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  1. Autofluorescence-free in vivo multicolor imaging using upconversion fluoride nanocrystals.

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    Tian, Zhen; Chen, Guanying; Li, Xiang; Liang, Huijuan; Li, Yuanshi; Zhang, Zhiguo; Tian, Ye

    2010-07-01

    Non-invasive fluorescence imaging is an important technique in biology. However, detection of traditional biomarker emissions is accompanied by a high background signal. In this study we examined whether upconversion sodium yttrium fluoride (NaYF(4)) nanocrystals were suitable for autofluorescence-free multicolor fluorescence imaging in a living animal. Tissue autofluorescence was induced with a 405 nm light source, then rats were subjected to injection of fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC), cadmium selenide/zinc sulfide (CdSe/ZnS) quantum dots (QDs), or NaYF(4):ytterbium/thulium (Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)), NaYF(4):Yb(3+)/holmium (Ho(3+)), and NaYF(4):Yb(3+)/Ho(3+)/cerium (Ce(3+)) nanocrystals. Imaging with NaYF(4) nanocrystals (974 nm laser) completely removed the high tissue autofluorescence, in marked contrast to imaging with FITC and QDs (405 nm light). Optical imaging experiments demonstrated that multiple biological targets and organs could be imaged at the same time using multicolor NaYF(4) upconversion nanocrystals under a single excitation wavelength (974 nm). These data demonstrated the proof-of-principle that autofluorescence-free multicolor imaging using near-infrared to visible upconversion of NaYF(4) nanocrystals excited by laser can be performed in a living animal.

  2. Multicolor tunability and upconversion enhancement of fluoride nanoparticles by oxygen dopant

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    Niu, Wenbin; Wu, Suli; Zhang, Shufen; Su, Liap Tat; Tok, Alfred Iing Yoong

    2013-08-01

    The ability to manipulate the upconversion luminescence of lanthanide-ion doped fluoride upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) is particularly important and highly desired due to their wide applications in color displays, multiplexing bioassays and multicolor imaging. Here, we developed a strategy for simultaneously tuning color output and enhancing upconversion emission of Yb/Er doped fluoride UCNPs, based on adjusting the oxygen doping level. The synthesis of multicolored multifunctional NaGdF4:Yb,Er UCNPs was used as the model host system to demonstrate this protocol. Ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) was used as the oxygen source and added into the reaction system at the beginning stage of nucleation and growth process of fluoride UCNPs, which facilitates the formation of enough oxygen atoms and the diffusion of these into the fluoride host matrix. The results revealed that multicolour output and upconversion enhancement mainly resulted from the variation of phonon energy and crystal field symmetry of the host lattice, respectively. This strategy can be further expanded to other fluoride host matrices. As an example of an application, multicolored UCNPs were used as a color converter in light emitting diodes, which can effectively convert near-infrared light into visible light. It is expected that these multicolored UCNPs will be promising for applications in multiplexing biodetection, bioimaging (optical and magnetic resonance imaging) and other optical technologies, and the present method for the control of O2- doping may also be used in other functional nanomaterials.The ability to manipulate the upconversion luminescence of lanthanide-ion doped fluoride upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) is particularly important and highly desired due to their wide applications in color displays, multiplexing bioassays and multicolor imaging. Here, we developed a strategy for simultaneously tuning color output and enhancing upconversion emission of Yb/Er doped fluoride UCNPs, based

  3. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Tunable Multicolor Upconversion Emission of Cubic Phase Y2O3 Nanoparticles

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    Haibo Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Highly crystalline body-centered cubic structure Y2O3 with lanthanide (Ln codopants (Ln = Yb3+/Er3+ and Yb3+/Ho3+ has been synthesized via a moderate hydrothermal method in combination with a subsequent calcination. The structure and morphology of Y(OH3 precursors and Y2O3 nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results reveal that the Y2O3 nanoparticles possess cubic phase and form the quasispherical structure. The upconversion luminescence properties of Y2O3 nanoparticles doped with different Ln3+ (Yb3+/ Er3+ and Yb3+/ Ho3+ ions were well investigated under the 980 nm excitation. The results show that the Yb3+/Er3+ and Yb3+/Ho3+ codoped Y2O3 nanoparticles exhibit strong red and light yellow upconversion emissions, respectively. It is expected that these Y2O3 nanoparticles with tunable multicolor output and intense red upconversion emission may have potential application in color displays and biolabels.

  4. Multicolor frequency upconversion luminescence in Eu{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}-codoped fluorogermanate glass excited at 980 nm

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    Silva, James R.; Bueno, Luciano A.; Gouveia-Neto, A.S., E-mail: artur@df.ufrpe.br

    2014-10-15

    Glasses80GeO{sub 3}:10PbF{sub 2}:10CdF{sub 2} triply-doped with europium, terbium, and ytterbium phosphors were synthesized and the energy up-conversion luminescence emission properties investigated as a function of NIR excitation power, rare-earth ions content combination, and glass phosphor composition. Multicolor visible luminescence with main emissions peaked around 490, 545, 590, 610, 650, and 700 nm was observed when samples were excited by a diode laser at 980 nm. The up-conversion excitation mechanism for both Eu{sup 3+}, and Tb{sup 3+} excited-state emitting levels was achieved via phonon-assisted cooperative energy-transfer from pairs of excited Yb{sup 3+} ions. White-light emission with CIE-1931 coordinates in the region of low color correlated temperature was obtained for appropriate combination of rare-earth ions content. - Highlights: • Triply-doped with europium, terbium, and ytterbium phosphors – application in warm white light emitting diode. • Multicolor visible luminescence with main emissions peaked around 490, 545, 590, 610, 650, and 700 nm. • White-light emission with CIE-1931 coordinates in the region of low color correlated temperature.

  5. Synthesis of Multicolor Core/Shell NaLuF₄:Yb(3+)/Ln(3+)@CaF₂ Upconversion Nanocrystals.

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    Li, Hui; Hao, Shuwei; Yang, Chunhui; Chen, Guanying

    2017-02-07

    The ability to synthesize high-quality hierarchical core/shell nanocrystals from an efficient host lattice is important to realize efficacious photon upconversion for applications ranging from bioimaging to solar cells. Here, we describe a strategy to fabricate multicolor core @ shell α-NaLuF₄:Yb(3+)/Ln(3+)@CaF₂ (Ln = Er, Ho, Tm) upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs) based on the newly established host lattice of sodium lutetium fluoride (NaLuF₄). We exploited the liquid-solid-solution method to synthesize the NaLuF₄ core of pure cubic phase and the thermal decomposition approach to expitaxially grow the calcium fluoride (CaF₂) shell onto the core UCNCs, yielding cubic core/shell nanocrystals with a size of 15.6 ± 1.2 nm (the core ~9 ± 0.9 nm, the shell ~3.3 ± 0.3 nm). We showed that those core/shell UCNCs could emit activator-defined multicolor emissions up to about 772 times more efficient than the core nanocrystals due to effective suppression of surface-related quenching effects. Our results provide a new paradigm on heterogeneous core/shell structure for enhanced multicolor upconversion photoluminescence from colloidal nanocrystals.

  6. The multiphoton ultraviolet and visible upconversion luminescence of ZBLAN material

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    Chen, Xiaobo; Song, Zengfu; Wang, Yafei; Xiong, Jun; Yang, Guojiian; Li, Song; Zhou, Jing; Peng, Fanglin; Zhou, Gu

    2008-03-01

    The multiphoton ultraviolet and visible upconversion luminescence of Tm 3+Yb 3+ codoped ZBLAN fluoride glass as excited by a 975nm diode laser was studied. Two typical ultraviolet 290.6nm 1I 6 -> 3H 6 and 362.0nm 1D II -> 3H 6 upconversion luminescence lines were found. The careful measurement of the variation of upconversion luminescence intensity F as a function of the 975nm pumping laser power P has proven that the 290.6nm 1I 6 -> 3H 6 and 362.0nm 1D II -> 3H 6 upconversion luminescences are a six-photon and a five-photon upconversion luminescence respectively. Several visible upconversion luminescence lines at 450.5nm, 473.9nm, 648.5nm, (687.3nm, 696.2nm) and (793.5nm, 800.7nm) were found also, which result from the fluorescence transitions of 1D II -> 3F 4, 1G 4 -> 3H6, 1G 4 -> 3F 4, 3F 3 -> 3H 6 and 3H 4 -> 3H 6 of Tm 3+ ion respectively. It has been proved that the upconversion luminescence of 1G 4 state is a three-photon upconversion process, while that of 3F 3 or 3H 4 state is a two-photon upconversion process. The theoretical analysis suggests that the upconversion mechanism of the 362.0nm 1D II -> Tm 3+ upconversion luminescence is the cross energy transfer of { 3H 4(Tm 3+) -> 3F 4(Tm 3+), 1G 4(Tm 3+) -> 1D II(Tm 3+)} and {1G 4(Tm 3+) -> 3F 4(Tm 3+), 3H 4(Tm 3+) -> 1D II(Tm 3+)} between Tm 3+ ions, whereas the mechanism of the 290.6nm 1I 6 -> 3H 6 upconversion luminescence is the sequential energy transfer of {2F 5/2(Yb 3+) -> 2F 7/2(Yb 3+), 1D II(Tm 3+) -> 3P I(Tm 3+)} and {2F 5/2(Yb3+) -> 2F 7/2(Yb 3+), 1D II(Tm 3+) -> 3P II(Tm 3+)} from Yb 3+ ions to Tm 3+ ions. In addition, the upconversion luminescence of G 4 and 3H 4 state also results from the sequential energy transfer {2F 5/2(Yb 3+) -> 2F 7/2(Yb 3+), 3H 4(Tm 3+) -> 1G 4(Tm 3+)} and {2F 5/2(Yb 3+) -> 2F 7/2(Yb 3+), 3F 4(Tm 3+) -> 3F II(Tm 3+)} from Yb 3+ ions to Tm 3+ ions respectively.

  7. Synthesis, Tunable Multicolor Output, and High Pure Red Upconversion Emission of Lanthanide-Doped Lu2O3 Nanosheets

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    Lingzhen Yin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Yb3+ and Ln3+ (Ln = Er, Ho codoped Lu2O3 square nanocubic sheets were successfully synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method followed by a subsequent dehydration process. The crystal phase, morphology, and composition of hydroxide precursors and target oxides were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscope (EDS. Results present the as-prepared Lu2O3 crystallized in cubic phase, and the monodispersed square nanosheets were maintained both in hydroxide and oxides. Moreover, under 980 nm laser diode (LD excitation, multicolor output from red to yellow was realized by codoped different lanthanide ions in Lu2O3. It is noteworthy that high pure strong red upconversion emission with red to green ratio of 443.3 of Er-containing nanocrystals was obtained, which is beneficial for in vivo optical bioimaging.

  8. Synthesis of Multicolor Core/Shell NaLuF4:Yb3+/Ln3+@CaF2 Upconversion Nanocrystals

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    Hui Li

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The ability to synthesize high-quality hierarchical core/shell nanocrystals from an efficient host lattice is important to realize efficacious photon upconversion for applications ranging from bioimaging to solar cells. Here, we describe a strategy to fabricate multicolor core @ shell α-NaLuF4:Yb3+/Ln3+@CaF2 (Ln = Er, Ho, Tm upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs based on the newly established host lattice of sodium lutetium fluoride (NaLuF4. We exploited the liquid-solid-solution method to synthesize the NaLuF4 core of pure cubic phase and the thermal decomposition approach to expitaxially grow the calcium fluoride (CaF2 shell onto the core UCNCs, yielding cubic core/shell nanocrystals with a size of 15.6 ± 1.2 nm (the core ~9 ± 0.9 nm, the shell ~3.3 ± 0.3 nm. We showed that those core/shell UCNCs could emit activator-defined multicolor emissions up to about 772 times more efficient than the core nanocrystals due to effective suppression of surface-related quenching effects. Our results provide a new paradigm on heterogeneous core/shell structure for enhanced multicolor upconversion photoluminescence from colloidal nanocrystals.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of visible-to-UVC upconversion antimicrobial ceramics.

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    Cates, Stephanie L; Cates, Ezra L; Cho, Min; Kim, Jae-Hong

    2014-02-18

    The objective of this study was to develop visible-to-ultraviolet C (UVC) upconversion ceramic materials, which inactivate surface-borne microbes through frequency amplification of ambient visible light. Ceramics were formed by high-temperature sintering of compacted yttrium silicate powders doped with Pr(3+) and Li(+). In comparison to previously reported upconversion surface coatings, the ceramics were significantly more durable and had greater upconversion efficiency under both laser and low-power visible light excitation. The antimicrobial activity of the surfaces under diffuse fluorescent light was assessed by measuring the inactivation of Bacillus subtilis spores, the rate of which was nearly 4 times higher for ceramic materials compared to the previously reported films. Enhanced UVC emissions were attributed to increased material thickness as well as increased crystallite size in the ceramics. These results represent significant advancement of upconversion surfaces for sustainable, light-activated disinfection applications.

  10. Design and achieving of multicolor upconversion emission based on rare-earth doped tellurite glasses

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    邢明铭; 马运北; 罗昔贤; 付姚; 姜涛; 汪红; 段小龙

    2014-01-01

    Yb3+/Tm3+ co-doped and Yb3+/Ho3+/Tm3+ tri-doped tellurite glasses were synthesized by fusing the mixture of TeO2, PbF2, AlF3, BaF2, Yb2O3, Tm2O3 and Ho2O3 in a corundum crucible at 850 ºC for 20 min. The synthesized glasses were characterized by upconversion emission spectra under the excitation of 980 nm laser, and the emission colors were investigated according to the CIE-1931 standards. The results indicated that Yb3+/Tm3+ co-doped tellurite glass exhibited blue upconversion emission with favor-able color coordinates of (0.20, 0.07). Yb3+, Ho3+ and Tm3+ tri-doped tellurite glasses presented white upconversion luminescence under a single 980 nm laser excitation. Moreover, a very wide range of emission colors could be tuned by altering Ho3+ concentration. Combining the contribution of adjusting Ho3+ concentration and pump power, near equal energy white light was obtained.

  11. UV and visible upconversion luminescence in Er3+:YAG under red laser excitation

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    Yang Hai-Gui; Dai Zhen-Wen; Zu Ning-Ning

    2007-01-01

    This paper reports that the ultraviolet and visible upconversion luminescence from the 4S3/2, 2G9/2 and 2Ps/2 levels have been observed in Er3+:YAG following 647.2 nm excitation of the 4F9/2 multiple. Upconversion luminescence intensity dependence on pump power was recorded. The measured decay profiles were theoretically fitted by kinetics theory and the basically good agreements were achieved. The results indicate that some energy transfer processes proposed to explain the observed upconversion phenomena are reasonable.

  12. Visible Light Excitation Characteristics of Novel Infrared Up-conversion Materials

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    2002-01-01

    The Fluorescence excitation spectrum, emission spectrum and infrared up-conversion luminescence excitation spectrum are measured. The results of spectrum measurement show that the electron trapping materials CaS: Eu, Sm are of visible light excitation. The mechanism of visible light excitation is analyzed.

  13. A bis-cyclometalated iridium complex as a benchmark sensitizer for efficient visible-to-UV photon upconversion.

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    Duan, Pengfei; Yanai, Nobuhiro; Kimizuka, Nobuo

    2014-11-07

    To resolve the biggest problem in visible-to-UV photon upconversion based on sensitized triplet-triplet annihilation-the quenching of upconverted fluorescence by sensitizers-we discovered a superior sensitizer with less UV absorption intensity that enables highly efficient, low-power (0.78 mW cm(-2)) visible-to-UV upconversion.

  14. Phase closure retrieval in an infrared-to-visible upconversion interferometer for high resolution astronomical imaging.

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    Ceus, Damien; Tonello, Alessandro; Grossard, Ludovic; Delage, Laurent; Reynaud, François; Herrmann, Harald; Sohler, Wolfgang

    2011-04-25

    This paper demonstrates the use of a nonlinear upconversion process to observe an infrared source through a telescope array detecting the interferometric signal in the visible domain. We experimentally demonstrate the possibility to retrieve information on the phase of the object spectrum of an infrared source by using a three-arm upconversion interferometer. We focus our study on the acquisition of phase information of the complex visibility by means of the phase closure technique. In our experimental demonstration, a laboratory binary star with an adjustable photometric ratio is used as a test source. A real time comparison between a standard three-arm interferometer and our new concept using upconversion by sum-frequency generation demonstrates the preservation of phase information which is essential for image reconstruction.

  15. Mitigation technique for receiver performance variation of multi-color channels in visible light communication.

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    Uddin, Muhammad Shahin; Cha, Jae Sang; Kim, Jin Young; Jang, Yeong Min

    2011-01-01

    "Green" and energy-efficient wireless communication schemes have recently experienced rapid development and garnered much interest. One such scheme is visible light communication (VLC) which is being touted as one of the next generation wireless communication systems. VLC allows communication using multi-color channels that provide high data rates and illumination simultaneously. Even though VLC has many advantageous features compared with RF technologies, including visibility, ubiquitousness, high speed, high security, harmlessness for the human body and freedom of RF interference, it suffers from some problems on the receiver side, one of them being photo sensitivity dissimilarity of the receiver. The photo sensitivity characteristics of a VLC receiver such as Si photo-detector depend on the wavelength variation. The performance of the VLC receiver is not uniform towards all channel colors, but it is desirable for receivers to have the same performance on each color channel. In this paper, we propose a mitigation technique for reducing the performance variation of the receiver on multi-color channels. We show received power, SNR, BER, output current, and outage probability in our simulation for different color channels. Simulation results show that, the proposed scheme can reduce the performance variation of the VLC receiver on multi-color channels.

  16. Mitigation Technique for Receiver Performance Variation of Multi-Color Channels in Visible Light Communication

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    Yeong Min Jang

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available “Green” and energy-efficient wireless communication schemes have recently experienced rapid development and garnered much interest. One such scheme is visible light communication (VLC which is being touted as one of the next generation wireless communication systems. VLC allows communication using multi-color channels that provide high data rates and illumination simultaneously. Even though VLC has many advantageous features compared with RF technologies, including visibility, ubiquitousness, high speed, high security, harmlessness for the human body and freedom of RF interference, it suffers from some problems on the receiver side, one of them being photo sensitivity dissimilarity of the receiver. The photo sensitivity characteristics of a VLC receiver such as Si photo-detector depend on the wavelength variation. The performance of the VLC receiver is not uniform towards all channel colors, but it is desirable for receivers to have the same performance on each color channel. In this paper, we propose a mitigation technique for reducing the performance variation of the receiver on multi-color channels. We show received power, SNR, BER, output current, and outage probability in our simulation for different color channels. Simulation results show that, the proposed scheme can reduce the performance variation of the VLC receiver on multi-color channels.

  17. CdS/ZnS core-shell nanocrystal photosensitizers for visible to UV upconversion.

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    Gray, Victor; Xia, Pan; Huang, Zhiyuan; Moses, Emily; Fast, Alexander; Fishman, Dmitry A; Vullev, Valentine I; Abrahamsson, Maria; Moth-Poulsen, Kasper; Lee Tang, Ming

    2017-08-01

    Herein we report the first example of nanocrystal (NC) sensitized triplet-triplet annihilation based photon upconversion from the visible to ultraviolet (vis-to-UV). Many photocatalyzed reactions, such as water splitting, require UV photons in order to function efficiently. Upconversion is one possible means of extending the usable range of photons into the visible. Vis-to-UV upconversion is achieved with CdS/ZnS core-shell NCs as the sensitizer and 2,5-diphenyloxazole (PPO) as annihilator and emitter. The ZnS shell was crucial in order to achieve any appreciable upconversion. From time resolved photoluminescence and transient absorption measurements we conclude that the ZnS shell affects the NC and triplet energy transfer (TET) from NC to PPO in two distinct ways. Upon ZnS growth the surface traps are passivated thus increasing the TET. The shell, however, also acts as a tunneling barrier for TET, reducing the efficiency. This leads to an optimal shell thickness where the upconversion quantum yield (Φ'UC) is maximized. Here the maximum Φ'UC was determined to be 5.2 ± 0.5% for 4 monolayers of ZnS shell on CdS NCs.

  18. Structure Property and Visible Upconversion of Er3+ Doped Gd2O3 Nanocrystals

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    郭海; 张慰萍; 尹民; 楼立人; 夏上达

    2004-01-01

    Gd2O3∶Er nanoparticles were prepared by a simple sol-gel method. The structure properties of Gd2O3∶Er were studied by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The visible up-converted luminescence spectra of Er3+ were investigated under excitation to 4I9/2 level by 785 nm laser. Laser power, Er3+ ion concentration and temperature dependences of the upconverted emissions were investigated to understand the upconversion mechanisms. Excited state absorption and energy transfer process are discussed as the possible mechanisms for the upconversion.

  19. Efficient UV-visible upconversion luminescence and thermal effects in terbium-ytterbium codoped fluorogermanate vitroceramic

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    Gouveia-Neto, Artur da S.; Bueno, Luciano A.; do Nascimento, Raphael F.; da Silva, Elias A.; do Nascimento, Valberes B.; Costa, Ernande B.; Ribeiro, Sidney J. L.; Messaddeq, Younes

    2008-02-01

    Cooperative energy-transfer upconversion luminescence in Tb 3+/Yb 3+-codoped PbGeO 3PbF II-CdF II vitroceramic and its precursor glass under resonant and off-resonance infrared excitation, is investigated. Bright UV-visible emission signals around 384, 415, 438 nm, and 473-490, 545, 587, and 623 nm, identified as due to the 5D 3( 5G 6) --> 7F J(J=6,5,4) and 5D 4--> 7F J(J=6,5,4,3) transitions, respectively, were readily observed. The results indicate that cooperative energy-transfer between ytterbium and terbium ions followed by excited-state absorption are the dominant upconversion excitation mechanisms herein involved. The comparison of the upconversion process in a vitroceramic sample and its glassy precursor revealed that the former present much higher upconversion efficiency. The dependence of the upconversion emission upon pump power, temperature, and doping content is also examined.

  20. Broadband near-infrared to visible upconversion in quantum dot-quantum well heterostructures (Conference Presentation)

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    Teitelboim, Ayelet; Oron, Dan

    2016-09-01

    Upconversion (UC) is a nonlinear process in which two, or more, long wavelength photons are converted to a shorter wavelength photon. This process is based on sequential absorption of two or more photons, involving metastable, long lived intermediate energy states, thus is not restricted to upconversion of coherent laser radiation as a non-coherent process. Hence, requirements for UC processes are long lived excited states, a ladder like arrangement of energy levels and a mechanism inhibiting cooling of the hot charge carrier. UC holds great promise for bioimaging, enabling spatially resolved imaging in a scattering specimen and for photovoltaic devices as a mean to surpass the Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit. Here, we present a novel luminescence upconversion nano-system based on colloidal semiconductor double quantum dots, consisting of a NIR-emitting component and a visible emitting component separated by a tunneling barrier in a spherical onion-like geometry. These dual near-infrared and visible emitting core/shell/shell PbSe/CdSe/CdS nanocrystals are shown to upconvert a broad range of NIR wavelengths to visible emission at room temperature, covering a spectral range where there are practically no alternative upconversion systems. The synthesis is a three-step process, which enables versatility and tunability of both the visible emission color and the NIR absorption edge. Using this method one can achieve a range of desired upconverted emission peak positions with a suitable NIR band gap. The physical mechanism for upconversion in this structure, as well as possible extensions and improvements will be discussed. 1 (1) Teitelboim, A.; Oron, D. ACS Nano 2015, acsnano.5b05329.

  1. Visible Discrimination of Broadband Infrared Light by Dye-Enhanced Upconversion in Lanthanide-Doped Nanocrystals

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    Charles G. Dupuy

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Optical upconversion of near infrared light to visible light is an attractive way to capture the optical energy or optical information contained in low-energy photons that is otherwise lost to the human eye or to certain photodetectors and solar cells. Until the recent application of broadband absorbing optical antennas, upconversion efficiency in lanthanide-doped nanocrystals was limited by the weak, narrow atomic absorption of a handful of sensitizer elements. In this work, we extend the role of the optical antenna to provide false-color, visible discrimination between bands of infrared radiation. By pairing different optical antenna dyes to specific nanoparticle compositions, unique visible emission is associated with different bands of infrared excitation. In one material set, the peak emission was increased 10-fold, and the width of the spectral response was increased more than 10-fold.

  2. Ultraviolet and visible upconversion dynamics in Er3+:YAlO3 under 2H11/2 excitation

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    Yang Hai-Gui; Dai Zhen-Wen; Sun Zhi-Wei

    2006-01-01

    The luminescence of Er3+:YAlO3 in ultraviolet, visible and infrared ranges under the 518 nm excitation of the multiples 2H11/2 have been investigated. Ultraviolet (275 nm and 318 nm), violet (405 nm and 413 nm) and blue (474 nm)upconversion and infrared downconversion luminescence has been observed. By means of measuring the fluorescence decay curves and using the theory of rate equations, the luminescence kinetics was studied in detail and the processes of energy transfer upconversion (ETU) and excitation state absorption (ESA) were proposed to explain the upconversion phenomena.

  3. NIR-to-visible upconversion nanoparticles for fluorescent labeling and targeted delivery of siRNA

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    Jiang, Shan; Zhang, Yong; Lim, Kian Meng; Sim, Eugene K. W.; Ye, Lei

    2009-04-01

    Near-infrared (NIR)-to-visible upconversion fluorescent nanoparticles were synthesized and used for imaging and targeted delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) to cancer cells. Silica-coated NaYF4 upconversion nanoparticles (UCNs) co-doped with lanthanide ions (Yb/Er) were synthesized. Folic acid and anti-Her2 antibody conjugated UCNs were used to fluorescently label the folate receptors of HT-29 cells and Her2 receptors of SK-BR-3 cells, respectively. The intracellular uptake of the folic acid and antibody conjugated UCNs was visualized using a confocal fluorescence microscope equipped with an NIR laser. siRNA was attached to anti-Her2 antibody conjugated UCNs and the delivery of these nanoparticles to SK-BR-3 cells was studied. Meanwhile, a luciferase assay was established to confirm the gene silencing effect of siRNA. Upconversion nanoparticles can serve as a fluorescent probe and delivery system for simultaneous imaging and delivery of biological molecules.

  4. NIR-to-visible upconversion nanoparticles for fluorescent labeling and targeted delivery of siRNA

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    Jiang Shan; Zhang Yong [Division of Bioengineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, 117576 (Singapore); Lim, Kian Meng [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 119260 (Singapore); Sim, Eugene K W [Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, 117597 (Singapore); Ye Lei [National University Medical Institutes, National University of Singapore, 117597 (Singapore)], E-mail: biezy@nus.edu.sg

    2009-04-15

    Near-infrared (NIR)-to-visible upconversion fluorescent nanoparticles were synthesized and used for imaging and targeted delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) to cancer cells. Silica-coated NaYF{sub 4} upconversion nanoparticles (UCNs) co-doped with lanthanide ions (Yb/Er) were synthesized. Folic acid and anti-Her2 antibody conjugated UCNs were used to fluorescently label the folate receptors of HT-29 cells and Her2 receptors of SK-BR-3 cells, respectively. The intracellular uptake of the folic acid and antibody conjugated UCNs was visualized using a confocal fluorescence microscope equipped with an NIR laser. siRNA was attached to anti-Her2 antibody conjugated UCNs and the delivery of these nanoparticles to SK-BR-3 cells was studied. Meanwhile, a luciferase assay was established to confirm the gene silencing effect of siRNA. Upconversion nanoparticles can serve as a fluorescent probe and delivery system for simultaneous imaging and delivery of biological molecules.

  5. An assembly and interaction of upconversion and plasmonic nanoparticles on organometallic nanofibers: enhanced multicolor upconversion, downshifting emission and the plasmonic effect

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    Singh, Priyam; Shahi, Praveen Kumar; Prakash, Rajiv; Bahadur Rai, Shyam

    2017-10-01

    We present novel inorganic–organic hybrid nanoparticles (HNPs) constituting inorganic NPs, NaY0.78Er0.02Yb0.2F4, and organometallic nanofiber, Tb(ASA)3Phen (TAP). X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared absorption and transmission electron microscopy analyses reveal that prepared ultrafine upconversion NPs (UCNPs (5–8 nm)) are dispersed on the surface of the TAP nanofibers. We observe that the addition of TAP in UCNPs effectively limits the surface quenching to boost the upconversion (UC) intensity and enables tuning of UC emission from the green to the red region by controlling the phonon frequency around the Er3+ ion. On the other hand, TAP is an excellent source of green emission under ultraviolet exposure. Therefore prepared HNPs not only give enhanced and tunable UC but also emit a strong green color in the downshifting (DS) process. To further enhance the dual-mode emission of HNPs, silver NPs (AgNPs) are introduced. The emission intensity of UC as well as DS emission is found to be strongly modulated in the presence of AgNPs. It is found that AgNPs enhance red UC emission. The possible mechanism involved in enhanced emission intensity and color output is investigated in detail. The important optical properties of these nano-hybrid materials provide a great opportunity in the fields of biological imaging, drug delivery and energy devices.

  6. Infrared to visible up-conversion study for erbium-doped zinc tellurite glasses

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    Jaba, N.; Kanoun, A.; Mejri, H.; Selmi, A.; Alaya, S. [Laboratoire de Physique des Semiconducteurs, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Monastir (Tunisia); Maaref, H. [Laboratoire de Physique des Semiconducteurs, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Monastir (Tunisia)]. E-mail: hassen.maaref@fsm.rnu.tn

    2000-05-22

    Optical absorption and photoluminescence properties of Er{sup 3+}-doped 70TeO{sub 2}-30ZnO glass are investigated. Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters of Er{sup 3+} have been determined to calculate the radiative transition probabilities and the radiative lifetimes of excited states. An infrared to visible up-conversion was observed at room temperature in this tellurite glass system using a 797 nm excitation line. A study of the {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}-{sup 4}I{sub 15/2} transition (554 nm) versus power excitation provided evidence for a two-step up-conversion process under this excitation. A red emission (663 nm) originating from the {sup 4}F{sub 9/2}-{sup 4}I{sub 15/2} transition has been observed as well. It was found that the efficiency of this up-conversion line is enhanced considerably with the Er{sup 3+} concentration relative to the green emission (554 nm). This behaviour has been explained in terms of an energy transfer between excited ions. The temperature dependence of up-conversion intensity has been also studied in the range 40-310 K. It was found that the thermal quenching of the green emission ({sup 4}S{sub 3/2}-{sup 4}I{sub 15/2}) is large enough compared with those of the red transition ({sup 4}F{sub 9/2}-{sup 4}I{sub 15/2} ). This thermal quenching has been discussed using the Riseberg and Moos model of multiphonon emission. It has been shown that the latter approach is not consistent with existing results. A complete analysis of the temperature-dependent up-conversion has been made using an additional decay rate which may be attributed to a non-radiative energy transfer and/or a charge transfer through trapping impurities. A good agreement has been achieved between measured and computed data. (author)

  7. Architecture, development and implementation of a SWIR to visible integrated up-conversion imaging device

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    Sarusi, Gabby; Templeman, Tzvi; Hechster, Elad; Nissim, Nimrod; Vitenberg, Vladimir; Maman, Nitzan; Tal, Amir; Solodar, Assi; Makov, Guy; Abdulhalim, Ibrahim; Visoly-Fisher, Iris; Golan, Yuval

    2016-04-01

    A new concept of short wavelength infrared (SWIR) to visible upconversion integrated imaging device is proposed, modeled and some initial measured results are presented. The device is a hybrid inorganic-organic device that comprises six nano-metric scale sub-layers grown on n-type GaAs substrates. The first layer is a ~300nm thick PbSe nano-columnar absorber layer grown in (111) orientation to the substrate plan (100), with a diameter of 8- 10nm and therefore exhibit quantum confinement effects parallel to the substrate and bulk properties perpendicular to it. The advantage of this structure is the high oscillator strength and hence absorption to incoming SWIR photons while maintaining the high bulk mobility of photo-excited charges along the columns. The top of the PbSe absorber layer is coated with 20nm thick metal layer that serves as a dual sided mirror, as well as a potentially surface plasmon enhanced absorption in the PbSe nano-columns layer. The photo-excited charges (holes and electrons in opposite directions) are drifted under an external applied field to the OLED section (that is composed of a hole transport layer, an emission layer and an electron transport layer) where they recombine with injected electron from the transparent cathode and emit visible light through this cathode. Due to the high absorption and enhanced transport properties this architecture has the potential of high quantum efficiency, low cost and easy implementation in any optical system. As a bench-mark, alternative concept where InGaAs/InP heterojunction couple to liquid crystal optical spatial light modulator (OSLM) structure was built that shows a full upconversion to visible of 1550nm laser light.

  8. Activation of visible up-conversion luminescence in transparent and conducting ZnO:Er:Yb films by laser annealing

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    Lluscà, M., E-mail: marta.llusca@ub.edu [Department of Applied Physics and Optics, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona 08028 (Spain); López-Vidrier, J. [Department of Electronics, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona 08028 (Spain); Lauzurica, S.; Sánchez-Aniorte, M.I. [Centro Laser, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid 28031 (Spain); Antony, A. [Department of Applied Physics and Optics, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona 08028 (Spain); Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400076 (India); Molpeceres, C. [Centro Laser, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid 28031 (Spain); Hernández, S.; Garrido, B. [Department of Electronics, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona 08028 (Spain); Bertomeu, J. [Department of Applied Physics and Optics, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona 08028 (Spain)

    2015-11-15

    Transparent and conducting ZnO:Er:Yb thin films with visible up-conversion (660-nm emission under 980-nm excitation) were fabricated by RF magnetron sputtering. The as-deposited films were found to be transparent and conducting and the activation of the Er ions in these films to produce up-conversion luminescence was achieved by different post-deposition annealing treatments in air, vacuum or by laser annealing using a Nd:YVO{sub 4} laser. The structural, electrical and optical properties and the up-conversion efficiency of these films were found to be strongly influenced by the annealing method, and a detailed study is reported in this paper. It has been demonstrated that, although the air annealing was the most efficient in terms of up-conversion, laser annealing was the only method capable of activating Er ions while preserving the electrical conductivity of the doped films. It has been shown that a minimum energy was needed in laser annealing to optically activate the rare earth ions in the ZnO host material to produce up-conversion. Up-converting and transparent conducting ZnO:Er:Yb films with an electrical resistivity of 5×10{sup −2} Ω cm and transparency ~80% in the visible wavelength range has been achieved by laser annealing. - Highlights: • Transparent and conducting ZnO:Er:Yb films were grown via magnetron sputtering. • Post-annealing ZnO:Er:Yb is needed to optically activate Er ions. • Visible up-conversion emission at 660 nm is observed under 980 nm excitation. • A transparent and conducting up-converter is achieved by laser annealing.

  9. Micro-pulse upconversion Doppler lidar for wind and visibility detection in the atmospheric boundary layer

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    Xia, Haiyun; Wang, Chong; Shentu, Guoliang; Qiu, Jiawei; Zhang, Qiang; Dou, Xiankang; Pan, Jianwei

    2016-01-01

    For the first time, a versatile, eyesafe, compact and direct detection Doppler lidar is developed using upconversion single-photon detection method. An all-fiber and polarization maintaining architecture is realized to guarantee the high optical coupling efficiency and the system stability. Using integrated-optic components, the conservation of etendue of the optical receiver is achieved by manufacturing a fiber-coupled periodically poled Lithium niobate waveguide and an all-fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI). The so-called double-edge direct detection is implemented using a single-channel FPI and a single upconversion detector, incorporating time-division multiplexing method. The relative error of the system is lower than 0.1% over 9 weeks. To show the robust of the system, atmospheric wind and visibility over 48 hours are detected in the boundary layer. In the intercomparison experiments, lidar shows good agreement with the ultrasonic wind sensor (Vaisala windcap WMT52), with standard deviation of 1.04 ...

  10. Micro-pulse upconversion Doppler lidar for wind and visibility detection in the atmospheric boundary layer.

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    Xia, Haiyun; Shangguan, Mingjia; Wang, Chong; Shentu, Guoliang; Qiu, Jiawei; Zhang, Qiang; Dou, Xiankang; Pan, Jianwei

    2016-11-15

    For the first time, to the best of our knowledge, a compact, eye-safe, and versatile direct detection Doppler lidar is developed using an upconversion single-photon detection method at 1.5 μm. An all-fiber and polarization maintaining architecture is realized to guarantee the high optical coupling efficiency and the robust stability. Using integrated-optic components, the conservation of etendue of the optical receiver is achieved by manufacturing a fiber-coupled periodically poled lithium niobate waveguide and an all-fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI). The double-edge technique is implemented by using a convert single-channel FPI and a single upconversion detector, incorporating a time-division multiplexing method. The backscatter photons at 1548.1 nm are converted into 863 nm via mixing with a pump laser at 1950 nm. The relative error of the system is less than 0.1% over nine weeks. In experiments, atmospheric wind and visibility over 48 h are detected in the boundary layer. The lidar shows good agreement with the ultrasonic wind sensor, with a standard deviation of 1.04 m/s in speed and 12.3° in direction.

  11. Tunable multicolor and white-light upconversion luminescence in Yb3+/Tm3+/Ho3+ tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals.

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    Lin, Hao; Xu, Dekang; Teng, Dongdong; Yang, Shenghong; Zhang, Yueli

    2015-09-01

    NaYF4 micro-crystals with various concentrations of Yb(3+) /Tm(3+) /Ho(3+) were prepared successfully via a simple and reproducible hydrothermal route using EDTA as the chelating agent. Their phase structure and surface morphology were studied using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD patterns revealed that all the samples were pure hexagonal phase NaYF4. SEM images showed that Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)/Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 were hexagonal micro-prisms. Upconversion photoluminescence spectra of Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)/Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals with various dopant concentrations under 980 nm excitation with a 665 mW pump power were studied. Tunable multicolor (purple, purplish blue, yellowish green, green) and white light were achieved by simply adjusting the Ho(3+) concentration in 20%Yb(3+)/1%Tm(3+)/xHo(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals. Furthermore, white-light emissions could be obtained using different pump powers in 20%Yb(3+)/1%Tm(3+)/1%Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals at 980 nm excitation. The pump power-dependent intensity relationship was studied and relevant energy transfer processes were discussed in detail. The results suggest that Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals have potential applications in optoelectronic devices such as photovoltaic, plasma display panel and white-light-emitting diodes.

  12. Bifunctional Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Er{sup 3+} particles with enhanced visible upconversion luminescence

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    Atabaev, Timur Sh, E-mail: atabaev@snu.ac.kr [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-747 (Korea, Republic of); Piao, Zhonglie [Department of Cogno Mechatronics Engineering, World Class University Program, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Hwang, Yoon-Hwae; Kim, Hyung-Kook [Department of Nanomaterials Engineering and BK 21 Nano Fusion Technology Division, Pusan National University, Miryang 627-706 (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Nguyen Hoa, E-mail: nguyenhong@snu.ac.kr [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-747 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-09-25

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Er{sup 3+}/Li{sup 3+} particles with enhanced upconversion emission were synthesized. •Strong enhancement of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Er{sup 3+}/Li{sup +} emission was induced by co-doped Li{sup +} ions. •It was suggested that Li{sup +} can be used as a luminescence intensifier for phosphors. -- Abstract: This study examined the enhanced upconversion luminescence emission of bimodal Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Er{sup 3+} particles by codoping with a trace amount of Li{sup +} ions. Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Er{sup 3+}/Li{sup 3+} composite particles with enhanced upconversion luminescence emission were synthesized by using a simple urea homogeneous precipitation method. The effect of the particle size and Er{sup 3+}/Li{sup +} concentration ratio on the structural, morphological and optical properties of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Er{sup 3+}/Li{sup +} particles were studied systematically by X-ray powder diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and room temperature photoluminescence. Strong upconversion eye-visible green light emission was observed from the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Er{sup 3+}/Li{sup +} particles under continuous near-infrared pump excitation from a commercially available diode laser. Monodisperse bimodal Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Er{sup 3+}/Li{sup +} particles show a good potential for biomedical and solid state lighting applications.

  13. Degradation of dyestuff wastewater using visible light in the presence of a novel nano TiO2 catalyst doped with upconversion luminescence agent

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    WANG Jun; ZHANG Peng; WEN Fu-yu; ZHANG Zhao-hong; ZHANG Xiang-dong; PAN Zhi-jun; ZHANG Lei; WANG Lei; XU Liang; KANG Ping-li

    2005-01-01

    A new upconversion luminescence agent, 40CdF2·60BaF2·0.8Er2O3, was synthesized and its fluorescent spectra were determined. This upconversion luminescence agent can emit five upconversion fluorescent peaks shown in the fluorescent spectra whose wavelengths are all below 387 nm under the excitation of 488 nm visible light. This upconversion luminescence agent was mixed into nano rutile TiO2 powder by ultrasonic and boiling dispersion and the novel doped nano TiO2 photocatalyst utilizing visible light was firstly prepared. The doped TiO2 powder was charactered by XRD and TEM and its photocatalytic activity was tested through the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange as a model compound under the visible light irradiation emitted by six three basic color lamps. In order to compare the photocatalytic activities, the same experiment was carried out for undoped TiO2 powder. The degradation ratio of methyl orange in the presence of doped nano TiO2 powder reached 32.5% under visible light irradiation at 20 h which was obviously higher than the corresponding 1.64% in the presence of undoped nano TiO2 powder, which indicate the upconversion luminescence agent prepared as dopant can effectively turn visible lights to ultraviolet lights that are absorbed by nano TiO2 particles to produce the electron-cavity pairs. All the results show that the nano rutile TiO2 powder doped with upconversion luminescence agent is a promising photocatalyst using sunlight for treating the industry dye wastewater in great force.

  14. Visible upconversion in Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped LaAlO3 phosphors

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    Singh, Vijay; Rai, V. K.; Singh, N.; Pathak, M. S.; Rathaiah, M.; Venkatramu, V.; Patel, Rahul V.; Singh, Pramod K.; Dhoble, S. J.

    2017-01-01

    The Er3+ doped and Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped LaAlO3 phosphors have been synthesized by the combustion method and characterized their structural, morphological, elemental, vibrational and optical properties. The optical absorption and upconversion properties of the synthesized phosphors have been studied. Upon co-doping Yb3+ ions into Er3+:LaAlO3, the blue, green and red upconversion emissions of Er3+ ions have been enhanced about 20, 54 and 22 times, under 978 nm laser excitation. The observed upconversion emissions could be due to excited state absorption in Er3+:LaAlO3, whereas energy transfer is dominant mechanism in Er3+/Yb3+:LaAlO3 phosphors. The tuning in the color emitted from the synthesized phosphors towards the green region has been found due to incorporation of the Yb3+ ions. With increase in the pump power, the color emitted from the co-doped phosphor is not tuned significantly, showing its applicability in making the green display devices.

  15. Visible up-conversion and near-infrared luminescence of Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped SbPO4-GeO2 glasses

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    Manzani, D.; Montesso, M.; Mathias, C. F.; Krishanaiah, K. Venkata; Ribeiro, S. J. L.; Nalin, M.

    2016-07-01

    Recent advances in glass chemistry have led to new multifunctional optical glasses of great technological importance. Glasses containing high amounts of antimony have been studied for use in nonlinear optics, near-infrared transmission, and as hosts for rare-earth ions in photonic devices. This work describes a luminescence study of Er3+ and Er3+/Yb3+ co-doping in a new SbPO4-GeO2 binary glass system. Near-infrared and visible up-conversion emissions were observed in the green and red regions, which are enhanced when the samples are co-doped with Yb3+. Near-infrared emissions have good quantum efficiency and full width half maximum of 61 nm. Visible up-conversion emissions are governed by two photons and described by excited state absorption, energy transfer and cross-relaxation processes.

  16. Infrared-to-Visible Upconversion and 1.53-μm Emission of Er3+-Doped Al(PO3)3-Based Fluorophosphate Glass

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    LI Tao; ZHANG Qin-Yuan; LIU Yue-Hui; ZHANG Jun-Jie; DENG Zai-De; JIANG Zhong-Hong

    2004-01-01

    @@ We investigate the spectroscopic properties of the 1.53-μm emission from the 4I13/2 → 4I15/2 transition of Er3+ions in Al(PO3)3-based fluorophosphate glass for applications in broadband fibre amplifiers. The emission peak locates at ~1530nm with a full width at half-maximum of ~65 nm. The measured lifetime and the calculated emission cross-section of this transition are ~8.1 ms and ~7.6× 10-21 cm2, respectively. Frequency upconversion to the 4F7/2 state occurs simultaneously upon excitation of the 1.53-μm emission with a 977-nm laser diode. Three infrared-to-visible upconversion emissions centred at around 524, 546 and 668 nm have been clearly observed. The quadratic dependence of fluorescence on excitation laser power confirms the fact that a two-photon process will contribute to the infrared-to-visible upconversion emissions.

  17. Infrared to near-infrared and visible upconversion photoluminescence of LiYbF4∶Er3+ nanorods

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    LIU Wangdong; LI Wenbin; TANG Haibo; ZHAO Mingzhuo

    2013-01-01

    Colloidal LiYbF4∶Er3+ nanorods were synthesized in an aqueous system which had the ratio of length to diameter of~2.These LiYbF4∶Er3+ nanorods emitted intense upconversion light under excitation of infrared at 1488 nm.Importantly,the intensities of two-and three-photon anti-Stokes upconversion PL bands were observed which were comparable to that of the Stokes emission under excitation with low power density.The plots of excitation power density versus emission intensity indicated that all the emissions centered at 549,668,and 978 nm took a two-photon upconversion process.However,it could be simply deduced that the energy of two photons of 1488 nm were inadequate to produce a photon of 668 or 549 nm.For this conflict,the shape and saturation effects in the intermediate energy states were introduced to demonstrate the corresponding upconversion processes.

  18. Upconversion nanoparticles for differential imaging of plant cells and detection of fluorescent dyes

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    吴笑峰; 刘云新; 胡盼; 胡仕刚; 陈增辉; 严焕元; 唐志军; 席在芳; 余意; 戴港涛

    2016-01-01

    Upconversion NaLuF4 nanoparticles were synthesized by the solvothermal method which could emit multicolor visible light under the excitation of 980 nm near-infrared (NIR) photons. These upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) with an acidic ligand could rapidly capture the basic rhodamine-B (RB) in plant cells to generate a close UCNPs@RB system. RB could efficiently absorb the green fluorescence from NaLuF4:18 mol.%Yb3+,2 mol.%Er3+ UCNPs and then emitted red light in the UCNPs@RB system by a robust luminescence resonance energy transfer (LRET) from UCNPs to RB. The detection limit of RB with these upconversion fluo-rescent nanoprobes could reach 0.25μg/cm3 in plant cell even under an ultra low excitation power source of 0.2 W/mm2. This LRET phenomenon was also extended to NaLuF4:18 mol.%Yb3+,0.5 mol.%Tm3+@Sodium fluorescein (SF) system. In addition, the differ-ential imaging could be achieved by successively incubating plant cells with fluorescent dyes and UCNPs. The fluorescent dyes ag-gregated in cell wall while UCNPs with surface modification distributed both in cell wall and cytoplasm, so that UCNPs@Dyes formed in cell walls which could emit multicolor light by LRET which was different from the emission in cytoplasm with only UCNPs.

  19. Infrared to visible image up-conversion using optically addressed spatial light modulator utilizing liquid crystal and InGaAs photodiodes

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    Solodar, A., E-mail: asisolodar@gmail.com; Arun Kumar, T.; Sarusi, G.; Abdulhalim, I. [Department of Electro-Optics Engineering and The Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva 84105 (Israel)

    2016-01-11

    Combination of InGaAs/InP heterojunction photodetector with nematic liquid crystal (LC) as the electro-optic modulating material for optically addressed spatial light modulator for short wavelength infra-red (SWIR) to visible light image conversion was designed, fabricated, and tested. The photodetector layer is composed of 640 × 512 photodiodes array based on heterojunction InP/InGaAs having 15 μm pitch on InP substrate and with backside illumination architecture. The photodiodes exhibit extremely low, dark current at room temperature, with optimum photo-response in the SWIR region. The photocurrent generated in the heterojunction, due to the SWIR photons absorption, is drifted to the surface of the InP, thus modulating the electric field distribution which modifies the orientation of the LC molecules. This device can be attractive for SWIR to visible image upconversion, such as for uncooled night vision goggles under low ambient light conditions.

  20. Visible-to-UVC upconversion efficiency and mechanisms of Lu{sub 7}O{sub 6}F{sub 9}:Pr{sup 3+} and Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Pr{sup 3+} ceramics

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    Cates, Ezra L. [Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Clemson University, Anderson, SC 29625 (United States); Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies, Clemson University, Anderson, SC 29625 (United States); Wilkinson, Angus P. [School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332 (United States); Kim, Jae-Hong, E-mail: jaehong.kim@yale.edu [Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511 (United States)

    2015-04-15

    Visible-to-UVC upconversion (UC) by Pr{sup 3+}-doped materials is a promising candidate for application to sustainable disinfection technologies, including light-activated antimicrobial surfaces and solar water treatment. In this work, we studied Pr{sup 3+} upconversion in an oxyfluoride host system for the first time, employing Lu{sub 7}O{sub 6}F{sub 9}:Pr{sup 3+} ceramics. Compared to the previously studied Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Pr{sup 3+} reference material, the oxyfluoride host resulted in a 5-fold increase in intermediate state lifetime, likely due to a lower maximum phonon energy; however, only a 60% gain in UC intensity was observed. To explain this discrepancy, luminescence spectral distribution and decay kinetics were studied in both phosphor systems. The Pr{sup 3+} 4f5d band energy distribution in each phosphor was found to play a key role by allowing or disallowing the occurrence of a previously unexplored UC mechanism, which had a significant impact on overall efficiency. - Highlights: • Visible-to-UVC upconversion by Pr{sup 3+} was studied in an oxyfluoride host matrix for the first time. • Lu{sub 7}O{sub 6}F{sub 9}:Pr{sup 3+} ceramics were synthesized and characterized. • Lu{sub 7}O{sub 6}F{sub 9}:Pr{sup 3+} shows more intense UV upconversion than Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Pr{sup 3+}, with differing mechanisms. • 4f5d band energy and {sup 1}D{sub 2} involvement are important in maximizing upconversion efficiency.

  1. Enhancement of Visible Upconversion Emission in Y2O3:Er3+-Yb3+ by Addition of Thiourea and LiOH in the Phosphor Synthesis

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Spherical like Y2O3 nanostructures doped with Er3+ and Yb3+ ions have been synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. The samples were prepared by using different precipitant agents in the synthesis process. The phosphors were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Effects of the precipitant agents on structural, morphological, and photoluminescence properties of Y2O3:Er3+-Yb3+ are studied and discussed. XRD analysis indicates that all samples, prepared with different precipitant agents, present the same cubic phase. Electron microscopy measurements show regular spherical shapes with size diameter depending on precipitant agent. Photoluminescence reveals that the samples have strong green (563 nm and red (660 nm emissions corresponding to 4S3/2 → 4I15/2 and 4F9/2 → 4I15/2 transitions of Er3+ ions, respectively. The nanophosphors prepared with both Thiourea and Lithium Hydroxide exhibit the stronger visible upconversion luminescence under 980 nm diode laser excitation.

  2. Upconversion nanophotonics (Conference Presentation)

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    Lim, Shuang Fang; Wirth, Janina; Green, Kory; O'Connor, Megan

    2016-10-01

    Infrared excited and visible emitting upconverting nanoparticles show potential applications in the fields of photovoltaics, and in single molecule bio-imaging. We show enhanced upconversion luminescence, of up to 50-fold, at the single particle level, via subwavelength interference of the infrared excitation and visible emission. Single particle upconverted spectra and time-resolved decay, correlated with AFM, show enhanced emission at 545nm and 650 nm, whereby the magnitude of the enhancement is dependent on the thickness of the interference layer, and on the excitation intensity. We correlate our experimental results with finite element modeling showing both enhanced excitation and emission as a function of the interference layer thickness.

  3. Optical Spectroscopy and Visible Upconversion Studies of YVO4:Er3+ Nanocrystals Synthesized by a Hydrothermal Process

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    Sun, Y.; Liu, H.; Wang, X.; Kong, X.; Zhang, H.

    2006-01-01

    Abstract: Strong visible emissions of Er3+ resulting from two-photon absorption and energy transfer from the host YVO4 were observed in nanocrystalline Er3+-doped YVO4, which was prepared by a hydrothermal method using a citrate-yttrium-vanadate complex as the precursor. The nanocrystals were

  4. Optical Spectroscopy and Visible Upconversion Studies of YVO4:Er3+ Nanocrystals Synthesized by a Hydrothermal Process

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    Sun, Y.; Liu, H.; Wang, X.; Kong, X.; Zhang, H.

    2006-01-01

    Abstract: Strong visible emissions of Er3+ resulting from two-photon absorption and energy transfer from the host YVO4 were observed in nanocrystalline Er3+-doped YVO4, which was prepared by a hydrothermal method using a citrate-yttrium-vanadate complex as the precursor. The nanocrystals were charac

  5. Optical characterization, 1.5 {mu}m emission and IR-to-visible energy upconversion in Er{sup 3+}-doped fluorotellurite glasses

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    Rodriguez-Mendoza, U.R., E-mail: urguez@ull.e [Departamento de Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, E-38200 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain); MALTA Consolider Team, Instituto Universitario de Materiales y Nanotecnologia (Nanomac) and Instituto Universitario de Estudios Avanzados en Atomica, Fotonica y Molecular (IUdEA), Universidad de La Laguna, E-38200 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain); Lalla, E.A. [Unidad Asociada UVA-CSIC, Edificio INDITI, Parque Tecnologico de Boecillo, 47152 Boecillo, Valladolid (Spain); Caceres, J.M. [Departamento de Edafologia y Geologia, Universidad de La Laguna, E-38200 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain); Rivera-Lopez, F. [Departamento de Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, E-38200 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain); Leon-Luis, S.F.; Lavin, V. [Departamento de Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, E-38200 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain); MALTA Consolider Team, Instituto Universitario de Materiales y Nanotecnologia (Nanomac) and Instituto Universitario de Estudios Avanzados en Atomica, Fotonica y Molecular (IUdEA), Universidad de La Laguna, E-38200 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain)

    2011-06-15

    The optical properties of Er{sup 3+} ions in a novel glass based on TeO{sub 2}-PbF{sub 2}-AlF{sub 3} oxyfluoride tellurites have been investigated using steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopies as a function of the rare-earth doping concentration. Basic optical characterizations have been performed measuring and calculating the absorption and emission spectra and the cross-sections, the Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters, the radiative probabilities and the fluorescence decays and lifetimes. Special attention has been devoted to the broad {sup 4}I{sub 13/2}{yields}{sup 4}I{sub 15/2} emission transition at around 1.53 {mu}m since, with a wide broadening of around 70 nm and a relative long lifetime of around 3 ms compared to others glass hosts, it shows potential applications in the design of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers. The absorption, the stimulated emission and the gain cross-sections of this transition have been obtained and compared with that obtained in different hosts. Finally, infrared-to-visible upconversion processes exciting at around 800 nm have been analyzed and different mechanisms involved in the energy conversion have been proposed. - Research highlights: Broadened emission bands and high absorption and emission cross-sections for the transition {sup 4}I{sub 15/2}{yields}{sup 4}I{sub 13/2} suitable for EDFAs. Efficient green upconverted emission. High value of C{sub DA}{sup (6)} energy transfer parameter.

  6. Visible Light Excited Catalysis and Reusability Performances of TiO2@Pr:Y2SiO5 Upconversion Materials

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    Yan Jiao

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available To get high efficiency photodegradation on pollutants under visible light, Pr(III doped Y2SiO5 upconversion materials and anatase TiO2 nanofilm coated Pr:Y2SiO5 composite have been prepared by using a sol-gel method. XRD and SEM test results indicated that TiO2 nanofilm was well coated on Pr:Y2SiO5 to form TiO2@Pr:Y2SiO5 composite particles with the sizes of 0.5–1.0 μm. To avoid secondary pollution resulting from incomplete recovery of catalyst particles, TiO2@Pr:Y2SiO5 was loaded on the glass fiber filters by using a dip-coating method. It is found that the catalyst particles were embedded into the carrier firmly, even after having been reused for 6 times. The luminescence intensities of TiO2@Pr:Y2SiO5 were getting down sharply with the coating contents of TiO2 increased, which was attributed to the adsorption of the luminescence by the TiO2 film in situ. As a result, TiO2@Pr:Y2SiO5 with 4% TiO2, which presented lowest luminescence intensity, showed the highest efficiency on the photodegradation of nitrobenzene wastewater. The catalysts loaded on glass fiber filters showed excellent reusability on the photodegradation of nitrobenzene and presented a photodegradation rate of 95% at the first time and up to 75.9% even after 6 times of reusing by the treatment time of 12 h.

  7. Highly efficient saturated visible up-conversion photoluminescent Y 2 O 3 :Er 3+ microspheres pumped with a 1.55 μm laser diode

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    Zhao, Jinbo; Wu, Lili; Zhang, Chuanjiang; Zeng, Bin; Lv, Yingnan; Li, Zhen; Jiang, Qinglong; Guo, Zhanhu

    2017-01-01

    Highly efficient saturation up-conversion (UC) luminescent Y2O3:Er3+ microspheres have been successfully prepared via a hydrothermal-homogeneous precipitation method. Bright visible luminescence can be clearly seen with a 1.55 mu m laser diode excitation power as low as similar to 0.03 W cm(-2). The up-conversion (UC) emission spectra indicate that the strongest red emission with a peak situated at similar to 660 nm originated from the I-4(9/2) -> I-4(15/2) transition of Er3+. The peaks situated at similar to 520 and 550 nm can be assigned to the transition from H-2(11/2)/S-4(3/2) state to the ground state of Er3+. The high efficient saturation up-conversion emission is related to the highly crystalline structure. These results indicate a new way to enhance UC radiation in rare-earth ion-doped materials prepared using a hydrothermal-homogeneous precipitation method.

  8. Multicolor photonic crystal laser array

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    Wright, Jeremy B; Brener, Igal; Subramania, Ganapathi S; Wang, George T; Li, Qiming

    2015-04-28

    A multicolor photonic crystal laser array comprises pixels of monolithically grown gain sections each with a different emission center wavelength. As an example, two-dimensional surface-emitting photonic crystal lasers comprising broad gain-bandwidth III-nitride multiple quantum well axial heterostructures were fabricated using a novel top-down nanowire fabrication method. Single-mode lasing was obtained in the blue-violet spectral region with 60 nm of tuning (or 16% of the nominal center wavelength) that was determined purely by the photonic crystal geometry. This approach can be extended to cover the entire visible spectrum.

  9. Ho3+-Yb3+ codoped tellurite based glasses in visible lasers and optical devices: Judd-Ofelt analysis and frequency upconversion

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    Azam, Mohd; Rai, Vineet Kumar

    2017-04-01

    The optical absorption and frequency upconversion emission in the Ho3+/Yb3+ codoped TeO2-ZnO (TZ), TeO2-ZnO-WO3 (TZW) and TeO2-ZnO-WO3-TiO2 (TZWTi) glasses prepared by melting and quenching method has been studied. Judd-Ofelt theory has been used to calculate the Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters (Ω2, Ω4 and Ω6), transition probabilities, radiative lifetimes, absorption cross sections and the branching ratios. Upconversion (UC) emission bands centered at ∼ 549 nm, ∼658 nm and ∼754 nm are observed upon 980 nm excitation. On codoping with the Yb3+ ions at 3.0 mol% the upconversion emission intensity enhancement of about ∼57 times, ∼342 times and ∼480 times for the green band whereas for the red band arising from the Ho3+ ions it is about ∼71 times, ∼438 times and ∼707 times respectively have been observed. The enhancement observed in the UC emission intensity is explained on the basis of efficient energy transfer from Yb3+ to Ho3+, larger absorption cross section, larger oscillator strengths and increase in the local field corrections factor. The spectroscopic quality factor Ω4/Ω6 has been calculated to get the information about the developed materials for laser applications. The upconversion emission cross section determined on the basis of Judd-Ofelt analysis is found to be maximum for Ho-Yb-TZWTi glass. The nephelauxetic ratio, bonding and covalency parameters have been calculated to know the nature of bonding between the rare earth ions and neighbouring oxygen atoms. The high color purity 83.8% has been reported in the codoped glasses at ∼81.2 W/cm2 pump power density.

  10. Near-infrared to visible up-conversion emissions of Er3+ doped Al2O3 powders derived from the sol-gel method

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    The Er3+ doped Al2O3 powders were prepared by the sol-gel method using the aluminium isopropoxide [Al(OC3H7)3]-derived Al2O3 sols with addition of the erbium nitrate [Er(NO3)3.5H2O]. The different phase structure, including three crystalline types of (Al,Er)2O3 phases, γ, θ, α, and two Er-Al-O phases, ErAlO3 and Al10Er6O24, was obtained with the 1 mol% Er3+ doped Al2O3 powders at the different sintering temperatures of 600―1200℃. The green and red up-conversion emissions centered at about 523, 545 and 660 nm, corresponding respectively to the 2H11/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2 and 4F9/2→4I15/2 transitions of Er3+, were detected by a 978 nm semiconductor laser diodes excitation. The phase structure and OH content had evident influence on the up-conversion emissions intensity. The maximum intensities of both the green and red emissions were obtained respectively for the Er3+ doped Al2O3 powders sintered at 1200 ℃, which was composed mainly of α-(Al,Er)2O3, less of ErAlO3 and Al10Er6O24 phases, and with the least OH content. The two-photon absorption up-conversion process was involved in the green and red up-conversion emissions of the Er3+ doped Al2O3 powders.

  11. Multicolor-FICTION

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    Martín-Subero, José Ignacio; Chudoba, Ilse; Harder, Lana; Gesk, Stefan; Grote, Werner; Novo, Francisco Javier; Calasanz, María José; Siebert, Reiner

    2002-01-01

    Phenotypic and genotypic analyses of cells are increasingly essential for understanding pathogenetic mechanisms as well as for diagnosing and classifying malignancies and other diseases. We report a novel multicolor approach based on the FICTION (fluorescence immunophenotyping and interphase cytogenetics as a tool for the investigation of neoplasms) technique, which enables the simultaneous detection of morphological, immunophenotypic, and genetic characteristics of single cells. As prerequisite, multicolor interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization assays for B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma have been developed. These assays allow the simultaneous detection of the most frequent primary chromosomal aberrations in these neoplasms, such as t(8;14), t(11;14), t(14;18), and t(3;14), and the various rearrangements of the ALK gene, respectively. To establish the multicolor FICTION technique, these assays were combined with the immunophenotypic detection of lineage- or tumor-specific antigens, namely CD20 and ALK, respectively. For evaluation of multicolor FICTION experiments, image acquisition was performed by automatic sequential capturing of multiple focal planes. Thus, three-dimensional information was obtained. The multicolor FICTION assays were applied to well-characterized lymphoma samples, proving the performance, validity, and diagnostic power of the technique. Future multicolor FICTION applications include the detection of preneoplastic lesions, early stage and minimal residual diseases, or micrometastases. PMID:12163366

  12. Photon upconversion with directed emission

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    Börjesson, K.; Rudquist, P.; Gray, V.; Moth-Poulsen, K.

    2016-08-01

    Photon upconversion has the potential to increase the efficiency of single bandgap solar cells beyond the Shockley Queisser limit. Efficient light management is an important point in this context. Here we demonstrate that the direction of upconverted emission can be controlled in a reversible way, by embedding anthracene derivatives together with palladium porphyrin in a liquid crystalline matrix. The system is employed in a triplet-triplet annihilation photon upconversion scheme demonstrating controlled switching of directional anti Stokes emission. Using this approach an emission ratio of 0.37 between the axial and longitudinal emission directions and a directivity of 1.52 is achieved, reasonably close to the theoretical maximal value of 2 obtained from a perfectly oriented sample. The system can be switched for multiple cycles without any visible degradation and the speed of switching is only limited by the intrinsic rate of alignment of the liquid crystalline matrix.

  13. Synthesis of Gd2O3:Ho3+/Yb3+ upconversion nanoparticles for latent fingermark detection on difficult surfaces

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    Kumar, A.; Tiwari, S. P.; Singh, A. K.; Kumar, K.

