Sample records for mercuric iodide room-temperature

  1. Performance of room temperature mercuric iodide (HgI2) detectors in the ultra low energy x-ray region

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    Dabrowski, A.J.; Iwanczyk, J.S.; Barton, J.B.; Huth, G.C.; Whited, R.; Ortale, C.; Economou, T.E.; Turkevich, A.L.


    Performance of room temperature mercuric iodide x-ray spectrometers has been recently improved through new fabrication techniques and further development of low noise associated electronic systems. This progress has extended the range of measurements to the ultra low energy x-ray region at room temperature. This paper reports the study of the effect of contact material on the performance of HgI 2 detectors in the low energy x-ray region

  2. Mercuric iodide room-temperature array detectors for gamma-ray imaging

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    Patt, B. [Xsirius, Inc, Camarillo, CA (United States)


    Significant progress has been made recently in the development of mercuric iodide detector arrays for gamma-ray imaging, making real the possibility of constructing high-performance small, light-weight, portable gamma-ray imaging systems. New techniques have been applied in detector fabrication and then low noise electronics which have produced pixel arrays with high-energy resolution, high spatial resolution, high gamma stopping efficiency. Measurements of the energy resolution capability have been made on a 19-element protypical array. Pixel energy resolutions of 2.98% fwhm and 3.88% fwhm were obtained at 59 keV (241-Am) and 140-keV (99m-Tc), respectively. The pixel spectra for a 14-element section of the data is shown together with the composition of the overlapped individual pixel spectra. These techniques are now being applied to fabricate much larger arrays with thousands of pixels. Extension of these principles to imaging scenarios involving gamma-ray energies up to several hundred keV is also possible. This would enable imaging of the 208 keV and 375-414 keV 239-Pu and 240-Pu structures, as well as the 186 keV line of 235-U.

  3. Study of low noise preamplifier systems for use with room temperature mercuric iodide (HgI2) x-ray detectors

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    Iwanczyk, J.S.; Dabrowski, A.J.; Huth, G.C.; Del Duca, A.; Schenpple, W.


    An analysis of different preamplification systems for use with room temperature mercuric iodide x-ray detectors has been performed. Resistor-, drain-, and light-feedback preamplifiers have been studied. Energy resolution of 295 eV (FWHM) for Fe-55 source (5.9 keV) and 225 eV (FWHM) for the pulser have been obtained with both the detector and the input FET at room temperature using the pulsed-light feedback preamplifier. It has been shown that cooling the input FET using a small Peltier element allows the energy resolution to be improved up to 25%

  4. Mercuric iodide sensor technology

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    James, R.B.; Anderson, R.J.; Schlesinger, T.E.


    This report describes the improvement in the performance and the manufacturing yield of mercuric iodide detectors achieved by identifying the dominant impurities, carrier traps, and processing steps limiting device performance. Theoretical studies of electron and hole transport in this material set fundamental limits on detector performance and provided a standard against which to compare experimental results. Spectroscopy techniques including low temperature photoluminescence and thermally stimulated current spectroscopy were applied to characterize the deep level traps in this material. Traps and defects that can be introduced into the detector during growth, from the contact, and during the various steps in detector fabrication were identified. Trap energy levels and their relative abundances were determined. Variations in material quality and detector performance at the micron scale were investigated to understand the distribution in electric field in large volume detectors suitable for gamma-ray spectroscopy. Surface aging and contact degradation was studied extensively by techniques including atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry. Preferred handling and processing procedures for maximizing detector performance and yield were established. The manufacturing yield of high resolution gamma-ray detectors was improved from a few percent to more than 30%

  5. Horizontal Ampoule Growth and Characterization of Mercuric Iodide at Controlled Gas Pressures for X-Ray and Gamma Ray Spectrometers

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    Douglas, S.; McGregor Elsa; Ariesanti Bridget Corcoran


    The project developed a new method for producing high quality mercuric iodide crystals of x-ray and gamma spectrometers. Included are characterization of mercuric iodide crystal properties as a function of growth environment and fabrication and demonstration of room-temperature-operated high-resolution mercuric iodide spectrometers

  6. Neutron Detection with Mercuric Iodide

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    Bell, Z A


    Mercuric iodide is a high-density, high-Z semiconducting material useful for gamma ray detection. This makes it convertible to a thermal neutron detector by covering it with a boron rich material and detecting the 478 keV gamma rays resulting from the sup 1 sup 0 B(n, alpha) sup 7 Li* reaction. However, the 374 barn thermal capture cross section of sup n sup a sup t Hg, makes the detector itself an attractive absorber, and this has been exploited previously. Since previous work indicates that there are no low-energy gamma rays emitted in coincidence with the 368 keV capture gamma from the dominant sup 1 sup 9 sup 9 Hg(n, gamma) sup 2 sup 0 sup 0 Hg reaction, only the 368 keV capture gamma is seen with any efficiency a relatively thin (few mm) detector. In this paper we report preliminary measurements of neutrons via capture reactions in a bare mercuric iodide crystal and a crystal covered in sup 1 sup 0 B-loaded epoxy. The covered detector is an improvement over the bare detector because the presence of both ...

  7. Mercuric iodide crystals obtained by solvent evaporation using ethanol

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    Ugucioni, J.C.; Ghilardi Netto, T.; Mulato, M.


    Millimeter-sized mercuric iodide crystals were fabricated by the solvent evaporation technique using pure ethanol as a solvent. Three different conditions for solution evaporation were tested: (i) in the dark at room temperature; (ii) in the presence of light at room temperature and (iii) in an oven at 40 deg. C. Morphology, structure, optical and electrical properties were investigated using several techniques. Crystals fabricated in the dark show better properties and stability than others, possibly because the larger the energy of the system, the larger the number of induced growth defects. The crystals fabricated in the dark have adequate structure for higher resistivity and activation energy close to half the optical band-gap, as desired. With proper encapsulation these crystals might be good candidates for the development of ionizing radiation sensors.

  8. Polarization effects in mercuric iodide crystals used for nuclear detection

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    Mohammed-Brahim, T.; Benmalek, M.


    The use of the semiconducting mercuric iodide as an X and ..gamma..-ray detector is limited by the polarization taking place in the material. The authors present a study of this polarization and two experimental methods to get rid of it (long time interband illumination or positively polarized MIS structure). Finally, they propose an explanation of the phenomenon.

  9. Direct vapor/solid synthesis of mercuric iodide using compounds of mercury and iodine (United States)

    Skinner, Nathan L.


    A process is disclosed for producing high purity mercuric iodide by passing a gaseous source of a mercuric compound through a particulate bed of a low vapor pressure iodide compound which is maintained at an elevated temperature which is the lower of either: (a) just below the melting or volatilization temperature of the iodide compound (which ever is lower); or (b) just below the volatilization point of the other reaction product formed during the reaction; to cause the mercuric compound to react with the iodide compound to form mercuric iodide which then passes as a vapor out of the bed into a cooler condensation region.

  10. Controllable deposition of regular lead iodide nanoplatelets and their photoluminescence at room temperature (United States)

    Kong, Weimin; Li, Guohui; Liang, Qiangbing; Ji, Xingqi; Li, Gang; Ji, Ting; Che, Tao; Hao, Yuying; Cui, Yanxia


    In this work, the synthesis of regular single crystalline lead iodide nanoplatelets are carried out based on the physical vapor phase deposition method. Different lead iodide nanoplatelets are obtained by tuning the location of the mica substrate along with the temperature of the tube furnace. The rules of size, thickness, density of the lead iodide nanoplatelets at varied deposition conditions are analyzed according to the crystal growth principles. It was claimed in literature that the photoluminescence of lead iodide could be obtained only at a low temperature (lower than 200 K). Here, at room temperature, we successfully obtained the photoluminescence spectra of the prepared lead iodide nanoplatelets, which possess two apparent peaks due to the biexcitons and the inelastic scattering of excitons, respectively. Our present study contributes to the development of nanoscaled high performance optoelectronic devices.

  11. Mercuric Iodide Anticoincidence Shield for Gamma-Ray Spectrometer, Phase I (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to utilize a new detector material, polycrystalline mercuric iodide, for background suppression by active anticoincidence shielding in gamma-ray...

  12. Mercuric Iodide Anticoincidence Shield for Gamma-Ray Spectrometer, Phase II (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We utilize a new detector material, polycrystalline mercuric iodide, for background suppression by active anticoincidence shielding in gamma-ray spectrometers. Two...

  13. Optical properties and surface morphology studies of palladium contacts on mercuric iodide single crystals

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    George, M.A.; Azoulay, M.; Burger, A.; Biao, Y.; Silberman, E. [Fisk Univ., Nashville, TN (United States). Dept. of Physics; Nason, D. [EG and G Energy Measurements, Inc., Goleta, CA (United States). Santa Barbara Operations


    Palladium is chemically suitable for electric contacts on mercuric iodide detectors for photon and nuclear radiation detection, so the understanding of palladium contacts is important for fundamental and practical scientific purposes. A study has been conducted on the surface morphology of evaporated contacts using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and optical transmission and reflection. Evaporated palladium coatings are typically nonuniform and may deposit selectively on mercuric iodide surface defects. Reflection measurements show that coating thickness and surface treatment affect intensity, position and shape of a reflected peak characteristic of the mercuric iodide structure. Results indicate that the band gap energy in the surface of the mercuric iodide is lowered by palladium contacts.

  14. Anomalous phase behavior of excess iodide in room-temperature ionic liquid: 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide (United States)

    Abe, Hiroshi; Kishimura, Hiroaki; Aono, Masami


    Phase diagrams of room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL), polyiodides, were obtained by simultaneous X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry measurements. The original RTIL is 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide, [C3mim][I]. By adding iodine to [C3mim][I], polyiodides were formed in the mixtures, which are expressed as [C3mim][Im]. At both low temperature and high pressure, I3- is found to be a crystal forming factor (Abe et al., 2017). Upon cooling, an amorphous phase appeared at around m = 3.66. The mixture [C3mim][I3.66], as a non-stoichiometric system containing excess iodide, was redefined as [C3mim][I3] - 7.1 mol% I2, assuming that I3- is an anion. The desorption process of polyiodides in the mixture was measured under vacuum. A relatively long desorption time was observed due to ionic interactions.

  15. Improved Stability of Mercuric Iodide Detectors for Anticoincidence Shields, Phase I (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to utilize guard ring electrode structures and a new film growth technique to create improved polycrystalline mercuric iodide detectors for background...

  16. Improved yield of high resolution mercuric iodide gamma-ray spectrometers

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    Gerrish, V.; van den Berg, L.


    Mercuric iodide (HgI 2 ) exhibits properties which make it attractive for use as a solid state nuclear radiation detector. The wide bandgap (E g = 2.1 eV) and low dark current allow room temperature operation, while the high atomic number provides a large gamma-ray cross section. However, poor hole transport has been a major limitation in the routine fabrication of high-resolution spectrometers using this material. This paper presents the results of gamma-ray response and charge transport parameter measurements conducted during the past year at EG ampersand G/EM on 96 HgI 2 spectrometers. The gamma-ray response measurements reveal that detector quality is correlated with the starting material used in the crystal growth. In particular, an increased yield of high-resolution spectrometers was obtained from HgI 2 which was synthesized by precipitation from an aqueous solution, as opposed to using material from commercial vendors. Data are also presented which suggest that better spectrometer performance is tied to improved hole transport. Finally, some initial results on a study of detector uniformity reveal spatial variations which may explain why the correlation between hole transport parameters and spectrometer performance is sometimes violated. 6 refs., 3 figs

  17. High resolution diffraction imaging of mercuric iodide: Demonstration of the necessity for alternate crystal processing techniques for highly purified material

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    Steiner, B.; Berg, L. van den; Laor, U.


    The overall crystalline lattice uniformity in recently available, highly purified mercuric iodide single crystals has been shown to be impacted by crystal handling techniques that were previously satisfactory. High resolution diffraction imaging of the surface regularity of crystals of various levels of purity and growth orientation shows: (1) that the newer materials have a generally lower level of precipitates, (2) that the incidence of these precipitates is now closely correlated with growth direction, and (3) that the deformation resistance and resulting sensitivity to crystal handling procedures are also closely correlated with these factors in this soft material. As a result, gentler cutting and polishing procedures have been developed and are shown to be effective in preserving overall lattice regularity in the new material. The polishing required to remove residual surface scratches affect the lattice orientation of the softer, precipitate-free regions, while not affecting those regions with detectable levels of precipitates. These results correlate closely with the electrical properties of devices made from these crystals. Mercuric iodide single crystals have proved to be particularly useful for x and γ ray detectors because their room temperature operation allow for simple, efficient, and compact instrumentation

  18. Growth of mercuric iodide (HgI2) for nuclear radiation detectors (United States)

    Vandenberg, L.; Schnepple, W. F.


    Mercuric iodide is a material used for the fabrication of the sensing element in solid state X-ray and gamma ray detecting instruments. The operation of the devices is determined to a large degree by the density of structural defects in the single crystalline material used in the sensing element. Since there were strong indications that the quality of the material was degraded by the effects of gravity during the growth process, a research and engineering program was initiated to grow one or more crystals of mercuric iodide in the reduced gravity environment of space. A special furnace assembly was designed which could be accommodated in a Spacelab rack, and at the same time made it possible to use the same growth procedures and controls used when growing a crystal on the ground. The space crystal, after the flight, was subjected to the same evaluation methods used for earth-grown crystals, so that comparisons could be made.

  19. Enhancement of mercuric iodide detector performance through crystal growth in microgravity: The roles of lattice order

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    Steiner, B.; Laor, U.; Berg, L. van den


    The hole-mobility·carrier-lifetime product of α mercuric iodide high energy radiation detectors has been enhanced through vapor crystal growth in microgravity. This improvement is closely correlated with specific characteristics of the crystal lattice, which have been identified by high resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction imaging. These structural features and the associated performance are now being approached in terrestrial growth of α mercuric iodide. Gravity may affect the uniformity of this crystal lattice in two distinct ways: (1) directly through deformation that it imposes on the lattice during growth and (2) indirectly through convection, which mixes any extraneous material. Inclusions associated with these processes harden the lattice and facilitate lattice folding. These changes affect the electronic parameters of detectors made from the crystals. As purification procedures are optimized, the incorporation of extraneous material is curtailed, enhancing electronic properties in spite of lattice flexing through loss of precipitation hardening. These studies provide insight into the contribution of various aspects of crystalline order in α-mercuric iodide crystals to property improvement. This knowledge has led to modification of requirements for starting materials, adjustment of physical vapor growth procedures, and change in crystal handling procedures. As a result, the electronic performance of terrestrially grown radiation detectors has been improved, and the authors provide evidence that further enhancement is still possible

  20. Synthesis aspects, structural, spectroscopic, antimicrobial and room temperature ferromagnetism of zinc iodide complex with Schiff based ligand (United States)

    Shakila, K.; Kalainathan, S.


    In this paper, we report the successful growth of complex compound of zinc iodide with thiocarbamide by slow evaporation method. The single crystal XRD study reveals that the crystal belongs to monoclinic system with centrosymmetric space group and powder XRD analysis shows that the perfect crystalline nature of the crystal. The presence of functional group and element were confirmed from FT-IR and EDAX analysis. Optical absorbance of the grown crystal was studied by UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The optical constants were calculated from the optical absorbance data such as refractive index (n), extinction coefficient (K) and reflectance (R). The optical band gap (Eg) of thiocarbamide zinc iodide crystal is 4.22 eV. The magnetic properties of grown crystal have been determined by Vibrating Sample Magnetometry (VSM). Room temperature magnetization revealed a ferromagnetic behaviour for the grown crystal. The antibacterial and antifungal activities of the title compound were performed by well diffusion method and MIC method against the standard bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumonia and against fungus like Aspergillus niger, Rhizopus sps and Penicillium sps. Thermal behaviour of the crystal has been investigated using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA).

  1. Characterization of highly crystalline lead iodide nanosheets prepared by room-temperature solution processing (United States)

    Frisenda, Riccardo; Island, Joshua O.; Lado, Jose L.; Giovanelli, Emerson; Gant, Patricia; Nagler, Philipp; Bange, Sebastian; Lupton, John M.; Schüller, Christian; Molina-Mendoza, Aday J.; Aballe, Lucia; Foerster, Michael; Korn, Tobias; Niño, Miguel Angel; Perez de Lara, David; Pérez, Emilio M.; Fernandéz-Rossier, Joaquín; Castellanos-Gomez, Andres


    Two-dimensional (2D) semiconducting materials are particularly appealing for many applications. Although theory predicts a large number of 2D materials, experimentally only a few of these materials have been identified and characterized comprehensively in the ultrathin limit. Lead iodide, which belongs to the transition metal halides family and has a direct bandgap in the visible spectrum, has been known for a long time and has been well characterized in its bulk form. Nevertheless, studies of this material in the nanometer thickness regime are rather scarce. In this article we demonstrate an easy way to synthesize ultrathin, highly crystalline flakes of PbI2 by precipitation from a solution in water. We thoroughly characterize the produced thin flakes with different techniques ranging from optical and Raman spectroscopy to temperature-dependent photoluminescence and electron microscopy. We compare the results to ab initio calculations of the band structure of the material. Finally, we fabricate photodetectors based on PbI2 and study their optoelectronic properties.

  2. Highly efficient organic solar Cells based on a robust room-temperature solution-processed copper iodide hole transporter

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    Zhao, Kui


    Achieving high performance and reliable organic solar cells hinges on the development of stable and energetically suitable hole transporting buffer layers in tune with the electrode and photoactive materials of the solar cell stack. Here we have identified solution-processed copper(I) iodide (CuI) thin films with low-temperature processing conditions as an effective hole–transporting layer (HTL) for a wide range of polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction (BHJ) systems. The solar cells using CuI HTL show higher power conversion efficiency (PCE) in standard device structure for polymer blends, up to PCE of 8.8%, as compared with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy-thiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) HTL, for a broad range of polymer:fullerene systems. The CuI layer properties and solar cell device behavior are shown to be remarkably robust and insensitive to a wide range of processing conditions of the HTL, including processing solvent, annealing temperature (room temperature up to 200 °C), and film thickness. CuI is also shown to improve the overall lifetime of solar cells in the standard architecture as compared to PEDOT:PSS. We further demonstrate promising solar cell performance when using CuI as top HTL in an inverted device architecture. The observation of uncommon properties, such as photoconductivity of CuI and templating effects on the BHJ layer formation, are also discussed. This study points to CuI as being a good candidate to replace PEDOT:PSS in solution-processed solar cells thanks to the facile implementation and demonstrated robustness of CuI thin films.

  3. Mercuric iodide composite films using polyamide, polycarbonate and polystyrene fabricated by casting

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    Ugucioni, J.C.; Ghilardi Netto, T.; Mulato, M.


    Mercuric iodide (HgI 2 ) composite films were obtained by using the casting technique. Insulator polymers such as polyamide, polycarbonate and polystyrene were mixed to HgI 2 crystallites forming a final sub-millimeter thick self-standing film. Fabrication temperature varied from 10 to 100 o C, and total fabrication time reached at most 5 min. The larger the fabrication temperature, the thinner the film and the smaller its electrical resistivity. Electrical characterization was performed in the dark, under UV illumination and under mammographic X-ray exposure. The final properties of the films are discussed and related to fabrication conditions. The optimized composite film might be a better candidate for use as X-ray detector for medical imaging, in place of the single HgI 2 crystalline device.

  4. Development of a mercuric iodide detector array for medical imaging applications (United States)

    Patt, Bradley E.; Iwanczyk, Jan S.; Tornai, Martin P.; Levin, Craig S.; Hoffman, Edward J.


    A nineteen element mercuric iodide (HgI 2) detector array has been developed as a prototype for a larger (169 element) array, which is intended for use as an intra-operative gamma camera (IOGC). This work is motivated by the need for identifying and removing residual tumor cells after the removal of bulk tumor, while sparing normal tissue. Prior to surgery, a tumor seeking radiopharmaceutical is injected into the patient, and the IOGC is used to locate and map out the radioactivity. The IOGC can be used with commercially available radioisotopes such as 201Tl, 99mTc, and 123I which have low energy X- and gamma-rays. The use of HgI 2 detector arrays in this application facilitates construction of an imaging head that is very compact and has a high signal-to-noise ratio. The prototype detectors were configured as discrete pixel elements joined by fine wires into novel pseudo crossed-grid arrays to promote improved electric field distribution compared with previous designs, and to maximize the fill factor for the expected circular probe shape. Pixel dimensions are hexagonal with 1.5 mm and 1.9 mm diameters separated by 0.2 mm thick lead septa. The overall detectors are hexagonal with a diameter of ˜1 cm. The sensitive detector thickness is 1.2 mm, which corresponds to >99% efficiency at 59 keV and 67% efficiency at 140 keV. Row, column, and pixel spectra have been measured on the prototypical detector array. Energy resolution was found to vary with the width of the row/column coincidence window that was applied. With the low edge of the coincidence window at 30% below the photopeak, pixel energy resolutions of 2.98% and 3.88% FWHM were obtained on the best individual pixels at 59 keV ( 241Am) and 140 keV ( 99mTc), respectively. To characterize this array as an imaging device, the spatial response of the pixels was measured with stepped point sources. The spatial response corresponded well with the pixel geometry, indicating that the spatial resolution was determined

  5. Low energy X-ray spectra measured with a mercuric iodide energy dispersive spectrometer in a scanning electron microscope (United States)

    Iwanczyk, J. S.; Dabrowski, A. J.; Huth, G. C.; Bradley, J. G.; Conley, J. M.


    A mercuric iodide energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer, with Peltier cooling provided for the detector and input field effect transistor, has been developed and tested in a scanning electron microscope. X-ray spectra were obtained with the 15 keV electron beam. An energy resolution of 225 eV (FWHM) for Mn-K(alpha) at 5.9 keV and 195 eV (FWHM) for the Mg-K line at 1.25 keV has been measured. Overall system noise level was 175 eV (FWHM). The detector system characterization with a carbon target demonstrated good energy sensitivity at low energies and lack of significant spectral artifacts at higher energies.

  6. Advanced radiation detector development mercuric iodide, silicon with internal gain, hybrid scintillator/semiconductor detectors. Comprehensive summary report, 1976-1985

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    Huth, G.C.; Dabrowski, A.J.


    Accomplishments are reported in the development of a compound semi-insulator mercuric iodide (HgI 2 ) for nuclear radiation detection and spectroscopy, early lung cancer detection and localization in the uranium miner/worker population, computer digital image processing and image reconstruction research, and a concept for multiple, filtered x-ray computed tomography scanning to reveal chemical compositional information. Another area of interest is the study of new advances in the area of silicon detectors with internal gain (''avalanche'')

  7. A bismuth germanate-shielded mercuric iodide X-ray detector for space applications (United States)

    Vallerga, J. V.; Ricker, G. R.; Schnepple, W. S.; Ortale, C.


    The development of HgI2 for solid state X-ray detector applications over the past decade was carried out in connection with the ability of the crystal to operate as a detector at room temperature. In order to achieve the lowest background possible for HgI2 detectors in a space-like environment (balloon and/or satellite altitudes), attention was given to the design of a shielding system which actively vetoes nonaperture events such as gamma rays and charged particles that can mimic signal X-rays by partial deposition of energy in the main detector. The detector system consists of two HgI2 detectors mounted back to back and operated in anticoincidence. The two detectors are placed inside a bismuth germanate scintillating shield along with two hybrid charge-sensitive preamps. Monte Carlo simulations of detector performance are discussed.

  8. Exploration of strategies for implementation of screen-printed mercuric iodide converters in direct detection AMFPIs for digital breast tomosynthesis (United States)

    Antonuk, Larry E.; El-Mohri, Youcef; Zhao, Qihua; Jiang, Hao


    Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has become an increasingly important tool in the diagnosis of breast disease. For those DBT imaging systems based on active matrix, flat-panel imager (AMFPI) arrays, the incident radiation is detected directly or indirectly by means of an a-Se or CsI:Tl x-ray converter, respectively. While all AMFPI DBT devices provide clinically useful volumetric information, their performance is limited by the relatively modest average signal generated per interacting X ray by present converters compared to the electronic additive noise of the system. To address this constraint, we are pursuing the development of a screen-printed form of mercuric iodide (SP HgI2) which has demonstrated considerably higher sensitivities (i.e., larger average signal per interacting X ray) than those of conventional a-Se and CsI:Tl converters, as well as impressive DQE and MTF performance under mammographic irradiation conditions. A converter offering such enhanced sensitivity would greatly improve signal-to-noise performance and facilitate quantum-limited imaging down to significantly lower exposures than present AMFPI DBT systems. However, before this novel converter material can be implemented practically, challenges associated with SP HgI2 must be addressed. Most significantly, high levels of charge trapping (which lead to image lag as well as fall-off in DQE at higher exposures) need to be reduced - while improving the uniformity in pixel-to-pixel signal response as well as maintaining low dark current and otherwise favorable DQE performance. In this paper, a pair of novel strategies for overcoming the challenge of charge trapping in SP HgI2 converters are described, and initial results from empirical and calculational studies of these strategies are reported.

  9. Red mercuric iodide crystals obtained by isothermal solution evaporation: Characterization for mammographic X-ray imaging detectors

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    Caldeira, A.M.F.; Ugucioni, J.C.; Mulato, M.


    Millimeter-sized mercury iodide crystals were obtained by the isothermal evaporation technique using dimethylformamide (DMF), diethyl-ether/DMF mixture and THF. Different concentrations (18 mM and 400 mM) and solution temperature (25–80 °C) were used to obtain varied evaporation rates (0.1×10{sup −4}–5000×10{sup −4} ml/h). Different crystal sizes and shapes were obtained by changing solvents, mixture and initial solution volume. According to X-ray diffraction the samples are monocrystalline. The top surface was investigated by SEM. Optical band-gaps above 2 eV were obtained from photoacoustic spectroscopy. Photoluminescence spectra indicated band-to-band electronic transitions, and the presence of sub-band gap states. Excitons, structural defects and the presence of impurities are discussed and correlated to the electrical measurements. Crystals obtained using pure DMF as solvent showed better general properties, including under the exposure to mammographic X-ray energy range that led to sensibility of about 25 μC/Rcm{sup 2}.

  10. Room Temperature Curing Polymers (United States)


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  11. Room temperature ferromagnetic and photoluminescence ...

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    electrode, photo electronic devices, photo sensors, liquid crystal displays, electrochromic windows, solar panels and transparent coatings for solar-energy heat mirrors [11-13]. Here we report on magnetic properties of ITO nanoparticles at room temperature and at 100 K. 2. Experimental. The In1.9Sn0.1O3 powder samples ...

  12. Novel room temperature ferromagnetic semiconductors

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    Gupta, Amita [KTH Royal Inst. of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)


    Today's information world, bits of data are processed by semiconductor chips, and stored in the magnetic disk drives. But tomorrow's information technology may see magnetism (spin) and semiconductivity (charge) combined in one 'spintronic' device that exploits both charge and 'spin' to carry data (the best of two worlds). Spintronic devices such as spin valve transistors, spin light emitting diodes, non-volatile memory, logic devices, optical isolators and ultra-fast optical switches are some of the areas of interest for introducing the ferromagnetic properties at room temperature in a semiconductor to make it multifunctional. The potential advantages of such spintronic devices will be higher speed, greater efficiency, and better stability at a reduced power consumption. This Thesis contains two main topics: In-depth understanding of magnetism in Mn doped ZnO, and our search and identification of at least six new above room temperature ferromagnetic semiconductors. Both complex doped ZnO based new materials, as well as a number of nonoxides like phosphides, and sulfides suitably doped with Mn or Cu are shown to give rise to ferromagnetism above room temperature. Some of the highlights of this work are discovery of room temperature ferromagnetism in: (1) ZnO:Mn (paper in Nature Materials, Oct issue, 2003); (2) ZnO doped with Cu (containing no magnetic elements in it); (3) GaP doped with Cu (again containing no magnetic elements in it); (4) Enhancement of Magnetization by Cu co-doping in ZnO:Mn; (5) CdS doped with Mn, and a few others not reported in this thesis. We discuss in detail the first observation of ferromagnetism above room temperature in the form of powder, bulk pellets, in 2-3 mu-m thick transparent pulsed laser deposited films of the Mn (<4 at. percent) doped ZnO. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) spectra recorded from 2 to 200nm areas showed homogeneous

  13. Modeling of ballistic and trapping effects on the collection efficiency of holes and electrons separately for a planar mercuric iodide detector (HgI2

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    Full Text Available For the room temperature nuclear detector application, signal created in the detector depends not only to the energy of the incident photon but also to the position of the interaction. This can bring an incomplete charge collection caused by a deep-trapping or a ballistic deficit of charge carrier. Many scientists used to demonstrate their impact on the global efficiency of the charge collection. Here we show this effect, not globally but separately, according to the position where holes and electrons are created. It permits us to see the contribution of each kind of carrier in the signal formation. An analytical model of charge collection is developed firstly to take into account the deep-trapping only. Secondly, this model is improved adding the ballistic deficit effect. The deep-trapping contributes to reduce the efficiency of hole above all on thicker detector. In the other part, ballistic deficit reduce electron efficiency above all near anode in the negatively polarized detector.

  14. Room temperature cryogenic test interface

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    Faris, S. M.; Davidson, A.; Moskowitz, P. A.; Sai-Halasz, G. A.


    This interface permits the testing of high speed semiconductor devices (room-temperature chips) by a Josephson junction sampling device (cryogenic chip) without intolerable loss of resolution. The interface comprises a quartz pass-through plug which includes a planar transmission line interconnecting a first chip station, where the cryogenic chip is mounted, and a second chip station, where the semiconductor chip to be tested is temporarily mounted. The pass-through plug has a cemented long half-cylindrical portion and short half-cylindrical portion. The long portion carries the planar transmission line, the ends of which form the first and second chip mounting stations. The short portion completes the cylinder with the long portion for part of its length, where a seal can be achieved, but does not extend over the chip mounting stations. Sealing is by epoxy cement. The pass-through plug is sealed in place in a flange mounted to the chamber wall. The first chip station, with the cryogenic chip attached, extends into the liquid helium reservoir. The second chip station is in the room temperature environment required for semiconductor operation. Proper semiconductor operating temperature is achieved by a heater wire and control thermocouple in the vicinity of each other and the second chip mounting station. Thermal isolation is maintained by vacuum and seals. Connections for power and control, for test result signals, for temperature control and heating, and for vacuum complete the test apparatus

  15. Room temperature creep in metals and alloys

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    Deibler, Lisa Anne [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Materials Characterization and Performance


    Time dependent deformation in the form of creep and stress relaxation is not often considered a factor when designing structural alloy parts for use at room temperature. However, creep and stress relaxation do occur at room temperature (0.09-0.21 Tm for alloys in this report) in structural alloys. This report will summarize the available literature on room temperature creep, present creep data collected on various structural alloys, and finally compare the acquired data to equations used in the literature to model creep behavior. Based on evidence from the literature and fitting of various equations, the mechanism which causes room temperature creep is found to include dislocation generation as well as exhaustion.

  16. Mechanochemically assisted room temperature solid state ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)


    also known to induce nucleation leading to new products. (Stojanovic et al 2005). However, solid state reactions occurring under mechanochemical influence taking place at room temperature are rare (Xian et al 1991). In this communication, we report the formation of divalent molyb- dates through mechanochemically ...

  17. Room-temperature antiferromagnetic memory resistor. (United States)

    Marti, X; Fina, I; Frontera, C; Liu, Jian; Wadley, P; He, Q; Paull, R J; Clarkson, J D; Kudrnovský, J; Turek, I; Kuneš, J; Yi, D; Chu, J-H; Nelson, C T; You, L; Arenholz, E; Salahuddin, S; Fontcuberta, J; Jungwirth, T; Ramesh, R


    The bistability of ordered spin states in ferromagnets provides the basis for magnetic memory functionality. The latest generation of magnetic random access memories rely on an efficient approach in which magnetic fields are replaced by electrical means for writing and reading the information in ferromagnets. This concept may eventually reduce the sensitivity of ferromagnets to magnetic field perturbations to being a weakness for data retention and the ferromagnetic stray fields to an obstacle for high-density memory integration. Here we report a room-temperature bistable antiferromagnetic (AFM) memory that produces negligible stray fields and is insensitive to strong magnetic fields. We use a resistor made of a FeRh AFM, which orders ferromagnetically roughly 100 K above room temperature, and therefore allows us to set different collective directions for the Fe moments by applied magnetic field. On cooling to room temperature, AFM order sets in with the direction of the AFM moments predetermined by the field and moment direction in the high-temperature ferromagnetic state. For electrical reading, we use an AFM analogue of the anisotropic magnetoresistance. Our microscopic theory modelling confirms that this archetypical spintronic effect, discovered more than 150 years ago in ferromagnets, is also present in AFMs. Our work demonstrates the feasibility of fabricating room-temperature spintronic memories with AFMs, which in turn expands the base of available magnetic materials for devices with properties that cannot be achieved with ferromagnets.

  18. Room-temperature ferromagnetic and photoluminescence ...

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    ent electrodes, photoelectronic devices, photosensors, liquid crystal displays, electrochromic windows, solar panels and transparent coatings for solar-energy heat mirrors [11–13]. Here we report on magnetic properties of ITO nanoparticles at room temperature and at 100 K. 2. Experimental. In1.9Sn0.1O3 powder samples ...

  19. Room temperature synthesis of biodiesel using sulfonated ... (United States)

    Sulfonation of graphitic carbon nitride (g-CN) affords a polar and strongly acidic catalyst, Sg-CN, which displays unprecedented reactivity and selectivity in biodiesel synthesis and esterification reactions at room temperature. Prepared for submission to Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journal, Green Chemistry as a communication.

  20. Materials for Room Temperature Magnetic Refrigeration

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    Hansen, Britt Rosendahl

    to change its temperature when a magnetic field is applied or removed. For room temperature cooling, one utilizes that the magnetocaloric effect peaks near magnetic phase transitions and so the materials of interest all have a critical temperature within the range of 250 – 310 K. A magnetic refrigerant...... should fulfill a number of criteria, among these a large magnetic entropy change, a large adiabatic temperature change, preferably little to no thermal or magnetic hysteresis and the material should have the stability required for long term use. As the temperature range required for room temperature......Magnetic refrigeration is a cooling method, which holds the promise of being cleaner and more efficient than conventional vapor-compression cooling. Much research has been done during the last two decades on various magnetic materials for this purpose and today a number of materials are considered...

  1. Radiation damage measurements in room-temperature semiconductor radiation detectors

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    Franks, L A; Olsen, R W; Walsh, D S; Vizkelethy, G; Trombka, J I; Doyle, B L; James, R B


    The literature of radiation damage measurements on cadmium zinc telluride (CZT), cadmium telluride (CT), and mercuric iodide (HgI sub 2) is reviewed and in the case of CZT supplemented by new alpha particle data. CZT strip detectors exposed to intermediate energy (1.3 MeV) proton fluences exhibit increased interstrip leakage after 10 sup 1 sup 0 p/cm sup 2 and significant bulk leakage after 10 sup 1 sup 2 p/cm sup 2. CZT exposed to 200 MeV protons shows a two-fold loss in energy resolution after a fluence of 5x10 sup 9 p/cm sup 2 in thick (3 mm) planar devices but little effect in 2 mm devices. No energy resolution effects were noted from a moderated fission spectrum of neutrons after fluences up to 10 sup 1 sup 0 n/cm sup 2 , although activation was evident. Exposures of CZT to 5 MeV alpha particles at fluences up to 1.5x10 sup 1 sup 0 alpha/cm sup 2 produced a near linear decrease in peak position with fluence and increases in FWHM beginning at about 7.5x10 sup 9 alpha/cm sup 2. CT detectors show resolution...

  2. Room Temperature Ferromagnetic Mn:Ge(001

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    George Adrian Lungu


    Full Text Available We report the synthesis of a room temperature ferromagnetic Mn-Ge system obtained by simple deposition of manganese on Ge(001, heated at relatively high temperature (starting with 250 °C. The samples were characterized by low energy electron diffraction (LEED, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID, and magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE. Samples deposited at relatively elevated temperature (350 °C exhibited the formation of ~5–8 nm diameter Mn5Ge3 and Mn11Ge8 agglomerates by HRTEM, while XPS identified at least two Mn-containing phases: the agglomerates, together with a Ge-rich MnGe~2.5 phase, or manganese diluted into the Ge(001 crystal. LEED revealed the persistence of long range order after a relatively high amount of Mn (100 nm deposited on the single crystal substrate. STM probed the existence of dimer rows on the surface, slightly elongated as compared with Ge–Ge dimers on Ge(001. The films exhibited a clear ferromagnetism at room temperature, opening the possibility of forming a magnetic phase behind a nearly ideally terminated Ge surface, which could find applications in integration of magnetic functionalities on semiconductor bases. SQUID probed the co-existence of a superparamagnetic phase, with one phase which may be attributed to a diluted magnetic semiconductor. The hypothesis that the room temperature ferromagnetic phase might be the one with manganese diluted into the Ge crystal is formulated and discussed.

  3. Purification and Crystal Growth of Lead Iodide by Physical Vapor Transport Method (United States)

    Wright, G. W.; Cole, M.; Chen, Y.-F.; Chen, K.-T.; Chen, H.; Chattopadhyay, K.; Burger, A.


    Lead iodide (PbI2) is a layered compound semiconductor being developed as room temperature x- and gamma-ray detector. Compared to the more studied material, mercuric iodide, PbI2 has a higher melting temperature and no phase transition until liquid phase which are indications of better mechanical properties. In this study, the source material was purified by the zone-refining process, and the purest section was extracted from center of the the zone-refined ingot to be grown by physical vapor transport (PVT) method. The zone-refined material and as-grown crystals were characterized by optical microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to reveal the surface morphology, purity and stoichiometry. The results shows that both materials are near-stoichiometric composition, with the purity of the as-grown crystals higher than zone-refined materials. The resistivity of the as-grown crystal (10" Omega-cm) was derived from current-voltage (I-V) measurement, and is 10 times higher than the zone-refined materials. Detail results will be presented and discussed.

  4. Materials for room temperature magnetic refrigeration

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    Rosendahl Hansen, B.


    Magnetic refrigeration is a cooling method, which holds the promise of being cleaner and more efficient than conventional vapor-compression cooling. Much research has been done during the last two decades on various magnetic materials for this purpose and today a number of materials are considered candidates as they fulfill many of the requirements for a magnetic refrigerant. However, no one material stands out and the field is still active with improving the known materials and in the search for a better one. Magnetic cooling is based on the magnetocaloric effect, which causes a magnetic material to change its temperature when a magnetic field is applied or removed. For room temperature cooling, one utilizes that the magnetocaloric effect peaks near magnetic phase transitions and so the materials of interest all have a critical temperature within the range of 250 - 310 K. A magnetic refrigerant should fulfill a number of criteria, among these a large magnetic entropy change, a large adiabatic temperature change, preferably little to no thermal or magnetic hysteresis and the material should have the stability required for long term use. As the temperature range required for room temperature cooling is some 40 - 50 K, the magnetic refrigerant should also be able to cover this temperature span either by exhibiting a very broad peak in magnetocaloric effect or by providing the opportunity for creating a materials series with varying transition temperatures. (Author)

  5. Above Room Temperature Lead Salt VECSELs (United States)

    Rahim, M.; Khiar, A.; Felder, F.; Fill, M.; Chappuis, D.; Zogg, H.


    Mid-infrared vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers (VECSEL) were developed for the wavelength range 4 to 5 μm. The devices are based on lead salt materials grown by MBE on BaF2 or Si substrate. The VECSELs are optically pumped with a 1.55 μm wavelength laser. They are operating up to above room temperature. An output power 6 mWp was reached at a temperature of +27°C. The VECSELs are temperature tunable and lasing is observed from ˜4.8 μm at -60°C down to ˜4.2 μm at +40°C heat sink temperature.

  6. Electrorecovery of actinides at room temperature

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    Stoll, Michael E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Oldham, Warren J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Costa, David A [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    There are a large number of purification and processing operations involving actinide species that rely on high-temperature molten salts as the solvent medium. One such application is the electrorefining of impure actinide metals to provide high purity material for subsequent applications. There are some drawbacks to the electrodeposition of actinides in molten salts including relatively low yields, lack of accurate potential control, maintaining efficiency in a highly corrosive environment, and failed runs. With these issues in mind we have been investigating the electrodeposition of actinide metals, mainly uranium, from room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) and relatively high-boiling organic solvents. The RTILs we have focused on are comprised of 1,3-dialkylimidazolium or quaternary ammonium cations and mainly the {sup -}N(SO{sub 2}CF{sub 3}){sub 2} anion [bis(trif1uoromethylsulfonyl)imide {equivalent_to} {sup -}NTf{sub 2}]. These materials represent a class of solvents that possess great potential for use in applications employing electrochemical procedures. In order to ascertain the feasibility of using RTILs for bulk electrodeposition of actinide metals our research team has been exploring the electron transfer behavior of simple coordination complexes of uranium dissolved in the RTIL solutions. More recently we have begun some fundamental electrochemical studies on the behavior of uranium and plutonium complexes in the organic solvents N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). Our most recent results concerning electrodeposition will be presented in this account. The electrochemical behavior of U(IV) and U(III) species in RTILs and the relatively low vapor pressure solvents NMP and DMSO is described. These studies have been ongoing in our laboratory to uncover conditions that will lead to the successful bulk electrodeposition of actinide metals at a working electrode surface at room temperature or slightly elevated temperatures. The RTILs we

  7. Injectable sodium pentobarbital: Stability at room temperature. (United States)

    Priest, Sydney M; Geisbuhler, Timothy P


    Sodium pentobarbital (Nembutal) is a barbiturate used in research as an anesthetic in many animal models. The injectable form of this drug has lately become difficult to procure and prohibitively expensive. Due to this lack of availability, researchers have begun to compound injectable sodium pentobarbital from so-called "nonpharmaceutical" pentobarbital. Some oversight agencies have objected to this practice, claiming a lack of quality control and degradation of the drug. We sought with this study to establish both: 1) a protocol for the preparation of injectable sodium pentobarbital, and 2) standard operating procedures to monitor the quality of the preparation and degradation of the drug over time. Our preparation consists of a mixture of sodium pentobarbital in alkaline aqueous solution, propylene glycol, and ethanol. Pentobarbital content in this preparation was assayed by high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). We also assayed pentobarbital content over time in preparations of various ages up to 6 years old. We determined that the drug degraded at a maximum of 0.5% per year in our preparation (alkaline water/propylene glycol/ethanol) when stored in the dark at room temperature. A yellow discoloration developed after about 2 years, which we have arbitrarily determined disqualifies the preparation from use as an anesthetic. Attempts to spectroscopically assay this discoloration were not successful. Pentobarbital sodium (CID: 14075609). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Water in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids (United States)

    Fayer, Michael


    Room temperature ionic liquids (or RTILs, salts with a melting point below 25 °C) have become a subject of intense study over the last several decades. Currently, RTIL application research includes synthesis, batteries, solar cells, crystallization, drug delivery, and optics. RTILs are often composed of an inorganic anion paired with an asymmetric organic cation which contains one or more pendant alkyl chains. The asymmetry of the cation frustrates crystallization, causing the salt's melting point to drop significantly. In general, RTILs are very hygroscopic, and therefore, it is of interest to examine the influence of water on RTIL structure and dynamics. In addition, in contrast to normal aqueous salt solutions, which crystallize at low water concentration, in an RTIL it is possible to examine isolated water molecules interacting with ions but not with other water molecules. Here, optical heterodyne-detected optical Kerr effect (OHD-OKE) measurements of orientational relaxation on a series of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate RTILs as a function of chain length and water concentration are presented. The addition of water to the longer alkyl chain RTILs causes the emergence of a long time bi-exponential orientational anisotropy decay. Such decays have not been seen previously in OHD-OKE experiments on any type of liquid and are analyzed here using a wobbling-in-a-cone model. The orientational relaxation is not hydrodynamic, with the slowest relaxation component becoming slower as the viscosity decreases for the longest chain, highest water content samples. The dynamics of isolated D2O molecules in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BmImPF6) were examined using two dimensional infrared (2D IR) vibrational echo spectroscopy. Spectral diffusion and incoherent and coherent transfer of excitation between the symmetric and antisymmetric modes are examined. The coherent transfer experiments are used to address the nature of inhomogeneous

  9. Structure determination at room temperature and phase transition ...

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    Structure determination at room temperature and phase transition studies above Tc in ABi4Ti4O15 (A = Ba, Sr or Pb). G NALINI and T N GURU ROW*. Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India. MS received 9 May 2002. Abstract. The room temperature structure of three ...

  10. Room-temperature semiconductors and scintillators for planetary instruments

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    Schweitzer, J S


    Room temperature semiconductors introduce some exciting potential for use in instruments designed for planetary measurements. It is important, however, to consider carefully the different types of measurement environments. In some cases room temperature semiconductors provide significant advantages over scintillators, while in some cases scintillators still have advantages over room temperature semiconductors. A number of instrumentation applications for detecting X-rays and gamma rays are considered. By focusing on the physical properties of both types of detectors, it is possible to better understand how each type of detector can best be used for measurements from satellites and directly on planetary bodies.

  11. High Power Room Temperature Terahertz Local Oscillator, Phase I (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to build a high-power, room temperature compact continuous wave terahertz local oscillator for driving heterodyne receivers in the 1-5 THz frequency...

  12. Room temperature synthesis of biodiesel using sulfonated graphitic carbon nitride


    Baig, R. B. Nasir; Verma, Sanny; Nadagouda, Mallikarjuna N.; Varma, Rajender S.


    Sulfonation of graphitic carbon nitride (g-CN) affords a polar and strongly acidic catalyst, Sg-CN, which displays unprecedented reactivity and selectivity in biodiesel synthesis and esterification reactions at room temperature.

  13. Room temperature synthesis of biodiesel using sulfonated graphitic carbon nitride (United States)

    Sulfonation of graphitic carbon nitride (g-CN) affords a polar and strongly acidic catalyst, Sg-CN, which displays unprecedented reactivity and selectivity in biodiesel synthesis and esterification reactions at room temperature.

  14. Neutron absorbing room temperature vulcanizable silicone rubber compositions

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    Zoch, H.L.


    A neutron absorbing composition is described and consists of a one-component room temperature vulcanizable silicone rubber composition or a two-component room temperature vulcanizable silicone rubber composition in which the composition contains from 25 to 300 parts by weight based on the base silanol or vinyl containing diorganopolysiloxane polymer of a boron compound or boron powder as the neutron absorbing ingredient. An especially useful boron compound in this application is boron carbide. 20 claims

  15. Surface tension anomalies in room temperature ionic liquids-acetone solutions (United States)

    Abe, Hiroshi; Murata, Keisuke; Kiyokawa, Shota; Yoshimura, Yukihiro


    Surface tension anomalies were observed in room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL)-acetone solutions. The RTILs are 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazorium iodide with [Cnmim][I] in a [Cnmim][I]-x mol% acetone. The maximum value of the surface tension appeared at 40 mol% acetone, although density decreased monotonically with an increase in acetone concentration. A small alkyl chain length effect of the Cnmim+ cations was observed in the surface tension. By the Gibbs adsorption isotherm, it was found that I- anion-mediated surface structure became dominant above 40 mol%. In the different [Cnmim][TFSI]-acetone mixtures, normal decay of the surface tension was observed on the acetone concentration scale, where TFSI- is bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide.

  16. Vapor Growth of Mercuric Iodide Tetragonal Prismatic Crystals (United States)


    Sealing ports that accomodate at least two ampoule diameters. (4) Valves connected to two sorption pump and a mechanical pump. (5) Sorption pumps in LN2...for gas purifiers. (11) N2 line. (12) Connection to the gas manifold. (13) Valve to the mechanical pump. (14) Sealing port that accomodates a 41 mm

  17. Room Temperature Memory for Few Photon Polarization Qubits (United States)

    Kupchak, Connor; Mittiga, Thomas; Jordan, Bertus; Nazami, Mehdi; Nolleke, Christian; Figueroa, Eden


    We have developed a room temperature quantum memory device based on Electromagnetically Induced Transparency capable of reliably storing and retrieving polarization qubits on the few photon level. Our system is realized in a vapor of 87Rb atoms utilizing a Λ-type energy level scheme. We create a dual-rail storage scheme mediated by an intense control field to allow storage and retrieval of any arbitrary polarization state. Upon retrieval, we employ a filtering system to sufficiently remove the strong pump field, and subject retrieved light states to polarization tomography. To date, our system has produced signal-to-noise ratios near unity with a memory fidelity of >80 % using coherent state qubits containing four photons on average. Our results thus demonstrate the feasibility of room temperature systems for the storage of single-photon-level photonic qubits. Such room temperature systems will be attractive for future long distance quantum communication schemes.

  18. Engineering and design properties of thallium-doped sodium iodide and selected properties of sodium-doped cesium iodide (United States)

    Forrest, K.; Haehner, C.; Heslin, T.; Magida, M.; Uber, J.; Freiman, S.; Hicho, G.; Polvani, R.


    Mechanical and thermal properties, not available in the literature but necessary to structural design, using thallium doped sodium iodide and sodium doped cesium iodide were determined to be coefficient of linear thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, thermal shock resistance, heat capacity, elastic constants, ultimate strengths, creep, hardness, susceptibility to subcritical crack growth, and ingot variation of strength. These properties were measured for single and polycrystalline materials at room temperature.

  19. Single-photon-level quantum memory at room temperature. (United States)

    Reim, K F; Michelberger, P; Lee, K C; Nunn, J; Langford, N K; Walmsley, I A


    Room-temperature, easy-to-operate quantum memories are essential building blocks for future long distance quantum information networks operating on an intercontinental scale, because devices like quantum repeaters, based on quantum memories, will have to be deployed in potentially remote, inaccessible locations. Here we demonstrate controllable, broadband and efficient storage and retrieval of weak coherent light pulses at the single-photon level in warm atomic cesium vapor using the robust far off-resonant Raman memory scheme. We show that the unconditional noise floor of this technically simple quantum memory is low enough to operate in the quantum regime, even in a room-temperature environment.

  20. Synthesis of 1-alkyl triazolium triflate room temperature ionic liquids ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 127; Issue 9. Synthesis of 1-alkyl triazolium triflate room temperature ionic liquids and their catalytic studies in multi-component Biginelli reaction. Sankaranarayanan Nagarajan Tanveer M Shaikh Elango Kandasamy. Volume 127 Issue 9 September 2015 pp 1539- ...

  1. Durability of direct immunofluorescence (DIF) slides stored at room temperature. (United States)

    Elbendary, Amira; Zhou, Cheng; Truong, Jonathan; Elston, Dirk M


    Prior studies suggested that direct immunofluorescence (DIF) slides can be stored at room temperature. We sought to determine the durability of DIF slides stored at room temperature for 5 years. This was a retrospective study of 83 DIF slides archived at room temperature during 2010. The pattern of immunoreactants was compared with those noted in the original report. Loss of reactivity was limited to cases with weak fluorescence at original diagnosis. Loss of IgG was noted in 12.5% of cases, IgA in 12%, C3 in 10%, and IgM in 9.75%. Fibrin showed no loss of reactivity. Preservation of immunofluorescence was not related to site of deposition. Overall, a reliable diagnosis could be made in 75 of 79 archived cases (94.9%). Cases had been archived for periods varying from 4.5 to 5 years. Variations in processing and fluorochromes could affect durability. We have no way of knowing how long slides had been exposed to ultraviolet light at the time of initial examination. DIF showed excellent durability in slides kept at room temperature for 5 years. Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Enhanced room temperature multiferroicity in Gd doped BFO

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    Pradhan, SK


    Full Text Available deficient Gd doped multiferroic BFO system. At particular doping level of Gd, this bulk ceramics showed spectacular M~H behavior at room temperature which is likely to open a new avenue for the potential applications in information storing technology as well...

  3. Yttrium Nitrate mediated Nitration of Phenols at room temperature in ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Rapid nitration of electron rich phenols using Y(NO₃)₃.6H₂O in glacial acetic acid at room temperature was observed with good yield. The method allows nitration of phenols without oxidation, and isolation of nitration product in a rapid and simple way. The described method is selective for phenols.

  4. A room temperature cured low dielectric hyperbranched epoxy ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Tomalia et al.5 Though curing kinetics of bisphenol-A based epoxy resin with 1st to 4th generations of den- dritic poly(amido-amine) with different amines were studied by DSC,6 but performance of the thermosets was not reported. Thus a detail and systematic study on curing at room temperature of a hyperbranched epoxy.

  5. Cationic Pd(II-catalyzed C–H activation/cross-coupling reactions at room temperature: synthetic and mechanistic studies

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    Takashi Nishikata


    Full Text Available Cationic palladium(II complexes have been found to be highly reactive towards aromatic C–H activation of arylureas at room temperature. A commercially available catalyst [Pd(MeCN4](BF42 or a nitrile-free cationic palladium(II complex generated in situ from the reaction of Pd(OAc2 and HBF4, effectively catalyzes C–H activation/cross-coupling reactions between aryl iodides, arylboronic acids and acrylates under milder conditions than those previously reported. The nature of the directing group was found to be critical for achieving room temperature conditions, with the urea moiety the most effective in promoting facile coupling reactions at an ortho C–H position. This methodology has been utilized in a streamlined and efficient synthesis of boscalid, an agent produced on the kiloton scale annually and used to control a range of plant pathogens in broadacre and horticultural crops. Mechanistic investigations led to a proposed catalytic cycle involving three steps: (1 C–H activation to generate a cationic palladacycle; (2 reaction of the cationic palladacycle with an aryl iodide, arylboronic acid or acrylate, and (3 regeneration of the active cationic palladium catalyst. The reaction between a cationic palladium(II complex and arylurea allowed the formation and isolation of the corresponding palladacycle intermediate, characterized by X-ray analysis. Roles of various additives in the stepwise process have also been studied.

  6. Room temperature hydrogen gas sensitivity of nanocrystalline pure tin oxide. (United States)

    Shukla, S; Seal, S


    Nanocrystalline (6-8 nm) tin oxide (SnO2) thin film (100-150 nm) sensor is synthesized via sol-gel dip-coating process. The thin film is characterized using focused ion-beam microscopy (FIB) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) techniques to determine the film thickness and the nanocrystallite size. The utilization of nanocrystalline pure-SnO2 thin film to sense a typical reducing gas such as hydrogen, at room temperature, is demonstrated in this investigation. The grain growth behavior of nanocrystalline pure-SnO2 is analyzed, which shows very low activation energy (9 kJ/mol) for the grain growth within the nanocrystallite size range of 3-20 nm. This low activation energy value is correlated, via excess oxygen-ion vacancy concentration, with the room temperature hydrogen gas sensitivity of the nanocrystalline pure-SnO2 thin film sensor.

  7. Transformations of intermetallic compounds in Zr alloys at room temperature

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    Filippov, V.P.; Shikanova, Yu.A.


    The formation of intermetallic compound Zr 3 Fe is shown to take place in a quaternary Zr-Fe-Sn-Cr alloy on long-term holding at room temperature. Alloys of Zr-1.0% Fe-1.27% Sn-0.51% Cr are melted in an arc furnace, quenched, hot and cold rolled. Final heat treatment is performed at 873 K for 3 h. It is assumed that the formation of intermetallic particles at low temperature is due to rearrangement of pre-precipitate structure by way of iron atom transitions at small distances. No noticeable change is found out in values of quadrupole splitting and isomer shift of Zr(Fe , Cr) 2 particles after a two-year holding at room temperature [ru

  8. Broadband room temperature strong coupling between quantum dots and metamaterials. (United States)

    Indukuri, Chaitanya; Yadav, Ravindra Kumar; Basu, J K


    Herein, we report the first demonstration of room temperature enhanced light-matter coupling in the visible regime for metamaterials using cooperative coupled quasi two dimensional quantum dot assemblies located at precise distances from the hyperbolic metamaterial (HMM) templates. The non-monotonic variation of the magnitude of strong coupling, manifested in terms of strong splitting of the photoluminescence of quantum dots, can be explained in terms of enhanced LDOS near the surface of such metamaterials as well as the plasmon mediated super-radiance of closely spaced quantum dots (QDs). Our methodology of enhancing broadband, room temperature, light-matter coupling in the visible regime for metamaterials opens up new possibilities of utilising these materials for a wide range of applications including QD based thresholdless nanolasers and novel metamaterial based integrated photonic devices.

  9. Digital autoradiography using room temperature CCD and CMOS imaging technology

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    Cabello, Jorge; Bailey, Alexis; Kitchen, Ian; Prydderch, Mark; Clark, Andy; Turchetta, Renato; Wells, Kevin


    CCD (charged coupled device) and CMOS imaging technologies can be applied to thin tissue autoradiography as potential imaging alternatives to using conventional film. In this work, we compare two particular devices: a CCD operating in slow scan mode and a CMOS-based active pixel sensor, operating at near video rates. Both imaging sensors have been operated at room temperature using direct irradiation with images produced from calibrated microscales and radiolabelled tissue samples. We also compare these digital image sensor technologies with the use of conventional film. We show comparative results obtained with 14 C calibrated microscales and 35 S radiolabelled tissue sections. We also present the first results of 3 H images produced under direct irradiation of a CCD sensor operating at room temperature. Compared to film, silicon-based imaging technologies exhibit enhanced sensitivity, dynamic range and linearity

  10. Room temperature electrodeposition of actinides from ionic solutions (United States)

    Hatchett, David W.; Czerwinski, Kenneth R.; Droessler, Janelle; Kinyanjui, John


    Uranic and transuranic metals and metal oxides are first dissolved in ozone compositions. The resulting solution in ozone can be further dissolved in ionic liquids to form a second solution. The metals in the second solution are then electrochemically deposited from the second solutions as room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL), tri-methyl-n-butyl ammonium n-bis(trifluoromethansulfonylimide) [Me.sub.3N.sup.nBu][TFSI] providing an alternative non-aqueous system for the extraction and reclamation of actinides from reprocessed fuel materials. Deposition of U metal is achieved using TFSI complexes of U(III) and U(IV) containing the anion common to the RTIL. TFSI complexes of uranium were produced to ensure solubility of the species in the ionic liquid. The methods provide a first measure of the thermodynamic properties of U metal deposition using Uranium complexes with different oxidation states from RTIL solution at room temperature.

  11. Synthesis of cadmium chalcogenide nanotubes at room temperature

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    Pan, Jun


    Cadmium chalcogenide (CdE, E=S, Se, Te) polycrystalline nanotubes have been synthesized from precursor of CdS/cadmium thiolate complex at room temperature. The precursor was hydrothermally synthesized at 180 °C using thioglycolic acid (TGA) and cadmium acetate as starting materials. The transformation from the rod-like precursor of CdS/cadmium thiolate complex to CdS, CdSe and CdTe nanotubes were performed under constant stirring at room temperature in aqueous solution containing S 2-, Se 2- and Te 2-, respectively. The nanotube diameter can be controlled from 150 to 400 nm related to the dimension of templates. The XRD patterns show the cadmium chalcogenide nanotubes all corresponding to face-centered cubic structure. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Room temperature Sieving of Hydrogen Isotopes Using 2-D Materials

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    Hitchcock, D. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Colon-Mercado, H. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Krentz, T. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Serkiz, S. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Velten, J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Xiao, S. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)


    Hydrogen isotope separation is critical to the DOE’s mission in environmental remediation and nuclear nonproliferation. Isotope separation is also a critical technology for the NNSA, and the ability to perform the separations at room temperature with a relatively small amount of power and space would be a major advancement for their respective missions. Recent work has shown that 2-D materials such as graphene and hexagonal boron nitride can act as an isotopic sieve at room temperature; efficiently separating hydrogen isotopes in water with reported separation ratios of 10:1 for hydrogen: deuterium separation for a single pass. The work performed here suggests that this technique has merit, and furthermore, we are investigating optimization and scale up of the required 2-D material based membranes.

  13. Room temperature excitation spectroscopy of single quantum dots

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    Christian Blum


    Full Text Available We report a single molecule detection scheme to investigate excitation spectra of single emitters at room temperature. We demonstrate the potential of single emitter photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy by recording excitation spectra of single CdSe nanocrystals over a wide spectral range of 100 nm. The spectra exhibit emission intermittency, characteristic of single emitters. We observe large variations in the spectra close to the band edge, which represent the individual heterogeneity of the observed quantum dots. We also find specific excitation wavelengths for which the single quantum dots analyzed show an increased propensity for a transition to a long-lived dark state. We expect that the additional capability of recording excitation spectra at room temperature from single emitters will enable insights into the photophysics of emitters that so far have remained inaccessible.

  14. Concurrent transition of ferroelectric and magnetic ordering near room temperature. (United States)

    Ko, Kyung-Tae; Jung, Min Hwa; He, Qing; Lee, Jin Hong; Woo, Chang Su; Chu, Kanghyun; Seidel, Jan; Jeon, Byung-Gu; Oh, Yoon Seok; Kim, Kee Hoon; Liang, Wen-I; Chen, Hsiang-Jung; Chu, Ying-Hao; Jeong, Yoon Hee; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Park, Jae-Hoon; Yang, Chan-Ho


    Strong spin-lattice coupling in condensed matter gives rise to intriguing physical phenomena such as colossal magnetoresistance and giant magnetoelectric effects. The phenomenological hallmark of such a strong spin-lattice coupling is the manifestation of a large anomaly in the crystal structure at the magnetic transition temperature. Here we report that the magnetic Néel temperature of the multiferroic compound BiFeO(3) is suppressed to around room temperature by heteroepitaxial misfit strain. Remarkably, the ferroelectric state undergoes a first-order transition to another ferroelectric state simultaneously with the magnetic transition temperature. Our findings provide a unique example of a concurrent magnetic and ferroelectric transition at the same temperature among proper ferroelectrics, taking a step toward room temperature magnetoelectric applications.

