galicia, J F; Valino, I; Valore, e L; vanden Berg, A M; van Elewyck, V; Vázquez, R A; Veberi, D; Veiga, A; Velarde, A; Venters, T; Verzi, V; Videla, cM; Villaseñor, L; Vorobiov, S; Voyvodic, L; Wahlberg, H; Wainberg, O; Walker, P; Warner, D; Watson, A A; Westerhoff, S; Wieczorek, G; Wiencke, L; Wilczynska, B; Wilczynski, H; Wileman, C; Winnick, M G; Wu, H; Wundheiler, B; Yamamoto, T; Younk, P; Zas, E; Zavrtanik, D; Zavrtanik, M; Zech, A; Zepeda, A; Ziolkowski, M

    2007-01-01

    Data collected by the Pierre Auger Observatory provide evidence for anisotropy in the arrival directions of the cosmic rays with the highest energies, which are correlated with the positions of relatively nearby active galactic nuclei (AGN) \\cite{science}. The correlation has maximum significance for cosmic rays with energy greater than ~ 6x10^{19}$ eV and AGN at a distance less than ~ 75 Mpc. We have confirmed the anisotropy at a confidence level of more than 99% through a test with parameters specified {\\em a priori}, using an independent data set. The observed correlation is compatible with the hypothesis that cosmic rays with the highest energies originate from extra-galactic sources close enough so that their flux is not significantly attenuated by interaction with the cosmic background radiation (the Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuz'min effect). The angular scale of the correlation observed is a few degrees, which suggests a predominantly light composition unless the magnetic fields are very weak outside the thin d...

  7. Implications of improved measurements of the highest energy SEPs by AMS and PAMELA

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    Whitman, K.; Bindi, V.; Consolandi, C.; Corti, C.; Yamashiro, B.

    2017-08-01

    Solar energetic particles (SEP) are a key target of heliophysics research, not only as exemplars of particle acceleration and transport processes that are ubiquitous in astrophysical plasmas, but also as the most intense transient radiation hazard for human and robotic space explorers. SEPs are very well-observed by spacecraft covering particle energies below several hundred MeV/nucleon. Multiple missions, stretching back over decades, have yielded a fairly complete description of SEP intensity, energy spectra, and composition up to a few hundred MeV/nucleon. SEP characteristics at higher energies are, by comparison, only poorly understood due to the relative dearth of high-energy measurements. This lack of high energy measurements has contributed to a disagreement within the heliophysics community regarding the source regions and mechanisms that accelerate particles up to GeV energies. In solar cycle 24, the Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics (PAMELA) and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) have been taking measurements of the highest energy SEPs from ∼ 100 MeV to the GeV. Since the literature has discussed SEP acceleration to GeV energies in terms of Ground Level Enhancements (GLE), we will review the findings for GLEs in solar cycle 23. We will discuss the models and theories that address acceleration up to the GeV and how AMS and PAMELA measurements have the potential to advance the current understanding of SEP acceleration physics. Lastly, only 1-2 GLEs have occurred during solar cycle 24, so we will explore a set of SEP events that were observed in the ⩾100 MeV GOES channels, most of which were also observed by PAMELA and AMS.

  8. Correlation of the Highest-Energy Cosmic Rays with Nearby Extragalactic Objects

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    Pierre Auger Collaboration; Abraham, J.; Abreu, P.; Aglietta, M.; Aguirre, C.; Allard, D.; Allekotte, I.; Allen, J.; Allison, P.; Alvarez, C.; Alvarez-Muñiz, J.; Ambrosio, M.; Anchordoqui, L.; Andringa, S.; Anzalone, A.; Aramo, C.; Argirò, S.; Arisaka, K.; Armengaud, E.; Arneodo, F.; Arqueros, F.; Asch, T.; Asorey, H.; Assis, P.; Atulugama, B. S.; Aublin, J.; Ave, M.; Avila, G.; Bäcker, T.; Badagnani, D.; Barbosa, A. F.; Barnhill, D.; Barroso, S. L. C.; Bauleo, P.; Beatty, J.; Beau, T.; Becker, B. R.; Becker, K. H.; Bellido, J. A.; BenZvi, S.; Berat, C.; Bergmann, T.; Bernardini, P.; Bertou, X.; Biermann, P. L.; Billoir, P.; Blanch-Bigas, O.; Blanco, F.; Blasi, P.; Bleve, C.; Blümer, H.; Bohácová, M.; Bonifazi, C.; Bonino, R.; Boratav, M.; Brack, J.; Brogueira, P.; Brown, W. C.; Buchholz, P.; Bueno, A.; Busca, N. G.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Cai, B.; Camin, D. V.; Caruso, R.; Carvalho, W.; Castellina, A.; Catalano, O.; Cataldi, G.; Cazón-Boado, L.; Cester, R.; Chauvin, J.; Chiavassa, A.; Chinellato, J. A.; Chou, A.; Chye, J.; Clark, P. D. J.; Clay, R. W.; Colombo, E.; Conceição, R.; Connolly, B.; Contreras, F.; Coppens, J.; Cordier, A.; Cotti, U.; Coutu, S.; Covault, C. E.; Creusot, A.; Cronin, J.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; Daumiller, K.; Dawson, B. R.; de Almeida, R. M.; De Donato, C.; de Jong, S. J.; De La Vega, G.; de Mello Junior, W. J. M.; de Mello Neto, J. R. T.; De Mitri, I.; de Souza, V.; del Peral, L.; Deligny, O.; Della Selva, A.; Delle Fratte, C.; Dembinski, H.; Di Giulio, C.; Diaz, J. C.; Dobrigkeit, C.; D'Olivo, J. C.; Dornic, D.; Dorofeev, A.; dos Anjos, J. C.; Dova, M. T.; D'Urso, D.; DuVernois, M. A.; Engel, R.; Epele, L.; Erdmann, M.; Escobar, C. O.; Etchegoyen, A.; Facal San Luis, P.; Falcke, H.; Farrar, G.; Fauth, A. C.; Fazzini, N.; Fernández, A.; Ferrer, F.; Ferry, S.; Fick, B.; Filevich, A.; Filipcic, A.; Fleck, I.; Fonte, R.; Fracchiolla, C. E.; Fulgione, W.; García, B.; García Gámez, D.; Garcia-Pinto, D.; Garrido, X.; Geenen, H.; Gelmini, G.; Gemmeke, H.; Ghia, P. L.; Giller, M.; Glass, H.; Gold, M. S.; Golup, G.; Gomez Albarracin, F.; Gómez Berisso, M.; Gómez Herrero, R.; Gonçalves, P.; Gonçalves do Amaral, M.; Gonzalez, D.; Gonzalez, J. G.; González, M.; Góra, D.; Gorgi, A.; Gouffon, P.; Grassi, V.; Grillo, A.; Grunfeld, C.; Guardincerri, Y.; Guarino, F.; Guedes, G. P.; Gutiérrez, J.; Hague, J. D.; Hamilton, J. C.; Hansen, P.; Harari, D.; Harmsma, S.; Harton, J. L.; Haungs, A.; Hauschildt, T.; Healy, M. D.; Hebbeker, T.; Heck, D.; Hojvat, C.; Holmes, V. C.; Homola, P.; Hörandel, J.; Horneffer, A.; Horvat, M.; Hrabovsky, M.; Huege, T.; Iarlori, M.; Insolia, A.; Ionita, F.; Italiano, A.; Kaducak, M.; Kampert, K. H.; Keilhauer, B.; Kemp, E.; Kieckhafer, R. M.; Klages, H. O.; Kleifges, M.; Kleinfeller, J.; Knapik, R.; Knapp, J.; Koang, D.-H.; Kopmann, A.; Krieger, A.; Krömer, O.; Kümpel, D.; Kunka, N.; Kusenko, A.; La Rosa, G.; Lachaud, C.; Lago, B. L.; Lebrun, D.; Le Brun, P.; Lee, J.; Leigui de Oliveira, M. A.; Letessier-Selvon, A.; Leuthold, M.; Lhenry-Yvon, I.; López, R.; Lopez Agüera, A.; Lozano Bahilo, J.; Maccarone, M. C.; Macolino, C.; Maldera, S.; Malek, M.; Mancarella, G.; Manceñido, M. E.; Mandat, D.; Mantsch, P.; Mariazzi, A. G.; Maris, I. C.; Martello, D.; Martínez, J.; Martínez Bravo, O.; Mathes, H. J.; Matthews, J.; Matthews, J. A. J.; Matthiae, G.; Maurizio, D.; Mazur, P. O.; McCauley, T.; McEwen, M.; McNeil, R. R.; Medina, M. C.; Medina-Tanco, G.; Meli, A.; Melo, D.; Menichetti, E.; Menschikov, A.; Meurer, Chr.; Meyhandan, R.; Micheletti, M. I.; Miele, G.; Miller, W.; Mollerach, S.; Monasor, M.; Monnier Ragaigne, D.; Montanet, F.; Morales, B.; Morello, C.; Moreno, E.; Moreno, J. C.; Morris, C.; Mostafá, M.; Muller, M. A.; Mussa, R.; Navarra, G.; Navarro, J. L.; Navas, S.; Nellen, L.; Newman-Holmes, C.; Newton, D.; Nguyen Thi, T.; Nierstenhöfer, N.; Nitz, D.; Nosek, D.; Nozka, L.; Oehlschläger, J.; Ohnuki, T.; Olinto, A.; Olmos-Gilbaja, V. M.; Ortiz, M.; Ostapchenko, S.; Otero, L.; Pakk Selmi-Dei, D.; Palatka, M.; Pallotta, J.; Parente, G.; Parizot, E.; Parlati, S.; Pastor, S.; Patel, M.; Paul, T.; Pavlidou, V.; Payet, K.; Pech, M.; Pçkala, J.; Pelayo, R.; Pepe, I. M.; Perrone, L.; Petrera, S.; Petrinca, P.; Petrov, Y.; Ngoc, DiepPham; Ngoc, DongPham; Pham Thi, T. N.; Pichel, A.; Piegaia, R.; Pierog, T.; Pimenta, M.; Pinto, T.; Pirronello, V.; Pisanti, O.; Platino, M.; Pochon, J.; Porter, T. A.; Privitera, P.; Prouza, M.; Quel, E. J.; Rautenberg, J.; Reucroft, S.; Revenu, B.; Rezende, F. A. S.; Rídky, J.; Riggi, S.; Risse, M.; Rivière, C.; Rizi, V.; Roberts, M.; Robledo, C.; Rodriguez, G.; Rodríguez Frías, D.; Rodriguez Martino, J.; Rodriguez Rojo, J.; Rodriguez-Cabo, I.; Ros, G.; Rosado, J.; Roth, M.; Rouillé-d'Orfeuil, B.; Roulet, E.; Rovero, A. C.; Salamida, F.; Salazar, H.; Salina, G.; Sánchez, F.; Santander, M.; Santo, C. E.; Santos, E. M.; Sarazin, F.; Sarkar, S.; Sato, R.; Scherini, V.; Schieler, H.; Schmidt, F.; Schmidt, T.; Scholten, O.; Schovánek, P.; Schüssler, F.; Sciutto, S. J.; Scuderi, M.; Segreto, A.; Semikoz, D.; Settimo, M.; Shellard, R. C.; Sidelnik, I.; Siffert, B. B.; Sigl, G.; Smetniansky De Grande, N.; Smialkowski, A.; Smída, R.; Smith, A. G. K.; Smith, B. E.; Snow, G. R.; Sokolsky, P.; Sommers, P.; Sorokin, J.; Spinka, H.; Squartini, R.; Strazzeri, E.; Stutz, A.; Suarez, F.; Suomijärvi, T.; Supanitsky, A. D.; Sutherland, M. S.; Swain, J.; Szadkowski, Z.; Takahashi, J.; Tamashiro, A.; Tamburro, A.; Tascau, O.; Tcaciuc, R.; Thomas, D.; Ticona, R.; Tiffenberg, J.; Timmermans, C.; Tkaczyk, W.; Todero Peixoto, C. J.; Tomé, B.; Tonachini, A.; Torresi, D.; Travnicek, P.; Tripathi, A.; Tristram, G.; Tscherniakhovski, D.; Tueros, M.; Tunnicliffe, V.; Ulrich, R.; Unger, M.; Urban, M.; Valdés Galicia, J. F.; Valiño, I.; Valore, L.; van den Berg, A. M.; van Elewyck, V.; Vázquez, R. A.; Veberic, D.; Veiga, A.; Velarde, A.; Venters, T.; Verzi, V.; Videla, M.; Villaseñor, L.; Vorobiov, S.; Voyvodic, L.; Wahlberg, H.; Wainberg, O.; Waldenmaier, T.; Walker, P.; Warner, D.; Watson, A. A.; Westerhoff, S.; Wieczorek, G.; Wiencke, L.; Wilczynska, B.; Wilczynski, H.; Wileman, C.; Winnick, M. G.; Wu, H.; Wundheiler, B.; Xu, J.; Yamamoto, T.; Younk, P.; Zas, E.; Zavrtanik, D.; Zavrtanik, M.; Zech, A.; Zepeda, A.; Ziolkowski, M.

    2007-11-01

    Using data collected at the Pierre Auger Observatory during the past 3.7 years, we demonstrated a correlation between the arrival directions of cosmic rays with energy above 6 × 1019 electron volts and the positions of active galactic nuclei (AGN) lying within ~75 megaparsecs. We rejected the hypothesis of an isotropic distribution of these cosmic rays with at least a 99% confidence level from a prescribed a priori test. The correlation we observed is compatible with the hypothesis that the highest-energy particles originate from nearby extragalactic sources whose flux has not been substantially reduced by interaction with the cosmic background radiation. AGN or objects having a similar spatial distribution are possible sources.

  9. Correlation of the highest-energy cosmic rays with nearby extragalactic objects.

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    Abraham, J; Abreu, P; Aglietta, M; Aguirre, C; Allard, D; Allekotte, I; Allen, J; Allison, P; Alvarez, C; Alvarez-Muñiz, J; Ambrosio, M; Anchordoqui, L; Andringa, S; Anzalone, A; Aramo, C; Argirò, S; Arisaka, K; Armengaud, E; Arneodo, F; Arqueros, F; Asch, T; Asorey, H; Assis, P; Atulugama, B S; Aublin, J; Ave, M; Avila, G; Bäcker, T; Badagnani, D; Barbosa, A F; Barnhill, D; Barroso, S L C; Bauleo, P; Beatty, J; Beau, T; Becker, B R; Becker, K H; Bellido, J A; Benzvi, S; Berat, C; Bergmann, T; Bernardini, P; Bertou, X; Biermann, P L; Billoir, P; Blanch-Bigas, O; Blanco, F; Blasi, P; Bleve, C; Blümer, H; Bohácová, M; Bonifazi, C; Bonino, R; Boratav, M; Brack, J; Brogueira, P; Brown, W C; Buchholz, P; Bueno, A; Busca, N G; Caballero-Mora, K S; Cai, B; Camin, D V; Caruso, R; Carvalho, W; Castellina, A; Catalano, O; Cataldi, G; Cazón-Boado, L; Cester, R; Chauvin, J; Chiavassa, A; Chinellato, J A; Chou, A; Chye, J; Clark, P D J; Clay, R W; Colombo, E; Conceição, R; Connolly, B; Contreras, F; Coppens, J; Cordier, A; Cotti, U; Coutu, S; Covault, C E; Creusot, A; Cronin, J; Dagoret-Campagne, S; Daumiller, K; Dawson, B R; de Almeida, R M; De Donato, C; de Jong, S J; De La Vega, G; de Mello Junior, W J M; de Mello Neto, J R T; De Mitri, I; de Souza, V; Del Peral, L; Deligny, O; Selva, A Della; Fratte, C Delle; Dembinski, H; Di Giulio, C; Diaz, J C; Dobrigkeit, C; D'Olivo, J C; Dornic, D; Dorofeev, A; Dos Anjos, J C; Dova, M T; D'Urso, D; Duvernois, M A; Engel, R; Epele, L; Erdmann, M; Escobar, C O; Etchegoyen, A; Facal San Luis, P; Falcke, H; Farrar, G; Fauth, A C; Fazzini, N; Fernández, A; Ferrer, F; Ferry, S; Fick, B; Filevich, A; Filipcic, A; Fleck, I; Fonte, R; Fracchiolla, C E; Fulgione, W; García, B; García Gámez, D; Garcia-Pinto, D; Garrido, X; Geenen, H; Gelmini, G; Gemmeke, H; Ghia, P L; Giller, M; Glass, H; Gold, M S; Golup, G; Albarracin, F Gomez; Berisso, M Gómez; Herrero, R Gómez; Gonçalves, P; Gonçalves do Amaral, M; Gonzalez, D; Gonzalez, J G; González, M; Góra, D; Gorgi, A; Gouffon, P; Grassi, V; Grillo, A; Grunfeld, C; Guardincerri, Y; Guarino, F; Guedes, G P; Gutiérrez, J; Hague, J D; Hamilton, J C; Hansen, P; Harari, D; Harmsma, S; Harton, J L; Haungs, A; Hauschildt, T; Healy, M D; Hebbeker, T; Heck, D; Hojvat, C; Holmes, V C; Homola, P; Hörandel, J; Horneffer, A; Horvat, M; Hrabovsky, M; Huege, T; Iarlori, M; Insolia, A; Ionita, F; Italiano, A; Kaducak, M; Kampert, K H; Keilhauer, B; Kemp, E; Kieckhafer, R M; Klages, H O; Kleifges, M; Kleinfeller, J; Knapik, R; Knapp, J; Koang, D-H; Kopmann, A; Krieger, A; Krömer, O; Kümpel, D; Kunka, N; Kusenko, A; La Rosa, G; Lachaud, C; Lago, B L; Lebrun, D; Lebrun, P; Lee, J; Leigui de Oliveira, M A; Letessier-Selvon, A; Leuthold, M; Lhenry-Yvon, I; López, R; Lopez Agüera, A; Lozano Bahilo, J; Maccarone, M C; Macolino, C; Maldera, S; Malek, M; Mancarella, G; Manceñido, M E; Mandat, D; Mantsch, P; Mariazzi, A G; Maris, I C; Martello, D; Martínez, J; Martínez Bravo, O; Mathes, H J; Matthews, J; Matthews, J A J; Matthiae, G; Maurizio, D; Mazur, P O; McCauley, T; McEwen, M; McNeil, R R; Medina, M C; Medina-Tanco, G; Meli, A; Melo, D; Menichetti, E; Menschikov, A; Meurer, Chr; Meyhandan, R; Micheletti, M I; Miele, G; Miller, W; Mollerach, S; Monasor, M; Monnier Ragaigne, D; Montanet, F; Morales, B; Morello, C; Moreno, E; Moreno, J C; Morris, C; Mostafá, M; Muller, M A; Mussa, R; Navarra, G; Navarro, J L; Navas, S; Nellen, L; Newman-Holmes, C; Newton, D; Thi, T Nguyen; Nierstenhöfer, N; Nitz, D; Nosek, D; Nozka, L; Oehlschläger, J; Ohnuki, T; Olinto, A; Olmos-Gilbaja, V M; Ortiz, M; Ostapchenko, S; Otero, L; Pakk Selmi-Dei, D; Palatka, M; Pallotta, J; Parente, G; Parizot, E; Parlati, S; Pastor, S; Patel, M; Paul, T; Pavlidou, V; Payet, K; Pech, M; Pekala, J; Pelayo, R; Pepe, I M; Perrone, L; Petrera, S; Petrinca, P; Petrov, Y; Ngoc, Dieppham; Ngoc, Dongpham; Pham Thi, T N; Pichel, A; Piegaia, R; Pierog, T; Pimenta, M; Pinto, T; Pirronello, V; Pisanti, O; Platino, M; Pochon, J; Porter, T A; Privitera, P; Prouza, M; Quel, E J; Rautenberg, J; Reucroft, S; Revenu, B; Rezende, F A S; Rídky, J; Riggi, S; Risse, M; Rivière, C; Rizi, V; Roberts, M; Robledo, C; Rodriguez, G; Rodríguez Frías, D; Rodriguez Martino, J; Rodriguez Rojo, J; Rodriguez-Cabo, I; Ros, G; Rosado, J; Roth, M; Rouillé-d'Orfeuil, B; Roulet, E; Rovero, A C; Salamida, F; Salazar, H; Salina, G; Sánchez, F; Santander, M; Santo, C E; Santos, E M; Sarazin, F; Sarkar, S; Sato, R; Scherini, V; Schieler, H; Schmidt, F; Schmidt, T; Scholten, O; Schovánek, P; Schüssler, F; Sciutto, S J; Scuderi, M; Segreto, A; Semikoz, D; Settimo, M; Shellard, R C; Sidelnik, I; Siffert, B B; Sigl, G; De Grande, N Smetniansky; Smialkowski, A; Smída, R; Smith, A G K; Smith, B E; Snow, G R; Sokolsky, P; Sommers, P; Sorokin, J; Spinka, H

    2007-11-01

    Using data collected at the Pierre Auger Observatory during the past 3.7 years, we demonstrated a correlation between the arrival directions of cosmic rays with energy above 6 x 10(19) electron volts and the positions of active galactic nuclei (AGN) lying within approximately 75 megaparsecs. We rejected the hypothesis of an isotropic distribution of these cosmic rays with at least a 99% confidence level from a prescribed a priori test. The correlation we observed is compatible with the hypothesis that the highest-energy particles originate from nearby extragalactic sources whose flux has not been substantially reduced by interaction with the cosmic background radiation. AGN or objects having a similar spatial distribution are possible sources.

  10. Correlation of the highest energy cosmic rays with nearby extragalactic objects

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    Abraham, J.; Abreu, P.; Aglietta, M.; Aguirre, C.; Allard, D.; Allekotte, I.; Allen, J.; Allison, P.; Alvarez, C.; Alvarez-Muniz, J.; Ambrosio, M.; /Balseiro Inst., San Carlos de Bariloche /Buenos Aires, CONICET /CNEA, Buenos Aires /Pierre Auger Observ. /La Plata U. /Natl. Tech. U., San Rafael /Adelaide U. /Catholic U. of Bolivia, La Paz /Bolivia U. /Rio de Janeiro, CBPF /Sao Paulo U.

    2007-11-01

    Using data collected at the Pierre Auger Observatory during the past 3.7 years, we demonstrate that there is a correlation between the arrival directions of cosmic rays with energy above {approx} 6 x 10{sup 19} eV and the positions of active galactic nuclei (AGN) lying within {approx} 75 Mpc. We reject the hypothesis of an isotropic distribution of these cosmic rays at over 99% confidence level from a prescribed a priori test. The correlation we observe is compatible with the hypothesis that the highest energy particles originate from nearby extragalactic sources whose flux has not been significantly reduced by interaction with the cosmic background radiation. AGN or objects having a similar spatial distribution are possible sources.

  11. Formation energy of vacancies in FeCr alloys: Dependence on Cr concentration

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    Rio, Emma del, E-mail: emma.delrio@upm.e [Instituto de Fusion Nuclear, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, C/Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Sampedro, Jesus M. [Instituto de Fusion Nuclear, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, C/Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Dogo, Harun [Materials Science and Technology Division, MST-8, Los Alamos National Laboratory, POB 1663, Los Alamos, NM (United States); Caturla, Maria J., E-mail: MJ.Caturla@ua.e [Dept. de Fisica Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias, Fase II, Universidad de Alicante, Alicante E-03690 (Spain); Caro, Magdalena [Materials Science and Technology Division, MST-8, Los Alamos National Laboratory, POB 1663, Los Alamos, NM (United States); Caro, Alfredo, E-mail: caro@lanl.go [Materials Science and Technology Division, MST-8, Los Alamos National Laboratory, POB 1663, Los Alamos, NM (United States); Perlado, J. Manuel [Instituto de Fusion Nuclear, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, C/Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain)

    2011-01-01

    A modified version of the concentration-dependent model (CDM) potential (A. Caro et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 95 (2005) 075702) has been developed to study defects in Fe-Cr for different Cr concentrations. A comparison between this new potential and DFT results for a variety of point defect configurations is performed in order to test its reliability for radiation damage studies. The effect of Cr concentration on the vacancy formation energy in Fe-Cr alloys is analyzed in detail. This study shows a linear dependence of the vacancy formation energy on Cr concentration for values above 6% of Cr. However, the formation energy deviates from the linear interpolation in the region below 6% Cr concentration. In order to understand this behavior, the influence of the relative positions between Cr atoms and vacant sites on the vacancy formation energy has been studied.

  12. Correlation of the highest-energy cosmic rays with nearby extragalactic objects

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    Pierre Auger Collaboration, [No Value; Abraham, J.; Abreu, P.; Aglietta, M.; Aguirre, C.; Allard, D.; Allekotte, I.; Allen, J.; Allison, P.; Alvarez, C.; Alvarez-Muñiz, J.; Ambrosio, M.; Anchordoqui, L.; Andringa, S.; Anzalone, A.; Aramo, C.; Argirò, S.; Arisaka, K.; Armengaud, E.; Arneodo, F.; Arqueros, F.; Asch, T.; Asorey, H.; Assis, P.; Atulugama, B. S.; Aublin, J.; Ave, M.; Avila, G.; Bäcker, T.; Badagnani, D.; Barbosa, A. F.; Barnhill, D.; Barroso, S. L. C.; Bauleo, P.; Beatty, J.; Beau, T.; Becker, B. R.; Becker, K. H.; Bellido, J. A.; BenZvi, S.; Berat, C.; Bergmann, T.; Bernardini, P.; Bertou, X.; Biermann, P. L.; Billoir, P.; Blanch-Bigas, O.; Blanco, F.; Blasi, P.; Bleve, C.; Blümer, H.; Bohácová, M.; Bonifazi, C.; Bonino, R.; Boratav, M.; Brack, J.; Brogueira, P.; Brown, W. C.; Buchholz, P.; Bueno, A.; Busca, N. G.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Cai, B.; Camin, D. V.; Caruso, R.; Carvalho, W.; Castellina, A.; Catalano, O.; Cataldi, G.; Cazón-Boado, L.; Cester, R.; Chauvin, J.; Chiavassa, A.; Chinellato, J. A.; Chou, A.; Chye, J.; Clark, P. D. J.; Clay, R. W.; Colombo, E.; Conceição, R.; Connolly, B.; Contreras, F.; Coppens, J.; Cordier, A.; Cotti, U.; Coutu, S.; Covault, C. E.; Creusot, A.; Cronin, J.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; Daumiller, K.; Dawson, B. R.; de Almeida, R. M.; De Donato, C.; de Jong, S. J.; De La Vega, G.; de Mello Junior, W. J. M.; de Mello Neto, J. R. T.; De Mitri, I.; de Souza, V.; del Peral, L.; Deligny, O.; Della Selva, A.; Delle Fratte, C.; Dembinski, H.; Di Giulio, C.; Diaz, J. C.; Dobrigkeit, C.; D'Olivo, J. C.; Dornic, D.; Dorofeev, A.; dos Anjos, J. C.; Dova, M. T.; D'Urso, D.; DuVernois, M. A.; Engel, R.; Epele, L.; Erdmann, M.; Escobar, C. O.; Etchegoyen, A.; Facal San Luis, P.; Falcke, H.; Farrar, G.; Fauth, A. C.; Fazzini, N.; Fernández, A.; Ferrer, F.; Ferry, S.; Fick, B.; Filevich, A.; Filipcic, A.; Fleck, I.; Fonte, R.; Fracchiolla, C. E.; Fulgione, W.; García, B.; García Gámez, D.; Garcia-Pinto, D.; Garrido, X.; Geenen, H.; Gelmini, G.; Gemmeke, H.; Ghia, P. L.; Giller, M.; Glass, H.; Gold, M. S.; Golup, G.; Gomez Albarracin, F.; Gómez Berisso, M.; Gómez Herrero, R.; Gonçalves, P.; Gonçalves do Amaral, M.; Gonzalez, D.; Gonzalez, J. G.; González, M.; Góra, D.; Gorgi, A.; Gouffon, P.; Grassi, V.; Grillo, A.; Grunfeld, C.; Guardincerri, Y.; Guarino, F.; Guedes, G. P.; Gutiérrez, J.; Hague, J. D.; Hamilton, J. C.; Hansen, P.; Harari, D.; Harmsma, S.; Harton, J. L.; Haungs, A.; Hauschildt, T.; Healy, M. D.; Hebbeker, T.; Heck, D.; Hojvat, C.; Holmes, V. C.; Homola, P.; Hörandel, J.; Horneffer, A.; Horvat, M.; Hrabovsky, M.; Huege, T.; Iarlori, M.; Insolia, A.; Ionita, F.; Italiano, A.; Kaducak, M.; Kampert, K. H.; Keilhauer, B.; Kemp, E.; Kieckhafer, R. M.; Klages, H. 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A.; Mussa, R.; Navarra, G.; Navarro, J. L.; Navas, S.; Nellen, L.; Newman-Holmes, C.; Newton, D.; Nguyen Thi, T.; Nierstenhöfer, N.; Nitz, D.; Nosek, D.; Nozka, L.; Oehlschläger, J.; Ohnuki, T.; Olinto, A.; Olmos-Gilbaja, V. M.; Ortiz, M.; Ostapchenko, S.; Otero, L.; Pakk Selmi-Dei, D.; Palatka, M.; Pallotta, J.; Parente, G.; Parizot, E.; Parlati, S.; Pastor, S.; Patel, M.; Paul, T.; Pavlidou, V.; Payet, K.; Pech, M.; Pçkala, J.; Pelayo, R.; Pepe, I. M.; Perrone, L.; Petrera, S.; Petrinca, P.; Petrov, Y.; Ngoc, DiepPham; Ngoc, DongPham; Pham Thi, T. N.; Pichel, A.; Piegaia, R.; Pierog, T.; Pimenta, M.; Pinto, T.; Pirronello, V.; Pisanti, O.; Platino, M.; Pochon, J.; Porter, T. A.; Privitera, P.; Prouza, M.; Quel, E. J.; Rautenberg, J.; Reucroft, S.; Revenu, B.; Rezende, F. A. S.; Rídky, J.; Riggi, S.; Risse, M.; Rivière, C.; Rizi, V.; Roberts, M.; Robledo, C.; Rodriguez, G.; Rodríguez Frías, D.; Rodriguez Martino, J.; Rodriguez Rojo, J.; Rodriguez-Cabo, I.; Ros, G.; Rosado, J.; Roth, M.; Rouillé-d'Orfeuil, B.; Roulet, E.; Rovero, A. C.; Salamida, F.; Salazar, H.; Salina, G.; Sánchez, F.; Santander, M.; Santo, C. E.; Santos, E. M.; Sarazin, F.; Sarkar, S.; Sato, R.; Scherini, V.; Schieler, H.; Schmidt, F.; Schmidt, T.; Scholten, O.; Schovánek, P.; Schüssler, F.; Sciutto, S. J.; Scuderi, M.; Segreto, A.; Semikoz, D.; Settimo, M.; Shellard, R. C.; Sidelnik, I.; Siffert, B. B.; Sigl, G.; Smetniansky De Grande, N.; Smialkowski, A.; Smída, R.; Smith, A. G. K.; Smith, B. E.; Snow, G. R.; Sokolsky, P.; Sommers, P.; Sorokin, J.; Spinka, H.; Squartini, R.; Strazzeri, E.; Stutz, A.; Suarez, F.; Suomijärvi, T.; Supanitsky, A. D.; Sutherland, M. S.; Swain, J.; Szadkowski, Z.; Takahashi, J.; Tamashiro, A.; Tamburro, A.; Tascau, O.; Tcaciuc, R.; Thomas, D.; Ticona, R.; Tiffenberg, J.; Timmermans, C.; Tkaczyk, W.; Todero Peixoto, C. J.; Tomé, B.; Tonachini, A.; Torresi, D.; Travnicek, P.; Tripathi, A.; Tristram, G.; Tscherniakhovski, D.; Tueros, M.; Tunnicliffe, V.; Ulrich, R.; Unger, M.; Urban, M.; Valdés Galicia, J. F.; Valiño, I.; Valore, L.; van den Berg, A. M.; van Elewyck, V.; Vázquez, R. A.; Veberic, D.; Veiga, A.; Velarde, A.; Venters, T.; Verzi, V.; Videla, M.; Villaseñor, L.; Vorobiov, S.; Voyvodic, L.; Wahlberg, H.; Wainberg, O.; Waldenmaier, T.; Walker, P.; Warner, D.; Watson, A. A.; Westerhoff, S.; Wieczorek, G.; Wiencke, L.; Wilczynska, B.; Wilczynski, H.; Wileman, C.; Winnick, M. G.; Wu, H.; Wundheiler, B.; Xu, J.; Yamamoto, T.; Younk, P.; Zas, E.; Zavrtanik, D.; Zavrtanik, M.; Zech, A.; Zepeda, A.; Ziolkowski, M.

    2007-01-01

    Using data collected at the Pierre Auger Observatory during the past 3.7 years, we demonstrated a correlation between the arrival directions of cosmic rays with energy above 6 × 1019 electron volts and the positions of active galactic nuclei (AGN) lying within ~75 megaparsecs. We rejected the hypoth

  13. New Tests of Lorentz Invariance Following from Observations of the Highest Energy Cosmic Gamma Rays

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    Stecker, F W; Glashow, Sheldon L.

    2001-01-01

    We use the recent reanalysis of multi-TeV gamma-ray observations of Mrk 501 to constrain the Lorentz invariance breaking parameter involving the maximum electron velocity. Our limit is two orders of magnitude better than that obtained from the maximum observed cosmic-ray electron energy.

  14. Correlation of the highest-energy cosmic rays with nearby extragalactic objects

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    Pierre Auger Collaboration, [No Value; Abraham, J.; Abreu, P.; Aglietta, M.; Aguirre, C.; Allard, D.; Allekotte, I.; Allen, J.; Allison, P.; Alvarez, C.; Alvarez-Muñiz, J.; Ambrosio, M.; Anchordoqui, L.; Andringa, S.; Anzalone, A.; Aramo, C.; Argirò, S.; Arisaka, K.; Armengaud, E.; Arneodo, F.; Arqueros, F.; Asch, T.; Asorey, H.; Assis, P.; Atulugama, B. S.; Aublin, J.; Ave, M.; Avila, G.; Bäcker, T.; Badagnani, D.; Barbosa, A. F.; Barnhill, D.; Barroso, S. L. C.; Bauleo, P.; Beatty, J.; Beau, T.; Becker, B. R.; Becker, K. H.; Bellido, J. A.; BenZvi, S.; Berat, C.; Bergmann, T.; Bernardini, P.; Bertou, X.; Biermann, P. L.; Billoir, P.; Blanch-Bigas, O.; Blanco, F.; Blasi, P.; Bleve, C.; Blümer, H.; Bohácová, M.; Bonifazi, C.; Bonino, R.; Boratav, M.; Brack, J.; Brogueira, P.; Brown, W. C.; Buchholz, P.; Bueno, A.; Busca, N. G.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Cai, B.; Camin, D. V.; Caruso, R.; Carvalho, W.; Castellina, A.; Catalano, O.; Cataldi, G.; Cazón-Boado, L.; Cester, R.; Chauvin, J.; Chiavassa, A.; Chinellato, J. A.; Chou, A.; Chye, J.; Clark, P. D. J.; Clay, R. W.; Colombo, E.; Conceição, R.; Connolly, B.; Contreras, F.; Coppens, J.; Cordier, A.; Cotti, U.; Coutu, S.; Covault, C. E.; Creusot, A.; Cronin, J.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; Daumiller, K.; Dawson, B. R.; de Almeida, R. M.; De Donato, C.; de Jong, S. J.; De La Vega, G.; de Mello Junior, W. J. M.; de Mello Neto, J. R. T.; De Mitri, I.; de Souza, V.; del Peral, L.; Deligny, O.; Della Selva, A.; Delle Fratte, C.; Dembinski, H.; Di Giulio, C.; Diaz, J. C.; Dobrigkeit, C.; D'Olivo, J. C.; Dornic, D.; Dorofeev, A.; dos Anjos, J. C.; Dova, M. T.; D'Urso, D.; DuVernois, M. A.; Engel, R.; Epele, L.; Erdmann, M.; Escobar, C. O.; Etchegoyen, A.; Facal San Luis, P.; Falcke, H.; Farrar, G.; Fauth, A. C.; Fazzini, N.; Fernández, A.; Ferrer, F.; Ferry, S.; Fick, B.; Filevich, A.; Filipcic, A.; Fleck, I.; Fonte, R.; Fracchiolla, C. E.; Fulgione, W.; García, B.; García Gámez, D.; Garcia-Pinto, D.; Garrido, X.; Geenen, H.; Gelmini, G.; Gemmeke, H.; Ghia, P. L.; Giller, M.; Glass, H.; Gold, M. S.; Golup, G.; Gomez Albarracin, F.; Gómez Berisso, M.; Gómez Herrero, R.; Gonçalves, P.; Gonçalves do Amaral, M.; Gonzalez, D.; Gonzalez, J. G.; González, M.; Góra, D.; Gorgi, A.; Gouffon, P.; Grassi, V.; Grillo, A.; Grunfeld, C.; Guardincerri, Y.; Guarino, F.; Guedes, G. P.; Gutiérrez, J.; Hague, J. D.; Hamilton, J. C.; Hansen, P.; Harari, D.; Harmsma, S.; Harton, J. L.; Haungs, A.; Hauschildt, T.; Healy, M. D.; Hebbeker, T.; Heck, D.; Hojvat, C.; Holmes, V. C.; Homola, P.; Hörandel, J.; Horneffer, A.; Horvat, M.; Hrabovsky, M.; Huege, T.; Iarlori, M.; Insolia, A.; Ionita, F.; Italiano, A.; Kaducak, M.; Kampert, K. H.; Keilhauer, B.; Kemp, E.; Kieckhafer, R. M.; Klages, H. O.; Kleifges, M.; Kleinfeller, J.; Knapik, R.; Knapp, J.; Koang, D.-H.; Kopmann, A.; Krieger, A.; Krömer, O.; Kümpel, D.; Kunka, N.; Kusenko, A.; La Rosa, G.; Lachaud, C.; Lago, B. L.; Lebrun, D.; Le Brun, P.; Lee, J.; Leigui de Oliveira, M. A.; Letessier-Selvon, A.; Leuthold, M.; Lhenry-Yvon, I.; López, R.; Lopez Agüera, A.; Lozano Bahilo, J.; Maccarone, M. C.; Macolino, C.; Maldera, S.; Malek, M.; Mancarella, G.; Manceñido, M. E.; Mandat, D.; Mantsch, P.; Mariazzi, A. G.; Maris, I. C.; Martello, D.; Martínez, J.; Martínez Bravo, O.; Mathes, H. J.; Matthews, J.; Matthews, J. A. J.; Matthiae, G.; Maurizio, D.; Mazur, P. O.; McCauley, T.; McEwen, M.; McNeil, R. R.; Medina, M. C.; Medina-Tanco, G.; Meli, A.; Melo, D.; Menichetti, E.; Menschikov, A.; Meurer, Chr.; Meyhandan, R.; Micheletti, M. I.; Miele, G.; Miller, W.; Mollerach, S.; Monasor, M.; Monnier Ragaigne, D.; Montanet, F.; Morales, B.; Morello, C.; Moreno, E.; Moreno, J. C.; Morris, C.; Mostafá, M.; Muller, M. 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S.; Swain, J.; Szadkowski, Z.; Takahashi, J.; Tamashiro, A.; Tamburro, A.; Tascau, O.; Tcaciuc, R.; Thomas, D.; Ticona, R.; Tiffenberg, J.; Timmermans, C.; Tkaczyk, W.; Todero Peixoto, C. J.; Tomé, B.; Tonachini, A.; Torresi, D.; Travnicek, P.; Tripathi, A.; Tristram, G.; Tscherniakhovski, D.; Tueros, M.; Tunnicliffe, V.; Ulrich, R.; Unger, M.; Urban, M.; Valdés Galicia, J. F.; Valiño, I.; Valore, L.; van den Berg, A. M.; van Elewyck, V.; Vázquez, R. A.; Veberic, D.; Veiga, A.; Velarde, A.; Venters, T.; Verzi, V.; Videla, M.; Villaseñor, L.; Vorobiov, S.; Voyvodic, L.; Wahlberg, H.; Wainberg, O.; Waldenmaier, T.; Walker, P.; Warner, D.; Watson, A. A.; Westerhoff, S.; Wieczorek, G.; Wiencke, L.; Wilczynska, B.; Wilczynski, H.; Wileman, C.; Winnick, M. G.; Wu, H.; Wundheiler, B.; Xu, J.; Yamamoto, T.; Younk, P.; Zas, E.; Zavrtanik, D.; Zavrtanik, M.; Zech, A.; Zepeda, A.; Ziolkowski, M.

    2007-01-01

    Using data collected at the Pierre Auger Observatory during the past 3.7 years, we demonstrated a correlation between the arrival directions of cosmic rays with energy above 6 × 1019 electron volts and the positions of active galactic nuclei (AGN) lying within ~75 megaparsecs. We rejected the hypoth

  15. The Highest-Energy Cosmic Rays Cannot be Dominantly Protons from Steady Sources

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    Fang, Ke

    2016-01-01

    The bulk of observed ultrahigh energy cosmic rays could be light or heavier elements, and originate from an either steady or transient population of sources. This leaves us with four general categories of sources. Energetic requirements set a lower limit on single source luminosities, while the distribution of particle arrival directions in the sky sets a lower limit on the source number density. The latter constraint depends on the angular smearing in the skymap due to the magnetic deflections of the charged particles during their propagation from the source to the Earth. We contrast these limits with the luminosity functions from surveys of existing luminous steady objects in the nearby universe, and strongly constrain one of the four categories of source models, namely, steady proton sources. The possibility that cosmic rays with energy $> 8\\times 10^{19}\\,$eV are dominantly pure protons coming from steady sources is excluded at 95\\% confidence level, under the safe assumption that protons experience less ...

  16. Observing the Non-Thermal Universe with the Highest Energy Photons

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    Dingus, Brenda L.; HAWC, VERITAS, CTA

    2016-01-01

    Astrophysical sources of relativistic particles radiate gamma rays to such high energies that they can be detected from the ground. The existence of high energy gamma rays implies that even higher energy particles are being accelerated placing strong constraints on these non-thermal accelerators. Within our galaxy, TeV gamma rays have been detected from supernova remnants, pulsar wind nebula, x-ray binaries and some yet to be identified sources in the Galactic plane. In addition, these gamma rays have sufficient energy to be attenuated by the interaction with infrared photons producing an electron-positron pair. Thus the spectrum of gamma rays can also constrain the infrared photon density, which for distant extragalactic sources is a direct probe of cosmology. The known extragalactic TeV sources are primarily the blazer class of active galactic nuclei. And TeV gamma rays might even be produced by annihilating dark matter.The US currently supports two ground-based gamma-ray observatories—HAWC and VERITAS—and NSF is developing a prototype for the international Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) observatory. The HAWC (High Altitude Water Cherenkov) observatory just began operation of the full detector in March 2015 and with its wide field of view scans ~2/3 of the sky each day for TeV sources. VERITAS (Very EneRgetic Imaging Telescope Array System) is an array of four imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes that follows individual sources to produce lightcurves and spectra from 85 GeV to > 30 TeV. The combination of both a survey and pointed observatory is very complementary with a broad scientific reach that includes the study of extragalactic and Galactic objects as well as the search for astrophysical signatures of dark matter and the measurement of cosmic rays. I will present the current view of the TeV sky and the latest results from HAWC and VERITAS as well as plans for CTA.

  17. Pulsars at the Highest Energies: Questions for AGILE, Fermi (GLAST) and Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes

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    Thompson, D.J.

    2008-01-01

    Observational studies of gamma-ray pulsars languished in recent years, while theoretical studies made significant strides. Now, with new and improved gamma-ray telescopes coming online, opportunities present themselves for dramatic improvements in our understanding of these objects. The new facilities and better modeling of processes at work in high-energy pulsars should address a number of important open questions, some of which are summarized.

  18. The surface detector array of the Telescope Array experiment to explore the highest energy cosmic rays

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    2012-01-01

    The Telescope Array (TA) experiment, located in the western desert of Utah,USA, is designed for observation of extensive air showers from extremely high energy cosmic rays. The experiment has a surface detector array surrounded by three fluorescence detectors to enable simultaneous detection of shower particles at ground level and fluorescence photons along the shower track. The TA surface detectors and fluorescence detectors started full hybrid observation in March, 2008. In this article we describe the design and technical features of the TA surface detector.

  19. Update on the correlation of the highest energy cosmic rays with nearby extragalactic matter

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    Abreu, P.; Aglietta, M.; Ahn, E. J.; Allard, D.; Allekotte, I.; Allen, J.; Alvarez Castillo, J.; Alvarez-Muñiz, J.; Ambrosio, M.; Aminaei, A.; Anchordoqui, L.; Andringa, S.; Antičić, T.; Anzalone, A.; Aramo, C.; Arganda, E.; Arisaka, K.; Arqueros, F.; Asorey, H.; Assis, P.; Aublin, J.; Ave, M.; Avenier, M.; Avila, G.; Bäcker, T.; Badagnani, D.; Balzer, M.; Barber, K. B.; Barbosa, A. F.; Bardenet, R.; Barroso, S. L. C.; Baughman, B.; Beatty, J. J.; Becker, B. R.; Becker, K. H.; Bellétoile, A.; Bellido, J. A.; Berat, C.; Bergmann, T.; Bertou, X.; Biermann, P. L.; Billoir, P.; Blanco, F.; Blanco, M.; Bleve, C.; Blümer, H.; Boháčová, M.; Boncioli, D.; Bonifazi, C.; Bonino, R.; Borodai, N.; Brack, J.; Brogueira, P.; Brown, W. C.; Bruijn, R.; Buchholz, P.; Bueno, A.; Burton, R. E.; Busca, N. G.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Caramete, L.; Caruso, R.; Castellina, A.; Catalano, O.; Cataldi, G.; Cazon, L.; Cester, R.; Chauvin, J.; Chiavassa, A.; Chinellato, J. A.; Chou, A.; Chudoba, J.; Clay, R. 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    Data collected by the Pierre Auger Observatory through 31 August 2007 showed evidence for anisotropy in the arrival directions of cosmic rays above the Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuz'min energy threshold, 6 × 10 19 eV. The anisotropy was measured by the fraction of arrival directions that are less than 3.1° from the position of an active galactic nucleus within 75 Mpc (using the Véron-Cetty and Véron 12th catalog). An updated measurement of this fraction is reported here using the arrival directions of cosmic rays recorded above the same energy threshold through 31 December 2009. The number of arrival directions has increased from 27 to 69, allowing a more precise measurement. The correlating fraction is 38-6+7%, compared with 21% expected for isotropic cosmic rays. This is down from the early estimate of 69-13+11%. The enlarged set of arrival directions is examined also in relation to other populations of nearby extragalactic objects: galaxies in the 2 Microns All Sky Survey and active galactic nuclei detected in hard X-rays by the Swift Burst Alert Telescope. A celestial region around the position of the radiogalaxy Cen A has the largest excess of arrival directions relative to isotropic expectations. The 2-point autocorrelation function is shown for the enlarged set of arrival directions and compared to the isotropic expectation.

  20. Update on the correlation of the highest energy cosmic rays with nearby extragalactic matter

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    Abreu, P.; /Lisbon, IST; Aglietta, M.; /Turin U. /INFN, Turin; Ahn, E.J.; /Fermilab; Allard, D.; /APC, Paris; Allekotte, I.; /Centro Atomico Bariloche; Allen, J.; /New York U.; Alvarez Castillo, J.; /Mexico U., ICN; Alvarez-Muniz, J.; /Santiago de Compostela U.; Ambrosio, M.; /INFN, Naples /Naples U.; Aminaei, A.; /Nijmegen U., IMAPP; Anchordoqui, L.; /Wisconsin U., Milwaukee /Lisbon, IST

    2010-06-01

    Data collected by the Pierre Auger Observatory through 31 August 2007 showed evidence for anisotropy in the arrival directions of cosmic rays above the Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuzmin energy threshold, 6 x 10{sup 19} eV. The anisotropy was measured by the fraction of arrival directions that are less than 3.1{sup o} from the position of an active galactic nucleus within 75 Mpc (using the Veron-Cetty and Veron 12th catalog). An updated measurement of this fraction is reported here using the arrival directions of cosmic rays recorded above the same energy threshold through 31 December 2009. The number of arrival directions has increased from 27 to 69, allowing a more precise measurement. The correlating fraction is (38{sub -6}{sup +7})%, compared with 21% expected for isotropic cosmic rays. This is down from the early estimate of (69{sub -13}{sup +11})%. The enlarged set of arrival directions is examined also in relation to other populations of nearby extragalactic objects: galaxies in the 2 Microns All Sky Survey and active galactic nuclei detected in hard X-rays by the Swift Burst Alert Telescope. A celestial region around the position of the radiogalaxy Cen A has the largest excess of arrival directions relative to isotropic expectations. The 2-point autocorrelation function is shown for the enlarged set of arrival directions and compared to the isotropic expectation.

  1. Exploring cosmic rays at the highest-energy frontier with the Pierre Auger Observatory

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    Dobrigkeit Carola

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The Pierre Auger Observatory studies the most energetic cosmic rays arriving at Earth, those with energies from 1017 eV up to 1020 eV and beyond. In continuous operation since 2004, the Observatory employs two complementary detection techniques for measuring air showers induced by those extremely energetic particles. For the past few years new detectors and techniques are being added in order to augment the sensitivity of the measurements. Data accumulated in ten years have led to major advances in our knowledge of the origin and nature of cosmic rays. We present a summary of the latest results for the spectrum of cosmic rays, their arrival directions and composition, as well as the challenges for the future operation of the Observatory.

  2. A Bayesian analysis of the 69 highest energy cosmic rays detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory

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    Khanin, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    The origins of ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) remain an open question. Several attempts have been made to cross-correlate the arrival directions of the UHECRs with catalogs of potential sources, but no definite conclusion has been reached. We report a Bayesian analysis of the 69 events from the Pierre Auger Observatory (PAO), that aims to determine the fraction of the UHECRs that originate from known AGNs in the Veron-Cety & Veron (VCV) catalog, as well as AGNs detected with the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (Swift-BAT), galaxies from the 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS), and an additional volume-limited sample of 17 nearby AGNs. The study makes use of a multi-level Bayesian model of UHECR injection, propagation and detection. We find that for reasonable ranges of prior parameters, the Bayes factors disfavour a purely isotropic model. For fiducial values of the model parameters, we report 68% credible intervals for the fraction of source originating UHECRs of 0.09+0.05-0.04, 0.25+0.09-0.08, 0.24+0.12-0....

  3. A Bayesian analysis of the 69 highest energy cosmic rays detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory

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    Khanin, Alexander; Mortlock, Daniel J.

    2016-08-01

    The origins of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) remain an open question. Several attempts have been made to cross-correlate the arrival directions of the UHECRs with catalogues of potential sources, but no definite conclusion has been reached. We report a Bayesian analysis of the 69 events, from the Pierre Auger Observatory (PAO), that aims to determine the fraction of the UHECRs that originate from known AGNs in the Veron-Cety & Verson (VCV) catalogue, as well as AGNs detected with the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (Swift-BAT), galaxies from the 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS), and an additional volume-limited sample of 17 nearby AGNs. The study makes use of a multilevel Bayesian model of UHECR injection, propagation and detection. We find that for reasonable ranges of prior parameters the Bayes factors disfavour a purely isotropic model. For fiducial values of the model parameters, we report 68 per cent credible intervals for the fraction of source originating UHECRs of 0.09^{+0.05}_{-0.04}, 0.25^{+0.09}_{-0.08}, 0.24^{+0.12}_{-0.10}, and 0.08^{+0.04}_{-0.03} for the VCV, Swift-BAT and 2MRS catalogues, and the sample of 17 AGNs, respectively.

  4. A Bayesian self-clustering analysis of the highest energy cosmic rays detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory

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    Khanin, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Cosmic rays (CRs) are protons and atomic nuclei that flow into our Solar system and reach the Earth with energies of up to ~10^21 eV. The sources of ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) with E >~ 10^19 eV remain unknown, although there are theoretical reasons to think that at least some come from active galactic nuclei (AGNs). One way to assess the different hypotheses is by analysing the arrival directions of UHECRs, in particular their self-clustering. We have developed a fully Bayesian approach to analyzing the self-clustering of points on the sphere, which we apply to the UHECR arrival directions. The analysis is based on a multi-step approach that enables the application of Bayesian model comparison to cases with weak prior information. We have applied this approach to the 69 highest energy events recorded by the Pierre Auger Observatory (PAO), which is the largest current UHECR data set. We do not detect self-clustering, but simulations show that this is consistent with the AGN-sourced model for a dat...

  5. Solving The Longstanding Problem Of Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions At the Highest Microscopic Level - Final Report

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    Quaglioni, S. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2016-09-22

    A 2011 DOE-NP Early Career Award (ECA) under Field Work Proposal (FWP) SCW1158 supported the project “Solving the Long-Standing Problem of Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions at the Highest Microscopic Level” in the five-year period from June 15, 2011 to June 14, 2016. This project, led by PI S. Quaglioni, aimed at developing a comprehensive and computationally efficient framework to arrive at a unified description of structural properties and reactions of light nuclei in terms of constituent protons and neutrons interacting through nucleon-nucleon (NN) and three-nucleon (3N) forces. Specifically, the project had three main goals: 1) arriving at the accurate predictions for fusion reactions that power stars and Earth-based fusion facilities; 2) realizing a comprehensive description of clustering and continuum effects in exotic nuclei, including light Borromean systems; and 3) achieving fundamental understanding of the role of the 3N force in nuclear reactions and nuclei at the drip line.

  6. Chemical and electrochemical behavior of the Cr(3)/Cr(2) half cell in the NASA Redox Energy Storage System

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    Johnson, D. A.; Reid, M. A.

    1982-01-01

    The Cr(III) complexes in the NASA Redox Energy Storage System were isolated and identified as Cr(H2O)6(+3) and Cr(H2O)5Cl(+2) by ion exchange chromatography and visible spectrophotometry. The cell reactions during charge-discharge cycles were followed by means of visible spectrophotometry. The spectral bands were resolved into component peaks and concentrations calculated using Beer's Law. During the charge mode Cr(H2O)5Cl(+2) is reduced to Cr(H2O)5Cl(+) and during the discharge mode Cr(H2O)5Cl(+) is oxidized back to Cr(H2O)5Cl(+2). Both electrode reactions occur via a chloride-bridge inner-sphere reaction pathway. Hysteresis effects can be explained by the slow attainment of equilibrium between Cr(H2O)6(+3) and Cr(H2O)5Cl(+2).

  7. Toxic effects of Cr(VI) and Cr(III) on energy metabolism of heterotrophic Euglena gracilis.

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    Jasso-Chávez, Ricardo; Pacheco-Rosales, Angélica; Lira-Silva, Elizabeth; Gallardo-Pérez, Juan Carlos; García, Noemí; Moreno-Sánchez, Rafael

    2010-11-15

    To assess the toxic effect of Cr on energy metabolism, heterotrophic Euglena gracilis was grown in a medium that prompts high yield biomass and in the presence of different Cr(VI) or Cr(III) concentrations. The cell growth IC₅₀ value was 12 and >250μM for Cr(VI) and Cr(III), respectively; in these cells chromium was accumulated and a fraction compartmentalized into mitochondria, and synthesis of cysteine and glutathione was induced. Respiration of control isolated mitochondria was strongly inhibited by added Cr(VI) or Cr(III) with L-lactate or succinate as substrates. In turn, cellular and mitochondrial respiration, respiratory Complexes I, III and IV, glycolysis and cytosolic NAD(+)-alcohol and -lactate dehydrogenases from cells cultured with Cr(VI) were significantly lower than control, whereas AOX and external NADH dehydrogenase activities were unaltered or increased, respectively. Addition of Cr(VI) or Cr(III) to isolated mitochondria or cytosol from control- or Cr(VI)-grown cells induced inhibition of respiration, respiratory Complexes III, IV and AOX, and glycolytic pyruvate kinase; whereas Complex I, external NADH dehydrogenase, and other glycolytic enzymes were unaffected. Protein contents of mitochondrial Complexes I, III, IV and V, and ANT were diminished in Cr(VI)-grown cells. Decreased respiration and glycolysis induced by Cr(VI) resulted in lower cellular ATP content. Results suggested that Cr(VI) cytotoxicity altered gene expression (as widely documented) and hence enzyme content, and induced oxidative stress, but it was also related with direct enzyme inhibition; Cr(III) was also cytotoxic although at higher concentrations. These findings establish new paradigms for chromium toxicity: Cr(VI) direct enzyme inhibition and non-innocuous external Cr(III) toxicity.

  8. Design optimization of radial flux permanent magnetwind generator for highest annual energy input and lower magnet volumes

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    Faiz, J.; Rajabi-Sebdani, M.; Ebrahimi, B. M. (Univ. of Tehran, Tehran (Iran)); Khan, M. A. (Univ. of Cape Town, Cape Town (South Africa))

    2008-07-01

    This paper presents a multi-objective optimization method to maximize annual energy input (AEI) and minimize permanent magnet (PM) volume in use. For this purpose, the analytical model of the machine is utilized. Effects of generator specifications on the annual energy input and PM volume are then investigated. Permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG) parameters and dimensions are then optimized using genetic algorithm incorporated with an appropriate objective function. The results show an enhancement in PMSG performance. Finally 2D time stepping finite element method (2D TSFE) is used to verify the analytical results. Comparison of the results validates the optimization method

  9. The measurement of $\\alpha_s$ from event shapes with the DELPHI detector at the highest LEP energies

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    Abdallah, J; Adam, W; Adzic, P; Albrecht, T; Alderweireld, T; Alemany-Fernandez, R; Allmendinger, T; Allport, P P; Amaldi, Ugo; Amapane, N; Amato, S; Anashkin, E; Andreazza, A; Andringa, S; Anjos, N; Antilogus, P; Apel, W D; Arnoud, Y; Ask, S; Åsman, B; Augustin, J E; Augustinus, A; Baillon, Paul; Ballestrero, A; Bambade, P; Barbier, R; Bardin, Dimitri Yuri; Barker, G; Baroncelli, A; Battaglia, Marco; Baubillier, M; Becks, K H; Begalli, M; Behrmann, A; Ben-Haim, E; Benekos, N C; Benvenuti, Alberto C; Bérat, C; Berggren, M; Berntzon, L; Bertrand, D; Besançon, M; Besson, N; Bloch, D; Blom, M; Bluj, M; Bonesini, M; Boonekamp, M; Booth, P S L; Borisov, G; Botner, O; Bouquet, B; Bowcock, T J V; Boyko, I; Bracko, M; Brenner, R; Brodet, E; Brückman, P; Brunet, J M; Bugge, L; Buschmann, P; Calvi, M; Camporesi, T; Canale, V; Carena, F; Castro, N; Cavallo, F R; Chapkin, M M; Charpentier, P; Checchia, P; Chierici, R; Shlyapnikov, P; Chudoba, J; Chung, S U; Cieslik, K; Collins, P; Contri, R; Cosme, G; Cossutti, F; Costa, M J; Crennell, D J; Cuevas-Maestro, J; D'Hondt, J; Dalmau, J; Da Silva, T; Da Silva, W; Della Ricca, G; De Angelis, A; de Boer, Wim; De Clercq, C; De Lotto, B; De Maria, N; De Min, A; De Paula, L S; Di Ciaccio, Lucia; Di Simone, A; Doroba, K; Drees, J; Dris, M; Eigen, G; Ekelöf, T J C; Ellert, M; Elsing, M; Espirito-Santo, M C; Fanourakis, G K; Fassouliotis, D; Feindt, M; Fernández, J; Ferrer, A; Ferro, F; Flagmeyer, U; Föth, H; Fokitis, E; Fulda-Quenzer, F; Fuster, J A; Gandelman, M; García, C; Gavillet, P; Gazis, E N; Gokieli, R; Golob, B; Gómez-Ceballos, G; Gonçalves, P; Graziani, E; Grosdidier, G; Grzelak, K; Guy, J; Haag, C; Hallgren, A; Hamacher, K; Hamilton, K; Haug, S; Hauler, F; Hedberg, V; Hennecke, M; Herr, H; Hoffman, J; Holmgren, S O; Holt, P J; Houlden, M A; Hultqvist, K; Jackson, J N; Jarlskog, G; Jarry, P; Jeans, D; Johansson, E K; Johansson, P D; Jonsson, P; Joram, C; Jungermann, L; Kapusta, F; Katsanevas, S; Katsoufis, E C; Kernel, G; Kersevan, Borut P; Kerzel, U; Kiiskinen, A P; King, B T; Kjaer, N J; Kluit, P; Kokkinias, P; Kourkoumelis, C; Kuznetsov, O; Krumshtein, Z; Kucharczyk, M; Lamsa, J; Leder, G; Ledroit, F; Leinonen, L; Leitner, R; Lemonne, J; Lepeltier, V; Lesiak, T; Liebig, W; Liko, D; Lipniacka, A; Lopes, J H; López, J M; Loukas, D; Lutz, P; Lyons, L; MacNaughton, J; Malek, A; Maltezos, S; Mandl, F; Marco, J; Marco, R; Maréchal, B; Margoni, M; Marin, J C; Mariotti, C; Markou, A; Martínez-Rivero, C; Masik, J; Mastroyiannopoulos, N; Matorras, F; Matteuzzi, C; Mazzucato, F; Mazzucato, M; McNulty, R; Meroni, C; Migliore, E; Mitaroff, W A; Mjörnmark, U; Moa, T; Moch, M; Mönig, K; Monge, R; Montenegro, J; Moraes, D; Moreno, S; Morettini, P; Müller, U; Münich, K; Mulders, M; Mundim, L M; Murray, W; Muryn, B; Myatt, Gerald; Myklebust, T; Nassiakou, M; Navarria, Francesco Luigi; Nawrocki, K; Nicolaidou, R; Nikolenko, M; Oblakowska-Mucha, A; Obraztsov, V F; Olshevskii, A G; Onofre, A; Orava, Risto; Österberg, K; Ouraou, A; Oyanguren, A; Paganoni, M; Paiano, S; Palacios, J P; Palka, H; Papadopoulou, T D; Pape, L; Parkes, C; Parodi, F; Parzefall, U; Passeri, A; Passon, O; Peralta, L; Perepelitsa, V F; Perrotta, A; Petrolini, A; Piedra, J; Pieri, L; Pierre, F; Pimenta, M; Piotto, E; Podobnik, T; Poireau, V; Pol, M E; Polok, G; Poropat, P; Pozdnyakov, V; Pukhaeva, N; Pullia, Antonio; Rames, J; Ramler, L; Read, A; Rebecchi, P; Rehn, J; Reid, D; Reinhardt, R; Renton, P B; Richard, F; Rídky, J; Rivero, M; Rodríguez, D; Romero, A; Ronchese, P; Roudeau, Patrick; Rovelli, T; Ruhlmann-Kleider, V; Ryabtchikov, D; Sadovskii, A; Salmi, L; Salt, J; Savoy-Navarro, A; Schwickerath, U; Segar, A; Sekulin, R L; Siebel, M; Sissakian, A N; Smadja, G; Smirnova, O G; Sokolov, A; Sopczak, A; Sosnowski, R; Spassoff, Tz; Stanitzki, M; Stocchi, A; Strauss, J; Stugu, B; Szczekowski, M; Szeptycka, M; Szumlak, T; Tabarelli de Fatis, T; Taffard, A C; Tegenfeldt, F; Timmermans, J; Tkatchev, L G; Tobin, M; Todorovova, S; Tomé, B; Tonazzo, A; Tortosa, P; Travnicek, P; Treille, D; Tristram, G; Trochimczuk, M; Troncon, C; Turluer, M L; Tyapkin, I A; Tyapkin, P; Tzamarias, S; Uvarov, V; Valenti, G; van Dam, P; Van Eldik, J; Van Lysebetten, A; Van Remortel, N; Van Vulpen, I B; Vegni, G; Veloso, F; Venus, W A; Verdier, P; Verzi, V; Vilanova, D; Vitale, L; Vrba, V; Wahlen, H; Washbrook, A J; Weiser, C; Wicke, D; Wickens, J H; Wilkinson, G; Winter, M; Witek, M; Yushchenko, O P; Zalewska-Bak, A; Zalewski, Piotr; Zavrtanik, D; Zhuravlov, V; Zimin, N I; Zinchenko, A I; Zupan, M

    2004-01-01

    Hadronic event shape distributions are determined from data in e+e- collisions between 183 and 207 GeV. From these the strong coupling alpha_s is extracted in O(alpha_s^2), NLLA and matched O(alpha_s^2)+NLLA theory. Hadronisation corrections evaluated with fragmentation model generators as well as an analytical power ansatz are applied. Comparing these measurements to those obtained at and around M_Z allows a combined measurement of alpha_s from all DELPHI data and a test of the energy dependence of the strong coupling.

  10. Nanostructured Fe-Cr Alloys for Advanced Nuclear Energy Applications

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    Scattergood, Ronald O. [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States)

    2016-04-26

    We have completed research on the grain-size stabilization of model nanostructured Fe14Cr base alloys at high temperatures by the addition of non-equilibrium solutes. Fe14Cr base alloys are representative for nuclear reactor applications. The neutron flux in a nuclear reactor will generate He atoms that coalesce to form He bubbles. These can lead to premature failure of the reactor components, limiting their lifetime and increasing the cost and capacity for power generation. In order to mitigate such failures, Fe14Cr base alloys have been processed to contain very small nano-size oxide particles (less than 10 nm in size) that trap He atoms and reduce bubble formation. Theoretical and experimental results indicate that the grain boundaries can also be very effective traps for He atoms and bubble formation. An optimum grain size will be less than 100 nm, ie., nanocrystalline alloys must be used. Powder metallurgy methods based on high-energy ball milling can produce Fe-Cr base nanocrystalline alloys that are suitable for nuclear energy applications. The problem with nanocrystalline alloys is that excess grain-boundary energy will cause grains to grow at higher temperatures and their propensity for He trapping will be lost. The nano-size oxide particles in current generation nuclear alloys provide some grain size stabilization by reducing grain-boundary mobility (Zener pinning – a kinetic effect). However the current mitigation strategy minimizing bubble formation is based primarily on He trapping by nano-size oxide particles. An alternate approach to nanoscale grain size stabilization has been proposed. This is based on the addition of small amounts of atoms that are large compared to the base alloy. At higher temperatures these will diffuse to the grain boundaries and will produce an equilibrium state for the grain size at higher temperatures (thermodynamic stabilization – an equilibrium effect). This would be preferred compared to a kinetic effect, which is not

  11. Optimizing Cr3+ concentration and evaluating energy transfer from Cr3+ to Nd3+ in Cr,Nd:GGG nanocrystals prepared by sol-gel method

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    Yassin Alshikh Mohamad∗; Yomen Atassi; Zafer Moussa

    2016-01-01

    Nanopowder of Cr:GGG and nanopowder of Cr,Nd:GGG with different concentrations of Cr3+ ranging from 0.1 at.% to 1.5 at.% were synthesized by the sol-gel method using acetic acid and ethylene glycol. Thermal gravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry (TGA-DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence spectroscopy were used to characterize the powder. The crystallite size was about 58 nm when treated at 1000 ºC for 2 h. Cr3+ photoluminescence spectrum in GGG showed a broad band emission around 730 nm. The intensity of this band decreased when co-doped with Nd, indicating an efficient energy transfer from Cr3+ to Nd3+. Photoluminescence intensity of Nd in Cr,Nd:GGG at 1.06μm showed that the optimum concentration of Cr3+ was about 1 at.% (more or less) for 1 at.% Nd3+. This result was also confirmed by chromium fluorescence decay rate analysis. Energy transfer efficiency was found to be about 84% for 1 at.% concentration of each chromium and neodymium.

  12. First principles total energy study of NbCr{sub 2} + V Laves phase ternary system

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    Ormeci, A. [Koc Univ., Istanbul (Turkey); Chen, S.P.; Wills, J.M.; Albers, R.C. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1999-04-01

    The C15 NbCr{sub 2} + V Laves phase ternary system is studied by using a first-principles, self-consistent, full-potential total energy method. Equilibrium lattice parameters, cohesive energies, density of states and formation energies of substitutional defects are calculated. Results of all these calculations show that in the C15 NbCr{sub 2} + V compounds, V atoms substitute Cr atoms only.

  13. Sequential bond energies and structures of the Cr+·(N2), n =1−4

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    Jamal N Dawoud

    2014-11-01

    DFT calculations, with an effective core potential for the chromium ion and large polarized basis set functions have been used to calculate the sequential bond dissociation energies of the Cr+·(N2) (n = 1—4) complexes. A linear configuration was obtained for the Cr+·N2 and Cr+·(N2)2 complexes with sequential bond dissociation energies of 14.6 and 16.4 kcal mol-1, respectively. For the Cr+·(N2)3 and Cr+·(N2)4 complexes, distorted trigonal pyramidal and tetrahedral geometries were optimized with sequential bond dissociation energies of 6.5 and 5.5 kcal mol-1, respectively. - back-donation in side-on approach of the Cr+·N2 leads to the formation of a tilted structure with the Cr+ ion in central position. The di-ligated complex exhibits the strongest bond dissociation energy among these four Cr+·(N2) (n = 1—4) complexes since it has the largest Cr+—N bond order.

  14. World's largest air shower array now on track of super-high-energy cosmic-rays Pierre Auger Observatory seeks source of highest-energy extraterrestrial particles

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    2003-01-01

    "With the completion of its hundredth surface detector, the Pierre Auger Observatory, under construction in Argentina, this week became the largest cosmic-ray air shower array in the world. Managed by scientists at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the Pierre Auger project so far encompasses a 70-square-mile array of detectors that are tracking the most violent-and perhaps most puzzling- processes in the entire universe" (1 page).