    2016-07-01

    Infrared to visible upconversion fluorescent nanoparticles of Gd2O3 codoped with Ho3+/Yb3+ ions are synthesized via thermal decomposition process. The X-ray diffraction analysis of as-synthesized nanoparticles and annealed sample at 1000 °C has shown body-centered cubic phase of Gd2O3. The synthesized phosphor has shown intense green emission upon 980-nm excitation. High-contrast latent fingermarks on some difficult semi-porous and non-porous surfaces under 980-nm diode laser excitation were developed through powder dusting and colloidal solution spraying techniques and the results are compared with the commercial green luminescent fingermark powder. The latent fingermarks were developed on transparent (biological glass slides), single-color (aluminum foil) and multicolor (plywood, plastic bottle and book cover page) background surfaces. The present study depicts that the upconversion-based latent fingermarks detection using Gd2O3:Ho3+/Yb3+ phosphor material is suitable over the other conventional powders and has potential for practical applications in forensic science.

  14. 10BaF2∶NaF, Na3AlF6/TiO2 composite as a novel visible-light-driven photocatalyst based on upconversion emission

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    Liu En-Zhou; Fan Jun; Hu Xiao-Yun; Hou Wen-Qian; Dai Hong-Zhe

    2012-01-01

    A rare-earth free upconversion luminescent material,10BaF2∶NaF,Na3AlF6,is synthesized by a hydrothermal method.The study of fluorescent spectrum indicates that it can convert visible light (550 nm-610 nm) into ultraviolet light (290 nm-350 nm),and two emission peaks at 304 nm and 324 nm are observed under the excitation of 583 nm at room temperature.Subsequently,10BaF2∶NaF,Na3AlF6/TiO2 composite photocatalyst is prepared and its catalyticactivity is evaluated by the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 under visible light irradiation (λ > 515 nm).The resultsshow that 10BaF2∶NaF,Na3AlF6/TiO2 is a more effective photocatalyst for CO2 reduction than pure TiO2,their corresponding methanol yields are 179 and 0 μmol/g-cat under the same conditions.Additionally,the mechanism of photocatalytic reduction of CO2 on 10BaF2∶NaF,Na3A1F6/TiO2 is proposed.

  15. Upconversion Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Mechanism, and Applications in Sensing

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    Julia Xiaojun Zhao

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Upconversion is an optical process that involves the conversion of lower-energy photons into higher-energy photons. It has been extensively studied since mid-1960s and widely applied in optical devices. Over the past decade, high-quality rare earth-doped upconversion nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized with the rapid development of nanotechnology and are becoming more prominent in biological sciences. The synthesis methods are usually phase-based processes, such as thermal decomposition, hydrothermal reaction, and ionic liquids-based synthesis. The main difference between upconversion nanoparticles and other nanomaterials is that they can emit visible light under near infrared irradiation. The near infrared irradiation leads to low autofluorescence, less scattering and absorption, and deep penetration in biological samples. In this review, the synthesis of upconversion nanoparticles and the mechanisms of upconversion process will be discussed, followed by their applications in different areas, especially in the biological field for biosensing.

  16. Aluminum plasmonic multicolor meta-hologram.

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    Huang, Yao-Wei; Chen, Wei Ting; Tsai, Wei-Yi; Wu, Pin Chieh; Wang, Chih-Ming; Sun, Greg; Tsai, Din Ping

    2015-05-13

    We report a phase-modulated multicolor meta-hologram (MCMH) that is polarization-dependent and capable of producing images in three primary colors. The MCMH structure is made of aluminum nanorods that are arranged in a two-dimensional array of pixels with surface plasmon resonances in red, green, and blue. The aluminum nanorod array is patterned on a 30 nm thick SiO2 spacer layer sputtered on top of a 130 nm thick aluminum mirror. With proper design of the structure, we obtain resonances of narrow bandwidths to allow for implementation of the multicolor scheme. Taking into account of the wavelength dependence of the diffraction angle, we can project images to specific locations with predetermined size and order. With tuning of aluminum nanorod size, we demonstrate that the image color can be continuously varied across the visible spectrum.

  17. Spectroscopy and enhanced frequency upconversion in Nd3+–Yb3+ codoped TPO glasses: energy transfer and NIR to visible upconverter

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    Azam, Mohd; Rai, Vineet Kumar; Mohanty, Deepak Kumar

    2017-09-01

    TeO2–Pb3O4 (TPO) glasses codoped with Nd3+ and Yb3+ ions have been fabricated by conventional melting technique. The absorption, emission and excitation spectra of the samples have been recorded. The optical band gap in both the doped/codoped glasses is found to be ∼3.31 eV. Judd–Ofelt analysis has been carried out by using the absorption spectrum of 0.8 mol% Nd3+ doped glass to determine the radiative properties viz radiative transition probabilities, branching ratios, radiative lifetimes, quality factor and emission cross sections of some emitting levels for Nd3+ ions. The radiative transition probability for the 4G7/2 → 4I9/2 transition (∼1926 Hz) is found to be maximum compared to other 4G5/2 → 4I9/2 (∼1622 Hz) and 4F5/2 → 4I9/2 (∼865 Hz) transitions. Upconversion (UC) luminescence of the samples has been examined by the 980 nm CW diode laser excitation. Effect of addition of Yb3+ ions in the Nd3+ doped glasses on UC emission intensity has been discussed. The UC emission intensity corresponding to the green, red and NIR bands in the codoped glass has been enhanced by ∼17, ∼12 and ∼42 times as compared to that of the Nd3+ singly doped glass. The quantum efficiency for the 4G7/2 level is found to be ∼32%. The nephelauxetic ratio, bonding parameter and covalency of Nd3+ ions have been found positive which represents the covalent bonding between Nd3+ ion and oxygen atom. The colour tunability from yellowish-green to dominant green region has been obtained in the optimized codoped TPO glass.

  18. Low Efficiency Upconversion Nanoparticles for High-Resolution Coalignment of Near-Infrared and Visible Light Paths on a Light Microscope.

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    Sundaramoorthy, Sriramkumar; Garcia Badaracco, Adrian; Hirsch, Sophia M; Park, Jun Hong; Davies, Tim; Dumont, Julien; Shirasu-Hiza, Mimi; Kummel, Andrew C; Canman, Julie C

    2017-03-08

    The combination of near-infrared (NIR) and visible wavelengths in light microscopy for biological studies is increasingly common. For example, many fields of biology are developing the use of NIR for optogenetics, in which an NIR laser induces a change in gene expression and/or protein function. One major technical barrier in working with both NIR and visible light on an optical microscope is obtaining their precise coalignment at the imaging plane position. Photon upconverting particles (UCPs) can bridge this gap as they are excited by NIR light but emit in the visible range via an anti-Stokes luminescence mechanism. Here, two different UCPs have been identified, high-efficiency micro(540)-UCPs and lower efficiency nano(545)-UCPs, that respond to NIR light and emit visible light with high photostability even at very high NIR power densities (>25 000 Suns). Both of these UCPs can be rapidly and reversibly excited by visible and NIR light and emit light at visible wavelengths detectable with standard emission settings used for Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), a commonly used genetically encoded fluorophore. However, the high efficiency micro(540)-UCPs were suboptimal for NIR and visible light coalignment, due to their larger size and spatial broadening from particle-to-particle energy transfer consistent with a long-lived excited state and saturated power dependence. In contrast, the lower efficiency nano-UCPs were superior for precise coalignment of the NIR beam with the visible light path (∼2 μm versus ∼8 μm beam broadening, respectively) consistent with limited particle-to-particle energy transfer, superlinear power dependence for emission, and much smaller particle size. Furthermore, the nano-UCPs were superior to a traditional two-camera method for NIR and visible light path alignment in an in vivo Infrared-Laser-Evoked Gene Operator (IR-LEGO) optogenetics assay in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In summary, nano-UCPs are powerful new tools

  19. Multicolor Bound Soliton Molecule

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    Luo, Rui; Lin, Qiang

    2015-01-01

    We show a new class of bound soliton molecule that exists in a parametrically driven nonlinear optical cavity with appropriate dispersion characteristics. The composed solitons exhibit distinctive colors but coincide in time and share a common phase, bound together via strong inter-soliton four-wave mixing and Cherenkov radiation. The multicolor bound soliton molecule shows intriguing spectral locking characteristics and remarkable capability of spectrum management to tailor soliton frequencies, which may open up a great avenue towards versatile generation and manipulation of multi-octave spanning phase-locked Kerr frequency combs, with great potential for applications in frequency metrology, optical frequency synthesis, and spectroscopy.

  20. Upconversion based spectral imaging in 6 to 8 μm spectral regime

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    Junaid, Saher; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Pedersen, Christian

    2017-01-01

    Spectral imaging in the 6 to 8μm range has great potential for medical diagnostics. Here a novel technique based on frequency upconversion of the infrared images to the near visible for subsequent acquisition using a Si-CCD camera is investigated. The upconversion unit consists of an AgGaS2 crystal...

  1. Enhanced near-infrared to visible upconversion nanoparticles of Ho³⁺-Yb³⁺-F⁻ tri-doped TiO₂ and its application in dye-sensitized solar cells with 37% improvement in power conversion efficiency.

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    Yu, Jia; Yang, Yulin; Fan, Ruiqing; Liu, Danqing; Wei, Liguo; Chen, Shuo; Li, Liang; Yang, Bin; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-08-04

    New near-infrared (NIR)-to-green upconversion nanoparticles of Ho(3+)-Yb(3+)-F(-) tridoped TiO2 (UC-F-TiO2) were designed and fabricated via the hydrosol-hydrothermal method. Under 980 nm NIR excitation, UC-F-TiO2 emit strong green upconversion fluorescence with three emission bands at 543, 644, and 751 nm and convert the NIR light in situ to the dye-sensitive visible light that could effectively reduce the distance between upconversion materials and sensitizers; thus, they minimize the loss of the converted light. Our results show that this UC-F-TiO2 offers excellent opportunities for the other types of solar cells applications, such as organic solar cells, c-Si solar cells, multijunction solar cells, and so on. When integrating the UC-F-TiO2 into dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), superior total energy conversion efficiency was achieved. Under AM1.5G light, open-circuit voltage reached 0.77 ± 0.01 V, short-circuit current density reached 21.00 ± 0.69 mA cm(-2), which resulted in an impressive overall energy conversion efficiency of 9.91 ± 0.30%, a 37% enhancement compared to DSSCs with pristine TiO2 photoanode.

  2. Infrared, visible and upconversion emission of CaAl12O19 powders doped with Er3+, Yb3+ and Mg2+ ions

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    Singh, V.; Rai, V. K.; Lee, I.-J.; Ledoux-Rak, I.; Al-Shamery, K.; Nordmann, J.; Haase, M.

    2012-01-01

    CaAl12O19 powders doped with Er3+, Yb3+, and Mg2+ ions have been prepared by a low-temperature combustion synthesis technique. Formation and chemical compositions were analysed by powder X-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The visible luminescence spectra of the doped phosphor upon excitation with ˜378 nm radiation from a Xenon lamp have been studied. A broad band emission in the range of 1400-1700 nm with a peak around 1.5 µm and FWHM of about ˜80 nm responsible for the eye-safe telecommunication window has been observed upon direct excitation with a NIR laser into the 4I11/2 level of Er3+. The effect of co-doping with Yb3+ and Mg2+ ions in the CaAl12O19:Er3+ matrix on the photoluminescence intensity corresponding to the 2H11/2,4S3/2→4I15/2, 4F9/2→4I15/2 and 4I13/2→4I15/2 transitions of Er3+ is elaborated and discussed in detail.

  3. Multifunctional nanomesoporous materials with upconversion (in vivo) and downconversion (in vitro) luminescence imaging based on mesoporous capping UCNPs and linking lanthanide complexes

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    Sun, Lining; Ge, Xiaoqian; Liu, Jinliang; Qiu, Yannan; Wei, Zuwu; Tian, Bo; Shi, Liyi

    2014-10-01

    A series of new multifunctional nanomesoporous materials based on upconversion nanophosphors NaYF4:Yb,Tm@NaGdF4 (UCNPs) and lanthanide complexes were designed and synthesized through mesoporous capping UCNPs nanophosphors and linking lanthanide (Ln) complexes. The obtained UCNPs@mSiO2-Ln(dbm)4 (Ln = Eu, Sm, Er, Nd, Yb) materials can achieve downconversion and upconversion luminescence to show multicolor emission (covering the spectral region from 450 nm to 1700 nm) under visible-light excitation and 980 nm excitation, respectively. In addition, low cytotoxicity and good biocompatibility was found as determined by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay, and the nanomesoporous materials were successfully applied to cell imaging in vitro based on Eu3+ luminescence (under 405 nm excitation) and small animal imaging based on Tm3+ luminescence (under 980 nm excitation). The doped Gd3+ ion endows the nanomesoporous materials UCNPs@mSiO2-Ln(dbm)4 with effective T1 signal enhancement, which affords them as potential magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents. Therefore, our results may provide more exciting opportunities for multimodal bioimaging and multifunctional applications.A series of new multifunctional nanomesoporous materials based on upconversion nanophosphors NaYF4:Yb,Tm@NaGdF4 (UCNPs) and lanthanide complexes were designed and synthesized through mesoporous capping UCNPs nanophosphors and linking lanthanide (Ln) complexes. The obtained UCNPs@mSiO2-Ln(dbm)4 (Ln = Eu, Sm, Er, Nd, Yb) materials can achieve downconversion and upconversion luminescence to show multicolor emission (covering the spectral region from 450 nm to 1700 nm) under visible-light excitation and 980 nm excitation, respectively. In addition, low cytotoxicity and good biocompatibility was found as determined by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay, and the nanomesoporous materials were successfully applied to cell imaging in vitro based on Eu3+ luminescence (under 405 nm excitation) and small

  4. Infrared up-conversion microscope

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    2014-01-01

    There is presented an up-conversion infrared microscope (110) arranged for imaging an associated object (130), wherein the up-conversion infrared microscope (110) comprises a non-linear crystal (120) arranged for up-conversion of infrared electromagnetic radiation, and wherein an objective optical...

  5. Infrared up-conversion telescope

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    2014-01-01

    There is presented to an up-conversion infrared telescope (110) arranged for imaging an associated scene (130), wherein the up-conversion infrared telescope (110) comprises a non-linear crystal (120) arranged for up-conversion of infrared electromagnetic radiation, and wherein a first optical...

  6. Near-infrared to visible upconversion in Er3+ doped Cs3Lu2Cl9, Cs3Lu2Br9, and Cs3Y2I9 excited at 1.54 µm

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    Lüthi, Stefan R.; Pollnau, Markus; Güdel, Hans U.; Hehlen, Markus P.

    1999-01-01

    A detailed study of upconversion processes in Cs3Er2X9 (X = Cl, Br, I) crystals and in the diluted systems Cs3Lu2Cl9:1% Er3+, Cs3Lu2Br9:1% Er3+, and Cs3Y2I9:1% Er3+ is presented. Efficient two-, three-, and four-step upconversion excitation along the sequence 4I15/2 4I13/2 4I9/2 4S3/2 2H9/2

  7. Upconversion in solar cells.

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    van Sark, Wilfried Gjhm; de Wild, Jessica; Rath, Jatin K; Meijerink, Andries; Schropp, Ruud Ei

    2013-02-15

    The possibility to tune chemical and physical properties in nanosized materials has a strong impact on a variety of technologies, including photovoltaics. One of the prominent research areas of nanomaterials for photovoltaics involves spectral conversion. Modification of the spectrum requires down- and/or upconversion or downshifting of the spectrum, meaning that the energy of photons is modified to either lower (down) or higher (up) energy. Nanostructures such as quantum dots, luminescent dye molecules, and lanthanide-doped glasses are capable of absorbing photons at a certain wavelength and emitting photons at a different (shorter or longer) wavelength. We will discuss upconversion by lanthanide compounds in various host materials and will further demonstrate upconversion to work for thin-film silicon solar cells.

  8. Upconversion in solar cells

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    2013-01-01

    The possibility to tune chemical and physical properties in nanosized materials has a strong impact on a variety of technologies, including photovoltaics. One of the prominent research areas of nanomaterials for photovoltaics involves spectral conversion. Modification of the spectrum requires down- and/or upconversion or downshifting of the spectrum, meaning that the energy of photons is modified to either lower (down) or higher (up) energy. Nanostructures such as quantum dots, luminescent dye molecules, and lanthanide-doped glasses are capable of absorbing photons at a certain wavelength and emitting photons at a different (shorter or longer) wavelength. We will discuss upconversion by lanthanide compounds in various host materials and will further demonstrate upconversion to work for thin-film silicon solar cells. PMID:23413889

  9. Multicolor lasing prints

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    Ta, Van Duong; Yang, Shancheng; Wang, Yue; Gao, Yuan; He, Tingchao; Chen, Rui; Demir, Hilmi Volkan; Sun, Handong

    2015-11-01

    This work demonstrates mass production of printable multi-color lasing microarrays based on uniform hemispherical microcavities on a distributed Bragg reflector using inkjet technique. By embedding two different organic dyes into these prints, optically pumped whispering gallery mode microlasers with lasing wavelengths in green and red spectral ranges are realized. The spectral linewidth of the lasing modes is found as narrow as 0.11 nm. Interestingly, dual-color lasing emission in the ranges of 515-535 nm and 585-605 nm is simultaneously achieved by using two different dyes with certain ratios. Spectroscopic measurements elucidate the energy transfer process from the green dye (donor) to the red one (acceptor) with an energy transfer efficiency up to 80% in which the nonradiative Förster resonance energy transfer dominates. As such, the acceptor lasing in the presence of donor exhibits a significantly lower (˜2.5-fold) threshold compared with that of the pure acceptor lasing with the same concentration.

  10. Hybrid upconversion nanomaterials for optogenetic neuronal control

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    Shah, Shreyas; Liu, Jing-Jing; Pasquale, Nicholas; Lai, Jinping; McGowan, Heather; Pang, Zhiping P.; Lee, Ki-Bum

    2015-10-01

    Nanotechnology-based approaches offer the chemical control required to develop precision tools suitable for applications in neuroscience. We report a novel approach employing hybrid upconversion nanomaterials, combined with the photoresponsive ion channel channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2), to achieve near-infrared light (NIR)-mediated optogenetic control of neuronal activity. Current optogenetic methodologies rely on using visible light (e.g. 470 nm blue light), which tends to exhibit high scattering and low tissue penetration, to activate ChR2. In contrast, our approach enables the use of 980 nm NIR light, which addresses the short-comings of visible light as an excitation source. This was facilitated by embedding upconversion nanomaterials, which can convert NIR light to blue luminescence, into polymeric scaffolds. These hybrid nanomaterial scaffolds allowed for NIR-mediated neuronal stimulation, with comparable efficiency as that of 470 nm blue light. Our platform was optimized for NIR-mediated optogenetic control by balancing multiple physicochemical properties of the nanomaterial (e.g. size, morphology, structure, emission spectra, concentration), thus providing an early demonstration of rationally-designing nanomaterial-based strategies for advanced neural applications.Nanotechnology-based approaches offer the chemical control required to develop precision tools suitable for applications in neuroscience. We report a novel approach employing hybrid upconversion nanomaterials, combined with the photoresponsive ion channel channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2), to achieve near-infrared light (NIR)-mediated optogenetic control of neuronal activity. Current optogenetic methodologies rely on using visible light (e.g. 470 nm blue light), which tends to exhibit high scattering and low tissue penetration, to activate ChR2. In contrast, our approach enables the use of 980 nm NIR light, which addresses the short-comings of visible light as an excitation source. This was facilitated by

  11. Upconversion studies in rare earth ions-doped lanthanide materials

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    A K Singh; K Kumar; S B Rai

    2014-02-01

    In the present work, results of upconversion emission in various powder samples have been discussed. The powder upconversion phosphors such as La2O3:Er3+/Yb3+, LaF3:Er3+/Yb3+, CeO2 :Er3+/Yb3+, CeF3:Er3+/Yb3+ were prepared and their upconversion emission, using 976 nm wavelength excitation, was investigated in depth. These phosphors have shown good upconversion emission in the visible region except for the CeF3:Er3+/Yb3+ phosphor. Two intense bands around 525 and 550 nm due to the 2H11/2 → 4I15/2 and 4S3/2 → 4I15/2 transitions, respectively, are found to be in a thermally coupled state in these samples. The intensity ratio of these two bands permitted us to estimate the temperature of the environment. The pump power studies of the emission bands of these samples are also made to understand the dynamics of the upconversion emission.

  12. Up-conversion emission tuning in triply-doped Yb3+/Tm3+/Er3+ novel fluoro-phosphate glass and glass-ceramics

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    Ledemi, Yannick; Trudel, Andrée.-Anne; Rivera, Victor A. G.; Messaddeq, Younes

    2014-03-01

    New Yb3+, Er3+ and Tm3+ triply doped fluoro-phosphate glasses belonging to the system NaPO3-YF3-BaF2-CaF2 have been prepared by the classical melt-casting technique. Glasses containing up to 10 wt.% of rare-earth ions fluorides have been obtained and characterized by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), UV-visible-near-infrared spectroscopy and up-conversion emission spectroscopy under excitation with a 975 nm laser diode. Transparent and optically homogeneous glass-ceramics have been reproducibly obtained by appropriate heat treatment in view to manage the red, green and blue emissions upon 975 nm laser excitation. According to the applied thermal heat-treatment, a large enhancement of intensity of the up-conversion emission - from 10 to 160 times higher - has been achieved in the glassceramics compared to that of glasses, suggesting incorporation of the rare-earth ions into the crystalline phase. Furthermore, a large range of color rendering has been observed in these materials by controlling the laser excitation power and material crystallization rate. Time-resolved luminescence experiments as well as X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy techniques have been employed in order to understand and correlate the multicolor emission changes to the crystallization behavior of this material. A progressive phase transformation of the fluorite-type CaF2-based nanocrystals initially generated was observed along with increasing heat-treatment time, thus modifying the rare earth ions spectroscopic features.

  13. Dental optical tomography with upconversion nanoparticles—a feasibility study

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    Long, Feixiao; Intes, Xavier

    2017-06-01

    Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) have the unique ability to emit multiple colors upon excitation by near-infrared (NIR) light. Herein, we investigate the potential use of UCNPs as contrast agents for dental optical tomography, with a focus on monitoring the status of fillings after dental restoration. The potential of performing tomographic imaging using UCNP emission of visible or NIR light is established. This in silico and ex vivo study paves the way toward employing UCNPs as theranostic agents for dental applications.

  14. Multicolored Dynamos on Toroidal Meshes

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    Brunetti, Sara; Quattrociocchi, Walter

    2010-01-01

    Detecting on a graph the presence of the minimum number of nodes (target set) that will be able to "activate" a prescribed number of vertices in the graph is called the target set selection problem (TSS) proposed by Kempe, Kleinberg, and Tardos. In TSS's settings, nodes have two possible states (active or non-active) and the threshold triggering the activation of a node is given by the number of its active neighbors. Dealing with fault tolerance in a majority based system the two possible states are used to denote faulty or non-faulty nodes, and the threshold is given by the state of the majority of neighbors. Here, the major effort was in determining the distribution of initial faults leading the entire system to a faulty behavior. Such an activation pattern, also known as dynamic monopoly (or shortly dynamo), was introduced by Peleg in 1996. In this paper we extend the TSS problem's settings by representing nodes' states with a "multicolored" set. The extended version of the problem can be described as foll...

  15. Power dependence of upconversion luminescence

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    Pollnau, Markus; Güdel, H.U.

    Spectroscopic data are of essential value for understanding the excitation mechanisms in luminescent and laser materials. Special attention has been devoted to the investigation of upconversion-induced luminescence, partly because of the availability of near-infrared pump sources for the excitation

  16. Yb3+ sensitized Tm3+ upconversion in tellurite lead oxide glass.

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    Mohanty, Deepak Kumar; Rai, Vineet Kumar; Dwivedi, Y

    2012-04-01

    Triply ionized thulium/thulium--ytterbium doped/codoped TeO2-Pb3O4 (TPO) glasses have been fabricated by classical quenching method. The upconversion emission spectra in the Tm3+/Tm3+-Yb3+ doped/codoped glasses upon excitation with a diode laser lasing at ∼980 nm has been studied. Effect of the addition of the Yb3+ on the upconversion emission intensity in the visible and near infrared regions of the Tm3+ doped in TPO glass has been studied and the processes involved explored.

  17. Up-Conversion Luminescence of a High Soluble Zinc Phthalocyanine-Epoxy Derivative

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    沈悦; 夏义本; 陈精纬; 顾峰; 焦凤华; 张建成

    2004-01-01

    Synthesis and photoelectric properties of a high soluble zinc phthalocyanine-epoxy derivative are investigated.The derivative can be solubilized in convenient solvents, such as CH3OH, CH3CH2OH and H2O. The fluorescence and UV-visible analyses indicate that the ZnPc-epoxy derivative still maintains the plane structure which comes from Zn(4,4',4",4″′-ta)Pc and the derivative has obvious up-conversion luminescence in room temperature. The up-conversion luminescence can be explained by the selection rule depending on the two-photon absorption.

  18. (Gd,Yb,Tb)PO4 up-conversion nanocrystals for bimodal luminescence-MR imaging

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    Debasu, Mengistie L.; Ananias, Duarte; Pinho, Sonia L. C.; Geraldes, Carlos F. G. C.; Carlos, Luís D.; Rocha, João

    2012-07-01

    Up-conversion (Gd,Yb,Tb)PO4 materials and their potential for bimodal imaging have received little attention in the literature. Herein, we report the first study on the up-conversion emission of (Gd,Yb,Tb)PO4 nanocrystals synthesized via a hydrothermal method at 150 °C. These materials exhibit ultraviolet, blue and green up-conversion emissions upon excitation with a 980 nm continuous wave laser diode. The intensity of the blue-emission band at 479 nm, ascribed to the cooperative up-conversion emission of a pair of excited Yb3+ ions, depends on the Yb3+/Tb3+ concentration ratio, calcination temperature and particle size. Strong green up-conversion emission of Tb3+ is observed at 543 nm for the 5D4 --> 7F5 transition. Relaxometry measurements reveal that the nanocrystals are efficient T2-weighted (negative) contrast agents which, combined with visible-light emission generated by infrared excitation, affords them considerable potential for being used in bimodal, photoluminescence-magnetic resonance, imaging.Up-conversion (Gd,Yb,Tb)PO4 materials and their potential for bimodal imaging have received little attention in the literature. Herein, we report the first study on the up-conversion emission of (Gd,Yb,Tb)PO4 nanocrystals synthesized via a hydrothermal method at 150 °C. These materials exhibit ultraviolet, blue and green up-conversion emissions upon excitation with a 980 nm continuous wave laser diode. The intensity of the blue-emission band at 479 nm, ascribed to the cooperative up-conversion emission of a pair of excited Yb3+ ions, depends on the Yb3+/Tb3+ concentration ratio, calcination temperature and particle size. Strong green up-conversion emission of Tb3+ is observed at 543 nm for the 5D4 --> 7F5 transition. Relaxometry measurements reveal that the nanocrystals are efficient T2-weighted (negative) contrast agents which, combined with visible-light emission generated by infrared excitation, affords them considerable potential for being used in bimodal

  19. P2O5 assisted green synthesis of multicolor fluorescent water soluble carbon dots.

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    Babar, Dipak Gorakh; Sonkar, Sumit Kumar; Tripathi, Kumud Malika; Sarkar, Sabyasachi

    2014-03-01

    A low cost synthesis of multicolor fluorescent carbon dots (C-dots) from edible sugars is described here. Common sugars like dextrose, lactose or maltose in aqueous medium gets dehydrated using phosphorus pentoxide (P2O5). The reaction is facile and completed within few minutes to form insoluble carbon (C-dots) mostly having the graphitic (G-band, Raman) sp2 hybridized carbon atoms (C-atoms). This insoluble carbon on oxidative treatment with nitric acid produced disordered sp3 (D-band retaining G-band, Raman) hybridized C-atoms, originated from the graphitic pool with sp2 hybridized C-atoms. This high density assimilation of self passivated "surfacial defects" become emissive during electronic transitions. Surfacial defects due to high degree of electrophilic carboxylation create the water soluble version of multicolor fluorescent C-dots as "water soluble fluorescent carbon dots" (wsFCDs). wsFCDs being itself self-passivated imposes the tunable multicolor emission throughout the visible spectrum without having any external coating and surface passivation and could be used as multicolor fluorescent probe especially in the emerging field of optical bio-imaging.

  20. Automated observatory for multicolor active galactic nuclei monitoring (MAGNUM)

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    Kobayashi, Yukiyasu; Yoshii, Yuzuru; Minezaki, Takeo; Enya, Keigo; Aoki, Tsutomu; Suganuma, Masahiro; Tomita, Hiroyuki; Doi, Mamoru; Motohara, Kentaro; Peterson, Bruce A.; Smith, Craig H.; Little, John K.; Greene, Ben

    2003-02-01

    We present the outline and the current status of the MAGNUM automated observation system. The operational objective of the MAGNUM Project is to carry out long-term multi-color monitoring observations of active galactic nuclei in the visible and near-infrared wavelength regions. In order to obtain these observations, we built a new 2 m optical-infrared telescope, and sited it at the University of Hawaii's Haleakala Observatory on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Preliminary observations were started early in 2001. We are working toward the final form of the MAGNUM observation system, which is an unmanned, automated observatory. This system requirement was set by considering that the observation procedures are relatively simple, and the targets must be observed consistently over many years.

  1. Synthesis of biocompatible multicolor luminescent carbon dots for bioimaging applications

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    Nagaprasad Puvvada, B N Prashanth Kumar, Suraj Konar, Himani Kalita, Mahitosh Mandal and Amita Pathak

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Water-soluble carbon dots (C-dots were prepared through microwave-assisted pyrolysis of an aqueous solution of dextrin in the presence of sulfuric acid. The C-dots produced showed multicolor luminescence in the entire visible range, without adding any surface-passivating agent. X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy studies revealed the graphitic nature of the carbon and the presence of hydrophilic groups on the surface, respectively. The formation of uniformly distributed C-dots and their luminescent properties were, respectively, revealed from transmission electron microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy. The biocompatible nature of C-dots was confirmed by a cytotoxicity assay on MDA-MB-468 cells and their cellular uptake was assessed through a localization study.

  2. Dual-Mode Luminescent Nanopaper Based on Ultrathin g-C3N4 Nanosheets Grafted with Rare-Earth Upconversion Nanoparticles.

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    Zhao, Yafei; Wei, Ruoyan; Feng, Xin; Sun, Lining; Liu, Panpan; Su, Yongxiang; Shi, Liyi

    2016-08-24

    Ultrathin graphite-like carbon nitride (g-C3N4) nanosheets have attracted considerable attention due to the enhanced intrinsic photoabsorption and photoresponse with respect to bulk g-C3N4. For the first time, a dual-mode of down- and upconversion luminescent g-C3N4 nanopaper with high optical transparency and mechanical robustness was successfully fabricated through a simple thermal evaporation process using chitosan as a green cross-linking agent. The dual-mode of down- and upconversion fluorescence emission originated from the amino terminated ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets functionalized with carboxylic acid modified multicolored rare-earth upconversion nanoparticles (cit-UCNPs) via EDC/NHS coupling chemistry. The homogeneously distributed cit-UCNPs@g-C3N4 nanoconjugates with excellent hydrophilicity displayed good film-forming ability and structural integrity; thus, the photoluminescence of each ingredient was substantially maintained. Results indicated that the freestanding chitosan cross-linked cit-UCNPs@g-C3N4 luminescent nanopaper possessed high transmittance, excellent mechanical properties, and remarkable dual-mode emission. The smart design of high performance luminescent nanopaper based on ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets grafted with multicolored UCNPs offers a potential strategy to immobilize other multifunctional luminescent materials for easily recognizable and hardly replicable anticounterfeiting fields.

  3. Multicolor IR spectroscopy of pure liquid water

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    Cringus, Dan; Pshenichnikov, Maxim S.; Wiersma, Douwe A.; Mostovoy, Maxim; Lindner, Jörg; Vöhringer, Peter; Corkum, P; Jonas, D; Miller, RJD; Weiner, AM

    2007-01-01

    Multicolor infrared ultrafast spectroscopy is applied to investigate the vibrational relaxation dynamics in liquid water at room temperature with both the stretching and the bending mode being photoexcited and probed. A unified model, capable of the reproduction of as much as 150 transients, yielded

  4. Multicolor IR spectroscopy on pure liquid water

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    Cringus, Dan; Pshenichnikov, Maxim S.; Wiersma, Douwe A.; Mostovoy, Maxim; Lindner, Jörg; Vöhringer, Peter

    2006-01-01

    Multicolor infrared ultrafast spectroscopy is applied to investigate the vibrational relaxation dynamics in liquid water at room temperature with both the stretching and the bending mode being photoexcited and probed. A unified model, capable of the reproduction of as much as 150 transients, yielded

  5. Infrared Signal Detection by Upconversion Technique

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    Wong, Teh-Hwa; Yu, Jirong; Bai, Yingxin; Johnson, William E.

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrated up-conversion assisted detection of a 2.05-micron signal by using a bulk periodically poled Lithium niobate crystal. The 94% intrinsic up-conversion efficiency and 22.58% overall detection efficiency at pW level of 2.05-micron was achieved.

  6. Intense frequency upconversion fluorescence of Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped lithium-strontium-lead-bismuth glasses

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    Hongtao Sun; Shiqing Xu; Baoyu Chen; Shixun Dai; Shilong Zhao; Lili Hu; Zhonghong Jiang

    2005-01-01

    @@ Infrared-to-visible upconversion fluorescence of Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped lithium-strontium-lead-bismuth (LSPB) glasses for developing potential upconversion lasers has been studied under 975-nm excitation.Based on the results of energy transfer efficiency and upconversion spectra, the optimal Yb3+-Er3+ concentration ratio is found to be 5∶1. Intense green and red emissions centered at 525, 546, and 657 nm,corresponding to the transitions 2H11/2→4I15/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2, and 4F9/2 → 4I15/2, respectively, were observed. The quadratic dependence of the 525-, 546-, and 657-nm emissions on excitation power indicates that a two-photon absorption process occurs under 975-nm excitation. The high-populated 4I11/2 level is supposed to serve as the intermediate state responsible for the upconversion processes. The intense upconversion luminescence of Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped LSPB glasses may be a potentially useful material for developing upconversion optical devices.

  7. Influence of Upconversion Processes in the Optically-Induced Inhomogeneous Thermal Behavior of Erbium-Doped Lanthanum Oxysulfide Powders

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    Rolindes Balda

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The efficient infrared-to-visible upconversion emission present in Er-doped lanthanum oxysulfide crystal powders is used as a fine thermal sensor to determine the influence of upconversion processes on the laser-induced thermal load produced by the pump laser and to assess the potentialities of this material in order to obtain anti-Stokes laser-induced cooling. The analysis of the upconversion emission and excitation spectra as well as the decay curves indicates that energy transfer upconversion is the main mechanism responsible for the green (4S3/2 and red (4F9/2 upconversion luminescence. The dependence on temperature of the intensity ratio of upconversion emission from thermally-coupled 2H11/2 and 4S3/2 levels of Er3+ in the 240–300 K temperature range has been used to estimate a relative sensitivity of 1.09 × 10−2 K−1. Thermal measurements performed on the powder samples by using a thermal infrared camera exhibit a very inhomogeneous heat distribution at the sample surface due to the random distribution of the pumping energy inside the sample as well as to the random properties of the thermal field. The analysis of both spectroscopic and thermal measurements show that after a transient heating induced by the background absorption, cooling of discrete regions by means of anti-Stokes processes can be observed.

  8. Multicolored Polyanilines Doped by Different Acid Dyes and Their Electrochromic Property

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    Li Xin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Multicolored polyanilines (PANIs are synthesized by using different acid dyes containing sulfonic acid group as the functional dopant. It is found that the FTIR spectra of the acid dye doped PANI and pure PANI are similar with each other, which are all doped state PANI, and the new arising peaks indicate the acid dyes existing in the PANI molecular. The UV-Visible spectra show that the different acid dye doped PANI present different colors as the effect of the chromophore of the acid dye. From the CV curves, it is clear that all the acid dye doped PANIs exist two pairs of oxidation and reduction peaks with vivid reversibly multicolor changes from light color (-0.5~0V to dark color (0~0.8V. It is shown that acid dye doping is an effective method to broaden the color change range of the electrochromic mateials.

  9. Detection of unresolved binaries with multicolor photometry

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    Chulkov, D; Malkov, O; Sichevskij, S; Krussanova, N; Mironov, A; Zakharov, A; Kniazev, A

    2016-01-01

    The principal goal of this paper is to specify conditions of detection of unresolved binaries by multicolor photometry. We have developed a method for estimating the critical distance at which an unresolved binary of given mass and age can be detected. The method is applied to the photometric system of the planned Lyra-B spaceborne experiment. We have shown that some types of unresolved binary stars can be discovered and distinguished from single stars solely by means of photometric observations.

  10. Optical transitions and upconversion properties of Er3+-doped chloride tellurite glasses

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    Wen Lei; Li Shun-Guang; Huang Guo-Song; Hu Li-Li; Jiang Zhong-Hong

    2004-01-01

    Er3+-doped lead chloride tellurite glasses were prepared using the conventional melting and quenching method.The absorption spectra were measured and the Judd-Ofelt analysis was performed. The spectroscopic parameters such as the intensity parameters, transition probabilities, radiative lifetimes, and branching ratios were obtained. Intense infrared emission and visible upconversion luminescence under 976nm excitation were observed. For the 1.55μm emission, the full width at half maximum and the emission cross sections are more than 50 nm and 8×10-20cm2,respectively. Three efficient visible luminescences centred at 525, 547, and 658 nm are assigned to the transitions from the excited states 2H11/2, 4S3/2, and 4F9/2 to the ground state 4I15/2, respectively. The upconversion mechanisms and the power-dependent intensities are also discussed and evaluated.

  11. Mid infrared upconversion spectroscopy using diffuse reflectance

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    Sanders, Nicolai Højer; Kehlet, Louis M.; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin

    2014-01-01

    We present a novel approach for mid infrared (mid-IR) spectral analysis using upconversion technology applied in a diffuse reflectance setup. We demonstrate experimentally that mid-IR spectral features in the 2.6-4 μm range using different test samples (e.g. zeolites) can be obtained. The results...... are in good agreement with published data. We believe that the benefit of low noise upconversion methods combined with spectral analysis will provide an alternative approach to e.g. mid-IR Fourier Transform microscopy. We discuss in detail the experimental aspects of the proposed method. The upconversion unit...... located in the near infrared (NIR) wavelength region easily accessible for low noise Silicon CCD camera technology. Thus the room temperature upconversion unit and the Silicon CCD camera replaces noisy mid infrared detectors used in existing Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. We demonstrate...

  12. Non-collinear upconversion of infrared light

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    Pedersen, Christian; Hu, Qi; Høgstedt, Lasse;

    2014-01-01

    Two dimensional mid-infrared upconversion imaging provides unique spectral and spatial information showing good potential for mid- infrared spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging. However, to extract spectral or spatial information from the upconverted images an elaborate model is needed, which...

  13. Sensitive Infrared Signal Detection by Upconversion Technique

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    Wong, Teh-Hwa; Yu, Jirong; Bai, Yingxin; Johnson, William; Chen, Songsheng; Petros, Mulugeta; Singh, Upendra N.

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrated upconversion assisted detection of a 2.05-micron signal by sum frequency generation to generate a 700-nm light using a bulk periodically poled lithium niobate crystal. The achieved 94% intrinsic upconversion efficiency and 22.58% overall detection efficiency at a pW level of 2.05 micron pave the path to detect extremely weak infrared (IR) signals for remote sensing applications.

  14. Digitally synchronized LCD projector for multi-color fluorescence excitation in parallel capillary electrophoresis detection.

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    Lin, Shi-Wei; Chang, Chih-Hang; Wu, Dai-Yang; Lin, Che-Hsin

    2010-10-15

    A simple method is proposed for modulating the excitation light used for multi-color fluorescence detection in a single capillary electrophoresis (CE) channel. In the proposed approach, a low-cost commercial liquid crystal device (LCD) projector with digitally-modulated LCD switches is used to provide the illumination light source and the fluorescence emitted from the CE chip is synchronously detected using an ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (UV-vis-NIR) spectrometer. The modulated light source enables the detection of multiple fluorescence signals within a single CE channel without the need of mechanically switching optical components. In order to enhance the sensing performance of the proposed system, two short-pass filters and one band-pass filter are inserted into the LCD projector to modify the wavelength spectra for fluorescence excitation. With this simple approach, the signal-to-noise (SN) ratio of the fluorescence detection signals is greatly improved by a factor of approximately 22 when detecting Atto647N fluorescent dye. The feasibility of the proposed multi-color CE detection approach is demonstrated by detecting two different samples including a mixed sample comprising FITC, Rhodamine B and Atto647N fluorescent dyes and a bio-sample composed of two ssDNAs labeled with FITC and Cy3, respectively. Results confirm that the digitally-modulated excitation system proposed in this study has significant potential for the parallel analysis of fluorescently-labeled bio-samples using a multi-color detection scheme.

  15. Multicolored luminescent CdS nanocrystals

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    2007-01-01

    The observation of efficient blue, green, orange and red luminescence from CdS nanocrystals made by using a reverse micelle method was reported. The blue luminescence about 480 nm is attributed to the radiative recombination of electron-hole pairs.The red luminescence around 650 nm is due to the radiative recombination of the exciton trapped in the nanocrystal surface defect states. The combination of different portion of band-edge emission and surface trap state emission results in green and orange luminescence for the nanocrystals. The CdS nanocrystals with efficient multicolored luminescence may find potential application in full color displays and biolabelings.

  16. Alloy metal nanoparticles for multicolor cancer diagnostics

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    Baptista, Pedro V.; Doria, Gonçalo; Conde, João

    2011-03-01

    Cancer is a multigenic complex disease where multiple gene loci contribute to the phenotype. The ability to simultaneously monitor differential expression originating from each locus results in a more accurate indicator of degree of cancerous activity than either locus alone. Metal nanoparticles have been thoroughly used as labels for in vitro identification and quantification of target sequences. We have synthesized nanoparticles with assorted noble metal compositions in an alloy format and functionalized them with thiol-modified ssDNA (nanoprobes). These nanoprobes were then used for the simultaneous specific identification of several mRNA targets involved in cancer development - one pot multicolor detection of cancer expression. The different metal composition in the alloy yield different "colors" that can be used as tags for identification of a given target. Following a non-cross-linking hybridization procedure previously developed in our group for gold nanoprobes, these multicolor nanoprobes were used for the molecular recognition of several different targets including differently spliced variants of relevant genes (e.g. gene products involved in chronic myeloid leukemia BCR, ABL, BCR-ABL fusion product). Based on the spectral signature of mixtures, before and after induced aggregation of metal nanoparticles, the correct identification could be made. Further application to differentially quantify expression of each locus in relation to another will be presented. The differences in nanoparticle stability and labeling efficiency for each metal combination composing the colloids, as well as detection capability for each nanoprobe will be discussed. Additional studies will be conducted towards allele specific expression studies.

  17. Monitoring Delamination of Thermal Barrier Coatings by Near-Infrared and Upconversion Luminescence Imaging

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    Eldridge, J. I.; Martin, R. E.; Singh, Jogender; Wolfe, Doug E.

    2008-01-01

    Previous work has demonstrated that TBC delamination can be monitored by incorporating a thin luminescent sublayer that produces greatly increased luminescence intensity from delaminated regions of the TBC. Initial efforts utilized visible-wavelength luminescence from either europium or erbium doped sublayers. This approach exhibited good sensitivity to delamination of electron-beam physical-vapor-deposited (EB-PVD) TBCs, but limited sensitivity to delamination of the more highly scattering plasma-sprayed TBCs due to stronger optical scattering and to interference by luminescence from rare-earth impurities. These difficulties have now been overcome by new strategies employing near-infrared (NIR) and upconversion luminescence imaging. NIR luminescence at 1550 nm was produced in an erbium plus ytterbium co-doped yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) luminescent sublayer using 980-nm excitation. Compared to visible-wavelength luminescence, these NIR emission and excitation wavelengths are much more weakly scattered by the TBC and therefore show much improved depth-probing capabilities. In addition, two-photon upconversion luminescence excitation at 980 nm wavelength produces luminescence emission at 562 nm with near-zero fluorescence background and exceptional contrast for delamination indication. The ability to detect TBC delamination produced by Rockwell indentation and by furnace cycling is demonstrated for both EB-PVD and plasma-sprayed TBCs. The relative strengths of the NIR and upconversion luminescence methods for monitoring TBC delamination are discussed.

  18. Mid infrared upconversion spectroscopy using diffuse reflectance

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    Sanders, Nicolai; Kehlet, Louis; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Beato, Pablo; Pedersen, Christian

    2014-02-01

    We present a novel approach for mid infrared (mid-IR) spectral analysis using upconversion technology applied in a diffuse reflectance setup. We demonstrate experimentally that mid-IR spectral features in the 2.6-4 μm range using different test samples (e.g. zeolites) can be obtained. The results are in good agreement with published data. We believe that the benefit of low noise upconversion methods combined with spectral analysis will provide an alternative approach to e.g. mid-IR Fourier Transform microscopy. We discuss in detail the experimental aspects of the proposed method. The upconversion unit consists of a PP:LN crystal situated as an intracavity component in a Nd:YVO4 laser. Mixing incoming spectrally and spatially incoherent light from the test sample with the high power intracavity beam of the Nd:YVO4 laser results in enhanced conversion efficiency. The upconverted light is spectrally located in the near infrared (NIR) wavelength region easily accessible for low noise Silicon CCD camera technology. Thus the room temperature upconversion unit and the Silicon CCD camera replaces noisy mid infrared detectors used in existing Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. We demonstrate specifically that upconversion methods can be deployed using a diffuse reflectance setup where the test sample is irradiated by a thermal light source, i.e. a globar. The diffuse reflectance geometry is particularly well suited when a transmission setup cannot be used. This situation may happen for highly scattering or absorbing samples.

  19. Synthesis of NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ upconversion nanoparticles in normal microemulsions

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract An interface-controlled reaction in normal microemulsions (water/ethanol/sodium oleate/oleic acid/n-hexane was designed to prepare NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ upconversion nanoparticles. The phase diagram of the system was first studied to obtain the appropriate oil-in-water microemulsions. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffractometer measurements revealed that the as-prepared nanoparticles were spherical, monodisperse with a uniform size of 20 nm, and of cubic phase with good crystallinity. Furthermore, these nanoparticles have good dispersibility in nonpolar organic solvents and exhibit visible upconversion luminescence of orange color under continuous excitation at 980 nm. Then, a thermal treatment for the products was found to enhance the luminescence intensity. In addition, because of its inherent merit in high yielding and being economical, this synthetic method could be utilized for preparation of the UCNPs on a large scale.

  20. Non-collinear upconversion of incoherent light: designing infrared spectrometers and imaging systems

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    Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Hu, Qi; Pedersen, Christian

    2014-01-01

    for each angle of propagation. Non-collinear phase matching has been an area of limited attention for many years due to inherent incompatibility with tightly focused laser beams typically used for most second order processes in order to achieve acceptable conversion efficiency. The development......Upconversion of incoherent mid-infrared radiation to near visible wavelengths, offers very attractive sensitivity compared to conventional means of infrared detection. Incoherent light, focused into a nonlinear crystal, results in noncollinear phase matching of a narrow range of wavelengths...... of periodically poled crystals have allowed for non-critical collinear phase matching of most wavelengths, virtually eliminating the need for non-collinear phase matching. When considering upconversion of thermal light, spectral radiance is limited due to the finite temperature of the Planck radiation source...

  1. Near-infrared (NIR) up-conversion optogenetics

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    Hososhima, Shoko; Yuasa, Hideya; Ishizuka, Toru; Hoque, Mohammad Razuanul; Yamashita, Takayuki; Yamanaka, Akihiro; Sugano, Eriko; Tomita, Hiroshi; Yawo, Hiromu

    2015-11-01

    Non-invasive remote control technologies designed to manipulate neural functions have been long-awaited for the comprehensive and quantitative understanding of neuronal network in the brain as well as for the therapy of neurological disorders. Recently, it has become possible for the neuronal activity to be optically manipulated using biological photo-reactive molecules such as channelrhodopsin (ChR)-2. However, ChR2 and its relatives are mostly reactive to visible light, which does not effectively penetrate through biological tissues. In contrast, near-infrared (NIR) light (650-1450 nm) penetrates deep into the tissues because biological systems are almost transparent to light within this so-called ‘imaging window’. Here we used lanthanide nanoparticles (LNPs), composed of rare-earth elements, as luminous bodies to activate ChRs since they absorb low-energy NIR light to emit high-energy visible light (up-conversion). Here, we created a new type of optogenetic system which consists of the donor LNPs and the acceptor ChRs. The NIR laser irradiation emitted visible light from LNPs, then induced the photo-reactive responses in the near-by cells that expressed ChRs. However, there remains room for large improvements in the energy efficiency of the LNP-ChR system.

  2. Multicolor Emission from Poly(p-Phenylene)/Nanoporous ZnMnO Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Light-Emitting Diode.

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    Lee, Sejoon; Lee, Youngmin; Kim, Deuk Young; Panin, Gennady N

    2016-12-28

    The voltage-tunable multicolor emission was realized in a poly(p-phenylene)/nanoporous ZnMnO organic-inorganic hybrid light-emitting diode. Red, green, and blue (RGB) colors sequentially appeared with increasing magnitude of the bias voltage (i.e., R → RG → RGB with V↑). At a higher voltage (>2.4 V), eventually, the device emitted the visible light with a mixture of colors including RGB. These unique features may move us a step closer to the application of organic-inorganic hybrid solid-state lighting devices for the full-color display and/or the electrical-to-optical data converter for multivalue electronic signal processes. In-depth analyses on electrical and optical properties are presented, and voltage-controllable multicolor-emission mechanisms are discussed.

  3. Enhanced near-infrared response of a Si:H solar cells with β-NaYF4:Yb3+(18%), Er3+(2%) upconversion phosphors

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    de Wild, J.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/314641378; Meijerink, A.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/075044986; Rath, J.K.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304830585; van Sark, W.G.J.H.M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/074628526; Schropp, R.E.I.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/072502584

    2010-01-01

    A near-infrared to visible upconversion phosphor (β-NaYF4:Yb3+ (18%), Er3+ (2%)) has been applied at the back of a thin film hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cell in combination with a white back reflector to investigate its response to sub-bandgap infrared irradiation. Current–voltage

  4. High-Energy, Multicolor Femtosecond Pulses from the Deep Ultraviolet to the Near Infrared Generated in a Hydrogen-Filled Gas Cell and Hollow Fiber

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    Kazuya Motoyoshi

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available We investigate four-wave mixing in hydrogen gas using a gas cell and a hollow fiber for the generation of high-energy, multicolor femtosecond (fs optical pulses. Both a hydrogen-filled gas cell and hollow fiber lead to the generation of multicolor fs pulses in a broad spectral range from the deep ultraviolet to the near infrared. However, there is a difference in the energy distribution of the multicolor emission between the gas cell and the hollow fiber. The hydrogen-filled gas cell generates visible pulses with higher energies than the pulses created by the hollow fiber. We have generated visible pulses with energies of several tens of microjoules. The hydrogen-filled hollow fiber, on the other hand, generates ultraviolet pulses with energies of a few microjoules, which are higher than the energies of the ultraviolet pulses generated in the gas cell. In both schemes, the spectral width of each emission line supports a transform-limited pulse duration shorter than 15 fs. Four-wave mixing in hydrogen gas therefore can be used for the development of a light source that emits sub-20 fs multicolor pulses in a wavelength region from the deep ultraviolet to the near infrared with microjoule pulse energies.

  5. Image upconversion, a low noise infrared sensor?

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    for detection of infrared images. Silicon cameras have much smaller intrinsic noise than their IR counter part- some models even offer near single photon detection capability. We demonstrate that an ordinary CCD camera combined with a low noise upconversion has superior noise characteristics when compared...

  6. Image upconversion - a low noise infrared sensor?

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    Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Pedersen, Christian

    for detection of infrared images. Silicon cameras have much smaller intrinsic noise than their IR counter part- some models even offer near single photon detection capability. We demonstrate that an ordinary CCD camera combined with a low noise upconversion has superior noise characteristics when compared...

  7. Three-dimensional quick response code based on inkjet printing of upconversion fluorescent nanoparticles for drug anti-counterfeiting

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    You, Minli; Lin, Min; Wang, Shurui; Wang, Xuemin; Zhang, Ge; Hong, Yuan; Dong, Yuqing; Jin, Guorui; Xu, Feng

    2016-05-01

    Medicine counterfeiting is a serious issue worldwide, involving potentially devastating health repercussions. Advanced anti-counterfeit technology for drugs has therefore aroused intensive interest. However, existing anti-counterfeit technologies are associated with drawbacks such as the high cost, complex fabrication process, sophisticated operation and incapability in authenticating drug ingredients. In this contribution, we developed a smart phone recognition based upconversion fluorescent three-dimensional (3D) quick response (QR) code for tracking and anti-counterfeiting of drugs. We firstly formulated three colored inks incorporating upconversion nanoparticles with RGB (i.e., red, green and blue) emission colors. Using a modified inkjet printer, we printed a series of colors by precisely regulating the overlap of these three inks. Meanwhile, we developed a multilayer printing and splitting technology, which significantly increases the information storage capacity per unit area. As an example, we directly printed the upconversion fluorescent 3D QR code on the surface of drug capsules. The 3D QR code consisted of three different color layers with each layer encoded by information of different aspects of the drug. A smart phone APP was designed to decode the multicolor 3D QR code, providing the authenticity and related information of drugs. The developed technology possesses merits in terms of low cost, ease of operation, high throughput and high information capacity, thus holds great potential for drug anti-counterfeiting.Medicine counterfeiting is a serious issue worldwide, involving potentially devastating health repercussions. Advanced anti-counterfeit technology for drugs has therefore aroused intensive interest. However, existing anti-counterfeit technologies are associated with drawbacks such as the high cost, complex fabrication process, sophisticated operation and incapability in authenticating drug ingredients. In this contribution, we developed a

  8. Laser-diode excited intense upconversion luminescence of Er3+ in bismuth-lead-germanate glasses

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    Li Tao; Zhang Qin-Yuan; Jiang Zhong-Hong

    2007-01-01

    We have investigated infrared-to-visible upconversion luminescence of Er3 in bismuth-lead-germanate glasses.The UV cutoff wavelength is shortened while its lifetime is increased almost linearly, with PbF2 substituting for PbO in the bismuth-lead-germanate glasses. Three emissions centred at around 529, 545 and 657 nm are clearly observed, which are identified as originating from the 2H11/2 →4 I15/2,4 Ss/2 →4 I15/2 and 4F9/2 →4 I15/2 transitions, respectively. It is noted that all the upconversion emission intensities increase with PbF2 concentration increasing. The ratio between the intensities of red and green emissions increases with the increasing of PbF2 content. Energy transfer processes and nonradiative phonon-assisted decays account for the populations of the 2H11/2,4 S3/2 and 4F9/2 levels. The quadratic dependence of fluorescence on excitation laser power confirms a two-photon process to contribute to the upconversion emissions.

  9. Demonstration of Passive W-Band Millimeter Wave Imaging Using Optical Upconversion Detection Methodology with Applications

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    Samluk, Jesse P.; Schuetz, Christopher A.; Dillon, Thomas; Martin, Richard D.; Stein, E. Lee; Mackrides, Daniel G.; Wilson, John; Robbins, Andrew; Shi, Shouyuan; Chen, Caihua; Yao, Peng; Shireen, Rownak; Macario, Julien; Prather, Dennis W.

    2012-11-01

    Millimeter wave (mmW) imaging has enjoyed a measure of success due to the unique properties of imaging in this spectral region, some of which are still being discovered. For example, a key advantage of mmW imaging is the ability to penetrate through various atmospheric obscurants, including fog, dust, sand, and smoke, due to its longer wavelengths as compared to visible or infrared imaging. Various methods of imaging with mmW energy exist, such as direct detection, downconversion, and upconversion, where this manuscript focuses on the latter. Until now, passive imaging using an optical upconversion method was limited to Q-band frequencies due to the lack of commercially available parts, namely a sufficiently high frequency optical modulator. To overcome this limitation, a custom-built modulator using in-house fabrication facilities was realized to allow imaging within the W-band frequency range (75-110 GHz). Therefore, in this manuscript we report new results of passive imaging in the W-band frequency range using a unique optical upconversion technique, where the higher frequency operation allows for greater detail in the imagery thus collected.

  10. White light upconversion emissions in Er3+/Tm3+/Yb3+ tridoped oxyfluoride glass

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    Guan, Xiaoping; Xu, Wei; Zhu, Shuang; Song, Qiutong; Wu, Xijun; Liu, Hailong

    2015-10-01

    Rare earth ions doped glasses producing visible upconversion emissions are of great interest due to their potential applications in the photonics filed. In fact, practical application of upconversion emissions has been used to obtain color image displays and white light sources. However, there are few reports on the thermal effect on tuning the emission color of the RE doped materials. In this work, the Er3+/Tm3+/Yb3+ tridoped oxyfluoride glasses were prepared through high temperature solid-state method. Under a 980 nm diode laser excitation, the upconversion emissions from the samples were studied. At room-temperature, bright white luminescence, whose CIE chromaticity coordinate was about (0.28, 0.31), can be obtained when the excitation power was 120 mW. The emission color was changed by varying the intensity ratios between RGB bands, which are strongly dependent on the rare earth ions concentration. The temperature dependent color emissions were also investigated. As temperature increased, the intensities for the emission bands presented different decay rates, finally resulting in the changing of the CIE coordinate. When the temperature was 573 K, white light with color coordinate of (0.31, 0.33) was achieved, which matches well with the white reference (0.33, 0.33). The color tunability, high quality of white light and intense emission intensity make the transparent oxyfluoride glasses excellent candidates for applications in solid-state lighting.

  11. The Intersection of CMOS Microsystems and Upconversion Nanoparticles for Luminescence Bioimaging and Bioassays

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    Liping Wei

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Organic fluorophores and quantum dots are ubiquitous as contrast agents for bio-imaging and as labels in bioassays to enable the detection of biological targets and processes. Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs offer a different set of opportunities as labels in bioassays and for bioimaging. UCNPs are excited at near-infrared (NIR wavelengths where biological molecules are optically transparent, and their luminesce in the visible and ultraviolet (UV wavelength range is suitable for detection using complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS technology. These nanoparticles provide multiple sharp emission bands, long lifetimes, tunable emission, high photostability, and low cytotoxicity, which render them particularly useful for bio-imaging applications and multiplexed bioassays. This paper surveys several key concepts surrounding upconversion nanoparticles and the systems that detect and process the corresponding luminescence signals. The principle of photon upconversion, tuning of emission wavelengths, UCNP bioassays, and UCNP time-resolved techniques are described. Electronic readout systems for signal detection and processing suitable for UCNP luminescence using CMOS technology are discussed. This includes recent progress in miniaturized detectors, integrated spectral sensing, and high-precision time-domain circuits. Emphasis is placed on the physical attributes of UCNPs that map strongly to the technical features that CMOS devices excel in delivering, exploring the interoperability between the two technologies.

  12. Upconversion nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy and other cancer therapeutics.

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    Wang, Chao; Cheng, Liang; Liu, Zhuang

    2013-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive treatment modality for a variety of diseases including cancer. PDT based on upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) has received much attention in recent years. Under near-infrared (NIR) light excitation, UCNPs are able to emit high-energy visible light, which can activate surrounding photosensitizer (PS) molecules to produce singlet oxygen and kill cancer cells. Owing to the high tissue penetration ability of NIR light, NIR-excited UCNPs can be used to activate PS molecules in much deeper tissues compared to traditional PDT induced by visible or ultraviolet (UV) light. In addition to the application of UCNPs as an energy donor in PDT, via similar mechanisms, they could also be used for the NIR light-triggered drug release or activation of 'caged' imaging or therapeutic molecules. In this review, we will summarize the latest progresses regarding the applications of UCNPs for photodynamic therapy, NIR triggered drug and gene delivery, as well as several other UCNP-based cancer therapeutic approaches. The future prospects and challenges in this emerging field will be also discussed.

  13. Photon up-conversion increases biomass yield in Chlorella vulgaris.

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    Menon, Kavya R; Jose, Steffi; Suraishkumar, Gadi K

    2014-12-01

    Photon up-conversion, a process whereby lower energy radiations are converted to higher energy levels via the use of appropriate phosphor systems, was employed as a novel strategy for improving microalgal growth and lipid productivity. Photon up-conversion enables the utilization of regions of the solar spectrum, beyond the typical photosynthetically active radiation, that are usually wasted or are damaging to the algae. The effects of up-conversion of red light by two distinct sets of up-conversion phosphors were studied in the model microalgae Chlorella vulgaris. Up-conversion by set 1 phosphors led to a 2.85 fold increase in biomass concentration and a 3.2 fold increase in specific growth rate of the microalgae. While up-conversion by set 2 phosphors resulted in a 30% increase in biomass and 12% increase in specific intracellular neutral lipid, while the specific growth rates were comparable to that of the control. Furthermore, up-conversion resulted in higher levels of specific intracellular reactive oxygen species in C. vulgaris. Up-conversion of red light (654 nm) was shown to improve biomass yields in C. vulgaris. In principle, up-conversion can be used to increase the utilization range of the electromagnetic spectrum for improved cultivation of photosynthetic systems such as plants, algae, and microalgae.

  14. Photon Upconversion with Hot Carriers in Plasmonic Systems

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    Naik, Gururaj V

    2015-01-01

    We propose a novel scheme of photon upconversion based on harnessing the energy of plasmonic hot carriers. Low-energy photons excite hot electrons and hot holes in a plasmonic nanoparticle, which are then injected into an adjacent semiconductor quantum well where they radiatively recombine to emit a photon of higher energy. We theoretically study the proposed upconversion scheme using Fermi-liquid theory and determine the upconversion quantum efficiency to be as high as 25% in 5 nm silver nanocubes. This upconversion scheme is linear in its operation, does not require coherent illumination, offers spectral tunability, and is more efficient than conventional upconverters.

  15. Mid-infrared upconversion spectroscopy

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    Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Andersen, H. V.

    2016-01-01

    Mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy is emerging as an attractive alternative to near-infrared or visible spectroscopy. MIR spectroscopy offers a unique possibility to probe the fundamental absorption bands of a large number of gases as well as the vibrational spectra of complex molecules. In this paper...

  16. Printed Multicolor High-Contrast Electrochromic Devices.

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    Chen, Bo-Han; Kao, Sheng-Yuan; Hu, Chih-Wei; Higuchi, Masayoshi; Ho, Kuo-Chuan; Liao, Ying-Chih

    2015-11-18

    In this study, electrochemical responses of inkjet-printed multicolored electrochromic devices (ECD) were studied to evaluate the feasibility of presenting multiple colors in one ECD. Metallo-supramolecular polymers (MEPE) solutions with two primary colors were inkjet-printed on flexible electrodes. By digitally controlling print dosages of each species, the colors of the printed EC thin film patterns can be adjusted directly without premixing or synthesizing new materials. The printed EC thin films were then laminated with a solid transparent thin film electrolyte and a transparent conductive thin film to form an ECD. After applying a dc voltage, the printed ECDs exhibited great contrast with a transmittance change (ΔT) of 40.1% and a high coloration efficiency of 445 cm(2) C(-1) within a short darkening time of 2 s. The flexible ECDs also showed the same darkening time of 2 s and still had a high ΔT of 30.1% under bending condition. This study demonstrated the feasibility to fabricate display devices with different color setups by an all-solution process and can be further extended to other types of displays.

