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  1. Monthly snow/ice averages (ISCCP)

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — September Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate of 11.5 percent per decade, relative to the 1979 to 2000 average. Data from NASA show that the land ice sheets in...

  2. 20 CFR 226.62 - Computing average monthly compensation.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Computing average monthly compensation. 226... Compensation § 226.62 Computing average monthly compensation. The employee's average monthly compensation is computed by first determining the employee's highest 60 months of railroad compensation...

  3. 20 CFR 404.220 - Average-monthly-wage method.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Average-monthly-wage method. 404.220 Section... INSURANCE (1950- ) Computing Primary Insurance Amounts Average-Monthly-Wage Method of Computing Primary Insurance Amounts § 404.220 Average-monthly-wage method. (a) Who is eligible for this method. You...

  4. 20 CFR 404.221 - Computing your average monthly wage.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Computing your average monthly wage. 404.221... DISABILITY INSURANCE (1950- ) Computing Primary Insurance Amounts Average-Monthly-Wage Method of Computing Primary Insurance Amounts § 404.221 Computing your average monthly wage. (a) General. Under the...

  5. Average monthly and annual climate maps for Bolivia

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    Vicente-Serrano, Sergio M.

    2015-02-24

    This study presents monthly and annual climate maps for relevant hydroclimatic variables in Bolivia. We used the most complete network of precipitation and temperature stations available in Bolivia, which passed a careful quality control and temporal homogenization procedure. Monthly average maps at the spatial resolution of 1 km were modeled by means of a regression-based approach using topographic and geographic variables as predictors. The monthly average maximum and minimum temperatures, precipitation and potential exoatmospheric solar radiation under clear sky conditions are used to estimate the monthly average atmospheric evaporative demand by means of the Hargreaves model. Finally, the average water balance is estimated on a monthly and annual scale for each 1 km cell by means of the difference between precipitation and atmospheric evaporative demand. The digital layers used to create the maps are available in the digital repository of the Spanish National Research Council.

  6. The monthly-averaged and yearly-averaged cosine effect factor of a heliostat field

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    Al-Rabghi, O.M.; Elsayed, M.M. (King Abdulaziz Univ., Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Dept. of Thermal Engineering)

    1992-01-01

    Calculations are carried out to determine the dependence of the monthly-averaged and the yearly-averaged daily cosine effect factor on the pertinent parameters. The results are plotted on charts for each month and for the full year. These results cover latitude angles between 0 and 45[sup o]N, for fields with radii up to 50 tower height. In addition, the results are expressed in mathematical correlations to facilitate using them in computer applications. A procedure is outlined to use the present results to preliminary layout the heliostat field, and to predict the rated MW[sub th] reflected by the heliostat field during a period of a month, several months, or a year. (author)

  7. Monthly streamflow forecasting with auto-regressive integrated moving average

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    Nasir, Najah; Samsudin, Ruhaidah; Shabri, Ani

    2017-09-01

    Forecasting of streamflow is one of the many ways that can contribute to better decision making for water resource management. The auto-regressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) model was selected in this research for monthly streamflow forecasting with enhancement made by pre-processing the data using singular spectrum analysis (SSA). This study also proposed an extension of the SSA technique to include a step where clustering was performed on the eigenvector pairs before reconstruction of the time series. The monthly streamflow data of Sungai Muda at Jeniang, Sungai Muda at Jambatan Syed Omar and Sungai Ketil at Kuala Pegang was gathered from the Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia. A ratio of 9:1 was used to divide the data into training and testing sets. The ARIMA, SSA-ARIMA and Clustered SSA-ARIMA models were all developed in R software. Results from the proposed model are then compared to a conventional auto-regressive integrated moving average model using the root-mean-square error and mean absolute error values. It was found that the proposed model can outperform the conventional model.

  8. TES/Aura L3 O3 Monthly Gridded V001

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Monthly averages of atmospheric temperature and VMR for atmospheric species are provided at 2 deg. lat. X 4 deg. long. spatial grids and at a subset of TES standard...

  9. TES/Aura L3 O3 Monthly Gridded V003

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Monthly averages of atmospheric temperature and VMR for atmospheric species are provided at 2 deg. lat. X 4 deg. long. spatial grids and at a subset of TES standard...

  10. TES/Aura L3 O3 Monthly Gridded V002

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Monthly averages of atmospheric temperature and VMR for atmospheric species are provided at 2 deg. lat. X 4 deg. long. spatial grids and at a subset of TES standard...

  11. Ocean tides in GRACE monthly averaged gravity fields

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    Knudsen, Per

    2003-01-01

    aims at. In this analysis the results of Knudsen and Andersen (2002) have been verified using actual post-launch orbit parameter of the GRACE mission. The current ocean tide models are not accurate enough to correct GRACE data at harmonic degrees lower than 47. The accumulated tidal errors may affect......The GRACE mission will map the Earth's gravity fields and its variations with unprecedented accuracy during its 5-year lifetime. Unless ocean tide signals and their load upon the solid earth are removed from the GRACE data, their long period aliases obscure more subtle climate signals which GRACE...... the GRACE data up to harmonic degree 60. A study of the revised alias frequencies confirm that the ocean tide errors will not cancel in the GRACE monthly averaged temporal gravity fields. The S-2 and the K-2 terms have alias frequencies much longer than 30 days, so they remain almost unreduced...

  12. Determination of average LET of therapeutic proton beams using Al2O3:C optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) detectors.

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    Sawakuchi, Gabriel O; Sahoo, Narayan; Gasparian, Patricia B R; Rodriguez, Matthew G; Archambault, Louis; Titt, Uwe; Yukihara, Eduardo G

    2010-09-07

    In this work we present a methodology and proof of concept to experimentally determine average linear energy transfer (LET) of therapeutic proton beams using the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of small Al(2)O(3):C detectors. Our methodology is based on the fact that the shape of the OSL decay curve of Al(2)O(3):C detectors depends on the LET of the radiation field. Thus, one can use the shape of the OSL decay curves to establish an LET calibration curve, which in turn permits measurements of LET. We performed irradiations at the M D Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Center, Houston (PTCH), with passive scattering beams. We determined the average LET of the passive scattering beams using a validated Monte Carlo model of the PTCH passive scattering nozzle and correlated them with the shape of the OSL decay curve to obtain an LET calibration curve. Using this calibration curve and OSL measurements, we determined the averaged LET at various water-equivalent depths for therapeutic spread-out Bragg peaks and compared the results with averaged LETs determined using the Monte Carlo simulations. Agreement between measured and simulated fluence-averaged LET was within 24% for low energy spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) fields and within 14% for high energy SOBP fields. Agreement between measured and simulated dose-averaged LET was within 12% for low energy SOBP fields and within 47% for high energy SOBP fields. The data presented in this work demonstrated the correlation between the OSL decay curve shapes and the average LET of the radiation fields, providing proof of concept of the feasibility of using OSL from Al(2)O(3):C detectors to measure average LET of therapeutic proton beams.

  13. Investigation of average growth stresses in Cr2O3 scales measured by a novel deflection method

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    钱余海; 李美栓; 刘光明; 辛丽

    2002-01-01

    The stress in the oxide film plays an important role to keep it intact so it is necessary to determine the stress in the oxide scale. Average growth stresses in Cr2O3 scales formed on Ni-base alloy (Ni80Cr20) at 1000℃ in air were investigated by a novel deflection technique. It is found that the growth stress in the oxide scale is basically compressive and its average order is 100MPa. The stress values are high for the thin scales and become low for thick scales after oxidized for 10h. The planar stress distribution in metals is complex. It is both compressive and tensile at the beginning of oxidation procedure, and then become only tensile during further oxidation.

  14. MONTHLY AVERAGE FLOW IN RÂUL NEGRU HYDROGRAPHIC BASIN

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    VIGH MELINDA

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Râul Negru hydrographic basin represents a well individualised and relatively homogenous physical-geographical unity from Braşov Depression. The flow is controlled by six hydrometric stations placed on the main collector and on two of the most powerful tributaries. Our analysis period is represented by the last 25 years (1988 - 2012 and it’s acceptable for make pertinent conclusions. The maximum discharge month is April, that it’s placed in the high flow period: March – June. Minimum discharges appear in November - because of the lack of pluvial precipitations; in January because of high solid precipitations and because of water volume retention in ice. Extreme discharge frequencies vary according to their position: in the mountain area – small basin surface; into a depression – high basin surface. Variation coefficients point out very similar variation principles, showing a relative homogeneity of flow processes.

  15. 20 CFR 404.210 - Average-indexed-monthly-earnings method.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Average-indexed-monthly-earnings method. 404... DISABILITY INSURANCE (1950- ) Computing Primary Insurance Amounts Average-Indexed-Monthly-Earnings Method of Computing Primary Insurance Amounts § 404.210 Average-indexed-monthly-earnings method. (a) Who is...

  16. Average Wait Time Until Hearing Held Report (By Month), September 2016 (53rd week)

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    Social Security Administration — A presentation of the average time (in months) from the hearing request date until a hearing is held for claims pending in the Office of Disability Adjudication and...

  17. Using of rank distributions in the study of perennial changes for monthly average temperatures

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    Nemirovskiy, V. B.; Stoyanov, A. K.; Tartakovsky, V. A.

    2015-11-01

    The possibility of comparing the climatic data of various years with using rank distributions is considered in this paper. As a climatic data, the annual variation of temperature on the spatial areas of meteorological observations with high variability in average temperatures is considered. The results of clustering of the monthly average temperatures values by means of a recurrent neural network were used as the basis of comparing. For a given space of weather observations the rank distribution of the clusters cardinality identified for each year of observation, is being constructed. The resulting rank distributions allow you to compare the spatial temperature distributions of various years. An experimental comparison for rank distributions of the annual variation of monthly average temperatures has confirmed the presence of scatter for various years, associated with different spatio-temporal distribution of temperature. An experimental comparison of rank distributions revealed a difference in the integral annual variation of monthly average temperatures of various years for the Northern Hemisphere.

  18. Age-specific average head template for typically developing 6-month-old infants.

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    Lisa F Akiyama

    Full Text Available Due to the rapid anatomical changes that occur within the brain structure in early human development and the significant differences between infant brains and the widely used standard adult templates, it becomes increasingly important to utilize appropriate age- and population-specific average templates when analyzing infant neuroimaging data. In this study we created a new and highly detailed age-specific unbiased average head template in a standard MNI152-like infant coordinate system for healthy, typically developing 6-month-old infants by performing linear normalization, diffeomorphic normalization and iterative averaging processing on 60 subjects' structural images. The resulting age-specific average templates in a standard MNI152-like infant coordinate system demonstrate sharper anatomical detail and clarity compared to existing infant average templates and successfully retains the average head size of the 6-month-old infant. An example usage of the average infant templates transforms magnetoencephalography (MEG estimated activity locations from MEG's subject-specific head coordinate space to the standard MNI152-like infant coordinate space. We also created a new atlas that reflects the true 6-month-old infant brain anatomy. Average templates and atlas are publicly available on our website (http://ilabs.washington.edu/6-m-templates-atlas.

  19. Seasonal Variation in Monthly Average Air Change Rates Using Passive Tracer Gas Measurements

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    Frederiksen, Marie; Bergsøe, Niels Christian; Kolarik, Barbara

    2011-01-01

    Indoor air quality in dwellings is largely determined by the air change rate (ACR) and the magnitude of indoor air pollution sources. Concurrently, great efforts are made to make buildings energy efficient, which may result in low ACRs. In the present study, the monthly ACR averages were measured...

  20. Monthly average daily global solar radiation in P. D. R. Yemen

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    Gadhi, S.M.B.; Megdad, R.S.; Albakri, S.A.A. (Aden Univ. (Yemen). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

    1991-01-01

    In this paper a study has been made to estimate average global radiation using hours of bright sunshine and measured solar radiation data available for six locations in P.D.R. Yemen. For Aden, data were obtained from Aden Airport. For other locations in P.D.R. Yemen data were obtained from Agricultural Research Center's meteorological sections. Linear regression analysis of the monthly average global radiation and the sunshine duration data of six locations has been performed using the least squares technique. All the above mentioned data have been used in Angstrom's correlation to find the monthly average daily global solar radiation. Results obtained are useful for any solar energy system application in P.D.R. Yemen. (author).

  1. Temperature behaviour of the average size of nanoparticle lattices co-deposited with an amorphous matrix. Analysis of Ge + Al2O3 and Ni + Al2O3 thin films.

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    Mezzasalma, Stefano A; Car, Tihomir; Nekić, Nikolina; Jerčinović, Marko; Buljan, Maja

    2017-07-12

    We theoretically interpret the thermal behaviour of the average radius versus substrate temperature of regular quantum dot/nanocluster arrays formed by sputtering semiconductor/metal atoms with oxide molecules. The analysis relies on a continuum theory for amorphous films with given surface quantities, perturbed by a nanoparticle lattice. An account of the basic thermodynamic contributions is given in terms of force-flux phenomenological coefficients of each phase (Ge, Ni, Al2O3). Average radii turn out to be expressible by a characteristic length scale and a dimensionless parameter, which mainly depend upon temperature through diffusion lengths, film pressures and finite-size corrections to interfacial tensions. The numerical agreement is good in both Ge ([Formula: see text]) and Ni ([Formula: see text]) lattices grown at temperatures [Formula: see text]800 K, despite the lower temperature behaviour of quantum dots seeming to suggest further driving forces taking part in such processes.

  2. 20 CFR 404.222 - Use of benefit table in finding your primary insurance amount from your average monthly wage.

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    ... insurance amount from your average monthly wage. 404.222 Section 404.222 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY... Average-Monthly-Wage Method of Computing Primary Insurance Amounts § 404.222 Use of benefit table in finding your primary insurance amount from your average monthly wage. (a) General. We find your...

  3. Estimation of the diffuse radiation fraction for hourly, daily and monthly-average global radiation

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    Erbs, D. G.; Klein, S. A.; Duffie, J. A.

    1982-01-01

    Hourly pyrheliometer and pyranometer data from four U.S. locations are used to establish a relationship between the hourly diffuse fraction and the hourly clearness index. This relationship is compared to the relationship established by Orgill and Hollands (1977) and to a set of data from Highett, Australia, and agreement is within a few percent in both cases. The transient simulation program TRNSYS is used to calculate the annual performance of solar energy systems using several correlations. For the systems investigated, the effect of simulating the random distribution of the hourly diffuse fraction is negligible. A seasonally dependent daily diffuse correlation is developed from the data, and this daily relationship is used to derive a correlation for the monthly-average diffuse fraction.

  4. Estimation of monthly average daily global solar irradiation using artificial neural networks

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    Mubiru, J.; Banda, E.J.K.B. [Department of Physics, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala (Uganda)

    2008-02-15

    This study explores the possibility of developing a prediction model using artificial neural networks (ANN), which could be used to estimate monthly average daily global solar irradiation on a horizontal surface for locations in Uganda based on weather station data: sunshine duration, maximum temperature, cloud cover and location parameters: latitude, longitude, altitude. Results have shown good agreement between the estimated and measured values of global solar irradiation. A correlation coefficient of 0.974 was obtained with mean bias error of 0.059 MJ/m{sup 2} and root mean square error of 0.385 MJ/m{sup 2}. The comparison between the ANN and empirical method emphasized the superiority of the proposed ANN prediction model. (author)

  5. Monthly-averaged anthropogenic aerosol direct radiative forcing over the Mediterranean based on AERONET aerosol properties

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    A. Bergamo

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The all-sky direct radiative effect by anthropogenic aerosol (DREa is calculated in the solar (0.3–4 μm and infrared (4–200 μm spectral ranges for six Mediterranean sites. The sites are differently affected by pollution and together reflect typical aerosol impacts that are expected over land and coastal sites of the central Mediterranean basin. Central to the simulations are aerosol optical properties from AERONET sun-/sky-photometer statistics for the year 2003. A discussion on the variability of the overall (natural + anthropogenic aerosol properties with site location is provided. Supplementary data include MODIS satellite sensor based solar surface albedos, ISCCP products for high- mid- and low cloud cover and estimates for the anthropogenic aerosol fraction from global aerosol models. Since anthropogenic aerosol particles are considered to be smaller than 1 μm in size, mainly the solar radiation transfer is affected with impacts only during sun-light hours. At all sites the (daily average solar DREa is negative all year round at the top of the atmosphere (ToA. Hence, anthropogenic particles produce over coastal and land sites of the central Mediterranean a significant cooling effect. Monthly DREa values vary from site to site and are seasonally dependent as a consequence of the seasonal dependence of available sun-light and microphysical aerosol properties. At the ToA the monthly average DREa is −(4±1 W m−2 during spring-summer (SS, April–September and −(2±1 W m−2 during autumn-winter (AW, October–March at the polluted sites. In contrast, it varies between −(3±1 W m−2 and −(1±1 W m−2 on SS and AW, respectively at the less polluted site. Due to atmospheric absorption the DREa at the surface is larger than at the ToA. At the surface the monthly average DREa varies between the most and the least polluted

  6. CHAMP climate data based on inversion of monthly average bending angles

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    J. Danzer

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available GNSS Radio Occultation (RO refractivity climatologies for the stratosphere can be obtained from the Abel inversion of monthly average bending-angle profiles. The averaging of large numbers of profiles suppresses random noise and this, in combination with simple exponential extrapolation above an altitude of 80 km, circumvents the need for a "statistical optimization" step in the processing. Using data from the US-Taiwanese COSMIC mission, which provides ~ 1500–2000 occultations per day, it has been shown that this Average-Profile Inversion (API technique provides a robust method for generating stratospheric refractivity climatologies. Prior to the launch of COSMIC in mid-2006, the data records rely on data from the CHAMP mission. In order to exploit the full range of available RO data, the usage of CHAMP data is also required. CHAMP only provided ~ 200 profiles per day, and the measurements were noisier than COSMIC. As a consequence, the main research question in this study was to see if the average bending angle approach is also applicable to CHAMP data. Different methods for suppression of random noise – statistical and through data quality pre-screening – were tested. The API retrievals were compared with the more conventional approach of averaging individual refractivity profiles, produced with the implementation of statistical optimization used in the EUMETSAT Radio Occultation Meteorology Satellite Application Facility (ROM SAF operational processing. In this study it is demonstrated that the API retrieval technique works well for CHAMP data, enabling the generation of long-term stratospheric RO climate data records from August 2001 and onward. The resulting CHAMP refractivity climatologies are found to be practically identical to the standard retrieval at the DMI below altitudes of 35 km. Between 35 km to 50 km the differences between the two retrieval methods started to increase, showing largest differences at high latitudes and

  7. Attributes for NHDPlus Catchments (Version 1.1) for the Conterminous United States: Average Monthly Precipitation, 2002

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This data set represents the average monthly precipitation in millimeters multiplied by 100 for 2002 compiled for every catchment of NHDPlus for the conterminous...

  8. Effect of Electric Field and Temperature on Average Structure and Domain Wall Motion in 0.93Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 Ceramic

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    Jian Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In situ neutron powder diffraction patterns and dielectric spectra of 0.93Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 ceramic were investigated under different electrical fields and temperatures. An electric-field-induced phase transition from metrically cubic to metrically tetragonal, associated with strong domain wall motion, occurs. Such induced phase and domain wall motion are unchanged until the high-temperature phase transition occurs from metrically tetragonal to metrically cubic. All these changes are irrelevant to the observed depolarization temperature (75°C. The depolarization behaviour is thus suggested to be associated with the local structure caused by the octahedral tilt twinning disorder.

  9. Influence of Vertical Eddy Diffusivity Parameterization on Daily and Monthly Mean Concentrations of O3 and NOy

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    AN Junling; CHENG Xinjin; QU Yu; CHEN Yong

    2007-01-01

    Two parameterization schemes for vertical eddy diffusivity were utilized to investigate their impacts on both the daily and monthly mean concentrations of ozone and NOy, which are the major fractions of the sum of all reactive nitrogen species, i.e., NOy=NO+NO2+HNO3+PAN. Simulations indicate that great changes in the vertical diffusivity usually occur within the planetary boundary layer (PBL). Daily and monthly mean concentrations of NOy are much more sensitive to changes in the vertical diffusivity than those of ozone and ozone and NOy levels only at or in (relatively) clean sites and areas, where long-range transport plays a crucial role, display roughly equivalent sensitivity. The results strongly suggest that a widely-accepted parameterization scheme be selected and the refinement of the model's vertical resolution in the PBL be required, even for regional and long-term studies, and ozone only being examined in an effort to judge the model's performance be unreliable, and NOy be included for model evaluations.

  10. Intraseasonal characterization of tropospheric O3 in the North of the Buenos Aires Province: determining four months cycle and teleconnection evidence

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    Cionco, Rodolfo G; Quaranta, Nancy; Agosta, Eduardo

    2013-01-01

    Tropospheric ozone (O3T) is a secondary pollutant whose formation involved primarily solar radiation, NOx and volatile organic compounds. The North of the Buenos Aires Province has great agricultural-industrial activity; therefore, O3T study is an important issue in the area. In this paper, we present the first results tend to estimate and characterize O3T in San Nicol\\'as de los Arroyos, North of Buenos Aires. Due to a lack of in situ data, we analyse the observations of the instrument OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) of land remote sensing satellite AURA (GSFC/NASA). The data cover the years 2004-2013. Applying the multitaper technique (MTM), very suitable for short and noisy data series, spectral analysis is performed on a grid corresponding 1{\\deg} in latitude by 1.5{\\deg} in longitude, centred South of the Province of Santa Fe. The most remarkable result is the emergence of a significant peak (95%) of four months cycle. To test the validity of this signal in San Nicol\\'as, daily solar radiation data (Q)...

  11. 20 CFR 404.211 - Computing your average indexed monthly earnings.

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    ..., recompute Ms. M.'s DIB beginning with July 1981 to give her the advantage of the child care dropout. To do... and you exercise, or have the right to exercise, parental control. See § 404.366(c) for a further... period of 3 months, or one-half the time after the child's birth or before the child attained age 3. (iii...

  12. Assessing monthly average solar radiation models: a comparative case study in Turkey.

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    Sonmete, Mehmet H; Ertekin, Can; Menges, Hakan O; Hacıseferoğullari, Haydar; Evrendilek, Fatih

    2011-04-01

    Solar radiation data are required by solar engineers, architects, agriculturists, and hydrologists for many applications such as solar heating, cooking, drying, and interior illumination of buildings. In order to achieve this, numerous empirical models have been developed all over the world to predict solar radiation. The main objective of this study is to examine and compare 147 solar radiation models available in the literature for the prediction of monthly solar radiation at Ankara (Turkey) based on selected statistical measures such as percentage error, mean percentage error, root mean square error, mean bias error, and correlation coefficient. Our results showed that Ball et al. (Agron J 96:391-397, 2004) model and Chen et al. (Energy Convers Manag 47:2859-2866, 2006) model performed best in the estimation of solar radiation on a horizontal surface for Ankara.

  13. The impact of orbital sampling, monthly averaging and vertical resolution on climate chemistry model evaluation with satellite observations

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    A. M. Aghedo

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Ensemble climate model simulations used for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC assessments have become important tools for exploring the response of the Earth System to changes in anthropogenic and natural forcings. The systematic evaluation of these models through global satellite observations is a critical step in assessing the uncertainty of climate change projections. This paper presents the technical steps required for using nadir sun-synchronous infrared satellite observations for multi-model evaluation and the uncertainties associated with each step. This is motivated by need to use satellite observations to evaluate climate models. We quantified the implications of the effect of satellite orbit and spatial coverage, the effect of variations in vertical sensitivity as quantified by the observation operator and the impact of averaging the operators for use with monthly-mean model output. We calculated these biases in ozone, carbon monoxide, atmospheric temperature and water vapour by using the output from two global chemistry climate models (ECHAM5-MOZ and GISS-PUCCINI and the observations from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES instrument on board the NASA-Aura satellite from January 2005 to December 2008.

    The results show that sampling and monthly averaging of the observation operators produce zonal-mean biases of less than ±3 % for ozone and carbon monoxide throughout the entire troposphere in both models. Water vapour sampling zonal-mean biases were also within the insignificant range of ±3 % (that is ±0.14 g kg−1 in both models. Sampling led to a temperature zonal-mean bias of ±0.3 K over the tropical and mid-latitudes in both models, and up to −1.4 K over the boundary layer in the higher latitudes. Using the monthly average of temperature and water vapour operators lead to large biases over the boundary layer in the southern-hemispheric higher latitudes and in the upper

  14. The impact of orbital sampling, monthly averaging and vertical resolution on climate chemistry model evaluation with satellite observations

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    A. M. Aghedo

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Ensemble climate model simulations used for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC assessments have become important tools for exploring the response of the Earth System to changes in anthropogenic and natural forcings. The systematic evaluation of these models through global satellite observations is a critical step in assessing the uncertainty of climate change projections. This paper presents the technical steps required for using nadir sun-synchronous infrared satellite observations for multi-model evaluation and the uncertainties associated with each step. This is motivated by need to use satellite observations to evaluate climate models. We quantified the implications of the effect of satellite orbit and spatial coverage, the effect of variations in vertical sensitivity as quantified by the observation operator and the impact of averaging the operators for use with monthly-mean model output. We calculated these biases in ozone, carbon monoxide, atmospheric temperature and water vapour by using the output from two global chemistry climate models (ECHAM5-MOZ and GISS-PUCCINI and the observations from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES satellite from January 2005 to December 2008.

    The results show that sampling and monthly averaging of the observation operators produce biases of less than ±3% for ozone and carbon monoxide throughout the entire troposphere in both models. Water vapour sampling biases were also within the insignificant range of ±3% (that is ±0.14 g kg−1 in both models. Sampling led to a temperature bias of ±0.3 K over the tropical and mid-latitudes in both models, and up to −1.4 K over the boundary layer in the higher latitudes. Using the monthly average of temperature and water vapour operators lead to large biases over the boundary layer in the southern-hemispheric higher latitudes and in the upper troposphere, respectively. Up to 8% bias was calculated in the upper

  15. CERES Monthly TOA and SRB Averages (SRBAVG) data in HDF-EOS Grid (CER_SRBAVG_Terra-FM1-MODIS_Edition2D)

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    Wielicki, Bruce A. (Principal Investigator)

    The Monthly TOA/Surface Averages (SRBAVG) product contains a month of space and time averaged Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) data for a single scanner instrument. The SRBAVG is also produced for combinations of scanner instruments. The monthly average regional flux is estimated using diurnal models and the 1-degree regional fluxes at the hour of observation from the CERES SFC product. A second set of monthly average fluxes are estimated using concurrent diurnal information from geostationary satellites. These fluxes are given for both clear-sky and total-sky scenes and are spatially averaged from 1-degree regions to 1-degree zonal averages and a global average. For each region, the SRBAVG also contains hourly average fluxes for the month and an overall monthly average. The cloud properties from SFC are column averaged and are included on the SRBAVG. [Location=GLOBAL] [Temporal_Coverage: Start_Date=1998-02-01; Stop_Date=2004-05-31] [Spatial_Coverage: Southernmost_Latitude=-90; Northernmost_Latitude=90; Westernmost_Longitude=-180; Easternmost_Longitude=180] [Data_Resolution: Latitude_Resolution=1 degree; Longitude_Resolution=1 degree; Horizontal_Resolution_Range=100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees; Temporal_Resolution=1 month; Temporal_Resolution_Range=Monthly - < Annual].

  16. CERES Monthly TOA and SRB Averages (SRBAVG) data in HDF-EOS Grid (CER_SRBAVG_Terra-FM1-MODIS_Edition2C)

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    Wielicki, Bruce A. (Principal Investigator)

    The Monthly TOA/Surface Averages (SRBAVG) product contains a month of space and time averaged Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) data for a single scanner instrument. The SRBAVG is also produced for combinations of scanner instruments. The monthly average regional flux is estimated using diurnal models and the 1-degree regional fluxes at the hour of observation from the CERES SFC product. A second set of monthly average fluxes are estimated using concurrent diurnal information from geostationary satellites. These fluxes are given for both clear-sky and total-sky scenes and are spatially averaged from 1-degree regions to 1-degree zonal averages and a global average. For each region, the SRBAVG also contains hourly average fluxes for the month and an overall monthly average. The cloud properties from SFC are column averaged and are included on the SRBAVG. [Location=GLOBAL] [Temporal_Coverage: Start_Date=1998-02-01; Stop_Date=2003-02-28] [Spatial_Coverage: Southernmost_Latitude=-90; Northernmost_Latitude=90; Westernmost_Longitude=-180; Easternmost_Longitude=180] [Data_Resolution: Latitude_Resolution=1 degree; Longitude_Resolution=1 degree; Horizontal_Resolution_Range=100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees; Temporal_Resolution=1 month; Temporal_Resolution_Range=Monthly - < Annual].

  17. CERES Monthly TOA and SRB Averages (SRBAVG) data in HDF-EOS Grid (CER_SRBAVG_TRMM-PFM-VIRS_Edition2B)

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    Wielicki, Bruce A. (Principal Investigator)

    The Monthly TOA/Surface Averages (SRBAVG) product contains a month of space and time averaged Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) data for a single scanner instrument. The SRBAVG is also produced for combinations of scanner instruments. The monthly average regional flux is estimated using diurnal models and the 1-degree regional fluxes at the hour of observation from the CERES SFC product. A second set of monthly average fluxes are estimated using concurrent diurnal information from geostationary satellites. These fluxes are given for both clear-sky and total-sky scenes and are spatially averaged from 1-degree regions to 1-degree zonal averages and a global average. For each region, the SRBAVG also contains hourly average fluxes for the month and an overall monthly average. The cloud properties from SFC are column averaged and are included on the SRBAVG. [Location=GLOBAL] [Temporal_Coverage: Start_Date=1998-02-01; Stop_Date=2000-03-31] [Spatial_Coverage: Southernmost_Latitude=-90; Northernmost_Latitude=90; Westernmost_Longitude=-180; Easternmost_Longitude=180] [Data_Resolution: Latitude_Resolution=1 degree; Longitude_Resolution=1 degree; Horizontal_Resolution_Range=100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees; Temporal_Resolution=1 month; Temporal_Resolution_Range=Monthly - < Annual].

  18. CERES Monthly TOA and SRB Averages (SRBAVG) data in HDF-EOS Grid (CER_SRBAVG_Terra-FM2-MODIS_Edition2D)

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    Wielicki, Bruce A. (Principal Investigator)

    The Monthly TOA/Surface Averages (SRBAVG) product contains a month of space and time averaged Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) data for a single scanner instrument. The SRBAVG is also produced for combinations of scanner instruments. The monthly average regional flux is estimated using diurnal models and the 1-degree regional fluxes at the hour of observation from the CERES SFC product. A second set of monthly average fluxes are estimated using concurrent diurnal information from geostationary satellites. These fluxes are given for both clear-sky and total-sky scenes and are spatially averaged from 1-degree regions to 1-degree zonal averages and a global average. For each region, the SRBAVG also contains hourly average fluxes for the month and an overall monthly average. The cloud properties from SFC are column averaged and are included on the SRBAVG. [Location=GLOBAL] [Temporal_Coverage: Start_Date=1998-02-01; Stop_Date=2004-05-31] [Spatial_Coverage: Southernmost_Latitude=-90; Northernmost_Latitude=90; Westernmost_Longitude=-180; Easternmost_Longitude=180] [Data_Resolution: Latitude_Resolution=1 degree; Longitude_Resolution=1 degree; Horizontal_Resolution_Range=100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees; Temporal_Resolution=1 month; Temporal_Resolution_Range=Monthly - < Annual].

  19. Two-dimensional monthly average ozone balance from limb infrared monitor of the stratosphere and stratospheric and mesospheric sounder data

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    Jackman, C. H.; Stolarski, R. S.; Kaye, J. A.

    1986-01-01

    For many years, atmospheric scientists have been concerned with the balance of ozone production and loss terms in the upper stratosphere. Crutzen and Schmailzl (1983) found that the ozone loss was higher than the ozone production in the upper stratosphere. In the present investigation, previous studies are used as a basis in the conduction of a two-dimensional calculation of the production and loss of ozone. The monthly and zonally averaged loss and production rates for ozone are computed using recent Nimbus 7 satellite measurements of stratospheric constituents and accepted reaction and photodissociation rates. It is found that ozone has a loss rate which is about 40-60 percent higher than the production in the photochemical region.

  20. Estimation of the monthly average daily solar radiation using geographic information system and advanced case-based reasoning.

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    Koo, Choongwan; Hong, Taehoon; Lee, Minhyun; Park, Hyo Seon

    2013-05-07

    The photovoltaic (PV) system is considered an unlimited source of clean energy, whose amount of electricity generation changes according to the monthly average daily solar radiation (MADSR). It is revealed that the MADSR distribution in South Korea has very diverse patterns due to the country's climatic and geographical characteristics. This study aimed to develop a MADSR estimation model for the location without the measured MADSR data, using an advanced case based reasoning (CBR) model, which is a hybrid methodology combining CBR with artificial neural network, multiregression analysis, and genetic algorithm. The average prediction accuracy of the advanced CBR model was very high at 95.69%, and the standard deviation of the prediction accuracy was 3.67%, showing a significant improvement in prediction accuracy and consistency. A case study was conducted to verify the proposed model. The proposed model could be useful for owner or construction manager in charge of determining whether or not to introduce the PV system and where to install it. Also, it would benefit contractors in a competitive bidding process to accurately estimate the electricity generation of the PV system in advance and to conduct an economic and environmental feasibility study from the life cycle perspective.

  1. Insolation data manual: long-term monthly averages of solar radiation, temperature, degree-days and global anti K/sub T/ for 248 national weather service stations

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    Knapp, C L; Stoffel, T L; Whitaker, S D

    1980-10-01

    Monthly averaged data is presented which describes the availability of solar radiation at 248 National Weather Service stations. Monthly and annual average daily insolation and temperature values have been computed from a base of 24 to 25 years of data. Average daily maximum, minimum, and monthly temperatures are provided for most locations in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Heating and cooling degree-days were computed relative to a base of 18.3/sup 0/C (65/sup 0/F). For each station, global anti K/sub T/ (cloudiness index) were calculated on a monthly and annual basis. (MHR)

  2. Statistical comparison of models for estimating the monthly average daily diffuse radiation at a subtropical African site

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    Bashahu, M. [University of Burundi, Bujumbura (Burundi). Institute of Applied Pedagogy, Department of Physics and Technology

    2003-07-01

    Nine correlations have been developed in this paper to estimate the monthly average diffuse radiation for Dakar, Senegal. A 16-year period data on the global (H) and diffuse (H{sub d}) radiation, together with data on the bright sunshine hours (N), the fraction of the sky's (Ne/8), the water vapour pressure in the air (e) and the ambient temperature (T) have been used for that purpose. A model inter-comparison based on the MBE, RMSE and t statistical tests has shown that estimates in any of the obtained correlations are not significantly different from their measured counterparts, thus all the nine models are recommended for the aforesaid location. Three of them should be particularly selected for their simplicity, universal applicability and high accuracy. Those are simple linear correlations between K{sub d} and N/N{sub d}, Ne/8 or K{sub t}. Even presenting adequate performance, the remaining correlations are either simple but less accurate, or multiple or nonlinear regressions needing one or two input variables. (author)

  3. 4 km AVHRR Pathfinder v5.0 Global Day-Night Sea Surface Temperature Monthly and Yearly Averages, 1985-2009 (NODC Accession 0077816)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This data set contains a set of monthly and yearly global day-night sea surface temperature averages, derived from the AVHRR Pathfinder Version 5 sea surface...

  4. Air pollution effect of O3 on crop yield in rural India.

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    Debaje, S B; Kakade, A D; Jeyakumar, S Johnson

    2010-11-15

    Measurement of surface ozone (O(3)) mixing ratio was made from January 2006 to December 2007 in Ahmednagar (19.1°N, 74.8°E, 657 m above sea level), India. The monthly average of daytime maximum of O(3) mixing ratio ranged from 14 to 57 parts per billion by volume (ppbv) with an annual average of about 20 ppbv. The estimated winter wheat and summer crop yield reduction by 10% and 15%, respectively from present O(3) pollution level associated with AOT40 (accumulation exposure of O(3) concentration over a threshold of 40 ppbv) index values 7370-9150 ppbv h in rural areas.

  5. ANALYSIS OF THE STATISTICAL BEHAVIOUR OF DAILY MAXIMUM AND MONTHLY AVERAGE RAINFALL ALONG WITH RAINY DAYS VARIATION IN SYLHET, BANGLADESH

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    G. M. J. HASAN

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Climate, one of the major controlling factors for well-being of the inhabitants in the world, has been changing in accordance with the natural forcing and manmade activities. Bangladesh, the most densely populated countries in the world is under threat due to climate change caused by excessive use or abuse of ecology and natural resources. This study checks the rainfall patterns and their associated changes in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh mainly Sylhet city through statistical analysis of daily rainfall data during the period of 1957 - 2006. It has been observed that a good correlation exists between the monthly mean and daily maximum rainfall. A linear regression analysis of the data is found to be significant for all the months. Some key statistical parameters like the mean values of Coefficient of Variability (CV, Relative Variability (RV and Percentage Inter-annual Variability (PIV have been studied and found to be at variance. Monthly, yearly and seasonal variation of rainy days also analysed to check for any significant changes.

  6. On the Relationship between Solar Wind Speed, Earthward-Directed Coronal Mass Ejections, Geomagnetic Activity, and the Sunspot Cycle Using 12-Month Moving Averages

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    Wilson, Robert M.; Hathaway, David H.

    2008-01-01

    For 1996 .2006 (cycle 23), 12-month moving averages of the aa geomagnetic index strongly correlate (r = 0.92) with 12-month moving averages of solar wind speed, and 12-month moving averages of the number of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) (halo and partial halo events) strongly correlate (r = 0.87) with 12-month moving averages of sunspot number. In particular, the minimum (15.8, September/October 1997) and maximum (38.0, August 2003) values of the aa geomagnetic index occur simultaneously with the minimum (376 km/s) and maximum (547 km/s) solar wind speeds, both being strongly correlated with the following recurrent component (due to high-speed streams). The large peak of aa geomagnetic activity in cycle 23, the largest on record, spans the interval late 2002 to mid 2004 and is associated with a decreased number of halo and partial halo CMEs, whereas the smaller secondary peak of early 2005 seems to be associated with a slight rebound in the number of halo and partial halo CMEs. Based on the observed aaM during the declining portion of cycle 23, RM for cycle 24 is predicted to be larger than average, being about 168+/-60 (the 90% prediction interval), whereas based on the expected aam for cycle 24 (greater than or equal to 14.6), RM for cycle 24 should measure greater than or equal to 118+/-30, yielding an overlap of about 128+/-20.

  7. A preliminary study of the linear relationship between monthly averaged daily solar radiation and daily thermal amplitude in the north of Buenos Aires provence

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    Cionco, R; Rodriguez, R

    2012-01-01

    Using irradiance and temperature measurements obtained at the Facultad Regional San Nicol\\'as of UTN, we performed a preliminary study of the linear relationship between monthly averaged daily solar radiation and daily thermal amplitude. The results show a very satisfactory adjustment (R = 0.848, RMS = 0.066, RMS% = 9.690 %), even taking into account the limited number of months (36). Thus, we have a formula of predictive nature, capable of estimating mean monthly solar radiation for various applications. We expect to have new data sets to expand and improve the statistical significance of these results.

  8. ACDF Using the Solis Cage with Iliac Bone Graft in Single Level: Clinical and Radiological Outcomes in Average 36 months Follow-up.

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    Oh, Si-Hyuck; Yoon, Kyeong-Wook; Kim, Young-Jin; Lee, Sang-Koo

    2013-06-01

    To evaluate the utility of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cage and autograft through long term(average 36 months) follow-up. Thirty selected patients (male:20/female:10) who suffered from cervical radiculopathy, myelopathy or radiculomyelopathy underwent a single level ACDF with PEEK cage and autograft from iliac crest from March 2006 to July 2008 in single institute. We followed patients for an average 36.4±8.1 months (ranged from 23 to 49 months). The Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) score for evaluation of myelopathy and visual analogue scale (VAS) for radiating pain was used to estimate postoperative clinical outcome. Plain x-ray on true lateral standing flexion, extension and neutral position view and 3D CT scan were used every 6 months after surgery during follow-up period. The mean VAS and JOA scoring improved significantly after the surgery and radiological fusion rate was accomplished by 100% 36 months after the surgery. We had no complication related with the surgery except one case of osteomyelitis. There was one case of Grade I fusion, four cases of grade II, and 25 cases of grade III by radiologic evaluation. This long term follow-up study for ACDF with PEEK cage shows that this surgical method is comparable with other anterior cervical fusion methods in terms of clinical outcomes and radiologic fusion rate.

  9. Local Atomic Structure Deviation from Average Structure of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3: Combined X-ray and Neutron Total Scattering Study

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    2013-03-27

    previously in Davies et al.25 Reactant powders, Bi2O3 (99.975% purity, Alfa Aesar, Ward Hill, MA), TiO2 (98% purity, Fisher Chemical, Pittsburgh, PA...synthesis step (hereafter referred to as “calcined”). Samples were then also sintered and densified into pellets at 1100 ◦C for 1 h. The sintered pellets

  10. O3 Nanoparticles

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    Wang, Juan

    2016-11-16

    Ti2O3 nanoparticles with high performance of photothermal conversion are demonstrated for the first time. Benefiting from the nanosize and narrow-bandgap features, the Ti2O3 nanoparticles possess strong light absorption and nearly 100% internal solar–thermal conversion efficiency. Furthermore, Ti2O3 nanoparticle-based thin film shows potential use in seawater desalination and purification.

  11. Average and local atomic-scale structure in BaZrxTi(1-x)O3 (x = 0. 10, 0.20, 0.40) ceramics by high-energy x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy.

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    Buscaglia, Vincenzo; Tripathi, Saurabh; Petkov, Valeri; Dapiaggi, Monica; Deluca, Marco; Gajović, Andreja; Ren, Yang

    2014-02-12

    High-resolution x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and total scattering XRD coupled to atomic pair distribution function (PDF) analysis studies of the atomic-scale structure of archetypal BaZrxTi(1-x)O3 (x = 0.10, 0.20, 0.40) ceramics are presented over a wide temperature range (100-450 K). For x = 0.1 and 0.2 the results reveal, well above the Curie temperature, the presence of Ti-rich polar clusters which are precursors of a long-range ferroelectric order observed below TC. Polar nanoregions (PNRs) and relaxor behaviour are observed over the whole temperature range for x = 0.4. Irrespective of ceramic composition, the polar clusters are due to locally correlated off-centre displacement of Zr/Ti cations compatible with local rhombohedral symmetry. Formation of Zr-rich clusters is indicated by Raman spectroscopy for all compositions. Considering the isovalent substitution of Ti with Zr in BaZrxTi1-xO3, the mechanism of formation and growth of the PNRs is not due to charge ordering and random fields, but rather to a reduction of the local strain promoted by the large difference in ion size between Zr(4+) and Ti(4+). As a result, non-polar or weakly polar Zr-rich clusters and polar Ti-rich clusters are randomly distributed in a paraelectric lattice and the long-range ferroelectric order is disrupted with increasing Zr concentration.

  12. Statistical downscaling of general-circulation-model- simulated average monthly air temperature to the beginning of flowering of the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) in Slovenia

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    Bergant, Klemen; Kajfež-Bogataj, Lučka; Črepinšek, Zalika

    2002-02-01

    Phenological observations are a valuable source of information for investigating the relationship between climate variation and plant development. Potential climate change in the future will shift the occurrence of phenological phases. Information about future climate conditions is needed in order to estimate this shift. General circulation models (GCM) provide the best information about future climate change. They are able to simulate reliably the most important mean features on a large scale, but they fail on a regional scale because of their low spatial resolution. A common approach to bridging the scale gap is statistical downscaling, which was used to relate the beginning of flowering of Taraxacum officinale in Slovenia with the monthly mean near-surface air temperature for January, February and March in Central Europe. Statistical models were developed and tested with NCAR/NCEP Reanalysis predictor data and EARS predictand data for the period 1960-1999. Prior to developing statistical models, empirical orthogonal function (EOF) analysis was employed on the predictor data. Multiple linear regression was used to relate the beginning of flowering with expansion coefficients of the first three EOF for the Janauary, Febrauary and March air temperatures, and a strong correlation was found between them. Developed statistical models were employed on the results of two GCM (HadCM3 and ECHAM4/OPYC3) to estimate the potential shifts in the beginning of flowering for the periods 1990-2019 and 2020-2049 in comparison with the period 1960-1989. The HadCM3 model predicts, on average, 4 days earlier occurrence and ECHAM4/OPYC3 5 days earlier occurrence of flowering in the period 1990-2019. The analogous results for the period 2020-2049 are a 10- and 11-day earlier occurrence.

  13. Upper limit to magnetism in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures

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    Fitzsimmons, M.R.; Hengartner, N.W.; Singh, S.; Zhernenkov, M.; Bruno, F.Y.; Santamaria, J.; Brinkman, Alexander; Huijben, Mark; Molegraaf, Hajo; de la Venta, J.; Schuller, Ivan K.

    2011-01-01

    Using polarized neutron reflectometry we measured the neutron spin-dependent reflectivity from four LaAlO3/SrTiO3 superlattices. Our results imply that the upper limit for the magnetization averaged over the lateral dimensions of the sample induced by an 11 T magnetic field at 1.7 K is less than 2 G

  14. State Averages

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — A list of a variety of averages for each state or territory as well as the national average, including each quality measure, staffing, fine amount and number of...

  15. Nanosized As2O3/Fe2O3 complexes combined with magnetic fluid hyperthermia selectively target liver cancer cells

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    Zi-Yu Wang; Jian Song; Dong-Sheng Zhang

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To study the methods of preparing the magnetic nano-microspheres of Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 complexes and their therapeutic effects with magnetic fluid hyperthermia (MFH). METHODS: Nanospheres were prepared by chemical co-precipitation and their shape and diameter were observed. Hemolysis, micronucleus, cell viability, and LD50 along with other in vivo tests were performed to evaluate the Fe2O3 microsphere biocompatibility. The inhibition ratio of tumors after Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 injections combined with induced hyperthermia in xenograft human hepatocarcinoma was calculated. RESULTS: Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 particles were round with an average diameter of 20 nm and 100 nm as observed under transmission electron microscope. Upon exposure to an alternating magnetic field (AMF), the temperature of the suspension of magnetic particles increased to 41-51℃, depending on different particle concentrations, and remained stable thereafter. Nanosized Fe2O3 microspheres are a new kind of biomaterial without cytotoxic effects. The LD50 of both Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 in mice was higher than 5 g/kg. One to four weeks after Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 complex injections into healthy pig livers, no significant differences were found in serum AST, ALT, BUN and Cr levels among the pigs of all groups (P > 0.05), and no obvious pathological alterations were observed. After exposure to alternating magnetic fields, the inhibition ratio of the tumors was significantly different from controls in the Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 groups (68.74% and 82.79%, respectively; P < 0.01). Tumors of mice in treatment groups showed obvious necrosis, while normal tissues adjoining the tumor and internal organs did not.CONCLUSION: Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 complexes exerted radiofrequency-induced hyperthermia and drug toxicity on tumors without any liver or kidney damage. Therefore, nanospheres are ideal carriers for tumortargeted therapy.

  16. Monthly Near-Surface Air Temperature Averages

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Global surface temperatures in 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest on record. The International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) was established in 1982 as part...

  17. Photochemical smog pollution in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region of Thailand in relation to O 3 precursor concentrations and meteorological conditions

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    Zhang, B.-N.; Kim Oanh, N. T.

    Analysis of photochemical pollution was done using the available 5-yr monitoring data (1996-2000) from 11 monitoring stations in Bangkok and 5 stations in other surrounding provinces, i.e. the Bangkok Metropolitan Region (BMR). Status and trend of O 3 as well as the monthly and diurnal variations were analyzed in relation to the local meteorological conditions as well as the regional transport of pollutants associated with the monsoon. The O 3 in Bangkok was found to be typical for the polluted urban areas with a lower concentration in the city center, especially at curbside stations, and higher concentration at the downwind locations. O 3 pollution was highest in 1997 with the maximum hourly average of 370 ppbv and the total hours exceeding the national hourly O 3 standard (100 ppbv) of 314 h, which is most likely related to the strong El Niño and the forest fire in Southeast Asia in this year. Meteorology-unadjusted trend shows a slight increase in O 3 from 1998 to 2000. Local emission and photochemistry are mainly responsible for O 3 episodes in the BMR. Seasonal fluctuations of O 3, however, were found to relate to the regional transport associated with the Asian monsoon. Highest O 3 pollution was found in the period from January to April (winter and local summer) and lowest during mid-rainy season, August. The O 3 increase isopleth diagram was constructed which shows that O 3 production in BMR is effective when the NO x/NMHC ratio is in the range of 0.04-0.15 with optimum ratio of around 0.07. Seasonal variations in NO x/NMHC ratios are consistent with the O 3 variations, i.e., optimum in summer (0.07), followed by winter (0.05), and the lowest in rainy season (0.03).

  18. Monthly errors

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The 2006 monthly average statistical metrics for 2m Q (g kg-1) domain-wide for the base and MODIS WRF simulations against MADIS observations. This dataset is...

  19. O3 and NOx Exchange

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    Loubet, B.; Castell, J.F.; Laville, P.; Personne, E.; Tuzet, A.; Ammann, C.; Emberson, L.; Ganzeveld, L.; Kowalski, A.S.; Merbold, L.; Stella, P.; Tuovinen, J.P.

    2015-01-01

    This discussion was based on the background document “Review on modelling atmosphere-biosphere exchange of Ozone and Nitrogen oxides”, which reviews the processes contributing to biosphere-atmosphere exchange of O3 and NOx, including stomatal and non-stomatal exchange of O3 and NO, NO2.

  20. Upper limit to magnetism in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures

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    Fitzsimmons, Michael

    2012-02-01

    In 2004 Ohtomo and Hwang reported unusually high conductivity in LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 bilayer samples. Since then, metallic conduction, superconductivity, magnetism, and coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism have been attributed to LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces. Very recently, two studies have reported large magnetic moments attributed to interfaces from measurement techniques that are unable to distinguish between interfacial and bulk magnetism. Consequently, it is imperative to perform magnetic measurements that by being intrinsically sensitive to interface magnetism are impervious to experimental artifacts suffered by bulk measurements. Using polarized neutron reflectometry, we measured the neutron spin dependent reflectivity from four LaAlO3/SrTiO3 superlattices. Our results indicate the upper limit for the magnetization averaged over the lateral dimensions of the sample induced by an 11 T magnetic field at 1.7 K is less than 2 G. SQUID magnetometry of the neutron superlattice samples sporadically finds an enhanced moment (consistent with past reports), possibly due to experimental artifacts. These observations set important restrictions on theories which imply a strongly enhanced magnetism at the interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. Work performed in collaboration with N.W. Hengartner, S. Singh, M. Zhernenkov (LANL), F.Y. Bruno, J. Santamaria (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), A. Brinkman, M.J.A. Huijben, H. Molegraaf (MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology), J. de la Venta and Ivan K. Schuller (UCSD). [4pt] Work supported by the Office of Basic Energy Science, U.S. Department of Energy, BES-DMS and DMR under grant DE FG03-87ER-45332. Work at UCM is supported by Consolider Ingenio CSD2009-00013 (IMAGINE), CAM S2009-MAT 1756 (PHAMA) and work at Twente is supported by the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM).

  1. O3 variability in the troposphere as observed by IASI over 2008-2016: Contribution of atmospheric chemistry and dynamics

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    Wespes, C.; Hurtmans, D.; Clerbaux, C.; Coheur, P.-F.

    2017-02-01

    We analyze the ozone (O3) variability in the troposphere (from ground to 300 hPa) using 8 years (January 2008 to March 2016) of O3 profile measurements provided by the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) on board the MetOp satellite. The capability of IASI to monitor the year-to-year variability in that layer is examined first in terms of vertical sensitivity, a priori contribution, and correlations in the deseasonalized anomalies with the upper layers. We present global patterns of the main geophysical drivers (e.g., solar flux, Quasi-biennal Oscillation—QBO, North Atlantic Oscillation—NAO, and El Niño-Southern Oscillation—ENSO) of IASI O3 variations, obtained by applying appropriate annual and seasonal multivariate regression models on time series of spatially gridded averaged O3. The results show that the models are able to explain most of the O3 variability captured by IASI. Large O3 changes in the North Arctic/Euro-Atlantic sector and over the equatorial band are attributed to the NAO and the QBO effects, respectively. ENSO is modeled as the main contributor to the O3 variations in the tropical band where direct effects of warm and cool ENSO phases are highlighted with a clear tropical-extratropical gradient. A strong west-east gradient in the tropics is also found and likely reflects an indirect effect related to ENSO dry conditions. Finally, we also show that the ENSO perturbs the O3 variability far from the tropics into middle and high latitudes where a significant 4-month time-lag in the response of O3 to ENSO is identified for the first time.

  2. Spectroscopic studies of Bi 2O 3-Li 2O-ZnO-B 2O 3 glasses

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    Bale, Shashidhar; Rao, N. Srinivasa; Rahman, Syed

    2008-03-01

    Raman and infrared spectroscopies have been employed to investigate the xBi 2O 3-(65 - x)Li 2O-20ZnO-15B 2O 3 glasses in order to obtain information about the competitive role of Bi 2O 3 and B 2O 3 in the formation of glass network. IR and Raman spectra show that these glasses are made up of [BiO 3] pyramidal and [BiO 6] octahedral units. The formation of Zn 2+ in tetrahedral coordination was observed. The average electronic polarizability of the oxide ion ( α), optical basicity ( Λ), and Yamashita-Kurosawa's interaction parameter ( A) were also examined.

  3. Bayes统计模型在出山月均径流极小值研究中的应用%A Bayesian Analysis of Monthly Average Runoff Minima in Mountain Areas

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    刘友存; 霍雪丽; 郝永红; 崔玉环; 韩添丁; 沈永平; 王建

    2015-01-01

    Global warming has intensified hydrological extreme events and resulted in disasters around the world. For disaster management and adaption of extreme events,it is essential to improve the accuracy of extreme value statistical models. In this study,Bayes’Theorem is introduced to estimate parameters in the Generalized Pareto Distribution( GPD)model which is applied to simulate the distribution of monthly average runoff minima during dry periods in mountain areas of Ürümqi River. Bayes’Theorem treats parameters as random variables and provides machinery way to convert the prior distribution of parameters into a posterior distribution. Statistical inferences based on posterior distribution can provide a more comprehensive representation of the parameters. An improved Markov Chain Monte Carlo( MCMC)method,which can solve high-dimensional integral computation in the Bayes equation,is used to generate parameter simulations from the posterior distribution. Model diagnosis plots are made to guarantee the fitted GPD model is appropriate. Then based on the GPD model with Bayesian parameter esti-mates,monthly average minima corresponding to different return periods can be calculated. The results show that the improved MCMC method is able to make Markov chains converge at a high speed. Compared with the GPD model based on maximum likelihood parameter estimates,the GPD model based on Bayesian parameter estimates obtain more accurate estimations of minimum monthly average runoff. Moreover,the monthly average runoff minima in dry periods corresponding to 10 a,25 a,50 a and 100 a return periods are 0. 60 m3/s,0. 44 m3/s,0. 32 m3/s and 0. 20 m3/s respectively. The lower boundary of 95% confidence interval of 100a return level is -0. 238 m3/s,which implies that Ürümqi River is likely to cease when 100 a return level occurs in dry periods.%数理统计方法在解决全球气候变化引起的洪水、干旱等极端水文事件中获得了越来越广泛的

  4. Origin of interface magnetism in BiMnO3/SrTiO3 and LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures.

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    Salluzzo, M; Gariglio, S; Stornaiuolo, D; Sessi, V; Rusponi, S; Piamonteze, C; De Luca, G M; Minola, M; Marré, D; Gadaleta, A; Brune, H; Nolting, F; Brookes, N B; Ghiringhelli, G

    2013-08-23

    Possible ferromagnetism induced in otherwise nonmagnetic materials has been motivating intense research in complex oxide heterostructures. Here we show that a confined magnetism is realized at the interface between SrTiO3 and two insulating polar oxides, BiMnO3 and LaAlO3. By using polarization dependent x-ray absorption spectroscopy, we find that in both cases the magnetism can be stabilized by a negative exchange interaction between the electrons transferred to the interface and local magnetic moments. These local magnetic moments are associated with magnetic Ti3+ ions at the interface itself for LaAlO3/SrTiO3 and to Mn3+ ions in the overlayer for BiMnO3/SrTiO3. In LaAlO3/SrTiO3 the induced magnetism is quenched by annealing in oxygen, suggesting a decisive role of oxygen vacancies in this phenomenon.

  5. Responses of hybrid poplar clones and red maple seedlings to ambient O(3) under differing light within a mixed hardwood forest.

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    Wei, C; Skelly, J M; Pennypacker, S P; Ferdinand, J A; Savage, J E; Stevenson, R E; Davis, D D

    2004-07-01

    The responses of ramets of hybrid poplar (Populus spp.) (HP) clones NE388 and NE359, and seedlings of red maple (Acer rubrum, L.) to ambient ozone (O(3)) were studied during May-September of 2000 and 2001 under natural forest conditions and differing natural sunlight exposures (sun, partial shade and full shade). Ambient O(3) concentrations at the study site reached hourly peaks of 109 and 98 ppb in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Monthly 12-h average O(3) concentrations ranged from 32.3 to 52.9 ppb. Weekly 12-h average photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) within the sun, partial shade and full shade plots ranged from 200 to 750, 50 to 180, and 25 to 75 micromol m(-2) s(-1), respectively. Ambient O(3) exposure induced visible foliar symptoms on HP NE388 and NE359 in both growing seasons, with more severe injury observed on NE388 than on NE359. Slight foliar symptoms were observed on red maple seedlings during the 2001 growing season. Percentage of total leaf area affected (%LAA) was positively correlated with cumulative O(3) exposures. More severe foliar injury was observed on plants grown within the full shade and partial shade plots than those observed on plants grown within the sun plot. Lower light availability within the partial shade and full shade plots significantly decreased net photosynthetic rate (Pn) and stomatal conductance (g(wv)). The reductions in Pn were greater than reductions in g(wv), which resulted in greater O(3) uptake per unit Pn in plants grown within the partial shade and full shade plots. Greater O(3) uptake per unit Pn was consistently associated with more severe visible foliar injury in all species and/or clones regardless of differences in shade tolerance. These studies suggest that plant physiological responses to O(3) exposure are likely complicated due to multiple factors under natural forest conditions.

  6. Summertime surface O3 behavior and deposition to tundra in the Alaskan Arctic

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    Van Dam, Brie; Helmig, Detlev; Doskey, Paul V.; Oltmans, Samuel J.

    2016-07-01

    Atmospheric turbulence quantities, boundary layer ozone (O3) levels, and O3 deposition to the tundra surface were investigated at Toolik Lake, AK, during the 2011 summer season. Beginning immediately after snowmelt, a diurnal cycle of O3 in the atmospheric surface layer developed with daytime O3 maxima, and minima during low-light hours, resulting in a mean amplitude of 13 ppbv. This diurnal O3 cycle is far larger than observed at other high Arctic locations during the snow-free season. During the snow-free months of June, July, and August, O3 deposition velocities were ˜3 to 5 times faster than during May, when snow covered the ground most of the month. The overall mean O3 deposition velocity between June and August was 0.10 cm s-1. The month of June had the highest diurnal variation, with a median O3 deposition velocity of 0.2 cm s-1 during the daytime and 0.08 cm s-1 during low-light conditions. These values are slightly lower than previously reported summertime deposition velocities in northern latitudes over tundra or fen. O3 loss during low-light periods was attributed to a combination of surface deposition to the tundra and stable boundary layer conditions. We also hypothesize that emissions of reactive biogenic volatile organic compounds into the shallow boundary layer may contribute to nighttime O3 loss.

  7. Superior solid solubility of MnSiO3 in CaSiO3 perovskite

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    Li, Lin; Nagai, Takaya; Seto, Yusuke; Fujino, Kiyoshi; Kawano, Jun; Itoh, Shoich

    2015-02-01

    The silicate perovskite phase relation between CaSiO3 and MnSiO3 was investigated at 35-52 GPa and at 1,800 K using laser-heated diamond anvil cells combined with angle-dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopic chemical analyses with scanning or transmission electron microscopy. We found that MnSiO3 can be incorporated into CaSiO3 perovskite up to 55, and 20 mol % of CaSiO3 is soluble in MnSiO3 perovskite. The range of 55-80 mol % of MnSiO3 in the CaSiO3-MnSiO3 perovskite system could be immiscible. We also observed that the two perovskite structured phases of the Mn-bearing CaSiO3 and the Ca-bearing MnSiO3 coexisted at these conditions. The Mn-bearing CaSiO3 perovskite has non-cubic symmetry and the Ca-bearing MnSiO3 perovskite has an orthorhombic structure with space group Pbnm. All the perovskite structured phases in the CaSiO3-MnSiO3 system convert to the amorphous phase during pressure release. MnSiO3 is the first chemical component confirmed to show such a superior solid solubility in CaSiO3 perovskite.

  8. 鄱阳湖干旱多尺度特征及其与月均水位的相关性%Multi-scale characteristics of drought of Poyang Lake and its association to monthly average water level

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    张启旺; 张吉; 周涛

    2016-01-01

    以鄱阳湖13个气象站1957~2013年的逐月降水量、平均气温、各站点纬度和同期水位站逐月平均水位为实验数据,分别计算1、3、6、12、24、48个月尺度下标准降水指数( SPI)和标准降水蒸散指数( SPEI)时间序列,并利用Morlet小波分析理论,分析了该序列多时间尺度变化特征。基于Mann-Kendall检验,分析了鄱阳湖气象干旱趋势特征;利用Spearman秩相关系数,研究了不同时间尺度SPI和SPEI序列与月平均水位的相关关系。研究表明,鄱阳湖流域SPI和SPEI序列存在约68个月变化的主周期,两个主要特征时间尺度变化的强分布;气象干旱与湖水位的相关关系随时间尺度的增大而减弱。%The different 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, 12-month, 24-month and 48-month standardized precipitation index ( SPI) and Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index ( SPEI) time series are calculated based on the monthly precipitation, mean temperature and respective latitudes of 13 meteorological gauging stations from 1957 to 2013 and the simulta-neous monthly mean water level data in Poyang lake;the multi-scale features for these two time series are analyzed based on the wavelet theory with the Morlet function. The trend of meteorological drought of Poyang Lake is tested by the Mann -Kendall method. The correlation between the different scales of SPI and SPEI time series and the mean monthly water level is analyzed by Spearman coefficient. The results show that the SPI and SPEI time series have a cycle of 68-month period and two strong distri-butions with varied temporal scale. The relationship of meteorological drought of Poyang Lake and the water level decreases with the increase of time scale.