  15. Xenon Recovery at Room Temperature using Metal-Organic Frameworks

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    Elsaidi, Sameh K. [Physical and Computational Science Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA; Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, P. O. Box 426 Ibrahimia Alexandria 21321 Egypt; Ongari, Daniele [Laboratory of Molecular Simulation, Institut des Sciences et Ingeénierie Chimiques, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Rue de l' Industrie 17 1951 Sion Valais Switzerland; Xu, Wenqian [X-ray Science Division, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne IL 60439 USA; Mohamed, Mona H. [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, P. O. Box 426 Ibrahimia Alexandria 21321 Egypt; Haranczyk, Maciej [IMDEA Materials Institute, c/Eric Kandel 2 28906 Getafe, Madrid Spain; Thallapally, Praveen K. [Physical and Computational Science Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA


    Xenon is known to be a very efficient anesthetic gas but its cost prohibits the wider use in medical industry and other potential applications. It has been shown that Xe recovery and recycle from anesthetic gas mixture can significantly reduce its cost as anesthetic. The current technology uses series of adsorbent columns followed by low temperature distillation to recover Xe, which is expensive to use in medical facilities. Herein, we propose much efficient and simpler system to recover and recycle Xe from simulant exhale anesthetic gas mixture at room temperature using metal organic frameworks. Among the MOFs tested, PCN-12 exhibits unprecedented performance with high Xe capacity, Xe/N2 and Xe/O2 selectivity at room temperature. The in-situ synchrotron measurements suggest the Xe is occupied in the small pockets of PCN-12 compared to unsaturated metal centers (UMCs). Computational modeling of adsorption further supports our experimental observation of Xe binding sites in PCN-12.

  16. Experimental observation of negative capacitance in ferroelectrics at room temperature. (United States)

    Appleby, Daniel J R; Ponon, Nikhil K; Kwa, Kelvin S K; Zou, Bin; Petrov, Peter K; Wang, Tianle; Alford, Neil M; O'Neill, Anthony


    Effective negative capacitance has been postulated in ferroelectrics because there is a hysteresis in plots of polarization-electric field. Compelling experimental evidence of effective negative capacitance is presented here at room temperature in engineered devices, where it is stabilized by the presence of a paraelectric material. In future integrated circuits, the incorporation of such negative capacitance into MOSFET gate stacks would reduce the subthreshold slope, enabling low power operation and reduced self-heating.

  17. Synthesis of 1-alkyl triazolium triflate room temperature ionic liquids ...

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    Synthesis of 1-alkyl triazolium triflate room temperature ionic liquids and their catalytic studies in multi-component Biginelli ... ods involved use of a number of metal salts, such as Li,6 Fe,7–10 Cu,11,12 Ce,13 Zr,14 In,16 Bi,17 Yb, ..... in moderate yield, which might be due to poor solubility of starting materials. After extensive ...

  18. Room Temperature Superconductivity Revolution: Foreshadowed by Victorians, Enabled by Millenials


    Pickett, Warren E.


    Room temperature superconductivity has been the most prominent, highly ambitious, but still imaginable, acme of materials physics for half a century. The struggle toward this revolution was foreshadowed by a Victorian novelist and championed,unsuccessfully, by dogged physicists in the 1960s to 1980s who had a workable theory but uncompliant materials. Discovery of superconductivity of H$_3$S at 200 K in the 160-200 GPa pressure range has renewed anticipation of yet higher values of the critic...

  19. Room Temperature Ultralow Threshold GaN Nanowire Polariton Laser

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    Das, Ayan


    We report ultralow threshold polariton lasing from a single GaN nanowire strongly coupled to a large-area dielectric microcavity. The threshold carrier density is 3 orders of magnitude lower than that of photon lasing observed in the same device, and 2 orders of magnitude lower than any existing room-temperature polariton devices. Spectral, polarization, and coherence properties of the emission were measured to confirm polariton lasing. © 2011 American Physical Society.

  20. Adaptive Beam Loading Compensation in Room Temperature Bunching Cavities

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    Edelen, J. P. [Fermilab; Chase, B. E. [Fermilab; Cullerton, E. [Fermilab; Varghese, P. [Fermilab


    In this paper we present the design, simulation, and proof of principle results of an optimization based adaptive feedforward algorithm for beam-loading compensation in a high impedance room temperature cavity. We begin with an overview of prior developments in beam loading compensation. Then we discuss different techniques for adaptive beam loading compensation and why the use of Newton?s Method is of interest for this application. This is followed by simulation and initial experimental results of this method.

  1. Room-temperature synthetic pathways to barium titanate nanocrystals. (United States)

    Beier, Christopher W; Cuevas, Marie A; Brutchey, Richard L


    Novel room-temperature pathways to BaTiO(3) nanocrystals have been recently developed, which stand in contrast to traditional high-temperature methods. Peptide-assisted, bio-facilitated routes have been developed for low-temperature nanocrystal growth, in addition to two low-temperature routes completely independent of biomolecules. These innovative methods lay the groundwork for the facile production of nanoscale BaTiO(3) in economical and energy-efficient ways.

  2. Continuous-wave room-temperature diamond maser (United States)

    Breeze, Jonathan D.; Salvadori, Enrico; Sathian, Juna; Alford, Neil Mcn.; Kay, Christopher W. M.


    The maser—the microwave progenitor of the optical laser—has been confined to relative obscurity owing to its reliance on cryogenic refrigeration and high-vacuum systems. Despite this, it has found application in deep-space communications and radio astronomy owing to its unparalleled performance as a low-noise amplifier and oscillator. The recent demonstration of a room-temperature solid-state maser that utilizes polarized electron populations within the triplet states of photo-excited pentacene molecules in a p-terphenyl host paves the way for a new class of maser. However, p-terphenyl has poor thermal and mechanical properties, and the decay rates of the triplet sublevel of pentacene mean that only pulsed maser operation has been observed in this system. Alternative materials are therefore required to achieve continuous emission: inorganic materials that contain spin defects, such as diamond and silicon carbide, have been proposed. Here we report a continuous-wave room-temperature maser oscillator using optically pumped nitrogen–vacancy defect centres in diamond. This demonstration highlights the potential of room-temperature solid-state masers for use in a new generation of microwave devices that could find application in medicine, security, sensing and quantum technologies.

  3. Outrunning free radicals in room-temperature macromolecular crystallography

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    Owen, Robin L.; Axford, Danny; Nettleship, Joanne E.; Owens, Raymond J.; Robinson, James I.; Morgan, Ann W.; Doré, Andrew S.; Lebon, Guillaume; Tate, Christopher G.; Fry, Elizabeth E.; Ren, Jingshan; Stuart, David I.; Evans, Gwyndaf


    A systematic increase in lifetime is observed in room-temperature protein and virus crystals through the use of reduced exposure times and a fast detector. A significant increase in the lifetime of room-temperature macromolecular crystals is reported through the use of a high-brilliance X-ray beam, reduced exposure times and a fast-readout detector. This is attributed to the ability to collect diffraction data before hydroxyl radicals can propagate through the crystal, fatally disrupting the lattice. Hydroxyl radicals are shown to be trapped in amorphous solutions at 100 K. The trend in crystal lifetime was observed in crystals of a soluble protein (immunoglobulin γ Fc receptor IIIa), a virus (bovine enterovirus serotype 2) and a membrane protein (human A 2A adenosine G-protein coupled receptor). The observation of a similar effect in all three systems provides clear evidence for a common optimal strategy for room-temperature data collection and will inform the design of future synchrotron beamlines and detectors for macromolecular crystallography

  4. Outrunning free radicals in room-temperature macromolecular crystallography

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    Owen, Robin L., E-mail:; Axford, Danny [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Nettleship, Joanne E.; Owens, Raymond J. [Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot OX11 0FA (United Kingdom); The Henry Wellcome Building for Genomic Medicine, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford OX3 7BN (United Kingdom); Robinson, James I.; Morgan, Ann W. [University of Leeds, Leeds LS9 7FT (United Kingdom); Doré, Andrew S. [Heptares Therapeutics Ltd, BioPark, Welwyn Garden City AL7 3AX (United Kingdom); Lebon, Guillaume; Tate, Christopher G. [MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QH (United Kingdom); Fry, Elizabeth E.; Ren, Jingshan [The Henry Wellcome Building for Genomic Medicine, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford OX3 7BN (United Kingdom); Stuart, David I. [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); The Henry Wellcome Building for Genomic Medicine, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford OX3 7BN (United Kingdom); Evans, Gwyndaf [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom)


    A systematic increase in lifetime is observed in room-temperature protein and virus crystals through the use of reduced exposure times and a fast detector. A significant increase in the lifetime of room-temperature macromolecular crystals is reported through the use of a high-brilliance X-ray beam, reduced exposure times and a fast-readout detector. This is attributed to the ability to collect diffraction data before hydroxyl radicals can propagate through the crystal, fatally disrupting the lattice. Hydroxyl radicals are shown to be trapped in amorphous solutions at 100 K. The trend in crystal lifetime was observed in crystals of a soluble protein (immunoglobulin γ Fc receptor IIIa), a virus (bovine enterovirus serotype 2) and a membrane protein (human A{sub 2A} adenosine G-protein coupled receptor). The observation of a similar effect in all three systems provides clear evidence for a common optimal strategy for room-temperature data collection and will inform the design of future synchrotron beamlines and detectors for macromolecular crystallography.

  5. A room temperature light source based on silicon nanowires

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    Lo Faro, M.J. [CNR-IPCF, Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici, V. le F. Stagno D' Alcontres 37, 98158 Messina (Italy); MATIS CNR-IMM, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); D' Andrea, C. [MATIS CNR-IMM, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Messina, E.; Fazio, B. [CNR-IPCF, Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici, V. le F. Stagno D' Alcontres 37, 98158 Messina (Italy); Musumeci, P. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Franzò, G. [MATIS CNR-IMM, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Gucciardi, P.G.; Vasi, C. [CNR-IPCF, Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici, V. le F. Stagno D' Alcontres 37, 98158 Messina (Italy); Priolo, F. [MATIS CNR-IMM, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Scuola Superiore di Catania, Via Valdisavoia 9, 95123 Catania (Italy); Iacona, F. [MATIS CNR-IMM, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Irrera, A., E-mail: [CNR-IPCF, Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici, V. le F. Stagno D' Alcontres 37, 98158 Messina (Italy)


    We synthesized ultrathin Si nanowires (NWs) by metal assisted chemical wet etching, using a very thin discontinuous Au layer as precursor for the process. A bright room temperature emission in the visible range due to electron–hole recombination in quantum confined Si NWs is reported. A single walled carbon nanotube (CNT) suspension was prepared and dispersed in Si NW samples. The hybrid Si NW/CNT system exhibits a double emission at room temperature, both in the visible (due to Si NWs) and the IR (due to CNTs) range, thus demonstrating the realization of a low-cost material with promising perspectives for applications in Si-based photonics. - Highlights: • Synthesis of ultrathin Si nanowires (NWs) by metal-assisted chemical etching • Synthesis of NW/carbon nanotube (CNT) hybrid systems • Structural characterization of Si NWs and Si NW/CNT • Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) properties of Si NWs and of Si NW/CNT • Tuning of the PL properties of the Si NW/CNT hybrid system.

  6. Studying Room Temperature Curing of Phenolic Resin and their Composites

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    M.H. Beheshty


    Full Text Available Phenolic resins are synthetic low molecular weight thermoset resins which are polymerized and cured to higher molecular weights by condensation method. These resins have high weathering resistance, high oxidative thermal properties and good chemical resistance. Phenolic resins can be cured thermally or by acid curing. The most common method of curing phenolic resin is by thermal curing that takes place in the range of 130-180oC. At room temperature, however, phenolic resins are cured by acid catalysts. In this paper, room temperature curing of resol phenolic resin by para toluene sulphonic acid has been investigated. The acid quantity has been determined for room temperature curing of two types of resols to achieve a reasonable hardness and gelation time. Temperature curing and thermal stability of respective resins have been investigated by DSC and TGA, respectively. A glass-phenolic composite plate has been prepared and cured by these two methods. The results show that the optimum amount of acid is 20% by weight. Optimum mechanical properties, chemical resistance and thermal properties have been achieved for acid cured system. The hot cured resin, however, has better properties.

  7. Cryopreservation of Byrsonima intermedia embryos followed by room temperature thawing

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    Luciano Coutinho Silva


    Full Text Available Byrsonima intermedia is a shrub from the Brazilian Cerrado with medicinal properties. The storage of biological material at ultra-low temperatures (-196°C is termed cryopreservation and represents a promising technique for preserving plant diversity. Thawing is a crucial step that follows cryopreservation. The aim of this work was to cryopreserve B. intermedia zygotic embryos and subsequently thaw them at room temperature in a solution rich in sucrose. The embryos were decontaminated and desiccated in a laminar airflow hood for 0-4 hours prior to plunging into liquid nitrogen. The embryo moisture content (% MC during dehydration was assessed. Cryopreserved embryos were thawed in a solution rich in sucrose at room temperature, inoculated in a germination medium and maintained in a growth chamber. After 30 days, the embryo germination was evaluated. No significant differences were observed between the different embryo dehydration times, where they were dehydrated for at least one hour. Embryos with a MC between 34.3 and 20.3% were germinated after cryopreservation. In the absence of dehydration, all embryos died following cryopreservation. We conclude that B. intermedia zygotic embryos can be successfully cryopreserved and thawed at room temperature after at least one hour of dehydration in a laminar airflow bench.

  8. Iodine volatility in boric acid/caesium iodide mixtures

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    Deane, A.M.


    Measurements of iodide volatility from evaporating boric acid/caesium iodide solutions have not shown measurable iodide volatility but measurements using co-crystallised solid mixtures have shown iodide to be volatile. The volatility of iodide from solid boric acid/caesium iodide has been measured over the temperature range from ambient of 210 0 C using a high surface area mixture. Iodide volatility was detectable at room temperature and appreciable at temperatures above 60 0 C. An Arrhenius relation was not obeyed over the full temperature range. An empirical rate relation was derived, for the conditions of the measurements, to describe the release rate of iodine as HI at temperatures up to the melting point, ca. 169 0 C. At higher temperatures, where the boric acid mixture melted, the rate was lower than would be predicted from that relation, probably because of mass transfer limitation at the melt surface. Because of the dependence of iodide volatility on surface area of the specimen, the relations measured may not apply to another preparation of boric acid/caesium iodide with a different specific surface area. The surface area dependence is a probable explanation of the different observations of iodide volatility from evaporating solutions in different laboratories. (author)

  9. Micro-alloyed wrought magnesium for room-temperature forming

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    Riemelmoser, F.O.; Kuehlein, M.; Kilian, H.; Kettner, M. [ARC Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen GmbH, Postfach 26, 5282 Ranshofen (Austria); Haenzi, A.C.; Uggowitzer, P.J. [Laboratory of Metal Physics und Technology, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 10, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland)


    In this work the development of a system of micro-alloyed Mg-Ag-Ca-Mn-(Zr) alloys is described. It involves grain refinement throughout the production chain of direct chill casting and extrusion. After extrusion the alloys reveal a homogeneous microstructure and a fine grain size of less than 10 {mu}m. At room temperature they show an exceptionally high elongation to fracture - of more than 25 % - and a pronounced work hardening regime. Superplastic behaviour is observed at 360 C. (Abstract Copyright [2007], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  10. Room-Temperature Dephasing in InAs Quantum Dots

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    Borri, Paola; Langbein, Wolfgang; Mørk, Jesper


    The room temperature dephasing in InAs/InGaAs/GaAs self-assembled quantum dots, embedded in a waveguide for laser applications, is measured using two independent methods: spectral hole burning and four-wave mixing. Without the application of bias current for electrical carrier injection......, a dephasing time of ~260 fs, weakly dependent on the optical excitation density, is found and attributed to phonon interaction. The application of bias current, leading to population inversion in the dot ground state and optical gain, strongly decreases the dephasing time to less than 50 fs, likely due...

  11. Room-temperature biosynthesis of ferroelectric barium titanate nanoparticles. (United States)

    Bansal, Vipul; Poddar, Pankaj; Ahmad, Absar; Sastry, Murali


    The syntheses of inorganic materials by biological systems is characterized by processes that occur close to ambient temperatures, pressures, and neutral pH, as is exemplified by biosilicification and biomineralization processes in nature. Conversely, laboratory-based syntheses of oxide materials often require extremes of temperature and pressure. We have shown here the extracellular, room-temperature biosynthesis of 4-5 nm ternary oxide nanoparticles such as barium titanate (BT) using a fungus-mediated approach. The tetragonality as well as a lowered Curie transition temperature in sub-10 nm particles was established, and the ferroelectricity in these particles was shown using Kelvin probe microscopy.

  12. Simple Room Temperature Method for Polymer Optical Fibre Cleaving

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    Saez-Rodriguez, David; Nielsen, Kristian; Bang, Ole


    In this paper, we report on a new method to cleave polymer optical fibre. The most common way to cut a polymer optical fibre is chopping it with a razor blade; however, in this approach both the fibre and the blade must be preheated in order to turn the material ductile, and thus, prevent crazing....... In this paper, we make use of the temperature-time equivalence in polymers to replace the use of heating by an increase of the cleaving time and use a sawing motion to reduce fibre end face damage. In this way, the polymer fibre can be cleaved at room temperature in seconds with the resulting end face being...

  13. Synthesize of Superparamagnetic Zinc Ferrite Nanoparticles at Room Temperature

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    R. Raeisi Shahraki


    Full Text Available Superparamagnetic single phase zinc ferrite nanoparticles have been prepared by coprecipitation method at 20 °C without any subsequent calcination. The composition, crystallite size, microstructure and magnetic properties of the prepared nanoparticles were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM, transmission electron microscope (TEM, Fourier transmission infrared spectrum (FTIR and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM. The XRD pattern proved that the nanoparticles were single phase cubic spinel ZnFe2O4 with crystallite size of 5nm. The magnetic measurement showed that the as-prepared nanoparticles of zinc ferrite were superparamagnet at room temperature.

  14. Room temperature ferromagnetism in ZnO prepared by microemulsion

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    Qingyu Xu


    Full Text Available Clear room temperature ferromagnetism has been observed in ZnO powders prepared by microemulsion. The O vacancy (VO clusters mediated by the VO with one electron (F center contributed to the ferromagnetism, while the isolated F centers contributed to the low temperature paramagnetism. Annealing in H2 incorporated interstitial H (Hi in ZnO, and removed the isolated F centers, leading to the suppression of the paramagnetism. The ferromagnetism has been considered to originate from the VO clusters mediated by the Hi, leading to the enhancement of the coercivity. The ferromagnetism disappeared after annealing in air due to the reduction of Hi.

  15. Room temperature deposition of magnetite thin films on organic substrate

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    Arisi, E.; Bergenti, I.; Cavallini, M.; Murgia, M.; Riminucci, A.; Ruani, G.; Dediu, V.


    We report on the growth of magnetite films directly on thin layers of organic semiconductors by means of an electron beam ablation method. The deposition was performed at room temperature in a reactive plasma atmosphere. Thin films show ferromagnetic (FM) hysteresis loops and coercive fields of hundreds of Oersted. Micro Raman analysis indicates no presence of spurious phases. The morphology of the magnetite film is strongly influenced by the morphology of the underlayer of the organic semiconductor. These results open the way for the application of magnetite thin films in the field of organic spintronics

  16. Stability of Sodium Electrodeposited From a Series of Room Temperature Chloroaluminate Molten Salts

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    Gray, Gary


    .... This work&involved the synthesis of room temperature molten salts and the examination of the electrochemical and transport properties of these salts with the goal of developing a room temperature molten salt...

  17. Room temperature electrodeposition of aluminum antimonide compound semiconductor

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    Gandhi, T.; Raja, K.S.; Misra, M.


    AlSb is a group III-V compound semiconductor material that is conventionally grown by high temperature processes such as Czochralski and Bridgman methods. Development of a method to synthesize AlSb at room temperature will be more economical to help modulate the electronic properties. In this investigation, a pulsed potential electrodeposition method using a room temperature molten salt system (aluminum trichloride, AlCl 3 /1-methyl-3-ethylimidazolium chloride, EMIC) with an addition of SbCl 3 is discussed. The potential pulse parameters were established by carrying out cyclic voltammetry at different concentrations of SbCl 3 and with varying molar ratios of AlCl 3 /EMIC. Stoichiometric AlSb deposits were obtained from an acidic AlCl 3 /EMIC (1.5:1 molar ratio) melt containing 4 x 10 -3 mol/l of SbCl 3 onto an ordered TiO 2 nanotubular template. The AlSb compound was predominantly amorphous in as-deposited condition and annealing at 350 deg. C for 2 h in argon transformed into crystalline phase. The AlSb deposit showed a high resistivity in the order of 10 9 Ω-cm and a defect concentration of 10 16 cm -3 which was attributed to presence of carbon. The deposits obtained from a basic melt (0.67:1 molar ratio of AlCl 3 /EMIC) were enriched with antimony

  18. Primary standard of optical power operating at room temperature

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    Dönsberg Timo


    Full Text Available The Predictable Quantum Efficient Detector (PQED is evaluated as a new primary standard of optical power. Design and characterization results are presented for a new compact room temperature PQED that consists of two custom-made induced junction photodiodes mounted in a wedged trap configuration. The detector assembly includes a window aligned in Brewster angle in front of the photodiodes for high transmission of p polarized light. The detector can also be operated without the window, in which case a dry nitrogen flow system is utilized to prevent dust contamination of the photodiodes. Measurements of individual detectors at the wavelength of 488 nm indicate that reflectance and internal quantum efficiency are consistent within 14 ppm and 10 ppm (ppm = part per million, respectively, and agree with the predicted values. The measured photocurrent ratio of the two photodiodes confirms the predicted value for s and p polarized light, and the spatial variation in the photocurrent ratio can be used to estimate the uniformity in the thickness of the silicon dioxide layer on the surface of the photodiodes. In addition, the spatial non-uniformity of the responsivity of the PQED is an order of magnitude lower than that of single photodiodes. Such data provide evidence that the room temperature PQED may replace the cryogenic radiometer as a primary standard of optical power in the visible wavelength range.

  19. Room-temperature atmospheric pressure plasma plume for biomedical applications

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    Laroussi, M.; Lu, X.


    As low-temperature nonequilibrium plasmas come to play an increasing role in biomedical applications, reliable and user-friendly sources need to be developed. These plasma sources have to meet stringent requirements such as low temperature (at or near room temperature), no risk of arcing, operation at atmospheric pressure, preferably hand-held operation, low concentration of ozone generation, etc. In this letter, we present a device that meets exactly such requirements. This device is capable of generating a cold plasma plume several centimeters in length. It exhibits low power requirements as shown by its current-voltage characteristics. Using helium as a carrier gas, very little ozone is generated and the gas temperature, as measured by emission spectroscopy, remains at room temperature even after hours of operations. The plasma plume can be touched by bare hands and can be directed manually by a user to come in contact with delicate objects and materials including skin and dental gum without causing any heating or painful sensation

  20. Giant room temperature magnetoelectric response in strain controlled nanocomposites (United States)

    Rafique, Mohsin; Herklotz, Andreas; Dörr, Kathrin; Manzoor, Sadia


    We report giant magnetoelectric coupling at room temperature in a self-assembled nanocomposite of BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 (BFO-CFO) grown on a BaTiO3 (BTO) crystal. The nanocomposite consisting of CFO nanopillars embedded in a BFO matrix exhibits weak perpendicular magnetic anisotropy due to a small out-of-plane compression (˜0.3%) of the magnetostrictive (CFO) phase, enabling magnetization rotation under moderate in-plane compression. Temperature dependent magnetization measurements demonstrate strong magnetoelastic coupling between the BaTiO3 substrate and the nanocomposite film, which has been exploited to produce a large magnetoelectric response in the sample. The reorientation of ferroelectric domains in the BTO crystal upon the application of an electric field (E) alters the strain state of the nanocomposite film, thus enabling control of its magnetic anisotropy. The strain mediated magnetoelectric coupling coefficient α = μ o d M / d E calculated from remnant magnetization at room temperature is 2.6 × 10-7 s m-1 and 1.5 × 10-7 s m-1 for the out-of-plane and in-plane orientations, respectively.

  1. Xenon Recovery at Room Temperature using Metal-Organic Frameworks

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    Elsaidi, Sameh K. [Physical and Computational Science Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA; Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, P. O. Box 426 Ibrahimia Alexandria 21321 Egypt; Ongari, Daniele [Laboratory of Molecular Simulation, Institut des Sciences et Ingeénierie Chimiques, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Rue de l' Industrie 17 1951 Sion Valais Switzerland; Xu, Wenqian [X-ray Science Division, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne IL 60439 USA; Mohamed, Mona H. [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, P. O. Box 426 Ibrahimia Alexandria 21321 Egypt; Haranczyk, Maciej [IMDEA Materials Institute, c/Eric Kandel 2 28906 Getafe, Madrid Spain; Thallapally, Praveen K. [Physical and Computational Science Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA


    Xenon is known to be a very efficient anesthetic gas but its cost prohibits the wider use in medical industry and other potential applications. It has been shown that Xe recovery and recycle from anesthetic gas mixture can significantly reduce its cost as anesthetic. The current technology uses series of adsorbent columns followed by low temperature distillation to recover Xe, which is expensive to use in medical facilities. Herein, we propose much efficient and simpler system to recover and recycle Xe from simulant exhale anesthetic gas mixture at room temperature using metal organic frameworks. Among the MOFs tested, PCN-12 exhibits unprecedented performance with high Xe capacity, Xe/O2, Xe/N2 and Xe/CO2 selectivity at room temperature. The in-situ synchrotron measurements suggest the Xe is occupied in the small pockets of PCN-12 compared to unsaturated metal centers (UMCs). Computational modeling of adsorption further supports our experimental observation of Xe binding sites in PCN-12.

  2. Uniaxial ratcheting behavior of Zircaloy-4 tubes at room temperature

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    Wen, Mingjian; Li, Hua; Yu, Dunji; Chen, Gang; Chen, Xu


    In this study, a series of uniaxial tensile, strain cycling and uniaxial ratcheting tests were conducted at room temperature on Zircaloy-4 (Zr-4) tubes used as nuclear fuel cladding in Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs) for the purpose to investigate the uniaxial ratcheting behavior of Zr-4 and the factors which may influence it. The experimental results show that at room temperature this material features cyclic softening remarkably within the strain range of 1.6%, and former cycling under larger strain amplitude cannot retard cyclic softening of later cycling under lower strain amplitude. Uniaxial ratcheting strain accumulates in the direction of mean stress, and the ratcheting stain level is larger under tensile mean stress than that under compressive mean stress. Uniaxial ratcheting strain level increases with the increase of mean stress and stress amplitude, and decreases with the increase of loading rate. The sequence of loading rate appears to have no effects on the final ratcheting strain accumulation. Loading history has great influence on the uniaxial ratcheting behavior. Lower stress level after loading history with higher stress level leads to the shakedown of ratcheting. Higher loading rate after loading history with lower loading rate brings down the ratcheting strain rate. Uniaxial ratcheting behavior is sensitive to compressive pre-strain, and the decay rate of the ratcheting strain rate is slowed down by pre-compression

  3. Magnetic refrigeration--towards room-temperature applications

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    Brueck, E.; Tegus, O.; Li, X.W.; Boer, F.R. de; Buschow, K.H.J.


    Modern society relies very much on readily available cooling. Magnetic refrigeration based on the magneto-caloric effect (MCE) has become a promising competitive technology for the conventional gas-compression/expansion technique in use today. Recently, there have been two breakthroughs in magnetic-refrigeration research: one is that American scientists demonstrated the world's first room-temperature, permanent-magnet, magnetic refrigerator; the other one is that we discovered a new class of magnetic refrigerant materials for room-temperature applications. The new materials are manganese-iron-phosphorus-arsenic (MnFe(P,As)) compounds. This new material has important advantages over existing magnetic coolants: it exhibits a huge MCE, which is larger than that of Gd metal; and its operating temperature can be tuned from about 150 to about 335 K by adjusting the P/As ratio. Here we report on further improvement of the materials by increasing the Mn content. The large entropy change is attributed to a field-induced first-order phase transition enhancing the effect of the applied magnetic field. Addition of Mn reduces the thermal hysteresis, which is intrinsic to the first-order transition. This implies that already moderate applied magnetic fields of below 2 T may suffice

  4. Hydrogen-induced room-temperature plasticity in TC4 and TC21 alloys

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    Yuan, Baoguo; Jin, Yongyue; Hong, Chuanshi


    In order to reveal the effect of hydrogen on the room-temperature plasticity of the titanium alloys TC4 and TC21, compression tests have been carried out at room temperature. Results show that an appropriate amount of hydrogen can improve the room-temperature plasticity of both the TC4 and TC21 a...

  5. A novel magnetic valve using room temperature magnetocaloric materials

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    Eriksen, Dan; Bahl, Christian; Pryds, Nini


    Magnetocaloric materials with near-room-temperature tuneable Curie temperatures have been utilized to develop a novel magnetic valve technology. The temperature dependent attractive force between the materials and a permanent magnet assembly is used to actuate valves as a response to temperature...... changes. This is made possible by the strong temperature dependence of the magnetization close to the Curie temperature of the magnetocaloric materials. Different compositions of both La0.67(Ca,Sr)0.33MnO3 and La(Fe,Co,Si)13 have been considered for use in prototype valves. Based on measured magnetization...... data a 3D finite element model has been set up to calculate the magnetic force between (graded) blocks of these materials and a permanent magnet assembly. The results have been used to calculate equilibrium points for actuation systems where the magnetic force is balanced by a spring force...

  6. Single-atom reversible recording at room temperature

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    Quaade, Ulrich; Stokbro, Kurt; Lin, Rong


    A single hydrogen atom can be reversibly switched between two symmetric sites on a silicon dimer at the surface of Si(100) using a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM). This is a model binary switch for silicon-based atom-scale reversible data storage at room temperature. In this paper we...... investigate two important aspects of using this single-atom switch as a memory device. First, the switching is electron stimulated, and through detailed modelling the switching probability per electron is accurately deduced. Second, we have investigated the possibilities for desorbing single hydrogen atoms...... to construct ordered arrays of switches to manufacture a memory device. Two desorption mechanisms have been considered: the well known electron-induced desorption at negative sample bias and a novel mechanism probably involving elastic deformation of the tip. For both mechanisms mechanical stability of the STM...

  7. Stretchable microelectrode array using room-temperature liquid alloy interconnects

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    Wei, P; Ziaie, B; Taylor, R; Chung, C; Higgs, G; Pruitt, B L; Ding, Z; Abilez, O J


    In this paper, we present a stretchable microelectrode array for studying cell behavior under mechanical strain. The electrode array consists of gold-plated nail-head pins (250 µm tip diameter) or tungsten micro-wires (25.4 µm in diameter) inserted into a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) platform (25.4 × 25.4 mm 2 ). Stretchable interconnects to the outside were provided by fusible indium-alloy-filled microchannels. The alloy is liquid at room temperature, thus providing the necessary stretchability and electrical conductivity. The electrode platform can withstand strains of up to 40% and repeated (100 times) strains of up to 35% did not cause any failure in the electrodes or the PDMS substrate. We confirmed biocompatibility of short-term culture, and using the gold pin device, we demonstrated electric field pacing of adult murine heart cells. Further, using the tungsten microelectrode device, we successfully measured depolarizations of differentiated murine heart cells from embryoid body clusters

  8. Ratcheting tests on stainless steel 316 L at room temperature

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    Cousseran, Pierre; Lebey, Jacques; Roche, Roland; Corbel, P.


    An experimental study on progressive distortion (tension-torsion) of simple structures (thin tubes) has been undertaken at the CEA. Results of tests performed on 316 L steel at room temperature are reported in this paper. There are chiefly: - plastic iso-deformation curves in the field of the 2 loadings applied to the specimen, i.e. the constant primary loading P (tension) and the secondary loading ΔQ (cyclic torsion at controled deformation); - indications on the evolution of torque and of torsion plastic deformation, during the cycling; - a convenient rule for evaluation of the progressive distortion is proposed. It is based on the use of an effective stress Psub(eff), which is determined from the tensile characteristics of the material, of when creep occurs, from creep curves [fr

  9. Room temperature luminescence and ferromagnetism of AlN:Fe

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    Full Text Available AlN:Fe polycrystalline powders were synthesized by a modified solid state reaction (MSSR method. Powder X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy results reveal the single phase nature of the doped samples. In the doped AlN samples, Fe is in Fe2+ state. Room temperature ferromagnetic behavior is observed in AlN:Fe samples. Two photoluminescence peaks located at about 592 nm (2.09 eV and 598 nm (2.07 eV are observed in AlN:Fe samples. Our results suggest that AlN:Fe is a potential material for applications in spintronics and high power laser devices.

  10. Convenient Reductive Methylation of Amines with Carbonates at Room Temperature. (United States)

    Li, Yuehui; Sorribes, Iván; Vicent, Cristian; Junge, Kathrin; Beller, Matthias


    Methylation of amines is a fundamental and commonly used reaction in organic synthesis. Many methods are known including various reductive methylations using formaldehyde, formic acid, or carbon dioxide in the presence of reductants. However, several of these methods suffer from limited substrate scope and chemoselectivity because of the different nucleophilicities of substrates. In this respect, the combination of carbonates and hydrosilanes is a valuable methylation source in the presence of Pt-based catalysts. This highly tunable method allows for methylation of both aromatic and aliphatic amines, and chemoselective methylation of aminoalcohols and diamines. Notably, the in situ-formed catalyst can also be used for the reduction of carbonates to methanol at room temperature. Mechanistic insights on intermediates formed during the reaction pathway were obtained by using ESI mass spectrometry. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Thermal power generation during heat cycle near room temperature (United States)

    Shibata, Takayuki; Fukuzumi, Yuya; Kobayashi, Wataru; Moritomo, Yutaka


    We demonstrate that a sodium-ion secondary battery (SIB)-type thermocell consisting of two types of Prussian blue analogue (PBA) with different electrochemical thermoelectric coefficients (S EC ≡ ∂V/∂T V and T are the redox potential and temperature, respectively) produces electrical energy during heat cycles. The device produces an electrical energy of 2.3 meV/PBA per heat cycle between 295 K (= T L) and 323 K (= T H). The ideal thermal efficiency (η = 1.0%), which is evaluated using the heat capacity (C = 4.16 meV/K) of ideal Na2Co[Fe(CN)6], reaches 11% of the Carnot efficiency (ηth = 8.7%). Our SIB-type thermocell is a promising thermoelectric device that harvests waste heat near room temperature.

  12. Stable room-temperature thallium bromide semiconductor radiation detectors (United States)

    Datta, A.; Fiala, J.; Becla, P.; Motakef, Shariar


    Thallium bromide (TlBr) is a highly efficient ionic semiconductor with excellent radiation detection properties. However, at room temperature, TlBr devices polarize under an applied electric field. This phenomenon not only degrades the charge collection efficiency of the detectors but also promotes chemical reaction of the metal electrodes with bromine, resulting in an unstable electric field and premature failure of the device. This drawback has been crippling the TlBr semiconductor radiation detector technology over the past few decades. In this exhaustive study, this polarization phenomenon has been counteracted using innovative bias polarity switching schemes. Here the highly mobile Br- species, with an estimated electro-diffusion velocity of 10-8 cm/s, face opposing electro-migration forces during every polarity switch. This minimizes the device polarization and availability of Br- ions near the metal electrode. Our results indicate that it is possible to achieve longer device lifetimes spanning more than 17 000 h (five years of 8 × 7 operation) for planar and pixelated radiation detectors using this technique. On the other hand, at constant bias, 2500 h is the longest reported lifetime with most devices less than 1000 h. After testing several biasing switching schemes, it is concluded that the critical bias switching frequency at an applied bias of 1000 V/cm is about 17 μHz. Using this groundbreaking result, it will now be possible to deploy this highly efficient room temperature semiconductor material for field applications in homeland security, medical imaging, and physics research.

  13. Room temperature electrodeposition of aluminum antimonide compound semiconductor

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    Gandhi, T.; Raja, K.S. [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada, Mail Stop 388, Reno, NV 89557 (United States); Misra, M. [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada, Mail Stop 388, Reno, NV 89557 (United States)], E-mail:


    AlSb is a group III-V compound semiconductor material that is conventionally grown by high temperature processes such as Czochralski and Bridgman methods. Development of a method to synthesize AlSb at room temperature will be more economical to help modulate the electronic properties. In this investigation, a pulsed potential electrodeposition method using a room temperature molten salt system (aluminum trichloride, AlCl{sub 3}/1-methyl-3-ethylimidazolium chloride, EMIC) with an addition of SbCl{sub 3} is discussed. The potential pulse parameters were established by carrying out cyclic voltammetry at different concentrations of SbCl{sub 3} and with varying molar ratios of AlCl{sub 3}/EMIC. Stoichiometric AlSb deposits were obtained from an acidic AlCl{sub 3}/EMIC (1.5:1 molar ratio) melt containing 4 x 10{sup -3} mol/l of SbCl{sub 3} onto an ordered TiO{sub 2} nanotubular template. The AlSb compound was predominantly amorphous in as-deposited condition and annealing at 350 deg. C for 2 h in argon transformed into crystalline phase. The AlSb deposit showed a high resistivity in the order of 10{sup 9} {omega}-cm and a defect concentration of 10{sup 16} cm{sup -3} which was attributed to presence of carbon. The deposits obtained from a basic melt (0.67:1 molar ratio of AlCl{sub 3}/EMIC) were enriched with antimony.

  14. Behaviour of actinides in room temperature ionic liquids

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    Bosse, E.


    The room temperature ionic liquids are potentially interesting for the treatment of nuclear fuel. But the knowledge of the behaviour of actinides in the ionic liquids is fragmented because these solvents are new, young and many. In a first time, the ionic liquids [BuMeIm][Tf 2 N] and [MeBu 3 N][Tf 2 N] have been studied in α and γ irradiation with different atmosphere (argon and air) and concentrations of water. ESIMS, NMR and liquid chromatography coupled ESI-MS analysis demonstrate a multitude of degradation products but in very small quantities. This good radiolytic stability makes it a major advantage for the studies of actinides. In a second time, the interaction between an anionic complex of uranium (UCl 6 2- ) and the cation of the ionic liquid and too the study of the hydrolysis of An 4+ (An uranium, neptunium, plutonium) were conducted in different ionic liquids ([MeBu 3 N][Tf 2 N], [BuMe 2 Im][Tf 2 N] and [BuMeIm][Tf 2 N]). The experimental results showed that the intensity of these interactions between UCl 6 2- anion and the ionic liquid cation depends on the latter and follows the order: MeBu 3 N + ∼ BuMe 2 Im + ≤BuMeIm + . In addition, the results obtained by UV/Vis spectroscopy showed that the reaction of hydrolysis in the ionic liquids is slow, secondary compared to the oxidation or the disproportionation and that the amount of water in ionic liquid must be relatively large compared to the concentration of actinide. The results from the coupling of different analytical techniques (NMR, mass spectrometry, UV-Visible, Infra-red, Electrochemistry..) have allowed a first approach in the understanding of the actinides in the room temperature ionic liquids. (author)

  15. Stable room-temperature thallium bromide semiconductor radiation detectors

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    A. Datta


    Full Text Available Thallium bromide (TlBr is a highly efficient ionic semiconductor with excellent radiation detection properties. However, at room temperature, TlBr devices polarize under an applied electric field. This phenomenon not only degrades the charge collection efficiency of the detectors but also promotes chemical reaction of the metal electrodes with bromine, resulting in an unstable electric field and premature failure of the device. This drawback has been crippling the TlBr semiconductor radiation detector technology over the past few decades. In this exhaustive study, this polarization phenomenon has been counteracted using innovative bias polarity switching schemes. Here the highly mobile Br− species, with an estimated electro-diffusion velocity of 10−8 cm/s, face opposing electro-migration forces during every polarity switch. This minimizes the device polarization and availability of Br− ions near the metal electrode. Our results indicate that it is possible to achieve longer device lifetimes spanning more than 17 000 h (five years of 8 × 7 operation for planar and pixelated radiation detectors using this technique. On the other hand, at constant bias, 2500 h is the longest reported lifetime with most devices less than 1000 h. After testing several biasing switching schemes, it is concluded that the critical bias switching frequency at an applied bias of 1000 V/cm is about 17 μHz. Using this groundbreaking result, it will now be possible to deploy this highly efficient room temperature semiconductor material for field applications in homeland security, medical imaging, and physics research.

  16. Spontaneous polyiodide formation by unbalancing of charge in room-temperature ionic liquid-lithium salt solutions (United States)

    Kishimura, Hiroaki; Aono, Masami; Kyuko, Yoshiki; Nagaya, Shoki; Koyama, Shu; Abe, Hiroshi


    Spontaneous formations of polyiodides, Im-, were observed in room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL)-lithium salt solutions. The RTILs consisted of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide, [Cnmim][I] (n = 3, 4, and 6). The lithium salt used was lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide, Li[FSI]. By Raman spectroscopy, the gradual increase in the peak intensities of the polyiodides at a fixed temperature in the [Cnmim][I]-Li[FSI]-ethanol mixtures was observed along with color changes of the mixtures. Because no polyiodides were observed in the [C4mim][I] - [C4mim][FSI] mixture, it was determined that the spontaneous formation of Im- without external addition of iodine was induced by the Li ion.

  17. Charge effect on the diffusion coefficient and the bimolecular reaction rate of diiodide anion radical in room temperature ionic liquids. (United States)

    Nishiyama, Yoshio; Terazima, Masahide; Kimura, Yoshifumi


    The diffusion coefficients of diiodide anion radical, I(2)(-), in room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) were determined by the transient grating (TG) method using the photochemical reaction of iodide. The diffusion coefficients we obtained were larger in RTILs than the theoretical predictions by the Stokes-Einstein relation, whereas both values are similar in conventional solvents. By comparison with the diffusion coefficients of neutral molecules, it was suggested that the Coulomb interaction between I(2)(-) and constituent ions of RTILs strongly affects the diffusion coefficients. The bimolecular reaction rates between I(2)(-) were calculated by the Debye-Smoluchowski equation using the experimentally determined diffusion coefficients. These calculated reaction rate were much smaller than the experimentally determined rates (Takahashi, K.; et al. J. Phys. Chem. B 2007, 111, 4807), indicating the charge screening effect of RTILs.

  18. Enhanced Olefin Cross Metathesis Reactions: The Copper Iodide Effect (United States)

    Voigtritter, Karl; Ghorai, Subir


    Copper iodide has been shown to be an effective co-catalyst for the olefin cross metathesis reaction. In particular, it has both a catalyst stabilizing effect due to iodide ion, as well as copper(I)-based phosphine-scavenging properties that apply to use of the Grubbs-2 catalyst. A variety of Michael acceptors and olefinic partners can be cross-coupled under mild conditions in refluxing diethyl ether that avoid chlorinated solvents. This effect has also been applied to chemistry in water at room temperature using the new surfactant TPGS-750-M. PMID:21528868

  19. Outcome of impact disruption of iron meteorites at room temperature (United States)

    Katsura, T.; Nakamura, A.; Takabe, A.; Okamoto, T.; Sangen, K.; Hasegawa, S.; Liu, X.; Mashimo, T.


    The iron meteorites and some M-class asteroids are generally understood to originate in the cores of differentiated planetesimals or in the local melt pools of primitive bodies. On these primitive bodies and planetesimals, a wide range of collisional events at different mass scales, temperatures, and impact velocities would have occurred. Iron materials have a brittle-ductile transition at a certain temperature, which depends on metallurgical factors such as grain size and purity, and on conditions such as strain-rate and confining pressure [1]. An evolutional scenario of iron meteorite parent bodies was proposed in which they formed in the terrestrial planet region, after which they were scattered into the main belt by collisions, Yarkovsky thermal forces, and resonances [2]. In this case, they may have experienced collisional evolution in the vicinity of the Earth before they were scattered into the main belt. The size distribution of iron bodies in the main belt may therefore have depended on the disruption threshold of iron bodies at temperature above the brittle-ductile transition. This paper presents the results of impact-disruption experiments of iron meteorite and steel specimens mm-cm in size as projectiles or targets conducted at room temperature using three light-gas guns and one powder gun. Our iron specimens were almost all smaller in size than their counterparts (as targets or projectiles, respectively). The fragment size distribution of iron material was different from that of rocks. In iron fragmentation, a higher percentage of the mass is concentrated in larger fragments, i.e., the mass fraction of fine fragments is much less than that of rocks shown in the Figure (left). This is probably due to the ductile nature of the iron materials at room temperature. Furthermore, the Figure (right) shows that the largest fragment mass fraction f is dependent not only on the energy density but also on the size of the specimens. In order to obtain a generalized

  20. Improved x-ray spectroscopy with room temperature CZT detectors. (United States)

    Fritz, Shannon G; Shikhaliev, Polad M; Matthews, Kenneth L


    Compact, room temperature x-ray spectroscopy detectors are of interest in many areas including diagnostic x-ray imaging, radiation protection and dosimetry. Room temperature cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) semiconductor detectors are promising candidates for these applications. One of the major problems for CZT detectors is low-energy tailing of the energy spectrum due to hole trapping. Spectral post-correction methods to correct the tailing effect do not work well for a number of reasons; thus it is advisable to eliminate the hole trapping effect in CZT using physical methods rather than correcting an already deteriorated energy spectrum. One method is using a CZT detector with an electrode configuration which modifies the electric field in the CZT volume to decrease low-energy tailing. Another method is to irradiate the CZT surface at a tilted angle, which modifies depth of interaction to decrease low-energy tailing. Neither method alone, however, eliminates the tailing effect. In this work, we have investigated the combination of modified electric field and tilted angle irradiation in a single detector to further decrease spectral tailing. A planar CZT detector with 10 × 10 × 3 mm³ size and CZT detector with 5 × 5 × 5 mm³ size and cap-shaped electrode were used in this study. The cap-shaped electrode (referred to as CAPture technology) modifies the electric field distribution in the CZT volume and decreases the spectral tailing effect. The detectors were investigated at 90° (normal) and 30° (tilted angle) irradiation modes. Two isotope sources with 59.6 and 122 keV photon energies were used for gamma-ray spectroscopy experiments. X-ray spectroscopy was performed using collimated beams at 60, 80 and 120 kVp tube voltages, in both normal and tilted angle irradiation. Measured x-ray spectra were corrected for K x-ray escape fractions that were calculated using Monte Carlo methods. The x-ray spectra measured with tilted angle CAPture detector at 60, 80 and 120

  1. Mechanochemical Functionalization of Carbon Black at Room Temperature

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    Full Text Available Carbon nanomaterials such as carbon blacks are intrinsically hydrophobic with limited wettability in aqueous media, thus restricting their potential applications. To improve their hydrophilicity, common methods tend to utilize harmful chemicals and conditions, such as a mixture of KMnO4 and H2SO4 or a complex and expensive synthesis setup. In our work, we report a simple method to improve the wettability of these materials by a mechanochemical treatment completed within 1 h at room-temperature utilizing a NH3 solution. Besides increasing the specific surface area of the carbon black from 67 m2·g−1 up to 307 m2·g−1, our process also incorporates nitrogen- and oxygen-containing functional groups into the carbon. This reduces the contact angle from 80° to 30°, confirming an enhanced wettability. Our work presents an easy, fast, and straightforward pathway towards the functionalization of carbon nanomaterials and can be of use in various applications where aqueous wettability is advantageous.

  2. “A Long March to Room Temperature Superconductivity”

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    In the last 29 years, great progress has been made in all areas of high temperature superconductivity (HTS) research from raising the transition temperature Tc and discovering new HTS compounds to developing theoretical models of HTS and fabricating and testing HTS prototype devices. For example, the Tc has been increased to 164 K in cuprate HgBa2Ca2Cu3Ox under 30 GPa in 1993 at Houston, more than 200 HTS compounds have been found, numerous theoretical models have been developed, and many HTS prototype devices have been tested to display superior performance to that of their non-superconducting counterparts. The strong electron-phonon interaction required for the high Tc observed has been considered to be able to induce catastrophic structure collapse before high Tc can be realized, and a novel magnetism-based interaction in different forms has thus been proposed for high Tc. However, room temperature superconductivity is still elusive and a comprehensive microscopic theory of HTS remains to be achieved. The...

  3. Advances in materials for room temperature hydrogen sensors. (United States)

    Arya, Sunil K; Krishnan, Subramanian; Silva, Hayde; Jean, Sheila; Bhansali, Shekhar


    Hydrogen (H(2)), as a source of energy, continues to be a compelling choice in applications ranging from fuel cells and propulsion systems to feedstock for chemical, metallurgical and other industrial processes. H(2), being a clean, reliable, and affordable source, is finding ever increasing use in distributed electric power generation and H(2) fuelled cars. Although still under 0.1%, the distributed use of H(2) is the fastest growing area. In distributed H(2) storage, distribution, and consumption, safety continues to be a critical aspect. Affordable safety systems for distributed H(2) applications are critical for the H(2) economy to take hold. Advances in H(2) sensors are driven by specificity, reliability, repeatability, stability, cost, size, response time, recovery time, operating temperature, humidity range, and power consumption. Ambient temperature sensors for H(2) detection are increasingly being explored as they offer specificity, stability and robustness of high temperature sensors with lower operational costs and significantly longer operational lifetimes. This review summarizes and highlights recent developments in room temperature H(2) sensors.

  4. Room Temperature Dynamic Strain Aging in Ultrafine-Grained Titanium (United States)

    Lopes, Felipe Perissé D.; Lu, Chia Hui; Zhao, Shiteng; Monteiro, Sergio N.; Meyers, Marc A.


    Dynamic strain aging (DSA) in coarse-grained (CG) titanium is usually observed at intermediate to high temperatures 473 K to 973 K (200 °C to 700 °C) and is characterized by serrations in the stress vs strain curves. In the present work, despite the absence of apparent serrations, ultrafine-grained titanium (UFG Ti) undergoes DSA at room temperature, exhibited through an abnormal increase in the elastic limit and negative strain rate sensitivity. This effect is observed at 293 K (20 °C) in the strain rate interval of 10-4 to 10-2 s-1, and at 203 K (-70 °C) and 373 K (100 °C) in a distinct strain rate range. Based on a calculated activation energy of 17.3 kJ/mol and microstructural observations by transmission electron microscopy, it is proposed that the dominant mechanism for DSA in UFG Ti involves interstitial solutes interacting with dislocations emitted from grain boundaries. The interstitials migrate from the grain boundaries along dislocation lines bowing out as they are emitted from the boundaries, a mechanism with a low calculated activation energy which is comparable with the experimental measurements. The dislocation velocities and interstitial diffusion along the dislocation cores are consistent.

  5. Room-temperature antiferromagnetism in CuMnAs

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    Maca, F.; Masek, J. [Institute of Physics ASCR, v.v.i., Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Praha 8 (Czech Republic); Stelmakhovych, O. [Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Prague 2 (Czech Republic); Marti, X. [Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Prague 2 (Czech Republic); Institute of Physics ASCR, v.v.i., Cukrovarnicka 10, 162 53 Praha 6 (Czech Republic); Reichlova, H. [Institute of Physics ASCR, v.v.i., Cukrovarnicka 10, 162 53 Praha 6 (Czech Republic); Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Prague 2 (Czech Republic); Uhlirova, K. [Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Prague 2 (Czech Republic); Beran, P. [Nuclear Physics Institute ASCR, v.v.i., 250 68 Rez (Czech Republic); Wadley, P.; Novak, V. [Institute of Physics ASCR, v.v.i., Cukrovarnicka 10, 162 53 Praha 6 (Czech Republic); Jungwirth, T., E-mail: [Institute of Physics ASCR, v.v.i., Cukrovarnicka 10, 162 53 Praha 6 (Czech Republic); School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)


    We report on an experimental and theoretical study of CuMn-V compounds. In agreement with previous works we find low-temperature antiferromagnetism with Neel temperature of 50 K in the cubic half-Heusler CuMnSb. We demonstrate that the orthorhombic CuMnAs is a room-temperature antiferromagnet. Our results are based on X-ray diffraction, magnetization, transport, and differential thermal analysis measurements, and on density-functional theory calculations of the magnetic structure of CuMn-V compounds. In the discussion part of the paper we make a prediction, based on our density-functional theory calculations, that the electronic structure of CuMn-V compounds makes a transition from a semimetal to a semiconductor upon introducing the lighter group-V elements. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We report experimental observation of high temperature antiferromagnetism in CuMnAs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The physical origin of the observation is discussed based on ab initio calculations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We predict semimetal to semiconductor transition of the electronic structure of CuMn-V compounds. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We discuss the relevance of CuMn-V compounds for antiferromagnetic spintronics.

  6. A computed room temperature line list for phosphine (United States)

    Sousa-Silva, Clara; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Tennyson, Jonathan


    An accurate and comprehensive room temperature rotation-vibration transition line list for phosphine (31PH3) is computed using a newly refined potential energy surface and a previously constructed ab initio electric dipole moment surface. Energy levels, Einstein A coefficients and transition intensities are computed using these surfaces and a variational approach to the nuclear motion problem as implemented in the program TROVE. A ro-vibrational spectrum is computed, covering the wavenumber range 0-8000 cm-1. The resulting line list, which is appropriate for temperatures up to 300 K, consists of a total of 137 million transitions between 5.6 million energy levels. Several of the band centres are shifted to better match experimental transition frequencies. The line list is compared to the most recent HITRAN database and other laboratorial sources. Transition wavelengths and intensities are generally found to be in good agreement with the existing experimental data, with particularly close agreement for the rotational spectrum. An analysis of the comparison between the theoretical data created and the existing experimental data is performed, and suggestions for future improvements and assignments to the HITRAN database are made.

  7. All-Aluminum Thin Film Transistor Fabrication at Room Temperature

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    Rihui Yao


    Full Text Available Bottom-gate all-aluminum thin film transistors with multi conductor/insulator nanometer heterojunction were investigated in this article. Alumina (Al2O3 insulating layer was deposited on the surface of aluminum doping zinc oxide (AZO conductive layer, as one AZO/Al2O3 heterojunction unit. The measurements of transmittance electronic microscopy (TEM and X-ray reflectivity (XRR revealed the smooth interfaces between ~2.2-nm-thick Al2O3 layers and ~2.7-nm-thick AZO layers. The devices were entirely composited by aluminiferous materials, that is, their gate and source/drain electrodes were respectively fabricated by aluminum neodymium alloy (Al:Nd and pure Al, with Al2O3/AZO multilayered channel and AlOx:Nd gate dielectric layer. As a result, the all-aluminum TFT with two Al2O3/AZO heterojunction units exhibited a mobility of 2.47 cm2/V·s and an Ion/Ioff ratio of 106. All processes were carried out at room temperature, which created new possibilities for green displays industry by allowing for the devices fabricated on plastic-like substrates or papers, mainly using no toxic/rare materials.

  8. A room-temperature liquid calorimeter prototype for the SSC

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    Brandenburg, G.W.; Geer, S.H.; Oliver, J.; Sadowski, E.; Theriot, D.


    Calorimeters will be an extremely important part of SSC detectors as they have been in existing collider detectors. The main issues that need to be addressed are: (1) energy resolution of jets and electrons, (2) segmentation, (3) hermiticity, (4) response time, and (5) radiation resistance. An attractive possibility on all these counts is the use of room-temperature liquids together with uranium, as pioneered by UA1. The authors are planning a prototype calorimeter which consists of a sealed vessel containing both the radiator plates and the readout pads. This geometry has been appropriately named the swimming pool design. The general mechanical starting point is similar to the SLD liquid argon calorimeters. The points they wish to address are the following: (1) Simple and reliable modular construction techniques, (2) Satisfactory electrical connections with minimal geometric impact, (3) The necessity of isolating radiator plates and liquid to maintain purity, (4) What materials can be immersed without compromising the liquid purity. The design and construction of the swimming pool electromagnetic calorimeter prototype is being carried out at the Harvard High Energy Physics Laboratory. This is one of the first attempts to build a full-scale prototype of such a design

  9. The γ radiolysis at room temperature of liquid deaerated isopropanol

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    Gilles, L.


    The main products formed in the room temperature γ radiolysis of liquid isopropanol, and their respective yields, are: hydrogen 3.8, methane 1.6, acetone 3.4, acetaldehyde 1.1, and pinacol 0.3. These results give a material balance in good agreement with the formula of isopropanol and lead to a value for the yield of decomposition: 5, 3. The absence of butanediol 2.3 shows that the acetaldehyde cannot come from the dismutation of hydroxyethyl radicals. The variations of the hydrogen yield in the neutral medium with the concentration of added electron scavengers may be explained in terms of the model proposed by Freeman and FAYADH which supposes the existence of spurs. The yield of solvated electrons diffusing into the bulk of the solution and also the ratios of rate constants for the reactions of the scavengers with the electrons may likewise be obtained on the basis of this model. Certain effects not foreseen by this model may result from the capture of electrons solvated or not, whose mode of disappearance in pure alcohol remains unknown. One may distinguish a yield of excited molecules of at least 2, of which 80 per cent lead to the production of molecular hydrogen and 20 per cent to that of molecular methane, and an ionization yield of 2. 2. The discussion of the various mechanisms which may lead to the formation of the products indicates that these yields may be higher than the values quoted. (author) [fr

  10. Cross-linking of polytetrafluoroethylene during room-temperature irradiation

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    Pugmire, David L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Wetteland, Chris J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Duncan, Wanda S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lakis, Rollin E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Schwartz, Daniel S [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    Exposure of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) to {alpha}-radiation was investigated to detennine the physical and chemical effects, as well as to compare and contrast the damage mechanisms with other radiation types ({beta}, {gamma}, or thermal neutron). A number of techniques were used to investigate the chemical and physical changes in PTFE after exposure to {alpha}-radiation. These techniques include: Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and fluorescence spectroscopy. Similar to other radiation types at low doses, the primary damage mechanism for the exposure of PTFE to {alpha}-radiation appears to be chain scission. Increased doses result in a change-over of the damage mechanism to cross-linking. This result is not observed for any radiation type other than {alpha} when irradiation is performed at room temperature. Finally, at high doses, PTFE undergoes mass-loss (via smallfluorocarbon species evolution) and defluorination. The amount and type of damage versus sample depth was also investigated. Other types of radiation yield damage at depths on the order of mm to cm into PTFE due to low linear energy transfer (LET) and the correspondingly large penetration depths. By contrast, the {alpha}-radiation employed in this study was shown to only induce damage to a depth of approximately 26 {mu}m, except at very high doses.

  11. Proactive aquatic ecotoxicological assessment of room-temperature ionic liquids (United States)

    Kulacki, K.J.; Chaloner, D.T.; Larson, J.H.; Costello, D.M.; Evans-White, M. A.; Docherty, K.M.; Bernot, R.J.; Brueseke, M.A.; Kulpa, C.F.; Lamberti, G.A.


    Aquatic environments are being contaminated with a myriad of anthropogenic chemicals, a problem likely to continue due to both unintentional and intentional releases. To protect valuable natural resources, novel chemicals should be shown to be environmentally safe prior to use and potential release into the environment. Such proactive assessment is currently being applied to room-temperature ionic liquids (ILs). Because most ILs are water-soluble, their effects are likely to manifest in aquatic ecosystems. Information on the impacts of ILs on numerous aquatic organisms, focused primarily on acute LC50 and EC50 endpoints, is now available, and trends in toxicity are emerging. Cation structure tends to influence IL toxicity more so than anion structure, and within a cation class, the length of alkyl chain substituents is positively correlated with toxicity. While the effects of ILs on several aquatic organisms have been studied, the challenge for aquatic toxicology is now to predict the effects of ILs in complex natural environments that often include diverse mixtures of organisms, abiotic conditions, and additional stressors. To make robust predictions about ILs will require coupling of ecologically realistic laboratory and field experiments with standard toxicity bioassays and models. Such assessments would likely discourage the development of especially toxic ILs while shifting focus to those that are more environmentally benign. Understanding the broader ecological effects of emerging chemicals, incorporating that information into predictive models, and conveying the conclusions to those who develop, regulate, and use those chemicals, should help avoid future environmental degradation. ?? 2011 Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.

  12. Ratcheting fatigue behavior of Zircaloy-2 at room temperature

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    Rajpurohit, R.S., E-mail: [Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 221005 (India); Sudhakar Rao, G. [Nuclear Energy and Safety Department, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, CH-5232 (Switzerland); Chattopadhyay, K.; Santhi Srinivas, N.C.; Singh, Vakil [Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 221005 (India)


    Nuclear core components of zirconium alloys experience asymmetric stress or strain cycling during service which leads to plastic strain accumulation and drastic reduction in fatigue life as well as dimensional instability of the component. Variables like loading rate, mean stress, and stress amplitude affect the influence of asymmetric loading. In the present investigation asymmetric stress controlled fatigue tests were conducted with mean stress from 80 to 150 MPa, stress amplitude from 270 to 340 MPa and stress rate from 30 to 750 MPa/s to study the process of plastic strain accumulation and its effect on fatigue life of Zircaloy-2 at room temperature. It was observed that with increase in mean stress and stress amplitude accumulation of ratcheting strain was increased and fatigue life was reduced. However, increase in stress rate led to improvement in fatigue life due to less accumulation of ratcheting strain. - Highlights: • Ratcheting strain accumulation occurred due to asymmetric cyclic loading. • Accumulation of ratcheting strain increased with mean stress and stress amplitude. • Ratcheting strain accumulation decreased with increase in stress rate. • With increase in mean stress and stress amplitude there was reduction in fatigue life. • Fatigue life is improved with increase in stress rate.

  13. Trivalent europium speciation in a room-temperature ionic liquid

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    Mekki, S.