  17. Multicolor Electrochromics: Rainbow-Like Devices.

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    Alesanco, Yolanda; Viñuales, Ana; Palenzuela, Jesús; Odriozola, Ibon; Cabañero, Germán; Rodriguez, Javier; Tena-Zaera, Ramón

    2016-06-15

    Stimuli-responsive reversible coloration-change materials represent a highly demanded type of smart systems useful for a wide variety of applications, with a significant growing interest in multicolor abilities. In particular, electrochromic materials have received a great deal of attention due to their versatility and broad range of industrial uses. However, most of the existing electrochromic technologies provide a single coloration, while achieving multiple colors based on simple approaches remains a challenge. The present article reports on PVA gel-based electrochromic devices, containing a single viologen, providing a colorless and two different well-defined colored states. The successful fabrication of a device, based on two viologens (multi-EC gel) with a simple architecture (glass/TCO/multi-EC gel/TCO/glass), with five different multiswitchable colors based on four-zoned electrodes (rainbow-like ECD) is also demonstrated. This novel easy-to-make multichromic system represents a significant breakthrough toward the generation of full-color devices, expanding the potential of electrochromic technology.

  18. Multicolor photoluminescence in ITQ-16 zeolite film

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    Chen, Yanli

    2016-09-07

    Exploring the native defects of zeolites is highly important for understanding the properties of zeolites, such as catalysis and optics. Here, ITQ-16 films were prepared via the secondary growth method in the presence of Ge atoms. Various intrinsic defects of ITQ-16 films were fully studied through photoluminescence and FTIR characterizations. It was found that both the as-synthesized and calcined ITQ-16 films displayed multicolor photoluminescence including ultraviolet, blue, green and red emissions by exciting upon appropriate wavelengths. The results indicate that Si―OH and non-bridging oxygen hole centers(NBOHCs) are responsible for the origin of green and red emissions at 540―800 nm, while according to a variety of emission bands of calcined ITQ-16 film, blue emission bands at around 446 and 462 nm are attributed to peroxy free radicals(≡SiO2), ultraviolet emissions ranging from 250 nm to 450 nm are suggested originating from a singlet-to-triplet transition of two-fold-coordinated Si and Ge, respectively. © 2016, Jilin University, The Editorial Department of Chemical Research in Chinese Universities and Springer-Verlag GmbH.

  19. Improved space bandwidth product in image upconversion

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    Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Pedersen, Christian; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter

    2012-01-01

    We present a technique increasing the space bandwidth product of a nonlinear image upconversion process used for spectral imaging. The technique exploits the strong dependency of the phase-matching condition in sum frequency generation (SFG) on the angle of propagation of the interacting fields...... with respect to the optical axis. Appropriate scanning of the phase-match condition (Δk=0) while acquiring images, allow us to perform monochromatic image reconstruction with a significantly increased space bandwidth product. We derive the theory for the image reconstruction process and demonstrate acquisition...... of images with >10 fold increase in space bandwidth product, i.e. the number of pixel elements, when compared to upconversion of images using fixed phase-match conditions....

  20. LOW POWER UPCONVERSION FOR SOLAR FUELS PHOTOCHEMISTRY

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    Castellano, Felix N. [Bowling Green State University

    2013-08-05

    Earth abundant copper(I) diimine complexes represent a renewable and economically feasible alternative to commonly used heavy metal containing chromophores. In the metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) excited state, copper(I) diimine complexes typically undergo a significant structural rearrangement, leading to molecules with large Stokes shifts and very short excited state lifetimes, thereby limiting their usefulness as sensitizers in bimolecular electron and triplet energy transfer reactions. Strategically placed bulky substituents on the coordinating phenanthroline ligands have proven useful in restricting the transiently produced excited state Jahn-Teller distortion, leading to longer-lived excited states. By combining bulky sec-butyl groups in the 2- and 9- positions with methyl groups in the 3-,4-, 7-, and 8- positions, a remarkably long-lived (2.8 μs in DCM) copper(I) bis-phenanthroline complex, [Cu(dsbtmp)2]+, has been synthesized and characterized. Unlike other copper(I) diimine complexes, [Cu(dsbtmp)2]+ also retains a μs lifetime in coordinating solvents such as acetonitrile and water as a result of the cooperative sterics inherent in the molecular design. Preliminary results on the use of this complex in hydrogen-forming homogeneous photocatalysis is presented. Photon upconversion based on sensitized triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA) represents a photochemical means to generate high-energy photons (or high-energy chemical products) from low-energy excitation, having potential applications in solar energy conversion and solar fuels producing devices. For the first time, synthetically facile and earth abundant Cu(I) MLCT sensitizers have been successfully incorporated into two distinct photochemical upconversion schemes, affording both red-to-green and orange-to-blue wavelength conversions. Preliminary results on aqueous-based photochemical upconversion as well as intramolecular Sn(IV) porphyrins containing axially coordinated aromatic hydrocarbon

  1. Up-conversion detectors at 1550 nm for quantum communication: review and recent advances

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    Tournier, M.; Alibart, O.; Doutre, F.; Tascu, S.; de Micheli, M. P.; Ostrowsky, D. B.; Thyagarajan, K.; Tanzilli, S.

    Up-conversion, or hybrid, detectors have been investigated in quantum communication experiments to replace Indium-Gallium-Arsenide avalanche photodiodes (InGaAs-APD) for the detection of infrared and telecom single photons. Those detectors are based on the supposedly noise-free process of frequency up-conversion, also called sum-frequency generation (SFG), using a second order (χ^2) non-linear crystal. Powered by an intense pump laser, this process permits transposing with a certain probability the single photons at telecom wavelengths to the visible range where silicon APDs (Si-APD) operate with a much better performance than InGaAs detectors. To date, the literature reports up-conversion detectors having efficiency and noise figures comparable to that of the best commercially available IngaAs-APDs. However, in all of these previous realizations, a pump-induced noise is always observed which was initially expected to be as low as the dark count level of the Si-APDs. Although this additional noise represents a problem for the detection, up-conversion detectors have advantageously replaced InGaAs-APDs in various long-distance quantum cryptography schemes since they offer a continuous regime operation mode instead of a gated mode necessary for InGaAs-APDs, and the possibility of much higher counting rates. Despite attempted explanations, no detailed nor conclusive study of this noise has been reported. The aim of this paper is to offer a definitive explanation for this noise. We first give a review of the state of the art by describing already demonstrated up-conversion detectors. We discuss these realizations especially regarding the choices made for the material, in bulk or guided configurations, the single photon wavelengths, and the pump scheme. Then we describe an original device made of waveguides integrated on periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN)or on single-domain lithium niobate aimed at investigating the origin of the additional pump-induced noise

  2. Simultaneous multicolor detection of RNA and proteins using super-resolution microscopy.

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    Mito, Mari; Kawaguchi, Tetsuya; Hirose, Tetsuro; Nakagawa, Shinichi

    2016-04-01

    A number of non-membranous cellular bodies have been identified in higher eukaryotes, and these bodies contain a specific set of proteins and RNAs that are used to fulfill their functions. The size of these RNA-containing cellular bodies is usually on a submicron scale, making it difficult to observe fine structures using optical microscopy due to the diffraction limitation of visible light. Recently, microscope companies have released super-resolution microscopes that were developed using different principles, enabling the observation of sub-micron structures not resolvable in conventional fluorescent microscopy. Here, we describe multi-color fluorescent in situ hybridization techniques optimized for the simultaneous detection of RNA and proteins using super-resolution microscopy, namely structured illumination microscopy (SIM).

  3. High resolution 2D image upconversion of incoherent light

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    Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Pedersen, Christian; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter

    2011-01-01

    infrared (NIR) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. The key is optimization of the upconversion process. This include Quasi-Phase-Matching leading to higher effective nonlinearities and elimination of walk-off, an intra-cavity design enhancing the upconversion process, and finally the use of modern NIR...

  4. Upconversion imaging using an all-fiber supercontinuum source

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    Huot, Laurent; Moselund, Peter Morten; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter

    2016-01-01

    In this Letter, the first demonstration, to the best of our knowledge, of pulsed upconversion imaging using supercontinuum light is presented. A mid-infrared (IR) imaging system was built by combining a mid-IR supercontinuum source emitting between 1.8 and 2.6 mu m with upconversion detection. Th...

  5. Photon Upconversion Through Tb(3+) -Mediated Interfacial Energy Transfer.

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    Zhou, Bo; Yang, Weifeng; Han, Sanyang; Sun, Qiang; Liu, Xiaogang

    2015-10-28

    A strategy of interfacial energy transfer upconversion is demonstrated through the use of a terbium (Tb(3+) ) dopant as energy donor or energy migrator in core-shell-structured nanocrystals. This mechanistic investigation presents a new pathway for photon upconversion, and, more importantly, contributes to the better control of energy transfer at the nanometer length scale.

  6. [Crystal structure and upconversion emission of Yb3+/Er(3+) -co-doped NaYF4 nanocrystals].

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    Yao, Li-Li; Luo, Li; Dong, Guo-Shuai; Wang, Yin-Hai

    2013-11-01

    Yb3+/EP(3+) -co-doped cubic NaYF4 and Yb3+/Er3+/Gd(3+) -tri-doped hexagonal NaYF4 nanocrystals were synthesized by a modified coprecipitation method with ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) as chelating agent. The samples' morphology, crystal phase and upconversion emission were measured with transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD) and upconversion luminescence spectrum. TEM and XRD results showed that the phase transition from cubic to hexagonal was promoted through Gd3+ doping. It has been reported that the upconversion efficiency of hexagonal NaYF4 is higher than that of cubic NaYF4, however, the effect of crystal phase on upconversion luminescence has not been well understood. This work focuses analysis of measurement results to compare the effect of, crystal phase on the crystal field energy splitting and upconversion emission intensity as well as emission color, and a mechanism of luminescence enhancement and color tunability are revealed. Strong visible upconversion luminescence can be seen clearly by the naked eyes in both cubic phase and hexagonal phase samples upon excitation by a 980 nm laser diode with power of 10 mW, consisting of green emissions centered at around 525/550 nm originating from the transitions of 2H11/2/4 S3/2 --> 4 I15/2 and red emission at about 657 nm from 4F9/2 to 4 I15/2 of Er3+ ions respectively. In comparison to cubic sample, the hexagonal phase sample presented much stronger and sharper upconversion luminescence, whose emission efficiency was enhanced 10 times with an additional transition of 2 H9/2 --> 4I13/2 at 557 nm, furthermore, the intensity ratio of red to green emission increased from 2 :1 to 3 : 1. Doping NaYF4 nanocrystals with Gd3+ ions induced the hexagonal-to-cubic phase transition and thus decreased the crystal symmetry, consequently increased absorption cross-section and 4f-4f transition probabilities by relaxing forbidden selection rules, resulting in stronger emission. In the

  7. Tuning upconversion through energy migration in core-shell nanoparticles

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    Wang, Feng

    2011-10-23

    Photon upconversion is promising for applications such as biological imaging, data storage or solar cells. Here, we have investigated upconversion processes in a broad range of gadolinium-based nanoparticles of varying composition. We show that by rational design of a core-shell structure with a set of lanthanide ions incorporated into separated layers at precisely defined concentrations, efficient upconversion emission can be realized through gadolinium sublattice-mediated energy migration for a wide range of lanthanide activators without long-lived intermediary energy states. Furthermore, the use of the core-shell structure allows the elimination of deleterious cross-relaxation. This effect enables fine-tuning of upconversion emission through trapping of the migrating energy by the activators. Indeed, the findings described here suggest a general approach to constructing a new class of luminescent materials with tunable upconversion emissions by controlled manipulation of energy transfer within a nanoscopic region. © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  8. Dependence of Temperature on Upconversion Emission of YLiF4∶Er3+

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    赵谡玲; 徐征; 侯延冰; 裴晓将; 徐叙瑢

    2003-01-01

    Intense upconversion emissions of YLiF4∶Er3+ synthesized by hydrothermal method were obtained. The upconversion intensity decreases with the increase of environment temperature. In different temperature, the upconversion mechanism is different. At room temperature, the green upconversion mechanism is the combination of two-photon process and three-photon process, and the red upconversion mechanism is two-photon process.

  9. Observation of upconversion white light and ultrabroad infrared emission in YbAG:Ln3+ (Ln = Nd, Sm, Tb, Er)

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    Zhu, Yongsheng; Cui, Shaobo; Liu, Mao; Liu, Xuyan; Lu, Cheng; Xu, Xiumei; Xu, Wen

    2015-07-01

    We report on the intense white-light upconversion and ultrabroad infrared (IR) emission for the sol-gel synthesis of Yb3Al5O12 (YbAG):Ln3+ (Ln = Nd, Sm, Tb, Er) following excitation with low-energy near-infrared light (λex = 980 nm). Sufficient cross relaxations and photon avalanches play important roles in the formation of efficient visible and IR broad bands. The brightness of white-light upconversion was 6.2 × 104 cd/m2 at a laser power of 1.47 W, and the IR broad bands (1200-1700 nm) covered all the bands in optical communication media, which indicates that the material might be promising for the development of devices such as white lasers, LEDs, and integrated waveguides.

  10. Upconversion emission in Er{sup 3+}-doped lead niobium germanate thin-film glasses produced by pulsed laser deposition

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    Lahoz, F.; Haro-Gonzalez, P.; Rivera-Lopez, F.; Gonzalez-Perez, S.; Martin, I.R. [University of La Laguna, Departamento de Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Capuj, N.E. [University of La Laguna, Departamento de Fisica Basica, La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Afonso, C.N.; Gonzalo, J. [CSIC, Laser Processing Group, Instituto de Optica, Madrid (Spain); Fernandez, J.; Balda, R. [Escuela Superior de Ingenieros, Departamento de Fisica Aplicada I, Bilbao (Spain); Centro Mixto CSIC-UPV/EHU and DIPC, Donostia (Spain)

    2008-11-15

    Thin films of Er{sup 3+}-doped lead-niobium germanate have been produced by pulsed laser deposition from Er{sup 3+}-doped 25PbO{sub 2}-25Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-50GeO{sub 2} (mol%) transparent glasses with an Er content in the range 0.5-3 wt%. The room-temperature infrared to visible upconversion properties of these thin films have been investigated under 800-nm laser excitation. An energy transfer upconversion mechanism has been identified to be responsible for the population of the {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}:{sup 2}H{sub 11/2} excited level, from which an intense green emission occurs. A rate equation analysis supports the proposed mechanism. (orig.)

  11. Enhanced green upconversion by controlled ceramization of Er{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+} co-doped sodium niobium tellurite glass–ceramics for low temperature sensors

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    Suresh Kumar, J., E-mail: suresh@ua.pt; Pavani, K.; Graça, M.P.F.; Soares, M.J.

    2014-12-25

    Highlights: • Upconversion luminescence improved in glass–ceramics compared to host glass. • Judd–Ofelt and radiative parameters calculated. • NIR decay curve results concur the results of improved luminescence. • Temperature dependent upconversion support the use of materials for sensors. - Abstract: Tellurite based glasses are well-known for their upconversion properties besides having a disadvantage of low mechanical strength dragging them away from practical applications. The present work deals with preparation of sodium niobium tellurite (SNT) glasses using melt quenching method, in which small quantities of boron and silicon in the form of oxides are added to improve their mechanical properties. Controlled heat treatment is performed to ceramize the prepared glasses based on the thermal data given by DTA. XRD and SEM profiles of the glass–ceramics which confirmed the formation of crystalline monoclinic Sodium Tellurium Niobium Oxide (Na{sub 1.4}Nb{sub 3}Te{sub 4.9}O{sub 18}) phase (JCPDS card No. 04–011-7556). Upconversion measurements in the visible region were made for the prepared Er{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+} co-doped glasses and glass–ceramics with 980 nm laser excitation varying the laser power and concentration of Er{sup 3+} ions. Results showed that the upconversion luminescence intensity was enhanced by ten times in SNT glass–ceramics compared to that in the SNT glasses. Decay curves give evidence of high performance of glass–ceramics compared to glasses due to ceramization and structural changes. Temperature dependent visible upconversion was performed to test the ability of efficient SNT glass–ceramic at low temperatures and variation of upconversion intensities was studied.

  12. Chromosome painting by GISH and multi-color FISH

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    Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) is a powerful cytogenetic technique for identifying chromosomes and mapping specific genes and DNA sequences on individual chromosomes. Genomic in situ hybridization (GISH) and multi-color FISH (mc-FISH) represent two special types of FISH techniques. Both ...

  13. Multicolor Electron Microscopy for Simultaneous Visualization of Multiple Molecular Species

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    Adams, Stephen R; Mackey, Mason R; Ramachandra, Ranjan; Palida Lemieux, Sakina F; Steinbach, Paul; Bushong, Eric A; Butko, Margaret T; Giepmans, Ben N G; Ellisman, Mark H; Tsien, Roger Y

    2016-01-01

    Electron microscopy (EM) remains the primary method for imaging cellular and tissue ultrastructure, although simultaneous localization of multiple specific molecules continues to be a challenge for EM. We present a method for obtaining multicolor EM views of multiple subcellular components. The meth

  14. Ablation-erosion analyses of various fusion material surfaces and developments of surface erosion monitors for notification of fusion chamber maintenance times, as an example: Visible light transparent SiC and up-conversion phosphors applied to plasma facing surface structures, useful for versatile purposes to protect and diagnose fusion chambers and so on

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    Kasuya, K.; Motokoshi, S.; Taniguchi, S.; Nakai, M.; Tokunaga, K.; Kolacek, K.; Schmidt, J.; Frolov, O.; Straus, J.; Matejicek, J.; Choukourov, A.

    2017-01-01

    Two kinds of pulsed lasers in Japan and Czech Republic were used to irradiate various sample materials to investigate the surface erosion thresholds under very hazardous environments including nuclear fusion chambers. The first was ArF laser in ILT and the second was XUV laser in IPP. These data were in-cooperated with our former data to build up our material strength data for our succeeding applications of various materials to a variety of fields. As an example, we proposed surface erosion monitors to notice the fusion chamber maintenance times with which the facilities can be protected from the collapses under very severe operation conditions. These kinds of monitors are expected to be useful for future different kinds of mechanical structures not only for the fusion chambers but also various chambers for many purposes. Special upconversion phosphors are also newly proposed to be used as the candidate materials to measure the thermal inputs onto the front surfaces of the armor structures. Optical transparent SiC was also newly tested to enrich our data base for our future diagnostic and protection possibilities.

  15. Optical properties and energy-transfer frequency upconversion of Yb 3+-sensitized Ho 3+- and Tb 3+-doped lead-cadmium-germanate glass and glass ceramic

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    Gouveia-Neto, Artur S.; Afonso, Antônio C. M.; Nascimento, Jehan F.; Costa, Ernande B.; Bueno, Luciano A.; Messaddeq, Younes; Ribeiro, Sidney J. L.

    2006-02-01

    In this report we investigate the optical properties and energy-transfer upconversion luminescence of Ho 3+- and Tb 3+/Yb 3+-codoped PbGeO 3-PbF II-CdF II glass-ceramic under infrared excitation. In Ho 3+/Yb 3+-codoped sample, green (545 nm), red(652 nm), and near-infrared(754 nm) upconversion luminescence corresponding to the 4S II( 5F 4) --> 5I 8, 5F 5 --> 5I 8, and 4S2( 5F 4) --> 5I 7, respectively, was readly observed. Blue (490 nm) signals assigned to the 5F II ,3 --> 5I 8 transition was also detected. In the Tb 3+/Yb 3+ system, bright UV-visible emission around 384, 415, 438, 473-490, 545, 587, and 623 nm, identified as due to the 5D 3( 5G 6) --> 7F J(J=6,5,4) and 5D 4--> 7F J(J=6,5,4,3) transitions, was measured. The comparison of the upconversion process in glass ceramic and its glassy precursor revealed that the former samples present much higher upconversion efficiencies. The dependence of the upconversion emission upon pump power, and doping contents was also examined. The results indicate that successive energy-transfer between ytterbium and holmium ions and cooperative energy-transfer between ytterbium and terbium ions followed by excited-state absorption are the dominant upconversion excitation mechanisms herein involved. The viability of using the samples for three-dimensional solid-state color displays is also discussed.

  16. Near-infrared (NIR) optogenetics using up-conversion system

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    Hososhima, Shoko; Yuasa, Hideya; Ishizuka, Toru; Yawo, Hiromu

    2015-03-01

    Non-invasive remote control technologies designed to manipulate neural functions for a comprehensive and quantitative understanding of the neuronal network in the brain as well as for the therapy of neurological disorders have long been awaited. Recently, it has become possible to optically manipulate the neuronal activity using biological photo-reactive molecules such as channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2). However, ChR2 and its relatives are mostly reactive to visible light which does not effectively penetrate through biological tissues. In contrast, near-infrared (NIR) light penetrates deep into the tissues because biological systems are almost transparent to light within this so-called `imaging window'. Here we used lanthanide nanoparticles (LNPs), which are composed of rare-earth elements, as luminous bodies to activate channelrhodopsins (ChRs) since they absorb low-energy NIR light to emit high-energy visible light (up-conversion). Neuron-glioma-hybrid ND-7/23 cells were cultured with LNP(NaYF4:Sc/Yb/Er) particles (peak emission, 543 nm) and transfected to express C1V1 (peak absorbance, 539 nm), a chimera of ChR1 and VChR1. The photocurrents were generated in response to NIR laser light (976 nm) to a level comparable to that evoked by a filtered Hg lamp (530-550 nm). NIR light pulses also evoked action potentials in the cultured neurons that expressed C1V1. It is suggested that the green luminescent light emitted from LNPs effectively activated C1V1 to generate the photocurrent. With the optimization of LNPs, acceptor photo-reactive biomolecules and optics, this system could be applied to non-invasively actuate neurons deep in the brain.

  17. Photonic crystal cavity-assisted upconversion infrared photodetector.

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    Gan, Xuetao; Yao, Xinwen; Shiue, Ren-Jye; Hatami, Fariba; Englund, Dirk

    2015-05-18

    We describe an upconversion infrared photodetector assisted by a gallium phosphide photonic crystal nanocavity directly coupled to a silicon photodiode. The strongly cavity-enhanced second harmonic signal radiating from the gallium phosphide membrane can thus be efficiently collected by the silicon photodiode, which promises a high photoresponsivity of the upconversion detector as 0.81 A/W with the coupled power of 1W. The integrated upconversion photodetector also functions as a compact autocorrelator with sub-ps resolution for measuring pulse width and chirp.

  18. High resolution mid-infrared spectroscopy based on frequency upconversion

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    Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Hu, Qi; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter

    2013-01-01

    We present high resolution upconversion of incoherent infrared radiation by means of sum-frequency mixing with a laser followed by simple CCD Si-camera detection. Noise associated with upconversion is, in strong contrast to room temperature direct mid-IR detection, extremely small, thus very faint...... signals can be analyzed. The obtainable frequency resolution is usually in the nm range where sub nm resolution is preferred in many applications, like gas spectroscopy. In this work we demonstrate how to obtain sub nm resolution when using upconversion. In the presented realization one object point...

  19. Lanthanide upconversion luminescence at the nanoscale: fundamentals and optical properties.

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    Nadort, Annemarie; Zhao, Jiangbo; Goldys, Ewa M

    2016-07-01

    Upconversion photoluminescence is a nonlinear effect where multiple lower energy excitation photons produce higher energy emission photons. This fundamentally interesting process has many applications in biomedical imaging, light source and display technology, and solar energy harvesting. In this review we discuss the underlying physical principles and their modelling using rate equations. We discuss how the understanding of photophysical processes enabled a strategic influence over the optical properties of upconversion especially in rationally designed materials. We subsequently present an overview of recent experimental strategies to control and optimize the optical properties of upconversion nanoparticles, focussing on their emission spectral properties and brightness.

  20. Lanthanide upconversion luminescence at the nanoscale: fundamentals and optical properties

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    Nadort, Annemarie; Zhao, Jiangbo; Goldys, Ewa M.

    2016-07-01

    Upconversion photoluminescence is a nonlinear effect where multiple lower energy excitation photons produce higher energy emission photons. This fundamentally interesting process has many applications in biomedical imaging, light source and display technology, and solar energy harvesting. In this review we discuss the underlying physical principles and their modelling using rate equations. We discuss how the understanding of photophysical processes enabled a strategic influence over the optical properties of upconversion especially in rationally designed materials. We subsequently present an overview of recent experimental strategies to control and optimize the optical properties of upconversion nanoparticles, focussing on their emission spectral properties and brightness.

  1. A multicolor photoinitiator for cationic polymerization and interpenetrated polymer network synthesis: 2,7-di-tert-butyldimethyldihydropyrene.

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    Tehfe, Mohamad-Ali; Dumur, Frédéric; Vilà, Neus; Graff, Bernadette; Mayer, Cédric R; Fouassier, Jean Pierre; Gigmes, Didier; Lalevée, Jacques

    2013-07-12

    For polymer synthesis upon visible light, actual photoinitiator operates in a restricted part of the spectrum. As a consequence, several photoinitiators are necessary to harvest all of the emitted visible photons. Herein, 2,7-di-tert-butyldimethyldihydropyrene is used for the first time as a multicolor photoinitiator for the cationic polymerization of epoxides. Upon addition of diphenyliodonium hexafluorophosphate and optionally N-vinylcarbazole, the originality of this approach is to allow efficient monomer conversions under various excitation light sources in the 360-650 nm wavelength range: halogen lamps, and light-emitting and laser diodes. The synthesis of an interpenetrated polymer network from an epoxide/acrylate blend using a red light at 635 nm is also feasible. The formed polymer material exhibits a photochromic character.

  2. Amplified stimulated emission in upconversion nanoparticles for super-resolution nanoscopy

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    Liu, Yujia; Lu, Yiqing; Yang, Xusan; Zheng, Xianlin; Wen, Shihui; Wang, Fan; Vidal, Xavier; Zhao, Jiangbo; Liu, Deming; Zhou, Zhiguang; Ma, Chenshuo; Zhou, Jiajia; Piper, James A.; Xi, Peng; Jin, Dayong

    2017-02-01

    Lanthanide-doped glasses and crystals are attractive for laser applications because the metastable energy levels of the trivalent lanthanide ions facilitate the establishment of population inversion and amplified stimulated emission at relatively low pump power. At the nanometre scale, lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) can now be made with precisely controlled phase, dimension and doping level. When excited in the near-infrared, these UCNPs emit stable, bright visible luminescence at a variety of selectable wavelengths, with single-nanoparticle sensitivity, which makes them suitable for advanced luminescence microscopy applications. Here we show that UCNPs doped with high concentrations of thulium ions (Tm3+), excited at a wavelength of 980 nanometres, can readily establish a population inversion on their intermediate metastable 3H4 level: the reduced inter-emitter distance at high Tm3+ doping concentration leads to intense cross-relaxation, inducing a photon-avalanche-like effect that rapidly populates the metastable 3H4 level, resulting in population inversion relative to the 3H6 ground level within a single nanoparticle. As a result, illumination by a laser at 808 nanometres, matching the upconversion band of the 3H4 → 3H6 transition, can trigger amplified stimulated emission to discharge the 3H4 intermediate level, so that the upconversion pathway to generate blue luminescence can be optically inhibited. We harness these properties to realize low-power super-resolution stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy and achieve nanometre-scale optical resolution (nanoscopy), imaging single UCNPs; the resolution is 28 nanometres, that is, 1/36th of the wavelength. These engineered nanocrystals offer saturation intensity two orders of magnitude lower than those of fluorescent probes currently employed in stimulated emission depletion microscopy, suggesting a new way of alleviating the square-root law that typically limits the

  3. Intense red upconversion fluorescence emission in NIR-excited erbium-ytterbium doped laponite-derived phosphor

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    da Silva, Andréa F.; Moura, Diógenes S.; Gouveia-Neto, Artur S.; Silva, Elias A.; Bueno, Luciano A.; Costa, Ernande B.; Azevedo, Eduardo N.

    2011-09-01

    In this report the optical properties and energy-transfer frequency upconversion luminescence of Er 3+/Yb 3+-codoped laponite-derived powders under 975 nm infrared excitation is investigated. The 75%(laponite):25%(PbF 2) samples doped with erbium and ytterbium ions, generated high intensity red emission around 660 nm and lower intensity green emission around 525, and 545 nm. The observed emission signals were examined as a function of the excitation power and annealing temperature. The results indicate that energy-transfer, and excited-state absorption are the major upconversion excitation mechanism for the erbium excited-state red emitting level. The precursor glass samples were also heat treated at annealing temperatures of 300 °C, 400 °C, 500 °C, and 600 °C, for a 2 h period. The dependence of the visible upconversion luminescence emission upon the annealing temperature indicated the existence of an optimum temperature which leads to the generation of the most intense and spectrally pure red emission signal.

  4. Upconversion based continuous-wave mid-infrared detection

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    Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Pedersen, Christian

    2013-01-01

    We present theoretical and experimental work on upconversion based mid-wavelength infrared detection using silicon detectors without the need for cryogenic cooling. We consider both multi-spectral imaging and point spectroscopy targeting several specific applications.......We present theoretical and experimental work on upconversion based mid-wavelength infrared detection using silicon detectors without the need for cryogenic cooling. We consider both multi-spectral imaging and point spectroscopy targeting several specific applications....

  5. Mid-IR Imaging: Upconversion imager improves IR gas sensing

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    Sahlberg, Anna-Lena; Li, Zhongshan; Høgstedt, Lasse

    2014-01-01

    A nonlinear upconversion detector shows near-shot-noise-limited performance and compares favorably—while adding additional imaging information—to conventional cryogenic detectors in the measurement of trace-level gases at atmospheric pressure.......A nonlinear upconversion detector shows near-shot-noise-limited performance and compares favorably—while adding additional imaging information—to conventional cryogenic detectors in the measurement of trace-level gases at atmospheric pressure....

  6. Upconversion luminescence in Yb 3+-doped yttrium aluminum garnets

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    Xu, Xiaodong; Zhao, Zhiwei; Song, Pingxin; Jiang, Benxue; Zhou, Guoqing; Xu, Jun; Deng, Peizhen; Bourdet, Gilbert; Christophe Chanteloup, Jean; Zou, Ji-Ping; Fulop, Annabelle

    2005-03-01

    In this paper, we present results on upconversion luminescence performed on Yb 3+-doped yttrium aluminum garnets under 940 nm excitation. The upconversion luminescence was ascribed to Yb 3+ cooperative luminescence and the presence of rare earth impurity ions. The cooperative luminescence spectra as a function of Yb concentration were measured and the emission intensity variation with Yb concentration was discussed. Yb 3+ energy migration quenched the cooperative luminescence of Yb:YAG crystals with doping level over 15 at%.

  7. Upconversion applied for mid-IR hyperspectral image acquisition

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    Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Kehlet, Louis Martinus; Sanders, Nicolai Højer;

    2015-01-01

    Different schemes for upconversion mid-IR hyperspectral imaging is implemented and compared in terms of spectral coverage, spectral resolution, speed and noise. Phasematch scanning and scanning of the object within the field of view is considered.......Different schemes for upconversion mid-IR hyperspectral imaging is implemented and compared in terms of spectral coverage, spectral resolution, speed and noise. Phasematch scanning and scanning of the object within the field of view is considered....

  8. Energy upconversion in erbium doped sodium lead germano tellurite glass

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    Bommareddi, Swaroop; Dokhanian, Mostafa; Reddy, B.R. [Department of Physics, Alabama A and M University, Normal, AL (United States)

    2009-05-15

    Erbium doped sodium lead germano tellurite glass was prepared by the melt quenching technique. Optical characterization of the material was done using absorption and laser induced fluorescence measurements. Energy upconversion signals were observed from the sample at 415 nm and/or 546 nm under 488 or 806 nm laser excitations. Our results indicate that this material is useful for upconversion laser development. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. Temperature induced upconversion behaviour of Ho{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} codoped yttrium oxide films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Pandey, Anurag, E-mail: anuragpandey439@gmail.com [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P. O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300 (South Africa); Kumar, Vinod, E-mail: vinod.phy@gmail.com [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P. O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300 (South Africa); Photovoltaic Laboratory, Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, 110016 (India); Kroon, R.E. [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P. O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300 (South Africa); Swart, H.C., E-mail: swarthc@ufs.ac.za [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P. O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300 (South Africa)

    2016-07-05

    Pulsed laser deposited Ho{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} codoped yttrium oxide films were grown on silicon substrates in vacuum at different substrate temperatures (373, 573, 773 and 973 K). The deposited films have shown a phase transition on increasing the substrate temperature, as confirmed by the X-ray diffraction analysis. The grain distribution and surface roughness of the deposited thin films have been estimated by atomic force microscopy measurements. In the optical properties study upconversion luminescence at 547, 656 and 758 nm was revealed upon 980 nm excitation. 773 K was found to be the best substrate temperature owing to the thickest deposited layer, as indicated by Auger depth profile analysis of the prepared films. A non-tunable bright green upconversion emission due to the involvement of a two photon process was established and a possible excitation-emission mechanism is explained by using an energy level diagram of the dopant ions. - Highlights: • Good quality PLD films of Ho{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} codoped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} were obtained. • Near-infrared to visible frequency upconversion emissions have been observed. • Bright green upconversion emission was obtained. • Absorption of two pump photons was responsible to achieve the observed emission.

  10. Neutral- and Multi-Colored Semitransparent Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Kyu-Tae Lee; L. Jay Guo; Hui Joon Park

    2016-01-01

    In this review, we summarize recent works on perovskite solar cells with neutral- and multi-colored semitransparency for building-integrated photovoltaics and tandem solar cells. The perovskite solar cells exploiting microstructured arrays of perovskite “islands” and transparent electrodes—the latter of which include thin metallic films, metal nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphenes, and transparent conductive oxides for achieving optical transparency—are investigated. Moreover, the perovskite...

  11. Green up-conversion of C12A7–Ho{sup 3+} prepared by co-precipitation method

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    Liao, SongYi; Yao, Rui; Liu, YuChen; Chen, XiaoYu; Hu, XueYi [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Zheng, Feng, E-mail: fzheng@csu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Phase Diagram and Materials Design Center, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China)

    2015-09-05

    Highlights: • C12A7 polycrystals growing in 3D with bulk nucleation. • Activation energy calculated by classical and modified Ozawa/Kissinger methods. • Green up-conversion of C12A7–Ho{sup 3+} attributed to dual-photons process. • Successive energy transfer and cross relaxation for up-conversion of {sup 5}F{sub 4}/{sup 5}S{sub 2} → {sup 5}I{sub 8}. - Abstract: 7CaO⋅12Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (C12A7) and Ho{sup 3+}-doped 7CaO⋅12Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (C12A7–Ho{sup 3+}) polycrystal powders were synthesized via co-precipitation followed by sintering at 1173 K. Crystal structures, thermodynamics characters and optical properties of crashed samples were examined by XRD, DSC/TG, FT-IR and Raman spectra analysis, respectively. Activation energy of crystallization for C12A7 polycrystals was calculated according to both Ozawa/Kissinger and modified Ozawa/Kissinger methods to be 813 or 791 (for the former, only considering crystallization) and 1084 or 1077 kJ mol{sup −1} (for the latter, taking both crystallization and nucleation into consideration) respectively. Growth morphology parameter (m) and crystallization mechanism index (n) of C12A7 were determined to be m = 3 and n = 4. Fluorescence effects of Raman spectra around 2000–2300 cm{sup −1} and pure visible up-conversion emission centered at 540 nm were observed from C12A7–Ho{sup 3+} (1, 2 and 5 mol.%) powders under 488 nm laser diode and 808 nm Xe lamp excitation, respectively. Two mechanisms were proposed to explain up-conversion of pure green light process.

  12. Visibles Revisited

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    Bridger, Mark; Zelevinsky, Andrei

    2005-01-01

    Within the set of points in the plane with integer coordinates, one point is said to be visible from another if no other point in the set lies between them. This study of visibility draws in topics from a wide variety of mathematical areas, including geometry, number theory, probability, and combinatorics.

  13. Color control of the multi-color printing device

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    WANG Xiao-hua; XIU Xiao-jie; ZHU Wen-hua; TANG Hong-jun

    2006-01-01

    Conventional color-printing systems often use inks of three hues, such as CMY, CMYK and CMYKLcLm, but in order to obtain more realistic color reproductions, the ink set of more than three hues has been adopted by some color-printing systems. It is difficult, however, to model the composed color with the multiple inks when the number of the output ink hues exceeds three due to the none-unique mapping between the color spaces of the CIE Lab and the multi-color printing device. In this paper, we propose a fine color-printing method for multi-color printing device with the ink set of more than three hues. The proposed approach has good color expression ability and provides fine control of the printed color. By dividing the output color space into several subspaces, our method allows one-to-one mapping between the standard color space and the multi-color output color space. It has been proved effective when applied to the digital inkjet printer-Mutoh8000.

  14. Triangulating Nucleic Acid Conformations Using Multicolor Surface Energy Transfer.

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    Riskowski, Ryan A; Armstrong, Rachel E; Greenbaum, Nancy L; Strouse, Geoffrey F

    2016-02-23

    Optical ruler methods employing multiple fluorescent labels offer great potential for correlating distances among several sites, but are generally limited to interlabel distances under 10 nm and suffer from complications due to spectral overlap. Here we demonstrate a multicolor surface energy transfer (McSET) technique able to triangulate multiple points on a biopolymer, allowing for analysis of global structure in complex biomolecules. McSET couples the competitive energy transfer pathways of Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) with gold-nanoparticle mediated Surface Energy Transfer (SET) in order to correlate systematically labeled points on the structure at distances greater than 10 nm and with reduced spectral overlap. To demonstrate the McSET method, the structures of a linear B-DNA and a more complex folded RNA ribozyme were analyzed within the McSET mathematical framework. The improved multicolor optical ruler method takes advantage of the broad spectral range and distances achievable when using a gold nanoparticle as the lowest energy acceptor. The ability to report distance information simultaneously across multiple length scales, short-range (10-50 Å), mid-range (50-150 Å), and long-range (150-350 Å), distinguishes this approach from other multicolor energy transfer methods.

  15. Quantifying Aflatoxin B1 in peanut oil using fabricating fluorescence probes based on upconversion nanoparticles

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    Sun, Cuicui; Li, Huanhuan; Koidis, Anastasios; Chen, Quansheng

    2016-08-01

    Rare earth doped upconversion nanoparticles convert near-infrared excitation light into visible emission light. Compared to organic fluorophores and semiconducting nanoparticles, upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) offer high photochemical stability, sharp emission bandwidths, and large anti-Stokes shifts. Along with the significant light penetration depth and the absence of autofluorescence in biological samples under infrared excitation, these UCNPs have attracted more and more attention on toxin detection and biological labelling. Herein, the fluorescence probe based on UCNPs was developed for quantifying Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) in peanut oil. Based on a specific immunity format, the detection limit for AFB1 under optimal conditions was obtained as low as 0.2 ng·ml- 1, and in the effective detection range 0.2 to 100 ng·ml- 1, good relationship between fluorescence intensity and AFB1 concentration was achieved under the linear ratios up to 0.90. Moreover, to check the feasibility of these probes on AFB1 measurements in peanut oil, recovery tests have been carried out. A good accuracy rating (93.8%) was obtained in this study. Results showed that the nanoparticles can be successfully applied for sensing AFB1 in peanut oil.

  16. Upconversion emission study of Er3+ doped CaMoO4 phosphor

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    Sinha, Shriya; Mahata, Manoj Kumar; Rai, V. K.; Kumar, Kaushal

    2016-05-01

    The infrared to visible upconversion emission in Er3+ doped CaMoO4 phosphor has been investigated upon 980 nm diode laser excitation. The X-ray dffraction analysis reveals well crystalline nature and tetragonal phase structure of the prepared phosphor annealed at 800 °C. The Er3+ doped CaMoO4 phosphor has shown intense green upconversion emission upon 980 nm didode laser excitation. The green emission bands at 530 nm and 552 nm corresponds to the 2H11/2→4I15/2 and 4S3/2→4I15/2 electronic transitions, respectively of Er3+ ion. The very weak red emission band around 656 nm is assigned to the 4F9/2→4I15/2 transition of Er3+ ion. The CIE color coordinate exhibits the emission color in intense green region, indicating the use of present phosphor in display device applications.

  17. Enhancement of upconversion luminescence due to the formation of nanocrystals in Er3+-doped tellurite glasses

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    Gang Zhou; Shixun Dai; Chunlei Yu; Junjie Zhang; Guonian Wang; Lei Wen; Zhonghong Jiang

    2006-01-01

    Optically transparent Er3+-doped tellurite-based nanocrystallized glasses with the composition of 70TeO2·15Lie2O·0·15Nb2O5·0.5Er2O3(mol)have been perpared by a conventional melting quenching and the subsequent heat treatment porcesses.The sizes of grown nanocrystals in glass matrix appear to be35-50 nm from the X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement. The microhardness measurement shows that the Vickers hardness values of the nanocrystallized tellurite glasses are larger (33%-62%) than those inthe base glass. The Raman spectra imply that the maximum phonon energy of the based glass decreases and shifts from 668 to 638 cm-1 after heat-treatment. Visible upconversion luminescence and infrared luminescence of the base glass and heat-treated glasses under 980-nm laser diode (LD) excitation are investigated. The 524-, 546- and 656-nm upconversion intensities by 980-nm pumping increase significantly.

  18. Monodisperse Dual-Functional Upconversion Nanoparticles Enabled Near-Infrared Organolead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    He, Ming; Pang, Xinchang; Liu, Xueqin; Jiang, Beibei; He, Yanjie; Snaith, Henry; Lin, Zhiqun

    2016-03-18

    Extending the spectral absorption of organolead halide perovskite solar cells from visible into near-infrared (NIR) range renders the minimization of non-absorption loss of solar photons with improved energy alignment. Herein, we report on, for the first time, a viable strategy of capitalizing on judiciously synthesized monodisperse NaYF4 :Yb/Er upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) as the mesoporous electrode for CH3 NH3 PbI3 perovskite solar cells and more importantly confer perovskite solar cells to be operative under NIR light. Uniform NaYF4 :Yb/Er UCNPs are first crafted by employing rationally designed double hydrophilic star-like poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PAA-b-PEO) diblock copolymer as nanoreactor, imparting the solubility of UCNPs and the tunability of film porosity during the manufacturing process. The subsequent incorporation of NaYF4 :Yb/Er UCNPs as the mesoporous electrode led to a high efficiency of 17.8 %, which was further increased to 18.1 % upon NIR irradiation. The in situ integration of upconversion materials as functional components of perovskite solar cells offers the expanded flexibility for engineering the device architecture and broadening the solar spectral use.

  19. Dynamics of the Green and Red Upconversion Emissions in Yb3+-Er3+-Codoped Y2O3 Nanorods

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Efficient green and red upconversion emission in Y2O3:Yb3+, Er3+ nanorods under 978 nm radiation excitation is achieved. Experimental effective lifetimes, luminescent emissions, and nanorod sizes depend strongly on the solvent ratios used during the synthesis. A microscopic nonradiative energy transfer model is used to approach the dynamics of the green, red, and infrared emissions. The excellent agreement between simulated and experimental decay suggests that the energy transfer mechanisms responsible of the visible emission depend on the solvent ratio.

  20. Towards upconversion for amorphous silicon solar cells

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    de Wild, J.; Rath, J.K.; Schropp, R.E.I. [Utrecht University, Faculty of Science, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Nanophotonics, P.O. Box 80000, 3508 TA Utrecht (Netherlands); Meijerink, A. [Utrecht University, Faculty of Science, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Condensed Matter and Interfaces, P.O. Box 80000, 3508 TA Utrecht (Netherlands); van Sark, W.G.J.H.M. [Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and Innovation, Science, Technology and Society, Heidelberglaan 2, 3584 CS Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2010-11-15

    Upconversion of subbandgap light of thin film single junction amorphous silicon solar cells may enhance their performance in the near infrared (NIR). In this paper we report on the application of the NIR-vis upconverter {beta}-NaYF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}(18%) Er{sup 3+}(2%) at the back of an amorphous silicon solar cell in combination with a white back reflector and its response to infrared irradiation. Current-voltage measurements and spectral response measurements were done on experimental solar cells. An enhancement of 10 {mu}A/cm{sup 2} was measured under illumination with a 980 nm diode laser (10 mW). A part of this was due to defect absorption in localized states of the amorphous silicon. (author)

  1. Homogeneous broadening effect on temperature dependence of green upconversion luminescence in erbium doped fibers

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    Egatz-Gomez, A.; Calderon, Oscar G.; Melle, Sonia; Carreno, F.; Anton, M. A.; Gort, Elske M.

    We study the green upconversion luminescence of Er3+ ions in an aluminosilicate optical fiber upon near infrared excitation at 787 nm. The dependence of the upconversion luminescence on temperature has been determined. As temperature drops from room to cryogenic temperatures, the upconversion green

  2. High-resolution mid-IR spectrometer based on frequency upconversion

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    Hu, Qi; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Pedersen, Christian

    2012-01-01

    allowing for direct detection with a silicon-based CCD camera. This approach allows for low noise detection even without cooling of the detector. A setup is realized for the 3xA0;x3BC;m regime with a spectral resolution of 0.2xA0;nm using lithium niobate as the nonlinear material and mixing with a single......We demonstrate a novel approach for high-resolution spectroscopy based on frequency upconversion and postfiltering by means of a scanning Fabryx2013;Perot interferometer. The system is based on sum-frequency mixing, shifting the spectral content from the mid-infrared to the near-visible region...

  3. Laser power density dependent energy transfer between Tm3+ and Tb3+: tunable upconversion emissions in NaYF4:Tm3+,Tb3+,Yb3+ microcrystals.

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    Xue, Xiaojie; Thitsa, Makhin; Cheng, Tonglei; Gao, Weiqing; Deng, Dinghuan; Suzuki, Takenobu; Ohishi, Yasutake

    2016-11-14

    Energy transfer between Tm3+ and Tb3+ dependent on the power density of pump laser was investigated in NaYF4: Tb3+,Tm3+,Yb3+ microcrystals. Under the excitation of a 976-nm near-infrared laser at various power densities, Tb3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ doped samples exhibited intense visible emissions with tunable color between green and blue. The ratio of blue and green emission were determined by energy transfer between Tm3+ and Tb3+. When the power density of pump laser was low, the energy transfer process from Tm3+ (3F4) to Tb3+ (7F0) occurred efficiently. Upconversion processes in Tm3+ were inhibited, only visible emissions from Tb3+ with green color were observed. When the power density increased, energy transfer from the 3F4 (Tm3+) to 7F0 level (Tb3+) was restrained and population on high energy levels of Tm3+ was increased. Contribution of upconversion emissions from Tm3+ gradually became dominant. The emission color was tuned from green to blue with increasing the power density. Energy transfer processes between low-lying levels of activators, such as Tm3+ will greatly reduce the population on certain levels for further high-order upconversion processes. The Tb3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ doped phosphors are promising materials for detecting the condition of power density of the invisible near-infrared laser.

  4. Interferometric source of multi-color, multi-beam entangled photons with mirror and mixer

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    Dress, William B.; Kisner, Roger A.; Richards, Roger K.

    2004-06-01

    53 Systems and methods are described for an interferometric source of multi-color, multi-beam entangled photons. An apparatus includes: a multi-refringent device optically coupled to a source of coherent energy, the multi-refringent device providing a beam of multi-color entangled photons; a condenser device optically coupled to the multi-refringent device, the condenser device i) including a mirror and a mixer and ii) converging two spatially resolved portions of the beam of multi-color entangled photons into a converged multi-color entangled photon beam; a tunable phase adjuster optically coupled to the condenser device, the tunable phase adjuster changing a phase of at least a portion of the converged multi-color entangled photon beam to generate a first interferometeric multi-color entangled photon beam; and a beam splitter optically coupled to the condenser device, the beam splitter combining the first interferometeric multi-color entangled photon beam with a second interferometric multi-color entangled photon beam.

  5. Photon upconversion for thin film solar cells

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    de Wild, J.

    2012-09-01

    In this research one of the many possible methods to increase the efficiency of solar cells is described. The method investigated is based on adapting the solar light in such a way that the solar cell can convert more light into electricity. The part of the solar spectrum that is adapted is the part that cannot be absorbed by the solar cells, because the photon energy is too low. This conversion of light is done by so called upconversion, which means that lower energy photons are converted into higher energy photons that can be absorbed by the solar cell. The upconverters used in this thesis are those based on lanthanide ions doped in crystalline hosts. Lanthanide ions have very specific absorption and emission lines, which means that by choosing an appropriate ion one can convert any arbitrary wavelength. One of the most important aspects when one wants to apply upconverters onto solar cells is the light intensity necessary for efficient conversion. Because the upconversion process requires two photons to make a new, higher energy photon, the conversion process is non-linearly dependent on the light intensity. This is the main limitation for practical applications. Therefore, next to applying upconverters onto solar cells also more fundamental questions are addressed in this thesis, for instance, the question what determines efficient conversion. At first the upconverter materials in different hosts are characterized and investigated. The host material influences non-radiative decays, the absorption strength, the lifetime and the energy transfer rate between the lanthanide ions. By investigating two upconverter hosts with small differences (α and β-NaYF4 doped with Er3+ and Yb3+), we have tried to investigate the origin of the difference in upconversion efficiency. For this, emission and absorption spectra are measured under the same conditions and concentrations of the lanthanide ions. Also the absorption strength on the upconverter efficiency is investigated

  6. Analysis and synthesis of multicolored objects in a single image

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    Shen, Hui-Liang; Xin, John H.

    2005-09-01

    We present a method with which to recover the intrinsic shading and reflectance characteristics of multicolored three-dimensional objects in a single image, with which realistic new scenes can be synthesized. A color watershed algorithm, which is based on a regularized dichromatic fitting error, is proposed for robust image segmentation. For shading recovery in small regions, a weighted interpolation is employed, whereas in large regions the reflectance and shading are calculated based on the assumption of gradual shape variation. It is demonstrated that the proposed method is promising and can be applied in image simulation.

  7. Efficient dual mode multicolor luminescence in a lanthanide doped hybrid nanostructure: a multifunctional material.

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    Singh, S K; Singh, A K; Rai, S B

    2011-07-08

    The present work deals with inorganic-organic hybrid nanostructures capable of producing intense visible emission via upconversion (UC), downconversion (DC), and energy transfer (ET) processes which show the potential of the material as a luminescent solar collector (LSC), particularly to improve the efficiency of silicon solar cells. To achieve this, Gd2O3:Yb3+/Er3+ phosphor (average particle size∼35 nm) and a Eu(DBM)3Phen organic complex have been synthesized separately and then the hybrid structure has been developed using a simple mixing procedure. Intense UC emission (in the red, green, and blue regions) due to Er3+ is observed on near infrared (976 nm) excitation which shows color tunability with input pump power. In contrast, intense red emission of Eu3+ is observed on ultaviolet (UV) (355 nm) excitation. The feasibility of energy transfer from Er3+ ions to Eu3+ ions has also been noted. These excellent optical properties are retained even if the particles of the hybrid nanostructure are dispersed in liquid medium, which also makes it suitable for security ink purposes.

  8. Improvement of conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells using up-conversion molybdate La2Mo2O9:Yb,R (R=Er, Ho) phosphors

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    Yen-Chi Chen; Teng-Ming Chen

    2011-01-01

    The goal of this work was aimed to improve the power conversion efficiency of single crystalline silicon-based photovoltaic cells by using the solar spectral conversion principle,which employs an up-conversion phosphor to convert a low energy infrared photon to the more energetic visible photons to improve the spectral response.In this study,the surface of multicrystalline silicon solar cells was coated with an up-conversion molybdate phosphor to improve the spectral response of the solar cell in the ncar-infiared spectral range.The short circuit current (Isc),open circuit voltage (Voc),and conversion efficiency (η) of spectral conversion cells were measured.Preliminary experimental results revealed that the light conversion efficiency of a 1.5%-2.7% increase in Si-based cell was achieved.

  9. Experimental demonstration of photon upconversion via cooperative energy pooling

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    Weingarten, Daniel H.; Lacount, Michael D.; van de Lagemaat, Jao; Rumbles, Garry; Lusk, Mark T.; Shaheen, Sean E.

    2017-03-01

    Photon upconversion is a fundamental interaction of light and matter that has applications in fields ranging from bioimaging to microfabrication. However, all photon upconversion methods demonstrated thus far involve challenging aspects, including requirements of high excitation intensities, degradation in ambient air, requirements of exotic materials or phases, or involvement of inherent energy loss processes. Here we experimentally demonstrate a mechanism of photon upconversion in a thin film, binary mixture of organic chromophores that provides a pathway to overcoming the aforementioned disadvantages. This singlet-based process, called Cooperative Energy Pooling (CEP), utilizes a sensitizer-acceptor design in which multiple photoexcited sensitizers resonantly and simultaneously transfer their energies to a higher-energy state on a single acceptor. Data from this proof-of-concept implementation is fit by a proposed model of the CEP process. Design guidelines are presented to facilitate further research and development of more optimized CEP systems.

  10. Enhancing Solar Cell Efficiency Using Photon Upconversion Materials

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    Yunfei Shang

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Photovoltaic cells are able to convert sunlight into electricity, providing enough of the most abundant and cleanest energy to cover our energy needs. However, the efficiency of current photovoltaics is significantly impeded by the transmission loss of sub-band-gap photons. Photon upconversion is a promising route to circumvent this problem by converting these transmitted sub-band-gap photons into above-band-gap light, where solar cells typically have high quantum efficiency. Here, we summarize recent progress on varying types of efficient upconversion materials as well as their outstanding uses in a series of solar cells, including silicon solar cells (crystalline and amorphous, gallium arsenide (GaAs solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells, and other types of solar cells. The challenge and prospect of upconversion materials for photovoltaic applications are also discussed

  11. Experimental demonstration of photon upconversion via cooperative energy pooling

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    Weingarten, Daniel H.; LaCount, Michael D.; van de Lagemaat, Jao; Rumbles, Garry; Lusk, Mark T.; Shaheen, Sean E.

    2017-03-15

    Photon upconversion is a fundamental interaction of light and matter that has applications in fields ranging from bioimaging to microfabrication. However, all photon upconversion methods demonstrated thus far involve challenging aspects, including requirements of high excitation intensities, degradation in ambient air, requirements of exotic materials or phases, or involvement of inherent energy loss processes. Here we experimentally demonstrate a mechanism of photon upconversion in a thin film, binary mixture of organic chromophores that provides a pathway to overcoming the aforementioned disadvantages. This singlet-based process, called Cooperative Energy Pooling (CEP), utilizes a sensitizer-acceptor design in which multiple photoexcited sensitizers resonantly and simultaneously transfer their energies to a higher-energy state on a single acceptor. Data from this proof-of-concept implementation is fit by a proposed model of the CEP process. Design guidelines are presented to facilitate further research and development of more optimized CEP systems.

  12. Enhancing Solar Cell Efficiency Using Photon Upconversion Materials

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    Shang, Yunfei; Hao, Shuwei; Yang, Chunhui; Chen, Guanying

    2015-01-01

    Photovoltaic cells are able to convert sunlight into electricity, providing enough of the most abundant and cleanest energy to cover our energy needs. However, the efficiency of current photovoltaics is significantly impeded by the transmission loss of sub-band-gap photons. Photon upconversion is a promising route to circumvent this problem by converting these transmitted sub-band-gap photons into above-band-gap light, where solar cells typically have high quantum efficiency. Here, we summarize recent progress on varying types of efficient upconversion materials as well as their outstanding uses in a series of solar cells, including silicon solar cells (crystalline and amorphous), gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells, and other types of solar cells. The challenge and prospect of upconversion materials for photovoltaic applications are also discussed. PMID:28347095

  13. C-Dot Generated Bioactive Organosilica Nanospheres in Theranostics: Multicolor Luminescent and Photothermal Properties Combined with Drug Delivery Capacity.

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    Singh, Rajendra K; Patel, Kapil D; Mahapatra, Chinmaya; Kang, Min Sil; Kim, Hae-Won

    2016-09-21

    Biocompatible nanomaterials that allow for labeling cells and tissues with the capacity to load and deliver drug molecules hold great promise for the therapeutic-diagnostic purposes in tissue repair and disease cure. Here a novel nanoplatform, called C-dot bioactive organosilica nanosphere (C-BON), is introduced to have excellent theranostic potential, such as controlled drug delivery, visible-light imaging, and NIR photothermal activity. C-dots with a few nanometers were in situ generated in the Ca-containing organosilica mesoporous nanospheres through the sol-gel and thermal-treatment processes. The C-BON exhibited multicolor luminescence over a wide visible-light range with strong emissions and high photostability over time and against acidity and the possible in vivo optical imaging capacity when injected in rat subcutaneous tissues. Moreover, the C-BON showed a photothermal heating effect upon the irradiation of near-infrared. The C-BON, thanks to the high mesoporosity and existence of Ca(2+) ions, demonstrated excellent loading capacity of anticancer drug doxorubicin (as high as 90% of carrier weight) and long-term (over a couple of weeks) and pH/NIR-dependent release ability. The C-BON preserved the compositional merit of Ca-Si glass, having excellent bioactivity and cell compatibility in vitro. Taken all, the multifunctional properties of C-BON-multicolor luminescence, photothermal activity, and high drug loading and controlled release-together with its excellent bioactivity and cell compatibility potentiate the future applications in theranostics (chemotherapy and photothermal therapy with optical imaging).

  14. Reevaluating multicolor flow cytometry to assess microbial viability.

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    Buysschaert, Benjamin; Byloos, Bo; Leys, Natalie; Van Houdt, Rob; Boon, Nico

    2016-11-01

    Flow cytometry is a rapid and quantitative method to determine bacterial viability. Although different stains can be used to establish viability, staining protocols are inconsistent and lack a general optimization approach. Very few "true" multicolor protocols, where dyes are combined in one sample, have been developed for microbiological applications. In this mini-review, the discrepancy between protocols for cell-permeant nucleic acid and functional stains are discussed as well as their use as viability dyes. Furthermore, optimization of staining protocols for a specific setup are described. Original data using the red-excitable SYTO dyes SYTO 59 to 64 and SYTO 17, combined with functional stains, for double and triple staining applications is also included. As each dye and dye combination behaves differently within a certain combination of medium matrix, microorganism, and instrument, protocols need to be tuned to obtain reproducible results. Therefore, single, double, and triple stains are reviewed, including the different parameters that influence staining such as stain kinetics, optimal stain concentration, and the effect of the chelator EDTA as membrane permeabilizer. In the last section, we highlight the need to investigate the stability of multicolor assays to ensure correct results as multiwell autoloaders are now commonly used.

  15. Multicolor pattern scan laser for diabetic retinopathy with cataract

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    Takao; Hirano; Yasuhiro; Iesato; Toshinori; Murata

    2014-01-01

    · AIM: To evaluate the ability of various laser wavelengths in delivering sufficient burns to the retina in eyes with cataract using a new multicolor pattern scan laser with green(532 nm), yellow(577 nm), and red(647 nm)lasers.·METHODS: The relationship between the Emery-Little(EL) degree of cataract severity and the laser wavelength required to deliver adequate burns was investigated in102 diabetic eyes. Treatment time, total number of laser shots, and intra-operative pain were assessed as well.·RESULTS: All EL-1 grade eyes and 50% of EL-2 eyes were successfully treated with the green laser, while 50%of EL-2 eyes, 96% of EL-3 eyes, and 50% of EL-4 eyes required the yellow laser. The red laser was effective in the remaining 4% of EL-3 and 50% of EL-4 eyes.·CONCLUSION: Longer wavelength lasers are more effective in delivering laser burns through cataract when we use a multicolor pattern scan laser system.

  16. Multi-Color QWIP FPAs for Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Instruments

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    Soibel, Alexander; Luong, Ed; Mumolo, Jason M.; Liu, John; Rafol, Sir B.; Keo, Sam A.; Johnson, William; Willson, Dan; Hill, Cory J.; Ting, David Z.-Y.; Gunapala, Sarath D.

    2012-01-01

    Infrared focal plane arrays (FPAs) covering broad mid- and long-IR spectral ranges are the central parts of the spectroscopic and imaging instruments in several Earth and planetary science missions. To be implemented in the space instrument these FPAs need to be large-format, uniform, reproducible, low-cost, low 1/f noise, and radiation hard. Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors (QWIPs), which possess all needed characteristics, have a great potential for implementation in the space instruments. However a standard QWIP has only a relatively narrow spectral coverage. A multi-color QWIP, which is compromised of two or more detector stacks, can to be used to cover the broad spectral range of interest. We will discuss our recent work on development of multi-color QWIP for Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer instruments. We developed QWIP compromising of two stacks centered at 9 and 10.5 ?m, and featuring 9 grating regions optimized to maximize the responsivity in the individual subbands across the 7.5-12 ?m spectral range. The demonstrated 1024x1024 QWIP FPA exhibited excellent performance with operability exceeding 99% and noise equivalent differential temperature of less than 15 mK across the entire 7.5-12 ?m spectral range.

  17. Resonant plasmonic nanoparticles for multicolor second harmonic imaging

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    Accanto, Nicolò; Piatkowski, Lukasz; Hancu, Ion M.; Renger, Jan; van Hulst, Niek F.

    2016-02-01

    Nanoparticles capable of efficiently generating nonlinear optical signals, like second harmonic generation, are attracting a lot of attention as potential background-free and stable nano-probes for biological imaging. However, second harmonic nanoparticles of different species do not produce readily distinguishable optical signals, as the excitation laser mainly defines their second harmonic spectrum. This is in marked contrast to other fluorescent nano-probes like quantum dots that emit light at different colors depending on their sizes and materials. Here, we present the use of resonant plasmonic nanoparticles, combined with broadband phase-controlled laser pulses, as tunable sources of multicolor second harmonic generation. The resonant plasmonic nanoparticles strongly interact with the electromagnetic field of the incident light, enhancing the efficiency of nonlinear optical processes. Because the plasmon resonance in these structures is spectrally narrower than the laser bandwidth, the plasmonic nanoparticles imprint their fingerprints on the second harmonic spectrum. We show how nanoparticles of different sizes produce different colors in the second harmonic spectra even when excited with the same laser pulse. Using these resonant plasmonic nanoparticles as nano-probes is promising for multicolor second harmonic imaging while keeping all the advantages of nonlinear optical microscopy.

  18. Multicolor Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Dots for Live Cell Imaging.

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    Du, Fengyi; Li, Jianan; Hua, Ye; Zhang, Miaomiao; Zhou, Zhou; Yuan, Jing; Wang, Jun; Peng, Wanxin; Zhang, Li; Xia, Sheng; Wang, Dongqing; Yang, Shiming; Xu, Wenrong; Gong, Aihua; Shao, Qixiang

    2015-05-01

    Doping carbon dots with nitrogen atoms considerably enhances their fluorescence properties. However, the mechanism by which the carbon dots are doped is not fully understood. We developed a facile bottom-up hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) process that uses glucose and glycine as precursors for the synthesis of photoluminescent nitrogen-doped carbon dots. The as-prepared nitrogen-doped carbon dots were mono-dispersed spherical particles with a diameter of -2.8 nm. The doped nitrogen atoms assumed pyridinic type and pyrrolic type configurations to participate in the nanocrystal structure of the carbon dots. It appeared that the nitrogen doping introduces a new internal structure. The aqueous solution of nitrogen-doped carbon dots showed excitation wavelength-dependent multicolor photoluminescence. Further, these nitrogen-doped carbon dots readily entered the cytoplasm of A549 cancer cells and showed no significant cytotoxicity. The internalized nitrogen-doped carbon dots were localized to the cell membrane and cytoplasm, particularly around the nucleus. Further, the as-prepared, biocompatible, nitrogen-doped carbon dots demonstrated the potential to be used as fluorescent probes for multicolor live cell labeling, tracking, and imaging.

  19. Multi-Color QWIP FPAs for Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Instruments

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    Soibel, Alexander; Luong, Ed; Mumolo, Jason M.; Liu, John; Rafol, Sir B.; Keo, Sam A.; Johnson, William; Willson, Dan; Hill, Cory J.; Ting, David Z.-Y.; hide

    2012-01-01

    Infrared focal plane arrays (FPAs) covering broad mid- and long-IR spectral ranges are the central parts of the spectroscopic and imaging instruments in several Earth and planetary science missions. To be implemented in the space instrument these FPAs need to be large-format, uniform, reproducible, low-cost, low 1/f noise, and radiation hard. Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors (QWIPs), which possess all needed characteristics, have a great potential for implementation in the space instruments. However a standard QWIP has only a relatively narrow spectral coverage. A multi-color QWIP, which is compromised of two or more detector stacks, can to be used to cover the broad spectral range of interest. We will discuss our recent work on development of multi-color QWIP for Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer instruments. We developed QWIP compromising of two stacks centered at 9 and 10.5 ?m, and featuring 9 grating regions optimized to maximize the responsivity in the individual subbands across the 7.5-12 ?m spectral range. The demonstrated 1024x1024 QWIP FPA exhibited excellent performance with operability exceeding 99% and noise equivalent differential temperature of less than 15 mK across the entire 7.5-12 ?m spectral range.