  9. Dissolution mechanism of Al2O3 in refining slags containing Ce2O3

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    Wang L.J.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, the rate of dissolution of Al2O3 rod in CaO-SiO2-Al2O3 and CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-Ce2O3 slags were carried out in the temperature range of 1793 K (1520ºC - 1853 K (1580ºC under static conditions. The cross section of the rod and the boundary layers were identified and analyzed by SEM-EDS. The dissolution of Al2O3 was favored with the increasing CaO/Al2O3 ratio, elevating temperatures as well as the addition of Ce2O3. An intermediate product 3CaO5Al2O3Ce2O3 was detected. The mechanism of dissolution of Al2O3 in the Ce2O3 containing slag were also proposed as three steps involved: 1 the formation of calcium aluminates CaO•Al2O3 at the interface 2 the formation of 3CaO5Al2O3Ce2O3 as the reaction progresses; and 3 the dissolution of 3CaO5Al2O3Ce2O3 into the slag.

  10. DEPTH PROFILING OF DEUTERIUM IN Al2O3

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    1995-01-01

    D2+ ions of 70 and 90keV were separately implanted into two thick samples of sintered alumina ceramic and the distribution of deuterium has been measured for three runs at an interval of 5 months using high energy proton backscattering and elastic recoil detection (ERD).The measured data show that there is little diffusion of dueterium in Al2O3 and the diffusion coefficient is deduced to be 1.1×10-17 cm2/s.The measured total concentration of implanted deuterium is 4.5×1018at.cm2.The profile of hydrogen adsorbed on the surface of Al2O3 samples was also observed by ERD and 1H(19E,αγ)16O analysis.The distribution range of 1H in Al2O3 after deuterium implantation is much larger than that before one.

  11. Fabrication and optical properties of Y2O3: Eu3+ nanofibers prepared by electrospinning.

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    Dong, Guoping; Chi, Yingzhi; Xiao, Xiudi; Liu, Xiaofeng; Qian, Bin; Ma, Zhijun; Wu, E; Zeng, Heping; Chen, Danping; Qiu, Jianrong

    2009-12-07

    Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofibers with the average diameter of ~300 nm were in situ fabricated by electrospinning. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern confirmed that the Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofibers were composed of pure body-centered cubic (bcc) Y(2)O(3) phase. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) results indicated that Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofibers were constituted of nonspherical crystalline grains, and these crystalline grains were orderly arranged along the axial direction of single nanofiber. These Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofibers showed a partially polarized photoluminescence (PL). The arrangement of crystalline grains and the mismatch of dielectric constant between Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofiber and its environment probably contributed together to the polarized PL from Y(2)O(3): Eu(3+) nanofiber.

  12. Ytterbium Doped Gadolinium Oxide (Gd2O3:Yb3+) Phosphor: Topology, Morphology, and Luminescence Behaviour

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    Raunak Kumar Tamrakar; Durga Prasad Bisen; Chandra Shekher Robinson; Ishwar Prasad Sahu; Nameeta Brahme

    2014-01-01

    Gd2O3:Yb3+ phosphor has been synthesized by the solid state reaction method with boric acid used as a flux. The resulting Gd2O3:Yb3+ phosphor was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique, Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM), and photoluminescence and thermoluminescence. The results of the XRD show that obtained Gd2O3:Yb3+ phosphor has a cubic structure. The average crystallite sizes could...

  13. Effects of Rare-Earth La2O3 Addition on Microstructures and Electrical Properties of SrTiO3 Varistor-Capacitor Dual Functional Ceramics

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    Ji Huiming; Li Cuixia; Meng Hui; Gan Guoyou; Yan Jikang

    2005-01-01

    The effects of rare-earth La2O3 addition on microstructures and electrical properties of SrTiO3 ceramics were investigated. Semiconductor SrTiO3-based voltage-sensing and dielectric dual functional ceramics was prepared by a single step sintering technology in this study, and the effects of the content of La2O3 on characteristics of the product were discussed in terms of microstructures and electrical properties of materials. The results show that SrTiO3-based ceramics doped with La2O3 exhibits more homogeneous grain distribution, greater grain size, and excellent voltage sensing and dielectric characteristics than those without La2O3 doping. The samples doped with 1.1% La2O3 were sintered at 1420 ℃ in N2+C weak reducing atmosphere. The average grain size of the samples doped with La2O3 is 40 μm, the breakdown voltage of 19.7 V*mm-1, the nonlinear exponent of 7.2, and dielectric constant of 22500. The results reveal that final products are suitable to use in low operating voltage.

  14. Hexagonal LuMnO3 revisited

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    Aken, Bas B. van; Meetsma, Auke; Palstra, Thomas T.M.

    2001-01-01

    The crystal structure of hexagonal LuMnO3 at room temperature is isomorphous with YMnO3 and deviates in important details from early work. Mn is near the centre of its oxygen coordination environment. On the threefold axes, the apical O-Lu bonds have alternating long and short bond lengths, leading

  15. Excellent ethanol sensing properties based on Er2O3-Fe2O3 nanotubes

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    刘唱白; 何滢; 王圣蕾

    2015-01-01

    In this work, pureα-Fe2O3 and Er2O3-Fe2O3 nanotubes were synthesized by a simple single-capillary electrospin-ning technology followed by calcination treatment. The morphologies and crystal structures of the as-prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction, respectively. The gas-sensing properties of the as-prepared samples have been researched, and the result shows that the Er2O3-Fe2O3 nanotubes exhibit much better sen-sitivity to ethanol. The response value of Er2O3-Fe2O3 nanotubes to 10 ppm ethanol is 21 at the operating temperature 240◦, which is 14 times larger than that of pureα-Fe2O3 nanotubes (response value is 1.5). The ethanol sensing properties ofα-Fe2O3 nanotubes are remarkably enhanced by doping Er, and the lowest detection limit of Er2O3-Fe2O3 nanotubes is 300 ppb, to which the response value is about 2. The response and recovery times are about 4 s and 70 s to 10 ppm ethanol, respectively. In addition, the Er2O3-Fe2O3 nanotubes possess good selectivity and long-term stability.

  16. Democratic Mass Matrices from Broken $O(3)_{L} \\times O(3)_{R}$ Flavor Symmetry

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    Tanimoto, M; Yanagida, T

    1999-01-01

    We impose $O(3)_L\\times O(3)_R$ flavor symmetry in the supersymmetric standard model. Three lepton doublets $\\ell_i$ transform as an $O(3)_L$ triplet and three charged leptons $\\bar e_i$ as an $O(3)_R$ triplet, while Higgs doublets $H$ and $\\bar H$ are $O(3)_L\\times O(3)_R$ singlets. We discuss a flavor $O(3)_L\\times O(3)_R$ breaking mechanism that leads to "successful" phenomenological mass matrices, so-called "democratic" ones, in which the large degenerate masses of order $0.1\\eV$ which may be accesible to future double that it is well consistent with the observed quark mass hierarchies and the CKM matrix elements.

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Fe2O3/Al2O3 Nano-composites

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    2007-01-01

    Al2O3/Fe2O3 nano-composites were prepared by sol-gel route. The effect of Fe2O3 content on the structure, grain size and characterization of the composite were investigated through X-ray diffraction and M(o)ssbauer spectrum. The X-ray diffraction results show that Al2O3/Fe2O3 nano-composites with the Fe2O3, content of 40 wt% can be obtained after heat-treated at 900℃. The M(o)ssbauer effect results show that all samples exhibit clear super-paramagnetic phenomenon. Particles grow and defects reduce with the increasing of Fe2O3 conteni and some α-Fe2O3 stay magnetic order.

  18. Structural studies of xLi2O-(40 - x)Bi2O3-20CdO-40B2O3 glasses

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    Vijaya Kumar, R.; Gayathri Pavani, P.; Ramesh, B.; Shareefuddin, Md.; Siva Kumar, K.

    2013-10-01

    Raman and infrared spectroscopies have been employed to investigate the xLi2O-(40 - x)Bi2O3-20CdO-40B2O3 glasses in order to obtain information about the competitive role of Bi2O3 and B2O3 in the formation of glass network. IR and Raman spectra show that these glasses are made up of [BO3], [BO4] and [BiO3] pyramidal and [BiO6] octahedral units. The formation of CdO4 in tetrahedral co-ordination was not observed. The optical absorption studies revealed that the cut-off wavelength decreases while optical band gap energy (Eopt) increases. The average electronic polarizability of the oxide ion (α), optical basicity Λ(Eopt), and Yamashita-Kurosawa's interaction parameter A(Eopt) were also examined.

  19. Anomalies of total column CO and O3 associated with great earthquakes in recent years

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Variations of total column CO and O3 in the atmosphere over the epicenter areas of 35 great earthquakes that occurred throughout the world in recent years were studied based on the hyper-spectrum data from Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS. It was found that anomalous increases of CO and/or O3 concentrations occurred over the epicenter areas of 12 earthquakes among the 35 studied ones. However, increases in both CO and O3 concentrations were found for 6 earthquakes. The O3 anomalies appeared in the month when the earthquake occurred and lasted for a few months, whereas CO anomalies occurred irregularly. The duration of CO and O3 anomalies related to the earthquakes ranged from 1 to 6 months. The anomalies of CO concentration related to the earthquake can be mainly attributed to gas emission from the lithosphere and photochemical reaction, while the anomalous increases in O3 concentration can be mainly due to the transport of O3-enriched air and photochemical reaction. However, more work needs to be done in order to understand the mechanism of the CO and O3 anomalies further.

  20. Anomalous high mobility in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanowires.

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    Irvin, Patrick; Veazey, Joshua P; Cheng, Guanglei; Lu, Shicheng; Bark, Chung-Wung; Ryu, Sangwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Levy, Jeremy

    2013-02-13

    Nanoscale control of the metal-insulator transition at the interface between LaAlO(3) and SrTiO(3) provides a pathway for reconfigurable, oxide-based nanoelectronics. Four-terminal transport measurements of LaAlO(3)/SrTiO(3) nanowires at room temperature (T = 300 K) reveal an equivalent 2D Hall mobility greatly surpassing that of bulk SrTiO(3) and approaching that of n-type Si nanowires of comparable dimensions. This large enhancement of mobility is relevant for room-temperature device applications.

  1. Relation between structural instabilities in EuTiO3 and SrTiO3

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    Bussmann-Holder, A.; Köhler, J.; Kremer, R. K.; Law, J. M.

    2011-06-01

    Specific heat measurements and theoretical calculations reveal an intimate analogy between EuTiO3 and SrTiO3. For EuTiO3, a hitherto unknown specific heat anomaly is discovered at temperatures TA= 282(1)K, which is analogous to the well-known specific heat anomaly of SrTiO3 at the temperature TA= 105K caused by an antiferrodistortive transition. Because the zone center soft phonon mode observed in both systems can be modeled with the same parameters, we ascribe the new 282(1)K instability of EuTiO3 to an antiferrodistortive phase transition. The higher transition temperature of EuTiO3 as compared to SrTiO3 results from spin-phonon coupling.

  2. Transport in ferromagnetic GdTiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures

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    Moetakef, Pouya; Zhang, Jack Y.; Kozhanov, Alexander; Jalan, Bharat; Seshadri, Ram; Allen, S. James; Stemmer, Susanne

    2011-03-01

    Epitaxial GdTiO3/SrTiO3 structures with different SrTiO3 layer thicknesses are grown on (001) (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 substrate surfaces by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy. It is shown that the formation of the pyrochlore (Gd2Ti2O7) phase can be avoided if GdTiO3 is grown by shuttered growth, supplying alternating monolayer doses of Gd and of the metalorganic precursor that supplies both Ti and O. Phase-pure GdTiO3 films grown by this approach exhibit magnetic ordering with a Curie temperature of 30 K. The electrical transport characteristics can be understood as being dominated by a conductive interface layer within the SrTiO3.

  3. Structural investigation of glasses along the MgSiO3-CaSiO3 join: Diffraction studies

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    Cormier, L.; Cuello, G. J.

    2013-12-01

    The structure of glasses along the MgSiO3-CaSiO3 join has been investigated by X-ray and neutron diffraction measurements. Structure models were constructed by fitting the experimental data using the Reverse Monte Carlo method (RMC). The structural data indicate a random mixing between MgSiO3 and CaSiO3 glasses, in accordance with their melt properties. Though important disordering is observed, the structure evolves continuously along the join. The Ca environment is essentially similar for all compositions, with an average of 6 to 7-coordinated sites. The Mg environment tends to have higher coordinated sites as the MgO content decreases. There is a continuous mixing of Ca-Mg pairs with a non-random distribution emphasized by the distinct cation-cation distances. Changes were observed in the topology of the silicate network. The proportion of non-bridging oxygens decreases, the number of free-oxygens increases and the ring size distribution is shifted to high-membered rings in the Mg-rich glasses. These structural investigations indicate important differences with the crystalline pyroxene structures.

  4. Thermionic properties of Mo-La2O3 cathode wires

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    张久兴; 周美玲; 周文元; 王金淑; 聂祚仁; 左铁镛

    2002-01-01

    The recent advances in Mo-La2O3 thermionic cathode materials were presented. It is shown that Mo-La2O3 cathode has better ductility, radioactive pollution-free, excellent thermionic electron-emission properties and lower operating temperature compared with W-ThO2 cathode. At operating temperature 1350~1400℃, the average saturation current of the Mo-La2O3 cathode is 118mA, the corresponding average current density is 367mA/cm2, and the average emission efficiency is 11.8mA/W. The lifetime of diode is more than 2000h when the stable emission current is 80mA. Moreover, the lifetime of practical 6T51-type triode is more than 1000h. These advances show that the Mo-La2O3 cathode electron tube is closer to industry application.

  5. Postperovskite phase equilibria in the MgSiO3-Al2O3 system.

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    Tsuchiya, Jun; Tsuchiya, Taku

    2008-12-09

    We investigate high-P,T phase equilibria of the MgSiO(3)-Al(2)O(3) system by means of the density functional ab initio computation methods with multiconfiguration sampling. Being different from earlier studies based on the static substitution properties with no consideration of Rh(2)O(3)(II) phase, present calculations demonstrate that (i) dissolving Al(2)O(3) tends to decrease the postperovskite transition pressure of MgSiO(3) but the effect is not significant ( approximately -0.2 GPa/mol% Al(2)O(3)); (ii) Al(2)O(3) produces the narrow perovskite+postperovskite coexisting P,T area (approximately 1 GPa) for the pyrolitic concentration (x(Al2O3) approximately 6 mol%), which is sufficiently responsible to the deep-mantle D'' seismic discontinuity; (iii) the transition would be smeared (approximately 4 GPa) for the basaltic Al-rich composition (x(Al2O3) approximately 20 mol%), which is still seismically visible unless iron has significant effects; and last (iv) the perovskite structure spontaneously changes to the Rh(2)O(3)(II) with increasing the Al concentration involving small displacements of the Mg-site cations.

  6. Photocatalytic properties of KBiO3 and LiBiO3 with tunnel structures

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    Rajalakshmi Ramachandran; M Sathiya; K Ramesha; A S Prakash; Giridhar Madras; A K Shukla

    2011-07-01

    In the present study, KBiO3 is synthesized by a standard oxidation technique while LiBiO3 is prepared by hydrothermal method. The synthesized catalysts are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning ElectronMicroscopy (SEM), BET surface area analysis and Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (DRS). The XRD patterns suggest that KBiO3 crystallizes in the cubic structure while LiBiO3 crystallizes in orthorhombic structure and both of these adopt the tunnel structure. The SEM images reveal micron size polyhedral shaped KBiO3 particles and rod-like or prismatic shape particles for LiBiO3. The band gap is calculated from the diffuse reflectance spectrum and is found to be 2.1 eV and 1.8 eV for KBiO3 and LiBiO3, respectively. The band gap and the crystal structure data suggest that these materials can be used as photocatalysts. The photocatalytic activity of KBiO3 and LiBiO3 are evaluated for the degradation of anionic and cationic dyes, respectively, under UV and solar radiations.

  7. Pressureless reactive sintering mechanism of nanocrystalline Bi2O3-Y2O3 solid electrolyte

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    2006-01-01

    The nanocrystalline Bi2O3-Y2O3 solid electrolyte material was synthesized by pressureless reactive sintering process with Bi2O3 and Y2O3 nano mixed powder as raw materials, which was prepared by a chemical coprecipitation process. The study on the behavior of nano δ-Bi2O3 formation and its grain growth showed that the solid solution reaction of Y2O3 and β-Bi2O3 to form δ-Bi2O3occurs mainly in the initial stage of sintering process, and nano δ-Bi2O3 crystal grains grow approximately following the rule of paracurve ((D-D0)2=K.t) during sintering process. After sintered at 600℃ for 2 h, the samples could reach above 96% in relative density and have dense microstructure with few remaining pores, the δ-Bi2O3 grains are less than 100 nm in size.

  8. Averaged Electroencephalic Audiometry in Infants

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    Lentz, William E.; McCandless, Geary A.

    1971-01-01

    Normal, preterm, and high-risk infants were tested at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months of age using averaged electroencephalic audiometry (AEA) to determine the usefulness of AEA as a measurement technique for assessing auditory acuity in infants, and to delineate some of the procedural and technical problems often encountered. (KW)

  9. Dielectric Properties of Dy2O3 -Doped ( Ba, Sr) TiO3 Ceramics

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    Huang Xinyou; Gao Chunhua; Chen Xiangchong; Zheng Xialian; Huang Guojun; Liu Huiping

    2004-01-01

    The effects of Dy2O3 doping on the dielectric properties of (Ba, Sr)TiO3 series capacitor ceramics prepared using solid-state reaction method were studied. With the increasing of Dy2O3 additive , the dielectric constant (ε) of materials increases to a maximum when w(Dy2O3 ) is about 0.5% ,while the dielectric loss(tanδ) decreases. The BST ceramics with highε ( = 5245 ), low tanδ ( = 0. 0026 ) and high DC breakdown voltage ( = 5.5 mV ·m-1 ) were obtained. The influencing mechanism of Dy2O3 on the dielectric properties of (Ba, Sr)TiO3 ceramics was studied, thus providing the basis for preparation of capacitor ceramics.

  10. Interfacial Ferromagnetism in LaNiO3/CaMnO3 Superlattices

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    Grutter, Alexander J.; Yang, Hao; Kirby, B. J.; Fitzsimmons, M. R.; Aguiar, Jeffery A.; Browning, Nigel D.; Jenkins, C. A.; Arenholz, Elke; Mehta, V. V.; Alaan, U. S.; Suzuki, Y.

    2013-08-01

    We observe interfacial ferromagnetism in superlattices of the paramagnetic metal LaNiO3 and the antiferromagnetic insulator CaMnO3. LaNiO3 exhibits a thickness dependent metal-insulator transition and we find the emergence of ferromagnetism to be coincident with the conducting state of LaNiO3. That is, only superlattices in which the LaNiO3 layers are metallic exhibit ferromagnetism. Using several magnetic probes, we have determined that the ferromagnetism arises in a single unit cell of CaMnO3 at the interface. Together these results suggest that ferromagnetism can be attributed to a double exchange interaction among Mn ions mediated by the adjacent itinerant metal.

  11. Interfacial ferromagnetism in LaNiO3/CaMnO3 superlattices.

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    Grutter, A J; Yang, H; Kirby, B J; Fitzsimmons, M R; Aguiar, J A; Browning, N D; Jenkins, C A; Arenholz, E; Mehta, V V; Alaan, U S; Suzuki, Y

    2013-08-23

    We observe interfacial ferromagnetism in superlattices of the paramagnetic metal LaNiO3 and the antiferromagnetic insulator CaMnO3. LaNiO3 exhibits a thickness dependent metal-insulator transition and we find the emergence of ferromagnetism to be coincident with the conducting state of LaNiO3. That is, only superlattices in which the LaNiO3 layers are metallic exhibit ferromagnetism. Using several magnetic probes, we have determined that the ferromagnetism arises in a single unit cell of CaMnO3 at the interface. Together these results suggest that ferromagnetism can be attributed to a double exchange interaction among Mn ions mediated by the adjacent itinerant metal.

  12. Chemical stability of La2O3 in La2O3-Mo cathode materials

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    2001-01-01

    Chemical stability of La2O3 in carbonized and uncarbonized La2O3-Mo cathodes was studied by in-situ XPS analysis. Experimental results show that chemical stability of La2O3 is not good enough. In vacuum and at high temperature, oxygen can be dissociated from the lattice of La2O3 in the uncarbonized La2O3-Mo cathode. Binding energy shifts of La?3d5/2 and La?3d3/2 core peaks, and obvious decrease of satellite peak intensity in La?3d doublet with increasing temperature show that metallic La appears at carbonized La2O3-Mo cathode surface at high temperature.

  13. Vacancy induced metallicity at the CaHfO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Nazir, Safdar

    2011-03-31

    Density functional theory is used to study the electronic properties of the oxide heterointerfaceCaHfO3/SrTiO3. Structural relaxation is carried out with and without O vacancies. As compared to related interfaces, strongly reduced octahedral distortions are found. Stoichiometric interfaces between the wide band gap insulatorsCaHfO3 and SrTiO3 turn out to exhibit an insulating state. However, interface metallicity is introduced by O vacancies, in agreement with experiment. The reduced octahedral distortions and necessity of O deficiency indicate a less complicated mechanism for the creation of the interfacial electron gas.

  14. 2002 Average Monthly Sea Surface Temperature for California

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The NOAA/ NASA AVHRR Oceans Pathfinder sea surface temperature data are derived from the 5-channel Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometers (AVHRR) on board the...

  15. 2003 Average Monthly Sea Surface Temperature for California

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  16. 1996 Average Monthly Sea Surface Temperature for California

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  17. 2000 Average Monthly Sea Surface Temperature for California

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  18. (Pb,Cd)-O covalency in PbTiO3-CdTiO3 with enhanced negative thermal expansion.

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    Wang, Fangfang; Xie, Ying; Chen, Jun; Fu, Honggang; Xing, Xianran

    2014-03-21

    Recently experiments have found that negative thermal expansion is a common phenomenon in PbTiO3-based materials, and their negative thermal expansion is affected by various substitutions. Interestingly, Cd substitution in PbTiO3 has a unique effect in enhancing negative thermal expansion compared with any other A-site substitutions. Therefore, studying Cd substitution in PbTiO3, the role of which still remains unclear, would bring us deeper understanding on the nature of the negative thermal expansion of PbTiO3-based materials. Structure calculations, density of states, Bader analysis and the minimum electron density of Pb1-xCdxTiO3 supercells have been reported on the chemical bond through first-principles calculations here. We found that the hybridization between (Pb,Cd)-O orbitals exists in tetragonal phase. Furthermore, the hybridization between Cd-O orbitals is stronger than that between Pb-O orbitals, and Cd-O covalency promotes the average A-site hybridization. Simultaneously, the average bulk coefficient of thermal expansion is negative and inversely proportional to the Cd substitution amount. So, (Pb,Cd)-O covalency in the tetragonal Pb1-xCdxTiO3 is responsible for the nature of enhanced negative thermal expansion in accordance with our previous experimental investigations.

  19. Relationship of surface O3 to large-scale circulation patterns during two recent winters

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    Mao, Huiting; Talbot, Robert

    2004-03-01

    We demonstrate a direct connection between large-scale circulation patterns and surface O3 using atmospheric observations obtained during winters 2002 and 2003. Measurements at two rural sites in the northeastern U.S. revealed that median mixing ratios of O3 in winter 2003 were increased by up to 80% compared to 2002, and greatly exceeded previous spring annual maximums. To explain this we propose that strong meridional flows in winter 2003 frequently transported O3-rich mid-tropospheric air masses from high latitudes to the northeastern U.S. while cooling regional climate 4.4°C below normal. Our measurements also show that an exceptionally elevated spring O3 maximum occurred in 2003. The impact from this winter enhancement on the levels of O3 and other species during the following months will be largely driven by actual climatic conditions.

  20. Preparation of Spherical Bi2O3 Powder by Plasma and Precipitation Processes

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    Chen Peirong; Ji Youzhang; Feng Shifen

    2005-01-01

    Spherical Bi2O3 powder prepared by plasma chemical vapor reaction and aqueous chemical precipitation is studied. The superfine spherical Bi2O3 powder with an average diameter of 1 μm is made by plasma process. During the precipitation process, the micrograph of the Bi2O3 powder can be controlled through the reaction temperature, the rate of addition of the precipitation reagent, the reaction time and the amount of the dispersant. Accordingly, spherical Bi2O3 powder with diameters ranging from 2 μm to 3 μm is prepared. The spherical Bi2 O3particles have such advantages as uniform size distribution and excellent dispersing property.ZnO varistors made from the resultant powder exhibit properties of a low discharge voltage ratio,great eligibility coefficient measured by a rectangle wave of 2 ms 800 A and good stability in the above characteristics.

  1. Wettability of silicon carbide ceramic by Al2O3/Dy2O3 and Al2O3/Yb2O3 systems

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    J.A.da Silva; B.M.Moreschi; G.C.R.Garcia; S.Ribeiro

    2013-01-01

    Wettability is an important phenomenon in the liquid phase sintering of silicon carbide (SiC) ceramics.This work involved a study of the wetting of SiC ceramics by two oxide systems,Al2O3/Dy2O3 and Al2O3/Yb2O3,which have so far not been studied for application in the sintering of SiC ceramics.Five mixtures of each system were prepared,with different compositions close to their respective eutectic ones.Samples of the mixtures were pressed into cylindrical specimens,which were placed on a SiC plate and subjected to temperatures above their melting points using a graphite resistance furnace.The behavior of the melted mixtures on the SiC plate was observed by means of an imaging system using a CCD camera and the sessile drop method was employed to determine the contact angle,the parameter that measures the degree of wettability.The results of variation in the contact angle as a function of temperature were plotted in graphic form which showed that the curves displayed a fast decline and good spreading.All the samples of the two systems presented final contact angles of 40° to 10° indicating their good wetting on SiC in the argon atmosphere.The melted/solidified area and interface between SiC and melted/solidified phase were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and their crystalline phases were identified by X-ray diffraction (DRX).The DRX analysis showed that Al2O3 and RE2O3 reacted and formed the Dy3Al5O12 (DyAg) and Yb3Al5O12 (YbAg) phases.The results indicated that the two systems had a promising potential as additives for the sintering of SiC ceramics.

  2. O(^3 p) Doped Helium Droplets

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    Brice, Joseph T.; Douberly, Gary E.

    2017-06-01

    Atomic oxygen (^3 P) is generated via thermolysis in a commerical thermal gas cracker (Mantis Ltd. MGC-75). Complexes with HCN were investigated to qualitatively assess the doping efficiency of O(^3 P) into a helium droplet. Theoretical calculations of a linear O \\cdot\\cdot\\cdot HCN (^3 Σ) complex at the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ level are consistent with the rotational constants extracted from the rotational substructure in the experimental spectra, and with dipole moments approximated from Stark spectra. The thermal source will be used to study reactions between O(^3 P) and hydrocarbons in helium droplets, and preliminary data on this topic will be presented.

  3. Frustration of Negative Capacitance in Al2O3/BaTiO3 Bilayer Structure

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Park, Min Hyuk; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Han Joon; Jeon, Woojin; Moon, Taehwan; Do Kim, Keum; Jeong, Doo Seok; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-01-01

    Enhancement of capacitance by negative capacitance (NC) effect in a dielectric/ferroelectric (DE/FE) stacked film is gaining a greater interest. While the previous theory on NC effect was based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory, this work adopted a modified formalism to incorporate the depolarization effect to describe the energy of the general DE/FE system. The model predicted that the SrTiO3/BaTiO3 system will show a capacitance boost effect. It was also predicted that the 5 nm-thick Al2O3/150 nm-thick BaTiO3 system shows the capacitance boost effect with no FE-like hysteresis behavior, which was inconsistent with the experimental results; the amorphous-Al2O3/epitaxial-BaTiO3 system showed a typical FE-like hysteresis loop in the polarization – voltage test. This was due to the involvement of the trapped charges at the DE/FE interface, originating from the very high field across the thin Al2O3 layer when the BaTiO3 layer played a role as the NC layer. Therefore, the NC effect in the Al2O3/BaTiO3 system was frustrated by the involvement of reversible interface charge; the highly stored charge by the NC effect of the BaTiO3 during the charging period could not be retrieved during the discharging process because integral part of the polarization charge was retained within the system as a remanent polarization.

  4. Resistance switching at the interface of LaAlO3/SrTiO3

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    Chen, Yunzhong; Zhao, J.L.; Sun, J.R.

    2010-01-01

    At the interface of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 with film thickness of 3 unit cells or greater, a reproducible electric-field-induced bipolar resistance switching of the interfacial conduction is observed on nanometer scale by a biased conducting atomic force microscopy under vacuum environment. The switching...

  5. Growing LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces by sputter deposition

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    Dildar, I.M.; Neklyudova, M.; Xu, Q.; Zandbergen, H.W.; Harkema, S.; Boltje, D.; Aarts, J.

    2015-01-01

    Sputter deposition of oxide materials in a high-pressure oxygen atmosphere is a well-known technique to produce thin films of perovskite oxides in particular. Also interfaces can be fabricated, which we demonstrated recently by growing LaAlO3 on SrTiO3 substrates and showing that the interface showe

  6. Oxidation Resistance of Fe-13Cr Alloy with Micro-Laminated (ZrO2-Y2O3)/(Al2O3-Y2O3) Films

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    Yao Mingming; He Yedong; Wang Deren; Gao Wei

    2005-01-01

    The micro-laminated (ZrO2-Y2O3)/(Al2O3-Y2O3) composite films were prepared on the surface of Fe-13Cr alloy by an electrochemical process and a sintering process alternately. High-resolution field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) was used to characterize the laminated films, indicating that the micro-laminated (ZrO2-Y2O3)/(Al2O3-Y2O3) films have nano-structures. SEM, EDS and mass gain measurement were adopted to study the oxidation resistance of films on Fe-13Cr alloy. It is proved that such micro-laminated films are more effective than ZrO2-Y2O3 or Al2O3-Y2O3 films to resist the oxidation of the alloy, and the oxidation resistance is increased with increasing layers in micro-laminated films. These beneficial effects can be contributed to the mechanism, by which such micro-laminated (ZrO2-Y2O3)/(Al2O3-Y2O3) composite film combines all the beneficial effects and overcomes all the disadvantages of both ZrO2-Y2O3 film and Al2O3-Y2O3 film during oxidation of alloy.

  7. Thermodynamic Assessment of the Y2o3-yb2o3-zro2 System

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.; Liu, Zi-Kui; Kaufman, Larry; Zhang, Fan

    2002-01-01

    Yttria-zirconia (Y2O3-ZrO2) is the most widely used of the rare earth oxide-zirconia systems. There are numerous experimental studies of the phase boundaries in this system. In this paper, we assess these data and derive parameters for the solution models in this system. There is current interest in other rare earth oxide-zirconia systems as well as systems with several rare earth oxides and zirconia, which may offer improved properties over the Y2O3-ZrO2 system. For this reason, we also assess the ytterbia-zirconia (Yb2O3-ZrO2) and Y2O3-Yb2O3-ZrO2 system.

  8. Assessment of Ga2O3 technology

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    2016-09-15

    architecture [60]. ....................................................................... 10 Figure 5: Photograph of 4-inch diameter Ga2O3 wafer...breakdown voltages can provide orders of magnitude reduction in system size, cost and weight. Figure 4: A More-Electric Aircraft (MEA) architecture [60...Technology base is narrowly located in Japan . Mainstream technology. Czochralski • Mature technology base. • Crucible-free crystal growth

  9. Investigation of dielectric properties of La0.33NbO3 ceramics

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    Mondal, Tanusree; Sarun, P. M.; Das, Sayantani; Sinha, T. P.

    2015-06-01

    La0.33NbO3 ceramics was prepared via conventional solid-state reaction method. Structural analysis show the existence of single phase of La0.33NbO3 has been synthesized with an average particle size of 2 µm - 4 µm estimated from FESEM image. Detailed investigation on the dielectric properties and AC conductivity of the La0.33NbO3 ceramics in a wide range of frequency (800 Hz - 5 MHz) and temperatures (30 °C - 300 °C) revealed that these properties are strongly temperature and frequency dependent.

  10. The first-principles study of ferroelectric behaviours of PbTiO3/SrTiO3 and BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices

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    Zhu Zhen-Ye; Wang Biao; Wang Hai; Zheng Yue; Li Qing-Kun

    2007-01-01

    We have performed the first-principles calculation to investigate the origins of ferroelectricities and different polarization behaviours of superlattices BaTiO3/SrTiO3 and PbTiO3/SrTiO3- The density of state (DOS) and electronic charge profiles show that there are strong hybridizations between atoms Ti and O and between atoms Pb and O which play very important roles in producing the ferroelectricities of superlattices BaTiO3/rTiO3 and PbTiO3/SrTiO3. Owing to the decline of internal electric field in SrTiO3 (ST) layer, the tetragonality and polarizations of superlattices decrease with increasing the fraction of SrTiO3 in the superlattices. We find that the polarization of PbTiO3/SrTiO3 is largerthan that of BaTiO3/SrTiO3 at the same ratio of components, because the polarization mismatch between PbTiO3 and SrTiO3 is larger than that between BaTiO3 and SrTiO3. The polarization and tetragonality are enhanced with respect to those of bulk tetragonal BaTiO3 in the superlattices BaTiO3/SrTiO3, while the polarization and tetragonality are reduced with respect to those of bulk tetragonal PbTiO3 in superlattices PbTiO3/SrTiO3.

  11. Effect of Sr and Ce on Synthesis of Nanometer Perovskite LaMnO3

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    翁端; 吴晓东; 徐鲁华; 丁红梅; 陈震

    2003-01-01

    Nanometer perovskite LaMnO3+λ, La0.6Ce0.4MnO3+λ and La0.6Sr0.4MnO3+λ were prepared by citric acid-aided sol-gel method. The effects of Ce, Sr on the structure and properties of nanometer perovskite were studied through DT-TGA, XRD, TEM and BET analyses. The results show that, by sol-gel method, LaMnO3+λ, La0.6Ce0.4MnO3+λ and La0.6Sr0.4MnO3+λ were made with average particle size of about 60, 100 and 30 nm, respectively. After partially substituting Sr on La positions in LaMnO3+λ, it is found that Sr is located at the perovskite lattice so as to reduce the formation temperature of the perovskite. As a result, the perovskite has a smaller particle size and larger specific surface area. On the contrary, it is difficult for Ce to enter the perovskite lattice. Ce exists mostly in the form of CeO2 as partially substituting La in LaMnO3+λ. The formation temperature of the perovskite increases, and the catalyst containing CeO2 presents a larger particle size and less specific surface area.

  12. Porous Cube-like In2O3 Nanoparticles and Their Sensing Characteristics toward Ethanol

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    Chih-Chia HUANG; Chen-Sheng YEH

    2008-01-01

    Porous cube-like crystalline In2O3 nanoparticles with an average diagonal length of 34.8 nm were fabricated by a laser ablation-reflux process to form In(OH)3, followed by a calcination treatment to yield porous In2O3. HRTEM (high-resolution transmission electronic microscopy), XRD (X-ray diffraction), BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller), and XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) analysis were used to characterize their crystalline structures, grain sizes, surface areas, and surface compositions. The as-prepared porous indium oxides were tested for their sensing properties toward ethanol. Non-porous In2O3 nanopowder (about 40 nm) was also examined in order to compare the results with the as-prepared porous In2O3 nanomaterials. The porous In2O3 exhibited much better performance than that of non-porosus In2O3, and showed enhanced sensitivity with a lower detection limit than other reported In2O3-based materials when exposed to ethanol. Good gas sensitivity and linear behavior as a function of ethanol concentration were observed in the porous In2O3 nanoparticles.

  13. High-pressure behavior of beta-Ga2O3 nanocrystals

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    Wang, H.; He, Y.; Chen, W.

    2010-01-01

    Freestanding nanocrystalline beta-Ga2O3 particles with an average grain size of 14 nm prepared by chemical method was investigated by angle-dispersive synchrotron x-ray diffraction in diamond-anvil cell up to 64.9 GPa at ambient temperature. The evolution of x-ray diffraction patterns indicated...... that nanocrystalline monoclinic beta-Ga2O3 underwent a phase transition to rhombohedral alpha-Ga2O3. It was found that beta- to alpha-Ga2O3 transition began at about 13.6-16.4 GPa, and extended up to 39.2 GPa. At the highest pressure used, only alpha-Ga2O3 was present, which remained after pressure release. A Birch......-Murnaghan fit to the P-V data yielded a zero-pressure bulk modulus at fixed B-0(')=4: B-0=228(9) GPa and B-0=333(19) GPa for beta-Ga2O3 and alpha-Ga2O3 phases, respectively. We compared our results with bulk beta-Ga2O3, and concluded that the phase-transition pressure and bulk modulus of nanocrystalline beta...

  14. A first-principles study of chlorine adsorption characteristics on -Cr2O3 nanostructures

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    V Nagarajan; R Chandiramouli

    2015-10-01

    The structural stability, electronic and adsorption properties of chlorine on pristine, Zn, W and N-substituted -Cr2O3 nanostructures are successfully optimized and simulated with the help of density functional theory utilizing B3LYP/ LanL2DZ basis set. The structural stability of -Cr2O3 nanostructures are discussed in terms of formation energy. The electronic properties of pristine, Zn, W and N-substituted -Cr2O3 nanostructures are described with HOMO-LUMO gap, ionization potential and electron affinity. Dipole moment and point symmetry group of pristine, Zn, W and N-substituted -Cr2O3 nanostructures are reported. The adsorption characteristics of Cl2 on -Cr2O3 materials are investigated and the prominent adsorption sites of Cl2 on -Cr2O3 nanostructures are identified. The important parameters such as adsorbed energy, energy gap, average energy gap variation and Mulliken population analysis are used to find the favourable adsorption site of Cl2 on -Cr2O3 base material. The substitution of impurities such as Zn, W and N in -Cr2O3 nanostructures enhances the Cl2 adsorption characteristics in the mixed gas environment.

  15. Structural and Physical Properties of Fe2O3-B2O3-V2O5 Glasses

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    Virender Kundu

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The structural and physical properties of xFe2O3-(40-x B2O3-60V2O5  (0≤x≤20 glass system have been investigated. The samples were prepared by normal melt-quench technique. The structural changes were inferred by means of FTIR by monitoring the infrared (IR spectra in the spectral range 600–4000 cm-1. The absence of boroxol ring (806 cm-1 in the present glass system suggested that these glasses consist of randomly connected BO3 and BO4 units. The conversion of BO3 to BO4 and VO5 to VO4 tetrahedra along with the formation of non-bridging oxygen's (NBOs attached to boron and vanadium takes place in the glasses under investigation. The density and molar volume of the present glass system were found to depend on Fe2O3 content. DC conductivity of the glass system has been determined in the temperature range 310–500 K. It was found that the general behavior of electrical conductivity was similar for all glass compositions and found to increase with increasing iron content. The parameters such as activation energy, average separation between transition metal ions (TMIs, polaron radius, and so forth have been calculated in adiabatic region and are found consistent with Mott's model of phonon-assisted polaronic hopping.

  16. Global solar irradiation in Italy during 1994 : monthly average daily values for 1614 sites estimated from Meteosat images; Radiazione solare globale al suolo in Italia nel 1994 : valori medi mensili per 1.614 localita` italiane stimate a partire dalle immagini fornite dal satellite Meteosat

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    Cogliani, E.; Mancini, M.; Petrarca, S.; Spinelli, F. [ENEA, Centro Ricerche Casaccia, Rome (Italy). Dip. Energia

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    The global solar radiation over Italy is estimated from Meteosat secondary images in the visible band. The stimation method relies on the fact that the cloud cover on a given area of the Earth`s surface statistically determines the amount of solar radiation falling on that area. Estimated values of the monthly average daily global radiation on a horizontal surface for the 1994 have been compared with values computed from data measured by the stations of the two Italian radiation networks: the Meteorological Service of the Italian Air Force and the National Agrometeorological Network (a total of 36 stations have been considered). The mean percentage difference between estimated and computed values over the year is 6 per cent. In the present report, the monthly maps of radiation over Italy and the estimated monthly average daily values for over 1600 sites (having more than 10,000 inhabitants) are given. In the yearly reports to be issued in the years to come, maps and mean values over the period starting with 1994 will be given as well.

  17. Assessment of the interannual variability and impact of the QBO and upwelling on tracer-tracer distributions of N2O and O3 in the tropical lower stratosphere

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    F. Olschewski

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available A modified form of tracer-tracer correlations of N2O and O3 has been used as a tool for the evaluation of atmospheric photochemical models. Applying this method monthly averages of N2O and O3 are derived for both hemispheres by partitioning the data into altitude (or potential temperature bins and then averaging over a fixed interval of N2O. In a previous study, the method has been successfully applied to the validation of two Chemical Transport Models (CTMs and one Chemistry-Climate Model (CCM using 1-year climatology derived from the Odin Sub Millimetre Radiometer (Odin/SMR. However, the applicability of a 1-year climatology of monthly averages of N2O and O3 has been questioned due to the inability of some CCMs to simulate a specific year for the evaluation of CCMs. In this study, satellite measurements from Odin/SMR, the Aura Microwave Limb Sounder (Aura/MLS, the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding on ENVISAT (ENVISAT/MIPAS, and the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere (CRISTA-1 and CRISTA-2 as well as model simulations from the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM are considered. By using seven to eight years of satellite measurements derived between 2003 and 2010 from Odin/SMR, Aura/MLS, ENVISAT/MIPAS and six years of model simulations from WACCM the interannual variability of lower stratospheric monthly averages of N2O and O3 is assessed. It is shown that the interannual variability of the monthly averages of N2O and O3 is low and thus can be easily distinguished from model deficiencies. Further, it is investigated why large differences between Odin/SMR observations and model simulations from the Karlsruhe Simulation Model of the Middle Atmosphere (KASIMA and the atmospheric general circulation model ECHAM5/Messy1 are found for the Northern and Southern Hemisphere tropics (0° to 30° N and 0° to −30° S, respectively. The differences between model simulations and

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

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    Jianlan Cui

    2015-01-01

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

  19. Chemistry of the Fe2O3/BiFeO3 Interface in BiFeO3 Thin Film Heterostructures

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    Valanoor Nagarajan

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the interfacial chemistry of secondary Fe2O3 phases formed in a BiFeO3 (BFO layer in BFO/ La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO/SrTiO3 (STO heterostructures. A combination of high-resolution spherical aberration corrected scanning TEM and spectroscopy results, reveals that specific chemical and crystallographic similarities between Fe2O3 and BFO, enable the BFO layer to form a facile host for Fe2O3.

  20. Research on Y2O3:Eu Phosphor Coated with In2O3

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    2007-01-01

    Y2O3:Eu red phosphor for FED application was prepared by high temperature solid-state reaction. The In2O3 coating by precipitation method to the phosphor was applied and the analyses of XRD, Zeta potential, SEM, EDS and low voltage cathodoluminescence (CL) were conducted for investigating the coating effect. The results showed that In2O3 coating promoted the low voltage CL of the phosphor efficiently. The promotion was possibly due to the enhancement of the surface conductivity of the phosphor grains.

  1. Influences of Al2O3 grain size on high-temperature oxidation of nano-Ni/Al2O3 composites

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    Hai Vu Pham

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Two 5 vol% Ni/Al2O3 composites with the difference in Al2O3 grain size were fabricated by pulsed electric current sintering technique to investigate the influence of Al2O3 grain size on oxidation behavior of the composites. Average Al2O3 grain sizes of two fabricated composites were 1.1 μm and 0.5 μm after sintering. Oxidation tests were conducted at temperatures ranging from 1100 to 1350 °C for 1–48 h in air. A thin NiAl2O4 layer was observed in exposed surface of samples after oxidation. An oxidized zone that consisted of Al2O3 matrix and NiAl2O4 grains was defined. Growth of the oxidized zone obeyed the parabolic law. Influences of Al2O3 grain size on high-temperature oxidation of the composites were discussed.

  2. Aggregation and stability of Fe2O3:Influence of humic acid concentration, Fe2O3 concentration and pH

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    Ahmad, Nur Suraya; Radiman, Shahidan; Yaacob, Wan Zuhairi Wan

    2016-11-01

    The scenario of released nanoparticles from consumer product into the environment especially natural waters are increased concern nowadays. Assessing their aggregation and stability under environmental conditions are important to determining their fate and behavior in natural waters. The aggregation behavior of Fe2O3 nanoparticles (NPs) was investigated at variable concentration of humic acid, Fe2O3 NPs concentration and pH variation in solution using dynamic light scattering to measure their z-average hydrodynamic diameter and zeta potential value. The stability are then evaluated by assessing their aggregation and disaggregation. Increasing humic acid concentration induced the disaggregation of Fe2O3 NPs. At a lower concentrations of Fe2O3 (5) of solution induced disaggregation of suspensions and make it stable in the solution. TEM imaging have confirmed that Fe2O3 NPs aggregate and disaggregate in the presence of humic acid. Our study result shows that aggregation and stability of Fe2O3 NPs were depends on concentration of humic acid, concentration of NPs itself and the pH of the solutions.

  3. Research on Glass Forming Ability of Er2O3 -Al2O3 -B2O3 -SiO2 System

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    Zhang Qitu; Fu Zhenxiao; Ni Yaru; Lu Chunhua; Xu Zhongzi

    2004-01-01

    The glass forming range of Er2O3-Al2O3-B2O3-SiO2 system was explored, and the effect of the content of Al2 O3 and Er2 O3 on glass-forming region was experimentally examined. It is shown that the region of glass formation range expends when the content of Al2O3 is changed from 15% to 20%, while it shrinks when the content of Er2O3 is changed from 20% to 30%. At the same time, the glass forming ability of Er2O3-Al2O3-B2O3-SiO2 system was also discussed using a value of β, which is an indication of crystallization tendency of glasses, calculated from thermo-analysis data. It is found that the glass forming ability of Er2O3-Al2O3-B2O3- SiO2 glasses is poor, while the glasses network may be enhanced when Al2O3 is added to the system, the glass forming ability being heightened. In addition, the crystallization temperatures of the rare earth glasses were determined using differential thermal analysis technique. The Er2O3-Al2O;-B2O3-SiO2 glass samples were heat treated at 1000,1100 and 1260℃ respectively. The results show that it is the Er2O3 phase that separates out from the glasses after crystaline heat treatment, and it is tiered up in glasses, as detected through XRD and SEM. This indicates that the phase separation occurs when the glasses are heated, Er3+ being mainly distributed in the boron rich phase, then separated out from glasses, while the silicate rich phase remaining glassy state.

  4. Transport properties of a quasi-two-dimensional electron system formed in LaAlO3/EuTiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures

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    De Luca, G. M.; Di Capua, R.; Di Gennaro, E.; Granozio, F. Miletto; Stornaiuolo, D.; Salluzzo, M.; Gadaleta, A.; Pallecchi, I.; Marrè, D.; Piamonteze, C.; Radovic, M.; Ristic, Z.; Rusponi, S.

    2014-06-01

    We study the structural, magnetic, and transport properties of LaAlO3/EuTiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures grown by pulsed laser deposition. The samples are characterized in situ by electron diffraction and scanning probe microscopy and ex situ by transport measurements and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. LaAlO3/EuTiO3/SrTiO3 films show a ferromagnetic transition at T ≤7.5 K, related to the ordering of Eu2+ spins, even in samples characterized by just two EuTiO3 unit cells. A finite metallic conductivity is observed only in the case of samples composed by one or two EuTiO3 unit cells and, simultaneously, by a LaAlO3 thickness greater than or equal to four unit cells. The effect of ferromagnetic EuTiO3 on the transport properties of δ-doped LaAlO3/EuTiO3/SrTiO3 is critically discussed.

  5. FoxO3 induces reversible cardiac atrophy and autophagy in a transgenic mouse model.

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    Schips, Tobias G; Wietelmann, Astrid; Höhn, Katharina; Schimanski, Silvia; Walther, Paul; Braun, Thomas; Wirth, Thomas; Maier, Harald J

    2011-09-01

    The transcription factor FoxO3 contributes to anti-hypertrophic signalling in the heart presumably by regulating autophagic-lysosomal and ubiquitin-proteasomal pathways. We wanted to study FoxO3 function in the adult heart in vivo by expressing a constitutively active mutant of FoxO3 in transgenic mice. We generated transgenic mice in which a tetracycline-regulated constitutively active FoxO3 transgene (FoxO3-CA) is controlled by the heart-specific α-myosin heavy chain promoter. Cardiac-specific expression in adult mice resulted in a decrease in heart weight by 25% and a reduction in stroke volume and cardiac output. The decrease in heart size was due to a reduction in the size of individual cardiomyocytes, whereas there was no evidence for increased cell death. FoxO3 activation was accompanied by the initiation of a foetal gene programme with increased expression of β-myosin heavy chain and natriuretic peptides, and by the activation of AKT and mammalian target of rapamycin signalling. As shown by electron microscopy, FoxO3-CA massively stimulated destruction of sarcomeres and autophagy, and induced expression of LC3-II and BNIP3. When FoxO3-CA expression was shut off in affected mice, cardiac atrophy and dysfunction as well as molecular markers were normalized within 1 month. FoxO3-CA expression did not counteract hypertrophy induced by transverse aortic constriction. Heart-specific expression of constitutively active FoxO3 leads to reversible heart atrophy. The reversibility of the phenotype suggests a remarkable ability of the adult myocardium to respond to different regulatory cues.

  6. O(3)-invariant tunneling in general relativity

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    Berezin, V.A.; Tkachev, I.I.; Kuzmin, V.A.

    1988-06-30

    We derived a general formula for the action for any O(3)-invariant tunneling processes in false vacuum decay in general relativity. The general classification of the bubble euclidean trajectories is elaborated and explicit expressions for bounces for some processes like the vacuum creation of a double bubble in particular in the vicinity of a black hole, the subbarrier creation of the Einstein-Rosen bridge, creation from nothing of two Minkowski worlds connected by a shell, etc., are given.

  7. Schottky contacts to In2O3

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    H. von Wenckstern

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available n-type binary compound semiconductors such as InN, InAs, or In2O3 are especial because the branch-point energy or charge neutrality level lies within the conduction band. Their tendency to form a surface electron accumulation layer prevents the formation of rectifying Schottky contacts. Utilizing a reactive sputtering process in an oxygen-containing atmosphere, we demonstrate Schottky barrier diodes on indium oxide thin films with rectifying properties being sufficient for space charge layer spectroscopy. Conventional non-reactive sputtering resulted in ohmic contacts. We compare the rectification of Pt, Pd, and Au Schottky contacts on In2O3 and discuss temperature-dependent current-voltage characteristics of Pt/In2O3 in detail. The results substantiate the picture of oxygen vacancies being the source of electrons accumulating at the surface, however, the position of the charge neutrality level and/or the prediction of Schottky barrier heights from it are questioned.

  8. Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange on Bi2O3 and Ag2O-Bi2O3 Nano Photocatalysts

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    Seyed Ali Hosseini

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The photocatalytic activity of Bi2O3 and Ag2O-Bi2O3 was evaluated by degradation of aqueous methyl orange as a model dye effluent. Bi2O3 was synthesized using chemical precipitation method. Structural analysis revealed that Bi2O3 contain a unique well-crystallized phase and the average crystallite size of 22.4 nm. The SEM analysis showed that the size of Bi2O3 particles was mainly in the range of 16-22 nm. The most important variables affecting the photocatalytic degradation of dyes, namely reaction time, initial pH and catalyst dosage were studied, and their optimal amounts were found at 60 min, 5.58 and 0.025 g, respectively. A good correlation was found between experimental and predicted responses, confirming the reliability of the model. Incorporation of Ag2O in the structure of composite caused decreasing band gap and its response to visible light. Because a high percentage of sunlight is visible light, hence Ag2O-Bi2O3 nano-composite could be used as an efficient visible light driven photocatalyst for degradation of dye effluents by sunlight. Copyright © 2017 BCREC GROUP. All rights reserved Received: 15th August 2016; Revised: 20th December 2016; Accepted: 21st December 2016 How to Cite: Hosseini, S.A., Saeedi, R. (2017. Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange on Bi2O3 and Ag2O-Bi2O3 Nano Photocatalysts. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 12 (1: 96-105 (doi:10.9767/bcrec.12.1.623.96-105 Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.12.1.623.96-105

  9. Wettability of Y2O3: A Relative Analysis of Thermally Oxidized, Reactively Sputtered and Template Assisted Nanostructured Coatings

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    Natarajan T. Manikandanath

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The wettability of reactively sputtered Y2O3, thermally oxidized Y-Y2O3 and Cd-CdO template assisted Y2O3 coatings has been studied. The wettability of as-deposited Y2O3 coatings was determined by contact angle measurements. The water contact angles for reactively sputtered, thermally oxidized and template assisted Y2O3 nanostructured coatings were 99°, 117° and 155°, respectively. The average surface roughness values of reactively sputtered, thermally oxidized and template assisted Y2O3 coatings were determined by using atomic force microscopy and the corresponding values were 3, 11 and 180 nm, respectively. The low contact angle of the sputter deposited Y2O3 and thermally oxidized Y-Y2O3 coatings is attributed to a densely packed nano-grain like microstructure without any void space, leading to low surface roughness. A water droplet on such surfaces is mostly in contact with a solid surface relative to a void space, leading to a hydrophobic surface (low contact angle. Surface roughness is a crucial factor for the fabrication of a superhydrophobic surface. For Y2O3 coatings, the surface roughness was improved by depositing a thin film of Y2O3 on the Cd-CdO template (average roughness = 178 nm, which resulted in a contact angle greater than 150°. The work of adhesion of water was very high for the reactively sputtered Y2O3 (54 mJ/m2 and thermally oxidized Y-Y2O3 coatings (43 mJ/m2 compared to the Cd-CdO template assisted Y2O3 coating (7 mJ/m2.

  10. Nature of weak magnetism in SrTiO3/LaAlO3 multilayers.

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    Salman, Z; Ofer, O; Radovic, M; Hao, H; Ben Shalom, M; Chow, K H; Dagan, Y; Hossain, M D; Levy, C D P; Macfarlane, W A; Morris, G M; Patthey, L; Pearson, M R; Saadaoui, H; Schmitt, T; Wang, D; Kiefl, R F

    2012-12-21

    We report the observation of weak magnetism in superlattices of LaAlO(3)/SrTiO(3) using β-detected nuclear magnetic resonance. The spin lattice relaxation rate of ^{8}Li in superlattices with a spacer layers of 8 and 6 unit cells of LaAlO(3) exhibits a strong peak near ~35 K, whereas no such peak is observed in a superlattice with spacer layer thickness of 3 unit cells. We attribute the observed temperature dependence to slowing down of weakly coupled electronic moments at the LaAlO(3)/SrTiO(3) interface. These results show that the magnetism at the interface depends strongly on the thickness of the spacer layer, and that a minimal thickness of ~4-6 unit cells is required for the appearance of magnetism. A simple model is used to determine that the observed relaxation is due to small fluctuating moments (~0.002μ(B)) in the two samples with a larger LaAlO(3) spacer thickness.

  11. Interfacial-layers-free Ga2O3(Gd2O3)/Ge MOS Diodes

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    Lee, C. H.; Lin, T. D.; Lee, K. Y.; Huang, M. L.; Tung, L. T.; Hong, M.; Kwo, J.

    2008-03-01

    High κ dielectric Ga2O3(Gd2O3) films were deposited directly on Ge by Molecular-Beam-Epitaxy without the employment of GeON interfacial layer. Excellent electrical properties, such as a high κ value of 14.5, a low leakage current density of only 3x10-9 A/cm^2 at Vfb+1V, and well-behaved CV characteristics, were demonstrated, even being subjected to a 500^oC annealing in N2 ambient for 5 min. An abrupt Ga2O3(Gd2O3)/Ge interface without any interfacial layer was revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy as well as in-situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Detailed XPS studies indicate that the oxide/Ge interface consists of mainly Ge-O-Gd bonding, distinctly different from that of native oxide. Furthermore, the 500^oC annealing did not change the chemical bonding, implying a great thermodynamic stability of the hetero-structure. The outstanding electrical and thermodynamic properties qualified Ga2O3(Gd2O3) as a promising dielectric for Ge and proved the GeON interfacial layer to be unnecessary.

  12. Probing the Physical Conditions of Supernova Ejecta with the Measured Sizes of Presolar Al2O3 Grains

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    A few particles of presolar Al2O3 grains with sizes above 0.5 mum are believed to have been produced in the ejecta of core-collapse supernovae (SNe). In order to clarify the formation condition of such large Al2O3 grains, we investigate the condensation of Al2O3 grains for wide ranges of the gas density and cooling rate. We first show that the average radius and condensation efficiency of newly formed Al2O3 grains are successfully described by a non-dimensional quantity "Lambda_on" defined as...

  13. Synthesis of bifunctional Gd2O3:Eu3+nanocrystals and their applications in biomedical imaging

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    吴燕利; 徐贤柱; 李倩兰; 阳如春; 丁海新; 肖强

    2015-01-01

    Ultrafine Gd2O3:Eu3+nanocrystals were successfully prepared by a simple reverse microemulsion method and subsequent calcination. Their structural, optical and magnetic properties were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmis-sion electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), photoluminescence (PL), and magnetic property measurement system (MPMS). The amorphous Gd2(CO3)3:Eu3+colloidal spheres were proved as an intermediate product, and gradually transformed into crystallized Gd2O3:Eu3+with average diameter less than 100 nm. The paramagnetic property of the synthesized Gd2O3:Eu3+nanocrystals were confirmed with its linear hysteresis plot (M-H). And Gd2O3:Eu3+nanocrystals showed high contrast T1-enhancing modality due to the presence of the Gd3+ ions onto the particle surface. In addition, the application of the Gd2O3:Eu3+nanocrystals as biotag for cell labeling was reported, red fluorescence from Eu3+ions observed by fluorescence micros-copy showed that the nanocrystals could permeate the cell membrane. Cytotoxicity studies of the Gd2O3:Eu3+nanocrystals showed no adverse effect on cell viability, evidencing their high biological compatibility. Therefore, the nanoprobe formed from Gd2O3:Eu3+nanocrystals provided the dual modality of optical and magnetic resonance imaging.

  14. Canopy-level stomatal narrowing in adult Fagus sylvatica under O3 stress - means of preventing enhanced O3 uptake under high O3 exposure?

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    Matyssek, R; Baumgarten, M; Hummel, U; Häberle, K-H; Kitao, M; Wieser, G

    2015-01-01

    Spatio-temporally consistent O(3) doses are demonstrated in adult Fagus sylvatica from the Kranzberg Forest free-air fumigation experiment, covering cross-canopy and whole-seasonal scopes through sap flow measurement. Given O(3)-driven closure of stomata, we hypothesized enhanced whole-tree level O(3) influx to be prevented under enhanced O(3) exposure. Although foliage transpiration rate was lowered under twice-ambient O(3) around noon by 30% along with canopy conductance, the hypothesis was falsified, as O(3) influx was raised by 25%. Nevertheless, the twice-ambient/ambient ratio of O(3) uptake was smaller by about 20% than that of O(3) exposure, suggesting stomatal limitation of uptake. The O(3) response was traceable from leaves across branches to the canopy, where peak transpiration rates resembled those of shade rather than sun branches. Rainy/overcast-day and nightly O(3) uptake is quantified and discussed. Whole-seasonal canopy-level validation of modelled with sap flow-derived O(3) flux becomes available in assessing O(3) risk for forest trees.

  15. Piezoelectric and Dielectric Properties of Multilayered BaTiO3/(Ba,Ca)TiO3/CaTiO3 Thin Films.

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    Zhu, Xiao Na; Gao, Ting Ting; Xu, Xing; Liang, Wei Zheng; Lin, Yuan; Chen, Chonglin; Chen, Xiang Ming

    2016-08-31

    Highly oriented multilayered BaTiO3-(Ba,Ca)TiO3-CaTiO3 thin films were fabricated on Nb-doped (001) SrTiO3 (Nb:STO) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The configurations of multilayered BaTiO3-(Ba,Ca)TiO3-CaTiO3 thin films are designed with the thickness ratio of 1:1:1 and 2:1:1 and total thickness ∼300 nm. Microstructural characterization by X-ray diffraction indicates that the as-deposited thin films are highly c-axis oriented and large in-plane strain is determined in BaTiO3 and CaTiO3 layers. Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) studies reveal an intense in-plane polarization component, whereas the out-of-plane shows inferior phase contrast. The optimized combination is found to be the BaTiO3-(Ba0.85Ca0.15)TiO3-CaTiO3 structure with combination ratio 2:1:1, which displays the largest domain switching amplitude under DC electric field, the largest room-temperature dielectric constant ∼646, a small dielectric loss of 0.03, and the largest dielectric tunability of ∼50% at 400 kV/cm. These results suggest that the enhanced dielectric and tunability performance are greatly associated with the large in-plane polarization component and domain switching.

  16. Conductivity of A- and B-site doped LaAlO3, LaGaO3, LaScO3 and LaInO3 perovskites

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    Lybye, D.; Poulsen, F.W.; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2000-01-01

    The conductivity of the materials LaAlO3, LaGaO3, LaScO3 and LaInO3 all doped with 10% strontium on the A-site and 10% magnesium at the B-site has been measured at different temperatures and oxygen partial pressures. The doped LaGaO3 is found to be an almost pure ionic conductor with a conductivi...

  17. Fabricating superconducting interfaces between artificially grown LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 thin films

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    Danfeng Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Realization of a fully metallic two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG at the interface between artificially grown LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 thin films has been an exciting challenge. Here we present for the first time the successful realization of a superconducting 2DEG at interfaces between artificially grown LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 thin films. Our results highlight the importance of two factors—the growth temperature and the SrTiO3 termination. We use local friction force microscopy and transport measurements to determine that in normal growth conditions the absence of a robust metallic state at low temperature in the artificially grown LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface is due to the nanoscale SrO segregation occurring on the SrTiO3 film surface during the growth and the associated defects in the SrTiO3 film. By adopting an extremely high SrTiO3 growth temperature, we demonstrate a way to realize metallic, down to the lowest temperature, and superconducting 2DEG at interfaces between LaAlO3 layers and artificially grown SrTiO3 thin films. This study paves the way to the realization of functional LaAlO3/SrTiO3 superlattices and/or artificial LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces on other substrates.

  18. Charge transfer and interfacial magnetism in (LaNiO3)n/(LaMnO3)2 superlattices

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    Hoffman, Jason; Tung, I. C.; Nelson-Cheeseman, Brittany; Liu, Ming; Freeland, John; Bhattacharya, Anand

    2013-01-01

    (LaNiO3)n/(LaMnO3)2 superlattices were grown using ozone-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, where LaNiO3 is a paramagnetic metal and LaMnO3 is an antiferromagnetic insulator. The superlattices exhibit excellent crystallinity and interfacial roughness of less than 1 unit cell. X-ray spectroscopy and dichroism measurements indicate that electrons are transferred from the LaMnO3 to the LaNiO3, inducing magnetism in LaNiO3. Magnetotransport measurements reveal a transition from metallic to insulati...

  19. Estudio de PMN cerámico dopado con KNbO3 y LiNbO3 sintetizado por Pechini

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    Cilense, M.