    Since the nuclear industry is playing an important role in the power production field, a relevant number of problems have been revealed. Indeed, high-level radioactive long-lived nuclear wastes present a real difficulty for nuclear wastes management. Minor actinides, which compose most of these wastes, will be radioactive for several thousands of years. For eventual disposal deep underground, their reprocessing needs to be optimized. The extraction processes used industrially to separate actinides and lanthanides from other metal species characterizing the spent nuclear fuel produce, nevertheless, enormous quantities of contaminated liquid wastes directly issued from the liquid/liquid extraction step. During the last decade, some room-temperature ionic liquid have been studied and integrated into industrial processes. The interest on this class of solvent came out from their 'green' properties (non volatile, non flammable, recyclable, etc...), but also from the variability of their physico-chemical properties (stability, hydrophobicity, viscosity) as a function of the RTIL chemical composition. Indeed, it has been shown that classical chemical industrial processes could be transferred into those media, even more improved, while a certain number of difficulties arising from using traditional solvent can be avoided. In this respect, it could be promising to investigate the ability to use room-temperature ionic liquid into the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing field. The aim of this thesis is to test the ability of the specific ionic liquid bumimTf 2 N to allow trivalent europium extraction. The choice of this metal is based on the chemical analogy with trivalent minor actinides Curium and Americium which are contributing the greatest part of the long-lived high-level radioactive wastes. Handling these elements needs to be very cautious for the safety and radioprotection aspect. Moreover, europium is a very sensitive luminescent probe to its environment even at the

  14. Exchange of hydrogen isotopes in oxide ceramics at room temperature

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    Suzuki, H.; Morita, K.; Soda, K.


    The decay curves of D and up-take curves of H on the exchange of D implanted into Li 2 TiO 3 for H in H 2 O vapor caused by exposure to normal-air at room temperature have been measured as a function of exposure time at different implantation concentrations by means of the elastic recoil detection technique. The re-emission curves of D retained and H up-taken in a specimen by isochronal annealing for 10 min have been also measured. It is found that the thermal re-emission of D and H takes place uniformly over the whole specimen due to local molecular recombination in the bulk and that the re-emission rates of H and D in the near-surface layers are slower than those in the deeper layers. It is also found that the decay of D caused by the D-H exchange takes place rapidly in the beginning and the retained amount of D attains at a constant level and the retained fraction of D are higher as the initial implantation concentrations of D are lower. The decay curves of D and the up-take curves of H have been analysed using the mass balance equations, in which the elementary processes are taken into account according to the exchange model of one way diffusion from the surface into the bulk. It is shown that the solution of the mass balance equations reproduces well the experimental data. The rate constants of the elementary processes determined are discussed. (orig.)

  15. Room-temperature macromolecular serial crystallography using synchrotron radiation

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    Francesco Stellato


    Full Text Available A new approach for collecting data from many hundreds of thousands of microcrystals using X-ray pulses from a free-electron laser has recently been developed. Referred to as serial crystallography, diffraction patterns are recorded at a constant rate as a suspension of protein crystals flows across the path of an X-ray beam. Events that by chance contain single-crystal diffraction patterns are retained, then indexed and merged to form a three-dimensional set of reflection intensities for structure determination. This approach relies upon several innovations: an intense X-ray beam; a fast detector system; a means to rapidly flow a suspension of crystals across the X-ray beam; and the computational infrastructure to process the large volume of data. Originally conceived for radiation-damage-free measurements with ultrafast X-ray pulses, the same methods can be employed with synchrotron radiation. As in powder diffraction, the averaging of thousands of observations per Bragg peak may improve the ratio of signal to noise of low-dose exposures. Here, it is shown that this paradigm can be implemented for room-temperature data collection using synchrotron radiation and exposure times of less than 3 ms. Using lysozyme microcrystals as a model system, over 40 000 single-crystal diffraction patterns were obtained and merged to produce a structural model that could be refined to 2.1 Å resolution. The resulting electron density is in excellent agreement with that obtained using standard X-ray data collection techniques. With further improvements the method is well suited for even shorter exposures at future and upgraded synchrotron radiation facilities that may deliver beams with 1000 times higher brightness than they currently produce.

  16. Room-temperature ferromagnetic properties of Cu-doped ZnO rod ...

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    The rod arrays have exhibited room-temperature ferromagnetic behaviour with the remanence of 0.926 × 10-3 emu/cm3. We suggest that the exchange interaction between local spin-polarized electrons (such as the electrons of Cu2+ ions) and conductive electrons is the cause of room-temperature ferromagnetism.

  17. Colloquium: High pressure and road to room temperature superconductivity (United States)

    Gor'kov, Lev P.; Kresin, Vladimir Z.


    future use of tunneling spectroscopy. This feature leads to nonmonotonic and strongly asymmetric pressure dependence of Tc . Other hydrides, e.g., CaH6 and MgH6 , can be expected to display even higher values of Tc up to room temperature. The fundamental challenge lies in the creation of a structure capable of displaying high Tc at ambient pressure.

  18. Robust isothermal electric control of exchange bias at room temperature (United States)

    Binek, Christian


    Voltage-controlled spintronics is of particular importance to continue progress in information technology through reduced power consumption, enhanced processing speed, integration density, and functionality in comparison with present day CMOS electronics. Almost all existing and prototypical solid-state spintronic devices rely on tailored interface magnetism, enabling spin-selective transmission or scattering of electrons. Controlling magnetism at thin-film interfaces, preferably by purely electrical means, is a key challenge to better spintronics. Currently, most attempts to electrically control magnetism focus on potentially large magnetoelectric effects of multiferroics. We report on our interest in magnetoelectric Cr 2 O3 (chromia). Robust isothermal electric control of exchange bias is achieved at room temperature in perpendicular anisotropic Cr 2 O3 (0001)/CoPd exchange bias heterostructures. This discovery promises significant implications for potential spintronics. From the perspective of basic science, our finding serves as macroscopic evidence for roughness-insensitive and electrically controllable equilibrium boundary magnetization in magnetoelectric antiferromagnets. The latter evolves at chromia (0001) surfaces and interfaces when chromia is in one of its two degenerate antiferromagnetic single domain states selected via magnetoelectric annealing. Theoretical insight into the boundary magnetization and its role in electrically controlled exchange bias is gained from first-principles calculations and general symmetry arguments. Measurements of spin-resolved ultraviolet photoemission, magnetometry at Cr 2 O3 (0001) surfaces, and detailed investigations of the unique exchange bias properties of Cr 2 O3 (0001)/CoPd including its electric controllability provide macroscopically averaged information about the boundary magnetization of chromia. Laterally resolved X-ray PEEM and temperature dependent MFM reveal detailed microscopic information of the chromia

  19. Thermomechanical analysis of Natural Rubber behaviour stressed at room temperature.

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    Chrysochoos A.


    Full Text Available Owing to their high molecular mobility, stressed rubber chains can easily change their conformations and get orientated. This phenomena leads to so high reversible draw ratio that this behaviour is called rubber elasticity [1-3]. The analogy with ideal gases leads to an internal energy independent of elongation, the stress being attributed to a so-called configuration entropy. However, this analysis cannot take thermal expansion into account and moreover prohibits predicting standard thermo-elastic effect noticed at small elongations and the thermoelastic inversion effects [4]. This paper aims at : observing and quantifying dissipative and coupling effects associated with deformation energy, generated when Natural Rubber is stretched. re-examine the thermomechanical behaviour model of rubberlike materials, under the generalised standard material concept. From an experimental viewpoint, energy balance is created using infrared and quantitative imaging techniques. Digital Image Correlation (DIC provides in-the-plane displacement fields and, after derivation, strain and strain-rate fields. We have used those techniques to evidence the thermoelastic inversion effect as shown on Figure 1 where different weights have been fixed to warmed specimen and we monitored the sample deformation while it recovers room temperature. But we have also used those techniques to perform energy balance : analysis of the mechanical equilibrium allows estimates of the stress pattern and computation of deformation energy rates under a plane stress hypothesis [5]. Infrared Thermography (IRT gives the surface temperature of the sample. To estimate the distribution of heat sources, image processing with a local heat equation and a minimal set of approximation functions (image filtering was used. The time courses of deformation energy and heat associated with cyclic process are plotted in Figure 2. The time derivatives of both forms of energy are approximately similar. This

  20. Magnetic antiskyrmions above room temperature in tetragonal Heusler materials (United States)

    Nayak, Ajaya K.; Kumar, Vivek; Ma, Tianping; Werner, Peter; Pippel, Eckhard; Sahoo, Roshnee; Damay, Franoise; Rößler, Ulrich K.; Felser, Claudia; Parkin, Stuart S. P.


    . Direct imaging by Lorentz transmission electron microscopy shows field-stabilized antiskyrmion lattices and isolated antiskyrmions from 100 kelvin to well beyond room temperature, and zero-field metastable antiskyrmions at low temperatures. These results enlarge the family of magnetic skyrmions and pave the way to the engineering of complex bespoke designed skyrmionic structures.

  1. Weibull strength variations between room temperature and high temperature Ni-3YSZ half-cells

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    Curran, Declan; Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Hendriksen, Peter Vang


    and 800°C in a reducing atmosphere. The strength of an as sintered half-cell was also measured at room temperature for comparison. Weibull analysis was performed on large sample sets of 30 for statistical viability. The Weibull strength and elastic modulus of the room temperature tested reduced samples...... show a decrease of approximately 33% and 51% respectively, when compared to the oxidized samples tested at room temperature. When tested at elevated temperatures both Weibull strength and elastic modulus decrease further when compared to the room temperature reduced samples. However these further...... efficiency, increased degradation and/or the complete termination of a functioning stack. This paper investigates the effects of temperature on the mechanical strength of 3% yttria-stabilised zirconia half-cells. Strength was measured using a four-point bend method at room temperature and at 600°C, 700°C...

  2. A room temperature copper catalyzed N-selective arylation of β-amino alcohols with iodoanilines and aryl iodides


    Das, Priyabrata; De Brabander, Jef K.


    An efficient method is described for the synthesis of N-(2-aminophenyl)-2-hydroxyethylamines via a copper catalyzed N-selective arylation of β-amino alcohols with iodoanilines. The corresponding coupling products are useful intermediates for the synthesis of a variety of N-2-hydroxyethyl-substituted benzimidazoles, benzimidazolones, and iminobenzimidazoles. We found that 2-iodoaniline only arylates certain amino alcohols but not amines lacking a hydroxyl group. We also demonstrate the arylati...

  3. Red photoluminescence of living systems at the room temperature: measurements and results

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    Kudryashova, I S; Rud, V Yu; Shpunt, V Ch; Rud, Yu V; Glinushkin, A P


    Presents results of a study of the red luminescence of living plants at room temperature. The analysis of obtained results allows to conclude that the photoluminescence spectra for green leaves in all cases represent the two closely spaced bands. (paper)


    Herein, we describe a simple strategy for the bulk and template-free synthesis of reduced leucoemarldine polyaniline nanofibers size ranging from as low as 10 nm to 50 nm without the use of any reducing agents at room temperature.

  5. Room-Temperature Single-Photon Source for Secure Quantum Communication (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We are asking for four years of support for PhD student Justin Winkler's work on a research project entitled "Room temperature single photon source for secure...

  6. Room-Temperature Hysteresis in a Hole-Based Quantum Dot Memory Structure

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    Tobias Nowozin


    Full Text Available We demonstrate a memory effect in self-assembled InAs/Al0.9Ga0.1As quantum dots (QDs near room temperature. The QD layer is embedded into a modulation-doped field-effect transistor (MODFET which allows to charge and discharge the QDs and read out the logic state of the QDs. The hole storage times in the QDs decrease from seconds at 200 K down to milliseconds at room temperature.

  7. In situ TEM Nanomechanical Testing of Ceramics: Room-Temperature Plastic Deformation Mechanisms


    Kiani, Sara


    This dissertation presents the investigation of the effects of size-scale and crystallographic orientation on room-temperature plastic deformation of ceramics. Using in situ electron microscopy based nanomechanical testing, I show that sub-micron-scale single-crystalline refractory carbides exhibit size- and orientation-dependent room-temperature plasticity under uniaxial compression. Refractory carbides such as ZrC, TaC and SiC - chosen as candidate materials - owing to their high hardness (...

  8. Room-Temperature Coherent Optical Phonon in 2D Electronic Spectra of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite as a Possible Cooling Bottleneck

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    Monahan, Daniele M. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Kavli Energy NanoSciences Inst. at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (United States); Guo, Liang [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Kavli Energy NanoSciences Inst. at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lin, Jia [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Kavli Energy NanoSciences Inst. at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (United States); Dou, Letian [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Kavli Energy NanoSciences Inst. at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (United States); Yang, Peidong [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Kavli Energy NanoSciences Inst. at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (United States); Fleming, Graham R. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Kavli Energy NanoSciences Inst. at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    A hot phonon bottleneck may be responsible for slow hot carrier cooling in methylammonium lead iodide hybrid perovskite, creating the potential for more efficient hot carrier photovoltaics. In room-temperature 2D electronic spectra near the band edge, we observe in this paper amplitude oscillations due to a remarkably long lived 0.9 THz coherent phonon population at room temperature. This phonon (or set of phonons) is assigned to angular distortions of the Pb–I lattice, not coupled to cation rotations. The strong coupling between the electronic transition and the 0.9 THz mode(s), together with relative isolation from other phonon modes, makes it likely to cause a phonon bottleneck. Finally, the pump frequency resolution of the 2D spectra also enables independent observation of photoinduced absorptions and bleaches independently and confirms that features due to band gap renormalization are longer-lived than in transient absorption spectra.

  9. In vitro comparison of output fluid temperatures for room temperature and prewarmed fluids. (United States)

    Soto, N; Towle Millard, H A; Lee, R A; Weng, H Y


    To determine if prewarmed intravenous fluids produce superior fluid output temperatures compared with room temperature fluids at common anaesthetic fluid rates for small animal patients. A prospective, randomised, in vitro fluid line test-vein study was performed. Nine flow rates were analysed (10, 20, 60, 100, 140, 180, 220, 260 and 300 mL/hour) for room temperature fluids (21°C) and for five prewarmed fluids (40, 45, 50, 55 and 60°C). For each flow rate tested, room temperature fluids never exceeded 25°C at any time point for each trial (range 18 to 25°C). For each flow rate tested, prewarmed fluids never exceeded 25 · 5°C at any time point for each trial (range 18 to 25 · 5°C). The mean output fluid temperature of prewarmed fluids was significantly warmer than room temperature fluids only at 300 mL/hour for 40°C (P = 0 · 0012), 45°C (P = 0 · 004), 50°C (P = 0 · 0002), 55°C (P = 0 · 0001) and 60°C (P fluids (up to 60°C) compared with room temperature intravenous fluids at common anaesthetic fluid rates for small animals. © 2014 British Small Animal Veterinary Association.

  10. Impacts of exhalation flow on the microenvironment around the human body under different room temperatures (United States)

    Jafari, Mohammad Javad; Gharari, Noradin; Azari, Mansour Rezazade; Ashrafi, Khosro


    Exhalation flow and room temperature can have a considerable effect on the microenvironment in the vicinity of human body. In this study, impacts of exhalation flow and room temperature on the microenvironment around a human body were investigated using a numerical simulation. For this purpose, a computational fluid dynamic program was applied to study thermal plume around a sitting human body at different room temperatures of a calm indoor room by considering the exhalation flow. The simulation was supported by some experimental measurements. Six different room temperatures (18 to 28 °C) with two nose exhalation modes (exhalation and non-exhalation) were investigated. Overhead and breathing zone velocities and temperatures were simulated in different scenarios. This study finds out that the exhalation through the nose has a significant impact on both quantitative and qualitative features of the human microenvironment in different room temperatures. At a given temperature, the exhalation through the nose can change the location and size of maximum velocity at the top of the head. In the breathing zone, the effect of exhalation through the nose on velocity and temperature distribution was pronounced for the point close to mouth. Also, the exhalation through the nose strongly influences the thermal boundary layer on the breathing zone while it only minimally influences the convective boundary layer on the breathing zone. Overall results demonstrate that it is important to take the exhalation flow into consideration in all areas, especially at a quiescent flow condition with low temperature.

  11. Possible room temperature superconductivity in conductors obtained by bringing alkanes into contact with a graphite surface

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    Yasushi Kawashima


    Full Text Available Electrical resistances of conductors obtained by bringing alkanes into contact with a graphite surface have been investigated at room temperatures. Ring current in a ring-shaped container into which n-octane-soaked thin graphite flakes were compressed did not decay for 50 days at room temperature. After two HOPG plates were immersed into n-heptane and n-octane at room temperature, changes in resistances of the two samples were measured by four terminal technique. The measurement showed that the resistances of these samples decrease to less than the smallest resistance that can be measured with a high resolution digital voltmeter (0.1μV. The observation of persistent currents in the ring-shaped container suggests that the HOPG plates immersed in n-heptane and n-octane really entered zero-resistance state at room temperature. These results suggest that room temperature superconductor may be obtained by bringing alkanes into contact with a graphite surface.

  12. Room Temperature Hard Radiation Detectors Based on Solid State Compound Semiconductors: An Overview (United States)

    Mirzaei, Ali; Huh, Jeung-Soo; Kim, Sang Sub; Kim, Hyoun Woo


    Si and Ge single crystals are the most common semiconductor radiation detectors. However, they need to work at cryogenic temperatures to decrease their noise levels. In contrast, compound semiconductors can be operated at room temperature due to their ability to grow compound materials with tunable densities, band gaps and atomic numbers. Highly efficient room temperature hard radiation detectors can be utilized in biomedical diagnostics, nuclear safety and homeland security applications. In this review, we discuss room temperature compound semiconductors. Since the field of radiation detection is broad and a discussion of all compound materials for radiation sensing is impossible, we discuss the most important materials for the detection of hard radiation with a focus on binary heavy metal semiconductors and ternary and quaternary chalcogenide compounds.

  13. Polymer functionalized nanostructured porous silicon for selective water vapor sensing at room temperature (United States)

    Dwivedi, Priyanka; Das, Samaresh; Dhanekar, Saakshi


    This paper highlights the surface treatment of porous silicon (PSi) for enhancing the sensitivity of water vapors at room temperature. A simple and low cost technique was used for fabrication and functionalization of PSi. Spin coated polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) was used for functionalizing PSi surface. Morphological and structural studies were conducted to analyze samples using SEM and XRD/Raman spectroscopy respectively. Contact angle measurements were performed for assessing the wettability of the surfaces. PSi and functionalized PSi samples were tested as sensors in presence of different analytes like ethanol, acetone, isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and water vapors in the range of 50-500 ppm. Electrical measurements were taken from parallel aluminium electrodes fabricated on the functionalized surface, using metal mask and thermal evaporation. Functionalized PSi sensors in comparison to non-functionalized sensors depicted selective and enhanced response to water vapor at room temperature. The results portray an efficient and selective water vapor detection at room temperature.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of nano crystalline nickel zinc ferrite for chlorine gas sensor at room temperature (United States)

    Pawar, C. S.; Gujar, M. P.; Mathe, V. L.


    Nano crystalline Nickel Zinc ferrite (Ni0.25Zn0.75Fe2O4) thin films were synthesized by Sol Gel method for gas response. The phase and microstructure of the obtained Ni0.25Zn0.75Fe2O4 thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The nanostructured Ni0.25Zn0.75Fe2O4 thin film shows single spinel phase. Magnetic study was obtained with the help of VSM. The effects of working temperature on the gas response were studied. The results reveal that the Ni0.25Zn0.75Fe2O4 thin film gas sensor shows good selectivity to chlorine gas at room temperature. The sensor shows highest sensitivity (˜50%) at room temperature, indicating its application in detecting chlorine gas at room temperature in the future.

  15. A Promising New Method to Estimate Drug-Polymer Solubility at Room Temperature

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    Knopp, Matthias Manne; Gannon, Natasha; Porsch, Ilona


    The established methods to predict drug-polymer solubility at room temperature either rely on extrapolation over a long temperature range or are limited by the availability of a liquid analogue of the polymer. To overcome these issues, this work investigated a new methodology where the drug......-polymer solubility is estimated from the solubility of the drug in a solution of the polymer at room temperature using the shake-flask method. Thus, the new polymer in solution method does not rely on temperature extrapolations and only requires the polymer and a solvent, in which the polymer is soluble, that does...... not affect the molecular structure of the drug and polymer relative to that in the solid state. Consequently, as this method has the potential to provide fast and precise estimates of drug-polymer solubility at room temperature, we encourage the scientific community to further investigate this principle both...

  16. Direct writing of room temperature and zero field skyrmion lattices by a scanning local magnetic field

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    Zhang, Senfu


    Magnetic skyrmions are topologically protected nanoscale spin textures exhibiting fascinating physical behaviors. Recent observations of room temperature skyrmions in sputtered multilayer films are an important step towards their use in ultra-low power devices. Such practical applications prefer skyrmions to be stable at zero magnetic fields and room temperature. Here, we report the creation of skyrmion lattices in Pt/Co/Ta multilayers by a scanning local field using magnetic force microscopy tips. We also show that those newly created skyrmion lattices are stable at both room temperature and zero fields. Lorentz transmission electron microscopy measurements reveal that the skyrmions in our films are of Néel-type. To gain a deeper understanding of the mechanism behind the creation of a skyrmion lattice by the scanning of local fields, we perform micromagnetic simulations and find the experimental results to be in agreement with our simulation data. This study opens another avenue for the creation of skyrmion lattices in thin films.

  17. Tunable room-temperature ferromagnet using an iron-oxide and graphene oxide nanocomposite

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    Lin, Aigu L.


    Magnetic materials have found wide application ranging from electronics and memories to medicine. Essential to these advances is the control of the magnetic order. To date, most room-temperature applications have a fixed magnetic moment whose orientation is manipulated for functionality. Here we demonstrate an iron-oxide and graphene oxide nanocomposite based device that acts as a tunable ferromagnet at room temperature. Not only can we tune its transition temperature in a wide range of temperatures around room temperature, but the magnetization can also be tuned from zero to 0.011 A m2/kg through an initialization process with two readily accessible knobs (magnetic field and electric current), after which the system retains its magnetic properties semi-permanently until the next initialization process. We construct a theoretical model to illustrate that this tunability originates from an indirect exchange interaction mediated by spin-imbalanced electrons inside the nanocomposite. © 2015 Scientific Reports.

  18. Studies on the mercuric chloride resistance of Staphylococcus aureus

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    Vaczi, L.; Fodor, M.; Milch, H.; Rethy, A.


    Among 409 pathogenic Staph. aureus strains 34% have been found to be sensitive, and 66% resistant, to mercuric chloride. The incidence of mercuric chloride resistant cultures among antibiotic sensitive staphylococci was 20%; among strains resistant to penicillin or to more than one antibiotic, 70%. Mercuric chloride resistant organisms occurred chiefly among phage group I and untypable strains; they were especially common among the so called epidemic strains of phage group I, and among cultures resistant to 4-6 antibiotics. In mercuric chloride sensitivity a thirtyfold, in merthiolate sensitivity only a two-fold difference has been revealed among the strains. The sulfydryl group content of mercuric chloride resistant organisms was only 1 1/2 times higher than that of sensitive bacteria. As to p-chlor mercuric benzoate binding capacity, a twofold difference was found between mercuric chloride sensitive and resistant staphylococci. The differences in the mercuric chloride resistance of various staphylococcal strains might be due to differences in the chemical structure of the cell surface. 9 references, 1 figure, 6 tables.

  19. Tomato pomace protects against mercuric chloride-induced ...

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    Mercuric chloride is an environmental toxicant that causes health hazards. One of the mechanisms of its toxicity is oxidative stress which antioxidants are expected to ameliorate. Tomato is reported to possess antioxidant activity and this study investigated tomato pomace powder's (TPP) effect on mercuric chloride (HgCl2) ...

  20. Quantum confinement of zero-dimensional hybrid organic-inorganic polaritons at room temperature

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    Nguyen, H. S.; Lafosse, X.; Amo, A.; Bouchoule, S.; Bloch, J.; Han, Z.; Abdel-Baki, K.; Lauret, J.-S.; Deleporte, E.


    We report on the quantum confinement of zero-dimensional polaritons in perovskite-based microcavity at room temperature. Photoluminescence of discrete polaritonic states is observed for polaritons localized in symmetric sphere-like defects which are spontaneously nucleated on the top dielectric Bragg mirror. The linewidth of these confined states is found much sharper (almost one order of magnitude) than that of photonic modes in the perovskite planar microcavity. Our results show the possibility to study organic-inorganic cavity polaritons in confined microstructure and suggest a fabrication method to realize integrated polaritonic devices operating at room temperature

  1. Exploiting fast detectors to enter a new dimension in room-temperature crystallography

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    Owen, Robin L.; Paterson, Neil; Axford, Danny; Aishima, Jun; Schulze-Briese, Clemens; Ren, Jingshan; Fry, Elizabeth E.; Stuart, David I.; Evans, Gwyndaf


    A departure from a linear or an exponential decay in the diffracting power of macromolecular crystals is observed and accounted for through consideration of a multi-state sequential model. A departure from a linear or an exponential intensity decay in the diffracting power of protein crystals as a function of absorbed dose is reported. The observation of a lag phase raises the possibility of collecting significantly more data from crystals held at room temperature before an intolerable intensity decay is reached. A simple model accounting for the form of the intensity decay is reintroduced and is applied for the first time to high frame-rate room-temperature data collection

  2. A Novel Spectrophotometric Method for Determination of Chloramphenicol Based On Diazotization Reaction at Room Temperature


    Wafi, Abdul; Supriyanto, Ganden; Tjahjandarie, Tjitjik Srie


    An analytical method for determination of chloramphenicol (CAP) based on the diazotization reaction at room temperature has been developed. The CAP was reduced using zinc powder (Zn) and diazotization reaction was carried out at room temperature in the presence of NaNO2, bismuth nitrate pentahydrate (Bi(NO3)3.5H2O) as catalyst. 2-napthol was used as coupling agent to form a red-violet solution and the absorbance was measured by UV-Vis spectrophotometer at 554 nm. The optimization of analytica...

  3. CeBr3 as a room-temperature, high-resolution gamma-ray detector

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    Guss, Paul; Reed, Michael; Yuan Ding; Reed, Alexis; Mukhopadhyay, Sanjoy


    Cerium bromide (CeBr 3 ) has become a material of interest in the race for high-resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy at room temperature. This investigation quantified the potential of CeBr 3 as a room-temperature, high-resolution gamma-ray detector. The performance of CeBr 3 crystals was compared to other scintillation crystals of similar dimensions and detection environments. Comparison of self-activity of CeBr 3 to cerium-doped lanthanum tribromide (LaBr 3 :Ce) was performed. Energy resolution and relative intrinsic efficiency were measured and are presented.

  4. Direct synthesis of ultrafine tetragonal BaTiO3 nanoparticles at room temperature

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    Hu Yong


    Full Text Available Abstract A large quantity of ultrafine tetragonal barium titanate (BaTiO3 nanoparticles is directly synthesized at room temperature. The crystalline form and grain size are checked by both X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results revealed that the perovskite nanoparticles as fine as 7 nm have been synthesized. The phase transition of the as-prepared nanoparticles is investigated by the temperature-dependent Raman spectrum and shows the similar tendency to that of bulk BaTiO3 materials. It is confirmed that the nanoparticles have tetragonal phase at room temperature.

  5. Room temperature ferromagnetic and semiconducting properties of graphene adsorbed with cobalt oxide using electrochemical method (United States)

    Park, Chang-Soo; Lee, Kyung Su; Chu, Dongil; Lee, Juwon; Shon, Yoon; Kim, Eun Kyu


    We report the room temperature ferromagnetic properties of graphene adsorbed by cobalt oxide using electrochemical method. The cobalt oxide doping onto graphene was carried out in 0.1 M LiCoO2/DI-water solution. The doped graphene thin film was determined to be a single layer from Raman analysis. The CoO doped graphene has a clear ferromagnetic hysteresis at room temperature and showed a remnant magnetization, 128.2 emu/cm3. The temperature dependent conductivity of the adsorbed graphene showed the semiconducting behavior and a band gap opening of 0.12 eV.

  6. Some problems on rf breakdown in room temperature accelerator structure, a possible criterion

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    Wang, J.W.


    The discussion is confined to high gradient, room-temperature accelerators which have clean well-finished cavity surfaces and good vacuum conditions. Breakdown-initiating mechanisms due to ''cold'' field electron emission occurring at isolated sites on broad-area cavity surfaces, where the field is enhanced, are described. The influences of an alternating field and transition time tunneling are taken into account. The thermal instability resulting in vacuum voltage breakdown is hypothesized to derive a new criterion for room-temperature accelerator structure. 18 refs., 5 figs

  7. Instantaneous radioiodination of rose bengal at room temperature and a cold-kit therefor. [DOE patent application (United States)

    O'Brien, H. Jr.; Hupf, H.B.; Wanek, P.M.

    The disclosure relates to the radioiodination of rose bengal at room temperature and a cold-kit therefor. A purified rose bengal tablet is stirred into acidified ethanol at or near room temperature, until a suspension forms. Reductant-free /sup 125/I/sup -/ is added and the resulting mixture stands until the exchange label reaction occurs at room temperature. A solution of sterile isotonic phosphate buffer and sodium hydroxide is added and the final resulting mixture is sterilized by filtration.

  8. Room-temperature negative capacitance in a ferroelectric-dielectric superlattice heterostructure

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    Gao, W.; Khan, A.; Martí, Xavier; Nelson, C.; Serrao, C.; Ravichandran, J.; Ramesh, R.; Salahuddin, S.


    Roč. 14, č. 10 (2014), s. 5814-5819 ISSN 1530-6984 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : room-temperature negative capacitance * ferroelectrics * superlattice * epitaxial strain Subject RIV: BE - Theoretical Physics Impact factor: 13.592, year: 2014

  9. Selective electrochemical extraction of REEs from NdFeB magnet waste at room temperature

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    Venkatesan, P.; Vander Hoogerstraete, Tom; Hennebel, Tom; Binnemans, Koen; Sietsma, J.; Yang, Y.


    NdFeB magnet waste is one of the important secondary resources from which rare-earth elements (REEs) can be recovered. Herein we present an electrochemical route to selectively extract REEs from the magnet waste at room temperature. First, the magnet waste was partially leached with HCl. The

  10. Copper-catalyzed Chan-Lam coupling between sulfonyl azides and boronic acids at room temperature. (United States)

    Moon, Soo-Yeon; Nam, Jungsoo; Rathwell, Kris; Kim, Won-Suk


    A mild and efficient method for the synthesis of N-arylsulfonamides in the presence of 10 mol % of CuCl is demonstrated. The reaction proceeds readily at room temperature in an open flask using a variety of sulfonyl azides and boronic acids without any base, ligand, or additive.

  11. Structure determination of an integral membrane protein at room temperature from crystals in situ

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    Axford, Danny [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Foadi, James [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Hu, Nien-Jen; Choudhury, Hassanul Ghani [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire OX11 0FA (United Kingdom); Iwata, So [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire OX11 0FA (United Kingdom); Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Beis, Konstantinos [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire OX11 0FA (United Kingdom); Evans, Gwyndaf, E-mail: [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Alguel, Yilmaz, E-mail: [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire OX11 0FA (United Kingdom)


    The X-ray structure determination of an integral membrane protein using synchrotron diffraction data measured in situ at room temperature is demonstrated. The structure determination of an integral membrane protein using synchrotron X-ray diffraction data collected at room temperature directly in vapour-diffusion crystallization plates (in situ) is demonstrated. Exposing the crystals in situ eliminates manual sample handling and, since it is performed at room temperature, removes the complication of cryoprotection and potential structural anomalies induced by sample cryocooling. Essential to the method is the ability to limit radiation damage by recording a small amount of data per sample from many samples and subsequently assembling the resulting data sets using specialized software. The validity of this procedure is established by the structure determination of Haemophilus influenza TehA at 2.3 Å resolution. The method presented offers an effective protocol for the fast and efficient determination of membrane-protein structures at room temperature using third-generation synchrotron beamlines.

  12. Structure determination of an integral membrane protein at room temperature from crystals in situ

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    Axford, Danny; Foadi, James; Hu, Nien-Jen; Choudhury, Hassanul Ghani; Iwata, So; Beis, Konstantinos; Evans, Gwyndaf; Alguel, Yilmaz


    The X-ray structure determination of an integral membrane protein using synchrotron diffraction data measured in situ at room temperature is demonstrated. The structure determination of an integral membrane protein using synchrotron X-ray diffraction data collected at room temperature directly in vapour-diffusion crystallization plates (in situ) is demonstrated. Exposing the crystals in situ eliminates manual sample handling and, since it is performed at room temperature, removes the complication of cryoprotection and potential structural anomalies induced by sample cryocooling. Essential to the method is the ability to limit radiation damage by recording a small amount of data per sample from many samples and subsequently assembling the resulting data sets using specialized software. The validity of this procedure is established by the structure determination of Haemophilus influenza TehA at 2.3 Å resolution. The method presented offers an effective protocol for the fast and efficient determination of membrane-protein structures at room temperature using third-generation synchrotron beamlines

  13. Transistor effects and in situ STM of redox molecules at room temperature

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    Albrecht, Tim; Guckian, A; Vos, JG


    Inorganic transition metal complexes were identified as potential candidates for transistor-like behavior in an electrochemical scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) configuration at room temperature. The theoretical background has been established based on condensed matter charge transfer theory...... resolution reveal detailed information on their surface structure and scanning tunnelling spectroscopy experiments have shown clear evidence of transistor-like behavior...

  14. Transistor Effects and in situ STM of Redox Molecules at Room Temperature

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    Albrecht, T.; Guckian, A.; Ulstrup, Jens


    Inorganic transition metal complexes were identified as potential candidates for transistor-like behaviour in an electrochemical STM configuration at room temperature. The theoretical background has been established based on condensed matter charge transfer theory. It predicts a distinct increase...... into the surface structure. STS experiments are on the way to probe putative transistor-like behaviour....

  15. Achieving Room Temperature Orange Lasing Using InGaP/InAlGaP Diode Laser

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    Al-Jabr, Ahmad


    We demonstrated the first orange laser diode at room temperature with a decent total output power of ∼46mW and lasing wavelength of 608nm, using a novel strain-induced quantum well intermixing in InGaP/InAlGaP red laser structure.

  16. Human preference and acceptance of increased air velocity to offset warm sensation at increased room temperatures

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    Cattarin, Giulio; Simone, Angela; Olesen, Bjarne W.

    Previous studies have demonstrated that in summertime increased air velocities can compensate for higher room temperatures to achieve comfortable conditions. In order to increase air movement, windows opening, ceiling or desk fans can be used at the expense of relatively low energy consumption. T...

  17. Effect of room-temperature-vulcanized silicone cure in device packaging (United States)

    Wong, Ching-Ping

    This paper describes a technique for monitoring the degree of cure for room-temperature-vulcanized (RTV) silicone encapsulant systems. The method involves microdielectric measurements coupled with a time-dependent Soxhlet extraction technique. Concentrated RTV extractables recovered from Freon TA solvent are analyzed using FTIR and are further identified by GC/MS spectroscopy. As was determined by measuring the levels of extractables, cure was 90-percent complete after 16 h at room temperature. Permittivity value (dielectric constant) was found to rapidly increase (to about 2.7 from the original 2.5) during the first 30 min of room-temperature cure, with very little change afterwards. The RTV silicone was completely cured at room temperature for 3 days, with a slowly decreasing loss factor that could be detected at the very low frequency (0.01 Hz) of the measurement. Prior to the completion of the cure, unreactive OH fluids are detected in the extractables; however, when the cure is complete, only unreactive cyclics could be detected.


    An extremely simple green approach that generates bulk quantities of nanocrystals of noble metals such as silver (Ag) and palladium (Pd) using coffee and tea extract at room temperature is described. The single-pot method uses no surfactant, capping agent, and/or template. The ob...

  19. A method for electrochemical growth of homogeneous nanocrystalline ZnO thin films at room temperature

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    Pauporté, T.; Jirka, Ivan


    Roč. 54, č. 28 (2009), s. 7558-7564 ISSN 0013-4686 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA400400909 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : electrodeposition * ZnO * room temperature * photoluminiscence Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 3.325, year: 2009

  20. Room temperature Compton profiles of conduction electrons in α-Ga ...

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    Room temperature Compton profiles of momentum distribution of conduction electrons in -Ga metal are calculated in band model. For this purpose, the conduction electron wave functions are determined in a temperature-dependent non-local model potential. The profiles calculated along the crystallographic directions, ...

  1. Discrepancy of room temperature ferromagnetism in Mo-doped In2O3

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    standard value for instrument contribution to the peak broad- ening. Microstructure and chemical analysis were studied using Nova NanoLab field emission scanning microscope equipped with an electron dispersive X-ray spectrometer. (EDS). Magnetic-hysteresis loop measurements were ca- rried out at room temperature ...

  2. Propane selective oxidation on alkaline earth exchanged zeolite Y: room temperature in situ IR study

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    Xu, J.; Mojet, Barbara; van Ommen, J.G.; Lefferts, Leonardus


    The effect of zeolite Y ion-exchanged with a series of alkaline-earth cations on selective propane oxidation at room temperature was studied with in situ infrared spectroscopy. Isopropylhydroperoxide was observed as a reaction intermediate and can be decomposed into acetone and water. Contrary to

  3. Review on numerical modeling of active magnetic regenerators for room temperature applications

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    Nielsen, Kaspar Kirstein; Tusek, Jaka; Engelbrecht, Kurt


    . This paper reviews the existing numerical modeling of room temperature AMR to date. The governing equations, implementation of the magnetocaloric effect (MCE), fluid flow and magnetic field profiles, thermal conduction etc. are discussed in detail as is their impact on the AMR cycle. Flow channeling effects...

  4. Measurement of 87Rb Rydberg-state hyperfine splitting in a room-temperature vapor cell

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    Tauschinsky, A.; Newell, R.; van Linden van den Heuvell, H.B.; Spreeuw, R.J.C.


    We present direct measurements of the hyperfine splitting of Rydberg states in 87Rb using electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) spectroscopy in a room-temperature vapor cell. With this method, and in spite of Doppler broadening, linewidths of 3.7 MHz FWHM, i.e., significantly below the

  5. Two separable conformers of TATP and analogues exist at room temperature. (United States)

    Denekamp, C; Gottlieb, L; Tamiri, T; Tsoglin, A; Shilav, R; Kapon, M


    [reaction: see text] TATP gives rise to two separable conformations because the barrier for interconversion between them is relatively high at room temperature. This kind of behavior is rare in cyclic organic systems and is the result of poor overlap in the "flip-flop" transition state. The crystal structure of the analogous tricyclohexanone triperoxide also indicates the presence of two conformers.

  6. Construction of hydrophobic wood surfaces by room temperature deposition of rutile (TiO2) nanostructures (United States)

    Rongbo Zheng; Mandla A. Tshabalala; Qingyu Li; Hongyan Wang


    A convenient room temperature approach was developed for growing rutile TiO2 hierarchical structures on the wood surface by direct hydrolysis and crystallization of TiCl3 in saturated NaCl aqueous solution.The morphology and the crystal structure of TiO2 coated on the wood surface were characterized...

  7. Room temperature synthesis of crystalline Sb2S3 for SnO2 ...

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    Abstract. The preparation of crystalline antimony sulphide (Sb2S3) by chemical route at room temperature was reported in this paper. The structural, morphological and optical properties of as-synthesized sample were system- atically investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirms the orthorhombic crystal phase for ...

  8. CdO necklace like nanobeads decorated with PbS nanoparticles: Room temperature LPG sensor

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    Sonawane, N.B. [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, 425001 M.S. (India); K.A.M.P. & N.K.P. Science College, Pimpalner, Sakri, Dhule, M.S. (India); Baviskar, P.K. [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, 425001 M.S. (India); Ahire, R.R. [S.G. Patil Science, Sakri, Dhule, M.S. (India); Sankapal, B.R., E-mail: [Nano Materials and Device Laboratory, Department of Applied Physics, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, South Ambazari Road, Nagpur, 440010 M.S. (India)


    Simple chemical route has been employed to grow interconnected nanobeads of CdO having necklace like structure through air annealing of cadmium hydroxide nanowires. This nanobeads of n-CdO with high surface area has been decorated with p-PbS nanoparticles resulting in the formation of nano-heterojunction which has been utilized effectively as room temperature liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sensor. The room temperature gas response towards C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH, Cl{sub 2}, NH{sub 3}, CO{sub 2} and LPG was investigated, among which LPG exhibits significant response. The maximum gas response of 51.10% is achieved with 94.54% stability upon exposure of 1176 ppm concentration of LPG at room temperature (27 °C). The resulting parameters like gas response, response and recovery time along with stability studies has been studied and results are discussed herein. - Highlights: • Conversion of Cd(OH){sub 2} nanowires to CdO nanonecklace by air annealing at 290 °C. • Decoration of PbS nanoparticles over CdO nanobeads by SILAR method. • Formation of n-CdO/p-PbS nano-heterojunction as room temperature LPG sensor. • Maximum gas response of 51.10% with 94.54% stability.

  9. Quantum interference effects at room temperature in OPV-based single-molecule junctions

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    Arroyo Rodriguez, C.; Frisenda, R.; Moth-Poulsen, K.; Seldenthuis, J.S.; Bjornholm, T.; Van der Zant, H.S.


    Interference effects on charge transport through an individual molecule can lead to a notable modulation and suppression on its conductance. In this letter, we report the observation of quantum interference effects occurring at room temperature in single-molecule junctions based on

  10. Non-local electrical spin injection and detection in germanium at room temperature (United States)

    Rortais, F.; Vergnaud, C.; Marty, A.; Vila, L.; Attané, J.-P.; Widiez, J.; Zucchetti, C.; Bottegoni, F.; Jaffrès, H.; George, J.-M.; Jamet, M.


    Non-local carrier injection/detection schemes lie at the very foundation of information manipulation in integrated systems. This paradigm consists in controlling with an external signal the channel where charge carriers flow between a "source" and a well separated "drain." The next generation electronics may operate on the spin of carriers in addition to their charge and germanium appears as the best hosting material to develop such a platform for its compatibility with mainstream silicon technology and the predicted long electron spin lifetime at room temperature. In this letter, we demonstrate injection of pure spin currents (i.e., with no associated transport of electric charges) in germanium, combined with non-local spin detection at 10 K and room temperature. For this purpose, we used a lateral spin valve with epitaxially grown magnetic tunnel junctions as spin injector and spin detector. The non-local magnetoresistance signal is clearly visible and reaches ≈15 mΩ at room temperature. The electron spin lifetime and diffusion length are 500 ps and 1 μm, respectively, the spin injection efficiency being as high as 27%. This result paves the way for the realization of full germanium spintronic devices at room temperature.

  11. Room-temperature base-free copper-catalyzed trifluoromethylation of organotrifluoroborates to trifluoromethylarenes

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    Huang, Yuanyuan


    An efficient room temperature copper-catalyzed trifluoromethylation of organotrifluoroborates under the base free condition using an electrophilic trifluoromethylating reagent is demonstrated. The corresponding trifluoromethylarenes were obtained in good to excellent yields and the reaction tolerates a wide range of functional groups. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Room temperature Compton profiles of conduction electrons in α-Ga ...

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    B P PANDA and N C MOHAPATRA*. Department of Physics, Chikiti Mahavidyalaya, Chikiti 761 010, India. £Department of Physics, Berhampur University, Berhampur 760 007, India. Email: MS received 18 January 2003; accepted 21 June 2003. Abstract. Room temperature Compton profiles of ...

  13. How do polymerized room-temperature ionic liquid membranes plasticize during high pressure CO2 permeation?

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    Simons-Fischbein, K.; Nijmeijer, Dorothea C.; Bara, J.B.; Noble, R.D.; Wessling, Matthias


    Room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) are a class of organic solvents that have been explored as novel media for CO2 separations. Polymerized RTILs (poly(RTILs)) can be synthesized from RTIL monomers to form dense, solid gas selective membranes. It is of interest to understand the permeation

  14. Cytotoxicity associated with prolonged room temperature storage of serum and proposed methods for reduction of cytotoxicity. (United States)

    Shiraishi, Rikiya; Hirayama, Norio


    Canine serum preserved at room temperature (25°C) for longer than 24h is known to exhibit significant cytotoxicity. This phenomenon is one of the major reasons for the failure of virus neutralization tests. In this study, a method for reducing this cytotoxicity was investigated by applying several treatments to dog, cat and human serum prior to room temperature storage. Additionally, the identity of the cytotoxic factor generated during room temperature storage was investigated. Heat-inactivation at 56°C or 65°C and the addition of protease inhibitor prior to storage were found to be effective for reducing cytotoxicity in the serum. Furthermore, heat-inactivation at 65°C reduced the cytotoxicity that was induced under room temperature storage. Several protein factors in serum were suspected to play a role in the observed cytotoxicity. According to this study, the membrane-attack-complex in serum was not involved in the cytotoxicity. This study provides useful information for development and improvement of cell culture and virus neutralization tests. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Room-temperature 1.2-J Fe{sup 2+}:ZnSe laser

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    Velikanov, S D; Zaretsky, N A; Zotov, E A; Maneshkin, A A; Yutkin, I M [Russian Federal Nuclear Center ' All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics' , Sarov, Nizhnii Novgorod region (Russian Federation); Kazantsev, S Yu; Kononov, I G; Firsov, K N [A M Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation); Korostelin, Yu V; Frolov, M P [P N Lebedev Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation)


    The characteristics of a laser based on a Fe{sup 2+}:ZnSe single crystal pumped by an electric-discharge HF laser at room temperature are studied. The HF laser beam diameter on the crystal surface was 17 mm. The achieved laser energy was 1.2 J with an efficiency of ∼ 25% with respect to the pump energy. (letters)

  16. International round robin test for mechanical properties of REBCO superconductive tapes at room temperature

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    Osamura, K.; Shin, H.S.; Weiss, K.; Nyilas, A.; Nijhuis, Arend; Yamamoto, K.; Machiya, S.; Nishijima, G.


    An international round robin test was promoted to establish a test method for room temperature mechanical properties of commercial REBCO superconductive tapes. Seven laboratories practiced a tensile test under the direction of guideline REBCO13 for four different kinds of REBCO tape. From the stress

  17. Kinetics of Crystalline Iodine Dissolution in Ethanol at Room Temperature and at 60°C (United States)

    Klyubin, V. V.; Klyubina, K. A.; Makovetskaya, K. N.


    The kinetics of crystalline iodine dissolution in ethanol at room temperature and 60°C is studied using the electronic absorption spectra of iodine solutions. Dissolution is shown to proceed for more than three months. It is found that the process begins with the formation of hydroiodic acid HI and is complete with the formation of I 3 - anions.

  18. Functional relationship of room temperature and setting time of alginate impression material

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    Dyah Irnawati


    Full Text Available Background: Indonesia is a tropical country with temperature variation. A lot of dental clinics do not use air conditioner. The room temperature influences water temperature for mixing alginate impression materials. Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the functional relationship of room temperature and initial setting time of alginate impression materials. Methods: The New Kromopan® alginate (normal and fast sets were used. The initial setting time were tested at 23 (control, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 degrees Celcius room temperatures (n = 5. The initial setting time was tested based on ANSI/ADA Specification no. 18 (ISO 1563. The alginate powder was mixed with distilled water (23/50 ratio, put in the metal ring mould, and the initial setting time was measured by test rod. Data were statistically analyzed by linear regression (α = 0.05. result: The initial setting times were 149.60 ± 0.55 (control and 96.40 ± 0.89 (31° C seconds for normal set, and 122.00 ± 1.00 (control and 69.60 ± 0.55 (31° C seconds for fast set. The coefficient of determination of room temperature to initial setting time of alginate were R2 = 0.74 (normal set and R2 = 0.88 (fast set. The regression equation for normal set was Y = 257.6 – 5.5 X (p < 0.01 and fast set was Y = 237.7 – 5.6 X (p < 0.01. Conclusions: The room temperature gave high contribution and became a strength predictor for initial setting time of alginates. The share contribution to the setting time was 0.74% for normal set and 0.88% for fast set alginates.

  19. Room-temperature nine-µm-wavelength photodetectors and GHz-frequency heterodyne receivers (United States)

    Palaferri, Daniele; Todorov, Yanko; Bigioli, Azzurra; Mottaghizadeh, Alireza; Gacemi, Djamal; Calabrese, Allegra; Vasanelli, Angela; Li, Lianhe; Davies, A. Giles; Linfield, Edmund H.; Kapsalidis, Filippos; Beck, Mattias; Faist, Jérôme; Sirtori, Carlo


    Room-temperature operation is essential for any optoelectronics technology that aims to provide low-cost, compact systems for widespread applications. A recent technological advance in this direction is bolometric detection for thermal imaging, which has achieved relatively high sensitivity and video rates (about 60 hertz) at room temperature. However, owing to thermally induced dark current, room-temperature operation is still a great challenge for semiconductor photodetectors targeting the wavelength band between 8 and 12 micrometres, and all relevant applications, such as imaging, environmental remote sensing and laser-based free-space communication, have been realized at low temperatures. For these devices, high sensitivity and high speed have never been compatible with high-temperature operation. Here we show that a long-wavelength (nine micrometres) infrared quantum-well photodetector fabricated from a metamaterial made of sub-wavelength metallic resonators exhibits strongly enhanced performance with respect to the state of the art up to room temperature. This occurs because the photonic collection area of each resonator is much larger than its electrical area, thus substantially reducing the dark current of the device. Furthermore, we show that our photonic architecture overcomes intrinsic limitations of the material, such as the drop of the electronic drift velocity with temperature, which constrains conventional geometries at cryogenic operation. Finally, the reduced physical area of the device and its increased responsivity allow us to take advantage of the intrinsic high-frequency response of the quantum detector at room temperature. By mixing the frequencies of two quantum-cascade lasers on the detector, which acts as a heterodyne receiver, we have measured a high-frequency signal, above four gigahertz (GHz). Therefore, these wide-band uncooled detectors could benefit technologies such as high-speed (gigabits per second) multichannel coherent data

  20. Certification of NIST Room Temperature Low-Energy and High-Energy Charpy Verification Specimens. (United States)

    Lucon, Enrico; McCowan, Chris N; Santoyo, Ray L


    The possibility for NIST to certify Charpy reference specimens for testing at room temperature (21 °C ± 1 °C) instead of -40 °C was investigated by performing 130 room-temperature tests from five low-energy and four high-energy lots of steel on the three master Charpy machines located in Boulder, CO. The statistical analyses performed show that in most cases the variability of results (i.e., the experimental scatter) is reduced when testing at room temperature. For eight out of the nine lots considered, the observed variability was lower at 21 °C than at -40 °C. The results of this study will allow NIST to satisfy requests for room-temperature Charpy verification specimens that have been received from customers for several years: testing at 21 °C removes from the verification process the operator's skill in transferring the specimen in a timely fashion from the cooling bath to the impact position, and puts the focus back on the machine performance. For NIST, it also reduces the time and cost for certifying new verification lots. For one of the low-energy lots tested with a C-shaped hammer, we experienced two specimens jamming, which yielded unusually high values of absorbed energy. For both specimens, the signs of jamming were clearly visible. For all the low-energy lots investigated, jamming is slightly more likely to occur at 21 °C than at -40 °C, since at room temperature low-energy samples tend to remain in the test area after impact rather than exiting in the opposite direction of the pendulum swing. In the evaluation of a verification set, any jammed specimen should be removed from the analyses.

  1. Performance evaluation of ZnO–CuO hetero junction solid state room temperature ethanol sensor

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    Yu, Ming-Ru; Suyambrakasam, Gobalakrishnan; Wu, Ren-Jang; Chavali, Murthy


    Graphical abstract: Sensor response (resistance) curves of time were changed from 150 ppm to 250 ppm alcohol concentration of ZnO–CuO 1:1. The response and recovery times were measured to be 62 and 83 s, respectively. The sensing material ZnO–CuO is a high potential alcohol sensor which provides a simple, rapid and highly sensitive alcohol gas sensor operating at room temperature. Highlights: ► The main advantages of the ethanol sensor are as followings. ► Novel materials ZnO–CuO ethanol sensor. ► The optimized ZnO–CuO hetero contact system. ► A good sensor response and room working temperature (save energy). -- Abstract: A semiconductor ethanol sensor was developed using ZnO–CuO and its performance was evaluated at room temperature. Hetero-junction sensor was made of ZnO–CuO nanoparticles for sensing alcohol at room temperature. Nanoparticles were prepared by hydrothermal method and optimized with different weight ratios. Sensor characteristics were linear for the concentration range of 150–250 ppm. Composite materials of ZnO–CuO were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). ZnO–CuO (1:1) material showed maximum sensor response (S = R air /R alcohol ) of 3.32 ± 0.1 toward 200 ppm of alcohol vapor at room temperature. The response and recovery times were measured to be 62 and 83 s, respectively. The linearity R 2 of the sensor response was 0.9026. The sensing materials ZnO–CuO (1:1) provide a simple, rapid and highly sensitive alcohol gas sensor operating at room temperature.

  2. Synthetic and structural investigations of mercurous and mercuric organophosphonates and phenylarsonates

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    Padalwar, Nitin Balkrushna; Vidyasagar, Kanamaluru


    The following twelve mercurous and mercuric organophosphomates, bis/diphosphonates and phenylarsonates have been isolated and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, {sup 13}C-and {sup 31}P NMR, infrared and Raman spectroscopic methods: Hg{sub 2}(HO{sub 3}PC{sub 6}H{sub 5}){sub 2}(1), Hg{sub 2}(HO{sub 3}P(C{sub 6}H{sub 4})PO{sub 3}H)(2), Hg{sub 2}(HO{sub 3}P(C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 2}PO{sub 3}H)(3), Hg{sub 2}(HO{sub 3}P(CH{sub 2}){sub 4}PO{sub 3}H)(4), Hg{sub 2}(O{sub 3}PC{sub 6}H{sub 5})·H{sub 2}O(5), (Hg{sub 2}){sub 2}(O{sub 3}P(CH{sub 2}){sub 2}PO{sub 3})(6), (Hg{sub 2}){sub 2}(O{sub 3}P(CH{sub 2}){sub 3}PO{sub 3})(7), Hg(O{sub 3}PC{sub 6}H{sub 5})·H{sub 2}O(8), Hg(O{sub 3}PCH{sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 5})·H{sub 2}O(9), Hg(O{sub 3}AsC{sub 6}H{sub 5})·H{sub 2}O(10), Hg{sub 3}(O{sub 3}AsC{sub 6}H{sub 5}){sub 2}(HO{sub 3}AsC{sub 6}H{sub 5}){sub 2}(11) and (Hg{sub 2})Hg{sub 3}(O{sub 3}P(C{sub 6}H{sub 4})PO{sub 3}){sub 2}·2H{sub 2}O(12). Compounds 1–7 are the first examples of mercurous phosphonates and di/bisphosphonates. They contain Hg{sub 2}O{sub 6} units, which consist of Hg{sub 2}{sup 2+} cations with Hg-Hg bond of ~2.5 Å length. Phenylphosphonates 1 and 5 are layered compounds, whereas bis/diphosphonates 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 have pillared-layered and three-dimensional structures. Compounds 8–11 are layered mercuric phosphonates and phenylarsonates. Compound 12 is a three-dimensional mixed-valent mercury phenylenebisphosphonate. - Graphical abstract: The first examples of mercurous organophosphonates and organodiphosphonates have layered, pillared-layered and three-dimensional structures.

  3. Room temperature strong light-matter coupling in three dimensional terahertz meta-atoms

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    Paulillo, B., E-mail:; Manceau, J.-M., E-mail:; Colombelli, R., E-mail: [Institut d' Electronique Fondamentale, Univ. Paris Sud, UMR8622 CNRS, 91405 Orsay (France); Li, L. H.; Davies, A. G.; Linfield, E. H. [School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom)


    We demonstrate strong light-matter coupling in three dimensional terahertz meta-atoms at room temperature. The intersubband transition of semiconductor quantum wells with a parabolic energy potential is strongly coupled to the confined circuital mode of three-dimensional split-ring metal-semiconductor-metal resonators that have an extreme sub-wavelength volume (λ/10). The frequency of these lumped-element resonators is controlled by the size and shape of the external antenna, while the interaction volume remains constant. This allows the resonance frequency to be swept across the intersubband transition and the anti-crossing characteristic of the strong light-matter coupling regime to be observed. The Rabi splitting, which is twice the Rabi frequency (2Ω{sub Rabi}), amounts to 20% of the bare transition at room temperature, and it increases to 28% at low-temperature.

  4. A highly reversible room-temperature lithium metal battery based on crosslinked hairy nanoparticles.

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    Choudhury, Snehashis


    Rough electrodeposition, uncontrolled parasitic side-reactions with electrolytes and dendrite-induced short-circuits have hindered development of advanced energy storage technologies based on metallic lithium, sodium and aluminium electrodes. Solid polymer electrolytes and nanoparticle-polymer composites have shown promise as candidates to suppress lithium dendrite growth, but the challenge of simultaneously maintaining high mechanical strength and high ionic conductivity at room temperature has so far been unmet in these materials. Here we report a facile and scalable method of fabricating tough, freestanding membranes that combine the best attributes of solid polymers, nanocomposites and gel-polymer electrolytes. Hairy nanoparticles are employed as multifunctional nodes for polymer crosslinking, which produces mechanically robust membranes that are exceptionally effective in inhibiting dendrite growth in a lithium metal battery. The membranes are also reported to enable stable cycling of lithium batteries paired with conventional intercalating cathodes. Our findings appear to provide an important step towards room-temperature dendrite-free batteries.

  5. Defect controlled room temperature ferromagnetism in Co-doped barium titanate nanocrystals

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    Ray, Sugata; Kolen'ko, Yury V; Watanabe, Tomoaki; Yoshimura, Masahiro; Itoh, Mitsuru; Kovnir, Kirill A; Lebedev, Oleg I; Turner, Stuart; Erni, Rolf; Tendeloo, Gustaaf Van; Chakraborty, Tanushree


    Defect mediated high temperature ferromagnetism in oxide nanocrystallites is the central feature of this work. Here, we report the development of room temperature ferromagnetism in nanosized Co-doped barium titanate particles with a size of around 14 nm, synthesized by a solvothermal drying method. A combination of x-ray diffraction with state-of-the-art electron microscopy techniques confirms the intrinsic doping of Co into BaTiO 3 . The development of the room temperature ferromagnetism was tracked down to the different donor defects, namely hydroxyl groups at the oxygen site and oxygen vacancies and their relative concentrations at the surface and the core of the nanocrystal, which could be controlled by post-synthesis drying and thermal treatments.

  6. General incorporation of diverse components inside metal-organic framework thin films at room temperature (United States)

    Mao, Yiyin; Li, Junwei; Cao, Wei; Ying, Yulong; Hu, Pan; Liu, Yu; Sun, Luwei; Wang, Hongtao; Jin, Chuanhong; Peng, Xinsheng


    Porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) demonstrate great potential for numerous applications. Although hetero-functional components have been encapsulated within MOF crystalline particles, the uniform incorporation of functional species with different sizes, shapes and functions in MOF thin films with dual properties, especially at room temperature and without the degradation of the MOF framework, remains a significant challenge towards further enriching their functions for various purposes. Here we report a general method that can rapidly encapsulate diverse functional components, including small ions, micrometre-sized particles, inorganic nanoparticles and bioactive proteins, in MOF thin films at room temperature via a metal-hydroxide-nanostrand-assisted confinement technique. These functional component-encapsulated MOF composite thin films exhibit synergistic and size-selective catalytic, bio-electrochemical, conductive and flexible functionalities that are desirable for thin film devices, including catalytic membrane reactors, biosensors and flexible electronic devices.

  7. Simulating the room-temperature dynamic motion of a ferromagnetic vortex in a bistable potential (United States)

    Haber, E.; Badea, R.; Berezovsky, J.


    The ability to precisely and reliably control the dynamics of ferromagnetic (FM) vortices could lead to novel nonvolatile memory devices and logic gates. Intrinsic and fabricated defects in the FM material can pin vortices and complicate the dynamics. Here, we simulated switching a vortex between bistable pinning sites using magnetic field pulses. The dynamic motion was modeled with the Thiele equation for a massless, rigid vortex subject to room-temperature thermal noise. The dynamics were explored both when the system was at zero temperature and at room-temperature. The probability of switching for different pulses was calculated, and the major features are explained using the basins of attraction map of the two pinning sites.

  8. High-density magnetoresistive random access memory operating at ultralow voltage at room temperature. (United States)

    Hu, Jia-Mian; Li, Zheng; Chen, Long-Qing; Nan, Ce-Wen


    The main bottlenecks limiting the practical applications of current magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) technology are its low storage density and high writing energy consumption. Although a number of proposals have been reported for voltage-controlled memory device in recent years, none of them simultaneously satisfy the important device attributes: high storage capacity, low power consumption and room temperature operation. Here we present, using phase-field simulations, a simple and new pathway towards high-performance MRAMs that display significant improvements over existing MRAM technologies or proposed concepts. The proposed nanoscale MRAM device simultaneously exhibits ultrahigh storage capacity of up to 88 Gb inch(-2), ultralow power dissipation as low as 0.16 fJ per bit and room temperature high-speed operation below 10 ns.