  20. Upconversion-based lidar measurements of atmospheric CO2

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    Høgstedt, Lasse; Fix, Andreas; Wirth, Martin

    2016-01-01

    For the first time an upconversion based detection scheme is demonstrated for lidar measurements of atmospheric CO2-concentrations, with a hard target at a range of 3 km and atmospheric backscatter from a range of similar to 450 m. The pulsed signals at 1572 nm are upconverted to 635 nm, and dete......For the first time an upconversion based detection scheme is demonstrated for lidar measurements of atmospheric CO2-concentrations, with a hard target at a range of 3 km and atmospheric backscatter from a range of similar to 450 m. The pulsed signals at 1572 nm are upconverted to 635 nm...

  1. Femtosecond broadband fluorescence upconversion spectroscopy: Improved setup and photometric correction

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    Zhang, X.-X. [Photonics Center, College of Physical Science, Nankai University, Tianjin (China); Department of Chemistry, Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin (Germany); Wuerth, C.; Resch-Genger, U. [Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin (Germany); Zhao, L. [Photonics Center, College of Physical Science, Nankai University, Tianjin (China); Ernsting, N. P.; Sajadi, M. [Department of Chemistry, Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin (Germany)

    2011-06-15

    A setup for fluorescence upconversion spectroscopy (FLUPS) is described which has 80 fs temporal response (fwhm) for emission in the spectral range 425-750 nm. Broadband phase matching is achieved with tilted gate pulses at 1340 nm. Background from harmonics of the gate pulse is removed and sensitivity increased compared to previous designs. Photometric calibration of the upconversion process is performed with a set of fluorescent dyes. For Coumarin 153 in methanol the peak position, bandwidth, and asymmetry depending on delay time are reported.

  2. Femtosecond broadband fluorescence upconversion spectroscopy: Improved setup and photometric correction

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    Zhang, X.-X.; Würth, C.; Zhao, L.; Resch-Genger, U.; Ernsting, N. P.; Sajadi, M.

    2011-06-01

    A setup for fluorescence upconversion spectroscopy (FLUPS) is described which has 80 fs temporal response (fwhm) for emission in the spectral range 425-750 nm. Broadband phase matching is achieved with tilted gate pulses at 1340 nm. Background from harmonics of the gate pulse is removed and sensitivity increased compared to previous designs. Photometric calibration of the upconversion process is performed with a set of fluorescent dyes. For Coumarin 153 in methanol the peak position, bandwidth, and asymmetry depending on delay time are reported.

  3. Resonance Energy Transfer in Upconversion Nanoplatforms for Selective Biodetection.

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    Su, Qianqian; Feng, Wei; Yang, Dongpeng; Li, Fuyou

    2017-01-17

    Resonance energy transfer (RET) describes the process that energy is transferred from an excited donor to an acceptor molecule, leading to a reduction in the fluorescence emission intensity of the donor and an increase in that of the acceptor. By this technique, measurements with the good sensitivity can be made about distance within 1 to 10 nm under physiological conditions. For this reason, the RET technique has been widely used in polymer science, biochemistry, and structural biology. Recently, a number of RET systems incorporated with nanoparticles, such as quantum dots, gold nanoparticles, and upconversion nanoparticles, have been developed. These nanocrystals retain their optical superiority and can act as either a donor or a quencher, thereby enhancing the performance of RET systems and providing more opportunities in excitation wavelength selection. Notably, lanthanide-doped upconversion nanophosphors (UCNPs) have attracted considerable attention due to their inherent advantages of large anti-Stoke shifts, long luminescence lifetimes, and absence of autofluorescence under low energy near-infrared (NIR) light excitation. These nanoparticles are promising for the biodetection of various types of analytes. Undoubtedly, the developments of those applications usually rely on resonance energy transfer, which could be regarded as a flexible technology to mediate energy transfer from upconversion phosphor to acceptor for the design of luminescent functional nanoplatforms. Currently, researchers have developed many RET-based upconversion nanosystems (RET-UCNP) that respond to specific changes in the biological environments. Specifically, small organic molecules, biological molecules, metal-organic complexes, or inorganic nanoparticles were carefully selected and bound to the surface of upconversion nanoparticles for the preparation of RET-UCNP nanosystems. Benefiting from the advantage and versatility offered by this technology, the research of RET

  4. Spectral demixing avoids registration errors and reduces noise in multicolor localization-based super-resolution microscopy

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    Lampe, André; Tadeus, Georgi; Schmoranzer, Jan

    2015-09-01

    Multicolor single molecule localization-based super-resolution microscopy (SMLM) approaches are challenged by channel crosstalk and errors in multi-channel registration. We recently introduced a spectral demixing-based variant of direct stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (SD-dSTORM) to perform multicolor SMLM with minimal color crosstalk. Here, we demonstrate that the spectral demixing procedure is inherently free of errors in multicolor registration and therefore does not require multicolor channel alignment. Furthermore, spectral demixing significantly reduces single molecule noise and is applicable to astigmatism-based 3D multicolor imaging achieving 25 nm lateral and 66 nm axial resolution on cellular nanostructures.

  5. Visibility Matters

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    Wildgaard, Lorna Elizabeth

    2015-01-01

    Research production, which earns universities money, is accredited publications in peer-reviewed journals and books. Increasing research productivity is one policy amongst many used by management to boost growth and income. It is time for a pat on the back, the growth of knowledge and visibility...... at RSLIS ranks us among the top 10 contributors to core LIS journals in a new international ranking. The management should be pleased....

  6. Tunable Multicolored Femtosecond Pulse Generation Using Cascaded Four-Wave Mixing in Bulk Materials

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    Jinping He

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces and discusses the main aspects of multicolored femtosecond pulse generation using cascaded four-wave mixing (CFWM in transparent bulk materials. Theoretical analysis and semi-quantitative calculations, based on the phase-matching condition of the four-wave mixing process, explain the phenomena well. Experimental studies, based on our experiments, have shown the main characteristics of the multicolored pulses, namely, broadband spectra with wide tunability, high stability, short pulse duration and relatively high pulse energy. Two-dimensional multicolored array generation in various materials are also introduced and discussed.

  7. Magnetic Field Effects on Triplet-Triplet Annihilation in Solutions: Modulation of Visible/NIR Luminescence.

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    Mani, Tomoyasu; Vinogradov, Sergei A

    2013-08-01

    Photon upconversion based on sensitized triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA) presents interest for such areas as photovoltaics and imaging. Usually energy upconversion is observed as p-type delayed fluorescence from molecules whose triplet states are populated via energy transfer from a suitable triplet donor, followed by TTA. Magnetic field effects (MFE) on delayed fluorescence in molecular crystals are well known; however, there exist only a few examples of MFE on TTA in solutions, and all of them are limited to UV-emitting materials. Here we present MFE on TTA-mediated visible and near infrared (NIR) emission, sensitized by far-red absorbing metalloporphyrins in solutions at room temperature. In addition to visible delayed fluorescence from annihilator, we also observed NIR emission from the sensitizer, occurring as a result of triplet-triplet energy transfer back from annihilator, termed "delayed phosphorescence". This emission also exhibits MFE, but opposite in sign to the annihilator fluorescence.

  8. Upconversion in erbium-doped transparent glass ceramics

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    Jones, Gina Christine

    2005-11-01

    Transparent glass ceramics (TGCs) are a class of materials that are composed of a robust glass matrix which is densely embedded with nanometer-sized fluoride crystals: In bulk, fluoride materials tend to have poor handling and mechanical properties, and can be expensive to produce. In contrast, the forming and handling properties of the TGC are similar to those of the precursor, glass, and are engineered to be robust and mechanically stable. Rare earth ions can be incorporated into the TGC during manufacture and can become partially segregated into the crystalline phase. There they experience the low-phonon energy environment of the fluoride nanocrystallite, which induces long energy level lifetimes and enhanced frequency upconversion. Therefore, rare earth doped TGCs can have the spectroscopic properties of a crystal with the durability of an aluminosilicate glass. Upconversion fluorescence is studied for an aluminosilicate TGC containing LaF3 nanocrystallites and doped with an erbium density of 1.7 x 1020 CM-3. Time gated fluorescence and excitation spectra as well as photoluminescence decays are used to find the nature and origin of this fluorescence. It is determined that energy transfer upconversion occurs only in the nanocrystallite phase and sequential two-photon absorption upconversion occurs in both glass and crystal phases.

  9. Upconversion-based lidar measurements of atmospheric CO2

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    Høgstedt, Lasse; Fix, Andreas; Wirth, Martin

    2016-01-01

    For the first time an upconversion based detection scheme is demonstrated for lidar measurements of atmospheric CO2-concentrations, with a hard target at a range of 3 km and atmospheric backscatter from a range of similar to 450 m. The pulsed signals at 1572 nm are upconverted to 635 nm...

  10. Entropy driven multi-photon frequency up-conversion

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    Manor, Assaf; Rotschild, Carmel

    2013-01-01

    Frequency up-conversion of few low-energy photons into a single high-energy photon, greatly contributes to imaging, light sources, detection and other fields of research. However, it offers negligible efficiency when up-converting many photons. This is because coherent process are fundamentally limited due to momentum conservation requirements, while in incoherent up-conversion the finite intermediate states lifetime requires huge intensities. Thermodynamically, conventional incoherent up-conversion is driven by the internal energy of the incoming photons. However, a system can also drive work through change in its collective properties such as entropy. Here we experimentally demonstrate entropy driven ten-fold up-conversion from 10.6{\\mu} to 1{\\mu}m at internal efficiency above 27% and total efficiency above 10%. In addition, the emitted radiance at 1{\\mu}m exceeds the maximal possible Black-Body radiance of our device, indicating emitter's effective-temperature that is considerably above the bulk-temperatur...

  11. Enhancing multiphoton upconversion through energy clustering at sublattice level

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    Wang, Juan

    2013-11-24

    The applications of lanthanide-doped upconversionnanocrystals in biological imaging, photonics, photovoltaics and therapeutics have fuelled a growing demand for rational control over the emission profiles of the nanocrystals. A common strategy for tuning upconversion luminescence is to control the doping concentration of lanthanide ions. However, the phenomenon of concentration quenching of the excited state at high doping levels poses a significant constraint. Thus, the lanthanide ions have to be stringently kept at relatively low concentrations to minimize luminescence quenching. Here we describe a new class of upconversion nanocrystals adopting an orthorhombic crystallographic structure in which the lanthanide ions are distributed in arrays of tetrad clusters. Importantly, this unique arrangement enables the preservation of excitation energy within the sublattice domain and effectively minimizes the migration of excitation energy to defects, even in stoichiometric compounds with a high Yb 3+ content (calculated as 98 mol%). This allows us to generate an unusual four-photon-promoted violet upconversion emission from Er 3+ with an intensity that is more than eight times higher than previously reported. Our results highlight that the approach to enhancing upconversion through energy clustering at the sublattice level may provide new opportunities for light-triggered biological reactions and photodynamic therapy. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  12. Upconversion emission of BaTiO3:Er nanocrystals

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    Pushpal Ghosh; Suparna Sadhu; Tapasi Sen; Amitava Patra

    2008-06-01

    Here, we report the dopant concentration and pump-power dependence upconversion emission properties of erbium doped BaTiO3 nanocrystals derived from sol–emulsion–gel method. Green (550 nm) and red (670 nm) upconversion emissions were observed at room temperature from the ${}^{4}S_{3/2}$ and ${}^{4}F_{9/2}$ levels of Er3+ : BaTiO3 nanocrystals. It is found that at 850 mW of cw excitation power (at 980 nm) the total luminescence was 17130 Cd/m2 for 1000°C heated 0.25 mol% Er-doped BaTiO3 nanocrystals. It is worthwhile to mention that the unusual power-dependent upconversion luminescence (saturation) is observed at higher dopant concentration (2.5 mol%) and high pump power. Our analysis confirms that the depletion of the excited state is responsible for the relevant fluorescence upconversion. We have again confirmed that a twophoton excited state absorption process occurs for all samples.

  13. Upconversion spectroscopy of erbium in amorphous aluminum oxide microstructures

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    Agazzi, L.; Wörhoff, K.; Pollnau, M.

    2012-01-01

    The influence of energy migration and energy-transfer upconversion (ETU) among neighboring erbium ions on luminescence decay and steady-state population densities in amorphous aluminum oxide microstructures is investigated by means of photoluminescence decay measurements under quasi-CW excitation. .

  14. Infrared hyperspectral upconversion imaging using spatial object translation

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    Kehlet, Louis Martinus; Sanders, Nicolai Højer; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter;

    2015-01-01

    In this paper hyperspectral imaging in the mid-infrared wavelength region is realised using nonlinear frequency upconversion. The infrared light is converted to the near-infrared region for detection with a Si-based CCD camera. The object is translated in a predefined grid by motorized actuators...

  15. Investigation of mid-IR picosecond image upconversion

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    Mathez, Morgan David; Pedersen, Christian; Rodrigo, Peter John

    2017-01-01

    Imaging and spectroscopy in the mid-infrared (Mid-IR) wavelength region have received considerable attention in recent years. The reason is the high Mid-IR spectral specificity of many gases and complex molecules. In this pilot study we focus on picosecond upconversion imaging exploiting the χ(2...

  16. Upconversion luminescence nanosensor for TNT selective and label-free quantification in the mixture of nitroaromatic explosives.

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    Ma, Yingxin; Wang, Leyu

    2014-03-01

    This paper reports a rapid, sensitive, and selective nanosensor for the detection of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in the mixture aqueous solution of nitroaromatics independent of immunoassay or molecularly imprinted technology and complicated instruments. Despite many strategies including immunoassay and molecularly imprinted technologies been successfully developed for the detection of TNT, it is not easy to differentiate TNT from 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP) due to their very similar chemical structures and properties. In this work, the amine functionalized NaYF4:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) upconversion luminescence nanoparticles (UCNPs) whose excitation (980 nm) and emission (543 nm) wavelength were far from the absorbance bands of other usual interference nitroaromatics including 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), nitrobenzene (NB), and especially TNP, were utilized as the luminescent nanosensors for TNT luminescence detection. To make these UCNPs highly water stable and render the charge transfer from UCNPs to TNT easier, amino groups were introduced onto the surface of the UCNPs by coating a polymer layer of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) hybridized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS). After binding with TNT through amino groups on the UCNPs, the naked eye visible green upconversion luminescence of the UCNPs was dramatically quenched and thus a sensitive UC luminescence nanosensor was developed for TNT detection. However, other nitroaromatics including TNP, DNT, and NB have no influence on the green UC luminescence and thus no influence on the TNT detection. The luminescence intensity is negatively proportional to the concentration of TNT in the range of 0.01-9.0 µg/mL with the 3σ limit of detection (LOD) of 9.7 ng/mL. The present studies provide a novel and facile strategy to fabricate the upconversion luminescence sensors with highly selective recognition ability in aqueous media and are desirable for label free analysis of TNT in mixed solution independent of

  17. Multicolored Nanofiber Based Organic Light-Emitting Transistor

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    With Jensen, Per Baunegaard; Kjelstrup-Hansen, Jakob; Tavares, Luciana

    For optoelectronic applications, organic semiconductors have several advantages over their inorganic counterparts such as facile synthesis, tunability via synthetic chemistry, and low temperature processing. Self-assembled, molecular crystalline nanofibers are of particular interest as they could...... form ultra-small light-emitters in future nanophotonic applications. Such organic nanofibers exhibit many interesting optical properties including polarized photo- and electroluminescence, waveguiding, and emission color tunability. We here present a first step towards a multicolored, electrically...... driven device by combining nanofibers made from two different molecules, parahexaphenylene (p6P) and 5,5´-Di-4-biphenyl-2,2´-bithiophene (PPTTPP), which emits blue and green light, respectively. The organic nanofibers are implemented on a bottom gate/bottom contact field-effect transistor platform using...

  18. Multicolored Nanofiber Based Organic Light-Emitting Transistor

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    With Jensen, Per Baunegaard; Kjelstrup-Hansen, Jakob; Tavares, Luciana

    For optoelectronic applications, organic semiconductors have several advantages over their inorganic counterparts such as facile synthesis, tunability via synthetic chemistry, and low temperature processing. Self-assembled, molecular crystalline nanofibers are of particular interest as they could...... form ultra-small light-emitters in future nanophotonic applications. Such organic nanofibers exhibit many interesting optical properties including polarized photo- and electroluminescence, waveguiding, and emission color tunability. We here present a first step towards a multicolored, electrically...... driven device by combining nanofibers made from two different molecules, parahexaphenylene (p6P) and 5,5´-Di-4-biphenyl-2,2´-bithiophene (PPTTPP), which emits blue and green light, respectively. The organic nanofibers are implemented on a bottom gate/bottom contact field-effect transistor platform using...

  19. Neutral- and Multi-Colored Semitransparent Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Kyu-Tae Lee

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this review, we summarize recent works on perovskite solar cells with neutral- and multi-colored semitransparency for building-integrated photovoltaics and tandem solar cells. The perovskite solar cells exploiting microstructured arrays of perovskite “islands” and transparent electrodes—the latter of which include thin metallic films, metal nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphenes, and transparent conductive oxides for achieving optical transparency—are investigated. Moreover, the perovskite solar cells with distinctive color generation, which are enabled by engineering the band gap of the perovskite light-harvesting semiconductors with chemical management and integrating with photonic nanostructures, including microcavity, are discussed. We conclude by providing future research directions toward further performance improvements of the semitransparent perovskite solar cells.

  20. Neutral- and Multi-Colored Semitransparent Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lee, Kyu-Tae; Guo, L Jay; Park, Hui Joon

    2016-04-11

    In this review, we summarize recent works on perovskite solar cells with neutral- and multi-colored semitransparency for building-integrated photovoltaics and tandem solar cells. The perovskite solar cells exploiting microstructured arrays of perovskite "islands" and transparent electrodes-the latter of which include thin metallic films, metal nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphenes, and transparent conductive oxides for achieving optical transparency-are investigated. Moreover, the perovskite solar cells with distinctive color generation, which are enabled by engineering the band gap of the perovskite light-harvesting semiconductors with chemical management and integrating with photonic nanostructures, including microcavity, are discussed. We conclude by providing future research directions toward further performance improvements of the semitransparent perovskite solar cells.

  1. A Real-Time Apple Grading System Using Multicolor Space

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    Hayrettin Toylan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was focused on the multicolor space which provides a better specification of the color and size of the apple in an image. In the study, a real-time machine vision system classifying apples into four categories with respect to color and size was designed. In the analysis, different color spaces were used. As a result, 97% identification success for the red fields of the apple was obtained depending on the values of the parameter “a” of CIE L*a*b*color space. Similarly, 94% identification success for the yellow fields was obtained depending on the values of the parameter y of CIE XYZ color space. With the designed system, three kinds of apples (Golden, Starking, and Jonagold were investigated by classifying them into four groups with respect to two parameters, color and size. Finally, 99% success rate was achieved in the analyses conducted for 595 apples.

  2. Multicolor Oservations of the Type II Cepheid Prototype W Virginis

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    Templeton, Matthew R.; Henden, A. A.; Crawford, T.; James, R.; Bonnardeau, M.; Wells, D.

    2006-12-01

    We present preliminary results of the AAVSO's six-month photometric campaign on the bright, pulsating variable star W Virginis, class prototype of the Type II Cepheid variables. This campaign was organized in support of separate spectroscopic observations (Wallerstein et al., in preparation), but these photometric data also stand alone as a valuable, recent, multicolor light curve of this object. Observations were obtained by several amateur and professional observers using a variety of equipment; data are primarily in the V filter, but include two complete pulsation cycles in the BVRcIc filters. We present lightand color-curves of this star, and compare our results to previous observational and theoretical results on W Vir and the Type II Cepheids.

  3. Time encoded multicolor fluorescence detection in a microfluidic flow cytometer.

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    Martini, Joerg; Recht, Michael I; Huck, Malte; Bern, Marshall W; Johnson, Noble M; Kiesel, Peter

    2012-12-07

    We describe an optical detection technique that delivers high signal-to-noise discrimination to enable a multi-parameter flow cytometer that combines high performance, robustness, compactness and low cost. The enabling technique is termed "spatially modulated detection" and generates a time-dependent signal as a continuously fluorescing (bio-) particle traverses an optical transmission pattern along the fluidic channel. Correlating the detected signal with the expected transmission pattern achieves high discrimination of the particle signal from background noise. Additionally, the particle speed and its fluorescence emission characteristics are deduced from the correlation analysis. Our method uses a large excitation/emission volume along the fluidic channel in order to increase the total flux of fluorescence light that originates from a particle while requiring minimal optical alignment. Despite the large excitation/detection volume, the mask pattern enables a high spatial resolution in the micron range. This allows for detection and characterization of particles with a separation (in flow direction) comparable to the dimension of individual particles. In addition, the concept is intrinsically tolerant of non-encoded background fluorescence originating from fluorescent components in solution, fluorescing components of the chamber and contaminants on its surface. The optical detection technique is illustrated with experimental results of multicolor detection with a single large area detector by filtering fluorescence emission of different particles through a patterned color mask. Thereby the particles' fluorescence emission spectrum is encoded in a time dependent intensity signal and color information can be extracted from the correlation analysis. The multicolor detection technique is demonstrated by differentiation of micro-beads loaded with PE (Phycoerythrin) and PE-Cy5 that are excited at 532 nm.

  4. Highly Efficient LiYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) Upconversion Single Crystal under Solar Cell Spectrum Excitation and Photovoltaic Application.

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    Chen, Xu; Xu, Wen; Song, Hongwei; Chen, Cong; Xia, Haiping; Zhu, Yongsheng; Zhou, Donglei; Cui, Shaobo; Dai, Qilin; Zhang, Jiazhong

    2016-04-13

    Luminescent upconversion is a promising way to harvest near-infrared (NIR) sunlight and transforms it into visible light that can be directly absorbed by active materials of solar cells and improve their power conversion efficiency (PCE). However, it is still a great challenge to effectively improve the PCE of solar cells with the assistance of upconversion. In this work, we demonstrate the application of the transparent LiYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) single crystal as an independent luminescent upconverter to improve the PCE of perovskite solar cells. The LiYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) single crystal is prepared by an improved Bridgman method, and its internal quantum efficiency approached to 5.72% under 6.2 W cm(-2) 980 nm excitation. The power-dependent upconversion luminescence indicated that under the excitation of simulated sunlight the (4)F(9/2)-(4)I(15/2) red emission originally results from the cooperation of a 1540 nm photon and a 980 nm photon. Furthermore, when the single crystal is placed in front of the perovskite solar cells, the PCE is enhanced by 7.9% under the irradiation of simulated sunlight by 7-8 solar constants. This work implies the upconverter not only can serve as proof of principle for improving PCE of solar cells but also is helpful to practical application.

  5. Synthetic and spectroscopic studies of vanadate glaserites I: Upconversion studies of doubly co-doped (Er, Tm, or Ho):Yb:K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Kimani, Martin M., E-mail: kimani@g.clemson.edu; Chen, Hongyu, E-mail: hongyuc@g.clemson.edu; McMillen, Colin D., E-mail: cmcmill@g.clemson.edu; Anker, Jeffery N., E-mail: janker@clemson.edu; Kolis, Joseph W., E-mail: kjoseph@clemson.edu

    2015-03-15

    The synthesis and upconversion properties of trigonal glaserite-type K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} co-doped with Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, or Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} were studied. Powder samples were synthesized by solid state reactions at 1000 °C for 48 h, while well-formed hexagonal single crystals of the same were grown hydrothermally using 10 M K{sub 2}CO{sub 3} at 560–650 °C. Infrared-to-visible upconversion by Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, or Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} codoped-K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} glaserite powder and single crystals was observed, and the upconversion spectral properties were studied as a function of different Er{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+} ion concentrations. The process is observed under 980 nm laser diode excitation and leads to strong green (552 nm) and red (659 nm) emission for Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, green (549 nm) and red (664 nm) emission for Ho{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, and blue (475 nm) and red (647 nm) emission for Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}. The main mechanism that allows for up-conversion is attributed the energy transfer among Yb{sup 3+} and the various Er{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+} ions in excited states. These results illustrate the large potential of co-doped alkali double vanadates for photonic applications involving optoelectronics devices. - Graphical abstract: Synthesis and upconversion in vanadate glaserites. - Highlights: • K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} codoped with Er, Tm, or Ho:Yb were synthesized via solid-state and hydrothermal routes. • Upconversion properties are investigated. • The codoped compounds revealed efficient infrared-to-visible upconversion. • The presented compounds are potential host for solid state lighting.

  6. Mathematical conversations multicolor problems, problems in the theory of numbers, and random walks

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    Dynkin, E B

    2006-01-01

    Comprises Multicolor Problems, dealing with map-coloring problems; Problems in the Theory of Numbers, an elementary introduction to algebraic number theory; Random Walks, addressing basic problems in probability theory. 1963 edition.

  7. Qualitative analysis of am and fm screening in multicolor offset printing

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    Pašić Roberto

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This work is based on analysis and experimental verification with the aim to determine difference in several printing attributes, on AM and FM screenings at multicolor offset print.

  8. Novel organic dyes for multicolor localization-based super-resolution microscopy.

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    Lehmann, Martin; Lichtner, Gregor; Klenz, Haider; Schmoranzer, Jan

    2016-01-01

    Precise multicolor single molecule localization-based microscopy (SMLM) requires bright probes with compatible photo-chemical and spectral properties to resolve distinct molecular species at the nanoscale. The accuracy of multicolor SMLM is further challenged by color channel crosstalk and chromatic alignment errors. These constrains limit the applicability of known reversibly switchable organic dyes for optimized multicolor SMLM. Here, we tested 28 commercially available dyes for their suitability to super-resolve a known cellular nanostructure. We identified eight novel dyes in different spectral regimes that enable high quality dSTORM imaging. Among those, the spectrally close dyes CF647 and CF680 comprise an optimal dye pair for spectral demixing-based, registration free multicolor dSTORM with low crosstalk. Combining this dye pair with the separately excited CF568 we performed 3-color dSTORM to image the relative nanoscale distribution of components of the endocytic machinery and the cytoskeleton.

  9. Enhanced near-infrared response of a-Si:H solar cells with {beta}-NaYF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+} (18%), Er{sup 3+} (2%) upconversion phosphors

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    de Wild, J.; Rath, J.K.; Meijerink, A.; van Sark, W.G.J.H.M.; Schropp, R.E.I. [Utrecht University, Faculty of Science, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, PO Box 80000, 3508 TA Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2010-12-15

    A near-infrared to visible upconversion phosphor ({beta}-NaYF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+} (18%), Er{sup 3+} (2%)) has been applied at the back of a thin film hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cell in combination with a white back reflector to investigate its response to sub-bandgap infrared irradiation. Current-voltage measurements were performed on the solar cells. A maximum current enhancement of 6.2 {mu}A was measured on illumination with a 980 nm diode laser at 28 mW. This corresponds to an external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 0.03% of the solar cell. A small part, 0.01%, was due to the direct absorption of sub-bandgap radiation but the larger part originates from upconversion. These experiments constitute a proof-of-principle for the utilization of photon upconversion in thin film solar cells. A close match between the non-linear behavior of the upconversion material and the EQE was found by varying the intensity of the laser light. (author)

  10. Yb{sup 3+}-Er{sup 3+} co-doped sol-gel transparent nano-glass-ceramics containing NaYF{sub 4} nanocrystals for tuneable up-conversion phosphors

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    Yanes, A.C. [Dpto. Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)], E-mail: ayanesh@ull.es; Santana-Alonso, A. [Dpto. Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Mendez-Ramos, J. [Dpto. Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Castillo, J. del [Dpto. Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Rodriguez, V.D. [Dpto. Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)

    2009-07-08

    Transparent nano-glass-ceramics containing Yb{sup 3+}-Er{sup 3+} co-doped NaYF{sub 4} nanocrystals have been successfully developed for the first time by thermal treatment of precursor bulk glasses obtained by sol-gel technique. Precipitation of NaYF{sub 4} nanocrystals has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction measurements and their sizes have been determined by Scherrer's equation. Luminescence measurements confirm the partition of rare-earth ions in NaYF{sub 4} nanocrystals. Visible up-conversion luminescence has been obtained under infrared excitation at 980 nm. Up-conversion mechanisms have been discussed and the ratio between red and green up-conversion emission bands can be varied as a function of temperature of heat treatment and pump power resulting in colour tuneable up-conversion phosphors with applications in optical integrated devices. Colour tuneability has been also analyzed and quantified in terms of CIE standard chromaticity diagram.

  11. Monte Carlo simulations of homogeneous upconversion in erbium-doped silica glasses

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    Philipsen, Jacob Lundgreen; Bjarklev, Anders Overgaard

    1997-01-01

    Quenching of Er3+ ions by homogeneous energy-transfer upconversion in high-concentration erbium-doped silica glasses has been theoretically investigated, The results indicate that at Er3+ concentrations of 1.0-2.0·1026 m-3 or below, the kinetic limit of strong migration is not reached, and hence the widely accepted quadratic upconversion model is not generally valid. Nevertheless, the results offer an explanation of the experimental observations of quadratic upconversion. Furthermore, it has ...

  12. A near-infrared magnetic aptasensor for Ochratoxin A based on near-infrared upconversion nanoparticles and magnetic nanoparticles.

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    Dai, Shaoliang; Wu, Shijia; Duan, Nuo; Wang, Zhouping

    2016-09-01

    A multiplexed, sensitive and specific detection method is highly desirable for the simultaneous detection of several pathogenic bacteria and bio-toxins. In our previous work, multicolor upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) via doping with various rare-earth ions to obtain well-separated emission peaks by means of a solvothermal method were synthesized and were successfully applied as luminescence labels in the detection of three pathogenic bacteria. One of the basic achievements of our group has been to establish that the key to increasing the number of simultaneous detection components is the preparation of more UCNPs, the emission peaks of which can be distinguished from each other. According to this vision, NaYF4:Yb0.2, Tm0.02 UCNPs were obtained via a thermal-decomposition protocol, which has a main near-infrared (NIR) UC emission at 804nm under 980nm excitation. The emission peak at 804nm was well-separated from the emission peaks of UCNPs we have reported at 477nm, 542nm, and 660nm. It means both the excitation and the emission of NaYF4:Yb0.2, Tm0.02 UCNPs are located in the NIR spectral range (NIR-to-NIR UC emission), the so-called biological window. This result establishes the basis of achieving simultaneous detection of four components. To confirm the analytical performance of this NaYF4:Yb0.2, Tm0.02 UCNPs, a novel near-infrared magnetic aptasensor for the detection of Ochratoxin A (OTA) was developed using the OTA aptamer-conjugated near-infrared upconversion nanoparticles (apt-UCNPs) and the complementary oligonucleotide-modified magnetic nanoparticles (cDNA-MNPs). The apt-UCNPs and cDNA-MNPs were hybridized to form a poly-network structure of MNP-UCNP nanocomposites. When the target OTA was introduced, the aptamer combined with the priority target and the cDNA-MNPs were replaced. The proposed method achieved a linear range between 0.01 and 100ngmL(-1), with a detection limit as low as 0.005ngmL(-1). Then, we successfully applied this method to measure

  13. Dielectric coating and surface plasmon enhancement of multi-color quantum-well structures

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    Fadil, Ahmed; Iida, Daisuke; Ou, Yiyu

    We fabricate a multi-colored quantum-well structure as a prototype towards monolithic white light-emitting diodes, and modify the emission intensities of different colors by introducing dielectric and Ag nanoparticle coating.......We fabricate a multi-colored quantum-well structure as a prototype towards monolithic white light-emitting diodes, and modify the emission intensities of different colors by introducing dielectric and Ag nanoparticle coating....

  14. Multicolor 3D super-resolution imaging by quantum dot stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy.

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    Xu, Jianquan; Tehrani, Kayvan F; Kner, Peter

    2015-03-24

    We demonstrate multicolor three-dimensional super-resolution imaging with quantum dots (QSTORM). By combining quantum dot asynchronous spectral blueing with stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy and adaptive optics, we achieve three-dimensional imaging with 24 nm lateral and 37 nm axial resolution. By pairing two short-pass filters with two appropriate quantum dots, we are able to image single blueing quantum dots on two channels simultaneously, enabling multicolor imaging with high photon counts.

  15. Investigation on up-conversion luminescence properties of novel transparent Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ co-doped oxyfluoride glass ceramics

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    Liu, Xiao-bo; Han, Wan-lei; Xu, Fang; Song, Ying-lin

    2011-06-01

    In the present letter, the transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics containing Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+:NaYF4 were successfully prepared by melt-quenching at 1400°C and subsequent heating at 650-680°C for 1~2 hours . X-ray diffraction (XRD) with Cu Kα radiation (λ=0.154nm) investigation revealed that NaYF4 nano-crystals in the glass ceramics was fabricated. Their sizes were determined by Sherrer's equation. The emission spectra red green and blue up-conversion (UC) under 980nm laser diode (LD) pumping and absorption spectra were measured. Luminescence measurements confirmed the partition of RE ions in nano-crystals NaYF4. The blue red and green UC radiations correspond to the transitions 1G4-3H6, 1G4-3H4 of Tm3+, 5F4, 5S2-5I8, 5F5-5I8, of Ho3+ ions, respectively. This is similar to that in Tm3+-Yb3+ and/or Ho3+-Yb3+ co-doped glass ceramics. To obtain upconversion fluorescence mechanisms, upconversion fluorescence intensity versus LD pump power were analyzed in view of energy levels of rare earth. Up-conversion mechanisms were discussed and the ratio between red, green and blue UC emission bands was found to be varied as a function of temperature of heat treatment and pump power. This result could be mainly attributed to the cross-relaxation between Ho3+ ions. The excellent optical properties and its convenient, low-cost synthesis of the present glass ceramic imply that it is an excellent substitution material for the unobtainable bulk NaYF4 crystal and may have potentially applications in tunable visible laser or many other fields.

  16. The study of two-color excitation upconversion of Pr(0.5)Yb(3):ZBLAN

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    CHEN; Xiaobo; SONG; Zengfu

    2006-01-01

    The excited state absorption upconversion of Pr(0.5)Yb(3):ZBLAN glass material, under two-color excitation of the 960 nm semiconductor laser and the Xe lamp light simultaneously, is reported in this article. It was found that the upconversion emission spectra of 480.1, 519.0, 601.9 and 631.8 nm coincide with the common emission spectra. Meanwhile, the upconversion-excitation spectrum has three obvious peaks under two-color excitation, and they respectively correspond to the 856.0 nm upconversion excitation transition [1G4(Pr3+)→1I6(Pr3+) and 1G4(Pr3+)→3P1(Pr3+)], the 789.0 nm upconversion excitation transition 1G4(Pr3+)→3P2(Pr3+), and the 803.7 nm upconversion excitation transition 3H6(Pr3+)→1D2(Pr3+). The upconversion excitation transition 1G4(Pr3+)→1I6(Pr3+) is strong because its oscillator strength f = 23.040(10-6 is large, which results in a large peak appearing in the upconversion excitation spectrum. That is just the new interesting two-color excitation upconversion luminescence phenomenon of Pr(0.5)Yb(3):ZBLAN induced by one laser and one continuous normal light simultaneously.

  17. Different dynamics of ultraviolet upconversion in Tm3+:ZBLAN glass under blue laser excitation

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    Yang, Haigui; Gao, Jinsong

    2013-10-01

    Ultraviolet upconversion luminescence around 292 nm, 350 nm and 363 nm in Tm3+:ZBLAN glass was observed clearly by pulsed excitation at 464 nm. Upconversion dynamics was discussed in detail by an analysis of the measured intensity dependence, decay curves and excitation spectra of upconversion luminescence, from which it was clarified that upconversion luminescence around 292 nm and 350 nm from 1I6 level was attributed to excited state absorption, while that around 363 nm from 1D2 level was attributed to energy transfer process.

  18. Different dynamics of ultraviolet upconversion in Tm{sup 3+}:ZBLAN glass under blue laser excitation

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    Yang, Haigui, E-mail: yanghg@ciomp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Optical System Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 3888 Dongnanhu Road, Changchun 130033 (China); State Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Applications, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 3888 Dongnanhu Road, Changchun 130033 (China); Gao, Jinsong [Key Laboratory of Optical System Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 3888 Dongnanhu Road, Changchun 130033 (China)

    2013-10-01

    Ultraviolet upconversion luminescence around 292 nm, 350 nm and 363 nm in Tm{sup 3+}:ZBLAN glass was observed clearly by pulsed excitation at 464 nm. Upconversion dynamics was discussed in detail by an analysis of the measured intensity dependence, decay curves and excitation spectra of upconversion luminescence, from which it was clarified that upconversion luminescence around 292 nm and 350 nm from {sup 1}I{sub 6} level was attributed to excited state absorption, while that around 363 nm from {sup 1}D{sub 2} level was attributed to energy transfer process.

  19. High-resolution two-dimensional image upconversion of incoherent light

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    Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Pedersen, Christian; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter

    2010-01-01

    We consider a technique for high-resolution image upconversion of thermal light. Experimentally, we demonstrate cw upconversion with a resolution of more than 200 × 1000 pixels of thermally illuminated objects. This is the first demonstration (to our knowledge) of high-resolution cw image...... upconversion. The upconversion method promises an alternative route to high-quantum-efficiency all-optical imaging in the mid-IR wavelength region and beyond using standard CCD cameras. A particular advantage of CCD cameras compared to state-of-the-art thermal cameras is the possibility to tailor and tune...

  20. Structural, down- and phase selective up-conversion emission properties of mixed valent Pr doped into oxides with tetravalent cations.

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    Tiseanu, Carmen; Parvulescu, Vasile; Avram, Daniel; Cojocaru, Bogdan; Apostol, Nicoleta; Vela-Gonzalez, Andrea V; Sanchez-Dominguez, Margarita

    2014-03-28

    We report on structure-property relationships in Pr-doped CeO2 and ZrO2 using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman, UV to Vis Diffuse Reflectance (DR-UV/Vis), X-ray Photoelectron (XPS), and luminescence (PL) spectroscopies. Both 3+ and 4+ valence states of Pr are evidenced, irrespective of the host and calcination temperature, T (T = 500 and 1000 °C) with consequences on absorption, surface, vibrational and luminescence properties. Only zirconia represents a suitable host for Pr(3+) luminescence. The distinct trivalent Pr centers and their excitation mechanism are identified in relation to the tetragonal and monoclinic phases of ZrO2. A near-infrared to visible up-conversion (UPC) emission of Pr(3+) is observed upon excitation at 959 nm which occurs, most probably, via a two-photon excited state process. By using a multi-wavelength, time-gated excitation, the UPC process is established as phase selective, i.e. only Pr(3+) located in the monoclinic sites of the mixed phase, monoclinic and tetragonal ZrO2 (T = 1000 °C) contribute to the UPC emission. We believe that, besides the local symmetry, a key role in phase selective UPC is played by the presence of Pr(3+) low-lying 4f 5d levels. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of phase selective up-conversion emission in a lanthanide doped multi-phase host.

  1. Long-range micro-pulse aerosol lidar at 1.5 um with an up-conversion single-photon detector

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    Xia, Haiyun; Shangguan, Mingjia; Xia, Xiuxiu; Jia, Xiaodong; Wang, Chong; Zhang, Jun; Zhang, Qiang; Dou, Xiankang; Pan, Jianwei

    2014-01-01

    A micro-pulse lidar at eye-safe wavelength is constructed based on an up-conversion single-photon detector. The ultralow noise detector enables using integration technique to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the atmospheric backscattering even at daytime. With the pulse energy of 110uJ, the pulse repetition rate of 15 kHz, the optical antenna diameter of 100 mm and integration time of 5 minutes, a horizontal detection range of 7 km is realized. In the demonstration experiment, atmospheric visibility over 24 hours is monitored continuously, with results in accordance with the weather forecasts.

  2. Long-range micro-pulse aerosol lidar at 1.5  μm with an upconversion single-photon detector.

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    Xia, Haiyun; Shentu, Guoliang; Shangguan, Mingjia; Xia, Xiuxiu; Jia, Xiaodong; Wang, Chong; Zhang, Jun; Pelc, Jason S; Fejer, M M; Zhang, Qiang; Dou, Xiankang; Pan, Jian-Wei

    2015-04-01

    A micro-pulse lidar at eye-safe wavelength is constructed based on an upconversion single-photon detector. The ultralow-noise detector enables using integration technique to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the atmospheric backscattering even at daytime. With pulse energy of 110 μJ, pulse repetition rate of 15 kHz, optical antenna diameter of 100 mm and integration time of 5 min, a horizontal detection range of 7 km is realized. In the demonstration experiment, atmospheric visibility over 24 h is monitored continuously, with results in accordance with the weather forecasts.

  3. Down- and up-conversion emissions in Er{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+} codoped TeO{sub 2}–ZnO–ZnF{sub 2} glasses

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    Miguel, A. [Departamento de Física Aplicada I, Escuela Superior de Ingeniería, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Alda. Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao (Spain); Arriandiaga, M.A. [Departamento de Física Aplicada II, Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnología, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Apartado 644, Bilbao (Spain); Morea, R. [Instituto de Optica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas CSIC, Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Fernandez, J. [Departamento de Física Aplicada I, Escuela Superior de Ingeniería, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Alda. Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao (Spain); Materials Physics Center CSIC-UPV/EHU and Donostia International Physics Center, 20018 San Sebastian (Spain); Gonzalo, J. [Instituto de Optica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas CSIC, Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Balda, R., E-mail: wupbacrr@bi.ehu.es [Departamento de Física Aplicada I, Escuela Superior de Ingeniería, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Alda. Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao (Spain); Materials Physics Center CSIC-UPV/EHU and Donostia International Physics Center, 20018 San Sebastian (Spain)

    2015-02-15

    In this work, we report the near infrared and upconversion emissions of Er{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+} codoped fluorotellurite TeO{sub 2}–ZnO–ZnF{sub 2} glasses for different YbF{sub 3} concentrations ranging between 0.5 and 2 wt%. The study includes absorption and emission spectra and lifetime measurements for the infrared and visible fluorescence. The energy transfer between Yb{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3+} ions is confirmed by the temporal behavior of the near-infrared luminescence of Yb{sup 3+} ions as well as by the enhancement of the 1532 nm emission of Er{sup 3+} ions in the codoped samples. The Yb{sup 3+}→Er{sup 3+} energy transfer efficiency is calculated from the Yb{sup 3+} lifetimes in single and codoped samples. Back transfer from Er{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 3+} ions is present under near infrared and visible excitation of Er{sup 3+} ions at 798 and 488 nm respectively. An enhancement of the visible upconversion fluorescence is also observed in the codoped samples due to energy transfer from Yb{sup 3+} to Er{sup 3+} ions. The standardized value for the efficiency of the green upconversion emission is 1.06×10{sup −4} for the codoped sample with 2 wt% of YbF{sub 3} which is comparable to that reported in lead–zinc–tellurite glasses. The possible upconversion processes and mechanisms leading to the population of several excited levels are discussed. - Highlights: • The effect of Yb{sup 3+} concentration on the NIR and VIS emissions of Er{sup 3+}ions is studied. • TheYb{sup 3+}↔Er{sup 3+} energy transfer in fluorotellurite glasses is demonstrated. • Increase of the green upconversion emission with Yb{sup 3+} concentration due to Yb{sup 3+}→Er{sup 3+} energy transfer. • The ratio of red to green upconversion emissions depends on the concentration of Yb{sup 3+} ions.

  4. Upconversion imaging using an all-fiber supercontinuum source.

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    Huot, Laurent; Moselund, Peter Morten; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Leick, Lasse; Pedersen, Christian

    2016-06-01

    In this Letter, the first demonstration, to the best of our knowledge, of pulsed upconversion imaging using supercontinuum light is presented. A mid-infrared (IR) imaging system was built by combining a mid-IR supercontinuum source emitting between 1.8 and 2.6 μm with upconversion detection. The infrared signal is used to probe a sample and mixed with a synchronized 1550 nm laser pulse inside a lithium niobate (LiNbO3) crystal. The signal is thus upconverted to the 860-970 nm range and acquired on a standard silicon CCD array at a rate of 22 frames per second. In our implementation, spatial features in the sample plane as small as 55 μm could be resolved.

  5. Upconversion imaging using short-wave infrared picosecond pulses

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    Mathez, Morgan David; Rodrigo, Peter John; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter

    2017-01-01

    To the best of our knowledge, we present the first demonstration of short-wavelength infrared image upconversion that employs intense picosecond signal and pump beams. We use a fiber laser that emits a signal beam at 1877 nm and a pump beam at 1550 nm—both with a pulse width of 1 ps and a pulse...... by an improved model that considers the combined image blurring effect due to finite pump beam size, thick nonlinear crystal, and polychromatic infrared illumination....

  6. Upconversion nanoparticles and their hybrid assemblies for biomedical applications

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    Grebenik, E. A.; Kostyuk, A. B.; Deyev, S. M.

    2016-12-01

    The progress in the design of hybrid photoluminescent assemblies based on upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) meant for biomedical applications is analyzed. The key approaches to the synthesis of bright UCNPs and their surface modification, including encapsulation into hydrophilic shells and providing with therapeutic and targeting agents, are described. The range of potential applications of UCNPs in analytical biochemistry, biomedical diagnostics and therapy of cancer and infectious diseases is considered. The bibliography includes 145 references.

  7. Solar upconversion with plasmon-enhanced bimolecular complexes

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    Dionne, Jennifer [Stanford Univ., CA (United States)

    2017-04-14

    Upconversion of sub-bandgap photons is a promising approach to exceed the Shockley-Queisser limit in solar technologies. However, due to the low quantum efficiencies and narrow absorption bandwidths of upconverters, existing systems have only led to fractional percent improvements in photovoltaic devices (~0.01%). In this project, we aimed to develop an efficient upconverting material that could improve cell efficiencies by at least one absolute percent. To achieve this goal, we first used thermodynamic calculations to determine cell efficiencies with realistic upconverting materials. Then, we designed, synthesized, and characterized nanoantennas that promise >100x enhancement in both the upconverter absorption cross-section and emissive radiative rate. Concurrently, we optimized the upconverer by designing new ionic and molecular complexes that promise efficient solid-state upconversion. Lastly, with Bosch, we simulated record-efficiency semi-transparent cells that will allow for ready incorporation of our upconverting materials. While we were not successful in designing record efficiency upconverters during our three years of funding, we gained significant insight into the existing limitations of upconverters and how to best address these challenges. Ongoing work is aimed at addressing these limitations, to make upconversion a cost-competitive solar technology in future years.

  8. Upconversion imaging using short-wave infrared picosecond pulses.

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    Mathez, Morgan; Rodrigo, Peter John; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Pedersen, Christian

    2017-02-01

    To the best of our knowledge, we present the first demonstration of short-wavelength infrared image upconversion that employs intense picosecond signal and pump beams. We use a fiber laser that emits a signal beam at 1877 nm and a pump beam at 1550 nm-both with a pulse width of 1 ps and a pulse repetition rate of 21.7 MHz. Due to synchronization of high peak-power pulses, efficient upconversion is achieved in a single-pass setup that employs a bulk lithium niobate crystal. Optimizing the temporal overlap of the pulses for high upconversion efficiency enables us to exploit a relatively large pump beam diameter to upconvert a wider range of signal spatial frequencies in the crystal. The 1877 nm signal is converted into 849 nm-enabling an image to be acquired by a silicon CCD camera. The measured size of the smallest resolvable element of this imaging system is consistent with the value predicted by an improved model that considers the combined image blurring effect due to finite pump beam size, thick nonlinear crystal, and polychromatic infrared illumination.

  9. Upconversion processes in Yb-sensitized Tm:ZBLAN

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    Carrig, T.J. [Coherent Technologies, Inc., Lafayette, CO (United States); Cockroft, N.J. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1996-10-01

    A spectroscopic study of 22 rare-earth-ion doped ZBLAN (fluorozirconate) glass was done to study feasibility of sensitizing Tm:ZBLAN with Yb to facilitate development of an efficient, conveniently pumped blue upconversion fiber laser. it was found that, under single-color pumping, 480 nm emission from Tm{sup 3+} was strongest when Yb,Tm:ZBLAN is excited at 975 nm; the strongest blue blue emission was obtained from a glass sample with 2.0 wt% Yb + 0.3 wt% Tm. Also, for weak 975 nm pump intensities, strength of blue upconversion emission can be greatly enhanced by simultaneously pumping at 785 nm. This increased upconversion efficiency is due to reduced number of energy transfer steps needed to populate the Tm{sup 3+} {sup 1}G{sub 4} energy level. Measurements of fluorescence lifetimes vs dopant concentration were also made for Yb{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+}, and Pr{sup 3+} transitions in ZBLAN in order to better characterize concentration quenching effects. Energy transfer between Tm{sup 3+} and Pr{sup 3+} in ZBLAN is also described.

  10. Second harmonic generation and two-photon luminescence upconversion in glasses doped with ZnSe nanocrystalline quantum dots

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    Thantu, Napoleon [Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, 2525 Fremont Avenue, Idaho Falls, ID 83415 (United States)]. E-mail: Napoleon.Thantu@ngc.com

    2005-01-01

    We report two-photon excited emission in borosilicate glasses doped with ZnSe nanocrystalline quantum dots. The emission, predominantly near the two-photon energy and detected in the direction of the excitation beam, is in the visible, and the fundamental excitation is the near-infrared output of a tunable femtosecond laser. Depending on the two-photon energy, time- and frequency-resolved measurements at room temperature reveal that the emission largely consists of second harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon luminescence upconversion, and a much smaller luminescence from redshifted, low-lying trap states and other trap levels residing near the semiconductor band edge. We discuss the SHG origin in terms of bulk-like and surface contributions from the nanocrystals and the two-photon resonant enhancement near the excitonic absorption.

  11. Liquid Marbles Based on Magnetic Upconversion Nanoparticles as Magnetically and Optically Responsive Miniature Reactors for Photocatalysis and Photodynamic Therapy.

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    Wang, Dan; Zhu, Lin; Chen, Jian-Feng; Dai, Liming

    2016-08-26

    Magnetic liquid marbles have recently attracted extensive attention for various potential applications. However, conventional liquid marbles based on iron oxide nanoparticles are opaque and inadequate for photo-related applications. Herein, we report the first development of liquid marbles coated with magnetic lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) that can convert near-infrared light into visible light. Apart from their excellent magnetic and mechanical properties, which are attractive for repeatable tip opening and magnetically directed movements, the resultant UCNP-based liquid marbles can act as ideal miniature reactors for photodynamic therapy of cancer cells. This work opens new ways for the development of liquid marbles, and shows great promise for liquid marbles based on UCNPs to be used in a large variety of potential applications, such as photodynamic therapy for accelerated drug screening, magnetically guided controlled drug delivery and release, and multifunctional actuation.

  12. Concentration-mediated multicolor fluorescence polymer carbon dots.

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    Jeong, Chan Jin; Lee, Gibaek; In, Insik; Park, Sung Young

    2016-05-01

    Polymer dots (PDs) showing concentration-mediated multicolor fluorescence were first prepared from sulfuric acid-treated dehydration of Pluronic® F-127 in a single step. Pluronic-based PDs (P-PDs) showed high dispersion stability in solvent media and exhibited a fluorescence emission that was widely tunable from red to blue by adjusting both the excitation wavelengths and the P-PD concentration in an aqueous solution. This unique fluorescence behavior of P-PDs might be a result of cross-talk in the fluorophores of the poly(propylene glycol)-rich core inside the P-PD through either energy transfer or charge transfer. Reconstruction of the surface energy traps of the P-PDs mediated through aggregation may lead to a new generation of carbon-based nanomaterials possessing a fluorescence emission and tunable by adjusting the concentration. These structures may be useful in the design of multifunctional carbon nanomaterials with tunable emission properties according to a variety of internal or external stimuli.

  13. Correcting chromatic offset in multicolor super-resolution localization microscopy.

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    Erdelyi, Miklos; Rees, Eric; Metcalf, Daniel; Schierle, Gabriele S Kaminski; Dudas, Laszlo; Sinko, Jozsef; Knight, Alex E; Kaminski, Clemens F

    2013-05-06

    Localization based super-resolution microscopy techniques require precise drift correction methods because the achieved spatial resolution is close to both the mechanical and optical performance limits of modern light microscopes. Multi-color imaging methods require corrections in addition to those dealing with drift due to the static, but spatially-dependent, chromatic offset between images. We present computer simulations to quantify this effect, which is primarily caused by the high-NA objectives used in super-resolution microscopy. Although the chromatic offset in well corrected systems is only a fraction of an optical wavelength in magnitude (super-resolution methods is impossible without appropriate image correction. The simulated data are in excellent agreement with experiments using fluorescent beads excited and localized at multiple wavelengths. Finally we present a rigorous and practical calibration protocol to correct for chromatic optical offset, and demonstrate its efficacy for the imaging of transferrin receptor protein colocalization in HeLa cells using two-color direct stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (dSTORM).

  14. Multicolor observations of the Hubble Deep Field South

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    Vanzella, E; Saracco, P; Arnouts, S; Bianchi, S; D'Odorico, S; Fontana, A; Giallongo, E; Grazian, A

    2001-01-01

    We present a deep multicolor (UBVIJsHKs) catalog of galaxies in the HDF-S, based on observations obtained with the HST WFPC2 in 1998 and VLT-ISAAC in 1999. The photometric procedures were tuned to derive a catalog optimized for the estimation of photometric redshifts. In particular we adopted a ``conservative'' detection threshold which resulted in a list of 1611 objects. The behavior of the observed source counts is in general agreement with the result of Casertano et al. (2000) in the HDF-S and Williams et al. (1996) in the HDF-N, while the corresponding counts in the HDF-N provided by Fernandez-Soto et al. (1999) are systematically lower by a factor 1.5 beyond I_AB=26. After correcting for the incompleteness of the source counts, the object surface density at I_AB2.7) were selected down to K_AB=24, plus 3 objects whose upper limit to the Ks flux is still compatible with the selection criterion. The corresponding surface density of EROs is (2.5+-0.8) per sq.arcmin ((3.2+-0.9) per sq.arcmin if we include the...

  15. Multicolor Detectors for Ultrasensitive Long-Wave Imaging Cameras

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    Brown, Ari; Benford, Dominic; Chervenak, James; Wollack, Edward

    2012-01-01

    A document describes a zeptobolometer for ultrasensitive, long-wavelength sensors. GSFC is developing pixels based on the zeptobolometer design that sense three THz wavelengths simultaneously. Two innovations are described in the document: (1) a quasiparticle (QO) filter arrangement that enables a compact multicolor spectrum at the focal plane, and (2) a THz antenna readout by up to three bolometers. The innovations enable high efficiency by greatly reducing high, frequency-dependent microstrip losses, and pixel compactness by eliminating the need for bulky filters in the focal plane. The zeptobolometer is a small TES bolometer, on the scale of a few microns, which can be readily coupled through an impedance-matching resistor to a metal or dielectric antenna. The bolometer is voltage-biased in its superconducting transition, allowing the use of superconducting RF multiplexers to read out large arrays. The antenna is geometrically tapped at three locations so as to efficiently couple radiation of three distinct wavelengths to the individual TESs. The transition edge hot electrons in metals offer a simple, compact arrangement for antenna readout, which can be crucial in the THz where line losses at high frequencies can be substantial. A metallic grill filter acts as a high-pass filter and directs the low-frequency components to a location where they will be absorbed. The absorption spectrum shows that three well-separated THz bands are feasible. The filters can be made from high-purity dielectrics such as float zone silicon or sapphire.

  16. Object Classification in Astronomical Multi-Color Surveys

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    Wolf, C; Röser, H J

    2000-01-01

    We present a photometric method for identifying stars, galaxies and quasars in multi-color surveys, which uses a library of >65000 color templates. The method aims for extracting the information content of object colors in a statistically correct way and performs a classification as well as a redshift estimation for galaxies and quasars in a unified approach. For the redshift estimation, we use an advanced version of the MEV estimator which determines the redshift error from the redshift dependent probability density function. The method was originally developed for the CADIS survey, where we checked its performance by spectroscopy. The method provides high reliability (6 errors among 151 objects with R<24), especially for quasar selection, and redshifts accurate within sigma ~ 0.03 for galaxies and sigma ~ 0.1 for quasars. We compare a few model surveys using the same telescope time but different sets of broad-band and medium-band filters. Their performance is investigated by Monte-Carlo simulations as we...

  17. Multicolor Photometry of the Nearby Galaxy Cluster A119

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    Tian, Jin-Tao; Zhou, Xu; Jiang, Zhao-Ji; Ma, Jun; Wu, Jiang-Hua; Wu, Zhen-Yu; Fan, Zhou; Zhang, Tian-Meng; Zou, Hu

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents multicolor optical photometry of the nearby galaxy cluster Abell 119 (z = 0:0442) with the Beijing-Arizona-Taiwan-Connecticut (BATC) system of 15 intermediate bands. Within the BATC viewing field of 58'* 58', there are 368 galaxies with known spectroscopic redshifts, including 238 member galaxies (called sample I). Based on the spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of 1376 galaxies brighter than iBATC = 19:5, photometric redshift technique and the color-magnitude relation of earlytype galaxies are applied to select faint member galaxies. As a result, 117 faint galaxies were selected as new member galaxies. Combined with sample I, an enlarged sample (called sample II) of 355 member galaxies is obtained. Spatial distribution and localized velocity structure for two samples demonstrate that A119 is a dynamically complex cluster with at least three prominent substructures in the central region within 1 Mpc. A large velocity dispersion for the central clump indicates a merging along the line of ...

  18. Multicolor flickering studies of X1822-371

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    Baptista, R; Harlaftis, E T; Baptista, Raymundo

    2002-01-01

    We report on the analysis of high-speed multicolor photometry of the eclipsing X-ray binary X1822-371. We used new eclipse timings to derive a revised optical ephemeris. A quadratic fit to the eclipse timings is not statistically significant but suggests that the orbital period is increasing on a timescale of P/|Pdot|= (4.2 +/- 1.4) 10^6 yr. We find no systematic delay or advance of the optical timings with respect to the X-ray timings. Average UBVRI light curves show the deep eclipse of the disc by the secondary star superimposed on the broader and shallower occultation of the inner disc regions by the outer disc (dip), and an orbital hump centred at phase +0.25 which is mostly seen in the U and B bands. The starting phase of the dip occurs earlier for shorter wavelengths, while the egress occurs at the same phase in all bands. This suggests that the thickening of the outer, occulting disc rim is gradual with azimuth at ingress but decreases sharply at egress. We fit synthetic photometry to the extracted col...

  19. Multi-color magnetic nanoparticle imaging using magnetorelaxometry.

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    Coene, A; Leliaert, J; Liebl, M; Löwa, N; Steinhoff, U; Crevecoeur, G; Dupré, L; Wiekhorst, F

    2017-04-21

    Magnetorelaxometry (MRX) is a well-known measurement technique which allows the retrieval of magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) characteristics such as size distribution and clustering behavior. This technique also enables the non-invasive reconstruction of the spatial MNP distribution by solving an inverse problem, referred to as MRX imaging. Although MRX allows the imaging of a broad range of MNP types, little research has been done on imaging different MNP types simultaneously. Biomedical applications can benefit significantly from a measurement technique that allows the separation of the resulting measurement signal into its components originating from different MNP types. In this paper, we present a theoretical procedure and experimental validation to show the feasibility of MRX imaging in reconstructing multiple MNP types simultaneously. Because each particle type has its own characteristic MRX signal, it is possible to take this a priori information into account while solving the inverse problem. This way each particle type's signal can be separated and its spatial distribution reconstructed. By assigning a unique color code and intensity to each particle type's signal, an image can be obtained in which each spatial distribution is depicted in the resulting color and with the intensity measuring the amount of particles of that type, hence the name multi-color MNP imaging. The theoretical procedure is validated by reconstructing six phantoms, with different spatial arrangements of multiple MNP types, using MRX imaging. It is observed that MRX imaging easily allows up to four particle types to be separated simultaneously, meaning their quantitative spatial distributions can be obtained.

  20. Multicolor Surface Photometry of Lenticulars I. The Data

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    Barway, S; Kembhavi, A K; Pandey, S K; Barway, Sudhanshu; Kembhavi, Ajit K.

    2004-01-01

    We present in this paper multicolor surface and aperture photometry in the B, V, R and K' bands for a sample of 34 lenticular galaxies from the UGC catalogue. From surface photometric analysis, we obtain radial profiles of surface brightness, colors, ellipticity, position angle and the Fourier coefficients which describe the departure of isophotal shapes from purely elliptical form and find the presence of dust lanes, patches and ring like structure in several galaxies in the sample. We obtain total integrated magnitudes and colors and find that these are in good agreement with the values from the RC3 catalogue. Isophotal colors are correlated with each other, following the sequence expected for early-type galaxies. The color gradients in lenticulars are more negative than the corresponding gradients in ellipticals. There is a good correlation between B-V and B-R color gradients, and the mean gradient in the B-V, B-R and V-K' colors are -0.13+/-0.06, -0.18+/-0.06, -0.25+/-0.11 magnitude per dex in radius resp...

  1. Multi-color single particle tracking with quantum dots.

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    Eva C Arnspang

    Full Text Available Quantum dots (QDs have long promised to revolutionize fluorescence detection to include even applications requiring simultaneous multi-species detection at single molecule sensitivity. Despite the early promise, the unique optical properties of QDs have not yet been fully exploited in e. g. multiplex single molecule sensitivity applications such as single particle tracking (SPT. In order to fully optimize single molecule multiplex application with QDs, we have in this work performed a comprehensive quantitative investigation of the fluorescence intensities, fluorescence intensity fluctuations, and hydrodynamic radii of eight types of commercially available water soluble QDs. In this study, we show that the fluorescence intensity of CdSe core QDs increases as the emission of the QDs shifts towards the red but that hybrid CdSe/CdTe core QDs are less bright than the furthest red-shifted CdSe QDs. We further show that there is only a small size advantage in using blue-shifted QDs in biological applications because of the additional size of the water-stabilizing surface coat. Extending previous work, we finally also show that parallel four color multicolor (MC-SPT with QDs is possible at an image acquisition rate of at least 25 Hz. We demonstrate the technique by measuring the lateral dynamics of a lipid, biotin-cap-DPPE, in the cellular plasma membrane of live cells using four different colors of QDs; QD565, QD605, QD655, and QD705 as labels.

  2. White upconversion of rare-earth doped ZnO nanocrystals and its dependence on size of crystal particles and content of Yb3+ and Tm3+

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    Liu, Yunxin; Xu, Changfu; Yang, Qibin

    2009-04-01

    Rare earth (RE) doped ZnO nanocrystals were synthesized by chemical combustion method. Bright white upconversion (UC) luminescence with the CIE coordinates close to (0.33, 0.33) was obtained in Er+Tm+Yb tridoped ZnO nanocrystals under the excitation of a cost-effective 980 nm single-wavelength laser diode. The overall and relative UC luminescence intensities of RE doped ZnO nanocrystals were found to be depended highly on the diameter of crystal particles and the concentration of Yb3+ and Tm3+, for which the involved mechanisms were demonstrated. The investigation based on UC spectra, simplified energy level diagram, and excitation power dependence indicated that the remarkable enhancement of the green emission of the RE tridoped sample was due to a dual sensitization of Er3+ by Yb3+ and Tm3+ ions. The RE tridoped ZnO nanocrystals with the CIE coordinates close to (0.33, 0.33) are potentially suitable for the widely realistic application as the multicolor fluorescent labels, due to a fact that they could be cheaply and easily obtained and excited cost effectively.