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available PMN belongs to a special class of materials named relaxor ferroelectrics. It has high volumetric efficiency due to its high dielectric constant, which makes it in a perfect material for application in multilayer capacitors. When prepared the columbite route its preparation has many advantages. In this work, the preparations of columbite and PMN were done by Pechini and Partial Oxalate methods, respectively. The effects of the KNbO3 and LiNbO3 dopants added in various concentrations. The idea is founded on the correlations that they have with BaTiO3 y PbTiO3, respectively. The whole process was supervised by TG/DTA, XRD, SEM and determination of the specific surface area of the powders. LiNbO3 carries out the pre-sinterization of the particles, observed by a reduction in the surface area. There are not particle grow, but occur its lengthening. However, for KNbO3 these particle growth, but the agglomerates are softer. The effect produced by the doping during the synthesis of the PMN powder is different from the one produced in the columbite precursor. Pure precursor shows an average particle size of 0,2μm, but the addition of 5,0mol% of dopants carries out the formation of agglomerates close to 4μm. LiNbO3 addition carries out spherical particles and pre-sinterization, while KNbO3 addition does not change the particles shape.El PMN pertenece a una clase especial de materiales conocido como ferroeléctricos relaxores. Posee gran eficacia volumétrica debido a su gran constante dieléctrica, siendo un perfecto candidato para la aplicación en capacitores multicapas. Su preparación es más ventajosa cuando se sintetiza por la ruta de la columbita. Las preparaciones de la columbita y del PMN se basaron en los métodos Pechini y Oxalato Parcial, respectivamente. Se ha estudiado los efectos de los dopantes KNbO3 y LiNbO3 añadidos a varias concentraciones. La idea esta basada en las correlaciones que estos tienen con BaTiO3 y PbTiO3, respectivamente

  20. Insulator-to-semiconductor transition of nanocrystalline BaTiO3 at temperatures ≤200 °C.

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    Guo, Xin

    2014-10-14

    As a classic dielectric material, BaTiO3 is one of the most important materials used in electronic applications. In this work, highly dense BaTiO3 ceramics with an average grain size of 35 nm were prepared, and dielectric and electrical properties were investigated. Microcrystalline BaTiO3 is an insulator at low temperatures; however, nanocrystalline BaTiO3 shows considerable semiconductivity with an activation energy of only 0.27 eV at temperatures ≤200 °C. At room temperature, the conductivity of nanocrystalline BaTiO3 is about fourteen orders of magnitude higher than that of the microcrystalline counterpart. Only by decreasing the grain size, one can transform BaTiO3 from an insulator to a semiconductor.

  1. Defect structure of zirconium oxide nanosized powders with Y2O3, Sc2O3, Cr2O3 impurities

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    Yurchenko, L.; I. Bykov; Vasylyev, A; Vereshchak, V.; Suchaneck, G.; Jastrabik, L.; Dejneka, A.

    2012-01-01

    Formation mechanisms of paramagnetic centers originating from Zr3+ and Cr3+ ions as well as the influence of composition of nanoparticles on thermogeneration processes of these paramagnetic centers in ZrO2 structure were studied. A set of nanosized powders of zirconium oxide was investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance method: nominally pure ZrO2; ZrO2 with Y2O3 and Sc2O3; ZrO2 with Cr2O3; ZrO2 with Y2O3 and Cr2O3. It is observed that the influence of annealing on EPR lines of Zr...

  2. Synthesis and characterization of LaFeO3/TiO2 nanocomposites for visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Dhinesh Kumar, R.; Thangappan, R.; Jayavel, R.

    2017-02-01

    LaFeO3/TiO2 nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method. The as-prepared nanoparticles were characterized by TGA, XRD, HRSEM, EDS, TEM, VSM and UV-Vis techniques. Thermal stability of the material was studied by thermal analysis. XRD studies confirm the orthorhombic and rutile phase for pure LaFeO3 and TiO2 nanoparticles. The LaFeO3/TiO2 composite shows the coexistence of LaFeO3 and TiO2 phases with no extra peaks. Morphological analysis shows the spherical nanoparticles and the average particle size of LaFeO3, TiO2 and LaFeO3/TiO2 was around 60 nm. The LaFeO3/TiO2 nanocomposites show a significant shift in the UV-vis absorption spectra in comparison with both TiO2 and LaFeO3 nanoparticles. The photocatalytic activity of the samples were tested for the degradation of methyl orange (MO) in aqueous solutions under visible light irradiations for 180 min. The LaFeO3/TiO2 composite exhibits enhanced visible light photocatalytic properties in comparison with that of LaFeO3 nanoparticles.

  3. Aggregation and Averaging.

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    Siegel, Irving H.

    The arithmetic processes of aggregation and averaging are basic to quantitative investigations of employment, unemployment, and related concepts. In explaining these concepts, this report stresses need for accuracy and consistency in measurements, and describes tools for analyzing alternative measures. (BH)

  4. MN Temperature Average (1961-1990) - Line

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    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources — This data set depicts 30-year averages (1961-1990) of monthly and annual temperatures for Minnesota. Isolines and regions were created using kriging and...

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  6. On Averaging Rotations

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    Gramkow, Claus

    1999-01-01

    In this article two common approaches to averaging rotations are compared to a more advanced approach based on a Riemannian metric. Very offten the barycenter of the quaternions or matrices that represent the rotations are used as an estimate of the mean. These methods neglect that rotations belong...... approximations to the Riemannian metric, and that the subsequent corrections are inherient in the least squares estimation. Keywords: averaging rotations, Riemannian metric, matrix, quaternion...

  7. Al2O3-based nanofluids: a review.

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    Sridhara, Veeranna; Satapathy, Lakshmi Narayan

    2011-07-16

    Ultrahigh performance cooling is one of the important needs of many industries. However, low thermal conductivity is a primary limitation in developing energy-efficient heat transfer fluids that are required for cooling purposes. Nanofluids are engineered by suspending nanoparticles with average sizes below 100 nm in heat transfer fluids such as water, oil, diesel, ethylene glycol, etc. Innovative heat transfer fluids are produced by suspending metallic or nonmetallic nanometer-sized solid particles. Experiments have shown that nanofluids have substantial higher thermal conductivities compared to the base fluids. These suspended nanoparticles can change the transport and thermal properties of the base fluid. As can be seen from the literature, extensive research has been carried out in alumina-water and CuO-water systems besides few reports in Cu-water-, TiO2-, zirconia-, diamond-, SiC-, Fe3O4-, Ag-, Au-, and CNT-based systems. The aim of this review is to summarize recent developments in research on the stability of nanofluids, enhancement of thermal conductivities, viscosity, and heat transfer characteristics of alumina (Al2O3)-based nanofluids. The Al2O3 nanoparticles varied in the range of 13 to 302 nm to prepare nanofluids, and the observed enhancement in the thermal conductivity is 2% to 36%.

  8. Properties and Structures of Bi2O3-B2O3-TeO2 Glass

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    Guoying Zhao; Ying Tian; Huiyan Fan; Junjie Zhang; Lili Hu

    2013-01-01

    Glass formation range of Bi2O3-B2O3-TeO2 system has been investigated (B2O3 ≤ 40 mol%).Four glasses with compositions xBi2O3-3OB2O3-(7O-x)TeO2 (x =40,50,60 and 70 mol%) have been prepared by using melt quenching technique.The effect of Bi2O3 content on thermal stability,optical properties and structures of these four Bi2O3-B2O3-TeO2 glasses is systematically investigated by inductive coupled plasma emission spectrometer (ICP),differential scanning calorimetry (DSC),Raman spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).It is found that the density,refractive index and optical basicity increase with increasing Bi2O3.The Raman spectra and XPS spectra show that the glass network is mainly constituted by the [BiO6]octahedron,[TeO4] trigonal bipyramidal,[TeO3] trigonal pyramid,[BO3] trigonal pyramid and [BO4] tetrahedron structural units.With increasing Bi2O3,the coordination number around B atom changes from 3 to 4 and [TeO4] units are converted to [TeO3] units.Bi5+ ions may exist in Bi2O3-B2O3-TeO2 (BBT) system and their amount grows with increasing Bi2O3 content.

  9. Synthesis, Structure, and Ethanol Gas Sensing Properties of In2O3 Nanorods Decorated with Bi2O3 Nanoparticles.

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    Park, Sunghoon; Kim, Soohyun; Sun, Gun-Joo; Lee, Chongmu

    2015-04-22

    Bi2O3-decorated In2O3 nanorods were synthesized using a one-step process, and their structure, as well as the effects of decoration of In2O3 nanorods with Bi2O3 on the ethanol gas-sensing properties were examined. The multiple networked Bi2O3-decorated In2O3 nanorod sensor showed responses of 171-1774% at ethanol concentrations of 10-200 ppm at 200 °C. The responses of the Bi2O3-decorated In2O3 nanorod sensor were stronger than those of the pristine-In2O3 nanorod sensors by 1.5-4.9 times at the corresponding concentrations. The two sensors exhibited short response times and long recovery times. The optimal Bi concentration in the Bi2O3-decorated In2O3 nanorod sensor and the optimal operation temperature of the sensor were 20% and 200 °C, respectively. The Bi2O3-decorated In2O3 nanorod sensor showed selectivity for ethanol gas over other gases. The origin of the enhanced response, sensing speed, and selectivity for ethanol gas of the Bi2O3-decorated In2O3 nanorod sensor to ethanol gas is discussed.

  10. Orbital configuration in CaTiO3 films on NdGaO3

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    Cao, Yanwei; Park, Se Young; Liu, Xiaoran; Choudhury, D.; Middey, S.; Meyers, D.; Kareev, M.; Shafer, P.; Arenholz, E.; Chakhalian, J.

    2016-10-01

    Despite its use as a constituent layer for realization of a polar metal and interfacial conductivity, the microscopic study of electronic structure of CaTiO3 is still very limited. Here, we epitaxially stabilized CaTiO3 films on NdGaO3 (110) substrates in a layer-by-layer way by pulsed laser deposition. The structural and electronic properties of the films were characterized by reflection-high-energy-electron-diffraction, X-ray diffraction, and element-specific resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy. To reveal the orbital polarization and the crystal field splitting of the titanium 3d state, X-ray linear dichroism was carried out on CaTiO3 films, demonstrating the orbital configuration of dxz/dyz < dxy < d3 z2-r2 < dx2-y2 . To further explore the origin of this configuration, we performed the first-principles density function theory calculations, which linked the orbital occupation to the on-site energy of Ti 3d orbitals. These findings can be important for understanding and designing exotic quantum states in heterostructures based on CaTiO3.

  11. Metal-insulator transitions in LaTiO3 / CaTiO3 superlattices

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    Seo, Sung Seok A.; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2010-03-01

    Strongly correlated electrons at an interface of complex oxide heterostructures often show interesting behaviors that require an introduction of new physical concepts. For example, the metallic transport behavior found in the superlattices of a Mott insulator LaTiO3 and a band insulator SrTiO3 (STO) has established the concept of interfacial electronic reconstruction. In this work, we have studied the transport property of a new type of Mott/band insulator LaTiO3/CaTiO3 (LTO/CTO) superlattices grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In order to rule out concerns about the PLD plume-triggered oxygen vacancies generated in STO substrates, which might influence transport measurement, and to investigate the effect of epitaxial strain, we have used insulating NdGaO3 substrates. While both LTO and CTO single films are highly insulating, we have observed intriguing metal-insulator transitions (MIT) in the LTO/CTO superlattices depending on the global LTO/CTO thickness ratio and temperature. (Note that LTO/STO superlattices are metallic at all temperatures (2-300 K)). In this talk, we will discuss the origin of the MIT in the scheme of self compensation mechanism of d-electrons at the hetero-interface between LTO and CTO.

  12. Structural and Magnetic Properties of LaCoO3/SrTiO3 Multilayers.

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    Zhang, Hongrui; Zhang, Jing; Yang, Huaiwen; Lan, Qianqian; Hong, Deshun; Wang, Shufang; Shen, Xi; Khan, Tahira; Yu, Richeng; Sun, Jirong; Shen, Baogen

    2016-07-20

    Structural and magnetic properties of the LaCoO3/SrTiO3 (LCO/STO) multilayers (MLs) with a fixed STO layer of 4 nm but varied LCO layer thicknesses have been systematically studied. The MLs grown on Sr0.7La0.3Al0.65Ta0.35O3 (LSAT) and SrTiO3 (STO) exhibit the in-plane lattice constant of the substrates, but those on LaAlO3 (LAO) show the in-plane lattice constant between those of the first two kinds of MLs. Compared with the LCO single layer (SL), the magnetic order of the MLs is significantly enhanced, as demonstrated by a very slow decrease, which is fast for the SL, of the Curie temperature and the saturation magnetization as the LCO layer thickness decreases. For example, clear ferromagnetic order is observed in the ML with the LCO layer of ∼1.5 nm, whereas it vanishes below ∼6 nm for the LCO SL. This result is consistent with the observation that the dark stripes, which are believed to be closely related to the magnetic order, remain clear in the MLs while they are vague in the corresponding LCO SL. The present work suggests a novel route to tune the magnetism of perovskite oxide films.

  13. Properties of epitaxial LaMnO3/SrTiO3 interfaces.

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    Christen, Hans M.; Kim, Dae Ho; Lee, Ho Nyung; Varela, Maria; Petit, Leon; Schulthess, Thomas

    2007-03-01

    Electronic effects at interfaces between dissimilar oxides are known to have fundamental consequences on their transport and magnetic properties. Interfaces between the band insulator SrTiO3 and the antiferromagnetic charge-transfer insulator LaMnO3 provide a particularly interesting platform to test such effects. Both perovskites are grown epitaxially by pulsed-laser deposition, and electron energy loss spectra (EELS) collected in a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) show interfacial valence changes on the Mn-sites, while Ti remains in a 4+ state even in direct contact with the LaO layer of the LaMnO3. This observation is fully consistent with computational results obtained for such structures using the self-interaction corrected (SIC) local spin density (LSD) method. In this presentation, we discuss the physical origin and consequences of these valence changes in single interfaces as well as LaMnO3/SrTiO3 superlattices. This research was sponsored by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, U.S. Department of Energy, under contract DE-AC05-00OR22725 with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), managed and operated by UT-Battelle, LLC, and ORNL's Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program.

  14. Octahedral rotations in strained LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (001 heterostructures

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    T. T. Fister

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Many complex oxides display an array of structural instabilities often tied to altered electronic behavior. For oxide heterostructures, several different interfacial effects can dramatically change the nature of these instabilities. Here, we investigate LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (001 heterostructures using synchrotron x-ray scattering. We find that when cooling from high temperature, LaAlO3 transforms from the Pm3¯m to the Imma phase due to strain. Furthermore, the first 4 unit cells of the film adjacent to the substrate exhibit a gradient in rotation angle that can couple with polar displacements in films thinner than that necessary for 2D electron gas formation.

  15. Impedance Spectroscopic Studies of BiFeO3-Pb(ZrTi)O3 Nanocomposites

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    Choudhary, R. N. P.; Barik, Subrat K.; Katiyar, R. S.

    BiFeO3-Pb(ZrTi)O3 [i.e., (Bi1-xPbx)(Fe1-xZr0.6xTi0.4x)O3 (x = 0.15, 0.25, 0.40, 0.50)] nanocomposites were synthesized using mechanical activation followed by a solid-state reaction technique. The dielectric parameters (capacitance, dissipation factor D, impedance Z and phase angle Φ) of all the samples were measured in a wide range of frequencies (1 kHz-1 MHz) and temperatures (300-630 K) in air atmosphere using an impedance analyzer with low signal amplitude of 500 mV. Electrical properties of the compounds were studied using a complex impedance spectroscopy (CIS) technique. The frequency dependence of electrical data was analyzed in the framework of conductivity and modulus formalisms. AC conductivity spectrum obeys Jonscher's universal power law.

  16. Highly nonlinear property and threshold voltage of Sc2O3 doped ZnO-Bi2O3-based varistor ceramics

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    XU Dong; WU Jieting; JIAO Lei; XU Hongxing; ZHANG Peimei; YU Renhong; CHENG Xiaonong

    2013-01-01

    A series of ZnO-Bi2O3-based varistor ceramics doped with 0-0.4 mol.% Sc2O3 were prepared by high-energy ball milling and sintered at temperatures between 1000 and 1150 ℃.X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were applied to characterize the phases and microstructure of the varistor ceramics.A DC parameter instrument for varistor ceramics was applied to investigate the electronic properties and Ⅴ-Ⅰ characteristics.The results showed that there were no changes in crystal structure with Sc2O3-doped varistor ceramics and that the average size of ZnO grain increased first and then decreased.The best electronic charactefistcs of the varistor ceramics prepared by high-energy ball milling were found in 0.3 mol.% Sc2O3-doped ZnO-Bi2O3-based ceramics sintered at 1000 ℃,which exhibited a threshold voltage of 821 V/mm,nonlinear coefficient of 62.1 and leakage current of 0.16 μA.

  17. Impact of future land cover changes on HNO3 and O3 surface dry deposition

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Dry deposition is a key component of surface–atmosphere exchange of compounds, acting as a sink for several chemical species. Meteorological factors, chemical properties of the trace gas considered and land surface properties are strong drivers of dry deposition efficiency and variability. Under both climatic and anthropogenic pressure, the vegetation distribution over the Earth has been changing a lot over the past centuries, and could be significantly altered in the future. In this study, we perform a modeling investigation of the potential impact of land-cover changes between present-day (2006 and the future (2050 on dry deposition rates, with special interest for ozone (O3 and nitric acid vapor (HNO3, two compounds which are characterized by very different physico-chemical properties. The 3-D chemistry transport model LMDz-INCA is used, considering changes in vegetation distribution based on the three future projections RCPs 2.6, 4.5 and 8.5. The 2050 RCP 8.5 vegetation distribution leads to a rise up to 7 % (+0.02 cm s−1 in VdO3 and a decrease of −0.06 cm s−1 in VdHNO3 relative to the present day values in tropical Africa, and up to +18 and −15 % respectively in Australia. When taking into account the RCP 4.5 scenario, which shows dramatic land cover change in Eurasia, VdHNO3 increases by up to 20 % (annual-mean value and reduces VdO3 by the same magnitude in this region. When analyzing the impact of dry deposition change on atmospheric chemical composition, our model calculates that the effect is lower than 1 ppb on annual mean surface ozone concentration, for both for the RCP8.5 and RCP2.6 scenarios. The impact on HNO3 surface concentrations is more disparate between the two scenarios, regarding the spatial repartition of effects. In the case of the RCP 4.5 scenario, a significant increase of the surface O3 concentration reaching locally up to 5 ppb (+5 % is calculated on average during the June–August period. This scenario

  18. Correlation among electronic polarizability, optical basicity and interaction parameter of Bi 2O 3-B 2O 3 glasses

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    Zhao, Xinyu; Wang, Xiaoli; Lin, Hai; Wang, Zhiqiang

    2007-03-01

    For optical basicity and electronic polarizability, the previous studies basically concentrate on the wavelength range of the visible light region. However, heavy metal oxides glasses have a reputation of being good materials for infrared region. In this study, new data of the average electronic polarizability of the oxide ion α, optical basicity Λ and Yamashita-Kurosawa's interaction parameter A of Bi 2O 3-B 2O 3 glasses have been calculated in a wavelength range from 404.66 to 1083.03 nm. The present investigation suggests that both α and Λ increase gradually with increasing wave number, and A decreases with increasing wave number. Furthermore, close correlations are studied among α, Λ, A and refractive index n in this paper. Particularly, it has been found that a quantitative relationship between electronic polarizability and optical basicity is observed in a wavelength range from 404.66 to 1083.03 nm. Our present study extends over a wide range of α, Λ and A values.

  19. Nanogenerator power output: influence of particle size and crystallinity of BaTiO3

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    Nutal Schädli, Gian; Büchel, Robert; Pratsinis, Sotiris E.

    2017-07-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric nanogenerators made with BaTiO3 offer an attractive energy harvesting solution towards portable, battery-free medical devices such as self-powered pacemakers. Here, we assembled nanogenerators made of thin, flexible poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) films containing either polycrystalline BaTiO3 nanoparticles of various sizes or commercial monocrystalline particles of 64 or 278 nm in average diameter. The nanoparticles were prepared by hydrogen-driven flame aerosol technology and had an average diameter of 24-50 nm with an average crystal size of about 10 nm. The rapid cooling during nanoparticle formation facilitated the synthesis of polycrystalline, multi-domain, piezoelectrically active tetragonal BaTiO3 with a high c/a lattice ratio. Using these particles, 2 μm thin polymer nanocomposites were formed, assembled into nanogenerators that exhibited a 1.4 V time-averaged output, almost twice that of the best commercial BaTiO3 particles. That output was maintained stable for over 45 000 cycles with each cycle corresponding to a heartbeat of 60 bpm. The exceptional piezoelectric performance of these nanogenerators is traced to their constituent polycrystalline nanoparticles, having high degree of domain orientation upon poling and exhibiting the flexoelectric effect, polarization induced by a strain gradient.

  20. Your Average Nigga

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    Young, Vershawn Ashanti

    2004-01-01

    "Your Average Nigga" contends that just as exaggerating the differences between black and white language leaves some black speakers, especially those from the ghetto, at an impasse, so exaggerating and reifying the differences between the races leaves blacks in the impossible position of either having to try to be white or forever struggling to…

  1. On Averaging Rotations

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    Gramkow, Claus

    2001-01-01

    In this paper two common approaches to averaging rotations are compared to a more advanced approach based on a Riemannian metric. Very often the barycenter of the quaternions or matrices that represent the rotations are used as an estimate of the mean. These methods neglect that rotations belong...

  2. Easily recycled Bi2O3 photocatalyst coatings prepared via ball milling followed by calcination

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    Cheng, Lijun; Hu, Xumin; Hao, Liang

    2017-06-01

    Bi2O3 photocatalyst coatings derived from Bi coatings were first prepared by a two-step method, namely ball milling followed by the calcination process. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS and UV-Vis spectra, respectively. The results showed that monoclinic Bi2O3 coatings were obtained after sintering Bi coatings at 673 or 773 K, while monoclinic and triclinic mixed phase Bi2O3 coatings were obtained at 873 or 973 K. The topographies of the samples were observably different, which varied from flower-like, irregular, polygonal to nanosized particles with the increase in calcination temperature. Photodegradation of malachite green under simulated solar irradiation for 180 min showed that the largest degradation efficiency of 86.2% was achieved over Bi2O3 photocatalyst coatings sintered at 873 K. The Bi2O3 photocatalyst coatings, encapsulated with Al2O3 ball with an average diameter around 1 mm, are quite easily recycled, which provides an alternative visible light-driven photocatalyst suitable for practical water treatment application.

  3. Preparation and Properties of Crystallizable Glass/Al2O3 Composites for LTCC Material

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    SHAO Hui; ZHOU Hongling; ZHU Haihui; SHEN Xiaodong

    2011-01-01

    The investigated low temperature Co fired ceramics(LTCC) composite of 60wt% CaO-Al2O3-B2O3-SiO2 glass and 40wt% α-Al2O3 as a filler is a non-reactive system,which is a critical part of the low temperature Co fired ceramics process.Through a study on densification process,the phase transformation and microstructure can be revealed.Its composites typically consist of CaO-Al2O3-B2O3-SiO2 glass and α-Al2O3 powders of average particle size (D50=3.49 μm).The sintering behavior,phase evaluation,sintered morphology,and microwave dielectric properties were investigated.In the fire range of 800 to 900 ℃,the composites were crystallized after completion of densification.It is found that the composites start to densify at 825 ℃,simultaneously,the dielectric constant (εr) reaches its maximum.With increasing heat-treatment temperatures,due to the loose microstmcture of the material,tanδ increases slightly.The last of the sintered samples were identified as partly Anorthite at 850 ℃.At that temperature it has εr of 7.9 and tanδ less than 1 x 10-3,and can be used as a promising LTCC material.

  4. Ultrasonic investigations of some bismuth borate glasses doped with Al2O3

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    Yasser B Saddeek; Moenis A Azooz; Amr Bakr Saddek

    2015-02-01

    The velocities of longitudinal and transverse ultrasonic waves in different compositions of 5Al2O3–29Na2O–(66−)B2O$_{3}−x$Bi2O3 glass system were measured at 4 MHz at room temperature using the pulse-echo technique. The velocity data were used to determine the elastic moduli and the dimensionality of the studied glasses. The observed changes in the elastic moduli of the glasses were related to the modifier role of Bi2O3 content. The results revealed that the density increased with increasing Bi2O3 content, which was attributed to the increase in the compactness and packing of the glass network. The ultrasonic data were analysed in terms of creation of new bonds of Bi2O3 attached to the structural units of the borate network. The new bonds decreased the average crosslink density and the number of network bonds per unit volume along with a weakening of the different modes of vibrations, which in its turn decreased the ultrasonic velocity. Quantitative analysis was carried out using Makishima–Mackenzie model in order to obtain more information about the rigidity of these glasses.

  5. Preparation of MgTiO3 Ceramics by High Energy Ball Milling

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    TAO Zhendong; ZHANG Ying; YANG Zhongxi; WANG Yingzi; MENG Shanshan; TENG Tieli

    2006-01-01

    MgTiO3 precursor was mechanochemically synthesized by high-energy ball milling of MgO and TiO2. The sintering characteristic of the resulted MgTiO3 precursor was investigated. The experimental results indicate that particles of both MgO and TiO2 powders become smaller rapidly, and then the crystalline structures of MgO and TiO2 change significantly. MgTiO3 was observed by XRD after 30 hours of ball milling. Strong diffraction peaks of MgTiO3 were observed after 50 hours of ball milling. HRTEM observation proves that dense MgTiO3 ceramics with a compact crystalline structure can be sintered from mechanochemically activated MgTiO3 precursor, the volume density of the resulting ceramic is as high as 95% of the theoretical density, the porosity and average pore diameter of the ceramic are measured as 4.95% and 50 nm respectively, and the transverse strength exceeded 500 MPa.

  6. Synthesis of Y2O3 Nano-Powder from Yttrium Oxalate under Ambient Temperature

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    Li Ling

    2005-01-01

    High purity Y2O3 nano-powders was synthesized directly from solution of industrial YCl3 by method of oxalate precipitation through super-micro-reactors made by complex non-ionic surfactant. The purity and diameter of Y2O3 particles were controlled by such processing parameters as concentration of YCl3 and oxalic acid and complex non-ionic surfactant etc. TEM photomicrographs show that Y2O3 particles are spherical in shape, with an average diameter of less than 30 nm. Test results certify that the purity and particle diameter as well as the dispersion of Y2O3 nano-powder depend on the concentrations of YCl3, oxalic acid and complex non-ionic surfactant. The optimum ranges of the concentrations for YCl3 and complex non-ionic surfactant when the diameter of Y2O3 particles is smaller than 100 nm are 0.43~1.4 mol·L-1 and 0.031~0.112 mol·L-1 respectively, while the mass fraction range of oxalic acid is 10%~18%. The purity of Y2O3 nano-powder tested by ICP-AES analysis is 99.99%.

  7. Preparation and structure characteristics of nano-Bi2O3 powders with mixed crystal structure

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    LI Wei

    2005-01-01

    The nano-Bi2 O3 powders were prepared by a chemical precipitation method with Bi(NO3)3, H NO3 and NaOH as reactants. The structural characteristics and morphology of nano-Bi2O3 powders were investigated by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. The results show that under the optimum condition that 300 g/L Bi(NO3)3 reacts at 90 ℃ for 2 h, the Bi2O3 powders with 60 nm on the average and 99.5% in purity are obtained. The prepared nano-Bi2 O3 powders contain a mixed crystal structure of monoclinic and triclinic in stead of traditional structure of monoclinic α-Bi2 O3. And the mixed crystal structure is stable in air. The reason for the appearance of the mixed crystal structure may be that the ionic radius ratio of Bi3+ to O2- changes easily during the formation of nano-Bi2 O3 particles by a chemical precipitation method.

  8. Antiferromagnetic Resonance in Multiferroic YMnO3 and LuMnO3

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    Zvyagin, Sergei

    2009-03-01

    Multiferroic rare-earth manganites have attracted much attention because of the coexistence of ferroelectric and magnetic orders. Combining conventional far-infrared Fourier-transform and THz-range free electron laser electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy techniques, magnetic excitations in hexagonal multiferroic YMnO3 and LuMnO3 in the antiferromagnetically (AFM) ordered phase have been studied. The gap in the excitation spectrum (˜42 and ˜48 cm-1 for YMnO3 and LuMnO3, respectively) was observed directly. Similar slope of the frequency-field dependences of AFM resonance modes, ˜ 0.5 cm-1/T, was revealed for both compounds. A fine structure of AFM resonance absorption has been revealed by means of high-resolution ESR techniques, which can be explained taking into account a finite interaction between the neighboring Mn^3+ layers. The work was done in collaboration with M. Ozerov, D. Kamensky, E. Cizm'ar, J. Wosnitza, A.K. Kolezhuk, D. Smirnov, H.D. Zhou, and C.R. Wiebe.

  9. Tuning the carrier density of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces by capping La1-xSrxMnO3

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    Shi, Y. J.; Wang, S.; Zhou, Y.; Ding, H. F.; Wu, D.

    2013-02-01

    We present a systematical study on the electronic transport properties of the insulating LaAlO3 (3 unit cells)/SrTiO3 interfaces capping with thin layers of La1-xSrxMnO3, whose formal polarization is continually tuned by Sr doping. When the Sr doping is lower than 2/3, the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces show metallic behaviors. The carrier mobility is almost independent on the Sr doping for metallic interface, indicating that the capping layer does not change the density of the oxygen vacancies and the interface intermixing. However, the sheet carrier densities monotonically decrease as increasing Sr doping, which is ascribed to the decrease of the La1-xSrxMnO3 formal polarization. These results strongly support the intrinsic mechanism of the polar catastrophe model and provide a new approach to tailor the interface states of complex oxide heterostructures.

  10. Drastic Dependence of the pH Sensitivity of Fe2O3-Bi2O3-B2O3 Hydrophobic Glasses with Composition

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    Tadanori Hashimoto

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Fe2O3-Bi2O3-B2O3 (FeBiB glasses were developed as novel pH responsive hydrophobic glasses. The influence of the glass composition on the pH sensitivity of FeBiB glasses was investigated. The pH sensitivity drastically decreased with decreasing B2O3 content. A moderate amount of Fe2O3 and a small amount of B2O3 respectively produces bulk electronic conduction and a pH response on glass surfaces. Because the remaining components of the glass can be selected freely, this discovery could prove very useful in developing novel pH glass electrodes that are self-cleaning and resist fouling.

  11. Research on Gelcasting Formation of SiC-Al2O3-Y2O3-La2O3 Systems

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    郭文利; 徐廷献; 靳正国

    2003-01-01

    The rheological behavior and gelcasting of composite suspensions of SiC and synthesized Al2O3-Y2O3-La2O3 powder as sintering aid were investigated. It was found that the rheological behavior of SiC particles could be modified with a slightly oxidized surface that was similar to silica in colloidal behavior. The smaller the particles were, the more similar to silica the SiC powder was. The pH value of Al2O3-Y2O3-La2O3 synthesized powder slurry at isoelectric points (IEP) is higher than that of SiC powder. The dispersant PAA-NH4 changes the IEP of both SiC and Al2O3-Y2O3-La2O3 powder slurry to higher pH values. The experimental results indicate that the composite suspension could possess satisfactory stability and lower viscosity at pH =10.1 and PAA-NH4 as dispersant. The optimum solid loading was 5500 in volume. Machinable green bodies with uniform complex shape are gained after molding.

  12. Covariant approximation averaging

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    Shintani, Eigo; Blum, Thomas; Izubuchi, Taku; Jung, Chulwoo; Lehner, Christoph

    2014-01-01

    We present a new class of statistical error reduction techniques for Monte-Carlo simulations. Using covariant symmetries, we show that correlation functions can be constructed from inexpensive approximations without introducing any systematic bias in the final result. We introduce a new class of covariant approximation averaging techniques, known as all-mode averaging (AMA), in which the approximation takes account of contributions of all eigenmodes through the inverse of the Dirac operator computed from the conjugate gradient method with a relaxed stopping condition. In this paper we compare the performance and computational cost of our new method with traditional methods using correlation functions and masses of the pion, nucleon, and vector meson in $N_f=2+1$ lattice QCD using domain-wall fermions. This comparison indicates that AMA significantly reduces statistical errors in Monte-Carlo calculations over conventional methods for the same cost.

  13. INTERACTIONS BETWEEN La2O3 PARTICLES AND DISLOCATIONS IN Mo-La2O3 ALLOYS

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    J.X. Zhang; D.M. Liu; Y.Q. Liu; M.L. Zhou; T.Y. Zuo

    2005-01-01

    The mechanical properties of molybdenum wires doped with different contents of La2O3 were investigated systematically and the interaction between La2O3 particles with dislocations in MoLa2O3 wires were observed by SEM and TEM. It is shown that Mo-La2O3 wires possess much higher tensile strength than the pure Mo. In wires the dislocation motion is strongly hindered by La2O3 particles, which remains up to much higher temperature. Moreover, a number of prismatic dislocation loops and hexagonal dislocation network have been formed in annealed Mo-La2O3wires. The higher strength of Mo-La2O3 than the pure Mo is attributed to the La2O3 particles dispersion strengthening and dislocation strengthening.

  14. Summertime photochemistry during CAREBeijing-2007: RO x budgets and O3 formation

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    A. Amoroso

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available We analyze summertime photochemistry near the surface over Beijing, China, using a 1-D photochemical model (Regional chEmical and trAnsport Model, REAM-1D constrained by in situ observations, focusing on the budgets of ROx (OH + HO2 + RO2 radicals and O3 formation. The daytime average of total ROx primary production rate in Beijing is ~6.6 ppbv h−1, among the highest found in urban atmospheres. The largest primary ROx source in Beijing is photolysis of oxygenated volatile organic compounds (OVOCs, which produces HO2 and RO2 at average daytime rates of 2.5 ppbv h−1 and 1.7 ppbv h−1, respectively. Photolysis of excess HONO from the unknown heterogeneous source is a predominant primary OH source at 2.2 ppbv h−1, much larger than that of O1D + H2O (0.4 ppbv h−1. The largest ROx sink is via OH + NO2 reaction (1.6 ppbv h−1, followed by formation of RO2NO2 (1.0 ppbv h−1 and RONO2 (0.7 ppbv h−1. Due to the large aerosol surface area, aerosol uptake of HO2 appears to be another important radical sink, although the estimate of its magnitude is highly variable depending on the reactive uptake coefficient value used. The daytime average O3 production and loss rates are 32 ppbv h−1 and 6.2 ppbv h−1, respectively. Assuming NO2 to be the source of excess HONO, the NO2 to HONO transformation leads to significant O3 loss and reduction of its lifetime. Our observation-based modeling analyses suggest that VOCs and heterogeneous reactions (e.g. HONO formation and aerosol uptake HO2 play major roles in the primary radical budget and O3 formation in Beijing. Among the VOC precursors for OVOCs, which strongly affect ROx budgets and O3 formation, aromatics are the largest contributor. One important ramification is that O3 production is neither NOx nor VOC limited, but in a transition regime, where reduction of either NOx or VOCs could result in reduction of O3 production. The transition regime implies more flexibility in the O3 control strategies

  15. Reverse micellar synthesis and properties of nanocrystalline GMR materials (LaMnO3, La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 and La0.67Ca0.33MnO3): Ramifications of size considerations

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    Tokeer Ahmad; Kandalam V Ramanujachary; Samuel E Lofland; Ashok K Ganguli

    2006-11-01

    Nanoparticles of complex manganites (viz. LaMnO3, La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 and La0.67Ca0.33MnO3) have been synthesized using the reverse micellar route. These manganites are prepared at 800°C and the monophasic nature of all the oxides has been established by powder X-ray diffraction studies. TEM studies show an average grain size of 68, 80 and 50 nm for LaMnO3, La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 and La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 respectively. Ferromagnetic ordering is observed at around 250 K for LaMnO3, 350 K for La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 and 200 K for La0.67Ca0.33MnO3. These Curie temperatures correspond well with those reported for bulk materials with similar composition.

  16. Structural and dielectric behavior of pulsed laser ablated Sr 0.6Ca 0.4TiO 3 thin film and asymmetric multilayer of SrTiO 3 and CaTiO 3

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    Chakraborty, Pradip; Choudhury, Palash Roy; Krupanidhi, S. B.

    2011-12-01

    Homogeneous thin films of Sr 0.6Ca 0.4TiO 3 (SCT40) and asymmetric multilayer of SrTiO 3 (STO) and CaTiO 3 (CTO) were fabricated on Pt/Ti/SiO 2/Si substrates by using pulsed laser deposition technique. The electrical behavior of films was observed within a temperature range of 153 K-373 K. A feeble dielectric peak of SCT40 thin film at 273 K is justified as paraelectric to antiferroelectric phase transition. Moreover, the Curie-Weiss temperature, determined from the ɛ'( T) data above the transition temperature is found to be negative. Using Landau theory, the negative Curie-Weiss temperature is interpreted in terms of an antiferroelectric transition. The asymmetric multilayer exhibits a broad dielectric peak at 273 K, and is attributed to interdiffusion at several interfaces of multilayer. The average dielectric constants for homogeneous Sr 0.6Ca 0.4TiO 3 films (˜650) and asymmetric multilayered films (˜350) at room temperature are recognized as a consequence of grain size effect. Small frequency dispersion in the real part of the dielectric constants and relatively low dielectric losses for both cases ensure high quality of the films applicable for next generation integrated devices.

  17. PZT-like structural phase transitions in the BiFeO3-KNbO3 solid solution.

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    Lennox, Robert C; Taylor, Daniel D; Vera Stimpson, Laura J; Stenning, Gavin B G; Jura, Marek; Price, Mark C; Rodriguez, Efrain E; Arnold, Donna C

    2015-06-21

    Despite the high prominence of the perovskites BiFeO(3) and KNbO(3) the solid solution between the two has received little attention. We report a detailed neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy study which demonstrates an R3c→P4mm→Amm2 series of structural phase transitions similar to that exhibited by the PbZrO(3)-PbTiO(3) solid solution.

  18. Model study of the influence of cross-tropopause O3 transports on tropospheric O3 levels

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    Roelofs, G.J.; Lelieveld, J.

    1997-01-01

    Cross-tropopause transport of O3 is a significant factor in the tropospheric budget and distribution of O3. Nevertheless, the distribution in the troposphere of O3 that originates from the stratosphere is uncertain. We study this with a chemistry - general circulation model with relatively high spat

  19. Microwave-Assisted Fabrication of γ-Fe2O3 Nanoparticles from

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    Mohammad Kooti

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Maghemite (γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles which have a wide range of applications were fabricated by microwave heating of acetylacetonato iron (III precursor. The precursor is very easy to make, and on irradiation by microwave decomposes to maghemite nanoparticles. The as-prepared γ-Fe2O3 nanostructured has been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX, scanning electron microscope (SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM techniques. The maghemite nanoparticles were obtained in high yield and purity and the average size of the particles was estimated to be about 13 nm.

  20. Synthesis and structural characterization of (Bi2O3)1– (Y2O3) and (Bi2O3)1– (Gd2O3) solid solutions

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    Srikant Ekhelikar; G K Bichile

    2004-02-01

    Solid solution series, (Bi2O3)1– (Y2O$_3) and (Bi2O$_3)1– (Gd2O$_3), for = 0.10, 0.20, 0.30 and 0.40 were synthesized by standard ceramic technique. The structural phase characterization was carried out using X-ray powder diffraction technique. It was found that the solid solution containing 20–40 mole% of Y2O3 had face-centred cubic structure. All samples of the solid solution series, (Bi2O3)1– (Gd2O3), had rhombohedral single phase in the concentration range 0.10 ≤ ≤ 0.40. Lattice parameters of fcc phase of Y2O3 doped samples were calculated from the X-ray diffraction data. The lattice constant `’ gradually decreases with increasing content of dopant concentration () for the Y2O3 doped system and obeys Vegard’s rule. The unit cell parameters for the (Bi2O3)1– (Gd2O3) doped samples showing rhombohedral phase were obtained on hexagonal setting.

  1. Fabrication of Li2TiO3 pebbles using PVA-boric acid reaction for solid breeding materials

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    Park, Yi-Hyun; Cho, Seungyon; Ahn, Mu-Young

    2014-12-01

    Lithium metatitanate (Li2TiO3) is a candidate breeding material of the Helium Cooled Ceramic Reflector (HCCR) Test Blanket Module (TBM). The breeding material is used in pebble-bed form to reduce the uncertainty of the interface thermal conductance. In this study, Li2TiO3 pebbles were successfully fabricated by the slurry droplet wetting method using the cross-linking reaction between polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and boric acid. The effects of fabrication parameters on the shaping of Li2TiO3 green body were investigated. In addition, the basic characteristics of the sintered pebble were also evaluated. The shape of Li2TiO3 green bodies was affected by slurry viscosity, PVA content and boric acid content. The grain size and average crush load of sintered Li2TiO3 pebble were controlled by the sintering time. The boron was completely removed during the final sintering process.

  2. Negative Average Preference Utilitarianism

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    Roger Chao

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available For many philosophers working in the area of Population Ethics, it seems that either they have to confront the Repugnant Conclusion (where they are forced to the conclusion of creating massive amounts of lives barely worth living, or they have to confront the Non-Identity Problem (where no one is seemingly harmed as their existence is dependent on the “harmful” event that took place. To them it seems there is no escape, they either have to face one problem or the other. However, there is a way around this, allowing us to escape the Repugnant Conclusion, by using what I will call Negative Average Preference Utilitarianism (NAPU – which though similar to anti-frustrationism, has some important differences in practice. Current “positive” forms of utilitarianism have struggled to deal with the Repugnant Conclusion, as their theory actually entails this conclusion; however, it seems that a form of Negative Average Preference Utilitarianism (NAPU easily escapes this dilemma (it never even arises within it.

  3. Growing LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces by sputter deposition

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    I. M. Dildar

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Sputter deposition of oxide materials in a high-pressure oxygen atmosphere is a well-known technique to produce thin films of perovskite oxides in particular. Also interfaces can be fabricated, which we demonstrated recently by growing LaAlO3 on SrTiO3 substrates and showing that the interface showed the same high degree of epitaxy and atomic order as is made by pulsed laser deposition. However, the high pressure sputtering of oxides is not trivial and number of parameters are needed to be optimized for epitaxial growth. Here we elaborate on the earlier work to show that only a relatively small parameter window exists with respect to oxygen pressure, growth temperature, radiofrequency power supply and target to substrate distance. In particular the sensitivity to oxygen pressure makes it more difficult to vary the oxygen stoichiometry at the interface, yielding it insulating rather than conducting.

  4. A coprecipitation technique to prepare NaNbO3 and NaTaO3

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    V Samuel; A B Gaikwad; V Ravi

    2006-04-01

    A simple coprecipitation technique has been used successfully for the preparation of pure, ultrafine, single phases of NaNbO3 (NN) and NaTaO3 (NT). An alcoholic solution of ammonium carbonate and ammonium hydroxide was used to precipitate Na+ and Nb5+ (or Ta5+) cations under basic conditions as carbonate and hydroxide, respectively. On heating at 700°C, these precursors produce respective products. For comparison, both NN and NT powders were also prepared by the traditional solid state method. The phase purity and lattice parameters were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). The particle size and morphology were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  5. High Curie temperature BiInO3-PbTiO3 films.

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    Lee, Sun Young; Wang, Wei; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

    2014-06-14

    High Curie temperaturepiezoelectricthin films of xBiInO3-(1-x)PbTiO3 (x = 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, and 0.25) were prepared by pulsed laser deposition. It was found that the tetragonality of films decreased with increasing BI content. The dielectric constant and transverse piezoelectric coefficient (e31,f ) exhibit the highest values of 665 and -13.6 C/m(2) at x = 0.20. Rayleigh analyses were performed to identify the extrinsic contributions to dielectric nonlinearity with different x. The composition with x = 0.20 also exhibits the largest extrinsic contributions to dielectric nonlinearity. The Curie temperature (TC ) is increased with increasing x content from 558 to 633 °C; TC at x = 0.20 is about 584 °C.

  6. Exchange bias between ferromagnetic metals and multiferroic BiFeO3, LuMnO3, and TbMnO3

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    Murakami, Makoto; Fujino, S.; Hattrick-Simpers, J.; Lim, S.-H.; Salamanca-Riba, L.; Kundaliya, D.; Ogale, S.; Venkatesan, T.; Higgins, J.; Wuttig, M.; Takeuchi, I.; Lofland, S.; Cheong, S.-W.

    2007-03-01

    We are using exchange bias at ferromagnet layer/multiferroic interfaces to study the nature of magnetism in multiferroic materials. Co 5 nm layers have been deposited by sputtering on surfaces of epitaxial BiFeO3 and TbMnO3 thin films and on LuMnO3 single crystals. Epitaxial BiFeO3 and TbMnO3 films were prepared by PLD. Magnetic properties of the Co/multiferroic bilayers are measured using SQUID, VSM, MOKE and XMCD. In BiFeO3, we find that the bilayers exhibit exchange bias even at room temperature. In the TbMnO3 system, increasing of coercive field and exchange bias was also clearly observed below the N'eel temperature. In LuMnO3, we observe positive exchange bias as well as switching of the sign of the exchange bias depending on the cooling procedure. This behavior may be related to the frustration in Mn spins. Difference in the exchange bias behavior between different multiferroic materials will be discussed. The effect of electric field on exchange bias is currently under investigation. Supported by ONR N000140110761, ONR N000140410085, NSF DMR 0094265, DMR 0231291, MRSEC DMR-00-0520471, and the W. M. Keck Foundation.

  7. LaAlO3 stoichiometry is key to electron liquid formation at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces

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    Warusawithana, M. P.; Richter, C.; Mundy, J. A.; Roy, P.; Ludwig, J.; Paetel, S.; Heeg, T.; Pawlicki, A. A.; Kourkoutis, L. F.; Zheng, M.; Lee, M.; Mulcahy, B.; Zander, W.; Zhu, Y.; Schubert, J.; Eckstein, J. N.; Muller, D. A.; Hellberg, C. Stephen; Mannhart, J.; Schlom, D. G.

    2013-08-01

    Emergent phenomena, including superconductivity and magnetism, found in the two-dimensional electron liquid (2-DEL) at the interface between the insulators lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO3) and strontium titanate (SrTiO3) distinguish this rich system from conventional 2D electron gases at compound semiconductor interfaces. The origin of this 2-DEL, however, is highly debated, with focus on the role of defects in the SrTiO3, while the LaAlO3 has been assumed perfect. Here we demonstrate, through experiments and first-principle calculations, that the cation stoichiometry of the nominal LaAlO3 layer is key to 2-DEL formation: only Al-rich LaAlO3 results in a 2-DEL. Although extrinsic defects, including oxygen deficiency, are known to render LaAlO3/SrTiO3 samples conducting, our results show that in the absence of such extrinsic defects an interface 2-DEL can form. Its origin is consistent with an intrinsic electronic reconstruction occurring to counteract a polarization catastrophe. This work provides insight for identifying other interfaces where emergent behaviours await discovery.

  8. Catalytic Synthesis of Tert-Butyl Acetate by Nd2O3/Al2O3-Nd2O3/ZnO

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    Wang Yajun; Han Limin; A Shan

    2007-01-01

    Nd2O3 was used to support Al2O3 and ZnO to prepare a supported solid base catalyst and investigate the effect of catalyst and reaction conditions on the synthesis of tert-butyl acetate. The composited oxide of Nd2O3/Al2O3-Nd2O3/ZnO exhibited excellent catalytic activity for the synthsis of tert-butyl acetate. The molar ratio of tert-butanol to acetic anhydride is 3:1, the catalyst in total amount of reactant nearly 0.5%, and reaction time 6 h. With the above conditions, yield of the reaction could reach to 65%. The structure of product were verified by the FT-IR, Element analysis, and MS, which proved that the product was tert-butyl acetate.

  9. Effects of BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 as the buffer layers of epitaxial BiFeO3 thin films

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    Feng, Yu; Wang, Can; Tian, ShiLu; Zhou, Yong; Ge, Chen; Guo, HaiZhong; He, Meng; Jin, KuiJuan; Yang, GuoZhen

    2017-06-01

    BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films with BaTiO3 (BTO) or SrTiO3 (STO) as buffer layer were epitaxially grown on SrRuO3-covered SrTiO3 substrates. X-ray diffraction measurements show that the BTO buffer causes tensile strain in the BFO films, whereas the STO buffer causes compressive strain. Different ferroelectric domain structures caused by these two strain statuses are revealed by piezoelectric force microscopy. Electrical and magnetical measurements show that the tensile-strained BFO/BTO samples have reduced leakage current and large ferroelectric polarization and magnetization, compared with compressively strained BFO/STO. These results demonstrate that the electrical and magnetical properties of BFO thin films can be artificially modified by using a buffer layer.

  10. Polaronic metal state at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Cancellieri, C.; Mishchenko, A. S.; Aschauer, U.; Filippetti, A.; Faber, C.; Barišić, O. S.; Rogalev, V. A.; Schmitt, T.; Nagaosa, N.; Strocov, V. N.

    2016-01-01

    Interplay of spin, charge, orbital and lattice degrees of freedom in oxide heterostructures results in a plethora of fascinating properties, which can be exploited in new generations of electronic devices with enhanced functionalities. The paradigm example is the interface between the two band insulators LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 that hosts a two-dimensional electron system. Apart from the mobile charge carriers, this system exhibits a range of intriguing properties such as field effect, superconductivity and ferromagnetism, whose fundamental origins are still debated. Here we use soft-X-ray angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy to penetrate through the LaAlO3 overlayer and access charge carriers at the buried interface. The experimental spectral function directly identifies the interface charge carriers as large polarons, emerging from coupling of charge and lattice degrees of freedom, and involving two phonons of different energy and thermal activity. This phenomenon fundamentally limits the carrier mobility and explains its puzzling drop at high temperatures.

  11. CaMnO3热电材料的低温烧结研究%Study on the Low-temperature Sintering of Thermoelectric Material CaMnO3

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    王琴; 盛得雪; 鲁云; 宋少伟; 陈建文; 金应荣

    2012-01-01

    It is Proposed to fabricate a thermoelectric generator with P - N structure by sintering the N - type CaMnO3 together with the P - type Ca3 Co4 O9 directly. It is necessary to sinter CaMnO3 ceramic below the phase transition temperature of Ca3 Co4 O9 , 926 癈. In this paper, CaMnO3 powder wsa synthesized using the solid reaction method, then mixed with Bi2O3 and pressed into pellet. Sintering was carried out in air at 900cC for 12h. The microstructure and thermoelectric properties of prepared sample were also investigated. As a result, there was no detectable secondary phase caused by additional Bi2O3; the average electrical conductivity increased and the approximate Seebeck coefficient decreased with increasing adding of Bi2 O3; the average electrical conductivity and the approximate Seebeck coefficient increased with increasing temperature. The addition of Bi2O3 promoted the sintering process and decreased the sintering temperature, and effectively improved the thermoelectric properties of CaMnO3 sample as well.%采用固相反应法制备CaMnO3粉末,加入Bi2O3混合、压块后,在900℃烧结12h得到样品,并对样品的物相、组织和热电性能进行了测试分析.结果表明:制备出的热电材料是单相的CaMnO3,加入Bi2O3后没有形成可观测的第二相;随着Bi2O3加入量的增加,样品的平均电导率增大,温差电势减小;平均电导率随温度的增加而增加,呈半导体特性,温差电势随温度的增加而增大;加入Bi2O3促进了烧结,降低了烧结温度,改善了材料的热电性能.

  12. Phase development, densification and dielectric properties of (0.95-xNa0.5K0.5NbO3 - 0.05LiTaO3 - x LiSbO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Pornsuda Bomlai

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics in the system (0.95-x Na0.5K0.5NbO3 - 0.05LiTaO3 - x LiSbO3, x = 0-0.1, were synthesized by a reaction-sintering method. The effects of the content of LiSbO3, and the sintering temperature on phase-development, microstructure and dielectric properties of the samples were investigated. Additions of LiSbO3 produced a change in crystal system from orthorhombic to tetragonal. The additive reduced the temperature at which secondary recrystallisation occurred, and also affected average grain size and dielectric constant. A sintering temperature of 1050oC (for 2 h was the optimum for this system in order to achieve a high density and high dielectric constant. A maximum dielectric constant of 1510 was recorded for the x = 0.04 composition.

  13. 2 dimensional electron gas in chemically stable SrSnO3/KTaO3 interface

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    Kwon, Hyukwoo; Park, Chulkwon; Char, Kookrin; Materials and Devices Physics Lab. Team

    2013-03-01

    Recent 2DEGs are mostly formed at the interface of LaAlO3/SrTiO3(LAO/STO) system, which is explained by the polar catastrophe mechanism. Because of large propensity of oxygen vacancy formation in SrTiO3, there remains a possibility that the origin of 2DEG of LAO/STO system may stem from extra charge of oxygen vacancy of SrTiO3, not from the polar layer of LaAlO3. In this presentation, we report the realization of 2DEG at the interface of SrSnO3/KTaO3(SSO/KTO), which is chemically stable due to extremely stable oxygen stoichiometry. This SrSnO3/KTaO3 heterosturcture was epitaxially grown by puled laser deposition and the interface was found atomically matched by transmission electron microscope and reciprocal space mapping. We measured the magnetic property of SSO/KTO heterostructure and acquired a large ferromagnetic signal, which is unchanged in the temperature range of 4 ~300 K by SQUID magnetometer measurement. As SrSnO3 and KTaO3 are non-magnetic materials, this ferromagnetic signal may result from 2DEG at the interface of SSO/KTO. We hope our results can shed lights on the exact mechanism of 2DEGs that are formed at oxide interfaces.

  14. Trends in (LaMnO3)n/(SrTiO3)m superlattices with varying layer thicknesses

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    Jilili, J.

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the thickness dependence of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of (LaMnO3)n/(SrTiO3)m (n, m = 2, 4, 6, 8) superlattices using density functional theory. The electronic structure turns out to be highly sensitive to the onsite Coulomb interaction. In contrast to bulk SrTiO3, strongly distorted O octahedra are observed in the SrTiO3 layers with a systematic off centering of the Ti atoms. The systems favour ferromagnetic spin ordering rather than the antiferromagnetic spin ordering of bulk LaMnO3 and all show half-metallicity, while a systematic reduction of the minority spin band gaps as a function of the LaMnO3 and SrTiO3 layer thicknesses originates from modifications of the Ti dxy states.

  15. Formation and Characterization of ZrO3 and HfO3 Molecules in Solid Argon

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    Yu Gong; Ming-fei Zhou

    2009-01-01

    ZrO3 and HfO3 molecules were prepared via reactions of metal monoxides with dioxygen in solid argon and were characterized using matrix isolation infrared absorption spectroscopy as well as theoretical calculations. Unlike the titanium monoxide molecule, which reacted spontaneously with dioxygen to form TiO3, the ZrO and HfO molecules reacted with dioxygen to give the ZrO3 and HfO3 molecules only under visible light irradiation. Density functional calculations predicted that both the ZrO3 and HfO3 molecules possess a closed-shell singlet ground state with a non-planar Cs geometry, in which the side-on coordinated O2 falls into the peroxide category.

  16. Structure transition of multiferroic hexagonal TmMnO3 compound under high pressure

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    Wang, L. J.; Feng, S. M.; Zhu, J. L.; Liu, Q. Q.; Li, Y. C.; Li, X. D.; Liu, J.; Jin, C. Q.

    2010-06-01

    The high-pressure-induced structure transition in multiferroic hexagonal TmMnO3 (h-TmMnO3) has been investigated using an in situ angle-dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction technique in a diamond anvil cell. The experimental results show that the phase transition from ambient hexagonal to orthorhombic structure with space group Pbnm begins around 10.2 GPa. The Rietveld refinement method was used to determine the lattice parameters and lattice compressibility of the h-TmMnO3 compound from 0.8 to 28.6 GPa. The pressure evolution of average bond distances and bond angles between the Mn and O atoms in the ab-plane was obtained. The magnetic properties under different pressures as well as their effect on multiferroic properties are discussed using extrapolations from the empirical relation of magnetic order versus rare-earth ionic radius.

  17. Ytterbium Doped Gadolinium Oxide (Gd2O3:Yb3+ Phosphor: Topology, Morphology, and Luminescence Behaviour

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    Raunak Kumar Tamrakar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Gd2O3:Yb3+ phosphor has been synthesized by the solid state reaction method with boric acid used as a flux. The resulting Gd2O3:Yb3+ phosphor was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD technique, Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, scanning electron microscope (SEM and transmission electron microscope (TEM, and photoluminescence and thermoluminescence. The results of the XRD show that obtained Gd2O3:Yb3+ phosphor has a cubic structure. The average crystallite sizes could be calculated as 42.9 nm, confirmed by the TEM results. The study suggested that Yb3+ doped phosphors are potential luminescence material for IR laser diode pumping.

  18. Study of photocatalytic asset of the ZnSnO3 synthesized by green chemistry

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    Ashok V. Borhade

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we report a simple one-step mechanochemical synthesis method with a green chemistry approach for a light-induced heterogeneous oxide photocatalyst, ZnSnO3. The catalyst was characterized by various investigative techniques, like Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, Diffused Reflectance UV–visible Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Tunnelling Electron Microscopy, and Thermogravimetric analysis to carry out structural and spectroscopic properties of the photocatalyst. The synthesized ZnSnO3 particles had an average size of 105 nm with a band gap of 3.34 eV. The photocatalyst was thermally stable over a wide range of temperatures. The sunlight mediated degradation of Methyl blue, Indigo carmine and Acid violet dyes were achieved by using ZnSnO3.

  19. Mechanochemical Synthesis and Rapid Consolidation of Nanocrystalline 3NiAl-Al2O3 Composites

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    In-Jin Shon

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanopowders of 3NiAl and Al2O3 were synthesized from 3NiO and 5Al powders by high-energy ball milling. Nanocrystalline Al2O3 reinforced composite was consolidated by high-frequency induction-heated sintering within 3 minutes from mechanochemically synthesized powders of Al2O3 and 3NiAl. The advantage of this process is that it allows very quick densification to near theoretical density and inhibition grain growth. Nanocrystalline materials have received much attention as advanced engineering materials with improved physical and mechanical properties. The relative density of the composite was 97%. The average Vickers hardness and fracture toughness values obtained were 804 kg/mm2 and 7.5 MPa⋅m1/2, respectively.

  20. Effect of A-site cation substitution on magnetic transition temperature of (LaCa) MnO3

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    李可斌; 王守国; 程荣胜; 李西军; 侯登录; 聂向富; 张裕恒

    1999-01-01

    The ferromagnetic transition temperatures have been measured on two bathes of perovskite manganese oxides such as (La1-xRx)2/3Ca1/3MnO3(R=Ce, Pr, Nd, etc.) and La2/3(Ca1-yCd)y)1/3MnO3. It is found that the (La1-xRx)2/3Ca1/3MnO3 samples have obviously different Curie temperature TC although their (the average A-site cation radius) are almost identical, and the TC in the system of (La1-xRx)2/3Ca1/3MnO3 compounds increases with increasing y although decreases slightly. It is suggested that the Curie temperature should be influenced by the average local A-site magnetic moment in the ferromagnetic perovskite manganite system.

  1. Al2O3-Y2O3 Nano- and Micro-Composite Coatings on Fe-9Cr-Mo Alloy

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    2006-01-01

    Al2O3-Y2O3 nano- and micro-composite coatings were deposited on Fe-9Cr-Mo substrates by using sol-gel composite coating technology. The processing includes dipping samples in a sol-gel solution dispersed with fine ceramic powders, which are prepared by high-energy ball milling. High-resolution microscopy (FE-SEM) analyses show that the coating is composed of composite particle clusters with an average diameter of 1μm, and the coating is relatively dense without cracking during drying and sintering stages. XRD analyses show that the oxide coating is mainly composed of α-Al2O3 and γ-Al2O3. The oxidation tests performed at 600 C in air show that the coatings are provided with much improved resistance against high temperature oxidation and scale spallation. It is indicated that nano-structured composite particles and reactive elements are integrated into the coatings, which plays an important role in preventing agglomeration of nano-particles and initiation of cracks.

  2. Model for forecasting of monthly average insulation at ground level taking into account the radiation absorption losses crossing atmosphere in the thermal solar applications; Modelo de previsao da insolacao media mensal ao nivel do solo levando em conta a perda por absorcao na atmosfera em aplicacoes solares termicas

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    Camargo, J.C.; Apolinario, F.R.; Silva, E.P. da [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Lab. de Hidrogenio]. E-mails: joaoc@fem.unicamp.br; rezende@ifi.unicamp.br; lh2ennio@ifi.unicamp.br

    2000-07-01

    The use of the solar energy, for thermal or photovoltaic ends, depends basically on the amount of radiation that reaches the ground in the place where desires to carry through this use, defining the necessary area of the collectors, or panels, that in turn are the main components of the final cost of the system and, therefore, of the viability or not on its use. The incident radiation in the terrestrial surface is minor that one reaches the top of the atmosphere due to the absorption and dispersion factors. The objective of this work is to present a model of forecast the monthly average radiation for ends of use in systems of flat solar collectors for heating water, in the city of Campinas - Sao Paulo, Brazil. This work has been developed by the Hydrogen Laboratory of the Institute of Physics of the UNICAMP, being also used for other applications with solar energy. Based in the radiation data, taken from a local station, a theoretical study was developed to calculate a parameter of loss of radiation when this cross the atmosphere. This Kt loss factor, has basic importance for the knowledge of the effective available energy for use. With this data it is possible to determine, on the basis of the incident radiation in the top of the atmosphere, the value of the radiation on a surface. (author)

  3. Effects of climate change, CO2 and O3 on wheat productivity in Eastern China, singly and in combination

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    Tao, Fulu; Feng, Zhaozhong; Tang, Haoye; Chen, Yi; Kobayashi, Kazuhiko

    2017-03-01

    Air pollution and climate change are increasing threats to agricultural production and food security. Extensive studies have focused on the effect of climate change, but the interactive effects of multiple global change factors are poorly understood. Here, we incorporate the interactions between climate change, carbon dioxide (CO2) and ozone (O3) into an eco-physiological mechanistic model based on three years of O3 Free-Air Concentration Elevation (O3-FACE) experiments. We then investigate the effects of climate change, elevated CO2 concentration ([CO2]) and rising O3 concentration ([O3]) on wheat growth and productivity in eastern China in 1996-2005 (2000s) and 2016-2025 (2020s) under two climate change scenarios, singly and in combination. We find the interactive effects of climate change, CO2 and O3 on wheat productivity have spatially explicit patterns; the effect of climate change dominates the general pattern, which is however subject to the large uncertainties of climate change scenarios. Wheat productivity is estimated to increase by 2.8-9.0% due to elevated [CO2] however decline by 2.8-11.7% due to rising [O3] in the 2020s, relative to the 2000s. The combined effects of CO2 and O3 are less than that of O3 only, on average by 4.6-5.2%, however with O3 damage outweighing CO2 benefit in most of the region. This study demonstrates a more biologically meaningful and appropriate approach for assessing the interactive effects of climate change, CO2 and O3 on crop growth and productivity. Our findings promote the understanding on the interactive effects of multiple global change factors across contrasting climate conditions, cast doubt on the potential of CO2 fertilization effect in offsetting possible negative effect of climate change on crop productivity as suggested by many previous studies.