  15. The bond length and bond energy of gaseous CrW.

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    Matthew, Daniel J; Oh, Sang Hoon; Sevy, Andrew; Morse, Michael D

    2016-06-07

    Supersonically cooled CrW was studied using resonant two-photon ionization spectroscopy. The vibronically resolved spectrum was recorded over the region 21 100 to 23 400 cm(-1), showing a very large number of bands. Seventeen of these bands, across three different isotopologues, were rotationally resolved and analyzed. All were found to arise from the ground (1)Σ(+) state of the molecule and to terminate on states with Ω' = 0. The average r0 bond length across the three isotopic forms was determined to be 1.8814(4) Å. A predissociation threshold was observed in this dense manifold of vibronic states at 23 127(10) cm(-1), indicating a bond dissociation energy of D0(CrW) = 2.867(1) eV. Using the multiple bonding radius determined for atomic Cr in previous work, the multiple bonding radius for tungsten was calculated to be 1.037 Å. Comparisons are made between CrW and the previously investigated group 6 diatomic metals, Cr2, CrMo, and Mo2, and to previous computational studies of this molecule. It is also found that the accurately known bond dissociation energies of group 5/6 metal diatomics Cr2, V2, CrW, NbCr, VNb, Mo2, and Nb2 display a qualitative linear dependence on the sum of the d-orbital radial expectation values, r; this relationship allows the bond dissociation energies of other molecules of this type to be estimated.

  16. Highest Oxygen Bar

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    2009-01-01

    The world’s highest altitude Lhalu Wetland in Tibet is rebounding from past environmental damage In Lhasa, where the oxygen content is just 60 percent of that of the plain area, a place known as the "natural oxygen bar"is highly prized by residents.

  17. Effects of heavy metals (Fe3+/Cr6+) on low-level energy generation in a microbial fuel cell

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    Caparanga, A. R.; Balatbat, A. S.; Tayo, L.

    2017-06-01

    A dual-chamber microbial fuel cell (MFC) was constructed with Pseudomonas aeruginosa as biocatalyst to facilitate substrate conversion and, consequently, low-level energy generation. To simulate a wastewater situation with BOD and heavy metals contamination, glucose and Fe3+ and Cr6+ were used as substrate and heavy-metal spikes, respectively. The effects of varying substrate concentrations (150 ppm, 300 ppm, 600 ppm) and heavy metal loads (10 ppm, 50 ppm, 100 ppm) on overall power generation were evaluated. The presence of Cr6+ in the anode compartment decreased the potential from 565 to 201 mV (i.e., lowest value achieved at highest Cr6+ concentration of 300 ppm). On the other hand, replacing Cr6+ with Fe3+ as electron acceptor resulted in substantial increase in measured potential (i.e., from 565 to 703 mV). Increasing glucose concentrations resulted in longer time to reach constant open circuit voltage. A maximum potential of 606 mV was achieved at 1200 ppm glucose. Incorporating Pseudomonas aeruginosa increased the potential from 256 to 592 mV. On the basis of these results, a microbial fuel cell feeding on wastewater can be an important potential technology for generating low-level energy

  18. Mechanism for the thermal dependence of the Cr to Nd energy transfer in garnets

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    Armagan, Guzin; Di Bartolo, Baldassare

    1988-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the Cr-Nd energy transfer is found to be due to the thermal variation of the radiative decay probability of Cr. The validity of this conjecture is checked in the Gd3Sc2Ga3O12 and CaMg2Y2Ge3O12 crystals. It is also found that above 200 K, the nonradiative energy transfer rate from Cr to Nd is greater in Gd3Sc2Ga3O12 than in CaMg2Y2Ge3O12.

  19. Conjugated polymers based on benzo[2,1-b:3,4-b']dithiophene with low-lying highest occupied molecular orbital energy levels for organic photovoltaics.

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    Xiao, Shengqiang; Stuart, Andrew C; Liu, Shubin; You, Wei

    2009-07-01

    Fusing bithiophene units with a benzo moiety, benzo[2,1-b:3,4-b']dithiophene (BDT), was projected by theoretical calculations to lower the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level of the resulting polymers compared with that of the bithiophene unit, which would enhance the open circuit voltage of bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells fabricated from BDT-based polymers blended with PCBM. The homopolymer of BDT (HMPBDT) and alternating copolymer of BDT with 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (PBDT-BT) were therefore synthesized and fully characterized. Both the homopolymer (HMPBDT) and the copolymer (PBDT-BT) were experimentally confirmed to have low HOMO energy levels (-5.70 eV for HMPBDT and -5.34 eV for PBDT-BT). Introducing the acceptor moiety (2,1,3-benzothiadiazole) successfully lowered the optical band gap of the copolymer from 2.31 eV (HMPBDT) to 1.78 eV (PBDT-BT). Bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices were fabricated from blends of these structurally related polymers with PBCM to investigate the photovoltaic performances. The optimized device of HMPBDT:PCBM (1:3, 180 nm) exhibited an improved open circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 0.76 V, a short circuit current (J(sc)) of 0.34 mA/cm(2), and a fill factor (FF) of 0.40, offering an overall efficiency of 0.10%. The observed large phase separation of the thin film by AFM and the large band gap were accountable for the small current. The optimized device of PBDT-BT:PCBM (1:3, 55 nm) demonstrated a better efficiency of 0.6%, with V(oc) = 0.72 V, J(sc) = 2.06 mA/cm(2), and FF = 0.42. The much improved current was attributed to the lower bandgap and better film morphology. However, the low hole mobility limited the thickness of the PBDT-BT:PCBM film, making inaccessible the thicker film which would utilize more light and enhance the current. Further improvements are expected if the mobility and film morphology can be improved by the new materials design, together with low band gap and low HOMO energy level.

  20. The role of high-energy computed radiography (CR) in radiotherapy

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    LI Zhaobin; SUN Yi; LU Yaohong; FU Shen

    2009-01-01

    Computed radiography (CR) imaging has high irradiation tolerance and it is easy to archive CR images along with other image information by Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) format,and to process them.CR can be used in radiation Quality Control (QC) task and verification of treatment setting-up.In this paper,the role of high-energy CR in radiation oncology is studied.The patients were imaged by CR system and EPID before radiotherapy.All verification images were acquired with 1-2 MU (Monitor Unit) using 6 MV X-rays.QC for a tinac was done with film and high-energy CR to collect the data on daily,weekly and monthly basis.The QC included Multileaf Collimators (MLC) calibration and mechanical iso-centre check.CR was also adapted to verify patient position,the film was used to compare with digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRR) and portal image from EPID.Treatment setting-up was verified based on the result of comparison.High quality verification images cou ld beacquired by the CR system.Comparing to EPID,the results showed that the system was suitable for practical use to acquire daffy verification images,and it was useful to fulfill part of quality assurance (QA) in radiation oncology.The quality of image acquired by the high-energy CR system is comparable or even better than DRRs and portal images.The final treatment set-up for the patients could be verified more accurately with the CR system.

  1. Highest priority in Pakistan.

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    Adil, E

    1968-01-01

    Responding to the challenge posed by its population problem, Pakistan's national leadership gave the highest priority to family planning in its socioeconomic development plan. In Pakistan, as elsewhere in the world, the first family planning effort originated in the private sector. The Family Planning Association of Pakistan made a tentative beginning in popularizing family planning in the country. Some clinics were opened and some publicity and education were undertaken to emphasize the need for family limitation. It was recognized soon that the government needed to assume the primarily responsibility if family planning efforts were to be successful. For the 1st plan period, 1955-60, about $10 million was allocated by the central government in the social welfare sector for voluntary family planning. The level of support continued on the same basis during the 2nd plan, 1960-65, but has been raised 4-fold in the 1965-70 scheme of family planning. Pakistan's Family Planning Association continues to play vital collaborative roles in designing and pretesting of prototype publicity material, involvement of voluntary social workers, and functional research in the clinical and public relations fields. The real breakthrough in the program came with the 3rd 5-year plan, 1965-70. High priority assigned to family planning is reflected by the total initial budget of Rs.284 million (about $60,000,000) for the 5-year period. Current policy is postulated on 6 basic assumptions: family planning efforts need to be public relations-oriented; operations should be conducted through autonomous bodies with decentralized authority at all tiers down to the grassroots level, for expeditious decision making; monetary incentives play an important role; interpersonal motivation in terms of life experience of the clientele through various contacts, coupled with mass media for publicity, can produce a sociological breakthrough; supplies and services in all related disciplines should be

  2. The voltage optimization of a four-element lens used on a hemispherical spectrograph with virtual entry for highest energy resolution

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    Sise, O., E-mail: omersise@sdu.edu.tr [Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, Suleyman Demirel University, 32260 Isparta (Turkey); Martínez, G. [Departamento de Física Aplicada III, Facultad de Física, UCM, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Madesis, I. [Department of Physics, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, GR, 71003 Heraklion (Greece); Tandem Accelerator Laboratory, INPP, NCSR Demokritos, GR, 15310 Ag Paraskevi (Greece); Laoutaris, A. [Tandem Accelerator Laboratory, INPP, NCSR Demokritos, GR, 15310 Ag Paraskevi (Greece); Department of Applied Physics, National Technical University of Athens, GR, 15780 Athens (Greece); Dimitriou, A. [Department of Physics, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, GR, 71003 Heraklion (Greece); Tandem Accelerator Laboratory, INPP, NCSR Demokritos, GR, 15310 Ag Paraskevi (Greece); Fernández-Martín, M. [Departamento de Física Aplicada III, Facultad de Física, UCM, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Zouros, T.J.M. [Department of Physics, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, GR, 71003 Heraklion (Greece); Tandem Accelerator Laboratory, INPP, NCSR Demokritos, GR, 15310 Ag Paraskevi (Greece)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • We investigate the voltage settings for the four-element injection lens of an HDA. • The two well-known approaches, BEM and FDM, in charged particle optics were used. • We tested optimal lens voltages from simulation on the actual experimental setup. • The measured FWHM were well modeled using realistic source parameters. • The results are helpful to experimenters. - Abstract: The methodology and results of a detailed four-element lens optimization analysis based on electron trajectory numerical simulations are presented for a hemispherical deflector analyzer (HDA), whose entry aperture size is determined by the injection lens itself and is therefore virtual. Trajectory calculations were performed using both the boundary-element method (BEM) and the finite-difference method (FDM) and results from these two different approaches were benchmarked against each other, to probe and confirm the accuracy of our results. Since the first and last electrode are held at fixed potentials, the two intermediate adjustable lens electrode voltages were varied over the entire available voltage space in a direct, systematic, brute-force approach, while minima in beam spot size on the 2-D position sensitive detector (PSD) at the exit of the HDA were investigated using a beam shaping approach. Lens voltages demonstrating improved energy resolution for the combined lens/HDA/PSD spectrograph system were sought with and without pre-retardation. The optimal voltages were then tested experimentally on the modeled HDA system using a hot-wire electron gun. The measured energy resolution was found to be in good overall agreement with our simulations, particularly at the highest resolution (∼0.05%) working conditions. These simulations also provide a detailed insight to the distinctive trajectory optics and positions of the first and second image planes, when the PSD has to be placed some distance away from the HDA exit plane, and is therefore not at the ideal optics

  3. Pump beam waist-dependent pulse energy generation in Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG passively Q-switched microchip laser

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    Li, Chao-yu; Dong, Jun

    2016-08-01

    The incident pump beam waist-dependent pulse energy generation in Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal passively Q-switched microchip laser has been investigated experimentally and theoretically by moving the Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal along the pump beam direction. Highest pulse energy of 0.4 mJ has been generated when the Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal is moved about 6 mm away from the focused pump beam waist. Laser pulses with pulse width of 1.7 ns and peak power of over 235 kW have been achieved. The theoretically calculated effective laser beam area at different positions of Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal along the pump beam direction is in good agreement with the experimental results. The highest peak power can be generated by adjusting the pump beam waist incident on the Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal to optimize the effective laser beam area in passively Q-switched microchip laser.

  4. Chemical and electrochemical behavior of the Cr(III)/Cr(II) half-cell in the iron-chromium redox energy storage system

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    Johnson, D. A.; Reid, M. A.

    1985-01-01

    The Cr(III) complexes present in the acidified chromium solutions used in the iron-chromium redox energy storage system have been isolated and identified as Cr(H2O)6(3+) and Cr(H2O)5Cl(2+) by ion-exchange chromatography and visible spectrophotometry. The cell reactions during charge-discharge cycles have been followed by means of visible spectrophotometry. The spectral bands were resolved into component peaks and concentrations of the Cr(III) species calculated using Beer's law. During the charge mode, Cr(H2O)5Cl(2+) is reduced to Cr(H2O)5Cl(+), and during the discharge mode Cr(H2O)5Cl(+) is oxidized back to Cr(H2O)5Cl(2+). Electrode potential measurements also support this interpretation. Hysteresis effects in the charge-discharge curves can be explained by the slow attainment of equilibrium between Cr(H2O)6(3+) and Cr(H2O)5Cl(2+).

  5. Photoionization energies of Cr{sup 3+}-doped LiNbO{sub 3}

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    Happek, U. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30605 (United States)]. E-mail: uhappek@physast.uga.edu; Salley, G.M. [Department of Physics, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC 29303 (United States)

    2007-07-15

    We report on a study of intra-ion and electron transfer transitions in Cr{sup 3+}-doped LiNbO{sub 3}. The energies of the meta-stable emitting levels of Cr{sup 3+} on both Li and the Nb sites are determined by standard optical spectroscopy techniques. Photoconductive measurements are used to determine the ionization energies of both species of Cr{sup 3+} ions. From these results, energy level diagrams are created which give the energies of the optically active levels with respect to the host valence and conduction bands. The emitting {sup 4}T{sub 2} level of Cr{sup 3+} on a Li site and on a Nb site is found to lie 1.5 and 1.2 eV below the conduction band bottom, respectively. These results lead to the suggestion that the lack of laser action found in LiNbO{sub 3}:Cr{sup 3+} may be due to strong excited state absorption transitions from the meta-stable {sup 4}T{sub 2} level to the host conduction band.

  6. The surface magnetization study of Cr2O3 by spin polarized low energy electron microscopy

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    Cao, Shi; Wu, Ning; Zhang, Xin; N'diaye, Alpha; Chen, Gong; Schmid, Andreas; Echtenkamp, Will; Lauter, Valeria; Binek, Christian; Dowben, Peter

    2014-03-01

    The boundary magnetization at the surface of a Cr2O3 single crystal has been demonstrated by using spin-polarized low-energy electron microscopy (SPLEEM), indicating net surface spin polarization. This work shows that the placement of Cr2O3 single crystal in the single domain state, will result in net Cr2O3 spin polarization at the boundary, even in the presence of a gold overlayer. There are indications that the spin-polarized low-energy electron microscopy (SPLEEM) contrast for the two polarizations states is different. In addition, the boundary magnetization protected by the symmetry exists despite of the surface roughness/softness which was studied by the non-spin neutron reflectometry and low energy electron diffraction. Unoccupied surface oxygen sites and chromium sites are possible mechanism contributing to the surface ``softness,'' which will be discussed.

  7. High-energy spin-density-wave correlated fluctuations in paramagnetic Cr + 5 at. % V

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    Werner, S.A. (Missouri Univ., Columbia, MO (United States). Dept. of Physics); Fawcett, E. (Toronto Univ., ON (Canada). Dept. of Physics); Elmiger, M.W.; Shirane, G. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States))

    1992-01-01

    Measurements of the magnetic fluctuations, termed spin-density-wave (SDW) paramagnons, in the nearly antiferromagnetic alloy Cr + 5 at.%V are extended up in energy to about 80 MeV. These fluctuating spin-spin correlations occur at incommensurate positions, corresponding to the SDW wavevector Q. Their characteristic energy is at least an order of magnitude larger than that of the magnetic fluctuations seen in the paramagnetic phase of pure Cr, but their intensity is more than two orders of magnitude smaller. We find that the dynamic susceptibility decreases by about 50% between temperature T = 10K and 300K.

  8. High-energy spin-density-wave correlated fluctuations in paramagnetic Cr + 5 at. % V

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    Werner, S.A. [Missouri Univ., Columbia, MO (United States). Dept. of Physics; Fawcett, E. [Toronto Univ., ON (Canada). Dept. of Physics; Elmiger, M.W.; Shirane, G. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)

    1992-11-01

    Measurements of the magnetic fluctuations, termed spin-density-wave (SDW) paramagnons, in the nearly antiferromagnetic alloy Cr + 5 at.%V are extended up in energy to about 80 MeV. These fluctuating spin-spin correlations occur at incommensurate positions, corresponding to the SDW wavevector Q. Their characteristic energy is at least an order of magnitude larger than that of the magnetic fluctuations seen in the paramagnetic phase of pure Cr, but their intensity is more than two orders of magnitude smaller. We find that the dynamic susceptibility decreases by about 50% between temperature T = 10K and 300K.

  9. Study on energy efficient mushroom business in 2010. Highest feasible level of energy conservation and energy efficiency; Onderzoek naar het energiezuinig paddenstoelenbedrijf anno 2010. Hoogst haalbare niveau van energiereductie en energie-efficiency

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    Suurmeijer, J.M.; Mikkers, E. [Grontmij, Amersfoort (Netherlands); Hilkens, J. [AdVisie, Herkenbosch (Netherlands)

    2010-06-15

    Targets of Dutch mushroom cultivation businesses include an energy efficiency improvement of 2.5% annually, implementation of sustainable energy options, and climate-neutral and economically viable cultivation by new mushroom cultivation businesses that are to be built in 2020. This report describes the measures that could be implemented in support of these targets [Dutch] De doelstellingen voor paddestoelenbedrijven zijn een energie-efficientie verbetering van 2,5% per jaar, implementatie van duurzame energieopties, en klimaatneutrale en economisch rendabele teelt van de in 2020 nieuw te bouwen paddenstoelenbedrijven. In dit rapport staan de maatregelen beschreven die genomen kunnen worden ter ondersteuning van de doelstellingen.

  10. A Combined Interpretation of CR Nuclei and Antiproton High Energy Measurements

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    Evoli, C; Grasso, D; Maccione, L

    2009-01-01

    In the last months several ballon and satellite experiments improved significantly our knowledge of cosmic rays (CR) spectra at high energy. In particular CREAM allowed to measure B/C, C/O and N/O up to 1 TeV and PAMELA the anti-p/p ratio up to 100 GeV with unprecedented accuracy. These measurements offer a valuable probe of CR propagation properties. We performed a statistical analysis to test the compatibility of these results, as well as other most significant experimental data, with the predictions of a new numerical CR diffusion package (DRAGON). We found that above 1 GeV all data are consistent with a diffusion scenario in a well defined range of values of the diffusion coefficient energy power index and normalization.

  11. Up to the highest peak!

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    2010-01-01

    In the early hours of this morning, the beam energy was ramped up to 3.5 TeV, a new world record and the highest energy for this year’s run. Now operators will prepare the machine to make high-energy collisions later this month. CERN Operations Group leader Mike Lamont (foreground) and LHC engineer in charge Alick Macpherson in the CERN Control Centre early this morning. At 5:23 this morning, Friday 19 March, the energy of both beams in the LHC was ramped up to 3.5 TeV, a new world record. During the night, operators had tested the performance of the whole machine with two so-called ‘dry runs’, that is, without beams. Given the good overall response, beams were injected at around 3:00 a.m. and stabilized soon after. The ramp started at around 4:10 and lasted about one hour. Over the last couple of weeks, operation of the LHC at 450 GeV has become routinely reproducible. The operators were able to test and optimize the beam orbit, the beam collimation, the injection and ext...

  12. Alpha particles energy estimation from track diameter development in a CR-39 detector.

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    Azooz, Aassim A; Al-Jubbori, Mushtaq A

    2016-09-01

    The slight nonlinearity in temporal development of tracks diameter in CR-39 nuclear track detectors is examined with the aim of attempting to find if such nonlinearity can be directly related to the charged particle energy. Narrowly spaced etching time-diameter experimental data for alpha particles at five energy values and for one additional energy value etched at five different temperatures are obtained. Initial results show good indication that measuring such time-diameter relationship can form a useful energy estimation tool. Good consistency with other independent published results is obtained.

  13. Relation between thermal expansion and interstitial formation energy in pure Fe and Cr

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    Wallenius, Janne [Department of Nuclear and Reactor Physics, KTH, AlbaNova University Centre, Stockholm 10691 (Sweden) and Department of Neutron Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala (Sweden)]. E-mail: janne@neutron.kth.se; Olsson, Paer [Department of Neutron Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala (Sweden); Lagerstedt, Christina [Department of Nuclear and Reactor Physics, KTH, AlbaNova University Centre, Stockholm 10691 (Sweden)

    2005-01-01

    By fitting a potential of modified Finnis-Sinclair type to the thermal expansion of ferromagnetic Fe and paramagnetic Cr, stability of the <1 1 0> self-interstitial atom is obtained. The resulting potentials are relatively hard, yielding high SIA formation energies. Less hard potentials give lower interstitial formation energy, but predict too small thermal expansion. We also show that the formation energy of the <1 1 1> SIA depends on distances in-between the 2nd and 3rd neighbour. By raising the value of the pair potential in this region, the energy difference with respect to the <110> configuration calculated with VASP in the PAW approximation can be reproduced.

  14. Cr and Yb markers determination in animal feces by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence

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    Almeida, Eduardo de; Senicato, Luis A; Nascimento Filho, Virgilio F. [Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA), Piracicaba, SP (Brazil). Lab. de Instrumentacao Nuclear (LIN)]. E-mail: edualm@usp.br; Gomide, Catarina A. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Pirassununga, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZEA). Dept. de Zootecnia]. E-mail: cbgomide@usp.br

    2007-07-01

    Chromium and Ytterbium elements are utilized in animal nutritional studies as markers. This paper describes an analytical method for Cr and Yb determination in solid buffalo feces sample using standard addition method and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDXRF) technique. One gram dried sample was pressed manually in an XRF sample cup with Mylar film (6.3 {mu}m thickness) in the bottom. The experimental conditions were: Mo target X-ray tube with Zr filter, operated at 25 kV/10 mA, and 500 s of acquisition time. The limits of detection for Cr and Yb were 16.6 and 11.4 mg/kg, respectively. This methodology has showed appropriated for simultaneous Cr and Yb determination as marker in animal feces. (author)

  15. Energy Spectrum of YAG:Cr3+ and Thermal Shifts of Its R Lines

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    MADong-Ping; CHENJu-Rong

    2005-01-01

    Traditional ligand-field theory has to be improved by taking into account both “pure electronic” contribution and electron-phonon interaction one (including lattice-vibrational relaxation energy). By means of improved ligand-field theory, R1, R2, R'3 R'2 a, 2, and R1 lines, U band, ground-state zero-field-splitting (GSZFS) and ground-state g factors as well as thermal shifts of R1 line and R2 line of YAG:Cr3+ have been calculated. The results are in very good agreement with the experimental data. In contrast with ruby, the octahedron of ligand oxygen ions surrounding the central Cr3+ ion in YAG:Cr3+ is compressed along the [111] direction. Thus, for YAG:Cr3+ and ruby, the splitting of t23 4 A2 (or t23 2 E) has opposite order, and the trigonal-field parameters of the two crystals have opposite signs. In thermal shifts of R1 and R2 lines of YAG:Cr3+, the temperature-dependent contributions due to EPI are dominant.

  16. Development of ODS FeCrAl for Compatibility in Fusion and Fission Energy Applications

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    Pint, B. A.; Dryepondt, S.; Unocic, K. A.; Hoelzer, D. T.

    2014-12-01

    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) FeCrAl alloys with 12-15% Cr are being evaluated for improved compatibility with Pb-Li for a fusion energy application and with high temperature steam for a more accident-tolerant light water reactor fuel cladding application. A 12% Cr content alloy showed low mass losses in static Pb-Li at 700°C, where a LiAlO2 surface oxide formed and inhibited dissolution into the liquid metal. All the evaluated compositions formed a protective scale in steam at 1200°C, which is not possible with ODS FeCr alloys. However, most of the compositions were not protective at 1400°C, which is a general and somewhat surprising problem with ODS FeCrAl alloys that is still being studied. More work is needed to optimize the alloy composition, microstructure and oxide dispersion, but initial promising tensile and creep results have been obtained with mixed oxide additions, i.e. Y2O3 with ZrO2, HfO2 or TiO2.

  17. High pulse energy passive Q-switching of a diode-pumped Tm:YLF laser by Cr:ZnSe

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    Korenfeld, Arik; Sebbag, Daniel; Ben-Ami, Udi; Shalom, Eran; Marcus, Gilad; Noach, Salman

    2015-04-01

    A passively Q-switched diode-pumped Tm:YLF laser with polycrystalline Cr:ZnSe as the saturable absorber is demonstrated for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. By using saturable absorbers with different initial transmission, the maximum pulse energy reached 4.22 mJ with peak power of 162.3 kW for a pulse duration of 26 ns. The maximum output average power amounted to 2.2 W. These results constitute significant improvement from the highest average power, pulse energy and peak power results for the PQS Tm:YLF laser to date.

  18. Prediction about precipitation sequence in 18Cr-8Ni steel by system free energy method

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    Toda, Y.; Abe, F. [National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba (Japan)

    2008-07-01

    The applicability of theoretical energy analysis to the evolution of microstructures in heat-resistant steels was explored by using the system free energy method to predict the precipitation of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} (where M means metallic alloying element) carbide and {sigma} phase within grains in 18Cr-8Ni austenitic steels. The chemical free energy of Fe-CCr- Ni quaternary steel and the interfacial and elastic strain energies between austenitic ({gamma}) matrix and the M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and o phase were estimated for the system free energy of microstructures wherein coherent or incoherent M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and the incoherent {sigma} phase were precipitated within {gamma} grains. By identifying the minimum-energy path through a determination of system free energy hierarchies, the precipitation initiation curves of precipitates in Fe-0.07C-18.95Cr-9.57Ni steel for temperatures between 823-973 K were theoretically predicted. The calculated curves agreed well with experimental results for Type 304H austenitic steels; this suggests that the system free energy method is suitable for predicting the evolution of microstructures in heatresistant steels. (orig.)

  19. Photofragmentation dynamics and dissociation energies of MoO and CrO

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    Cooper, Graham A.; Gentleman, Alexander S.; Iskra, Andreas; Mackenzie, Stuart R.

    2017-07-01

    Neutral metal-containing molecules and clusters present a particular challenge to velocity map imaging techniques. Common methods of choice for producing such species—such as laser ablation or magnetron sputtering—typically generate a wide variety of metal-containing species and, without the possibility of mass-selection, even determining the identity of the dissociating moiety can be challenging. In recent years, we have developed a velocity map imaging spectrometer equipped with a laser ablation source explicitly for studying neutral metal-containing species. Here, we report the results of velocity map imaging photofragmentation studies of MoO and CrO. In both cases, dissociation at the two- and three-photon level leads to fragmentation into a range of product channels, some of which can be confidently assigned to particular Mo* (Cr*) and O atom quantum states. Analysis of the kinetic energy release spectra as a function of photon energy allows precise determination of the ground state dissociation energies of MoO (=44 064 ± 133 cm-1) and CrO (=37 197 ± 78 cm-1), respectively.

  20. Highest weight categories and recollements

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    Krause, Henning

    2015-01-01

    We provide several equivalent descriptions of a highest weight category using recollements of abelian categories. Also, we explain the connection between sequences of standard and exceptional objects.

  1. Study of energy bands and magnetic properties of Co2CrSi Heusler alloy

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    Dibya Prakash Rai; Sandeep; M P Ghimire; R K Thapa

    2011-10-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of Co2CrSi is calculated by using full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP–LAPW) method based on density functional theory (DFT). Density of states (DOS), magnetic moment and band structures of the system are presented. For the exchange and correlation energy, local spin density approximation (LSDA+U) with the inclusion of Hubbard potential U is used. Our calculation shows indirect bandgap of 0.91 eV in the minority channel of DOS. This is supported by band structures and hence favoured the half metallic ferromagnetic (HMF) nature of the system. The effective magnetic moment of 4.006 B also supported our conclusion with a near integral value. The DOS of Co and Cr were found to hybridize and was also responsible for the ferromagnetic nature of the system.

  2. Activation energy of etching for CR-39 as a function of linear energy transfer of the incident particles

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    Awad, E M

    1999-01-01

    In this work, we have studied the effect of the radiation damage caused by the incident particles on the activation energy of etching for CR-39 samples. The damage produced by the incident particle is expressed in terms of the linear energy transfer (LET). CR-39 samples from American Acrylic were irradiated to three different LET particles. These are N (LET sub 2 sub 0 sub 0 = 20 KeV/mu m) as a light particle, Fe (LET sub 2 sub 0 sub 0 = 110 KeV/mu m) as a medium particle and fission fragments (ff) from a sup 2 sup 5 sup 2 Cf source as heavy particles. In general the bulk etch rate was calculated using the weight difference method and the track etch rate was determined using the track geometry at various temperatures (50-90 deg. C) and concentrations (4-9 N) of the NaOH etchant. The average activation energy E sub b related to the bulk etch rate v sub b was calculated from 1n v sub b vs. 1/T. The average activation energy E sub t related to the track etch rate v sub t was estimated from 1n v sub t vs. 1/T. It...

  3. Alpha particle spectroscopy for CR-39 detector utilizing matrix of energy equations

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    Awad, E.M. [Department of General Sciences, Yanbu Industrial College, PO Box 30436, Madinat Yanbu Al-Sinaiya (Saudi Arabia); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Menofia University, Shebin El-Koom (Egypt)], E-mail: ayawad@yahoo.com; Soliman, A.A. [Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Education (AL-Arish), Suez Canal University, AL-Arish 45111 (Egypt); Department of Mathematics, Teacher' s College (Bisha), King Khalid University, Bisha, PO Box 551 (Saudi Arabia)], E-mail: asoliman_99@yahoo.com; Rammah, Y.S. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Menofia University, Shebin El-Koom (Egypt)

    2007-10-01

    A method for determining alpha-particle energy using CR-39 detector by utilizing matrix of energy equation was described. The matrix was composed from two axes; the track minor axis (m) and diameter of etched out track end (d) axis of some selected elliptical tracks. The energy E in (m,d) coordinate was approximated by matrix of energy equations given by: E{sub k}={sigma}{sub i,j=0}{sup 2}a{sub ij}d{sub k}{sup i}m{sub k}{sup j}, which was identified using two different approaches. First, i and j were treated as power exponents for d and m. The adjusting parameters values a{sub ij} were obtained and the energy of a given track was deduced directly from it. Second, i and j were treated as indices of some chosen tracks that were fitted to obtain iso-energy curves that were superimposed on m-d scatter plot as calibration curves. The energy between any two successive iso-energy curves in this case was assumed varied linearly with d for a given m. The energy matrix in both cases was solved numerically. Results of the two approaches were compared.

  4. Energy spectrum of iron nuclei measured inside the MIR space craft using CR-39 track detectors

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    Guenther, W.; Leugner, D.; Becker, E.; Flesch, F.; Heinrich, W.; Huentrup, G.; Reitz, G.; Roecher, H.; Streibel, T

    1999-06-01

    We have exposed stacks of CR-39 plastic nuclear track detectors inside the MIR space craft during the EUROMIR95 space mission for almost 6 months. Over this long period a large number of tracks of high LET events was accumulated in the detector foils. The etching and measuring conditions for this experiment were optimized to detect tracks of stopping iron nuclei. We found 185 stopping iron nuclei inside the stack and identified their trajectories through the material of the experiment. Based on the energy-range relation the energy at the surface of the stack was determined. These particles allow the determination of the low energy part of the spectrum of iron nuclei behind shielding material inside the MIR station.

  5. Energy spectrum of iron nuclei measured inside the MIR space craft using CR-39 track detectors.

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    Gunther, W; Leugner, D; Becker, E; Flesch, F; Heinrich, W; Huntrup, G; Reitz, G; Rocher, H; Streibel, T

    1999-06-01

    We have exposed stacks of CR-39 plastic nuclear track detectors inside the MIR space craft during the EUROMIR95 space mission for almost 6 months. Over this long period a large number of tracks of high LET events was accumulated in the detector foils. The etching and measuring conditions for this experiment were optimized to detect tracks of stopping iron nuclei. We found 185 stopping iron nuclei inside the stack and identified their trajectories through the material of the experiment. Based on the energy-range relation the energy at the surface of the stack was determined. These particles allow the determination of the low energy part of the spectrum of iron nuclei behind shielding material inside the MIR station.

  6. Energy spectrum of iron nuclei measured inside the MIR space craft using CR-39 track detectors

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    Guenther, W; Becker, E; Flesch, F; Heinrich, W; Huentrup, G; Reitz, G; Roecher, H; Streibel, T

    1999-01-01

    We have exposed stacks of CR-39 plastic nuclear track detectors inside the MIR space craft during the EUROMIR95 space mission for almost 6 months. Over this long period a large number of tracks of high LET events was accumulated in the detector foils. The etching and measuring conditions for this experiment were optimized to detect tracks of stopping iron nuclei. We found 185 stopping iron nuclei inside the stack and identified their trajectories through the material of the experiment. Based on the energy-range relation the energy at the surface of the stack was determined. These particles allow the determination of the low energy part of the spectrum of iron nuclei behind shielding material inside the MIR station.

  7. Adhesion energies of Cr thin films on polyimide determined from buckling: Experiment and model

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    Cordill, M.J., E-mail: megan.cordill@oeaw.ac.at [Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Austrian Academy of Sciences and Department of Material Physics, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Leoben 8700 (Austria); Fischer, F.D. [Institute of Mechanics, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Leoben 8700 (Austria); Rammerstorfer, F.G. [Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna 1040 (Austria); Dehm, G. [Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Austrian Academy of Sciences and Department of Material Physics, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Leoben 8700 (Austria)

    2010-09-15

    For the realization of flexible electronic devices, the metal-polymer interfaces upon which they are based need to be optimized. These interfaces are prone to fracture in such systems and hence form a weak point. In order to quantify the interfacial adhesion, novel mechanical tests and modeling approaches are required. In this study, a tensile testing approach that induces buckling of films by lateral contraction of the substrate is employed to cause delamination of the film. Based on a newly developed energy balance model, the adhesion energy of Cr films on polyimide substrates is determined by measuring the buckle geometry induced by the tensile test. The obtained minimum values for the adhesion energy (about 4.5 J m{sup -2}) of 50-190 nm thick films compare well to those found in the literature for metal films on polymer substrates.

  8. The Highest Redshift Relativistic Jets

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    Cheung, C.C.; Stawarz, L.; Siemiginowska, A.; Harris, D.E; Schwartz, D.A.; Wardle, J.F.C.; Gobeille, D.; Lee, N.P.

    2007-12-18

    We describe our efforts to understand large-scale (10's-100's kpc) relativistic jet systems through observations of the highest-redshift quasars. Results from a VLA survey search for radio jets in {approx} 30 z > 3.4 quasars are described along with new Chandra observations of 4 selected targets.

  9. Improved electrochemical performance of the Cr doped cathode materials for energy storage/conversion devices

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    Sangeeta, Agnihotri, Shruti; Arya, Anil; Sharma, A. L.

    2016-05-01

    Successful synthesis of a nanostructured Cr-doped LiFePO4 cathode material has been prepared by a sol-gel technique followed by a single step thermal treatment at 750° C for 12 hours. As olivine type LiFePO4 has already gained much attention due to its advantages over other cathode materials, doping of metal ion is done in the paper to improve its drawback of lower conductivity. FESEM couples with EDX were done to characterize the morphology and particle size of the materials. LiFe(1-x)CrxPO4 (x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3) materials have average particle size of 30 to 50 nm. EDX analysis confirmed the precursor used and also confirmed the presence of carbon which is in good agreement with chemical analysis result. Electrical conductivity of the prepared cathode materials is estimated of the order of 10-5 Scm-1 by AC impedance analysis. The energy density and power density of the cathode materials is improved drastically after addition of Cr as dopant. The estimated parameters appear at desirable value for use of materials as cathode in energy storage/conversion devices.

  10. Lowest cost due to highest productivity and highest quality

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    Wenk, Daniel

    2003-03-01

    Since global purchasing in the automotive industry has been taken up all around the world there is one main key factor that makes a TB-supplier today successful: Producing highest quality at lowest cost. The fact that Tailored Blanks, which today may reach up to 1/3 of a car body weight, are purchased on the free market but from different steel suppliers, especially in Europe and NAFTA, the philosophy on OEM side has been changing gradually towards tough evaluation criteria. "No risk at the stamping side" calls for top quality Tailored- or Tubular Blank products. Outsourcing Tailored Blanks has been starting in Japan but up to now without any quality request from the OEM side like ISO 13919-1B (welding quality standard in Europe and USA). Increased competition will automatically push the quality level and the ongoing approach to combine high strength steel with Tailored- and Tubular Blanks will ask for even more reliable system concepts which enables to weld narrow seams at highest speed. Beside producing quality, which is the key to reduce one of the most important cost driver "material scrap," in-line quality systems with true and reliable evaluation is going to be a "must" on all weld systems. Traceability of all process related data submitted to interfaces according to customer request in combination with ghost-shift-operation of TB systems are tomorrow's state-of-the-art solutions of Tailored Blank-facilities.

  11. Precision measurements of nuclear CR energy spectra and composition with the AMS-02 experiment

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    Fiandrini, E.

    2016-05-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer 02 (AMS-02) is a large acceptance high-energy physics experiment operating since May 2011 on board the International Space Station. More than 60 billion events have been collected by the instrument in the first four years of operation. AMS-02 offers a unique opportunity to study the Cosmic Rays (CRs) since it measures the spectra of all the species simultaneously. We report on the precision measurements of primary and secondary nuclear spectra, in the GeV-TeV energy interval. These measurements allow for the first time a detailed study of the spectral index variation with rigidity providing a new insight on the origin and propagation of CR.

  12. Structural Investigations of Nanocrystalline Cu-Cr-Mo Alloy Prepared by High-Energy Ball Milling

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    Kumar, Avanish; Pradhan, Sunil Kumar; Jayasankar, Kalidoss; Debata, Mayadhar; Sharma, Rajendra Kumar; Mandal, Animesh

    2017-02-01

    Cu-Cr-Mo alloy could be a suitable candidate material for collector electrodes in high-power microwave tube devices. An attempt has been made to synthesize ternary Cu-Cr-Mo alloys by mechanical alloying of elemental Cu, Cr, and Mo powders, to extend the solid solubility of Cr and Mo in Cu, using a commercial planetary ball mill. For the first ternary alloy, a mixture of 80 wt.% Cu, 10 wt.% Cr, and 10 wt.% Mo was mechanically milled for 50 h. For the second ternary alloy, a mixture of 50 wt.% Cr and 50 wt.% Mo was mechanically milled for 50 h to obtain nanocrystalline Cr(Mo) alloy, which was later added to Cu powder and milled for 40 h to obtain Cu-20 wt.%Cr(Mo) alloy. Both nanocrystalline Cu-Cr-Mo ternary alloys exhibited crystallite size below 20 nm. It was concluded that, with addition of nanocrystalline Cr(Mo) to Cu, it was possible to extend the solid solubility of Cr and Mo in Cu, which otherwise was not possible by mechanical alloying of elemental powders. The resulting microstructure of the Cu-20 wt.%Cr(Mo) alloy comprised a homogeneous distribution of fine and hard (Cr, Mo) particles in a copper matrix. Furthermore, Cu-20 wt.%Cr(Mo) alloy showed better densification compared with Cu-10 wt.%Cr-10 wt.%Mo alloy.

  13. Vermont Highest Priority Connectivity Blocks

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    Vermont Center for Geographic Information — Act 174 requires plans to identify potential areas for the development and siting of renewable energy resources and areas that are unsuitable for siting those...

  14. Search for the astrophysical sources of the Fly's Eye event with the highest to date cosmic ray energy E=3.2\\cdot10^{20} eV

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    Gnatyk, R. B.; Kudrya, Yu. N.; Zhdanov, V. I.

    2016-09-01

    Among the registered extremely high energy cosmic rays (EHECR, E>10^{20} eV) an event with the highest to date energy of E=3.2\\cdot10^{20} eV was detected by the Fly's Eye experiment (FE event) in 1991. With the use of the back-tracking method for the calculation of the EHECR trajectories in Galactic and extragalactic magnetic fields, we show that the galaxies UGC 03574 and UGC 03394 are the most promising candidates among the nearby extragalactic sources for the cases of iron and C-N-O group primary nucleus respectively. The most likely accelerating mechanisms are the newly-born millisecond pulsars, magnetar flares and tidal disruption events in these galaxies.

  15. Stacking fault energy measurements in solid solution strengthened Ni-Cr-Fe alloys using synchrotron radiation

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    Unfried-Silgado, Jimy [Metals Characterization and Processing Laboratory, Brazilian Nanothecnology National Laboratory - CNPEM/ABTLuS, Caixa Postal 6192, CEP 13083-970, Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Universidade Estadual de Campinas UNICAMP, Faculdade de Engenharia Mecanica FEM, Campinas (Brazil); Universidad Autonoma del Caribe, Grupo IMTEF, Ingenieria Mecanica, Barranquilla (Colombia); Wu, Leonardo [Metals Characterization and Processing Laboratory, Brazilian Nanothecnology National Laboratory - CNPEM/ABTLuS, Caixa Postal 6192, CEP 13083-970, Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Furlan Ferreira, Fabio [Universidade Federal do ABC, Centro de Ciencias Naturais e Humanas (CCNH), Sao Paulo (Brazil); Mario Garzon, Carlos [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Departamento de Fisica, Bogota (Colombia); Ramirez, Antonio J, E-mail: antonio.ramirez@lnnano.org.br [Metals Characterization and Processing Laboratory, Brazilian Nanothecnology National Laboratory - CNPEM/ABTLuS, Caixa Postal 6192, CEP 13083-970, Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    2012-12-15

    The stacking fault energy (SFE) in a set of experimental Ni-Cr-Fe alloys was determined using line profile analysis on synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements. The methodology used here is supported by the Warren-Averbach calculations and the relationships among the stacking fault probability ({alpha}) and the mean-square microstrain (<{epsilon}{sup 2}{sub L}>). These parameters were obtained experimentally from cold-worked and annealed specimens extracted from the set of studied Ni-alloys. The obtained results show that the SFE in these alloys is strongly influenced by the kind and quantity of addition elements. Different effects due to the action of carbide-forming elements and the solid solution hardening elements on the SFE are discussed here. The simultaneous addition of Nb, Hf, and, Mo, in the studied Ni-Cr-Fe alloys have generated the stronger decreasing of the SFE. The relationships between SFE and the contributions on electronic structure from each element of additions were established.

  16. The role of AGFA high-energy CR in the calibration and quality control of multileaf collimators (MLC)

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    LI Zhaobin; XIONG Fei; HUANG Guofeng; CAO Zheng; JIANG Ruiyao; FU Shen

    2007-01-01

    Linear accelerators equipped with multileaf collimators (MLC) are becoming more common and are widely used in the intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). There is an imperative need to ensure the commissioning specification of the linear accelerators for the sake of quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC). This paper is aimed to investigate the role of AGFA high-energy CR (Computed Radiography) in calibrating dynamic multileaf collimators and evaluating the accuracy of the leaf position. The result shows that AGFA high-energy CR can easily and conveniently be used to calibrate MLC and verify its position. Hence, the application of AGFA high-energy CR is proved to be an accurate and time-saving method for routine MLC QC, especially when MLC calibration adjustments are required.

  17. Theoretical Studies of Energy Spectra and g Factors of Cr3+-Doped YAl3(BO3)4

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    ZHANG Ji-Ping; CHEN Gang; ZHOU Hua-Bin

    2006-01-01

    With the strong-field scheme and trigonal bases, by diagonalizing the complete d3 energy matrix in a trigonally distorted cubic-field, the energy spectra and wavefunctions of YAls(BO3)4:Cr3+ have been calculated. The rates of change of levels with respect to various parameters and the contributions to levels from various parameters are calculated, and the physical origins of various levels or splittings have been clearly and quantitatively shown. By using the wavefunctions obtained from diagonalizing the complete energy matrix, the g factors of the ground state of YAl3 (BO3)4:Cr3+ have been evaluated. The calculated results are in good agreement with the optical-spectral and EPR experimental data. It is demonstrated that the bonding between Cr3+ and ligands (O2-) is ionic.

  18. Ab initio study on noncompensated CrO codoping of GaN for enhanced solar energy conversion.

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    Pan, Hui; Gu, Baohua; Eres, Gyula; Zhang, Zhenyu

    2010-03-14

    We describe a novel photocatalyst obtained by codoping GaN with CrO, according to a new "noncompensated" codoping concept based on first-principles calculations. The approach enables controllable narrowing of the GaN band gap with significantly enhanced carrier mobility and photocatalytic activity in the visible light region and thus offers immense potential for application in solar energy conversion, water splitting, and a variety of solar-assisted photocatalysis. Our calculations indicate that the formation energy for the cation doping is greatly reduced by noncompensated codoping with an anion. Although Cr doping alone can split the band gap with the formation of an intermediate band, the mobility is low due to carrier trapping by the localized states. The first-principles calculations also demonstrate that CrO codoping of GaN shifts the Fermi level into the conduction band resulting in high carrier density and mobility.

  19. Gibbs free energy difference between the undercooled liquid and the beta phase of a Ti-Cr alloy

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    Ohsaka, K.; Trinh, E. H.; Holzer, J. C.; Johnson, W. L.

    1992-01-01

    The heat of fusion and the specific heats of the solid and liquid have been experimentally determined for a Ti60Cr40 alloy. The data are used to evaluate the Gibbs free energy difference, delta-G, between the liquid and the beta phase as a function of temperature to verify a reported spontaneous vitrification (SV) of the beta phase in Ti-Cr alloys. The results show that SV of an undistorted beta phase in the Ti60Cr40 alloy at 873 K is not feasible because delta-G is positive at the temperature. However, delta-G may become negative with additional excess free energy to the beta phase in the form of defects.

  20. Phase Transformations in Austenitic 0Cr18Ni10Ti Steel Irradiated with High-Energy Heavy Ions

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    Hofmann, A; Semina, V K

    2000-01-01

    Radiation-induced segregation and phase transformations in 0Cr18Ni10Ti steel irradiated with high-energy heavy Ar^{+6} ions at 625^o up to 1 dpa (from 0.01 to 1 dpa) have been studied. It was found that ion irradiation accelerates carbide precipitation and EDX-analysis showed irradiation-induced segregation near grain boundaries.

  1. The Cr(+)-D(2) cation complex: Accurate experimental dissociation energy, intermolecular bond length, and vibrational parameters.

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    Dryza, V; Bieske, E J

    2009-10-28

    The infrared spectrum of the T-shaped (52)Cr(+)-D(2) complex is measured over the 2742-2820 cm(-1) range by detecting Cr(+) photofragments. The main band, due to the D-D stretch excitation, is shifted at 215 cm(-1) to lower energy from the Q(0) (1) transition of the free D(2) molecule and displays clearly resolved rovibrational transitions. Observation of a photodissociation onset for the N(')=8 rotational level is used to infer that the dissociation energy of Cr(+)-D(2), with respect to ground-state Cr(+) and D(2) fragments, lies between 2839.7 and 2856.9 cm(-1). Perturbations to the upper state levels are presumed to arise from interactions with quasibound combination levels involving the intermolecular stretch and bend vibrational modes. A vibrationally averaged Cr(+)...D(2) separation of 2.023 A and an estimate of 394 cm(-1) for the intermolecular harmonic stretching frequency are derived from the measured rotational constants.

  2. Improved Ligand-Field Calculation of Energy Spectrum and R-Line Thermal Shift of MgO:Cr3+

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    ZHANG Zheng-Jie; MA Dong-Ping

    2007-01-01

    Traditional ligand-field theory has to be improved by taking into account both pure electronic contribution and electron-phonon interaction one (including lattice-vibrational relaxation energy). By means of improved ligand-field theory, the R-line, t322T1 lines, t22(3T1)e4T2, and t22(3T1)e4T1 bands, ground-state g factor, four strain-induced levelsplittings, and R-line thermalshift of MgO:Cr3+ have been calculated. The results are in very good agreement with the experimental data. It is found that for MgO:Cr3+, the contributions due to electron-phonon interaction (EPI) come from the first-order term. In thermal shift of R-line of MgO:Cr3+, the temperature-dependent contribution due to EPI is dominant.

  3. EFFECT OF Cr AND Al CONTENT ON THE STACKING FAULT ENERGY IN γ-Fe-Mn ALLOYS

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    X.Tian; Y.S.Zhang

    2003-01-01

    The effects of Cr and Al content were investigated on the stacking fault energy in austenitic Fe-31Mn-(0-7.26)Cr-0.96C and Fe-31Mn-(0-8.68)Al-0.85C alloys by the thermodynamic analysis. The results show that the additions of chromium or aluminum increase the non-magnetic component of the stacking fault energy in the γ-FeMn alloys, and the effect of aluminum is larger than that of chromium. The change in the magnetic entropy caused in the antiferromagnetic transition increases the free energy difference between the γ and ε phases in the γ-Fe-Mn alloys. The effects of chromium and aluminum on the magnetic component were discussed on the basis of the influence of both upon the antiferromagnetic transition in the γ-Fe-Mn alloys.

  4. The Cr+-D2 cation complex: Accurate experimental dissociation energy, intermolecular bond length, and vibrational parameters

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    Dryza, V.; Bieske, E. J.

    2009-10-01

    The infrared spectrum of the T-shaped C52r+-D2 complex is measured over the 2742-2820 cm-1 range by detecting Cr+ photofragments. The main band, due to the D-D stretch excitation, is shifted at 215 cm-1 to lower energy from the Q01 transition of the free D2 molecule and displays clearly resolved rovibrational transitions. Observation of a photodissociation onset for the N'=8 rotational level is used to infer that the dissociation energy of Cr+-D2, with respect to ground-state Cr+ and D2 fragments, lies between 2839.7 and 2856.9 cm-1. Perturbations to the upper state levels are presumed to arise from interactions with quasibound combination levels involving the intermolecular stretch and bend vibrational modes. A vibrationally averaged Cr+⋯D2 separation of 2.023 Å and an estimate of 394 cm-1 for the intermolecular harmonic stretching frequency are derived from the measured rotational constants.

  5. Application of Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy and Energy Filtering Transmission Electron Microscopy for Microchemical Studies in 2.25Cr-1Mo Steel

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    P. Parameswaran; Ilse Papst; F. Hofer; W. Grogger; V.S. Raghunathan

    2005-01-01

    Electron enregy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy filtering transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) investigation on 2.25Cr-1Mo steel was carried out to understand the nature of evolution of secondary carbides. The filtered images obtained from two different ageing treatments indicate that the steel evolves to a more stable carbide namely M23C6 in comparison to M2C. Microchemical information was generated from EELS spectra. Suitable choice for estimating the microchemical state was discussed. To evaluate the behaviour of ageing an elemental ratio of Fe to Cr is employed.

  6. Electronic structure of metastable bcc Cu-Cr alloy thin films: Comparison of electron energy-loss spectroscopy and first-principles calculations.

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    Liebscher, C H; Freysoldt, C; Dennenwaldt, T; Harzer, T P; Dehm, G

    2016-07-12

    Metastable Cu-Cr alloy thin films with nominal thickness of 300nm and composition of Cu67Cr33 (at%) are obtained by co-evaporation using molecular beam epitaxy. The microstructure, chemical phase separation and electronic structure are investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thin film adopts the body-centered cubic crystal structure and consists of columnar grains with ~50nm diameter. Aberration-corrected scanning TEM in combination with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy confirms compositional fluctuations within the grains. Cu- and Cr-rich domains with composition of Cu85Cr15 (at%) and Cu42Cr58 (at%) and domain size of 1-5nm are observed. The alignment of the interface between the Cu- and Cr-rich domains shows a preference for {110}-type habit plane. The electronic structure of the Cu-Cr thin films is investigated by electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and is contrasted to an fcc-Cu reference sample. The experimental EEL spectra are compared to spectra computed by density functional theory. The main differences between bcc-and fcc-Cu are related to differences in van Hove singularities in the electron density of states. In Cu-Cr solid solutions with bcc crystal structure a single peak after the L3-edge, corresponding to a van Hove singularity at the N-point of the first Brillouin zone is observed. Spectra computed for pure bcc-Cu and random Cu-Cr solid solutions with 10at% Cr confirm the experimental observations. The calculated spectrum for a perfect Cu50Cr50 (at%) random structure shows a shift in the van Hove singularity towards higher energy by developing a Cu-Cr d-band that lies between the delocalized d-bands of Cu and Cr.

  7. High energy X-ray emission from recurrent novae in quiescence: T CrB

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    Luna, Gerardo J M; Mukai, Koji

    2007-01-01

    We present Suzaku X-ray observations of the recurrent nova T CrB in quiescence. T CrB is the first recurrent nova to be detected in the hard-X-ray band (E ~ 40.0 keV) during quiescence. The X-ray spectrum is consistent with cooling-flow emission emanating from an optically thin region in the boundary layer of an accretion disk around the white dwarf. The detection of strong stochastic flux variations in the light curve supports the interpretation of the hard X-ray emission as emanating from a boundary layer.

  8. Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Accident Tolerant Fuels High Impact Problem: Coordinate Multiscale FeCrAl Modeling

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    Gamble, K. A. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Hales, J. D. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Zhang, Y. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Andersson, D. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Capolungo, L. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Wirth, B. D. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)

    2017-07-26

    Since the events at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 significant research has unfolded at national laboratories, universities and other institutions into alternative materials that have potential enhanced ac- cident tolerance when compared to traditional UO2 fuel zircaloy clad fuel rods. One of the potential replacement claddings are iron-chromium-alunimum (FeCrAl) alloys due to their increased oxidation resistance [1–4] and higher strength [1, 2]. While the oxidation characteristics of FeCrAl are a benefit for accident tolerance, the thermal neu- tron absorption cross section of FeCrAl is about ten times that of Zircaloy. This neutronic penalty necessitates thinner cladding. This allows for slightly larger pellets to give the same cold gap width in the rod. However, the slight increase in pellet diameter is not sufficient to compensate for the neutronic penalty and enriching the fuel beyond the current 5% limit appears to be necessary [5]. Current estimates indicate that this neutronic penalty will impose an increase in fuel cost of 15-35% [1, 2]. In addition to the neutronic disadvantage, it is anticipated that tritium release to the coolant will be larger because the permeability of hydrogen in FeCrAl is about 100 times higher than in Zircaloy [6]. Also, radiation-induced hardening and embrittlement of FeCrAl need to be fully characterized experimentally [7]. Due to the aggressive development schedule for inserting some of the potential materials into lead test assemblies or rods by 2022 [8] multiscale multiphysics modeling approaches have been used to provide insight into these the use of FeCrAl as a cladding material. The purpose of this letter report is to highlight the multiscale modeling effort for iron-chromium-alunimum (FeCrAl) cladding alloys as part of the Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program through its Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF) High Impact Problem (HIP). The approach taken throughout the HIP is to

  9. Influence of Spraying Powers on Surface Free Energy and Tribological Properties of NiCr-Cr3C2 Coating%喷涂功率对NiCr-Cr3C2涂层表面自由能 及其摩擦性能的影响

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    李楠楠; 康嘉杰; 王海斗; 董天顺; 许中林; 李国禄

    2015-01-01

    The NiCr-Cr3C2 coatings are prepared by the supersonic plasma spraying under different spraying powers and the tribological properties are studied with surface free energy theory. By measuring the contact angles of the coating, the surface free energy and its components are calculated by the Owens-Wendt geometric mean method. By comparing the analysis, it finds that the porosity, micro-hardness and friction coefficient of the coating change as the spraying power, and the trend shows a certain similarity with the polar component. The analysis result indicates that the intermolecular force of surface is affected by the temperature and velocity of the flying particles under different spraying power. That indirectly changes the surface free energy and its components. When the change happened, the tribological properties of NiCr-Cr3C2 coating will be affected directly.%利用超音速等离子喷涂技术制备了不同喷涂功率条件下的NiCr-Cr3C2涂层,结合表面自由能理论研究了其表面摩擦学性能.利用 Owens-Wendt 几何平均法计算了涂层的表面自由能及其分量.对比发现,涂层孔隙率、显微硬度和摩擦因数均随着喷涂功率的变化而变化,且其变化趋势与极性分量均表现出一定的相似性.分析表明,受喷涂功率的影响,喷涂粒子的温度和速度对涂层表面分子间作用力产生影响,从而间接改变了涂层表面的自由能,并且自由能及其分量的改变,会直接影响NiCr-Cr3C2涂层表面的摩擦学特性.

  10. Highest weight sl_2-categorifications I: crystals

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    Losev, Ivan

    2012-01-01

    We define highest weight categorical actions of sl_2 on highest weight categories and show that basically all known examples of categorical sl_2-actions on highest weight categories (including rational and polynomial representations of general linear groups, parabolic categories O of type $A$, categories O for cyclotomic Rational Cherednik algebras) are highest weight in our sense. Our main result is an explicit combinatorial description of (the labels of) the crystal on the set of simple objects. A new application of this is to determining the supports of simple modules over the cyclotomic Rational Cherednik algebras starting from their labels.

  11. Benchmark calculations on the electron detachment energies of MO3* and M2O6* (M = Cr, Mo, W).

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    Li, Shenggang; Dixon, David A

    2007-11-22

    Neutral and anionic molecules of the monomers and dimers of the group VIB transition metal oxides (MO3 and M2O6) were studied with density functional theory (DFT) and coupled cluster CCSD(T) theory. Franck-Condon simulations of the photoelectron spectra were carried out for the transition from the ground state of the anion to that of the neutral molecule. Molecular structures from the DFT and CCSD(T) methods are compared. Electron detachment energies reported in the literature were evaluated. The calculated adiabatic and vertical electron detachment energies (ADEs and VDEs) were compared with the experimental results. CCSD(T) gives results within 0.12 eV for the ADEs. CCSD(T) predicts VDEs that are in error by as much as 0.3 eV for M = Cr. DFT hybrid functionals were found to give poor results for the ADEs and VDEs for M = Cr due to the substantial amount of multireference character in the wavefunction, whereas the pure DFT functionals give superior results. For M = Mo and W, excellent agreement was found for both CCSD(T) and many DFT fucntionals. The BP86 functional yields the best overall results for the VDEs of all the metal oxide clusters considered. Heats of formation calculated at the CCSD(T) level extrapolated to the complete basis set limit are also in good agreement with available experimental data.

  12. Highest weight representations of quantum current algebras

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    Albeverio, Sergio A; Albeverio, Sergio; Fei, Shao Ming

    1994-01-01

    We study the highest weight and continuous tensor product representations of q-deformed Lie algebras through the mappings of a manifold into a locally compact group. As an example the highest weight representation of the q-deformed algebra sl_q(2,\\Cb) is calculated in detail.

  13. Study of superconducting and non-superconducting (Cu, Cr)-1212 compounds by high-resolution TEM and electron energy loss spectroscopy

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    Anan, Y; Kurami, H; Hatano, J; Tsutsumi, S; Kimoto, K; Matsui, Y

    2001-01-01

    Structure of YSr/sub 2-x/Ba/sub x/Cu/sub 2.8/Cr/sub 0.2/O/sub y/ (x =0-1.5) superconductors are examined by electron diffraction, HRTEM and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). YSr/sub 2/Cu/sub 2.8/Cr /sub 0.2/O/sub y/ (x=0) shows incommensurate superstructure with 3.67a/sub 0/ due to lattice strain and mixed intergrowth of -(Cr-Cu- Cu-Cu-Cr)- and -(Cr-Cu-Cu-Cr)- sequences. In the h 0 l electron diffraction pattern the wavevector [~0.27, 0, 1/2] due to the incommensurate superstructure disappear in the crystal with high Ba contain (x>or=1.0). This suggests that structural distortion decreases with Ba substitution. At the same time, Cr-L3, L2 edge of EELS spectra shifts toward the low-energy side with increase of Ba content. (13 refs).

  14. Transition energy and dipole oscillator strength for 1s22p-1s2nd of Cr21+ ion

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    Wang Zhi-Wen; Liu Ying; Hu Mu-Hong; Li Xin-Ru; Wang Ya-Nan

    2008-01-01

    The transition energies, wavelengths and dipole oscillator strengths of 1s22p-1s2nd (3 ≤ n ≤ 9) for Cr21+ ion are calculated. The fine structure splittings of 1s2nd (n ≤ 9) states for this ion are also calculated. In calculating energy, we have estimated the higher-order relativistic contribution under a hydrogenic approximation. The quantum defect of Rydberg series 1s2nd is determined according to the quantum defect theory. The results obtained in this paper excellently agree with the experimental data available in the literature. Combining the quantum defect theory with the discrete oscillator strengths, the discrete oscillator strengths for the transitions from initial state 1s22p to highly excited 1s2nd states (n ≥ 10) and the oscillator strength density corresponding to the bound-free transitions are obtained.

  15. Experiment to Measure Deep Inelastic Electron Scattering on Hydrogen and Deuterium with Seperation of Nu(W)(2) and W(1) Nucleon Structure Functions, at the Highest Fermilab Energies and Q(2) Regions

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    Conger, G.; Edighoffer, J.; Grigorian, A.; Guiragossian, Z.G.T.; Hofstadter, R.; McPharlin, T.P.; Yearian, M.R.; /Stanford U.; Cox, B.C.; Peoples Jr., J.; /Fermilab

    1975-10-15

    The authors propose to measure the inclusive deep inelastic electron-nucleon scattering cross sections on hydrogen and deuterium. Cross sections will be measured in the range of momentum transfers Q{sub min}{sup 2} = 0.160 (GeV/c){sup 2} and Q{sub max}{sup 2} = 160.0 (GeV/c){sup 2}, in the range of recoil hadronic mass squared of W{sub min}{sup 2} = 2 GeV{sup 2} and W{sub max}{sup 2} = 450 GeV{sup 2}. The electromagnetic structure functions, {nu}W{sub 2}(Q{sup 2},{nu}) and W{sub 1}(Q{sup 2},{nu}), of both protons and neutrons will be measured and separated by well-known methods, in the highest possible unexplored FERMILAB kinematical regions. The high intensity Proton-West superconducting beam will be used to yield an electron beam of high purity, based on a synchrotron radiation compensated tuning technique. The electron beam will be used at 150 GeV (5 x 10{sup 8} e{sup {+-}}/pulse), at 175 GeV (3.6 x 10{sup 8} e{sup {+-}}/pulse) and at 250 GeV (1 x 10{sup 8} e{sup {+-}}/pulse). The scattered electron will be detected with good acceptance, good resolution and excellent identification. The detector will be the E-192 apparatus with small additions. A simple self-calibration procedure is available, both in experiment and apparatus, removing beam-associated and target-associated background in the entire (Q{sup 2}, W{sup 2}) kinematical regions. Usually, interesting physics occurs where counting rates are small. This experiment will be completely trust-worthy in such regions because their apparatus provides excellent information on the tracking and identification of scattered electrons.

  16. Direct observation of low energy nuclear spin excitations in HoCrO3 by high resolution neutron spectroscopy.

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    Chatterji, T; Jalarvo, N; Kumar, C M N; Xiao, Y; Brückel, Th

    2013-07-17

    We have investigated low energy nuclear spin excitations in the strongly correlated electron compound HoCrO3. We observe clear inelastic peaks at E = 22.18 ± 0.04 μeV in both energy loss and gain sides. The energy of the inelastic peaks remains constant in the temperature range 1.5-40 K at which they are observed. The intensity of the inelastic peak increases at first with increasing temperature and then decreases at higher temperatures. The temperature dependence of the energy and intensity of the inelastic peaks is very unusual compared to that observed in other Nd, Co, V and also simple Ho compounds. Huge quasielastic scattering appears at higher temperatures presumably due to the fluctuating electronic moments of the Ho ions that get increasingly disordered at higher temperatures. The strong quasielastic scattering may also originate in the first Ho crystal-field excitations at about 1.5 meV.

  17. Primary CR energy spectrum and mass composition by the data of Tunka-133 array

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    Prosin V.V.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The Cherenkov light array for the registration of extensive air showers (EAS Tunka-133 collected data during 5 winter seasons from 2009 to 2014. The differential energy spectrum of all particles and the dependence of the average maximum depth on the energy in the range of 6 ⋅ 1015–1018 eV measured for 1540 hours of observation are presented.

  18. The Highest State of Being and Knowing.

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    Clarken, Rodney H.

    This paper identifies the most influential paradigmatic individuals in human history, Socrates, Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, and Baha'u'llah, and presents their individual conceptions of the highest state of being and knowing, comparing the commonalities of those conceptualizations. Each proposes a state that might be described as…

  19. Addressing Academic Dishonesty among the Highest Achievers

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    Miller, Angela D.; Murdock, Tamera B.; Grotewiel, Morgan M.

    2017-01-01

    Although research shows that higher-achieving students report engaging in cheating behaviors less frequently than lower-achieving students, the cheating rates among this population are still startling. Certain aspects of the context of being a high-achieving student support academic dishonesty. We investigate integrity among the highest achievers…

  20. The Highest & Lowest Reliability Achievable with Redundancy

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    Becker, Peter W.

    1977-01-01

    -dependent, it is difficult to assess the reliability of the system. The paper describes the ¿-transformation by which the highest and lowest reliability achievable can be determined for a configuration using components with specified reliabilities. As a by-product we become able to pinpoint the statistical relationships...

  1. Highest Weight Categories For Number Rings

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    Pilkington, Annette

    2011-01-01

    This paper examines the concept of a stratified exact category in the context of number rings and corresponding Galois groups. BGG reciprocity and duality are proven for these categories making them highest weight categories. The strong connections between the structure of the category and ramification in the ring are explored.

  2. [Highest mosquito records (Diptera: Culicidae) in Venezuela].

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    Navarro, Juan-Carlos; Del Ventura, Fabiola; Zorrilla, Adriana; Liria, Jonathan

    2010-03-01

    Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) are holometabolous insects with aquatic immature stages, which use a broad variety of larval habitats, from ground water bodies to Phytothelmata (water deposits in plants) and artificial deposits. The availability of breeding sites often determines the upper limits of mosquito ranges. We built a database with 9,607 records with 432 localities, 19 genera and 254 species. The Andean mountains have 77% of the highest mosquito records including Aedes euris with record at 3,133 m, followed by three species of Anopheles--subgenera Kerteszia--with the upper limit of 2,680 m. Wyeomyia bicornis and Culex daumastocampa at 2,550 m were the highest records in the Central-Coastal cordillera, while the highest record in Pantepui was Wyeomyia zinzala at 2,252 m. The species associated with phytothelmata (Bromeliaceae and Sarraceniaceae) represent 60% of the records. The upper limits of Culex quinquefasciatus and Anopheles (Kerteszia) species could represent the theoretical limit for transmission of filariasis or arboviruses, by Culex, and malaria by Anopheles (Kerteszia) in Venezuela. Similarly, a vector of Dengue, Aedes aegypti, has not been not recorded above 2,000 m.

  3. The Earth-Moon CR3BP: A full Atlas of low-energy fast periodic transfer orbits

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    Leiva, A M; Leiva, Alejandro M.; Briozzo, Carlos B.

    2006-01-01

    In the framework of the planar CR3BP for mass parameter mu=0.0121505, corresponding to the Earth-Moon system, we identify and describe 80 families of periodic orbits encircling both the Earth and the Moon ("transfer" orbits). All the orbits in these families have very low energies, most of them corresponding to values of the Jacobi constant C for which the Hill surface is closed at the Lagrangian point L2. All of these orbits have also short period T, generally under six months. Most of the families are composed of orbits that are asymmetric with respect to the Earth-Moon axis. The main results presented for each family are: (i) the characteristic curves T(h), y(h), v_y(h), and v_x(h) on the Poincare section Sigma_1={x=0.836915310,y,v_x>0,v_y} normal to the Earth-Moon axis at the Lagrangian point L1, parameterized by their energy h=-C/2 in the synodic coordinate system; (ii) the stability parameter along each family; (iii) the intersections x_i(h) of the orbits with the Earth-Moon axis, on the Poincare sectio...

  4. Chromium segregation in CoCrTa/Cr and CoCrPt/Cr thin films for longitudinal recording media

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    Wittig, J.E. [Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States); Nolan, T.P. [Komag Inc., San Jose, CA (United States); Ross, C.A. [Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science; Schabes, M.E. [IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA (United States); Tang, K. [IBM Storage Systems, San Jose, CA (United States); Sinclair, R. [Stanford Univ., Palo Alto, CA (United States); Bentley, J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1998-07-01

    Analytical electron microscopy is employed to correlate Cr segregation in Co{sub 84}Cr{sub 12}Ta{sub 4}/Cr and Co{sub 76}Cr{sub 12}Pt{sub 12}/Cr films with specific microstructural features such as grain boundary mis-orientation. Energy-filtered (EFTEM) chemical maps show that Cr segregation occurs independently of the Cr underlayer, and is highly alloy dependent. The CoCrTa film contained extensive grain boundary Cr enrichment whereas EFTEM images from the CoCrPt media show homogeneous Cr distribution. No statistically significant Ta or Pt segregation was observed. EFTEM elemental maps and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) indicate that grain boundary Cr segregation depends on the type of boundary. Quantitative analysis of the Cr levels using nanoprobe EDS shows that the random angle grain boundaries contain more Cr (23 +/{minus}4 at.%) than 90{degree} boundaries (17 +/{minus}4 at.%). EDS and EFTEM composition profiles show Cr enriched grain boundaries surrounded by regions of Cr depletion.