  3. Near-Infrared Upconversion Chemodosimeter for In Vivo Detection of Cu(2+) in Wilson Disease.

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    Liu, Yi; Su, Qianqian; Chen, Min; Dong, Yi; Shi, Yibing; Feng, Wei; Wu, Zhi-Ying; Li, Fuyou

    2016-08-01

    Near-infrared upconversion chemodosimetry is a promising detection method by virtue of the frequency upconversion technique, which shows very high sensitivity and selectivity for the detection of Cu(2+) ions in vitro and in vivo. This method offers a new opportunity for noninvasive diagnosis of Wilson disease associated with Cu(2+) detection in clinical medicine.

  4. Monte Carlo simulations of homogeneous upconversion in erbium-doped silica glasses

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    Philipsen, Jacob Lundgreen; Bjarklev, Anders Overgaard

    1997-01-01

    the widely accepted quadratic upconversion model is not generally valid. Nevertheless, the results offer an explanation of the experimental observations of quadratic upconversion. Furthermore, it has been shown that at a given population inversion, the quenching rate depends on the rate of exchange...

  5. Modeling upconversion of erbium doped microcrystals based on experimentally determined Einstein coefficients

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    Fischer, S; Löper, P; Hermle, M; Goldschmidt, J C

    2011-01-01

    Upconversion of infrared photons is a promising possibility to enhance solar cell efficiency by producing electricity from otherwise unused sub-band-gap photons. We present a rate equation model, and the relevant processes, in order to describe upconversion of near-infrared photons. The model considers stimulated and spontaneous processes, multi-phonon relaxation and energy transfer between neighboring ions. The input parameters for the model are experimentally determined for the material system \\beta-NaEr0.2Y0.8F4. The determination of the transition probabilities, also known as the Einstein coefficients, is in the focus of the parameterization. The influence of multi-phonon relaxation and energy transfer on the upconversion are evaluated and discussed in detail. Since upconversion is a non-linear process, the irradiance dependence of the simulations is investigated and compared to experimental data of quantum efficiency measurements. The results are very promising and indicate that upconversion is physicall...

  6. A Multicolor Single-Molecule FRET Approach to Study Protein Dynamics and Interactions Simultaneously.

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    Götz, M; Wortmann, P; Schmid, S; Hugel, T

    2016-01-01

    Single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) is a versatile tool for studying biomolecules in a quantitative manner. Multiple conformations within and interactions between biomolecules can be detected and their kinetics can be determined. Thus, smFRET has become an essential tool in enzymology. Ordinary two-color smFRET experiments can provide only limited insight into the function of biological systems, which commonly consist of more than two components. A complete understanding of complex multicomponent biological systems requires correlated information on conformational rearrangements on the one hand and transient interactions with binding partners on the other. Multicolor smFRET experiments enable the direct observation of such correlated dynamics and interactions. Here we demonstrate the power and limitations of multicolor smFRET experiments including the description of a multicolor smFRET setup and data analysis. A general analytical procedure for multicolor smFRET data is presented and applied to the multicomponent heat shock protein 90 system. This allows us to identify microscopic states in transient complexes. Conformational dynamics and nucleotide binding are simultaneously detected, which is impossible using two-color smFRET. Additionally, their correlation is quantified using 3D ensemble hidden Markov analysis, in and out of equilibrium. This method is perfectly suited for protein systems that are much more sophisticated than previously studied DNA-based systems. By extending the application to biologically relevant systems, multicolor smFRET comes of age and provides a unique mechanistic insight into protein machines.

  7. Designing a multicolor long range nanoscopic ruler for the imaging of heterogeneous tumor cells

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    Chavva, Suhash Reddy; Viraka Nellore, Bhanu Priya; Pramanik, Avijit; Sinha, Sudarson Sekhar; Jones, Stacy; Ray, Paresh Chandra

    2016-07-01

    Tumor heterogeneity is one of the biggest challenges in cancer treatment and diagnosis. A multicolor optical ruler is essential to address the heterogeneous tumor cell complexity. Driven by this need, the current article reports the design of a multicolor long range nanoscopic ruler for screening tumor heterogeneity by accurately identifying epithelial cells and cancer stem cells (CSCs) simultaneously. A nanoscopic surface energy transfer (NSET) ruler has been developed using blue fluorescence polymer dots (PDs) and red fluorescence gold cluster dots (GCDs) as multicolor fluorescence donor and plasmonic gold nanoparticle (GNP) acts as an excellent acceptor. Reported experimental results demonstrated that the multicolor nanoscopic ruler's working window is above 35 nm distances, which is more than three times farther than that of Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) distance limit. Theoretical modeling using Förster dipole-dipole coupling and dipole to nanoparticle surface energy transfer have been used to discuss the possible mechanism for multicolor nanoscopic ruler's long-range capability. Using RNA aptamers that are specific for the target cancer cells, experimental data demonstrate that the nanoscopic ruler can be used for screening epithelial and CSCs simultaneously from a whole blood sample with a detection capability of 10 cells per mL. Experimental data show that the nanoscopic ruler can distinguish targeted cells from non-targeted cells.

  8. Multicolor photochromism of silver-containing mesoporous films of amorphous or anatase TiO{sub 2}

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    Nadar, L.; Destouches, N., E-mail: nathalie.destouches@univ-st-etienne.fr; Crespo-Monteiro, N.; Sayah, R.; Vocanson, F.; Reynaud, S.; Lefkir, Y. [Université de Lyon (France); Capoen, B. [Université Lille 1, Sciences et Technologies, PhLAM (CNRS, UMR 8523) and CERLA (France)

    2013-11-15

    Mesoporous TiO{sub 2} films loaded with silver nanoparticles grown photocatalytically, which are initially brown, change their color under visible laser irradiations. In this article, we compare the multicolor photochromisms of amorphous and anatase phases of TiO{sub 2}. The mesoporous films are impregnated with silver salt and then exposed to a low-intensity UV laser light to grow silver nanoparticles. The Ag–TiO{sub 2} films are then exposed to visible laser beams, and the influences of several exposure parameters on the photochromic behavior are examined. Most of the previous studies have reported a poor stability of the photoinduced colors under day light or even in the dark, and few of them demonstrated the ability to get various colors on the same sample. These inconveniences limit the application field of such materials. On the other hand, except in our previous studies, only crystalline TiO{sub 2} is generally used, in its anatase or rutile phase. In this article we show that mesoporous films of amorphous and anatase phases of TiO{sub 2} respond in an efficient manner to light excitation and that multiple colors can be obtained on both kinds of films. For the first time on such Ag–TiO{sub 2} films we show that the various photoinduced colors are stable over considerable months. Visible intensity is shown to have a significant influence on the film behavior, which was not identified in previous studies. The laser-induced spectral changes are also shown to depend on the incident laser polarization. The photochromic behaviors are characterized in terms of color changes and spectral variations. The reproducibility of the photochromic process along reduction/oxidation cycles is demonstrated, and the stability of different laser-induced colors is reported on 6-month-old samples.

  9. Thermal Stability and Infrared-To Upconversion Emissions of Er3+/Yb3+ Co-Doped 70GeO2-20PbO-10K2O Glasses

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    Ahmed, Samah M.; Shaltout, I.; Badr, Y.

    2011-06-01

    Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped potassium-lead-germanate (70GeO2-20PbO-10K2O) glasses with a fixed concentration of Er3+ ions (0.5 mol. %) and different concentrations of Yb3+ ions (0, 0.5, 1.5, and 2.5 mol. %), have been synthesized by the conventional melting and quenching method. The structure and vibrational modes of the glass network were investigated by the infrared absorption and Raman spectroscopy. The thermal behavior of all glass samples was investigated by the differential thermal analysis. Infrared-to-visible frequency upconversion process was investigated in all glasses. Intense green and red upconversion emission bands centered at around 532, 546, and 655 nm were observed, underallglasses.Intense excitation at 980 nm of diode laser at room temperature. The dependence of these emissions on the excitation power was investigated.

  10. Superresolving Phase Measurement with Short-Wavelength NOON States by Quantum Frequency Up-Conversion

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    Zhou, Zhi-Yuan; Liu, Shi-Long; Liu, Shi-Kai; Li, Yin-Hai; Ding, Dong-Sheng; Guo, Guang-Can; Shi, Bao-Sen

    2017-06-01

    Precise measurements are the key to advances in all fields of science. Quantum entanglement shows higher sensitivity than that which is achievable by classical methods. Most physical quantities including position, displacement, distance, angle, and optical path length can be obtained by optical phase measurements. Reducing the photon wavelength of the interferometry can further enhance the optical-path-length sensitivity and imaging resolution. By quantum frequency up-conversion, we realize a short-wavelength two-photon number entangled state. Nearly perfect Hong-Ou-Mandel interference is achieved after both 1547-nm photons are up-converted to 525 nm. Optical phase measurement of the two-photon entanglement state yields a visibility greater than the threshold to surpass the standard quantum limit. A spectra change of the photon pair after being up-converted is observed and well explained. These results offer alternative ways for high-precision quantum metrology using a short-wavelength quantum entanglement number state and offer a potential all-optical spectra engineering technique for the photon pair source.

  11. Titania coated upconversion nanoparticles for near-infrared light triggered photodynamic therapy.

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    Lucky, Sasidharan Swarnalatha; Muhammad Idris, Niagara; Li, Zhengquan; Huang, Kai; Soo, Khee Chee; Zhang, Yong

    2015-01-27

    Because of the limited penetration depth of visible light that generally excites most of the available photosensitizers (PSs), conventional photodynamic therapy (PDT) is limited to the treatment of superficial and flat lesions. Recently, the application of deep penetrating near-infrared (NIR) light excitable upconversion nanoparticles (UCNs) in conjunction with PDT has shown to have clear potential in the treatment of solid tumors due to its ability to penetrate thick tissue. However, various constructs developed so far have certain limitations such as poor or unstable PS loading, reducing their therapeutic efficacy and limiting their application to solution or cell-based studies. In this work, we present a method to fabricate uniform core-shell structured nanoconstruct with a thin layer of photocatalyst or PS-titanium dioxide (TiO2) stably coated on individual UCN core. Our design allows controllable and highly reproducible PS loading, preventing any leakage of PS compared to previously developed nanoconstructs, thus ensuring repeatable PDT results. Further surface modification of the developed nanoconstructs with polyethylene glycol (PEG) rendered them biocompatible, demonstrating good therapeutic efficacy both in vitro and in vivo.

  12. Multi-color magnetic nanoparticle imaging using magnetorelaxometry

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    Coene, A.; Leliaert, J.; Liebl, M.; Löwa, N.; Steinhoff, U.; Crevecoeur, G.; Dupré, L.; Wiekhorst, F.

    2017-04-01

    Magnetorelaxometry (MRX) is a well-known measurement technique which allows the retrieval of magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) characteristics such as size distribution and clustering behavior. This technique also enables the non-invasive reconstruction of the spatial MNP distribution by solving an inverse problem, referred to as MRX imaging. Although MRX allows the imaging of a broad range of MNP types, little research has been done on imaging different MNP types simultaneously. Biomedical applications can benefit significantly from a measurement technique that allows the separation of the resulting measurement signal into its components originating from different MNP types. In this paper, we present a theoretical procedure and experimental validation to show the feasibility of MRX imaging in reconstructing multiple MNP types simultaneously. Because each particle type has its own characteristic MRX signal, it is possible to take this a priori information into account while solving the inverse problem. This way each particle type’s signal can be separated and its spatial distribution reconstructed. By assigning a unique color code and intensity to each particle type’s signal, an image can be obtained in which each spatial distribution is depicted in the resulting color and with the intensity measuring the amount of particles of that type, hence the name multi-color MNP imaging. The theoretical procedure is validated by reconstructing six phantoms, with different spatial arrangements of multiple MNP types, using MRX imaging. It is observed that MRX imaging easily allows up to four particle types to be separated simultaneously, meaning their quantitative spatial distributions can be obtained.

  13. Effect of gamma irradiation on Korean traditional multicolored paintwork

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    Yoon, Minchul; Kim, Dae-Woon; Choi, Jong-il; Chung, Yong-Jae; Kang, Dai-Ill; Hoon Kim, Gwang; Son, Kwang-Tae; Park, Hae-Jun; Lee, Ju-Woon

    2015-10-01

    Gamma irradiation can destroy fungi and insects involved in the bio-deterioration of organic cultural heritages. However, this irradiation procedure can alter optical and structural properties of historical pigments used in wooden cultural heritage paintings. The crystal structure and color centers of these paintings must be maintained after application of the irradiation procedure. In this study, we investigated the effects of gamma irradiation on Korean traditional multicolored paintwork (Dancheong) for the preservation of wooden cultural heritages. The main pigments in Korean traditional wooden cultural heritages, Sukganju (Hematite; Fe2O3), Jangdan (Minium; Pb3O4), Whangyun (Crocoite; PbCrO4), and Jidang (Rutile; TiO2), were irradiated by gamma radiation at doses of 1, 5, and 20 kGy. After irradiation, changes in Commision Internationale d'Eclairage (CIE) color values (L*, a*, b*) were measured using the color difference meter, and their structural changes were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The slightly change in less than 1 dE* unit by gamma irradiation was observed, and structural changes in the Dancheong were stable after exposure to 20 kGy gamma irradiation. In addition, gamma irradiation could be applied to painted wooden cultural properties from the Korean Temple. Based on the color values, gamma irradiation of 20 kGy did not affect the Dancheong and stability was maintained for five months. In addition, the fungicidal and insecticidal effect by less than 5 kGy gamma irradiation was conformed. Therefore, the optical and structural properties of Dancheong were maintained after gamma irradiation, which suggested that gamma irradiation can be used for the preservation of wooden cultural heritages painted with Dancheong.

  14. Multi-color pyrometry imaging system and method of operating the same

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    Estevadeordal, Jordi; Nirmalan, Nirm Velumylum; Tralshawala, Nilesh; Bailey, Jeremy Clyde

    2017-03-21

    A multi-color pyrometry imaging system for a high-temperature asset includes at least one viewing port in optical communication with at least one high-temperature component of the high-temperature asset. The system also includes at least one camera device in optical communication with the at least one viewing port. The at least one camera device includes a camera enclosure and at least one camera aperture defined in the camera enclosure, The at least one camera aperture is in optical communication with the at least one viewing port. The at least one camera device also includes a multi-color filtering mechanism coupled to the enclosure. The multi-color filtering mechanism is configured to sequentially transmit photons within a first predetermined wavelength band and transmit photons within a second predetermined wavelength band that is different than the first predetermined wavelength band.

  15. Multi-color pyrometry imaging system and method of operating the same

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    Estevadeordal, Jordi; Nirmalan, Nirm Velumylum; Tralshawala, Nilesh; Bailey, Jeremy Clyde

    2017-03-21

    A multi-color pyrometry imaging system for a high-temperature asset includes at least one viewing port in optical communication with at least one high-temperature component of the high-temperature asset. The system also includes at least one camera device in optical communication with the at least one viewing port. The at least one camera device includes a camera enclosure and at least one camera aperture defined in the camera enclosure, The at least one camera aperture is in optical communication with the at least one viewing port. The at least one camera device also includes a multi-color filtering mechanism coupled to the enclosure. The multi-color filtering mechanism is configured to sequentially transmit photons within a first predetermined wavelength band and transmit photons within a second predetermined wavelength band that is different than the first predetermined wavelength band.

  16. 'Traffic light' immunochromatographic test based on multicolor quantum dots for the simultaneous detection of several antibiotics in milk.

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    Taranova, N A; Berlina, A N; Zherdev, A V; Dzantiev, B B

    2015-01-15

    An immunochromatographic test was developed for the simultaneous detection of several compounds in a complex sample matrix. The system was designed in a 'traffic light' format comprising three lines of different colors on a test strip, thereby providing an easy tool with which to identify an analyte of interest based on the visible color of the line formed (qualitative analysis), and to determine the amount of the analytes present based on the fluorescence intensity of the lines (quantitative analysis). For the development of the multicolor immunochromatographic test, we used antibodies against antibiotics of three different classes as selective binders. Each antibody was labeled with water-soluble quantum dots with emission maximum at either 525, 585, or 625 nm. The test system exhibited high sensitivity, with limits of detection for ofloxacin, chloramphenicol, and streptomycin of 0.3, 0.12, and 0.2 ng mL(-1), respectively. These values are 80-200 times lower than those achievable with ELISA using the same antibodies. Using the 'traffic light' assay, these antibiotics could be detected in milk samples within 10 min without any sample preparation. The 'traffic light' assay also demonstrated a high degree of analyte detection when testing spiked milk samples (92-101%) and accuracy (quantitation error <8% of the mean).

  17. Optical detection of terahertz using nonlinear parametric upconversion.

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    Khan, M Jalal; Chen, Jerry C; Kaushik, Sumanth

    2008-12-01

    We extend our work to perform sensitive, room-temperature optical detection of terahertz (THz) by using nonlinear parametric upconversion. THz radiation at 700 GHz is mixed with pump light at 1,550 nm in a bulk GaAs crystal to generate an idler wave at 1,555.6 nm. The idler is separated, coupled into optical fiber, and detected using a gated Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode. The resulting THz detector has a power sensitivity of 4.5 pW/Hz and a timing resolution of 1 ns.

  18. Upconversion imager measures single mid-IR photons

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    Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Pedersen, Christian

    2013-01-01

    The most sensitive IR detectors today are based on exotic semicoductor technology such as indium antimonide or mercury cadmium telluride. High quality detectors of these sorts are expensive and suffer from high dark currents. Dark current can be somewhat alleviated by extreme cooling. Comparing...... in the near-IR. Conventional detection schemes for IR radiation include microbolometers, which rely on minute temperature changes induced in a 2D nanophotonic sensor device when IR radiation is adsorbed. Microbolometers exist both as cryogenically cooled and uncooled devices. The wavelength upconversion...

  19. Energy transfer up-conversion in Tm3+-doped silica fiber

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    Simpson, David A; Baxter, Gregory,; Stephen F. Collins; Gibbs, W. E. K.; Blanc, Wilfried; Dussardier, Bernard; Monnom, Gérard

    2010-01-01

    International audience; A study of the mechanisms responsible for the infra-red to near infra-red up-conversion in Tm3+-doped silica fibers is presented. Upconversion luminescence was observed from the 3H4 level of Tm3+ under 1586 nm pumping into the 3F4 level. The quadratic dependence of the up-conversion luminescence at 800 nm on the 1800 nm luminescence from the 3F4 level confirms that the 3H4 level is populated by a two photon process. Two possible processes are proposed as mechanisms res...

  20. Multicolor photometry of SU UMa and U Gem during quiescence, outburst and superoutburst

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    Wychudzki, P; Wiecek, M; Karska, A; Galan, C; Swierczynski, E; Frackowiak, S; Tomov, T

    2010-01-01

    The results of time-resolved observations of SU UMa and U Gem obtained over two-years are presented. Both stars are prototypes of different classes of dwarf novae. We studied brightness variations on different time scales: orbital, QPO and flickering. The multicolor BVRI photometry allows to distinguisch the geometrical and physical sources of these variations.

  1. Spectral imaging of multi-color chromogenic dyes in pathological specimens.

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    Macville, M.V.E.; Laak, J.A.W.M. van der; Speel, E.J.; Katzir, N.; Garini, Y.; Soenksen, D.; McNamara, G.; Wilde, P.C.M. de; Hanselaar, A.G.J.M.; Hopman, A.H.N.; Ried, T.

    2001-01-01

    We have investigated the use of spectral imaging for multi-color analysis of permanent cytochemical dyes and enzyme precipitates on cytopathological specimens. Spectral imaging is based on Fourier-transform spectroscopy and digital imaging. A pixel-by-pixel spectrum-based color classification is pre

  2. Multi-color light-emitting transistors composed of organic single crystals

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    Yomogida, Yohei; Sakai, Hayato; Sawabe, Kosuke; Gocho, Shota; Bisri, Satria Zulkarnaen; Nakanotani, Hajime; Adachi, Chihaya; Hasobe, Taku; Iwasa, Yoshihiro; Takenobu, Taishi

    2013-01-01

    We report a novel concept for multi-color light emission from an ambipolar organic single-crystal transistor using natural optical waveguides, the self-absorption effect, Davydov splitting and the unique alignment of the transition dipole moments. We used 9,10-bis(2,2-diphenylvinyl)-anthracene singl

  3. Investigation of MINACE composite filter capabilities for multicolor images correlation recognition purposes

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    Evtikhiev, N. N.; Zlokazov, E. Yu; Petrova, E. K.; Starikov, R. S.; Shaulskiy, D. V.

    2016-08-01

    Article represents the results of investigations in the area of distortion invariant images recognition using composite correlation filters. One of the most successive for application is a filter known as MINACE (minimum noise and average correlation energy). The capabilities of MINACE filter synthesis for multicolor image recognition problem are discussed.

  4. MiCPhot: A prime-focus multicolor CCD photometer on the 85-cm Telescope

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    Ai-Ying Zhou; Xiao-Jun Jiang; Yan-Ping Zhang; Jian-Yan Wei

    2009-01-01

    We describe a new BVRI multicolor CCD photometric system situated at the prime focus of the 85-cm telescope at the Xinglong Station of NAOC. Atmospheric extinction effects, photometric accuracy and color calibration dependence of the system are investigated. Additional attention was paid to giving observers guidance in estimating throughput, detection limit, signal-to-noise ratio and exposure time.

  5. Frequency upconversion in Nd{sup 3+} doped PbO–GeO{sub 2} glasses containing silver nanoparticles

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    Silva, Diego S. da, E-mail: di.silverio@yahoo.com [Departamento de Engenharia de Sistemas Eletrônicos, Escola Politécnica da USP, 05508-900 São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Assumpção, Thiago A.A. de [Departamento de Engenharia de Sistemas Eletrônicos, Escola Politécnica da USP, 05508-900 São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Kassab, Luciana R.P. [Laboratório de Tecnologia em Materiais Fotônicos e Optoeletrônicos, Faculdade de Tecnologia de São Paulo (FATEC-SP, CEETEPS), 01124-060 São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Araújo, Cid B. de [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: • Frequency upconversion in Nd{sup 3+} doped glasses with silver nanoparticles was investigated. • Photoluminescence bands centered at 535, 600 and 670 nm were observed in the emission spectrum. • Measurements show that two laser photons contribute for the emission of each upconverted photon. • The results show for the first time the influence of silver nanoparticles in Nd{sup 3+} doped glasses. -- Abstract: Infrared-to-visible frequency upconversion (UC) in Nd{sup 3+}-doped PbO–GeO{sub 2} (PGO) glasses containing silver nanoparticles (NPs) was investigated. The excitation was made at 805 nm, in resonance with the Nd{sup 3+} transition {sup 4}I{sub 9/2} → {sup 4}F{sub 5/2}. Photoluminescence (PL) bands centered at 535 nm, 600 nm and 670 nm were observed corresponding to the electronic transitions {sup 4}G{sub 7/2} → {sup 4}I{sub 9/2}, [{sup 4}G{sub 7/2} → {sup 4}I{sub 11/2}, {sup 4}G{sub 5/2} → {sup 4}I{sub 9/2}], and [{sup 4}G{sub 7/2} → {sup 4}I{sub 13/2}, {sup 4}G{sub 5/2} → {sup 4}I{sub 11/2}], respectively. The quadratic dependence of the UC intensity versus the laser intensity indicates that two laser photons contribute for the emission of each upconverted photon. The results show for the first time that the nucleation of silver NPs in Nd{sup 3+}-doped PGO glasses contributes to increase the UC efficiency and the PL enhancement reached ≈50% for the samples with the maximum concentration of NPs.

  6. A double responsive smart upconversion fluorescence sensing material for glycoprotein.

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    Guo, Ting; Deng, Qiliang; Fang, Guozhen; Yun, Yaguang; Hu, Yongjin; Wang, Shuo

    2016-11-15

    A novel strategy was developed to prepare double responsive smart upconversion fluorescence material for highly specific enrichment and sensing of glycoprotein. The novel double responsive smart sensing material was synthesized by choosing Horse radish peroxidase (HRP) as modal protein, the grapheme oxide (GO) as support material, upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) as fluorescence signal reporter, N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAAM) and 4-vinylphenylboronic acid (VPBA) as functional monomers. The structure and component of smart sensing material was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), respectively. These results illustrated the smart sensing material was prepared successfully. The recognition characterizations of smart sensing material were evaluated, and results showed that the fluorescence intensity of smart sensing material was reduced gradually, as the concentration of protein increased, and the smart sensing material showed selective recognition for HRP among other proteins. Furthermore, the recognition ability of the smart sensing material for glycoprotein was regulated by controlling the pH value and temperature. Therefore, this strategy opens up new way to construct smart material for detection of glycoprotein.

  7. Solar-Pumping Upconversion of Interfacial Coordination Nanoparticles

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    Ishii, Ayumi; Hasegawa, Miki

    2017-01-01

    An interfacial coordination nanoparticle successfully exhibited an upconversion blue emission excited by very low-power light irradiation, such as sunlight. The interfacial complex was composed of Yb ions and indigo dye, which formed a nano-ordered thin shell layer on a Tm2O3 nanoparticle. At the surface of the Tm2O3 particle, the indigo dye can be excited by non-laser excitation at 640 nm, following the intramolecular energy transfer from the indigo dye to the Yb ions. Additionally, the excitation energy of the Yb ion was upconverted to the blue emission of the Tm ion at 475 nm. This upconversion blue emission was achieved by excitation with a CW Xe lamp at an excitation power of 0.14 mW/cm2, which is significantly lower than the solar irradiation power of 1.4 mW/cm2 at 640 ± 5 nm.

  8. Efficient upconversion polymer-inorganic nanocomposite thin film emitters prepared by the double beam matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (DB-MAPLE)

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    Darwish, Abdalla M.; Burkett, Allan; Blackwell, Ashley; Taylor, Keylantra; Walker, Vernell; Sarkisov, Sergey; Koplitz, Brent

    2014-09-01

    We report on fabrication and investigation of optical and morphological properties of highly efficient (a quantum yield of 1%) upconversion polymer-inorganic nanocomposite thin film emitters prepared by the new technique of double beam matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (DB-MAPLE). Polymer poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) host was evaporated on a silicon substrate using a 1064-nm pulsed laser beam using a target made of frozen (to the temperature of liquid nitrogen) solution of PMMA in chlorobenzene. Concurrently, the second 532-nm pulsed beam from the same laser was used to impregnate the polymer host with the inorganic nanoparticulate made of the rare earth upconversion compounds NaYF4: Yb3+, Er3+, NaYF4: Yb3+, Ho3+, and NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+. The compounds were initially synthesized using the wet process, baked, and compressed in solid pellet targets. The proposed DB-MAPLE method has the advantage of making highly homogeneous nanocomposite films with precise control of the doping rate due to the optimized overlapping of the plumes produced by the ablation of the organic and inorganic target with the infrared and visible laser beams respectively. X-ray diffraction, electron and atomic force microscopy, and optical fluorescence spectroscopy indicated that the inorganic nanoparticulate preserved its crystalline structure and upconversion properties (strong emission in green, red, and blue bands upon illumination with 980-nm laser diode) after being transferred from the target in the polymer nanocomposite film. The produced films can be used in applications varying from the efficiency enhancement of the photovoltaic cells, optical sensors and biomarkers to anti-counterfeit labels.

  9. Carbon implanted waveguides in soda lime glass doped with Yb3+ and Er3+ for visible light emission

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    Vázquez, G. V.; Valiente, R.; Gómez-Salces, S.; Flores-Romero, E.; Rickards, J.; Trejo-Luna, R.

    2016-05-01

    Channel waveguides were fabricated by carbon implantation in soda lime glass samples doped with Er3+ and Yb3+, exhibiting good confinement and both monomode and multimode behaviour at 633 nm. Excitation at near infrared (NIR) and ultraviolet (UV) spectral ranges were used in order to obtain anti-Stokes (upconversion) and Stokes (downshift) emission in the visible range, respectively. The characteristic green and red bands of Er3+ transitions were observed, showing the potential of Yb3+ and Er3+ co-doping for the generation of visible guided emission under NIR excitation.

  10. Multifunctional polyoxometalates-modified upconversion nanoparticles: integration of electrochromic devices and antioxidants detection.

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    Zhai, Yanling; Zhu, Chengzhou; Ren, Jiangtao; Wang, Erkang; Dong, Shaojun

    2013-03-25

    We report a novel design, based on a combination of lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles and polyoxometalates, for electrically controlled fluorescence switches and sensitive detection of antioxidants in aqueous solution.

  11. Metal-Organic Frameworks Modulated by Doping Er(3+) for Up-Conversion Luminescence.

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    Zhang, Xindan; Li, Bin; Ma, Heping; Zhang, Liming; Zhao, Haifeng

    2016-07-13

    Here we present metal-organic frameworks prepared by a one-step synthesis method, possessing both architectural properties of MOF building and up-conversion luminescence of rare earth Er(3+) (hereafter denoted as Up-MOFs). Up-MOFs have characteristic up-conversion emissions at 520, 540, and 651 nm under the excitation of 980 nm owing to the multiple photon absorption. The up-conversion mechanism of these Up-MOFs has been discussed, and it can be attributed to the excited state absorption process. The design and synthesis of Up-MOF materials possessing near-infrared region excitation and up-conversion luminescence are fully expected to be candidates for the advancement of applications in bioimaging, sensors, optoelectronics, and energy conversion/storage devices.

  12. Upconversion properties of Y2O3:Er films prepared by sol-gel method

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    QIAO Yanmin; GUO Hai

    2009-01-01

    Y2O3:Er3+ films were prepared by a simple sol-gel process. The structural properties of Y2O3:Er3+ flints were characterized with X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The results indicated that the Y2O3:Er3+ f'rims might have high upconversion efficiency because of their low vibrational energy. Under 785 and 980 nm laser excitation, the samples showed green (2H11/2→4I15/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2) and red (4F9/2→4I15/2) upconversion emissions. The upconversion mechanisms were stud-led in detail through laser power dependence. Excited state absorption and energy transfer process were discussed as possible upconversion mechanisms. The cross relaxation process in Er3+ was also investigated.

  13. Recent emergence of photon upconversion based on triplet energy migration in molecular assemblies.

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    Yanai, Nobuhiro; Kimizuka, Nobuo

    2016-04-07

    An emerging field of triplet energy migration-based photon upconversion (TEM-UC) is reviewed. Highly efficient photon upconversion has been realized in a wide range of chromophore assemblies, such as non-solvent liquids, ionic liquids, amorphous solids, gels, supramolecular assemblies, molecular crystals, and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The control over their assembly structures allows for unexpected air-stability and maximum upconversion quantum yield at weak solar irradiance that has never been achieved by the conventional molecular diffusion-based mechanism. The introduction of the "self-assembly" concept offers a new perspective in photon upconversion research and triplet exciton science, which show promise for numerous applications ranging from solar energy conversion to chemical biology.

  14. Intense upconversion fluorescence in Tm 3+/Yb3+ codoped alumina lead borate glasses

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    Krishna Murthy Goud, K.; Shekhar Reddy, M. Chandra; Appa Rao, B.

    2016-09-01

    The Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped alumina lead borate glasses were prepared by the conventional melt quenching technique. Optical absorption and FTIR spectra were recorded. The upconversion fluorescence spectra exhibited weak blue (480 nm) and intense red (660 nm) emissions due to 1G4 → 3H6 and 1G4 → 3H4 transitions, respectively. The results concluded that both emissions are due to three photon absorption process. It has been observed that in the upconversion efficiency increases with the increase in the concentration of Yb3+ ions. The strong red upconversion fluorescence indicate that Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped alumina lead borate glasses can be used as potential host material for upconversion lasers.

  15. Color Tunable and Upconversion Luminescence in Yb-Tm Co-Doped Yttrium Phosphate Inverse Opal Photonic Crystals.

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    Wang, Siqin; Qiu, Jianbei; Wang, Qi; Zhou, Dacheng; Yang, Zhengwen

    2016-04-01

    For this paper, YPO4: Tm, Yb inverse opals with the photonic band gaps at 475 nm and 655 nm were prepared by polystyrene colloidal crystal templates. We investigated the influence of photonic band gaps on the Tm-Yb upconversion emission which was in the YPO4: Tm Yb inverse opal photonic crystals. Comparing with the reference sample, significant suppression of both the blue and red upconversion luminescence of Tm3+ ions were observed in the inverse opals. The color purity of the blue emission was improved in the inverse opal by the suppression of red upconversion emission. Additionally, mechanism of upconversion emission in the inverse opal was discussed. We believe that the present work will be valuable for not only the foundational study of upconversion emission modification but also the development of new optical devices in upconversion lighting and display.

  16. Preparation of ZnO nanoparticles showing upconversion luminescence through simple chemical method

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    Anjana, R.; Subha, P. P.; Markose, Kurias K.; Jayaraj, M. K., E-mail: mkj@cusat.ac.in [Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala, India-682022 (India)

    2016-05-23

    Upconversion luminescence is an interesting area while considering its applications in a vast variety of fields. Rare earth ions like erbium is the most studied and efficient candidate for achieving upconversion. Erbium and ytterbium co-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared through co-precipitation method. A strong red emission has been obtained while exciting with 980 nm laser. Dependence of luminescence emission colour on ytterbium concentration has been studied.

  17. Ultraviolet upconversion emission from ZBLAN glass doped with Tm 3+ ions

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    Li, Jianfu; Wang, Xiaoli; Yang, Haigui; Jiang, Zhankui

    2007-04-01

    The ultraviolet upconversion emission properties from Tm 3+ ions doped ZBLAN glass upon 463 nm laser excitation have been studied. Two ultraviolet emission bands, centered at 347 nm for 1I 6→ 3F 4 Tm 3+ transition and 362 nm for 1D 2→ 3H 6 Tm 3+ transition, have been observed. The responsible upconversion mechanisms were investigated by measuring time evolution spectra.

  18. Green Upconversion Luminescence in Er3+/Yb3+ Codoped CaWO4 Polycrystals

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    XU Yan-Ling; ZHAO Hong; WANG Rui; ZHANG Chun-Yu

    2011-01-01

    CaWO4 polycrystals with fixed Yb3+ and various Ei2* concentrations are synthesized via the high temperature solid state method. The crystal structure of the polycrystals is characterized by means of x-ray diffraction. The upconversion properties of the polycrystals under the 980 nm excitation are investigated. Intense emission bands centered at 530nm and 552nm correspond to the transitions 2H11/2 → 4hs/2 and 4S3/2→ 4hs/2 of Er3+, respectively. The dependence of intensity of the green emission on the pump power and possible upconversion mechanism are discussed. Quantitative analysis of dependence of upconversion emission intensity on the pump power of a laser diode indicates that two-photon processes are responsible for both 530 nm and 552 nm green upconversion emissions.%@@ CAWO polycrystals with fixed Yb and various Er concentrations are synthesized via the high temperature solid state method.The crystal structure of the polycrystals is characterized by means of x-ray diffraction.The upconversion properties of the polycrystals under the 980 nm excitation are investigated.Intense emission bands centered at 530hm and 552nm correspond to the transitions H → I and S → I of Er, respectively.The dependence of intensity of the green emission on the pump power and possible upconversion mechanism are discussed.Quantitative analysis of dependence of upconversion emission intensity on the pump power of a laser diode indicates that two-photon processes are responsible for both 530hm and 552nm green upconversion emissions.

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

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

    2015-11-15

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

  20. Fabrication and Investigation of an Upconversion Quantum-Well Infrared Photodetector Integrated with a Light-Emitting Diode

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    ZHEN Hong-Lou; LI Ning; XIONG Da-Yuan; ZHOU Xu-Chang; LU Wei; LIU Hui-Chun

    2005-01-01

    @@ We report the fabrication of an upconversion infrared detector, i.e. a quantum well infrared photodetector integrated with a light-emitting diode (named as QWIP-LED). The infrared photo-response spectrum in the upconversion process is in good agreement with the normal photocurrent spectrum of the QWIP, which demonstrates that the long wavelength infrared band at 8μm has been transferred to the near infrared band at 0.8μmby the upconversion process.

  1. Energy transfer up-conversion in Tm3+-doped silica fiber

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    Simpson, David A; Collins, Stephen F; Gibbs, W E K; Blanc, Wilfried; Dussardier, Bernard; Monnom, Gérard

    2010-01-01

    A study of the mechanisms responsible for the infra-red to near infra-red up-conversion in Tm3+-doped silica fibers is presented. Upconversion luminescence was observed from the 3H4 level of Tm3+ under 1586 nm pumping into the 3F4 level. The quadratic dependence of the up-conversion luminescence at 800 nm on the 1800 nm luminescence from the 3F4 level confirms that the 3H4 level is populated by a two photon process. Two possible processes are proposed as mechanisms responsible for the up-conversion: excited state absorption and energy transfer up-conversion. The decay characteristics of the luminescence from the 3H4 level were studied under direct and indirect pumping at 786 and 1586 nm, respectively. By comparing the decay waveforms to the solution of a simple set of rate equations, the energy transfer up-conversion process (3F4, 3F4 ! 3H4, 3H6) was established at Tm2O3 concentrations greater than 200 ppm.

  2. Importance of suppression of Yb(3+) de-excitation to upconversion enhancement in β-NaYF4: Yb(3+)/Er(3+)@β-NaYF4 sandwiched structure nanocrystals.

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    Xiang, Guotao; Zhang, Jiahua; Hao, Zhendong; Zhang, Xia; Pan, Guo-Hui; Luo, Yongshi; Lü, Wei; Zhao, Haifeng

    2015-04-20

    Nanosized Yb(3+) and Er(3+) co-doped β-NaYF4 cores coated with multiple β-NaYF4 shell layers were synthesized by a solvothermal process. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the crystal structure and morphology of the materials. The visible and near-infrared spectra as well as the decay curves were also measured. A 40-fold intensity increase for the green upconversion and a 34-fold intensity increase for the red upconversion were observed as the cores are coated with three shell layers. The origin of the upconversion enhancement was studied on the basis of photoluminescence spectra and decay times. Our results indicate that the upconversion enhancement in the sandwiched structure mainly originates from the suppression of de-excitation of Yb(3+) ions. We also explored the population of the Er(3+4)F9/2 level. The results reveal that energy transfer from the lower intermediate Er(3+4)I13/2 level is dominant for populating the Er(3+4)F9/2 level when the nanocrystal size is relatively small; however, with increasing nanocrystal size, the contribution of the green emitting Er(3+4)S3/2 level for populating the Er(3+4)F9/2 level, which mainly comes from the cross relaxation energy transfer from Er(3+) ions to Yb(3+) ions followed by energy back transfer within the same Er(3+)-Yb(3+) pair, becomes more and more important. Moreover, this mechanism takes place only in the nearest Er(3+)-Yb(3+) pairs. This population route is in good agreement with that in nanomaterials and bulk materials.

  3. Low-noise mid-IR upconversion detector for improved IR-degenerate four-wave mixing gas sensing

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    Høgstedt, Lasse; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Sahlberg, Anna-Lena

    2014-01-01

    We compare a nonlinear upconversion detector with a conventional cryogenic InSb detector for the detection of coherent infrared light showing near-shot-noise-limited performance in the upconversion system. The InSb detector is limited by dark noise, which results in a 500 times lower signal......, the upconversion system provides image information of the signal, thus adding new func- tionality compared to standard point detectionmethods.We further show that the upconversion detectorsystem can be implemented as a simple replacement of the cryogenic detector....

  4. Upconversion white-light emission in Ho3+/Yb3+/Tm3+ tridoped LiNbO3 single crystal.

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    Xing, Lili; Wu, Xiaohong; Wang, Rui; Xu, Wei; Qian, Yannan

    2012-09-01

    Ho3+/Yb3+/Tm3+ tridoped LiNbO3 single crystal exhibiting intense upconversion white light under 980 nm excitation has been successfully fabricated by the Czochralski method. The tridoped LiNbO3 single crystal offers power dependent color tuning properties by simply changing excitation power. Efficient three-photon blue upconversion emission and two-photon green and red upconversion emissions have been observed. In addition, the red emission of Ho3+ originates dominantly from the nonradiative decay of green emission. The LiNbO3 with upconversion white light will be a potential laser candidate material.

  5. Yb3+ Ion Upconversion Luminescence from YbEr:ZBLAN Glass Excited by 966 nm Laser Light

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    CHEN Xiao-Bo; NIE Yu-Xin; WEN Ou

    2001-01-01

    The upconversion lumiuescence of several YbEr co-doped Zr-Ba-La-AI-Na (ZBLAN) glass samples (Er(0.5) Yb(3): ZBLAN, Er(0.5)Yb(1):ZBLAN and Er(0.5):ZBLAN) has been studied. A new kind of upconversion cooperative radiation fluorescence, which comes from coupled cluster states of two Yb3+ ions has been observed. This is significant in that it may lead to a new path to achieve blue upconversion luminescence, which has promising upconversion applications.

  6. [Initial research of one-beam pumping up-conversion 3D volumetric display based on Er:ZBLAN glass].

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    Chen, Xiao-bo; Li, Mei-xian; Wen, Ou; Zhang, Fu-chu; Song, Zeng-fu

    2003-06-01

    This paper investigates one-beam pumping up-conversion three-dimensional volumetric display, which is based on a Er:ZBLAN fluoride glass. The light-length of the facula of one-beam up-conversion luminescence was studied by a 966 nm semiconductor laser. The up-conversion luminescence spectrum was also obtained. It was found that the property of one-beam pumping three-dimensional volumetric display can be improved significantly by 1.52 microns LD laser multi-photon up-conversion, this finding has not been reported.

  7. Fabrication of Au-Ag nanocage@NaYF4@NaYF4:Yb,Er Core-Shell Hybrid and its Tunable Upconversion Enhancement

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    Chen, Xu; Zhou, Donglei; Xu, Wen; Zhu, Jinyang; Pan, Gencai; Yin, Ze; Wang, He; Zhu, Yongsheng; Shaobo, Cui; Song, Hongwei

    2017-01-01

    Localized electric filed enhancement by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of noble metal nanoparticles is an effective method to amplify the upconversion luminescence (UCL) strength of upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), whereas the highly effective UCL enhancement of UCNPs in colloids has not been realized until now. Here, we designed and fabricated the colloidal Au-Ag nanocage@NaYF4@NaYF4:Yb,Er core-shell hybrid with different intermediate thickness (NaYF4) and tunable SPR peaks from visible wavelength region to NIR region. After the optimization of the intermediate spacer thickness (~7.5 nm) of NaYF4 NPs and the SPR peak (~950 nm) of noble metal nanoparticles, an optimum enhancement as high as ~25 folds was obtained. Systematic investigation indicates that UCL enhancement mainly originates from the influence of the intermediate spacer and the coupling of Au-Ag nanocages with the excitation electromagnetic field of the UCNPs. Our findings may provide a new thinking on designing highly effective metal@UCNPs core-shell hybrid in colloids.

  8. Frequency upconversion properties of Tm{sup 3+} doped TeO{sub 2}-ZnO glasses containing silver nanoparticles

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    Assumpcao, Thiago A.A. de [Departamento de Engenharia de Sistemas Eletronicos, Escola Politecnica da USP, 05508-900 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Silva, Davinson M. da, E-mail: davinsonm@gmail.com [Departamento de Engenharia de Sistemas Eletronicos, Escola Politecnica da USP, 05508-900 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Camilo, Mauricio E.; Kassab, Luciana R.P. [Laboratorio de Tecnologia em Materiais Fotonicos e Optoeletronicos, Faculdade de Tecnologia de Sao Paulo, (CEETEPS/UNESP), 01124-060 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Gomes, Anderson S.L.; Araujo, Cid B. de [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil); Wetter, Niklaus U. [Centro de Lasers e Aplicacoes, Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN - SP), 05508-000 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2012-09-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Luminescence of Tm{sup 3+} doped TeO{sub 2}-ZnO glasses with Ag nanoparticles were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Upconversion processes associated to the Tm{sup 3+} were studied under a 1050 nm laser pump. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Photo luminescence enhancement by one-order of magnitude was observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enhancement of the UC signals is attributed to local field enhancement nearby NPs. - Abstract: Frequency upconversion (UC) properties of Tm{sup 3+} doped TeO{sub 2}-ZnO glasses containing silver nanoparticles (NPs) were investigated. Infrared-to-visible and infrared-to-infrared UC processes associated to the Tm{sup 3+} ions were studied by exciting the samples with a cw 1050 nm ytterbium laser. The luminescence intensity as a function of laser intensity was also measured using a pulsed 1047 nm Nd{sup 3+}:YVO laser in order to determine the number of photons participating in the UC processes. Enhancement of the UC signals for samples heat-treated during various time intervals is attributed to the growth of the local field in the vicinity of the NPs. PL enhancement by one-order of magnitude was observed in the whole spectrum of the samples heat-treated during 48 h. On the other hand PL quenching was observed for the samples heat-treated more than 48 h.

  9. Fabrication of Au-Ag nanocage@NaYF4@NaYF4:Yb,Er Core-Shell Hybrid and its Tunable Upconversion Enhancement

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    Chen, Xu; Zhou, Donglei; Xu, Wen; Zhu, Jinyang; Pan, Gencai; Yin, Ze; Wang, He; Zhu, Yongsheng; Shaobo, Cui; Song, Hongwei

    2017-01-01

    Localized electric filed enhancement by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of noble metal nanoparticles is an effective method to amplify the upconversion luminescence (UCL) strength of upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), whereas the highly effective UCL enhancement of UCNPs in colloids has not been realized until now. Here, we designed and fabricated the colloidal Au-Ag nanocage@NaYF4@NaYF4:Yb,Er core-shell hybrid with different intermediate thickness (NaYF4) and tunable SPR peaks from visible wavelength region to NIR region. After the optimization of the intermediate spacer thickness (~7.5 nm) of NaYF4 NPs and the SPR peak (~950 nm) of noble metal nanoparticles, an optimum enhancement as high as ~25 folds was obtained. Systematic investigation indicates that UCL enhancement mainly originates from the influence of the intermediate spacer and the coupling of Au-Ag nanocages with the excitation electromagnetic field of the UCNPs. Our findings may provide a new thinking on designing highly effective metal@UCNPs core-shell hybrid in colloids. PMID:28106128

  10. Visibly Pushdown Automata

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    Srba, Jiri

    2006-01-01

    We investigate the possibility of (bi)simulation-like preorder/equivalence checking on the class of visibly pushdown automata and its natural subclasses visibly BPA (Basic Process Algebra) and visibly one-counter automata. We describe generic methods for proving complexity upper and lower bounds...

  11. Visibly Pushdown Automata

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    Srba, Jiri

    2006-01-01

    We investigate the possibility of (bi)simulation-like preorder/equivalence checking on the class of visibly pushdown automata and its natural subclasses visibly BPA (Basic Process Algebra) and visibly one-counter automata. We describe generic methods for proving complexity upper and lower bounds...

  12. Sub-quadratic dependence of visible upconversion on infra-red direct luminescence decay owing to static energy-transfer upconversion

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    Pollnau, M.; Fedosseev, R.V.; Limberger, H.G.

    2002-01-01

    Because of their broadband luminescence, TM-ion-doped materials are of high interest for applications as tunable and short-pulse lasers. Systems with a d1 electron configuration possess only one excited 3d level and excited-state absorption into higher-lying 3d levels is impossible. One of these d1

  13. Multispectral mid-infrared imaging using frequency upconversion

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    Sanders, Nicolai Højer; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin;

    2013-01-01

    It has recently been shown that it is possible to upconvert infrared images to the near infrared region with high quantum efficiency and low noise by three-wave mixing with a laser field [1]. If the mixing laser is single-frequency, the upconverted image is simply a band-pass filtered version......: Infrared imaging, nonlinear frequency conversion, diode lasers, upconversion ] of the nonlinear material. Unfortunately, temperature tuning is slow, and angle tuning typically results in alignment issues. Here we present a novel approach where the wavelength of the mixing field is used as a tuning...... feedback grating. The output from a tunable laser is used as seed for a fiber amplifier system, boosting the power to approx. 3 W over the tuning range from 1025 to 1085 nm. Using a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal, the infrared wavelength that can be phase-matched is tunable over more than 200...

  14. Multispectral mid-infrared imaging using frequency upconversion

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    Sanders, Nicolai Højer; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin

    2013-01-01

    of the infrared object field, with a bandwidth corresponding given by the acceptance parameter of the conversion process, and a center frequency given by the phase-match condition. Tuning of the phase-matched wavelengths has previously been demonstrated by changing the temperature [2] or angle [3 Keywords......It has recently been shown that it is possible to upconvert infrared images to the near infrared region with high quantum efficiency and low noise by three-wave mixing with a laser field [1]. If the mixing laser is single-frequency, the upconverted image is simply a band-pass filtered version......: Infrared imaging, nonlinear frequency conversion, diode lasers, upconversion ] of the nonlinear material. Unfortunately, temperature tuning is slow, and angle tuning typically results in alignment issues. Here we present a novel approach where the wavelength of the mixing field is used as a tuning...

  15. Erasing distinguishability using quantum frequency up-conversion.

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    Takesue, Hiroki

    2008-10-24

    The frequency distinguishability of two single photons was successfully erased using single photon frequency up-conversion. A frequency nondegenerate photon pair generated via spontaneous four-wave mixing in a dispersion shifted fiber was used to emulate two telecom-band single photons that were in the same temporal mode but in different frequency modes. The frequencies of these photons were converted to the same frequency by using the sum-frequency generation process in periodically poled lithium niobate waveguides, while maintaining their temporal indistinguishability. As a result, the two converted photons exhibited a nonclassical dip in a Hong-Ou-Mandel quantum interference experiment. The present scheme will add flexibility to networking quantum information systems that use photons with various wavelengths.

  16. Quantum frequency up-conversion of continuous variable entangled states

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    Liu, Wenyuan; Wang, Ning; Li, Zongyang; Li, Yongmin, E-mail: yongmin@sxu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Quantum Optics and Quantum Optics Devices, Institute of Opto-Electronics, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006 (China)

    2015-12-07

    We demonstrate experimentally quantum frequency up-conversion of a continuous variable entangled optical field via sum-frequency-generation process. The two-color entangled state initially entangled at 806 and 1518 nm with an amplitude quadrature difference squeezing of 3.2 dB and phase quadrature sum squeezing of 3.1 dB is converted to a new entangled state at 530 and 1518 nm with the amplitude quadrature difference squeezing of 1.7 dB and phase quadrature sum squeezing of 1.8 dB. Our implementation enables the observation of entanglement between two light fields spanning approximately 1.5 octaves in optical frequency. The presented scheme is robust to the excess amplitude and phase noises of the pump field, making it a practical building block for quantum information processing and communication networks.

  17. Enhanced frequency up-conversion in Rb vapor

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    Vernier, A; Riis, E; Arnold, A S

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate highly efficient generation of coherent 420 nm light via up-conversion of near-infrared lasers in a hot rubidium vapor cell. By optimizing pump polarizations and frequencies we achieve a single-pass conversion efficiency of 260%/W, significantly higher than in previous experiments. A full 2D exploration of the coherent light generation and fluorescence as a function of the pump frequencies reveals that coherent blue light is generated at 85Rb two-photon resonances, as predicted by theory, but at high vapor pressure it is suppressed in spectral regions that don't support phase matching or exhibit single-photon Kerr refraction. Favorable scaling of our current 1 mW blue beam power with additional pump power is predicted. Infrared pump polarization could be used for future intensity switching experiments.

  18. Photon avalanche up-conversion in holmium doped fluoride glasses

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    Chen, Y.H.; Liu, G.K.; Beitz, J.V. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Chemistry Division; Jie Wang [Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Shanghai (China)

    1996-08-01

    Photon avalanche green up-conversion emission centered at 545 nm has been observed in Ho{sup 3+} doped and Ho{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+} co-doped ZrF{sub 4}-based fluoride glasses when excited near 585 nm which is off resonance with any ground state absorption bands of either Ho{sup 3+} or Tm{sup 3+} ions. Detailed spectral measurements and analysis suggest that the 545 nm emission occurs from the {sup 5}S{sub 2},{sup 5}F{sub 4} states of Ho{sup 3+} that are populated by excited state absorption from the {sup 5}I{sub 7} state of Ho{sup 3+}. Strong cross-relaxation that efficiently populates the {sup 5}I{sub 7} state makes the photon avalanche process possible in this system.

  19. Effects of upconversion nanoparticles on polymerase chain reaction.

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    Sang-Hyun Hwang

    Full Text Available Nanoparticles (NPs are attractive materials owing to their physical and electrochemical properties, which make them extremely useful in diagnostic applications. Photon upconversion is the phenomenon where high-energy photons are emitted upon excitation of low-energy photons. Nucleic acids detection based on upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs, which display a high signal-to-noise ratio and no photobleaching, has been widely applied. We evaluated whether UCNPs can improve polymerase chain reaction (PCR specificity and affect PCR amplification. The effects of UCNPs with a diameter size of 40, 70, and 250 nm were evaluated using 3 PCR kits (AccuPower PCR PreMix, AmpliTaq Gold 360 Master Mix, and HotStarTaq Plus Master Mix and 3 real-time PCR kits (AccuPower GreenStar qPCR PreMix, SYBR Green PCR Master Mix, and QuantiTect SYBR Green PCR Kit. Quantum dots were used for comparison with the UCNPs. In the presence of an appropriate concentration of UCNPs, PCR specificity was optimized. UCNPs of 40-nm size improved PCR specificity more effectively than did UCNPs sized 70 or 250 nm. As the size and concentrations of the UCNPs were increased, PCR amplification was more severely inhibited. At lower annealing temperatures (25°C-45°C, addition of the 40 nm UCNP (1 µg/µL to the PCR reagent produced specific PCR products without nonspecific sequence amplification. Therefore, UCNPs of different sizes, with different DNA polymerases used in the commercial kits, showed different inhibitory effects on PCR amplification. These results demonstrate that optimization of UCNPs, added to reaction mixtures at appropriate concentrations, can improve PCR specificity. However, the mechanism underlining UCNPs effect on PCR remains unclear and will require further investigation.

  20. Quaternary alloy semiconductor nanobelts with bandgap spanning the entire visible spectrum.

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    Pan, Anlian; Liu, Ruibin; Sun, Minghua; Ning, Cun-Zheng

    2009-07-15

    We used an improved cothermal evaporation route for the first time to achieve quaternary semiconductor nanostructured alloys, using an example of Zn(x)Cd(1-x)S(y)Se(1-y) nanobelts. The PL (bandgap) of these as-grown nanostructured alloys can be continuously tunable across the entire visible spectrum through experimentally controlling their compositions. Such widely controlled alloy nanostructures via composition/light emission provide a new material platform for applications in wavelength-tunable lasers, multicolor detectors, full-spectrum solar cells, LEDs, and color displays.

  1. The MAGNUM (Multicolor Active Galactic NUclei Monitoring) Project

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    Yoshii, Y.; Kobayashi, Y.; Minezaki, T.

    2003-05-01

    The MAGNUM Project is designed to carry out long-term monitoring observations of hundreds of active galactic nuclei in the visible and near-infrared wavelength regions. In order to obtain these observations, we built a new 2m optical-infrared telescope, and located it near the Haleakala summit at a height of 3050m within the area of the University of Hawaii's Haleakala Observatory on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The Project was funded in 1995 and preliminary observations were started early in 2001. We are working toward the realization of an unmanned, automated observatory which is suitable to relatively simple and stable observations over many years. We present an overview of the Project and its current status.

  2. Preparation of multi-color quantum dots and its application to immunohistochemical analysis

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    ZHANG BingBo; LIU XuHui; LI DeNa; TIAN Hui; MA GuiPing; CHANG Jin

    2008-01-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) have the potential to be used in the multiplexed bioanalysis for their unique property:multi-color QDs can be excited at the same single wavelength light.In this work,high quan-tum yield multi-color core/shell QDs were prepared.After being water-solubilized by amphiphilic polymer based on self-assembling,the QDs would be labeled by two different IgGs and used in the multiplexed biodetection.Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) should be avoided in the multiplexed biodetection.In this work,spectral analysis showed that no FRET appeared in water-soluble QDs modified by amphiphilic polymer.The immunofluorescence in vitro indicated that the QDs-IgGs bioconjugates had excellent species-specific detection ability with nearly non-specific binding.The setting of this model will help to support the application of multi-color QDs in the multiplexed bioanalysis communities.

  3. Multicolor multicycle molecular profiling (M3P) with quantum dots for single-cell analysis

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    Zrazhevskiy, Pavel; Lawrence D. True; Gao, Xiaohu

    2013-01-01

    Here we present a detailed protocol for molecular profiling of individual cultured mammalian cells using multicolor multicycle immunofluorescence with quantum dot probes. It includes instructions for cell culture growth and processing (2 h + 48–72 h for cell growth), preparation and characterization of universal quantum dot probes (4.5 h + overnight incubation), cyclic cell staining (~4.5 h per cycle), and image analysis (varies by application). Use of quantum dot fluorescent probes enables h...

  4. Multicolored Silver Nanoparticles for Multiplexed Disease Diagnostics: Distinguishing Dengue, Yellow Fever, and Ebola Viruses

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    Yen, Chun-Wan; de Puig, Helena; Tam, Justina; Gómez-Márquez, José; Bosch, Irene; Hamad-Schifferli, Kimberly; Gehrke, Lee

    2015-01-01

    Rapid point-of-care (POC) diagnostic devices are needed for field-forward screening of severe acute systemic febrile illnesses. Multiplexed rapid lateral flow diagnostics have the potential to distinguish among multiple pathogens, thereby facilitating diagnosis and improving patient care. Here, we present a platform for multiplexed pathogen detection using multi-colored silver nanoplates. This design requires no external excitation source and permits multiplexed analysis in a single channel, facilitating integration and manufacturing. PMID:25672590

  5. Central Limit Theorems for a Class of Irreducible Multicolor Urn Models

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    Gopal K Basak; Amites Dasgupta

    2007-11-01

    We take a unified approach to central limit theorems for a class of irreducible multicolor urn models with constant replacement matrix. Depending on the eigenvalue, we consider appropriate linear combinations of the number of balls of different colors. Then under appropriate norming the multivariate distribution of the weak limits of these linear combinations is obtained and independence and dependence issues are investigated. Our approach consists of looking at the problem from the viewpoint of recursive equations.

  6. Wavelength-tunable multicolored femtosecond laser pulse generation in a fused silica glass plate

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    Kobayashi, Takayoshi; Liu, Jun

    2010-05-01

    We obtained an array of multicolored femtosecond laser pulses with as many as 17 different colors that are spatially isolated. The mechanism of generation was proved to be cascaded four-wave mixing and with the following procedure. The output beam from a femtosecond laser was split into two. One of the two beams was pulse-compressed with a hollow core fiber and the intensity of the other was reduced. The two beams were synchronized and combined with a small crossing angle in a plate of fused silica glass plate. The wavelengths of the sidebands are continuously tunable from near-ultraviolet to near-infrared. The pulse duration, spatial mode, spectrum, and energy stability of the sidebands were studied. As many as fifteen spectral up-shifted pulses and two spectral downshifted pulses were obtained with spectral bandwidths broader than 1.8 octaves. Properties such as pulse energy as high as 1 μmJ, 45 fs pulse duration, smaller than 1.1 times of the diffraction limit Gaussian spatial profile, and better than 2% RMS power stability of the generated sidebands make it can be used in various experiments. The characterization showed that the sidebands have sufficiently good qualities to enable application to for various multicolor femtosecond laser experiments, for example, a multicolor pump-probe experiment.

  7. Facile Co-Assembly of a Dipeptide-Based Organogel toward Efficient Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Photonic Upconversion.

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    Liu, Xingcen; Fei, Jinbo; Zhu, Pengli; Li, Junbai

    2016-10-06

    By one-step molecular co-assembly, a diphenylalanine-based photonic upconversion organogel was constructed within 20 seconds. Impressively, such an assembled system exhibits green-to-blue triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion with a relative quantum yield of 12 % even under ambient conditions.

  8. Environmental Impact on the Excitation Path of the Red Upconversion Emission of Nanocrystalline NaYF4

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    Hyppänen, Iko; Höysniemi, Niina; Arppe, Riikka

    2017-01-01

    The mechanism for red upconversion luminescence of Yb-Er codoped materials is not generally agreed on in the literature. Both two-photon and three-photon processes have been suggested as the main path for red upconversion emission. We have studied β-NaYF4:Yb3+,Er3+ nanoparticles in H2O and D2O, a...

  9. Visibility and Citation Impact

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    Ale Ebrahim, Nader; Salehi, Hadi; Embi, Mohamed Amin; Habibi Tanha, Farid

    2014-01-01

    The number of publications is the first criteria for assessing a researcher output. However, the main measurement for author productivity is the number of citations, and citations are typically related to the paper's visibility. In this paper, the relationship between article visibility and the number of citations is investigated. A case study of two researchers who are using publication marketing tools confirmed that the article visibility will greatly improve the citation impact. Some st...

  10. Visibility and Citation Impact

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    Ale Ebrahim, Nader

    2014-01-01

    The number of publications is the first criteria for assessing a researcher output. However, the main measurement for author productivity is the number of citations, and citations are typically related to the paper's visibility. In this paper, the relationship between article visibility and the number of citations is investigated. A case study of two researchers who are using publication marketing tools confirmed that the article visibility will greatly improve the citation impact. Some s...

  11. Visibility and Citation Impact

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    Mohamed Amin Embi; Seyed Mohammad Motahar; Nader Ale Ebrahim نادر آل ابراهیم; Hossein gholizadeh; hossein gholizadeh

    2017-01-01

    The number of publications is the first criteria for assessing a researcher output. However, the main measurement for author productivity is the number of citations, and citations are typically related to the paper's visibility. In this paper, the relationship between article visibility and the number of citations is investigated. A case study of two researchers who are using publication marketing tools confirmed that the article visibility will greatly improve the citation impact. Some strat...

  12. Photon-phonon anti-stokes upconversion of a photonically, electronically, and thermally isolated opal

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    Stem, Michelle R.

    2016-05-01

    The purpose of the present research was to investigate an intense violet shift displayed by a non-toxic, natural silicate material with a highly ordered nanostructure. The material displayed an unexpected, nonlinear 2:3 photon-phonon anti-Stokes upconversion while photonically, electronically, and thermally isolated. Conducted aphotonically and at ambient temperatures, the specimen upconverted a low-power, 650 nm constant wave red laser to an internally highly dispersed 433 nm violet wavelength. The strong dispersion was largely due to nearly total internal reflection of the laser. The upconversion had an efficiency of about 78 %, based on specimen volume, with no detectable thermal variance. The 2:3 anti-Stokes upconversion displayed by this material is likely the result of a previously unknown photon-phonon evanescence response that amplified the energy of a portion of the incident laser photons. Thus, a portion of the incident laser photons were upconverted, and the material converted another portion into an amplified energy that caused the upconversion. Internal micro-lasing appeared to be a means of photon-phonon evanescent energy redistribution, enabling dispersed photonic upconversion. Additional analyses also found an unexpectedly rhythmic photonic structure in spectrophotometric scans, polariscopic color changing, and previously undocumented ultraviolet responses.

  13. Two-photon upconversion affected by intermolecule correlations near metallic nanostructures

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    Osaka, Yoshiki; Yokoshi, Nobuhiko; Ishihara, Hajime

    2016-04-01

    We investigate an efficient two-photon upconversion process in more than one molecule coupled to an optical antenna. In the previous paper [Y. Osaka et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 133601 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.133601], we considered the two-photon upconversion process in a single molecule within one-dimensional input-output theory and revealed that controlling the antenna-molecule coupling enables the efficient upconversion with radiative loss in the antenna suppressed. In this paper, aiming to propose a way to enhance the total probability of antenna-photon scattering, we extend the model to the case of multiple molecules. In general, the presence of more than one molecule decreases the upconversion probability because they equally share the energy of the two photons. However, it is shown that we can overcome the difficulty by controlling the intermolecule coupling. Our result implies that, without increasing the incident photon number (light power), we can enlarge the net probability of the two-photon upconversion.