  9. Surface activated room-temperature bonding in Ar gas ambient for MEMS encapsulation (United States)

    Takagi, Hideki; Kurashima, Yuichi; Takamizawa, Akifumi; Ikegami, Takeshi; Yanagimachi, Shinya


    Surface activated room-temperature bonding of Si and sapphire wafers in high-purity inert gas ambient was examined. Although surface activated bonding has been mainly performed in high vacuum, Si and sapphire wafers were successfully bonded in Ar gas ambient up to 90 kPa, which is almost atmospheric pressure. The dicing test proved that the bonding prepared in Ar gas ambient was strong enough for MEMS packaging, although the bonding strength was slightly decreased compared with that prepared in vacuum. Transmission electron microscope observation revealed that the bonding interface prepared in Ar gas ambient is almost the same as that prepared in vacuum. It means that Ar atoms in the bonding ambient do not hamper the interatomic bond formation at the bonding interface. Room-temperature bonding in gas ambient enables hermetic packaging of MEMS devices, such as inertia sensors, MEMS switches, and Cs vapor cells for MEMS atomic clocks at various pressures.

  10. Room Temperature Ferromagnetic, Anisotropic, Germanium Rich FeGe(001 Alloys

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    Cristian M. Teodorescu


    Full Text Available Ferromagnetic FexGe1−x with x = 2%–9% are obtained by Fe deposition onto Ge(001 at high temperatures (500 °C. Low energy electron diffraction (LEED investigation evidenced the preservation of the (1 × 1 surface structure of Ge(001 with Fe deposition. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS at Ge 3d and Fe 2p core levels evidenced strong Fe diffusion into the Ge substrate and formation of Ge-rich compounds, from FeGe3 to approximately FeGe2, depending on the amount of Fe deposited. Room temperature magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE evidenced ferromagnetic ordering at room temperature, with about 0.1 Bohr magnetons per Fe atom, and also a clear uniaxial magnetic anisotropy with the in-plane  easy magnetization axis. This compound is a good candidate for promising applications in the field of semiconductor spintronics.

  11. Densification and strain hardening of a metallic glass under tension at room temperature. (United States)

    Wang, Z T; Pan, J; Li, Y; Schuh, C A


    The deformation of metallic glasses involves two competing processes: a disordering process involving dilatation, free volume accumulation, and softening, and a relaxation process involving diffusional ordering and densification. For metallic glasses at room temperature and under uniaxial loading, disordering usually dominates, and the glass can fail catastrophically as the softening process runs away in a localized mode. Here we demonstrate conditions where the opposite, unexpected, situation occurs: the densifying process dominates, resulting in stable plastic deformation and work hardening at room temperature. We report densification and hardening during deformation in a Zr-based glass under multiaxial loading, in a notched tensile geometry. The effect is driven by stress-enhanced diffusional relaxation, and is attended by a reduction in exothermic heat and hardening signatures similar to those observed in the classical thermal relaxation of glasses. The result is significant, stable, plastic, extensional flow in metallic glasses, which suggest a possibility of designing tough glasses based on their flow properties.

  12. Room temperature strong coupling effects from single ZnO nanowire microcavity

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    Das, Ayan


    Strong coupling effects in a dielectric microcavity with a single ZnO nanowire embedded in it have been investigated at room temperature. A large Rabi splitting of ?100 meV is obtained from the polariton dispersion and a non-linearity in the polariton emission characteristics is observed at room temperature with a low threshold of 1.63 ?J/cm2, which corresponds to a polariton density an order of magnitude smaller than that for the Mott transition. The momentum distribution of the lower polaritons shows evidence of dynamic condensation and the absence of a relaxation bottleneck. The polariton relaxation dynamics were investigated by timeresolved measurements, which showed a progressive decrease in the polariton relaxation time with increase in polariton density. © 2012 Optical Society of America.

  13. Room temperature stable CO x -free H2production from methanol with magnesium oxide nanophotocatalysts. (United States)

    Liu, Zhengqing; Yin, Zongyou; Cox, Casandra; Bosman, Michel; Qian, Xiaofeng; Li, Na; Zhao, Hongyang; Du, Yaping; Li, Ju; Nocera, Daniel G


    Methanol, which contains 12.6 weight percent hydrogen, is a good hydrogen storage medium because it is a liquid at room temperature. However, by releasing the hydrogen, undesirable CO and/or CO 2 byproducts are formed during catalytic fuel reforming. We show that alkaline earth metal oxides, in our case MgO nanocrystals, exhibit stable photocatalytic activity for CO/CO 2 -free H 2 production from liquid methanol at room temperature. The performance of MgO nanocrystals toward methanol dehydrogenation increases with time and approaches ~320 μmol g -1 hour -1 after a 2-day photocatalytic reaction. The CO x -free H 2 production is attributed to methanol photodecomposition to formaldehyde, photocatalyzed by surface electronic states of unique monodispersed, porous MgO nanocrystals, which were synthesized with a novel facile colloidal chemical strategy. An oxygen plasma treatment allows for the removal of organic surfactants, producing MgO nanocrystals that are well dispersible in methanol.

  14. Room-temperature deposition of crystalline patterned ZnO films by confined dewetting lithography

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    Sepulveda-Guzman, S., E-mail: [Centro de Innovacion, Investigacion y Desarrollo en Ingenieria y Tecnologia. UANL, PIIT Monterrey, CP 66629, Apodaca NL (Mexico); Reeja-Jayan, B. [Texas Materials Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (United States); De la Rosa, E. [Centro de Investigacion en Optica, Loma del Bosque 115 Col. Lomas del Campestre C.P. 37150 Leon, Gto. Mexico (Mexico); Ortiz-Mendez, U. [Centro de Innovacion, Investigacion y Desarrollo en Ingenieria y Tecnologia. UANL, PIIT Monterrey, CP 66629, Apodaca NL (Mexico); Reyes-Betanzo, C. [Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica Optica y Electronica, Calle Luis Enrique Erro No. 1, Santa Maria Tonanzintla, Puebla. Apdo. Postal 51 y 216, C.P. 72000 Puebla (Mexico); Cruz-Silva, R. [Centro de Investigacion en Ingenieria y Ciencias Aplicadas, UAEM. Av. Universidad 1001, Col. Chamilpa, CP 62210 Cuernavaca, Mor. (Mexico); Jose-Yacaman, M. [Physics and Astronomy Department University of Texas at San Antonio 1604 campus San Antonio, TX 78249 (United States)


    In this work patterned ZnO films were prepared at room-temperature by deposition of {approx}5 nm size ZnO nanoparticles using confined dewetting lithography, a process which induces their assembly, by drying a drop of ZnO colloidal dispersion between a floating template and the substrate. Crystalline ZnO nanoparticles exhibit a strong visible (525 nm) light emission upon UV excitation ({lambda} = 350 nm). The resulting films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). The method described herein presents a simple and low cost method to prepare crystalline ZnO films with geometric patterns without additional annealing. Such transparent conducting films are attractive for applications like light emitting diodes (LEDs). As the process is carried out at room temperature, the patterned crystalline ZnO films can even be deposited on flexible substrates.

  15. Nickel in silicon: Room-temperature in-diffusion and interaction with radiation defects

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    Yarykin, Nikolai [Institute of Microelectronics Technology, RAS, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Weber, Joerg [Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany)


    Nickel is incorporated into silicon wafers during chemomechanical polishing in an alkaline Ni-contaminated slurry at room temperature. The nickel in-diffusion is detected by DLTS depth profiles of a novel Ni{sub 183} level, which is formed due to a reaction between the diffusing nickel and the VO centers introduced before the polishing. The Ni{sub 183} profile extends up to 10 μm after a 2 min polishing. The available data provide a lower estimate for the room-temperature nickel diffusivity D{sub Ni} > 10{sup -9} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1}. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. Defect controlled room temperature ferromagnetism in Co-doped barium titanate nanocrystals. (United States)

    Ray, Sugata; Kolen'ko, Yury V; Kovnir, Kirill A; Lebedev, Oleg I; Turner, Stuart; Chakraborty, Tanushree; Erni, Rolf; Watanabe, Tomoaki; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Yoshimura, Masahiro; Itoh, Mitsuru


    Defect mediated high temperature ferromagnetism in oxide nanocrystallites is the central feature of this work. Here, we report the development of room temperature ferromagnetism in nanosized Co-doped barium titanate particles with a size of around 14 nm, synthesized by a solvothermal drying method. A combination of x-ray diffraction with state-of-the-art electron microscopy techniques confirms the intrinsic doping of Co into BaTiO3. The development of the room temperature ferromagnetism was tracked down to the different donor defects, namely hydroxyl groups at the oxygen site (OH·(O) and oxygen vacancies (V··(O), and their relative concentrations at the surface and the core of the nanocrystal, which could be controlled by post-synthesis drying and thermal treatments.

  17. Wet chemically grown composite thin film for room temperature LPG sensor (United States)

    Birajadar, Ravikiran; Desale, Dipalee; Shaikh, Shaheed; Mahajan, Sandip; Upadhye, Deepak; Ghule, Anil; Sharma, Ramphal


    We have synthesized thin film of zinc oxide-polyaniline (ZnO/PANI) composite using a simple wet chemical approach. As-synthesized ZnO/PANI composite thin film studied using different characterization techniques. The optical study reveals the penetration and interaction of PANI molecules with ZnO thin film. Prominent blue shift in UV-vis due to interaction between ZnO and PANI indicate presence of zinc oxide in polyaniline matrix. It is observed that ZnO thin film is not sensitive to LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) at room temperature. On the other hand ZnO/PANI composite thin film shows good response and recovery behaviors at room temperature.

  18. Room temperature thin foil SLIM-cut using an epoxy paste: experimental versus theoretical results

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    Bellanger, Pierre; Serra, Joao; Bouchard, Pierre-Olivier; Bernacki, Marc


    The stress induced lift-off method (SLIM) -cut technique allows the detachment of thin silicon foils using a stress inducing layer. In this work, results of SLIM-cut foils obtained using an epoxy stress inducing layer at room temperature are presented. Numerical analyses were performed in order to study and ascertain the important experimental parameters. The experimental and simulation results are in good agreement. Indeed, large area (5 × 5 cm 2 ) foils were successfully detached at room temperature using an epoxy thickness of 900 μm and a curing temperature of 150 °C. Moreover, three foils (5 × 3 cm 2 ) with thickness 135, 121 and 110 μm were detached from the same monocrystalline substrate. Effective minority carrier lifetimes of 46, 25 and 20 μs were measured using quasi-steady-state photoconductance technique in these foils after iodine ethanol surface passivation. (paper)

  19. Room temperature self-assembly of mixed nanoparticles into photonic structures. (United States)

    Naqshbandi, Masood; Canning, John; Gibson, Brant C; Nash, Melissa M; Crossley, Maxwell J


    Manufacturing complex composites and structures using incompatible materials is central to next-generation technologies. In photonics, silica offers passivity, low loss and robustness, making it the ideal material platform for optical transport. However, these properties partly stem from the high-temperature processing conditions necessary for silica waveguide fabrication, restricting the functionalisation of waveguides to robust inorganic dopants. This means for many sensor and active device applications, large numbers of materials are excluded. These include many organic and carbon systems such as dyes and diamond. Here we propose using intermolecular forces to bind nanoparticles together at room temperature and demonstrate the room-temperature self-assembly of long microwires (length ~7 cm, width ~10 μm) with and without rhodamine B. Further we report on mixed self-assembly of silica and single-photon-emitting nitrogen-vacancy-containing diamond nanoparticles, opening up a new direction in material science.

  20. Room Temperature Magnetic Determination of the Current Center Line for the ITER TF Coils

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    Lerch, Philippe; Buzio, Marco; Negrazus, Marco; Baynham, Elwyn; Sanfilippo, Stephane; Foussat, Arnaud


    The ITER tokamak includes 18 superconducting D-shaped toroidal field (IT) coils. Unavoidable shape deformations as well as assembly errors will lead to field errors, which can be modeled with the knowledge of the current center line (CCL). Accurate survey during the entire manufacturing and assembly process, including transfer of survey points, is complex. In order to increase the level of confidence, a room temperature magnetic measurement of the CCL on assembled and closed winding packs is foreseen, prior to insertion into their cold case. In this contribution, we discuss the principle of the CCL determination and present a low frequency ac measurement system under development at PSI, within an ITER framework contract. The largest current allowed to flow in the TF coil at room temperature and the precision requirements for the determination of the CCL loci of the coil are hard boundaries. Eddy currents in the radial plates, the winding pack enclosures, and possibly from iron in the reinforced concrete floor...

  1. Physicochemical, spectroscopic and electrochemical characterization of magnesium ion-conducting, room temperature, ternary molten electrolytes (United States)

    Narayanan, N. S. Venkata; Ashok Raj, B. V.; Sampath, S.

    Room temperature, magnesium ion-conducting molten electrolytes are prepared using a combination of acetamide, urea and magnesium triflate or magnesium perchlorate. The molten liquids show high ionic conductivity, of the order of mS cm -1 at 298 K. Vibrational spectroscopic studies based on triflate/perchlorate bands reveal that the free ion concentration is higher than that of ion-pairs and aggregates in the melt. Electrochemical reversibility of magnesium deposition and dissolution is demonstrated using cyclic voltammetry and impedance studies. The transport number of Mg 2+ ion determined by means of a combination of d.c. and a.c. techniques is ∼0.40. Preliminary studies on the battery characteristics reveal good capacity for the magnesium rechargeable cell and open up the possibility of using this unique class of acetamide-based room temperature molten electrolytes in secondary magnesium batteries.

  2. Tunable Room Temperature Second Harmonic Generation in Glasses Doped with CuCI Nanocrystalline Quantum Dots

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    Thantu, Napoleon; Schley, Robert Scott; B. L. Justus


    Two-photon excited emission centered at 379-426 nm in photodarkening borosilicate glass doped with CuCl nanocrystalline quantum dots at room temperature has been observed. The emission is detected in the direction of the fundamental near-infrared beam. Time- and frequency-resolved measurements at room temperature and 77 K indicate that the emission is largely coherent light characteristic of second harmonic generation (SHG). An average conversion efficiency of ~10-10 is obtained for a 2 mm thick sample. The observed SHG can originate in the individual noncentrosymmetric nanocrystals, leading to a bulk-like contribution, and at the nanocrystal-glass interface, leading to a surface contribution. The bulk-like conversion efficiency is estimated using previously reported values of coherence length (5m) and bulk nonlinear susceptibility. This bulk-like conversion efficiency estimate is found to be smaller than the measured value, suggesting a more prominent surface contribution.

  3. Optimization of contact conditions between iron base alloys and mercury at room temperature

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    Medina-Almazan, L.; Rouchaud, J.-C.; Auger, T.; Gorse, D.


    The intimate contact or wetting of iron-base alloys by mercury is obtained at room temperature by varying the environmental conditions, quasi immediately for Armco iron and a high purity Fe-25Ni alloy, after ∼30 min of contact for the 316L/Hg couple, after one week of contact for the T91/Hg couple. Careful mechanical polishing allows for wetting the notches of CCT specimens made in T91 steel with Hg, whereas chemical etching in 4%HCl is required to wet 316L SS identical specimens. Using ICP-OES measurements, values of solubility limit are given for both Fe (45.5 ± 0.4 wt ppm) and Cr (0.56 ± 0.07 wt ppm) in mercury at room temperature, the one of nickel (2.6 ± 0.39 wt ppm) being in agreement with the literature data

  4. Optimization of contact conditions between iron base alloys and mercury at room temperature (United States)

    Medina-Almazán, L.; Rouchaud, J.-C.; Auger, T.; Gorse, D.


    The intimate contact or wetting of iron-base alloys by mercury is obtained at room temperature by varying the environmental conditions, quasi immediately for Armco iron and a high purity Fe-25Ni alloy, after ˜30 min of contact for the 316L/Hg couple, after one week of contact for the T91/Hg couple. Careful mechanical polishing allows for wetting the notches of CCT specimens made in T91 steel with Hg, whereas chemical etching in 4%HCl is required to wet 316L SS identical specimens. Using ICP-OES measurements, values of solubility limit are given for both Fe (45.5 ± 0.4 wt ppm) and Cr (0.56 ± 0.07 wt ppm) in mercury at room temperature, the one of nickel (2.6 ± 0.39 wt ppm) being in agreement with the literature data.

  5. A Two-Dimensional Manganese Gallium Nitride Surface Structure Showing Ferromagnetism at Room Temperature. (United States)

    Ma, Yingqiao; Chinchore, Abhijit V; Smith, Arthur R; Barral, María Andrea; Ferrari, Valeria


    Practical applications of semiconductor spintronic devices necessitate ferromagnetic behavior at or above room temperature. In this paper, we demonstrate a two-dimensional manganese gallium nitride surface structure (MnGaN-2D) which is atomically thin and shows ferromagnetic domain structure at room temperature as measured by spin-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. Application of small magnetic fields proves that the observed magnetic domains follow a hysteretic behavior. Two initially oppositely oriented MnGaN-2D domains are rotated into alignment with only 120 mT and remain mostly in alignment at remanence. The measurements are further supported by first-principles theoretical calculations which reveal highly spin-polarized and spin-split surface states with spin polarization of up to 95% for manganese local density of states.

  6. Heavy metal ternary halides for room-temperature x-ray and gamma-ray detection (United States)

    Liu, Zhifu; Peters, John A.; Stoumpos, Constantinos C.; Sebastian, Maria; Wessels, Bruce W.; Im, Jino; Freeman, Arthur J.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.


    We report our recent progress on wide bandgap ternary halide compounds CsPbBr3 and CsPbCl3 for room temperature x-ray and gamma-ray detectors. Their bandgaps are measured to be 2.24 eV and 2.86 eV, respectively. The measured mobility-lifetime products of CsPbBr3 are 1.7×10-3, 1.3×10-3 cm2/V, for electron and hole carriers, respectively, comparable to those of CdTe. We measured the room temperature spectral response of CsPbBr3 sample to Ag x-ray radiation. It has a well-resolved spectral response to the 22.4 keV Kα radiation peak and detector efficiency comparable to that of CdZnTe detector at 295 K.

  7. High fluence proton irradiation of GaAs detectors at room temperature and at -8 C

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    Xiao, W.J.; Albertz, D.; Braunschweig, W.; Chu, Z.; Karpinski, W.; Krais, R.; Kubicki, T.; Luebelsmeyer, K.; Rente, C.; Syben, O.; Tenbusch, F.; Toporowski, M. [Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). 1. Physikalisches Inst.


    Semi-insulating GaAs detectors processed in Aachen using Freiberger compound material with low carbon content (FCM-LC) have been irradiated with protons (23 GeV) at eleven different fluences up to 6.3 x 10{sup 14} p/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. The detectors have been characterized in terms of macroscopic quantities like I-V characteristic curves and the signal response for incident minimum ionizing particles before and after irradiation. At the temperature of -8 C three other GaAs detectors have been irradiated with protons at fluences of about 6 x 10{sup 13} p/cm{sup 2}. After the irradiation they are warmed up at room temperature. The behaviour of the detectors before and after the warming up period has been studied. (orig.). 8 refs.

  8. Ruthenium(III Chloride Catalyzed Acylation of Alcohols, Phenols, and Thiols in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids

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    Mingzhong Cai


    Full Text Available Ruthenium(III chloride-catalyzed acylation of a variety of alcohols, phenols, and thiols was achieved in high yields under mild conditions (room temperature in the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6]. The ionic liquid and ruthenium catalyst can be recycled at least 10 times. Our system not only solves the basic problem of ruthenium catalyst reuse, but also avoids the use of volatile acetonitrile as solvent.

  9. From molten salts to room temperature ionic liquids: Simulation studies on chloroaluminate systems


    Salanne, Mathieu; Siqueira, Leonardo J. A.; Seitsonen, Ari P.; Madden, Paul A.; Kirchner, Barbara


    International audience; An interaction potential including chloride anion polarization effects, constructed from first-principles calculations, is used to examine the structure and transport properties of a series of chloroaluminate melts. A particular emphasis was given to the study of the equimolar mixture of aluminium chloride with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, which forms a room temperature ionic liquid EMI-AlCl 4. The structure yielded by the classical simulations performed withi...

  10. TaS2 nanosheet-based room-temperature dosage meter for nitric oxide

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    Qiyuan He


    Full Text Available A miniature dosage meter for toxic gas is developed based on TaS2 nanosheets, which is capable of indicating the toxic dosage of trace level NO at room temperature. The TaS2 film-based chemiresistor shows an irreversible current response against the exposure of NO. The unique non-recovery characteristic makes the TaS2 film-based device an ideal indicator of total dosage of chronicle exposure.

  11. Research on CdZnTe and Other Novel Room Temperature Gamma Ray Spectrometer Materials

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    Arnold Burger; Michael gGoza; Yunlong Cui; Utpal N. Roy; M. Guo


    Room temperature gamma-ray spectrometers are being developed for a number of years for national security applications where high sensitivity, low operating power and compactness are indispensable. The technology has matured now to the point where large volume (several cubic centimeters) and high energy resolution (approximately 1% at 660 eV) of gamma photons, are becoming available for their incorporation into portable systems for remote sensing of signatures from nuclear materials.

  12. Composite properties for S-2 glass in a room-temperature-curable epoxy matrix (United States)

    Clements, L. L.; Moore, R. L.


    The authors have measured thermal and mechanical properties of several composites of S-2 glass fiber in a room-temperature-curable epoxy matrix. The filament-wound composites ranged from 50 to 70 vol% fiber. The composites had generally good to excellent mechanical properties, particularly in view of the moderate cost of the material. However, the composites showed rapid increases in transverse thermal expansion above 50 C, and this property must be carefully considered if any use above that temperature is contemplated.

  13. Towards Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Chiral Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids

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    Lísal, Martin; Chval, Z.; Storch, Jan; Izák, Pavel


    Roč. 189, SI (2014), s. 85-94 ISSN 0167-7322 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP106/12/0569; GA MŠk LH12020 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : chiral room-temperature ionic liquid * molecular dynamics simulation * non-polarizable fully flexible all-atom force field Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 2.515, year: 2014

  14. Room-temperature Cu-catalyzed N-arylation of aliphatic amines in neat water. (United States)

    Wang, Deping; Zheng, Yanwen; Yang, Min; Zhang, Fuxing; Mao, Fangfang; Yu, Jiangxi; Xia, Xiaohong


    A room-temperature and PTC-free copper-catalyzed N-arylation of aliphatic amines in neat water has been developed. Using a combination of CuI and 6,7-dihydroquinolin-8(5H)-one oxime as the catalyst and KOH as the base, a wide range of aliphatic amines are arylated with various aryl and heteroaryl halides to give the corresponding products in up to 95% yield.

  15. Establishment of a room temperature molten salt capability to measure fundamental thermodynamic properties of actinide elements

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    Smith, W.H.; Costa, D.A.


    This is the final report of a six-month, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The goal of this work was to establish a capability for the measurement of fundamental thermodynamic properties of actinide elements in room temperature molten salts. This capability will be used to study in detail the actinide chloro- and oxo- coordination chemistries that dominate in the chloride-based molten salt media. Uranium will be the first actinide element under investigation

  16. BF3/nano-γ-Al2O3 Promoted Knoevenagel Condensation at Room Temperature

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    B. F. Mirjalili


    Full Text Available The Knoevenagel condensation of aromatic aldehydes with barbituric acid, dimedone and malononitrile occurred in the presence of BF3/nano-γ-Al2O3 at room temperature in ethanol. This catalyst is characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS.

  17. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-xMg alloys processed by room temperature ECAP


    Chen, Yongjun; Chai, YC; Roven, Hans Jørgen; Subbarayan, Sapthagireesh; Yu, Yingda; Hjelen, Jarle


    Microstructure development and mechanical properties of Al–xMg alloys (x = 0, 1, 5–10 wt%), processed by ECAP at room temperature, have been investigated. The results show that the microstructures of Al–xMg alloys are refined by the interaction of shear bands and their increase in number during ECAP. The addition of magnesium to aluminum promotes the grain refinement. Misorientation increase induced by particles along grain boundaries is observed by using high resolution EBSD. As ECAP strain ...

  18. Research on cw electron accelerators using room-temperature rf structures: Annual report

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    This joint NBS-Los Alamos project of ''Research on CW Electron Accelerators Using Room-Temperature RF Structures'' began seven years ago with the goal of developing a technology base for cw electron accelerators. In this report we describe our progress during FY 1986 and present our plans for completion of the project. First, however, it is appropriate to review the past contributions of the project, describe its status, and indicate its future benefits

  19. Short communication: Stability and integrity of classical swine fever virus RNA stored at room temperature

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    Damarys Relova


    Full Text Available Worldwide cooperation between laboratories working with classical swine fever virus (CSFV requires exchange of virus isolates. For this purpose, shipment of CSFV RNA is a safe alternative to the exchange of infectious material. New techniques using desiccation have been developed to store RNA at room temperature and are reported as effective means of preserving RNA integrity. In this study, we evaluated the stability and integrity of dried CSFV RNA stored at room temperature. First, we determined the stability of CSFV RNA covering CSFV genome regions used typically for the detection of viral RNA in diagnostic samples by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR. To this end, different concentrations of in vitro-transcribed RNAs of the 5’-untranslated region and of the NS5B gene were stored as dried RNA at 4, 20, and 37oC for two months. Aliquots were analyzed every week by CSFV-specific quantitative real-time RT-PCR. Neither the RNA concentration nor the storage temperature did affect CSFV RNA yields at any of the time evaluated until the end of the experiment. Furthermore, it was possible to recover infectious CSFV after transfection of SK-6 cells with dried viral RNA stored at room temperature for one week. The full-length E2 of CSFV was amplified from all the recovered viruses, and nucleotide sequence analysis revealed 100% identity with the corresponding sequence obtained from RNA of the original material. These results show that CSFV RNA stored as dried RNA at room temperature is stable, maintaining its integrity for downstream analyses and applications.

  20. Dehydrogenation of anhydrous methanol at room temperature by o-aminophenol-based photocatalysts


    Wakizaka, Masanori; Matsumoto, Takeshi; Tanaka, Ryota; Chang, Ho-Chol


    Dehydrogenation of anhydrous methanol is of great importance, given its ubiquity as an intermediate for the production of a large number of industrial chemicals. Since dehydrogenation of methanol is an endothermic reaction, heterogeneous or homogeneous precious-metal-based catalysts and high temperatures are usually required for this reaction to proceed. Here we report the photochemical dehydrogenation of anhydrous methanol at room temperature catalysed by o-aminophenol (apH2), o-aminophenola...

  1. Strength evaluation test of pressureless-sintered silicon nitride at room temperature (United States)

    Matsusue, K.; Takahara, K.; Hashimoto, R.


    In order to study strength characteristics at room temperature and the strength evaluating method of ceramic materials, the following tests were conducted on pressureless sintered silicon nitride specimens: bending tests, the three tensile tests of rectangular plates, holed plates, and notched plates, and spin tests of centrally holed disks. The relationship between the mean strength of specimens and the effective volume of specimens are examined using Weibull's theory. The effect of surface grinding on the strength of specimens is discussed.

  2. Room-temperature electron spin amplifier based on Ga(In)NAs alloys. (United States)

    Puttisong, Yuttapoom; Buyanova, Irina A; Ptak, Aaron J; Tu, Charles W; Geelhaar, Lutz; Riechert, Henning; Chen, Weimin M


    The first experimental demonstration of a spin amplifier at room temperature is presented. An efficient, defect-enabled spin amplifier based on a non-magnetic semiconductor, Ga(In)NAs, is proposed and demonstrated, with a large spin gain (up to 2700% at zero field) for conduction electrons and a high cut-off frequency of up to 1 GHz. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. A room-temperature magnetic semiconductor from a ferromagnetic metallic glass


    Liu, Wenjian; Zhang, Hongxia; Shi, Jin-an; Wang, Zhongchang; Song, Cheng; Wang, Xiangrong; Lu, Siyuan; Zhou, Xiangjun; Gu, Lin; Louzguine-Luzgin, Dmitri V.; Chen, Mingwei; Yao, Kefu; Chen, Na


    Emerging for future spintronic/electronic applications, magnetic semiconductors have stimulated intense interest due to their promises for new functionalities and device concepts. So far, the so-called diluted magnetic semiconductors attract many attentions, yet it remains challenging to increase their Curie temperatures above room temperature, particularly those based on III?V semiconductors. In contrast to the concept of doping magnetic elements into conventional semiconductors to make dilu...

  4. Room temperature femtosecond X-ray diffraction of photosystem II microcrystals (United States)

    Kern, Jan; Alonso-Mori, Roberto; Hellmich, Julia; Tran, Rosalie; Hattne, Johan; Laksmono, Hartawan; Glöckner, Carina; Echols, Nathaniel; Sierra, Raymond G.; Sellberg, Jonas; Lassalle-Kaiser, Benedikt; Gildea, Richard J.; Glatzel, Pieter; Grosse-Kunstleve, Ralf W.; Latimer, Matthew J.; McQueen, Trevor A.; DiFiore, Dörte; Fry, Alan R.; Messerschmidt, Marc; Miahnahri, Alan; Schafer, Donald W.; Seibert, M. Marvin; Sokaras, Dimosthenis; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Zwart, Petrus H.; White, William E.; Adams, Paul D.; Bogan, Michael J.; Boutet, Sébastien; Williams, Garth J.; Messinger, Johannes; Sauter, Nicholas K.; Zouni, Athina; Bergmann, Uwe; Yano, Junko; Yachandra, Vittal K.


    Most of the dioxygen on earth is generated by the oxidation of water by photosystem II (PS II) using light from the sun. This light-driven, four-photon reaction is catalyzed by the Mn4CaO5 cluster located at the lumenal side of PS II. Various X-ray studies have been carried out at cryogenic temperatures to understand the intermediate steps involved in the water oxidation mechanism. However, the necessity for collecting data at room temperature, especially for studying the transient steps during the O–O bond formation, requires the development of new methodologies. In this paper we report room temperature X-ray diffraction data of PS II microcrystals obtained using ultrashort (< 50 fs) 9 keV X-ray pulses from a hard X-ray free electron laser, namely the Linac Coherent Light Source. The results presented here demonstrate that the ”probe before destroy” approach using an X-ray free electron laser works even for the highly-sensitive Mn4CaO5 cluster in PS II at room temperature. We show that these data are comparable to those obtained in synchrotron radiation studies as seen by the similarities in the overall structure of the helices, the protein subunits and the location of the various cofactors. This work is, therefore, an important step toward future studies for resolving the structure of the Mn4CaO5 cluster without any damage at room temperature, and of the reaction intermediates of PS II during O–O bond formation. PMID:22665786

  5. Conformational variation of proteins at room temperature is not dominated by radiation damage

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    Russi, Silvia; González, Ana; Kenner, Lillian R.; Keedy, Daniel A.; Fraser, James S.; Bedem, Henry van den


    Protein crystallography data collection at synchrotrons is routinely carried out at cryogenic temperatures to mitigate radiation damage. Although damage still takes place at 100 K and below, the immobilization of free radicals increases the lifetime of the crystals by approximately 100-fold. Recent studies have shown that flash-cooling decreases the heterogeneity of the conformational ensemble and can hide important functional mechanisms from observation. These discoveries have motivated increasing numbers of experiments to be carried out at room temperature. However, the trade-offs between increased risk of radiation damage and increased observation of alternative conformations at room temperature relative to cryogenic temperature have not been examined. A considerable amount of effort has previously been spent studying radiation damage at cryo-temperatures, but the relevance of these studies to room temperature diffraction is not well understood. Here, the effects of radiation damage on the conformational landscapes of three different proteins (T. danielli thaumatin, hen egg-white lysozyme and human cyclophilin A) at room (278 K) and cryogenic (100 K) temperatures are investigated. Increasingly damaged datasets were collected at each temperature, up to a maximum dose of the order of 10 7 Gy at 100 K and 10 5 Gy at 278 K. Although it was not possible to discern a clear trend between damage and multiple conformations at either temperature, it was observed that disorder, monitored by B-factor-dependent crystallographic order parameters, increased with higher absorbed dose for the three proteins at 100 K. At 278 K, however, the total increase in this disorder was only statistically significant for thaumatin. A correlation between specific radiation damage affecting side chains and the amount of disorder was not observed. Lastly, this analysis suggests that elevated conformational heterogeneity in crystal structures at room temperature is observed despite radiation

  6. Neutron in-beam Moessbauer spectroscopic study of iron disulfide at room temperature

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    Kubo, M. K. [International Christian University, College of Liberal Arts (Japan); Kobayashi, Y., E-mail: [RIKEN (Japan); Nonaka, H.; Yamada, Y. [Science University of Tokyo, Department of Chemistry (Japan); Sakai, Y. [Daido Institute of Technology (Japan); Shoji, H. [Tokyo Metropolitan University, Graduate School of Science (Japan); Matsue, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (Japan)


    An in-beam emission Moessbauer spectrum of {sup 57}Fe arising from the {sup 56}Fe(n, {gamma}) {sup 57}Fe reaction in iron disulfide at room temperature was measured with a parallel plate avalanche counter. It was clearly observed that the nuclear reaction and the following process lead to the production of a new chemical species of iron different from the parent compound.

  7. Materials for spintronic: Room temperature ferromagnetism in Zn-Mn-O interfaces

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    Quesada, A.; Garcia, M.A.; Crespo, P.; Hernando, A.


    In this paper we study the room temperature ferromagnetism reported on Mn-doped ZnO and ascribed to spin polarization of conduction electrons. We experimentally show that the ferromagnetic behaviour is associated to the coexistence of Mn 3+ and Mn +4 in MnO 2 grains where diffusion of Zn promotes the Mn 4+→ Mn 3+ reduction. Potential uses of this material in spintronic devices are analysed

  8. Ultrasonic acoustic levitation for fast frame rate X-ray protein crystallography at room temperature


    Tsujino, Soichiro; Tomizaki, Takashi


    Increasing the data acquisition rate of X-ray diffraction images for macromolecular crystals at room temperature at synchrotrons has the potential to significantly accelerate both structural analysis of biomolecules and structure-based drug developments. Using lysozyme model crystals, we demonstrated the rapid acquisition of X-ray diffraction datasets by combining a high frame rate pixel array detector with ultrasonic acoustic levitation of protein crystals in liquid droplets. The rapid spinn...

  9. Low radiation level detection with room temperature InAs detector (United States)

    Makai, Janos P.; Makai, Tamas


    Recently, room temperature or near room temperature InAs detectors are widely used in laser warning receivers, process control monitors, temperature sensors, etc. requiring linear operation over many decades of the sensitivity range. The linearity of zero biased Si, InGaAs and Ge detectors is thoroughly discussed in the literature, contrary to InAs detectors. In an earlier work of the authors it has been demonstrated that applying a bootstrap circuit to a Ge detector - depending on the frequency of the operation - will virtually increase the shunt resistance of the detector by 3-6 decades compared to the detector alone. In the present work, a similar circuitry was applied to a room temperature InAs detector, the differences between the bootstrapped Ge and bootstrapped InAs detector are underlined. It is shown, how the bootstrap circuit channels the photogenerated current to the feedback impedance decreasing with many decades the detectable low level limit of the detector - I/V converter unit. The linearity improvement results are discussed as a function of the chopping frequency, calculated and measured values are compared, the noise sources are analyzed and noise measurement results are presented.

  10. The Room-Temperature Chemiresistive Properties of Potassium Titanate Whiskers versus Organic Vapors

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    Alexey S. Varezhnikov


    Full Text Available The development of portable gas-sensing units implies a special care of their power efficiency, which is often approached by operation at room temperature. This issue primarily appeals to a choice of suitable materials whose functional properties are sensitive toward gas vapors at these conditions. While the gas sensitivity is nowadays advanced by employing the materials at nano-dimensional domain, the room temperature operation might be targeted via the application of layered solid-state electrolytes, like titanates. Here, we report gas-sensitive properties of potassium titanate whiskers, which are placed over a multielectrode chip by drop casting from suspension to yield a matrix mono-layer of varied density. The material synthesis conditions are straightforward both to get stable single-crystalline quasi-one-dimensional whiskers with a great extent of potassium replacement and to favor the increase of specific surface area of the structures. The whisker layer is found to be sensitive towards volatile organic compounds (ethanol, isopropanol, acetone in the mixture with air at room temperature. The vapor identification is obtained via processing the vector signal generated by sensor array of the multielectrode chip with the help of pattern recognition algorithms.

  11. Large low-field magnetoresistance of Fe3O4 nanocrystal at room temperature

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    Mi, Shu; Liu, Rui; Li, Yuanyuan; Xie, Yong; Chen, Ziyu


    Superparamagnetic magnetite (Fe 3 O 4 ) nanoparticles with an average size of 6.5 nm and good monodispersion were synthesized and investigated by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectrometer, transmission electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. Corresponding low-field magnetoresistance (LFMR) was tested by physical property measurement system. A quite high LFMR has been observed at room temperature. For examples, at a field of 3000 Oe, the LFMR is −3.5%, and when the field increases to 6000 Oe, the LFMR is up to −5.1%. The electron spin polarization was estimated at 25%. This result is superior to the previous reports showing the LFMR of no more than 2% at room temperature. The conduction mechanism is proposed to be the tunneling of conduction electrons between adjacent grains considering that the monodisperse nanocrystals may supply more grain boundaries increasing the tunneling probability, and consequently enhancing the overall magnetoresistance. - Highlights: • Superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles with small size were synthesized. • A quite high LFMR has been observed at room temperature. • The more grain boundaries increase the tunneling probability and enlarge the MR. • The fast response of the sample increase the MR at a low field.

  12. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Reproducible room temperature giant magnetocaloric effect in Fe-Rh (United States)

    Manekar, Meghmalhar; Roy, S. B.


    We present the results of magnetocaloric effect (MCE) studies in polycrystalline Fe-Rh alloy over a temperature range of 250-345 K across the first order antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic transition. By measuring the MCE under various thermomagnetic histories, contrary to the long held belief, we show here explicitly that the giant MCE in Fe-Rh near room temperature does not vanish after the first field cycle. In spite of the fact that the virgin magnetization curve is lost after the first field cycle near room temperature, reproducibility in the MCE under multiple field cycles can be achieved by properly choosing a combination of isothermal and adiabatic field variation cycles in the field-temperature phase space. This reproducible MCE leads to a large effective refrigerant capacity of 324.42 J kg-1, which is larger than that of the well-known magnetocaloric material Gd5Si2Ge2. This information could be important as Fe-Rh has the advantage of having a working temperature of around 300 K, which can be used for room temperature magnetic refrigeration.

  13. Microbiological viability of bovine amniotic membrane stored in glycerin 99% at room temperature for 48 months

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    Kelly Cristine de Sousa Pontes

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The medium for storing biological tissues is of great importance for their optimal use in surgery. Glycerin has been proven efficient for storing diverse tissues for prolonged time, but the preservation of the bovine amniotic membrane in glycerin 99% at room temperature has never been evaluated to be used safely in surgical procedures. This study evaluated the preservation of 80 bovine amniotic membrane samples stored in glycerin 99% at room temperature. The samples were randomly divided evenly into four groups. Samples were microbiologically tested after 1, 6, 12 and 48 months of storage. The presence of bacteria and fungi in the samples was evaluated by inoculation on blood agar and incubation at 37 ºC for 48 hours and on Sabouraud agar at 25 ºC for 5 to 10 days. No fungal or bacterial growth was detected in any of the samples. It was concluded that glycerin is an efficient medium, regarding microbiology, for preserving pre-prepared bovine amniotic membrane, keeping the tissue free of microorganisms that grow in the media up to 48 months at room temperature.

  14. Influence of pre-measurement thermal treatment on OSL of synthetic quartz measured at room temperature

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    Kale, Y.D.; Gandhi, Y.H.


    Much effort has been made to study the influence of pre-measurement thermal treatment and ionizing radiation on quartz specimens owing to its use in a large number of applications. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) being a structured and sensitive phenomenon promises to correlate the responsible color center and luminescence emission. OSL studies on quartz with such conditions can reveal many significant results. The aim of the present investigation is to understand the effect of annealing temperature on OSL characteristics of synthetic quartz recorded at room temperature. At identical annealing duration and β-dose, the shape of OSL decay curve remains non-exponential; when specimens annealed at lower temperature (∼400 deg. C). The shape of decay curve changes to exponential in nature along with rise in OSL intensity when the specimen was given higher temperature of annealing (>400 deg. C). The effects of such protocol on pattern of OSL sensitivity as well as area under the OSL decay curve are also presented here. The presence of shallow traps, when OSL decay curve was recorded at room temperature seems to be responsible for the changes in OSL pattern. The influence of shallow traps is attributed to non-exponential decay of OSL recorded at room temperature

  15. Magneto-transport properties of magnetic tunnelling transistors at low and room temperatures

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    Quang, H D; Huu, C X; Oh, S K; Dang, V S; Sinh, N H; Yu, S C


    Si(100)/CoFe/AlO x /CoFe/FeMn/Cu/Ta magnetic tunnelling transistors (MTTs) with differing base thicknesses (W) were investigated. The magneto-transport properties of the MTTs were measured at 77 K and room temperature (RT). We obtained magneto-current ratios of 48.3% and 55.9% for emitter-base bias voltages of 1.45 and 2.0 V, respectively, at 77 K. The transfer ratios are 2.83 x 10 -5 and 1.52 x 10 -4 , respectively, corresponding to bias voltages of 1.45 and 2.0 V. Moreover, the highest tunnel magneto-resistance (TMR) ratios turned out to be 12% and 20% for a base thickness of 30 A at RT and 77 K, respectively. These properties raise not only some fundamental questions regarding the phenomenon of spin-independent tunnelling at low and room temperatures, but also show some promising aspect for magneto-electronic applications. In addition, we attempted to elucidate the reason behind the outstanding TMR effect at low and room temperatures. Finally, the origin of the decrease in the mean free path asymmetry (λ↑/λ↓) was clarified by using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy profile analysis of the elements existing in the interface between Si and the CoFe base (Co, Fe, Al, Si, O)

  16. Thermoelectric Power Generation from Lanthanum Strontium Titanium Oxide at Room Temperature through the Addition of Graphene. (United States)

    Lin, Yue; Norman, Colin; Srivastava, Deepanshu; Azough, Feridoon; Wang, Li; Robbins, Mark; Simpson, Kevin; Freer, Robert; Kinloch, Ian A


    The applications of strontium titanium oxide based thermoelectric materials are currently limited by their high operating temperatures of >700 °C. Herein, we show that the thermal operating window of lanthanum strontium titanium oxide (LSTO) can be reduced to room temperature by the addition of a small amount of graphene. This increase in operating performance will enable future applications such as generators in vehicles and other sectors. The LSTO composites incorporated one percent or less of graphene and were sintered under an argon/hydrogen atmosphere. The resultant materials were reduced and possessed a multiphase structure with nanosized grains. The thermal conductivity of the nanocomposites decreased upon the addition of graphene, whereas the electrical conductivity and power factor both increased significantly. These factors, together with a moderate Seebeck coefficient, meant that a high power factor of ∼2500 μWm(-1)K(-2) was reached at room temperature at a loading of 0.6 wt % graphene. The highest thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) was achieved when 0.6 wt % graphene was added (ZT = 0.42 at room temperature and 0.36 at 750 °C), with >280% enhancement compared to that of pure LSTO. A preliminary 7-couple device was produced using bismuth strontium cobalt oxide/graphene-LSTO pucks. This device had a Seebeck coefficient of ∼1500 μV/K and an open voltage of 600 mV at a mean temperature of 219 °C.

  17. Ageing-assisted room temperature synthesis of La2Mo2O9 powders

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    Li, Bao-rang; Tan, Hong; Zhang, De-long; Zhang, Nai-qiang


    Without any templates, hollow structured La 2 Mo 2 O 9 particles are successfully prepared at room temperature by an ageing-assisted salt solvent process. Powder X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy are used to investigate structure and morphologies of the obtained products. It is found that the ageing process has a significant influence on the particle morphology evolution when the mixed precursors are disposed at room temperature. With the ageing time changed from one week to 12 weeks, the particles morphologies evolve gradually from ellipsoid to sphere. The as-prepared hollow structured La 2 Mo 2 O 9 spheres have an average diameter of about 800 nm and shell thickness of about 100 nm. For elucidating the possible formation mechanism, the influences of the single salt on the particles morphologies evolution are also investigated. The final results indicate KCl is a key factor for formation of La 2 Mo 2 O 9 spheres and the formation of the hollow structure should have close relations with the surface tension in the ageing assisted process. - Highlights: • Ageing-assisted salt solvent process was designed to prepare La 2 Mo 2 O 9 . • Hollow structured La 2 Mo 2 O 9 micro-spheres are synthesized at room temperature for the first time. • The possible formation mechanism was discussed.

  18. Room Temperature Gas Sensing of Two-Dimensional Titanium Carbide (MXene). (United States)

    Lee, Eunji; VahidMohammadi, Armin; Prorok, Barton C; Yoon, Young Soo; Beidaghi, Majid; Kim, Dong-Joo


    Wearable gas sensors have received lots of attention for diagnostic and monitoring applications, and two-dimensional (2D) materials can provide a promising platform for fabricating gas sensors that can operate at room temperature. In the present study, the room temperature gas-sensing performance of Ti 3 C 2 T x nanosheets was investigated. 2D Ti 3 C 2 T x (MXene) sheets were synthesized by removal of Al atoms from Ti 3 AlC 2 (MAX phases) and were integrated on flexible polyimide platforms with a simple solution casting method. The Ti 3 C 2 T x sensors successfully measured ethanol, methanol, acetone, and ammonia gas at room temperature and showed a p-type sensing behavior. The fabricated sensors showed their highest and lowest response toward ammonia and acetone gas, respectively. The limit of detection of acetone gas was theoretically calculated to be about 9.27 ppm, presenting better performance compared to other 2D material-based sensors. The sensing mechanism was proposed in terms of the interactions between the majority charge carriers of Ti 3 C 2 T x and gas species.

  19. Evidence for room temperature delignification of wood using hydrogen peroxide and manganese acetate as a catalyst. (United States)

    Lucas, Marcel; Hanson, Susan K; Wagner, Gregory L; Kimball, David B; Rector, Kirk D


    Manganese acetate was found to catalyze the oxidative delignification of wood with hydrogen peroxide at room temperature. The delignification reaction was monitored by optical and Raman microscopy, and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. When exposed to H(2)O(2) and Mn(OAc)(3) in aqueous solution, poplar wood sections were converted into a fine powder-like material which consisted of individual wood cells within 4 days at room temperature and without agitation. Optical and Raman microscopy provided the spatial distribution of cellulose and lignin in the wood structure, and showed the preferential oxidation of lignin-rich middle lamellae. Raman spectra from the solid residue revealed a delignified and cellulose-rich material. Glucose yields following enzymatic hydrolysis were 20-40% higher in poplar sawdust pretreated with Mn(OAc)(3) for 2, 4, and 7 days at room temperature than those in sawdust exposed to water only for identical durations, suggesting the viability of this mild, inexpensive method for pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Origin of Ferrimagnetism and Ferroelectricity in Room-Temperature Multiferroic ɛ -Fe2O3 (United States)

    Xu, K.; Feng, J. S.; Liu, Z. P.; Xiang, H. J.


    Exploring and identifying room-temperature multiferroics is critical for developing better nonvolatile random-access memory devices. Recently, ɛ -Fe2O3 was found to be a promising room-temperature multiferroic with a large polarization and magnetization. However, the origin of the multiferroicity in ɛ -Fe2O3 is still puzzling. In this work, we perform density-functional-theory calculations to reveal that the spin frustration between tetrahedral-site Fe3 + spins gives rise to the unexpected ferrimagnetism. For the ferroelectricity, we identify a low-energy polarization switching path with an energy barrier of 85 meV /f .u . by performing a stochastic surface walking simulation. The switching of the ferroelectric polarization is achieved by swapping the tetrahedral Fe ion with the octahedral Fe ion, different from the usual case (e.g., in BaTiO3 and BiFeO3 ) where the coordination number remains unchanged after the switching. Our results not only confirm that ɛ -Fe2O3 is a promising room-temperature multiferroic but also provide guiding principles to design high-performance multiferroics.

  1. Corrosion rate of copper in aqueous lithium bromide concentrated solutions at room temperature by immersion tests

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    Munoz-Portero, M.J.; Garcia-Anton, J.; Guinon-Segura, J.L.; Perez-Herranz, V. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica y Nuclear, E.T.S.I. Industriales, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, P.O. Box 22012, E-46071 Valencia (Spain)


    Concentrated solutions of lithium bromide (LiBr) are widely used in absorption refrigeration and heating systems. However, LiBr solutions can cause serious corrosion problems in structural materials (copper, steels, and other metals) in an absorption plant. The aim of the present work was the study of the corrosion rate of copper in 400 and 700 g/L (4.61 and 8.06 M) LiBr solutions pre-nitrogenous or pre-oxygenated at room temperature by immersion tests. The corroded copper concentration was determined with two techniques: weight-loss method and polarographic method. The corrosion curves of copper in LiBr solutions at room temperature as a function of the exposure time showed a similar tendency, and were fitted to a power function such as: C = kt{sup b}, where C was the corroded copper quantity per unit area (mg/cm{sup 2}), t was the exposure time (h), k was the corrosion coefficient, and b was the time exponent. From the corrosion coefficient values (k) it was deduced that the corrosion rate of copper in LiBr solutions at room temperature followed the order: 400 g/L (bubble of O{sub 2}) > 400 g/L (bubble of N{sub 2}) > 700 g/L (bubble of O{sub 2}) > 700 g/L (bubble of N{sub 2}). (authors)

  2. Effects of β-, γ-radiolysis on cesium iodide solutions in contact with simulated silver metal aerosol

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    Furrer, M.; Gloor, T.


    While silver-free, air saturated cesium iodide solutions (1 mMole CsI/l, pH 7) are rather stable even in a strong radiation field (Co-60; 0.5 Mrad/h; 30 0 C), the addition of silver metal as 2 μ-particles produces significant changes. Even without irradiation and in total darkness, more than half of the cesium iodide is converted to silver iodide within 10 hours at room temperature. The described β-, γ-field accelerates silver iodide formation by a factor of roughly three. In all these experiments, a steady state fraction of elemental iodine of typically 0.4% with 0.1% as an absolute minimum is encountered. This steady state concentration of a volatile iodine species so far lacks a theoretical explanation. (author)

  3. Studies of selected transuranium and lanthanide tri-iodides under pressure using absorption spectrophotometry

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    Haire, R.G.; Young, J.P.; Peterson, J.R.; Tennessee Univ., Knoxville; Benedict, U.


    The anhydrous tri-iodides of plutonium, americium and curium under pressure have been investigated using absorption spectrophotometry. These initial studies on plutonium and curium tri-iodides together with the published data for americium tri-iodide show that the rhombohedral form of these compounds (BiI 3 -type structure) can be converted to the orthorhombic form (PuBr 3 -type structure) by applying pressure at room temperature. Absorption spectrophotometry can often differentiate between two crystallographic forms of a material and has been used in the present high-pressure studies to monitor the effects of pressure on the tri-iodides. A complication in these studies of the tri-iodides is a significant shift of their absorption edges with pressure from the near UV to the visible spectral region. With curium tri-iodide this shift causes interference with the major f-f absorption peaks and precludes identification by absorption spectrophotometry of the high pressure phase of CmI 3 . (orig.)

  4. Low-magnetic field, room-temperature colossal magnetoresistance in manganite thin films (United States)

    Robson, Marcia Christine

    The manganese (Mn) based perovskite oxide materials (manganites), of the chemical form T1--xDxMnO3, display a large magnetic field induced decrease in their resistivity, termed colossal magnetoresistance. Typically, colossal magnetoresistance in the manganite samples is observed at low temperatures and high magnetic fields (>1 Tesla). However, an enhanced magnetoresistance at low magnetic fields and room temperature in these manganite samples would be technologically useful. In an effort to characterize this low magnetic field, room temperature magnetoresistance, the role of several different physical parameters has been explored in this thesis. These physical parameters include lattice mismatch strain, which originates from the epitaxial growth of single layer manganite thin films, the application of different radiation probes, such as microwave radiation, and the introduction of artificial grain boundaries in the form of interfaces in manganite multilayers. Lattice mismatch strain originates from the difference in the lattice constants of the manganite thin film and the crystalline substrate. The nature of the effect of the lattice mismatch strain on these transport properties for La0.7Ba0.3MnO3 thin films has been studied by varying the degree of lattice mismatch strain in the thin film. Variation of the lattice mismatch strain was achieved by varying the thickness of the manganite thin films, by annealing the manganite thin films in oxygen, and by buffering the manganite films with a lattice matched buffer layer. Each of these approaches relaxed the lattice mismatch strain, resulting in an increase of the low magnetic field, room temperature magnetoresistance. Microwave radiation probes determine the magnetic homogeneity of the manganite thin films and the effect of this magnetic homogeneity on the low magnetic field, room temperature magnetoresistance. La0.7Ba 0.3MnO3 thin films showed no gross magnetic homogeneitiese. The magnetic homogeneity increased in the

  5. One-Dimensional Vanadium Dioxide Nanostructures for Room Temperature Hydrogen Sensors

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    Aline Simo


    Full Text Available In relation to hydrogen (H2 economy in general and gas sensing in particular, an extensive set of one dimensional (1-D nano-scaled oxide materials are being investigated as ideal candidates for potential gas sensing applications. This is correlated to their set of singular surface characteristics, shape anisotropy and readiness for integrated devices. Nanostructures of well- established gas sensing materials such as Tin Oxide (SnO2, Zinc Oxide (ZnO, Indium (III Oxide (In2O3, and Tungsten Trioxide (WO3 have shown higher sensitivity and gas selectivity, quicker response, faster time recovery, as well as an enhanced capability to detect gases at low concentrations. While the overall sensing characteristics of these so called 1-D nanomaterials are superior, they are efficient at high temperature; generally above 200 0C. This operational impediment results in device complexities in integration that limit their technological applications, specifically in their miniaturized arrangements. Unfortunately, for room temperature applications, there is a necessity to dope the above mentioned nano-scaled oxides with noble metals such as Platinum (Pt, Palladium (Pd, Gold (Au, Ruthenium (Ru. This comes at a cost. This communication reports, for the first time, on the room temperature enhanced H2 sensing properties of a specific phase of pure Vanadium Dioxide (VO2 phase A in their nanobelt form. The relatively observed large H2 room temperature sensing in this Mott type specific oxide seems to reach values as low as 14 ppm H2 which makes it an ideal gas sensing in H2 fuelled systems.

  6. Integrated Interface Strategy toward Room Temperature Solid-State Lithium Batteries. (United States)

    Ju, Jiangwei; Wang, Yantao; Chen, Bingbing; Ma, Jun; Dong, Shanmu; Chai, Jingchao; Qu, Hongtao; Cui, Longfei; Wu, Xiuxiu; Cui, Guanglei


    Solid-state lithium batteries have drawn wide attention to address the safety issues of power batteries. However, the development of solid-state lithium batteries is substantially limited by the poor electrochemical performances originating from the rigid interface between solid electrodes and solid-state electrolytes. In this work, a composite of poly(vinyl carbonate) and Li 10 SnP 2 S 12 solid-state electrolyte is fabricated successfully via in situ polymerization to improve the rigid interface issues. The composite electrolyte presents a considerable room temperature conductivity of 0.2 mS cm -1 , an electrochemical window exceeding 4.5 V, and a Li + transport number of 0.6. It is demonstrated that solid-state lithium metal battery of LiFe 0.2 Mn 0.8 PO 4 (LFMP)/composite electrolyte/Li can deliver a high capacity of 130 mA h g -1 with considerable capacity retention of 88% and Coulombic efficiency of exceeding 99% after 140 cycles at the rate of 0.5 C at room temperature. The superior electrochemical performance can be ascribed to the good compatibility of the composite electrolyte with Li metal and the integrated compatible interface between solid electrodes and the composite electrolyte engineered by in situ polymerization, which leads to a significant interfacial impedance decrease from 1292 to 213 Ω cm 2 in solid-state Li-Li symmetrical cells. This work provides vital reference for improving the interface compatibility for room temperature solid-state lithium batteries.

  7. Room Temperature Stable PspA-Based Nanovaccine Induces Protective Immunity

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    Danielle A. Wagner-Muñiz


    Full Text Available Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major causative agent of pneumonia, a debilitating disease particularly in young and elderly populations, and is the leading worldwide cause of death in children under the age of five. While there are existing vaccines against S. pneumoniae, none are protective across all serotypes. Pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA, a key virulence factor of S. pneumoniae, is an antigen that may be incorporated into future vaccines to address the immunological challenges presented by the diversity of capsular antigens. PspA has been shown to be immunogenic and capable of initiating a humoral immune response that is reactive across approximately 94% of pneumococcal strains. Biodegradable polyanhydrides have been studied as a nanoparticle-based vaccine (i.e., nanovaccine platform to stabilize labile proteins, to provide adjuvanticity, and enhance patient compliance by providing protective immunity in a single dose. In this study, we designed a room temperature stable PspA-based polyanhydride nanovaccine that eliminated the need for a free protein component (i.e., 100% encapsulated within the nanoparticles. Mice were immunized once with the lead nanovaccine and upon challenge, presented significantly higher survival rates than animals immunized with soluble protein alone, even with a 25-fold reduction in protein dose. This lead nanovaccine formulation performed similarly to protein adjuvanted with Alum, however, with much less tissue reactogenicity at the site of immunization. By eliminating the free PspA from the nanovaccine formulation, the lead nanovaccine was efficacious after being stored dry for 60 days at room temperature, breaking the need for maintaining the cold chain. Altogether, this study demonstrated that a single dose PspA-based nanovaccine against S. pneumoniae induced protective immunity and provided thermal stability when stored at room temperature for at least 60 days.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and performance of zinc ferrite nanorods for room temperature sensing applications

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    Singh, Archana; Singh, Ajendra [Macromolecular Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Lucknow, Lucknow 226007, U.P. (India); Singh, Satyendra, E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of Allahabad, Allahabad 211002, U.P. (India); Tandon, Poonam [Macromolecular Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Lucknow, Lucknow 226007, U.P. (India); Yadav, B.C. [Department of Applied Physics, School for Physical Sciences, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow 226025, U.P. (India); Yadav, R.R. [Department of Physics, University of Allahabad, Allahabad 211002, U.P. (India)


    Highlights: • Fabrication of zinc ferrite thin film LPG and CO{sub 2} gas sensors. • Morphological growth of nanorods. • Significant advancement towards the fabrication of a reliable LPG sensor. • A new pathway to produce nanorods as sensorial material. - Abstract: In the present communication, nanorods of zinc ferrite was synthesized and fabricated by employing sol–gel spin coating process. The synthesized material was characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, acoustic particle sizer, atomic force microscopy, UV–visible absorption and infrared spectroscopic techniques. Thermal properties were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry. The XRD reveals cubic spinel structure with minimum crystallite size 10 nm. SEM image of the film shows porous surface morphology with uniform distribution of nanorods. The band gap of the zinc ferrite nanorods was found 3.80 eV using the Tauc plot. ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} shows weak super paramagnetic behavior at room temperature investigated using the vibrating sample magnetometer. Further, the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and carbon dioxide gas (CO{sub 2}) sensing properties of the fabricated film were investigated at room temperature (25 °C). More variations in electrical resistance were observed for LPG in comparison to CO{sub 2} gas. The parameters such as lattice constant, X-ray density, porosity and specific surface area were also calculated for the better understanding of the observed gas sensing properties. High sensitivity and percentage sensor response, small response and recovery times, good reproducibility and stability characterized the fabricated sensor for the detection of LPG at room temperature.

  9. Structural characterization of sputtered indium oxide films deposited at room temperature

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    Hotovy, I., E-mail: ivan.hotovy@stuba.s [Department of Microelectronics, Slovak University of Technology, Ilkovicova 3, 812 19 Bratislava (Slovakia); Pezoldt, J. [FG Nanotechnologie, Institut fuer Mikro- und Nanoelektronik, TU Ilmenau, Postfach 100565, 98684 Ilmenau (Germany); Kadlecikova, M. [Department of Microelectronics, Slovak University of Technology, Ilkovicova 3, 812 19 Bratislava (Slovakia); Kups, T.; Spiess, L. [FG Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik, Institut fuer Werkstofftechnik, TU Ilmeau, Postfach 100565, 98684 Ilmenau (Germany); Breza, J. [Department of Microelectronics, Slovak University of Technology, Ilkovicova 3, 812 19 Bratislava (Slovakia); Sakalauskas, E.; Goldhahn, R. [FG Exprimentalphysik I, Institut fuer Physik, TU Ilmenau, Postfach 100565, 98684 Ilmenau (Germany); Rehacek, V. [Department of Microelectronics, Slovak University of Technology, Ilkovicova 3, 812 19 Bratislava (Slovakia)


    Structural evolution of indium oxide thin films deposited at room temperature by reactive magnetron sputtering and annealing in a reducing atmosphere were investigated. The as deposited indium oxide (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) films showed a dominating randomly oriented nanocrystalline structure of cubic In{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The grain size decreased with increasing oxygen concentration in the plasma. Annealing in reducing atmospheres (vacuum, nitrogen and argon), besides improving the crystallinity, led to a partial cubic to rhombohedral phase transition in the indium oxide films. Annealing improved the optical properties of the indium oxide film and shifted the absorption edge to higher energies.

  10. ScBO/sub 3/: Cr-A room temperature near-infrared tunable laser

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    Lai, S.T.; Chai, B.H.T.; Long, M.; Morris, R.C.


    The authors report the first room temperature tunable laser in a borate single crystal. A tuning range of 787-892 nm has been demonstrated in a ScBO/sub 3/:Cr laser. The laser loss is estimated to be 1.3 percent/cm from our preliminary laser results. Spectroscopic measurements indicate that the material is clear of absorption loss in the lasing spectral region, and the relative fluorescence efficiency for the entire Cr absorption band in the visible region is nearly unit. ScBO/sub 3/:Cr holds promise as a high efficiency near-infrared tunable laser

  11. Crystal grain growth during room temperature high pressure Martensitic alpha to omega transformation in zirconium

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    Velisavljevic, Nenad [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Chesnut, Gary N [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Stevens, Lewis L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dattelbaum, Dana M [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    Systematic increase in transition pressure with increase in interstitial impurities is observed for the martensitic {alpha} {yields} {omega} structural phase transition in Zr. Significant room temperature crystal grain growth is also observed for the two highest purity samples at this transition, while in the case of the lowest purity sample interstitial impurities obstruct grain growth even as the sample is heated to 1279 K. Our results show the importance of impurities in controlling structural phase stability and other mechanical properties associated with the {alpha} {yields} {omega} structural phase transition.