  4. A modified micrometeorological gradient method for estimating O3 dry deposition over a forest canopy

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    Z. Y. Wu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Small pollutant concentration gradients between levels above a plant canopy result in large uncertainties in estimated air–surface exchange fluxes when using existing micrometeorological gradient methods, including the aerodynamic gradient method (AGM and the modified Bowen-Ratio method (MBR. A modified micrometeorological gradient method (MGM is proposed in this study for estimating O3 dry deposition fluxes over a forest canopy using concentration gradients between a level above and a level below the canopy top, taking advantage of relatively large gradients between these levels due to significant pollutant uptake at top layers of the canopy. The new method is compared with the AGM and MBR methods and is also evaluated using eddy-covariance (EC flux measurements collected at the Harvard Forest Environmental Measurement Site, Massachusetts during 1993–2000. All the three gradient methods (AGM, MBR and MGM produced similar diurnal cycles of O3 dry deposition velocity (Vd(O3 to the EC measurements, with the MGM method being the closest in magnitude to the EC measurements. The multi-year average Vd(O3 differed significantly between these methods, with the AGM, MBR and MGM method being 2.28, 1.45 and 1.18 times of that of the EC. Sensitivity experiments identified several input parameters for the MGM method as first-order parameters that affect the estimated Vd(O3. A 10% uncertainty in the wind speed attenuation coefficient or canopy displacement height can cause about 10% uncertainty in the estimated Vd(O3. An unrealistic leaf area density vertical profile can cause an uncertainty of a factor of 2.0 in the estimated Vd(O3. Other input parameters or formulas for stability functions only caused an uncertainly of a few percent. The new method provides an alternative approach in monitoring/estimating long-term deposition fluxes of similar pollutants over tall canopies.

  5. Synergistic impacts of anthropogenic and biogenic emissions on summer surface O3 in East Asia

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    Yu Qu; Junling An; Jian Li

    2013-01-01

    A factor separation technique and an improved regional air quality model (RAQM) were applied to calculate synergistic contributions of anthropogenic volatile organic compounds (AVOCs),biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) to daily maximum surface 03 (O3DM) concentrations in East Asia in summer (June to August 2000).The summer averaged synergistic impacts of AVOCs and NOx are dominant in most areas of North China,with a maximum of 60 ppbv,while those of BVOCs and NOx are notable only in some limited areas with high BVOC emissions in South China,with a maximum of 25 ppbv.This result implies that BVOCs contribute much less to summer averaged O3DM concentrations than AVOCs in most areas of East Asia at a coarse spatial resolution (1°×1°) although global emissions of BVOCs are much greater than those of AVOCs.Daily maximum total contributions of BVOCs can approach 20 ppbv in North China,but they can reach 40 ppbv in South China,approaching or exceeding those in some developed countries in Europe and North America.BVOC emissions in such special areas should be considered when O3 control measures are taken.Synergistic contributions among AVOCs,BVOCs and NOx significantly enhance O3 concentrations in the Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan region and decrease them in some areas in South China.Thus,the total contributions of BVOCs to O3DM vary significantly from day to day and from location to location.This result suggests that O3 control measures obtained from episodic studies could be limited for long-term applications.

  6. A study on the damping capacity of BaTiO3-reinforced Al-matrix composites

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    C J XIAO

    2016-04-01

    To study the damping capacity of BaTiO$_3$/Al composites, Al composites reinforced with BaTiO$_3$ powder (average grain sizes: 100 and 1000 nm) were fabricated by the hot-pressing sintering method. The damping properties of pure Al and BaTiO$_3$/Al composites were investigated and compared based on the dynamic mechanical analysis over a wide range of temperatures (50–285$^{\\circ}$C). Compared with pure Al matrix, 1000 nm BaTiO$_3$/Al composites with 5 and 10% mass fractions of BaTiO$_3$ exhibited better damping capacity. For 100 nm BaTiO$_3$/Al composite, its damping capacity is slightly higher than that of pure Al below 145$^{\\circ}$C, while it becomes lower above this degree. The damping capacity enhancement of BaTiO$_3$/Al composites can be explained by the ferroelastic domain damping. Furthermore, 5 and 10% BaTiO$_3$/Al composites have higher bending strength and hardness than pure Al sample.

  7. Coherent 3D nanostructure of γ-Al2O3: Simulation of whole X-ray powder diffraction pattern

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    Pakharukova, V. P.; Yatsenko, D. A.; Gerasimov, E. Yu.; Shalygin, A. S.; Martyanov, O. N.; Tsybulya, S. V.

    2017-02-01

    The structure and nanostructure features of nanocrystalline γ-Al2O3 obtained by dehydration of boehmite with anisotropic platelet-shaped particles were investigated. The original models of 3D coherent nanostructure of γ-Al2O3 were constructed. The models of nanostructured γ-Al2O3 particles were first confirmed by a direct simulation of powder X-Ray diffraction (XRD) patterns using the Debye Scattering Equation (DSE) with assistance of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) study. The average crystal structure of γ-Al2O3 was shown to be tetragonally distorted. The experimental results revealed that thin γ-Al2O3 platelets were heterogeneous on a nanometer scale and nanometer-sized building blocks were separated by partially coherent interfaces. The XRD simulation results showed that a specific packing of the primary crystalline blocks in the nanostructured γ-Al2O3 particles with formation of planar defects on {001}, {100}, and {101} planes nicely accounted for pronounced diffuse scattering, anisotropic peak broadening and peak shifts in the experimental XRD pattern. The identified planar defects in cation sublattice seem to be described as filling cation non-spinel sites in existing crystallographic models of γ-Al2O3 structure. The overall findings provided an insight into the complex nanostructure, which is intrinsic to the metastable γ-Al2O3 oxide.

  8. Influence of AlF3 and hydrothermal conditions on morphologies of α-Al2O3

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    FU Gao-feng; WANG Jing; KANG Jian

    2008-01-01

    Homogeneous α-Al2O3 platelets were synthesized by introducing AlF3 to alumina precursor.The effects of AlF3 additive on the phase transformation and morphology of the prepared α-Al2O3 platelets were investigated.The results show that a single phase of α-Al2O3 with an average particle size of 8μm can be obtained at 900℃ with 2% AlF3 additive.The transformation temperature decreasing IS attributed to introduction of Al3+ vacancy and to the formation of intermediate compound of AlOF,which is considered to accelerate the mass transportation from transitional Al2O3 to α-Al2O3.AlF3 concentration and hydrothermal temperature can also affect the morphology of α-Al2O3.When hydrothermal temperature is 120℃,the morphology of α-Al2O3 transforms from irregular to flat hexangular platelet with increasing AlF3 concentration.As hydrothermal temperature increases,the morphology of α-Al2O3 with 2% AlF3 additive changes from polyhedron to hexangular platelet and then to vermicular.

  9. Synthesis of Er-doped Lu2O3 nanoparticles and transparent ceramics

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    Serivalsatit, K.; Wasanapiarnpong, T.; Kucera, C.; Ballato, J.

    2013-05-01

    Transparent rare earth-doped Lu2O3 ceramics have received much attention for use in solid-state scintillator and laser applications. The fabrication of these ceramics, however, requires ultrafine and uniform powders as precursors. Presented here is the synthesis of Er-doped Lu2O3 nanopowders by a solution precipitation method using Er-doped lutetium sulfate solution and hexamethylenetetramine as a precipitant and the fabrication of Er-doped Lu2O3 transparent ceramics from these nanopowders. The precipitated precursors were calcined at 1100 °C for 4 h in order to convert the precursors into Lu2O3 nanoparticles with an average particle size of 60 nm. Thermal decomposition and phase evolution of the precursors were studied by simultaneous thermal analysis (STA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Er-doped Lu2O3 transparent ceramics were fabricated from these nanopowders using vacuum sintering followed by hot isostatic pressing at 1700 °C for 8 h. The transparent ceramics exhibit an optical transmittance of 78% at a wavelength of 1.55 μm.

  10. Tunneling electroresistance effect in ultrathin BiFeO3-based ferroelectric tunneling junctions

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    Yoong, Herng Yau; Wang, Han; Xiao, Juanxiu; Guo, Rui; Yang, Ping; Yang, Yi; Lim, Sze Ter; Wang, John; Venkatesan, T.; Chen, Jingsheng

    2016-12-01

    Tunneling electroresistance (TER) effect has been observed in high quality ultrathin BiFeO3 thin films. The growth quality of the ultrathin BiFeO3 films was confirmed using the synchrotron high resolution X-ray diffraction techniques as well as high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Ferroelectric-based resistive switching behavior is observed down to 2 u.c. of BiFeO3 ultrathin film, which is way below the critical thickness of BiFeO3 thin films exhibiting ferroelectricity reported in the previous research works. Upon fitting mathematically using the direct tunneling model, it could be seen that there is an increase in the change in the average potential barrier height when the barrier thickness increases from 2 u.c. to 10 u.c., which also results in an increase in the TER ratio by one order of magnitude. These results are promising and pave the way for developing ultrathin BiFeO3 films to be adopted in the non-volatile memory applications.

  11. Luminescence properties of La2O3:Eu3+ nanophosphor prepared by sol-gel method

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    Pushpa, N.; Kokila, M. K.; Shivaramu, N. J.

    2016-07-01

    Undoped and Eu3+ doped La2O3 nanophosphor are synthesized by low temperature sol-gel technique. The synthesized samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and average crystallite size is found to be ∼18 nm and ∼23 nm for undoped and Eu3+ doped La2O3 respectively. Gamma ray irradiated undoped La2O3 shows high intense thermoluminescence (TL) glow peak at 640 K and weak TL glow peak at 443 K and the high intense peak intensity is sub linear increase with γ-dose. Whereas Eu3+ doped La2O3 nanophosphor show a prominent TL glow peak at 640 K and its TL intensity linearly increases up to 1 kGy. The kinetic parameters are estimated using glow curve deconvoluted (GCD) technique. TL emission of γ-ray irradiated Eu3+ doped La2O3 show peaks at 508, 586, 619 and 706 nm are attributed to Eu3+ transition peaks.

  12. Nanocrystalline CdSnO3 Based Room Temperature Methanol Sensor

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    Shanabhau BAGUL

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of nanocrystalline CdSnO3 powder by ultrasonic atomizer assisted wet chemical method is reported in this paper. Synthesized CdSnO3 powder was characterized by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM to examine phase and microstructure. FESEM and TEM analysis reveals that the CdSnO3 powder prepared here is porous monodisperse nanocrystalline in nature, with average particle size of approximately 17 nm or smaller. The material is also characterized by UV-Visible and Photoluminescence (PL spectroscopy. Thick films of synthesized CdSnO3 powder fired at 850 0C are made by using screen printing method. The films surface is modified by using dipping method. CuCl2 (0.005 M dipped (for 2 min thick film shows high response (R= 477 to 100 ppm methanol at room temperature (35 0C. The sensor shows good selectivity and fast response recovery time to methanol. The excellent methanol sensing performance, particularly high response values is observed to be mainly due to porous CdSnO3 surface.

  13. Ferroelectric KNbO3 nanofibers: synthesis, characterization and their application as a humidity nanosensor

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    Ganeshkumar, Rajasekaran; Sopiha, Kostiantyn V.; Wu, Ping; Cheah, Chin Wei; Zhao, Rong

    2016-09-01

    By virtue of its non-toxicity, high T c, and non-linear optical and ferroelectric properties, one-dimensional (1D) potassium niobate (KNbO3) may enable the development of numerous nanoscale devices. Despite the progress in 1D perovskite materials, preparing high aspect ratio KNbO3 nanostructures is still a concern. This report presents the successful synthesis of ultra-long KNbO3 nanofibers using a simple sol-gel assisted far-field electrospinning process. At optimized conditions, centimeters long, orthorhombic KNbO3 nanofibers with an average diameter of 100 nm have been obtained. The nanofibers are composed of uniform grains densely stacked along the direction of the nanofiber axis. Due to large surface-volume ratio, a high sensitive humidity nanosensor based on KNbO3 nanofibers displaying a logarithmic-linear dependence behavior of the conductance with the relative humidity (RH) was demonstrated. The conductance increases dramatically from 10-10 ℧ to 10-6 ℧ while RH varies from 15% to 95% at room temperature. In addition, the nanosensor exhibits excellent sensing performance, including ultrafast response (≤2 s) and recovery times (≤10 s), good linearity and reproducibility. Furthermore, the change in ferroelectric coercivity with respect to the RH and its effect in the sensing behavior were unveiled. This work could enable broad applications in the fields of environmental sensing and nano-electrical-mechanical systems.

  14. Preparation and Photocatalytic Activity of Nanocrystalline GdFeO3

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    Niu Xinshu; Li Honghua; Zhang Feng; Liu Guoguang; Jiang Kai

    2005-01-01

    With Gd2O3, Fe(NO3)3·9H2O, and nitric acid(1:1 volume fraction) as starting materials, nanocrystalline material of rare-earth composite oxide GdFeO3 with perovskite-type structure was synthesized by sol-gel method in the system of citric acid. Structural characteristics were characterized by XRD and TEM, which indicate that the sample is nanocrystallite with uniform grain size distribution and the average grain size is about 21 nm. Its crystal structure includes a certain amount of lattice distortion due to decrease of grain size and increase of surface area. Photocatalytic properties of this material were tested by decolorization of various water-soluble dyes. Effects of irradiation time and amount of GdFeO3 on photocatalytic activity were also investigated. The results show that nano-sized GdFeO3 exhibits high photocatalytic activity and that increase of irradiation time and the amount of GdFeO3 can improve its photocatalytic activity.

  15. Luminescence and energy transfer of Tb(3+)-doped BaO-Gd2O3-Al2O3-B2O3-SiO2 glasses.

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    Zuo, Chenggang; Huang, Jinze; Liu, Shaoyou; Xiao, Anguo; Shen, Youming; Zhang, Xiangyang; Zhou, Zhihua; Zhu, Ligang

    2017-12-05

    Transparent Tb(3+)-doped BaO-Gd2O3-Al2O3-B2O3-SiO2 glasses with the greater than 4g/cm(3) were prepared by high temperature melting method and its luminescent properties have been investigated by measured UV-vis transmission, excitation, emission and luminescence decay spectra. The transmission spectrum shows there are three weak absorption bands locate at about 312, 378 and 484nm in the glasses and it has good transmittance in the visible spectrum region. Intense green emission can be observed under UV excitation. The effective energy transfer from Gd(3+) ion to Tb(3+) ion could occur and sensitize the luminescence of Tb(3+) ion. The green emission intensity of Tb(3+) ion could change with the increasing SiO2/B2O3 ratio in the borosilicate glass matrix. With the increasing concentration of Tb(3+) ion, (5)D4→(7)FJ transitions could be enhanced through the cross relaxation between the two nearby Tb(3+) ions. Luminescence decay time of 2.12ms from 546nm emission is obtained. The results indicate that Tb(3+)-doped BaO-Gd2O3-Al2O3-B2O3-SiO2 glasses would be potential scintillating material for applications in X-ray imaging. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Increased phytotoxic O3 dose accelerates autumn senescence in an O3-sensitive beech forest even under the present-level O3

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    Kitao, Mitsutoshi; Yasuda, Yukio; Kominami, Yuji; Yamanoi, Katsumi; Komatsu, Masabumi; Miyama, Takafumi; Mizoguchi, Yasuko; Kitaoka, Satoshi; Yazaki, Kenichi; Tobita, Hiroyuki; Yoshimura, Kenichi; Koike, Takayoshi; Izuta, Takeshi

    2016-09-01

    Ground-level ozone (O3) concentrations are expected to increase over the 21st century, especially in East Asia. However, the impact of O3 has not been directly assessed at the forest level in this region. We performed O3 flux-based risk assessments of carbon sequestration capacity in an old cool temperate deciduous forest, consisting of O3-sensitive Japanese beech (Fagus crenata), and in a warm temperate deciduous and evergreen forest dominated by O3-tolerant Konara oak (Quercus serrata) based on long-term CO2 flux observations. On the basis of a practical approach for a continuous estimation of canopy-level stomatal conductance (Gs), higher phytotoxic ozone dose above a threshold of 0 uptake (POD0) with higher Gs was observed in the beech forest than that in the oak forest. Light-saturated gross primary production, as a measure of carbon sequestration capacity of forest ecosystem, declined earlier in the late growth season with increasing POD0, suggesting an earlier autumn senescence, especially in the O3-sensitive beech forest, but not in the O3-tolerant oak forest.

  17. Non-linear Electrical Characteristics of ZnO Modified by Trioxides Sb2O3, Bi2O3, Fe2O3, Al2O3 and La2O3

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    Mekap, Anita; Das, Piyush R.; Choudhary, R. N. P.

    2016-08-01

    The non-linear behavior of polycrystalline-ZnO-based voltage-dependent resistors is considered in the present study. A high-temperature solid-state reaction route was used to synthesize polycrystalline samples of ZnO modified by small amounts of the trioxides Sb2O3, Bi2O3, Fe2O3, etc. in various proportions. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used to study the structural and microstructural characteristics of modified ZnO. Detailed studies of non-linear phenomena of the I-V characteristics, dielectric permittivity ( ɛ r), impedance ( Z), etc. of the samples have provided many interesting results. All the samples exhibited dielectric anomaly. Non-linear variation in polarization with electric field for all the samples was observed. Moreover, significant non-linearity in the I-V characteristics was observed in the breakdown region of all the samples at room temperature. The non-linear coefficient ( α) in different cases, i.e. for I- V, ɛ r- f, ɛ r- T, and ɛ r- Z, was calculated and found to be appreciable. The frequency dependence of ac conductivity suggests that the material obeys Jonscher's universal power law.

  18. Raman studies in tetragonal structure PbTeO3

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    Ma, Yan; Wang, Wendan; Liu, Qijun; Zhang, Linji; Lei, Li; Zhang, Leilei; Liu, Zhengtang

    2017-07-01

    Raman spectra of tetragonal phase PbTeO3 have been acquired from single-crystal sample synthesized by hydrothermal method. Theory calculations have been carried out to analyze the Raman spectra. Raman bands between 600 cm-1 and 800 cm-1 are attributed to the internal modes of Te-O bonds in TeO3 pyramid, while Raman bands between 136 cm-1 and 400 cm-1 are assigned to the external modes of TeO3 pyramid. The vibration corresponding to Raman frequencies below 119 cm-1 are consisted of Pb lattice modes and external modes of TeO3. The effects of pressure on the Raman spectrum of PbTeO3 have been investigated up to 23 GPa. A splitting of 119 cm-1 peak was observed at 13.4 GPa, which may caused by the rotation of TeO3 pyramid instead of the phase transition.

  19. Material properties of perovskites in the quasi-ternary system LaFeO3-LaCoO3-LaNiO3

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    Tietz, F.; Arul Raj, I.; Ma, Q.; Baumann, S.; Mahmoud, A.; Hermann, R. P.

    2016-05-01

    An overview is presented on the variation of electrical conductivity, oxygen permeation, and thermal expansion coefficient as a function of the composition of perovskites in the quasi-ternary system LaFeO3-LaCoO3-LaNiO3. Powders of thirteen nominal perovskite compositions were synthesized under identical conditions by the Pechini method. The powder X-ray diffraction data of two series, namely La(Ni0.5Fe0.5)1-xCoxO3 and LaNi0.5-xFexCo0.5O3, are presented after the powders had been sintered at 1100 °C for 6 h in air. The measurements revealed a rhombohedral structure for all compositions except LaNi0.5Fe0.5O3 for which 60% rhombohedral and 40% orthorhombic phase was found. The maximum DC electrical conductivity value of the perovskites at 800 °C was 1229 S cm-1 for the composition LaCoO3 and the minimum was 91 S cm-1 for the composition LaCo0.5Fe0.5O3. The oxygen permeation of samples with promising conductivities at 800 °C was one order of magnitude lower than that of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3 (LSCF). The highest value of 0.017 ml cm-2 min-1 at 950 °C was obtained with LaNi0.5Co0.5O3. The coefficients of thermal expansion varied in the range of 13.2×10-6 K-1 and 21.9×10-6 K-1 for LaNi0.5Fe0.5O3 and LaCoO3, respectively. 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy was used as probe for the oxidation states, local environment and magnetic properties of iron ions as a function of chemical composition. The substitution had a great influence on the chemical properties of the materials.

  20. Structural Behaviour of Solid Solutions in the NdAlO3-SrTiO3 System

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    Ohon, Natalia; Stepchuk, Roman; Blazhivskyi, Kostiantyn; Vasylechko, Leonid

    2017-02-01

    Single-phase mixed aluminates-titanates Nd1- x Sr x Al1- x Ti x O3 ( x = 0.3 ÷ 0.9) were prepared from stoichiometric amounts of constituent oxides Nd2O3, Al2O3, TiO2 and strontium carbonate SrCO3 by solid-state reaction technique in air at 1773 K. Crystal structure parameters of Nd1- x Sr x Al1- x Ti x O3 were refined by full-profile Rietveld refinement in space groups R overline{3} c ( x = 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 0.8) and Pm overline{3} m ( x = 0.9). Comparison of the obtained structural parameters with the literature data for the end members of the system NdAlO3 and SrTiO3 revealed formation of two kinds of solid solutions Nd1-xSrxAl1-xTixO3 with the cubic and rhombohedral perovskite structure. Morphotropic rhombohedral-to-cubic phase transition in Nd1-xSrxAl1-xTixO3 series occurs at x = 0.84. Based on the results obtained as well as the literature data for the parent compounds, the tentative phase diagram of the NdAlO3-SrTiO3 pseudo-binary system have been constructed.

  1. The influence of powder particle size on properties of Cu-Al2O3 composites

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    Rajković V.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Inert gas atomized prealloyed copper powder containing 2 wt.% Al (average particle size ≈ 30 μm and a mixture consisting of copper (average particle sizes ≈ 15 μm and 30 μm and 4 wt.% of commercial Al2O3 powder particles (average particle size ≈ 0.75 μm were milled separately in a high-energy planetary ball mill up to 20 h in air. Milling was performed in order to strengthen the copper matrix by grain size refinement and Al2O3 particles. Milling in air of prealloyed copper powder promoted formation of finely dispersed nano-sized Al2O3 particles by internal oxidation. On the other side, composite powders with commercial micro-sized Al2O3 particles were obtained by mechanical alloying. Following milling, powders were treated in hydrogen at 400 0C for 1h in order to eliminate copper oxides formed on their surface during milling. Hot-pressing (800 0C for 3 h in argon at pressure of 35 MPa was used for compaction of milled powders. Hot-pressed composite compacts processed from 5 and 20 h milled powders were additionally subjected to high temperature exposure (800°C for 1 and 5h in argon in order to examine their thermal stability. The results were discussed in terms of the effects of different size of starting powders, the grain size refinement and different size of Al2O3 particles on strengthening, thermal stability and electrical conductivity of copper-based composites.

  2. Interaction of O3+ Ions with Al2O3 Nanocapillaries

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    CHEN Xi-Meng; XU Jun-Kui; LOU Feng-Jun; YIN Yong-Zhi; ZHOU Chun-Lin; QIU Xi-Yu; WANG Jun; WANG Xing-An; SUN Guang-Zhi; CHEN Yi-Feng; XI Fa-Yuan; SAHO Jian-Xiong; CUI Ying; DING Bao-Wei

    2008-01-01

    @@ We investigate angular distributions of the transmitted 60 keV and 120 ke mV O3+ ions through nanocapillaries with 5Onm diameter and 10 μm length. The experimental results are in agreement with the 'guiding effect' found by Stolterfoht et al. For different tilted angles of the nanocapillary membrane with respect to the beam, the angular distributions of the transmitted ions are measured by a one-dimensional micro-channel plate (MCP) detector. Moreover, the dependence of this guiding effect on the projectile energy is studied.

  3. A new combustion route to -Fe2O3 synthesis

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    A Venkataraman; Vijay A Hiremath; S K Date; S D Kulkarni

    2001-12-01

    A new combustion route for the synthesis of -Fe2O3 is reported by employing purified -Fe2O3 as aprecursor in the present investigation. This synthesis which is similar to a self propagation combustion reaction, involves fewer steps, a shorter overall processing time, is a low energy reaction without the need of any explosives, and also the reaction is completed in a single step yielding magnetic iron oxide i.e. -Fe2O3. The as synthesized -Fe2O3 is characterized employing thermal, XRD, SEM, magnetic hysteresis, and density measurements. The effect of ball-milling on magnetic properties is also presented.

  4. Thermodynamic properties of LaCrO3

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

    2006-01-01

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

  5. Effect of microstructure on slag resistance of Al2 O3-Cr2 O3 bricks%Al2O3-Cr2O3砖显微结构对抗渣性能的影响

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    孙红刚; 李鹏涛; 付建莹; 闫双志; 王刚; 耿可明

    2014-01-01

    The slag resistance of two Al2 O3-Cr2 O3 bricks (with 10 mass%Cr2 O3 )A and B were researched using static crucible method and rotary slag method,respectively.The results show that,two Al2 O3-Cr2 O3 bricks have similar properties such as apparent porosity,bulk density,thermal shock resistance,and chem-ical compositions.Brick B has higher strength than brick A.Compared with brick B:brick A has smaller in-ner pores,because the white corundum aggregates in brick A are smoother and denser with continuous particle size distribution;Al2 O3-Cr2 O3 solid solution in brick A is smaller,crossing and forming net structure with small gaps,which reduces the penetration and wear of slag to refractories,meaning that brick A has better slag resistance than brick B.It’s obvious that optimizing microstructure is an effective way to im-prove the slag resistance of Al2 O3-Cr2 O3 materials.%分别采用静态坩埚抗渣法和回转抗渣法,对w(Cr2 O3)=10%的A和B两种Al2 O3-Cr2 O3砖进行了抗渣性能对比。结果发现:两种砖的化学组成、显气孔率、体积密度和抗热震性相近,B砖强度优于A砖的。但由于与B砖相比,A砖内部气孔尺寸更小,所用电熔白刚玉骨料形貌平滑,较为致密,粒度呈连续式分布,且A砖中Al2 O3-Cr2 O3固溶体发育较小,相互交错,形成了孔隙较小的空间网状结构,这种显微结构显著降低了熔渣对耐火材料的渗透和破坏,使A砖的抗渣性优于B砖的。因此,制备微气孔化结构的制品是提高Al2 O3-Cr2 O3材料抗渣性能的有效途径。

  6. Optical properties of the Al2O3/SiO2 and Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2 antireflective coatings

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    Marszałek, Konstanty; Winkowski, Paweł; Jaglarz, Janusz

    2014-01-01

    Investigations of bilayer and trilayer Al2O3/SiO2 and Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2 antireflective coatings are presented in this paper. The oxide films were deposited on a heated quartz glass by e-gun evaporation in a vacuum of 5 × 10-3 [Pa] in the presence of oxygen. Depositions were performed at three different temperatures of the substrates: 100 °C, 200 °C and 300 °C. The coatings were deposited onto optical quartz glass (Corning HPFS). The thickness and deposition rate were controlled with Inficon XTC/2 thickness measuring system. Deposition rate was equal to 0.6 nm/s for Al2O3, 0.6 nm - 0.8 nm/s for HfO2 and 0.6 nm/s for SiO2. Simulations leading to optimization of the thin film thickness and the experimental results of optical measurements, which were carried out during and after the deposition process, have been presented. The optical thickness values, obtained from the measurements performed during the deposition process were as follows: 78 nm/78 nm for Al2O3/SiO2 and 78 nm/156 nm/78 nm for Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2. The results were then checked by ellipsometric technique. Reflectance of the films depended on the substrate temperature during the deposition process. Starting from 240 nm to the beginning of visible region, the average reflectance of the trilayer system was below 1 % and for the bilayer, minima of the reflectance were equal to 1.6 %, 1.15 % and 0.8 % for deposition temperatures of 100 °C, 200 °C and 300 °C, respectively.

  7. Role of charge transfer configurations in LaMnO3, CaMnO3, and CaFeO3.

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    Sadoc, Aymeric; Broer, Ria; de Graaf, Coen

    2007-04-01

    A simple scheme is proposed to analyze the N-electron wave function obtained in embedded cluster calculations in valence bond terms such as ligand-to-metal charge transfer and non-charge-transfer determinants. The analysis is based on a unitary transformation of pairs of natural orbitals to optimal atomiclike orbitals. The procedure is applied to compare the degree of ionicity in NiO and MnO and to explain the existence or absence of Jahn-Teller distortions in LaMnO3, CaMnO3, and CaFeO3. The authors find that the ground state of LaMnO3 is dominated by non-charge-transfer configurations, whereas the charge transfer configurations dominate the ground state wave function in the other two perovskites.

  8. Superconductivity in Ba(Pb,Bi,Sb)O 3, Ba(Pb,Bi,Te)O 3 and (Ba,La) (Pb,Bi,Tl)O 3 systems

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    Nagarajan, R.; Vasanthacharya, N. Y.; Gopalakrishnan, J.; Rao, C. N. R.

    1991-02-01

    It is possible to substitute Bi in the superconducting BaPb 0.75Bi 0.25O 3 by Sb or Te without destroying the superconductivity. With Sb, a continuous series of solid solutions BaPb 0.75Bi 0.25-ySb yO 3 (0 ⩽ y ⩽ 0.25) exists, while with Te, perovskite BaPb 0.75Bi 0.25-yTe yO 3 exists only upto y = 0.15. With increasing substitution by Sb or Te, T c decreases continously in both the systems. Superconductivity with a maximum T c of 8K is found in Ba 0.9La 0.1Pb 0.9-yBi yTl 0.1O 3 for y = 0.25.

  9. Al2O3/Al2O3 Joint Brazed with Al2O3-particulate-contained Composite Ag-Cu-Ti Filler Material

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    Jianguo YANG; Hongyuan FANG; Xin WAN

    2005-01-01

    Microstructure and interfacial reactions of Al2O3 joints brazed with Al2O3-particulate-contained composite Ag-Cu-Ti filler material were researched by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron probe microscopy analysis (EPMA),energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The interfacial reaction layer thickness of joints brazed with conventional active filler metal and active composite filler materials with different volume fraction of Al2O3 particulate was also studied. The experimental results indicated although there were Al2O3 particulates added into active filler metals, the time dependence of interfacial layer growth of joints brazed with active composite filler material is t1/2 as described by Fickian law as the joints brazed with conventional active filler metal.

  10. Mechanochemical synthesis of NaNbO3, KNbO3 and K0.5Na0.5NbO3

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    Rojac T.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Mechanochemical synthesis of the K0.5Na0.5NbO3 solid solution (KNN is studied. In order to explore the mechanochemical interactions between the constituents in the Na2CO3 - K2CO3 - Nb2O5 system, NaNbO3 and KNbO3 as the boundary compositions of the KNN solid solution are also studied. It has been shown that NaNbO3 can be prepared by a single-step mechanochemical synthesis, while in the case of K2CO3 and Nb2O5, and Na2CO3, K2CO3 and Nb2O5 mixtures, only amorphisation occurs even after prolonged milling.

  11. Electric field effects in graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures and nanostructures

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    Mengchen Huang

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available We report the development and characterization of graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures. Complex-oxide heterostructures are created by pulsed laser deposition and are integrated with graphene using both mechanical exfoliation and transfer from chemical-vapor deposition on ultraflat copper substrates. Nanoscale control of the metal-insulator transition at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface, achieved using conductive atomic force microscope lithography, is demonstrated to be possible through the graphene layer. LaAlO3/SrTiO3-based electric field effects using a graphene top gate are also demonstrated. The ability to create functional field-effect devices provides the potential of graphene-complex-oxide heterostructures for scientific and technological advancement.

  12. Electro-mechanical response of top-gated LaAlO3/SrTiO3

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    Bi, Feng; Huang, Mengchen; Bark, Chung-Wung; Ryu, Sangwoo; Lee, Sanghan; Eom, Chang-Beom; Irvin, Patrick; Levy, Jeremy

    2016-01-01

    LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures are known to exhibit a sharp, hysteretic metal-insulator transition (MIT) with large enhanced capacitance near depletion. To understand the physical origin of this behavior, the electromechanical response of top-gated LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures is probed using two simultaneous measurement techniques: piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) and capacitance spectroscopy. The observed hysteretic PFM responses show strong correlation with the capacitance signals, suggesting an interfacial carrier-mediated structural distortion associated with the gate-tuned MIT. In addition, the frequency dependence of the capacitance enhancement in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 is found to be well-matched to local PFM measurements. Our experimental results provide a fuller understanding of the top-gate tuned MIT in oxide heterostructure, which could be helpful for the development of future oxide-based nanoelectronics.

  13. Giant magnetocaloric effect in GdAlO3 and a comparative study with GdMnO3

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

    2017-01-01

    The magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect of polycrystalline GdAlO3 and GdMnO3 have been investigated to assess their potential usage as magnetic refrigerants at cryogenic temperatures. These compounds undergo antiferromagnetic transitions at low temperatures which are associated with the giant magnetic entropy change effect (-\\bigtriangleup {{S}M} )  ˜40.9 J Kg · K-1 under a field change of 0-9 T for GdAlO3 while the moderate effect of 18 J Kg · K-1 is observed for polycrystalline GdMnO3. Though the relative cooling power of both the stated materials is similar however, the absence of magnetic and thermal hysteresis makes GdAlO3 a more efficient magnetic refrigerant than GdMnO3.

  14. Growth mechanism of NaClO3 and NaBrO3 crystals from aqueous solutions

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    V Surender; N Arundhathi; K Kishan Rao

    2006-10-01

    A study of growth rates of NaClO3 and NaBrO3 has been carried out using a small growth cell by in situ observation. Normal growth rates of {100} faces of NaClO3 and {111} faces of NaBrO3 along $\\langle 110 \\rangle$ direction are measured under relatively high supersaturation ranging from 3–8%. In the initial stages of growth, {100}, {110} and {111} faces develop in NaClO3 and gradually all the faces are replaced by the {100} faces only. In the case of NaBrO3, mostly {111} faces develop with occasional occurrence of small {100} faces at the intersection of {111} faces. The growth mechanisms are investigated from growth rate vs supersaturation plots and from the observations of surface features. In the present supersaturation range, the growth mechanism appears to be due to two-dimensional growth mechanism.

  15. Impact of biaxial compressive strain on the heterostructures of paraelectrics KTaO3 and SrTiO3

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    Yi Yang

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available We have performed density functional theory calculations to explore the impact of biaxial compressive strain on the heterostructures of paraelectrics KTaO3 and SrTiO3. We find that the strain induces strong ferroelectric distortion in KTaO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures and it stabilizes the heterostructures in ferroelectric states.The strain influences the distribution of doped holes and leads to the localization of holes in TiO2 layer. It is very interesting that ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism simultaneously present in the strained heterostructures formed by the paraelectrics KTaO3 and SrTiO3. The reversal of ferroelectric polarization changes the interface magnetization and thus results in magnetoelectric coupling effect in the heterostructures.

  16. Structural and electronic properties of Fe-doped BaTiO3 and SrTiO3

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    Zhang Chao; Wang Chun-Lei; Li Ji-Chao; Yang Kun

    2007-01-01

    We have performed first principles calculations of Fe-doped BaTiO3 and SrTiO3. Dopant formation energy, structure distortion, band structure and density of states have been computed. The dopant formation energy is found to be 6.8 eV and 6.5 eV for Fe-doped BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 respectively. The distances between Fe impurity and its nearest O atoms and between Fe atom and Ba or Sr atoms are smaller than those of the corresponding undoped bulk systems. The Fe defect energy band is obtained, which mainly originates from Fe 3d electrons. The band gap is still an indirect one after Fe doping for both BaTiO3 and SrTiO3, but the gap changes from Г-R point to Г-X point.

  17. Effect of Y2O3 and Dy2O3 on Microstructure and Mechanical Behaviors of Aluminum Nitride Ceramics

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    2006-01-01

    The effects of two types of additives, Y2O3 and Dy2O3, on the sintering and mechanical behaviors of AlN ceramics were investigated. The experimental results show that the sintering temperature can be decreased and the mechanical behavior can be improved by adding rare earth in AlN ceramics. The strength of AlN ceramics with Y2O3 and Dy2O3 are 326 and 320 MPa, respectively, which are 97.6% and 93.9% higher than the un-doped AlN ceramics. The fracture behavior on the fracture surfaces of rare earth oxide AlN ceramics was found to be a mixed mode of transgranular fracture and intergranular fracture. As a result, it is concluded that the improvement of bending strength of AlN ceramics with Y2O3 and Dy2O3 addition are mainly achieved by strengthening the grain boundary.

  18. Effect of Y2O3 and Sm2O3 on Sintering and Mechanical Behaviors of Alumina Ceramics

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    Yao Yijun; Qiu Tai; Jiao Baoxiang

    2004-01-01

    The effects of Y2O3 and Sm2O3 doping on the sintering temperature, microstructure and mechanical behaviors of Al2O3 ceramics were investigated. The experimental results show that the sintering temperature can be decreased and the mechanical behavior can be improved by adding rare earth in alumina ceramics. The relative density of rare-earthdoped alumina ceramics reaches 98.8% after sintering at 1600 ℃ for 2 h, and its bending strength and fracture toughness reach 439 MPa and 5.28 MPa·m1/2,respectively.Introduction of Y2O3 and Sm2O3 in Al2O3 can restrain the growth of grains, refine the size of grains, and thus form a fine-grained structure. The fracture characteristic is the mixed modes of intergranular and transgranular fracture.

  19. Ionic liquid-based hydrothermal synthesis of Lu2O3 and Lu2O3:Eu3+ microcrysals

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    Li, Yinyan; Xu, Shiqing

    2016-09-01

    Uniform and well-defined Lu2O3 and Lu2O3:Eu3+ microarchitectures have been successfully synthesized via a green and facile ionic liquid-based hydrothermal method followed by a subsequent calcination process. Novel 3D micro-rodbundles and 1D microrods of Lu2O3 and Lu2O3:Eu3+ were controllably obtained through this method. X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence spectra were used to characterize the micromaterials. The proposed formation mechanisms have been investigated on the basis of a series of SEM studies of the products obtained at different hydrothermal durations. The results indicated that hydrothermal temperature and the ionic liquid-tetrabutylammonium hydroxide were two key factors for the formation as well as the morphology control of the Lu2O3 and Lu2O3:Eu3+ microarchitectures.

  20. Disordered ferroelectricity in the PbTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattice thin film

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    Kim, Gi-Yeop; Chu, Kanghyun; Sung, Kil-Dong; Lee, Hak-Sung; Kim, Sung-Dae; Song, Kyung; Choi, Taekjib; Lee, Jaichan; Buban, James P.; Yoon, Seog-Young; Kim, Kwang-Ho; Yang, Chan-Ho; Choi, Si-Young

    2017-06-01

    The PbTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattice thin films with a low volume fraction of PbTiO3 have not attracted much interest because they are thought to exhibit only a paraelectric state. In this study, we focus on a superlattice thin film with thin PbTiO3 (PTO) and thick SrTiO3 (STO) layers, wherein the hidden ferroelectricity in the thin PbTiO3 layer is revealed. Atomic scale imaging analysis and electron energy loss spectroscopy reveal the existence of a disordered ferroelectric polarization state without innate tetragonal distortion in the (6PTO/15STO)5 superlattice. The piezoelectric force microscopy analysis confirms that this disordered ferroelectricity can enhance piezoelectric response.

  1. Doping of BiScO3-PbTiO3 Ceramics for Enhanced Properties

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    Sehirlioglu, Alp; Sayir, Ali; Dynys, Fred

    2008-01-01

    High-temperature piezoelectrics are a key technology for aeronautics and aerospace applications such as fuel modulation to increase the engine efficiency and decrease emissions. The principal challenge for the insertion of piezoelectric materials is the limitation on upper use temperature which is due to low Curie-Temperature (T(sub c) and increasing electrical conductivity. BiScO3 -PbTiO3 (BS-PT) system is a promising candidate for improving the operating temperature for piezoelectric actuators due to its high TC (>400 C). Effects of Zr and Mn doping of the BS-PT ceramics have been studied and all electrical and electromechanical properties for Sc-deficient and Ti-deficient BS- PT ceramics are reported as a function of electrical field and temperature. Donor doping with Zr and Mn (in Sc deficient compositions) increased the DC-resistivity and decreased tan at all temperatures. Resulting ceramics exhibited saturated hysteresis loops with low losses and showed no dependence on the applied field (above twice the coercive field) and measurement frequency.

  2. Al2O3/GdAlO3 fiber for dental porcelain reinforcement.

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    Medeiros, Igor S; Luz, Luciana A; Yoshimura, Humberto N; Cesar, Paulo F; Hernandes, Antonio C

    2009-10-01

    The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that the addition of continuous or milled GdAlO3/Al2O3 fibers to a dental porcelain increases its mechanical properties. Porcelain bars without reinforcement (control) were compared to those reinforced with long fibers (30 vol%). Also, disk specimens reinforced with milled fibers were produced by adding 0 (control), 5 or 10 vol% of particles. The reinforcement with continuous fibers resulted in significant increase in the uniaxial flexural strength from 91.5 to 217.4 MPa. The addition of varied amounts of milled fibers to the porcelain did not significantly affect its biaxial flexural strength compared to the control group. SEM analysis showed that the interface between the continuous fiber and the porcelain was free of defects. On the other hand, it was possible to note the presence of cracks surrounding the milled fiber/porcelain interface. In conclusion, the reinforcement of the porcelain with continuous fibers resulted in an efficient mechanism to increase its mechanical properties; however the addition of milled fibers had no significant effect on the material because the porcelain was not able to wet the ceramic particles during the firing cycle.

  3. Luminescent properties of BaO-La2O3-B2O3 glasses with dopant

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    石鹏途; 舒万艮; 廉世勋; 吕兴栋; 刘又年

    2004-01-01

    The luminescent properties of glasses synthesized in air atmosphere by conventional high temperature process were studied. The emissions spectra of Eu2+ and Eu3+ were observed in BaO-La2O3-B2O3-Eu2O3 glasses. The results show that the broad emission peaks at 430 nm correspond to 5d→4f emission transition of Eu2+, the sharp emission peaks at 592, 616, 650 and 750 nm correspond to 5D0→7Fj(j=1-4) emission transition of Eu3+, respectively, which indicates that the BaO-La2O3-B2O3-Eu2O3 glass can convert ultraviolet and green components of sunlight into blue and red light so as to increase the intensity of blue and red light, respectively. The luminescent intensity of Eu2+ increases with increasing the molar ratio of Tb3+ in BaO-La2O3-B2O3-Eu2O3-Tb4O7 glasses, whereas the luminescent intensity of Eu3+ decreases. So the luminescent intensity of Eu(III, II) is influenced by Tb3+. These phenomena can be explained by electron transfer mechanism: Eu3+(4f6)+Tb3+(4f8)→Eu2+(4f7)+Tb4+(4f7). Taking advantage of the luminescent properties of BaO-La2O3-B2O3-Eu2O3 glasses, light-conversion glass for agriculture can be produced.

  4. Upper-tropospheric CO and O3 budget during the Asian summer monsoon

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    Barret, Brice; Sauvage, Bastien; Bennouna, Yasmine; Le Flochmoen, Eric

    2016-07-01

    During the Asian summer monsoon, the circulation in the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere (UTLS) is dominated by the Asian monsoon anticyclone (AMA). Pollutants convectively uplifted to the upper troposphere are trapped within this anticyclonic circulation that extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Eastern Mediterranean basin. Among the uplifted pollutants are ozone (O3) and its precursors, such as carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Many studies based on global modeling and satellite data have documented the source regions and transport pathways of primary pollutants (CO, HCN) into the AMA. Here, we aim to quantify the O3 budget by taking into consideration anthropogenic and natural sources. We first use CO and O3 data from the MetOp-A/IASI sensor to document their tropospheric distributions over Asia, taking advantage of the useful information they provide on the vertical dimension. These satellite data are used together with MOZAIC tropospheric profiles recorded in India to validate the distributions simulated by the global GEOS-Chem chemistry transport model. Over the Asian region, UTLS monthly CO and O3 distributions from IASI and GEOS-Chem display the same large-scale features. UTLS CO columns from GEOS-Chem are in agreement with IASI, with a low bias of 11 ± 9 % and a correlation coefficient of 0.70. For O3, the model underestimates IASI UTLS columns over Asia by 14 ± 26 % but the correlation between both is high (0.94). GEOS-Chem is further used to quantify the CO and O3 budget through sensitivity simulations. For CO, these simulations confirm that South Asian anthropogenic emissions have a more important impact on enhanced concentrations within the AMA (˜ 25 ppbv) than East Asian emissions (˜ 10 ppbv). The correlation between enhanced emissions over the Indo-Gangetic Plain and monsoon deep convection is responsible for this larger impact. Consistently, South Asian anthropogenic NOx emissions also play a larger role in producing O3 within

  5. Liquid phase sintering of silicon carbide with AlN/Y2O3, Al2O3/Y2O3 and SiO2/Y2O3 additions

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    Kurt Strecker

    1999-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the influence of the additive system on the liquid phase sintering of silicon carbide has been investigated. The additives employed were mixtures of AlN/Y2O3, Al2O3/Y2O3 and SiO2/Y2O3. The total additive content was fixed at 20 vol.-%, maintaining the Y2O3 content in each additive system at 35 vol.-%. Cold isostatically pressed samples were sintered at 1900, 2000 and 2100 °C under Ar atmosphere during 30 min. The most promising results have been obtained by samples with AlN/Y2O3 additions sintered at 2000 °C, exhibiting the smallest weight loss of about 6% and the highest flexural strengths of about 433 MPa. Samples with Al2O3/Y2O3 and SiO2/Y2O3 additions exhibited high weight loss, because of reactions of Al2O3 and SiO2 with the SiC matrix, forming gaseous species such as Al2O, SiO and CO, resulting in depletion of the liquid phase, and, consequently, in inferior final densities and mechanical properties. Concerning the SiO2/Y2O3 additive system, the reactions seem to be completed already at temperatures below 1900 °C, turning this additive mixture unsuitable. The microstructural analysis indicated only the presence of the b-SiC phase for all samples; no phase transformation of the b-SiC into a-SiC has been observed.

  6. The magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and dielectric constant of hexagonal YMnO3, LuMnO3 and ScMnO3

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    Tomuta, D. G.; Ramakrishnan, S.; Nieuwenhuys, G. J.; Mydosh, J. A.

    2001-05-01

    We report the magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and dielectric constant for high-purity polycrystalline samples of three hexagonal manganites: YMnO3, LuMnO3 and ScMnO3. These materials can exhibit a ferroelectric transition at very high temperatures (TFE>700 K). At lower temperatures there is magnetic ordering of the frustrated Mn3+ spins (S = 2) on a triangular Mn lattice (YMnO3: TN = 71 K LuMnO3: TN = 90 K and ScMnO3: TN = 130 K). The transition is characterized by a sharp kink in the magnetic susceptibility at TN below which it continues to increase due to the frustration on the triangular lattice. The specific heat shows one clear continuous phase transition at TN, which is independent of external magnetic field up to 9 T with an entropy content as expected for Mn3+ ions. The temperature-dependent dielectric constant displays a distinct anomaly at TN.

  7. Structural characterization and optical properties of perovskite ZnZrO 3 nanoparticles

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    Zhu, Xinhua

    2014-03-17

    Perovskite ZnZrO3 nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrothermal method, and their microstructures and optical properties were characterized. The crystallinity, phase formation, morphology and composition of the as-synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), high-resolutiontransmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy analysis, respectively. TEM images demonstrated that the average particle size of the ZnZrO3 powders was increased with increasing the Zn/Zr molar ratios in the precursors, and more large ZnZrO3 particles with cubic morphology were observed at high Zn/Zr molar ratios. In addition, the phase structures of the ZnZrO3 particles were also evolved from a cubic to tetragonal perovskite phase, as revealed by XRD and SAED patterns. HRTEM images demonstrate that surface structures of the ZnZrO3 powders synthesized at high Zn/Zr molar ratios, are composed of corners bound by the {100} mini-facets, and the surface steps lying on the {100} planes are frequently observed, whereas the (101) facet isoccasionally observed. The formation of such a rough surface structure is understood from the periodic bond chain theory. Quantitative EDX analyses demonstrated that the atomic concentrations (at.%) of Zn:Zr:O in the particles were 20.70:21.07:58.23, as close to the composition of ZnZrO3. In the optical spectra, a significant red shift of the absorption edges (for the ZnZrO3 nanopowders) from UV to visible region (from 394 to 417 nm) was observed as increasing the Zn/Zr molar ratios in the precursors, which corresponds to that the band gap energies of the ZnZrO3 nanopowders can be continuously tuned from 3.15 to 2.97 eV. This opens an easy way to tune the band gap energies of the ZnZrO3 nanopowders. © 2014 The American Ceramic Society.

  8. Magnetic transition anisotropies in orthorhombic LuMnO3 and HoMnO3 multiferroic thin films

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    Tsai, T. Y.; Lin, T. H.; Slowry, S.; Luo, C. W.; Wu, K. H.; Lin, J.-Y.; Uen, T. M.; Juang, J. Y.

    2010-01-01

    We have successfully prepared the b-axis-oriented orthorhombic LuMnO3 (LuMO) and HoMnO3 (HMO) thin films by pulsed laser deposition on (110)-LaAlO3 substrates. The nearly perfect alignment between the film growth orientation and the substrate allows us to study the magnetic transitions along the respective crystal orientation, which has displayed marked anisotropic behaviours. In particular, with the largest ionic size difference between Lu and Ho for the family of RMnO3 displaying the E-type AFM, the effects of lattice distortion on the magnetic transition are compared.

  9. Studies on the properties of Al2O3:Cr2O3 (50:50) thin film

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    Ponmudi, S.; Sivakumar, R.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2016-05-01

    Aluminium oxide (Al2O3) and chromium oxide (Cr2O3) thin films have received great attention of researchers because of their unique properties of corrosion/oxidation resistance and high dielectric constant. In addition, chromium aluminium oxide has been considered as a best candidate for deep-ultraviolet optical masks. In the present work, thin films of Al2O3:Cr2O3 (50:50) were deposited on pre-cleaned microscopic glass substrate by RF magnetron sputtering technique. The substrate temperature and RF power induced changes in structural, surface morphological, compositional and optical properties of the films have been studied.

  10. Spin-Orbit-Enhanced Functionality in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Nanostructures

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    2015-09-16

    two- dimensional electron gas and conductivity switching of nanowires at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface grown by 90° off-axis sputtering," Applied...rectangular area that is 200 nm wide. Transport experiments are performed as a function of a plane-perpendicular magnetic field up to 50 kOe, and as a... insulator transition of the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface with a conductive-atomic force microscope (c-AFM) technique has enabled a variety of electrical and

  11. Effect of KNbO3 modification on structural, electrical and magnetic properties of BiFeO3

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    Dash, Swagatika; Choudhary, R. N. P.; Das, Piyush R.; Kumar, Ashok

    2015-03-01

    The polycrystalline samples of (Bi1- x K x ) (Fe1- x Nb x ) O3 (BKFN) for x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 were synthesized by a solid-state reaction method. The X-ray diffraction patterns of BKFN exhibit that the addition of KNbO3 in BiFeO3 gradually changes its structure from rhombohedral to pseudocubic. The analysis of scanning electron micrograph clearly showed that the sintered samples have well-defined and uniformly distributed grains. Addition of KNbO3 to BiFeO3 enhances the dielectric, ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties of BiFeO3. Detailed studies of impedance and related parameters of BKFN using the complex impedance spectroscopic technique exhibit the significant contributions of grain and grain boundaries in the resistive and transport properties of the materials. Some oxygen vacancies created in the ceramic samples during high-temperature processing play an important role in the conduction mechanism. The leakage current or tangent loss of BiFeO3 is greatly reduced on addition of KNbO3 to the parent compound BiFeO3. Preliminary studies of ferroelectric and magnetic characteristics of the samples reveal the existence of ferroelectric, and weak ferromagnetic ordered ceramics.

  12. Microhardness studies on as-grown faces of NaClO3 and NaBrO3 crystals

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    K Kishan Rao; V Surender; B Saritha Rani

    2002-12-01

    Single crystals of NaClO3 and NaBrO3 are grown from their aqueous solutions at a constant temperature of 35°C by slow evaporation by using good quality seed crystals. Systematic microhardness studies are made on as-grown faces of these crystals at various loads. Typical cracks are observed at the corners of the impressions in NaClO3 whereas in addition to the cracks at the corners microcracks also appeared in NaBrO3 crystals around the impressions. The impressions formed in NaBrO3 are not very clear as in NaClO3, a possible mechanism for it is discussed. The work hardening index number () for both these crystals is around 1.6 suggesting that these are moderately harder samples. The hardness studies point out that NaBrO3 is harder than NaClO3 ( ≈ 100 kg/mm2), this could be due to strong inter ionic forces acting between Na–Br in NaBrO3 crystals. Using Gilman’s empirical relation, hardness values are calculated from the values of elastic constants (44) and are found to be close to the experimental results.

  13. Voltage-controlled ferromagnetism and magnetoresistance in LaCoO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures

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    Hu, Chengqing; Park, Keun Woo; Posadas, Agham; Jordan-Sweet, Jean L.; Demkov, Alexander A.; Yu, Edward T.

    2013-11-01

    A LaCoO3/SrTiO3 heterostructure grown on Si (001) is shown to provide electrically switchable ferromagnetism, a large, electrically tunable magnetoresistance, and a vehicle for achieving and probing electrical control over ferromagnetic behavior at submicron dimensions. Fabrication of devices in a field-effect transistor geometry enables application of a gate bias voltage that modulates strain in the heterostructure via the converse piezoelectric effect in SrTiO3, leading to an artificial inverse magnetoelectric effect arising from the dependence of ferromagnetism in the LaCoO3 layer on strain. Below the Curie temperature of the LaCoO3 layer, this effect leads to modulation of resistance in LaCoO3 as large as 100%, and magnetoresistance as high as 80%, both of which arise from carrier scattering at ferromagnetic-nonmagnetic interfaces in LaCoO3. Finite-element numerical modeling of electric field distributions is used to explain the dependence of carrier transport behavior on gate contact geometry, and a Valet-Fert transport model enables determination of spin polarization in the LaCoO3 layer. Piezoresponse force microscopy is used to confirm the existence of piezoelectric response in SrTiO3 grown on Si (001). It is also shown that this structure offers the possibility of achieving exclusive-NOR logic functionality within a single device.

  14. Formation of a 25 mol% Fe2O3-Al2O3 solid solution prepared by ball milling

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Mørup, Steen; Linderoth, Søren

    1996-01-01

    The phase transformation process of a 25 mol% Fe2O3-Al2O3 powder mixture during high-energy ball milling has been studied by x-ray diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy. A metastable solid solution of 25 mol % Fe2O3 in Al2O3 with corundum structure has successfully been prepared after a milling...... time of 122 h. This demonstrates that the high-energy ball milling technique is able to prepare metastable solid solutions with an extended range of compositions in ceramic/ceramic systems with a positive hear of mixing....

  15. Low Temperature Phonon Properties of Orthorhombic REMnO3

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    Liu, Zhenxian; Gao, Peng; Chen, Haiyan; Tyson, Trevor A.

    2010-03-01

    We present the temperature dependent phonon spectra of orthorhombic-LuMnO3 and DyMnO3. The temperature dependent phonon spectra results are compared with the XAFS measurement results to probe for structural changes in the low temperature region which may coincide with ferroelectric behavior.

  16. Ellipsometric studies of ErMnO3 single crystals

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    Babonas, G.-J.; Grivel, Jean-Claude; Reza, A.

    2007-01-01

    Ellipsometric studies of ErMnO3 single crystals have been carried out in the spectral range of 1-5 eV by means of photometric ellipsometers. Experimental ellipsometric data were analysed in the uniaxial crystal model. For the first time, the components of dielectric function of ErMnO3 were...

  17. Ellipsometric studies of ErMnO3 single crystals

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    Babonas, G.-J.; Grivel, Jean-Claude; Reza, A.;

    2007-01-01

    Ellipsometric studies of ErMnO3 single crystals have been carried out in the spectral range of 1-5 eV by means of photometric ellipsometers. Experimental ellipsometric data were analysed in the uniaxial crystal model. For the first time, the components of dielectric function of ErMnO3 were...

  18. Efficient femtosecond high power Yb:Lu(2)O(3) thin disk laser.

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    Marchese, S V; Baer, C R E; Peters, R; Kränkel, C; Engqvist, A G; Golling, M; Maas, D J H C; Petermann, K; Südmeyer, T; Huber, G; Keller, U

    2007-12-10

    We demonstrate the first passively mode-locked thin disk laser based on Yb:Lu(2)O(3). The laser generates 370-fs pulses with 20.5 W of average power in a diffraction-limited beam (M(2) pump power of 56 W, resulting in an optical-to-optical efficiency of 43%, which is higher than for any previously mode-locked thin disk laser.

  19. Electric power monthly

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    The Energy Information Administration (EIA) prepares the Electric Power Monthly (EPM) for a wide audience including Congress, Federal and State agencies, the electric utility industry, and the general public. This publication provides monthly statistics for net generation, fossil fuel consumption and stocks, quantity and quality of fossil fuels, cost of fossil fuels, electricity sales, revenue, and average revenue per kilowatthour of electricity sold. Data on net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and cost of fossil fuels are also displayed for the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) regions. The EIA publishes statistics in the EPM on net generation by energy source, consumption, stocks, quantity, quality, and cost of fossil fuels; and capability of new generating units by company and plant. The purpose of this publication is to provide energy decisionmakers with accurate and timely information that may be used in forming various perspectives on electric issues that lie ahead.

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    Smith, Sandra R.; Johnson, Melvin; McClevey, Kenneth; Calopedis, Stephen; Bolden, Deborah

    1992-05-01

    The Electric Power Monthly is prepared by the Survey Management Division; Office of Coal, Nuclear, Electric and Alternate Fuels, Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy. This publication provides monthly statistics at the national, Census division, and State levels for net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and quality of fuel, cost of fuel, electricity sales, revenue, and average revenue per kilowatthour of electricity sold. Data on net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and cost of fuel are also displayed for the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) regions. Additionally, statistics by company and plant are published in the EPM on capability of new plants, new generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and quality of fuel, and cost of fuel.

  1. Rapid fabrication of Al2O3 encapsulations for organic electronic devices

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    Ali, Kamran; Ali, Junaid; Mehdi, Syed Murtuza; Choi, Kyung-Hyun; An, Young Jin

    2015-10-01

    Organic electronics have earned great reputation in electronic industry yet they suffer technical challenges such as short lifetimes and low reliability because of their susceptibility to water vapor and oxygen which causes their fast degradation. This paper report on the rapid fabrication of Al2O3 encapsulations through a unique roll-to-roll atmospheric atomic layer deposition technology (R2R-AALD) for the life time enhancement of organic poly (4-vinylphenol) (PVP) memristor devices. The devices were then categorized into two sets. One was processed with R2R-AALD Al2O3 encapsulations at 50 °C and the other one was kept as un-encapsulated. The field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) results revealed that pin holes and other irregularities in PVP films with average arithmetic roughness (Ra) of 9.66 nm have been effectively covered by Al2O3 encapsulation having Ra of 0.92 nm. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy XPS spectrum for PVP film showed peaks of C 1s and O 1s at the binding energies of 285 eV and 531 eV, respectively. The respective appearance of Al 2p, Al 2s, and O 1s peaks at the binding energies of 74 eV, 119 eV, and 531 eV, confirms the fabrication of Al2O3 films. Electrical current-voltage (I-V) measurements confirmed that the Al2O3 encapsulation has a huge influence on the performance, robustness and life time of memristor devices. The Al2O3 encapsulated memristor performed with superior stability for four weeks whereas the un-encapsulated devices could only last for one week. The performance of encapsulated device had been promising after being subjected to bending test for 100 cycles and the variations in its stability were of minor concern confirming the mechanical robustness and flexibility of the devices.

  2. Influence of Cr2O3 nanoparticles on the physical properties of polyvinyl alcohol

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    Hassen, A.; El Sayed, A. M.; Morsi, W. M.; El-Sayed, S.

    2012-11-01

    Nano-sized chromium oxide (Cr2O3) was synthesized by sol-gel method and mixed with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) to produce nanocomposite films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the morphology and dispersion of Cr2O3 on the surface of the PVA films. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was performed on nano-sized Cr2O3, pure PVA, and Cr2O3/PVA composites. Based on the results of both XRD and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), the average particle size of the Cr2O3 was ≈ 46 nm. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed that the thermal stability and degree of crystallinity of the PVA were reinforced by the addition of Cr2O3 nanoparticles. The absorbance and extinction coefficients of the composites were studied in the UV-vis range and compared with those of pure PVA. The optical energy band gap, Eg, was calculated. Dielectric constant, ɛ', dielectric loss modulus, M″, and ac conductivity, σac, of all samples were measured within temperature and frequency ranges of 300-468 K and 10 kHz-2 MHz, respectively. According to the frequency and temperature dependence of the dielectric loss modulus, M″, the observed α-relaxation peak was due to the micro-Brownian motion of the polymer main chains. The behavior of σac(f) for the composite films indicated that the conduction mechanism was correlated barrier hopping (CBH). The results of this work were discussed and compared with those of previous studies of PVA composites.

  3. Role of intrinsic disorder in the structural phase transition of magnetoelectric EuTiO3

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    Allieta, Mattia; Scavini, Marco; Spalek, Leszek J.; Scagnoli, Valerio; Walker, Helen C.; Panagopoulos, Christos; Saxena, Siddharth S.; Katsufuji, Takuro; Mazzoli, Claudio

    2012-05-01

    Up to now, the crystallographic structure of the magnetoelectric perovskite EuTiO3 has been considered to remain cubic down to low temperature. Here we present high-resolution synchrotron x-ray powder-diffraction data showing the existence of a structural phase transition, from cubic Pm-3m to tetragonal I4/mcm, involving TiO6 octahedra tilting, in analogy to the case of SrTiO3. The temperature evolution of the tilting angle and of the full width at half maximum of the (200) cubic reflection family indicate a critical temperature Tc = 235 K. This critical temperature is well below the recent anomaly reported by specific-heat measurement at TA ˜ 282 K. By performing atomic pair distribution function analysis on diffraction data, we provide evidence of a mismatch between the local (short-range) and the average crystallographic structures in this material. Below the estimated Tc, the average model symmetry is fully compatible with the local environment distortion, but the former is characterized by a reduced value of the tilting angle compared to the latter. At T = 240 K, data show the presence of local octahedra tilting identical to the low-temperature one, while the average crystallographic structure remains cubic. On this basis, we propose that intrinsic lattice disorder is of fundamental importance in the understanding of EuTiO3 properties.