  5. THE PEOPLE FROM THE WORLD'S Highest Railway

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    2007-01-01

    Seven years ago,China Railway 18th Bureau Group Co.Ltd was appointed to build the world's highest railway,namely Tanggula part (5072 metres above sea level) of Qinghai-Tibet Railway.In August of 2005,Liu Zhijun,the Minister for China Railways, announced that a link had been completed in the line at Tanggula Station.From here on,China Railway was to realize its dream-a railway at the summit of the world,through the efforts of Chinese workers in China Railway system.

  6. Vermont Highest Priority Interior Forest Blocks

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    Vermont Center for Geographic Information — Act 174 requires plans to identify potential areas for the development and siting of renewable energy resources and areas that are unsuitable for siting those...

  7. Effect of Alpha-Particle Energies on CR-39 Line-Shape Parameters using Positron Annihilation Technique

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    Lotfy Y. A.

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Polyally diglycol carbonate "CR-39" is widely used as etched track type particle detector. Doppler broadening positron annihilation (DBPAT provides direct information about core and valance electrons in (CR-39 due to radiation effects. It provides a non-destructive and non-interfering probe having a detecting efficiency. This paper reports the effect of irradiation alpha-particle intensity emitted from 241-Am (5.486 MeV source on the line shape S- and W-parameters for CR-39 samples. Modification of the CR-39 samples due to irradiation were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM techniques.

  8. The precise energy spectra measurement of laser-accelerated MeV/n-class high-Z ions and protons using CR-39 detectors

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    Kanasaki, M.; Jinno, S.; Sakaki, H.; Kondo, K.; Oda, K.; Yamauchi, T.; Fukuda, Y.

    2016-03-01

    The diagnosis method, using a combination of a permanent magnet and CR-39 track detectors, has been developed to separately measure the energy spectrum of the laser-accelerated MeV/n-class high-Z ions and that of MeV protons. The main role of magnet is separating between high-Z ions and protons, not for the usual energy spectrometer, while ion energy was precisely determined from careful analysis of the etch pit shapes and the etch pit growth behaviors in the CR-39. The method was applied to laser-driven ion acceleration experiments using CO2 clusters embedded in a background H2 gas. Ion energy spectra with uncertainty ΔE  =  0.1 MeV n-1 for protons and carbon/oxygen ions were simultaneously obtained separately. The maximum energies of carbon/oxygen ions and protons were determined as 1.1  ±  0.1 MeV and 1.6  ±  0.1 MeV n-1, respectively. The sharp decrease around 1 MeV n-1 observed in the energy spectrum of carbon/oxygen ions could be due to a trace of the ambipolar hydrodynamic expansion of CO2 clusters. Thanks to the combination of the magnet and the CR-39, the method is robust against electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

  9. Electronic and magnetic properties of CrGen (15 ⩽ n ⩽ 29) clusters: A DFT study

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    Mahtout, Sofiane; Tariket, Yacine

    2016-06-01

    We report ab initio calculations of electronic and magnetic properties of medium-sized CrGen (15 ⩽ n ⩽ 29) clusters using density functional theory. The encapsulation of Cr atoms within Gen clusters leads to stable Cr encapsulated Gen clusters. The binding energies generally increase while the differences between the highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (HOMO-LUMO gaps) generally decrease with the increasing of cluster size. The clusters of CrGen at size 16, 17, 19, 22, 24 and 29 exhibit high stabilities when compared to their neighbors. This has been discussed in terms of their structures, energies and the effect of the position of doping atom. Doping of Gen clusters with one Cr atom leads to CrGen clusters with magnetic moment depending on the structure of the clusters and the position of Cr atom in the clusters. Moreover, vertical ionization potential, vertical electronic affinity, and chemical hardness are also analyzed.

  10. High temperature properties of CrAlN, CrAlSiN and AlCrSiN coatings - Structure and oxidation

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    Polcar, Tomas, E-mail: polcar@fel.cvut.cz [Department of Control Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Technicka 2, Prague 6 (Czech Republic); SEG-CEMUC - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Rua Luis Reis Santos, P-3030 788 Coimbra (Portugal); Cavaleiro, Albano [SEG-CEMUC - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Rua Luis Reis Santos, P-3030 788 Coimbra (Portugal)

    2011-09-15

    Highlights: {yields} Deposition and structural analysis of CrAln, CrAlSiN and AlCrSiN coatings. {yields} In-situ XRD analysis at high temperature. {yields} AlCrSiN coating showed the highest oxidation resistance and thermal stability. {yields} CrAlN outperformed CrAlSiN film both in oxidation resistance and thermal stability. - Abstract: CrAlN, CrAlSiN and AlCrSiN coatings were deposited by cathodic arc deposition technique from composite targets. Three targets were used: (i) Cr/Al ratio close to 1, (ii) Cr/Al ratio close to 1 with Si addition, and (iii) Cr/Al ratio close to 1/2 and Si addition. Nitrogen flow was kept constant during the depositions. The Cr/Al ratio of the films, measured by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), was similar to that of the target and the silicon content was in the range 3-4 at.%. The coatings were deposited onto FeCrAl alloy and WC/Co mirror-polished substrates. To analyze the coating structure, X-ray photoelectron (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis were used. The evolution of the coating structure up to 1000 deg. C was in situ measured in a XRD apparatus equipped with heating plate. The films oxidation behavior was characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) at two selected temperatures. The annealed coatings were analyzed by XRD and scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). CrAlSiN showed low oxidation resistance being partially oxidized at 800 deg. C. Moreover, the film exhibited low thermal stability, since the cubic nitride phases transformed to hexagonal nitrides at relatively low temperatures. CrAlN oxidation behavior was more promising; nevertheless, AlCrSiN showed excellent thermal stability with cubic nitrides observed even after heating to 1300 deg. C. The oxidation of this film at 900 and 1000 deg. C was negligible.

  11. A challenge to the highest balloon altitude

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    Saito, Y.; Akita, D.; Fuke, H.; Iijima, I.; Izutsu, N.; Kato, Y.; Kawada, J.; Matsuzaka, Y.; Mizuta, E.; Namiki, M.; Nonaka, N.; Ohta, S.; Sato, T.; Seo, M.; Takada, A.; Tamura, K.; Toriumi, M.; Yamagami, T.; Yamada, K.; Yoshida, T.; Matsushima, K.; Tanaka, S.

    2012-02-01

    Development of a balloon to fly at higher altitudes is one of the most attractive challenges for scientific balloon technologies. After reaching the highest balloon altitude of 53.0 km using the 3.4 μm film in 2002, a thinner balloon film with a thickness of 2.8 μm was developed. A 5000 m3 balloon made with this film was launched successfully in 2004. However, three 60,000 m3 balloons with the same film launched in 2005, 2006, and 2007, failed during ascent. The mechanical properties of the 2.8 μm film were investigated intensively to look for degradation of the ultimate strength and its elongation as compared to the other thicker balloon films. The requirement of the balloon film was also studied using an empirical and a physical model assuming an axis-symmetrical balloon shape and the static pressure. It was found that the film was strong enough. A stress due to the dynamic pressure by the wind shear is considered as the possible reason for the unsuccessful flights. A 80,000 m3 balloon with cap films covering 9 m from the balloon top will be launch in 2011 to test the appropriateness of this reinforcement.

  12. Kinetics of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) removal from water by two floating macrophytes.

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    Maine, M A; Hadad, H R; Sánchez, G; Caffaratti, S; Pedro, M C

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this work was to compare Cr(III) and Cr(VI) removal kinetics from water by Pistia stratiotes and Salvinia herzogii. The accumulation in plant tissues and the effects of both Cr forms on plant growth were also evaluated. Plants were exposed to 2 and 6 mg L(-1) of Cr(III) or Cr(VI) during 30 days. At the end of the experiment, Cr(VI) removal percentages were significantly lower than those obtained for Cr(III) for both macrophytes. Cr(III) removal kinetics involved a fast and a slow component. The fast component was primarily responsible for Cr(III) removal while Cr(VI) removal kinetics involved only a slow process. Cr accumulated principally in the roots. In the Cr(VI) treatments a higher translocation from roots to aerial parts than in Cr(III) treatments was observed. Both macrophytes demonstrated a high ability to remove Cr(III) but not Cr(VI). Cr(III) inhibited the growth at the highest studied concentration of both macrophytes while Cr(VI) caused senescence. These results have important implications in the use of constructed wetlands for secondary industrial wastewater treatment. Common primary treatments of effluents containing Cr(VI) consists in its reduction to Cr(III). Cr(III) concentrations in these effluents are normally below the highest studied concentrations in this work.

  13. Charge-state and element-resolved ion energies in the cathodic arc plasma from composite AlCr cathodes in argon, nitrogen and oxygen atmospheres

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    Franz, Robert; Anders, André

    2014-01-01

    The energy distribution functions of ions in the cathodic arc plasma using composite AlCr cathodes were measured as a function of the background gas pressure in the range 0.5 to 3.5 Pa for different cathode compositions and gas atmospheres. The most abundant aluminium ions were Al$^{+}$ regardless of the background gas species, whereas Cr$^{2+}$ ions were dominating in Ar and N$_2$ and Cr$^{+}$ in O$_2$ atmospheres. The energy distributions of the aluminium and chromium ions typically consisted of a high energy fraction due to acceleration in the expanding plasma plume from the cathode spot and thermalised ions that were subjected to collisions in the plasma cloud. The fraction of the latter increased with increasing background gas pressure. Atomic nitrogen and oxygen ions showed similar energy distributions as the aluminium and chromium ions, whereas the argon and molecular nitrogen and oxygen ions were mainly thermalised. In addition to the positively charged metal and gas ions, negatively charged oxygen an...

  14. Estimativa das necessidades energéticas em pacientes com doença renal crônica Estimating the energy requirement of chronic kidney disease patients

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    Juliana Cordeiro Dias Rodrigues

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Estabelecer as necessidades energéticas de pacientes com doença renal crônica é importante para que se possam tratar os distúrbios nutricionais encontrados nessa população. Segundo os guias de condutas voltados ao cuidado nutricional de pacientes com essa doença, a recomendação energética pode variar entre 30 e 40kcal/kg/dia. Contudo, trabalhos que avaliaram os componentes do gasto energético nos pacientes com doença renal crônica sugerem que as necessidades energéticas dessa população podem diferir do valor recomendado acima, a depender da condição clínica (presença de comorbidades, da modalidade de tratamento empregado e do nível de atividade física. Dessa forma, o presente trabalho tem como objetivo fazer uma revisão dos estudos sobre o gasto energético de pacientes com doença renal crônica, com o intuito de abordar as seguintes questões: (1 as atuais recomendações de energia para pacientes com doença renal crônica estão adequadas? (2 qual equação de predição poderia ser empregada para estimar as necessidades energéticas desse grupo de pacientes? Assim, esta revisão busca auxiliar o nutricionista ao estimar as necessidades energéticas de pacientes com doença renal crônica.Estimating the energy requirement of patients with chronic kidney disease is highly important for treating the nutritional disorders often seen in this population. According to the specific guidelines for patients with chronic kidney disease, the currently recommended daily energy intake varies from 30 to 40kcal/kg/day. However, studies that investigated energy expenditure components of patients with chronic kidney disease suggested that the energy requirement may differ from the one proposed earlier, depending on overall clinical condition (i.e. presence of comorbidities, treatment modality and level of physical activity. With this perspective in mind, the present study aims to review the studies assessing energy expenditure

  15. Tectonics, Climate and Earth's highest peaks

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    Robl, Jörg; Prasicek, Günther; Hergarten, Stefan

    2016-04-01

    of about 5000 m suggesting that the topography is fairly well supported by local isostasy. In contrast, the highest peaks of the India-Asia collision zone seam the plateau rim and exceed the surface elevation predicted by crustal thickness and local isostasy. They are likely supported by the lithospheric strength of the northern and southern foreland basins and further uplifted by spatially variable unloading of the orogen due to major rivers and glaciers. Peak altitude, landscape dissection and the long-term impact of erosion on crustal thickness increase from the center of the Tibetan Plateau to the rim. However, we found evidence for a similar trend on a global scale from mid- to high-latitude orogens. Towards high latitudes, peaks of similar height are characterized by a more dissected landscape and supported by a thinner crust compared to mid-latitude mountain ranges. This however, would imply that the recent glacial period has already influenced orogens on their crustal level. We propose that long-term glacial erosion in high latitudes may have already thinned the orogenic crust and conclude that (a) over-thickened crust in zones of plate convergence can buffer intense erosion and maintain high mountain topography over millions of years even in heavily glaciated orogens, (b) high peaks may persist or may even be uplifted due to glacial erosion and (c) glacial erosion limiting mountain topography may NOT work as simple as a buzz-saw applied to fluvial topography supported by a thick mountain root.

  16. Energy Spectra, g Factors and Their Pressure-Induced and/or Thermal Shifts of SrTiO3:Cr3+ and SrTiO3:Mn4+ I: Energy Spectra and g Factors at Normal Pressure

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    ZHANG Ji-Ping; MA Dong-Ping

    2001-01-01

    With the strong-field scheme and cubic bases, the complete d3 energy matrix in a tctragonally distorted cubic-field has been constructed. By diagonalizing this matrix, the energy spectra of Sr TiO3 :Cr3+ and Sr TiO3 :Mn4+ at normal pressure and various temperatures have been calculated. Correspondingly, the FORTRAN program calculating the g factor of the ground state has been worked out. By using the program and the wavefunction obtained from diagonalizing the complete energy matrix, the g factors of the ground state of SrTiO3 :Cr3+ and SrTiO3 :Mn4+ at normal pressure and room temperature have been evaluated. The calculated results are in good agreement with the optical spectral and EPR experimental data. The comparison and analysis of the results of two crystals have been made. It is demonstrated that the covalency of the bonding between Mn4+ and ligands (O2 ) in SrTiO3:Mn4+ is stronger than the one of the bonding between Cr3+ and ligands (O2 ) in SrTiO3:Cr3+. It is shown that the obtained wavefunctions and values of parameters are reasonable.

  17. The highest limiting Z in the extended periodic table

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    Gambhir, Y. K.; Bhagwat, A.; Gupta, M.

    2015-12-01

    The problem of finding the highest limiting Z in the extended periodic table is discussed. The upper limit suggested by the atomic many body theory at Z = 172 may be reached much earlier due to nuclear instabilities. Therefore, an extensive set of calculations based on the relativistic mean field formulation are carried out for the ground state properties of nuclei with Z = 100 to 180 and N/Z ratio ranging from 1.19 to 2.70. This choice of Z and N extends far beyond the corresponding values of all the known heavy to superheavy elements. To facilitate the analysis of the huge quantity of calculated results, various filters depending upon the pairing energies, one and two nucleon separation energies, binding energy per particle (BE/A) and α-decay plus fission half lives, are introduced. The limiting value of Z is found to be 146. For the specific filter with {BE}/A = 5.5 MeV a few nuclei with Z = 180 also appear. No evidence for the limiting Z value 172 is found. We stress the need to bridge the atomic and nuclear findings and to arrive at an acceptable limiting value of highest Z (or rather combination of Z and N) of the extended periodic table.

  18. Measurement of LET (linear energy transfer) spectra using CR-39 at different depths of water irradiated by 171 MeV protons: A comparison with Monte Carlo simulation

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    Sahoo, G.S. [Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Tripathy, S.P., E-mail: sam.tripathy@gmail.com [Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai 400094 (India); Molokanov, A.G.; Aleynikov, V.E. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna 141980 (Russian Federation); Sharma, S.D. [Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai 400094 (India); Radiological Physics & Advisory Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Bandyopadhyay, T. [Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai 400094 (India)

    2016-05-11

    In this work, we have used CR-39 detectors to estimate the LET (linear energy transfer) spectrum of secondary particles due to 171 MeV proton beam at different depths of water including the Bragg peak region. The measured LET spectra were compared with those obtained from FLUKA Monte Carlo simulation. The absorbed dose (D{sub LET}), dose equivalent (H{sub LET}) were estimated using the LET spectra. The values of D{sub LET} and H{sub LET} per incident proton fluence were found to increase with the increase in depth of water and were maximum at Bragg peak. - Highlights: • Measurement of LET spectrometry using CR-39 detectors at different depths of water. • Comparison of measured spectra with FLUKA Monte carlo simulation. • Absorbed dose and dose equivalent was found to increase with depth of water.

  19. Charge, energy and LET spectra of high LET primary and secondary particles in CR-39 plastic nuclear track detectors of the P0006 experiment

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    Csige, I.; Frigo, L. A.; Benton, E. V.; Oda, K.

    1995-01-01

    We have measured the charge, energy and linear energy transfer (LET) spectra of about 800 high LET (LET(sub infinity) H2O greater than 50 keV/micron) particles in CR-39 plastic nuclear track detectors in the P0006 experiment of LDEF. Primary particles with residual range at the reference surface greater than about 2 microns and secondary particles produced in the detector material with total range greater than about 4 microns were measured. We have used a multi-etch technique and an internal calibration to identify and measure the energy of the particles at the reference surface. The LET spectrum was obtained from the charge and energy distribution of the particles.

  20. Relative crystal stability of Al{sub x}FeNiCrCo high entropy alloys from XRD analysis and formation energy calculation

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    Jasiewicz, K.; Cieslak, J.; Kaprzyk, S.; Tobola, J., E-mail: tobola@ftj.agh.edu.pl

    2015-11-05

    Electronic structure of Al{sub x}FeNiCrCo (x ≤ 3) high-entropy alloys (HEAs) was calculated using the Korringa–Kohn–Rostoker method combined with the coherent potential approximation (KKR-CPA). Total energy minimization was performed for bcc and fcc structures in each alloy composition. The phase stability was investigated from the total energy analysis, which finally allowed to determine the bcc–fcc phase transition for aluminium concentration close to 13 at%. It inspired us to synthesize Al{sub x}FeNiCrCo (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.5) using two procedures based on arc melting and sintering to allow for observation of entropy effect on phase formation. The XRD measurements evidently proved an occurence of fcc or bcc structure and their coexistence, depending on Al concentration and temperature. This finding remains in good agreement with theoretical results from free energy analysis, when accounting for KKR-CPA total energy as well as entropy terms. Furthermore, the structure preference, from fcc to bcc HEAs, with increasing Al content was discussed in view of total and atomic-dependent density of states computed in non-magnetic and paramagnetic-like states. - Highlights: • Crystal stability and electronic properties of high entropy alloys from KKR-CPA. • Influence of configuration entropy on phase preference (or coexistence). • Effect of configuration entropy on phase stability: arc melting viz. sintering. • Ab initio calculations (accounting for disorder) of phase preference in HEA.

  1. Growth of single-crystal CrN on MgO(001): Effects of low-energy ion-irradiation on surface morphological evolution and physical properties

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    Gall, D.; Shin, C.-S.; Spila, T.; Odén, M.; Senna, M. J. H.; Greene, J. E.; Petrov, I.

    2002-03-01

    CrN layers, 0.5 μm thick, were grown on MgO(001) at Ts=570-775 °C by ultrahigh vacuum magnetically unbalanced magnetron sputter deposition in pure N2 discharges at 20 mTorr. Layers grown at Ts⩽700 °C are stoichiometric single crystals exhibiting cube-on-cube epitaxy: (001)CrN||(001)MgO with [100]CrN||[100]MgO. At higher temperatures, N2 desorption during deposition results in understoichiometric polycrystalline films with N fractions decreasing to 0.35, 0.28, and 0.07 with Ts=730, 760, and 775 °C, respectively. The surface morphologies of epitaxial CrN(001) layers were found to depend strongly on the incident ion-to-metal flux ratio JN2+/JCr which was varied between 1.7 and 14 with the ion energy maintained constant at 12 eV. The surfaces of layers grown with JN2+/JCr=1.7 consist of self-organized square-shaped mounds, due to kinetic roughening, with edges aligned along orthogonal directions. The mounds have an average peak-to-valley height =5.1 nm and an in-plane correlation length of =0.21 μm. The combination of atomic shadowing by the mounds with low adatom mobility results in the formation of nanopipes extending along the growth direction. Increasing JN2+/JCr to 14 leads, due to increased adatom mobilities, to much smoother surfaces with =2.5 nm and =0.52 μm. Correspondingly, the nanopipe density decreases from 870 to 270 μm-2 to JCr is increased from 1.7 to 6 to 10. The hardness of dense CrN(001) is 28.5±1 GPa, but decreases to 22.5±1 GPa for layers containing significant nanopipe densities. The CrN(001) elastic modulus, 405±15 GPa, room-temperature resistivity, 7.7×10-2 Ω cm, and relaxed lattice constant, 0.4162±0.0008 nm, are independent of JN2+/JCr.

  2. Hydrogen desorption properties of MgH2-TiCr1.2Fe0.6 nanocomposite prepared by high-energy mechanical alloying

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    Mahmoudi, Nafiseh; Kaflou, A.; Simchi, A.

    2011-05-01

    In the present work, high-energy mechanical alloying (MA) was employed to synthesize a nanostructured magnesium-based composite for hydrogen storage. The preparation of the composite material with composition of MgH2-5 at% (TiCr1.2Fe0.6) was performed by co-milling of commercial available MgH2 powder with the body-centered cubic (bcc) alloy either in the form of Ti-Cr-Fe powder mixture with the proper mass fraction (sample A) or prealloyed TiCr1.2Fe0.6 powder (sample B). The prealloyed powder with an average crystallite size of 14 nm and particle size of 384 nm was prepared by the mechanical alloying process. It is shown that the addition of the Ti-based bcc alloy to magnesium hydride yields a finer particle size and grain structure after mechanical alloying. As a result, the desorption temperature of mechanically activated MgH2 for 4 h decreased from 327 °C to 262 °C for sample A and 241 °C for sample B. A high dehydrogenation capacity (∼5 wt%) at 300 °C is also obtained. The effect of the Ti-based alloy on improvement of the dehydrogenation is discussed.

  3. Chemical ordering in Cr3Al and relation to semiconducting behavior

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    Boekelheide, Z.; Stewart, D. A.; Hellman, F.

    2012-08-01

    Cr3Al shows semiconductor-like behavior which has been attributed to a combination of antiferromagnetism and chemical ordering of the Cr and Al atoms on the bcc sublattice. This article presents a detailed theoretical and experimental study of the chemical ordering in Cr3Al. Using density functional theory within the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (KKR) formalism, we consider five possible structures with the Cr3Al stoichiometry: a bcc solid solution, two-phase C11b Cr2Al+Cr, off-stoichiometric C11b Cr3Al, D03 Cr3Al, and X-phase Cr3Al. The calculations show that the chemically ordered, rhombohedrally distorted X-phase structure has the lowest energy of those considered and should, therefore, be the ground state found in nature, while the D03 structure has the highest energy and should not occur. While KKR calculations of the X phase indicate a pseudogap in the density of states, additional calculations using a full potential linear muffin-tin orbital approach and a plane-wave technique show a narrow band gap. Experimentally, thin films of Cr1-xAlx were grown and the concentration, growth temperature, and substrate were varied systematically. The peak resistivity (2400 μΩ-cm) is found for films with x=0.25, grown epitaxially on a 300 ∘C MgO substrate. At this x, a transition between nonmetallic and metallic behavior occurs at a growth temperature of about 400 ∘C, which is accompanied by a change in chemical ordering from X phase to C11b Cr3Al. These results clarify the range of possible structures for Cr3Al and the relationship between chemical ordering and electronic transport behavior.

  4. Kyle Cranmer receives the highest recognition from the US government

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    Kyle Cranmer with Clay Sell, Deputy Secretary of EnergyKyle Cranmer, who has worked on ATLAS as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Goldhaber Fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and, most recently, an Assistant Professor at New York University, has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). As described at the United States Department of Energy web page: "The PECASE Awards are intended to recognize some of the finest scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century...The PECASE Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers." Kyle's work on ATLAS focuses on tools and strategies for data analysis, triggering, and searches for the Higgs.At the awards ceremony, which took place on Thursday Nov. 1st in Washington, D.C.,...

  5. Advanced FeCrAl ODS steels for high-temperature structural applications in energy generation systems

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    Pimentel, G.; Capdevila, C.; M.J. Bartolomé; Chao, J.; Serrano, M.; García-Junceda, A.; Campos, M; Torralba, J. M.; Aldazábal, J.

    2012-01-01

    Technologies and means for developing biomass plant with higher energy conversion efficiencies are essential in order to implement the commitment to renewable biomass energy generation. Advanced, indirect Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) systems offer overall biomass energy conversion efficiencies of 45 % and above, compared with the 35 % efficiency of conventional biomass steam plant. However to attain this efficiency in CCGT operation it will be necessary to develop a heat exchanger capabl...

  6. Gasto energético de repouso em pacientes com doença renal crônica Resting energy expenditure in patients with chronic kidney disease

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    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available O conhecimento do gasto energético de repouso é de fundamental importância na determinação das necessidades energéticas e, conseqüentemente, no estabelecimento das recomendações de energia de um indivíduo. O elevado gasto energético, se não compensado por uma ingestão alimentar suficiente, poderá contribuir para a desnutrição e o maior risco de morbidade e mortalidade. Nos pacientes com doença renal crônica, a uremia per se e o tratamento de diálise estão, freqüentemente, associados a vários distúrbios, como a acidose metabólica, a resistência insulínica, o hiperparatireoidismo secundário e a inflamação, que podem aumentar o catabolismo protéico e, em parte, contribuir para o aumento do gasto energético de repouso. A presente revisão tem como objetivo descrever os estudos sobre o gasto energético de repouso nos pacientes com doença renal crônica e os aspectos que influenciam o gasto energético nesta população.Knowledge of resting energy expenditure is of paramount importance for the determination of energy requirements and consequently for the establishment of energy recommendations of an individual. Elevated energy expenditure, if not supplied by enough food consumption, may contribute to malnutrition and higher risk of morbidity and mortality. In patients with chronic kidney disease, uremia per se and the dialysis treatment are frequently associated with several disturbances, such as metabolic acidosis, insulin resistance, secondary hyperparathyroidism and inflammation, that might in part contribute to the increase in resting energy expenditure. The present review aims to describe the studies on resting energy expenditure in patients with chronic kidney disease and the factors influencing energy expenditure in this population.

  7. DFT functional benchmarking on the energy splitting of chromium spin states and mechanistic study of acetylene cyclotrimerization over the Phillips Cr(II)/silica catalyst.

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    Liu, Zhen; Cheng, Ruihua; He, Xuelian; Wu, Xiaojun; Liu, Boping

    2012-07-19

    In this work, a two-state reaction mechanism for the acetylene cyclotrimerization over a cluster model for the Phillips Cr(II)/silica catalyst were systematically investigated using density functional theory (DFT). Since spin crossover phenomenon was confirmed in the catalytic cycle, an accurate prediction of the energy gap between low- and high-spin states is crucial for the description of a reaction involving a two-state reactivity. Therefore, a massive DFT functional benchmarking test has been conducted on the cluster model by taking a CASPT2 energy gap as a reference. Consequently, B3PW91* with 28% Hartree-Fock exchange energy was selected for the following mechanistic investigation. Each of the possible potential energy surface including singlet, triplet, and quintet surfaces was explored. On the quintet surface, the reaction begins with a coordination of an acetylene on the chromium center to generate a π-coordinated complex. The following oxidative coupling through further coordination with a second acetylene was predicted to be a two-step reaction to generate a chromacyclopentadiene species. This transformation was found to be energetically prohibitive by the presence of the transition state (5)TS[C-E] (ΔG(‡) = 31.1 kcal/mol). On the triplet surface, however, the coordination of an acetylene generates a chromacyclopropene species without showing any activation barrier. The second acetylene incorporation proceeding via a coordination on the chromium center followed by an insertion into a Cr-C σ-bond of the chromacyclopropene was predicted to be a facile reaction pathway (ΔG(‡) = 10.2 kcal/mol). The third acetylene was captured by the cluster model through the formation of a hydrogen bond. The later transformation on the triplet surface was found to be an intermolecular [4 + 2] cycloaddition to finish the cyclization. The lack of the aromaticity of the benzene ring in (3)L results in an uncompleted reaction pathway on a single triplet surface

  8. Effects of Strain Energy and Grain Size on Corrosion Resistance of Ultrafine Grained Fe-20%Cr Steels with Extremely low C and N Fabricated by ECAP

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    Muhammad Rifai

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Effect of strain energy and grain size on corrosion resistance of ultrafine grained (UFG Fe-20%Cr steels with extremely low C and N fabricated by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP was investigated. UFG structures of initial grain size of 144 nm exhibited the typical three-stage softening comprising recovery, recrystallization, and grain growth. Potentiodynamic polarization measurements were carried out with a conventional three-electrode cell to evaluate pitting potential. Pitting potential in 1000 mol·m−3 NaCl solution was nobler in UFG state, but pitting potential started to decrease monotonously at lower temperature compared to hardness. The degradation of corrosion resistance in the early stage of annealing is attributed to stability change of passivation by recovery of dislocation structures inside grains and in nonequilibrium grain boundaries. We therefore conclude that nobler potentials of UFG states were realized by not only grain size reduction but also defective deformation-induced UFG.

  9. Influence of notch shape on deformation mechanisms and energy parameters of fracture of 12Cr1MoV steel under impact loading

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    Panin, S. V.; Vlasov, I. V.; Maruschak, P. O.; Moiseenko, D. D.; Berto, F.; Vinogradov, A.; Bischak, R. T.

    2016-11-01

    Impact loading curves and fracture energy of the notched 12Cr1MoV ductile steel specimens are analyzed. The qualitative description and quantitative parameters are obtained for major stages of ductile and brittle fracture depending on the shape of the notch and the stress stiffness ahead. It is shown that a zone with enhanced plasticity is formed in the vicinity of V-, U-, and I-shaped notches at 20°C testing temperature, giving rise to ductile fracture. The stress stiffness at the notch tip increased with testing temperature reduced to -40°C. Using the quantitative description of fracture surfaces, a physical-mechanical scheme of the specimen fracture was suggested for the case of enhanced and localized (constrained) plasticity near the stress concentrator tip.

  10. Structural, electrical, and dielectric properties of Cr doped ZnO thin films: Role of Cr concentration

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    Gürbüz, Osman; Okutan, Mustafa

    2016-11-01

    An undoped zinc oxide (ZnO) and different concentrations of chromium (Cr) doped ZnO CrxZnO1-x (x = 3.74, 5.67, 8.10, 11.88, and 15.96) thin films were prepared using a magnetron sputtering technique at room temperature. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), High resolution scanning electron microscope (HR-SEM), and Energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS). XRD patterns of all the films showed that the films possess crystalline structure with preferred orientation along the (100) crystal plane. The average crystallite size obtained was found to be between 95 and 83 nm which was beneficial in high intensity recording peak. Both crystal quality and crystallite sizes decrease with increasing Cr concentration. The crystal and grain sizes of the all film were investigated using SEM analysis. The surface morphology that is grain size changes with increase Cr concentration and small grains coalesce together to form larger grains for the Cr11.88ZnO and Cr15.96ZnO samples. Impedance spectroscopy studies were carried out in the frequencies ranging from 5 Hz to 13 MHz at room temperature. The undoped ZnO film had the highest dielectric value, while dielectric values of other films decreased as doping concentrations increased. Besides, the dielectric constants decreased whereas the loss tangents increased with increasing Cr content. This was considered to be related to the reduction of grain size as Cr content in ZnO host material increased. Furthermore, by increasing the Cr concentration, the improved electrical performance was observed. The electrical resistivity of samples decreased from 3.98 × 10-2 Ω cm to 4.03 × 10-4 Ω cm with the increase in Cr content. For these reasons, Cr doped ZnO (Cr:ZnO) thin films may be used in microwave devices as the electrical conductivity increases while dielectric constant decreases with the Cr content.

  11. Structural, thermal, and photoacoustic study of nanocrystalline Cr{sub 3}Ge produced by mechanical alloying

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    Prates, P. B.; Maliska, A. M.; Ferreira, A. S. [Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Campus Universitário Trindade, S/N, C.P. 476, 88040-900 Florianópolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Poffo, C. M. [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Campus de Araranguá, 88900-000 Araranguá, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Borges, Z. V. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 3000 Japiim, 69077-000 Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil); Lima, J. C. de, E-mail: fsc1jcd@fisica.ufsc.br [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Campus Universitário Trindade, S/N, C.P. 476, 88040-900 Florianópolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Biasi, R. S. de [Seção de Engenharia Mecânica e de Materiais, Instituto Militar de Engenharia, 22290-270 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    2015-10-21

    A thermodynamic analysis of the Cr-Ge system suggested that it was possible to produce a nanostructured Cr{sub 3}Ge phase by mechanical alloying. The same analysis showed that, due to low activation energies, Cr-poor crystalline and/or amorphous alloy could also be formed. In fact, when the experiment was performed, Cr{sub 11}Ge{sub 19} and amorphous phases were present for small milling times. For milling times larger than 15 h these additional phases decomposed and only the nanostructured Cr{sub 3}Ge phase remained up to the highest milling time used (32 h). From the differential scanning calorimetry measurements, the Avrami exponent n was obtained, indicating that the nucleation and growth of the nanostructured Cr{sub 3}Ge phase may be restricted to one or two dimensions, where the Cr and Ge atoms diffuse along the surface and grain boundaries. In addition, contributions from three-dimensional diffusion with a constant nucleation rate may be present. The thermal diffusivity of the nanostructured Cr{sub 3}Ge phase was determined by photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy measurements.

  12. Influence of low energy ion implantation on mechanical properties of magnetron sputtered metastable (Cr,Al)N thin films

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    Ulrich, S.; Holleck, H.; Ye, J.; Leiste, H.; Loos, R.; Stueber, M.; Pesch, P.; Sattel, S

    2003-08-01

    Metastable, nanocrystalline, ternary chromium aluminum nitride thin films have been deposited by reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering of a chromium aluminum nitride target in a pure nitrogen atmosphere. The film constitution has been examined by X-ray microanalysis, X-ray reflectivity, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and high-resolution electron microscopy. The mechanical properties such as Vickers hardness, elastic modulus and internal stress have been determined as a function of ion energy of bombarding particles during film growth. It was possible to show that the dependence of these properties on ion energy can be described by two physical mechanisms, both subsurface nitrogen ion implantation and nitrogen ion bombardment induced relaxation processes, whereas chemical composition is not affected in the case of our reactive deposition conditions.

  13. Magnetic behavior in Cr2@Gen (1≤n≤12) clusters: A density functional investigation

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    Dhaka, Kapil; Trivedi, Ravi; Bandyopadhyay, Debashis

    2014-04-01

    With a goal to produce magnetic moment in Cr2 Doped Gen clusters which will be useful for practical applications, we have considered the structure and magnetic properties of Pure Germanium clusters and substitutionally doped it with Cr dimer to produce Cr2@Gen clusters. As the first step of calculation, geometrical optimizations of the nanoclusters have been done. These optimized geometries have been used in calculate the average binding energy per atom (BE), HOMO-LUMO gap and hence the relative stability of the clusters. These parameters have been demonstrated as structural and electronic properties of the clusters. Gap between highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital indicate cluster to be a potential motif for generating magnetic cluster assembled materials. Based on these values a comparative study on different sized clusters has been done in order to understand the origin of structures, electronic and magnetic properties of Cr2@Gen nanoclusters.

  14. Processing and microstructural characterization of a Ti-Cr-Nb alloy synthesized by high-energy ball-milling

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    José Fernando Ribeiro de Castro

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Ti-based body centered cubic (BCC solid solutions are promising materials for hydrogen storage. These alloys are usually synthesized by melting processes and have large amounts of vanadium as alloying element to stabilize the BCC phase at room temperature. In this work high energy ball-milling was evaluated as processing route for a Ti - based BCC solid solution. Moreover, the feasibility of Nb as stabilizer for the BCC phase is also investigated. The results show that the BCC phase is rapidly formed by ball-milling. After 2 hours of milling the alloy is mainly composed by BCC phase. Moreover, the time of milling must be limited in order to minimize the contamination with iron promoted by the wearing of milling balls and vials.

  15. Which Kids Are at Highest Risk for Suicide?

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    ... Share Which Kids are at Highest Risk for Suicide? Page Content Article Body No child is immune, ... who have lost a friend or relative to suicide. Studies show that a considerable number of youth ...

  16. MOC: Reducing Favorable Balance, 2007's Highest Priority

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    2007-01-01

    @@ When attending the National Working Conference on Commerce on January 15th, Mr. Bo Xilai, the Minister of Commerce, said that the highest priority for China's international trade in 2007 is to reduce the favorable balance.

  17. Cortex Matures Faster in Youths With Highest IQ

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    ... Current Issue Past Issues Research News From NIH Cortex Matures Faster in Youths With Highest IQ Past ... scans showed that their brains' outer mantle, or cortex, thickens more rapidly during childhood, reaching its peak ...

  18. Advanced FeCrAl ODS steels for high-temperature structural applications in energy generation systems

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    Pimentel, G.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Technologies and means for developing biomass plant with higher energy conversion efficiencies are essential in order to implement the commitment to renewable biomass energy generation. Advanced, indirect Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT systems offer overall biomass energy conversion efficiencies of 45 % and above, compared with the 35 % efficiency of conventional biomass steam plant. However to attain this efficiency in CCGT operation it will be necessary to develop a heat exchanger capable of gas operating temperatures and pressures of around 1100 °C and 15-30 bar, respectively, for entry heating the gas turbine working fluid. ODS ferritic steels is the kind of advance material to deal with this challenge, however work to optimize the coarse grain microstructure to improve creep hoop strength needs to be done. In this sense, this paper reports the recrystallisation behaviour of PM 2000 oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic alloy which was cold deformed after hot-rolling and extrusion. The results can be interpreted if it is assumed that anything which makes the microstructure heterogeneous, stimulates recrystallisation. In this sense, larger strain gradients lead to more refined and more isotropic grain structures. The combination of these results with finite element modeling are used to interpret the role of residual shear stresses on the development of recrystallized grain structure.

    Las tecnologías y medios para desarrollar plantas de biomasa con alta eficiencia en la conversión de energía son esenciales para asentar la biomasa como una fuente de energía renovable. Los sistemas de turbinas de gas de ciclo combinado (CCGT permiten elevar la eficiencia de las plantas de biomasa del 35 % actual al 45 %. Sin embargo, para conseguir estos niveles de eficiencia en la conversión de energía, el intercambiador de calor de la caldera debe trabajar en condiciones extremas de temperatura (por encima de 1100 °C y presión (en torno a 15

  19. Graphene mode-locked multipass-cavity femtosecond Cr4+: forsterite laser

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    Baylam, Işınsu; Çizmeciyan, Melisa Natali; Sennaroğlu, Alphan; Ozharar, Sarper; Balcı, Osman; Pince, Ercag; Kocabaş, Coşkun

    2013-01-01

    We report, for the first time to our knowledge, the use of graphene as a saturable absorber in an energy-scaled femtosecond Cr4+: forsterite laser. By incorporating a multipass cavity, the repetition rate of the original short resonator was reduced to 4.51 MHz, which resulted in the generation of 100 fs, nearly transform-limited pulses at 1252 nm with a peak power of 53 kW. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest peak power obtained from a room-temperature, femtosecond Cr4+: forster...

  20. High temperature wear performance of HVOF-sprayed Cr3C2-WC-NiCoCrMo and Cr3C2-NiCr hardmetal coatings

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    Zhou, Wuxi; Zhou, Kesong; Li, Yuxi; Deng, Chunming; Zeng, Keli

    2017-09-01

    A novel Cr3C2-WC-NiCoCrMo and commercial Cr3C2-NiCr thermal spray-grade powders with particle size of -45 + 15 μm were prepared by an agglomeration and sintering process. Cr3C2-WC-NiCoCrMo and Cr3C2-NiCr coatings were deposited by high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) spraying. The fundamental properties of both coatings were evaluated and friction wear test against Al2O3 counterbodies of both coatings at high temperatures (450 °C, 550 °C, 650 °C) were carried out ball-on-disk high temperature tribometer. All specimens were characterized by optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM/EDS) and 3D non-contact surface mapping profiler. The results have shown that the Cr3C2-WC-NiCoCrMo coating exhibited lower porosity, higher micro-hardness compared to the Cr3C2-NiCr coating. The Cr3C2-WC-NiCoCrMo coating also exhibited better wear resistance and higher friction coefficient compared to the Cr3C2-NiCr coating when sliding against the Al2O3 counterpart. Wear rates of both coatings increased with raising temperature. Both coatings experienced abrasive wear; hard phase particles (WC and Cr3C2) with different sizes, distributed in the matrix phase, will effectively improve the resistance against wear at high temperatures.

  1. Exploring the cultural dimensions of the right to the highest ...

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    The right to enjoying the highest attainable standard of health is incorporated in many ... and the right to an accessible system of health care, goods and services. ... It seems that international human rights law demands respect for the cultural ...

  2. Energy Parameters of Interfacial Layers in Composite Systems: Graphene – (Si, Cu, Fe, Co, Au, Ag, Al, Ru, Hf, Pb and Semiconductor (Si,Ge – (Fe, Co, Cu, Al, Au, Cr, W, Pb

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    B.P. Koman

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available On the basis of the non-equilibrium thermodynamics relations and the surface physics phenomena we calculate adhesion and energy parameters to characterize the interfacial interactions in graphene – (Si, Cu, Fe, Co, Au, Ag, Al, Ru, Hf, Pb and semiconductor (Si, Ge – (Fe, Co, Cu, Al, Au, Cr, W, Pb systems. We analyze trends of the interfacial energy, interfacial tension, work of adhesion and the energy of adhesive bonds on the contacting element’s atomic number in the periodic table and on the electronegativity difference of interacting elements. Thus, this work provides theoretical basis for the development of new composite materials.

  3. On designated-weight Boolean functions with highest algebraic immunity

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    2010-01-01

    Algebraic immunity has been considered as one of cryptographically significant properties for Boolean functions. In this paper, we study ∑d-1 i=0 (ni)-weight Boolean functions with algebraic immunity achiev-ing the minimum of d and n - d + 1, which is highest for the functions. We present a simpler sufficient and necessary condition for these functions to achieve highest algebraic immunity. In addition, we prove that their algebraic degrees are not less than the maximum of d and n - d + 1, and for d = n1 +2 their nonlinearities equalthe minimum of ∑d-1 i=0 (ni) and ∑ d-1 i=0 (ni). Lastly, we identify two classes of such functions, one having algebraic degree of n or n-1.

  4. Irreducible Cartesian tensors of highest weight, for arbitrary order

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    Mane, S. R.

    2016-03-01

    A closed form expression is presented for the irreducible Cartesian tensor of highest weight, for arbitrary order. Two proofs are offered, one employing bookkeeping of indices and, after establishing the connection with the so-called natural tensors and their projection operators, the other one employing purely coordinate-free tensor manipulations. Some theorems and formulas in the published literature are generalized from SO(3) to SO(n), for dimensions n ≥ 3.

  5. Some Rigidity Results for Highest Order Local Cohomology Modules

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    Mohammad T.Dibaei; Siamak Yassemi

    2007-01-01

    Let R be a commutative Noetherian ring,a an ideal of R,and M a finitely generated R-module of finite Krull dimension n.We describe the (finite) sets Assn (H n/a (M))and Attr(H n/a(M)) of primes associated and attached to the highest local cohomologymodule H n/a (M) in terms of the local formal behaviour of a.

  6. Influence of irradiation with energy-rich particles on the hardness of the Fe-Cr alloy; Einfluss der Bestrahlung mit energiereichen Teilchen auf die Haerte von Fe-Cr-Legierungen

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    Heintze, Cornelia

    2013-01-14

    Ferritic/martensitic and oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic/martensitic steels are candidate structural materials for components exposed to high neutron fluxes in future nuclear applications like fusion and generation IV fission reactors. The ductilebrittle transition and its shift to higher temperatures which is predominantly caused by irradiation hardening are main concerns for these materials. In the present work, the irradiation behaviour of binary Fe-Cr model alloys, which represent a simplified model for ferritic/martensitic steels, is studied. To this end irradiation with iron ions is used in order to simulate the neutron-induced damage. Due to the limited penetration depth characterization methods suitable for thin layers have to be applied. In the present case, nanohardness testing and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are employed. The results, including the irradiation-induced hardness change of the layer as a function of chromium content, fluence and irradiation temperature and, for selected cases, quantitative TEM analyses, were exploited to identify irradiation-induced dislocation loops as one source of irradiation hardening. Additional results of small-angle neutron scattering experiments on neutron-irradiated specimens of the same alloys show that nm-scaled α'-phase precipitates also significantly contribute to the irradiation-induced hardness increase. An Orowan model is used to estimate the obstacle strengths posed to dislocation glide by these lattice defects. The topic is stepwise extended to more complex situations with respect to the irradiation conditions and the materials. Considering simultaneous and sequential irradiations with iron- and helium-ions it is shown that the effect of helium on irradiation hardening depends on the chronological order of the irradiations and that the simultaneous introduction of helium in fusion-relevant concentrations amplifies irradiation hardening based on a synergistic effect. There is no

  7. Structural characterization and Mössbauer studies of nanocrystalline Fe{sub 60}Ni{sub 20}Cr{sub 10}B{sub 10} alloy prepared by high energy ball milling

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    Slimi, M., E-mail: msrammeh@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Chimie Inorganique, UR-11-ES-73, université de Sfax, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Azabou, M. [Laboratoire de Chimie Inorganique, UR-11-ES-73, université de Sfax, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Suñol, J.J. [Departament de Fisica, Universitat de Girona, Campus Montilivi, Girona 17071 (Spain); Khitouni, M. [Laboratoire de Chimie Inorganique, UR-11-ES-73, université de Sfax, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Greneche, J.M. [LUNAM, Institut des Molécules et Matériaux du Mans, IMMM UMR CNRS 6283, Université du Maine, Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans Cedex 9 (France)

    2015-11-01

    Nanostructured Fe(Ni,Cr) and NiFe solid state powders were elaborated from elemental powders of Fe, Ni, Cr and B using planetary high-energy ball mill. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was employed to examine the morphology of the powdered samples as a function of milling time. The transformations occurring in the material during milling were studied at the atomic scale with the use of X-ray diffraction and {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectrometry. The thermal behavior of the milled powders was examined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results, as well as dissimilarity between calorimetric curves of the powders after 10 and 50 h of milling, indicated the formation of a nanostructured Fe(Ni,Cr) and NiFe solid solutions. - Highlights: • It is a complete study about the alloying process of a nanostructured alloy. • We establish the relation between microstructure and structure defects. • Mössbauer analysis confirms the coexistence of the bcc-Fe(Ni,Cr) and fcc-Ni(Fe) solid solutions.

  8. Effect of precipitations on the damping capacity of Fe-13Cr-2.5Mo alloy

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    Hu, Xiaofeng; Li, Xiuyan; Zhang, Bo; Rong, Lijian; Li, Yiyi

    2009-07-01

    The influence of precipitations on the damping capacity of Fe-13Cr-2.5Mo (mass %) based alloys has been investigated in this paper. The damping behaviors were examined by dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA) at temperature t = 35 °C, vibrate frequency f = 1 Hz and strain amplitude ɛ of 10-6 and 10-3. Field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) with X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) was used to observe microstructure and determine the composition of precipitations. The results show that damping capacity of Fe-13Cr-2.5Mo based alloys is more strongly correlated with intragranular precipitation than with grain boundary (GB) precipitation. Fe-Cr-Mo alloy annealed at 1100 °C for 1 h followed by furnace cooling (FC) with relatively fewer intergranular precipitations, exhibits higher damping behavior. With the increase of annealing temperature, the amount of intragranular precipitations increases while damping capacity of Fe-Cr-Mo alloy decreases. Addition of 1.0% Ti obviously inhibits precipitation of GB precipitations, but promotes the intragranular precipitations in the alloy distinctly, so the damping capacity of Fe-Cr-Mo- 1Ti is slightly lower than that of Fe-Cr-Mo alloy. Addition of 1.0% Nb can significantly decrease damping capacity of Fe-Cr-Mo-1Nb at low strain amplitude. But at higher strain amplitude, damping capacity increases more rapidly and Fe- Cr-Mo-1Nb possesses the highest damping capacity. This result reveals that larger amount of precipitations in Fe-Cr-Mo based alloys can interact with dislocations and generate an amplitude-dependent dislocation damping Q-1dis at high strain amplitude.

  9. Thermodynamic analysis of Cr(VI) extraction using TOPO impregnated membranes

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    Praveen, Prashant; Loh, Kai-Chee, E-mail: chelohkc@nus.edu.sg

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Cr(VI) extraction by extractant impregnated membranes (EIM) was investigated. • EIM exhibited high extraction efficiency, mass transfer rate and stability. • Mass transfer mechanism was proposed based on kinetics and equilibrium data. • Uptake of Cr(VI) by EIMs was endothermic and spontaneous. • Cr(VI) extraction by EIMs was dominated by physical interactions. - Abstract: Solid/liquid extraction of Cr(VI) was accomplished using trioctylphosphine oxide impregnated polypropylene hollow fiber membranes. Extraction of 100–500 mg/L Cr(VI) by the extractant impregnated membranes (EIM) was characterized by high uptake rate and capacity, and equilibrium was attained within 45 min of contact. Extraction equilibrium was pH-dependent (at an optimal pH 2), whereas stripping using 0.2 M sodium hydroxide yielded the highest recovery of 98% within 60 min. The distribution coefficient was independent of initial Cr(VI) concentration, and the linear distribution equilibrium isotherm could be modeled using Freundlich isotherm. The mass transfer kinetics of Cr(VI) was examined using pseudo-second-order and intraparticle diffusion models and a mass transfer mechanism was deduced. The distribution coefficient increased with temperature, which indicated endothermic nature of the reaction. Enthalpy and entropy change during Cr(VI) extraction were positive and varied in the range of 37–49 kJ/mol and 114–155 J/mol, respectively. The free energy change was negative, confirming the feasibility and spontaneity of the mass transfer process. Results obtained suggest that EIMs are efficient and sustainable for extraction of Cr(VI) from wastewater.

  10. The fifty highest cited papers in anterior cruciate ligament injury.

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    Vielgut, Ines; Dauwe, Jan; Leithner, Andreas; Holzer, Lukas A

    2017-07-01

    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most common injured knee ligaments and at the same time, one of the most frequent injuries seen in the sport orthopaedic practice. Due to the clinical relevance of ACL injuries, numerous papers focussing on this topic including biomechanical-, basic science-, clinical- or animal studies, were published. The purpose of this study was to determine the most frequently cited scientific articles which address this subject, establish a ranking of the 50 highest cited papers and analyse them according to their characteristics. The 50 highest cited articles related to Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury were searched in Thomson ISI Web of Science® by the use of defined search terms. All types of scientific papers with reference to our topic were ranked according to the absolute number of citations and analyzed for the following characteristics: journal title, year of publication, number of citations, citation density, geographic origin, article type and level of evidence. The 50 highest cited articles had up to 1624 citations. The top ten papers on this topic were cited 600 times at least. Most papers were published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The publication years spanned from 1941 to 2007, with the 1990s and 2000s accounting for half of the articles (n = 25). Seven countries contributed to the top 50 list, with the USA having by far the most contribution (n = 40). The majority of articles could be attributed to the category "Clinical Science & Outcome". Most of them represent a high level of evidence. Scientific articles in the field of ACL injury are highly cited. The majority of these articles are clinical studies that have a high level of evidence. Although most of the articles were published between 1990 and 2007, the highest cited articles in absolute and relative numbers were published in the early 1980s. These articles contain well established scoring- or classification systems. The

  11. The stored energy in processed Cu-0.4 wt.%Cr-0.12 wt.%Zr-0.02 wt.%Si-0.05 wt.%Mg

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    Li, X.F. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Dong, A.P.; Wang, L.T.; Yu, Z. [China Railway Electrification Bureau Group Co., Ltd., Beijing 100036 (China); Meng, L., E-mail: mengliang@zju.edu.cn [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2011-04-07

    Research highlights: > The crystal orientation in processed Cu-0.4 wt.%Cr-0.12 wt.%Zr-0.02 wt.%Si-0.05 wt.%Mg is deviating from the as-cast specimens and microstrain of the alloy is gradually increasing as the draw ratio rising before {eta} {<=} 6.7. > The dynamic recovery has taken place as 6.7 < {eta} {<=} 7.4, which is confirmed by the change of the crystal orientation, microstrain, stored energy, flow stress and dislocation density. > The release of stored energy is primarily due to the decrease of dislocation density and the main strengthening effect of Cu-0.4 wt.%Cr-0.12 wt.%Zr-0.02 wt.%Si-0.05 wt.%Mg is attributed to dislocation mechanism. - Abstract: Cold drawing was conducted at room temperature to impose high strain on Cu-0.4 wt.%Cr-0.12 wt.%Zr-0.02 wt.%Si-0.05 wt.%Mg. The microstructure was studied by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope. The thermal analysis was carried out for the alloy at different draw ratios and then the stored energy was calculated to estimate the dislocation density and the flow stress. Results indicate that the microstrain gradually increases and the <1 1 1> texture is formed with the draw ratio rising. Meanwhile, the stored energy also increases with the draw ratio rising and a peak is reached with draw ratio of 6.7. The release of stored energy is primarily due to the decrease of dislocation density. The flow stress estimated from the stored energy has a similar variation trend with the measured data with a stress difference {approx}20 to 120 MPa. The main strengthening effect is attributed to dislocation mechanism.

  12. Angle and temperature dependence of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy and the microscopic magnetic moments of the ferromagnetic semi-metal CrO{sub 2}; Winkel- und Temperaturabhaengigkeit der magnetokristallinen Anisotropieenergie und der mikroskopischen magnetischen Momente des ferromagnetischen Halbmetalls CrO{sub 2}

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    Gold, S.

    2005-07-01

    The aim of this work was to examine, by use of XMCD-effect and additional measurements with SQUID-magnetometer, spin moments and hysteresis loops, but also to clarify the intrinsic properties like magnetocrystalline anisotropy, magnetic dipole term, and the nearly quenched orbital moment. The XMCD-measurements were done at the Cr L{sub 2,3}- and the O K-edge. The results for CrO{sub 2} show a strong dependence of the orbital, the sum of spin moment and magnetic dipole term, and the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy from the angle between rutile a- and c-axis. Even more than the complete orbital moment, two separable and different spectral features show strong alterations of the different orbital moments. In a second part of this work the temperature dependence was investigated. The aim was to clarify the origin of the orbital moment, dipole term, and MAE in dependence of the spin moment and compare the results to different theoretical models. The extracted orbital moments and the magnetic dipole term show the same temperature dependence as the spin moment. In the following a dependence of the squared measured spin moment could be found for the MAE. For the first time the magnetic dipole term could be identified as the reason of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy. A strong Cr-O hybridisation was found, which shows in a similar structure and temperature dependence of the orbital moments for Cr L{sub 2,3} and the XMCD effect at O-K edge. (orig.)

  13. Structure, magnetism, and electron-transport properties of Mn2CrGa-based nanomaterials

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    Wenyong Zhang

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Mn2CrGa in the disordered cubic structure has been synthesized using rapid quenching and subsequent annealing. The cubic phase transforms to a stable tetragonal phase when a fraction of Cr or Ga is replaced by Pt or Al, respectively. All samples are ferrimagnetic with high Curie temperatures (Tc; Mn2CrGa exhibits the highest Tc of about 813 K. The tetragonal samples have appreciable values of magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy, which leads to an increase in coercivity (Hc that approaches about 10 kOe in the Pt-doped sample. The Hc linearly increases with a decrease of temperature, concomitant with the anisotropy change with temperature. All samples are metallic and show negative magnetoresistance with room-temperature resistivities on the order of 1 mΩcm. The magnetic properties including high Tc and low magnetic moment suggest that these tetragonal materials have potential for spin-transfer-torque-based devices.

  14. Crystal field energy levels, spin-Hamiltonian parameters and local structures for the Cr3+ and Mn4+ centers in La3Ga5SiO14 crystals

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    Mei, Yang; Chen, Bo-Wei; Zheng, Wen-Chen; Li, Bang-Xing

    2017-02-01

    The crystal field energy levels (obtained from optical spectra) together with the spin-Hamiltonian parameters g//, g⊥ and D (obtained from EPR spectra) for 3d3 ions Cr3+ and Mn4+ at the trigonal octahedral Ga3+ sites in La3Ga5SiO14 crystals are computed from the complete diagonalization (of energy matrix) method based on the two-spin-orbit-parameter model. The model takes into account the contributions due to the spin-orbit parameter of central dn ion (in the traditional crystal field theory) and that of ligand ions via covalence effect. The calculated results are in rational accord with the experimental values. The calculations also imply that the covalence of (MnO6)8- center in La3Ga5SiO14 crystals is stronger than that of (CrO6)9- center, and the impurity-induced local lattice relaxation for (MnO6)8- center is larger than that for (CrO6)9- cluster because of the larger size and charge mismatch for Mn4+ replacing Ga3+ in La3Ga5SiO14 crystals.

  15. Spatial Games Based on Pursuing the Highest Average Payoff

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    YANG Han-Xin; WANG Bing-Hong; WANG Wen-Xu; RONG Zhi-Hai

    2008-01-01

    We propose a strategy updating mechanism based on pursuing the highest average payoff to investigate the prisoner's dilemma game and the snowdrift game. We apply the new rule to investigate cooperative behaviours on regular, small-world, scale-free networks, and find spatial structure can maintain cooperation for the prisoner's dilemma game. In the snowdrift game, spatial structure can inhibit or promote cooperative behaviour which depends on payoff parameter. We further study cooperative behaviour on scale-free network in detail. Interestingly, non-monotonous behaviours observed on scale-free network with middle-degree individuals have the lowest cooperation level. We also find that large-degree individuals change their strategies more frequently for both games.

  16. The Theoretical Highest Frame Rate of Silicon Image Sensors

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    Takeharu Goji Etoh

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The frame rate of the digital high-speed video camera was 2000 frames per second (fps in 1989, and has been exponentially increasing. A simulation study showed that a silicon image sensor made with a 130 nm process technology can achieve about 1010 fps. The frame rate seems to approach the upper bound. Rayleigh proposed an expression on the theoretical spatial resolution limit when the resolution of lenses approached the limit. In this paper, the temporal resolution limit of silicon image sensors was theoretically analyzed. It is revealed that the limit is mainly governed by mixing of charges with different travel times caused by the distribution of penetration depth of light. The derived expression of the limit is extremely simple, yet accurate. For example, the limit for green light of 550 nm incident to silicon image sensors at 300 K is 11.1 picoseconds. Therefore, the theoretical highest frame rate is 90.1 Gfps (about 1011 fps

  17. Integrable highest weight modules over affine superalgebras and number theory

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    Kac, V G

    1994-01-01

    In the first part of the paper we give the denominator identity for all simple finite-dimensional Lie super algebras \\frak g\\/ with a non-degenerate invariant bilinear form. We give also a character and (super) dimension formulas for all finite-dimensional irreducible \\frak g\\/-modules of atypicality \\leq 1\\/ . In the second part of the paper we give the denominator identity for the affine superalgebras \\hat{\\frak g}\\/ associated to \\frak g\\/. Specializations of this identity give almost all old and many new formulas for the number of representations of an integer as sums of squares and sums of triangular numbers. At the end, we introduce the notion of an integrable \\hat{\\frak g}\\/-module and give a classification of irreducible integrable highest weight \\hat{\\frak g}\\/-modules.

  18. Robert Aymar receives one of the highest Finnish distinctions

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    2008-01-01

    On 9 December 2008 Robert Aymar, CERN Director-General, was awarded the decoration of Commander, first class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland by the President of the Republic of Finland. This decoration, one of the highest of Finland, was presented in a ceremony by the Ambassador Hannu Himanen, Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva. Robert Aymar was honoured for his service to CERN, the LHC, his role in the cooperation between Finland and CERN, as well as his contribution to science in general. In his speech the ambassador underlined CERN’s efforts in the field of education, mentioning the High school teachers programme.

  19. Thermodynamic Assessment of the La-Cr-O System

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    Povoden, E.; Chen, Ming; Grundy, A.N.

    2009-01-01

    The La-Cr and the La-Cr-O systems are assessed using the Calphad approach. The calculated La-Cr phase diagram as well as LaO1.5-CrO1.5 phase diagrams in pure oxygen, air, and under reducing conditions are presented. Phase equilibria of the La-Cr-O system are calculated at 1273 K as a function...... of oxygen partial pressure. In the La-Cr system reported solubility of lanthanum in bcc chromium is considered in the modeling. In the La-Cr-O system the Gibbs energy functions of La2CrO6, La-2(CrO4)(3), and perovskite-structured LaCrO3 are presented, and oxygen solubilities in bcc and fcc metals...

  20. Fracture Behavior of CrN Coatings Under Indentation and Dynamic Cycle Impact

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    TIAN Linhai; ZHU Ruihua; YAO Xiaohong; YANG Yaojun; TANG Bin

    2012-01-01

    Fracture behavior of CrN coatings deposited on the surface of silicon and AISI52100 steel by different energy ion beam assisted magnetrun sputtering technique (IBAMS) was studied using indentation and dynamic cycle impact.It is found that,for the coatings on silicon substrate,the cracks form in the indentation comers and then propagate outward under Vickers indentation.The coating prepared using ion assisted energy of 800 eV shows the highest fracture resistance due to its compact structure.Under Rockwell indentation,only finer radial cracks are found in the CrN coating on AISI 52100 steel without ion assisting while in the condition of ion assisting energy of 800 eV,radial,lateral cracks and spalling appear in the vicinity of indentation.The fracture of CrN coatings under dynamic cycle impact is similar to fatigue.The impact fracture resistance of CrN coatings increases with the increase of ion assisting energy.

  1. Microstructural and mechanical characteristics of Ni–Cr thin films

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    Petley, Vijay [Gas Turbine Research Establishment, DRDO, Bangalore 93 (India); Sathishkumar, S.; Thulasi Raman, K.H.; Rao, G.Mohan [Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics, IISc, Bangalore 12 (India); Chandrasekhar, U. [Gas Turbine Research Establishment, DRDO, Bangalore 93 (India)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Ni–Cr thin films of varied composition deposited by DC magnetron co-sputtering. • Thin film with Ni–Cr: 80–20 at% composition exhibits most distinct behavior. • The films were tensile tested and exhibited no cracking till the substrate yielding. - Abstract: Ni–Cr alloy thin films have been deposited using magnetron co-sputtering technique at room temperature. Crystal structure was evaluated using GIXRD. Ni–Cr solid solution upto 40 at% of Cr exhibited fcc solid solution of Cr in Ni and beyond that it exhibited bcc solid solution of Ni in Cr. X-ray diffraction analysis shows formation of (1 1 1) fiber texture in fcc and (2 2 0) fiber texture in bcc Ni–Cr thin films. Electron microscopy in both in-plane and transverse direction of the film surface revealed the presence of columnar microstructure for films having Cr upto 40 at%. Mechanical properties of the films are evaluated using nanoindentation. The modulus values increased with increase of Cr at% till the film is fcc. With further increase in Cr at% the modulus values decreased. Ni–Cr film with 20 at% Ni exhibits reduction in modulus and is correlated to the poor crystallization of the film as reflected in XRD analysis. The Ni–Cr thin film with 80 at% Ni and 20 at% Cr exhibited the most distinct columnar structure with highest electrical resistivity, indentation hardness and elastic modulus.

  2. Effect of one-step recrystallization on the grain boundary evolution of CoCrFeMnNi high entropy alloy and its subsystems.

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    Chen, Bo-Ru; Yeh, An-Chou; Yeh, Jien-Wei

    2016-02-29

    In this study, the grain boundary evolution of equiatomic CoCrFeMnNi, CoCrFeNi, and FeCoNi alloys after one-step recrystallization were investigated. The special boundary fraction and twin density of these alloys were evaluated by electron backscatter diffraction analysis. Among the three alloys tested, FeCoNi exhibited the highest special boundary fraction and twin density after one-step recrystallization. The special boundary increment after one-step recrystallization was mainly affected by grain boundary velocity, while twin density was mainly affected by average grain boundary energy and twin boundary energy.

  3. Laser properties of yag: Nd, Cr, Ce

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    Kvapil, J.; Kvapil, Jos; Perner, B.; Kubelka, J.; Mánek, B.; Kubeček, V.

    1984-06-01

    Transient absorption of a long lifetime (≧ 20 s) of YAG: Nd is typical of pure material. It is the main reason of thermal deformation of the laser rods accompanied with power decreases at higher CW input. It may be prevented by an admixture of Fe, Ti or Cr. Using a small admixture (≦ 10-3 wt.%) of Ti or Cr the energy transfer among Nd ions and the gain coefficient may be increased. Cr in a higher concentration absorbs the pumping light and serves as earlier described coactivator (sensitizer) only. Fe impurity fully prevents any increase of the gain of YAG: Nd containing Ti or Cr and causes slow but irreversible degradation of the active parameters. Ce favourably modifies properties of YAG: Nd, Cr. YAG: Nd, Cr, Ce free of iron impurity is advisable active material for powerfull CW lasers.

  4. A Highest Order Hypothesis Compatibility Test for Monocular SLAM

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    Edmundo Guerra

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM is a key problem to solve in order to build truly autonomous mobile robots. SLAM with a unique camera, or monocular SLAM, is probably one of the most complex SLAM variants, based entirely on a bearing-only sensor working over six DOF. The monocular SLAM method developed in this work is based on the Delayed Inverse-Depth (DI-D Feature Initialization, with the contribution of a new data association batch validation technique, the Highest Order Hypothesis Compatibility Test, HOHCT. The Delayed Inverse-Depth technique is used to initialize new features in the system and defines a single hypothesis for the initial depth of features with the use of a stochastic technique of triangulation. The introduced HOHCT method is based on the evaluation of statistically compatible hypotheses and a search algorithm designed to exploit the strengths of the Delayed Inverse- Depth technique to achieve good performance results. This work presents the HOHCT with a detailed formulation of the monocular DI-D SLAM problem. The performance of the proposed HOHCT is validated with experimental results, in both indoor and outdoor environments, while its costs are compared with other popular approaches.

  5. Real Estate Development, Highest and Best Use and Real Options

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    Marina Bravi

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The primary aim of this work is to connect the Real Options Theory (ROT with the real estate investment framework. A great deal of theoretical work exist today; it begun with Merton (1973 and Black & Sholes (1973 and provided new insights into capital budgeting decision-making and new models, used today by corporate managers and practitioners too. Unfortunately, the ROT is not widely used by appraisers respect to the traditional DCF model, even though the developers behaviour gives evidence to the model. It is important to remember that the real estate investments are characterized by irreversible decision and by various sources of risk and uncertainty about future returns, especially when the development process is very long. The flexibility in the real estate investment is related to the alternative uses embedded in the land – traditionally interpreted through the Highest and Best Use approach – and to the characteristics of the building. In fact, the value of vacant land should reflect not only the value based on best immediate use, but also its option value, if the development is delayed and the land is converted into best alternative use in the future. This is also true for the redeveloped urban lands. In brief, this work shows the limits of the traditional analysis (Discounted Cash Flow Model to capture flexibility in the real estate investment and presents an application – an industrial urban area – implemented by the real option approach within a backward risk-neutral valuation process.

  6. A Highest Order Hypothesis Compatibility Test for Monocular SLAM

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    Edmundo Guerra

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM is a key problem to solve in order to build truly autonomous mobile robots. SLAM with a unique camera, or monocular SLAM, is probably one of the most complex SLAM variants, based entirely on a bearing-only sensor working over six DOF. The monocular SLAM method developed in this work is based on the Delayed Inverse-Depth (DI-D Feature Initialization, with the contribution of a new data association batch validation technique, the Highest Order Hypothesis Compatibility Test, HOHCT. The Delayed Inverse-Depth technique is used to initialize new features in the system and defines a single hypothesis for the initial depth of features with the use of a stochastic technique of triangulation. The introduced HOHCT method is based on the evaluation of statistically compatible hypotheses and a search algorithm designed to exploit the strengths of the Delayed Inverse-Depth technique to achieve good performance results. This work presents the HOHCT with a detailed formulation of the monocular DI-D SLAM problem. The performance of the proposed HOHCT is validated with experimental results, in both indoor and outdoor environments, while its costs are compared with other popular approaches.

  7. Income Inequality by Highest Attained Education in the Czech Republic

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    Michaela Brázdilová

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Income distribution strongly affects the value of risk-of poverty, what could explain small values of poverty rate in the Czech Republic. Therefore it is important to examine the level of income inequality in society and find out the socio-economic characteristics of people affecting the overall income inequality. The factor showing the biggest influence on the income level is education, so it is meaningful to examine the relationship between income inequality and poverty rate of each group of people by their highest attained education. One appropriate approach is quantification of each group’s contribution to the overall income differentiation by decomposition of some income inequality indicators. This decomposition enables also to identify the reason the value of each contribution according to various aspects, such as the group size or total volume of groups incomes. The development of overall income inequality in the last year is a necessary condition for the prediction in the future, so the trends of time series of some inequality indicators were analyzed. The whole analysis enables to complete a view on income level and its inequality in the society, which are important indicators measuring the living standards of people.