  12. Etching characteristics of a CR-39 track detector at room temperature in different etching solutions

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    Dajko, G.


    Investigations were carried out to discover how the etching characteristics of CR-39 detectors change with varying conditions of the etching process. Measurements were made at room temperature in pure NaOH and KOH solutions; in different alcoholic KOH solutions (PEW solution, i.e. potassium hydroxide, ethyl alcohol, water); and in NaOH and KOH solutions containing different additives. The bulk etching rate of the detector (V B ) and the V (= V T /V B ) function, i.e. track to bulk etch rates ratio, for 6.1 MeV α-particles, were measured systematically. (author)

  13. Room-temperature near-field reflection spectroscopy of single quantum wells

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    Langbein, Wolfgang Werner; Hvam, Jørn Marcher; Madsen, Steen


    . This technique suppresses efficiently the otherwise dominating far-field background and reduces topographic artifacts. We demonstrate its performance on a thin, strained near-surface CdS/ZnS single quantum well at room temperature. The optical structure of these topographically flat samples is due to Cd......We report on a novel optical near-field technique to measure the local polarizability of a topographically flat sample with a spatial resolution better than 100 nm. Using an uncoated fiber probe, we implement a cross-polarization detection of the optical signal at the fiber dither frequency...

  14. Room-temperature synthesis and photoluminescence of hexagonal CePO4 nanorods (United States)

    Zhu, J.; Zhang, K.; Zhao, H. Y.


    Hexagonal CePO4 nanorods were synthesized via a simple chemical precipitation route at room-temperature without the presence of surfactants and then characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV–vis) absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Hexagonal CePO4 nanorods exhibit strong ultraviolet absorption and ultraviolet luminescence, which correspond to the electronic transitions between 4f and 5d state of Ce3+ ions.

  15. Converse magnetoelectric experiments on a room-temperature spirally ordered hexaferrite (United States)

    Ebnabbasi, Khabat; Vittoria, Carmine; Widom, Allan


    Magnetoelectric properties of room-temperature spirally ordered Sr3Co2Fe24O41 hexaferrite slabs have been measured. A physical model in this paper referred to as the “slinky helix” model is presented to explain the experimental data. The measured properties include the magnetic permeability and the strain, all as a function of the electric field E. Upon application of an electric field to slabs of Sr Z-type hexaferrite, it exhibits broken symmetries for time reversal and parity. This is the central feature of these magnetoelectric materials.

  16. Room-Temperature Ferrimagnet with Frustrated Antiferroelectricity: Promising Candidate Toward Multiple-State Memory

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    P. S. Wang


    Full Text Available On the basis of first-principles calculations, we show that the M-type hexaferrite BaFe_{12}O_{19} exhibits frustrated antiferroelectricity associated with its trigonal bipyramidal Fe^{3+} sites. The ferroelectric state of BaFe_{12}O_{19}, reachable by applying an external electric field to the antiferroelectric state, can be made stable at room temperature by appropriate element substitution or strain engineering. Thus, M-type hexaferrite, as a new type of multiferoic with coexistence of antiferroelectricity and ferrimagnetism, provides a basis for studying the phenomenon of frustrated antiferroelectricity and realizing multiple-state memory devices.

  17. Effect of room temperature ionic liquid structure on the enzymatic acylation of flavonoids

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    Lue, Bena-Marie; Guo, Zheng; Xu, Xuebing


    Enzymatic acylation reactions of flavonoids (rutin, esculin) with long chain fatty acids (palmitic, oleic acids) were carried out in 14 different ionic liquid media containing a range of cation and anion structures. Classification of RTILs according to flavonoid solubility (using COSMO...... must be struck that maximized flavonoid solubility with minimum negative impact on lipase activity. The process also benefitted from an increased reaction temperature which may have helped to reduced mass transfer limitations. Keywords: Room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs); Biosynthesis; Acylation......; Flavonoids; Lipase; Long chain fatty acids...

  18. Thin, Flexible Supercapacitors Made from Carbon Nanofiber Electrodes Decorated at Room Temperature with Manganese Oxide Nanosheets

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    S. K. Nataraj


    Full Text Available We report the fabrication and electrochemical performance of a flexible thin film supercapacitor with a novel nanostructured composite electrode. The electrode was prepared by in situ coprecipitation of two-dimensional (2D MnO2 nanosheets at room temperature in the presence of carbon nanofibers (CNFs. The highest specific capacitance of 142 F/g was achieved for CNFs-MnO2 electrodes in sandwiched assembly with PVA-H4SiW12O40·nH2O polyelectrolyte separator.

  19. Evolution of Texture and Mechanical Properties of Pure Mg Processed by ECAP at Room Temperature (United States)

    Lei, Weiwei; Liang, Wei; Wang, Hongxia; Guo, Hongwei


    Equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) was performed on extruded pure Mg, which was clad with a drilled pure Fe coat through an ECAP die to produce a pure Mg sample without obvious cracks at room temperature. After one-pass ECAP, the grain size decreased because of basal slip activation during the dynamic plastic deformation but the microstructure became inhomogeneous. The deformed texture was less scattered and inclined by 20° from the normal direction toward the extruded direction, and low angle boundaries increased continuously. The mechanical properties decreased slightly as a result of the combined effect from a more refined microstructure and a weaker texture.

  20. Room Temperature Ionic Liquids as Green Solvent Alternatives in the Metathesis of Oleochemical Feedstocks

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    Priya A. Thomas


    Full Text Available One of the most important areas of green chemistry is the application of environmentally friendly solvents in catalysis and synthesis. Conventional organic solvents pose a threat to the environment due to the volatility, highly flammability, toxicity and carcinogenic properties they exhibit. The recently emerged room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs are promising green solvent alternatives to the volatile organic solvents due to their ease of reuse, non-volatility, thermal stability and ability to dissolve a variety of organic and organometallic compounds. This review explores the use of RTILs as green solvent media in olefin metathesis for applications in the oleochemical industry.

  1. Tensile properties of unirradiated PCA from room temperature to 7000C

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    Braski, D.N.; Maziasz, P.J.


    The tensile properties of Prime Candidate Alloy (PCA) austenitic stainless steel after three different thermomechanical treatments were determined from room temperature to 700 0 C. The solution-annealed PCA had the lowest strength and highest ductility, while the reverse was true for the 25%-cold-worked material. The PCA containing titanium-rich MC particles fell between the other two heats. The cold-worked PCA had nearly the same tensile properties as cold-worked type 316 stainless steel. Both alloys showed ductility minima at 300 0 C

  2. Room temperature synthesis of wurtzite phase nanostructured ZnS and accompanied enhancement in dielectric constant (United States)

    Virpal, Kumar, J.; Singh, G.; Singh, M.; Sharma, S.; Singh, R. C.


    We report the room temperature synthesis of ZnS in the wurtzite phase by using ethylenediamine, which acts as a template as well as a capping agent. With the addition of ethylenediamine, structural transformation in ZnS from cubic to wurtzite phase is observed. This is accompanied by an increase in the real permittivity by an order of 2, and reduction in dielectric loss by a factor of 6 as compared to a sample without ethylenediamine. Thus, suggesting that ethylenediamine capped wurtzite ZnS is more suitable for miniaturied capactive devices.

  3. Room-Temperature Voltage Tunable Phonon Thermal Conductivity via Reconfigurable Interfaces in Ferroelectric Thin Films

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    Ihlefeld, Jon F. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Foley, Brian M. [Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (United States). Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Scrymgeour, David A. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Michael, Joseph R. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); McKenzie, Bonnie B. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Medlin, Douglas L. [Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA; Wallace, Margeaux [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Hopkins, Patrick E. [Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (United States). Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


    Dynamic control of thermal transport in solid-state systems is a transformative capability with the promise to propel technologies including phononic logic, thermal management, and energy harvesting. A solid-state solution to rapidly manipulate phonons has escaped the scientific community. Here, we demonstrate active and reversible tuning of thermal conductivity by manipulating the nanoscale ferroelastic domain structure of a Pb(Zr0.3Ti0.7)O3 film with applied electric fields. With subsecond response times, the room-temperature thermal conductivity was modulated by 11%.

  4. Study of dielectric liquids at room temperature for high energy x ray Tomography

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    Lepert, S.


    The detection of X rays by means of a dielectric liquid detector system, at room temperature, is discussed. The physico-chemical properties of a dielectric liquid, the construction of a cleaning device and of two electrode configurations, and the utilization of different amplifier models are studied. The results allowed the analysis and characterization of the behavior of the dielectric liquid under X ray irradiation. Data obtained is confirmed by computerized simulation. The choice of Tetramethyl-germanium for the X ray tomography, applied in nondestructive analysis, is explained. The investigation of the system parameters allowed the setting of the basis of a prototype project for a multi-detector [fr

  5. Discussion of superconducting and room-temperature high-intensity ion linacs

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    Jameson, R.A.


    The point of view taken in this discussion is that the basic technology base exists in all essential respects for both superconducting or room-temperature rf linac accelerators and associated power and control systems, and thus a project can make a choice between these technologies on overall system considerations. These include performance, cost, availability, flexibility, and upgradability. Large high-intensity neutron source proposals involving light-ion rf linacs in three categories are reviewed in this context. The categories arc cw linacs to high (∼1 GeV) and low (∼40 MeV) output energy, and pulsed linacs to energy ∼1 GeV

  6. Relationship between room temperature phosphorescence and deuteration position in a purely aromatic compound (United States)

    Hirata, S.; Totani, K.; Watanabe, T.; Kaji, H.; Vacha, M.


    The development of organometallic and purely organic compounds showing room temperature phosphorescence (RTP) has several promising applications. We report a relationship between the phosphorescence characteristics and deuteration position in a purely organic aromatic compound. Hydrogen-deuterium exchange at the carbons where the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital is located is the most effective method to enhance the RTP lifetime and quantum yield. The increase in RTP lifetime comes from a decrease in the Franck-Condon factor while the enhancement of RTP yield is caused by an increase in intersystem crossing from the lowest singlet excited state to the lowest triplet excited state.

  7. Gas Transport Properties of PEBAX®/Room Temperature Ionic Liquid Gel Membranes

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    Bernardo, P.; Jansen, J. C.; Bazzarelli, F.; Tasselli, F.; Fuoco, A.; Friess, K.; Izák, Pavel; Jarmarová, Veronika; Kačírková, Marie; Clarizia, G.


    Roč. 97, SI (2012), s. 73-82 ISSN 1383-5866. [Conference on Ionic Liquids in Separation and Purification Technology (ILSEPT) /1./. Sitges, 04.09.2011-07.09.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/10/1194 Grant - others:RFCS(XE) RFCR-CT-2010-00009 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : room temperature ionic liquid * ionic liquid * polymer gel Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 2.894, year: 2012

  8. Room temperature microwave-assisted recording on 500-Gbpsi-class perpendicular medium (United States)

    Nozaki, Y.; Ishida, N.; Soeno, Y.; Sekiguchi, K.


    Microwave-assisted recording on a 500-Gbpsi-class perpendicular medium was experimentally demonstrated at room temperature. Magnetization reversal under a radio-frequency magnetic field was measured by an electrically shorted coplanar waveguide, which enabled us to evaluate the change in the medium's ferromagnetic resonance spectrum. A frequency-dependent reduction in the switching field was clearly observed in response to a microwave impulse 50 ns in duration. A significant reduction of up to 30% in the coercive field was achieved by applying a microwave impulse with an amplitude of 25 dBm and a frequency of 15 GHz.

  9. Room temperature wafer direct bonding of smooth Si surfaces recovered by Ne beam surface treatments (United States)

    Kurashima, Yuichi; Maeda, Atsuhiko; Takagi, Hideki


    We examined the applicability of a Ne fast atom beam (FAB) to surface activated bonding of Si wafers at room temperature. With etching depth more than 1.5 nm, the bonding strength comparable to Si bulk strength was attained. Moreover, we found the improvement of the bonding strength by surface smoothing effect of the Ne FAB. Silicon surface roughness decreased from 0.40 to 0.17 nm rms by applying a Ne FAB of 30 nm etching depth. The bonding strength between surfaces recovered by Ne FAB surface smoothing was largely improved and finally became equivalent to Si bulk strength.

  10. Magnetocardiography and magnetoencephalography measurements at room temperature using tunnel magneto-resistance sensors (United States)

    Fujiwara, Kosuke; Oogane, Mikihiko; Kanno, Akitake; Imada, Masahiro; Jono, Junichi; Terauchi, Takashi; Okuno, Tetsuo; Aritomi, Yuuji; Morikawa, Masahiro; Tsuchida, Masaaki; Nakasato, Nobukazu; Ando, Yasuo


    Magnetocardiography (MCG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) signals were detected at room temperature using tunnel magneto-resistance (TMR) sensors. TMR sensors developed with low-noise amplifier circuits detected the MCG R wave without averaging, and the QRS complex was clearly observed with averaging at a high signal-to-noise ratio. Spatial mapping of the MCG was also achieved. Averaging of MEG signals triggered by electroencephalography (EEG) clearly observed the phase inversion of the alpha rhythm with a correlation coefficient as high as 0.7 between EEG and MEG.

  11. Compositional invariance of magnetocaloric effect near room temperature in Ni-Mn-Sb-Al systems (United States)

    Agarwal, Sandeep; Mukhopadhyay, P. K.


    A systematic study of structural transformation, magnetism and magnetic entropy change in the vicinity of structural and magnetic transformation has been performed in the Ni2Mn1.36Sb0.64 by substituting Sb with a large amount of Al. This substitution enhanced the transformation temperature close to room temperature and also made it less sensitive to the variation in composition. Alloys exhibited conventional and inverse magnetocaloric effects due to the Curie and magnetostructural transformation respectively. The inverse magnetocaloric effects were less compared to those reported in pure Sb system, but it showed a large value of conventional magnetocaloric effect with the added advantage of insensitivity to the compositional variation.

  12. Room Temperature Detection of Benzene Vapours by Tin Oxide Nano Clusters

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    Full Text Available Thin films of tin oxide with nano clusters were deposited using Chemical Vapour Transport technique. The annealed films were used as sensor to detect benzene vapours at room temperature. The response was studied for the concentration range 300-1000 ppm. A comparative study of the response of the nano clustered films to benzene vapours in this range with the response of thin films of Indium tin oxide and tin oxide deposited by the physical vapour deposition method was taken up.

  13. Ge-Based Spin-Photodiodes for Room-Temperature Integrated Detection of Photon Helicity

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    Rinaldi, Christian


    Spin-photodiodes based on Fe/MgO/Ge(001) heterostructures are reported. These devices perform the room-temperature integrated electrical detection of the spin polarization of a photocurrent generated by circularly polarized photons with a wavelength of 1300 nm, for light pulses with intensity I 0 down to 200 μW. A forward and reverse-biased average photocurrent variation of 5.9% is measured for the complete reversal of the incident light helicity. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Transforming from paramagnetism to room temperature ferromagnetism in CuO by ball milling

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    Daqiang Gao


    Full Text Available In this work, we experimentally demonstrate that it is possible to induce ferromagnetism in CuO by ball milling without any ferromagnetic dopant. The magnetic measurements indicate that paramagnetic CuO is driven to the ferromagnetic state at room temperature by ball milling gradually. The saturation magnetization of the milled powders is found to increase with expanding the milling time and then decrease by annealing under atmosphere. The fitted X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicate that the observed induction and weaken of the ferromagnetism shows close relationship with the valence charged oxygen vacancies (Cu1+-VO in CuO.

  15. Quantum interference effects at room temperature in OPV-based single-molecule junctions

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    Arroyo, Carlos R.; Frisenda, Riccardo; Moth-Poulsen, Kasper


    Interference effects on charge transport through an individual molecule can lead to a notable modulation and suppression on its conductance. In this letter, we report the observation of quantum interference effects occurring at room temperature in single-molecule junctions based on oligo(3......)-phenylenevinylene (OPV3) derivatives, in which the central benzene ring is coupled to either para- or meta-positions. Using the break-junction technique, we find that the conductance for a single meta-OPV3 molecule wired between gold electrodes is one order of magnitude smaller than that of a para-OPV3 molecule...

  16. Room temperature tensile ductility in polycrystalline B2 Ni-30Al-20Fe (United States)

    Guha, Sumit; Munroe, Paul; Baker, Ian


    A room-temperature tensile elongation of about 2.5 percent, where the only slip vector observed was the 100, has been determined for a double-extruded B2 Ni-30Al-20Fe alloy consisting of recrystallized equiaxed grains about 25 microns in diameter; these results suggest that 100-slip does not preclude limited ductility in polycrystalline B2 alloys in tension at low temperatures. A suppression of ordering through resort to rapid solidification, in other words, is not necessary for ductility, since the cast and as-extruded alloy presently examined is ordered.

  17. Machining and Phase Transformation Response of Room-Temperature Austenitic NiTi Shape Memory Alloy (United States)

    Kaynak, Yusuf


    This experimental work reports the results of a study addressing tool wear, surface topography, and x-ray diffraction analysis for the finish cutting process of room-temperature austenitic NiTi alloy. Turning operation of NiTi alloy was conducted under dry, minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) and cryogenic cooling conditions at various cutting speeds. Findings revealed that cryogenic machining substantially reduced tool wear and improved surface topography and quality of the finished parts in comparison with the other two approaches. Phase transformation on the surface of work material was not observed after dry and MQL machining, but B19' martensite phase was found on the surface of cryogenically machined samples.

  18. Spin Squeezing and Entanglement with Room Temperature Atoms for Quantum Sensing and Communication

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    Shen, Heng

    Abstract In this thesis, different experiments on spin squeezing and entanglement involving room temperature ensembles of Cesium atoms are described. The key method is the off-resonant Faraday interaction of spin-polarized atomic ensemble with a light field. And the key component is the micro......-fabricated vapor cell coupled into an optical cavity. Quantum backaction evading measurement of one quadrature of collective spin components by stroboscopically modulating the intensity of probe beam at twice Larmor frequency is used to generate the spin-squeezed state. A projection noise limited optical...... of spin states surpasses a classical benchmark, demonstrating the true quantum teleportation....

  19. Room temperature fatigue behavior of OFHC copper and CuAl25 specimens of two sizes

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    Singhal, A.; Stubbins, J.F.; Singh, B.N.


    requiring an understanding of their fatigue behavior.This paper describes the room temperature fatigue behavior of unirradiated OFHC (oxygen-free high-conductivity) copper and CuAl25 (copper strengthened with a 0.25% atom fraction dispersion of alumina). The response of two fatigue specimen sizes to strain......Copper and its alloys are appealing for application in fusion reactor systems for high heat flux components where high thermal conductivities are critical, for instance, in divertor components. The thermal and mechanical loading of such components will be, at least in part, cyclic in nature, thus...

  20. Room temperature creep-fatigue response of selected copper alloys for high heat flux applications

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    Li, M.; Singh, B.N.; Stubbins, J.F.


    Two copper alloys, dispersion-strengthened CuAl25 and precipitation-hardened CuCrZr, were examined under fatigue and fatigue with hold time loading conditions. Tests were carried out at room temperature and hold times were imposed at maximum tensile and maximum compressive strains. It was found...... the hold period at all applied strain levels in both tension and compression. In all cases, stresses relaxed quickly within the first few seconds of the hold period and much more gradually thereafter. The CuAl25 alloy showed a larger effect of hold time on reduction of high cycle fatigue life than did...... the CuCrZr alloy....

  1. Scaling of dynamical decoupling for a single electron spin in nanodiamonds at room temperature

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    Liu, Dong-Qi; Liu, Gang-Qin; Chang, Yan-Chun; Pan, Xin-Yu


    Overcoming the spin qubit decoherence is a challenge for quantum science and technology. We investigate the decoherence process in nanodiamonds by Carr–Purcell–Meiboom–Gill (CPMG) technique at room temperature. We find that the coherence time T 2 scales as n γ . The elongation effect of coherence time can be represented by a constant power of the number of pulses n. Considering the filter function of CPMG decoupling sequence as a δ function, the spectrum density of noise has been reconstructed directly from the coherence time measurements and a Lorentzian noise power spectrum model agrees well with the experiment. These results are helpful for the application of nanodiamonds to nanoscale magnetic imaging

  2. Room temperature ferromagnetism in thermally diffused Cr in GaN (United States)

    Suggisetti, P.; Banerjee, D.; Adari, R.; Pande, N.; Patil, T.; Ganguly, S.; Saha, D.


    We report room temperature ferromagnetism in crystalline GaCrN prepared by Cr deposition and drive-in diffusion with Curie temperature much above 300 K. The Curie temperature increases with increasing active Cr concentration. Cr doped GaN acts as an n-type material with significant increase in electron carrier concentration due to the presence of Cr. Optical property of GaCrN is found to be very similar to GaN with an additional peak at 3.29 eV due to Cr. The hysteresis measurements show that the ferromagnetic ordering is maintained up to 300 K with no significant change in saturation magnetization.

  3. An acoustic on-chip goniometer for room temperature macromolecular crystallography. (United States)

    Burton, C G; Axford, D; Edwards, A M J; Gildea, R J; Morris, R H; Newton, M I; Orville, A M; Prince, M; Topham, P D; Docker, P T


    This paper describes the design, development and successful use of an on-chip goniometer for room-temperature macromolecular crystallography via acoustically induced rotations. We present for the first time a low cost, rate-tunable, acoustic actuator for gradual in-fluid sample reorientation about varying axes and its utilisation for protein structure determination on a synchrotron beamline. The device enables the efficient collection of diffraction data via a rotation method from a sample within a surface confined droplet. This method facilitates efficient macromolecular structural data acquisition in fluid environments for dynamical studies.

  4. Geometry flexibility of copper iodide clusters: variability in luminescence thermochromism. (United States)

    Benito, Quentin; Goff, Xavier F Le; Nocton, Gregory; Fargues, Alexandre; Garcia, Alain; Berhault, Aurélie; Kahlal, Samia; Saillard, Jean-Yves; Martineau, Charlotte; Trébosc, Julien; Gacoin, Thierry; Boilot, Jean-Pierre; Perruchas, Sandrine


    An original copper(I) iodide cluster of novel geometry obtained by using a diphosphine ligand is reported and is formulated [Cu6I6(PPh2(CH2)3PPh2)3] (1). Interestingly, this sort of "eared cubane" cluster based on the [Cu6I6] inorganic core can be viewed as a combination of the two known [Cu4I4] units, namely, the cubane and the open-chair isomeric geometries. The synthesis, structural and photophysical characterisations, as well as theoretical study of this copper iodide along with the derived cubane (3) and open-chair (2) [Cu4I4(PPh3)4] forms, were investigated. A new polymorph of the cubane [Cu4I4(PPh3)4] cluster is indeed presented (3). The structural differences of the clusters were analyzed by solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Luminescence properties of the three clusters were studied in detail as a function of the temperature showing reversible luminescence thermochromism for 1 with an intense orange emission at room temperature. This behavior presents different feature compared to the cubane cluster and completely contrasts with the open isomer, which is almost nonemissive at room temperature. Indeed, the thermochromism of 1 differs by a concomitant increase of the two emission bands by lowering the temperature, in contrast to an equilibrium phenomenon for 3. The luminescence properties of 2 are very different by exhibiting only one single band when cooled. To rationalize the different optical properties observed, density functional theory calculations were performed for the three clusters giving straightforward explanation for the different luminescence thermochromism observed, which is attributed to different contributions of the ligands to the molecular orbitals. Comparison of 3 with its [Cu4I4(PPh3)4] cubane polymorphs highlights the sensibility of the emission properties to the cuprophilic interactions.

  5. Microstructure evolution during cyclic tests on EUROFER 97 at room temperature. TEM observation and modelling

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    Giordana, M.F., E-mail: [Instituto de Fisica Rosario, CONICET-UNR, Bv. 27 de Febrero 210 Bis, 2000 Rosario (Argentina); Giroux, P.-F. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMA, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Alvarez-Armas, I. [Instituto de Fisica Rosario, CONICET-UNR, Bv. 27 de Febrero 210 Bis, 2000 Rosario (Argentina); Sauzay, M. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMA, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Armas, A. [Instituto de Fisica Rosario, CONICET-UNR, Bv. 27 de Febrero 210 Bis, 2000 Rosario (Argentina); Kruml, T. [CEITEC IPM, Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Zizkova 22, Brno, 616 62 (Czech Republic)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low cycle fatigue test are carried out on EUROFER 97 at room temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer EUROFER 97 shows a pronounced cyclic softening accompanied by microstructural changes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cycling induces a decrement in dislocation density and subgrain growth. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A simple mean-field model based on crystalline plasticity is proposed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mean subgrain size evolution is predicted by modelling. - Abstract: The 9% Cr quenched and tempered reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steel EUROFER 97 is one of the candidates for structural components of fusion reactors. Isothermal, plastic strain-controlled, low-cycle fatigue tests are performed. Tested at room temperature, this steel suffers a cyclic softening effect linked to microstructural changes observed by transmission electron microscopy, such as the decrease of dislocation density inside subgrains or the growth of subgrain size. From the assumed mechanisms of softening a simple mean-field model based on crystalline plasticity is proposed to predict these microstructure evolutions during cycling and monotonic deformation.

  6. Room-temperature treatments for all-inorganic nanocrystal solar cell devices

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    Loiudice, Anna, E-mail: [Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica " E. De Giorgi" , Università del Salento, via Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); CBN — Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies, Italian Institute of Technology, Energy Platform, Via Barsanti sn, 73010 Arnesano (Lecce) (Italy); Rizzo, Aurora [CBN — Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies, Italian Institute of Technology, Energy Platform, Via Barsanti sn, 73010 Arnesano (Lecce) (Italy); NNL CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, c/o Distretto Tecnologico, via per Arnesano km. 5, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Corricelli, Michela [Istituto per i Processi Chimico Fisici (IPCF-CNR) Bari, c/o Department of Chemistry, University of Bari, Via Orabona 4, I-70126 Bari (Italy); Department of Chemistry, University of Bari, Via Orabona 4, I-70126 Bari (Italy); Curri, M. Lucia [Istituto per i Processi Chimico Fisici (IPCF-CNR) Bari, c/o Department of Chemistry, University of Bari, Via Orabona 4, I-70126 Bari (Italy); Belviso, Maria R. [NNL CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, c/o Distretto Tecnologico, via per Arnesano km. 5, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Cozzoli, P. Davide [Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica " E. De Giorgi" , Università del Salento, via Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); NNL CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, c/o Distretto Tecnologico, via per Arnesano km. 5, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Grancini, Giulia; Petrozza, Annamaria [Center for Nano Science and Technology at PoliMi, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Pascoli 70/3, 20133 Milano (Italy); Gigli, Giuseppe [Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica " E. De Giorgi" , Università del Salento, via Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); CBN — Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies, Italian Institute of Technology, Energy Platform, Via Barsanti sn, 73010 Arnesano (Lecce) (Italy); NNL CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, c/o Distretto Tecnologico, via per Arnesano km. 5, 73100 Lecce (Italy)


    We have developed a room-temperature solution processing approach to integrate colloidal anatase titanium dioxide nanorods (TiO{sub 2} NRs) and lead sulfide quantum dots (PbS QDs) into a heterostructured p-n junction device. To this aim we have exploited a post-deposition treatment to remove surface-adsorbed ligands by means of UV-light-irradiation of TiO{sub 2} NRs and a dilute acid treatment of PbS QDs. Here we report a systematic study on the optimization of the post-deposition treatments and device fabrication. Our approach is fully compatible with plastic device technology and is potentially useful for the integration of crystalline TiO{sub 2} as active component into disparate solar cell architectures and organic optoelectronic devices. - Highlights: • Colloidal nanocrystals offer path to low-cost manufacturing atop flexible substrates. • We fabricate an all-inorganic solar cell under room temperature treatments. • Our approach is fully compatible with plastic device technology. • It is useful for the integration of nanocrystals into disparate device architectures.

  7. Room-Temperature Quantum Coherence and Rabi Oscillations in Vanadyl Phthalocyanine: Toward Multifunctional Molecular Spin Qubits. (United States)

    Atzori, Matteo; Tesi, Lorenzo; Morra, Elena; Chiesa, Mario; Sorace, Lorenzo; Sessoli, Roberta


    Here we report the investigation of the magnetic relaxation and the quantum coherence of vanadyl phthalocyanine, VOPc, a multifunctional and easy-processable potential molecular spin qubit. VOPc in its pure form (1) and its crystalline dispersions in the isostructural diamagnetic host TiOPc in different stoichiometric ratios, namely VOPc:TiOPc 1:10 (2) and 1:1000 (3), were investigated via a multitechnique approach based on the combination of alternate current (AC) susceptometry, continuous wave, and pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. AC susceptibility measurements revealed a linear increase of the relaxation rate with temperature up to 20 K, as expected for a direct mechanism, but τ remains slow over a very wide range of applied static field values (up to ∼5 T). Pulsed EPR spectroscopy experiments on 3 revealed quantum coherence up to room temperature with T(m) ∼1 μs at 300 K, representing the highest value obtained to date for molecular electronic spin qubits. Rabi oscillations are observed in this nuclear spin-active environment ((1)H and (14)N nuclei) at room temperature also for 2, indicating an outstanding robustness of the quantum coherence in this molecular semiconductor exploitable in spintronic devices.

  8. Room-temperature negative capacitance in a ferroelectric-dielectric superlattice heterostructure. (United States)

    Gao, Weiwei; Khan, Asif; Marti, Xavi; Nelson, Chris; Serrao, Claudy; Ravichandran, Jayakanth; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Salahuddin, Sayeef


    We demonstrate room-temperature negative capacitance in a ferroelectric-dielectric superlattice heterostructure. In epitaxially grown superlattice of ferroelectric BSTO (Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3) and dielectric LAO (LaAlO3), capacitance was found to be larger compared to the constituent LAO (dielectric) capacitance. This enhancement of capacitance in a series combination of two capacitors indicates that the ferroelectric was stabilized in a state of negative capacitance. Negative capacitance was observed for superlattices grown on three different substrates (SrTiO3 (001), DyScO3 (110), and GdScO3 (110)) covering a large range of substrate strain. This demonstrates the robustness of the effect as well as potential for controlling the negative capacitance effect using epitaxial strain. Room-temperature demonstration of negative capacitance is an important step toward lowering the subthreshold swing in a transistor below the intrinsic thermodynamic limit of 60 mV/decade and thereby improving energy efficiency.

  9. Metal-Controlled Magnetoresistance at Room Temperature in Single-Molecule Devices. (United States)

    Aragonès, Albert C; Aravena, Daniel; Valverde-Muñoz, Francisco J; Real, José Antonio; Sanz, Fausto; Díez-Pérez, Ismael; Ruiz, Eliseo


    The appropriate choice of the transition metal complex and metal surface electronic structure opens the possibility to control the spin of the charge carriers through the resulting hybrid molecule/metal spinterface in a single-molecule electrical contact at room temperature. The single-molecule conductance of a Au/molecule/Ni junction can be switched by flipping the magnetization direction of the ferromagnetic electrode. The requirements of the molecule include not just the presence of unpaired electrons: the electronic configuration of the metal center has to provide occupied or empty orbitals that strongly interact with the junction metal electrodes and that are close in energy to their Fermi levels for one of the electronic spins only. The key ingredient for the metal surface is to provide an efficient spin texture induced by the spin-orbit coupling in the topological surface states that results in an efficient spin-dependent interaction with the orbitals of the molecule. The strong magnetoresistance effect found in this kind of single-molecule wire opens a new approach for the design of room-temperature nanoscale devices based on spin-polarized currents controlled at molecular level.

  10. Room-temperature spin-orbit torque in NiMnSb (United States)

    Ciccarelli, C.; Anderson, L.; Tshitoyan, V.; Ferguson, A. J.; Gerhard, F.; Gould, C.; Molenkamp, L. W.; Gayles, J.; Železný, J.; Šmejkal, L.; Yuan, Z.; Sinova, J.; Freimuth, F.; Jungwirth, T.


    Materials that crystallize in diamond-related lattices, with Si and GaAs as their prime examples, are at the foundation of modern electronics. Simultaneously, inversion asymmetries in their crystal structure and relativistic spin-orbit coupling led to discoveries of non-equilibrium spin-polarization phenomena that are now extensively explored as an electrical means for manipulating magnetic moments in a variety of spintronic structures. Current research of these relativistic spin-orbit torques focuses primarily on magnetic transition-metal multilayers. The low-temperature diluted magnetic semiconductor (Ga, Mn)As, in which spin-orbit torques were initially discovered, has so far remained the only example showing the phenomenon among bulk non-centrosymmetric ferromagnets. Here we present a general framework, based on the complete set of crystallographic point groups, for identifying the potential presence and symmetry of spin-orbit torques in non-centrosymmetric crystals. Among the candidate room-temperature ferromagnets we chose to use NiMnSb, which is a member of the broad family of magnetic Heusler compounds. By performing all-electrical ferromagnetic resonance measurements in single-crystal epilayers of NiMnSb we detect room-temperature spin-orbit torques generated by effective fields of the expected symmetry and of a magnitude consistent with our ab initio calculations.

  11. Possible room temperature ferromagnetism in Ca-doped AlP: First-principles study

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    Zhang, Yong


    Based on first-principle calculations, we have studied the electronic and magnetic properties of AlP with aluminium vacancy and calcium doping. It was found that while Al vacancy and Ca impurity themselves are nonmagnetic, they generate holes residing in P 2p orbitals that lead to magnetic moments in AlP. The coupling between two Al vacancies in AlP are always antiferromagnetic because of half-filled t 2 level. However, the coupling becomes ferromagnetic with large magnetic energy when vacancies are replaced by nonmagnetic Ca atoms. Moreover, the presence of Ca dopants reduces the formation energy of Al vacancy. These results suggest that Ca-doped AlP is a promising room temperature ferromagnetic semiconductor free of magnetic precipitates, and it may find applications in the field of spintronics. - Highlights: • “d 0 ferromagnetism” has been found in Ca-doped AlP. • Unpaired t 2 state of P atoms has an important impact on magnetic properties. • Room temperature T C may be expected in Ca-doped AlP

  12. Room temperature creep-fatigue response of selected copper alloys for high heat flux applications

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    Li Meimei; Singh, B.N.; Stubbins, J.F.


    Two copper alloys, dispersion-strengthened CuAl25 and precipitation-hardened CuCrZr, were examined under fatigue and fatigue with hold time loading conditions. Tests were carried out at room temperature and hold times were imposed at maximum tensile and maximum compressive strains. It was found that hold times could be damaging even at room temperature, well below temperatures typically associated with creep. Hold times resulted in shorter fatigue lives in the high cycle fatigue, long life regime (i.e., at low strain amplitudes) than those of materials tested under the same conditions without hold times. The influence of hold times on fatigue life in the low cycle fatigue, short life regime (i.e., at high strain amplitudes) was minimal. When hold time effects were observed, fatigue lives were reduced with hold times as short as two seconds. Appreciable stress relaxation was observed during the hold period at all applied strain levels in both tension and compression. In all cases, stresses relaxed quickly within the first few seconds of the hold period and much more gradually thereafter. The CuAl25 alloy showed a larger effect of hold time on reduction of high cycle fatigue life than did the CuCrZr alloy

  13. Advances in crystal growth, device fabrication and characterization of thallium bromide detectors for room temperature applications (United States)

    Datta, Amlan; Moed, Demi; Becla, Piotr; Overholt, Matthew; Motakef, Shariar


    Thallium bromide (TlBr) is a promising room-temperature radiation detector candidate with excellent charge transport properties. However, several critical issues need to be addressed before deployment of this material for long-term field applications can be realized. In this paper, progress made towards solving some of these challenges is discussed. The most significant factors for achieving long-term performance stability for TlBr devices include residual stress as generated during crystal growth and fabrication processes, surface conditions, and the choice of contact metal. Modifications to the commonly used traveling molten zone growth technique for TlBr crystals can significantly minimize the stresses generated by large temperature gradients near the melt-solid interface of the growing crystal. Plasma processing techniques were introduced for the first time to modify the Br-etched TlBr surfaces, which resulted in improvements to the surface conditions, and consequently the spectroscopic response of the detectors. Palladium electrodes resulted a 20-fold improvement in the room-temperature device lifetime when compared to its Br-etched Pt counterpart.

  14. Molecular dynamics study of room temperature ionic liquids with water at mica surface

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    Huanhuan Zhang


    Full Text Available Water in room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs could impose significant effects on their interfacial properties at a charged surface. Although the interfaces between RTILs and mica surfaces exhibit rich microstructure, the influence of water content on such interfaces is little understood, in particular, considering the fact that RTILs are always associated with water due to their hygroscopicity. In this work, we studied how different types of RTILs and different amounts of water molecules affect the RTIL-mica interfaces, especially the water distribution at mica surfaces, using molecular dynamics (MD simulation. MD results showed that (1 there is more water and a thicker water layer adsorbed on the mica surface as the water content increases, and correspondingly the average location of K+ ions is farther from mica surface; (2 more water accumulated at the interface with the hydrophobic [Emim][TFSI] than in case of the hydrophilic [Emim][BF4] due to the respective RTIL hydrophobicity and ion size. A similar trend was also observed in the hydrogen bonds formed between water molecules. Moreover, the 2D number density map of adsorbed water revealed that the high-density areas of water seem to be related to K+ ions and silicon/aluminum atoms on mica surface. These results are of great importance to understand the effects of hydrophobicity/hydrophicility of RTIL and water on the interfacial microstructure at electrified surfaces. Keywords: Room temperature ionic liquids, Hydrophobicity/hydrophicility, Water content, Electrical double layer, Mica surface

  15. Fabry-Pérot Oscillation and Room Temperature Lasing in Perovskite Cube-Corner Pyramid Cavities

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    Mi, Yang


    Recently, organometal halide perovskite-based optoelectronics, particularly lasers, have attracted intensive attentions because of its outstanding spectral coherence, low threshold, and wideband tunability. In this work, high-quality CH3 NH3 PbBr3 single crystals with a unique shape of cube-corner pyramids are synthesized on mica substrates using chemical vapor deposition method. These micropyramids naturally form cube-corner cavities, which are eminent candidates for small-sized resonators and retroreflectors. The as-grown perovskites show strong emission ≈530 nm in the vertical direction at room temperature. A special Fabry-Pérot (F-P) mode is employed to interpret the light confinement in the cavity. Lasing from the perovskite pyramids is observed from 80 to 200 K, with threshold ranging from ≈92 µJ cm-2 to 2.2 mJ cm-2 , yielding a characteristic temperature of T0 = 35 K. By coating a thin layer of Ag film, the threshold is reduced from ≈92 to 26 µJ cm-2 , which is accompanied by room temperature lasing with a threshold of ≈75 µJ cm-2 . This work advocates the prospect of shape-engineered perovskite crystals toward developing micro-sized optoelectronic devices and potentially investigating light-matter coupling in quantum optics.

  16. Room-temperature near-infrared electroluminescence from boron-diffused silicon pn junction diodes

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    Full Text Available Silicon pn junction diodes with different doping concentrations were prepared by boron diffusion into Czochralski (CZ n-type silicon substrate. Their room-temperature near-infrared electroluminescence (EL was measured. In the EL spectra of the heavily boron doped diode, a luminescence peak at ~1.6 m (0.78 eV was observed besides the band-to-band line (~1.1eV under the condition of high current injection, while in that of the lightly boron doped diode only the band-to-band line was observed. The intensity of peak at 0.78 eV increases exponentially with current injection with no observable saturation at room temperature. Furthermore, no dislocations were found in the cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy image, and no dislocation-related luminescence was observed in the low-temperature photoluminescence spectra. We deduce the 0.78 eV emission originates from the irradiative recombination in the strain region of diodes caused by the diffusion of large number of boron atoms into silicon crystal lattice.

  17. Room-Temperature-Processed Flexible Amorphous InGaZnO Thin Film Transistor. (United States)

    Xiao, Xiang; Zhang, Letao; Shao, Yang; Zhou, Xiaoliang; He, Hongyu; Zhang, Shengdong


    A room-temperature flexible amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide thin film transistor (a-IGZO TFT) technology is developed on plastic substrates, in which both the gate dielectric and passivation layers of the TFTs are formed by an anodic oxidation (anodization) technique. While the gate dielectric Al 2 O 3 is grown with a conventional anodization on an Al:Nd gate electrode, the channel passivation layer Al 2 O 3 is formed using a localized anodization technique. The anodized Al 2 O 3 passivation layer shows a superior passivation effect to that of PECVD SiO 2 . The room-temperature-processed flexible a-IGZO TFT exhibits a field-effect mobility of 7.5 cm 2 /V·s, a subthreshold swing of 0.44 V/dec, an on-off ratio of 3.1 × 10 8 , and an acceptable gate-bias stability with threshold voltage shifts of 2.65 and -1.09 V under positive gate-bias stress and negative gate-bias stress, respectively. Bending and fatigue tests confirm that the flexible a-IGZO TFT also has a good mechanical reliability, with electrical performances remaining consistent up to a strain of 0.76% as well as after 1200 cycles of fatigue testing.

  18. Preparation and Extraordinary Room-Temperature CO Sensing Capabilities of Pd-SnO₂ Composite Nanoceramics. (United States)

    Wang, Mengye; Sun, Beilei; Jiang, Zhengyong; Liu, Yong; Wang, Xuening; Tang, Zilong; Wang, Yu; Chen, Wanping


    Pd-SnO2 composite nanoceramics have been prepared from SnO2 and Pd nanoparticles through traditional pressing and sintering. Their responses to CO at room temperature are found to depend greatly on the content of Pd. For those samples with 1.0 and 5.0 mol% Pd, their resistance increases dramatically upon being exposed to CO in air; while for samples of 0.2 mol% Pd, their resistance decreases greatly upon being exposed to CO in air, and extraordinary room-temperature CO sensing capabilities, including high sensitivities around 15, short response time of 20 s and recovery time of 60 s for 100 ppm CO in air, a high selectivity against H2, have been observed for them. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses showed that Pd2+ was formed in samples of 1 mol% Pd, while both Pd2+ and Pd4+ were formed in samples of 0.2 mol% Pd. It is proposed that for Pd-SnO2 composite nanoceramics, Pd2+ is responsible for CO-induced increase while Pd4+ is responsible for CO-induced decrease in resistance.

  19. γ-irradiation induced zinc ferrites and their enhanced room-temperature ammonia gas sensing properties (United States)

    Raut, S. D.; Awasarmol, V. V.; Ghule, B. G.; Shaikh, S. F.; Gore, S. K.; Sharma, R. P.; Pawar, P. P.; Mane, R. S.


    Zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4) nanoparticles (NPs), synthesized using a facile and cost-effective sol-gel auto-combustion method, were irradiated with 2 and 5 kGy γ-doses using 60Co as a radioactive source. Effect of γ-irradiation on the structure, morphology, pore-size and pore-volume and room-temperature (300 K) gas sensor performance has been measured and reported. Both as-synthesized and γ-irradiated ZnFe2O4 NPs reveal remarkable gas sensor activity to ammonia in contrast to methanol, ethanol, acetone and toluene volatile organic gases. The responses of pristine, 2 and 5 kGy γ-irradiated ZnFe2O4 NPs are respectively 55%, 66% and 81% @100 ppm concentration of ammonia, signifying an importance of γ-irradiation for enhancing the sensitivity, selectivity and stability of ZnFe2O4 NPs as ammonia gas sensors. Thereby, due to increase in surface area and crystallinity on γ-doses, the γ-irradiation improves the room-temperature ammonia gas sensing performance of ZnFe2O4.

  20. Neurobehavioral approach for evaluation of office workers' productivity: The effects of room temperature

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    Lan, Li; Lian, Zhiwei; Pan, Li [School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Ye, Qian [Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science, Shanghai 200041 (China)


    Indoor environment quality has great influence on worker's productivity, and how to assess the effect of indoor environment on productivity remains to be the major challenge. A neurobehavioral approach was proposed for evaluation of office workers' productivity in this paper. The distinguishing characteristic of neurobehavioral approach is its emphasis on the identification and measurement of behavioral changes, for the influence of environment on brain functions manifests behaviorally. Therefore worker's productivity can be comprehensively evaluated by testing the neurobehavioral functions. Four neurobehavioral functions, including perception, learning and memory, thinking, and executive functions were measured with nine representative psychometric tests. The effect of room temperature on performance of neurobehavioral tests was investigated in the laboratory. Four temperatures (19 C, 24 C, 27 C, and 32 C) were investigated based on the thermal sensation from cold to hot. Signal detection theory was utilized to analyze response bias. It was found that motivated people could maintain high performance for a short time under adverse (hot or cold) environmental conditions. Room temperature affected task performance differentially, depending on the type of tasks. The proposed neurobehavioral approach could be worked to quantitatively and systematically evaluate office workers' productivity. (author)

  1. Self-assembly of gas-phase synthesized magnesium nanoparticles on room temperature substrates (United States)

    Venturi, F.; Calizzi, M.; Bals, S.; Perkisas, T.; Pasquini, L.


    Magnesium nanoparticles (NPs) with initial size in the 10-50 nm range were synthesized by inert gas condensation under helium flow and deposited on room temperature substrates. The morphology and crystal structure of the NPs ensemble were investigated as a function of the deposition time by complementary electron microscopy techniques, including high resolution imaging and chemical mapping. With increasing amount of material, strong coarsening phenomena were observed at room temperature: small NPs disappeared while large faceted NPs developed, leading to a 5-fold increase of the average NPs size within a few minutes. The extent of coarsening and the final morphology depended also on the nature of the substrate. Furthermore, large single-crystal NPs were seen to arise from the self-organization of primary NPs units, providing a mechanism for crystal growth. The dynamics of the self-assembly process involves the basic steps of NPs sticking, diffusion on substrate, coordinated rotation and attachment/coalescence. Key features are the surface energy anisotropy, reflected by the faceted shape of the NPs, and the low melting point of the material. The observed phenomena have strong implications in relation to the synthesis and stability of nanostructures based on Mg or other elements with similar features.

  2. Giant room-temperature magnetodielectric coupling in spark plasma sintered brownmillerite ceramics

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    Wu, J. W.; Wang, J.; Liu, G.; Wu, Y. J.; Liu, X. Q.; Chen, X. M.


    The dielectric, magnetic, and magnetodielectric properties of Ca 2 FeAO 5+δ (A = Al, Ga) ceramics were investigated together with their crystal structures. Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction data indicated that the space group of the Ca 2 FeAlO 5+δ ceramic was Ibm2, whereas that of the Ca 2 FeGaO 5+δ ceramic was Pcmn. Dielectric relaxation above room temperature, originating from the Maxwell–Wagner effect and polaronic hole hopping between Fe 3+ and Fe 4+ ions, was observed in both ceramics. Weak ferrimagnetic behavior was identified from the magnetic-field-dependent magnetization in these ceramics, which was attributed to the non-cancelled spins of the antiferromagnetic-ordered Fe 3+ and Fe 4+ ions. An intrinsic, giant, room-temperature magnetodielectric coefficient of up to −23.3% was achieved in the Ca 2 FeAlO 5+δ ceramic at 50 MHz, which was attributed to the suppression of charge fluctuations of Fe 3+ and Fe 4+ ions in the magnetic field

  3. A Room Temperature Ultrasensitive Magnetoelectric Susceptometer for Quantitative Tissue Iron Detection (United States)

    Xi, Hao; Qian, Xiaoshi; Lu, Meng-Chien; Mei, Lei; Rupprecht, Sebastian; Yang, Qing X.; Zhang, Q. M.


    Iron is a trace mineral that plays a vital role in the human body. However, absorbing and accumulating excessive iron in body organs (iron overload) can damage or even destroy an organ. Even after many decades of research, progress on the development of noninvasive and low-cost tissue iron detection methods is very limited. Here we report a recent advance in a room-temperature ultrasensitive biomagnetic susceptometer for quantitative tissue iron detection. The biomagnetic susceptometer exploits recent advances in the magnetoelectric (ME) composite sensors that exhibit an ultrahigh AC magnetic sensitivity under the presence of a strong DC magnetic field. The first order gradiometer based on piezoelectric and magnetostrictive laminate (ME composite) structure shows an equivalent magnetic noise of 0.99 nT/rt Hz at 1 Hz in the presence of a DC magnetic field of 0.1 Tesla and a great common mode noise rejection ability. A prototype magnetoelectric liver susceptometry has been demonstrated with liver phantoms. The results indicate its output signals to be linearly responsive to iron concentrations from normal iron dose (0.05 mg Fe/g liver phantom) to 5 mg Fe/g liver phantom iron overload (100X overdose). The results here open up many innovative possibilities for compact-size, portable, cost-affordable, and room-temperature operated medical systems for quantitative determinations of tissue iron.

  4. Thermophysical and spectroscopic studies of room temperature ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate in Tritons

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    Chaudhary, Ganga Ram; Bansal, Shafila; Mehta, S.K.; Ahluwalia, A.S.


    Highlights: ► Thermophysical studies of new formulations of [BMIM][PF 6 ]+TX(45,100) have been made. ► Strong intermolecular interactions between [BMIM][PF 6 ] and TX (45, 100) is observed. ► Magnitude of interactions increases with the addition of oxyethylene groups in TX. ► With rise in temperature, intermolecular interactions increases. ► Spectroscopic studies show that interactions are via aromatic rings of RTIL and TX. - Abstract: The thermophysical properties viz. density ρ, speed of sound u, and specific conductivity κ of pure room temperature ionic liquid (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate) and its binary formulations with Triton X-45 and Triton X-100 have been studied over the entire composition range at different temperatures (293.15 to 323.15) K. Excess molar volume V E , deviation in isentropic compressibility ΔK S , partial molar excess volume V i E , deviation in partial molar isentropic compressibility ΔK S,i , deviation in specific conductivity Δκ have also been estimated and analysed. Spectroscopic properties (IR, 1 H and 13 C NMR) of these mixtures have been investigated in order to understand the structural and interactional behaviour of formulations studied. The magnitude of interactions between the two components increases with addition of number of oxyethylene groups in Tritons and with rise in temperature. Spectroscopic measurements indicate that interactions are mainly taking place through the five member ring of room temperature ionic liquid and six member ring of Tritons.

  5. Polyaniline-Cadmium Ferrite Nanostructured Composite for Room-Temperature Liquefied Petroleum Gas Sensing (United States)

    Kotresh, S.; Ravikiran, Y. T.; Tiwari, S. K.; Vijaya Kumari, S. C.


    We introduce polyaniline-cadmium ferrite (PANI-CdFe2O4) nanostructured composite as a room-temperature-operable liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sensor. The structure of PANI and the composite prepared by chemical polymerization was characterized by Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and field-emission scanning electron microscopy. Comparative XRD and FT-IR analysis confirmed CdFe2O4 embedded in PANI matrix with mutual interfacial interaction. The nanostructure of the composite was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. A simple LPG sensor operable at room temperature, exclusively based on spin-coated PANI-CdFe2O4 nanocomposite, was fabricated with maximum sensing response of 50.83% at 1000 ppm LPG. The response and recovery time of the sensor were 50 s and 110 s, respectively, and it was stable over a period of 1 month with slight degradation of 4%. The sensing mechanism is discussed on the basis of the p- n heterojunction barrier formed at the interface of PANI and CdFe2O4.

  6. Room temperature high-detectivity mid-infrared photodetectors based on black arsenic phosphorus. (United States)

    Long, Mingsheng; Gao, Anyuan; Wang, Peng; Xia, Hui; Ott, Claudia; Pan, Chen; Fu, Yajun; Liu, Erfu; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Lu, Wei; Nilges, Tom; Xu, Jianbin; Wang, Xiaomu; Hu, Weida; Miao, Feng


    The mid-infrared (MIR) spectral range, pertaining to important applications, such as molecular "fingerprint" imaging, remote sensing, free space telecommunication, and optical radar, is of particular scientific interest and technological importance. However, state-of-the-art materials for MIR detection are limited by intrinsic noise and inconvenient fabrication processes, resulting in high-cost photodetectors requiring cryogenic operation. We report black arsenic phosphorus-based long-wavelength IR photodetectors, with room temperature operation up to 8.2 μm, entering the second MIR atmospheric transmission window. Combined with a van der Waals heterojunction, room temperature-specific detectivity higher than 4.9 × 10 9 Jones was obtained in the 3- to 5-μm range. The photodetector works in a zero-bias photovoltaic mode, enabling fast photoresponse and low dark noise. Our van der Waals heterojunction photodetectors not only exemplify black arsenic phosphorus as a promising candidate for MIR optoelectronic applications but also pave the way for a general strategy to suppress 1/ f noise in photonic devices.

  7. Room temperature stable COx-free H2 production from methanol with magnesium oxide nanophotocatalysts (United States)

    Liu, Zhengqing; Yin, Zongyou; Cox, Casandra; Bosman, Michel; Qian, Xiaofeng; Li, Na; Zhao, Hongyang; Du, Yaping; Li, Ju; Nocera, Daniel G.


    Methanol, which contains 12.6 weight percent hydrogen, is a good hydrogen storage medium because it is a liquid at room temperature. However, by releasing the hydrogen, undesirable CO and/or CO2 byproducts are formed during catalytic fuel reforming. We show that alkaline earth metal oxides, in our case MgO nanocrystals, exhibit stable photocatalytic activity for CO/CO2-free H2 production from liquid methanol at room temperature. The performance of MgO nanocrystals toward methanol dehydrogenation increases with time and approaches ~320 μmol g−1 hour−1 after a 2-day photocatalytic reaction. The COx-free H2 production is attributed to methanol photodecomposition to formaldehyde, photocatalyzed by surface electronic states of unique monodispersed, porous MgO nanocrystals, which were synthesized with a novel facile colloidal chemical strategy. An oxygen plasma treatment allows for the removal of organic surfactants, producing MgO nanocrystals that are well dispersible in methanol. PMID:28508036

  8. Low cycle fatigue strength of some austenitic stainless steels at room temperature and elevated temperatures

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    Type 304, 316, and 316L stainless steels were tested from room temperature to 650 0 C using two kinds of bending test specimens. Particularly, Type 304 was tested at several cyclic rates and 550 0 and 650 0 C, and the effect of cyclic rate on its fatigue strength was investigated. Test results are summarized as follows: (1) The bending fatigue strength at room temperature test shows good agreement with the axial fatigue one, (2) Manson--Coffin's fatigue equation can be applied to the results, (3) the ratio of crack initiation to failure life becomes larger at higher stress level, and (4) the relation between crack propagation life and total strain range or elastic strain range are linear in log-log scale. This relation also agrees with the equations which were derived from some crack propagation laws. It was also observed at the elevated temperature test: (1) The reduction of fatigue strength is not noticeable below 500 0 C, but it is noted at higher temperature. (2) The cycle rate does not affect on fatigue strength in faster cyclic rate than 20 cpm and below 100,000 cycles life range. (3) Type 316 stainless steel shows better fatigue property than type 304 and 316L stainless steels. 30 figures

  9. Room Temperature Ion-Beam-Induced Recrystallization and Large Scale Nanopatterning. (United States)

    Satpati, Biswarup; Ghosh, Tanmay


    We have studied ion-induced effects in the near-surface region of two eutectic systems. Gold and Silver nanodots on Silicon (100) substrate were prepared by thermal evaporation under high vacuum condition at room temperature (RT) and irradiated with 1.5 MeV Au2+ ions at flux ~1.25 x 10(11) ions cm-2 s-1 also at RT. These samples were characterized using cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM) and associated techniques. We have observed that gold act as catalysis in the recrystallization process of ion-beam-induced amorphous Si at room temperature and also large mass transport up to a distance of about 60 nm into the substrate. Mass transport is much beyond the size (~ 6-20 nm) of these Au nanodots. Ag nanoparticles with diameter 15-45 nm are half-way embedded into the Si substrate and does not stimulate in recrystallization. In case of Au nanoparticles upon ion irradiation, mixed phase formed only when the local composition and transient temperature during irradiation is sufficient to cause mixing in accordance with the Au-Si stable phase diagram. Spectroscopic imaging in the scanning TEM using spatially resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy provides one of the few ways to measure the real-space nanoscale mixing.

  10. Photocatalytic reduction of NO pollutant using an optical-fibre photoreactor at room temperature. (United States)

    Yu, Yi-Hui; Su, I-Hsuan; Wu, Jeffrey C S


    Photo-assisted catalytic reduction of nitric oxide (NO) was studied over different metal-loaded TiO2 catalysts at room temperature. The activities of metal-loaded (Pt, Ag, Cu) TiO2 photocatalysts, prepared by the sol-gel method, were compared in a batch system using CH4 as the reducing agent. The Pt/TiO2 catalyst showed the highest activity for NO reduction. Thus, Pt/TiO2 was coated on optical fibres and used in a continuous-flow optical-fibre photoreactor. The optical-fibre photoreactor provides light irradiation on the photocatalyst through the optical fibre, thus improving the efficiency ofphotoreactions. Ten per cent conversion of NO was found using CH4 as the reducing agent. The NO conversions increased to 90% in the presence of water vapour and oxygen. However, most NO was oxidized to NO2. Hydrogen had superior reducing capabilities over CH4 on Pt/TiO2 photocatalyst, and the conversion of NO reached 85%. But the conversion of NO was substantially decreased to less than 10% in the presence of water vapour and oxygen. Our research proposed an alternative way to reduce NO pollutant to N2 at room temperature using an optical-fibre photoreactor, which could possibly utilize sunlight in the future.

  11. Room-temperature near-infrared high-Q perovskite whispering-gallery planar nanolasers. (United States)

    Zhang, Qing; Ha, Son Tung; Liu, Xinfeng; Sum, Tze Chien; Xiong, Qihua


    Near-infrared (NIR) solid-state micro/nanolasers are important building blocks for true integration of optoelectronic circuitry. Although significant progress has been made in III-V nanowire lasers with achieving NIR lasing at room temperature, challenges remain including low quantum efficiencies and high Auger losses. Importantly, the obstacles toward integrating one-dimensional nanowires on the planar ubiquitous Si platform need to be effectively tackled. Here we demonstrate a new family of planar room-temperature NIR nanolasers based on organic-inorganic perovskite CH3NH3PbI(3-a)X(a) (X = I, Br, Cl) nanoplatelets. Their large exciton binding energies, long diffusion lengths, and naturally formed high-quality planar whispering-gallery mode cavities ensure adequate gain and efficient optical feedback for low-threshold optically pumped in-plane lasing. We show that these remarkable wavelength tunable whispering-gallery nanolasers can be easily integrated onto conductive platforms (Si, Au, indium tin oxide, and so forth). Our findings open up a new class of wavelength tunable planar nanomaterials potentially suitable for on-chip integration.

  12. Room Temperature Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNT Chemiresistive Ammonia Gas Sensor

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    Bala Sekhar DASARI


    Full Text Available Single walled carbon nanotubes were functionalized with carboxyl (–COOH group using simple acid treatment process. Thin films of functionalized SWCNTs were fabricated using drop cast technique from the dispersion prepared in de-ionized water. These films were characterized using FE-SEM, FTIR, Raman spectroscopy techniques and current-voltage measurements were carried at room and elevated temperature. SWCNT chemiresistor gas sensor devices on silicon substrate were fabricated using conventional microfabrication technology with pristine and functionalized SWCNTs. Fabricated gas sensors were exposed to ammonia in an in-house developed gas sensor characterization system and response was measured at ammonia concentration up to 50 ppm at room temperature. Functionalized SWCNTs chemiresistor showed an impressive ammonia response of 20.2 % compared with 2.9 % of pristine counterpart. Response enhancement mechanisms are discussed in terms of defects and gas molecule adsorption on CNT surface. The achieved results are a step towards development of miniaturized, room temperature ammonia sensor for environment pollution monitoring and control.

  13. Room Temperature Cyclic Deformation Behavior of Cast and Extruded NiAl (United States)

    Noebe, R. D.; Lerch, B. A.


    The fully reversed, strain controlled fatigue behavior of cast and extruded NiAl was evaluated at room temperature for plastic strain ranges of 0.0006 to 0.0002 to provide baseline data on the fatigue life of NiAl and to investigate whether the low ductility of NiAl would result in poor low-cycle fatigue behavior. Except at the smallest plastic strain range investigated, NiAl work hardened continuously until failure with a final fracture stress under cyclic conditions which was at least 60 percent greater than the monotonic fracture strength of NiAl. Fatigue fracture initiation occurred at large internal tear-shaped pores, and fatigue life was controlled or limited by the presence of these processing-related defects. Even with the processing defects present in this material and the limited ductility of NiAl in general, cast and extruded NiAl exhibited much greater fatigue life at room temperature than comparable B2 ordered compounds when compared on a strain range basis.

  14. Room temperature diamond-like carbon coatings produced by low energy ion implantation

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    Markwitz, A., E-mail: [Department for Ion Beam Technologies, GNS Science, 30 Gracefield Road, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Mohr, B.; Leveneur, J. [Department for Ion Beam Technologies, GNS Science, 30 Gracefield Road, Lower Hutt (New Zealand)


    Nanometre-smooth diamond-like carbon coatings (DLC) were produced at room temperature with ion implantation using 6 kV C{sub 3}H{sub y}{sup +} ion beams. Ion beam analysis measurements showed that the coatings contain no heavy Z impurities at the level of 100 ppm, have a homogeneous stoichiometry in depth and a hydrogen concentration of typically 25 at.%. High resolution TEM analysis showed high quality and atomically flat amorphous coatings on wafer silicon. Combined TEM and RBS analysis gave a coating density of 3.25 g cm{sup −3}. Raman spectroscopy was performed to probe for sp{sup 2}/sp{sup 3} bonds in the coatings. The results indicate that low energy ion implantation with 6 kV produces hydrogenated amorphous carbon coatings with a sp{sup 3} content of about 20%. Results highlight the opportunity of developing room temperature DLC coatings with ion beam technology for industrial applications.