  4. Transformation of dissolved organic matter in concentrated leachate from nanofiltration during ozone-based oxidation processes (O3, O3/H2O2 and O3/UV).

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    Wang, Hua-Wei; Li, Xiao-Yue; Hao, Zhi-Peng; Sun, Ying-Jie; Wang, Ya-Nan; Li, Wei-Hua; Tsang, Yiu Fai

    2017-04-15

    In this study, the transformation of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in nanofiltration concentrated leachate during three ozone-based oxidation processes (i.e., O3, O3/H2O2 and O3/UV) was investigated. The transformation characteristics of DOM were evaluated by gel filtration chromatography (GFC), XAD-8 resin fractionation, excitation-emission matrix fluorescence spectroscopy (EEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Compared with O3-alone process, the removal efficiencies of COD, TOC, and color were improved in O3-combined processes (i.e., O3/H2O2 and O3/UV) approximately by 10-15%, 7-15%, and 15-20%, respectively. Humic acid (HA) was completely degraded and preferentially reacted with the oxidants during ozonation processes. HA was first converted into fulvic acid (FA), and then the majority of these intermediates were further converted to hydrophilic fraction (HyI). The GFC results indicated that the broader molecular weight distribution of DOM was observed, and high molecular weight DOM (i.e., 0.45 μm-100 kDa) was successfully converted to low molecular weight organics in the range of 1-10 kDa after ozonation reactions. The EEM spectra also showed that HA and FA were effectively converted into HyI after ozonation for 90 min. It is suggested that ozone-based oxidation processes could effectively change the DOM distribution and fluorescence features of concentrated leachate. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Y2O3与Gd2O3共掺杂SrZrO3热障涂层材料的热物理性能%Thermophysical Properties of Y2O3 and Gd2O3 Co-doped SrZrO3 Thermal Barrier Coating Material

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    马文; 宋峰雨; 董红英; 许萍; 伦文山; 郑学斌

    2012-01-01

    Y2O3 (5mol%) and Gd2O3 (5mol%) co-doped SiZrO3 (Sr(Zr0.9Y0.05Gd0.05)O2.95, SZYG) was synthesized by solid state reaction method. The phase stability of the SZYG powder synthesized at high temperature of 1450°C for a long period and at temperature range of 200-1400°C was characterized by XRD and DSC, respectively. The coefficients of thermal expansion (CTEs) of bulk SZYG recorded by a high-temperature dilatometer show that the phase transitions of SrZrO3 is suppressed remarkably by co-doping Y2O3 and Gd2O3. The thermal conductivity of bulk SZYG at 10001 is 1.36 W/(mK), which is 35% lower than that of bulk SrZrO3 and 8YSZ. The good chemical compatibility of SZYG with 8YSZ and A12O3, is detected after heat-treatment at 1250°C for 24 h.%采用固相反应法合成了5mol% Y2O3与5mol% Gd2O3共掺杂SrZrO3(Sr(Zr0.9Y0.05Gd0.05)O2.95,SZYG)粉末.采用X射线衍射(XRD)和差示扫描量热仪(DSC)分别研究了SZYG粉末在1450℃长期热处理后以及200~1400℃范围内的相稳定性.采用高温热膨胀仪测量了SZYG块材的热膨胀系数,结果表明:通过Y2O3与Gd2O3共掺杂改性可以明显抑制SrZrO3的相转变.在1000℃下SZYG块材的热导率是~1.36 W/(m.K),与SrZrO3和8YSZ块材相比降低~35% SZYG分别与8YSZ和Al2O3在1250℃热处理24h表现出很好的化学相容性.

  6. Microstructure, electrical and dielectric properties, and aging behavior of ZPCCA varistor ceramics with Er2O3 doping

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    NAHM Choonwoo

    2015-01-01

    The microstructure, electrical and dielectric properties, and DC-accelerated aging of the ZPCCA (ZnO-Pr6O11-CoO- Cr2O3-Al2O3) ceramics were investigated with various contents of Er2O3. The ceramic phases consisted of a bulk phase of ZnO grains, and a minor secondary phase of mixture of Pr6O11 and Er2O3. The increase of the content of doped Er2O3 increased the densities of sintered pellet from 5.66 to 5.85 g/cm3, and decreased the average grain size from 9.6 to 6.3μm. With the increase of the content of doped Er2O3, the breakdown field increased from 2390 to 4530 V/cm, and the nonlinear coefficient increased from 28.4 to 39.1. The sample doped with 0.25 mol.% Er2O3 exhibited the strongest electrical stability; variation rates for the breakdown field measured at 1.0 mA/cm2, and for the non-ohmic coefficient were –3.4% and –23.8%, respectively, after application of a stress of 0.95 EB/125°C/24 h.

  7. Tropospheric O3 measurement by simultaneous differential absorption lidar and null profiling and comparison with sonde measurement

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    Fukuchi, Tetsuo; Fujii, Takashi; Cao, Nianwen; Nemoto, Koshichi; Takeuchi, Nobuo

    2001-09-01

    A differential absorption lidar (DIAL) system consisting of two identical tunable laser systems and a single optical receiver is applied to measurement of O3 concentration profiles in the lower troposphere. Each laser is capable of emitting two wavelengths on alternate pulses, so the system is capable of simultaneous measurement of two species in the same wavelength region. We set the two lasers to emit at identical wavelength pairs consisting of on wavelength 285.0 nm and off wavelength 290.1 nm for simultaneous measurement of two null profiles, one at each wavelength, and two DIAL profiles, or O3 concentration profiles. Null profiles are useful in estimating instrumental error and checking the vertical range interval in which the DIAL profiles are accurate. Null and DIAL profiles are obtained for vertical range 1000 to 4000 m using neutral density filters of different transmissions to prevent the strong return signals from close range from saturating the photodetector. The obtained O3 concentration profiles agree with simultaneous O3 sonde measurements. An evaluation of the measurement error shows that the average O3 measurement error for vertical range 1000 to 4000 m was 3.4 ppb, or 8% relative to the average O3 concentration of 42.3 ppb, most of which is due to statistical error. The error due to differential Mie attenuation and differential backscatter gradient was found to be 0.5 ppb.

  8. Study on Statistical Forecast Method for O3 Concentration near the Ground in Pudong District of Shanghai Based on Meteorological Condition Analysis

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    MA; Jing-hui; MA; Lei-ming; GENG; Fu-hai; TAN; Jian-guo; GAO; Wei; ZHOU; Wei-dong

    2012-01-01

    [Objective]The research aimed to study statistical forecast method for O3 concentration near the ground in Pudong District of Shanghai based on meteorological condition analysis. [Method] Via observation and statistical analysis of the O3 concentration near the ground in Pudong District of Shanghai from 2006 to 2008, by considering meteorological condition, a kind of simple and practical new method suiting for forecast of the O3 concentration and pre-warning of the high-concentration O3 pollution event in whole year was established. [Result]Meteorological condition had obvious influence on O3 concentration near the ground. O3 concentration was the biggest in sunny day, followed by cloudy day. O3 concentration near the ground had typical seasonal change characteristics, and high value mainly happened in summer. Meteorological condition generating high-concentration O3 included sunny day, strong UV radiation, low relative humidity, high temperature and small wind speed, etc. By surveying historical weather chart, 10 kinds of main weather situations affecting Shanghai were summed. Under each weather situation, occurrence probability of the high-concentration O3 near the ground and average O3 concentration were conducted statistics. We found that occurrence probability of the high-concentration O3 was the biggest under northwest side of the subtropical high type, followed by internal type of the subtropical high. By introducing HPPI and WDI and comprehensively considering various meteorological factors, forecasting equation of the O3 concentration was established based on stepwise regression. The equation had good fitting effect and predictability on the daily maximum O3 concentration. [Conclusion]The method also could provide reference for O3 forecast in other areas.

  9. Study on Statistical Forecast Method for O_3 Concentration near the Ground in Pudong District of Shanghai Based on Meteorological Condition Analysis

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    MA; Jing-hui; MA; Lei-ming; GENG; Fu-hai; TAN; Jian-guo; GAO; Wei; ZHOU; Wei-dong

    2012-01-01

    [Objective]The research aimed to study statistical forecast method for O3 concentration near the ground in Pudong District of Shanghai based on meteorological condition analysis. [Method] Via observation and statistical analysis of the O3 concentration near the ground in Pudong District of Shanghai from 2006 to 2008, by considering meteorological condition, a kind of simple and practical new method suiting for forecast of the O3 concentration and pre-warning of the high-concentration O3 pollution event in whole year was established. [Result]Meteorological condition had obvious influence on O3 concentration near the ground. O3 concentration was the biggest in sunny day, followed by cloudy day. O3 concentration near the ground had typical seasonal change characteristics, and high value mainly happened in summer. Meteorological condition generating high-concentration O3 included sunny day, strong UV radiation, low relative humidity, high temperature and small wind speed, etc. By surveying historical weather chart, 10 kinds of main weather situations affecting Shanghai were summed. Under each weather situation, occurrence probability of the high-concentration O3 near the ground and average O3 concentration were conducted statistics. We found that occurrence probability of the high-concentration O3 was the biggest under northwest side of the subtropical high type, followed by internal type of the subtropical high. By introducing HPPI and WDI and comprehensively considering various meteorological factors, forecasting equation of the O3 concentration was established based on stepwise regression. The equation had good fitting effect and predictability on the daily maximum O3 concentration. [Conclusion]The method also could provide reference for O3 forecast in other areas.

  10. Study on thermal expansion behavior of Dy2O3- Al2O3- SiO2 glass

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    LIU Yuzhu; GENG Zhiting; ZHUANG Weidong; HE Huaqiang

    2008-01-01

    Employing Dy2O3, Al2O3, and SiO2 as starting materials, several series of Dy2O3-Al2O3-SiO2 sealing glass were prepared. The relationship between their coefficients of thermal expansion and the contents of Dy2O3, Al2O3, and SiO2 were studied respectively. Experimental results showed that Dy2O3 and Al2O3 had a positive effect on the coefficient of thermal expansion of glass, whereas, SiO2 had a negative effect. The coefficient of thermal expansion of glass showed an apparent linear relation to the contents of these three raw materials, from which an estimation model was built, to calculate the coefficient of thermal expansion of sealing glass. Relative errors of the calculating resalts to testing results were no more than 2%, which suggested that the estimation model was reasonable. This study provides a good theory reference for the practical utilizing of this sealing material, through which a proper glass composition for good sealing could be easily found.

  11. Polarity-induced oxygen vacancies at LaAlO3∕SrTiO3 interfaces

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    Zhong, ZhiCheng; Xu, P.X.; Kelly, Paul J.

    2010-01-01

    Using first-principles density-functional-theory calculations, we find a strong position and thickness dependence of the formation energy of oxygen vacancies in LaAlO3∣SrTiO3 (LAO∣STO) multilayers and interpret this with an analytical capacitor model. Oxygen vacancies are preferentially formed at p-

  12. The Vaporization of B2O3(l) to B2O3(g) and B2O2(g)

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.; Myers, Dwight L.

    2011-01-01

    The vaporization of B2O3 in a reducing environment leads to formation of both B2O3(g) and B2O2(g). While formation of B2O3(g) is well understood, many questions about the formation of B2O2(g) remain. Previous studies using B(s) + B2O3(l) have led to inconsistent thermodynamic data. In this study, it was found that after heating, B(s) and B2O3(l) appear to separate and variations in contact area likely led to the inconsistent vapor pressures of B2O2(g). To circumvent this problem, an activity of boron is fixed with a two-phase mixture of FeB and Fe2B. Both second and third law enthalpies of formation were measured for B2O2(g) and B2O3(g). From these the enthalpies of formation at 298.15 K are calculated to be -479.9 +/- 41.5 kJ/mol for B2O2(g) and -833.4 +/- 13.1 kJ/mol for B2O3(g). Ab initio calculations to determine the enthalpies of formation of B2O2(g) and B2O3(g) were conducted using the W1BD composite method and show good agreement with the experimental values.

  13. Interfacial ferromagnetism and exchange bias in CaRuO3/CaMnO3 superlattices.

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    He, C; Grutter, A J; Gu, M; Browning, N D; Takamura, Y; Kirby, B J; Borchers, J A; Kim, J W; Fitzsimmons, M R; Zhai, X; Mehta, V V; Wong, F J; Suzuki, Y

    2012-11-01

    We have found ferromagnetism in epitaxially grown superlattices of CaRuO(3)/CaMnO(3) that arises in one unit cell at the interface. Scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy indicate that the difference in magnitude of the Mn valence states between the center of the CaMnO(3) layer and the interface region is consistent with double exchange interaction among the Mn ions at the interface. Polarized neutron reflectivity and the CaMnO(3) thickness dependence of the exchange bias field together indicate that the interfacial ferromagnetism is only limited to one unit cell of CaMnO(3) at each interface. The interfacial moment alternates between the 1 μ(B)/interface Mn ion for even CaMnO(3) layers and the 0.5 μ(B)/interface Mn ion for odd CaMnO(3) layers. This modulation, combined with the exchange bias, suggests the presence of a modulating interlayer coupling between neighboring ferromagnetic interfaces via the antiferromagnetic CaMnO(3) layers.

  14. On the origin of metallic conductivity at the interface of LaAlO3/SrTiO3

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    Chen, Yunzhong; Christensen, Dennis; Trier, Felix

    2012-01-01

    To determine the origin of the quasi-two-dimensional electron gas formed at the interface between the two complex oxides of LaAlO3 (LAO) and SrTiO3 (STO), various amorphous films of LAO, La2O3, Al2O3, and La7/8Sr1/8MnO3 (LSMO), were deposited on TiO2-terminated (0 0 1) STO substrates by pulsed...... laser deposition at room temperature. Metallic interfaces are observed when the over-layers are amorphous LAO, La2O3, or Al2O3, while insulating interfaces are observed when the over-layer is LSMO. The interfacial conductivity of these SrTiO3-based hetero-structures shows strong dependence on both film...... thickness and oxygen pressure during film growth. The possible origin for the occurrence of metallic interfaces in these complex oxide hetero-structures due to redox reactions at the STO substrate surface is discussed. A thermodynamic criterion for designing either metallic or insulating interfaces between...

  15. Transport limits in defect-engineered LaAlO3/SrTiO3 bilayers

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    Gunkel, F.; Wicklein, S.; Hoffmann-Eifert, S.; Meuffels, P.; Brinks, Peter; Huijben, Mark; Waser, R.; Dittmann, R.

    2014-01-01

    The electrical properties of the metallic interface in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) bilayers are investigated with focus on the role of cationic defects in thin film STO. Systematic growth-control of the STO thin film cation stoichiometry (defect-engineering) yields a relation between cationic defects in

  16. Optical waveguides in LiNbO3 and stoichiometric LiNbO3 crystals by proton exchange

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    2008-01-01

    The formation of optical planar waveguides in LiNbO3 and stoichiometric LiNbO3 crystals by proton exchange was reported. The prism-coupling method was used to characterize the dark-line spectroscopy at the wavelength of 633 and 1539 nm, re-spectively. The mode optical near-field outputs from proton-exchanged LiNbO3 and SLN waveguides at 633 nm were presented. The mode field from stoichiometric LiNbO3 (SLN) waveguide is lighter and more uniform than that from LiNbO3 waveguide, which means the quality of the waveguide in SLN crystal is better than that of the LiNbO3 waveguide. For proton-exchanged LiNbO3 waveguides, the evo-lution of the refractive index profile with annealing was presented. The disorder profiles of Nb atoms in proton-exchanged LiNbO3 waveguides were obtained by Rutherford backscattering/channeling technique. It is shown that the longer the exchange time, the larger the displacement of Nb atoms.

  17. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Chemically Disordered Ferroelectric (Ba,Sr)TiO3 with a Semi-Empirical Effective Hamiltonian

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    Nishimatsu, Takeshi; Grünebohm, Anna; Waghmare, Umesh V.; Kubo, Momoji

    2016-11-01

    We present a semi-empirical effective Hamiltonian to capture effects of disorder associated with Ba and Sr cations occupying A sites in (BaxSr1-x)TiO3 on its ferroelectric phase transition. Averaging between the parameters of first-principles effective Hamiltonians of end members BaTiO3 and SrTiO3, we include a term with an empirical parameter to capture the local polarization and strains arising from the difference between ionic radii of Ba and Sr. Using mixed-space molecular dynamics of the effective Hamiltonian, we determine T-dependent ferroelectric phase transitions in (BaxSr1-x)TiO3 which are in good agreement with experiment. Our scheme of determination of semi-empirical parameters in effective Hamiltonian should be applicable to other perovskite-type ferroelectric solid solutions.

  18. Effect of Y2O3 on microstructure and mechanical properties of hypereutectic Al-20% Si alloy

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    YANG Ya-feng; XU Chang-lin; WANG Hui-yuan; LIU Chang; JIANG Qi-chuan

    2006-01-01

    The effect of Y2O3 on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the hypereutectic Al-20%Si(mass fraction) alloy was investigated. The results show that, with the addition of Y2O3 into the Al-P-Ti-TiC modifier, the average size of primary silicon in th.e Al-20%Si alloy modified by Al-P-Ti-TiC-Y2O3 modifier (approximately 15μm or less) is significantly reduced, and the morphology of eutectic silicon changes from coarse acicular and plate like to refined fibrous. The Brinell hardness (HB189) and tensile strength (301 MPa) of Al-20%Si alloy modified by the Al-P-Ti-TiC-Y2O3 increase by 11.6% and 10.7%, respectively, for the alloys afrer heat treatment.

  19. Microstructural evolution during high energy ball milling of Fe2O3-SiO2 powders

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Zhou, Y.X.; Mørup, Steen;

    1996-01-01

    The reaction of a 25 mol% Fe2O3-SiO2 (hematite-amorphous silica) powder mixture during high energy ball milling in both closed and open containers has been studied by x-ray diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy. After around 21 h of milling, the alpha-Fe2O3 powders with an average particle size...... of 15 nm have formed and no reaction between alpha-Fe2O3 and SiO2 is found in the two types of milling containers. This demonstrates that the high energy mechanical milling technique is able to prepare a dispersion of ultrafine alpha-Fe2O3 particles. After extended milling in the open container all iron...

  20. Synthesis and characterization of SiO2/Gd2O3:Eu core-shell luminescent materials.

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    Liu, Guixia; Hong, Guangyan; Sun, Duoxian

    2004-10-01

    Europium-doped Gd2O3 with an average size of approximately 15 nm was coated on the surface of preformed silica nanospheres by the wet chemical method. SEM and TEM photographs showed that SiO2/Gd2O3:Eu core-shell submicrospheres are obtained. XRD patterns indicated that the Gd2O3:Eu shell is crystalline after heat treatment. FTIR and XPS spectra showed that the Gd2O3:Eu shell is linked to the silica surface by forming a Si-O-Gd bond. Photoluminescence studies showed that the luminescent properties are still retained after coating on an inert silica core; additionally, we noted that the emitting peaks are broadened, which results from size effects and interface effects of nanocrystal.

  1. Magnetism without magnetic ions in non-magnetic perovskites SrTiO 3, SrZrO 3 and SrSnO 3

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    Bannikov, V. V.; Shein, I. R.; Kozhevnikov, V. L.; Ivanovskii, A. L.

    Using the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FP-LAPW) method with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation potential, we studied spin polarization induced by replacement of oxygen atoms by non-magnetic 2p impurities (B, C and N) in non-magnetic cubic SrMO 3 perovskites, where M=Ti, Zr and Sn. The results show that the magnetization may appear because of the spin-split impurity bands inside the energy gap of the insulating SrMO 3 matrix. Large magnetic moments are found for the impurity centers. Smaller magnetic moments are induced on the oxygen atoms around impurities. It is shown that SrTiO 3:C and SrSnO 3:C should be magnetic semiconductors while other compounds in this series (SrTiO 3:B, SrTiO 3:N and SrZrO 3:C) are expected to exhibit magnetic half-metallic or pseudo-half-metallic properties.

  2. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of doped BaCeO3-BaZrO3 systems

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    Basu, S.; Sawant, P.; Varma, S.; Wani, B. N.; Bharadwaj, S. R.; Jha, S. N.; Bhattacharyya, D.

    2012-06-01

    A solid solution of BaCeO3-BaZrO3 combines the high protonic conductivity of BaCeO3 in presence of hydrogen containing atmospheres at elevated temperatures and appreciable chemical and mechanical stability of BaZrO3 towards water and CO2. EXAFS measurements on the BaCe0.8-xZrxY0.2O3-δ system with x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 at the Y (dopant) K-edge (17046 eV) were carried out. Two different structural phases were identified as a consequence of change in the doping concentrations.

  3. Resolution of the GL(3) - O(3) state labelling problem via O(3)-invariant Bethe subalgebra of the twisted Yangian

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    Jarvis, P D

    2004-01-01

    The labelling of states of irreducible representations of GL(3) in an O(3) basis is well known to require the addition of a single O(3)-invariant operator, to the standard diagonalisable set of Casimir operators in the subgroup chain GL(3) - O(3) - O(2). Moreover, this `missing label' operator must be a function of the two independent cubic and quartic invariants which can be constructed in terms of the angular momentum vector and the quadrupole tensor. It is pointed out that there is a unique (in a well-defined sense) combination of these which belongs to the O(3) invariant Bethe subalgebra of the twisted Yangian Y(GL(3);O(3)) in the enveloping algebra of GL(3).

  4. Self-powered sensitive and stable UV-visible photodetector based on GdNiO3/Nb-doped SrTiO3 heterojunctions

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    Wang, Le; Chang, Lei; Yin, Xinmao; You, Lu; Zhao, Jia-Li; Guo, Haizhong; Jin, Kuijuan; Ibrahim, Kurash; Wang, Jiaou; Rusydi, Andrivo; Wang, Junling

    2017-01-01

    The properties of perovskite nickelates are very sensitive to their oxygen content, which allows us to tune their electronic structures by varying the oxygen partial pressure during film deposition. Under the optimized condition, we have obtained GdNiO3 films that are sensitive to a wide spectrum of light. By combining the GdNiO3 film with Nb-doped SrTiO3 to form a heterojunction, we design a self-powered photodetector with high sensitivity toward light with a wavelength between 650 nm and 365 nm. Under 365 nm illumination (50 μW/cm2), the device shows a responsivity of 0.23 A/W at 0 V bias, comparable to or even better than the ultraviolet photodetectors made of semiconductor materials such as GaN or ZnO. The photo-dark ratio can be close to 103 when the power light density reaches 0.6 mW/cm2. Moreover, the device performance is very stable without any decay after 6 months.

  5. Al2O3/Au/Al2O3 layered films as tritium permeation barrier%Al2O3/Au/Al2O3层状阻氚薄膜

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    汤波楷; 何业东; 曹江利; 唐涛; 饶咏初

    2012-01-01

    Single Al2O3 films, single Au films and Al2O3/Au/Al2O3 layered films were prepared on 316L stainless steel substrate by megnetron sputtering. Then vapour phase permeation experiment of deuterium through 316L substrate and its film materials were carried out at 500℃ with a partial pressure of deuterium 0. 06 MPa. The results indicate that morphology of the three films is good and no phenomenon of cracking and spalling is found after deuterium permeation. Deuterium permeation reduction factors (PRF) of these films are over one order of magnitude relative to clean 316L. The performance of barrying deuterium increases progressively in the order of single Al2O3 films, single Au films and Al2O3/Au/Al2O3 ayered films. Al2O3/Au/Al2O3 layered films exhibit excellent performance of barrying deuterium because the mechanical properties of the layered films are improved visibly by the ductile interlayer Au and the interdiffusion between Au and 316L substratc is hindered by Al2O3 layer, so Au can give full play to barry deuterium. The study shows that layered films like precious metal integrated with ceramics is a new way in the domain of tritium permeation barrier development.%采用磁控溅射法在316L不锈钢基体上分别沉积单层Al2O3,膜、单层Au膜以及Al2O3/Au/Al2O3层状薄膜。采用气相渗透法在500℃,氘分压为0.06MPa条件下测试了薄膜的阻氘性能。结果表明,3种薄膜氘渗透后,薄膜的形貌良好,无开裂、无剥落的现象,氘渗透率减低因子均比316L不锈钢基材增大一个数量级以上,阻氘效能按单层Al2O3,膜、单层Au膜以及Al2O3/Au/Al2O3层状薄膜依次递升。Al2O3/Au/Al2O3层状薄膜的优异阻氘效能可归因于,延性的Au夹层使层状薄膜的力学性能得到显著提高;Al2O3层能阻止Au与基体间互扩散,使Au能充分发挥阻氘效能。本研究表明,由贵金属与陶瓷阻氚材料构成的层状薄膜是发展阻氚涂层的新途径。

  6. Structural Transformation of Hexagonal (0001)BaTiO3 Ceramics to Tetragonal (111)BaTiO3 Ceramics

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    Watanabe, Takayuki; Shimada, Mikio; Aiba, Toshiaki; Yabuta, Hisato; Miura, Kaoru; Oka, Kengo; Azuma, Masaki; Wada, Satoshi; Kumada, Nobuhiro

    2011-09-01

    A ceramic slurry that contains a 6H-type Ba(Ti0.95Mn0.05)O3 powder was casted into a plaster mold under 10 T magnetic field to form a green compact of (0001)-oriented Ba(Ti0.95Mn0.05)O3. After sintering the green compact at 1300 °C in air, it was confirmed that the (0001)-oriented 6H-type perovskite structure transformed to a (111)-oriented 3C-type perovskite structure. The structural transformation was again examined using hexagonal BaTiO3 prepared by reducing pseudo-cubic BaTiO3 powder in H2 atmosphere. In this case, the preferred (0001) orientation was not confirmed for the green compacts. After sintering the green compacts at 1300 °C in air, mixed crystal orientations of (100)/(001) and (111) were observed for the resultant tetragonal BaTiO3 ceramics. This (100)/(001) orientation was suppressed by annealing the hexagonal BaTiO3 powder at 1000 °C before slip-casting, leading to highly (111)-oriented ceramics. It was found that the green compacts of (0001)-oriented hexagonal BaTiO3 can transform into (111)-oriented tetragonal BaTiO3 ceramics, maintaining the macroscopic crystal orientations due to a similar atomic stacking along [0001] of 6H-type BaTiO3 and [111] of 3C-type BaTiO3.

  7. Role of Tricoordinate Al Sites in CH3ReO3/Al2O3 Olefin Metathesis Catalysts.

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    Valla, Maxence; Wischert, Raphael; Comas-Vives, Aleix; Conley, Matthew P; Verel, René; Copéret, Christophe; Sautet, Philippe

    2016-06-01

    Re2O7 supported on γ-alumina is an alkene metathesis catalyst active at room temperature, compatible with functional groups, but the exact structures of the active sites are unknown. Using CH3ReO3/Al2O3 as a model for Re2O7/Al2O3, we show through a combination of reactivity studies, in situ solid-state NMR, and an extensive series of DFT calculations, that μ-methylene structures (Al-CH2-ReO3-Al) containing a Re═O bound to a tricoordinated Al (AlIII) and CH2 bound to a four-coordinated Al (AlIVb) are the precursors of the most active sites for olefin metathesis. The resting state of CH3ReO3/Al2O3 is a distribution of μ-methylene species formed by the activation of the C-H bond of CH3ReO3 on different surface Al-O sites. In situ reaction with ethylene results in the formation of Re metallacycle intermediates, which were studied in detail through a combination of solid-state NMR experiments, using labeled ethylene, and DFT calculations. In particular, we were able to distinguish between metallacycles in TBP (trigonal-bipyramidal) and SP (square-pyramidal) geometry, the latter being inactive and detrimental to catalytic activity. The SP sites are more likely to be formed on other Al sites (AlIVa/AlIVa). Experimentally, the activity of CH3ReO3/Al2O3 depends on the activation temperature of alumina; catalysts activated at or above 500 °C contain more active sites than those activated at 300 °C. We show that the dependence of catalytic activity on the Al2O3 activation temperature is related to the quantity of available AlIII-defect sites and adsorbed H2O.

  8. Elemental intermixing within an ultrathin SrRuO3 electrode layer in epitaxial heterostructure BaTiO3/SrRuO3/SrTiO3

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    H. B. Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy is used to directly observe atom columns in an epitaxial BaTiO3 thin film deposited on a 3.6 nm-thick SrRuO3 electrode layer above an SrTiO3 (001 substrate. Compositional gradients across the heterointerfaces were examined using electron energy-loss spectroscopy techniques. It was found that a small amount of Ba and Ti had diffused into the SrRuO3 layer, and that this layer contained a non-negligible concentration of oxygen vacancies. Such point defects are expected to degrade the electrode’s electronic conductivity drastically, resulting in a much longer screening length. This may explain the discrepancy between experimental measurements and theoretical estimates of the ferroelectric critical thickness of a BaTiO3 ferroelectric barrier sandwiched between metallic SrRuO3 electrodes, since theoretical calculations generally assume ideal (stoichiometric perovskite SrRuO3.

  9. Piezomagnetism in Epitaxial Cr2O3 Thin Films

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    Wang, Yi; Sahoo, Sarbeswar; Binek, Christian

    2007-03-01

    Recently, the magnetoelectric material Cr2O3 attracted renewed interest due to its potential for future spintronics applications which can be realized by novel magnetic thin film heterostructures [1]. Here we study thin films of Cr2O3 (111) on c-Al2O3 (111) substrate which are grown by thermal evaporation of Cr metal in an O2 atmosphere. X-ray diffraction data reveal stoichiometric epitaxially grown Cr2O3 (111) films. Owing to a lattice mismatch of ˜4% at the interface between the Al2O3 substrate and the film we observe a strong stress induced piezomagnetic moment in the Cr2O3 film. We measure the temperature dependence of this piezomoment by Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) magnetometry and Kerr rotation. The presence of high inherent stress, a significant piezomagnetic moment and the possibility to realize high electric fields makes our Cr2O3 thin films ideal candidates for the challenging quest of the symmetry allowed but hitherto undiscovered piezomagnetoelectric effect. [1] Ch. Binek, B. Doudin, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 17, L39 (2005).

  10. Influences of Bi2O3/V2O5 Additives on the Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of Lithium Ferrite

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    SU Hua; ZHANG Huai-Wu; TANG Xiao-Li; JING Yu-Lan; ZHONG Zhi-Yong

    2009-01-01

    Lithium ferrite materials with different concentrations of Bi2O3 and V2O5 additives are prepared by the conventionai ceramic technique. The x-ray diffraction analysis proves that the additives do not affect the final crystal phase of the lithium ferrite in our testing range. Both Bi203 and V2O5 additives could promote densification and lower sintering temperature of the lithium ferrite. The average grain size first increases, and then graduaily decreases with the Bi2O3 content. The maximal grain size appears with 0.25 wt% Bi2O3. The average grain size first increases, and then is kept almost unchanged with the V2O5 content. The maximal average grain size of the samples with V2O5 additive is much smailer than that of the samples with Bi2O3 additive, Furthermore,the V2O5 additive more easily enters the crystal lattice of the lithium ferrite than the Bi2O3 additive. These characteristics evidently affect the magnetic properties, such as saturation flux density, ratio of remanence Br to saturation flux density Bs, and coercive force of the lithium ferrite. The mechanisms involved are discussed.

  11. Synthesis, Characterization, and Magnetic Studies of α-Fe2O3 Nanoparticles

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Very fine nanosized metal oxide, namely, iron oxide (α-Fe2O3 has been synthesized by precipitation method using ammonia as precipitating agent and characterized by using XRD (X-ray diffraction, TGA/DTA, surface area measurement, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and magnetic measurements techniques. XRD studies show that iron oxide was formed as α-Fe2O3 instead of the commonly formed magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4 or a mixture of magnetite (Fe3O4 and maghemite (γ-Fe2O3, cubic, and it has rhombohedral structure. Magnetic measurements showed that iron oxide has five unpaired electrons and is ferromagnetic in nature, Ms value being 1.7 emu/g. The particle size of the synthesized iron oxide was determined by TEM. TEM images show that the size of particles of Fe2O3 varied from 15 nm to 49 nm with average crystallite size 35 nm.

  12. Unconventional Synthesis of γ-Fe2O3: Excellent Low-Concentration Ethanol Sensing Performance

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    Naskar, Atanu; Narjinary, Mousumi; Kundu, Susmita

    2016-09-01

    This study reports on a simple unconventional procedure for synthesis of γ-Fe2O3 nanopowder and its fabrication as a resistive ethanol sensor. γ-Fe2O3 powder having an average particle size of ˜15 nm was prepared by thermal decomposition of iron(III) acetylacetonate. Platinum incorporation (0.5-1.5 wt.%) was also carried out for enhancing sensing performance. The powders were characterized using an x-ray diffractometer, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, field area scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy along with energy dispersion x-ray analyses. Sensor fabricated from pure γ-Fe2O3 exhibited excellent ethanol sensing performance at concentrations down to 1 ppm, having a great demand in medical diagnosis and food-processing industries. The response observed for pure γ-Fe2O3 (˜75% for 1 ppm ethanol) was enhanced ˜10% after 1 wt.% Pt impregnation. Sensors were quite stable and selective towards ethanol vapour detection. A possible mechanism for high sensing performance has been discussed.

  13. Unconventional Synthesis of γ-Fe2O3: Excellent Low-Concentration Ethanol Sensing Performance

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    Naskar, Atanu; Narjinary, Mousumi; Kundu, Susmita

    2017-01-01

    This study reports on a simple unconventional procedure for synthesis of γ-Fe2O3 nanopowder and its fabrication as a resistive ethanol sensor. γ-Fe2O3 powder having an average particle size of ˜15 nm was prepared by thermal decomposition of iron(III) acetylacetonate. Platinum incorporation (0.5-1.5 wt.%) was also carried out for enhancing sensing performance. The powders were characterized using an x-ray diffractometer, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, field area scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy along with energy dispersion x-ray analyses. Sensor fabricated from pure γ-Fe2O3 exhibited excellent ethanol sensing performance at concentrations down to 1 ppm, having a great demand in medical diagnosis and food-processing industries. The response observed for pure γ-Fe2O3 (˜75% for 1 ppm ethanol) was enhanced ˜10% after 1 wt.% Pt impregnation. Sensors were quite stable and selective towards ethanol vapour detection. A possible mechanism for high sensing performance has been discussed.

  14. Synthesis and optical studies of GdCrO3 nanoparticles

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    Jaiswal, Adhish; Das, Raja; Adyanthaya, Suguna; Poddar, Pankaj

    2011-03-01

    Here we report for the first time, a detailed synthesis mechanism of GdCrO3 nanoparticles using a surfactant-less hydrothermal method. We also report a detailed study of their structural and optical properties. The selected area electron diffraction and powder X-ray diffraction studies of GdCrO3 nanoparticles show pure phase and excellent crystallinity with average particle size around 50-60 nm. The structural analysis indicates a distorted perovskite crystal structure with lattice parameter values of a = 5.3099 ± 0.0022, b = 5.51793 ± 0.00226, and c = 7.60426 ± 0.00315 Å. For the first time, we report the room temperature UV-vis, photoluminescence, FTIR, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results and their detailed analysis for GdCrO3. These results provide optical signatures of the formation of GdCrO3 where both Gd3+ and Cr3+ play dominant role in different frequency regions.

  15. Bright Lu2 O3 :Eu Thin-Film Scintillators for High-Resolution Radioluminescence Microscopy.

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    Sengupta, Debanti; Miller, Stuart; Marton, Zsolt; Chin, Frederick; Nagarkar, Vivek; Pratx, Guillem

    2015-07-16

    The performance of a new thin-film Lu2 O3 :Eu scintillator for single-cell radionuclide imaging is investigated. Imaging the metabolic properties of heterogeneous cell populations in real time is an important challenge with clinical implications. An innovative technique called radioluminescence microscopy has been developed to quantitatively and sensitively measure radionuclide uptake in single cells. The most important component of this technique is the scintillator, which converts the energy released during radioactive decay into luminescent signals. The sensitivity and spatial resolution of the imaging system depend critically on the characteristics of the scintillator, that is, the material used and its geometrical configuration. Scintillators fabricated using conventional methods are relatively thick and therefore do not provide optimal spatial resolution. A thin-film Lu2 O3 :Eu scintillator is compared to a conventional 500 μm thick CdWO4 scintillator for radioluminescence imaging. Despite its thinness, the unique scintillation properties of the Lu2 O3 :Eu scintillator allow us to capture single-positron decays with fourfold higher sensitivity, which is a significant achievement. The thin-film Lu2 O3 :Eu scintillators also yield radioluminescence images where individual cells appear smaller and better resolved on average than with the CdWO4 scintillators. Coupled with the thin-film scintillator technology, radioluminescence microscopy can yield valuable and clinically relevant data on the metabolism of single cells. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Hydrotherrnal synthesis, structure and property of nano-BaTiO3-based dielectric materials

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    2001-01-01

    A series of Ba1-xSrxTi1-yZryO3 (0≤x≤0.5, 0≤y≤0.4) and Ba1-xZnxTi1-ySnyO3 (0≤x≤0.3, 0≤y≤0.3) solid solutions were synthesized by Iow-temperature/Iow-pressure hydrothermal method below 170℃, 0.8 MPa. XRD pattern and cell parameters-composition figures of these prepared powders demonstrated that they are completely miscible solid solutions based on BaTiO3. Furthermore, TEM showed that they have a shape of uniform, substantially spherical particles with an average particle size of 70 nm in diameter. The sintered ceramics of those powders doped by Sr2+ and Zr4+ or Zn2+ and Sn4+ have dielectric constant twelve times higher than and dielectric loss 1/6 those of pure BaTiO3 phase at room temperature.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of Fe2O3 nanoparticles by simple precipitation method

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    Sankadiya, Siyaram; Oswal, Nidhi; Jain, Pranat; Gupta, Nitish

    2016-04-01

    A simple and efficient synthesis of Iron-oxide nanoparticles was carried out by precipitation method using ferric chloride as precursor and ammonium hydroxide as a stabilizing agent at different calcination temperatures. The synthesized powder was characterized by powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). X-ray diffraction indicated the formation hematite Fe2O3 structure. FTIR showed various functional groups of particles and absorption bands related to metal oxygen vibration modes. The heating temperatures were varied at 100 °C, 200°C, and 300°C. The Fe2O3 nanostructures with the average particle size of about 36.22 nm were prepared at 300°C for 4h. TEM study is also confirming the nanosize of Fe2O3 particle. This aqueous precipitation method gives a large scale production of Fe2O3 nanoparticles easily.

  18. The Nano-Sized In2O3 Powder Synthesis by Sol-Gel Method

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    潘庆谊; 程知萱; 等

    2002-01-01

    Wiwh InCl3·4H2O being used as raw materials,the precursor of nano-sized In2O3 powder was prepared by hydrolysis,peptization and gelation of InCl3·4H2O.After calcination,nano-sized In2O3 powder was obtained.The powder was characterized by thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis(TG-DTA).X-ray diffractometry(XRD)and transmission electron microscopy(TEM),respectively,Calculation revealed that the mean crystablline size increased with increasing the calcination temperature,but crystal lattice distortion rate decreased with the increasing in the average crystalline size.This indicated that the smaller the particle size,the bigger the crystal lattice distortion,the worse the crystal growing.The activation energies for growth of nano-sized In2O3 were calculated to be 4.75kJ·mol-1 at the calcination temperature up tp 500℃ and 66.40kJ· mol-1 at the calcination temperature over 600℃.TEM photos revealed that the addition of the chemical additive(OP-10)greatly influenced the morphology and size of In2O3 particles.

  19. Sol-gel preparation and spectroscopic study of the pyrophanite MnTiO3 nanoparticles

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    ZHOU; Guowei; KANG; Youngsoo; LI; Tianduo; XU; Guiying

    2005-01-01

    The nanosized xerogel of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and manganese oxides (MnO2, Mn2O3, Mn3O4) was prepared by the sol-gel method using manganese chloride (MnCl2·4H2O) and titanium isopropoxide (Ti(O-iPr)4) as precursors in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/ ethanol/H2O/HCl micelle solutions, following the calcinations of the produced powders at difference temperatures. The nanostructure and phase composition of these nanoparticles were characterized with X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The spectroscopic characterizations of these nanoparticles were also done with UV-Vis spectroscopy and laser Raman spectroscopy (LRS). XRD patterns show that the pyrophanite MnTiO3 phase was formed at the calcinations temperature of 900℃. The TEM images show that the nanoparticles are almost spherical or slight ellipose and the sizes are 50 nm on average. The UV-Vis spectra show that the nanosized MnTiO3 have significant absorption bands in the visible region. There are new absorption peaks of MnTiO3 nanoparticles in LRS compared with the pure TiO2 powder.

  20. Decadal Effects of Elevated CO2 and O3 on Forest Soil Respiration and Belowground Carbon Cycling at Aspen FACE

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    Talhelm, A. F.; Pregitzer, K. S.; Zak, D. R.; Burton, A. J.

    2014-12-01

    Three northern temperate forest communities in the north-central United States were exposed to factorial combinations of elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) and/or tropospheric ozone (O3) for 11 years, advancing from open-grown seedlings 8 m tall. Here, we report results from measurements of soil respiration that occurred during the experiment from 1999 to 2008. In order to better understand this flux, we compare changes in soil respiration to the effects of CO2 and O3 on net primary productivity (NPP), fine root biomass, and leaf litter production. Elevated CO2 enhanced soil respiration by an average of 28%. This stimulation of soil respiration varied from +19% to +44%, but did not change consistently during the 10 year measurement period (r2 = 0.04). The effect of elevated O3 on soil respiration was dynamic. In year two of the experiment (1999), elevated O3 decreased soil respiration by 7%. However, soil respiration consistently increased through time under elevated O3 (r2 = 0.71) and was 9% greater than under ambient O3 in the final year of the experiment (2008). Overall, elevated O3 had no meaningful effect on soil respiration (+0.3%). The annual effects of elevated CO2 on soil respiration were not correlated with NPP or fine root biomass, but was positively correlated with leaf litter production (r = 0.57). Annual leaf litter production was also related to the annual effects of elevated O3 on soil respiration (r = 0.78), but relationship was tighter between annual O3 effects on NPP and soil respiration (r = 0.83).

  1. Vibrational spectra of copper polysilicate, CuSiO3

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    This is a representation of the first Raman and IR / FIR spectra for orthorhombic copper polysilicate, CuSiO3, measured at room temperature on polycrystalline samples and a comparison of the optical phonons with those observed for the spin-Peierls compound CuGeO3. CuSiO3 represents a further example of a quasi-one-dimensional spin = 1/2 antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chain system. A mode assignment for the silicate is given. From the analysis of the Davydov doublets a reduced intralayer- to-int...

  2. Antiferrodistortive phase transition in EuTiO3

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    Goian, V.; Kamba, S.; Pacherova, O.; Drahokoupil, J.; Palatinus, L; Dusek, M.; Rohlicek, J.; Savinov, M.; Laufek, F.; Schranz, W.; Fuith, A; Kachlik, M.; Maca, K.; Shkabko, A.; Sagarna, L.

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    X-ray diffraction, dynamical mechanical analysis and infrared reflectivity studies revealed an antiferrodistortive phase transition in EuTiO3 ceramics. Near 300K the perovskite structure changes from cubic Pm-3m to tetragonal I4/mcm due to antiphase tilting of oxygen octahedra along the c axis (a0a0c- in Glazer notation). The phase transition is analogous to SrTiO3. However, some ceramics as well as single crystals of EuTiO3 show different infrared reflectivity spectra bringing evidence of a ...

  3. Molecular dynamics of MgSiO3 perovskite melting

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    Liu Zi-Jiang; Cheng Xin-Lu; Yang Xiang-Dong; Zhang Hong; Cai Ling-Cang

    2006-01-01

    The melting curve of MgSiO3 perovskite is simulated using molecular dynamics simulations method at high pressure. It is shown that the simulated equation of state of MgSiO3 perovskite is very successful in reproducing accurately the experimental data. The pressure dependence of the simulated melting temperature of MgSiO3 perovskite reproduces the stability of the orthorhombic perovskite phase up to high pressure of 13OGPa at ambient temperature, consistent with the theoretical data of the other calculations. It is shown that its transformation to the cubic phase and melting at high pressure and high temperature are in agreement with recent experiments.

  4. O3/UV,O3/TiO2/UV,O3/VO2/TiO2降解磺基水杨酸%Degradation of sulfosalicylic acid by O3/UV, O3/TiO2/UV, O3/VO2/TiO2

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    毛传峰; 童少平; 刘维屏

    2003-01-01

    实验利用O3/UV,O3/TiO2/UV,O3/VO2/TiO2降解了磺基水杨酸.结果表明,在这三种高级氧化技术中,O3/VO2/TiO2的氧化效果最好,如在相同的条件下,30 min后取样表明:三者COD的去除率分别为47%,55%和70%.在不同pH条件下研究表明:O3/TiO2/UV对水体pH的影响较为敏感.通过加入自由基猝灭剂研究表明:三者产生羟基自由基的活性顺序是O3/VO2/TiO2>O3/TiO2/UV>O3/UV.

  5. Investigation of luminescence and laser transition of Dy3+ in Li2O-Gd2O3-Bi2O3-B2O3 glasses

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    Zaman, F.; Kaewkhao, J.; Srisittipokakun, N.; Wantana, N.; Kim, H. J.; Rooh, G.

    2016-05-01

    The aim of this study is to develop Li2O-Gd2O3-Bi2O3-B2O3 glass doped with different concentration of Dy3+ ions by melt quenching technique for different applications in photonics and laser devices. From the experimental oscillator strength (fexp) of the absorption spectra the JO intensity parameters (Ω λ = 2, 4, 6) have been calculated, and by using these JO intensity parameters various radiative parameters were calculated. By using JO theory the radiative transition probability (AR), radiative lifetime (τR) and branching ratio (βR) for Dy3+ ion have been found. A decrease in lifetimes of the prepared glass by increasing concentration of Dy3+ is because of the energy transfer through cross relaxation and resonant energy transfer channels in the present glass matrix. Using experimental and calculated lifetimes, the quantum efficiency (η) and non-radiative relaxation rates (WNR) of 4F9/2 excited state have been calculated. From emission spectra, effective bandwidths (Δλeff) and emission stimulated emission cross section σ (λp) were found for 4F9/2 → 6HJ (J = 15/2, 13/2, 11/2 and 9/2). Chromaticity results revealed that the CCT values of the LGBiBDy glass samples are in between to those of day light and commercial white light LED sources. Further investigations are under way for the optimization of dopant concentration in the Li2O-Gd2O3-Bi2O3-B2O3 glass.

  6. Temperature-Dependent Structure of Epitaxial (Ba,Sr)TiO3 Films Grown on SrRuO3-Covered SrTiO3 Substrates

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    HE Jia-Qing; E. VASCO; R. DITTMANN; WANG Ren-Hui

    2006-01-01

    @@ Growth dynamics of epitaxial (Ba, Sr)TiO3 thin films deposited at different temperatures on SrRuOa/SrTiO3substrates by pulsed laser deposition is investigated by transmission electron microscopy. The films exhibit a layered structure comprising sublayers with distinctive features in regard to the remaining strain, density of misfit dislocations and/or lattice defects, and growth habit. We correlate these temperature-dependent features with the predominant misfit-strain relaxation mechanisms for each one of the detected growth regimes. The thickness dependence of the film structure is discussed within the framework of the predictions for a kinetically modified Stranski-Krastanov growth mode.

  7. Phase and structural behaviour of the PrAlO3-LaAlO3 pseudo-binary system

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    Basyuk, T.; Vasylechko, L.; Fadeev, S.; Syvorotka, I. I.; Trots, D.; Niewa, R.

    2009-10-01

    High-resolution in situ X-ray powder diffraction applying synchrotron radiation has been used to examine the occurring crystal structures and the thermal behaviour of the solid solution Pr1-xLaxAlO3 in a wide temperature range 12-1173 K. At room temperature all studied samples in the whole composition range of the pseudo-binary system PrAlO3-LaAlO3 adopt a rhombohedral perovskite structure. The phases Pr1-xLaxAlO3 with x=0.56 and 0.66 undergo a sequence of three phase transitions I2/m↔Imma↔R3¯c↔Pm3¯m. For the sample with x=0.24 a series of four (I4/mcm↔I2/m↔Imma↔R3¯c↔Pm3¯m) phase transitions has been observed and for x=0.86 two transformations were apparent (I2/m↔R3¯c↔Pm3¯m). Crystal structure parameters for all studied compositions Pr1-xLaxAlO3 have been determined. Based on in situ powder diffraction and DTA/DSC data, the phase diagram of the pseudo-binary system PrAlO3-LaAlO3 has been constructed.

  8. Direct observation of relaxation modes in KNbO3 and BaTiO3 using inelastic light scattering

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    Sokoloff, J. P.; Chase, L. L.; Rytz, D.

    1988-07-01

    Cubic and tetragonal BaTiO3 and orthorhombic KNbO3 have been studied by Raman scattering, using an iodine filter to eliminate elastically scattered light. In addition to the usual phonon features, such as the soft E mode in tetragonal BaTiO3 and the soft B2 mode in orthorhombic KNbO3, central components have been observed in both materials for the first time. These components have the linewidths, line shapes, and thermal properties of relaxation modes, and symmetry properties consistent with an eight-site order-disorder model of the successive phase transitions. Additionally, the data provide direct evidence that clusters of precursor order are present in cubic BaTiO3 and the model provides estimates of the temperatures at which these clusters are present in both BaTiO3 and KNbO3. These values are in good agreement with the results of linear birefringence and refractive-index measurements.

  9. Retardation mechanism of ultrathin Al2O3 interlayer on Y2O3 passivated gallium nitride surface.

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    Quah, Hock Jin; Cheong, Kuan Yew

    2014-05-28

    A systematic investigation was carried out by incorporating an ultrathin aluminum oxide (Al2O3) as an interlayer between yttrium oxide (Y2O3) passivation layer and GaN substrate. The sandwiched samples were then subjected to postdeposition annealing in oxygen ambient from 400 to 800 °C. The Al2O3 interlayer was discovered to play a significant role in slowing down inward diffusion of oxygen through the Y2O3 passivation layer as well as in impeding outward diffusion of Ga(3+) and N(3-) from the decomposed GaN surface. These beneficial effects have suppressed subsequent formation of interfacial layer. A mechanism in association with the function of Al2O3 as an interlayer was suggested and discussed. The mechanism was explicitly described on the basis of the obtained results from X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution TEM, and electron energy loss spectroscopy line scan. A correlation between the proposed mechanism and metal-oxide-semiconductor characteristics of Y2O3/Al2O3/GaN structure has been proposed.

  10. Synthesis of A12O3 Nanoparticles from Local Bauxite for Water- A12O3 Nanofluids egy

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    Gustaman Syarif, Dani; Hadi Prajitno, Djoko; Umar, Efrizon

    2017-01-01

    A study on synthesis and characterization of A12O3 nanoparticles from bauxite for water-A12O3 nanofluids as an alternative coolant for nuclear and non-nuclear applications has been done. The A12O3 nanoparticles were synthesized by heating AlOOH as a precursor derived from local bauxite. The Al2O3 nanoparticles were dispersed in water and ultrasonicated to produce nanofluids. XRD data showed that the A12O3 nanoparticles crystallized in gamma alumina with crystallite size of 4.5 nm (Debye Scherrer method). Surface area of the A12O3 nanoparticles was 195 m2/gram. Data of TEM showed that the particle size was smaller than 10 nm. According to zeta potential data, the nanofluids were stable at neutral pH of 7.3 with zeta potential of 28-51 mV. The height of the nanofluid surface decreased about 13 % after 6 days. In addition, the CHF of the water-A12O3 nanofluids produced in this study increased about 55-161 % compared to that of water.

  11. [Responses of rice growth and development to elevated near-surface layer ozone (O3) concentration: a review].

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    Yang, Lian-xin; Wang, Yu-long; Shi, Guang-yao; Wang, Yun-xia; Zhu, Jian-guo

    2008-04-01

    Ozone (O3) is recognized as one of the most important air pollutants. At present, the worldwide average tropospheric O3 concentration has been increased from an estimated pre-industrial level of 38 nl L(-1) (25-45 nl L(-1), 8-h summer seasonal average) to approximately 50 nl L(-1) in 2000, and to 80 nl L(-1) by 2100 based on most pessimistic projections. Oryza sativa L. (rice) is the most important grain crop in the world, and thus, to correctly evaluate how the elevated near-surface layer O3 concentration will affect the growth and development of rice is of great significance. This paper reviewed the chamber (including closed and open top chamber)-based studies about the effects of atmospheric ozone enrichment on the rice visible injury symptoms, photosynthesis, water relationship, phenology, dry matter production and allocation, leaf membrane protective system, and grain yield and its components. Further research directions in this field were discussed.

  12. In-situ neutron diffraction of LaCoO3 perovskite under uniaxial compression. II. Elastic properties

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    Lugovy, Mykola; Aman, Amjad; Chen, Yan; Orlovskaya, Nina; Kuebler, Jakob; Graule, Thomas; Reece, Michael J.; Ma, Dong; Stoica, Alexandru D.; An, Ke

    2014-07-01

    Calculations of elastic constants and development of elastic anisotropy under uniaxial compression in originally isotropic polycrystalline LaCoO3 perovskite are reported. The lattice strains in individual (hkl) planes as well as average lattice strain were determined both for planes oriented perpendicular and parallel to the loading direction using in-situ neutron diffraction. Utilizing average lattice strains as well as lattice strains along the a and c crystallographic directions, an attempt was made to determine Poisson's ratio of LaCoO3, which was then compared with that measured using an impulse excitation technique. The elastic constants were calculated and Young's moduli of LaCoO3 single crystal in different crystallographic directions were estimated.

  13. Microstructure and Wear Behaviors of In-situ Al2O3p/7075 Composites%原位Al2O3P/7075复合材料微观组织与磨损行为

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    刘慧敏; 杨树青; 许萍; 李进福

    2012-01-01

    采用原位反应近液相线铸造法制备具有不同质量分数的Al2O3P/7075复合材料,并对其进行干滑动磨损实验研究,通过OM,SEM,TEM等材料分析方法测试了材料的微观组织和磨损表面形貌.结果表明,原位Al2O3颗粒对7075铝合金的晶粒组织有明显细化效果,Al2O3P/7075复合材料的耐磨性比基体7075铝合金有明显的提高.原因是原位合成的复合材料界面结合良好,原位Al2O3颗粒在摩擦过程中起着抑制金属流动和支撑的双重作用.磨损表面形貌显示,原位Al2O3颗粒的加入,使磨损机制由黏着磨损变为磨粒磨损,从而改善了材料的耐磨性.%The Al2O3P/7075 Al composites were synthesized by in-situ reaction near-liquidus casting. The microstructure and dry sliding wear behavior of the prepared composites were analyzed using OM, SEM and TEM as well as wear friction testing. The results reveal that in-situ Al2O3 particle with average size of approximately <1μm is uniformly distributed in the matrix, which exhibits desirable refining effects on microstructure of 7075 Al alloy. The wear behavior of the composites is greatly superior to that of the matrix, which is attributed to the grain refining and formation of a compact interface of Al2O3P/7075 Al composites. In addition, in-situ Al2O3 particles exhibit coupling effects of inhibiting metal flow and bearing some load in process of friction. The wear mechanism of the matrix 7075A1 alloy is adhesive wear, while the wear surface of Al2O3p/7075 Al composites is superior to that of the matrix 7075 Al alloy. The wear mechanism of Al2O3P/7075 Al composites is abrasive wear, and wear resistance of Al2O3P/7075 Al is improved.

  14. Ce2O3微粒对低碳钢夹杂和晶粒度的影响%Effect of Ce2O3 Particle on Crystal Grain Size and Inclusion of Low Carbon Steel

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    彭军; 王键; 李样兵; 郭瑞华; 安胜利

    2012-01-01

    The effect of Ce2O3 particle on inclusion and crystal grain size of steel product was studied by adding Ce2O3 particle into steel. The result shows the content of inclusion in steel will not increase when the particle size of Ce2O3 is lower than 1.13 |xm, but the content of inclusion will obviously increase when the size is higher than 2.34 μm. The Ce2O3 particle can combine with sulfide inclusion and deoxided product, which has the same function as adding rare earth alloy into steel partially. The Ce2O3 particle can reduce the size of crystal grain of cast structure. The average size of crystal grain is reduced from 180 μm to 90~75 μm. And it can also reduce the size of crystal grain of rolled structure. The degree is reduced from level 6.5 to level 11. The best economic and technical norms can be got when the size of Ce2O3 particle is 1.13 μm and the adding content is 0.5% of the content of metal.%通过在钢中外加Ce2O3微粒的方法,研究Ce2O3微粒对钢材夹杂物和晶粒度的影响.结果表明,Ce2O3粒度不大于1.13 μm时,钢中夹杂物含量不会增加,粒度大于2.34 μm时夹杂物含量会明显增加.外加Ce2O3微粒可以和钢中硫化物夹杂和脱氧产物结合,起到加稀土合金的部分作用.Ce2O3微粒可以细化铸态晶粒的粒度,晶粒平均尺寸由180 μm降低到90~75 μm;也可显著降低轧态组织的晶粒度,使晶粒度由6.5级降低到11级.当添加Ce2O3微粒粒度为1.13 μm,加入量为金属量的0.5%时,可以取得最好的经济技术指标.

  15. Mixed Conduction in Tb2O3 Doped BaCeO3

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    QIU Li-Gana; MA Gui-Lin

    2006-01-01

    BaxCe0.8Tb0.2O3-α (x=0.98-1.03) solid electrolytes were synthesized and characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD). By using AC impedance spectroscopy and gas concentration cell electromotive force (EMF) measurements, the electrical conduction behavior of the specimens was investigated in different gases during 500-1000 ℃.The influence of nonstoichiometry in the specimens with x≠ 1 on conduction properties was studied and comparedwith that in the specimen with x= 1. The results show that the specimens are all of perovskite-type orthorhombic structure. In 500-1000 ℃, electronic hole conduction is dominant in dry and wet oxygen, air or nitrogen. Protonic conduction is dominant in wet hydrogen and it is about two orders of magnitude higher than that in hydrogen-free atmospheres (oxygen, air and nitrogen). The electrical conductivity of the same specimen in water apor-saturated oxygen, air or nitrogen is slightly higher than that in corresponding gas without water vapor. The electrical conductivities of the nonstoichiometric specimens are higher than those of the stoichiometric one.

  16. Advanced treatment of benzothiazole contaminated waters: comparison of O3, AC, and O3/AC processes.

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    Valdés, H; Zaror, C A

    2005-01-01

    Benzothiazole (BT) is a toxic and poorly biodegradable contaminant, usually found in wastewater from rubber related applications. This compound could be effectively eliminated using advanced treatment processes. This paper compares experimental results on detoxification systems based on ozone oxidation, activated carbon adsorption, and simultaneous adsorption-oxidation using ozone in the presence of activated carbon. The effect of pH (2-11), and the presence of radical scavengers (tert-butyl alcohol and sodium carbonate) on process rates and removal efficiencies are assessed at laboratory scale. The experimental system consisted of a 1 L differential circular flow reactor and an ozone generator rated at 5 g O3/h. Results show that ozone oxidation combined with activated carbon adsorption increases the overall BT oxidation rate with respect to the ozonation process and activated carbon adsorption. In the presence of free radical scavenger, only a 44% reduction in BT removal rate is observed in the simultaneous treatment, as compared with 72% when ozonation treatment is used, suggesting that BT oxidation reactions mainly take place on the activated carbon surface.

  17. Engineering multiferroism in CaMnO3.

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    Bhattacharjee, Satadeep; Bousquet, Eric; Ghosez, Philippe

    2009-03-20

    Structural instabilities of CaMnO3 are investigated from first principles. We point out that, on top of a strong antiferrodistortive instability responsible for its orthorhombic ground state, the cubic perovskite structure of CaMnO3 also exhibits a weak ferroelectric instability. Although ferroelectricity is suppressed by antiferrodistortive motions, we show that it can be favored using strain or chemical engineering in order to make CaMnO3 multiferroic. We finally highlight that the ferroelectric instability of CaMnO3 is Mn-dominated. This illustrates that, contrary to common belief, ferroelectricity and magnetism are not necessarily exclusive but can be driven by the same cation.

  18. Synthesis of BiFeO3 by carbonate precipitation

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    V Kothai; Rajeev Ranjan

    2012-04-01

    Magnetoelectric multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) was synthesized by a simple carbonate precipitation technique of metal nitrate solutions. X-ray powder diffraction and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) revealed that the precipitate consists of an intimate mixture of crystalline bismuth carbonate and an amorphous hydroxide of iron. The precipitate yielded BiFeO3 at an optimal calcination temperature of ∼560°C. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis showed 1:1 ratio between Bi and Fe in the oxide. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) studies confirmed that Fe to be in +3 oxidation states both in the precipitated powder and BiFeO3. The synthesized BFO exhibits a very weak ferromagnetic correlation at room temperature and the degree of which increases slightly on cooling down to 10 K suggesting alteration in the long range spatial modulation of the spins arrangement as compared to the bulk BiFeO3.

  19. Sintering of Astroloy-Y2O3 particulate composites

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    Roy S.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The present paper describes the preparation and properties of Astroloy-Y2O3 (up to 8 vol% sintered composites. A dilatometric study of green composites carried out in argon up to 1325°C, revealed that maximum shrinkage occurs in a 6 vol% Y2O3 composite, while the lowest shrinkage was noted in an 8 vol% composite. It is observed that the greater the volume fraction of Y2O3, the higher is the onset of temperature for the beginning of the shrinkage process. A post sintering hot forging operation serves very well as an alternative to repressing-resintering. Mechanical properties have better values for 6 vol% Y2O3 composite as compared to other composites.

  20. Physical Theories with Average Symmetry

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    Alamino, Roberto C.

    2013-01-01

    This Letter probes the existence of physical laws invariant only in average when subjected to some transformation. The concept of a symmetry transformation is broadened to include corruption by random noise and average symmetry is introduced by considering functions which are invariant only in average under these transformations. It is then shown that actions with average symmetry obey a modified version of Noether's Theorem with dissipative currents. The relation of this with possible violat...

  1. Effect of Y2O3 and Al2O3 on the oxidation resistance of Si3N4

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    Hench, L. L.; Vaidyanathan, P. N.; Dutta, S.

    1982-01-01

    Oxidation of cold-pressed and sintered Si3N4 containing 15 wt% Y2O3 and 2, 4, 6, and 8% Al2O3 is observed at temperatures as low as 1000 C with IR reflection spectroscopy. Concentrations of Al2O3 in excess of 4% greatly retard the rate of oxidation and alter the mechanism of surface attack by promoting formation of a glassy layer on the surface containing mixed oxynitride bonds. The glassy layer retards heterogeneous attack and reduces the effect of an oxidation transition temperature between 1000 and 1100 C for these materials.

  2. Multiferroic and magnetoelectric nature of GaFeO3, AlFeO3 and related oxides

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    Saha, Rana; Shireen, Ajmala; Shirodkar, Sharmila N.; Waghmare, Umesh V.; Sundaresan, A.; Rao, C. N. R.