  8. The roles of polycarboxylates in Cr(VI)/sulfite reaction system: Involvement of reactive oxygen species and intramolecular electron transfer

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    Jiang, Bo, E-mail: bjiang86upc@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao 266580, Shandong (China); School of Environmental and Municipal Engineering, Qingdao University of Technology, Qingdao 266033 (China); Wang, Xianli; Liu, Yukun [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao 266580, Shandong (China); Wang, Zhaohui [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Southern Cross GeoScience, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW 2480 (Australia); Zheng, Jingtang, E-mail: jtzheng03@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao 266580, Shandong (China); Wu, Mingbo, E-mail: wumb@upc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao 266580, Shandong (China)

    2016-03-05

    Highlights: • The formations of SO{sub 4}·{sup −} and OH·, involve in Cr(VI) reduction induced by S(IV). • Affinity of polycarboxylate to Cr(VI) accelerates Cr(VI) reduction rate. • Polycarboxylates can act as electron donors for Cr(VI) reduction retrenching S(IV). • Only oxalate can enhance the formations of SO{sub 4}·{sup −} and OH· in Cr(VI)/S(IV) system. - Abstract: In this study, the effects of polycarboxylates on both Cr(VI) reduction and S(IV) consumption in Cr(VI)/S(IV) system was investigated in acidic solution. Under aerobic condition, the productions of reactive oxygen species (ROS), i.e., SO{sub 4}·{sup −} and OH·, have been confirmed in S(IV) reducing Cr(VI) process by using electron spin resonance and fluorescence spectrum techniques, leading to the excess consumption of S(IV). However, when polycarboxylates (oxalic, citric, malic and tartaric acid) were present in Cr(VI)/S(IV) system, the affinity of polycarboxylates to CrSO{sub 6}{sup 2−} can greatly promote the reduction of Cr(VI) via expanding the coordination of Cr(VI) species from tetrahedron to hexahedron. Besides, as alternatives to S(IV), these polycarboxylates can also act as electron donors for Cr(VI) reduction via intramolecular electron transfer reaction, which is dependent on the energies of the highest occupied molecular orbital of these polycarboxylates. Notably, the variant electron donating capacity of these polycarboxylates resulted in different yield of ROS and therefore the oxidation efficiencies of other pollutants, e.g., rhodamine B and As(III). Generally, this study does not only shed light on the mechanism of S(IV) reducing Cr(VI) process mediated by polycarboxylates, but also provides an escalated, cost-effective and green strategy for the remediation of Cr(VI) using sulfite as a reductant.

  9. Thermodynamics of Cr2O3, FeCr2O4, ZnCr2O4 and CoCr2O4

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    Ziemniak SE, Anovitz LM, Castelli RA, Porter WD

    2007-01-09

    High temperature heat capacity measurements were obtained for Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, FeCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}, ZnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} using a differential scanning calorimeter. These data were combined with previously-available, overlapping heat capacity data at temperatures up to 400 K and fitted to 5-parameter Maier-Kelley C{sub p}(T) equations. Expressions for molar entropy were then derived by suitable integration of the Maier-Kelley equations in combination with recent S{sup o}(298) evaluations. Finally, a database of high temperature equilibrium measurements on the formation of these oxides was constructed and critically evaluated. Gibbs energies of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, FeCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} were referenced by averaging the most reliable results at reference temperatures of 1100, 1400 and 1373 K, respectively, while Gibbs energies for ZnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} were referenced to the results of Jacob [Thermochim. Acta 15 (1976) 79-87] at 1100 K. Thermodynamic extrapolations from the high temperature reference points to 298.15 K by application of the heat capacity correlations gave {Delta}{sub f}G{sup o}(298) = -1049.96, -1339.40, -1428.35 and -1326.75 kJ mol{sup -1} for Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, FeCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}, ZnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}, respectively.

  10. Effect of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content on the microstructure and properties of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-based cermets

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    Xie, Lang; Li, XiaoBo; Zhang, Dan; Yang, ChengMing; Yin, FuCheng [Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). School of Materials Science and Engineering; Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). Key Lab. of Materials Design and Preparation Technology of Hunan Province; Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). Key Lab. of Low Dimensional Materials and Application Technology of Ministry of Education; Xiao, YiFeng [Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). Key Lab. of Materials Design and Preparation Technology of Hunan Province

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    Four series of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-based cermets with Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition of between 0 and 7.5 wt.% in 2.5 wt.% increments were studied by means of scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis and X-ray diffractometry. The transverse rupture strength and hardness were also measured. It was found that Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} completely dissolved in Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-based cermets. Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition improved the wettability of the Ni binder phase on the Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2} hard phase, which resulted in a decrease in the porosity and an increase in the phase uniformity. The cermets with 2.5 wt.% Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content showed relatively fine grains and almost full density. A high Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content resulted in the formation of M{sub 6}C (M = Mo, Cr, Ni) phase. In addition, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy results showed that the content of Mo in the binder decreased with increasing Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content. The cermets with 2.5 wt.% Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition exhibited the highest transverse rupture strength of 2210 MPa, whereas the cermets without Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition exhibited the highest hardness.

  11. Late Quaternary sackungen in the highest mountains of the Carpathians

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    Pánek, Tomáš; Mentlík, Pavel; Engel, Zbyněk; Braucher, Règis; Zondervan, Albert

    2017-03-01

    Sackungen represents a common mode of deep-seated rock-slope failures in alpine landscapes, but proof of their temporal and causal relationship to extrinsic factors such as climatic changes, glacier retreat or seismic activity remains elusive. Based on the terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide (TCN) dating of 18 sackung scarps supported by one radiocarbon-dated scarp, we reconstructed the post-glacial chronology of sackungen in the Tatra Mts. (central Europe, Slovakia and Poland), the highest part of the Carpathians. The obtained ages (∼15.7-4.3 ka) indicate that sackungen post-date the regional LGM and some of them originated soon after the glacier withdrawal from adjacent valleys. Furthermore, systematic decrease of scarp ages with their increasing altitude suggests a direct link between sackung origin and post-LGM glacier thinning. However, substantial lag (>5 ka) of some sackungen in respect to glacier retreat implies complex relationships between sackung onset and deglaciation where retreat of glaciers acted predominantly as a preparatory, not a triggering factor during the genesis of these slope deformations. They originated either as a consequence of stress relaxation within the rock mass lasting several ka or alternatively could be triggered by climatic processes or seismicity. Indeed, a significant part of sackung activity took place during predominantly warmer and more humid periods, with some dates coinciding with the Bølling-Allerød chronozone, but especially with the onset of the Holocene and the Holocene Climatic Optimum. Earthquake triggering is less probable, as the Tatra Mts. lack significant modern and historic seismic activity and there is no geomorphic evidence of fault offsets on the Late Quaternary landforms. In concert with other recent studies, we propose that large rock slope failures in high mountains seldom react immediately to glacier withdrawal, but could display temporal delay lasting up to several millennia.

  12. Spin polarization effect for Cr2 molecule

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    Yan Shi-Ying

    2008-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) (B3P86) of Ganssian 03 has been used to optimize the structure of the Cr2 molecule, a transition metal element molecule. The result shows that the ground state for the Cr2 molecule is a 13-multiple state, indicating that there exists a spin polarization effect in the Cr2 molecule. Meanwhile, we have not found any spin pollution because the wave function of the ground state does not mingle with wave functions of higher-energy states. So the ground state for Cr2 molecule being a 13-multiple state is indicative of spin polarization effect of the Cr2 molecule among transition metal elements, that is, there are 12 parallel spin electrons in the Cr2 molecule. The number of non-conjugated electrons is greatest. These electrons occupy different spatial orbitals so that the energy of the Cr2 molecule is minimized. It can be concluded that the effect of parallel spin in the Cr2 molecule is larger than the effect of the conjugated molecule, which is obviously related to the effect of electron d delocalization. In addition,the Murrell-Sorbie potential functions with the parameters for the ground state and other states of the Cr2 molecule are derived. The dissociation energy De for the ground state of the Cr2 molecule is 0.1034eV, equilibrium bond length Re is 0.3396nm, and vibration frequency ωe is 73.81cm-1. Its force constants f2, f3 and f4 are 0.0835, -0.2831 and 0.3535 aJ·nm-4 respectively. The other spectroscopic data for the ground state of the Cr2 molecule ωeχe, Be and αe are 1.2105, 0.0562 and 7.2938 × 10-4cm-1 respectively.

  13. Correlation between bulk- and surface chemistry of Cr-tanned leather and the release of Cr(III) and Cr(VI)

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    Hedberg, Yolanda S., E-mail: yolanda@kth.se [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Division of Surface and Corrosion Science, SE-10044 Stockholm (Sweden); Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Box 210, SE-17177 Stockholm (Sweden); Lidén, Carola, E-mail: carola.liden@ki.se [Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Box 210, SE-17177 Stockholm (Sweden); Odnevall Wallinder, Inger, E-mail: ingero@kth.se [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Division of Surface and Corrosion Science, SE-10044 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Released reducing/complexing leather-specific species can reduce released Cr(VI). • No co-released species enable the formation of Cr(VI) in solution. • The major Cr species released from leather in phosphate buffer was Cr(III) (>82%). • No Cr(VI) was released into artificial sweat. - Abstract: About 1–3% of the adult general population in Europe is allergic to chromium (Cr). The assessment of the potential release of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) from leather is hence important from a human health and environmental risk perspective. The Cr(VI) content in leather was recently restricted in the European Union. The aim of this study was to assess possible correlations between the bulk and surface chemistry of leather, released Cr(III) and Cr(VI), and capacities of co-released leather specific species to reduce and complex released Cr. Four differently tanned leathers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, and the diphenylcarbazide colorimetric method. Their characteristics were compared with results on Cr(III) and Cr(VI) release into artificial sweat (ASW, pH < 6.5) and phosphate buffer (PB, pH 7.5–8.0), measured by means of spectrophotometry and atomic absorption spectroscopy. Co-released leather-specific species were shown to reduce Cr(VI), both in ASW and in PB. Their reduction capacities correlated with findings of the surface content of Cr and of released Cr. Leather samples without this capacity, and with less aromatic surface groups visible by ATR-FTIR, revealed Cr(VI) both at the surface and in solution (PB)

  14. Correlation between bulk- and surface chemistry of Cr-tanned leather and the release of Cr(III) and Cr(VI).

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    Hedberg, Yolanda S; Lidén, Carola; Odnevall Wallinder, Inger

    2014-09-15

    About 1-3% of the adult general population in Europe is allergic to chromium (Cr). The assessment of the potential release of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) from leather is hence important from a human health and environmental risk perspective. The Cr(VI) content in leather was recently restricted in the European Union. The aim of this study was to assess possible correlations between the bulk and surface chemistry of leather, released Cr(III) and Cr(VI), and capacities of co-released leather specific species to reduce and complex released Cr. Four differently tanned leathers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, and the diphenylcarbazide colorimetric method. Their characteristics were compared with results on Cr(III) and Cr(VI) release into artificial sweat (ASW, pHleather-specific species were shown to reduce Cr(VI), both in ASW and in PB. Their reduction capacities correlated with findings of the surface content of Cr and of released Cr. Leather samples without this capacity, and with less aromatic surface groups visible by ATR-FTIR, revealed Cr(VI) both at the surface and in solution (PB).

  15. Subtask 12A2: Fabrication and properties of laboratory-scale heat of V-5Cr-5Ti

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    Chung, H.M.; Nowicki, L.; Smith, D.L. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1995-03-01

    The immediate objective of this work is to fabricate a new laboratory-scale heat of V-5Cr-5Ti and identify optimal annealing procedure that produces the highest impact toughness in the alloy. By comparing the result with the optimal annealing procedure identified for the production- and laboratory-scale heats of V-4Cr-4Ti, the eventual objective of the study is to demonstrate that excellent and reliable mechanical properties of V-(4-5)Cr-(4-5)Ti alloy class can be produced through a common annealing procedure. Impact properties were determined on a new 15-kg laboratory heat of V-5Cr-5Ti, fabricated by the same procedures as those used to produce the 500-kg production-scale heat of V-4Cr-4Ti, to identify optimal annealing procedure of the alloy. Charpy-impact tests were conducted on one-third-size specimens because low-temperature (<0{degrees}C) impact properties have been known to be most sensitive to the structure and quality of V-(4-5)Cr-(4-5)Ti alloy class. After final annealing at {approx}1000{degrees}C for 1 h in high-quality vacuum, the laboratory heat V-5Cr-5Ti exhibited impact properties as excellent as those of the production-scale heat V-4Cr-4Ti; i.e., DBTT < -200{degrees}C and absorbed energies of 10-16 J. This demonstrates that when annealed at common optimal condition of 1000{degrees}C for 1 h, the V-(4-5)Cr-(4-5)Ti alloy class exhibit excellent impact toughness and a sufficient tolerance to minor variations in alloying element composition. 5 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  16. Thermalization of Quark Matter Produced at the Highest Energy of a Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider

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    XU Xiao-Ming

    2005-01-01

    @@ Thermalization of quark matter is studied via a transport equation, which includes triple-quark elastic scattering amplitudes calculated in perturbative QCD. The triple-quark scatterings are demonstrated to be important for an anisotropic initial quark distribution produced in central Au-Au collisions at √sNN = 200 GeV. By examining momentum isotropy to which the transport equation leads, we can determine a thermalization time of 2.2fm/c for quark matter itself to thermalize by the two-quark and the triple-quark elastic scatterings. Meanwhile, an initial thermal quark distribution function is obtained.

  17. Experimental Investigation of Hadron Collisions at the Highest Center-of-Mass Energies

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    Marc, Baarmand [Florida Institute of Technology; Hohlmann, Marcus [Florida Institute of Technology

    2012-05-31

    In this report, we summarize the research in physics of elementary particles conducted by the Florida Tech DOE supported group at the CMS experiment at CERN, during the last 3-year cycle under this grant.

  18. Microstructure and He desorption behaviors of He charged FeCrNi-based films fabricated by direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Song, L. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1129, Hefei 230031 (China); Wang, X.P., E-mail: xpwang@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1129, Hefei 230031 (China); Liu, F. [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1126, Hefei 230031 (China); Gao, Y.X. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1129, Hefei 230031 (China); Zhang, T., E-mail: zhangtao@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1129, Hefei 230031 (China); Luo, G.N. [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1126, Hefei 230031 (China); Fang, Q.F.; Liu, C.S. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1129, Hefei 230031 (China)

    2015-08-31

    He-charged FeCrNi-based films were prepared at different temperatures in a mixed atmosphere of He and Ar by direct-current magnetron sputtering method. X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive spectrometry analysis confirmed the typical austenitic structure of the deposited FeCrNi films and the compositions were in good accordance with 304 stainless steel target. Cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy images revealed the dense columnar nanocrystalline structure of the fabricated FeCrNi films. Nanoindentation measurements showed that the film fabricated at 300 °C exhibited the highest hardness value of 11.5 GPa. He desorption from FeCrNi-based films was traced by thermal desorption spectroscopy; the relatively low He desorption temperature range (150 °C–450 °C) implied that the charged He atoms were mainly located in interstitial sites of FeCrNi-based films. - Highlights: • He-charged columnar nanocrystalline FeCrNi films were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering. • Substrate temperature of 300 °C and He/Ar ratio 1:1 were the best sputtering parameters. • Compact and uniform microstructure obtained at 300 °C resulted in stable, high hardness. • Two He atoms' absorption/desorption mechanisms were revealed by TDS.

  19. Determination of optimum welding parameters in connecting high alloyed X53CrMnNiN219 and X45CrSi93 steels by friction welding

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    Mehmet Uzkut; Bekir Sadik Ünlü; Mustafa Akdağ

    2011-07-01

    In this study, different welding parameters were applied to two different steels with high alloys and mechanical and metallographical investigations are performed. Thus, the optimum welding parameters were determined for these materials and working conditions. 12.30 diameter steel bars made up of 1.4871 (X53CrMnNiN219) and 1.4718 (X45CrSi93) steel were used as experimental material. The material loss increased with increase in friction and rotating pressure. No fracture at the welding region was observed and the highest fracture energy was identified in B5 group. Based on micro hardness investigation; the hardness profile reached its minimum value at the welding region.

  20. Kinetics and Mechanism of the Hydrogenation of CpCr(CO)3•/[CpCr(CO)3]2 Equilibrium to CpCr(CO)3H

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    Norton, Jack R.; Spataru, Tudor; Camaioni, Donald M.; Lee, Suh-Jane; Li, Gang; Choi, Jongwook; Franz, James A.

    2014-05-26

    The kinetics of the hydrogenation of 2 CpCr(CO)3•/[CpCr(CO)3]2 to CpCr(CO)3H has been investigated. The reaction is second-order in Cr and first-order in H2, with a rate constant of 45 M 2s 1 at 25 °C in benzene. DFT calculations rule out an H2 complex as an intermediate, and suggest (a) end-on approach of H2 to one Cr of [CpCr(CO)3]2 as the Cr-Cr bond undergoes heterolytic cleavage, (b) heterolytic cleavage of the coordinated H2 between O and Cr, and (c) isomerization of the resulting O-protonated CpCr(CO)2(COH) to CpCr(CO)3H. The work at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences; Battelle operates PNNL for DOE.

  1. Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital of Cyclopentanone by Binary (e, 2e) Spectroscopy

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    ZHANG Shu-Feng; NING Chuan-Gang; DENG Jing-Kang; REN Xue-Guang; SU Guo-Lin; YANG Tie-Cheng; HUANG Yan-Ru

    2006-01-01

    @@ We report the first measurements of the momentum profiles of highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the complete valence shell binding energy spectra of cyclopentanone with impact energies of 600 and 1200 eV by a binary (e, 2e) spectrometer. The experimental momentum profiles of the HOMO orbital are compared with the theoretical momentum distribution calculated using the Hartree-Fock and density functional theory methods with various basis sets. However, none of these calculations gives a completely satisfactory description of the momentum distributions of the HOMO 7b2. The inadequacy of the calculations could result in the intensity difference of the second maximum at p ~l.2a.u. between the experiment and the theory. The discrepancy between experimental and theoretical data in the low-momentum region is explained with the distorted wave effect.

  2. Effect of ensemble generalization on the highest-occupied Kohn-Sham eigenvalue

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    Kraisler, Eli; Kümmel, Stephan; Kronik, Leeor

    2015-01-01

    There are several approximations to the exchange-correlation functional in density-functional theory that accurately predict total energy-related properties of many-electron systems, such as binding energies, bond lengths, and crystal structures. Other approximations are designed to describe potential-related processes, such as charge transfer and photoemission. However, the development of a functional which can serve the two purposes simultaneously is a long-standing challenge. Trying to address it, we employ in the current work the ensemble generalization procedure proposed in Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 126403 (2013). Focusing on the prediction of the ionization potential via the highest occupied Kohn-Sham eigenvalue, we examine a variety of exchange-correlation approximations: the local spin-density approximation, semi-local generalized gradient approximations, and global and local hybrid functionals. Results for a test set of 26 diatomic molecules and single atoms are presented. We find that the aforementioned...

  3. Effects of occupation-numbers in (3d-5d) and U energy on transport and magnetic properties of complex perovskites Pb2MReO6 (M = Cr, Mn and Fe) by LSDA and LSDA + U methods

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    Musa Saad H.-E., M.

    2017-02-01

    Three compounds of lead-based complex perovskites Pb2MReO6 (M = Cr, Mn and Fe) have been investigated in detail based on density functional theory (DFT) using local spin density approximation (LSDA) and (LSDA + U) methods. By introducing a series of 3d-ions in M-site, the number of valence electrons that occupied the 3d-orbitals can be increased from Cr3+(3d3) to Mn2+(3d5) and Fe3+(3d5), and this beside the effect of energy U are the main factors that influenced the physical properties of Pb2MReO6. Magnetic and electronic calculations showed that all Pb2MReO6 compounds have ferrimagnetic half-metallic (FI-HM) properties. FI-HM are attributed to the M (3d)-Re (5d) hybridization through the strong 180° super-exchange (SE) interaction via the long-range pathway M (3d)↑-O (2p)-Re (5d)↓, in conformity with both Pauli Exclusion principles and Goodenough-Kanamori rules. This result is interpreted within a scenario where the Re (5d) states play a crucial role in the FI-HM ground state.

  4. Etchability of Latent Fission Fragment Tracks in CR-39

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    Mukhtar Ahmed Rana

    2007-01-01

    We report the chemical etching behaviour of the CR-39 polymer detector exposed to fission fragments of 252 Cf describing etchability of latent tracks, which are like nanocylinders. The fission fragment exposed detectors were etched in 1-7N NaOH water solutions at temperatures 50-80°C for 45 min in the case of track length and 180min in the case of track diameter measurements. The reduced etch rate S (called here etchability) is determined using experimental results for all etching conditions and the etching conditions with the highest reduced etch are obtained. Physics and energetics of bulk and track etching are discussed. Possible effects causing spurious changes in determination of activation energy of etching are investigated.

  5. The effect of Cr substitution on the structure and properties of misfit-layered Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 9+δ} thermoelectric oxides

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    Prasoetsopha, Natkrita [Materials Science and Nanotechnology Program, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Pinitsoontorn, Supree, E-mail: psupree@kku.ac.th [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Nanotec-KKU Center of Excellence on Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Production and Storage, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Kamwanna, Teerasak; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Nanotec-KKU Center of Excellence on Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Production and Storage, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Kurosaki, Ken; Ohishi, Yuji; Muta, Hiroaki; Yamanaka, Shinsuke [Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

    2014-03-05

    Highlights: • The effect of Cr doping in Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 9+δ} on thermoelectric properties was studied. • XANES and XPS spectra confirm charge states of +3.5 and >+4.5 for Cr ion. • Thermoelectric variation was due to charge states and ionic radii of Co and Cr ions. • The highest ZT of 0.19 at 1073 K was obtained for the Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 3.85}Cr{sub 0.15}O{sub 9+δ} sample. -- Abstract: Misfit-layered Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 9+δ} (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.2) powders were synthesized by a simple thermal hydro-decomposition method and then fabricated to form highly dense ceramics using spark plasma sintering. X-ray diffraction, and a field emission scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer were used to verify the single phase of Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9+δ} for the samples with x = 0, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15. The characteristic plate-like grain structure was observed. The chemical composition of the fabricated samples was found to be close to nominal composition. The thermoelectric measurement showed that Cr doping has an influence on the thermoelectric properties. The resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient increased while the thermal conductivity was suppressed when Cr was added into the system. Explanation of the change in thermoelectric properties was discussed regarding the difference in the charge states and the ionic radii between Co and Cr ions. The highest ZT of 0.19 at 1073 K was obtained for the Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 3.85}Cr{sub 0.15}O{sub 9+δ} sample. In addition, the paramagnetic property was observed in all samples at room temperature.

  6. Effect of Cr/C Ratio on Microstructure and Corrosion Performance of Cr3C2-NiCr Composite Fabricated by Laser Processing

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    Lou, Deyuan; Liu, Dun; He, Chunlin; Bennett, Peter; Chen, Lie; Yang, Qibiao; Fearon, Eamonn; Dearden, Geoff

    2016-01-01

    The present study focuses on the effect of different Cr/C ratios on the microstructure, microhardness, and corrosion resistance of Ni-based laser clad hardfacings, reinforced by in situ synthesized chromium carbide particles. Cr3C2-NiCr composites have been laser processed with graphite/Cr/Ni powder blends with varying Cr/C ratios. Following phase analysis (x-ray diffraction) and microstructure investigation (scanning electron microscopy; energy dispersive x-ray analysis; transmission electron microscopy), the solidification of laser melt pool is discussed, and the corrosion resistances are examined. Several different zones (planar, dendritic, eutectic and re-melt zone) were formed in these samples, and the thicknesses and shapes of these zones vary with the change of Cr/C ratio. The sizes and types of carbides and the content of reserved graphite in the composites change as the Cr/C ratio varies. With the content of carbides (especially Cr3C2) grows, the microhardness is improved. The corrosive resistance of the composites to 0.2M H2SO4 aqueous solution decreases as the Cr/C ratio reduces owing to not only the decreasing Cr content in the NiCr matrix but also the galvanic corrosion formed within the carbide and graphite containing Ni matrix.

  7. crRNA biogenesis

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    Charpentier, E.; Oost, van der J.; White, M.

    2013-01-01

    Mature crRNAs are key elements in CRISPR-Cas defense against genome invaders. These short RNAs are composed of unique repeat/spacer sequences that guide the Cas protein(s) to the cognate invading nucleic acids for their destruction. The biogenesis of mature crRNAs involves highly precise processing

  8. crRNA biogenesis

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    Charpentier, E.; Oost, van der J.; White, M.

    2013-01-01

    Mature crRNAs are key elements in CRISPR-Cas defense against genome invaders. These short RNAs are composed of unique repeat/spacer sequences that guide the Cas protein(s) to the cognate invading nucleic acids for their destruction. The biogenesis of mature crRNAs involves highly precise processing

  9. Calibration of CR-39 with monoenergetic protons

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    Xiaojiao, Duan; Xiaofei, Lan; Zhixin, Tan; Yongsheng, Huang; Shilun, Guo; Dawei, Yang; Naiyan, Wang

    2009-10-01

    Calibration of solid state nuclear track detector CR-39 was carried out with very low-energy monoenergetic protons of 20-100 keV from a Cockcroft Walton accelerator. To reduce the beam of the proton from the accelerator, a novel method was adopted by means of a high voltage pulse generator. The irradiation time of the proton beam on each CR-39 sheet was shortened to one pulse with duration of 100 ns, so that very separated proton tracks around 104 cm-2 can be irradiated and observed and measured on the surface of the CR-39 detector after etching. The variations of track diameter with etching time as well as with proton energy response curve has been carefully calibrated for the first time in this very low energy region. The calibration shows that the optical limit for the observation of etched tracks of protons in CR-39 is about or a little lower that 20 keV, above which the proton tracks can be seen clearly and the response curve can be used to distinguish protons from the other ions and determine the energy of the protons. The extension of response curve of protons from traditionally 20 to 100 keV in CR-39 is significant in retrieving information of protons produced in the studies of nuclear physics, plasma physics, ultrahigh intensity laser physics and laser acceleration.

  10. Thermoluminescence Study of Gamma Irradiated Cr-Doped LiF Phosphors

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    Kumar, Satinder; Gathania, A. K.; Vij, Ankush; Kumar, Ravi

    2016-06-01

    We have synthesized Cr-doped LiF phosphors by using modified co-precipitation. X-ray diffraction study confirms the single-phase cubic structure up to 0.05 mol.% of Cr in LiF; afterwards, a secondary phase of formation was observed. The field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) images revealed micro-cubic surface morphology of samples. The thermoluminescent (TL) behavior of the samples studied after irradiating them with gamma rays in the dose range 0.1-30 kGy. The TL glow curve of Cr-doped LiF comprises a prominent peak observed at 407 K and a broad band ranging from 448 K to 512 K at a fixed gamma dose of 10 kGy. The shape of the TL glow curve remained similar at all concentrations of Cr in LiF; however, TL intensity was found to vary with Cr concentration, and Cr (0.02 mol.%)-doped LiF sample exhibit highest TL response. The glow curve of the optimized sample as a function of gamma irradiation dose within the range 0.1-30 kGy shows an almost linear increase in TL intensity of the main glow peak up to 10 kGy, and afterwards it decreases. Further, at the high dose of 30 kGy, the intensity of the prominent TL glow peak at 407 K decreases and another broad peak starts growing at 468 K signifying the formation of new trapping sites. The kinetic parameters, namely activation energy, order of kinetics, and frequency factor of the optimized sample were evaluated by using Chen's peak shape method and glow curve deconvolution (GCD) functions based on Kitti's equations.

  11. Towards highest peak intensities for ultra-short MeV-range ion bunches

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    Busold, Simon; Schumacher, Dennis; Brabetz, Christian; Jahn, Diana; Kroll, Florian; Deppert, Oliver; Schramm, Ulrich; Cowan, Thomas E.; Blažević, Abel; Bagnoud, Vincent; Roth, Markus

    2015-07-01

    A laser-driven, multi-MeV-range ion beamline has been installed at the GSI Helmholtz center for heavy ion research. The high-power laser PHELIX drives the very short (picosecond) ion acceleration on μm scale, with energies ranging up to 28.4 MeV for protons in a continuous spectrum. The necessary beam shaping behind the source is accomplished by applying magnetic ion lenses like solenoids and quadrupoles and a radiofrequency cavity. Based on the unique beam properties from the laser-driven source, high-current single bunches could be produced and characterized in a recent experiment: At a central energy of 7.8 MeV, up to 5 × 108 protons could be re-focused in time to a FWHM bunch length of τ = (462 ± 40) ps via phase focusing. The bunches show a moderate energy spread between 10% and 15% (ΔE/E0 at FWHM) and are available at 6 m distance to the source und thus separated from the harsh laser-matter interaction environment. These successful experiments represent the basis for developing novel laser-driven ion beamlines and accessing highest peak intensities for ultra-short MeV-range ion bunches.

  12. Effect of ensemble generalization on the highest-occupied Kohn-Sham eigenvalue

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    Kraisler, Eli; Kronik, Leeor [Department of Materials and Interfaces, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovoth 76100 (Israel); Schmidt, Tobias; Kümmel, Stephan [Theoretical Physics IV, University of Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth (Germany)

    2015-09-14

    There are several approximations to the exchange-correlation functional in density-functional theory, which accurately predict total energy-related properties of many-electron systems, such as binding energies, bond lengths, and crystal structures. Other approximations are designed to describe potential-related processes, such as charge transfer and photoemission. However, the development of a functional which can serve the two purposes simultaneously is a long-standing challenge. Trying to address it, we employ in the current work the ensemble generalization procedure proposed by Kraisler and Kronik [Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 126403 (2013)]. Focusing on the prediction of the ionization potential via the highest occupied Kohn-Sham eigenvalue, we examine a variety of exchange-correlation approximations: the local spin-density approximation, semi-local generalized gradient approximations, and global and local hybrid functionals. Results for a test set of 26 diatomic molecules and single atoms are presented. We find that the aforementioned ensemble generalization systematically improves the prediction of the ionization potential, for various systems and exchange-correlation functionals, without compromising the accuracy of total energy-related properties. We specifically examine hybrid functionals. These depend on a parameter controlling the ratio of semi-local to non-local functional components. The ionization potential obtained with ensemble-generalized functionals is found to depend only weakly on the parameter value, contrary to common experience with non-generalized hybrids, thus eliminating one aspect of the so-called “parameter dilemma” of hybrid functionals.

  13. Effect of Cr content on mechanical and electrical properties of Ni-Cr thin films

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    Danisman, M., E-mail: muratdan@gmail.co [Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Chemistry-Metallurgy, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Esenler 34220, Istanbul (Turkey); Cansever, N. [Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Chemistry-Metallurgy, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Esenler 34220, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2010-03-18

    NiCr has been a popular choice for strain gage and electrical resistance application in various fields of engineering and science. Therefore, the phases at this binary system have been thoroughly investigated in the last decade. For Ni-Cr thin film production, sputtering from alloy targets is mostly discussed as a deposition method. However, Cr content in Ni-Cr alloy has major influence on different properties of the NiCr thin films. In order to investigate the effect of Cr content in Ni-Cr system, Ni over Cr thin films with a total thickness of 500 nm was deposited on glass substrates with different Cr/Ni thickness ratios as 0.1, 0.25 and 0.6. After deposition, thin films were annealed at 600 {sup o}C for 180 s in a Rapid Thermal Process (RTP) system to investigate the effect of different Cr contents on phase formation. The phase formations and lattice parameters were analyzed with low glancing angle X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and the Cr content in the thermally treated thin films was calculated with Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (EDS). Also, film composition along depth was also calculated by EDS analysis from the cross-section view of the annealed samples. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) images were taken from the cross-section view of the samples in order to observe the final film thicknesses and structures. Sheet resistance of each sample was measured with linear four point probe technique and resistivity of each phase was calculated. Furthermore, nanohardness and Young's Modulus of each sample was calculated by using nanoindentation method.

  14. Electrochemical behavior of Co-Cr and Ni-Cr dental cast alloys

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    Viswanathan S. SAJI; Han-Cheol CHOE

    2009-01-01

    The cast structures influencing the electrochemical corrosion behavior of Co-Cr and Ni-Cr dental alloys were studied using potentiodynamic polarization and AC impedance in 0.9% (mass fraction) NaCl solution at (37±1) ℃. The phase and microstructure of the alloys that were fabricated using two different casting methods viz. centrifugal casting and high frequency induction casting, were examined using X-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The roles of alloying elements and the passive film homogeneity on the corrosion resistance of Co-Cr-Mo and Ni-Cr-Mo dental cast alloys were reviewed. The results of electrochemical study show that the dependence of corrosion resistance on the microstructure associated with the casting methods is marginal. The Co-Cr alloy exhibits more desirable corrosion resistance properties than the Ni-Cr alloy. There is severe preferential dissolution of Ni-rich, Cr and Mo depleted zones in the Ni-Cr alloy.

  15. Reaction diffusion in the NiCrAl and CoCrAl systems

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    Levine, S. R.

    1978-01-01

    The paper assesses the effect of overlay coating and substrate composition on the kinetics of coating depletion by interdiffusion. This is accomplished by examining the constitution, kinetics and activation energies for a series of diffusion couples primarily of the NiCrAl/Ni-10Cr or CoCrAl/Ni-10Cr type annealed at temperatures in the range 1000-1205 C for times up to 500 hr. A general procedure is developed for analyzing diffusion in multicomponent multiphase systems. It is shown that by introducing the concept of beta-source strength, which can be determined from appropriate phase diagrams, the Wagner solution for consumption of a second phase in a semiinfinite couple is successfully applied to the analysis of MCrAl couples. Thus, correlation of beta-recession rate constants with couple composition, total and diffusional activation energies, and interdiffusion coefficients are determined.

  16. Effect of microstructure on the wear resistance of borided Fe-Cr alloys

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    Dybkov, Vasyl I. [Institute of Problems of Materials Science, Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2013-07-15

    Two boride layers were found to form at the interface between reacting phases in the course of boriding of Fe-Cr alloys (10, 15, 25 and 30% Cr) and chromium steels (13 and 25% Cr) in the temperature range of 850-950 C and reaction times 3600-43200 s (1-12h). In the case of Fe-10%Cr and Fe-15%Cr alloys and 13% Cr steel, the outer boride layer bordering the boriding agent consists of the (Fe,Cr)B phase, whereas the inner boride layer adjacent to the solid substrate consists of the (Fe,Cr)2B phase. Each layer is thus a homogeneous phase (type I microstructure). In contrast, on the surface of Fe-25%Cr and Fe-30%Cr alloys and 25% Cr steel each of the two boride layers consists of two phases and has a peculiar network-platelet morphology. The outer boride layer comprises the (Fe,Cr)B and (Cr,Fe)B phases, while the inner consists of the (Fe,Cr){sub 2}B and (Cr,Fe){sub 2}B phases (type II microstructure). It is such boride layers that exhibit the highest wear resistance. (orig.)

  17. Nano Cr Interlayered CrN Coatings on Steels

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    Gaoren Li; Pranav Deshpande; J. H. Li; R. Y. Lin

    2005-01-01

    CrN coated steels assisted with a nano Cr interlayer were investigated. The Cr nano-interlayers were prepared by sputter deposition with a thickness about 70-100 nm. CrN coatings were also prepared by sputter deposition on the Cr nano-interlayers. The crystal structures, microhardness, and scratch resistance of CrN/Cr coatings were determined. Results show that the Cr nano-interlayers improve scratch resistance and the microhardness of CrN coated steels. A rapid heat treatment with infrared (IR) was performed for coated specimens in the attempt to improve bonding. With IR heat treatments, the beneficial effect of the Cr nano-interlayers was clearly observed. Without the Cr nano-interlayers, severe cracks on the surface of coatings were observed after IR heat treatment. However, with a Cr interlayer, no cracks on the surface of CrN coatings were observed after the heat treatment. The scratch resistance of coatings was also affected by the Cr nano-interlayers. The scratch track was clean and showed significantly smaller amount of scratch debris for CrN coatings with Cr interlayers than those without the Cr nano-interlayers. The microhardness of coatings with the Cr nano-interlayers is higher than those without the Cr nano-interlayers after IR heat treatment. The Cr and CrN phase have been identified with X-ray diffraction analysis, and the results show that the higher the nitrogen content in the sputtering gas, the stronger the CrN peaks observed in the diffraction patterns are.

  18. BISON Fuel Performance Analysis of FeCrAl cladding with updated properties

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    Sweet, Ryan [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); George, Nathan M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Terrani, Kurt A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Wirth, Brian [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2016-08-30

    In order to improve the accident tolerance of light water reactor (LWR) fuel, alternative cladding materials have been proposed to replace zirconium (Zr)-based alloys. Of these materials, there is a particular focus on iron-chromium-aluminum (FeCrAl) alloys due to much slower oxidation kinetics in high-temperature steam than Zr-alloys. This should decrease the energy release due to oxidation and allow the cladding to remain integral longer in the presence of high temperature steam, making accident mitigation more likely. As a continuation of the development for these alloys, suitability for normal operation must also be demonstrated. This research is focused on modeling the integral thermo-mechanical performance of FeCrAl cladded fuel during normal reactor operation. Preliminary analysis has been performed to assess FeCrAl alloys (namely Alkrothal 720 and APMT) as a suitable fuel cladding replacement for Zr-alloys, using the MOOSE-based, finite-element fuel performance code BISON and the best available thermal-mechanical and irradiation-induced constitutive properties. These simulations identify the effects of the mechanical-stress and irradiation response of FeCrAl and provide a comparison with Zr-alloys. In comparing these clad materials, fuel rods have been simulated for normal reactor operation and simple steady-state operation. Normal reactor operating conditions target the cladding performance over the rod lifetime (~4 cycles) for the highest-power rod in the highest-power fuel assembly under reactor power maneuvering. The power histories and axial temperature profiles input into BISON were generated from a neutronics study on full-core reactivity equivalence for FeCrAl using the 3D full core simulator NESTLE. Evolution of the FeCrAl cladding behavior over time is evaluated by using steady-state operating conditions such as a simple axial power profile, a constant cladding surface temperature, and a constant fuel power history. The fuel rod designs and

  19. BISON Fuel Performance Analysis of FeCrAl cladding with updated properties

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    Sweet, Ryan [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); George, Nathan M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Terrani, Kurt A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Wirth, Brian [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2016-08-30

    In order to improve the accident tolerance of light water reactor (LWR) fuel, alternative cladding materials have been proposed to replace zirconium (Zr)-based alloys. Of these materials, there is a particular focus on iron-chromium-aluminum (FeCrAl) alloys due to much slower oxidation kinetics in high-temperature steam than Zr-alloys. This should decrease the energy release due to oxidation and allow the cladding to remain integral longer in the presence of high temperature steam, making accident mitigation more likely. As a continuation of the development for these alloys, suitability for normal operation must also be demonstrated. This research is focused on modeling the integral thermo-mechanical performance of FeCrAl-cladded fuel during normal reactor operation. Preliminary analysis has been performed to assess FeCrAl alloys (namely Alkrothal 720 and APMT) as a suitable fuel cladding replacement for Zr-alloys, using the MOOSE-based, finite-element fuel performance code BISON and the best available thermal-mechanical and irradiation-induced constitutive properties. These simulations identify the effects of the mechanical-stress and irradiation response of FeCrAl, and provide a comparison with Zr-alloys. In comparing these clad materials, fuel rods have been simulated for normal reactor operation and simple steady-state operation. Normal reactor operating conditions target the cladding performance over the rod lifetime (~4 cycles) for the highest-power rod in the highest-power fuel assembly under reactor power maneuvering. The power histories and axial temperature profiles input into BISON were generated from a neutronics study on full-core reactivity equivalence for FeCrAl using the 3D full core simulator NESTLE. Evolution of the FeCrAl cladding behavior over time is evaluated by using steady-state operating conditions such as a simple axial power profile, a constant cladding surface temperature, and a constant fuel power history. The fuel rod designs and

  20. 球磨能量对机械合金化 Cu-Cr/CNT混合纳米复合材料制备的影响%Effect of milling energy on preparation of Cu-Cr/CNT hybrid nano-composite by mechanical alloying

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    M. MASROOR; S. SHEIBANI; A. ATAIE

    2016-01-01

    为了研究在两种不同的介质中球磨能量对碳纳米管(CNTs)分散的影响,在3种不同球磨能条件下,采用湿磨和干磨法制备了 Cu−Cr/CNT 混合纳米复合材料。利用 X 射线衍射技术评估了复合材料的结构演变和固溶变形,利用扫描电子显微镜和透射电子显微镜表征了复合材料的显微组织,并采用显微硬度试验测试了其力学性能。其平均晶粒尺寸范围为20~63 nm,与球磨介质和球磨能有关。CNTs 的分散与球磨能呈函数关系。FESEM 像和显微硬度测试结果表明,与干磨法相比,湿磨法更有利于 CNTs 的分散。在高球磨能下湿磨法对制备均质混合纳米复合材料更有利,对 CNTs 的损坏最小,而损坏小且分散较好的 CNTs 有利于获得较高的显微硬度。与晶粒尺寸变化相比,CNTs 的分散和损坏对硬度的影响更大。%Production of Cu−Cr/carbon nanotube (CNT) hybrid nano-composite by wet and dry milling processes at three different levels of milling energy was investigated in order to study the effect of milling energy in two different media on dispersion of CNTs, and preparation of the nano-composite. The structural evolution and solid solution formation were evaluated by X-ray diffraction technique. The microstructure was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Also, the mechanical properties were measured by microhardness test. The mean crystallite size was in the range of 20−63 nm depending on milling medium and energy. CNTs dispersion is a function of milling energy. According to FESEM images and microhardness results, it can be concluded that wet milling is more applicable in dispersing CNTs homogeneously in comparison to dry milling. It was also found that wet milling at higher milling energies can be a beneficial method of producing the homogeneous hybrid nano-composite with the least damages introducing on CNTs because of the

  1. Interface bonding of NiCrAlY coating on laser modified H13 tool steel surface

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    Reza, M. S.; Aqida, S. N.; Ismail, I.

    2016-06-01

    Bonding strength of thermal spray coatings depends on the interfacial adhesion between bond coat and substrate material. In this paper, NiCrAlY (Ni-164/211 Ni22 %Cr10 %Al1.0 %Y) coatings were developed on laser modified H13 tool steel surface using atmospheric plasma spray (APS). Different laser peak power, P p, and duty cycle, DC, were investigated in order to improve the mechanical properties of H13 tool steel surface. The APS spraying parameters setting for coatings were set constant. The coating microstructure near the interface was analyzed using IM7000 inverted optical microscope. Interface bonding of NiCrAlY was investigated by interfacial indentation test (IIT) method using MMT-X7 Matsuzawa Hardness Tester Machine with Vickers indenter. Diffusion of atoms along NiCrAlY coating, laser modified and substrate layers was investigated by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) using Hitachi Tabletop Microscope TM3030 Plus. Based on IIT method results, average interfacial toughness, K avg, for reference sample was 2.15 MPa m1/2 compared to sample L1 range of K avg from 6.02 to 6.96 MPa m1/2 and sample L2 range of K avg from 2.47 to 3.46 MPa m1/2. Hence, according to K avg, sample L1 has the highest interface bonding and is being laser modified at lower laser peak power, P p, and higher duty cycle, DC, prior to coating. The EDXS analysis indicated the presence of Fe in the NiCrAlY coating layer and increased Ni and Cr composition in the laser modified layer. Atomic diffusion occurred in both coating and laser modified layers involved in Fe, Ni and Cr elements. These findings introduce enhancement of coating system by substrate surface modification to allow atomic diffusion.

  2. Optimization of Cr(VI biosorption onto Aspergillus niger using 3-level Box-Behnken design: Equilibrium, kinetic, thermodynamic and regeneration studies

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    Naba Kumar Mondal

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Heavy metal biosorption is an efficient technology for the decontamination of metal from industrial waste water. The present study focused on exploration of Aspergillus niger towards removal of Cr(VI from aqueous solution. The influence of different experimental parameters—initial pH, adsorbent dose, initial concentration, contact time, shaking speed, temperature, and their combined effect during Cr(VI adsorption—was investigated by means of response surface methodology based on four factorial Box–Behnken experimental design. Optimized values of initial Cr(VI concentration, pH, adsorbent dose, and contact time were found as 33.33 mg/L, 4.6, 1.0 g/L, and 48.45 min, respectively. A. niger showed the highest adsorption capacity 11.792 mg/g at initial pH 2.0. Equilibrium data fitted well to the Temkin and Freundlich isotherms. Cr(VI biosorption showed Pseudo-second order rate kinetics. The activation energy of the adsorption was estimated as 2.9 × 10−3 kJ/mol. Thermodynamics properties of the Cr(VI biosorption was spontaneous in nature. Desorption study showed that nearly 94% of the Cr(VI adsorbed on A. niger could be desorbed using 0.5 M EDTA.

  3. Intrinsic noncollinear magnetization in Fe/Cr superlattices

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    Yartseva, N.S., E-mail: yartseva@imp.uran.ru [Institute of Metal Physics, UD of RAS, Ekaterinburg 620990 (Russian Federation); Yartsev, S.V. [ZAO NPO “Spektr”, 14 Berezovskiy 623700 (Russian Federation); Demangeat, C. [UFR de Physique et d’Ingéniérie, Université de Strasbourg, 3 rue de l’Université, 67000 Strasbourg (France)

    2014-12-15

    Magnetic moments distribution in Fe{sub 3}Cr{sub n} superlattice series with fixed middle Fe monolayer and number of Cr monolayers (MLs) n from 1 to 45 is computed in the framework of collinear and noncollinear Periodic Anderson model. The superlattices are composed of layers in (0 0 1) and (1 1 0) plane with ideal interface. The total energy shows that noncollinear orientation of the magnetic moments remains the ground state for all superlattices with Cr thickness above 5 MLs. Distribution of the magnetic moments for Fe/Cr(0 0 1) superlattices depends on parity of the Cr MLs. For odd numbers Cr magnetic moments are canted and symmetrically distributed between the neighboring Fe slabs. The values of Cr moments are enhanced at the interface and weakened to the bulk in the middle. For even numbers of Cr MLs quasi-helicoidal magnetic moments distribution consisting of two interleaved spirals is found. The moments are screwing sequentially from Fe/Cr interface to perpendicular orientation, keeping the angles and moments for some successive MLs, and then continue screwing towards the next interface. In Fe/Cr(1 1 0) superlattices the magnetic moments of two nonequivalent atoms in the monolayer are canted to each other near Fe/Cr interface and then swing the direction on perpendicular to the fixed Fe moments. - Highlights: • Frustration destroys the collinear magnetization in Fe/Cr superlattices. • Spin spiral were investigated within basic noncollinear Periodic Anderson Model. • Total energy of the spin spiral is generally more stable than collinear magnetization. • Neither step nor alloying at the Fe/Cr interface is necessary for Spin Spiral stability. • The two interleaved spirals calculated are similar to Fishman’s helical state.

  4. Explosive compaction of CuCr alloys

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    李金平; 罗守靖; 龚朝晖; 牛玮; 纪松

    2002-01-01

    The production of CuCr alloys utilizing explosive compaction was studied. Mixture powders of CuCr alloys placed in tubes with a dimension of d14.0mm×21.4mm can be compacted using explosive pads of 16.5mm or 22.5mm. Thicker pads of explosive make the compacts more porous. The effects of the ratio of me/mp, ratio of me/(mp+mt) and impact energy on the density of compacts were similar, they were chosen to control explosive compaction, respectively. When adequate value of the parameters me/mp, me/(mt+mp) and impact energy of unit area of tube was chosen, high density(7.858g/cm3), high hardness(HB189) and low conductance (13.6MS/m) of CuCr alloys could be made by explosive compaction. The general properties of CuCr alloys by explosive compaction are similar to those of CuCr alloys by traditional process.

  5. Energy

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    Foland, Andrew Dean

    2007-01-01

    Energy is the central concept of physics. Unable to be created or destroyed but transformable from one form to another, energy ultimately determines what is and isn''t possible in our universe. This book gives readers an appreciation for the limits of energy and the quantities of energy in the world around them. This fascinating book explores the major forms of energy: kinetic, potential, electrical, chemical, thermal, and nuclear.

  6. Cr(III REMOVAL FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS BY ADSORPTION

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    Mehmet MAHRAMANLIOĞLU

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available The adsorption of Cr (III on the adsorbent produced from lignite coal was studied as a function of time, amount of adsorbent, pH and temperature. Cr (III adsorption data obeyed Freundlich, Langmuir and Lagergren equations. The values of ?H0, ?S0 and ?G0 were calculated. The results showed that adsorption is endothermic. The negative free energy values indicate that the process of Cr (III adsorption is spontaneous and favoured at high temperatures. The adsorption of Cr (III in the presence of different cations was also studied at 200 C. The results were correlated with the ionic potential of cations.

  7. Funcionalidade do paciente com doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica e técnicas de conservação de energia Functionality of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: energy conservation techniques

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    Marcelo Velloso

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available A doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica é progressiva, debilitante e diagnosticada após longa história de piora gradual. A dispnéia é o sintoma que mais interfere na execução das atividades profissionais, familiares, sociais e da vida diária dos pacientes com doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica, levando-os ao sedentarismo e à queda na qualidade de vida. O objetivo deste artigo é abordar as limitações funcionais a que esses pacientes estão sujeitos, durante a realização de suas atividades da vida diária, e orientações para que os profissionais da saúde possam cuidar desses pacientes a fim de que obtenham uma maior funcionalidade. As orientações sobre o uso das técnicas de conservação de energia vêm sendo utilizadas nos programas de reabilitação pulmonar e também deveriam ser difundidas nos ambulatórios e hospitais. As atividades funcionais humanas envolvem as pernas e os braços, sendo estes últimos utilizados extensivamente para realizar atividades simples e complexas do cotidiano. Alguns estudos mostraram que os exercícios de braço não sustentados causam assincronia toracoabdominal e dispnéia em tempo mais curto e com menor consumo de oxigênio quando comparados com os exercícios de pernas. Tarefas simples podem apresentar consumo de oxigênio e ventilação minuto altos, justificando a sensação de dispnéia relatada pelos pacientes. Devido a isso, é conveniente adotar uma avaliação do impacto da incapacidade sobre a vida diária dos pacientes com doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica. São discutidas e indicadas as técnicas de conservação de energia apropriadas como ferramenta para minimizar o desconforto desses pacientes.Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a progressive and debilitating disease that is typically diagnosed only after a long period of gradual worsening. Dyspnea is the symptom that most often interferes with the execution of professional, family, social and daily-life activities of

  8. Atomic displacements in dilute alloys of Cr, Nb and Mo

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    Sharma, H

    2002-01-01

    Kanzaki lattice static method is used to calculate the atomic displacements due to substitutional impurities in 3d (Cr) and 4d (Nb, Mo) metals. Wills and Harrison interatomic potential is used to calculate dynamical matrix and the impurity-induced forces up to second nearest neighbors. The calculated atomic displacements for 3d, 4d and 5d impurities in Cr (V, Mn, Fe, Ni, Nb, Mo, Ta and W), Nb (V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Zr, Mo, Ta and W) and Mo (V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Zr, Nb, Ta and W) are tabulated up to 10 NN's. The strain field due to 3d impurities is least in Cr metal while it is larger in Nb and Mo metals. For 4d and 5d impurities the strain is larger in Cr metal than in Nb and Mo hosts. Similar trend is found for relaxation energies also. (author)

  9. Complex magnetic behavior in GdCrO3

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    Mahana, Sudipta; Manju, U.; Topwal, D.

    2017-05-01

    Magnetic interactions in Gadolinium orthochromites (GdCrO3) are quite complex. It shows strong temperature dependency related to Gd3+-Gd3+, Gd3+-Cr3+ and Cr3+-Cr3+ interactions, resulting in exotic phenomena like spin flipping and spin reorientation. These behaviors are successfully explained by considering Cr 3d-Gd 4f magnetic coupling. The nearest neighbor symmetric and antisymmetric exchange coupling in Cr-sublattice was found to be Je = 11.058 K and D = 2.64 K from modified Curie-Weiss law modeled by Moriya, while positive Zeeman energy between net moments and the applied external magnetic fields was found to drive spin flipping.

  10. Atomic scale structure investigations of epitaxial Fe/Cr multilayers

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    Kąc, M., E-mail: malgorzata.kac@ifj.edu.pl [The Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN, ul. Radzikowskiego 152, 31-342 Kraków (Poland); Morgiel, J. [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science PAN, 25 Reymonta St., 30-059 Kraków (Poland); Polit, A.; Zabila, Y.; Marszałek, M. [The Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN, ul. Radzikowskiego 152, 31-342 Kraków (Poland)

    2014-06-01

    Fe/Cr multilayers were deposited by molecular beam epitaxy on the MgO(1 0 0) substrate. Structural properties of the samples were analyzed by low energy electron diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), as well as by X-ray reflectivity, conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and Auger electron spectroscopy. Investigations revealed multilayered system built of well-ordered Fe and Cr thin films with (1 0 0) orientation. A high geometrical perfection of the system, i.e. planar form of interfaces and reproducible thickness of layers, was also proven. Fe/Cr interface roughness was determined to be 2–3 atomic layers. CEMS studies allowed to analyze at atomic scale the structure of buried Fe/Cr interfaces, as well as to distinguish origin of interface roughness. Roughnesses resulting from interface corrugations and from the Fe–Cr interdiffusion at interfaces were observed. Fe/Cr multilayers showed strong antiferromagnetic coupling of Fe layers.

  11. Atomic displacements in dilute alloys of Cr, Nb and Mo

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    Hitesh Sharma; S Prakash

    2002-09-01

    Kanzaki lattice static method is used to calculate the atomic displacements due to substitutional impurities in 3d (Cr) and 4d (Nb, Mo) metals. Wills and Harrison interatomic potential is used to calculate dynamical matrix and the impurity-induced forces up to second nearest neighbors. The calculated atomic displacements for 3d, 4d and 5d impurities in Cr (V, Mn, Fe, Ni, Nb, Mo, Ta and W), Nb (V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Zr, Mo, Ta and W) and Mo (V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Zr, Nb, Ta and W) are tabulated up to 10 NN’s. The strain field due to 3d impurities is least in Cr metal while it is larger in Nb and Mo metals. For 4d and 5d impurities the strain is larger in Cr metal than in Nb and Mo hosts. Similar trend is found for relaxation energies also.

  12. Cr(VI) uptake mechanism of Bacillus cereus.

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    Chen, Zhi; Huang, Zhipeng; Cheng, Yangjian; Pan, Danmei; Pan, Xiaohong; Yu, Meijuan; Pan, Zhiyun; Lin, Zhang; Guan, Xiong; Wu, Ziyu

    2012-04-01

    In this study, we investigated the Cr(VI) uptake mechanism in an indigenous Cr(VI)-tolerant bacterial strain -Bacillus cereus through batch and microscopic experiments. We found that both the cells and the supernatant collected from B. cereus cultivation could reduce Cr(VI). The valence state analysis revealed the complete transformation from Cr(VI) into Cr(III) by living B. cereus. Further X-ray absorption fine structure and Fourier transform infrared analyses showed that the reduced Cr(III) was coordinated with carboxyl and amido functional groups from either the cells or supernatant. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy observation showed that noticeable Cr(III) precipitates were accumulated on bacterial surfaces. However, Cr(III) could also be detected in bacterial inner portions by using transmission electron microscopy thin section analysis coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Through quantitative analysis of chromium distribution, we determined the binding ratio of Cr(III) in supernatant, cell debris and cytoplasm as 22%, 54% and 24%, respectively. Finally, we further discussed the role of bacterium-origin soluble organic molecules to the remediation of Cr(VI) pollutants.

  13. Composite Ni/NiO-Cr2O3 Catalyst for Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

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    Bates, MK; Jia, QY; Ramaswamy, N; Allen, RJ; Mukerjee, S

    2015-03-12

    We report a Ni-Cr/C electrocatalyst with unpreeedented massactivity for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). in alkaline electrolyte. The HER Oietics of numerous binary and ternary Ni-alloys and composite Ni/metal-euride/C samples were evaluated in aquebus 0.1 M KOH electrolyte. The highest HER mass-activity was observed for Ni-Cr materials which exhibit metallic Ni as well as NiOx and Cr2O3 phases as determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) analysis. The onset of the HER is significantly improved compared to munerous binary dor ternary Ni-alloys, inCluding Ni Mg materials. It is likely that at adjacent Ni/NiOx sites, the oxide acts as a sink for OHads, while the metallic Ni acts as a, sink for the H-ads, intermediate of the HER, thus minimizing the high activation energy of hydrogen evolution via water reduction. This is confirmed by in situ XAS studies that show that the synergistic HER enhancement is due to NiO content and that the Cr2O3 appears to stabilize the composite NiO component-under HER conditions (where NiOx would typically be reduced to metallic Ni-0). Furthermore, in contrast to Pt, the Ni(O-x)/Cr2O3 catalyst appears resistant to poisoning by the anion.exchange ionomer (AEI), a serloua consideration when applied to an anionic polymer electrolyte interface. Furthermore, we report a: detailed model of the double layer interface which helps explain the observed ensemble effect in the presence of AEI.

  14. {sup 1}H NMR study of hydrogen self-diffusion in ternary Ti–V–Cr alloys

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    Vyvodtceva, A.V. [Faculty of Physics, Saint-Petersburg State University, 1 Ulyanovskaya St., Peterhof, Saint Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Shelyapina, M.G., E-mail: marina.shelyapina@spbu.ru [Faculty of Physics, Saint-Petersburg State University, 1 Ulyanovskaya St., Peterhof, Saint Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Privalov, A.F. [Institute für Ferstkoerperphysik, TU Darmstadt, 6 Hochschulstarsse, Darmstadt 64289 (Germany); Chernyshev, Yu.S. [Faculty of Physics, Saint-Petersburg State University, 1 Ulyanovskaya St., Peterhof, Saint Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Fruchart, D. [MCMF Institut Néel, CNRS, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2014-11-25

    Highlights: • SFG NMR was applied to study the hydrogen self-diffusion in hydrides of disordered Ti–V–Cr alloys. • All studied hydrides exhibit slow hydrogen diffusion that is usual for hydrides with high hydrogen concentration. • The activation energy E{sub a} strongly depends on the both composition and structure type of the hydride. • The obtained results are partially in agreement with recent research of proton relaxation studies. • Diffusion measurements results in higher activation energy values for hydrogen motion. - Abstract: Here we report on the results of proton NMR study of hydrogen self-diffusion in hydrides of Ti–V–Cr alloys of different composition, pure and with 4 wt.% of Zr{sub 7}Ni{sub 10} additives, namely, TiV{sub 0.8}Cr{sub 1.2}H{sub 5.29}, Ti{sub 0.5}V{sub 1.9}Cr{sub 0.6}H{sub 5.03} and Ti{sub 0.33}V{sub 1.27}Cr{sub 1.4}H{sub 1.13}. The measurements have been made using the static field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance technique. The hydrogen self-diffusion coefficient at room temperature lies within the range of 1.4–3.7 × 10{sup −11} m{sup 2}/s. The activation energy E{sub a} strongly depends on the both composition and structure type of the hydride. The samples with bcc structure (and with the lowest hydrogen concentration) exhibit the highest E{sub a} value of 0.2 eV. For the samples with fcc structure the E{sub a} value is lower and decreases with increasing the vanadium fraction. The influence of Zr{sub 7}Ni{sub 10} additives on the measured parameters is also discussed.

  15. Effects of Cr and Ni on interdiffusion and reaction between U and Fe-Cr-Ni alloys

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    Huang, K.; Park, Y.; Zhou, L.; Coffey, K. R.; Sohn, Y. H.; Sencer, B. H.; Kennedy, J. R.

    2014-08-01

    Metallic U-alloy fuel cladded in steel has been examined for high temperature fast reactor technology wherein the fuel cladding chemical interaction is a challenge that requires a fundamental and quantitative understanding. In order to study the fundamental diffusional interactions between U with Fe and the alloying effect of Cr and Ni, solid-to-solid diffusion couples were assembled between pure U and Fe, Fe-15 wt.%Cr or Fe-15 wt.%Cr-15 wt.%Ni alloy, and annealed at high temperature ranging from 580 to 700 °C. The microstructures and concentration profiles that developed from the diffusion anneal were examined by scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), respectively. Thick U6Fe and thin UFe2 phases were observed to develop with solubilities: up to 2.5 at.% Ni in U6(Fe,Ni), up to 20 at.%Cr in U(Fe, Cr)2, and up to 7 at.%Cr and 14 at.% Ni in U(Fe, Cr, Ni)2. The interdiffusion and reactions in the U vs. Fe and U vs. Fe-Cr-Ni exhibited a similar temperature dependence, while the U vs. Fe-Cr diffusion couples, without the presence of Ni, yielded greater activation energy for the growth of intermetallic phases - lower growth rate at lower temperature but higher growth rate at higher temperature.

  16. Spin-driven ordering of Cr in the equiatomic high entropy alloy NiFeCrCo

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    Niu, C.; Zaddach, A. J.; Oni, A. A.; Sang, X.; LeBeau, J. M.; Koch, C. C.; Irving, D. L., E-mail: dlirving@ncsu.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 (United States); Hurt, J. W. [Department of Physics, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina 29613 (United States)

    2015-04-20

    Spin-driven ordering of Cr in an equiatomic fcc NiFeCrCo high entropy alloy (HEA) was predicted by first-principles calculations. Ordering of Cr is driven by the reduction in energy realized by surrounding anti-ferromagnetic Cr with ferromagnetic Ni, Fe, and Co in an alloyed L1{sub 2} structure. The fully Cr-ordered alloyed L1{sub 2} phase was predicted to have a magnetic moment that is 36% of that for the magnetically frustrated random solid solution. Three samples were synthesized by milling or casting/annealing. The cast/annealed sample was found to have a low temperature magnetic moment that is 44% of the moment in the milled sample, which is consistent with theoretical predictions for ordering. Scanning transmission electron microscopy measurements were performed and the presence of ordered nano-domains in cast/annealed samples throughout the equiatomic NiFeCrCo HEA was identified.

  17. Microcosm investigation on phytoremediation of Cr using Azolla pinnata.

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    Rai, Prabhat Kumar

    2010-01-01

    The extent of Chromium (Cr) pollution in Singrauli industrial region, India was assessed and phytoremediation capacity of a small water fern, Azolla pinnata R.BR (Azollaceae) was observed to purify waters polluted by Cr under microcosm condition. Azolla pinnata endemic to India is a potential hyper-accumulator of heavy metals. During 13 days of the experiment the fern was grown in the aqueous medium containing Cr3+ and CrO4(2-) ions, each in a concentration 0.5, 1.0, and 3.0 mg L(-1). The presence of these ions caused a + 3.1 to -37.5% inhibition of Azolla pinnata growth in comparison to the control. After 13 days of the experiment, metal contents in the solution was decreased up to 70% (CrO4(2-) 3.0 mg L(-1) treatment) to 88% (CrO4(2-) 0.5 mg L(-1) treatment). In the Azolla pinnata tissues, the concentration of couple of the ionic forms of Cr under investigation ranged from 415 to 1095 mg kg(-1) dry mass (dm); the highest level being found for Cr (III) containing solution.

  18. [CrIII(NCMe)6]3+--a labile CrIII source enabling formation of Cr[M(CN)6] (M=V, Cr, Mn, Fe) Prussian blue-type magnetic materials.

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    Nelson, Kendric J; Daniels, Matthew C; Reiff, William M; Troff, Shayla A; Miller, Joel S

    2007-11-26

    The kinetic inertness of the hexaaquachromium(III) (kH2O=2.4x10(-6) s(-1)) has led to challenges with respect to incorporating CrIII ions into Prussian blue-type materials; however, hexakis(acetonitrile)chromium(III) was shown to be substantially more labile (approximately 10(4) times) and enables a new synthetic route for the synthesis of these materials via nonaqueous solvents. The synthesis, spectroscopic, and physical properties of Cr[M(CN)6] (M=V, Cr, Mn, Fe) Prussian blue analogues synthesized from [CrIII(NCMe)6]3+ and the corresponding [MIII(CN)6]3- are described. All these compounds {(NEt4)0.02CrIII[VIII(CN)6]0.98(BF4)(0.08).0.10MeCN (1), CrIII[CrIII(CN)6].0.16MeCN (2), CrIII[MnIII(CN)6].0.10MeCN (3), and (NEt4)0.04CrIII0.64CrIV0.40[FeII(CN)6]0.40[FeIII(CN)6]0.60(BF4)(0.16).1.02MeCN (4)} are ferrimagnets exhibiting cluster-glass behavior. Strong antiferromagnetic coupling was observed for M=V, Cr, and Mn with Weiss constants (theta) ranging from -132 to -524 K; and in 2, where the strongest coupling is observed (theta=-524 K), the highest Tc (110 K) value was observed. Weak antiferromagnetic coupling was observed for M=Fe (theta=-12 K) leading to the lowest Tc (3 K) value in this series. Weak coupling and the low Tc value observed in 4 were additionally contributed by the presence of both [FeII(CN)6]4- and [FeIII(CN)6]3- as confirmed by 57Fe-Mössbauer spectroscopy.

  19. Lactobacillus acidophilus binds to MUC3 component of cultured intestinal epithelial cells with highest affinity.

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    Das, Jugal Kishore; Mahapatra, Rajani Kanta; Patro, Shubhransu; Goswami, Chandan; Suar, Mrutyunjay

    2016-04-01

    Lactobacillus strains have been shown to adhere to the mucosal components of intestinal epithelial cells. However, established in vitro adhesion assays have several drawbacks in assessing the adhesion of new Lactobacillus strains. The present study aimed to compare the adhesion of four different Lactobacillus strains and select the most adherent microbe, based on in silico approach supported by in vitro results. The mucus-binding proteins in Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. plantarum, L. brevis and L. fermentum were identified and their capacities to interact with intestinal mucin were compared by molecular docking analysis. Lactobacillus acidophilus had the maximal affinity of binding to mucin with predicted free energy of -6.066 kcal mol(-1) Further, in vitro experimental assay of adhesion was performed to validate the in silico results. The adhesion of L. acidophilus to mucous secreting colon epithelial HT-29 MTX cells was highest at 12%, and it formed biofilm with maximum depth (Z = 84 μm). Lactobacillus acidophilus was determined to be the most adherent strain in the study. All the Lactobacillus strains tested in this study, displayed maximum affinity of binding to MUC3 component of mucus as compared to other gastrointestinal mucins. These findings may have importance in the design of probiotics and health care management.

  20. PLASMA-BASED LOW-ENERGY NITROGEN ION IMPLANTATION OF 2Cr13 MARTENSITIC STAINLESS STEEL USED IN PUMPS AND VALVES%泵阀用2Cr13马氏体不锈钢等离子体基低能氮离子注入研究

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    雷明凯; 王克胜; 欧伊翔; 张磊

    2011-01-01

    采用等离子体基低能氮离子注入技术,在450℃,4h改性处理核电站泵阀零部件用2Cr13马氏体不锈钢,获得了深度为10-12 μm的改性层,超高氮过饱和浓度为35%-40%(原子分数),由hcp结构的ε-Fe2-3N相组成.改性层的硬度最大值为15.7 GPa,球-盘式摩擦学实验测定的改性层摩擦系数由原始不锈钢的1.0减至0.85,耐磨性显著提高.在3.5%NaCl溶液中,改性层的阳极极化曲线由原始不锈钢的活化溶解转化为自钝化-孔蚀击穿特征,自腐蚀电位增加至-185 mV(vs SCE),维钝电流密度为10-1 μA/cm2,孔蚀击穿电位为-134 mV(vs SCE),抗孔蚀性能明显改善.表面改性2Cr13马氏体不锈钢满足泵阀零部件耐磨损抗腐蚀的需求.%The 2Crl3 martensitic stainless steel used in pumps and valves was modified by plasma-based low-energy nitrogen ion implantation at a processing temperature of 450 ℃ for a treatment time of 4 h. The modified layer on the 2Crl3 stainless steel had a thickness range of 10- 12 μm. The modified layer consisted of monophase and has a high supersaturated nitrogen concentration up to 35%-40% (atomic fraction). The microhardness of the e-Fe2-3N phase layer was measured to be 15.7 Gpa, and the increased wear resistance of the modified layer was obtained on a ball on disc tribometer with a decreased friction coefficient from 1.0 of the original stainless steel to 0.85. A typical course from self-passivation to pitting corrosion of the modified layer in 3.5%NaCl solution was observed with a corrosion potential of -185 raV(vs SCE), a passive current density of 10-1μ/A/cm2, and a pitting potential of -134 mV(vs SCE). The pitting corrosion resistance of the modified layer was improved in comparison with that of the original stainless steel with non anodic passivation. It was found that the plasma-based low-energy nitrogen ion implantation of 2Crl3 martensitic stainless steel could meet the wear and corrosion resistance requirement for use

  1. Energy

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    Robertson, William C

    2002-01-01

    Confounded by kinetic energy? Suspect that teaching about simple machines isn t really so simple? Exasperated by electricity? If you fear the study of energy is beyond you, this entertaining book will do more than introduce you to the topic. It will help you actually understand it. At the book s heart are easy-to-grasp explanations of energy basics work, kinetic energy, potential energy, and the transformation of energy and energy as it relates to simple machines, heat energy, temperature, and heat transfer. Irreverent author Bill Robertson suggests activities that bring the basic concepts of energy to life with common household objects. Each chapter ends with a summary and an applications section that uses practical examples such as roller coasters and home heating systems to explain energy transformations and convection cells. The final chapter brings together key concepts in an easy-to-grasp explanation of how electricity is generated. Energy is the second book in the Stop Faking It! series published by NS...

  2. Characterization of ion-irradiated ODS Fe–Cr alloys by doppler broadening spectroscopy using a positron beam

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    Parente, P.; Leguey, T. [Departamento de Física and IAAB, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain); Castro, V. de, E-mail: vanessa.decastro@uc3m.es [Departamento de Física and IAAB, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain); Gigl, T.; Reiner, M.; Hugenschmidt, C. [FRM II and Physics Department, Technische Universität München, 85747 Garching (Germany); Pareja, R. [Departamento de Física and IAAB, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain)

    2015-09-15

    The damage profile of oxide dispersion strengthened steels after single-, or simultaneous triple-ion irradiation at different conditions has been characterized using a low energy positron beam in order to provide information on microstructural changes induced by irradiation. Doppler broadening and coincident Doppler broadening measurements of the positron annihilation line have been performed on different Fe–Cr–(W,Ti) alloys reinforced with Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, to identify the nature and stability of irradiation-induced open-volume defects and their possible association with the oxide nanoparticles. It was found that irradiation induced vacancy clusters are associated with Cr atoms. The results are of highest interest for modeling the damage induced by 14 MeV neutrons in reduced activation Fe–Cr alloys relevant for fusion devices.