  14. Two-photon up-conversion affected by inter-molecule correlations near metallic nanostructure

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    Osaka, Yoshiki; Ishihara, Hajime

    2016-01-01

    We investigate an efficient two-photon up-conversion process in more than one molecule coupled to an optical antenna. In the previous work [Y. Osaka et al., PRL 112, 133601 (2014)], we considered the two-photon up-conversion process in a single molecule within one-dimensional input-output theory, and revealed that controlling the antenna-molecule coupling enables the efficient up-conversion with radiative loss in the antenna suppressed. In this work, aiming to propose a way to enhance the total probability of antenna-photon scattering, we extend the model to the case of multiple molecules. In general, the presence of more than one molecule decreases the up-conversion probability because they equally share the energy of the two photons. However, it is shown that we can overcome the difficulty by controlling the inter-molecule coupling. Our result implies that, without increasing the incident photon number (light power), we can enlarge the net probability of the two-photon up-conversion.

  15. Up-conversion luminescence and optical temperature sensing behaviour of Yb3+/Er3+ codoped CaWO4 material

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    Cheng, Xuerui; Yang, Kun; Wang, Jiankun; Yang, Linfu; Cheng, Xiaoshuai

    2016-08-01

    Present article report on structural and optical properties of Er3+/Yb3+ codoped CaWO4 phosphors. Structural properties are explored using XRD and Raman technologies. The upconversion emission has been investigated with 980 nm excitation. The upconversion emission intensity is dependent on the concentrations of Yb3+ ions and reaches a maximum at 7%. Logarithmic plots of power dependencies reveal that the green and red emissions originate from a two-photon upconversion process. Based on the photon energy and the emission spectra, the possible upconversion processes and emission mechanisms are discussed. Finally, the optical temperature sensing properties has been performed using the fluorescence intensity ratio technique based on green upconversion emissions. Its temperature sensitivity is found to be above 0.0025 K-1 in the whole temperature range of 300-540 K, revealing this phosphor to be a promising optical temperature sensing material.

  16. [Direct upconversion sensitization luminescence comparison of the ErYb co-doped oxyfluoride fluoride pentaphosphate glass].

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    Chen, Xiao-bo; Chen, Luan; Zhao, Chen-yi; Sawanobori, N; Ma, Hui; Song, Zeng-fu

    2003-02-01

    This paper investigates the direct upconversion sensitization luminescence of the ErYb co-doped oxyfluoride glass (ErYb: FOG), fluoride glass (ErYb: ZBLAN) and pentaphosphate noncrystalline (ErYb: PP) excited by a 966 nm diode laser. The splendid upconversion luminescence phenomenon is found. It is resulted from that the Yb3+ concentration in rather high, the energy transfer among Er(3+)-Yb3+ and Yb(3+)-Yb3+ ions is rather strong. An important fact is found that the direct upconversion sensitization luminescence of ErYb: FOG is about 100-100,000 times greater than that of ErYb: PP. And meanwhile it is interesting that the upconversion luminescence intensity of ErYb: FOG is near to that of ErYb: ZBLAN. It is significant to enhance the comprehensive level of up-conversion luminescence.

  17. Intense up-conversion luminescence in Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped CeO2 powders.

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    Singh, Vijay; Rathaiah, M; Venkatramu, V; Haase, Markus; Kim, S H

    2014-03-25

    The Er(3+) and Er(3+)/Yb(3+) co-doped CeO2 powders have been prepared by a urea combustion route. The structural, morphological, compositional and vibrational analysis of the Er(3+):CeO2 and Er(3+)/Yb(3+):CeO2 powders have been studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The optical and luminescence properties of Er(3+):CeO2 and Er(3+)/Yb(3+):CeO2 powders have been studied by using laser excited spectroscopy. The effects of Yb(3+) doping on up-conversion luminescence of Er(3+) co-doped CeO2 powders were studied. The ratio of red to green intensity is decreased in Er(3+):CeO2 whereas the ratio is increased in Er(3+)/Yb(3+):CeO2 powders with increase of power. The effect of co-doping with the Yb(3+) ions on the visible luminescence of Er(3+) and the energy transfer mechanism responsible for the variation in the green and red intensity are discussed. The results indicate that these materials may be suitable for display and light emitting devices.

  18. Enhanced frequency upconversion in Ho3+/Yb3+/Li+:YMoO4 nanophosphors for photonic and security ink applications

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    Mondal, Manisha; Kumar Rai, Vineet; Srivastava, Chandan; Sarkar, Suman; Akash, R.

    2016-12-01

    The YMoO4 nanophosphors codoped with Ho3+/Yb3+/Li+ ions synthesized by the chemical coprecipitation method have been structurally characterized by using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) techniques. The TEM bright field imaging shows that the developed nanophosphors are crystalline in nature with particle size ˜45 nm. The upconversion (UC) emission spectra upon excitation at 980 nm of the nanophosphors at low pump power (energy transfer from the Yb3+ to Ho3+ ions and modified the local crystal field developed around the rare earth ions. A higher value of the slope (i.e., n ˜ 6.38) for broad band emission within the 944 mW-1200 mW pump power region in the Ho3+-Yb3+-Li+ codoped nanophosphors is found to be due to the involvement of the photon avalanche population process but it is not related to the black body radiation. The intense peak at ˜564 nm and ˜648 nm for the broad band emission is attributed to the charge transfer luminescence of codoped nanophosphors, which is related to the oxygen ion present in the MoO4 group and Yb3+ ion. The observations described in this paper may be of significant interest for developing the visible upconverters, security ink, and novel devices for displays in the low and high pump power region.

  19. In vivo Biocompatibility, Biodistribution and Therapeutic Efficiency of Titania Coated Upconversion Nanoparticles for Photodynamic Therapy of Solid Oral Cancers.

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    Lucky, Sasidharan Swarnalatha; Idris, Niagara Muhammad; Huang, Kai; Kim, Jaejung; Li, Zhengquan; Thong, Patricia Soo Ping; Xu, Rong; Soo, Khee Chee; Zhang, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Despite the advantages of using photodynamic therapy (PDT) for the treatment of head and neck tumors, it can only be used to treat early stage flat lesions due to the limited tissue penetration ability of the visible light. Here, we developed near-infrared (NIR) excitable upconversion nanoparticle (UCN) based PDT agent that can specifically target epithelial growth factor receptor (EGFR) overexpressing oral cancer cells, in a bid to widen the application of PDT against thick and solid advanced or recurrent head and neck cancers. In vivo studies using the synthesized anti-EGFR-PEG-TiO2-UCNs following systemic administration displayed no major sub-acute or long term toxic effects in terms of blood biochemical, hematological or histopathological changes at a concentration of 50 mg/kg. NIR-PDT even in the presence of a 10 mm tissue phantom placed over the xenograft tumor, showed significant delay in tumor growth and improved survival rate compared to conventional chlorin-e6 (Ce6) PDT using 665 nm red light. Our work, one of the longest study till date in terms of safety (120 d), PDT efficacy (35 d) and survival (60 d), demonstrates the usefulness of UCN based PDT technology for targeted treatment of thick and bulky head and neck tumors.

  20. Perspectives and challenges of photon-upconversion nanoparticles - Part II: bioanalytical applications.

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    Gorris, Hans H; Resch-Genger, Ute

    2017-07-07

    In Part II of this review series on lanthanide-doped photon-upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), we present and critically discuss the performance and suitability of UCNPs as background-free luminescent reporters in bioimaging and bioanalytical applications. The preparation of a biocompatible nanoparticle surface is an integral step for all life - science-related applications. UCNPs have found their way into a large number of diagnostic platforms, homogeneous and heterogeneous assay formats, and sensor applications. Many bioanalytical detection schemes involve Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), which is still debated for UCNPs and needs to be much improved. The need for dedicated and standardized instruments as well as recent studies on the dissolution and potential toxicity of UCNPs are addressed. Finally we outline future trends and challenges in the field of upconversion. Graphical Abstract Both synthesis / spectroscopy as well bioanalytical applications of UCNPs are driven by the COST Action CM1403 "The European Upconversion Network".

  1. Nonlinear spectral and lifetime management in upconversion nanoparticles by controlling energy distribution.

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    Wang, Yu; Deng, Renren; Xie, Xiaoji; Huang, Ling; Liu, Xiaogang

    2016-03-28

    Optical tuning of lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles has attracted considerable attention over the past decade because this development allows the advance of new frontiers in energy conversion, materials science, and biological imaging. Here we present a rational approach to manipulating the spectral profile and lifetime of lanthanide emission in upconversion nanoparticles by tailoring their nonlinear optical properties. We demonstrate that the incorporation of energy distributors, such as surface defects or an extra amount of dopants, into a rare-earth-based host lattice alters the decay behavior of excited sensitizers, thus markedly improving the emitters' sensitivity to excitation power. This work provides insight into mechanistic understanding of upconversion phenomena in nanoparticles and also enables exciting new opportunities of using these nanomaterials for photonic applications.

  2. General synthesis route to fabricate uniform upconversion luminescent gadolinium oxide hollow spheres.

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    Jia, Guang; Zhang, Cuimiao; Ding, Shiwen; Wang, Liyong

    2011-08-01

    Uniform upconversion luminescent gadolinium oxide hollow spheres were successfully synthesized via a homogeneous precipitation method with carbon spheres as template followed by a calcination process. During the annealing process, the carbon spheres template can be effectively removed and the amorphous precursor has converted to crystalline Gd2O3, which can be confirmed by the XRD and TG-DSC analysis. SEM and TEM images indicate that the Gd2O3 hollow spheres with diameters of 300-400 nm are uniform in size and distribution. The rare earth activator ions Ln3+-doped Gd2O3 hollow spheres exhibit intense upconversion luminescence with different colors under 980 nm light excitation, which may find potential applications in the fields such as drug delivery or biological labeling. Moreover, the upconversion luminescent mechanisms of the hollow spherical phosphors were investigated in detail.

  3. Up-conversion in rare earth-doped silica hollow spheres

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    Fortes, Luís M.; Li, Yigang; Réfega, Ricardo; Clara Gonçalves, M.

    2012-06-01

    In the present work, Er/Yb co-doped silica hollow spheres are prepared in a two-step process. In a first step, polystyrene-core is silica coated in situ by a modified Stöber sol-gel method and in the second one, the sacrificial polystyrene core is thermally removed. The core-shell and the hollow spheres are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). PL measurements show up-conversion phenomena upon excitation at 975 nm, through the emission of blue (˜490 nm), green (˜523 nm and ˜536 nm) and red (˜655 nm) light. The up-conversion phenomena are discussed and modelled. The developed model explains the up-conversion phenomena of Er/Yb co-doped silica hollow spheres, with special agreement for high Yb/Er ratio.

  4. Study on energy up-conversion in Yb, Ho:YAG crystal

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    Lilei Huang(黄莉蕾); Liangneng Wu(邬良能); Yanbin Fu(付晏彬)

    2003-01-01

    Optic parameters, such as the probabilities of radiative and non-radiative transition and the cross-relaxation probability between Yb3+ and Hoa+ ions in Yb,Ho:YAG crystal, are calculated on the basis ofJudd-Ofelt and Dexter theories. The energy up-conversion process is analyzed by solving the transitionrate-equations. The results show that (1) the intensity of the green fluorescence relates to the square ofthe concentration of the active ions; (2) the intensity increases with the concentration of sensitive ions aswell, but the increasing rate goes rather too slow; (3) the efficiency of the energy up-conversion relateswith the speed of the energy up-conversion and the quantum efficiency of the transiting from upper levelto lower level.

  5. Single-band upconversion nanoprobes for multiplexed simultaneous in situ molecular mapping of cancer biomarkers

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    Zhou, Lei; Wang, Rui; Yao, Chi; Li, Xiaomin; Wang, Chengli; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Xu, Congjian; Zeng, Aijun; Zhao, Dongyuan; Zhang, Fan

    2015-04-01

    The identification of potential diagnostic markers and target molecules among the plethora of tumour oncoproteins for cancer diagnosis requires facile technology that is capable of quantitatively analysing multiple biomarkers in tumour cells and tissues. Diagnostic and prognostic classifications of human tumours are currently based on the western blotting and single-colour immunohistochemical methods that are not suitable for multiplexed detection. Herein, we report a general and novel method to prepare single-band upconversion nanoparticles with different colours. The expression levels of three biomarkers in breast cancer cells were determined using single-band upconversion nanoparticles, western blotting and immunohistochemical technologies with excellent correlation. Significantly, the application of antibody-conjugated single-band upconversion nanoparticle molecular profiling technology can achieve the multiplexed simultaneous in situ biodetection of biomarkers in breast cancer cells and tissue specimens and produce more accurate results for the simultaneous quantification of proteins present at low levels compared with classical immunohistochemical technology.

  6. Sensitized thulium ultraviolet upconversion luminescence in Tm3+/Yb3+/Nd3+ triply doped nanoglass ceramics.

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    Chen, Daqin; Wang, Yuansheng; Yu, Yunlong; Liu, Feng; Huang, Ping

    2007-11-01

    Intense four- and five-photon ultraviolet upconversion processes through sensitization of Tm3+ ions in transparent SiO2-Al2O3-NaF-YF3 glass ceramics triply doped with Tm3+/Yb3+/Nd3+ under 796 nm excitation were investigated. Judd-Ofelt analyses evidenced the incorporation of rare-earth ions into the precipitated beta-YF3 nanocrystals. In contrast with the triply doped one, no ultraviolet upconversion luminescence was observed in the Tm3+/Nd3+ codoped glass ceramic, indicating that Yb3+ acts as bridging ions to enhance the energy transfer efficiency between Nd3+ and Tm3+. Based on the pumping power dependence of luminescence, upconversion mechanisms were proposed.

  7. Infrared to ultraviolet upconversion luminescence in Nd3+ doped nano-glass-ceramic

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    CHEN Daqin; WANG Yuansheng; YU Yunlong; LIU Feng; HUANG Ping

    2008-01-01

    Nd3+ doped transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramic containing β-YF3 nanocrystals was prepared and the upconversion luminescence behaviors of Nd3+ in the precursor glass and glass ceramic were investigated. Under 796 nm laser excitation, ultraviolet upconversion emissions of Nd3+ ions at 354 nm (4D3/2→4I9/2) and 382 nm (4D3/2→4I11/2) were observed at room temperature. Power dependence analysis demonstrated that three-photon upconversion processes populated the 4D3/2 excited state. In comparison with those of the precursor glass, the ultraviolet emissions were enhanced by a factor of 500 in the glass ceramic, which was attributed to the change in the ligand field of Nd3+ ions and the decrease in phonon energy because of the partition of Nd3+ ions into the β-YF3 nanocrystals after crystallization.

  8. Triplet-triplet annihilation photon-upconversion: towards solar energy applications.

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    Gray, Victor; Dzebo, Damir; Abrahamsson, Maria; Albinsson, Bo; Moth-Poulsen, Kasper

    2014-06-14

    Solar power production and solar energy storage are important research areas for development of technologies that can facilitate a transition to a future society independent of fossil fuel based energy sources. Devices for direct conversion of solar photons suffer from poor efficiencies due to spectrum losses, which are caused by energy mismatch between the optical absorption of the devices and the broadband irradiation provided by the sun. In this context, photon-upconversion technologies are becoming increasingly interesting since they might offer an efficient way of converting low energy solar energy photons into higher energy photons, ideal for solar power production and solar energy storage. This perspective discusses recent progress in triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA) photon-upconversion systems and devices for solar energy applications. Furthermore, challenges with evaluation of the efficiency of TTA-photon-upconversion systems are discussed and a general approach for evaluation and comparison of existing systems is suggested.

  9. A simple model for 2D image upconversion of incoherent light

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    Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Pedersen, Christian; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter

    2011-01-01

    We present a simple theoretical model for 2 dimensional (2-D) image up-conversion of incoherent light. While image upconversion has been known for more than 40 years, the technology has been hindered by very low conversion quantum efficiency (~10-7). We show that our implementation compared...... to previous work can result in a feasible system: Using intracavity upconversion and Quasi Phase Matching (QPM) nonlinear materials provide increased conversion efficiency. Using a QPM crystal and choosing the wavelengths so the first order term in the phasematch wavelength acceptance vanishes, results...... in very large wavelength acceptance. This work describes how the bandwidth acceptance can be predicted and designed. This gives promise of a new way to make infrared imaging devices with tunable spectral sensitivity....

  10. Viewer Makes Radioactivity "Visible"

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    Yin, L. I.

    1983-01-01

    Battery operated viewer demonstrates feasibility of generating threedimensional visible light simulations of objects that emit X-ray or gamma rays. Ray paths are traced for two pinhold positions to show location of reconstructed image. Images formed by pinholes are converted to intensified visible-light images. Applications range from radioactivity contamination surveys to monitoring radioisotope absorption in tumors.

  11. Rate equation analysis of nanocrystal-enhanced upconversion in neodymium-doped glass ceramics

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    Skrzypczak, U.; Pfau, Charlotte; Seifert, G.; Schweizer, Stefan

    2014-05-01

    Rare-earth ions embedded in glassy matrices are promising materials for photon upconversion processes, e.g. to convert near infrared light to frequencies above the band gap of a solar cell to make it available for electrical power generation. One strategy to optimize the efficiency of such upconversion processes is to embed the active ions in a host matrix with minimal losses to non-radiative relaxation. For the model system of trivalent neodymium in fluorochlorozirconate (FCZ) glass it has been shown recently that a uniform growth of BaCl2 nanocrystals inside such glasses can decrease the probability of multi-phonon relaxation (MPR) drastically, leading to a huge increase in upconversion intensity for monochromatic illumination. To identify the key processes which may enhance or diminish the total upconversion efficiency, a comprehensive description for the optical dynamics of neodymium in FCZ glass ceramics has been developed on the basis of a rate equation system, including ion-photon, ion-phonon, and ion-ion interactions. An effective medium approach is utilized to account for the neodymium located in BaCl2 nanocrystals or the FCZ glass bulk, respectively. The numerous parameters required to enable for a reliable numerical simulation of the processes are obtained from theoretical approaches like Judd-Ofelt theory, as well as from experimental studies of luminescence decay after femtosecond excitation at various wavelengths and luminescence spectra under cw illumination at 800 nm wavelength. This rate equation model enables for a convenient, self-consistent description of all time-resolved and cw experiments on samples with different neodymium concentration. On this basis, the power dependence of upconversion spectra can be simulated in good agreement with the experimental result for 800 nm cw illumination. The model therefore forms an excellent tool for optimizing the upconversion efficiency of rare-earth doped luminescent material also under realistic

  12. Plasmon enhanced upconversion for applications in solar energy harvesting (Conference Presentation)

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    Park, Wounjhang

    2016-09-01

    Rare-earth activated upconversion material is receiving renewed attention for their potential applications in bioimaging and solar energy conversion. Plasmon resonance can enhance the upconversion efficiency but the enhancement mechanism remained unclear due to the inherent complexity of upconversion process. In this study, we synthesized NaYF4:Yb3+,Er3+ upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) and modified the surface with an amphiphilic polymer, (poly(maleic anhydride-alt-octadecene) (PMAO), which makes UCNPs water-soluble and negatively charged. This in turn enables electrostatic self-assembly of UCNPs. We fabricated silver nanograting using laser-interference lithography and deposited 3 monolayers of UNCPs by polyelectrolyte-mediated layer-by-layer self-assembly process. It is noted that all the fabrication processes are scalable. We then conducted a comprehensive photoluminescence (PL) and transient PL spectroscopy. We observed up to 39x enhancement in PL intensity. A combination of numerical simulations, rate equation analysis and transient PL spectroscopy revealed that the total enhancement is made of 3.1x absorption enhancement and 2.7x energy transfer rate enhancement. The absorption enhancement makes the most contribution because the upconverted PL intensity varies quadratically with the absorption. This study represents the first experimental observation of plasmon enhanced energy transfer rate in UCNPs. It contributes to the long debate on the plasmon enhancement of Förster energy transfer process. Finally, we developed a new numerical modeling tool that can faithfully simulate the highly non-uniform light absorption and carrier generation in the plasmon enhanced photovoltaic devices. We used the tool to precisely predict the performance of photovoltaic devices incorporating plasmon enhanced upconversion and offer guidelines for upconversion photovoltaic devices.

  13. Riboflavin photoactivation by upconversion nanoparticles for cancer treatment

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    Khaydukov, E. V.; Mironova, K. E.; Semchishen, V. A.; Generalova, A. N.; Nechaev, A. V.; Khochenkov, D. A.; Stepanova, E. V.; Lebedev, O. I.; Zvyagin, A. V.; Deyev, S. M.; Panchenko, V. Ya.

    2016-10-01

    Riboflavin (Rf) is a vitamin and endogenous photosensitizer capable to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) under UV-blue irradiation and kill cancer cells, which are characterized by the enhanced uptake of Rf. We confirmed its phototoxicity on human breast adenocarcinoma cells SK-BR-3 preincubated with 30-μM Rf and irradiated with ultraviolet light, and proved that such Rf concentrations (60 μM) are attainable in vivo in tumour site by systemic intravascular injection. In order to extend the Rf photosensitization depth in cancer tissue to 6 mm in depth, we purpose-designed core/shell upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs, NaYF4:Yb3+:Tm3+/NaYF4) capable to convert 2% of the deeply-penetrating excitation at 975 nm to ultraviolet-blue power. This power was expended to photosensitise Rf and kill SK-BR-3 cells preincubated with UCNPs and Rf, where the UCNP-Rf energy transfer was photon-mediated with ~14% Förster process contribution. SK-BR-3 xenograft regression in mice was observed for 50 days, following the Rf-UCNPs peritumoural injection and near-infrared light photodynamic treatment of the lesions.

  14. Upconversion-based receivers for quantum hacking-resistant quantum key distribution

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    Jain, Nitin; Kanter, Gregory S.

    2016-07-01

    We propose a novel upconversion (sum frequency generation)-based quantum-optical system design that can be employed as a receiver (Bob) in practical quantum key distribution systems. The pump governing the upconversion process is produced and utilized inside the physical receiver, making its access or control unrealistic for an external adversary (Eve). This pump facilitates several properties which permit Bob to define and control the modes that can participate in the quantum measurement. Furthermore, by manipulating and monitoring the characteristics of the pump pulses, Bob can detect a wide range of quantum hacking attacks launched by Eve.

  15. Upconversion chirped pulse amplification of ultrashort pulses using a multimode Tm:ZBLAN fiber

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    Yang, L.M.; Sosnowski, T.; Stock, M.L.; Norris, T.B.; Squier, J.; Mourou, G. [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States). Center for Ultrafast Optical Science; Dennis, M.L.; Duling, I.N. III [Naval Research Lab., Washington, DC (United States)

    1995-11-01

    Microjoule pulse energies are achieved from a single stage upconversion fiber amplifier for the first time in this demonstration of chirped pulse amplification using a multimode TM:ZBLAN fiber. A Ti:sapphire laser system provides the seed pulse for the upconversion fiber amplifier which produces subpicosecond pulse trains with energies as great as 16 {micro}J at repetition rate of 4.4 kHz. The compressed, pulse peak power is more than 1 MW, and the pulse is characterized both temporally and spatially.

  16. Ultraviolet upconversion emission from ZBLAN glass doped with Tm{sup 3+} ions

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    Li Jianfu [Department of Physics, Linyi Normal University, Linyi 276005 (China); Wang Xiaoli [National Laboratory of Superhard Materials, Jilin University, Changchun 130021 (China); Yang Haigui [Department of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130021 (China); Jiang Zhankui [Department of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130021 (China) and Department of Physics, Yantai University, Yantai 246005 (China)]. E-mail: jzk@mail.jlu.edu.cn

    2007-04-15

    The ultraviolet upconversion emission properties from Tm{sup 3+} ions doped ZBLAN glass upon 463 nm laser excitation have been studied. Two ultraviolet emission bands, centered at 347 nm for {sup 1}I{sub 6}{sup {yields}}{sup 3}F{sub 4} Tm{sup 3+} transition and 362 nm for {sup 1}D{sub 2}{sup {yields}}{sup 3}H{sub 6} Tm{sup 3+} transition, have been observed. The responsible upconversion mechanisms were investigated by measuring time evolution spectra.

  17. Multicolor FISHs for simultaneous detection of genes and DNA segments on human chromosomes.

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    Shimizu, Nobuyoshi; Maekawa, Masahiko; Asai, Satoko; Shimizu, Yoshiko

    2015-12-01

    We have developed a convenient multicolor fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) (five-, four-, three-, and two-color FISHs) for detecting specific genes/DNA segments on the human chromosomes. As a foundation of multicolor FISH, we first isolated 80 bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) probes that specifically detect the peri-centromeres (peri-CEN) and subtelomeres (subTEL) of 24 different human chromosomes (nos. 1~22, X, and Y) by screening our homemade BAC library (Keio BAC library) consisting of 200,000 clones. Five-color FISH was performed using human DNA segments specific for peri-CEN or subTEL, which were labeled with five different fluorescent dyes [7-diethylaminocoumarin (DEAC): blue, fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC): green, rhodamine 6G (R6G): yellow, TexRed: red, and cyanine5 (Cy5): purple]. To observe FISH signals under a fluorescence microscope, five optic filters were carefully chosen to avoid overlapping fluorescence emission. Five-color FISH and four-color FISH enabled us to accurately examine the numerical anomaly of human chromosomes. Three-color FISH using two specific BAC clones, that distinguish 5' half of oncogene epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) from its 3' half, revealed the amplification and truncation of EGFR in EGFR-overproducing cancer cells. Moreover, two-color FISH readily detected a fusion gene in leukemia cells such as breakpoint cluster region (BCR)/Abelson murine leukemia viral oncogene homologue (ABL) on the Philadelphia (Ph') chromosome with interchromosomal translocation. Some other successful cases such as trisomy 21 of Down syndrome are presented. Potential applications of multicolor FISH will be discussed.

  18. A modified region growing algorithm for multi-colored image object segmentation

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    Yuxi Chen; Chongzhao Han

    2007-01-01

    A hybrid algorithm based on seeded region growing and k-means clustering was proposed to improve image object segmentation result. A user friendly segmentation tool was provided for the definition of objects,then k-means algorithm was utilized to cluster the selected points into k seeds-clusters, finally the seeded region growing algorithm was used for object segmentation. Experimental results show that the proposed method is suitable for segmentation of multi-colored object, while conventional seeded region growing methods can only segment uniform-colored object.

  19. Enriching PMMA nanospheres with adjustable charges as novel templates for multicolored dye-PMMA nanocomposites

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    Wang Xumei; Xu Shuping; Xu Weiqing [State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Liang Chongyang; Li Hongrui; Sun Fei, E-mail: xuwq@jlu.edu.cn [Institute of Frontier Medical Science, Jilin University, Changchun 130021 (China)

    2011-07-08

    Multicolored fluorescent dye loaded PMMA nanospheres were synthesized by the electrostatic adsorption of dye molecules on the charged PMMA nanospheres, whose charges were adjusted by choosing different initiators. The charged PMMA nanospheres have a wider capacity and advantage for combining the charged dyes. The fluorescent dye-PMMA composite nanospheres possess the advantages of higher brightness, longer lifetime and stronger resistance to photobleaching relative to dye molecules. Dye leakage remained lower than 5% over one week. These fluorescent nanospheres have been used in biological labels in cell imaging. They can easily stain blood cancer cells without further surface modification.

  20. A Deep Multicolor Survey; 3, Additional Spectroscopy and Implications for the Number Counts of Faint Quasars

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    Kennefick, D; Hall, P B; Green, R F; Kennefick, Julia D.; Osmer, Patrick S.; Hall, Patrick B.; Green, Richard F.

    1997-01-01

    We have made spectroscopic identifications of 39 additional quasar candidates from the Deep Multicolor Survey (DMS) of Hall et al. (1996, ApJ, 462, 614, astro-ph/9512052). We have identified 9 new quasars with 0.3 3 were found among the observed candidates selected due to their red (B-R) and (V-R) colors. As a result, there are now 55 confirmed quasars in the survey: 42 with 0.3 3 over predictions based on models by Warren, Hewett, & Osmer is less than previously suggested. We also demonstrate the success of our quasar color modeling which is important in assessing the completeness of our survey.

  1. An intervention to change clinician behavior: Conceptual framework for the multicolored simplified asthma guideline reminder (MSAGR).

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    O'Laughlen, Mary C; Hollen, Patricia; Ting, Stanislaus

    2009-08-01

    Clinical practice guidelines decrease variation in health care because they standardize the care offered by healthcare providers. Seventeen years after publication, the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines are considered the "gold standard" in asthma care, yet they remain underutilized despite three revisions with the latest in July 2007. Multiple factors are presented for lack of adherence to the guidelines. This article discusses the Multicolored, Simplified Asthma Guideline Reminder (MSAGR), an algorithm chart intervention for helping change clinicians' behavior for better adherence to the NAEPP guidelines, and describes the conceptual framework underpinning this intervention as a means of predicting better outcomes for providers and children.

  2. M-GCF: Multicolor-Green Conflict Free Scheduling Algorithm for WSN

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    Pawar, Pranav M.; Nielsen, Rasmus Hjorth; Prasad, Neeli R.;

    2012-01-01

    Applications for wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are increasing in numbers and are penetrating in areas of increasing importance. The requirements of these applications can only be fulfilled with efficient medium access control (MAC) layer protocols and this paper presents a cluster-based time...... and delay as compared with state-of-the-art solutions. The results also include the performance of M-GCF with varying traffic rates, which also shows good energy efficiency, throughput and delay. The contribution of this paper and the main reason for the improved performance with varying number of nodes...... and traffic rate is the multicoloring approach used....

  3. Secure information display with limited viewing zone by use of multi-color visual cryptography.

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    Yamamoto, Hirotsugu; Hayasaki, Yoshio; Nishida, Nobuo

    2004-04-01

    We propose a display technique that ensures security of visual information by use of visual cryptography. A displayed image appears as a completely random pattern unless viewed through a decoding mask. The display has a limited viewing zone with the decoding mask. We have developed a multi-color encryption code set. Eight colors are represented in combinations of a displayed image composed of red, green, blue, and black subpixels and a decoding mask composed of transparent and opaque subpixels. Furthermore, we have demonstrated secure information display by use of an LCD panel.

  4. Generation and Amplification of Tunable Multicolored Femtosecond Laser Pulses by Using Cascaded Four-Wave Mixing in Transparent Bulk Media

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    Liu, Jun; Kobayashi, Takayoshi

    2010-01-01

    We have reviewed the generation and amplification of wavelength-tunable multicolored femtosecond laser pulses using cascaded four-wave mixing (CFWM) in transparent bulk media, mainly concentrating on our recent work. Theoretical analysis and calculations based on the phase-matching condition could explain well the process semi-quantitatively. The experimental studies showed: (1) as many as fifteen spectral up-shifted and two spectral down-shifted sidebands were obtained simultaneously with spectral bandwidth broader than 1.8 octaves from near ultraviolet (360 nm) to near infrared (1.2 μm); (2) the obtained sidebands were spatially separated well and had extremely high beam quality with M2 factor better than 1.1; (3) the wavelengths of the generated multicolor sidebands could be conveniently tuned by changing the crossing angle or simply replacing with different media; (4) as short as 15-fs negatively chirped or nearly transform limited 20-fs multicolored femtosecond pulses were obtained when one of the two input beams was negatively chirped and the other was positively chirped; (5) the pulse energy of the sideband can reach a μJ level with power stability better than 1% RMS; (6) broadband two-dimensional (2-D) multicolored arrays with more than ten periodic columns and more than ten rows were generated in a sapphire plate; (7) the obtained sidebands could be simultaneously spectra broadened and power amplified in another bulk medium by using cross-phase modulation (XPM) in conjunction with four-wave optical parametric amplification (FOPA). The characterization showed that this is interesting and the CFWM sidebands generated by this novel method have good enough qualities in terms of power stability, beam quality, and temporal features suited to various experiments such as ultrafast multicolor time-resolved spectroscopy and multicolor-excitation nonlinear microscopy. PMID:22399882

  5. Generation and Amplification of Tunable Multicolored Femtosecond Laser Pulses by Using Cascaded Four-Wave Mixing in Transparent Bulk Media

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    Jun Liu

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available We have reviewed the generation and amplification of wavelength-tunable multicolored femtosecond laser pulses using cascaded four-wave mixing (CFWM in transparent bulk media, mainly concentrating on our recent work. Theoretical analysis and calculations based on the phase-matching condition could explain well the process semi-quantitatively. The experimental studies showed: (1 as many as fifteen spectral up-shifted and two spectral down-shifted sidebands were obtained simultaneously with spectral bandwidth broader than 1.8 octaves from near ultraviolet (360 nm to near infrared (1.2 μm; (2 the obtained sidebands were spatially separated well and had extremely high beam quality with M2 factor better than 1.1; (3 the wavelengths of the generated multicolor sidebands could be conveniently tuned by changing the crossing angle or simply replacing with different media; (4 as short as 15-fs negatively chirped or nearly transform limited 20-fs multicolored femtosecond pulses were obtained when one of the two input beams was negatively chirped and the other was positively chirped; (5 the pulse energy of the sideband can reach a μJ level with power stability better than 1% RMS; (6 broadband two-dimensional (2-D multicolored arrays with more than ten periodic columns and more than ten rows were generated in a sapphire plate; (7 the obtained sidebands could be simultaneously spectra broadened and power amplified in another bulk medium by using cross-phase modulation (XPM in conjunction with four-wave optical parametric amplification (FOPA. The characterization showed that this is interesting and the CFWM sidebands generated by this novel method have good enough qualities in terms of power stability, beam quality, and temporal features suited to various experiments such as ultrafast multicolor time-resolved spectroscopy and multicolor-excitation nonlinear microscopy.

  6. Between visibility and surveillance

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    Uldam, Julie

    visible. It thus enables activists to monitor and expose corporate misconduct, but simultaneously renders them vulnerable to surveillance from corporations. In this presentation, I examine these practices and discuss their implications for political participation by drawing on examples of companies...

  7. Visible epiglottis in children.

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    Jamaluddin Ahmed, Farooque; Shinohara, Andrá Luis; Bonifécio da Silva, Salete Moura; Andreo, Jesus Carlos; Rodrigues, Antonio de Castro

    2014-01-01

    Visible epiglottis is a rare anatomical variant which is usually asymptomatic without the need of any medical or surgical intervention. It is most commonly seen in children but there are some reports of its prevalence in adults too. Cases of visible epiglottis seem to be unfamiliar among dental professionals. In this report, we have attempted to present this anatomical variant of epiglottis in the feld of dentistry by describing a case of an 8-year-old girl who presented to the department of pediatric dentistry for normal dental check-up unaware of the existence of the visible epiglottis. How to cite this article: Ahmed FJ, Shinohara AL, da Silva SMB, Andreo JC, de Castro Rodrigues A. Visible Epiglottis in Children. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2014;7(3):223-224.

  8. Experimental Research on the SizeMeasurement of the High Temperature ForgingBased on Multicolor CCD Technology

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    2015-01-01

    In order to determine the size measurement accuracy of the high temperature forging's multicolor CCD image by using computerprograms, this paper obtained the high temperature forging's CCD image by multicolor CCD camera and its fact size by thevernier caliper on the forging field, and then measured the size of the high temperature forging from its CCD image, compared thesize from the CCD image and the size from the vernier caliper, the result shows that the measurement accuracy satisfied theindustrial production.

  9. Size-independent peak shift between normal and upconversion photoluminescence in MPA-capped CdTe nanoparticles

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    S Ananthakumar; J Jayabalan; Asha Singh; Salahuddin Khan; Subhash Prajapati; S Moorthy Babu; Rama Chari

    2014-02-01

    In this article, we report size-dependent measurement of the shift in peak of upconversion photoluminescence spectra compared to that of normal photoluminescence using a 800 nm femtosecond laser and its second harmonic. It has been shown that the upconversion photoluminescence is always red-shifted compared to that of normal PL in all the samples. By measuring the power-dependent upconversion photoluminescence (UCPL), it has been shown that the origin of UCPL from MPA-capped CdTe nanoparticles is mainly of two-photon absorption

  10. Intrinsic single-band upconversion emission in colloidal Yb/Er(Tm):Na3Zr(Hf)F7 nanocrystals.

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    Chen, Daqin; Lei, Lei; Zhang, Rui; Yang, Anping; Xu, Ju; Wang, Yuansheng

    2012-11-07

    Novel Yb/Er(Tm):Na(3)MF(7) (M = Zr, Hf) nanocrystals with intrinsic single-band upconversion emission, in contrast to the routine lanthanide-doped fluoride nanocrystals which show typical multi-band upconversion emissions, are reported for the first time. Specifically, the red upconversion intensity of the Yb/Er:Na(3)ZrF(7) nanocrystals is about 5 times as high as that of the hexagonal Yb/Er:NaYF(4) ones with a similar crystal size.

  11. Effect of nanocrystals on up-conversion luminescence of Er3+,Yb3+ co-doped glass-ceramics

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    Hua Yu; Lijuan Zhao; Jie Meng; Qin Liang; Xuanyi Yu; Baiquan Tang; Jingjun Xu

    2005-01-01

    @@ Different up-conversion luminescent spectra of Er3+ ions were observed in the oxyfluoride glass-ceramics.The ratio of two fluorides in the original compositions was modified in order to form different nanocrystals.The intensity of up-conversion luminescence increased sharply when the ratio of PbF2 and CdF2 was 40:10.The data of differential thermal analysis and X-ray diffraction were used to explain the optimization fluoride ratio. The intensity of up-conversion luminescence is not only decided by the crystallizability but also mainly related with the stoichiometric proportion of fluoride nanocrystals in the glass-ceramics.

  12. Direct Sensitization Up-conversion Mechanism in Er3+∶Yb3+ Co-doped Fluoride Materials

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    肖思国; 阳效良; 刘政威; 佘仲明; 陈春先

    2002-01-01

    Up-conversion luminescence have been studied on Yb3+-Er3+ co-doped fluoride samples. Two infrared lasers with wavelength of 930 nm and 858 nm are carefully chosen as excitation sources. The experimental results suggest direct cooperation sensitization up-conversion rather than two-step sensitization up-conversion is responsible for the increased population of 2H11/2 (Er3+) and thus the increased green emission in the region 514~574 nm in Yb3+-Er3+ co-doped system.

  13. Comparative studies of upconversion luminescence characteristics and cell bioimaging based on one-step synthesized upconversion nanoparticles capped with different functional groups

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    Tsang, Ming-Kiu [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Chan, Chi-Fai; Wong, Ka-Leung [Department of Chemistry, Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong); Hao, Jianhua, E-mail: jh.hao@polyu.edu.hk [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China)

    2015-01-15

    Herein, three types of upconverting NaGdF{sub 4}:Yb/Er nanoparticles (UCNPs) have been synthesized via one-step hydrothermal synthesis with polyethylene glycol (PEG), polyethylenimine (PEI) and 6-aminocapronic acid (6AA) functionalization. To evident the presence of these groups, FTIR spectra and ζ-potentials were measured to support the successful capping of PEG, PEI and 6AA on the UCNPs. The regular morphology and cubic phase of these functionalized UCNPs were attributed to the capping effect of the surfactants. Tunable upconversion luminescence (UCL) from red to green were observed under 980 nm laser excitation and the UCL tuning was attributed to the presence of various surface ligands. Moreover, surface group dependent UCL bioimaging was performed in HeLa cells. The enhanced UCL bioimaging demonstrated by PEI functionalized UCNPs evident high cell uptake. The significant cell uptake is explained by the electrostatic attraction between the amino groups (–NH{sub 2}) and the cell membrane. Moreover, the functionalized UCNPs demonstrated low cytotoxicity in MTT assay. Additional, paramagnetic property was presented by these UCNPs under magnetic field. - Highlights: • Tunable upconversion emission by capped functional groups under fixed composition. • Surface dependent upconversion luminescence bioimaging in HeLa cells. • Low cytotoxicity. • Additional paramagnetic property due to Gd{sup 3+} ions.

  14. Strain-sensitive upconversion for imaging biological forces (Conference Presentation)

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    Lay, Alice; Wisser, Michael; Lin, Yu; Narayan, Tarun; Krieg, Michael; Atre, Ashwin; Goodman, Miriam; Dionne, Jennifer A.

    2016-09-01

    Nearly all diseases can be traced back to abnormal mechanotransduction, but few sensors can reliably measure biologically-relevant forces in vivo. Here, we investigate sub-25nm lanthanide-doped upconverting nanoparticles as novel optical force probes, which provide several biocompatible features: sharp emission peaks with near infrared illumination, a high signal-to-noise ratio, and photostability. To increase force sensitivity, we include d-metal doping in the nanoparticles; the d-metal siphons energy from the lanthanide ions with an efficiency that varies with pressure. We synthesize cubic-phase NaYF4: Er3+,Yb3+ nanoparticles doped with 0-5% Mn2+ and compress them in a hydrostatic environment using a diamond anvil cell. When illuminated at 980nm, the nanoparticles show sharp emission peaks centered at wavelengths of 522nm, 545nm, and 660nm. In 20nN increments, up to 700nN, the ratio of the red-to-green peaks in 0% Mn-doped nanoparticles increases by nearly 30%, resulting in a perceived color change from orange to red. In contrast, the 1% Mn-doped samples exhibit little color change but a large 40% decrease in upconversion intensity. In both cases, the red-to-green ratio varies linearly with strain and the optical properties are recoverable upon release. We further use atomic force microscopy to characterize optical responses at lower, pico-Newton to nano-Newton forces. To demonstrate in vivo imaging capabilities, we incubate C. elegans with nanoparticles dispersed in buffer solution (5mg/mL concentration) and image forces involved in digestion using confocal microscopy. Our nanoparticles provide a platform for the first, non-genetically-encoded in vivo force sensors, and we describe routes to increase their sensitivity to the single-pN range.

  15. Sonochemical Synthesis of Er3+-Doped ZnO Nanospheres with Enhanced Upconversion Photoluminescence

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    Jun Geng; Guang-Hui Song; Jun-Jie Zhu

    2012-01-01

    Er3+-doped ZnO nanospheres have been synthesized via a sonochemical conversion process. The formation mechanism of these nanocrystals is connected with the sonochemical effect of ultrasound irradiation. The as-prepared Er3+ doped ZnO nanospheres show enhanced photoluminescence and upconversion photoluminescence properties compared with pure ZnO.

  16. An estimate of spherical impactor energy transfer for mechanical frequency up-conversion energy harvester

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    Corr, L. R.; Ma, D. T.

    2016-08-01

    Vibration energy harvesters, which use the impact mechanical frequency up-conversion technique, utilize an impactor, which gains kinetic energy from low frequency ambient environmental vibrations, to excite high frequency systems that efficiently convert mechanical energy to electrical energy. To take full advantage of the impact mechanical frequency up-conversion technique, it is prudent to understand the energy transfer from the low frequency excitations, to the impactor, and finally to the high frequency systems. In this work, the energy transfer from a spherical impactor to a multi degree of freedom spring / mass system, due to Hertzian impact, is investigated to gain insight on how best to design impact mechanical frequency up-conversion energy harvesters. Through this academic work, it is shown that the properties of the contact (or impact) area, i.e., radius of curvature and material properties, only play a minor role in energy transfer and that the equivalent mass of the target system (i.e., the spring / mass system) dictates the total amount of energy transferred during the impact. The novel approach of utilizing the well-known Hertzian impact methodology to gain an understanding of impact mechanical frequency up-conversion energy harvesters has made it clear that the impactor and the high frequency energy generating systems must be designed together as one system to ensure maximum energy transfer, leading to efficient ambient vibration energy harvesters.

  17. Enhanced 2D-image upconversion using solid-state lasers

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    Pedersen, Christian; Karamehmedovic, Emir; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin

    2009-01-01

    Based on enhanced upconversion, we demonstrate a highly efficient method for converting a full image from one part of the electromagnetic spectrum into a new desired wavelength region. By illuminating a metal transmission mask with a 765 nm Gaussian beam to create an image and subsequently focusing...

  18. Interplay between Static and Dynamic Energy Transfer in Biofunctional Upconversion Nanoplatforms

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    Ding, Y.; Wu, F.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, X.; de Jong, E.M.L.D.; Gregorkiewicz, T.; Hong, X.; Liu, Y.; Aalders, M.C.G.; Buma, W.J.; Zhang, H.

    2015-01-01

    Clarification of the energy-transfer (ET) mechanism is of vital importance for constructing efficient upconversion nanoplatforms for biological/biomedical applications. Yet, most strategies of optimizing these nanoplatforms were casually based on a dynamic ET assumption. In this work, we have

  19. Blue and white upconversion emissions of rare-earth ions-doped oxyfluoride phosphors

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    Pang Tao [Optoelectronic Technology Institute, Dalian Maritime University, Liaoning Dalian 116026 (China); Cao Wanghe, E-mail: whcao@online.ln.c [Optoelectronic Technology Institute, Dalian Maritime University, Liaoning Dalian 116026 (China); Xing Mingming; Feng Wei; Xu Shujing [Optoelectronic Technology Institute, Dalian Maritime University, Liaoning Dalian 116026 (China)

    2010-05-01

    A blue emitting upconversion phosphor based on Yb{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} codoped oxyfluoride is reported. Under the excitation of a single 980 nm diode laser with the power density of 5.56 W/cm{sup 2}, the upconversion luminescence brightness can reaches to 13053 mcd/m{sup 2}, which is much stronger than that of commercial Y{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Yb, Tm phosphors (8194 mcd/m{sup 2}). The research of upconversion mechanism indicates that cooperating sensitization dominates the emissions at 479 and 645 nm, while the emission at 454 nm results from the combination of cooperating sensitization and phonon-assisted energy transfer from Yb{sup 3+} to Tm{sup 3+}. Also, bright upconversion white light is obtained by tri-doping of Er{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+}. Because the blue (main emission at 479 nm), green and red emissions are two-photon process, the white light is not sensitive to the pumping power.

  20. All-or-none switching of photon upconversion in self-assembled organogel systems.

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    Duan, Pengfei; Asthana, Deepak; Nakashima, Takuya; Kawai, Tsuyoshi; Yanai, Nobuhiro; Kimizuka, Nobuo

    2017-02-22

    Aggregation-induced photon upconversion (iPUC) based on a triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA) process is successfully developed via controlled self-assembly of donor-acceptor pairs in organogel nanoassemblies. Although segregation of donor from acceptor assemblies has been an outstanding problem in TTA-based UC and iPUC, we resolved this issue by modifying both the triplet donor and aggregation induced emission (AIE)-type acceptor with glutamate-based self-assembling moieties. These donors and acceptors co-assemble to form organogels without segregation. Interestingly, these donor-acceptor binary gels show upconversion at room temperature but the upconversion phenomena were lost upon dissolution of the gels on heating. The observed changes in TTA-UC emission were thermally reversible, reflecting the controlled assembly/disassembly of the binary molecular systems. The observed on/off ratio of UC emission was much higher than that of the aggregation-induced fluorescence of the acceptor, which highlights the important role of iPUC, i.e., multi-exciton TTA for photoluminescence switching. This work bridges iPUC and supramolecular chemistry and provides a new strategy for designing stimuli-responsive upconversion systems.

  1. Two-photon excited highly polarized and directional upconversion emission from slab organic crystals

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    Fang, Hong-Hua; Chen, Qi-Dai; Yang, Jie; Xia, Hong; Ma, Yu-Guang; Wang, Hai-Yu; Sun, Hong-Bo; Fang, Honghua

    2010-01-01

    Effective upconversion emission from an organic crystal of cyano-substituted oligo (p-phenylenevinylene) (CNDPASDB) based on two-photon absorption is presented. Frequency upconverted cavityless lasing, or amplified spontaneous emission, from the crystal pumped by a femtosecond laser of 800 nm was ob

  2. Photochemical Upconversion: A Physical or Inorganic Chemistry Experiment for Undergraduates Using a Conventional Fluorimeter

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    Wilke, Bryn M.; Castellano, Felix N.

    2013-01-01

    Photochemical upconversion is a regenerative process that transforms lower-energy photons into higher-energy light through two sequential bimolecular reactions, triplet sensitization of an appropriate acceptor followed by singlet fluorescence producing triplet-triplet annihilation derived from two energized acceptors. This laboratory directly…

  3. CMOS upconversion mixer with filterless carrier feedthrough cancelation and output power tuning

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    Sanchez Gaspariano, Luis Abraham; Annema, Anne-Johan; Muniz Montero, Carlos; Diaz Sanchez, Alejandro

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis, design and implementation of a CMOS upconversion mixer that both can adjust, by means of a DC voltage control, its output power and that cancels the carrier feedthrough is presented. Aiming at very low cost medical implant applications, a prototype of the architecture was implemented

  4. Upconversion channels in Er3+ ZBLALiP fluoride glass microspheres

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    O'Shea, D. G.; Ward, J. M.; Shortt, B. J.; Mortier, M.; Feron, P.; Chormaic, S. Nic

    2007-01-01

    We present results on the realization of a multicolour microspherical glass light source fabricated from the erbium doped fluoride glass ZBLALiP. Whispering gallery mode lasing and upconversion processes give rise to laser and fluorescent emissions at multiple wavelengths from the ultraviolet to the

  5. Photochemical Upconversion: A Physical or Inorganic Chemistry Experiment for Undergraduates Using a Conventional Fluorimeter

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    Wilke, Bryn M.; Castellano, Felix N.

    2013-01-01

    Photochemical upconversion is a regenerative process that transforms lower-energy photons into higher-energy light through two sequential bimolecular reactions, triplet sensitization of an appropriate acceptor followed by singlet fluorescence producing triplet-triplet annihilation derived from two energized acceptors. This laboratory directly…

  6. Rare-earth doped colour tuneable up-conversion ZBLAN phosphor for enhancing photocatalysis

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    Méndez-Ramos, J.; Acosta-Mora, P.; Ruiz-Morales, J. C.; Sierra, M.; Redondas, A.; Ruggiero, E.; Salassa, L.; Borges, M. E.; Esparza, P.

    2015-03-01

    Rare-earth doped ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF (ZBLAN) fluoride glasses have been successfully synthesized showing outstanding UV-VIS up-conversion luminescence of Er3+ and Tm3+, sensitized by Yb3+ ions, under near-infrared excitation at 980 nm. The ratio between blue, green and red up-conversion emission bands can be adjusted by varying the pump power density of the incident infrared radiation, resulting in a controlled tuneability of the overall emitting colour from greenish to yellowish. Additionally, the observed high energy UV intense up-conversion emissions are suitable to enhance photocatalytic activity of main water-splitting semiconductor electrodes (such as TiO2) used in sustainable production of hydrogen. Photocatalysis and photolysis degradation of methylene blue in water under sun-like irradiation using benchmark photocatalyst (TiO2 Degussa P25) have been boosted by 20% and by a factor of 2.5 respectively, due to the enhancement of UV radiation that reaches the TiO2 particles by the addition of ZBLAN powder into a slurry-type photo-reactor. Hence, up-conversion ZBLAN phosphors contribute to demonstrate the possibility of transforming the incoming infrared radiation into the UV region needed to bridge the gap of photocatalytic semiconductors.

  7. Design of a solid state laser for low noise upconversion detection of near infrared light

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    Høgstedt, Lasse; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Pedersen, Christian

    2015-01-01

    To maximize signal-to-noise ratio for upconversion of near-infrared light we show that the mixing intensity should be 3 GW/m2. With emphasis on the noise contribution from random duty-cycle errors the optimum design parameters is discussed....

  8. Polyaniline-coated upconversion nanoparticles with upconverting luminescent and photothermal conversion properties for photothermal cancer therapy

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    Xing YD

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Yadong Xing, Luoyuan Li, Xicheng Ai, Limin Fu Department of Chemistry, Renmin University of China, Beijing, People’s Republic of China Abstract: In this study, we developed a nanosystem based on upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs coated with a layer of polyaniline nanoparticles (PANPs. The UCNP induces upconversion luminescence for imaging and photothermal conversion properties are due to PANPs. In vitro experiments showed that the UCNPs-PANPs were nontoxic to cells even at a high concentration (800 µg mL-1. Blood analysis and histological experiments demonstrated that the UCNPs-PANPs exhibited no apparent toxicity in mice in vivo. Besides their efficacy in photothermal cancer cell ablation, the UCNP-PANP nanosystem was found to achieve an effective in vivo tumor ablation effect after irradiation using an 808 nm laser. These results demonstrate the potential of the hybrid nanocomposites for use in imaging-guided photothermal therapy. Keywords: upconversion nanoparticles, polyaniline, upconversion luminescence, photothermal therapy

  9. Multicolor Photodetector of a Single Er(3+)-Doped CdS Nanoribbon.

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    Dedong, Hou; Ying-Kai, Liu; Yu, De-Peng

    2015-12-01

    Er(3+)-doped CdS nanoribbons (Er-CdS NRs) are synthesized by thermal evaporation and then characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), photoluminescence (PL), and absorption spectra. The Er-CdS NR photodetector is studied systematically, including spectral response, light intensity response, and photoconductance (G) versus temperature (T). It is found that Er-CdS NR has the ability of detecting multicolor light including blue, red, and near-infrared light with higher responsivity (R λ ) and external quantum efficiency (η). The conductance of Er-CdS NR under dark conditions decreases with increasing temperature in the range of 87-237 K, while its conductance increases with increasing temperature in the range of 237-297 K when T is larger than 237 K. These results indicated that ionized impurities and the intrinsic excitation are responsible for the conductance change of Er-CdS NR in the dark. The superior performance of the Er-CdS NR device offers an avenue to develop highly sensitive multicolor photodetector applications.

  10. Development Of A Multicolor Sub/millimeter Camera Using Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors

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    Schlaerth, James A.; Czakon, N. G.; Day, P. K.; Downes, T. P.; Duan, R.; Glenn, J.; Golwala, S. R.; Hollister, M. I.; LeDuc, H. G.; Maloney, P. R.; Mazin, B. A.; Noroozian, O.; Sayers, J.; Siegel, S.; Vayonakis, A.; Zmuidzinas, J.

    2011-01-01

    Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) are superconducting resonators useful for detecting light from the millimeter-wave to the X-ray. These detectors are easily multiplexed, as the resonances can be tuned to slightly different frequencies, allowing hundreds of detectors to be read out simultaneously using a single feedline. The Multicolor Submillimeter Inductance Camera, MUSIC, will use 2304 antenna-coupled MKIDs in multicolor operation, with bands centered at wavelengths of 0.85, 1.1, 1.3 and 2.0 mm, beginning in 2011. Here we present the results of our demonstration instrument, DemoCam, containing a single 3-color array with 72 detectors and optics similar to MUSIC. We present sensitivities achieved at the telescope, and compare to those expected based upon laboratory tests. We explore the factors that limit the sensitivity, in particular electronics noise, antenna efficiency, and excess loading. We discuss mitigation of these factors, and how we plan to improve sensitivity to the level of background-limited performance for the scientific operation of MUSIC. Finally, we note the expected mapping speed and contributions of MUSIC to astrophysics, and in particular to the study of submillimeter galaxies. This research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program.

  11. Voltage-Tunable Multicolor, Sub-1.5 V, Flexible Electrochromic Devices Based on Ion Gels.

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    Oh, Hwan; Seo, Dong Gyu; Yun, Tae Yong; Kim, Chan Young; Moon, Hong Chul

    2017-03-01

    Voltage-tunable multicolor electrochromic devices (ECDs) are fabricated based on flexible ion gels consisting of copolymers and ionic liquids as an electrolyte layer. Dimethyl ferrocene (dmFc) is incorporated into the gel, which serves as an anodic species. In this study, two electrochromic (EC) materials, monoheptyl viologen (MHV(+)) and diheptyl viologen (DHV(2+)), are employed and show significantly different EC behavior despite the similar chemical structure. Both MHV(+)- and DHV(2+)-containing ECDs are slightly yellowish in the bleached state, whereas the colored states are magenta and blue, respectively. All devices have good coloration efficiency of 87.5 cm(2)/C (magenta) and 91.3 cm(2)/C (blue). In addition, the required power of ∼248 μW/cm(2) (magenta) and ∼72 μW/cm(2) (blue) to maintain the colored state put the ion gel-based ECDs in a class of ultralow power consumption displays. On the basis of the distinct difference in the coloration voltage range between MHV(+) and DHV(2+), and the rubbery character of the gel, flexible ECDs showing multiple colors are demonstrated. These results imply that voltage-tunable multicolor ECDs based on the gel are attractive to functional electrochemical displays.

  12. Multicolored, Low-Power, Flexible Electrochromic Devices Based on Ion Gels.

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    Moon, Hong Chul; Kim, Chang-Hyun; Lodge, Timothy P; Frisbie, C Daniel

    2016-03-09

    Ion gels composed of a copolymer and a room temperature ionic liquid are versatile solid-state electrolytes with excellent features including high ionic conductivity, nonvolatility, easily tunable mechanical properties, good flexibility and solution processability. Ion gels can be functionalized by incorporating redox-active species such as electrochemiluminescent (ECL) luminophores or electrochromic (EC) dyes. Here, we enhance the functionality of EC gels for realizing multicolored EC devices (ECDs), either by controlling the chemical equilibrium between a monomer and dimer of a colored EC species, or by modifying the molecular structures of the EC species. All devices in this work are conveniently fabricated by a "cut-and-stick" strategy, and require very low power for maintaining the colored state [i.e., 90 μW/cm(2) (113 μA/cm(2) at -0.8 V) for blue, 4 μW/cm(2) (10 μA/cm(2) at -0.4 V) for green, and 32 μW/cm(2) (79 μA/cm(2) at -0.4 V) for red ECD]. We also successfully demonstrate a patterned, multicolored, flexible ECD on plastic. Overall, these results suggest that gel-based ECDs have significant potential as low power displays in printed electronics powered by thin-film batteries.

  13. 3D multicolor super-resolution imaging offers improved accuracy in neuron tracing.

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    Full Text Available The connectivity among neurons holds the key to understanding brain function. Mapping neural connectivity in brain circuits requires imaging techniques with high spatial resolution to facilitate neuron tracing and high molecular specificity to mark different cellular and molecular populations. Here, we tested a three-dimensional (3D, multicolor super-resolution imaging method, stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM, for tracing neural connectivity using cultured hippocampal neurons obtained from wild-type neonatal rat embryos as a model system. Using a membrane specific labeling approach that improves labeling density compared to cytoplasmic labeling, we imaged neural processes at 44 nm 2D and 116 nm 3D resolution as determined by considering both the localization precision of the fluorescent probes and the Nyquist criterion based on label density. Comparison with confocal images showed that, with the currently achieved resolution, we could distinguish and trace substantially more neuronal processes in the super-resolution images. The accuracy of tracing was further improved by using multicolor super-resolution imaging. The resolution obtained here was largely limited by the label density and not by the localization precision of the fluorescent probes. Therefore, higher image resolution, and thus higher tracing accuracy, can in principle be achieved by further improving the label density.

  14. MuSCAT: a multicolor simultaneous camera for studying atmospheres of transiting exoplanets

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    Narita, Norio; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko; Onitsuka, Masahiro; Ryu, Tsuguru; Yanagisawa, Kenshi; Izumiura, Hideyuki; Tamura, Motohide; Yamamuro, Tomoyasu

    2015-01-01

    We report a development of a multi-color simultaneous camera for the 188cm telescope at Okayama Astrophysical Observatory in Japan. The instrument, named MuSCAT, has a capability of 3-color simultaneous imaging in optical wavelength where CCDs are sensitive. MuSCAT is equipped with three 1024x1024 pixel CCDs, which can be controlled independently. The three CCDs detect lights in $g'_2$ (400--550 nm), $r'_2$ (550--700 nm), and $z_{s,2}$ (820--920 nm) bands using Astrodon Photometrics Generation 2 Sloan filters. The field of view of MuSCAT is 6.1x6.1 arcmin$^2$ with the pixel scale of 0.358 arcsec per pixel. The principal purpose of MuSCAT is to perform high precision multi-color transit photometry. For the purpose, MuSCAT has a capability of self autoguiding which enables to fix positions of stellar images within ~1 pix. We demonstrate relative photometric precisions of 0.101%, 0.074%, and 0.076% in $g'_2$, $r'_2$, and $z_{s,2}$ bands, respectively, for GJ436 (magnitudes in $g'$=11.81, $r'$=10.08, and $z'$=8.6...

  15. Expanded palette of Nano-lanterns for real-time multicolor luminescence imaging

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    Takai, Akira; Nakano, Masahiro; Saito, Kenta; Haruno, Remi; Watanabe, Tomonobu M.; Ohyanagi, Tatsuya; Jin, Takashi; Okada, Yasushi; Nagai, Takeharu

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescence live imaging has become an essential methodology in modern cell biology. However, fluorescence requires excitation light, which can sometimes cause potential problems, such as autofluorescence, phototoxicity, and photobleaching. Furthermore, combined with recent optogenetic tools, the light illumination can trigger their unintended activation. Because luminescence imaging does not require excitation light, it is a good candidate as an alternative imaging modality to circumvent these problems. The application of luminescence imaging, however, has been limited by the two drawbacks of existing luminescent protein probes, such as luciferases: namely, low brightness and poor color variants. Here, we report the development of bright cyan and orange luminescent proteins by extending our previous development of the bright yellowish-green luminescent protein Nano-lantern. The color change and the enhancement of brightness were both achieved by bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) from enhanced Renilla luciferase to a fluorescent protein. The brightness of these cyan and orange Nano-lanterns was ∼20 times brighter than wild-type Renilla luciferase, which allowed us to perform multicolor live imaging of intracellular submicron structures. The rapid dynamics of endosomes and peroxisomes were visualized at around 1-s temporal resolution, and the slow dynamics of focal adhesions were continuously imaged for longer than a few hours without photobleaching or photodamage. In addition, we extended the application of these multicolor Nano-lanterns to simultaneous monitoring of multiple gene expression or Ca2+ dynamics in different cellular compartments in a single cell. PMID:25831507

  16. Self-Assembled Polyelectrolyte Nanoparticles as Fluorophore-Free Contrast Agents for Multicolor Optical Imaging

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we describe the fabrication of self-assembled polyelectrolyte nanoparticles that provide a multicolor optical imaging modality. Poly(γ-glutamic acid(γ-PGA formed self-assembled nanoparticles through electrostatic interactions with two different cationic polymers: poly(L-lysine(PLL and chitosan. The self-assembled γ-PGA/PLL and γ-PGA/chitosan nanoparticles were crosslinked by glutaraldehyde. Crosslinking of the ionic self-assembled nanoparticles with glutaraldehyde not only stabilized the nanoparticles but also generated a strong autofluorescence signal. Fluorescent Schiff base bonds (C=N and double bonds (C=C were generated simultaneously by crosslinking of the amine moiety of the cationic polyelectrolytes with monomeric glutaraldehyde or with polymeric glutaraldehyde. The unique optical properties of the nanoparticles that resulted from the crosslinking by glutaraldehyde were analyzed using UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy. We observed that the fluorescence intensity of the nanoparticles could be regulated by adjusting the crosslinker concentration and the reaction time. The nanoparticles also exhibited high performance in the labeling and monitoring of therapeutic immune cells (macrophages and dendritic cells. These self-assembled nanoparticles are expected to be a promising multicolor optical imaging contrast agent for the labeling, detection, and monitoring of cells.

  17. As clear as mud: Turbidity induces behavioral changes in the African cichlid Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor

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    Suzanne M. GRAY, Laura H. McDONNELL, Fabio G. CINQUEMANI,Lauren J. CHAPMAN

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Aquatic biodiversity is being lost at an unprecedented rate. One factor driving this loss is increased turbidity, an environmental stressor that can impose behavioral, morphological, and/or physiological costs on fishes. Here we describe the behavioral response of a widespread African cichlid, Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae, to turbidity. We used a split-brood rearing design to test if F1 offspring reared in turbid water, originating from river (turbid and swamp (clear populations, behave differently than full-sibs reared in clear water. We examined two facets of behavior: (1 behaviors of fish in full sib groups, including activity level and social dynamics collected during the rearing period; and (2 male aggressive behavior directed at potential male competitors after fish had reached maturity; this was done in an experimental set-up independent of the rearing aquaria. Regardless of population of origin, fish reared in turbid water were marginally less active and performed fewer social behaviors than those reared in clear water. On the other hand, when tested against a competitor in turbid water, males performed more aggressive behaviors, regardless of population of origin or rearing environment. Our results suggest a plastic behavioral response to turbidity that may allow P. multicolor to persist over a range of turbidity levels in nature by decreasing activity and general social behaviors and intensifying reproductive behaviors to ensure reproductive success [Current Zoology 58 (1: 146–157, 2012].