  15. Hydrogen Treatment for Superparamagnetic VO2 Nanowires with Large Room-Temperature Magnetoresistance. (United States)

    Li, Zejun; Guo, Yuqiao; Hu, Zhenpeng; Su, Jihu; Zhao, Jiyin; Wu, Junchi; Wu, Jiajing; Zhao, Yingcheng; Wu, Changzheng; Xie, Yi


    One-dimensional (1D) transition metal oxide (TMO) nanostructures are actively pursued in spintronic devices owing to their nontrivial d electron magnetism and confined electron transport pathways. However, for TMOs, the realization of 1D structures with long-range magnetic order to achieve a sensitive magnetoelectric response near room temperature has been a longstanding challenge. Herein, we exploit a chemical hydric effect to regulate the spin structure of 1D V-V atomic chains in monoclinic VO2 nanowires. Hydrogen treatment introduced V(3+) (3d(2) ) ions into the 1D zigzag V-V chains, triggering the formation of ferromagnetically coupled V(3+) -V(4+) dimers to produce 1D superparamagnetic chains and achieve large room-temperature negative magnetoresistance (-23.9 %, 300 K, 0.5 T). This approach offers new opportunities to regulate the spin structure of 1D nanostructures to control the intrinsic magnetoelectric properties of spintronic materials. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Observation of Room-Temperature Magnetoresistance in Monolayer MoS2 by Ferromagnetic Gating. (United States)

    Jie, Wenjing; Yang, Zhibin; Zhang, Fan; Bai, Gongxun; Leung, Chi Wah; Hao, Jianhua


    Room-temperature magnetoresistance (MR) effect is observed in heterostructures of wafer-scale MoS 2 layers and ferromagnetic dielectric CoFe 2 O 4 (CFO) thin films. Through the ferromagnetic gating, an MR ratio of -12.7% is experimentally achieved in monolayer MoS 2 under 90 kOe magnetic field at room temperature (RT). The observed MR ratio is much higher than that in previously reported nonmagnetic metal coupled with ferromagnetic insulator, which generally exhibited MR ratio of less than 1%. The enhanced MR is attributed to the spin accumulation at the heterostructure interface and spin injection to the MoS 2 layers by the strong spin-orbit coupling effect. The injected spin can contribute to the spin current and give rise to the MR by changing the resistance of MoS 2 layers. Furthermore, the MR effect decreases as the thickness of MoS 2 increases, and the MR ratio becomes negligible in MoS 2 with thickness more than 10 layers. Besides, it is interesting to find a magnetic field direction dependent spin Hall magnetoresistance that stems from a combination of the spin Hall and the inverse spin Hall effects. Our research provides an insight into exploring RT MR in monolayer materials, which should be helpful for developing ultrathin magnetic storage devices in the atomically thin limit.

  17. Real-time transmission electron microscope observation of gold nanoclusters diffusing into silicon at room temperature

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    Ishida, Tadashi; Nakajima, Yuuki; Fujita, Hiroyuki; Endo, Junji; Collard, Dominique


    Gold diffusion into silicon at room temperature was observed in real time with atomic resolution. Gold nanoclusters were formed on a silicon surface by an electrical discharge between a silicon tip and a gold coated tip inside an ultrahigh-vacuum transmission electron microscope (TEM) specimen chamber. At the moment of the gold nanocluster deposition, the gold nanoclusters had a crystalline structure. The crystalline structure gradually disappeared due to the interdiffusion between silicon and gold as observed after the deposition of gold nanoclusters. The shape of the nanocluster gradually changed due to the gold diffusion into the damaged silicon. The diffusion front between silicon and gold moved toward the silicon side. From the observations of the diffusion front, the gold diffusivity at room temperature was extracted. The extracted activation energy, 0.21 eV, matched the activation energy in bulk diffusion between damaged silicon and gold. This information is useful for optimizing the hybridization between solid-state and biological nanodevices in which gold is used as an adhesive layer between the two devices.

  18. Fabrication and Microstructure of Hydroxyapatite Coatings on Zirconia by Room Temperature Spray Process. (United States)

    Seo, Dong Seok; Chae, Hak Cheol; Lee, Jong Kook


    Hydroxyapatite coatings were fabricated on zirconia substrates by a room temperature spray process and were investigated with regards to their microstructure, composition and dissolution in water. An initial hydroxyapatite powder was prepared by heat treatment of bovine-bone derived powder at 1100 °C for 2 h, while dense zirconia substrates were fabricated by pressing 3Y-TZP powder and sintering it at 1350 °C for 2 h. Room temperature spray coating was performed using a slit nozzle in a low pressure-chamber with a controlled coating time. The phase composition of the resultant hydroxyapatite coatings was similar to that of the starting powder, however, the grain size of the hydroxyapatite particles was reduced to about 100 nm due to their formation by particle impaction and fracture. All areas of the coating had a similar morphology, consisting of reticulated structure with a high surface roughness. The hydroxyapatite coating layer exhibited biostability in a stimulated body fluid, with no severe dissolution being observed during in vitro experimentation.

  19. Room temperature deformation of in-situ grown quasicrystals embedded in Al-based cast alloy

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    Full Text Available An Al-based cast alloy containing Mn, Be and Cu has been chosen to investigate the room temperature deformation behavior of QC particles embedded in Al-matrix. Using LOM, SEM (equipped with EDS, conventional TEM with SAED and controlled tensile and compression tests, the deformation response of AlMn2Be2Cu2 cast alloy at room temperature has been examined. Alloy consisted of Al-based matrix, primary particles and eutectic icosahedral quasicrystalline (QC i-phase and traces of Θ-Al2Cu and Al10Mn3. Tensile and compression specimens were used for evaluation of mechanical response and behavior of QC i-phase articles embedded in Al-cast alloy. It has been established that embedded QC i-phase particles undergo plastic deformation along with the Al-based matrix even under severe deformation and have the response resembling that of the metallic materials by formation of typical cup-and-cone feature prior to failure. So, we can conclude that QC i-phase has the ability to undergo plastic deformation along with the Al-matrix to greater extent contrary to e.g. intermetallics such as Θ-Al2Cu for instance.

  20. Room temperature synthesis of a Zn(II) metal-organic coordination polymer for dye removal

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    Abbasi, Alireza, E-mail: [School of Chemistry, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Gharib, Maniya; Najafi, Mahnaz [School of Chemistry, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Janczak, Jan [Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, PO Box 1410, 50-950 Wrocław (Poland)


    A new one-dimensional (1D) coordination polymer, [Zn(4,4′-bpy)(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}](ADC)·4H{sub 2}O (1) (4,4′-bpy=4,4′-bipyridine and H{sub 2}ADC=acetylenedicarboxylic acid), was synthesized at room temperature. The crystal structure of the coordination polymer was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Compound 1 was also characterized by FT-IR, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The catalytic activity of 1 was evaluated in the color removal of Bismarck brown as a representative of dye pollutant in water under mild conditions. Coordination polymer 1 exhibited good catalytic activity and stability in the decolorization of Bismarck brown and could be easily recovered and reused for at least three cycles. - Graphical abstract: A new 1D coordination polymer as catalyst for the degradation of Bismarck brown aqueous solution. - Highlights: • A 1D coordination polymer has been synthesized at room temperature. • The prepared compound was utilized for color removal of Bismarck brown dye. • Good catalytic activity and stability in the dye decolorization has been found.

  1. Predicting the thermal conductivity of aluminium alloys in the cryogenic to room temperature range (United States)

    Woodcraft, Adam L.


    Aluminium alloys are being used increasingly in cryogenic systems. However, cryogenic thermal conductivity measurements have been made on only a few of the many types in general use. This paper describes a method of predicting the thermal conductivity of any aluminium alloy between the superconducting transition temperature (approximately 1 K) and room temperature, based on a measurement of the thermal conductivity or electrical resistivity at a single temperature. Where predictions are based on low temperature measurements (approximately 4 K and below), the accuracy is generally better than 10%. Useful predictions can also be made from room temperature measurements for most alloys, but with reduced accuracy. This method permits aluminium alloys to be used in situations where the thermal conductivity is important without having to make (or find) direct measurements over the entire temperature range of interest. There is therefore greater scope to choose alloys based on mechanical properties and availability, rather than on whether cryogenic thermal conductivity measurements have been made. Recommended thermal conductivity values are presented for aluminium 6082 (based on a new measurement), and for 1000 series, and types 2014, 2024, 2219, 3003, 5052, 5083, 5086, 5154, 6061, 6063, 6082, 7039 and 7075 (based on low temperature measurements in the literature).

  2. Ferromagnetism at room temperature in Co-doped KNbO{sub 3} bulk samples

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    Astudillo, A., E-mail: [Low Temperature Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cauca, Calle 5 No. 4-70, Popayán (Colombia); Izquierdo, J.L. [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Campus Medellín, Departamento de Física, Laboratorio de Materiales Cerámicos y Vítreos, A.A. 568, Medellín (Colombia); Gómez, A. [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Campus Medellín, Facultad de Minas, Laboratorio de Caracterización de Materiales, A.A. 568, Medellín (Colombia); Bolaños, G. [Low Temperature Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cauca, Calle 5 No. 4-70, Popayán (Colombia); Morán, O. [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Campus Medellín, Departamento de Física, Laboratorio de Materiales Cerámicos y Vítreos, A.A. 568, Medellín (Colombia)


    In this work, polycrystalline KNb{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0, 0.05 and 0.1) samples were synthesized through standard solid-state reaction, and their structural and magnetic properties were carefully studied. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) patterns show reflections of a pure orthorhombic structure (space group Bmm2) with lattice parameters being very close to those reported in the literature. The most important point here is that all the samples ended up being single-phase with no affectation by impurities or segregates. The XRD peaks of Co-doped samples are broadened and shifted to the right side as compared to those of the pristine compound (x=0) suggesting effective substitution of Nb by Co ions. The Co-doped samples exhibit ferromagnetic properties at room temperature, which contrasts starkly with the paramagnetic behavior exhibited by the undoped sample. Interactions between bound magnetic polarons are considered as a possible scenario to explain the appearance of the ferromagnetic signal in the Co-doped samples. - Highlights: • Polycrystalline KNb{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0, 0.05 and 0.1) is synthesized by physical route. • XRD patterns show reflections of a pure orthorhombic structure. • No affectation by impurities or segregates is verified by XRD analysis. • The Co-doped samples exhibit ferromagnetic properties at room temperature.

  3. Improvement of Superplasticity in High-Mg Aluminum Alloys by Sacrifice of Some Room Temperature Formability (United States)

    Jin, H.; Amirkhiz, B. Shalchi; Lloyd, D. J.


    The mechanical properties of fully annealed Al-4.6 wt pct Mg alloys with different levels of Mn and Fe have been characterized at room and superplastic forming (SPF) temperatures. The effects of Mn and Fe on the intermetallic phase, grain structure, and cavitation were investigated and correlated to the formability at different temperatures. Although both Mn and Fe contribute to the formation of Al6(Mn,Fe) phase, which refines the grain structure by particle-stimulated nucleation and Zener pinning, their effects are different. An increasing Mn reduces the room temperature formability due to the increasing number of intermetallic particles, but significantly improves the superplasticity by fine grain size-induced grain boundary sliding. Meanwhile, the Fe makes the constituent particles very coarse, resulting in reduced formability at all temperatures due to extensive cavitation. A combination of high Mn and low Fe is therefore beneficial to SPF, while low levels of both elements are good for cold forming. Consequently, the superplasticity of high-Mg aluminum alloys can be significantly improved by modifying the chemical composition with sacrifice of some room temperature formability.

  4. Ultrasonic acoustic levitation for fast frame rate X-ray protein crystallography at room temperature (United States)

    Tsujino, Soichiro; Tomizaki, Takashi


    Increasing the data acquisition rate of X-ray diffraction images for macromolecular crystals at room temperature at synchrotrons has the potential to significantly accelerate both structural analysis of biomolecules and structure-based drug developments. Using lysozyme model crystals, we demonstrated the rapid acquisition of X-ray diffraction datasets by combining a high frame rate pixel array detector with ultrasonic acoustic levitation of protein crystals in liquid droplets. The rapid spinning of the crystal within a levitating droplet ensured an efficient sampling of the reciprocal space. The datasets were processed with a program suite developed for serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX). The structure, which was solved by molecular replacement, was found to be identical to the structure obtained by the conventional oscillation method for up to a 1.8-Å resolution limit. In particular, the absence of protein crystal damage resulting from the acoustic levitation was carefully established. These results represent a key step towards a fully automated sample handling and measurement pipeline, which has promising prospects for a high acquisition rate and high sample efficiency for room temperature X-ray crystallography.

  5. Room-temperature direct bonding of silicon and quartz glass wafers (United States)

    Wang, Chenxi; Wang, Yuan; Tian, Yanhong; Wang, Chunqing; Suga, Tadatomo


    We demonstrate a facile bonding method for combining Si/Si, Si/quartz, and quartz/quartz wafers at room temperature (˜25 °C) using a one-step O2/CF4/H2O plasma treatment. The bonding strengths were significantly improved by adding a small amount of CF4 into the oxygen plasma, such that reliable and tight bonding was obtained after storage in ambient air for 24 h, even without employing heat. Moreover, by introducing water vapor during O2/CF4 plasma treatment, uniform wafer bonding was spontaneously achieved without applying an external force. The fluorinated surface asperities appear to be softened more easily by the interfacial water stress corrosion, enabling reliable bonding at room temperature. Additionally, adding an optimized amount of water vapor to the O2/CF4 plasma increases sufficiently the amount of hydroxyl groups without eliminating the CF4 effect. The additional water adsorbed on the surface may help to close the gap between the bonded wafers, resulting in better bonding efficiency.

  6. Improved Resin–Zirconia Bonding by Room Temperature Hydrofluoric Acid Etching

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    Mun-Hwan Lee


    Full Text Available This in vitro study was conducted to evaluate the shear bond strength of “non-self-adhesive” resin to dental zirconia etched with hydrofluoric acid (HF at room temperature and to compare it to that of air-abraded zirconia. Sintered zirconia plates were air-abraded (control or etched with 10%, 20%, or 30% HF for either 5 or 30 min. After cleaning, the surfaces were characterized using various analytical techniques. Three resin cylinders (Duo-Link were bonded to each treated plate. All bonded specimens were stored in water at 37 °C for 24 h, and then half of them were additionally thermocycled 5000 times prior to the shear bond-strength tests (n = 12. The formation of micro- and nano-porosities on the etched surfaces increased with increasing concentration and application time of the HF solution. The surface wettability of zirconia also increased with increasing surface roughness. Higher concentrations and longer application times of the HF solution produced higher bond-strength values. Infiltration of the resin into the micro- and nano-porosities was observed by scanning electron microscopy. This in vitro study suggests that HF slowly etches zirconia ceramic surfaces at room temperature, thereby improving the resin–zirconia bond strength by the formation of retentive sites.

  7. Quantum Correlations of Light from a Room-Temperature Mechanical Oscillator

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    V. Sudhir


    Full Text Available When an optical field is reflected from a compliant mirror, its intensity and phase become quantum-correlated due to radiation pressure. These correlations form a valuable resource: the mirror may be viewed as an effective Kerr medium generating squeezed states of light, or the correlations may be used to erase backaction from an interferometric measurement of the mirror’s position. To date, optomechanical quantum correlations have been observed in only a handful of cryogenic experiments, owing to the challenge of distilling them from thermomechanical noise. Accessing them at room temperature, however, would significantly extend their practical impact, with applications ranging from gravitational wave detection to chip-scale accelerometry. Here, we observe broadband quantum correlations developed in an optical field due to its interaction with a room-temperature nanomechanical oscillator, taking advantage of its high-cooperativity near-field coupling to an optical microcavity. The correlations manifest as a reduction in the fluctuations of a rotated quadrature of the field, in a frequency window spanning more than an octave below mechanical resonance. This is due to coherent cancellation of the two sources of quantum noise contaminating the measured quadrature—backaction and imprecision. Supplanting the backaction force with an off-resonant test force, we demonstrate the working principle behind a quantum-enhanced “variational” force measurement.

  8. Unexpected large room-temperature ferromagnetism in porous Cu{sub 2}O thin films

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    Hou, Xue [College of Physics Science & Information Engineering, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Films of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Sun, Huiyuan, E-mail: [College of Physics Science & Information Engineering, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Films of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Liu, Lihu; Jia, Xiaoxuan; Liu, Huiyuan [College of Physics Science & Information Engineering, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Films of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China)


    Porous Cu{sub 2}O films have been fabricated on porous anodic alumina substrates using DC-reactive magnetron sputtering with pure Cu targets, and unexpectedly large room temperature ferromagnetism has been observed in the films. The maximum saturation magnetic moment along the out-of-plane direction was as high as 94 emu/cm{sup 3}. Photoluminescence spectra show that the ferromagnetism originates with oxygen vacancies. The ferromagnetism could be adjusted by changing the concentration of oxygen vacancies through annealing in an oxygen atmosphere. These observations suggest that the origin of the ferromagnetism is due to coupling between oxygen vacancies with local magnetic moments in the porous Cu{sub 2}O films, which can occur either directly through exchange interactions between oxygen vacancies, or through the mediation of conduction electrons. Such a ferromagnet without the presence of any ferromagnetic dopant may find applications in spintronic devices. - Highlights: • Porous Cu{sub 2}O films were deposited on porous anodic alumina (PAA) substrates. • Significant room-temperature ferromagnetism has been observed in porous Cu{sub 2}O films. • Ferromagnetism of Cu{sub 2}O films exhibited different magnetic signals with the field. • The saturation magnetization is 94 emu/cm{sup 3} with an out-of-plane.

  9. Potassium iodide stockpiling

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    Krimm, R.W.


    After examination by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies of federal policy on the use and distribution of potassium iodide (KI) as a thyroid-blocking agent for use in off-site preparedness around commercial nuclear powerplants, FEMA believes the present shelf life of KI is too short, that the minimum ordering quantities are an obstacle to efficient procurement, and that the packaging format offered by the drug industry does not meet the wishes of state and local government officials. FEMA has asked assistance from the Food and Drug Administration in making it possible for those states wishing to satisfy appropriate requirements to do so at the minimum cost to the public. Given an appropriate packaging and drug form, there appears to be no reason for the federal government to have further involvement in the stockpiling of KI

  10. Photonic Crystal Architecture for Room-Temperature Equilibrium Bose-Einstein Condensation of Exciton Polaritons

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    Jian-Hua Jiang


    Full Text Available We describe photonic crystal microcavities with very strong light-matter interaction to realize room-temperature, equilibrium, exciton-polariton Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC. This goal is achieved through a careful balance between strong light trapping in a photonic band gap (PBG and large exciton density enabled by a multiple quantum-well (QW structure with a moderate dielectric constant. This approach enables the formation of a long-lived, dense 10-μm-1-cm- scale cloud of exciton polaritons with vacuum Rabi splitting that is roughly 7% of the bare exciton-recombination energy. We introduce a woodpile photonic crystal made of Cd_{0.6}  Mg_{0.4}Te with a 3D PBG of 9.2% (gap-to-central-frequency ratio that strongly focuses a planar guided optical field on CdTe QWs in the cavity. For 3-nm QWs with 5-nm barrier width, the exciton-photon coupling can be as large as ℏΩ=55  meV (i.e., a vacuum Rabi splitting of 2ℏΩ=110  meV. The exciton-recombination energy of 1.65 eV corresponds to an optical wavelength of 750 nm. For N=106 QWs embedded in the cavity, the collective exciton-photon coupling per QW (ℏΩ/sqrt[N]=5.4  meV is much larger than the state-of-the-art value of 3.3 meV, for the CdTe Fabry-Pérot microcavity. The maximum BEC temperature is limited by the depth of the dispersion minimum for the lower polariton branch, over which the polariton has a small effective mass of approximately 10^{−5}m_{0}, where m_{0} is the electron mass in vacuum. By detuning the bare exciton-recombination energy above the planar guided optical mode, a larger dispersion depth is achieved, enabling room-temperature BEC. The BEC transition temperature ranges as high as 500 K when the polariton density per QW is increased to (11a_{B}^{−2}, where a_{B}≃3.5  nm is the exciton Bohr radius and the exciton-cavity detuning is increased to 30 meV. A high-quality PBG can suppress exciton radiative decay and enhance the polariton

  11. Modeling of the transient behavior of heat pipes with room-temperature working fluids (United States)

    Brocheny, Pascal O.


    The heat pipe is a capillary-driven and two-phase flow device, capable of transporting and converting large amounts of energy with minimal losses. As a means of thermal management, uses of heat pipe technology not only include thermal control of satellites and spacecrafts in aerospace applications, but also the cooling of electronic components for ground applications. Recently, there has been a flourishing interest in exploring the use of heat pipe technology in the automotive field. However, in many thermal control applications, heat pipes using room-temperature working fluids, such as water or ammonia, with operating temperatures between 200 K (-73ºC) and 550 K (277ºC), can hardly operate at steady state conditions. The study of transient heat pipe phenomena becomes a significant area of research interests including not only startup and shutdown phases, but also heat redistribution, changes of thermal loading and heat removal. The transient performance is affected by thermal capacity and conductance of the heat pipe, capillary pumping forces, heating and cooling conditions. In the present study, the transient operations of different conventional room-temperature heat pipes were investigated analytically, including the capillary dryout and rewetting behaviors occurring at the evaporator section during startups. The physical model is based on the displacement of a leading-edge front of a thin liquid layer flowing on finite groove uniformly heated with a constant heat flux. A one-dimensional transient heat conduction model along the evaporator wall is coupled with the movement of the fluid layer during startup. Numerical solutions were obtained by a fully implicit Finite Difference Method, accounting for the movement of the liquid and a known time-variable temperature boundary condition at the liquid front. The velocity and position of the liquid front were found to vary with the applied heat flux, the initial conditions, and the thermophysical properties of the

  12. Evolution of interphase and intergranular strain in zirconium-niobium alloys during deformation at room temperature (United States)

    Cai, Song

    Zr-2.5Nb is currently used for pressure tubes in the CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium) reactor. A complete understanding of the deformation mechanism of Zr-2.5Nb is important if we are to accurately predict the in-reactor performance of pressure tubes and guarantee normal operation of the reactors. This thesis is a first step in gaining such an understanding; the deformation mechanism of ZrNb alloys at room temperature has been evaluated through studying the effect of texture and microstructure on deformation. In-situ neutron diffraction was used to monitor the evolution of the lattice strain of individual grain families along both the loading and Poisson's directions and to track the development of interphase and intergranular strains during deformation. The following experiments were carried out with data interpreted using elasto-plastic modeling techniques: (1) Compression tests of a 100%betaZr material at room temperature. (2) Tension and compression tests of hot rolled Zr-2.5Nb plate material. (3) Compression of annealed Zr-2.5Nb. (4) Cyclic loading of the hot rolled Zr-2.5Nb. (5) Compression tests of ZrNb alloys with different Nb and oxygen contents. The experimental results were interpreted using a combination of finite element (FE) and elasto-plastic self-consistent (EPSC) models. The phase properties and phase interactions well represented by the FE model, the EPSC model successfully captured the evolution of intergranular constraint during deformation and provided reasonable estimates of the critical resolved shear stress and hardening parameters of different slip systems under different conditions. The consistency of the material parameters obtained by the EPSC model allows the deformation mechanism at room temperature and the effect of textures and microstructures of ZrNb alloys to be understood. This work provides useful information towards manufacturing of Zr-2.5Nb components and helps in producing ideal microstructures and material properties for

  13. p-PEDOT:PSS as a heterojunction partner with n-ZnO for detection of LPG at room temperature

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    Ladhe, R.D. [Thin Film and Nano Science Laboratory, Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425 001 (M.S.) (India); Gurav, K.V. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Pawar, S.M. [Solar Cell Laboratory, LG Components R and D Center, 1271, Sa-Dong, Sanggrok-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do 426-791 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, J.H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Sankapal, B.R., E-mail: [Thin Film and Nano Science Laboratory, Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425 001 (M.S.) (India)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of heterojunction n-ZnO and p-PEDOT:PSS at room temperature (27 Degree-Sign C). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Use of this heterojunction as room temperature LPG sensor. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Remarkable gas response with good stability of the sensing device. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Use of heterojunction could offer cost-effective LPG sensor that is ecological-friendly. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mass production using scalable room temperature chemical deposition process. - Abstract: Investigation towards the performance of room temperature (27 Degree-Sign C) liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sensor based on the heterojunction between p-PEDOT:PSS and n-type ZnO is reported. The junction was developed by using chemically deposited ZnO film on to fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrate followed by coating of thin slurry layer of PEDOT:PSS by using spin coating technique. Both these methods are simple, inexpensive and suitable for large area applications. Different characterization techniques were used to characterize structural, surface morphological and compositional of the material deposited. LPG sensing behavior of the heterojunction was studied at room temperature along with the stability studies. At room temperature, the heterojunction showed 58.8% sensitivity upon exposure to 1000 ppm of LPG with good response and recovery time like 225 s and 190 s, respectively. Furthermore, the LPG sensor reported is cost-effective, user friendly, and easy to fabricate using low cost chemical methods at room temperature.

  14. Miniaturized Planar Room Temperature Ionic Liquid Electrochemical Gas Sensor for Rapid Multiple Gas Pollutants Monitoring. (United States)

    Wan, Hao; Yin, Heyu; Lin, Lu; Zeng, Xiangqun; Mason, Andrew J


    The growing impact of airborne pollutants and explosive gases on human health and occupational safety has escalated the demand of sensors to monitor hazardous gases. This paper presents a new miniaturized planar electrochemical gas sensor for rapid measurement of multiple gaseous hazards. The gas sensor features a porous polytetrafluoroethylene substrate that enables fast gas diffusion and room temperature ionic liquid as the electrolyte. Metal sputtering was utilized for platinum electrodes fabrication to enhance adhesion between the electrodes and the substrate. Together with carefully selected electrochemical methods, the miniaturized gas sensor is capable of measuring multiple gases including oxygen, methane, ozone and sulfur dioxide that are important to human health and safety. Compared to its manually-assembled Clark-cell predecessor, this sensor provides better sensitivity, linearity and repeatability, as validated for oxygen monitoring. With solid performance, fast response and miniaturized size, this sensor is promising for deployment in wearable devices for real-time point-of-exposure gas pollutant monitoring.

  15. Magnetic refrigeration at room temperature - from magnetocaloric materials to a prototype

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    Kuhn, Luise Theil; Pryds, Nini; Bahl, Christian Robert Haffenden


    materials, their shaping and graded composition for technological use. Modelling the performance of a permanent magnet with optimum use of the flux and relatively low weight, and designing and constructing a prototype continuous magnetic refrigeration device have also been major tasks in the project......Based on the magnetocaloric effect, magnetic refrigeration at room temperature has for the past decade been a promising, environmentally friendly new energy technology predicted to have a significantly higher efficiency than the present conventional methods. However, so far only a few prototype...... refrigeration machines have been presented worldwide and there are still many scientific and technological challenges to be overcome. We report here on the MagCool project, which spans all the way from basic materials studies to the construction of a prototype. Emphasis has been on ceramic magnetocaloric...

  16. From molten salts to room temperature ionic liquids: simulation studies on chloroaluminate systems. (United States)

    Salanne, Mathieu; Siqueira, Leonardo J A; Seitsonen, Ari P; Madden, Paul A; Kirchner, Barbara


    An interaction potential including chloride anion polarization effects, constructed from first-principles calculations, is used to examine the structure and transport properties of a series of chloroaluminate melts. A particular emphasis was given to the study of the equimolar mixture of aluminium chloride with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, which forms a room temperature ionic liquid EMI+ -AlCl4-. The structure yielded by the classical simulations performed within the framework of the polarizable ion model is compared to the results obtained from entirely electronic structure-based simulations: An excellent agreement between the two flavors of molecular dynamics is observed. When changing the organic cation EMI+ by an inorganic cation with a smaller ionic radius (Li+, Na+, K+), the chloroaluminate speciation becomes more complex, with the formation of Al2Cl7-, in small amounts. The calculated transport properties (diffusion coefficients, electrical conductivity and viscosity) of EMI+ -AlCl4- are in good agreement with experimental data.

  17. Optical readout of coupling between a nanomembrane and an LC circuit at room temperature

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    Bagci, T.; Simonsen, A.; Zeuthen, E.


    to the one described in [4] (cf. Fig 1a): The displacement of the high Q membrane is capacitively coupled to a plate capacitor that is connected in parallel to a ferrite inductor. A change in capacitance alters the LC resonance frequency, thereby creating coupling between the membrane and the LC circuit...... via a mechanical interface is of potential interest, as it would allow for low noise optical detection and laser cooling of weak electrical excitations. In a recent paper [4], a scheme was proposed for room temperature applications where a membrane converts rf electrical excitations in an LC circuit...... to optical excitations in a high finesse cavity.In this work, we have experimentally realized both optical and electrical detection of coupling in a roomtemperature electromechanical system composed of an LC circuit and a 100-nm thick SiN nanomembrane coated by 50 nm Aluminum. We follow an approach similar...

  18. Observation of room temperature saturated ferroelectric polarization in Dy substituted BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Zhang, Shuxia


    High quality Bi1− x Dy x FeO3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) ceramics have been fabricated by sintering Dy-doped BiFeO3 (BFO) precursor powders at a low temperature of 780 °C. The magnetic properties of BFO were improved by the introduction of Dy on the Bi-site. More importantly, well saturated ferroelectric hysteresis loops and polarization switching currents have been observed at room temperature. A large remnant polarization (2P r) value of 62 μC/cm2 is achieved, which is the highest value reported so far for rare-earth-doped BFO ceramics. Moreover, mechanisms for improved multiferroic properties depending on chemical doping-caused structure evolutions have also been discussed.

  19. Room temperature synthesis of a Zn(II) metal-organic coordination polymer for dye removal (United States)

    Abbasi, Alireza; Gharib, Maniya; Najafi, Mahnaz; Janczak, Jan


    A new one-dimensional (1D) coordination polymer, [Zn(4,4‧-bpy)(H2O)4](ADC)·4H2O (1) (4,4‧-bpy=4,4‧-bipyridine and H2ADC=acetylenedicarboxylic acid), was synthesized at room temperature. The crystal structure of the coordination polymer was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Compound 1 was also characterized by FT-IR, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The catalytic activity of 1 was evaluated in the color removal of Bismarck brown as a representative of dye pollutant in water under mild conditions. Coordination polymer 1 exhibited good catalytic activity and stability in the decolorization of Bismarck brown and could be easily recovered and reused for at least three cycles.

  20. Room-temperature deposition of diamond-like carbon field emitter on flexible substrates

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    Chen, H.; Iliev, M.N.; Liu, J.R.; Ma, K.B.; Chu, W.-K.; Badi, N.; Bensaoula, A.; Svedberg, E.B.


    Room-temperature fabrication of diamond-like carbon electron field emitters on flexible polyimide substrate is reported. These thin film field emitters are made using an Ar gas cluster ion beam assisted C 6 vapor deposition method. The bond structure of the as-deposited diamond-like carbon film was studied using Raman spectroscopy. The field emission characteristics of the deposited films were also measured. Electron current densities over 15 mA/cm 2 have been recorded under an electrical field of about 65 V/μm. These diamond-like carbon field emitters are easy and inexpensive to fabricate. The results are promising for flexible field-emission fabrication without the need of complex patterning and tip shaping as compared to the Spindt-type field emitters

  1. Searching Room Temperature Ferromagnetism in Wide Gap Semiconductors Fe-doped Strontium Titanate and Zinc Oxide

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    Pereira, LMC; Wahl, U

    Scientific findings in the very beginning of the millennium are taking us a step further in the new paradigm of technology: spintronics. Upgrading charge-based electronics with the additional degree of freedom of the carriers spin-state, spintronics opens a path to the birth of a new generation of devices with the potential advantages of non-volatility and higher processing speed, integration densities and power efficiency. A decisive step towards this new age lies on the attribution of magnetic properties to semiconductors, the building block of today's electronics, that is, the realization of ferromagnetic semiconductors (FS) with critical temperatures above room temperature. Unfruitful search for intrinsic RT FS lead to the concept of Dilute(d) Magnetic Semiconductors (DMS): ordinary semiconductor materials where 3 d transition metals randomly substitute a few percent of the matrix cations and, by some long-range mechanism, order ferromagnetically. The times are of intense research activity and the last fe...

  2. Ceramic stabilization of hazardous wastes: a high performance room temperature process

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    Maloney, M.D.


    ANL has developed a room-temperature process for converting hazardous materials to a ceramic structure. It is similar to vitrification but is achieved at low cost, similar to conventional cement stabilization. The waste constituents are both chemically stabilized and physically encapsulated, producing very low leaching levels and the potential for delisting. The process, which is pH-insensitive, is ideal for inorganic sludges and liquids, as well as mixed chemical-radioactive wastes, but can also handle significant percentages of salts and even halogenated organics. High waste loadings are possible and densification occurs,so that volumes are only slightly increased and in some cases (eg, incinerator ash) are reduced. The ceramic product has strength and weathering properties far superior to cement products

  3. Unusual Room Temperature Ferromagnetism in Bulk Sintered GaP Doped with Copper

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    Owens, F. J.; Gupta, A.; Rao, K. V.; Iqbal, Z.; Osorio Guillen, J. M.; Ahuja, R.; Guo, J.-H.


    Robust room temperature ferromagnetism is obtained in single phase Gallium Phosphide doped with Cu{sup 2+} prepared by simple solid state reaction route. The saturation magnetization at 300 K is 1.5 times 10{sup -2} emu/g and the coercivity was found to be 125 Oe. A strong ferromagnetic resonance signal confirms the long range magnetic order which persists to temperatures as high as 739 K. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) indicate that Cu is in a +2 state. Ab initio calculations also show that the ferromagnetic ordering is energetically favorable in Cu doped GaP. When the spin-orbit coupling is included we get an enhanced total magnetic moment of 0.31 muB with a local moment on Cu 0.082 and on P 0.204 mu{sub B}. per atom.

  4. Room-temperature effects of UV radiation in KBr:Eu{sup 2+} crystals

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    Perez-Salas, R.; Melendrez, R. [Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada - IFUNAM, Ensenada, Apartado Postal 2732 Ensenada, BC, 22800 (Mexico); Aceves, R.; Rodriguez, R.; Barboza-Flores, M. [Centro de Investigacion en Fisica, Universidad de Sonora, Apartado Postal 5-088 Hermosillo, Sonora, 83190 (Mexico)


    Thermoluminescence and optical absorption measurements have been carried out in KBr:Eu{sup 2+} crystals irradiated with monochromatic UV light (200-300 nm) and x-rays at room temperature. For UV- and x-irradiated crystals strong similarities between the thermoluminescence glow curves have been found, suggesting that the low-energy UV radiation produces the same defects as produced by x-irradiation in this material. The thermoluminescence glow curves are composed of six glow peaks located at 337, 383, 403, 435, 475 and 509 K. Thermal annealing experiments in previously irradiated crystals show clearly a correlation between the glow peak located at 383 K and the F-centre thermal bleaching process. Also, the excitation spectrum for each thermoluminescence glow peak has been investigated, showing that the low-energy radiation induces the formation of F centres. (author)

  5. Gallium-Based Room-Temperature Liquid Metals: Actuation and Manipulation of Droplets and Flows

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    Leily Majidi


    Full Text Available Gallium-based room-temperature liquid metals possess extremely valuable properties, such as low toxicity, low vapor pressure, and high thermal and electrical conductivity enabling them to become suitable substitutes for mercury and beyond in wide range of applications. When exposed to air, a native oxide layer forms on the surface of gallium-based liquid metals which mechanically stabilizes the liquid. By removing or reconstructing the oxide skin, shape and state of liquid metal droplets and flows can be manipulated/actuated desirably. This can occur manually or in the presence/absence of a magnetic/electric field. These methods lead to numerous useful applications such as soft electronics, reconfigurable devices, and soft robots. In this mini-review, we summarize the most recent progresses achieved on liquid metal droplet generation and actuation of gallium-based liquid metals with/without an external force.

  6. Concept of polymer alloy electrolytes: towards room temperature operation of lithium-polymer batteries

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    Noda, Kazuhiro; Yasuda, Toshikazu; Nishi, Yoshio


    Polymer alloy technique is very powerful tool to tune the ionic conductivity and mechanical strength of polymer electrolyte. A semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN) polymer alloy electrolyte, composed of non-cross-linkable siloxane-based polymer and cross-linked 3D network polymer, was prepared. Such polymer alloy electrolyte has quite high ionic conductivity (more than 10 -4 Scm -1 at 25 o C and 10 -5 Scm -1 at -10 o C) and mechanical strength as a separator film with a wide electrochemical stability window. A lithium metal/semi-IPN polymer alloy solid state electrolyte/LiCoO 2 cell demonstrated promising cycle performance with room temperature operation of the energy density of 300Wh/L and better rate performance than conventional PEO based lithium polymer battery ever reported

  7. Strengthening mechanisms of indirect-extruded Mg–Sn based alloys at room temperature

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    Wei Li Cheng


    Full Text Available The strength of a material is dependent on how dislocations in its crystal lattice can be easily propagated. These dislocations create stress fields within the material depending on their intrinsic character. Generally, the following strengthening mechanisms are relevant in wrought magnesium materials tested at room temperature: fine-grain strengthening, precipitate strengthening and solid solution strengthening as well as texture strengthening. The indirect-extruded Mg–8Sn (T8 and Mg–8Sn–1Al–1Zn (TAZ811 alloys present superior tensile properties compared to the commercial AZ31 alloy extruded in the same condition. The contributions to the strengthen of Mg–Sn based alloys made by four strengthening mechanisms were calculated quantitatively based on the microstructure characteristics, physical characteristics, thermomechanical analysis and interactions of alloying elements using AZ31 alloy as benchmark.

  8. Extraction of plutonium from lean residues by room temperature fluoride volatility

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    Campbell, G.M.; Foropoulos, J.; Kennedy, R.C.; Dye, B.A.; Behrens, R.G.


    The use of dioxygen difluoride (FOOF) and KrF 2 for the recovery of Pu from lean residues by conversion to gaseous PuF 6 is being investigated. The greater stability of PuF 6 at room temperature allows much more extensive removal of Pu from contaminated wastes, when compared to the high temperature fluoride volatility process. The process also requires fewer additive chemicals than aqueous processes, thus minimizing the amount of material that must be disposed of as radioactive waste. The transportability of gaseous PuF 6 allows much of the process to be automated, reducing operator exposure to radiation. Removal of PuF 6 decomposition product is easily facilitated by the use of these fluorinating agents. 9 refs., 8 figs

  9. Tunable room-temperature magnetic skyrmions in Ir/Fe/Co/Pt multilayers (United States)

    Soumyanarayanan, Anjan; Raju, M.; Gonzalez Oyarce, A. L.; Tan, Anthony K. C.; Im, Mi-Young; Petrović, A. P.; Ho, Pin; Khoo, K. H.; Tran, M.; Gan, C. K.; Ernult, F.; Panagopoulos, C.


    Magnetic skyrmions are nanoscale topological spin structures offering great promise for next-generation information storage technologies. The recent discovery of sub-100-nm room-temperature (RT) skyrmions in several multilayer films has triggered vigorous efforts to modulate their physical properties for their use in devices. Here we present a tunable RT skyrmion platform based on multilayer stacks of Ir/Fe/Co/Pt, which we study using X-ray microscopy, magnetic force microscopy and Hall transport techniques. By varying the ferromagnetic layer composition, we can tailor the magnetic interactions governing skyrmion properties, thereby tuning their thermodynamic stability parameter by an order of magnitude. The skyrmions exhibit a smooth crossover between isolated (metastable) and disordered lattice configurations across samples, while their size and density can be tuned by factors of two and ten, respectively. We thus establish a platform for investigating functional sub-50-nm RT skyrmions, pointing towards the development of skyrmion-based memory devices.

  10. Room temperature deformation mechanisms in ultrafine-grained materials processed by hot isostatic pressing

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    Cao, W.Q.; Dirras, G.F.; Benyoucef, M.; Bacroix, B.


    Ultrafine-grained (uf-g) and microcrystalline-grained (mc-g) irons have been fabricated by hot isostatic pressing of nanopowders. The mechanical properties have been characterized by compressive tests at room temperature and the resulting microstructures and textures have been determined by combining electron back scatter diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. A transition of the deformation mode, from work hardening to work softening occurs for grain sizes below ∼1 μm, reflecting a transition of the deformation mode from homogeneous to localized deformation into shear bands (SBs). The homogeneous deformation is found to be lattice dislocation-based while the deformation within SBs involves lattice dislocations as well as boundary-related mechanisms, possibly grain boundary sliding accommodated by boundary opening

  11. Direct Observation of Room-Temperature Polar Ordering in Colloidal GeTe Nanocrystals

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    Polking, Mark J.; Zheng, Haimei; Urban, Jeffrey J.; Milliron, Delia J.; Chan, Emory; Caldwell, Marissa A.; Raoux, Simone; Kisielowski, Christian F.; Ager, Joel W. III; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Alivisatos, A.P.


    Ferroelectrics and other materials that exhibit spontaneous polar ordering have demonstrated immense promise for applications ranging from non-volatile memories to microelectromechanical systems. However, experimental evidence of polar ordering and effective synthetic strategies for accessing these materials are lacking for low-dimensional nanomaterials. Here, we demonstrate the synthesis of size-controlled nanocrystals of the polar material germanium telluride (GeTe) using colloidal chemistry and provide the first direct evidence of room-temperature polar ordering in nanocrystals less than 5 nm in size using aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman studies demonstrate a sizeable polar distortion and a reversible size-dependent polar phase transition in these nanocrystals. The stability of polar ordering in solution-processible nanomaterials suggests an economical avenue to Tbit/in2-density non-volatile memory devices and other applications.

  12. Magnetic Measurements of the LHC Quadrupole and Dipole Magnets at Room Temperature

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    Billan, J; Musso, A; Remondino, Vittorio


    Field measuring systems operating at room temperature have been installed on each magnet manufacturers' premises in order to validate the integrated field gradient and the field quality (harmonics). The aim of the systems is also to verify the quality of the collared coils in their earliest state in order to correct the assembly process in case of defect. The device consists of a sensitive measuring probe, a data acquisition system and an on-line analysis program. The magnets are powered with low current to avoid excessive heating and voltages across the normal conducting coils hence the magnetic probes must be very sensitive. The program gives results instantly to fit production requirements. This paper describes the measuring system, the method adopted and the performance observed based on the results of the magnetic measurements.

  13. Solution-Mediated Annealing of Polymer Optical Fiber Bragg Gratings at Room Temperature

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    Fasano, Andrea; Woyessa, Getinet; Janting, Jakob


    In this letter, we investigate the response of poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) microstructured polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings (POFBGs) after immersion inmethanol/water solutions at room temperature. As the glass transition temperature of solution-equilibrated PMMA differs from the one...... of solvent-free PMMA, different concentrations of methanol and water lead to various degrees of frozen-in stress relaxation in the fiber. After solvent evaporation, we observe a permanent blue-shift in the grating resonance wavelength. The main contribution in the resonance wavelength shift arises from...... a permanent change in the size of the fiber. The results are compared with conventional annealing. The proposed methodology is cost-effective as it does not require a climate chamber. Furthermore, it enables an easy-to-control tuning of the resonance wavelength of POFBGs....

  14. High Throughput Cryogenic And Room Temperature Testing Of Focal Plane Components (United States)

    Voynick, Stanley


    To increase production efficiency in the manufacture of infrared focal plane components, test techniques were refined to enhance testing throughput and accuracy. The result is an integrated package of high performance hardware and software tools which performs well in high throughput production environments. The test system is also very versatile. It has been used for readout (multiplexer) device characterization, room temperature automated wafer probing, and focal plane array (FPA) testing. Tests have been performed using electrical and radiometric optical stimulus. An integrated, convenient software package was developed and is used to acquire, reduce, analyze, display, and archive test data. The test software supports fully automated operation for the production environment, as well as menu-driven operation for R&D, characterization and setup purposes. Trade-offs between handling techniques in cryogenic production testing were investigated. " atch processing" is preferred over "continuous flow", primarily due to considerations of contamination of the cryogenic environment.

  15. Determination of hydrogen diffusivity and permeability in W near room temperature applying a tritium tracer technique

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    Ikeda, T.; Otsuka, T.; Tanabe, T.


    Tungsten is a primary candidate of plasma facing material in ITER and beyond, owing to its good thermal property and low erosion. But hydrogen solubility and diffusivity near ITER operation temperatures (below 500 K) have scarcely studied. Mainly because its low hydrogen solubility and diffusivity at lower temperatures make the detection of hydrogen quite difficult. We have tried to observe hydrogen plasma driven permeation (PDP) through nickel and tungsten near room temperatures applying a tritium tracer technique, which is extremely sensible to detect tritium diluted in hydrogen. The apparent diffusion coefficients for PDP were determined by permeation lag times at first time, and those for nickel and tungsten were similar or a few times larger than those for gas driven permeation (GDP). The permeation rates for PDP in nickel and tungsten were larger than those for GDP normalized to the same gas pressure about 20 and 5 times larger, respectively.

  16. Highly transparent conductive ITO/Ag/ITO trilayer films deposited by RF sputtering at room temperature

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    Ningyu Ren


    Full Text Available ITO/Ag/ITO (IAI trilayer films were deposited on glass substrate by radio frequency magnetron sputtering at room temperature. A high optical transmittance over 94.25% at the wavelength of 550 nm and an average transmittance over the visual region of 88.04% were achieved. The calculated value of figure of merit (FOM reaches 80.9 10-3 Ω-1 for IAI films with 15-nm-thick Ag interlayer. From the morphology and structural characterization, IAI films could show an excellent correlated electric and optical performance if Ag grains interconnect with each other on the bottom ITO layer. These results indicate that IAI trilayer films, which also exhibit low surface roughness, will be well used in optoelectronic devices.

  17. Electrical detection of single magnetic skyrmions in metallic multilayers at room temperature (United States)

    Maccariello, Davide; Legrand, William; Reyren, Nicolas; Garcia, Karin; Bouzehouane, Karim; Collin, Sophie; Cros, Vincent; Fert, Albert


    Magnetic skyrmions are topologically protected whirling spin textures that can be stabilized in magnetic materials by an asymmetric exchange interaction between neighbouring spins that imposes a fixed chirality. Their small size, together with the robustness against external perturbations, make magnetic skyrmions potential storage bits in a novel generation of memory and logic devices. To this aim, their contribution to the electrical transport properties of a device must be characterized—however, the existing demonstrations are limited to low temperatures and mainly in magnetic materials with a B20 crystal structure. Here we combine concomitant magnetic force microscopy and Hall resistivity measurements to demonstrate the electrical detection of sub-100 nm skyrmions in a multilayered thin film at room temperature. Furthermore, we detect and analyse the Hall signal of a single skyrmion, which indicates that it arises from the anomalous Hall effect with a negligible contribution from the topological Hall effect.

  18. Two-dimensional mathematical model of a reciprocating room-temperature Active Magnetic Regenerator

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    Petersen, Thomas Frank; Pryds, Nini; Smith, Anders


    and water as the heat transfer fluid. The results show that the AMR is able to obtain a no-load temperature span of 10.9 K in a 1 T magnetic field with a corresponding work input of 93.0 kJ m−3 of gadolinium per cycle. The model shows significant temperature differences between the regenerator and the heat......A time-dependent, two-dimensional mathematical model of a reciprocating Active Magnetic Regenerator (AMR) operating at room-temperature has been developed. The model geometry comprises a regenerator made of parallel plates separated by channels of a heat transfer fluid and a hot as well as a cold...

  19. Transparent conductive ITO/Cu/ITO films prepared on flexible substrates at room temperature (United States)

    Ding, Xingwei; Yan, Jinliang; Li, Ting; Zhang, Liying


    Transparent conductive ITO/Cu/ITO films were deposited on PET substrates by magnetron sputtering using three cathodes at room temperature. Effects of the SiO2 buffer layer and thickness of Cu interlayer on the structural, electrical and optical properties of ITO/Cu/ITO films were investigated. The optical transmittance was affected slightly by SiO2 buffer layer, but the electrical properties of ITO/Cu/ITO films were improved. The transmittance and resistivity of the SiO2/ITO/Cu/ITO films decrease as the Cu layer thickness increases. The ITO/Cu/ITO film with 5 nm Cu interlayer deposited on the 40 nm thick SiO2 buffer layer exhibits the sheet resistance of 143 Ω/sq and transmittance of 65% at 550 nm wavelength. The optical and electrical properties of the ITO/Cu/ITO films were mainly dependent on the Cu layer.

  20. Ultrastable measurement platform: sub-nm drift over hours in 3D at room temperature. (United States)

    Walder, Robert; Paik, D Hern; Bull, Matthew S; Sauer, Carl; Perkins, Thomas T


    Advanced optical traps can probe single molecules with Ångstrom-scale precision, but drift limits the utility of these instruments. To achieve Å-scale stability, a differential measurement scheme between a pair of laser foci was introduced that substantially exceeds the inherent mechanical stability of various types of microscopes at room temperature. By using lock-in detection to measure both lasers with a single quadrant photodiode, we enhanced the differential stability of this optical reference frame and thereby stabilized an optical-trapping microscope to 0.2 Å laterally over 100 s based on the Allan deviation. In three dimensions, we achieved stabilities of 1 Å over 1,000 s and 1 nm over 15 h. This stability was complemented by high measurement bandwidth (100 kHz). Overall, our compact back-scattered detection enables an ultrastable measurement platform compatible with optical traps, atomic force microscopy, and optical microscopy, including super-resolution techniques.

  1. Enhanced and selective ammonia sensing of reduced graphene oxide based chemo resistive sensor at room temperature

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    Kumar, Ramesh, E-mail:; Kaur, Amarjeet, E-mail: [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (India)


    The reduced graphene oxide thin films were fabricated by using the spin coating method. The reduced graphene oxide samples were characterised by Raman studies to obtain corresponding D and G bands at 1360 and 1590 cm{sup −1} respectively. Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectra consists of peak corresponds to sp{sup 2} hybridisation of carbon atoms at 1560 cm{sup −1}. The reduced graphene oxide based chemoresistive sensor exhibited a p-type semiconductor behaviour in ambient conditions and showed good sensitivity to different concentration of ammonia from 25 ppm to 500 ppm and excellent selectivity at room temperature. The sensor displays selectivity to several hazardous vapours such as methanol, ethanol, acetone and hydrazine hydrate. The sensor demonstrated a sensitivity of 9.8 at 25 ppm concentration of ammonia with response time of 163 seconds.

  2. Annealing of neutron damage in graphite irradiated and stored at room temperature

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    Gray, W.J.; Thrower, P.A.


    Annealing of neutron radiation damage in graphite at the same temperature at which it was irradiated is reported. Highly oriented pyrolytic graphite samples were irradiated to fluences in the range 0.44 to 153 x 10 15 /cm 2 at room temperature using three different neutron sources with average energies of 1.5, 5.5, and 15 MeV, respectively. Following these irradiations, the C 44 elastic constants of the samples were measured several times over periods up to two years during which time sample temperatures never exceeded 30 0 C. The C 44 constants were observed to slowly decrease toward their unirradiated values with up to 40% of the irradiation-induced changes eventually annealing out

  3. Room temperature detection of NO2 using InSb nanowire (United States)

    Paul, Rajat Kanti; Badhulika, Sushmee; Mulchandani, Ashok


    Room temperature detection of NO2 down to one part-per-million (ppm) using single crystalline n-type InSb nanowires (NWs) chemiresistive gas sensor is presented. These sensors were synthesized and fabricated by the combination of chemical vapor deposition and dielectrophoresis alignment techniques. The sensor devices showed an increase in resistance upon exposure to successive increments of NO2 concentration up to 10 ppm. The reduction in conductance of n-type InSb NWs when exposed to NO2 is made possible due to the charge transfer from the InSb NW surface to the adsorbed electron acceptor NO2 molecules. The demonstrated results suggest InSb NW as a promising candidate in sensing applications as well as being environmental friendly over existing arsenic and/or phosphorous-based III-V NW sensors.

  4. Dual origin of room temperature sub-terahertz photoresponse in graphene field effect transistors (United States)

    Bandurin, D. A.; Gayduchenko, I.; Cao, Y.; Moskotin, M.; Principi, A.; Grigorieva, I. V.; Goltsman, G.; Fedorov, G.; Svintsov, D.


    Graphene is considered as a promising platform for detectors of high-frequency radiation up to the terahertz (THz) range due to its superior electron mobility. Previously, it has been shown that graphene field effect transistors (FETs) exhibit room temperature broadband photoresponse to incoming THz radiation, thanks to the thermoelectric and/or plasma wave rectification. Both effects exhibit similar functional dependences on the gate voltage, and therefore, it was difficult to disentangle these contributions in previous studies. In this letter, we report on combined experimental and theoretical studies of sub-THz response in graphene field-effect transistors analyzed at different temperatures. This temperature-dependent study allowed us to reveal the role of the photo-thermoelectric effect, p-n junction rectification, and plasmonic rectification in the sub-THz photoresponse of graphene FETs.

  5. Room temperature solid-state quantum bit with second-long memory (United States)

    Kucsko, Georg; Maurer, Peter; Latta, Christian; Hunger, David; Jiang, Liang; Pastawski, Fernando; Yao, Norman; Bennet, Steven; Twitchen, Daniel; Cirac, Ignacio; Lukin, Mikhail


    Realization of stable quantum bits (qubits) that can be prepared and measured with high fidelity and that are capable of storing quantum information for long times exceeding seconds is an outstanding challenge in quantum science and engineering. Here we report on the realization of such a stable quantum bit using an individual ^13C nuclear spin within an isotopically purified diamond crystal at room temperature. Using an electronic spin associated with a nearby Nitrogen Vacancy color center, we demonstrate high fidelity initialization and readout of a single ^13C qubit. Quantum memory lifetime exceeding one second is obtained by using dissipative optical decoupling from the electronic degree of freedom and applying a sequence of radio-frequency pulses to suppress effects from the dipole-dipole interactions of the ^13C spin-bath. Techniques to further extend the quantum memory lifetime as well as the potential applications are also discussed.

  6. Room-temperature, atmospheric plasma needle reduces adenovirus gene expression in HEK 293A host cells (United States)

    Xiong, Z.; Lu, X.; Cao, Y.; Ning, Q.; Ostrikov, K.; Lu, Y.; Zhou, X.; Liu, J.


    Room-temperature, atmospheric-pressure plasma needle treatment is used to effectively minimize the adenovirus (AdV) infectivity as quantified by the dramatic reduction of its gene expression in HEK 293A primary human embryonic kidney cells studied by green fluorescent protein imaging. The AdV titer is reduced by two orders of magnitude within only 8 min of the plasma exposure. This effect is due to longer lifetimes and higher interaction efficacy of the plasma-generated reactive species in confined space exposed to the plasma rather than thermal effects commonly utilized in pathogen inactivation. This generic approach is promising for the next-generation anti-viral treatments and imunotherapies.

  7. Nanostructured Ferrite Based Electronic Nose Sensitive to Ammonia at Room Temperature

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    Full Text Available Manganese and Nickel doped Zinc Ferrite powder (Mn0.3Ni0.3Zn0.4Fe2O4 was synthesized by autocatalytic thermal decomposition technique. The average crystallite size in the material powder was found to be of 10 – 13 nm. Characterization techniques such as X-Ray diffraction studies, Transmission electron microscopy, Infra-Red spectroscopy, etc, were employed to study the average particle size, phase and composition of the ferrite. Thick films of Mn0.3Ni0.3Zn0.4Fe2O4 were prepared by screen printing technique. These films were observed to be sensitive to 10 ppm NH3 at room temperature. The effects of surface microstructure, operating temperature, gas concentrations, etc., on the gas response, selectivity, response and recovery times of the sensor in the presence of NH3 and other gases were studied and discussed.

  8. Force-detected nanoscale absorption spectroscopy in water at room temperature using an optical trap (United States)

    Parobek, Alexander; Black, Jacob W.; Kamenetska, Maria; Ganim, Ziad


    Measuring absorption spectra of single molecules presents a fundamental challenge for standard transmission-based instruments because of the inherently low signal relative to the large background of the excitation source. Here we demonstrate a new approach for performing absorption spectroscopy in solution using a force measurement to read out optical excitation at the nanoscale. The photoinduced force between model chromophores and an optically trapped gold nanoshell has been measured in water at room temperature. This photoinduced force is characterized as a function of wavelength to yield the force spectrum, which is shown to be correlated to the absorption spectrum for four model systems. The instrument constructed for these measurements combines an optical tweezer with frequency domain absorption spectroscopy over the 400-800 nm range. These measurements provide proof-of-principle experiments for force-detected nanoscale spectroscopies that operate under ambient chemical conditions.

  9. Room temperature ionic liquids in actinide separations: extraction, chromatography and complexation studies

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    Mohapatra, P.K.


    In view of their large inventory and high radiotoxicities, actinide ion separation has great relevance in the safe management of radioactive wastes. Though solvent extraction based processes using molecular diluents are routinely used for actinide ion separations in nuclear fuel cycle activities, room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) based diluents are becoming increasingly popular due to factors such as more efficient extraction, higher metal loading, higher radiation resistance, etc. The fascinating chemistry of the actinide ions in the RTIL based solvent systems due to complex extraction mechanisms makes it a challenging area of research. By suitable tuning of the cationic and anionic parts of the ionic liquids their physical properties such as density, dielectric constant and viscosity can be changed which are considered important in metal ion extraction. Studies on the complexation of the metal ions of interest in ionic liquids are needed to explain some unusually high extraction seen in RTILs. (author)

  10. Investigations of Heat Transfer in Vacuum between Room Temperature and 80 K (United States)

    Hooks, J.; Demko, J. A.; E Fesmire, J.; Matsumoto, T.


    The heat transfer between room temperature and 80 K is controlled using various insulating material combinations. The modes of heat transfer are well established to be conduction and thermal radiation when in a vacuum. Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) in a vacuum has long been the best approach. Typically this layered system is applied to the cold surface. This paper investigates the application of MLI to both the cold and warm surface to see whether there is a significant difference. In addition if MLI is on the warm surface, the cold side of the MLI may be below the critical temperature of some high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials. It has been proposed that HTS materials can serve to block thermal radiation. An experiment is conducted to measure this effect. Boil-off calorimetry is the method of measuring the heat transfer.

  11. Quantitative experimental assessment of hot carrier-enhanced solar cells at room temperature (United States)

    Nguyen, Dac-Trung; Lombez, Laurent; Gibelli, François; Boyer-Richard, Soline; Le Corre, Alain; Durand, Olivier; Guillemoles, Jean-François


    In common photovoltaic devices, the part of the incident energy above the absorption threshold quickly ends up as heat, which limits their maximum achievable efficiency to far below the thermodynamic limit for solar energy conversion. Conversely, the conversion of the excess kinetic energy of the photogenerated carriers into additional free energy would be sufficient to approach the thermodynamic limit. This is the principle of hot carrier devices. Unfortunately, such device operation in conditions relevant for utilization has never been evidenced. Here, we show that the quantitative thermodynamic study of the hot carrier population, with luminance measurements, allows us to discuss the hot carrier contribution to the solar cell performance. We demonstrate that the voltage and current can be enhanced in a semiconductor heterostructure due to the presence of the hot carrier population in a single InGaAsP quantum well at room temperature. These experimental results substantiate the potential of increasing photovoltaic performances in the hot carrier regime.

  12. Graphene field-effect transistors as room-temperature terahertz detectors (United States)

    Vicarelli, L.; Vitiello, M. S.; Coquillat, D.; Lombardo, A.; Ferrari, A. C.; Knap, W.; Polini, M.; Pellegrini, V.; Tredicucci, A.


    The unique optoelectronic properties of graphene make it an ideal platform for a variety of photonic applications, including fast photodetectors, transparent electrodes in displays and photovoltaic modules, optical modulators, plasmonic devices, microcavities, and ultra-fast lasers. Owing to its high carrier mobility, gapless spectrum and frequency-independent absorption, graphene is a very promising material for the development of detectors and modulators operating in the terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum (wavelengths in the hundreds of micrometres), still severely lacking in terms of solid-state devices. Here we demonstrate terahertz detectors based on antenna-coupled graphene field-effect transistors. These exploit the nonlinear response to the oscillating radiation field at the gate electrode, with contributions of thermoelectric and photoconductive origin. We demonstrate room temperature operation at 0.3 THz, showing that our devices can already be used in realistic settings, enabling large-area, fast imaging of macroscopic samples.

  13. Trapping of hydrogen atoms in X-irradiated salts at room temperature and the decay kinetics (United States)

    May, C. E.; Philipp, W. H.; Marsik, S. J.


    The salts (hypophosphites, formates, a phosphite, a phosphate, and an oxalate) were X-irradiated, whereby hydrogen formed chemically by a radiolytic process becomes trapped in the solid. By room temperature vacuum extraction, the kinetics for the evolution of this trapped hydrogen was studied mass spectrometrically. All salts except two exhibited second-order kinetics. The two exceptions (NaH2PO2(H2O) and K2HPO4) showed first-order kinetics. Based on experimental results, the escape of hydrogen involves three steps: the diffusion of hydrogen atoms from the bulk to the surface, association of these atoms on the surface (rate controlling step for second-order hydrogen evolution), and the desorption of molecular hydrogen from the surface. The hydrogen does not escape if the irradiated salt is stored in air, apparently because adsorbed air molecules occupy surface sites required in the escape mechanism.