  3. Excited state dynamics and activation parameters of remarkably slow photoinduced CO loss from (η⁶-benzene)Cr(CO)₃ in n-heptane solution: a DFT and picosecond-time-resolved infrared study.

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    Clark, Ian P; George, Michael W; Greetham, Gregory M; Harvey, Emma C; Long, Conor; Manton, Jennifer C; Pryce, Mary T

    2010-11-01

    The electronic structure of (η⁶-benzene)Cr(CO)₃ has been calculated using density functional theory and a molecular orbital interaction diagram constructed based on the Cr(CO)₃ and benzene fragments. The highest occupied molecular orbitals are mainly metal based. The nature of the lowest energy excited states were determined by time-dependent density functional theory, and the lowest energy excited state was found to have significant metal to carbonyl charge transfer character. The photochemistry of (η⁶-benzene)Cr(CO)₃ was investigated by time-resolved infrared spectroscopy with picosecond time resolution. The low energy excited state was detected following irradiation at 400 nm, and this exhibited ν(CO) bands at lower energy than the equivalent ν(CO) bands of (η⁶-benzene)Cr(CO)₃, consistent with metal to carbonyl charge transfer character, and is formed with excess vibrational energy, relaxing to the v = 0 vibrational state within 3 ps. The resulting "cold" excited state decays to form the CO-loss species (η⁶-benzene)Cr(CO)₂ in approximately 70% yield and to reform (η⁶-benzene)Cr(CO)₃ within 150 ps. The rates of relaxation from the vibrationally hot state to the cold excited state and its subsequent reaction to yield (η⁶-benzene)Cr(CO)₂ were measured over a range of temperatures from 274 to 320 K, and the activation parameters for both processes were obtained from Eyring plots. The vibrational relaxation exhibits a negative activation enthalpy ΔH(‡) (-10 (±4) kJ mol⁻¹) and a negative activation entropy ΔS(‡) (-50 (±16) J mol⁻¹ K⁻¹). A significant barrier (ΔH(‡) = +12 (±4) kJ mol⁻¹) was obtained for the formation of (η⁶-benzene)Cr(CO)₂ with a ΔS(‡) value close to zero. These data are used to propose a model for the CO-loss process to yield (η⁶-benzene)Cr(CO)₂ and to explain why low temperature irradiation of (η⁶-benzene)Cr(CO)₃ with light of wavelengths greater than 400 nm produced

  4. Cr localization and speciation in roots of chromate fed Helianthus annuus L. seedlings using synchrotron techniques.

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    de la Rosa, Guadalupe; Castillo-Michel, Hiram; Cruz-Jiménez, Gustavo; Bernal-Alvarado, Jesús; Córdova-Fraga, Teodoro; López-Moreno, Laura; Cotte, Marine

    2014-01-01

    In order to gain knowledge on the potential use of Helianthus annuus L. for the remediation of Cr(VI) polluted waters, hydroponics experiments were set up to determine Cr uptake and tolerance in different Cr(VI)-sulfate conditions, and Cr biotransformations. Results indicated that Cr(VI) promoted seed germination, and plant tolerance was higher at younger plant stages. Cr uptake was dependent on sulfate concentrations. The highest Cr levels in roots and shoots (13,700 and 2,500 mg kg(-1) dry weight (DW), respectively) were obtained in 1 mM sulfate. The lowest Cr uptake in roots (10,600 mg kg(-1) DW) was observed in seedlings treated with no sulfate. In shoots, Cr concentration was of 1,500 mg kg(-1)DW for the 1 mM sulfate treatment, indicating a different level of interaction between chromate and sulfate in both tissues. For the first time, using micro X-ray florescence (muXRF), we demonstrated Cr reaches the root stele and is located in the walls of xylem vessels. Bulk and micro X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure (muXANES) results showed that Cr in the roots is mostly in the form of Cr(III) phosphate (80%), with the remainder complexed to organic acids. Our results suggest this plant species may serve for Cr(VI) rhizofiltration purposes.

  5. Impact of Po Valley emissions on the highest glacier of the Eastern European Alps

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    J. Gabrieli

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available In June 2009, we conducted the first extensive glaciological survey of Alto dell'Ortles, the uppermost glacier of Mt. Ortles (3905 m a.s.l., the highest summit of the Eastern European Alps. This section of the Alps is located in a rain shadow and is characterized by the lowest precipitation rate in the entire Alpine arc. Mt. Ortles offers a unique opportunity to test deposition mechanisms of chemical species that until now were studied only in the climatically-different western sector. We analyzed snow samples collected on Alto dell'Ortles from a 4.5 m snow-pit at 3830 m a.s.l., and we determined a large suite of trace elements and ionic compounds that comprise the atmospheric deposition over the past two years.

    Trace element concentrations measured in snow samples are extremely low with mean concentrations at pg g−1 levels. Only Al and Fe present median values of 1.8 and 3.3 ng g−1, with maximum concentrations of 21 and 25 ng g−1. The median crustal enrichment factor (EFc values for Be, Rb, Sr, Ba, U, Li, Al, Ca, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ga and V are lower than 10 suggesting that these elements originated mainly from soil and mineral aerosol. EFc higher than 100 are reported for Zn (118, Ag (135, Bi (185, Sb (401 and Cd (514, demonstrating the predominance of non-crustal depositions and suggesting an anthropogenic origin.

    Our data show that the physical stratigraphy and the chemical signals of several species were well preserved in the uppermost snow of the Alto dell'Ortles glacier. A clear seasonality emerges from the data as the summer snow is more affected by anthropogenic and marine contributions while the winter aerosol flux is dominated by crustal sources. For trace elements, the largest mean EFc seasonal variations are displayed by V (with a factor of 3.8, Sb (3.3, Cu (3.3, Pb (2.9, Bi (2.8, Cd (2.1, Zn (1.9, Ni (1.8, Ag (1.8, As (1.7 and Co (1.6.

    When trace species ratios in local

  6. Carbon Solubility and Mass Action Concentrations of Fe-Cr-C Melts

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    2000-01-01

    An empirical equation of carbon solubility in Fe-Cr-C melts is regressed based on the experimental data from references. A calculating model of mass action concentrations for these melts is formulated on the basis of the coexistence theory of metallic melts involving compound formation, the phase diagram of Cr-C system as well as thermodynamic data of Fe-Cr-C melts. According to the model, the standard Gibbs free energies of formation of CrC and Cr3C2 are obtained. Satisfactory agreement between the calculated and measured values shows that the model can reflect the structural characteristics of Fe-Cr-C melts.

  7. Highest cited papers published in Neurology India: An analysis for the years 1993–2014

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    Paritosh Pandey

    2016-01-01

    Conclusions: The highest cited papers reflect the diseases that are of major concern in India. Certain domains such as trauma, allied neurosciences, and basic neuroscience research were underrepresented.

  8. Precipitation behavior of AlxCoCrFeNi high entropy alloys under ion irradiation

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    Yang, Tengfei; Xia, Songqin; Liu, Shi; Wang, Chenxu; Liu, Shaoshuai; Fang, Yuan; Zhang, Yong; Xue, Jianming; Yan, Sha; Wang, Yugang

    2016-08-01

    Materials performance is central to the satisfactory operation of current and future nuclear energy systems due to the severe irradiation environment in reactors. Searching for structural materials with excellent irradiation tolerance is crucial for developing the next generation nuclear reactors. Here, we report the irradiation responses of a novel multi-component alloy system, high entropy alloy (HEA) AlxCoCrFeNi (x = 0.1, 0.75 and 1.5), focusing on their precipitation behavior. It is found that the single phase system, Al0.1CoCrFeNi, exhibits a great phase stability against ion irradiation. No precipitate is observed even at the highest fluence. In contrast, numerous coherent precipitates are present in both multi-phase HEAs. Based on the irradiation-induced/enhanced precipitation theory, the excellent structural stability against precipitation of Al0.1CoCrFeNi is attributed to the high configurational entropy and low atomic diffusion, which reduces the thermodynamic driving force and kinetically restrains the formation of precipitate, respectively. For the multiphase HEAs, the phase separations and formation of ordered phases reduce the system configurational entropy, resulting in the similar precipitation behavior with corresponding binary or ternary conventional alloys. This study demonstrates the structural stability of single-phase HEAs under irradiation and provides important implications for searching for HEAs with higher irradiation tolerance.

  9. Precipitation behavior of AlxCoCrFeNi high entropy alloys under ion irradiation

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    Yang, Tengfei; Xia, Songqin; Liu, Shi; Wang, Chenxu; Liu, Shaoshuai; Fang, Yuan; Zhang, Yong; Xue, Jianming; Yan, Sha; Wang, Yugang

    2016-01-01

    Materials performance is central to the satisfactory operation of current and future nuclear energy systems due to the severe irradiation environment in reactors. Searching for structural materials with excellent irradiation tolerance is crucial for developing the next generation nuclear reactors. Here, we report the irradiation responses of a novel multi-component alloy system, high entropy alloy (HEA) AlxCoCrFeNi (x = 0.1, 0.75 and 1.5), focusing on their precipitation behavior. It is found that the single phase system, Al0.1CoCrFeNi, exhibits a great phase stability against ion irradiation. No precipitate is observed even at the highest fluence. In contrast, numerous coherent precipitates are present in both multi-phase HEAs. Based on the irradiation-induced/enhanced precipitation theory, the excellent structural stability against precipitation of Al0.1CoCrFeNi is attributed to the high configurational entropy and low atomic diffusion, which reduces the thermodynamic driving force and kinetically restrains the formation of precipitate, respectively. For the multiphase HEAs, the phase separations and formation of ordered phases reduce the system configurational entropy, resulting in the similar precipitation behavior with corresponding binary or ternary conventional alloys. This study demonstrates the structural stability of single-phase HEAs under irradiation and provides important implications for searching for HEAs with higher irradiation tolerance. PMID:27562023

  10. A formula on linear complexity of highest coordinate sequences from maximal periodic sequences over Galois rings

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    HU Lei; SUN Nigang

    2006-01-01

    Using a polynomial expression of the highest coordinate map, we deduce an exact formula on the linear complexity of the highest coordinate sequence derived from a maximal periodic sequence over an arbitrary Galois ring of characteristic p2 , where p is a prime. This generalizes the known result of Udaya and Siddiqi for the case that the Galois ring is Z4.

  11. Dipole model analysis of highest precision HERA data, including very low $Q^2$'s

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    Luszczak, Agnieszka

    2016-01-01

    We analyse, within a dipole model, the final, inclusive HERA DIS cross section data in the low $x$ region, using fully correlated errors. We show, that these highest precision data are very well described within the dipole model framework starting from $Q^2$ values of 3.5 GeV$^2$ to the highest values of $Q^2 =$ 250 GeV$^2$.

  12. Magnetic Properties of Epitaxial Cr/Cr2O3/ Cr Multilayers

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    Mukherjee, Tathagata; Sahoo, Sarbeswar; Binek, Christian

    2007-03-01

    We study Cr/Cr2O3/Cr trilayer structures grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy on (111) oriented Al2O3 substrates. X-ray diffraction reveals perfect single crystalline (110) Cr and stoichiometric single crystalline Cr2O3 (111) films. Both, Cr and Cr2O3 order antiferromagnetically with bulk N'eel temperatures of 311 and 307K, respectively. Cr is an itinerant antiferromagnet where the antiferromagnetic (AF) order establishes as an incommensurate spin density wave. Cr2O3 in contrast is an AF insulator with localized magnetic moments where magnetoelectric and piezomagnetic effects are both symmetry allowed. Its insulating, magnetoelectric and piezoelectric properties make Cr2O3 an interesting material for extrinsically controlled tunnel barriers in TMR type structures. The lattice mismatch of ˜1.2% at the Cr -- Cr2O3 interface creates a strong stress induced piezomagnetic moment revealed by SQUID measurements. The interaction between the piezomoment and the spin distribution at the Cr- interface gives rise to a rich scenario of magnetic proximity effects which we study by SQUID magnetometry, magneto-optical Kerr effect and electrical transport measurements.

  13. Cr(VI) reduction and Cr(III) immobilization by Acinetobacter sp. HK-1 with the assistance of a novel quinone/graphene oxide composite.

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    Zhang, Hai-Kun; Lu, Hong; Wang, Jing; Zhou, Ji-Ti; Sui, Meng

    2014-11-04

    Cr(VI) biotreatment has attracted a substantial amount of interest due to its cost effectiveness and environmental friendliness. However, the slow Cr(VI) bioreduction rate and the formed organo-Cr(III) in solution are bottlenecks for biotechnology application. In this study, a novel strain, Acinetobacter sp. HK-1, capable of reducing Cr(VI) and immobilizing Cr(III) was isolated. Under optimal conditions, the Cr(VI) reduction rate could reach 3.82 mg h(-1) g cell(-1). To improve the Cr(VI) reduction rate, two quinone/graphene oxide composites (Q-GOs) were first prepared via a one-step covalent chemical reaction. The results showed that 2-amino-3-chloro-1,4-naphthoquinone-GO (NQ-GO) exhibited a better catalytic performance in Cr(VI) reduction compared to 2-aminoanthraquinone-GO. Specifically, in the presence of 50 mg L(-1) NQ-GO, a Cr(VI) removal rate of 190 mg h(-1) g cell(-1), which was the highest rate obtained, was achieved. The increased Cr(VI) reduction rate is mainly the result of NQ-GO significantly increasing the Cr(VI) reduction activity of cell membrane proteins containing dominant Cr(VI) reductases. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis found that Cr(VI) was reduced to insoluble Cr(III), which was immobilized by glycolipids secreted by strain HK-1. These findings indicate that the application of strain HK-1 and NQ-GO is a promising strategy for enhancing the treatment of Cr(VI)-containing wastewater.

  14. Magnetism, hysteresis cycle, and Ir-substitution doping of Sr2CrIrO6 double perovskite: A Monte Carlo simulation

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    El Rhazouani, O.; El Khatabi, M.; Zarhri, Z.; Slassi, A.; Benyoussef, A.; El Kenz, A.

    2016-12-01

    Iridium-based double perovskite (DP) Sr2CrIrO6 is expected to have the highest Curie temperatures (Tc) among all DPs and a high spin-polarization at room temperature, thanks to the more extended 5d orbitals of Ir, which makes it potential candidate in spintronic applications. Several publications have appeared in recent years documenting Ir-based double perovskites, but very few have explored the promising compound Sr2CrIrO6. In this paper, a Monte Carlo simulation has been carried out in the framework of Ising model to make an exploratory study of Sr2CrIrO6. Thermal magnetization, magnetic susceptibility, internal energy and specific heat have been studied. Effect of crystal field of Ir on the magnetic properties has been explored. Magnetic hysteresis cycle has been studied in relation to the exchange coupling values. Effects of Ir-substitution doping by Os "Sr2CrIrxOs1 - xO6" and by Re "Sr2CrIrxRe1 - xO6" (0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) on the magnetic behavior have been investigated.

  15. MBE growth and properties of Cr-doped ZnTe on GaAs(001)

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    Hou, X.J. [Data Storage Institute, 5 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117608 (Singapore); Information Storage Materials Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, National University of Singapore, 4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117576 (Singapore); Teo, K.L. [Information Storage Materials Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, National University of Singapore, 4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117576 (Singapore)]. E-mail: eleteokl@nus.edu.sg; Sreenivasan, M.G. [Data Storage Institute, 5 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117608 (Singapore); Information Storage Materials Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, National University of Singapore, 4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117576 (Singapore); Liew, T. [Data Storage Institute, 5 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117608 (Singapore); Information Storage Materials Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, National University of Singapore, 4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117576 (Singapore); Chong, T.C. [Data Storage Institute, 5 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117608 (Singapore); Information Storage Materials Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, National University of Singapore, 4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117576 (Singapore)

    2006-05-18

    Cr-doped ZnTe diluted magnetic semiconductor thin films were grown on semi-insulating GaAs [001] substrates at low temperature by solid-source molecular-beam epitaxy. Zn{sub 1-x}Cr {sub x}Te samples with Cr concentrations x 0.026 and x = 0.141 were prepared. The magnetization versus magnetic field (M-H) measurement showed a clear hysteresis loop at low temperature for these samples. For higher Cr doping with nominal Cr concentration of x > 0.18, we obtained a Curie temperature of 365 K; the highest reported so far for thin film sample. However, this strong ferromagnetic momentum could possibly be due to Cr{sub 1-{delta}}Te precipitate in the Cr-doped ZnTe system.

  16. Thermodynamic properties of LaCrO3

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    CHEN Zhanheng; XING Xianran; YUAN Wenxia; HUANG Xiaowei; LI Hongwei

    2006-01-01

    The nano powders of LaCrO3 were prepared by a sol-gel route. The heat capacity of LaCrO3 nano powders from 350 to 550 K was measured by DSC method and expressed as: Cp(LaCro3) (±0.112) = 166.844 - 8.500 × 10-3T - 1.022 ×vanic cell. From measured EMF data of the reversible cell, (-) Pt, La2O3, LaF3, O2 (1 atm)|CaF2|O2(1 atm), LaF3, LaCrO3, Cr2O3, Pt(+), and the relevant value of Gibbs free energy, the Gibbs free energy of formation of LaCrO3 was calculated from 700 to 885 K: △G(φ) f,LaCro3 = -1555.364 + 0.354T (kJ/mol) (700-885 K). And the Gibbs free energy change of reaction from simple oxides La2O3 and Cr2O3 was calculated to be: △G(φ) f,ox(LaCrO3) = -94.758 + 8.530 × 10-2T (kJ/mol) (700-885 K).

  17. ASSESSMENT OF PAHS AND SELECTED PESTICIDES IN SHALLOW GROUNDWATER IN THE HIGHEST PROTECTED AREAS IN THE OPOLE REGION, POLAND

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    Mariusz Głowacki

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The ground water quality was determined after the analyses of water samples from 18 wells. The wells were in the Groundwater Area with the Highest Protection (Triassic water, Opole region, Poland, rural build up. The water table level was low: 0.5 – 18.0 m below the ground surface level (except for one artesian well. The following parameters were determined: pH, EC, colour, ammonium, nitrite, nitrate, dissolved orthophosphate, total phosphorus, dissolved oxygen, BOD, COD-Mn, COD-Cr, humic substances, chloride, sulphate, total hardness, alkalinity, dry residue PAHs (16 compounds, pesticides (6 compounds, however, only selected data were presented in this paper. In all the analysed water samples chloro-organic pesticides were observed. The analysed water contained heptachlor in the highest concentrations of 15.97 mg/dm3. Good quality water must not include concentrations higher than 0.5 mg/dm3 of heptachlor. However, the concentration was circa 32 times higher than this value. The second pesticide determining poor water quality is dieldrin. This compound in the investigated groundwater was 1.94 mg/dm3 – 4 times higher than the limit for acceptable quality ground water. The concentration of pesticides also changed over the course of the research; the concentration in the analysed groundwater in the same well changed quite dramatically over a period of 1 year. Although PAHs and pesticides are potentially toxic for biological organisms they do exist in the environment as a product of the natural biological transformation of organic matter. The noted concentrations and compositions of PAH compounds were different to natural PAHs. It confirms the fact that agricultural activity influences groundwater quality.

  18. CR reliability testing

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    Honeyman-Buck, Janice C.; Rill, Lynn; Frost, Meryll M.; Staab, Edward V.

    1998-07-01

    The purpose of this work was to develop a method for systematically testing the reliability of a CR system under realistic daily loads in a non-clinical environment prior to its clinical adoption. Once digital imaging replaces film, it will be very difficult to revert back should the digital system become unreliable. Prior to the beginning of the test, a formal evaluation was performed to set the benchmarks for performance and functionality. A formal protocol was established that included all the 62 imaging plates in the inventory for each 24-hour period in the study. Imaging plates were exposed using different combinations of collimation, orientation, and SID. Anthropomorphic phantoms were used to acquire images of different sizes. Each combination was chosen randomly to simulate the differences that could occur in clinical practice. The tests were performed over a wide range of times with batches of plates processed to simulate the temporal constraints required by the nature of portable radiographs taken in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Current patient demographics were used for the test studies so automatic routing algorithms could be tested. During the test, only three minor reliability problems occurred, two of which were not directly related to the CR unit. One plate was discovered to cause a segmentation error that essentially reduced the image to only black and white with no gray levels. This plate was removed from the inventory to be replaced. Another problem was a PACS routing problem that occurred when the DICOM server with which the CR was communicating had a problem with disk space. The final problem was a network printing failure to the laser cameras. Although the units passed the reliability test, problems with interfacing to workstations were discovered. The two issues that were identified were the interpretation of what constitutes a study for CR and the construction of the look-up table for a proper gray scale display.

  19. Effect of Cr on electronic and magnetic properties of χ-carbide (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2}

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    Wang, B. [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Material Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zhang, Q.; Zhang, Z.F. [College of Mechanical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Lv, Z.Q., E-mail: zqlv@ysu.edu.cn [College of Mechanical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Fu, W.T. [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Material Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2015-10-15

    From density-function theory calculation, the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of χ-carbides (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} are investigated. With the increase of Cr content in χ-carbides (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2}, the formation energy of χ carbide gradually decrease and energy stability of them increase. The formation energy of Cr{sub 5}C{sub 2} is −0.354 eV/f.u, and the stability of Cr{sub 5}C{sub 2} is higher than other χ carbides (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2}, Mn{sub 5}C{sub 2} and Fe{sub 5}C{sub 2}. There exists charges transfer from metal cation (Fe/Cr) to C atoms in χ-carbides, and this reveals an ionic contribution to the bonds. The addition of Cr decreases the magnetic moments of χ carbide, and the magnetic moments (Ms) of Cr{sub 2}Cr{sub 2}FeC{sub 2} and Cr{sub 5}C{sub 2} are 0 μ{sub B}/f.u., while it expresses opposite magnetic characters of the same atom at different sites in the other χ type (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} carbides. The 3d states of metal atoms in the majority states (up) move to above the Femi level and some metal atoms (Fe/Cr) in χ type (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} are undergone the anti-ferromagnetic transformation. - Highlights: • Energy stability of (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} increase with Cr, and the formation energy of Cr{sub 5}C{sub 2} is −0.354 eV/f.u. • Magnetic characters of the same atom at different sites in some χ (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} carbides are opposite. • Some metal atoms in χ (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} are undergone the anti-ferromagnetic transformation.

  20. [Effect of aurum coating on corrosion resistance of Ni-Cr alloy].

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    Chen, Zhi-hong; Liu, Li; Mao, Ying-jie

    2007-02-01

    To evaluate the effect of aurum coating on corrosion resistance of Ni-Cr alloy in artificial saliva environment. The corrosion potential (E(corr)), self-corrosion current density (I(corr)), and polarization resistance (R(p)) of three alloys were measured using electrochemical methods to compare the difference of corrosion resistance between aurum-coated Ni-Cr alloy and Ni-Cr alloy or Au alloy. Meanwhile, microstructural and phase diffraction was examined with field scanning electromicroscopy (FSEM) and surface chemical analysis was performed by energy diffraction X-ray (EDX). The I(corr) of aurum-coated Ni-Cr alloy was (0.70 +/- 0.20) x 10(-6) A/cm2, which was significantly higher than that of Au alloy (P Cr alloy (P coated Ni-Cr alloy was (34.77 +/- 12.61) KOmega.cm2, which was higher than that of Ni-Cr alloy (P Cr alloy coated with aurum was better than that of Ni-Cr alloy. The results of EDX indicated that released Ni and Cr of Ni-Cr alloy coated with aurum after test were less than those of Ni-Cr alloy (P coated Ni-Cr alloy is higher than that of Ni-Cr alloy.

  1. Energy

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    2003-01-01

    Canada, Britain, and Spain. We found that the energy industry is not in crisis ; however, U.S. government policies, laws, dollars, and even public...CEIMAT (Centro de Investagaciones Energeticas , Medioambeintales y Tecnologicas) Research and development Page 3 of 28ENERGY 8/10/04http://www.ndu.edu...meet an emerging national crisis (war), emergency (natural disaster), or major impact event (Y2K). Certain resources are generally critical to the

  2. Cr concentration dependence of overestimation of long term creep life in strength enhanced high Cr ferritic steels

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    Maruyama, K., E-mail: maruyama@material.tohoku.ac.j [Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, 6-6-02 Aobayama, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Ghassemi Armaki, H.; Chen, R.P.; Yoshimi, K. [Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, 6-6-02 Aobayama, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Yoshizawa, M.; Igarashi, M. [Corporate Research and Development Laboratories, Sumitomo Metal Industry, Ltd., 1-8 Fuso-Cho, Amagasaki 660-0891 (Japan)

    2010-06-15

    Creep rupture data and microstructural degradation during aging of high Cr ferritic boiler steels with enhanced creep strength have been studied with special attention to prediction of long term creep rupture life. Tempered lath martensite structure in the high Cr ferritic steels remains unchanged during short term aging, whereas static recovery of the lath martensite structure proceeds when diffusion distance during aging becomes sufficiently long as is the case in long term creep. The static recovery brings about premature failure in long term creep and decreases in apparent activation energy for creep life. The decrease in activation energy is responsible for overestimation of rupture life reported in strength enhanced high Cr ferritic steels. The boundary from a short term region with high activation energy Q{sub H} to a long term region with low activation energy Q{sub L} moves towards longer time with decreasing Cr concentration. The difference in activation energy (Q{sub H} - Q{sub L}) primarily determines the extent of overestimation of rupture life predicted from short term data. In general, the extent of overestimation is less serious at 9%Cr as compared to 12%Cr.

  3. A new derivation of the highest-weight polynomial of a unitary lie algebra

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    P Chau, Huu-Tai; P Van, Isacker [Grand Accelerateur National d' Ions Lourds (GANIL), 14 - Caen (France)

    2000-07-01

    A new method is presented to derive the expression of the highest-weight polynomial used to build the basis of an irreducible representation (IR) of the unitary algebra U(2J+1). After a brief reminder of Moshinsky's method to arrive at the set of equations defining the highest-weight polynomial of U(2J+1), an alternative derivation of the polynomial from these equations is presented. The method is less general than the one proposed by Moshinsky but has the advantage that the determinantal expression of the highest-weight polynomial is arrived at in a direct way using matrix inversions. (authors)

  4. Highest and best use of agricultural land in multifunctional land market evidence from South Africa

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    Reed, L

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available stream_source_info Reed_2010.pdf.txt stream_content_type text/plain stream_size 11118 Content-Encoding UTF-8 stream_name Reed_2010.pdf.txt Content-Type text/plain; charset=UTF-8 The Highest and Best Use of agricultural... Valuations based on Highest and Best Use (HBU) • Highest profit or satisfaction for “typical” buyer at specific point in time • Characteristics of subject property guide decision of HBU • Choice of HBU implies acceptance of set of relevant value...

  5. Theoretical model of CR Forbush-decrease and precursors effects

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    Lev, Dorman

    The understanding of the mechanism of CR Forbush decrease and precursor effects is important for forecasting of the great magnetic storms by using on-line one hour CR observation data. We consider in details the situation with CR distribution inside CME and how it changed with time. We suppose that shock wave before CME is semi-transpired and the coefficient of transparence depends from the CR particles rigidity. One differential equation determined the change of CR intensity inside CME by the particle energy decrease in the expanding volume and by exchange with CR particles outside the CME. The other differential equation determined the outside CR particles drift acceleration by interaction with the shock wave before CME (this effect gives increase of CR intensity before magnetic storm sudden commencement) as well as exchange with CR particles inside the CME along the IMF lines (what gives the decrease of CR intensity before the start of magnetic storm on the Earth). We calculate also the expected CR anisotropy. Obtained results we compare with observation data. It is obvious now that according to data from the past on big variations of planetary surface temperature on scales of many millions and thousands of years, the Earth’s global climate change is determined mostly by space factors, including: the moving of the Solar system around the center of our galaxy, the crossing of galactic arms and molecular dust clouds, nearby supernova and supernova remnants. Another important space factor is the cyclic variations of solar activity and the solar wind (mostly on the scale of hundreds of years and decades). The effects of space factors on the Earth’s climate are realized mostly through cosmic rays (CR) and space dust influencing the formation of clouds, thereby controlling the total energy input from the Sun into the Earth’s atmosphere. The propagation and modulation of galactic CR (generated mostly during supernova explosions and in supernova remnants in our

  6. Spin magnetic moments from single atoms to small Cr clusters

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    Boeglin, C.; Decker, R.; Bulou, H.; Scheurer, F.; Chado, I. [IPCMS-GSI - UMR 7504, 67037 Strasbourg Cedex (France); Ohresser, P. [LURE, 91405 Orsay (France); Dhesi, S.S. [ESRF, BP 220, 38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Present permanent address: Diamond Light Source, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Gaudry, E. [LMCP, 4, place Jussieu, 75252 Paris (France); Lazarovits, B. [CCMS, T.U. Vienna, Gumpendorfstr. 1a, 1060 Wien (Austria)

    2005-07-01

    Morphology studies at the first stages of the growth of Cr/Au(111) are reported and compared to the magnetic properties of the nanostructures. We analyze by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Low Energy Electron Diffraction the Cr clusters growth between 200 K and 300 K. In the early stages of the growth the morphology of the clusters shows monoatomic high islands located at the kinks of the herringbone reconstructed Au(111) surface. By X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism performed on the Cr L{sub 2,3} edges it is shown that the temperature dependent morphology strongly influences the magnetic properties of the Cr clusters. We show that in the sub-monolayer regime Cr clusters are antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic when the size reaches the atomic limit. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  7. Robust Strategy for Crafting Li5Cr7Ti6O25@CeO2 Composites as High-Performance Anode Material for Lithium-Ion Battery.

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    Mei, Jie; Yi, Ting-Feng; Li, Xin-Yuan; Zhu, Yan-Rong; Xie, Ying; Zhang, Chao-Feng

    2017-07-19

    A facile strategy was developed to prepare Li5Cr7Ti6O25@CeO2 composites as a high-performance anode material. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld refinement results show that the CeO2 coating does not alter the structure of Li5Cr7Ti6O25 but increases the lattice parameter. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) indicates that all samples have similar morphologies with a homogeneous particle distribution in the range of 100-500 nm. Energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) mapping and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) prove that CeO2 layer successfully formed a coating layer on a surface of Li5Cr7Ti6O25 particles and supplied a good conductive connection between the Li5Cr7Ti6O25 particles. The electrochemical characterization reveals that Li5Cr7Ti6O25@CeO2 (3 wt %) electrode shows the highest reversibility of the insertion and deinsertion behavior of Li ion, the smallest electrochemical polarization, the best lithium-ion mobility among all electrodes, and a better electrochemical activity than the pristine one. Therefore, Li5Cr7Ti6O25@CeO2 (3 wt %) electrode indicates the highest delithiation and lithiation capacities at each rate. At 5 C charge-discharge rate, the pristine Li5Cr7Ti6O25 only delivers an initial delithiation capacity of ∼94.7 mAh g(-1), and the delithiation capacity merely achieves 87.4 mAh g(-1) even after 100 cycles. However, Li5Cr7Ti6O25@CeO2 (3 wt %) delivers an initial delithiation capacity of 107.5 mAh·g(-1), and the delithiation capacity also reaches 100.5 mAh g(-1) even after 100 cycles. The cerium dioxide modification is a direct and efficient approach to improve the delithiation and lithiation capacities and cycle property of Li5Cr7Ti6O25 at large current densities.

  8. Comparison of CrAlN layers obtained with one (CrAl) or two targets (Cr and Al) by magnetron sputtering

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    Nouveau, C., E-mail: nouveau@cluny.ensam.fr [Laboratoire Bourguignon des Materiaux et Procedes, LaBoMaP, Centre Arts et Metiers ParisTech, Rue Porte de Paris, F-71250, Cluny (France); Tlili, B., E-mail: tlilii_brahim@yahoo.fr [UR. Mecanique Appliquee, Ingenierie et Industrialisation (M.A2I), ENIT, BP 37, Le Belvedere, 1002, Tunis (Tunisia); Aknouche, H., E-mail: h.aknouche@yahoo.fr [URMPE, F.S.I. Universite M' Hamed Bougara, 35000, Boumerdes Algeria (Algeria); Benlatreche, Y., E-mail: benlatrechey@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Mecanique de Lille, LML CNRS UMR 8107, Centre Arts et Metiers ParisTech, 8 Boulevard Louis XIV, F-59046, Lille cedex (France); Patel, B., E-mail: Bhavesh.PATEL-7@etudiants.ensam.eu [Laboratoire Bourguignon des Materiaux et Procedes, LaBoMaP, Centre Arts et Metiers ParisTech, Rue Porte de Paris, F-71250, Cluny (France)

    2012-01-31

    The aim of this study is to compare the properties of CrAlN coatings obtained by magnetron sputtering with one (CrAl) or two targets (Cr and Al). The influence of parameters such as the target bias voltage, the working pressure, the deposition time and the bias voltage applied on the Cr or Al targets on the properties of the layers was studied. We characterized the films by X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, coupled with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy, nanoindentation and their residual stresses were also determined. The optimal films obtained with both methods are well crystallized, well-adherent to the substrate, and contained similar amounts of Al (20-30 at.%). The optimal coatings synthesized with one target presented properties not as good as those realized with two targets. Nevertheless, films made with one target showed a lower frictional coefficient probably due to composition control. The lack of compositional control with the use of one target limits the optimization process. With two targets, we have greater control over the film composition. This leads to higher hardness, lower stresses, and improved Young's modulus over films produced with a single CrAl target. Additionally, the morphologies are different (columnar with CrAl and dense with Cr and Al). To conclude, it seems more justified to work if possible with two independent targets. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CrAlN layers obtained with a (Cr75Al25) target or Cr and Al independent targets. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Lower friction coefficient and better crystallinity obtained with a sintered target. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al content of layers obtained with a sintered target limited and fixed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Better tribological properties of layers obtained with two targets. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer No economical, practical and scientific interest to work with a sintered target.

  9. Detection of Chromium (Cr using X-ray Fluorescence Technique and Investigation of Cr Propagation from Poultry Feeds to Egg and Chicken Flesh

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    Arifuzzaman Rajib

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents possibility of detecting the presence of Chromium (Cr in poultry in Rajshahi area using X-ray fluorescence (XRF technique. It also investigates the propagation of Cr from poultry feeds to chicken flesh. Poultry feeds were collected from different vendors at Rajshahi. It was found that some of the locally produced poultry feeds contained a considerable amount of Cr that propagates to the chicken meat and egg. This Cr might be hazardous for human health. Among the four most widely used feeds in Rajshahi region maximum Cr concentration of 17.3 ppm was detected in “Adorsho feed (Pabna”. Transmission of Cr from feed to egg and various parts of chicken were investigated with chicken samples of different ages grown by feeding “Adorsho feed”. An average of 4.3 ppm of Cr was found in Yolk and 2.7 ppm was found in the egg-white. Highest concentration of Cr was found to be 5.9 ppm in the brain of 29-days old chicken. The concentration of Cr was different in various parts of chicken depending on its age. The experimental results indicate that the XRF technique can be used efficiently to detect the presence and transmission of heavy metals like Cr from feed to egg and poultry

  10. Anelasticity in Fe-Al-Cr alloys at elevated temperatures

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    Golovin, I.S., E-mail: i.golovin@misis.ru [Physics of Metals Department, National University ' Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys' , Moscow (Russian Federation); Physics of Metals Department and Materials Science, Tula State University, Tula (Russian Federation); Riviere, A. [LMPM-UMR CNRS 6617, ENSMA, F-86961 Futuroscope Chasseneuil Cedex (France)

    2009-09-15

    Several (Fe,Cr){sub 3}Al alloys with Cr content from 3 to 25% have been studied in the temperature range from 680 to 930 K using isothermal frequency dependent tests (from 10{sup -4} to 10{sup 2} Hz). Three relaxation peaks were observed in this range. The Zener relaxation (P1 peak) caused by reorientation of pairs of substitute atoms in Fe is observed in all studied alloys and used to evaluate the activation parameters of substitute atom jumps in Fe. Activation parameters of the Zener peak in Fe-26Al-Cr depend not too much on Cr content (H = 275-290 kJ/mol, {tau}{sub 0} = 10{sup -19} to 10{sup -20} s), while the relaxation strength increases with the increase in Al + Cr content. The second internal friction peak (P2) at higher temperatures with similar activation energies but higher {tau}{sub 0} (10{sup -17} to 10{sup -19} s) is observed only in Cr containing alloys but not in Fe-25Al binary alloy. Most probably this peak is controlled by dislocations motion in Fe-26Al-Cr alloys. The third peak, denoted as P3 (H = 428 kJ/mol, {tau}{sub 0} = 10{sup -25} s), was observed only in the Fe-25Al-25Cr alloy and was classified as a grain boundary peak.

  11. Sintering behaviour and mechanical properties of Cr3C2–NiCr cermets

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    A Özer; Y K Tür

    2013-10-01

    Cr3C2–NiCr cermets are used as metal cutting tools due to their relatively high hardness and low sintering temperatures. In this study, a powder mixture consisting of 75 wt% Cr3C2–25 wt% NiCr was sintered at four different temperatures and characterized for itsmicrostructure and mechanical properties. The highest relative density obtained was 97% when sintered at 1350 °C. As the relative density increased, elastic modulus, transverse rupture strength, fracture toughness and hardness of the samples reached to a maximum of 314 GPa, 810 MPa, 10.4 MPa.m1/2 and 11.3 GPa, respectively. However, sintering at 1400 °C caused further grain growth and pore coalescence which resulted in decreasing density and degradation of all mechanical properties. Fracture surface investigation showed that the main failure mechanism was the intergranular fracture of ceramic phase accompanied by the ductile fracture of the metal phase which deformed plastically during crack propagation and enhanced the fracture toughness.

  12. Atomistic investigation of Cr influence on primary radiation damage in Fe-12 at.% Cr grain boundaries

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    Esfandiarpour, A.; Feghhi, S. A. H.; Arjhangmehr, A.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we investigate the influence of Cr on the primary radiation damage in Fe-12 at.% Cr with different atomic grain boundaries (GBs). Four different GB structures, two twists and two symmetric tilt boundaries are selected as the model structures. The primary radiation damage near each GB in α-Fe and Fe-12 at.% Cr is simulated using Molecular Dynamics for 9 keV primary knock-on atoms with velocity vectors perpendicular to the GB plane. In agreement with previous works, the results indicate that the atomic GBs are biased toward interstitials and due to the reduction of ‘in-cascade’ interstitial-vacancy annihilation rates, vacancies accumulate in the bulk grains. The minimum defect production occurs when the overlap between cascade center and GB plane is maximum; in contrast, the number of residual defects in the bulk (vacancies and interstitials) increases when the overlap decreases. Moreover, we find that the presence of Cr hardly affects the number of residual defects in the grain interiors, and causes a Cr-enrichment in the surviving self-interstitial atoms in bulk during relaxation of the primary cascades—also in agreement with previous studies. Further, in order to study the effect of 12 at.% Cr on the energetic and kinetic properties of vacancies near the atomic GBs, we calculate formation energies and diffusion barriers of defects using Molecular Static and climbing-Nudged Elastic Band methods. The results reveal that the vacancies energetically and kinetically tend to form and cluster around the GB plane due to the substantial reduction of their formation energies and migration barriers in layers close to the GB center and are immobile on the simulated time frame (~ps).

  13. Effects of Cr and Ni on Interdiffusion and Reaction between U and Fe-Cr-Ni Alloys

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    K. Huang; Y. Park; L. Zhou; K.R. Coffey; Y.H. Sohn; B.H. Sencer; J. R. Kennedy

    2014-08-01

    Metallic U-alloy fuel cladded in steel has been examined for high temperature fast reactor technology wherein the fuel cladding chemical interaction is a challenge that requires a fundamental and quantitative understanding. In order to study the fundamental diffusional interactions between U with Fe and the alloying effect of Cr and Ni, solid-to-solid diffusion couples were assembled between pure U and Fe, Fe–15 wt.%Cr or Fe–15 wt.%Cr–15 wt.%Ni alloy, and annealed at high temperature ranging from 580 to 700 °C. The microstructures and concentration profiles that developed from the diffusion anneal were examined by scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), respectively. Thick U6Fe and thin UFe2 phases were observed to develop with solubilities: up to 2.5 at.% Ni in U6(Fe,Ni), up to 20 at.%Cr in U(Fe, Cr)2, and up to 7 at.%Cr and 14 at.% Ni in U(Fe, Cr, Ni)2. The interdiffusion and reactions in the U vs. Fe and U vs. Fe–Cr–Ni exhibited a similar temperature dependence, while the U vs. Fe–Cr diffusion couples, without the presence of Ni, yielded greater activation energy for the growth of intermetallic phases – lower growth rate at lower temperature but higher growth rate at higher temperature.

  14. Energy-transfer rate in crystals of double-complex salts composed of [Ru(N-N)3](2+) (N-N = 2,2'-bipyridine or 1,10-phenanthroline) and [Cr(CN)6](3-): effect of relative orientation between donor and acceptor.

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    Otsuka, T; Sekine, A; Fujigasaki, N; Ohashi, Y; Kaizu, Y

    2001-07-01

    A block single-crystal was obtained using a diffusion method with a concentrated acetone-water (vol. 1/1) solution of [Ru(phen)(3)]Cl(2).6H(2)O (phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) and a concentrated aqueous solution of K(3)[Cr(CN)(6)], without evaporating solvents. The crystal was identified as a double-complex salt including two acetone and fourteen solvent water molecules, [Ru(phen)(3)](2)[Cr(CN)(6)]Cl.2(CH(3))(2)CO.14H(2)O (1). Measurement of the X-ray diffraction pattern of the double-complex salt was performed using an X-ray diffractometer with an Imaging-Plate (IP) Weissenberg camera. 1 crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1, with a = 13.930(5) A, b = 14.783(5) A, c = 11.137(6) A, alpha = 89.87(4) degrees, beta = 107.47(3) degrees, gamma = 96.68(3) degrees, and Z = 2. The crystal structure is very different from that of [Ru(bpy)(3)](2)[Cr(CN)(6)]Cl.8H(2)O (2) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine), which could be obtained using the same procedure and crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2, with a = 22.414(2) A, b = 13.7686(15) A, c = 22.207(2) A, beta = 90.713(8) degrees, and Z = 4. The distance between the central-metal ions of ruthenium(II) and chromium(III) complexes in [Ru(phen)(3)](2)[Cr(CN)(6)]Cl.2(CH(3))(2)CO.14H(2)O (7.170 A) is shorter than that in [Ru(bpy)(3)](2)[Cr(CN)(6)]Cl.8H(2)O (9.173 A) by about 2 A, while the rate of energy transfer from the (3)MLCT state of [Ru(N-N)(3)](2+) to the (2)E(g) state of [Cr(CN)(6)](3-) in the former salt (9.5 x 10(5) s(-1)) is far slower than that in the latter one (6.0 x 10(6) s(-1)) at 77 K. These results indicate that the energy-transfer rate strongly depends, not upon the distance between central metal ions, rather, upon the mutual relative orientation between the donor and the acceptor complexes in double-complex salts.

  15. Thermodynamic Modeling of the Al-Cr-Mn Ternary System

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    Cui, Senlin; Jung, In-Ho

    2017-03-01

    The phase diagram information available in the literature on the Al-Cr-Mn system was comprehensively evaluated and optimized for the first time to obtain a set of Gibbs energies of all the solid and liquid phases in the Al-Cr-Mn system. The Modified Quasi-chemical Model (MQM) was utilized to describe the Gibbs energy of the liquid phase of the Al-Cr-Mn system. The Compound Energy Formalism (CEF) was used to model the solid solution phases. A revision of the Al-Mn system was simultaneously conducted to consider the γ_H (Al8Mn5) phase. The liquid Cr-Mn phase was also remodeled using the Modified Quasi-chemical Model (MQM) to obtain a consistent description of the ternary Al-Cr-Mn liquid phase. Accurate description of the phase diagram of the entire Al-Cr-Mn system was obtained from the thermodynamic models with optimized parameters in the present study, and the model parameters can be used to predict the thermodynamic properties of the ternary system.

  16. The Highest Expected Reward Decoding for HMMs with Application to Recombination Detection

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    Nánási, Michal; Brejová, Broňa

    2010-01-01

    Hidden Markov models are traditionally decoded by the Viterbi algorithm which finds the highest probability state path in the model. In recent years, several limitations of the Viterbi decoding have been demonstrated, and new algorithms have been developed to address them \\citep{Kall2005,Brejova2007,Gross2007,Brown2010}. In this paper, we propose a new efficient highest expected reward decoding algorithm (HERD) that allows for uncertainty in boundaries of individual sequence features. We demonstrate usefulness of our approach on jumping HMMs for recombination detection in viral genomes.

  17. Notes on highest weight modules of the elliptic algebra A$_{q,p}$ (sl$_{2}$)

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    Foda, O E; Jimbo, M; Kedem, R; Miwa, T; Yan, H

    1994-01-01

    We discuss a construction of highest weight modules for the recently defined elliptic algebra {\\cal A}_{q,p}(\\widehat{sl}_2), and make several conjectures concerning them. The modules are generated by the action of the components of the operator L on the highest weight vectors. We introduce the vertex operators \\Phi and \\Psi^* through their commutation relations with the L-operator. We present ordering rules for the L- and \\Phi-operators and find an upper bound for the number of linearly independent vectors generated by them, which agrees with the known characters of \\widehat{sl}_2-modules.

  18. Energy Spectra,g Factors and Their Pressure-Induced and/or Thermal Shifts of SrTiO3:Cr3+ and SrTiO3:Mn4+ IV:R-Line Thermal Shifts of SrTiO3:Cr3+

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    MA Dong-Ping; ZHANG Ji-Ping

    2001-01-01

    The local impurity-vibration modes (especially,the Iow-frequency one) of SrTiO3 :Cr3+ cause a very large R-line blue-shift;while the Raman term,neighbor-level term and optical-branch term relevant to the lattice vibration cause smallred shifts.The algebraic sum of them gives rise to the observed unusual and large R-line thermal shift (blue-shift) of SrTiOa:Cr3+.By taking into account all the irreducible representations and their components in the electron-phonon interaction (BPI) as well as all the levels and the admixtures of basic wavefunctions within d3 electronic configuration,the values of the parameters in the expressions of thermal shift (TS) from EPI for the ground level,R level and R line of SrTiO3:Cr3+ have been evaluated;the R-line TS and various contributions to it have been calculated in two temperature ranges (30 K ≤ T ≤ 80 K and 130 K ≤ T ≤ 300 K).The contribution to R-line TS from thermal expansion has been approximately neglected in this work.Furthermore,the improvement on simplified approximation of adopting a single low-frequency impurity-mode and neglecting its hardening in Iow-temperature region has been made.``

  19. Cr{sub 2}Nb-based alloy development

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    Liu, C.T.; Tortorelli, P.F.; Horton, J.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)] [and others

    1995-06-01

    The objective of this task is to develop a new generation of structural materials based on intermetallic alloys for use as critical hot components in advanced fossil energy conversion systems. The intermetallic phase, Cr{sub 2}Nb, with a complex cubic structure (C-15) has been selected for this development because of its high melting point (1770{degrees}C), relatively low material density (7.7 g/cm{sup 2}), excellent high-temperature strength (at 1000 to 1250{degrees}C), and potential resistance to oxidation and corrosion. This intermetallic phase, like many other Laves phases, has a wide range of compositional homogeneity suggesting the possibility of improving its mechanical and metallurgical properties by alloying additions. The major engineering concern with Cr{sub 2}Nb and other A{sub 2}B Laves phases is their poor fracture toughness and fracture resistance at ambient temperatures. The single-phase Cr{sub 2}Nb is very hard ({approximately}800 DPH) and brittle at room temperature. Because of this brittleness, the development effort has concentrated on two-phase structures containing the hard intermetallic phase Cr{sub 2}Nb and the softer Cr-rich solid solution phase. Potential applications of Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb alloys include hot components (for example, air heat exchangers and turbine blades) in advanced energy conversion systems and heat engines, wear-resistant parts in coal handling systems (e.g., nozzles), drill bits for oil/gas wells, and valve guides in diesel engines. Current studies are focuses on enhancement of fracture resistance in tension at ambient temperatures and oxidation resistance above 1000{degrees}C. This report summarizes recent progress on controlling microstructure and improving the mechanical and metallurgical properties and the high-temperature corrosion behavior of Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb alloys through alloying conditions, material processing, and heat treatment.

  20. Ultrasonic spray-pyrolyzed CuCrO2 thin films

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    Sánchez-Alarcón, R. I.; Oropeza-Rosario, G.; Gutierrez-Villalobos, A.; Muro-López, M. A.; Martínez-Martínez, R.; Zaleta-Alejandre, E.; Falcony, C.; Alarcón-Flores, G.; Fragoso, R.; Hernández-Silva, O.; Perez-Cappe, E.; Mosqueda Laffita, Yodalgis; Aguilar-Frutis, M.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper the optical, structural and electrical properties of CuCrO2 thin films deposited by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis at temperatures from 400 to 600 °C in steps of 50 °C are presented. Copper and chromium acetylacetonates were chosen as sources of Cu and Cr, respectively, and N,N-dimethylformamide was used as the solvent. X-ray results confirmed that the films as deposited showed the CuCrO2 phase without any post-deposition thermal annealing. The surface morphology was observed to be mirror like, and as the films were deposited at different temperatures, they gradually revealed the presence of small crystallites. The best film’s optical percentage transmission (in the visible region), about 58%, was obtained in films deposited at 450 °C, and the highest band gap energy (3.17 eV) was measured in films deposited at 400 °C. The electrical properties of the films were obtained by the Hall effect. A hole concentration in the range 1019-1021 cm-3, conductivity as high as 35 S cm-1, and mobility lower than 1 cm2 V-1 s-1 were obtained in the films. p-type conductivity was confirmed using the hot point probe arrangement, and the Seebeck coefficient was estimated. The hole conductivity is thought to be due to excess oxygen in the films. Finally, the minimum energy required to transfer carriers from acceptor level to the valence band in the films was estimated by impedance spectroscopy.

  1. Influence of NiCr/Au electrodes and multilayer thickness on the electrical properties of PANI/PVS ultrathin film grown by Lbl deposition

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    Santos, M.C. [Department of Physics, Federal University of Vicosa, CEP 36570-000, Vicosa, MG (Brazil); Laboratory of Polymers and Electronic Properties of Materials, Department of Physics, Federal University of Ouro Preto, CEP 35400-000, Ouro Preto, MG (Brazil); Munford, M.L. [Department of Physics, Federal University of Vicosa, CEP 36570-000, Vicosa, MG (Brazil); Bianchi, R.F., E-mail: bianchi@eecs.berkeley.edu [Laboratory of Polymers and Electronic Properties of Materials, Department of Physics, Federal University of Ouro Preto, CEP 35400-000, Ouro Preto, MG (Brazil)

    2012-03-15

    interface and the bulk effects in the electrical response of NiCr/Au-PANI/PVS-NiCr/Au structure and in addition the highest activation energy (35 MeV) correlated with an optimization of hopping distance (30 nm) for carriers jumps in PANI/PVS system.

  2. 新型Cr-Ni-Mo和Cr-Ni-Co堆焊合金空蚀性能%Cavitation Erosion Resistance of Novel Cr-Ni-Mo and Cr-Ni-Co Overlaying Alloys

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    徐桂芳; 秦敏明; 雷玉成; 陈希章; 李涛

    2012-01-01

    New type Cr-Ni-Mo and Cr-Ni-Co overlaying alloys were prepared by argon tungsten-arc welding (TIG) on 304 stainless steel, and tested by cavitation vibrating device. The cavitation erosion resistance of alloys was compared through the analysis of mass loss. The alloy layer was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and microhardness tester. Results indicate that the cavitation erosion resistance of Cr-Ni-Mo and Cr-Ni-Co overlaying alloys is better than that of 304 stainless steel, and the resistance of Cr-Ni-Co is better than Cr-Ni-Mo. In the process of cavitation the damage is preferred to appear in grain boundary. Phase transformation from austenite to martensite happens in the cavitation process of Cr-Ni-Co alloy, and it is helpful to absorb the energy and delay the process of cavitation erosion, and enhance the cavitation erosion resistance effectively. The cavitation erosion resistance of overlaying alloys is related to hardness and work hardening ability.%采用钨极氩弧焊(TIG)将新型Cr-Ni-Mo和Cr-Ni-Co合金堆焊于304不锈钢表面进行空蚀试验,通过失重比较不同合金的抗空蚀性能.采用扫描电镜(SEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)仪和显微硬度计对合金层进行分析.结果表明:Cr-Ni-Mo和Cr-Ni-Co合金的耐空蚀性能均优越于304不锈钢,其中Cr-Ni-Co优于Cr-Ni-Mo;空蚀破坏优先出现在堆焊层的晶界处;Cr-Ni-Co合金在空蚀过程中发生了因奥氏体向马氏体的转变,有利于能量吸收,延缓了空蚀的进行,提高其耐空蚀性能;堆焊合金的抗空蚀能力与合金本身的硬度和加工硬化能力有关.

  3. Communication: The highest frequency hydrogen bond vibration and an experimental value for the dissociation energy of formic acid dimer

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    Kollipost, F.; Larsen, René Wugt; Domanskaya, A.V.

    2012-01-01

    . Comparison to earlier studies at room temperature reveals the large influence of thermal excitation on the band maximum. Together with three Bu combination states involving hydrogen bond fundamentals and with recent progress for the Raman-active modes, this brings into reach an accurate statistical...

  4. Potential Remedies for the High Synchrotron-Radiation-Induced Heat Load for Future Highest-Energy-Proton Circular Colliders

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    Cimino, R.; Baglin, V.; Schäfers, F.

    2015-12-01

    We propose a new method for handling the high synchrotron radiation (SR) induced heat load of future circular hadron colliders (like FCC-hh). FCC-hh are dominated by the production of SR, which causes a significant heat load on the accelerator walls. Removal of such a heat load in the cold part of the machine, as done in the Large Hadron Collider, will require more than 100 MW of electrical power and a major cooling system. We studied a totally different approach, identifying an accelerator beam screen whose illuminated surface is able to forward reflect most of the photons impinging onto it. Such a reflecting beam screen will transport a significant part of this heat load outside the cold dipoles. Then, in room temperature sections, it could be more efficiently dissipated. Here we will analyze the proposed solution and address its full compatibility with all other aspects an accelerator beam screen must fulfill to keep under control beam instabilities as caused by electron cloud formation, impedance, dynamic vacuum issues, etc. If experimentally fully validated, a highly reflecting beam screen surface will provide a viable and solid solution to be eligible as a baseline design in FCC-hh projects to come, rendering them more cost effective and sustainable.

  5. Potential Remedies for the High Synchrotron-Radiation-Induced Heat Load for Future Highest-Energy-Proton Circular Colliders

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    AUTHOR|(CDS)2084568; Baglin, Vincent; Schaefers, Franz

    2015-01-01

    We propose a new method for handling the high synchrotron radiation (SR) induced heat load of future circular hadron colliders (like FCC-hh). FCC-hh are dominated by the production of SR, which causes a significant heat load on the accelerator walls. Removal of such a heat load in the cold part of the machine, as done in the Large Hadron Collider, will require more than 100 MW of electrical power and a major cooling system. We studied a totally different approach, identifying an accelerator beam screen whose illuminated surface is able to forward reflect most of the photons impinging onto it. Such a reflecting beam screen will transport a significant part of this heat load outside the cold dipoles. Then, in room temperature sections, it could be more efficiently dissipated. Here we will analyze the proposed solution and address its full compatibility with all other aspects an accelerator beam screen must fulfill to keep under control beam instabilities as caused by electron cloud formation, impedance, dynamic...

  6. Potential Remedies for the High Synchrotron-Radiation-Induced Heat Load for Future Highest-Energy-Proton Circular Colliders.

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    Cimino, R; Baglin, V; Schäfers, F

    2015-12-31

    We propose a new method for handling the high synchrotron radiation (SR) induced heat load of future circular hadron colliders (like FCC-hh). FCC-hh are dominated by the production of SR, which causes a significant heat load on the accelerator walls. Removal of such a heat load in the cold part of the machine, as done in the Large Hadron Collider, will require more than 100 MW of electrical power and a major cooling system. We studied a totally different approach, identifying an accelerator beam screen whose illuminated surface is able to forward reflect most of the photons impinging onto it. Such a reflecting beam screen will transport a significant part of this heat load outside the cold dipoles. Then, in room temperature sections, it could be more efficiently dissipated. Here we will analyze the proposed solution and address its full compatibility with all other aspects an accelerator beam screen must fulfill to keep under control beam instabilities as caused by electron cloud formation, impedance, dynamic vacuum issues, etc. If experimentally fully validated, a highly reflecting beam screen surface will provide a viable and solid solution to be eligible as a baseline design in FCC-hh projects to come, rendering them more cost effective and sustainable.

  7. Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency in Madeira (Portugal): the highest prevalence in the world.

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    Spínola, Carla; Bruges-Armas, Jácome; Pereira, Conceição; Brehm, António; Spínola, Hélder

    2009-10-01

    Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is a common genetic disease which affects both lung and liver. Early diagnosis can help asymptomatic patients to adjust their lifestyle choices in order to reduce the risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The determination of this genetic deficiency prevalence in Madeira Island (Portugal) population is important to clarify susceptibility and define the relevance of performing genetic tests for AAT on individuals at risk for COPD. Two hundred samples of unrelated individuals from Madeira Island were genotyped for the two most common AAT deficiency alleles, PI*S and PI*Z, using Polymerase Chain Reaction-Mediated Site-Directed Mutagenesis. Our results show one of the highest frequencies for both mutations when compared to any already studied population in the world. In fact, PI*S mutation has the highest prevalence (18%), and PI*Z mutation (2.5%) was the third highest worldwide. The frequency of AAT deficiency genotypes in Madeira (PI*ZZ, PI*SS, and PI*SZ) is estimated to be the highest in the world: 41 per 1000. This high prevalence of AAT deficiency on Madeira Island reveals an increased genetic susceptibility to COPD and suggests a routine genetic testing for individuals at risk.

  8. President of Howard U. Was Highest-Paid in 1994-95.

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    Lively, Kit

    1996-01-01

    Data from federal tax returns for 1994-95 filed by 479 of the nation's universities and colleges revealed the largest compensation package for college presidents was over $800,000. Most of the highest-paid were at research or doctoral institutions. Some received no pay or donated it to their college or religious order. Controversies over…

  9. The Ideal of Relations of a Ring of Highest Weight Vectors

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    Shaoqiang Deng; Zixin Hou

    2001-01-01

    We use the slice method and some computer algebra programs to determine the ideal of relations of the ring of highest weight vectors of the action of Om and GL3 on the algebra of complex polynomials on Cm,3 with m ≥ 6.

  10. Highest average burnups achieved by MTR fuel elements of the IEA-R1 research reactor

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    Damy, Margaret A.; Terremoto, Luis A.A.; Silva, Jose E.R.; Silva, Antonio Teixeira e; Castanheira, Myrthes; Teodoro, Celso A. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Engenharia Nuclear (CEN)]. E-mail: madamy@ipen.br

    2007-07-01

    Different nuclear fuels were employed in the manufacture of plate type at IPEN , usually designated as Material Testing Reactor (MTR) fuel elements. These fuel elements were used at the IEA-R1 research reactor. This work describes the main characteristics of these nuclear fuels, emphasizing the highest average burn up achieved by these fuel elements. (author)

  11. Irreducible Highest Weight Representations Of The Simple n-Lie Algebra

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    Balibanu, Dana

    2010-01-01

    A. Dzhumadil'daev classified all irreducible finite dimensional representations of the simple n-Lie algebra. Using a slightly different approach, we obtain in this paper a complete classification of all irreducible, highest weight modules, including the infinite-dimensional ones. As a corollary we find all primitive ideals of the universal enveloping algebra of this simple n-Lie algebra.

  12. Electrochemical Characterization of Multilayer Cr/CrN-Based Coatings

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    Fabio C. Caiazzo

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a series of mono-and multilayer coatings were considered. They consisted of CrN and Cr prepared by physical vapor deposition with a cathodic arc. The most common steels for molds of plastics were chosen as substrates: X37CrMoV5-1 (SMV3, X2NiCoMo18-8-5 (MARVAL M1, X105CrCoMo18-2 (N690 and X40CrMo15 (X13T6. The samples were made with surface state conditions reproducing the main finishes required for molding of plastics: mirror, electro-eroded, sandblasted and ground finish. The coatings were characterized morphologically and chemically. The corrosion behavior of bare and coated steels was evaluated by electrochemical methods.

  13. Health systems and the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

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    Hunt, Paul; Backman, Gunilla

    2008-01-01

    The right to the highest attainable standard of health should be the cornerstone of any consideration of health and human rights. The content of this fundamental human right is now sufficiently well understood to be applied in an operational, systematic, and sustained manner. At the heart of the right to the highest attainable standard of health lies an effective and integrated health system, encompassing medical care and the underlying determinants of health, which is responsive to national and local priorities and accessible to all. Yet in many countries, health systems are failing and collapsing, giving rise to an extremely grave human rights problem. This article outlines the general approach of the right to the highest attainable standard of health toward the strengthening of health systems. It identifies some of the key right-to-health features of a health system, such as transparency, participation, equity and equality, a comprehensive national health plan, a minimum "basket" of health-related services and facilities, disaggregated data, monitoring and accountability, and so on. This general approach has to be consistently and systematically applied across the "building blocks" that together constitute a functioning health system. By way of illustration, the article applies this approach to one of these "building blocks:" leadership, governance, and stewardship. There are numerous health movements and approaches, including health equity, primary health care, social determinants, and so on. All are very important. But it is misconceived to regard human rights as yet another approach with the same status as the others. Like ethics, the right to the highest attainable standard of health is not optional--and, like ethics, it recurs throughout all other approaches. The right to the highest attainable standard of health is the only perspective that is both underpinned by universally recognized moral values and reinforced by legal obligations.

  14. Phase stability and elastic properties of Cr-V alloys.

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    Gao, M C; Suzuki, Y; Schweiger, H; Doğan, Ö N; Hawk, J; Widom, M

    2013-02-20

    V is the only element in the periodic table that forms a complete solid solution with Cr and thus is particularly important in alloying strategy to ductilize Cr. This study combines first-principles density functional theory calculations and experiments to investigate the phase stability and elastic properties of Cr-V binary alloys. The cluster expansion study reveals the formation of various ordered compounds at low temperatures that were not previously known. These compounds become unstable due to the configurational entropy of bcc solid solution as the temperature is increased. The elastic constants of ordered and disordered compounds are calculated at both T = 0 K and finite temperatures. The overall trends in elastic properties are in agreement with measurements using the resonant ultrasound spectroscopy method. The calculations predict that addition of V to Cr decreases both the bulk modulus and the shear modulus, and enhances the Poisson's ratio, in agreement with experiments. Decrease in the bulk modulus is correlated to decrease in the valence electron density and increase in the lattice constant. An enhanced Poisson's ratio for bcc Cr-V alloys (compared to pure Cr) is associated with an increased density of states at the Fermi level. Furthermore, the difference charge density in the bonding region in the (110) slip plane is highest for pure Cr and decreases gradually as V is added. The present calculation also predicts a negative Cauchy pressure for pure Cr, and it becomes positive upon alloying with V. The intrinsic ductilizing effect from V may contribute, at least partially, to the experimentally observed ductilizing phenomenon in the literature.

  15. The impact of CrOx loading on reaction behaviors of dichloromethane (DCM) catalytic combustion over Cr-O/HZSM-5 catalysts

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    Su, Jie; Yao, Weiyuan; Liu, Yue; Wu, Zhongbiao

    2017-02-01

    A series of HZSM-5 supported CrOx catalysts at different loadings were prepared by wet impregnation method for catalytic combustion of dichloromethane (DCM) in this paper. The catalytic activity tests indicated that both DCM conversion and product selectivity varied greatly with Cr doping contents. The sample at 2 wt% loading showed the highest DCM conversion, while the selectivity toward CO/CO2 increased at an elevated CrOx loading. The characterization results revealed that the surface acidity and the chemical states of Cr were strongly affected by the doping content. The surface acidity would decline at an elevated Cr loading owing to the interactions between surface OH groups and chromium ions. And higher surface Cr(VI)/Cr(III) ratios could be observed on the catalysts at lower CrOx doping, leading to the improvement of reducibility. The activity and selectivity of DCM catalytic degradation were found to be highly depended on the balance of surface acidity and redox property. The increased surface acidity could result in the enhancement of dissociated adsorption of DCM, which are beneficial to the catalytic activity. However, higher surface acidity meant lower Cr loading, which might lead the adsorbed intermediates incompletely oxidized and the decrease in COx selectivity due to the limit redox ability.

  16. First-Principles Study of Doped Half-Metallic Spinels: Cu0.5Zn0.5Cr2S4,Cu0.5Cd0.5Cr2S4, Li0.5Zn0.5Cr2O4 and Li0.5Zn0.5Cr2S4

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    ZHOU Tie-Ge; LIU Zhi-Qiang; ZUO Xu

    2012-01-01

    Electronic structure and magnetic properties of Cu0.5 Zn0.5 Cr2S4, Cu0.5 Cd0.5 CrS4, Li0.5 Zn0.5 CrO4 and Li0.5 Zn0.5 Cr2S4 are investigated using the first-principles calculation based on the density functional theory. GGA+U exchange correlation is used in the calculation to correct the effective Coulomb repulsion energy of Cr underestimated by LSDA or GGA. The calculation results reveal that half-metallic Cu0.5 Zn0.5 Cr2S4 and Cu0.5 Cd0.5 CrS4 can be achieved by doping CuCr2S4 with Zn or Cd, though CuCr2S4 is not half-metallic. Half-metallic LiCr2O4 is experimentally unstable, but half-metallic Li0.5 Zn0.5 Cr2O4 and Li0.5 Zn0.5 Cr2S4 can be achieved by doping Li into experimentally stable ZnCr2O4 and ZnCr2S4, though ZnCr2O4 and ZnCr2S4 are not half-metallic. The influence of +U on the electronic structure and half-metallicity of the doped systems is also presented.%Electronic structure and magnetic properties of Cu0.5 Zn0.5 Cr2S4,Cu0.5 5 Cd0.5 Cr2S4,Li0.5 Zn0.5 Cr2O4 and Li0.5 Zn0.5 Cr2S4 are investigated using the first-principles calculation based on the density functional theory.GGA +U exchange correlation is used in the calculation to correct the effective Coulomb repulsion energy of Cr underestimated by LSDA or GGA.The calculation results reveal that half-metallic Cu0.5Zn0.5Cr2S4 and Cu0.5Cd0.5Cr2S4 can be achieved by doping CuCr2S4 with Zn or Cd,though CuCr2S4 is not half-metallic.Half-metallic LiCr2O4 is experimentally unstable,but half-metallic Li0.5Zn0.5 Cr2O4 and Li0.5Zn0.5 Cr2S4 can be achieved by doping Li into experimentally stable ZnCr2O4 and ZnCr2S4,though ZnCr2O4 and ZnCr2S4 are not half-metallic.The influence of +U on the electronic structure and half-metallicity of the doped systems is also presented.

  17. INTERACTION OF SUB-ZERO PROCESSED Cr-V LEDEBURITIC STEEL WITH ALUMINA, 100Cr6-STEEL AND BRONZE IN DRY SLIDING

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    Peter Jurci; Pavel Bílek; Jana Ptačinová; Jana Sobotová

    2014-01-01

    The interaction of the Vanadis 6 steel, processed without/with an application of sub-zero treatment, with alumina (hard counterface), 100Cr6-ball bearing steel (counterface of an intermediate hardness) and CuSn6 (soft counterface) has been examined. Obtained results infer that the wear performance against alumina is the best for no-SZT material quenched from higher austenitizing temperature (highest hardness). In dry sliding against 100 Cr6 ball bearing steel, the best wear resistance has bee...

  18. Spin state and orbital ordering in CuCr2O4 investigated by NMR

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    Jo, Euna; Kang, Byeongki; Kim, Changsoo; Kwon, Sangil; Lee, Soonchil

    2013-09-01

    63,65Cu and 53Cr nuclear magnetic resonance spectra for CuCr2O4 were measured at various magnetic fields and temperatures. The microscopic evidence of orbital ordering in CuCr2O4 was obtained from a dipolar hyperfine field, NQR, and magnetic anisotropy analysis of the linewidth broadening of the Cu and Cr NMR spectra measured in the external magnetic field. The energy gap in the dispersion relation of the spin wave excitation was measured from the temperature dependence of the resonance frequency of Cu and Cr ions in CuCr2O4. The energy gap of the Cu ions is about 10 K (± 5 K), and that of the Cr ions is about 40 K (± 5 K). These values imply that the spin-orbit coupling of Cr ions is stronger than that of Cu ions related to the orbital ordering in CuCr2O4. The magnetic field dependence of the Cr NMR frequency shows that the angle between the Cr3+ magnetic moment and the Cu2+ magnetic moment is about 98∘ (± 2∘).