    2011-01-01

    GaFeO3, AlFeO3 and related oxides are ferrimagnetic exhibiting magnetodielectric effect. There has been no evidence to date for ferroelectricity and hence multiferroicity in these oxides. We have investigated these oxides as well as oxides of the composition Al1-x-yGaxFe1+yO3 (x = 0.2, y = 0.2) for possible ferroelectricity by carrying out pyroelectric measurements. These measurements establish the occurrence of ferroelectricity at low temperatures below the N\\`eel temperature in these oxides...

  3. Ho2O3 additive effects on BaTiO3 ceramics microstructure and dielectric properties

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    2012-01-01

    Doped BaTiO3-ceramics is very interesting for their application as PTCR resistors, multilayer ceramic capacitors, thermal sensors etc. Ho doped BaTiO3 ceramics, with different Ho2O3 content, ranging from 0.01 to 1.0 wt% Ho, were investigated regarding their microstructural and dielectric characteristics. The samples were prepared by the conventional solid state reaction and sintered at 1320° and 1380°C in an air atmosphere for 4 hours. The grain size and microstructure characteristics f...

  4. Top-Down Processing of NaNbO3 Nanopowder

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    Jurij Koruza

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the processing of NaNbO3 nanopowder by combining the solid-state synthesis and subsequent milling in the agitator bead mill. The effect of different rotation speeds of the agitator shaft on the comminution process was followed by laser granulometry. The morphology and specific surface area of the powders were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and the N2 adsorption method, respectively. With the optimized milling parameters, we obtained NaNbO3 nanoparticles with an average size of 25 nm and a narrow particle size distribution. The result is comparable to other processing techniques, such as solution-based chemical routes or mechanochemical synthesis; however, the presented method does not require any complicated processing and it can be easily upscaled to yield large quantities of the NaNbO3 nanopowder. Furthermore, the compaction behaviour of the obtained nanopowder was investigated, and a compaction-response diagram was constructed revealing good compactability of the powder. The green compacts, isostatically pressed at 740 MPa, had a relative density of 70% and a narrow pore size distribution with an average pore radius of 4 nm.

  5. Ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism in EuTiO3 nanowires

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    Morozovska, Anna N.; Glinchuk, Maya D.; Behera, Rakesh K.; Zaylichniy, Basyl Y.; Deo, Chaitanya S.; Eliseev, Eugene A.

    2011-01-01

    We predicted the ferroelectric-ferromagnetic multiferroic properties of EuTiO3 nanowires and generated the phase diagrams in coordinates of temperature and wire radii. The calculations were performed within the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory with phenomenological parameters extracted from tabulated experimental data and first principles calculations. Since bulk EuTiO3 is antiferromagnetic at temperatures lower than 5.5 K and paraelectric at all temperatures, our goal was to investigate the...

  6. Summertime photochemistry during CAREBeijing-2007: ROx budgets and O3 formation

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available We analyze summertime photochemistry near the surface in Beijing, China, using a 1-D photochemical model (Regional chEmical and trAnsport Model, REAM-1D constrained by in situ observations, focusing on the budgets of ROx (OH + HO2 + RO2 radicals and O3 formation. While the modeling analysis focuses on near-surface photochemical budgets, the implications for the budget of O3 in the planetary boundary layer are also discussed. In terms of daytime average, the total ROx primary production rate near the surface in Beijing is 6.6 ppbv per hour (ppbv h−1, among the highest found in urban atmospheres. The largest primary ROx source in Beijing is photolysis of oxygenated volatile organic compounds (OVOCs, which produces HO2 and RO2 at 2.5 ppbv h−1 and 1.7 ppbv h−1, respectively. Photolysis of excess HONO from an unknown heterogeneous source is the predominant primary OH source at 2.2 ppbv h−1, much larger than that of O1D+H2O (0.4 ppbv h−1. The largest ROx sink is via OH + NO2 reaction (1.6 ppbv h−1, followed by formation of RO2NO2 (1.0 ppbv h−1 and RONO2 (0.7 ppbv h−1. Due to the large aerosol surface area, aerosol uptake of HO2 appears to be another important radical sink, although the estimate of its magnitude is highly variable depending on the uptake coefficient value used. The daytime average O3 production and loss rates near the surface are 32 ppbv h−1 and 6.2 ppbv h−1, respectively. Assuming NO2 to be the source of excess HONO, the NO2 to HONO transformation leads to considerable O3 loss and reduction of its lifetime. Our observation-constrained modeling analysis suggests that oxidation of VOCs (especially aromatics and heterogeneous reactions (e.g. HONO formation and aerosol uptake HO2 play potentially critical roles in the primary radical budget and O3 formation in Beijing. One important ramification is that O3 production is neither NOx nor VOC limited, but in a transition regime where reduction of either NOx or VOCs could

  7. Average Convexity in Communication Situations

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    Slikker, M.

    1998-01-01

    In this paper we study inheritance properties of average convexity in communication situations. We show that the underlying graph ensures that the graphrestricted game originating from an average convex game is average convex if and only if every subgraph associated with a component of the underlyin

  8. Characterising tropospheric O3 and CO around Frankfurt over the period 1994-2012 based on MOZAIC-IAGOS aircraft measurements

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    Petetin, Hervé; Thouret, Valérie; Fontaine, Alain; Sauvage, Bastien; Athier, Giles; Blot, Romain; Boulanger, Damien; Cousin, Jean-Marc; Nédélec, Philippe

    2016-12-01

    In the framework of the MOZAIC-IAGOS programme, vertical profiles of ozone (O3) and carbon monoxide (CO) have been available since 1994 and 2002, respectively. This study investigates the variability and trend of both species in three tropospheric layers above the German airports Frankfurt and Munich. About 21 300 flights have taken place over the period 1994-2012, which represents the worldwide densest vertical in situ data set of O3 and CO (with ˜ 96 flights per month on average). The mean vertical profile of ozone shows a strong gradient in the first kilometre during the whole year and in the tropopause region in spring and summer. The mean vertical profile of CO is characterised by high mixing ratios at the ground, a strong decrease in the first kilometre, in particular in winter and autumn, and a moderate one in the free troposphere. O3 minimises in November-December and shows a broad spring/summer maximum in the lower and mid-troposphere and a sharp maximum in summer in the upper troposphere. The seasonal variation of CO shows a broad minimum in July-October close to the surface and in September-October it occurs higher in the troposphere, while the maximum occurs in February-April in the whole troposphere. Over the period 1994-2012, O3 has changed insignificantly (at a 95 % confidence level), except in winter where a slightly significant increase (from +0.83 [+0.13;+1.67] % yr-1 in the LT to +0.62 [+0.02;+1.22] % yr-1 in the UT, relative to the reference year 2000) is found. The O3 5th percentile shows similar upward trends at the annual scale in all three tropospheric layers. All trends remain insignificant for the O3 95th percentile. In contrast, for CO the mean as well as its 5th and 95th percentiles decrease both at the annual scale and at the seasonal scale in winter, spring and summer (although not always in all three tropospheric layers) with trends ranging between -1.22 [-2.27;-0.47] and -2.63 [-4.54;-1.42] % yr-1, relative to the reference year

  9. Synthesis and several features of the Na2O-B2O3-Bi2O3-MoO3 glasses

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    Saddeek, Yasser B.; Abousehly, A. M.; Hussien, Shaban I.

    2007-08-01

    Glasses in the system Na2-2xB4-4xBixMo0.5xO7-4x, 0 molar volume increase while both sound velocities and the determined glass transition temperatures decrease with increase in x. Infrared spectra of the glasses reveal that the strong borate network consists of diborate units and is affected by the increase in the concentration of Bi2O3, and MoO3. These results are interpreted in terms of the increase in the number of non-bridging oxygen atoms, substitution of longer bond lengths of Bi-O, and Mo-O in place of shorter B-O bond and the change in Na+ ion concentration. The results indicate that bismuth and molybdenum ions have been substituted for boron ions as network modifier ions. The elastic moduli are observed to increase with the increase in Bi2O3 and MoO3 content. This contradiction in the elastic moduli-molar volume relation is attributed to the role of the respective bonds.

  10. Local control of antiferromagnetic domains in Cr2O3

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    Adenwalla, S.; Singh, Uday; Echtenkamp, W.; Binek, Ch.

    2015-03-01

    We have used a Cr2O3/Pd/(Co/Pd)3 exchange biased heterostructure to measure the spatial distribution of anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) domains in magnetoelectric AFM Cr2O3.TheAFMCr2O3 possesses a residual roughness insensitive surface magnetization below its Néel temperature (TN 307K) This surface magnetization couples to the ferromagnetic material (Co/Pd) and results in exchange bias. Cooling the Cr2O3 from above its Néel temperature in different magnetization states of the ferromagnet results in the formation of AFM domains in Cr2O3. The AFM domains in the Cr2O3 were mapped by a spatial map of the exchange bias of the ferromagnet for the sample cooled in various remnant conditions of Co/Pd and at different temperatures. Local control of AFM domains was achieved by first, controlling the magnetization of Co/Pd multilayers and cooling below the Neel temperature, resulting in a single AFM domain, and then, subsequently writing a reversed AFM domain using the heat from a 6 mW focused laser beam. Scanning the laser beam allows for the writing of any domain pattern with a spatial resolution of 5 μm, limited only by the focusing optics. This work is supported by NSF Grant No. 1409622 and MRSEC DMR-0820521.

  11. Ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism in EuTiO3 nanowires

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    Morozovska, Anna N.; Glinchuk, Maya D.; Behera, Rakesh K.; Zaulychny, Basil; Deo, Chaitanya S.; Eliseev, Eugene A.

    2011-11-01

    We predicted the ferroelectric-ferromagnetic multiferroic properties of EuTiO3 nanowires and generated the phase diagrams in coordinates of temperature and wire radii. The calculations were performed within the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory with phenomenological parameters extracted from tabulated experimental data and first-principles calculations. Since bulk EuTiO3 is antiferromagnetic at temperatures lower than 5.5 K and paraelectric at all temperatures, our goal was to investigate the possibility of inducing the ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties of EuTiO3 by reducing the bulk to nanosystems. Our results indicate that ferroelectric spontaneous polarization of ˜0.1-0.5 C/m2 is induced in EuTiO3 nanowires due to the intrinsic surface stress, which is inversely proportional to the nanowire radius. Spontaneous polarization exists at temperatures lower than 300 K for wire diameter of ˜4 lattice constants with 10 N/m surface stress coefficient. Due to the strong biquadratic magnetoelectric coupling, the spontaneous polarization in turn induces the ferromagnetic phase at temperatures lower than 30 K for 2-nm nanowire and at temperatures lower than 10 K for 4-nm nanowire in EuTiO3. Thus, we predicted that the EuTiO3 nanowires can be the new ferroelectric-ferromagnetic multiferroic.

  12. Halogen chemistry reduces tropospheric O3 radiative forcing

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    Sherwen, Tomás; Evans, Mat J.; Carpenter, Lucy J.; Schmidt, Johan A.; Mickley, Loretta J.

    2017-01-01

    Tropospheric ozone (O3) is a global warming gas, but the lack of a firm observational record since the preindustrial period means that estimates of its radiative forcing (RFTO3) rely on model calculations. Recent observational evidence shows that halogens are pervasive in the troposphere and need to be represented in chemistry-transport models for an accurate simulation of present-day O3. Using the GEOS-Chem model we show that tropospheric halogen chemistry is likely more active in the present day than in the preindustrial. This is due to increased oceanic iodine emissions driven by increased surface O3, higher anthropogenic emissions of bromo-carbons, and an increased flux of bromine from the stratosphere. We calculate preindustrial to present-day increases in the tropospheric O3 burden of 113 Tg without halogens but only 90 Tg with, leading to a reduction in RFTO3 from 0.43 to 0.35 Wm-2. We attribute ˜ 50 % of this reduction to increased bromine flux from the stratosphere, ˜ 35 % to the ocean-atmosphere iodine feedback, and ˜ 15 % to increased tropospheric sources of anthropogenic halogens. This reduction of tropospheric O3 radiative forcing due to halogens (0.087 Wm-2) is greater than that from the radiative forcing of stratospheric O3 (˜ 0.05 Wm-2). Estimates of RFTO3 that fail to consider halogen chemistry are likely overestimates (˜ 25 %).

  13. Mallows statistic in the selection of models to predict the monthly and annual average rainfall in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. = Estatística de Mallows na seleção de modelos de predição da precipitação média mensal e anual no Rio Grande do Sul.

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    Claudia Fernanda Almeida Teixeira

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    Full Text Available The Mallows Cp statistic can be used in the selection of the best subsets in hydrological modeling, especially in cases where many variables are used. Besause there are, in many cases, the interest in estimating the monthly and annual average rainfall based on geographic coordinates of latitude and longitude, and altitude. Consequently, the aim of this study was to verify the information gain when applied to statistical Cp Mallows in the selection of the best subsets of multiple linear regression to predict the precipitation of some municipalities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Daily precipitation data from 26 meteorological stations, in addition to seven others, used to validation of the proposed linear models, belonging to seven mesoregions of Rio Grande do Sul were collected and analyzed. After the formation of the series, precipitation values were adjusted from linear models, using multiple linear regression in which the dependent variable was the precipitation and independent variables, the geographic coordinates of latitude and longitude, and altitude. The Cp statistic was used in the selection of sets and, subsequently applied statistical indexes mean square error, standard error of prediction bias factor wereused to obtain the accuracy factor for comparison between observed versus predicted precipitation. From the results obtained itcan be concluded that, from the point of view of parsimony, the statistic proposed by Mallows proved adequate in the selectionof models for prediction of monthly and annual rainfall of the stations analyzed. = A estatística Cp de Mallows pode ser utilizada na seleção de melhores subconjuntos na modelagem hidrológica,principalmente nos casos em que são utilizadas muitas variáveis. Com base no fato de que há, em muitos casos, o interesse em estimar a precipitação média mensal e anual baseada nas coordenadas geográficas latitude e longitude, e altitude, objetivouse com este trabalho verificar o

  14. Nonstoichiometric perovskite CaMnO(3-δ) for oxygen electrocatalysis with high activity.

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    Du, Jing; Zhang, Tianran; Cheng, Fangyi; Chu, Wangsheng; Wu, Ziyu; Chen, Jun

    2014-09-01

    Perovskite oxides offer efficient and cheap electrocatalysts for both oxygen reduction reactions and oxygen evolution reactions (ORR/OER) in diverse oxygen-based electrochemical technologies. In this study, we report a facile strategy to enhance the electrocatalytic activity of CaMnO3 by introducing oxygen defects. The nonstoichiometric CaMnO(3-δ) (0 < δ ≤ 0.5) was prepared through thermal reduction of pristine perovskite microspheres and nanoparticles, which were synthesized from thermal-decomposition of carbonate precursors and the Pechini route, respectively. The as-prepared samples were analyzed by chemical titration, structural refinement, thermogravimetric analysis, and energy spectrometry. In 0.1 M KOH aqueous solution, the nonstoichiometric CaMnO(3-δ) with δ near 0.25 and an average Mn valence close to 3.5 exhibited the highest ORR activity (36.7 A g(-1) at 0.70 V vs RHE, with onset potential of 0.96 V), which is comparable to that of benchmark Pt/C. Density functional theory (DFT) studies and electrical conductivity measurement revealed that the enhanced ORR kinetics is due to facilitated oxygen activation and improved electrical properties. Besides high activity, the nonstoichiometric perovskite oxides showed respectable catalytic stability. Furthermore, the moderate oxygen-defective CaMnO(3-δ) (δ ≈ 0.25) favored the OER because of the improved electrical conductivity. This study makes nonstoichiometric CaMnO(3-δ) a promising active, inexpensive bifunctional catalytic material for reversible ORR and OER.

  15. Sampling Based Average Classifier Fusion

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    Jian Hou

    2014-01-01

    fusion algorithms have been proposed in literature, average fusion is almost always selected as the baseline for comparison. Little is done on exploring the potential of average fusion and proposing a better baseline. In this paper we empirically investigate the behavior of soft labels and classifiers in average fusion. As a result, we find that; by proper sampling of soft labels and classifiers, the average fusion performance can be evidently improved. This result presents sampling based average fusion as a better baseline; that is, a newly proposed classifier fusion algorithm should at least perform better than this baseline in order to demonstrate its effectiveness.

  16. Preparation of Pyridine from Tetrahydrofurfuryl Alcohol with MoO3-Ce2O3-MgO/γ-Al2O3 Catalyst%MoO3-Ce2O3-MgO/γ-Al2O3在四氢糠醇合成吡啶中的应用

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    刘大蔚; 冯亚青; 孟舒献; 郭军伟

    2006-01-01

    研究了以四氢糠醇(THFA)为原料,MoO3-Ce2O3-MgO/γ-Al2O3为催化剂,经气固相接触催化合成吡啶的反应.采用BET对催化剂进行了表征,气相色谱对反应产物进行了分析.考察了反应温度、MoO3-Ce2O3-MgO负载量、四氢糠醇流量对反应的影响.并考察了催化剂的使用寿命.结果表明,负载质量分数为10%MoO3-3%Ce2O3-2%MgO的催化剂,用固定床反应器,反应温度为550℃,n(THFA)∶n(NH3)=1∶4时,四氢糠醇的转化率为99.12%,吡啶的选择性为87.09%,吡啶的反应收率达到86.32%.

  17. Concurrent elevation of CO2, O3 and temperature severely affects oil quality and quantity in rapeseed

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    Namazkar, Shahla; Stockmarr, Anders; Frenck, Georg;

    2016-01-01

    FAs remained unchanged or even increased. Most reduced was the FA essential for human nutrition, C18:3-ω3, which decreased by 39% and 45% in the combined scenarios with elevated [CO2]+T+[O3] and [CO2]+T, respectively. Average oil content decreased 3–17%. When [CO2] and T were elevated concurrently...

  18. Mesoscopic-scale structure and dynamics near the morphotropic phase boundary of (1 -x ) PbTiO3-x BiScO3

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    Datta, K.; Richter, A.; Göbbels, M.; Neder, R. B.; Mihailova, B.

    2015-07-01

    A range of compelling information on the local structure and dynamics of the ferroelectric perovskite-type (ABO3) system (1 -x ) PbTiO3-x BiScO3 has been revealed through analyzing room-temperature x-ray pair distribution functions and temperature-dependent Raman scattering data for compositions ranging across the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). Raman scattering data have provided exclusive evidence for distinct dynamical responses from the A-site Pb/Bi and the B-site Ti/Sc cations as a function of composition and temperature. Both pair distribution function and Raman scattering analyses indicate improved coherence between the A-site and B-site off-center displacements for x above the MPB composition. The distinguishable dynamical features were spotted between two sets of compositional range from which x =0.34 could be assigned as a critical composition of "local" MPB: the composition at which the pathway of mesoscopic-scale temperature-driven coupling and transformation processes changes. This differs from the previous reports based on the analysis of the average structure, suggesting the response function of a system may not necessarily follow the evolution of the average structure from which however the MPB has so far been ascribed for a particular system. The individual features of the cations revealed here will further help in understanding the structure-property correlations for similar ferroelectric solid solutions.

  19. The Spectral Properties of Zn doped LiNbO3 Crystals%掺锌LiNbO3晶体的光谱性质

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    赵业权; 徐悟生; 朱质彬; 张玥; 徐蔚青; 王继扬

    2000-01-01

    在LiNbO3中掺进2 mol%,4 mol%,6 mol%,8 mol%的ZnO,生长Zn(2 mol%):LiNbO3,Zn(4 mol%):LiNbO3,Zn(6 mol%):LiNbO3和Zn(8 mol%):LiNbO3晶体,测试LiNbO3和掺锌LiNbO3晶体的透射光谱.LiNbO3和掺锌LiNbO3晶体在350-900 nm的范围内都是透明的.Zn:LiNbO3晶体的吸收边发生紫移.对Zn:LiNbO3晶体吸收边紫移的机理进行探讨.

  20. Ni/Al2O3 catalysts for syngas methanation: Effect of Mn promoter

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    Anmin Zhao; Weiyong Ying; Haitao Zhang; Hongfang Ma; Dingye Fang

    2012-01-01

    Ni/Al2O3 catalysts with different amounts of manganese ranging from 1 to 3 wt% as promoter were prepared by co-impregnation method.The catalysts were characterized by N2 physisorption,XRD,TPR,SEM and TEM.Their catalytic activity towards syngas methanation reaction was also investigated using a fixed-bed integral reactor.It was demonstrated that the addition of manganese to Ni/Al2O3 catalysts can increase the catalyst surface area and average pore volume,but decrease NiO crystallite size,leading to higher activity and stability.The effects of reaction temperature,pressure and weight hourly space velocity (WHSV) on carbon oxides conversion and CH4 formation rate were also studied.High carbon oxides conversion,CH4 selectivity and formation rate were achieved at the reaction temperature range of 280-300 ℃.

  1. (Ba,Sr)TiO3 tunable capacitors with RF commutation quality factors exceeding 6000

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    Meyers, Cedric J. G.; Freeze, Christopher R.; Stemmer, Susanne; York, Robert A.

    2016-09-01

    The fabrication, measurement, and modeling of radio-frequency (RF), tunable interdigital capacitors (IDCs) are described. High quality factors of 200 in the S/L-bands combined with a 47% tunability are achieved by utilizing epitaxial (Ba,Sr)TiO3 films grown by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy on LaAlO3 substrates. The fabricated devices consisted of one-port and two-port IDCs embedded in ground-signal-ground, coplanar waveguide transmission lines to enable RF probing. Wideband RF scattering parameters under bias were measured from 100 MHz to 40 GHz. A commutation quality factor averaging 6000 across the L band is achieved. These are the highest reported values in this band.

  2. TEM study of a hot-pressed Al2O3-NbC composite material

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    Wilson Acchar

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Alumina-based composites have been developed in order to improve the mechanical properties of the monolithic matrix and to replace the WC-Co material for cutting tool applications. Al2O3 reinforced with refractory carbides improves hardness, fracture toughness and wear resistance to values suitable for metalworking applications. Al2O3-NbC composites were uniaxially hot-pressed at 1650 °C in an inert atmosphere and their mechanical properties and microstructures were analyzed. Sintered density, average grain size, microhardness and fracture toughness measurements and microstructural features were evaluated. Results have shown that the mechanical properties of alumina-NbC are comparable to other carbide systems. Microstructural analysis has shown that the niobium carbide particles are mainly located at the grain boundaries of alumina grains, which is an evidence of the "pinning effect", produced by NbC particles.

  3. Luminescent Properties of Surface Functionalized BaTiO3 Embedded in Poly(methyl methacrylate

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    Sebastian Requena

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available As-received BaTiO3 nanopowders of average grain sizes 50 nm and 100 nm were functionalized by (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES and mixed with poly(methyl methacrylate/toluene solution. The nanocomposite solution was spin coated on Si substrates to form thin films. The photoluminescence spectrum of the pure powder was composed of a bandgap emission at 3.0 eV and multiple bands centered about 2.5 eV. Surface functionalization of the BaTiO3 powder via APTES increases overall luminescence at room temperature while only enhancing bandgap emission at low-temperature. Polymer coating of the functionalized nanoparticles significantly enhances bandgap emissions while decreasing emissions associated with near-surface lattice distortions at 2.5 eV.

  4. Preparation of TiAl/Al2O3 composites by combustion synthesis

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    2002-01-01

    Studies the combustion synthesis of A1-Ti-TiO2 system and concludes that,due to its low exothermic nature,a stable combustion wave can be maintained only when the system is ignited at a certain preheating temperature,and coupled with appropriate pseudo-HIP process,dense TiAI/A12 O3 composites with density as high as 97% of the theoretical value can be produced,and points out.Microstructure observation shows in situ formed A12 O3 particles are of an average size smaller than one micron,and the hardness of TiAI matrix is enhanced by introduction of these particles.

  5. Micrometer-Scale Ballistic Transport of Electron Pairs in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Nanowires

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    Tomczyk, Michelle; Cheng, Guanglei; Lee, Hyungwoo; Lu, Shicheng; Annadi, Anil; Veazey, Joshua P.; Huang, Mengchen; Irvin, Patrick; Ryu, Sangwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Levy, Jeremy

    2016-08-01

    High-mobility complex-oxide heterostructures and nanostructures offer new opportunities for extending the paradigm of quantum transport beyond the realm of traditional III-V or carbon-based materials. Recent quantum transport investigations with LaAlO3/SrTiO3 -based quantum dots reveal the existence of a strongly correlated phase in which electrons form spin-singlet pairs without becoming superconducting. Here, we report evidence for the micrometer-scale ballistic transport of electron pairs in quasi-1D LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanowire cavities. In the paired phase, Fabry-Perot-like quantum interference is observed, in sync with conductance oscillations observed in the superconducting regime (at a zero magnetic field). Above a critical magnetic field Bp, the electron pairs unbind and the conductance oscillations shift with the magnetic field. These experimental observations extend the regime of ballistic electronic transport to strongly correlated phases.

  6. Oxidation of Al2O3-30%TiCN-0.2%Y2O3 Composite

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    Li Xikun; Qiu Guanming; Xiu Zhimeng; Sun Xudong; Yan Changhao; Dai Shaojun

    2005-01-01

    The oxidation behavior of Al2O3-30%TiCN-0.2%Y2O3 composite and its effect on high temperature bending strength was studied. The result indicates that the mass gain during static oxidation of the material under normal atmosphere follows the parabolic law. Oxide increases with increasing temperature and prolonging time. It has good oxidation resistance. The product of oxidation of the material is TiO2. Therefore, the volume of the material expands. The oxide film is destroyed because residual stress inside the oxide film is released. Proper oxidation is beneficial to the improvement of bending strength of Al2O3-30%TiCN-0.2%Y2O3 composite. The strength increase is up to 4.5%.

  7. A new contact material——Ag/SnO2-La2O3-Bi2O3

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    2002-01-01

    A super-fine compound powder, Ag/SnO2+La2O3+ Bi2O3, has been obtained using the chemical coprecipitation method. And a new contact material, Ag/SnO2+La2O3+Bi2O3, was produced by the powder metallurgy method. Its properties are as follows: the density is 9.75-9.93 g/cm3, the resistivity is 2.31-2.55 cm, the hardness is 880-985 MPa. Its microstructure shows that the fine oxides have a uniform distribution in the silver matrix. The results of make-break capacity and temperature rise testing show that the new material has better ability of anti-arc erosion and lower temperature rise than that of commonly used Ag/CdO.

  8. Growth and Characterization of EuTiO3 films on SrTiO3 (001)

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    Wang, H. Q.; Ferguson, J. D.; Woll, A. R.; Muller, D. A.; Brock, J. D.

    2009-03-01

    Perovskite oxides display a variety of interesting physical properties, and their heteroepitaxial structures are of significant interest in oxide electronics. EuTiO3 and SrTiO3 are nearly perfectly lattice matched and have the same valence structure, and are therefore well suited as a model system for the study of perovskite interfaces. One outstanding question about such interfaces concerns the factors that determine and limit atomic and electronic abruptness. In this work, several monolayer thick EuTiO3 films are grown on single-crystal SrTiO3 (001) substrates using Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD). The growth mechanisms are probed by the combination of synchrotron based in situ small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and in situ Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction (RHEED). The atomic-scale interfacial properties are investigated by high resolution Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) and spatially resolved Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS).

  9. The exchange interaction values of perovskite-type materials EuTiO3 and EuZrO3

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    Hu, Ai-Yuan; Wang, Huai-Yu

    2014-11-01

    A comprehensive research of the antiferromagnetic (AFM) structures of perovskite-type EuTiO3 and EuZrO3 is carried out by use of the double-time Green's function. All three possible types of AFM configurations are considered, and theoretical results are compared to experiments to extract the exchange parameters J1 and J2 values. The obtained exchanges are employed to calculate the magnetic susceptibility, which is then, in turn, compared to experiments. In this way, we can be certain that the EuZrO3, as well as EuTiO3, is of the G-type structure ever conjectured, and A- and C-types are ruled out. Our achieved J1 and J2 values are compared with those obtained by the mean field approximation and Monte Carlo simulation, and better agree with experiments.

  10. Characterization and optical properties of Fe2O3-PbO-B2O3 glasses

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    Sanjay, Kishore, N.; Kundu, R.; Dahiya, S.; Pal, I.; Dhankhar, S.; Punia, R.

    2016-05-01

    Heavy metal-based oxide glasses of compositions xFe2O3.(40-x)PbO.60B2O3 have been synthesized by the standard melt-quenching technique. The amorphous nature of these samples is ascertained by XRD patterns. Scanning Electron Microscope is used to study the microstructure of the samples. The absorption edge (λcut-off) shifts toward longer wavelengths with an increase in Fe2O3 content in the glass matrix. Study of absorption edge signifies the glassy nature of the samples. The values of optical band gap energy for indirect allowed and forbidden transitions have been determined and it is found that it decreases with increasing Fe2O3 content. The Urbach's energy is used to characterize the degree of disorder in the studied samples.

  11. Luminescent properties of praseodymium doped Y2O3 and LaAlO3 nanocrystallites and polymer composites

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    M. Dudek; A. Jusza; K. Anders; L. Lipi(n)ska; M. Baran; R. Piramidowicz

    2011-01-01

    Luminescent properties of Y2O3 and LaAlO3 nanopowders doped with Pr3+ ions and PMMA-based composite materials doped with these powders were reported.The set of active nanopowders differing in praseodymium ions concentration was prepared using sol-gel method and carefully characterized with respect to emission properties in the visible spectral range.In particular,the excitation and emission spectra were measured together with fluorescence decay profiles and the differences between optical properties of these materials were discussed and compared with data available for bulk materials.Finally,the PMMA-based composite materials doped with pr3+:Y2O3 and Pr3+:LaA1O3 nanopowders were manufactured and characterized.The obtained results showed that polymer composites doped with active nanopowders in general tended to keep the luminescent properties of the original nanopowders.

  12. Are lithium niobate (LiNbO3) and lithium tantalate (LiTaO3) ferroelectrics bioactive?

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    Vilarinho, Paula Maria; Barroca, Nathalie; Zlotnik, Sebastian; Félix, Pedro; Fernandes, Maria Helena

    2014-06-01

    The use of functional materials, such as ferroelectrics, as platforms for tissue growth in situ or ex situ, is new and holds great promise. But the usage of materials in any bioapplication requires information on biocompatibility and desirably on bioactive behavior when bone tissue engineering is envisaged. Both requirements are currently unknown for many ferroelectrics. Herein the bioactivity of LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 is reported. The formation of apatite-like structures on the surface of LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 powders after immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF) for different soaking periods indicates their bioactive potential. The mechanism of apatite formation is suggested. In addition, the significant release of lithium ions from the ferroelectric powders in the very first minutes of soaking in SBF is examined and ways to overcome this likely hurdle addressed.

  13. Size-controllable synthesis of Bi/Bi2O3 heterojunction nanoparticles using pulsed Nd:YAG laser deposition and metal-semiconductor-heterojunction-assisted photoluminescence

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    Patil, Ranjit A.; Wei, Mao-Kuo; Yeh, P.-H.; Liang, Jyun-Bo; Gao, Wan-Ting; Lin, Jin-Han; Liou, Yung; Ma, Yuan-Ron

    2016-02-01

    We synthesized Bi/Bi2O3 heterojunction nanoparticles at various substrate temperatures using the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique with a pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The Bi/Bi2O3 heterojunction nanoparticles consisted of Bi nanoparticles and Bi2O3 surface layers. The average diameter of the Bi nanoparticles and the thickness of the Bi2O3 surface layer are linearly proportional to the substrate temperature. The heterojunctions between the Bi nanoparticles and Bi2O3 surface layers, which are the metal-semiconductor heterojunctions, can strongly enhance the photoluminescence (PL) of the Bi/Bi2O3 nanoparticles, because the metallic Bi nanoparticles can provide massive free Fermi-level electrons for the electron transitions in the Bi2O3 surface layers. The enhancement of PL emission at room temperature by metal-semiconductor-heterojunctions make the Bi/Bi2O3 heterojunction nanoparticles potential candidates for use in optoelectronic nanodevices, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and laser diodes (LDs).We synthesized Bi/Bi2O3 heterojunction nanoparticles at various substrate temperatures using the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique with a pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The Bi/Bi2O3 heterojunction nanoparticles consisted of Bi nanoparticles and Bi2O3 surface layers. The average diameter of the Bi nanoparticles and the thickness of the Bi2O3 surface layer are linearly proportional to the substrate temperature. The heterojunctions between the Bi nanoparticles and Bi2O3 surface layers, which are the metal-semiconductor heterojunctions, can strongly enhance the photoluminescence (PL) of the Bi/Bi2O3 nanoparticles, because the metallic Bi nanoparticles can provide massive free Fermi-level electrons for the electron transitions in the Bi2O3 surface layers. The enhancement of PL emission at room temperature by metal-semiconductor-heterojunctions make the Bi/Bi2O3 heterojunction nanoparticles potential candidates for use in optoelectronic nanodevices, such as light-emitting diodes

  14. Probing the Physical Conditions of Supernova Ejecta with the Measured Sizes of Presolar Al2O3 Grains

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    Nozawa, Takaya; Hasegawa, Yasuhiro; Kozasa, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    A few particles of presolar Al2O3 grains with sizes above 0.5 mum are believed to have been produced in the ejecta of core-collapse supernovae (SNe). In order to clarify the formation condition of such large Al2O3 grains, we investigate the condensation of Al2O3 grains for wide ranges of the gas density and cooling rate. We first show that the average radius and condensation efficiency of newly formed Al2O3 grains are successfully described by a non-dimensional quantity "Lambda_on" defined as the ratio of the timescale with which the supersaturation ratio increases to the collision timescale of reactant gas species at dust formation. Then, we find that the formation of submicron-sized Al2O3 grains requires at least ten times higher gas densities than those presented by one-dimensional SN models. This indicates that presolar Al2O3 grains identified as a SN origin might be formed in dense gas clumps, allowing us to propose that the measured sizes of presolar grains can be a powerful tool to constrain the physic...

  15. Preparation and tribological properties of surface-modified nano-Y2O3 as additive in liquid paraffin

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    Yu, Lin; Zhang, Lin; Ye, Fei; Sun, Ming; Cheng, Xiaoling; Diao, Guiqiang

    2012-12-01

    Surface-modified nano-Y2O3 was prepared by a coupling-grafting method with vinyl methylerichlorosilane and methyl methacrylate as the coupling agent and grafting agent, respectively. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), transmission electron micrograph (TEM) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). The tribological properties of the surface-modified nano-Y2O3 as additive in liquid paraffin were evaluated with a four-ball tester. The results show that the nano-Y2O3 keeps its original crystalline structure after surface modification, and the modified nano-Y2O3 forms a core-shell structure with an average particle size of 24.5 nm. The maximum non-seizure load (PB value) and sintered load (PD value) increase by 25% and 26.9%, respectively, when compared with those of liquid paraffin, and the wear scar diameter (WSD) also decrease by 21% when 0.10% surface-modified nano-Y2O3 was added. The protective inorganic-organic film formed by nano-Y2O3 and organic modifiers plays an important role in the improved tribological properties of liquid paraffin.

  16. Yb2O3-Y2O3-Gd2O3-ZrO2热障涂层制备及性能研究%Preparation and Properties of Yb2O3-Y2O3-Gd2O3-ZrO2 Ceramics for Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    孙现凯; 王全胜; 柳彦博; 杜仲; 张锐

    2013-01-01

    以Yb2O3、Y2O3 、Gd2O3稀土氧化物粉末和ZrOCl2·8H2O粉末为原料,采用化学共沉淀法制备了Yb2O3-Y2O3-Gd2O3-ZrO2 (YYGZO)热喷涂用粉末,采用大气等离子喷涂技术制备了YYGZO涂层,利用场发射扫描电镜(FESEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)研究了YYGZO粉末及涂层的微观组织形貌、相结构.结果表明,制备的热喷涂YYGZO粉末大部分呈规则实心球体状,且球形度良好,颗粒粒径均匀,大部分颗粒粒径分布为30~60μm,流动性能较好,满足大气等离子喷涂的要求.YYGZO涂层具有较好的高温相结构稳定性.所制备YYGZO热障涂层组织结构比较致密,涂层各个界面结合紧密,孔隙率约为9.23%,结合强度为35.2 MPa.%Yb2O3-Y2O3-Gd2O3-ZrO2 (YYGZO)composition powder was synthesized by the chemical coprecipitation method using Yb2O3,Y2O3,Gd2O3 and ZrOCl2 ·8H2O powders as raw materials,and applied as ceramic topcoats of thermal barrier coating (TBC) by atmospheric plasma spraying (APS).Microstructure and phases of YYGZO powder and thermal barrier coatings were examined by scanning electrical microscopy (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD).The results showed that the YYGZO ceramics powder were prepared with solid sphere shape and proper distribution of particle size about 30-60 μm by spray-dried method are suitable for atmospheric plasma spraying.Phase analyses revealed that YYGZO coatings keep the single phase before and after under heat treatment at 1200 ℃.The coating has compact microstructure and higher binging strength between the topcoat and bondcoat.The bingding strength and porosity of the coating are about 35.2 MPa and 9.23%,respectively.

  17. Observed trends in ground-level O3 in Monterrey, Mexico, during 1993-2014: comparison with Mexico City and Guadalajara

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    Hernández Paniagua, Iván Y.; Clemitshaw, Kevin C.; Mendoza, Alberto

    2017-07-01

    Here, we present an assessment of long-term trends in O3 and odd oxygen (O3 + NO2) at the industrial Monterrey metropolitan area (MMA) in NE Mexico. Diurnal amplitudes in Ox (AVd) are used as a proxy for net O3 production, which is influenced by the NO2 photolysis rate. No significant differences in the AVd are observed between weekends and weekdays, although the largest AVd values are observed at sites downwind of industrial areas. The highest O3 mixing ratios are observed in spring, with minimum values in winter. The largest annual variations in O3 are typically observed downwind of the MMA, with the lowest variations generally recorded in highly populated areas and close to industrial areas. A wind sector analysis of mixing ratios of O3 precursors revealed that the dominant sources of emissions are located in the industrial regions within the MMA and surrounding area. Significant increasing trends in O3 in spring, summer, and autumn are observed depending on site location, with trends in annual averages ranging between 0.19 and 0.33 ppb yr-1. Overall, from 1993 to 2014, within the MMA, O3 has increased at an average rate of 0.22 ppb yr-1 (p Guadalajara metropolitan area (GMA).

  18. [Preparation and photoluminescence study of Er3+ : Y2O3 transparent ceramics].

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    Luo, Jun-ming; Li, Yong-xiu; Deng, Li-ping

    2008-10-01

    Y2O3 acted as the matrix material, which was doped with different concentrations of Er3+, Er3+ : Y2O3 nanocrystalline powder was prepared by co-precipitation method, and Er3+ : Y2O3 transparent ceramics was fabricated by vacuum sintering at 1700 degrees C, 1 x 10(-3) Pa for 8 h. By using the X-ray diffraction (D/MAX-RB), transmission electron microscopy(Philips EM420), automatic logging spectrophotometer(DMR-22), fluorescence analyzer (F-4500) and 980 nm diode laser, the structural, morphological and luminescence properties of the sample were investigated. The results show that Er3+ dissolved completely in the Y2O3 cubic phase, the precursor was amorphous, weak diffraction peaks appeared after calcination at 400 degrees C, and if calcined at 700 degrees C, the precursor turned to pure cubic phase. With increasing the calcining temperature, the diffraction peaks became sharp quickly, and when the calcining temperature reached 1100 degrees C, the diffraction peaks became very sharp, indicating that the grains were very large. The particles of Er+ : Y2O3 is homogeneous and nearly spherical, the average diameter of the particles is in the range of 40-60 nm after being calcined at 1000 degrees C for 2 h. The relative density of Er3+ : Y2O3 transparent ceramics is 99.8%, the transmittance of the Er2+ : Y2O3 transparent ceramics is markedly lower than the single crystal at the short wavelength, but the transmittance is improved noticeably with increasing the wavelength, and the transmittance exceeds 60% at the wavelength of 1200 nm. Excited under the 980 nm diode laser, there are two main up-conversion emission bands, green emission centers at 562 nm and red emission centers at 660 nm, which correspond to (4)S(3/2) / (2)H(11/2) - (4)I(15/2) and (4)F(9/2) - (4)I(15/2) radiative transitions respectively. By changing the doping concentrations of Er3+, the color of up-conversion luminescence can be tuned from green to red gradually. The luminescence intensity is not reinforce

  19. Raman study of the antiferromagnetic phase transitions in hexagonal Y MnO3 and LuMnO3

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    Vermette, J.; Jandl, S.; Mukhin, A. A.; Ivanov, V. Yu; Balbashov, A.; Gospodinov, M. M.; Pinsard-Gaudart, L.

    2010-09-01

    The A1, E1 and E2 Raman active modes in hexagonal Y MnO3 and LuMnO3 single crystals are studied as a function of temperature and compared with previous measurements. In addition to anharmonicity, some phonon frequencies show below TN anomalous temperature dependences that reflect the atomic displacements while some other phonon frequencies are more sensitive to the spin-phonon coupling.

  20. Synthesis of Monolithic Fe2O3-Al2O3 Composite Aerogels via Organic Solvent Sublimation Drying

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    Lili Ren

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Monolithic Fe2O3-Al2O3 composite aerogels have been prepared successfully via organic solvent sublimation drying method. The results show that a new phase forms when the right amount of ferric oxide is added to the alumina aerogel. From the TEM pictures we can see a shuttle-type structure with the length of about 15 nm forms, which leads to the high surface areas of composited aerogel.

  1. Room-Temperature Quantum Transport Signatures in Graphene/LaAlO3 /SrTiO3 Heterostructures.

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    Jnawali, Giriraj; Huang, Mengchen; Hsu, Jen-Feng; Lee, Hyungwoo; Lee, Jung-Woo; Irvin, Patrick; Eom, Chang-Beom; D'Urso, Brian; Levy, Jeremy

    2017-03-01

    High mobility graphene field-effect devices, fabricated on the complex-oxide heterostructure LaAlO3 /SrTiO3 , exhibit quantum interference signatures up to room temperature. The oxide material is believed to play a critical role in suppressing short-range and phonon contributions to scattering. The ability to maintain pseudospin coherence at room temperature holds promise for the realization of new classical and quantum information technologies.

  2. Seasonal variation of the O3-CO correlation derived from remote sensing measurements over western Japan

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    Ohyama, Hirofumi; Kawakami, Shuji; Uchino, Osamu; Sakai, Tetsu; Morino, Isamu; Nagai, Tomohiro; Shiomi, Kei; Sakashita, Masanori; Akaho, Taiga; Okumura, Hiroshi; Arai, Kohei

    2016-12-01

    We used a lower tropospheric ozone column (LTOC) and column-averaged dry-air mole fraction of carbon monoxide (XCO) data observed in the area around Saga, which is located in western Japan and is close to the Asian continent, with an aim to investigate whether these data can characterize the seasonal variation of the photochemical ozone (O3) formation in the northeast Asian Pacific rim region. The LTOC data after April 2009 were retrieved from thermal infrared spectra measured by the Thermal and Near Infrared Sensor for Carbon Observation-Fourier Transform Spectrometer (TANSO-FTS) onboard the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT). The XCO data after July 2011 were obtained from ground-based high-resolution FTS measurements at Saga. The retrieved LTOCs were validated with those derived from a differential absorption lidar for O3 at Saga. The LTOCs showed a distinct seasonal variation that reached a maximum in late spring (May or June) and a local minimum in winter. In addition to the general seasonal pattern, we observed pronounced minimums in July or August. The XCO concentrations showed a maximum in spring and a minimum in summer. These seasonal patterns are consistent with those observed from mountainous sites in Japan. The origins of the air masses reaching Saga were characterized for each season according to backward trajectories, and the factors causing the temporal variations of the LTOCs and the XCO were identified based on the transport paths of the air masses. The enhancement of the LTOC relative to the XCO (ΔO3/ΔCO ratio) reveals significant positive correlations in the spring and summer seasons with slopes of 0.21 and 0.45 ppb/ppb, respectively. The effects of stratospheric air intrusion on the observed ΔO3/ΔCO ratio in spring were investigated using meteorological data (backward trajectory and potential vorticity) and column-averaged hydrogen fluoride data derived from the ground-based FTS measurements. It was found that there was little

  3. Epitaxial strain and its relaxation at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Liu, Guozhen; Lei, Qingyu; Wolak, Matthäus A.; Li, Qun; Chen, Long-Qing; Winkler, Christopher; Sloppy, Jennifer; Taheri, Mitra L.; Xi, Xiaoxing

    2016-08-01

    A series of LaAlO3 thin films with different thicknesses were deposited by pulsed laser deposition at temperatures from 720 °C to 800 °C. The results from grazing incidence x-ray diffraction and reciprocal space mapping indicate that a thin layer of LaAlO3 adjacent to the SrTiO3 substrate remains almost coherently strained to the substrate, while the top layer starts to relax quickly above a certain critical thickness, followed by a gradual relaxation at larger film thickness when they are grown at lower temperatures. The atomic force microscopy results show that the fast relaxation is accompanied by the formation of cracks on the film surface. This can be ascribed to the larger energy release rate when compared with the resistance of LaAlO3 to cracking, according to calculations from the Griffith fracture theory. For films grown at 720 °C, a drop in sheet resistance by two orders of magnitude is observed when the top layer starts to relax, indicating a relationship between the strain and the conductivity of the two-dimensional electron gas at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. The strain engineered by growth temperature provides a useful tool for the manipulation of the electronic properties of oxide heterointerfaces.

  4. Preparation and Characterization of Highly Flexible Al2O3/Al/Al2O3 Hybrid Composite

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    Zhijiang Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The natural brittleness of oxide ceramics heavily inhibits their more extensive applications. In present research, a highly flexible Al2O3/Al/Al2O3 hybrid composite was fabricated by employing plasma electrolysis oxidation to in situ grow alumina layers on Al foil, in which an outside layer of nanostructured polycrystalline oxide ceramic was composed of nanosized grains with the size of around 17 nm. Due to shear band formation, nanosized circle bubbles prolonging the crack path, grain rotation, and deformation, the fabricated Al2O3/Al/Al2O3 hybrid composite contains no observable cracks even after being bent on a cylindrical bar with a curvature of 1.5 mm. The composite exhibits alumina stiffness at the elastic stage and aluminum ductility during plastic deformation, which provides high flexibility with the well-integrated properties of the components. In a synergistic interaction, the alumina on the outside exhibited a strain of 0.33% at room temperature, which was higher than optimum value of 0.25% presented by reported most flexible oxide ceramics. With the unique characteristics and properties, the Al2O3/Al/Al2O3 composite demonstrates a great potential for various engineering applications.

  5. Concentration- and Temperature-Induced Phase Transitions in PrAlO3-SrTiO3 System

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    Vasylechko, Leonid; Stepchuk, Roman; Prots, Yuri; Rosner, Helge

    2016-01-01

    Single-phase mixed aluminates-titanates Pr1- x Sr x Al1- x Ti x O3 ( x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7) with rhombohedral perovskite structure were prepared by solid-state reaction technique at 1823-1873 K. Morphotropic rhombohedral-to-cubic phase transition in Pr1- x Sr x Al1- x Ti x O3 series is predicted to occur at x = 0.88. The temperature-induced structural phase transition R overline{3} c - Pm overline{3} m in Pr0.5Sr0.5Al0.5Ti0.5O3, detected at 930 K by in situ high-temperature X-ray synchrotron powder diffraction, occurs at considerably lower temperature as the corresponding transformation in the parent compound PrAlO3 (1770 K). Such remarkable drop of the transition temperature is explained by gradual decrease of the perovskite structure deformation in the Pr1- x Sr x Al1- x Ti x O3 series with increasing Sr and Ti contents as a consequence of the increasing Goldschmidt tolerance factor. For Pr0.3Sr0.7Al0.3Ti0.7O3 phase, a sequence of the low-temperature phase transformation R overline{3} c - Immb( C2/ m) - I4/ mcm was detected.

  6. Optimization and interpretation of O3 and O3/H2O2 oxidation processes to pretreat hydrocortisone pharmaceutical wastewater.

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    Li, Guiju; He, Jingjing; Wang, Dandan; Meng, Panpan; Zeng, Ming

    2015-01-01

    Chemical synthetic pharmaceutical wastewater must be pretreated before traditional biological treatment to improve the biodegradability of pollutants due to their high concentration and complex composition. This study investigated O3 and O3/H2O2 systems to pretreat hydrocortisone wastewater. The optimum treatment efficiency of the O3 system was achieved under pH value of 5.76, dosage of O3 of 217.5 mg/L, and reaction time of 90 min. The removal efficiency of chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total organic carbon (TOC) was 94% and 92%, respectively. The ratio of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and COD (B/C) increased from 0.066 to 0.310. Moreover, the optimum H2O2/O3 molar ratio was 0.3 with the optimum pH of 3, and reaction time was reduced to 15 min to reach COD removal efficiency of 67.3% in the O3/H2O2 oxidation system. Interestingly, isobutanol was assumed to be a good hydroxyl radical trapping agent due to the great decrease of Fenton reagent reaction rate constant. By comparing two different kinetic models, oxidation mechanism could be interpreted by the pseudo first-order kinetic model with the high correlation coefficient R2 above 0.9787. It can be concluded that ozonation system was controlled by both direct oxidation and free radical oxidation, and particularly the later one played a dominant role.

  7. Al2O3-Coated Nano-SiC Particles Reinforced Al2O3 Matrix Composites

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    2002-01-01

    Properties of Al2O3-coated nano-SiC have been compared with those of as-received SiC. The isoelectric point (IEP)of SiC changed from pH3.4 to pH7.3 after coating with the alumina precursor, which is close to that of alumina.Because both surfaces of coated SiC and Al2O3 possess higher positive charge at pH=4.5~5.0, they are uniformly dispersed in the two-phase aqueous suspensions, Then a mixed powder containing nano-SiC dispersed homogeneously into the Al2O3 matrix was achieved from flocculating the two-phase suspension. Finally, Al2O3/SiC nanocomposites were obtained by coating nano-SiC with Al2O3, in which the majority of SiC particles were located within the Al2O3 grains. The observation by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and the analysis by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) showed that cracks propagated towards the intragranular SiC rather than along grain boundaries.

  8. Directed laser processing of compacted powder mixtures Al2O3-TiO2-Y2O3

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The phase formation, microstructure and surface texture of laser treated ternary powder mixtures of Al2O3-TiO2-Y2O3 had been studied. Rapid high temperature heating and subsequent rapid cooling due to the directed movement of the laser beam forms concave ceramic tracks. Phase composition and microstructure of the tracks depends on the Al2O3 content and the TiO2/Y2O3 ratio of the initial mixtures. The main phases observed are Y3Al5O12, Y2Ti2O7, Al2O3 and Al2TiO5. Due to the temperature gradient in the heating zone, complex layered structures are formed. The tracks consist of three main layers: a thin surface layer, a layer of crystallization products of eutectic alloys, and a lower sintered layer. The thickness of the crystallization layer and the shrinkage of the irradiation zone depend on the amount of Y3Al5O12 and Al2O3 crystallized from the melt.

  9. Infrared ellipsometry study of photogenerated charge carriers at the (001) and (110) surfaces of SrTi O3 crystals and at the interface of the corresponding LaAl O3 /SrTi O3 heterostructures

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    Yazdi-Rizi, M.; Marsik, P.; Mallett, B. P. P.; Sen, K.; Cerreta, A.; Dubroka, A.; Scigaj, M.; Sánchez, F.; Herranz, G.; Bernhard, C.

    2017-05-01

    With infrared (IR) ellipsometry and dc resistance measurements, we investigated the photodoping at the (001) and (110) surfaces of SrTi O3 (STO) single crystals and at the corresponding interfaces of LaAl O3 /SrTi O3 (LAO/STO) heterostructures. In the bare STO crystals, we find that the photogenerated charge carriers, which accumulate near the (001) surface, have a similar depth profile and sheet carrier concentration as the confined electrons that were previously observed in LAO/STO (001) heterostructures. A large fraction of these photogenerated charge carriers persist at low temperature at the STO (001) surface even after the ultraviolet light has been switched off again. These persistent charge carriers seem to originate from oxygen vacancies that are trapped at the structural domain boundaries, which develop below the so-called antiferrodistortive transition at T*=105 K . This is most evident from a corresponding photodoping study of the dc transport in STO (110) crystals for which the concentration of these domain boundaries can be modified by applying a weak uniaxial stress. The oxygen vacancies and their trapping by defects are also the source of the electrons that are confined to the interface of LAO/STO (110) heterostructures, which likely do not have a polar discontinuity as in LAO/STO (001). In the former, the trapping and clustering of the oxygen vacancies also has a strong influence on the anisotropy of the charge carrier mobility. We show that this anisotropy can be readily varied and even inverted by various means, such as a gentle thermal treatment, UV irradiation, or even a weak uniaxial stress. Our experiments suggest that extended defects, which develop over long time periods (of weeks to months), can strongly influence the response of the confined charge carriers at the LAO/STO (110) interface.

  10. Benchmarking monthly homogenization algorithms

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology Action ES0601: Advances in homogenization methods of climate series: an integrated approach (HOME has executed a blind intercomparison and validation study for monthly homogenization algorithms. Time series of monthly temperature and precipitation were evaluated because of their importance for climate studies and because they represent two important types of statistics (additive and multiplicative. The algorithms were validated against a realistic benchmark dataset. The benchmark contains real inhomogeneous data as well as simulated data with inserted inhomogeneities. Random break-type inhomogeneities were added to the simulated datasets modeled as a Poisson process with normally distributed breakpoint sizes. To approximate real world conditions, breaks were introduced that occur simultaneously in multiple station series within a simulated network of station data. The simulated time series also contained outliers, missing data periods and local station trends. Further, a stochastic nonlinear global (network-wide trend was added.

    Participants provided 25 separate homogenized contributions as part of the blind study as well as 22 additional solutions submitted after the details of the imposed inhomogeneities were revealed. These homogenized datasets were assessed by a number of performance metrics including (i the centered root mean square error relative to the true homogeneous value at various averaging scales, (ii the error in linear trend estimates and (iii traditional contingency skill scores. The metrics were computed both using the individual station series as well as the network average regional series. The performance of the contributions depends significantly on the error metric considered. Contingency scores by themselves are not very informative. Although relative homogenization algorithms typically improve the homogeneity of temperature data, only the best ones improve

  11. Physical Theories with Average Symmetry

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    Alamino, Roberto C

    2013-01-01

    This Letter probes the existence of physical laws invariant only in average when subjected to some transformation. The concept of a symmetry transformation is broadened to include corruption by random noise and average symmetry is introduced by considering functions which are invariant only in average under these transformations. It is then shown that actions with average symmetry obey a modified version of Noether's Theorem with dissipative currents. The relation of this with possible violations of physical symmetries, as for instance Lorentz invariance in some quantum gravity theories, is briefly commented.

  12. Thermodynamic studies on SrThO 3(s)

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    Prasad, R.; Dash, Smruti; Parida, S. C.; Singh, Ziley; Venugopal, V.

    2003-01-01

    The Gibbs energy of formation of SrThO 3(s) has been determined using e.m.f. and manometric techniques. In the e.m.f. method, two fluoride cells have been constructed to determine Δ fG0m(SrThO 3,s, T) using CaF 2(s) as a solid electrolyte. The cells used are: (-) O2( g), Pt/ SrO( s)+ SrF2( s)// CaF2//( SrThO3( s)+ ThO2( s)+ SrF2( s)/ Pt, O2( g)(+), ( I) (-) O2( g), Pt/ SrThO3( s)+ SrF2( s)+ ThO2( s)// CaF2( s)// CaO( s)+ CaF2( s)/ Pt, O2( g)(+). ( II) The observed e.m.f. values are represented by following respective expressions: E ( V)±0.0001=0.0998+3.254×10 -5T ( K), ( Cell I) E ( V)±0.0001=0.0285-6.37×10 -5T ( K). ( Cell II) From the measured e.m.f. values of the cells and the Δ fG0m( T) values from the literature, Δ fG0m(SrThO 3,s, T) have been calculated and are respectively given as ΔfG 0m( SrThO3, s,T)±10 kJ mol-1=-1829.2+0.2735T ( K) (978⩽T ( K)⩽1154), ( Cell I) ΔfG 0( SrThO3, s,T)±20 kJ mol-1=-1853.5+0.2867T ( K) (1008⩽T ( K)⩽1168). ( Cell II) In the manometric technique, equilibrium CO 2(g) pressures are measured over the three phase mixture: {SrThO 3(s)+SrCO 3(s)+ThO 2(s)} using a mercury manometer from 1075 to 1197 K. The corresponding Gibbs energy as a function of temperature is given by ΔfG 0m( SrThO3, s,T)( kJ mol-1)±14=-1865.4+0.3086T ( K).

  13. Structure evolution of HoMnO3 under pressure

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    Liu, Z.; Dera, P. K.; Yang, W.; Liu, H.

    2012-12-01

    Hexagonal manganites belong to a special group called ferroelectromagnets, in which frustrated antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric orders coexist. These materials attract much attention for the potential applications on transducers, magnetic field sensors, as well as the information storage industry. Hexagonal manganites can be converted to orthorhombic structure at 1000 °C, 4 GPa conditions. The transition can also be realized under high pressure at room temperature, as observed in TmMnO3, YMnO3, LuMnO3, etc. The structure stability of hexagonal manganites is therefore of both fundamental and applied interests. In this paper, X-ray diffraction was performed on HoMnO3 single crystal under pressure up to 43 GPa by using helium as pressure medium. At 35.6 GPa, HoMnO3 converts to another hexagonal phase, whose lattice parameter along c axis reduces to half. The P-V data can be well fitted by 3-order Birch-Murnaghan equation with K0 = 154 GPa and K0' = 4.6.

  14. Microstructural evolution in NaNbO3-based antiferroelectrics

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    Guo, Hanzheng; Shimizu, Hiroyuki; Randall, Clive A.

    2015-11-01

    Our recent study found that CaZrO3 doping can effectively enhance the antiferroelectric P phase in NaNbO3 ceramics, leading to a double polarization hysteresis loop characteristic of a reversible antiferroelectric ↔ ferroelectric phase transition [Shimizu et al., Dalton Trans. 44, 10763 (2015)]. Here, a thorough transmission electron microscope study was performed to illustrate the CaZrO3 doping-assisted antiferroelectricity stabilization. In parallel to the bright-field imaging and selected area electron diffraction from multiple zone axes, detailed dark-field imaging was utilized to determine the superlattice structural origins, from either oxygen octahedral tilting or antiparallel cation displacements. By analogy with Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 and rare-earth doped BiFeO3 systems, the chemical substitutions are such as to an induced polar-to-antipolar transition that is consistent with a tolerance factor reduction. The resultant chemical pressure has a similar effect to the compressive hydrostatic pressure where the antiferroelectric state is favored over the ferroelectric state.

  15. Lower tropospheric distributions of O3 and aerosol over Raoyang, a rural site in the North China Plain

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    Wang, Rui; Xu, Xiaobin; Jia, Shihui; Ma, Ruisheng; Ran, Liang; Deng, Zhaoze; Lin, Weili; Wang, Ying; Ma, Zhiqiang

    2017-03-01

    The North China Plain (NCP) has become one of the most polluted regions in China, with the rapidly increasing economic growth in the past decades. High concentrations of ambient O3 and aerosol have been observed at urban as well as rural sites in the NCP. Most of the in situ observations of air pollutants have been conducted near the ground so that current knowledge about the vertical distributions of tropospheric O3 and aerosol over the NCP region is still limited. In this study, vertical profiles of O3 and size-resolved aerosol concentrations below 2.5 km were measured in summer 2014 over a rural site in the NCP, using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with miniature analyzers. In addition, vertical profiles of aerosol scattering property in the lower troposphere and vertical profiles of O3 below 1 km were also observed at the site using a lidar and tethered balloon, respectively. The depths of the mixed layer and residual layer were determined according to the vertical gradients of lidar particle extinction and aerosol number concentration. Average O3 and size-resolved aerosol number concentration in both the mixed and residual layer were obtained from the data observed in seven UAV flights. The results show that during most of the flights the O3 levels above the top of mixed layer were higher than those below. Such a positive gradient in the vertical distribution of O3 makes the residual layer an important source of O3 in the mixed layer, particularly during the morning when the top of mixed layer is rapidly elevated. In contrast to O3, aerosol number concentration was normally higher in the mixed layer than in the residual layer, particularly in the early morning. Aerosol particles were overwhelmingly distributed in the size range pollutants locally emitted or transported from urban areas. Compared with the historic O3 vertical profiles over Beijing from the Measurement of Ozone and Water Vapor by Airbus In-Service Aircraft (MOZAIC), a strong increase

  16. Characterization of the MoO3/Ag grids/MoO3 sandwich electrode deposited on flexible substrate via thermal deposition method

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    Wang, Chen-Tao; Ting, Chu-Chi; Li, Shan-Rong; Chu, Sheng-Yuan

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we will discuss the characteristics of the flexible sandwich electrode. We fabricate the MoO3/Ag grids/MoO3 via thermal deposition method. We will measure the bending test and the optical and electric characteristics. The conclusion of the MoO3/Ag grids/MoO3 will compare with the MoO3/Ag film/MoO3 and ITO flexible electrodes. This sandwich electrode will increase the transmittance by less silver coverage but the MoO3/Ag grids/MoO3 have lower sheet resistance compared with MoO3/Ag film/MoO3. Therefore, we propose this new electrode structure is proper for application of OLEDs.

  17. Si:SrTiO3-Al2O3-Si:SrTiO3 multi-dielectric architecture for metal-insulator-metal capacitor applications

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    Dugu, Sita; Pavunny, Shojan P.; Scott, James F.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2016-11-01

    Metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors comprised of amorphous Si:SrTiO3-Al2O3-Si:SrTiO3 multi-dielectric architecture have been fabricated employing a combination of pulsed laser and atomic layer deposition techniques. The voltage linearity, temperature coefficients of capacitance, dielectric and electrical properties upon thickness were studied under a wide range of temperature (200-400 K) and electric field stress (±1.5 MV/cm). A high capacitance density of 31 fF/μm2, a low voltage coefficient of capacitance of 363 ppm/V2, a low temperature coefficient of capacitance of <644 ppm/K, and an effective dielectric constant of ˜133 are demonstrated in a MIM capacitor with ˜1.4 nm capacitance equivalent thickness in a ˜40 nm thick ultra high-k multi-dielectric stack. All of these properties make this dielectric architecture of interest for next generation, highly scaled MIM capacitor applications.

  18. Electromechanical properties of tetragonal Pb(In(12)Nb(12))O(3)-Pb(Mg(13)Nb(23))O(3)-PbTiO(3) ferroelectric crystals.