  18. The Gaussian approximation for multi-color generalized Friedman’s urn model

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    The generalized Friedman’s urn model is a popular urn model which is widely used in many disciplines.In particular,it is extensively used in treatment allocation schemes in clinical trials.In this paper,we show that both the urn composition process and the allocation proportion process can be approximated by a multi-dimensional Gaussian process almost surely for a multi-color generalized Friedman’s urn model with both homogeneous and non-homogeneous generating matrices.The Gaussian process is a solution of a stochastic differential equation.This Gaussian approximation is important for the understanding of the behavior of the urn process and is also useful for statistical inferences.As an application,we obtain the asymptotic properties including the asymptotic normality and the law of the iterated logarithm for a multi-color generalized Friedman’s urn model as well as the randomized-play-the-winner rule as a special case.

  19. Optimization of multi-color laser waveform for high-order harmonic generation

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    Jin, Cheng; Lin, C. D.

    2016-09-01

    With the development of laser technologies, multi-color light-field synthesis with complete amplitude and phase control would make it possible to generate arbitrary optical waveforms. A practical optimization algorithm is needed to generate such a waveform in order to control strong-field processes. We review some recent theoretical works of the optimization of amplitudes and phases of multi-color lasers to modify the single-atom high-order harmonic generation based on genetic algorithm. By choosing different fitness criteria, we demonstrate that: (i) harmonic yields can be enhanced by 10 to 100 times, (ii) harmonic cutoff energy can be substantially extended, (iii) specific harmonic orders can be selectively enhanced, and (iv) single attosecond pulses can be efficiently generated. The possibility of optimizing macroscopic conditions for the improved phase matching and low divergence of high harmonics is also discussed. The waveform control and optimization are expected to be new drivers for the next wave of breakthrough in the strong-field physics in the coming years. Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China (Grant No. 30916011207), Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U. S. Department of Energy (Grant No. DE-FG02-86ER13491), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, USA (Grant No. FA9550-14-1-0255).

  20. Multi-color 2D datamatrix codes with poorly readable colors

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    Arjana Žitnik

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Datamatrix code is a type of 2D codes that can encode much more data on the same or smaller area than the linearbarcodes. This makes 2D codes usable for marking even very small items. 2D codes can be decoded by thereaders in retails but also with the mobile phones equipped with camera and appropriate software. 2D codes canbe depicted in different materials or printed on different printing substrates. The application area of the codes isbroad, from magazines and newspapers to posters and packaging. Successful reading of 2D codes is possible ifthe code is printed in appropriate contrast between the printing ink and substrate, like black ink printed on whitematt paper. Problems can occur if the code is printed in colors. The readability of 2D Datamatrix codes printed incyan, magenta, yellow and black was studied. Yellow is proved to be poorly readable. In addition, the bi-coloredand multi-colored 2D Datamatrix codes were studied. When four colors are used in creation of the 2D Datamatrixcode, poorly readable elements, yellow codewords, may cause the reading failure. 2D Datamatix codes are capableto ensure good readability even if they contain a defined number of poorly readable codewords due to the Reed –Solomon error-correction system. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of using yellow printed, poorlyreadable, codewords in the multi-colored 2D Datamatrix code on the code readability.

  1. Experimental verification of the imposing principle for maximum permissible levels of multicolor laser radiation

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    Ivashin V.A.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Aims. The study presents the results of experimental research to verify the principle overlay for maximum permissible levels (MPL of multicolor laser radiation single exposure on eyes. This principle of the independence of the effects of radiation with each wavelength (the imposing principle, was founded and generalized to a wide range of exposure conditions. Experimental verification of this approach in relation to the impact of laser radiation on tissue fundus of an eye, as shows the analysis of the literature was not carried out. Material and methods. Was used in the experimental laser generating radiation with wavelengths: Л1 =0,532 microns, A2=0,556to 0,562 microns and A3=0,619to 0,621 urn. Experiments were carried out on eyes of rabbits with evenly pigmented eye bottom. Results. At comparison of results of processing of the experimental data with the calculated data it is shown that these levels are close by their parameters. Conclusions. For the first time in the Russian Federation had been performed experimental studies on the validity of multi-colored laser radiation on the organ of vision. In view of the objective coincidence of the experimental data with the calculated data, we can conclude that the mathematical formulas work.

  2. Molecular cytogenetic analysis of human blastocysts andcytotrophoblasts by multi-color FISH and Spectra Imaging analyses

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    Weier, Jingly F.; Ferlatte, Christy; Baumgartner, Adolf; Jung,Christine J.; Nguyen, Ha-Nam; Chu, Lisa W.; Pedersen, Roger A.; Fisher,Susan J.; Weier, Heinz-Ulrich G.

    2006-02-08

    Numerical chromosome aberrations in gametes typically lead to failed fertilization, spontaneous abortion or a chromosomally abnormal fetus. By means of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), we now can screen human embryos in vitro for aneuploidy before transferring the embryos to the uterus. PGD allows us to select unaffected embryos for transfer and increases the implantation rate in in vitro fertilization programs. Molecular cytogenetic analyses using multi-color fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) of blastomeres have become the major tool for preimplantation genetic screening of aneuploidy. However, current FISH technology can test for only a small number of chromosome abnormalities and hitherto failed to increase the pregnancy rates as expected. We are in the process of developing technologies to score all 24 chromosomes in single cells within a 3 day time limit, which we believe is vital to the clinical setting. Also, human placental cytotrophoblasts (CTBs) at the fetal-maternal interface acquire aneuploidies as they differentiate to an invasive phenotype. About 20-50% of invasive CTB cells from uncomplicated pregnancies were found aneuploidy, suggesting that the acquisition of aneuploidy is an important component of normal placentation, perhaps limiting the proliferative and invasive potential of CTBs. Since most invasive CTBs are interphase cells and possess extreme heterogeneity, we applied multi-color FISH and repeated hybridizations to investigate individual CTBs. In summary, this study demonstrates the strength of Spectral Imaging analysis and repeated hybridizations, which provides a basis for full karyotype analysis of single interphase cells.

  3. As clear as mud: Turbidity induces behavioral changes in the African cichlid Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor

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    Suzanne M. GRAY; Laura H. McDONNELL; Fabio G. CINQUEMANI; Lauren J. CHAPMAN

    2012-01-01

    Aquatic biodiversity is being lost at an unprecedented rate.One factor driving this loss is increased turbidity,an environmental stressor that can impose behavioral,morphological,and/or physiological costs on fishes.Here we describe the behavioral response of a widespread African cichlid,Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae,to turbidity.We used a split-brood rearing design to test if F1 offspring reared in turbid water,originating from river (turbid) and swamp (clear) populations,behave differently than full-sibs reared in clear water.We examined two facets of behavior:(1) behaviors of fish in full sib groups,including activity level and social dynamics collected during the rearing period; and (2) male aggressive behavior directed at potential male competitors after fish had reached maturity; this was done in an experimental set-up independent of the rearing aquaria.Regardless of population of origin,fish reared in turbid water were marginally less active and performed fewer social behaviors than those reared in clear water.On the other hand,when tested against a competitor in turbid water,males performed more aggressive behaviors,regardless of population of origin or rearing environment.Our results suggest a plastic behavioral response to turbidity that may allow P multicolor to persist over a range of turbidity levels in nature by decreasing activity and general social behaviors and intensifying reproductive behaviors to ensure reproductive success [ Current Zoology 58 (1):146-157,2012].

  4. Dye-Sensitized Core/Active Shell Upconversion Nanoparticles for Optogenetics and Bioimaging Applications

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    Wu, Xiang; Zhang, Yuanwei; Takle, Kendra; Bilsel, Osman; Li, Zhanjun; Lee, Hyungseok; Zhang, Zijiao; Li, Dongsheng; Fan, Wei; Duan, Chunying; Chan, Emory M.; Lois, Carlos; Xiang, Yang; Han, Gang

    2016-01-26

    Near Infrared (NIR) dye-sensitized upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) have recently been proposed in order to broaden the absorption range and to boost upconversion efficiency. However, implementing this strategy has been limited only to bare core UCNP structures that are faintly luminescent. Herein, we report on an approach to achieve significantly enhanced upconversion luminescence in dye-sensitized core-active shell UCNPs with a broadened absorption range via the doping of ytterbium ions in the UCNP shell in order to bridge the energy transfer from the dye to the UCNP core. As a result, we have been able to synergize the two most practical upconversion booster effectors (dye-sensitizing and core/shell enhancement). The absolute quantum yield of our dye-sensitized core/active shell UCNPs at 800 nm was determined to be ~6% at 2 W/cm2, about 33 times larger than the highest value reported to date for existing 800 nm excitable UCNPs. Moreover, for the first time, by using dye-sensitized core/active shell UCNP embedded poly(methyl methacrylate) polymer implantable systems, we successfully shifted the optogenetic neuron excitation window to a wavelength that is compatible with deep tissue penetrable near the infrared wavelength at 800 nm. Finally, amphiphilic triblock copolymer, Pluronic F127 coatings permit the transfer of hydrophobic UCNPs into water, resulting in water-soluble nanoparticles with well-preserved optical property in aqueous solution. We believe that this research offers a new solution to enhance upconversion efficiency for photonic and biophotonic purposes and opens up new opportunities to use UCNPs as a NIR relay for optogenetic applications.

  5. Predicting Visibility of Aircraft

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    Watson, Andrew; Ramirez, Cesar V.; Salud, Ellen

    2009-01-01

    Visual detection of aircraft by human observers is an important element of aviation safety. To assess and ensure safety, it would be useful to be able to be able to predict the visibility, to a human observer, of an aircraft of specified size, shape, distance, and coloration. Examples include assuring safe separation among aircraft and between aircraft and unmanned vehicles, design of airport control towers, and efforts to enhance or suppress the visibility of military and rescue vehicles. We have recently developed a simple metric of pattern visibility, the Spatial Standard Observer (SSO). In this report we examine whether the SSO can predict visibility of simulated aircraft images. We constructed a set of aircraft images from three-dimensional computer graphic models, and measured the luminance contrast threshold for each image from three human observers. The data were well predicted by the SSO. Finally, we show how to use the SSO to predict visibility range for aircraft of arbitrary size, shape, distance, and coloration. PMID:19462007

  6. Measuring visibility using smartphones

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    Friesen, Jan; Bialon, Raphael; Claßen, Christoph; Graffi, Kalman

    2017-04-01

    Spatial information on fog density is an important parameter for ecohydrological studies in cloud forests. The Dhofar cloud forest in Southern Oman exhibits a close interaction between the fog, trees, and rainfall. During the three month monsoon season the trees capture substantial amounts of horizontal precipitation from fog which increases net precipitation below the tree canopy. As fog density measurements are scarce, a smartphone app was designed to measure visibility. Different smartphone units use a variety of different parts. It is therefore important to assess the developed visibility measurement across a suite of different smartphones. In this study we tested five smartphones/ tablets (Google/ LG Nexus 5X, Huawei P8 lite, Huawei Y3, HTC Nexus 9, and Samsung Galaxy S4 mini) against digital camera (Sony DLSR-A900) and visual visibility observations. Visibility was assessed from photos using image entropy, from the number of visible targets, and from WiFi signal strength using RSSI. Results show clear relationships between object distance and fog density, yet a considerable spread across the different smartphone/ tablet units is evident.

  7. Upconversion Luminescence of SrTiO3:Er3+ Ultrafine Powders Produced by 785 nm Laser

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    Hai Guo; Yan-min Qiao; Ju-fang Zheng; Lei-hong Zhao

    2008-01-01

    Er3+ doped SrTiO3 ultrafine powders were prepared by solid state reaction in a molten NaCl flux. The structural properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The Stokes emission spectra of Er3+ in SrTiO3:Er3+ ranging from green to near infrared region were investigated under 514.5 nm laser excitation. The green and red upconverted luminescence spectra of Er3+ were measured under excitation into the 4I9/2 level by 785 nm laser. The upconversion mechanisms were studied in detail through laser power dependence and Er3+ ion concentration dependence of upconverted emissions, and results show that excited state absorption and energy transfer process are the possible mechanisms for the upconversion. The upconversion properties indicate that SrTiO3:Er3+ may be used in upconversion phosphors.

  8. Multicolor in situ hybridization and linkage analysis order Charcot-Marie-Tooth type I (CMTIA) gene-region markers

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    Lebo, R.V.; Lynch, E.D.; Golbus, M.S. (Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)); Bird, T.D. (Univ. of Washington, Seattle (United States)); Barker, D.F.; O' Connell, P.; Chance, P.F. (Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City (United States))

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    This study demonstrates a clear and current role for multicolor in situ hybridization in expediting positional cloning studies of unknown disease genes. Nine polymorphic DNA cosmids have been mapped to eight ordered locations spanning the Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 1 (CMT1A) disease gene region in distal band 17p11.2, by multicolor in situ hybridization. When used with linkage analysis, these methods have generated a fine physical map and have firmly assigned the CMT1A gene to distal band 17p11.2. Linkage analysis with four CMT1A pedigrees mapped the CMT1A gene with respect to two flanking markers. Additional loci were physically mapped and ordered by in situ hybridization and analysis of phase-known recombinants in CMT1A pedigrees. These data demonstrate the ability of in situ hybridization to resolve loci within 0.5 Mb on early-metaphase chromosomes. Multicolor in situ hybridization also excluded the possibility of pericentric inversions in two unrelated patients with CMT1 and neurofibromatosis type 1. When used with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, multicolor in situ hybridization can establish physical location, order, and distance in closely spaced chromosome loci.

  9. Green Printing: Colorimetric and Densitometric Analysis of Solvent-Based and Vegetable Oil-Based Inks of Multicolor Offset Printing

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    Dharavath, H. Naik; Hahn, Kim

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the differences in the measurable print attributes (Print Contrast and Dot Gain) and color gamut of solvent-based (SB) inks vs. vegetable oil-based (VO) inks of multicolor offset printing. The literature review revealed a lack of published research on this subject. VO inks tend to perform (color…

  10. Truly Fluorescent Excitation-Dependent Carbon Dots and Their Applications in Multicolor Cellular Imaging and Multidimensional Sensing.

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    Pan, Lulu; Sun, Shan; Zhang, Aidi; Jiang, Kai; Zhang, Ling; Dong, Chaoqing; Huang, Qing; Wu, Aiguo; Lin, Hengwei

    2015-12-16

    Truly fluorescent excitation-dependent carbon dots are prepared, and the relationship between their chemical composition and fluorescent emission is discussed. Furthermore, potential applications of the as-prepared carbon dots to multicolor bio-labeling and multidimodal sensing are demonstrated.

  11. Up-conversion luminescence in Yb(3+)-Er(3+)/Tm(3+) co-doped Al2O3-TiO2 nano-composites.

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    Mokoena, Teboho Patrick; Linganiso, Ella Cebisa; Kumar, Vinod; Swart, Hendrik C; Cho, So-Hye; Ntwaeaborwa, Odireleng Martin

    2017-06-15

    The sol gel method was used to prepare rare-earths (Yb(3+)-Er(3+) and Yb(3+)-Tm(3+)) co-doped Al2O3-TiO2 nano-composite powder phosphors and their up-conversion luminescence properties were investigated. Mixed oxides of titania (TiO2) rutile phase and an early stage crystallization of alumina (Al2O3) phase were confirmed from the X-ray diffraction data with the average crystallite size of ∼36nm. The rutile phase TiO2 was further confirmed by selected area diffraction analysis of the composites. Microscopy analysis showed interesting rod-like morphologies with rough surfaces indicating that a spherulitic growth process took place during the crystal growth. Photoluminescence characterization of the phosphors was carried out under near infra-red excitation at 980nm and the prominent emission bands were observed in the visible region at 523, 548 and 658nm for the Yb(3+)-Er(3+) co-doped systems. Emission in bands extending from the visible to near infra-red regions were observed at 480, 650, 693 and 800nm for the Yb(3+)-Tm(3+) co-doped systems. These upconverted emissions and energy transfer mechanisms taking place are discussed in detail.

  12. UVISS preliminary visibility analysis

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    Betto, Maurizio

    1998-01-01

    The goal of this work is to obtain a preliminary assessment of the sky visibility for anastronomical telescope located on the express pallet of the International SpaceStation (ISS)} taking into account the major constraints imposed on the instrument by the ISSattitude and structure. Part of the w......The goal of this work is to obtain a preliminary assessment of the sky visibility for anastronomical telescope located on the express pallet of the International SpaceStation (ISS)} taking into account the major constraints imposed on the instrument by the ISSattitude and structure. Part...

  13. Visible Epiglottis in Children

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    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT% Visible epiglottis is a rare anatomical variant which is usually asymptomatic without the need of any medical or surgical intervention. It is most commonly seen in children but there are some reports of its prevalence in adults too. Cases of visible epiglottis seem to be unfamiliar among dental professionals. In this report, we have attempted to present this anatomical variant of epiglottis in the feld of dentistry by describing a case of an 8-year-old girl who presented to the depa...

  14. Upconversion luminescence of lanthanide-doped mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 micro-/nano-materials.

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    Liu, Jing; Kaczmarek, Anna M; Billet, Jonas; Van Driessche, Isabel; Van Deun, Rik

    2016-08-14

    Uniform mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 micro-/nano-materials have been successfully synthesised by a facile hydrothermal method. The morphology of these upconversion materials could be changed to different shapes and the size could also be decreased from the micro- to nano-scale by varying the type of surfactant used. It was observed that before heat treatment, the materials show relatively weak green light emission under excitation at 975 nm, whereas after heat treatment, the intensity of the upconversion luminescence increases dramatically while the intensity of the red component decreases relatively. By adjusting the molybdate/tungstate ratio, it was found that the samples with a higher molybdate content have stronger luminescence properties. XRD measurements have been done to investigate the structure of the mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 upconversion materials. The effect of heat treatment at different temperatures on the emission spectra and XRD patterns has also been studied. TG-DTA was used to further confirm the most suitable temperature for heat treatment. The luminescence lifetimes and CIE coordinates for these samples were also determined. Additionally it was found that Gd(3+) co-doping could further increase the upconversion luminescence from these mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 materials. Finally, monitoring the upconversion luminescence intensity as a function of laser pump power confirmed the upconversion process to be a two-photon absorption mechanism.

  15. Upconversion NaYF4 Nanoparticles for Size Dependent Cell Imaging and Concentration Dependent Detection of Rhodamine B

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    Shigang Hu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs based on NaYF4 nanocrystals with strong upconversion luminescence are synthesized by the solvothermal method. The emission color of these NaYF4 upconversion nanoparticles can be easily modulated by the doping. These NaYF4 upconversion nanocrystals can be employed as fluorescence donors to pump fluorescent organic molecules. For example, the efficient luminescence resonant energy transfer (LRET can be achieved by controlling the distance between NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+ UCNPs and Rhodamine B (RB. NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+ UCNPs can emit green light at the wavelength of ~540 nm while RB can efficiently absorb the green light of ~540 nm to emit red light of 610 nm. The LRET efficiency is highly dependent on the concentration of NaYF4 upconversion fluorescent donors. For the fixed concentration of 3.2 µg/mL RB, the optimal concentration of NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+ UCNPs is equal to 4 mg/mL which generates the highest LRET signal ratio. In addition, it is addressed that the upconversion nanoparticles with diameter of 200 nm are suitable for imaging the cells larger than 10 µm with clear differentiation between cell walls and cytoplasm.

  16. New Sr{sub 1−x−z}R{sub x}(NH{sub 4}){sub z}F{sub 2+x−z} (R = Yb, Er) solid solution as precursor for high efficiency up-conversion luminophor and optical ceramics on the base of strontium fluoride

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    Rozhnova, Yu. A. [N.E. Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow (Russian Federation); A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, RAS, Moscow (Russian Federation); Kuznetsov, S.V. [A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, RAS, Moscow (Russian Federation); Luginina, A.A. [All-Russian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (VINITI), Moscow (Russian Federation); Voronov, V.V.; Ryabova, A.V.; Pominova, D.V.; Ermakov, R.P. [A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, RAS, Moscow (Russian Federation); Usachev, V.A.; Kononenko, N.E. [N.E. Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow (Russian Federation); Baranchikov, A.E.; Ivanov, V.K. [N.S. Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, RAS, Moscow (Russian Federation); Fedorov, P.P., E-mail: ppfedorov@yandex.ru [A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, RAS, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we describe the use of self-fluorinating conditions for the thermal treatment of Sr{sub 1−x−y−z}Yb{sub x}Er{sub y}(NH{sub 4}){sub z}F{sub 2+x+y−z} precursor for the preparation of high-efficiency SrF{sub 2}:Yb:Er up-converter powders. We report actual SrF{sub 2}:Yb:Er compositions with up-conversion efficiencies exceeding 4% (pumping power 1 W/cm{sup 2} at 974 nm wavelength) and describe the synthesis of ceramics with higher than 80% transmittance at 0.42–7.0 μm. The latter ceramics can be used as a potential IR radiation visualizer. For the first time, we present an analysis of correlation between up-conversion luminescence energy yield and specimen composition for SrF{sub 2}:Yb:Er nanopowders. Taking into account the observed erbium ion up-conversion luminescence in the red part of the visible spectrum, we recommend certain SrF{sub 2}:Yb:Er compositions for practical application in photodynamic cancer therapy. - Highlights: • SrF{sub 2}:Yb/Er luminophor nanopowders were precipitated from aqueous solutions. • Precipitation of Sr{sub 1−x−y−z}Yb{sub x}Er{sub y}(NH{sub 4}){sub z}F{sub 2+x+y−z} solid solution has been proved. • Up-conversion luminescence energy yield luminophors of more than 4% were obtained. • Optical ceramics with 80% transmittance in 0.42–7.0 μm range was synthesized.

  17. Portable sequential multicolor thermal imager based on a MCT 384 x 288 focal plane array

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    Breiter, Rainer; Cabanski, Wolfgang A.; Mauk, Karl-Heinz; Rode, Werner; Ziegler, Johann

    2001-10-01

    AIM has developed a sequential multicolor thermal imager to provide customers with a test system to realize real-time spectral selective thermal imaging. In contrast to existing PC based laboratory units, the system is miniaturized with integrated signal processing like non-uniformity correction and post processing functions such as image subtraction of different colors to allow field tests in military applications like detection of missile plumes or camouflaged targets as well as commercial applications like detection of chemical agents, pollution control, etc. The detection module used is a 384 X 288 mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) focal plane array (FPA) available in the mid wave (MWIR) or long wave spectral band LWIR). A compact command and control electronics (CCE) provides clock and voltage supply for the detector as well as 14 bit deep digital conversion of the analog detector output. A continuous rotating wheel with four facets for filters provides spectral selectivity. The customer can choose between various types of filter characteristics, e.g. a 4.2 micrometer bandpass filter for CO2 detection in the MWIR band. The rotating wheel can be synchronized to an external source giving the rotation speed, typical 25 l/s. A position sensor generates the four frame start signals for synchronous operation of the detector -- 100 Hz framerate for the four frames per rotation. The rotating wheel is exchangeable for different configurations and also plates for a microscanner operation to improve geometrical resolution are available instead of a multicolor operation. AIM's programmable MVIP image processing unit is used for signal processing like non- uniformity correction and controlling the detector parameters. The MVIP allows to output the four subsequent images as four quarters of the video screen to prior to any observation task set the integration time for each color individually for comparable performance in each spectral color and after that also to determine

  18. Visible Solid State Lasers

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    Hikmet, R.A.M.

    2007-01-01

    Diode lasers can be found in various applications most notably in optical communication and optical storage. Visible lasers were until recently were all based on IR diode lasers. Using GaN, directly blue and violet emitting lasers have also been introduced to the market mainly in the area of optical

  19. Making Invisible Forces Visible

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    Ratner, Helene; Pors, Justine Grønbæk

    2013-01-01

    This paper investigates managerial tactics of visualisation when a need to know and manage employees' values and attitudes is expressed. Using the Danish public school as a case study, we explore how school managers use teachers' emotions to render visible presumably invisible information about...

  20. Visible Human Project

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    ... Library of Medicine thanks the men and the women who will their body to science, thereby enabling medical research and development. Further Information General Information A description of The Visible Human Project ® image data and how to obtain it (includes license ...

  1. Making Invisible Forces Visible

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    Ratner, Helene Gad

    2013-01-01

    their 'true' attitudes and values. The paper draws on theories of affect as well as actor-network theory to analyse three incidents where managers turn their interpretations of teachers' emotions into such information. These incidents suggest that the efforts to render employees' attitudes and values visible...

  2. Visible Solid State Lasers

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    Hikmet, R.A.M.

    2007-01-01

    Diode lasers can be found in various applications most notably in optical communication and optical storage. Visible lasers were until recently were all based on IR diode lasers. Using GaN, directly blue and violet emitting lasers have also been introduced to the market mainly in the area of optical

  3. The visibility complex

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    Pocchiola, M; Vegter, G

    1996-01-01

    We introduce the visibility complex (rr 2-dimensional regular cell complex) of a collection of n pairwise disjoint convex obstacles in the plane. It can be considered as a subdivision of the set of free rays (i.e., rays whose origins lie in free space, the complement of the obstacles). Its cells cor

  4. UVISS preliminary visibility analysis

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    Betto, Maurizio

    1998-01-01

    The goal of this work is to obtain a preliminary assessment of the sky visibility for anastronomical telescope located on the express pallet of the International SpaceStation (ISS)} taking into account the major constraints imposed on the instrument by the ISSattitude and structure. Part...

  5. Aminosilane Functionalization and Cytotoxicity Effects of Upconversion Nanoparticles YO and GdO Co-Doped with Yband Er

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    Dalia Holanda Chavez

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, luminescent upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs Y 2 O 3 and Gd 2 O 3 co-doped with Yb 3+ and Er 3+ were prepared by the sol-gel method (SG. These NPs are able to absorb near infrared photons and upconvert them into visible radiation with a direct application in bioimaging, as an important tool to diagnose and visualize cancer cells. The UCNPs were coated with a thin silica shell and functionalized with amino groups for further folic acid conjugation to allow their interaction with folate ligands on the cell surface. Their physical properties were analysed by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and photoluminescence (PL measurements. The PL results revealed excellent luminescence properties on all core-shell UCNPs. Cytotoxicity experiments with concentrations of bare and aminosilane coated/functionalized UCNPs between 0.001 μg/mL to 1 μg/mL were tested on two different cell lines from human cervix carcinoma (HeLa and human colorectal adenocarcinoma (DLD-1 with a colorimetric assay based on the reduction of MTT reagent (methy-134-thiazolyltetrazolium. The assays show that some concentrations of bare UCNPs were cytotoxic for cervical adenocarcinoma cells (HeLa; however, for human colorectal adenocarcinoma all UCNPs are non-cytotoxic. After UCNPs functionalization with silica-aminosilane (APTES/TEOS, all of the nanoparticles tested were found to be non-cytotoxic for both cell lines. The UCNPs functionalized in this work can be further conjugated with specific ligands and used as biolabels for detection of cancer cells.

  6. Characterizing the adult and larval transcriptome of the multicolored Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis

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    Lindsay A. Havens

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The reasons for the evolution and maintenance of striking visual phenotypes are as widespread as the species that display these phenotypes. While study systems such as Heliconius and Dendrobatidae have been well characterized and provide critical information about the evolution of these traits, a breadth of new study systems, in which the phenotype of interest can be easily manipulated and quantified, are essential for gaining a more general understanding of these specific evolutionary processes. One such model is the multicolored Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis, which displays significant elytral spot and color polymorphism. Using transcriptome data from two life stages, adult and larva, we characterize the transcriptome, thereby laying a foundation for further analysis and identification of the genes responsible for the continual maintenance of spot variation in H. axyridis.

  7. Extension of dynamic range in X-ray radiography using multi-color scintillation detector

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    Nittoh, K; Sakurai, T; Yoshida, T; Mochiki, K I

    2003-01-01

    A new imaging system using the multi-color scintillator Gd sub 2 O sub 2 S:Eu has been developed for the X-ray radiography. In this method a color Charge Coupled Device detects the weak blue and green photons associated with the transitions from the terms like sup 5 D sub 1 and sup 5 D sub 2 in the Eu-ions as well as the dominant red photons. As these transitions become appreciable and saturate at quite different intensity levels of the X-ray, we can realize a big extension of the dynamic range of the imaging almost by hundred times in comparison with the conventional monochromatic method. As a result, the new system makes it possible to take a clear image of any complex object, which consists of various parts of the different X-ray penetrability, from plastic to heavy metal, at a single shot.

  8. Differential Imaging with a Multicolor Detector Assembly: A New ExoPlanet Finder Concept

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    Marois, C; Doyon, R; Lafrenière, D; Nadeau, D

    2004-01-01

    Simultaneous spectral differential imaging is a high contrast technique by which subtraction of simultaneous images reduces noise from atmospheric speckles and optical aberrations. Small non-common wave front errors between channels can seriously degrade its performance. We present a new concept, a multicolor detector assembly (MCDA), which can eliminate this problem. The device consists of an infrared detector and a microlens array onto the flat side of which a checkerboard pattern of narrow-band micro-filters is deposited, each micro-filter coinciding with a microlens. Practical considerations for successful implementation of the technique are mentioned. Numerical simulations predict a noise attenuation of 10^-3 at 0.5" for a 10^5 seconds integration on a mH=5 star of Strehl ratio 0.9 taken with an 8-m telescope. This reaches a contrast of 10^-7 at an angular distance of 0.5" from the center of the star image.

  9. Bright and multicolor luminescent colloidal Si nanocrystals prepared by pulsed laser irradiation in liquid

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    Nakamura, Toshihiro, E-mail: nakamura@el.gunma-u.ac.jp; Watanabe, Kanta; Adachi, Sadao [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan); Yuan, Ze [Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan)

    2016-01-11

    We reported the preparation of bright and multicolor luminescent colloidal Si nanocrystal (Si-nc) by pulsed UV laser irradiation to porous Si (PSi) in an organic solvent. The different-luminescence-color (different-sized) colloidal Si-nc was produced by the pulsed laser-induced fragmentation of different-sized porous nanostructures. The colloidal Si-nc samples were found to have higher photoluminescence quantum efficiencies (20%–23%) than the PSi samples (1%–3%). The brighter emission of the colloidal Si-nc was attributed to an enhanced radiative band-to-band transition rate due to the presence of a surface organic layer formed by UV laser-induced hydrosilylation.

  10. Chromosome distribution in human sperm – a 3D multicolor banding-study

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    Mrasek Kristin

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Nuclear architecture studies in human sperm are sparse. By now performed ones were practically all done on flattened nuclei. Thus, studies close at the in vivo state of sperm, i.e. on three-dimensionally conserved interphase cells, are lacking by now. Only the position of 14 chromosomes in human sperm was studied. Results Here for the first time a combination of multicolor banding (MCB and three-dimensional analysis of interphase cells was used to characterize the position and orientation of all human chromosomes in sperm cells of a healthy donor. The interphase nuclei of human sperm are organized in a non-random way, driven by the gene density and chromosome size. Conclusion Here we present the first comprehensive results on the nuclear architecture of normal human sperm. Future studies in this tissue type, e.g. also in male patients with unexplained fertility problems, may characterize yet unknown mechanisms of infertility.

  11. Multicolor FISH analysis of rDNA and telomere on spinach

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    Tianying LAN; Bo LIU; Fengping DONG; Ruiyang CHEN; Xiulan LI; Chengbin CHEN

    2008-01-01

    In this study,multicolor fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis on metaphase chromosomes of spinach with biotin-labeled 25S rDNA,DIG-labeled telomere sequences and biotin-labeled and DIG-labeled 5S rDNA was performed.There were six 25S rDNA loci located on the satellites of the third,the fifth and the sixth chromosomes,and four 5S rDNA loci located on the long arms of the third and the fifth chromosomes.The telomere loci were located on the end of the sixth chromosome and also on both the end and centromeric regions of other chromosomes.This study is an important complement to both traditional karyotype analysis and FISH karyotype analysis in spinach.

  12. Squamous-cell Carcinoma Arises in Red Parts of Multicolored Tattoo within Months

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    Felix Julian Paprottka, MD

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Summary: Skin cancer formation is on the rise. Only a few case reports, which focus on skin cancer being caused by tattoos, have been published so far. Our aim is to determine whether skin cancer occurrence can be triggered by tattoos. In our presented case, a squamous-cell carcinoma developed inside of the red areas of a multicolored tattoo within months. Furthermore, surgical removal of the cancerously mutated skin area without mutilating the design of the tattoo was challenging. Due to widespread skin alterations in other red areas of the tattoo, those affected skin regions were surgically removed and split-skin grafting was performed. After 1-year follow-up period, the patient has been tumor free. Squamous-cell carcinoma is an unusual reaction that can occur in tattoos. Nevertheless, this skin cancer should be included in the list of cutaneous complications related to tattooing.

  13. Multicolor Fluorescence Imaging as a Candidate for Disease Detection in Plant Phenotyping

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    Pérez-Bueno, María L.; Pineda, Mónica; Cabeza, Francisco M.; Barón, Matilde

    2016-01-01

    The negative impact of conventional farming on environment and human health make improvements on farming management mandatory. Imaging techniques are implemented in remote sensing for monitoring crop fields and plant phenotyping programs. The increasingly large size and complexity of the data obtained by these techniques, makes the implementation of powerful mathematical tools necessary in order to identify informative parameters and to apply them in precision agriculture. Multicolor fluorescence imaging is a useful approach for the study of plant defense responses to stress factors at bench scale. However, it has not been fully applied to plant phenotyping. This work evaluates the possible application of multicolor fluorescence imaging in combination with thermography for the particular case of zucchini plants affected by soft-rot, caused by Dickeya dadantii. Several statistical models -based on logistic regression analysis (LRA) and artificial neural networks (ANN)- were obtained for the experimental system zucchini-D. dadantii, which classify new samples as “healthy” or “infected.” The LRA worked best in identifying high dose-infiltrated leaves (in infiltrated and non-infiltrated areas) whereas ANN offered a higher accuracy at identifying low dose-infiltrated areas. To assess the applicability of these results to cucurbits in a more general way, these models were validated for melon infected by the same pathogen, achieving accurate predictions for the infiltrated areas. The values of accuracy achieved are comparable to those found in the literature for classifiers identifying other infections based on data obtained by different techniques. Thus, MCFI in combination with thermography prove useful at providing data at lab scale that can be analyzed by machine learning. This approach could be scaled up to be applied in plant phenotyping. PMID:27994607

  14. Versatile single-molecule multi-color excitation and detection fluorescence setup for studying biomolecular dynamics

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    Sobhy, M. A.

    2011-11-07

    Single-molecule fluorescence imaging is at the forefront of tools applied to study biomolecular dynamics both in vitro and in vivo. The ability of the single-molecule fluorescence microscope to conduct simultaneous multi-color excitation and detection is a key experimental feature that is under continuous development. In this paper, we describe in detail the design and the construction of a sophisticated and versatile multi-color excitation and emission fluorescence instrument for studying biomolecular dynamics at the single-molecule level. The setup is novel, economical and compact, where two inverted microscopes share a laser combiner module with six individual laser sources that extend from 400 to 640 nm. Nonetheless, each microscope can independently and in a flexible manner select the combinations, sequences, and intensities of the excitation wavelengths. This high flexibility is achieved by the replacement of conventional mechanical shutters with acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF). The use of AOTF provides major advancement by controlling the intensities, duration, and selection of up to eight different wavelengths with microsecond alternation time in a transparent and easy manner for the end user. To our knowledge this is the first time AOTF is applied to wide-field total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy even though it has been commonly used in multi-wavelength confocal microscopy. The laser outputs from the combiner module are coupled to the microscopes by two sets of four single-mode optic fibers in order to allow for the optimization of the TIRF angle for each wavelength independently. The emission is split into two or four spectral channels to allow for the simultaneous detection of up to four different fluorophores of wide selection and using many possible excitation and photoactivation schemes. We demonstrate the performance of this new setup by conducting two-color alternating excitation single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy

  15. Multicolor fluorescence imaging as a candidate for disease detection in plant phenotyping

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    María Luisa Pérez-Bueno

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The negative impact of conventional farming on environment and human health make improvements on farming management mandatory. Imaging techniques are implemented in remote sensing for monitoring crop fields and plant phenotyping programs. The increasingly large size and complexity of the data obtained by these techniques, makes the implementation of powerful mathematical tools necessary in order to identify informative parameters and to apply them in precision agriculture.Multicolor fluorescence imaging is a useful approach for the study of plant defense responses to stress factors at bench scale. However, it has not been fully applied to plant phenotyping. This work evaluates the possible application of multicolor fluorescence imaging in combination with thermography for the particular case of zucchini plants affected by soft rot, caused by Dickeya dadantii. Several statistical models -based on logistic regression analysis (LRA and artificial neural networks (ANN- were obtained for the experimental system zucchini-D. dadantii, which classify new samples as healthy or infected. The LRA worked best in identifying high dose-infiltrated leaves (in infiltrated and non-infiltrated areas whereas ANN offered a higher accuracy at identifying low dose-infiltrated areas. To assess the applicability of these results to cucurbits in a more general way, these models were validated for melon infected by the same pathogen, achieving accurate predictions for the infiltrated areas. The values of accuracy achieved are comparable to those found in the literature for classifiers identifying other infections based on data obtained by different techniques. Thus, MCFI in combination with thermography prove useful at providing data at lab scale that can be analyzed by machine learning. This approach could be scaled up to be applied in plant phenotyping.

  16. Making Invisible Forces Visible

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    Ratner, Helene; Pors, Justine Grønbæk

    2013-01-01

    This paper investigates managerial tactics of visualisation when a need to know and manage employees' values and attitudes is expressed. Using the Danish public school as a case study, we explore how school managers use teachers' emotions to render visible presumably invisible information about...... their 'true' attitudes and values. The paper draws on theories of affect as well as actor-network theory to analyse three incidents where managers turn their interpretations of teachers' emotions into such information. These incidents suggest that the efforts to render employees' attitudes and values visible...... install a normative emotional scale where an ideal employee displays emotional investment and self-control. This has implications, not only for employees who are expected to exhibit the 'right' emotions, but also for management, which comes to depend on transient emotions and co-presence in situations...

  17. Visibility graph motifs

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    Iacovacci, Jacopo

    2015-01-01

    Visibility algorithms transform time series into graphs and encode dynamical information in their topology, paving the way for graph-theoretical time series analysis as well as building a bridge between nonlinear dynamics and network science. In this work we introduce and study the concept of visibility graph motifs, smaller substructures that appear with characteristic frequencies. We develop a theory to compute in an exact way the motif profiles associated to general classes of deterministic and stochastic dynamics. We find that this simple property is indeed a highly informative and computationally efficient feature capable to distinguish among different dynamics and robust against noise contamination. We finally confirm that it can be used in practice to perform unsupervised learning, by extracting motif profiles from experimental heart-rate series and being able, accordingly, to disentangle meditative from other relaxation states. Applications of this general theory include the automatic classification a...

  18. Social media visibility

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    Uldam, Julie

    2017-01-01

    of activists remains under-researched. This article examines BP’s surveillance of activists who criticise the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme as ‘greenwashing’. In this way, it goes beyond corporations’ uses of big data and instead explores how they monitor and discuss strategies......As activists move from alternative media platforms to commercial social media platforms, they face increasing challenges in protecting their online security and privacy. While government surveillance of activists is well-documented in scholarly research and the media, corporate surveillance...... for responding to the activities of individual activists in social media. It shows that while social media afford an unprecedented level of visibility for activists, it comes with the risk of being monitored by corporations. Theoretically, it draws on conceptions of visibility in social sciences and media...

  19. Incremental Visualizer for Visible Objects

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    Bukauskas, Linas; Bøhlen, Michael Hanspeter

    This paper discusses the integration of database back-end and visualizer front-end into a one tightly coupled system. The main aim which we achieve is to reduce the data pipeline from database to visualization by using incremental data extraction of visible objects in a fly-through scenarios. We...... also argue that passing only relevant data from the database will substantially reduce the overall load of the visualization system. We propose the system Incremental Visualizer for Visible Objects (IVVO) which considers visible objects and enables incremental visualization along the observer movement...... visibility ranges and show that considering visibility ranges is crucial when considering incremental visible object extraction....

  20. Simultaneous quasi-one-dimensional propagation and tuning of upconversion luminescence through waveguide effect.

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    Gao, Dangli; Tian, Dongping; Zhang, Xiangyu; Gao, Wei

    2016-02-29

    Luminescence-based waveguide is widely investigated as a promising alternative to conquer the difficulties of efficiently coupling light into a waveguide. But applications have been still limited due to employing blue or ultraviolet light as excitation source with the lower penetration depth leading to a weak guided light. Here, we show a quasi-one-dimensional propagation of luminescence and then resulting in a strong luminescence output from the top end of a single NaYF4:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) microtube under near infrared light excitation. The mechanism of upconversion propagation, based on the optical waveguide effect accompanied with energy migration, is proposed. The efficiency of luminescence output is highly dependent on the concentration of dopant ions, excitation power, morphology, and crystallinity of tube as an indirect evidence of the existence of the optical actived waveguide effect. These findings provide the possibility for the construction of upconversion fiber laser.

  1. Tuneable frequency up-conversion based on biased asymmetric coupled quantum well structure

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    Hu Zhenhua [Department of Physics, Science College, Wuhan University of Technology, 430063, Wuhan, Hubei (China); Huang Dexiu, E-mail: hzh267@sohu.com [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 430074, Wuhan, Hubei (China)

    2011-02-01

    The behaviours of the optical nonlinear susceptibility {chi}{sup (3)} responsible for the phase-conjugate beam of frequency conversion in non-degenerate four-wave mixing (NDFWM) are studied for a biased asymmetric coupled quantum well (ACQW) structure. It is shown that the frequency up-conversion peak position determined by {chi}{sup (3)} is very sensitive to the external inverse electric field strength applied among the grown direction of quantum well but its value is insensitive to that. In other words, the frequency up-conversion peak has a large shift but its value maintains a constant when the electric field strength increases in a small bias range. The characteristics of the tuneable-frequency and the power balance of the ACQW structure may provide the high-efficient wavelength conversion in the optical communication system.

  2. Simultaneous quasi-one-dimensional propagation and tuning of upconversion luminescence through waveguide effect

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    Gao, Dangli; Tian, Dongping; Zhang, Xiangyu; Gao, Wei

    2016-02-01

    Luminescence-based waveguide is widely investigated as a promising alternative to conquer the difficulties of efficiently coupling light into a waveguide. But applications have been still limited due to employing blue or ultraviolet light as excitation source with the lower penetration depth leading to a weak guided light. Here, we show a quasi-one-dimensional propagation of luminescence and then resulting in a strong luminescence output from the top end of a single NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+ microtube under near infrared light excitation. The mechanism of upconversion propagation, based on the optical waveguide effect accompanied with energy migration, is proposed. The efficiency of luminescence output is highly dependent on the concentration of dopant ions, excitation power, morphology, and crystallinity of tube as an indirect evidence of the existence of the optical actived waveguide effect. These findings provide the possibility for the construction of upconversion fiber laser.

  3. Multifunctional Nd3+-sensitized upconversion nanomaterials for synchronous tumor diagnosis and treatment

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    Chen, Yinyin; Liu, Bei; Deng, Xiaoran; Huang, Shanshan; Hou, Zhiyao; Li, Chunxia; Lin, Jun

    2015-04-01

    Core-shell structured Nd3+-sensitized NaYF4:Yb/Nd/Er@NaYF4:Nd@mSiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) were designed and synthesized. The NaYF4:Yb/Nd/Er@NaYF4:Nd core imparts the nanomaterials with luminescence properties for upconversion optical imaging under 808 nm laser irradiation, whereas the mesoporous SiO2 shell allows the nanomaterials to be loaded with anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX). In vivo toxicity assessment has confirmed that the NPs have low systematic toxicity in healthy mice. In vivo antitumor activity shows that the nanocomposites exhibit greater antitumor efficacy than pure DOX. As a result, the composite nanomaterials can serve as nanotheranostic materials for synchronous upconversion luminescence imaging under 808 nm laser irradiation, and as anticancer drug delivery vehicles, so as to integrate the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in vivo.

  4. White upconversion luminescence in nanocrystalline (Ho,Tm,Yb):KLu(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphor

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    Barrera, E. William; Pujol, M. Cinta; Carvajal, Joan J.; Mateos, X.; Aguilo, Magdalena; Diaz, Francesc [Fisica i Cristallografia de Materials i Nanomaterials (FiCMA-FiCNA), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Campus Sescelades c/Marcel.li Domingo, s/n, 43007 Tarragona (Spain); Cascales, Concepcion [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Calle Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz,Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2011-09-15

    Highly crystalline codoped Ho{sup 3+},Tm{sup 3+},Yb{sup 3+} KLu(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} monoclinic nanocrystals with the C 2/c space group symmetry were synthesized by the modified Pechini method. Powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, upconversion photoluminescence spectra, and kinetic decay were used to characterize the samples. The nanocrystals belonged to the monoclinic phase, with a crystallite size of 30-70 nm. Under 930 nm laser excitation, red, green and blue upconversion emissions were simultaneously observed, due to the energy transfer from the Yb{sup 3+} {sup 2}F{sub 5/2} excited level. The decay times of the emitting states were studied at room temperature to describe the photoluminescence dynamics. The influence of excitation power and calcination conditions on CIE chromaticity coordinates were evaluated. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Tuning the Upconversion Luminescence Lifetimes of KYb2 F7 :Ho(3+) Nanocrystals for Optical Multiplexing.

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    Ding, Mingye; Chen, Daqin; Ma, Danyang; Liu, Peng; Song, Kaixin; Lu, Hongwei; Ji, Zhenguo

    2015-12-21

    Conventional luminescent color coding is limited by spectral overlap and the interference of background fluorescence, thus restricting the number of distinguishable identities that can be used in practice. Here, we demonstrate the possibility of generating diverse time-domain codes, specially designed for a single emission band, using lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystals. Based on the knowledge of concentration quenching, the upconversion luminescence kinetics of KYb2 F7 : Ho(3+) nanocrystals can be precisely controlled by modifying the dopant concentration of Ho(3+) ions, resulting in a tunable emission lifetime from 75.8 to 1944.5 μs, which suggests the practicality of these time-domain codes for optical multiplexing. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Polyaniline-coated upconversion nanoparticles with upconverting luminescent and photothermal conversion properties for photothermal cancer therapy.

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    Xing, Yadong; Li, Luoyuan; Ai, Xicheng; Fu, Limin

    In this study, we developed a nanosystem based on upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) coated with a layer of polyaniline nanoparticles (PANPs). The UCNP induces upconversion luminescence for imaging and photothermal conversion properties are due to PANPs. In vitro experiments showed that the UCNPs-PANPs were nontoxic to cells even at a high concentration (800 µg mL(-1)). Blood analysis and histological experiments demonstrated that the UCNPs-PANPs exhibited no apparent toxicity in mice in vivo. Besides their efficacy in photothermal cancer cell ablation, the UCNP-PANP nanosystem was found to achieve an effective in vivo tumor ablation effect after irradiation using an 808 nm laser. These results demonstrate the potential of the hybrid nanocomposites for use in imaging-guided photothermal therapy.

  7. Up-Conversion Emission of Er3+ Ions in Yb3+ Sensitized Oxide Crystals

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    Wang Jun; Ruan Yongfeng; Lin Junyi; Liu Jian; Huang Boxian

    2004-01-01

    Most of the up-conversion lasers operated at room temperature are realized with heavy metal fluorides, In this paper the Judd-Ofelt parameters Ωλ ( λ = 2,4,6 ) were calculated for Er3+ ions in Yb3 + sensitized LiNbO3 and YVO4 crystals at room temperature, together with the radiative transition probabilities, non-radiative transition probabilities and resonant transition probabilities of Er3+ ions. Taking into account the energy transfer from Yb3 + to Er3 +, the rate equations are given for Er3 + ions. We obtained from a solution of the rate equations that Yb3 + sensitized YVO4 crystal is more efficient than Yb3 + sensitized LiNbO3 crystal in the up-conversion of 550 nm of Er3+ emission, which is consistent with our observation.

  8. Upconverter materials and upconversion solar-cell devices: simulation and characterization with broad solar spectrum illumination

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    Fischer, S.; Fröhlich, B.; Ivaturi, A.; Herter, B.; Wolf, S.; Krämer, K. W.; Richards, B. S.; Goldschmidt, J. C.

    2014-03-01

    Upconverter materials and upconverter solar devices were recently investigated with broad-band excitation revealing the great potential of upconversion to enhance the efficiency of solar cell at comparatively low solar concentration factors. In this work first attempts are made to simulate the behavior of the upconverter β-NaYF4 doped with Er3+ under broad-band excitation. An existing model was adapted to account for the lower absorption of broader excitation spectra. While the same trends as observed for the experiments were found in the simulation, the absolute values are fairly different. This makes an upconversion model that specifically considers the line shape function of the ground state absorption indispensable to achieve accurate simulations of upconverter materials and upconverter solar cell devices with broadband excitations, such as the solar radiation.

  9. Preparation and up-conversion luminescence of 8 nm rare-earth doped fluoride nanoparticles.

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    Tikhomirov, V K; Mortier, M; Gredin, P; Patriarche, G; Görller-Walrand, C; Moshchalkov, V V

    2008-09-15

    Free-standing, 8 nm diameter, rare-earth doped nanoparticles Re(10)Pb(25)F(65) have been prepared, where Re stands for either single rare-earth ion, such as Er(3+), Yb(3+), Eu(3+), Dy(3+), Ho(3+), Tm(3+) or combinations of those ions. The nanoparticles have been extracted by chemical etching from the oxyfluoride nano-glass-ceramics template and analyzed by transmission electron microscope with energy dispersion spectroscopy. The nanoparticles show durable up-conversion photoluminescence, which is neither concentration nor impurity quenched after 6 months ageing in ambient atmosphere. High doping levels in these nanoparticles ensure high, up to 15%, quantum yield of up-conversion luminescence.

  10. Growth, structure and upconversion mechanisms of Ba2ErCl7 crystal

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    2000-01-01

    The methods to grow a novel upconversion crystal Ba2ErCl7 are reported in this note. Ba2ErCl7 material was synthesized with Er2O3, BaCl2.2H2O and NH4Cl by using a so-called "direct synthesis method". High quality Ba2ErCl7 single crystals with size up to 4 mm×8 mm×15 mm were grown by using the Czochralski and the Bridgman methods. Intense yellow-green luminescence was detected when the crystal was pumped by an 803 laser diode (LD). Transmittance spectrum was measured by using HITACH U-3500 spectrophotometer at room temperature for the first time, in which one can see that the transmittance is high in the range from 350 to 1 600 nm and the cut-off wavelength of the crystal was 230 nm. The upconversion mechanisms were discussed.

  11. Enhanced upconversion luminescence of NaYF4:Yb, Er microprisms via La3+ doping

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    Fu, Junxiang; Zhang, Xiaozeng; Chao, Zhicong; Li, Zibo; Liao, Jinsheng; Hou, Dejian; Wen, Herui; Lu, Xiaoneng; Xie, Xinrong

    2017-02-01

    A series of β-NaYF4: Yb, Er micro-prisms codoped with La3+(0-30 at%) were synthesized via hydrothermal process. Upon 980 nm excitation at room temperature, 20 mol% La3+ codoped sample shows a maximum upconversion emission intensity. Excitation power density dependencies of UC luminescence and the decay curves were investigated. The UCPL decay is evidently monoexponential for all samples and La3+ doping did not significantly change the decay time. In this particular case, we found the napierian logarithm of the UC emission intensity (lnI) had a good linear relationship with the cell lattice parameters. This correlation may be helpful for design and fabrication of high performance upconversion materials.

  12. Interferometric visibility and coherence

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    Biswas, Tanmoy; García Díaz, María; Winter, Andreas

    2017-07-01

    Recently, the basic concept of quantum coherence (or superposition) has gained a lot of renewed attention, after Baumgratz et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 140401. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.140401)), following Åberg (http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0612146), have proposed a resource theoretic approach to quantify it. This has resulted in a large number of papers and preprints exploring various coherence monotones, and debating possible forms for the resource theory. Here, we take the view that the operational foundation of coherence in a state, be it quantum or otherwise wave mechanical, lies in the observation of interference effects. Our approach here is to consider an idealized multi-path interferometer, with a suitable detector, in such a way that the visibility of the interference pattern provides a quantitative expression of the amount of coherence in a given probe state. We present a general framework of deriving coherence measures from visibility, and demonstrate it by analysing several concrete visibility parameters, recovering some known coherence measures and obtaining some new ones.

  13. Visible Genotype Sensor Array

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    Takashi Imai

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available A visible sensor array system for simultaneous multiple SNP genotyping has been developed using a new plastic base with specific surface chemistry. Discrimination of SNP alleles is carried out by an allele-specific extension reaction using immobilized oligonucleotide primers. The 3’-ends of oligonucleotide primers are modified with a locked nucleic acid to enhance their efficiency in allelic discrimination. Biotin-dUTPs included in the reaction mixture are selectively incorporated into extending primer sequences and are utilized as tags for alkaline phosphatase-mediated precipitation of colored chemical substrates onto the surface of the plastic base. The visible precipitates allow immediate inspection of typing results by the naked eye and easy recording by a digital camera equipped on a commercial mobile phone. Up to four individuals can be analyzed on a single sensor array and multiple sensor arrays can be handled in a single operation. All of the reactions can be performed within one hour using conventional laboratory instruments. This visible genotype sensor array is suitable for “focused genomics” that follows “comprehensive genomics”.

  14. Upconversion nanoparticles as a contrast agent for photoacoustic imaging in live mice.

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    Maji, Swarup Kumar; Sreejith, Sivaramapanicker; Joseph, James; Lin, Manjing; He, Tingchao; Tong, Yan; Sun, Handong; Yu, Sidney Wing-Kwong; Zhao, Yanli

    2014-08-27

    An inclusion complex of NaYF4 :Yb(3+) ,Er(3+) upconversion nanoparticles with α-cyclodextrin in aqueous conditions exhibits luminescence quenching when excited at 980 nm. This non-radiative relaxation leads to an unprecedented photoacoustic signal enhancement. In vivo localization of α-cyclodextrin-covered NaYF4 :Yb(3+) ,Er(3+) is demonstrated using photoacoustic tomography in live mice, showing its high capability for photoacoustic imaging.

  15. Optical Frequency Upconversion Technique for Transmission of Wireless MIMO-Type Signals over Optical Fiber

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    R. Q. Shaddad; Mohammad, A. B.; S. A. Al-Gailani; Al-Hetar, A. M.

    2014-01-01

    The optical fiber is well adapted to pass multiple wireless signals having different carrier frequencies by using radio-over-fiber (ROF) technique. However, multiple wireless signals which have the same carrier frequency cannot propagate over a single optical fiber, such as wireless multi-input multi-output (MIMO) signals feeding multiple antennas in the fiber wireless (FiWi) system. A novel optical frequency upconversion (OFU) technique is proposed to solve this problem. In this paper, the n...

  16. Low temperature sensing behavior of upconversion luminescence in Er3+/Yb3+ codoped PLZT transparent ceramic

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    Feng, Zhuohong; Lin, Lin; Wang, ZheZhe; Zheng, Zhiqiang

    2017-09-01

    In this paper, low temperature sensing characteristic of upconversion luminescence in Er3+/Yb3+ codoped lead-lanthanum zirconate-titanate ferroelectric ceramics (PLZT) was investigated by fluorescence intensity ratios (FIRs). The upconversion emissions at 539 nm, 564 nm and 666 nm were observed from 10 K to 320 K by exciting at 980 nm. These emissions were assigned to the transitions 2H11/2→4I15/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2, and 4F9/2→4I15/2, respectively. The temperature dependent emission intensities of upconversion luminescence were analyzed, from which the thermal excitation processes among the three levels system of 2H11/2, 4S3/2 and 4F9/2 were discovered. Based on this, the FIRs of 539 nm to 666 nm, 539 nm to 564 nm are studied, and the variation trends of them agree with the Boltzmann distribution of thermal coupled in the temperature range of 140-320 K. The temperature sensitivity of intensity ratio of 539 nm to 666 nm is 21.84×10-4 K-1 at 320 K, which is about 4 times than that of 539 nm to 564 nm. The temperature sensing performance can be improved by high valued ΔE of thermal coupled levels (TCLs). This paper shows that 2H11/2 and 4F9/2 of Er3+ are TCLs in PLZT, and the upconversion luminescence of Er3+/Yb3+ codoped PLZT transparent ceramic have a potential application in low temperature sensing above 140 K.

  17. Upconversion ratiometric fluorescence and colorimetric dual-readout assay for uric acid.

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    Fang, Aijin; Wu, Qiongqiong; Lu, Qiujun; Chen, Hongyu; Li, Haitao; Liu, Meiling; Zhang, Youyu; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2016-12-15

    A new upconversion colorimetric and ratiometric fluorescence detection method for uric acid (UA) has been designed. Yb(3+), Er(3+) and Tm(3+) co-doped NaYF4 nanoparticles (UCNPs) was synthesized. The co-doped NaYF4 nanoparticles, emit upconversion fluorescence with four typical emission peaks centered at 490nm, 557nm, 670nm and 705nm under the 980nm near-infrared (NIR) irradiation. The ZnFe2O4 magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) possessing excellent peroxidase-like activity was prepared and used to catalyze oxidation the coupling of N-ethyl-N-(3-sulfopropyl)-3-methylaniline sodium salt (TOPS) and 4-amino-antipyrine (4-AAP) in the presence of H2O2 to form purple products (compound 1) which has a characteristic absorption peak located at 550nm. The upconversion fluorescence at 557nm was quenched by the compound 1 while the upconversion emission at 705nm was essentially unchanged, the fluorescence ratio ((I557/I705)0/(I557/I705)) is positively proportional to UA concentration in existence of uricase. More importantly, colorimetric signal can be easily observed and applied to directly distinguish the concentration of UA by the naked eye. Under the optimized conditions, the linear range of colorimetric and ratiometric fluorescence sensing towards UA was 0.01-1mM, the detection limits were as low as 5.79μM and 2.86μM (S/N=3), respectively. The proposed method has been successfully applied to the analysis of UA in human serum. These results indicate that the colorimetric and ratiometric fluorescence dual-readout assay method has great potential for applications in physiological and pathological diagnosis.

  18. Energy Migration Upconversion in Ce(III)-Doped Heterogeneous Core-Shell-Shell Nanoparticles.

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    Chen, Xian; Jin, Limin; Sun, Tianying; Kong, Wei; Yu, Siu Fung; Wang, Feng

    2017-07-19

    One major challenge in upconversion research is to develop new materials and structures to expand the emission spectrum. Herein, a heterogeneous core-shell-shell nanostructure of NaYbF4 :Gd/Tm@NaGdF4 @CaF2 :Ce is developed to realize efficient photon upconversion in Ce(3+) ions through a Gd-mediated energy migration process. The design takes advantage of CaF2 host that reduces the 4f-5d excitation frequency of Ce(3+) to match the emission line of Gd(3+) . Meanwhile, CaF2 is isostructural with NaGdF4 and can form a continuous crystalline lattice with the core layer. As a result, effective Yb(3+) → Tm(3+) → Gd(3+) → Ce(3+) energy transfer can be established in a single nanoparticle. This effect enables efficient ultraviolet emission of Ce(3+) following near infrared excitation into the core layer. The Ce(3+) upconversion emission achieved in the core-shell-shell nanoparticles features broad bandwidth and long lifetime, which offers exciting opportunities of realizing tunable lasing emissions in the ultraviolet spectral region. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Improving triplet-triplet-annihilation based upconversion systems by tuning their topological structure

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    Zimmermann, Jochen, E-mail: jochen.zimmermann@physik.uni-freiburg.de; Wellens, Thomas; Buchleitner, Andreas [Physikalisches Institut, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Hermann-Herder-Str. 3, 79104 Freiburg (Germany); Mulet, Roberto [Physikalisches Institut, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Hermann-Herder-Str. 3, 79104 Freiburg (Germany); Group of Complex Systems, Department of Theoretical Physics, Physics Faculty, University of Havana (Cuba); Scholes, Gregory D. [Physikalisches Institut, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Hermann-Herder-Str. 3, 79104 Freiburg (Germany); Department of Chemistry, Institute for Optical Sciences, and Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control, University of Toronto, 80 St George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H6 (Canada)

    2014-11-14

    Materials capable to perform upconversion of light transform the photon spectrum and can be used to increase the efficiency of solar cells by upconverting sub-bandgap photons, increasing the density of photons able to generate an electron-hole pair in the cell. Incoherent solar radiation suffices to activate upconverters based on sensitized triplet-triplet annihilation, which makes them particularly suited for this task. This process requires two molecular species, sensitizers absorbing low energy photons, and emitters generating higher frequency photons. Successful implementations exist in solutions and solids. However, solid upconverters exhibit lower efficiency than those in solution, which poses a serious problem for real applications. In the present work, we suggest a new strategy to increase the efficiency of sensitized upconverters that exploits the solid nature of the material. We show that an upconversion model system with molecules distributed as clusters outperforms a system with a random distribution of molecules, as used in current upconverters. Our simulations reveal a high potential for improvement of upconverter systems by exploring different structural configurations of the molecules. The implementation of advanced structures can push the performance of solid upconverters further towards the theoretical limit and a step closer to technological application of low power upconversion.

  20. Simultaneous MMW generation and up-conversion for WDM-ROF systems based on FP laser

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    Zhang, Chan; Ning, TiGang; Li, Jing; Li, Chao; He, Xueqing; Pei, Li

    2016-10-01

    A new wavelength division multiplexing radio-over-fiber (WDM-ROF) scheme based on Fabry-Perot (FP) laser is proposed and demonstrated for simultaneous millimeter-wave (MMW) generation and up-conversion. The tunable optical comb generated by FP laser is served as a cost-effective WDM optical source in central station (CS) and it makes all-optical up-conversion process for all channels simple compared with using a DFB array. All modes from the FP laser are modulated simultaneously by a LiNbO3 Mach-Zehnder modulator (LN-MZM) then. We have systematically compared the performances of MMW generation and up-conversion using LN-MZM based on different modulation schemes. A reflective semiconductor optical amplifiers (RSOA) is used both for the downstream modulation of each channel and for the reduction of mode partition noise (MPN) induced from FP laser. In the scheme, the multiple optical carrier suppression (OCS) modulation shows the highest receiver sensitivity and smallest power penalty over long-distance delivery. In the numerical simulation, 7 WDM channels each carrying 2.5 Gb/s baseband signal have been up-converted to 60 GHz simultaneously with good performance over 25 km single mode fiber (SMF) transmission.

  1. Two-photon absorption and frequency-upconversion properties of a new organic dye HMASPS

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    2001-01-01

    Two-photon absorption (TPA) and frequency- upconversion properties of a new upconversion laser dye trans-4-[p-(N-hydroxyethyl-N-methyl-amino)styryl]-N-meth- ylpyridinium toluene-p-sulfonate (abbreviated to HMASPS) were reported in this note. The linear absorption, TPA, single-photon induced fluorescence, TPA induced fluorescence and TPA induced upconverted lasing spectra of HMASPS solution in dimethyl formamide (abbreviated to DMF) were measured at room temperature. The red shift for the central wavelength of TPA induced fluorescence peak, which was compared with that of the single-photon induced fluorescen-ce peak, and the blue shift for that of TPA induced upcon-verted lasing compared with that of TPA induced fluores-cence, were explained by using re-absorption effect. TPA peak was at 930 nm. There is an 11 nm blue shift for two-photon energy of TPA peak compared with the linear ab-sorption peak. The molecular TPA cross-section at 1064 nm was measured to be 6.0′10-48 cm4 ·s/photon by using the open aperture Z-scanning system. The highest upconversion efficiency was measured to be 8.4% at 1064 nm.