  19. Reaction of lanthanide elements with Fe–Cr alloy

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    Inagaki, Kenta, E-mail: inagaki@criepi.denken.or.jp; Ogata, Takanari

    2013-10-15

    During steady-state irradiation of metal fuel in fast reactors, lanthanide fission products react with the Fe-base cladding and cause wastage of the cladding inner surface. In order to provide the basis of the cladding wastage modeling, the authors conducted isothermal annealing tests of diffusion couples consisting of Fe–12wt.%Cr alloy and lanthanide alloy, 13La–24Ce–12Pr–39Nd–12Sm (in wt.%), which simulates fission yield of lanthanide elements. In the temperature range of 773–923 K, Fe diffused into the lanthanide alloy side and formed Fe{sub 2}RE precipitates, where RE stands for lanthanide element mixture. Cr did not migrate evidently. The lanthanide elements diffused into the Fe–Cr side and formed the distinct reaction zone. This reaction zone showed two-phase structure of (Fe,Cr){sub 17}RE{sub 2} and (Fe,Cr){sub 3}RE. Ce and Sm were concentrated in the Fe{sub 2}RE and (Fe,Cr){sub 17}RE{sub 2} phases. The thickness of reaction zone in the Fe–Cr side grew in proportion to the square root of annealing time. The activation energy of the reaction zone growth was determined, which can be the basis of the cladding wastage modeling.

  20. Doping dependent properties of Cr-doped ZnO nanostructures prepared by microwave irradiation.

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    Ahmed, Faheem; Arshi, Nishat; Anwar, M S; Koo, Bon Heun

    2014-11-01

    In this work, undoped and Cr-doped single-crystalline ZnO nanorods were prepared by a facile microwave assisted solution method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results showed that Cr-doped ZnO was comprised of single phase nature with hexagonal wurtzite structure up to 5% Cr doping, however, secondary phase ZnCr2O4 appeared upon further increasing the Cr dopant concentration. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and TEM micrographs suggested that the undoped nanorods with an average length of -~2 μm and a diameter in the range of 150-200 nm, respectively were observed. Interestingly, the size of nanorods decreased with the increase of Cr concentration in ZnO. Optical studies depicted that the energy bandgap was decreased with the increase of Cr concentration. Raman scattering spectra of Cr-doped ZnO revealed the lower frequency shift of E2(high) phonon mode with the increase in concentration of Cr dopant, suggested the successful doping of Cr into Zn site in ZnO. Magnetic studies showed that Cr-doped ZnO exhibited room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) and the value of magnetization was continuously decreased with the increase in Cr doping.

  1. Hydrogen storage properties of nano-composites of Mg and Zr-Ni-Cr alloys

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    Yang, J.; Ciureanu, M.; Roberge, R. [H Power Enterprises of Canada, 1069 Begin Street, St. Laurent, Quebec (Canada)

    2000-05-01

    Mg and Zr-Ni-Cr alloy nano-composite hydrogen storage materials have been prepared by high energy mechanical milling (MM) of Mg powders with either crystalline ZrNiCr and ZrNi{sub 1.6}Cr{sub 0.4} powders or mechanically milled amorphous ZrNiCr and ZrNi{sub 1.6}Cr{sub 0.4} powders. Nano-composites of amorphous Zr-Ni-Cr alloy and Mg have better desorption kinetics compared to crystalline Zr-Ni-Cr alloy and Mg nano-composites. Amorphous ZrNi{sub 1.6}Cr{sub 0.4} and Mg nano-composites desorb larger amount of H{sub 2} much faster than amorphous ZrNiCr and Mg nano-composites. The nano-composite of 35 wt.% amorphous ZrNi{sub 1.6}Cr{sub 0.4} and Mg releases 4.3 wt.% H{sub 2} at 300C in 30 min. X-ray diffraction revealed that there are no reactions between Mg and Zr-Ni-Cr alloys in the milling, activation, and subsequent cycling processes, proving that amorphous ZrNi{sub 1.6}Cr{sub 0.4} is an effective hydrogen absorption and desorption catalyst.

  2. Gamma-ray decay of levels in /sup 53/Cr

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    Dickens, J.K.; Larson, D.C.

    1987-11-01

    Gamma-ray decay of levels in the stable isotope /sup 53/Cr has been studied using /sup 53/Cr(n,n'..gamma..) reactions for incident neutron energies between threshold and 10 MeV. Of the 65 gamma rays or gamma-ray groups observed for neutron interactions with /sup 53/Cr, 50 have been placed or tentatively placed among 34 levels in /sup 53/Cr up to an excitation energy of 4.36 MeV. Deduced branching ratios are in reasonable agreement with previous measurements except for decay of the E/sub x/ = 1537-keV level. For the decay of the E/sub x/ = 1537-keV level we are unable to explain variations in the branching ratios of the transition gamma rays as a function of incident neutron energy within the framework of the presently known level structure of /sup 53/Cr and suggest the possibility of a second energy level at E/sub x/ = 1537 keV. 59 refs., 13 figs., 2 tabs.

  3. Valoración de la ingesta de nutrientes y energía en paciente crítico bajo terapia nutricional enteral Nutrients and energy intake assessment in the critically ill patient on enteral nutritional therapy

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    J. Abilés

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Introducción y objetivos: El enfermo crítico es especialmente susceptible a la desnutrición debido a que su situación hipermetabólica conlleva a un aumento de los requerimientos nutricionales, que muchas veces no se cubren con el aporte de las fórmulas enterales suministradas. El estudio de la ingesta nutricional resulta imprescindible en este tipo de paciente para conocer en qué medida se cubren sus necesidades energético-nutricionales, mejorando y monitorizando la terapia clínico-nutricional a seguir de la manera m��s personalizada posible. Metodología: Es un estudio retrospectivo en el que se evaluaron todos los pacientes ingresados en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos del Hospital Virgen de las Nieves desde enero a diciembre de 2003, mayores de 18 años bajo tratamiento nutricional enteral. Se estudiaron un total de 90 pacientes (52 hombres y 38 mujeres, el 81% de los mismos eran mayores de 50 años de edad, el 57% tuvieron estancias superiores a 8 días con una mortalidad del 21%. Se valoró la ingesta desde el ingreso y durante todo el período de hospitalización. Los requerimientos energéticos se calcularon a partir de la fórmula de Long modificada y se compararon las ingestas de micronutrientes con las recomendaciones generales existentes tanto para la población española como la europea la americana, y los requerimientos vitamínicos para pacientes en estado grave. Resultados: En la figura 1 se presentan los porcentajes de ingestas medias de energía y nutrientes con relación a los requerimientos teóricos calculados para ambos sexos. El aporte energético medio fue para los hombres de 1.326 cal y de 917 cal para las mujeres. Con respecto a la ingesta de macronutrientes, los valores encontrados tanto para las proteínas como para las grasas y los carbohidratos fueron inferiores al 50% de los requerimientos en ambos sexos. En la figura 2 se observa el porcentaje de adecuación a los requerimientos en el consumo de

  4. Microstructures and mechanical properties of Al{sub x}CrFeNiTi{sub 0.25} alloys

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    Liu, S. [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Gao, M.C. [National Energy Technology Laboratory, 1450 Queen Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321 (United States); URS Corporation, P.O. Box 1959, Albany, OR 97321 (United States); Liaw, P.K. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Zhang, Y., E-mail: drzhangy@ustb.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2015-01-15

    Aiming to lower the cost and improve mechanical properties of AlCoCrFeNiTi{sub x} high-entropy alloys that were studied previously, the present research investigated the effect of removing Co and lowering Ti contents at various Al contents, namely Al{sub x}CrFeNiTi{sub 0.25}. The microstructures were investigated using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy disperse spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Compression tests were conducted at room temperature. The present study showed that with increasing Al contents, the phase structures of the alloys changed from FCC + BCC to double BCC as the main phases. Among the alloys studied, all of them exhibit distinguished work hardening. Especially the Al{sub 0.5}CrFeNiTi{sub 0.25} alloy has the highest fracture strength and plastic-strain limit of 3.47 GPa and 40%, respectively with a yield strength of 1.88 GPa. The observed microstructure is analyzed using CALPHAD calculations.

  5. Annihilator varieties, highest derivatives, Whittaker functionals, and rank for unitary representations of GL(n,R)

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    Gourevitch, Dmitry

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we study irreducible unitary representations of GL(n,R) and prove a number of results. Our first result establishes a precise connection between the annihilator of a representation and the existence of degenerate Whittaker functionals, for both smooth and K-finite vectors, thereby generalizing results of Kostant, Matumoto and others. Our second result relates the annihilator to the sequence of highest derivatives, as defined in this setting by one of the authors. Based on those results, we suggest a new notion of rank of a smooth admissible representation of GL(n,R), which for unitarizable representations refines Howe's notion of rank. Our third result computes the highest derivatives for (almost) all unitary representations in terms of the Vogan classification. We also indicate briefly the analogous results over complex and p-adic fields.

  6. Excitation functions of the {sup nat}Cr(p,x){sup 44}Ti, {sup 56}Fe(p,x){sup 44}Ti, {sup nat}Ni(p,x){sup 44}Ti and {sup 93}Nb(p,x){sup 44}Ti reactions at energies up to 2.6 GeV

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    Titarenko, Yu. E.; Batyaev, V.F.; Pavlov, K.V.; Titarenko, A. Yu. [National Research Center Kurchatov Institute, Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow 117218 (Russian Federation); Zhivun, V.M. [National Research Center Kurchatov Institute, Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow 117218 (Russian Federation); National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow 115409 (Russian Federation); Chauzova, M.V.; Balyuk, S.A.; Bebenin, P.V. [National Research Center Kurchatov Institute, Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow 117218 (Russian Federation); Ignatyuk, A.V. [National Research Center Kurchatov Institute, Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow 117218 (Russian Federation); Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk 249033 (Russian Federation); Mashnik, S.G. [Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States); Leray, S.; Boudard, A.; David, J.C.; Mancusi, D. [CEA/Saclay, Irfu/SPhN, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, Cedex (France); Cugnon, J. [University of Liege (Belgium); Yariv, Y. [SoreqNRC, Yavne (Israel); Nishihara, K.; Matsuda, N. [JAEA, Tokai (Japan); Kumawat, H. [BARC, Mumbai (India); Stankovskiy, A. Yu. [SCK-CEN (Belgium)

    2016-06-11

    The paper presents the measured cumulative yields of {sup 44}Ti for {sup nat}Cr, {sup 56}Fe, {sup nat}Ni and {sup 93}Nb samples irradiated by protons at the energy range 0.04–2.6 GeV. The obtained excitation functions are compared with calculations of the well-known codes: ISABEL, Bertini, INCL4.2+ABLA, INCL4.5+ABLA07, PHITS, CASCADE07 and CEM03.02. The predictive power of these codes regarding the studied nuclides is analyzed.

  7. Excitation functions of the natCr(p,x)44Ti, 56Fe(p,x)44Ti, natNi(p,x)44Ti and 93Nb(p,x)44Ti reactions at energies up to 2.6 GeV

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    Titarenko, Yu. E.; Batyaev, V. F.; Pavlov, K. V.; Titarenko, A. Yu.; Zhivun, V. M.; Chauzova, M. V.; Balyuk, S. A.; Bebenin, P. V.; Ignatyuk, A. V.; Mashnik, S. G.; Leray, S.; Boudard, A.; David, J. C.; Mancusi, D.; Cugnon, J.; Yariv, Y.; Nishihara, K.; Matsuda, N.; Kumawat, H.; Stankovskiy, A. Yu.

    2016-06-01

    The paper presents the measured cumulative yields of 44Ti for natCr, 56Fe, natNi and 93Nb samples irradiated by protons at the energy range 0.04-2.6 GeV. The obtained excitation functions are compared with calculations of the well-known codes: ISABEL, Bertini, INCL4.2+ABLA, INCL4.5+ABLA07, PHITS, CASCADE07 and CEM03.02. The predictive power of these codes regarding the studied nuclides is analyzed.

  8. Hot Corrosion Performance of AlO-CrO/NiCoCrAlYTa and AlO/NiCoCrAlYTa Coatings Deposited by Atmospheric Plasma Spraying

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    Tao, Chong; Wang, Lei; Cheng, Nailiang; Hu, Hengfa; Liu, Yang; Song, Xiu

    2016-04-01

    AlO-CrO/NiCoCrAlYTa and AlO/NiCoCrAlYTa coatings were deposited on 316L stainless steel substrate using atmospheric plasma spraying, respectively, in order to improve the oxidation and corrosion resistance. The hot corrosion performance of the coatings at 700 and 900 °C were studied, and the detailed microstructures and phase composition of the coatings were analyzed using x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectrometer, and transmission electron microscope. The results show that both coatings are structurally featured by slatted layers, consisting of amorphous phase, Cr2O3, Ni3Al, and Al2O3. The hot corrosion resistance of AlO-CrO/NiCoCrAlYTa coating is better than that of AlO/NiCoCrAlYTa coating. This improvement is attributed to lower porosity and more compact Cr2O3 in AlO-CrO/NiCoCrAlYTa coating which performs better than Al2O3 in blocking further inward progress of corrosion and oxidization.

  9. Interlaminar Stresses by Refined Beam Theories and the Sinc Method Based on Interpolation of Highest Derivative

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    Slemp, Wesley C. H.; Kapania, Rakesh K.; Tessler, Alexander

    2010-01-01

    Computation of interlaminar stresses from the higher-order shear and normal deformable beam theory and the refined zigzag theory was performed using the Sinc method based on Interpolation of Highest Derivative. The Sinc method based on Interpolation of Highest Derivative was proposed as an efficient method for determining through-the-thickness variations of interlaminar stresses from one- and two-dimensional analysis by integration of the equilibrium equations of three-dimensional elasticity. However, the use of traditional equivalent single layer theories often results in inaccuracies near the boundaries and when the lamina have extremely large differences in material properties. Interlaminar stresses in symmetric cross-ply laminated beams were obtained by solving the higher-order shear and normal deformable beam theory and the refined zigzag theory with the Sinc method based on Interpolation of Highest Derivative. Interlaminar stresses and bending stresses from the present approach were compared with a detailed finite element solution obtained by ABAQUS/Standard. The results illustrate the ease with which the Sinc method based on Interpolation of Highest Derivative can be used to obtain the through-the-thickness distributions of interlaminar stresses from the beam theories. Moreover, the results indicate that the refined zigzag theory is a substantial improvement over the Timoshenko beam theory due to the piecewise continuous displacement field which more accurately represents interlaminar discontinuities in the strain field. The higher-order shear and normal deformable beam theory more accurately captures the interlaminar stresses at the ends of the beam because it allows transverse normal strain. However, the continuous nature of the displacement field requires a large number of monomial terms before the interlaminar stresses are computed as accurately as the refined zigzag theory.

  10. ATLAS event at 13 TeV - Highest mass dijets resonance event in 2015 data

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    2015-01-01

    The highest-mass, central dijet event passing the dijet resonance selection collected in 2015 (Event 1273922482, Run 280673) : the two central high-pT jets have an invariant mass of 6.9 TeV, the two leading jets have a pT of 3.2 TeV. The missing transverse momentum in this event is 46 GeV.

  11. ATLAS event at 13 TeV - Highest mass dijets angular event in 2015 data

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    2015-01-01

    The highest-mass dijet event passing the angular selection collected in 2015 (Event 478442529, Run 280464): the two central high-pT jets have an invariant mass of 7.9 TeV, the three leading jets have a pT of 1.99, 1.86 and 0.74 TeV respectively. The missing transverse momentum in this event is 46 GeV

  12. Effect of film thickness on structural and mechanical properties of AlCrN nanocompoite thin films deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering

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    Prakash, Ravi; Kaur, Davinder, E-mail: dkaurfph@iitr.ac.in [Functional Nanomaterial Research lab, Department of Physics and Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee-247667, Uttarakhand (India)

    2016-05-06

    In this study, the influence of film thickness on the structural, surface morphology and mechanical properties of Aluminum chromium nitride (AlCrN) thin films has been successfully investigated. The AlCrN thin films were deposited on silicon (100) substrate using dc magnetron reactive co-sputtering at substrate temperature 400° C. The structural, surface morphology and mechanical properties were studied using X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and nanoindentation techniques respectively. The thickness of these thin films was controlled by varying the deposition time therefore increase in deposition time led to increase in film thickness. X-ray diffraction pattern of AlCrN thin films with different deposition time shows the presence of (100) and (200) orientations. The crystallite size varies in the range from 12.5 nm to 36.3 nm with the film thickness due to surface energy minimization with the higher film thickness. The hardness pattern of these AlCrN thin films follows Hall-Petch relation. The highest hardness 23.08 Gpa and young modulus 215.31 Gpa were achieved at lowest grain size of 12.5 nm.

  13. Analysis of precipitation in a Cu-Cr-Zr alloy

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    Zhao Mei; Lin Guobiao; Wang Zidong; Zhang Maokui

    2008-01-01

    Precipites in Cu-0.42%Cr-0.21%Zr alloy were analyzed by using scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). After the solid solution was performed at 980℃ for 2 h, water-quenched and aged at 450℃ for 20 h, the precipite had a bimodal distribution of precipitate size. The coarse precipitates are pure Cr and Cu5Zr, the dispersed fine precipitate is CrCu2(Zr, Mg) and pure Cr ranging from 1 to 50 nm. The coarse phases formed during solidification and were left undissolved during solid solution. The fine precipitates are the hardening precipitates that form due to decomposition of the supersaturated solid solution during aging.

  14. Analysis of precipitation in a Cu-Cr-Zr alloy

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    Wang Zidong

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Precipites in Cu-0.42%Cr-0.21%Zr alloy were analyzed by using scanning electron microscope (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS and transmission electron microscope (TEM. After the solid solution was performed at 980 ℃ for 2 h, water-quenched and aged at 450 ℃ for 20 h, the precipite had a bimodal distribution of precipitate size. The coarse precipitates are pure Cr and Cu5Zr, the dispersed fine precipitate is CrCu2(Zr,Mg and pure Cr ranging from 1 to 50 nm. The coarse phases formed during solidifi cation and were left undissolved during solid solution. The fi ne precipitates are the hardening precipitates that form due to decomposition of the supersaturated solid solution during aging.

  15. On the crystal structure of Z-phase Cr(V,Nb)N

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    Danielsen, Hilmar Kjartansson; Hald, John; Grumsen, Flemming Bjerg

    2006-01-01

    The Z-phase Cr(YNb)N particles in various 9 to 12 pct Cr creep-resistant steels were investigated with electron diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and electron energy loss spectroscopy(EELS). In addition to the well-known tetragonal crystal structure for Z phase, a cubic crystal s......(V,Nb)N particles could be of crucial importance to enable improvement of the long-term creep stability of 9 to 12 pct Cr martensitic steels.......The Z-phase Cr(YNb)N particles in various 9 to 12 pct Cr creep-resistant steels were investigated with electron diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and electron energy loss spectroscopy(EELS). In addition to the well-known tetragonal crystal structure for Z phase, a cubic crystal...... structure was identified for Cr(V,Nb)N and CrVN particles, but not for CrNbN. The tetragonal and cubic crystal structures were observed to coexist within the same particles, and the orientation relationship between the two lattices was determined. Understanding and controlling the nucleation of Cr...

  16. High Temperature Behavior of Cr3C2-NiCr Coatings in the Actual Coal-Fired Boiler Environment

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    Bhatia, Rakesh; Sidhu, Hazoor Singh; Sidhu, Buta Singh

    2015-03-01

    Erosion-corrosion is a serious problem observed in steam-powered electricity generation plants, and industrial waste incinerators. In the present study, four compositions of Cr3C2-(Ni-20Cr) alloy coating powder were deposited by high-velocity oxy-fuel spray technique on T-91 boiler tube steel. The cyclic studies were performed in a coal-fired boiler at 1123 K ± 10 K (850 °C ± 10 °C). X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray analysis and elemental mapping analysis techniques were used to analyze the corrosion products. All the coatings deposited on T-91 boiler tube steel imparted hot corrosion resistance. The 65 pctCr3C2 -35 pct (Ni-20Cr)-coated T-91 steel sample performed better than all other coated samples in the given environment.

  17. The Exchange Coupling of Gd3+- and Cr3+-Ions in Paramagnetic GdCrO3 (In German)

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    Dräger, K.

    1986-03-01

    Polycrystalline samples of stoichiometric GdCrO3 have been investigated by ESR at 9.4 GHz. In the temperature range between 175 K and 520 K one broad absorption with a Lorentzian line shape and a g-factor of 2.024 has been observed. Attributing the absorption exclusively to the Gd -ion it can be shown that the temperature dependence of the ESR-intensity follows the predictions of a cluster-model. The energy describing the coupling of a single Gd3+-ion to the surrounding Cr3+-ions is found to be ΔE(Gd) = 170 cm-1. Taking advantage of the similarity within the orthochromites it is possible to determine at the same time the exchange - coupling of Cr3+-ions to their identical nearest neighbours as ΔE(Cr) = 293 cm-1. The relative strength of these couplings given by 0.60 is compatible with other experimental issues.

  18. Density of Liquid Ni-Cr Alloy

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    2003-01-01

    The density of liquid Ni-Cr alloy was measured by a modified sessile drop method. The density of liquid Ni-Cr alloywas found to decrease with increasing temperature and Cr concentration in the alloy. The molar volume of liquidNi-Cr alloy increases with increasing the Cr concentration in the alloy. The molar volume of Ni-Cr alloy determinedin the present work shows a positive deviation from the linear molar volume.

  19. Ab-initio study of the structural, magnetic and electric properties of NixCr1-x x={0.125, 0.25, 0.375, 0.5, 0.625, 0.75, 0.875}

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    R. Golsorkhtabar

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available  We investigated the structural, magnetic and electronic properties of NixCr1-x alloy in the range 0.125≤ x ≤0.875 by using FP-LAPW method to solve Kohn-Sham equations. In structural study, we calculated the formation energy, lattice parameter and bulk modulus for bcc and fcc structures within ferromagnetic, ferromagnetic and paramagnetic phases. Our results indicate that the system preference for alloy formation is higher in the range of x=0.625 – 0.75 compared to other studied concentrations. Moreover, by investigation of the values obtained for the lattice parameter and bulk modulus we found out that Cr-Ni bond is weaker than Ni-Ni and Cr-Cr bonds. Additionally, our magnetic results indicate that the magnetic interactions among atoms in bcc structures have probably RKKY behavior. Finally, our results show that the Ni0.75Cr0.25 alloy with fcc structure ans spin polarization of 90% has the highest magnetic and structural stability.

  20. Collectivity of Cr Isotopes Approaching N = 40

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    Baugher, T.; Gade, A.; Bazin, D.; Cook, J. M.; Dinca, D.-C.; Glasmacher, T.; Mueller, W. F.; Ratkiewicz, A.; Weisshaar, D.; McDaniel, S.; Grinyer, G.; Walsh, K.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Carpenter, M. P.; Kondev, F. G.; Zhu, S.; Stefanescu, I.; Ricard-McCutchan, E.; Freeman, S.; Deacon, A.; Smith, J. F.; Kay, B.; Sharp, D.

    2011-10-01

    The reduced quadrupole transition probability, B(E2;0+ -->2+), provides a way to quantify low-lying collectivity in even-even nuclei. B(E2) values for 58 , 60 , 62Cr were extracted using intermediate-energy Coulomb excitation at the NSCL. Cocktail beams containing 58 , 60 , 62Cr were produced in-flight and guided onto a high- Z target. De-excitation gamma-rays tagging the inelastic process were detected in coincidence with the scattered particles using the high-purity germanium array SeGA and the S800 spectrograph. The measurement allowed the B(E2) values of 60,62Cr to be extracted for the first time. Results are compared to large-scale shell-model calculations using a recent effective interaction developed for this region. This work was funded by the NSF under contract PHY-0606007; by the US DOE, ONP, under contracts DE- AC02-06CH11357 and DE-FG02-08ER41556 and by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

  1. Remediation of Cr(VI) contaminated soil using long-duration sodium thiosulfate supported by micro–nano networks

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    He, Lulu [School of Life Sciences, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036 (China); Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui Province, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Wang, Min; Zhang, Guilong [Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui Province, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Bioenergy Forest Research Center of State Forestry Administration, Hefei 230031 (China); Qiu, Guannan [Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui Province, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Cai, Dongqing, E-mail: dqcai@ipp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui Province, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Bioenergy Forest Research Center of State Forestry Administration, Hefei 230031 (China); Wu, Zhengyan, E-mail: zywu@ipp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui Province, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Bioenergy Forest Research Center of State Forestry Administration, Hefei 230031 (China); Zhang, Xin, E-mail: xinzhang@ahau.edu.cn [School of Life Sciences, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036 (China)

    2015-08-30

    Highlights: • This work aims to develop a long-duration remediation agent (LRA). • LRA was obtained using Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 3} supported by attapulgite (ATP) micro–nano networks. • ATP micro–nano networks was induced by high-energy electron beam irradiation. • LRA can effectively control the migration of Cr(VI) and reducing Cr(VI) to Cr(III). • LRA displayed high performance on the remediation of heavy metal contaminated soil. - Abstract: In this work, a long-duration remediation agent (LRA) on hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) was developed using sodium thiosulfate (ST) supported by attapulgite (ATP) micro–nano networks induced through high-energy electron beam (HEEB) irradiation. The ATP networks could effectively reduce the leaching amount of Cr(VI) in soil. More importantly, the ATP networks could significantly control the leaching behavior of ST, and then prolong the duration and increase the reduction efficiency of ST on Cr(VI). As a result, LRA displayed high performance on controlling the migration of Cr(VI) and reducing Cr(VI) to Cr(III). Additionally, pot experiment indicated that LRA could effectively decrease the absorbed amount of Cr(VI) in corn, and reduce the inhibition effect of Cr(VI) on the growth of corn. Therefore, this work could provide a facile approach to remediate the Cr(VI)-contaminated soil and lower the harmful effect of Cr(VI) on crop.

  2. HFO operation with CR injection

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    Poensgen, Christian [MAN-Diesel und Turbo SE, Augsburg (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    In 1996 MAN Diesel and Turbo SE started the development of a CR-system for medium speed engines for HFO operation up to fuel viscosity of 700 cSt. 2004 the first field test engine, a 7L 32/40 GenSet was put into service as a retrofit and collected up to now more than 20.000 running hours operated on HFO on a large container vessel. Meanwhile several L32/40 CR GenSets, L32/44 CR, V48/60 CR and L21/31 CR engines collected more than 100000 running hours in HFO operation before MAN Diesel started up the serial production of the new 32/44 CR and 48/60 CR engines. All of these engines are still in service. The paper will give an overview about the field experience and countermeasures which were necessary to develop a reliable product which fulfills the customers' demands concerning low fuel oil consumption, invisible smoke over the whole load range, low emission levels and maintenance costs. The experience was made in a wide range of applications such as GenSet, Cruise Vessel main propulsion and ferry main propulsion running 24h/day. The field test engines reached an availability of more than 90% per year. The paper also will point out the win/win situation for the the manufacturer and customer to participate in the development of the CR technology. For customers satisfaction MAN Diesel provides help for easy handling like online access per satellite connection, easy leakage detection and operator training at site or at the new built academies. The flexibility of the CR-system is the base frame for the future development of engines which fulfills IMO TIER II and IMO TIER III with high efficiency. The necessary reliability, a must, has been proven in the field under real conditions. (orig.)

  3. Study of the oxidation of Fe-Cr alloys at high temperatures; Estudo da oxidacao de ligas Fe-Cr a altas temperaturas

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    Carneiro, J.F.; Sabioni, A.C.S. [Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (LDM/DF/UFOP), MG (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica. Lab. de Difusao em Materiais; Trindade, V.B. [Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (DEMM/UFOP), MG (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Metalurgica e de Materiais; Ji, V. [Laboratoire d' Etude des Materiaux Hors-Equilibre (LEMHE), Orsay (France)

    2010-07-01

    The high temperature oxidation behavior of Fe-1.5%Cr, Fe-5.0%Cr, Fe-10%Cr and Fe- 15%Cr model alloys were investigated from 700 to 850 deg C, in air atmosphere. The oxidation treatments were performed in a thermobalance with a sensitivity of 1{mu}g. The oxide films grown by oxidation of the alloys were characterized by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The oxide films are Fe-Cr spinels with variable composition depending on the alloy composition. For all conditions studied, the oxidation kinetics of these alloys follow a parabolic law. The comparison of the oxidation rates of the four alloys, at 700 deg C, shows that the parabolic oxidation constants decrease from 1.96x10{sup -9}g{sup 2}.cm{sup -4}.s{sup -1}, for the alloy Fe-1.5% Cr, to 1.18 x 10-14g{sup 2}.cm{sup -4}.s{sup -1} for the alloy Fe-15% Cr. Comparative analysis of the oxidation behavior of the Fe-10%Cr and Fe-15%Cr alloys, between 700 and 850 deg C, shows that the oxidation rates of these alloys are comparable to 800 deg C, above this temperature the Fe-10%Cr alloy shows lower resistance to oxidation. (author)

  4. Structure and mechanical properties of Ti-5Cr based alloy with Mo addition

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    Ho, Wen-Fu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Da-Yeh University, Taiwan (China); Wu, Shih-Ching [Department of Dental Laboratory Technology, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (China); Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Material Science, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (China); Chang, Hsiang-Hao [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Da-Yeh University, Taiwan (China); Hsu, Hsueh-Chuan, E-mail: hchsu@ctust.edu.tw [Department of Dental Laboratory Technology, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (China); Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Material Science, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (China)

    2010-07-20

    The effects of molybdenum (Mo) on the structure and mechanical properties of a Ti-5Cr-based alloy were studied with an emphasis on improving its strength/modulus ratio. Commercially pure titanium (c.p. Ti) was used as a control. As-cast Ti-5Cr and a series of Ti-5Cr-xMo (x = 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 wt.%) alloys were prepared by using a commercial arc-melting vacuum-pressure casting system, and investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD) for phase analysis. Three-point bending tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties of all specimens and their fractured surfaces were observed by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The experimental results indicated that Ti-5Cr-7Mo, Ti-5Cr-9Mo and Ti-5Cr-11Mo alloys exhibited ductile properties, and the {beta}-phase Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited the lowest bending modulus. However, the Ti-5Cr-3Mo and Ti-5Cr-5Mo alloys had much higher bending moduli due to the formation of the {omega} phase during quenching. It is noteworthy that the Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited the highest bending strength/modulus ratios at 26.0, which is significantly higher than those of c.p. Ti (8.5) and Ti-5Cr (13.3). Furthermore, the elastically recoverable angle of the Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy (30{sup o}) was greater than that of c.p. Ti (2.7{sup o}). The reasonably high strength (or high strength/modulus ratio) {beta}-phase Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited a low modulus, ductile property, and excellent elastic recovery capability, which qualifies it as a novel implant materials.

  5. Colour due to Cr3+ ions in oxides: a study of the model system MgO:Cr3+.

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    Aramburu, J A; García-Fernández, P; García-Lastra, J M; Barriuso, M T; Moreno, M

    2013-05-01

    Seeking to understand why the cubic centre in MgO:Cr(3+) has the same 10Dq value as emerald, ab initio cluster and periodic supercell calculations have been performed. It is found that the equilibrium Cr(3+)-O(2-) distance, R, in MgO:Cr(3+) is equal to 2.03 Å and thus 0.06 Å higher than that measured for the emerald. Calculations carried out on the isolated CrO(6)(9-) complex at R = 2.03 Å give 10Dq = 14,510 cm(-1), which is 10% smaller than the experimental figure for MgO:Cr(3+). Nevertheless, when the internal electric field, ER(r), due to the rest of the lattice ions is also taken into account, the calculated 10Dq = 16,210 cm(-1) coincides with the experimental value. Accordingly, the colour shift for different oxides doped with Cr(3+) can be well understood on the basis of this extrinsic contribution to 10Dq usually ignored in a ligand field description. The calculated electrostatic potential, VR(r), related to ER(r), is found to be attractive when the electronic density is lying along directions and |r| > 1 Å driven by the first shell of twelve Mg(2+) ions. The action of VR(r) upon the CrO(6)(9-) complex slightly decreases the energy of t2g(xy,xz,yz) orbitals with respect to that for eg(3z(2) - r(2),x(2) - y(2)) orbitals, thus enhancing the 10Dq value by 0.2 eV. However, the addition of VR(r) induces very small changes in the electronic density, a relevant fact that is related to the (2)E(t(2g)(3)) −> (4)A(2)(t(2g)(3)) emission energy being nearly independent of the host lattice along the series of Cr(3+)-doped oxides.

  6. Electret properties of CR-39

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    Makovicka, L.; Moliton, A.; Guille, B.; Teyssier, J.L.

    1987-01-01

    The behaviour of CR-39 (a solid track detector) as an electret is compared with other classical electret materials (Teflon, Mylar). The initial charge obtained, principally by a corona method, and its decay have been studied; the result for the charge of CR-39 is similar to that for other polymer electrets and the decay is intermediate between that of Teflon and Mylar. Some results of X ray and neutron irradiations are then presented. They show significant responses of CR-39 subjected to X ray beams of approximately 10/sup -2/ Gy.

  7. 17-Year-Old Boy with Renal Failure and the Highest Reported Creatinine in Pediatric Literature

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD is on the rise and constitutes a major health burden across the world. Clinical presentations in early CKD are usually subtle. Awareness of the risk factors for CKD is important for early diagnosis and treatment to slow the progression of disease. We present a case report of a 17-year-old African American male who presented in a life threatening hypertensive emergency with renal failure and the highest reported serum creatinine in a pediatric patient. A brief discussion on CKD criteria, complications, and potential red flags for screening strategies is provided.

  8. Past the Highest-Weight, and What You Can Find There

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    Semikhatov, A M

    1997-01-01

    The properties of highest-weight representations of the N=2 superconformal algebra in two dimensions can be considerably simplified when re-expressed in terms of relaxed ^sl(2) representations. This applies to the appearance of submodules and hence, of singular vectors, and to the structure of the embedding diagrams and the BGG-type resolution. I also discuss the realization of these representations in the bosonic string, where the generalized DDK prescription amounts to the requirement that the representations have a charged singular vector, and the role of the fermionic screening operator.

  9. GRB 070714B - Discovery of the Highest Spectroscopically Confirmed Short Burst Redshift

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    Graham, J F; Levan, A J; Nysewander, M; Tanvir, N R; Dahlen, T; Bersier, D; Peér, A

    2008-01-01

    Gemini Nod & Shuffle spectroscopy on the host of the short GRB 070714B shows a single emission line at 7167 angstroms which, based on a grizJHK photometric redshift, we conclude is the 3727 angstrom [O II] line. This places the host at a redshift of z=.923 exceeding the previous record for the highest spectroscopically confirmed short burst redshift of z=.546 held by GRB 051221. This dramatically moves back the time at which we know short bursts were being formed, and suggests that the present evidence for an old progenitor population may be observationally biased.

  10. Severe sensorimotor neuropathy after intake of highest dosages of vitamin B6.

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    Gdynia, Hans-Jürgen; Müller, Timo; Sperfeld, Anne-Dorte; Kühnlein, Peter; Otto, Markus; Kassubek, Jan; Ludolph, Albert C

    2008-02-01

    We illustrate a white caucasian patient with a severe sensorimotor neuropathy due to vitamin B6 hypervitaminosis. The patient used the pendulum to calculate his daily metabolic demands and ingested 9.6g pyridoxine/day. To our knowledge, this is the highest dosage of vitamin B6 administered to humans over prolonged periods of time ever reported in the medical literature. The unique aspect of this case is the muscle weakness and motor findings on electrophysiological testing in what is suggested by the literature to be a pure sensory neuronopathy.

  11. Predictors of the highest long-term care expenditures in Japan

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In Japan, as the number of elderly covered by the Long-term Care Insurance (LTCI system has increased, demand for long-term care services has increased substantially and consequently growing expenditures are threatening the sustainability of the system. Understanding the predictive factors associated with long-term care expenditures among the elderly would be useful in developing future strategies to ensure the sustainability of the system. We report a set of predictors of the highest long-term care expenditures in a cohort of elderly persons who received consecutive long-term care services during a year in a Japanese city. Methods Data were obtained from databases of the LTC insurer of City A in Japan. Binary logistic regression was used to examine the predictors of the highest long-term care expenditures. We used a simplified model that focused on the effects of disability status and type of services used, while controlling for several relevant factors. Goodness of fit, a multicollinearity test, and logistic regression diagnostics were carried out for the final model. Results The study cohort consisted of 862 current users of LTCI system in city A. After controlling for gender and income, age, increased utilization rate of benefits, decline in functional status, higher care needs level and institutional care were found to be associated with the highest LTCI expenditures. An increased utilization rate of benefits (OR = 24.2 was a strong main effect predictors of the high LTC expenditures. However, a significant interaction between institutional care and high care need level was found, providing evidence of the combined effect of the two covariates. Conclusions Beyond to confirm that disability status of elderly persons is the main factor driving the demand of LTC services and consequently the expenditures, we showed that changes in utilization rate of benefits -a specific insurance factor- and the use of institutional care

  12. Indigenous amino acids in primitive CR meteorites

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    Martins, Z; Orzechowska, G E; Fogel, M L; Ehrenfreund, P

    2008-01-01

    CR meteorites are among the most primitive meteorites. In this paper, we report the first measurements of amino acids in Antarctic CR meteorites, two of which show the highest amino acid concentrations ever found in a chondrite. EET92042, GRA95229 and GRO95577 were analyzed for their amino acid content using high performance liquid chromatography with UV fluorescence detection (HPLC-FD) and gas chromatographymass spectrometry (GC-MS). Our data show that EET92042 and GRA95229 are the most amino acid-rich chondrites ever analyzed, with total amino acid concentrations ranging from 180 parts-per-million (ppm) to 249 ppm. GRO95577, however, is depleted in amino acids. The most abundant amino acids present in the EET92042 and GRA95229 meteorites are the alpha-amino acids glycine, isovaline, alpha-aminoisobutyric acid (alpha-AIB), and alanine, with delta13C values ranging from +31.6per mil to +50.5per mil. The carbon isotope results together with racemic enantiomeric ratios determined for most amino acids strongly i...

  13. Crystallographic and electronic properties of AlCrN films that absorb visible light

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    Tatemizo, N.; Imada, S.; Miura, Y.; Nishio, K.; Isshiki, T.

    2017-05-01

    We investigate the crystallographic and electronic properties of wurtzite Cr-doped AlN (AlCrN) films (Cr ≤12.0%) that absorb visible light. We confirmed that the films consist of wurtzite columnar single crystals that are densely packed, c-axis oriented, and exhibit a random rotation along the a-axis in plane by using transmission electron microscopy. The oxidation state of Cr was found to be 3+ using Cr K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure, which implies that Cr can be a substitute for Al3+ in AlN. The first nearest neighbor distances estimated using Cr K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) were found to be nearly isotropic for incident light with electric fields that are parallel and perpendicular to the plane. The results of ab initio lattice relaxation calculations for the model of wurtzite Al1-xCrxN supercell where Cr replaces Al support the EXAFS results. The calculations for the model showed that additional energy bands are formed in the band gap of AlN, in which the Fermi energy (EF) is present. As expected from the calculation results, the electrical conductivity increases with increase in the Cr concentration, implying that the density of states at EF increases monotonically. From these results, we can conclude that AlCrN films are an intermediate band material with respect to their crystallographic and electric properties.

  14. HD 65949: The Highest Known Mercury Excess Of Any CP Star?

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    Cowley, C R; Gonzalez, G F; Núñez, N S; Cowley, Charles R.

    2006-01-01

    ESO spectra of HD 65949 show it to be unlike any of the well-known types within its temperature range $\\approx$ 13600K. It is neither a silicon, nor a mercury-manganese star, though it has a huge Hg II line at $\\lambda$3984. We estimate $\\log({\\rm Hg/H}) + 12.0 \\approx 7.4$. This is higher than any published stellar mercury abundance. HD 65949 is a member of a nearby open cluster, NGC 2516, which is only slightly older than the Pleiades, and has been of recent interest because of its numerous X-ray emission stars, including HD 65949 itself, or a close companion. A longitudinal magnetic field of the order of -290 Gauss at the 4.7~$\\sigma$ level was very recently diagnosed from accurate circular spectropolarimetric observations with FORS 1 at the VLT. The spectral lines are sharp, allowing a thorough identification study. Second spectra of Ti, Cr, and Fe are rich. Mn II is well identified but not unusually strong. Numerous lines of S II and P II are found, but not Ga II. The resonance lines of Sr II are strong....

  15. The highest inhibition coefficient of phenol biodegradation using an acclimated mixed culture.

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    Mohseni, Mojtaba; Sharifi Abdar, Payman; Borghei, S Mehdi

    2016-01-01

    In this study a membrane biological reactor (MBR) was operated at 25 ± 1 °C and pH = 7.5 ± 0.5 to treat synthetic wastewater containing high phenol concentrations. Removal efficiencies of phenol and chemical oxygen demand (COD) were evaluated at four various hydraulic retention times (HRTs) of 24, 12, 8, and 4 hours. The removal rate of phenol (5.51 kg-Phenol kg-VSS(-1) d(-1)), observed at HRT of 4 h, was the highest phenol degradation rate in the literature. According to COD tests, there were no significant organic matter in the effluent, and phenol was degraded completely by mixed culture. Substrate inhibition was calculated from experimental growth parameters using the Haldane, Yano, and Edward equations. The results show that the Haldane equation is fitted to the experimental data in an excellent manner. Kinetic parameters were derived by nonlinear regression with a correlation coefficient (R(2)) of 0.974. The values for Haldane constants μmax, Ks, and Ki were 0.3085 h(-1), 416 mg L(-1) and 1,886 mg L(-1), respectively. The Ki value is the highest value obtained for mixed cultures degrading phenol under batch conditions.

  16. On the Accretion Rates and Radiative Efficiencies of the Highest Redshift Quasars

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    Trakhtenbrot, Benny; Natarajan, Priyamvada

    2016-01-01

    We estimate the accretion rates onto the super-massive black holes powering 20 of the highest-redshift quasars, at z>5.8, including the quasar with the highest redshift known to date -- ULAS J1120 at z=7.09. The analysis is based on the observed (rest-frame) optical luminosities and reliable "virial" estimates of the BH masses (M_BH) of the sources, and utilizing scaling relations derived from thin accretion disk theory. The mass accretion rates through the postulated disks cover a wide range, dM_disk/dt~4-190 Msol/yr, with most of the objects (80%) having dM_disk/dt~10-65 Msol/yr. By combining our estimates of dM_disk/dt with conservative estimates of the bolometric luminosities of the quasars in our sample, we investigate which alternative values of \\eta\\ best account for all the available data. We find that the vast majority of quasars (~85%) can be explained with radiative efficiencies in the range \\eta~0.03-0.3. In particular, we find conservative estimates of \\eta>0.14 for ULAS J1120 and SDSS J0100 (at ...

  17. Region-specific differences in colorectal cancer: Slovakia and Hungary have highest incidence in Europe.

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    Simko, V; Ginter, E

    2016-01-01

    Epidemiological data on colorectal cancer (CRC) exhibit high incidence in Central East Europe. Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia represent the lead. For decades it was the Czech Republic but it attained the fourth rank after the mid-2000. Remarkably, the Ashkenazi Jews who imigrated to the USA from Central Europe have the highest incidence of CRC among US minorities. They also have high incidence of inflammatory bowel disease, a risk for CRC. Notably, countries surrounding the Central European focus of CRC, Austria, Germany, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and Russia have substantially lower incidence. CRC in Central Europe has higher incidence than CRC among the highest at-risk cohort in the USA, the elderly blacks. Research and the genome wide screening identified genetic mutations associated with CRC in Ashkenazis from Central Europe. Some risk factors for CRC are non genotypic as evidenced by wide variation in CRC incidence in the course of only a few decades. Recent trends offer hope that identification of the non-innate pathogenic mechanisms would potentially reduce the burden of this third most lethal malignancy (Tab. 1, Fig. 4, Ref. 40).

  18. Optimasi Penggunaan Lahan Kosong di Kecamatan Baturiti Untuk Properti Komersial Dengan Prinsip Highest and Best Use

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    Made Darmawan Saputra Mahardika

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    Full Text Available Kecamatan Baturiti merupakan satu-satunya kecamatan di Kabupaten Tabanan yang berkembang dalam sektor ekonomi agrowisata karena lokasinya yang strategis dekat dengan berbagai obyek wisata terkenal. Dengan lokasi yang strategis, pembangunan untuk properti komersial tentu akan memberikan potensi keuntungan tinggi bagi investor yang memiliki lahan kosong di Kecamatan Baturiti. Kondisi seperti ini menyebabkan permintaan yang tinggi akan lahan, padahal ketersediaan lahan selalu berkurang. Pembangunan properti komersial di Kecamatan Baturiti perlu dioptimalisasi agar dicapai keuntungan maksimum bagi investor. Berdasarkan hal tersebut, investor yang ingin membangun di Kecamatan Baturiti memerlukan analisa untuk mendapatkan alternatif pemanfaatan lahan kosong. Lahan yang dianalisa merupakan lahan kosong belum terbangun seluas 22.175 m2 di Kecamatan Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan. Metode yang digunakan untuk mengetahui alternatif pendirian bangunan komersial yang memiliki nilai pasar tertinggi adalah Highest and Best Use (HBU. Dengan metode tersebut, pemilik lahan dapat mengetahui alternatif terbaik yang memenuhi syarat-syarat diijinkan secara legal, memungkinkan secara fisik, layak secara finansial, dan memiliki produktivitas maksimum. Hasil yang diperoleh dari analisa Highest and Best Use ini adalah alternatif mixed-use berupa hotel dan toko souvenir dengan nilai lahan tertinggi dibandingkan alternatif lainnya sebesar Rp 7,950,714.60 per m2.

  19. High pressure effects revisited for the cuprate superconductor family with highest critical temperature.

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    Yamamoto, Ayako; Takeshita, Nao; Terakura, Chieko; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2015-12-01

    How to enhance the superconducting critical temperature (Tc) has been a primary issue since the discovery of superconductivity. The highest Tc reported so far is 166 K in HgBa2Ca2Cu3O8+δ (Hg1223) at high pressure of 23 GPa, as determined with the reduction onset, but not zero, of resistivity. To clarify the possible condition of the real maximum Tc, it is worth revisiting the effects of pressure on Tc in the highest Tc family. Here we report a systematic study of the pressure dependence of Tc in HgBa2CaCu2O6+δ (Hg1212) and Hg1223 with the doping level from underdoped to overdoped. The Tc with zero resistivity is probed with a cubic-anvil-type apparatus that can produce hydrostatic pressures. Variation, not only increase but also decrease, of Tc in Hg1212 and Hg1223 with pressure strongly depends on the initial doping levels. In particular, we confirm a maximum Tc of 153 K at 22 GPa in slightly underdoped Hg1223.

  20. Anthropometric, body composition and somatotype characteristics of elite female volleyball players from the highest Spanish league.

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    Martín-Matillas, Miguel; Valadés, David; Hernández-Hernández, Elena; Olea-Serrano, Fátima; Sjöström, Michael; Delgado-Fernández, Manuel; Ortega, Francisco B

    2014-01-01

    This study aimed to describe morphological characteristics of elite female volleyball players from the highest Spanish league, with special focus on differences by performance level and playing positions. Nearly all female players playing in the highest Spanish volleyball league during season 2003/2004 participated in this study (N=148 elite players, 92% of the total). Anthropometric, body composition and somatotype parameters according to performance and playing positions were analysed. The players' characteristics were as follows; body mass 72.3 ± 8.4 kg; stature 179.8 ± 7.1 cm; body fat 24.0 ± 3.1% and skeletal muscle mass 27.3 ± 2.9 kg. Mean somatotype was 3.1 ± 0.7; 3.4 ± 0.9; 3.1 ± 0.9 characterised as central with a tendency to balanced mesomorph. Top level players (whose teams were better classified in the team performance ranking) were taller, had higher skeletal muscle mass and ectomorphy, and had a lower level of adiposity markers, compared with lower level players. Players selected for their respective National teams (individual performance) were taller, heavier, had higher muscle mass and lower endomorphy than non-selected players. Differences according to playing positions were found. This study provides a complete set of reference data on anthropometry, body composition and somatotype of elite female volleyball players. Morphological differences have been identified according to performance level and playing position.

  1. Preparation and Oxidation Performance of Y and Ce-Modified Cr Coating on open-cell Ni-Cr-Fe Alloy Foam by the Pack Cementation

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    Pang, Q.; Hu, Z. L.; Wu, G. H.

    2016-10-01

    Metallic foams with a high fraction of porosity, low density and high-energy absorption capacity are a rapidly emerging class of novel ultralight weight materials for various engineering applications. In this study, Y-Cr and Ce-Cr-coated Ni-Cr-Fe alloy foams were prepared via the pack cementation method, and the effects of Y and Ce addition on the coating microstructure and oxidation performance were analyzed in order to improve the oxidation resistance of open-cell nickel-based alloy foams. The results show that the Ce-Cr coating is relatively more uniform and has a denser distribution on the surface of the nickel-based alloy foam. The surface grains of the Ce-Cr-coated alloy foam are finer compared to those of the Y-Cr-coated alloy foam. An obvious Ce peak appears on the interface between the coating and the alloy foam strut, which gives rise to a "site-blocking" effect for the short-circuit transport of the cation in the substrate. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the Y-Cr-coated alloy foam mainly consists of Cr, (Fe, Ni) and (Ni, Cr) phases in the surface layer. The Ce-Cr-coated alloy foam is mainly composed of Cr and (Ni, Cr) phases. Furthermore, the addition of Y and Ce clearly lead to an improvement in the oxidation resistance of the coated alloy foams in the temperature range of 900-1000 °C. The addition of Ce is especially effective in enhancing the diffusion of chromium to the oxidation front, thus, accelerating the formation of a Cr2O3 layer.

  2. DISTRIBUSI CEMARAN LOGAM BERAT KROMIUM (Cr DI SEKITAR INDUSTRI PELAPISAN LOGAM DESA SUSUT, BANGLI

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    Siaka I M.

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available An investigation on the distribution of contamination of heavy metals chromium (Cr in around Industrial Metal Coating at Susut Village, Bangli has been carried out. Allegedly contaminated soil by metal chromium (Cr was analyzed by means of AAS (Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy with prior process of digestion method using a mixture of mineral acids, HNO3 and H2O2 (1:1. It was found that, the distribution of heavy metals chromium varied according to the distance (0 – 50 m between the pollutant sources and the sampling locations. The soils collected from West side of the industry contained Cr ranging from 13.4742 to 24.2507 mg/kg, while the soils collected from the North and South sides of the industry contained Cr of 9.9725 – 19.6718 mg/kg and 19.9415 – 25.8771 mg/kg respectively. Moreover, the distribution of Cr showed a positive correlation between depths (0 – 40 cm and the Cr concentrations. The deeper was the soils, the higher the concentration of Cr was. The concentration of Cr ranged from 3.5022 to 30.7174 mg/kg and the highest concentration of Cr was distributed in the depth of 40 cm.

  3. Site characterization of the highest-priority geologic formations for CO2 storage in Wyoming

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    Surdam, Ronald C. [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); Bentley, Ramsey [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); Campbell-Stone, Erin [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); Dahl, Shanna [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); Deiss, Allory [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); Ganshin, Yuri [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); Jiao, Zunsheng [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); Kaszuba, John [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); Mallick, Subhashis [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); McLaughlin, Fred [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); Myers, James [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); Quillinan, Scott [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States)

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    This study, funded by U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory award DE-FE0002142 along with the state of Wyoming, uses outcrop and core observations, a diverse electric log suite, a VSP survey, in-bore testing (DST, injection tests, and fluid sampling), a variety of rock/fluid analyses, and a wide range of seismic attributes derived from a 3-D seismic survey to thoroughly characterize the highest-potential storage reservoirs and confining layers at the premier CO2 geological storage site in Wyoming. An accurate site characterization was essential to assessing the following critical aspects of the storage site: (1) more accurately estimate the CO2 reservoir storage capacity (Madison Limestone and Weber Sandstone at the Rock Springs Uplift (RSU)), (2) evaluate the distribution, long-term integrity, and permanence of the confining layers, (3) manage CO2 injection pressures by removing formation fluids (brine production/treatment), and (4) evaluate potential utilization of the stored CO2

  4. Which are the highest peaks in the US Arctic? Fodar settles the debate

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    Nolan, Matt; DesLauriers, Kit

    2016-06-01

    Though an outstanding achievement for their time, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps of the eastern Alaskan Arctic nonetheless contain significant errors, and in this paper we address one of them. Specifically, USGS maps of different scale made in the late 1950s alternate between Mt. Chamberlin and Mt. Isto as the tallest peak in the US Arctic. Given that many of the peaks here are close in height and covered with glaciers, recent climate change may also have changed their height and their order. We resolved these questions using fodar, a new airborne photogrammetric technique that utilizes structure-from-motion (SfM) software and requires no ground control, and validated it using GPS measurements on the peaks as well as airborne lidar. Here we show that Mt. Chamberlin is currently the third tallest peak and that the order and elevations of the five tallest mountains in the US Arctic are Mt. Isto (2735.6 m), Mt. Hubley (2717.6 m), Mt. Chamberlin (2712.3 m), Mt. Michelson (2698.1 m), and an unnamed peak (2694.9 m); these heights are relative to the NAVD88 GEOID12A vertical datum. We find that it is indeed plausible that this ranking has changed over time and may continue to change as summit glaciers continue to shrink, though Mt. Isto will remain the highest under current climate trends. Mt. Isto is also over 100 m taller than the highest peak in Arctic Canada, making it the highest peak in the North American Arctic. Fodar elevations compared to within a few centimeters of our ground-based GPS measurements of the peaks made a few days later and our complete validation assessment indicates a measurement uncertainty of better than ±20 cm (95 % RMSE). By analyzing time series of fodar maps, we were able to detect topographic change on the centimeter level on these steep slopes, indicating that fodar can be used to measure mountain snow packs for water resource availability or avalanche danger, glacier volume change, and slope subsidence, as

  5. On the Accretion Rates and Radiative Efficiencies of the Highest-redshift Quasars

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    Trakhtenbrot, Benny; Volonteri, Marta; Natarajan, Priyamvada

    2017-02-01

    We estimate the accretion rates onto the supermassive black holes that power 20 of the highest-redshift quasars, at z≳ 5.8, including the quasar with the highest redshift known to date—ULAS J1120 at z = 7.09. The analysis is based on the observed (rest-frame) optical luminosities and reliable “virial” estimates of the BH masses of the quasars, and utilizes scaling relations derived from thin accretion disk theory. The mass accretion rates through the postulated disks cover a wide range, {\\dot{M}}{disk}≃ 4{--}190 {M}ȯ {{yr}}-1, with most of the objects (80%) having {\\dot{M}}{disk}≃ 10{--}65 {M}ȯ {{yr}}-1, confirming the Eddington-limited nature of the accretion flows. By combining our estimates of {\\dot{M}}{disk} with conservative, lower limits on the bolometric luminosities of the quasars, we investigate which alternative values of η best account for all the available data. We find that the vast majority of quasars (∼85%) can be explained with radiative efficiencies in the range η ≃ 0.03{--}0.3, with a median value close to the commonly assumed η = 0.1. Within this range, we obtain conservative estimates of η ≳ 0.14 for ULAS J1120 and SDSS J0100 (at z = 6.3), and of ≳ 0.19 for SDSS J1148 (at z=6.41; assuming their BH masses are accurate). The implied accretion timescales are generally in the range {t}{acc}\\equiv {M}{BH}/{\\dot{M}}{BH}≃ 0.1{--}1 {Gyr}, suggesting that most quasars could have had ∼ 1{--}10 mass e-foldings since BH seed formation. Our analysis therefore demonstrates that the available luminosities and masses for the highest-redshift quasars can be explained self-consistently within the thin, radiatively efficient accretion disk paradigm. Episodes of radiatively inefficient, “super-critical” accretion may have occurred at significantly earlier epochs (i.e., z≳ 10).

  6. 0,1 distribution in the highest level sequences of primitive sequences over Z2e

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    FAN; Shuqin(

    2003-01-01

    [1]Ward, M., The arithmetical theory of linear recurring sequences, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc, 1933, 35(6):600-628.[2]Dai Zongduo, Binary sequences derived from ML-sequences over rings I: Periods and minimal polynomials,Journal of Cryptology, 1992, 5: 193-207.[3]Dai, Z. D., Beth, T., Gollman, D., Lower bounds for the linear complexity of sequences over residue rings, Advances in Cryptology-Eurocrypt's 90, Spring-Verlag LNCS 19991, 473: 189-195.[4]Zeng Kencheng, Dai Zongduo, Huang Minqiang, Injectiveness of mappings from ring sequences to their sequences of the significant bits, Symposium on Theoretical Problems of Cryptology, State Key Laboratory of Information Security, Beijing, China, June 1995, 132-141.[5]Boztas, S., Hammons, A. R., Kumar, P. V., 4-phase sequences with near-optimum correlation properties, IEEE. Trans. Inform. Theory, 1992, 38: 1101-1113.[6]Kuzmin, A. S., Nechaev, A. A., A construction of noise stable codes using linear recurrents over Galois rings,Russian Math. Surveys, 1992, 47: 189-190.[7]Qi Wenfeng, Zhou Jinjun, Distribution of 0 and 1 in highest level of primitive sequences over Z2e, Science in China, Ser. A, 1997, 40(6): 606-611.[8]Qi Wenfeng, Zhou Jinjun, Distribution of 0 and 1 in highest level of primitive sequences over Z2e (Ц),Chinese Science Bulletin, 1998, 43(8): 633-635.[9]Zhu Fengxiang, Qi Wenfeng, Distribution of 0 and 1 in the highest level of primitive sequences over Z2e,Advances in Cryptology-CHINACRYPT' 2000, Beijing: Science Press, 2000, 1-5.[10]Kamlovski, O. V., Kuzmin, A. S., Distribution of elements on cycles of linear recurrents sequences over Galois rings, Russian Math. Surveys, 1998, 53(2): 392-393.[11]Kumar, P. V., Helleseth, T., Calderbank, A. R., An upper bound for Weil exponential sums over Galois rings and applications, IEEE. Trans. Infor. Theory, 1995, 41:456-468.

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

  8. [Trends in the AIDS epidemic in groups at highest risk in Brazil, 1980-2004].

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    Barbosa Júnior, Aristides; Szwarcwald, Célia Landmann; Pascom, Ana Roberta Pati; Souza Júnior, Paulo Borges de

    2009-04-01

    The objective of this paper was to present the trends in the AIDS epidemic in the population groups at highest risk in Brazil. Discriminant analysis was used to reclassify cases with unknown risk into one of the three groups: IDU (injecting drug users), MSM (men who have sex with men), and heterosexuals. AIDS incidence rates by gender and exposure category were estimated for the period 1980-2004. In 1980-1988, 63.6% of AIDS cases were homosexual or bisexual males and 10% were females. Since 1988, there has been a decrease in the proportion of MSM and an increase in the other categories. Despite the incidence trends observed by exposure category, when the incidence rates were compared, the risk was much higher among MSM as compared to heterosexuals. Analysis of the AIDS epidemic dynamics in Brazil emphasizes the importance of MSM and male IDU as higher-risk groups.

  9. Medical school dropout - testing at admission versus selection by highest grades as predictors

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    O'Neill, Lotte Dyhrberg; Hartvigsen, Jan; Wallstedt, Birgitta;

    2011-01-01

    dropout. Methods  This prospective cohort study followed six cohorts of medical students admitted to the medical school at the University of Southern Denmark during 2002-2007 (n = 1544). Half of the students were admitted based on their prior achievement of highest grades (Strategy 1) and the other half......Medical Education 2011: 45: 1111-1120 Context  Very few studies have reported on the effect of admission tests on medical school dropout. The main aim of this study was to evaluate the predictive validity of non-grade-based admission testing versus grade-based admission relative to subsequent...... years after admission. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to model dropout. Results  Strategy 2 (admission test) students had a lower relative risk for dropping out of medical school within 2 years of admission (odds ratio 0.56, 95% confidence interval 0.39-0.80). Only the admission...

  10. Analisa Highest and Best Use Pada Lahan Kosong Di Jemur Gayungan II Surabaya

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    Finda Virgitta Faradiany

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Perkembangan bisnis properti di Surabaya yang semakin pesat, mengakibatkan permintaan terhadap lahan semakin tinggi. Namun fakta di lapangan menampakkan hal yang sebaliknya karena ternyata masih terdapat lahan-lahan yang dibiarkan kosong tidak dimanfaatkan oleh pemiliknya. Kondisi yang demikian memerlukan efisiensi dan optimalisasi penggunaan lahan dengan mendirikan sebuah properti komersial yang memberikan keuntungan bagi pemilik serta lingkungan sekitarnya.Lahan “X” seluas 1786 m2 berlokasi di Jl. Jemur Gayungan II merupakan lahan kosong yang terletak di dekat daerah perkantoran dan berpotensi dikembangkan menjadi properti komersial. Penentuan nilai lahan “X” bergantung pada penggunaan lahan. Metode penilaian yang digunakan adalah analisa penggunaan tertinggi dan terbaik atau Highest and Best Use (HBU yang secara legal diijinkan, secara fisik memungkinkan, layak secara finansial dan memiliki produktifitas maksimum. Dari hasil penelitian didapatkan alternatif yang menghasilkan nilai lahan tertinggi dan produktivitas maksimum adalah hotel. Nilai lahan yang didapatkan sebesar Rp 9.722.718/m2 dengan produktivitas meningkat sebesar 486%.

  11. Medical school dropout - testing at admission versus selection by highest grades as predictors

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    O'Neill, Lotte; Hartvigsen, Jan; Wallstedt, Birgitta;

    2011-01-01

     years after admission. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to model dropout. Results  Strategy 2 (admission test) students had a lower relative risk for dropping out of medical school within 2 years of admission (odds ratio 0.56, 95% confidence interval 0.39-0.80). Only the admission...... dropout. Methods  This prospective cohort study followed six cohorts of medical students admitted to the medical school at the University of Southern Denmark during 2002-2007 (n = 1544). Half of the students were admitted based on their prior achievement of highest grades (Strategy 1) and the other half...... took a composite non-grade-based admission test (Strategy 2). Educational as well as social predictor variables (doctor-parent, origin, parenthood, parents living together, parent on benefit, university-educated parents) were also examined. The outcome of interest was students' dropout status at 2...

  12. First-principle study on the electronic structure of stressed CrSi2

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    ZHOU ShiYun; XIE Quan; YAN WanJun; CHEN Qian

    2009-01-01

    The electronic structure of stressed CrSi2 was calculated using the first-principle methods based on plane-wave pseudo-potential theory. The calculated results showed that, under the uniaxial compres-sion, the energy level of CrSi2 shifted toward high energy and its energy gap became wider with the increasing uniaxial stress, while the gap became narrower under the negative uniaxial stress. When the negative uniaxial stress was up to -18.5 Gpa, CrSi2 was converted into a direct-gap semiconductor with the band gap of 0.32 eV.

  13. First-principle study on the electronic structure of stressed CrSi2

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    2009-01-01

    The electronic structure of stressed CrSi2 was calculated using the first-principle methods based on plane-wave pseudo-potential theory. The calculated results showed that, under the uniaxial compression, the energy level of CrSi2 shifted toward high energy and its energy gap became wider with the increasing uniaxial stress, while the gap became narrower under the negative uniaxial stress. When the negative uniaxial stress was up to -18.5 GPa, CrSi2 was converted into a direct-gap semiconductor with the band gap of 0.32 eV.

  14. Spinodal decomposition and precipitation in Cu–Cr nanocomposite

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    Sheibani, S., E-mail: ssheibani@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Heshmati-Manesh, S.; Ataie, A. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Caballero, A.; Criado, J.M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla and Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, CSIC – Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)

    2014-02-25

    Highlights: • Precipitation mechanism of supersaturated Cu-Cr solid solutions was investigated. • Precipitation begins with spinodal decomposition and ends with nucleation and growth. • Kinetics of decomposition is faster in presence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-particles. -- Abstract: In this study, spinodal decomposition and precipitation mechanism of mechanically alloyed supersaturated Cu–3wt.%Cr and Cu–5wt.%Cr solid solutions was investigated under nonisothermal aging. Decomposition mechanism and kinetics were studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. Also, the microstructure was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Effect of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} reinforcement on the aging kinetics was also evaluated. It was found that Cu–3wt.%Cr and Cu–5wt.%Cr solid solutions undergo spinodal decomposition at initial stages of ageing. However, decomposition mechanism was changed to nucleation and growth by the aging progress. The aging kinetics for the Cu–Cr/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composition appeared to be slightly faster than that for Cu–Cr, since the ageing activation energy is decreased in presence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-particles. This behavior is probably due to the higher dislocation density and other structural defects previously produced during ball milling. A detailed comparison of the DSC results with those obtained by TEM, showing good consistency, has been presented. The average size of Cr-rich precipitates was about 10 nm in the copper matrix.

  15. A first-principles study of chlorine adsorption characteristics on -Cr2O3 nanostructures

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    V Nagarajan; R Chandiramouli

    2015-10-01

    The structural stability, electronic and adsorption properties of chlorine on pristine, Zn, W and N-substituted -Cr2O3 nanostructures are successfully optimized and simulated with the help of density functional theory utilizing B3LYP/ LanL2DZ basis set. The structural stability of -Cr2O3 nanostructures are discussed in terms of formation energy. The electronic properties of pristine, Zn, W and N-substituted -Cr2O3 nanostructures are described with HOMO-LUMO gap, ionization potential and electron affinity. Dipole moment and point symmetry group of pristine, Zn, W and N-substituted -Cr2O3 nanostructures are reported. The adsorption characteristics of Cl2 on -Cr2O3 materials are investigated and the prominent adsorption sites of Cl2 on -Cr2O3 nanostructures are identified. The important parameters such as adsorbed energy, energy gap, average energy gap variation and Mulliken population analysis are used to find the favourable adsorption site of Cl2 on -Cr2O3 base material. The substitution of impurities such as Zn, W and N in -Cr2O3 nanostructures enhances the Cl2 adsorption characteristics in the mixed gas environment.

  16. Half metallicity in Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6} via Na doping

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    Zu, Ningning [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Wang, Jing [Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Wang, Ying, E-mail: ywang_2012@ciac.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Wu, Zhijian, E-mail: zjwu@ciac.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2015-07-05

    Highlights: • Na-doped Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6} is investigated by using the density functional theory. • Both NaSr{sub 5}Cr{sub 3}Os{sub 3}O{sub 18} and NaSrCrOsO{sub 6} are half metals. • The Curie temperature of NaSr{sub 5}Cr{sub 3}Os{sub 3}O{sub 18} and NaSrCrOsO{sub 6} is higher than room temperature. - Abstract: The insulating Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6} has the highest Curie temperature of 725 K among the double perovskites so far. In this study, by doping with Na, NaSr{sub 5}Cr{sub 3}Os{sub 3}O{sub 18} and NaSrCrOsO{sub 6} are investigated by using the density functional theory. The calculated results indicated that the hole generated by Na goes to Os 5d t{sub 2g} orbitals. This makes one of the insulating spin channels in Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6} to be metallic in the Na-doped compounds. Thus, they become half metals. The estimated magnetic ordering temperature is 579 K for NaSr{sub 5}Cr{sub 3}Os{sub 3}O{sub 18} and 615 K for NaSrCrOsO{sub 6}, which are higher than the room temperature. Therefore, we expect that the Na-doped Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6} would be promising candidates as spintronic material.

  17. First-principles study on half-metallic zinc-blende CrS and its (001) surface

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    Xu, Bin, E-mail: hnsqxb@163.com [Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences, North China university of Water Resources and Electric Power, Zhengzhou 450011 (China); Chen, Leiming [Zhengzhou Institute of Aeronautical Industry Management, Zhengzhou, 450015 (China)

    2016-11-01

    Half-metallic magnets with complete (100%) spin polarization have attracted growing interest due to the potential in spintronic applications. In this paper, we use the first-principles calculations to explain the seeming contradiction between the recent experimental ferromagnetism (Demper et al., 2012 [22]) and the previous theoretical antiferromagnetic ground state for half-metallic zinc-blende CrS, and the experimental ferromagnetism of zinc-blende CrS arises from the substrate effect. We also show that both Cr- and S-terminated (001) surfaces of CrS preserve the bulk half-metallicity. The calculated surface energy indicates that the S-terminated (001) surface is more stable than the Cr-terminated (001) surface within the whole effective Cr chemical potentials, and thus the S-terminated (001) surface is more likely than the Cr-terminated (001) surface when the CrS thin films are grown on ZnSe substrate.

  18. Three dimensional modeling of CR propagation

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    Gaggero, Daniele; Di Bernardo, Giuseppe; Evoli, Carmelo; Grasso, Dario

    2013-01-01

    We present here a major upgrade of DRAGON, a numerical package that computes the propagation of a wide set of CR species from both astrophysical and exotic origin in the Galaxy in a wide energy range from tens of MeV to tens of TeV. DRAGON takes into account all relevant processes in particular diffusion, convection, reacceleration, fragmentation and energy losses. For the first time, we present a full 3D version of DRAGON with anisotropic position-dependent diffusion. In this version, the propagation is calculated within a 3D cartesian grid and the user is able to implement realistic and structured three dimensional source, gas and regular magnetic field distributions. Moreover, it is possible to specify an arbitrary function of position and rigidity for the diffusion coefficients in the parallel and perpendicular direction to the regular magnetic field of the Galaxy. The code opens many new possibilities in the study of CR physics. In particular, we can study for the first time the impact of the spiral arm ...