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    Li, Fei; Zhang, Shujun; Xu, Zhuo; Wei, Xiaoyong; Luo, Jun; Shrout, Thomas R

    2010-03-01

    The ferroelectric, dielectric, elastic, piezoelectric, and electromechanical properties of tetragonal Pb(In(12)Nb(12))O(3)-Pb(Mg(13)Nb(23))O(3)-PbTiO(3) (PIN-PMN-PT) crystals were investigated. The single domain piezoelectric coefficients d(33), d(15), and d(31) were found to be 530, 2350, and -200 pCN, respectively, with electromechanical coupling factors k(33), k(15), and k(31) being on the order of 0.84, 0.85, and 0.58. The mechanical quality factor Q for longitudinal mode was found to be >700, with high coercive field (E(c)) being on the order of 10 kVcm. The temperature and dc bias electric-field characteristics of single domain tetragonal PIN-PMN-PT crystals were also investigated. In contrast to [001] oriented domain engineered rhombohedral crystals, tetragonal PIN-PMN-PT crystals exhibited broader temperature usage range and higher thermalelectric field stability, with improved coercive field and mechanical quality factor.

  19. Interface Control of Ferroelectricity in an SrRuO3 /BaTiO3 /SrRuO3 Capacitor and its Critical Thickness.

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    Shin, Yeong Jae; Kim, Yoonkoo; Kang, Sung-Jin; Nahm, Ho-Hyun; Murugavel, Pattukkannu; Kim, Jeong Rae; Cho, Myung Rae; Wang, Lingfei; Yang, Sang Mo; Yoon, Jong-Gul; Chung, Jin-Seok; Kim, Miyoung; Zhou, Hua; Chang, Seo Hyoung; Noh, Tae Won

    2017-05-01

    The atomic-scale synthesis of artificial oxide heterostructures offers new opportunities to create novel states that do not occur in nature. The main challenge related to synthesizing these structures is obtaining atomically sharp interfaces with designed termination sequences. In this study, it is demonstrated that the oxygen pressure (PO2) during growth plays an important role in controlling the interfacial terminations of SrRuO3 /BaTiO3 /SrRuO3 (SRO/BTO/SRO) ferroelectric (FE) capacitors. The SRO/BTO/SRO heterostructures are grown by a pulsed laser deposition method. The top SRO/BTO interface, grown at high PO2 (around 150 mTorr), usually exhibits a mixture of RuO2 -BaO and SrO-TiO2 terminations. By reducing PO2, the authors obtain atomically sharp SRO/BTO top interfaces with uniform SrO-TiO2 termination. Using capacitor devices with symmetric and uniform interfacial termination, it is demonstrated for the first time that the FE critical thickness can reach the theoretical limit of 3.5 unit cells. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Effect of ionic radii on the Curie temperature in Ba1-x-ySrxCayTiO3 compounds

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    Berenov, A.; Le Goupil, F.; Alford, N.

    2016-06-01

    A series of Ba1-x-ySrxCayTiO3 compounds were prepared with varying average ionic radii and cation disorder on A-site. All samples showed typical ferroelectric behavior. A simple empirical equation correlated Curie temperature, TC, with the values of ionic radii of A-site cations. This correlation was related to the distortion of TiO6 octahedra observed during neutron diffraction studies. The equation was used for the selection of compounds with predetermined values of TC. The effects of A-site ionic radii on the temperatures of phase transitions in Ba1-x-ySrxCayTiO3 were discussed.

  1. Quantized average consensus with delay

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    Jafarian, Matin; De Persis, Claudio

    2012-01-01

    Average consensus problem is a special case of cooperative control in which the agents of the network asymptotically converge to the average state (i.e., position) of the network by transferring information via a communication topology. One of the issues of the large scale networks is the cost of co

  2. CVD Lu(2)O(3):Eu coatings For Advanced Scintillators.

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    Topping, Stephen G; Sarin, V K

    2009-03-01

    Currently Lu(2)O(3):Eu(3+) scintillators can only be fabricated via hot-pressing and pixelization, which is commercially not viable, thus restricting their use. Chemical vapor deposition is being developed as an alternative manufacturing process. Columnar coatings of Lu(2)O(3):Eu(3+) have been achieved using the halide-CO(2)-H(2) system, clearly signifying feasibility of the CVD process. Characterization of the coatings using high resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis have been used as an aid to optimize process parameters and attain highly oriented and engineered coating structures. These results have clearly demonstrated that this process can be successfully used to tailor sub-micron columnar growth of Lu(2)O(3):Eu(3+), with the potential of ultra high resolution x-ray imaging.

  3. Atomic-layer deposition of Lu2O3

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    Scarel, G.; Bonera, E.; Wiemer, C.; Tallarida, G.; Spiga, S.; Fanciulli, M.; Fedushkin, I. L.; Schumann, H.; Lebedinskii, Yu.; Zenkevich, A.

    2004-07-01

    Rare earth oxides could represent a valuable alternative to SiO2 in complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor devices. Lu2O3 is proposed because of its predicted thermodynamical stability on silicon and large conduction band offset. We report on the growth by atomic-layer deposition of lutetium oxide films using the dimeric {[C5H4(SiMe3)]2LuCl}2 complex, which has been synthesized for this purpose, and H2O. The films were found to be stoichiometric, with Lu2O3 composition, and amorphous. Annealing in nitrogen at 950°C leads to crystallization in the cubic bixbyite structure. The dielectric constant of the as-grown Lu2O3 layers is 12±1.

  4. Resistive switching in polycrystalline YMnO3 thin films

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    A. Bogusz

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available We report a unipolar, nonvolatile resistive switching in polycrystalline YMnO3 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition and sandwiched between Au top and Ti/Pt bottom electrodes. The ratio of the resistance in the OFF and ON state is larger than 103. The observed phenomena can be attributed to the formation and rupture of conductive filaments within the multiferroic YMnO3 film. The generation of conductive paths under applied electric field is discussed in terms of the presence of grain boundaries and charged domain walls inherently formed in hexagonal YMnO3. Our findings suggest that engineering of the ferroelectric domains might be a promising route for designing and fabrication of novel resistive switching devices.

  5. Photocatalytic activity of zinc modified Bi 2O 3

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    Hameed, Abdul; Gombac, Valentina; Montini, Tiziano; Felisari, Laura; Fornasiero, Paolo

    2009-12-01

    The surface of α-Bi 2O 3 was modified by either impregnating Zn acetate or coating with a sol-gel containing Zn hydroxide. The surface modified Bi 2O 3 powders were evaluated by UV-Visible spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and surface area analysis (BET). The photocatalytic performances were evaluated for the degradation of phenol, methylene blue and methyl orange. The variations in photocatalytic activity were correlated with morphology change. The presence of ZnO does not significantly prevent the progressive formation of photocatalytically inactive (BiO) 2CO 3, while the dye decolourization capability of nanocomposite is significantly preserved with respect to that of bare Bi 2O 3.

  6. Synthesis and thermal characterization of Al2O3 nanoparticles

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    Ismardi, A.; Rosadi, O. M.; Kirom, M. R.; Syarif, D. G.

    2016-11-01

    Al2O3 nanoparticle has been successfully synthesized using sol gel method from AlCl3. The obtained nanoparticles was then characterized for grain size measurement, the size of nanoparticles was 6 nm by using surface area meter (SAM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The crystallinity property of the product was then checked with XRD spectroscopy, the result shows that the diffraction peaks were match with the 10-0425 JCPDS database. Thermal property of the Al2O3 nanoparticles was then studied by mixing it with engine base fluid as nanofluid. The usage of nanofluid was expected to be heat absorber and woulo increase cooling process in cooling machine. The results showed that cooling time increases when the concentration of nanofluid was increased. Finally, it is concluded that thermal property of Al2O3 was studied and applicable to be mixed with engine coolant of cooler machine to reduce cooling time process.

  7. Synthesis and structure of perovskite ScMnO3.

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    Chen, Haiyan; Yu, Tian; Gao, Peng; Bai, Jianming; Tao, Jing; Tyson, Trevor A; Wang, Liping; Lalancette, Roger

    2013-08-19

    The rare-earth manganites RMnO3 (R = rare earth) are a class of important multiferroics with stable hexagonal structures for small R ion radius (Sc, Lu, Yb, ...). Metastable perovskite phases of these systems possess intriguing electronically driven electrical polarization, but the synthesis of the perovskite phase for the end member ScMnO3 system has proven to be elusive. We report the structure of a new monoclinic P2(1)/n perovskite phase of ScMnO3 synthesized from the hexagonal phase under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions. This extends the small ion region for so-called E-phase electronically driven ferroelectric manganese perovsites.

  8. Structural, spectroscopic, and dielectric characterizations of Mn-doped 0.67BiFeO3-0.33BaTiO3 multiferroic ceramics

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    Hang, Qiming

    2013-09-07

    0.67BiFeO3-0.33BaTiO3 multiferroic ceramics doped with x mol% MnO2 (x = 2–10) were synthesized by solid-state reaction. The formation of a perovskite phase with rhombohedral symmetry was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The average grain sizes were reduced from 0.80 μm to 0.50 μm as increasing the Mn-doped levels. Single crystalline nature of the grains was revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images and electron diffraction patterns. Polar nano-sized ferroelectric domains with an average size of 9 nm randomly distributed in the ceramic samples were revealed by TEM images. Ferroelectric domain lamellae (71° ferroelectric domains) with an average width of 5 nm were also observed. Vibrational modes were examined by Raman spectra, where only four Raman peaks at 272 cm−1 (E-4 mode), 496 cm−1 (A 1-4 mode), 639 cm−1, and 1338 cm−1 were observed. The blue shifts in the E-4 and A 1-4 Raman mode frequencies were interpreted by a spring oscillator model. The dieletric constants of the present ceramics as a function of the Mn-doped levels exhibited a V-typed curve. They were in the range of 350–700 measured at 103 Hz, and the corresponding dielectric losses were in range of 0.43–0.96, approaching to 0.09 at 106 Hz.

  9. Magnetic structure of hexagonal YMnO3 and LuMnO3 from a microscopic point of view

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    Solovyev, I. V.; Valentyuk, M. V.; Mazurenko, V. V.

    2012-08-01

    The aim of this work is to establish a basic microscopic picture, which stands behind complex magnetic properties of hexagonal manganites. For these purposes, we consider two characteristic compounds: YMnO3 and LuMnO3, which form different magnetic structures in the ground state (P6̲3cm̲ and P6̲3c̲m, respectively). First, we construct an electronic low-energy model for the Mn 3d bands of YMnO3 and LuMnO3, and derive parameters of this model from the first-principles calculations. From the solution of this model, we conclude that, despite strong frustration effects in the hexagonal lattice, the relativistic spin-orbit interaction lifts the degeneracy of the magnetic ground state. Furthermore, the experimentally observed magnetic structures are successfully reproduced by the low-energy model. Then, we analyze this result in terms of interatomic magnetic interactions, which were computed using different types of approximations (starting from the model Hamiltonian as well as directly from the first-principles electronic structure calculations in the local-spin-density approximation). We argue that the main reason why YMnO3 and LuMnO3 tend to form different magnetic structures is related to the behavior of the single-ion anisotropy, which reflects the directional dependence of the lattice distortion: namely, the expansion and contraction of the Mn-trimers, which take place in YMnO3 and LuMnO3, respectively. On the other hand, the magnetic coupling between the planes is controlled by the next-nearest-neighbor interactions, which are less sensitive to the direction of the trimerization. In the P6̲3cm̲ structure of YMnO3, the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions lead to the spin canting out of the hexagonal plane, which is additive to the effect of the single-ion anisotropy. Finally, using the Berry-phase formalism, we evaluate the magnetic-state dependence of the ferroelectric polarization, and discuss potential applications of the latter in magnetoelectric switching

  10. Catalytic Methane Decomposition over Fe-Al2O3

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    Zhou, Lu

    2016-05-09

    The presence of a Fe-FeAl2O4 structure over an Fe-Al2O3 catalysts is demonstrated to be vital for the catalytic methane decomposition (CMD) activity. After H2 reduction at 750°C, Fe-Al2O3 prepared by means of a fusion method, containing 86.5wt% FeAl2O4 and 13.5wt% Fe0, showed a stable CMD activity at 750°C for as long as 10h. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Equation of state of α-Al2O3

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    Dewaele, A.; Torrent, M.

    2013-08-01

    The ambient temperature equation of state of ruby in the corundum phase (α-Al2O3) has been measured up to 165 GPa in a diamond anvil cell, using a soft pressure transmitting medium. No clear sign of phase transformation or amorphization has been observed in this range, which could affect its luminescence signal. The equation of state of α-Al2O3 has also been calculated within density functional theory, with two different approximations of the exchange-correlation energy (local density and generalized gradient). With suitable correction, these equations of state are predictive within ΔP/P=2.5%.

  12. V 2 O 3 (0001)/Au(111) and /W(110)

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    Dupuis, Anne-Claire

    2002-01-01

    Ziel dieser Arbeit war es, die Reaktivität von V2O3(0001) zu untersuchen. In dieser Arbeit wird sich zunächst mit dem epitaktischen Wachstum von V2O3-Filmen auf Au(111)und W(110) befaßt. Stöchiometrie und Geometrie der dünnen Filme wurden mit Röntgenphotoelektronenspektroscopie (XPS), Röntgenabsorptionsspektroskopie (NEXAFS) und Beugung niederenergetischer Elektronen (LEED) charakterisiert. Wir haben gezeigt, dass die Oberfläche zwei Terminierungen aufweist, die sich durch die An- bzw. Abw...

  13. Phonon Softening and Dispersion in EuTiO3

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    Ellis, David S.; UCHIYAMA, Hiroshi; Tsutsui, Satoshi; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Kato, Kenichi; Ishikawa, Daisuke; Baron, Alfred Q. R.

    2012-01-01

    We measured phonon dispersion in single crystal EuTiO$_3$ using inelastic x-ray scattering. A structural transition to an antiferrodistortive phase was found at a critical temperature $T_0$=287$\\pm$1 K using powder and single-crystal x-ray diffraction. Clear softening of the zone boundary \\emph{R}-point \\textbf{q}=(0.5 0.5 0.5) acoustic phonon shows this to be a displacive transition. The mode energy plotted against reduced temperature could be seen to nearly overlap that of $\\rm SrTiO_3$, su...

  14. Adsorption of Dimethyl Methylphosphonate on MoO3

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    Head, Ashley R.; Tsyshevsky, Roman; Trotochaud, Lena

    2016-01-01

    Dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP) is a common chemical warfare agent simulant and is widely used in adsorption studies. To further increase the understanding of DMMP interactions with metal oxides, ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to study the adsorption of DMMP on MoO3......, including the effects of oxygen vacancies, surface hydroxyl groups, and adsorbed molecular water. Density functional theory calculations were used to aid in the interpretation of the APXPS results. An inherent lack of Lewis acid metal sites results in weak interactions of DMMP with MoO3. Adsorption...

  15. CaMnO_3和LaMnO_3的电子结构研究%Study on Electronic Structures of CaMnO_3 and LaMnO_3

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    朱林; 李林; 李忠虎; 魏国柱

    2011-01-01

    Density function theory(DFT) method is difficult to treat strongly correlated system,while DFT+U produces U-dependent results.The electronic structures of two typical antiferromagnetic insulators CaMnO3 and LaMnO3 in perovskite manganese oxides were investigated by using the hybrid functional HSE,which combined the DFT exchange-correlation potential and the nonlocal Hartree-Fock exact exchange potential.The relationship among the energy gap nature,the valence states of Mn,the magnetic structure was discussed.The results showed that CaMnO3 is classified as charge-transfer insulator according to ZSA(Zaanen-Sawatzky-Allen) scheme.The energy gap of LaMnO3 shows anisotropic character,in which the Mott-Hubbard character is dominant along c axis and in spin-majority channel within ab plane,while the charge-transfer character is exhibited in spin-minority channel.%密度泛函理论(DFT)方法通常难以处理强关联体系,而DFT+U方法的计算结果强烈地依赖于U的取值.利用一种混合了部分DFT交换关联势和非局域Hartree-Fock精确交换势的杂化泛函HSE方法,研究了钙钛矿锰氧化物的两个典型反铁磁绝缘体CaMnO3和LaMnO3的电子结构,分析了二者的能隙特征与Mn离子价态和磁有序态的关联.根据ZSA方案CaMnO3可划分为电荷转移型绝缘体.LaMnO3的能隙表现出各向异性特征,其中沿c轴方向及ab面内的自旋多数通道中能隙的Mott-Hubbard特征更为显著,而自旋少数通道显示出完全的电荷转移型特征.

  16. Carbonization kinetics of La2O3-Mo cathode materials

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    王金淑; 周美玲; 左铁镛; 张久兴; 聂祚仁; 胡延槽

    2001-01-01

    The carbonization kinetics of La2O3-Mo cathode materials was studied by thermal analysis method. Three-stage model of the carbonization was presented. The carbonization rate is initially controlled by chemical reaction, then by chemical reaction mixed with diffusion, finally by diffusion. The experimental data are processed according to this model and the correlation coefficients of the kinetic curves are satisfactory. The apparent activation energy of carbonization of La2O3-Mo cathode materials was obtained. At the same time, the empirical expressions of the rate constant against temperature in the temperature range of 1393~1493K were deduced.

  17. Effects of Dopant on Depoling Temperature in Modified BiScO3 - PbTiO3

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    Kowalski, Benjamin; Sehirlioglu, Alp

    2014-01-01

    In recent years there has been a renewed interest for high temperature piezoelectrics for both terrestrial and aerospace applications. These applications are limited in part by the operating temperature, which is usually taken as one half of the Curie temperature (Tc), and is 200C for one of the most widely used commercial piezoelectrics, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT). In an effort to increase Tc, subsequent research into high temperature Bi(BB)O3 PbTiO3 piezoelectrics led to the discovery of the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) in the high-Tc BiScO3 PbTiO3 (BS-PT) system with a Tc of 460C and a d33 of 460 pmV. The Tc marks the ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transformation and while, in general, a phase transformation leads to thermal depoling in piezoelectrics with low or moderate Tcs, for high Tc piezoelectrics thermally assisted dipole rotation can lead to randomization of domains at temperatures below Tc. It becomes necessary to determine the depoling temperature (Td) which dictates the actual working temperature range. By doping for Sc and Ti the Td can be shifted while maintaining similar electromechanical properties as a function of temperature. The effect of this B-site doping on depoling temperature has been explored through the characterization of microstructure and weakhigh field measurements.

  18. Electric Field Control of the Ferromagnetic CaRuO3 /CaMnO3 Interface

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    Grutter, Alexander; Kirby, Brian; Gray, Matthew; Flint, Charles; Suzuki, Yuri; Borchers, Julie

    2015-03-01

    Electric field control of magnetism has been recognized as one of the most important goals in nanoscale magnetics research. The most popular routes towards achieving magnetoelectric (ME) coupling have focused on heterostructures incorporating multiferroics or ferroelectrics. Such studies often rely on voltage induced distortion to induce strain in the magnetic film and alter the magnetic properties. However, successful attempts to induce ME coupling without multiferroicity or magnetoelasticity remain relatively rare. The ferromagnetic interface between the antiferromagnetic insulator CaMnO3 and the paramagnetic metal CaRuO3 is a promising candidate for direct magnetization control. This interfacial ferroagnetism is stabilized through the competition between interfacial double exchange and antiferromagnetic superexchange between adjacent Mn4+ so that the system is expected to be very sensitive to small changes in interfacial carrier density. Using polarized neutron reflectometry, we have probed the electric field dependence of the interfacial magnetization of CaRuO3/CaMnO3 bilayers deposited on SrTiO3. We find that electric fields of +/-8 kV/m are sufficient to switch the interfaces from largely ferromagnetic to completely antiferromagnetic.

  19. Surface modified Al2O3 in fluorinated polyimide/Al2O3 nanocomposites: Synthesis and characterization

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    Zivar Ghezelbash; Davoud Ashouri; Saman Mousavian; Amir Hossein Ghandi; Yaghoub Rahnama

    2012-11-01

    Organic–inorganic hybrid materials consisting of inorganic materials and organic polymers are a new class of materials, which have received much attention in recent years. In the present investigation, at first, the surface of nano-alumina (Al2O3) was treated with a silane coupling agent of -aminopropyltriethoxysilane (KH550), which introduces organic functional groups on the surface of Al2O3 nanoparticles. Then fluorinated polyimide (PI) was synthesized from 4,4'-(hexafluoroisopropylidene) diphthalic anhydride and 4,4'-diaminodiphenylsulfone. Finally, PI/modified Al2O3 nanocomposite films having 3, 5, 7 and 10% of Al2O3 were successfully prepared by an in situ polymerization reaction through thermal imidization. The obtained nanocomposites were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry analysis, X-ray powder diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that the Al2O3 nanoparticles were dispersed homogeneously in PI matrix. According to thermogravimetry analysis results, the addition of these nanoparticles improved thermal stability of the obtained hybrid materials.

  20. Structural study of radiolytic catalysts Ni-Ce/Al2O3 and Ni-Pt/Al2O3

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    Seridi, F.; Chettibi, S.; Keghouche, N.; Beaunier, P.; Belloni, J.

    2017-01-01

    Ni-Ce and Ni-Pt bimetallic catalysts supported over α-Al2O3 are synthesized by using co-impregnation method, and then reduced, each via radiolytic process or thermal H2-treatment. For Ni-Ce/Al2O3, the structural study reveals that Ce is alloyed with Ni as Ce2Ni7 nanoparticles in the radiation-reduced catalysts, while it segregates to the surface in the form of CeO2 in the H2-reduced catalysts. For Ni-Pt/Al2O3 radiolytic catalysts, Ni, Pt, NiPt and Ni3Pt nanoparticles, which size is 3.5 nm, are observed. When the radiation-reduced samples are tested in the benzene hydrogenation, they both display high conversion rate. However, the Ni-Pt/Al2O3 is more efficient than Ni-Ce/Al2O3. The performance of the catalysts is correlated with the high dispersion of the metal and the presence of intermetallic Ni-Pt and Ni-Ce phases. It is compared to that of other radiolytic monometallic/oxide catalysts of the literature.

  1. Síntese e caracterização do compósito Al2O3 -YAG e do Al2O3-YAG e Al2O3 aditivados com Nb2O5 Synthesis and characterization of Al2O3 -YAG composite and Al2O3-YAG and Al2O3 with Nb2O5 additives

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    R. F. Cabral

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available O compósito Al2O3-YAG possui alta resistência à corrosão e à fluência em ambientes agressivos, o que permite vislumbrar aplicações bastante atrativas, tais como aletas de motores a jato e de turbinas a gás. Este compósito também apresenta elevada dureza e alta resistência à abrasão possibilitando o seu emprego em blindagens balísticas. Nesse estudo os pós precursores de Al2O3, Y2O3 e Nb2O5 foram homogeneizados em moinho de bolas planetário por 4 h, secados em estufa a 120 ºC por 48 h, desaglomerados e peneirados. O compósito Al2O3-YAG foi produzido a partir das misturas de Al2O3-Y2O3 a 1300 ºC por 2 h. Foram produzidas amostras de Al2O3-YAG, Al2O3-YAG com Nb2O5 e Al2O3 com Nb2O5. Posteriormente os pós foram prensados uniaxialmente a 70 MPa. A sinterização foi feita a 1400 e 1450 ºC. Os pós como recebidos e os processados foram caracterizados quanto à área de superfície específica e ao tamanho médio de partícula. Os materiais sinterizados foram caracterizados por densidade e porosidade aparente pelo método de Arquimedes e avaliados quanto à retração e à perda de massa. Os resultados mostraram que são necessários ainda ajustes nas condições de sinterização da composição Al2O3-YAG com Nb2O5 para melhorar a densificação e a retração, que foram baixas, da ordem de 60 e 3%, respectivamente. O Al2O3 aditivado com Nb2O5, por sua vez, apresentou uma densificação satisfatória, de 96% e uma retração em torno de 15%.The Al2O3-YAG composite exhibits high corrosion and creep resistance in aggressive environments, which provides quite glimpse attractive applications such as jet engine vanes and as gas turbines. This composite also shows high hardness and wear resistance allowing its use in ballistic armor. In this study, precursor powders of Al2O3, Y2O3 and Nb2O5 were homogeneously mixed in a planetary ball mill for 4 h, dried in an oven at 120 ºC for 48 h, sieved and deagglomerated. The Al2O3-YAG composite

  2. Fe2O3 magnetic nanoparticles to enhance S. lycopersicum (tomato) plant growth and their biomineralization

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    Shankramma, K.; Yallappa, S.; Shivanna, M. B.; Manjanna, J.

    2016-10-01

    In the present study, we demonstrate magnetic iron (III) oxide nanoparticles (Fe2O3 NPs) uptake by the Solanum lycopersicum ( S. lycopersicum) plant. The S. lycopersicum seeds were coated with Fe2O3 NPs and allowed to germinate in moistened sand bed. The seedlings are observed for 20 days, and then, it was post-treated using different amounts of Fe2O3 NPs in hydroponic solution for 10 days. The plant was allowed to grow in green house for 3 months, and uptake of NPs through roots and translocation into different parts was studied. For this, we have segmented the plants and incubated with 10 % NaOH solution. It is found that the NPs are deposited preferentially in root hairs, root tips followed by nodal and middle zone of plant. The iron present in the whole plant was quantitatively estimated by treating dry biomass of the plant in acid. The Fe2+/Fetotal increased with increasing concentration of NPs and >45 % ferrous iron suggests the biomineralization of NPs due to rich phytochemicals in plants. We believe that the present study is useful to build a base line data for novel applications in agri-nanotechnology.

  3. Fe2O3 magnetic nanoparticles to enhance S. lycopersicum (tomato plant growth and their biomineralization

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    K. Shankramma

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In the present study, we demonstrate magnetic iron (III oxide nanoparticles (Fe2O3 NPs uptake by the Solanum lycopersicum (S. lycopersicum plant. The S. lycopersicum seeds were coated with Fe2O3 NPs and allowed to germinate in moistened sand bed. The seedlings are observed for 20 days, and then, it was post-treated using different amounts of Fe2O3 NPs in hydroponic solution for 10 days. The plant was allowed to grow in green house for 3 months, and uptake of NPs through roots and translocation into different parts was studied. For this, we have segmented the plants and incubated with 10 % NaOH solution. It is found that the NPs are deposited preferentially in root hairs, root tips followed by nodal and middle zone of plant. The iron present in the whole plant was quantitatively estimated by treating dry biomass of the plant in acid. The Fe2+/Fetotal increased with increasing concentration of NPs and >45 % ferrous iron suggests the biomineralization of NPs due to rich phytochemicals in plants. We believe that the present study is useful to build a base line data for novel applications in agri-nanotechnology.

  4. Monte Carlo Simulation Study of Diffuse Scattering in PZT, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3

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    Welberry, T. R.; Goossens, D. J.; Withers, R. L.; Baba-Kishi, K. Z.

    2010-05-01

    Transverse polarized diffuse streaks have been observed in diffraction patterns of Pb(Zr1- x Ti x )O3 (PZT) ceramics for compositions ranging from x = 0.3 (rhombohedral phase) to x = 0.7 (tetragonal phase) including the important morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) region ( x = 0.48). The streaks correspond to diffuse planes of scattering in three dimensions, and these are oriented normal to the (cubic) piezo-electric properties of the material, but its presence requires the currently accepted models for the average structure to be reassessed.

  5. Gradient-stress on polarization in Ba1-xSrxTiO3 films

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    LI Li-ben; YOU Jing-han; CHEN Qing-dong

    2007-01-01

    A group of position-thickness-dependent stresses are used to modified Landau-Devonshire theory to investigate the second-order phase transition in Ba1-xSrxTiO3 films.The result shows that the short-range interaction between the unit cells of the film and the substrate induces the phase transition dispersion and the rise of the transition temperature in the films.The dependence of the effective dielectric constant on the temperature and the average spontaneous polarization on the film thickness are computed,which qualitatively agree with the experiments.

  6. Domain wall magnetoresistance in BiFeO3 thin films measured by scanning probe microscopy

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    Domingo, N.; Farokhipoor, S.; Santiso, J.; Noheda, B.; Catalan, G.

    2017-08-01

    We measure the magnetotransport properties of individual 71° domain walls in multiferroic BiFeO3 by means of conductive—atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) in the presence of magnetic fields up to one Tesla. The results suggest anisotropic magnetoresistance at room temperature, with the sign of the magnetoresistance depending on the relative orientation between the magnetic field and the domain wall plane. A consequence of this finding is that macroscopically averaged magnetoresistance measurements for domain wall bunches are likely to underestimate the magnetoresistance of each individual domain wall.

  7. Electrochemical preparation and characterization of brain-like nanostructures of Y2O3

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    Mustafa Aghazadeh; Mojtaba Hosseinifard; Mohammad Hassan Peyrovi; Behrouz Sabour

    2013-01-01

    Nanostructured Y2O3 was successfully prepared via a two-step and template-free method.Firstly,yttrium hydroxide precursor was galvanostatically grown on the steel substrate from chloride bath by direct and pulse current deposition modes.Direct current deposition was carried out at the constant current density of 0.1 A/dm2 for 600 s.The pulse current was also performed at a typical on-time and off-time (ton=l s and ton=l s) with an average current density of 0.05 A/dm2 (Ia=0.05 A/dm2) for 600 s.The obtained hydroxide films were then scraped from the substrates and thermally converted into final oxide product via heat-treatment.Thermal behaviors and phase transformations during the heat treatment of the hydroxide powder samples were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).The final oxide products were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD),Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).The results showed that the well-crystallized Y2O3 with brain-and sphere-like morphology were achievable via pulse and direct deposition modes,respectively.It was concluded that pulse current cathodic electrodeposition offered a facile route for preparation of nanostructured Y2O3.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of nano-structured perovskite type neodymium orthoferrite NdFeO3

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    Mostafa Yousefi

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this investigation, neodymium orthoferrite (NdFeO3 nanoparticles has been synthesized through ultrasonic method in the presence of octanoic acid as surfactant. This method comparing to the other methods is very fast and it does not need high temperatures during the reaction. The spherical NdFeO3 nanoparticles with an average particles size of about 40 nm can be obtained at a relatively high calcination temperature of 800 °C for 4 h. Also, product obtained by this method are uniform in both morphology and particles size. The phase composition, morphology, lattice parameters and size of particles in these product are characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD scanning electron microscopy (SEM and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX. The XRD analysis reveals only the pattern corresponding to perovskite type NdFeO3 which crystallizes in the orthorhombic structure. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis confirms the elemental compositions of the synthesized material.

  9. One-step solid state synthesis of capped γ-Fe(2)O(3) nanocrystallites.

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    Zboril, R; Bakandritsos, A; Mashlan, M; Tzitzios, V; Dallas, P; Trapalis, Ch; Petridis, D

    2008-03-05

    The thermally induced solid state synthesis of soluble organophilic maghemite (γ-Fe(2)O(3)) nanocrystallites is described. The solvent-free one-step synthesis involves the reaction in the melt state of Fe(NO)(3)·9H(2)O and RCOOH (R = C(11)H(23), C(15)H(31)) at 240 °C. The method yields well-crystallized nanoparticles of γ-Fe(2)O(3) functionalized with the corresponding aliphatic acid. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) observations reveal composite particles with faceted magnetic cores and average size of 20 nm, which are well capped with the surrounding organic sheath. The Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra and thermal analysis suggest a bimodal configuration of the organic shell including chemically coordinated and physisorbed molecules of aliphatic acid. The chemical bonding of the carboxylate groups to the surface iron atoms is also indicated by a paramagnetic doublet with unchanged area in the variable temperature Mössbauer spectra. The spinel γ-Fe(2)O(3) particles exhibit perfect structural and magnetic ordering, including the almost ideal ratio of octahedral to tetrahedral positions (5/3) and very low degree of spin canting, as confirmed by in-field Mössbauer spectroscopy. Magnetic measurements demonstrate the suitable properties required in various (bio)magnetic applications like superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature, high saturation magnetization achievable at low applied fields and suppressed magnetic interactions.

  10. O3 OSSEs on a Regional Scale for the GEO-CAPE Mission

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    Natraj, V.; Pierce, R. B.; Lenzen, A.; Kulawik, S. S.; Worden, H. M.

    2016-12-01

    The GEO-CAPE Atmospheres Science Working Group has been working towards a Regional/Urban Observing System Simulation Experiment (RU-OSSE) capability to provide the basis for characterizing the ability of GEO-CAPE to identify the diurnal variations of GEOCAPE observables at significantly smaller spatial scales than that observed by existing space instruments. The small spatial scales and high temporal refresh of GEO-CAPE are particularly valuable for air quality decision making at the local scale. The RU-OSSE (1) utilizes independent modeling systems for generation of the Nature atmosphere and conducting the assimilation impact experiments, (2) accounts for realistic atmospheric variability, by evaluating the nature runs with respect to observations, (3) includes realistic variability in the synthetic radiances (e.g. by incorporating realistic surface ultraviolet and visible reflectivities, and thermal infrared emissivities), and (4) includes realistic sensitivities of atmospheric parameters by generating averaging kernels for each simulated observation. In this presentation, we report on results of the O3 RU-OSSE study. We discuss the 12 km Nature simulation and it's validation, the forward model used to generate the diurnally resolved high spectral resolution simulated measurements, O3 retrievals and their evaluation with respect to the Nature run profiles, control simulations done using independent models, and the OSSE studies performed to evaluate the impact of the assimilation on regional O3 analyses. 2016. All rights reserved.

  11. Preparation and effect of thermal treatment on Gd2O3:SiO2 nanocomposite

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    Ahlawat, Rachna

    2015-04-01

    Rare earth oxides have been extensively investigated due to their fascinating properties such as enhanced luminescence efficiency, lower lasing threshold, high-performance luminescent devices, drug-carrying vehicle, contrast agent in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), up-conversion materials, catalysts and time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) labels for biological detection etc. Nanocomposites of silica gadolinium oxide have been successfully synthesized by sol-gel process using hydrochloric acid as a catalyst. Gd(NO3)3ṡ6H2O and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) were used as precursors to obtain powdered form of gadolinum oxide:silica (Gd2O3:SiO2) composite. The powdered samples having 2.8 mol% Gd2O3 were annealed at 500°C and 900°C temperature for 6 h and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The effect of annealing on the phase evolution of the composite system has been discussed in detail. It was found that the sintering of gadolinium precursor plays a pivotal role to obtain crystalline phase of Gd2O3. Cubic phase of gadolinium oxide was developed for annealed sample at 900°C (6 h) with an average grain size 12 nm.

  12. Room Temperature Radiolytic Synthesized Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 Nanoparticles

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    Alam Abedini

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Colloidal Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 bimetallic nanoparticles were prepared by a gamma irradiation method in an aqueous system in the presence of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP and isopropanol respectively as a colloidal stabilizer and scavenger of hydrogen and hydroxyl radicals. The gamma irradiation was carried out in a 60Co gamma source chamber with different doses up to 120 kGy. The formation of Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 nanoparticles was observed initially by the change in color of the colloidal samples from colorless to brown. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR confirmed the presence of bonds between polymer chains and the metal surface at all radiation doses. Results of transmission electron microscopy (TEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX, and X-ray diffraction (XRD showed that Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 nanoparticles are in a core-shell structure. By controlling the absorbed dose and precursor concentration, nanoclusters with different particle sizes were obtained. The average particle diameter increased with increased precursor concentration and decreased with increased dose. This is due to the competition between nucleation, growth, and aggregation processes in the formation of nanoclusters during irradiation.

  13. Micro mechanical properties of n-Al2O3/Ni composite coating by nanoindentation

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    WANG Hong-mei; XU Bin-shi; MA Shi-ning; DONG Shi-yun; LI Xiao-ying

    2004-01-01

    A new type of nano test system was introduced, the test principle and the indentation data analysis method were described. It was used to test the micro mechanical properties, such as hardness, elastic modulus and indentation creep property of n-Al2O3/Ni composite coating on steel prepared by brush plating, and the variety of mechanical properties with coating thickness was researched. The results show that the mechanical properties are basically identical within the whole coating, the hardness and modulus decrease in the defect fields, especially within the dendritic crystals, whereas the mechanical properties are not influenced greatly at the interspaces among dendritic crystals. The average hardness and elastic modulus of n-Al2O3/Ni coating are 6.34 GPa and 154 GPa respectively, and the hardness is 2.4 times higher than that of steel and the indentation creep curve of n-Al2O3/Ni coating is similar to that of the uniaxial compression creep, and the creep rate of steady-state is about 0. 104 nm/s. These results will supply useful data for process improvement, new type material development and application expansion.

  14. Effects of drying method on preparation of nanometer α-Al2O3

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    XIAO Jin; WAN Ye; DENG Hua; LI Jie; LIU Ye-xiang

    2007-01-01

    Ammonium aluminum carbonate hydroxide (AACH) precursor was synthesized by the precipitation reaction of aluminum sulfate and ammonium carbonate. Then the precursor was dealt with five drying methods including ordinary drying, alcohol exchange, vacuum freeze-drying, glycol distillation, n-butanol azeotropic distillation respectively and calcined at 1 200 ℃ for 2 h to get α-Al2O3. The effects of drying methods on preparation of nanometer α-Al2O3 were discussed, and the optimal drying method was confirmed. The structural properties of powders were characterized by XRD, SEM and BET measurements. The results show that vacuum freeze-drying, glycol distillation and n-butanol azeotropic distillation can prevent the powders from aggregating, and among them the n-butanol azeotropic distillation is the best method. The nanometer α-Al2O3 powder with non-aggregation can be manufactured using n-butanol azeotropic distillation and the average particle size is about 40 nm.

  15. Gaussian moving averages and semimartingales

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    Basse-O'Connor, Andreas

    2008-01-01

    In the present paper we study moving averages (also known as stochastic convolutions) driven by a Wiener process and with a deterministic kernel. Necessary and sufficient conditions on the kernel are provided for the moving average to be a semimartingale in its natural filtration. Our results...... are constructive - meaning that they provide a simple method to obtain kernels for which the moving average is a semimartingale or a Wiener process. Several examples are considered. In the last part of the paper we study general Gaussian processes with stationary increments. We provide necessary and sufficient...

  16. Tunnel and electrostatic coupling in graphene-LaAlO3/SrTiO3 hybrid systems

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    I. Aliaj

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available We report on the transport properties of hybrid devices obtained by depositing graphene on a LaAlO3/SrTiO3 oxide junction hosting a 4 nm-deep 2-dimensional electron system. At low graphene-oxide inter-layer bias, the two electron systems are electrically isolated, despite their small spatial separation. A very efficient reciprocal gating of the two neighboring 2-dimensional systems is shown. A pronounced rectifying behavior is observed for larger bias values and ascribed to the interplay between electrostatic field-effects and tunneling across the LaAlO3 barrier. The relevance of these results in the context of strongly coupled bilayer systems is discussed.

  17. DETERMINATION OF VICKERS MICROHARDNESS IN β-Ga2O3 SINGLE CRYSTALS GROWN FROM THEIR OWN MELT

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    L. I. Guzilova

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The results of microhardness measurements of β-Ga2O3 single crystals for (001 crystallographic face are reported. The crystals were grown by the free crystallization with the "Garnet-2M" equipment. Microhardness values ​​ were determined by the Vickers method at varying loads. A four-sided diamond pyramid was used as an indenter. The average value of gallium oxide microhardness was equal to 8.91 GPa. We have carried out comparison of the values ​​obtained with the microhardness for the other wide bandgap semiconductors - epitaxial GaN layers grown on 6H-SiC and GaP layers grown on GaP:S. The findings are usable for machining process development of β-Ga2O3 single crystal substrates. In particular, silicon carbide and electrocorundum may be recommended for β-Ga2O3 machine processing.

  18. Porous-Al2O3 thermal barrier coatings with dispersed Pt particles prepared by cathode plasma electrolytic deposition

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    Jin Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Porousa-Al2O3 thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) containing dispersed Pt particles were prepared by cathode plasma electrolytic deposition (CPED). The influence of the Pt particles on the microstructure of the coatings and the CPED process were studied. The prepared coatings were mainly composed ofα-Al2O3. The average thickness of the coatings was approximately 100μm. Such single-layer TBCs ex-hibited not only excellent high-temperature cyclic oxidation and spallation resistance, but also good thermal insulation properties. Porousa-Al2O3 TBCs inhibit further oxidation of alloy substrates because of their extremely low oxygen diffusion rate, provide good thermal insu-lation because of their porous structure, and exhibit excellent mechanical properties because of the toughening effect of the Pt particles and because of stress relaxation induced by deformation of the porous structure.

  19. Effect of Multi-Pass Friction Stir Processing on Mechanical Properties for AA2024/Al2O3 Nanocomposites

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    Essam Moustafa

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, an aluminum metal matrix reinforced with (Al2O3 nanoparticles was fabricated as a surface composite sheet using friction stir processing (FSP. The effects of processing parameters on mechanical properties, hardness, and microstructure grain were investigated. The results revealed that multi-pass FSP causes a homogeneous distribution and good dispersion of Al2O3 in the metal matrix, and consequently an increase in the hardness of the matrix composites. A finer grain is observed in the microstructure examination in specimens subjected to second and third passes of FSP. The improvement in the grain refinement is 80% compared to base metal. The processing parameters, particularly rotational tool speed and pass number in FSP, have a major effect on strength properties and surface hardness. The ultimate tensile strength (UTS and the average hardness are improved by 25% and 46%, respectively, due to presence of reinforcement Al2O3 nanoparticles.

  20. Effect of cobalt oxide on the sintering and grain growth of Al2O3-YAG composite nanopowder

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    Hassanzadeh-Tabrizi S.A.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, the effect of cobalt oxide on the densification of Al2O3-YAG composite nanopowder was investigated. An amorphous nanopowder was synthesized and crystallized to Al2O3-YAG after heat-treatment via a solid-state reaction. The average particle size of heat-treated powder at 800°C was about 80 nm. Cobalt oxide improved the sintering rate of Al2O3-YAG composite nanopowders and promoted grain boundary mobility. Cobalt oxide doping increased the ratio of densification/grain growth rate. The activation energy for grain growth decreased from 590 to 485 kJ/mol by adding cobalt oxide to the composite nanopowder.

  1. Highly sensitive sensing platform based on ZnSnO3 hollow cubes for detection of ethanol

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    Zhou, Tingting; Zhang, Tong; Zhang, Rui; Deng, Jianan; Lou, Zheng; Lu, Geyu; Wang, Lili

    2017-04-01

    Cube-shaped ZnSnO3 with hollow structure were prepared by a co-precipitation method followed by subsequent alkali etching and annealing in inert condition (nitrogen gas environment). As-synthesized ZnSnO3 hollow cubes (ZHC) have an average width of about 700 nm and wall thickness of about 110 nm. The sensor based on ZHC exhibited high response to 100 ppm ethanol at the optimal operating temperature of 260 °C, which was approximately 1.77-times higher than that of ZnSnO3 solid cubes (ZSC). Additionally, ZHC based sensor also displayed great selectivity, reproducibility and long-term stability. The excellent gas sensing performance of ZHC could be attributed to the porous surface and the hollow interior structure, which provided large surface area and good permeation. The results indicate that ZHC are highly promising materials for potential application in the field of gas sensing.

  2. Twelve-month, 12 km resolution North American WRF-Chem v3.4 air quality simulation: performance evaluation

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    C. W. Tessum

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available We present results from and evaluate the performance of a 12-month, 12 km horizontal resolution year 2005 air pollution simulation for the contiguous United States using the WRF-Chem (Weather Research and Forecasting with Chemistry meteorology and chemical transport model (CTM. We employ the 2005 US National Emissions Inventory, the Regional Atmospheric Chemistry Mechanism (RACM, and the Modal Aerosol Dynamics Model for Europe (MADE with a volatility basis set (VBS secondary aerosol module. Overall, model performance is comparable to contemporary modeling efforts used for regulatory and health-effects analysis, with an annual average daytime ozone (O3 mean fractional bias (MFB of 12% and an annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5 MFB of −1%. WRF-Chem, as configured here, tends to overpredict total PM2.5 at some high concentration locations and generally overpredicts average 24 h O3 concentrations. Performance is better at predicting daytime-average and daily peak O3 concentrations, which are more relevant for regulatory and health effects analyses relative to annual average values. Predictive performance for PM2.5 subspecies is mixed: the model overpredicts particulate sulfate (MFB = 36%, underpredicts particulate nitrate (MFB = −110% and organic carbon (MFB = −29%, and relatively accurately predicts particulate ammonium (MFB = 3% and elemental carbon (MFB = 3%, so that the accuracy in total PM2.5 predictions is to some extent a function of offsetting over- and underpredictions of PM2.5 subspecies. Model predictive performance for PM2.5 and its subspecies is in general worse in winter and in the western US than in other seasons and regions, suggesting spatial and temporal opportunities for future WRF-Chem model development and evaluation.

  3. Sol-Gel Synthesis of La(0.6)Sr(0.4)CoO(3-x) and Sm(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3-x) Cathode Nanopowders for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Wise, Brent

    2011-01-01

    Nanopowders of La(0.6)Sr(0.4)CoO(3-x) (LSC) and Sm(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3-x) (SSC) compositions, which are being investigated as cathode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC) with La(Sr)Ga(Mg)O(3-x) (LSGM) as the electrolyte, were synthesized by low-temperature sol-gel method using metal nitrates and citric acid. Thermal decomposition of the citrate gels was followed by simultaneous DSC/TGA methods. Development of phases in the gels, on heat treatments at various temperatures, was monitored by x-ray diffraction. Solgel powders calcined at 550 to 1000 C consisted of a number of phases. Single perovskite phase La(0.6)Sr(0.4)CoO(3-x) or Sm(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3-x) powders were obtained at 1200 and 1300 C, respectively. Morphological analysis of the powders calcined at various temperatures was done by scanning electron microscopy. The average particle size of the powders was approx.15 nm after 700 C calcinations and slowly increased to 70 to 100 nm after heat treatments at 1300 to 1400 C.

  4. Magnetic contribution of Bi0.85La0.15FeO3 in (1-x)Bi0.85La0.15FeO3-(x)CoFe2O4 nanocomposite powders

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    Han, Ru-shuai; Qi, Li-qian; Hou, Xue; Liu, Li-hu; Liu, Hui-yuan; Xian, Xiao-Ning; Guo, Ge-Xin; Sun, Hui-yuan

    2016-12-01

    In this work, a solid phase reaction method was used to fabricate (1-x)Bi0.85La0.15FeO3-xCoFe2O4 (x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) composite powders. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that no chemical reaction occurred between the separate Bi0.85La0.15FeO3 and CoFe2O4 phases and indicated that the powder samples had two distinct phases with a CoFe2O4 spinel phase and a Bi0.85La0.15FeO3 perovskite phase. The average crystallite sizes of the Bi0.85La0.15FeO3 in the composite powder were almost unchanged as the CoFe2O4 content was increased. By comparing the experimental and theoretical values for the magnetization, we found that the Bi0.85La0.15FeO3 phase contributed to the magnetization of the composite powders. In addition, it also provides a new way to prove the existence of magnetoelectric coupling in the sample.

  5. Synthesis of ZrO2-HfO2-Y2O3-Sc2O3 Nano-Particles by Sol-Gel Technique in Aqueous Solution of Alcohol

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    2007-01-01

    Agglomeration-free nanosized ZrO2-HfO2-Y2O3-Sc2O3 composite powders were successfully synthesized by Sol-Gel technique in heated aqueous solution of alcohol, using analytically pure ZrOCl2·8H2O, HfOCl2·8H2O, Y(NO3)3·6H2O, and Sc2O3 as raw materials. The effect of synthesis condition on the size and dispersity of the composite powders was investigated by means of XRD, TEM, and TG-DSC techniques. The results showed that well-dispersed predecessor of ZrO2-HfO2-Y2O3-Sc2O3 composite nanopowders could be obtained. The optional condition: PEG6000 as dispersant was 1%, alcohol/H2O ratio was 5/1, metallic ion concentration in whole solution was 0.5 mol·L-1 and the pH value of the solution was 12. After calcined at 620 ℃, the powder obtained was in uniform cubic structure, and its average particle size was about 13 nm, which was good for producing nanocrystalline solid electrolyte.

  6. Structural, magnetic, and dielectric properties of solid solutions between BiMnO3 and YMnO3

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    Belik, Alexei A.

    2017-02-01

    Bi1-xYxMnO3 (0.1≤x≤0.9) solid solutions were prepared by the high-pressure high-temperature method at 6 GPa and 1573 K. They crystallize in the GdFeO3-type perovskite structure with the Pnma symmetry. Crystal structures of Bi0.9Y0.1MnO3 and Bi0.5Y0.5MnO3 are studied by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction at room temperature. Only one Néel temperature, TN, is found in samples with 0.1≤x≤0.9 in comparison with two Néel temperatures observed in YMnO3 (TN=29 and 39 K). Samples with 0.5≤x≤0.9 have almost constant TN=44 K, while TN starts to increase linearly for other compositions: TN=46 K for x=0.3, TN=58 K for x=0.2, and TN=68 K for x=0.1. Field-induced transitions from canted-antiferromagnetic states to antiferromagnetic states are detected at about 30 kOe for x=0.2 and 70 kOe for x=0.1. Dielectric constant increases below TN in samples with 0.5≤x≤1, while it decreases below TN in samples with 0.1≤x≤0.3. Our data suggest that a magnetic structure changes near x=0.4. By extrapolation, we could estimate lattice parameters (a=5.9221 Å, b=7.5738 Å, and c=5.4157 Å) and TN=79 K for a hypothetical Pnma modification of BiMnO3.

  7. Application of Fe2O3/Al2O3 Composite Particles as Oxygen Carrier of Chemical Looping Combustion

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    Fang He; Hua Wang; Yongnian Dai

    2007-01-01

    Chemical looping combustion (CLC) of carbonaceous compounds has been proposed, in the past decade, as an efficient method for CO2 capture without cost of extra energy penalties. The technique involves the use of a metal oxide as an oxygen carrier that transfers oxygen from combustion air to fuels.The combustion is carried out in a two-step process: in the fuel reactor, the fuel is oxidized by a metal oxide, and in the air reactor, the reduced metal is oxidized back to the original phase. The use of iron oxide as an oxygen carrier has been investigated in this article. Particles composed of 80 wt% Fe2O3,together with Al2O3 as binder, have been prepared by impregnation methods. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that Fe2O3 does not interact with the Al2O3 binder after multi-cycles. The reactivity of the oxygen carrier particles has been studied in twenty-cycle reduction-oxidation tests in a thermal gravimetrical analysis (TGA) reactor. The components in the outlet gas have been analyzed. It has been observed that about 85% of CH4 converted to CO2 and H2O during most of the reduction periods. The oxygen carrier has kept quite a high reactivity in the twenty-cycle reactions. In the first twenty reaction cycles, the reaction rates became slightly higher with the number of cyclic reactions increasing, which was confirmed by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) test results. The SEM analysis revealed that the pore size inside the particle had been enlarged by the thermal stress during the reaction, which was favorable for diffusion of the gaseous reactants into the particles. The experimental results suggested that the Fe2O3/Al2O3 oxygen carrier was a promising candidate for a CLC system.

  8. Monthly Meteorological Reports

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Monthly forms that do not fit into any regular submission. Tabulation sheets and generic monthly forms designed to capture miscellaneous monthly observations.

  9. Synthesis of BaTiO3 and Ba(ZrxTi1-X)O3 by using the soft combustion method

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    Ahmad, Atiqah; Razak, Khairunisak Abdul

    2017-07-01

    In this work, barium titanate, BaTiO3 (BT) and Zr doped BT, BaZrxTi1-xO3 (BZT) with powders were successfully produced using the soft combustion method. Barium nitrate and titanium (IV) isopropoxide were used as the starting materials while zirconium (IV) oxynitrate hydrate as the doping precursors, and glycine as the combustion agent. The produced powders were pressed into 12 mm diameter pellets by using 150 MPa cold press. The effect of Zr dopant in BT was studied with molar ratio of x = 0.00, 0.03, 0.05, 0.08 and 0.10. The phase presence was identified using X-ray diffractometer. Morphology of powders and sintered pellets was observed using a scanning electron microscope. Density of the sintered pellets was measured by using Archimedes' principle, while dielectric properties were analysed by using an LCR meter. Pure perovskite BT and BZT structure were obtained after sintering at 1400 °C for 5 h. BZT with x = 0.03 has grain size of 3.9 µm and shows the highest dielectric constant of 525, compared to undoped BT that has the average grain size of 4.2 µm with dielectric constant 223. The results is in agreement with microstructure observation and density of the sample.

  10. Sintering effect on ageing behavior of rare earths (Pr6O11-Er2O3-Y2O3)-doped ZnO varistor ceramics

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    Choon-Woo Nahm

    2012-01-01

    The electrical properties and ageing behavior of the rare earths (Pr6O11-Er2O3-Y2O3)-doped ZnO varistor ceramics were systematically investigated at sintering temperature range of 1335-1350 ℃.With an increase in the sintering temperature,the sintered density increased from 5.41 to 5.64 g/cm3 and the average grain size increased from 5.8 to 7.9 μm.The varistor properties and ageing behavior were significantly affected by small sintering temperature range of 1335-1350 ℃.The breakdown field noticeably decreased from 5767 to 3628 V/cm with an increase in the sintering temperature.The varistor ceramics exhibited the highest nonlinear coefficient (43.2) at the sintering temperature of 1340 ℃.The varistor ceramics sintered at 1350 ℃ exhibited a surprisingly excellent stability by exhibiting 0.3% in the variation rate of the breakdown field and 0.3% in the variation rate of the nonlinear coefficient for ageing stress of 0.95 E1 mA/150 ℃/24 h.

  11. Spectroscopic properties of B2O3-PbO-Bi2O3-GeO2 glass doped with Sm3+ and gold nanoparticles

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    Herrera, A.; Buchner, S.; Camerini, R. V.; Jacinto, C.; Balzaretti, N. M.

    2016-02-01

    Heavy metal oxide B2O3-PbO-Bi2O3-GeO2 transparent glass doped with Sm3+ was synthesized and implanted with Au+ using energy of 300 keV and fluence of 1 × 1016 cm-2. The annealing of the implanted glass at moderate temperature below the glass transition temperature induced the nucleation of gold nanoparticles, confirmed by the characteristic absorption band in the visible range and by transmission electron microscopy. Using Miés and Doylés theories for the surface plasmon resonance, the average size of the gold nanoparticles was about 4.6 nm, similar to the values observed by transmission electron microscopy. It was also observed the crystallization of a thin layer of the glass at the implanted surface after annealing, detected by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. Visible and near-infrared emission of Sm3+ was enhanced after annealing of the glass implanted with gold. Judd-Ofelt parameters and radiative parameters were calculated for the glass doped with Sm3+ with and without gold nanoparticles.

  12. Faraday rotation enhancement of gold coated Fe2O3 nanoparticles: comparison of experiment and theory.

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    Dani, Raj Kumar; Wang, Hongwang; Bossmann, Stefan H; Wysin, Gary; Chikan, Viktor

    2011-12-14

    Understanding plasmonic enhancement of nanoscale magnetic materials is important to evaluate their potential for application. In this study, the Faraday rotation (FR) enhancement of gold coated Fe(2)O(3) nanoparticles (NP) is investigated experimentally and theoretically. The experiment shows that the Faraday rotation of a Fe(2)O(3) NP solution changes from approximately 3 rad/Tm to 10 rad/Tm as 5 nm gold shell is coated on a 9.7 nm Fe(2)O(3) core at 632 nm. The results also show how the volume fraction normalized Faraday rotation varies with the gold shell thickness. From the comparison of experiment and calculated Faraday rotation based on the Maxwell-Garnett theory, it is concluded that the enhancement and shell dependence of Faraday rotation of Fe(2)O(3) NPs is a result of the shifting plasmon resonance of the composite NP. In addition, the clustering of the NPs induces a different phase lag on the Faraday signal, which suggests that the collective response of the magnetic NP aggregates needs to be considered even in solution. From the Faraday phase lag, the estimated time of the full alignment of the magnetic spins of bare (cluster size 160 nm) and gold coated NPs (cluster size 90 nm) are found to be 0.65 and 0.17 μs. The calculation includes a simple theoretical approach based on the Bruggeman theory to account for the aggregation and its effect on the Faraday rotation. The Bruggeman model provides a qualitatively better agreement with the experimentally observed Faraday rotation and points out the importance of making a connection between component properties and the average "effective" optical behavior of the Faraday medium containing magnetic nanoparticles.

  13. Transport properties of Gum mediated synthesis of Indium Oxide (In2O3 Nano fluids

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    Ch. Kanchana Latha

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Two- Step method has been applied to prepare stable In2O3 nano fluids in Ethylene Glycol with PVP (Polyvinyl pyrrolidone used as stabilizing agent having In2O3 concentrations of 1% by volume, where the In2O3 nano particles are obtained by biosynthesis of Indium (III Acetyl Acetonate and Gum Acacia. Since the two-step method is more versatile as it provides the opportunity to disperse a wide variety of nano particles in different types of base fluids. The nano fluids were characterised by UV-vis spectroscopy, FTIR, SEM, EDAX, and TEM, and systematically investigated for Thermal conductivity (TC, density, viscosity, specific gravity and electrical conductivity for different polymer concentrations. The size of nano particles was found to be in the range of 5-30nm for two different nano particle to PVP ratios. For higher concentration of polymer in nano fluid, nano particles were 20nm in size showing increase in Thermal conductivity but a decrease in density and viscosity which is due to the polymer structure around nano particles. It is observed that the viscosity, density & specific gravity increases with the increase in PVP concentration and decreases with temperature. The thermal conductivity measurements of nano fluids show substantial increment relative to the base fluid (Ethylene glycol. Effect of PVP Polymer on viscosity, density, specific gravity can have a significant effect on magnitude and behaviour of the Thermal conductivity enhancement confirming the Newtonian behaviour of nano fluid. This offers tremendous scope for developing compact and effective heat transfer equipment. An enhancement of 20-25% for 1:5 volume concentration are observed at an average voltage of 60V when compared with EG (Ethylene glycol at the same voltage. This method is simple, fast and reliable for the synthesis of Newtonian nano fluids containing In2O3 nano particles.

  14. Attractive electron-electron interactions at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Interface

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    Prawiroatmodjo, Guenevere E D K

    The conducting interface between the two insulating oxides LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) exhibits many intriguing properties such as high mobility, a gate-tunable superconducting phase, ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism. In this thesis, devices are fabricated at the LAO/STO interface using novel...... hard-mask patterning techniques with micrometer precision. The superconducting phase diagram is explored in terms of critical magnetic field Bc, temperature Tc and current Ic, and studied for varying carrier densities. From a finite shift between the superconducting Tc and Ic domes, evidence is found...

  15. Polarity-induced oxygen vacancies at LaAlO3|SrTiO3 interfaces

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    Zhong, Zhicheng; Xu, P. X.; Kelly, Paul J.

    2010-01-01

    Using first-principles density-functional-theory calculations, we find a strong position and thickness dependence of the formation energy of oxygen vacancies in LaAlO3 vertical bar SrTiO3 (LAO vertical bar STO) multilayers and interpret this with an analytical capacitor model. Oxygen vacancies are preferentially formed at p-type SrO vertical bar AlO2 rather than at n-type LaO vertical bar TiO2 interfaces; the excess electrons introduced by the oxygen vacancies reduce their energy by moving to...

  16. Study of electronic structure and magnetism at the relaxed SrTiO3/LaAlO3 interface

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    Ghosh, Soham; Manousakis, Efstratios

    2013-03-01

    The SrTiO3/LaAlO3 interface has been found experimentally to be metallic and magnetic, with bandstructure calculations linking both phenomena to polar catastrophe and surface oxygen vacancies. In this work, we use LDA+U to study the properties of this interface, allowing the ionic structure to be fully relaxed, and investigate the 2-dimensional nature of the electron gas formed at the junction. We present an effort to understand the role of electron-electron correlation on the interfacial collective phenomena, by constructing extended Hubbard-like models based on bandstructure calculation.

  17. Polar catastrophe, electron leakage, and magnetic ordering at the LaMnO$_3$/SrMnO$_3$ interface

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    Nanda, B. R. K.; Satpathy, S.

    2009-01-01

    Electronic reconstruction at the polar interface LaMnO$_3$/SrMnO$_3$ (LMO/SMO) (100) resulting from the polar catastrophe is studied from a model Hamiltonian that includes the double and super exchange interactions, the Madelung potential, and the Jahn-Teller coupling terms relevant for the manganites. We show that the polar catastrophe, originating from the alternately charged LMO layers and neutral SMO layers, is quenched by the accumulation of an extra half electron per cell in the interfa...

  18. High pressure antiferrodistortive phase transition in mixed crystals of EuTiO3 and SrTiO3

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    Paraskevas Parisiades

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available We report a detailed high pressure study on Eu1−xSrxTiO3 polycrystalline samples using synchrotron x-ray diffraction. We have observed a second-order antiferrodistortive phase transition for all doping levels which corresponds to the transition that has been previously explored as a function of temperature. The analysis of the compression mechanism by calculating the lattice parameters, spontaneous strains and tilt angles of the TiO6 octahedra leads to a high pressure phase diagram for Eu1−xSrxTiO3.

  19. High pressure antiferrodistortive phase transition in mixed crystals of EuTiO3 and SrTiO3

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    Parisiades, Paraskevas; Saltarelli, Francesco; Liarokapis, Efthymios; Köhler, Jürgen; Bussmann-Holder, Annette

    2016-06-01

    We report a detailed high pressure study on Eu1-xSrxTiO3 polycrystalline samples using synchrotron x-ray diffraction. We have observed a second-order antiferrodistortive phase transition for all doping levels which corresponds to the transition that has been previously explored as a function of temperature. The analysis of the compression mechanism by calculating the lattice parameters, spontaneous strains and tilt angles of the TiO6 octahedra leads to a high pressure phase diagram for Eu1-xSrxTiO3.

  20. Two-dimensional superconductivity at the (111)LaAlO 3/SrTiO 3 interface

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    Monteiro, A. M. R. V. L.; Groenendijk, D. J.; Groen, I.; de Bruijckere, J.; Gaudenzi, R.; van der Zant, H. S. J.; Caviglia, A. D.

    2017-07-01

    We report on the discovery and transport study of the superconducting ground state present at the (111)LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) interface. The superconducting transition is consistent with a Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition and its two-dimensional nature is further corroborated by the anisotropy of the critical magnetic field, as calculated by Tinkham. The estimated superconducting layer thickness and coherence length are 10 and 60 nm , respectively. The results of this work provide insight to clarify the microscopic details of superconductivity in LAO/STO interfaces, in particular in what concerns the link with orbital symmetry.

  1. DC Leakage behavior and Conduction Mechanism in (BiFeO3)m(SrTiO3)m Superlattices

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    2008-01-01

    Leakage current behavior of (BiFeO3)m(SrTiO3)m superlattice structures was studied and analyzed at different temperatures (303-473K) in the light of various models. While bulk limited Poole-Frenkel emission was observed to dominate the leakage current in the temperature range of 303 - 383 K, the space charge limited conduction was observed up to 473 K. With a Poole-Frenkel emission type of conduction, the activation energy range of 0.06 - 0.2 eV was calculated. The physical parameters, calcul...