  14. Formation of nanocrystalline barium titanate in benzyl alcohol at room temperature. (United States)

    Veldhuis, Sjoerd A; Vijselaar, Wouter J C; Stawski, Tomasz M; ten Elshof, Johan E


    Nanocrystalline barium titanate (8-10 nm crystallite size) was prepared at temperatures of 23-78 °C through reaction of a modified titanium alkoxide precursor in benzyl alcohol with barium hydroxide octahydrate. The room temperature formation of a perovskite phase from solution is associated with the use of benzyl alcohol as solvent medium. The formation mechanism was elucidated by studying the stability and interaction of each precursor with the solvent and with each other using various experimental characterization techniques. Density functional theory (DFT) computational models which agreed well with our experimental data could explain the formation of the solid phase. The stability of the Ti precursor was enhanced by steric hindrance exerted by phenylmethoxy ligands that originated from the benzyl alcohol solvent. Electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction indicated that the crystallite sizes were independent of the reaction temperature. Crystal growth was inhibited by the stabilizing phenylmethoxy groups present on the surface of the crystallites.

  15. Crystalline Structure, Defect Chemistry and Room Temperature Colossal Permittivity of Nd-doped Barium Titanate. (United States)

    Sun, Qiaomei; Gu, Qilin; Zhu, Kongjun; Jin, Rongying; Liu, Jinsong; Wang, Jing; Qiu, Jinhao


    Dielectric materials with high permittivity are strongly demanded for various technological applications. While polarization inherently exists in ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO 3 ), its high permittivity can only be achieved by chemical and/or structural modification. Here, we report the room-temperature colossal permittivity (~760,000) obtained in xNd: BaTiO 3 (x = 0.5 mol%) ceramics derived from the counterpart nanoparticles followed by conventional pressureless sintering process. Through the systematic analysis of chemical composition, crystalline structure and defect chemistry, the substitution mechanism involving the occupation of Nd 3+ in Ba 2+ -site associated with the generation of Ba vacancies and oxygen vacancies for charge compensation has been firstly demonstrated. The present study serves as a precedent and fundamental step toward further improvement of the permittivity of BaTiO 3 -based ceramics.

  16. Room temperature giant and linear magnetoresistance in topological insulator Bi2Te3 nanosheets. (United States)

    Wang, Xiaolin; Du, Yi; Dou, Shixue; Zhang, Chao


    Topological insulators, a new class of condensed matter having bulk insulating states and gapless metallic surface states, have demonstrated fascinating quantum effects. However, the potential practical applications of the topological insulators are still under exploration worldwide. We demonstrate that nanosheets of a Bi(2)Te(3) topological insulator several quintuple layers thick display giant and linear magnetoresistance. The giant and linear magnetoresistance achieved is as high as over 600% at room temperature, with a trend towards further increase at higher temperatures, as well as being weakly temperature-dependent and linear with the field, without any sign of saturation at measured fields up to 13 T. Furthermore, we observed a magnetic field induced gap below 10 K. The observation of giant and linear magnetoresistance paves the way for 3D topological insulators to be useful for practical applications in magnetoelectronic sensors such as disk reading heads, mechatronics, and other multifunctional electromagnetic applications.

  17. Novel copper redox-based cathode materials for room-temperature sodium-ion batteries (United States)

    Xu, Shu-Yin; Wu, Xiao-Yan; Li, Yun-Ming; Hu, Yong-Sheng; Chen, Li-Quan


    Layered oxides of P2-type Na0.68Cu0.34Mn0.66O2, P2-type Na0.68Cu0.34Mn0.50Ti0.16O2, and O'3-type NaCu0.67Sb0.33O2 were synthesized and evaluated as cathode materials for room-temperature sodium-ion batteries. The first two materials can deliver a capacity of around 70 mAh/g. The Cu2+ is oxidized to Cu3+ during charging, and the Cu3+ goes back to Cu2+ upon discharging. This is the first demonstration of the highly reversible change of the redox couple of Cu2+/Cu3+ with high storage potential in secondary batteries.

  18. Stress induced martensite transformation in Co–28Cr–6Mo alloy during room temperature deformation

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    Cai, S., E-mail: [Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corporation, 9609 Ardmore Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46809 (United States); Daymond, M.R. [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen' s University, Nicol Hall, 60 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6 (Canada); Ren, Y. [Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700S. Cass Avenue, 433/D008, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)


    The phase transformation and texture change of two Co–28Cr–6Mo alloys during room temperature deformation were studied by using the in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction. It is found that a slight difference in chemical compositions can significantly change the phase constitutions and the mechanical properties. For the material with less Ni, C and N (lower α-phase stability), increasing the grain size promotes the athermal martensite transformation during cooling. The kinetics of the Stress Induced Martensite (SIM) phase transformation may be more affected by the athermal martensite instead of the grain size of the α-phase. After deformation, similar textures are produced in samples regardless the differences in the initial structures such as the phase constitution and the grain size; while a relatively strong {111} texture and a weak {100} texture are produced in the α-phase, a {101"¯1} fiber texture is gradually developed in the ε-phase during uniaxial tension.

  19. Controlled damaging and repair of self-organized nanostructures by atom manipulation at room temperature

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    Gurlu, O; Houselt, A van; Thijssen, W H A; Ruitenbeek, J M van; Poelsema, B; Zandvliet, H J W


    The possibility of controlled local demolition and repair of the recently discovered self-organized Pt nanowires on Ge(001) surfaces has been explored. These nanowires are composed of Pt dimers, which are found to be rather weakly bound to the underlying substrate. Using this property, we demonstrate the possibility of carrying the constituting dimers of the Pt nanowires from point to point with atomic precision at room temperature. Pt dimers can be picked-up in two configurations: (i) a horizontal configuration at the tip apex, resulting in double tip images and (ii) a configuration where the Pt dimer is attached to the side of the tip apex, resulting in well-defined atomically resolved images

  20. Rapid room temperature solubilization and depolymerization of polymeric lignin at high loadings

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    Sun, Jian; Dutta, Tanmoy; Parthasarathi, Ramakrishnan; Kim, Kwang Ho; Tolic, Nikola; Chu, Rosalie K.; Isern, Nancy G.; Cort, John R.; Simmons, Blake A.; Singh, Seema


    The relatively poor solubility of lignin in most pretreatment solvents remains one of the biggest challegnes in lignin valorization to improve overall biorefinery economics. In this work, rapid room temperature solubilization of lignin at high solid loadings (>30 wt%) can be easily achieved in a single step using ethylene glycol (EG). The solubilized lignin can be rapidly and quantitively recovered with the addtion of ethanol. The computational and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic studies confirm that strong hydrogen bond interactions between EG and the free hydroxyl groups present in lignin contribute to the lignin dissolution. In addition, hydrogen peroxide mediated depolymerization of dissolved lignin at low temperature (80 oC) was tested and the effect of EG molecules on depolymerization of ligin was also theoritically studied. The findings of this work provide mechanistic insights of hydrogen bond interactions in high lignin solubilization and valorization.

  1. Mechanistic insights into the room temperature transitions of polytetrafluoroethylene during electron-beam irradiation (United States)

    Fu, Congli; Yu, Xianwei; Zhao, Xiaofeng; Wang, Xiuli; Gu, Aiqun; Xie, Meiju; Chen, Chen; Yu, Zili


    In order to recognize the characteristic thermal transitions of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) occurring at 19 °C and 30 °C, PTFE is irradiated on electron beam accelerator at room temperature and analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results suggest that the two transition temperatures decrease considerably with increasing irradiation doses. Based on the results of structural analysis, the decrease of the two transition temperatures is supposed to be highly relevant to the structural changes. In particular, the content and structure of the side groups generated in PTFE are responsible for the variations of the two thermal transitions after irradiation, offering fundamental insights into the reaction mechanisms of PTFE during irradiation.

  2. Cubic MnSb: Epitaxial growth of a predicted room temperature half-metal (United States)

    Aldous, James D.; Burrows, Christopher W.; Sánchez, Ana M.; Beanland, Richard; Maskery, Ian; Bradley, Matthew K.; Dos Santos Dias, Manuel; Staunton, Julie B.; Bell, Gavin R.


    Epitaxial films including bulklike cubic and wurtzite polymorphs of MnSb have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs via careful control of the Sb4/Mn flux ratio. Nonzero-temperature density functional theory was used to predict ab initio the half-metallicity of the cubic polymorph and compare its spin polarization as a function of reduced magnetization with that of the well known half-metal NiMnSb. In both cases, half-metallicity is lost at a threshold magnetization reduction, corresponding to a temperature T*350 K, making epitaxial cubic MnSb a promising candidate for efficient room temperature spin injection into semiconductors.

  3. Room Temperature, High-yield Synthesis of Block Copolymer-mediated Gold Nanoparticles (United States)

    Ray, Debes; Aswal, V. K.; Kohlbrecher, J.


    We report the high-yield synthesis of gold nanoparticles in block copolymer-mediated synthesis where the nanoparticles have been synthesized from hydrogen tetrachloroaureate (III) hydrate (HAuCl4ṡ3H2O) using P85 (EO26PO39EO26) block copolymers in aqueous solution at room temperature. The formation of gold nanoparticles in these systems has been confirmed by UV-visible spectroscopy. The yield of nanoparticles simply does not increase with the increase in the gold salt concentration, which is limited by the gold ions reduction. Therefore, we have used the presence of additional reductant (tri-sodium citrate) to enhance the yield by manifold. The size distribution of the nanoparticles has been obtained by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and the average size is found to increase with the yield.

  4. An EPR investigation of room temperature radiation damage and molecular motion in the ferroelectric phosphates

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    Dalal, N.S.; Herak, J.N.; McDowell, C.A.


    Several types of paramagnetic centers have been detected in the room temperature irradiated KH 2 PO 4 , KD 2 PO 4 , KH 2 PO 4 -KH 2 AsO 4 , KD 2 PO 4 -KD 2 AsO 4 and in the newly discovered ferroelectric NaTh 2 (PO 4 ) 3 . Comparative studies of temperature dependence in the EPR spectra show that as in KH 2 PO 4 -type crystals, the ferroelectric phase transition in NaTh 2 (PO 4 ) 3 crystals also seems to be related to the motion of the PO 4 units. The results help to clarify some earlier observed anomalies on the effects of γ-irradiation on dielectric properties of KH 2 PO 4 and in particular, show that the extent of the damage can be controlled by changing the impurity content of the unirradiated samples. (Auth.)

  5. Efficient room temperature spin-Hall injection across an oxide barrier

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    Chen, Shuhan; Qin, Chuan; Ji, Yi


    Spin Hall injection is demonstrated at room temperature using Pt metal and AlO x barriers. A substantial spin accumulation, comparable to that of a magnetic spin injection, is transferred into a mesoscopic Cu wire from an adjacent Pt wire across an AlO x barrier. The Pt spin Hall angle is 0.030 ± 0.007 when assuming a Pt spin diffusion length λ pt  > 6 nm and 0.09 ± 0.02 when assuming λ pt  = 2 nm. Nearly (66 ± 6)% of the spin accumulation on the Pt surface is transferred into the Cu across the AlO x , enabling an efficient spin Hall injection scheme.

  6. Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Unsaturated Polyester/Vinyl Ester Blends Cured at Room Temperature (United States)

    Ardhyananta, H.; Puspadewa, F. D.; Wicaksono, S. T.; Widyastuti; Wibisono, A. T.; Kurniawan, B. A.; Ismail, H.; Salsac, A. V.


    Unsaturated polyester (UP) resin containing aromatic ring was blended with vinyl ester (VE) at wide range composition (10, 20, 30, 40,and 80 wt.%) using mechanical blending method. The blends were cured at room temperature using methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKP) (4 wt.%) as catalyst initiator without the presence of catalystaccelerator. The effect of vinyl ester composition on theenhancement of mechanical and thermal properties of unsaturated polyester/vinyl ester blends was investigated. The polymer blends were characterized by Fourier Transform Infra Red (FTIR)spectroscopy, tensile testing, hardness testing, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). IR spectra showed UP and VE peaks. The curing copolymerization reactionoccurred at vinyl (C=C) bonds. The addition of vinyl esters enhanced mechanical and thermal properties. The UP/VE blends showed homogeneous morphology, transparent and copolymer thermoset blend.

  7. Simultaneous Femtosecond X-ray Spectroscopy and Diffraction of Photosystem II at Room Temperature (United States)

    Kern, Jan; Alonso-Mori, Roberto; Tran, Rosalie; Hattne, Johan; Gildea, Richard J.; Echols, Nathaniel; Glöckner, Carina; Hellmich, Julia; Laksmono, Hartawan; Sierra, Raymond G.; Lassalle-Kaiser, Benedikt; Koroidov, Sergey; Lampe, Alyssa; Han, Guangye; Gul, Sheraz; DiFiore, Dörte; Milathianaki, Despina; Fry, Alan R.; Miahnahri, Alan; Schafer, Donald W.; Messerschmidt, Marc; Seibert, M. Marvin; Koglin, Jason E.; Sokaras, Dimosthenis; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Sellberg, Jonas; Latimer, Matthew J.; Grosse-Kunstleve, Ralf W.; Zwart, Petrus H.; White, William E.; Glatzel, Pieter; Adams, Paul D.; Bogan, Michael J.; Williams, Garth J.; Boutet, Sébastien; Messinger, Johannes; Zouni, Athina; Sauter, Nicholas K.; Yachandra, Vittal K.; Bergmann, Uwe; Yano, Junko


    Intense femtosecond X-ray pulses produced at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) were used for simultaneous X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) of microcrystals of Photosystem II (PS II) at room temperature. This method probes the overall protein structure and the electronic structure of the Mn4CaO5 cluster in the oxygen-evolving complex of PS II. XRD data are presented from both the dark state (S1) and the first illuminated state (S2) of PS II. Our simultaneous XRD/XES study shows that the PS II crystals are intact during our measurements at the LCLS, not only with respect to the structure of PS II, but also with regard to the electronic structure of the highly radiation sensitive Mn4CaO5 cluster, opening new directions for future dynamics studies. PMID:23413188

  8. Understanding the Room Temperature Ferromagnetism in GaN Nanowires with Pd Doping

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    Manna, S; De, S K, E-mail: mannaju@gmail [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032 (India)


    We report the first synthesis and characterization of 4d transition metal palladium-doped GaN nanowires (NWs). Room temperature ferromagnetism has been observed in high quality Vapor Liquid Solid (VLS) epitaxy grown undoped n-type GaN nanowires. It was proposed that this type of magnetism is due to defects which are not observed in Bulk GaN because of large formation energy of defects in bulk GaN. Here we have successfully doped 4d transition metal Pd in GaN NWs. We find fairly strong and long-range ferromagnetic coupling between Pd substituted for Ga in GaN . The results suggest that 4d metals such as Pd may also be considered as candidates for ferromagnetic dopants in semiconductors.

  9. The effect of Sodium hydroxide catalyst in formation of Ni nanoparticles at room temperature

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    Shahbahrami, N.; Reyhani, A.; Afshari, N.; Mortazavi, Z.; Norouzian, Sh.; Hojabri, A.; Novinrooz, A. J.


    In this paper, Ni nanoparticles growth is studies by spontaneous auto catalytic reduction in an alcohol- water solution in present NaOH catalysis with various ratio at room temperature. The scanning electron microscopy and XRD analyses have been used for investigation diameter and structure of Ni nanoparticles. Investigation of the analyses show that have not formed Ni Nanoparticles in Ph values 8, 9, 10 and 13, but in Ph values 11 and 12 have formed Ni Nanoparticles with average diameter of about 65 and 90 nm, respectively. The XRD patterns show that samples have face-centered cubic structure with (111),(200).(222) planes. The results show that sodium hydroxide value is very effect on the Ni nanoparticles growth.

  10. Complex hydrides as room-temperature solid electrolytes for rechargeable batteries

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    Jongh, P. E. de; Blanchard, D.; Matsuo, M.


    with Li-metal anodes, prevent Li dendrite formation, and eliminate risks associated with flammable organic solvents. Less than 10 years ago, LiBH4 was proposed as a solid-state electrolyte. It showed a high ionic conductivity, but only at elevated temperatures. Since then a range of other complex metal......A central goal in current battery research is to increase the safety and energy density of Li-ion batteries. Electrolytes nowadays typically consist of lithium salts dissolved in organic solvents. Solid electrolytes could facilitate safer batteries with higher capacities, as they are compatible...... hydrides has been reported to show similar characteristics. Strategies have been developed to extend the high ionic conductivity of LiBH4 down to room temperature by partial anion substitution or nanoconfinement. The present paper reviews the recent developments in complex metal hydrides as solid...

  11. Glancing angle deposition of sculptured thin metal films at room temperature (United States)

    Liedtke, S.; Grüner, Ch; Lotnyk, A.; Rauschenbach, B.


    Metallic thin films consisting of separated nanostructures are fabricated by evaporative glancing angle deposition at room temperature. The columnar microstructure of the Ti and Cr columns is investigated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy and selective area electron diffraction. The morphology of the sculptured metallic films is studied by scanning electron microscopy. It is found that tilted Ti and Cr columns grow with a single crystalline morphology, while upright Cr columns are polycrystalline. Further, the influence of continuous substrate rotation on the shaping of Al, Ti, Cr and Mo nanostructures is studied with view to surface diffusion and the shadowing effect. It is observed that sculptured metallic thin films deposited without substrate rotation grow faster compared to those grown with continuous substrate rotation. A theoretical model is provided to describe this effect.

  12. Bismuth oxide film: a promising room-temperature quantum spin Hall insulator (United States)

    Wang, Ya-Ping; Li, Sheng-Shi; Ji, Wei-Xiao; Zhang, Chang-Wen; Li, Ping; Wang, Pei-Ji


    Two-dimensional (2D) bismuth films have attracted extensive attention due to their nontrivial band topology and tunable electronic properties for achieving dissipationless transport devices. The experimental observation of quantum transport properties, however, are rather challenging, limiting their potential application in nanodevices. Here, we predict, based on first-principles calculations, an alternative 2D bismuth oxide, BiO, as an excellent topological insulator (TI), whose intrinsic bulk gap reaches up to 0.28 eV. Its nontrivial topology is confirmed by topological invariant Z 2 and time-reversal symmetry protected helical edge states. The appearance of topological phase is robust against mechanical strain and different levels of oxygen coverage in BiO. Since the BiO is naturally stable against surface oxidization and degradation, these results enrich the topological materials and present an alternative way to design topotronics devices at room temperature.

  13. Chronic Inflammation in an Anophthalmic Socket due to a Room Temperature Vulcanized Silicone Implant

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    Alicia Galindo-Ferreiro


    Full Text Available Two case reports are used to illustrate the signs and symptoms, complications and treatments of chronic socket inflammation due to intraorbital implants. The ophthalmic examination, surgeries and treatments are documented. Two anophthalmic cases that underwent enucleation and multiple orbital surgeries to enhance the anophthalmic socket volume developed pain, intense discharge and contracted cavities with chronic inflammation in the socket which was nonresponsive to medical therapy. Computed tomography indicated a hypodense foreign body in both cases causing an intense inflammatory reaction. The implants were removed by excisional surgery and a room temperature vulcanized silicone implant was retrieved in both cases. Socket inflammation resolved in both cases after implant removal. An intraorbital inflammatory reaction against an intraorbital implant can cause chronic socket inflammation in patients with a history of multiple surgeries. Diagnosis requires imaging and the definitive treatment is implant removal.

  14. Iron-aluminum alloys having high room-temperature and method for making same (United States)

    Sikka, V.K.; McKamey, C.G.


    A wrought and annealed iron-aluminum alloy is described consisting essentially of 8 to 9.5% aluminum, an effective amount of chromium sufficient to promote resistance to aqueous corrosion of the alloy, and an alloying constituent selected from the group of elements consisting of an effective amount of molybdenum sufficient to promote solution hardening of the alloy and resistance of the alloy to pitting when exposed to solutions containing chloride, up to about 0.05% carbon with up to about 0.5% of a carbide former which combines with the carbon to form carbides for controlling grain growth at elevated temperatures, and mixtures thereof, and the balance iron, wherein said alloy has a single disordered [alpha] phase crystal structure, is substantially non-susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement, and has a room-temperature ductility of greater than 20%.

  15. Scaling of dynamical decoupling for a single electron spin in nanodiamonds at room temperature

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    Liu, Dong-Qi; Liu, Gang-Qin; Chang, Yan-Chun; Pan, Xin-Yu, E-mail:


    Overcoming the spin qubit decoherence is a challenge for quantum science and technology. We investigate the decoherence process in nanodiamonds by Carr–Purcell–Meiboom–Gill (CPMG) technique at room temperature. We find that the coherence time T{sub 2} scales as n{sup γ}. The elongation effect of coherence time can be represented by a constant power of the number of pulses n. Considering the filter function of CPMG decoupling sequence as a δ function, the spectrum density of noise has been reconstructed directly from the coherence time measurements and a Lorentzian noise power spectrum model agrees well with the experiment. These results are helpful for the application of nanodiamonds to nanoscale magnetic imaging.

  16. Electrodeposition at room temperature of amorphous silicon and germanium nanowires in ionic liquid

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    Martineau, F; Namur, K; Mallet, J; Delavoie, F; Troyon, M; Molinari, M [Laboratoire de Microscopies et d' Etude de Nanostructures (LMEN EA3799), Universite de Reims Champagne Ardennes (URCA), Reims Cedex 2 (France); Endres, F, E-mail: [Institute of Particle Technology, Chair of Interface Processes, Clausthal University of Technology, D-36678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany)


    The electrodeposition at room temperature of silicon and germanium nanowires from the air- and water-stable ionic liquid 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (P{sub 1,4}) containing SiCl{sub 4} as Si source or GeCl{sub 4} as Ge source is investigated by cyclic voltammetry. By using nanoporous polycarbonate membranes as templates, it is possible to reproducibly grow pure silicon and germanium nanowires of different diameters. The nanowires are composed of pure amorphous silicon or germanium. The nanowires have homogeneous cylindrical shape with a roughness of a few nanometres on the wire surfaces. The nanowires' diameters and lengths well match with the initial membrane characteristics. Preliminary photoluminescence experiments exhibit strong emission in the near infrared for the amorphous silicon nanowires.

  17. Numerical modelling and analysis of a room temperature magnetic refrigeration system

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    Petersen, Thomas Frank

    This thesis presents a two-dimensional mathematical model of an Active Magnetic Regenerator (AMR) system which is used for magnetic refrigeration at room temperature. The purpose of the model is to simulate a laboratory-scale AMR constructed at Risø National Laboratory. The AMR model geometry...... comprises a regenerator made of parallel plates, which are separated by channels of a heat transfer fluid. The time-dependent model solves the momentum and continuity equations of the flow of the heat transfer fluid and the coupled energy equations of the heat transfer in the regenerator and the fluid...... of the chosen grid and time step. Initial results from the model showed significant temperature differences in both the regenerator and the fluid channel during the AMR cycle. This justifies the use of two-dimensional methods when an AMR with a parallel-plate regenerator is modelled. The model is flexible...

  18. Room-Temperature Charpy Impact Property of 3D-Printed 15-5 Stainless Steel (United States)

    Sagar, Sugrim; Zhang, Yi; Wu, Linmin; Park, Hye-Young; Lee, Je-Hyun; Jung, Yeon-Gil; Zhang, Jing


    In this study, the room-temperature Charpy impact property of 3D-printed 15-5 stainless steel was investigated by a combined experimental and finite element modeling approach. The experimentally measured impact energy is 10.85 ± 1.20 J/cm2, which is comparable to the conventionally wrought and non-heat treated 15-5 stainless steel. In parallel to the impact test experiment, a finite element model using the Johnson-Cook material model with damage parameters was developed to simulate the impact test. The simulated impact energy is 10.46 J/cm2, which is in good agreement with the experimental data. The fracture surface from the experimentally tested specimen suggests that the 3D-printed specimens undergo predominately brittle fracture.

  19. Room temperature bioproduction, isolation and anti-microbial properties of stable elemental copper nanoparticles. (United States)

    Pantidos, Nikolaos; Edmundson, Matthew C; Horsfall, Louise


    In nanoparticle production there are a number of important considerations that must be made. Producing nanoparticles of uniform size and shape is vital, but no less important is ensuring the production process is as efficient as possible in time, cost and energy. Traditional chemical and physical methods of nanoparticle production often involve high temperatures and pressures, as well as the use of toxic substrates; in contrast the bioproduction of nanoparticles is greener and requires a smaller input of energy resources. Here we outline a method for the straightforward bioproduction of stable, uniform elemental (zero-valent) copper nanoparticles at room temperature, and demonstrate how their size and shape can be modified by subsequent pH manipulation. We also highlight a potential application for these biogenic copper nanoparticles by demonstrating their potential to inhibit bacterial growth. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Detection of acrolein and acrylonitrile with a pulsed room temperature quantum cascade laser (United States)

    Manne, J.; Jäger, W.; Tulip, J.


    We investigated the use of a pulsed, distributed feedback quantum cascade laser centered at 957 cm-1 in combination with an astigmatic Herriot cell with 250 m path length for the detection of acrolein and acrylonitrile. These molecules have been identified as hazardous air-pollutants because of their adverse health effects. The spectrometer utilizes the intra-pulse method, where a linear frequency down-chirp, that is induced when a top-hat current pulse is applied to the laser, is used for sweeping across the absorption line. Up to 450 ns long pulses were used for these measurements which resulted in a spectral window of ~2.2 cm-1. A room temperature mercury-cadmium-telluride detector was used, resulting in a completely cryogen free spectrometer. We demonstrated detection limits of ~3 ppb for acrylonitrile and ~6 ppb for acrolein with ~10 s averaging time. Laser characterization and optimization of the operational parameters for sensitivity improvement are discussed.

  1. Control of room-temperature defect-mediated ferromagnetism in VO{sub 2} films

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    Yang, Tsung-Han, E-mail: [NSF Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7907 (United States); Nori, Sudhakar; Mal, Siddhartha; Narayan, Jagdish [NSF Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7907 (United States)


    We report interesting ferromagnetic properties and their control in a vanadium-based oxide system driven by stoichiometric defects. Vanadium oxide (VO{sub 2}) thin films were grown on c-plane sapphire substrates by a pulsed laser deposition technique under different ambient conditions. The ferromagnetism of the epitaxial VO{sub 2} films can be switched on and off by altering the cooling ambient parameters. In addition, the saturated magnetic moments and coercivity of the VO{sub 2} films were found to be a function of the oxygen partial pressure during the growth process. The room-temperature ferromagnetic properties of VO{sub 2} films were correlated with the nature of the microstructure and the growth parameters. The origin of the induced magnetic properties are qualitatively understood to stem from intrinsic structural and stoichiometric defects.

  2. Influence of Starting Powders on Hydroxyapatite Coatings Fabricated by Room Temperature Spraying Method. (United States)

    Seo, Dong Seok; Lee, Jong Kook; Hwang, Kyu Hong; Hahn, Byung Dong; Yoon, Seog Young


    Three types of raw materials were used for the fabrication of hydroxyapatite coatings by using the room temperature spraying method and their influence on the microstructure and in vitro characteristics were investigated. Starting hydroxyapatite powders for coatings on titanium substrate were prepared by a heat treatment at 1100 °C for 2 h of bovine bone, bone ash, and commercial hydroxyapatite powders. The phase compositions and Ca/P ratios of the three hydroxyapatite coatings were similar to those of the raw materials without decomposition or formation of a new phase. All hydroxyapatite coatings showed a honeycomb structure, but their surface microstructures revealed different features in regards to surface morphology and roughness, based on the staring materials. All coatings consisted of nano-sized grains and had dense microstructure. Inferred from in vitro experiments in pure water, all coatings have a good dissolution-resistance and biostability in water.

  3. Room temperature and thermal decomposition of magnesium hydride/deuteride thin films

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    Ares, J.R.; Leardini, F.; Bodega, J.; Macia, M.D.; Diaz-Chao, P.; Ferrer, I.J.; Fernandez, J.F.; Sanchez, C. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). Lab. de Materiales de Interes en Energias Renovables


    Magnesium hydride (MgH{sub 2}) can be considered an interesting material to store hydrogen as long as two main drawbacks were solved: (i) its high stability and (ii) slow (de)hydriding kinetics. In that context, magnesium hydride films are an excellent model system to investigate the influence of structure, morphology and dimensionality on kinetic and thermodynamic properties. In the present work, we show that desorption mechanism of Pd-capped MgH{sub 2} at room temperature is controlled by a bidimensional interphase mechanism and a similar rate step limiting mechanism is observed during thermal decomposition of MgH{sub 2}. This mechanism is different to that occurring in bulk MgH{sub 2} (nucleation and growth) and obtained activation energies are lower than those reported in bulk MgH{sub 2}. We also investigated the Pd-capping properties upon H-absorption/desorption by means of RBS and isotope experiments. (orig.)

  4. Mesoporous Structure Control of Silica in Room-Temperature Synthesis under Basic Conditions

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    Jeong Wook Seo


    Full Text Available Various types of mesoporous silica, such as continuous cubic-phase MCM-48, hexagonal-phase MCM-41, and layer-phase spherical silica particles, have been synthesized at room temperature using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as a surfactant, ethanol as a cosurfactant, tetraethyl orthosilicate as a silica precursor, and ammonia as a condensation agent. Special care must be taken both in the filtering of the resultant solid products and in the drying process. In the drying process, further condensation of the silica after filtering was induced. As the surfactant and cosurfactant concentrations in the reaction mixture increased and the NH3 concentration decreased, under given conditions, continuous cubic MCM-48 and layered silica became the dominant phases. A cooperative synthesis mechanism, in which both the surfactant and silica were involved in the formation of mesoporous structures, provided a good explanation of the experimental results.

  5. Room-Temperature Single-photon level Memory for Polarization States (United States)

    Kupchak, Connor; Mittiga, Thomas; Jordaan, Bertus; Namazi, Mehdi; Nölleke, Christian; Figueroa, Eden


    An optical quantum memory is a stationary device that is capable of storing and recreating photonic qubits with a higher fidelity than any classical device. Thus far, these two requirements have been fulfilled for polarization qubits in systems based on cold atoms and cryogenically cooled crystals. Here, we report a room-temperature memory capable of storing arbitrary polarization qubits with a signal-to-background ratio higher than 1 and an average fidelity surpassing the classical benchmark for weak laser pulses containing 1.6 photons on average, without taking into account non-unitary operation. Our results demonstrate that a common vapor cell can reach the low background noise levels necessary for polarization qubit storage using single-photon level light, and propels atomic-vapor systems towards a level of functionality akin to other quantum information processing architectures.

  6. Size effect studies on smooth tensile specimens at room temperature and 400 {sup o}C

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    Krompholz, K.; Kamber, J.; Groth, E.; Kalkhof, D


    One of the objectives of the REVISA project (REactor Vessel Integrity in Severe Accidents) is to assess the size effect related to deformation and failure models as well as material data under quasistatic and dynamic conditions in homogeneous and non-homogeneous states of strain. For these investigations the reactor pressure vessel material 20 MnMoNi 55 was selected. It was subjected to a size effect study on smooth scaled tensile specimens of three sizes. Two strain rates (2*10{sup -5}/s and 10{sup -3}/s) and two temperatures (room temperature and 400 {sup o}C) were selected. The investigations are aimed at a support for a gradient plasticity approach to size effects. Test on the small specimens (diameters 3 and 9 mm) were performed at an electromechanical test machine, while the large specimens (diameter 30 mm) had to be tested at a servohydraulical closed loop test machine with a force capacity of 1000 kN.

  7. Enhanced field emission of ZnO nanoneedle arrays via solution etching at room temperature

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    Ma, Huanming; Qin, Zhiwei; Wang, Zaide


    ZnO nanoneedle arrays (ZnO nns) were synthesized by a facile two-step solution-phase method based on the etching of pre-synthesized ZnO nanowire arrays (ZnO nws) with flat ends at room temperature. Field emission measurement results showed that the turn-on electronic fields of ZnO nns and nws wer...... 2.7 and 5.3 V μm−1 at a current density of 10 μA cm−2, and the field enhancement factors were 4939.3 for ZnO nns and 1423.6 for ZnO nws. The enhanced field emission properties in ZnO nns were ascribed to the sharp tip geometry....

  8. Crystalline alloys produced by mercury electrodeposition on Pt(1 1 1) electrode at room temperature

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    Wu Hangliang [Department of Chemistry, National Central University, No. 300 Jungda Road, Jungli 32054, Taiwan (China); Yau Shuehlin [Department of Chemistry, National Central University, No. 300 Jungda Road, Jungli 32054, Taiwan (China)], E-mail:; Zei Mauscheng [Department of Physics, National Central University, No. 300 Jungda Road, Jungli 32054, Taiwan (China)


    In situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) were used to characterize mercury film electrodeposited onto a Pt(1 1 1) electrode at room temperature. Depending on the amount of Hg deposit, two different growth modes were observed. At low Hg coverage, crystalline (0 0 0 1)Hg adlayer accompanied by 30 deg.-rotated (1 1 1)-Pt patches was found on Pt(1 1 1). Deposition of multilayer Hg resulted in layered PtHg{sub 2} and PtHg{sub 4} amalgams, which grew epitaxially by aligning their (2 0 1) and (11-bar0) planes, respectively, parallel to the Pt(1 1 1) substrate. The preference of these epitaxial relationships for the electrochemically formed Pt-Hg intermetallic compounds on Pt(1 1 1) could result from minimization of the surface energy.

  9. Surface induces different crystal structures in a room temperature switchable spin crossover compound. (United States)

    Gentili, Denis; Liscio, Fabiola; Demitri, Nicola; Schäfer, Bernhard; Borgatti, Francesco; Torelli, Piero; Gobaut, Benoit; Panaccione, Giancarlo; Rossi, Giorgio; Degli Esposti, Alessandra; Gazzano, Massimo; Milita, Silvia; Bergenti, Ilaria; Ruani, Giampiero; Šalitroš, Ivan; Ruben, Mario; Cavallini, Massimiliano


    We investigated the influence of surfaces in the formation of different crystal structures of a spin crossover compound, namely [Fe(L)2] (LH: (2-(pyrazol-1-yl)-6-(1H-tetrazol-5-yl)pyridine), which is a neutral compound thermally switchable around room temperature. We observed that the surface induces the formation of two different crystal structures, which exhibit opposite spin transitions, i.e. on heating them up to the transition temperature, one polymorph switches from high spin to low spin and the second polymorph switches irreversibly from low spin to high spin. We attributed this inversion to the presence of water molecules H-bonded to the complex tetrazolyl moieties in the crystals. Thin deposits were investigated by means of polarized optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and micro Raman spectroscopy; moreover the analysis of the Raman spectra and the interpretation of spin inversion were supported by DFT calculations.

  10. Fracture-resistant thin-film metallic glass: Ultra-high plasticity at room temperature

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    Chia-Chi Yu


    Full Text Available We report the first example of room-temperature rubber-like deformation in thin-film metallic glasses (TFMGs, 260-nm-thick Zr60Cu24Al11Ni5 layers, under ultra-high shear strain. The TFMGs were deposited, with no external heating, on Zr-based bulk metallic glass (BMG and Si(001 substrates by rf magnetron sputtering in a 3 mTorr Ar plasma. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM analyses and nanoindentation results reveal that the TFMGs undergo an incredibly large shear strain, estimated to be ∼4000%, during fatigue tests, and thickness reductions of up to 61.5%, with no shear-banding or cracking, during extreme nanoindentation experiments extending through the film and into the substrate. TFMG/BMG samples also exhibit film/substrate diffusion bonding during deformation as shown by high-resolution XTEM.

  11. Thermoluminescence of pure LiF and Lif (TLD-100) irradiated at room temperature

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    Sagastibelza Chivite, F.


    The thermoluminescence of pure LiF and LiF (TLD-100) crystals irradiated at room temperature with x - or gamma-rays has been studied up to 460 degree centigree. For most of the glow peaks found the kinetics, preexponential factors and activation energies have been determined. These parameters have been obtained by means of the isothermal method. The study of the thermal annealing of the radiation induced F and Z centres has allow to show that there is a correlation among the glow peaks and the annealing stages of these centres. It is concluded that the F and Z - centres play the role of recombination centres for halogen interstitial atom thermally released from traps. Light emission occurs in this recombination. (Author) 120 refs

  12. Plastic strain accumulation during asymmetric cyclic loading of Zircaloy-2 at room temperature

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    Rajpurohit, R.S.; Santhi Srinivas, N.C.; Singh, Vakil


    Asymmetric cyclic loading leads to accumulation of cyclic plastic strain and reduces the fatigue life of components. This phenomenon is known as ratcheting fatigue. Zircaloy-2 is a important structural material in nuclear reactors and used as pressure tubes and fuel cladding in pressurized light and heavy water nuclear reactors. Due to power fluctuations, these components experience plastic strain cycles in the reactor and their life is reduced due to strain cycles. Power fluctuations also cause asymmetric straining of the material and leads to accumulation of plastic strain. The present investigation deals with the effect of the magnitude of mean stress, stress amplitude and stress rate on hardening/softening behavior of Zircaloy-2 under asymmetric cyclic loading, at room temperature. It was observed that plastic strain accumulation increased with mean stress and stress amplitude; however, it decreased with stress rate. (author)

  13. On the thermodynamic path enabling a room-temperature, laser-assisted graphite to nanodiamond transformation (United States)

    Gorrini, F.; Cazzanelli, M.; Bazzanella, N.; Edla, R.; Gemmi, M.; Cappello, V.; David, J.; Dorigoni, C.; Bifone, A.; Miotello, A.


    Nanodiamonds are the subject of active research for their potential applications in nano-magnetometry, quantum optics, bioimaging and water cleaning processes. Here, we present a novel thermodynamic model that describes a graphite-liquid-diamond route for the synthesis of nanodiamonds. Its robustness is proved via the production of nanodiamonds powders at room-temperature and standard atmospheric pressure by pulsed laser ablation of pyrolytic graphite in water. The aqueous environment provides a confinement mechanism that promotes diamond nucleation and growth, and a biologically compatible medium for suspension of nanodiamonds. Moreover, we introduce a facile physico-chemical method that does not require harsh chemical or temperature conditions to remove the graphitic byproducts of the laser ablation process. A full characterization of the nanodiamonds by electron and Raman spectroscopies is reported. Our model is also corroborated by comparison with experimental data from the literature.

  14. Femtosecond Time-Resolved Resonance-Enhanced CARS of Gaseous Iodine at Room Temperature (United States)

    He, Ping; Fan, Rong-Wei; Xia, Yuan-Qin; Yu, Xin; Yao, Yong; Chen, De-Ying


    Time-resolved resonance-enhanced coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) is applied to investigate molecular dynamics in gaseous iodine. 40 fs laser pulses are applied to create and monitor the high vibrational states of iodine at room temperature (corresponding to a vapor pressure as low as about 35 Pa) by femtosecond time-resolved CARS. Depending on the time delay between the probe pulse and the pump/Stokes pulse pairs, the high vibrational states both on the electronically ground states and the excited states can be detected as oscillations in the CARS transient signal. It is proved that the femtosecond time-resolved CARS technique is a promising candidate for investigating the molecular dynamics of a low concentration system and can be applied to environmental and atmospheric monitoring measurements.

  15. Bisphenol A is released from used polycarbonate animal cages into water at room temperature (United States)

    Howdeshell, Kembra L.; Peterman, Paul H.; Judy, Barbara M.; Taylor, Julia A.; Orazio, Carl E.; Ruhlen, Rachel L.; vom Saal, Frederick S.; Welshons, Wade V.


    Bisphenol A (BPA) is a monomer with estrogenic activity that is used in the production of food packaging, dental sealants, polycarbonate plastic, and many other products. The monomer has previously been reported to hydrolyze and leach from these products under high heat and alkaline conditions, and the amount of leaching increases as a function of use. We examined whether new and used polycarbonate animal cages passively release bioactive levels of BPA into water at room temperature and neutral pH. Purified water was incubated at room temperature in new polycarbonate and polysulfone cages and used (discolored) polycarbonate cages, as well as control (glass and used polypropylene) containers. The resulting water samples were characterized with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and tested for estrogenic activity using an MCF-7 human breast cancer cell proliferation assay. Significant estrogenic activity, identifiable as BPA by GC/MS (up to 310 micro g/L), was released from used polycarbonate animal cages. Detectable levels of BPA were released from new polycarbonate cages (up to 0.3 micro g/L) as well as new polysulfone cages (1.5 micro g/L), whereas no BPA was detected in water incubated in glass and used polypropylene cages. Finally, BPA exposure as a result of being housed in used polycarbonate cages produced a 16% increase in uterine weight in prepubertal female mice relative to females housed in used polypropylene cages, although the difference was not statistically significant. Our findings suggest that laboratory animals maintained in polycarbonate and polysulfone cages are exposed to BPA via leaching, with exposure reaching the highest levels in old cages.

  16. Indium oxide octahedrons based on sol–gel process enhance room temperature gas sensing performance

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    Mu, Xiaohui; Chen, Changlong; Han, Liuyuan; Shao, Baiqi; Wei, Yuling; Liu, Qinglong; Zhu, Peihua


    Highlights: • In 2 O 3 octahedron films are prepared based on sol–gel technique for the first time. • The preparation possesses merits of low temperature, catalyst-free and large production. • It was found that the spin-coating process in film fabrication was key to achieve the octahedrons. • The In 2 O 3 octahedrons could significantly enhance room temperature NO 2 gas sensing performance. - Abstract: Indium oxide octahedrons were prepared on glass substrates through a mild route based on sol–gel technique. The preparation possesses characteristics including low temperature, catalyst-free and large production, which is much distinguished from the chemical-vapor-deposition based methods that usually applied to prepare indium oxide octahedrons. Detailed characterization revealed that the indium oxide octahedrons were single crystalline, with {1 1 1} crystal facets exposed. It was found that the spin-coating technique was key for achieving the indium oxide crystals with octahedron morphology. The probable formation mechanism of the indium oxide octahedrons was proposed based on the experiment results. Room temperature NO 2 gas sensing measurements exhibited that the indium oxide octahedrons could significantly enhance the sensing performance in comparison with the plate-like indium oxide particles that prepared from the dip-coated gel films, which was attributed to the abundant sharp edges and tips as well as the special {1 1 1} crystal facets exposed that the former possessed. Such a simple wet-chemical based method to prepare indium oxide octahedrons with large-scale production is promising to provide the advanced materials that can be applied in wide fields like gas sensing, solar energy conversion, field emission, and so on

  17. In situ synthesis of manganese oxides on polyester fiber for formaldehyde decomposition at room temperature

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    Wang, Jinlong [State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Regional Environmental Quality (China); Yunus, Rizwangul [State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Company, Xinjiang 831511 (China); Li, Jinge; Li, Peilin [State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Zhang, Pengyi, E-mail: [State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Regional Environmental Quality (China); Kim, Jeonghyun [State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Regional Environmental Quality (China)


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The MnO{sub x} particles assembled with nanosheets were uniformly coated on PET fibers. • The growth process of MnO{sub x} layer on PET is clearly clarified. • MnO{sub x}/PET showed good activity for HCHO decomposition at room temperature. • MnO{sub x}/PET material is promising for indoor air purification due to its light, flexible and low air-resistant properties. - Abstract: Removal of low-level formaldehyde (HCHO) is of great interest for indoor air quality improvement. Supported materials especially those with low air pressure drop are of necessity for air purification. Manganese oxides (MnO{sub x}) was in situ deposited on the surface of fibers of a non-woven fabric made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). As-synthesized MnO{sub x}/PET were characterized by SEM, XRD, TEM, ATR-FTIR and XPS analysis. The growth of MnO{sub x} layer on PET is thought to start with partial hydrolysis of PET, followed by surface oxidation by KMnO{sub 4} and then surface-deposition of MnO{sub x} particles from the bulk phase. The MnO{sub x} particles assembled with nanosheets were uniformly coated on the PET fibers. MnO{sub x}/PET showed good activity for HCHO decomposition at room temperature which followed the Mars–van Krevelen mechanism. The removal of HCHO was kept over 94% after 10 h continuous reaction under the conditions of inlet HCHO concentration ∼0.6 mg/m{sup 3}, space velocity ∼17,000 h{sup −1} and relative humidity∼50%. This research provides a facile method to deposit active MnO{sub x} onto polymers with low air resistance, and composite MnO{sub x}/PET material is promising for indoor air purification.

  18. Neutron diffraction study of zoisite at 15 K and X-ray study at room temperature

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    Smith, J.V.; Pluth, J.J.; Richardson, J.W. Jr.; Kvick, A.


    The crystal structure of zoisite, Ca 2 Al 3 Si 3 O 12 OH; Pnma, Z=4, was determined for crystals of the tanzanite gem variety at 15 K (neutron diffraction, a = 16.218(3), b = 5.5406(14), c = 10.033(3) A) and room temperature, ≅ 295 K (X-ray diffraction, a = 16.1909(15), b = 5.5466(5), c = 10.0323(6) A). Only one proton position was located with positional coordinates 0.2690(1), 0.25, 0.9753(2) and population factor 0.98(1) at 15 K. It forms a hydroxyl group with O(10) at 0.986(2) A and a hydrogen bond with O(4) at 1.757(2) A. There is no diffraction evidence of a second proton position to explain the weak infrared absorption at 2160 cm -1 at room temperature for both natural and synthetic zoisites; however, the detection level of 0.01 atom at the 2 σ level might be insufficient. The possibility of hydrogen bonding to two O(2) at 2.96 A from O(10) is discussed. Because the displacement ellipsoid of the proton at 15 K is oblate and smaller than the ones in staurolite, it is concluded that there is only a single center of motion of the proton. The wide ranges of Ca-O, Al-O and Si-O distances are consistent with valence balancing in which short distances go to oxygen atoms with low values of formal bond strength. The displacement ellipsoids at 295 K can be explained qualitatively by anisotropic thermal motion constrained by the bonding to the nearest neighbors. There is an additional overall anisotropy at 15 K which is unexplained. However, values of B iso are consistent with zero-point motion, and there is no evidence for positional disorder. (orig.)

  19. Electronic spin transport and spin precession in single graphene layers at room temperature. (United States)

    Tombros, Nikolaos; Jozsa, Csaba; Popinciuc, Mihaita; Jonkman, Harry T; van Wees, Bart J


    Electronic transport in single or a few layers of graphene is the subject of intense interest at present. The specific band structure of graphene, with its unique valley structure and Dirac neutrality point separating hole states from electron states, has led to the observation of new electronic transport phenomena such as anomalously quantized Hall effects, absence of weak localization and the existence of a minimum conductivity. In addition to dissipative transport, supercurrent transport has also been observed. Graphene might also be a promising material for spintronics and related applications, such as the realization of spin qubits, owing to the low intrinsic spin orbit interaction, as well as the low hyperfine interaction of the electron spins with the carbon nuclei. Here we report the observation of spin transport, as well as Larmor spin precession, over micrometre-scale distances in single graphene layers. The 'non-local' spin valve geometry was used in these experiments, employing four-terminal contact geometries with ferromagnetic cobalt electrodes making contact with the graphene sheet through a thin oxide layer. We observe clear bipolar (changing from positive to negative sign) spin signals that reflect the magnetization direction of all four electrodes, indicating that spin coherence extends underneath all of the contacts. No significant changes in the spin signals occur between 4.2 K, 77 K and room temperature. We extract a spin relaxation length between 1.5 and 2 mum at room temperature, only weakly dependent on charge density. The spin polarization of the ferromagnetic contacts is calculated from the measurements to be around ten per cent.

  20. A facile route for irreversible bonding of plastic-PDMS hybrid microdevices at room temperature. (United States)

    Tang, Linzhi; Lee, Nae Yoon


    Plastic materials do not generally form irreversible bonds with poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) regardless of oxygen plasma treatment and a subsequent thermal process. In this paper, we perform plastic-PDMS bonding at room temperature, mediated by the formation of a chemically robust amine-epoxy bond at the interfaces. Various plastic materials, such as poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA), polycarbonate (PC), polyimide (PI), and poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) were adopted as choices for plastic materials. Irrespective of the plastic materials used, the surfaces were successfully modified with amine and epoxy functionalities, confirmed by the surface characterizations such as water contact angle measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and chemically robust and irreversible bonding was successfully achieved within 1 h at room temperature. The bonding strengths of PDMS with PMMA and PC sheets were measured to be 180 and 178 kPa, respectively, and their assemblies containing microchannel structures endured up to 74 and 84 psi (510 and 579 kPa) of introduced compressed air, respectively, without destroying the microdevices, representing a robust and highly stable interfacial bonding. In addition to microchannel-molded PDMS bonded with flat plastic substrates, microchannel-embossed plastics were also bonded with a flat PDMS sheet, and both types of bonded assemblies displayed sufficiently robust bonding, tolerating an intense influx of liquid whose per-minute injection volume was nearly 1000 to 2000 times higher than the total internal volume of the microchannel used. In addition to observing the bonding performance, we also investigated the potential of surface amine and epoxy functionalities as durable chemical adhesives by observing their storage-time-dependent bonding performances.

  1. Nanostructured ‘Anastacia’ flowers for Zn coating by electrodepositing ZnO at room temperature

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    Alves, Marta M.; Santos, Catarina F.; Carmezim, Maria J.; Montemor, Maria F.


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Functional coating of Zn with ZnO ‘Anastacia’ flowers. • Flowers are composed by nano-hexagonal units of single-crystal wurtzite ZnO. • The growth mechanism of these flowers is discussed. • Room temperature yield cost-effective electrodeposited ZnO ‘Anastacia’ flowers. - Abstract: Functional coatings composed of ZnO, a new flowered structured denominated as ‘Anastacia’ flowers, were successfully obtained through a facile and green one-step electrodeposition approach on Zn substrate. Electrodeposition was performed at constant cathodic potential, in Zn(NO 3 ) 2 aqueous solution, at pH 6 and at room temperature. The resulting ZnO thin uniform layer, with an average thickness of 300 nm, bearing top 3D hierarchical nanostructures that compose ‘Anastacia’ flowers, was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman. The results reveal a nano-architecture structure composed by nano-hexagonal units of single-crystal wurtzite ZnO structure with a [0 0 0 1] growth direction along the longitudinal particles axis. Other morphological features, sphere-like, rod-like and random distributed hexagons were also obtained by varying the electrodeposition time as observed by SEM. The Raman spectroscopy revealed the typical peak of ZnO wurtzite for all the obtained morphologies. Coatings wettability was studied and the different morphologies display distinct water contact angles with the ‘Anastacia’ flowers coating showing a wettability of 110°. These results pave the way for simple and low-cost routes for the production of novel functionalized coatings of ZnO over Zn, with potential for biomedical devices

  2. Nanostructured ‘Anastacia’ flowers for Zn coating by electrodepositing ZnO at room temperature

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    Alves, Marta M., E-mail: [ICEMS Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais 1049-001, Lisboa (Portugal); Santos, Catarina F.; Carmezim, Maria J. [ICEMS Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais 1049-001, Lisboa (Portugal); EST Setúbal, DEM, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Campus IPS, 2910 Setúbal (Portugal); Montemor, Maria F. [ICEMS Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais 1049-001, Lisboa (Portugal)


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Functional coating of Zn with ZnO ‘Anastacia’ flowers. • Flowers are composed by nano-hexagonal units of single-crystal wurtzite ZnO. • The growth mechanism of these flowers is discussed. • Room temperature yield cost-effective electrodeposited ZnO ‘Anastacia’ flowers. - Abstract: Functional coatings composed of ZnO, a new flowered structured denominated as ‘Anastacia’ flowers, were successfully obtained through a facile and green one-step electrodeposition approach on Zn substrate. Electrodeposition was performed at constant cathodic potential, in Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} aqueous solution, at pH 6 and at room temperature. The resulting ZnO thin uniform layer, with an average thickness of 300 nm, bearing top 3D hierarchical nanostructures that compose ‘Anastacia’ flowers, was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman. The results reveal a nano-architecture structure composed by nano-hexagonal units of single-crystal wurtzite ZnO structure with a [0 0 0 1] growth direction along the longitudinal particles axis. Other morphological features, sphere-like, rod-like and random distributed hexagons were also obtained by varying the electrodeposition time as observed by SEM. The Raman spectroscopy revealed the typical peak of ZnO wurtzite for all the obtained morphologies. Coatings wettability was studied and the different morphologies display distinct water contact angles with the ‘Anastacia’ flowers coating showing a wettability of 110°. These results pave the way for simple and low-cost routes for the production of novel functionalized coatings of ZnO over Zn, with potential for biomedical devices.

  3. Fission-Product Separation Based on Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids. Final Report

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    Hussey, Charles L.


    During previous DOE sponsored research (DE-FG07-01ER63286), a process was developed for removing Cs+ and Sr2+ from simulated aqueous tank waste by extraction of these ions into a hydrophobic room-temperature ionic liquid solvent, tri-n-butylmethylammonium bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide, containing the ionophores, calix(4)arene-bis(tert-octylbenzo-crown-6) and dicyclohexano-18-crown-6. The coordinated Cs+ and Sr2+ could be removed from the ionic liquid extraction solvent by an electrochemical reduction process carried out at mercury electrodes. In this follow-up project, the effects of residual moisture and oxygen on this processing scheme were assessed. It was determined that the electrochemical reduction of ionophore-bound Cs+ at Hg electrodes is surprisingly tolerant of small amounts of water, but greatly affected by oxygen. However, sparging of the ionic liquid with dry N2 lowers the residual water and oxygen content of the extraction solvent to the level where the reduction of Cs+ at Hg is possible. Thus, the entire treatment cycle for the removal of Cs+ from tank waste using this approach can be carried out in an open cell, provided that the cell is continuously sparged with dry N2. (Due to a reduction in the funds designated for the project, it was not possible to investigate the effects of moisture and oxygen on the Sr2+ removal process.) Additional research carried out under this project led to the discovery and characterization of a new low-melting urea-based melt that can be used as an electrochemical solvent. This melt is less expensive to prepare than most of the well-know room-temperature ionic liquid solvents, has a better electrochemical window than existing urea-based melts, and has potential applications for the processing of nuclear waste. This melt is made by combining urea with the N,N-dialkylimidazolium salt, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride.

  4. Hydrothermal synthesis of hexagonal CeO{sub 2} nanosheets and their room temperature ferromagnetism

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    Meng, Fanming, E-mail: [School of Physics and Materials Science, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China); Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); Zhang, Cheng; Fan, Zhenghua; Gong, Jinfeng; Li, Aixia; Ding, Zongling; Tang, Huaibao; Zhang, Miao; Wu, Guifang [School of Physics and Materials Science, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China)


    Hexagonal CeO{sub 2} nanosheets of 40–50 nm in thickness and 300–400 nm in side-length have been successfully synthesized via controlling the morphology of CeCO{sub 3}OH precursors by a facile hydrothermal technique using CeCl{sub 3}·7H{sub 2}O as cerium source, ammonium hydrogen carbonate as precipitants, and ethylenediamine as complexant. The reaction time and the amount of CeCl{sub 3}·7H{sub 2}O and ethylenediamine were systematically investigated. The as-synthesized hexagonal CeO{sub 2} nanosheets were examined by XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, Raman scattering and magnetization measurements. It is found that the amount of CeCl{sub 3}·7H{sub 2}O and ethylenediamine are key parameters for controlling the final morphology. The hexagonal CeO{sub 2} nanosheets have a fluorite cubic structure and there are Ce{sup 3+} ions and oxygen vacancies in surface of samples. The synthesized CeO{sub 2} shows excellent room temperature optical properties. M–H curve exhibits excellent room-temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) with saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) of 3.02 × 10{sup −2} emu/g, residual magnetization (M{sub r}) of 0.68 × 10{sup −2} emu/g and coercivity (H{sub c}) of 210 Oe, which is likely attributed to the effects of the Ce{sup 3+} ions and oxygen vacancies. - Highlights: • Hexagonal CeO{sub 2} nanosheets with superexerllent RTFM are synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. • RTFM mechanism of CeO{sub 2} nanosheets can be attributed to the influences of oxygen vacancies and Ce{sup 3+} ions. • A defect driven dissolution–recrystallization mechanism is suggested to explain the transformation from nanowires to nanosheets.

  5. The crystal structure of benzoic acid: a redetermination with X-rays at room temperature

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    Feld, R.; Lehmann, M.S.; Muir, K.W.; Speakman, J.C.


    The crystal structure of benzoic acid, C 6 H 5 CO 2 H, has been redetermined by X-ray diffraction at room temperature. Extensive neutron-diffraction measurements have also been made; by single-crystal methods at room temperature and 130 K; and, at 130 K and 5 K, by powder-profile analysis on C 6 D 5 CO 2 H. The structure consists of centrosymmetric dimers, in which two molecules are linked by a pair of hydrogen bonds between their carboxyl groups. Better precision attaches to the X-ray results. Full-matrix refinement, on 1011 independent reflexions, converged at R = 3.7%. This refinement was indeed based on a model that was formally ordered, so far as concerns all atoms except the acidic hydrogen. However the structural results implied an averaged molecule, with the C - O distances 1.258, 1.268(2)Angstroem and the C - C - O angles 118.7, 117.8(1) 0 ; and the acidic hydrogen appeared as two half atoms on the hydrogen bond, 0.9 Angstroem from each oxygen atom. These findings are most simply interpreted as due to disorder; the two configurations, A and B (of Fig. 1), occur randomly and in nearly equal proportions. Owing to difficulties inherent in the crystal texture of benzoic acid, the neutron results were less satisfactory. Large single crystals were affected by twinning. Though the powder method avoids this difficulty, the structure, further confused by modulation, is rather too complicated for profile refinement. At 5 K however, the structure may be ordered, consisting wholly of dimers in the A-configuration. (orig.)

  6. Characterization of gallium arsenide X-ray mesa p-i-n photodiodes at room temperature

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    Lioliou, G. [Semiconductor Materials and Devices Laboratory, Department Engineering and Design, Sch. of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QT (United Kingdom); Meng, X.; Ng, J.S. [Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD (United Kingdom); Barnett, A.M. [Semiconductor Materials and Devices Laboratory, Department Engineering and Design, Sch. of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QT (United Kingdom)


    Two GaAs mesa p{sup +}-i-n{sup +} photodiodes intended for photon counting X-ray spectroscopy, having an i layer thickness of 7 μm and diameter of 200 μm, have been characterized electrically, for their responsivity at the wavelength range 580 nm to 980 nm and one of them for its performance at detection of soft X-rays, at room temperature. Dark current and capacitance measurements as a function of applied forward and reverse bias are presented. The results show low leakage current densities, in the range of nA/cm{sup 2} at the maximum internal electric field (22 kV/cm). The unintentional doping concentration of the i layer, calculated from capacitance measurements, was found to be <10{sup 14} cm{sup −3}. Photocurrent measurements were performed under visible and near infrared light illumination for both diodes. The analysis of these measurements suggests the presence of a non-active (dead) layer (0.16 μm thickness) at the p{sup +} side top contact interface, where the photogenerated carriers do not contribute to the photocurrent, possibly due to recombination. One of the diodes, D1, was also characterized as detector for room temperature photon counting X-ray spectroscopy; the best energy resolution achieved (FWHM) at 5.9 keV was 745 eV. The noise analysis of the system, based on spectra obtained at different shaping times and applied reverse biases, showed that the dominant source of noise is the dielectric noise. It was also calculated that there was at least (165±24) eV charge trapping noise at 0 V.

  7. New, room-temperature gamma-ray detector for improved assay of plutonium

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    Russo, P.A.; Meier, A.P.; Rawool-Sullivan, M. [and others


    Gamma-ray spectroscopy for portable and unattended assay of nuclear materials requires rugged, reliable, room-temperature detectors that are stable in variable environments and detect gamma rays with good efficiency and energy resolution. For portable assays especially, compact detectors address needs for large numbers of measurements performed in rapid succession with heavy shielding and collimation by a user who must carry the spectroscopy equipment. Most measurements are made with compact NaI detectors. The assay of variable-burnup plutonium and other plutonium materials of variable isotopic composition challenges low-resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy in numerous safeguards applications including holdup measurements, safeguards inspections, monitoring, and safeguards close-out in decontamination and decommissioning. A new, commercial-prototype coplanar-grid CdZnTe detector has been evaluated using the assay of variable-burnup plutonium as a metric indicator to show the substantial benefit of its improved performance compared to results of the same measurements performed with the compact NaI detector. Detector performance, spectrum-quality, and assay results as well as gamma-ray spectra of reference sources are compared for the coplanar-grid CdZnTe and compact NaI detectors to illustrate the advantages of the new room-temperature gamma-ray detector. Isotope identification with the coplanar-grid CdZnTe detector is demonstrated. Preliminary calculations (Monte Carlo coupled to simulations of radiation transport and charge collection) of the spectral response of the detector to plutonium indicate promise for the use of the coplanar-grid CdZnTe detector for further improvements in the accuracy of assays and for analysis of gamma-ray isotopic distributions.

  8. Molecular Cloning and Expression of Bacterial Mercuric Reductase ...

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    Jun 21, 2010 ... In order to characterize the bacterial mercuric reductase (merA) gene, mercury resistant (Hgr). Escherichia coli strains have been isolated from various mercury contaminated sites of India. Their minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) for Hg and zone of inhibition for different antibiotics were measured, and ...

  9. Molecular Cloning and Expression of Bacterial Mercuric Reductase ...

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    In order to characterize the bacterial mercuric reductase (merA) gene, mercury resistant (Hgr) Escherichia coli strains have been isolated from various mercury contaminated sites of India. Their minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) for Hg and zone of inhibition for different antibiotics were measured, and finally mer operon ...