  19. Environmental and biophysical controls on the evapotranspiration over the highest alpine steppe

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    Ma, Ning; Zhang, Yinsheng; Guo, Yanhong; Gao, Haifeng; Zhang, Hongbo; Wang, Yefan

    2015-10-01

    Characterizing the water and energy flux in the alpine steppe ecosystem in Tibetan Plateau (TP) is of particular importance for elucidating hydrological cycle mechanisms in high altitude areas. In the present study, two years of actual evapotranspiration (ET) values from a semi-arid alpine steppe region (4947 m above sea level) and their environmental and biophysical controls were investigated using the energy balance Bowen ratio energy balance (BREB) method. Seasonally, ET was much lower in frozen soil period and transition period mainly because of low soil water availability. However, ample soil water supplied by rainfall during the rainy period substantially increased ET. The available energy played an important role in controlling ET in the rainy period. Also, the leaf-level stomata closure and plant leaf development could impact the ET through changing bulk surface conductance (Gs) in rainy period. Similarly, the land-atmosphere energy exchange was dominated by latent heat flux (λE) in July, but was dominated by sensible heat flux (H) in December and May. Annual ET (plus sublimation) were 362.9 mm and 353.4 mm in the first and second observation year, respectively, which were close to the annual precipitation. On annual scale, the low Gs (3.30-3.62 mm s-1), decoupling factor (Ω, 0.25-0.27) and the ratio of ET to equilibrium evapotranspiration (ET/ETeq, 0.34-0.35) corroborated the overall water-limited conditions for the high-altitude alpine steppe. This research provides not only the ground truth data for future hydrological modeling in the data scarce region of TP but also the insights for elucidating how the environmental and biophysical stress factors control the land surface ET in high-altitude region.

  20. Interdiffusion between Co3O4 coating and the oxide scale of Fe-22Cr alloy

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    Hansson, Anette Nørgaard; Friehling, Peter B.; Linderoth, Søren;

    2002-01-01

    on Fe-Cr alloys. Coatings of Co3O4 were deposited on a Fe-22Cr alloy by plasma spraying and spray-painting. As-deposited samples were oxidised in air containing 1% H2O at 900C for various exposure time. During exposure the Fe-22Cr alloy forms an oxide scale, which reacts with the coating. The effects...... of inter-diffusion between the oxide scale and the Co3O4 coating were investigated with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The results obtained are discussed in relation to a calculated Cr-Co-oxide phase diagrams....

  1. [Effect of different heat treatment on mechanical properties and microstructure of laser welding CoCr-NiCr dissimilar alloys].

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    Liang, Rui-ying; Li, Chang-yi; Han, Ya-jing; Hu, Xin; Zhang, Lian-yun

    2008-11-01

    To evaluate the effect of heat treatment and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) processing on mechanical properties and microstructure of laser welding CoCr-NiCr dissimilar alloys. Samples of CoCr-NiCr dissimilar alloys with 0.5 mm thickness were laser-welded single-side under the setting parameters of 280 V, 10 ms pulse duration. After being welded, samples were randomly assigned to three groups, 10 each. Group1 and 2 received heat treatment and PFM processing, respectively. Group 3 was control group without any treatment. Tensile strength, microstructure and element distribution of samples in the three groups were tested and observed using tensile test, metallographic examinations, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) analysis. After heat treatment and PFM processing, tensile strength of the samples were (537.15 +/- 43.91) MPa and (534.58 +/- 48.47) MPa respectively, and elongation rates in Group 1 and 2 were (7.65 +/- 0.73)% and (7.40 +/- 0.45)%. Ductile structure can be found on tensile fracture surface of samples and it was more obvious in heat treatment group than in PFM group. The results of EDS analysis indicated that certain CoCr alloy diffused towards fusion zone and NiCr side after heat treatment and PFM processing. Compared with PFM processing group, the diffusion in the heat treatment group was more obvious. Heat treatment and PFM processing can improve the mechanical properties and microstructure of welded CoCr-NiCr dissimilar alloy to a certain degree. The improvements are more obvious with heat treatment than with porcelain treatment.

  2. Influence of Cr on the nanoclusters formation and superferromagnetic behavior of Fe-Cr-Nb-B glassy alloys

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    Chiriac, H.; Whitmore, L.; Grigoras, M.; Ababei, G.; Stoian, G.; Lupu, N., E-mail: nicole@phys-iasi.ro [National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics, 700050 Iasi (Romania)

    2015-05-07

    High resolution imaging and electron diffraction confirm that in the as-quenched state the structure of Fe{sub 79.7−x}Cr{sub x}Nb{sub 0.3}B{sub 20} (x = 11–13 at. %) melt-spun ribbons is completely amorphous, independent of the Cr content. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy mapping emphasizes clearly the presence of Fe and Cr clusters varying from approximately 1 to 2–3 nm in size with the increase of Cr content from 11 to 13 at. %. The Fe and Cr atoms segregate the atomic scale to form nanometer sized clusters, influencing strongly the macroscopic magnetic behavior. The Curie temperature of the system, T{sub C}{sup system}, confirmed by the magnetic susceptibility versus temperature measurements, gives the strength of the magnetic interactions between clusters. The inter-cluster interactions are much stronger for lower contents of Cr, the microstructure is less uniform, and T{sub C}{sup system} increases from 290 K for 13 at. % Cr to 330 K for 11.5 at. % Cr. The whole system transforms to a ferromagnetic state through interactions between the clusters. Zero-field cooling and field cooling curves confirm the cluster behavior with a blocking temperature, T{sub b}, of about 250 K. Above T{sub b}, the ribbons behave as a superferromagnetic system, whilst below the blocking temperature a classical ferromagnetic behavior is observed.

  3. Segregation, precipitation, and α -α' phase separation in Fe-Cr alloys

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    Kuronen, A.; Granroth, S.; Heinonen, M. H.; Perälä, R. E.; Kilpi, T.; Laukkanen, P.; Lâng, J.; Dahl, J.; Punkkinen, M. P. J.; Kokko, K.; Ropo, M.; Johansson, B.; Vitos, L.

    2015-12-01

    Iron-chromium alloys, the base components of various stainless steel grades, have numerous technologically and scientifically interesting properties. However, these features are not yet sufficiently understood to allow their full exploitation in technological applications. In this work, we investigate segregation, precipitation, and phase separation in Fe-Cr systems analyzing the physical mechanisms behind the observed phenomena. To get a comprehensive picture of Fe-Cr alloys as a function of composition, temperature, and time the present investigation combines Monte Carlo simulations using semiempirical interatomic potential, first-principles total energy calculations, and experimental spectroscopy. In order to obtain a general picture of the relation of the atomic interactions and properties of Fe-Cr alloys in bulk, surface, and interface regions several complementary methods have to be used. Using the exact muffin-tin orbitals method with the coherent potential approximation (CPA-EMTO) the effective chemical potential as a function of Cr content (0-15 at. % Cr) is calculated for a surface, second atomic layer, and bulk. At ˜10 at. % Cr in the alloy the reversal of the driving force of a Cr atom to occupy either bulk or surface sites is obtained. The Cr-containing surfaces are expected when the Cr content exceeds ˜10 at. %. The second atomic layer forms about a 0.3 eV barrier for the migration of Cr atoms between the bulk and surface atomic layer. To get information on Fe-Cr in larger scales we use semiempirical methods. However, for Cr concentration regions less than 10 at. %, the ab initio (CPA-EMTO) result of the important role of the second atomic layer to the surface is not reproducible from the large-scale Monte Carlo molecular dynamics (MCMD) simulation. On the other hand, for the nominal concentration of Cr larger than 10 at. % the MCMD simulations show the precipitation of Cr into isolated pockets in bulk Fe-Cr and the existence of the upper limit of

  4. Influence of Mo addition on the tempered properties of 13Cr martensitic stainless steel

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    Jung, Byong Ho; Ahn, Yong Sik [Pukyong National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-11-01

    In order to investigate the effect of Mo addition on the mechanical properties of 13Cr-0.2C martensitic stainless steel, tensile test and Charpy V-notch test were performed after tempering at the temperature range of 200{approx}700 .deg. C following austenitizing at 1100 .deg. C. The yield strength and hardness of the steel were increased with the increase of Mo content at all tempering conditions, because Mo causes retardation of precipitation and coarsening of carbides and solid solution strengthening of matrix. Except 500 .deg. C of tempering temperature, the Charpy impact energy was significantly increased with Mo content and showed the highest value at 1.5 wt% addition. The increase of impact energy of the steel containing Mo is thought to be caused by {delta}-ferrite formed in the tempered martensitic matrix. At 500 .deg. C tempering, Charpy impact energy was decreased drastically due to temper embrittlement and it was not possible to prevent it even though Mo was added up to 1.5 wt%.

  5. Diffusional transport during the cyclic oxidation of gamma + beta, Ni-Cr-Al(Y, Zr) alloys

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    Nesbitt, J. A.; Heckel, R. W.

    1988-01-01

    The cyclic oxidation behavior of several cast gamma + beta, Ni-Cr-Al(Y, Zr) alloys and one low-pressure plasma spraying gamma + beta, Ni-Co-Cr-Al(Y) alloy was studied. Cyclic oxidation was found to result in a decreasing Al concentration at the oxide-metal interface due to a high rate of Al consumption coupled with oxide scale cracking and spalling. Diffusion paths plotted on the ternary phase diagram showed higher Ni concentrations with increasing cyclic oxidation exposures. The alloy with the highest rate of Al consumption and the highest Al content underwent breakaway oxidation following 500 1-hr cycles at 1200 C.

  6. Diffusional transport during the cyclic oxidation of gamma + beta, Ni-Cr-Al(Y, Zr) alloys

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    Nesbitt, J. A.; Heckel, R. W.

    1988-01-01

    The cyclic oxidation behavior of several cast gamma + beta, Ni-Cr-Al(Y, Zr) alloys and one low-pressure plasma spraying gamma + beta, Ni-Co-Cr-Al(Y) alloy was studied. Cyclic oxidation was found to result in a decreasing Al concentration at the oxide-metal interface due to a high rate of Al consumption coupled with oxide scale cracking and spalling. Diffusion paths plotted on the ternary phase diagram showed higher Ni concentrations with increasing cyclic oxidation exposures. The alloy with the highest rate of Al consumption and the highest Al content underwent breakaway oxidation following 500 1-hr cycles at 1200 C.

  7. MEASUREMENT OF RADON CONCENTRATION IN DWELLINGS IN THE REGION OF HIGHEST LUNG CANCER INCIDENCE IN INDIA.

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    Zoliana, B; Rohmingliana, P C; Sahoo, B K; Mishra, R; Mayya, Y S

    2016-10-01

    Indoor radon/thoron concentration has been measured in Aizawl district, Mizoram, India, which has the highest lung cancer incidence rates among males and females in India. Simultaneously, radon flux emanated from the surrounding soil of the dwellings was observed in selected places. The annual average value of concentration of radon(thoron) of Aizawl district is 48.8(22.65) Bq m(-3) with a geometric standard deviation of 1.25(1.58). Measured radon flux from the soil has an average value of 22.6 mBq m(-2) s(-1) These results were found to be much below the harmful effect or action level as indicated by the World Health Organisation. On the other hand, food habit and high-level consumption of tobacco and its products in the district have been found to increase the risk of lung cancer incidence in the district. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  8. Risk Adjustment, Reinsurance Improved Financial Outcomes For Individual Market Insurers With The Highest Claims.

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    Jacobs, Paul D; Cohen, Michael L; Keenan, Patricia

    2017-04-01

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reformed the individual health insurance market. Because insurers can no longer vary their offers of coverage based on applicants' health status, the ACA established a risk adjustment program to equalize health-related cost differences across plans. The ACA also established a temporary reinsurance program to subsidize high-cost claims. To assess the impact of these programs, we compared revenues to claims costs for insurers in the individual market during the first two years of ACA implementation (2014 and 2015), before and after the inclusion of risk adjustment and reinsurance payments. Before these payments were included, for the 30 percent of insurers with the highest claims costs, claims (not including administrative expenses) exceeded premium revenues by $90-$397 per enrollee per month. The effect was reversed after these payments were included, with revenues exceeding claims costs by $0-$49 per month. The risk adjustment and reinsurance programs were relatively well targeted in the first two years. While there is ongoing discussion regarding the future of the ACA, our findings can shed light on how risk-sharing programs can address risk selection among insurers-a pervasive issue in all health insurance markets.

  9. Highest redshift neutral hydrogen image in emission: A CHILES detection of a starbursting spiral

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    Fernandez, Ximena; Van Gorkom, Jacqueline H.; Gim, Hansung; Yun, Min Su; Momjian, Emmanuel; CHILES Team

    2016-01-01

    Our current understanding of galaxy evolution still has many uncertainties associated with the details of gas accretion, processing, and removal across cosmic time. The next generation of radio telescopes will image the neutral hydrogen in galaxies over large volumes at high redshifts, which will provide key insights into these processes. We are conducting the COSMOS HI Large Extragalactic Survey (CHILES) with the VLA, which is the first survey to simultaneously observe HI from z=0 to z=0.5. The full survey consists of 1002 hours of observing time, giving us the sensitivity to image HI in 300 galaxies in the COSMOS field. Here, we report the highest redshift HI detection to date, the LIRG COSMOS J100054.83+023126.2 at z=0.376 with the first 178 hours of CHILES data. While the optical image shows it to be a large undisturbed spiral, the HI distribution is very extended and offset from the optical center. This could be evidence for interactions with companions or accretion fueling the starburst. In addition, we present follow-up LMT CO observations that reveal it to be gas-rich in molecular hydrogen. This is the first study of the HI and CO for a galaxy beyond the local Universe, which will enable us to start exploring the ISM of LIRGs at higher redshift.

  10. Extreme Markup: The Fifty US Hospitals With The Highest Charge-To-Cost Ratios.

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    Bai, Ge; Anderson, Gerard F

    2015-06-01

    Using Medicare cost reports, we examined the fifty US hospitals with the highest charge-to-cost ratios in 2012. These hospitals have markups (ratios of charges over Medicare-allowable costs) approximately ten times their Medicare-allowable costs compared to a national average of 3.4 and a mode of 2.4. Analysis of the fifty hospitals showed that forty-nine are for profit (98 percent), forty-six are owned by for-profit hospital systems (92 percent), and twenty (40 percent) operate in Florida. One for-profit hospital system owns half of these fifty hospitals. While most public and private health insurers do not use hospital charges to set their payment rates, uninsured patients are commonly asked to pay the full charges, and out-of-network patients and casualty and workers' compensation insurers are often expected to pay a large portion of the full charges. Because it is difficult for patients to compare prices, market forces fail to constrain hospital charges. Federal and state governments may want to consider limitations on the charge-to-cost ratio, some form of all-payer rate setting, or mandated price disclosure to regulate hospital markups. Project HOPE—The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

  11. The TeV blazar Markarian 421 at the highest spatial resolution

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    Blasi, M G; Giroletti, M; Orienti, M; Giovannini, G; Cotton, W; Edwards, P G; Fuhrmann, L; Krichbaum, T P; Kovalev, Y Y; Jorstad, S; Marscher, A; Kino, M; Paneque, D; Perez-Torres, M A; Piner, B G; Sokolovsky, K V

    2013-01-01

    We report the results obtained for the AGN Markarian 421 by model-fitting the data in the visibility plane, studing the proper motion of jet components, the light curve, and the spectral index of the jet features. We compare the radio data with optical light curves obtained at the Steward Observatory, considering also the optical polarization information. Mrk 421 has a bright nucleus and a one-sided jet extending towards the north-west for a few parsecs. The model-fits show that brightness distribution is well described using 6-7 circular Gaussian components, four of which are reliably identified at all epochs; all components are effectively stationary except for component D, at ~0.4 mas from the core, whose motion is however subluminal. Analysis of the light curve shows two different states, with the source being brighter and more variable in the first half of 2011 than in the second half. The highest flux density is reached in February. A comparison with the optical data reveals an increase of the V magnitu...

  12. Analisis Highest and Best Use (HBU pada Lahan Jl. Gubeng Raya No. 54 Surabaya

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    Akmaluddin Akmaluddin

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Laju pertumbuhan penduduk dan tingkat perekonomian yang semakin meningkat di  kota-kota besar seperti Surabaya, bertolak belakang dengan  ketersediaan lahan yang terbatas. Selayaknya properti yang akan dibangun di atas suatu lahan dapat memberikan manfaat yang maksimal serta efisien agar hasilnya dapat dirasakan demi pembangunan wilayah tersebut. Oleh karena itu, perlu dilakukan perhitungan  penggunaan yang paling memungkinkan dan diizinkan dari suatu tanah kosong atau tanah yang  sudah dibangun, dimana secara fisik dimungkinkan, didukung atau dibenarkan oleh peraturan, layak secara keuangan dan menghasilkan nilai tertinggi. Dalam penelitian ini dilakukan analisis Highest and Best Use (HBU pada lahan di Jl. Gubeng Raya No. 54 Surabaya seluas 1.150 m2 yang direncanakan akan dibangun hotel. Lahan tersebut berpotensi untuk dikembangkan menjadi properti komersial seperti hotel, apartemen, perkantoran dan pertokoan. Analisis tersebut menggunakan tinjauan terhadap aspek fisik, legal, finansial dan produktivitas maksimumnya. Dari hasil penelitian ini didapatkan alternatif properti komersial hotel yang memiliki penggunaan tertinggi dan terbaik pada pemanfaatan lahan dengan nilai lahan Rp. 67.069.980,31/ m2.

  13. The Impact of Frequency Standards on Coherence in VLBI at the Highest Frequencies

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    Rioja, M; Asaki, Y; Hartnett, J; Tingay, S

    2012-01-01

    We have carried out full imaging simulation studies to explore the impact of frequency standards in millimeter and sub-millimeter Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), focusing on the coherence time and sensitivity. In particular, we compare the performance of the H-maser, traditionally used in VLBI, to that of ultra-stable cryocooled sapphire oscillators over a range of observing frequencies, weather conditions and analysis strategies. Our simulations show that at the highest frequencies, the losses induced by H-maser instabilities are comparable to those from high quality tropospheric conditions. We find significant benefits in replacing H-masers with cryocooled sapphire oscillator based frequency references in VLBI observations at frequencies above 175 GHz in sites which have the best weather conditions; at 350 GHz we estimate a 20-40% increase in sensitivity, over that obtained when the sites have H-masers, for coherence losses of 20-10%, respectively. Maximum benefits are to be expected by using colo...

  14. Transitional care for the highest risk patients: findings of a randomised control study

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    Kheng Hock Lee

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Interventions to prevent readmissions of patients at highest risk have not been rigorously evaluated. We conducted a randomised controlled trial to determine if a post-discharge transitional care programme can reduce readmissions of such patients in Singapore.Methods: We randomised 840 patients with two or more unscheduled readmissions in the prior 90 days and Length of stay, Acuity of admission, Comorbidity of patient, Emergency department utilisation score ≥10 to the intervention programme (n = 419 or control (n = 421. Patients allocated to the intervention group received post-discharge surveillance by a multidisciplinary integrated care team and early review in the clinic. The primary outcome was the proportion of patients with at least one unscheduled readmission within 30 days after discharge.Results: We found no statistically significant reduction in readmissions or emergency department visits in patients on the intervention group compared to usual care. However, patients in the intervention group reported greater patient satisfaction (p < 0.001.Conclusion: Any beneficial effect of interventions initiated after discharge is small for high-risk patients with multiple comorbidity and complex care needs. Future transitional care interventions should focus on providing the entire cycle of care for such patients starting from time of admission to final transition to the primary care setting.Trial Registration: Clinicaltrials.gov, no NCT02325752

  15. Which Environmental Factors Have the Highest Impact on the Performance of People Experiencing Difficulties in Capacity?

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    Loidl, Verena; Oberhauser, Cornelia; Ballert, Carolina; Coenen, Michaela; Cieza, Alarcos; Sabariego, Carla

    2016-04-12

    Disability is understood by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the outcome of the interaction between a health condition and personal and environmental factors. Comprehensive data about environmental factors is therefore essential to understand and influence disability. We aimed to identify which environmental factors have the highest impact on the performance of people with mild, moderate and severe difficulties in capacity, who are at risk of experiencing disability to different extents, using data from a pilot study of the WHO Model Disability Survey in Cambodia and random forest regression. Hindering or facilitating aspects of places to socialize in community activities, transportation and natural environment as well as use and need of personal assistance and use of medication on a regular basis were the most important environmental factors across groups. Hindering or facilitating aspects of the general environment were the most relevant in persons experiencing mild levels of difficulties in capacity, while social support, attitudes of others and use of medication on a regular basis were highly relevant for the performance of persons experiencing moderate to higher levels of difficulties in capacity. Additionally, we corroborate the high importance of the use and need of assistive devices for people with severe difficulties in capacity.

  16. Which Environmental Factors Have the Highest Impact on the Performance of People Experiencing Difficulties in Capacity?

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    Verena Loidl

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Disability is understood by the World Health Organization (WHO as the outcome of the interaction between a health condition and personal and environmental factors. Comprehensive data about environmental factors is therefore essential to understand and influence disability. We aimed to identify which environmental factors have the highest impact on the performance of people with mild, moderate and severe difficulties in capacity, who are at risk of experiencing disability to different extents, using data from a pilot study of the WHO Model Disability Survey in Cambodia and random forest regression. Hindering or facilitating aspects of places to socialize in community activities, transportation and natural environment as well as use and need of personal assistance and use of medication on a regular basis were the most important environmental factors across groups. Hindering or facilitating aspects of the general environment were the most relevant in persons experiencing mild levels of difficulties in capacity, while social support, attitudes of others and use of medication on a regular basis were highly relevant for the performance of persons experiencing moderate to higher levels of difficulties in capacity. Additionally, we corroborate the high importance of the use and need of assistive devices for people with severe difficulties in capacity.

  17. African American Women: Surviving Breast Cancer Mortality against the Highest Odds

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    Shelley White-Means

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Among the country’s 25 largest cities, the breast cancer mortality disparity is highest in Memphis, Tennessee, where African American women are twice as likely to die from breast cancer as White women. This qualitative study of African-American breast cancer survivors explores experiences during and post treatment that contributed to their beating the high odds of mortality. Using a semi-structured interview guide, a focus group session was held in 2012 with 10 breast cancer survivors. Thematic analysis and a deductive a priori template of codes were used to analyze the data. Five main themes were identified: family history, breast/body awareness and preparedness to manage a breast cancer event, diagnosis experience and reaction to the diagnosis, family reactions, and impact on life. Prayer and family support were central to coping, and survivors voiced a cultural acceptance of racial disparities in health outcomes. They reported lack of provider sensitivity regarding pain, financial difficulties, negative responses from family/friends, and resiliency strategies for coping with physical and mental limitations. Our research suggested that a patient-centered approach of demystifying breast cancer (both in patient-provider communication and in community settings would impact how women cope with breast cancer and respond to information about its diagnosis.

  18. A System with a Choice of Highest-Bidder-First and FIFO Services

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    Tejas Bodas

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Service systems using a highest-bidder-first (HBF policy have been studied in queueing literature for various applications and in economics literature to model corruption. Such systems have applications in modern problems like scheduling jobs in cloud computing scenarios or placement of ads on web pages. However, using a HBF service is like using a spot market and may not be preferred by many users. For such users, it may be good to provide a simple scheduler, e.g., a FIFO service. Further, in some situations it may even be necessary that a free service queue operates alongside a HBF queue. Motivated by such a scenario, we propose and analyze a service system with a FIFO server and a HBF server in parallel. Arriving customers are from a heterogeneous population with different valuations of their delay costs. They strategically choose between FIFO and HBF service; if HBF is chosen, they also choose the bid value to optimize an individual cost. We characterize the Wardrop equilibrium in such a system and analyze the revenue to the server. We see that when the total capacity is fixed and is shared between the FIFO and HBF servers, revenue is maximised when the FIFO capacity is non zero. However, if the FIFO server is added to an HBF server, then the revenue decreases with increasing FIFO capacity. We also discuss the case when customers are allowed to balk.

  19. The flora of the highest building in Poland (the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw

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    Halina Galera

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The flora of the Palace of Culture and Science, which is the highest office building in Poland, was analysed. The exterior horizontal surfaces of the building (roofs, terraces, stairs could be regarded as polyhemerobic habitats. A total of 111 species of vascular plants (native species - 65% and 6 species of bryophytes were recorded from an area of 16 500 m2. It was found that the flora was relatively rich in species, of which some occurred in considerable quantities (over 1000 individuals of such species as: Eragrostis minor, Sagina procumbens, Chaenarrhinum minus were encountered. Moreover anemochorous species dominated (85% in the flora of the Palace. Thermophilous species and species indifferent to temperature were also strongly represented. The relatively high incidence of hygrophilous species was noteworthy. With regard to life forms an increased proportion of therophytes and phanerophytes (40% and 22%, respectively was observed. No significant differences were found between the flora of roofs situated on different floors of the building. However, slight differences between - the flora of north-facing and south-facing horizontal roof surfaces were marked.

  20. Cu-Cr Literature Review

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    Need, Ryan F. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-08-09

    Cu-Cr alloys are part of a class of face-centered cubic (FCC)-body-centered cubic (BCC) composites that includes similar alloys, such as Cu-Nb and Cu-Ta. When heavily deformed, these FCC-BCC materials create 'in situ' composites with a characteristic structure-nanoscale BCC filaments in a ductile FCC matrix. The strength of these composites is vastly greater than predicted by the rule of mixtures, and has been shown to be inversely proportional to the filament spacing. Lower raw materials costs suggest that Cu-Cr alloys may offer more economical solution to high-strength, high-conductivity wire than either their Nb or Ta counterparts. However, Cr is also more brittle and soluble in Cu than Nb or Ta. These qualities necessitate thermal treatments to remove solute atoms from the Cu matrix, improve conductivity, and maintain the ductility of the Cr filaments. Through the use of different thermomechanical processing routes or the addition of select dopants, alloys with strength in excess of 1 GPa at 70% IACS have been achieved. To date, previous research on Cu-Cr alloys has focused on a relatively small number of alloy compositions and processing methods while the effects of dopants and ageing treatments have only been studied independently. Consequently, there remains considerable opportunity for the development and optimization of these alloys as a leading high-strength, high-conductivity material.

  1. Phase stability and elastic properties of Cr-V alloys

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    Gao, M C; Suzuki, Y; Schweiger, H; Doğan, Ö N; Hawk, J; Widom, M

    2013-01-23

    V is the only element in the periodic table that forms a complete solid solution with Cr and thus is particularly important in alloying strategy to ductilize Cr. This study combines first-principles density functional theory calculations and experiments to investigate the phase stability and elastic properties of Cr–V binary alloys. The cluster expansion study reveals the formation of various ordered compounds at low temperatures that were not previously known. These compounds become unstable due to the configurational entropy of bcc solid solution as the temperature is increased. The elastic constants of ordered and disordered compounds are calculated at both T = 0 K and finite temperatures. The overall trends in elastic properties are in agreement with measurements using the resonant ultrasound spectroscopy method. The calculations predict that addition of V to Cr decreases both the bulk modulus and the shear modulus, and enhances the Poisson’s ratio, in agreement with experiments. Decrease in the bulk modulus is correlated to decrease in the valence electron density and increase in the lattice constant. An enhanced Poisson’s ratio for bcc Cr–V alloys (compared to pure Cr) is associated with an increased density of states at the Fermi level. Furthermore, the difference charge density in the bonding region in the (110) slip plane is highest for pure Cr and decreases gradually as V is added. The present calculation also predicts a negative Cauchy pressure for pure Cr, and it becomes positive upon alloying with V. The intrinsic ductilizing effect from V may contribute, at least partially, to the experimentally observed ductilizing phenomenon in the literature.

  2. Resonant optical control of the spin of a single Cr atom in a quantum dot

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    Lafuente-Sampietro, A.; Utsumi, H.; Boukari, H.; Kuroda, S.; Besombes, L.

    2017-01-01

    A Cr atom in a semiconductor host carries a localized spin with an intrinsic large spin to strain coupling, which is particularly promising for the development of hybrid spin-mechanical systems and coherent mechanical spin driving. We demonstrate here that the spin of an individual Cr atom inserted in a semiconductor quantum dot can be controlled optically. We first show that a Cr spin can be prepared by resonant optical pumping. Monitoring the time dependence of the intensity of the resonant fluorescence of the quantum dot during this process permits us to probe the dynamics of the optical initialization of the Cr spin. Using this initialization and readout technique we measured a Cr spin relaxation time at T =5 K in the microsecond range. We finally demonstrate that, under a resonant single-mode laser field, the energy of any spin state of an individual Cr atom can be independently tuned by using the optical Stark effect.

  3. Development and High Temperature Property Evaluation of Ni-Co-Cr-Al Composite Electroforms

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    Srivastava, Meenu; Siju; Balaraju, J. N.; Ravisankar, B.

    2015-05-01

    Ni-Co-Cr-Al composite electroforms were developed with cobalt content of 10 and 40 wt.%. Cr and Al nano-particles were suspended in sulphamate electrolyte and co-deposited in the Ni-Co matrices. The surface morphology was investigated using field emission scanning electron microscope and the composition analyzed by energy-dispersive x-ray analysis. The oxidation resistance of the electroforms was studied from 600 to 1000 °C. The weight gain of Ni-10 wt.%Co-Cr-Al was less (better oxidation resistance) compared to Ni-Cr-Al and Ni-40 wt.%Co-Cr-Al. The x-ray diffraction studies revealed that the oxidation product formed on the surface of Ni-Cr-Al and Ni-10 wt.%Co-Cr-Al consisted of NiO and Al2O3, while Ni-40 wt.%Co-Cr-Al comprised oxides such as NiCo2O4, CrO3, CoO, NiO, and Al2O3. The hot corrosion behavior was investigated in 75%Na2SO4 + 25%NaCl environment at 800 °C. It was found that the hot corrosion resistance of the composite coating improved with increase in cobalt content. The probable composition suitable for high-temperature applications was found to be Ni-10 wt.%Co-Cr-Al.

  4. Mechanism and behaviors of Cr3+-doped TiO2

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    CHEN Jian-hua; WANG Xiao-lin; GONG Zhu-qing

    2005-01-01

    TiO2 powder and TiO2 thin film on the surface of glazed ceramic tile were prepared by sol-gel method.The influences of different doping Cr3+ concentration on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 were discussed, UV-visible and X-ray diffraction analysis were used to test the performance of TiO2 powder and film. The results indicate that photocatalytic activity of doping Cr3+-TiO2 thin film is higher than that of powder, and the interaction between Cr3+-doped and substrate can greatly enhance the photocatalytic activity. The results of X-ray diffraction and photoabsorption show that the Cr3+ -doped energy level in TiO2 is 0. 62 eV high from the top of valence band, which belongs to the type of deep energy level doping. On the basis of the semiconductor energy level theory and Cr3+ dopant energy level, the semiconductor energy level model of Cr3+ in TiO2 powder and thin film were established, and the doping mechanisms of Cr3+-doped in TiO2 powder and thin film were analyzed.

  5. Intense Cr:forsterite-laser-based supercontinuum source.

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    Haizer, Ludovit; Bugar, Ignac; Serebryannikov, Evgeny; Lorenc, Dusan; Uherek, Frantisek; Goulielmakis, Eleftherios; Zheltikov, Aleksei

    2014-10-01

    Supercontinuum pulses covering the range from 1100 to 1700 nm with energies >1.0  mJ and excellent beam quality are generated via nonlinear spectral broadening of Cr:forsterite (1240 nm, 110 fs) pulses in pressurized molecular nitrogen. Our spectra, which extend over more than half an octave, offer an attractive alternative to intense few-cycle pulse synthesis in the 1-2 μm range and lend themselves as an important add-on to Cr:forsterite laser technologies.

  6. Welding development for V-Cr-Ti alloys

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    King, J.F.; Goodwin, G.M.; Alexander, D.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1995-04-01

    A vanadium structure, cooled with helium, is a favored concept for an advanced breeding blanket for fusion systems. The objective of this task is to develop the metallurgical and technological base for the welding of thick sections of V-Cr-Ti. The subsize Charpy test results for electron beam weld metal from the V-5Cr-5Ti alloy has shown significant improvement in Charpy fracture energy compared to both gas tungsten arc weld metal and the base metal itself. These results are preliminary, however, and additional confirmation testing and analysis will be required to explain this improvement in properties.

  7. Laser Surface Hardening of 9CrSi Steel

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    2002-01-01

    The effects of laser hardening parameters such as beam power, beam diameter and scanning rate on microstructureand hardness of 9CrSi steel were investigated. The microstructure of the surface layer of 9CrSi steel was changed frompearlite to martensite, retained austenite and carbide by laser hardening. The depth of the hardened layer increasedwith increasing laser energy density and the surface hardeness increased by 3~5 times as high as the untreated steel.The laser hardened surface had good wear resistance due to martensite and carbide in the surface layer. The wearmode at Iow speed was abrasive, while the wear mode at high speed was adhesive.

  8. Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health

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    Yvonne Donders

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The right to enjoying the highest attainable standard of health is incorporated in many international and regional human rights instruments. This right contains both freedoms and entitlements, including the freedom to control one's own health and body and the right to an accessible system of health care, goods and services. Both aspects of the right to health – freedoms and entitlements – have important cultural dimensions. The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has for instance stated that the right to health implies that health facilities, goods and services must be culturally appropriate, in other words respectful of the culture of individuals and communities. At the same time, it should be noted that culture and health may have a problematic relationship. Cultural patterns, attitudes or stereotypes may severely limit the health freedoms of people or may prevent certain people from accessing health care. Furthermore, there are some cultural or traditional practices that are condoned but that are very harmful to people's health. It seems that international human rights law demands respect for the cultural dimensions of the right to health, while at the same time requiring protection of the right to health against negative aspects of cultures. How does this work out in practice? What does the concept of "culturally appropriate" health goods and services mean at the national level? Who decides on what is or is not culturally appropriate? How have international supervisory bodies elaborated on the freedoms and entitlements of the right to health and the obligations for States Parties to the treaties in relation to the cultural dimensions of the right to health? This article analyses several treaty provisions and the interpretation of these provisions by the treaty monitoring bodies. Apart from several UN treaties, several regional treaties in Africa are dealt with, notably the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights

  9. Switching fields of high-resolution magnetic force microscope tips coated with Co, Co75Pt10Cr15, Co75Pt25, and Co50Pt50 films

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    Ishihara Shinji

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic force microscope (MFM tips are prepared by coating Si tips of 4 nm radius with Co, Co75Pt10Cr15, Co75Pt25, and Co50Pt50 (at. % films of 20 nm thickness at 300 °C. The effects of coating film material on the spatial resolution and the switching field are investigated. Higher resolutions are observed in the order of Co75Pt10Cr15 < (Co50Pt50, Co75Pt25 < Co. The Co-coated tip shows the highest resolution of 7.3 nm, which seems to be depending on a high detection sensitivity related with the magnetic moment of Co material. The saturation magnetization increases in the order of Co75Pt10Cr15 < Co50Pt50 < Co75Pt25 < Co. Higher switching fields are observed in the order of Co < Co75Pt10Cr15 < Co75Pt25 < Co50Pt50. The Co50Pt50-coated tip shows the highest switching field of 1.675±0.025 kOe, which is due to a high coercive field of the magnetic film involving L11 ordered phase with high magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy. The coercive field is recognized in the order of Co < Co75Pt10Cr15 < Co75Pt25 < Co50Pt50. A tip prepared by coating Co50Pt50 film which has high resolution and high switching field is useful for MFM observations of high-density recording media and permanent magnets.

  10. Impact assessment of climate change and human activities on annual highest water level of Taihu Lake

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    Qing-fang HU; Yin-tang WANG

    2009-01-01

    The annual highest water level of Taihu Lake (Zm) is very significant for flood management in the Taihu Basin. This paper first describes the inter-annual and intra-annual traits of Zm from 1956 to 2000. Then, using the Mann-Kenall (MK) and Spearman (SP) nonparametric tests, the long-term change trends of area precipitation and pan evaporation in the Taihu Basin are determined. Meanwhile, using the Morlet wavelet transformation, the fluctuation patterns and change points of precipitation and pan evaporation are analyzed. Also, human activities in the Taihu Basin are described, including land use change and hydraulic project construction. Finally, the relationship between Zm, the water level of Taihu Lake 30 days prior to the day of Zm (Z0), and the 30-day total precipitation and pan evaporation prior to the day of Zm (P and E0, respectively) is described based on multi-linear regression equations. The relative influence of climate change and human activities on the change of Zm is quantitatively ascertained. The results demonstrate that: (1) Zm was distinctly higher during the 1980-2000 period than during the 1956-1979 period, and the 30 days prior to the day of Zm are the key phase influencing Zm every year; (2) P increased significantly at a confidence level of 95% during the 1956-2000 period, while the reverse was true for E0; (3) The relationship between Zm, P and E0 distinctly changed after 1980; (4) Climate change and human activities together caused frequent occurrences of high Zm after 1980; (5) Climate change caused a substantially greater Zm difference between the 1956-1979 and 1980-2000 periods than human activities. Climate change, as represented by P and E0, was the dominant factor raising Zm, with a relative influence ratio of 83.6%, while human activities had a smaller influence ratio of 16.4%.

  11. How to identify the person holding the highest position in the criminal hierarchy?

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    Grigoryev D.A.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The current version of the resolution of the RF Supreme Court Plenum of June 10, 2010 N 12, clarifying the provisions of the law on liability for crimes committed by a person holding the highest position in the criminal hierarchy (Part 4 of Article 210 of the RF Criminal Code, is criticized. Evaluative character of the considered aggravating circumstance doesn’t allow to develop clear criteria for identifying the leaders of the criminal environment. Basing on the theory provisions and court practice, the authors suggest three criteria. The first criterion is specific actions including: establishment and leadership of the criminal association (criminal organization; coordinating criminal acts; creating sustainable links between different organized groups acting independently; dividing spheres of criminal influence, sharing criminal income and other criminal activities, indicating person’s authority and leadership in a particular area or in a particular sphere of activity. The second is having money, valuables and other property obtained by criminal means, without the person’s direct participation in their acquisition; transferring money, valuables and other property to that person systematically, without legal grounds (unjust enrichment; spending that money, valuables and other property to carry out criminal activities (crimes themselves and conditions of their commission. The third is international criminal ties manifested in committing one of the crimes under Part 1 of Article 210 of the RF Criminal Code, if this crime is transnational in nature; ties with extremist and (or terrorist organizations, as well as corruption ties. The court may use one or several of these criteria.

  12. An Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Los Angeles (California USA) Hospitals, Wildfires Highest Priority.

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    Adelaine, Sabrina A; Sato, Mizuki; Jin, Yufang; Godwin, Hilary

    2017-10-01

    Introduction Although many studies have delineated the variety and magnitude of impacts that climate change is likely to have on health, very little is known about how well hospitals are poised to respond to these impacts. Hypothesis/Problem The hypothesis is that most modern hospitals in urban areas in the United States need to augment their current disaster planning to include climate-related impacts. Using Los Angeles County (California USA) as a case study, historical data for emergency department (ED) visits and projections for extreme-heat events were used to determine how much climate change is likely to increase ED visits by mid-century for each hospital. In addition, historical data about the location of wildfires in Los Angeles County and projections for increased frequency of both wildfires and flooding related to sea-level rise were used to identify which area hospitals will have an increased risk of climate-related wildfires or flooding at mid-century. Only a small fraction of the total number of predicted ED visits at mid-century would likely to be due to climate change. By contrast, a significant portion of hospitals in Los Angeles County are in close proximity to very high fire hazard severity zones (VHFHSZs) and would be at greater risk to wildfire impacts as a result of climate change by mid-century. One hospital in Los Angeles County was anticipated to be at greater risk due to flooding by mid-century as a result of climate-related sea-level rise. This analysis suggests that several Los Angeles County hospitals should focus their climate-change-related planning on building resiliency to wildfires. Adelaine SA , Sato M , Jin Y , Godwin H . An assessment of climate change impacts on Los Angeles (California USA) hospitals, wildfires highest priority. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2017;32(5):556-562.

  13. Lost opportunities in HIV prevention: programmes miss places where exposures are highest

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    Siziya Seter

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Efforts at HIV prevention that focus on high risk places might be more effective and less stigmatizing than those targeting high risk groups. The objective of the present study was to assess risk behaviour patterns, signs of current preventive interventions and apparent gaps in places where the risk of HIV transmission is high and in communities with high HIV prevalence. Methods The PLACE method was used to collect data. Inhabitants of selected communities in Lusaka and Livingstone were interviewed about where people met new sexual partners. Signs of HIV preventive activities in these places were recorded. At selected venues, people were interviewed about their sexual behaviour. Peer educators and staff of NGOs were also interviewed. Results The places identified were mostly bars, restaurants or sherbeens, and fewer than 20% reported any HIV preventive activity such as meetings, pamphlets or posters. In 43% of places in Livingstone and 26% in Lusaka, condoms were never available. There were few active peer educators. Among the 432 persons in Lusaka and 676 in Livingstone who were invited for interview about sexual behaviour, consistent condom use was relatively high in Lusaka (77% but low in Livingstone (44% of men and 34% of women. Having no condom available was the most common reason for not using one. Condom use in Livingstone was higher among individuals socializing in places where condoms always were available. Conclusion In the places studied we found a high prevalence of behaviours with a high potential for HIV transmission but few signs of HIV preventive interventions. Covering the gaps in prevention in these high exposure places should be given the highest priority.

  14. AN OVERVIEW OF TRAINING METHODS THAT PROMOTE THE HIGHEST LIPID OXIDATION DURING AND AFTER A SINGLE EXERCISE SESSION

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    Barbara Purkart

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Given that physical activity is the most effective way to increase lipid oxidation, its effects are influenced by several factors. The goal of this review was to identify the most effective methods that facilitate the highest lipid oxidation during and after a single exercise session. For this purpose, the available scientific literature was examined using PubMed, Web of Science, Google Scholar and Cochrane Library databases up to June 2013 with the following keywords: excess post exercise oxygen consumption, exercise fatty acid, energy expenditure exercise and interval training. From the identified 48,583 potentially relevant references, 172 of them met all the required criteria. It was found out that prolonged (> 30 min moderate intensity (55 − 70 % VO2max exercise such as walking, jogging or cycling is the most effective way to increase lipid oxidation during and after a single exercise session. Low-volume high-intensity interval exercise is supposed to be as effective as traditional exercise with continuous endurance, with the main effect on lipid oxidation after the session and similar long-term metabolic adaptations. However, more research is still needed to compare the effects of regular resistance exercise with traditional endurance and high-intensity interval exercise. Finally, nutrition is also a significant factor since food rich in fat and low in carbohydrates promotes greater lipid oxidation.

  15. Photocatalysts of Cr Doped TiO2 Film Prepared by Micro Arc Oxidation

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    Li Wan; Jian-feng Li; Jia-you Feng; Wei Sun; Zong-qiang Mao

    2008-01-01

    A series of Cr doped TiO2 films were prepared by micro arc oxidation (MAO) using an electrolyte of Na3PO4+K2Cr2O7. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy revealed that the films mainly consisted of anatase phase with a porous surface morphology. The films have an excellent photocatalytic effect for degradation of methylene blue and decomposition of water under visible light illumination. This arises from the formation of Cr3+/Cr4+ and oxygen vacancy energy levels owing to Cr doping. The former reduces the electron-hole recombination chance, while the latter generates a new gap between the conduction band (CB) and valence band (VB) of TiO2, which lowers the photo energy of the excited electron in the VB to the oxygen vacancy states. The mechanisms for film synthesis during the MAO process are also presented.

  16. Bacterial Reduction of Toxic Cr(Ⅵ)into Cr(Ⅲ)%利用细菌还原有毒Cr(Ⅵ)为Cr(Ⅲ)

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    Muhammad Faisal; Shahida Hasnain

    2004-01-01

    Two chromium-resistant bacterial strains CrT-1 and CrT-13,which can tolerate K2 CrO4 up to 40 mg·mL-1 on nutrient agar,25 mg·mL-1 K2 CrO4 in nutrient broth,and up to 10 mg·mL-1 in acetate-minimal media,were used in this study.On the basis of 16S rRNA,strain CrT-1 was identified as Ochrobactrum intermedium and CrT-13 as Brevibacterium sp..Uptake of chromate was greater in living cells than in heat-killed cells.Ochrobactrum intermedium CrT-1 reduced 73% and 41% of Cr(Ⅵ)while Brevibacterium CrT-13 reduced 62% and 48% Cr(Ⅵ) at an initial chromate concentration of 750,and 1500 μg·mL-1,after 96 hours with an inoculum size of 9.6×107 cells·mL-1.Different heavy metals at low concentrations did not affect the reduction potential of the strains significantly.Ochrobactrum intermedium CrT-1 reduced 84% and 65% while Brevibacterium CrT-13 reduced 60% and 44% of Cr(Ⅵ)at an initial Cr(Ⅵ)concentration of 250 and 500 μg·mL-1,espectively,in an industrial effluent sample.

  17. Subcellular immunocytochemical analysis detects the highest concentrations of glutathione in mitochondria and not in plastids.

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    Zechmann, B; Mauch, F; Sticher, L; Müller, M

    2008-01-01

    The tripeptide glutathione is a major antioxidant and redox buffer with multiple roles in plant metabolism. Glutathione biosynthesis is restricted to the cytosol and the plastids and the product is distributed to the various organelles by unknown mechanisms. In the present study immunogold cytochemistry based on anti-glutathione antisera and transmission electron microscopy was used to determine the relative concentration of glutathione in different organelles of Arabidopsis thaliana leaf and root cells. Glutathione-specific labelling was detected in all cellular compartments except the apoplast and the vacuole. The highest glutathione content was surprisingly not found in plastids, which have been described before as a major site of glutathione accumulation, but in mitochondria which lack the capacity for glutathione biosynthesis. Mitochondria of both leaf and root cells contained 7-fold and 4-fold, respectively, higher glutathione levels than plastids while the density of glutathione labelling in the cytosol, nuclei, and peroxisomes was intermediate. The accuracy of the glutathione labelling is supported by two observations. First, pre-adsorption of the anti-glutathione antisera with glutathione reduced the density of the gold particles in all organelles to background levels. Second, the overall glutathione-labelling density was reduced by about 90% in leaves of the glutathione-deficient Arabidopsis mutant pad2-1 and increased in transgenic plants with enhanced glutathione accumulation. Hence, there was a strong correlation between immunocytochemical and biochemical data of glutathione accumulation. Interestingly, the glutathione labelling of mitochondria in pad2-1 remained very similar to wild-type plants thus suggesting that the high mitochondrial glutathione content is maintained in a situation of permanent glutathione-deficiency at the expense of other glutathione pools. High and constant levels of glutathione in mitochondria appear to be particularly

  18. Children of Senegal River Basin show the highest prevalence of Blastocystis sp. ever observed worldwide.

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    El Safadi, Dima; Gaayeb, Lobna; Meloni, Dionigia; Cian, Amandine; Poirier, Philippe; Wawrzyniak, Ivan; Delbac, Frédéric; Dabboussi, Fouad; Delhaes, Laurence; Seck, Modou; Hamze, Monzer; Riveau, Gilles; Viscogliosi, Eric

    2014-03-25

    Blastocystis sp. is currently the most common intestinal protist found in human feces and considered an emerging parasite with a worldwide distribution. Because of its potential impact in public health, we reinforced the picture of Blastocystis sp. prevalence and molecular subtype distribution in Africa by performing the first survey of this parasite in Senegal. Stool samples from 93 symptomatic presenting with various gastrointestinal disorders or asymptomatic children living in three villages of the Senegal River Basin were tested for the presence of Blastocystis sp. by non-quantitative and quantitative PCR using primer pairs targeting the SSU rDNA gene. Positive samples were subtyped to investigate the frequency of Blastocystis sp. subtypes in our cohort and the distribution of subtypes in the symptomatic and asymptomatic groups of children. By the use of molecular tools, all 93 samples were found to be positive for Blastocystis sp. indicating a striking parasite prevalence of 100%. Mixed infections by two or three subtypes were identified in eight individuals. Among a total of 103 subtyped isolates, subtype 3 was most abundant (49.5%) followed by subtype 1 (28.2%), subtype 2 (20.4%) and subtype 4 (1.9%). Subtype 3 was dominant in the symptomatic group while subtypes 1 and 2 were detected with equal frequency in both symptomatic and asymptomatic groups. The distribution of subtypes was compared with those available in other African countries and worldwide. Comparison confirmed that subtype 4 is much less frequently detected or absent in Africa while it is commonly found in Europe. Potential sources of Blastocystis sp. infection including human-to-human, zoonotic, and waterborne transmissions were also discussed. The prevalence of Blastocystis sp. in our Senegalese population was the highest prevalence ever recovered worldwide for this parasite by reaching 100%. All cases were caused by subtypes 1, 2, 3 and 4 with a predominance of subtype 3. More than half of

  19. Designing a power plant with highest efficiency: results from SFB 561

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    Dieter Bohn

    2009-01-01

    The goal of Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 561 "thermally highly loaded, porous and cooled multi-layer systems for combined cycle power plants" is to expand the current technological and scientific knowledge on power plants in order to achieve total efficiencies of 65% in a combined cycle power plant in the year 2025. Therefore, the aero-thermomechanical, structural-mechanical, materials' scientific and production fundamentals for the development of steam and gas turbine components that are able to withstand highest thermal loads are being worked out within this SFB. This means for the gas turbine that combustion chamber outlet temperatures of 1520℃ at 1.7MPa are to be attained. In order to control these high temperatures, it is not only required to develop new materials' solutions, including thermal barrier coatings, but also to apply improved cooling techniques, as for example effusion cooling. This novel cooling concept is to be realised through open-porous structures. These structures can consist of drilled open-porous multi-layer systems or open-porous metallic foams. The development of graded multi-layer systems is also extremely important, as the grading will enable the use of coolant in dependence of the requirements. The live steam parameters in the high pressure turbine are expected to be increased up to approximately 700℃ with pressure of 30MPa. These elevated steam parameters can be encountered with Ni-base alloys, but this is a costly alternative, associated with many manufacturing difficulties. Therefore, the SFB proposes cooling the highly loaded turbines instead, as this would necessitate the application of far less Ni-base alloys. To protect the thermally highly loaded casing, a sandwich material consisting of two thin face sheets with a core of a woven wire mesh is used to cover the walls of the steam turbine casing.The current state of the research shows that by utilising innovative cooling technologies a total efficiency of 65% can be

  20. How [NOT] to Measure a Solar Cell to Get the Highest Efficiency

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    2016-06-05

    The multibillion-dollar photovoltaic (PV) industry sells products by the watt; the calibration labs measure this parameter at the cell and module level with the lowest possible uncertainty of 1-2 percent. The methods and procedures to achieve a measured 50 percent efficiency on a thin-film solar cell are discussed. This talk will describe methods that ignore procedures that increase the uncertainty. Your questions will be answered concerning 'Everything you Always Wanted to Know about Efficiency Enhancements But Were Afraid to Ask.' The talk will cover a step-by-step procedure using examples found in literature or encountered in customer samples by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) PV Performance Characterization Group on how to artificially enhance the efficiency. The procedures will describe methods that have been used to enhance the current voltage and fill factor.

  1. Defect properties of CuCrO2: A density functional theory calculation

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    Fang Zhi-Jie; Zhu Ji-Zhen; Zhou Jiang; Mo Man

    2012-01-01

    Using the first-principles methods,we study the formation energetics properties of intrinsic defects,and the charge doping properties of extrinsic defects in transparent conducting oxides CuCrO2.Intrinsic defects,some typical acceptortype,and donor-type extrinsic defects in their relevant charge state are considered.By systematically calculating the formation energies and transition energy,the results of calculation show that,Vcu,Oi,and OCu are the relevant intrinsic defects in CuCrO2; among these intrinsic defects,VCu is the most efficient acceptor in CuCrO2.It is found that all the donor-type extrinsic defects have difficulty in inducing n-conductivity in CuCrO2 because of their deep transition energy level.For all the acceptor-type extrinsic defects,substituting Mg for Cr is the most prominent doping acceptor with relative shallow transition energy levels in CuCrO2.Our calculation results are expected to be a guide for preparing promising n-type and p-type materials in CuCrO2.

  2. Energies; Energies

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    2003-07-01

    In the framework of the National Debate on the energies in a context of a sustainable development some associations for the environment organized a debate on the nuclear interest facing the renewable energies. The first part presents the nuclear energy as a possible solution to fight against the greenhouse effect and the associated problem of the wastes management. The second part gives information on the solar energy and the possibilities of heat and electric power production. A presentation of the FEE (French wind power association) on the situation and the development of the wind power in France, is also provided. (A.L.B.)

  3. Highest Resolution Image of Dust and Sand Yet Acquired on Mars

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    2008-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] [figure removed for brevity, see original site] [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Click on image for Figure 1Click on image for Figure 2Click on image for Figure 3 This mosaic of four side-by-side microscope images (one a color composite) was acquired by the Optical Microscope, a part of the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) instrument suite on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. Taken on the ninth Martian day of the mission, or Sol 9 (June 3, 2008), the image shows a 3 millimeter (0.12 inch) diameter silicone target after it has been exposed to dust kicked up by the landing. It is the highest resolution image of dust and sand ever acquired on Mars. The silicone substrate provides a sticky surface for holding the particles to be examined by the microscope. Martian Particles on Microscope's Silicone Substrate In figure 1, the particles are on a silcone substrate target 3 millimeters (0.12 inch) in diameter, which provides a sticky surface for holding the particles while the microscope images them. Blow-ups of four of the larger particles are shown in the center. These particles range in size from about 30 microns to 150 microns (from about one one-thousandth of an inch to six one-thousandths of an inch). Possible Nature of Particles Viewed by Mars Lander's Optical Microscope In figure 2, the color composite on the right was acquired to examine dust that had fallen onto an exposed surface. The translucent particle highlighted at bottom center is of comparable size to white particles in a Martian soil sample (upper pictures) seen two sols earlier inside the scoop of Phoenix's Robotic Arm as imaged by the lander's Robotic Arm Camera. The white particles may be examples of the abundant salts that have been found in the Martian soil by previous missions. Further investigations will be needed to determine the white material's composition and whether translucent particles like the one in

  4. Concentrating Solar Panels: Bringing the Highest Power and Lowest Cost to the Rooftop

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    Michael Deck; Rick Russell

    2010-01-05

    Soliant Energy is a venture-capital-backed startup focused on bringing advanced concentrating solar panels to market. Our fundamental innovation is that we are the first company to develop a racking solar concentrator specifically for commercial rooftop applications, resulting in the lowest LCOE for rooftop electricity generation. Today, the commercial rooftop segment is the largest and fastest-growing market in the solar industry. Our concentrating panels can make a major contribution to the SAI's objectives: reducing the cost of solar electricity and rapidly deploying capacity. Our commercialization focus was re-shaped in 2009, shifting from an emphasis solely on panel efficiency to LCOE. Since the inception of the SAI program, LCOE has become the de facto standard for comparing commercial photovoltaic systems. While estimation and prediction models still differ, the emergence of performance-based incentive (PBI) and feed-in tariff (FIT) systems, as well as power purchase agreement (PPA) financing structures make LCOE the natural metric for photovoltaic systems. Soliant Energy has designed and demonstrated lower-cost, higher-power solar panels that consists of 6 (500X) PV module assemblies utilizing multi-junction cells and an integrated two-axis tracker. In addition, we have designed and demonstrated a prototype 1000X panel assembly with 8. Cost reductions relative to conventional flat panel PV systems were realized by (1) reducing the amount of costly semiconductor material and (2) developing strategies and processes to reduce the manufacturing costs of the entire system. Performance gains against conventional benchmarks were realized with (1) two-axis tracking and (2) higher-efficiency multi-junction PV cells capable of operating at a solar concentration ratio of 1000X (1000 kW/m2). The program objectives are: (1) Develop a tracking/concentrating solar module that has the same geometric form factor as a conventional flat, roof mounted photovoltaic (PV

  5. Hot Corrosion Studies of Detonation-Gun-Sprayed NiCrAlY + 0.4 wt.% CeO2 Coated Superalloys in Molten Salt Environment

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    Kamal, Subhash; Jayaganthan, R.; Prakash, Satya

    2011-08-01

    Rare earth oxide (CeO2) has been incorporated in NiCrAlY alloy and hot corrosion resistance of detonation-gun-sprayed NiCrAlY + 0.4 wt.% CeO2 coatings on superalloys, namely, superni 75, superni 718, and superfer 800H in molten 40% Na2SO4-60% V2O5 salt environment were investigated at 900 °C for 100 cycles. The coatings exhibited characteristic splat globular dendritic structure with diameter similar to the original powder particles. The weight change technique was used to establish corrosion kinetics. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive analysis (FE-SEM/EDAX), and x-ray mapping techniques were used to analyze the corrosion products. Coated superfer 800H alloy showed the highest corrosion resistance among the examined superalloys. CeO2 was found to be distributed in the coating along the splat boundaries, whereas Al streaks distributed non-uniformly. The main phases observed for the coated superalloys are oxides of Ni, Cr, Al, and spinels, which are suggested to be responsible for developing corrosion resistance.

  6. Rare earth effect of yttrium on formation and property of Cr2O3 oxide film formed on Co-Cr binary alloy

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    JIN Huiming; FELIX A. Congrado; AROYAVE M. Hayara

    2006-01-01

    The isothermal oxidizing kinetics of Co-40Cr alloy and its yttrium ion-implanted samples were studied at 1000℃ in air by thermal-gravity analysis (TGA). Scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) was used to examine the Cr2O3 oxide film's morphology after oxidation. Secondary ion mass spectrum (SIMS) method was used to examine the binding energy change of chromium caused by Y-doping and its influence on formation of Cr2O3 film. Acoustic emission (AE) method was used in situ to monitor the cracking and spalling of oxide films formed on both samples during oxidizing and subsequent air-cooling stages. Theoretical model simulating the film fracture process was proposed to analyze the acoustic emission spectrum both on time domain and on AE-event number domain. It is found that yttrium ionimplantation can remarkably reduce the isothermal oxidizing rate of Co-40Cr and improve the anti-cracking and anti-spalling properties of Cr2O3 oxide film. Reasons for the improvement are mainly that the implanted yttrium can reduce the grain size of Cr2O3 oxide, increase the high temperature plasticity of oxide film, and remarkably reduce the number and size of Cr2O3/Co-40Cr interfacial defects.

  7. Evaluation of Ceria-Added Cr3C2-25(NiCr) Coating on Three Superalloys under Simulated Incinerator Environment

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    Mudgal, Deepa; Singh, Surendra; Prakash, Satya

    2015-02-01

    Cr3C2-25(NiCr) coating is widely used in wear, erosion and corrosion applications. In the present study, D-gun-sprayed Cr3C2-25(NiCr) coatings with and without 0.4 wt.% ceria incorporated were deposited on Superni 718, Superni 600 and Superco 605 substrates. Hot-corrosion runs were conducted in 40 %Na2SO4-40 %K2SO4-10 %NaCl-10 %KCl environment at 900 °C for 100 cycles. Corrosion kinetics was monitored using weight gain measurements. Characterization of corrosion products was carried out by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM)/energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. It was observed that Cr3C2-25(NiCr) coating with and without added ceria deposited on both of the Ni-based alloys showed resistance to corrosion under the given environment. Addition of ceria enhanced the adherence of the oxide to the coating during the corrosion run and reduced the overall weight gain. However, Cr3C2-25(NiCr)-coated Superco 605 did not perform satisfactorily under this environment.

  8. An HST Survey of the Highest-Velocity Ejecta in Cassiopeia A

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    Fesen, Robert A

    2015-01-01

    We present Hubble Space Telescope WFC3/IR images of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant that survey its high-velocity, S-rich debris in the NE jet and SW counterjet regions through [S III] 9069, 9531 and [S II] 10,287 - 10,370 line emissions. We identify nearly 3400 sulfur emitting knots concentrated in ~120 degree wide opposing streams, almost triple the number previously known. The vast majority of these ejecta knots lie at projected distances well out ahead of the remnant's forward blast wave and main shell ejecta, extending to angular distance of 320" to the NE and 260" to the SW from the center of expansion. Such angular distances imply undecelerated ejecta knot transverse velocities of 15,600 and 12,700 km/s respectively, assuming an explosion date ~1670 AD and a distance of 3.4 kpc. Optical spectra of knots near the outermost tip of the NE ejecta stream show strong emission lines of S, Ca, and Ar. We estimate a total mass ~0.1 Msun and a kinetic energy of at least ~1 x10^50 erg for S-rich ejecta in the ...

  9. Excess conductivity analysis of Cr substituted TlSr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7–δ} superconductor at Tl and Ca sites

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    Al-Sharabi, Annas; Abd-Shukor, R., E-mail: ras@ukm.edu.my

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Induced 2D-to-3D conductivity transition with the highest temperature, T{sub 2D–3D} at x = 0.15. • Shortest ξ{sub c}(0) and lowest interplanar coupling, J for x = 0.20. • This work showed strong relation between T{sub c} {sub onset} and T{sub 2D–3D}. - Abstract: Samples with nominal starting compositions (Tl{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x})Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7−δ} and TlSr{sub 2}(Ca{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x})Cu{sub 2}O{sub 7−δ} (x = 0.05–0.30) had been prepared by the solid state reaction method and studied by powder X-ray diffraction method, electrical resistance measurements and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). Cr{sub 2}S{sub 3} was used as the Cr source. Excess conductivity analysis using the Aslamazov–Larkin (AL) theory to determine the dimension of fluctuation induced conductivity λ was carried out. The Lawrence–Donaich (LD) theory was used to calculate the coherence length ξ{sub c}(0), Josephson coupling J, and γ = (ξ{sub ab}(0)/ξ{sub c}(0)) of the superconducting samples. Partial substitution of Cr in place of Tl in (Tl{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x})Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7−δ} (Tl-1212) showed initial increase in zero-resistance–temperature, T{sub c} {sub zero}. Sample with x = 0.15 showed the highest superconducting onset temperature T{sub c} {sub onset} (105 K) and the lowest normal state electrical resistivity. XRD patterns indicated that the samples were dominantly Tl-1212 phase. Excess conductivity analyses showed that Cr substitution induced 2D-to-3D conductivity transition with the highest transition temperature, T{sub 2D–3D} observed at x = 0.15. The calculations based on Lawrence–Doniach model revealed shortest coherence length, ξ{sub c}(0) and lowest interplanar coupling, J for x = 0.20. Substitution of Cr in place of Ca in TlSr{sub 2}(Ca{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x})Cu{sub 2}O{sub 7−δ} showed T{sub c} {sub onset} between 90 K (x = 0.3) and 104 K (x = 0.2). Excess conductivity analyses for TlSr{sub 2}(Ca{sub 1−x}Cr

  10. Comparison of the Isothermal Oxidation Behavior of As-Cast Cu-17%Cr and Cu-17%Cr-5%Al. Part 1; Oxidation Kinetics

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    Raj. Sai V.

    2008-01-01

    The isothermal oxidation kinetics of as-cast Cu-17%Cr and Cu-17%Cr-5%Al in air were studied between 773 and 1173 K under atmospheric pressure. These observations reveal that Cu- 17%Cr-5%Al oxidizes at significantly slower rates than Cu-17%Cr. The rate constants for the alloys were determined from generalized analyses of the data without an a priori assumption of the nature of the oxidation kinetics. Detailed analyses of the isothermal thermogravimetric weight change data revealed that Cu-17%Cr exhibited parabolic oxidation kinetics with an activation energy of 165.9 9.5 kJ mol-1. In contrast, the oxidation kinetics for the Cu-17%Cr- 5%Al alloy exhibited a parabolic oxidation kinetics during the initial stages followed by a quartic relationship in the later stages of oxidation. Alternatively, the oxidation behavior of Cu-17%CR- 5%Al could be better represented by a logarithmic relationship. The parabolic rate constants and activation energy data for the two alloys are compared with literature data to gain insights on the nature of the oxidation mechanisms dominant in these alloys.

  11. Comparison of the Isothermal Oxidation Behavior of As-Cast Cu-17 Percent Cr and Cu-17 Percent Cr-5 Percent Al. Part 1; Oxidation Kinetics

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    Raj, S. V.

    2008-01-01

    The isothermal oxidation kinetics of as-cast Cu-17%Cr and Cu-17%Cr-5%Al in air were studied between 773 and 1173 K under atmospheric pressure. These observations reveal that Cu-17%Cr-5%Al oxidizes at significantly slower rates than Cu-17%Cr. The rate constants for the alloys were determined from generalized analyses of the data without an a priori assumption of the nature of the oxidation kinetics. Detailed analyses of the isothermal thermogravimetric weight change data revealed that Cu-17%Cr exhibited parabolic oxidation kinetics with an activation energy of 165.9+/-9.5 kJ/mol. In contrast, the oxidation kinetics for the Cu-17%Cr-5%Al alloy exhibited a parabolic oxidation kinetics during the initial stages followed by a quartic relationship in the later stages of oxidation. Alternatively, the oxidation behavior of Cu-17%CR-5%Al could be better represented by a logarithmic relationship. The parabolic rate constants and activation energy data for the two alloys are compared with literature data to gain insights on the nature of the oxidation mechanisms dominant in these alloys.

  12. One-neutron knockout in the vicinity of the N=32 sub-shell closure: 9Be(57Cr,56Cr+ gamma)X

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    Gade, A; Brown, B A; Campbell, C M; Carpenter, M P; Cook, J M; Deacon, A N; Dinca, D C; Freeman, S J; Glasmacher, T; Horoi, M; Janssens, R V F; Kay, B P; Mantica, P F; Müller, W F; Terry, J R; Tostevin, J A

    2006-01-01

    The one-neutron knockout reaction 9Be(57Cr,56Cr + gamma)X has been measured in inverse kinematics with an intermediate-energy beam. Cross sections to individual states in 56Cr were partially untangled through the detection of the characteristic gamma-ray transitions in coincidence with the reaction residues. The experimental inclusive longitudinal momentum distribution and the yields to individual states are compared to calculations that combine spectroscopic factors from the full fp shell model and nucleon-removal cross sections computed in a few-body eikonal approach.

  13. Metabolic Effects of CX3CR1 Deficiency in Diet-Induced Obese Mice.

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    Rachana Shah

    Full Text Available The fractalkine (CX3CL1-CX3CR1 chemokine system is associated with obesity-related inflammation and type 2 diabetes, but data on effects of Cx3cr1 deficiency on metabolic pathways is contradictory. We examined male C57BL/6 Cx3cr1-/- mice on chow and high-fat diet to determine the metabolic effects of Cx3cr1 deficiency. We found no difference in body weight and fat content or feeding and energy expenditure between Cx3cr1-/- and WT mice. Cx3cr1-/- mice had reduced glucose intolerance assessed by intraperitoneal glucose tolerance tests at chow and high-fat fed states, though there was no difference in glucose-stimulated insulin values. Cx3cr1-/- mice also had improved insulin sensitivity at hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp, with higher glucose infusion rate, rate of disposal, and hepatic glucose production suppression compared to WT mice. Enhanced insulin signaling in response to acute intravenous insulin injection was demonstrated in Cx3cr1-/- by increased liver protein levels of phosphorylated AKT and GSK3β proteins. There were no differences in adipose tissue macrophage populations, circulating inflammatory monocytes, adipokines, lipids, or inflammatory markers. In conclusion, we demonstrate a moderate and reproducible protective effect of Cx3cr1 deficiency on glucose intolerance and insulin resistance.

  14. Computational chemistry insights in the REDOX Behaviour of Cr and W Fischer carbene complexes

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    Landman, Marile; Conradie, Jeanet; van Rooyen, Petrus H.

    2015-09-01

    An electrochemical study of a series of Fischer carbene complexes containing a hetero-aryl group showed that Cr and W carbenes exhibit different electrochemical behaviour. The Cr carbenes are oxidized in two one electron oxidation processes, namely Cr(0) to Cr(I) and Cr(I) to Cr(II). On the contrary, Fischer carbene complexes of tungsten are directly oxidized from W(0) to W(II). The first reduction process observed for both W- and Cr- carbenes, is a one electron process. A density functional theory (DFT) computational chemistry study of the electronic structure of the Cr- and W-carbenes, showed that the oxidation is metal based and the reduction is located on the carbene ligand. The DFT calculations further showed that the Cr(II) species is a triplet and the W(II) species a closed shell singlet. The DFT calculated energies of the HOMO and LUMO of the neutral carbenes relate linearly to the experimental oxidation and reduction potential, respectively. These mathematical relationships obtained can be used to predict experimentally measured potentials of related Fischer carbene complexes.

  15. THE ABUNDANCE, DIVERSITY AND METABOLIC FOOTPRINT OF SOIL NEMATODES IS HIGHEST IN HIGH ELEVATION ALPINE GRASSLANDS

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    Alan Kergunteuil

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Nematodes are key components of soil biodiversity and represent valuable bio-indicators of soil food webs. Numerous community indices have been developed in order to track variations in soil ecosystem processes, but their use is mainly restricted to anthropogenic stresses. In this study, we propose to expand the use of nematodes’ derived ecological indices in order to shed light on variations of soil food webs in natural systems distributed along elevation gradients. For this purpose, we aimed at determining how elevation affects the community structure and the trophic diversity by studying the abundance, the composition and the functional diversity of nematode communities. Nematode communities were sampled every 200 m across five transects that span about 2000 m in elevation in the Alps. To understand the underlying ecological parameters driving these patterns we studied both abiotic factors (soil properties and biotic factors (trophic links, relationships with plant diversity. We found that (1 nematode abundance increases with elevation of lowland forests and alpine meadows; (2 differences in nematodes communities rely on habitat-specific functional diversity (e.g. tolerance to harsh environments, colonizer/persister status while most trophic groups are ubiquitous; and (3 the metabolic footprint of the complete nematode community increases with elevation. We thus conclude that the contribution of soil dwelling nematodes to belowground ecosystem processes, including carbon and energy flow, is stronger at high elevation. The resulting cascading effects on the soil food web structure are discussed from an ecosystem functioning perspective. Overall, this study highlights the importance of nematodes in soil ecosystems and brings insights in their enhanced role along ecological gradients.