  2. x-T phase diagram of La-substituted BiFeO3-PbTiO3

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    K. K. Mishra

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Single-phase polycrystalline powders of 0.5(Bi1-xLaxFeO3-0.5PbTiO3 solid-solution were synthesized for x ≤ 0.3 using solid-state reaction method. The mixed crystals exhibit a tetragonal structure at ambient and the c/a ratio decreases with x. In-situ X-ray diffraction measurements at elevated temperatures show a structural transition to a cubic phase. The transition temperatures have been obtained for different x and a x-T phase diagram has been proposed.

  3. Y2O3掺杂对硅酸盐玻璃结构及其熔体黏度的影响%Effect of Y2O3 Dopant on Structure and Viscosity of Silicate Glass and Melt

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    王觅堂; 程金树; 李梅; 何峰

    2013-01-01

    Silicate glasses and melts, soda lime silicate glass frits with various contents of Y2O3 were prepared via melting-quenching in water The effect of Y2O3 on the structure and viscosity was investigated. The samples were characterized by Raman spectrometer and viscometer, respectively. The melting temperature was obtained based on the Arrhenius equation. Some expressions for the glass structure (i.e., fraction of non-bridging oxygen, average number of non-bridging oxygen per tetrahedron, average number of oxygen pre tetrahedron and average number of bridging comers per tetrahedron) were proposed. The results show that Y2O3 doped into soda lime silicate glass can change the [SiO4] tetrahedron structural unit, and the average number of non-bridging oxygen per tetrahedron and the average number of oxygen pre tetrahedron both increase and the average number of bridging corners per tetrahedron decreases with increasing the content of Y2O3. In addition, the incorporation of Y2O3 also decreases the viscosity and melting temperature of soda lime silicate glass.%为了探索稀土氧化物Y2O3掺杂对硅酸盐玻璃结构及其高温熔体黏度的影响,用熔融-水淬法制得了掺杂不同含量Y2O3的Na2O-CaO-SiO2系玻璃料,采用激光共聚焦Raman光谱仪和高温旋转黏度计分别对玻璃料进行了Raman光谱和黏度的测试,根据Arrhenius方程推算了玻璃的熔制温度,同时给出了计算玻璃结构中每个四面体中的氧数、非桥氧数、平均桥数及非桥氧比例的公式.结果表明:Y2O3的掺杂使得Na2O-CaO-SiO2系玻璃中,具有不同非桥氧的结构单元之间发生了一定转化.随着Y2O3掺杂量的增加,玻璃中每个四面体中的氧数和非桥氧数都逐渐增大,玻璃中每个四面体中的连接数降低.此外Y2O3的掺杂降低了Na2O-CaO-SiO2系玻璃的高温黏度与熔制温度,且与玻璃结构的变化规律相一致.

  4. Structural evidence for enhanced polarization in a commensurate short-period BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattice

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    Tian, W.; Jiang, J. C.; Pan, X. Q.; Haeni, J. H.; Li, Y. L.; Chen, L. Q.; Schlom, D. G.; Neaton, J. B.; Rabe, K. M.; Jia, Q. X.

    2006-08-01

    A short-period (BaTiO3)6/(SrTiO3)5 superlattice was characterized by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The superlattice is epitaxially oriented with the c axes of BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 normal to the (001) surface of the SrTiO3 substrate. Despite the large in-plane lattice mismatch between BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 (˜2.2%), the superlattice interfaces were found to be nearly commensurate. The crystallographic c /a ratio of the superlattice was measured and the results agree quantitatively with first-principles calculations and phase-field modeling. The agreement supports the validity of the enhanced spontaneous polarization predicted for short-period BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices.

  5. Non-complicated EuTiO3 Structure

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    Ellis, David S.; UCHIYAMA, Hiroshi; Tsutsui, Satoshi; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Kato, Kenichi; Baron, Alfred Q. R.

    2013-01-01

    A recently published paper [arXiv:1206.5417 ]showed strong incommensurate diffraction peaks in EuTiO3 around zone boundary R-points. We wish to convey that in our samples, and, it seems, at least another case from the literature, these peaks are absent.

  6. Antiferrodistortive phase transition in EuTiO3

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    Goian, V.; Kamba, S.; Pacherová, O.; Drahokoupil, J.; Palatinus, L.; Dušek, M.; Rohlíček, J.; Savinov, M.; Laufek, F.; Schranz, W.; Fuith, A.; Kachlík, M.; Maca, K.; Shkabko, A.; Sagarna, L.; Weidenkaff, A.; Belik, A. A.

    2012-08-01

    X-ray diffraction, dynamical mechanical analysis, and infrared reflectivity studies revealed an antiferrodistortive phase transition in EuTiO3 ceramics. Near 300 K, the perovskite structure changes from cubic Pm3¯m to tetragonal I4/mcm due to antiphase tilting of oxygen octahedra along the c axis (a0a0c- in Glazer notation). The phase transition is analogous to SrTiO3. However, some ceramics as well as single crystals of EuTiO3 show different infrared reflectivity spectra bringing evidence of a different crystal structure. In such samples, electron diffraction revealed an incommensurate tetragonal structure with modulation wave vector q ≃ 0.38 a*. Extra phonons in samples with modulated structure are activated in the IR spectra due to folding of the Brillouin zone. We propose that defects such as Eu3+ and oxygen vacancies strongly influence the temperature of the phase transition to antiferrodistortive phase as well as the tendency to incommensurate modulation in EuTiO3.

  7. The origin of ferroelectricity in magnetoelectric YMnO3

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    Van Aken, BB; Palstra, TTM; Filippetti, A; Spaldin, NA

    2004-01-01

    Understanding the ferroelectrocity in magnetic ferroelectric oxides is of both fundamental and technological importance. Here, we identify the nature of the ferroelectric phase transition in the hexagonal manganite, YMnO3, using a combination of single-crystal X-ray diffraction, thorough structure a

  8. Solid Electrolyte Based on Perovskite-type BaCeO3 and SrCeO3%BaCeO3和SrCeO3基钙钛矿型固体电解质

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    张俊英; 张中太

    2000-01-01

    综述了BaCeO3基和SrCeO3基钙钛矿型固体电解质.从结构、不同气氛中导电性方面进行了介绍,对其应用方面进行了较为详细的分析.在燃料电池、电解池、薄膜反应器、气体传感器等方面的应用分析表明这2类固体电解质有广泛的应用前景.%Solid electrolyte based on perovskite-type BaCeO3 and SrCeO3 was reviewed .Microstructure and conductivity in different atmosphere were introduced while application was analyzed in detail. Applications in fuel cell, steam electrolysis cell, membrane reactor, gas sensor indicate that these kinds of solid electrolytes may be prospective materials that can be used in many fields.

  9. Understanding $Al_2O_3:Er^{3+}$ device performance

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    Agazzi, L.; Bradley, J.D.B.; Ay, F.; Wörhoff, K.; Pollnau, M.

    2010-01-01

    Al2O3:Er3+ thin films were deposited on Si wafers and subsequently structured. On-chip devices such as amplifiers, ring lasers and a loss-less splitter were fabricated; data transmission at 170 Gbits/s and monolithic integration with SOI waveguides were demonstrated. The discrepancy between device p

  10. Upconversion spectroscopy of $Al_2O_3:Er^{3+}$

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    Agazzi, L.; Bradley, J.D.B.; Ay, F.; Kahn, A.; Scheife, H.; Petermann, K.; Huber, G.; Ridder, de R.M.; Wörhoff, K.; Pollnau, M.; Wörhoff, K.; Agazzi, L.; Ismail, N.; Leijtens, X.

    2008-01-01

    The spectroscopic properties of $Al_2O_3:Er^{3+}$ thin films have been investigated by lifetime measurements. The luminescence decay curves show an initial non-exponential component, followed by an exponential tail, whose decay time decreases with increasing $Er^{3+}$ concentration. This behavior ca

  11. Phase transitions in undoped BaCeO3

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    Kuzmin, A.V.; Gorelov, V.P.; Melekh, B.T.

    2003-01-01

    of the structural phase transitions in BaCeO3. Five second-order transitions at 480 +/- 10, 530 +/- 10, 900 +/- 10, 1030 +/- 20 and 1170 +/- 20 K, and also one first-order transition at 665 +/- 10 K, were found. The transitions at 900 and 1030 K have not been reported before. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights...

  12. Evidence for orbital ordering in LaCoO3

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    Maris, G; Ren, Y; Volotchaev, [No Value; Zobel, C; Lorenz, T; Palstra, TTM

    2003-01-01

    We present powder and single-crystal x-ray diffraction data as evidence for a monoclinic distortion in the low-spin (S=0) and intermediate spin states (S=1) of LaCoO3. The alternation of short and long bonds in the ab plane indicates the presence of e(g) orbital ordering induced by a cooperative Jah

  13. Epitaxial growth and electric properties of γ-Al2O3(110) films on β-Ga2O3(010) substrates

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    Hattori, Mai; Oshima, Takayoshi; Wakabayashi, Ryo; Yoshimatsu, Kohei; Sasaki, Kohei; Masui, Takekazu; Kuramata, Akito; Yamakoshi, Shigenobu; Horiba, Koji; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Ohtomo, Akira

    2016-12-01

    Epitaxial growth and electrical properties of γ-Al2O3 films on β-Ga2O3(010) substrates were investigated regarding the prospect of a gate oxide in a β-Ga2O3-based MOSFET. The γ-Al2O3 films grew along the [110] direction and inherited the oxygen sublattice from β-Ga2O3 resulting in the unique in-plane epitaxial relationship of γ-Al2O3 [\\bar{1}10] ∥ β-Ga2O3[001]. We found that the γ-Al2O3 layer had a band gap of 7.0 eV and a type-I band alignment with β-Ga2O3 with conduction- and valence-band offsets of 1.9 and 0.5 eV, respectively. A relatively high trap density (≅ 2 × 1012 cm-2 eV-1) was found from the voltage shift of photoassisted capacitance-voltage curves measured for a Au/γ-Al2O3/β-Ga2O3 MOS capacitor. These results indicate good structural and electric properties and some limitations hindering the better understanding of the role of the gate dielectrics (a γ-Al2O3 interface layer naturally crystallized from amorphous Al2O3) in the β-Ga2O3 MOSFET.

  14. Spatial and temporal variability of tropospheric ozone (O3) in the boundary layer above the Aegean Sea (eastern Mediterranean)

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    Kouvarakis, G.; Vrekoussis, M.; Mihalopoulos, N.; Kourtidis, K.; Rappenglueck, B.; Gerasopoulos, E.; Zerefos, C.

    2002-09-01

    To study the spatial and temporal variability of tropospheric ozone in the marine boundary layer over the Aegean Sea (eastern Mediterranean), an O3 analyzer has been installed onboard of a passenger vessel traveling on a regular basis in the Aegean Sea (from Heraklion/Crete 35°30'N, 25°13'E to Thessaloniki 40°64'N, 22°97'E) during a period of 14 months (August 1999 to November 2000). In addition, O3 data have been obtained on a daily basis at the regional background station of Finokalia (Crete; 35°30'N, 25°70'E) since September 1997, short-term measurements of O3 were performed over Crete during the PAUR II campaign (May 1999), and the first O3 data from a rural area (40°32'N, 23°50'E) close to Thessaloniki at the north of Greece have been collected from March 2000 to January 2001. This survey extensive points out the existence of a well-defined seasonal cycle in boundary layer O3 with maximum in summer both above the Aegean Sea and at Finokalia. However, the seasonal signal (defined as the summer/winter ratio) is not constant and varies as a function of air mass origin from 1.33 to 1.15 for the N-NE and SW-S sectors, respectively, in line with the geographical location of the O3 precursor sources. Our data show the absence of any significant longitudinal gradient over Crete at least during spring and autumn and the absence of significant latitudinal gradient between the north and south Aegean Sea during all seasons for air masses having similar origin. The above results indicate that long-range transport is the main factor accounting for the elevated O3 levels above the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Thus (1) O3 data from Finokalia, where the longest time series are available for the area, have regional significance and (2) over the entire Aegean basin, ozone values are above the 32 ppbv European Union (EU) phytotoxicity limit throughout the year and above the 53 ppbv EU health protection limit most of the time during the dry season of the year. The very

  15. Chemical production process of ozone in summer in Beijing urban area%北京城区夏季O_3化学生成过程

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    徐敬; 马建中; 张小玲; 徐晓峰; 孟伟; 马志强; 赵秀娟

    2012-01-01

    选取2007年7月1日—8月31日中的21个晴空日,利用观测资料和光化学箱模式计算了北京城区测点的O3生成速率G(O3)和O3生成效率OPE.结果表明,21个晴空日中G(O3)日最高小时值分布在(18~82)×10-9h-1之间;在O3污染和非污染日G(O3)最高值的平均水平无显著差异,且与Ox浓度之间不存在一致的对应关系,表明O3化学生成过程不能全面解释地面O3浓度的累积,物理传输过程对测点O3实测浓度有显著作用;各个化学过程对G(O3)的贡献率对比结果显示,HO2在NO向NO2的转化中贡献最大;OPE值分布在2.8~5.8之间,总体水平为4.1±0.1;OPE值与NOx浓度之间为非线性关系,OPE值随NOx浓度的增加而减少,表明消减测点附近VOCs排放能有效降低O3浓度.%The gross ozone production rate G(Os ) and ozone production efficiency (OPE) is calculated with a photochemical box model constrained by observed data of 21 selected clear days obtained during July 1st to August 31th , 2004 in an urban area of Beijing. Results show that the daily maximum hourly -averaged G( O3 ) in these 21 selected clear days ranged from 18 ×10^-9 to 82 ×10^-9 h^-1. In average, the daily maximum G( O3 ) for ozone pollution days is not evidently different from that for ozone pollution-free days, and the G ( O3 ) is not in accord with the change of O3, either. This indicates that O3 photochemical production process could not explain the observed accumulation of O3 completely and physical transportation processes controlled the real O3 concentrations prominently. By comparing the contributions of individual chemical processes to the G( O3 ), it is shown that HO2 plays a dominant role in the conversion of NO to NO2. Ozone OPE ranged from 2.8 to 5.8, with art overall average of 4.1 ±0. 1 The relationship of OPE and NO, concentration is found to be non-linear and OPE decreases with increasing NOx , which indicates that reducing the

  16. Size-controllable synthesis of Bi/Bi2O3 heterojunction nanoparticles using pulsed Nd:YAG laser deposition and metal-semiconductor-heterojunction-assisted photoluminescence.

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    Patil, Ranjit A; Wei, Mao-Kuo; Yeh, P-H; Liang, Jyun-Bo; Gao, Wan-Ting; Lin, Jin-Han; Liou, Yung; Ma, Yuan-Ron

    2016-02-14

    We synthesized Bi/Bi2O3 heterojunction nanoparticles at various substrate temperatures using the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique with a pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The Bi/Bi2O3 heterojunction nanoparticles consisted of Bi nanoparticles and Bi2O3 surface layers. The average diameter of the Bi nanoparticles and the thickness of the Bi2O3 surface layer are linearly proportional to the substrate temperature. The heterojunctions between the Bi nanoparticles and Bi2O3 surface layers, which are the metal-semiconductor heterojunctions, can strongly enhance the photoluminescence (PL) of the Bi/Bi2O3 nanoparticles, because the metallic Bi nanoparticles can provide massive free Fermi-level electrons for the electron transitions in the Bi2O3 surface layers. The enhancement of PL emission at room temperature by metal-semiconductor-heterojunctions make the Bi/Bi2O3 heterojunction nanoparticles potential candidates for use in optoelectronic nanodevices, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and laser diodes (LDs).

  17. High stability of electro-transport and magnetism against the A-site cation disorder in SrRuO3.

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    Wang, Y L; Liu, M F; Liu, R; Xie, Y L; Li, X; Yan, Z B; Liu, J-M

    2016-06-14

    It is known that the electro-transport and magnetism of perovskite alkaline-earth ruthenate oxides are sensitive to the lattice distortion associated with the A-site cation size. Orthorhombic CaRuO3 and cubic BaRuO3 exhibit distinctly different electro-transport and magnetic properties from orthorhombic SrRuO3. It has been suggested that SrRuO3 can be robust against some intrinsic/external perturbations but fragile against some others in terms of electro-transport and magnetism, and it is our motivation to explore such stability against the local site cation disorder. In this work, we prepare a set of SrRuO3-based samples with identical averaged A-site size but different A-site cation disorder (size mismatch) by Ca and Ba co-substitution of Sr. It is revealed that the electro-transport and magnetism of SrRuO3 demonstrate relatively high stability against this A-site cation disorder, characterized by the relatively invariable electrical and magnetic properties in comparison with those of SrRuO3 itself. A simple electro-transport network model is proposed to explain quantitatively the measured behaviors. The present work suggests that SrRuO3 as an itinerant electron ferromagnetic metal possesses relatively high robustness against local lattice distortion and cation occupation disorder.

  18. IN-SITU FORMATION AND DENSIFICATION OF MgAl2O4-SmAlO3 CERAMICS BY A SINGLE-STAGE REACTION SINTERING PROCESS

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    Beiyue Ma

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Stoichiometric magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl2O4, MA-samarium aluminate (SmAlO3, SA ceramics have been prepared at 1580oC for 4 h from calcined magnesia (MgO, commercial alumina (Al2O3 and samarium oxide (Sm2O3 by a single-stage in-situ reaction sintering (SIRS method. The phase compositions, microstructures, shrinkage ratio, bulk density and cold compressive strength of the MA-SA ceramics have been investigated. The ceramics with 2.5 - 7.5 wt. % Sm2O3 are composed of MA and SA phases. The microstructures of the ceramics are dense. MA particles exist as angular shape, and their grain size varies between 2 and 10 μm but the average grain size is about 5 μm. SmAlO3 particles form due to the reaction of Sm2O3 and Al2O3, and they distribute in the intergranular space of MA grains. The diameter shrinkage ratio, volume shrinkage ratio, bulk density and cold compressive strength of MA-SA ceramics are greatly improved due to the addition of Sm2O3

  19. High stability of electro-transport and magnetism against the A-site cation disorder in SrRuO3

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    Wang, Y. L.; Liu, M. F.; Liu, R.; Xie, Y. L.; Li, X.; Yan, Z. B.; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-06-01

    It is known that the electro-transport and magnetism of perovskite alkaline-earth ruthenate oxides are sensitive to the lattice distortion associated with the A-site cation size. Orthorhombic CaRuO3 and cubic BaRuO3 exhibit distinctly different electro-transport and magnetic properties from orthorhombic SrRuO3. It has been suggested that SrRuO3 can be robust against some intrinsic/external perturbations but fragile against some others in terms of electro-transport and magnetism, and it is our motivation to explore such stability against the local site cation disorder. In this work, we prepare a set of SrRuO3-based samples with identical averaged A-site size but different A-site cation disorder (size mismatch) by Ca and Ba co-substitution of Sr. It is revealed that the electro-transport and magnetism of SrRuO3 demonstrate relatively high stability against this A-site cation disorder, characterized by the relatively invariable electrical and magnetic properties in comparison with those of SrRuO3 itself. A simple electro-transport network model is proposed to explain quantitatively the measured behaviors. The present work suggests that SrRuO3 as an itinerant electron ferromagnetic metal possesses relatively high robustness against local lattice distortion and cation occupation disorder.

  20. Magnetic characterization of iron oxides formed after thermal treatment of nontronite and the formation of three polymorphs of Fe2O3: α-Fe2O3, γ-Fe2O3, ɛ-Fe2O3

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    Berquo, T. S.; Moskowitz, B. M.

    2011-12-01

    Nontronite is an Fe-rich smectite clay that occurs widely in terrestrial soils, sediments and weathering formations and may also be present in the Martian regolith. The thermal decomposition of nontronite is known to form various magnetic iron oxides but their compositions, magnetic properties, and formation pathways remain poorly understood. The magnetic alteration products of nontronite have been proposed as a source for the magnetic phases in the surface layers and dust on Mars as well as in some archeological fired-bricks and ceramic pottery. One alteration product of nontronite is ɛ-Fe2O3 which is ferrimagnetic with a Curie temperature of ~ 500 K and extremely large coercivity (HC ~ 1-2 T) at 300 K. In this work nontronite samples from eight source localities were heated to 1000°C in air for one hour. The magnetic properties of the alteration products were investigated with low-temperature (LT) magnetization and AC susceptibility curves, hysteresis loops, Mossbauer spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The thermal treatment was effective in converting the nontronite to a combination of different polymorphs of ferric oxide depending on source locality and included: hematite (α-Fe2O3), ɛ-Fe2O3, and a cubic spinel phase that suggest the presence of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3). Mossbauer spectra at 300 K identified hematite and ɛ-Fe2O3 as the main phases in 7 samples with amounts ranging from 26-100% for hematite 0-69% for ɛ-Fe2O3. One sample showed a paramagnetic Fe3+ doublet and a broad sextet characteristic of magnetic relaxation effects. Upon cooling to 4.2 K, the Mossbauer spectrum was consistent with maghemite. In all samples except one, the magnetic hyperfine fields for the hematite phase are slightly reduced as compared with its stoichiometric form indicating some iron substitution with ions such as Al. This is consistent with the observation that all but one sample lacked the characteristic Morin transition for pure hematite on LT-remanence warming curves

  1. Spatiotemporal evaluation of EMEP4UK-WRF v4.3 atmospheric chemistry transport simulations of health-related metrics for NO2, O3, PM10, and PM2. 5 for 2001-2010

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    Lin, Chun; Heal, Mathew R.; Vieno, Massimo; MacKenzie, Ian A.; Armstrong, Ben G.; Butland, Barbara K.; Milojevic, Ai; Chalabi, Zaid; Atkinson, Richard W.; Stevenson, David S.; Doherty, Ruth M.; Wilkinson, Paul

    2017-04-01

    This study was motivated by the use in air pollution epidemiology and health burden assessment of data simulated at 5 km × 5 km horizontal resolution by the EMEP4UK-WRF v4.3 atmospheric chemistry transport model. Thus the focus of the model-measurement comparison statistics presented here was on the health-relevant metrics of annual and daily means of NO2, O3, PM2. 5, and PM10 (daily maximum 8 h running mean for O3). The comparison was temporally and spatially comprehensive, covering a 10-year period (2 years for PM2. 5) and all non-roadside measurement data from the UK national reference monitor network, which applies consistent operational and QA/QC procedures for each pollutant (44, 47, 24, and 30 sites for NO2, O3, PM2. 5, and PM10, respectively). Two important statistics highlighted in the literature for evaluation of air quality model output against policy (and hence health)-relevant standards - correlation and bias - together with root mean square error, were evaluated by site type, year, month, and day-of-week. Model-measurement statistics were generally better than, or comparable to, values that allow for realistic magnitudes of measurement uncertainties. Temporal correlations of daily concentrations were good for O3, NO2, and PM2. 5 at both rural and urban background sites (median values of r across sites in the range 0.70-0.76 for O3 and NO2, and 0.65-0.69 for PM2. 5), but poorer for PM10 (0.47-0.50). Bias differed between environments, with generally less bias at rural background sites (median normalized mean bias (NMB) values for daily O3 and NO2 of 8 and 11 %, respectively). At urban background sites there was a negative model bias for NO2 (median NMB = -29 %) and PM2. 5 (-26 %) and a positive model bias for O3 (26 %). The directions of these biases are consistent with expectations of the effects of averaging primary emissions across the 5 km × 5 km model grid in urban areas, compared with monitor locations that are more influenced by these

  2. Modulated two-dimensional charge-carrier density in LaTiO3-layer-doped LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructure.

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    Nazir, Safdar; Bernal, Camille; Yang, Kesong

    2015-03-11

    The highly mobile two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) formed at the polar/nonpolar LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) heterostructure (HS) is a matter of great interest because of its potential applications in nanoscale solid-state devices. To realize practical implementation of the 2DEG in device design, desired physical properties such as tuned charge carrier density and mobility are necessary. In this regard, polar perovskite-based transition metal oxides can act as doping layers at the interface and are expected to tune the electronic properties of 2DEG of STO-based HS systems dramatically. Herein, we investigated the doping effects of LaTiO3(LTO) layers on the electronic properties of 2DEG at n-type (LaO)(+1)/(TiO2)(0) interface in the LAO/STO HS using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations. Our results indicate an enhancement of orbital occupation near the Fermi energy, which increases with respect to the number of LTO unit cells, resulting in a higher charge carrier density of 2DEG than that of undoped system. The enhanced charge carrier density is attributed to an extra electron introduced by the Ti 3d(1) orbitals from the LTO dopant unit cells. This conclusion is consistent with the recent experimental findings (Appl. Phys. Lett. 2013, 102, 091601). Detailed charge density and partial density of states analysis suggests that the 2DEG in the LTO-doped HS systems primarily comes from partially occupied dyz and dxz orbitals.

  3. Synthesis of ferrite grade -Fe2O3

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    K S Rane; V M S Verenkar

    2001-02-01

    Iron(II) carboxylato–hydrazinates: Ferrous fumarato–hydrazinate (FFH), FeC4H2O4.2N2H4; ferrous succinato–hydrazinate (FSH), FeC4H4O4.2N2H4;ferrous maleato–hydrazinate (FEH), FeC4H2O4.2N2H4;ferrous malato–hydrazinate (FLH), FeC4H4O5.2N2H4;ferrous malonato–hydrazinate (FMH), FeC3H2O4.1.5N2H4.H2O; and ferrous tartrato–hydrazinate (FTH), FeC4H4O6.N2H4.H2O are being synthesized for the first time. These decompose (autocatalytically) in an ordinary atmosphere to mainly -Fe2O3, while the unhydrazinated iron(II) carboxylates in air yield -Fe2O3, but the controlled atmosphere of moisture requires for the oxalates to stabilize the metastable -Fe2O3. The hydrazine released during heating reacts with atmospheric oxygen liberating enormous energy, $$N_2H_4 + O_2 \\rightarrow N_2 + H_2O;\\Delta H_2O = – 621 kJ/mol,$$ which enables to oxidatively decompose the dehydrazinated complex to -Fe2O3. The reaction products N2 + H2O provide the necessary atmosphere of moisture needed for the stabilization of the metastable oxide. The synthesis, characterization and thermal decomposition (DTA/TG) of the iron(II) carboxylato–hydrazinates are discussed to explain the suitability of -Fe2O3 in the ferrite synthesis.

  4. Structural and Dielectric Properties of Dy-doped( Ba, Sr, Ca) TiO3 Thick Films

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    2007-01-01

    Preparation and electrocatalytic activities of Pt-TiO2 nanotubes (Ba0.57Sr0.33Ca0.10)TiO3 powders, prepared by the sol-gel method, were doped MnCO3 as acceptor and Dy2O3 as donor. This powder was mixed with an organic vehicle and BSCT thick films were fabricated by the screen-printing techniques on alumina substrate. The structural and dielectric properties of BSCT thick films were investigated with variation of Dy2O3 amount. As a result of the differential thermal analysis (DTA), exothermic peak was observed at around 670℃ due to the formation of the polycrystalline perovskite phase. All the BSCT thick films showed the XRD patterns of a typical polycrystalline perovskite structure. The average grain size of BSCT thick films decreased with increasing amount of Dy2O3. The relative dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the BSCT thick film doped Dy2O3 0. 1mol% were 4637.4 and 1.6% at 1kHz, respectively.

  5. Improved structure stability, optical and magnetic properties of Ca and Ti co-substituted BiFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Vijay; Singh, Satyendra

    2016-11-01

    We report the optical and magnetic properties of single-crystalline Ca and Ti co-substituted bismuth ferrite, Bi1-xCaxFe1-xTixO3, nanoparticles, synthesized by a facile sol-gel methodology in the compositional range wherein 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigations show that all samples possess a rhombohedrally distorted perovskite structure with space group R3c. Ca and Ti co-substitution controls the formation of secondary phases and improved the stability of perovskite phase of BiFeO3. The average particle size was estimated by Williamson Hall plot, confirmed by TEM, and found to be about 59, 50, 46, 41, 40 and 38 nm of Bi1-xCaxFe1-xTixO3 for x = 0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25, respectively. The UV-vis absorption study reveal the strong absorption of visible light with a small optical band gap (1.77-2.25 eV) for 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25 indicates a possibility of utilizing for photocatalytic activities. The magnetic study at room-temperature displays the improved magnetization and coercive field in Bi1-xCaxFe1-xTixO3 nanoparticles due to the release of the latent magnetization locked within the toroidal spin structure of BiFeO3.

  6. Ozone stomatal flux and O3 concentration-based metrics for Astronium graveolens Jacq., a Brazilian native forest tree species.

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    Cassimiro, Jéssica C; Moura, Bárbara B; Alonso, Rocio; Meirelles, Sérgio T; Moraes, Regina M

    2016-06-01

    The current levels of surface ozone (O3) are high enough to negatively affect trees in large regions of São Paulo State, southeastern Brazil, where standards for the protection of vegetation against the adverse effects of O3 do not exist. We evaluated three O3 metrics - phytotoxic ozone dose (POD), accumulated ozone exposure over the threshold of 40 ppb h (AOT40), and the sum of all hourly average concentrations (SUM00) - for the Brazilian native tropical tree species Astronium graveolens Jacq. We used the DO3SE (Deposition of Ozone for Stomatal Exchange) model and calculated PODY for different thresholds (from 0 to 6 mmol O3 m(-2) PLA s(-1)), evaluating the model's performance through the relationship between measured and modelled conductance. The response parameters were: visible foliar injury, considered as incidence (% injured plants), severity (% injured leaves in relation to the number of leaves on injured plants), and leaf abscission. The model performance was suitable and significant (R(2) = 0.58; p < 0.001). POD0 was better correlated to incidence and leaf abscission, and SUM00 was better correlated to severity. The highest values of O3 concentration-based metrics (AOT40 and SUM00) did not coincide with those of POD0. Further investigation may improve the model and contribute to the proposition of a national standard for the protection of native species.

  7. Electric power monthly, April 1993

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    The Electric Power Monthly is prepared by the Survey Management Division; Office of Coal, Nuclear, Electric and Alternate Fuels, Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy. This publication provides monthly statistics at the US, Census division, and State levels for net generation, fossil fuel consumption and stocks, quantity and quality of fossil fuels, cost of fossil fuels, electricity sales, revenue, and average revenue per kilowatthour of electricity sold. Data on net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and cost of fossil fuels are also displayed for the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) regions.

  8. Electric power monthly, May 1993

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    The Electric Power Monthly (EPM) is prepared by the Survey Management Division; Office of Coal, Nuclear, Electric and Alternate Fuels, Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy. This publication provides monthly statistics at the US, Census division, and State levels for net generation, fossil fuel consumption and stocks, quantity and quality of fossil fuels, cost of fossil fuels, electricity sales, revenue, and average revenue per kilowatthour of electricity sold. Data on net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and cost of fossil fuels are also displayed for the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) regions.

  9. Ferroelectric BaTiO3 and LiNbO3 Nanoparticles Dispersed in Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Mixtures: Electrooptic and Dielectric (Postprint)

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    2016-10-14

    AFRL-RX-WP-JA-2017-0210 FERROELECTRIC BaTiO3 AND LiNbO3 NANOPARTICLES DISPERSED IN FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTAL MIXTURES: ELECTROOPTIC...COMMAND UNITED STATES AIR FORCE Ferroelectric BaTiO3 and LiNbO3 nanoparticles dispersed in ferroelectric liquid crystal mixtures: Electrooptic and...Accepted 29 June 2016 ABSTRACT Harvested ferroelectric nanoparticles of BaTiO3 and LiNbO3 were dispersed in Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals (FLCs) with

  10. Structure, synthesis and multiferroic nature of BiFeO3 and 0.9BiFeO3–0.1BaTiO3: An overview

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    Dhananjai Pandey; Anar Singh

    2009-06-01

    A brief review of the crystal structure and multiferroic nature of pure BiFeO3 and 0.9BiFeO3–0.1BaTiO3 (BF–0.1BT) is presented. An atomic level evidence for magnetoelectric coupling of intrinsic multiferroic origin in BF–0.1BT is presented.

  11. Vocal attractiveness increases by averaging.

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    Bruckert, Laetitia; Bestelmeyer, Patricia; Latinus, Marianne; Rouger, Julien; Charest, Ian; Rousselet, Guillaume A; Kawahara, Hideki; Belin, Pascal

    2010-01-26

    Vocal attractiveness has a profound influence on listeners-a bias known as the "what sounds beautiful is good" vocal attractiveness stereotype [1]-with tangible impact on a voice owner's success at mating, job applications, and/or elections. The prevailing view holds that attractive voices are those that signal desirable attributes in a potential mate [2-4]-e.g., lower pitch in male voices. However, this account does not explain our preferences in more general social contexts in which voices of both genders are evaluated. Here we show that averaging voices via auditory morphing [5] results in more attractive voices, irrespective of the speaker's or listener's gender. Moreover, we show that this phenomenon is largely explained by two independent by-products of averaging: a smoother voice texture (reduced aperiodicities) and a greater similarity in pitch and timbre with the average of all voices (reduced "distance to mean"). These results provide the first evidence for a phenomenon of vocal attractiveness increases by averaging, analogous to a well-established effect of facial averaging [6, 7]. They highlight prototype-based coding [8] as a central feature of voice perception, emphasizing the similarity in the mechanisms of face and voice perception.

  12. Light induced suppression of Kondo effect at amorphous LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Liu, G. Z.; Qiu, J.; Jiang, Y. C.; Zhao, R.; Yao, J. L.; Zhao, M.; Feng, Y.; Gao, J.

    2016-07-01

    We report photoelectric properties of two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) at an amorphous LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. Under visible light illumination (650 nm), an enhancement of electric conductivity is observed over the temperature range from 2 to 300 K. Particularly, a resistance upturn appearing below 25 K, which is further proved to from the Kondo effect, is suppressed by the 650 nm visible light. From the results of light-assisted Hall measurements, light irradiation increases the carrier mobility rather than carrier density in the Kondo regime. It is suggested that light induces the decoherence effect of localized spin states, hence the electron scattering is weakened and the carrier mobility is improved accordingly. Moreover, the enhancement of electrical conductivity by visible light verifies that in-gap states located in the SrTiO3 side of the interface play an important role in the electrical transport of the amorphous SrTiO3-based oxide 2DEG system. Our results provide deeper insight into the photoinduced effects in the 2DEG system, paving the way for the design of optoelectronic devices based on oxides.

  13. Electronic and magnetic properties of SrTiO(3)/LaAlO(3) interfaces from first principles.

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    Chen, Hanghui; Kolpak, Alexie M; Ismail-Beigi, Sohrab

    2010-07-20

    A number of intriguing properties emerge upon the formation of the epitaxial interface between the insulating oxides LaAlO(3) and SrTiO(3). These properties, which include a quasi two-dimensional conducting electron gas, low temperature superconductivity, and magnetism, are not present in the bulk materials, generating a great deal of interest in the fundamental physics of their origins. While it is generally accepted that the novel behavior arises as a result of a combination of electronic and atomic reconstructions and growth-induced defects, the complex interplay between these effects remains unclear. In this report, we review the progress that has been made towards unraveling the complete picture of the SrTiO(3)/LaAlO(3) interface, focusing primarily on present ab initio theoretical work and its relation to the experimental data. In the process, we highlight some key unresolved issues and discuss how they might be addressed by future experimental and theoretical studies.

  14. Infrared and UV-visible spectroscopic studies of gamma-irradiated Sb2O3-B2O3 glasses

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    Marzouk, Samir Y.; Elbatal, Fatma H.

    2014-04-01

    Glasses from the binary Sb2O3-B2O3 system were prepared in the compositional range 90-30 Sb2O3 mol%. UV-visible spectroscopic measurements were carried out in the range 190-1100 nm before and after successive gamma rays irradiation (1, 3, 4 Mrad). Infrared absorption of the samples was measured by the KBr technique in the range 4000-400 cm-1 and the same measurements were repeated after gamma irradiation with 4 kGy. Experimental results indicate that antimony borate glasses reveal quite shielding behavior towards gamma rays irradiation as observed with heavy metal cations bearing glasses such as Bi3+ and Pb2+. Infrared absorption spectra reveal characteristic absorption bands specific for the glass-forming borate units and Sb-O units. Glasses containing high antimony oxide content can thus be recommended as promising radiation-shielding material because they show resistant to gamma irradiation due to the presence of high percent of heavy metal oxide (Sb2O3).

  15. Aharanov-Bohm quantum interference in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Hall bar structures

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    Irvin, Patrick; Lu, Shicheng; Annadi, Anil; Cheng, Guanglei; Tomczyk, Michelle; Huang, Mengchen; Levy, Jeremy; Lee, Hyungwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom

    Aharanov-Bohm (AB) interference can arise in transport experiments when magnetic flux threads through two or more transport channels. The existence of this behavior requires long-range ballistic transport and is typically observed only in exceptionally clean materials. We observe AB interference in wide (w ~ 100 nm) channels created at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface using conductive AFM lithography. Interference occurs above a critical field B ~ 4 T and increases in magnitude with increasing magnetic field. The period of oscillation implies a ballistic length that greatly exceeds the micron-scale length of the channel, consistent with Fabry-Perot interference in 1D channels. The conditions under which AB oscillations are observed will be discussed in the context of the electron pairing mechanism in LaAlO3/SrTiO3. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from AFOSR (FA9550-10-1-0524 (JL), FA9550-12-1-0268 (JL), and FA9550-12-1-0342 (CBE)) and NSF (DMR-1124131 (JL), DMR-1104191 (JL), and DMR-1234096 (CBE)).

  16. Concentrated aqueous Si3N4 -Y2O3 -Al2O3 slips stabalized with tetramethylammonium hydroxide

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    Albano M. P.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to obtain well dispersed concentrated aqueous Si3N4 slips for slip casting, the influence of pH and sintering aid powders (Y2O3 and Al2O3 on the viscosity and on the amount of tetramethylammonium ions adsorbed were determined. 35 vol% aqueous Si3N4 and Si3N4-6wt%Y2O3-4wt% Al2O3 slips were prepared in an attrition mill. Tetramethylammonium hydroxide was added to adjust the pH values in a range of 9.7 to 12.3. The viscosity of Si3N4 slips and the amount of [(CH34N]+ ions in solution increased with increasing pH. These counterions contributed mainly to increase the ionic strength of the solution with increasing the slip viscosity. The sintering aid powders had a positive effect on the dispersion of the Si3N4 powder at pH 10.3-12.3 since low viscosity values could be obtained. This was attributed to the lower concentration of counterions in solution.

  17. The Photovoltaic Properties of BiFeO3Lao.7Sro.3MnO3 Heterostructures

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    LUO Bing-Cheng; CHEN Chang-Le; FAN Fei; JIN Ke-Xin

    2012-01-01

    An epitaxial BiFeO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (BFO/LSMO) multiferroic heterostructure is grown on an LaAlO3 (001) substrate by laser molecular beam epitaxy,and its photovoltaic properties are investigated.It is found that the photocurrent is significantly increased under illumination,and the short-circuit photocurrent has a linear relationship with the laser intensity.Furthermore,when the ferroelectric polarization of the BFO layer is switched,the short-circuit photocurrent and open-circuit voltage can be switched.These results are discussed by considering the contributions from the ferroelectric polarization and the electrode/film interface.%An epitaxial BifeO3/La0.7Sr0.3Mno3 (BFO/LSMO) multiferroic heterostructure is grown on an LaAIO3. Substrate by laser molecular beam epitaxy, and its photovoltaic properties are investigated. It is found that the photocurrent is significantly increased under illumination, and the short-circuit photocurrent has a linear relationship with the laser intensity. Furthermore, when the ferroelectric polarization of the BFO layer is switched, the short-circuit photocurrent and open-circuit voltage can be switched. These results are discussed by considering the contributions from the ferroelectric polarization and the electrode/rim interface.

  18. Theoretical modeling of charge trapping in crystalline and amorphous Al2O3

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    Dicks, Oliver A.; Shluger, Alexander L.

    2017-08-01

    The characteristics of intrinsic electron and hole trapping in crystalline and amorphous Al2O3 have been studied using density functional theory (DFT). Special attention was paid to enforcing the piece-wise linearity of the total energy with respect to electron number through the use of a range separated, hybrid functional PBE0-TC-LRC (Guidon et al 2009 J. Chem. Theory Comput. 5 3010) in order to accurately model the behaviour of localized states. The tuned functional is shown to reproduce the geometric and electronic structures of the perfect crystal as well as the spectroscopic characteristics of MgAl hole centre in corundum α-Al2O3. An ensemble of ten amorphous Al2O3 structures was generated using classical molecular dynamics and a melt and quench method and their structural characteristics compared with the experimental data. The electronic structure of amorphous systems was characterized using the inverse participation ratio method. Electrons and holes were then introduced into both crystalline and amorphous alumina structures and their properties calculated. Holes are shown to trap spontaneously in both crystalline and amorphous alumina. In the crystalline phase they localize on single O ion with the trapping energy of 0.38 eV. In amorphous phase, holes localize on two nearest neighbour oxygen sites with an average trapping energy of 1.26 eV, with hole trapping sites separated on average by about 8.0 Å. No electron trapping is observed in the material. Our results suggest that trapping of positive charge can be much more severe and stable in amorphous alumina rather than in crystalline samples.

  19. Garnet-Perovskite transformation in CaGeO3

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    Ono, S.

    2012-04-01

    The phase transitions and physical properties of the garnet and the perovskite structure at high P-T conditions have attracted attention to understand the dynamics of the Earth's interior because major compositions (MgSiO3 or CaSiO3) have these structures in the Earth's mantle. It is known that some ABO3 compounds are excellent analogues of MgSiO3 or CaSiO3. Calcium germinate (CaGeO3) exhibits a sequence of phase transitions from a pyroxenoid to a tetragonal garnet phase, and subsequently to an orthorhombic perovskite phase. The phase boundaries in CaGeO3 have been also used as a pressure calibration point at high temperatures in high-pressure experiments, such as for SiO2 and Mg2SiO4. Therefore, the precise phase boundary of CaGeO3 needs to be determined. The transition pressure of CaGeO3 has been investigated in static high-pressure experiments using quench [1] and in situ methods [2]. According to previous high-pressure experiments, the transition pressure is ~6 GP and this boundary had a negative slope. In contrast, Ross et al. [1] also estimated the value of dP/dT slope of this transition using calorimetry data, and calculated the slope to be 2-3 times more negative than the value determined from high-pressure experiments. Therefore, we reinvestigated the dP/dT slope of garnet-perovskite transition in CaGeO3 using the high-pressure experiments. In this study, the use of a multi-anvil high-pressure system combined with a synchrotron radiation source made it possible to acquire precise data from samples under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions [3]. After reaching the required pressure and temperature, we performed in situ measurements using the synchrotron X-rays. The duration of heating was 0.5-2.0 hours. At the end of the experimental runs, the sample was quenched by cutting off the electrical power. This heating procedure was the same as that used in typical quench experiments. We performed approximately 30 experimental runs, and the boundary

  20. LaAlO3 thickness window for electronically controlled magnetism at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerfaces

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    Bi, Feng; Huang, Mengchen; Lee, Hyungwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Irvin, Patrick; Levy, Jeremy

    2015-08-01

    Complex-oxide heterostructures exhibit rich physical behavior such as emergent conductivity, superconductivity, and magnetism that are intriguing for scientific reasons as well as for potential technological applications. It was recently discovered that in-plane magnetism at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) interface can be electronically controlled at room temperature. Here, we employ magnetic force microscopy to investigate electronically controlled ferromagnetism at the LAO/STO interface with LAO thickness t varied from 4 unit cell (u.c.) to 40 u.c. Magnetic signatures are observed only within a thickness window 8 u.c. ≤ t ≤ 25 u.c. Within this window, the device capacitance corresponds well to the expected geometric value, while for thicknesses outside this window, the capacitance is strongly suppressed. The ability to modulate electronic and magnetic properties of LAO/STO devices depends on the ability to control carrier density, which is in turn constrained by intrinsic tunneling mechanisms.

  1. Fabrication and optical properties of nanostructured plasmonic Al2O3/Au-Al2O3/Al2O3 metamaterials

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    Bakkali, H.; Blanco, E.; Domínguez, M.; Garitaonandia, J. S.

    2017-08-01

    Discontinuous multilayer (DML) thin films, which consist of nano-granular metals (NGMs) embedded in a dielectric matrix, have attracted significant interest as engineered plasmonic metamaterials. In this study, a systematic layer-by-layer deposition of three-dimensional sub-wavelength periodic plasmonic DML structures via the radio frequency sputtering of a composite target has been reported. The overall optical response of the DML films composed of Au-Al2O3 NGM homogenous layers, which are periodically sandwiched between two amorphous Al2O3 layers, are studied using reflection spectroscopic ellipsometry and transmission spectroscopy techniques. By applying the analytical optical approaches based on multiple Gaussian oscillators, ambient DML sub-wavelength structures have been successfully modeled. As a result, the effects of the size and shape of the Au nanoparticles as well as of the surrounding and interfacial media on their localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) are elucidated, and the related films thickness and effective optical constants are determined. Interestingly, during the examination of resonance frequencies and dielectric functions, the obtained DML structures exhibit unusual characteristics that are different from those of their NGM constituents due to the electromagnetic interactions of the NGM layers with the LSPR, which represent metamaterial features.

  2. Ho2O3 additive effects on BaTiO3 ceramics microstructure and dielectric properties

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Doped BaTiO3-ceramics is very interesting for their application as PTCR resistors, multilayer ceramic capacitors, thermal sensors etc. Ho doped BaTiO3 ceramics, with different Ho2O3 content, ranging from 0.01 to 1.0 wt% Ho, were investigated regarding their microstructural and dielectric characteristics. The samples were prepared by the conventional solid state reaction and sintered at 1320° and 1380°C in an air atmosphere for 4 hours. The grain size and microstructure characteristics for various samples and their phase composition was carried out using a scanning electron microscope (SEM equipped with EDS system. SEM analysis of Ho/BaTiO3 doped ceramics showed that in samples doped with a rare-earth ions low level, the grain size ranged from 20-30μm, while with the higher dopant concentration the abnormal grain growth is inhibited and the grain size ranged between 2- 10μm. Dielectric measurements were carried out as a function of temperature up to 180°C. The low doped samples sintered at 1380°C, display the high value of dielectric permittivity at room temperature, 2400 for 0.01Ho/BaTiO3. A nearly flat permittivity-response was obtained in specimens with higher additive content. Using a Curie-Weiss low and modified Curie-Weiss low the Curie constant (C, Curie temperature (Tc and a critical exponent of nonlinearity (γ were calculated. The obtained value of γ pointed out that the specimens have almost sharp phase transition. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 172057: Directed synthesis, structure and properties of multifunctional materials

  3. Structural properties of Y2O3–Al2O3 liquids and glasses: An overview

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    Wilding, Martin C.; Wilson, Mark; McMillan, Paul F.; Benmore, Chris J.; Weber, J. K.R.; Deschamps, Thierry; Champagnon, Bernard

    2015-01-01

    Liquids in the system Y2O3- Al2O3 have been the subject of considerable study because of the reported occurrence of a first-order density and entropy-driven liquid-liquid phase transition (LLPT) in the supercooled liquid state. The observations have become controversial because of the presence of crystalline material that can be formed simultaneously and that can mask the nucleation and growth of the lower density liquid. The previous work is summarized here along with arguments for and against the different viewpoints. Also two studies have been undertaken to investigate the LLPT in this refractory system with emphasis on determining the structure of unequivocally amorphous materials. These include the in situ high energy X-ray diffraction (HEXRD) of supercooled Y2O3 - Al2O3 liquids and the low frequency vibrational dynamics of recovered glasses. Manybody molecular dynamics simulations are also used to interpret the results of both studies. The HEXRD measurements, combined with aerodynamic levitation and rapid data acquisition techniques, show that for the 20 mol% Y2O3 (i.e. AlY20) liquid there is a shift in the position of the first peak in the diffraction pattern over a narrow temperature range (2100-1800 K) prior to crystallization. Microbeam Raman spectroscopy measurements made on AlY20 glasses clearly show contrasting spectra in the low frequency part of the spectrum for low(LDA) and high-density (HDA) glassy regions. The molecular dynamics simulations identify contrasting coordination environments around oxygen anions for the high- (HDL) and low-density (LDL) liquids. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Synthesis of Al2O3/TiCN-0.2%Y2O3 Composite by Hot Pressing

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    Li Xikun; Qiu Guanming; Qiu Tai; Zhao Haitao; Bai Hua; Sun Xudong

    2007-01-01

    Al2O3/TiCN composites were synthesized by hot pressing. The influences of components and HP temperature on mechanical properties, such as bending strength, breaking tenacity and Vickers hardness were investigated. The results showed that the mechanical properties of Al2O3/TiCN composite increased with temperature when hot pressing temperature is below 1650 ℃. The mechanical properties reached their maximums when the composites were sintered at 1650 ℃ for 30 min under hot pressing pressure of 35 Mpa, the value of bending strength, breaking tenacity and Vickers hardness was 1015 Mpa, 6.89 Mpa·m1/2, and 20.82 Mpa, respectively. When hot pressing temperature was above 1650 ℃, density decreased because of decomposition with increased temperature, and mechanical properties dropped because of rapid growth of grains in size at high temperature. Microstructure analysis showed that the addition of Y2O3 led to the formation of YAG phase so as to inhibit the growth of crystals. This helped to improve breaking tenacity of the composites. TiCN particles with diameters of 1 μm dispersed at Al2O3 grain boundaries, inhibited grain growth and enhanced mechanical properties of the composites. SEM study of the propagation of indentation cracks showed that the bridge linking behavior between matrix and strengthening phase might lead to the formation of the coexisted field of crack deflection, branching and bridge linking. The mechanism of this phenomenon was that the addition of Y2O3 improved the dispersion of TiCN particles so as to enhance the tenacity of the composites. The breaking tenacity was changed from 5.94 to 6.89 Mpa·m1/2.

  5. Band gap narrowing in ferroelectric KNbO3-Bi(Yb,Me)O3 (Me=Fe or Mn) ceramics

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    Pascual-Gonzalez, Cristina; Schileo, Giorgio; Feteira, Antonio

    2016-09-01

    The direct optical bandgap in ferroelectric KNbO3-Bi(Yb,Me)O3 (Me = Fe or Mn) ceramics fabricated by the solid state reaction method varies from 3.2 eV for KNbO3 down to 2.2 eV for 0.95KNbO3-0.05BiYbO3, as revealed by optical spectroscopic ellipsometry. This narrowing of bandgap is accompanied by an apparent increase of the room-temperature relative permittivity from 320 for KNbO3 to 900 for 0.95KNbO3-0.05BiYbO3. All compositions studied exhibit dielectric anomalies associated with structural phase transitions, and their ferroelectric nature is corroborated by the presence of a sharp mixed mode (at ˜190 cm-1) and by a Fano-type resonant dip in their Raman spectra.

  6. Solid phase epitaxy of EuTiO3 thin films on SrTiO3 (100) substrates with different oxygen contents

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    Shimamoto, K.; Hirose, Y.; Nakao, S.; Fukumura, T.; Hasegawa, T.

    2013-09-01

    We investigated solid phase epitaxy (SPE) of EuTiO3 thin films on SrTiO3 (100) substrates with different oxygen contents. Amorphous EuTiOx thin films were deposited onto SrTiO3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition and crystallized by subsequent annealing in a vacuum chamber. A pure perovskite EuTiO3 phase was obtained on the reduced (i.e., oxygen-depleted SrTiO3) substrate, while an Eu2Ti2O7 phase was obtained on the oxygen-rich one. These results suggest that oxygen migration occurs between the EuTiOx film and SrTiO3 during SPE. The electric properties of the fabricated EuTiO3 thin films also depended on the amount of oxygen vacancies in the SrTiO3 substrate.

  7. Full compensation of oxygen vacancies in EuTiO3 (001) epitaxial thin film stabilized by a SrTiO3 surface protection layer

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    Shimamoto, K.; Hatabayashi, K.; Hirose, Y.; Nakao, S.; Fukumura, T.; Hasegawa, T.

    2013-01-01

    We fabricated highly insulating EuTiO3 (001) epitaxial thin films capped with SrTiO3 protection layers on SrTiO3 (001) substrates by combining pulsed laser deposition and post-annealing processes. The epitaxial SrTiO3 protection layer played a significant role in compensation of oxygen vacancies in the EuTiO3 thin films by preventing excess oxidation of the films and by "locking" the EuTiO3 perovskite structure in an epitaxial manner from the top during the air-annealing process. The obtained EuTiO3 thin films demonstrated an antiferromagnetic transition at 5.4 K, quantum paraelectricity down to ˜25 K, and a magnetoelectric coupling comparable to that of bulk EuTiO3.

  8. Effect of Bi2O3 Additives on Properties of La0.7Ca0.3CrO3

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    Zhong Honghai; Zhou Xiaoliang; Liu Xingqin; Meng Guangyao

    2005-01-01

    Sintering characteristics of Ca-doped lanthanum chromite [La(Ca)CrO3] powder, prepared by gel-casting process were studied by measuring density and the evaluation of micro structural information. Bi2O3 is found to be an effective sintering additive for this material. The amount of Bi2O3 is altered to investigate Bi2O3 effect on the properties of La0.7Ca0.3CrO3. The amount of 10% (mass fraction) Bi2O3 is suitable to increase sinter-ability of La0.7Ca0.3CrO3. Increased concentration of point defects arising form substitution of Bi in La site is the plausible cause of enhanced sintering. Measurement of electrical conductivity and thermal expansion coefficient indicate that the doping of Bi2O3 does not have any significant effect on these properties.

  9. Ergodic averages via dominating processes

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    Møller, Jesper; Mengersen, Kerrie

    2006-01-01

    We show how the mean of a monotone function (defined on a state space equipped with a partial ordering) can be estimated, using ergodic averages calculated from upper and lower dominating processes of a stationary irreducible Markov chain. In particular, we do not need to simulate the stationary ...

  10. Quantification of non-linearities as a function of time averaging in regional air quality modeling applications

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    Thunis, P.; Clappier, A.; Pisoni, E.; Degraeuwe, B.

    2015-02-01

    Air quality models which are nowadays used for a wide range of scopes (i.e. assessment, forecast, planning) see their intrinsic complexity progressively increasing as better knowledge of the atmospheric chemistry processes is gained. As a result of this increased complexity potential non-linearities are implicitly and/or explicitly incorporated in the system. These non-linearities represent a key and challenging aspect of air quality modeling, especially to assess the robustness of the model responses. In this work the importance of non-linear effects in air quality modeling is quantified, especially as a function of time averaging. A methodology is proposed to decompose the concentration change resulting from an emission reduction over a given domain into its linear and non-linear contributions for each precursor as well as in the contribution resulting from the interactions among precursors. Simulations with the LOTOS-EUROS model have been performed by TNO over three regional geographical areas in Europe for this analysis. In all three regions the non-linear effects for PM10 and PM2.5 are shown to be relatively minor for yearly and monthly averages whereas they become significant for daily average values. For Ozone non-linearities become important already for monthly averages in some regions. An approach which explicitly deals with monthly variations seems therefore more appropriate for O3. In general non-linearities are more important at locations where concentrations are the lowest, i.e. at urban locations for O3 and at rural locations for PM10 and PM2.5. Finally the impact of spatial resolution (tested by comparing coarse and fine resolution simulations) on the degree of non-linearity has been shown to be minor as well. The conclusions developed here are model dependent and runs should be repeated with the particular model of interest but the proposed methodology allows with a limited number of runs to identify where efforts should be focused in order to

  11. CF4 decomposition over solid ternary mixture NaF-Si-MO (MO =La2O3, CeO2, Pr6O11, Nd2O3, Y2O3)

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    Yanfei Pan; Xianjun Niu; Yanan Wang; Xiufeng Xu

    2012-01-01

    A solid ternary mixture consisting of NaF,silicon and one metal oxide such as La2O3,CeO2,Pr6O11,Nd2O3,and Y2O3 was prepared and used as de-fluorinated reagent for CF4 decomposition.The results show that 90% conversion of CF4 can be reached initially over NaF-Si-La2O3,NaF-Si-CeO2,NaF-Si-Nd2O3,and NaF-Si-Y2O3 at 850 ℃.The fresh and used reagents were characterized using XRD and XPS techniques.It was found that the active components of NaF and metal oxides in NaF-Si-CeO2,NaF-Si-Pr6O11,NaF-Si-Nd2O3,and NaF-Si-Y2O3 were transformed into inert phases of mixed metal fluorides and silicates,respectively,resulting in an ineffective utilization of these de-fluorinated reagents,whereas no inert phases from NaF and La2O3 can be observed in the used NaF-Si-La2O3,indicating the NaF-Si-La2O3 reagent could be utilized more efficiently than the other reagents in CF4 decomposition.

  12. HIGH PROTON CONDUCTIVITY OF MESOPOROUS Al2O3

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    Shen, Hangyan; Maekawa, Hideki; Fujimaki, Yutaka; Kawada, Koutaro; Yamamura, Tsutomu

    Mesoporous Al2O3 was synthesized by the sol-gel method and the pore size was controlled over the range of 3-15nm. Proton conductivity of these samples was examined, which was as high as 0.004 S·cm-1 at 25°C. A systematic dependence of conductivity upon pore size was observed, in which the conductivity increased with increasing the pore size. Meanwhile the conductivity increased with increasing the humidity. Two peaks were observed in 1H NMR spectra, assigned to a "mobile" and an "immobile" proton, respectively. It can be seen that the conductivity of mesoporous-Al2O3 increased with increasing the "mobile" proton concentration. From TG-DTA measurement, proton species were categorized into three groups. It is suggested the group II protons have close relation with the NMR observed "mobile" protons.

  13. Semiempirical Hartree-Fock calculations for $KNbO_{3}$

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    Eglitis, R I; Borstel, G

    1996-01-01

    In applying the semiempirical intermediate neglect of differential overlap (INDO) method based on the Hartree-Fock formalism to a cubic perovskite-based ferroelectric material KNbO3, it was demonstrated that the accuracy of the method is sufficient for adequately describing the small energy differences related to the ferroelectric instability. The choice of INDO parameters has been done for a system containing Nb. Based on the parametrization proposed, the electronic structure, equilibrium ground state structure of the orthorhombic and rhombohedral phases, and Gamma-TO phonon frequencies in cubic and rhombohedral phases of KNbO3 were calculated and found to be in good agreement with the experimental data and with the first-principles calculations available.

  14. Surface Carbonization of Mo-La2O3 Cathode

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    1999-01-01

    The carbonized structures of Mo-La2O3 cathode specimens have been investigated by means of FE SEM and XRD, respectively. The substructure of carbonized layer in the Mo-La2O3 cathode has been found for the first time. The results showed that the carbonized layer with uniform Mo2C was helpful to emission,while the demixing carbonized layer with a compact MoC outside layer was harmful to emission. The uniform Mo2C layer consists of coarse particles with lots of grain boundary crevices as well as holes arranging perpendic ular to the wire axle and up to surface, which was beneficial to the migration of activated rare-earth in activa tion and operating.

  15. Electric power monthly, May 1994

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    1994-05-01

    The Electric Power Monthly (EPM) presents monthly electricity statistics. The purpose of this publication is to provide energy decisionmakers with accurate and timely information that may be used in forming various perspectives on electric issues that lie ahead. Data in this report are presented for a wide audience including Congress, Federal and State agencies, the electric utility industry, and the general public. This publication provides monthly statistics for net generation, fossil fuel consumption and stocks, quantity and quality of fossil fuels, cost of fossil fuels, electricity sales, revenue, and average revenue per kilowatthour of electricity sold. Statistics by company and plant are published on the capability of new generating units, net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and quality of fuel, and cost of fossil fuels.

  16. Electric power monthly, August 1993

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    1993-08-13

    The Electric Power Monthly (EPM) presents monthly electricity statistics. The purpose of this publication is to provide energy decisionmakers with accurate and timely information that may be used in forming various perspectives on electric issues that lie ahead. The EPM is prepared by the Survey Management Division; Office of Coal, Nuclear, Electric and Alternate Fuels, Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy. This publication provides monthly statistics at the US, Census division, and State levels for net generation, fossil fuel consumption and stocks, quantity and quality of fossil fuels, cost of fossil fuels, electricity sales, revenue, and average revenue per kilowatthour of electricity sold. Data on net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and cost of fossil fuels are also displayed for the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) regions.

  17. Electric power monthly, April 1994

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    1994-04-01

    The Electric Power Monthly (EPM) presents monthly electricity statistics. The purpose of this publication is to provide energy decisionmakers with accurate and timely information that may be used in forming various perspectives on electric issues that lie ahead. This publication provides monthly statistics at the U.S., Census division, and State levels for net generation, fossil fuel consumption and stocks, quantity and quality of fossil fuels, cost of fossil fuels, electricity sales, revenue, and average revenue per kilowatthour of electricity sold. Data on net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and cost of fossil fuels are also displayed for the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) regions. This April 1994 issue contains 1993 year-end data and data through January 1994.

  18. Electric power monthly, September 1993

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    1993-09-17

    The Electric Power Monthly (EPM) presents monthly electricity statistics. The purpose of this publication is to provide energy decisionmakers with accurate and timely information that may be used in forming various perspectives on electric issues that lie ahead. The EPM is prepared by the Survey Management Division; Office of Coal, Nuclear, Electric and Alternate Fuels, Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy. This publication provides monthly statistics at the US, Census division, and State levels for net generation, fossil fuel consumption and stocks, quantity and quality of fossil fuels, cost of fossil fuels, electricity sales, revenue, and average revenue per kilowatthour of electricity sold. Data on net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and cost of fossil fuels are also displayed for the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) regions.

  19. Crystal Field Levels of Pr3+ in PrFeO3 and PrGaO3 Determined by Inelastic Neutron Scattering

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    Feldmann, K.; Henning, K.; Kaun, L.;

    1975-01-01

    The crystal field splitting of the 3H4 ground state of the Pr ion in PrFeO3 and PrGaO3 has been investigated by inelastic scattering of thermal neutrons. At several temperatures the transitions have been measured by TAS and TOF methods for polycrystalline PrFeO3 and by the TOF method...... for polycrystalline PrGaO3. Energy level schemes which are different for these materials are given....

  20. Electric Power Monthly, July 1990

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    1990-10-12

    The Electric Power Monthly (EPM) is prepared by the Electric Power Division; Office of Coal, Nuclear, Electric and Alternate Fuels, Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy. This publication provides monthly statistics at the national, Census division, and State levels for net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and quality of fuel, cost of fuel, electricity sales, and average revenue per kilowatthour of electricity sold. Data on net generation are also displayed at the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) region level. Additionally, company and plant level information are published in the EPM on capability of new plants, net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, quantity and quality of fuel, and cost in fuel. Quantity, quality, and cost of fuel data lag the net generation, fuel consumption, fuel stocks, electricity sales, and average revenue per kilowatthour data by 1 month. This difference in reporting appears in the national, Census division, and State level tables. However, at the plant level, all statistics presented are for the earlier month for the purpose of comparison. 12 refs., 4 figs., 48 tabs.