  10. UV-Activated MoS2Based Fast and Reversible NO2Sensor at Room Temperature. (United States)

    Kumar, Rahul; Goel, Neeraj; Kumar, Mahesh


    Two-dimensional materials have gained considerable attention in chemical sensing owing to their naturally high surface-to-volume ratio. However, the poor response time and incomplete recovery at room temperature restrict their application in high-performance practical gas sensors. Herein, we demonstrate ultrafast detection and reversible MoS 2 gas sensor at room temperature. The sensor's performance is investigated to NO 2 at room temperature, under thermal and photo energy. Incomplete recovery and high response time of ∼249 s of sensor are observed at room temperature. Thermal energy is enough to complete recovery, but it is at the expense of sensitivity. Further, under photo excitation, MoS 2 exhibits an enhancement in sensitivity with ultrafast response time of ∼29 s and excellent recovery to NO 2 (100 ppm) at room temperature. This significant improvement in sensitivity (∼30%) and response time (∼88%) is attributed to the charge perturbation on the surface of the sensing layer in the context of NO 2 /MoS 2 interaction under optical illumination. Moreover, the sensor shows reliable selectivity toward NO 2 against various other gases. These unprecedented results reveal the potential of 2D MoS 2 to develop a low power portable gas sensor.

  11. Wide bandgap BaSnO3 films with room temperature conductivity exceeding 104 S cm−1 (United States)

    Prakash, Abhinav; Xu, Peng; Faghaninia, Alireza; Shukla, Sudhanshu; Ager, Joel W.; Lo, Cynthia S.; Jalan, Bharat


    Wide bandgap perovskite oxides with high room temperature conductivities and structural compatibility with a diverse family of organic/inorganic perovskite materials are of significant interest as transparent conductors and as active components in power electronics. Such materials must also possess high room temperature mobility to minimize power consumption and to enable high-frequency applications. Here, we report n-type BaSnO3 films grown using hybrid molecular beam epitaxy with room temperature conductivity exceeding 104 S cm−1. Significantly, these films show room temperature mobilities up to 120 cm2 V−1 s−1 even at carrier concentrations above 3 × 1020 cm−3 together with a wide bandgap (3 eV). We examine the mobility-limiting scattering mechanisms by calculating temperature-dependent mobility, and Seebeck coefficient using the Boltzmann transport framework and ab-initio calculations. These results place perovskite oxide semiconductors for the first time on par with the highly successful III–N system, thereby bringing all-transparent, high-power oxide electronics operating at room temperature a step closer to reality. PMID:28474675

  12. Wide bandgap BaSnO3 films with room temperature conductivity exceeding 104 S cm-1 (United States)

    Prakash, Abhinav; Xu, Peng; Faghaninia, Alireza; Shukla, Sudhanshu; Ager, Joel W.; Lo, Cynthia S.; Jalan, Bharat


    Wide bandgap perovskite oxides with high room temperature conductivities and structural compatibility with a diverse family of organic/inorganic perovskite materials are of significant interest as transparent conductors and as active components in power electronics. Such materials must also possess high room temperature mobility to minimize power consumption and to enable high-frequency applications. Here, we report n-type BaSnO3 films grown using hybrid molecular beam epitaxy with room temperature conductivity exceeding 104 S cm-1. Significantly, these films show room temperature mobilities up to 120 cm2 V-1 s-1 even at carrier concentrations above 3 × 1020 cm-3 together with a wide bandgap (3 eV). We examine the mobility-limiting scattering mechanisms by calculating temperature-dependent mobility, and Seebeck coefficient using the Boltzmann transport framework and ab-initio calculations. These results place perovskite oxide semiconductors for the first time on par with the highly successful III-N system, thereby bringing all-transparent, high-power oxide electronics operating at room temperature a step closer to reality.

  13. Gap energy studied by optical transmittance in lead iodide monocrystals grown by Bridgman's Method

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    Full Text Available The bandgap energy as a function of temperature has been determined for lead iodide. The monocrystal was obtained in a vacuum sealed quartz ampoule inside a vertical furnace by Bridgman's method. The optical transmittance measurement enables to evaluate the values of Eg. By a fitting procedure of Eg as a function of temperature is possible to extract the parameters that govern its behavior. The variation of Eg with temperature was determined as: Eg(T = Eg(0 - aT2/(a + T, with: Eg(0 = (2.435 ± 0.008 eV, a = (8.7 ± 1.3 x 10-4 eV/K and a = (192 ± 90 K. The bandgap energy of lead iodide at room temperature was found to be 2.277 ± 0.007 eV.

  14. An experimental study of the effect of different starting room temperatures on occupant comfort in Danish summer weather

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    Bourdakis, Eleftherios; Simone, Angela; Olesen, Bjarne W.


    As office workers will usually have a slightly elevated metabolic rate when arriving at work, they may prefer a room temperature below the comfort range for sedentary activity in the morning. This possibility was studied in an experiment with 25 young people, male and female, exposed to four...... different conditions. Each condition consisted of two sessions, the simulated commute (activity equivalent to walking to work) and the office session. Each office session had a different starting room temperature, namely 18.5 °C, 20 °C, 21.5 °C or 23 °C, followed by an increasing temperature “ramp” of 1.5K...... every 30 min. During the last 30 min the temperature remained constant. Physical measurements were continuously recorded and subjective evaluation questionnaires were completed every 30 min. It was observed that, upon arrival at the office-lab, a room temperature of 20 °C provided a thermal environment...

  15. Contribution of structural order-disorder to the room-temperature photoluminescence of lead zirconate titanate powders

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    Anicete-Santos, Marcos; Silva, Margarete S.; Orhan, Emmanuelle; Goes, Marcio S.; Zaghete, Maria A.; Paiva-Santos, Carlos O.; Pizani, Paulo S.; Cilense, Mario; Varela, Jose A.; Longo, Elson


    Intense and broad visible photoluminescent (PL) band was observed at room temperature in structurally disordered PbZr 0.53 Ti 0.47 O 3 powders. The lead zirconate titanate PbZr 0.53 Ti 0.47 O 3 powders prepared by the polymeric precursor method and heat treated at different temperatures were structurally characterized at long range by means of X-ray diffraction. The PL was measured at room temperature samples heat treated at different temperatures. Experimental measurements and quantum-mechanical calculations showed that the high structural order and the high structural disorder in PbZr 0.53 Ti 0.47 O 3 lattice are not favorable to the intense PL emission. Only samples containing simultaneous structural order and disorder in their lattice present the intense visible PL emission at room temperature

  16. Cumulative damage fatigue tests on nuclear reactor Zircaloy-2 fuel tubes at room temperature and 3000C

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    Pandarinathan, P.R.; Vasudevan, P.


    Cumulative damage fatigue tests were conducted on the Zircaloy-2 fuel tubes at room temperature and 300 0 C on the modified Moore type, four-point-loaded, deflection-controlled, rotating bending fatigue testing machine. The cumulative cycle ratio at fracture for the Zircaloy-2 fuel tubes was found to depend on the sequence of loading, stress history, number of cycles of application of the pre-stress and the test temperature. A Hi-Lo type fatigue loading was found to be very much damaging at room temperature and this feature was not observed in the tests at 300 0 C. Results indicate significant differences in damage interaction and damage propagation under cumulative damage tests at room temperature and at 300 0 C. Block-loading fatigue tests are suggested as the best method to determine the life-time of Zircaloy-2 fuel tubes under random fatigue loading during their service in the reactor. (orig.)

  17. Iodide transport and breast cancer. (United States)

    Poole, Vikki L; McCabe, Christopher J


    Breast cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide and the leading cause of cancer death in women, with incidence rates that continue to rise. The heterogeneity of the disease makes breast cancer exceptionally difficult to treat, particularly for those patients with triple-negative disease. To address the therapeutic complexity of these tumours, new strategies for diagnosis and treatment are urgently required. The ability of lactating and malignant breast cells to uptake and transport iodide has led to the hypothesis that radioiodide therapy could be a potentially viable treatment for many breast cancer patients. Understanding how iodide is transported, and the factors regulating the expression and function of the proteins responsible for iodide transport, is critical for translating this hypothesis into reality. This review covers the three known iodide transporters - the sodium iodide symporter, pendrin and the sodium-coupled monocarboxylate transporter - and their role in iodide transport in breast cells, along with efforts to manipulate them to increase the potential for radioiodide therapy as a treatment for breast cancer. © 2015 Society for Endocrinology.

  18. Room-temperature nonlinear transport phenomena in low-dimensional Ni-Nb-Zr-H glassy alloys and its device

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    Fukuhara, Mikio; Yoshida, Hajime [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1, Katahira, Aoba, Sendai, 980-8577 (Japan)


    We report the room-temperature switching and Coulomb blockade effects in three–terminal glassy alloy field effect transistor (GAFET), using the millimeter sized glassy alloy. By applying dc and ac voltages to a gate electrode, GAFET can be switched from a metallic conducting state to an insulating state with Coulomb oscillation at a period of 14 μV at room temperature. The transistor showed the three-dimensional Coulomb diamond structure. The fabrication of a low-energy controllable device throws a new light on cluster electronics without wiring.

  19. Voltammetric behavior, biocidal effect and synthesis of some new nanomeric fused cyclic thiosemicarbazones and their mercuric(II salts

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    M.S.T. Makki


    Full Text Available New nanomeric 3-thioxo-5-methoxy-4,5-dihydro-6-methyl-9-unsubstituted/substituted-1,2,4-triazino[5,6-b]indoles (2a–c and 3-thioxo-5-methoxy-4,5-dihydro-6,7-dihydroxy-1,2,4-triaino[5,6]-cyclobut-6-ene (3 were prepared via reaction of thiosemicarbazide with 5-unsubstitutedand/substituted-indol-2,3-diones and/or 3,4-dihydroxycyclobutane-1,2-dione in methanol–concentrated HCl at room temperature. A series of mercury(II–ligand salts e.g. compound 4b and Hg(II complexes 5a,b and 6 of cyclic Schiff base were prepared. Structures of these compounds were established by elemental analysis and spectral measurements. The redox characteristics of selected compounds were studied for use as chelating agents for stripping voltammetric determination of mercuric(II ions in aqueous media. The compounds were also screened for their use as molluscicidal agents against Biomophalaria Alexandrina Snails responsible for Bilhariziasis.

  20. Room temperature synthesis of Ni-based alloy nanoparticles by radiolysis.

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    Nenoff, Tina Maria; Berry, Donald T.; Lu, Ping; Leung, Kevin; Provencio, Paula Polyak; Stumpf, Roland Rudolph; Huang, Jian Yu; Zhang, Zhenyuan


    Room temperature radiolysis, density functional theory, and various nanoscale characterization methods were used to synthesize and fully describe Ni-based alloy nanoparticles (NPs) that were synthesized at room temperature. These complementary methods provide a strong basis in understanding and describing metastable phase regimes of alloy NPs whose reaction formation is determined by kinetic rather than thermodynamic reaction processes. Four series of NPs, (Ag-Ni, Pd-Ni, Co-Ni, and W-Ni) were analyzed and characterized by a variety of methods, including UV-vis, TEM/HRTEM, HAADF-STEM and EFTEM mapping. In the first focus of research, AgNi and PdNi were studied. Different ratios of Ag{sub x}- Ni{sub 1-x} alloy NPs and Pd{sub 0.5}- Ni{sub 0.5} alloy NP were prepared using a high dose rate from gamma irradiation. Images from high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) show that the Ag-Ni NPs are not core-shell structure but are homogeneous alloys in composition. Energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) maps show the homogeneity of the metals in each alloy NP. Of particular interest are the normally immiscible Ag-Ni NPs. All evidence confirmed that homogeneous Ag-Ni and Pd-Ni alloy NPs presented here were successfully synthesized by high dose rate radiolytic methodology. A mechanism is provided to explain the homogeneous formation of the alloy NPs. Furthermore, studies of Pd-Ni NPs by in situ TEM (with heated stage) shows the ability to sinter these NPs at temperatures below 800 C. In the second set of work, CoNi and WNi superalloy NPs were attempted at 50/50 concentration ratios using high dose rates from gamma irradiation. Preliminary results on synthesis and characterization have been completed and are presented. As with the earlier alloy NPs, no evidence of core-shell NP formation occurs. Microscopy results seem to indicate alloying occurred with the CoNi alloys. However, there appears to be incomplete reduction of the Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} to form the W

  1. Near-infrared water vapour self-continuum at close to room temperature

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    Ptashnik, I.V.; Petrova, T.M.; Ponomarev, Yu.N.; Shine, K.P.; Solodov, A.A.; Solodov, A.M.


    The gaseous absorption of solar radiation within near-infrared atmospheric windows in the Earth's atmosphere is dominated by the water vapour continuum. Recent measurements by Baranov et al. (2011) [17] in 2500 cm −1 (4 μm) window and by Ptashnik et al. (2011) [18] in a few near-infrared windows revealed that the self-continuum absorption is typically an order of magnitude stronger than given by the MT C KD continuum model prior to version 2.5. Most of these measurements, however, were made at elevated temperatures, which makes their application to atmospheric conditions difficult. Here we report new laboratory measurements of the self-continuum absorption at 289 and 318 K in the near-infrared spectral region 1300–8000 cm −1 , using a multipass 30 m base cell with total optical path 612 m. Our results confirm the main conclusions of the previous measurements both within bands and in windows. Of particular note is that we present what we believe to be the first near-room temperature measurement using Fourier Transform Spectrometry of the self-continuum in the 6200 cm −1 (1.6 μm) window, which provides tentative evidence that, at such temperatures, the water vapour continuum absorption may be as strong as it is in 2.1 μm and 4 μm windows and up to 2 orders of magnitude stronger than the MT C KD-2.5 continuum. We note that alternative methods of measuring the continuum in this window have yielded widely differing assessment of its strength, which emphasises the need for further measurements. -- Highlights: ► New lab measurements of the near-infrared water vapour self-continuum absorption. ► First room-temperature data on the self-continuum in the 1.6 μm window. ► In the 1.6 μm window the new data exceed MT C KD-2.5 model by 2 orders of magnitude

  2. Room temperature strong light-matter coupling in 3D THz meta-atoms (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Paulillo, Bruno; Manceau, Jean-Michel; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund; Colombelli, Raffaele


    We demonstrate strong light-matter coupling at room temperature in the terahertz (THz) spectral region using 3D meta-atoms with extremely sub-wavelength volumes. Using an air-bridge fabrication scheme, we have implemented sub-wavelength 3D THz micro-resonators that rely on suspended loop antennas connected to semiconductor-filled patch cavities. We have experimentally shown that they possess the functionalities of lumped LC resonators: their frequency response can be adjusted by independently tuning the inductance associated the antenna element or the capacitance provided by the metal-semiconductor-metal cavity. Moreover, the radiation coupling and efficiency can be engineered acting on the design of the loop antenna, similarly to conventional RF antennas. Here we take advantage of this rich playground in the context of cavity electrodynamics/intersubband polaritonics. In the strong light-matter coupling regime, a cavity and a two-level system exchange energy coherently at a characteristic rate called the vacuum Rabi frequency ΩR which is dominant with respect to all other loss mechanisms involved. The signature, in the frequency domain, is the appearance of a splitting between the bare cavity and material system resonances: the new states are called upper and a lower polariton branches. So far, most experimental demonstrations of strong light-matter interaction between an intersubband transition and a deeply sub-wavelength mode in the THz or mid-infrared ranges rely on wavelength-scale or larger resonators such as photonic crystals, diffractive gratings, dielectric micro-cavities or patch cavities. Lately, planar metamaterials have been used to enhance the light-matter interaction and strongly reduce the interaction volume by engineering the electric and magnetic resonances of the individual subwavelength constituents. In this contribution we provide evidence of strong coupling between a THz intersubband transition and an extremely sub-wavelength mode (≈λ/10


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    Mickalonis, J.; Duffey, J.


    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) Phase II, Series 1 shelf-life corrosion testing for the Department of Energy Standard 3013 container is presented and discussed in terms of the localized corrosion behavior of Type 304 stainless steel in contact with moist plutonium oxide and chloride salt mixtures and the potential impact to the 3013 inner container. This testing was designed to address the influence of temperature, salt composition, initial salt moisture, residual stress and type of oxide/salt contact on the relative humidity inside a 3013 container and the initiation and propagation of localized corrosion, especially stress corrosion cracking. The integrated plan is being conducted by Los Alamos National Laboratory and SRNL. SRNL is responsible for conducting a corrosion study in small scale vessels containing plutonium oxide and chloride salts under conditions of humidity, temperature and oxide/salt compositions both within the limits of 3013 storage conditions as well as beyond the 3013 storage requirements to identify margins for minimizing the initiation of stress corrosion cracking. These worst case conditions provide data that bound the material packaged in 3013 containers. Phase I of this testing was completed in 2010. The Phase II, Series 1 testing was performed to verify previous results from Phase I testing and extend our understanding about the initiation of stress corrosion cracking and pitting that occur in 304L under conditions of room temperature, high humidity, and a specific plutonium oxide/salt chemistry. These results will aid in bounding the safe storage conditions of plutonium oxides in 3013 containers. A substantial change in the testing was the addition of the capability to monitor relative humidity during test exposure. The results show that under conditions of high initial moisture ({approx}0.5 wt%) and room temperature stress corrosion cracking occurred in 304L teardrop coupons in contact with the oxide/salt mixture at times

  4. 2-Butyne on Si(0 0 1) at room temperature: An XPS and NEXAFS study

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    Bournel, F., E-mail: [Laboratoire de Chimie Physique Matiere et Rayonnement, UMR CNRS 7614, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6, Paris (France); Gallet, J.-J.; Rochet, F. [Laboratoire de Chimie Physique Matiere et Rayonnement, UMR CNRS 7614, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6, Paris (France); Hennies, F. [MAX-Lab Synchrotron, Lund University, Lund (Sweden); Silly, M.; Sirotti, F. [Synchrotron SOLEIL, St Aubin (France)


    Research highlights: {yields} Adsorption of 2-butyne on Si(001)-2 x 1. {yields} 3D maps of real time Si2p and C1s XPS while dosing. {yields} NEXAFS C K edge spectra of 2-butyne on Si(001). {yields} 2-butyne is 'di-sigma' bound in a 'on-dimer' geometry on Si(001)-2 x 1 at room temperature. - Abstract: We present here a study of the adsorption of 2-butyne (CH{sub 3}-C{identical_to}C-CH{sub 3}) on the Si(0 0 1)-2 x 1 silicon surface at room temperature using synchrotron radiation photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS). In particular, the Si2p and C1s core levels were followed by real-time photoemission (measuring while dosing). The intensity of the Si2p surface state component gradually diminishes with an increasing exposure to the gas. The C1s photoemission line is decomposed into two main components with their vibrational series, attributed to the two inner carbons (bonded to silicon) and the two methyl carbons (protruding into the vacuum), respectively. C1s real-time XPS indicates that the chemical bonding of the molecule does not change from low coverage to saturation coverage. NEXAFS spectroscopy performed at the C K-edge using linearly polarized radiation reveals the presence of a {pi}*(C=C) molecular orbital parallel to the surface, resulting from the opening of the triple C{identical_to}C bond and the formation of two {sigma}(Si-C) bonds. The attachment of the molecule via C-H bond scission (conserving the C{identical_to}C bond) is excluded. The clear-cut observation of a C=C bond, combined to our preceding angle-resolved UV photoemission spectroscopy (ARUPS) work [Bournel et al., Surf. Sci. 601 (2007) 3750] favors the on-dimer adsorption model at saturation ({approx}3 L).

  5. PNA-Peptide Assembly in a 3D DNA Nanocage at Room Temperature

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    Flory, Justin D. [Center; Shinde, Sandip [Center; Lin, Su [Center; Liu, Yan [Center; Yan, Hao [Center; Ghirlanda, Giovanna [Center; Fromme, Petra [Center


    Proteins and peptides fold into dynamic structures that access a broad functional landscape; however, designing artificial polypeptide systems is still a great challenge. Conversely, DNA engineering is now routinely used to build a wide variety of 2D and 3D nanostructures from hybridization based rules, and their functional diversity can be significantly expanded through site specific incorporation of the appropriate guest molecules. Here we demonstrate a new approach to rationally design 3D nucleic acid–amino acid complexes using peptide nucleic acid (PNA) to assemble peptides inside a 3D DNA nanocage. The PNA-peptides were found to bind to the preassembled DNA nanocage in 5–10 min at room temperature, and assembly could be performed in a stepwise fashion. Biophysical characterization of the DNA-PNA-peptide complex was performed using gel electrophoresis as well as steady state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Based on these results we have developed a model for the arrangement of the PNA-peptides inside the DNA nanocage. This work demonstrates a flexible new approach to leverage rationally designed nucleic acid (DNA-PNA) nanoscaffolds to guide polypeptide engineering.

  6. Orientational dynamics in a room temperature ionic liquid: Are angular jumps predominant? (United States)

    Das, Suman; Mukherjee, Biswaroop; Biswas, Ranjit


    Reorientational dynamics of the constituent ions in a room temperature ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([BMIM][PF6]), are explored via molecular dynamics simulations, and several features of orientation dynamics are summarized. The anion, [PF6]-, not only exhibits a higher propensity to orientation jumps than the cation, [BMIM]+ but also accesses a wider jump angle distribution and larger peak-angle. Jump and waiting time distributions for both the ions depict power-law dependences, suggesting temporally heterogeneous dynamics for the medium. This heterogeneity feature is further highlighted by the finding that the simulated first rank (ℓ = 1) and second rank (ℓ = 2) average reorientational correlation times reflect a severe break-down of Debye's ℓ(ℓ + 1) law for orientational diffusion in an isotropic homogeneous medium. Simulated average H-bond lifetime resides between the mean orientation jump and waiting times, while the structural H-bond relaxation suggests, as in normal liquids, a pronounced presence of translational motion of the partnering ions. Average simulated jump trajectories reveal a strong rotation-translation coupling and indicate relatively larger changes in spatial and angular arrangements for the anion during an orientation jump. In fact, a closer inspection of all these results points toward more heterogeneous dynamics for [PF6]- than [BMIM]+. This is a new observation and may simply be linked to the ion-size. However, such a generalization warrants further study.

  7. Bipolar resistive switching in room temperature grown disordered vanadium oxide thin-film devices (United States)

    Wong, Franklin J.; Sriram, Tirunelveli S.; Smith, Brian R.; Ramanathan, Shriram


    We demonstrate bipolar switching with high OFF/ON resistance ratios (>104) in Pt/vanadium oxide/Cu structures deposited entirely at room temperature. The SET (RESET) process occurs when negative (positive) bias is applied to the top Cu electrode. The vanadium oxide (VOx) films are amorphous and close to the vanadium pentoxide stoichiometry. We also investigated Cu/VOx/W structures, reversing the position of the Cu electrode, and found the same polarity dependence with respect to the top and bottom electrodes, which suggests that the bipolar nature is linked to the VOx layer itself. Bipolar switching can be observed at 100 °C, indicating that it not due to a temperature-induced metal-insulator transition of a vanadium dioxide second phase. We discuss how ionic drift can lead to the bipolar electrical behavior of our junctions, similar to those observed in devices based on several other defective oxides. Such low-temperature processed oxide switches could be of relevance to back-end or package integration processing schemes.

  8. Novel spintronics devices for memory and logic: prospects and challenges for room temperature all spin computing (United States)

    Wang, Jian-Ping

    An energy efficient memory and logic device for the post-CMOS era has been the goal of a variety of research fields. The limits of scaling, which we expect to reach by the year 2025, demand that future advances in computational power will not be realized from ever-shrinking device sizes, but rather by innovative designs and new materials and physics. Magnetoresistive based devices have been a promising candidate for future integrated magnetic computation because of its unique non-volatility and functionalities. The application of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy for potential STT-RAM application was demonstrated and later has been intensively investigated by both academia and industry groups, but there is no clear path way how scaling will eventually work for both memory and logic applications. One of main reasons is that there is no demonstrated material stack candidate that could lead to a scaling scheme down to sub 10 nm. Another challenge for the usage of magnetoresistive based devices for logic application is its available switching speed and writing energy. Although a good progress has been made to demonstrate the fast switching of a thermally stable magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) down to 165 ps, it is still several times slower than its CMOS counterpart. In this talk, I will review the recent progress by my research group and my C-SPIN colleagues, then discuss the opportunities, challenges and some potential path ways for magnetoresitive based devices for memory and logic applications and their integration for room temperature all spin computing system.

  9. Room temperature nanojoining of Cu-Ag core-shell nanoparticles and nanowires

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    Wang, Jiaqi; Shin, Seungha


    Room temperature (T room , 300 K) nanojoining of Ag has been widely employed in fabrication of microelectronic applications where the shapes and structures of microelectronic components must be maintained. In this research, the joining processes of pure Ag nanoparticles (NPs), Cu-Ag core-shell NPs, and nanowires (NWs) are studied using molecular dynamics simulations at T room . The evolution of densification, potential energy, and structural deformation during joining process are analyzed to identify joining mechanisms. Depending on geometry, different joining mechanisms including crystallization-amorphization, reorientation, Shockley partial dislocation are determined. A three-stage joining scenario is observed in both joining process of NPs and NWs. Besides, the Cu core does not participate in all joining processes, however, it enhances the mobility of Ag shell atoms, contributing to a higher densification and bonding strength at T room , compared with pure Ag nanomaterials. The tensile test shows that the nanojoint bears higher rupture strength than the core-shell NW itself. This study deepens understanding in the underlying joining mechanisms and thus nanojoint with desirable thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties could be potentially achieved.

  10. Highly sensitive room temperature ammonia gas sensor based on Ir-doped Pt porous ceramic electrodes

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    Liu, Wenlong [College of pharmacy and biological engineering, Chengdu University, Chengdu, 610106 (China); Department of chemical and materials engineering, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, Taichung 411, Taiwan (China); Liu, Yen-Yu [Department of chemical and materials engineering, Tunghai University, Taichung 407, Taiwan (China); Do, Jing-Shan, E-mail: [Department of chemical and materials engineering, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, Taichung 411, Taiwan (China); Li, Jing, E-mail: [College of pharmacy and biological engineering, Chengdu University, Chengdu, 610106 (China)


    Highlights: • Water vapors seem to hugely improve the electrochemical activity of the Pt and Pt-Ir porous ceramic electrodes. • The gas sensors based on the Pt and Pt-Ir alloy electrodes possess good sensing performances. • The reaction path of the ammonia on platinum has been discussed. - Abstract: Room temperature NH{sub 3} gas sensors based on Pt and Pt-Ir (Ir doping Pt) porous ceramic electrodes have been fabricated by both electroplating and sputtering methods. The properties of the gaseous ammonia sensors have been examined by polarization and chronoamperometry techniques. The influence of humidity on the features of the resulting sensors in the system has also been discussed, and the working potential was optimized. Water vapors seem to hugely improve the electrochemical activity of the electrode. With increasing the relative humidity, the response of the Pt-Ir(E)/Pt(S)/PCP sensor to NH{sub 3} gas could be enhanced remarkably, and the sensitivity increases from 1.14 to 12.06 μA ppm{sup −1} cm{sup −2} .Then we have also discussed the sensing mechanism of the Pt-Ir sensor and the result has been confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the electrode surface before and after reaction in the end.

  11. Room-temperature semiconductor detectors for in vivo monitoring of internal contamination. (United States)

    Genicot, J L


    In vivo monitoring of low-energy X-ray and gamma-ray emitters has always been a difficult task, primarily because of lack of accuracy and the high detection limits of classical techniques. Various types of PIN diodes (diodes with a large intrinsic zone) were tested in the Radiation Protection Department of the Studie Centrum voor Kernenergie, Centre d'étude de l'Energie Nucléaire (Mol, Belgium) in the measurement of radioactive body burden by direct methods. Current research is oriented toward the use of room-temperature diodes for the detection of low-energy photons escaping the body. In this paper, a new counting technique that involves a portable jacket containing the diodes is described. The system uses silicon diodes and is used out of shielding room in order to be near the contamination. With this method rapid analysis and long counting times are possible, stress is reduced, and medical treatment can be optimized. CdZnTe detectors were also evaluated for this measurement technique but this type of detector is better adapted for counting inside a shielding room. The improvement of the accuracy of the measurement, taking into account the effect of the ribs, is described here, as well the associated electronics necessary for this type of counting. Images Figure 1. PMID:9467055

  12. Ideal gas solubilities and solubility selectivities in a binary mixture of room-temperature ionic liquids. (United States)

    Finotello, Alexia; Bara, Jason E; Narayan, Suguna; Camper, Dean; Noble, Richard D


    This study focuses on the solubility behaviors of CO2, CH4, and N2 gases in binary mixtures of imidazolium-based room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) using 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C2mim][Tf2N]) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([C2mim][BF4]) at 40 degrees C and low pressures (approximately 1 atm). The mixtures tested were 0, 25, 50, 75, 90, 95, and 100 mol % [C2mim][BF4] in [C2mim][Tf2N]. Results show that regular solution theory (RST) can be used to describe the gas solubility and selectivity behaviors in RTIL mixtures using an average mixture solubility parameter or an average measured mixture molar volume. Interestingly, the solubility selectivity, defined as the ratio of gas mole fractions in the RTIL mixture, of CO2 with N2 or CH4 in pure [C2mim][BF4] can be enhanced by adding 5 mol % [C2mim][Tf2N].

  13. Direct experimental observation of mesoscopic fluorous domains in fluorinated room temperature ionic liquids

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    Lo Celso, F.; Yoshida, Y.; Castiglione, F.; Ferro, M.; Mele, A.; Jafta, C.J.; Triolo, A.; Russina, O. (Meijo); (Rome); (CNRS-UMR); (ISDM-Italy)


    Fluorinated room temperature ionic liquids (FRTILs) represent a class of solvent media that are attracting great attention due to their IL-specific properties as well as features stemming from their fluorous nature. Medium-to-long fluorous tails constitute a well-defined apolar moiety in the otherwise polar environment. Similarly to the case of alkyl tails, such chains are expected to result in the formation of self-assembled fluorous domains. So far, however, no direct experimental observation has been made of the existence of such structural heterogeneities on the nm scale. We report here the first experimental evidence of the existence of mesoscopic spatial segregation of fluorinated domains, on the basis of highly complementary X-ray and neutron scattering data sets (highlighting the importance of the latter probe) and NMR spectroscopy. Data are interpreted using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations, emphasizing the existence of a self-assembly mechanism that delivers segregated fluorous domains, where preferential solubilisation of fluorinated compounds can occur, thus paving the way for several smart applications.

  14. Analysis of the Magnetic Measurements at Room Temperature of the LHC Main Quadrupole Prototypes

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    Peyrot, M; Remondino, Vittorio; Rifflet, J M; Scandale, Walter; Simon, F; Todesco, Ezio; Tortschanoff, Theodor


    The room temperature magnetic measurements of the first series-design prototypes of the LHC main quadrupoles are analysed. Field shape harmonics for the nominal design are worked out using numerical simulations. Data relative to six apertures (three quadrupoles) are considered. The averages of the multipoles are interpreted as the systematic components. The agreement with the nominal design is verified, and possible explanations for discrepancies are worked out. An offset in b6 of around 2.4 units is observed, and can be justified in terms of a coil azimuthal length larger than the nominal value by about 0.1 mm. Standard deviations of the multipoles are interpreted as the random components. We show that the latter can be in-terpreted in terms of random movements of around 25-35 µm r.m.s. of the coil blocks, because of components and assembly tolerances. A good correlation between measurements made on collared coil and the assembled cold mass is found. Comparison with target values for beam dynamics is given.

  15. Development of a Room Temperature SAW Methane Gas Sensor Incorporating a Supramolecular Cryptophane A Coating

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    Full Text Available A new room temperature supra-molecular cryptophane A (CrypA-coated surface acoustic wave (SAW sensor for sensing methane gas is presented. The sensor is composed of differential resonator-oscillators, a supra-molecular CrypA coated along the acoustic propagation path, and a frequency signal acquisition module (FSAM. A two-port SAW resonator configuration with low insertion loss, single resonation mode, and high quality factor was designed on a temperature-compensated ST-X quartz substrate, and as the feedback of the differntial oscillators. Prior to development, the coupling of modes (COM simulation was conducted to predict the device performance. The supramolecular CrypA was synthesized from vanillyl alcohol using a double trimerisation method and deposited onto the SAW propagation path of the sensing resonators via different film deposition methods. Experiential results indicate the CrypA-coated sensor made using a dropping method exhibits higher sensor response compared to the unit prepared by the spinning approach because of the obviously larger surface roughness. Fast response and excellent repeatability were observed in gas sensing experiments, and the estimated detection limit and measured sensitivity are ~0.05% and ~204 Hz/%, respectively.

  16. Ratcheting study in pressurized piping components under cyclic loading at room temperature

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    Ravi Kiran, A.; Agrawal, M.K.; Reddy, G.R.; Vaze, K.K.; Ghosh, A.K.; Kushwaha, H.S.


    The nuclear power plant piping components and systems are often subjected to reversing cyclic loading conditions due to various process transients, seismic and other events. Earlier the design of piping subjected to seismic excitation was based on the principle of plastic collapse. It is believed that during such events, fatigue-ratcheting is likely mode of failure of piping components. The 1995 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel code, Section-III, has incorporated the reverse dynamic loading and ratcheting into the code. Experimental and analytical studies are carried out to understand this failure mechanism. The biaxial ratcheting characteristics of SA 333, Gr. 6 steel and SS 304 stainless steel at room temperature are investigated in the present work. Experiments are carried out on straight pipes subjected to internal pressure and cyclic bending load applied in a three point and four point bend test configurations. A shake table test is also carried out on a pressurized elbow by applying sinusoidal base excitation. Analytical simulation of ratcheting in the piping elements is carried out. Chaboche nonlinear kinematic hardening model is used for ratcheting simulation. (author)

  17. High Efficient Reduction of Graphene Oxide via Nascent Hydrogen at Room Temperature

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    Qiqi Zhuo


    Full Text Available To develop a green and efficient method to synthesize graphene in relative milder conditions is prerequisite for graphene applications. A chemical reducing method has been developed to high efficiently reduce graphene oxide (GO using Fe2O3 and NH3BH3 as catalyst and reductants, respectively. During the process, environmental and strong reductive nascent hydrogen were generated surrounding the surface of GO sheets by catalyst hydrolysis reaction of NH3BH3 and were used for reduction of GO. The reduction process was studied by ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectrum. The structure and morphology of the reduced GO were characterized with scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Compared to metal (Mg/Fe/Zn/Al particles and acid system which also use nascent hydrogen to reduce GO, this method exhibited higher reduction efficiency (43.6%. Also the reduction was carried out at room temperature condition, which is environmentally friendly. As a supercapacitor electrode, the reversible capacity of reduced graphene oxide was 113.8 F g−1 at 1 A g−1 and the capacitance retention still remained at 90% after 200 cycles. This approach provides a new method to reduce GO with high reduction efficiency by green reductant.

  18. Stress relaxation in 'aged high-purity aluminium at room temperature

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    Butt, M.Z.; Haq, I.U.


    Stress relaxation in 99.996% Al polycrystals of average grain diameter 0.30, 0.42 and 0.51 mm, annealed at 500 deg. C and 'aged' for six months at room temperature, have been studied as a function of initial stress level from which relaxation at constant strain was allowed to start. The results obtained were compared with those for 'un-aged' Al specimens of the same purity and grain size. The intrinsic height of the thermally activable energy barrier (1.6 eV) evaluated for 'aged' Al is comparable with that (1.9 eV) for 'un-aged' Al, and is of the order of magnitude for recovery processes. In 'aged' specimens, the relaxation rate at a given stress level is larger and associated activation volume is smaller than that in 'un-aged' specimens. This is probably due to the diffusion of vacancies and/or residual impurity atoms to the cores to edge dislocations in 'aged' specimens; the length of dislocation segment involved in unit activation process therefore gets shortened compared with that in 'un-aged' specimens. (author)

  19. Superplasticizer Addition to Carbon Fly Ash Geopolymers Activated at Room Temperature. (United States)

    Carabba, Lorenza; Manzi, Stefania; Bignozzi, Maria Chiara


    Present concerns about global warming due to the greenhouse emissions in the atmosphere have pushed the cement industry to research alternatives to ordinary Portland cement (OPC). Geopolymer binder may constitute a possible breakthrough in the development of sustainable materials: understanding the effectiveness and the influences of superplasticizers on geopolymer systems is one of the essential requirements for its large-scale implementation. This study aims to investigate the possibility of using commercially available chemical admixtures designed for OPC concrete, to improve fresh properties of fly ash-based geopolymers and mortars. A special emphasis is laid upon evaluating their influence on mechanical and microstructural characteristics of the hardened material realized under room-temperature curing conditions. Results indicate that the addition of a polycarboxylic ether-based superplasticizer, in the amount of 1.0 wt. % by mass of fly ash, promotes an improvement in workability without compromising the final strength of the hardened material. Moreover, the addition of the polycarboxylic ether- and acrylic-based superplasticizers induces a refinement in the pore structure of hardened mortar leading to a longer water saturation time.

  20. TiO2 gas sensor to detect the propanol at room temperature (United States)

    Gaidan, Ibrahim; Asbia, Salim; Brabazon, Dermot; Ahad, Inam Ul


    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) was used as raw material to create sensing materials for gas sensor applications. The sample was mixed with isopropanol and wet-ball milled for 24 hours and then dried at 120°C to evaporate the solvent. Twenty grams of the dried powder was then pressed at 2 tons (27.58 MPa) using a pellet die. The pellet was heated at 1250°C in air for 5 hours and then milled for 10 minutes to powder form using a Gy-RO Mill machine. FIB and SEM analysis were used to study the microstructure of the materials. The polyvinyl butyral (5 wt.%) was used as a binder, while ethylenglycolmonobutylether served as a solvent to make a suitable paste. The paste was screen-printed on top of an alumina substrate that had copper electrodes to form the sensor. The sensor was used to detect propanol at room temperature over two different ranges (500 to 3000 ppm and 2500 to 5000 ppm). It was observed that the response of the device increased proportionally with increasing gas concentration repeatability.

  1. Spin Transport in Nondegenerate Si with a Spin MOSFET Structure at Room Temperature (United States)

    Sasaki, Tomoyuki; Ando, Yuichiro; Kameno, Makoto; Tahara, Takayuki; Koike, Hayato; Oikawa, Tohru; Suzuki, Toshio; Shiraishi, Masashi


    Spin transport in nondegenerate semiconductors is expected to pave the way to the creation of spin transistors, spin logic devices, and reconfigurable logic circuits, because room-temperature (RT) spin transport in Si has already been achieved. However, RT spin transport has been limited to degenerate Si, which makes it difficult to produce spin-based signals because a gate electric field cannot be used to manipulate such signals. Here, we report the experimental demonstration of spin transport in nondegenerate Si with a spin metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) structure. We successfully observe the modulation of the Hanle-type spin-precession signals, which is a characteristic spin dynamics in nondegenerate semiconductors. We obtain long spin transport of more than 20 μm and spin rotation greater than 4π at RT. We also observe gate-induced modulation of spin-transport signals at RT. The modulation of the spin diffusion length as a function of a gate voltage is successfully observed, which we attribute to the Elliott-Yafet spin relaxation mechanism. These achievements are expected to lead to the creation of practical Si-based spin MOSFETs.

  2. Instant synthesis of gold nanoparticles at room temperature and SERS applications

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    Britto Hurtado, R.; Cortez-Valadez, M.; Ramírez-Rodríguez, L.P.; Larios-Rodriguez, Eduardo; Alvarez, Ramón A.B.; Rocha-Rocha, O.; Delgado-Beleño, Y.; Martinez-Nuñez, C.E.; Arizpe-Chávez, H.; Hernández-Martínez, A.R.; Flores-Acosta, M.


    Nowadays, gold nanoparticles (AuNps) can be used in a variety of applications, thus efficient methods to produce them are necessary. Several methods have been proposed in this area, but NPs production time is one limitation of these approaches. In this study, we propose a high competitive method to synthesize gold colloidal nanoparticles, instantaneously, using no-toxic reducing agents. These substances allow the instantaneous synthesis at room temperature, even without magnetic stirrers, ovens or ultrasonic baths. Optic analysis showed two absorption bands, associated with surface Plasmon as function of HAuCl 4 concentration. The nanoparticles synthesized have a 10–20 nm size, seen by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Therefore, it was possible to obtain several geometric patterns of AuNps, and the synthesis was performed reducing significantly processing time. Additionally, Mie and Fuchs theories were used to predict the location of the absorption bands linked to the plasmon surface in gold nanoparticles. The Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) effect was analyzed considering natural zeolite (Chabazite) as analyte, in order to determinate its possible application in soil analysis. - Highlights: • Cubic and spherical morphologies in AuNp. • Surface plasmon prediction in cubic and spherical AuNp. • Instant synthesis of AuNp. • SERS applications in soil analysis.

  3. Room temperature X- and gamma-ray detectors using thallium bromide crystals

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    Hitomi, K; Shoji, T; Suehiro, T; Hiratate, Y


    Thallium bromide (TlBr) is a compound semiconductor with wide band gap (2.68 eV) and high X- and gamma-ray stopping power. The TlBr crystals were grown by the horizontal travelling molten zone (TMZ) method using purified material. Two types of room temperature X- and gamma-ray detectors were fabricated from the TlBr crystals: TlBr detectors with high detection efficiency for positron annihilation gamma-ray (511 keV) detection and TlBr detectors with high-energy resolution for low-energy X-ray detection. The detector of the former type demonstrated energy resolution of 56 keV FWHM (11%) for 511 keV gamma-rays. Energy resolution of 1.81 keV FWHM for 5.9 keV was obtained from the detector of the latter type. In order to analyze noise characteristics of the detector-preamplifier assembly, the equivalent noise charge (ENC) was measured as a function of the amplifier shaping time for the high-resolution detector. This analysis shows that parallel white noise and 1/f noise were dominant noise sources in the detector...

  4. Effect of intergranular stress on yielding of 316H during room temperature cyclic loading

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    Assessment of cyclic deformation is an integral part of nuclear power plant life assessment code, as many of the components in plant go through scheduled and unscheduled cyclic deformation owing to varying thermal and mechanical stresses. In polycrystalline material like 316H, a type of micro stress known as intergranular stress is generated due to elastic and plastic anisotropies during such cyclic loading. In tension-compression loading cycles, these stresses remain in the material as a residual stress upon unloading to zero stress from the tensile/compressive peak or intermediates stresses. The magnitude of these stresses vary depending on the point in the cycle from which it was unloaded from. When the material is re-loaded either in the same or reverse loading direction these residual stresses increase or decrease the effective stress acting in the material and as such the macroscopic yield stress of the material in subsequent cycle is changed significantly. The magnitude of intergranular stresses in many differently oriented grain families can be measured simultaneously using time of flight (ToF) neutron diffraction technique. In this paper, we have used this technique to experimentally study, how these intergranular stresses affect the yield (proof) stress of 316H at room temperature. (author)

  5. Room temperature phosphorescence in the liquid state as a tool in analytical chemistry

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    Kuijt, Jacobus; Ariese, Freek; Brinkman, Udo A.Th.; Gooijer, Cees


    A wide-ranging overview of room temperature phosphorescence in the liquid state (RTPL ) is presented, with a focus on recent developments. RTPL techniques like micelle-stabilized (MS)-RTP, cyclodextrin-induced (CD)-RTP, and heavy atom-induced (HAI)-RTP are discussed. These techniques are mainly applied in the stand-alone format, but coupling with some separation techniques appears to be feasible. Applications of direct, sensitized and quenched phosphorescence are also discussed. As regards sensitized and quenched RTP, emphasis is on the coupling with liquid chromatography (LC) and capillary electrophoresis (CE), but stand-alone applications are also reported. Further, the application of RTPL in immunoassays and in RTP optosensing - the optical sensing of analytes based on RTP - is reviewed. Next to the application of RTPL in quantitative analysis, its use for the structural probing of protein conformations and for time-resolved microscopy of labelled biomolecules is discussed. Finally, an overview is presented of the various analytical techniques which are based on the closely related phenomenon of long-lived lanthanide luminescence. The paper closes with a short evaluation of the state-of-the-art in RTP and a discussion on future perspectives

  6. Revealing a room temperature ferromagnetism in cadmium oxide nanoparticles: An experimental and first-principles study

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    Bououdina, Mohamed


    We obtain a single cadmium oxide phase from powder synthesized by a thermal decomposition method of cadmium acetate dehydrate. The yielded powder is annealed in air, vacuum, and H2 gas in order to create point defects. Magnetization-field curves reveal the appearance of diamagnetic behavior with a ferromagnetic component for all the powders. Powder annealing under vacuum and H2 atmosphere leads to a saturation magnetization 1.15 memu g-1 and 1.2 memu g-1 respectively with an increase by 45% and 16% compared to the one annealed in air. We show that annealing in vacuum produces mainly oxygen vacancies while annealing in H2 gas creates mainly Cd vacancy leading to room temperature ferromagnetic (RTFM) component together with known diamagnetic properties. Ab initio calculations performed on the CdO nanoparticles show that the magnetism is governed by polarized hybrid states of the Cd d and O p orbitals together with the vacancy. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015.

  7. Room-temperature miscibility gap in LixFePO4 (United States)

    Yamada, Atsuo; Koizumi, Hiroshi; Nishimura, Shin-Ichi; Sonoyama, Noriyuki; Kanno, Ryoji; Yonemura, Masao; Nakamura, Tatsuya; Kobayashi, Yo


    The rechargeable lithium-ion cell is an advanced energy-storage system. However, high cost, safety hazards, and chemical instability prohibit its use in large-scale applications. An alternative cathode material, LiFePO4, solves these problems, but has a kinetic problem involving strong electron/hole localization. One reason for this is believed to be the limited carrier density in the fixed monovalent Fe3+PO4/LiFe2+PO4 two-phase electrode reaction in LixFePO4. Here, we provide experimental evidence that LixFePO4, at room temperature, can be described as a mixture of the Fe3+/Fe2+ mixed-valent intermediate LiαFePO4 and Li1-βFePO4 phases. Using powder neutron diffraction, the site occupancy numbers for lithium in each phase were refined to be α=0.05 and 1-β=0.89. The corresponding solid solution ranges outside the miscibility gap (0compounds at ambient temperatures.

  8. Room temperature synthesis and high temperature frictional study of silver vanadate nanorods. (United States)

    Singh, D P; Polychronopoulou, K; Rebholz, C; Aouadi, S M


    We report the room temperature (RT) synthesis of silver vanadate nanorods (consisting of mainly beta-AgV O(3)) by a simple wet chemical route and their frictional study at high temperatures (HT). The sudden mixing of ammonium vanadate with silver nitrate solution under constant magnetic stirring resulted in a pale yellow coloured precipitate. Structural/microstructural characterization of the precipitate through x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed the high yield and homogeneous formation of silver vanadate nanorods. The length of the nanorods was 20-40 microm and the thickness 100-600 nm. The pH variation with respect to time was thoroughly studied to understand the formation mechanism of the silver vanadate nanorods. This synthesis process neither demands HT, surfactants nor long reaction time. The silver vanadate nanomaterial showed good lubrication behaviour at HT (700 degrees C) and the friction coefficient was between 0.2 and 0.3. HT-XRD revealed that AgV O(3) completely transformed into silver vanadium oxide (Ag(2)V(4)O(11)) and silver with an increase in temperature from RT to 700 degrees C.

  9. Room temperature synthesis of an optically and thermally responsive hybrid PNIPAM-gold nanoparticle (United States)

    Morones, J. Ruben; Frey, Wolfgang


    Composites of metal nanoparticles and environmentally sensitive polymers are useful as nanoactuators that can be triggered externally using light of a particular wavelength. We demonstrate a synthesis route that is easier than grafting techniques and allows for the in situ formation of individual gold nanoparticles encapsulated by an environmentally sensitive polymer, while also providing a strong interaction between the polymer and the metal particle. We present a one-pot, room-temperature synthesis route for gold metal nanoparticles that uses poly- N-isopropyl acrylamide as the capping and stabilizing agent and ascorbic acid as the reducing agent and achieves size control similar to the most common citric acid synthesis. We show that the composite can be precipitated reversibly by temperature or light using the non-radiative decay and conversion to heat of the surface plasmon resonance of the metal nanoparticle. The precipitation is induced by the collapse of the polymer cocoon surrounding each gold nanoparticle, as can be seen by surface plasmon spectroscopy. The experiments agree with theoretical models for the heat generation in a colloidal suspension that support fast switching with low laser power densities. The synthesized composite is a simple nanosized opto-thermal switch.

  10. Superradiant MeV γ Scattered by a Room-Temperature Spinor Quantum Fluid

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    Yao Cheng


    Full Text Available Recent reports have revealed the rich long-lived Mossbauer phenomenon of 93mNb, in which it has long been speculated that the delocalized 93mNb undergoes Bose-Einstein condensation following an increase in the 93mNb density beyond the threshold of 1012 cm−3 at room temperature. We now report on the superradiant Rayleigh of the M4 γ at 662 keV scattered into end-fire modes along the long axis of the sample, as evidence of Bose-Einstein condensation. We observed the Arago (Poisson’s spot in order to demonstrate a near-field γ-ray diffraction from a mm-sized γ source, as well as a γ interference beyond the Huygens-Fresnel principle. During the 107-day monitoring period, seven Sisyphus cycles of mode hopping appeared in the superradiance, which demonstrates the optomechanic bistabilty provided by the collective interaction between the spinor quantum fluid and the impinging γs. Condensate-light interaction produces a pm matter-wave grating to become a Fabry-Pérot resonator with a Q-factor on the order of 1020, from which end-fired γs lase.

  11. Reconfigurable Photonic Crystals Enabled by Multistimuli-Responsive Shape Memory Polymers Possessing Room Temperature Shape Processability. (United States)

    Fang, Yin; Leo, Sin-Yen; Ni, Yongliang; Wang, Junyu; Wang, Bingchen; Yu, Long; Dong, Zhe; Dai, Yuqiong; Basile, Vito; Taylor, Curtis; Jiang, Peng


    Traditional shape memory polymers (SMPs) are mostly thermoresponsive, and their applications in nano-optics are hindered by heat-demanding programming and recovery processes. By integrating a polyurethane-based shape memory copolymer with templating nanofabrication, reconfigurable/rewritable macroporous photonic crystals have been demonstrated. This SMP coupled with the unique macroporous structure enables unusual all-room-temperature shape memory cycles. "Cold" programming involving microscopic order-disorder transitions of the templated macropores is achieved by mechanically deforming the macroporous SMP membranes. The rapid recovery of the permanent, highly ordered photonic crystal structure from the temporary, disordered configuration can be triggered by multiple stimuli including a large variety of vapors and solvents, heat, and microwave radiation. Importantly, the striking chromogenic effects associated with these athermal and thermal processes render a sensitive and noninvasive optical methodology for quantitatively characterizing the intriguing nanoscopic shape memory effects. Some critical parameters/mechanisms that could significantly affect the final performance of SMP-based reconfigurable photonic crystals including strain recovery ratio, dynamics and reversibility of shape recovery, as well as capillary condensation of vapors in macropores, which play a crucial role in vapor-triggered recovery, can be evaluated using this new optical technology.

  12. Electrodeposition of Vanadium Oxides at Room Temperature as Cathodes in Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Michalis Rasoulis


    Full Text Available Electrodeposition of vanadium pentoxide coatings was performed at room temperature and a short growth period of 15 min based on an alkaline solution of methanol and vanadyl (III acetyl acetonate. All samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The current density and electrolyte concentration were found to affect the characteristics of the as-grown coatings presenting enhanced crystallinity and porous structure at the highest values employed in both cases. The as-grown vanadium pentoxide at current density of 1.3 mA·cm−2 and electrolyte concentration of 0.5 M indicated the easiest charge transfer of Li+ across the vanadium pentoxide/electrolyte interface presenting a specific discharge capacity of 417 mAh·g−1, excellent capacitance retention of 95%, and coulombic efficiency of 94% after 1000 continuous Li+ intercalation/deintercalation scans. One may then suggest that this route is promising to prepare large area vanadium pentoxide electrodes with excellent stability and efficiency at very mild conditions.

  13. Water loss at normal enamel histological points during air drying at room temperature. (United States)

    De Medeiros, R C G; De Lima, T A S; Gouveia, C R; De Sousa, F B


    This in vitro study aimed to quantify water loss at histological points in ground sections of normal enamel during air drying at room temperature (25°C) and relative humidity of 50%. From each of 10 ground sections of erupted permanent human normal enamel, three histological points (n = 30) located at 100, 300 and 500 μm from enamel surface and along a transversal following prisms paths were characterized regarding the mineral, organic and water volumes. Water loss during air drying was from 0 to 48 h. Drying occurred with both falling and constant-drying rates, and drying stabilization times (Teq ) ranged from 0.5 to 11 h with a mean 0.26 (±0.12)% weight loss. In some samples (n = 5; 15 points), Teq increased as a function of the distance from the enamel surface, and drying occurred at an apparent diffusion rate of 3.47 × 10⁻⁸ cm² s⁻¹. Our data provide evidence of air drying resulting in air replacing enamel's loosely bound water in prisms sheaths following a unidirectional water diffusion rate of 3.47 × 10⁻⁸ cm² s⁻¹ (from the original enamel surface inward), not necessarily resulting in water evaporating directly into air, with important implications for transport processes and optical and mechanical properties. © 2013 The Authors Journal of Microscopy © 2013 Royal Microscopical Society.

  14. Superplasticizer Addition to Carbon Fly Ash Geopolymers Activated at Room Temperature

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    Lorenza Carabba


    Full Text Available Present concerns about global warming due to the greenhouse emissions in the atmosphere have pushed the cement industry to research alternatives to ordinary Portland cement (OPC. Geopolymer binder may constitute a possible breakthrough in the development of sustainable materials: understanding the effectiveness and the influences of superplasticizers on geopolymer systems is one of the essential requirements for its large-scale implementation. This study aims to investigate the possibility of using commercially available chemical admixtures designed for OPC concrete, to improve fresh properties of fly ash-based geopolymers and mortars. A special emphasis is laid upon evaluating their influence on mechanical and microstructural characteristics of the hardened material realized under room-temperature curing conditions. Results indicate that the addition of a polycarboxylic ether-based superplasticizer, in the amount of 1.0 wt. % by mass of fly ash, promotes an improvement in workability without compromising the final strength of the hardened material. Moreover, the addition of the polycarboxylic ether- and acrylic-based superplasticizers induces a refinement in the pore structure of hardened mortar leading to a longer water saturation time.

  15. Study on the paper substrate room temperature phosphorescence of theobromine, caffeine and theophylline and analytical application (United States)

    Chuan, Dong; Yan-Li, Wei; Shao-Min, Shuang


    Paper substrate room temperature phosphorescence (RTP) of theobromine (TB), caffeine (CF) and theophylline (TP) were investigated. The method is based on fast speed quantitative filter paper as substrate and KI-NaAc as heavy atom perturber. Various factors affecting their RTP were discussed in detail. Under the optimum experimental conditions, the linear dynamic range, limit of detection (LOD), and relative standard deviation (R.S.D.) were 14.41˜576.54 ng per spot, 1.14 ng per spot, 4.8% for TB, 5.44˜699.08 ng per spot, 0.78 ng per spot, 1.56% for CF, 7.21˜360.34 ng per spot, 1.80 ng per spot, 3.80% for TP, respectively. The first analytical application for the determination of these compounds was developed. The recovery of standard samples added to commercial products chocolate, tea, coffee and aminophylline is in the range 92.80-106.08%. The proposed method was successfully applied to real sample analysis without separation.

  16. Landau theory and giant room-temperature barocaloric effect in M F3 metal trifluorides (United States)

    Corrales-Salazar, A.; Brierley, R. T.; Littlewood, P. B.; Guzmán-Verri, G. G.


    The structural phase transitions of M F3 (M = Al, Cr, V, Fe, Ti, Sc) metal trifluorides are studied within a simple Landau theory consisting of tilts of rigid M F6 octahedra associated with soft antiferrodistortive optic modes that are coupled to long-wavelength strain generating acoustic phonons. We calculate the temperature and pressure dependence of several quantities such as the spontaneous distortions, volume expansion, and shear strains as well as T -P phase diagrams. By contrasting our model to experiments we quantify the deviations from mean-field behavior and find that the tilt fluctuations of the M F6 octahedra increase with metal cation size. We apply our model to predict giant barocaloric effects in Sc-substituted TiF3 of up to about 15 JK -1kg-1 for modest hydrostatic compressions of 0.2 GPa . The effect extends over a wide temperature range of over 140 K (including room temperature) due to a large predicted rate, d Tc/d P =723 K GPa-1 , which exceeds those of typical barocaloric materials. Our results suggest that open lattice frameworks such as the trifluorides are an attractive platform to search for giant barocaloric effects.

  17. Room-temperature vibrational properties of potassium gadolinium double tungstate under compression up to 32 GPa

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    Errandonea, D., E-mail: [Departamento de Física Aplicada – ICMUV, Universitat de València, 46100 Burjassot, Valencia (Spain); Pellicer-Porres, J. [Departamento de Física Aplicada – ICMUV, Universitat de València, 46100 Burjassot, Valencia (Spain); Pujol, M.C.; Carvajal, J.J.; Aguiló, M. [Física i Cristal lografia de Materials i Nanomaterials (FiCMA-FICNA) – EMAS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), C/Marcel lí Domingo 1, 43005 Tarragona (Spain)


    Highlights: • Two phase transitions are pressure-induced in KGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} at 7.2, and 14.2 GPa. • Raman-active modes and their pressure dependences are reported and discussed. • Several modes showing a weak softening are found and related with structural changes. - Abstract: KGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} has been studied by high-pressure Raman spectroscopy at room temperature up to 32.2 GPa. Evidences of two pressure-driven phase transitions have been detected. The low-pressure monoclinic phase undergoes a phase transition at 7.2(±0.9) GPa. The second transition is found at 14.2(±1.6) GPa. Both transitions are reversible. No evidence of pressure-induced amorphization is found up to 32 GPa. The pressure dependence of the Raman active modes of the low- and high-pressure phases is reported. A Raman mode is detected to exhibit a weak softening in the low-pressure phase. Three Raman modes are also observed to have a similar behavior in the second high-pressure phase. The reported results are discussed comparing with the studies available in related tungstates. Emphasis is placed on the physical implications of the results.

  18. Investigations of Cadmium Manganese Telluride Crystals for Room-Temperature Radiation Detection

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    Yang, G.; Bolotnikov, A.; Camarda, G.; Cui, Y.; Hossain, A.; Kim, K.; Carcelen, V.; Gul, R.; James, R.


    Cadmium manganese telluride (CMT) has high potential as a material for room-temperature nuclear-radiation detectors. We investigated indium-doped CMT crystals taken from the stable growth region of the ingot, and compared its characteristics with that from the last-to-freeze region. We employed different techniques, including synchrotron white-beam X-ray topography (SWBXT), current-voltage (I-V) measurements, and low-temperature photoluminescence spectra, and we also assessed their responses as detectors to irradiation exposure. The crystal from the stable growth region proved superior to that from the last-to-freeze region; it is a single-grain crystal, free of twins, and displayed a resistivity higher by two orders-of-magnitude. The segregation of indium dopant in the ingot might be responsible for its better resistivity. Furthermore, we recorded a good response in the detector fabricated from the crystal taken from the stable growth region; its ({mu}{tau}){sub e} value was 2.6 x 10{sup -3} cm{sup 2}/V, which is acceptable for thin detectors, including for applications in medicine.

  19. Assessment of New Components to be integrated in the LHC Room Temperature Vacuum System

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    Bregliozzi, G; Chiggiato, P


    Integration of new equipment in the long straight sections (LSS) of the LHC must be compatible with the TiZrV non-evaporable getter thin film that coats most of the 6-km-long room-temperature beam pipes. This paper focus on two innovative accelerator devices to be installed in the LSS during the long shutdown 1 (LS1): the beam gas vertex (BGV) and a beam bending experiment using a crystal collimator (LUA9). The BGV necessitates a dedicated pressure bump, generated by local gas injection, in order to create the required rate of inelastic beam-gas interactions. The LAU9 experiments aims at improving beam cleaning efficiency with the use of a crystal collimator. New materials like fibre optics, piezoelectric components, and glues are proposed in the original design of the two devices. The integration feasibility of these set-ups in the LSS is presented. In particular outgassing tests of special components, X-rays photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of NEG coating behaviour in presence of glues during bake-out, a...

  20. Superior Self-Powered Room-Temperature Chemical Sensing with Light-Activated Inorganic Halides Perovskites. (United States)

    Chen, Hongjun; Zhang, Meng; Bo, Renheng; Barugkin, Chog; Zheng, Jianghui; Ma, Qingshan; Huang, Shujuan; Ho-Baillie, Anita W Y; Catchpole, Kylie R; Tricoli, Antonio


    Hybrid halide perovskite is one of the promising light absorber and is intensively investigated for many optoelectronic applications. Here, the first prototype of a self-powered inorganic halides perovskite for chemical gas sensing at room temperature under visible-light irradiation is presented. These devices consist of porous network of CsPbBr 3 (CPB) and can generate an open-circuit voltage of 0.87 V under visible-light irradiation, which can be used to detect various concentrations of O 2 and parts per million concentrations of medically relevant volatile organic compounds such as acetone and ethanol with very quick response and recovery time. It is observed that O 2 gas can passivate the surface trap sites in CPB and the ambipolar charge transport in the perovskite layer results in a distinct sensing mechanism compared with established semiconductors with symmetric electrical response to both oxidizing and reducing gases. The platform of CPB-based gas sensor provides new insights for the emerging area of wearable sensors for personalized and preventive medicine. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.