  16. Atomic investigation of alloying Cr, Ti, Y additions in a grain boundary of vanadium

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    Zhang, Pengbo, E-mail: zhangpb@dlmu.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026 (China); Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); Li, Xiaojie; Zhao, Jijun [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); Zheng, Pengfei; Chen, Jiming [Southwestern Institute of Physics, Chengdu 610041 (China)

    2016-01-15

    The effect of alloying additions (Cr, Ti and Y) in a vanadium (V) ∑3 (111) grain boundary (GB) is investigated by first-principles calculations. To determine site preference and segregation properties of Cr, Ti and Y in the GB and bulk, we calculate the formation energies and segregation energies for different interstitial and substitutional sites. Cr/Ti/Y atom prefers to segregate to the substitutional sites of the GB from bulk environment, whereas Cr segregation to GB is very weak. Based on the Rice and Wang's model, Cr acts as the GB cohesion, while Ti and Y are strong embrittlers. The analysis of atomic and electronic structures provides a reasonable expansion for the embrittlement behavior. Moreover, the effect of Cr, Ti and Y in the GB on solution of interstitial impurities C, N, O, H, and He are determined. The results show that Cr restrains solution of these impurities in the GB, while Ti tends to form Ti–N complex by absorbing N impurities and Y can absorbs O and He impurities. The present calculations are helpful for understanding the behavior of alloying Cr, Ti, Y additions at the grain boundary of vanadium.

  17. Do Low-Income Students Have Equal Access to the Highest-Performing Teachers? Technical Appendix. NCEE 2011-4016

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    Glazerman, Steven; Max, Jeffrey

    2011-01-01

    This appendix describes the methods and provides further detail to support the evaluation brief, "Do Low-Income Students Have Equal Access to the Highest-Performing Teachers?" (Contains 8 figures, 6 tables and 5 footnotes.) [For the main report, "Do Low-Income Students Have Equal Access to the Highest-Performing Teachers? NCEE…

  18. Studies of CR-39 etch rates

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    Rana, M A

    2002-01-01

    A series of chemical etching experiments have been carried out on CR-39 detectors irradiated with fission fragments of sup 2 sup 5 sup 2 Cf to study the bulk and track etching characteristics. Experimental data has been analyzed to find out important track etch parameters. Both bulk and track etch rates are found to follow the Arrhenius equation which gives the variation of etch rate with temperature for a specific set of etching conditions. Activation energies for bulk and track etching have been determined by fitting Arrhenius equation to the experimental data. Other track etch parameters, e.g. critical angle of etching and track registration efficiency have also been determined using experimental data. Track etch parameters depend on properties of incident ion and etching conditions. Results describing the dependence of track etch parameters on etching conditions have been presented. These results are useful in the interpretation of track data.

  19. A CR-39 track dosemeter for routine individual neutron monitoring

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    Luszik-Bhadra, M.; Alberts, W.G.; Dietz, E.; Guldbakke, S.; Matzke, M. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig (Germany); d`Errico, F. [Pisa Univ. (Italy). Dip. di Costruzioni Meccaniche e Nucleari DCMN]|[Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Pisa (Italy)

    1994-12-31

    A personal neutron dosemeter for routine individual monitoring is proposed. It is based on a CR-39 track detector covered on three separate areas by converters with different boron contents and inserted into a commercial TLD albedo dosemeter capsule. The dose readings from three areas of the electrochemically etched CR-39 detector are combined to yield a dose equivalent response which is almost independent of the incident neutron energy in the range from thermal neutrons up to 20 MeV. In addition, the dose contributions of thermal, intermediate and fast neutrons can be determined separately. Unlike the TLD albedo dosemeter, which in general requires prior in-field calibration and whose use is then restricted to that field, this dosemeter can be used in neutron fields without any knowledge of the spectral distribution with the same calibration factor. The angular dependence of the dosemeter`s response has been measured and compared with that of the directional dose equivalent H`(10). The lower limit of detection is 0.15 mSv. It is possible to obtain an independent, second dose reading from the same Cr-39 detector for neutron energies above 100 keV. The dosemeter has also been successfully tested for use in accident dosimetry applying chemical etching and an optical density reading of the CR-39 detector. (author).

  20. Stabilizing CrO by epitaxial growth

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    Rogojanu, Oana Corina; Sawatzky, G.A; Tjeng, L.H

    2002-01-01

    This thesis describes the efforts to stabilize chromium monoxide (CrO) as a thin epitaxial film on various substrates. The most stable and common oxidation phase for chromium is in chromium sesquioxide (Cr2O3). CrO does not exist as a bulk material in nature, therefore we have to grow it in a

  1. Inhibition of corrosion of zinc by Cr(VI)and Cr(III) treatments

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    Zhang, X.; Bos, C. van den; Hovestad, A.; Terryn, H.; Wit, J.H.W. de

    2007-01-01

    The corrosion behavior of Cr(VI) and Cr(III) treated zinc has been studied using scanning Kelvin probe (SKP), potentiodynamic polarization and elctrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The Volta potentials measured on the Cr(VI) or the CR(III)-A treated zinc area by SKP in a humid chamber are

  2. Drying Effects on Corrosion Properties of Cr(VI) and Cr(III) Treated Electrogalvanized Steel

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    Zhang, X.; Van den Bos, C.; Sloof, W.G.; Hovestad, A.; Terryn, H.; De Wit, J.H.W.

    2006-01-01

    Drying effects on corrosion performance of Cr(VI)- and Cr(III)-treated electro-galvanized steel have been studied in NaCl solution using potentiodynamic measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The Cr(VI) and the Cr(III) treated specimens were dried at three different

  3. Inhibition of corrosion of zinc by Cr(VI)and Cr(III) treatments

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    Zhang, X.; Bos, C. van den; Hovestad, A.; Terryn, H.; Wit, J.H.W. de

    2007-01-01

    The corrosion behavior of Cr(VI) and Cr(III) treated zinc has been studied using scanning Kelvin probe (SKP), potentiodynamic polarization and elctrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The Volta potentials measured on the Cr(VI) or the CR(III)-A treated zinc area by SKP in a humid chamber are mor

  4. Drying Effects on Corrosion Properties of Cr(VI) and Cr(III) Treated Electrogalvanized Steel

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    Zhang, X.; Van den Bos, C.; Sloof, W.G.; Hovestad, A.; Terryn, H.; De Wit, J.H.W.

    2006-01-01

    Drying effects on corrosion performance of Cr(VI)- and Cr(III)-treated electro-galvanized steel have been studied in NaCl solution using potentiodynamic measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The Cr(VI) and the Cr(III) treated specimens were dried at three different temperatu

  5. Black Cr/a-Cr2O3 nanoparticles based solar absorbers

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    Khamlich, S

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available in the literature for samples having the stoichiometric a-Cr2O3. This band is associated with Cr?O stretching modes, more accurately, anti-symmetrical stretching in Cr2O3. This vibra- tional mode is due to various combinations of O2� and Cr3? displacements...

  6. Role of oxygen diffusion at Ni/Cr2O3 interface in intergranular oxidation of Ni-Cr alloy

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    Medasani, Bharat; Sushko, Maria; Schreiber, Daniel; Rosso, Kevin; Bruemmer, Stephen

    Certain Ni-Cr alloys used in nuclear systems experience intergranular oxidation and stress corrosion cracking when exposed to high-temperature water leading to their degradation and unexpected failure. To develop a mechanistic understanding of grain boundary oxidation processes, we proposed a mesoscale metal alloy oxidation model that combines quantum Density Functional Theory (DFT) with mesoscopic Poisson-Nernst-Planck/classical DFT. This framework encompasses the chemical specificity of elementary diffusion processes and mesoscale reactive dynamics, and allows modeling oxidation processes on experimentally relevant length scales from first principles. As a proof of concept, a preliminary model was previously employed that limited oxygen diffusion pathways to those through the oxide phase and did not allow oxygen diffusion in the alloy or across oxide/alloy interfaces. In this work, we expand the model to include oxygen diffusion pathways along Ni/Cr2O3 interfaces and demonstrate the increasing importance of such pathways for intergranular oxidation of Ni-Cr alloys with high Cr content. This work is supported by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division. Simulations are performed using PNNL Institutional Computing facility.

  7. Mineral Composition and Nutritive Value of Isotonic and Energy Drinks.

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    Leśniewicz, Anna; Grzesiak, Magdalena; Żyrnicki, Wiesław; Borkowska-Burnecka, Jolanta

    2016-04-01

    Several very popular brands of isotonic and energy drinks consumed for fluid and electrolyte supplementation and stimulation of mental or physical alertness were chosen for investigation. Liquid beverages available in polyethylene bottles and aluminum cans as well as products in the form of tablets and powder in sachets were studied. The total concentrations of 21 elements (Ag, Al, B, Ba, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Ni, P, Pb, Sr, Ti, V, and Zn), both essential and toxic, were simultaneously determined in preconcentrated drink samples by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) equipped with pneumatic and ultrasonic nebulizers. Differences between the mineral compositions of isotonic and energy drinks were evaluated and discussed. The highest content of Na was found in both isotonic and energy drinks, whereas quite high concentrations of Mg were found in isotonic drinks, and the highest amount of calcium was quantified in energy drinks. The concentrations of B, Co, Cu, Ni, and P were higher in isotonic drinks, but energy drinks contained greater quantities of Ag, Cr, Zn, Mn, and Mo and toxic elements, as Cd and Pb. A comparison of element contents with micronutrient intake and tolerable levels was performed to evaluate contribution of the investigated beverages to the daily diet. The consumption of 250 cm(3) of an isotonic drink provides from 0.32% (for Mn) up to 14.8% (for Na) of the recommended daily intake. For the energy drinks, the maximum recommended daily intake fulfillment ranged from 0.02% (for V) to 19.4 or 19.8% (for Mg and Na).

  8. Ten years of CR physics with PAMELA

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    Galper, A.; Spillantini, P.

    2017-09-01

    The satellite borne Pamela instrument is dedicated to the precise and high statistics study of CR fluxes on a four decades energy range. Pamela experiment is the last step of the "Russian-Italian Mission" (RIM) program established in 1992 between several Italian and Russian institutes and with the participation of Sweden and Germany. Designed as a cosmic ray observatory at 1 AU, it extensive program is made possible thanks to the outstanding performance of the instrument, the low energy threshold, the quasi-polar orbit and the 10 years duration of the observation. The physics program pays particular attention to the study of particles and antiparticles fluxes and includes search for dark matter, primordial antimatter, new matter in the Universe, study of cosmic-ray propagation, solar physics and solar modulation, and terrestrial magnetosphere. Very important is the discovery of the anomalous increase of the positron flux at energies higher that 50 GeV (the so called "Pamela anomaly"), and the abrupt spectral hardening of H and He, challenging the current paradigm of cosmic-ray acceleration and propagation in the Galaxy.

  9. The ability of Typha domingensis to accumulate and tolerate high concentrations of Cr, Ni, and Zn.

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    Mufarrege, M M; Hadad, H R; Di Luca, G A; Maine, M A

    2015-01-01

    The tolerance and removal efficiency of Typha domingensis exposed to high concentrations of Cr, Ni, and Zn in single and combined treatments were studied. Sediment and two plants were disposed in each plastic reactor. The treatments were 100 and 500 mg L(-1) of Cr, Ni, and Zn (single solutions); 100 mg L(-1) Cr + Ni + Zn (multi-metal solutions) and 500 mg L(-1) Cr + Ni + Zn (multi-metal solutions); and a control. Even though the concentrations studied were extremely high, simulating an accidental metal dump, the three metals were efficiently removed from water. The highest removal was registered for Cr. The presence of other metals favored Cr and did not favor Ni and Zn removal from water. After 25 days, senescence and chlorosis of plants were observed in Ni and Comb500 treatments, while Cr and Zn only caused growth inhibition. T. domingensis accumulated high metal concentrations in tissues. The roots showed higher metal concentration than submerged parts of leaves. Cr translocation to aerial parts was enhanced by the presence of Ni and Zn. Our results demonstrate that in the case of an accidental dump of high Cr, Ni, and Zn concentrations, a wetland system dominated by T. domingensis is able to retain metals, and the macrophyte is able to tolerate them the time necessary to remove them from water. Thus, the environment will be preserved since the wetland would act as a cushion.

  10. Effect of CrO3 Sealing Time on Anodized A12024-T3

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    Korda, Akhmad A.; Hidayat, R. Z.

    2016-08-01

    The effect of CrO3 sealing time on anodized aluminum alloy has been investigated. A1 2024-T3 were used as substrate. Anodizing was carried out using chromic acid. CrO3 sealing was conducted in CrO3 solution for 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 minutes. As comparison, other specimens were also prepared as anodized and boiled water sealing. Thickness of the coating was observed by optical microscope. Anodized and sealing layer was analyzed by X- ray diffraction. The hardness of as anodized, boiled water sealing and CrO3 sealing were compared. The highest hardness is achieved by CrO3 sealed specimen and followed by boiled water sealing and as anodized specimens. The longer the processes of CrO3 sealing the higher layer thickness and therefore the higher hardness of the oxide layer. The best resistance to electrolyte penetration is achieved by the CrO3 sealed specimen followed by boiled water sealed and as anodized specimens. The higher thickness of oxide layer, the higher the resistance against electrolyte penetration.

  11. O Crédito

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    Santos, Cláudia Barreto dos

    2012-01-01

    O crédito é elemento de fundamental importância para o crescimento econômico de um país. Contudo, na história brasileira recente, por vezes, ele tem sido ressaltado, principalmente para o pequeno investidor, como um mal a ser evitado; uma armadilha capaz de levar à bancarrota pessoas e empresas. Na verdade, é preciso entender que a oferta de crédito e as condições para sua obtenção estão diretamente vinculadas à política monetária do governo e às perspectivas de crescimento econômico. Este ar...

  12. The CR-Marketing Strategy

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    Pricop Oliver Constantin

    2011-01-01

    The Customer Relationship- Marketing supposes the adaptation of the marketing mix from the customers’ and the market’s perspective. Thus, the 4 P (product, price, place, promotion) must become 4 D (desired by consumers, distinctive from the competition, deliverable by the company, durable over time) respectively 4C (the buyer with his requirements and desires, the cost paid by the buyer, the convenience of the acquisition, the communication with the customers. The CR-Marketing strategy compri...

  13. A Comparative Physics Study of Commercial PWR Cores using Metallic Micro-cell UO{sub 2}-Cr (or Mo) Pellets with Cr-based Cladding Coating

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    Hwang, Dae Hee; Hong, Ser Gi [Kyung Hee University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of); In, Wang Kee [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-05-15

    In this work, a comparative neutronic analysis of the cores using ATFs which include metallic micro-cell UO{sub 2}-Cr, UO{sub 2}-Mo pellets and Cr-based alloy coating on cladding was performed to show the effects of the ATF fuels on the core performance. In this study, the cores having different ATFs use the same initial uranium enrichments. The ATF concepts studied in this work are the metallic microcell UO{sub 2} pellets containing Cr or Mo with cladding outer coating composed of Cr-based alloy which have been suggested as the ATF concepts in KAERI (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute). The metallic micro-cell pellets and Cr-based alloy coating can enhance thermal conductivity of fuel and reduce the production of hydrogen from the reaction of cladding with coolant, respectively. The objective of this work is to compare neutronic characteristics of commercial PWR equilibrium cores utilizing the different variations of metallic micro-cell UO{sub 2} pellets with cladding coating composed of Cr-based alloy. The results showed that the cores using UO{sub 2}-Cr and UO{sub 2}-Mo pellets with Cr-based alloy coating on cladding have reduced cycle lengths by 60 and 106 EFPDs, respectively, in comparison with the reference UO{sub 2} fueled core due to the reduced heavy metal inventories and large thermal absorption cross section but they do not have any significant differences in the core performances parameters. However, it is notable that the core fueled the micro-cell UO{sub 2}-Mo pellet and Cr-based alloy coating has considerably more negative MTC and slightly more negative FTC than the other cases. These characteristics of the core using micro-cell UO{sub 2}-Mo pellet and Cr-based alloy coating is due to the hard neutron spectrum and large capture resonance cross section of Mo isotopes.

  14. Growth and characterization of self-Q-switched Nd:Cr:YVO4 crystal.

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    Pan, Z B; Yao, B; Yu, H H; Xu, H H; Wang, Z P; Wang, J Y; Zhang, H J

    2012-01-30

    A Nd:Cr:YVO4 crystal was grown by the Czochralski method for the first time to our knowledge. Its structure and cell parameter have been studied by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) analysis. Polarized absorption spectra were measured at room temperature, which showed that the absorption bands display polarization character and an absorption band of Cr5+ ions at 1110 nm enables the crystal to be a self-Q-switched laser material. We also found that the absorption of Cr5+ ions became much larger and its self-Q-switched laser performance became much better when the Nd:Cr:YVO4 crystal was annealed because the annealing induces more Cr ions to become those with + 5 valence. In the self-Q-switched laser, the maximum output power, shortest pulse width, and largest pulse energy were obtained to be 120 mW, 85.8 ns, and 0.79 μJ, respectively.

  15. Interdiffusion between Co3O4 coating and the oxide scale of Fe-22Cr alloy

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    Hansson, Anette Nørgaard; Friehling, Peter B.; Linderoth, Søren

    2002-01-01

    In solid oxide fuels cell stacks, the Fe-Cr interconnector plates and their oxidation scale formed during operation must have sufficiently high electrical conductivity at the operating temperature. It is anticipated that this can be achieved by reaction-diffusion between Co3O4 and the chromia scale...... on Fe-Cr alloys. Coatings of Co3O4 were deposited on a Fe-22Cr alloy by plasma spraying and spray-painting. As-deposited samples were oxidised in air containing 1% H2O at 900C for various exposure time. During exposure the Fe-22Cr alloy forms an oxide scale, which reacts with the coating. The effects...... of inter-diffusion between the oxide scale and the Co3O4 coating were investigated with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The results obtained are discussed in relation to a calculated Cr-Co-oxide phase diagrams....

  16. Cr(Vi) reduction capacity of activated sludge as affected by nitrogen and carbon sources, microbial acclimation and cell multiplication

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    Ferro Orozco, A.M., E-mail: mferro@cidca.org.ar [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo en Criotecnologia de Alimentos (CIDCA) CCT La Plata CONICET - Fac. de Cs. Exactas, UNLP. 47 y 116 (B1900AJJ) La Plata (Argentina); Contreras, E.M.; Zaritzky, N.E. [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo en Criotecnologia de Alimentos (CIDCA) CCT La Plata CONICET - Fac. de Cs. Exactas, UNLP. 47 y 116 (B1900AJJ) La Plata (Argentina); Fac. de Ingenieria, UNLP. 47 y 1 (B1900AJJ) - La Plata (Argentina)

    2010-04-15

    The objectives of the present work were: (i) to analyze the capacity of activated sludge to reduce hexavalent chromium using different carbon sources as electron donors in batch reactors, (ii) to determine the relationship between biomass growth and the amount of Cr(VI) reduced considering the effect of the nitrogen to carbon source ratio, and (iii) to determine the effect of the Cr(VI) acclimation stage on the performance of the biological chromium reduction assessing the stability of the Cr(VI) reduction capacity of the activated sludge. The highest specific Cr(VI) removal rate (q{sub Cr}) was attained with cheese whey or lactose as electron donors decreasing in the following order: cheese whey {approx} lactose > glucose > citrate > acetate. Batch assays with different nitrogen to carbon source ratio demonstrated that biological Cr(VI) reduction is associated to the cell multiplication phase; as a result, maximum Cr(VI) removal rates occur when there is no substrate limitation. The biomass can be acclimated to the presence of Cr(VI) and generate new cells that maintain the ability to reduce chromate. Therefore, the activated sludge process could be applied to a continuous Cr(VI) removal process.

  17. Effect of Cr content on the thermal stability of tempered lath structures and precipitates in strength enhanced ferritic steels

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    Ghassemi Armaki, H.; Chen, R. P.; Kano, S.; Maruyama, K.; Igarashi, M.

    2010-07-01

    The effect of Cr content on the thermal stability of tempered laths (or elongated subgrains) and precipitates has been studied during long-term aging at 650 °C in three P122 grade steels with increasing Cr content from 9 to 10.5 and 12%. Addition of Cr accelerates the coarsening of subgrains during long-term aging. The number fraction of MX precipitates does change up to 104 h aging in 9% and 10.5% Cr steels, whereas it decreases significantly in 12% Cr steel due to the formation of Z phase. The coarsening rate of M23C6 precipitates, mostly located on the subgrain boundaries, increases from 9 to 12% Cr and steel containing 9% Cr has the highest number density of M23C6 after 104 h aging. The addition of Cr from 9 to 12% accelerates the coarsening rate of Laves phase particles during aging. As a result, 9% Cr steel shows the most stable tempered lath martesitic structure during long-term aging.

  18. A neutron scattering study of the crystal and magnetic structure of Sr2CrOsO6

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    Krockenberger, Y.; Reehuis, M.; Tovar, M.; Mogare, K.; Jansen, M.; Alff, L.

    2007-03-01

    Recently, the new osmium-based ferrimagnetic double perovskite Sr2CrOsO6 has been reported to have the highest Curie temperature (˜725 K) within this material class [Y. Krockenberger, K. Mogare, M. Reehuis, M. Tovar, M. Jansen, G. Vaitheeswaran, V. Kanchana, A. Delin, F. Wilhelm, A. Rogalev, A. Winkler, L. Alff, preprint, 2006]. Here, we report details about the crystal and magnetic structure of Sr2CrOsO6 as obtained by neutron powder diffraction.

  19. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells aided by Sr,Cr co-doped TiO2 xerogel films made of uniform spheres.

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    Bakhshayesh, A M; Bakhshayesh, N

    2015-12-15

    One-pot preparation of Sr,Cr co-doped TiO2 xerogel film for boosting the short circuit current density of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) is reported. The 2.5-μm-diameter spheres are assembled from 60nm nanoparticles by a modified sol-gel method. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) shows that Sr(2+) and Cr(3+) ions to be well incorporated into the titania crystal lattice without forming specific strontium and chromium compositions. The crystallite size, phase composition, and band structure of the particles depend on the dopants concentration. Isolated energy levels near valence band as a result of the transition ion (i.e., Cr) introduction, in conjunction with the local lattice distortions owing to the alkaline earth ion (i.e., Sr) insertion, improves the photocatalytic activity of the prepared TiO2 spheres, enhancing the short circuit current density of the cells. The DSC co-doped with 0.075 at.% Sr and 2.5 at.% Cr (i.e., S7C25 solar cell) showed the highest power conversion efficiency of 7.89% and short circuit current density of 18.58mA/cm(2) thanks to lower charge transfer resistance (2.35Ωcm(2)), lower electron transit time (1.26ms), and higher electron diffusion coefficient (17.1×10(4)cm(2)S(-1)) compared to the other cells, demonstrated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The concept of simultaneously introduction of alkaline earth ions and transition ions into TiO2 lattice will open up a new insight into the fabrication of high performance DSCs.

  20. Unprecedented concentrations of indigenous amino acids in primitive CR meteorites

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    Ehrenfreund, Pascale; Martins, Zita; Alexander, Conel; Orzechowska, Grazyna; Fogel, Marylin

    CR meteorites are among the most primitive meteorites. We have performed pioneering work determining the compositional characteristics of amino acids in this type of carbonaceous chondrites. We report the first measurements of amino acids in Antarctic CR meteorites, two of which show the highest amino acid concentrations ever found in a chondrite. We have analyzed the amino acid content of the Antarctic CRs EET92042, GRA95229 and GRO95577 using high performance liquid chromatography with UV fluorescence detection (HPLC-FD) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Additionally, compound-specific carbon isotopic measurements for most of the individual amino acids from the EET92042 and GRA95229 meteorites were achieved by gas chromatography-combustion-isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC-C-IRMS). Our data show that EET92042 and GRA95229 are the most amino acid-rich chondrites ever analyzed, with total amino acid concentrations of 180 and 249 parts-per-million (ppm), respectively. GRO95577, however, is depleted in amino acids (determined for most amino acids indicate that primitive organic matter was preserved in these meteorites. In addition, the relative abundances of α-AIB and β-alanine amongst Antarctic CR meteorites appear to correspond to the degree of aqueous alteration on their respective parent body. Investigating the abundances and isotopic composition of amino acids in primitive chondrites helps to understand the role of meteorites as a source of extraterrestrial prebiotic organic compounds to the early Earth.

  1. Formation of aligned CrN nanoclusters in Cr-delta-doped GaN

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    Zhou, Y K; Kimura, S; Emura, S; Hasegawa, S; Asahi, H [Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan)], E-mail: zhou21@sanken.osaka-u.ac.jp

    2009-02-11

    Cr-delta-doped GaN layers were grown by radio-frequency plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy on GaN template substrates. Cr flux was supplied without nitrogen flow during Cr-delta-doping. Cr incorporation into a narrow thin layer region was confirmed with the depth profile measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry. Structural properties and Cr atom alignments were studied with transmission electron microscopy. It was found that Cr-delta-doped GaN layers were coherently grown with Cr or CrGa nanoclusters in the delta-doped region for low temperature growth (350, 500 deg. C). It was also found that aligned CrN nanoclusters (approximately 5 nm vertical thickness) with NaCl-type structure were formed in the delta-doped region for the growth at 700 deg. C.

  2. Isolation and characterization of a chromium-resistant bacterium Serratia sp. Cr-10 from a chromate-contaminated site

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    Zhang, Kundi; Li, Fuli [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao (China). Qingdao Inst. of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology

    2011-05-15

    A novel bacterium, Cr-10, was isolated from a chromium-contaminated site and capable of removing toxic chromium species from solution by reducing hexavalent chromium to an insoluble precipitate. Sequence analysis of 16S rRNA gene of strain Cr-10 showed that it was most closely related to Serratia rubidaea JCM 1240{sup T} (97.68%). Physiological and chemotaxonomic data also supported that strain Cr-10 was identified as Serratia sp., a genus which was never specially reported chromate-resistant before. Serratia sp., Cr-10 was tolerant to a concentration of 1,500 mg Cr(VI) L{sup -1}, which was the highest level reported until now. The optimum pH and temperature for reduction of Cr(VI) by Serratia sp. Cr-10 were found to be 7.0 and 37 C, respectively. The Cr(VI) reduction was significantly influenced by additional carbon sources, and among them fructose and lactose offered maximum reduction, with a rate of 0.28 and 0.25 mg Cr(VI) L{sup -1} h{sup -1}, respectively. The cell-free extracts and filtrate of the culture were able to reduce Cr(VI) while concentration of total chromium remained stable in the process, indicating that the enzyme-catalyzed mechanism was applied in Cr(VI) reduction by the isolate. Additionally, it was found that there was hardly any chromium on the cell surface of the strain, further supporting that reduction, rather than bioadsorption, plays a major role in the Cr(VI) removal. (orig.)

  3. Removal of Cr(VI) from groundwater by Fe(0)

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    Gao, Yanjiao; Liu, Rui

    2016-12-01

    This research was conducted to investigate the treatment of hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) by iron powder (Fe(0)) columns of simulated permeable reactive barriers with and without calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Two columns filled with Fe(0) were used as Cr(VI) removal equipment running at a flow velocity of 10 ml/min at room temperature. After 200 days running of the two columns, the results showed that Fe(0) was an effective material for Cr(VI) reduction with an average removal rate of above 84.6%. The performance of Column 2 with CaCO3 was better than Column 1 without CaCO3 in terms of average Cr(VI) removal rate. The presence of CaCO3 buffered the increasing pH caused by Fe(0) corrosion in Column 2 and enhanced the removal rate of Column 2. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images of Fe(0) in the three stages of running of the two columns illustrated that the coat layer of Column 1 was a little thicker than that of Column 2. Energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS) results showed that the surface of Fe(0) of Column 2 contained more chromium elements. Raman spectroscopy found that all iron oxide was generated on the Fe(0) surface of Column 1 and Column 2 and chromium class objects were only detected on Fe(0) surface in Column 2.

  4. Low-lying dipole strengths of {sup 50}Cr

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    Pai, H.; Beck, T.; Beller, J.; Gayer, U.; Mertes, L.; Pietralla, N.; Ries, P.; Romig, C.; Werner, V.; Zweidinger, M. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    Low-lying electric and magnetic dipole strengths (E1 and M1, respectively), particularly Pygmy Dipole Resonance (PDR) and Spin-flip M1 excitations, of atomic nuclei have drawn considerable attention in the last decade. The low-lying dipole strengths of {sup 50}Cr were studied with the method of nuclear resonance fluorescence up to 9.7 MeV, using bremsstrahlung provided by the superconducting Darmstadt electron linear accelerator S-DALINAC. Twenty-four spin-1 states were observed between 3.0 and 9.7 MeV excitation energy, 17 of those for the first time. The excited states' parities are determined through polarized photon scattering at the High Intensity gamma ray Source (HIγS), Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) in Durham, NC, USA. Microscopic calculations within the quasiparticle-phonon nuclear model are performed to interpret the dipole strength distribution of {sup 50}Cr. The experimental results of {sup 50}Cr are compared to data on its closed-shell N=28 isotone {sup 52}Cr and may provide information on the onset of the PDR in atomic nuclei.

  5. Precipitation Kinetics of Cr2N in High Nitrogen Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    SHI Feng; WANG Li-jun; CUI Wen-fang; LIU Chun-ming

    2008-01-01

    The precipitation behavior of Cr2N during isothermal aging in the temperature range from 700℃to 950℃ in Fe-18Cr-12Mn-0.48N(in mass percent)high nitrogen austenitic stainless steel,including morphology and content of precipitate,was investigated using optical microscopy,scanning electron microscopy,and transmission electron microscopy.The isothermal precipitation kinetics curve of Cr2N and the corresponding precipitation activation energy were obtained.The results show that Cr2N phase precipitates in a cellular way and its morphology is transformed from initial granular precipitates to lamellar ones in the cell with increasing aging time.The nose temperature of Cr2N precipitation is about 800℃,with a corresponding incubation period of 30 min,and the ceiling temperature of Cr2N precipitation is 950℃.The diffusion activation energy of Cr2N precipitation is 296 kJ/mol.

  6. Disordering and grain boundaries of (Ni,Fe)Cr2O4 spinels from atomistic calculations.

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    Chartier, Alain; Golovchuk, Bogdan; Gossé, Stéphane; Van Brutzel, Laurent

    2013-10-07

    A novel empirical potential has been developed to evaluate the thermodynamic stability of Ni(1-x)Fe(x)Cr2O4 spinels. The simulations confirm the hypothesis that the NiCr2O4-FeCr2O4 pseudo-binary has normal structure spinel up to 1000 K and stabilizes as a solid solution. However, the disordering energy (normal to inverse spinel) is found higher for FeCr2O4 than for NiCr2O4 spinel. The formation energies of tilt, twist, and random grain boundaries have been calculated in pure NiCr2O4 and FeCr2O4. The same behavior has been found for both spinels. Detail analysis of the grain boundaries structure shows that the cation coordination number is a key parameter for the stability of the grain boundaries. With this criterion, we evidenced that the structural and energetic differences are caused only by nickel and iron cations.

  7. Adsorption studies on fruits of Gular (Ficus glomerata): Removal of Cr(VI) from synthetic wastewater

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    Rao, Rifaqat A.K., E-mail: rakrao1@rediffmail.com [Environmental Research Laboratory, Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002, UP (India); Rehman, Fouzia [Environmental Research Laboratory, Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002, UP (India)

    2010-09-15

    The adsorption of Cr(VI) was studied in batch system using fruits of Ficus glomerata as adsorbent. The effect of temperature, pH, initial Cr(VI) concentration and time was investigated. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was used to investigate surface morphology and active functional groups present on the adsorbent surface. Thermodynamic parameters like free energy change ({Delta}G{sup 0}), enthalpy ({Delta}H{sup 0}) and entropy ({Delta}S{sup 0}) indicate the spontaneous, endothermic and increased randomness nature of Cr(VI) adsorption. Equilibrium data were fitted well with Langmuir isotherm at 50 deg. C. The magnitude of mean free energy indicates chemical nature of adsorption. The breakthrough and exhaustive capacities were found to be 5 and 23.1 mg g{sup -1} respectively. The applicability of the adsorbent has been demonstrated by removing Cr(VI) from electroplating wastewater.

  8. Photocatalytic H{sub 2} production from spinels ZnGa{sub 2−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} (0≤x≤2) solid solutions

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    Xu, Xiaoxiang, E-mail: xxxu@tongji.edu.cn [Shanghai Key Lab of Chemical Assessment and Sustainability, Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092 (China); Xie, Yinghao [Shanghai Key Lab of Chemical Assessment and Sustainability, Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092 (China); Ni, Shuang [Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, Laser Fusion Research Center, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China); Azad, Abul K. [Faculty of Integrated Technologies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tunku Link, Gadong BE1410 (Brunei Darussalam); Cao, Tongcheng [Shanghai Key Lab of Chemical Assessment and Sustainability, Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092 (China)

    2015-10-15

    Solid solutions of ZnGa{sub 2−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} (0≤x≤2) were successfully prepared by solid state reactions. Introducing Cr into ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} crystal structure significantly improves its light absorption and greatly enhances its photocatalytic activity. An optimized Cr content (x=1.5 for ZnGa{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 1.5}O{sub 4}) was found for the solid solutions with the highest photocatalytic hydrogen production rate (~775 μmol/h). Compositional analysis suggests there is a strong enrichment of Cr at the surface of sample ZnGa{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 1.5}O{sub 4} compared with other samples. Theoretical calculations suggest their electronic structures involve spin-polarized conduction band (CB) and valence band (VB) that are mainly composed of Cr 3d orbitals. The highest photocatalytic activity observed in ZnGa{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 1.5}O{sub 4} is probably due to the higher Cr content at the surface that favors the Cr 3d orbital overlapping. - Graphical abstract: Electronic structure and density of states of ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} after partially substituting Ga with Cr. - Highlights: • Complete solid solution can be formed between ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} and ZnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}. • Optical properties and catalytic activity are improved by adding Cr into ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4}. • An optimized Cr content exists for the highest activity. • Enrichment of Cr in the surface is beneficial for a better performance.

  9. Theoretical calculation of zero field splitting parameters of Cr{sup 3+} doped ammonium oxalate monohydrate

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    Kripal, Ram, E-mail: ram_kripal2001@rediffmail.com; Yadav, Awadhesh Kumar, E-mail: aky.physics@gmail.com

    2015-06-15

    Zero field splitting parameters (ZFSPs) D and E of Cr{sup 3+} ion doped ammonium oxalate monohydrate (AOM) are calculated with formula using the superposition model. The theoretically calculated ZFSPs for Cr{sup 3+} in AOM crystal are compared with the experimental value obtained by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). Theoretical ZFSPs are in good agreement with the experimental ones. The energy band positions of optical absorption spectra of Cr{sup 3+} in AOM crystal calculated with CFA package are in good match with the experimental values.

  10. Chromium-chromium interaction in a binuclear mixed-valent Cr(I)-Cr(II) complex.

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    Alzamly, Ahmed; Gorelsky, Serge I; Gambarotta, Sandro; Korobkov, Ilia; Le Roy, Jennifer; Murugesu, Muralee

    2014-11-03

    A mixed-valent Cr(I)-Cr(II) binuclear complex, {κ(1),κ(2),κ(3)-N,P,P-cyclo[(Ph)PCH2N(CH2Ph)CH2]}2(CrCl2)[Cr(μ-Cl)(AlClMe2)]·4toluene (1), of a P2N2 cyclic ligand was obtained upon treatment of the chromium precursor with alkylaluminum. Complex 1 was accessible from either its trivalent or divalent precursors, and density functional theory calculations revealed the presence of only σ- and π-orbital interactions in the Cr-Cr bond.

  11. Microstructural characterization of second phases in X10CrMoVNb9-1 and 12CrMoWCuVNb steels after long steam exposure time at 550 C

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    Rodak, Kinga; Hernas, Adam [Silesian Univ. of Technology, Inst. of Materials Science, Katowice (Poland); Vodarek, Vlastimil [VSB-Technical Univ. of Ostrava (Czech Republic)

    2015-07-15

    Microstructural changes in high alloy (9-12% Cr) creep resistant martensitic X10CrMoVNb9-1 and 12CrMoW . CuVNb steels after 100 000 h of steam exposure at 550 C have been studied using scanning transmission electron microscopy. Precipitates were identified using electron diffraction patterns and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis. After long time exposure, a significant coarsening of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides, and intensive precipitation of the coarse Laves phase were observed. Moreover, in the 12CrMoW . CuVNb steel, a low amount of the modified Z-phase particles was detected. The microstructures of the X10Cr . MoVNb9-1 and 12CrMoWCuVNb steels after 100 000 h of exposure differ in several aspects.

  12. Energy parameters of lasers utilizing erbium glasses sensitized with ytterbium and chromium

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    Lunter, S.G.; Murzin, A.G.; Tolstoi, M.N.; Fedorov, Y.K.; Fromzel' , V.A.

    1984-01-01

    An experimental investigation was made of the effect of sensitizing ytterbium- and erbium-activated lead barium phosphate glasses with Cr/sup 3 +/ ions on the energy parameters of lasing due to the /sup 4/I/sub 13//sub ///sub 2/--/sup 4/I/sub 15//sub ///sub 2/ transition in Er/sup 3 +/ ions (lambda/sub l/ = 1.54 ..mu..). It was found that substantial sensitization was achieved in phosphate glasses for only low concentrations of Cr/sup 3 +/ ions (< or approx. =0.07 wt.%) so that the efficiency of flashlamp-pumped erbium lasers could be improved by a factor of 1.5--4. The optimal conditions for achieving the best energy parameters of these lasers under free-lasing conditions were determined allowing for the spectral and energy distributions of the flashlamp radiation in the absorption range of the coactivator ions. By implementing these conditions using active elements 6 mm in diameter and 85 mm long, containing 17 wt.% Yb/sub 2/O/sub 3/, 0.25 wt.% Er/sub 2/O/sub 3/, and 0.07 wt.% Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/, it was possible to achieve an efficiency of 1.2% for an electrical pump energy of 1 kJ. This was the highest efficiency achieved so far for erbium lasers. Measurements were made of the efficiency of transfer of the excitation energy from Cr/sup 3 +/ ions to Yb/sup 3 +/ ions at high levels of excitation of the medium.

  13. Microstructural evolution and thermal stability of thin CoCrTa/Cr films for longitudinal magnetic recording media

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    Ross, C.A.; Bertero, G. [Komag, Inc., Milpitas, CA (United States); Ross, F.M. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States). National Center for Electron Microscopy; Tang, K. [Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

    1998-01-01

    The microstructure and time-dependent magnetic properties of 2.8--60-nm-thick films of CoCrTa sputtered onto a Cr underlayer were measured. The thinnest films have a discontinuous microstructure with several CoCrTa nuclei forming on each Cr grain, with small angular misalignments from the exact epitaxial crystal orientation. For films of 10-nm thickness and above, the grains coalesce. There is evidence for stacking faults at all thicknesses although their appearance in atomic resolution micrographs changes with thickness. Magnetic switching volumes were measured from the change in coercivity with the scan rate of the external magnetic field. The ratio KV/kT of magnetic-to-thermal energy within the switching volume decreases as the film thickness decreases, and films thinner than 10 nm have KV/kT < 60 and would show significant decay of recorded data if used in longitudinal media applications. The magnetic switching volumes are similar in magnitude but generally larger than the physical grain volume indicating magnetic interactions between the grains.

  14. Localized states in Hg sub 3 In sub 2 Te sub 6 <Cr>

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    Gorlej, P N; Frasunyak, V M

    2002-01-01

    The effect of Cr doping on the energy spectrum of the energy-level density N(E) in the forbidden band of Hg sub 3 In sub 2 Te sub 6 semiconductor compound has been investigated. As is known, the Cr impurity does not influence essentially on the electrical properties and the Fermi level position but it increases the width of the band tails and the density of localized states inside the energy gap E sub g. The spectra of N(E) obtained are being discussed on assumption that Cr content increases the structure disorder and the random potential, which produce larger N(E). It is shown that localized states depend on the screening extension and fix Fermi level about the center of the energy gap as well as provide the compensation of impurity ion charges

  15. Mechanical alloying of Cu-xCr (x = 3, 5 and 8 wt.%) alloys

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    Aguilar, C., E-mail: ceaguilar@uach.c [Instituto de Materiales y Procesos Termomecanicos, Facultad de Ciencias de la Ingenieria, Universidad Austral de Chile, General Lagos 2086, Valdivia (Chile); Ordonez, S. [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Av. L. Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Santiago (Chile); Guzman, D. [Departamento de Metalurgia, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Atacama, Av. Copayapu 485, Copiapo (Chile); Rojas, P.A. [Escuela de Ingenieria Mecanica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Av. Los Carrera 01567, Quilpue (Chile)

    2010-08-13

    This work studies the structural evolution of Cu-xCr (x = 3, 5 and 8 wt.%) alloys processed by mechanical alloying using X-ray diffraction profiles, scanning microscopy and microhardness analysis. X-ray diffraction analysis using the modified Williamson-Hall and Warren-Averbach methods were used to determine structural properties, such as crystallite size, stacking fault probability and energy, dislocation density, lattice parameters and crystallite size distribution of metallic powder as a function of Cr amount and milling time. Lattice defects increase the Gibbs free energy and the Gibbs free energy curves shift upward, therefore the solubility limit change.

  16. Highest PBDE levels (max 63 ppm) yet found in biota measured in seabird eggs from San Francisco Bay

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    She, J.; Holden, A.; Tanner, M.; Sharp, M.; Hooper, K. [Department of Toxic Substances Control, Berkeley, CA (United States). Hazardous Materials Lab.; Adelsbach, T. [Environmental Contaminants Division, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, CA (United States)

    2004-09-15

    High levels of polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) have been found in humans and wildlife from the San Francisco Bay Area, with levels in women among the highest in the world, and levels in piscivorous seabird eggs at the ppm level. Seabirds are useful for monitoring and assessing ecosystem health at various times and places because they occupy a high trophic level in the marine food web, are long-lived, and are generally localized near their breeding and non-breeding sites. In collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), we are carrying out a three-year investigation of dioxin, PCB and PBDE levels in eggs from fish-eating seabirds. Year 1 (2002) PBDE measurements from 73 bird eggs were reported at Dioxin2003. Year 2 (2003) PBDE measurements from 45 samples are presented in this report. The highest PBDE level measured in eggs was 63 ppm, lipid, which is the highest PBDE level, yet reported in biota.

  17. Cr isotope fractionation factors for Cr(VI) reduction by a metabolically diverse group of bacteria

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    Basu, Anirban; Johnson, Thomas M.; Sanford, Robert A.

    2014-10-01

    Reduction of Cr(VI) is an important process that determines the geochemical behavior, mobility and bioavailability of Cr in both terrestrial and marine environments. Many metabolically diverse microorganisms possess Cr(VI) reduction capacity. Cr(VI) reduction fractionates Cr isotopes and thus 53Cr/52Cr ratios can be used to monitor Cr(VI) reduction and redox conditions. The magnitude of isotopic fractionation (ε) for a variety of microbial reduction mechanisms must be known for accurate interpretation of observed shifts in 53Cr/52Cr ratios. We determined isotopic fractionation factors for Cr(VI) reduction by metal reducers Geobacter sulfurreducens and Shewanella sp. strain NR, a denitrifying soil bacterium Pseudomonas stutzeri DCP-Ps1, and a sulfate reducer Desulfovibrio vulgaris. All bacteria investigated in this study produced significant Cr isotope fractionation. The fractionation (ε) for G. sulfurreducens, Shewanella sp. (NR), P. stutzeri DCP-Ps1, and D. vulgaris were -3.03‰ ± 0.12‰, -2.17‰ ± 0.22‰, -3.14‰ ± 0.13‰, and -3.01‰ ± 0.11‰, respectively. Despite differences in microbial strains in this study, the ε did not vary significantly except for Shewanella sp. (NR). Our results suggest that strong isotopic fractionation is induced during Cr(VI) reduction under electron donor poor (∼300 μM) conditions.

  18. Development of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) nanostructured coatings; Desenvolvimento de revestimentos nanostruturados de Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr)

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    Cunha, Cecilio Alvares da

    2012-07-01

    This study is divided in two parts. The first part is about the preparation of nanostructured Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) powders by high energy milling followed by characterization of the milled and the as received powder. Analyses of some of the data obtained were done using a theoretical approach. The second part of this study is about the preparation and characterization of coatings prepared with the nanostructured as well as the as received Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) powders. The high temperature erosion-oxidation (E-O) behavior of the coatings prepared with the two types of powders has been compared based on a technological approach. The average crystallite size of the Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) powder decreased rapidly from 145 nm to 50 nm in the initial stages of milling and thereafter decreased slowly to a steady state value of around 10 nm with further increase in milling time. This steady state corresponds to the beginning of a dynamic recovery process. The maximum lattice strain ({epsilon} = 1,17%) was observed in powders milled for 16 hours, and this powders critical crystallite size was 28 nm. In contrast, the lattice parameter attained a minimum for powders milled for 16 hours. Upon reaching the critical crystallite size, the dislocation density attained a steady state regime and all plastic deformation introduced in the material there after was in the form of events occurring at the grain boundaries, due mainly to grain boundary sliding. The deformation energy stored in the crystal lattice of the Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) powders milled for different times was determined from enthalpy variation measurements. These results indicated that the maximum enthalpy variation ({delta}H = 722 mcal) also occurred for powders milled for 16 hours. In a similar manner, the maximum specific heat variation ({delta}C{sub p} = 0,278 cal/gK) occurred for powders milled for 16 hours. The following mechanical properties of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) coatings

  19. Oxide dispersion strengthened Fe–12Cr steel in three dimensions: An electron tomography study

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    Castro, V. de, E-mail: vanessa.decastro@uc3m.es [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Departamento de Física, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Avenida de la Universidad 30, 28911 Leganés, Madrid (Spain); Rodrigo, P. [Departamento de Ciencia e Ingeniería de Materiales, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, c/Tulipán s.n., 28933 Móstoles, Madrid (Spain); Marquis, E.A. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Lozano-Perez, S. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom)

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • An ODS Fe–12Cr steel was reconstructed in 3D using electron tomography. • Electron tomography allowed reconstruction of nanoparticles down to 5 nm. • Reconstruction showed that some particles are found within Cr-rich precipitates. -- Abstract: In this work, scanning-transmission electron microscope tomography and atom-probe tomography were successfully applied to characterize the Y- and Cr-rich secondary phases present in an oxide dispersion strengthened reduced activation Fe–12Cr alloy in three dimensions. Electron energy loss spectroscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and energy filtered transmission electron microscopy were used to obtain analytical information about the region used for electron tomography reconstruction. The results obtained with these techniques provided accurate information regarding the Y-rich nanoparticle dispersion and chemistry and their association with the Cr-rich precipitates present in the alloy. Reconstructions show that Y-rich nanoparticles are frequently found to be embedded within the larger Cr-rich carbides and oxides, which would decrease the amount of nanoparticles capable of strengthening the matrix.

  20. Biochemical changes in blood under Cr6+

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    Kuzenko E.V.; Romaniuk A.M.; Butko H.Yu.; Logvinova H.V.

    2013-01-01

    Background. For the manufacture of dentures many different alloys containing chromium are used. Interaction with oral fluid, organic acids and food, results in formation of Cr3+, Cr6+ ions, but their influence on the whole organism is poorly investigated. Objective. To analyze the biochemical changes in blood plasma during the influence of Cr6+ ions. Methods. 15 animals of experimental group were receiving drinking water with potassium dichromate in a dose of 0,2 mol/l. Rats of control group ...

  1. Cr-Free Metallic-Ceramic Coatings

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    2014-11-01

    Cr -FREE METALLIC-CERAMIC COATINGS ASETS Defense 2014 Fort Myer, VA, November 18-20, 2014 Bruce McMordie Coatings for Industry 319...SNECMA Alseal® 5K Aluminum-Silicate Al-Silicate Coating System Now Available That Can Eliminate Hazards of Carcinogenic Cr +6 in Al...OMB control number. 1. REPORT DATE NOV 2014 2. REPORT TYPE 3. DATES COVERED 00-00-2014 to 00-00-2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Cr -Free Metallic

  2. Dipole model analysis of highest precision HERA data, including very low Q{sup 2}'s

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    Luszczak, A. [Cracow Univ. of Technology (Poland); Kowalski, H. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany)

    2016-12-15

    We analyse, within a dipole model, the final, inclusive HERA DIS cross section data in the low χ region, using fully correlated errors. We show, that these highest precision data are very well described within the dipole model framework starting from Q{sup 2} values of 3.5 GeV{sup 2} to the highest values of Q{sup 2}=250 GeV{sup 2}. To analyze the saturation effects we evaluated the data including also the very low 0.35

  3. Microstructure and Properties of FeCrB Alloy Coatings Prepared by Wire-Arc Spraying

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    Yao, H. H.; Zhou, Z.; Wang, Y. M.; He, D. Y.; Bobzin, K.; Zhao, L.; Öte, M.; Königstein, T.

    2017-02-01

    To improve the heat transfer ability and wear resistance of drying cylinders in paper production machines, a series of Fe87- x Cr13B x ( x = 1 wt.%, 1.5 wt.%, 2 wt.%, 2.5 wt.%, 3 wt.%, and 4 wt.%) cored wires have been produced and used to prepare coatings by wire-arc spraying, in comparison with conventional X30Cr13 solid wire. All coatings presented dense layered structure with porosity of around 4%. The boron content in the cored wires significantly affected the thermal conductivity of the coating, which is attributed to the combined effects of the crystal structure, grain size, and oxide content of the coating. In the investigated range, the coating with 2 wt.% boron content exhibited the highest thermal conductivity, reaching 8.83 W/m-K, greater than that of X30Cr13 coating (5.45 W/m-K). Furthermore, the microhardness and relative wear resistance of the FeCrB coatings obtained from cored wires with boron addition were greatly increased compared with commercial X30Cr13 coating. Therefore, wire-arc-sprayed FeCrB coating has promise as an effective and economic approach to improve the heat transfer behavior and wear resistance of drying cylinders in the paper industry.

  4. Microstructure and Properties of FeCrB Alloy Coatings Prepared by Wire-Arc Spraying

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    Yao, H. H.; Zhou, Z.; Wang, Y. M.; He, D. Y.; Bobzin, K.; Zhao, L.; Öte, M.; Königstein, T.

    2016-12-01

    To improve the heat transfer ability and wear resistance of drying cylinders in paper production machines, a series of Fe87-x Cr13B x (x = 1 wt.%, 1.5 wt.%, 2 wt.%, 2.5 wt.%, 3 wt.%, and 4 wt.%) cored wires have been produced and used to prepare coatings by wire-arc spraying, in comparison with conventional X30Cr13 solid wire. All coatings presented dense layered structure with porosity of around 4%. The boron content in the cored wires significantly affected the thermal conductivity of the coating, which is attributed to the combined effects of the crystal structure, grain size, and oxide content of the coating. In the investigated range, the coating with 2 wt.% boron content exhibited the highest thermal conductivity, reaching 8.83 W/m-K, greater than that of X30Cr13 coating (5.45 W/m-K). Furthermore, the microhardness and relative wear resistance of the FeCrB coatings obtained from cored wires with boron addition were greatly increased compared with commercial X30Cr13 coating. Therefore, wire-arc-sprayed FeCrB coating has promise as an effective and economic approach to improve the heat transfer behavior and wear resistance of drying cylinders in the paper industry.

  5. BBO晶体腔内位置对灯泵Cr:LiSAF激光器腔内倍频的影响的研究%The Research of the Location Effecting of BBO Crystal on the Output Energy of an Intracavity Frequency-doubled Flashlamp-pumped Cr:LiSAF Laser

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    陈长水; 赵柯; 王佩琳; 谢建平

    2000-01-01

    本文实验研究了由于色散引起的BBO晶体腔内位置对灯泵Cr:LiSAF激光器腔内倍频输出的影响,并从理论上获得了腔内倍频的BBO晶体的最佳位置为基波与谐波的位相差2π的整数倍,同时,考虑到容许的基波与谐波的位相差为±π/4时,对应基波和谐波波长分别为:900nm和450 nm处,腔内倍频的BBO晶体的位置调整范围为9.4 mm.%The location of BBO crystal in the cavity effecting the output energy in the intracavity frequency-doubling of a flashlamp-pumped Cr:LiSAF laser is researched.The benefit net phase shift due to dispersion between the fundamental and the harmonic wave beam in the air path between BBO crystal and the mirror M3 is a multiple of 2π. If the net phase shift ofπ/4 is allowed, this requires a BBO crystal movement of no more than 9.4 mm at the fundamental wave of 900 nm and the harmonic wave of 450 nm.

  6. Reaction mechanisms in the 6Li+ 52Cr system

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    Pandey Bhawna

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Reactions induced by the weakly bound 6Li projectile interacting with the intermediate mass target 52Cr are investigated. The choice of this particular reaction in our study is because it is proposed as a surrogate reaction [6Li(52Cr, d56Fe*] for the measurement of 55Fe(n,p reaction cross-section, which has been found to be very important in fusion reactor studies. All the conditions which have to be satisfied for using the surrogate method have been checked. The energy of 6Li beam is selected in a way so as to get equivalent neutron energy in the region of 9-14 MeV, which is of primary interest in fusion reactor application. In the present work, statistical model calculations PACE (Projection-Angular-Momentum-Coupled-Evaporation, ALICE and Continuum-Discretized–Coupled-Channel (CDCC: FRESCO have been used to provide information for the 6Li + 52Cr system and the respective contributions of different reaction mechanisms. The present theoretical work is an important step in the direction towards studying the cross-section of the 55Fe(n, p55Mn reaction by surrogate method.

  7. Cr{sub 2}Nb-based alloy development

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    Liu, C.T.; Tortorelli, P.F.; Horton, J.A.; Easton, D.S.; Heatherly, L.

    1996-06-01

    The objective of this work is to develop a new generation of structural materials based on intermetallic alloys for use at high temperatures in advanced fossil energy conversion systems. Target applications of such ultrahigh strength alloys include hot components (for example, air heat exchangers) in advanced energy conversion systems and heat engines. However, these materials may also find use as wear-resistant parts in coal handling systems (for example, nozzles), drill bits for oil/gas wells, and valve guides in diesel engines. One potential class of such alloys is that based on Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb alloys. The intermetallic phase, Cr{sub 2}Nb, with a complex cubic structure (C-15) has been selected for initial development because of its high melting point (1770{degrees}C), relatively low material density (7.7 g/cm{sup 2}), and excellent high-temperature strength (at 1000 to 1250{degrees}C). This intermetallic phase, like many other Laves phases, has a wide range of compositional homogeneity suggesting the possibility of improving its mechanical and metallurgical properties by alloying additions.

  8. Adhesion measurement of a buried Cr interlayer on polyimide

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    Marx, Vera M.; Kirchlechner, Christoph; Zizak, Ivo; Cordill, Megan J.; Dehm, Gerhard

    2015-06-01

    A fundamental knowledge and understanding of the adhesion behaviour of metal-polymer systems is important as interface failure leads to a complete breakdown of flexible devices. A combination of in situ atomic force microscopy for studying topological changes and in situ synchrotron based stress measurements both during film tensile testing were used to estimate the adhesion energy of a thin bilayer film. The film systems consisted of 50-200 nm Cu with a 10 nm Cr adhesion layer on 50 μm thick polyimide. If the Cu film thickness is decreased to 50 nm the Cr interlayer starts dominating the system behaviour. An apparent transition from plastic to predominantly brittle deformation behaviour of the Cu can be observed. Then, compressive stresses in the transverse direction are high enough to cause delamination and buckling of the Cr interlayer from the substrate. This opens a new route to induce buckling of a brittle interlayer between a ductile film and a compliant substrate which is used to determine the interfacial adhesion energy.

  9. Cr/alpha-Cr2O3 monodispersed spherical core-shell particles based solar absorbers

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    Khamlich, S

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Monodispersed spherical core-shell particles of Cr/alpha-Cr2O3 cermet ACG coatings investigated within this contribution could be successfully employed in thermal converters. Their selectivity depends on their chemical, physical and structural...

  10. Effectiveness of a new method of disinfecting the root canal, using Er, Cr:YSGG laser to kill Enterococcus faecalis in an infected tooth model.

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    Licata, M E; Albanese, A; Campisi, G; Geraci, D M; Russo, R; Gallina, G

    2015-02-01

    Some lasers have demonstrated to provide effective disinfection when used as adjunctive device to the conventional treatment. The aim of this in vitro study was to determine the effectiveness of the erbium, chromium:yttrium scandium gallium garnet (Er, Cr:YSGG) laser by measuring its bactericidal effect inside the root canal experimentally colonized with Enterococcus faecalis. The laser was tested at different irradiation times (30 and 60 s) and energy of impulses (75 and 25 mJ). A total of 52 single-rooted extracted human teeth were endodontically prepared with rotary instrumentation. All were sterilized and inoculated with a suspension of E. faecalis (105 bacteria/ml). The teeth were randomized into three treatment (group 1, group 2, and group 3) and one control groups. In all groups, teeth were chemically irrigated with 5.25% sodium hypochlorite and 17% ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. Groups 1 and 2 were also irradiated at 30 and 60 s, respectively, with an Er, Cr:YSGG laser at 75 mJ. Teeth of group 3 were treated with laser for 60 s at 25 mJ. Samples were processed to detect the presence of E. faecalis. For all groups, a bactericidal effect was observed. The use of laser at 75 mJ with an irradiation time of 30 and 60 s eliminated a percentage of 92.3 and 100% of E. faecalis, respectively. In the control group, a reduction of 92.3% was observed. Lower percentage of reduction (46.1%) was obtained in teeth treated with laser at 25 mJ for 60 s. No statistical differences were observed between the groups (P = 0.543, Fisher's exact test). The results indicated a bactericidal effect of Er, Cr:YSGG laser irradiation at the settings used in this study. The highest bactericidal effect of this laser was observed at 60 s of irradiation time, using an energy pulse of 75 mJ.

  11. Collinear spin-density-wave ordering in Fe/Cr multilayers and wedges

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    Fishman, R.S. [Solid State Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6032 (United States); Shi, Z. [Read-Rite Corporation, R D Division, 345 Los Coches Street, Milpitas, California 95035 (United States)

    1999-06-01

    Several recent experiments have detected a spin-density wave (SDW) within the Cr spacer of Fe/Cr multilayers and wedges. We use two simple models to predict the behavior of a collinear SDW within an Fe/Cr/Fe trilayer. Both models combine assumed boundary conditions at the Fe-Cr interfaces with the free energy of the Cr spacer. Depending on the temperature and the number {ital N} of Cr monolayers, the SDW may be either commensurate ({ital C}) or incommensurate ({ital I}) with the bcc Cr lattice. Model I assumes that the Fe-Cr interface is perfect and that the Fe-Cr interaction is antiferromagnetic. Consequently, the {ital I} SDW antinodes lie near the Fe-Cr interfaces. With increasing temperature, the Cr spacer undergoes a series of transitions between {ital I} SDW phases with different numbers {ital n} of nodes. If the {ital I} SDW has n=m nodes at T=0, then {ital n} increases by one at each phase transition from {ital m} to m{minus}1 to m{minus}2 up to the {ital C} phase with n=0 above T{sub IC}(N). For a fixed temperature, the magnetic coupling across the Cr spacer undergoes a phase slip whenever {ital n} changes by one. In the limit N{r_arrow}{infinity}, T{sub IC}(N) is independent of the Fe-Cr coupling strength. We find that T{sub IC}({infinity}) is always larger than the bulk N{acute e}el transition temperature and increases with the strain on the Cr spacer. These results explain the very high IC transition temperature of about 600 K extrapolated from measurements on Fe/Cr/Fe wedges. Model II assumes that the {ital I} SDW nodes lie precisely at the Fe-Cr interfaces. This condition may be enforced by the interfacial roughness of sputtered Fe/Cr multilayers. As a result, the {ital C} phase is never stable and the transition temperature T{sub N}(N) takes on a seesaw pattern as n{ge}2 increases with thickness. In agreement with measurements on both sputtered and epitaxially grown multilayers, model II predicts the {ital I} phase to be unstable above the bulk N

  12. Nuclear structure of light Ca and heavy Cr isotopes

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    Buerger, A.

    2007-07-01

    In the present thesis, the shell structure in exotic nuclei has been investigated. The focus of the work was on finding new experimental data in neutron-rich Cr and proton-rich Ca isotopes. The investigation of light Ca isotopes concentrated on the nucleus {sup 36}Ca which was produced in a knockout reaction from a radioactive {sup 37}Ca beam. For {sup 36}Ca, the excitation energy of the first 2{sup +} state has been measured for the first time. Furthermore, momentum distributions were analyzed using a Monte-Carlo simulation of the knockout reaction. This analysis yielded the contributions of neutrons from individual orbitals to the total knockout cross section. In principle, these may be used to calculate spectroscopic factors, but such a calculation is hampered by difficulties of present knockout-reaction models in predicting precise single-particle cross sections. The measured branching ratio to the ground and excited states, on the other hand, is close to the predicted value. A remaining difference might be due to emission of protons which cannot be detected with the present experimental setup. Both the branching ratio and the large excitation energy are compatible with a large N=16 gap in {sup 36}Ca that leads to relatively pure configurations both in the ground state and the excited 2{sup +} state. As a by-product of the experiment, two excitation energies in the T=2 nuclei {sup 32}Ar and {sup 28}S have been confirmed, and two {gamma}-ray transitions have been observed for the first time in {sup 37}Ca. While the mirror energy differences in the T=2 pairs {sup 36}Ca-{sup 36}S, {sup 32}Ar-{sup 32}Si, and {sup 28}S-{sup 28}Mg can be reproduced in shell model calculations using a modified USD interaction, these modifications are not sufficient to explain the mirror energy differences for the pair {sup 37}Ca-{sup 37}Cl. In the heavy Cr isotopes, new experimental evidence for a sub-shell closure at N=32 was found in a measurement of B(E2) values using high-energy

  13. Underachievement Leading to Downgrading at the Highest Level of Secondary Education in the Netherlands: A Longitudinal Case Study

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    Dittrich, Ellen

    2014-01-01

    This article investigates downgrading from the highest level of secondary education in The Netherlands. "Downgrading" is defined as continuation of secondary education at a lower level. We conduct a longitudinal case study of downgrading in the first 3 years of a secondary school. Univariate and multivariate statistical analyses are…

  14. Microstructure and mechanical properties of thermal sprayed nanostructured Cr3C2-Ni20Cr coatings

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    Cecilio Alvares da Cunha; Nelson Batista de Lima; Jose Roberto Martinelli; Ana Helena de Almeida Bressiani; Armando Guilherme Fernando Padial; Lalgudi Venkataraman Ramanathan

    2008-01-01

    Cr3C2-Ni20Cr coatings have been used for corrosion and wear resistant applications. However, one of the shortcomings of these coatings is its low hardness, and consequent low wear resistance, for long term high temperature applications. Nanostructured coatings of many materials have exhibited higher hardness and strength compared with conventional coatings of the same material. Consequently, nanostructured coatings of other materials, including Cr3C2-Ni20Cr have been attempted to enhance over...

  15. Crónica (Chronicle

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    Rubén Darío

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available En siete escasas páginas, Rubén Darío publicó esta interesante «Crónica», en el número 5 de marzo de 1892 de la Revista de Costa Rica. La dirigía el ilustre poeta costarricense, y amigo suyo, Justo A. Facio. Figura entre las páginas 317 y 323. A punto de cumplirse el centenario de la muerte del gran poeta hispanoamericano, en 2016, letras incluye este documento que su autor seguramente escribió en Costa Rica, durante su breve visita de aquel año. En varios de sus es- critos, Darío siempre expresó su afecto y simpatía por el país vecino de su patria natal; aquí forjó buenas amistades, y los historiadores de la literatura no tienen duda de que su presencia, física e intelectual, influyó mucho en el desarrollo de las letras costarricenses. Esta «crónica» bien puede tomarse como un verdadero cuadro de costumbres, modalidad que se cultivó con frecuencia y esmero en Centroamérica, en especial durante el último cuarto del siglo XIX. Darío era un joven escritor de veinticinco años, pero ya era dueño de una pluma diestra de un innegable talento que muy pronto se le reconocería en todo el Continente. Ya había publicado tres breves libros de poemas, incluido su célebre Azul... y estaba escribiendo y reuniendo las páginas que titularía, años después, Prosas profanas. Está por cumplirse un siglo desde la desaparición física del poeta centroamericano que tanto influyó en las letras hispanoamericanas y peninsulares, y que tanta bibliografía crítica ha producido. Como homenaje al centenario, letras contribuye con este pequeño hallazgo bibliográfico, un poco olvidado quizá, sobre un fragmento de la vida y la sociedad de finales del siglo XIX en Costa Rica. Sherry E. Gapper Directora

  16. Ultracold magnetically tunable interactions without radiative charge transfer losses between Ca$^+$, Sr$^+$, Ba$^+$, and Yb$^+$ ions and Cr atoms

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    Tomza, Michał

    2015-01-01

    The Ca$^+$, Sr$^+$, Ba$^+$, and Yb$^+$ ions immersed in an ultracold gas of the Cr atoms are proposed as experimentally feasible heteronuclear systems in which ion-atom interactions at ultralow temperatures can be controlled with magnetically tunable Feshbach resonances without charge transfer and radiative losses. \\textit{Ab initio} techniques are applied to investigate electronic-ground-state properties of the (CaCr)$^+$, (SrCr)$^+$, (BaCr)$^+$, and (YbCr)$^+$ molecular ions. The potential energy curves, permanent electric dipole moments, and static electric dipole polarizabilities are computed. The spin restricted open-shell coupled cluster method restricted to single, double, and noniterative triple excitations, RCCSD(T), and the multireference configuration interaction method restricted to single and double excitations, MRCISD, are employed. The scalar relativistic effects are included within the small-core energy-consistent pseudopotentials. The leading long-range induction and dispersion interaction co...

  17. Cr-Ni ALLOY ELECTRODEPOSITION AND COMPARISON WITH CONVENTIONAL PURE Cr COATING TECHNIQUE

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    M. Moniruzzaman

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Cr coating is widely used as the outer surface of precision parts due to its attractive appearance and superior corrosion resistance properties. It is obtained by electrodeposition via a conventional bath with hexavalent Cr ions. This manufacturing technique has many drawbacks, such as very low efficiency and high operating temperature and it is hazardous to health. In this work, we studied a Cr-Ni alloy deposition technique and compared the alloy coating properties to those with conventional Cr coating. Sequential two-step alloy electrodeposition was also compared. We took varying concentrations of Cr, Ni and complexing agents for the electrodeposition of Cr-Ni alloy and sequential Cr-Ni alloy coating on mild steel. Operating parameters, i.e. current density and temperature, were varied to examine their effects on the coating properties. The coatings thus obtained were characterized by visual observation, corrosion test, microhardness measurement, morphology and chemical analysis. The Cr-Ni alloy coating was found to be more corrosion resistant in 5% NaCl solution and harder than the pure Cr coating obtained by conventional electrodeposition. Toxic gas was produced in a much lower extent in the alloy coating than the conventional Cr coating technique. Again, the two-step Cr-Ni alloy coating was found better in terms of corrosion resistance as well as hardness compared to the Cr-Ni alloy coating. The process was also found to be much more environmentally friendly.

  18. Isotope Effects in the Bonds of beta-CrOOH and beta-CrOOD

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    Nørlund Christensen, A.; Hansen, P.; Lehmann, M. S.

    1976-01-01

    Samples of orthorhombic chromium oxide hydroxide, beta -CrOOH, and the deuterated compound, beta -CrOOD, were prepared hydrothermally. The crystal structures were determined by powder profile refinement technique using neutron diffraction data. Unit cells are: beta -CrOOH: a equals 4. 862(2) A, b...

  19. Tissue accumulation and urinary excretion of Cr in chromium picolinate (CrPic)-supplemented lambs.

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    Dallago, Bruno Stéfano Lima; Lima, Bárbara Alcântara Ferreira; Braz, Shélida Vasconcelos; Mustafa, Vanessa da Silva; McManus, Concepta; Paim, Tiago do Prado; Campeche, Aline; Gomes, Edgard Franco; Louvandini, Helder

    2016-05-01

    Chromium (Cr) concentrations in liver, kidney, spleen, heart, lymph node, skeletal muscle, bone, testis and urine of lambs were measured to trace the biodistribution and bioaccumulation of Cr after oral supplementation with chromium picolinate (CrPic). Twenty-four Santa Inês lambs were treated with four different concentrations of CrPic: placebo, 0.250, 0.375 and 0.500 mg of CrPic/animal/day for 84 days. The basal diet consisted of Panicum maximum cv Massai hay and concentrate. Cr concentrations were measured by ICP-MS measuring (52)Cr as collected mass. There was a positive linear relationship between dose administered and the accumulation of Cr in the heart, lungs and testis. Urinary excretion of Cr occurred in a time and dose-dependent manner, so the longer or more dietary Cr provided, the greater excretion of the element. As some non-carcass components (such as lungs or heart) are added to bone and visceral meal to feed animals, there is a risk of bioaccumulation and biomagnification due to Cr offered as CrPic in the diet.

  20. Cr(VI) and Cr(III)-Based Conversion Coatings on Zinc

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    Zhang, X.

    2005-01-01

    With the aims of understanding the protective mechanism of chromate conversion coatings and developing alternatives to chromate treatments, the physical natures and corrosion properties of Cr(VI) and Cr(III) treated zinc have been investigated in this work. The Cr(VI) treatments were carried out in