  2. Preparation and Upconversion Luminescence of Nanocrystalline Gd2O3:Er3+,Yb3+

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    LI Yanhong; HONG Guangyan; ZHANG Yongming; DAI Caiyun; DAI shuping

    2008-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Gd1.77 Yb0.2Er0.03O3 samples were prepared by combustion and precipitation methods.Structures and upconversion luminescence properties of samples were studied.The results of XRD show that all samples are cubic structure,the average crystallite size could be calculated as 23 nm and 39 nm.respectively.The lattice constants were obtained.The FT-IR spectra were measured to investigate the vibrational feature of the samples.Upconversion luminescence spectra of samples under 980 nm laser excitation were investigated.The strong red emission of samples were observed,and attributed to 4F9/2→4I15/2 transitions of Er3+ ions,the emission intensity for sample synthesized by precipitation method is stronger compared to that of combustion method. The possible upconversion luminescence mechanisms in nanocrystalline Gd1.77Yb0.2Er0.03O3were discussed.

  3. Nano-photonic chemical sensor using rare-earth upconversion phosphors

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    Patel, Darayas N.; Blockmon, Avery; Ochieng, Vanesa; Sarkisov, Sergey S.; Darwish, Abdalla M.; Sarkisov, Avedik S.

    2017-02-01

    The objective of the paper was to demonstrate feasibility of a chemical (ammonia) sensor using dye-doped polymer nanocomposite with upconversion phosphor nano-particles. The micro-crystalline powder of upconversion rare-earth phosphor NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ was synthesized using a simple wet process followed up by baking in open air. The powder was reduced into nano-colloid with 100-nm nano-particles using the ball milling process. The nano-colloid was added to the solution of polymer poly(methyl methacrylate) known as PMMA. Additionally, a pH indicator dye (Phenol Red or Bromothymol Blue) was dissolved in polymer solution. The dye-doped polymer nanocomposite films were deposited on substrates using the dipping process followed by baking in order to evaporate the solvent. The deposited nano-photonic sensor film had bright green upconversion fluorescence with a spectral peak at 540 nm attributed to the nano-photonic rare-earth phosphor pumped with a 980 nm infrared diode laser. The spectrum of green emission matched the absorption band of the indicator dye exposed to ammonia. When the film was exposed to ammonia, it demonstrated an optical response in the form of the drop of intensity of green radiation measured with a silicon photodiode power meter. The sensitivity of the developed chemical sensor was close to 0.4% ammonia in air, and the response time was close to 5 minutes.

  4. Down- and up-conversion emissions in Er-doped transparent fluorotellurite glass-ceramics

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    Miguel, A.; Morea, R.; Gonzalo, J.; Fernandez, J.; Balda, R.

    2015-03-01

    In this work, we report the near infrared and upconversion emissions of Er3+-doped transparent fluorotellurite glassceramics obtained by heat treatment of the precursor Er-doped TeO2-ZnO-ZnF2 glass. Structural analysis shows that ErF3 nanocrystals nucleated in the glass-ceramic sample are homogeneously distributed in the glass matrix with a typical size of 45±10 nm. The comparison of the fluorescence properties of Er3+-doped precursor glass and glass-ceramic confirms the successful incorporation of the rare-earth into the nanocrystals. An enhancement of the red upconversion emission due to 4F9/2→4I15/2 transition together with weak emission bands due to transitions from 2H9/2, 4F3/2,5/2, and 4F7/2 levels to the ground state are observed under excitation at 801 nm in the glass-ceramic sample. The temporal evolution of the red emission together with the excitation upconversion spectrum suggest that energy transfer processes are responsible for the enhancement of the red emission.

  5. Rare-earth containing nanocrystal precipitation and up-conversion luminescence in oxyfluoride glasses.

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    Qiu, Jianbei; Makishima, Akio

    2005-09-01

    Rare-earth ion doped oxyfluoride glass with a composition of 25SiO2 x 5GeO2 x 15AIO1.5 x 40PbF2 x 10PbO x (4.9 - x)GdF3 x 0.1HoF3 x xYbF3 (x = 0, 0.1,0.2, 0.5,1,2, 3, and 4) in molar ratio was developed. When the oxyfluoride glasses are heat-treated at the first crystallization temperature, the glasses give transparent glass-ceramics in which rare-earth-containing fluorite-type nanocrystals of about 17.2 nm in diameter uniformly precipitated in the glass matrix. Comparing with the glasses before heat treatment, the glass ceramics exhibit very strong up-conversion luminescence under 980-nm light excitation. Rare-earth-containing nanocrystals were also space selectively precipitated upon laser irradiation in an oxyfluoride glass; the size of precipitated nanocrystals can be controlled by laser power and scan speed. The intensity of the green up-conversion luminescence is strongly dependent on the precipitation of beta-PbF2 nanocrystals and the YbF3 concentration. The reasons for the highly efficient Ho3+ up-conversion luminescence are discussed.

  6. Optical temperature sensing properties of Yb3+/Er3+ codoped LaF3 upconversion phosphor

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    Cheng, Xuerui; Ma, Xiaochun; Zhang, Huanjun; Ren, Yufen; Zhu, Kunkun

    2017-09-01

    The structural and optical properties of Er3+/Yb3+ codoped LaF3 phosphors are investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and upconversion luminescence spectra. The result shows that the hexagonal phase of LaF3 keep stability at temperature lower than 800 °C in air condition and will be oxidized to be LaOF at higher temperature. Its upconversion emission intensity varies with the doping concentrations of Yb3+ ions and reaches a maximum at around 7 mol% Yb3+. The power-dependent luminescence reveals the possible emission mechanisms and the corresponding upconversion processes. Furthermore, the optical temperature sensing properties of LaF3: Er3+/Yb3+ are studied based on the fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) technique for two thermally coupled levels (2H11/2 and 4S3/2) of Er3+. The maximum sensitivity is found to be about 0.00157 K-1 at 386 K, revealing this phosphor to be a promising prototype for applications in optical temperature sensing.

  7. Improving triplet-triplet-annihilation based upconversion systems by tuning their topological structure.

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    Zimmermann, Jochen; Mulet, Roberto; Scholes, Gregory D; Wellens, Thomas; Buchleitner, Andreas

    2014-11-14

    Materials capable to perform upconversion of light transform the photon spectrum and can be used to increase the efficiency of solar cells by upconverting sub-bandgap photons, increasing the density of photons able to generate an electron-hole pair in the cell. Incoherent solar radiation suffices to activate upconverters based on sensitized triplet-triplet annihilation, which makes them particularly suited for this task. This process requires two molecular species, sensitizers absorbing low energy photons, and emitters generating higher frequency photons. Successful implementations exist in solutions and solids. However, solid upconverters exhibit lower efficiency than those in solution, which poses a serious problem for real applications. In the present work, we suggest a new strategy to increase the efficiency of sensitized upconverters that exploits the solid nature of the material. We show that an upconversion model system with molecules distributed as clusters outperforms a system with a random distribution of molecules, as used in current upconverters. Our simulations reveal a high potential for improvement of upconverter systems by exploring different structural configurations of the molecules. The implementation of advanced structures can push the performance of solid upconverters further towards the theoretical limit and a step closer to technological application of low power upconversion.

  8. Sequential coating upconversion NaYF4:Yb,Tm nanocrystals with SiO2 and ZnO layers for NIR-driven photocatalytic and antibacterial applications.

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    Tou, Meijie; Luo, Zhenguo; Bai, Song; Liu, Fangying; Chai, Qunxia; Li, Sheng; Li, Zhengquan

    2017-01-01

    ZnO is one of the most promising materials for both photocatalytic and antibacterial applications, but its wide bandgap requires the excitation of UV light which limits their applications under visible and NIR bands. Herein, we demonstrate a facile approach to synthesize core-shell-shell hybrid nanoparticles consisting of hexagonal NaYF4:Yb,Tm, amorphous SiO2 and wurtzite ZnO. The upconversion nanocrystals are used as the core seeds and sequentially coated with an insulting shell and a semiconductor layer. Such hybrid nanoparticles can efficiently utilize the NIR light through the upconverting process, and display notable photocatalytic performance and antibacterial activity under NIR irradiation. The developed NaYF4:Yb,Tm@SiO2@ZnO nanoparticles are characterized with TEM, XRD, EDS, XPS and PL spectra, and their working mechanism is also elucidated.

  9. Visible parts of fractal percolation

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    Arhosalo, I; Järvenpää, M; Rams, M; Shmerkin, P

    2009-01-01

    We study dimensional properties of visible parts of fractal percolation in the plane. Provided that the dimension of the fractal percolation is at least 1, we show that, conditioned on non-extinction, almost surely all visible parts from lines are 1-dimensional. Furthermore, almost all of them have positive and finite Hausdorff measure. We also verify analogous results for visible parts from points. These results are motivated by an open problem on the dimensions of visible parts.

  10. Increased upconversion quantum yield in photonic structures due to local field enhancement and modification of the local density of states--a simulation-based analysis.

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    Herter, Barbara; Wolf, Sebastian; Fischer, Stefan; Gutmann, Johannes; Bläsi, Benedikt; Goldschmidt, Jan Christoph

    2013-09-09

    In upconversion processes, two or more low-energy photons are converted into one higher-energy photon. Besides other applications, upconversion has the potential to decrease sub-band-gap losses in silicon solar cells. Unfortunately, upconverting materials known today show quantum yields, which are too low for this application. In order to improve the upconversion quantum yield, two parameters can be tuned using photonic structures: first, the irradiance can be increased within the structure. This is beneficial, as upconversion is a non-linear process. Second, the rates of the radiative transitions between ionic states within the upconverter material can be altered due to a varied local density of photonic states. In this paper, we present a theoretical model of the impact of a photonic structure on upconversion and test this model in a simulation based analysis of the upconverter material β -NaYF(4):20% Er(3+) within a dielectric waveguide structure. The simulation combines a finite-difference time-domain simulation model that describes the variations of the irradiance and the change of the local density of photonic states within a photonic structure, with a rate equation model of the upconversion processes. We find that averaged over the investigated structure the upconversion luminescence is increased by a factor of 3.3, and the upconversion quantum yield can be improved in average by a factor of 1.8 compared to the case without the structure for an initial irradiance of 200 Wm(-2).

  11. Controllable self-assembly of a novel Bi2MoO6-based hybrid photocatalyst: excellent photocatalytic activity under UV, visible and near-infrared irradiation.

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    Hao, Yuchen; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhai, Shangru; Wang, Xiuying; Ma, Hongchao; Zhang, Xiufang

    2016-05-01

    Herein, using a simple one-step method, a Bi2MoO6-based photocatalyst with novel ultrathin nanohollow structure and simultaneous sub-10 nm Bi nanoparticles and sub-1 nm graphitic nitrogen-doped carbon nanodot (NCD) modification were successfully obtained. The coordination impact of the novel structure, SPR effect of Bi nanoparticles, up-conversion performance of graphitic NCDs and cooperative electronic capture properties of Bi metal and NCDs make the hybrid simultaneously exhibit fast charge separation and broad spectrum photocatalytic activity under UV, visible and near-infrared irradiation, leading to excellent photooxidation and photoreduction performance.

  12. Non-Euclidean Visibility Problems

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    Fernando Chamizo

    2006-05-01

    We consider the analog of visibility problems in hyperbolic plane (represented by Poincaré half-plane model $\\mathbb{H}$), replacing the standard lattice $\\mathbb{Z} × \\mathbb{Z}$ by the orbit = under the full modular group $SL_2(\\mathbb{Z})$. We prove a visibility criterion and study orchard problem and the cardinality of visible points in large circles.

  13. Multifunctional BaYbF5: Gd/Er upconversion nanoparticles for in vivo tri-modal upconversion optical, X-ray computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Li, Xiaolong; Yi, Zhigao; Xue, Zhenluan; Zeng, Songjun; Liu, Hongrong

    2017-06-01

    Development of high-quality upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) with combination of the merits of multiple molecular imaging techniques, such as, upconversion luminescence (UCL) imaging, X-ray computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, could significantly improve the accuracy of biological diagnosis. In this work, multifunctional BaYbF5: Gd/Er (50:2mol%) UCNPs were synthesized via a solvothermal method using oleic acid (OA) as surface ligands (denoted as OA-UCNPs). The OA-UCNPs were further treated by diluted HCl to form ligand-free UCNPs (LF-UCNPs) for later bioimaging applications. The cytotoxicity assay in HeLa cells shows low cell toxicity of these LF-UCNPs. Owing to the efficient UCL of BaYbF5: Gd/Er, the LF-UCNPs were successfully used as luminescent bioprobe in UCL bioimaging. And, X-ray CT imaging reveals that BaYbF5: Gd/Er UCNPs can act as potential contrast agents for detection of the liver and spleen in the live mice owing to the high-Z elements (e.g., Ba, Yb, and Gd) in host matrix. Moreover, with the addition of Gd, the as-designed UCNPs exhibit additional positive contrast enhancement in T1-weighted MR imaging. These findings demonstrate that BaYbF5: Gd/Er UCNPs are potential candidates for tri-modal imaging. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Fluorescence excitation by enhanced plasmon upconversion under continuous wave illumination

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    Tasgin, Mehmet Emre; Salakhutdinov, Ildar; Kendziora, Dania; Abak, Musa Kurtulus; Turkpence, Deniz; Piantanida, Luca; Fruk, Ljiljana; Lazzarino, Marco; Bek, Alpan

    2016-09-01

    We demonstrate effective background-free continuous wave nonlinear optical excitation of molecules that are sandwiched between asymmetrically constructed plasmonic gold nanoparticle clusters. We observe that near infrared photons are converted to visible photons through efficient plasmonic second harmonic generation. Our theoretical model and simulations demonstrate that Fano resonances may be responsible for being able to observe nonlinear conversion using a continuous wave light source. We show that nonlinearity enhancement of plasmonic nanostructures via coupled quantum mechanical oscillators such as molecules can be several orders larger as compared to their classical counterparts.

  15. Visibility of comet nuclei

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    Ney, E.P.

    1982-01-22

    Photography of the nucleus of comet Halley is the goal of several planned space missions. The nucleus of a comet is surrounded by a cloud of dust particles. If this cloud is optically thick, it will prevent observation of the nuclear surface. Broadband photometry of nine comets has been analyzed to determine the visibility of their nuclei. Only in the case of comet West near perihelion was the dust dense enough to interfere with imaging. Comparison of the visual brightness of the well-observed comets with that of Halley in 1910 leads to the conclusion that the nucleus of Halley can be imaged without significant obscuration by the dust.

  16. Excited-State Upconversion of Pr(0.5) Yb(1.5): ZB LAN under Two-Colour Excitation

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    CHEN Xiao-Bo; SONG Zeng-Fu

    2005-01-01

    @@ We report the excited-state upconversion in Pr(0.5)Yb(1.5):ZBLAN under two-colour excitation of 960nm laser and xenon lamp light.Three obvious upconversion excitation peaks around 856.0, 804.2 and 787.1 nm were observed and the involved mechanism has been explained.The measured upconversion excitation peak 856.0nm corresponds to the sum of theoretical values 852nm and 866nm owing to the 1G4(Pr3+)→ 1I6(Pr3+) and 1G4(Pr3+ )→ 3 P1 (Pr3+ ) excited state absorption transitions.The measured 804.2 and 787.1 nm upconversion excitation peaks originate from the excited state absorption transitions 3H6 (Pr3+ )→ 1 D2 (Pr3+) and 1G4 (Pr3+ )→ 3P2 (Pr3+), respectively.The excited state absorption upconversion 1 G4(Pr3+)→ 1 I6 (Pr3+) is strong because of its large oscillator strength f = 23.040 × 10-6.

  17. Upconversion Luminescence Properties of Y2Mo4O15: Yb3+, Er3+ by Solid State Combustion Method.

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    Jiang, Tao; Xing, Mingming; Fu, Yao; Tian, Ying; Luo, Xixian

    2016-04-01

    The Yb3+ and Er3+ co-doped yttrium molybdenum oxide upconversion phosphors were prepared by the solid state combustion method using urea as fuel at ignition temperature of 550 °C. The upconversion phosphors were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electronic microscope (SEM), and photoluminescence spectra XRD results revealed the samples were pure monoclinic Y2Mo4O15 phases when the sintering temperature was 700 °C. SEM micrographs illustrated particle size distribution was almost uniform with an average particle diameter of about 0.5-1.0 µm. The obtained Y2MO4O15: Yb3+, Er3+ presents bright and pure green upconversion luminescence during daylight pumping under 980 nm LD. According to the analysis of upconversion luminescent mechanism, the cross relaxation processes of Er3+ ions restrained the electron population of red emission energy level, which not only increased the green light upconversion emissions fluorescent branching ratio (IGIR = 153:1) but also enhanced the efficiency and purity of green light emissions.

  18. Infrared-to-green upconversion luminescence and mechanism of Ho3+, Nd3+ and Yb3+ ions in oxyfluoride glass ceramics

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    Zhang Jun-Jie; Kawamoto Yoji; Dai Shi-Xun

    2004-01-01

    New oxyfluoride glasses and glass ceramics co-doped with Nd3+, Yb3+ and Ho3+ were prepared. The upconversion of infrared radiation into green fluorescence has been studied for Nd3+, Yb3+ and Ho3+ in the transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics. At room temperature very strong green upconversion luminescence due to the Ho3+: (5F4, 5S2) →5I8transition under 800 nm excitation was observed in the glass ceramics. The intensity of the green upconversion luminescence in a 1mol% YbF3-containing glass ceramic was found to be about 120 times stronger than that in the precursor oxyfluoride glass. The reason for the highly efficient Ho3+ upconversion luminescence in the oxyfluoride glass ceramics is discussed. The upconversion mechanism is also investigated.

  19. Multicolor Quantum Dot-Based Chemical Nose for Rapid and Array-Free Differentiation of Multiple Proteins.

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    Xu, Qinfeng; Zhang, Yihong; Tang, Bo; Zhang, Chun-yang

    2016-02-16

    Nanomaterial-based differential sensors (e.g., chemical nose) have shown great potential for identification of multiple proteins because of their modulatable recognition and transduction capability but with the limitation of array separation, single-channel read-out, and long incubation time. Here, we develop a multicolor quantum dot (QD)-based multichannel sensing platform for rapid identification of multiple proteins in an array-free format within 1 min. A protein-binding dye of bromophenol blue (BPB) is explored as an efficient reversible quencher of QDs, and the mixture of BPB with multicolor QDs may generate the quenched QD-BPB complexes. The addition of proteins will disrupt the QD-BPB complexes as a result of the competitive protein-BPB binding, inducing the separation of BPB from the QDs and the generation of distinct fluorescence patterns. The multicolor patterns may be collected at a single-wavelength excitation and differentiated by a linear discriminant analysis (LDA). This multichannel sensing platform allows for the discrimination of ten proteins and seven cell lines with the fastest response rate reported to date, holding great promise for rapid and high-throughput medical diagnostics.

  20. Wavelength- or Polarization-Selective Thermal Infrared Detectors for Multi-Color or Polarimetric Imaging Using Plasmonics and Metamaterials.

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    Ogawa, Shinpei; Kimata, Masafumi

    2017-05-04

    Wavelength- or polarization-selective thermal infrared (IR) detectors are promising for various novel applications such as fire detection, gas analysis, multi-color imaging, multi-channel detectors, recognition of artificial objects in a natural environment, and facial recognition. However, these functions require additional filters or polarizers, which leads to high cost and technical difficulties related to integration of many different pixels in an array format. Plasmonic metamaterial absorbers (PMAs) can impart wavelength or polarization selectivity to conventional thermal IR detectors simply by controlling the surface geometry of the absorbers to produce surface plasmon resonances at designed wavelengths or polarizations. This enables integration of many different pixels in an array format without any filters or polarizers. We review our recent advances in wavelength- and polarization-selective thermal IR sensors using PMAs for multi-color or polarimetric imaging. The absorption mechanism defined by the surface structures is discussed for three types of PMAs-periodic crystals, metal-insulator-metal and mushroom-type PMAs-to demonstrate appropriate applications. Our wavelength- or polarization-selective uncooled IR sensors using various PMAs and multi-color image sensors are then described. Finally, high-performance mushroom-type PMAs are investigated. These advanced functional thermal IR detectors with wavelength or polarization selectivity will provide great benefits for a wide range of applications.

  1. Wavelength- or Polarization-Selective Thermal Infrared Detectors for Multi-Color or Polarimetric Imaging Using Plasmonics and Metamaterials

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    Shinpei Ogawa

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Wavelength- or polarization-selective thermal infrared (IR detectors are promising for various novel applications such as fire detection, gas analysis, multi-color imaging, multi-channel detectors, recognition of artificial objects in a natural environment, and facial recognition. However, these functions require additional filters or polarizers, which leads to high cost and technical difficulties related to integration of many different pixels in an array format. Plasmonic metamaterial absorbers (PMAs can impart wavelength or polarization selectivity to conventional thermal IR detectors simply by controlling the surface geometry of the absorbers to produce surface plasmon resonances at designed wavelengths or polarizations. This enables integration of many different pixels in an array format without any filters or polarizers. We review our recent advances in wavelength- and polarization-selective thermal IR sensors using PMAs for multi-color or polarimetric imaging. The absorption mechanism defined by the surface structures is discussed for three types of PMAs—periodic crystals, metal-insulator-metal and mushroom-type PMAs—to demonstrate appropriate applications. Our wavelength- or polarization-selective uncooled IR sensors using various PMAs and multi-color image sensors are then described. Finally, high-performance mushroom-type PMAs are investigated. These advanced functional thermal IR detectors with wavelength or polarization selectivity will provide great benefits for a wide range of applications.

  2. Theoretical design of multi-colored semi-transparent organic solar cells with both efficient color filtering and light harvesting.

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    Wen, Long; Chen, Qin; Sun, Fuhe; Song, Shichao; Jin, Lin; Yu, Yan

    2014-11-13

    Solar cells incorporated with multi-coloring capability not only offer an aesthetic solution to bridge the gap between solar modules and building decorations but also open up the possibility for self-powered colorful display. In this paper, we proposed a multi-colored semi-transparent organic solar cells (TOSCs) design containing metallic nanostructures with the both high color purity and efficiency based on theoretical considerations. By employing guided mode resonance effect, the multi-colored TOSC behave like an efficient color filter that selectively transmits light with the desired wavelengths and generates electricity with light of other wavelengths. Broad range of coloring and luminosity adjusting for the transmission light can be achieved by simply tuning the period and the duty cycle of the metallic nanostructures. Furthermore, accompanying with the efficient color filtering characteristics, the optical absorption of TOSCs was improved due to the marked suppression of transmission loss at the off-resonance wavelengths and the increased light trapping in TOSCs. The mechanisms of the light guiding in photoactive layer and broadband backward scattering from the metallic nanostructures were identified to make an essential contribution to the improved light-harvesting. By enabling efficient color control and high efficiency simultaneously, this approach holds great promise for future versatile photovoltaic energy utilization.

  3. A Dual-Modality System for Both Multi-Color Ultrasound-Switchable Fluorescence and Ultrasound Imaging

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    Kandukuri, Jayanth; Yu, Shuai; Cheng, Bingbing; Bandi, Venugopal; D’Souza, Francis; Nguyen, Kytai T.; Hong, Yi; Yuan, Baohong

    2017-01-01

    Simultaneous imaging of multiple targets (SIMT) in opaque biological tissues is an important goal for molecular imaging in the future. Multi-color fluorescence imaging in deep tissues is a promising technology to reach this goal. In this work, we developed a dual-modality imaging system by combining our recently developed ultrasound-switchable fluorescence (USF) imaging technology with the conventional ultrasound (US) B-mode imaging. This dual-modality system can simultaneously image tissue acoustic structure information and multi-color fluorophores in centimeter-deep tissue with comparable spatial resolutions. To conduct USF imaging on the same plane (i.e., x-z plane) as US imaging, we adopted two 90°-crossed ultrasound transducers with an overlapped focal region, while the US transducer (the third one) was positioned at the center of these two USF transducers. Thus, the axial resolution of USF is close to the lateral resolution, which allows a point-by-point USF scanning on the same plane as the US imaging. Both multi-color USF and ultrasound imaging of a tissue phantom were demonstrated. PMID:28165390

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

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

    2015-01-28

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

  5. In vitro and in vivo investigations of upconversion and NIR emitting Gd₂O₃:Er³⁺,Yb³⁺ nanostructures for biomedical applications.

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    Hemmer, Eva; Takeshita, Hiroyuki; Yamano, Tomoyoshi; Fujiki, Takanori; Kohl, Yvonne; Löw, Karin; Venkatachalam, Nallusamy; Hyodo, Hiroshi; Kishimoto, Hidehiro; Soga, Kohei

    2012-10-01

    The use of an "over 1000-nm near-infrared (NIR) in vivo fluorescence bioimaging" system based on lanthanide containing inorganic nanostructures emitting in the visible and NIR range under 980-nm excitation is proposed. It may overcome problems of currently used biomarkers including color fading, phototoxicity and scattering. Gd(2)O(3):Er(3+),Yb(3+) nanoparticles and nanorods showing upconversion and NIR emission are synthesized and their cytotoxic behavior is investigated by incubation with B-cell hybridomas and macrophages. Surface modification with PEG-b-PAAc provides the necessary chemical durability reducing the release of toxic Gd(3+) ions. NIR fluorescence microscopy is used to investigate the suitability of the nanostructures as NIR-NIR biomarkers. The in vitro uptake of bare and modified nanostructures by macrophages is investigated by confocal laser scanning microscopy. In vivo investigations revealed nanostructures in liver, lung, kidneys and spleen a few hours after injection into mice, while most of the nanostructures have been removed from the body after 24 h.

  6. NIR-induced highly sensitive detection of latent finger-marks by NaYF4:Yb,Er upconversion nanoparticles in a dry powder state

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    Wang, Meng; Li, Ming; Yang, Mingying; Zhang, Xiaomei; Yu, Aoyang; Zhu, Ye; Qiu, Penghe; Mao, Chuanbin

    2016-01-01

    The most commonly found fingermarks at crime scenes are latent and, thus, an efficient method for detecting latent fingermarks is very important. However, traditional developing techniques have drawbacks such as low detection sensitivity, high background interference, complicated operation, and high toxicity. To tackle this challenge, we employed fluorescent NaYF4:Yb,Er upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), which can fluoresce visible light when excited by 980 nm human-safe near-infrared light, to stain the latent fingermarks on various substrate surfaces. The UCNPs were successfully used as a novel fluorescent label for the detection of latent fingermarks with high sensitivity, low background, high efficiency, and low toxicity on various substrates including non-infiltrating materials (glass, marble, aluminum alloy sheets, stainless steel sheets, aluminum foils, and plastic cards), semi-infiltrating materials (floor leathers, ceramic tiles, wood floor, and painted wood), and infiltrating materials such as various types of papers. This work shows that UCNPs are a versatile fluorescent label for the facile detection of fingermarks on virtually any material, enabling their practical applications in forensic sciences.

  7. Exceeding the solar cell Shockley-Queisser limit via thermal up-conversion of low-energy photons

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    Boriskina, Svetlana V

    2013-01-01

    Maximum efficiency of ideal single-junction photovoltaic (PV) cells is limited to 33% (for one sun illumination) by intrinsic losses such as band edge thermalization, radiative recombination, and inability to absorb below-bandgap photons. This intrinsic thermodynamic limit, named after Shockley and Queisser (S-Q), can be exceeded by utilizing low-energy photons either via their electronic up-conversion or via thermophotovoltaic (TPV) conversion process. However, electronic up-conversion systems have extremely low efficiencies, and practical temperature considerations limit the operation of TPV converters to the narrow-gap PV cells. Here we develop a conceptual design of a hybrid TPV platform, which exploits thermal up-conversion of low-energy photons and is compatible with conventional silicon PV cells by using spectral and directional selectivity of the up-converter. The hybrid platform offers sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency exceeding that imposed by the S-Q limit on the corresponding PV cells ...

  8. Effects of Ho3+ concentration on the photoluminescence of the ZnO Up-conversion films

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    Wang, Danping; Meng, Xiaoqi; Xu, Boxu; Zou, Kaishun; Zhao, Changjiang; Liu, Juncheng

    2017-06-01

    The ZnO up-conversion films were prepared by sol-gel and spin-coating methods. The results showed that ZnO remained the hexagonal wurtzite structure after rare earth ions were doped. The light transmittance of the films at near-infrared (800-1250 nm) wavelengths decreased at first and then increased, and the lowest value appeared when the concentration of Ho3+ was 7 mol%. There were two intense emission bands in the up-conversion emission spectrum, namely the 545 nm green light and the 660 nm red light. The up-conversion luminescence intensity of the films increased at first and then declined, and the maximum was at 7 mol%.

  9. Upconversion emission enhancement of TiO2 coated lanthanide-doped Y2O3 nanoparticles

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    Lü Qiang; Zhao Lian-Cheng; Guo Feng-Yun; Li Mei-Cheng

    2009-01-01

    To investigate the upconversion emission,this paper synthesizes Tm3+ and Yb3+ codoped Y2O3 nanoparticles,and then coats them with TiO2 shells for different coating times. The spectral results of TiO2 coated nanoparticles indicate that upconversion emission intensities have respectively been enhanced 3.2,5.4,and 2.2 times for coating times of 30,60 and 90 min at an excitation power density of 3.21×102 W·cm-2,in comparison with the emission intensity of non-coated nanoparticles. Therefore it can be concluded that the intense upconversion emission of Y203:Tm3+,Yb3+ nanoparticles can be achieved by coating the particle surfaces with a shell of specific thickness.

  10. [The upconversion "characteristic saturation phenomenon" of ErYb:ZBLAN glass excited by 966 nm diode laser].

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    Chen, X; Li, M; Hao, Z; Meng, G; Song, Z

    2001-06-01

    This paper researches the upconversion luminescence of Er:ZBLAN and ErYb:ZBLAN glasses excited by 966 nm diode laser. It is found that there is a new kind of "characteristic saturation phenomenon". It is that the log-log plot's slope of upconversion luminescence intensity upon laser power of ErYb:ZBLAN glass is decreased clearly than that of Er:ZBLAN, and both of their log-log plots are rather good straight line. This upconversion mechanism is a new kind of "diffusion-transfer" mechanism, that is energy diffusion among Yb3+ ions sequential followed by energy transfer between Er(3+)-Yb3+ ions. The "characteristic saturation phenomenon" is just resulted from energy diffusion.

  11. Nd3+,Yb3+ and Ho3+ Codoped Oxyfluoride Glass Ceramics with High Efficient Green Upconversion Luminescence

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    ZHANG Jun-Jie; KAWAMOTO Yoji; DAI Shi-Xun; ZHANG Li-Yan; HU Li-Li

    2004-01-01

    @@ New oxyfluoride glasses and glass ceramic codoped with Nd3+, Yb3+ and Ho3+ were prepared. The x-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the heat treatments of the oxyfluoride glasses could cause the precipitation of (Nd3+, Yb3+, Ho3+)-doped fluorite-type crystals. Very strong green up-conversion luminescence due to the Ho3+: (5F4, 5S2) → 5I8 transition under 800-nm excitation was observed in these transparent glass ceramics.The intensity of the green up-conversion luminescence in a 1-mo1% YbF3-containing glass ceramic was found to be about 120 times stronger than that in the precursor oxyfluoride glass. The reason for the highly efficient Ho3+up-conversion luminescence in the oxyfluoride glass ceramics is discussed.

  12. On court interpreters' visibility

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    Dubslaff, Friedel; Martinsen, Bodil

    This paper is part of the initial stage of a larger empirical research project on court interpreting seen as a complex interaction between (at least) three co-participants. The empirical material consists of recordings of interpreted interrogations in court room settings and questionnaires filled...... of the service they receive. Ultimately, the findings will be used for training purposes. Future - and, for that matter, already practising - interpreters as well as the professional users of interpreters ought to take the reality of the interpreters' work in practice into account when assessing the quality...... of the service rendered/received. The paper presents a small-scale case study based on an interpreted witness interrogation. Recent research on the interpreter's role has shown that interpreters across all settings perceive themselves as "visible" (Angelelli 2003, 2004). This has led us to focus...

  13. Novel GQD-PVP-CdS composite with enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic properties

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    Fan, Tao; Li, Yinle; Shen, Jianfeng, E-mail: jfshen@fudan.edu.cn; Ye, Mingxin, E-mail: mxye@fudan.edu.cn

    2016-03-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • GQD-PVP-CdS composite was prepared for the first time through a facile hydrothermal route. • GQD-PVP-CdS demonstrated outstanding photoactivity under visible light illumination. • GQDs and polymeric material are compounded with CdS nanoparticles simultaneously for the first time. • The addition of GQDs plays pivotal roles in the enhancement of the photoactivity. - Abstract: A facile one-step hydrothermal method to synthesize graphene quantum dots (GQDs)-polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP)-CdS nanocomposite was reported. The nanocomposite was thoroughly characterized with X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy. The results confirmed the formation of GQD-PVP-CdS composite with a uniform size (5–10 nm) and a relatively low band gap (E{sub g} = 2.23 eV). Moreover, the as-prepared composite exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity toward the degradation of organic contaminants, with 92.3% of methyl orange (10 mg/L) removed after 3 hours of visible light illumination. This enhancement in photocatalytic activity was postulated to be attributed to the upconversion property of GQDs and a more efficient charge distribution between GQDs and CdS particles.

  14. Correction method for influence of tissue scattering for sidestream dark-field oximetry using multicolor LEDs

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    Kurata, Tomohiro; Oda, Shigeto; Kawahira, Hiroshi; Haneishi, Hideaki

    2016-10-01

    We have previously proposed an estimation method of intravascular oxygen saturation (SO_2) from the images obtained by sidestream dark-field (SDF) imaging (we call it SDF oximetry) and we investigated its fundamental characteristics by Monte Carlo simulation. In this paper, we propose a correction method for scattering by the tissue and performed experiments with turbid phantoms as well as Monte Carlo simulation experiments to investigate the influence of the tissue scattering in the SDF imaging. In the estimation method, we used modified extinction coefficients of hemoglobin called average extinction coefficients (AECs) to correct the influence from the bandwidth of the illumination sources, the imaging camera characteristics, and the tissue scattering. We estimate the scattering coefficient of the tissue from the maximum slope of pixel value profile along a line perpendicular to the blood vessel running direction in an SDF image and correct AECs using the scattering coefficient. To evaluate the proposed method, we developed a trial SDF probe to obtain three-band images by switching multicolor light-emitting diodes and obtained the image of turbid phantoms comprised of agar powder, fat emulsion, and bovine blood-filled glass tubes. As a result, we found that the increase of scattering by the phantom body brought about the decrease of the AECs. The experimental results showed that the use of suitable values for AECs led to more accurate SO_2 estimation. We also confirmed the validity of the proposed correction method to improve the accuracy of the SO_2 estimation.

  15. Multi-color photometric investigation of the totally eclipsing binary NO Camelopardalis

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    Zhou, Xiao; Qian, Shengbang; Zhang, Bin

    2017-04-01

    Multi-color photometric light curves of NO Camelopardalis in V, RC, and IC bands are obtained and analyzed simultaneously using the Wilson-Devinney program. The solutions suggest that NO Cam is an A-subtype overcontact binary with a mass ratio of q = 0.439 and a contact degree of f = 55.5%. The small temperature difference (ΔT = 44 K) between its two components indicates that the system is under thermal contact. The high orbital inclination (i = 84.5°) strengthens our confidence in the parameters determined from the light curves. All available times of minimum light are collected and period variations are analyzed for the first time. The O - C curve reveals that its period is increasing continuously at a rate of dP/dt = +1.46 × 10-9, which can be explained by mass transfer from the less massive component to the more massive one. After the upward parabolic variation is subtracted, the residuals suggest that there may be a cyclic variation with a period of 2.23 yr and an amplitude of A3 = 0.00153 d, which may due to the light-travel-time effect arising from the gravitational influence of a close-in tertiary component. The close-in companion reveals that early dynamic interaction among a triple system may have played a very important role in the formation of the W UMa-type binaries.

  16. Multi-color photometric investigation of the totally eclipsing binary NO Camelopardalis

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    Zhou, Xiao; Qian, Shengbang; Zhang, Bin

    2017-03-01

    Multi-color photometric light curves of NO Camelopardalis in V, RC, and IC bands are obtained and analyzed simultaneously using the Wilson-Devinney program. The solutions suggest that NO Cam is an A-subtype overcontact binary with a mass ratio of q = 0.439 and a contact degree of f = 55.5%. The small temperature difference (ΔT = 44 K) between its two components indicates that the system is under thermal contact. The high orbital inclination (i = 84.5°) strengthens our confidence in the parameters determined from the light curves. All available times of minimum light are collected and period variations are analyzed for the first time. The O - C curve reveals that its period is increasing continuously at a rate of dP/dt = +1.46 × 10-9, which can be explained by mass transfer from the less massive component to the more massive one. After the upward parabolic variation is subtracted, the residuals suggest that there may be a cyclic variation with a period of 2.23 yr and an amplitude of A3 = 0.00153 d, which may due to the light-travel-time effect arising from the gravitational influence of a close-in tertiary component. The close-in companion reveals that early dynamic interaction among a triple system may have played a very important role in the formation of the W UMa-type binaries.

  17. A Quantitative Analysis of the Available Multicolor Photometry for Rapidly Pulsating Hot B Subdwarfs

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    Tremblay, P E; Brassard, P; Bergeron, P; Randall, S K

    2006-01-01

    We present a quantitative and homogeneous analysis of the broadband multicolor photometric data sets gathered so far on rapidly pulsating hot B subdwarf stars. This concerns seven distinct data sets related to six different stars. Our analysis is carried out within the theoretical framework developed by Randall et al., which includes full nonadiabatic effects. The goal of this analysis is partial mode identification, i.e., the determination of the degree index l of each of the observed pulsation modes. We assume possible values of l from 0 to 5 in our calculations. For each target star, we compute a specific model atmosphere and a specific pulsation model using estimates of the atmospheric parameters coming from time-averaged optical spectroscopy. For every assumed value of l, we use a formal chi-squared approach to model the observed amplitude-wavelength distribution of each mode, and we compute a quality-of-fit Q probability to quantify the derived fit and to discriminate objectively between the various sol...

  18. The Multi-color Light Curves of the W UMa type Contact Binary EP Andromedae

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    Liao, W.-P.; Qian, S.-B.; Li, K.; He, J.-J.; Zhao, E.-G.; Zhou, X.

    2013-10-01

    New multi-color CCD photometric light curves of the eclipsing binary EP And were obtained over six nights in 2006, 2011, and 2012. Using the Wilson-Devinney code, we computed the photometric elements of this system. It was discovered that EP And is a W-type W UMa contact binary system with a mass ratio of q = 2.685 and a degree of contact factor f = 24.9%, rather than an A-type system. Combining 28 newly determined times of minimum light derived from 1999 to 2012 with others collected from the literature, a long-term increase (dP/dt = +5.22 × 10-8 days yr-1) with a sinusoidal variation (A = 0.0109 days T = 40.89 yr) in the orbital period was found. The orbital period secular increases may be interpreted as conservative mass transfer from the less massive component to the more massive one, and cyclic variations of the orbital period may be caused by the light-travel time effect through the presence of a third body. The evolutionary status and the age of the system are also discussed.

  19. An Optimized Multicolor Point-Implicit Solver for Unstructured Grid Applications on Graphics Processing Units

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    Zubair, Mohammad; Nielsen, Eric; Luitjens, Justin; Hammond, Dana

    2016-01-01

    In the field of computational fluid dynamics, the Navier-Stokes equations are often solved using an unstructuredgrid approach to accommodate geometric complexity. Implicit solution methodologies for such spatial discretizations generally require frequent solution of large tightly-coupled systems of block-sparse linear equations. The multicolor point-implicit solver used in the current work typically requires a significant fraction of the overall application run time. In this work, an efficient implementation of the solver for graphics processing units is proposed. Several factors present unique challenges to achieving an efficient implementation in this environment. These include the variable amount of parallelism available in different kernel calls, indirect memory access patterns, low arithmetic intensity, and the requirement to support variable block sizes. In this work, the solver is reformulated to use standard sparse and dense Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (BLAS) functions. However, numerical experiments show that the performance of the BLAS functions available in existing CUDA libraries is suboptimal for matrices representative of those encountered in actual simulations. Instead, optimized versions of these functions are developed. Depending on block size, the new implementations show performance gains of up to 7x over the existing CUDA library functions.

  20. One-pot synthesis of multicolor MnSe:ZnSe nanocrystals for optical coding.

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    Wang, Yanbin; Wang, Chunlei; Xu, Shuhong; Shao, Haibao; Jiang, Yuan; Bo, Fan; Wang, Zhuyuan; Cui, Yiping

    2014-02-01

    Though the investigation on controlling the fluorescence properties of nanocrystals (NCs) with single emission has been widely reported, few efforts were spent on adjusting the fluorescence properties of NCs with multiple emission peaks. In this work, we successfully synthesized multicolor MnSe:ZnSe NCs with multiple emission peaks and developed a simple and accurate method to realize photoluminescence (PL) spectra (or color) adjustment. The PL of MnSe:ZnSe NCs has two distinct emission peaks, the trap emission of ZnSe at 475nm and Mn(2+)-induced emission at 585nm. By adjusting the nucleation temperature, the emission color of the NCs can be encoded according to the ratio of the emission intensities at 475 and 585nm. With the nucleation temperature rising from 0 to 70°C, the PL ratio between trap emission and Mn(2+)-induced emission can be consecutively changed from (1, 3) to (1, 0.5). In addition, the trap state is deeply inside the NCs rather than on NCs surface so that the trap emission is stable during environment change. Thus, these MnSe:ZnSe NCs hold great promise as novel single-particle coding labels for biomedical imaging. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Multicolor Photometry of the Galaxies in Abell 2255 by the BATC and SDSS Surveys

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    Yuan, Q; Jiang, Z; Jiang, Zhaoji; Yuan, Qirong; Zhou, Xu

    2003-01-01

    We present our optical multicolor photometry for the nearby cluster of galaxies Abell 2255 with 13 intermediate filters in the BATC system. The spectral energy distributions (SEDs) in the optical band for more than 7000 sources are achieved down to V ~ 20 in a field of 58' x 58' centered on this rich cluster. Abell 2255 has been recently observed by the SDSS. A method of combining the SDSS photometric data in five broad bands and the BATC SEDs is then explored. The application of the technique of photometric redshift shows that the combined SEDs with higher resolution could lead to a more accurate estimate of photometric redshift. Based on 214 spectroscopically confirmed member galaxies, the bimodality and large dispersion in the velocity distribution indicate that Abell 2255 is an unrelaxed system. A tight color-magnitude correlation for 188 known early-type cluster galaxies is found. After an exclusion of 254 extragalactic sources with known redshifts, the combined SEDs for 2522 galaxies allow a further mem...

  2. Multicolor Photometry of the Merging Galaxy Cluster A2319: Dynamics and Star Formation Properties

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    Yan, Peng-Fei; Zhang, Li; Zhou, Xu

    2015-01-01

    Asymmetric X-ray emission and powerful cluster-scale radio halo indicate that A2319 is a merging cluster of galaxies. This paper presents our multicolor photometry for A2319 with 15 optical intermediate filters in the Beijing-Arizona-Taiwan-Connecticut (BATC) system. There are 142 galaxies with known spectroscopic redshifts within the viewing field, including 128 member galaxies (called sample I).A large velocity dispersion in the rest frame suggests a merger dynamics in A2319. The contour map of projected density and localized velocity structure confirm the so-called A2319B substructure, at ~ 10' NW to the main concentration A2319A. The spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of more than 30,000 sources are obtained in our BATC photometry down to V ~ 20 mag. With color-color diagrams and photometric redshift technique, 233 galaxies brighter than h=19.0 are newly selected as member candidates. The early-type galaxies are found to follow a tight color-magnitude correlation. Based on sample I and the enlarged samp...

  3. Rapid, combinatorial analysis of membrane compartments in intact plants with a multicolor marker set.

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    Geldner, Niko; Dénervaud-Tendon, Valérie; Hyman, Derek L; Mayer, Ulrike; Stierhof, York-Dieter; Chory, Joanne

    2009-07-01

    Plant membrane compartments and trafficking pathways are highly complex, and are often distinct from those of animals and fungi. Progress has been made in defining trafficking in plants using transient expression systems. However, many processes require a precise understanding of plant membrane trafficking in a developmental context, and in diverse, specialized cell types. These include defense responses to pathogens, regulation of transporter accumulation in plant nutrition or polar auxin transport in development. In all of these cases a central role is played by the endosomal membrane system, which, however, is the most divergent and ill-defined aspect of plant cell compartmentation. We have designed a new vector series, and have generated a large number of stably transformed plants expressing membrane protein fusions to spectrally distinct, fluorescent tags. We selected lines with distinct subcellular localization patterns, and stable, non-toxic expression. We demonstrate the power of this multicolor 'Wave' marker set for rapid, combinatorial analysis of plant cell membrane compartments, both in live-imaging and immunoelectron microscopy. Among other findings, our systematic co-localization analysis revealed that a class of plant Rab1-homologs has a much more extended localization than was previously assumed, and also localizes to trans-Golgi/endosomal compartments. Constructs that can be transformed into any genetic background or species, as well as seeds from transgenic Arabidopsis plants, will be freely available, and will promote rapid progress in diverse areas of plant cell biology.

  4. SLDs for Visualizing Multicolor Elevation Contour Lines in Geo-Spatial Web Applications

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    Kodge, B G

    2011-01-01

    This paper addresses the need for geospatial consumers (either humans or machines) to visualize multicolored elevation contour poly lines with respect their different contour intervals and control the visual portrayal of the data with which they work. The current OpenGIS Web Map Service (WMS) specification supports the ability for an information provider to specify very basic styling options by advertising a preset collection of visual portrayals for each available data set. However, while a WMS currently can provide the user with a choice of style options, the WMS can only tell the user the name of each style. It cannot tell the user what portrayal will look like on the map. More importantly, the user has no way of defining their own styling rules. The ability for a human or machine client to define these rules requires a styling language that the client and server can both understand. Defining this language, called the StyledLayerDescriptor (SLD), is the main focus of this paper, and it can be used to portr...

  5. Multicolor CCD Photometry and Period Analysis of Three Pulsating Variable Stars

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    Alton, K. B.

    2014-06-01

    Multicolor CCD photometry of three pulsating variable stars, RR Leo, TYC 790-1124-1, and V337 Ori has lead to period solutions using Fourier methods on light curves acquired at UnderOak Observatory (UO). New photometric data from RR Leo largely corroborate findings previously reported for this well studied RRab variable. An O-C diagram period analysis using a rich historical record of time-of-maximum light data produced an updated quadratic ephemeris for RR Leo. Although not compelling, underlying sinusoidal variability in the quadratic residuals suggest that this intrinsic variable may also have a gravitationally bound cohort. Light curves from the poorly studied HADS variable TYC 790-1124-1 were remarkably symmetrical; this behavior was observed during a single campaign in 2011 which lasted only one month. Fortunately, starting nearly a decade ago photometric data were also captured by the ASAS survey between 2002 and 2009; the combined results reveal that the fundamental period and light curve shape for TYC 790-1124-1 has substantively remained unchanged. V337 Ori has only been studied by two other investigative groups within the past three years; their results and the two most prominent pulsation frequencies at 4.96877 and 6.72 c/d detected in the UO light curves are in good agreement. Notably this HADS exhibits significant cycle-to-cycle amplitude variability which may be related to these and other pulsation modes not detected in the present study.

  6. Multicolor surface plasmon resonance imaging of ink jet-printed protein microarrays.

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    Singh, Bipin K; Hillier, Andrew C

    2007-07-15

    We report a technique that utilizes surface plasmon resonance dispersion as a mechanism to provide multicolor contrast for imaging thin molecular films. Illumination of gold surfaces with p-polarized white light in the Kretschmann configuration produces distinct reflected colors due to excitation of surface plasmons and the resulting absorption of specific wavelengths from the source light. In addition, these colors transform in response to the formation of thin molecular films. This process represents a simple detection method for distinguishing between films of varying thickness in sensor applications. As an example, we interrogated a protein microarray formed by a commercial drop-on-demand chemical ink jet printer. Submonolayer films of a test protein (bovine serum albumin) were readily detected by this method. Analysis of the dispersion relations and absorbance sensitivities illustrate the performance and characteristics of this system. Higher detection sensitivity was achieved at angles where red wavelengths coupled to surface plasmons. However, improved contrast and spatial resolution occurred when the angle of incidence was such that shorter wavelengths coupled to the surface plasmons. Simplified optics combined with the robust microarray printing platform are used to demonstrate the applicability of this technique as a rapid and versatile, high-throughput tool for label-free detection of adsorbed films and macromolecules.

  7. The Multicolor Panoramic Photometer-Polarimeter with high time resolution based on the PSD

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    Plokhotnichenko, V L; Debur, V; Panferov, A A; Panferova, I

    2003-01-01

    Multicolor Panoramic Photometer-Polarimeter (MPPP) with a time resolution of 1 microsecond has been built based on a PSD and used at the 6-meter telescope in SAO (Russia). The device allows registration of the photon fluxes in four photometric bands simultaneously and finding values of 3 Stokes parameters. MPPP consists of Position-Sensitive Detector (PSD), acquisition MANIA-system, polarization unit and a set of dichroic filters. MPPP gives a possibility of detecting photons in 2 pupils with a size of 10 - 15 arc sec centered on the object and comparison star positions simultaneously. The first half of the object photon flux passes through the phase rotating plate and polarizer, and the second one through the polarizer alone. MPPP registers in each of the 4 filters four images of the object with different orientations of polarization plane and one image of a comparison star. It allows measuring instantaneous Stokes parameters. The main astrophysical problems to be solved with MPPP are as follows: investigati...

  8. Multicolor Photometry of the Galaxy Cluster A98: Substructures and Star Formation Properties

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    Zhang, L; Zhou, X; Jiang, Z -J; Yang, Y -B; Ma, J; Wu, J -H; Wu, Z -Y

    2009-01-01

    An optical photometric observation with the Beijing-Arizona-Taiwan-Connecticut (BATC) multicolor system is carried out for A98 (z=0.104), a galaxy cluster with two large enhancements in X-ray surface brightness. The spectral energy distributions (SEDs) covering 15 intermediate bands are obtained for all sources detected down to V ~ 20 mag in a field of $58' \\times 58'$. After the star-galaxy separation by the color-color diagrams, a photometric redshift technique is applied to the galaxy sample for further membership determination. The color-magnitude relation is taken as a further restriction of the early-type cluster galaxies. As a result, a list of 198 faint member galaxies is achieved. Based on newly generated sample of member galaxies, the dynamical substructures, A98N, A98S, and A98W, are investigated in detail. A separate galaxy group, A98X, is also found to the south of main concentration of A98, which is gravitationally unbound to A98. For 74 spectroscopically confirmed member galaxies, the environme...

  9. Large-Field Multicolor Study of Abell 168 Subclusters, Dynamics and Luminosity Functions

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    Yang, Y; Yuan, Q; Jiang, Z; Ma, J; Wu, H; Chen, J; Yang, Yanbin; Zhou, Xu; Yuan, Qirong; Jiang, Zhaoji; Ma, Jun; Wu, Hong; Chen, Jiansheng

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents a multicolor study of the nearby cluster of galaxies Abell 168 (z=0.045) with 13 intermediate-band filters in the Beijing-Arizona-Taiwan-Connecticut (BATC) filter system. After a cross-identification between the photometric data obtained from the BATC and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), a catalog containing 1553 galaxies down to r'<20.0 mag is achieved, which includes 121 spectroscopically confirmed member galaxies. The technique of photometric redshift has been applied to all these galaxies with combined 18-band (13 from BATC and 5 from SDSS) spectral energy distributions (SEDs), in order to perform a faint membership selection in Abell 168. As a result, 255 galaxies are newly selected as the member candidates. Based on the enlarged sample of cluster galaxies, the spatial distribution and dynamics of Abell 168 are investigated. In the light of the spatial distribution of the member galaxies and the 0.2-3.5 keV X-ray image by Einstein observatory, it seems that Abell 168 consists o...

  10. Multi-colored fibers by self-assembly of DNA, histone proteins, and cationic conjugated polymers.

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    Wang, Fengyan; Liu, Zhang; Wang, Bing; Feng, Liheng; Liu, Libing; Lv, Fengting; Wang, Yilin; Wang, Shu

    2014-01-01

    The development of biomolecular fiber materials with imaging ability has become more and more useful for biological applications. In this work, cationic conjugated polymers (CCPs) were used to construct inherent fluorescent microfibers with natural biological macromolecules (DNA and histone proteins) through the interfacial polyelectrolyte complexation (IPC) procedure. Isothermal titration microcalorimetry results show that the driving forces for fiber formation are electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions, as well as the release of counterions and bound water molecules. Color-encoded IPC fibers were also obtained based on the co-assembly of DNA, histone proteins, and blue-, green-, or red- (RGB-) emissive CCPs by tuning the fluorescence resonance energy-transfer among the CCPs at a single excitation wavelength. The fibers could encapsulate GFP-coded Escherichia coli BL21, and the expression of GFP proteins was successfully regulated by the external environment of the fibers. These multi-colored fibers show a great potential in biomedical applications, such as biosensor, delivery, and release of biological molecules and tissue engineering.

  11. Correction method for influence of tissue scattering for sidestream dark-field oximetry using multicolor LEDs

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    Kurata, Tomohiro; Oda, Shigeto; Kawahira, Hiroshi; Haneishi, Hideaki

    2016-12-01

    We have previously proposed an estimation method of intravascular oxygen saturation (SO_2) from the images obtained by sidestream dark-field (SDF) imaging (we call it SDF oximetry) and we investigated its fundamental characteristics by Monte Carlo simulation. In this paper, we propose a correction method for scattering by the tissue and performed experiments with turbid phantoms as well as Monte Carlo simulation experiments to investigate the influence of the tissue scattering in the SDF imaging. In the estimation method, we used modified extinction coefficients of hemoglobin called average extinction coefficients (AECs) to correct the influence from the bandwidth of the illumination sources, the imaging camera characteristics, and the tissue scattering. We estimate the scattering coefficient of the tissue from the maximum slope of pixel value profile along a line perpendicular to the blood vessel running direction in an SDF image and correct AECs using the scattering coefficient. To evaluate the proposed method, we developed a trial SDF probe to obtain three-band images by switching multicolor light-emitting diodes and obtained the image of turbid phantoms comprised of agar powder, fat emulsion, and bovine blood-filled glass tubes. As a result, we found that the increase of scattering by the phantom body brought about the decrease of the AECs. The experimental results showed that the use of suitable values for AECs led to more accurate SO_2 estimation. We also confirmed the validity of the proposed correction method to improve the accuracy of the SO_2 estimation.

  12. Multi-color quantum dot stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (qSTORM)

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    Tehrani, Kayvan F.; Xu, Jianquan; Kner, Peter A.

    2015-03-01

    Although Single Molecule Localization (SML) techniques have pushed the resolution of fluorescence microscopy beyond the diffraction limit, the accuracy of SML has been limited by the brightness of the fluorophores. The introduction of Quantum Dots (QD) for SML promises to overcome this barrier, and the QD Blueing technique provides a novel approach to SML microscopy. QDs have a higher quantum yield and absorption cross-section, making them brighter, thereby providing a higher accuracy of localization. The blueing technique is also faster and more quantitative than other SML techniques such as dSTORM. The initial bleaching step required by dSTORM is not necessary and each QD is imaged only once as its emission spectrum moves through the blueing window in contrast to dSTORM where the same molecule might be imaged multiple times. Single color QD Blueing has been demonstrated. However in biological imaging, multi-color imaging is essential for understanding the samples under study. Here we introduce two color superresolution microscopy using QD Blueing on biological samples. We demonstrate simultaneous imaging of microtubules and mitochondria in HepG2 cells with a localization accuracy of 40nm. We further show how QD Blueing can be optimized through the control of the sample mounting medium.

  13. A Method for Lineage Tracing of Corneal Cells Using Multi-color Fluorescent Reporter Mice.

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    Amitai-Lange, Aya; Berkowitz, Eran; Altshuler, Anna; Dbayat, Noora; Nasser, Waseem; Suss-Toby, Edith; Tiosano, Beatrice; Shalom-Feuerstein, Ruby

    2015-12-18

    Lineage tracing experiments define the origin, fate and behavior of cells in a specific tissue or organism. This technique has been successfully applied for many decades, revealing seminal findings in developmental biology. More recently, it was adopted by stem cell biologists to identify and track different stem cell populations with minimal experimental intervention. The recent developments in mouse genetics, the availability of a large number of mouse strains, and the advancements in fluorescent microscopy allow the straightforward design of powerful lineage tracing systems for various tissues with basic expertise, using commercially available tools. We have recently taken advantage of this powerful methodology to explore the origin and fate of stem cells at the ocular surface using R26R-Confetti mouse. This model offers a multi-color genetic system, for the expression of 4 fluorescent genes in a random manner. Here we describe the principles of this methodology and provide an adaptable protocol for designing lineage tracing experiments; specifically for the corneal epithelium as well as for other tissues.

  14. Revealing the Jet Structure of Grb 030329 With High Resolution Multicolor Photometry

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    Gorosabel, Javier; Castro-Tirado, A.J.; Ramirez-Ruiz, E.; Granot, J.; Caon, N.; Cairos, L.M.; Rubio-Herrera, E.; Guziy, S.; de Ugarte Postigo, A.; Jelinek, M.; /IAA,

    2006-03-15

    We present multicolor optical observations of the nearby (z = 0.1685) GRB030329 obtained with the same instrumentation over a time period of 6 hours for a total of an unprecedented 475 quasi-simultaneous B V R observations. The achromatic steepening in the optical, which occurs at t {approx} 0.7 days, provides evidence for a dynamic transition of the source, and can be most readily explained by models in which the GRB ejecta are collimated into a jet. Since the current state-of-the-art modeling of GRB jets is still flawed with uncertainties, we use these data to critically assess some classes of models that have been proposed in the literature. The data, especially the smooth decline rate seen in the optical afterglow, are consistent with a model in which GRB030329 was a homogeneous, sharp-edged jet, viewed near its edge interacting with a uniform external medium, or viewed near its symmetry axis with a stratified wind-like external environment. The lack of short timescale fluctuations in the optical afterglow flux down to the 0.5 per cent level puts stringent constraints on possible small scale angular inhomogeneities within the jet or fluctuations in the external density.

  15. A multicolor panel of novel lentiviral "gene ontology" (LeGO) vectors for functional gene analysis.

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    Weber, Kristoffer; Bartsch, Udo; Stocking, Carol; Fehse, Boris

    2008-04-01

    Functional gene analysis requires the possibility of overexpression, as well as downregulation of one, or ideally several, potentially interacting genes. Lentiviral vectors are well suited for this purpose as they ensure stable expression of complementary DNAs (cDNAs), as well as short-hairpin RNAs (shRNAs), and can efficiently transduce a wide spectrum of cell targets when packaged within the coat proteins of other viruses. Here we introduce a multicolor panel of novel lentiviral "gene ontology" (LeGO) vectors designed according to the "building blocks" principle. Using a wide spectrum of different fluorescent markers, including drug-selectable enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP)- and dTomato-blasticidin-S resistance fusion proteins, LeGO vectors allow simultaneous analysis of multiple genes and shRNAs of interest within single, easily identifiable cells. Furthermore, each functional module is flanked by unique cloning sites, ensuring flexibility and individual optimization. The efficacy of these vectors for analyzing multiple genes in a single cell was demonstrated in several different cell types, including hematopoietic, endothelial, and neural stem and progenitor cells, as well as hepatocytes. LeGO vectors thus represent a valuable tool for investigating gene networks using conditional ectopic expression and knock-down approaches simultaneously.

  16. A novel multicolor immunostaining method using ethynyl deoxyuridine for analysis of in situ immunoproliferative response.

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    Kitazawa, Yusuke; Ueta, Hisashi; Hünig, Thomas; Sawanobori, Yasushi; Matsuno, Kenjiro

    2015-09-01

    Immune responses are generally accompanied by antigen presentation and proliferation and differentiation of antigen-specific lymphocytes (immunoproliferation), but analysis of these events in situ on tissue sections is very difficult. We have developed a new method of simultaneous multicolor immunofluorescence staining for immunohistology and flow cytometry using a thymidine analogue, 5-ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridine (EdU). Because of the small size of azide dye using click chemistry and elimination of DNA denaturation steps, EdU staining allowed for immunofluorescence staining of at least four colors including two different markers on a single-cell surface, which is impossible with the standard 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine method. By using two rat models, successfully detected parameters were the cluster of differentiation antigens including phenotypic and functional markers of various immune cells, histocompatibility complex antigens, and even some nuclear transcription factors. Proliferating cells could be further sorted and used for RT-PCR analysis. This method thus enables functional in situ time-kinetic analysis of immunoproliferative responses in a distinct domain of the lymphoid organs, which are quantitatively confirmed by flow cytometry.

  17. K2: A new method for the detection of galaxy clusters based on CFHTLS multicolor images

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    Thanjavur, Karun; Crampton, David

    2009-01-01

    We have developed a new method, K2, optimized for the detection of galaxy clusters in multicolor images. Based on the Red Sequence approach, K2 detects clusters using simultaneous enhancements in both colors and position. The detection significance is robustly determined through extensive Monte-Carlo simulations and through comparison with available cluster catalogs based on two different optical methods, and also on X-ray data. K2 also provides quantitative estimates of the candidate clusters' richness and photometric redshifts. Initially K2 was applied to 161 sq deg of two color gri images of the CFHTLS-Wide data. Our simulations show that the false detection rate, at our selected threshold, is only ~1%, and that the cluster catalogs are ~80% complete up to a redshift of 0.6 for Fornax-like and richer clusters and to z ~0.3 for poorer clusters. Based on Terapix T05 release gri photometric catalogs, 35 clusters/sq deg are detected, with 1-2 Fornax-like or richer clusters every two square degrees. Catalogs co...

  18. Characteristics of grouping colors for figure segregation on a multicolored background.

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    Nagai, Takehiro; Uchikawa, Keiji

    2008-11-01

    A figure is segregated from its background when the colored elements belonging to the figure are grouped together. We investigated the range of color distribution conditions in which a figure could be segregated from its background using the color distribution differences. The stimulus was a multicolored texture composed of randomly shaped pieces. It was divided into two regions: a test region and a background region. The pieces in these two regions had different color distributions in the OSA Uniform Color Space. In our experiments, the subject segregated the figure of the test region using two different procedures. Since the Euclidean distance in the OSA Uniform Color Space corresponds to perceived color difference, if segregation thresholds are determined by only color difference, the thresholds should be independent of position and direction in the color space. In the results, however, the thresholds did depend on position and direction in the OSA Uniform Color Space. This suggests that color difference is not the only factor in figure segregation by color. Moreover, the threshold dependence on position and direction is influenced by the distances in the cone-opponent space whose axes are normalized by discrimination thresholds, suggesting that figure segregation threshold is determined by similar factors in the cone-opponent space for color discrimination. The analysis of the results by categorical color naming suggests that categorical color perception may affect figure segregation only slightly.

  19. Performance of Differential-Phase-Shift Keying Protocol Applying 1310 nm Up-Conversion Single-Photon Detector

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    FENG Chen-Xu; JIAO Rong-Zhen; ZHANG Wen-Han

    2008-01-01

    The performance of the differential-phase-shift keying (DPSK) protocol applying a 1310nm up-conversion single-photon detector is analysed. The error rate and the communication rate as a function of distance for three quantum key distribution protocols, the Bennett-Brassard 1984, the Bennett-Brassard-Mermin 1992, and the DPSK, are presented. Then we compare the performance of these three protocols using the 1310 nm up-conversion detector. We draw the conclusion that the DPSK protocol applying the detector has significant advantage over the other two protocols. Longer transmission distance and lower error rate can be achieved.

  20. Single-shot spectra of temporally selected micropulses from a mid-infrared free-electron laser by upconversion

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    Wang, Xiaolong; Zen, Heishun; Kii, Toshiteru; Ohgaki, Hideaki

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate the measurement of single-shot spectra of temporally selected micropulses from a mid-infrared (MIR) free-electron laser (FEL) by upconversion. We achieve the upconversion of FEL pulses at 11 \\mu m using externally synchronized Nd:YAG or microchip laser pulses at 1064 nm to produce sum-frequency mixing (SFM) signals at 970 nm, which are detected by a compact CCD spectrometer without an intensifier. Our experimental system is very cost-effective, and allows us to obtain the laser spectra of selected micropulses at any temporal position within a single macropulse from an oscillator-type FEL.